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Red

2007 Château de Nages Costières-de-Nîmes JT

Red Rhone Blend more

1/17/2014 - 314 Likes this wine: 88 points

Rating after the fact, so no particular details. Would buy again at this price point. 87--88 pts.

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Red

2011 Bodegas Aragonesas Garnacha Campo de Borja Coto de Hayas Centenaria

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5/22/2013 - 314 Likes this wine: 89 points

5/22/13--5/24/13. Nice minerality. Some fruit, but not overwhelming. Tailed off on the third night; probably better on the second night than the first, but very enjoyable both of those. 89--91 pts.

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Red

NV Vieux Papes Côtes du Rhône

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3/13/2013 - 314 wrote: 84 points

3/13/2013 Light to medium body. Fleeting hint of substance. Fantastic QPR, but with P this low, Q can be---and is---otherwise unremarkable.

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Red

2009 Cellers Baronia del Montsant (Clos d'Englora) Montsant Flor d'Englora Roure

Red Blend more

11/30/2012 - 314 wrote: 88 points

11/30/12 Pure red color around edges and against light, but almost opaque in the glass. Nice med(+) body with a little bit of fruit and a medium finish. (Very enjoyable, especially at this price.) 87--89 pts.

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Rosť - Sparkling

NV Tarantas Rosé

Spain Bobal more

8/30/2012 - 314 wrote: 80 points

8/30/2012. Some bubbles in the glass, but not lively on the palate. One dimensional at best. Not interesting as a wine, but non-white, sparkling, and very easy to drink. Logistically, the neck doesn't seem to fit a standard sparkling-wine stopper. (Especially at this price point, may be a useful non-white for generic warm summer nights.) 80 pts. (as a wine, but better than that when accounting for usefulness and price)

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Red

2009 Georges Dubœuf Morgon Domaine de la Chaponne

Gamay more

8/26/2012 - 314 wrote: 87 points

8/26/2012 Purple-brick color; deeper than expected. Medium fruit on the nose (berries?). Medium body and medium- finish, a bit of tannin. Perhaps a bit of spice. (Bigger and more tannic than expected; decent, and good value, but not quite together enough to be a great value.) 86--89 pts.

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Red

2007 St. Francis Red

Sonoma County Red Blend more

8/18/2012 - 314 wrote: 82 points

No formal notes, but seems like it may be a bit past its prime; was ambivalent about finishing it. 81--83 pts. (No notes from a bottle ~10 months ago, but I recall thinking of that as 86--88 pts. and, at the least, surprisingly good for the price point.)

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Red

2009 Domaine de la Solitude (Lançon Père et Fils) Côtes du Rhône

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8/7/2012 - 314 wrote: 87 points

8/7--8/8/2012. Brick in color. Thought it was an 87 the first night, but didn't like it as much the second night. (OK, but no reason to stock up.) 86--88 pts.

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Red

2009 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône

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8/5/2012 - 314 Likes this wine: 89 points

8/5--8/8/2012. Purple/brick. Needs time to open (30 min. decanting; 60+ min. is better; much better on the second and third day, tailed off on fourth day). Fair bit of fruit. Nice length to finish. Tannins overwhelming without time to breathe, but quite enjoyable after having time to breathe. (Good value once it opens up. Will get more.) 88--90 pts.

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White - Sparkling

NV Château Gaillard Crémant de Loire Clémence Guéry

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8/4/2012 - 314 Does not like this wine: 82 points

8/4--8/5/2012. Not too lively. Underwhelming. Have had Burgundian cremants at this price point that are much more interesting/enjoyable. 81--83 pts.

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Red

2009 Novy Family Wines Syrah Napa Valley

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7/10/2012 - 314 wrote: 88 points

7/10/12. (At group dinner, no good notes.) Big, fruity nose at first; mellowed a bit with 45+ min. of decanting. Pleasant enough and positively received, but didn't overwhelm people. 87--88 pts.

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White

2009 Christian Salmon Sancerre Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

Sauvignon Blanc more

5/28/2012 - 314 wrote: 87 points

5/28--30/2012 Light (but not too pale) yellow. Nice, bigger-than-expected nose (but can't quite identify it). Some body with a nice bit of roundness. A bit of a bite toward the end. Lingers a bit (maybe some tartness?). Enjoyable parts, but it doesn't quite all come together. 87--88 pts.

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White - Fortified

2001 Bonny Doon Vineyard Viognier Port Chequera

California more

5/18/2012 - 314 wrote: 87 points

Lots of apricot. Nice, but not remarkable. 86--87 pts.

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Rosť - Sparkling

NV Louis Bouillot Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé Brut Perle d'Aurore

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5/24/2012 - 314 wrote: 86 points

5/24--25/2012 Some creaminess, but not overwhelmingly so. Decent but not remarkable. 85--87 pts.

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Red

2008 Corvallis Wine Co. Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley more

1/20/2012 - 314 wrote: 86 points

1/20--22/2012. Liked it a bit better than my previous note seems to indicate. Thinness noted before is not unpleasant (on its own or with cheese). 85--88 pts.

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Red

2009 Château de la Tour de l'Ange Bourgogne

Pinot Noir more

9/2/2011 - 314 wrote: 82 points

9/2/2011. Clear reddish brick color (hint of paleness). Thin, no structure, moderate tannins. Not much of note or interest. Even at a lower price, no reason to come back to this; experiment with other bottles instead. 80--82 pts.

11/17/2011. Color as before. Still thin, but now seems more in an easy-drinking sort of way. Some fruit on palate. Previous note (9/2/2011) seems slightly too pessimistic. Still no compelling reason to come back to this, but I wouldn't mind having another bottle or two as a backup. 81--83 pts.

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Red

2009 Northwest Wine Company Pinot Noir Kudos

Willamette Valley more

8/30/2011 - 314 wrote: 84 points

8/30--31/2011. Clear red. A bit jammy. Not much body, easy drinking rather than distressingly thin. Short--med/short finish; some briefly lingering tannins. Not bad for something to drink at $15. 84--86 pts.

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Red

2008 Corvallis Wine Co. Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley more

8/26/2011 - 314 wrote: 85 points

8/26--28/2011. Medium red, fairly clear. Nose unremarkable on opening, but some fruit two days later. Medium- finish. Willamette-style; a bit thin, but otherwise not bad. Definitely liked it better two days after opening (stored with cap only). Would be a reasonable value at $16. 84--87 pts.

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White - Sparkling

NV Jaillance Crémant de Bourgogne

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8/26/2011 - 314 wrote: 82 points

8/23--25/2011 60% Pinot Noir; 20% Chardonnay; 20% Gamay. Pale yellow with many small and sm/med bubbles. Nose vaguely pleasant but unremarkable. Body a bit creamy, bigger than expected, but no interesting structure. Tapers off very quickly, but a little bit lingers. Bubbles don't (have time to?) play. (Second night still decent bubbles in glass; berry? more noticeable on palate. Taper of finish slightly less abrupt. Third night: slightly fewer bubbles; definite apple.) Not a horrible value at $15, but probably worth a bit more to get sparkling feel in addition to appearance. 82--86 pts.

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Red

2007 Cruz Alta Malbec Grand Réserve

Mendoza more

8/20/2011 - 314 wrote: 85 points

8/20--21/2011. Deep purple/red. Unremarkable nose. Medium/full body, but not intricate structure. Med/Med-Short finish. Some tannins in finish. Seems to benefit from a bit of air, both upon opening and then on second night (stored using vacuum pump). (Easy to drink; OK as something to drink, probably benefits from some food; OK value.) 85--88 pts

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