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2012 Gilbert Picq & ses Fils Chablis Dessus La Carriere

Chardonnay more

6/22/2015 - TomH Likes this wine: 92 points

Once again, I find myself liking this far more than other tasters here. Initially, it's a very one-dimensional wine with nothing more than a simple tart lemon flavor. After half an hour, this bottle was positively singing: lush & creamy texture, lemon curd, lime, mineral, slate, and floral notes come through. Long, very mineral finish. I commented to my wife that this was my favorite 20 dollar bottle of white that I've tasted in recent years. For the price, hard to beat.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    6/22/2015 1:27:00 PM - Tom, I agree with you. Both the 2010 and 2012 are great wines for the price. It is my favorite Chablis at this price point.

Red

2011 August West Syrah Rosella's Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

5/19/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

I had this a few weeks ago as part of the dinner we did for Ed Kurtzman. It came late in the evening after several wines ahead of it so I figured with my extra bottle, I would revisit the wine singly, with dinner tonight and over the next night or so, too. Opened this about 90 mins ago, it's been airing well in a big stem so plenty of air. Man, this is dark, as good Rosella's should be. Aromatically, black pepper and dark fruit, actually pretty robust for a 2011. The palate shows good density, with char, steak sauce, blue and black fruit and some of that whole cluster sage-like herb. Finishes juicy, tangy and showing the same rosemary and herb-like note. Been a while since I sat with an AW Rosella's syrah and this is pretty spot on. I know with Ed's version that I will get color, cluster and no oak. Not sure if air overnight will affect this wine as it seems pretty fleshed out but we shall see....yep, fleshed out nicely with the extra day. Plush, solid weight, fills the entire palate and finishes with a big blast of black cherry and blackberry fruit. The ripeness on this is perfect. Will age longer I am sure. Well done, Ed.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    5/20/2015 5:50:00 AM - Thanks for the note Frank. I have a lone soldier of the 2006 that I have been thinking about opening soon.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    5/29/2015 9:29:00 AM - Frank, Maybe I'll shoot him a PM to get his thoughts. I almost brought it the last time we got together, but it has been a while since I had one and didn't know how it would show.

Red

2007 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

5/21/2015 - megropolis wrote: flawed

Corked.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    5/21/2015 7:59:00 AM - Two of the 9 bottles I have opened have been corked. Disappointing because the wine is pretty good.

Red

2013 Carlisle Syrah Sonoma County

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3/12/2015 - AFWE Likes this wine: NR

PnP. Initial nose of leather, rose petal, and dark berries. Pours a brilliant crimson color that really shimmers due to the wines opacity. A bit lighter bodied than anticipated, but this turns to be a virtue because in the mouth this leads with a bit of acid, followed by more dark fruits, cracked pepper, and a wonderful finish with slightly drying tannins. This really starts to open up after a couple hours in the decanter, the aromatics intensify and the depth and finish crank up a couple notches. Lots of structure here, could use a few years but it will be tough to keep hands off these beauties given the price.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    5/15/2015 8:52:00 AM - AFWE, the QPR is always this good. I think its one of the best values in CA syrah. I don't drink much Zin anymore, but the Sonoma County bottling offers great value too.

Red

2010 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Chianti Rùfina Nipozzano Riserva

Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

4/30/2015 - nocoretiree wrote: 88 points

Has opened up a tad since first bottle tasted on 12-30-14. While it opened up, it did not gain any more complexity or depth. Maybe my expectations are a little too high, but for a $20 Reserve Chianti, I expect a bit better... Will keep looking for a better Chianti in this price range. Not to say this is bad, many would be OK with this and we were OK with it and that's about it.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    5/1/2015 4:01:00 AM - I don't know if you've ever tried Felsina, but they make great Chianti and are reasonably priced.

Red

2012 Château Phélan Ségur

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/28/2015 - acyso wrote: 93 points

UGC 2015 (Chicago, IL): My wine of the UGC. Yeah, there, I said it. This had a nose with graphite, dust, and earth, but was also transparent and pretty, showing some very clean and crisp red-fruited character. Lovely stuff, this had everything that I look for in a Bordeaux wine.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    4/22/2015 5:50:00 AM - I wouldn't say it was my wine of the UGC but it was solidly in my top ten and much higher when you factor in pricing. I should be receiving the case I ordered soon and look forward to trying it again at home, with the wife, and maybe a big grilled steak. Cheers!

Red

2006 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

4/18/2015 - alpha_ori Likes this wine: 92 points

Rich fruit, soy sauce, a bit of acid on the finish...definitely one of my favorite CdP houses. I prefer the strong mineral presence in the '07 vintage, but this is still quite delicious. As it opens up, the savory notes become more prominent and the acids less so; I'm hard pressed to say which profile I like more. This is one of those wines that, when I drink it, I think: I must go here, to this part of the world, and see what it is really like.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    4/19/2015 4:32:00 AM - Me too. When I get to CdP, Pegau will certainly be one place I visit. I haven't opened any of my 07's yet but I suspect they are more dense and ripe. I look forward to seeing if I find the mineral component you mention.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    4/20/2015 4:53:00 AM - I have most of the vintages back to 04. The 04 is so good. I haven't had 06 in a while but I remember it being a little lighter and more elegant than 04. I drank through my 08's which were very solid but not as concentrated as other recent vintages. I haven't opened any 07, 09 or 10 yet. As far as other producers, I like Vieux Donjon a lot. Also St. Prefert, but it tends to be fruitier and lacks some of the spice and funk that Pegau has. Beaucastel with a lot of age is really good. In general I prefer the more restrained CdP's rather than the massive 16% versions.....

Red

2008 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

2/8/2015 - Outplaying wrote: NR

My last of four bottles. I wish I had bought more when I had the chance at $30 each as they have helped me keep my hands of the other vintages. This bottle showed much like the first few. Smells nice with soy, mineral, bloody meat juices and dark fruit. Leaner than most vintages, the fruit is dark in tone. More black than red. Lighter bodied and very dry. Shows better after being open for a few hours so give it a some air. Not a blockbuster, but very solid.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    2/10/2015 5:25:00 AM - Thanks Chatters. I am not sure it will ever develop into something special but I think it should continue to drink well for a few more years. I wish I had more to see for myself. I will buy more if I find a good deal on them.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    2/11/2015 4:37:00 PM - Michal, I wish I bought a case now. Pegau at $30'is a great deal.

White

2012 Gilbert Picq & ses Fils Chablis Dessus La Carriere

Chardonnay more

12/31/2014 - dgkula Likes this wine: 86 points

IMHO dusts the 2011. Consistent with the vintage this is bordering on take the enamel off your teeth. Very nice Chablis but with a funny funk on the nose on this bottle which blows off. A bit over-priced compared to the Fevre Domaine bottling. Pissed that I bought a case and the shop composed a case with half 2011 which I find watery and thin in comparison. 1/24: had a bottle of 2012 last night and the funk never blew off. This is on sale again and I am not buying more. I think the Fevre Domaine is a better buy at a similar price point. Lowering my score owing to the funk. 1/30: I finally had a good bottle. Lovely floral nose. I actually did a double take and sniffed several times as it was so uncharacteristic. Nice Chablis stoniness and grip. QPR not quite up there with the Fever and Defaix but finally a decent bottle of Pica. There is hope for the balance of this case.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    1/1/2015 5:41:00 AM - I agree with you. The 2010 and 2012 is much better than the 11. I'd be pissed too!

Red

2004 Château Cos d'Estournel

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/25/2014 - pablopilot wrote: 94 points

Lots of character and personality... Tastes like... Wine... In a very savauge, eternal sort of way. Like the smell of the winery in Italy when I was a boy... Alive and changing as it breathed thick air. Beautiful reminder of the earths bounty on Christmas Day...

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    12/26/2014 5:44:00 AM - I enjoyed your note on this wine. I have one that I purchased to drink on a future wedding anniversary. Perhaps in another 5 years or so. Salute!

Red

2007 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

12/25/2014 - yeti575rider wrote: 90 points

Drank with Christmas dinner of beef tenderloin and was a bit outclassed by the meat. Not a bad wine but rather one dimensional with everything tilted toward straightforward currant flavors and a bit of oak. Don't think it really has anywhere else to go. Solid but unexciting.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    12/26/2014 5:35:00 AM - While my wife loved the wine, I agree with your notes. We also had it with beef tenderloin on Christmas eve. Not bad, but not complex or exciting either.

Red

2004 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Vigna Croera di La Morra

Nebbiolo more

12/13/2014 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Always enjoy this wine every time I drink it,. Cherry, tobacco, herb, fresh and lively, still shows a good amount of tannin and has loads of life ahead of it.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    12/14/2014 12:45:00 PM - Frank, knowing where your palate is, I enjoy reading your notes on wines like these. Especially Italian wines that tend to be higher in acidity. Cheers and happy holidays!

White

2011 Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Tradizionale

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12/3/2014 - BrunelloBob wrote: flawed

Oddly dark and heavy, Strange flavor profile for Vernaccia. Off?

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    12/3/2014 5:50:00 AM - I've had a couple bottles recently that were that way too. They seemed like they were somewhat oxidized. Much different than earlier bottles I had.

Red

2011 Carlisle Syrah Steiner Vineyard

Sonoma Mountain more

11/9/2014 - Outplaying wrote: NR

I like the cool 2011 vintage in CA, at least when it comes to Syrah and Pinot. This has been open for a day, under cork in the refrigerator. The wine still is a little cooler than it should be but there is good acid buffering slightly tart dark fruit, some olive, very light white pepper and maybe a touch of soy. Medium tannin. 14.1% alc. I wish I bought more than one as this pretty good today.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    11/10/2014 5:20:00 AM - Thanks Brig. Ann and I hope to get across the county to FMIII's Falltacular someday. Perhaps we will get to share a bottle from this vintage when we do.

Red

2011 Passopisciaro Sicilia Contrada Rampante

Nerello Mascalese more

9/17/2014 - Outplaying wrote: NR

A pale, light red color. Pretty and elegant, light bodied with tart red fruits and crunchy acidity. Lava and rocky mineral notes and at times what I thought was hints of mint. I liked this wine quite a bit but I think it could be divisive at a tasting, depending on your style preferences. Not sure if Ann would like it.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    9/18/2014 12:43:00 PM - Bob, I think you described the wine well. Only divisive in terms of AWFE vs fruit bombs or that ridiculous "I don't get Italian wines" thread. I'm not sure Ann would have liked it because of the high acid and it's delicacy.

    This was one of the more interesting wines I've had this year because of my unfamiliarity of this grape and region. A very pretty and food friendly wine. I have no idea how this might age due it's light body, color, etc. I am tempted to buy a few to see though.

White - Sweet/Dessert

2011 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé

Zibibbo, Muscat more

7/26/2014 - Bob H Likes this wine: NR

A day 2 glass from a 375 opened last night at dinner; the color is like liquid caramel, with orange accents. Gorgeous nose, with caramel, apricots and a citrus underpinning - this is a nose you could enjoy without even tasting the wine.

On the palate, liquefied apricot. While this is a different flavor profile, stylistically the wine reminds me of Kracher. Really coats the palate, but like Kracher, I think some might find the acid inadequate for the sweetness of the wine.

That said, while I could see this being a divisive dessert wine, I love it!

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    7/27/2014 8:03:00 AM - Bob, I've not had the 11 but loved the 9 and 10. I always make sure to hit this table at the Gambero Rosso tasting. Fun desert wine.

Red

2012 Montalbera Grignolino d'Asti

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6/20/2014 - Bob H wrote: NR

Light translucent ruby; almost like a rose'. Nice minerally nose with red fruits.

Light-bodied, nice tension on the palate, crisp acidity - really not bad given the under $20 price point. Short on the finish, and not overly complex, but still, not bad at all.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    6/21/2014 8:14:00 AM - Couple of interesting varieties there Bob. Did you pick them up locally?

Red

2007 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

Red Rhone Blend more

4/30/2014 - DSimmons Likes this wine: 94 points

WOW! What a pretty bottle of wine. Pop and pour. Singing from the git go. Beautiful translucent garnet color. This wine over delivers by a country mile. It provides immediate gratification but yet sports the structure to continue evolving. This is the 8th bottle from a case and the best to date (sort off regret drinking the others earlier). Not only delicious but affordable. To think I bought this beauty for ~$17 per I could kick myself for only buying one case. The wine has delicious dark fruit, some earthy notes, cassis and plenty of underlying tannin to support further development. Long lingering finish. I would say it is just now entering prime time and will be at peak for at least another three years. This wine personifies why I love Rhone blends and really believe they are the best deal out there on a bang for the buck basis. Double WOW!

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    5/2/2014 5:06:00 AM - I agree with you. It is hard to beat them as far as bang for the buck. The trick for me is finding the ones that are more rustic, rather than modern in style. I generally enjoy the Coudoulet bottling though, especially the 2010.

Red

2011 Riverain Syrah Cardiac Hill Bennett Valley

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4/30/2014 - Outplaying wrote: NR

This seemed like an appropriate bottle to open on an incredibly rainy day. There are rivers running through my yard. Popped the cork about an hour ago and the wine is still pretty tight. On the nose, I get some smoke, floral notes, tar and charcoal. On the palate, some tart black cherry, darker fruits, light black olive and as others have said, a rocky note. Shows the cool climate with good acidity, medium weight, and lower alc. Pretty smooth texture with lighter tannin. I have a little less than half a bottle for tomorrow. Pretty good now. We'll see what happens with some air.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    5/2/2014 4:55:00 AM - Thanks Frank. We finished the bottle last night. It really didn't change a whole lot. Maybe seemed a little softer, perhaps a little plusher. There was something different on the finish that I struggled with. I believe you used the term astringency to describe it. I haven't had many syrahs yet from 2011. Do you think that is a result of the cooler vintage? I'm curious to see how this wine shows with some time in the bottle.

White

2010 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Séchet

Chardonnay more

4/12/2014 - Outplaying wrote: NR

Probably served little too cold at first. Nice light yellow color, richer and more dense than I expected. Some golden apple, pear, and a crystalline hard yellow lemon candy at first. As this opened and warmed, the wine seemed to become lighter in feel and showed more lime and citrus, especially on the finish. Ann thought it was more grapefruit like. There is some nice saline and marine like notes, but not necessarily oyster shell or earthy mineral that I enjoy. There is good acidity and I enjoyed it on this warm (finally) spring night. I wish I bought more when I had the chance.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    4/16/2014 8:46:00 AM - Thanks Frank. I've not had any of the Michel grand cru's so I look forward to your notes on them and hope I can find some locally.

White

2010 Simon Bize Bourgogne Blanc Les Champlains

Chardonnay more

7/7/2013 - Pknut wrote: NR

While I think that Gilman's review is a bit too favorable, this was a good Bourgogne blanc that shows good clear fruit with energy and verve, yet showing a bit too much oak currently in the vanilla and raw new wood on the palate. I think the wood will absorb and then this will be very good. I've been meaning to try this as a possible substitute for the Dauvissat cru Chablis that we've been opening. Found this wine, of all places, at a package store in Georgetown.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    4/11/2014 5:48:00 AM - Pknut, have you tried the Perrieres bottling from Bize? To me that one is a little more Chablis-like in that it is leaner, perhaps more citrusy and shows more minerality. The minerality is a little earthier, flintier though than oyster shell. Its been a while since I've opened one of the Les Champlain though so I'll have to open one soon.

White

2010 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

Chardonnay more

4/9/2014 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

The last time I had one of these was from mag, a bottle I opened from my cellar back during Falltacular a few months ago. I remember that bottle and it didn't wow me, although I'll admit that was after a day of entertaining and questionable palate I may have used! The bottle in focus here I opened last night, left it in the fridge to stay cold. Drinking now, what I enjoy about this wine is the marine-like aromatic, bit of that sea air thing. What I find boring is the palate, as it just falls off, it's kind of dead. Yes, there is some nuance of sea shell, lemon rind and honey, but all of it is a bit muted and there is IMO a lack of cut in this vintage of MdT. In contrast, a 2010 Michel Forets I had a few weeks back was quite the contrary and I only wish I would have doubled down on those, leaving this MdT for someone else. Bad wine? No, not bad but just lacking the complexity and energy of that Forets, and some of the better 1er Chablis I have enjoyed in the past year. I have two of these MdT left, will drink them over the next year or two.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    4/10/2014 2:04:00 PM - A boring Michel?! Uh oh. I just picked up some 2011 Vaillons. I was hoping to pick up more 2010 Sechet but this was all they had. I didn't check CT and was a little surprised when I got home to see a comments on the lack of cut in it too. I'll have to open one soon to see. I've not had the Michel Montee de Tonnerre or Vaillons yet.

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