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Red

2012 Seven Hills Winery Malbec

Walla Walla Valley more

11/16/2014 - hello555 wrote: 79 points

I went to the tasting room and I thought it was a wonderful Malbec from Walla Walla and I can't wait to open it in a couple of years.

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    5/29/2015 7:23:00 AM - Hi everyone. Please remember that scoring is subjective. There is nothing out of site policy with this note.

White

2008 Claiborne and Churchill Riesling Dry

Central Coast more

5/2/2015 - charlesike wrote: flawed

Corked. Sat on it too long.

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    5/3/2015 11:16:00 PM - Sorry the wine was disappointing.

    Just FYI, when people refer to a "corked" wine, it is due to a mildew-based spoilage from 2,4,6-Trichloroanisole: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2,4,6-Trichloroanisole

    A corked wine is actually spoiled within 10 minutes of the cork being inserted into the bottle, so holding the wine for too long has no impact.

    I presume that you really mean that your wine was oxidized (which can happen when the cork fails to provide a good seal), and that can result from holding a wine too long, dry storage conditions, or exposure to heat among other things.

Red

2008 Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/13/2015 - georgenmil wrote: 78 points

The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are medium. There is no sediment in the bottle.

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    2/15/2015 12:34:00 AM - I have sent an email to TightLettuce. Further violations will result in his account being removed.

Red

2011 Château Chasse-Spleen

Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/9/2015 - MissK Likes this wine: 89 points

Aroma: embers of smoked teak or oak. The nose reminds of of walking into a room built with fine wood in some cabin. Hints of blueberry and bell pepper. Slight band aid (after just opening). Best to let the glass decant for a bit longer.
Taste of just opened pour: Definitely spicy and peppery (bell pepper and jalapeno). Tight tannins but pleasant. Oily leather on the nose and palate. Elegant, like a really great leather handbag. Great wine to enjoy before and during your meal of pepper steak and polenta or simple tarragon garlic mashed potatoes (without any sauce). For seafood, a hearty firm fish like swordfish steak with a sweet sauce or chutney like mango chutney or a nice raspberry cream sauce with poppy seeds. Any pasta noodle with simple tomato sauce would be perfect as well (top with basil pesto and some basil leaves for garnish). Enjoy!

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    2/10/2015 3:55:00 AM - I fixed the mess.

Red

2011 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

Pinot Noir more

2/7/2015 - Sheila62 Likes this wine: NR

Red and black fruited with a bit of spice and herbs. The acidity is high but is balanced by its minerality. The 2007 vintage drinks great now. I would cellar these a little longer. I still enjoyed the wine.

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    2/8/2015 7:17:00 AM - Moved

Red

2007 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

2/5/2015 - Eric wrote: NR

A mid-winter visit to Châteauneuf-du-Pape; 2/5/2015-2/7/2015 (Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, France): An exotic nose. Soy and tar. This is really soft and pleasing, seemingly easy, but with great complexity and depth. Not at all overripe or overdone. This is the rare case of a 2007 that really works for me.

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    2/6/2015 2:33:00 PM - I assign points sometime if I have an opportunity to spend a lot of time with the wine. In this case, it was just a few minutes in the tasting room, so no responsible score was possible.

Red

2009 Five/Five Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Simone 75% Black Sears, 25% Ink Grade

Howell Mountain more

1/27/2015 - Eric wrote: NR

Pretty awesome, prototypical Napa Cab. Black cherry, cassis, and licorice. A little toasty oak, but this wine easily handled it. Quite delicious although perhaps lacking a bit of structure.

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    1/27/2015 9:39:00 PM - Thanks for it, delish!

Red

1982 Château Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/18/2014 - Eric wrote: NR

A great dinner at Capella in DC (Washington DC): I loved how this came out of the gates, just firing on all cylinders. Dust, graphite, cassis, and iron. With time there was a troubling, almost moldy, green note that peeked out, and there was considerable conversation about whether this was corked or just a bit off. Interestingly, at the end of the night I took another small pour from the decanter, and it showed totally clean. Probably not the best bottle of 1982 Mouton, but I still thought it was enormously enjoyable.

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    12/19/2014 1:10:00 PM - I agree that it wasn't a perfect example of 1982 Mouton. C'est la vie. It was still pretty great though. :)

Red

1986 Château Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/18/2014 - Eric wrote: NR

A great dinner at Capella in DC (Washington DC): Deep and sultry but just not giving a ton right now. All of the Mouton elements were there, but this just needs a ton of time.

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    12/19/2014 8:36:00 AM - I have some some truly amazing bottles of this wine. I don't find it variable, just not very approachable yet. (The best one I ever had was decanted for an insane amount of time.)

White

2010 Weingut Sprecher von Bernegg Completer

Jenins more

11/14/2014 - Eric wrote: NR

A glorious and educational tasting of Swiss wines (Bern, Switzerland): A very ripe nose with a hint of what seems to be botrytis, moving to flint. I love the palate entry. Vigorous, energetic and clean, cutting, quite tart and "green" in personality. Clean, focused and just really nice on the finish. This is a solid and quite interesting wine.

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    12/1/2014 1:28:00 AM - Hi Gilberto! Yes, I am going off of my notes from a tasting, and they distinctly said 1150m. However, I am sure you know better, so I will adjust my notes. (Meanwhile you will see my notes from the tasting filling in slowly over the next 60-90 minutes...)

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    12/1/2014 5:21:00 AM - Ahh, I must have transposed that fact into the wrong note. I will fix it all up shortly.

Red

1995 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese more

11/24/2014 - Momus99 wrote: flawed

Corked. 2nd of 2 bottles from Garagiste and both were flawed.

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    11/27/2014 1:06:00 AM - I hope you understand that "corked" wine is one that has been tainted by TCA, and that the wine was flawed the moment the winery inserted the cork in the bottle. The signature of a heavily corked wine is a wet newspaper or moldy smell and also a very stripped palate lacking weight and fruit. No retailer is responsible for this.

    Now, if the wine was "cooked" or "oxidized", that could be the fault of the wine retailer if they shipped it during warm weather. Of course an oxidized wine can also be due to a flawed cork (one with a seam) that allows oxygen to enter the bottle. Again, no retailer can cause that.

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    11/28/2014 12:12:00 PM - OK. But a retailer has nothing to do with cork taint.

Red

2011 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

Nebbiolo more

11/8/2014 - Eric wrote: NR

A fabulous birthday in Piemonte (Piedmont, Italy): Mmm, what a nose. Tobacco, tomato leaf. Beguiling with a spicy, green edge. Silky and gorgeous on the palate. Fine, long and quite approachable, wow. Lovely wine.

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    11/16/2014 12:34:00 AM - This 2011 was gorgeous. Its only misfortune is to have to be compared to the 2010 Bartolo Mascarello, as that is a mindblowing wine. The styles were quite different. This 2011 was much more subtle and aromatically expressive. I think it will a fantastic wine.

Red

2001 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo

Nebbiolo more

10/25/2014 - Eric Likes this wine: NR

An evening of Barolo and Barbaresco (Bern, Switzerland): Slightly more volatile and clearly traditional. Mmm, there is a lot going on here. Cranberry, dark, energetic. My #2 wine of the flight.

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    11/15/2014 2:58:00 AM - This will definitely require a great deal of patience!

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    11/15/2014 3:40:00 AM - That is perhaps still a little early, but it depends how mature you like your Barbaresco.

Red

2011 Alain Voge Cornas Vieilles Vignes

Syrah more

10/6/2014 - Eric Likes this wine: 94 points

Wow, this is serious Syrah. Smoke, pepper, blood and cherry. This is dark in personality but surprisingly vibrant and fresh. I love this!

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    10/7/2014 12:29:00 PM - Popped, poured and followed for 3 hours. It was delicious from the first pour, and if anything it shut down with more air. It is clearly a babykilling at this point, but I have never had Voge before and wanted to get a sense.

Red

2012 Weinbau Markus Ruch Pinot Noir Hallau Haalde

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9/3/2014 - Eric Likes this wine: 91 points

Smoke and peat and some pine on the nose. The palate starts with bright cherry but gains significant depth with air. Incredibly supple and silky, just gorgeous textually. These Markus Ruch wines are really quite special.

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    9/3/2014 5:13:00 AM - :-)

Red

1996 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia

Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/6/2012 - Eric wrote: 93 points

Terrific wine. Sage and stem move to a deep, rich, enveloping palate of cassis. Nice acidity, maybe a touch more would be good. Excellent overall purity and depth.

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    5/28/2014 10:06:00 AM - Yes, I would suspect this has plenty of gas left in the tank.

Red

2009 Passopisciaro Sicilia Contrada Sciaranuova

Nerello Mascalese more

3/1/2013 - gilrbo Likes this wine: NR

Medium pale red ruby, clear.
Nose: upon opening it has beautifully fresh, ripe and crunchy red and dark berries (a mix of raspberries and blackberries) reminding me of pinot noir.
As it warms up in the glass some earthy and leather notes emerge.
On the 2. day the fruit had receded somewhat and the earthy and mineral notes with some aromatic herbs had become more prominent.
Palate: beautiful lightness (despite 14% alcohol) and balance. Very fine grained and pretty strong tannins. The flavour profile starts with very fresh red fruit, evolves to earthy notes and closes bitter - on a note which I quite liked.
Very special - burgundian in a sense, but with very different flavours.
I loved it.
****

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    4/19/2014 8:02:00 PM - This sounds wonderful. Thanks for the note, and I hope you are well.

Red

2011 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

4/7/2014 - Eric wrote: 91 points

Mmm, a "weak" vintage of Pegau that happens to be a great deal at $39. I love Pegau in the blockbuster vintages, but the supposedly "off" vintages seem to nearly always deliver stunning pleasure with the added benefit of faster evolution.

This is a baby. It's certainly not the most profound vintage of Pegau, but it is already both precocious and delicious. White pepper, grilled plum, bloody, meaty, and tasty. Classic Pegau. The finish is loaded with spicy, dried herbs and garrigue. Yeah, more profound vintages are even more vibrant with the volume turned up higher, but this is frankly quite wonderful. As an aside, as Pegau goes, this bottle at least was exceptionally clean with no hint of brett that I could find.

I think this one could use a year or three, but I suspect it will really start to strut quickly (based on the lessons provided by 1997, 1999, 2004, 2006, and 2008). Bring it!

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    4/8/2014 5:27:00 PM - The 2004 is truly outstanding.

Red

2009 Lillian Winery Syrah

Santa Barbara County more

4/4/2014 - DSimmons Likes this wine: 95 points

Tasted this wine at the winery today and it was just singing. Beautiful palate filed with dark fruits, spice and earthy notes. Every sip begged another. The wine was balanced and elegant for such a young wine. Any syrah lover owes it to themselves to try this wine. Bravo!

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    4/5/2014 5:41:00 PM - I had a similar experience with this wine last fall. It's really drinking extraordinarily well for such a young wine!

Red

2011 Mylène Bru Coteaux du Languedoc Far-Ouest

Grenache Blend, Grenache more

12/22/2013 - Hank74 Likes this wine: 99 points

erinnert an den Geschmack von schwarzen Johannisbeere.
Duft von Lorbeer, Wacholder und schwarzen Oliven. Kraftvoller Geschmack mit samtigen Tanninen.

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    3/28/2014 5:10:00 PM - I merged the mess.

Red

1994 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/19/2013 - Jeff Leve wrote: 89 points

Medium bodied, firm and showing some greeness in the fruit, as one would expect, the wine is more interesting on the nose than the palate with its tobacco, cigar boax, cassis, blackberry and earthy aromatics. There is a slight gruffness to the tannins in the spicy cassis and cranberry finish.

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    12/23/2013 10:04:00 PM - I just had one tonight and ended up in exactly the same spot as you with an 89. It's not a generous or especially sexy Lalande, but it's still a nice, classic bottle of Bordeaux.

  • Comment posted by Eric:

    12/24/2013 7:52:00 AM - Yes, I did have one about 8 years ago, and it was a lot more exciting at the time.

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