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Red

1998 Fernando Remírez de Ganuza Rioja Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

6/5/2015 - Sotto325 wrote: 93 points

A fascinating journey: almost at the crossroads between aged gran Rioja and full bodied dark fruit. Elegant . At 17 years, this bottle will have a definitively different profile in 2-3 years more akin to the older Muga wines. At present,dark garnet showing almost like a young tempranilo. Smoke, serious dark,cherry, bramble fruit galore and a finish that lasts almost a full minute. It straddles old world Rioja style,with fruit extraction of the more modern style. Excellent.

  • Comment posted by salil:

    6/15/2015 10:43:00 AM - I need to explore these wines a bit more. The de Ganuza wines sound remarkable, and right up my alley.

    Didn't realize you were in CT, btw. Shoot me an email - salilinct at gmail.com.

White - Off-dry

2003 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel

Nahe more

6/7/2015 - salil wrote: 94 points

Leo's Blind Tasting Group - June '15 edition (Amali, NYC): Damn, this is incredible. An array of bright fruit ranging from more exotic mandarin orange and red fruited flavours to tarter lime and Meyer lemon notes, augmented by gentle honeyed, floral, and mineral notes. The palate comes across incredibly polished and glossy with a tinge of creaminess to the flavours, but there's remarkable acidity beneath that keeps it very bright and fresh throughout, with each sip inviting another. Stunning wine, though with ages to go. From 750 ml - though after this showing, I might reach for one of my half bottles soon...

  • Comment posted by salil:

    6/12/2015 9:34:00 AM - Sotto325 - It's nowhere near mature, but just really good to drink now. Incredible balance and depth. I'm giving my 750s of this much more time, but this was so delicious that I'm really tempted to open a half just to enjoy it again.

  • Comment posted by salil:

    6/12/2015 3:08:00 PM - I don't buy/drink TBAs often - I only own one, and I'll likely give that a fair bit of time, or just open it for a particularly special occasion. I haven't tried many, but I've liked them with about 15-20 years of age (98 Catoirs and a 94 Muller in the last few years were all spectacular). I've only had one 40+ year old TBA, which was incredible - but for the most part, I stick to Auslese/GKAs with more moderate botrytis levels, or low botrytis Eisweins for my dessert wine itch.

Red

1970 Château Magdelaine

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/5/2015 - salil wrote: 95 points

Leo's Blind Tasting Group - May '15 edition (The Kitchen at Grove): Flat out wow. This is absolutely incredible, and yet another reason for me to be patient with my younger Magdelaines. It's impossible to fully catalogue the array of flavours here - layers of red berried fruit, tobacco, cedar, leather, earth, and sweeter floral and herbal notes, all conveyed with remarkable finesse and a lightness of touch on the palate. The aromatics keep expanding and becoming more complex with air, and the finish resonates long after each sip. Stunning wine - thank you Jay!

  • Comment posted by salil:

    5/8/2015 3:41:00 AM - I've liked pretty much every vintage I've tried - particular standouts include '59, '82, '85, '88, '89, and '95. The 1983 is the only one I haven't been excited by.

White

2008 Weingut von Othegraven Kanzemer Altenberg Riesling Kabinett

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

2/9/2015 - salil wrote: 92 points

Another outstanding bottle of this. Consistent with previous experiences - still very youthful and fresh with green apple and lime fruit up front, turning more saline and stony on the back end, and so incredibly light and precise. The acidity here is remarkably intense, and it's hard to put the level of sheer refreshment here into words. Fantastic Kabinett.

  • Comment posted by salil:

    3/6/2015 12:15:00 PM - Yeah, definitely on the young side - but I'm cellaring various other 2008s, so no regrets drinking this one young.

White

2012 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese feinherb Ur Alte Reben

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

11/7/2014 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine: 94 points

As Lord Flashheart says, "WOOF! ... I like it firm and fruity!" Massive aromas of peach, red apple, brown spice - nutmeg and allspice, stones and minerals, spicy chili peppers. This manages to be huge and yet really clear and focused. There's also a nice herbal thing that comes out, and some of that ZS sweet-sour. The Feinherb shows more on the palate - this is huge on the palate (but still focused), with so much flavor that you keep expecting more RS, but it doesn't come. You end up with something that feels like a linear superposition of a Mosel Spatlese and a Wachau Smaragd. Flavors of red apple, peach, peach pit, stones, steel, chili peppers, sweet&sour, herbs. So much concentration that it almost feels like a fruit and chili pepper gelee. I get cognitive dissonance since the palate is so thick and powerful, yet not that sweet at all, and it also is very lively and energetic. When you swallow, the finish of peach, bitter peach pit and stones really explodes and occupies the mouth for quite a while. Impressive, but needs a decade. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5-5.5/6, Finish - 5+/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17-17.5/20.

  • Comment posted by salil:

    11/7/2014 9:17:00 PM - Applause for the Blackadder reference.

Red

1995 Château Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/18/2014 - salil wrote: 93 points

Another powerful, immensely structured wine that feels much younger than its 19 years. This spent a few hours in a decanter before we got to it, but still needed a lot of time in the glass to open up. When it did though, it was worth the wait, eventually showing a beautiful aroma combining cedar, dark fruits and graphite with more exotic smoky and sandalwood-like notes, and very pure, bright fruit on the palate framed by more savoury and spicy accents. The tannin still lingers on the back end though, suggesting this definitely needs some more time in the cellar, but I imagine this will turn into something quite compelling with enough time.

  • Comment posted by salil:

    10/19/2014 9:55:00 AM - This started to show well after about 6 hours in the decanter, though it was from 750 ml format.

White - Off-dry

1998 Müller-Catoir Haardter Mandelring Scheurebe Auslese

Pfalz more

8/6/2014 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine: 95 points

Salil's bottle (shocked?). Rich nose - sizzling, bacon, exotic, lychee, spice, grapefruit. The palate is sweet, very sweet, but energetic - lychee, dripping, peach, bacon, pure pleasure. Apricot, orange and spices. What kills this is the dripping richness framed by the searing acidity. How is that even possible? Well, bow and and worship HGS for his alchemy. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17.5/20.

  • Comment posted by salil:

    8/9/2014 7:14:00 AM - still have a couple more. We should drink another this summer/fall.

Red

1986 Château Meyney

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/13/2014 - salil wrote: 91 points

Consistent as ever. Savoury mature leather, tobacco, earth and cedar notes frame a core of dark fruit that's still quite youthful and fresh, and it's very polished on the palate with the tannins just about fully integrated.

  • Comment posted by salil:

    6/1/2014 6:12:00 PM - I'd drink now, though I imagine it'll certainly hold for a few more years. I don't see it getting any better.

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