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White

2010 Scarbolo Friuli Grave Friulano

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5/21/2015 - ChipGreen wrote: NR

Leesy nose with some citrus zest. Medium+ body with lemon peel, star fruit, marzipan and notes of oak and/or MLF. Could use a little more acidity, feels a little heavy overall but as it opens up it gains some minerality and spice which up the perceived acidity level somewhat. Preferred this cold, slight bitterness as it warmed. Perhaps what some refer to as an almond note?

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Red - Fortified

2006 Scott Harvey Fortè Sisney Vineyards

Amador County Port Blend more

5/18/2015 - ChipGreen wrote: NR

60% Touriga, 13% Tinta Cao, 13% Alvarelhao, 14% Souzau. Delicious California Port blend made in the traditional Port style with Portuguese varietals. Yet another testament to the winemaking talents of Scott Harvey.

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Red

2006 Lang Wines Zinfandel Reserve Oakmont

Amador County more

5/18/2015 - ChipGreen wrote: NR

PnP the wine shows its age right away with sherry-like aromas and flavors. With additional air time some of that blows off (surprisingly) to reveal raspberry jam, eucalyptus, cocoa and allspice with a touch of sweetness. Did not pair well with pizza (except for the crust). Drank half then capped and reopened 2 days later, aged notes appeared again and it was marginally drinkable. By the following day it had fallen completely apart. Should have vacu-vin'd instead of just recapping but still, this wine is fast approaching its use-by date.

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Fruit/Vegetable Wine

NV Emerine Estates STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE

Lake Erie Strawberry more

5/10/2015 - ChipGreen wrote: NR

Strawberry jam on the nose and palate. Enjoyable at first but a bit cloying as it warmed in the glass. A little goes a long way.... best treated as a dessert wine not a quaffer.

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Fruit/Vegetable Wine

NV Emerine Estates Dirty Old Hooker

Ohio Lemon more

5/10/2015 - ChipGreen wrote: NR

Off-putting, almost chemical or metallic smell to this wine. Maybe starting to go bad? It was drinkable but the smell was too much and we ended up dumping most of the bottle.

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White - Off-dry

2009 Emblem Sweet White

Monterey County White Blend more

5/1/2015 - ChipGreen wrote: NR

wine starting to creep up side of cork, slightly oxidized

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White

2007 Renwood Viognier Lodi

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4/24/2015 - ChipGreen wrote: 86 points

Starting to oxidize but still enjoyable. Peach, apricot and lychee on the off-dry palate with enhanced minerality. Slightly bitter note on the mid-palate that blew off after some air. Just enough acid to carry through to the finish. Drink up.

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Red

2012 Hansen/Grunner Pinot Noir

Sonoma County more

4/4/2015 - ChipGreen wrote: NR

PnP at cellar temp. Light ruby, almost translucent in the glass. Initially, the nose was straight up grape jelly. On the palate, ripe red fruits on the entry segway into peppery spice on the back end. Somewhat unusual for a Sonoma Pinot but this was a chameleon wine which was just starting to evolve. After 5-10 minutes in the glass and some swirling, the nose and palate became a little more subtle. The alcohol (14.5%) started to show and the peppery spice became more prominent. It was still fruit forward at this point but not as much so. Another 5-10 minutes in, the pepper started to dominate and the wine suddenly became quite tannic. It wasn't showing especially well at this point but..... another 5-10 minutes and voila! It had changed again, this time for the better. The heat subsided and the wine smoothed out considerably. The fruit and spice were working together in harmony. The wine was much different now than it was on PnP. Mostly cherry on the nose but quite nuanced, nothing like the in your face grape jelly we noted initially. Cherry on the palate as well with a touch of raspberry and strawberry. More of a transition between the fruit and spice now, filling in the middle of the wine. Previously the spice had just stepped right in and taken over for the fruit but now there was some overlap, giving the wine added complexity. The tannins were much better integrated as well. This turned into a very nice wine after going through some growing pains in the first 30 minutes. Recommend decanting if you don't want to go through the initial phases although it was an interesting experience.

Recorked overnight and poured a little sippy sip this morning to add some day 2 notes; Hardly getting anything on the nose now but the wine has gained additional complexity palate-wise with the oak influence starting to show along with a richness that I didn't notice last night. Not MLF I don't think, but a slight creaminess to the texture/mouthfeel that I quite like, especially combined with the fruit, spice and touch of oak. The wine didn't change nearly as much overnight as it did during the first 30 minutes in the glass but it definitely has continued to evolve.

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Rosť

2012 Château de Sours Rosé

Bordeaux Rosé Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/25/2015 - ChipGreen wrote: 88 points

Gets better with air and closer to room temps. Drank this bottle over several days, vacu-vin'd in between and it held up very nicely, even improving a little each day.

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Red

2009 Wellington Vineyards Zinfandel Meeks Hilltop Ranch

Sonoma Valley more

3/14/2015 - ChipGreen wrote: 92 points

Raspberry cream and blackberry compote with well integrated oak and soft tannins. Fruit forward, yet restrained and elegant. Smooth, balanced and delicious.

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White

2007 Gann Family Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Spring Hill

Russian River Valley more

3/9/2015 - ChipGreen wrote: 90 points

Still drinking well, starting to lose a little fruit and pick up some earthiness and minerality. Different than last bottle but just as enjoyable.

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Red

2005 Neal Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

3/6/2015 - ChipGreen wrote: NR

Magnum - fragile cork, use care when opening. PnP through aerator. The wine is clear and free of sediment, color is dark reddish brown starting to brick. Cherry, currant, mild oak and a little heat on the nose. Wine is still a bit tight despite aeration, could have used an hour in the decanter. It started to open up in the glass with some additional swirling. Cherry, currant, cassis, leather and some spice on the palate. Tannins are firm. Medium+ body, medium+ finish. Very nice, wish I had more.

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Red

2007 Rockus Bockus

Sonoma County Red Blend more

2/15/2015 - ChipGreen wrote: NR

Dark, inky color. Fruity nose of cherries and wood. A little hot on PnP with palate similar to nose, dominated by cherries with some toasty oak. Medium body, medium finish. Drank over several days, vacu-vin'd in between, it developed additional tannins and spice notes each day (and strangely, the oak became less toasty) although it also fell apart after 2 hours in the glass on day 2 so drink soonish.

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Rosť

2010 Cantina del Taburno Aglianico Albarosa Beneventano IGT

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2/8/2015 - ChipGreen wrote: NR

Some apparent seepage up through the center of the cork? Weird. Noticeably aged but I like the bready/yeasty character that it imparts to many wines.
Still has some fruit; strawberry, pomegranate, bing cherry. Some earthiness as well, almost a little funk to it. Or as studleytrey commented, "hay and mushrooms".
Not much acidity but it was enough to help balance it out and the bottle disappeared pretty quickly. Overall it was interesting and enjoyable. Would buy again.

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Rosť

2012 Château de Sours Rosé

Bordeaux Rosé Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/3/2015 - ChipGreen wrote: 87 points

Light raspberry, citrus zest and slight bitterness upon PnP from refrigerator. With a little air and closer to room temp - strawberry/cream palate with bright acidity. Light, nimble and refreshing.

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Red

2006 WineSmith Cabernet Sauvignon

Lodi Mokelumne River more

1/21/2015 - ChipGreen wrote: 91 points

Nights in White Satin

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Red - Fortified

2003 Wellington Vineyards Old Vine Port Estate

Sonoma Valley Red Blend more

1/21/2015 - ChipGreen wrote: NR

Caramelized cherry, sweet/tart raspberry, ripe plum, raisin, fig, toasted almond, and perfect acidity to offset the fortified sweetness

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White

2007 Renwood Viognier Lodi

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1/14/2015 - ChipGreen wrote: 87 points

Still drinking well, ripe fruit and medium+ body with a hint of spice on the finish but starting to show its age.

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White - Off-dry

2008 Leonard Kreusch Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling Spätlese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

1/9/2015 - ChipGreen wrote: 81 points

Lacking acidity, resulting in a flabby, somewhat cloying wine. Disappointing compared to other Leonard Kreusch Rieslings I have tried.

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White

2003 Árvay János Tokaji Istenhegy Vineyard

Furmint Blend, Furmint more

1/8/2015 - ChipGreen wrote: flawed

Oxidized. Be warned, Hart Davis Hart of Chicago offers zero guarantee on their retail sales. I was told "tough luck" when I informed them that all 4 bottles were bad.

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White

2006 Château Carbonnieux Blanc

Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

12/22/2014 - ChipGreen wrote: NR

Worried that it might be oxidized. Instead, it was a beautifully expressive wine with floral/vegetal/citrus nose. Waxy lemon palate with notes of melon,
quince, orange blossom, baked bread and spice. Some flinty minerality and surprisingly, some tannic grip on the finish especially as the wine warmed in the glass.
Day 2: Vacu-vin'd overnight. Not much change from day 1 although picked up some grapefruit on the palate that was only hinted at the day before and the spice
notes on the finish were a little more developed. Overall an enjoyable and complex white blend. Hopefully will be as lucky with my other bottle.

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White

2003 Árvay János Tokaji Istenhegy Vineyard

Furmint Blend, Furmint more

12/22/2014 - ChipGreen wrote: flawed

Oxidized

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White

2003 Árvay János Tokaji Istenhegy Vineyard

Furmint Blend, Furmint more

12/21/2014 - ChipGreen wrote: flawed

Oxidized

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White

2003 Árvay János Tokaji Istenhegy Vineyard

Furmint Blend, Furmint more

12/18/2014 - ChipGreen wrote: flawed

Oxidized

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White

2010 Sextant Wines Viognier 10knots

Paso Robles more

12/15/2014 - ChipGreen wrote: NR

Not much fruit left. Floral notes on the nose, some light citrus zest on the entry. The Marsanne and Roussanne kick in on the mid-palate, adding roundness to the mouthfeel of the wine.
Some baker's yeast throughout and a touch of white pepper on the finish. Also detected some minerality. Still interesting but on the decline. Started to fall apart after 30 minutes in the glass.

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