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White

2009 Kosta Browne Chardonnay One Sixteen

Russian River Valley more

6/29/2015 - jnanz Likes this wine: NR

Excellent. The oak has integrated, leaving flavors of honeyed pears, with candied citrus tones. The finish is loaded with a rich honey flavor.

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2005 Agharta Wines

North Coast Red Rhone Blend more

6/28/2015 - jnanz Likes this wine: NR

Excellent bottle. Decanted for an our before drinking. Brambly syrah fruit with herbal edges supported by a nice spine of acidity. Nose of lavender and other flowers is intoxicating. Some tannin remains. Day 2 the wine had fleshed out further and improved significantly with a silky texture. Anticipate this has another 5 yrs in it.

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2004 Boasso Barolo Gabutti

Nebbiolo more

8/3/2014 - jnanz Likes this wine: NR

This was excellent and ready to go after 30 minutes in the glass. Nice cherry fruit with floral tones and silky tannin. Great balance and acidity. From the profile I'd say this is entering its drinking window but has an easy 5 years left I'd guess.

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2009 Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner Reserve Lamm Kamptal

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6/11/2014 - jnanz Likes this wine: NR

Outstanding wine. My first experience with Gruner of this caliber. A complete wine with a fantastic nose, gorgeous weight and texture. Richer and more full bodied than other Gruner's I've had. The stone and orchard fruit profile is balanced deftly with excellent minerality and acidity. I must seek more of this in the future.

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Red

2004 Pax Grenache Dry Stack Vineyard

Bennett Valley more

12/7/2013 - jnanz wrote: NR

Last bottle. The nose was full of violet and berry fruit. Flavors of herbs d'provence, crystalized violets and raspberry are clinging to a tannic frame with notes of leather and stem. While this was very good upon opening, the tannin just does not surrender and turns dry. A portion saved for the following day confirmed that the tannins are drying and the fruit is probably breathing its last breaths.

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2005 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

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12/6/2013 - jnanz wrote: NR

Very good pinot. Darker cherry fruit profile compared to the Sonoma. Dark fruit and spice on the nose are carried through the palate with black cherry supported by cinnamon, mace, sassafras and nutmeg spice (mulling spices?). The cinnamon on the finish is slightly complicated by a little alcohol (heat). At peak for me.

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2005 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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12/3/2013 - jnanz Likes this wine: NR

Excellent Pinot that has aged better than I would have expected, provided its youthful, rich, fruit-forward style. Fruit remains, as do more integrated cola / sassafrass notes. The fruit remains in the rich candied cherry to blackberry range. Secondary tea notes are evolving on the finish. I would probably enjoy this over the next couple of years. Likely at peak.

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White

2010 Wind Gap Wines Chardonnay Brosseau Vineyard

Chalone more

9/25/2013 - jnanz Likes this wine: NR

Excellent chardonnay. Aromas of apple, pear and citrus. The wine had a great verve, very lively and long. Flavors of bartlett pear, sweet lemon (lemon curd?), and citrus pith supplemented by excellent minerality (almost limestone?) and light floral tones. The floral tones emerged later, after being open for an hour and warming slightly. I think this will be outstanding with time.

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Red

2003 Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Rutherford more

7/16/2013 - jnanz Likes this wine: NR

Excellent to Outstanding. My last bottle of 2003, and as others have noted - this keeps getting better. Much more mature than my previous bottle, slight bricking was observed. Rich kirsh and black cherry fruit on the nose are complimented by a light hoisin / mirin note. The nose is fantastic. Flavors of dark cherry, blackberry and ripe plum with hoisin, spicecake and leather notes were fantastic. The tannins are velvety and resolved completely within 30 minutes in the glass. For me this is in a perfect spot.

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Red

2005 Château Puygueraud

Côtes de Francs Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/27/2013 - jnanz wrote: NR

Very Good Bordeaux. Initially tight with barnyard aromas. Tannins remain drying and bitter on the finish. Dark fruit flavors with earth tones and licorice. The fruit seems ripe, almost showing hints of dates. A fairly simple wine, but what do you expect at the price. A good QPR at $15.

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2003 Château Péby Faugères

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/27/2013 - jnanz Likes this wine: NR

Very Good to Excellent Merlot. This was ready to go shortly after decanting (30 min). Garnet with evidence of bricking. Initially a little tart, this gained weight with air. Mature cherry, raspberry and plum fruit. Didn't seem overly roasted or stewed to me. Velvety smooth tannin, but lacked acidity. Only minor notes of minerality. Barrel notes of bitter chocolate provided background flavors. Nice wine. I enjoyed this even if it was on the more simple side of the spectrum.

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2003 Château Gruaud Larose

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/27/2013 - jnanz Likes this wine: NR

Excellent Bordeaux. Based on my previous note, this has continued to evolve. Not as open as my previous bottle. Decanted again for 1 hour, this was still a little tight. This bottle didn't strike me at all as ripe or forward. This was almost austere, with ripe plum and cherry fruit and a strong mineral and earth character. The nose was almost all earth with dirt and cheese rind dominating the aromas. The palate showed ripe plum and dark berry fruit. Maybe slight hints to roasted fruits. The earth and minerality provides excellent structure. Really enjoyed this, a very intriguing bottle.

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Red

2003 Château Grand-Pontet

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/23/2013 - jnanz Likes this wine: NR

Very good Bordeaux. Translucent garnet with edges beginning to brick. Nose of spiced cherry fruit. Upon opening some velvety tannin was apparent, though this completely integrated within 30 minutes. What was left was a nice wine with very good cherry fruit and a little spice (cigar box, light vanilla). Initial hints of cranberry faded resolved quickly to cherry juice flavors. Medium bodied, but no real staying power on the palate. Did not have the structure, acid or tannin to stand up to a grilled Waygu flap. Very good and enjoyable to sip with lighter appetizers. Likely at peak (will change, but I am not sure how much it will improve) for me.

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White

2010 Wind Gap Wines Pinot Gris Windsor Oaks Vineyard

Chalk Hill more

4/24/2013 - jnanz Likes this wine: NR

An excellent wine. My last of six bottles - and one of my favorite spring / summer sippers. Pretty salmon color, can be a little cloudy (sediment) if one does not stand the bottle or decant gently. Aromas of citrus and strawberry. The taste profile is similar - light strawberry, citrus with an herbal element. Nice acidic frame.

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Red

2008 Wind Gap Wines Pinot Noir Woodruff Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

4/9/2013 - jnanz Likes this wine: NR

Absolutely outstanding pinot. Even better than the last tim eI had this. Stunning nose of red fruit, earth and flowers - a tiny bit of earthy funk. Pretty ruby / garnet color with only the smallest bit of bricking. Delicate with great acidity, good spice and pretty fruit. Spiced cranberries, cherries and pomegranate with earhty notes, some flowers, stem and tea undertones. The midpalate has filled out leaving a complete wine. Silky texture without weight. Long finish with spiced fruit and earth notes. The best 2008 CA Pinot Noir I've had to date.

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Red

2008 Radio-Coteau Pinot Noir La Neblina

Sonoma Coast more

3/27/2013 - jnanz Likes this wine: NR

Very good right now. This bottle seemed less evolved than I would have expected. It opened up nicely over a couple of hours, but initially it was a little muted. Will hold remaining bottle a few more years.

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2008 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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2/26/2013 - jnanz Likes this wine: NR

Excellent pinot. Bright red fruit (cherry, strawberry) with earth and spice elements. I slight note of smokey earth resolved within 30 minutes of opening. Nice earth (forest floor, mushroom) backdrop.

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Red

2010 Bodegas Breca Garnacha Breca

Calatayud more

1/18/2013 - jnanz Does not like this wine: NR

Have had 3 bottles to date. All have had consistent flavor profile. A dark, extracted wine. Nose of dark berry and oak. The palate wasn't much different. Very extracted, purple color with a lot of dark berry fruit. The wine was very much over-oaked to my palate with the nella-wafer oak profile dominating most other (potential) secondary notes. After airing out overnight this was subdued a bit, but it never hit the aromatic complexity or flavor profile noted in critical review. Will likely improve with age and offer more, but this is not my cup of tea. Well made for the money I suppose (a good to very good wine), but more or less one dimensional.

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Red

2007 Pax Syrah Cuvée Keltie

North Coast more

1/11/2013 - jnanz Likes this wine: NR

Excellent syrah. Black fruit nose with smoked meat notes. The palate resonates the black fruit profile and meaty flavors combined with a strong olive profile. Super dark and briney. Tannins still provide texture but are calming a bit. I'll hold my next (last) bottle for 4 or 5 more years.

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2004 Pax Grenache Dry Stack Vineyard

Bennett Valley more

11/23/2012 - jnanz wrote: NR

Outstanding, but STILL wound up. Stemmy earth tones, olive and flowers over a core of blackberry/raspberry/plum fruit. Leather and spice notes add complexity. Decent acidity and still a nice velvety tannin frame. Hold off 2 -5 years on remaining bottle.

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Red

2002 Marché Aux Vins - Recolte Pommard 1er Cru Refène

Pinot Noir more

11/22/2012 - jnanz wrote: NR

Outstanding. Spiced cranberry and a big rootbeer finish. Nice acidity. Great with Thanksgiving dinner.

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Red

2009 Carlisle Syrah Cardiac Hill

Bennett Valley more

11/16/2012 - jnanz wrote: NR

Outstanding. Best Carlisle syrah I've tasted to date. Has plenty of time to go. Ripe black fruit with hints of meat and spice.

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Red

2010 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo

Langhe DOC more

11/14/2012 - jnanz wrote: NR

Excellent example of "introductory" nebbiolo. Cherry, strawberry, porcini, tobacco, hints of tar and floral aromatics. Transparent ruby, medium light body.

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Red

2010 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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11/6/2012 - jnanz wrote: NR

Excellent to outstanding. Nice red fruit, great texture, earthy undertones on a decent acidic backbone. Easy to drink and over-delivers for the price. I bit of heat on the finish subsided with about an hour of air.

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2007 Radio-Coteau Syrah Cherry Camp

Sonoma Coast more

11/2/2012 - jnanz wrote: NR

Outstanding. Entering its drinking window.

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