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Red

2007 Ramey Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

1/26/2016 - DarinC Likes this wine: 95 points

Another great bottle! Killer balanced Cali Syrah for the $! Full bodied and rich but has some cooler climate aromatics and flavors. I'd consume within 5 years.

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Red

2009 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT

Sangiovese more

1/26/2016 - DarinC wrote: 89 points

Brooding and mostly closed. Slightly better the follow day, but these should be held at least 5 years. In 10+ years it could be excellent.

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Red

2006 Sean Thackrey Petite Sirah Sirius Eaglepoint Ranch

Mendocino County more

1/26/2016 - DarinC Likes this wine: 91 points

Similar to my note a couple years ago, but with a boatload of tobacco, which is unusual for a petite sirah. The tobacco notes covered some of the fruit and floral of the previous bottle. I'd drink sooner rather than later.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2009 Château Suduiraut

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

12/31/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 96 points

The CT tasting notes and the critics are right about this one. My 3rd 375. There's a slight improvement every year. Absolutely stellar, and everything I want from a rich Sauternes. I love the botritis in these. To me, this is nearly as good as the 2001 d'Yquem.

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Red

2007 Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

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12/26/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 91 points

nearly identical to my note on 3/04/2014, except I found this bottle a little thinner. Would please a broad group of palates. Great PnP. Did not improve with air.

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Red

1996 Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/20/2015 - DarinC wrote: 89 points

Perfect cork and fill. PnP.
A heavy dose of damp earth blankets aromas and flavors of blackberry, dried cherry and currant and tobacco. The damp earthiness subsided somewhat with air, but it was still too much for my personal preference. Pleasant medium to full-bodied mouth feel, and a long finish work in this bottle's benefit. Mature. Will likely hold a few more years.

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Red

2005 Kooyong Pinot Noir Ferrous

Mornington Peninsula more

12/21/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 92 points

consistent with my previous notes three years ago.

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Red

2010 Schiavenza Barolo Bricco Cerretta

Nebbiolo more

12/21/2015 - DarinC wrote: 89 points

Roses, red cherry and raspberries on the nose. Fruit forward and tart on the palate with faint spices and moderate tannins on the finish. Plenty of acid and structure, but missing complexity and interest to be great. Pretty, nonetheless.

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Red

2001 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala

Nebbiolo more

10/3/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 94 points

Double decanted and served over 4 hours. Reticent aromas of bright cherry, strawberry compote, cedar, new leather and a trace of sweet spice and menthol. Focused and pure in the mouth with balanced structure. Polished tannins coat the medium finish. Excellent and will almost certainly improve in 5-10 years. As to be expected, it fleshed out with air.

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Red

2007 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

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9/12/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 92 points

Full-bodied and deep with loads of cassis, graphite, tobacco and Oakville earth. Concentrated and log. Very expressive now, but will age nicely. Outstanding Napa cab for the $!

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White - Sparkling

2004 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut

Champagne Blend more

6/16/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 93 points

More rich and intense than the 2006. Balanced, beautiful, and drinks great now!

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Red

2007 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

6/16/2015 - DarinC wrote: 89 points

PnP. Initially, I didn't care for this at all, especially given the price point. Predominately stemmy, with some floral and bright red cherry. Medium body and tight. Corked half of the bottle and put in the refrigerator at 35F. 87 points

Much better on day 3. Fleshed out and showed more depth of fruit. More uniform mouth feel and extended finish. The greenness was less offensive. Still not worth the $ 91 points

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2006 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance

Muscat more

2/7/2015 - DarinC wrote: 88 points

Beginning to oxidize. Drinkable, but nowhere near the level of my previous three bottles from the same lot. I hope it's just an off bottle.

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Red

2009 Keplinger Grenache Basilisk

Russian River Valley more

12/20/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 90 points

Like most Keplinger wines, this drank best after having ample air time--a day plus in the refrigerator for this bottle. A pleasant drink, but I preferred it on release.

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White

2008 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu

Chardonnay more

3/14/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 92 points

No detailed notes, but this drank extremely well! Killer bottle for the $!

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Red

2009 Keplinger Sumo Shake Ridge

Amador County Petite Sirah more

12/19/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 91 points

Improved with 2 hours of air. I'd drink now through 2017.

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Red

1989 Château Lynch-Bages

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/14/2015 - DarinC wrote: 92 points

Solid, but a couple notches down in complexity from a bottle I opened from the same lot 3 years ago. Chalk it up to bottle variation.

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Red

2007 Kristine Ashe Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Entre Nous

Oakville more

10/17/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 94 points

PnP. Terrific showing! Room filling bouquet of black cherries, roses, spices and roasted cacao. Lush, but elegant red and black fruit on the palate complimented by dusty minerality and spice. Long, slightly tannic finish.

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Red

2010 Château Malescot St. Exupéry

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

8/1/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 90 points

Coravined into a glass and followed for 2 hours. Tight. More definition and structure than the 2009. Opened up and fleshed out slightly with air, but this really needs bottle age. Very little complexity, but loads of potential. 90+

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Red

2007 Bodega Colomé Malbec Reserva

Calchaquies more

10/3/2015 - DarinC wrote: 87 points

Inky black color. Massive wine, with loads of extracted fruit and oak treatment. Blackberry compote and espresso are most obvious flavors. Excessive alcohol on the nose and palate. Air helps a little, but it's still out of balance. The terroir suggests this could be a much better wine, if made in a more restrained style. Overpriced for the showing.

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Red

2007 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

9/12/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 89 points

Lush, cherry dominate soft red fruit profile. Not much character or interest, but certainly a nice drinking BdM.

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White - Sparkling

2006 Gramona Cava III Lustros Gran Reserva

Macabeo-Xarel-lo-Parellada Blend more

11/14/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 91 points

More rye and citrus, and green apple than the 2005. Not as rich, either. Elegant and excellent, nonetheless. Should age nicely over the next 5 years.

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White - Sparkling

2005 Gramona Cava III Lustros Gran Reserva

Macabeo-Xarel-lo-Parellada Blend more

12/12/2015 - DarinC wrote: 91 points

A couple steps down from the 2 bottles I opened previously. This one was purchased from another merchant. While still excellent, it wasn't as deep and seemed slightly more acidic.

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White - Sparkling

2005 Gramona Cava III Lustros Gran Reserva

Macabeo-Xarel-lo-Parellada Blend more

11/21/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 93 points

Comparable showing to the bottle I opened on 1/10/2015 from the same lot.

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White - Sparkling

1998 Philipponnat Champagne Brut Clos des Goisses

Champagne Blend more

12/16/2015 - DarinC wrote: flawed

Borderline palatable. Oxidized.

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