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2011 Richard Leroy Chenin Blanc Les Noëls de Montbenault

Loire Valley more

5/5/2015 - Uglypinga wrote: NR

There is an odd note of burnt rubber on this that wont go away. Both in the nose and palate which is a shame because the material underneath seems excellent. Judgment reserved.

  • Comment posted by WineBerg:

    5/7/2015 8:14:00 AM - The '11s are pretty reductive still. Give it a few more years to get more O2 through the cork and those smells should hopefully resolve. Try the '10 and '12 if you can find them, they're both drinking well right now. Love these wines.


1990 Maison Bertrand Ambroise Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Rue de Chaux

Pinot Noir more

12/14/2013 - ericindc Likes this wine: 91 points

Truly young for a 23 year old wine. Better after 1+ hrs open. Nose of strong black fruits, dirt and light herbal note. Taste, as I stated... very young, with black fruits, dirt, strong tannins, and a moderate alcohol hit. Heavier bodied wine. This wine has 10++ years left. Might actually be better in 10.

  • Comment posted by WineBerg:

    3/13/2015 9:33:00 AM - Just bought 3 bottles of this based on your note :)


2007 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée St. Vivant

Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

7/19/2014 - WineBerg Likes this wine: 95 points

Great young bottle...could have used a decant to open up more, but was still excellent. Florals, tea, cherries, spice. Hints of barnyard/sous bois, earth. Always a treat to have a DRC.

  • Comment posted by WineBerg:

    7/22/2014 6:49:00 AM - Thanks! Good to be back, and started it off right with DRC :)

White - Sweet/Dessert

1998 Château d'Yquem

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

11/26/2013 - jdabrowski1027 wrote: 94 points

I liked quite a bit. Really unwound on day 3 in the bottle, lots of layers of lemon, lime, mango, papaya... on and on. Not super structured, but also not lacking acidity.

  • Comment posted by WineBerg:

    11/26/2013 12:10:00 PM - Sounds like a great bottle :P


2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Compagni Portis

Sonoma Valley White Blend more

11/9/2013 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 89 points

Nerdy California Wines (Domaine - Washington, DC): Tons of wildflowers on the nose, with sea salt and smashed banana. Creamy on the palate, but full of acid. I get banana and orange peel, mixed with perfume and some herbal undertones. A white blend that has a little bit of everything.

  • Comment posted by WineBerg:

    11/9/2013 6:25:00 PM - Good notes on quite a few of the wines from today! Was good to meet you; stop by any Saturday!



1993 Domaine Maillard Père & Fils Savigny-lès-Beaune

Pinot Noir more

3/14/2013 - grayfont Likes this wine: NR

Still loving this, and still magical on the nose. Mushroom notes becoming more prominent on the palate. While still tremendous, this bottle is not showing quite as well as prior bottles over the past few years; no clue if this is due to bottle variation or the start of the wine's (amazingly delayed) decline. I wasn't planning to hold these much longer anyway - I'm moving my "drink by" date to 12/31/2013 with aim to check my last bottle at Thanksgiving of this year.

  • Comment posted by WineBerg:

    10/17/2013 7:27:00 PM - Just grabbed a bottle of this, looking forward to it!


1961 Château Verdignan

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/17/2013 - markandsusanw wrote: 93 points

Consumed at Bern's 2013 (approx. $225 off the list) ... Cork crumbled upon opening, but nose remained bright and fruity. Deep purple pour, with a lot of fruit to open. Tasted extremely fresh for something so aged. Clearly, perfectly preserved. Lush, rich and utterly smooth. Backbone and structure still present.

  • Comment posted by WineBerg:

    9/17/2013 6:02:00 PM - Ha! Drinking this exact bottle at Bern's right now! I agree with your TN, this is a nice bottle. Cork disintegrated on mine too!


2010 Sine Qua Non Grenache Five Shooter

Central Coast more

8/10/2013 - PinkMoonWinery Likes this wine: 93 points

I was sure that I would like this less than he Shyrah but I enjozed this more. Rich but with the classic grenache minerals this is still dominated by that swe fruit. Raspberries and cherries mostly. Great wine!

  • Comment posted by WineBerg:

    8/10/2013 5:30:00 PM - Good to see your opinion on these. Just put a pair of the Five Shooters in the cellar last month, and picked up a few of the '11 Dark Blossoms pre-arrival already...I blame you for hooking me on SQN. Hope all is well!

White - Off-dry

1997 C. H. Berres Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

5/10/2013 - WineBerg wrote: flawed

Bottle 3 of 6 from Full Pull. Bad bottle. The cork on this was soaked through with a nice ring of mold around the top where the cork met the bottle. Looked like there was some growth throughout the cork.

Somewhat drinkable, but everything I remember from the last bottle is totally muted...I'd call this one a dead bottle.

  • Comment posted by WineBerg:

    5/11/2013 6:40:00 AM - Thanks for the info CiH. Didn't think about the fact it was probably the botrytis.

    We actually ended up drinking most of it anyway :) It wasn't corked; it was just...flat, I guess is my best descriptor.


2010 Keplinger Caldera

El Dorado County Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre more

4/10/2013 - Winiac wrote: 86 points

Very smooth and creamy but super oaked! You cannot taste anything out of this wine other than biting oak. Very low bar for the price.

  • Comment posted by WineBerg:

    4/12/2013 5:47:00 AM - You sure it's oak and not something else? As caeleric said, this wine saw no new oak...from the Keplinger site "After a 4-day cold soak and 17 days on skins, the wine was drained and gently pressed to two once-used Demi Muids and a neutral 320L barrel – both French oak. After 18 months in barrel, it was bottled without fining or filtration."

    I find the Keplingers need lots of air time when they're really young, as the 10s are now. Just drank a bottle of 09 Red Slope that didn't open up at all until the 2nd day.


2010 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon "Old Sparky" Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

Oakville more

4/5/2013 - dhammer53 wrote: 98 points

If you can't drink Old Sparky on your birthday (60th), when can you drink it? Cab and pizza at Di Fara's in Brooklyn never tasted so good. Think soup and sandwich, Mutt and Jeff, Abbott and Costello. The perfect pairing. This was a full bodied wine. Long legs. A beautiful dark, rich color. No other notes, as I was busy eating pizza, and sharing this once-in-a-lifetime wine with friends and family.

  • Comment posted by WineBerg:

    4/5/2013 2:30:00 PM - Love it...hope it was a great birthday!


2010 Double Diamond (Schrader) Cabernet Sauvignon Amber Knolls Vineyard

Red Hills Lake County more

3/15/2013 - domecard Likes this wine: 90 points

I read with alarm the other reviews of this wine, so I opened one up. After two hours of sipping, My conclusion is this is still very young and needs more time. The earlier reviewer's "spaghetti sauce" reference is incredibly off-base and unsubstantiated, in my opinion. Be patient with this, after all, it is a 2010 vintage. Give it some time.

  • Comment posted by WineBerg:

    3/16/2013 6:26:00 AM - Glad someone likes this wine. I'll happily sell you my remaining 5 bottles...


2004 Sine Qua Non Into the Dark

Central Coast Grenache Blend, Grenache more

9/27/2012 - ageverett Likes this wine: 98 points

Possibly the best wine I've had the pleasure of tasting in my limited experiences. Tasted at SQN tasting along with 7 other SQN wines from 2003-2009. This was the winner, both for me personally and as voted by the group.

Harmonious balance. Deep, haunting flavors. Graphite. Licorice. 5 spice. Savor every drop.

I would have no hesitation opening this bottle in the near future. While I'm sure it has plenty left, it is a stunner right now.

  • Comment posted by WineBerg:

    2/12/2013 4:44:00 PM - This was the first bottle of SQN I ever had, and I've been hooked since!


2006 Sine Qua Non Syrah Raven Series

California more

1/23/2013 - PinkMoonWinery Likes this wine: 94 points

really nice, starts finding it's balance. classic SQN

  • Comment posted by WineBerg:

    1/23/2013 12:59:00 PM - One of my favorite wines that I had last year, probably due to the company I first had it in ;) Hope all is well! Your birthday tasting looked awesome...

    I've had a couple bottles of Raven since that first one, and I like it even better after its been open a day.

White - Off-dry

1997 C. H. Berres Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

1/18/2013 - WineBerg Likes this wine: 91 points

Wine Night 1/18/13: Posted this in the CT forums, so will just use for my TN here :)

I like this bottle of '97 better than the one I had at Thanksgiving...this one seems more full and rich, and I get really nicely developed fruit, green apple, apricot, mango, and I swear a hint of chamomile mint tea, with the petrol in a supporting role...I remember the previous bottle as petrol dominant.

I did jump this up a couple points, this bottle was better.

  • Comment posted by WineBerg:

    1/18/2013 8:17:00 PM - Yeah it was definitely better...All four of us who tasted it tonight had some of that same bottle at Thanksgiving, and we all thought this bottle was a step up from that last one. I also saw your comment on the depressed cork in your first TN on this; I had the same thing on several of my bottles too, and I've been drinking them in order of most depressed cork to least depressed...maybe the last bottle out of my 6, that looks perfect, will blow my mind :)

  • Comment posted by WineBerg:

    1/18/2013 8:46:00 PM - I'm positive mine were depressed when I got them, as I remember pulling them out of the shipper and being annoyed at a couple of the corks. The most depressed one was the bottle from remaining 4 look to be in great shape though. Interestingly, the cork from the bottle tonight was completely saturated, and had soaked up enough wine that it was heavy enough for me to make a comment on and pass around...don't recall ever having a cork like that...


2010 Proper Wines Syrah

Walla Walla Valley more

11/28/2012 - Wine Gopher wrote: 92 points

This is sleek, sexy and luxurious. It feels like silk on the tongue. The nose was a little reserved at first but opened after a decant. There is a slight funk mixed with cherry, darker fruits and dried herbs. On the palate I get cherry followed by blueberry and herbs with that classic Walla Walla Rocks funk but more subdued than Cayuse. The finish is long and smooth.

fwiw-I don't the oak isn't overly noticeable. I think the previous poster was mistaking barnyard funk for oak or we had completely different bottles of this wine.

  • Comment posted by WineBerg:

    11/28/2012 6:37:00 PM - Thanks Gopher, now I feel my FP purchase today is justified :) I'm drinking a bottle of Bedrock Sonoma Coast Syrah right now, and it's got a nice funk to it that I haven't found too often in CA Syrah.


2008 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Deus-Ex Machina

Red Rhone Blend more

10/10/2012 - WineBerg Likes this wine: 94 points

"Judgment" of DC (aka dinner #3 with Pinkmoon) (Poste Modern Brasserie): Decanted and drank over 4 hours.

Now I have to go get some of this to put in the cellar....I thought this was great. Dark cherry, hint of strawberries maybe, meat, spices, excellent balance.

We had this next to an 09 Saxum James Berry, and while the Saxum was definitely more fruit forward, the similarities between the two were striking.

Drinking well now with some air, but will keep for a while too.

  • Comment posted by WineBerg:

    10/21/2012 7:43:00 PM - For once :)

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