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White
2008 Darling Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Onyx South Africa, Coastal Region, Darling
87 points
3/29/10: Asparagus, Clean, bright, good. Same as each time before. 87

10/5/09: No change from 7 months ago. 87

3/3/09: Say something for this producer, the wines stand out. This is full of piney aromas, asparagus, and maybe some minerals on the aromatics. Very interesting on the nose. Bright acidity, some fruit, but that's not the star in this bottle. Very interesting. 86-87
Red
2006 Gran Familia Rioja Spain, La Rioja, Rioja
87 points
10/5/09: Yep, still tasty. I love the touch of spice. 87-88

4/3/09: Bright red fruit. This is fairly modern in style, but well done, and it still tastes like Rioja. Nice red fruits, with a little bit of spice. Pretty ripe, but it stays within bounds. Solid bottle. 87+
Red
2006 Kaesler GSM Stonehorse Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
88 points
10/5/09: Ok. Bright fruit. 87-88

3/30/09: Maybe a little over the top but still delicious fruit. 88+
Red
2007 Mitolo Shiraz G.A.M. Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale
85 points
10/5/09: Way to sweet. Too much this time. 82-83

3/3/09: Fruit bomb. A good fruit bomb, but still a fruit bomb. 87-88
White
2007 Errazuriz Chardonnay Wild Ferment Chile, Casablanca Valley
88 points
10/5/09: A little too much for me. 87

6/1/09: Interesting, almost floral nose. Clean fruit. Nice richness, but staying balanced. Very nice. 88-89
White - Sparkling
N.V. Conde de Subirats Cava Brut Spain, Cava
86 points
10/5/09: This is a solid little cava. 86

6/23/09: Lime flavors. Big Bubbles. Kind of like soda. Easy drinking. Tasty. Solid enough for me at the price. 86-87
Red
2008 Dominio del Plata Malbec BenMarco Argentina, Mendoza
88 points
1/8/10: Chocolate. Has that Malbec edge to it. Medium bodied. Big boned but balanced. This is nice, but maybe I just don't like the wine as much as I once did. 88

10/5/09: Tannic. Bright fruit. Very good.
Red
2007 Crios de Susana Balbo Syrah-Bonarda Argentina, Mendoza
85 points
Somewhat sweet/sappy. Ok, but this is usually my least favorite of the Crios wines. 84-86
White
2009 Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontés Argentina, Salta
88 points
2/12/10: This is always such a delicious bottle of wine. Sweet floral notes. Peaches and Apricots. Tough to really anaylze, you just want to drink it. 88-89

10/5/09: Yummy. A little bit of soap flavors. fruit forward. Very good. 88
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White
2009 Las Perdices Sauvignon Blanc Argentina, Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo
87 points
Clean, well done, a little R.S? 87-88
Red
2007 Luca Malbec Argentina, Mendoza, Valle de Uco
87 points
Rich fruit bomb. Just not really digging this considering the price.
Red
2008 Mi Terruño Malbec Reserve Argentina, Mendoza
87 points
Big, rich, tannic monster. 86-88
Red
2008 Mi Terruño Bonarda Argentina, Mendoza
86 points
Rich, a little over the top.
Red
2008 Mi Terruño Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Argentina, Mendoza
87 points
Big, tannic, rich, Ok. 86-87
Red
2008 Mi Terruño Tempranillo Argentina, Mendoza
Tar, tannic, tough to get through or figure out.
Red
2006 Tikal Patriota Argentina, Mendoza
87 points
A little too sweet and too much for me. 87-88
Red
2008 Mollydooker Two Left Feet Australia, South Australia
This is horrible. Super rich, super sweet. I can't really deal with this.
White
2006 Weingut Markus Huber Riesling Berg Austria, Niederösterreich, Traisental
88 points
Bright fruit. Off dry. Good. Some minerals, limes. Nice stuff. 87-88
White
2008 Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc Estate Chile, Casablanca Valley
Clean, bright, grassy. Not really working for me.
Red
2008 Viña La Fortuna Pinot Noir Chile
86 points
Simple, but fine for what it is.
Red
2006 Viña von Siebenthal Carménère Reserva Chile, Aconcagua Valley, Panquehue
88 points
Tar. Actually, even though it borders on soupy, this is kind of good. You've got to be ready for the style. 88-89
White
2005 Domaine Jean-Marc Morey Chassagne-Montrachet La Bergerie France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet
91 points
Very young still. Bright, clean, elegant. Full flavors. Great stuff. 91-92
White
2007 Paul Garaudet Chardonnay Bourgogne Blanc France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc
89 points
Bright, clean wine. Very nice. 89-90
White
2006 J.A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé Les Moulins France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Pouilly-Fuissé
88 points
Surprisingly rich and full. There's some smoke. This is actually hedonistic. 88+
White
2008 Domaine d'Elise Petit Chablis France, Burgundy, Chablis, Petit Chablis
87 points
Very bright, high acid white. Lemons and stones. 87+
White
2008 Domaine de Coussergues Sauvignon Blanc Vin de Pays d'Oc France, Languedoc Roussillon, Vin de Pays d'Oc
86 points
Easy drinking style. Fine for the price. 86-87
White
2008 Domaine du Pas Saint Martin Saumur La Pierre Frite France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur
88 points
1/9/10: Expressive nose full of Chenin apricot fruits. Gorgeous palate, just really refreshing but that Chenin richness and fruit. Great acidity. Delicious stuff. 88

10/15/09: Bright, high acidity, clean. Very nice. 88
Red
2006 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Bourgogne France, Burgundy, Bourgogne
88 points
Soft, pretty nose. Strawberries and earth. This is pretty nice stuff. 88-89
Red
2006 Forey Père et Fils Nuits St. Georges France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges
89 points
High acid. Bright. Nice earthiness. Needs time, maybe. 89ish
Red
2006 Domaine Billard Pere et Fils Auxey-Duresses Les Joncheres France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Auxey-Duresses
88 points
Pretty nose. Nice earthiness. Clean, minerally. Really nice Burg for the price. High acid. 87-88
Red
2007 Jean-Michel Dupré Beaujolais Terres Noires Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Beaujolais
87 points
1/26/09: Such a pretty nose. Raspberry fruit. Some earth and spice. Easy drinking. Great value. 87+

10/5/09: Good. More guts then the typical Negociant Beaujolais that you see. 86-87
Red
2007 Domaine Monpertuis (Paul Jeune) Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
92 points
Went heavy on the '06 at a great deal, so I was a little worried about how good the '07 might be. Well, it's pretty rich and dense right now. The grenache is really coming through. Delicious stuff, but I'm happy with the '06's at 2/3 of the price. 91-93
Red
2007 Domaine du Gour de Chaulé Côtes du Rhône France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône
88 points
Rich and yummy CDR. A medicinal menthol thing going on. Good, but not sure I'd pay the price tag.
Red
2008 Domaine Les Ondines Côtes du Rhône la Buissonnade France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône
88 points
Nice spice. Meidum bodied. This is very good for the price. And it's good regardless of the price. 87-88
Red
2007 Société Cooperative Castelmaure Corbières Col des Vents France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Corbières
87 points
10/23/09: The best way for me to describe this is the fact that I keep thinking it's Spanish. It's very rich, with that extracted, rich mouthfeel thing going on. Some smoke and spice from the grape varietals, but this is really about the texture and ripeness more then the grapes expressing themselves. There's also a very slight barnyard thing peeking out that I'd be a little worried about in a year or two. 86

10/5/09: Fresh fruit. Lively and a little earth on the nose. Very New World, but delicoious, and can't complain with the price. 87+
Red
2004 Château Villars France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Fronsac
88 points
inky purple color. Rich. Cedar. Great structure. This is very nice.
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Red
2006 Château Vieux Chevrol France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Lalande de Pomerol
88 points
Earth and fruit on the nose. A little crunchy. Very good.
Red
2006 Château St. Jean de Lavaud (1.1) France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Lalande de Pomerol
87 points
Ok. Good fruit. Some tannins. Nice. 87-88
Red
2004 Château Béhèré France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
86 points
A little stewy on the nose. Tannic. Not showing very fresh or well right now.
Red
2007 Undone Pinot Noir Germany, Rheinhessen
83 points
High acid. Green. Pass. 82-84
White
2007 Schiopetto Collio Pinot Grigio Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Collio
88 points
There's a weird almond thing going on here. This is interesting, but not sure if I like it. I do know that I don't like the price.
White
2008 Fratelli Brovia Roero Arneis Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Roero
88 points
Meidum bodied. Interesting. Pretty complex stuff. Good. 88+
Red
2007 De Forville Barbera d'Alba Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba
87 points
Bright and clean. Good. 87-88
Red
2008 De Forville Dolcetto d'Alba Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Dolcetto d'Alba
86 points
I never seem to really enjoy this wine. Earth. Not very giving at all.
Red - Sparkling
2008 Bruno Verdi Sangue di Giuda Paradiso Italy, Lombardia, Sangue di Giuda
88 points
How fun is this. Spicy, cloves, slightly off dry, but not really sweet. This is yummy!
Red
2004 Azienda Agricola Montevertine Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
91 points
Hugely structured, but still an elegant wine within. Very nice. 91ish
Sake
N.V. Mukune Junmai Ginjo Root of Innocence Japan, Kansai, Osaka
91 points
Mushroomy. Clean and tasty. This is good stuff. 91+
Sake
N.V. Rihaku Shuzo Tokubetsu Junmai Nigori Dreamy Clouds Hokkaido Japan, Hokkaido
92 points
Tasty. Milky. Good. Not heat. I like this even more then the Root.
Red
2007 Delta Vineyard Pinot Noir New Zealand, South Island, Marlborough
84 points
Not very good.
Red
2007 Quinta do Crasto Douro Crasto Portugal, Douro
88 points
Solidly made.
White
2007 Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc The FMC South Africa, Coastal Region, Stellenbosch
93 points
This is stunning stuff. That said, I didn't bring any in b/c there's no way I can sell $60 Chenin from South Africa. I can't even sell $60 Chenin from France. Rich, gycerol wine. Full bodied , but never cloying. Amazing stuff, it keeps bringing flavors. Complex, wild, full throttled wine that retains a sense of restraint. 92-93
Red
2005 de Trafford Shiraz Blueprint Stellenbosch South Africa, Coastal Region, Stellenbosch
88 points
Rich, ripe, good.
Red
2006 Wildekrans Estate Cabernet Franc-Merlot South Africa, Cape South Coast, Walker Bay
88 points
Funky. Well done. Good. 87-88
White
2007 Celler el Masroig Montsant Les Sorts Blanc Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona, Montsant
87 points
3/29/10: Funky, rich, low acidity, Strange. 87?

10/5/09: Very full on the palate, without the acidity that I was looking for. Ok 87-88
Red
2005 Pujanza Rioja Norte Spain, La Rioja, Rioja
Maybe something was off with the bottle. This seemed boring, with nothing of interest going on. Other tasters shared similar thoughts. 87-89 based on this tasting.
Red
2007 Bodegas Arrocal Ribera del Duero Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero
88 points
4/1/10: Dry. Solid fruit. Good. 87-88

10/5/09: Good fruit. Tannic. Ok. 87-88
Red
2007 Bodegas Neo Ribera del Duero El Arte de Vivir Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero
87 points
Lots of fruit. Tannic. Ok.
Red
2006 Bodegas Los Astrales Ribera del Duero Christina Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero
Sweet, rich, over the top. Lots of vanilla flavors. High 80's?
Red
2007 D'Este Vino Valencia El Molinet Spain, Valencia
88 points
4/1/10: Ripe, with some pencil lead flavors. Very ripe. Has that funky Spanish thing going on. Good. 87-89

10/5/09: Rich, full bodied wine.
Red
2001 Abadal Pla de Bages Reserva Spain, Catalunya, Pla de Bages
87 points
Bright fruit. A little over the top, but not bad. 86-87
Red
2005 Bodegas y Viñedos Castro Ventosa Bierzo El Castro de Valtuille Spain, Castilla y León, Bierzo
90 points
Funky on the nose. Delicious on the palate. Keeps on coming. tons of fruit. Impressive.
Red
2003 Luna Beberide Mencía Bierzo Daniel Spain, Castilla y León, Bierzo
88 points
Funky, earthy stuff. 88?
Red
2005 Clos Mogador Priorat Manyetes Spain, Catalunya, Priorat
90 points
Huge nose. Just full of incense, dark fruits, minerals. There's something about the aromatics of wines from Priorat. The taste is a little strange, almost beyond wine. I'm not sure I would enjoy a glass of this. The aromatics are of a 93-96 point wine, but the palate disapoints, is more like a 87-90 point wine. Let's call it 90 points and be done with it.
White
2008 Alma Rosa Chardonnay Santa Barbara County USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County
86 points
Good. A little sweeter then I remember the '07.
Red
2005 Clark-Claudon Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown USA, California, Napa Valley
91 points
This is a pretty nice Napa Cab. Very restrained for Napa. With great fruit, nice acidity, and even a little complexity in there. I'm not familiar with this producer, but based on this wine, I guess I should be. 91+
White
2008 X Winery White X USA, California, North Coast
85 points
2/23/10: Rich tropical fruit on the nose and palate. This is fat. Rich. 83-85

10/5/09: Full bodied. Not bad. 87
Red
2006 X Winery Red X USA, California, North Coast, Napa County
82 points
Sweet. Not good. Pass. 82-83
White
2008 Caduceus Cellars Dos Ladrones USA, Arizona, Yavapai County
87 points
Big Fruit. Ok. 87
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Conde de Subirats Cava Brut Rosé Spain, Cava
86 points
10/30/09: Fresh watermelon, strawberries on the nose. Enjoyable extra dry style. Clean and simple. A little soda like, but good for the money. 85-86

10/5/09: Raspberries, bubbles. Good. 86
White - Sparkling
2003 Westport Rivers Cuvée RJR USA, Massachusetts
84 points
Ok. A little low on acidity for my tastes.
White - Sparkling
N.V. R. Dumont et Fils Champagne Brut France, Champagne
89 points
Lively and lovely. Clean and bright. Very nice Champagne at a very fair price. 89+
White - Sweet/Dessert
2004 Château Loupiac-Gaudiet France, Bordeaux, Entre-Deux-Mers, Loupiac
90 points
Absolutely delicious, and the price is a steal.
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