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Red

1996 Château Léoville Poyferré

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/24/2015 - Rani Likes this wine: 95 points

Tasted blind. Not decanted. I've had this wine in the past on several occasions, but never has it been as good as this. At first, lots of greenness on the nose, with unmistakable notes of cigar box. With air, it opened to reveal a seductive fruit-driven nose of mulberry and blackcurrant, coupled with tobacco, old leather and coffee. Silky smooth and perfectly balanced.

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Red

1997 Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis

Nebbiolo more

5/24/2015 - Rani Likes this wine: 95 points

Tasted blind. Terrific nose of roses, hint of bacon and sour cherries. Beautfully balanced on the palate, with very fine tannins and acidity, but a also a lovely concentration of juicy red fruit. Really a textbook Barolo with traditional winemaking.

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White

2007 Didier Dagueneau Sancerre Les Monts Damnés

Sauvignon Blanc more

5/24/2015 - Rani Likes this wine: 93 points

Really singing now. Honeysuckle on the nose, along with very pronounced minerals and sea-shells. Dry and oily in the mouth, with notes of lime and cantaloupe.

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Red

2008 Domaine de la Vougeraie Côte de Beaune Les Pierres Blanches

Pinot Noir more

5/21/2015 - Rani Likes this wine: 90 points

Finally, I caught this baby at its optimum. Really nice red fruit, sous-bois, very balanced and rounded out. Classic Burgundy that still carries the house-style acidity but with enough fruit to make it appealing.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2004 Alois Kracher Chardonnay/Welschriesling Grande Cuvée TBA #6 Nouvelle Vague

Neusiedlersee more

5/14/2015 - Rani wrote: 88 points

tasted blind. Not a great specimen of this wine. Lacking acidity and balance, feels baked and spicy. Not consistent with previous experiences.

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White - Off-dry

2008 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese

Nahe more

5/14/2015 - Rani wrote: 87 points

Tasted blind. This was a slightly disappointing bottle that wasn't sweet enough and lacked structure. Felt simple.

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Red

1999 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia

Nebbiolo more

5/14/2015 - Rani Likes this wine: 91 points

Tasted blind. A bit of reduction that blew off quickly. Classic Barolo nose of sour candy, roses, rust. Lots of red fruit and acidity, laced with mushrooms. Fine persistent tannins. Very nice now and has years ahead.

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White - Off-dry

2002 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese **

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

5/14/2015 - Rani wrote: 90 points

Tasted blind. Golden color, hint of petrol, looks rather aged. Lovely concentration here that screams auslese. Medium sweetness, seems a bit lacking on acidity.

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White - Sparkling

2004 A. Margaine Champagne Blanc de Blancs Special Club

Chardonnay more

5/14/2015 - Rani wrote: 90 points

tasted blind. Tight and structured. Very dry, unyielding, and with a bitter finish. Difficult to enjoy now but may improve with more age.

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White - Off-dry

2006 Emrich-Schönleber Monzinger Frühlingsplätzchen Riesling Spätlese

Nahe more

5/8/2015 - Rani Likes this wine: 91 points

Lovely chalky-flinty quality, notes of grapefruit. Rather sweet for a spatlese but still elegant. Maybe lacking a tad of acidity but very nice nonetheless. At peak, no reason to wait.

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Red

2005 Louis Jadot Chapelle-Chambertin

Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/8/2015 - Rani wrote: flawed

Don't know if this was heat damaged, but it seemed that way. Sweet, pruney nose, flabby on the palate. Shame.

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Red

2004 Louis Jadot Chapelle-Chambertin

Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/2/2015 - Rani wrote: flawed

Stewed - probably heat damaged :(

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Red

2002 Dominique Laurent Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

4/26/2015 - Rani Likes this wine: 93 points

This has come together very nicely, and the oak is fully integrated and unobtrusive. Notes of sous-bois, red currants and sour cherries. Nice acidity and sweet fruit, accompanied by fine, gentle tannins. Lovely right now and over the next 4-5 years.

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Red

2002 Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/12/2015 - Rani wrote: NR

Tasted blind. Completely muted, was very difficult to get anything out of it. Some red fruit, hints of cedar and tobacco but not much else. Needs a decade or many hours of decanting if you open one now.

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Red

2002 Château Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/12/2015 - Rani Likes this wine: 93 points

Tasted blind. Obviously too young by about a decade. Lots of green cedar, sous-bois. Very structured, layers of black fruit and very fine tannins. With air started giving off espresso notes. Should be a real winner in 10 years.

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White - Sparkling

2004 A. Margaine Champagne Blanc de Blancs Special Club

Chardonnay more

4/12/2015 - Rani Likes this wine: 91 points

Tasted blind. Lots of chalk and white peaches on the nose which made me think BdB, but on the palate rather weighty and fat. Interesting wine, and still has a way to go.

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Red

2001 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala

Nebbiolo more

4/12/2015 - Rani wrote: 86 points

Tasted blind. Odd bottle. Showing much more age than it should, with lots of sediment, secondary and tertiary notes. Not at all the floral, red fruit wine that one would expect. I chalk it down to bottle variation.

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White - Off-dry

2002 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese

Nahe more

4/12/2015 - Rani Likes this wine: 93 points

This was a wonderful bottle, with Mosel-like elegance, good sweetness and of course acidity. Notes of pineapple, with some petrol on the nose. Long finish. Terrific.

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Red

2009 Shvo Vineyards Red

Upper Galilee Red Blend more

4/4/2015 - Rani Likes this wine: 89 points

This has calmed down compared with younger bottles - fruit is less overt, very smooth tannins, quite harmonious. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

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White - Off-dry

2005 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese Lange Goldkapsel #3

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

3/28/2015 - Rani Likes this wine: 92 points

Tasted blind. Very fresh, nice sweetness that's on the border between dessert and food-wine, lots of acidity, lychee fruit and pineapple. Good now but should age very well.

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Red

2001 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie

Syrah more

3/28/2015 - Rani Likes this wine: 94 points

Tasted blind. Wonderful nose of ripe red fruit, bacon, barnyard and white pepper. Very smooth, nice acidity, in its drinking window, great now.

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Red

1998 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 890

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

3/28/2015 - Rani Likes this wine: 94 points

Tasted blind. I had no problem nailing it perfectly from the nose alone. Ripe plums, figs and mud notes. Superbly balanced, dark fruit and hung meat notes. Delicious and what an amazingly consistent wine....

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Red

1996 Prunotto Barolo Cannubi

Nebbiolo more

3/28/2015 - Rani Likes this wine: 93 points

Reading the TNs here I was concerned with bottle variation - but this was a good one! Opened an hour before serving. Floral nose, quite tight on the palate with dusty tannins, yet managed to maintain balance and elegance. Great food wine.

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Red

2001 Viking Wines Shiraz "Odin's Honour"

Barossa Valley more

3/23/2015 - Rani Likes this wine: 90 points

Last of these and still going strong. Dark inky purple. As with previous bottles, confected and jammy on the nose. But in the mouth velvety, concentrated yet not sweet, and balanced by acidity and savory mineral notes. Long finish.

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Red

1996 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

Nebbiolo more

3/15/2015 - Rani Likes this wine: 92 points

Floral, with notes of sour cherries and earth. Very fine tannins, elegant and long. Classically made, with good concentration and balance of fruit and acidity. Great now, could also continue ageing gracefully for another 5-10 years.

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