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Jump to new posts TN: 3 Bruts Arnot Roberts WS PN Solaia Quilceda Grahams by Bill Spohn @ Yesterday at 12:12

Notes from a blind tasting lunch Being Christmas time, we had a larger than usual share of bubbly. They were served with a really, really good French onion soup. 2002 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Cuvée Rare – huge effervescence on opening, fresh nose
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Jump to new posts TN: 2015 Brecon Estate Tempranillo Paso Robles by Charlie Chadwick @ 12-13-2019 12:20:36

2015 Brecon Estate Tempranillo Paso Robles Chocolate and ripe berries on the nose. Big fruit on the palate, black cherries, blackberries, anise. Sharp tannins that need 3 to 4 years to soften. Good acidity and balance. My question is whether the
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Jump to new posts TN: 2003 Carlisle Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley by Charlie Chadwick @ 12-13-2019 12:05:59

2003 Carlisle Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley Disappointing showing. The nose was slightly musty and time and air did not help it. Dark fruit on the palate but just a bit faded; some spice notes. Tannins are nicely resolved, good acidity and balanc
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Jump to new posts TN: Harrington Falanghina '18...(short/boring) by TomHill @ 12-13-2019 08:54:42

Tried this from our recent Harrington shipment: 1. Harrington Falanghina CalleriVnyd/SanBenitoCnty (13.0%) 2018: Med.light gold color; rather stony/mineral/chalky/perfumed talc some floral/carnations/Falang slight steely/metallic slight rustic/SItaly
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Jump to new posts TN: Three With Friends...(short/boring) by TomHill @ 12-11-2019 10:03:34

Chris Murphy & Renee and Dave Kammerer & Leslie were in SantaFe, so we got together to taste a few wine & some appetizers. Three that I brought & wanted to try were: 1. Idlewild Cortese FoxHillVnyd/MendoCnty (12.5%; www.IdlewildWines.com; partial ski
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Jump to new posts TN: 2015 Domaine La Barroche Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Cuvee Pure by Charlie Chadwick @ 12-11-2019 09:30:14

2015 Domaine La Barroche Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Cuvee Pure Bright berry fruit on the nose. Lush cherry fruit on the palate, warm spices, bit of rare roast meat. The fruit has an almost crystalline quality across the palate. Firm, finely polished tan
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Jump to new posts TN: 2018 Cenatiempo Biancolella Ischia by Charlie Chadwick @ 12-11-2019 09:21:43

2018 Cenatiempo Biancolella Ischia Made from about equal parts Biancolella and Forastera plus other assorted local Ischia varieties. A pleasant citrus nose. The fruit is quite pretty, lemons and a slightly oily quality (that's a good thing); whi
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Jump to new posts Clarity at last! by BEB @ 12-10-2019 17:08:15

Thanks for adding some clarity, Sean.
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Jump to new posts by fraser @ 12-09-2019 21:25:24

Xavier Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009 Imported by Free Run, WA Very smooth, elegant and non-rustic. Doesn't show enough character for me. The smoothness and elegance substitutes for the typical CNP profile but in the end, is not a satisfying combination.
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Jump to new posts by fraser @ 12-09-2019 21:24:02

Xavier Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009 Imported by Free Run, WA Very smooth, elegant and non-rustic. Doesn't show enough character for me. The smoothness and elegance substitutes for the typical CNP profile but in the end, is not a satisfying combination.
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Jump to new posts by fraser @ 12-09-2019 21:17:01

Xavier Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009 Very smooth, elegant and non-rustic. Doesn't show enough character for me. The smoothness and elegance substitutes for the typical CNP profile but in the end, is not a satisfying combination. Good only. Not recommende
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Jump to new posts Re: Confusing... by Sean_Devaney @ 12-09-2019 15:09:55

Originally Posted By: BEBOriginally Posted By: TomHillWhich was the first bttling. Tom I believe the Adelaida bottling was the first, but I'll deny I ever said that if proven wrong. Here's a link to the Ridge website about it. The material at
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Jump to new posts Re: Yup.... by James Cross @ 12-09-2019 09:06:18

Me too! Always liked the Truchards and their wines; pretty good across many varietals. The only one I've had lately is the 14 roussanne, which was actually on sale at Whole Foods; probably not a hot seller with their customers.
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Jump to new posts Re: Confusing... by James Cross @ 12-09-2019 09:03:46

I was at Ridge Lytton Springs on Saturday and they were pouring the Adelaida version; very nice. Lots of their wines are targeted at their three "clubs," which they seem to be pushing more actively these days. They even pitched an umbrella program
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Jump to new posts TN: Two Reds O'er The Weekend...(short/boring) by TomHill @ 12-09-2019 07:39:59

Tried these two reds over the weekend: 1. PuntaCrena Rossese Vigneto Isasco DOC: Riviera Ligure di Ponente (12.5%; www.PuntaCrena.It; KermitLynchImprts) Ruffino/Savona/Liguria 2018: Med.light ruby color; lovely very aromatic bright cherry/raspberry/v
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