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Red

1995 Château La Dominique

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/8/2013 - AllRed wrote: 86 points

Sunday Brown Bag Tasting: Malbec (current releases) (Augie's): Ripe, pruny black fruit and plum qualities on the nose and palate, turning to raisin on the finish. Much too ripe for my liking.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    5/27/2015 8:27:00 AM - Yes, though why do you ask?

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    5/27/2015 8:53:00 AM - Ah, okay. "There are no good wines, only good bottles." Knowing this, my notes are specific to each particular bottle from which I taste, and it is very rare that I will make a generalization about a given wine from just a few notes, and certainly never from a single bottle. If I am commenting about the wine in a broader sense than a specific bottle, I try to be quite clear on that point.

    As to the '95 Dominique, I'm glad to hear yours were good- this particular one was raisiny, but I tasted two other bottles that were much better. I hope your remaining bottles show just as well, if not better, for you. Cheers!

White - Sweet/Dessert

2008 Château d'Yquem

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

4/25/2015 - AllRed wrote: 94 points

4th Saturday group "uptown" tasting (Our house): From 375ml. Tropical fruit and apricot qualities with a citrusy undertone. Terrific balance on the palate with a long finish.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    5/3/2015 12:02:00 PM - I would not say "ready" by d'Yquem standards, but certainly very enjoyable given its youth. It is rich and offers loads of fruit and a lot of pleasure, but it has none of the complexity and depth that true maturity will bring. We opened it simply because it was the eve of our 7th wedding annivesary and wanted to share a special bottle with our friends who brought such great wines for the tasting (plus we knew it would be fantastic with the pear frangipane tart). So long story short, let it sleep for a long while in the cellar yet, unless you have a few bottles and don't mind burning one early.

White

2008 Louis Jadot Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières

Chardonnay more

4/25/2015 - AllRed wrote: 94 points

4th Saturday group "uptown" tasting (Our house): Light color. I knew this was one of the two Genevrieres but not which one. Aromas of citrus, lemon oil and minerals. Stone fruit, spice, lemon and peach on the palate with a terrific underlying minerality. Finishes very well- balanced and long. Absolutely gorgeous.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    4/30/2015 9:22:00 PM - Bill, it is a glorious wine. Right now it is still young- meaning full of citrus and minerality. If you let it go it will show more brioche and orchard fruit and less citrus, and the minerality will soften. So it depends on what you like. I have three left I think, so you and D will certainly taste it again. I guess I'm saying open yours within the year and drink ours thereafter. :)

Red

2005 Les Pagodes de Cos

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/12/2015 - AllRed wrote: 88 points

Second Sunday Group: 2003 vs 2005 Bordeaux 2nd Labels (R&D's): Garnet with some bricking. Aromas of coffee/mocha, sandalwood and red berry. Somewhat tannic with pronounced acidity- comes off as slightly disjointed. Shut down a bit in the glass aromatically, but the palate improved as the fruit came forward along with spice and herb notes and the acidity softened. My guess is that this is better than it showed today. Give this a couple of years yet.

My #5, Domino's #7
Group #8, 70 pts

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    4/14/2015 3:48:00 PM - Yes, this had been double decanted by our hosts, though I do not know how long in advance. The wine was breathing in bottle for at least one hour before the flight was poured. So at a minimum, it had a brief double decant off its sediment and was returned to bottle for an hour. No doubt a very decent Bordeaux.

Red

2010 Famille Perrin / Perrin & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards

Red Rhone Blend more

1/17/2015 - AllRed wrote: 90 points

Opens with a heavy dose of funk that needs a good bit of air to blow off. What's left is a rather elegant wine,with notes of violets and lavender, red berries, white pepper and herbs. There's a terrific core of red fruit on the palate framed by herb and spice qualities. 90+ pts.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    1/22/2015 4:10:00 AM - I wish I'd have grabbed more than two at that price! I may have to send Domino back to see if, by chance, there are any left. TLV did not like it as much as I, but I don't think he held it in his glass as long as I and for his palate, it was too "French." Ha ha. Still, even at $40, this is a nice CdP, and a welcomed return to form, instead of the overly ripe CdPs that have garnered much praise from RP the last few years.

Red

2009 Château Vrai Canon Bouché

Canon-Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/16/2015 - Vino Me wrote: NR

A blend of 95% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec from a 30 acre vineyard in Canon-Fronsac.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    1/19/2015 6:45:00 PM - Not really a tasing note...

    :p

Red

1990 Château Figeac

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/28/2014 - recotte Likes this wine: NR

This is when there should be an "I love it" option in CT. Showed younger than prior bottle, needing 2+ hours of air to really start to open up. Could easily have lasted another 15-20 years.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    11/6/2014 10:42:00 AM - Very timely note as I am opening one of these tonight. So two+ hours in a decanter, or just open & in bottle? TIA.

White

2012 Gamble Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Gamble Vineyard

Yountville more

7/26/2014 - AllRed wrote: NR

4th Saturday Group brown bagger (M&R's): Pale color. Notes of citrus and grass with subtle floral undertones. The palate follows the bouquet; good bit of acid. Guessed Sauv Blanc.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    10/30/2014 10:12:00 AM - I tend to enjoy domestic Sauv Blanc on the younger side, so I would go no later than 2016.

Red

1994 Laurel Glen Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Mountain

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9/20/2014 - Anonymous wrote: 93 points

This wine keeps to amaze me. The bouquet is very tempting with barnyard impressions, pleasant oak and sweet spices. On the palate red and dark forest fruits, a firm amount of good acidity and still beautiful tannin. New world classical wine and I love it. Pity I drank all my bottles.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    10/24/2014 6:02:00 AM - I love older Laurel Glen- they age so gracefully and offer so much enjoyment. The 1986 is still drinking very well, and the 1991 isn't quite ready yet. They definitely always seem to amaze.

White

2012 Ceritas Chardonnay Heintz Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

9/23/2014 - coremill wrote: 88 points

Dan's Birthday (Keens Steakhouse): Quite oaky on the nose, with a lot of sweet, creamy vanilla and only a little yellow fruit. It's not sweet in the mouth because the acidity is good, but there's not much fruit and it's strangely dilute, and it's a terrible match with oysters. A couple hours later the last pour from the bottle is much better, showing more concentrated spicy pear and a nice mineral crackle, but it's still nothing especially remarkable and I don't quite get all the hype here.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    9/25/2014 4:07:00 AM - Do you think that pairing it with oysters caused such a relatively poor showing (as compared to others' experiences)? I don't know that Chardonnay, from California especially, is something that I would pair with oysters...Champagne- absolutely, maybe, just maybe, a good Chablis, but that'd be about it in terms of Chardonnay with oysters.

Red

2010 La Fleur de Haut-Bages Libéral

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

8/21/2014 - AllRed wrote: 88 points

Inky crimson color. Notes of plum, blackberry, graphite and violets. Full-bodied and structured, with firm, grainy tannins and flavors of black fruit, plum and earth. Domino preferred this to the Chantegrive. Half a bottle leftover- we'll check back in tomorrow night.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    9/7/2014 3:56:00 PM - It was nice- still had plenty of fruit and the tannins had softened a bit and became more "refined" and less "grainy." We paid less than $20 for it, and will be grabbing a few to drink at the 8-12 year old range I think.

Red

2005 Match Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Baconbrook

Spring Mountain District more

7/9/2014 - Wine Sparty Likes this wine: 93 points

Decanted for about 30 minutes before drinking with grilled burgers and then drank over the course of 3 hours. Aroma is tobacco, tar, cigar box and blackberry. The taste has some oak and tobacco; the fruit is actually quite light and not quite as prominent as I would like This is very much in my wheelhouse for Cabs, but the fruit is just a bit lighter than I would prefer I to be.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    7/9/2014 7:34:00 PM - Tobacco, tar and cigar box? Sounds like it's right in my wheelhouse...I am going to have to open one soon.

Red

2010 Bouchard Père et Fils Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot

Pinot Noir more

1/8/2014 - blindretriever wrote: NR

Disjointed and much different than the last few of these we had. Just didn't show well, and was lacking in the floral component that I love so much about this wine. Not flawed, but not great. Thus, no score.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    6/12/2014 4:51:00 AM - That same floral note that you loved is what I loved about it as well. I believe this has shut down and that time is now warranted. We shall see how five years or so treats this wine...I, and a few other Burg heads, suspect it will be gorgeous in a few years.

Red

2011 Stefania Nueva Casa de los Padres Special Reserve

Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah Blend, Syrah more

5/31/2014 - AllRed wrote: 92 points

4th Saturday Group brown bagger (M/M thelostverse): Notes of macerated strawberry, florals and dark fruit. Black raspberry and floral qualities on the palate. Finishes very well, as did the last bottle, with lingering dark fruit and herbal qualities. Double blind, Mrs. TLV liked it this time around, however Domino still did not...good...the last four bottles are mine.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    6/4/2014 5:24:00 AM - It's really tasty-I don't think you'll be disappointed.

White

2012 Stefania Chardonnay Chaine d' Or Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

5/21/2014 - AllRed wrote: 87 points

Deep color with notes of apple and honeysuckle with a saline note and a dirty/funky overtone- almost sweatsocks but not quite. Rich mouthfeel with flavors of buttered popcorn, apple and a waxy fruit quality. 87-88 pts.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    5/29/2014 7:04:00 PM - Time will tell. The funky quality never blew off and I didn't quite care for it. I thought perhaps the bottle may have been flawed, but Wine Sparty also described the wine as having a funky bouquet, so perhaps it's the wine. I am going to open another bottle soon and see what happens.

White

2012 Ceritas Chardonnay Heintz Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

5/10/2014 - AllRed wrote: 93 points

Tasting with Phoebe Bass & Ceritas Wines (Santa Rosa): Bright yellow with a green tint. Aromas of lemon blossoms, apple, wet stones, lemon cream and white peach. Minerals abound on the palate, with orchard fruit and citrus nuances in the background. Terrific finish. All their whites are aged in neutral French oak. An impressive start to the tasting. 93-94 pts.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    5/21/2014 9:12:00 AM - Ha! Fortunately for us, these were not our bottles but ones opened by Phoebe during our recent visit to their facility. The order we placed after tasting with her (thelostverse is on their list & set this up) is set to arrive on Friday, and in retrospect, was not large enough. I wanted six but was overruled by Mrs. Allred who allowed only three of the Heintz...I will make up for it when the Porter-Bass is offered this fall. :)

Red

2011 Shafer Merlot

Napa Valley more

5/8/2014 - AllRed wrote: 92 points

Tasting at Shafer (Shafer Vineyards): A touch of malbec is blended in with the Merlot in most vintages. Bright red color with notes of cherry, vanilla, currants, florals and chocolate. The palate is very pretty and well-balanced with fruit, structure and acidity. Red fruit and vanilla flavors- bright and lively. 91-93 pts.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    5/13/2014 5:36:00 AM - Bill, from what I tasted, if you stick to producers you typically like, and they were careful in '11, I think the wines will be just fine. The '11s we tasted were on the lighter side perhaps, but very pretty and enjoyable. I ordered a couple of these Merlot in fact. They should drink well over the next 5-7 easy. Shafer purchased an optical sorter and used it for the 2011 vintage, which may have helped as well. There's another '11 we tasted which i haven't posted yet that shows no weakness whatsoever.

Red

2007 Pisoni Pinot Noir Estate

Santa Lucia Highlands more

5/2/2014 - AllRed wrote: 91 points

Aromas of iron, red currants, plum and dark fruit. Medium-bodied, with red berries and plum, with spice and a slight vegetal tone on the finish. Would not have guessed Pinot.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    5/4/2014 1:44:00 PM - I was leaning towards Cab, others in the group toward Syrah.

Red

2003 Dominus Estate

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/26/2014 - AllRed wrote: NR

4th Saturday group "uptown" tasting (Rick & Cris'): I really struggled with this, finding it to be completely shut down. I got nothing on it.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    5/4/2014 8:31:00 AM - I cannot imagine it was past its prime based on Dominus' track record. I just think this particular bottle was shut down tight, or perhaps even flawed. In rare instances, a wine can be just slightly affected by TCA such that the fruit is stripped, leaving a lifeless bottle, without the telltale cardboard note. Perhaps it was flawed, perhaps shut down, but if you have this in the cellar I think you'll be happy in the end.

Red

2000 Carlisle Mondeuse Noir

Russian River Valley more

5/3/2014 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Carlisle In The OC: Hey hey, this has held up great. Cork broke in 1/2 on opening but after getting the other 1/2 loose, the wine pours with no browning edges at all. Instead, pure red that is just moderately dark but more lighter ruby. Inside? Acid, red fruits, fresh and youthful. I'd simply have no basis for calling this wine 15 years old if served blind, as that is how fresh it tastes right from the magnum. Maybe air will cause this to change directions but first look, this is really good. Nice lithe finish, with sweet cherry fruit and a kiss of tannin....and then again at dinner, the wine continues to excel with the fresh and juicy notes of strawberry. Such great purity. To bad these wines are no longer making wine, as they were taken out and replaced with Mourvedre, as part of the Two Acres plot that Mike continues to farm and bottle.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    5/4/2014 5:50:00 AM - Glad yours showed well! It always sucks being the one to get an off bottle of any wine, but unfortunately that comes with the territory. Heading out to wine country on the 5th- Saturday is our Sonoma day, starting off at WesMar then Ceritas. We're trying to line up a time with Don over at Soliste. In case that falls through, any recommendations you would make for someone in that area? Thanks! Cheers!

Red

2011 Soliste Cellars Pinot Noir L'Ésperance

Russian River Valley more

3/9/2014 - thelostverse wrote: 93 points

Opened and decanted. Tasted a sip upon opening just to get a gauge. The color was impossibly light red and clear throughout. Plenty of tart cherry on the nose upon opening, but not giving much else. The acidity upon opening was out of balance, but this was not an issue after about 2 1/2 hours. This is very light bodies and elegant. After about 4 hours, there was a beautiful textural depth that was very pleasing on the palate. About 1/4 bottle re-corked and put in cellar to check on day two.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    3/16/2014 3:40:00 PM - So, Morey St. Denis-like? Chambolle-like? I did some poking around on their website, and needless to say, I am very excited about the upcoming visit.

White - Sweet/Dessert

2009 Alois Kracher Cuvée Eiswein

Neusiedlersee White Blend more

2/9/2014 - AllRed wrote: 88 points

Second Sunday Group: Older California Pinots (Barb's): Pineapple, apricot and orange marmalade notes. Good acidity, with tropical fruit, apricot, honey and floral notes on the palate. Finishes a bit short. 88+ pts.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    3/3/2014 4:18:00 AM - I have had Canadian ice wines before yes, though not too many and it has been a while since my last. I do enjoy the Canadian ones though, which i tend to think of as bright and lively, with good fruit and enough acidity to prevent them from being cloying or sugary sweet...much like the best dessert wines from any region. I think i would probably prefer many, such as Inniskillin, to this, which is the most basic of the Kracher wines, though the Inniskillin are three times as costly. A better comparison would be an Inniskillin to one of the "numbered" Kracher wines, of which i am a big fan.

Red

2010 Seven Hills Winery Merlot Columbia Valley

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12/25/2013 - AllRed wrote: 90 points

Dark fruit and black cherry. Firm , sweet tannins with chocolate, blackberry, plum and red fruit flavors.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    12/30/2013 7:13:00 PM - No, I don't think so. Casey's wines age very well, and the Merlot is no exception. For my palate, this is still too young and primary. If you ever see the 1993 or 1995 Klipsun Cab, jump on 'em...same for the 1990 Reserve. Awesome juice for the price in almost every vintage.

Red

2007 Domaine Font de Michelle Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

9/28/2013 - AllRed wrote: 91 points

Garnet/crimson color. Aromas of chocolate, black cherry, currants, mint and herbs. Lovely red fruit, cherry and boysenberry qualities, with pepper and garrigue tones. Juicy and forward. Guessed 2007 CndP.

  • Comment posted by AllRed:

    10/10/2013 5:49:00 PM - bill, certainly no harm in drinking it now...it's really tasty. With only two, my game plan would be to hold until 2015 and pop the first. Should still have a lot fruit but also starting to gain some additional complexity.

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