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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 ...


Reviews

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2012 Chateau Saint-Roch "Vieilles Vignes" Cotes-du-Rousillon Blanc  
Review Date: 5-17-2014
As someone who has been a little late & reluctant to enter the CA Chardonnay party, I have always truly admired white wines with acid & minerality in the forefront. This wine, which sells for less than a song, exudes those qualities. The nose is bright & makes you think of refreshment on a warm summer day. Lemon, stone fruit, minerality & bright, bracing acidity are what await you in this glass. It imbibes so well it beckons you for more. Excellent find at almost too low a cost!
Price: Hidden Add To Waiting List RP 89 BC 0

1996 Clement Pichon, Haut Médoc  
Review Date: 2-9-2014
Saturated ruby in the glass. Awesome old school nose of currants, herbs & minerals. Loads of currants & juicy fruit finishing with the softest touch of oak spice. That's what 15+ years in a bottle will do!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Haut Prieur Côtes de Bordeaux "Vielles Vignes" (out of stock)  
Review Date: 2-1-2014
Saturated ruby-purple in the glass. Loads of dark berry fruit & spice on the nose. Easy drinking, woodsy & berry character. The Malbec really shows & provides lots of character over the Merlot. Truly excellent QPR from the forward 09 vintage!
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

1989 Guasti Barolo Riserva (out of stock)  
Review Date: 1-2-2014
This is my 1st go at a well aged Barolo. The color is noticeably faded ruby clearly from the 22 years in bottle. The nose has the classic tar & roses I would expect from this old school wine. What blows me away is the fact that tannins are still fairly prominent! After drinking a ton of aged Bordeaux I'm used to the tannin being a non event with this much age. Loads of leather, currant fruit, oak spice & a lingering but refreshing acid to close it out. Super cool to try such an old & ready to go wine for a song!
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2005 Clendenen Family Vineyards "Rancho La Cuna" Santa Maria Valley Syrah/Viognier (out of stock)  
Review Date: 12-21-2013
Plum, ruby red in the glass. The nose wafts with floral, meaty & spice notes over a bed of rich, round red fruit. Slightly dry & austere this wine is begging for food to soften the grippy tannin. I could see this cellar well in the short term but am very interested to see how it compliments kabobs on the grill tonight!
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2010 Château des Jacques (Louis Jadot) Moulin-à Vent (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-28-2013
Ruby-red in the glass. Sweet, liqueur like boysenberry fruit accented by a spice note. Medium bodied, rich fruit. Fine tannin with firm acids. A bright, excellent compliment to Thanksgiving dinner!
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List RP 90 BC 0

1995 Joel Taluau St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil Vieilles Vignes (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-28-2013
Ruby red in the glass with a ton of sediment thrown. The nose smells of antiquity - well resolved currants, leather & aged oak that can only come with time in the bottle. The tannins are fine & the juice is round & smooth. Nice, soft red fruit. What a treat for a well aged Cabernet Franc & priced extremely well to boot!
Price: $26.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2011 Stein "Blauschiefer" Riesling Trocken (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-28-2013
Pale straw in the glass. A vibrant nose of peaches, lychee & minerals. Although fully dry, loads of bracing acidity with just a hint of sweetness. Very bright! Totally delicious & should prove to be an excellent accent to the Thanksgiving table!
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

1999 Labégorce, Margaux (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-23-2013
Saturated ruby in the glass. Gorgeous nose of blackberries, herbs, cedar, minerals & licorice. Moderate tannin with earthy, woodsy flavors. Lots of acid. Old school & best with dinner.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List JS 90 BC 0

2008 Ruggeri Corsini "Agramakow" Pinot Nero Langhe (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-17-2013
Ruby red in the glass. Red fruits burst from the nose. To me this is vaguely reminiscent of a Cotes du Rhone which is strange since this is Italian PN. Lip smacking, juicy red fruits kickoff this medium bodied, spice laden wine. Good juice that should pair well with Salmon tonight! Now that dinner has come & gone, this wine has evolved as most do. More blue fruits fill in the spaces in between the cherry & an earthy, Liam note fills in for the bass. Kind of a cool, off the beaten path, nod to PN that isn't a typical star in the lineup. Recommended!
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2009 E. Guigal Gigondas  
Review Date: 11-10-2013
Ruby red in the glass. Bursting with red raspberry fruits on the nose. The attack is full of juicy red fruits, loads of bracing acidity & a bite of spice / heat on the finish. Nicely done Gigondas from E Guigal.

2008 Cantine Salvatore Tintillia del Molise (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-3-2013
Ruby red in the glass. Bright, almost bubblegum, cherry fruit on the nose. Hint of pepper on the finish. Not too tannic but a bit brambly. Fun wine with lots going on & a bit different from the normal lineup in more well known DOCs. Well done!
Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

Sean Thackrey "Pleiades XXII" Old Vine Red Blend (out of stock)  
Review Date: 9-21-2013
This would be my 2nd or 3rd Pleiades to date. Ruby red in the glass as I have remembered the previous renditions. There is an intensely floral note buttressed by loamy soil, pomegranate & a spike of cracked pepper. The attack is all about sweet raspberry fruit & spice. Deliciously rich & round. This is fuller than the previous vintage I tasted ... you get this savory, unami finish. As usual, a unique yet delicious beverage that's a steal at $20.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List WE 92 BC 0

2010 Oddero Barbera d'Alba (out of stock)  
Review Date: 9-14-2013
Ruby red in the glass. This smells of leather, funk, Brett, red cherries & spice. The core of fruit is red, rich & round. Nice bracing acidity & moderate tannin ... A versatile food pair. Simply outstanding QPR!
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2007 Podere La Vigna Brunello di Montalcino (out of stock)  
Review Date: 8-31-2013
Typical ruby-red on the glass. Wafting with leather & cigar box / cedar aromas on the nose. Classic, Brett flavors followed by oak spice, cherry & more leather. The tannins provide grip but there is still plenty of acid left in this puppy. Great drink tonight but certainly has life ahead of it.

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