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Member since December 2007

Locale: Maine, USA
Favorite region: Oregon, Germany, Burgundy, Piedmonte, Bordeaux...
Dream wine: 1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti (If you're going to dream...dream big)
I turned 21 while living in Germany and became passionate about wine around 15 years ago when I started collecting Wine around late 2005. I've been very fortunate to taste with some very experienced professionals in the wine industry while I worked my way through grad school and I continue to enjoy the occasional jaunt to trade tastings and industry themed dinners whenever possible.

  • 2008 Les Vins de Vienne Cornas Les Barcillants

    Color: Ruby with a rose colored meniscus
    Smell: Oil-cured black olives, mulch, blueberries, pencil shavings, and white pepper
    Taste: blackberry, pepper, blueberry, beef jerky, and mushroom.
    Overall: Excellent - Outstanding in quality...certainly a steal at the $16 price tag I paid. Med+ body, high acidity, med+ fruit, and med+ tannin. Good now but this will likely be better in 2-4 years. With good storage drink now-2023.

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  • 2010 Ca' del Baio Barbaresco Asili

    Color: Ruby
    Smell: Earth, dried red fruits, clove, roses, old railroad ties, and earth
    Taste: Dried red fruits, red licorice, and rustic notes of leather and earth.
    Overall: Outstanding. Light-medium bodied, high acid, med+ fruit, med+ tannin, and a long finish. This is a wine that will reward patience. However, it's definitely enjoyable now...this is a wonderful bottle of Barbaresco...I'd gladly buy this again for $25-$35.

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  • 2012 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

    Scents of earth, mushrooms, clove, lilacs, tomato leaf, roses, and vibrant red fruits dominate the nose. The palate is silk initially as fruity notes of raspberries and wild strawberries transition into more tart fruits like sour cherry and cranberry along the finish. The nose of this wine keeps changing and is quite exotic...I think I'm finally happy with this wine. Prior tastings had me wondering if I would like this vintage. This is clearly outstanding...and may have room to grow with greater patience and time in the cellar. Light bodied, med+ fruit, medium+ acidity, med tannin, and a long finish. This wine is light and vibrant without giving up any intensity or the beauty that Oregon Pinot Noir is known for. Outstanding!! (check back in 2020)

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  • Arch57 says:

    1/27/2015 3:52:00 AM - Wow 19 vintages of Musar with a Nor'easter on the way up to Maine. Most folks were grabbing milk and bread off the shelves but it looked like you guys raided all the Musar! What a way to hunker down for a storm.

  • RajivAyyangar says:

    4/27/2010 8:25:00 AM - Is Eric referring to comment notifications? If someone comments on one of my tasting notes, do I get notified?

  • Eric says:

    4/8/2010 2:53:00 PM - Notifications aren't hooked up yet guys...

  • jahlove says:

    3/25/2010 8:30:00 PM - Yo. Just testing out the new stuff. Got your comment on the Joly wine. Will post a comment in return. Let me know if you get some sort of notification.

  • Kirk Grant says:

    3/7/2010 4:38:00 AM - I've been working part time in the wine industry (in retail, for wineries, and as a wine director) through most of my BA & MSW. I'm often inquisitive, and always open to communication and questions. I'm sure from time to time I make errors in my statements and welcome any thoughts, corrections, and questions. friendship, is meant to be shared...not guarded in secrecy.