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2007 Hugel et Fils Riesling Jubilee

Alsace more

5/3/2015 - RajivAyyangar wrote: 87 points

Alsace Intro: Riesling and Pinot Gris (Home): bottle 64761-278
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Summary:
Dry with elevated alcohol (13%) and high acidity. A bit thin in midpalate and aromatics for that level of alcohol. Strong acid (significant tartness) on the finish. Overall a bit lean and hot.

Score: Between 8.5 and 9

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Full Sensory:

Visual:
Clear, day-bright (slightly brighter than the first wine).
Bright straw in the glass with reflections of lemon yellow and green.
No gas or sediment.
Light tears.

[taste - dry]

Nose:
Moderate intensity, clean.
The “Beach Ball” note makes sense to me! I definitely get a beach ball / shower curtain / petrol (TDN: 1,1,6-trimethyl-1,2-dihydronaphthalene). It presents as a whiff of plasticky pool toy to me - images of pools and inflatable toys). Primary aromas of ripe Meyer lemon, dried lemon, dried orange, beeswax.
Secondary aromas of petrol/pool toy, cheese rind - a sheepsmilk cheese like Ossau-Iraty or Petit Basque. N1 (light sniff off the top) is the best on this - sweet and ripe lemony flavors.
Primarily savory, driven by ripe lemon and wax. There’s an implied earthiness that permeates this and the last wine, as if the wine is real, detailed, analog, organic, non-airbrushed, continuous instead of discrete.
No evidence of oak.
This wine is complex and developing.

Palate:
Dry. Medium body, medium alcohol (12.5-13) that feels hot in the context of this wine.
The palate overall seems a bit lost in alcohol, though there are moderate intensity flavors of ripe lemon and wax on the midpalate. No oak evidence.
Acidity is high - a nice push of strong, energetic, tartaric acid at the start of the finish followed by a modest pucker of malic acid.
No tannins or impression of phenolic bitterness.
Finish is moderate plus in length, with the lemony waxy character continuing with malic acid. I’m not so much a fan of the way this finishes, or the somewhat hot nature of the midpalate, but it is balanced in a particular way.
The balance seems to me analogous to nebbiolo - floral and high-toned in aroma and flavor, but with some alcoholic heat and acidic punch.

Conclusion:
This has to be the ’07 Riesling. I’ll say a bit more:
Old world style based on the acid profile and the overall savory nature. Seems cooler in climate than the Pinot Gris, though that could be varietal.
France > Alsace > Riesling > Hugel
It’s from a cooler vintage - the acidity is high.
Alcohol is 12.5% [Close! 13%]
Overall I don’t particularly enjoy the dry, higher-alcohol expression of Riesling that this embodies. I think I much preferred the lower-alcohol Weingut Knoll riesling (Wachau, Austria).
This makes me think of a quiet folk singer struggling with a cold and a slight pitch problem. It just isn’t able to sing clearly.

Actual:
2007 Hugel et Fils Riesling “Jubilee”
13% Alcohol
6.5 g/L RS
7.7 g/L TA
Grand Cru: Sporen (top of the Haut-Rhin, just south of Ribeauville)
Soil: stony clay-marl

Other notes:
2007 Vintage, from Romana Echensperger (GuildSomm):
"2007: Very good classical vintage. Very long ripening period and no excessive rain."

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    5/5/2015 6:18:00 PM - I do not usually enjoy long tasting notes-many of them are self-indulgent and ostentatious. These were an exception. I saw them as practicing your craft and they were simultaneously instructive. And transporting-my wife and I have had the good fortune to visit this lovely place to wander and taste. The other terroir are the visuals these wines evoke. Thank you

Rosť

2014 Arnot-Roberts Touriga Nacional Rosé Luchsinger Vineyard

Red Hills Lake County more

3/29/2015 - the godfather wrote: NR

Don't think I'm hipster enough to get it

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    3/29/2015 9:31:00 AM - Try a decant...believe it or not

White

2013 Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Watson Ranch

Napa Valley more

2/20/2015 - Rieslingfan Likes this wine: NR

Refreshing and balanced, this has a crisp, lemony first impression, with some apple skin and mineral back end depth. Light to medium bodied at most, this is the leanest version of this wine I have tried. A whole bunch of this wine could get consumed over the summer if all the snow around here ever melts.

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    2/21/2015 5:35:00 PM - Great post RF

White

2013 Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

12/5/2014 - Mrbuzz Likes this wine: 94 points

Air and temp is your friend here….drink this like a Puligny Montrachet/Chablis….very bright lemon, nectarine citrus fruit…creamed up with pear, apple, melon fruit. Has killer salty minerality..crushed stones, sea air……raw peanut, rain water, white flowers, chalk. Very fresh, clean, and vibrant….yet complexes as it warms. Reminds me of a two headed Louis……Domaine Louis Michel Chablis and Louis Carillon Puligny Monty! This wine rocks!

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    12/5/2014 9:06:00 PM - Great post. So...what temp?

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    12/5/2014 9:30:00 PM - Great. Thanks

Red

2013 Arnot-Roberts Pinot Noir Legan Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

11/20/2014 - t_moderne wrote: 91 points

The bottle arrived today and there was a tiny hairline crack in the bottle such that there was the smallest leak. Single drops of wine. The winery was kind enough to send a replacement, leaving me no choice but to open the leaking bottle before it emptied, small drip by drip, onto the cellar floor.
Pop and pour and served without food
crisp bright tart red fruits, cranberries and fresh basil. the whole cluster is evident. Wonderfully bright and inviting. Enjoyable.

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    11/24/2014 9:14:00 PM - I am curious. Did your shipment seem less thAn optimal? In my shipment this fall, my bottles were knocking around inside the box and foam was broken inside? Never had that problem before. No damage though.

Red

2004 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

7/16/2014 - bonedoc wrote: NR

Same as last note, burnt, pepper undertones, a little heat. Make sure you pair this right, otherwise it will not show well.

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    10/23/2014 8:46:00 PM - What pairing do you suggest?

White

2007 Hugel et Fils Riesling Jubilee

Alsace more

10/2/2014 - JVG wrote: NR

WSET Level 3 Class.

Clear, medium lemon. Clean, medium-intensity, developing nose, with aromas of rubber band (petrol), lemon, peach, and blossom. Dry on the palate, high acid, medium body, medium alcohol, medium(+) intensity, and a flavor profile similar to the nose but more citrusy, with strong lemon and lime, pineapple, and herb. Medium(+) finish. Very good, can drink now but will improve.

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    10/2/2014 5:55:00 PM - Just tasted this tonight. Your note is dead on. My wife and I both enjoyed this but it promises more.

White

2011 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

8/15/2013 - Anonymous wrote: 90 points

This bottle consumed way too early. Very aggressive -- needs some time to calm down.

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    9/3/2014 8:15:00 PM - Have you tried this Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay since this last note?

Red

2011 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Hauts Lieux

Red Rhone Blend more

8/12/2014 - Jeff Leve wrote: 93 points

Earthy, fresh, spicy fruits with a peppery, zippy personality, leaving you with an impression of sweet, ripe, black raspberries and kirsch in the lush finish.

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    8/17/2014 6:25:00 AM - Jeff, do I read your note correctly that this is ready to drink?

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    8/17/2014 6:30:00 AM - Jeff, do I read your note correctly that this is ready to drink?

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    8/17/2014 10:40:00 AM - Thank you Jeff. I have two from this producer, four bottles each. Will post as I go

White

2006 Didier Dagueneau Blanc Fumé de Pouilly

Pouilly-Fumé Sauvignon Blanc more

10/5/2013 - Grinner Likes this wine: 94 points

PHMG WAG: Tour de France 2013 (Chez Lyon in Eugene, OR): Wow, this is great! A white wine that grabs you by the shoulders from behind and "pulls your head out". What you were doing is irrelevant, the wine is now in control.
"We have assumed control, we have assumed control,..."
White stone fruit, grapefruit and other citrus flavors, with spice and mineral notes all dance with the sparkling acidity. That dance goes on and on and your palate parties on... I'm tired. Now or later; matters not.

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    8/13/2014 8:09:00 PM - Thanks...that was fun

White

2010 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard

Carneros more

8/12/2014 - gondrik Likes this wine: 94 points

We have had several bottles with same wonderful experience. I agree with ONTHELEES elegant review but would add pineapple as a tasting element.

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    8/12/2014 5:14:00 PM - Thanks for your note and for citing mine. It's funny, I realized the pineapple after I wrote my note. Thanks for filling in the blank

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    8/12/2014 5:14:00 PM - Thanks for your note and for citing mine. It's funny, I realized the pineapple after I wrote my note. Thanks for filling in the blank

Rosť

2012 Domaine Laurens Marcillac Rosé

Fer Servadou more

7/30/2014 - bevetroppo Likes this wine: 87 points

Ok, what about that color? Like Crazy Eddie, it's insane!!! An otherworldly almost dayglow candy cherry. Could it be radioactive? No, it's just the product of fer-mentation, ie it's a rose from the indigenous fer servadou grape.

Pretty nose of raspberries and flinty minerals. Light bodied and quite dry, with attractive raspberries and a stony, dry impression on the finish.

This wine will make a statement on the table with it's wacky vivid color, and back it up with its taut fer-vent flavors.

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    7/30/2014 6:48:00 PM - Funny note. Thanks

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    7/31/2014 1:01:00 AM - Keep acquiring, tasting notes or not

Red

2010 Château Lilian Ladouys

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/18/2014 - cltean Likes this wine: 90 points

Tasted at Total Wine in McLean, VA on July 18, 2014. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. My second time tasting this and seems to be a little better than when I tried it 6 months ago, but don't think its worth $40/bottle.

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    7/20/2014 7:28:00 PM - that's the thing about Total Wine. Given its volume of sales, I developed the impression that their prices would be better than average. What I found over the years was that their prices were spotty...some lower, and some higher. I think most cellar tracker folks paid $25 or less for this wine...which makes it a value

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    7/21/2014 6:58:00 PM - But every now and then they will feature a good one at a very good price. Keeps people coming back. Enjoy

Red

2010 Domaine Gourt de Mautens (Jérôme Bressy) Vaucluse Rouge

Red Rhone Blend more

6/11/2014 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

Why the IGP instead of the Vacluse designation? Big and spicy and lots of structure. And hey oh, its $80! Its really good, but really, $80? Its delicious, shows some oak tannin, massive, not sure if I am missing something here.

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    7/15/2014 8:22:00 PM - Because he uses grapes like Picardan and others in his blends, recent regulatory changes do not allow them to label their wine as Rasteau. So he made a decision to resist and declassified. Just picked up 4 bottles for $59 including the shipping so I am hoping the deal is sweeter at this price.

    Love your succinct posts

Red

2012 Arnot-Roberts Pinot Noir Peter Martin Ray Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

7/11/2014 - wgmccallum Likes this wine: 92 points

Medium ruby. Forward aromas of earth and berry. Pure sweet ripe berry juice on the palate, with a well-matched acid frame, bracing tannins, and a clear medium finish. An enticing wine, full of clarity and promise. 55+12+17+8.

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    7/11/2014 8:56:00 PM - I appreciate your reviews. Please tell me how your four numbers are derived

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    7/12/2014 9:38:00 PM - Many thanks. I have often seen wine scored in a similar manner in sums of separate numbers, knew about and have used a 100 point system and have searched in vain for the basis you just described so you clarified a great deal. By the way I believe I could score color, especially for reds. I had a Cote de Rhone recently that was an invitingly beautiful ruby (and equally tasty) whereas I have also had an inexpensive Barolo that was dull and cloudy. Whites could be more of a challenge.

    You have reviewed several of the wines in my cellar in the past. Your style adds significant credibility to your tasting notes. Thank you

Red

2006 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Weitz Vineyard

Oakville more

6/1/2013 - Sheila wrote: 92 points

This is a BIG wine. Deep, dark, rich purple color. Lots of spice and a lot going on.. licorice, blackberry, earthy notes followed by a smooth fruit finish. In my young experience of holding wines then drinking (held this one for 3 yrs), this Turnbull Cab was a most pleasant, enjoyable, surprising experience... one that was shared with good friends, a great meal, good conversation and a lasting memory.

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    6/3/2013 9:35:00 PM - Thank you Sheila. I have held this awhile and yours was one of the only comments. Good to hear it was worthwhile

Red

2009 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Chianti Rùfina Nipozzano Riserva

Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

12/25/2012 - Paul S wrote: 88 points

Christmas at the Lohs' (Oriole Crescent): Pretty decent, this was a not a bad wine at all on its level. It showed off its Tuscan origins very nicely, with a nose of green Italian herbs and fresh tomato aromas along with a nice waft of fresh cherries and green berries, and perhaps just a toss of dried earth running alongside. The palate was rather simple, but nicely fresh, with lots of tomato-ey acidity running though plummy fruit on the attack shading into brighter black cherry flavours on the midpalate. It finished with a nice twist of herb flavours riding over some firmish tannins and a touch of woody oak. All in all, a simple but pleasant wine that went quite nicely with our smoke Christmas ham.

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    4/17/2013 6:01:00 PM - Stated better than I did above but I was more impressed. Nice note

Red

1973 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

2/27/2013 - JonnyG Likes this wine: 94 points

What can I say? Sometimes the wine gods smile on you. I asked the waiter for the vintage of the Bosche mentioned on the restaurant's wine list, and after a short while he returned with a dusty 1973 estate cab (for all of $69). Though not Bosche, it was an easy choice to give it a shot. My eagerness rose when the cork eased out gracefully, and the decant proceeded smoothly. Slight bricking in the glass, and nothing cautionary in the appearance overall. From the first sniff, it was clear that fortune shined upon us. Beautiful notes of mocha and licorice emerged from the glass even in the first seconds after being poured. The wine was lush, smooth and elegant, with sweet tannins and a sustained finish. Only after two hours did the fruit begin to fade. Old School Napa for sure -- what a treat!

  • Comment posted by Onthelees:

    2/27/2013 8:50:00 PM - Way cool! Enjoyed your note

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