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  • 2013 Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rosé

    Produced from Pinot Noir grapes via the saignée method, this salmon-colored rosé offers aromas of rose petals, honeycrisp apples, melon and spice. Light-bodied, crisply acidic and with unnoticeable alcohol (listed as 12.5%), it delivers flavors which mirror the nose and stays solid in the middle. Medium in length and tart on the finish, this refreshing wine is a perfect summertime sipper. Drink now-2016.

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  • 2012 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot

    Deep ruby and nicely aromatic, this medium-bodied Merlot fails to follow through on the palate. Aromas of black cherries, tree bark, clove and coriander are mirrored by similar flavors. Unfortunately, the flavors reside in an acerbic frame with medium-weight, coarse tannins. The alcohol (listed as 14.5%) is reasonably well-integrated but the middle palate is thin and the finish is medium-length only by virtue of its lingering astringency. This pricey Merlot is not worth its sticker. If you own it, there is no harm in giving it some cellar time, as it is currently not particularly enjoyable and it may just "fill-in and round out" for those with patience. However, it is also important to point out that this wine may simply never provide the kind of pleasure that one would expect from this producer. Drink 2017-2022.

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  • 2008 Boudreaux Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

    This blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot is sourced from ten different Washington State vineyards (predominantly Wallula, Bacchus and Seven Hills). Opaque ruby/red, it requires at least 1-2 hours of aeration to fully strut its aromas and flavors. Black currants, pencil shavings, minerals, smoke and dark chocolate are framed with fresh acidity, massive sweet tannins and seamless alcohol (13.8%). Layered and plump in the middle, it closes long and with some tannic grip. For those who enjoy Washington State Cabernet, this one is worthy of the search. Drink now-2028.

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  • La Cave d'Argent says:

    7/8/2015 7:41:00 AM - I appreciate your kind words. I had fun writing up the event!

  • jlgnml says:

    7/7/2015 5:40:00 AM - Just reviewed your very descriptive posting of the Aspen Food and Wine festival. Very detailed and with pictures to boot. Thank you for your thoroughness about your experience.

  • La Cave d'Argent says:

    5/12/2015 8:15:00 PM - Thanks...I have now actually read the article ;-). Construction of the cellar was definitely a "labor of love," but it has resulted in so many great experiences with our friends. Sharing good wine and food with people you love is what it's all about!

  • jviz says:

    5/12/2015 8:01:00 PM - Hope you liked the article. I was reading tonight and thought, "I think I've read tasting notes by that guy!" Sure enough ;) Congratulations on the publication and living a good story!

  • La Cave d'Argent says:

    5/10/2015 8:11:00 PM - Your kind words are much appreciated. Believe it or not, I still have not seen the article. Out here (on the West Coast) our Wine Spectator issues come a day or two later than the rest of the country. I hope to see it tomorrow!

  • COWineLover says:

    5/9/2015 8:32:00 PM - I just read the article in Wine Spectator and instantly recognized the picture in the article and your handle. A great story and one of persistence for the Money Pit.

  • La Cave d'Argent says:

    12/2/2014 5:46:00 PM - Thanks for your kind words, Mark. Sorry I missed you. Hope to see you next year!

  • Grinner says:

    12/2/2014 11:31:00 AM - Very impressed (and thankful!) you took all those notes and pics (you got us in the background of your Champagne reception shot!) from the WE Experience. Great job! I can't believe I tried 218 wines in those 2.5 days. Moving too fast to take notes from anything but the seminars. Great Kramer, Larry T. and poor Helen/John...sad/painful. We were also at the 9/11 site on Monday choking back the lacrimation. A must see for all Americans. Cheers again! Mark

  • gew71walsh says:

    10/23/2014 5:06:00 AM - Thanks for clarity on Schrader. Have enjoyed your assessments at the Wine Experience and look forward to the rest of them

  • Grinner says:

    11/16/2013 6:21:00 PM - Fantastic notes from your Napa trip, you musta wore out at least one pen... Also love your dream wine pick from my birth year. If you're ever in Eugene... Mark (UCSD class of '83)

  • La Cave d'Argent says:

    11/6/2013 4:19:00 AM - Hi Tim. Would otherwise love to. Unfortunately I'm in Kansas City right now, where I'm stuck for the next week on business.

  • wine-strategies says:

    11/5/2013 7:45:00 PM - I'll be in Poway/SD the next two days/nights if you'd care to share a glass Tim winestrategies @