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Red

2006 Alter Ego de Palmer

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/22/2015 - P&F wrote: 90 points

Good, standard Bordeaux, more on the lighter/fragrant side (as I guess Margaux is supposed to be?). On day one, the nose was much more appealing than the thin palate; on day two, the nose was more pronounced and the mid palate gained some stuffing. Probably better in 2-3 years but pleasant now with a decant. Nothing great but it's competent if overpriced.

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White

2009 Clos Floridene Blanc

Graves Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

7/3/2015 - P&F Likes this wine: 90 points

Pretty well integrated, aging nicely. There is a lovely Semillon richness to an otherwise lean Sauvignon streak. I wouldn't say it is special but it is very pleasant. At half the price it could be a very nice everyday wine.

(Day 2 edit: a little more pungency and sauvignon character came out)

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Red

2008 Teso La Monja Toro Victorino

Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo more

6/28/2015 - P&F wrote: 88 points

Big and alcoholic. Too much on its own, and it would need a really powerful food to go along with it, if such a thing exists... Steak au poivre? Something with a strong tapenade? Too much for me. But I imagine well done for people who like this big, alcoholic, thick style of wine. 14.5% alcohol.

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Red

2005 Château Gloria

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/19/2015 - P&F wrote: NR

This is pleasant enough... but basic Bordeaux for rich people, I think.

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Red

2005 Domaine Jean Chauvenet Nuits St. Georges

Pinot Noir more

6/6/2015 - P&F wrote: 88 points

A decant would help, not for air but because there's a bit of sediment lurking. Mild nose of earthy pinot and very drinkable now. In good balance, but really nothing too special. If it were anything but Burgundy, this would be $20, maybe $25. The Burgundians are convincing me that Oregon might be the way to go for good pinot of this savory style.

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White

2010 Domaine de Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Cuvée Silex

Chenin Blanc more

5/28/2015 - P&F wrote: 91 points

A fresh, stony nose and fruit that is still vibrant - with savory acidity that isn't overpowering but present/refreshing. Good length. I'd gladly drink again.

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Red

2004 Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/3/2015 - P&F Likes this wine: 92 points

This is exactly what I think of when I think of Bordeaux. Not over-the-top, very balanced, and beautifully fragrant. A nice moderate finish. Not spectacular but very agreeable.

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White

2005 Domaine Bernard Moreau & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Maltroie

Chardonnay more

4/12/2015 - P&F Likes this wine: 92 points

Lemony, stony nose - Rand gets a "butter-creamyness" to the nose as well. A mild, mild lemon curd with a slightly honeyed finish - really lovely. If not at its peak, very close thereto. Still some lively acidity to keep things brisk. Drink within 1-3 years.

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White

2005 Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses

Chardonnay more

2/8/2015 - P&F wrote: 85 points

The one from last night was over the hill, or very nearly so. Flabby. I'll try another one this evening to see if this is bottle variation or just a wine maturing much more quickly than we'd have thought. Oh well.

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Red

2012 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

1/27/2015 - P&F wrote: 90 points

Good, but great? One-dimensional at this point with good length but no obvious complexity. A decant and a 2nd day did not change it at all. I'll hold my $100 for something else. There is no CdP I've had so far that surpasses Rayas Pignan (not having had the full-blown Rayas).

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Red

2012 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

1/27/2015 - P&F wrote: 90 points

We agree with everything Xenon said. Definitely a good wine, but not clearly worth my $120. I've had more impressive Vieux Donjons. Perhaps not worth drinking for another while? Even a decant and a 2nd day did little for it.

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White

1993 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc De L'Orée

Hermitage Marsanne more

12/14/2014 - P&F wrote: NR

Others' recent notes aside, I'm afraid to say that, to me, it's beyond its prime. It was kept in a good cellar by the same owner since bought retail in the 90's. It did open some after an hour or so, but, still, the fruit seemed faded. It is/was obviously a fine wine and really needs food for any kind of pleasure, to get the last bits of savor from it. If pushed, I'd say it was stony, minerally, and after an hour, a bit of honeysuckle on the nose. Drink up. No rating because it just seems done.

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Red

2006 Pax Syrah Cuvée Christine

Sonoma County more

11/30/2014 - P&F wrote: 90 points

We struggled with the wax on the bottle neck... the cork broke apart. After removing the cork, the sediment still clogged up our strainer as we decanted. Remarkably this didn't detract from what turned out to be a very nice bottle of clearly New World syrah. 15.1% alcohol. Sweet, juicy fruit on the nose, and I always think this kind of syrah tastes of chocolate-covered plums. Chewable, with nice length.

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Red

2003 Château Lascombes

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/23/2014 - P&F Likes this wine: 91 points

Very pronounced nose, with tannins that became gradually more fine over an hour. Moderate finish… The seems perfectly ready to drink right now, but could probably go another couple of years. Very pleasant. Much better with food than without.

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Red

2000 Château La Croix du Casse

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/7/2014 - P&F wrote: 89 points

Lovely pronounced nose but after 5-10 minutes in the glass it's less pronounced than upon opening. The tannins seem just about fully integrated, and it's mature but is it interesting? Curious to taste a Bordeaux at this stage but $50 is beyond its reach. This seems like low to mid-range Bordeaux at its peak.

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Red

2010 Famille Perrin / Perrin & Fils Gigondas La Gille

Red Rhone Blend more

8/31/2014 - P&F Likes this wine: 89 points

Nose of charred wood, menthol, and something dark and spicy. Moderately long in the mouth, definitely peppery, earthy. Some reviews say that it is sweet, neither Rand nor I get that at all. Very pleasant but not necessarily a repeat buy.

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White

2009 Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc The FMC

Stellenbosch more

8/25/2014 - P&F wrote: 92 points

Yet another experience with this. Flamboyant nose of iodine, stone and peaches; "chewable" Rand would say, in the mouth, minerally and fruity, with a terrifically persistent finish. It was better on day 2 (we drank half and refrigerated the rest to have tonight). Maybe it's not on the decline and my previous bottle was just a bad variant. Who can say.

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Red

2005 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/20/2014 - P&F wrote: 90 points

A little monolithic and modern. I agree with others' assessment as more New World than Old. It's a pleasant enough wine but too, too young at the moment. I wouldn't touch another for 5-10 years. Highly alcoholic and very fruity.

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White

2005 Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses

Chardonnay more

7/4/2014 - P&F wrote: 86 points

There is a lot of bottle variation with this. One was very acidic, another wonderful in its balance, this one seems like it has some kind of flaw I can't pinpoint. Not bad, and not oxidized at all, but it's funny how each bottle has been different. When you get a good one, though, it's lovely.

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Red

2005 Louis Latour Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru Les Chaillots

Pinot Noir more

7/4/2014 - P&F wrote: 86 points

Day 1: Caramel on the nose, as well as strawberry jam. Taste has some more tartness to it than the nose lets on, and Rand affirms that it is indeed thin. Not much finish, a bit of heat on the end. Not bad, but nothing special either.

Day 2: Probably up another couple of points. It has fleshed out over a couple of days in the fridge and brought back to room temp. The nose is now smokier and earthier, more like I think of a burgundy. Also fleshed out and less "thin." This makes me think that it still has some age left in it.

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White

2009 Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc The FMC

Stellenbosch more

6/29/2014 - P&F wrote: 90 points

We had this about 6 months ago and this bottle is quite different... age or bottle variation, can't say. The nose is not fruity on this one, rather petrolly, could be a rich riesling. The palate is also not the honeyed, ripe fruit I remember but something stonier and minerally. It is still interesting and good, and the finish is complex and long, but I would drink up. This bottle lacked the previous exuberance.

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Red

2010 Joseph Swan Vineyards Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley more

6/22/2014 - P&F wrote: 85 points

Like a glass of cooked plum jam. It's not my style. If one were in the mood for a bigger, soft, jammy drink of Pinot, though, this would fit the bill. If you like that style I think the score would be a few points higher. I'd prefer some more structure to it.

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Red

2010 Long Shadows Wineries Merlot Pedestal

Columbia Valley more

4/30/2014 - P&F wrote: 88 points

"Big" wine. Not too much of a nose even with air and drunk over two days. When it opened there was some nice tarry dark fruit, but it's so much that I couldn't get beyond one glass. At that point I noticed that it's 15.2% alcohol. Probably good for those who like that style, but easily 3-5 years needed if not more. I'd try in 2017-18.

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Red

2001 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins

Red Rhone Blend more

4/21/2014 - P&F Does not like this wine: 85 points

Very nice nose, but the nose was the best aspect of this wine. Perhaps it is bottle variation from all the wildly positive notes on CT? This was sharp and unbalanced even with food, with acidity being a dominant characteristic. Rand didn't even want to finish it. (From PLCB, so one wonders...). If I had more I would probably wait until it was 20 years old and check then.

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Red

2006 Clarendon Hills Grenache Old Vines Hickinbotham

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3/18/2014 - P&F wrote: 89 points

Fragrant and fruited, no surprises; tastes like Australian wine, clearly grenache. It's big and opulent but lacking complexity - as jammy as can be. A glass was enough! Not my style, but I imagine it would be good for someone whose taste runs toward the obviously modern and big.

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