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Red

2009 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

Grenache more

2/1/2016 - Anonymous wrote: NR

Weekly tasting group; C9duP 2009 (The Judge): The wine is almost black. The bouquet is quite special with some glue and acetone, but also dark forest fruits, some red fruits, laurel, chocolate and cinnamon. On the palate very concentrated, juicy dark berries, salty licorice and black pepper, but also some glue impressions. Firm acidity and round, slightly sticky tannin. I am in doubt; is this an off bottle, or is this wine so concentrated and still much too young so it still has to find its balance? Need to taste again around 2020 I suppose. No score for today.

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    2/3/2016 5:54:00 PM - Thank you Derek for your comment. The wine is a bit odd now, but all the good things are there as well. D’Yquem can give the same impressions in its youth, but with some years on it, it all falls into place. I just hope it will be the same with this wine. Between 2020 and 2022+ we will probably find out :-).
    Cheers. Z.

Red

1996 Château Cos d'Estournel

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/29/2016 - Anonymous wrote: 95 points

Beautiful and classical bouquet with cassis and other dark forest fruits, cedar, cigar box and beautifully dosed oak which is perfectly integrated in the wine. All impressions come back on the palate, beautiful acidity and round tannin with still a pleasant bite. Overall a really very beautiful and complex and mature wine which still has plenty of bite for the future. Until 2020+ should not be a problem. Have a few, so there will be follow ups.

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    2/1/2016 2:50:00 AM - Thank you C. for your comment. Really appreciated!! What I did want to say is that the oak is beautifully toasted and integrated in the wine, so it adds to the complexity and the sense of luxury. Do you have a suggestion how I could put this in a few words in a tasting note? Thanks!

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    2/1/2016 8:27:00 AM - Thank you very much for your reply! I changed this note, and the coming week I will check my older notes, because I am quite sure I have made the same mistake before. On this side of the pond working day is almost over and I have to hurry to a nice C9duP 2009 tasting :-) What a horrible life ;-)

Red

1986 Château Latour Grand Vin

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/12/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 92 points

Exclusive dinner with eight friends and 22 special wines.: In the bouquet mature cassis, earth, green impressions and some barnyard. On the palate dark fruits, green bell pepper, earth, rustic, luxurious oak and firm tannin, but not extremely great. Although this is a good wine, I must say this is probably the most disappointing Latour for me personally; certainly considering the quality of the vintage. Don't know what to think. I have a previous experience with another Bordeaux 1975 on which I gave up at a certain point, but 10 years later it showed lovely…. I don't own a bottle, but if I had any, I would probably keep it until 2025 at least. If it disappoints then as well, there is not much harm done. Nevertheless I score it 92 for tonight, because it is still a complex and beautiful wine, but for a Latour in a very good vintage you expect something extra. Maybe the wine is in a dumb phase?

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    1/28/2016 9:14:00 AM - Thank you for your comment. So my note was probably not clear enough. I added a few words, so hopefully it is more clear now. The bottle was definitely not flawed. But I love the 1986 vintage and Latour and combining those two, Latour disappointed me as a Latour, not as a wine. (I have tasted 26 vintages and 46 times a Latour; probably more because not all my notes are in CT.) You may know I do my very best to score wines regardless of their label, but if I succeed for a 100% I don’t know. You always have the ambiance and the comments of other tasters. (And you may know that if we sit at a long table, I always sit at the end, as far away as possible from people who have a strong opinion and influence the tasters around them.) In this case the 92 score for this imo disappointing Latour is correct.

Red

2013 rafael lopez Utiel-Requena Sexto elemento

Bobal more

1/21/2016 - gertjeuh wrote: 90 points

A mix of red fruits , some wood and a hint of sweetness.
What is remarquable about this vintage is the Freshness that runs trough and bursts open on the mid of the entire drink experience.
The fruits and fresh impression last quite long after drinking.

Decant at least one hour before consumption.

Again Thank you Rafael !!

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    1/21/2016 3:07:00 PM - Thank you for your TN. Looking forward to taste the wine. Cheers!

Red

2007 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée da Capo

Red Rhone Blend more

1/9/2016 - Anonymous Likes this wine: 99 points

Even though the wine was decanted six hours before drinking, the bouquet was still a bit locked. It showed mostly red and dark forest fruits. On the palate an enormously concentrated wine with still primary sweet dark forest fruits and beautiful garrigue. Although still a bit too young it is showing its greatness already, but probably wise to wait until around 2022 – 2024+ for the maximum result. What a wine and I add a point for future expectations. 98 – 99

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    1/13/2016 4:31:00 PM - Lucky you :-)! Hold on to them for a few more years or enjoy one of them with a proper decant! Cheers! Z.

Red

2005 Lokoya Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder

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12/12/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 99 points

Exclusive dinner with eight friends and 22 special wines.: Tasted this wine for the first time at the “Matter of Taste” tasting in London in February earlier this year and I was so impressed that I bought two bottles. Tonight I brought this to a dinner/tasting and I think it was the WOTN for everybody. The bouquet luxurious and lush with beautiful oak, beautifully ripe dark forest fruits and some mint. On the palate luxurious and lush as well with the same dark berries and perfectly integrated oak and cedar, licorice, sweet spices and chocolate. Beautiful acidity, round tannin with a pleasant and soft bite and a great length. A feast now and a long life ahead. Really beautiful and harmonious. Will try to save my last bottle for 2025 or later. 98 – 99

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    12/17/2015 4:34:00 PM - G: Lucky dinner guests :-)!! Yes the wine was decanted; approx 4 – 5 hours before serving. A few hours longer will not hurt either. This wine only will make your Christmas dinner a feast!
    Merry Christmas to you as well!
    P.S. Had a quick look at your collection ;-) It makes me jealous…… Quite a few notes of me about several wines….(And I have a weak spot for Araujo Eisele as well ;-))
    Cheers,
    Zweder.

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    1/13/2016 9:02:00 AM - Thank you for becoming a fan :-)
    Wondering how your Chrismas dinner was and what you thought of the wine. Cheers, Z.

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    1/13/2016 4:29:00 PM - Thank you for your reply! Sounds like a great dinner and nice to hear the wine performed well :-). And Graham’s 1977 Vintage Port is not a punishment either ;-).
    Of course my best wishes to you and your loved ones for a wonderful and healthy 2016 as well, with hopefully a lot of wonderful wines.

White - Sparkling

2002 Drappier Champagne Grande Sendrée

Champagne Blend more

1/9/2016 - Anonymous Likes this wine: 94 points

Drank from magnum and no formal notes. It is a beautiful and smooth Champagne. No aggressive carbon dioxide or acidity. Beautifully dry, but not bone dry. Everything in perfect harmony. This bottle seemed to be completely ready for drinking.

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    1/10/2016 6:08:00 PM - Hi C! (Sorry, I should have remembered your name…) I brought this bottle to a big Pégaü tasting as a starter and the wine performed great! Even people who don’t like Champagne loved it. And so did I! Wine searcher is one of my favorite programs as well ;-)! And I understand your frustration about easy access to European wines. I have the same problem with US wines. It is either plonk or top quality and both for too high or extremely high prices here in Europe. Hope you read my note about Lagrange 2001 on the forum. Cheers and happy 2016 with a lot of great wines!! Z.

Red

2012 rafael lopez Utiel-Requena Sexto elemento

Bobal more

11/21/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 88 points

Retailer tasting: Very full bodied wine with a lot of sweetness and sweet spices, some licorice and pleasant acidity. The tannin is round and soft and a little bit sticky, but overall this is a very pleasant wine. 87 - 88

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    12/30/2015 10:41:00 AM - Yes, first time I tasted this wine. Sorry.

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    12/31/2015 3:33:00 AM - Ok, thank you for the info! I will pay extra attention next time I taste it :-). Do you know if the extra volume comes from the same vineyard? Or did they expand? Or maybe buy grapes?

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    12/31/2015 5:04:00 PM - Happy and healthy 2016! With a lot of nice wines ;-)! Cheers!!

Red

1998 Château Prieuré-Lichine

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/19/2014 - Anonymous wrote: NR

In the bouquet a tertiary wine with tea, coffee and barnyard. On the palate also quite mature, but still juicy with sweet spices and autumn forest. A big wine, but past its prime. I see there are recent and quite high scores in Cellartracker. That is nice and I don’t know the history of the bottle we had tonight. No score from me.

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    12/27/2015 6:26:00 PM - Thank you for your comment! Hope the wine was nice!

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    12/27/2015 6:29:00 PM - Sorry, just read your note after I read your comment. To be honest Branaire (1976) belongs to the wines which made a a wine addict ;-)

Red

2003 Château Montrose

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/7/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 94 points

Weekly tasting group; St. Estephe (The Judge): The color is blood red and shows the first signs of development. In the bouquet beautiful and ripe dark forest fruits. Round and with perfectly integrated oak in the background. On the palate dark berry fruits, cocoa, chocolate, smoky oak, some bell pepper and spiciness. Beautiful acidity, round and still powerful tannin and pleasant bitterness. Truly great wine, possibly holding back a bit tonight. Around 2020+ this will certainly be great!

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    12/22/2015 6:36:00 PM - Hi Pavel,
    I did not organize this tasting, but I know the bottle was decanted approx 4 hours before we tasted it. It will not hurt if you decant it 6 – 8 hours before drinking.
    Cheers,
    Zweder.

Red

2006 E. Fuligni (Cottimelli) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Sangiovese more

10/22/2012 - Anonymous wrote: 92 points

This wine is fermented in steel tanks and ages in large old barrels. The bouquet is perfumed with a lot of flowers. On the palate supple and soft red fruits, some menthol and spices as well as some earthiness. There is some bitterness and firm tannin which is a bit drying in the finish. Beautiful wine. Wait until 2017. 92+

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    12/14/2015 8:02:00 AM - Thank you for your tip Kris. Unfortunately I don't have any bottles of this.
    Cheers, Z.

Red

2000 Château Gruaud Larose

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/12/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 93 points

Exclusive dinner with eight friends and 22 special wines.: The bouquet is really beautiful with dark forest fruits, some graphite, cedar, beautiful oak and a pleasant touch of barnyard. On the palate dark forest fruits, some bell pepper (which is not really disturbing), good acidity and powerful tannin and a great length. A really beautiful wine in its young maturity stage now. Around 2020 it will probably show its full potential. 93+ for tonight.

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    12/13/2015 6:09:00 PM - Good idea! If you own a case of 12, this is a good moment to try the first bottle and get an impression for yourself. Give it a few hours of air time :-).

Red

2003 Château Calon-Ségur

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/7/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 94 points

Weekly tasting group; St. Estephe (The Judge): This wine is just entering its maturity stage now. In the bouquet it shows beautifully ripe dark forest fruits, vanilla and cedar. On the palate concentrated dark berries, cedar, beautiful vanilla from the oak, some chocolate, a beautiful balance between some sweetness and good acidity and round tannin with still a good bite. This is a great wine. Beautiful now and certainly still great in 2020+. There will be a follow up in due time. 94 for tonight.

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    12/8/2015 12:59:00 AM - Indeed, the tannin is settling down and becoming more friendly. Nevertheless I will wait for a few more years (2018 or a bit later), before pulling the cork of one of my own bottles.

Red

2000 Château Haut-Marbuzet

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/7/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 91 points

Weekly tasting group; St. Estephe (The Judge): Beautiful and rustic, classical Bordeaux bouquet with red and dark forest fruits, some cherries, good oak and at first a touch of barnyard which blows off. On the palate creamy dark and red forest fruits, a touch of bell pepper, herbs and sweet spices like vanilla, good and juicy acidity and round tannin. Becomes more soft and friendly with a little more air time. Ready now and in 2018 this will still be lovely. 90 - 91

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    12/7/2015 4:26:00 PM - Fine! But I don't own any bottles myself. You wrote your comment, while I was drinking and posting a note about a white wine from Madrid area. Please check it. Do you know this wine? What is your opinion?

Red

1992 Mas de Daumas Gassac Vin de Pays de l'Hérault

Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/17/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 92 points

Monthly Tuesday group: Mas de Daumas Gassac Vin de Pays de l'Hérault vertical of 16 vintages: Beautiful and complex bouquet with dark berries, cigar box, cedar, some forest floor and barnyard impressions. On the palate a bit rustic, dark and red berries, earth, tobacco, leather, cedar, juicy acidity and round tannin. Good length. Really showed beautifully and complex tonight. Can last some more years.

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    11/18/2015 12:34:00 PM - Hi Bandreas,
    The 1998 was the most beautiful yesterday. (If you click on the blue link "Monthly Tuesday ......." you can see all the wines we tasted).
    Glad to be of any help :-).
    Cheers,
    Zweder

Red

2011 Skouras Agiorgitiko Saint George

Nemea more

11/5/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 84 points

Monthly tasting club LTC; a mixed set (Marco's): In the bouquet mainly cherries. On the palate a sweet start with red berries and cherries. A bit lactic with fresh acidity and slightly sticky tannin.

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    11/14/2015 3:39:00 PM - Ombibulous, I’m sorry, but I don’t dare to say anything about this with any certainty. I simply don’t have enough experience with older Greek wines. Reading back my own notes, I would say 2017 will probably not be a problem and maybe it can last even longer; only one way to find out ;-) Cheers!

Red

2005 Château Cap de Faugères

Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/1/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 88 points

Beautiful bouquet with dark forest fruits, sweet spices, licorice and some pleasant oak. On the palate dark forest fruits as well, vanilla, firm and good acidity and tannin with still a firm bite. The wine is still in its early maturity stage and will probably develop for the better over the next 3+ years. 88+

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    11/9/2015 8:40:00 AM - Hi Harley,
    This bottle was already surprisingly friendly to drink. If I mention drinking moments in my tasting notes I am always careful. Cellartracker has a large audience and not everybody likes wines that are really old. I know you do, and I can appreciate them older as well. I wrote “develop for the better over the next 3+” years, so that means 2018 and later. How much later?...... Don’t know, but longer than the drinking window in Cellartracker suggests. Have to taste again by that time. I have one more bottle and I hope I can save it until 2018 at least.
    Cheers,
    Zweder.

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    11/9/2015 9:07:00 AM - :-) Gracias!

Red

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

10/14/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 90 points

Monthly Tasting Group HWS; Rioja: The bouquet is quite mature with barnyard, nuts, espresso and toasted oak. On the palate not so much fruit left, some dark berries, sweet spices, herbs, vanilla, firm acidity and completely melted tannin. This bottle was on the edge of being too old, so I have my questions about how it has been stored. In the group it was a “discussion” wine. My score for tonight was 90.

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    10/29/2015 11:12:00 AM - Squirrel, that is not exactly what I wrote… Had the wine 2/28/2015 as well with a totally different drinking experience. So please read that note also. I guess we were not so lucky with this particular bottle.

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