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2014 Dogfish Head Brewery 120 Minute IPA

Delaware Malt more

1/31/2016 - joraesque wrote: 91 points

In a great place right now (at room temperature, of course), and seemingly even more so on a partly stuffy nose...

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2012 Domaine Durand St. Joseph Les Côteaux

Syrah more

1/30/2016 - joraesque wrote: 89 points

It's true, this really smells of liver during the first hour! Great, plummy mouthfeel, and some old foudres notes on the backpalate and long finish.
88-89

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2013 J. Rochioli Valdiguié

Russian River Valley more

1/29/2016 - joraesque wrote: 88 points

Best consumed upon release, with Thanksgiving turkey.
87-88

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Red

2013 Ferdinando Principiano Barbera Barbera d'Alba Laura

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1/28/2016 - joraesque wrote: 86 points

86+

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2012 Domaine Durand St. Joseph Les Côteaux

Syrah more

1/27/2016 - joraesque wrote: 89 points

Full-bodied, with a plummy mouthfeel. According to my girlfriend it tasted like liver for the first 90 minutes. By the time I got to it, it tasted pretty good to me. Seemed to start getting more acidic 3 hours in. 13% ABV.

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Red

2011 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard

Eola - Amity Hills more

1/25/2016 - joraesque wrote: 91 points

Notes of barnyard and redcurrants, and some smokiness on the backpalate and finish. Medium-high acidity, and medium tannins. Paired excellently with smoked sausages. 13% ABV.
90+
Update: still drinking well on the next day -- more tart and perhaps more elegant as well.
91

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Beer

NV Lost Abbey Santo Ron Diego

San Diego County Malt more

1/25/2016 - joraesque wrote: 89 points

A bit boozy but terribly tasty.
89-90

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Red

2013 Garagiste (TR Wines) SeaSaw

Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/24/2016 - joraesque wrote: 88 points

A bit too sweet, though becoming leaner with extensive oxidation.
88-89

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White

2014 La Cave du Vin Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle Vini Estremi

Prié Blanc more

1/22/2016 - joraesque wrote: 88 points

Full-bodied with medium minerality and understated flavors of oyster shell, lime, and Alpine herbs. Good tension and high acidity. Best consumed chilled. 12% ABV.
88+

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2004 Château Tirecul La Gravière Monbazillac

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

1/20/2016 - joraesque wrote: 91 points

Notes of Turkish apricots indeed, but botrytis seems to be only minimal. Full-bodied, viscous, with lemon rind notes on the backpalate and a long finish of dehydrated apricots. Could use a bit more acidity. 12.5% ABV.
90-91

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Red

2013 Mas Gabinele Faugères

Red Rhone Blend more

1/18/2016 - joraesque wrote: 87 points

A blend of Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, and Mourvedre. The Grenache fruit is quite notable, whereas the Syrah is providing structure and could be perhaps mistaken for Cabernet Sauvignon. More of a food wine overall, like most Languedocs I have tried. Needs a heartier, meatier meal. 14% ABV.
87-88

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2006 Garagiste StarFire

Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/18/2016 - joraesque wrote: 86 points

"More aromatic" than the '05 indeed, but unfortunately what this translated to is more candied, ripe fruit sweetness. Crowd-pleasing for sure, but not for me. 14.5% ABV.

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2014 Domaine Guion Bourgueil Cuvée Domaine

Cabernet Franc more

1/18/2016 - joraesque wrote: 87 points

Less fruity over time; holds up to air relatively air.

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Red

2012 Château Margüi Côteaux Varois “Titien de Margui” Rouge

Syrah Blend, Syrah more

1/15/2016 - joraesque wrote: 90 points

Started opening up after 45 minutes, and seemed to really bloom 90 minutes in. Medium-bodied, perhaps more at the lighter end of the spectrum, with notes of dark cherry, anise, and a cornucopia of savory herbs, the latter both on the nose and palate, and even more so on the finish. It appeared to have reached its peak 2 hours in. 13.5% ABV.

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2014 Domaine Ledogar Vin de Table Français La Mariole

Carignan more

1/14/2016 - joraesque wrote: 88 points

An excellent Carignan. Comes through as a bit sour at first, but over time the palate gets accustomed to the profile and the wine keeps growing on you. Quite food friendly too. 12.5% ABV.

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Red

2012 Bodegas Elías Mora Toro Viñas Elías Mora

Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo more

1/12/2016 - joraesque wrote: 88 points

88+

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2014 Domaine Guion Bourgueil Cuvée Domaine

Cabernet Franc more

1/12/2016 - joraesque wrote: 87 points

A bit too fruity and thin.

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Red

2010 Rockwell Brown Red Mountain

Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/10/2016 - joraesque wrote: 89 points

Terribly quaffable right upon opening, medium-bodied and silky, with round tannins and a minty leitmotif. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. 13.7% ABV.
Update: was still drinking excellently 24 hours later, after having been vacuum corked and stored in the fridge.
89-90

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Red

2013 Isaac Fernandez Selection Tempranillo Sensible

Vino de la Tierra de Castilla more

1/9/2016 - joraesque wrote: 88 points

Better after 60+ minutes. Paired surprisingly well with fish.
Update: Still drinking very well 24 hours later!
88+

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Red

2013 Domaine Coursodon St. Joseph Silice

Syrah more

1/8/2016 - joraesque wrote: 88 points

Fruit-forward, with medium+ limestone. 12.5% ABV.
Update: still showing well the next day.

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White

2012 Evening Land Vineyards Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

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1/8/2016 - joraesque wrote: 87 points

87+

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White

2014 Sebastien Dampt Chablis

Chardonnay more

1/5/2016 - joraesque wrote: 89 points

Great value indeed. 12.5% ABV.

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Red

2013 Garagiste (TR Wines) SeaSaw

Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/1/2016 - joraesque wrote: 91 points

Showed really well over a 4+ hour period. I'm really surprised to learn that "most of the wood [used was] old but one of of the barrels [was new, neutral wood]", because 5 hours after opening the vanilla wood notes are relatively obvious -- at least to me -- and in a good way. I'm really having a hard time believing this Garagiste bottling is as good as it is actually! And it was even better when paired with a home-made mushroom pizza. 14.5% ABV.

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Red

2001 Vecchie Terre di Montefili Bruno di Rocca

Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT SuperTuscan Blend more

12/30/2015 - joraesque wrote: 88 points

Much better with food than by itself. A bit fatigued overall, showing its age, though it drank well (with food) for about 2 hours.
87-88

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Beer

2014 FiftyFifty Eclipse Imperial Stout Four Roses Bourbon

Nevada County Malt more

12/30/2015 - joraesque wrote: 90 points

Still has some hoppy bitterness which should mellow out given one more year. Wait till 2017.
90++

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