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Red

2010 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Tina Marie Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

1/24/2016 - winopops3 Likes this wine: 92 points

Still has pretty intense pure strawberry and raspberry flavors with a savoryness that adds a lot of interest. Tingly acidity with medium to long finish. Drinking great now but could go significantly longer.

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2010 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses

Cabernet Franc more

1/17/2016 - winopops3 Likes this wine: 92 points

I had this by the glass at a local restaurant. I don't drink a lot of Cab Franc and this was a revelation for me. Sweet dark fruit with a firm underlying structure. There is a hint of minerality and tobacco leaf that adds interest with a medium finish. Thoroughly enjoyable now, but with great upside for the future. I just bought a case.

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White - Sparkling

NV Domaine Lamy-Pillot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut

Champagne Blend more

1/1/2016 - winopops3 Likes this wine: 90 points

Bread on the nose. Apple, pear and yeast,with fine bubbles. I am certainly not an expert on sparkling wines, but I liked this a lot and find it to be good value.

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Red

2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

12/31/2015 - winopops3 Likes this wine: 92 points

Beautiful fruit and spice. Nice structure to go longer. Medium to long finish. The best of new world Pinot.

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Red

2007 David Coffaro Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

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12/29/2015 - winopops3 Likes this wine: 92 points

Actually a bit of a surprise for me. I don't drink a lot of zinfandel, and less with some age on them. This had a beautiful nose of dried flowers and cedar. Dark purple with a hint of brown and pale meniscus. The flavor was a combination of beautiful fruit, cedar, and savory umami. Medium to long finish.

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Red

2010 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Murgers

Pinot Noir more

12/27/2015 - winopops3 wrote: 92 points

Cork saturated but no signs of leakage. Dark ruby, beautiful nose of flowers and cherry. Black cherry, spice and mineral on the palate with medium finish. Really nice with upside.

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Red

2009 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon Corona Vineyard

Oakville more

12/26/2015 - winopops3 Likes this wine: 92 points

Dark purple with nose of violet and charcoal. A little grapey up front for my tastes at this stage. A hint of tobacco and mineral add some interest. Not particularly tannic with decent acidity. Goes well with steak. I think this has upside in next 3-5 years.

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Red

2013 2Sons Winery Cabernet Sauvignon The Federalist

Lodi more

12/24/2015 - winopops3 Likes this wine: 88 points

No apologies from me. I like it. Yes a little sweet, but nice fruit, mouthfeel, and finish. Not pruney at all. For the price, a nice drink which would satisfy those who like big cabs.

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Red

2013 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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11/28/2015 - winopops3 wrote: 93 points

Essentially a pop and pour. Deep dark purple. Nose dominated by cedar. Massive attack of black and blue berries on the palate with no prune or over ripeness. Hint of mint and spice with long finish and dusty tannins. Drinking great now but suspect it will improve with 3-5 years in the cellar. This is a qpr winner and speaks to the quality of the vintage as well as the winemaker.

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Red

2010 Jean-Marc Vincent Santenay 1er Cru Gravières

Pinot Noir more

11/15/2015 - winopops3 Likes this wine: 92 points

Medium ruby. Flowers and wet earth on the nose. Pure, laser focused fruit, with a persistence that is not overbearing. There is prominent minerality and mild spice with medium to long finish. A really nice example.

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Red

2013 Chappellet Mountain Cuvée

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/12/2015 - winopops3 Likes this wine: 91 points

Dark purple, though not a complete fruit bomb. The beautiful fruit is restrained just enough, and surrounded by reasonable structure, mineral and hint of mint. Went perfectly with a steak and at this price range I would stock up. Drinking well now, but probably good for 10 years. I'm trying to cut back on wine purchases, but these 2013's are making it difficult.

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Red

2013 Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Kith & Kin

Napa Valley more

11/14/2015 - winopops3 wrote: 90 points

Quite a nice drink for this price range. Fruit front and center but some earth adds interest medium finish and overall well balanced. The quality of the vintage is reflected here.

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Red

2008 Red Car Pinot Noir Heaven & Earth La Bohème

Sonoma Coast more

11/8/2015 - winopops3 Likes this wine: 91 points

Medium ruby. Nose of violet and cherry. Fairly viscous on entry, but flavors light on their feet with black cherry, spice (?cinnamon), and cola.
Medium to long finish. Not sure why but I didn't expect much here and it over delivered. Still plenty of fruit and I suspect this could go for 5 more years.

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Red

2011 Domaine De La Chapelle Des Bois Fleurie "Grand Pre"

Gamay more

10/24/2015 - winopops3 Likes this wine: 91 points

Darker color than I expected. Nose of cherry and dried flowers. Concentrated on the palate with flavor of cherry, earth, and a savory element that adds interest. Subtle soft tannins and decent acidity. Notably absent is an overt grapeyness (sp?) I find and dislike in many Beaujolais. This is really a great qpr. Thanks to Chablis28 for writing about it.

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Red

2012 Domaine Michel Noëllat Bourgogne

Pinot Noir more

10/19/2015 - winopops3 Likes this wine: 88 points

Medium ruby. Earthy nose with hint of mushroom. Black cherry, mineral and earth on the palate. Medium finish. Better with food. Overall very nice for the price.

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Red

2012 Domaine Ponsot Bourgogne Cuvee du Pinson

Pinot Noir more

10/10/2015 - winopops3 Likes this wine: 90 points

Medium to light ruby. Pretty nose of strawberry and fresh flowers. Fairly restrained and structured for its level. Strawberry and cherry hint of spice on the palate with a crunchy minerality. Balanced acidity and medium plus finish. Very nice.

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Red

2010 Ceritas Pinot Noir Annabelle

Sonoma Coast more

10/4/2015 - winopops3 Likes this wine: 92 points

Medium ruby. Just a hint of violet on the nose, but the palate has beautiful cherry, cranberry, mineral and hint of cedar. Acidic enough to pair well with rich food. Medium to long finish. This is drinking beautifully now, but certainly no rush. My last bottle of this and sorry to see it go.

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Red

2013 Carpineto Dogajolo Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

9/26/2015 - winopops3 wrote: 88 points

Excellent qpr. Slight earthiness, fairly fruit forward, but enough acidity to pair well with food. Sangiovese/Cabernet blend.

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Red

2012 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny

Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/19/2015 - winopops3 Likes this wine: 94 points

Tasted after a 2009 Boswell Jacquelynn Cab. Nose of macerated fruit, intense palate but not overly jammy. Didn't quite get the minerality in this that I have found in previous vintages of ontogeny. Slight hollow spot towards the finish that left it just a step behind the Boswell. It will be interesting to taste this wine again in another few years as I suspect it will get more interesting over that time.

Edit: I just had the left overs after it sat out on the counter overnight. That hollow spot is gone, and the finish goes on and on. Just a hint of heat at the end but a gorgeous wine.

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Red

2009 Château Boswell Cabernet Sauvignon Jacquelynn Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

Oakville more

9/19/2015 - winopops3 Likes this wine: 95 points

Wow. This really developed nicely since I tasted my last bottle. Intoxicating floral nose, intense, clean fruit on the palate balanced by secondary flavors of cedar and tobacco. Long finish. This is turning into a real beauty with several years to go in it's drinking window.

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Red

2012 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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9/13/2015 - winopops3 Likes this wine: 90 points

Day 1 this was too fruit forward and jammy. Day 2 the fruit receded a bit and was balanced by fine tannins. Medium to long finish. I would give these a lot of air or hold for a bit.

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Red

NV Soter 1977 - 2007 Proprietary Red

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/12/2015 - winopops3 Likes this wine: 90 points

Better than my last bottle, but really confounding. In general this got better with more air. Tended a bit towards the plum/ jammy end of the spectrum, but every sip seemed different. Sometimes well balanced and really great and sometimes lacking mid palate and seemingly empty.

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Red

2012 Seaver Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon GTS

Diamond Mountain more

8/9/2015 - winopops3 Likes this wine: 93 points

This wine is a beast. Really nice fruit profile, with hint of mineral and cocoa, but brooding tannic structure make me think that this wine's best years are down the road. It is quite enjoyable now with some air but still wrapped up pretty tight. I will hold my remainging bottles for a few years.

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Red

2004 Bremer Family Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

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8/9/2015 - winopops3 Likes this wine: 93 points

Beautiful dark ruby color. Aromas of black cherry and cedar. The palate hits you with black cherry, cedar and tobacco. There is a long finish. This wine is drinking great right now, but could go for a few more years.

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Red

2012 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

8/8/2015 - winopops3 wrote: 88 points

Despite KB pinots generally being on the big, concentrated part of the spectrum, I have found them to be balanced with enough structure and acidity to make for a really enjoyable wine. This particular bottle was dark and flirted with being overly concentrated and jammy. It was enjoyable enough, but not something I would seek out.

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