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Jim Barr

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2005 Miguel Merino Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 7-30-2013
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What an amazingly wonderful wine that is a cross between old school Rioja and new worldish richness. Medium deep ruby in color (it’s still has that youthful appearance), the rich, lush bouquet offers tons of fruit with a vibrant anise to blackberry fruit tinge and a Burgundian game-like background note. Broad, viscous, silky, deeply flavored, and complex in the mouth, this Gem offers immediate drinkability, yet incredible structure and depth to allow it to be cellared another five to ten years. Rusty has informed me that this Gem will be one of our house reds for the next five to then years. 14.0% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2023

2010 Qupé "Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard - K&L Selection" Edna Valley Syrah
Review Date: 7-25-2013
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This lovely Gem was a special bottling produced for us by owner/winemaker Robert Lindquist at Qupé from a vineyard that he planted in 2005. Medium-deep ruby in color, the incredibly opulent bouquet of spicy white pepper to dried red rose petals fruit is supported by a lush, almost creamy back note presentation. My immediate impression in the mouth is that this truly wonderful wine is perfectly balanced, integrated and broad, with a substantial, flashy, complex varietal fruit offering, subtle notes of vanillan oak, integrated silky tannins, viscous mouthfeel, layers of flavor, excellent depth and structure, and a finish that is warm, bright, and long. Rusty has informed that this superb Gem will be one of our house reds for however long it is around. What’s our retail price on this puppy…. No, no, no, that can’t be correct, but it is! Think Crozes-Hermitage when you try this Gem. 13.5% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2020
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1996 Clement Pichon, Haut Médoc
Review Date: 6-27-2013
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A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (30%) and Cabernet Franc (10%), this nicely aged, matured Cru Bourgeois Bordaeaux came directly to us from the library cellar of the chateau. In its opulent, distinctive bouquet, you will be treated to blackberry, mocha, cedary to antiqueish components, which carry over well into its complex, lush, silky mouthfeel. Sophisticated, elegant and well-integrated, this Gem finishes with a long, warm, and intricate finish. Rusty has informed me that this Gem will definitely be one of our house reds for the month. 13.0% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2018
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Gigault "Cuvée Viva" Premières, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
Review Date: 5-30-2013
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Medium-deep ruby in color, the bouquet offers up tons of black cherry to currants-like fruit notes with mocha to roasted coffee bean undertones, and a hint of slate-like minerality. All of this carries over nicely to a complex, broad, viscous wine in the mouth. Rusty has informed me that this will be one of our every day house wine in five to ten years For those of you who are hung up on points from the wine gods, The Wine Spectator gave this 89 points, Parker gave it 90 points, and Suckling gave it 92 points. 14.0% ABV
Drink from 2018 to 2025

2009 La Fleur Calon, Montagne St-Emilion
Review Date: 5-30-2013
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Medium deep ruby in color, the nose shows lush plumy to blueberry notes with just a hint of wet stone minerality. With its soft, round, integrated entry, this Gem, which is mostly Merlot, offers up immediate drinkability and completeness, with a long, warm finish. Dusty has informed me that this Gem will be one of our house reds for the month. 14.0% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2016
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Arnauton, Fronsac
Review Date: 5-30-2013
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Inky in color, the nose exhibits a woodsy, almost mushroomy note with distinctive cassis to blueberry fruit overtones. In its creamy, rich, viscous, fleshy mouth presentation, this Gem is well-integrated, balanced, broad and loaded with lush, deep, ripe fruit. As with the Beaumont, this Gem will drink in the near-term (three to six years) and Rusty has told me to bring at least a few cases home for that purpose, For those of you who are hung up on points from the wine gods, The Wine Spectator gave this 89 points.14.5% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2016
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart JS 91 BC 0

Launois "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 5-14-2013
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Produced from Chardonnay [obviously, since it is “Blanc de Blancs”], this amazing Gem throws tons of yeasty, nutty, creamy fruit at you both in the nose and on the palate, with brilliant complexity, and a lush, broad, and rich finish. The Bean has ordered me to bring at least one case of this home for our consumption in the next one to three-plus years. I will probably bring home more than that. 12.0% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2018
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2004 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 2-21-2013
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In a so-so vintage, Lanessan has created a wonderfully balanced wine that is soft and round in the mouth with blackberry to currant-like fruit, with portabella and earthy notes, and a clean, warm finish. This Gem will be one of our house reds for the month, according to Rusty. 13.0%
Drink from 2013 to 2016
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2003 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 2-21-2013
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The 2003 vintage was an incredibly warm vintage that resulted in certain grapes becoming a bit too ripe and, as a result, producing rather fat style wines. This Lanessan is not that, and if one discription has to be used, it is power. Deeply colored, this Gem shows a ripe, rich, focused cassis to current fruit note with mocha undertones on the nose, that leads to a broad, viscous, complex, almost creamy mouthfeel. It is long and luscious, and will be our house red, according to Rusty for the next three to six years. 13.0% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2020
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1998 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 2-21-2013
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This production is medium ruby in color, with aromas of currants and cherry-like tones, and creamy, cedary notes. In the mouth, this Gem is soft, integrated, fleshy, and long. Nice wine for near-term consumption. Rusty has made this one of our house reds for the month.13.0% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2018
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2008 Bodegas Puelles Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 7-31-2012
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This has to be one of my favorite Riojas that we have available. Medium deep ruby in color, the perfume of this lovely Gem is loaded with currants and cassis tones that carry over nicely to its complex, silky mouthfeel. Although drinking well now, you will be able age this Rioja another four to eight years, easily. Rusty has informed me that this Gem will be one of our house reds for however it is around. (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2012 to 2020
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Malmaison, Moulis-en-Médoc
Review Date: 6-29-2012
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I don’t think that I have experienced such an incredibly wonderful vintage as I have with the 2009’s, not since the 1990 productions were released. Although the alcohols are the highest that I have ever seen in Bordeaux, particularly those productions from the Right Bank (Merlot got too ripe), there is so much fruit and structure in these reds, it hides that level of heat. Even the lesser “growth” chateaux are outstanding, and they will not need as much aging. More importantly, they do not cost as much as the Grand Cru and Premier Cru level wines. The 2009 Malmaison is a perfect example to what I am referring. Medium deep ruby in color, the nose offers a cassis to blackberry core of fruit that carries over to its ever expansive palate impression. This Gem is nicely integrated, well balanced, rich with fruit that is framed by a toasty, cedary tone, and finishes with a long, fairly complex set of flavors. Rusty has informed me that this Gem will be one of our house reds for the next three to five years. (Jim Barr) 13.5% ABV
Drink from 2012 to 2018
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Clarke (Baron Edmond de Rothschild), Listrac
Review Date: 6-29-2012
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Deeply colored, the bright nose offers a black cherry to plumy note, almost in a jam-like fashion without being overdone. Rich, fairly concentrated fruit with just an edge of tannin, this Gem has excellent structure and depth of flavor with a long, warm finish. This wine could be drunk now with about an hour or two of decanting and airing, but will age another three to six-plus years. Rusty has informed that this, too, will be one of our house reds for the next few years. (Jim Barr) 14.0% ABV
Drink from 2015 to 2020
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart RP 89 BC 0

2009 Maison Blanche, Médoc
Review Date: 4-30-2012
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Again, an absolutely wonderful 2009 that will drink near-term in this great vintage. Medium-deep ruby in color, the nose is vibrant and opulent with cedar, white pepper spiciness, and blueberry aromas with wet stone undertones. In the mouth, this lovely wine is vivacious, integrated, well-balanced and full of flavor. Drink this Gem over the next two to five years. This Gem will also be one of our house reds for the month according to Rusty.
Drink from 2012 to 2018
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart WS 91 BC 0

2006 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 2-17-2012
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This is a great drinking Haut Medoc Gem and shouldn’t be missed, and will be one of our house reds for the month, according to Rusty. 13.0% ABV (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2012 to 2020

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