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Feb. 7, 2012 Rijk’s Private Cellar Pinotage 2005

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An unusually accomplished Pinotage that fully expresses Neville Dorrington's philosophy of minimal interference. Oak accentuates rather than overpowers in a wine that is powerful, but also long and elegant. 90 points. - 02/07/2012

Feb. 7, 2012 Hush Heath Estate “Balfour” Brut Rosé 2007

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Soft and creamy english summer fruit and a pleasingly balanced level of acidity make for a wine which is clearly styled after Champagne but is in fact is better than much Champagne. Lovely! 92 points. - 02/07/2012

Feb. 3, 2012 Giuseppe Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC 2000

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A very traditionally styled Valpolicella that simply redefines the notion of excellence. Astounding. 94/100. - 02/03/2012

Jan. 30, 2012 Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2006

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Nearly 400 years of family winemaking has yielded an Amarone that is rich and meaty as well as nicely nuanced. 85/100 - 01/30/2012

Jan. 30, 2012 Billaud-Simon Chablis Premier Cru “Les Vaillons” 2008

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Made by Bernard Billaud (who left Chablis for 30 years �to understand it better�) before becoming winemaker at his family estate over 20 years ago now, this 2008 Billaud-Simon Chablis is elegant and restrained - a perfect example of the terroir. 89/100 - 01/30/2012

Jan. 14, 2012 Chateau Batailley Grand Cru Classe Pauillac 2005

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Once upon a time the English and French fought a battle over this Chateau (hence the name) and with the quality of this wine we can certainly see why a battle was fought. Deep, complex and refined this is a little structured now but could be considered particularly ageworthy. 90 points - 01/14/2012

Jan. 14, 2012 Brancott Estate “Brut Cuvée” NV

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A bottle fermented blend of Chardonnay & Pinot Noir yields a wine which is slightly simpler than much Champagne but is half the price of most Champagne. Tropical fruit notes lend this wine it's own identity. 84 points. - 01/14/2012

Jan. 14, 2012 Jacob's Creek "Classic" Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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Soft black fruit and just a hint of spice coming in at the end of a fairly short palate. A more complex bouquet shows a herbal lift. Well made but simple. 79 points.
 - 01/14/2012


Jan. 14, 2012 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2011

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Described as an "incredible vintage" by Georges Duboeuf, this 2011 Beaujolais Nouveau shows nicely balanced but simple red fruit. Often strident acidity is balanced. 82 points.
 - 01/14/2012


Described as an "incredible vintage" by Georges Duboeuf, this 2011 Beaujolais Nouveau shows nicely balanced but simple red fruit. Often strident acidity is balanced. 82 points.
 - 01/14/2012


Jan. 2, 2012 Viña Montes “Montes Alpha” Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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Medium to full bodied with soft blackberries and cherries leading in the mouth. Velvet texture hides considerable structure. Persistent & lifted into the finish. 87/100
 - 01/02/2012


Jan. 2, 2012 Viña Montes Cabernet Sauvignon “Reserva” 2010

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Accomplished, old world influenced style of Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium to full bodied with a pronounced structure. Dark berry fruit and cedar form the bulk of the palate along with slightly overt tannins. 81/100
 - 01/02/2012


Jan. 2, 2012 Jacob’s Creek “Classic” Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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Simple, soft and ripe black fruit with a hint of spice into the finish. Moderate tannin and acidity make for an easy drinking tipple. 79/100
 - 01/02/2012


Jan. 2, 2012 Cave de Tain Crozes Hermitage Classic Rouge 2008

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Benchmark old-world expression of the Syrah grape. Smokey blackberry fruit peppered with spice and herbs. Moderate to long with good complexity. 86/100

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Jan. 2, 2012 Jacob's Creek Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut Cuv

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Dry & medium bodied. Lemon zest and white peach are the predominant flavours in the mouth. Limited autolytic influence from bottle fermentation. A good level of acidity keeps this wine refreshing, although overall this is quite simple. 78/100 - 01/02/2012

Jan. 2, 2012 Laurent Perrier Brut Champagne NV

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Clean, medium-bodied, lemon citrus with a touch of stonefruit. Brioche and yeast resulting from secondary fermentation in bottle. Persistent and long. An accomplished non-vintage offering. 88/100. - 01/02/2012

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