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    (3/29/2015)
    Chateau du Moulin a Vent  Moulin-a-Vent 2011
    $39.99
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    (3/22/2015)
    Joel Gott Oregon Pinot Noir 2012
    $24.99
    Pair with: Game birds, Chateaubriand, Lamb
    Willamette Valley Pinot Noir comes closer to French Burgundy than any other new-world Pinot and this is no exception. Not as fruit-forward as California Pinots and with more acidity this is bright and elegant. It has a bit of tannin and will want five years or so to hit it's marks (until 2019 or so). The color is light-to-medium ruby with a hint of "a robe" (iridescence). Racy and elegant medium sized nose with notes of strawberry, pomegranate, cherry, freesia...not notably oaky. The stout Turley-style bottle is complemented by a longish, top-quality natural cork; this stuff will hold for decades if you want. This Burgundian style is not for everyone But I'm laying a few down.
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    (3/20/2015)
    Domaines Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Les Princes Abbes 2011
    $25.00 $19.99
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    Pair with: Ham, Chinese food, Indian food, Spicy food
    It well corked - better than needed for the number of years that it will drink well. The color is light, brassy yellow and it is medium bodied and leggy. A lovely, generous nose even when chilled: Apricots, a touch of nutmeg. The balance is lightly sweet but still suitable for some entrees. Mouth-filling with enough acid to carry the residual sugar and a pleasant hint of a bitter note. Long finish. Drink by 2020. it is a good buy at $20.
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    (3/14/2015)
    Fogarty Monterey Guwurztraminer 2012
    $22.00 $18.99
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    Style: Light & Crisp
    Pair with: Spicy foods, Sausages, Smoked foods, Ribs, Ham
    Let's start with a warning; Wine.com failed to note that this is a screw-cap wine. The color is pale lemon-straw, medium body and leggy. The nose is not big - surprising in a Gewurztraminer. I found notes of Lychee, Nutmeg or Mace and something smoky or mineral in character. The balance is nice and also not usual for the variety; it is on the tart side, crisp and fresh, though just a bit prickly. This is styled more like a Pinot Gris than a Gewurz. It is pleasant and ready to drink now but I don't think it is a good value at the price and it is too far off-style for me.
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    (2/19/2015)
    Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Rouge 2012
    $31.99
    Well corked to last for a decade or more. Medium purplish-ruby color, medium body and very leggy. It has a generous nose showing berries, a little oak and a hint of something floral. Big flavors with a lot of tarry fruit, acid to match and respectable tannin; less appealing is a bitter note- a little is nice but this lingers unpleasantly. There is also a bit of "petillance" (prickly CO2) suggesting some fermentation after bottling or just before. I think this will mellow with age and peak in the 2019 to 2024 timeframe but I'm going to pass on any more of this wine. At $32 it doesn't meet expectations. Good - just not worth the price in a world with so many good Cotes du Rhone.
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    (2/15/2015)
    Dom. La Garrigue Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Romaine 2012
    Sold Out $17.99
    Style: Big & Bold
    Wow, what a nose! It starts out pretty big and generally vinous with dark fruit tones but with air it becomes a bouquet featuring some floral notes and prominently: roast chicory, sage, molasses, smoke and a hint of creosote. The name, "garrigue" refers to the natural scrub flora of the south of France; in Corsica it is maquis; in California, chapparal; and so forth. The nose really evokes the name - warm, herbaceous and slightly resinous. It is dark ruby-purple and medium bodied. The flavors are big with plenty of tarry fruit and it has a nice tannin backbone. The wine has some flaws: the acid is adequate for current drinking but a bit lower than I'd like and won't allow this wine to age beyond a few years; the alcohol is a bit hot, too and although the cork is long and well fitted it is a cut below best quality. At the price I'd say five stars but in absolute terms that is not quite merited. Still, a wonderful buy and I'm stocking up a bit. TRY THIS!
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    (1/31/2015)
    G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2010
    Sold Out $36.99
    • red wine
    • boutique wine
    • collectible wine
    • WE94
    • V93
    • WS91
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    Style: Big & Bold
    Wine.com was briefly out of stock but I found this at a local fine wine shop. Barolos used to be a bit too big, too tannic - today there are more modern, cleaner styles and this exemplifies this welcome change. It has a good, long cork and will hold well into the 2020's. At first the color is a bit lighter than expected and the nose a bit smaller and lacking complexity, the first impression of the flavor is good with some size and complexity. Overall its no big deal until it gets some air. Then, the wine becomes darker in color (really!) the nose gets bigger and picks up notes of rose-hips and earth and the flavors and finish grow larger and more complex (and a bit more astringent). IF YOU TRY THIS WINE DECANT IT AND GIVE IT SOME TIME. I don't rate this quite as high as the professional reviewers and I wouldn't say that it is an exceptional value but it is pretty darn nice. I'd have given it three and a half stars if that were an option. This wants till about 2017 or 2018 to hit it's peak. By the way, Wine.com's price is by far the best I've found, especially with the added savings of coupon codes.
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    (1/11/2015)
    Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2013
    $31.99
    First-rate 1.75 in. cork. Light-to-medium ruby-garnet color, medium body, leggy. Nice nose, medium sized at first, grows with air: strawberries, cherries, cola, a hint of something floral and of pomegranate, a nice bit of new oak comes up with some air. Nice flavors, pretty fruity, it also has acid enough to carry it and a bit of a tannin. This is very drinkable now. It will not hold indefinitely, I'd say it will be mature by 2017 and will become flabby by 2021. I like this a lot but there a lot of fruit-heavy central-coast Pinot Noir as good and (in many cases less) expensive. If you don't mind the price then this is lovely for current consumption - provided you like fruity Pinot.
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    (1/8/2015)
    Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Ridge Shiraz 2011
    $19.99
    Good quality, longish cork, this'll hold a long time. The wine's a bit of a fruit-bomb. Dark purple-ruby color, full bodied and leggy. The nose comes up very nicely with a touch of air. Big: dark fruit, complex bass-notes, dark cherries and oak on top. Very fruity; this has acid and tannin to hold a while but it is so fruity it's almost sweet. A bit of alcoholic harshness right now. This will hit its peak in the 2022 to 2025 timeframe and (unlike too many ANZAC wines) it has a proper cork so it will get there. It is even attractively priced but I'm not stocking up, it is just too too fruity.
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    (12/31/2014)
    Roederer Estate L'Ermitage 2006
    $48.00 $39.99
    Save $8.01 (17%)
    • bubbly, sparkling & champagne
    • WE97
    • WS93
    • W&S91
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    Nice, tart balance, pleasant flavors, not without some fruit. A bare hint of the two Pinots in the nose but none of the aromas I hoped for of the secondary fermentation or from time on the lees before degorgement. Really not much nose at all. Still, persistent, fairly fine effervescence and quite quaffable. Not worth the price, though.
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