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Kalin Cellars

Livermore Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2001

Amazing bottle. In the blind taste, all 8 individuals tasting guessed Chardonnay. This 2001 Sauvignon Blanc gave me grapefruit and some crazy funky nose (still can’t put words to it). What a wine. Thanks to @Benjamin Keator for providing. — 11 days ago

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When Ben told me he was opening this, I was so bummed to miss it! Such unique wines, Kalin Cellars.

Plenty of Room

Riesling

Greg Ballington
9.0

Medium lemon yellow. Floral notes on the attack of the nose followed up by peach and more stone fruits. Medium acidity (6.5/10) and light bodied. Crisp palate with lots of minerality, stone fruits and apples. Long finish. Drink till 2025. — 22 days ago

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@Delectable Wine it’s the Albariño

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2007

Round next. Haven’t had Monte Bello in a while. Should remedy that situation. There are very few domestic wines at this level. — 13 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Torre Ranch Petite Verdot 2011

Monster. This is one of the single blocks that make up the Monte Bello bottling. 12.5% alcohol. Cool vintage, it’s perfect for this beast, Blackberry juice, structure, wish we would have waited. Has another 20 years, incredible acid, shows some classic Ridge wood characteristics. Decant it a day before you’re going to drink it, pair with a bone-in Rib-eye, duck fat fries, bitter greens. Fatty, fatty, fatty. — 5 days ago

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Varner

Amphitheater Block Spring Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

Started off with a petrol nose. Blew off and evolved into more floral scents and flavors. Chardonnay, so still some oak, but delicate and refreshing. — 5 days ago

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Rhys Vineyards

Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay 2009

Finally a solid bottle of Chard for me this week, after two flawed bottles. This is great, mild lemon and orchard fruits with subtle oak notes. Light and great structure. Zippy acidity. I’m happy :) — 15 days ago

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Skywalker Vineyards

Sommità Marin County Pinot Noir 2011

Easy to drink. Dark berries and vanilla are the dominant flavors. I will be buying this again. — 8 days ago

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Marqués de Murrieta

Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2005

My son came over for dinner so I opened my last bottle! Beautiful Ruby red with an elegant bouquet of sweet berry fruits, subtle spice with earthy tones, a traditional Rioja. On the palate, the wine was silky smooth with layers of flavors, berry/cherry, tobacco, smoky cedar, dark fruit, vanilla spice, very well balanced with fine tannins and a clean structure ending with a nice lingering finish. Delicious! Still great with room to run. This wine shows potential aging well beyond 2020. I wish I had more! — 12 days ago

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Windy Oaks Estate

Schultze Family Vineyard Henry's Block Pinot Noir 2009

This is in a gorgeous drinking window right now. Tons of spice accenting red fruit in a lovely, well-balanced package. — 7 days ago

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@Bill Bender thanks to @Eric LaMasters comments I purchase the wine so when you come home I will open them

Mount Eden Vineyards

Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2015

This wine enlightened me on why fine Pinot Noir is precious :) I mainly tasted Cabernets up till now, and Pinot Noir was always just like a lighter-bodied cabernet before today. This wine is aromatic, light-bodied yet with some complexity, very amazed and finally understand the gist of good Pinot Noir (note: am a beginner with wine ;) ). Heard that the 2014 vintage was served in Prince Harry’s wedding — can’t wait to try! — 3 days ago