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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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Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne (375ml)  
Review Date: 1-20-2012
Tons of tiny bubbles. Lots of apples, apple skins & toast on the nose. A rich, full bodied champagne with a creamy toastiness.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2007 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape (out of stock)  
Review Date: 1-7-2012
Saturated ruby-purple in the glass. Rich, ripe raspberry pie, smoked meats, garrigue & pepper on the nose. You can immediately sense the heat on this wine (it's 15%!). It does show a lot of the fruit from the nose with a finish that won't quit. This should ideally be cellared for several more years but was quite delicious tonight, albeit hot.

Bernard Tornay "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne 375ml (out of stock)  
Review Date: 12-31-2011
Sweet almost candied cherry & apple on the nose. A very toasty, yeasty full bodied champagne with a slightly spicy finish. Good stuff!
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2001 La Tour de By, Médoc (out of stock)  
Review Date: 12-25-2011
Gorgeous ruby in the glass with little signs of age in the color. Dark fruits & terroir on the nose. Tart, sour cherries & tannins initially showing. May need some air to soften ... Ok, so this had some air now. It reveals soft cherry, cassis & cedar notes. This is simple, old school claret for those who like old Bordeaux.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2009 Cécile Chassagne Gigondas (out of stock)  
Review Date: 12-17-2011
Dark ruby in the glass. The nose is a sweet perfume of raspberry ganache, loamy soil & the faintest hint of tobacco leaf & pepper. This is the softest, most approachable Gigondas I have tried. Everything is in balance. Should be an excellent companion for decorating the Xmas tree tonight.

2007 La Maialina Chianti Classico Riserva (out of stock)  
Review Date: 12-10-2011
Saturated ruby in the glass. Earthy, leathery & brambly-spicy blackberry fruits on the nose. Soft, velvety mouthfeel makes this one an easy drinker.

2002 Blair Estate Napa Red (out of stock)  
Review Date: 12-3-2011
Ruby-purple in the glass. Not sure but this may have passed it's peak. There is an underlying scent of funk with a strong dark chocolate note carrying through. I'll have to check back as I pair this with dinner.
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List ST 89 BC 0

2007 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-26-2011
Ruby in the glass. The nose is full of plums, blackberry, earth, leather & spices. The wine attack echoes the nose. While I really enjoyed this Chianti I would be interested to try this after a few more years in a good cellar.

2004 Trimbach "Cuvée Frédéric Emile" Riesling (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-24-2011
Honey-gold in the glass. The nose is a complex cornucopia of honeysuckle, peaches, nectarines & slate minerals. The wine is rich & mineral driven with sweet complexity but is still a dry wine. To date, this is hands down the best riesling I have tried. Pretty sure the vineyard's pedigree has something to do with that.

Billecart-Salmon "Brut Reserve" Champagne (375ml)  
Review Date: 11-24-2011
Pale salmon color in the glass. Yeasty, biscuity nose with hints of floral cherry. A delicate & elegant wine similar to the nose. A delicious aperitif to our Thanksgiving feast!

2000 Labégorce, Margaux  
Review Date: 11-22-2011
Ruby-purple in the glass. The nose brings soil, currants & a floral overtone. Polished tannins & acids still evident. Plums & currants dominate the fruit profile. This should be interesting to pair with steak tonight.

2009 Ferrando "La Torrazza" Canavese Rosso (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-13-2011
Saturated ruby in the glass. Earth, minerals, blue fruits, cherries & roses on the nose. Lots coming from the glass with each whiff. Red fruits & plums show on the attack with light tannin & acid. Has a lip smacking juicy quality to it.
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

Sean Thackrey "Pleiades XXI" Old Vine Red Blend (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-6-2011
Pale ruby in the glass. All kinds of fruit action teeming from the glass. There is red cherry, blueberry, & sweet red fruit pie. Similar notes on the attack. Much lighter & lacking the eucalyptus note compared to a previous version I tried.
Price: $23.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2008 Storybook Mountain "Mayacamas Range" Napa Valley Zinfandel (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-6-2011
Dark ruby in the glass. Definitely a lighter zin compared to other Napa Zins I've had recently. There are cherries, plums & spice coming from the glass. Fruit turns brambly when you taste it with minerals & spice. There are plenty of acids leaving me to believe this should make an excellent BBQ kabob wine.

2008 Bisceglia Aglianico del Vulture Terra di Vulcano (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-5-2011
Saturated ruby-purple in the glass. Very dark plums, asphalt & minerals on the nose. The attack on this wine is much lighter in fruit. You get cherries, light but noticeable tannin & acids show. Pretty interesting wine from the side of a volcano in Southern Italy.
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List RP 90 BC 0

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