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Jim Chanteloup


2013 Clos du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-03-2015
Wow, this is impressive Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley for the money, and is actually refreshing on the palate. The wine is medium-bodied and elegant with aromatics of dark plum, cherry, currant, leather, earth and cedar with hints of toasted oak. On the palate, there is good acidity, supple refined tannins, harmonious balance and fine length.
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JS 92 VN 92

2012 Terra Sancta "Estate" Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago
Review Date: 11-03-2015
Central Otago has grown to be one of the premier regions in New Zealand for Pinot Noir, and this is a great value and introduction to the region. This estate bottling has a bouquet of boysenberry, dark cherry, earth, dried orange peel and a hint of forest floor and thyme. On the palate there is tangy acidity with silky supple tannins and a persistent finish.

2015 Pewsey Vale Riesling Eden Valley South Australia (Dry)
Review Date: 10-06-2015
Another gorgeous and a bit more overt Pewsey Vale is presented in the 2015 vintage. The nose displays aromas of talc, nectarine and apricot, lemon pith, a hint of wild rosemary, wet stone, minerals and a white floral note. On the palate the wine has good body and flesh with superb supporting acidity and length. Classic Eden Valley Riesling from this special site.

Baron-Fuente "Esprit" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-21-2015
We just tasted through the line of wines from Baron Fuente, and I must say, they a s good as I can ever remember. The Grand Reserve is a no-brainer for the money as is '06 vintage for $30! But, I really was impressed with the "Esprit" with 7 years on the lees for $35. Made from a blend of equal parts Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, the Esprit offers a light smoky, toasty note with nutty accents on a rich frame with honey, pear and lemon zest. Wonderful acidity and minerals complement on the palate with grace and fine persistence.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WS 92

1989 Rieussec, Sauternes
Review Date: 09-16-2015
Always a fine property. Since 1984 when a majority of the interest was sold to the Domaines Barons de Rothschild, the quality has soared making them one of the top three in the appellation. In the nose, rich, ripe pineapple and waxy honey notes with a hint of coconut leap from the glass. On the palate, the wine is unctuous with good acidity and great depth of flavor and length.

2010 Hopes Grove "Silver Lining" Syrah Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 08-26-2015
This delivers classic Syrah character in a restrained and elegant style. The nose is lifted with black pepper, violets, blueberry, boysenberry, mineral, earth and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. On the palate there is juicy acidity that lends a fresh, bright quality to the fruit that is framed by a refined tannin structure with a long finish. This is a beautiful expression of the varietal, and not to be missed.

2013 Quarter Acre Merlot-Malbec (Bordeaux Blend) Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 07-28-2015
Wow, there is a lot of bang for the buck in this wine. After co-fermenting the Merlot, Malbec and a touch of Cabernet Franc, the wine spent 16 months in French oak to marry the flavors and integrate the wood. The bouquet soars with dark plum, blueberry, black cherry, cassis and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. The palate walks a fine line with a plush texture and entry framed by just enough backbone to add a more serious character accented by earth and spice. There is superb balance and length that's simply tough to beat for the price.

2013 Kalinda "Rawiri Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 07-28-2015
Exclusive to our Kalinda brand, the wine was made by David Eatwell (and I presume drink well!) with Jason and Anna Flowerday from Te Whare Ra (TWR) consulting. This all red fruit dominated, with notes of strawberry, raspberry, plum, cherry, orange peel and tea bag. On the palate the wine is elegant, with earth tones coming into the mix with a balancing acidity adding to the persistent finish.
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2012 John Duval "Plexus" SGM Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 07-14-2015
I t wouldn't be stretching it to say John Duval is a part of Australian winemaking history given he is one of 4 people thus far to have made one of Australia's iconic wines, Penfolds Grange. Beyond his years of winemaking, there is his knowledge of the Barossa Valley and it's sub-regions that bring an understanding of the character each varietal will offer given its specific location that is mind boggling. This S-G-M brings aromas of raspberry, kirsch, boysenberry, blackberry, a hint of wintermint and a touch of sandlewood. On the palate the wine shows seamless balance with integrated oak and fine tannins framing the core of fruit with an accent of Asian spice and fine length.

2012 Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir Waipara Valley
Review Date: 06-17-2015
Wow, this is some delicious Pinot Noir and certainly one of their best in many years that brings balance, character and nuance with a nod to Burgundy. The bouquet soars with rose petal, cherry, raspberry, cinnamon, clove dried tangerine peel, earth and a bit of forest floor. On the palate there is a good acid line with fine tuned supple tannins to ensure secondary development with time in the cellar, even though it's darn tasty right now. Fermentation was done with indigenous yeast and spent 18 months in French oak barriques for maturation. Besides Central Otago being the new darling and Martinborough the early poster boy/girl for New Zealand Pinot Noir, Waipara/Canterbury has been bringing some serious game to the table. Don’t think about it, buy it.

2012 Oakridge Estate "Whitsend Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon Yarra Valley
Review Date: 06-04-2015
The cool 2012 vintage produced this Cabernet that weighs in at 13.0 ABV...remember those? The nose has notes of cedar, pencil lead, red currant, tart cherry, earth, spice and a light floral highlight. On the palate there is juicy acidity with fine tannins framing the core of this elegant wine. This is not your sipping Napa Valley Cabernet, but begs for food to bring out its best.
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JH 96

2012 Neudorf "Tom's Block" Pinot Noir Nelson
Review Date: 05-05-2015
In 1978 Tim and Judy Finn began their vinous journey and created the Neudorf winery and became wine pioneers in the Nelson region. They remain one of the important wineries in New Zealand. The 2012 Tom's Block is simply a great value and introduction to their wines. All hand harvested and mostly from the Moutere Hills (clay over gravel soils) rather than the plains, this comes in at a fraction of their "Moutere" bottling. The bouquet offers notes of earth, black cherry, dried orange peel, some forest floor and a hint of Asian spices. On the palate, the wine is concentrated without being heavy and is framed by light fine tannins with good acidity and length. Grab one, you'll be back for more!
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JS 93 RP 90

Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-07-2014
The Bruno Michel wines always deliver, but the "Blanche" with 6 years on the lees will surely please. The bouquet shows toasty baked apple with hints of nutmeg spice and ginger. On the palate the wine has a rich and creamy mid-palate with refreshing acidity and a persistent, long finish. Great bubbles, with that kind of lees age, for $35? Yeah, buddy!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart