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Red

2008 Tulpen Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Walla Walla Valley more

2/9/2016 - Champagneinhand wrote: 88 points

Decent Walla Walla cab. Could cellar for another 5+ years. Big fruit, drying tannins with decent acidity. Held up nicely over 3 days.

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Red

2009 Soos Creek Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/29/2016 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 89 points

Hot vintage but nice wine with some Ciel minerals and lots of dark cherries plus some deep plum. Uneven tannin as I believe this will improve with a short window of drinking in supreme condition.

Really a hard vintage to have a grand vin show well over and over.

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Red

2012 Bouchard Père et Fils Pinot Noir Bourgogne Reserve

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1/28/2016 - Champagneinhand wrote: 89 points

The wine is tightening g up with avidity and mineral being dominant with fruit in the background. Just part of the aging process. Air time pulls the fruit back out. Nice Pinot red fruits but not nearly as plush as when I opened the first bottles of the case two years back.

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Red

2009 Bunchgrass Winery Founder's Blend

Walla Walla Valley Red Blend more

1/9/2016 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 91 points

This is a great Cab dominated WA state blend, with Merlot backing up the Cab Franc. Nice dark fruits with the typical but polished cab Franc underbrush, with some early components with good mineral and acids to make this perfect with a nice thin crust pizza during the wildcard playoffs. Enjoyed much more than the triolet!! Surprised by this.

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White - Sparkling

2009 Schramsberg Vineyards Blanc de Noirs Brut

California Champagne Blend more

1/2/2016 - Champagneinhand wrote: 86 points

Last of three bottles. Time was not this wines friend. Sour spicy with little hints of fruit but too sour too enjoy even with a seriously rich fish with loads of sauce. Maybe some mineral but I just dumped the rest of my second glass. It was once a decent wine. Passing on CA sparklers as much better IR, WA, MI and NY state options.

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White

2009 Moreau-Naudet & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Les Forêts

Chardonnay more

1/2/2016 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 92 points

Really a nice 1er Chablis with stony fruit and orchard fruit both pear and apple with great minerals in a easy drinking package. It really was enjoyable with chicken piccata and risotto.

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White - Sparkling

2002 Pommery Champagne Cuvée Louise Brut

Champagne Blend more

1/2/2016 - Champagneinhand wrote: 88 points

I was a bit disappointed by this wine. I had actually thought this was a 1999 vintage. Told the people at the party we went to that we didn't want to open this unless we ran out of champagne. I brought 2 other bottles more aged. Of course the popped the cork on this about 5 minutes later.

Well I guess notice egged than the present.

Structurally sound. Serious acids and mineral but the smells and flavors were stuck on the citrus side with key lime in particular and a touch of grapefruit juice with pith. Long line finish but almost giving you heartburn and striping the tooth enamels. Like a very young Taittinger CdC but without the finesse.

I doubt I will be buying any more Pommery no matter what the cuvée. Ether stuff available for that price range.

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Red

2013 Erath Pinot Noir Oregon

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12/25/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 87 points

Nice light Pinot that has fruit and forest floor. Some raisin to go with the cherry and strawberry. Enjoyable table wine.

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Red

2005 Poggio il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

12/25/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 92 points

Solid Brunello from a difficult 2005 vintage. Double decanted allowing the wine several hours of breathing time. Plenty of dark cherries, saddle leather, cigar box and baking spices. Plums and acidic and mineral backbone. This really held up to a ton of manicotti that was served with Christmas dinner.

Drink or hold. No rush on this wine.

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Red

2012 CT Barrel Project Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mtn/Rutherford Blend

Napa Valley more

12/25/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 90 points

I thought I would pull this to see how much primary fruit was there and to go with pre-Christmas dinner snacks. There was plenty of red fruit, raspberries, loganberries and cherry with some cassis but their were also strong griping tannins that need bottle age to mellow. Plenty of crisp acid. I will hold these for a few years before giving it a try again. Enjoyable but a big Cab that needs plenty of cellar rest. Plenty of great potential here. Mineral backbone was very noticeable in this young blend.

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White - Sparkling

2008 Chateau Frank Brut

Finger Lakes Champagne Blend more

12/13/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 92 points

As I remembered. Such a good bottle of wine. Case-worthy.

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White - Sparkling

2002 Delamotte Champagne Blanc de Blancs Millésimé

Chardonnay more

12/11/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 88 points

I pulled this as I thought it might be drinking early but quite disappointed. I can see that somebody said this was similar to CdC but only saw that in its acidity not in the mineral content. Citrus dominates with Meyer lemons and some grapefruit with pith included. Some toasty brioche appears on the nose but doesn't really come through on the palate. Overall I think this is shut down completely and will come out of this funk but it will sit another 10 years before I open my last bottle. Definitely not a Baby Salon tonight. Harsh and closed. I put half a bottle in the fridge and will check in on this tomorrow. It was consumed with a seafood pot pie, which was a clever name for shellfish in a Sherry cream sauce over baked filo dough. Hold.

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Rosť - Sparkling

NV Laurent-Perrier Champagne Cuvée Rosé Brut

Champagne Blend more

11/27/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 92 points

This has been in the cellar for over 2 years. I love the smell and taste of this rose. Strawberries, raspberries but string minerals and crisp acidity. Pricy for a NV but a solid wine.

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White

2014 Loosen Bros. Riesling Dr. L

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

11/26/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 88 points

Decent QPR with fruit and acids appearing finally for those that didn't want red with their Turkey feast. Good food wine.

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Red

2005 Château Serilhan

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/26/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 89 points

This was surprisingly fresh upon opening. Like in past years I did a cork pull for slow oxidation. It still had plenty of barnyard to blow off. Fruit has faded and secondaries still there but this should be drunk up soon. We will drink the last two bottles at Christmas as the whole extended family has followed this case for a few good years.

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Red

2005 Château de Reignac

Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/26/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 89 points

Similar to the bottle drunk at the same time. Consistent but wouldn't want to hold much longer. 10 years is plenty on the BS.

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Red

2005 Château de Reignac

Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/26/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 89 points

Some oxed, for 6 hours. Still needed almost an hour to blow of farmyard stench. Decent but low acid Merlot and Cabernet stewed fruits underneath. Drinkable with the right meal. Better alone in turkey day or with charcuterie.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2012 Kiona Chenin Blanc Ice Wine

Red Mountain more

11/21/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 92 points

This is getting to be a lovely ice wine with a little cellar time despite fake cork. The silky text yet is heavenly as are the more pronunciation Chenin fruits of green melon and quince. Good finish and bought. I'll space the last 3 out over the next 3 years. Acid was more in play as sweetness has blende inwards.

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White

2014 Loosen Bros. Riesling Dr. L

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

11/16/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 88 points

Mrs. CIH insisted on taking the young QPR to her sisters house to pair with stuffed artichokes. Sweet fruits with some minerals and enough acid to keep things lively. I think this wine will age well over the short term. The sweetness will integrate and the acids will be more noticeable. It makes the mouth water, so regardless of overwhelming sweetness in a qba Riesling it does have the acid. More than most Gewurtztraminer. I don't mind opening the bottle early. The 2"13 have ample acids. I enjoy them a bit more right now but better with spicy creamy good like Indian and Thai curries.

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Red

2011 Tua Rita Perlato del Bosco Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

11/6/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 90 points

Such a nice and juicy showing tonight with pizza. Loads of cherries and plums. Maybe a hint of forest floor. Not your typical Sangiivese but a good companion to thin crust with melted cheese, good pizza sauce with oregano and toasted little pepperoni slices.

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White

2009 Domaine Matrot Meursault Les Chevalières

Chardonnay more

10/30/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 92 points

What a nice expression of Meursault. Orchard fruit that was subtle in clouding yellow apples, Anjou pear with some more slight nuances of nectarine. Decent mineral and acid keep that fresh. A founder vintage but the oak has integrated. Smooth texture noted in the mouth. Clean considering it was brought up in barrel.

Well done in 375ml splits.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1996 Château de Fesles Bonnezeaux

Chenin Blanc more

10/29/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 93 points

I thought I would open a single bottle after a 6 pack arrived yesterday. It was auctioned wine, so why not.
So this has an excellent nose of serious fig and peach syrup and a slight touch of white flower. The taste is very much like fig concentrate with pitted fruit added, like canned peaches, dried apricot. Enough acids to keep this from feeling cloying be a dense viscosity. More dessert oriented than some Vouvray Demi-sec but this could easily be paired with shellfish or white fish. Sweet crab would be nice or very fresh sea scallops or perhaps fresh oysters on the half shell. A touch of pleasant bitterness pops up now and again. Almost impossible to identify but I would like in to grapefruit pith. A very fun, enjoyable version of dessert Chenin. I probably scored this much too low, but I'm comparing it against Huet Cuvée Contance. Chenin Ice Wine from WA state is just so different, perhaps as I have vintages of 2012 and 2014. I doubt I could keep Kiina almost 20 years with that artificial cork. Perhaps better screwcaps is the way.

This well aged auction wine is great. Very fun and now I don't have that bit of buyers remorse I had when buying a 6 pack off the auction. I told them to keep the OWC, but usually auction wines in OWC have been stored correctly. I'm impressed. Not as mineral laden as most Vouvray but some chalky, limestone is present.

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Red

2008 The Winemakers' Collection Stephane Derenoncourt Cuvée No. 4 Château d'Arsac

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/15/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 90 points

This has smoothed out into a lovely wine. Violets can be noted in the bouquet along with cassis, dark plum and dark cherry. Hints of leather, earth and some light underbrush give this wine character. Decent acid and mineral make it a perfect food wine and when I bought it by the case per bottle was less than $15US. A solid QPR with only 3 left in the cellar.

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Red - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Venturini Massimino Recioto della Valpolicella le Brugnine

Corvina Blend, Corvina more

10/9/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 90 points

Boysenberries and cream. Enough acid to prevent cloying with a good cigar. A it more acid an this would rock. Tannins and wood are all resolved. High ABV but fruit and body stand in the way of noticing. A Maduro wrapper tasting of dark chocolate pairs well as would any dessert of dark cocoa. Drink up though. Not to be held long term.

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White

2013 Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

10/6/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 91 points

Such a great wine with curried chicken and tandoori chicken. Sweet for a kabinett, mineral laden from the Blue slated vineyard. Acids compliment the mineral and sweetness. Red ruby grapefruit followed by Apple, peaches and pear. Floral notes of acacia abound. A very full qpr single vineyard showing from Ernie Loosen. Always a nice compliment to food from the subcontinent.

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