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Red

1999 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque

Syrah more

6/18/2015 - dcwino wrote: flawed

TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): A bit of controversy as it is the second wine that I think to be corked where a couple tasters enjoy immensely and have strong conviction it is not corked. Two wait staff, one a former sommelier, also think it is not corked. It is a very polished La Turque with beautiful balance. May be someone else can chime in.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    1/24/2016 6:39:00 PM - Not sure it was brett but I know what you mean.

Red

1996 Harlan Estate

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/17/2016 - dcwino wrote: 95 points

A quick lunch : 96 Harlan and 12 Lafon Perrieres (Eddie V's): I was just about to decant the bottle but our waiter was trying to be helpful and insisted on decanting the wines for us. Unfortunately, he dumped the entire content. Started with a bit of murky and bitter fruit expression but luckily settled reasonably. Very ripe fruit expression, cassis, blackberry liqueur, a hint of green pepper, cinnamon, clove, incense, lead pencil, leather and earth. I found it interesting that despite very ripe fruit, there is a hint of Cab vegetal note. The palate started a bit disjointed and rustic due to sediments but settled in, becoming silky and polished. Very enjoyable in very Californian cab way. Love to try from a properly decanted bottle.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    1/20/2016 6:00:00 AM - It was the 96. The title was corrected. I guess I need to drink less. Cheers!

Red

1966 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/12/2016 - dcwino wrote: 95 points

66 Bordeaux dinner (Ripple Restaurant in DC): This is a very complete mature claret and very PB, ie more black fruit driven, round and generous. Beautiful harmonious nose displaying cassis, lead pencil, cedar and caramel. Excellent concentration, warm and round, sweet opulent cassis driven palate impression and lovely long finish. Very harmonious and exceptionally balanced wine that is drinking beautifully. According to Ken, very poor ratings by critics. I highly recommend. The dry red wine of the night for me.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    1/18/2016 2:15:00 PM - Faryan,
    I hope you are still drinking well! Let's share a glass soon. Just email me a few weeks ahead.
    Kevin

White

1992 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

1/12/2016 - taiwan wrote: 92 points

Tasting with Brice from magnum. To me this was slightly oxidized, but Brice says within bounds of normal for older whites. Very honeyed and sweet. Jura-like.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    1/13/2016 6:23:00 AM - Great bottle of this is truly spectacular and there should be no sign of oxidaton. The color should be lemon but not much darker.

White

2013 Booker Vineyard White

Paso Robles White Rhone Blend more

12/29/2015 - dcwino wrote: 80 points

Big cab dinner at Morton's - 07 Maybach, Ovid, Insignia and etc. (Morton's - Reston, VA): Rotten apple and cabbage, a noticeable spritz. I suspect secondary bottle fermentation. It reminds me badly made, unstable “natural” wine. Caveat emptor!

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    12/31/2015 5:44:00 AM - This happens quite a bit in "natural" wine. Quite rare in domestic wines. I remember a bottle of Kongsgaard with the same issue.

White - Sparkling

NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Initial

Chardonnay more

12/29/2015 - dcwino wrote: 93 points

Big cab dinner at Morton's - 07 Maybach, Ovid, Insignia and etc. (Morton's - Reston, VA): The degree of roast/toffee/madeira expression varies a bit in this wine, ie this bottle displays a bit of substance like oxidative note. More yellow/orange fruits than usual, peach cobbler, plum sauce, marzipan, macadamia and mineral. Sweet, sour and tart, sweet yellow fruit driven palate impression, bright acidity and long sweet and sour finish. A bit more mature example. Quite enjoyable.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    12/30/2015 1:08:00 PM - I forgot to check the disgorgement date but it should be between 2013 to 2015.

Red

1990 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

Syrah more

12/17/2015 - dcwino wrote: 97 points

Holiday Dinner - DRCs, 90 and 00 CB, 03 Capo, Krugs and etc. (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Incredible youthful ripe nose displaying black fruits, licorice, fruit cake, a hint of port, tar, dark spices, a hint of mint and charred steak. I find it interesting that my impression is identical to the last bottle drank two years ago at our holiday dinner. Incredible concentration, intense ripe black fruit and port driven palate impression, bright acidty, a hint of tannins but mostly masked by incredibly layered fruits and long sweet finish. It is still youthful but perhaps in another ten years it will start to flirt with perfection, perhaps the modern day replication of the 61 La Chapelle. Now 97 pts but sure to become perfect in time.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    12/24/2015 11:05:00 AM - Doc,
    The bottle variation is a major issue with the 90. Also I agree with you that even the best bottles seem to display the 90 ripeness. IMO this will get better with time. You may remember the story of the 1870 Glamis castle Lafite mag. As the story goes, the earl try the mag in 1910 thought the wine was still too tannic to be pleasurable. Based on my experience, the ripeness will lessen with time.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    12/24/2015 12:19:00 PM - Happy holidays to you too!

White - Sparkling

2002 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut

Chardonnay more

12/12/2015 - dcwino wrote: 94 points

A small impromptu gathering at Adam's place - 02 Salon, 90 DRC Richebourg and RSV & 21 Gruaud Larose (Adam's House in DC): For some reason, I always compare this to the 96. This doesn’t have the precision and focus of the 96 Salon at the same stage. My impression is that it is also not as concentrated as the 96. Perhaps it will gain weight in another couple of years but not sure. It is very pure and delicate, once again reminding me a young Chevalier. Fresh white fruits, mint, white flowers and wet stone. Quite delicate and pure, granny smith and lemon driven palate impression, good acidity and clean finish. This is really nice but a bit of disappointment considering the vintage and producer, and also the price.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    12/15/2015 7:46:00 AM - I don't doubt that it will age gracefully. However I just don't see this ever becoming great. The concentration is just not there. I think the 99 is perhaps as good if not better, ie. similar ripe style and but perhaps more concentrated. My two cents.

Red

2002 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

La Tâche Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

11/7/2015 - dcwino wrote: 97 points

2015 Villa d’Este Wine Symposium - Kelly and Kevin's excellent adventure; 11/3/2015-11/9/2015 (Villa D’este, Lake Como): Much better showing than the Wednesday bottle. Expressive nose displaying perfectly ripe black fruits intertwine with Vosne spices, dark flowers, mocha, musk and a hint of stems. Very polished palate, incredibly layered, mouth puckering tannins and lovely long finish. Definitely expressing the typical vintage character of ripe fruits with formidable structure, especially acidity. This needs at least another ten years. Perhaps most backward La Tache of the night. One day when acidity gets fully integrated, this will be perfect as the fruit is very pure. I recommend not to open it for another five years even if you have a case or more.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    11/13/2015 10:40:00 AM - I love drinking La Tache as I find them very special. Having said that $2k is a lot of money to piss away. I had a village Volnay from the 64 which was drinking beautifully. Red Burgundy in general improves with cellaring, gaining additional complexity. I have not had the same experiences with domestic Pinot.

Red

2002 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

La Tâche Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

11/4/2015 - dcwino wrote: 95 points

2015 Villa d’Este Wine Symposium - Kelly and Kevin's excellent adventure; 11/3/2015-11/9/2015 (Villa D’este, Lake Como): Kelly generously brought this. It is a bit murky due to travel shock. Nevertheless expressive nose displaying ripe sweet blackberry, a slight hint of stem, Vosne spices, soy and earth. Excellent concentration, a bit earthy not pure as it should due to shaken sediments, intense dark fruit driven palate impression, mineral, bright acidity, a hint of tannins and long finish. It could be purer but still really impressive and enjoyable.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    11/11/2015 2:56:00 PM - PopularCar: I am in the process of adding more tns from my trip. It includes another bottle of the 02 La Tache that showed alot better. If you prefer the fully mature Burgundies with alot of tertiary notes, you need at least fifteen more years.

White

2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

11/5/2015 - dcwino wrote: 93 points

2015 Villa d’Este Wine Symposium - Kelly and Kevin's excellent adventure; 11/3/2015-11/9/2015 (Villa D’este, Lake Como): Very Californian for a Rhys. Ripe succulent orchard fruits, lemon oil, sweet spices, strong mineral presence and a hint of toasted oak. Very good concentration, sweet and sour yellow fruit driven palate impression, good acidity and minerals and long sweet finish. Very enjoyable.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    11/7/2015 9:27:00 AM - Correct but drunk over a couple of hours.

White - Sparkling

NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Initial

Chardonnay more

11/6/2015 - dcwino wrote: 94 points

2015 Villa d’Este Wine Symposium - Kelly and Kevin's excellent adventure; 11/3/2015-11/9/2015 (Villa D’este, Lake Como): More almond paste than usual, crunch yellow fruits, anise, apple pie and mineral. Excellent concentration, ripe crunch sweet yellow fruits, abundant bubbles, bright acidity and lovely sweet finish.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    11/7/2015 7:31:00 AM - Crunch I meant strong acidity and mineral that counterbalance the ripe yellow fruit and give the precision.

Red

2010 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Tre Tine

Nebbiolo more

9/18/2015 - dcwino wrote: 97 points

I was really curious as how this is showing compare to a year ago. Pop and pour, incredible pure expressive nose displaying crushed blackberry, strawberry, dry cherry, a hint of VA, licorice, mineral, coffee and dark spices. Just incredibly refine and polished palate, strong presence of iron driven mineral, ripe licorice and strawberry driven palate impression, incredible sweet silky tannins which is incredibly sensual, bright acidity and seamless noble finish that resonates. Drank over a three nights and with air, it started to show a bit more VA, also tar and strong presence of iron. The palate starts to show more iron and acidity. The tannins become much more noticeable but not bothersome. So refined, pure and polished. It is also structured to age. Antonio seems to love Rinaldi and I can totally relate to that. One of the greatest value out there, relatively speaking of course.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    10/26/2015 5:18:00 PM - I would say Rinaldi is more Burgundian for lack of better words, ie purer fruit but less iron and mineral. It is also more feminine.

Red

2005 Château Cheval Blanc

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/22/2015 - dcwino wrote: 98 points

Cheval Blanc and D'Yquem dinner with Pierre Lurton and Bernard Burtschy (Taberna del Alabardero, Washington D.C.): This is actually bigger than the 00 which is incredible. It is hard to believe that this is a ten year old wine. Still completely opaque and almost like a barrel sample. Just perfectly ripe Cab Franc nose, jammy black fruits, crèmes de cassis, exotic incense, ink, lavender, chocolate, mocha and limestone. Unbelievably concentrated, unctuous, intense black fruit driven palate impression, strong presence of mineral, bright acidity, sweet tannins and very long finish. For my palate, stylistically very similar to the 90 and the 00 but even bigger. This will be a 100 year wine. Monumental but extremely primary. It will definitely be a 100 point wine in twenty years.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    9/14/2015 10:53:00 AM - Corrected. Perhaps the biggest Cheval Blanc ever.

White - Sparkling

2002 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne

Chardonnay more

9/3/2015 - dcwino wrote: 98 points

Lost Thursday Wine Lunch - Blacksalt (Blacksalt, Washington DC): This particular bottle flirts with perfection. Expressive decadent yellow fruit driven nose, apple tart, lemon curd, a hint of butter scotch, smoke, brioche and just like the last bottle from March, very floral. The fat smoky sweet fruit reminds me a top 1er cru twenty year old Meursault Exceptional fine abundant mousse, decadent sweet yellow fruit driven palate impression, mineral, perfect amount of acidity and seamless long finish that ends smoky and sweet. This bottle is drinking perfectly, decadent yet very precise and polished. Definitely the best Champagne of the night. I highly highly recommend.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    9/8/2015 6:28:00 AM - depechemoroder, interesting name.

    The 02 is quite consistent and this is the best example I had.

Red

2011 Domaine Dujac Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Aux Combottes

Pinot Noir more

3/31/2014 - dcwino wrote: flawed

2013 editon of En Primeur - Kelly and Kevin’s excellent adventure; 3/26/2014-4/1/2014 (Mostly in Bordeaux and a night in Paris): For me, obviously LBT and identical to the 04. However no one else found LBT. If you are sensitive to LBT, avoid.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    8/13/2015 7:27:00 PM - Lady bug taint. The ash/green note that you get in the 04 Burgundy.

Red

1982 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

8/6/2015 - dcwino wrote: flawed

Mostly French dinner - Rayas, 00 Lafite, 13 Trump, H Lignier CDR and etc. (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): As I recall the 82 Ducru Beaucaillou had a cork issue. This bottle once again is clearly off. Caveat Emptor. Avoid!

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    8/8/2015 8:09:00 AM - Nick,
    The 82 TCA like taint issue has been known for awhile. If you subscribe to Bob's website, you will see Francois Mauss's posting concerning the issue.
    Cheers,

White - Sparkling

1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut

Chardonnay more

7/12/2015 - William Kelley Likes this wine: 94 points

The 1996 Salon was quite a bit more forward than I had expected it to be, and the wine really seemed ready to drink which surprised me. The expressive bouquet is a lovely melange of caramelized lemon, brioche, buttered apple and spring flowers. On the palate the wine was wide open, with a refined mousse and great juicy fruit, but rather lower acidity than I had expected, but good persistence on the chalky finish. In fact, this was was really pretty similar to the just-released 2002.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    7/12/2015 8:21:00 AM - William,
    This suddenly opened up a year or two ago, going from exceptional precision to more fruit, though delicate and round. I plan to open one this week so I will report back.

White - Sparkling

2002 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon

Champagne Blend more

7/4/2015 - dcwino wrote: 97 points

It could simply be my imagination but it is interesting how the 02 Doms are showing differently from bottle to bottle recently. Opened for a July fourth gathering, this is drinking perfectly in every ways. Very fresh cool delicate white fruits, a hint of lemon zest, apple flesh, honey, sweet spices and mineral. This bottle is unbelievably airy, incredibly fine mousse that is almost creamy, fresh cool white fruit driven palate impression, bright acidity and lovely long cool finish. This has evolved incredibly well. Once again I am pleasantly surprised by how ready it shows. This is a great Champagne. Definitely superior to the 02 Salon at less than half of the price. I highly recommend.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    7/10/2015 5:55:00 AM - To clarify, the quality is quite consistent. It is just a matter of how ready they show.

White - Sparkling

NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée

Champagne Blend more

6/11/2015 - dcwino wrote: 94 points

Wine dinner at Blacksalt - Prévost, Krug, Pichler, Raveneau, Fevre, Grivot, LLC, Yquem & etc. (Blacksalt, Washington DC): Served single blind with MV Krug. People often have misconception of the style of MV which can make this very challenging. My first impression was that MV was the vintage but quickly changed my mine. The vintage Krug, MV and CdM all have very distinct styles and quite different from each other. The vintages always display oxidative notes via brioche and more polished than MV, MV tends to be always ready, denser and fresher and the CdM combines complexity, freshness, precision and energy. Very youthful and fresh nose displaying sweet yellow fruits, lemon curd, spicy spice, smoke and mineral. Excellent concentration, sweet yellow fruit driven palate impression, a hint of white pepper, abundant medium mousse, bright acidity and clean sweet finish. Really enjoyable.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    6/12/2015 11:44:00 AM - The vintage Krug always shows strong oxidative notes. The MV is much fresher relatively speaking.

Red

2010 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/19/2015 - dcwino wrote: 98 points

Chateau Pichon Baron Vertical with Jean-Rene Matignon (Ripple Restaurant in DC): My wine of the night. It has the purity and precision of the 00 and the intensity and concentration of the 05. Beautifully perfumed with intense black fruits, cassis, ink, blackberry and earth. Incredible concentration, so silky and polished without losing the intensity, pure sweet black fruit driven palate impression, good acidity, sweet tannins and seamless incredibly long finish. This reminds me the 05 Palmer which I rated 99. Perhaps the best Pichon Baron and Jean Rene agreed. Incredible wine that will improve for thirty years or more becoming like the great 59 or 61 FGs.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    6/4/2015 10:06:00 AM - Although Jean-René Matignon, the technical director, think that there is no point in comparing against Pichon Lalande, it is always interesting exercise. For my palate, Pichon Baron is always bigger/riper. PB also has been more consistent. The 10 is truly special!

White

2013 Lloyd Cellars Chardonnay

Carneros more

5/6/2015 - dcwino wrote: 92 points

Domestic Cab dinner (Eddie V's): Another well made chardonnay with good freshness. This really reminded me of KJ VR chardonnay but slightly better.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    5/9/2015 4:58:00 AM - To clarify. People often dismiss/make fun of KJ VR but it is a very well made Chardonnay. If served blind amongst some big names of domestic Chardonnays and burgundies, it always come in the middle. This wine is well made and there is definitely similarity but better.

Red

2012 Château Faugères Cuvée Spéciale Péby

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/7/2013 - dcwino wrote: 95 points

2012 En Primeur - Kelly and Kevin’s excellent adventure; 4/4/2013-4/9/2013 (Bordeaux, France): The biggest and most concentrated wine that I have tasted during the 12 EP. Although I didn’t get to visit Jean Luc Thunevin hence didn’t get to taste the 12 Valandraud, the wine reminded me the 10 Valandraud, but a bit less polished and riper. Very ripe fruits, a hint of balsamico, lactic, oak, coffee and vanilla. Big scale wine, unctuous, very ripe, excellent concentration, high level of glycerin and silky tannins.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    4/19/2013 11:42:00 AM - I assume the 11 was released around $80. It appears that the 12 EP prices are about 30% lower than the 11s in general. So around $60 would be my guess. Then again the proprietor, Silvio Denz, has a deep pocket and the production is only 1k cases.

    It is a very hedonistic style of wine not unlike Valandraud or cal cult cabs. I would think that Bob would love this wine but I don't think he will rate as high as the 10. The purchase should be for consumption as I don’t see much upside. Having said that, if $60, a great wine to drink unless one hates modern style.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    5/1/2015 7:44:00 AM - Bob rated this 96 points in bottle.

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