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Customer Reviews - Chris Bottarini

Chris Bottarini
A novice wine afficionado from Northern California traveling the world one glass at a time ...


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2009 Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Côtes du Rhône (1.5L) (out of stock)  
Review Date: 12-24-2012
Saturated ruby-purple in the glass. The nose is so very similar to a fruit-forward Chateauneuf du Pape it's uncanny! Loads of garrigue, pepper & raspberry fruits on the nose. The attack is more blackberry & cherry with light tannin & a food friendly acidity. This delivers well above its humble AOC!
Price: $36.99 Add To Waiting List RP 90 BC 0

2007 Craggy Range "Zebra Vineyard" Pinot Noir Central Otago Bendigo (out of stock)  
Review Date: 12-8-2012
A gorgeous saturated-ruby in the glass. Loads of red fruits, clay soil, clove spice & tar. The fruit is chunky & red on the attack with a juicy, acidic finish. Definitely a well balanced, cool-climate Pinot Noir. The fruit profile has changed since dinner ... The red fruits have turned more blackberry & plums with a deeper spice. Still a solid Kiwi PN.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List RP 91 BC 0

2006 d'Arenberg "Galvo Garage" Bordeaux Blend McLaren Vale (out of stock)  
Review Date: 12-1-2012
Ruby-red in the glass. Lots of earthy, leather & dark plum / cherry notes on the nose. Smells similar to an aging Bordeaux or a Brunello. Where this differentiates itself is on the attack. Lots of chunky red fruit & drying tannins persist. This is where you are reminded that this is indeed New World. The finish lasts for about 15 seconds & is quite dry & acidic which should pair well with NY Steak tonight!

1999 Kalin Cellars "Cuvée DD" Sonoma County Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 11-26-2012
I was so bummed with this. I tried the 99 Semillon a few weeks back & found it to be one of the most unique & complex domestic whites that I have ever tried. The Cuvee DD was set as the center piece for Thanksgiving '12. I opened it to find thin, diluted & complete vinegar. Such a shame considering the anticipation & pairing in mind. Clearly a bad bottle. Hopefully, the remaining bottles are in better shape.
Price: $44.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2001 Clos de l'Oratoire, St-Emilion  
Review Date: 11-24-2012
Inky-purple in the glass. Love the nose on this! Loads of spicy, leather, toasted espresso & dark currants on the nose. Dark cherry with tons of spice on the attack. Another solid 01 for St Emilion!
Price: $44.99 Add To Waiting List RP 90 BC 0

2007 Cristom "Louise Vineyard" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-22-2012
Ruby in the glass. The nose exudes fresh tilled Eola soil, candied cherry, tart cranberry & a hint of spice. Lip smacking juicy red fruits with slightly grippy tannin & an acidic spine. Although delicious tonight for Thanksgiving dinner, this has the stuffing to last a few more years in the cellar.

2010 Charly Thevenet "Grain & Granit" Régnié (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-22-2012
Saturated ruby in the glass. Lots of earthy-tar, leather, dark plums & spice on the nose. Chunky dark cherry fruit on the nose with very little tannin & just enough acid to provide balance.
Price: $26.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

Deligeroy Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé  
Review Date: 11-22-2012
Peach color in the glass. Love the nose on this! Peaches & lavender aromas ... Just like springtime in a glass, with bubbles. Very delicate mousse. The perfect aperitif on an 80* Los Angeles Thanksgiving Day while we BBQ the bird.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Erik Banti "Carato" IGT (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-17-2012
Saturated ruby in the glass. The nose is bursting with red cherry, clay soil, blue fruits & a hint of spice. This provides lip-smacking fruit on the palate with delicate tannin & plenty of acid as you would expect from an Italian Rosso from Tuscany. Not a multi-dimensional wine by any stretch but there is a lot happening in this glass for such a modest price tag!
Price: $6.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2006 Ducluzeau, Listrac (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-11-2012
Saturated ruby-purple in the glass. Loads of ripe plums, black cherry & vanilla oak nuances. A nice, medium body with perky, yet resolved tannins & a streak of acid to balance it out. Finishes on the dry side which should pair perfectly with BBQ burgers tonight! After dinner, more of the tart fruit & minerals showed. The spice component kicked up too, no doubt from the salt from the rub on the burger.
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2006 Cantine Ascheri Barolo (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-3-2012
Concentrated ruby-purple in the glass. Classic nose of tar & roses. Nice cherry & spice notes with chewy tannins lined by an acidic spine. The finish lingers on ... Would be great to see where this would be in another 5-10 years yet it was delicious tonight with Duccios bison lasagna.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

La Montina Franciacorta Brut (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-3-2012
Light straw, honey gold color ... A little darker inthe glass than I would except. Nice apple, pear, lemon curd notes & finishes with a toasty, brioche note. A nice spice note too. Great bottle of Italian bubbles made in the traditional method.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List WE 89 BC 0

1999 Kalin Cellars Livermore Valley Sémillon (out of stock)  
Review Date: 10-21-2012
Reviewing this wine will be fun & nostalgic for me since the producer hails from the small Marin County town I grew up in. Showing a very pronounced honey-gold color in the glass. Looks like an aged Sauternes in appearance. The nose is a potpourri of floral & citrus fruits. I get honeysuckle, ginger, orange rind, peach, the faintest hint of neutral oak & fresh mushroom. The palate is equally enticing & is the epitome of unctuous ... Even at this age this hasn't shown any signs of slowing down! Gobs of orange, peach & grapefruit with a perfect string of acidity to balance everything. A little of the savory mushroom comes through as well. This is one of those rare wines that continues to unfold with each glass. It's a red wine drinkers white!
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2006 Angelo Germano "Mondoca Dardi " Barbera (out of stock)  
Review Date: 10-13-2012
A gorgeous saturated ruby purple in the glass. Lots of tar, cherry & leather with a hint of spice on the nose. Loads of chunky red & black fruits on the attack. Little to no tannin but plenty of lip smacking acidity! Another excellent Angelo Germano gem.
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2010 Claude Branger "Les Fils de Gras Mouton" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie (out of stock)  
Review Date: 9-29-2012
Pale straw colored in the glass. Lots of lemon & wet stone minerality both on the nose & the palate. Nice pleasing acidic spine that balances the fruit. A great summer wine!
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

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