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Red - Fortified

2009 Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Late Bottled Vintage

Port Blend more

4/24/2015 - frebro Likes this wine: 88 points

Nice but not quite as rich as I expected. Young? Alchol burns through in a way I usually don't notice in ports.

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White

2013 Clos du Tue-Boeuf Cheverny Frileuse

White Blend more

4/24/2015 - frebro Likes this wine: 88 points

Interesting white wine, make sure it's not too chilled. Nice w some cheeses. Nose is a little tropical w some minerals. Palate is nuanced w a rewarding depth, I enjot the complexity of this wine. Lychee, nettles, herbs, sime waxy notes and fine acidity. I'll a few more bottles, this may develop into an even more intersting wine w time-but might as well just collapse, hard to tell.

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Red

2010 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Langhe Rosso

Langhe DOC Nebbiolo more

3/15/2015 - frebro Likes this wine: 84 points

Nose w some rather acidic notes and bite from the alcohol that I wouldn't expect at 13%. Rather shy on the nose at first, mostly dark berries, cherry and a tiny note of spicy leather. Violets. Body i medium, wine is very fruity and silky smooth to drink, will probably age fairly ungracefully as there's not a whole lot of complexity, nor structure. Jammy and starting to maderise. Perfectly all right to drink now, but I doubt if this will improve at all w further cellaring.

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White

2013 Roger Champault Sancerre Les Pierris

Sauvignon Blanc more

3/15/2015 - frebro wrote: 85 points

Young, zesty SB. Pleasant but no greater depths of flavours or aromas.

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White - Sparkling

NV Alfred Gratien Champagne Brut "Cuvée Paradis"

Champagne Blend more

3/7/2015 - frebro Likes this wine: 91 points

Lovely creaminess and lively mouthfeel w aromas of brioche, red citrus, some almond and yellow apples. Charming stuff, drink now - I doubt if this will improve much by further aging. Bottle about two years in cellar.

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White - Sparkling

NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Brut Initiale

Chardonnay more

3/7/2015 - frebro Likes this wine: 87 points

Much too young. Very lively mousse initially, then dissipates surprisingily quickly - I can't recall having seven snyting like it before. It's been years since I last tasted this wine, didn't make a lasting impression then. This time, I like it better. Powerful body, heavily oaked but harmonious. Autolytic and rich. Lots of aromas that need more time to develop-bottle disgorged june 14, so I'll wait a few years until next tasting. Very promising.

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White - Sparkling

NV David Leclapart Champagne Cuvée L'Artiste

Chardonnay more

3/7/2015 - frebro Likes this wine: 88 points

Still young, rather closed but w potential to age well and develop further. Complex palate, nice balance and not over-oaked. Drunk at tasting, will likely be even more enjoyable w food. Floral, nutty minerals and fairly creamy. Mouthfeel is smooth, mousse is a little weak.

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White - Sparkling

2009 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier d'Or

Champagne Blend more

1/31/2015 - frebro Likes this wine: 90 points

Nose seems to be closing down at this time. Some flinty oakiness and a whiff of tropical fruit and floral notes, then it seems to shut down. Mouthfeel as always really satisfying w creaminess, lovely intense mousse and crisp acidity. Structure. Palate is oaky, long, complex. Lingers for minutes.

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White - Sparkling

2004 Quenardel & Fils Champagne Cuvée Vintage

Chardonnay more

1/31/2015 - frebro wrote: 82 points

Autolytic nose w green apples and pear. Mousse sort of crude. Mouthfeel a little sluggish. Palate fairly straightforward w apple notes and notmuch else. Acidity subdued at first, then lingers too long. Not bad, just fails to excite.

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Red

2006 Louis Latour Corton-Clos de la Vigne au Saint

Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

1/9/2015 - frebro Likes this wine: 87 points

Discreet wine, really well balanced and nose is pleasantly complex w flintsmoke, dark fruits and intriguing leathery-peppery notes. Palate is seamlessly integrated and the wine does not surprise, but w a meal it really works. Subtle, nuanced, everything you look for in a wine (including an acidity that works well w fattier foods, enjoyable hints of maturity w a nice body of fruitiness intact). I enjoyed the smokiness.

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White - Sparkling

NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grande Réserve

Champagne Blend more

12/25/2014 - frebro wrote: 90 points

First magnum tasted. You can tell the difference-this is even nicer than from ordinary bottle, not by much but you can tell.

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White - Sparkling

2009 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier d'Or

Champagne Blend more

12/25/2014 - frebro wrote: 89 points

Lovely as always, but this bottle had some issues. Mid-palate dominated by a bubble gum aroma that hid the complexity you notice early and late on the palate. Not defect, I think, just bottle variation.

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Red - Fortified

2009 Allesverloren Fine Old Vintage

Swartland Port Blend more

12/14/2014 - frebro Likes this wine: 88 points

A port-type wine w pleasant balance, rather light body, supple and well-balanced. Enjoyable.

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White - Sparkling

NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grande Réserve

Champagne Blend more

12/14/2014 - frebro Likes this wine: 90 points

Lovely nuttiness and good complexity for a NV. This is 2009 base and coming together beautifully by now. Overall impression is precision, a focused wine. Really well made. Mouthfeel is creamy, mousse is fine, nose is slightly oaky w red citrus and almonds. Palate is rich, lingering brioche, grapefruit, nuts and yellow autmn apples. Recommended.

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Red

2005 E. Guigal St. Joseph

Syrah more

12/14/2014 - frebro wrote: 87 points

Medium body w nice finish. Nice mature notes of dark red fruit, minerals and som spicy meats. Less powerful than most Guigal wines.

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Red

2006 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde

Syrah more

12/14/2014 - frebro wrote: 90 points

Dark fruit, oak, mineral. Smooth tannins, Rather low acidity. Rich texture.

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White - Sparkling

NV Sorelle Bronca Prosecco

Prosecco di Valdobbiadene more

12/14/2014 - frebro wrote: 86 points

Nice creamy and fairly complex prosecco w some toffee and red citrus notes. Acidity well integrated but rather discreet.

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Red

2012 Louis Max Côte de Nuits Villages

Pinot Noir more

12/6/2014 - frebro wrote: 83 points

Very light and young, yet there's nice complexity and structure. High acidity. Raspberries, mineral, faint oakiness. Food wine.

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Rosť - Sparkling

2009 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier Rubis

Champagne Blend more

12/1/2014 - frebro Likes this wine: 92 points

Another lovely treat from Vilmart. This is a creamy, nutty, raspberry-brioche explosion. Irresistible. Seems these wines mature sooner than expected, my cellaring is less than optimal I guess- too warm. Not a problem, I'm delighted that I must drink the other bottles fairly soon.

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Red

2007 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

12/1/2014 - frebro Likes this wine: 89 points

Still young and rather closed. Less body and much lighter than expected. Acidity noticeable but well integrated. The wine is well balanced and pleasantly fresh. Nose is red and dark fruits, some flint and gunpowder. Herbal and some grassy aromas. Violets. Palate is similar w more pronounced violets and unfortunately a fair bit of terpene-like geranium notes as well. Likely to improve by cellaring over at least the next 6-10 years.

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Red

2012 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne

Pinot Noir more

11/22/2014 - frebro wrote: 89 points

Young, light w pleasant acidity and nicely balanced palate. Aromas of red berries, some cherry, nice smokiness, hints of licorice and blackpepper. Elegant palate, fairly comple, herbal but subdued. Classic food wine, excellent w lighter red meats. Harmonious. Will likely improve w another 3-4 years of cellaring, but I don't think it's going to by worth the waiting. Drink at leisure over the next few years. Regret I didn't buy more.

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White - Sparkling

2000 Jacquesson & Fils Champagne Millésimé

Champagne Blend more

11/1/2014 - frebro Likes this wine: 91 points

Golden yellow, very low dosage. Terrific mouthfeel. Nose w ripe red apples, honeysuckle, sweet wheat dough, some dried apricot, marzipan and even a faint whiff of arrak. Palate is mature and complex w preserved freshness from the low dosage. Minerality, acidity well integrated. Very nice.

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Red

2007 Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Volant

California Red Rhone Blend more

11/1/2014 - frebro Likes this wine: 87 points

Satisfyingly rich - nose w peppery oaked barnyard notes and brambles. Palate well rounded, full body, rich, silky texture but still a hint of bite from the tannins. Lingers well. Fruit starting to dry off a little, some plummy notes but overall a very good wine for your dinner. I doubt if it will improve w further cellaring-might become clumsier w time.

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Red

2006 Azienda Agricola Lohsa Maremma Toscana Mandrone di Lohsa

Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/31/2014 - frebro Likes this wine: 88 points

Mature, rich, well composed wine. Smooth and velvety, deceptively straightforward - until you catch the subtle black pepper and cassis flavours. Very good w game!

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White - Sparkling

2002 Paul Bara Champagne Grand Cru Brut (Millésime)

Champagne Blend more

10/31/2014 - frebro Likes this wine: 89 points

Interesting, yeasty and autmn apples yet still fresh. Definetively signs of aging, but enjoyable w notes of milk duds and agar-agar. Drink soon, probably peaked a year or two ago.

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