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  • Sep 14 at 1:49pm
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    Average Price: $109.99

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    Added Sep 14 at 1:49pm
    Enjoyed this on 4 Sep, 2014. Have had it in my cellar since Nov 2009, so 5 years. Dark purple in colour, strong and intense with blackcurrant and minerals on the nose, plus some coffee and leather, Complex, ripe, and intense on the palate, and maintains a high level of elegance, smoothness while still having some intense power. It could well handle a further 2-5 years of cellaring. Either this is an excellent vintage or an exceptional wine throughout, Simply magnificient. Actusally reminds me partly of a Penfolds Grange from 1996.

  • Sep 12 at 1:51pm

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    Added Sep 12 at 1:51pm
    Enjoyed this on 12 Sep, 2014. Contrary to expectations, this turned out to be a very positive surprise. Mature, balanced, smooth and still surprisingly full/bodied for a pure Nebbiolo at the age of 14 years..

  • Mar 2 at 2:06pm
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    Added Mar 2 at 1:52pm
    Enjoyed this on 2 March, 2014. Should be noted that we had the 1994 Musar before this wine, so a tough comparison with a real classic. But this is a classic too, mid-dark ruby color turning light at the edges with an almost transparent rim. The nose is perfumed with dill, red berries, earth and vanilla. The palate is dry, smooth, light-bodied with a silky taste featuring red cherry, dried strawberry, leather cranberry, and, sorry if I say it, Finnish dill cooked cray fish. This wine is beyond its peak now and should be enjoyed within the next 12-18 months. But now it is still elegant, well-balanced, and even graceful.

  • Mar 2 at 1:34pm

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    Added Mar 2 at 12:44pm
    Enjoyed this old Musar from 1994 on 2 March, 2014. Has been in my cellar since Jan 2004, so 10 years. This is the last bottle of four. Medium dark, slightly brown/orange on the edges. Smokey, earthy warm and a spicy nose, some fruit and still powerful. The palate is spicy with fruit, plum, herbs and perhaps tea. Overall, very balanced with smooth tannins, but clear acidity. At the age of 20 year, it is still delicious, full-bodied and complex with great concentration and thus a very long after taste. Simply an excellent wine and a great experience.

  • Mar 1 at 1:23pm

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    Added Mar 1 at 1:23pm
    Enjoyed this La Magia 2001 on 1 March, 2014. It has been in my cellar since Nov 2009 so 4+ years.Bought for EUR 50 on a wine cruise with Silja Line. The wine opened up in the glass nicely after some 30 min. Still very dark ruby in color, slightly thin on edges. Blackberries, red currant, cherry and hints of licorice and vanilla. Full bodied, but smooth with now soft, but still tangible tannins. The finish goes on and on, vau. This is a great Brunello from an exceptional year. Perfect to drink now.

  • Jan 11 at 3:28pm
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    Average Price: $17.69

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    Added Jan 11 at 3:28pm
    Had the 2001 vintage on 11 Jan, 2014. Has been in my cellar since Nov 2004. Awarded as wine of the year in 2004 in Finland in category 10-20 Eur. Nice smooth, light blueberry, leather, vanilla, on the nose, even some black pepper. Still well structured on the palate despite its age, even strongish, clear pepper. Really balanced and nice. A few more in cellar, will develop further.

  • Jan 11 at 3:04pm

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    Added Jan 11 at 3:04pm
    Had this on 11 Jan, 2014. Fifth bottle of six. In my cellar since March 2006. The 1998 vintage has developed very well, a real swan has developed from an overly tight and tannin filled wine years ago. Now smooth, balanced, but still with a lot of solid structure, a cabernet sauvigon at its aged best. One more bottle to go.

  • Nov 9, 2013 at 1:30pm

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    Added Nov 9, 2013 at 1:27pm
    Had this wine on 9 Nov, 2013. Has been in my cellar since Jan 2007. Brownish and light on the edges, strong earthy flavors on the nose. Tsste is really smooth after some air. Leather, light oaky vanilla, soft berries. Has aged well, but is starting to be a bit 'tired'. Good to drink now.

  • Nov 3, 2013 at 2:42pm
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    Average Price: $28.99

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    Added Nov 3, 2013 at 2:42pm
    Had the 2005 vintage on 3 Nov, 2013 right after an Opus One from 1998. So there was a bit of a challenge. However, the Luis Canas came out of it with flying colors - velvet in color, soft vanilla and oak and plenty of dark berries (Finnish blueberry if I may), and solid acids and tannins to keep its structure. Very good choice to selected soft cheeses.

  • Nov 3, 2013 at 11:38am
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    Average Price: $269.95

    Ruski's Review:
    Added Nov 3, 2013 at 11:34am
    Enjoyed an Opus One 1998 on 3 Nov, 2013. Excellent dimensions on the nose, balanced and still after 15 years, a lot of structure - cedar, oaky vanilla, anis, and a very long toasty anis taste. With time and the roasted duck we had, it smoothened out very nicely. Perhaps a bit more fruit or berry could have been there.

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