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White

2012 Provenance Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford

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5/24/2015 - lebo Likes this wine: 90 points

Consistent with prior notes.

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2011 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander School Reserve

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5/23/2015 - lebo Likes this wine: 91 points

Pretty dark purple color. Nose of dark fruit. Black berries, black cherries. Very pure palate. I don't detect any oak at all on the nose or palate. Moderately tannic. Medium to long finish. Palate similar to nose with dark fruits. I think this wine needs some age to open up. Lots of potential. Aerated, then double aerated, the first few glasses with only moderate success in coaxing out more aromas and flavors. More to come...

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2001 Bodegas Valsardo Ribera del Duero Reserva Superior

Tempranillo more

5/21/2015 - lebo Likes this wine: 91 points

Pleasant wine. Definitely more old school than new. Mild brett on the nose. Smooth palate with mild and well integrated wet forest floor, black tea, dried red fruits. Drinking very nicely now. May age gracefully for a little while, but not sure.

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2012 The Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Allomi Vineyard

Napa Valley more

5/16/2015 - lebo Likes this wine: 90 points

Typical in style for a CA Cab Sauv., better than most that I've tasted lately in that price range. Dark fruits on the nose and palate. Oak is nicely integrated. I think this a very good buy at $20ish if you can find it.

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2011 ST Agricola Amarone della Valpolicella

Corvina Blend, Corvina more

5/10/2015 - lebo Likes this wine: 90 points

Pretty ruby red color. Moderate brett on nose. If I didn't know what this was, I'd guess it was a Musar. Typical dried fruit with leather and forest nuances. Sweet mixed berry palate that's very mid palate. Moderately to long finish. 1st glass seemed to get better and better each sip. Very easy to consume; very enjoyable.

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2012 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley

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5/8/2015 - lebo Likes this wine: 88 points

Much better than the Gallo and the Decoy that I have tasted recently (see prior notes). More depth and structure than those two other wines. ST cellaring or just as a house red.

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2013 Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Decoy Sonoma County

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5/5/2015 - lebo wrote: 86 points

Better than the Gallo last week (see my prior note) but still nothing special. Price is right, but just eh.

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2011 Gina Gallo Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

5/2/2015 - lebo wrote: 85 points

Too oaky, vanilla for my palate. Not enough structure or backbone. Kind of soft and a little flabby. Consistent notes over 2 days.

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Red

2013 Wayne Gretzky Estates Cabernet Sauvignon No. 99

Central Coast more

4/21/2015 - lebo Likes this wine: 90 points

Great value wine. Definitely new world with more oak than I'd typically like. But it has a decent amount of fruit and backbone to make it a pleasant drink. And at $12, a solid house red for everyday drinking.

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2005 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

4/19/2015 - lebo wrote: 88 points

Moderately dark red color. Nose and palate somewhat muted. Typically aged rhone nose and palate. Dried fruit. Raisin.

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2006 Kistler Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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4/16/2015 - lebo Likes this wine: 91 points

Much better than last bottle 1+ years ago. Still out of balance and hot, but much more interesting. After aerating a glass, it seemed to fall apart and become disjointed and even more hot. I think these need to be drunk soon.

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White - Sparkling

2009 Segura Viudas Cava Brut Reserva

Macabeo-Xarel-lo-Parellada Blend more

4/15/2015 - lebo Does not like this wine: 85 points

The labeling on the latest bottles in the store has changed. The person in the store said it was the same wine / tasted the same. They were wrong. Definitely not as good as prior bottlings purchased of the last couple of years. Try one before you buy volume.

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2006 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Weir Vineyard

Yorkville Highlands more

4/12/2015 - lebo Likes this wine: 92 points

Medium red color with slightly orange rim. Nose of cola and sweet mixed red berry fruit. Palate a little thin, but with similar flavors. Pleasant.

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2011 Antinori Villa Antinori Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

4/11/2015 - lebo Likes this wine: 92 points

This wine is old school. If I didn't know what it was, I'd guess it's a Bordeaux. Lots of wet earth and forest aromas and flavors. Drinking great now, although definitely opens up with an aeration / decant. Should last for at least a few years.

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2010 Azienda Giribaldi Barolo

Nebbiolo more

4/8/2015 - lebo Likes this wine: 90 points

Very tight, dry and young. Has potential. Will see if a day or 2 of aeration shows its potential.

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2012 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

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4/6/2015 - lebo Likes this wine: 90 points

Solid House red, but more expensive than I'd like.

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Red - Fortified

NV Kopke Porto Fine Tawny Port

Port Blend more

4/5/2015 - lebo Does not like this wine: 75 points

I really don't like this wine. Doesn't have the sweet after palate I'm used too. Sherry-like, which I don't like.

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Red

2010 Castello Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

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

Old school. Drinking pretty nicely.

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White - Sparkling

NV Cristalino (Jaume Serra) Cava Brut

Macabeo-Xarel-lo-Parellada Blend more

4/3/2015 - lebo Likes this wine: 89 points

Crisp. Old school. Not a lot of depth but an enjoyable drink.

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2000 Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill

Diamond Mountain more

4/5/2015 - lebo Likes this wine: 93 points

Really solid CA cab. Still very focused and tight. Glad I drank this, but it still could age and improve for a number of years. Dark black fruit. Some lead pencil.

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2012 Obsidian Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley more

3/28/2015 - lebo Likes this wine: 88 points

Still tight and tough to get a lot out of it. Tasted over 3 days.

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2006 WesMar Pinot Noir Oehlman Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

3/25/2015 - lebo Likes this wine: 90 points

Like it much better than previous bottle. Rich and smooth but light at the same time. Moderately long palate. A bit hot. Some cola, light red fruit. Should probably continue to evolve nicely, but this is my last of the 2006s.

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2012 Château la Bertrande Sauvignon de Vieilles Vignes

Entre-Deux-Mers Sauvignon Blanc more

3/24/2015 - lebo Likes this wine: 90 points

Old school Sauv Blanc. Nice change of pace.

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2004 Kistler Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

3/21/2015 - lebo wrote: 88 points

Still not liking this wine a whole lot. Especially for the price.

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2005 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Weir Vineyard

Yorkville Highlands more

3/18/2015 - lebo Likes this wine: 92 points

Nice balance between old school and new school. Pleasant bright red berry nose and palate. Wine is very open and expressive. Some cola and mild earthy notes. Very smooth, well balanced and great mouth feel.

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