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2015 Château Fabre Gasparets Viognier Chimère Vin de Pays d'Oc
3/25/2019 - DanR wrote:
Orange viognier, tough to rate. The good: flavor profile of kumquat, marmalade jam, citrus skin. Really cool and exotic. Also, somehow not bitter, how these magicians fermented vio on the skins and made it drinkable is beyond me. The bad: 15.5% and tasted of every last percent. Rough, sand-papery texture. I really wish the somm at lunch (!!!) today had led me in a different direction...although to be fair it somehow did work with all courses - poached egg, fish and duck
  • DanR commented:

    9/27/19, 8:33 AM - @ forceberry - the info came from the somm at resto Ha in Bordeaux, he was talking about the bigger structure making it a better match for heartier dishes. You can see from my note I was surprised to hear it too - viognier has extremely bitter skins. In hindsight, maybe he was wrong, I've yet to encounter this wine again so can't say with certainty. Cheers!

2009 Château d'Aurilhac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
11/22/2018 - DanR wrote:
89 points
Showing really well, I’m going back for a case at <13€/ bottle. Cherry/cassis/olive/mint at first opening, umami comes out with air, Tannins start slightly clunky but they round out after about an hour, finishes with decent length. Medium bodied, this comes off as a more moderate, almost feminine style. Sleek, nimble, well composed and very well made.
  • DanR commented:

    3/24/19, 11:40 AM - Hi Mike, I'm lucky - I live in Bordeaux. My local supermarket (Carrefour) has a temperature controlled cave, and all sorts of back vintages for sale.

White - Sparkling
2012 Lichen Estate Blanc de Gris Anderson Valley White Blend
3/19/2016 - Neat Water Back wrote:
I think my bottle was either flawed or damaged due to refrigerator storage. No pop or fizz.

Considering a NV champagne opened as a replacement was just fine from the same location, I'm flawed bottle. Cork is incredibly small compared to champagne bottle opened.

BD purchase.
  • DanR commented:

    3/23/16, 4:26 PM - Hi, so sorry you had a bad experience! Definitely sounds like an off bottle. Please drop me a line at, and we'll get a replacement bottle out to you ASAP...cheers!

2007 Baxter Pinot Noir Oppenlander Vineyard Mendocino County
11/11/2012 - MWZ Likes this wine:
90 points
Wonderful. What an Oregon pinot should be. Light with excellent texture.
  • DanR commented:

    3/29/13, 10:00 PM - This is not from Oregon. Mendocino County appellation, just outside the Anderson Valley AVA.

2009 Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir Charles Vineyard Anderson Valley
  • DanR commented:

    3/29/13, 8:45 AM - Amazing customer service by Papapietro Perry.

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