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Red

2000 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin

Pinot Noir more

7/5/2013 - hrl wrote: 93 points

Light garnet color. Nose of red fruit, meat, and a touch of darker fruit. Nicely evolved, but should hold for at least a few more years. Great lift and vibrancy. Beautiful wine.

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White

2008 Louis Carillon Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Canet

Chardonnay more

5/12/2012 - hrl wrote: 93 points

This is probably my favorite bottle of wine of the year and is out-punching a lot of much more expensive wines. Nose is quite strong with lemongrass and pear. The palate is relatively rich, but very elegant and has the perfect weight. Delicate palate with surprising richness on the finish. Just a beautiful bottle.

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White - Sparkling

2000 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut

Champagne Blend more

12/31/2011 - hrl wrote: 97 points

Pure magic. This is drinking well already. On the palate it is cool with bright red fruit, apple, and a bit of yeast. Unbelievable power behind it, but not in a way that makes it seem inaccessible or tight. Best champagne I had in 2011 and one of the best ever. Buy as much as you can afford.

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White

2009 Littorai Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

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12/10/2011 - hrl wrote: 92 points

Great richness, but maintains a mineral balance so often missing outside of Burgundy. Beautiful texture and a sense of power without losing balance. This reminds me a lot of a bottle of Lafon Clos de Barre I had a few weeks back. Ted Lemon is my favorite chardonnay winemaker in the US and if this is an indication of where the 09s are headed I am very pleased again.

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Red

2007 Franck Balthazar Cornas Chaillot

Syrah more

10/2/2011 - hrl wrote: 92 points

Modern school of Cornas. Rich but not overwhelming and a personal favorite. Nose of blood, iron, and blackberries. Palate is smooth and full with mix of berries, a small touch of citrus, and maybe a little cherry. Drinking very well now, but can last for a long time. Recommended to me by the Jean Georges sommelier. Buy now before the prices go up.

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White

2006 Domaine Roulot Meursault Les Meix Chavaux

Chardonnay more

9/25/2011 - hrl wrote: 92 points

Reminder of why I love the 06 vintage in Burgundy. Lush with hazelnut, a little citrus, marshmallow, and melon on the nose. Very rich on the palate, but with a nice freshness. Another beautiful Roulot.

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Red

2004 San Polino Brunello di Montalcino Helichrysum

Sangiovese more

9/5/2011 - hrl wrote: 95 points

Still love this. Opened up a lot, but still could use more time. In the modern camp of Brunello.

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White

2009 Domaine François Mikulski Bourgogne Blanc

Chardonnay more

8/9/2011 - hrl wrote: 90 points

Very nice Bourgogne. Fruit from Meursault area and the wine reflects this. Lots of honey on the nose and palate. Good QPR.

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White - Sparkling

2000 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon

Champagne Blend more

8/9/2011 - hrl wrote: 92 points

Very subtle and ethereal. Lots of citrus, a little mineral, and enormous freshness. Better than the previous bottle I had of this and a good example of normal vintage Dom.

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White

2008 Domaine Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc

Chardonnay more

8/9/2011 - hrl wrote: 92 points

Extraordinarily compelling for this level. Very rich and full.

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White - Sparkling

NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée

Champagne Blend more

7/15/2011 - hrl wrote: 95 points

Nothing that hasn't been said by most other notes. Just fantastic.

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Red

1985 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/18/2011 - hrl wrote: 95 points

This bottle was drinking at its peak, not over the hill at all. Came out singing immediately. Lots of tobacco, leather, dark fruits, currant, and maybe a little cinnamon. Just superb and all you could ask for from it. Drink now.

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Red

2006 Molino di Sant' Antimo Morellino di Scansano

Sangiovese more

6/13/2011 - hrl wrote: 91 points

Second bottle of this. Has opened up nicely since last try in 2009. The nose is that of a 100 dollar wine. Great purity of flavor and just a wonderful experience at 13 dollars. Buy this if you see it.

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White

2008 Hanzell Chardonnay

Sonoma Valley more

5/1/2011 - hrl wrote: 92 points

Textbook example of the Montelena/Hanzell approach to California chard. Full oak and no malo. Could maybe use a little more time to let the oak settle a bit more for a perfect experience, but it is drinking now. Apple, mineral, a little oak, and touch of citrus. Palate is more mineral and apple. The palate is complex and more Burgundian than typical Californian, but still definitively American. Great wine.

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Red

2008 Domaine Laurent Roumier Chambolle-Musigny

Pinot Noir more

4/24/2011 - hrl wrote: 89 points

On opening this is a little barnyardy with some cherry. With some air it smooths out and brightens to be full of red fruit and some textbook Chambolle silk. I got this on sale for $30 and it is good at that price point, but would not want to pay the $60 I have seen it listed for at some places. I like the style of the producer and hope to try more of his stuff.

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White

2008 Littorai Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

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4/10/2011 - hrl wrote: 91 points

Love this. Achieves the marriage of richness and freshness the last Brewer-Clifton I had failed to get. The nose has some citrus married with richer fruit and a little oak. Palate is nice combo of apple, lemon, oak, mineral, and that textbook Burgundian presence. I drink a lot of white Burgundy and Littorai is my absolute favorite producer in California. If you love Corton-Charlemagne or Meursault, buy these wines.

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White

2008 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Seasmoke

Sta. Rita Hills more

4/4/2011 - hrl wrote: 87 points

I just never got this wine. Odd combination of honeysuckle and oak to me that played with multiple styles without committing to one. I found it a failed combination of minerality and richness which did not provide either. Not bad, but far below my expectations for Brewer-Clifton.

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Red

2008 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc

Sonoma County more

4/1/2011 - hrl wrote: 93 points

Nose of chocolate, dark fruits, and tobacco. Palate is smooth and lush, but with nice balance and acidity. Oak is completely integrated. This is delicious. Lush without being a fruit bomb. One of my favorites so far in 2011.

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Red

2008 Casa Lapostolle Carménère Casa

Rapel Valley more

1/25/2011 - hrl wrote: 89 points

First off, this is not green like so many Carmeneres. Deep cherry, chocolate, and eucalytpus on the palate. Picks up a note of orange peel with time in glass. Very full and a really great QPR. Stock up.

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White - Sparkling

2006 Domaine Carneros Brut

Champagne Blend more

1/22/2011 - hrl wrote: 91 points

Really nice. Yeast and granny smith apple on the nose. Very fresh palate that had nice richness without being heavy. Fantastic for the money. Buy this if you like Napa sparklers.

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White

2000 Château de Maligny Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume

Chardonnay more

1/13/2011 - hrl wrote: 92 points

In a beautiful window right now. Drinking more like Grand Cru Chablis than Premier. Secondary richness has been acquired while maintaining a great primary freshness. Apples and honey on the palate. Rich, exquisite nose. Drink now.

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White

2008 Maison Albert Bichot Meursault

Chardonnay more

1/10/2011 - hrl wrote: 92 points

Delicious. Very ripe in keeping with the vintage. Had a couple weeks back without detailed notes. Palate was full of flesh with rich notes of honey and almond. Full but not overwhelming the wine also had lively acidity. A really nice wine for this level and price.

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White

2008 Heitz Cellar Sauvignon Blanc

Napa Valley more

1/5/2011 - hrl wrote: 88 points

Nice Sauvignon blanc but past it's peak. The two I had in 09 were 90's but now it's fading away. When at it's best it was like eating a delicious grapefruit.

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White

2008 Eyrie Vineyards Chardonnay Original Vines Reserve

Dundee Hills more

1/5/2011 - hrl wrote: 91 points

Very rich. This is like a very heavy Meursault. Hazelnut on the nose. All the pros like this a lot and i agree.

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Red

2007 Kapcsándy Family Winery Estate Cuvée State Lane Vineyard

Yountville Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/24/2010 - hrl wrote: 95 points

From 375. This is just stellar. Very classy and complex nose that comes across like classified Bordeaux. The palate is very ethereal as the wine is powerful yet restrained. This is a great meeting of Napa ripeness and restrained French winemaking. As someone who finds many of the Napa cults far too big and ripe, this is ideal. My first bottle from this estate and I plan on buying many more.

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