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Keith Mabry

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2005 Château de Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 7-2-2014
This has a lovely nose of cola and mushrooms with notes of dried leaves and dried raspberries. On the palate the complexities really come out with a solid core of raspberry fruit. There's still enough stuffing to keep this going for a few more years. A phenomenal steal when you factor in the cellaring and perfect provenance of this wine.
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2012 Back Nine Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 4-21-2014
Rich apple and pear fruit surround the buttery rich texture and toasty oak notes. There is a solid core of acid in here to keep the wine focused and in balance. Definitely the best of its kind for this price.
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2008 Bodegas Muriel Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 4-8-2014
This is a delightfully vibrant and bright Reserva, with high tone raspberry and cherry fruit. The spicebox aromas range from cardamom to cinnamon with the lovely scent of clove added for good measure. There is ample acidity here which makes this an ideal pairing with food. Perfect for paella, roasted fowl and all things pork.
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2012 Sandhi Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
Review Date: 2-4-2014
Sashi Moorman and Raj Parr have hit it out of the park with this outstanding expression of Santa Barbara County Chardonnay. Long on ripe pear and apple flavors there is a vibrancy to the wine that lingers on the palate. Dare I say mineral? Having recently tasted their '13s out of barrel, I can say without a doubt there are many great things to come from this duo.
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2012 Farmers Jane "Field Red" Mendocino County Red Blend
Review Date: 1-30-2014
I'm a sucker for Carignan and also a sucker for the wines coming from Farmers Jane. Native yeast ferments and old vine fruit, two of my favorite things. The Carignan is sourced from 85-year-old vines at Hawkeye Ranch in Mendocino County, and the Grenache portion comes from Santa Barbara County. Fresh red fruit flavors of crushed raspberry and wild strawberry jam. This has terrific balance and wild flavors. Get on board now before these wines reach cult status.
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2012 Alta Maria Vineyards Santa Maria Chardonnay
Review Date: 1-30-2014
Pure, clean Chardonnay fruit with lots of apple and citrus fruit. This has really nice weight. Unadulterated Chardonnay, it's what we should all be drinking.

Faultline Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml
Review Date: 10-30-2013
I love the subtle perfume of the rye in this. I get that subtle grassy note with sweet vanilla notes and buttered toffee character. Congrats to the spirits buyers on this selection, this is my go to favorite right now.
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2010 Finca El Encinal Crianza Ribera del Duero
Review Date: 9-5-2013
Deep blackberry and roasted plum fruit with a touch of vanilla on the finish. This is superlative Ribera with supple tannins and bold but not over the top fruit. I can feel some grilled lamb chops paired with this wine calling my name.
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2005 Bodegas Muga "Prado Enea" Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 2-6-2013
The Prado Enea is the most traditional bottling Muga produces and it is always my favorite. The 2005 is no slouch with a sleek mouthfeel, dark current flavors, toasted sage aromas and a hint of burnished leather. This is a touch more extroverted than the 2004 and that is fine by me. Approachable now or cellar worthy for many years to come.

2011 Andrew Thomas "Braemore" Sémillon Hunter Valley
Review Date: 12-4-2012
One of the top producers of Semillon in the Hunter Valley. Steely and nervy, with lots of citrus and mineral notes. One of my favorite white wines right now.

Bruno Michel Premier Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 2-9-2011
Upon first sip, this bubbly reminds me what I love about our Direct Import Champagne program. Gorgeous aromas of nutmeg, allspice, buttered toast and caramelized apples. The flavors match up beautifully and bright acidity carries the wine across the palate to a long lingering finish. There is so much to love about this.
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2004 Domaine La Roquète Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 12-19-2010
This is one of those situations that seems too good to be true. The supplier is parting company with this producer and they are liquidating the wine at a much more substantial discount. Also, 2004 is one of those vintages in the southern Rhone that is often overlooked since it was sandwiched between the highly touted 2003 and 2005 vintages. What a pleasure this vintage has turned into for drinking now. Not hedonistic but classic. And that is everything that the Roquete is. It is made by the family behind Vieux Telegraphe (one of my favorite producers) and is the epitome of Rhone. It has gorgeous spice, dark fruit, candied fig and a supple open mid-palate. The wine is beautifully balanced and should pair with the most savory of holiday dishes. Herb roasted turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, rib roast with rosemary and au jus or any leftovers that find their way into the fridge and back out on the table the next day.
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2008 Sojourn Cellars "Gap's Crown Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 3-2-2010
The Gap’s Crown Vineyard is on the west-facing slopes of Sonoma Mountain, where it also feels the influence of the high winds and cool fog of the Petaluma Gap. Its rocky soil and severe terrain naturally stress the vines, making Gap’s Crown one of the most desirable vineyards in the region. Darker fruit dominates the wine’s character, with black cherry, blueberry and spice. Grippier than the Rodgers Creek, giving a wonderful mouthfeel with Burgundian flair.

2008 Sojourn Cellars Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 3-2-2010
The Sonoma Coast bottling is comprised of Fedrick, Windsor Oaks and Sangiacomo Vineyard fruit. The wine opens with ripe, plush fruit, spice and a touch of earth. It has that silky feeling that makes it immediately accessible and extremely pleasing right now, but there is enough backbone to warrant a year or two in the cellar.
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1981 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Tondonia" Blanco Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 9-6-2009
This wine is almost indescribable in its character and complexity. It actually takes a little time to open up, so I do encourage a short decant or aeration before serving...not too long though. It first opens with cedar and notes of fine tobacco. We joked that it was like "cream of cigar box". But in a good way!! The wine develops generous dried citrus notes, hints of quince and a lovely dulce de leche character. This is a true wine of intrigue, subtlety and balance.

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