• Ramon Bilbao Gran Reserva Rioja 2004

    Grabbed this at Costco for $20. I really like Rioja as a general rule of thumb and I was fresh off reading Eric Asimov's column on Gran Reserva Rioja's in the NY Times. Anyway, glad I picked up a bottle of this. Nose evolved over the evening--at one point pretty intense ci ...

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  • Chateau Potensac Medoc 1997

    Grabbed this at K&L for $27. It's pretty cool that you can get well aged Bordeaux at K&L for less than you can buy the majority of new release California wines. And actually, for what it's worth, less than the current release 2009 of the same wine. Really, it's insane. In this particular instance, I wasn't that enamored with the wine.

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  • Landing Place Sonoma County Chardonnay 2009

    $2.99 wines generally suck. $2.99 Chardonnay normally sucks even harder. Took a flyer on this wine because TJ's had a sign that said this wine was normally $13. Had good luck with the Earthstone, and figured what the hell--"I'm feeling lucky." This is a buck cheaper, and better. Also from Rodney Strong.

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  • Anselmi Pignolo Superiore 2009

    Thanks to Steve Greer at K&L for pointing me towards this one...$15. For a guy that likes the Loire and Italy, this was right up my alley. Lots of berries and black pepper, with lots of acidity and some tannin on the back end. Really well made, and totally delicious. Fun too, since I don't recall having Pignolo more than one other time.

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  • Louis Roederer Champagne NV

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Drank this wine the other night--thought it was pretty great. Well made, balanced, lots of poise, and not too bready or toasty. I think this may be may favorite NV Champagne ever? Defi ...

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  • Ruinart Blanc de Blancs

    Sarah and I got married, which was really fun. Anyway, my little brother gave us this bottle as part of a "Honeymoon in a box." Sarah and I are going to India in March instead of going right after the wedding (we want to see Holi), and my little brother felt like we needed a honeymoon. So anyway, we got a huge bag of chips, some chocolate covered almonds, a nice hotel room, a ...

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  • Earthstone Chardonnay 2009

    Who normally hates California Chardonnay? This guy. Who likes a $3.99 bottle of Chardonnay piled up on an endcap at Trader Joe's? Generally not this guy. I would normally say stay far the fuck away. But this is actually really good. Not too oaky. Lots of lush fruit, some barrel notes, good balance, a little voluptuous. Really, pretty goddamn good. Get it while it lasts.

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  • "Aux Murgers" Nuits Saints Georges Premier Cru Sylvain Cathiard 2002

    Firstly, I drank way too much last night. But I suppose that I had a good reason, which was the embarrassment of riches showered on Sarah and I by our neighbors for our wedding. Seriously. Four courses, half of the cutlery off our registry, flowers, lots of great wine and great bourbon, and a stunningly good cake (Who am I? Gordon Fucking Ramsey?) First, the Burgundy. Wow.

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  • Diamond Ridge Pinot Noir 2008

    Sarah and I got this at the LA Wine Company...actually, we got two cases of it for the wedding. For $11 this is a great deal. I suppose if you are coming to the wedding I would recommend trying to drink this or the Floriana Gruner. We also got the last few bottles of this...a bit green really, but what do you expect for $10 Bourgogne? Can't expect much, and this definitely ...

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  • Donkey and Goat Mendocino Syrah 2007

    This wine was provided as a sample by the guys at Winechateau.com. It was totally delicious syrah in a relatively cool style. Sold out now, but was around $40. A whole lot of blackberry and raspberry supported by a bit of pepper. This wine did come off as a little hard in terms of balance, but it was pretty good.

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