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Red

2004 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard

Napa Valley more

4/29/2016 - tarheel17 wrote: NR

A little disappointed in this...my glass had more of the syrup-y, plummy tones than I typically enjoy, but the acidity was able to keep the palate levitated, and it certainly didn't feel overdone or heavy. I just didn't like the port-esque flavors too much. I tasted a different year of Kronos (2007?) a few years back and was wowed by it...I think the 2004 is just not my cup o wine.

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White

2013 Small Vines Wines Chardonnay

Sonoma Coast more

4/21/2016 - tarheel17 Likes this wine: 93 points

Fantastic. Like burgundy, but with more sunshine.

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Red

2007 Cayuse Flying Pig

Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/12/2016 - tarheel17 Likes this wine: 95 points

nose: slight spice, slight greenness, a very complex nose. Maybe sandalwood in there somewhere?

palate:the mouthfeel was velvety, but light in character, not heavy in the vein of Cayuse syrahs. Tasted of sour cherry and stems and darker berries and grass. The greenery became more pronounced over time, but it emphasized the fruit instead of distracting from it. I really enjoyed this. I really wish this winery would sell me some of the Flying Pig - I've asked every year for 5 years!

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Rosť - Sparkling

NV Grongnet Champagne Carpe Diem Rose de Saignee Extra Brut

Champagne Blend more

4/11/2016 - tarheel17 wrote: NR

Not really into this one. A super funky nose at first, it later calmed to a more modest aroma. But the watery palate didn't have a lot of flavor or verve. Just ok.

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Red

2014 Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Paso Robles more

3/15/2016 - tarheel17 wrote: NR

Not bad! A little sweet. Lasted 3 days corked in the fridge. I'd buy again.

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White

2013 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Santa Barbara County

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3/13/2016 - tarheel17 Likes this wine: NR

nicely balanced, Chris found it too oaky, but I liked it.

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White - Sparkling

NV Gimonnet-Oger Chardonnay Champagne Brut Prestige Premier Cru

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3/12/2016 - tarheel17 wrote: NR

This was very average. Nothing of note. Did not last 24 hours open (in fridge) either.

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Rosť - Sparkling

NV Pierre Paillard Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé

Champagne Blend more

2/15/2016 - tarheel17 Likes this wine: 88 points

definitely a Chardonnay-heavy blend, this was elegant and tasty, and seemed less tart and more nuanced on day 2 than upon opening.

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White - Sparkling

NV Adrien Redon Champagne Le Grand R

Champagne Blend more

2/12/2016 - tarheel17 wrote: NR

Chris really enjoyed, but unfortunately I was too distracted to take notice. Adding a note for others who may want to calibrate: he tends to prefer the fuller-bodied, Pinot- heavy champagnes with a touch of sweetness.

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Red

2005 Clos des Jacobins

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/14/2016 - tarheel17 wrote: NR

Finally, a Bordeaux from Garagiste that doesn't suck. Not amazing, but it had depth, fruit, and typicity. Lasted 3 days without obvious decline.

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Red

2000 Massolino Barolo Parafada

Nebbiolo more

1/8/2016 - tarheel17 wrote: flawed

Tasted cooked. :(

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Red

2007 Brogan Cellars Pinot Noir Buena Tierra, Helio Doro

Russian River Valley more

12/27/2015 - tarheel17 Likes this wine: NR

Quite nice on day 1 p&p, but disappointing on day 2 (corked in fridge) - shorter shelf life than I hoped and expected.

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White

2007 Pierre Morey Meursault Les Tessons

Chardonnay more

12/25/2015 - tarheel17 Likes this wine: NR

As before, but with greater depth. Good stuff.

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White - Sparkling

2008 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier d'Or

Champagne Blend more

12/19/2015 - tarheel17 Likes this wine: 94 points

I'm going to take the easy way out and just agree with (both) Brad Baker's notes. This is vibrant, juicy, and supremely balanced. And super young. I just decided to check in tonight - the other bottles will rest comfortably for a while longer. I do love me some Vilmart - this house never disappoints!

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White

2007 Domaine Vrignaud Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume Vieilles Vignes

Chardonnay more

12/12/2015 - tarheel17 wrote: flawed

This is prematurely oxidized. Tastes too caramel, with VA and not enough minerality - I don't think I would guess Chablis blind. Acid is high, but the wine is a mess. I'm somewhat comforted to read these notes from others who have experienced the same thing, but I'm pissed that I cellared this bottle for 7 years. That space could have been put to better use!

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Red

2005 Louis Latour Volnay 1er Cru Les Chevrets

Pinot Noir more

11/17/2015 - tarheel17 wrote: 89 points

Dark sweet plum, with an acid that took 3 days to integrate. But on day 3 it was silky and plump and cohesive.

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White - Sparkling

NV Bernard Remy Champagne Grand Cru

Chardonnay more

11/5/2015 - tarheel17 wrote: NR

meh.

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White - Sparkling

2007 Pascal Redon Champagne Brut Millésimé

Champagne Blend more

10/30/2015 - tarheel17 Likes this wine: 92 points

Excellent! Powerful fruit, a palate with poise and juicy roundness. Enjoyed by everyone. I'm ordering more.

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Red

2014 Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes Côte de Brouilly Cuvée des Ambassades

Gamay more

10/17/2015 - tarheel17 Likes this wine: 91 points

I just love, love, love this cuvee. The 2014 is just as mineral, juicy and elegant as the 5 years previous. Bought a case a week ago, already 2 bottles in... for the record, I have not had the fizz problem that Keith did. My ceiling remains as dirty as ever from 80 years of neglect, but there is no beaujolais to blame for that.

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Red

2013 Marcel Lapierre Morgon

Gamay more

10/11/2015 - tarheel17 wrote: NR

A little horsey to start, it soon blew off to reveal a darker, spicier Beaujolais compared to the Ambassades. Nice poise and depth, not as buoyant.

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Red

2013 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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10/4/2015 - tarheel17 Likes this wine: NR

Delicious as usual

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Red

2004 Château Bernateau

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/22/2015 - tarheel17 Does not like this wine: NR

ugh. waste of money. too pruned, too flat, too yuck. Made pretty good beef stew, though.

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White - Sparkling

NV H. Billiot Fils Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée Julie Brut

Champagne Blend more

8/20/2015 - tarheel17 wrote: NR

This was the pure 2006 version. Per Brad Baker's guidance, I opened it a few hours before first tasting it. It seemed wildly overdone and clunky. Heavy and oxidized but with sharp acid - for the first time in his life, Chris chose not to finish a glass of champagne. I didn't dislike it as much, but it wasn't a favorite. On the second night, it had melded into a much more palatable experience, with caramel and bread notes, but I still found it a bit unwieldy. Interesting, sure, and I'm glad I tried it. Not something I would purchase, though.

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White

2012 Evening Land Vineyards Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

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7/4/2015 - tarheel17 wrote: NR

The third bottle was much worse than the previous two: disjointed and too sweet. Did not finish it.

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Red

2013 Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes Côte de Brouilly Cuvée des Ambassades

Gamay more

5/26/2015 - tarheel17 Likes this wine: 92 points

Such a great wine every vintage. My all time favorite sub-$20 bottle.

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