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2012 Robert Young Estate Winery Chardonnay Barrel Select

Alexander Valley more

5/19/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 93 points

Wonderful chardonnay. Burnished yellow-gold with nice legs. Lovely caramel, crime brûlée nose. Rich, thick wine in the mouth. Gorgeous fruit. Creamy, rich, round, but not even a hint of fatness. Just excellent balance near perfection. 4-13-17-9: 93/100.

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2013 William Fèvre Chablis Champs Royaux

Chardonnay more

5/10/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 92 points

QPR on this is off the charts. For about $15, you get a brilliant greenish-gold wine with decent legs, a very sharply defined nose with classic penetrating flint and limestone aromas, and a very lovely mouthful of textbook minerally fruit with good grip and richness. Long, pretty finish to boot. Just awesome! I'm gonna get a lot more of this if I can. 4-13-16-9: 92/100.

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2011 Landmark Pinot Noir Grand Detour

Sonoma Coast more

5/8/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 89 points

Excellent, enticing blood red. Great legs. Ripe nose of cherries and cola is classic for California pinot. Rich, grippy, ripe mouthful. Good cherry fruit. Young buck, fat but not flabby, tasty. Hedonistic if not terribly complex. A total joy to drink if you like the style, and I do. Open for a day before rating. It was worth the wait. 4-12-15-8: 89/100.

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2013 Siduri Pinot Noir Ewald Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

5/7/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 91 points

Excellent medium-dark garnet. Brilliant, with great legs. Deep and bright cherry bouquet. Delicate and complex. Silky smooth entry, deepening as it glides prettily across the palate. Excellent, seamless fruit flavors. Just a wonderful example of the heights pinot can reach in the New World. 4-12-16-9: 91/100.

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2013 Siduri Pinot Noir Sierra Mar

Santa Lucia Highlands more

5/7/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 91 points

Medium dark garnet. Nice legs. Excellent fragrant cherry nose. Black earth. Verrrrry nice in the mouth. Good grip with nice ripe fruit that is in fine balance with acid and wood to give great structure. Makes a very deep impressions and even intensifies on the finish. Very good juice. 4-12-16-9: 91/100.

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2012 Siduri Pinot Noir Arbre Vert Vineyard

Willamette Valley more

5/5/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 90 points

Medium-dark black ruby. Great legs. Distinct and attractive cola note in the nose. Cherries, too. Good body and presence, rich and full, with good complexity for such a young wine. Well-balanced with fine acid to give it backbone. Finishes very nicely, with firm fruit on the back end. Still young, should age well. 4-12-16-8: 90/100.

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2012 St. Supéry Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Vineyards & Winery

Napa Valley more

5/3/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 92 points

Open 24 hours. Very dark ruby purple. Good red legs. Good though reticent fruit in the nose;plum and earth, with bit of anise to boot. Sleek and polished, medium body. Fine varietal fruit flavors. Good finish that lingers. Seamless wine, nice for the money as Napa cabs go. 5-12-17-8: 92/100.

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2012 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

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5/3/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 86 points

With a day's airing, I like this. Initially, however, it had overpowering vanilla notes that made it almost undrinkable. Now: dark ruby-purple, with good legs. Faint aromas of plum and forest floor. Better in the mouth, with decent fruit though nothing special. Medium body. Easy drinking cab, nothing to right home about. 4-11-14-7: 86/100.

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2012 Robert Young Estate Winery Chardonnay

Alexander Valley more

5/2/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 94 points

Fabulous. Deep yellow with good viscosity. Excellent nose. Rich, honeyed, with creme brûlée notes. Very lovely rich fruit in the mouth. Full but not fat. Great presence and body, with notes of honey and cream. Gotta love this. 5-13-17-9: 94/100.

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2012 Le Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône Blanc

White Rhone Blend more

5/2/2015 - MicklethePickle wrote: 84 points

Light golden yellow. Pretty good viscosity, oily. Pretty nose of flowers including honeysuckle. Straightforward. More interesting in the mouth, leaning to the acidic side though not without fruit. Light body. Somewhat oaky. Charred wood impression on the finish, but fairly long. At $17 I probably wouldn't buy it again. 4-11-13-6: 84/100.

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2013 Novy Family Wines Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

4/27/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 92 points

Fab zin. Opaque black-ruby with red legs. Excellent fruit in the nose, purple fruits, violets, rich, porty, alcoholic but not over the top. In the mouth it sports highly extracted fruit, blue-black flavors, and a tremendous palate impression. This is one of the best zins I have had in some time. All around excellent. 4-12-17-9: 92/100.

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2011 Calcareous Malbec Reserve

Paso Robles more

4/27/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 93 points

Open for 25 hours. This is a hell of a nice wine. Saturated black purple color, it is completely opaque, and has copious legs. Blueberries and violets absolutely ooze from the nose. And there is a nice dollop of anise in the nose as well. Very pretty. For such a fully stuffed wine, this is incredibly smooth, sleek and round on entry. It then unfolds to reveal a lot of its charm, which takes the form of dark chocolate, a hint of vanilla, and toasty oak. Finishes big. This has tannins, but they do not get in the way of the lovely fruit. Finishes just a bit rustic, but this is definitely a winner in my book. Certainly one of the better Malbecs produced as a stand-alone in California; perhaps only Chateau St. Jean does better. 5-13-17-8: 93/100.

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2011 Landmark Pinot Noir Grand Detour

Sonoma Coast more

4/26/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 88 points

This is the second of two bottles of wine from Landmark that has shaken my faith in this winery a bit. Solid dark cranberry color is a good start, as is the fragrant cherry Coke, forest floor nose. But it is a bit lacking in the mouth. The plump, ripe fruit is good, but it finishes short and hollow. This wine is already fadiing. Did the winemaker change in the past few years? 4-12-15-7: 88/100.

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2013 Landmark Pinot Noir Spring Hill

Sonoma Coast more

4/25/2015 - MicklethePickle wrote: 86 points

Medium-dark cranberry, short of opaque, legs just OK. Nose is decent though not stellar. Light black cherry aromas. Better in the mouth. Medium body, decent flavor, black cherry. Still leaves me wanting. Not impressive. 4-11-14-7: 86/100.

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2012 Michael-David Vineyards Syrah 6th Sense

Lodi more

4/25/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 88 points

Black purple. Pretty much opaque. But somewhat thin legs. Excellent nose of purple fruits and violets. Blueberries. Deep, rich, penetrating. Palate not quite equal to the nose, but good fruit, some soy notes, and black earth. Big presence in the mouth but fairly smooth. Good value at $12.99. 4-12-15-7: 88/100.

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2013 Siduri Pinot Noir Pratt Vineyard - Sexton Road

Sonoma Coast more

4/25/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 91 points

Very decent dark garnet. Not opaque, but close. Good legs. This one shows its Sonoma roots with cola notes that go well with cherry fruit also in evidence. Very nice. Excellent rich pinot fruit in the mouth. Bit of a fruit bomb but still nicely structured so not fat, just plump. Quite rich and savory. Long finish goes on for a fair bit. This is definitely showing me something I like. Fine Sonoma pinot. 4-12-17-8: 91/100.

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2013 Siduri Pinot Noir John Sebastiano

Sta. Rita Hills more

4/25/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 89 points

Nice medium garnet color. Excellent legs. Very pretty nose, with rose petal aromas. Flavors are on the light side, delicate, young, fresh, but with sufficient savoriness to reveal its pedigree. This has a nice, pretty finish. Not a blockbuster, but certainly attractive if you like your pinots on the ethereal side of the spectrum. 4-11-15-9: 89/100.

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2013 Novy Family Wines Sauvignon Blanc

Russian River Valley more

4/24/2015 - MicklethePickle wrote: 89 points

Clear and bright, light golden yellow, decent legs. Very fresh nose, lots of grapefruit, herbs and lychee. Very pure fruit aroma. Good fresh fruit framed with abundant acid to lend structure plus. This is tight, should be a good food wine and should last a few years if the fruit holds out. 4-12-15-8: 89/100,

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2013 Novy Family Wines Zinfandel Papera Ranch

Russian River Valley more

4/24/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 88 points

Medium-dark purple. Good legs. Deep, rich, ripe varietal nose. Highly extracted with savory herbs. Big wine in the mouth, loads of ripe fruit. Could use a little time to smooth out, but fine now if you like a rich, somewhat raw-boned zin. 4-11-15-8: 88/100.

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2014 Novy Family Wines Viognier Sunny View

Russian River Valley more

4/22/2015 - MicklethePickle Does not like this wine: 82 points

Medium yellow. Banana, taffy-like nose, also shows steely mineral elements. Bit of a rubbery element, too, I'm sorry to say, but it is really colder rigfht now than it should be for optimum rating condition. Good mouthfeel. Not terribly special, even a little disjointed at this point. Charred wood in the finish. Could be a bit of bottle shock as I just got it shipped here yesterday. For now, 4-10-13-5: 82/100.

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2013 Siduri Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

4/21/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 88 points

My club shipment arrived today and included this wine. Didn't let it rest or recover from any bottle shock it may have had from its origin (the winery) 650 miles away. Strong red though see-through all the way. Legs good, not great. Nose is the best part: floral, rich black cherries, forward. Good in the mouth, but right now a little tight, acidic, and short. Clipped finish. I suspect this will improve significantly with a little more time in bottle. For now, 4-13-14-7: 88/100.

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2012 Tikal Patriota

Mendoza Malbec Blend, Malbec more

4/20/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 91 points

Seemed a bit ragged and uneven when first opened last night, but much better with 24 hours' airing. Opaque dark purple. Thick. Lovely violet fragrance. Smooth, supple entry into mouth, then spreads and blossoms wonderfully to fill every part of the palate, showing off vibrant, medium-full purple fruits and a mouth-coating chocolate character. This is dandy, and a great value for sure. 4-12-17-8: 91/100.

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2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

4/19/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 91 points

Slick-looking, dark red, not quite opaque but nearly so. Excellent legs. Nose on this is really exotic after opening for a day: loads of cedar, tobacco, vanilla, mint and dill. Complex! Palate is nice, rich, woody in a good, mellow oak way, with nice firm medium body, real presence in the mouth, good structure, and mellow woody fruit with some butternut. Different than a lot of other wines, but very nice in its way. 4-13-16-8: 91/100.

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2012 Château Fardel-Laurens Faugères l'Ardoise

Red Blend more

4/19/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 86 points

Impressive deep purple-ruby. Thick legs. Nose is tight and only in small doses does it give up hints of purple fruits and violets. Big wine in the mouth, earthy, tannic, and quite rugged and rustic. And yet it has been open for nearly a day! There is plenty to like in this wine for $7.99, but give it time to open and pair it with a big, juicy steak. 4-12-14-6: 86/100.

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2012 Robert Young Estate Winery Chardonnay

Alexander Valley more

4/17/2015 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 92 points

Oily-looking burnished yellow-gold. lacking legs a bit. Still, I love how this wine looks. Creamy, buttery, tropical fruit nose. Quite forward. Has just enough steel to it in the mouth to balance what still is a fleshpot of a wine. Rich, voluptuous, and beautifully textured, this checks all the boxes, especially in the mouth. Can't believe this remains largely unknown. Could give plenty fine French Burgundies a run for their money. Very nice. 4-12-17-9: 92/100.

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