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Author jlburd
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#1021  Posted: Dec 25, 2016 16:04  

Why did you bother with food?
Author jlburd
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#1022  Posted: Dec 25, 2016 20:45  

Ahhh the 2010 Brunellos. Verbena di Nanettino Luca. I have no idea when I bought these so I can't remember if it was pricey or pedestrian but it was damn tasty stuff on Friday night. Great nose. Beautiful lingering cherry, cedar, licorice and earthiness
Author Mark
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#1023  Posted: Jan 5, 2017 21:52  

2012 Cristom Pinot Noir Sommers Reserve

From the terrific '12 vintage. Their entry level "Mt. Jefferson" does not impress, but this is another story. Josh Raynolds says to drink starting in 2018 but it's darn tasty now. I bought a case of half bottles and have been burning through them, I need to lay off. Oh and hey they ship to PA now! Join their club and get 20% off.
Author jlburd
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#1024  Posted: Jan 15, 2017 13:19  

Chehalem Three Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir
Served with sweet and sour pork this was a good pairing. Good representation of a great year for Oregon Pinot. Softer, aromatic and balanced. More Burgundy than US style.

Ch Behere Courtin 2009 Pauillac
Another example of the strength of this vintage. So good for an unclassified Bdx. Stacked up well against a 2003 Ch Clerc Milon. Not as earthy and definitely more New World. Spicy, dark cherry flavor, little evidence of oak. Don't have any more of this but glad for the number of 2009 Cru Bourgeois I have in the cellar.
Author Mark
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#1025  Posted: Jan 19, 2017 21:05  

2015 Domaine Bailly-Reverdy Sancerre Cuvee Chavignol

I had a bottle of the 2014 vintage out of state last year and enjoyed it. Nice fruit, crunchy acidity and some minerality. So I was rather surprised to see the 2015 (better/current vintage) in my local FWaGS store today, in both regular AND half bottles. 750ML is $24.99 code 99032 (the 2014 was just $19.99 in New York last year), and the 375ML is $14.99 code 99266. I love half bottles for weeknights...
Author jlburd
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#1026  Posted: Feb 7, 2017 20:09 | Edited by: jlburd  

2012 Domaine Serene Pinot noir Evanstad Reserve. Bit pricey but splurged for a good friend's birthday. Beautiful Pinot (and you know how hard that is for me to say) from Oregon. Soft, complex, great strawberry and cola flavors but restrained like a Burg.

2009 Calluna Merlot Aux Raynauds. The last bottle of half-case bought when the PLCB had it on sale. Great Right Bank style. Cedar, dark berries, little vanilla lurking. If anyone hears of any of this laying around someplace for sale, I'd love to hear about it.
Author bigred
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#1027  Posted: Feb 13, 2017 21:21  

I don't even remember buying this in the state store, but apparently I did, as it has an old PLCB sticker on it.

2005 Ch√Ęteau Malmaison Baronne Nadine de Rothschild

2/13/2017 - 89 Points
A forgotten bottle in the cellar. Pleasantly surprised though, with the depth and complexity given the relatively modest price, and I wasn't sure about holding this long. The tannin has never completely resolved, holding me back from a higher score, but an enjoyable Medoc nonetheless, with notes cherry liquor, leather, an earth.
Author Mark
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#1028  Posted: Mar 5, 2017 19:01 | Edited by: Mark  

Bailly Reverdy Chavignol Sancerre 2015 (375ML) code 99266 $14.99
Also available in 750ML code 99032 $24.99

I bought several bottles of the 2014 vintage of this *cough*out of state*cough* last year and really enjoyed it, so was excited to see the 2015 vintage in my local store, in both 750ML and 375ML bottles.

Yesterday I went to grab a couple more and noticed that they also had 375s of another 2015 Sancerre, Philippe Raimbault Apud Sariacum 2015, code 99249, for a buck less. Checked CT and it had a single, glowing review, so what the heck I grabbed one of those also.

Tried them both back to back tonight and have to say my wife and I both preferred the Bailly.

At the end of the day this is Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley, albeit from a very good vintage. So, not inexpensive, but very enjoyable. I love the fact that you can get both full and half bottles, and I'm glad that I have several in the cellar which will no doubt be enjoyed throughout the year.


Author jlburd
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#1029  Posted: Mar 23, 2017 19:19  

Andrew Will 2010 Champoux Vineyard Sorella Red. This had a 4-star rating on Vivino with an average price of $73.15 but the PLCB has this on close out at a hair under $44. Really good right bank Bdx blend. Admin would not notice the Merlot (Mark probably would.) I'd rate at 4.5 out of 5. Probably has a few more years of aging potential but after 4 hours of air it's really good.
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