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Red

2005 Château La Tour de Mons

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/28/2015 - guribh wrote: 89 points

Pretty cross of Bdx and a hint of Tuscany type dried herbs and flowers. Somewhat drying, so I would be curious to see if it rounds up.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    5/28/2015 6:26:00 PM - It was wonderful in it primary phase. I think it should nap quickly but has potential. My magnum was too shut down for really good enjoyment but the previous case of 750ml were really good. Im holding a 2009 OWC case for a long time hoping.

Red

2001 Château Gruaud Larose

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/16/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 92 points

Excellent aged St. Julien middleweight from Gruaud-Larose. This was a deep violet in color with bricking towards the edge. It was earthy and scented very conspicuously with dried blue and red fruits but they play second fiddle to the sandalwood and floral petunias as well as that forest floor. The wine actually brings forward vivid visual reminders of panting 6 packs of Petunias from the local hardware store of Mega retailer. It was a crowd pleaser for it sophistication and floral tones.

Paired with burger plates for my nephews birthday dinner.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    5/26/2015 9:40:00 PM - I have one more 2001 Branaire-Ducru left. I wish I had more 2001 St. Julien. I think St. Julien was the best for 2008 as well.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    5/28/2015 3:12:00 PM - Im holding the better 2003 and have gone at 2004s with decent success. I have just toyed with a few 2008 but they will be very good and similar in style to 2001. No reason to rush on them as many have just settled in for the big nap.

White - Sparkling

2004 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne

Chardonnay more

5/11/2015 - Lakefarm Likes this wine: 95 points

To me this is one of the greatest champagnes. Had along side Krug 2000 and GC and this completely held up, and outshined the GC along with '00 Winston Churchill and '06 Cristal. Toasty, minerally, flinty nose with lots of apple pie and layers of nuts. Just intriguing. The palate is balanced, great length with an, I must say, slightly aggressive mousse. This is a long lived champagne that is also delicious in its youth, what more do you need?

Also forget about DP, Cristal and all the others, this is the champagne you want and at a much better price and QPR. 95-?

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    5/11/2015 3:19:00 PM - I would tend to disagree. But I really like aged champagne much more than the younger ones. The 2004 Cristal is something I have had twice and its really good, but like all Cristal needs a lot of cellar time. That said we just had DP from 2004 up against the 1996 and it needs about 10+ years in the cellar and then it should be a winner. Taittinger seems so acidic in its youth, I do like them to get age as well, but they are not a steal, and for what they charge there are a lot better Champagne tete d'cuvee to be had. SWC needs years and years in the cellar. If drinking so young many NV that show very well. Vilmart, VC Gold label vintage, Bollinger, Drappier vintage, so many others its hard to generalize. Taittinger always has structure, but time is also its friend.

    There aren't many champagne that I don't like, but the Taitt CdC is very expensive for what you get.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    5/13/2015 6:04:00 PM - Well we both agree that there are many different styles to be found in champagne. Tightener is definitely super crisp and structured for sure.

White - Off-dry

2009 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese

Nahe more
  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    5/12/2015 8:01:00 PM - I think its sleeping now. It happens. Too bad though.

White - Sparkling

1996 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon

Champagne Blend more

5/10/2015 - jhngo Likes this wine: 96 points

Starting to develop some secondary notes slight roundness. Not as sharp or piercing. Very enjoyable. going to age gracefully.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    5/11/2015 3:20:00 PM - Beautiful stuff when held in the dark and cool cellars.

Red

2004 Château Lascombes

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/4/2015 - Double D wrote: 92 points

Medium bodied, elegant Bdx, ready to drink, nice aroma on opening.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    5/5/2015 10:18:00 PM - Dom, I have 2 more bottles of this left. drink one now and one later, or slam both of them? I love these for their insane price point.

White - Sweet/Dessert

2005 Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos

Furmint Blend, Furmint more

5/4/2015 - rmh66 wrote: 90 points

Terrific nose of raisin, apricot, orange, honey, mint, flowers, and earth. Relatively mellow palate of citrus, apricot, honey, lychee, and spice. Great balancing acidity, good concentration, medium finish. Delicious. It's shameful that I don't drink Tokaji more often.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    5/5/2015 10:17:00 PM - Yes, Much more Tokaji is necessary for all to give a proper perspective. I love reds, champagne and all stickies, but I might be just happy with a cellar full of Tokaji.

White - Sparkling

1995 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut

Champagne Blend more

4/25/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 99 points

better than I remembered and that last bottle was amazing. Structured but mature with serious mineral balanced with acidity. Lemon bars in liquid form with amazing tiny bubbles and mousse. The yeasty autolytic pastry at the bottom of a great lemon bar with a light toasting. Really very impressive and multi layered maybe better than the 1996, which sounds impossible but it caresses the he mouth from beginning to end and slides down the throat as good as any aged Cristal.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    5/5/2015 1:37:00 AM - I love getting two or three glasses with different champagnes and following them through the course of the night. It, for me is the best way to rate a champagne. On the second night, I was able to do just this with the Krug and the 2 DP, side by side, and I ended up missing out on some other wines but I followed these well over 3 hours. I do wish I had the martinet present. That champagne got better and better with each swirl and passing hour.

White - Sparkling

1989 Jean-Pierre Marniquet Champagne Prestige Millesime

Champagne Blend more

4/30/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 95 points

Let me just say this 95 is very fair considering we had everything from LGD, 2 generations of DP, Vintage Krug and so many other champagnes that weekend and I sent the longest with this as it took a lot of air to get the stuff to start coming off this. Sweet fruit in the nose but reticent and subdued. A touch of port like fruit as well as some citrus. Not a fresh and clean wine by any imagination, but a structure and brooding wine, which for a champagne is quite different, but given the age, I completely understand.

There was just a touch of the autolytic left and the bubbles were nowhere near the 19 year old or 20 year old Krug. If you drank a glass, and I mean a good white wine glass over an hour you were able to see the elegance in which this opened up, like a very tight flower that was only going to show itself to the patient. Few like this or thought it was comparable at all with the field in play. As I puled different smells and let others smell the glass, they started to gain some appreciation for older champagne, but with scores of high 90 and a perfect one, I just thing some people need to try a 1996 Krug or a 1990,1996 DP, Bollinger R.D., many older Crsital to put things in perspective. Don't get me wrong as this 95 is the 3 highest scoring champagne of the weekend behind 95 Krug and 96 DP. A very different style, but I am not a novice or impatient either.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    5/4/2015 3:47:00 PM - I loved this champagne and spent the longest drinking and smelling this the first day. I drink all my champagnes in chardonnay glasses over flutes unless its an American, Spanish or Italian sparkler thats NV and meant to slide down the throat.

    I think if more people drank champagne slower, using larger white wine glasses they would be more generous on many scores of champagne> Many say they don't get champagne, but they drink it, just a bit too quickly. I thought this wine had a lot of personality.

Red - Fortified

NV Beni di Batasiolo Barolo Chinato - Vino Aromatizzato

Nebbiolo more

4/17/2015 - Sourdough Likes this wine: 90 points

Wow! I have almost no basis for rating this for it is so alien. The base wine is like a thin, not very sweet port. The color is thin. HIGHLY AROMATIC as implied by Aromatizzato. Multiple herbs in the bouquet dominated by rosemary plus the aroma of Campari. Also has some of the bitterness on the palate of Campari or Cynar. Almost like wine beautifully blended with high end bitters. Overall effect is good and interesting and in some respects closer to a high end red vermouth than conventional wine. Good mouth feel. Very interesting. In absence of comparable wines and ratings I am giing it a ballpark 90 to confirm that I think it is a good and very interesting wine well worth trying if you should have an opportunity. Open it with friends. On ounce or two is all you need and may want - and it can last for hours... and evolve through the entire period.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    5/3/2015 4:03:00 PM - This was such an aromatic and wonderful smelling experience, I have to think its merits plenty of thought and I'm still thinking of it a week later. Great wine experience just to be exposed to something like this. I wouldn't want to drink it all the time but it was very good to smell this over the hours.

White

2011 Ravines Wine Cellars Riesling Dry Argetsinger Vineyard

Finger Lakes more

4/30/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 93 points

3rd to the first place Tie between Trimbach and weimar in the dry group. Others really liked this as it was completely dry but fruit seemed to give it a touch of perceived RS. Plenty of great riesling fruit from the tropicals of asian pear, to the stone fruit of white peach, acacia florals and tangerine/mandarin orange acidity with that serious flinty and slate mineral backbone.

THE USA, especially the Finger Lakes and Northern CA bested wines from Australia, NZ, and this was just under Weimer Reserve and Trimbach.
7 wines were had in this flight of dry Riesling and they all were very good.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    5/3/2015 3:54:00 PM - great stuff, for sure.

White - Sparkling

1989 Jean-Pierre Marniquet Champagne Prestige Millesime

Champagne Blend more

5/21/2012 - Sourdough Likes this wine: 100 points

This was tasted at the winery. JP degorged it in the cave and then served it to us upstairs with no dosage. This is 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. With no dosage it is exceptionally dry - about .1% residual sugar. Yeast and toast are the dominant flavors and bouquet. Amazingly complex and long finish. Superb!

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    4/30/2015 5:55:00 AM - This was seriously complex, but it took a lot of time and patience to open up. I am sure at the caves it showed better, but it had stiff competition with so many wines in Texas. Its strange to see so many high scores, but I don't think the people that didn't find it great bothered to write down their thoughts. For the $$$ this is very nice.

White - Sweet/Dessert

1995 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Sélection de Grains Nobles

Alsace more

4/26/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: NR

How is it possible to not get to this bottle? Amazing champagne, Merlot both old and new world and Weinbach from 1995 plus an amazing old school Amarone. Gifted to my pals from Dallas that love the Pinot Gris SGN as much as I love the stuff. Clos Jebsal sits atop a very high mountain of excellent dessert wines. Tokaji Essencia is always trying to de thrown the stuff but so are German TBA Riesling. The king knows how to kick others off even though they are almost perfect as well.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    4/30/2015 4:09:00 AM - Gracias!. I look forward to an update. It was so good to see you and your better half last weekend. Everybody was so nice. I felt like the dictator at the riesling tasting. but I clearly move slower through a wine than others. I didn't even get a steak on Saturday night. Wine and apps were enough.

Red

2010 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

1/24/2015 - Racer117 Likes this wine: 95 points

Pungent nose of mushroom, meat, spices, berry; luscious layered body with flavors of sharp cherry fruit along with some floral hints. Shockingly good right now.

Time should be very, very good to this. I am endorsing this wine with my wallet. 4 bottles on pre-arrival. Thanks K&L!

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    4/28/2015 7:45:00 PM - Very nice thoughts.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    4/29/2015 1:12:00 PM - I've put in an order for pre-arrival. My cellar is packed but I got a pair. Thanks for the note.

White - Sparkling

1996 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon

Champagne Blend more

3/19/2015 - umichbri wrote: 85 points

To me it was past its prime and I should have drank it sooner. Very few bubbles left. Still drinkable but I didn't like as much as I probably would have had it been 5 years earlier.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    4/19/2015 11:30:00 PM - must have been off or poorly stored. I have gone through 6 bottles of this over time and have another case left. It really hasn't changed much over time and is very susceptible as other champagne to light and heat. Bummer you had a bottle that was off. Its pretty great stuff, like a sparkling Montrachet.

Red

2009 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series

Washington more

7/20/2013 - LFCHALA wrote: 90 points

Modern style. Strong predominance of fruit on the nose and palate. Tasty, but without complexity or evolution with decanting. I have no experience with wines from Washington, but it seemed a wine with enough structure to improve over the next five years.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    7/21/2013 2:01:00 PM - I will give you my opinion on the Bdx grapes in WA wines. In good years, say '05-'10, I try not to even think of drinking the wines until they have at least 5 years past release in bottle. I have occasionally jumped the gun on some Syrah, and 2009 is a vintage where you can really enjoy the primary fruit if that's what you want. the even years need more time to seriously develop, especially '08. So many different styles. Woodward is very in your face fruit forward like Betz or QC. I prefer the more nuanced wines of Andrew Will, but I still like the big fruit modern style now and again. It makes me appreciate both styles more and more. Buty is very big fruit and in your face too, best to let them evolve a bit from a primary phase. Still fun to see the notes on the '09. Woodward has been a good WA staple for decades and they do know how to get the wine in a way they want to present it, so I take that into consideration. Considering the cost of Betz and QC, this is a relative bargain, especially if put up against Napa peers.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    4/15/2015 12:23:00 PM - Good notes Jay. My thoughts are to hold them at that length. I do see more benefit from aging, which most of my reds get except for the very few that I buy for drinking much earlier. There isle try of early drinking stuff out of Bordeaux bourgeoise though finding the treasures is markedly more difficult. When I do find a producer that is good early I tend to buy a 6 or full case. Lilian Ladouys is one of my consistent younger wines for consumption. Cotes du Rhones is another category but earlier drinking can be satisfying. Barbera from the Italian riviera and Merlot from Umbria, primary Falesco.

Red

2006 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/31/2015 - Livermore wrote: 94 points

Had this with 2008 Comtesse de Lalande. This doesn't quite recah the levels of the Comtesse but still a hugely impressive wine that really delivered. Intense but not quite as mouthfilling as the Comtesse.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    4/13/2015 3:15:00 PM - different vintages are sort of like comparing cats and dogs. Most 2006 are closed and needs tons of air to get much out of them, while many of the 2008 are still hanging a round in their primary phases, but will slowly shut down but never as hard as 2006 did. A few year back I pulled a 2006 Cantelmere and couldn't get enough air into it to get anything. This will be a difficult vintage and we will need much patience to see it at its best. I think 2008 will be extremely rewarding now and in the long run, especially with well chosen chateaux. I bought more 2009 than 2008 but I could have easily done it different and still be as pleased.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    4/14/2015 7:26:00 PM - your note made me want to seek out the Comtesse as well. Love that spot in Paulliac. Wondered often how it would be if Pichon was united as well as if the Leoville properties in St. Julien as they were back in the 1800s. Great terrior in both places. Latour between them both. Some of the Left bank's best areas.

Red

2010 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

4/11/2015 - Anonymous wrote: NR

Bought one of these because the ecstatic reviews made me strongly suspect some kind of mass hypnosis phenomenon that thrive in the wine world, and I had to satisfy my intellectual curiosity.

The experiment failed because I still don't know what it was I drank. If the bottle was flawed, then that doesn't tell me much. If it was not flawed, then this truly is the pinnacle of wine hype. From memory, though it was a while ago, the wine had weird scents of Guinness beer and maybe barbecue sauce, among others, yet despite that was very restrained and classy, giving an impression of depth. However it was shockingly weak on the palate and left behind what looked like sugar crystals in the glass, which I have only seen with one other wine, a Flowers Chardonnay.

Here is the conundrum: The nose was too fine and elegant for me to have suspected a flaw, while the palate was so abominably weak and bad, that there is no way the bottle can be sound or the other CT reviews could have been so wrong-- can they? Most likely, it was lightly corked but I'm putting this out there and maybe it will make some timid souls come out of the woodwork and say what they really thought of this wine, if this indeed was a sound bottle.

So this bottle remains a mystery for me, one thing is for sure, I'm not going to spend the money on another bottle to solve it, because no matter how good it is, I am certain it is not that good. How people have become convinced to pay Burg prices for humble S. Rhone wines is beyond me, especially with the wacked-out bottle variation, but Parker the mayor probably has something to do with it.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    4/13/2015 3:48:00 PM - The wine is also a baby.

    2009 is accessible but not in its real drinking window. 2007 isn't really in its drinking window. Hot gooey messes. Even some 2005 aren't ready yet. These were warm and will be rich years. Try drinking a 2004 or a 2008, but the brett can be big in Pegau, that bit of Guinness smell, combined with barnyard, but much of it can blow off with decanting.

    I see many people that post glowing reviews very early and I just chuckle. Its more about judging potential. I did take a challenge and drank a 2010 Janasse Chaupin well over a year ago, and it was all beautiful Grenache fruit for about an hour, then it became an unruly tannic monster, where the acids grew intensely, the vegetal component was the primary odor and flavor. First hour fine if you like fruit bombs and total crap thereafter. It was way, way, way to young. I don't love Janasse Chaupin, as its all Grenache, but the Mouvedre components usually show their best at 10+ year, even in Bandols. Pegau can be a little heavy on the brett, and Laurence said she isn't going to change her practices so 2011 was the last vintage I bought. I will continue to buy Beaucastel, but they even take a bit longer, as 2004 is drinking supremely well right now.

    I feel for pairing a 2007 Clos du Pape with another person at a large tasting. Great nose, but a hot, sloppy mess, and a true waste of a great wine.

    I just won't do it any longer. Most big scores are potential, down the road 10-20 years, even if you are talking Bordeaux, Napa, Burgundy, Alsace and especially champagne. don't let others fool you twice. I let the stuff meant to cellar, lay in the cellar and try to drink the stuff for younger consumption early. Some St.-Cosme from Gigondas drink well young, and Gigondas and Vacqueyras, are similar in profile but seem to be accessible a bit younger.

Red

2006 Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/6/2015 - jrobs7777 wrote: NR

Consumed over a few nights. Dark inky color. Black fruit, spice and fine tannins dominate. This has terrific structure and to me is a classic left bank wine. Built to age but approachable now. This is not as powerful and lush as say the 05 vintage but this has a very classic feel to it. Should evolve very well.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    4/7/2015 8:03:00 PM - When the 2005 was released in bottle to the media and if buyers, people were very impressed. Alfred Tesseron got with a few people he has known over time, including a local guy here and said if you think the 2005 is great, you will be blown away by the 2006 that has been crafted, but it may take longer to show better than the 2005 but he had no doubts. I need more bottles of this wine to hold on to. 2 may not be enough. still reasonably priced.

Red

2010 Antonio Sasa Barbaresco Jazz

Nebbiolo more

4/6/2015 - dsgris Likes this wine: 89 points

Medium ruby woody nose. Dry, tart tannins, medium fruit , ripe tart sour cherries with leather and earth notes. On the austere side which appeals to my palate. The acid and tannins call out for food accompanyment. Drinking well now and should improve over the next several years.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    4/7/2015 8:00:00 PM - I liked this wine too. I should have bought more than the 3, as I have burned through all of them, But I feared that if I didn't enjoy them in their primary phase I would need to wait a decade or more, of cellar nap. Really a great value and DP really piked a good one at this tariff.

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