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Red

1998 Château Nenin

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/22/2014 - cookiefiend wrote: 87 points

Decanted for an hour - for me this is a shy, mousey wallflower of a wine. Some chocolate and tobacco, currants, some minerality and a hint of musty-ness. Light in body, with very little tannins, the acid is fine. A little disappointing compared to the last Bordeaux we had (which I shouldn't do - different year, different chateau, different appellation), too delicate and fading away, a bit too little of everything i like in Bordeaux.

  • Comment posted by cookiefiend:

    10/24/2014 9:18:00 AM - Yes - very different - I think I would have much preferred your bottle! I have two more, hopefully they will be better. :-)

Red

1998 Château Nenin

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/23/2014 - pjaines Likes this wine: NR

A bit of time in the decanter is required before this one loosens up a bit and starts pumping out essence of chocolate, spices and plums - clichéd Pomerol notes, and none the worse for it - this is excellent and has the guts for many more years of aging. Deep and muscular right now, but additional years will reward.

  • Comment posted by cookiefiend:

    10/22/2014 10:20:00 AM - Would you recommend waiting a few more years to open this, or just decant for a couple hours?

White - Sweet/Dessert

1983 Winzergenossenschaft Vier-Jahreszeiten Dürkheimer Feuerberg Huxelrebe Beerenauslese

Pfalz more

9/17/2014 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

Chicago: wine, food, friends...cigars!; 9/17/2014-9/20/2014 (Blackbird, Les Nomades, Naha, with lunch at Shaw's Crab House): {375ml} Holy cow, was this ever good. Still managing some decent freshness, notwithstanding its advanced color. But really, the strong suit here was complexity, the type that comes only with age and from really good raw material, too. All around, an excellent example of the variety, style, place and time. drink thru 2022, highly recommended

Slow-O 30 minutes, served non-blind; continued to open up through the final sip.

  • Comment posted by cookiefiend:

    10/2/2014 4:24:00 PM - Shockingly good - I was so surprised! Glad I have one more… should perhaps save it for another offline? :-)

Red

2000 Château Léoville Poyferré

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/18/2014 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

Chicago: wine, food, friends...cigars!; 9/17/2014-9/20/2014 (Blackbird, Les Nomades, Naha, with lunch at Shaw's Crab House): An absolutely delicious wine. But its life in the winner's circle is very short lived as the '00 Pegau Capo and '98 l'Ermite are poured directly afterwards, which made this a very distant memory in no time at all. Full-bodied, chewy at times, this has a good amount of depth and considerable purity, but the acidity may not be enough for the long run -- perhaps best over the next 10 years or so. Delicious, and not too serious, so have some fun with it. 13,0% abv., recommended

Served non-blind. Slow-O 6 hours.

  • Comment posted by cookiefiend:

    10/2/2014 4:23:00 PM - This was a fantastic wine!

White

2011 Littorai Chardonnay Thieriot Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

9/17/2014 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

Chicago: wine, food, friends...cigars!; 9/17/2014-9/20/2014 (Blackbird, Les Nomades, Naha, with lunch at Shaw's Crab House): My first Littorai in some years, and, IIRC, my first ever from this vineyard. Served alongside a magnum of Peter Michaels' Point Rouge, the two had less in common than one might think, though each had just as many attributes in its favor. This was lighter, and brighter than the 2006 PM, more oily and citrusy, too, with really unique mineral and honeycomb character that tantalized the mind and palate alike. I seldom use the expression 'crunchy fruit', but it sure seems appropriate here; exciting stuff. Original, balanced, refreshing -- what's not to love? Thru 2021, highly recommended

Slow-O 1 hour, served non-blind. Many thanks to the cookies for sharing :D

  • Comment posted by cookiefiend:

    9/25/2014 6:36:00 AM - You are more than welcome! I think this wine will only improve with a bit more time. Thanks for writing notes!

Red

2005 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Larkmead Vineyard

Napa Valley more

7/14/2014 - LARich wrote: 93 points

Drinking beautifully right now, this luscious Cabernet blend hits all the right notes. Dark fruit nose and rich plum color give way to a smooth and balanced palate of currants with a hint of soft pine. Medium long finish and well integrated tannins keep the structure in place. Terrific.

  • Comment posted by cookiefiend:

    7/22/2014 1:13:00 PM - Would you recommend purchasing - if I can get it at a great price? Do you think it still has a few years of good drinking?

Red

2005 Orin Swift Papillon

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/23/2014 - cookiefiend wrote: NR

PnP - a bit woody, still a bit hot with the alcohol poking out - so slightly out of balance. That said - it's pretty damn good. It's rich with black fruits but not over the top, tannins are evident. Acid is low though. Last bottle, not sorry I drank it, but not sure I'd make an effort to re-purchase.

  • Comment posted by cookiefiend:

    6/28/2014 7:00:00 AM - I *think* it will improve with a little more time in the bottle. If I had another, I wouldn't be in a hurry to drink it. Time should help smooth out the tannins and that alcohol burn I picked up. It was a very tasty wine overall.

White

2009 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu

Chenin Blanc more

5/6/2014 - portman63 Likes this wine: 92 points

This is a great wine tonight. Needs some air for about an hour, but then flowers and crisp apples with lip-smacking fruit and acidity. Don't know if John Gilman is a 10 year old to put a 2020-2070 drinking window, but obviously no one on this forum will be able to verify it. He should get real and realize there is no bad time for Huet.

  • Comment posted by cookiefiend:

    5/7/2014 6:15:00 PM - Here here!

Red

2009 Keplinger Syrah Kingpin Rows

Knights Valley more

4/6/2014 - caeleric/cae_cpa Does not like this wine: 83 points

this has never been a very good wine. it opened pleasantly enough by the end of the night, but its lack of structure and overall imbalance made for another disappointing showing. some cherry and spice, but not enough to justify $50. if scoring, 82-84.

  • Comment posted by cookiefiend:

    4/7/2014 6:44:00 AM - This really worries me! I better open one and check it out...

White

2008 Ramey Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

1/11/2014 - cookiefiend wrote: flawed

Corked! :-p

  • Comment posted by cookiefiend:

    1/15/2014 12:19:00 PM - !! Thanks David! I'll give Tiffany a call!

White - Sparkling

NV H. Billiot Fils Champagne Grand Cru Brut Cuvée Laetitia

Champagne Blend more

11/1/2013 - alr6767 wrote: 92 points

Disgorged 8/12. Really enjoyable, large scaled sweet fruit, huge chardonnay fruit and long finish. Not for the AFWE seeking something to ponder over, this should be enjoyed for it's unapologetic voluptuousness.

  • Comment posted by cookiefiend:

    12/20/2013 8:14:00 PM - Narf - what does AFWE stand for? Personally this to me said Picasso

White

1971 Blue Nun 8 Puttonyos 1er Grosses Proprietary Select **

Rheinhessen White Blend more

11/22/2012 - Musedir wrote: 95 points

Based on memory alone this wine is always about fumbling around in the back seats of cars and surveying the inside of porcelain bowls. With such a rich heritage it would be a travesty to even open such a library wine and deprive it of its evolving elixir of life. So my score is based on cherished childhood memories of faked I.D.s and furtive grabs from parents' liquor cabinets.

  • Comment posted by cookiefiend:

    11/4/2013 10:16:00 AM - bwahahahaa - so funny Tom!

White - Sweet/Dessert

1921 Château d'Yquem

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

7/14/2013 - The Gilded Sage wrote: NR

My dear friend, the Vicomte André de Toulouse, likes to celebrate Bastille day each year with the sort of feast that would surely have landed all participants in the guillotine.

This particular vintage of Yquem (which I have tasted on only one other occasion, after far too much Champagne to have formed a coherent note) was served at the end of this year's meal with a pan-seared foie gras of most singular provenance. The name and location of the farm from which it had been procured were kept steadfastly secret by my host and his butler. I was told only that it was not AOC classified, owing to the fact that its fowl had been raised exclusively on a diet of black truffles. One can imagine, but can scarcely describe, the richness and complexity such feed imparts. "Qu'ils mangent du foie gras!" bellowed the incorrigible Vicomte, and silver plates of this magnificent preparation were brought round with glasses of the amber Sauternes.

The wine: Well, it too was magnificent, caressing the palate as fine silk sheets do the body—deliciously, richly, and yet rather coolly. While mature, it remains taut—even severe. I was reminded of a stern, aging matron of French who used to come to the manor for my weekly lesson; age had softened her, but not very much; she wore scarves and smoked long and thin cigarettes; unused to nonsense she employed a firm touch. Well, you can imagine...

A final note: for all the whimsy of this particular feast, there was also admirable care taken in its preparation and design. The final dish, described here, brought full circle a progression of almost architectural intricacy, and echoed earlier courses of duck a l'orange (served with a '45 La Romanée) and a consommé of juvenile truffle hog.

I am most grateful to my host for arranging this event. He really is a most remarkable sybarite. What a happy miracle that his noble line should have escaped the proletariat's blade!

  • Comment posted by cookiefiend:

    9/30/2013 1:28:00 PM - Lovely note, but you have a contextual error with the word 'taught'. Should be 'taut'... ;-)

Red

2001 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Napa Valley more

6/30/2007 - twoamps wrote: 93 points

great mouthful of fruit, chocolate, leather, and currents. Big finish with lots of tannins. Had calmed down consoderably the second day. I’m with parker on this one; I don’t know what wine spectator is talking about

  • Comment posted by cookiefiend:

    8/19/2013 6:14:00 AM - Good to know, thanks for writing a note!
    WS hated all over this one didn't they? ;-)

White - Sparkling

2006 Michele Chiarlo Moscato d'Asti Nivole

more

2/4/2013 - Mbellware wrote: 85 points

I felt like we waited too long. Wine had a very yeasty note that I don't remember the initial bottles we opened had (2009/2010).

  • Comment posted by cookiefiend:

    2/5/2013 4:38:00 AM - Ooh. I've been wondering the same thing about mine... I guess I'd better open it soon!

Red

2004 Joseph Phelps Insignia

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/29/2012 - zoopals wrote: NR

**Moved from CT to ME**

  • Comment posted by cookiefiend:

    11/30/2012 9:01:00 AM - This should probably be a *private* note rather than a tasting note.

Red

2007 Stevens Syrah Black Tongue

Yakima Valley more

11/5/2012 - ChrisinSunnyside wrote: 93 points

Blood, meat, yet light and playful on the palate, crisp finish. Delicious in every way and fantastic Yak Syrah in the hands of a skilled winemaker. Best wine we've had in a while.

  • Comment posted by cookiefiend:

    11/14/2012 11:40:00 AM - So are you saying I should have bought this from DP? :-)

  • Comment posted by cookiefiend:

    11/17/2012 11:10:00 AM - Well heck. I just filled my *last* case with FP... only to start another with the FM offering. May have to add a few of these to the new case. :-P

Red

2006 Justin Vineyards & Winery Isosceles

Paso Robles Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/4/2012 - cookiefiend wrote: flawed

Corked :-P

  • Comment posted by cookiefiend:

    11/14/2012 7:50:00 PM - If it's any consolation - the second '06 was fine...

Red

2008 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

more

11/5/2012 - copdyke wrote: 91 points

Not sure how this got 95 points but still pretty good.

  • Comment posted by cookiefiend:

    11/6/2012 7:40:00 AM - Ramey actually makes both a Napa Valley Cab and another Cab called Annum. Annum DID receive a 95 from WS, but not the regular Napa Cab. WS hasn't rated the regular Napa Cab at this time.

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