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2007 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

5/25/2015 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

First glass showed much alcohol. Second glass opened up more, and by the fourth it was in gear. So, I guess surprising to me because I thought it would be old and tired, which it wasn't. IN fact, I wanted more from it - more fruit, more power. Maybe needs more time to fully open up?

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    5/25/2015 9:41:00 AM - I didn't. had the first glass at 6 pm, the last glass around 10:30. Used a Zalto Bordeaux all the way through.


2012 Tiefenbrunner Müller-Thurgau Feldmarschall Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT


3/24/2015 - huse wrote: 93 points

The ‘Feldmarschall von Fenner zu Fennberg’ is the flagship wine of the ‘Tiefenbrunner Schlosskellerei Turmhof ‘(located in the small village of Kurtatsch an der Weinstraße, southern corner of South Tyrol). A spectacular alpine wine (100 % Müller Thurgau, vines planted in 1971), produced on the high plateau of Fennberg (limestone soils), over 1.000 meters above sea-level, in a unique microclimate protecting the vineyard from the harsh northerly winds. The name of this wine is a tribute to the founder of the Alpine troops of the Austrian Empire (Kaiserjäger), Field Marshal Lieutenant Franz Philipp Freiherr von Fenner zu Fennberg, who had his summer residence at the Fennberg plateau. The wine was kept on its fine lees for 7 months (in stainless steel and large oak casks). Beautiful light yellow color with a delicate greenish tint. The awesome and complex nose shows a large spectrum of aromas such as apricot, lime, white blossom, jasmine and abundant mineral nuances. The palate is in perfect harmony and balance, revealing layers of racy white and yellow fruit, an excellent concentration, a remarkable finesse and a wonderful mineral structure, the whole supported by a crisp acidity. Persistent, spicy finish. An outstanding bottle of wine, already highly enjoyable now, but it will continue to develop for many years.

De 'Feldmarschall von Fenner zu Fennberg' is het vlaggenschip van de het wijngoed ‘Tiefenbrunner Schlosskellerei Turmhof ‘ (gelegen in het dorpje Kurtatsch an der Weinstraße, in het uiterste zuiden van Zuid-Tirol). Een spectaculaire alpenwijn (100% Müller Thurgau, uit wijnstokken aangeplant in 1971), geteeld op het bergplateau van Fennberg (kalksteen bodem), meer dan 1.000 meter boven zeespiegel, in een uniek microklimaat dat de wijngaard beschermt tegen de koude noorderwinden. De naam van deze wijn is een eerbetoon aan de stichter van de Alpijnse troepen van het Oostenrijkse Keizerrijk (Kaiserjäger), veldmaarschalk-luitenant Franz Philipp Freiherr von Fenner zu Fennberg, die zijn zomerverblijf had op het Fennberg plateau. De wijn rijpte gedurende 7 maanden “sur lie” (op roestvrij staal en in grote eiken vaten). Schitterende, licht gele kleur met wat delicate groenige schakeringen. De indrukwekkende, complexe neus biedt een breed spectrum aan aroma's zoals abrikoos, limoen, witte bloesem, jasmijn en een heel palet aan minerale nuances. Een wijn in perfect evenwicht en harmonie, vol pittig wit en geel fruit, met een uitstekende concentratie en een opmerkelijke finesse ; het geheel wordt geschraagd door een markante minerale structuur en een levedige aciditeit. Persistente, kruidige afdronk. Een voortreffelijke fles wijn, nu al bijzonder goed op dronk, maar met nog een geweldig ontwikkelingspotentieel.

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    5/20/2015 11:07:00 AM - Awesome review. Thank you!


2011 Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

3/7/2015 - ABensonCS Likes this wine: 92 points

Although greeted by a distinctly '11 nose with ancho chilies and dried herbs, I was surprised how much I enjoyed this wine, never wanting the bottle to end. In one word I'd call it "pretty." Fresh and lively, with bright red fruit and a sense of tension, like eating a gusher candy but never quite getting it to gush. Piney herbs and dried tobacco were quite complimentary. Tannins were fine, modest and pleasurable, and acidity cleaned up nicely on the finish. Body was a hair past medium and the wine was well balanced. As refreshing of a Cabernet as I think I've ever tasted.


2013 Copain Chardonnay Brosseau Vineyard

Chalone more

4/29/2015 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

Whole cluster, 14 months neutral and then back into stainless steel. The vineyard site is unique: in Chalone appellation, a three acre site right across from the original Chalone vineyard. Very crisp pear, lots of minerality, intense and linear across the palate.

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    5/1/2015 5:32:00 AM - Didn't get a chance to taste the other vineyard that you mention. I would guess that with this wine if you give it a year or two in bottle its going to get fuller and more intense.


2010 Isole e Olena Cepparello Toscana IGT

Sangiovese more

3/26/2015 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

Smells like Brunello with a good amount of expensive wood on it. Just opened.

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    3/28/2015 6:22:00 AM - HA! Never got back to CT on this one - rolled into the tasting. Had this alongside Tignanello and it was a rather fun comparison - especially about four hours in on both bottles. The Cepparello developed this very deep maraschino cherry note and the wood nicely harmonized into it. Its not a super-structured as some of the Cepparellos I have had in the past (I remember this one '97 that still at 15 years old was youthful and gutsy).


2012 Domaine Anne Gros Echezeaux Les Loachausses

Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

7/4/2013 - Burgundy Al wrote: NR

Day Four in Burgundy: Anne Gros, Hudelot-Noellat, Dujac and Drouhin (Cote d'Or): Bareel tasting at domaine. Every year this wine seems to get better as Anne Gros becomes increasingly familiar with the vineyard and its nuances. 2012 is an exceptional performance. All red fruit on nose and palate with great brightness and concentration. Lots of baking spice as well, but with great savory character. Incredibly well textured and elegant, new oak already in balance, with great persistence. Too early to say for certain, but this might be Anne Gros' first Echezeaux I would say is close in quality to her Clos Vougeot.

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    3/12/2015 12:28:00 PM - That is a great review. Thanks for writing it.


2013 Vasse Felix Chardonnay Heytesbury

Margaret River more

12/30/2014 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

Smokey and mineral, amazingly complex. One taster notes that the smokiness somewhat covers up the fruit but as it is open the fruit emerges more and more. This is great Chardonnay.

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    1/5/2015 9:51:00 AM - Isn't this just amazing wine? Its going to be a great year for Margaret River!


2012 Owen Roe Syrah Ex Umbris

Columbia Valley more

12/2/2014 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

WA Syrah has such a distinct "to me, mostly out of a Bouchet Syrah, there is almost like a non-sweet carmel, earth, raspberry, carmel, chocoloate thing. When you are chewing chewy the skins in the Bouchet vineyard its right there, its not an oak thing." I am being told, and that is the case.

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    12/8/2014 7:32:00 AM - Indeed I did.

    Also,, the feeling amongst the crowd was that this is the second or third year in the new winery and the results are rather outstanding. Meaning they have been really able to dial in on the wines. Probably the best vintage of this wine I have tasted.


2009 Domaine Roulot Bourgogne Blanc

Chardonnay more

10/31/2014 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

Already starting to get that hazelnut tone, just hints of it, which I am not sure i like all the much. Held up on day two though. And the palate is certainly singing.

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    11/8/2014 4:50:00 AM - Yo, NZ! Let me know what you think. Also, if your around we might be partying with Kenny on Dec. 4.


2009 Quinta do Alqueve (Pinhal da Torre) Vinho Regional Alentejano Tradicional

Red Blend more

7/18/2012 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

Fruity, rich, easy going. Still with the Portugese hardness (which I like). Works it out at $9.99.

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    10/31/2014 10:34:00 AM - I would guess that you should be able to get at least five more years from the bottle. Although I haven't been able to re-taste this one...


2009 Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

10/1/2014 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

Leafy and green, ok at $20, not at $25 though.

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    10/30/2014 9:06:00 AM - I've been drinking much Rioja these days and they seem to essentially last forever. Forever meaning 45 years.

    But I should temper that with two thoughts. The stuff that I have had old was made in a very different style than how this wine is made now (that is just my opinion). Which leads to a question my fellow imbibers and I are asking about Riojas - will the modern made ones, modern meaning new French oak and more fruit concentration, last as long?

    If that is the question then my drinking experience is much more condensed. I have some '99 Artadi wines that are just awesome now. I have had '01 Roda I and that is drinking well too. But with those wines I think they are at their peak. So maybe the drinking window of Artadi's '99 Vinas de Gain is 2004-2016?

    Which, to sum up, might mean that this wine would be 2012-2029? Seems a bit long for what I tasted in the wine. Think back on its flavors i think I would tighten that up substantially. Let me go with 2012-2020.

    Now I feel like I need to lay some down just to check it in 2020!


2012 A Donkey and Goat Chardonnay Untended

Anderson Valley more

5/30/2014 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

I don't know if VA blows off or not but frankly this is much better on day two, where it at least has calmed down.

I know I am supposed to like hippster VA powered low alc. California but may I please have a dose of hedonism with my intellectualism?


2011 Aberrant Cellars Pinot Noir Confero

Willamette Valley more

12/25/2013 - Burgundy Al wrote: 88 points

Lots of sweet baking spice and sweet red fruit to start. More interesting on palate with red and black cherry, dark chocolate and dark roast coffee and dried herbs, all well integrated, even if ending with a slightly sweet note. Good now, probably better in a new years when it sheds some baby fat.


2010 Folk Machine Pinot Noir Shapes/Shadows

Potter Valley more

5/10/2012 - moods wrote: 89 points

Private Tasting: Best of the US (Waterford Wine, Milwaukee): Very pale in colour, with light salmon pink rim. Sweet strawberry fruit aromas dominate, but there's some secondary earthy, savoury, smoky bacon character. Light palate, but plenty of juicy red fruit that lingers on thru the finish. This wine is drinking well now, so not sure there's much point in cellaring it. Delightful supper wine, or perhaps one for a lunch party.

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    4/29/2014 6:20:00 PM - Even better now you crazy Britt.


2009 Jermann Vinnaioli Vintage Tunina Venezia Giulia IGT

White Blend more

9/17/2013 - nzinkgraf wrote: NR

SB, Chard, Friulano, Malvasia and Picolit. Fascinating, rich, and complex aromas. Medium gold color. Confected tree fruits, poached pear and nectarine. Ashy and lavender. White fleshed Asian fruits. Palate is lots of candied fruit, with dried floral notes framed by a rather extracted palate. I guess that's where the deep color is coming from. Juicy tropical banana aroma. Either the extract or some barrel is in need of some aging out, as its a speed bump on the finish. All the same, excellent with great potential. Drink 2015-2025.
Day 2. Mature and salon-ish aromas. Poached pear, lavender. A lot more potpourri on the palate. Goes nicely along side of fresh roasted corn chowder, but the wine has too much complexity for this pairing. The complexity of the wine gets lost in the food. To a degree.
Day three at room temp. Wine diamonds in the bottom of my glass. These look expensive. Rich and textured white fruit. Is the Picolit just taking over? What was yesterday's maturing feel in the aroma has come all the way back and sat right in the middle of the couch, comfortably. Drink to 2025.

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    4/9/2014 1:14:00 PM - 2025 seems a long time. Great review.


2007 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

Nebbiolo more

3/21/2014 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

Pretty darn dramatic if you count being able to smell it across the room.

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    3/28/2014 10:12:00 AM - Quite good, dramatic, young. Drank over two days, second day best. Hold if you can. Its the drama of red flower perfume. Gets me every time with Bartolo. Not sure why...


2011 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

3/24/2014 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

Exactly what every Napa Cabernet drinker wants in my opinion. Black fruit on the nose, baking spices, fig; plush mid palate with a gentle tug of integrated tannins, then a sweetly oaked finish.

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    3/27/2014 5:35:00 PM - Ah yes, we do party. And sometime we get mobile - made it to the Jura Festival this year. If your ever near Milwaukee swing on in - you may not remember it!


2005 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series

Margaret River more

1/20/2014 - jmastores Likes this wine: 96 points

Melon and peach on a very delicate nose with honey and butter. This wine is just singing right now but will continue on for a few more years. Top 2 Chardonnay in Australia - love it.

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    2/9/2014 10:31:00 AM - What do you think is the other top Aussie Chard? Would love to try it if I haven't!


2010 Onward Wines Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard

Redwood Valley more

7/28/2013 - nzinkgraf wrote: NR

darker fruit edge than the Hawkeye PN 2011. organic farming. some eucalyptus. edgier and more structured palate. no the freshness of the Hawkeye. Very nice wine, but I'm for the juicier nature of the Hawkeye 2011.

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    1/9/2014 5:36:00 PM - Funny, we flat out agree on the difference between this and the Hawkeye.


2009 Sleight of Hand The Illusionist

Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/13/2013 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

Blue and black fruited, Syrah shows underneath, powerful, dense, just open and needs a bit of time.

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    9/17/2013 4:15:00 PM - I think both cellar time and air time would do it some good. In this case it was that I had just opened the bottle. As the evening went on, across many tasters this was their favorite bottle. Also, the Syrah showed more strongly.

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    9/17/2013 4:18:00 PM - Also, these aren't my favorite WA bottles either. I think Buty offers more elegance (and more value), Trust a more deft hand in terms of aromatics (but hardness on the palate), and in what I would call the SoH style -- smokey oak, dark fruit, lush palate, tannic back end -- Andrew Will does him one better. But there more expensive. Just thoughts. These are still very good wines, and the winery is young. We shall see in the coming years if they grow up or not.


2010 Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Sec

Chenin Blanc more

9/9/2013 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

Wait one second.

NR: "Modern Savennieres cheat you of the experience of the evolition of Chenin."

"Classic vintage, one of our most important growers as he sets the standard of the appellation."

Roasted chestnuts and honey on the nose. Penetrating on the palate, "searing acidity" again. NR "I don't think there is much question that this is a very special terrior and it is one of the reasons you get these classic, well respected wines."

It is the tuffeux soil that creates wines like these and NR has had them back to '21. Phillipe Foreau is apparently adamant and forceful about his ageability of his wines. So this one may not be able to be jumped into right now but time is the reward.

Apparently the '99 is available right now and is drinking amazing.

NR notes "people will say 'that Vouvray is as expensive as white Burgundy. But he response is that is far more complex than a village white Burgundy."

The ageability is two fold - Chenin Blanc and terroir. The acid and the sugar only develop this way in Chennin in Vouvray. "The acid just kinda hangs there as the sugar continues the develop. There are very other serious producers making wonderful wine but they don't have this kind of staying power because of the terroir of the Clos Naudin."

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    9/10/2013 4:33:00 AM - Neal Rosenthal, the American importer. He apparently picked up Foreau in '77 or '81 so he has a 30 year relationship with them in selling their wines.


1995 Nikolaihof Riesling Vinothek

Wachau more

4/13/2013 - TWaldmann Likes this wine: NR

Served alongside Momofuku pork buns. This wine spent 17 years in cask prior to it’s release. I decanted it 2 hours prior to serving it & it probably could have been decanted 8 or 10 hours ahead of time, as it continued evolving the whole time it was open. This wine is all about subtlety. It is really complex, but the parts are seamlessly integrated. It possessed with the classic paradox of virtually weightless power. The very floral nose is counter-balanced with nuanced savory notes. Ever-evolving & changing, I think this wine really deserves attention over a whole evening. Next time.....

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    6/29/2013 8:15:00 AM - This is a great tasting note. Thanks for writing it. You really have delved into the soul of what this wine is (or, at the very least, I completely agree with you regarding the wine).


2010 Éric Texier Côtes du Rhône Villages Vaison La Romaine

Grenache more

4/3/2013 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

Tasty stuff. 100% syrah. Very vibrant. . But I think I like the Cullieron better for its smoothness and richness.

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    4/5/2013 12:06:00 PM - The man selling it to me said it was all Syrah. Texier being "a syrah specialist". Not sure if either comment is true.


2010 Gérard Boulay Sancerre Clos de Beaujeu

Sauvignon Blanc more

3/20/2013 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

So I am told this is the next hottest Sancerre behind the Cotats. Its certainly succulent with tingling minerality and good length. Its certainly all there, wish it was cheaper.

  • Comment posted by Ben Christiansen:

    3/29/2013 11:10:00 AM - About $40 USD around here, but new vintage supposedly at $50. Not sure i would buy it at that point, I woudl probably roll to the Cotats.

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