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Red

2012 Drew Family Cellars Pinot Noir Balo Vineyard

Anderson Valley more

7/4/2015 - air guitar & pinot noir Likes this wine: 92 points

Jason Drew makes consistently delicious and high quality Pinot Noir. Every now and then he happens to hit it out of the park. This bottle was more beautiful than the fireworks on the 4th. Lovely dark berry and black plum delivered in a seamless, mouth filling delivery. The fruit is fresh, ripe without any hint of over extraction. The purity and quality of the fruit coupled with such a palate pleasing texture was remarkable. Enough structure to stand on its own or coupled with food. Delicious effort and outstanding drinking experience.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    7/6/2015 4:09:00 PM - Hi there, thanks for your excellent note. How do you feel this wine is aging - still all about the primary fruit? cheers, chatters

Red

1996 Penfolds Grange

South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah more

6/30/2015 - Arch57 Likes this wine: 100 points

Had to go 100 pts on this one as after 1,525 tasting notes on CT since 3/24/06 I have not had a better wine. Debated giving it 99 but this wine had no flaws so how can I not score it perfect? Of course it was my first and only Grange so possibly the '98 or '04 would have rated higher if I had the privilege to taste such vintages but alas this was all my modest cellar contained.

I had sourced this on 6/1/05 for a bargain $165 and when I tagged it I wrote "for Retirement" on the bottle not quite knowing at that time when the day would come and stuffed it away in the wine cooler. Fast forward 10 years and a month and retirement day has arrived. Walked out after 30+ years without my laptop and company phone and I could have floated across the parking lot!

I knew this needed a serious decant so opened it at 3pm and tried a first sip and the tannins let themselves be known so into the decanter it went. Finally around 6:30 time for the first pour with my wife into our Riedel glasses and a joyous clink of the glasses on the deck. Color was a dark crimson with some bricking in the color, very unlike young Aussie' Shriaz. Swirling brought out aromas of cigar box, forest, dried fruit. First sip was mouth coating with cranberries, earthy notes, allspice.
After we got to "know" the wine it exhibited many personalities. A times it had the elegance of an aged Bordeaux, other times it had the power of a Napa Cab. Kind of odd was that it never had the extracted Shiraz flavor found in many wines from down under. No this was all about class and balance. The finish would go on and on for 50-60 seconds (that was a benefit as it made every sip last and slowed down the consumption of this marvelous wine)! Paired it with prime filet and fresh corn and baked potato, the perfect accompaniment for this bottle.
I told my wife that it would have been awesome if I had a bigger wine budget in 2005 and bought all 3 bottles my local wine shop had because it would be fascinating to try this one in 5 then 10 years. You could just tell it had the stuffing to last. A remarkable wine on a remarkable day in our lives. Cheers!

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    7/1/2015 2:07:00 PM - what a great tasting note Arch57, thanks and the heartiest of congratulations on your retirement, cheers, chatters

White - Off-dry

2009 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese

Nahe more

6/27/2015 - rocknroller wrote: 93 points

Monthly Tasting Group: Rieslings and Thai Food (Sen Yai Sen Lek, Mpls): Light gold color. 2oz pour over 45 minutes. Maybe not quite as spellbinding as the last bottle, but not far from it. The fruit is intense and pure, sweet, pineapple, exotic fruit, kiwi, passion fruit, great acidity, long finish. Will be interesting to see these with 15-20 years on them!

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    6/29/2015 2:45:00 PM - thanks for your great tasting note, forgive my ignorance but what do you mean when you say 2oz pour over 45 minutes? cheers, chatters

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    6/29/2015 7:23:00 PM - Ahh, forgive me...I'm used to ml! that makes perfect sense, cheers chatters

Red

2013 Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz Langi

Grampians more

6/21/2015 - chatters wrote: NR

Game of Rhones (Carriageworks, Redfern): Polished oak, blackberry and cherry, ripe with cream and vanilla. More of the same on the palate, juicy plentiful tannins, very well integrated and balanced. Very difficult to spit. Shows it's quality. Good

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    6/27/2015 4:40:00 PM - ha ha, it's pretty special...I think it's time to start looking for back vintages on Graysonline! cheers, chatters

White

2011 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley more

6/26/2015 - SverreWine wrote: 93 points

- Light gold color with fast forming legs. It's balanced with a full body. Oily texture with a medium finish - Aromas of wet stone, steel, elderflower and pineapple. Fat mouthfeel with flavors of tropical fruits, elderberry juice, butter and oak. Very good white wine best served cool to avoid too strong alcohol flavor.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    6/26/2015 11:47:00 PM - Hi there, thanks for your note, how do you feel this wine is holding up from an aging perspective? Still plenty of life? cheers, chatters

Red

2010 Château Lafon-Rochet

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/6/2015 - chatters wrote: NR

Ultimo lunch time tasting (Ultimo wine centre (but now vintage cellars)): Blackcurrant and a slightly inky quality along with crushed rocks, cedar and slight brambles. In the mouth there is dense black fruit then firm drying but fine textured tannins. Long. Very long in fact. Oh, this is rather nice. Lovely in fact.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    6/15/2015 4:25:00 AM - Hi Andrew, I tend to like a bit of age on my Bordeaux so I'd be cracking the first bottle when it's ten years old - so 2020...cheers, chatters

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    6/16/2015 12:08:00 AM - My pleasure, happy hiding! cheers, chatters

Red

2010 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/4/2015 - chatters wrote: NR

Plums, slightest hints of coffee, cream, sweet spice and polished French oak. On agitation the plum element increases and ripens and is joined by a herbaceous note. Also some black and red currant. In the mouth the wine is juicy, generous with spiced plum and blackcurrant fruit. almost a bit savoury and this impression is reinforced by the sizable tannic, though the savoury plum persists beneath this and is joined by a touch of alcohol heat. Hmm. Good, but not sure it's for me.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    6/10/2015 3:32:00 AM - Hmm, Buzzzzoff, of the wines at the tasting this would be in my too young basket at this juncture. The second wine of Vieux Chateau Certan would be the one I'd be cracking into now but I think I'd be waiting two or three years to tuck into this, cheers chatters

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    6/10/2015 8:36:00 PM - My pleasure, always happy to stick my tuppence in! cheers, chatters

Red

2003 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

6/1/2015 - chatters wrote: NR

WSET Diploma Graduation (Fix St. James, 111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney): Rapid taste as the bottle was being whisked away and I managed to squeeze a splash into a spare Champagne flute. Aromas of blackcurrant, cedar, sweet spice. On the palate the wine lacks a bit of acidity which lends a bit of a flabbiness. The fruit carries through a still impressive amount of tannin. Balanced despite the lack of acidity. Hmm.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    6/9/2015 6:30:00 PM - Hi Harley1199, I'm sure it will marry well with a big chunk of red meat but just make sure it's relatively lean! cheers, chatters

Red

2007 Leeuwin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Art Series

Margaret River more

6/1/2015 - chatters wrote: NR

WSET Diploma Graduation (Fix St. James, 111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney): On the nose blackcurrant, almost Ribena, pencil shavings, eucalyptus, graphite, cedar. In the mouth the wine is juicy with slight savoury blackcurrant, pencil shavings, cedar, chewy tannins. Long. It's rather nice but the oak component just seems to grow over time in the glass, slowly but surely dominating proceedings. This tasting makes me a little nervous about the two bottles residing in my cellar.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    6/8/2015 7:45:00 PM - My pleasure, cheers, chatters

Red

2004 Château Léoville Barton

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/3/2015 - similan wrote: 94 points

Drank for the third time and I wish I could wait a few more years to drink my last bottle, but it is just too good to hold. It improves each year. The two of us rarely finish a bottle of wine at dinner, but we knocked this one out and had to stop ourselves from opening another. Pretty close to spectacular

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    6/4/2015 3:57:00 PM - I'm with Champagneinhand...not only does it taste great in allegedly bad vintages but it is, for a 2eme classe, exceptional value for money compared to its peers. Thank you for your tasting note. It gives me confidence. I have two bottles left, locked away and out of my grasp...but I can hear them calling me...cheers, chatters

Red

2012 Domaine de Chevalier

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/1/2015 - ChristopherB wrote: NR

Dark wine, with a timid nose of red fruit, cinnamon, cassis, sour cherries and cedar. On the palate, the attack is powerful for a 2012, with lots of fruit, tannin and acidity. I don't yet sense a balance to it all, but it does have a lot of substance. If it takes shape, this will be a good wine. No score for now as not much pleasure in drinking it at this stage, but I can imagine this in the 92-93 range in the future.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    6/1/2015 5:24:00 PM - Vinfanticide?

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    6/3/2015 2:41:00 AM - Thanks ChristopherB, cheers, chatters

Red

2008 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

5/31/2015 - galewskj wrote: 92 points

Having drank all 6 bottles I bought from Premier Cru, I was given 3 more bottles by a generous fellow wineberserker who strongly disliked it. I was curious to try it, as I've wondered if there was bottle/lot variation at Pegau. Getting some confirmed "bad" bottles from someone may help me understand.

Slow o'd for a couple hours and served to a group of 6. This wine was consistent with my previous experiences. There is funk here, and quite a bit. It is of the barnyard variety, not clean funk, but I've had dirtier funk than this. This bottle also seems more advanced, with some nice secondary components showing up - forest floor, olive, smoke, tar, earth. The fruit is mostly red, dark cherry and plum. I swear there is a cola flavor mixed in with the fruit. Tannins are surprisingly mild as well. This improved throughout the evening. But the next day, the funk had increased to a significant level while a lot of the secondary characteristics have disappeared. I’m drinking the last sips of it now, and I still enjoy it, but it was considerably better yesterday.

As for the rest of the tasters, 3 people declared it completely undrinkable, 1 other person liked it quite a bit, and 1 person was indifferent. Several disparanging comments were issued toward Pegau and this wine particularly. One gentleman was extremely vocal about his disdain for the wine, how he couldn't drink it because it was so poopy. This gentlemen does like CDP in general, and I do not dismiss his opinion. However, I personally think he affected some of the other drinkers present with his adamant discontent. I saw this behavior in reverse at a CDP tasting I organized a while back, where a “leader” in the group of 12 people extolled the virtues of the 2008 Pegau. At that tasting, everyone seemed to like the wine as a convincing expert explained its goodness. This time, with the loudest voice in the room being very very critical, most people disliked it.

Overall, I’m grateful for being given the wine, grateful to confirm that I like Pegau in all it’s funky goodness, and very grateful to see the polarizing opinions towards the same bottle of it.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    5/31/2015 7:39:00 PM - thanks for your tasting note. Just a quick question - Your friend who disliked the wine gave them to you because of taste not because they were all 'bad' i.e. completely out of condition/corked etc? If yes then I guess it's just a bit of a dirty/bretty wine. Which, like you, is fine by me! cheers, chatters

Red

2011 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia

Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/14/2015 - chatters wrote: NR

United Cellars Bordeaux tasting 2015 (Harbour 220/L15 131 Macquarie Street): funky and farty aromas, savoury black fruits and wet stone. On agitation the fruit gains a little sweetness. On the palate the wine is juicy , savoury with both red and black fruit and then almost devastating tannins that dry the out completely leaving a faint impression of the fruit and a little biscuit note. Come back in a millennia or three.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    5/27/2015 7:18:00 PM - G'day BuzzzzOff, yeah, it was part of a big Cab Sav and blends tasting I went to...I'm just a bit slow with typing up my notes! A lot of the wines were just too young. I sometimes doubt the mentality of tasting these wines without at least a few hours of decanting beforehand. cheers, chatters

Red

2007 Leeuwin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Art Series

Margaret River more

5/25/2015 - BuzzzzOff Likes this wine: 85 points

A forty minute drive from our hotel through the winding roads of The Lake District found us in a tiny farmhouse with one of the UK’s top chefs – Simon Rogan – in situ at L’Enclume. Yippeee!!! Good, far from the hype.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    5/25/2015 10:58:00 PM - How was the wine? Cheers, chatters

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    5/26/2015 5:37:00 PM - Ahh, sorry, yes, I thought you were talking about the restaurant rather than the wine! Leeuwin Estate started suppressing malolactic fermentation completely on the chardonnay about ten years ago which, for me, robs it not only of the buttery component but also some mid palate weight. From the same region I'd recommend having a look at Pierro and Woodlands...if you're still in the UK you may be able to find the former at a supermarket called Waitrose. cheers, chatters

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    5/26/2015 7:20:00 PM - Yup, I concur entirely about the price of the Giaconda...I'd rather have grand cru chablis at that price! cheers, chatters

Red

1998 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/13/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote: 92 points

Still tannic at 17 years of age, but there is a lot to like about the wine. It's deep, concentrated and long, with freshness, flavor and intensity. There is a firmness to the tannins that reminds me a good version of a 1986 Pauillac.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    5/14/2015 6:24:00 PM - thanks for your tasting note...let me put you on the spot...based on your note I'd suggest that this wine has plenty of life left - do you concur? cheers, chatters

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    5/15/2015 1:56:00 PM - thanks Jeff, greatly appreciated...on that basis I think I'll stretch it to it's 20th b'day and tuck in then, cheers, chatters

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    5/15/2015 1:56:00 PM - thanks Jeff, greatly appreciated...on that basis I think I'll stretch it to it's 20th b'day and tuck in then, cheers, chatters

Red

2001 d'Arenberg Cabernet Sauvignon The Coppermine Road

McLaren Vale more

3/12/2015 - rustyRudy Likes this wine: 93 points

Cork was intact but a little soft, did break in half. Full bodied, deep and complex cherry, plum, leather, tobacco, and savory notes. Drinking well with mature tannins, long finish and great character. Initially opened with the Coravin and finished a few days later. Nicely done. Mature. Should keep for a little bit longer but do not see it improving.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    5/14/2015 6:26:00 PM - thanks for your note - do you think the intrusion with the Coravin caused the issue with the cork or was it just generally a bit suspect? cheers, chatters

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    5/15/2015 1:47:00 AM - Excellent, thanks

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