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A Charming Pinot California Pinot Noir 2015

From my Prince Charming. Love this one. — a month ago


Old Vine Lime Kiln Valley Cabernet Pfeffer 2016

This is a lively changling. At once trousseau, light syrah, Gamay, and even a little cab franc funk on the nose. Will hold my other bottle to see what some age brings. — 3 months ago

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Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut Rosé 1999

The 1999 Cristal Rosé is a glorious Champagne from this esteemed house that is absolutely singing right now. Composed of largely old vine Pinot Noir from the village of Cumières in the Marne region of Champagne. Upon entry, the aromatic range is simply dazzling, offering nuances from cranberries and raspberries to earthy characteristics of wild mushroom and peat moss. The red fruits are quite delicate as the tertiary notes are playing first chair. The palate shows a wonderful silky texture and gorgeous mouthfeel as flavors of raspberries, orange rind, forest floor and hints of black truffle all come together beautifully. Overall, this is a sensational bottle of Champagne, which is drinking beautifully at this stage in its evoloution. It has the potential to cellar well for another ten to fifteen years — but why wait? Drink 2019-2030- 95 — 3 months ago

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The Big Bad Red California Red Blend 2015

Big complex cheap grocery store wine. — 6 months ago

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Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2012

Rather suddenly, and without much explanation, Bordeaux found itself in the middle of my crosshairs as being the next place I wanted to conduct a deep dive in. With this shift in my general attention from New World to Old World I began to do more research on the various appellations, prominent chateaus, and nuances of Left Bank and Right Bank, as well as compile a spreadsheet highlighting specific bottles I wanted to seek out. For a reason unbeknownst to me, Château Ducru-Beaucaillou was the producer I wanted to start my deep dive with. I researched the history of the chateaux, learned about their wines, priced out vintages that were immediately available for my acquisition, and added it to my Bordeaux spreadsheet, waiting for the time to pull the trigger and purchase a bottle (or two) to start the trek with. As far as wines are concerned it was all I could think about: Ducru-Beaucaillou. Apparently, the mere act of researching a chateau left me beguiled, craving a wine I had never even had before! With all of this research in mind I’ve learned over the years that as much as I thoroughly enjoy researching and trying wine, it’s certainly more enjoyable to share the knowledge and the experiences with others. Enter @codyuzzel, who has heard more than his fair share of my wine ramblings over the years. One day we began discussing Bordeaux, Left Bank v. Right bank, and changes in our thought patterns about the region over the years, which eventually lead him to asking the million-dollar question: Are there any producers you’ve highlighted that you’re particularly interested in? I told him that Ducru-Beaucaillou was in my crosshairs, along with a handful of other producers that I’d explore once I’d tried Ducru. That’s when he texted me the picture; a picture of him holding a glorious bottle of 2012 Ducru-Beaucaillou. “I took this pic before we started this conversation.” Given the serendipitous nature of this occurrence he extended an invitation to pop the cork upon our next meeting, which is interesting in and of itself given that I had been thinking about visiting him at the wine bar just earlier that day. It’s moments like these that truly make the wine journey a sweet and rewarding one. Thanks, Cody, for your generosity and epic invitations.
Anise, graphite, plums, and blackberries. Very polished and very delicious.
— 3 months ago

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Aziende Agricole Giardino - Serena

Vino Barolo Nebbiolo 1967

1967... this bottle nearly brought tears to my eyes. It was absolute perfection. The nose was strong and poised, offering an tobasco core, strong olive juice notes, with pepper and savory spices but this ethereal sweetness that just makes you return for another whiff. This just kept giving and giving - layer upon layer of complexity. The body was absolutely wonderful with medium - acid and completely fully integrated tannins. This had a slightly balsamic feel to it (of course) and pairing with a vine ripened tomato and salt was out of this world. This was an incredible bottle and one which I will not easily forget. — 6 months ago

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Gundlach Bundschu

Sonoma Valley Merlot 2014

It is Friday night once again and to great the weekend I have opened the 2014 Gundlach-Bundschu Merlot Sonoma Valley Sonoma County. 84% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, what the othe 1% is I was unable to find that out.

Upon opening the nose reveals dark juicy fruit, blackberry, black cherry, pomegranate, raspberry, mocha, smokey oak and dry earthy notes.

The palate reveals confirmation of the nose, black cherry, black raspberry, black plum, spice, sweet tobacco, herbs, smokey oak and rich earthy notes.

A very nice full bodied wine with a velvety mouth feel, medium + acidity and medium + grippy tannins that lead to a long fruit filled finish. Have a great weekend with family and friends and please be safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 6 months ago

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Beaux Frères

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011

Currently a bit muted upon opening, the 2011 Beaux Freres ‘Willamette Valley’ Pinot Noir needs more than a one hour decant prior to enjoying at this juncture. Once aroused this awakens to beautiful citrus tones and red fruit aromatics that build in the glass. The palate shows a really good texture and roundness with delicate pomegranate seed, red cherry candy and blood orange flavors that entice. There his a good elegance to this lighter style Pinot Noir. Drinking nicely now, this has another six plus years of life left. Drink 2019-2026- 92 — 3 months ago

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Once Upon a Dream Merlot 2016

Really good cheap wine — 3 months ago

Château Poujeaux

Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2007

David T

First, let me say the 07 Bordeaux vintage was largely frowned upon by professional critics. When I tasted it upon release, I had some doubts. However, I have said many times, in all difficult vintages anywhere, there are still producers that made good wine. Especially, if you give them time to evolve in bottle. This 07 has blossomed with 10 years in bottle and an absolutely perfect steak wine.

The nose reveals; smoldering ambers, dry crushed rocks, limestone minerals, ripe blackberries, black cherries, black raspberries, baked strawberries, black plum, floral blueberries, dark fruit liqueur, leather, cedar to saddle-wood, dark rich soils, stones, anise, graphite, old cigar with ash, hints of mushroom, steeped tea, fresh & withering red & dark floral bouquet.

The body is beautiful with; rich, round, velvety, smooth, tarry tannins. This 07 Poujeaux is in top form with plenty of life left ahead...another 7-10years easily. The structure, tension, length and balance are nicely knitted together. It glides effortlessly over the palate. A combination of dark currants & cassis. Ripe blackberries, black cherries, black raspberries, bright cherries, baked strawberries, black plum, floral blueberries, dark fruit liqueur, dark chocolate, mocha bar, vanilla, clove, dark spice, leather, cedar to saddle-wood, dark rich soils, stones, smoldering ambers, dry crushed rocks, dry clay, limestone minerals, dry brush, anise, graphite, old cigar with ash, touch of pepper, hints of mushroom, steeped tea, beautifully, fragrant, violets, lavender, fresh & withering red & dark floral bouquet. The acidity is nicely balanced in the wine. The finish without the steak shows dusty, grainy tannins, good balance in fruit & earth, elegant, ripe fruit and persistent on the palate.

Photos of, the unassuming Chateau Poujeaux by Bordeaux standards, the rootstock & soil structure of the Poujeaux terroir, Cellar with concrete tanks & large oak vats and a wide shot of the Estate.

Producer history and notes...Chateau Poujeaux’s history can be traced back to the 16th Century. At that time, the owner of Chateau Latour, Gaston De L’Isle, owned the estate. Over the centuries, Chateau Poujeaux, like numerous Bordeaux estates has been the property of a multitude of owners.

In fact, the owner of Chateau Beychevelle Marquis François Etienne de Brassier was one of owners. Over the centuries, Chateau Poujeaux was bought, sold, split up and divided. It was not until 1921, when the Theil family became the owners of the property that all the previously divided sections were brought back together again.

The modern era for Chateau Poujeaux began more recently. It started in 2008, when Jean Theil sold Chateau Poujeaux to the Cuvelier family, who were already owners of Clos Fourtet in St. Emilion. Once the Cuvelier family purchased, Mathieu Cuvelier took charge and things changed for the better.

The winemaking facilities were modernized and the farming technique used in the vineyards of Chateau Poujeaux were also changed.

They reduced yields and began picking later, giving them riper fruit. They also moved to an organic vineyard management approach and are looking at biodynamic farming as well. All of this work in the vineyards have helped push the wine quality of the estate. You only need to open and taste some their newer vintages. You’ll notice the improvement in fruit quality and the winemaking practices.

The 68 hectare Moulis vineyard of Chateau Poujeaux is planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The terroir is gravel based soils, typical of the area as show in the above photo. The average age of the vines is close to 35 years, although some vines are older.

The debut vintage under the Cuvelier family was the 2008. At Chateau Poujeaux, they are practicing serious vineyard management with the help of Stéphane Derenoncourt, who works with numerous Bordeaux Winemakers on both banks, including the Cuvelier’s property in St. Emilion, Clos Fourtet.

Chateau Poujeaux, fruit is whole berry fermented in a combination of small stainless steel vats, oak barrels and cement tanks with a 25-day cuvaison. Chateau Poujeaux is aged in about 40% new, French oak barrels for an average of 12 months. On average, Chateau Poujeaux produces close to 25,000 cases per year.
— 4 months ago

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Fully underrated chateau. Great note @David T
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Ps I tasted this en premieur in march 08... what a surprise
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@Alex Lallos Thanks Alex.