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Customer Reviews - Sonny G

Sonny G
Just a student who loves his wine...I'm currently studying wine, and hopefully will become a sommelier someday soon...


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1983 d'Issan, Margaux (out of stock)  
Review Date: 10-10-2010
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The color is difficult to describe; ruby red tinged with a tawny hue that can only indicate a wine with some age on it...

The nose is as complex as it is pleasant...earth, graphite, dried fruit, and a whisper of oak...

The palate is surprizingly "big" and as smooth as one would expect from a wine with nearly three decades of age on it...cedar, cherry, pencil, black currant, flowers, herbs and a strange hint of something that reminds me of camphor (but I could be wrong on that last one)...I wish i had more training because I feel that there are even more notes that I could pick out if my palate were a bit more sophisticated...

The finish is long and pleasant, cherry, cedar, earth and perhaps a bit of tobacco and herbs are the notes that seem to stand out the most...

Price: $89.99 Add To Waiting List WS 91 BC 0

2007 Domaine des Nugues Beaujolais Villages (out of stock)  
Review Date: 10-10-2010
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Clear, deep violet in color...

Fairly fruity on the nose, although there is a distracting "foreign" note that I can not pin down (perhaps this is the "pear drop" scent that is supposed to result from carbonic maceration?)...

On the palate, plavors of sour cherry, and some blackberry, nothing extremely focused...There is also a definite strawberry note...

The finish is somewhat dull...some berry, a hint of something sort of bubblegum/candy like, but very faint...not an unpleasant wine by any means, but nothing jumps out as really memorable about it either...
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

1997 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien (out of stock)  
Review Date: 10-3-2010
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Threw a bit of sediment, but less than I was expecting for a wine with over 10 years of age on it...ruby red core, with just the slightest hint of brick around the edges...

I get leather, paper and an almost gingerbread component on the complex nose...backed by an almost sweet pepper scent and a bit of black currant and chocolate...

The palate is soft and clean with juicy flavors of cherry being the most pronounced...I also get a bit of plum and more black currant...tannins are well integrated...

Dry finish with just a bit of cedar, mineral notes and a complex slightly sweet herbal note...
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2008 Ermacora Pinot Bianco (out of stock)  
Review Date: 9-29-2010
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Extremely pale lemon yellow color...Nothing immediately stands out on the nose...which I finally took to be floral mixed with a bit of fruit (I seem to get apple and an almost "melon-y" note)...

The palate is crisp with an almost apple "jolly rancher" note that stands out immediately...very present...an almost lemon meringue flavor is also easily detectable, as is a slightly vegetal frshness and a "minerallyness" not unlike Pellegrino drinking water...

The finish is slightly creamy along with something that reminds me of limoncello, a certain "gravellyness", and just a hint of something green and mild (lettuce comes to mind, but I dont think that's it)...
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2004 Louis Roederer Brut Rosé Champagne (out of stock)  
Review Date: 9-29-2010
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Gorgeous rose gold in color...Strong berry notes on the nose with hints of toast and chalk being very evident, and a flowery perfume that screams of freshness...

dry, with flavors of cranberry sauce, pommegranite, and sweet citrus...as well as a less pronounced (although still very present) note of crisp golden apple...mousse as delicate as lace with miniscule bubbles that seem to be a trademark of all Louis Roederer offerings...

Strawberry and apple freshness supported by something that reminds me of the inside of a florist's refrigerator (floral, green, sweet all mixed together to form one harmonious note) and just a slight citrus essence on the long pleasant finish...

2000 La Massa "Giorgio Primo" Chianti Classico (out of stock)  
Review Date: 9-29-2010
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Threw a fair amount of sediment when decanted...intense deep red, nearly purple core with just a bit of brick around the edges...

Floral notes on the nose with a mixture of oak and just a bit of spice...

Smooth as silk with flavors of dried fruit immediately detectable to the palate...cherry is detectable as is a bit of spice...tannins seem to be well integrated...a slight mineral (almost graphite) note is detectable just under the surface, as is a bit of cocoa and a barely present herbal note that I cannot quite put my finger on...

The finish is fruity with just a hint of smoke, a bit of rose petals, and a cartain unidentifiable freshness that is quite pleasant...
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List WS 92 BC 0

2007 Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay (out of stock)  
Review Date: 9-25-2010
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not quite golden in color...but a bit more than "straw"...

On the nose, I immediately detect a floral sweetness and something that almost reminds me of buttercream icing...extremely complex, and I will admit that I cannot pinpoint everything that is going on here...but I do also get a slight mineraly quality...something like hot stones...

The palate is clean, crisp, and extremely well rounded...Pineapple is immediately detectable, as is green apple (but in no way overly acidic) with just a hint of oak...there is also the same slightly stony quality from the nose...I also get a slight hint of gingerbread...

The finish lingers with a mixture of minerals, vanilla, and just a bit of cinnamon...

2004 Coufran, Haut-Médoc (out of stock)  
Review Date: 9-22-2010
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Dark purple in color...strange woody notes on the nose, I also detect a bit of chocolate...

Soft and smooth flavors of coffee and cherry/berries stand out immediately on the palate with a bit of herbal spicyness (something like arugula)...very smooth tannins...

There is a frutiness on the finish, butit definitely plays second fiddle to something that reminds me of a shot of expresso mixed with vanilla syrup...
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List WE 89 BC 0

2007 Emmerich Knoll "Loibenberg" Grüner Veltliner Smaragd (out of stock)  
Review Date: 9-16-2010
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Very fruity wine...I cant pick up any real specific notes on the nose except a very "clean" aroma mixed with somehting similar to butterscotch (buti could be wrong)...

Huge flavors of mango, peach, and lime...all very distinct...with just a bit of pepper to balance the sweetness...

The finish is dominated by mango and apricot flavors mixed with cream, and surrounding a pleasant mineral essence...

2002 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 9-15-2010
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Pale gold in color with millions of tiny almost microscopic bubbles...Crisp notes of apple intermingle with a honey like sweetness on the nose, I also detect a topnote of buttery toast, and a bit of chalk...

millions of miniscule bubbles massage the pallate with a dry basenote that supports a slight lemon zest flavor and hints of something that I would describe as bubble gum or perhaps cotton candy (a flavor that takes you back to your childhood for a moment)...I also detect a bit of fresh peach...

the finish is dry and lingers without ever becoming cloying, a persistent, clean mix of sweet peach and tangy lemon with just a bit of tart apple...This particular vintage seems to be noticably different from the last few that I've tried (which were all excellent aswel)...It has a certain "candy" quality that I have never noticed in previous vintages, I'd imagine this will only get more spectacular with age...

2003 Verdignan Rouge, Haut-Médoc (out of stock)  
Review Date: 9-15-2010
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Deep garnet in color...somewhat heady nose (although I will admit I only decanted this bottle a bout 15 minutes before I tasted it) with hints of almost candy like berry and a hint of what I want to say is clove...

Very silky but also slightly "flat"...pleasant, juicy flavors of strawberry on the palate, a bit of spice, and a sort of woody quality with a pleasant level of tartness...tannins are very present, but not quite as "big" as I was expecting...

Some spice with an almost creamy quality on the finish (which is shorter than I was expecting) but with a bit of bitterness that distracts somewhat from the overall experience...
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

Louis Roederer "Carte Blanche" Extra Dry Champagne (out of stock)  
Review Date: 9-15-2010
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Very floral nose with hints of fresh baked bread with butter and an unidentifiable sweetness (like somehting mixed with noney)...

Flavors of toasted nuts marry harmoniously with a certain creamy, almost vanilla like quality that seems to rest on a bed of marzipan sweetness...

Tiny bubbles tickling my palate and give way to a crisp clean finish of peaches and cream with a bit of toastyness/bitterness reminiscent of almosds roasted very dark...I also get a bet of grapefruit...

One of the best non-vintage Champagnes I've ever tried...

2008 St-Jean-des-Graves Blanc, Graves (out of stock)  
Review Date: 9-15-2010
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Pale yellow in color with just the slightest greenish tint...Somewhat "green" on the nose (something like wet grass) also a bit of apple and perhaps peach??? No detectable oak...slightly earthy, minerally palate with hints of citrus (grapefruit, or perhaps avery high quality lemon) and I believe that I detect some mild apple notes aswel, just a bit of acidity...the finish is short and a bit perplexing...I want to initially say that I get a bit of vanilla/cream, but only for a very brief moment before it fades away and I get a sort of fruity pear/apple taste that I can't quite identify and for just a second, I could have sworn that I detected just a hint of fresh coconut...
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2009 Kung Fu Girl Columbia Valley Riesling (out of stock)  
Review Date: 9-15-2010
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Very fruity nose, apple mostly, perhaps a slight floral note, with a hint of some sort of "chemically-ness" (albeit a pleasant one) that seems so familiar, but I just can not think of what it is...

Light body with just a slight effervesence, flavors of tropical fruits (mango and lime were two that I seemed to pick up on right away) are supported by a present (but not overpowering) citrus acidity, and something reminiscent of sparkling wine (perhaps a bit of lees???)...

The finish is multidimensional, and sweet; Once again, I get an apple quality supported by flowers and that same "lees-y" quality...
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List WS 89 BC 0

1999 De Meric "Vintage Sous Bois" Brut Champagne (out of stock)  
Review Date: 9-15-2010
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This wine reminds me of a slightly less "together" version of any of Louis Roederer's Carte Blanche offerings...

Old gold color indicates that this champagne either has a bit of oak or a bit of age (I'm guessing it might be a little of both here)...Smooth creamy nose with hints of fresh baked bread...

Buttery Rich palate with a slight almost indescribable fruitness, a hint of something that reminds me of amaretto, just a whisper of vanilla, and the slightest kiss of honey...This wine is full of subtle notes...bubbles look very fine and tight, but dont feel quite as "small" on the palate as I thought they might...

Slightly liquory finish with an etherial flavor of chery candy...creamy, with just a slight trace of bitterness...very good wine, especially considering the price...
Price: $35.00 Add To Waiting List BC 0

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