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Red

2003 Hedges Family Estate Three Vineyards Red Mountain

Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/28/2015 - jlimberg Likes this wine: 88 points

Cellared well from magnum. Still bright in flavor. Tannins took backstage. Easy drinker

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Red

2006 Foppiano Petite Sirah

Russian River Valley more

12/24/2015 - jlimberg Likes this wine: 90 points

Drinking beautifully right now. Tannins softened, but win still has a beautiful backbone. Very red and blue fruit driven, but plenty of leather and oak as well.

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White

2011 Donelan Vénus

Sonoma County White Rhone Blend more

12/17/2015 - jlimberg wrote: 86 points

Lean, like pretty much every 2011 CA wine

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2008 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Late Harvest

Russian River Valley more

12/11/2015 - jlimberg wrote: flawed

Flawed bottle. So rare to find a dessert wine that is corked. This one was filled with volatile acidity with overwhelming nail polish remover aroma on the nose. Acidity was good and there was some candied butterscotch and apricot somewhere behind the flaws. Dissapointing.

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Red

2010 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Meredith Estate

Russian River Valley more

12/11/2015 - jlimberg Likes this wine: 92 points

Really drinking beautifully right now. Paired with a smoked pork tenderloin with bourbon cherry sauce. Perfect pair.

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Red

2010 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Klopp Ranch

Russian River Valley more

12/11/2015 - jlimberg Likes this wine: 90 points

More dark and muted than the Meredith we drank from the same vintage. Not as straight forward, but also not as complexed. Opened up nicely with time.

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Rosť - Sparkling

1995 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Rosé La Grande Dame

Champagne Blend more

12/10/2013 - jlimberg Likes this wine: 96 points

By memory, the greatest bottle of champagne I have consumed

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Red

2007 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Imagine Rhapsody

Stags Leap District more

9/7/2013 - jlimberg Likes this wine: 93 points

Well balanced, still showing a lot of new oak with heave cassis notes. Drinking beautifully now but would surely age at least 5 more years.

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Red

2007 Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

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3/20/2013 - jlimberg Likes this wine: 90 points

SIGHT: Clear, but slightly opaque, bright, deep ruby with reddish salmon rim, medium plus concentration and viscosity.
NOSE: Cassis, blueberry, brown sugar, cherry, gardenia, raspberry
PALATE: cassis, blueberry, raspberry, leather, tar.
ASSESSMENT: Med - med+ alcohol, medium acidity, medium plus tannins, medium complexity, and medlum plus finish. Deep cassis and dark fruit notes. Well balanced. No doubt this could be better with more bottle aging.

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Red

2005 Artesa Tempranillo Reserve

Alexander Valley more

3/18/2013 - jlimberg Likes this wine: 88 points

This wine was consumed later in the evening after 3 other bottles in our group. It was perfect timing. Tannins softened, lots of expression of black and red fruit. Certainly lots of cocoa on the nose as well. Very enjoyable to drink, although it is time to consume if you have inventory.

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Red

2009 Tyler Pinot Noir La Encantada

Sta. Rita Hills more

3/18/2013 - jlimberg Likes this wine: 90 points

Bright ruby with pink watery rim. Nose originally very similar to a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir with cranberry, strawberry, and lots of fresh red fruit. Palate confirmed the nose. This seemed like a very straight forward wine. Luckily there was still some left after 45 minutes. Despite the wine appearing lean, it was not delicate. It opened up with amazing perfume and fresh herbal notes. This was a really fun Pinot.

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Red

1961 Château Calon-Ségur

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/31/2012 - jlimberg Likes this wine: 88 points

SIGHT: Rusty Brown, cola core with copper rim; NOSE: Wet forest floor, wet leaves, raisin, shoe polish, old boot, orange peel, dried mushroom; PALATE: leather, wet leaves, tea, dried cherry, leather, old boot, dust; ALC: med, ACID: med-med+, TANNINS: med-med minus, COMPLEXITY: med+, FINISH: med. Still drank cleanly. Flavor of tea leaves was very prevalent, acidity still good but I'm sure a lot of complexity has been lost. Still a joy to drink a '61.

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Red

1979 Château Margaux

Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/12/2012 - jlimberg Likes this wine: 94 points

SIGHT: Cola Brown core fading to deep brick, rust, brick, salmon, copper, gold meniscus. Medium concentration and viscocity. NOSE: dust, truffle, black cherry, cassis, dry earth, tobacco leaves, dry leaves, roses, violets, raspberry, old cedar chest. PALATE: confirms nose with an additional cherry note. Medium to medium minus alcohol, medium plus acidity, Smooth tannins with a long finish. This wine changed a lot. Immediately it had a shoe polish and dusty chalk note. 20 minutes later it was very bright with surprising fruit and floral notes. 1 hour later it was very understated and fading. This wine drinks wonderfully, but I think it's at it's peak.

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Red

2008 J Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir Nicole's Vineyard Russian River Valley

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6/8/2012 - jlimberg Does not like this wine: 83 points

Very lean, simple and watered down. Tart fruit on attack with little to no finish. Very disappointing.

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Red

1996 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/13/2012 - jlimberg wrote: 95 points

Drinks amazing right now. Silky tannins, supple fruit, pyrozine, tar, mushroom, old boot, wet earth. Loved it.

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Red

1983 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/13/2012 - jlimberg wrote: 80 points

Still had balance, but fruit was gone as well as really anything on the finish. I'm sure this was wonderful in a previous life, but it had certainly declined and faded away.

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Red

2008 Tohu Pinot Noir

Marlborough more

2/27/2012 - jlimberg Likes this wine: 90 points

Consinstent style of Tohu Pinot with a funky Burgundian nose, pale color. This vintage shows a bit more ripe red fruit in it than previous vintages. Cranberries and craisin prevalent.

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Red

2009 Gérard Raphet Bourgogne Les Grands Champs

Pinot Noir more

2/21/2012 - jlimberg Does not like this wine: 83 points

SIGHT: pale ruby fading to layers of pink with clear rim. Medium minus concentration and viscosity. NOSE: light perfume, granite, strawberry, melted black cherry. PALATE: muted with wet rock, strawberry, mineral water, new leather, ground white pepper, bubble gum. ASSESSMENT: medium to low alcohol with medium acidity. Medium minus tannins with not much complexity or finish. This wine could have been confused with a young gamay. Nothing memorable here.

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Red

2001 Ledson Zinfandel Old Vine Sonoma Valley

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2/21/2012 - jlimberg Likes this wine: 89 points

SIGHT: Deep garnet core, layers of crimson, brick, salmon, and orange with clear rim. Medium plus viscosity and concentration. NOSE: bramble, raspberry jam, dried prune, old boot, molasses; PALATE: confirms nose...molasses, prune, cola, allspice; ASSESSMENT: Alc: medium plus, acidity: medium; tannins: medium - medium+; Medium finish and complexity. Very lush with extremely ripe fruit. A hedonistic Zinfandel

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Red

1966 Château Latour Grand Vin

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/2/2011 - jlimberg wrote: 91 points

Purchased via auction. Low to mid-shoulder with some signs of past seepage. Cork split on opening but otherwise was solid. SIGHT: Deep cola colored core with outer layers of rust, brick, copper, salmon, gold, and a watery edge. Medium concentration and viscocity. NOSE: soy, black cherry, caramel, toffee, spice, forest floor, dried pepper, shoe polish, leather boot, wet earth. PALATE: cinnamon, dried black cherry, leather boot, dried mushroom, forest floor. ASSESSMENT: medium alcohol, medium plus acidity, medium to medium low tannins, medium plus complexity, medium plus to high finish. Amazing acidity and balance. Tannins have softtened. Still some fruit hidden behind earth notes there. This wine certainly drank well right away, but was clearly fading 30 minutes later. Drink up quickly.

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White - Sparkling

2002 J Vineyards & Winery Vintage Brut Russian River Valley

Champagne Blend more

11/24/2011 - jlimberg wrote: 88 points

Solid Vintage Brut from J. Should improve over the next year or so

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Rosť - Sparkling

NV J Vineyards & Winery Brut Rosé

Russian River Valley Champagne Blend more

11/24/2011 - jlimberg wrote: 83 points

Great way to start your party. Not much complexity here.

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Red

2007 Alderlea Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve

Vancouver Island more

11/21/2011 - jlimberg Likes this wine: 86 points

Did not complete concise tasting notes. This bottle has a pleasant and perfumed nose. Fruit was bright with nice balanced acidity. Definitely a good purchase at this price point.

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Red

2008 J Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir Robert Thomas Russian River Valley

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7/31/2011 - jlimberg wrote: 88 points

Well extracted, bright vibrant deep ruby color. Nose and Palate very expressive of cranberry, strawberry, and cherry, with a hint of rhubarb. Certainly a red fruit bomb.

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Red

2004 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

7/27/2011 - jlimberg Likes this wine: 92 points

Decanted 3 hours. SIGHT: clear, day bright, deep garnet core fading to layers of rust, brick, and crimson. Bright orange rim. medium concentration and viscocity. NOSE: clean, expressive, leather, truffle, saddle, cocao nibs, barnyard, shoe polish, iron, damp earth, forest floor, dried cherry, ground black pepper. PALATE: dry, leather sour cherry, dry earth, saddle. ASSESSMENT: medium alcohol, medium plus to high acidity, medium plus tannins, medium plus finish, medium to medium plus complexity. This is definitely a very good vintage for this wine. Enjoyable to drink right now, and will drink better after many years of bottle aging.

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