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Jim Barr

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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

2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 12-26-2012
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From my favorite Rioja producer, this stunning, complex, high-profiled “Reserva” offers all the elements that I look for in a great wine: an opulent bouquet, abundant structure and depth, exceptional mid-range, focus, a broad and powerful fruit presentation, and a finish that is satisfyingly long and warm. Medium deep ruby in color, the nose is loaded with an anise spiciness in concert with currant and cassis-like fruit characteristics, with undercurrents of game and mild toasty notes. All of these remarkable features carry over to its extraordinary set of flavors and overall presentation. This Gem will age easily for another ten to fifteen years, but you will find it difficult to keep your hands off of it for the near term once you taste it. Rusty has anointed this wonderful Gem as one of our house reds for however long it is around and has ordered me to buy cases of it for our cellar. 13.5% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2028
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart JS 92 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 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

Michel Loriot "Authentic" Brut Champagne (previously Cuvee Reserve)
Review Date: 11-10-2011
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Produced totally from Pinot Meunier, this outstanding Champagne, a recent Gary Westby find, offers incredible richness and lushness both on its doughy, yeasty, nutty, and spicy perfumed nose and across its viscous, complex, well-focused palate. With all this Gem’s depth of flavor, it is still amazingly balanced with superb structure and length. You get a gondola full of great Champagne, here, for a ridiculously reasonable price. I would put this up against any of named Champagnes that are selling for $75.00 or more a bottle. The Guys (Anderson, Eby, The Beaner, and Rizzo) have informed me that this Gem will be our house Champagne for the holidays. 12.0% ABV
Drink from 2011 to 2020
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

1997 Labegorce, Margaux (1.5L)
Review Date: 3-8-2011
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This is our fourth shipment of this wine and, to tell you the truth, the first ones left me wondering what Clyde saw in it. Those shipments resulted in wines that seemed austere, a bit “musty” and “rustique,” and totally uninteresting. This shipment, however, came from Anthony Barton’s (Léoville- and Langoa-Barton) cellar, which the first set of shipments did not, and the wine, simply put, is amazing! Medium-deep ruby in color, this Gem shows nothing less than the great aromas of aged Bordeaux at its best. The adjectives are endless: cedar, opulence, terroir, silkiness, seamless, integrated tannins, great complexity, broadness, viscosity, etc., etc… A great wine of great value that would rival aged offerings that are three to four times its price, and a statement as to how storage conditions can affect the presentation of a great wine. Anderson has informed me that we need cases of this Gem for the month. 12.5% ABV. (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2011 to 2020
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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