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Jacques Moreira
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Having been born in Rio de Janeiro into a very proud French/Portuguese family, and living in France and the USA for almost 25 years, gave me the best of all worlds, one very old, and another very new. I’ve always had three different perspectives on everything growing up, three different opportunities to understand the world around me and to try to make sense of it all. From Ipanema Beach, to the bluest of seas in the Côte d'Azur and Nice, to the wonderful Big Sur. Caipirinha and Feijoada, codfish and Vinho Verde, Daube and Bandol, and the always present Rosé, and…beer for those 110 degree summertime days in Rio! I always worked in the food business, in Paris, Nice and San Francisco. While working at Jules Verne in Paris, I decided to devote my career solely to wines and eventually got my Sommelier certification through the International Sommelier Guild.


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2009 Les Allées de Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 8-12-2014
Dark crimson with hints of violet color. Wow... Tobacco, mushroom, cocoa, along with dark cherries and berries and sure enough...earth! On the palate, all of that, with black olives and cocoa more pronounced. The tannins and acidity are very much present without any sign of harshness. On the contrary, this wine is refined and elegant, surely showing the pedigree of a very classy 2nd wine from a classified cru.
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2010 Larrivaux, Haut-Medoc
Review Date: 8-4-2014
This property is situated to the west of Saint-Joseph, and contrary to the common assumption, instead of Cabernet Sauvignon, is the Merlot that dominates the blend. Garnet/Ruby color. Cassis, plum, a touch of cedar, along with wet rocks and an intriguing meatiness greets you on the nose. On the palate: Coffee, cassis again, and a delicious note of oak toast. Medium tannins and medium+ acidity, makes it a very supple wine, that is a pleasure to drink now or to be put away for a little while. The assemblage according to their website is: 60% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. Great value.
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2009 Plaisance "Cuvée Alix" Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 7-28-2014
Garnet color showing some development. Enticing aromatics of ripe plums, coffee, cocoa, pepper and graphite. On the palate it possess all those attributes as well, along with medium tannins and medium acidity. Soft textured wine, but the coffee, toasty notes bring it to a level that no Merlot outside Bordeaux can achieve... Drinking now, and it will be delicious with a steak or filet mignon!
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2013 La Graside Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 7-27-2014
Light straw yellow color. Intense aromatics full of lemon oil, gooseberries, grapefruit. On the palate it carries all these fruit flavors, and a touch of yellow flowers too, but none of the tropical notes that some Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc have. Instead, this has a focused minerality, and bright, juicy acidity. Perfect wine to pair with a garlicky seafood or a ceviche, salads, Thai food and let's not forget...Sushi!
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2011 Mauvesin-Barton, Moulis
Review Date: 7-21-2014
Medium Garnet color. Nice soft entry. Juicy plum and roasted coffee, cocoa and a touch of cassis. Soft medium tannins at first but quite sneaky on the finish. The cépage is 46% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The soil of this beautiful property owned by the Barton family is mostly clay and limestone, which explain the higher amount of Merlot in the blend. Very well done wine and extremely drinkable right now.

1999 Canon-La Gaffelière, St-Emilion
Review Date: 6-24-2014
Intense and lavish aromatics of cassis, cocoa, smokey mesquite BBQ, meat and bacon as well. It is rich, it is lush, the fruit quite sweet, yet it has structure and balance. Really quite delicious.

2003 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 6-24-2014
Medium Garnet color, showing its development. The lifted fruit of its youth has evolved. Plums, cocoa, and tobacco. Very silky tannins and a medium-acidity, make it an immense pleasure to drink this wine now. It is a 2003, but not at all over extracted, but rather poised and balanced. One of the best wines I tasted this year.

2006 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 6-24-2014
Served it at our Saturday tasting. Color showing some slight brickish development. Dark fruit, with a touch of cocoa and a delicious note of graphite and herbs. It needs decanting to be enjoyed now.
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2011 Clarke (Baronne Edmond de Rothschild), Listrac
Review Date: 6-24-2014
When I first opened this wine I thought it a bit shut down, but after it passed through the decanter... Voilà! Garnet color, cocoa, cassis, and perhaps some dusty tannins and an intriguing savory finish. Definitely worth a try!
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2011 Malmaison, Moulis
Review Date: 6-24-2014
Dark violet color. Bright high toned fruit, along with vanilla bean and... olives! Medium tannins, and juicy high acidity, makes this wine a great choice to drink right now, although it will age beautifully for some years to come. I did not decant it before drinking it, nor do I think it needs it.
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2009 Malescasse, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 6-23-2014
Very much a 2009. And that’s a very good thing in Bordeaux. Deeply colored, and rich with loads of cassis and blackberry fruit, along with coffee, cocoa and earthy notes. It definitely has structure, and the tannins are well present, which makes this wine ideal for aging. It also can be drunk now due to its fullness of fruit, but I would decant it. Excellent wine.
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2008 Bodegas Muriel Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 3-30-2014
Ever so often I come across a wine that's text book classic of where it comes from. And in the case of the Muriel, it is not only classic but also a pleasure to be had. Beautiful coffee notes, along with plums, nuts, and coconut, perhaps due to slight oxidation and maturity in barrels. Complex and yet affordable, this will pair easily with say, a pork roast, Greek food especially moussaka, and of course... Lamb!
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2012 Zind Humbrecht Muscat
Review Date: 2-5-2014
A very unique wine for those who want to experiment what a dry Muscat from Alsace is all about. Intense aromatics of orange flowers, fresh grapes, honey and exotic spices. One would swear by the nose alone that this would be a sweet wine. But no, sweet it is not, and that's the beauty of it. This contrast between the sweet nose and the dry palate is a perfect combination for the very difficult to pair items like white asparagus or artichokes, but also a divine combination with Thai food. Please give it a try.
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1989 Couly-Dutheil "Baronnie Madeleine" Chinon
Review Date: 1-22-2014
Absolutely stunning! A developed honeyed nose that strongly resembles of an old Bordeaux. Dark chocolate, smoked meat, and just a touch of bell pepper spices. Delicious.
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Michel Dervin Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-2-2013
I agree with my co-worker Christie. This is a delicious Champagne that deliver a lot of quality for a great price
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