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  • Apr 27, 2009 at 11:05am
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    Average Price: $107.24

    steve1000's Review:
    Added Apr 27, 2009 at 11:05am
    Yes, it's as good as you have heard. Crazy dense, concentrated, with many layers of flavor that I will let the winegeeks debate in fruity metaphor, the real accomplishment of this wine is BALANCE! Think about it: Making a dark, extracted, ripe wine from old vines in Australia? (OK, that's good...) Taming all that alcohol and tannin and engineering a wine that has focus, and is velvety, and has an ease about it? (that's Genius!) Great for BIG RED Lover's and probably a great value when compared to other ultra-high rated reds from California and France.

  • Apr 27, 2009 at 10:39am

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    steve1000's Review:
    Added Apr 27, 2009 at 10:39am
    This dry Vourvray (Chenin Blanc) from Champalou is quite consistently delicious, but the 2005 is a step above that. It's not a wine that knocks you over the head--but give it a few minutes and it will win you over with it's ripe pear fruit, excellent acid-balance and a remarkably graceful texture. Easy to drink by itself, a real crowd-pleaser, and nice weight for a wine of this type. If your wine philosophy is "RED ONLY--BIGGER THE BETTER" this wine can start your healing.

  • Apr 27, 2009 at 10:21am

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    steve1000's Review:
    Added Apr 26, 2009 at 10:55am
    Big. Excellent quality. Best bottle of Barnaut yet. A sure sign that grower (Récoltant Manipulant) Champagnes have indeed arrived. Ageable and more than worthy of your cellar, this vintage Barnaut continued to impress me right to the end of the bottle. Vintage Grand Crus from small producers now compete with any big name champagne house--don't just reach for the names you recognize! If you are unfamiliar with the farmer champagne revolution, read the complete argument in support, (by Terry Theise) in the Skurnik Wine catalog from 2006.

  • Apr 27, 2009 at 10:20am
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    Average Price: $2,146.68

    steve1000's Review:
    Added Apr 10, 2009 at 6:13pm
    Obviously, it was an incredible experience to not simply sample this wine, but to enjoy the entire bottle between four people during a very special evening out. It was more like some sort of wine ceremony. Neighboring tables whispered and pointed when the bottle was brought out, and the waiter took unusual care pulling the cork. It was quite a bottle of Burgundy, and I like to think I have had a enough Grand Crus to adequately prepare for the experience. If you love a tooth-staining red monster, don't waste your money on this--buy 50 bottles of (really good) Aussie Shiraz instead. But if you can appreciate a multi-layered, incredibly exotic, palate awakening experience--and have an unusually generous friend like I do--this wine will not disappoint.

  • Apr 27, 2009 at 10:18am

    Previously available for $21.99

    steve1000's Review:
    Added Apr 26, 2009 at 10:31am
    The nose struck me immediately--floral and promising. (don't chill it down too cold--though it's a great poolside wine if you do, you will miss it's more profound side until you reach the last few sips that have warmed up) The viscous texture is really quite remarkable, and the exotic fruit is up front, warm and ripe. A beautiful mild citrus acid brings the whole package together. It's unusual in the best way--serve it without comment and I suspect at least a couple of guests will ask "what IS this stuff?" The label looks like something Grandma would have in her fridge, but get over it--there is quality here for only $19 bucks!

  • Apr 27, 2009 at 10:17am

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    steve1000's Review:
    Added Apr 27, 2009 at 10:12am
    It is time to put together the two to three cases of "Poolside" White Wines for the coming Summer season. These are weekend warm weather whites and roses that are inexpensive enough that you don't mind when your sister-in law chugs some out of an ice-filled plastic tumbler, but entertaining enough for you and your snooty wine club friends to enjoy. Here is my first pick for 2009: Lavantreux's 2007 Village Chablis. Nice! I'm frequently pleased with the quality/price ratio of Chablis, and this is a good example. Beats the pants off most from Rully, St. Aubin or Macon at the same price point. Richer than you might expect, nice weight and texture and a nice bright acid make for a pleasant little wine. Once again, if you chill it down, make sure you save the majority for after it warms and opens up a bit--you won't be sorry you waited. If I see you at the pool with this, you owe me a glass.

  • Apr 26, 2009 at 10:01am

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    steve1000's Review:
    Added Apr 26, 2009 at 10:01am
    I was away on vacation in South Beach where I did'nt know the lay of the wineland. I was excited enough to stumble upon a store that had something other than Korbel and a dusty bottle of Dom. This was the time to try a large brand standby from a recent good year: Veuve Cliquot's 2002 rose. I waver on rose Champagne. It costs extra, but it is highly variable from brand to brand and far too often not worth the additional cost. When I first popped the cork, it gave up a nice yeasty nose that was promising. I Pour. Nice color--more salmon than pink. Bubbles were plentiful, but not terribly fine. Closer to Soda than a mousse. Certainly not a ton of fruit in this wine, (from a vintage that otherwise is ripe and forward) but Veuve's style is more engineered than clean & clear anyway. I think the key here is taste--if you are a fan of Veuve, you will probably enjoy it, but I could not help but think there are quite a few bottles of grower Champagne I would prefer for the same price.

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