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Customer Reviews - thomas vogelbacher

thomas vogelbacher
German and thus loves his German Rieslings in every style. Also in love with everything French and Austrian. Has a complicated relationship with CA-wine. Admits that red wines can be great, whites are too expensive for the quality. Prefers mineral and elegant wines over fruit-bombs. Over all, preferred US wine region Oregon.


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2008 Domaine Drouhin "Arthur" Dundee Hills Chardonnay (out of stock)  
Review Date: 6-21-2011
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I agree with Doug. It is a wonderful Chardonnay, IMHO the best in Oregon, at least the best I had come across during my March "field-trip" to that region. Brilliant!
Drink from 2011 to 2014
Price: $28.99 Add To Waiting List WE 92 BC 0

2008 Chalone Estate Chardonnay (out of stock)  
Review Date: 6-17-2011
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Rather mediocre Chardonnay. Oak not very well integrated, fruit couldnt shine through. By no means 92 points
Drink from 2011 to 2013
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List WS 92 BC 0

2003 Bowen Estate Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia (out of stock)  
Review Date: 5-25-2011
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Textbook Shiraz, almost silky. Excellent food wine. Well-priced delicious Shiraz
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List ST 91 BC 0

2008 Schloss Saarstein Pinot Blanc (out of stock)  
Review Date: 5-23-2011
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Scott Beckerley, Pinot Blanc is very popular in Germany! Google Weissburgunder and you will learn more about Pinot Blanc in Germany...
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2008 Lemelson Willamette Valley Dry Riesling (out of stock)  
Review Date: 5-23-2011
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In my opinion, one of the best American rieslings I have ever tasted. Good fruit, embedded in great acidity and lovely finish. The other wines at Lemelson were very good as well.

2008 Selene "Hyde Vineyard" Carneros Sauvignon Blanc (out of stock)  
Review Date: 2-11-2011
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92 by WS? I am not very impressed, Capture and Cliff Lede are way better!
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List WS 92 BC 0

2003 Konrad & Conrad "Sigrun" Noble Late Harvest Riesling Marlborough 375ml (out of stock)  
Review Date: 1-27-2011
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Reminiscent of a top-flight German Beerenauslese? I dunno. When did Parker last try a German Beerenauslese? For the price, a good wine. For 30 USD I would not bother and skip the wine. At 10 USD a pretty good deal.

2008 Brewer-Clifton "Mt. Carmel Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (out of stock)  
Review Date: 12-15-2010
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I do not agree with the reviewers, silky is by far the least you can say about this wine! It tasted very sterile to me, none of the Burgundian "stuff" that became so famous and popular. Brewer thinks that balance matters, and yet, at 14.8 ABV, balance is there, but you cannot drink the wine, you just sip. In my humble opinion, way overrated and nothing to enjoy with friends, unless you want to be drunk soon. Same goes for their other Pinot Noirs. I prefer their Chardonnays.
Drink from 2010 to 2018

2008 Cuvaison Carneros Chardonnay (out of stock)  
Review Date: 12-1-2010
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I am really surprised to read that many positive reviews. I found this wine very unremarkable. Tasted like liquid marshmellows, creamy, oaky, absolutely nothing special. The third day, wine had seen some oxygen and burnt. Overall, there are better deals, at least from French or Kiwi producers. This wine does not help convince an "ABC"-wine drinker...
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2009 Pacific Rim Columbia Valley Riesling (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-26-2010
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Way overrated, cannot even slightly compare to German or Alsatian offerings...
Price: $8.99 Add To Waiting List WE 92 BC 0

2006 Rubicon Estate "Rubicon" Rutherford Bordeaux Blend (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-26-2010
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Had it yesterday with Turkey and after decanting it for 1 hour, it was fabulous. You definitively want to decant this wine...

2009 Morgan Monterey County Sauvignon Blanc (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-15-2010
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plain and simple Sauvignon Blanc. Slight hint of Newzealand, but the original is better than this "copy". Not very complex either. I guess there are plenty better SB in Cali such as Cliff Lede, Merry Edwards, Grgich and Tangent among others.
Price: $10.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2007 Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon (out of stock)  
Review Date: 10-22-2010
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Too alcoholic for my taste. Kind of burned. In my opinion too expensive for what`s in the bottle. At the winery, they sell it for 60 USD

2009 Cliff Lede Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc (out of stock)  
Review Date: 10-22-2010
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Might be the best Ca SB. Not too acidic, beautifully balanced and well-priced for the quality. Brilliant.
Price: $21.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2006 Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (out of stock)  
Review Date: 10-22-2010
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Ladera had a tasting yesterday at K and L, I thought this was an absolute winner. Already drinkable now, it might further improve with age. One of the best Napa Cab I have ever tasted. Tasting notes from WS are correct.

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