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2011 Domaine de Pallus Chinon Les Pensées de Pallus

Cabernet Franc more

9/16/2014 - kdsipe wrote: 89 points

Dirt, dirt, fertilizer and dirt. Hints of red berry, violets and capsicum. Shimmering aromas, clean and mineral. Light to medium bodied, powdery tannin, broad on the palate, great acid, seamless and full of class. Savory. Gains weight and sweetness with time in the glass. I think this will improve over the next three to five years. Classically styled Loire Cabernet Franc with out the rough edges. Lacks some concentration in this vintage but has good energy. Very claret like. Not for the dirt averse.

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    5/16/2015 7:07:00 PM - This is a great tasting note, too much emphasis on the earth when first open but then just spot on -- notices everything important about this terrific wine!

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    5/23/2015 9:42:00 AM - Same here - such interesting wines. I feel like I'm on to something special early with this one!

Red

2012 Robert Biale Zinfandel Black Chicken

Oak Knoll more

3/1/2015 - Dutradan Likes this wine: 91 points

Drink now or hold. Depends on where you want the experience. Great ripe fruit. Tannins inline and not overbearing. Strong backbone that could go several years. Drank after dinner with chocolate and it was perfect!

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    4/10/2015 8:58:00 AM - Does 2017-2020 seem like a reasonable drinking window given proper storage? Thank you!

Red

2005 Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate

Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/28/2015 - cgrimes Likes this wine: 93 points

Dark ruby to purple. Nose of blackberry, plum, some cassis, some smoke. Palate with good depth of fruit, some minerality, and smooth tannins. This was a powerful wine with good balance. I enjoyed this wine very much.

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    4/10/2015 8:54:00 AM - I've got a couiple of these - what's the drinking window? Now? Wait a bit? Thanks.

White - Sparkling

NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée

Champagne Blend more

4/3/2015 - MC2 Wines Likes this wine: NR

From 375ml. I didn't expect there to be much difference between 375s and 750s and maybe there aren't generally but didn't seem quite as bright and toasty as some of the bottles we've had in the past. Still really delicious and wonderful, but will be interesting to see how the remaining 375s go.

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    4/10/2015 8:49:00 AM - Interesting! In an Enology course Peter Bos (the instructor) commented that sparkling wine is particularly sensitive to bottle size and that magnums seem to be a sweet spot for making the best, brightest wine. So fwiw your impression confirms another's.

Red

2004 Château Lascombes

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/20/2015 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

Color holding fast, still a med-dark ruby. Aromas are just as lively as the color, with an even mixture of red and black fruits against a backdrop of turned earth, dust and purple floral. Medium-bodied, with good concentration, lively acids and slender, fine tannins that add welcome finesse. A lovely pairing with the grilled leg of lamb. 13,0% abv., thru 2021. recommended

Decanted for sediment (a fair amount, mostly fine), and returned to bottle after 1 hour aeration; served non-blind.

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    3/25/2015 10:04:00 PM - Thanks Tim nice review. I have one of these 2004's left and find it an underrated bottle.

Red

2003 Ramey Jericho Canyon Vineyard

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/21/2015 - ewledbetter Likes this wine: 95 points

Beautiful bottle. Full, expressive balance of aromas, feel, and flavors. Magnificent.

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    3/25/2015 10:03:00 PM - Drink or hold EW? I've got one magnum so one shot to pull the trigger at the peak. Thank you!

Red

2005 Ridge Monte Bello

Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/24/2015 - hankj wrote: 92 points

We decanted this and drank relatively unceremoniously. It came across as a good quality, balanced, not overdone in any way California BDX blend. Not mind blowing or particularly special but a really nice wine. Not a QPR wine but not at all disappointing at the price. Fwiw it drank to my palate better than the particular bottle of Bionic Frog alongside it.

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    1/24/2015 2:01:00 PM - I don't think so Tim - in 10 years it'll be older but not necessarily better. Was nicely integrated already, and not sure I'd swap less fruit and tannin for more tertiary aspects but then again I don't have an old wine palate. It's good wine to be sure; just didn't command adoration like a 95+ point wine does.

Red

2004 Bodega Numanthia Toro Numanthia

Tempranillo more

11/11/2014 - skifree wrote: 90 points

Brought to CT SEA double-blind tasting with the theme of "odd wines". Very dark in the glass, long legs after swirling. Lots of anise on the nose, sweet deep fruit in the mouth. Long finish, with more anise and noticeable tannins. Double decanted 2.5 hours before tasting, and it was noticeably smoother than when I tasted just after opening. This was 6th out of 10 in the group, and was tasted just after an older Sangiovese (yin and yang!). Most people thought this was a young wine.

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    11/16/2014 7:22:00 AM - Yep this was my #1, 93-94 points. I'm surprised how many in our group really disliked.

Red

1990 Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

11/8/2014 - Ron Slye wrote: 92 points

A delicious wine. Starts with a slight hint of honey wine, but then really hits its stride. Still a nice bright color. Wonderful nose of old cabernet – cigar box, Tabasco, roasted meats, with some dark prickly fruits. Still some slight tannins in the mouth. Wonderful flavors of dark red fruits with hints of pencil lead, stewed blueberries. I am sorry this is my last bottle. But glad to share it with Henry and Cary.

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    11/10/2014 11:04:00 AM - Thanks Ron!

Red

2005 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve

Napa Valley more

9/28/2014 - rwilk_2000 wrote: 92 points

Drank very well tonight with prime rib. Tannins were well integrated and fruits were subdued. Drink now or in next few years.

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    9/29/2014 8:44:00 AM - Do you think this wine will run down hill fast after it peaks? For some reason I've not been able to make myself pop any of these bottles - something so regal about the label that it feel like it should be 20 years old. Not one to sit on for the long haul (note that I'm not really fond of faded old wines). Thanks!

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    9/29/2014 2:08:00 PM - Awesome thanks

Red

2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

Red Rhone Blend more

9/27/2014 - Christoffer78 Likes this wine: 95 points

A stunningly beautiful Télégraphe. This 2007 delivers a vivid array of dark mature fruit, raspberry, boysenberry and sun warm strawberry. the fruit is adjoined by subtle tones of maturity with the classical Asian spice box, sweet licorice and herbal infusion as the main ingredients. There is also a whiff of cinnamon in the end palate which adds that little "dot over the i". The palate is seamless, silky and totally integrated. Balance is the keyword here, and I am quite amazed by the power and elegance this wine exhibits. Tannins speak up a bit, but they are still not overly vocal and they just tell me the wine will continue to develop given it is allowed to rest. The overall impression is very positive. This is a true masterpiece with a lot of fruit and a stunning elegance. Bravo!

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    9/29/2014 8:45:00 AM - how long would you hold a magnum of this if you like nicely resolved but not too much fading of the fruit? Thanks!

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    9/29/2014 2:07:00 PM - mine is cellared property, preorder through a good wine shop in Seattle so i'll give it some more time. Thank you!

Red

2005 Lagier Meredith Syrah

Mt. Veeder more

9/24/2014 - LARich wrote: 90 points

First day was unimpressive, with no real character, but on day 2 was much better.

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    9/29/2014 8:49:00 AM - Surprised to hear this but always happy to pop a bottle of LM to check in on progress so will try soon. Any chance you had a corky bottle? Any musty smells? Thank you!

Red

2009 Marcel Lapierre Morgon

Gamay more

9/26/2014 - dcwino wrote: 93 points

I have always been extremely enthusiastic about the 09 vintage as with time, the opulent big fruit will lesson and the freshness will emerge. I think this is a very good example, crunch red fruits with a hint of black, cranberries, crushed blackberries, that give Gevrey like fruit impression. There is an unmistakable Beaujoulais animal note, also spicy spices, white pepper and earth. Warm and round, much fresher red fruit driven palate impression compare to a year ago, bright acidity and good finish with a hint of animal as the end note. I would love to try this in ten years. Will it gain a lot of tertiary notes? It you didn't care for the 09 ripeness, you will be pleased by the transformation.

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    9/29/2014 8:40:00 AM - Nice note. Lately I've been learning that warm vintage wines don't necessarily have to follow a short curve of big and fruity, settled in, then degraded and muddled. Agree that 09 Beaujolais is a good counter example - much heavier than normal vintage that still has potential to transform and improve with age. I think the X factor is juice to skin ratio - hot years that produce a lot of big or normal-sized super-sweet berries go down hill fast; hot years that thicken skins and reduce berry size (thus increasing skin to juice ratio) drink big out of the gate but then have potential to grow in the cellar. So nice review - wish I hadn't already plowed through my magnums of this wine :)

White - Sparkling

NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée

Champagne Blend more

6/10/2014 - acyso wrote: 80 points

A really weird bottle this time around: not heat-damaged, not corked... This was very grassy on the nose and without any Krug signature (baked green apples and brioche is what I usually associate with the Grande Cuvee). The palate was thin and lacking in the usual intensity. One-dimensional. Finished short with notes of bitter almonds. Give this to me blind and I'm sure I wouldn't be able to place it as Krug. Sadly, a very pedestrian bottle of wine, and a complete failure as a bottle of Krug.

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    6/11/2014 5:21:00 PM - fruit gone, grassy notes intact and bitter? Sounds corked to me ....

Red

2006 Col Solare

Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/12/2014 - brown57 Likes this wine: 92 points

Dark lush fruit and very silky as many others have pointed out. A very nice wine but expected more wow factor for the price. I have an '08 in the celler and will eventually see how that one fares in comparison.

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    4/19/2014 8:45:00 PM - tasted the '08 about a week ago. It's a more austere wine than the '06, could use 3 or 4 more years of cellar time at least.

Red

2008 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

more

2/26/2014 - hankj wrote: NR

won't score again as I don't want to skew the ratings, but reactions at the most recent CT Seattle event ranged from solid to WOTN. Drank this one between Copain and Kosta Browne and it was clearly the best, and significantly cheaper. Interestingly it drank a lot like the Reynvan and Cayuse Syrah, but was clearly Pinot.

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    2/26/2014 10:12:00 AM - TO be fair I thought the Kosta Browne was good (and the Dom too), and I don't have a lot of experience with that label. It seemed more serious and brooding without the high-tones Pinot is known for. Cali gets criticized sometimes for making Syrah-like Pinots (which I like); the Kosta Browne struck me as Pinot made in the mold of Cabernet.

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    2/26/2014 10:16:00 AM - y'Quem ... I have the luxury of trying a lot of nice wines sometimes declaring them overrated, but apparently my good fortune doesn't quite extend to the level of y'Quem. Only had it once, a lesser vintage that was dwarfed by the quality of the 2001 Rieussec we tasted it next to.

    Moral of the story is I need more friend who are popping y'Quem ;)

Red

2005 Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco

Nebbiolo more

1/25/2014 - hankj wrote: 88 points

Good wine overall. Dense and brooding with an almost Cahors-like weight and extraction. The wood is distinctly Barolo, and there is a good amount of it. Kinda a Parkerized bottle but 10 years might help with that? Not sure it will vastly improve but will let sit 5 years before checking in again.

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    1/31/2014 8:32:00 AM - I might be persuaded to part with 2 bottles for trade at CT value ;)

Red

2002 Spring Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Spring Mountain District more

1/11/2014 - hankj wrote: 93 points

two bottles consumed - the first was a little dirtier than the second but both were excellent, deep, complex Mountain Cab. I'd drink them up in the next 3 years if I had more.

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    1/14/2014 9:36:00 AM - Thanks Robert - I love their Syrahs too. All of their wines definitely punch above their weight. Curious if you are the "real" Robert Goulet or if the staff hides just a little disappointment when you show up for a restaurant reservation? :)

Red

2007 Marcarini Barolo Brunate

Nebbiolo more

9/20/2013 - RDHudak wrote: flawed

Bottle decided to take a header rather than be involved in my wine dinner. @$#$#%%@&
One of the thinnest bottles I have come across, especially for a Barolo.

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    11/15/2013 8:04:00 AM - I've got a double mag and you're right - it does feel a little like the wine is corked inside a giant lightbulb.

Red

2009 Marcel Lapierre Morgon

Gamay more

7/2/2013 - sawira wrote: 89 points

Good, not great. Muted. I still maintain these 09 Bojos are in a dumb period, and I wish I could follow my own advice and keep my hands off, but I have some vague background fear that the beautiful 09 fruit will fade and I'll regret not quaffing these.

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    7/16/2013 8:33:00 AM - I'm in the same head space (haha) on '09 - will the fruit fade and leave something ordinary? Guess we'll find out :)

Red

2009 Domaine Brazilier Coteaux du Vendômois Tradition

Red Blend more

5/24/2013 - indiscriminate palate wrote: 78 points

The fact that someone makes a bizarre, ripe, entirely unenjoyable, unnecessarily disjoint blend of grapes does not make it "geeky," or "interesting." In this case, it just makes it bad. "Fruit and earth" would be the euphemism for it was more aptly described as "rotting cherries." Also, currants, herbs, barnyard, loads of acid, and medium chewy tannin. Inspires not "yum" but "what IS that?"

Drinking it, I thought "Garagiste!" And indeed, Rimmerman's dial-a-prose machine landed on "wine geek, value and terroir," a wholly inapplicable set of words. If you ever thought "What would a $5 blend of cabernet franc and pinot noir taste like?" then this wine is your answer. I have never wondered that.

  • Comment posted by hankj:

    5/24/2013 3:01:00 PM - That was frickin' awesome. Not that I won't drink this wine, or particularly care about it enough to engage the mind in the process ....

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