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White

2014 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords

Melon de Bourgogne more

1/4/2016 - Outplaying Likes this wine: NR

Seeing Bob H's comment and others whose palates I respect on this wine prompted be to open a bottle before it's too late to get more. I will be working late a few nights this week so I cracked a bottle at work to go with a salad and some pork butt I smoked over the weekend. Served at about 60 degrees. This is the real deal. It has a lot of the characteristics I love about Chablis. Sea air, saline and mineral with lots of acid to keep it lively. Smells like the liquor of a fresh shucked oyster. And 16 bucks?! A definite repurchase. Get 'em while you can - I took the last 8 bottles at one of the stores I use.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    1/5/2016 5:10:00 AM - Brig, Hopefully I can stash a couple to see how they age. I've never had an older Muscadet. I can't wait to have a glass tonight. Cheers guys.

Red

2008 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

12/7/2015 - Nutty08 wrote: flawed

Brett bomb with spritzy palate. Was drinkable after shaking but seemed flabby with dull CdP fruit. Nothing like my early bottle experiences which were quite good.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    12/8/2015 5:30:00 AM - It seems like there must be a lot variability in this bottling. I went through about a half dozen and they all showed well, but I see a lot of people mentioning the spritzy quality and brett. I must have gotten lucky with the batch I bought.

Red

2008 Carlisle Syrah Cardiac Hill

Bennett Valley more

11/14/2015 - Outplaying wrote: NR

Popped and poured this last night at a dinner. No notes but boy was it good. Much better than an 08 Papas block I opened earlier in the week that was a bit too big and ripe for our tastes.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    11/16/2015 4:57:00 AM - Frank, I've enjoyed several bottles of the 2011 Riverain but not the 12 yet. The notes on the 12 are very positive. I need to pick some up along with the Wind Gap Sonoma bottling as that is the style enjoy now. I look forward to seeing you soon. Unfortunately Ann and I aren't going to be able to get to Faltacular this year. :-( Shoot me an email with where to send a check though.

White

2012 Château Graville-Lacoste Blanc

Graves Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

10/24/2015 - lockestep Likes this wine: 88 points

Hard to beat as a seafood white for the money. Good fruit acid balance, longish finish, mineral component balanced out clams to perfection. On its' own interesting enough to keep going back for more.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    10/24/2015 5:47:00 PM - Dan, I agree with you. A nice wine for the price.

Red

2010 Sottimano Barbera d'Alba Pairolero

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10/23/2015 - Outplaying wrote: NR

Lush dark fruits, verging on raisin. Some charred notes, good acidity. Modern styled. Solid.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    10/24/2015 6:06:00 AM - I think this could go a few more years. I won't hurry to open my last bottle, though there is no harm in opening one now either.

Rosť

2014 Gérard Boulay Sancerre Rosé

Pinot Noir more

9/13/2015 - Bob H Likes this wine: NR

We've gone through a few bottles of this this Summer; very light salmon colored in the glass, and nice minerality (for lack of a better descriptive) on the palate. Also a nice citric note as well.

Tart fruit and fairly dry on the palate - very nice. This is about as good as rose' gets for me (although I haven't picked up my 2014 Pibarnon yet, so I should really do these side-by-side one day soon to see which one I prefer).

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    9/13/2015 2:53:00 PM - Bob, have you tried Montenidoli's rose of Canaiuolo? I'd put it right there with Boulay for my favorite roses. I've not tried Tempier or Pibarnon though.

Red

2007 Carlisle Petite Sirah Yorkville Highlands

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8/23/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: flawed

I am going to call this bottle flawed. It's not nearly as good as the one several months ago that I tasted and wrote up. Instead, I find what rings like brett in this bottle, the first one I can ever recall from Mike having that inside. I don't like these aroma/flavor indicators in wines and I won't buy wines that are endowed with these. It's not overwhelming here but I noticed over dinner y/day and then retyring it today, it has a barynayrd, saddle note and I just decided to dump the last 4-5 ounces and wish it farewell. We drank an '11 Papa's Block next to this wine and the Papa's was perfect in all respects.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    8/24/2015 5:12:00 AM - Thanks for the note, Frank. I have one of these left. I certainly won't bring a Domaine du Pegau the next time we get together. Does Rayas tend to have a bretty profile? I've never had one.

Red

2011 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

8/16/2015 - mtolerico Likes this wine: 91 points

PnP, drinks well immediately, the nose is a tad muted but still gives up dark fruit, sweet kirsch liquor and tar. Good length, but is a bit thin, one of the weakest Pegau's I've ever had, however it's still very good and enjoyable.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    8/18/2015 1:39:00 PM - Have you guys tried the 08? I think they are the two weakest vintages in quite a while. I was able to get them at reasonable prices and still find them enjoyable though.

Red

2009 Château Puygueraud

Côtes de Francs Red Bordeaux Blend more

8/10/2015 - Outplaying wrote: NR

Not sure if it is the vintage or house style, but this was a bit plush and fruity. Slight herbal notes. Ann liked it.

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    8/11/2015 5:25:00 AM - Chatters, I don't think there is a need to rush to drink these. They may improve with a little age. I would buy again as it is great to have some inexpensive Bordeaux around, that can also age. Lanessan is another I like this category.

White

2012 Gilbert Picq & ses Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vosgros

Chardonnay more

8/9/2015 - HowardNZ Likes this wine: 92 points

I Pobega'd this new delivery ... it's terrific juice! This 1er combines 2012 richness and weight with real Chablis typicity. Pale gold colour. A nose of chalk, lemons, spearmint, river boulder, Granny Smith apple and flint. Energetic and vibrant on palate. Flavours of lemons, green apples, limestone and oyster shell. Vibrant, bright acids. As I say, good fruit weight and quite rich but the acidity ensures there is good balance and precision. Finishes long and parched desert dry. Like most '12s, I don't see this as a very long lived wine but, even this early, it's pretty much everything I look for in a young 1er Chablis. Very good!

  • Comment posted by Outplaying:

    8/10/2015 4:37:00 AM - Love the Berserker reference! Thanks for the note. I have a few and have been tempted to open one.

White

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!

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