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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

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(6/23/2011)
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2010 vintage is available for: $179.99
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Style: Big & Bold
Pair with: Cheese > Semi-Firm, Chocolate, Lamb, Beef
color, this wine has a nice ruby color, sexy. Nose, very complex, full of crushed black fruits, blackberry, blueberry, cassis, toasty oak, coffee beans, mocha, a hint of vanilla, black licorice, a hint of mineral aromas, and a hint of dark bitter chocolate. Midpalate, very voluptuous on the palate, dense, mouth filling, full bodied, mocha and coffee beans are vibrant, textured, dry, big and bold, a hint of sweet tobacco. Finish, this wine is well balanced, nice firm tannins, very elegant, silky, multi-layered, lingering in the mouth (50+ seconds and still feeling it), nice complexity, black fruits are still dancing on my palate. Overall, this wine is very well made, very seductive, round, classy, very new world. Bottled at 14.5%. Anticipated maturity 2016-2027. I am 94 points on this effort now. I can see it as a 95 point wine in 8+ years. Happy drinking!
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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(6/23/2011)
Style: Big & Bold
Pair with: Cheese > Hard, Cheese > Semi-Firm, Chocolate
Actually, 4.25 stars. First of all the vintage of 2007 Napa Valley is one of the best ever. Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet sauvignon 2007 is a blend of 7% cabernet franc, 3% petit verdot and 90% cabernet sauvignon. 100% new French oak! Color, the wine has a sexy ruby red color. On the nose, there are a lot of things going on here. very ripe black licorice, blueberries, currants, a hint of vanilla, nice oak (not over the top), very floral. This is a fruit bamb bottle of wine (very new world). Midpalate, very consistent to what I get on the nose but black licorice is dominating here. Finish, this wise is well balanced and very well made. It lingers in the mouth, very polished, sexy tannins and lush. There are also black licorice and blackberries dancing on my palate here. This is indeed a voluptuous and elegant bottle of wine and very seductive. Even though it is bottled at 16%, it is still very well balanced and you do not feel the heat of alcohol at all. Good job, Robert Mondavi! I am 94+ pts on this effort. This is a soled bottle of wine and you should seek it out. Happy drinking!
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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

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(6/21/2011)
Fontodi Flaccianello 2006
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2010 vintage is available for: $135.00
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Style: Big & Bold
Pair with: Cheese > Semi-Firm, Veal > Chops
Actually 4.1+ stars. Color, this wine has a very deep ruby red color, very attractive. Nose, very complex nose, earthiness, dry leaves, toasty oak, a hit of vanilla, very aromatic, cherries, and some coffee. Midpalate, very voluptuous, dry, full bodied, beautiful texture. Finish, layers of very firm tannins are going on, the wine fills the mouth, lingering (45+ seconds and still feeling it), nice a acidity, some cherries are still dancing on my palate, well balanced, nice complexity. Overall, this is an exceptional wine. It is very well made. I am enjoying it very much. HOWEVER, this wine has not peaked yet! If you are going to drink it now, you will need to decant it for at least 6-7 hours! I would recommend to put it away for 19 more years. Bottled at 15%. I am 94+ on this effort now. I can see it as a 96 point wine in 18-19 years. Happy drinking!
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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(6/20/2011)
Argyle Spirithouse Pinot Noir 2006
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $85.00
Style: Earthy & Spicy
Pair with: Duck, Pork
Maybe 3.1 stars. Color, taking into account this is pinot noir, this wine has a deep dark color! Nose, this acts very new world, cranberries and some strawberries going on in here, some heat coming through! Midpalate, again tacking into account this is pinot noir, this wine has a lot of body (almost like merlot!), some charcoal flavors coming through, red fruits, again some heat. Finish, firm but nice tannins, red fruits are slightly dancing on my palate, lingering in the mouth, but one dimensional! Overall, this wine is really dense for pinot noir. Clearly it has a lot of potential now. I would put this away for 5-6 more years. I feel it is a little bit disjointed now because of the heat I am getting, but it is not that vibrant (it will go lighter overtime). This is only for new world lovers. Bottled at 14.5%, which is very high in my opinion for pinot noir! I must disagree with RP (my favorite wine critic) for scoring this 94. I am 89 points on this effort for now. I can see this reaching 90 points in 6 years. Happy drinking!
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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

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(6/19/2011)
Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2009
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2013 vintage is available for: $16.99
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Style: Fruity & Smooth
Pair with: Sushi, Cheese > Stinky
Actually, 3.5 stars. Color, nice clean color. Nose, pear, green apple, a hint of grapefruit, and some flowers coming through. Midpalate, considerably dry, clean, crisp, not a light riesling. Finish, this wine has nice acidity, lingering, nice finish. I am 90 on this effort. Happy drinking!
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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(6/17/2011)
Concannon Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2011 vintage is available for: $8.99
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Style: Smooth & Supple
Pair with: Duck, Chicken
if you are looking for a pinot noir bottle of wine that won't let you down, given the fact the you spend $9.29 for the world's most difficult wine to make, this is your way to go. It has a clear color, very pinot-noir-like. On the nose, I get the typical pinot noir flavours. Black berries, earthiness or wood-like flavour (whichever makes more sense to you) and a hint of spice. However, this doesn't fully live up to the way it tastes! It is almost unfelt on the midpalate. It doesn't have a lot of character. Sure thing, no tannins (or you may find them if you are a wine expert.) I would recommend this wine to beginners for the sake of expanding palates. But again for a $9.29 pinot noir bottle of wine, this is definitely a steel. I am 87+ on this effort. Happy drinking!
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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(6/17/2011)
Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2006
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2009 vintage is available for: $49.99
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Style: Smooth & Supple
Pair with: Cheese > Semi-Firm
Good wine for the price. Very smooth. Pair it with the Swiss Appenzeller cheese and you will LOVE the way it tastes. Clearly this wine is underrated. I would give it 90+.
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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(6/17/2011)
Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2003
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2004 vintage is available for: $149.00
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Style: Earthy & Spicy
Pair with: Cheese > Semi-Firm, Beef > Mushroom
Actually, 3.4 stars. Color, this wine has an OKAY color, nothing spectacular really. On the nose, pencil shreds, yes! There a lot of pencil shreds going on here, wet stones, sweet tobacco, dried leaves, and a smell of (swimming pool!), very thin, a hint of blueberries. Midpalate, the first thing I notice here is that this wine is thin! It has a decent complexity, pencil shreds still vibrant, some blueberries coming through. Finish, this wine fills the mouth, acceptable acidity, rough tannins (not harsh though!), considerably long finish, not very pleasant. Overall, this wine is still well balanced. Taking into account that 2003 was a hot vintage in Bordeaux and not really that good, I think this is an acceptable effort compared to the other 2003 Bordeauxs. I have to emphasize that this wine is really thin in the mouth now, so I wouldn't recommend that you put it away for a long time. I am 91 on this effort. Happy drinking!
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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(6/17/2011)
Chateau Lascombes  2005
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2000 vintage is available for: $85.00
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Style: Big & Bold
Pair with: Cheese > Semi-Firm, Beef > Mushroom
Color, this wine has a ruby red color. Nose, this is indeed a modern old world wine! After many hours of decanting, this wine smells like a fruit bomb to a cretin extent. There are a lot of of black fruits coming through, blueberries are dominating, some cassis, floral aromas, some heat coming through, some earthiness and dirt. Midpalate, charcoaly flavors are vibrant here, some minimality coming through, really a modern Bordeaux, blueberries still going on. Finish, it proves that this wine is a new world! I am not getting any acidity. There are firm layered tannins going on, nice texture, nice complexity, blueberries are still dancing on my palate. I am still feeling this wine after 30 seconds of sipping it. This is a well made and balanced bottle of wine. I am 93 on this effort. Bottled at 13.5%. Happy drinking!
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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(6/16/2011)
Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2013 vintage is available for: $19.99
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Style: Light & Crisp
Pair with: Cheese > Goat, Cheese > Stinky, Cheese > Creamy, Sushi
Actually, 3.6 stars. Color, this wine has a nice clean color. It is a little be darker than the regular sauvignon blanc I would get from Australia. On the nose, there a lot of fresh tropical fruits going. I am picking a lot of grapefruit, kiwifruit, pineapple, clean fresh melon, and some grassiness, lime and lemon, very bright nose. Midpalate, very crisp, light, clean, some pears coming through, refreshing. Finish, this wine has a nice decent finish. It is very crisp and lemony. It makes you think of lemon and lime a lot! Some kiwifruit component is coming through. This is a nice summer afternoon wine. Very green, well balanced, nice acidity. It doesn't have that sauvignon blancy cat pee component, which is strange. It is bottled at 13%. I like this wine. It would play off beautifully with sushi and some goat soft cheeses. I am 90 pts on this effort. Happy drinking!
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