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Red

2005 Château Les Trois Croix

Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/24/2015 - KristianT wrote: 89 points

Still quite young. Astringent but softens up with some air. Very dark and intense for a Merlot dominated wine. My best asses.ent is that this wine still needs more time. Will try again next year.

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2005 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

McLaren Vale more

7/22/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 92 points

Has improved greatly over the past year. Dark and herbal notes. Quintessential Dead Arm. Opens up with a bit of air. Slowly showing maturity but no rush at all.

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Red

2006 Scholium Project Gardens of Babylon Tenbrink Vineyards

Suisun Valley Petite Sirah more

7/21/2015 - KristianT wrote: 90 points

incredibly dense. Mint and cassis. Needs quite a bit of air. Noticeable acidity. Funny aftertaste of violets.

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Red

2001 Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/18/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 92 points

alas I only had one bottle of this - found a a very good price years ago in a supermarket in rural France (hidden behind some other bottle). Totally classic Pauillac. Dark crimson colour and peppery nose. Elegance, structure, complexity and balance... What's not to like.

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Red

1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

7/18/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 93 points

In my book this is about as good as Chateauneuf can get. Perfect maturity (with decades to go). The balance between fruit and herb/spice is great. Concentrated yet elegant. Fabulous wine....

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White

2011 Bachelder Chardonnay Niagara Peninsula VQA

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7/18/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 90 points

the best Canadian white I have tried so far (admittedly I have not tried many). Fresh fruit - some exotic notes of pineapple and honeysuckle. Crisp acidity. A little shirt on the aftertaste but overall a very good Chardonnay made in a charmingly old school style.

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Red

2008 Domaine de Courbissac Minervois-La Livinière Pandora

Red Blend more

7/17/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 90 points

Opened up after only a short while in the glass. Great combination of fresh fruit and depth. Excellent quality and quite a bargain. Need to get more :)

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2005 Château Rieussec

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

7/12/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 92 points

Wonderful. Liquid gold. Very intense notes of peach, honey and pineapple. Great sweetness and very good acidity. The balance makes it very drinkable now, but it will most definitely mature incredibly well over the coming 10 years (at least)

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Red

2004 Château La Tour Carnet

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/12/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 91 points

Still in a very good spot. Opened up very nicely after about 20-30 minutes. Classic Bordeaux. Quite dark and dense for the vintage.

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Red

2009 Copain Pinot Noir Les Voisins

Anderson Valley more

7/12/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 92 points

Alas my last bottle of the '09 Les Voisins. Still an incredibly drinkable wine. So delicate and elegant.

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Red

2010 Château Plaisance (Bordeaux Supérieur)

Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/21/2015 - KristianT wrote: 87 points

a bit faint on the nose. Smells "right" but somewhat subdued. Clean fruit driven style. Good taste but the 15% alcohol is too intrusive.

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White

2012 Raul Pérez Rías Baixas Muti

Albariño more

6/19/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 91 points

Very good Albariño. Exotic notes of pineapple and pear. Quite Bourgogne like . Excellent wine. Could be interesting to see how it develops, but absolutely delicious now. Should not be served too cold.

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Red

2010 Alban Vineyards Syrah Patrina Alban Estate Vineyard

Edna Valley more

6/14/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 93 points

Intense dark fruit. Blackberry, cassis, elderberry and some distinct note that I fail to identify. Needed a good bit of air to open up, but then it started to display a very fruit driven yet balanced and cool Syrah. Went really well with the lamb for dinner. In a good spot now.

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Red

2010 Château Laronde Desormes

Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/13/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 89 points

Surprisingly good "little" Bordeaux. Dark in color. Chewy black fruits. Excellent QPR.

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Red

2013 Mas Foulaquier Coteaux du Languedoc Pic St. Loup l'Orphée

Red Rhone Blend more

6/7/2015 - KristianT wrote: 88 points

Well made wine. Still young and somewhat restrained. The fruit is fresh and pure with prickly acidity. Would give quite a few good Rhône wines rum for their money.

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Red

2012 Michel Gassier Costières-de-Nîmes Nostre Païs

Red Rhone Blend more

6/5/2015 - KristianT wrote: 88 points

Very nicely made. I don't quite follow the praise from Parker - maybe the wine has shut down. Pleasant freshness and balance but comes across a little short in the aftertaste.

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White - Sparkling

2002 Launois Pere et Fils Champagne Grand Cru Special Club

Chardonnay more

6/3/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 91 points

creamy full bodied vintage Blanc de Blanc. Excellent

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Red

2010 Domaine de Courbissac Minervois

Red Blend more

6/4/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 89 points

Fresh light notes of black and red fruits. Reminds me of Chateauneuf. Good balance and acidity. Pairs well with a rich dish. Good now but most likely better in a couple of years time. Very good price/quality ratio.

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Red

1999 Château Lynch-Bages

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/16/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 94 points

In a great spot right now. Dark and dense. Seems younger than it is. Complex nose - typical Pauillac. Great concentration and balance.

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Red

2006 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

Red Rhone Blend more

5/14/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 89 points

very good (if not the best) Côtes-du-Rhône. Dark spicy fruit. Excellent QPR.

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Red

2004 Château Branaire-Ducru

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/9/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 92 points

Excellent wine and surprisingly forthcoming. Fairly dark ruby colour. Notes of blackberries, cassis and hints of mint. Long and lingering aftertaste. Mature now, bot no rush. Yet again Branaire shows how it is one of the safest bets in more challenging vintages.

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Red

1995 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

4/24/2015 - KristianT wrote: flawed

Corked :(

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Red

1994 Meerlust Merlot

Stellenbosch more

4/24/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 90 points

Wow - what a pleasant surprise. At 21 years of age this one really shone. Elegant and balanced. Great.

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Red

1997 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

McLaren Vale more

4/5/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 91 points

One of the best older Dead Arms that I have had. After a glacial development where it has tasted very young for the past decade, it has finally started to show age and maturity. Dark fruit and spice with clear eucalyptus, amaretto cherries and blackberries.

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Red

1998 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

4/5/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 94 points

Really in a sweet spot. Impeccable bottle. Perfectly mature. Old school Chateauneuf with dark spicy, meaty and leathery notes.

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