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Red

1985 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/16/2015 - yofog wrote: NR

Mature yet youthful, this has an open bouquet of cedar, earth, tea, dried red fruit, and spice, but is still remarkably full-bodied and full-fruited. Effortless balance.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    4/30/2015 5:12:00 PM - I think it has another 20 years in it, easy. But I guess it really depends on how much you like old bones!

Red

2004 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

4/5/2015 - yofog wrote: NR

Very ripe nose of plum, black cherry, tobacco, iron, soil, with little to no oak/vanilla/spice. The ripeness is apparent on the palate as well, which is quite soft, meaty, and lacking in definition. Works well with the right food, but I don't love it.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    4/5/2015 10:04:00 AM - I hope it's just a question of bottle variation and that I'll open another bottle and it will be great, because I didn't find much excitement in this bottle and it was worse on the second day. There's a ripe dullness to it, and I didn't see much depth in it from which further excitement could come, if that makes sense. So I would drink it now, but I'm also curious to see if I'm wrong in 5+ years.

Red

2009 Château d'Issan

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/17/2015 - yofog wrote: NR

This has the 09 ripeness and warmth to be sure, but it's not quite roasted imo, instead the ripeness has translated into warmth, breadth, expressiveness, lots of soft fruits and warm French roast notes, which have married really well with the oak treatment making for a very classic, 3-piece tweed suit and cigar style of Bordeaux. Very appealing.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    3/21/2015 9:07:00 PM - Oh, most definitely still a baby. What's great is that I don't think it's going to have much of a dumb phase.

Red

2001 Château Gruaud Larose

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/16/2015 - yofog wrote: NR

Incredibly similar to every vintage of Gruaud I've had, which I guess is an achievement. Fat and cedary with piles of cassis and robust but supple tannins and a classy glossiness. Not the most exciting wine, but good in its context.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    3/21/2015 11:24:00 AM - You're probably right and I know many more experienced tasters than I who have the highest respect for Gruaud. I just need to try more vintages at different ages and get a broader picture of the wines.

White

2013 Lieu Dit Sauvignon Blanc

Santa Ynez Valley more

3/5/2015 - yofog wrote: NR

Such incredible freshness on the nose, it's hard to resist. On the palate this is more reticent than the 14 Melon or the 13 Chenin tasted alongside, but the texture is great and I think it just needs a few more months. It's all there.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    3/5/2015 12:21:00 PM - I think you'll dig it! Lots of energy. Oh, I erased my Melon 2014 note when I realized you were probably right about it, but I messaged my rep and he just rifled through his samples from the week and sent me a photo of the label: it was indeed 2014. I went through the Lieu Dit range with my sales rep and Eric Railsback on Tuesday. It must have just been bottled, I think if it was a tank sample he would have said so, but I forgot to ask.

Red

2010 Joseph Drouhin Morgon

Gamay more

1/31/2015 - sequoiagrove Does not like this wine: NR

Red colored water with a funny mouthfeel. after decanting and with food some very tart cherry and red currants emerge. Im putting it nicely. My wife said "ewww, you should put a post it note on a glass when it has undrinkable wine in it. Its like toilet cleaning liquid". I think I can cross off beajolais and put it in the same category as chile wine (except el qui). Avoid.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    1/31/2015 1:20:00 PM - This is a wonderful wine, perhaps you had a bad bottle?

Red

2012 Domaine des Lises Crozes-Hermitage Equis

Syrah more

9/3/2014 - yofog wrote: NR

A bright, vibrant, crushed rock version of Crozes, rather than a ripe/round one, and very successful. Cracked pepper, bright red and blue/purple berries, well-defined, a little blood, nice tension between savory and sweet notes, very clean and balanced.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    11/26/2014 3:27:00 PM - I can't say! I never thought of keeping this wine, as it's so delicious right now and seems meant to be drunk right now, though I don't see why it wouldn't keep for a few years and now you've got me curious about how it would drink...

Red

2011 Clau De Nell Grolleau Anjou

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10/25/2014 - yofog wrote: NR

Super fresh impression, with energetic purple fruit and granite dust, dark and grippy but an inner brightness.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    10/25/2014 3:26:00 PM - No, I'm inclined to think not. Not when you can buy Guion Deux Monts for $20. This ain't no Croix Boissee. That said, I was impressed and liked it a lot, and wouldn't argue with someone who DID think it worth the premium. There are certainly a lot of wines from fancier zip codes that impress less for more money, even if you are paying a premium for the Leflaive name here compared to other Loire reds. And of course, this wine is important culturally, imo, as attempting to improve the reputation and possibilities of Grolleau.

Spirits

NV Ardbeg Corryvreckan Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 57.1% Islay

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10/11/2014 - yofog wrote: NR

I like this more than the Uig, it's got a little more barrel on it and the peat has more authority.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    10/11/2014 9:36:00 PM - Eh. Ardbeg has been getting the ol' LVMH touch. The whiskies just don't sing any more, though they remain solid and worthy. Lately I've been getting most of my Scotch jollies from Springbank/Longrow and Benriach/Glendronach. Springbank's 16yr Amontillado cask comes to mind, and every year Benriach has been releasing peated single Sherry cask stuff around the 20yr mark, those have been totally killer.

Red

1928 Federico Paternina Rioja Gran Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

10/3/2014 - yofog wrote: NR

The color is so clear, but so bright, too, and incredibly ruby still with just some orange/brick on the rim. Fresh and refreshing. Tangy, truffley, penetrating. Majestic wine which seems to be immortal. No hurry.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    10/4/2014 6:49:00 PM - You're probably right! It was basically flawless and I wish I could be there when you open yours in 2028! And yes, in fact the the import representative told me it was bottled in '68!

White

2013 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu

Chenin Blanc more

9/26/2014 - yofog wrote: NR

Not sure how I feel about this...not lacking ripeness, but it does seem a bit round and dull. I'm missing the engergy, complexity, and race, but I may just need to return to it in a few months.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    9/26/2014 6:28:00 PM - Agreed. That and '10 Barolo, of course. The bulk of them are arriving in NY area warehouses over the next month+ and it's all my reps are talking about...and I don't blame them.

White - Sparkling

NV Gaston Chiquet Champagne Cuvée de Réserve

Champagne Blend more

10/14/2012 - yofog wrote: 91 points

Baked apple and brioche, backed up with lemony acidity, fresh but not youthful, still could use time.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    9/2/2014 8:26:00 AM - Fair enough. This was a trade tasting and the wine being poured would have been the most current release, the disgorgement date being probably within 6 months of this tasting note. I mostly said it because I know how delicious Chiquet can be with just a few extra years, it's worth it.

Red

2010 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses

Cabernet Franc more

3/23/2014 - yofog wrote: 93 points

Insanely good. Round, focused, cigar, gravel, chalk, really fine and densely pack blue and black fruits, electric. The fruit reminded me of the Chesnaies Cuvee Prestige or the Guion Deux Monts, but with more structure and tobacco around it. Really great wine that I can't wait to put away.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    7/27/2014 4:47:00 PM - I think the 10 is a little deeper and packed with material than other vintages of this that I've had. The 05 is probably the closest, and I suppose it's possible that all I was perceiving was it's relative youth. But, that was my impression. The 02, 09, and 10 were tasted alongside each other, the 07 and 08 a couple weeks after IIRC, and the 05 I tasted a couple years ago. The 09 had nicely ripe fruit and spiciness but didn't have the concentrated vinosity that I like so much in the 10. And then I would say the 08 is playful, vibrant, super asphalty/graphitey/funky, and the 07 more about supple elegance (and man it really is beautiful).

Red

2007 Azienda Agricola La Torre Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

3/14/2014 - yofog wrote: 93 points

This was actually drinking great from the moment I popped the cork, which is not to say that it was showing much fruit, more like leather, dusty soil, a hint of brett, but that's what I want in a Brunello, anyway. Very aromatic, full of warmth and breadth, though again not fruity at all. This is really really solid, everything's just where I want it. It has volume, too, perhaps partly a result of the 14% but that isn't felt on nose or palate. Very old-school and charming.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    6/26/2014 6:57:00 AM - Honestly, I'm not sure. I feel like it could go another 10 years, just bc it's so traditional and feels balanced around its vibrant acidity. The warmth of the vintage is only felt in the breadth or volume of flavor, there are no overripe or muddled qualities to the fruit. It's very solid and sure of itself, so I wouldn't worry about keeping it.

Red

2006 Château Calon-Ségur

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/12/2014 - yofog wrote: 93 points

Big and firm but silky tannins, really fresh and well-ripened fruit underneath, for all its tannic solidity this is really refreshing to drink and I think in time, will be great. I'm biased though: this is my kind of Bordeaux!

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    6/19/2014 7:52:00 AM - I would say in the late 20s, although you can drink it now if you really like tannin, as I certainly enjoyed the sample that I had of it.

Red

2009 Château de Bellevue Lussac-St. Émilion

Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/2/2014 - yofog wrote: 88 points

Very tannic, impenetrable.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    6/19/2014 7:47:00 AM - I like the producer and think the wine is generally quite good, normally deserving maybe of a 90/91, but the 09 was showing a lot of heavy, tough tannin, which I thought deserved the reduction of a few points bc a) it wasn't showing well and b) it wasn't the most refined and supple tannin, but I don't think it's a bad wine necessarily.

Red

2012 Broc Cellars Cabernet Franc Whole Cluster Santa Barbara County

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3/29/2014 - yofog wrote: 92 points

I'm in love. This has a gorgeous light color, a beautiful nose, and a tangy, pure, and vibrant palate. The 11.9% and the whole cluster would have had me thinking green, bitter, underripe flavors, but this is clean and fruity and joyful wine, with a slightly bitter, slightly juicy cranberry element that works really well, and a leafy/undergrowthy/tea leaf background that is in no way bell pepper or Chinon/Bourgueil-like. Very old world in its sensibility, but also distinctly Californian. Went brilliantly with the duck over lentils. I kept coming back to this even though there were plenty of other really serious wines present. Why can't more Cali wine be like this?

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    4/3/2014 3:14:00 PM - It really is fabulous stuff, and I can't thank you enough for bringing it to my attention.

Rosť

2012 Château d'Esclans Côtes de Provence Les Clans

Rosé Blend more

4/3/2014 - yofog wrote: 90 points

Just under a year in oak, I think second fill. Pale copper color, very little red or pinkness to it. Just copper. Pure, clean, the profile driven by oak but not in a buttery sense. I remember liking the 11 a lot more.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    4/3/2014 3:03:00 PM - Ah! Thanks for pointing that out!

Red

2005 Château Clerc Milon

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/12/2014 - yofog wrote: 91 points

Starting to reveal some of what's to come, the pencil lead joined by some sanguine and meaty notes, great depth of fruit here, really dense but not overly extracted feel.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    3/21/2014 8:57:00 PM - It's definitely starting to open up a little and I think you could happily drink it today, slow oxing and enjoying the process of watching it open up. But I'd give it another three-five years, personally. I think it'll really be singing.

White - Sweet/Dessert

2009 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Le Mont

Chenin Blanc more

3/4/2014 - khmark7 wrote: NR

Wish I had more experience with Domaine Huet, as I suspect this bottle is corked. Drinkable but lacking. Hopefully they start using something other than cork to seal their wine.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    3/8/2014 5:48:00 PM - Possible, but it could also just be the way Huets tend to shut down completely a couple years post release. Come back to it in 30 years :)

Red

2010 Mas Jullien Coteaux du Languedoc Les Terrasses du Larzac

Red Blend more

12/31/2012 - rxlaw95 wrote: 92 points

Long finish and some age ability define this vin rouge. Tasting at Paris's Lavinia. It's a fair value at 32 euros a bottle. Can't find anyone importing this to the US. Too bad really. It's good and I'd buy a half case if I didn't mind schlepping it through the airport.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    2/16/2014 8:11:00 AM - It's imported by Rosenthal/Madrose in NY, retail should be around 45-50usd.

White

2011 Viñedos Bernabeleva Vinos de Madrid Blanco de Bernabeleva

Albillo more

1/25/2014 - yofog wrote: 87 points

Full bodied, hint of oiliness, peaches, and that heavy, white flower floral quality. Really smooth and with a sneaky length to it, this is really good and would probably improve with air. Only detraction is a pervasive heat on the palate and retronasal.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    1/25/2014 12:56:00 PM - Probably would help, but my coworker took it home and I just got a taste. It's Rare Wine Co.

Red

2011 Château Pavie Macquin

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/23/2014 - yofog wrote: 60 points

This is shiraz, and piss poor, disjointed shiraz at that. Tastes really hot, overworked, extracted, lacking any semblance of focus.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    1/24/2014 8:13:00 AM - This was at the UGCB in NY. It's the right wine. That's the point. I'm saying it tastes like really awful shiraz and is therefore an even more awful bordeaux. 60pts to signify "avoid"

White - Fortified

NV Marco De Bartoli Marsala Superiore 1986 Riserva Marsala Superiore Samperi

Grillo more

12/29/2013 - yofog wrote: 94 points

Mind-expanding, salty, minerally, orange and walnut, tangy, mouth-watering wine.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    12/29/2013 9:55:00 AM - Sorry! I'm also worried that it's a bit of a cop out as a tasting note, to call something mind-expanding, but when it's true, it's true, and it helps me keep track of which wines in a given year really moved me or seemed particularly special. I think the '05 Gimonnet Millesime de Collection Vieilles Vignes was another one, maybe even my Champagne of the Year, though the other two CT notes differ.

White

2011 Radikon Pinot Grigio

Venezia Giulia IGT more

12/29/2013 - yofog wrote: NR

Beyond delicous. Nutty and perfumed and soft but direct and mouthwatering. If all pg tasted like this, I would happily tell people that I'm a devout pinot grigio drinker.

  • Comment posted by yofog:

    12/29/2013 9:29:00 AM - I'd say the oxidation here is mild. Clearly it's there and it informs/forms the base of much of the character of the wine, but it doesn't present itself as a fault, exactly. It's integral to the wine, and as such can be perceived as correct or "clean," but I wouldn't be surprised if the bottles vary. The '07 Oslavje was the only one that was oxidative in a way that was jarring, but that spends 3 times longer in barrel. That said, the '00 Oslavje was beautiful. Disclaimer: I love oxidation and am probably biased, but I'm also very picky about when it works and when it doesn't...I love sherry, I love Tondonia, and vin jaune, but I frequently dislike a lot of the non-vin-jaune Jura whites, for example.

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