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Red

2009 Charter Oak Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

5/27/2015 - jnewman77 Likes this wine: NR

Really tasty Zin. Similar to prior notes.

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Red

2008 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon High Plateau Napa Valley

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5/27/2015 - jnewman77 wrote: NR

Really quite good for a young Cab. Nose with cassis, blackberry, black raspberry, anise, and hints of vanilla. The palate is fresh and really lovely with a nice acidity that keeps the palate nice and lively. The finish is very good. A nice cab that drinks well now and likely will still get better with age.

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Red

2009 Michel Magnien Chambolle-Musigny Les Fremières

Pinot Noir more

5/26/2015 - jnewman77 Likes this wine: NR

A very nice Chambolle, still young with good development potential. Raspberry, currant, limestone, and floral scents with a ripe, yet balanced and driven palate with good red fruit and a nice mineral streak. The finish lingers nicely. Well made wine, I imagine it will be at its peak in another 3-5 years, but is quite good now.

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2013 Sesti (Castello di Argiano) Rosato Toscana IGT

Sangiovese more

5/25/2015 - jnewman77 wrote: NR

A very light rose, initially when fully chilled seemed bland, but with a bit of warming developed some watermelon and strawberry notes and the palate gained a little depth. A decent rose, but needs to be served not too cold.

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White - Sparkling

2010 Iron Horse Vineyards Wedding Cuvée

Green Valley Champagne Blend more

5/25/2015 - jnewman77 Likes this wine: NR

Tasty and solid bubbly. Green apple, lemon zest, hints of honey and a touch of salinity. The palate is fresh, but has a nice richness. Enjoyable and should likely get better in another year or two.

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Red

2006 Azienda Agricola Montevertine Le Pergole Torte Toscana IGT

Sangiovese more

5/23/2015 - jnewman77 Likes this wine: NR

This needs more time, but has outstanding potential. Initial pour shows really dark fruit with sweet cassis, black raspberry, and some floral hints. With air and a bit of warming it becomes more classic Sangiovese with rose petal, tar, and black cherry. The fruit remains a little darker than the regular Montevertine and there is definitely more depth and development potential. I think this wine is fantastic, but currently needs at least 4-5 more years and will probably be peaking in 8-10.

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2013 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé

Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre more

5/23/2015 - jnewman77 Likes this wine: NR

Fantastic. Similar to prior, but a bit more integrated and balanced.

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Red

2011 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée Corcelette

Gamay more

5/21/2015 - jnewman77 Likes this wine: NR

This is delicious. Earthy, minerally, hints of stems, and lots of dark fruit with blackberry, black raspberry, and black cherry. The palate is fresh, filled with a flinty minerality, and delicious ripe, dark berry fruit. The finish lingers nicely. This is about as good a Beaujolais as I have had.

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White

2012 St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

5/19/2015 - jnewman77 wrote: NR

A solid and very tasty Riesling. Lime zest, slate, and honeysuckle with a sweet, but fresh palate. Not incredibly complex, but very good.

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Red

2011 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir Original Vines Reserve

Dundee Hills more

5/17/2015 - jnewman77 Likes this wine: NR

Very good and should get better. The nose is lovely with raspberry, cherry, baking spice, rose petal, and anise. The palate is fresh, delicate, and classic pinot. It lacks a bit of depth that I normally expect from the original vines, but I think it may develop with time.

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White

2012 Alphonse Dolly Sancerre Cuvée Silex

Sauvignon Blanc more

5/17/2015 - jnewman77 Likes this wine: NR

Classic and quite good Sancerre. Lemon zest, fresh hay, herbs, and gun flint with a very refreshing and tasty profile. There is reasonable depth and the wine stays quite interesting. A great cheese plate wine.

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Red

2010 Guido Porro Dolcetto d'Alba I Pari

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5/13/2015 - jnewman77 Likes this wine: NR

Delicious and easy to drink Dolcetto. Nose is very floral and perfumed, along with dark red fruits. The palate is easy to drink and delicious with lots of dark fruits and nice balance. Not a complicated or complex wine, but quite good to drink!

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Red

2008 Jean Foillard Fleurie

Gamay more

5/13/2015 - jnewman77 Likes this wine: NR

I loved this wine. Had at a restaurant. The nose is fantastically intriguing; earthy, floral, red berry fruit, and a fresh stemmy note. The palate is absolutely great; very elegant and almost delicate seeming, yet packs lots of flavor in with fresh cranberry and tart raspberry along with lovely violet notes. The finish is superb. Thoroughly enjoyable, great with food. Not likely getting any better at this point so probably would drink.

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Red

2010 Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Coastview Vineyard

Monterey County more

5/10/2015 - jnewman77 wrote: NR

Classic cali style pinot with rich, ripe fruit, baking spices, and cola scents. The palate is forward and big, but reasonably balanced and overall pretty good. If ripe California pinot is your style this will be very enjoyable.

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Red

2009 Conterno Fantino Barolo Sorì Ginestra

Nebbiolo more

5/10/2015 - jnewman77 Likes this wine: NR

First wine I've had from Conterno Fantino and it was better than expected. Lovely nebbiolo nose of rose petal, tar, tobacco, and fresh red berry fruits. The palate is definitely in the modern style with polished tannins and rich fruit, but still quite good. Definitely with lots of development potential, but given the softer style of tannins it is quite good now with decanting.

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Red

2009 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

5/10/2015 - jnewman77 wrote: flawed

Disappointingly corked

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Red

2011 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

5/8/2015 - jnewman77 Likes this wine: NR

This wine continues to be quite nice. Not shutting down at all. Nose of dark fruits, garrigue, violets, and scorched earth. Palate is rich and delicious with nice balance, great fruit, and a lovely finish. Still has lots of room to grow, but still good now.

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Red

2008 Méo-Camuzet Frère et Sœurs Morey St. Denis

Pinot Noir more

5/8/2015 - jnewman77 Likes this wine: NR

This is solid burgundy. Lovely nose with lots of classic Morey earthy/gamey notes. There is fresh red currant and some smokey minerality as well. The palate is fresh, tight mainly with acidity. It finishes a touch tart, but this is not really noticeable with food. I'd say at this point to probably drink this in the next year or two. Not sure the fruit/depth will be able to balance the acidity too much longer.

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White

2012 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Gris Original Vines

Dundee Hills more

5/6/2015 - jnewman77 Likes this wine: NR

Lovely wine; incredible bouquet of papaya, pineapple, floral scents, mango, and peach. The palate is rich, yet balanced and delicious. Tastes much riper than the 12.5 listed alcohol. More tropical nose than the standard pinot gris from Eyrie. Delicious.

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Red

2007 Calera Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard

Mount Harlan more

5/5/2015 - jnewman77 wrote: NR

This seems to be in an awkward phase right now. The nose has dark fruit, a kirsch like liqueur smell, some dried flowers, and baking spice. The palate has big dark fruit and spice, but is a bit hot. I'm not sure on this, I think it will come together as it has plenty of fruit and with another 4-5 years should come back around and have some more interesting tertiary notes, but it seems to lack acidity and not sure how the alcohol will play in.

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Red

2010 Franck Balthazar Cornas Chaillot

Syrah more

5/4/2015 - jnewman77 Likes this wine: NR

This is outstanding. The nose is very complex with lots of dark fruits, hints of kirsch, graphite and stone, violet, and smokey meat. This is classic Cornas, but with modern polish and elegance. The palate has loads of depth, good acidity, and robust tannins that should allow for tons of development with cellaring. Currently very young with nothing but upside. Likely not fully hitting its stride for at least 6-8 more years. I just had to try one after my first purchase of Balthazar.

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Red

2010 De Ponte Cellars Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

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5/2/2015 - jnewman77 wrote: NR

Nose is filled with black cherry, black raspberry, cranberry, and baking spice. The palate is robust and full of red berry fruit, spice, and damp leaves. Tasty wine with lots of room to continue to improve in the cellar.

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Red

2009 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Lavières

Pinot Noir more

5/2/2015 - jnewman77 Likes this wine: NR

Nose with tart raspberry, wet limestone, damp earth. Palate is a bit tight and minerally initially, but opens and integrates nicely with a bit of air. A nice wine, not great, but certainly tasty and likely with room to still improve.

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Red

2010 K Vintners Syrah Milbrandt Vineyard

Wahluke Slope more

5/1/2015 - jnewman77 Likes this wine: NR

A solid Syrah, nice dark fruits, hints of smoke and violets. There is just a hint of savory grilled meat and vanilla. The palate is full bodied and rich, but not overdone and retains balance. Overall very tasty, easy to drink by itself, but also goes nicely with food.

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Red

2011 Joseph Swan Vineyards Carignane Cotes du Rosa

Russian River Valley more

4/30/2015 - jnewman77 Likes this wine: NR

This is really quite enjoyable and lovely for the price. The nose is filled with violets, black cherry, raspberry, and just a hint of forest floor. The palate is remarkably fresh and vibrant with red berry fruit and a racy acidity that is lovely with food. This absolutely needs food to show well and with a good meal it is very tasty. Definitely not a typical Cali wine and a very good price for what you get.

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