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2012 Daou Vineyards Grenache Blanc

Paso Robles more

7/26/2015 - fingers Likes this wine: 93 points

Very light straw color, bright and shimmery. Profound malo and big oak push the bouquet, so much so that on the palate, it could be a dead ringer for high-$ Chardonnay. Juicy and ripe with the high abv in respectful balance. Complex and inviting. 5+12+18+8= 93

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2010 Joseph Drouhin Côte de Beaune

Pinot Noir more

7/25/2015 - fingers wrote: 88 points

Splash decant and notes after 30 minutes. Very light, hazy ruby with very slight brick at the rim. No sediment.
On the nose it leads with smoke and oak over redcurrant and roses in the background. A lot more expressive than it was a year ago but still, somewhat bashful. Dry and tart palate with plenty of acidity upon entry. The chalky minerality blasts through mid-palate and a subtle lingering of raspberry, cherry, and green herbs fade out through the finish. So much nicer than it was last year, and still playing in the AFWE division. 4+11+15+8 = 88

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2010 CT Barrel Project Cabernet Sauvignon

Rutherford more

7/24/2015 - fingers Likes this wine: NR

Just getting better and better. Followed over 3 nights but it was generous and shining within 2 hours of opening and drank well into the second night. Fell off slightly on day 3. The integration of oak and tannins over time has resulted in elevated pleasure to this taster. My estimate is: this should drink well for several more years, however it is outstanding and ready now. Thanks, Smig.

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2014 Tranche Cellars Pink Pape Blackrock Vineyard

Yakima Valley Rosé Blend more

7/21/2015 - fingers Likes this wine: 89 points

The previous reviewers got it absolutely right. Delicious rosy with a nod and a wink towards Provence. The length and texture through the finish are quite nice and deserve some credit, in the form of a very good score. 5+10+16+8 = 89

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2011 Daou Vineyards Reserve Aux

Paso Robles Syrah Blend, Syrah more

7/18/2015 - fingers wrote: 91 points

Notes made on second day open. 60/40 Syrah-Grenache blend.
Very dark ruby color, almost opaque. Clear, heavy legs and no sediment. 14.1% on label.
Profound bouquet of boysenberry jam, carnations, butterscotch, fresh tar, and a little vegetal/herb mix. Brambly at the pop but that eased off with air. The palate is a pretty standard, hot and ripe Paso profile and despite that, I think the abundance of fruit portends that this should develop into something really nice in a few years. Was certainly more enjoyable on the second night. 5+12+15+9=91

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2009 St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

7/16/2015 - fingers wrote: 87 points

Notes after following for a day open. Medium straw color, a bit dull as far as shimmer goes. Bold aroma draws honey, kiwi, lime, grapefruit, and a little whiff of diesel. Acidity seems a bit dampened and I wouldn't mind a little extra charge on the palate. There is some grip into the finish and the flavors are good and persistent. Nothing stellar, but for a $17 Kabi it does the job. 4+11+15+7 = 87

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White - Sparkling

2002 Boizel Champagne Brut Millésimé

Champagne Blend more

7/12/2015 - fingers Likes this wine: NR

Drinking beautifully now after about 30 minutes open. Paired through a dinner of foie gras with berries, scallops, destroyed brussel sprouts, sea bass with heirloom tomatoes and farrow risotto. The wine was superb with everything and also with nothing. Not in the least bit tired and should be able to go for several more years.

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2005 Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières

Chardonnay more

7/9/2015 - fingers Likes this wine: 93 points

5 minutes after opening and it's just brilliant. Light to medium yellow gold in color, clear and sound. Modest intensity aroma but lots of complexity and tertiary notes. Graceful and bright on the palate, delivering hazelnut, lemon merengue, mango, persimmon, granite and Kings Hawaiian bread, to name a few parts. Very long on finish and Drouhin scores again. Drink now and over the next couple. 5+12+18+8 = 93

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2008 Hubert Lamy Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Clos de Meix

Chardonnay more

7/6/2015 - fingers wrote: flawed

Premoxed. Like Fino sherry

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2009 Captûre Wines Alliance

Pine Mountain - Cloverdale Peak Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/5/2015 - fingers Likes this wine: 92 points

Best after a day of slow-O. The tannins continue to be a bit wild and wooly but there are nice signs of tertiary development in the bouquet, and overall, still delicious. 5+12+17+8= 92

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White - Sparkling

2008 Pere Mata Cava Cuvée Barcelona Brut

Macabeo-Xarel-lo-Parellada Blend more

7/4/2015 - fingers Likes this wine: 91 points

Another outstanding expression from Pere Mata. Bone dry, yet voluptuous and sultry. Smooth and gentle yeasties, apple, lemon, cashews, kiwifruit, and sourdough, then a mineral and acidic flood carries that bouquet through a respectable finish. Even seems a bit on the young side, so considering the price (and the fact that the mrs. loves it) it's worth a big re-buy. 5+11+17+8= 91

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2006 Carmelo Patti Malbec

Lujan de Cuyo more

6/30/2015 - fingers Likes this wine: 90 points

Notes after following for 24 hrs open. Very dark ruby, almost opaque with a garnet rim. Clear and very slow legs, no sediment. Profound aroma. Cherry, violet, lavender, tar, and mature balsamic notes. The prunes of age also become more apparent as it airs out. The palate was pretty rough for the first several hours, before I felt the structure aligned with the bouquet and before I took real notice of the nice acidity that is still holding the wine together. The tannins seemed to keep their light grip from mid-palate through the long finish. A lot of savory, balsamic action going on here. I would like to try again in a year or two. If you don't like aged wines, it may be too late for you already on this. 5+11+16+8= 90

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2013 Guenoc Petite Sirah California


6/27/2015 - fingers Likes this wine: 84 points

'02 Guenoc PS was the wine that got me into wine. Haven't tried any since '05 vintage and when I saw this at TJ's, I had to part with the $8. I know these grapes come from outside Lake County, but it still makes a pretty good impression. Singular and simple, lots of tannins and good acidity, the flavor is varietally correct and pretty much how I remember it from 10 years ago. What I really wish, is that they still produced the fabulous PS port that I used to enjoy from Langtry/Guenoc. 4+9+14+7=84

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2012 Captûre Wines Sauvignon Blanc Tradition

Sonoma Valley more

6/26/2015 - fingers Likes this wine: 92 points

Improvement over a year ago, to my taste anyway. Needed about an hour of air time to settle in. The tropical flavors stretch out longer and are better stitched to the acidity and minerality. Really great stuff here. Drink through 2016. 5+12+18+7 = 92

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2011 McPrice Myers Beautiful Earth

Paso Robles Syrah Blend, Syrah more

6/23/2015 - fingers Likes this wine: 91 points

Extra dark purple, almost opaque with very slow, tinted legs. No sediment present. I followed this bottle for three days open and the bouquet transitioned from bold and brambly to complex and charming. The palate took off with a great start on night 1, being delicious and luxurious in flavors and texture. A good representation of why I buy McPM. Second night it seemed a bit out of whack with tannins so I finished it off on night 3 and it was excellent again. Different from night 1 but still showing nice class, persistence, and a very long finish. High abv, yes, but we know that going into this region. I think this may just want another year or two to really peak. At the $35 level, a reasonable treat. 5+11+17+8 = 91

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2011 Kerloo Cellars Majestic

Walla Walla Valley Red Rhone Blend more

6/20/2015 - fingers wrote: 90 points

From my first bottle last September to this one now, the wine has done what I hoped it would do. Namely, shed some youthful greenness and find better balance with the oak notes. Really comes across like a decent CdP now and more subtleties are being allowed to express themselves. The Mourvèdre is showing nicely in the mix. Good right from the pop and although it held up well for 24 hours, it did not change much with air. Might even go a notch or two higher with another year laying down. 5+11+16+8 = 90

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2012 Château Val Joanis Luberon Tradition

Roussanne more

6/18/2015 - fingers Likes this wine: 88 points

Notes after 2 hours open. Light straw yellow color with quick legs on the glass. Heavy tartrate sediment in the bottom of bottle. Honeysuckle, white jasmine, lanolin in a modestly powered nose. I like the viscosity and weight as it coats the entire mouth with the gentle and subtle notes that were featured in the bouquet. Nothing jumps out at you, but the complete package is there in terms of acidity-sugars-minerality and persistence. I enjoyed quaffing this just on its own. You should, too. 4+10+16+8=88

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2010 Maison Bleue Gravière Upland Vineyard

Yakima Valley Snipes Mountain Red Rhone Blend more

6/18/2015 - fingers wrote: NR

Followed this bottle for two days open. It was tough to define until the very end, when I feel it finally showed its true character. Early on, it was really crunchy and tight, some green meany-ness and unruly tannins. But the fruit and bouquet are nice, so you keep pushing through, trying to draw out a more satisfying impression. After subjecting the second half of the bottle to vigorous aeration, abuse, and even some cold and heat shock, I've got the wine I want. Smoother, more cohesive, and still there's a feeling it has more to give as it matures. I think I'll wait at least a year on my remaining bottles.

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2010 Daou Vineyards Micho

Paso Robles Red Blend more

6/15/2015 - fingers wrote: 90 points

60/40 Merlot/Cab.
Popped, poured, and followed for about 6 hours open.
Very dark magenta-ruby color, about 90% opaque, no sediment.
Seems a little energy is lacking in the aroma but it still has the proper elements of blackcurrant, licorice, fig, dates, light oak, and alcohol that is unfortunately, too typical of the region. Way too aggressive for the first hour or so and I would be concerned about any open flames nearby;) But the palate melded it all together once oxygen took it's due effect. Smooth and resolved tannins, just enough acidity and no need to hold any longer. French dip or prime rib is calling. 5+10+17+8 = 90

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White - Sparkling

NV Full Pull & Friends Chardonnay Blanc de Blanc Pleasant Vineyard

Yakima Valley more

6/13/2015 - fingers Likes this wine: 89 points

Very light straw color. Broad and vibrant mousse with large bubbles.
Gentle intensity bouquet with firm citrus, light creme friache, and a clamshell-like minerality. Appropriately dry. Slight hint of SO2 blew off in a few minutes. Light to medium body, high acidity. Bright and crisp with good potential to reward patience. 4+11+17+8=89

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2014 Renegade Wine Co. Rosé

Columbia Valley Rosé Blend more

6/11/2015 - fingers Likes this wine: NR

Pretty tough to write a tasting note on a wine that disappears from the bottle so fast. Just so easy to drink and paired wonderfully with a Sushi salmon roll, Kung Pao Beef, Sha Cha Chicken, and Budda's feast of vegetables. I would try this with anything from corned beef to sea bass.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2002 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux 1ère Trie Clos du Bourg

Chenin Blanc more

6/9/2015 - fingers Likes this wine: 93 points

I think mycellar01's note is spot on. From appearance to bouquet, I completely agree with his findings. It isn't as heavy as Sauternes and the flavors are Chenin all the way. I enjoyed this immensely more than the 2002 Le Monts 1ere trie. Followed this 375ml for five days open, storing in the fridge overnight and it never lost its verve or balance. 5+12+18+8= 93

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2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese more

6/9/2015 - fingers Likes this wine: 91 points

Notes after 6 hours open. It took about an hour for it to show properly.
Color is dark, aged brick garnet. About 90% opaque with slow legs and negligible sediment.
The aroma is confident and pure. Featuring cherry, licorice, tobacco, and florals. Almost fully resolved structure and harmonious balance on the palate. Long finish and overall, quite lovely. Completely fell apart on the second day and was barely drinkable. 4+12+17+8= 91

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2010 Bernard Vallette Beaujolais Quatre Saisons

Gamay more

6/8/2015 - fingers Likes this wine: NR

I think this is progressing along quite well. The young, sharp, sour grip and high acidity has softened into a lightly tart pull on the fruit so there is better balance between the two. A little bit of aged Gamay character is coming out now and should just continue to improve for a few more years. Saving my last one for another year, at least.

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White - Sparkling

NV Patrice Colin Les Perles d’Anne-Sophie

Loire Valley White Blend more

6/7/2015 - fingers wrote: NR

Second bottle and an even stronger endorsement. The light sweetness is braced against good acidity with a light tension. Paired with sushi tonight and it was perfect. Would make a very nice house sparkler

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