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White - Sweet/Dessert

NV Bodegas Los Bermejos Malvasia Bianca Lanzarote Naturalmente Dulce

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5/28/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo Likes this wine: 91 points

Dinner at Alinea (Alinea, Chicago): A medium-dark yellow-gold color with some orange glints. This had a nose of honey, bitter almonds and orange peel. On the palate, this was a rich but balanced mix of sweet and bitter flavors, coating the mouth and finishing long and smooth. Paired with a variety of fruits in a rum-based sauce, this was a perfect finish to a delicious meal.

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Red - Sparkling

NV Malvira' Brachetto d'Acqui Birbét

Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG more

5/28/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo wrote: 84 points

Dinner at Alinea (Alinea, Chicago): Medium raspberry color, with a foamy pink mousse. This had a nose of cotton candy and ripe red berries. On the palate, this was all cloying sweetness, with only the faintest tartness on the finish. Paired with a rich dish of cheesecake and berries, this seemed like sugary overkill to me.

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Red

2012 Zepaltas Pinot Noir DeVoto Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

5/28/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo Likes this wine: 92 points

Dinner at Alinea (Alinea, Chicago): Beatiful light ruby/garnet color, appearing almost lumiscent at times. This deftly straddled the line between old world elegance and new world exuberance. Nose of ripe raspberries, baking spice and freshly-planed pine. On the palate, the succulent and juicy red fruit flavors were balanced with exotic herbal and spicy flavors, with the whole thing underpinned with firm, tart acidity. This can go another decade at least. Substituted (at my request) for some heavier California wines, this paired splendidly both with the pork belly with parsnip and black trumpet mushroom, as well as with the rabbit with morel and ramp.

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NV Mantensei Junmai Ginjo "Star Filled Sky" Tottori Prefecture

Japan Rice more

5/28/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo Likes this wine: 94 points

Dinner at Alinea (Alinea, Chicago): Clear, with a faint yellow hue. This had an incredible nose- meaty smells, freshly cut flowers, and very pure saline all dancing together in an arresting aromatic melange. On the palate this is similarly full-bodied, but still crisp and clean on the finish. Paired with hamachi and shishito served on a pine branch skewer, this was simply delicious. My favorite wine of the flight.

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White

2013 Cantina Tramin Gewürztraminer Alto Adige - Südtirol Nussbaumer

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5/28/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo Likes this wine: 90 points

Dinner at Alinea (Alinea, Chicago): A northern Italian Gewürztraminer- who knew? This had the color of mature white Burgundy, a beautiful medium-light gold. Both the nose and the palate had rich aromas and flavors of meyer lemon, almonds, and toast. This came off as oxidized, but in a delicious way. With elegant acidity, this stood up well to a rich Asian-flavored dish of eggplant, banana, cocoa and curry.

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White

2013 Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner Kamptal Reserve Renner 1er

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5/28/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo wrote: 87 points

Dinner at Alinea (Alinea, Chicago): Pale straw color. This had a lovely nose of fresh flower petals and citrus peel. Not much follow-through on the palate, which was rather thin. Paired with a mixed vegetable salad in a carrot dressing, along with a black truffle biscuit concoction that completely overwhelmed the wine.

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White

2013 von Winning Ruppertsberger Reiterpfad Riesling trocken

Pfalz more

5/28/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo wrote: 85 points

Dinner at Alinea (Alinea, Chicago): Light straw color with glints of green. This had a faint nose, starting to show a whiff of classic Riesling petrol. Palate had a little bit of citrus fruit, some modest acidity, and not a whole lot else. On the whole, pretty forgettable. Paired with skate wing in brown butter, lemon and herbs.

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White - Sparkling

2009 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier d'Or

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5/28/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo Likes this wine: 88 points

Dinner at Alinea (Alinea, Chicago): Medium-light gold color. Ample mousse with pert effervescence throughout. This had a somewhat mute nose, with a faint aroma of toasted brioche. The palate was more full-bodied, with flavors of ripe stone fruit and crushed mint, all kept fresh by tingly bubbles and solid acidity. This has enough structure to age for another 10-15 years. Paired with surf clam soup, roasted sunchoke, mini cucumber sandwich and lilac salad.

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Red

2010 Château Sociando-Mallet

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/26/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo wrote: 88 points

Opaque crimson color. Subdued nose of graphite, tar and black fruit. The palate on this is also restrained, remaining quite primary. This had a somewhat bitter finish when first opened, though this dissipated with a little bit of aeration. The tannins are still tough, retaining a spicy bite. I had hoped that the Merlot would have made this accessible by its fifth birthday, but it is still wrapped up tight. Would be interested to revisit this in 5-10 years.

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Red

2003 Camille Giroud Beaune 1er Cru Les Cras

Pinot Noir more

5/20/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo wrote: 86 points

Accessed with Coravin. Medium-light garnet color with initial signs of bricking. Flabby nose of tomatoes and blackberries, with nary a wisp of tertiary aromas. On the palate this is also quite primary, with stone fruit flavors easing into a smooth, barely acidic finish. This wine tastes a bit like it is falling apart; perhaps the oddness of the vintage is to blame? In any case, this may have been an easy drinker in its youth but, based on this example, it is unlikely to inspire the type of decades-long fascination that makes Burgundy so enthralling.

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Red

1996 Dominique Laurent Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes

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5/16/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo Likes this wine: 89 points

Medium-light crimson color. This was underwhelming at first, with the nose seeming light and airy, and the palate coming across as thin and astringent. An hour or two after being opened, the nose had expanded to encompass a rich floral perfume with distinct notes of lavender. The palate also bloomed, with red fruit flavors being accented by a lick of licorice, though not much in the way of distinct terroir. The acidity on this was very firm, leaving the finish somewhat unbalanced. Overall, a nice village wine drinking well enough now.

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Red

1985 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial

Tempranillo more

5/14/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo Likes this wine: 94 points

Cloudy garnet color. Dazzling nose with smoky and flinty aromas, combined with the classic CVNE note of orange peel. The palate is similarly nuanced and multilayered, with the addition of spicy herbal flavors and dusty red fruit. With a bit of tannin remaining, I was surprised to find this lively and well-supported at age 30. Tasted against the 2001 Gran Reserva, this humble Cosecha outshone its noble sibling. Drink now, if you've any around.

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Red

1990 Moillard Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Monts-Luisants

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5/14/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo Likes this wine: 92 points

Cloudy crimson color. With a bit of aeration, this developed an earthy and brambly nose. The palate had a good balance of red berries, an echo of the earthy nose, and additional stony notes. This has a mild but lingering acidity on the finish. Wonderful mature Burgundy, with all the elements in balance. I continue to be impressed with how well the 1990's are showing right now.

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Red

1995 Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz - Cabernet

South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend more

5/13/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo Likes this wine: 93 points

Opaque crimson color. Meaty Shiraz nose of roasted beef, accented by darker aromas of shoe polish, damp peat moss, and charcoal. The palate has an entry that is broad, fruity and smooth, with a slightly oily midpalate. This perks up on the back of the tongue, finishing with the flavor of tart blackberries accented by a spicy tannic bite and a final hint of fresh mint leaves. Mature, though still lively, this is drinking well now and should continue to do so for another three years. My first St. Henri; the good Lord willing, it won't be my last.

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Red

2011 Bernhard Huber Spätburgunder Alte Reben

Baden more

5/6/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo Likes this wine: 91 points

Medium garnet color. On both the nose and the palate, this combined an exotic spicyness with pure, bright red fruit, fine minerality, and pert acidity. This stood up to a variety of richer dishes (schnitzel, ox cheek), showing great versatility. Beatiful wine with a few years ahead of it.

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Red

2011 Boulevard Napoléon Grenache Vin de Pays de l'Hérault Le Pujol

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5/7/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo wrote: 82 points

Medium-light garnet color. In comparison to the somewhat expressive 2011 Carignan from this producer, this wine was rather weak. Light, airy nose of red fruit and a hint of wood. This is a featherweight on the palate, being rather watery and without much discernible flavor or texture. I'd avoid having this again.

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Red

2011 Boulevard Napoléon Carignan Vin de Pays de l'Hérault L'Angely

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5/7/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo Likes this wine: 89 points

Opaque rosewood color. This had a gamy nose of beef blood accented by ample peppercorn and dried herbal aromas, as well as ripe black fruit. Juicy and full-bodied, this was very smooth on the palate, with little remaining in the way of tannic support. Not built for the ages, but a pleasing and food-friendly wine.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2006 John Forrest Collection Riesling Noble

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5/5/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo Likes this wine: 93 points

Golden brown color. This has the characteristic mature Riesling nose of petrol, as well as the richer honey and apricot flavors associated with aged Sauternes. Viscous and mouth-coating, this is a standalone dessert requiring no accompaniment. Optimally mature, this should be enjoyed now.

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Red

2010 Peregrine Pinot Noir

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5/5/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo Likes this wine: 92 points

Crimon color. Spicy nose with rich underlying fruit and a serious, pronounced minerality. This was echoed on the palate, which was supported by fine acidity and deftly walked the line bewteen elegance and opulence. Similar to one of the more flamboyant Vosne-Romanée crus, this wine is an excellent example of the heights to which conscientiously-made New World PN can ascend.

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Red

2008 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro

Toscana IGT Sangiovese more

5/2/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo wrote: flawed

From 375 ml. Opaque, slightly cloudy crimson color. Intense nose of huckleberry, accented by an odd, persistent aroma of vanilla and latex. This was also evident on the palate, which otherwise was quite tart and tannic despite more than an hour of decanting. Had this at a restaurant, so storage conditions may have been to blame? Would be interested to know if others had this same issue.

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Red

2009 Silvio Grasso Barolo

Nebbiolo more

4/27/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo Likes this wine: 90 points

From 375 ml, popped and poured. Opaque rosewood color. Nose and palate are both jam-packed with ripe black fruit, like perfectly juicy blackberries. A prior reviewer described this as "fleshy" and I am unable to find a better descriptor. Though the nose is quite full throttle with a distinctly hot whiff of acetone, this wine is starting to develop some interesting tertiary aromas of shoe polish, red clay and tree bark. This finishes extremely dry, with firmly clenched tannins. This wine shows promise but is nowhere near ready to drink, I'd happily let this mature another five years at the minimum, with an eye towards drinking this in the 2020-2030 range. Very good value at the roughly $30/bottle Cellartracker valuation.

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White

1996 Bouchard Père et Fils Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières

Chardonnay more

4/17/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo Likes this wine: 96 points

Mature medium-gold color. Slightly oxidative nose of butterscotch, almond and browned butter, with the faint aroma of honeydew melon. Any concerns about premox (given the susceptibility of wines in this vintage) were quickly assuaged with the first sip. The palate is, as Remington Norman put it, "rich and round without any trace of heaviness." Ripe citrus fruit and the subtle flavor of Mezcal transition into still fresh acidity and a lingering stony finish. Excellent Meursault from the largest owner of this Premier Cru, this wine had every delightful characteristic commonly associated with mature white Burgundy. Drink up!

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2008 Oremus Furmint Tokaji Late Harvest

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4/16/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo wrote: 85 points

Vega-Sicilia with Pablo Álvarez (Tenzing, Chicago): Gold color. Tangy, somewhat green nose. This had an ample palate of rich, unctuous honey. However, it finished with an off-putting residual bitterness. This may recede with time, but I'd be hesitant to revisit this again in the near future.

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Red

2008 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Valbuena 5°

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

4/16/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo Likes this wine: 90 points

Vega-Sicilia with Pablo Álvarez (Tenzing, Chicago): Crimson-violet color. Light, clean and persistent on both the nose and the palate. Bright, tart red fruit aromas with a slightly musty sous bois (maleza? suelo del bosque?) scent. This had the same bright elegance and long, fine tannic finish of the 2009, which I preferred. Still, charming wine with a long future ahead of it. Would gladly taste these head-to-head over the next 15+ years.

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Red

2003 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

4/16/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo Likes this wine: 93 points

Vega-Sicilia with Pablo Álvarez (Tenzing, Chicago): Crimson color. Massively meaty nose with ripe tomato and baking spice aromas. This has a palate that incorporates a densely floral, perfumed flavor, finishing with smooth and well-integrated but supportive tannins. Surprising and superb, this is the equal of the similarly intriguing 2004 and better than the more reticent 2002. I would gratefully enjoy this for the next decade, given the chance.

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