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Red

2003 Lambert Bridge Crane Creek Cuvée

Dry Creek Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/5/2015 - ksigerman Likes this wine: 92 points

Really great CA cab/blend. Drinking well now (decanted 1.5 hours) but still has lots of life left. Could easily be cellared another 5-10 years.

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Red

2008 Domaine Giraud Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition

Red Rhone Blend more

6/19/2013 - ksigerman Likes this wine: NR

Great CdP from a vintage I haven't generally been impressed by. Classic bright and dark fruit, juicy, peppery, good structure, should last a while longer in bottle.

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White

2011 Eva Fricke Lorcher Krone Riesling trocken

Rheingau more

6/19/2013 - ksigerman Likes this wine: 90 points

Really great classic German Riesling at a great price. Clean, clear, vibrant acidity, and lots and lots of minerality.

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Red

2000 Domaine Pierre Gelin Gevrey-Chambertin Clos des Meixvelles

Pinot Noir more

6/6/2013 - ksigerman Does not like this wine: NR

I can't tell if this wine is just too old or is a flawed bottle, but it's borderline drinkable. Half bottle. VERY funky nose out of the bottle. Decanted about an hour, which helped but only marginally. Murky brownish red, lots of sediment. Isn't terrible on the palate, but what's there is really faded - not much to recommend it at this point, and a little bitter on the finish. Was probably a great wine, though, and a full bottle might still have some life left. Glad I didn't spend too much on it...

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Red

2005 Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Alexander Valley more

5/23/2013 - ksigerman Likes this wine: 92 points

Writing this long after the fact so I can't go into too many details. One of the best California cabs I've had. Big, intense, but not overly done. Substantial structure with many years of potential aging still ahead.

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Red - Fortified

1980 Gould Campbell Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

5/23/2013 - ksigerman wrote: 89 points

Writing this long after the fact, so I can't go into too many details. Classic aged port flavors, raisin, caramel. Still holding up quite well, definitely a few years left on its life. Alcohol was a little out of balance, though that improved as it opened up. Was definitely worth it for the money, but I won't seek it out again.

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White

2005 Sans Permis Chardonnay La Chanson Argentee De Cuillere

Santa Barbara County more

5/14/2013 - ksigerman Likes this wine: 90 points

Note from the second day: deep golden color; lots of spice on the nose - nutmeg and cloves especially, along with a little honey and some floral notes. Still holding up pretty well, though I wouldn't save it too much longer. Heavily oaken, but not out of balance. Intensely flavored, unctuous and tasty. Amazing value, and unexpected from CA.

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White

1981 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia

White Blend more

3/18/2013 - ksigerman wrote: 91 points

This continues my love affair with Lopez de Heredia. Deep golden color. Holding up incredibly well for a white wine this old. Classic briny, oxidative flavors. Nose comes off with apricot and peach. Surprising acidity on the palate. Lots of nuttiness, especially on the finish, which is a bit shorter than I would have wanted but still substantial. Needed some air, so I recommend decanting for an hour or so before serving.

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White - Sparkling

2006 Iron Horse Vineyards Classic Vintage Brut

Green Valley of Russian River Valley Champagne Blend more

3/20/2013 - ksigerman Likes this wine: 90 points

A great value CA sparkler that brings some of the things I most like about Champagne. Yeasty, biscuity, a touch of sweetness but only enough to round out the flavors. Good fruit and acidity but characterized more by its richness.

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White

2007 Gagnard-Delagrange Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Boudriotte

Chardonnay more

3/20/2013 - ksigerman Likes this wine: 91 points

Great expression of Burgundian chardonnay. Rich and buttery but not overly so. Good acidity, well-balanced. Paired beautifully with salmon.

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White

2010 DeSante Sauvignon Blanc Old Vines

Napa Valley more

3/20/2013 - ksigerman Likes this wine: 90 points

Not as good as previous vintages I've had, but still one of the most interesting Sauvignon Blancs I've tasted. Intense flavors - classic grassiness, citrus, and acidity.

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Red

1997 Domaine Tollot-Beaut Aloxe-Corton

Pinot Noir more

1/17/2013 - ksigerman Likes this wine: 89 points

Decanted then drank right away. Past its prime but still very nice. I'm writing this a week later so I won't try to recall specific tasting notes, but I remember it being overall a good example of a well-aged red Burgundy. Definitely drink now.

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Red - Fortified

1994 Ramos Pinto Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

1/17/2013 - ksigerman Does not like this wine: 82 points

Did not like this one. Classic port flavors (caramel, raisin) and very sweet, but no acidity or structure of any kind to back it up. Even at this age I would hope for something besides sugar. Flavors came across artificial and cloying.

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Red

2007 Famille Perrin / Perrin & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards

Red Rhone Blend more

1/17/2013 - ksigerman Does not like this wine: 86 points

One of the less impressive CdPs I've tasted. Classic fruit and floral characteristics on the nose, light in body and flavor, a little spice. Nothing particularly exciting or interesting to report. Have had many Cotes du Rhones that are better at half the price.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2011 Jorge Ordoñez & Co. Málaga #2 Victoria

Moscatel, Muscat more

1/22/2013 - ksigerman Likes this wine: 90 points

Rich, unctuous, good acidity, apples, pears, apricots. Very sweet but well balanced. Delicious.

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Red

2010 Firriato Nero d'Avola Sicilia Chiaramonte

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1/19/2013 - ksigerman Likes this wine: 89 points

I thought this was a great wine, especially for the price. I'm writing this note a week after drinking it so I won't try to recall specific tasting notes, but I thought it had good acidity (especially since we were drinking it with food), vibrant fruit, solid structure. Will be purchasing more.

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White - Off-dry

2004 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Spätlese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

1/13/2013 - ksigerman Likes this wine: 90 points

Quite sweet. Apples, pears, apricot on the nose. Apple all the way on the palate. Well balanced, good acidity. Intense flavor, moderate structure. Very enjoyable to drink.

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Red

2006 Clos Chanteduc Côtes du Rhône

Red Rhone Blend more

1/13/2013 - ksigerman Does not like this wine: 82 points

Very little to this wine. Almost nothing on the nose. Extremely light bodied, no tannins, little acidity, no structure, no finish. The flavors that are there are pleasant - hints of violets and lavender, along with cherries - and there's no hotness or imbalance, but it almost tastes watered down.

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Red

2002 Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Alexander Valley more

1/7/2013 - ksigerman Likes this wine: 91 points

Fantastic cab that is drinking well right now, probably has another year or so before beginning to go downhill. Decanted and drank a half-bottle over the course of several hours. Nose was tight at first but opened up beautifully into dusty notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Chocolate and espresso on the palate, along with plum and black cherry (fruit is beginning to fade a bit) and remarkably good acidity for a 10-year old wine. Tannins are definitely softened, so structure is a bit weak, but the flavors and acidity remain intense. Still a big, delicious wine - California cab done well, I'd say.

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Red

2007 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

Red Rhone Blend more

8/20/2012 - ksigerman wrote: 92 points

Drank alongside the '01 and '09, and the white '08. Clearly the best of the bunch. Lots of fruit, mildly spicy and floral, good structure but noticeably softer than the bottle I had last January. All the elements are in balance, drinking extremely well right now.

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Red

2009 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

Red Rhone Blend more

8/20/2012 - ksigerman wrote: 89 points

Drank alongside the '01 and '07, and the white '08. Still pretty tight, will definitely benefit from some time. Less fruity than the '07, lots of structure. Classic pepper, floral, and tar notes. Good wine, but didn't blow me away.

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Red

2006 Colle dei Venti Barbaresco Tùfo Blu

Nebbiolo more

8/17/2012 - ksigerman wrote: 89 points

Light, floral, very developed for its age. I'd say drink within the next couple of years. Classic Barbaresco flavor profile but very light. Pleasant, enjoyable, good value.

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White

2004 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile

Alsace more

8/10/2012 - ksigerman wrote: 91 points

Intensely flavored, a little smokiness, lots of minerality. Some petrol and rubber notes, but well-integrated and not unexpected for this wine. Excellent acidity - still has a long life ahead of it. Paired very well with food. A little pricy but definitely a fabulous wine.

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Red

1985 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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8/6/2012 - ksigerman wrote: NR

I am writing this long after drinking the bottle so no rating, but the wine was wonderful. Definitely toward the end of its drinkability, but the wine still showed a great deal of structure and acidity for being so old. The fruit was soft and velvety. Lots of finesse. Wish I'd bought a few more bottles of this one. Drink soon though...

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Red

2005 Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Alexander Valley more

7/3/2012 - ksigerman wrote: 92 points

Drank alongside the 2002. Decanted for about an hour, could have used more. Very intense, strong tannins, youthful. More bright fruit, less earthiness than the '02. Also better acid. An excellent wine - very happy to have a few more in the cellar.

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