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White - Sparkling

NV Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Sous Bois

Champagne Blend more

8/7/2014 - Thirsty1 Likes this wine: NR

I really like this. Super tasty. Brioche, toasty, toffee, it just got so much going on it's like a NY night club. This is a big bottle of bubbles that spacious with a lot of texture and movement. Great finish. Yummy.

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    9/8/2014 6:37:00 PM - "...a NY night club..."! Hah! I feel like I've drunk some already!


2012 Vollenweider Wolfer Goldgrube Riesling Kabinett

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

3/15/2014 - EndreS wrote: NR

Fresh and tingling. Gives off smell of green apples, lime and some stoney minerals. Very smooth and light, piercing acidity. Very easy-drinking and the balance is there but for the acid which sticks out slightly. Seems a bit raw.

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    6/7/2014 7:14:00 PM - Totally agree on the acidity. My take is that's what makes it a great Kabinett.

White - Sparkling

NV Gruet Winery Demi-Sec

New Mexico Champagne Blend more

9/23/2013 - fingers wrote: 84 points

Medium straw color. Fine, vibrant mousse. Buttermilk biscuit, apple, and citrus on the nose. A little out of balance until an hour or so open and then it smooths out to give a nice, off-dry texture with a light bite of acidity. Simple fruit and waffle notes on the palate. Short to average length on the finish. Pedestrian, but sometimes it's okay to walk ;) 4+9+14+7 = 84

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    12/30/2013 5:38:00 PM - "Pedestrian, but sometimes it's okay to walk"

    I like that line, and may use it in the future.


2007 La Pèira en Damaisèla Vin de Pays de l'Hérault Deusyls de la Pèira

White Rhone Blend more

10/15/2013 - pifcho wrote: 87 points

I changed my mind about a dozen times on this wine over the course of three nights. But I think that's just how I feel about white rhones. While I find their richness and nuttiness intriguing and appealing, most of the times they are just too big and alcoholic for me. This wine did get lighter on its feet with time and certainly worked well with richer autumn fare, but just sipping it - not my thing.

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    10/17/2013 7:35:00 PM - Yes, the French (all of the Old World actually) make their wines for food. "Sippin'" culture is a totally New World phenom.


2006 Schäfer-Fröhlich Riesling Kabinett

Nahe more

4/8/2013 - ob2s wrote: 90 points

Didn't wait 5 years, but drinking well still.

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    8/2/2013 8:25:00 AM - Haha! You're only human!


2010 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Séchet

Chardonnay more

2/23/2013 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Opened about a 1/2 hour ago, dropped into the freezer to put some chill on it. Aromatics seem a little shy, but there is some faint marine notes here and lemon, but again subtle. The palate shows sea shell, orchard fruit--yellow apple, nectarine--then in the finish is where the citrus pith comes in, along with a saline/mineral water quality and some bright acid. $30 for these.....while I often wonder if I'd simply put the Michel dollars aside and pool them for a few Dauvissat or Raveneau, I seem to end up buying Michel yet again and enjoying the pleasure of having more of his cuvees, versus a couple single bottles of really GC chablis.

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    2/23/2013 4:23:00 PM - I like how you think (multiple 1er crus versus single Grand crus). Cheers!


2009 Fess Parker Viognier

Santa Barbara County more

8/5/2012 - DaveZack wrote: 90 points

We got this bottle from the winery's wine club in September 2011 for $16.67.

Bouquet: This wine exhibits white flowers, herbs, tropical fruits, oak, and suggestions of cream on the nose.

Tasting notes: This is a very nice white that makes for a fantastic alternative to the Usual White Suspects (Chardonnay, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc). And thanks to the inclusion of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, and Vermentino, this Viognier is much more interesting than most.

How does Fess Parker get away with calling this wine Viognier when only 83% of it consists of Viognier? In America (and other parts of the world), if a bottle of wine consists of 75% or more of one varietal, it is legal to label the wine whichever varietal dominates the blend (i.e. a wine with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% consisting of, literally, 50 other varietals, can legally be called/labeled “Cabernet Sauvignon”).

If you like rich, creamy, interesting Chardonnays but need something a bit more interesting, this wine should be on your VERY short list.

Viognier tends to share a lot of the qualities that are common with Chardonnay. This Viognier is likewise rich and creamy, exhibiting tropical fruit (pineapple and mango, along with mango’s spicy pepperyness (is that a word?!?!)), along with a basket of herbs like white pepper and an assortment of garden herbs. As rich and creamy as this wine is, it was (I’m presuming) aged at least partially in oak, which likewise adds additional cream, vanilla, and spice notes. Thanks to those other Rhone Valley French (Grenache Blanc and Marsanne) and Italian (Vermentino) varietals, this wine also shows wonderful mineral elements that add a touch more of a crisp, clean, brisk, vibrancy that your typical white wine doesn’t possess.

Pairing suggestions: We drank this wine with wild Alaskan Sockeye salmon filets marinated in white miso paste. I thought the wine went very well with the salmon (though Arthur didn’t). Thanks to the other minerally, crisp varietals that are in this Viognier-based blend, I believe this wine would also pair well with just about any other seafood (especially scallops, linguini and clams, shrimp tempura, and just about any fish filet dish).

Aging potential: This wine is drinking beautifully right now, but thanks to those previously-mentioned “other” varietals, this wine should continue to age well for another three to five years. If you have this bottle in your collection right now, I think this wine is as good as it’s going to get (i.e. it’s at peak maturity). Put your bottle in the fridge and drink it while the weather is warm and the food is fresh.

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    12/5/2012 2:32:00 PM - Scallops seems like an excellent idea for pairing; a recipe that includes a tropical fruit salsa would be near perfect. That creaminess (from oak aging and Viognier's natural low acidity...the latter not necessarily a quality shared with Chard) would compliment the scallop texture to a tee.

White - Sparkling

NV G. H. Mumm & Cie Champagne Carte Classique

Champagne Blend more

3/27/2010 - The Drunken Cyclist wrote: 85 points

Must have a rather high dosage. Good, but there are much better NV Bruts out there.

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    4/23/2012 1:42:00 PM - Carte Classique is an Extra Dry, not a Brut. One should not expect Brut dryness in this wine.


2009 Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet

California Red Blend more

2/5/2012 - alexandersford wrote: 88 points

Very solid pinot particularly for the price. It's on the bigger side, but had a nice level of complexity.

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    2/8/2012 10:21:00 PM - This is not a Pinot. There is no Pinot in the blend either.

White - Fortified

NV Casa Pedro Domecq Pedro Ximénez Venerable 30 Years Old

Jerez-Xérès-Sherry more

1/22/2012 - andtheodor wrote: 95 points

The color and weight of iodine, this literally stains the glass orange. Heavy, rich, luscious and lithe, this is undoubtedly one of the greatest dessert wines I've ever tasted and competes with Dal Forno et al. A neverending finish of espresso, sorghum, chocolate, caramel. Otherwordly.

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    1/22/2012 1:08:00 PM - It is truly the king!


2004 Château Desmirail

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/3/2008 - VinAmante wrote: 86 points

Disappointing and overpriced..

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    11/20/2011 10:39:00 PM - Why?

White - Sparkling

1999 Charles Ellner Champagne Brut "Seduction" Millésimé

Champagne Blend more

10/1/2011 - Highmountain Does not like this wine: 80 points

I got suspicious when opening the bottle. The cork was quite easy to remove and was totally soaked all the way up to the waist. Hay color but a hint of Madeira to the nose. All the good stuff was there, bread, apples and some yeast but the light oxidation was like a wet blanket over the bouquet. Drinkable but not my kind of Champagne.

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    11/13/2011 9:19:00 PM - Sounds like this bottle was flawed. Fair to judge?


2004 Kent Rasmussen Petit Verdot Esoterica

High Valley more

10/16/2011 - PolarBear22 wrote: 84 points

Rating may be that this is still too young. This was extremely tannic still, but after about three hours it opened up and was smoother. I have more to try tonight and may make an adjustment. I plan to keep the second bottle for several years before opening.

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    10/17/2011 9:46:00 PM - Wow! Still heavy on the tannins? I have two unopened bottles yet.


2009 Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet

California Red Blend more

11/28/2010 - jimkay21 wrote: 85 points

A blend of 47% Zinfandel, 29% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petite Sirah. Dark black/purple. Zinfandel is obvious in the nose. There's also a slight tinge of something like varnish or plastic. Fleeting, but it's there. Palate has black fruit but is short with a hollow finish where the flavors seems to turn to water. No finish. It is plush, i.e. low acid, and drinks like juice. Not unpleasant and probably has more umph than other wines in this price/category. Would make a good reception wine as long as you don't spill any on your clothes. I'm pretty sure the stains wouldn't come out.

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    7/24/2011 12:25:00 PM - Where did you find info on the composition? It's not on the bottle and doesn't seem to be on the web site.


2007 Anima Negra ÀN/2

Vi de La Tierra Mallorca Red Blend more

10/18/2010 - Wamrod Does not like this wine: 77 points

I rarely have such a bad reaction to a well-rated wine. Tremendously disappointing from the start, not remotely what I expected from a Spanish wine in this category. Drank with company last night and did not take detailed notes.

Color looked wrong, and the nose was horrible. Funky and very little fruit. Rotten eggs and grass, yet over ripe fruit as well. I can't decribe properly. VERY off-putting. I do not believe the bottle was corked, as there was no evidence of leakage of any other damage.

About the only redeeming quality was that the taste was very tame and had no rough edges, which also meant it tasted flat and had no finish. It also tasted stemmy and green, while overipe and rotten at the same time. I've never experienced this combination before.

After an hour, a little fruit appeared on the palate but the nose was still horrible.

Very disappointing - WHERE did these scores come from? Sorry Jay Miller, but I don't see it. Maybe these bottles were cooked before delivery, but there is no evidence of that. I will NOT be trying any of the other 5 bottles I bought - I'll be getting back some cellar space where the other bottles are...

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    6/14/2011 10:19:00 PM - Rotten eggs and grass is not what this wine is supposed to smell like. That is not a characteristic of Callet. Something was clearly wrong with this bottle.


2007 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant

Savennières-Coulée de Serrant Chenin Blanc more

1/22/2011 - sonofabacchus wrote: 94 points

I did not take detailed notes but was very impressed with this wine. Fruit, honey, and aromatic spices. Superb balance and length. Really a well presented ollafactory experience.

My experience with this appellation is not strong. So when I saw 5 bottles in the supermarket clearance cart marked for ten bucks, I just figured it was some knock off or high production mixed juice bottling. Stuck it in the fridge instead of the cellar for the next white wine dinner opportunity, with a bottle of Torrontes along side in case it was not palatable. I was impressed from the taster's first sip and decided to return to buy the rest. This morning I decided to check it out online and found the high scores as well as the $100 price tags. Well, there was a single bottle left, thankfully, when I returned and it is now inthe cellar for the right time.

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    5/30/2011 10:54:00 PM - Are you saying you got this for ten bucks!? I need to shop where you shop!


2008 Nicolas Joly Savennières Les Clos Sacrés (Les Vieux Clos)

Chenin Blanc more

12/27/2010 - mikeaukenbals wrote: 91 points

Took a day to open up. Great on 2nd day, tasted oxidized and no nose in 1st day, even with 2 hr decant

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    5/21/2011 7:48:00 AM - Joly actually recommends a "vigorous decant" of about 24 hours for his wines. You've discovered why.


2006 Bacio Divino Pazzo

Napa Valley SuperTuscan Blend more

9/19/2010 - jcsf420 wrote: 89 points

Nice $10 Napa Cab, great QPR.

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    3/20/2011 10:52:00 AM - Pazzo is primarily Sangiovese, normally upwards of 70%.


2007 Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Blanc

California White Rhone Blend more

2/9/2011 - SonomaWilliam wrote: 91 points

LOVE this Roussanne, Grenache blanc blend. Brought to dinner.

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    3/4/2011 9:05:00 PM - What did it taste like? Any development/change six months from your last note?

White - Sparkling

NV Luis Pato Maria Gomes Espumante

Vinho Regional Beiras more

10/8/2009 - amphorisc wrote: 85 points

If you read the back label, you will learn that this is not NV; my bottle contains wine from the 2008 vintage. Simple but very satisfying sparkling wine, with a dry, creamy finish. Nose and mouth dominated by apple and honey.

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    3/3/2011 8:00:00 PM - Regarding his Espumante wines, Luis Pato notes, "Although being from single vintage, does not show the year in order to observe the legal norm." So officially, the wine is NV.

    The number on the back is a "Lot" number which may or may not be the same as the vintage. He doesn't explicitly say either way (and as Portugal is northern hemisphere, it *could* be the year of release), so we can't count that as a vintage year.


2004 Château Flotis Fronton Elles

Negrette more

2/8/2010 - alexrad wrote: 90 points

Dark fruit complemented by wonderfully smooth tannins. This is a middle-aged tough wine with a velvet glove.

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    10/16/2010 3:44:00 PM - "...tough wine with a velvet glove." I think you've summarized a good Fronton perfectly!


2008 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier

Clarksburg White Blend more

8/30/2010 - Wino from Michigan wrote: 88 points

Kalyn and Nana with fajita's.

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    8/31/2010 7:38:00 PM - So what did you (and Kalyn and Nana) actually think of the wine?


2005 Château d'Aydie Madiran

Tannat more

7/5/2010 - Chomsky wrote: NR

This is about as good as a young Madiran gets. So classy and polished, superbly balanced and savory with smooth tannins, and a beguiling and ever-shifting nose of spicy and fruity scents along with a panoply of other elusive high-toned aromas. The nose is simply brilliant. A masterwork.

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    7/5/2010 10:11:00 PM - Good to know this is as expected. Also good to know I'm not the only one drinking these in the heat! Can't wait to get to my own.


2005 Mirabile Syrah Sicilia


11/4/2009 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

This is the Menfri which is Nero, Tannat and Cabernet. Soy, tomato leaf and massive fruit. Tomato is a fruit ya know. Smells of working in the garden. Light palate for all of that international variety stuff showing in there. Seemless through the crazy varietials. Funky (in the good way) finish that lasts. What an unsual, yet crazy wine.

  • Comment posted by iByron:

    4/7/2010 9:17:00 AM - We need clarity as to what this wine is. Mirabile makes four reds under Sicilia IGT. Menfri, the blend, has a blue label, but the picture here is a white label (which Mirabile uses for both their Syrah and their Tannat, also Sicilia IGT). GBM (below) has rated the Syrah while Ben here is rating the Menfri.

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