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Laura C
Laura C
San Francisco
Although I am best known for my love of Champagne, I also enjoy drinking red wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley, Campania and Tuscany. For aperitifs, I have a penchant towards crisp white wines such as Champagne (of course), German Riesling, Chablis, and Gruner Veltliner. In 2010 I will begin the Wine MBA program at the Bordeaux Management School. Recently I completed the diploma with the London-based Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and contemplate preparing for the Master of Wine exams. My undergraduate study was in French and Comparative Literature at Bryn Mawr College followed by a MA in French at UC, Irvine. My favorite hobbies include watching foreign films, playing piano, singing with the SF Bach Choir, taking long-distance runs, sailing, learning about wine, reading both classic and new fiction, and camping.
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Laura C 95

1988 Dunn - Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
I tasted this wine twice and definitely enjoyed it more the first time but I think it was because of the extensive decanting time. Great Cabernet fruit profile with notes of tobacco and coffee as well as blue fruits.

(Tasted Feb 25, 2010)

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1985 Dunn - Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
This wine was very pleasing with elegant red fruit flavors and multiple layers. I was sad to finish the bottle.

(Tasted Feb 25, 2010)

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2006 Vincent Girardin - Corton-Renardes (Vieilles Vignes)
A lovely wine dominated by spice and soft red fruits. It has a medium ruby core with a garnet colored rim. The aromas in the bouquet include red currant, cream, milk chocolate, cinnamon, and floral notes. The palate surfaces minerals, cranberry, allspice, tobacco, and gamy earth flavors. It has a medium plus finish accented by sweet spice and almond. The quality shows.

(Tasted Jan 13, 2010)

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2006 Henri Gouges - Nuits St Georges Clos des Porrets-St Georges 1er Cru
Deep ruby core that was surprisingly dark for Pinot. On the nose I detect notes of tobacco, floral fruit, and dusty dirt. This wine has lots of density, structure and high acid. The "chewy" red-blue fruits include black cherry and plum. The finish is powerful, dominated by substantial ripe tannins. An intense, brooding wine that will benefit from several years of bottle age to soften. I'm curious to see how this wine develops over the next five years. A great candidate for investment.

(Tasted Jan 13, 2010)

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2006 Gilles Robin - Saint Joseph Andre Pealat
'06 St. Joseph Andre Pealat has a beautiful bouquet and silky smooth body - an elegant Rhone that should not be missed! The color of the core is deep ruby turning purple as is typical with Syrah. The bouquet is harmonious blend of aromas including stones, smoke, violets, blackberry and currant. The flavors on the palate are delicious. I love the combination of "moist soil," dark chocolate, anise, cherry, and fleshy black plum that gives it a subtle underlying sweetness. This wine shows both intense minerality and high acidity. The silky smooth tannins and long finish seal the deal. Well done!

(Tasted Jan 11, 2010)

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1991 Harlan out of Magnum
At a recent Vinfolio staff meeting we blind tasted the 1991 Harlan out of magnum. I thought it was very well balanced and showed strong fruit on the palate despite the apparent aging suggested by the the rim variation. My guess...

Created  Nov 16, 2009

Classification of Napa
Recently the Finnish publication FINE Wine Magazine has attempted to classify Napa Valley wines akin to the 1855 Classification of Bordeaux. View the article here: "Napa Valley Classification." Since then, there has been much...

Created  Nov 4, 2009

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