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Joined on: September 29, 2011

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Celler Besllum Besllum 2008
Fruit and spice
Medium bodied, mellow tannin, spiced cloves and plenty of ripe fruit. A traditional Spanish blend presented in a New World style.
Review added on: 1/13/12
Calade des Eveques Gigondas 2010
Rhone fans, check this wine out
I'm not always a huge fan of Gigondas... they often taste too green and flowery for my taste, but I truly enjoyed this one. This is tasty stuff... slightly peppery and lots of fruit. Probably could use 3 years in the bottle to mature.
Review added on: 1/10/12
Chateau Paloumey Haut Medoc 2009
$20 '09 Haut Medoc - Buy Now!
This really is a stunning vintage... the critics got it right this time! Soft tannins, chocolate, dark plum and raspberry. Slightly stiff now, but I'm excited to see how this wine evolves.
Review added on: 1/10/12
Chateau Clement Saint-Jean Medoc 2010
Wow! Another impressive '09.
Classic Bordeaux expression of cab. This drinks like a $30 bottle... complex fruit and spice, subtle tannin at the finish. Drinking great now, but should last 10+ years. This is currently my favorite of any Bordeaux under $25.
Review added on: 1/10/12
Vignerons de Caractere 'Petite Caprice' Blanc 2010
Double Bingo.
Agree with Mark completely. For the price, this wine is unbelievable. If you bought a Cali white at this price, it would taste like Yellow Tail. This is a real wine... I often drink it with lighter-fair meals.
Review added on: 1/10/12
Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay 2010
Cakebread never fails.
Always a solid choice - a top shelf Chard at a good price point. Soft minerality, well balanced, just enough butter but not over the top. Mmmm....
Review added on: 1/10/12
Henriot Souverain Brut NV
Favorite Bubbly
This is a top-notch champagne... anything else comparable is $10 - $15 more.
Review added on: 12/28/11
Marcel LaPierre Morgon 2010
Perfect
This wine is delicious and precise. Rose pedals on the nose, excellent berry fruit and crushed rock on the mid palate, and persistent lingering flavors reminiscent of a strawberry reduction. A real work of art.
Review added on: 11/24/11  [Verified]
Bodegas La Milagrosa Milcampos Vinas Viejas 2010
Thumbs Up
Another great cheap Spanish wine. Blackberries, plum, and winter spices. Good food wine.
Review added on: 11/10/11
Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile 2004
Wow.
To me, this is the perfect expression of riesling. Levels of fruit and acidity are in perfect balance, and it has just entered its prime drinking years. It has an aroma of dried fruit and wild flowers, and tastes like heaven in a bottle with notes of citrus.
Review added on: 11/10/11
Vinos Pinol Ludovicus 2010
Raspberries and pepper
Big red fruit with plenty of spice and tannins. Well balanced and complex. Was a perfect match to veal marsala a few nights ago.
Review added on: 11/8/11
Bodegas la Candelaria 'Cubo' Seleccion 2009
Rich and smooth
I was pleasantly surprised by Cubo - an interesting and impressive expression of Tempranillo. It has a rich velvety feel with soft tannins. Nice fruit up front, followed by layers of chocolate and caramel hint at sweetness on the finish. It would be a great accompaniment to a brisket or grilled lamb, or could even be enjoyed after dinner with dark chocolate and fruit.
Review added on: 11/7/11
Saint Hilaire 'Brut' Brut 2012
Great alternative to Champagne
Champagne can be pretty pricey, so I usually opt for this... the oldest sparkling wine in the world! Much more complex and rewarding than most Cava or Prosecco at the same price point, it shows great balance and offers a ton of those small fizzy bubbles that many of the Californian "Champagnes" lack.
Review added on: 10/26/11
Michel Gassier 'Cercius' Cotes du Rhone 2012
Drink as often as possible (AOAP)
One of my favorite bottles for $10 - $15. She's a bit hot on the alcohol when you first open her, but she really mellows out after just a half hour of letting off steam. Terrific ripe fruit, not too heavy on the tannins, long finish. Oh, delicious Cercius!
Review added on: 10/26/11
Finca Fuentes Gran Clos 2001
Great Buy
For $25, this is an excellent value for a high quality Priorat. Highly concentrated dark fruit, deep rich texture. Now 10 years old, it is ready to drink. Great with red meat or a heavy winter stew. Note: this wine contains a healthy amount of sediment and should be decanted.
Review added on: 10/26/11