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  • 2009 Kazmer and Blaise Chardonnay Boonfly's Hill

    The color is a medium depth, straw yellow, the wine is clear and free of sediment and any haziness.
    The nose is quite strong and does show some age, the predominate note is oak and then tart lemon and lime. Like the 2010 I let it warm up quite a bit before making any conclusions but found that it didn't really improve as it warmed.

    On the palate this wine is dry, light/medium bodied has good acidity that I would not quite call crisp but very close. The tannins are low and soft and there was no noticeable alcohol and the wine didn't feel as well balanced as the 2010 did. The oak seemed to be too heavy and fruit too tart and there were no real other flaws in the wine that I noticed. The same notes from the nose carried though into the palate as well.

    My overall impression is that this wine is only a year older than the 2010 but it shows very different right now. Maybe its transitioning into a more mature wine and the fruit is dropping out and its left with some fruit components and quite a bit of oak. Whatever place the wine is in its simply not as good as the 2010 today. That said everyone still enjoyed it and the wine was completely consumed and I feel it would have shown better with food.

    Recommended.

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  • 2010 Kazmer and Blaise Chardonnay Boonfly's Hill

    Opened up this wine along with the 09'.
    First thing of note is the bottle itself, very nondescript label which carries a simply rustic elegance to it. The glass is thick which typically is used for pricier bottling's. I am flying into this tasting completely blind having not heard of the winery or seen the label before anywhere.

    The color is a medium depth and somewhere between straw yellow and gold, the wine is clear and free of sediment and any haziness.
    The nose is quite strong and I was expecting some age in it but it really showed quite young still with the predominate note being green apple and wood. There was also some lemon and a spice component in the background that I couldn't quite put my finger on. As it warmed the woodsy note diminished and the fruit came out a bit more. I compared the nose in both a bdx style glass and and an over sized burg. glass and felt the burg glass really brought out the nose.

    On the palate this wine is dry, medium bodied has good acidity that I would not quite call crisp but very close. The tannins are low and soft and there was no noticeable alcohol and the wine felt incredibly well balanced. No component seemed to be too heavy and there were no real flaws in the wine that I noticed. The same notes from the nose carried though into the palate as well.

    My overall impressions is that this is a slam dunk all the way. The color is gorgeous, the wine is incredibly smooth and balanced. And last but not least its completely delicious. Among four tasters it was really enjoyed by all and I had to hide the bottle away so there would be a little left to revisit later in the evening to see if there was any development. My revisit to it didn't bring any additional notes. My feeling on the serving temp is that it is best about 20-30 minutes from fridge temp.

    Highly recommended.

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  • 2013 Denier-Handal Syrah Rosé

    This bottle was much better, full of ripe strawberries and really nice full mouth feel. This is no light rose, this is heavier with full fruit and really nice acidity.

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