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2005 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

5/15/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 87 points

A solid Grenache wine with Rhône typicity.

Colour: dark red with slightly maturing brim.
Nose: non-descript shy Grenache aromas with herbal qualities. A very humble part of "La Garrigue."
Palate: with all the anticipation that comes from knowing what you will have and what so many others think... Our first impression was: total faceplant. But, this is a solid Grenache based wine. Not much more. And not showing much potential for the future either...

Terribly poor QPR.

One more btl, hoping and praying to Thor, Huitaca, Athena, Vishnu and the Flying Spaghetti-Monster for a complete makeover until 2021. Or, maybe we just got a poorer btl than you other guys...

Home dinner, wonderfully cooked WAGYU and giant green asparagus by wife (same wine score).

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    5/15/2015 9:43:00 AM - Stefan, very well put note. But I do hope you had an off bottle ;)

Red - Sweet/Dessert

1963 Domaine Gorges du Soleil Rivesaltes

Red Blend more

4/16/2015 - Paul S wrote: 93 points

Birthday Dinner 2015 (Mitzo): A very enjoyable Rivesaltes. This had a really nice nose, with sweet aromas of dried figs and dried cranberries alongside more savoury tones of meat and dried earth and a nice twist of herb. The palate had a very smooth feel to it, with silky tannins and well-integrated, if not exactly sprightly acidity lending a soft, mellow tone to sweet flavours of red cherries, cranberries and raspberries, all infused with a gentle spiciness. There was a nice clarity to the flavours here, with a sweet glow to the fruit rather than the syrupy stickiness that one sometimes gets in poorly made vins doux naturel. Savoury undertones of preserved orange peel then carried the wine into a nicely lingering finish that seemed to just glide through the backpalate. There was a nice depth to the sweet fruit, but this was so perfectly integrated that it carried on without any suggestion of heaviness. Lovely stuff, quite at peak now.

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    5/12/2015 9:44:00 PM - Thanks for the (always) great note, Paul. Encouraging, as this is the closest thing to a birth year wine ('62) as I could probably find that is worth drinking, AFAIK.


2005 Basel Cellars The Alchemist

Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/24/2015 - fingers Likes this wine: 93 points

Entering maturity now, this is really special. Needed about two good hours of air to smooth out. Deep and pure fruit material slices through florals, sweet pipe tobacco, and wood notes to make a very seductive palate. Brilliant, dark ruby color with heavy sediment. Nose is entrancing, if a little shy. Plenty of grip in the background of plush tannins. I wish Trey Busch still produced this wine. 5+12+18+8=93

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    3/24/2015 8:08:00 PM - You bet. And I might just end up in the 1WBCO thread with this one. ;)


2007 Domaine les Pallières Gigondas Les Racines

Red Rhone Blend more

3/12/2015 - Wine-Strategies wrote: flawed

An absolute bloody mess. Equal parts EtOH, acetate and VA. Never managed the courage to taste as the nose was far too off-putting. 14,5% abv.

Served non-blind.

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    3/13/2015 12:26:00 PM - Too bad. If you see a newer vintage of this, don't hesitate.


2007 Zymé Valpolicella Classico Superiore

Corvina Blend, Corvina more

1/5/2014 - dbp wrote: 91 points

Beautiful, luscious, deep fruited aromas. This is a sexy wine. Smells of volcanic rock, cranberry seed, pomegranate, gravel dust, reduced strawberry sauce, and a luscious, sweet earth aroma that's deeply penetrating. Palate is medium bodied, showing some soft sweet red fruit, lightly dusty tannins, some of that volcanic ash, and an overall fairly mild complexion and still lusciously creamy fruit. Nice acid on the finish, which dials into more pleasing blueberries here, tartness, acid, and sweet herbs. A complete wine at present, and while nothing profound, offers an undeniable deliciousness that makes this wine easy to drink like juice. Further my previous comment from a year ago that there's no reason to age these; they are in a perfect place now and I doubt will improve.

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    2/21/2015 12:13:00 PM - Having just finished my last bottle of this, I have to point out what a wonderful tasting note you wrote for this, David. Just excellent, and it reflects my experience with the wine perfectly.


2012 CT Barrel Project Syrah Upland Syrah Upland Vineyard

Yakima Valley Snipes Mountain more

2/7/2015 - caeleric/cae_cpa Likes this wine: NR

decanted 30 minutes at the restaurant, then consumed over 2 hours with friends. this was a stunner. none of us could put it down. not massive, but hauntingly fruited and spiced with that meaty streak that makes syrah so wonderful. if this is what's in store for the remaining bottles, i'm thrilled. alcohol was in check, gentle tannins, just perfectly balanced. 93-95, which i didn't think was in the cards for this initially. patience will continue to pay off.

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    2/14/2015 8:47:00 AM - Excellent note, Chris. Thanks!


2011 Sleight of Hand The Conjurer

Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/25/2014 - Wine-Strategies wrote: NR

Ripe, plummy, confected cassis driven nose, with a full, glycerin-laden palate that could come from any of the wine producing continents of the world. BDX blend? Not sure it came across quite like that, more like sugary grape juice. For the cocktail-wine crowd. 14,4% abv.

Served non-blind; two tastes in, and I decided it was good enough to braise some beef shortribs - 700ml into the Le Creuset

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    12/28/2014 7:01:00 AM - Tim, 700ml? Is that the "Sleight of Hand"?

    hyuk-hyuk 😜


2012 Bernhard Ott Grüner Veltliner Am Berg

Wagram more

12/2/2014 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

Great drive and focus across a stony, white pepper and hay-driven finish. Medium-bodied, fresh, clean, cut. Everything I want in a sub-$20 GV. 12,0% abv, drink thru 2017. recommended

Served non-blind.

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    12/2/2014 10:59:00 AM - So you're saying it's a groovy Gru Vee?

    yuk.yuk.yuk ;)


2011 Maison Ilan Chambertin

Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

11/5/2014 - Chuck Miller wrote: NR

Opened a horizontal tasting of 6 2011 MI wines. Decanted at 3, served around 7. A noticeable step up in weight and interest, with fairly strong espresso/oak notes on the nose and palate. The only of the 6 wines that I would even want to drink again. Tried again after 24 hours in the decanter, still good.

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    11/6/2014 6:34:00 AM - Hello Chuck. I'm wondering how long these 2011 MI's were in the US? After all that these bottles have been through getting shipped here, I would be very hesitant to open without at least 3 months of rest to recover from any bottle and/or travel shock. You obviously know good wine when you taste it, but I'm also hoping that the whole Ray Walker project isn't the dud that it's looking like at this point. It will be a lot of money down the drain, literally.

Red - Fortified

2000 Graham Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

11/4/2014 - fingers Likes this wine: 94 points

Plenty of accurate descriptors already mentioned so I'll just add my stamp of approval and say "this is the real deal". Absolutely delicious, and it's going to be hard to keep any of these around in the cellar for the deserved length of time. Like liquid cherry-chocolate soufflé. 5+12+18+9=94

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    11/5/2014 2:11:00 PM - Yeah, I did Best wines deal too. These are pretty awesome VP's

White - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Tokaj Hétszőlő Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos

Furmint Blend, Furmint more

10/30/2014 - fingers Likes this wine: 93 points

Notes from the same bottle as Wine_Strategies, now almost two weeks after opening. The last quarter of the bottle has been in my home cooler at 48deg.
Amber-orange color, heavy legs, and no sediment. Cork in good shape.
The bouquet and palate have not lost a step with time open. In fact, it is much more seductive and seamless now than the first few days open. Not giving a whole lot of complexity yet, but there's perfect harmony between silky texture, honeyed fruit, alcohol, and acidity. Dates, apricots, fig, marmalade. Drink after a long decant or hold for a zillion years. 5+11+18+9=93

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    10/30/2014 8:00:00 PM - You won't be sorry, D. For $30, it's beautiful stuff.


2010 Oltretorrente Timorasso Colli Tortonesi


1/7/2014 - K is for Kate wrote: NR

On the first night I opened this, it came across extremely acidic and fairly light bodied. It seemed like a summery white that could do with a chill. However, after being open a few days, it seemed to put on weight, richness and complexity. It has been open 6 days now and is still drinking well, though a little faded. The acidity has mellowed out a bit and I am drinking it at cool room temperature (64).

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    10/25/2014 9:58:00 PM - It's a shame you you haven't written much lately, K. You give very good impressions of your experiences and your notes can be just as insightful as any of the wine "pros". Cheers!


2013 The Hess Collection Sauvignon Blanc Hess Select

North Coast more

9/30/2014 - fingers Does not like this wine: 74 points

By the glass at North Woods Inn. Much like the 2012 it is simple, dilute, and seems fundamentally based on rubbing alcohol. But that's being picky. 4+7+9+4 = 74

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    9/30/2014 9:21:00 PM - Those are the sacrifices I make in the interest of science.

White - Sweet/Dessert

2005 Oremus Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos

Furmint Blend, Furmint more

9/20/2014 - HStaal wrote: 91 points

WSET Level 4 Course - WSET School; 9/6/2014-5/23/2015 (WSET School, Bermondsey): Appearance: clear, medium amber
Nose: clean, pronounced, honey, mushroom, floral notes, dried apricot, marmalade, vanilla, sweet spice, hay, toffee, nutty; developing
Palate: sweet, high acidity, medium(+) alcohol (12.5%), full body, pronounced, mushroom, orange peel, marmalade, hazelnut; long finish
Overall: Good balance, intense, long finish, complex
Conclusion: OUTSTANDING, PREMIUM-priced (£38.99), can drink now but has potential for ageing

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    9/25/2014 11:12:00 AM - On the contrary, I wouldn't expect a 2005 Tokaji 5 Putt to be even in it's prime drinking window for at least 15 years. The wines are meant to be aged long term.

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    9/25/2014 12:06:00 PM - Well alright then! For sure, we know how special these wines can be in their "old age". Good luck with the WSET completion and thank you for writing excellent notes.


2002 Henri Boillot Chevalier-Montrachet

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

9/18/2014 - Wine-Strategies wrote: NR

Chicago: wine, food, friends...cigars!; 9/17/2014-9/20/2014 (Blackbird, Les Nomades, Naha, with lunch at Shaw's Crab House): An absolute wow wine, though not at first, as this needed some air to really show its true colors. Fine art in a glass, and one of those rare wines that defies description, if for no other reason than I know it's only getting better from here. Medium-bodied, superb cut and elegant depth; took nearly a minute to finish on the palate. highly recommended

Served non-blind; a true gem.

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    9/25/2014 10:19:00 AM - So jealous. Someday, I hope to make it to the big leagues like you guys


1983 Château Palmer

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/17/2014 - puppetclause wrote: flawed


  • Comment posted by fingers:

    9/18/2014 9:12:00 AM - My condolences :(


2006 Bodegas Bernabé Navarro Alicante Beryna Selección

Red Blend more

9/4/2014 - fingers Likes this wine: 92 points

Not accounting for bottle variation, if this one is representative then what a beautiful transformation has occured over the past several months! Drinking like a wonderfully mature Bordeaux in texture and depth. Still some brooding as well, so this is just hitting the perfect stride. It doesn't last long once open, 2 nights at best. If you have been smart enough to hold these, congrats. Sadly for me, this was my last. There were ups & downs, cork issues, TCA, etc but a final, stunning payoff on this bottle. 5+12+17+8 = 92

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    9/4/2014 9:51:00 AM - I'll have to check the label but it was Garagiste Mystery Wine #35 from February 2012. Grapes of Spain does not ring a bell

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    9/6/2014 8:22:00 AM - Back label reads
    Imported by: American Northwes Distributors, Inc., Seattle

    (misspell incl)


2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

Cabernet Franc more

9/2/2014 - Old Doug wrote: 90 points

Hate to stick on the so-often-seen 90 score, but that's right where I think this is. We are, after all, only 80% of the way from 50 to 100.

29 months since I last had this one, but the acidity and tannins are still very noticeable. I think the acidity is more in check now, and it's quite enjoyable to drink, overall. Tannins are smooth but strong, and overall this seems a strong, young wine....

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    9/2/2014 1:36:00 PM - It's not all that often seen from you, OD. Summarizing your scores, you have a nice broad distribution of scores with higher counts for 91, 92, & 93 than you do for 90.
    Someday, we'll share a nice 83-pointer together and it will be awesome!


2010 Stéphane et Vincent Perraud Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Selection des Cognettes

Melon de Bourgogne more

8/24/2014 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

I disagree with ctbob, this is in no danger or expiring. The wine seems to have entered the next phase of its life, where acids, still lively, are more in tune with the fruits, which have integrated fully since release. This has just entered its preferred window, where it should remain for the next 3-5 years quite confidently. Constantly becoming something else, this inexpensive Muscadet is a home run. I saw the 2012 the other day in my local, I think I should grab a few. 12,0% abv, recommended

PnP, consumed over 2 nights, both showing equally well; served non-blind.

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    8/30/2014 10:04:00 AM - CTBob has been saying to drink now since March 2013. I think he'll still be saying it in 2018. ;)


2002 Clarendon Hills Syrah Hickinbotham


8/19/2014 - dogsbrekky Does not like this wine: 83 points

Okay I have to stop drinking forever so this is my last BOTTLE for now... better be bloody good for $90

1st taste on opening = meh 83, closed, olives, tannins are nice but muddied, a dirty little bitch of a Shiraz with a lot of alcohol

2nd taste on decanting for 10 minutes = much better an 87.

3rd taste onwards after 4 hours in the decanter = WOW.. add some air and this is a bloody nice drop 93.......... better I suspect tomorrow

Nope one good taste and 95% of the bottle was ho hum, dirty, deep not integrated tannins, piss poor Aussie Shiraz.

Day 2 was much worse..... meh 83-85 overall

I am so disappointed

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    8/23/2014 8:28:00 AM - Well that's a drag. It sounds like '02 Oz is on the downslope. Better luck next time and by all means, keep drinking! ;)


2004 Scholium Project Babylon Tenbrink Vineyards

California Petite Sirah more

12/11/2011 - caeleric/cae_cpa Likes this wine: NR

pop n pour consumed over 2 days. this was graciously given to me as my ct forum secret santa gift from fingers. my first 100% petite sirah with any age on it, and it was absolutely smoking right out of the bottle. if the wife hadn't given me the disapproving evil eye as i sucked down glass after glass, i would have finished the whole thing on night one. massively fruited with the blackest of black fruits, some purple/blue fruits, and really nice vanillin oak nuance. this is a behemoth of a wine that continued to open beautifully in the glass. plush texture, with a good bit of tannic grip on it even with 7 years of age. a ridiculously long finish that swirled and unfurled ripe, unmistakeably napa fruit that was so juicy. day 2 was a little less exciting, with softer, plummier notes, and pretty one-dimensional. still very good, but not as amazing as day 1. this was a perfect gift, and makes me want to add more petite sirah to my cellar. THANK YOU FINGERS!!! if scoring, 93-95. drink over the next 3 years.

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    7/21/2014 9:45:00 PM - Ha! I just finally caught your note on this. Really glad you liked it! I shared my other bottle with jrockman and vinopkm last May and it was still drinking very nice. Perhaps one of the best PS's around, imho. Cheers!


2007 Cabot Vineyards Syrah Kimberly's

Humboldt County more

7/19/2014 - fingers Likes this wine: 91 points

Popped and followed for 4 hours open. Very dark purple, almost opaque with quick, clear legs. Moderate sediment. Profound and pure blackberry, caramelized pork, and Backwoods Smoke cigarillo aromas that seemed to lose a lot of intensity after an hour. The palate is wonderfully juicy with acidity and is joined by some serious mineral texture, making this an absolute foodie wine. It has a light-medium body but delivers oodles of fruit goodness into a long finish. It did seem to jumble a bit from hour 1-2 where I thought the oak monster was making an appearance, but by the third hour in decanter the elements mingled perfectly into a really attractive package. 5+11+17+8= 91

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    7/20/2014 2:11:00 PM - Ha! I must've had a better bottle. ;)

    Cabot bottles some great stuff, I must say


2011 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast


7/17/2014 - kenhoeve wrote: 92 points

Man is this good. This was served to me blind and I almost nailed it, got the sonoma coast pinot noir, but picked a mid level producer. Now some of you say Alesia is mid level. I disagree but it's all relative. The reason I went with mid level was the tannin were not showing any structure, no texture to the wine. But the flavor profile and proportion were dead on.

Day 2- Hello beautiful. This has fleshed out immensely with more grip and volume. It is at once earthy, bitter, tart, savory, pungent, sweet, fruity, and spicy. Delightfully smooth on the palate, and just a lot of nice layers. This has everything I love about pinot in a nice package. It's not intellectual, but I keep saying yes, yes, yes!

  • Comment posted by fingers:

    7/17/2014 8:16:00 PM - Great note, Ken!

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