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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 Château 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.
Author acorelli
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#1030  Posted: May 14, 2017 09:41  

Mrs. Bigred is now Dr. Mrs. Bigred! To celebrate, Fiammetta and I hosted the newly minted Dr. and her consort for a very informal dinner with televised hockey. I put out the following lineup of Carini wines:

2013 A2B - 100% Alicante Bouschet, Chairman's selection in 2016. A good mouthful of fruit for $10. The 2014 is in the stores now; I had one but was unimpressed. And yet, I was unimpressed by my first bottle of 2013 and only after trying another one 8 or 10 months later did I buy up all I could find...

2007 Dubakella Pinot Noir. Spicy, some complexity, in great shape at 10 years old and a steal at PA price of $22

2012 Dubakella Zinfandel - more fruity goodness. $30

NV Captain Fantasy - WOTN, warm, complex. Blend of wines dating back as far as 2005. They say that Cabernet Franc is the main grape, with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. A Chairman's, still available in PA (but not in Allegheny County). The back label has a silhouette of the state of Pennsylvania with the word "FREEDOM" inside - what can that mean? $20 = bargain.

2007 Glass Mountain Road St Helena Cabernet - at 10 years old we thought this wasn't quite ready. Powerful blackberry nose, more black fruits on the palate and a persistent finish, but we all had the impression there were still better things to come. $60

My take on the Carini house style: All the wines had great dark fruit flavors. There was a spiciness to all the wines, and a sense of unfussy directness. Each one would have shown well without food, and all were enhanced by our admittedly very-wine-friendly spread of cheeses and charcuterie. I am not certain that the A2B will last but the others either have already demonstrated their age-worthiness or give the impression that they will hold up well. The PLCB Cabernet and Zinfandel prices are fair; the others are bargains.

Bigred gave further evidence of evolving into Bigwhite by bringing an excellent 2012 1er cru Chablis Vaillons by Marcel Servin. Yum.
Author jlburd
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#1031  Posted: May 14, 2017 17:31  

Abelis Carthago Lui Crianza 2012. Picked up at the local grocer in Richmond at son-in-law's recommendation. This is his 2nd great pick in 2 months. Lots of Tempranillo cherry and pepper, may be too oakey but pretty reminiscent of how big Cal Cabs are oaked. Definitely get the vanilla from the French oak and can see this getting nice and cedar-y down the road. At 15% ABV it's pretty concentrated but enough acid to balance. Drinks well now but should be really nice in 2020-2022. Was $22 at the grocer. Average price is $19.99. If you can find any (outside of PA of course) at that price, grab some.
Author Mark
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#1032  Posted: May 16, 2017 21:32  

2013 Cristom Pinot Noir Mt. Jefferson Cuvee

Their low end/"volume" bottling, a blend of estate and sourced fruit. The 2013 Willamette Valley Pinots I've had have been uneven - some good and some thin. This comes in at just 13.0% ABV so I was expecting the latter, but was pleasantly surprised. Ripe cherries, pomogranate, really nice minerality, and good acidity. Very impressed at the relatively modest price point. Wish I had more!
Author jlburd
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#1033  Posted: Jul 15, 2017 16:34  

2008 Ch Musar Bekaa Valley Lebanon. First Lebanese wine that I recall drinking. Cab, Cinsault & Carignan so an unusual blend but had a Bdx profile that I would have guessed was South American. Still young, cedar nose with a tar whiff that blew off after a couple hours decant. Very good. Was a gift so I'm not sure i'd go the $56-60 bones it sells for. Maybe another taste in 5 years to see how it resolves.
Author bigred
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#1034  Posted: Jul 17, 2017 22:46  

2011 Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Volant, Red Rhone Blend -

Really nice aromatics, with rhubarb, strawberry, cedar, and tobacco. Good weight on the palate, but not heavy. Nicely balanced and while drinking well now, has quite a bit of life left. Great Rhone blend.
Author jlburd
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#1035  Posted: Sep 4, 2017 14:23  

There's a pretty good closeout running right now without much fanfare. Some steep discounts on expensive wines and surprising discounts on others. Took some chances on stuff that was $25-50 list price now in the $15-30 range. Here's one: 2012 Massena Moonlight Run Barossa Valley red blend (37541). Was $26.99, now $16.24. Will delight the big red fans. Aussie Rhone that is 57% Grenache 31% Mataro 7% Syrah and 5% Cinsaut. Big nose and fruity but with some of the Rhone spice. Probably won't lay it down to see if it ages but it has potential to mellow.
Author WharfRat
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#1036  Posted: Sep 5, 2017 19:34  

The 2011 Vieux Telegraphe is about 1/3 off at $30 for a half bottle. Quite solid, will be better once the wood integrates a bit.
Author bigred
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#1037  Posted: Sep 11, 2017 12:51  

1997 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cépages

Still holding (surprisingly) well. Enticing aromas of cedar, red berries, leather, and smoke. Fully resolved tannin, lower on the acidity now, but still smooth & full of savory flavors that only improved with air time. 92pts.
Author Mark
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#1038  Posted: Dec 9, 2017 09:54  

2009 Robert Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Spring Mountain District

It doesn't indicate on the label but turns out it has 5% Cab Franc.

Pretty dark color, shows as a young wine, which I guess it is depending on perspective. A good bit of fruit, tannin and structure. 14.8% alcohol doesn't smack you in the face. I really liked this, and if I had another bottle (which I don't) I'd wait another 5 years before thinking about opening, and it could go a lot longer than that. I picked it up on one of the clearance sales a while back. Want to say I paid somewhere around $60 but that's just a guess.
Author Mark
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#1039  Posted: Dec 26, 2017 23:27  

2010 Anderson's Conn Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (375ML)
Everything is there but it seemed a bit disjointed, I think it needs a few more years.

2003 Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes
A little bit of seepage hidden under the capsule. Put in a bladed cork puller and the cork started going down into the bottle. Switched to a conventional corkscrew and it came out intact. Cork was almost completely purple all the way around. Wine was bad; flat, no fruit. Poured it out:-(

2004 Bell Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 6
My last bottle of '04. Terrific. Could go several more years.

2013 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma County
Their entry level Pinot and a good example of their "house style." Delicious, a crowd pleaser.
Author acorelli
Registered User
#1040  Posted: Dec 27, 2017 09:56  

2004 Iron Horse Classic Vintage Brut - lovely ginger-apple, but not as rich and round as

2004 Iron Horse Russian Cuvee - possibly the best bottle of Iron Horse I have had, slightly superior wine to

NV Pierre Legras Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, which was pretty darned good.

2007 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant - a former PAWT WOTN, drinking deliciously with a 1 hour decant, loads of spice but beautifully balanced.

1994 Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet - a little stiff, unyielding, despite 2 hour decant. It may be I was responding to a shortage of fruit rather than an excess of tannins? A disappointment. I look for 1994 wines because that is my son's birth year, and have 2 more of these Kenwoods; next time I will try PnP.
Author bigred
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#1041  Posted: Jan 1, 2018 14:41 | Edited by: bigred  


2015 Kongsgaard Chardonnay

1/1/2018 - 94 points
Awesome aromatics - ripe melon, juicy apple, lemon meringue, vanilla, and integrated oak. Just comes together for a very pleasurable palate experience followed by a lingering finish. This is my first KG, and I would say a cut above most Cali chards.
Author jlburd
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#1042  Posted: Jan 6, 2018 17:42  

2009 Ch Croix de Beaucaillou. Good earthy BDX. Not quite as drinkable as other '09s but approachable. Good fruit, tobacco, mushroom and oak. If I had more I would let them lay for another five or so.
Author bigred
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#1043  Posted: Jan 29, 2018 20:32  

1995 Château Camensac
RED BORDEAUX BLEND

Interesting to try this wine given the age. I should say it's held up quite well, with mature red fruit, tobacco, and anise. Tannin is resolved affording a soft palate feel. This is what I enjoy about aged Bordeaux. 90pts
Author jlburd
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#1044  Posted: Feb 1, 2018 12:17  

2008 Hesperian Cab. Yes, I fell for the Wine Access story about this winery being cashed-strapped because of the fire. For once the wine was as good as the story. Very rich, well-made Cal Cab. Vanilla, cherry and blueberry fruit; good structure but softened tannins; oak in balance. It is also a good example of what could be made better by blending with another varietal. Would love to have tasted with some of the flinty Cab Franc or Merlot roundness adding depth. Still a 4.5 wine (92 if scoring).
Author J2K
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#1045  Posted: Feb 11, 2018 19:43  

Author bigred
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#1046  Posted: Feb 12, 2018 22:42  

2008 Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion
RED BORDEAUX BLEND

Loved this!

Lovely, classic Bordeaux. Sweet raspberries, cherries, cedar plank, ash, baker's chocolate, and earthy undertones. Smooth and plush across the palate. Just love this elegant wine. 92 pts
Author J2K
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#1047  Posted: Feb 14, 2018 10:44  

BR,
Where did you get it?
Author bigred
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#1048  Posted: Feb 14, 2018 11:43  

Pretty sure it was an Akron area wine shop. If I see any more still on the shelf, I will grab a couple more. Maybe save on for you.
Author acorelli
Registered User
#1049  Posted: Feb 21, 2018 19:45  

2009 Heger Spatburgunder Gross Gewaches

A revelation. I confess I always rather thought German Pinot Noir was sort of a joke, but this stuff is terrific. Unattractive dull brownish-red, bright spicy nose, wonderfully complex flavors.
Author jlburd
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#1050  Posted: Mar 25, 2018 17:48  

2012 Cuvaison Estate Russian River Chardonnay. Very good Cal Chard at $20 ($5 off). Judicious use of oak, peppery, smooth, cantaloupe, mango?, long finish. Solid 4 out of 5.
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