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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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2009 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée Sonoma County Red Wine (out of stock)  
Review Date: 8-10-2013
Saturated ruby in the glass. When you nose this you are immediately blasted with spicy, brambly blackberry fruit. It's so intense you would expect the first sip to pack a punch. Surprisingly balanced, for a younger wine, this glides across the palate without too much heat nor too fierce a tannin. Further, I find it interesting to dissect each varietal. The Cab & Merlot provide the balanced foundation. The Zin provides the peppery spice. The Syrah provides the cocoa element while the Malbec lends the acid & drying tannin to the finish. All of which makes this the perfect accompaniment to a slow cooked rack of baby back ribs as Mr Majeski pointed out!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2008 Cantine Ascheri Barolo (out of stock)  
Review Date: 8-3-2013
Soft ruby red in the glass. I love the aromatics on this! Loads of tar, rose & clove spice waft from the nose. This is very ethereal. The attack is brimming with lip smacking red raspberry fruits. The structure is predominantly acid with grippy, yet moderate tannin. It closes with an accented spice note & a little heat. This certainly has life ahead of it but with a hearty meal is ready for the table tonight!

2010 Château Haut-Monplaisir "Tradition" Cahors (out of stock)  
Review Date: 7-27-2013
This is almost jet black in the glass. It justs looks big & brooding. The nose echoes that this is not a wine for the faint of heart. It wafts tight, dark fruits, minerals & tar. I'll need to check back as this airs to see how it unwinds. It is currently extremely backwards & the tannins are a tongue lacerating experience! The only wine i have ever tasted withore tannin is Irouleguy. Will circle back shortly ... Checking back in a few hours later after dinner. The nose still shows the dark, black fruit with a waft of minerals. The tannins were softened by grilled Armenian kabobs. The dark fruit is still gamely but now shows a sweet core accented by a sharp spice. The same minerals from the nose are even more pronounced. Quite a wine, but I would definitely give this some air before you tear into it!
Price: $15.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2010 Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "Buena Pinta" Manchuela (out of stock)  
Review Date: 7-20-2013
A nice saturated ruby in the glass. The nose wafts with wild red & blue fruits. A fine, feminine & delineated yet delicious wine. The same tart, wild fruit echoes the nose. The tannins are fine & there is a light, property spice to accent the fruit. All of this is held together by a bracing acidity on a light to medium bodies frame.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List RP 94 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: $29.99 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  
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 Waiting List WS 92 BC 0

2000 Trimbach "Hommage à Jeanne" Pinot Gris  
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 (out of stock)  
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

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