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White

2011 Pieropan Soave Classico Calvarino

Garganega more

4/29/2015 - DonalOB Likes this wine: 92 points

Wonderful wine with extraordinary QPR. The and the Rocca are our favourites in hot weather.

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White

2012 Mastroberardino Fiano di Avellino Radici

Fiano di Avellino DOCG more

4/29/2015 - DonalOB Likes this wine: 92 points

Lovely fresh peach and stone Fiano

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White

2005 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc

White Rhone Blend more

4/28/2015 - DonalOB Likes this wine: 96 points

Drank over two days. Wonderful from the start - Floral with Almonds almost full Marzipan. Was more nutty next day. A great year for this wine.

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White - Sparkling

2002 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne

Chardonnay more

4/16/2015 - DonalOB Likes this wine: 96 points

Fantastic - nutty and slightly on the edge. Huge length. Got so much better with time in the glass.

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Red

1990 Château Lynch-Bages

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/4/2014 - DonalOB Likes this wine: 95 points

From magnum (direct from the chateau in 2013). Wonderful in every way. My WOTN but only just compared to the Cos '90. Generally full all round but clearly could improve with a few more years at least in this format.

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White

2012 Livio Felluga Colli Orientali del Friuli Pinot Grigio

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12/8/2014 - DonalOB Likes this wine: 91 points

Another excellent vintage for this PG. The usual fruit intensity matched by a mineral quality with decent acidity.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1999 Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Tokaji Essencia

Furmint Blend, Furmint more

7/1/2014 - DonalOB wrote: 92 points

At the '63 Port Dinner (Davy's): This is the Essencia which takes years to ferment from natural drip sugars, only 2.5% alcohol. Very dense, dark brown. Lots of honey and caramelised sugar on the nose with only a hint of fruit. Rather cloying in the mouth and extreme length. Not really a drink in the normal sense of the word, more a tasting experience. Done.

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Red

1983 Château Palmer

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/30/2014 - DonalOB Likes this wine: 97 points

This took a while to open up but then after two hours equaled other bottles. Superb and again outclassing the '82.

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Red - Fortified

1970 Fonseca Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

9/30/2014 - DonalOB Likes this wine: 95 points

Wonderful as always. Fully mature in the relatively sweet Fonseca style.

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Rosť - Sparkling

2008 Mumm Napa DVX Rosé

Napa Valley Champagne Blend more

7/14/2014 - DonalOB Likes this wine: 93 points

Bought from Mumm's
Light copper with fine mousse
Heady nose with lots of autolysis notes. Light red fruits - strawberry, raspberry, cherry - and good acidity. Nice clean finish. We enjoyed this in Colm's back garden after a couple of days in Napa.

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White - Sparkling

2002 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne

Chardonnay more

4/26/2014 - DonalOB Likes this wine: 95 points

Wonderful nose and palate. Just the density and balance I expected. This can be drunk now but will certainly improve with a few years.

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Red

1990 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

4/26/2014 - DonalOB wrote: 93 points

Beautiful nose and palate, still young and fruity. This shows the aging potential of this wine and has at least a decade left.

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Red - Fortified

1964 Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage Nacional

Port Blend more

4/26/2014 - DonalOB wrote: 93 points

Tawny looking. I decanted this expecting to leave it for four hours in glass but realised right away that was a mistake. I rebottled without air and when we drank it a few hours later it was as I opened it.
Full almost tawny nose with oxidant end notes, toffee and figs. Quite rich and full bodied on the palate with complex fruit still mixed with the caramel. However, relatively short with quite a spirity finish.

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Red

1983 Château Palmer

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/26/2014 - DonalOB Likes this wine: 96 points

Still fresh and young. Deep colour. Even after a few hours in the decanter this wasn't fully open yet. Magnificent fresh nose and balanced full palate. Stunning.

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White

2009 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Silex

Sauvignon Blanc more

1/13/2014 - DonalOB Likes this wine: 95 points

See note from the day before - couldn't stop myself.

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White

2009 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Silex

Sauvignon Blanc more

1/11/2014 - DonalOB Likes this wine: 95 points

Intense lemon oil on the nose with that flinty smoky note. Just a hint of the oak treatment but not at all disturbing and I usually hate that sort of thing on whites. I have no hesitation giving this a 95 - I couldn't put my glass down. I had another bottle in the fridge and I could stop myself from opening that the next day. I'll have to hide these away if they're to age (and they deserve a couple more years).

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Red - Fortified

1977 Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

12/30/2013 - DonalOB Likes this wine: 96 points

Another wonderful showing. We decanted it for several hours this time the sediment was packed solid so no need to filter. Beautiful garnet with orange rim. All the flavours from last time. We really enjoy this wine!

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2004 Sigalas Assyrtiko Vinsanto

Santorini more

11/26/2013 - DonalOB wrote: 94 points

Drank over Christmas period accompanied by lots of biscotti and nuts. Very deep colour, almost brown. Lots of raisin and nuts on node and palate. Very thick and creamy but with good acidity to cut through everything. Fantastic qpr.

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White - Sparkling

2004 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année

Champagne Blend more

12/17/2013 - DonalOB wrote: 92 points

HK Christmas party. Savoury with usual toasty notes. Not as dense/heavy as previous examples - came across lighter and quite refined which I preferred. Hopefully will continue to age well.

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Red

1989 Domaine de Chevalier

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/10/2014 - DonalOB Likes this wine: 94 points

Almost as lovely as last time - only real difference is the 'chateau effect'; everything gets a 3 point bonus when you're sitting with the wine maker, ogling the barrels.
Still, beautiful refined claret drinking wonderfully.

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Red

1993 Penfolds Shiraz Magill Estate

Adelaide Plains more

11/30/2013 - DonalOB wrote: 91 points

I expected this to be gone but it was holding up well. Still fruit and decent balance. Plenty of age complexity too. Quite a bargain this.

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Rosť - Sparkling

2002 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon Rosé

Champagne Blend more

9/30/2013 - DonalOB wrote: 94 points

Had this on the beach in Boracay for Patty's birthday.
Interesting colour, not quite pink but orange/red. Beautiful strawberry nose with hints of savoury complexity. This was drinking very nicely - may be too early but we sure enjoyed it. Happy memories.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1997 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux 1ère Trie Le Haut-Lieu

Chenin Blanc more

9/10/2013 - DonalOB wrote: 93 points

Deep golden colour. Honeyed nose of apples and apricot. Some nuttiness evident as well. Decent acidity to offset the richness on the palate. Not too sweet - zingy and long.

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Red

1992 Henschke Shiraz Mount Edelstone

Eden Valley more

9/6/2013 - DonalOB Likes this wine: 96 points

Decanted 3 hours. Explosive blackberry nose (right from open) with some mushroom. Complex palate with huge length. This is very ready now but will last a few years yet. My WOTN even though I brought it myself :-)

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Red

2002 Henschke Shiraz Mount Edelstone

Eden Valley more

11/22/2013 - DonalOB Likes this wine: 94 points

Lots of sediment on this one already. Plenty of dark cherry and cola on nose, similar on palate with fine tannins. Drinking well.

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