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White

2013 Liquid Farm Chardonnay White Hill

Sta. Rita Hills more

6/29/2015 - qryan wrote: 88 points

Tasty and good but not great. Sleek and refreshing with attractive citrus core. Not terribly intense, deep or mineral.

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2014 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre FAMILIAR

California more

6/24/2015 - qryan wrote: 90 points

Totally delicious. Same profile as the '13: light, fruity, but with sneaky depth and crunchy minerals. Gorgeous red fruits. An absolute winner -- and completely unique.

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White

2013 Sandlands Chenin Blanc

Amador County more

6/24/2015 - qryan wrote: 89 points

I much preferred this to the '12. Lean, attractive, and refreshing, with less obvious oak than the prior year's version. Still has the sweet Chenin fruit. Still short of great, but very good and worth the tariff.

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White

2012 Benetiere Condrieu

Viognier more

6/17/2015 - qryan wrote: 92 points

Really tasty and distinct. Has the opulent texture and fruit -- a nice mixture of stone and citrus fruit -- of good Condrieu, with surprising acidity that makes this much more lively than some examples. Balanced and complex.

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Red

2010 Cabot Vineyards Syrah Humboldt County

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6/17/2015 - qryan wrote: 86 points

Not bad bit a little foursquare and closed -- but also at the same time a touch syrupy. Tasty enough with BBQ but not memorable. I'd give this a bit more time.

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White

2010 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Meursault Les Narvaux

Chardonnay more

6/15/2015 - qryan Likes this wine: 93 points

Absolutely brilliant Meursault AOC. Everything you would want in a villages white burg. Intense fruit, sharp acidity, fine minerals, and a generous squeeze of lime. Sneaky depth, and the fruit is pretty opulent for this level. Slightly spicy. Just really satisfying, and this has opened up quite a bit in the last few months.

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Red

2009 Cabot Vineyards Syrah Kimberly's

Humboldt County more

6/7/2015 - qryan wrote: 88 points

Biggest Cabot I've had but the ripe dark fruits are tasty and this avoids veering into overripe territory. A little monolithic.

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White

2012 Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Loibner Loibenberg

Wachau more

6/5/2015 - qryan wrote: 91 points

Ultra mineral. Middleweight with pure grapefruit noted in the nose and palate. Refreshing but a little lean.

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2014 Sandlands Blush

California Rosé Blend more

6/1/2015 - qryan wrote: 89 points

Lovely Rose. Crisp, pure, and zippy, with juicy ripe fruits. Not complex but delicious. Superior to the Liquid Farm Rose I had the other day.

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White

2013 Cowan Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Big Valley

Lake County more

6/1/2015 - qryan Likes this wine: 89 points

Super tasty and a killer deal. Refreshing but with real minerals and structure. Better on day 2. Unique profile.

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Rosť

2014 Liquid Farm Mourvedre Rosé Vogelzang

Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara more

5/28/2015 - qryan wrote: 87 points

Tasty Rose. Ripe strawberries and sufficient acidity. Won't change your life but is well balanced enough and gets the job done. Not a lot of depth or minerality, but it's plenty tasty.

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Red

2012 Domaine Dupeuble Pere et Fils Beaujolais

Gamay more

5/27/2015 - qryan wrote: 85 points

Balanced, bright everday Beaujolais. Nice red fruits and typical Gamay notes. Lean but not shrill. Good weeknight wine.

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Red

2013 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre FAMILIAR

California more

5/24/2015 - qryan Likes this wine: 92 points

I gave this one more air than my last bottle and it was so much rounder and more expressive. Still the bright acids, featherlight frame, and red berries -- but this one was a bit deeper, a bit more intense, and juicier. More Mourvedre too. Lovely wine and totally unique.

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White - Sparkling

NV Lilbert-Fils Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Grand Cru

Chardonnay more

5/24/2015 - qryan wrote: 92 points

Totally delicious BdB and an excellent bargain. Well balanced, precise and mineral -- with just enough opulent fruit to round the wine out. A good substitute for Dom Ruinart, for example.

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White

2014 Dirty and Rowdy Sémillon

Yountville more

5/19/2015 - qryan wrote: 88 points

Tasty and very refreshing. Steely grapefruit, bright acidity, and sneaky minerals. Fairly linear but opens up with air. Don't serve too cold. Unique and tasty.

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White

2012 Domaine Henri Gouges Pinot Blanc Bourgogne Blanc

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5/10/2015 - qryan Likes this wine: 89 points

Delicious. Fresh with ripe fruit and some scratchy minerals. A brighter profile than Cote d'Or Chard. Interesting and tasty.

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Red

2012 Cowan Cellars Pinot Noir

Anderson Valley more

5/6/2015 - qryan Likes this wine: 89 points

Highly enjoyable. Ripe, fresh red fruits. Generous nose. Perhaps a touch sweet but otherwise well balanced. Like a good Bourgogne.

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White

2010 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Meursault Les Narvaux

Chardonnay more

4/6/2015 - qryan Likes this wine: 90 points

Super fresh and bright, this shows intense lime citrus, some sharp minerality, and a bit of salinity. Not a lot of depth or complexity at this point, and the nose is a bit muted, but the focus and intensity is really attractive. Just the faintest hint of more savory nuttiness which will emerge in time. Super young now.

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Red

2011 E. Pira & Figli (Chiara Boschis) Barbera d'Alba Superiore

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1/26/2015 - qryan wrote: 84 points

Bright. Decent with pizza. A little disjointed.

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Red

2012 AR.PE.PE. Rosso di Valtellina

Nebbiolo more

1/26/2015 - qryan wrote: 90 points

Delicious. Fresh, earthy, bright, and super drinkable. Great with food. Red fruits. Drinking better than the 2010 Barolo I had beside it.

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Red

2010 Vietti Barolo Castiglione

Nebbiolo more

1/20/2015 - qryan wrote: 90 points

Purchased from a restaurant by the glass to get a data point on 2010 Barolo. This is good wine that punches above its pricepoint. Although the wine is pleasurable now, make no mistake this is young Barolo with serious tannins and acids. But underneath the tannins you find lovely floral notes and dark brooding fruit. Hold.

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Red

2007 Ridge Zinfandel Jimsomare

Santa Cruz Mountains more

1/13/2015 - qryan wrote: NR

Nice wine. The bold fruit is a bit jammy but this has the acidity to keep everything in check. This will last but it's in a nice place now.

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Red

2010 Ridge Monte Bello

Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/13/2015 - qryan Likes this wine: 93 points

Concentrated, deep, and balanced. Impressive and built to last. Painfully young, though, and I'd hold off if possible.

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White

2012 Ceritas Chardonnay Porter-Bass Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

1/2/2015 - qryan Likes this wine: 91 points

Nice wine. Lovely citrus nose with floral hints introduces a palate that is like a lemon creamsickle. Citrusy sweet fruit framed by a whiff of oak. This is is bright (due to the acids) and bold (due to the fruit) and is reminiscent of a good village Puligny. Only nits are that this could use a bit more depth, complexity, and concentration -- it is a bit linear, and doesn't have quite the intensity of a Rhys Alpine, for example -- and I'd love to see even more minerality. Still, very satisfying and some of the best Chard I've had from California.

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Red

2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

12/31/2014 - qryan wrote: 90 points

Pulled this one a whim. I should have saved it. Nice material and well balanced, but very tight. This won't be an epic Rhys, but it's still impressive and should turn into something delicious.

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