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Ulysse Collin - Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Pierrieres
Bright gold color with a fine and soft bead. On the nose, lots of tart apple and citrus. On the palate, good acidity, structure and lively flavors. On the fairly lengthy finish, citrus combined with biscuit and yeast undertones ... making for a strong showing. Base vintage for this bottle was 2008; disgorgement in 2012.
Pine Ridge - Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District
Popped and poured; drank over 3 hours. Color has a dark red core; just starting to show some age at the edges. Nose of black and red fruits - hints of plum along with a dollop of oak. On the palate, a big, sweet CA Cab with quite a bit of oak ... the tannins are smooth, but the oak tends to dominate, at least for my taste.
Vazart-Coquart et Fils - Brut Blanc de Blancs Reserve
Bright yellow color with a light bead. A fresh champagne with mostly green apple aromas and flavors ... and a bit of yeast. Very pleasant, simple champagne. I'd suggest drinking this one as an aperitif.
Beaucastel - Coudoulet Cotes du Rhone
Popped and poured. Clear, medium-plus color of dark cherry. On the nose, some dark fruits, pepper and underbrush, and some strong oak. The oak aromas blew off after 30 minutes. A balanced wine of medium body; this wine is at its peak now ... and for the next few years.
Salon - Le Mesnil
Opened, poured and drank over 1.5 hours. Beautiful light to medium yellow/golden color. On the nose some citrus and the beginnings of secondary aromas of roasted almonds; also still some bread dough, but the yeasty aromas are melting into the background. Very light and gentle bead. First impression on the palate is that of creaminess and breadth of flavor with a medium to long finish. Though this wine has years ahead, I found the aromas and flavors in perfect balance now for my taste; still plenty of freshness, but now interesting, mature aromas and flavors starting to spread out through this wine. Wonderful! Wish I had purchased several bottles years ago ... as this was my one and only!