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1999 Pommery Grand Cru Brut Millesime

In the glass, there’s a profusion of very small bubbles. Aroma opens with light notes of yeast and agar, a hint of toast, later becoming toastier, almost caramelized. The first sip is raspberry and lemon. A creamy mouthfeel gives way to a combination of fruit and tartness on the palate it takes to the finish line—a long finish that in the end becomes citric, bone dry. Highly recommended. BSE
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2007 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

In the nose, a touch of green pepper and eucalyptus, then nice spice appears. Also, a touch of sweetness, cotton candy surrounding the light fruit on the palate. Tannins open up a bit over the course of a half-hour or so, but the wine remains restrained and so light as to disappear in the mouth when paired with food. Recommended with reservations. BSE
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2007 Amapola Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Unfined & unfiltered. A minty nose, with a certain earthiness. Later, cocoa and vanilla notes come out. Lots of dark, sweet plummy fruit with hints of strawberry. Nice, strong, integrated tannins. A warm, buttery finish. It’s the wine I kept sipping with a steak dinner. Recommended. BSE