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Red

2009 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin

Grenache more

5/26/2015 - Rezy13 wrote: 91 points

Tuesday Night Double Blind $80+ (Bin 75): Dark crimson core with reddish rim; creamy, dark fruit, plum, raspberry, fig and almond paste; spicy palate, strong bitterness, grainy Grenache tannin, a touch of heat, creamy, briary, the finish is austere but the front end is more modern; very different from the last bottle just over 1 month ago, this was evolving at a much quicker pace and didn't have much potential to improve in the cellar except for texture; called '09 Clos des Papes.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    5/28/2015 7:09:00 AM - My bottle opened just over a month ago tasted great because it came out of a proper cellar. The same may not be said about the one Tuesday. It is a little scary if provenance can change a wine this young so much.

Red

2008 Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/13/2015 - georgenmil wrote: 78 points

The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are medium. There is no sediment in the bottle.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    2/14/2015 10:02:00 AM - Even judging visuals alone I don't feel this merits a 78...then again you may have been disappointed to not find any sediment.

Red

2009 Domaine Joseph Roty Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Fontenys

Pinot Noir more

2/12/2015 - pclin wrote: NR

Big, dense, and concentrated, almost like drinking a young Clos St Jean CDP. Dark chocolate, game, blackberry, bacon, and oak, again almost like a young CDP. Vibrant acidity with high alcohol of 13.5% and a touch of heat at finish. Slightly over-extracted. This is one of the most unusual young Burgundy I have tasted, the closest burgundy that resemble this is the '03 Clos de Tart. Surely an interesting wine but not for everyone. If you like young CDP, you will like this wine. Full-bodied and long, a wine that build to last for a long time but I am not certain how it will evolve, it's a gamble I am unwilling to take.(NR)

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    2/12/2015 8:46:00 PM - Thanks for the note. I kind of feel that way about this producers wines in these blockbuster vintages, too. Blind tasting I've confused some of them as New World. whoops
    Did you give the bottle any air? Did it evolve in any way?
    Thanks.

Red

2004 Domaine Alain Burguet Gevrey-Chambertin Mes Favorites Vieilles Vignes

Pinot Noir more

2/12/2015 - bevetroppo wrote: NR

Fascinating article read recently by under-the-radar, consumer-friendly, extremely modest Burgundy authority Bill Nanson on 2011 vintage and the specter of pyrazines. If I may paraphrase, and all errors are mine, if you experienced the green meanies widespread in 2004, you are doomed to relive them any time a subsequent vintage has even a whisper of the same problem-to whit, a nasty and penetrating herbaceousness that can completely overwhelm drinking pleasure. In any event, Dr. Nanson has observed some of the same characteristics in 2011, so now I am on the lookout.

But let's not forget we're talking about an '04 here, right? I honestly don't think I smell pyrazines in the nose, but on the other hand, the fruit is a little clipped, and it leaves a somewhat chemical impression if you really dip your beak into it. I'm all about vintage variation vs. manufactured consistency, but this seems to lack a certain je ne sais quoi. On the palate some fruit emerges, but it's quickly brushed aside by harsh and brutish flavors that render it somewhat unattractive. This doesn't strike me as a wine that is in transition to a more appealing state: it just seems harsh, and the sensation of a mouth-coating greenness tends to increase as you progress through the bottle.

Net net, no rating. I have one more bottle I will sit on for a few years to see if something resolves, but I'm not optimistic. Everything can't be '05 or '10 but it can be better than this.

Revision after posting: LOL. I have two prior notes on this wine that are completely different! WTF? Either I've changed or the wine has or both...makes it hard to regard me as a reliable reference on this one.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    2/12/2015 8:43:00 PM - Thanks for the note. I will have to start reading Mr. Nanson's reports. I have noticed that strong green note in many of the 2011s. I don't mind it now, but as the fruit subsides over time it may become overpowering like many have found in 2004. The funny thing is that I've experienced some great examples of 2004 recently. Some awkward at first that evolved with air to become amazing (Mortet Lavaux St. Jacques) and others that were great right off the bat. It is really weird but I almost liken the herbaceous quality as a dumb phase that some of these wines seem to be coming out of. Haven't taken a large enough sample size, but I am seeing some notes back up my theory.
    Burguet is one of my favorites and have complete faith in his abilities. His wines also seem to last forever, so his "dumb" phase may be exaggerated more so than other producers.
    I was curious, how much air was this given? You mentioned that the green quality kept getting worse as you progressed.
    I look forward to more notes on this wine and hope people put the effort into their notes as you have done with this. Thanks. -Jon

Red

1990 Château Montrose

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/1/2015 - Rezy13 Likes this wine: 95 points

Super Bowl 2015 (Roswell, GA): Dense chocolate core with garnet rim; earth, tart, currant, cherry, orange oil, tobacco, some Brett; fleshy, silky initially, luxurious, grainy tannin comes in later, strong mid-palate, funk, medicinal; very good but not a wine I could drink a ton of because of the lower acid; voted WOTN.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    2/10/2015 9:16:00 PM - Thanks for the note. I can empathize with that!
    A lot of times I say funk, cow pie, barnyard or sweaty horse saddle. In Pauillac it's cow pie but it's not from Brett and there are other soil driven notes that can be funk but not Brett. This bottle showed some Brett with a bitter note that detracts from the fruit a bit and I get a certain sensation on my tongue. I envision dank, dirty cellars with barrels needing to be replaced (not going to name any ames...Pegau...Bonneau) and think of how beautiful these wines would be without it.
    Just a note, provenance would not attribute to this scourge. It is an anaerobic yeast that gets put into the bottle with the wine. Just like cork taint, individuals may have an unfair amount of bottles with these flaws in their cellars, but they have no bearing in spawning them. Sorry if I'm being preachy.
    This bottle was great, but it was a reluctant 95. To many not sensitive to Brett or odd balls that like it, this would have been 100 points.
    Anyway, cheers to clean bottles!

Red

2008 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

1/1/2015 - Rezy13 Likes this wine: 91 points

2015 New Year's Day Tasting- Double Blind $80+ (Marietta, GA): Dark maroon with lighter rim; dried red fruit, orange oil, sour cherry, red currant; softer, ripe, structured, black cherry liqueur, green pepper, sandalwood, herbs, savory; very much Sangio with Cabernet; called '07 Tignanello.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    2/5/2015 6:44:00 PM - Tasting it blind I thought it was 2007 Tig. Turns out I was off by one year.

White

2006 Château-Grillet (Neyret-Gachet) Château-Grillet

Viognier more

10/17/2014 - Rezy13 wrote: NR

Friday Night Double Blind Tasting $40+ (Bin 75): Dull steely greenish yellow; subtler nose of pineapple, papaya, banana, melon, ripe, floral, waxy; similar to the nose the palate is waxy with rich yellow tropical fruit, heavier and showing some alcohol but not flabby, baby fat still hides some of the mineral; good.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    2/2/2015 12:58:00 PM - The wine was opened at dinner then partially full when we tasted it roughly 4 hours later. Not sure if another 4 hours would have helped.

Red

2008 Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

1/24/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: 92 points

Nicely floral start with black and blue fruit. Still a bit firm, but with nicely rich, rounded fruit, hints of chocolate and espresso. Lots of energy. Good now, better with some air. Probably better in a few more years.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    1/26/2015 4:02:00 PM - That is very high score from you for an Italian wine. Are you on a path of conversion to Tuscany Al? Thanks for the great notes.

Red

2010 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

Red Rhone Blend more

10/7/2014 - Rezy13 Likes this wine: 96 points

Tuesday Night $20-$40 Double Blind (Bin 75): Wow, this is not what I was expecting from a young vintage of this wine, it shows phenomenal balance, sweet but not overripe fruit, pleasant grip, larger alcohol but it doesn't stand out, also good acid keeps this fresh; a complete package that I expect to age gracefully for 20+ years; one of the most exciting young wines to date.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    1/25/2015 10:26:00 PM - If you click on the event you will see that this and 2 grand crus burgs were done after the $20-40 event portion. Actually, the wine was brought by someone else, so I guess it wasn't even $1...for me.

Red

2012 Luigi Pira Langhe Nebbiolo

Langhe DOC more

1/10/2015 - Rezy13 Likes this wine: NR

Sour and sweet cherry, deeper and richer than you'd expect from a Langhe Nebbiolo, very high quality, spice, good structure, caressing; this is the best thing for Piemontese producers to get people into this great grape.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    1/15/2015 8:44:00 PM - Sorry. Accidentally hit the wrong box. Thanks.

Red

2000 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Centenaire

Red Rhone Blend more

12/12/2014 - Rezy13 Likes this wine: 95 points

Galoots Lunch (Double Zero Napoletano- Sandy Springs): Good garnet color with nice clarity; tasted side by side with the 2007 this was amazingly fresher, ripe but cool dark red kind of a blue hue to the fruit, leather, lots of berry, dark cherry and raspberry, clean, deep though fresh, very Burg-like to me; palate is very similar with refreshing acid, ripe but not overdone; not as good as the one served during the 2000 retrospective but a well stored and great example of how brilliant this wine can be.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    12/18/2014 11:07:00 AM - I would be careful of how they were stored. Only if provenance was good would I consider holding them longer. I might even prefer it with a little more age, but there would be no harm in opening now. Their 1990 was legendary which I drank in 2011, so they are capable of lasting quite a while.

Red

2009 Château de Saint-Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides

Red Rhone Blend more

3/14/2014 - Rezy13 Likes this wine: 94 points

Very dark red core with pale maroon rim, good extraction; a hint of vanilla, cherry, raspberry, seems like a plush texture; slightly nutty, raspberry, cherry, tart, grainy, mineral, almost wood tannin on the finish, some oak, good focus, higher alcohol, smoky; really opened up with some air exhibiting dark rich fruit, lots of garrigue, more of a sandy component, and lots of black pepper; initially on Xavier Anonyme but I was not getting the galets or the hard red fruit of CdP so I called '09 St. Cosme Les Claux (the vineyard 15 feet away); one of the best Gigondas I've had; still upside potential, 94+; need to get some.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    12/1/2014 11:52:00 AM - They should last, but I've had less luck with aged Gigondas than CdPs. On the other hand Chris has recently popped several times the 1997 St. Cosme regular Gigondas that has still been good. I loved the Hominis Fides young and think another year or two should do it well. I do, however, insist that I help evaluate the bottle(s) when you decide to open them;) Would love to get a bottle or two of this but they're impossible to find.
    Yes, I was able to score one of the Thomas Moreys.

Red

2010 Domaine Thomas Morey Santenay 1er Cru Grand Clos Rousseau

Pinot Noir more

3/4/2014 - Rezy13 Likes this wine: NR

Tuesday Night Double Blind $40+ (Bin 75): Purple ruby that's see through with a lighter rim; rose, watermelon, youthful, violet, minerality; good structure, tart, almost candied berry, white rock; very good; lots of nobility and good aging potential; need to get some of this.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    11/24/2014 8:54:00 AM - Thanks. That is one of the few bottles I'm picking up in the sale because it's a great value. Gonna get a few more white Burgs...been really enjoying them lately. Michelot Meursault Perrieres and Chanson Clos des Mouches. How was Lusca?

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    11/24/2014 7:36:00 PM - I hear you. Many of these restaurants have such tiny portions and load it with too much seasoning. These big, bold flavors are just overdone...especially for us Burg drinkers. So many people are killing their palates with 130 proof vanilla popsicle Bourbons and overhopped beer (please don't take offense if those hit close to home).
    I love raw bars because whites get to shine so well. I rarely get to drink them with our wine group.

Red

2010 Maison Bertrand Ambroise Corton-Rognet

Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

12/20/2013 - Rezy13 Likes this wine: NR

Friday Night Double Blind Semi-Mondo $80+ (Bin 75): Pretty, light violet rim with darker semi-translucent core; candied but really tart nose of wild berries and dark cherry, still reductive, white rock is buried underneath; candied watermelon, grape Jolly Rancher, really fresh, acidic, darker profile with a slightly leaner frame; absolutely delicious!

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    11/24/2014 8:51:00 AM - Cool! I did see you at the store though didn't have a chance to say hi. Crazy busy lately. Saw that the baby was helping pick out some gems, too!

Red

2007 Paolo Bea Montefalco Rosso Riserva Pipparello

Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

11/6/2014 - Rezy13 Likes this wine: NR

This made a lot of sense once revealed; aged color; sweet and nutty nose with dried leaves, maple syrup, mix of red and dark fruit, was going apassimento fruit not sure of the variety possibly Merlot or Corvina blend; I liked the freshness and lack of Sagrantino tannin; very nice.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    11/15/2014 10:15:00 AM - Surprisingly, no. It probably sat open in the bottle for 30 minutes to an hour but it was uncharacteristically forgiving. I am sure that is due to Bea's unique winemaking methods.

Red

2010 Vietti Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco

Langhe DOC more

9/21/2014 - KeithAkers wrote: 89 points

Vietti Perbacco Vertical: 2005-2011 (My place, Chicago IL): Nose: The nose is very perfumed and feminine with red cherries, red florals, violets, earth tones, and some berries. There is a higher-toned nature to the fruit, but there is a slight lack of depth.

Taste: Medium bodied with medium/high acidity and chewy tannins. The structure is very youthful and noticeable with red cherries, red florals, tar, roses, and some earth notes on the back end.

Overall: If this gains some weight and complexity, it will be lovely. This shows off a more feminine and nuanced side that is very pretty.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    10/3/2014 7:48:00 PM - Did you give it any aeration? Finding many young Italians need air to fill out and show their masculine side.

Red

2005 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

9/25/2014 - Pknut wrote: NR

In a really nice spot right now. I let this air for a few hours, and sipped it over the course of dinner and after. Just lovely, the fruit much more advanced than I expected, still bright but softer, more stewed than primary, along with lovely complexities such as roasted chestnut, liquorice, melted truffle, Chinese plum sauce, black pepper and dried cherry spice, all riding a very smooth mouthfeel that is showing softer tannins. This is rather "autumnal" right now, but not in the dried leaves sense, more stewed fruit and roasted chestnut. This is very long, shows really good proportion and balance, and is really in the zone right now. Rosh in New City.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    9/28/2014 5:35:00 PM - Good note. Agree with the quality. The last bottle I had was still so fresh and could see this going a long time. Not quite Rayas but still an underrated producer.

Red

2007 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

Red Rhone Blend more

9/4/2014 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 91 points

Nice deep ruby color with a hint of bricking. Deep and rich on the nose, with plum skins, black and red cherries, dusted with earth, sage, black pepper, soy sauce and mocha. Medium+ bodied, a bit low on the acid (always a problem between me and the 2007s), tannins are fine but still structured. Silky and refined, I love the roasted chestnut, scorched earth and charcoal elements, also some crispy grilled pork, sage and menthol elements. Long, full, quite complex, not subtle but somehow very pretty. If the acid was higher I’d be even more impressed. Opens up a lot over time to show all sorts of complexity. Drinking wonderfully now, and perhaps I’m against the grain here, I think this could evolve a bit more. Gotta find some more. Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and a few other varieties.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    9/6/2014 8:47:00 PM - It sounds like that bottle was drinking at peak. If it has soy at this phase I am not sure it will improve much more. I agree on '07s in general. How was storage?

Red

2003 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/28/2014 - Rezy13 wrote: 91 points

Bring your best you paid under $100- double blind (Norcross, GA): Deeper color, more extraction, darker garnet core with red rim; vanilla, cherry, roses, violets, deep, sweet red and dark berry, plum; soft acid, somber, very fleshy, red apple skin on finish, grainy prickly tannin, slight heat on finish; I thought this was domestic Merlot- Pahlmeyer '01 is what I called; surprised how modern the wine showed with very little Bordeaux complexity- 2nd time having it and similar showings both times.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    7/10/2014 11:15:00 PM - Thanks for leading me there, your grace.
    Truth be told this Pichon was so much better than the wines we brought that evening.

Red

2009 Domaine Bruno Clavelier Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Brulees Vieilles Vignes

Pinot Noir more

7/2/2014 - Burgundy Al wrote: 89 points

Casual Burg Dinner with Friends (RPM Italian - Chicago IL): Opened and decanted one hour before serving. My first time with this wine from any vintage. This was very peculiar tonight. Lots of ultra ripe red fruit aromas with mint and oak hints that could easily have made me think this from California. Flavors still showcasing ripe red fruit, but with the balance, spice and minerality that is unmistakably Burgundy, even if not coming across right now as really Vosne. Lots of baby fat that makes me think this is just a precocious adolescent that needs a decade in the cellar. But I'm not sure here, this was a strange wine tonight. I kept half the bottle for tomorrow....

Cork reinserted, bottle kept overnight in the refrigerator then removed an hour before trying again. Second night it was basically identical to the previous night, still very ripe and forward with moderate spice and just faint hints of Vosne charm.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    7/3/2014 12:06:00 AM - Did it remind you of Roty's style?

White

2012 Domaine Yves Cuilleron Marsanne Les Vignes d'à Côté

Vin de France more

3/13/2014 - Rezy13 wrote: NR

Light yellow with some green; waxy melon, white flowers, lanolin, hint of spearmint; medium plus body, light melon, floral, grain; good but a little nondescript.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    6/26/2014 5:45:00 PM - I know...a little contradictory but it just didn't pop or stand out.

Red

2010 Domaine Martin Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu

Red Rhone Blend more

5/14/2014 - Giggs wrote: 90 points

Lavender, apricot, very Côtes du Rhône. Good note by Rezy13.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    5/15/2014 6:35:00 AM - Thank you.

Red

2010 Elio Altare Barbera d'Alba

more

5/3/2014 - StefanAkiko wrote: 85 points

Paid the Japanese price premium for this one. It came out polished, with absolutely no edges, no personality, easy-drinking and . . . bland.

Young fruit on the nose, towards violets and Southern France.
In the mouth this has M++ acids to marry all things with tomatoes. The tannins are just like the rest of this wine: Charming, but without personality. Almost as if this wine was a J-pop or K-pop star... Beautiful label, but not much contents...
(I still have no clue about HOW to identify Barbera in a blind tasting.)
Wife: 87p (for drinkability)
At local La Verdura with kohai running the restaurant for the GW-week.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    5/4/2014 5:46:00 PM - My identifier for Barbera is a hint of sun-dried tomato.

Red

2004 Bodega Numanthia Toro Numanthia

Tempranillo more

3/28/2014 - Rezy13 wrote: 84 points

Bring your best you paid under $100- double blind (Norcross, GA): Opaque core with thin red rim; mint, paint thinner, tar, menthol; fat, no to low acid, red fruit, menthol, leather, older, hard as nails; this shows how blockbuster New World wines age...not well.

  • Comment posted by Rezy13:

    4/23/2014 11:37:00 AM - Thanks for the note, Jancis. My note is consistent and even less harsh than 'King of the Blind's note...we drank the same, poor bottle. You, as an experienced taster, cannot speak about 2004 Numanthia as a whole- only the bottle that was opened. I don't remember you being at the tasting.
    Yes, Spain is Old World (thank you 1965 wine reference book) and I know the history of the region, but when Australians make the wines, they pick in early November at 40 Brix, they get enough extraction to permanently stain the glass, and the acidity is over 7 pH...I don't find that to be very Old World in style...or appealing. If you like drinking chemicals and sludge go ahead, but it's not my cup of tea. You probably know that many Spanish producers were chasing points during this time period by creating a product that is appealing to critics and meant to be consumed very early. That style has lead to very inconsistent aging to say the least.
    Secondly, on your profile it says you don't care about whether a wine is traditional or modern. Why do you care if I care? Sounds hypocritical to me.
    Our styles and tastes are very different. I am more objective because I am in the industry and need to be. It looks as though you are a highly creative and expressive consumer who is extremely passionate about wine. I respect that very much, but please thoughtfully consider your comments before posting.

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