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Red

2011 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah The Tribe Vineyard

Walla Walla Valley more

5/3/2015 - Goldstone Likes this wine: 94 points

Gift from Mark and Tracey.....who certainly like thier wines 'meaty, beefy, big and bouncy'. Attractive garnet red semi-opaque colour. Nose is a ton of horse-poop from a stables, gamey, garrique, galangal, ginger...definitely lots of G's until you reach the English Black Pudding meaty note and the super-concentrated, boiled-down pastilles sugary fruit. Already, you can tell that this is not a wine that will easily be reduced to a few simple sentences of description. Palate is thick in the mouth, pure, very charred black fruit.......it made me wonder whether anyone has ever barbequed fresh blackberries. A ton of new American oak frames the whole, deeply resonant and thunderous package. There is a ton of horse-poop in there throughout but in a very good way. Not my nornal style of wine but this is a precocious beauty and you have to salute how well-made it is. Personally, I think this will please young but might then go horribly disjointed from adolescence and beyond. But, hell.....I may be wrong. Whatever, it is so much fun to drink now.

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    5/3/2015 9:00:00 PM - Hi Kirk, I have modified my note slightly in the light of your question. I don't have a detailed answer but I just wonder whether the package will be so seductive once the fruit begins to fade.

Red

1985 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/20/2015 - Goldstone Likes this wine: 92 points

Dinner at Otto e Mezzo (Otto e Mezzo, Alexandra House, Central, Hong Kong): Bought recently ex-Chateau where it had been re-corked in 2011. Translucent light purple-red colour with merest watering at the meniscus. Nose is lovely classic St. Julien - dusky, cedar, light filtering through a pine forest to warm the damp forest floor....beautiful, even a slight headiness and reverberance on the nose. Palate is very fresh, high acidic attack, sharp, beautiful classic St. Julien earth, cedar, graphite, damp bracken. Surprisingly light on fruit - not tart, but skinny. Comes increasingly into harmony with lots of time in the glass. Really grows and grows in the glass - powdered tannins and a gorgeous full but light-aired mounting resonance and reverberance: feminine but powerful. Lovely but just a bit too dilute to be great.

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    5/1/2015 9:02:00 AM - CB, thanks for the compliment........ mine are recent Chateau-released bottles and even those I wouldn't keep more than 5 years. So I guess my advice is to drink soon....... certainly I deliberately bought mine for short-term consumption.

Red

2006 Glaetzer Shiraz Amon-Ra Barossa Valley

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10/26/2013 - Dale M wrote: 94 points

I can’t ever recall ever tasting a wine in this extroverted style with such balance and ….. grace(?) Yes, that’s the best word I can come up with. Unapologetically Barossa Shiraz, with powerful, dark blackberry fruit that leaves an immediate impact of enjoyment. But where a lessor wine would quickly burn out the taster with an excessive amount of a good thing, this wine somehow avoids that. I’m not sure how to be completely honest. But it did, it is very complex, multilayered, and just damn fun to drink. Sadly, I have yet to see Amon Ra fall the way of so many Australian Shiraz’s in the discount bin, which makes them an expensive acquisition for future purchases, but this is clearly some serious winemaking, and probably worth the current asking price.

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    4/27/2015 7:23:00 AM - Dale, I drank a bottle over the weekend......your tasting note nailed it! Thanks. Mike

Red

1995 Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/5/2015 - Goldstone wrote: 91 points

Treated with maximum respect as I had bought this case on release and have kept from drinking any more of it since an underwhelming experience two years ago. Three hour decant and drank half the bottle over the following three hours. Still pristine cork.....like it had been bottled last year. Colour is red-black just lightening very slightly from completely opaque to marginally translucent. Nose is burnt rubber from a fast car acceleration,high-toned violet candies, coal tar....blind, you would think this is a closed, high-end Barolo. Palate is similar to the nose in its three elements except that each of them are even more closed. No length or resonance because it is shut as tight as a clam......or as tight as an unripe blackberry. Quite pure but just very unyeilding. Very dry and tannic on the back of the palate. Hard to see how this will ever unfurl but I shall exercise another two years' patience. Ultimately, I think theere is a very good wine hidden inside its unyeilding shell.... 5 years? No...with 6 hours after decanting this is unfolding into an absolutely beautiful wine that has suddenly catapulted from 86 points a couple of hours ago to 91+ points now and with many years ahead to evolve and improve. What a stunning and unusual turnaround. Love it!

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    4/5/2015 8:15:00 AM - Hi Pavel, I have a case of the 1996 as well and my experience is similar to the 1995. No possibility of heat damage......just very, very closed. These taste like they are from magnums.

Red

1991 Chateau Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend more

4/4/2015 - JBVino wrote: NR

arrived today. uniquely hazy character...not sure if this was due to shopping. wine was good but lacking that extraordinary secondary flavors of the best wines from this producer. texture was ok but wine lacked a bit size and precense to more than solid. overall good wine but not great wine

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    4/5/2015 4:14:00 AM - JB, Musar is a uniquely volatile wine because of the way it is made. When I buy old Musar, which I frequently do (old = 1993-1975 I would never contemplate opening a bottle until it has rested for at least 3 months after arrival. I seriously recommend you treat the rest of your bottles accordingly. The other thing is you need to stand the bottle for 2-3 days before opening in order to let the particulates to fall to the bottom and for the wine to clarify. Then decant for at least 3 hours....I personally go for a 3-hour decant then back into the cleaned bottle for another 6-8 hours before serving. Hope this helps, and enjoy! Mike

Red

2003 Rolf Binder/Veritas Shiraz Hanisch

Barossa Valley more

3/26/2015 - danielbleier Likes this wine: 94 points

In a great drinking window, candidate for WOTN at the WFFT auction meeting, rich blackberry and bramble, with full mineral acidity backing

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    3/28/2015 6:50:00 AM - Hi, I'm pleased to see that other people like this wine as much as I do. It was quite a discovery when I was looking for 'the next Grange' with a buddy a few years ago.It is probably the closest we have come. Cheers! Mike

Red

2000 Chateau Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend more

2/18/2015 - Cantenac Brown Does not like this wine: 85 points

Tasted from half bottles (375ml) during a blind tasting with my sister and brother-in-law.

An extremely cloudy wine that is showing its age with distinctive bricking. In short, A sweet nose of cassis and an even sweeter taste of currants. Whilst I wanted to love this wine (and my sister/brother in law did) I just could not like it. I found it quite sickly and over bearing.

I genuinely do worry that if the wine from this chateau was served in a bottle with a different label, it would receive low marks, but the internal desire for us to all love this wine because of the story behind it could sway our perception.

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    3/10/2015 8:19:00 AM - Guys, I agree with Stefan that decanting is absolutely necessary....... I would decant, clean the bottle then pour the wine back in, leave it overnight, then decant for 3 hours before serving. I also agree that 2000 will never be a vintage to recommend.

Red

1999 Chateau Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend more

1/23/2015 - TheMajor Likes this wine: 93 points

The marmite wine. I'm in the "love it" category. I've got about 30 bottles of this vintage and I'm trying not to open them too quickly. If you want a wine (1) with a bit of age and bags of character (2) which everyone will have a view on and (3) which is still very modestly priced in a world of still crazy fine wine prices then look no further than this one. If you are a gambling man then you will also enjoy the usual Musar Russian Roulette (about 1 in 12 corked on average in my experience for older Musar wines, and another 1 in 12 oddly 'dull'). But if you get a good one, it is pretty unforgettable and head-turning stuff (and always my 'wild card' at any blind tasting I host, and always the one everyone wants to talk about). This one is stuffed full of barnyard and cherry but (I think and hope) will continue to improve (i.e. become even more funky and delicious). Not as good as the 1991 or 1995 (my two favourite years, for different reasons) but better than the 2001 and 2004. Can't wait to continue to see how this one develops over the next 10 years (but I'll have to).

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    1/23/2015 7:57:00 AM - Dude, as a Musar nut for my entire adult life I can only say that your note captures the essence of what makes a Musar nut. On a more serious note, I think that the 1999 vintage has the stuffing to limit yourself to on bottle per year. Seriously, the 1977 and 1978 are liquid of the gods today and the 1999 could get there. I once discussed this with Serge Hochar and he complimented me on my judgement (or maybe he was just being polite).

Red

2003 Chateau Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend more

1/9/2015 - andtheodor wrote: 90 points

Twizzlers, VA, carob, clove, sweet/sour nose that is unique. Strawberry sweetness on the fleshy palate, faintly herbal, and also quite savory. Echoes of very old Ridge Zinfandel blends here, in fact, this is the same sort of out-of-the-box winemaking on display as those old Draper wines. Curious, tasty, and relatively little acetone comparatively.

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    1/10/2015 8:38:00 AM - Hi, I think your analogy is spot-on and as a lover of older Draper Zinfandels and an absolute nut for Ch. Musar, I strongly encourage you to get your hands on any older Musars possible.....for example, the 1999 which is still reasonably available. Ah, I now see from your other tasting notes that you have already tried the 1999 Musar, but I would encourage you to persevere. Another in the same vein would be the 1998 Ch. Beaucastel. Cheers, Mike

Red

2007 Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir Le Maitre, Expressionist Series

Central Otago more

12/28/2014 - KJO wrote: 91 points

Nose - Burgundian. Palate - spice, pepper, light black currant. Very well balanced. Glad I have a few bottles left. This is developing nicely.

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    12/28/2014 12:41:00 AM - KJO, I'm delighted that someone else drank this wine in the same week as me and enjoyed it. There can't be many of us who own this wine. I have Gibbstons going back to 2001 in my cellar so I recommend that you stage the consumption of your remaining bottles. The only issue is that 2007 was a freak year weather-wise so even Alan Brady and Christopher Keys, the successive winemakers at Gibbston, told me that they have no real idea where this might head, whereas me and them both firmly believe that the 2002 vintage has another 10 years to further evolve. Regards, Mike (on vacation in the Gibbston/Queenstown area)

Red

1994 Chateau Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend more

12/19/2014 - jinatnrt Likes this wine: 95 points

Another "wow" moment with this wine.
I've first encountered 1994 Musar owing to a recommendation from a restaurant sommelier after enjoying 2002 Bruno Clair Clos St. Jacques few years back. It was clearly one of the wines that etched an impression in my memory bank.
I've opened this bottle (1 of 2) tonight due to heavy seepage. I was utterly disappointed in seeing that and hit the panic button, thinking that wine is over the hill and that the money is wasted. Having a completely obliterated cork reaffirmed my notion. Once every piece of cork came out of the bottle, wonderful aroma of ripe strawberries permeated in the air. There was hope.
Upon the first swirl and the sniff, I was taken back to the very first time with this particular bottling. Amazing!
Everything I looked for in this bottle was there - ripe strawberries, musk, game, bandaid...so unique, so funky, so great!
Last time I must have consumed the whole bottle in one hour time, but tonight I was drinking solo (I blame the seepage again here) and working at the same time that it took me five hours to finish!
On this fifth hour, I feel obligated to write this - wait a minute, am I drinking perfectly matured grand cru Burgudny???
Nose was mesmerizing. All the delicate fruit and earth without almighty bandaid hanging around (still there, but I won't even blink an eye). VA seems to be a common occurrence with Musar, and it was prevalent in this bottle as well.
But who cares?!?! According to Serge Hochar, VA, Brett, and all the other characteristics that we now see as flawed, are another set of character of the wine. Just like human beings, what's wrong with being flawed (now, corked is a different story - definitely don't think any winemaker intended cork taint in his/her wine). I have a habit (like many of you out there) of linking fine wines to people, and '94 is a special one.
It's not for everyone, but certainly many will find its beauty! Bravo!

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    12/19/2014 11:58:00 PM - Jina, I really loved your note........ it read as though I had written it myself. I love this wine too and I love Serge Hochar as a man as much as I love his wines. You absolutely nailed this vintage and Musar itself.

Red

1997 Mount Mary Quintet

Yarra Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/18/2014 - Goldstone Likes this wine: 92 points

Drank mid-way through a chaotic but wonderful birthday dinner at the Chef's Table, Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong. Definitely not an evening for contemplation or taking notes.. chaotically, the Sommelier quietly told me he thought it was faulted.....I politely suggested that told he doesn't know Mount Mary too well and just let the funk blow off...it ended up being most people's WOTN (vs a Gaja Spresse 2008). The sommelier nearly agreed! He preferred the 2008 Gaja and I can't challenge him on that except for 'chacun a son gout'.

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    11/27/2014 9:08:00 PM - Runny, I have 4 bottles left and I shall put your name against them. Cheers!

Red

1985 Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/16/2014 - tsverdrup wrote: 94 points

Nose - Mature forest with wild berries and pine needles on the ground. My grandmothers curtains. Blackcurrant bushes, raisin box. Peppers. Hints of leather and barn.

Delicious taste of liquorice, leather and ripe fruit. Nice balanced between fruit and acidity. Development, development, development. Very exciting wine. Very good!

50 + 5 + 13.5 + 16.5 + 9 = 94p.

Tasted in a '85 flight with Mouton-Rothschild and Haut-Brion. All tasted blind.

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    11/17/2014 5:18:00 AM - Drup, I love your descriptors...... it made me recall the wine exactly. Salut! Mike

White

2006 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series

Margaret River more

10/4/2014 - mclanew wrote: 93 points

Another excellent bottle of this wine, in a perfect drinking window. Tropical fruits and tangerines, butter toast and minerals. Nice structure and finish.

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    11/9/2014 2:24:00 AM - McLanew: thanks, I have 4 bottles left and it's helpful to monitor their tail-end drinking window.

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    11/9/2014 3:26:00 AM - Dude, we are in parallel universes..... if I'm not worrying about 6-10 year old Leeuwin Art Series I'm worrying about my 6-10 year old Kistlers :).

    I also love the Ch. Montelena Chardonnays but I never aim to age those beyond 5-6 years, so they are less of an issue.

    Likewise Far Niente Chardonnay, which I love young but would never plan to age.

    Cheers, Mike G

White

2006 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series

Margaret River more

11/8/2014 - Fosgrove Likes this wine: 91 points

Serious wine. Tropical fruit and medium oak with vg acidity and length. I think I preferred when a big younger though

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    11/9/2014 2:23:00 AM - Fosgrove: thanks, I have 4 bottles left and it's helpful to monitor their tail-end drinking window. Mike G

White

1991 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia

White Blend more

10/30/2014 - Papies wrote: 94 points

The Greatest Dry Whites, A fine wine tutored tasting with Mark Pardoe MW (Berry Bros & Rudd, London): We love this wine. Every time we have come across it, it has been a joy (rated 93-95) and today it did not fail us either. Granted we understand this is not a wine everyone would rank so high in their lists.
Quite a dark yellow hue here. Oxidative, light vanilla from the oak in its elevage. A product of slow oxidation and smells like an old wine but on the palate it is a vibrant complex beast. Lemony, nutty feel and simply a mesmerising and super unique wine. 94

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    11/1/2014 2:29:00 AM - Andreas: Ah, so we share a love of this wine too, as well as Ch. Musar. Actually, the whites have quite a lot in common, especially in how well they age.

Red

2001 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric dël Fiasc

Nebbiolo more

10/29/2014 - jonnyoro wrote: NR

Ready to drink with my fresh white truffles and fettuccine- and then slipped through my finger; broken. All over my garage floor where I stored the truffles... The garage is now redolent with Barolo and white truffle... I sat in a chair for 30 minutes absorbing the aromas. Oh well.

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    10/30/2014 12:58:00 AM - Jonnyoro: I feel your pain :(

White

1991 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia

White Blend more

10/18/2014 - Phenol73 wrote: NR

(Tasted at Berry's Spain 2014): This is one of the most curious white wines I've had. Undoubtedly very well constructed and impressively fresh given its age. However, the aromas were peculiar - almost like granadilla (passion fruit), floor polish and sage... "Interesting", but no firm opinion on this yet.

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    10/18/2014 11:57:00 AM - Phen, you have described the wine perfectly. I would suggest philosophicaly that we have all been herded into a corner by the wine industry so that we can only accept or discriminate variations of Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. It is our duty as wine lovers to embrace with an open mind any varietal that isn't one of those two and to shout it to the rooftops if we like it. Examples would be Rioja Bianco, classic white Bordeaux, white Rhone like Condrieu, Aligote from Burgundy......don't sit on the fencewith your opinions: they are as valid as anyone else's. Best regards from Hong Kong. Mike

White

2009 Maison du Tastelune St. Romain Marks & Spencer

Chardonnay more

1/10/2014 - Tao wrote: 88 points

Light yellow in colour, perfume nose of white fruits and flower with a little hint of hazelnut! Creamy palate, mouthful of white fruits and a touch mineral! Drinking nicely now!

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    9/30/2014 9:26:00 AM - Tao, I just drank the 2010 tonight and was really impressed by how your tasting note of the 2009 captured my experience of the 2010. I couldn't improve on your description. Thanks. Mike

White - Sparkling

2002 Jacques Selosse Champagne Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Millésimé

Chardonnay more

9/20/2014 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine: 96 points

HDH Auction (Restaurant Tru, Chicago, IL): John ordered this of the list at Tru. This hits you like a freight train when you stick your nose in - massive, golden brown, toast and spice, and chalk and minerals. Like a mile-high monolith (made of chalk, Adrian said). Broad and energetic. Brutally powerful and focused on the palate - chalky but also deep toned. Chalk minerals, toast - malt. Long and laser-like. This has a vibrancy and vigor that 99% of wines can't even begin to approach. I really have no idea how to rate this, but it was awesome, so I'll try. 18+/20, probably will be closer to 19/20 when it matures. God knows when that will be.

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    9/21/2014 6:34:00 AM - Seth, I love the vibrancy of your note....the wine lived for me even though I have never drank it. Cheers, Mike

Red

1999 Chateau Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend more

9/15/2014 - dzop Does not like this wine: 82 points

So much VA that all I can think of is being a little kid, and the stench that wafted through the apartment when my mother removed nail polish from her toes. This is the third time I've had this and the VA has always been roughly this high, so I don't think this bottle was flawed, but rather this is a wine that only a VA tolerant drinker can enjoy. More for them, I guess. It does have a nice silky texture.

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    9/15/2014 11:40:00 PM - Hi Dzop........I love your note because drinking the wine evoked such a long-hidden memory. That's what good wine does! You're right that it's not a flaw.....Serge Hochar deliberately builds it in to his design by sticking to a traditional wine-making style that most other wine-makers have homogenised out. As you can tell, I'm an unabashed fan of Musar and I've always found the VA fairly easy to accommodate..... similar to drinking great Barolos. Anyway, chacun a son gout :)

Red

2006 III Associates Shiraz Giant Squid Ink

McLaren Vale more

8/23/2014 - JohnOnWine wrote: 98 points

Dense, concentrated flavor. One of the best.

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    8/23/2014 7:14:00 AM - John, thanks for the note. I have 3 bottles of this I bought on release and have just recently been offered another 22 at $25 per bottle. I'm tempted to grab them.....

White

2009 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

Chardonnay more

7/3/2014 - Goldstone Likes this wine: 91 points

Silvery Sauvignon Blanc colour. Nose is ozone, fresh-chucked oyster shells, a bracing sea breeze, wet pebbles. Palate is wet stones from a brook, very crisp, white apple, precise but slightly overwhelming acidity. Beautifully made. Some length. Fruit stones emerge on the palate after 2+ hours in the glass. Some length. Super...... but I would mistake it blind for a killer Sauvignon Blanc at this stage of its development. Needs at least another 5 years to flesh out. Everyone loved this.

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    8/21/2014 9:57:00 PM - Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fumé “Silex”. Silex means flint. This wine is Dagueneau's grand cru. It shows a terrific concentration of freshness and a bright appley fruit of crystalline purity. Really powerful, long and shimmering. (100% Sauvignon Blanc from 35 and 60 years and yields are kept lower than most other vineyards)

White - Sparkling

1999 Pol Roger Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill

Champagne Blend more

6/15/2014 - Robert Pavlovich Likes this wine: NR

This was a beauty.

Very balanced between its sweetness, fresh but not overbearing acidity, and dry style. A sophisticated champagne, almost like a really fine type Bordeaux style with just a bit more exuberance from its pure fruit. No doubt a sweet nectar of meyer lemon and lemon meringue pie. Shows a very pleasing, mineral laden finish with a nice medium intensity and excellent length, but one you have to pay attention to in order to appreciate its finesse. As it warmed, the fruit turned to nectarine and slight orange flavors. Alcohol never perceptible.

Used to toasted to the life of my father, just after scattering his ashes at sea. Lived up to the moment and then some. Already looking forward to the next bottle.

  • Comment posted by Goldstone:

    6/17/2014 8:57:00 AM - Robert, what a great way to bid adieu to your father. I'm sure he would have appreciated it.

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