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Red

2009 Château La Tour de Mons

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/27/2016 - ThalesGaspar Likes this wine: 90 points

Very nice again. Drinking very well now, but since it's very primary right now and hasn't changed over the last year, I guess it will take at least three years to show tertiary notes.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    2/1/2016 6:02:00 PM - thanks for your note, greatly appreciated, it appears from what you're saying that this probably has a longer drinking window than that forecast, cheers, chatters

White - Off-dry

2008 Dönnhoff Schloßböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Spätlese

Nahe more

1/22/2016 - rossi.wine wrote: 93 points

Another lovely bottle. Superbly balanced - so vibrant and full of energy. Sweet fruit, lots of acidity, mineral notes and a lingering, spicy finish. Drinking very well, but this will be great for years to come. 92-94

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    1/22/2016 2:28:00 PM - great note, thanks! cheers, chatters

Red

2010 Château Sénéjac

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/22/2016 - Andrew67 wrote: 88 points

First taste of this wine. Good structure and depth. The fruit is muted at this point though. Dry bitter finish which is not unpleasant but does lack any wow factor. I think I just opened this bottle way too early.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    1/22/2016 2:26:00 PM - Hi Andrew67, thanks for your note - did you decant or just pop and pour? I've had better results by giving it some air which seems to free up the fruit a bit...cheers, chatters

Red

2005 Château Lanessan

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/20/2015 - Cofxc Likes this wine: 90 points

Initially, strict, not the balanced ripeness that I bought this for after a recent tasting. Double decanted and left for two hours. Put on weight, deep colour, ripe nose and palette, becoming soft. Lovely balance, cassis, cedar, savoury. Claret at this level often leaves me wondering why but I'm looking forward to the next bottle of this. Drink now or cellar for years.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    1/14/2016 2:56:00 AM - Hi there, thanks for your note...could you clarify what you mean when you say "Claret at this level often leaves me wondering why..."? cheers, chatters

Red

2006 Oddero Barolo

Nebbiolo more

1/13/2016 - ecola Likes this wine: 88 points

Aromas of soft red fruit, some floral action. Medium body, light dried red berry flavors. Soft finish with moderate acidity.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    1/14/2016 2:51:00 AM - thanks for your note, how was the tannic structure? cheers, chatters

Red

2006 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay Vendanges Sélectionnées

Pinot Noir more

12/29/2015 - dyoshida wrote: NR

drinking perfectly now.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    12/29/2015 1:01:00 PM - hi there, thanks for your note. quick question - did you just pop and pour or decant and, if the latter, for how long? thanks, chatters

Red

2014 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Cuvée Marcel Lapierre

Gamay more

11/19/2015 - chatters wrote: NR

Medium minus sweet cherry and slight cedar. Savoury cherries, spice as well with some fine, talc-textured tannin. Okay

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    12/26/2015 5:48:00 PM - Hi there, it was at a tasting so probably no longer than an hour...cheers, chatters.

Red

2012 Kalleske Grenache Old Vines

Barossa Valley more

12/1/2015 - Ormiston Manor Likes this wine: 94 points

A beautiful example of Barossa grenache.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    12/2/2015 1:30:00 AM - thanks for your note...do you think it still has plenty of life? cheers, chatters

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    12/2/2015 2:01:00 AM - Brilliant, thanks for taking the time to reply, cheers, chatters

Red

2009 Château d'Issan

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/3/2015 - Ramberg wrote: 85 points

En Primeur Bdx. 2014 tasting event, reference wine from producer from older vintage, tasting pour, short note.
Another 2009 that has still to show the greatness, claimed by many, of this vintage.
Nose shows dense and dark deep fruit, loads of charcoal and firewood (extreme levels), raw oak along with wood and smoke.
Palate shows overly sweet and dense fruit, feels extracted and overripe & jammy, with oak, sweet vanilla spices and some oak bitterness.
Too much and too concentrated.
This might (even if I somewhat doubt it) become something fine in 20 – 30 years, but lack of acidity and backbone makes me doubt this…
Time will perhaps tell.
The 2014 showed much better today, with terroir and purity.
Two completely different creatures.
(85 – 86)

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    11/10/2015 5:01:00 PM - thanks for your note...does this mean that you feel that the d'issan has some of that aggressive concentration that can be found in warm climate new world wines? I'm thinking specifically of some of those California Napa blockbusters or old school Aussie sunshine in a glass Cab beasts? cheers, chatters

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    11/11/2015 2:51:00 AM - thank you so much for taking the time to reply...I have so far steered clear of my 'posher' 2009's...I'm not holding out much hope for some producers but, as I got them en primeur, I can flog them at auction to some RP fans! I think I'll d'Issan to that list. cheers, chatters

Red

2008 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Mount Richmond

Yamhill-Carlton more

10/12/2015 - sanjuanlewis Likes this wine: 93 points

Fantastic example of a 2008 Willamette Valley Pinot. New world style, very fruit forward with nice balance and acidity.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    10/16/2015 4:21:00 AM - hey sanjuanlewis, thanks for your note! how is that holding up from an age perspective? still quite fresh or getting a bit of those tertiary characteristics? cheers, chatters

Red

1992 Ridge Monte Bello

Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/14/2015 - aagrawal wrote: 96 points

Wineberserkers cabernet offline (The Palace, Mission, SF): Aromatic nose with deep black fruits, blackberry, black currant, slight chocolate, has deep dark density on the nose, some minerals; palate is full bodied, excellent acid, deep black fruit, very dense; medium-long finish. This is superb but lacks some of the bordelaise complexity that monte bello can show, but it is a superb balanced california cabernet with decades ahead of it. Still young. 95-96++

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    10/14/2015 11:41:00 PM - thanks for your tasting note, was this from a regular sized bottle? I ask because I'm saving a magnum for a special occasion in 3 years but it sounds like it might be too young...cheers, chatters

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    10/15/2015 6:47:00 PM - thanks, much appreciated, cheers, chatters

Red

1992 Ridge Monte Bello

Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/14/2015 - RajivAyyangar wrote: 91 points

Pre-1997 Cabs from Santa Cruz Mtns - Berserkers Offline (The Palace Steakhouse, SF): Seems bustling with density of fruit on the nose. Slight dusty baked earth, laden with intense blackcurrant and blackberry,
A bit tannic and also maybe lean on the palate, but I like it.
Super sweet vanillin and toast, slight toasted coconut.
Score: Around 9

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    10/14/2015 11:41:00 PM - thanks for your tasting note, was this from a regular sized bottle? I ask because I'm saving a magnum for a special occasion in 3 years but it sounds like it might be too young with all that primary fruit and tannin...cheers, chatters

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    10/15/2015 6:46:00 PM - thanks, much appreciated...hmm...I'll have to find another special bottle instead, cheers, chatters

Red

1998 Penfolds Bin 389

South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend more

9/26/2015 - fizz wrote: NR

Decanted 2 hours. Open and ready. Still full flavored and generous in all proportions. Building some layers now.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    10/8/2015 10:21:00 PM - Hi Fizz,
    thanks for your note. Just a quick question; how was the structure of the wine? Were there still some grippy tannins?
    cheers, chatters

Red

2005 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

10/4/2015 - Umay Ceviker wrote: 94 points

Grapes coming from La Plana vineyard with vines over 80 years old. Blend of 89% Tempranillo with 11% Mazuelo. Aged for 30 months in 225 liter oak barrels and a further 36 months in bottle before its release.
Dark ruby colour with purple highlights. Mix of black cherry and black mulberry fruit with lots of black pepper notes as well as leather and wet leaves. Rich, supple, velvety and very classy.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    10/8/2015 10:20:00 PM - thanks for your note...still a bit of a puppy? cheers, chatters

Red

2009 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

10/6/2015 - Decanting fool Likes this wine: NR

When I wrote about this wine on 7/14 I dismissed it as an unremarkable effort. But I'm here to eat some crow. Tonight's bottle- a mere 15 months later- is superb--delicious and very well integrated.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    10/6/2015 7:44:00 PM - Hi there, quick question...did you treat the bottle differently e.g. decanting regime etc? cheers, chatters

Red

2003 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

10/3/2015 - andrewdodd86 Likes this wine: 93 points

From Coravin, bottom of an older bottle. I was told this was less representative compared to how it was when first coravined. Still nice, muted fruit, tannin was low. Reddish brown, clearly mature. Got a little stewey and pruney, but still enjoyable. Would be intrigued to try it before it had been coravined so many times. Still nice. Wanted more vibrant fruit. Clearly 100% old school CdP.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    10/6/2015 3:15:00 AM - Hi there, do you know how many times the wine had been coravin'ed or how long? cheers, chatters

Red

2003 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/13/2015 - chatters wrote: NR

Dom. de Chevalier lunch (My place, parramatta, sydney): on the nose, and despite a double decant, an initial musty note that dissipated reasonably rapidly to be replaced by blackcurrant, plentiful sweet spice, vanilla, cream, bitter chocolate and just a hint of candied orange peel. On the palate the wine is juicy and the blackcurrant fruit is almost instantaneously closed down by grippy, drying tannins, fruit persists beneath this tsunami though and is joined by chocolate notes. Hmm. I think, despite vintage, we might have just committed vinfanticide.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    9/21/2015 7:13:00 AM - Yes, I'd give it a few more years...or buy a Coravin! cheers, chatters

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    9/21/2015 8:07:00 PM - yeah, all my singletons beg for the Coravin and multiple year consumption...it appeals to my inner wine nerd to run them in different tastings...

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    9/22/2015 8:00:00 PM - I've had the Coravin for about 11 months now and it's revolutionised the way I drink. I've got a Beaucastel Vieille Vigne white 98 that I pulled out for a mate's 50th. I tapped it beforehand and he didn't like it so I took something else instead. I've shown it to some other mates as well and the rest is going to be set aside until 2018 to run in a Beaucastel vertical. Joy!

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    9/22/2015 10:16:00 PM - I'm still exploring it's capability. One thing that I've just started doing is a vertical with one bunch of chums over a lazy lunch with e.g. 30-40ml pours and then do the same vertical a couple of weeks later with a different group of mates - which happened/is happening with a selection of dom de chevaliers that I've got flagged to look at this year.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    9/23/2015 1:01:00 AM - What's nice is you can diversify: So next year I'm going to do a 2005 Bordeaux vertical including a singleton Lascombes I've got, which will also slot into a Lascombes horizontal and then be tucked away for another 2005 tasting that I've got planned in about ten years...that Barolo tastings sounds like a lot of fun...

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