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White

2014 Domaine Vlassides Lefkos

Limassol White Blend more

12/30/2014 - AndrewSGHall wrote: NR

The Wines of Cyprus; 12/17/2014-1/7/2015 (Nicosia, Cyprus): Peach and floral on the nose. Nice cut on the top and a good depth here with a crisp attack from middle to finish. Really pretty with a nice citrus peel element on the finish. Very nice with the Sauvignon Blanc filling in the little holes in Xynisteri.

Note : This was the second bottling of the 2014. Vlassides bottles starting in November and then bottles from tank as needed to keep the supply chain fresher. He found this works better than a single bottling run.

  • Comment posted by AndrewSGHall:

    12/31/2014 4:40:00 AM - No. They pick in late August. Bottle first batch in November and then bottle as needed to keep the supply chain fresher. This was batch two, bottled a month or so ago.

Red

1996 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Lavières

Pinot Noir more

11/6/2011 - RickG wrote: NR

Light to medium color showing bricking. I can't agree with the previous note about this being over the hill. It's 7 years later and while this wine isn't a blockbuster it's a nice Savigny.

Firm acid structure with fully developed fruit. The balance is a bit to the acid side since the fruit's mostly gone into secondary notes. This is OK to drink solo if you like that but it really shone with grilled lamb, the herbs and fat bringing out deeper notes in the fruit and mitigating the acid bit.

Where this really shines is the nose... Lovely from the start it's opened over an hour and shows notes of dried flowers, light spiciness and a hint of forest floor.

No, this isn't for people who need a lot of fruit on their wines, but consider that this is 15 year old Savigny from a high acid vintage. For people who like mature Cote du Beaune wines and enjoy the acid structure, this is a nice wine. Drink now, don't hold and drink with food preferably and you'll have a nice evening.

  • Comment posted by AndrewSGHall:

    5/25/2013 3:59:00 PM - This note nails it.

Red

2009 2 Lads Cabernet Franc Merlot

Old Mission Peninsula Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/5/2013 - Anonymous wrote: 85 points

Small vineyard on the Old Mission Peninsula in Michigan. Great blend, and unusual to see Cab Franc. Easy drinking, good body.

  • Comment posted by AndrewSGHall:

    1/6/2013 12:43:00 PM - Just an aside - Cab Franc is fairly common across the Midwest. A clone has been fairly heavily marketed by nurseries (in NY, I think) and it is cold tolerant, ripens well in the Midwest latitudes and handles the higher humidity pretty well.

Red

2000 Château Cantemerle

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/4/2012 - AndrewSGHall wrote: NR

In a really good place. Savory elements coming out - mushroom, meat, leather - with a solid base of dark fruit. Structure hold these two in tension. This is a point where I really enjoy Bdx and this delivers that Claret-dance quite well.

  • Comment posted by AndrewSGHall:

    12/5/2012 5:03:00 AM - I don't understand scores. This is a good example. Would a score reflect some notion of how a minor cru Bdx should age or that my personal enjoyment is probably maximized at this crux point? Except as ranking preferences, I find score to be false precision.

White - Off-dry

2004 Dönnhoff Norheimer Dellchen Riesling Spätlese

Nahe more

11/28/2012 - LoireFan wrote: 91 points

Maybe 92.

  • Comment posted by AndrewSGHall:

    11/28/2012 5:01:00 PM - I almost marked this note as 'not useful' and then realized it was one of the funniest notes I had read. Thanks.

White

2000 Mount Mary Triolet

Yarra Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

10/9/2012 - lkatz wrote: 90 points

Had this tucked away and kinda forgot about it. Love the taste of unoaked chardonnay even with it being blended.

  • Comment posted by AndrewSGHall:

    11/27/2012 6:38:00 AM - Unoaked chard? I think Triolet is Sem-SB.

Rosť - Sparkling

NV Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé

Champagne Blend more

3/20/2010 - PeterH wrote: 86 points

Hmmm. Not as tasty as I remember. Not quite as sweet, not quite as gulpable. I'll try another and see if this one was just 'off' a little...

  • Comment posted by AndrewSGHall:

    5/19/2010 8:23:00 PM - I had this recently at a restaurant and go the same sweetness which grew overbearing over time. I don't remember this from when I had last had this which was a while ago.

Red

1970 Château Beychevelle

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/10/2010 - Keith Levenberg wrote: NR

Not quite dead, but certainly in a permanent vegetative state. Almost no body left to this, just faded old apple juice.

  • Comment posted by AndrewSGHall:

    5/10/2010 10:38:00 AM - Damn. Was thinking about taking this to Blue Hill on Friday for Elena's 40th.

Rosť

NV Frank Cornelissen Susucaru 2

Sicilia Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese more

4/23/2010 - RationalDenial wrote: 84 points

One of the "good" ones. Which is to say it was almost drinkable. Anyone but me notice that all the professional reviews find some way to say "this tests the limits of wine", "strains the definition of wine" and etc. Maybe I'm a purist, but aren't these just euphemisms for the fact that this isn't actually wine...

Did like the smokey quality on the nose. Made me think of volcanos.

  • Comment posted by AndrewSGHall:

    4/23/2010 2:56:00 PM - Great review. Sums up exactly the issue.

Red

2000 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul

Red Rhone Blend more

2/27/2010 - steffenpelz wrote: NR

I knew this should be a treat, but this was even better than I thought it would be. What most impressed me about this wine, was that it managed to deliver ripe fruit while maintaining a stern structure, good freshness, and remaining very dry in style. Lots of dark berry fruit meet earthiness, smoked meat, and a certain gaminess (most likely low level Brett), made this a memorable wine. Consumed with dinner, even my wife liked it and she usually isn't a big fan of CdP. Blend is 85% Grenache and rest Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault. 14.5% alc.

  • Comment posted by AndrewSGHall:

    3/5/2010 5:41:00 AM - Great note. Thanks.

    One aside - I think the 'gaminess' here is Mourvedre component more than brett.

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