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Customer Reviews - Chris Bottarini

Chris Bottarini
A novice wine afficionado from Northern California traveling the world one glass at a time ...


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2012 Kalinda Carneros Chardonnay (out of stock)  
Review Date: 6-29-2013
Typical Chardonnay color in the glass. Lovely buttery, rich nose of tropical & stone fruits. Lots of 50/50 in this wine. Fresh & lively on the palate with tropical & lemon fruits. What is striking is the balance. This is neither overtly fruity nor shows too much oak or malo influence. Plus the acid evident is both refreshing & balances it all out. Although I would not consider myself a Chard lover I really am enjoying this wine. Well done!
Price: $15.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

1996 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (out of stock)  
Review Date: 6-23-2013
Saturated ruby in the glass with no fade at the rim considering the age of this bottle. Dried herbs, red cherry, a hint of cedar & minerals show on the bouquet. A smooth, supple & balanced wine. Tannins are still evident. A good, solid claret that's a steal at $20!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2011 Domaine Paul Pernot Bourgogne Chardonnay (out of stock)  
Review Date: 6-14-2013
Pale straw in the glass ... Not your typical domestic Chardonnay color! The nose is full of butter, tropical & stone fruits. The oak is well integrated with spice, lemon & curd. Super user friendly Chardonnay that splits the difference between old world & new. Great for any lover of this varietal.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

1999 York Creek Spring Mountain District Meritage (Some Damaged Labels)  
Review Date: 6-1-2013
Comparing this to previous York Creek 2004 that I had tried I love everything about the 1999 immensely more. Sticking my nose in the glass immediately transports me to a cave in Napa rife with well used oak barrels. There are smoky-oak tinged red berries wafting from the glass. The juice is quintessential fruit forward, red fruited New World juice. The time in bottle has all but softened the tannin but there is still enough acid for this to hold shape. Looking forward to gulping this down with BBQ corn on the cob & organic burgers!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2002 Louis Lequin Santenay 1er Cru "Le Passe-Temps" (out of stock)  
Review Date: 5-26-2013
A gorgeous ruby in the glass. Solid nose of red raspberry, smoky clay soil & spice. Loads of bright red fruit, tons of acid & a spine of tannin to balance it out. Juicy & lip smacking red fruit!
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2005 Chantegrive, Graves (out of stock)  
Review Date: 5-25-2013
Saturated ruby-purple in the glass. Classic Bordeaux nose of French oak, black currants & oak spice. Dark berry fruit & a beautiful acid line the attack on this wine. Gorgeous pairing with Armenian kabobs on the grill.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2005 Jean-François Merieau "Alliance des Generations" Touraine Rouge (out of stock)  
Review Date: 5-18-2013
Saturated ruby-purple in the glass. Loads of smoke, black currant & loamy soil waft from the nose. Blackberries, leather & spice pop on the attack. This is a super delicious wine that would be well worth revisiting ... It certainly delivers for its modest price point!
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2008 Caiarossa "Pergolaia" Toscana  
Review Date: 5-12-2013
Saturated ruby in the glass. Dark cherry, cocoa & tar on the nose. Love the nose on this ... Quintessential Super Tuscan to me! Dark berries, leather ' spice. Such a delicious wine! Can't wait to pair this with Mario Batali's Weeds & Sausage!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart WS 92 BC 0

2000 Trimbach "Hommage à Jeanne" Pinot Gris (out of stock)  
Review Date: 5-12-2013
Gorgeous honey gold color no doubt from the age. Enticing aromas of peach, pear, honeysuckle & spice. Lightly sweet like a VT. Still maintains a spine of acidity to balance it out & the spice note I associate with Pinot Gris.

2012 Domaine Begude Pinot Noir Vin de Pays d'Oc Rosé (out of stock)  
Review Date: 5-12-2013
Loads of strawberries & a light touch of spice. Pretty much the perfect aperitif by the pool on a warm summer day!
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

1997 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan  
Review Date: 4-27-2013
A nice saturated ruby in the glass. Loads of cassis, herbs, minerals & smokey oak on the nose. Lovely currant fruit with light tannin & a streak of acidity. Absolutely paired perfectly with some BBQ steak this evening. Wouldn't hesitate to go back for more.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2007 Hughes Family Sonoma Mountain 'Wild Turkey Vineyard' Zinfandel (out of stock)  
Review Date: 4-7-2013
Saturated ruby-purple ine the glass. Foresty notes of black currants, plums, herbs & pepper waft from the nose. Loads of juicy red cherry, currant & spice on the attack. A spicy & mineral laden Zinfandel here which is quite delicious.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2011 Michel Delhommeau "Harmonie" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie (out of stock)  
Review Date: 4-7-2013
Palest raw in the glass. Floral, honeydew melon on the nose. Not terribly rich, nor complex yet quite satisfying on a warm spring day. Much of the same honeyed fruit from the nose is echoed then balanced by a mineral streak with a gentle spice to close it out.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

1996 Joel Taluau St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil Vieilles Vignes (out of stock)  
Review Date: 3-30-2013
Saturated ruby purple in the glass. Loads of high tone red fruit, herbs, currants & well matured wood waft from the nose. Although taking on some of that brassy-antique flavor that older wines get there is still plenty of youth in this bottle. The fruit is lip-smacking & ripe which begs you for another pull. The tannins have melted but are well integrated & enough acid remains to provide balance. I'm not sure I would hold onto this for much longer but I will certainly enjoy the rest of this tonight!
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List ST 90 BC 0

2005 Clarendon Hills "Kangarilla" Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia (out of stock)  
Review Date: 3-16-2013
A well saturated ruby in the glass. Tons of blueberries, raspberries, earth & herbs waft from the 2nd pour. This is not the overt, fruit Bomb I feared it might be. In fact, there are chewy, tart red fruits with well packed, yet resolved tannin & plenty of acidity left to pair well with dinner as well as allow for life in the cellar. Quite a delicious "ancient vine" Grenache! Can't wait to tuck into the rest of this bottle with some homemade chicken kabob with herb & basil couscous.

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