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White - Sparkling

NV Full Pull & Friends Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature

Yakima Valley Chardonnay more

5/18/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 88 points

This was a very easy-to-drink, tasty sparkler. Slightly musty aromas with good bready lemon pith and mineral notes on the palate. Juicy and well-rounded.

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2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Old Vine

California more

5/11/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 91 points

This was quite nice. It put on weight as it sat in the glass, so I'd recommend a 1-2 hour decant. Some domestic Rhone style blends come across as too simple and frankly fruity to me, but this was quite nice with layers of raspberry, earth, spice and red currant. Nice, long finish and pleasant acidity.

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2012 French Creek Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Block 10

Yakima Valley more

5/4/2015 - BRR wrote: 90 points

I bought this on a whim from Impulse Wine. Yashar stated in his email that, "....I can easily put it among the top Cabs I’ve had in recent memory, in fact I think it’s the best Cabernet I’ve had in the last twelve months." Heck, for $28.99, I thought it was a low-risk buy for 2. This was my first. I'll agree that it's good but, to me, that's all it is. It's a very easy-drinking wine with very little tannin, and almost tastes advanced-in-age for a 2012. This won't age. Meaty notes on the nose along with juicy black currant and cherry fruit. Decent finish. I guess I like a little more structure. Re-reading the email, I can see that Trey Busch was the winemaker, and I can definitely see his style in the wine. If you like SoH wines, you'll probably like this. I, for one, won't re-buy. Drink up.

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2013 Southard White Wine Columbia Valley

White Rhone Blend more

5/4/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 90 points

This is really great wine. Such a nice balance of fruit, texture, acidity...I love how more great Rhone-inspired blends are hitting the market. This is a good one.

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2013 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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4/25/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 90 points

This wine was too young. Granted, it started to open some after about 2 hours, but I'm holding off for a year on my others. The goods are there, though. Very primary fruit that doesn't yet expand on the palate. Boysenberry, orange pith, a little rhubarb. A well-balanced wine that just needs to relax a bit.

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2010 Sleight of Hand Cabernet Sauvignon The Illusionist

Columbia Valley more

4/20/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 92 points

Normally not a huge fan, this was my favorite SoH wine to date. Beautiful nose and well-balanced black fruit on a sturdy frame. Didn't feel like a 2010 to me, showed more like a slightly warmer year. Very nice.

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2010 Rasa Vineyards Syrah Occam's Razor Block 10, Seven Hills Vineyard

Walla Walla Valley more

4/7/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 89 points

Still somewhat tannic and could (I hope) benefit from a little more age. I think it'll take on depth and complexity, which is what it lacked on this showing. Nice, typical Syrah flavors, but mostly fruit and tannin, not much meat / earth / funk. Hold.

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2009 Guardian Cellars Chalk Line

Columbia Valley Red Blend more

4/4/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 86 points

Not decanted. Straight-forward aromas of plum, a little cocoa, tobacco. On the palate, this was a nice mix of red and black fruits, with a surprising meaty, soy-like note coming through. I was surprised at how pronounced the Syrah (22% of the blend) notes were. I think this might be my bias against blending Bordeaux varieties and Rhone varieties in the same wine. Seemed like a basic, albeit well-made, table wine. Drink up.

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2011 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard

Sta. Rita Hills more

3/30/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 92 points

This is utterly delicious Pinot Noir. On the nose and palate, there were notes of spiced plum cake, black cherry, clove and a lovely mineral note that lingers, all wrapped in a very juicy delivery. Not even a hint of its 14.8% showed through. Just a fun drink and ready to go.

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2008 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

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3/23/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 93 points

This was a reminder of how fun it can be to enjoy well-made Napa Cabernet. Rich aromas and flavors of blackberry jam, currant and charcoal were supremely enjoyable. It's all about fruit, and the alcohol does peek through on the nose some of the time. However, it's well-structured and the tannins and ample fruit could still use a year or three to soften just a bit more.

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2014 Seven Hills Winery Dry Rosé

Columbia Valley Rosé Blend more

3/16/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 90 points

Very nice Rose. Very light pink. Just impressions at this point, but I loved the balance of fruit, acidity and palate weight. This didn't taste like slightly tainted water like some roses. However, not sweet or overly-fruited either. A great wine at a very good price. Not surprised considering it's Seven Hills.

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2009 Pamplin Family Winery JRG

Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/14/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 87 points

Decanted for three hours which, as it turns out, was too long. The first glasses were the best. Initially, great aromatics with violets, blackberry, and licorice. The palate is drying a bit and the blackberry, mint, and cherry notes are thinning out some. Drink up over the next year.

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2009 Maison Bleue Syrah Liberté Syrah Boushey Vineyard

Yakima Valley more

3/8/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 93 points

Patience was rewarded here. A very exciting wine. Decanted for an hour before drinking. Somewhat subdued aromas of red fruit. On the palate, however, deep flavors enveloped the palate including boysenberry, cranberry jam, orange peel and clove. Long finish. The brightness and freshness of the wine were perhaps the most impressive part, and it showed very, very well with food. Can go for quite a while yet (5-7 years) before any decline I think.

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1998 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

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2/20/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 93 points

First glass not decanted. Perfect cork. Slightly shy aromas of plum, cedar, charcoal and black cherry. On the palate, the tannins are fully integrated and waves of tobacco-accented cherry and red licorice fill the mouth. With air, the tannins showed up a bit, but not obtrusively so. This a stately WA red and shows the pedigree of the vintage, the fruit and the winemaker. Will hold for up to 5 more years before a (slow) decline.

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2006 Château Franc Grace-Dieu

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/16/2015 - BRR wrote: 85 points

The nose on this was initially great - dark fruit, nice vibrancy. But, on the palate, the fruit fell short. It was better with the steak we had, but the glass after dinner was far more thin and drying out. Good, not great, with food, not recommended alone.

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2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Old Vine

California more

2/9/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 90 points

Like many others, this is a very nice atypical Zin from CA in that it's not about ripe fruit or heavy-handedness. It's fresh, lightly acidic, but still with great varietal character: licorice, blackberry, pepper. Would be an excellent grilled burger wine.

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2009 M. Chapoutier Côtes du Roussillon Villages Latour Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem

Grenache Blend, Grenache more

2/2/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 90 points

Drinking well right now. Didn't budge by day 2 either. On the palate, notes of dark plum, black raspberry, bramble, light pepper and a subtle earthiness below it all. Drink now, or hold 1-2 more years.

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White

2011 Liquid Farm Chardonnay Golden Slope

Sta. Rita Hills more

2/2/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 93 points

This was a great showing. Young and vibrant still, showing impressive depth. Lemon zest, hazelnut, some flintiness, all come together and are lifted by great acidity. This showed a very nice balance of oak influence and natural Chardonnay typicity. Really great wine.

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2013 Kistler Chardonnay Les Noisetiers

Sonoma Coast more

1/26/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 90 points

Not small on flavor, that's for sure. My first Kistler. Nothing too spectacular on the nose, but full of lemon curd, toast and stone fruit. Good enough acidity but, frankly, a little monolithic at this point. I'll wait a bit on my next bottle.

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2011 St. Francis Zinfandel Old Vines Sonoma County

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1/20/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 86 points

This was a nice wine. Not overly gloppy or ripe, and had a decent amount of varietal character with boysenberry, green peppercorn, blackberry preserves and spice. It was a little hot for the first hour, but that blew off. Probably a good wine for BBQ or grilling foods.

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2012 Big Table Farm Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

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1/19/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 92 points

Despite my better judgment, I popped one to see what the fuss was about. This has so much potential but, not surprisingly, this was too young. Clear, precise flavors of blueberry and pomegranate, with just the slightest hint of earth, but it's really all about fruit. Very primary still, and doesn't really expand on the palate due to its age. Hold 2 years before trying another (at least). Lots of great stuffing to really pop this up another point or two+.

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2005 Wineglass Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Washington more

1/12/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 89 points

Not decanted. Dark purple opaque color - doesn't appear like a 9-year old wine. Dense and a bit gritty, but with excellent fruit, a mélange of plum, blueberry and pencil lead. This can definitely go longer. Needs some air, and is nice now as well.

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2007 Stevens Cabernet Sauvignon XY Reserve

Yakima Valley more

1/5/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 93 points

First glass not decanted. Beautiful nose melding violets, blackberry, currant and earth. Pinpoint balance on the palate, with similar flavors of dark fruit and a beautiful sense of inner-mouth perfume. Long, delicate finish. Drinking great right now. Second glass after 1.5 hours in the decanter hadn't budged. Superb.

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2009 Buty Columbia Rediviva Phinny Hill Vineyard

Horse Heaven Hills Red Blend more

1/5/2015 - BRR Likes this wine: 91 points

Decanted and consumed over 2 hours. Great nose right out of the gates, with very expressive rose, red cherry and plum notes. Still structured and tannic, but the dark cherry and currant notes come through nicely. Good to drink now, or continue to hold for 2-4 years.

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2006 Mark Ryan Water Witch Klipsun Vineyard

Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/30/2014 - BRR Likes this wine: 93 points

Pop and poured, from magnum. Everyone raved about this wine. Extremely showy and well-balanced. I didn't quite know what to expect from a Mark Ryan wine with a little age (would it stay in balance, even though they're so big in their youth?), but I was pleasantly surprised. I don't have specific notes, but the dark fruit was silky, and had morphed into an extremely enjoyable wine.

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