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User masi3v has rated the following wines:

Cornaleto Franciacorta Pas Dose Riserva 1998
Rated by masi3v on December 3, 2014

Rating 11

I bought a bunch of these since, well, I am an idiot. I tasted the first one and it was old and tired. Then I opened the second one and it was far worse--oxidized and practically without fizz. Did anyone taste this at the PLCB before they bought it? Yeesh.

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Antica Hirpinia Taurasi Riserva 2006
Rated by masi3v on January 20, 2014

Rating 22-

100% Aglianico. I picked this up at the PLCB for $13. I thought it was an incredible deal and I could not wait to taste it, so I popped it as soon as I got home. Meh. It was OK, but there was not much fruit to balance out the bracing acidity. For the price I paid ($13), it is fine, but not much more than that. I bought three and I am thinking of returning the other two. Good, I guess. thedrunkencyclist.com

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Cave des Producteurs De Chanceny Vouvray Brut Excellence Tete de Cuvee 2011
Rated by masi3v on January 9, 2014

Rating 33

I was rather excited when I saw this wine as it was the same wine (albeit a different vintage) that figured prominently in Ohmygod #13. I bought it right away, and popped it as soon as I was able to chill it. Quite dry and very nutty both on the nose and the palate with some distinct Chenin characteristics coming through. Low in bubbles but a lingering finish. Very Good but I was hoping for more. thedrunkencyclist.com

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Peter Weber Cremant d'Alsace Brut NV
Rated by masi3v on January 9, 2014

Rating 33

Picked this up at the PLCB for $12 (claiming a $22 retail). Good sparkle with grapefruit and lemon. Very tart on the palate and quite refreshing, a very good deal at $12. I will likely go out and grab a few more. thedrunkencyclist.com

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Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2009
Rated by masi3v on August 11, 2012

Rating 33+

Picked one of these up to give it a try as I have had good success with this producer. A nice solid effort, good fruit and balance and an above average finish. We had this with my spaghetti carbonara and it was a great match. This is a good (yet not profound) Chianti for the $13 price at the PLCB. Very Good. 87 points. thedrunkencyclist

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MacMurray Ranch Chardonnay 2009
Rated by masi3v on August 11, 2012

Rating 22-

This wine was by no means bad but I will not be running out to buy any more, either. When I think of people who say that they don't like chardonnay because it tastes like they are chewing on an oak tree, this is likely what they are talking about. It is also rather 'flabby' and it has a limited range at the table (maybe seared scallops--which is never a bad thing). Is it awful? Certainly not. But it is a style of chardonnay that is gradually disappearing (at least I hope). Average. 78 points. thedrunkencyclist

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Fess Parker Dry Riesling Rodney's Vineyard 2010
Rated by masi3v on July 27, 2012

Rating 44

I have visited Fess Parker winery a couple of times and I used to watch Daniel Boone reruns every Saturday morning when I was a kid. So, I have a soft spot for FP wines. I have had several pinots and syrahs and even a couple of their chardonnays. Good juice, nothing life altering, but solid, very good wine. I was therefore a little bit excited when this showed up in the PLCB system. A great nose of grapefruit and white peaches, with an acidity that smacks your mouth right away. An above average finish for sure, this is really good, particularly at the price point. Very Good to Excellent. 89-90 points. http://thedrunkencyclist .wordpress.com

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Domaine Durand Cornas Empreintes 2008
Rated by masi3v on April 4, 2012

Rating 44-

Some fruit (but not overwhelming) and interesting, but it cries out for food. We had it with bulgogi (Korean barbecue), but it really needs pork or lamb since this is on more of the delicate side. Not much on the backend–a good finish, but not much in the way of tannin. I would say I would buy some more of this, but I plan on drinking it in the short term. Very Good. 88 points.

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Charte d'Assemblage Blanc Gacscogne 2010
Rated by masi3v on March 11, 2012

Rating 33+

From my blog (http://thedrunkencyclist.I wordpress.com): I actually bought this because I thought I was buying something else (way to go ‘Wine Guy’), but it was cheap ($7.99), had a twist off, and I was in a hurry. I was making mussels and I needed to add a couple of cups of white wine and well, since it was my first time making mussels, there was no way in heckolla that I was going to waste a Clos Pepe on my incompetence. So I bought this 75% Colombard, 25% Ugni Blanc. Back in the kitchen, when I was about to steam the poor little mussel bastards to their doom, I gave myself a little splash of this puppy in my favorite glass (I should have concentrated on rinsing the mussels and getting rid of the sand/dirt/schmegma instead of pouring myself a glass and getting loaded–what a moron). How should I put it? Well, I have to say–not the worst wine ever. Had some bright citrus and even some pineapple, and tons of tartness (acidity). Short to medium finish, but hey.... 87 points. I might even buy more. Maybe 3-4 bottles. Cheers!

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Le Paradis Chinon Loire Valley 2010
Rated by masi3v on March 11, 2012

Rating 11

From my blog (http://thedrunkencyclist.I wordpress.com): Well. A couple of things upfront: 1. I am a big fan of Chinon in general. I have spent a bit of time in the town of Chinon as a tour guide and I have always enjoyed being there. 2. I am also a big fan of cabernet franc in general–it tends to be a bit big while also austere, and it is a pretty good food wine (as long as the food is red meat). This wine, however, made me curse the time I have spent in Chinon. This was not good. Even with food. Even with cyanide. EXTREMELY green–no ripeness, no fruit (unless green pepper is a fruit now). I drank this over several hours and it never came around. This is a pass. Unless you are buying this for your boss, she is an incompetent, micromanaging megalomaniac, and you don’t like her much. 75 points.

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Domaine Ehrhart Gewurztraminer Herrenweg 2009
Rated by masi3v on January 27, 2012

Rating 33+

So I am a big fan of Alsace and her wines. I studied there for a year so I am biased. We also tend to eat a lot of Asian cuisine for which Alsatian wine is a great pairing usually. This one is no exception with one major caveat: it is sweet. Really sweet. In fact, almost dessert wine kinda sweet. It certainly would fall into an 'off-dry' category. Lots of fruit and spice on the nose with some acidity on the palate, but not quite enough to balance out the sweetness. Would perhaps pair best with a fruit tart.

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Demuth Winery Pinot Noir Limited Reserve Anderson Valley 2006
Rated by masi3v on January 25, 2012

Rating 44-

The PLCB website lists the suggested retail at $40. While I do not think I would pay that much for this wine, I would consider $25, and at $12.99 ($14.03 including 8% tax in Phila.), I would buy a ton. And I did. I bought a case. Ample fruit up front, with great balance on the mid-palate. Medium finish. I would not be afraid to pair this with almost anything: heartier fish dishes (think salmon or catfish), anything vegetarian (that is a total guess since I am nowhere close to vegetarian), and most meat dishes that do not have a high fat content. This wine has some tannin and a bunch of acid, but not enough to break down and stand up to the really beefy stuff, although I will likely try. Drink now through 2014 at least.

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Chateau de Canterrane Rivesaltes 1976
Rated by masi3v on October 24, 2010

Rating 55-

Wow. Chilled for about an hour. Light color, nose a little hot. But on the palate, outstanding. Medium finish. Will buy a lot more if I can find it.

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Mumm Napa Pinot Noir Napa Valley 2008
Rated by masi3v on August 12, 2010

Rating 22

Been waiting for this to hit the Philly stores for a couple of weeks. I used to belong to the Mumm Napa wine club back when I lived in a state that, well, you know the rest. So I picked this up, came home, popped and poured. Lots of cherry on the nose. Tons. Reminded me of Kool-Aid. That was followed by some heat. On the palate, tons and tons of fruit as well. The only real backbone was the heat at the end. Not as bad as it could have been, but not great either. At $10? I might buy a few just for old times sake....

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Fess Parker Syrah ATR 2005
Rated by masi3v on June 24, 2009

Rating 55-

Visited the winery last year, so I thought I would check this out. Great nose of cocoa, anise, black raspberry, and a little heat. On the palate a viscous, full mouth feel with the black cherry and a little tar coming through. Nice long finish with some tannin on the back end. I will be getting some more to lay down. Very good.

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Burgess Cellars Syrah Napa Valley 2004
Rated by masi3v on June 23, 2009

Rating 44

Not bad at all. Some coffee and tar on the nose, along with black fruit. A little heat at the back end. On the palate, the black fruit comes through with some noticeable tannins. Not real heavy with an average finish. For $10? A steal.

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Blockheadia Ringnosii Sauvignon Blanc All Tank 2006
Rated by masi3v on May 2, 2009

Rating 33+

Bright and vibrant. Great acidity, which is surprising for a Cali sauv blanc. Very happy with this one, at a good price. Will try and find more.

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Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2004
Rated by masi3v on May 1, 2009

Rating 44+

Popped and poured. Lots of fruit on the nose. On the palate, a lot going on--tons of fruit. Still seems a bit young.

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Osoyoos Larose Okanagan Valley Le Grand Vin 2003
Rated by masi3v on May 1, 2009

Rating 33

Not sure what to think about this one. Pretty austere--does not seem to be very balanced. The tannins are quite evident, however, so this might integrate and improve.

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