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Red

2012 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

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7/3/2015 - chablis28 wrote: 89 points

PNP in a gifted Oregon PN glass. Solid not memorable. Absence of cola - good. Balanced. I'd bet I'd prefer the 2011 version. Like all the '12s I've had so far a little bigger richer but this one has decent acidity and not as weighty as some. Paid $30, drinks like $20 - $30 PN. 13.5% ALC

  • Comment posted by David J Cooper:

    7/4/2015 7:29:00 AM - Totally agree that 2011 is a nicer vintage for early drinking, both in Oregon and Sonoma.

    Cheers

White - Sparkling

NV Jacquesson & Fils Champagne Cuvée No. 736

Champagne Blend more

6/27/2015 - David J Cooper wrote: 92 points

Very rich and intense. Drank on the hottest day ever.

Save the other bottles for winter drinking.

  • Comment posted by David J Cooper:

    6/28/2015 8:24:00 PM - Mostly winter for me and the 736. A bit of bottle age should help too.

Red

2005 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

6/12/2015 - David J Cooper wrote: 85 points

Dark red/black. Very tight nose. What is there is roasted dark fruit. Big and hot. Was shocked to find out it was the Prado Enea.

  • Comment posted by David J Cooper:

    6/13/2015 7:24:00 AM - I think it may have been. I was surprised by the level of concentration. I don't expect that from a traditional Rioja.

Red

1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

3/25/2015 - Milos wrote: 92 points

This appears to be the first of the “modern” Beaucastel. Dark red fruit driven clean nose with earthy complexity; very little if any brett. Complex palate with tannins still notable behind the fruit. Nice but not what it used to be.

  • Comment posted by David J Cooper:

    5/10/2015 7:15:00 PM - Totally agree, there seemed to be a change in style to more ripeness in 98.

Red

2009 Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Santa Cruz Mountains more

4/19/2015 - drzweigelt wrote: 92 points

Finally a US-Cabernet that was worth trying - a flash of blueberry and cassis on the nose, a few swirls later there's some eucalyptus leave as well - gorgeous. Deep fruit, reflecting the nasal aromas, quite a long finish, gripping tannins still, but this is a serious cabernet blend. A great pirate for smaller chateaux tastings.
Drink now until 2025

  • Comment posted by David J Cooper:

    4/19/2015 7:23:00 AM - Hello Dr Z. This wine is not Napa. The fruit generally comes from Monte Bello vineyard and Jimsamore Vineyard, both in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Ridge Monte Bello is a great place to visit.

Red

2012 Bodegas Castaño Yecla Solanera Viñas Viejas

Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre more

1/26/2015 - ricegpa Does not like this wine: 80 points

The wine reviewed by Mr.Parker was assigned 94 points which were appropriate for the wine he described

"amazing red wine displays notes of lead pencil shavings, acacia flowers, black raspberries, blueberries and black currants. This full-bodied, intense 2012 tastes like it should cost three to five times as much. Full-bodied, stunningly pure and textured, it should last for 4-5 years, possibly longer. "

I predict that Mr. Parker was served something else. He might have mixed up his tasting notes or he was engineering a deal with Eric Solomon.

I could not finish even half of a small glass. Acacia flowers had not touched my bottle, and the taste of dark red fruits was in the direction of rhubarb rather than raspberries, blueberries and currants..

This wine should cost a third to a fifth as much as it does. I would be generous in assigning 80 points to this juice which should have been left on the vine. He was right about one thing. This wine will likely last 4-5 years, because no one will drink it.

  • Comment posted by David J Cooper:

    3/5/2015 2:58:00 PM - Perhaps you had a bad bottle. Your comments about Eric Soloman and Mr Parker seem pretty strong. Luckily most people will not take you seriously.

  • Comment posted by David J Cooper:

    3/5/2015 5:37:00 PM - I had a bottle last night and really enjoyed it. I think poor shipping or storage could have affected your bottle or multiple bottles. I think after the Faively incident RMP is very wary of potential inequities.

    That being said I do believe there has been some score creep towards higher numbers.

White

2009 Stony Hill Chardonnay

Napa Valley more

1/11/2015 - David J Cooper wrote: 88 points

This wine was a bit too cold when I served it. Some lemon and mineral, not ripe or over oaked but maybe it could be a little more intense.

  • Comment posted by David J Cooper:

    3/2/2015 9:24:00 AM - I'm missing your point. I said the wine wasn't over oaked.

Red

2005 Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Exceptionnelle

Red Rhone Blend more

1/4/2015 - David J Cooper wrote: 90 points

Dark red. Nice nose, plum, black cherry and vanilla. Fairly modern but compared to the Cristia it seems like Bonneau. Dry finish, still will improve.

I think this is a very good wine, despite the crappy treatment we got when we visited the Domaine.

  • Comment posted by David J Cooper:

    1/5/2015 2:44:00 PM - Thanks for reading my note. They have been few and far between lately, nice to get some input.

    I have had a couple of these lately and they have been very nice. This one showed very clean I would have loved a little funk. I also had a few bottles of the 06 in France, they were very good as well.

  • Comment posted by David J Cooper:

    1/5/2015 2:44:00 PM - Thanks for reading my note. They have been few and far between lately, nice to get some input.

    I have had a couple of these lately and they have been very nice. This one showed very clean I would have loved a little funk. I also had a few bottles of the 06 in France, they were very good as well.

Red

2008 Unknown Bourgogne La Belle Inconnue

Pinot Noir more

2/21/2014 - Not647f wrote: NR

This will make decent vinegar, as it is halfway there. I left it on the counter after opening just to give it a chance, but it didn't improve a bit. If someone says it's because I don't understand Burgundy, then I think Burgundy is the abusive boyfriend of the wine world. But more likely, this is just bad wine. Shame on K&L.

  • Comment posted by David J Cooper:

    2/23/2014 7:49:00 PM - Well said. Absolute garbage. I have 9 left. Barely a cooking wine.

White - Off-dry

2004 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

12/23/2013 - JohnSh wrote: 91 points

In a nice place now. Light golden in colour, with smoky, honeyed stonefruit on the nose. A medium bodied, well integrated palate, with more honeyed stonefruit (mango, nectarine), lime and minerals. Nicely balanced, and good weight. Ready now or will last for several more years (A-).

  • Comment posted by David J Cooper:

    12/24/2013 12:08:00 PM - Hi John. Did you just get this wine from LA?

Red

2008 Unknown Bourgogne La Belle Inconnue

Pinot Noir more

11/8/2013 - Not647f wrote: NR

I understand, this is supposed to be a bargain wine, not a great wine, but K&L hyped this with the "mystery provenance" akin to one of Garagiste's mystery wines. When will I learn not to fall for this, especially with Pinot? This was the thin, sour Burgundy of Safeway's shelves, something to turn you away from the grape. I didn't find a gorgeous nose, but I did get the acidity--too much acidity. I'm pretty disappointed in myself but also K&L, whose recommendations have occasionally seemed puzzling, but never as deceptive as this felt. But they sold out of it, so I'm not the only one who listened to their siren song. I'd rate this no better than average, but I'll revisit another bottle later and see if bottle variation or time causes me to reconsider. Meantime, I will take as much of my business elsewhere as I can.

  • Comment posted by David J Cooper:

    11/27/2013 8:50:00 AM - Exactly my experience. I have had good luck with the K and L recs in the past but this wine is exactly as you describe. Now I have cooking wine.

Red

2008 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

11/24/2012 - theRealPepe Likes this wine: NR

An excellent bottle. Chateauneuf but still fresh and fruity. with a very spicy palate. I got no brett with this.

  • Comment posted by David J Cooper:

    12/6/2012 12:21:00 PM - I think some people mistake the Mouvedre nose for brett, especially in Beaucastel.

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