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Red

2005 Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru Clos des Myglands

Pinot Noir more

4/14/2015 - pizzamaker wrote: 89 points

Usually when I drink a wine I look for aromas of fruit, then yeasts, then oak influences. But right away when I drank this wine it forced me think about tannins. I can only imagine that 5-10 years ago the tannins in this wine were powerful and gripping with a mouth-drying persimmon like astringency. I can imagine the tannins creating a long, narrow bitter finish in a wine that likely was completely out of balance.

But now? The passage of time has smoothed and beveled away at the tannins resulting in a wine with a full and creamy mouthfeel, a wide middle, and a long and velvety smooth finish. The tannins are in good balance with the alcohol. The fruit has mainly faded, (subtle, very subtle cherry notes are present) so I have to issue a demerit because only 10 years out of the vineyard. Still there is a pleasant aroma of earth, mushrooms, and spices. Makes me want to search for the 2007/2008 to appreciate what this wine is like before the fruit fades.

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    4/15/2015 3:27:00 PM - There was a significant change in winemaking style starting in 2006, changing the extraction and oak regimens at the domaine. Wines from 2006 and later are much less tannic and rustic than those from preceding vintages. So your idea of tasting '07 or '08 to experience this wine "before the fruit fades" won't work exactly as you expect... later wines started quite differently. That being said, in my experience, the old-school Faiveley rusticity mellows with sufficient age, revealing fruit beneath the tannin at 20+ years of age. So find a 90s version of this if you can. I'm holding my 2005s for at least 10 more years.

White

2010 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos du Breuil

Chenin Blanc more

12/4/2014 - Jimywags wrote: 85 points

Was so excited to find 5 375's of this wine at Half Wit last month. This wine blew me away earlier in the year with its chenin blanc in such a sec style. have now had two from this lot and been disappointed both times. The bottles seemed way too advanced. Dark yellow color, honeyed flavors, and not nearly enough zing. Maybe they were damaged by heat? Not sure, but hope the remaining three break the streak. 85pts.

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    12/4/2014 8:56:00 PM - I've had 4 of these and none of them resembled your note. This wine is fabulous, not dark yellow and as of a year ago, not honeyed. I'd also guess heat damage. I've read that Half Wit won't hold shipping for mild weather so that suggests they may not be that concerned about storage temps. Couple of supporting links:
    http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=94763#p1360178
    http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=103300#p1519085

White

2006 Nikolaihof Riesling Federspiel Vom Stein

Wachau more

10/7/2014 - Soteriologist wrote: NR

OK, I moved this TN to the proper place. See above note.

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    10/7/2014 5:07:00 PM - Strange that they released a bottling of this wine that spent 7 years in oak! Mine certainly didn't, as I bought it over 4 years ago. Can you upload a photo of the label? I'd be curious to see if it's any different from mine. Thanks for the note.

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    10/7/2014 5:50:00 PM - Thanks for the information. I think we definitely have different wines... I know the one I tasted in 2011 and the 1.5L bottle I have in my cellar (purchased in 2010) did not spend 7 years in oak! But they were/are certainly labeled Federspiel Vom Stein. Very strange and interesting that they bottle this multiple times. I do think my label looks slightly different than yours, but I'll have to go to my offsite cellar to confirm. Cheers.

Red

2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Pagani Ranch

Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

9/28/2014 - alpha_ori Likes this wine: 93 points

These Bedrock Heritage wines are such beautiful conundrums. Right now, this one is just sheets of fruit, each layer different than the last. It's 5 different Zinfandels in one. I cant imagine what it will be like as it ages, but it's quite fascinating now.

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    9/29/2014 3:02:00 PM - Nice note! I'm not sure what they'll turn into either but I'm optimistic given their good acidities and overall balance. I'm looking forward to finding out.

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    9/30/2014 12:16:00 PM - Yes, several times (notes in CT), drank my last bottle earlier this month. It was still youthful and quite floral, but drinking wonderfully.

White

2006 Nikolaihof Riesling Federspiel Vom Stein

Wachau more

1/27/2014 - Richard Jennings wrote: 91 points

Very light yellow color; maturing, aromatic, yeasty nose; tasty, savory, mineral, tart pear palate; medium-plus finish

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    4/5/2014 2:34:00 PM - Thanks for this note Richard. I have a lone magnum of this, any thoughts on drinking window?

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    4/8/2014 6:29:00 AM - Thank you Richard! Much appreciated.

White

2010 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Choisilles

Chenin Blanc more

3/14/2014 - bajayngo wrote: 93 points

So much going on in this even in its youth. A laser beam of pineapple and pear fruit just so pure, all wrapped with mineral, sea shell, some nice honey notes, a bit of mulch. What really wow'd me is the way the wine hit all area's of the palate, acids, a touch of sweet then savory. It was a killer pairing with coconut curry chicken over jasmine rice.

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    3/14/2014 6:08:00 PM - Great note, great observation that it hits all areas of the palate. Couldn't agree more.

Red

2001 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Origines

Red Rhone Blend more

3/13/2014 - DoubleMagnum Likes this wine: 90 points

Dark, deep, herbal but ripe on the nose. Mature but not over-the-hill. Good amount of fruit on the palate, tannins are at a perfect stage. Good structure for a wine of this volume. Acid keeps it all in check. Had it with spicy Popeye's. Strange but for some reason I really like the pairing.

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    3/14/2014 10:03:00 AM - Nice note and I love the pairing! Cheers.

White

2010 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses

Chardonnay more

2/17/2014 - JonAllen wrote: 92 points

enjoyed by all (me, tiff, jeannie, cathy) at bridge night, as was the case with my previous bottles, very full bodied with loads of citrus, minerals and some oak spice… on night two it was more linear with clear citrus domination… awesome

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    2/20/2014 1:32:00 PM - Bridge night and a great Chablis... sounds like heaven! Thanks for the note, I haven't opened any of my bottles yet.

Red

2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard

Anderson Valley more

2/5/2014 - kenhoeve Likes this wine: 94 points

This is one of those you knew was firing from the first whiff. Cool, fruity, but something exotic that is a combination of earth and spice that is unique and subdued. That character carried over to the palate very well, but it became immeasurably better. Balance and earthy elegance dance on the palate while bright red fruit is very expressive, the stream of red fruited flavors and acidity literally make you salivate, and lead into a very long finish. Notes of cranberry, sour cherry, red licorice, and spice, with a backbone of earth continue to echo. A complete and incredibly satisfying Pinot that is outstanding with both food and alone. Lean and powerful, this screams integrity. A real treat that is likely on the upswing, one of the best Rhys I've had and not even estate. Superb.

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    2/6/2014 9:54:00 AM - Great note Ken! I loved my last bottle, almost two years ago, you have me anticipating opening another soon. This is an estate wine, for what it's worth, Rhys owns and farms the vineyard even though it's in Anderson Valley.

Red

2011 Arnot-Roberts Pinot Noir Peter Martin Ray Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

1/13/2014 - yhn wrote: NR

No formal notes, but here's my impression: Well made, intense dark fruit, pretty extreme in whole cluster character and very complex. Very compelling and has the stuff to age. Initially tasted blind, at a winery, with Pinot Noir producers. No one thought this was a Pinot. Also, at this point, this wine shows zero vineyard character from what is a unique, and one of my favorite, Pinot Noir vineyards in California. Maybe, hopefully, time will change that. Duane Cronin, Frank Ashton and Ian Brand manged to make compelling PMR PNs. I would think the A-R guys, with their resources, would improve on that. Not sure they did, not sure how they could by using 100% whole cluster.

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    1/14/2014 8:22:00 AM - Thanks for this note. So it tastes like a very complex, very compelling... Syrah?? Cab franc??

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    1/14/2014 3:56:00 PM - Thanks Wes. I'll definitely hold my two bottles awhile.

White

2010 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Clos du Bourg

Chenin Blanc more

12/13/2013 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 95 points

This was terrific, maybe the best young Huet I've ever had. Often they're kind of mute at this age and don't show much more than apples and acid, but this one is really generous - luscious, even, without showing any sweetness. The fruit material is pure but features some more sunny yellow fruits than usual; it's full and creamy, just wraps around the palate, and it's spackled with quartzy detail. You keep reaching for another sip and it shows another facet each time.

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    12/13/2013 6:10:00 PM - 10 months ago I thought this was pretty mute, maybe I'll try another bottle soon. Like FMIII, I loaded up on '10 Huet Secs. Thanks for the notes.

White

2009 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

9/2/2013 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Have not enjoyed this wine since I was at the winery in 2011. Opened last night over dinner without a decant. Had a decent chill on it so got to see the wine at a spectum of temperature as we dined outside. I'd call this medium bodied, bouyed by moderate acidity of lemon peel. The fruit is a mix of pear, leaner pineapple and yellow apple. Where the wine still shows some youth is in the coconut from the oak, that is in the aromatic and palate. All taken together, this drinks pretty well now, save the oak, and with time and that last bit of oak fading into the wine, I'd say the best time to hit this would be 2015-2016. I don't see the wine fading as the balance is here.

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    9/2/2013 1:48:00 PM - I've also been bothered by oak in Rhys chards (although I noticed very little in the two '10s tasted on pick-up days). Interestingly, Kevin Harvey doesn't think their chards show oak influence, as explained in this post: http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=70402&start=140#p960454
    Thanks for the nice note Frank.

White - Off-dry

2007 Selbach-Oster Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

8/24/2013 - rnellans wrote: NR

really lovely, went well with stir fry prime beef filet asian style.
dry with hint of sweetness a HINT...

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    8/24/2013 11:33:00 AM - Dry? Another taster below wrote that this has 105g/L residual sugar... was this a different bottling?

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    8/24/2013 12:07:00 PM - Thanks. Maybe I'll pull a bottle soon.

Red

2009 Mongeard-Mugneret Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Narbantons

Pinot Noir more

8/12/2013 - danstrings Likes this wine: 91 points

Awesome "value" Burg, nice ripe balanced fruit, good grip, great food wine, slightly spicy and exotic.

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    8/13/2013 8:23:00 PM - Totally agree Dan. I think M-M did really well in '09 and this is a great example. Zach

Red

2005 Bodegas Alejandro Fernández Ribera del Duero Tinto Pesquera

Tempranillo more

8/4/2013 - zscheiner wrote: 87 points

This is ripe, oaky and not really my style but there is decent acidity along with some nice black olive notes. Not showing much tannin so this is drinking nicely if you don't mind a little vanilla and chocolate. Will hold my remaining bottles 3+ years, hoping the oak integrates. Plenty of fruit and not overripe or hot, so this could come around.

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    8/5/2013 6:03:00 AM - Thanks Harley. Cheers, Zach

Red

2010 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Chambolle-Musigny

Pinot Noir more

7/26/2013 - drwine2001 wrote: NR

Pale. Reduced nose. Thin, charmless and lacking flesh and fruit. Consistent with one other tasting. At best, this is at the level of generic Bourgogne and should be avoided.

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    7/26/2013 9:11:00 PM - Wow. Shocking given quality of the '09 and this producer in general. What do you think of H-N on the whole?

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    7/26/2013 9:38:00 PM - Thanks. Understood this was the '10. Appreciate your many notes.

White

2010 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos du Breuil

Chenin Blanc more

4/2/2013 - zscheiner Likes this wine: NR

Can't believe this is my last bottle and there's no more on the west coast. Gorgeous nose, waves of citrus fruit, acid and flowers in the mouth. Damn.

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    4/2/2013 9:17:00 PM - Thanks for the comment Frank. I still have a nice stash of the '10 Huets (including that fabulous Le Mont sec!) but the Chidaines weren't distributed long or wide here in the Bay Area. The '11 Clos de Breuil is around but I haven't tried it yet. Cheers.

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    4/3/2013 8:34:00 AM - From what I've read about '11 Huets and Chidaines, buying one to taste sounds like good advice. Thanks. Zach

  • Comment posted by zscheiner:

    7/26/2013 9:01:00 AM - Awesome. Was planning on going to VVW tomorrow to taste the '11 Arlauds anyway. Thank you!

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