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Red

2009 Davis Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

3/3/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 90 points

PnP w/30 min glass time. Clear, deep purple color, long legs. Med/big nose. Med cab with lots of tannins. Nice cab fruit and long finish. A bit too young, hold. Drink 2017-20. Nothing off. D/J cellar.

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2010 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

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3/3/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 91 points

PnP w/1 hr. decant. Clear, deep ruby/purple color. Typical KB nose, med intensity. Med weight/depth/texture/complexity. Big body. Cola, tart cherry, currant, blue fruit. Long finish. Not over extracted. Well integrated but will hold for years yet. 14.6%. Nothing off. J/D cellar

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Rosť - Sparkling

2009 Schramsberg Vineyards Brut Rosé

California Champagne Blend more

3/3/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 89 points

PnP well chilled. Coral, peach color. Long, fine bubble stream. Light body/texture. Med weight/depth/complexity/finish. Big toast, some yeast, med finish. 70/30 Pinot/Chard. 13%. Drink now. D/J cellar.

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Red

2007 Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah

Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/3/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 89 points

PnP w/1 hr. decant. Clear, minor fine bottom sediments. Deep dark purple/red color. Intense, balanced nose. Red and Blue fruit, green apples, pear, tar. Light body/texture/depth. Med weight/complexity. Fairly long finish. Nothing off, slightly ripe, fully developed. $36

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Red

2007 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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3/3/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 92 points

PnP w/1.5 hr decant. Clear, very few fine bottom sediments. Deep dark purple color, long legs. Intense, mature Napa nose. Med body/texture, med/big weight/depth/complexity. Coffee, mineral, tar, tobacco, wet stone, blue fruit, med tannins mostly resolved. Good balance/integration. Good for years yet. Nothing off. Great value, $42

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Red

NV Maison La Belle Vie Syrah

Colorado more

2/16/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 88 points

PnP. Clear, deep ruby/purple. Nice intense nose. Never would have guessed this was a CO producer. Nice Syrah taste, good balance/integration. Med body/finish, not over ripe. Day 3, drank rest of bottle. Still good, smooth, not oxidized or tired. One of the better west slope reds I've had. Nothing off. Gift.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2007 Truchard Roussanne Botrytis

Carneros more

2/8/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 87 points

PnP slightly chilled. Clear, med straw color. Botrytis nose. Light to med body, not overly sweet, Botrytis attributes, pear, burnt carmel musty, barnyard, forest floor. Shorter finish than I like. Nothing off, a bit thin and uninspiring. Nothing off. Gift. From .375

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Red

2009 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon

Columbia Valley more

2/8/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 91 points

PnP w/1 hour decant, back to bottle for service 6 hours later. Clear, deep purple/ruby color, no brown edge. Med/bold nose of proper cab/alco which then drank med body, well integrated, mostly resolved tannins, no rough edges, good flavor intensity, smooth and a decently long finish. Good drinking window but should hold yet for a few more years. Nothing off, great value, $23.

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Red

2004 Dry Creek Vineyards The Mariner

Dry Creek Valley Red Blend more

2/2/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 87 points

PnP w/15 glass time. Clear w/very fine and small amount of sediment. Deep purple/red color, no fading/bricking. Nice big nose of blue/black fruit. Surprising power even after 11 years, still plenty of tannins, good fruit, not fading in the least. Long finish of med tannins. Drink now thru 2018. Great value CA claret. Marc's bottle.

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Red

2005 Larkmead Vineyards Firebelle

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/28/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 92 points

PnP, 5 hour decant, returned to bottle and 30 min in glass. Clear, very minor fine sediment. Med purple, little/no brown edge. Similar to earlier note. More developed than 3 years ago, big/proper nose, integrated, not too ripe, decent acid. Drinking mature now, should hold for a few years yet. More of the big power side, nice long finish, fairly clean, rounded, resolved tannins for the most part. Last bottle, wish I had more.

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2009 Grand Rêve Vintners / Force Majeure Collaboration Series IV Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/28/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 94 points

PnP w/8 hr decant, 1 hour glass. WOW. The nose is maybe the best and most intoxicating that I've ever experienced. This wine is huge in all aspects - nose, taste, finish. Rich, not overly ripe, unreal in power, proper fruit and super long finish, I doubt you will find a better WA blend. Not for the meek. Thanks Tim, you've done it again.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2012 Peter Adler Riesling Kabinett

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

1/26/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 88 points

PnP, slightly chilled. Clear, light straw color. Nice proper Riesling nose. Fruity, light/med body, typical German Riesling not overly sugary with sweetness well balanced with med acid. A nice everyday drinker for those who like Kabinett. Nothing off. Gift.

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White

2012 Truchard Roussanne

Carneros more

1/23/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 90 points

PnP w/15 min glass time. Very slight haze, med straw color. Intoxicating, intense nose especially as time went on, clean, steely, fruity. Taste was delicious. Bright, clean fruit with good acidity and fine balance. Med body. nice tartness, fruity, smooth & easy drinking, long proper finish. Not familiar with grape, somewhere in the middle of Chard, Pinot Gris, Chenin Blanc, GV. No oak, chalk, slate or vanilla. Super nice and would drink again. Nothing off, well made. Ideal drinking window.

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Red

2007 Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

1/20/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 85 points

PnP w/30 min air time. Very nice, proper, rich nose. Drank a bit thin but had good integration/balance. Decent for $28. Fully resolved so drink in next 2 years. Nothing off.

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Red

2010 Château Moulin des Richards

Côtes de Bourg Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/20/2015 - Barry Notes wrote: 82 points

PnP, thin, shallow but good for everyday drinker. Decent for the $6 price tag. Nothing off.

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Red

NV Cedar Valley Winery Red Tie Affair

Iowa Red Blend more

1/20/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 87 points

PnP slightly chilled, served w/cigars. A nice sweet wine with decent fruit and perfect with cigars. Otherwise good as dessert wine. Nothing off. Gift.

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Red

2006 Yangarra Estate Grenache Old Vine

McLaren Vale more

1/14/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 91 points

NnP 15 min glass time. Clear, deep red color. Good, big nose of proper fruit. Wow, an excellent example of Grenache in a perfect drinking window. Perfect balance, no too extracted, rich, bold fruit, med finish. No roughness at all, smooth and med finish. Nothing off. Great value, $20

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Williams Selyem Gewürztraminer Late Harvest Vista Verde Vineyard

San Benito County more

1/14/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 93 points

PnP 1 hr in glass, slightly chilled. Clear, yellow/tan color. apple/pear nose. Hard to believe this wine is 14 years old. Med sweet for a dessert with with unreal tart green apple finish. Lots of acidity and big fruit. Has many years left to go. Nothing off. $50 (.375)

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Red

2010 Michael-David Vineyards Petite Petit

Lodi Red Blend more

12/30/2014 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 87 points

PnP from bottle. Clear, dark purple with long legs. Big dark fruit nose. Rich, bold, earthy, fruity, slightly extracted but not overdone. Will drink last half of bottle after 24 hours. Plenty of rich tannins but not with a sharp bite. Long, heavy finish. Nothing off. $13

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Red

2010 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Flax Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

12/30/2014 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 92 points

PnP w/1 hour decant. Some med sediment, clear otherwise and purple/dark red. Very nice, intense and proper Pinot nose. This drank just beautifully, better than expected. Proper CA Pinot flavor profile with superb balance and integration. Big and bold but not over extracted. Delicious wine in good drinking window but will hold well yet for at least a couple of years. Some tannins but not in a bad way. Dark Cherry, spice, earth, leather. Long finish. Nothing off. $64

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White

2013 Navarro Vineyards Gewürztraminer Estate Bottled Dry

Anderson Valley more

12/30/2014 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 88 points

PnP chilled. Clear, pale straw color. Fresh, fruity, varietal nose. A good example of CA Gewurz. A bit young and green. Some grass shows through but the flavor is true of the grape. Nice effort but needs a year yet. Nothing off. $18

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Red

2011 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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12/28/2014 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 91 points

PnP w/2 hr decant. Dark ruby red, clear. Typical big KB nose. Another nice effort. Extraction/ripeness dialed back. Med body, dried cherry, spice, cola, not over extracted, long finish, good balance, powerful. Nothing off, good drinking window but will hold yet for years. $67

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Red

2007 Veramonte Primus The Blend

Colchagua Valley Red Blend more

12/28/2014 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 90 points

PnP w/1 hr decant. Clear w/very minor fine sediment. Purple/red color. Light nose. Well balanced/integrated, tannins mostly resolved. Typical blend flavors a bit on the earthy side. Med body/finish. Good on day 2 as well with a shorter finish. Nothing off, great value, ideal drinking window. $14

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Red

2003 Château Cap de Faugères

Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/26/2014 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 90 points

Pw2 hour decant. Minor fine sediments. Med purple/red core with no hint of browning. Clean Claret nose. This wine drank better than expected. Ideal balance and integration with still vibrant fruit and backbone. Resolved tannins, med finish. Classic Bord. taste profile in ideal drinking window but should hold well yet for a few more years. Nothing off. $36

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Red

2010 Michel Gassier Cercius

Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend more

12/22/2014 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 88 points

Same notes as 9/27/14 taste.

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