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Red

2013 Domaine Grand Lauze Vin de Pays d'Hauterive La Mariole

Carignan more

7/5/2015 - Number51 wrote: 87 points

Third time trying, now I'm thinking more like 87-88 points.
It is certainly drinkable, but I'm not recommending it.

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Red

2005 Château Plince

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/3/2015 - Number51 wrote: NR

2005 Chateau Plince is dark and smoky with tobacco leaves, black pepper, and cherry juice. Good dose of acidity and low alcohol (13% on the label) give it brightness and a charming personality. This was fantastic after 30 minutes (91 points quality), but it became weak and skim-milky with another 30 minutes after that. (87 points quality)
I don’t think this should be decanted. It was somewhat drinkable on the second day, but if you can, finish it on the first day.

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2009 Domaine Durand Cornas Premices

Syrah more

6/28/2015 - Number51 wrote: 91 points

Clean and pure fruited without the animal funk that often comes into play in wines of Cornas, 2009 Premices is easy-to-like and even approachable to new world wine drinkers. Purity and style here remind me of some 2009 Cru Beaujolais; fruit is rich yet light in body, and oak is unnoticeable although it isn't completely absent.
Strawberries, blueberries, fresh herbs, jello, and subtle chocolate flavors are backed by bright acidity. It is enjoyable with and without food.

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Red

2003 Château Quinault L'Enclos

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/26/2015 - Number51 wrote: 90 points

This is a pleasant right-bank with dark fruit driven flavor profile: plums and blackberries. With aeration, mocha note emerges and takes the center stage. There is some spiciness that adds to the wine’s savoriness, and the finish is decent. Given the age, this is surprisingly fresh.

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Red

2008 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges

Pinot Noir more

6/24/2015 - Number51 wrote: 93 points

Classic in every way with rhubarb, cranberries, strawberries, pepper, string beans, and soil, this is another home run from Domaine Henri Gouges. Light on its feet with lots of little flavors, it exhibits a great complexity from the nose to the palate. There is a bit of hay note on the finish that grips onto the palate. This wine never loses its focus while being wildly complex.
This would be a great food wine. I wish I bought a case.

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2008 Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot

Pinot Noir more

6/14/2015 - Number51 wrote: 90 points

Rich and quite full for a Burgundy, this shows good array of dark and red fruits. It took like 3 hours to show its true potential.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2005 Château Rieussec

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

6/14/2015 - Number51 wrote: 92 points

Monstrous acidity balances out the sweetness. Creme Brûlée, coconut, candied lemon peel, ginger, and beeswax make an appearance.
The finish has a fair length.

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Red

2011 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

6/9/2015 - Number51 wrote: 93 points

Initial acidic edge dissipates within 15 minutes. Then classic Pegau characteristics shine through. Dark fruits show weight without heaviness, and a complex array of graphite, licorice, Earl Grey tea, and fresh herbs is backed by sweet tannins.
Compared to other vintages that I have tried, 2006 and 2010, animalistic components (gaminess and blood) are not as pronounced in this vintage. 2011 bursts with flowers. It is insanely floral, no less. In that sense, it is prettier than 2006 and 2010, but is perhaps less intriguing and less thought provoking.
To summarize, I must say this is darn delicious. God bless Domaine du Pegau.

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Red

2011 Domaine des Billards Saint-Amour

Gamay more

6/9/2015 - Number51 wrote: NR

This showed a very poor quality on the first day, probably 84 points. It was weak and flavorless.
It became much better on the second day, 88 points.
No detailed notes here, but be advised not to dump it down the drain if you don't like it on the first day.

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Red

2010 Domaine Tortochot Gevrey-Chambertin Les Corvées

Pinot Noir more

6/5/2015 - Number51 wrote: 90 points

If served blind, I may have misidentified this as a Northern Rhone. With wild animal fur and chicken feather notes on the nose, it is very old world in style. Palate is crisp and light with cranberries, gooseberries, cabbage, game, and gentle spices.
This would be great with white meat dishes. It is a wine with high acidity and some austerity. It’s not for everyone.

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Red

2009 Domaine des Billards Saint-Amour Reserve Caveau

Gamay more

5/30/2015 - Number51 wrote: 91 points

Lush, dark fruited, and pure, 2009 Reserve Caveau is delicious. While being dark, it has red lifesaver candy at the core, not in an artificial or candied fruit way, but in a delicious and savory way.
This paired well with a salmon dish.

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Red

2012 Marc Plouzeau Chinon Les Cornuelles Vieille Vigne

Cabernet Franc more

5/27/2015 - Number51 wrote: 89 points

Sour on the nose, and followed by broccoli, sour cranberries, cherries, herb salad, black pepper, and citrus peel on the palate, this has a singular flavor profile while retaining the classic Chinon characteristics.
Dark chocolate note becomes more pronounced as the wine breathes, and the fine cocoa powder-like texture elevates that chocolatiness.
It is dry. You have to like Chinon to like this though. 13% alc.

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White

2012 Domaine de l'Ecu (Guy Bossard) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Expression de Gneiss

Melon de Bourgogne more

5/25/2015 - Number51 wrote: 90 points

With aeration for an hour, this opens up with honey, fresh herbs, crushed rocks, flint, hay, and white flowers. For my expectations from a Muscadet, this has a surprisingly good weight. It has a sweet honey note on the entry, but it is fabulously well balanced with crisp acidity.
This needs aeration to show its true potential.

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Red

2009 Bodega Flechas de Los Andes Malbec Gran Malbec

Mendoza more

5/23/2015 - Number51 wrote: 88 points

This seemed a bit too syrupy right out of the bottle - I often find this trait in Argentinian Malbec, which made it difficult for me to keep purchasing in this category. This Malbec was sweet, simple, and somewhat pleasing. 24 hours later, syrupiness calmed down a bit, and the overall balance improved.
Ripe blackberry juice, licorice, and fresh herbs notes make up this very low acidity red.
This goes very well with cheese, sort of like how port goes well with cheese. Purchased at $14 with free shipping.

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Red

2011 Domaine Vincent Paris Cornas Granit 30

Syrah more

5/20/2015 - Number51 wrote: 92 points

Classic Northern Rhone stinkiness (not too much) on the nose is inviting. It has pleasant dryness and good acidity with high toned blackberries, game, and gentle curry spices. Really light on its feet, this should be great with food. It is old world in style.

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Red

1998 Fife Zinfandel Redhead Vineyard

Redwood Valley more

5/17/2015 - Number51 wrote: 86 points

This tastes like Cola mixed with few drops of balsamic vinegar. It is a bit flabby.

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Red

2010 Domaine Durand Cornas Premices

Syrah more

5/16/2015 - Number51 wrote: NR

Coming across as modern in style, Durand's 2010 Cornas exhibits gobs of dark fruit with sweet tannins. Classic Northern Rhone animal funk is detectable on the nose, but it easily gets buried in wine’s rich fruitiness. This young Cornas shows freshness that is elevated by its pine tree forest note.
Many solid underlying elements are apparent, yet they don't mold together in harmony, perhaps due to the young age of the wine or the warm weather, so the judgment is reserved for now. My next bottle may turn out to be 91-93 points quality, but I will not bet on it for at least three years.

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Red

2010 Domaine Thomas Morey Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes

Pinot Noir more

5/14/2015 - Number51 wrote: 90 points

Rich, light, bright, well balanced, and clean fruited yet unmistakably Burgundian, this is a killer value at an unbelievable sale price of $21.
I wish I bought a case.

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White

2009 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

Chardonnay more

5/11/2015 - Number51 wrote: 90 points

Lemon oil, tropical fruits, shrimp shell, and ocean breeze flavors are joined by flintiness on the finish. Overall, this is an acidic white meant to be consumed with food.

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Red

1997 Clos Pegase Merlot

Carneros more

5/2/2015 - Number51 wrote: 89 points

1997 Clos Pegase Merlot reminds me of the right bank. If served blind, I’m not sure if I would have guessed California. It is quite aromatic and certainly not too oaky with lingering tones of cedar, blackberries, cassis, and leather.
Its level of balsamic note suggests that this needs no further aging. I wouldn’t want that level to get any higher.

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Red

2011 Domaine Cabirau Maury Sec Serge & Nicolas

Grenache Blend, Grenache more

4/29/2015 - Number51 wrote: NR

Dark fruited, rich, and jammy, 2011 Maury Sec boasts of its purity. Its chalkiness is interestingly followed by a hint of peat smoke. As the wine opens up in the glass, Haribo gummy bear notes show up. It is good, but it kind of punches you in the face with fruit, for which I find it tough to drink the whole bottle, personally.

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Red

2009 Domaine Sébastien Magnien Beaune 1er Cru Les Aigrots

Pinot Noir more

4/23/2015 - Number51 wrote: NR

Right out of the bottle, there is that funky Burgundian cheese on the nose. Raspberries, strawberry jam, jolly rancher, hay, and lovely floral notes are making me happy.
Assessing this wine for the 3rd time here, I’m again standing by my original score of 91.

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Red

1996 Rombauer Vineyards Merlot Carneros

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4/22/2015 - Number51 wrote: 89 points

Very oaky, creamy, well aged, and a bit salty, 1996 Cerneros Merlot is a pleasing effort. Milk chocolate, ripe plum, sugared blackberries, crepes cake, and sea salt make an appearance.
13.5% - ah, the good old days of low alc.

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Red

1995 York Creek Vineyards Meritage

Spring Mountain District Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/19/2015 - Number51 wrote: NR

This appears a bit oxidized and has a sour edge to it, which I’m not enjoying all that much. It is a bit Bordeaux like, and it goes well with food. Sour cherries, cassis, tar, and pepper notes are pleasing.
I like the style of the wine, but I don’t like the balance of it.
I’m thinking 87 points.

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Red

1982 Fetzer Cabernet Sauvignon Lake County

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4/17/2015 - Number51 wrote: 87 points

Cooked dark fruits, mushrooms, beef stew, balsamic vinegar, celery, and rusty nail notes unfold as the wine sits in the glass.
I’m happy that this isn’t dead.

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