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Red - Fortified

1994 Martinez Porto Vintage Quinta da Eira Velha

Port Blend more

7/26/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 94 points

Fantastic port drinking great right now. Medium-bodied, smooth acidity, nutty, potpourri flavors.

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White - Sparkling

NV Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve

Champagne Blend more

7/20/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 92 points

New-style label, 2012 disgorgement. Age has done this well. It's lively and delicious and very classic.

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Red

2012 Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon Rock Cairn

Oakville more

7/12/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 94 points

Quite distinctive. Profile is of very dark fruits and lots of molasses. Think Calon Segur.

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Red

2012 Domaine Jessiaume Pere et Fils Volnay 1er Cru Les Brouillards

Pinot Noir more

6/23/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 91 points

Generous with plenty of Volnay silk, but also shows the fine minerality associated with this vineyard.

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Red

2012 J. Confuron-Cotetidot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vignerondes

Pinot Noir more

6/14/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 93 points

Spectacular. Ripe and exotic.

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Red

2013 Morgan Pinot Noir Double L Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

6/14/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 94 points

Extraordinary SLH Pinot. My first, and definitely not my last, from this vineyard.

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Red

2012 Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon VHR

Napa Valley more

6/5/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 97 points

Gloriously round and yummy per the vintage character.

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Red

2000 Château Les Grandes Murailles

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/5/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 92 points

Drink up, probably has peaked.

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Red

2005 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Puligny-Montrachet

Pinot Noir more

5/26/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 89 points

An interesting curiosity. Rustic, but fruity. Could still use a few years.

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White - Sparkling

NV Paul Bara Champagne Grand Cru Brut Réserve

Champagne Blend more

5/10/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 92 points

(2012 dg.) Still tasting very young, took a full day to open into up into a full, delicious, creamy Champagne.

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Red

2010 Morlet Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Passionnément

Oakville more

5/2/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 89 points

Almost though this was corked too, but it's just kind of... dank. There's a lot of uneven winemaking coming out of Morlet; with recent price increases I'm out.

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Red

2010 Morlet Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Passionnément

Oakville more

5/2/2015 - Merzbow wrote: flawed

Corked.

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Red

2012 Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers

Pinot Noir more

4/26/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 92 points

Medium-bodied, dark spicy fruit, spicier than I usually see from Gevrey.

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White - Off-dry

2013 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

4/26/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 97 points

Insane. The best Prum W-S Auslese since the legendary 2001.

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Red

2012 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard

Napa Valley more

4/19/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 97 points

The doctor is IN, folks! And the prescription is for "awesome"... lots and lots of awesome...

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Red

2010 Château Malescot St. Exupéry

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/11/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 96 points

Stunning. Plenty open at the moment with some decanting time.

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Red

2012 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

4/6/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 93 points

A Cab that will really benefit from aging. Enjoyable now with plenty of decanting. I question the price increase though.

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Red

2005 Domaine des Perdrix Nuits St. Georges

Pinot Noir more

4/6/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 92 points

Delicious at the moment. Not in the least tertiary, but not in the least closed. Wish I had a case of these.

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Red

2009 J. Confuron-Cotetidot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots

Pinot Noir more

3/26/2015 - Merzbow Likes this wine: 93 points

Classic Suchots. Still drinking great.

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Red

2010 Château Troplong Mondot

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/11/2015 - Merzbow wrote: NR

Troplong Mondot Tasting At Beltramo's (March 2015) (Beltramo's Wines & Spirits, Menlo Park, CA): I'm an unabashed modernist Bordeaux lover but this gives me pause. I loved the 2009 Troplong but this may take it too far -- it's The Incredible Hulk of 2010 Right Bankers. First, a bruising licorice-molasses nose, and on the palate, ridiculous quantities of tannin. It's a neutron star of tannin, but also a neutron star of fruit and acid, so it doesn't quite feel out-of-balance. Not in the usual way, but it is all so much that I don't think that whatever is achieved here is something I'd want to bet on. No score.

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Red

1995 Château Troplong Mondot

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/11/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 93 points

Troplong Mondot Tasting At Beltramo's (March 2015) (Beltramo's Wines & Spirits, Menlo Park, CA): Nose is a bit reticent but elegantly enticing. Then lots of assertive tannin, sheened with a good amount of friendly mature fruit. This still needs another five years to show its best, I think.

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Red

2000 Château Troplong Mondot

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/11/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 93 points

Troplong Mondot Tasting At Beltramo's (March 2015) (Beltramo's Wines & Spirits, Menlo Park, CA): A wine with staggering potential that is a partial victim of the shutdown phase that many 2000 Bordeaux seem to have re-entered. Nose of elegant truffle and licorice, but it's not quite tertiary, unlike the 2004 and 2006. On the palate, more licorice triggers an avalanche of brooding tannin lubricated with complex, delicious fruit. You get the feeling that what you're tasting now is only the tip of the iceberg. I'm convinced this will be 96+ in five+ years.

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Red

2004 Château Troplong Mondot

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/11/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 90 points

Troplong Mondot Tasting At Beltramo's (March 2015) (Beltramo's Wines & Spirits, Menlo Park, CA): Strongly mature nose of predominantly truffle. This has soft ripe fruit, but you can immediately tell that the wine has less depth and structure than the 2006. It's less ripe and the tannin is harsher.

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Red

2006 Château Troplong Mondot

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/11/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 95 points

Troplong Mondot Tasting At Beltramo's (March 2015) (Beltramo's Wines & Spirits, Menlo Park, CA): A great wine that is drinking fantastically well at the moment, better than any other Troplong at the tasting. It has a beautiful, tertiary nose that leads to wine with smooth, tremendous flavor and length. The tannin is still copious but friendly and silky, like a tiger that just wants to curl up in your lap and purr.

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Red

2012 Château Troplong Mondot

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/11/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 92 points

Troplong Mondot Tasting At Beltramo's (March 2015) (Beltramo's Wines & Spirits, Menlo Park, CA): Strong cigar-box aromas, then a fleshy wine with a long finish. However, I feel this was held back by a touch of bitterness. If this ages out, I see potential for 94+.

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