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Jim Chanteloup

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2006 Hine K&L Exclusive "Lignières-Sonneville" Single Barrel Cognac (750ml)
Review Date: 11-12-2015
I have a fondness for Hine for two reason. One, was meeting Bernard Hine many years ago, and the other was finding a cache of the Triomphe in "mini" bottles for a couple of bucks! I wiped them out and shared the secret with my K&L buddy Ralph Sands. The '06 is so elegant and well balanced with great purity and warm spice aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and caramel. On the palate, the spirit is ethereal and fresh with a long lingering finish.
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2012 Penfolds "Bin 138" Old Vine Grenache-Shiraz-Mataro Barossa Valley
Review Date: 11-04-2015
The Bin 138 is a blend of 66% Shiraz, 23% Grenache and 11% Mataro (Mourvedre)that belongs in the hands of anyone who is a fan of these classic Aussie blends or wines from the Southern Rhone Valley. The nose is lifted with blueberry, black raspberry,pepper, leather, roasted grains, damp earth, bittersweet chocolate and a light pencil lead/graphite note. On the palate the wine is polished and refined with fine grained tanninns, good structure and a long layered persistent finish. A few years in the cellar will only reward or decant for an hour or two for the near term.

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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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.

Baron-Fuenté "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.
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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.

2012 Yalumba "The Signature" Cabernet-Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 09-15-2015
I've spoke before about how Australia's Cabernet-Shiraz blend is akin to the great blends from Bordeaux. The fact that Shiraz is blended with Cabernet is NOT their way of cheating you! Merlot doesn't work so well in the Barossa Valley. This is a wine that has been made for over 5 count them 5 decades at Yalumba, the oldest family run winery in Australia. Besides being one of their top wines, 'The Signature" has always been a chance to recognize the importance that someone in the organization has brought to the table. This year, they have chosen Robert Hill Smith, 5th generation of the family and the man at the helm of guiding this iconic Aussie winery. So, what kind of vintage would YOU pick to honor your boss? Well, if you're smart and enjoy your job, a stunning one, which is what we have here. The wine is simply gorgeous with a lifted bouquet of cassis, blueberry, blackberry, dark cherry, currant, bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, earth, cumin and a clove/pepper spice. The palate delivers seamless balance with a supple texture that is all the while supported by a fine cloak of tannins that ensure a very long life which I wish for RHS! I was lucky enough to taste the '66 a few years ago with him that was still stunning, and I put this in that league if not one of its own. This is a legendary "Signature".

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.

2014 Quarter Acre Syrah Rosé Hawke's Bay (Dry)
Review Date: 07-28-2015
While this wine shows a little darker color (hey, it's Syrah) than you might expect from most rosé, there is nothing heavy or overdone here. The bouquet offers notes of strawberry, white pepper spice and a hint of orange peel. On the palate, there is refreshing acidity along with a good middle texture that leads to a long finish.
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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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2006 Baron Fuente "Grand Millesime" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-15-2015
Great complexity in a vintage Champagne for $30...come on! The '06 Baron Fuente "GM" has a bouquet of apple, pear, some plum-cherry red fruit character, pie crust, dried orange peel and a yeasty note. The palate is rich and concentrated with a creamy texture and good acid line that bring you to a layered, long finish. A great value in Champagne.
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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 Local Vineyard Series "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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2013 Savage "White" Western Cape
Review Date: 11-25-2014
As I said in the Savage Red review, Duncan Savage is making stunning Sauvignon Blanc at Cape Point Vineyards and this wine is singing! Made from a barrel fermented blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon, the bouquet offers notes of lanolin, honeysuckle, kumquat, a hint of tangerine peel and a light nutty character. On the palate, the wine is rich yet with a fine citric acid line and mineral accents that lead to a long finish. Gorgeous stuff...Bravo!

2010 Sittella Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 09-02-2014
Margaret River Cabernet for $20? Wow, this wine surely punches above its weight! The nose is expressive with black currant, blueberry, cassis, violets, light sage and a chocolate note. There are just enough supple silky tannins on the palate to give a more serious edge to the wine which is beautifully balanced and delivers a long finish. Bravo!
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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!
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Quartz Reef "Methode Traditionelle" Brut Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 12-07-2012
When winemaker Rudi Bauer was looking at the site for his own winery in the Bendigo sub-region after working at Rippon in Central Otago they had to consider the question, "what if the Pinot Noir might not ripen?" So, the thought of Sparkling wine was born. Clotilde Chauvet with family ties to Champagne followed Rudi as winemaker at Rippon and was one of the original shaeholders in Quartz Reef. Workshops with Jacques Peters from Veuve Cliquot followed with visits to Champagne helped Quartz Reef to become a specialist in Sparkling wine from New Zealand. Made from a blend of 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay the wine is still hand riddled and disgorged and aged for a minimun of two years on the lees. Pear, apple, lime and brioche abound in the aromatics with a fine bead and texture that add up to a wine of real finesse and tremendous length.