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  • 2013 Laurence et Remi Dufaitre (Domaine de Botheland) Côte de Brouilly – France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Côte de Brouilly (1/18/2017)
    WIML89

    Tasted non blind.

    Garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of anise, berries and earth. Flavors of raspberries, strawberries and cherries. Medium to tangy acidity, medium tannin, medium bodied. Drink over the short term. (89 points)

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  • 2001 Joseph Phelps Insignia – USA, California, Napa Valley (1/16/2017)
    WIML94+

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet to almost purple looking in the glass, clear looking throughout. Still a fairly huge nose of boysenberry, black raspberry jam and sweet dark plums with a little added floral notes drifting underneath. Rich and full flavors of dried plums, raspberries and dark chocolate covered cherries. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. I’d lean toward drinking over the next 3-4 years with just a little bit of air time before serving. (94 points)

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  • 2010 Bouchard Père et Fils Pommard – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Pommard (1/16/2017)
    WIML90

    Tasted non blind.

    Light garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Light nose of florals, mixed berries and wet stones. Flavors of Bing cherries, red berries and minerals. Medium to bright acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink with air or hold. (90 points)

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  • 2000 Kalin Cellars Sémillon – USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Livermore Valley (1/7/2017)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind.

    Yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of flowers, spice, quince and apricot. Flavors of peach, pear and minerals. Medium acidity, Full bodied. Drink over the short to medium term. (93 points)

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  • 2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1/7/2017)
    WIMLNR

    Tasted non blind. Tasted from Magnum format.

    Garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Slightly vegetal nose with some added notes of smoke and black berries. Seems muted, likely very mildly tainted with TCA. Tasted OK with some basic black berries and cherries on the palate. Yeah, I know…never taste a TCA tainted wine. Bright acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Not rated for obvious reasons but I sure did want it to be pristine. (NR/flawed)

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  • 1999 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc De L’Orée – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage (1/7/2017)
    WIML94

    Tasted non blind.

    Yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of sea spray, lime spritzer and wet stones. Flavors of apricot core, lemon rind and soaked pears. Medium to bright acidity, full bodied. Drink or hold. (94 points)

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  • 2008 Ermita de San Lorenzo Rioja Gran Reserva – Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (1/7/2017)
    WIML90

    Tasted non blind.

    Purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of cocoa powder, smoke and black berries. Flavors of black cherries, black berries and plums. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. (90 points)

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