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Member since December 2006

Real name: Chris Lopez
Locale: Pacific Grove, CA (Monterey), California, USA
Favorite region: Alsace and Loire Valley
Dream wine: The one shared with great friends...
I had my first glass of palatable wine (Fetzer Valley Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2002) a couple weeks after my 21st birthday and there has been no turning back since! A professional photographer by trade, I began my adventure in the wine industry with short stint as a wine steward at a little place called Gino's in LA. Since then I have studied through the Court of Master Sommeliers (currently preparing for the Certified exam) and am now living in Pacific Grove, CA and working at a small winery in Carmel, De Tierra Vineyards.

What do I want in a wine? A sense of time and place. I want to taste the land, the year, the grape. Give me blood, sweat, and tears over (well, in addition to) a laboratory.

  • 2005 Michel Gahier Chardonnay Arbois La Fauquette

    Wow, what an experience! Some air definitely does this good, better after 30 minutes int he glass and great still on day 3. Lighter in color than I expected from an oxidative style, pale gold. Preserved lemon, almond skin, hints of apple cider, and some kind of robust floral note not normally associated with white wines (think rose hips or potpourri). Also a fair amount of granite minerality and medium to med plus acid. Extremely long and lingering finish. What a unique wine and a treat to drink! Fabulous producer and a wine that definitely speaks of the region and year, wish I had more.

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  • 2007 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio

    Wow, great wine. The time has done it well, and will go many more years. At first still closed, but with a 3 hr decNt opened up a lot. Espresso, extremely dark chocolate, black fruits, and earth are where this wine is at. Awesome with ribeye, herbed fingerling potatoes, and grilled cauliflower. Packed with flavor but falling into the 'cocktail wine'category for me with the high extraction and alcohol level. An absolutely fabulous wine nonetheless, will buy more and wish I had more of this to save. A special wine. 15% ABV! imported by Jorge Ordonez. Buy again.

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  • 2011 De Tierra Pinot Noir Russell Estate

    Unreleased... Wow, I may be a bit biased, but Zach Lawrence really did a fabulous job on this wine. Beautiful raspberry, cherry, strawberry fruit on this wine with cedar and an herbal undertone (think basil/slight mint/marjoram). Hints of mushroom on the finish. Just a beautiful wine, true to the varietal, appellation, and year. Very young now, but showing incredible promise. If I were to be super critical, it is slightly hot. Enough acidity and purity of flavors to go for some time and improved greatly with a 2.5 hour decant. That said, should be great in 3-7 years. 90 now... With decant. Excited to see where this goes and to experience future vintages with this vineyard.

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