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Red

2002 Louis Jadot Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens

Pinot Noir more

7/29/2015 - qryan Likes this wine: 91 points

Beautiful nose. Palate is still a bit shy and unresolved, but some pretty brambly fruits are starting to peek out. Savory hints of beetroot. Not much of the 02 sweetness, but this is going to be pretty elegant in the next few years. I love Jadot's Rugiens as one of the values of the portfolio and this is no different. That said, this is nowhere near as good as the spectacular 05.

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Red

2009 Tercero/Cabot Les Deux Comtés

California Red Rhone Blend more

7/16/2015 - qryan wrote: 90 points

This is really nice, perhaps my favorite bottle yet of my Cabot experiment. Pure Syrah flavors in a middleweight package. Fruit is ripe but not overblown. Not too deep, but well balanced.

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White

2013 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

Mendocino County more

7/14/2015 - qryan wrote: 91 points

Well balanced Chard with a light touch. Delicious citrus fruit with a gentle texture and zippy acidity. Subtle minerality. Lacks the intensity of some trendy California Chardonnay (e.g., Ceritas, Rhys) but what it lacks in opulence and power, this makes up for with elegance and impeccable balance. Not an excellent bargain at $50, but a re-buy for me nonetheless.

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White

2013 Cowan Cellars Bel

North Coast White Blend more

7/6/2015 - qryan Likes this wine: 89 points

Tasty and well-balanced. Ripe fruits with some exotic notes. Not terribly complex but really satisfying.

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Red

1993 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/5/2015 - qryan wrote: 92 points

A pointe. Perfectly integrated but not tired, this attractive middleweight shows dark brambly fruit, some earthy secondary characteristics, and a hint of graphite. Expressive both on the nose and the palate, and the texture is silky smooth. Not super concentrated but the balance is impeccable and time has given this some complexity. Absolutely lovely.

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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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Red

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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Rosť

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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