2012 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County

Pretty youthful ruby. Smells like fresh cherry juice. On the red fruited side, with pretty lilacs, blueberries, and a bit of smoke. Long, tasty finish. This is quite delicate and very nicely done. This is expensive for a non-single vineyard pinot @ $45. Grade: A-

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1999 J.M. Boillot Volnay-Pitures

Photo on 11-9-14 at 6.20 PMPop and pour. High fill, especially for a ’99. Youthful ruby. Haunting volnay aromas of cobwebs, silky cacao, enchanted forest, and wet earth. Delicate lithe entry with tiers of cherry, rhubarb, cranberry and fruit cake. Sneaky, long finish. This is in a real sweet spot now.

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2013 Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais Coeur du Vendange

Dark ruby. Compelling nose of wild strawberry and pomegranate. Creamy and a bit bitter, like baker’s chocolate. Smooth, long finish. Quite food friendly with its 12% alcohol. Fascinating. I think this may be my first artisanal beaujolais. 100 year-old vines and $20 per bottle. I will be buying more  Grade: A.Photo on 11-1-14 at 6.30 PM

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1985 Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Andrus Reserve

Crumbled cork so might not be representative.  Bricking edges.  Smells like very old Bordeaux, maybe 40+ years old.  Moldy dusty old books.  Tannins all gone.  Old quite worn leather.  This had a spark right away and is now very tired.  Not sure it was ever a great wine, but it is clearly past prime.  I paid $30 on winebid.  Grade: B.

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2008 Hudelot-Noellat Vougeot 1er Cru Les Petits Vougeots

Pretty translucent ruby. Telltale Vougeot aromas of iron, rust, charcoal, and damp earth. Earthy entry with sweet dense red fruits, mushrooms, and a bit of stinky cheese. Long finish. Even though this is from the not so charming ’08 vintage, it is ready to go and very interesting.  I paid $30 on release, but it is now about $50.  Grade: A-

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2009 Anthill Farms pinot noir Tina Marie Vineyard

Youthful ruby. Incredible aromas of macerated blueberry and enchanted forest. Silky palate with mouth watering red and blue fruits, cool earth, tiny raspberries, and an outstanding blend of acids and tannins. Very long finish. Anthill makes some of my favorite American pinots.  Last 2 I opened (this and 07 Abbey Harris) were both outstanding.  This was $45 on release.  Grade: A.

 

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2007 Anthill Abbey-Harris Vineyard Pinot Noir

Lighter pale ruby,. Amazing burgundian aromas of exotic spices, cola, and tomato juice. Silky palate with an entire universe of high toned cherry, cinnamon brown sugar and earthy cherry pit. Incredibly long finish. A complete wine. I paid $48. Only one place has it for sale now for $120 :( I would buy as much as possible at my original price. Grade: A

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2009 K Vintners Morrison Lane Syrah

Seriously dark ruby. Super ripe aromas of stewed plums, cracked peppercorn and charred beef. Surprisingly balanced and lithe for its large scale. Layers of polished, chiseled, deep dark fruits and a very long finish. Excellent balance. This is quite new world, and quite enjoyable.

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2005 Jean-Claude Boisset Meursault Charmes

Photo on 8-12-14 at 10.35 PMPale golden. Toasty aromas of infused fresh flowers with a touch of briny fruits. Mouth watering with a beam of meyer lemon, brioche and some charmes fatness. Slight salty. This is fabulous at the price I paid ($40). Very Charmes.    Very rare that I drink white burgundy these days and this is a real treat.  Grade: A.

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2005 Nicolas Potel Volnay Clos des Chenes

Photo on 7-27-14 at 7.21 PMQuite youthful red ruby.  Flamboyant aromas of Asian spice, brown sugar, and fresh raspberries.  Deep rich layered tannic entry with quite broad shouldered flavors(especially for Volnay) with spicy black cherry cola and a very long finish.  Still completely unevolved.  Like a 2-3 year old wine.    Nice energy but this is still too young.  Wait at least 3 more years.   It is super tasty now, but lacking the haunting Volnay notes I expected.    Grade: A-

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