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Red

1968 Viña Valoria Rioja

Tempranillo more

11/21/2014 - defigio Likes this wine: 91 points

Took about 30 minutes to start opening, but drinking well with bright red fruit, herb and spice. A little unstructured as the tannins have diminished significantly.

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Red

1982 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva

Nebbiolo more

9/14/2014 - defigio wrote: 90 points

Dried flowers and tar, mushroom, earth, iron. Faded fruit and soft tannins. Drinking nicely.

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Red

1991 Cerbaiona (Molinari) Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

6/25/2014 - defigio wrote: 91 points

Loosened up and mellowed out after about an hour. Dried cheery fruit, italian leather, stern tannins still in place. Pleasant mature Brunello.

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White - Off-dry

2004 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Clos Windsbuhl Vendange Tardive

Alsace more

3/3/2014 - defigio Likes this wine: 93 points

Honey, melon, botrytis-like floral funkiness, beeswax, buttercup. Lush and full-bodied, significant sweetness (80-100g/l?), backbone of acidity. Excellent quality and complexity. Paired with kung pao chicken.

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Red

2009 Giorgio Pelissero Barbera d'Alba Tulin Riserva

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1/31/2014 - defigio Likes this wine: 92 points

Dark ruby color, opaque center, M+ viscosity. Blue and black fruit on the nose, purple flowers, organic earth and vanilla. Very round and lush on the palate, a full bodied Barbera. M+ acid, M tannin, M alc. Big but delicious.

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Red

2011 Giorgio Pelissero Barbera d'Alba Piani

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1/31/2014 - defigio wrote: 85 points

Competent, but restrained on the nose and tight on the palate. Tart fruit. Good acidity for food pairing, however, and a nice companion to beef carpaccio.

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White

2007 Domaine de la Renardière Arbois Pupillin

Savagnin, Traminer more

1/13/2014 - defigio wrote: 90 points

Bruised apple and cashew nut, oxydized, waxy and chalky on the palate. A great, funky Jura wine -- but still crisper, leaner, and less dirty than others I've tried in this style. A winner if you like Jura whites with some oxy and grip.

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White - Sparkling

2006 Serge Mathieu Champagne Brut Millésimé

Champagne Blend more

12/25/2013 - defigio Likes this wine: 93 points

Golden apple, baked bread, and a delicious, light-handed, quaffable quality. No oak, full malo. One of my favorite small producer Champagnes this year.

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Red

2007 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône Château de Fonsalette Reserve

Red Rhone Blend more

12/27/2013 - defigio Does not like this wine: 86 points

Not sure if this bottle was faulty or damaged, I expected more from this wine: Tight, spicy, and overly hot. Unpleasant cooked fruit character, and prickly acidity on the palate. A big wine, but not pleasant. It's possible this bottle was temperature damaged. I have one more of these and will let it rest for another year or two before trying again. Disappointed.

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Red

1982 Scarpa Barolo Tettimorra

Nebbiolo more

12/27/2013 - defigio wrote: flawed

Bottle was flawed or well past its drinking window. Closet must, mold, earth. Barely any fruit left, just dead and departed fruit leather. Undrinkable, barely made it through a glass. A shame.

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White

2006 Didier Dagueneau Blanc Fumé de Pouilly

Pouilly-Fumé Sauvignon Blanc more

12/13/2013 - defigio Likes this wine: 94 points

Light lemon yellow color, M visc. Generous and delicious nose of lemon custard, apricot, yellow flowers, fresh green herbs. Palate is just as generous: fruit, flowers, and herbs all wrapped in stony minerality, M+ acid, and a rounded, slightly oxy/developed texture. Very subtle pyrazines here, I could confuse this with riesling in blind tasting. Delicious, balanced, just world-class wine from such an excellent producer.

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Red

2012 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Verduno Pelaverga

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12/4/2013 - defigio wrote: 85 points

Translucent garnet with magenta highlights, very clear. M visc. Red fruit, cranberry, orange pith, tree bark. On the palate: Bright red fruit on the attack, significant stemmy bitterness. Sour fruit character, with a greenness or underripe quality. M+ acid, low tannins, M alc/body, M finish and complexity. Needs some air to unwind. Pair with ham with cranberry chutney.

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Red

1971 Château Latour Grand Vin

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/22/2013 - defigio Likes this wine: 93 points

Approached with a bit of caution, having heard the 1971s are, as a category, past their prime. But the bottle was sound and the wine was drinking fine. Leather, dried black fruit, pencil shavings, and a carpet of fine remaining tannin made for a nice pairing with simple grilled meat with mushrooms. Gave it an hour or so of air, but probably could have used a little more -- as so often happens, it seemed to really unfurl after another hour in the last glass or so. Excellent drinking experience -- but if you have these, I'd plan to consume soon.

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Red

1996 Robert Michel Cornas La Geynale

Syrah more

11/8/2013 - defigio Likes this wine: 90 points

Evolved, with some significant age expression. Dried black fruits, saddle leather, black olive, moss, smoke. Holding its own, but structure is starting to fall apart -- time to drink these up. :: Chez Fernand, Paris 11/2013

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Red

2007 Joseph Drouhin Morey St. Denis

Pinot Noir more

11/8/2013 - defigio Likes this wine: 89 points

Unfiltered light medium ruby color, ripe red cherries, roses, and baking spice on the nose. Gulpably structured, with light tannins and mouth-filling fruit and acidity. Not the greatest Drouhin I've ever had, but quite nice for the price in France (pricier in the US). Drink sooner than later. :: Chez Fernand, Paris 11/2013

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Red - Sweet/Dessert

1996 Vins Parcé Frères Rivesaltes Ambré

Grenache more

11/6/2013 - defigio Likes this wine: 92 points

A gently sweet dessert wine, with notes of golden apple, caramel, and some oxidative nuttiness. Elegantly aged and integrated. No trace of Muscat aroma here (although that's the traditional grape for wines from this region), so I suspect this is some other blend, possibly grenache blanc. Would make a great blue cheese pairing, or with any fruit or caramel-based dessert. :: Spring Restaurant, Paris 11/2013

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Red

2010 Mathilde et Yves Gangloff Côte-Rôtie La Sereine Noir

Syrah more

11/6/2013 - defigio Likes this wine: 92 points

Black fruit, grilled meat, smoke, with nice violet undertone. Fairly prominent oak and modern in style. Muscular and robust on the palate, heavily structured. 13% alc. Drinking acceptably now, but could use 5 years to mellow. Pair with brisket, game, or other grilled meats, olive tapenade. :: Spring Restaurant, Paris 11/2013

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Red

2009 Cave de Saint-Désirat St. Joseph

Syrah more

11/5/2013 - defigio wrote: 86 points

Ripe red fruit on the nose, a little leather. Not much spice, meat, or animal. Simply constructed, easy drinking. A basic, modern St. Joseph syrah for early drinking. :: Paris 11/2013

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White

2010 Domaine Richard Condrieu

Viognier more

11/5/2013 - defigio wrote: 87 points

Light pear and peach, buttercup and yellow flowers, fruit cocktail water. Clean, gentle, feminine, round. :: Paris 11/2013

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White

2010 Elian Da Ros Côtes du Marmandais Coucou Blanc

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

11/2/2013 - defigio Likes this wine: 89 points

Very pale/clear straw color. Nose of lemon pith, honey, green grass. Fresh and energetic on the palate, M+ acidity with weight and a touch of creaminess from the Semillion in the blend. Might have some barely perceptible RS. Paired with sushi.

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Red

2005 Domaine de Piaugier Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet

Red Rhone Blend more

10/16/2013 - defigio wrote: 88 points

Unfiltered, cloudy garnet color. Ripe red fruit (more sour on the palate), red plum, leather, black pepper and indian spice. Earthy minerality, no evidence of oak. M acid, and M very mealy/chalky tannins. M+ body/alc. Pair with duck, pork belly, or something fatty to break up the chalky tannins.

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Red

2012 Arianna Occhipinti Sicilia TAMI Frappato

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10/17/2013 - defigio wrote: 88 points

Filtered transparent garnet color. Tart red fruit, red currant, black cherry. Dry earth, touch of spice from oak. Bright acidity, medium gentle tannins, but simple drinking. Needs food. Good summer red, or pair anytime with lighter pasta, simple cheese and charcuterie.

A step down from this producer's main Il Frappato Sicilia release, simpler and half the price. Not built for aging, carpe diem.

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Red

2003 Bonaccorsi Syrah Star Lane Vineyard

Santa Ynez Valley more

10/11/2013 - defigio Likes this wine: 91 points

Appearance: Cloudy/unfiltered medium ruby, a little subtle oranging at the rim. M+ visc.
Nose: Overripe red and black fruit, blackberry and black cherry, raw beef, a little bramble and rocky minerality. Black pepper, and a little clove spice.
Palate: Bigger and nicely ripe on the palate, huge red fruit, red plum. Mouth-filling, with M acid and M- gently aged tannins. M+/H body/alc. (a touch hot), M length. Super-delicious, elegant and gulpable 10-year-old Syrah from a MS winemaker. Pair with pork with fruit reduction, caramelized pan-roasted vegetables.

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Red

2009 Domaine de Ferrand Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

10/5/2013 - defigio Likes this wine: 92 points

(No formal notes) Decanted 1-2 hours. Youthful and still tightly wound, but great red fruit, lively tannins, and overall great structure. Cellar for another 2-3 years (tasted Oct 2013). Should be excellent 2016+

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Red

1998 Domaine Paul Autard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée La Cote Ronde

Red Rhone Blend more

10/8/2013 - defigio Likes this wine: 92 points

Unfiltered ruby red color, little rim variation, M viscosity. Nose: Ripe red and black fruit, blackberry and cherry, light smoke and toast, purple flowers, herbs de provence. Palate: Tart red fruit, plums, herbal spices, dried flowers. M gentle tannins, M acid, M alc/body, good length. Round in the mouth. Nicely balanced, and carrying its age well. The best Rhone of the evening.

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