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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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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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2012 Michel Gassier Costières-de-Nîmes Nostre Païs

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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

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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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1998 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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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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Red

2005 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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4/5/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 92 points

First of the '05s opened. Still quite young, but starting to show what it can do. This will develop further over the next years. Classic Chateauneuf notes of garrigue and thyme. Looking very much forward to follow this bower the next decade.

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White - Sparkling

NV Philippe Gonet Champagne Grand Cru Signature Blanc de Blancs Brut Mesnil

Chardonnay more

4/5/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 90 points

Very nice BdB. Fresh, elegant and very good balance. Very good quality for the price.

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Red

2004 Château Camensac

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/3/2015 - KristianT wrote: 89 points

Very nice. Classic Médoc albeit on the lighter side. Delicate cedar notes.

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Red

1996 Antonelli San Marco Sagrantino di Montefalco

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4/2/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 93 points

Great to have a glass of perfectly mature wine. Charmingly old school - reminds me of a mature Barolo plus an extra layer of spice. Very forthcoming from the first sip but really shines after about 30 minutes. Peaking now. Wish I had more bottles.

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Red

2005 Santi Amarone della Valpolicella

Corvina Blend, Corvina more

4/1/2015 - KristianT Does not like this wine: 86 points

Similar to last note almost two years ago. Distinct cherry notes and typical Amarone "bitterness". But way too dominant alcohol that brings the wine out of balance.

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Red

2005 Domaine Raspail-Ay Gigondas

Red Rhone Blend more

3/29/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 90 points

One of my favorite Gigondas. Dark colour. Peppery notes with hints of thyme and rosemary. Great balance and good aftertaste. Perfectly mature now.

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Red

2003 Domaine de Chevalier

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

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

Quite dark. Great nose. Fresh fruit - I had expected a 2003 to be show more of the heat, but this one is fresh and very elegant. Tasty and incredibly balanced for a difficult vintage. Very good now - hard to imagine that it will improve, but there is definitely no rush.

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Red

1997 Sean Thackrey Orion Rossi Vineyard

St. Helena Syrah Blend, Syrah more

3/20/2015 - KristianT wrote: 92 points

Haven't had this for years. Not as elegant as my previous encounters. Fabulous nose but almost overwhelming on the palate. After some time in the glass it starts to cone together.

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Red

2000 Château Prieuré-Lichine

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/20/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 93 points

Great bottle. Dark and youthful. Great depth and length. Perfect now, but will develop and keep for years to come.

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White

2008 Van Volxem Wiltinger Gottesfuss Riesling Alte Reben

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

3/20/2015 - KristianT Likes this wine: 91 points

Very juicy full bodied Riesling. Very clear - almost completely translucent. Great maturity and length.

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