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Customer Reviews - Jeff Hotchkiss

Jeff Hotchkiss
I'm 36 in live in Cole Valley, SF. I’m a life-long Detroit Tigers fan but have warmly embraced the Giants, starting back in the 2002 pennant run and especially in the past few years. My fiancé and I have fallen hard for wine over the past 12-18 months, primarily reds and specifically BIG cabs and anything with Bordeaux varietals. We also love Pinot Noir/Red Burgundy paired with Salmon and all seafood, as well as the occasional Rhone and Tempranillo/Rioja varietals. We cook off the grill 2-4 nights a week so always pairing and matching with food. I’m still learning to assign descriptive words with what I smell and taste (see great documentary Blood Into Wine), but after all, that’s the entire point of falling in love with wine, right?


Reviews

2009 Laurel Glen "Counterpoint" Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (out of stock)  
Review Date: 4-24-2013
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Decanted for 1.5 hours and paired with grilled pork chops off the grill, broiled veggies, and rice. Thin, round, soft, Merlot-type Cab. Very delicate and smooth but not at all complex. I guess this is what a rustic, mountain cab tastes like when highly extracted? Fruit profile was extremely hard to pin down other than plums. But overall, body stands out as balanced and well made. Not at all my style but definitely a non-offensive crowd-pleaser. Versatile with many foods. Drink before 2016.
Drink from 2013 to 2016

2002 Couly Dutheil "Clos de l'Echo" Chinon (out of stock)  
Review Date: 4-24-2013
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Great QPR wine! Buy it by the case if you can. Decanted 1.5 hours and it needed it. Muted nose but velvet cherry core in an iron fist. This wine is pure, clean, crisp and not bogged down in funk, wood, or sour green, but on the other hand, it's thin and not that all complex. Great with food and still feels vibrant after ten years. Paired with turkey meatloaf, potatoes, and green beans. The food brought out out more complexity and depth. Probably has another 10-20 ahead.
Drink from 2015 to 2030
Price: $21.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2007 White Rock Vineyards Napa Valley Claret (out of stock)  
Review Date: 4-24-2013
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Just a wonderful Bordeaux wine that is old-school, classic, but also has finesse and is actually quite bright from the Napa fruit. Blackberry from the Cab, plum from the Merlot, slight mineral from the Cab Franc. Profile of spice, mocha, dirt, and herbs fit between a framed palate of nicely integrated tannins that are firm but come with soft edges. Hits the back corners of your mouth in a sweet, delicate way. Very well made. Paired with grilled garlic chicken, potatoes, and mixed veggies. Good to go through at least 2020 and soft enough for all kinds of foods.
Drink from 2013 to 2020
Price: $32.99 Add To Waiting List ST 90 BC 0

2009 Haut-Vigneau, Pessac-Léognan (out of stock)  
Review Date: 8-17-2012
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This has been our house "sipper" wine this summer but it goes well with a variety of weeknight home-cooked meals too. I think it smells like a rose garden, as good as many wines three or five times its price point. No surprise, the nose is excellent with candied berries and a hint of smoke, followed by a bing cherry wave across the mid-palate and finish. Only problem is that the finish is too short and disjointed. But if you like dirt, or more specifically the clay soils of Graves, contrasted with bright cherry, fruit flavors, than you'll dig this one. Solid QVR.
Drink from 2012 to 2016
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List WS 89 BC 0

2008 Jean-Louis Denois Grande Cuvée Limoux (out of stock)  
Review Date: 8-17-2012
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A very solid, versatile, food wine that can go all the way to steak on one end and rich seafood on the other. Musty and earthy on the nose with an even, fruity middle palate and a dry, silky finish. Still felt slightly restrained but went down nicely with roast chicken stuffed with garlic, onion, lemon, and thyme. Great QPR!
Drink from 2012 to 2016
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2007 J. Boutin "Bonnevaux" Côte-Rôtie (Stéphane Vedeau) (out of stock)  
Review Date: 9-27-2011
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This is a very clean, balanced, new-world style Syrah. It smells French with the yeast in the nose, but carries through with lingering minerality, soft licorice, and a touch of tart cherry and rhubarb. The key is the low ABV - just 13.5% - which keeps the heat at bay and enables the wine to showcase it's flavors. Great easy-drinking Syrah that has some life ahead too!
Drink from 2011 to 2015
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2005 Sterling "Three Palms" Napa Valley Merlot (out of stock)  
Review Date: 8-14-2011
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No nose to speak of, but paradoxically, one of the strongest perfumed wines I've encountered in a while. You can smell it a few feet away. Lot's of crystal/sediment. Taste tangy raspberries with plum and hint of pencil lead on finish. Almost Bordeaux style but obvious Napa fruit. Great, versatile wine that can go with pork, chicken, and it has enough tannins to go with steak. Drink now or hold a few years.
Drink from 2011 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2007 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour" Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 8-14-2011
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Very complex wine that isn't even showing off it's best stuff yet. Decanted for 3+ hours and it really helped. Very dark purple color, delicate silky texture, and variety of fruit flavors with licorice and classic Rutherford dust on the tail. Oak and tannins still coming into balance. We're getting a few magnums for guests to sign at our wedding, and will open them on our 10, 20, and 30 year anniversaries.
Drink from 2012 to 2040

2008 Camille Giroud Santenay (out of stock)  
Review Date: 8-14-2011
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Solid summer afternoon sipping wine. We had it with sandwiches, cheese, and fruit. Lovely sour cherry on the nose and mid-palate followed by sharp acidity and minerality on the tail. Almost feels like a white or rose, so we chilled it slightly. Very refreshing summer wine! Should get even better over next five years.
Drink from 2011 to 2016

2008 Hall Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (out of stock)  
Review Date: 8-13-2011
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This wine is super complex and I can see why it's received all of the hype. However, it's still too young. The tannins dominate and it's not quite integrated or in balance with the fruit. That said, this is a solid price so grab a few and put down for a few years. This one has tremendous upside!
Drink from 2014 to 2025

2004 Smith-Madrone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (out of stock)  
Review Date: 8-13-2011
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This wine exhibits a very particular style: old school, mountain fruit, heavy cedar from the oak, and classic terroir from their Spring Mountain vineyard: eucalyptus, cranberries, leather, touch of tobacco, and forest floor. Decant and pair with anything off the grill or out of the broiler. My favorite wine right now, stocked up on a few cases.
Drink from 2010 to 2030

2001 Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (out of stock)  
Review Date: 8-7-2011
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Paired with a blueberry-onion pork loin off the grill and cooked some of the wine in the sauce. I recommend letting decant for 30-45 minutes as it tasted burnt and woody after opening. During the dinner the fruit came out and mellowed the hard cedar and tobacco, and we tasted raspberries, touch of maple, cedar, and a very retrained tobacco.
Drink from 2011 to 2015
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List RP 90 BC 0