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2004 Sineann Pinot Noir Resonance Vineyard, USA, Oregon, Willamette, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2004
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

Great showing for this 17 year old Pinot from Oregon.  Tasted with a group, this was a love or hate it wine, and the issue was brett.  Garnett in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has cherries, sour cherries and barnyard.  Lush texture.  On the palate, there is plenty of depth.  Light tannins.  This tastes young and kept opening in the glass.  Cherries and black cherries.  Long finish.  Drink over the next ten to twelve years.  This will work well Beef Wellington.  

2014 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Summa Old Vines, USA, California, Sonoma Coast, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has some funk with black cherry fruit.  On the palate, there is plenty of depth.  It is very tight and needs more time.  Some black cherry and sour cherry fruit with underlying earthiness.  Nice finish.  Probably best to hold another five to seven years and then drink for twenty after that.  This would work well with Grilled Salmon.  Lots of upside for those who are patient.  

2005 Dominique Laurent Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

Very nice showing for this.  It seems to be just about at peak right now.  Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, black cherries and slight baking spice.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, light tannins.  Black cherry fruit with some spice.  Complex with tight layering.  Great mouthfeel.  Long finish.  This should drink well over the next ten to twelve years.  This will work well with aGarlic-butter Roast Chicken.  

2009 Felton Road Pinot Noir Cornish Point, New Zealand, Central Otago, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2009
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

Screw capped.  Ruby in color, but a bit flat.  There is a fair amount of volatile acidity on the nose.  Also some sour cherries.  Nice texture with light tannins.  On the palate, tart cherries.  A lot of acidity.  Long finish.  This probably would benefit from a bit of a decant as the VA did slightly blow off.  There is a nice complexity here.  It should have another seven to ten years left or maybe more.  It will pair well with roasted fowl.  

2006 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc, France, Rhone, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2006
Grade: 
Current Price: 
$250.00USD

White Rhone wines are such a tricky thing to age.  This should have been great but alas, it wasn't.  It seemed dead on opening but eventually showed a bit of life, but not what one hopes for.  Deep gold in color.  The nose initially offers some cider notes but with air, some wax, almonds and maybe fresh apples.  Full bodied.  On the palate, not much at first but with some air, a bit of citrus and slight minerals.  Followed over tow hours or so, it just never really showed up.  It probably would pay to open early, let it breathe and if necessary, give it a decant.  If it opens up, re-cork un

2010 Dom Pérignon Champagne, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$165.00USD

Always a pleasure to drink this wine.  Light golden in color, tons of very tiny bubbles, clear and bright.  The nose is great.  Toasty with some lemons and a lot of minerality.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is delicious.  Lemons, minerals with plenty of complexity and depth.  Long finish.  This should drink well over the next fifteen to twenty years.  It will go with practically any food.  Popcorn is always a great choice with great Champagne.  

2012 Booker Vineyard Oublie Extended Age 24 Months, USA, California, Paso Robles, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$87.00USD

Tasted side by side with the regular bottling, I slightly preferred this one.  It is also a blend of 44% Mourvedre, 36% Grenache and 20% Counoise.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright.  The nose is similar with black raspberries, plums, gravel and spice.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this drinks a bit younger and also more expressive.  Lots of black raspberries, plums, some black cherries, black pepper and char.  More vibrancy.  Long finish.  Overall, the distinctions are small, but this did seem a bit younger with more going on.  Now, was that due to the extended ageing or

2012 Booker Vineyard Oublie, USA, California, Paso Robles, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$63.00USD

Tasted this side by side with the extended ageing slightly preferring the extended ageing.  This is a blend of  44% Mourvedre, 36% Grenache and 20% Counoise.  Purple in color with ruby at the rim, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with black raspberries, slight plums, gravel and spice.  Full bodied.

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