Wedding Registry for Rebekah Michal Martin and Benjamin James Dettmar    
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Dettmar-Martin December 29 2015 in Yorkshire EnglandBlessing of their Marriage was in England on Tuesday 29 December 2015 St Mary's Church, Beverley, Yorkshire UK

Now it's time for some merriment in the USA. Saturday April 23, 2016 at Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard Rd, Ann Arbor.
Cocktail Hour & Lawn Games at 4:00 pm. Speeches & Ceremony at 6:00 pm. Dinner & Dancing at 7:00 pm.

WEST COAST

NAM-1010-W. 13 COLUMBIA CREST H3 HORSE HEAVEN HILLS CABERNET SAUVIGNON Wedding Registry)
Wine Spectator 91: ‘Supple, focused and distinctive, with a core of ripe plum, currant, sage and floral flavors, mingling effectively and harmoniously on the long, expressive finish. The tannins are nicely shaped. Drink now through 2020.'
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NAM-1019-W. 13 ALEXANDER VALLEY VINEYARDS ALEXANDER VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON Wedding Registry)
Est. 1962; all 5 Bordeaux varieties; 14 months in barrel. ALV power and sweet fruit. 2013 framing. Fine oak. Deep and dynamic. Logical consummation of valley and vintage./ Wood and fruit and power. They all match up. Full, fine tannin. For steak now. Or cellar. 93+/100.
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NAM-1020-W. 12 PICKET FENCE ALEXANDER VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON Wedding Registry)
Rich and rightful Alexander Valley ‘sur maturitie' delivery of 2012's cabernet fruit goodness. A beauty./ Lovely oak and spice, rich fruit, fine tannin. Perfect picture of 12 ALV cabernet sauvignon, at a heck of a good price. 93+/100.
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NAM-1031-W. 13 KULETO FROG PRINCE NAPA VALLEY RED Wedding Registry)
2012: Tasting Panel 93: ‘This outgoing blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Cab Franc and 3% Syrah has us jumping for vinous joy. Winemaker Dave Lattin's riveting combination of estate fruit shows off fresh soil, dark cherry mocha and a high pitched acidity that pulses through chalky, dusted rhubarb, red tea and nut tannins. Due to its sunny disposition, it's a glorious match with veal, chicken, pork and grilled meats. $35.'
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NAM-1032-W. 13 KULETO INDIA INK NAPA VALLEY RED Wedding Registry)
2012: Wine & Spirits 91: ‘Luscious with sunny ripeness, this wine's sweet black fruit is checked by mineral tannins. There's an herbal edge to those tannins that lasts beyond the sweetness, leaving an impression of tarragon. This wine's youthful richness will match a pan-seared steak. 64% cabernet sauvignon, 27% syrah, 3% merlot, 2% each malbec, petit verdot. $35.'
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NAM-1035-W. 13 PAOLETTI PICCOLO CRU CALISTOGA RED Wedding Registry)
50% cab sauv, 20% merlot, 18% malbec, 6% each petit verdot, cab franc. Fabulous oak robe. Almost sexy, but, really, too refined , subtle to be wantonly so. Then, Hepburn, Bacall, Lake. Great 13 fruit solidity./ Yes, refined, alluring, well balanced. Just delicious fruit and oak, Napa class. All. 95+/100.
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NAM-1038-W. 12 SEAN MINOR NICOLE MARIE NAPA VALLEY RED Wedding Registry)
52% merlot, 21% zinfandel, 17% petite sirah, 10% petit verdot. Powerful, and full of material. Dense fruit bearing fine oak. All about mass./ Mouthful of material. Fruit concentration and great oak char. You'd never expect this powerhouse to be merlot-dominant. A steakhouse wine for sure. 93/100.
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NAM-1048-W. 13 SMITH & HOOK CENTRAL COAST CABERNET SAUVIGNON Wedding Registry)
Deep, powerful, sweet. Hallmark Smith & Hook cabernet. The fruit is ripe, abundant, and concentrated, so it stands up to an ample measure of attractive oak aromas./ Wow! Exotic wood spices plus rich, ripe fruit. A California cabernet overachiever. A bargain in big-time cabernet. 94/100.
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NAM-1062-W. 12 SHAFER NAPA VALLEY MERLOT Wedding Registry)
Wine Spectator 92: ‘Sleek and supple, this is exactly the style of Merlot that made the wine so popular. Floral red currant and cinnamon spice aromas lead to rich, ripe flavors of black cherry and toasty oak, with a hint of earth. Drink now through 2020.'
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NAM-1064-W. 12 PIETRA SANTA ESTATE CIENEGA VALLEY MERLOT Wedding Registry)
Siena native Alessio Carli was once assistant winemaker at Badia a Coltobuono. He came to the US in 1991 and since 1998 has been winemaker at Pietra Santa near Hollister in the hills of San Benito County. His red wines are like no others in California. 14.3%. Yields of but 1.2 tons per acre. 30 months in oak, 8 months in bottle before release. estate bottled. Yes, sweet and ripe merlot showing the hand of a Tuscan-born and -trained winemaker. So Super Tuscan leanings. Shows the vineyard's calcaire basis too. Powerful, dark, deep./ Yes, a mouthful of Tuscan merlot. 2012 sweet fruit, power, glycerol. Yow! 92/100.
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NAM-1085-W. 13 MCMANIS FAMILY CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIR Wedding Registry)
Deep black cherry and peel plus fine, already well integrated oak. The oak in a young McManis wine can often require some aging to sink in; not this one. Smells of fine cabinetry. One of the best vintages of a fine series./ Sweet, ripe cherry fruit of River Junction pinot, pure and free flowing. The oak has lovely wood spices that are, again, well integrated. Pleasing body; ready to enjoy. 91/100.
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NAM-1087-W. 14 ANGELINE RESERVE MENDOCINO-SONOMA-MONTEREY PINOT NOIR Wedding Registry)
40-35-25; est. 1990. Shows some reduction under screwcap still. 2014 elegance. Deserves aeration and a few weeks' aging./ Luscious cremes on the palate: fruit, nut, wood. The usual abundance here. This will fill out over the coming weeks and will adhere to its 2014 stylishness. 91+/100. Tasted 1/20/16.
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NAM-1090-W. 14 BELLE GLOS MEIOMI MONTEREY-SANTA BARBARA-SONOMA PINOT NOIR Wedding Registry)
2012: 35-34-31; by Caymus; Meiomi is Wappo for ‘coast'; Belle Glos is Chuck Wagner's mother. Caught this one a little premature, so it's difficult to delve its depths despite the typically forward house style. Some oak, some game./ Well, the palate's not a bit shy though. Oak vanilla creme and pinot fruit creme. Seductive, sweet, and ripe palate. Speaks for a fine vintage. Just getting started. 92+/100.
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NAM-1097-W. 14 MARTIN RAY RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PINOT NOIR Wedding Registry)
Sweet, strong, and unctuous pinot presentation, plus oak in tune with the rest of the package. Seems like American oak./ 14 crisp and elegant. Wood and fruit tannin to resolve still. Cellar a few months. 91+/100.
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NAM-1107-W. 13 PIETRA SANTA ROUTE 152 CENTRAL COAST PINOT NOIR Wedding Registry)
Three Dijon clones. 90% from the core estate, 10% from its Dunn Ranch vineyard outside the Cienega AVA. 10 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. Sweet and nutty. Unique. Cherry-nut sundae. California fruit, Euro form. Bold and powerful at 14.2%. Delivers a lot for the price. 91+/100.
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NAM-1112-W. 13 CHALONE ESTATE GAVILAN CHALONE PINOT NOIR Wedding Registry)
High toned, surging, noble. Shows great terroir. Deep, spicy cherry and just the right oak touch. Pinot sweetness./ Power, presence, stature, class. Structure, filling, flavor, length. This is Chalone! This pushes the Grand Vin. Great value. 93+/100.
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NAM-1123-W. 13 SEAGLASS SANTA BARBARA PINOT NOIR Wedding Registry)
Like the 2012, crisp and cool climate. Crunchy black cherry./ Wow! So high toned. Pure, focused, juicy black cherry. Pinot's sweet side too. Even better than the 2012, and, again, hailed by the Europhiles in the group. 92/100.
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NAM-1146-W. 13 BLACK INK CALIFORNIA RED Wedding Registry)
Syrah, malbec, zinfandel. Rich and spicy fruit filling and good framing of 2013. A fine cuvee. Determined to please. Not much if any oak noted or needed./ Sweet and savory perfumes. Sachet. Both classy and seductive, sweet and creamy. Yes, I'm liking these 2013s. 92/100.
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NAM-1149-W. 12 STEPHEN VINCENT CRIMSON MONTEREY RED Wedding Registry)
60% syrah, 25% petite sirah, 15% cabernet sauvignon. Very dark and pretty 2012 fruit. Speaks of the noir varietals. Very full cranberry and pomegranate tart, pure black fruits./ Fruit cremes cut by varietal tannins. Caramel oak; fine oak. Lush for Monterey Valley. Suave, with mild grip and good acid. Long, fruity finish. Easy to understand. Class wine. Best vintage yet in a laudable series. 92+/100.
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NAM-1150-W. 14 CA' MOMI NAPA VALLEY ROSSO Wedding Registry)
Cabernet, merlot, zinfandel, petite sirah. Rich, and not as tight as the 2013 at the same stage. Lots of red fruit./ Whoa! Very plush red fruit and fruit creme. Plus black fruit, acidity, frame, and light oak. 91+/100.
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NAM-1151-W. 14 THE PRISONER NAPA VALLEY RED Wedding Registry)
2013: Parker 92: ‘The 2013 Proprietary Red Blend The Prisoner is a creative blend of 44% Zinfandel, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petite Sirah, as well as Syrah, Grenache and Charbono. This dense, full-bodied, opulent red reveals gutsy, rich, peppery, meaty, blackberry, blackcurrant and licorice notes. A savory, lusty, heady red, it begs for a grilled steak or a big, juicy hamburger. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.'
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NAM-1153-W. AUSTIN HOPE TROUBLEMAKER LOT B7 CENTRAL COAST RED Wedding Registry)
54% syrah, 22% grenache, 13% mourvedre, 11% zinfandel. Very dark color./ Wow! Rich and right. Deep, rich, racy berry, mocha, fine oak toast. Milk chocolate, café au lait./ Full body, flavor, fine oak. Again, coffee and milk chocolate. Full, fine grained tannin. Good acidity. Long aftertaste. Exotic and fabulous. 93+/100.
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NAM-1156-W. 14 TENSHEN SANTA BARBARA RED Wedding Registry)
Syrah, petite sirah, grenache, merlot. Sweet and sprawling. All fruit creme all the time./ Power, sweetness, and grip. Market driven. Made for millenials And well made at that. 92/100.
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NAM-1204-W. 13 SEXTANT SAN ARDO RANCH SAN LUCAS ZINFANDEL Wedding Registry)
Estate bottled. Bright and beautiful. Surpasses even the wonderful 2012. So sweet and bright zinfandel raspberry, seed, peppercorn. Fine oak seasoning./ Sweet and suave. Not overly strong or tannic, and less so than the Paso Robles Wheelhouse cuvee. Well balanced. 92/100.
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NAM-1213-W. 13 CAROL SHELTON MONGA OLD VINE LOPEZ VINEYARD CUCAMONGA VALLEY ZINFANDEL Wedding Registry)
Planted 1918. Rich, concentrated raspberry and peppercorn. Powerful. Cool, coastal demeanor belying its southern locale. Certainly nothing Paso or Lodi about it. Great power and material./ Sweet raspberry concentrate, with extract, tannin, frame. An old vines giant. Super. The group agreed. 96/100.
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NAM-1215-W. 14 THE FEDERALIST LODI ZINFANDEL Wedding Registry)
2014: 2013 contributes fine structure to contain Lodi's sweet, jammy fruit core. Deep black raspberry zinfandel essence. Yes, Lodi sweet and bold and fabulous./ Racy, peppery, zesty, well textured and deep. Full concentration of oak and fruit. Exotic aura. Perfumed. A real 3D Lodi zin experience. Very flavorful. Body and texture in spades. One of the best Lodi zins. 93+/100.
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NAM-1225-W. 13 EASTON AMADOR ZINFANDEL Wedding Registry)
2012: 12 months in 1-, 2-, and 3-year seasoned French oak barrels. Solidly built and full of fruit. Subtle oak and barrel age. Amador robust, old vines concentrated.. Bright, young, fresh, roasted raspberry fruit. Rich and pure./ Fabulous silkiness, perfume, and class of French oak. Solid Amador dark fruit. Fine balance of acid and all. Racy oak toast and baking spice and incense. Loaf sugar. Maple. Sweet and well balanced. Perfect. 93+/100.
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NAM-1274-W. 13 CALERA CENTRAL COAST CHARDONNAY Wedding Registry)
Wine Enthusiast 92: ‘The nose on this wine from nine vineyards ranging from Santa Clara to Santa Barbara reflects much of what the large appellation offers, but in subtle ways: touches of Golden Delicious apples, grilled pineapple, toasted coconut and chalk. The flavors surround a Meyer lemon zest tension, with apple flesh fruits and a zesty acidity that holds throughout without biting.'
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NAM-1278-W. 14 TALLEY BISHOP'S PEAK SAN LUIS OBISPO CHARDONNAY Wedding Registry)
Gentle oak, not yet fully integrated. Better in a few weeks (9/30/15)./ Still rather terse. Oak and fruit not yet married. Good texture. Will work out well to join a successful series. 91+/100.
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NAM-1292-W. 14 ELK COVE WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT GRIS Wedding Registry)
Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS' CHOICE: ‘Beautifully styled, this wine brings a solid blend of citrus, cucumber, tangerine and melon flavors. The length and balance are there for further aging, but the stunningly good flavors encourage near-term drinking.'
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MICHIGAN

NAM-1317-W. FENN VALLEY CAPRICCIO MICHIGAN RED Wedding Registry)
Michigan Wine Competition 2011 - GOLD MEDAL AND BEST DRY RED TROPHY. 90% chambourcin, 10% merlot. That bright, Rhone like chambourcin fruit. Combines berry with cracked pepper zest and dryness. 91/100.
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NAM-1321-W. 13 BLACK STAR FARMS ARCTUROS SUR LIE OLD MISSION PENINSULA CHARDONNAY Wedding Registry)
Racy apple and peel. Sur lie doughiness./ Yes, all three. Pleasing sur lie smoothness. Balanced. Good acid and body. 91/100.
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NAM-1335-W. HAWTHORNE DELISH OLD MISSION PENINSULA WHITE Wedding Registry)
11.7%. 7% RS. 51% riesling, 32% pinot blanc, 17% pinot gris. Good texture. A nose you can feel. All three varieties showing. Class wine./ Yes, the pinots modulate riesling's perfume. Good acid, extract, balance. A superb MI sweetie. 94+/100.
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NAM-1344-W. 13 CHATEAU FONTAINE SEMI SWEET LEELANAU PENINSULA RIESLING Wedding Registry)
A bright, fresh experience. Riesling mineral, citrus, apple, etch./ Sweet, with racy acid too. All. 92/100.
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NAM-1346-W. 13 SHADY LANE ESTATE DRY LEELANAU PENINSULA RIESLING Wedding Registry)
Oh, this is dry riesling at its grandest! Grosses Gewachs stuff with so much dry extract it's a jawbreaker, hard to swallow. An image of the great Rheingau rieslings of the late 1800s, which commanded Bordeaux Premier Cru prices in their day. Today's German counterparts are just as awesome–and require like expenditure. Not this beauty, crafted by Adam Satchwell, nephew of famous California winemaker Jed Steele. 94/100.
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ARGENTINA

SAM-1370-W. 12 CASARENA RESERVA MENDOZA CABERNET SAUVIGNON Wedding Registry)
Tanzer 91: ‘From a block of 85-year-old vines in Perdriel. Deep ruby-red. Cassis, licorice and bitter chocolate aromas are perked up by a whiff of orange rind. Juicy and spicy but at the same time quite rich, even viscous, with fresh framing acidity and a hint of graphite minerality giving shape to the dark berry flavors. Finishes very long and lush, with suave tannins, repeating minerality and a note of chocolatey oak.'
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SAM-1385-W. 12 ERNESTO CATENA SIESTA EN EL TAHUANTINSUYU TAHUAN - MENDOZA MALBEC Wedding Registry)
8 months in French and US oak barrels. Rich and accomplished union of ripe malbec, power, and well integrated oak. Alluring. Sweet fruit cremes and oak toffee. Large./ Potpourri of oak spices, fruit cremes, power. Lasting. This works overtime to please. 92/100.
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SAM-1389-W. 14 BODEGA PULENTA LA FLOR AGRELO - LUJAN DE CUYO MALBEC Wedding Registry)
Estate bottled. Hovering floral airs. Supreme elegance as always. Lovely, first class wood and fruit refinement./ Suave, fruity, charming. Enticing as ever. No other like it. 92+/100.
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SAM-1394-W. 13 FINCA EL ORIGEN RESERVA TUNUYAN - VALLE DE UCO MALBEC Wedding Registry)
Vineyards at 3900'. 6 months in oak. Powerful. Nutty oak and ripe malbec fruit. Visions of grandeur at a modest price./ Sweet and full scaled. Great oak spices, ripe malbec delivery. Plenty of power. Steak wine. 92+/100.
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SAM-1398-W. 14 CALLIA ALTA VALLE DE TULUM SAN JUAN MALBEC Wedding Registry)
Full color./ Deep, sweet, framed, full of material. Black cherry and peppercorn./ Sweet black and maraschino cherries. Great class and clarity as always. Needs no oak; needs no aging. 91/100.
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SAM-1407-W. 14 FINCA EL ORIGEN RESERVA SALTA TORRONTES Wedding Registry)
Cold cream and lemon curd. Unique. Its own thing; not a gewurz or muscat knockoff./ Cold cream and a nice bitter edge. Good and dry. 14.3%. The real Salta deal. 91/100.
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NEW ZEALAND

NZAS-1437-W. 14 BARKER'S MARQUE RANGA RANGA ESTATE MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC Wedding Registry)
From the far-south Blind River sector. Very crisp, elegant, neat presentation of citrus and gooseberry./ Yes, crisp, refined, dry, and dainty. Mouthwatering; invites food. 92/100.
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NZAS-1447-W. 14 GREYWACKE MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC Wedding Registry)
Wine Spectator 93 - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: ‘Smooth and succulent, with supple melon, peach and lemon meringue flavors that manage to be graceful and seamless while still packing a wallop of intense flavors. Spice, chamomile and lemon verbena details crescendo on the long, lingering finish.'
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AUSTRALIA

NZAS-1462-W. 13 ROUTE DU VAN VICTORIA SHIRAZ-CABERNET Wedding Registry)
Wine & Spirits 90 - TOP 100 VALUES: ‘This is a delicate beauty, its flavor depth carrying none of the weight that devoted Aussie red wine drinkers may expect. On the other hand, if you prefer reds that leave plenty of room for food, check this out. It's more Rhône-like than cabernet, with black pepper spice and great length of baked strawberry freshness (a contradiction, perhaps, but a delicious one). The tannins are a little sticky, if you're looking for a caveat. But then look at the price…it's as if you're back in the 1980s.'
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NZAS-1466-W. 12 MUSTER BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ Wedding Registry)
Aged in 3-4 year old French oak barrels. Sweet and lovely raspberry aroma. Ripe and polished, elegant. Not singed or syrupy like some Barossas./ Refined berry, briar patch charms. Wow. Great now. 92/100.
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SOUTH AFRICA

NZAS-1499-W. 13 VAL DU CHARRON APHAEA CELLARMASTER'S RESERVE WESTERN CAPE RED Wedding Registry)
44% syrah, 28% mourvedre, 22% grenache, 8% tinta barocca. Very pure Rhone cuvee without hide. A beauty./ Dry, fruity, balanced. Less definition on palate. Pepper and race. Fine. Comes on. Dry, with good acid, form. Yes. 91+.100.
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FRANCE BORDEAUX

FR-1506-W. 10 MEDOC CRU BOURGEOIS MIX OF 6 Wedding Registry)
All rated 90 or more points by Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast, and/or Wine Spectator. 1 bottle each Chateaux Tour St. Bonnet (Medoc), Livran (Medoc), Caronne Ste. Gemme (Haut Medoc), Lamothe Bergeron (Haut Medoc), Domeyne (St. Estephe), and Duplessis (Moulis). In a flat white gift box with map, labels, and descriptions included.
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FR-1568-W. 14 BORDEAUX GOLD MEDAL MIX OF 6 Wedding Registry)
All awarded Gold Medals at prestigious wine competitions. 1 bottle each Bordeaux AOC Chateaux Chauvet, Florie Aude, Haut Bardin, Haut Moulin, Jean de Bel Air, Talaise. In a flat white gift box with map, labels, medals, and descriptions included.
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FR-1621-W. 14 FRANCAIS SUD OUEST VILLA CHAMBRE D'AMOUR, LIONEL OSMIN Wedding Registry)
Good, crisp sauvignon against plump gros manseng. Sort of like the sauvignon-semillon Bordeaux pairing. Except gros manseng is peachier than semillon. Sweet honey, nectar, peach, pear, white grape. Another good vintage of this./ Again, white stone fruits. Racy citrus too. It's tangerine. Coated acid. Balanced. Come hither. Both sweet and tangy demi-sec blanc. Unique. Always works. 92+/100.
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FRANCE LOIRE

FR-1652-W. 14 VOUVRAY SILEX, DOMAINE DES AUBUISIERES Wedding Registry)
2013: Full quince, lime, and mineral display. Juicy and classic./ Yes, sec tendre with acid and mineral to give it edge. Melon joins the aroma set. Complete. 93+/100.
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FR-1654-W. 14 VOUVRAY, CHAMPALOU Wedding Registry)
A lot about texture, less about scent. Dry./ Expressive of quince, lime, calcaire. Full body and texture. Another super vintage of this, totally extracted. Gets better and better with aeration. 93+/100.
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FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN

FR-1841-W. 13 COTES DU RHONE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE Wedding Registry)
2012: 70% grenache, 10% each syrah, mourvedre, 5% each carignan, cinsault. Young, dark fruit and sheen of 2012. Sweet and fruit-direct 12 classic./ Rich and racy, with nice garrigue set. Oh so juicy and pure berry taste. Crowd pleaser. Easy and delicious, and with good acid as well. The right stuff. 91/100.
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FR-1842-W. 13 COTES DU RHONE, SIGNATURE DE LA FONT DU LOUP Wedding Registry)
50 year old grenache and syrah on sandy soil near the Chateauneuf property. Traditional, concentrated, powerful, well textured nose. Wow! Big stuff!./ Yes, garrigue, pepper, body, power, texture, fruit sweetness. Total old vines density. Well liked by the group. 92+/100.
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FR-1845-W. 14 COTES DU RHONE VIGNE DU PRIEURE, CHATEAU GIGOGNAN Wedding Registry)
60% grenache, 15% each syrah, mourvedre, 10% carignan. Charming. Takes what the vintage has to offer. Berry, peppercorn, garrigue. Best 14 yet./ Light on its feet.. Great flow, flavor intensity, balance. Lots of pink peppercorn, rosemary airs. Delicious harmony. All. Paragon of 2014 styling. 92+/100.
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FR-1848-W. 13 COTES DU RHONE, CHATEAU DE MONTFAUCON Wedding Registry)
50% grenache, 20% syrah, 15% carignan, 10% cinsault, 5% counoise. Sweet grenache strawberry-cherry, syrah raspberry./ Grenache oomph. Smooth, ample, balanced. Suave acid. Fine. 92+/100.
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FR-1850-W. 14 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS Wedding Registry)
A little tarter and closer in youth than the 2012. In tune though. And remarkably priced. Sweet fruit core plus the customary garrigue. Thrives with aeration./ Tart, dry, and racy in cool 2014. Typically garrigue laden. Fine tannin. Would appreciate more bottle age. 91+/100.
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FR-1851-W. 12 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE MACLURA, CHATEAU PEGAU Wedding Registry)
Wine Enthusiast 91 - EDITORS' CHOICE: ‘The aromas of cracked peppercorns, iodine, blackberries, crushed stone, dried spices and black olives are practically intoxicating on their own. Then, on the palate, you can taste the intensity, with firm tannins that come from a patch of 50-year-old vines in Sorgues. Drink this blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault from 2017–2025, treating it almost as if it were a mini Châteauneuf-du-Pape. $22.'
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FR-1855-W. 11 COTES DU RHONE TRESCARTES, DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN Wedding Registry)
From the Gigondas property's younger vines. Big and bold, powerful at 14.5%. Old time grenache dominance, ripe and roasted. Huge for 2011. Full and padded and spicy. Lush and broad, with revealing 2011 fruit profile of delicacy, and red fruit, garrigue, and peppercorn expressions./ Saint Gayan garrigue and Gigondas terroir. Warm and robust, savory cracked pepper and garrigue. Spicy, ripe, exotic. Candied raspberry, and peppercorn. Gets better and better each time I get to sample it. Full textural material. Mr. Big of Cotes du Rhones. Classic and cellar worthy. 92+/100.
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FR-1868-W. 13 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE Wedding Registry)
Gold Medal - Paris 2014. Abundant, open textured. Peppercorn, garrigue, fruit. All 2013 openness./ Yes, lots of peppery, spicy goodness. Complete 2013. 92+/100.
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FR-1874-W. 14 VISAN COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE LA BASTIDE Wedding Registry)
40% each grenache, ‘shiraz', 20% mourvedre; Silver Medal - Decanter WWA. Deep, and still somewhat reductive. Likely a little more sulphur used in this damp vintage. This all passes with aeration, and on comes that Visan charm and originality./ Yes, the palate is already reduction free and rich in black fruit pastilles and cremes. Wow! Is this a bargain, or what?! 91+/100.
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FR-1888-W. 10 GIGONDAS ORIGINE, DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN Wedding Registry)
Decanter 95: ‘Jean-Pierre Meffre is the man to go to if you want climate or vineyard micro-details on any vintage; he is a true compendium of knowledge and observation. His domaine principally covers Gigondas (17ha), Rasteau (5ha) and Sablet (11ha). He likes to take his time, and releases his wines after 30 months; the Gigondas is centred on 80% Grenache, with Syrah and a little Mourvèdre that are all over 50 years' old. White pepper aroma with a note of salt, chocolate and a touch of black fruit. This is good, classic Gigondas with definite muscle and charge, a note of red meat and image of strength as it moves along. Has a polished, fulfilling finish. A complete wine with high-quality fruit and grainy tannins that help to impel it and leave it clear and satisfying. Lovely balance.'
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FR-1898-W. 12 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE BOIS DE BOURSAN Wedding Registry)
Sweet, plump fruit of Boursan and 12. The usual florals too. Plummy./ Chateauneuf size, 3D quality, and weight, with Boursan classy elegance. Lots of fine tannin. Good potential. 92+/100.
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FR-1906-W. 12 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LE PUY DE ROLLAND, CHATEAU DE LA FONT DU LOUP Wedding Registry)
Parker 93: ‘Coming from the eastern part of La Crau (more toward Vieux Telegraphe) and 100-year-old Grenache vines, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Le Puy Rolland was completely destemmed and brought up all in foudre. It boasts thrilling notes of kirsch, orange blossom, dried flowers, sea breeze and dusty soil on the nose. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine that has beautiful concentration, ultra-fine tannin and a seamless, silky texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. Given its overall polish and balance, it's a joy to drink even now, yet should hit its stride in another 2-4 years and have 15+ years of overall longevity.'
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FR-1915-W. 11 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE CHAUPIN, DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE Wedding Registry)
Parker 95: ‘Coming from a cooler, sandy terroir in the northeastern part of the appellation, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin (which comes 80% from the Chaupoin lieu-dit and 20% from the La Janasse lieu-dit, hence the subtle name change) is 100% Grenache, from vines planted in 1912, that's aged two-thirds in foudre and one-third in demi-muid. Gorgeous all around, with plenty of similarities to the traditional cuvee, yet slightly richer and fuller, it delivers beautiful mulled red and black fruits, licorice, spice and tinges of stony minerality on the nose. Full-bodied, supple, seamless and elegant, with fine tannin, it makes the most of a difficult vintage and is certainly one of the top 10-12 wines. Drink now-2023.'
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FR-1924-W. 12 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LA CRAU, DOMAINE DU VIEUX TELEGRAPHE Wedding Registry)
Parker 93; Tanzer 92-94; Wine Spectator 94: ‘Rock-solid, with a hefty core of fig, blackberry and black cherry fruit, wrapped in chestnut and tobacco leaf notes and carrying through a lavender- and tar-framed finish. Dense and grippy, showing a slightly old-school shading. Should cellar well. Best from 2016 through 2030.' List price: $87.
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FRANCE ALSACE

FR-2003-W. 14 ALSACE RIESLING, PAUL ZINCK Wedding Registry)
2013: Brilliant sweet peach and flowers. Apple blossoms. Lush and well padded fruit. No hint of resin./ Juicy and delicious peach and apple and walnut husk. Lush. Fresh acidity. Fabulous, flavor, tang, feel. 94/100.
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FR-2007-W. 12 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, A. SCHERER Wedding Registry)
Full and clear gewurz perfumes. From the high slopes of Husseren les Chateaux, not the plain. Pure rosewater without the glycerol. Tonic touches./ Good flavor intensity. Some residual sweetness. It all works. 92/100.
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FR-2008-W. 12 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, PAUL ZINCK Wedding Registry)
At Eguisheim, Haut Rhin; 4/8 on the sweetness scale. Rich, scented, waxy, thorough. Penetrating scent and burnish, nostril etching extract./ Evident sweetness balanced by astringency. So not all that sweet in overall impression. Controlled and complete. 93/100.
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GERMANY

GE-2012-W. 13 MOSEL ESTATE RIESLING RK, VON KESSELSTATT Wedding Registry)
Continues its recent string of successes. Mineral edge, brisk acid, apple./ Some RS but the acid and extract fully balance it. A dinner wine. 92/100
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GE-2018-W. 14 MOSEL RIESLING URBAN, NIK WEIS Wedding Registry)
By the owner/winemaker of St. Urbans-hof. Oh, my, full nasal assault! Swelling, etching. Sweet apple and stone./ Light sweetness. Full extract, good acid. Bargain price. 91/100.
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GE-2026-W. 12 BERNKASTELER KURFURSTLAY RIESLING AUSLESE, J&H SELBACH Wedding Registry)
Following the Kabinett and Spatlese, fullest of the trio. Crisp acid nostril etch and full feel. Crunchy green grape Bernkastel ID. More of everything here./ Great, sweet flavors of peach, honey, botrytis. Racy Bernkastel acidity. Auslese succulence. 93+/100.
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GE-2027-W. 12 WEHLENER SONNENUHR RIESLING SPATLESE, WEINGUT STUDERT-PRUM Wedding Registry)
Fresh and cool and fully expressive of Sonnenuhr riesling: the apple, the peach, the flowers, the minerals. Ideal spatlese balance. Great volume and extract. Vast aroma, spreading its peacock's tail as it airs. Way deep. Full of material and beauty./ Full savor. Honey, botrytis, pollen, apricot. Builds and builds with aeration. Gorgeous mouthful of peach and flowers flavors. Oh, lush, textured, extracted, concentrated, pure, balanced. Long and elegant. First class. Yes, ideal 2012 WSS. 94+/100.
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GE-2037-W. 13 KREUZNACHER KRONENBERG RIESLING SPATLESE, ST. ANTONIUS Wedding Registry)
Neat and racy. Lots of mineral. Really well extracted in 2013. Kronenberg red earth, unique terroir. Deep and long./ Grip and material overwhelms the sweetness. Walnut husk. Coated acid in tandem with full extract. 91/100.
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GE-2038-W. 14 KREUZNACHER KRONENBERG RIESLING AUSLESE, ST. ANTONIUS Wedding Registry)
Sweet , concise, elegant. Pure and charming./ Great acid, coolness. Sweet-acid balance. One of the best in the series. Speaks of its terroir. 92+/100.
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GE-2043-W. 14 WINKELER HASENSPRUNG RIESLING SPATLESE, KRAYER Wedding Registry)
Sweet orange, peach, and stone Rheingau riesling. 2014 clarity, form, beauty./ Sweetness coats acidity yet. Pure and lovely Rheingau riesling statement. 93+/100.
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GE-2068-W. 14 PFALZ ESTATE RIESLING DRY, BURKLIN-WOLF Wedding Registry)
Light, flattering bouquet aura. Full nostril etch. A smell you can feel; nasal texture. Pfalz riesling body and power. Just right./ Truly dry. Pfalz body and strength. Full textured, well balanced. Ready to supply frequent spring-summer pleasures. 93/100.
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PORTUGAL

PSI-2111-W. 14 VINHO VERDE MONCAO E MELGACO ALVARINHO-TRAJADURA AROMAS DES CASTAS GRAND ESCOLHA, QUINTA DA LIXA Wedding Registry)
50-50. Full, rich stone fruit perfume of these class Vinho Verde varietals grown in the best zones. Perfumed and perfect./ Yes, full flavors and round feels, perfectly balanced by just the right acidity. 92/100.
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PSI-2112-W. 09 DURIENSE CEDRO DO NOVAL, QUINTA DO NOVAL Wedding Registry)
Parker 92: ‘The 2009 CEDRO DO NOVAL is 50% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, 10% Syrah (just a dollop this year) and 10% Tinta Roriz. It is ‘Duriense' instead of Douro because of the Syrah. In Noval's lineup, this is quickly becoming the one to grab, because the quality is high and the price is low. It is becoming a repetitive overachiever. Despite containing only 10% Syrah, it has that trademark Syrah earthiness on the nose. Tightly wound, crisp and earthy, it is beautifully wrought and quite ageworthy. Juicy and remarkably flavorful on the finish, thanks to the acidity, it is a fine achievement at this price level and one of the better values in the vintage. The only problem for Noval is that many will wonder why they should trade up to the winery's prestige wines at several times the Cedro's price. On current tastes, I won't surprised if many think this is the equal of Noval's pricier wines and at various times in their development I thought so, too, although that is certainly not the final answer. With a few years passage of time, the equation will no doubt change and they may separate more. There isn't much question about one thing, however—this is a fine value, a big, relatively deep and powerful Cedro that doesn't disappoint. The alcohol does sometimes pop its head up (only 14% listed, though) and at other times is not at all noticeable. There were 4,000 cases produced. Drink 2013-2022.'
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PSI-2120-W. 11 DOURO ESTATE, QUINTA DE LA ROSA Wedding Registry)
Great vintage in the Douro for port and table wine alike. 40% touriga nacional, 30% touriga franca, 30% tinta roriz. Aged in French oak barrels. Fabulous French oak aromatics display. The depth and class of its touriga nacional foundation./ Great structure, grip, regality. Big time Douro tinta with Quinta de la Rosa grace and finesse. Wow! 93+/100.
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PSI-2123-W. 12 DOURO PRAZO DE RORIZ, PRATS & SYMINGTON Wedding Registry)
Wine Spectator 90: ‘Concentrated and engaging flavors of cherry, currant and dried plum are set in a firm, powerful structure. Shows intense minerality midpalate, with notes of dried mint. Finishes with white pepper details. Drink now through 2019.'
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PSI-2132-W. 12 BEIRA ATLANTICO COLHEITA SELECCIONADA, LUIS PATO Wedding Registry)
60% baga, 40% touriga nacional. Oh so very pure, like the 2011. Black fruit precision, joy, coastal coolness and clarity. So elegant./ Sweet fruit too. Soo refined. Classic to the zone. Great acid freshness. 93/100.
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PSI-2135-W. 13 LISBOA LAB, CASA SANTOS LIMA Wedding Registry)
35% castelao, 25% each tinta roriz, syrah, 15% touriga nacional; 4 months in new Portuguese oak barrels. Jammy black fruits. Intense. 2013 has it all. Super concentration./ Sweet and concentrated indeed. One of the best vintages of this. 91+/100.
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SPAIN

PSI-2166-W. 12 TORO ALMIREZ, TESO LA MONJA Wedding Registry)
Parker 93: ‘The 2012 Almirez (a 1,000-case cuvée of 100% Tinta de Toro) was aged 14 months in French oak. This sensational wine comes from vines planted between 1949 and 1999. Yields were a conservative 1.8 tons of fruit per acre. An inky/purple color is followed by aromas of camphor, ground pepper, blackberries and cassis. This full-bodied, Northern Rhône Valley-like Spanish red exhibits meaty/lard notes, terrific density and purity, and a finish that lasts nearly 40 seconds. It should drink nicely for a decade or more. $25.'
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PSI-2174-W. 13 RIBERA DEL DUERO, BODEGAS BARCO DE PIEDRA Wedding Registry)
Estate bottled; vineyards at 2400-3200 feet elevation; all tempranillo; aged 4 months in French & American oak barrels. Fabulous RDD tempranillo fruit clarity and definition. Tinta del pais clone. Dazzling bright raspberry crystals and light and fine, mellow oak in back./ Yes, berry creme and oak caramel in harmony. Hallmark young RDD. 92/100.
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PSI-2178-W. 14 RIBERA DEL DUERO FINCA RESALSO, EMILIO MORO Wedding Registry)
Full tinta pais black fruit. Spicy. Understated oak. Sweet fruit and not overly woody, so my style of RDD./ Good, uber ripe fruit tempered by good acid. Another attractive vintage of this cuvee. 92/100.
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PSI-2228-W. 13 CAMPO DE BORJA TRES PICOS, BODEGAS BORSAO Wedding Registry)
Yields under 2 tons per acre. Sweet, ripe fruit and plenty of power to meet it head-on. Woody too. Always a large wine./ Sweet fruit and treacly oak. Well structured. Good acid. The usual style and quality here in 2013. 91+/100.
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PSI-2251-W. 13 MONTSANT CAN BLAU, CELLER CAN BLAU Wedding Registry)
40% mazuelo, 40% syrah, 20% garnacha. Powerful, warm, penetrating, sweet./ Sweet and strong; One bold Montsant. Impressive richness and forcefulness. Not for the faint of heart. 91+/100.
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PSI-2256-W. 11 PRIORAT GINE GINE, BUIL & GINE Wedding Registry)
60% carinena, 40% garnacha. 15%. Full, heady, rich, tarry, deep concentrated black fruit pulp and peel. Yow!/ Powerful, built, full, flavorful, intense, bold textured. Whoa! Will not be denied. Good, fresh acid. Plus there's some tannin grip to offer a cellaring option. 92+/100.
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PSI-2261-W. 12 PRIORAT BLACK SLATE PORRERA VI DE LA VILA, MAS D'EN COMPTE Wedding Registry)
Parker 93: ‘From one of Priorat's coolest micro-climates, this 2012 Black Slate is composed of 60% old vine Grenache (60+ years) and 40% old Carignan (80 years), and aged 12 months in concrete tanks, old wood foudres, and two-year-old barrels. It reveals lots of licorice, crushed wet rock, sweet blueberry and black raspberry fruit characteristics along with a full-bodied, moderately tannic mouthfeel. The tannins are sweet and well-integrated, and the wine is drinking beautifully already. For a relatively expensive Spanish appellation, this is an outright steal! Consume it over the next 3-6 years. $25.'
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PSI-2288-W. 14 ALMANSA LAYA, BODEGAS ATALAYA Wedding Registry)
70% garnacha tintorera, 30% monastrell grown in calcaire at 700-1000 meters' elevation. Sweet, strong, and large. Some reduction in 2014./ Woody. High volume; full texture. Mourvedre purple-black fruit. For hearty fare. 90+/100.
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ITALY

PSI-2431-W. 12 VALPOLICELLA SUPERIORE CAPITEL SAN ROCCO RIPASSO, TEDESCHI Wedding Registry)
Full sweetness and power of ripasso without raisin./ Yes, a true ripasso. Great acid, vigor, measured VA, sweetness. Defines its genre. A model ripasso. 93+/100.
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PSI-2442-W. 12 AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA SELEZIONE ANTONIO CASTAGNEDI, TENUTA SANT' ANTONIO Wedding Registry)
2011: Parker 91: ‘A slightly fresher and easier style compared to the Campo dei Gigli is offered by the 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Selezione Antonio Castagnedi. The blend of fruit is the same as the other wine, but this Amarone sees a lighter oak regime with two years in tonneaux instead of three. The 2011 vintage is soft and warm with a lower threshold of aromatic complexity compared to 2010 and 2009. Its round fruit personality makes this wine more suitable for near-term drinking.'
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PSI-2483-W. 11 TOSCANA AL PASSO, TOLAINI Wedding Registry)
2010: Parker 92: ‘The 2010 Al Passo is a pretty blend of Sangiovese and a smaller percentage of Merlot from an elegant vintage. The wine is redolent of sweet spice and tobacco with lingering prune and dark cherry. The tobacco theme is strong with dried cigar leaf and ash. The wine is lively in the mouth, with a tight vein of acidity that keeps it from feeling heavy on the palate.'
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PSI-2484-W. 10 TOSCANA VALDISANTI, TOLAINI Wedding Registry)
Parker 93: ‘The 2010 Valdisanti (Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc) is staked tall with bold fruit nuances of dark cherry, blackberry, spice, tobacco and Spanish cedar. Crushed white pepper and grilled herbs also play into the mix. This is a large, extracted wine that glides slowly over the palate, imparting a lingering sense of depth and richness. $35.'
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PSI-2554-W. 12 MAREMMA SANGIOVESE-CABERNET POGGIO AL TUFO VIGNETO ROMPICOLLO, TOMMASI Wedding Registry)
60% sangiovese, 40% cabernet sauvignon. Rich, deep, padded, succulent. Oak tinged. Great composition./ Sweet, suave. Light oak. Great acid. This is Maremma. Fine tannin. Aims to please. 92+/100.
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PSI-2612-W. 12 SICILIA NERO D'AVOLA LAMURI TENUTA REGALEALI, CONTI TASCA D'ALMERITA Wedding Registry)
Oh, a beauty. Cool, elegant, refined, high altitude nero. Sweet berries, plus tar and licorice./ Sweet and sassy. Great acid. Silky texture. Class wine like the 2011. Balanced, smooth, long. 92+/100.
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LEBANON

PSI-2654-W. 12 MASSAYA CLASSIC BEKAA VALLEY RED Wedding Registry)
60% cinsault, 20% each cabernet sauvignon, syrah; Hebrard of Saint Emilion, Bruniers of Vieux Telegraphe, and Lebanese partners. Ripe, sweet, powerful, Rhone like. Creamy. Intense./ Yes, sweet and pure and lovely concentration of cinsault cherry-berry. Strength of ripe fruit, acid of high altitude. One of the best vintages of this. 92+/100.
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SPARKLING

RFS-2841-W. MUMM NAPA PRESTIGE NAPA VALLEY BRUT Wedding Registry)
Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS' CHOICE: ‘Based on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this sumptuous brut is really as delicious and refined a sparkling wine as you could want for drinking now. Shows lush citrus, strawberry, honey, melon, fig and spice flavors that are wrapped into a smooth, silky bubbling mouthfeel. $20.'
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RFS-2842-W. MUMM NAPA NAPA VALLEY ROSE BRUT Wedding Registry)
Wine Enthusiast 93 - EDITORS' CHOICE: ‘What a roll Mumm Napa is on with their new releases. This blush wine shows the level of richness and elegance the winery has achieved lately, Made from 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay, it has deliciously forward flavors of raspberries, strawberries, gingersnap cookies and vanilla lemon custard, with the bubbly froth and tart yeastiness of a fine sparkling wine. $24.'
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RFS-2846-W. GRUET NEW MEXICO BLANC DE NOIRS Wedding Registry)
#43 - Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2011: ‘Elegant and focused, with creamy vanilla and apple aromas and rich yet crisp flavors of baked pear and cinnamon bread. Drink now through 2014. 90/100.' 75% pinot noir, 25% chardonnay, vines planted at 4300 feet by the Gruet family from Champagne. Aged two years on its bottle lees.
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RFS-2851-W. L MAWBY CREMANT CLASSIC LEELANAU PENINSULA BRUT Wedding Registry)
Michigan Wine Competition - GOLD MEDAL, BEST OF CLASS TROPHY.Vignoles. Properly creamy. Northern MI vignoles citrus. Champagne like bottle bouquet and vinosity. It is creamy./ Plentiful bottle bouquet. Body, volume, brioche. Fine creamy mousse. Very dry. Crisp, vinous, right. Yeah, well balanced and creamy. Super quality. 92/100.
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RFS-2852-W. L. MAWBY LEELANAU PENINSULA BLANC DE NOIRS Wedding Registry)
Michigan Wine Competition - GOLD MEDAL, JUDGES' MERIT TROPHY. All pinot noir. 2008 basis, 2007 reserve. More color than the blanc de blancs. Finer mousse from extra age./ Wow! Nutty. Like a Piper Heidsieck. Has never tasted better. Absolutely fantastic! 93/100.
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RFS-2853-W. L. MAWBY LEELANAU PENINSULA BLANC DE BLANCS Wedding Registry)
Michigan Wine Competition - GOLD MEDAL, BEST OF CLASS TROPHY All chardonnay. 2009 basis, with 2008. All about good quaffing and good fun. Purity, quality, brightness. Some reserve bottle bouquet. This has never tasted better. 93/100.
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RFS-2859-W. SOPHORA NEW ZEALAND SPARKLING DRY WHITE Wedding Registry)
52% chardonnay, 48% pinot noir. From Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. Good fruit plus doughy bottle bouquet. Very flavorful and engaging. Plenty of lees autolysis bouquet complexity. Lively mousse. A value. 92/100.
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RFS-2860-W. SOPHORA CUVEE ROSE NEW ZEALAND SPARKLING DRY ROSE Wedding Registry)
52% chardonnay, 48% pinot noir. From Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. More red fruit, less bottle bouquet than the white./ Red fruit and peel. Welcome dryness. Good pinot fruit flavor. Both celebration and mealtime applications. 91/100.
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RFS-2862-W. GRAHAM BECK WESTERN CAPE CHARDONNAY-PINOT NOIR BRUT Wedding Registry)
50-50. 30% barrel fermented. 18 months ‘en tirage'. A pretty, floral nose. More fruit than bottle bouquet showing./ Well, the lees autolysis bottle bouquet really comes forth on the palate. Very toasty and doughy and giving. Yes! 93/100.
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RFS-2867-W. 08 ANDRE CLOUET BOUZY GRAND CRU MILLESIME BRUT CHAMPAGNE Wedding Registry)
All pinot noir. 3 years on the bottle lees. Big, creamy, toasty. Super volume. Wow! Nut cremes. 08 and Bouzy concentration. Larger than life pinot dominant champagne. Full grain, dough./ Yes, full delivery, extract, texture. Yeah, this one goes to eleven. Size, weight, richness, structure, and bottle bouquet of a great 2008. A giant, mealworthy, ageworthy champagne. 96+/100.
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RFS-2874-W. BARNAUT BOUZY GRAND CRU ROSE AUTHENTIQUE BRUT CHAMPAGNE Wedding Registry)
Barnaut makes its rose by the ‘saignee' method whereby color is ‘bled' from pinot noir grape skins early in the winemaking process rather than by the addition of still red wine at the end–a modern development. Just as classy as always. Lots of pink fruit, lots of Bouzy bounty./ Oh, yeah! Freshness, pink fruit, bottle bouquet. What more could you want? That's got it! 95/100.
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RFS-2875-W. BARON-FUENTE GRANDE RESERVE BRUT CHAMPAGNE Wedding Registry)
60% meunier, 30% chardonnay, 10% pinot noir from the west end of the Vallee de Marne. Aged three years en tirage. Very pretty and distinctive. Marches to its own drummer. Red fruit rich. Very appealing and upbeat./ A lot of bottle bouquet biscuit. Fine, creamy mousse. Striking character. Great now. 93/100.
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RFS-2877-W. 07 BARON-FUENTE MILLESIME BRUT CHAMPAGNE jeroboam Wedding Registry)
07 uplift, creaminess, fine mousse. Very creamy bottle bouquet. Brioche too./ Yes, finesse, creme brulee, burnished fruit acid of 07. While 07 fruity up front for current applications, this will earn appreciably more bottle bouquet over the years to come. 94+/100.
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RFS-2880-W. BILLECART SALMON RESERVE BRUT CHAMPAGNE Wedding Registry)
Huge charm. Just what I like about Billecart. Style, charm, everything bright and beautiful./ Classic. Lovely, toasty bottle bouquet. My level of brut dryness Great finesse, elegance. Spot on. Brilliant. All it should be. 96/100.
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RFS-2891-W. DELAMOTTE BRUT CHAMPAGNE Wedding Registry)
Parker 91; Wine & Spirits 91: ‘Clean and fragrant with red fruit, this wine's tart cherry and strawberry flavors integrate with the soil character, which acts as a scrim over the fruit. It feels lush within the tight confines of its structure. Built for food, this will accompany roast game birds. $47.'
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RFS-2905-W. JACQUESSON CUVEE NO. 736 EXTRA BRUT CHAMPAGNE Wedding Registry)
Parker 93: ‘Based on vintage 2008 with 2007 and 2006 (totaling a third) in supporting roles, and 53% Chardonnay; 29% Pinot; 18% Meunier, the Jacquesson NV Extra Brut Cuvee 736 delivers a captivating performance in which prominent acidity, bone-dryness and underlying firmness that in lesser hands or from lesser material would come off as spare and austere, here instead blossom into an irresistibly mouthwatering wealth of scents of flavors. Lemon, grapefruit and white peach tinged with their pits and with pungent yeastiness are further allied with hickory nut bittersweetness, freshly milled cornmeal, mint, chalk, and brine both on the pungent nose and vibrant, gripping palate. Expansive yet productively tense and consummately refreshing, this finishes with cheek-pinching, salivary gland-milking intensity. It should prove rewarding to follow over at least the next 3-5 years, as well as from any subsequent disgorgements. $80.'
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RFS-2908-W. JOEL FALMET TRADITION BRUT CHAMPAGNE Wedding Registry)
December 2009, The New York Times published an article about under-$40 Champagnes. Joel Falmet Tradition was rated the best. My notes from last December's Ann Arbor Tasters Guild Champagne Brunch: Generous, balanced. Good fruit and bottle bouquet./ Flavor, balance. Geez, how can you beat the price?! 94/100.
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RFS-2910-W. LALLIER GRAND CRU GRANDE RESERVE BRUT CHAMPAGNE Wedding Registry)
A grower at Ay, in the valley of the Marne. 65% pinot noir from Ay and Verzenay; 35% chardonnay from Cote des Blancs Grands Crus make up this cuvee. Nutty, toasty, elegant. Full pinot fruit with lush patina of great complexity. Fine brioche bottle bouquet./ Rich and red-fruit oriented. Big and expressive pinot cherry. Hint of white chocolate. Unique and attractive marzipan touch. Fresh and exuberant. Lively acidity. Very charming, and rewarding. Grand Cru class. 95/100.
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RFS-2919-W. LOUIS ROEDERER PREMIER BRUT CHAMPAGNE Wedding Registry)
Wine Enthusiast 92; Wine Spectator 92; Wine News 93: ‘Fresh aromas of multi-grain bread with ginger, toffee and vanilla accents. Lively, frothy entry of tart lemon/lime flavors laced with razor-sharp acidity. Dry mineral, citrus and toast punctuate the lengthy finish.'
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RFS-2939-W. PIERRE GERBAIS CUVEE DE RESERVE EXTRA BRUT CHAMPAGNE Wedding Registry)
Tanzer 92: ‘The NV Resérve is striking. A wine of focus and nuance, opens with attractive scents of pear, white flowers and slate, all with a very slight element of reduction that adds complexity. The Pinot is felt in the wine's weight and slight gamy notes, but the overall impression is of understatement and subtlety. The Resérve is 50% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Blanc.'
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RFS-2992-W. 14 ADRIANO ADAMI GARBEL PROSECCO TREVISO BRUT Wedding Registry)
Wine & Spirits 90 - BEST BUY: ‘The flavors feel brisk and inviting in this refreshing wine. It's nimble and light, with bubbles lifting the ripe peach and melon notes. Ideal for seafood antipasti, like a chilled calamari salad.'
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RFS-2994-W. 14 MONTESEL VIGNA DEL PARADISO PROSECCO DI VALDOBBIADENE-CONEGLIANO SUPERIORE EXTRA DRY Wedding Registry)
2012: Great nose. Ethereal, celestial apples. And pie crust./ Perfect level of sweetness. Very dry for extra dry. Very classy. Creamy mousse. Super. 93/100.
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