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2009 Delas Frères Crozes-Hermitage Domaine des Grands Chemins

Syrah more

5/21/2015 - arthrovine wrote: 89 points

pop n poured. followed over 5 hours. Consumed with traditional burgers on the grill

This wine has had good interval development since my last tasting in 2012. While mild in its expression it has acquired a more savory and gutteral character. Gone are previous grapey initial flavor profile, although traces of this remain throughout the mid palate. The fruit seems like it may have been a warm year there (?). There is a bit of hollowness in the mid palate and the finish doesn't quite get there. There is some intermittent heat poking through. I would agree its old world in character, but it is not wearing a beret.

Nonetheless, a very decent effort and BBQ wine at the $24 I paid for it.

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    5/27/2015 6:27:00 AM - sounds like it was as good as could be expected given: from Croze, in warm vintage, at fair price. Nice note, thanks


2010 Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione Alta Valle della Greve IGT

Sangiovese more

5/26/2015 - NostraBacchus Likes this wine: 96 points

Virtually identical note to the one of 22nd June 2014. What a pretty wine. The complexity is just starting to develop but its sheer class is stunning.

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    5/26/2015 7:47:00 PM - Reminds me I should grab a few more


2012 La Grange aux Belles Anjou 53

Cabernet Franc more

5/26/2015 - Anonymous Likes this wine: NR

Very distinctively Franc, and a very good example of what the type should taste like when done well, and this is done very well. The only concern would be that it brings with it a fair amount of brett. It adds complexity, and I like it, but it does come close to the line between flawed and what I consider to be a positive characteristic. It is an interesting wine in the positive sense of the phrase. I would buy more.

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    5/26/2015 4:48:00 PM - Great note, thanks


2005 Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques

Pinot Noir more

10/18/2014 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

Dark garnet, bright and clear. Even with 3 hours of aeration in decanter, this one kept it all quite close to the vest. Earthy, with dirt-covered mushrooms floating above a sweet, chiseled core of cherry fruit. Tea, complex spices. I was expecting more, richer fruit, but it wasn't there, not at present, anyway. Right now it's more a statue to be admired from a distance than actually enjoyed, but in 15 or 20 years, look out. Stuffing to spare, though there's no fluff, this is the real deal. HOLD. 13,5% abv., thru 2038. highly recommended

Served non-blind; give this a decade, or better, two, of rest

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    5/26/2015 4:12:00 PM - Good point; and certainly some truth to that.

    In the instant case, I will be 73 in 2038, there will likely be little left to my palate at that point, so the reference point is for me more than anyone, I suppose ;-)

    If I make it to 73, and assuming there is still a CT/interwebs, etc., I'll be sure to drink it if I got it!

White - Off-dry

2005 Weingut Josef Leitz Rüdesheimer Magdalenenkreuz Riesling Spätlese

Rheingau more

5/25/2015 - vagabond2009 wrote: 88 points

A little bit of residual CO2 here so I decanted for 40 minutes which brought up a gentle papaya and mango scent. My previous encounter with this wine was the 2003 which was a trollop of exotic richness. By comparison this seems slender despite the really quite high RS. Straightforward, lovely Riesling without the gravitas of Leitz's best sites. No hurry to drink up just not likely to be a showstopper when you twist the top off.

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    5/26/2015 1:42:00 PM - Solid note, thanks


2002 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières

Chardonnay more

5/22/2015 - etyc Likes this wine: NR

Started off being a tad reticent, this literally blossomed in the glass! White-flowers, honeysuckle, brioche, this just kept morphing in the glass. Yellow-fruited, it not only had the intensity of its '01 sibling, but also tautness/freshness as well, making it much more complex & engaging. By the end of the night, this was just great, with classic butterscotch notes amidst well balanced richness & minerality; Ended with a long savory saline note. Most wonderful!

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    5/24/2015 9:45:00 AM - your note really does the wine justice, nice one!


2007 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

5/23/2015 - Tomhands2002 Likes this wine: 92 points

The wine is still incredibly young at 8 years from vintage, and only started to show itself properly after almost 3 hours in the decanter. Once it did, it was still a little shy on the nose, perhaps typical of these Italian beauties. There was a little leather and cherry but nothing substantial. On the palate there is wonderful intensity and a high degree of acid and tannin. There are classic savoury notes, cherry cola, leather, a little bay leaf and some floral notes. Really nice mid weight. This is my type of wine but just a little young at this stage. Don't bother drinking now unless you have 2+ hours to decant but definitely buy and cellar.

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    5/23/2015 6:24:00 AM - Great note, thanks


2012 Paitin di Pasquero-Elia Langhe Nebbiolo

Langhe DOC more

5/22/2015 - Wine-Strategies wrote: flawed

TCA despite Diam.

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    5/22/2015 12:37:00 PM - third time ever, IIRC, and 2 of the 3 were Italian; a very rare occurrence, but it does/can happen (but before it happened to me, I didn't even think it was possible).


2011 Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot 1er Cru Clos Blanc de Vougeot

Chardonnay more

5/22/2015 - galenico Likes this wine: 92 points

Sempre più a fuoco, tagliente e in sottrazione... una schiuma di limone e cristallo. Probabilmente il miglior bianco della Cote de Nuits

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    5/22/2015 8:59:00 AM - A fine note; I was prompted to search for some. However, cheapest one in USA is ~ €120, so I'll have to pass this time.

White - Off-dry

1959 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Haut-Lieu

Chenin Blanc more

5/20/2015 - wrote: 91 points

Deep gold in colour. Floral notes again on the nose, tea leaves, apples, wool, herbs, spices. Lots of depth and complexity. On the palate bright acidity, even a bit harsh, baked apples, lime fruit. Intense finish, very nice length. 90-92

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    5/21/2015 11:25:00 AM - library release?


2009 Ridge Monte Bello

Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/20/2015 - kthornton78 wrote: NR

decanted for about 2 hours (the black fruits wafted up from the decanter immediately). rich with dark fruit, floral and bramble/spice notes. on the palate, this is focused with tannins lifting the fruit extract and acid to support the richness. at this point, this wine is quite enjoyable but the fruit is all wrapped up in the acid/tannin. i suspect this will soften with time and evolve into something quite beautiful - try another in 5 years.

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    5/21/2015 9:45:00 AM - thanks for the note - i've set my drink dates accordingly

Red - Fortified

2003 Prager Winery and Port Works Petite Sirah Royal Escort Vintage Port Paladini Vineyard

Napa Valley more

5/20/2015 - fingers wrote: 93 points

Still drinking in perfect form. Sleek and smooth with nice cocoa and cherry highlights. Clean and pure, no sediment or chewy tannins so I'm thinking this would be great with some cheesecake. Or, of course, always great with a smoke. Just shows that domestic Petite Sirah can hang with some of the best Portugese wines. 5+11+18+9 = 93

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    5/20/2015 4:22:00 PM - Great note, Bob, and good points made about PS and a cigar pairing candidate.


1997 Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione Alta Valle della Greve IGT

Sangiovese more

3/27/2014 - Wine Canuck wrote: 92 points

A Casual Thursday in Toronto (Paese Restaurant, Toronto, ON): Showing nice, though the appearance and aromatics are quite dark given this is 100% sangiovese. I suppose that is just the style of this wine from this producer. Nose of balsamic, old wood, mixed red cherries and dark cherries, plum, prune, tar and coffee. What I found interesting is that often times wines with these descriptors become heavy and tiring but this retained an element of freshness which I liked. To me, the palate is the best part, all the dark depth you want but also so fresh. The finish is medium+ with notes of plum, prune and dark cherries.

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    5/20/2015 12:24:00 PM - thanks for the note. It's your observation of 'freshness' that prompted me to buy, notwithstanding the fact that i'm not into 'coffee, prune, etc."


2013 Brigaldara Valpolicella

Corvina Blend, Corvina more

11/25/2014 - RobertDwyer Likes this wine: 88 points

Medium bodied with low-medium acidity. The nose is definitely old world Italian but appealing round cherry flavors give it an attractive personality. An absolute delight to drink. I may have found a new house Italian red.

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    5/20/2015 11:59:00 AM - thanks for the note; I saw this yesterday, and after all the problems with the 2011s having some secondary fermentation I've been gunshy - but I'll buy a few of the 13s based on your note.


2013 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc

White Rhone Blend more

3/7/2015 - Erik12903 wrote: 82 points

I normally find this wine to be very good value for the money. It's not that its bad, but this bottle was perhaps just a tad bit too much in terms of distinct leesy and fat body as well as some unwanted astringency on the finish. On the other hand, it is so much better than much of the competition in the same price range and does showcase just enough of a varietal character, some lushness of floral and tropical fruit aromas from the predominant viognier (now close to 70 %) as well as a hint of the ripe, honeyed expression of mature roussanne and nutty marzipanlike marsanne. and still it has the freshness to adress hard cheese, fatty fowl dishes as well as grilled fish and creamy sauces. So I end up slightly dissappointed but still a loyal fan.

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    5/19/2015 1:40:00 PM - great note. Haven't tried one in ages, used to be a regular way back when. Decided to try one to complete a case (i.e. mixed case discount); hoping for better results, though I got it for my wife, and she's not too picky. Either way, fingers crossed.


1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

5/18/2015 - BVal wrote: 90 points

Opened two (then three) '98 Chateauneuf's for a nice roasted chicken dinner at home with the wife and all the boys. Janasse VV and Telegraph epic failed so had to rescue things with Beaucastel -- while not amazing, it at least performed adequately.

Color: light/medium ruby core -> diffuse garnet rim. Bouquet of plums, sandalwood, kirsch and a little tobacco. Light to medium bodied -- probably the lightest, most Un-Beaucastel - Beaucastel I have ever tasted. Palate of plums and cherries and ripe red fruits; where's the animal and forest floor and leather ??? Good fruit and acid and nice length, I just expect a bit more from the best (IMHO) in what is supposed to be a "great" year.

Speaking of which, after having a number of '98 CDP's over the last few years, I would have to say that, with few exceptions, it really is only a pretty average year. Most of the wines seem prematurely aged and overly light -- perhaps the result of it being a 'Grenache" year? The only '98 CDP that has really blown me away is the Clos du Caillou Reserve.

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    5/18/2015 6:21:00 PM - Great note, thanks


2013 Maison Harbour Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru en Remilly

Chardonnay more

5/15/2015 - dcwino wrote: 91 points

Maison Harbour tasting (Gray's house, Falls Church, VA): Medium nose displaying white and yellow fruits, lemon curd, honey, mineral and limestone. Medium concentration, bright acidity and medium finish. Good structure and freshness.

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    5/15/2015 12:20:00 PM - this is the bottle that I had my wife get for me when she was there just two weeks ago. But, then she figured out it wouldn't fit in her suitcase, so she drank it. sigh


2003 Tormaresca Castel del Monte Bocca Di Lupo

Aglianico more

5/12/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 93 points

A beautifully mature Aglianico with still some beautiful years of life ahead.

Eye of the beholder: Dark red with slightly mature brim.
Nose: Started out with a lot of unpleasant odours, but they luckily blew away. Dark fruits and unrefined older signage.
Palate: Beautifully concentrated, intense wine that stands firm like a boulder. Not overly refined, with a coarse structure and rough tannins. But, balance is impeccable and its presence is marvellous. There is a restraint on the composition, and a subtle level of maturity is upon us.

After three days, the final glass, under a cork in room temperature:
Nose unbearably oxidized. But on the palate are now beautiful aromas of milk chocolate, leather, tea-leaves, La Garrigue and soft, red fruits. Tannins are now more to the point, and the whole structure is still coarse.

Glorious maturity with at least five more years on the plateau.

Wife's choice at Italian Rest: Antichi Sappore (Tokyo)

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    5/15/2015 1:19:00 AM - Great note, Stefan, sounds like something I would have enjoyed


2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montefico

Nebbiolo more

5/14/2015 - Barolo Drunkard Likes this wine: 93 points

Shy and a bit sweet aromas of strawberries/raspberries, vanilla(strange? as obviously no new oak here), hint of tar, smoke.
Super duper dry on the palate, big tannins, no doubt, but at the same time kind of sweet. Just a gorgeous red berry galore, surprisingly fruit forward, with the usual nebbiolo tar, rose petals, smokiness. Man, I can just imagine how could this can get, enourmous potential here.
Has a ridicilously long aftertaste, just goes on and on and on, with tobacco, dark chocolate, even more dark chocolate wrapped around raspberry candy. Love this!

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    5/14/2015 1:21:00 PM - Thanks for the note - sounds like I need to find more!


2012 Roy Piper Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

5/14/2015 - MikeZ Likes this wine: NR

Excellent. Started to unfurl after about 3 hours of air. Had this side by side the '12 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny and gave the Piper the nod. Both excellent.


NV Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky, 40%

Scotland Malt more

5/12/2015 - Soteriologist wrote: 87 points

This note comes under the heading Debunking Christopher Hitchens who in this interview risked quite a mouthful in favor of this whisky and thereby inspired me to buy a miniature.

Day 1, 5/12/2015: Direct comparison with the Bushmills Black Bush which is surely even cheaper than this.
Never mind the amusingly artificial color, the nose does suggest a kind of poor man's Talisker, but I don't know where the honey note comes from. It is good for the price (I would give it an 89-90), but OTOH, it isn't better, only a bit darker than that of the Bushmills BB and slightly smoky. A similar mention can be made of the palate: it is different and a bit drier than the Bushmills BB mentioned above, but not better. Very dusty. In fact, I would only give it an 85-86 and clearly prefer that Bushmills at a lower price.
And so I guess Hitchens is refuted, as far as I am concerned. Can't see why anyone would buy this. If one is low on money, there are nicer palates for the price and much nicer for just a few € more. In fact if I could only afford this whisky, I would simply stop drinking whisky altogether. And if someone has as much money as Hitchens and he likes that direction, a Talisker Port Ruighe will completely put this in its place. To test this hypothesis, I will compare the rest of my miniature with that Talisker tomorrow.

Day 2, 5/13/2015: Direct comparison with the Talisker Port Ruighe. The nose makes me want to bet that some Talisker whisky (and apparently at least 12 year old) has a big part in this blend. Like yesterday, the nose is the best part of it and is quite convincing even if a little reserved. The palate, however, also reminds me of yesterday as well as of yofog's mention of heat, which seems to go with a dusty and muffling effect. It seems quite possible that this is what is left of the Talisker chili spice in this blend, but here it isn't offset by such a space of aroma and fruit. Needless to say, on the palate our Talisker starts where this one ends. To be expected of a single malt at more than twice the price of this blended whisky, but if you consider the enjoyment per volume, the Talisker Port Ruighe is probably cheaper: one sip of it is more enjoyable than three of this one. So unless you are drinking for alcoholic effects, I would go for this Talisker PR directly and drink half the amount taking small sips.

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    5/12/2015 2:51:00 PM - Thanks for the note. keep up the good work


2012 CT Barrel Project Syrah Upland Syrah Upland Vineyard

Yakima Valley Snipes Mountain more

4/26/2015 - bretrooks wrote: NR

Decanted ~1 hour before consuming over 2-3 hours. This needed the air we gave it, as it started off relatively closed (especially on the nose) and was just waking up at the time the first pours went into glasses.

Medium-to-deep ruby/purple in the decanter. Slightly roasted dark berry fruit, peppery spice, and a distinct saline element were fairly constant, while notes of meat, dark chocolate, and black licorice came and went in intensity. Nice persistence, and there seems to be good potential for more depth to develop. Not as 'huge' as I expected from the high listed alcohol content, although there is just a touch of heat and a little unintegrated acidity as well. Tannins struck me as mild and smooth.

Time in bottle to integrate and develop should be beneficial, although this drinks well enough now with air given its youth and scale. Still, I suspect that I'll never find out the extent of the drinking window on this, since ours will be gone before we hit the far end of it.

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    4/27/2015 7:47:00 PM - Thanks for the note, Bret. Never is a long time, but I will have some for at least a decade and you are welcome to one anytime.


2006 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains


2/3/2010 - ikkaariainen wrote: 93 points

This is very very good, hands down one of the best CA chards we have had. The wine was enjoyed with good CT wine buddy neighborbill and spouses as part of a pasta cook-off challenge recently held at our house. Clear, greenish yellow, very approachable with medium body and a good mouth feel, very well balanced yet with plenty of complexity and sugar for further cellaring. Oak and butter present but very well balanced and enough steely granite present to not overpower. Surprisingly fragrant and floral nose, rose and green fruit yet steely. Off-dry style with primary flavors including balanced oak and butter, soft baking spices, red fruit and underlying granite. Highly recommend this wine, even at this price point this is so good as to not be an entirely unreasonable QPR value.

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    4/25/2015 4:00:00 PM - great note, Izzy, I think I will buy one


2013 Unknown Côtes du Rhône Les Arceaux

White Rhone Blend more

10/15/2014 - wrote: 86 points

Attractive white Rhône nose, if rather light. Good palate. Nice weight and freshness. Good length.

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    4/23/2015 6:53:00 AM - scoring an unknown wine, brilliant!


2013 Château Saint Michel

Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/22/2015 - pkbowen Does not like this wine: 78 points

Second bottle of four. This bottle was not flawed, but not very good, either. The nose was quite yeasty and it was shrill and metallic on the midpalate all the way through the finish. We'll wait on the next two and hopefully some of this will blow off over time, but I'm not holding my breath. 78/100

  • Comment posted by Wine-Strategies:

    4/22/2015 8:05:00 PM - Good to know, thanks

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