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Red

2011 Luna Vineyards Sangiovese Riserva

Napa Valley more

5/24/2015 - Onthelees Does not like this wine: NR

Initial tasting with short aeration; Deep red with purplish highlights; complex nose with red fruit, spice, wood and herbal notes; medium weight and avg acidity; disjointed profile on day one with oak competing with red fruit but some promising spice and fig components; came together over next day+ with dark red fruits, heavier weight, with nice complex, leather, spice, herbal elements, plenty of oak but overall very ponderous. Overoaked and overdone

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White

2013 Von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

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

Consumed a week ago so all from memory. Pale tan; effusive tropical nose of honey, melon, citrus and floral overtones; medium bodied, full palate of honey, pear, nectarine, melon, moderate residual sugar, very well balanced acidity and good length. 2013 was supposed to have been a difficult year but this was very good.

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Red

2011 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Ulises Valdez Vineyard Russian River Valley

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5/14/2015 - Onthelees wrote: NR

Slightly turbid garnet; red fruit nose with attractive forest floor component; exuberant first impression with bright red berry, forest floor, smooth mouthfeel, lightly spicy, very easy drinking. But the fruit was all forward, acidity was average, and tannins very light. Hollow mid palate. Second day, a different wine, darker with more intense spice-almost Syrah like. Had the wine delivered on its early promise, it would have been fabulous. It did not.

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2014 Arnot-Roberts Touriga Nacional Rosé Luchsinger Vineyard

Red Hills Lake County more

5/14/2015 - Onthelees Likes this wine: NR

Pale coppery serum color, less vibrant in color than the last two vintages; obvious watermelon tinged lees suspended at the bottom of the bottle; soft yeasty melon nose; soft, earthy, melon palate with silky, softly full mouthfeel, saline notes, a little sweetness with persistent earthy pleasure. Acidity moderate with subtle minerality; Less verve, more sex in this vintage. Very good.

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Red

2011 Cooper Vineyards (Virginia) Coopertage

Red Bordeaux Blend more

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

This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. I am not completely sure if all of these varietals are estate sourced but I have had barrel samples of Cooper's Petit Verdot and it was impressive. Garnet in color, nose of dark fruit, coffee and a little oak; palate starts with red fruit and evolves steadily through layers of moderate acidity, darker fruit and then firm mocha notes, a touch of cinnamon spice and fine integrated tannins and oak. Moderate length. Impression was steady over three days. You can locate the PV as the palate evolves. I found myself wishing for a little more body. On the scale of Virginia red wines this is very good and can stand on its own right.

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Red

2011 Arnot-Roberts Pinot Noir Peter Martin Ray Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

5/4/2015 - Onthelees wrote: NR

Deep burgundy; the most appealing aspect of this wine is its lip smacking acidity which was truly mouthwatering; the nose showed prominent brandied cherry and herbs: the palate offers herbal elements, cherry and strawberry flavors which evolve through a spicy phase into the acidic, lightly tannic finish. Thin from a body perspective with average length. Less complex on day 2.

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White - Sparkling

NV Fermi Bohigas Cava Brut Reserva Especial

Macabeo-Xarel-lo-Parellada Blend more

5/3/2015 - Onthelees Likes this wine: NR

Consistently crisp, medium bubbles, citrus and apple fruit, good QPR.

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Red

2009 Domaine des Miquettes St. Joseph

Syrah more

4/25/2015 - Onthelees Likes this wine: NR

PNP and enjoyed over three days. Initially disappointing compared to our tasting, with a short disjointed profile but came into its own on the third day. Deep turbid ruby red; Shy nose largely reflecting alcohol which never appeared on the palate; initially intense black raspberry followed by a stern band of blackberry and smokiness which settles into a lingering tannic black cherry and rum cherry liqueur. Nice acidity and liquor like mouthfeel as well. Very approachable. This needs air if consumed now. We really enjoyed the experience of this wine

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Red

2008 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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4/21/2015 - Onthelees wrote: flawed

Corked. And what was beneath seemed so generous. Damn.

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White

NV Cold Heaven Viognier Sonoma Coast

Sonoma County more

4/17/2015 - Onthelees Likes this wine: NR

Previous note lost in cyberspace apparently. Took a small risk and bought a case of this new vineyard Viognier from our favorite California viognier producer at a great price. A NV blend of '12 and '13 juice, the first apparently from the Sonoma Coast site. Served over Easter weekend, this was a hit. Crisp, peachy, complex and pretty well structured with good acidity and moderate length. Refreshing and paired well as an aperitif. Not the sophisticate Sanford and Benedict vineyard offering yet, but exceeded expectations

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Red

2003 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

Red Rhone Blend more

4/14/2015 - Onthelees Likes this wine: NR

The second of two Easter reds paired with chargrilled rack of lamb with a savory rub and a pomegranate-orange syrup. This is the regular 2003 graduated from finishing school with Honors. Smooth but powerful, intense kirsch and garrigue as described by others with a full yet silky mouthfeel, rich and layered with much better disguised alcohol. All the edges honed smooth. What struck me was its sweetness, which might have been accentuated by the fruity syrup served with the lamb which contributed to its playing second fiddle to the Guigal Ampuis for all at the table. Wish I had another bottle for a more suitable pairing.

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Red

1997 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Château d'Ampuis

Syrah more

4/13/2015 - Onthelees Likes this wine: NR

This was one of two great wines (the other a CdP) paired with rack of lamb chargrilled with a savory rub and a pomegranate-orange syrup (really good...see the Weber website). This wine was a stellar pairing. It's smoky meaty flavor harmonized perfectly and the dark fruit and licorice flavors complemented. Very very good and the better of the two wines per everyone at the table

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White

2009 Domaine Henri Gouges Pinot Blanc Bourgogne Blanc

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3/29/2015 - Onthelees Likes this wine: 88 points

Was surprised to find a Pinot Blanc from Burgundy but read that it is not a true Pinot Blanc. Henri Gouges states that this is made from a Pinot Noir mutant that turned white. It's nose was very floral with a touch of honey; rounded pear, lychee and floral palate with generous mineral offering evolving into greener notes with discernable tannins. Long. A unique surprise.

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Red

2009 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

Red Rhone Blend more

3/29/2015 - Onthelees Likes this wine: NR

PNP. Garrigue and burnt raspberry nose; full flavored palate of red fruits, especially raspberry with a spicy herbal undertone entering a dark, caramelized raspberry jam, anise and molasses phase which dominates the finish. Plenty of acidity and discrete tannins. First time with this wine. Will see how it evolves

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Red

2009 Kotrotsos Agiorgitiko Erasmios

Nemea more

3/29/2015 - Onthelees wrote: 86 points

Disjointed and oaky at first, came together with air into a reasonably good red table wine

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White

2010 Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley

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3/29/2015 - Onthelees wrote: 88 points

Has settled significantly since our last bottle. Similar flavor profile to last note with citrus and pear but has added olive, lychee and even in the words of my daughter, pee-like aromas. Nice acidity, integrated oak and decent body. Mixed reviews in our house.

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Red

2013 Pecchenino Dogliani San Luigi

Dolcetto more

3/10/2015 - Onthelees wrote: NR

Vacillated on liking this wine. Red and blue fruit, mushroom, licorice, and decent acidity. Light tannins. 2011 was more enjoyable

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White

2013 Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

3/8/2015 - Onthelees Likes this wine: NR

But for the excited words of tasters I respect, we would have waited on this one. Light gold with a bright, crisp, citrusy mix of lime, lemon, and grapefruit warming to pear, peach and vanilla, brimming with tingly mineral acidity. An oral alert- a vinous L.E.D. in your mouth. Very glad we did not wait.

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White

2014 Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough more

3/8/2015 - Onthelees wrote: NR

Just like David J. Cooper has described.

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Red

2011 Coca i Fitó Empordà Tocat de L'Ala Negre

Grenache Blend, Grenache more

3/5/2015 - Onthelees wrote: NR

Dark with purple highlights. Dark fruit and mineral nose but reticent. First day compelling combo of black fruit opening to dark red fruits, a touch of dark vegetal flavors, some smoke and moderate tannins and acidity. Then on day two and three it completely fell apart with the vegetal flavors coming through to dominate. Alas, promise unfulfilled! Grenache and carignan blend, perhaps too much of the latter.

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Red

2013 Paul Direder Zweigelt

Wagram more

2/27/2015 - Onthelees Likes this wine: 86 points

Clear medium ruby with cherry accents; muted nose of smoky cherry, earth, mushrooms and minerals; palate was tilted more to the earthy characteristics with evolving sour cherry, raspberry, spiciness in the finish, dusty tannins and pretty firm acidity and minerals. Old world pinot-like impression. Quite good for $10. 86-87

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White

2011 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

2/21/2015 - Onthelees Likes this wine: 92 points

Light reflective gold; mineral nose of citrus, oak & almond; very well integrated lemon, citrus, almond, buttered popcorn and oak palate with luxurious mouthfeel. Significant oak but not dominant. A serious Chardonnay.

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White

2012 Terrae Palmae Vermentino di Sardegna Di Sardegna

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2/21/2015 - Onthelees Likes this wine: 89 points

No notes taken; crisp, vibrant, complex for a Vermentino

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Red

2007 André Ziltener Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots

Pinot Noir more

2/16/2015 - Onthelees wrote: 89 points

Deep slightly turbid ruby, one hour decant; tart strawberry and raspberry picking up subtle underbrush notes and then evolving towards a spicy medium tannic finish. Acidity pretty stout. Did not enjoy as much on second day where some green notes appeared. Needs only a little air up front.

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Red

2012 Storyteller Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Got Away

Sonoma County more

2/8/2015 - Onthelees Likes this wine: 88 points

Garnet with purple highlights; aromas of ripe black raspberry, cedar and whiffs of marsh; flavors of blackberry and plum (slightly overripe) with moderate acidity and firm tannins, with a slightly spicy finish where a touch of oak appeared. Good length. An interesting cab: lighter body than average, does not taste like a cookie cutter Cali-Cabernet and we liked the structure and overall experience, especially for the price.

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