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2007 Descendientes de José Palacios Bierzo Villa de Corullon

Mencía more

7/18/2015 - SimonG wrote: 90 points

Dense dark red. Very expressive nose with a mix of white pepper and something far more lifted and floral. Dense on the attack with a good thwack of tannin amongst the dark red fruit. Robust. ***1/2

  • Comment posted by SimonG:

    7/20/2015 12:05:00 AM - I was a friend's bottle, so I've no previous experience of it, but based on this bottle I personally would wait for the tannins to round out a little. As I said though, that's not based on direct experience of previous vintages.


2008 Ridge Geyserville

Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

7/4/2015 - SimonG wrote: 91 points

Bobby BBQ (B&A's): Magnum. 2/3 double decanted approx five hours in advance. Nicely vibrant, briary plum and mulberry red fruit with a lick of spice. Full and plush and ripe and full, but holding it in ok without heat on the finish. Long and crying out for chargrilled bloody meat. Bare ****

  • Comment posted by SimonG:

    7/5/2015 10:16:00 PM - A magnum taken to a friend's BBQ, so the top 2/3 in to a normal decanter and back in to the bottle again just before leaving the house. A chance to check the wine and get a bit of air in to it, but nothing more clever than that — just the size of the vessel to hand.

White - Sparkling

1998 Nyetimber Classic Cuvée

West Sussex Champagne Blend more

3/5/2014 - SimonG wrote: 91 points

Paul D's Chandon de Briailles @ 28-50 (28-50, Fetter Lane, London): Blind. Nicely rich on the nose. Honeyed and mellow. Rich, rounded with a nice spice towards the finish. Just enough acidity too. A mini Bollinger in style. Wow, best English fizz I've had - really didn't stand out as non-champagne. ****

  • Comment posted by SimonG:

    5/9/2014 1:07:00 PM - Well, I was pleasantly surprised / impressed. Similar in style, mini as in not quite as full-bodied. As to value/qpr, depends on how much you're paying! First time I've tasted the 98, so no reference point to its youth, but this was significantly better, for my palate, than the 96 on release.

White - Sparkling

2002 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année

Champagne Blend more

12/31/2013 - SimonG wrote: 92 points

Christmas & New Year 2013; 12/20/2013-1/1/2014: March 2011 disgorgement. Nicely spicy, custard apple and warm toasted brioche on the nose. Moderately rich on the rounded attack, vanilla, warm pastry and a little ginger spice through the mid-palate to the long finish. Showing Bolly weight and richness but without fully losing sight of the surprising zing it had when first released around three years ago. ****

  • Comment posted by SimonG:

    1/1/2014 12:04:00 PM - Hadn't spotted it on the back label. Note amended. March 2011.

White - Off-dry

2006 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Brand Vendange Tardive

Alsace Grand Cru more

10/18/2013 - SimonG wrote: 91 points

A Ledbury lunch (The Ledbury, London): Half. Mid to full straw. Fragrant nose hinting at sweetness. A touch of botrytis, very round and quite honeyed on the mid-palate and a positive finish. Good acidity to balance but not so much that it dominates the finish. A sense of roundness and balance pervades. Excellent. ****

  • Comment posted by SimonG:

    10/20/2013 7:16:00 AM - This was a half bottle. I think it 's ready, but lots of life ahead of it. I have a case in bottles that I'll make a start on soon.


2007 Coche-Dury Auxey-Duresses

Pinot Noir more

6/26/2013 - SimonG wrote: 90 points

Burgundy WIMPS 'Col d'Aubisque' table (La Trompette, London): Mellow, dustier fruit on the nose, a little softer. Paler colour. Light to middle weight red fruit with a touch of caramel wafer. Good acidity. A leanness on the finish. Similar in profile to the Dujac but a little less clean and polished, more sauvage. More intent. ***1/2

  • Comment posted by SimonG:

    6/26/2013 11:52:00 AM - I think it's nice now, and I'm not sure there's much room for improvement. Whilst there's no immediate hurry this is a lighter bodied 07 and I wouldn't leave a full case to 2019, though you might be ok drinking it gradually between now and then.

  • Comment posted by SimonG:

    6/26/2013 12:30:00 PM - Personally, if I only had one I wouldn't leave it that long.


2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

5/10/2013 - SimonG wrote: 93 points

La Rioja Alta (La Rioja Alta, Haro, Rioja): Spicy red fruit, some soft oak influence. A roundness here without tending to flab. A density to the fruit too. Lots upfront. Currently a slight hole in the late mid-palate though this fills with air. Long. Spicy acidity. Vibrant. **(**) possibly **(**1/2)

  • Comment posted by SimonG:

    5/14/2013 2:38:00 PM - Sjontoft,

    Yes, I use the stars as my rating system (I only add the numbers as CT works on the hundred point scale and it makes searching/sorting easier for me). They are based on the old fashioned five star hotel system although I allow myself the luxury of half stars. I use the same system albeit numerically for unfinished wines.

    * I wouldn't buy a bottle but a glass will help down the meal in a simple restaurant
    ** quite decent, would buy a bottle in said restaurant or for home if the price was right
    *** very decent to very good. Bottle to case purchases, everyday to weekend drinking, value may be variable
    **** top wines of their type, can probably only afford for weekend drinking though bargains do exist. The type of wine one looks forward to.
    ***** top of their type and any type. Special occasion / wow wines. I wish I could afford a case but I suspect I can't!

    I equate my stars to the hundred point scale thus:

    ** 81
    **1/2 85
    *** 86-89
    ***1/2 90
    ****1/2 94
    ***** 95

    Hope that helps!


  • Comment posted by SimonG:

    5/14/2013 2:41:00 PM - And as far as the brackets go, the stars indicate my thoughts on absolute quality, but the brackets at the end indicate that it needs time to fully realise the potential. The more stars are in the brackets, the longer required. Brackets at the start indicate a wine that is fading rather than needing time. Eg (*)** is three stars but on decline and **(*) three stars but needs time whereas *(**) is three stars and needing a lot more time.


1983 Château Gruaud Larose

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/30/2013 - SimonG wrote: 91 points

Deep garnet, paler at the rim. Mature left bank nose, gentle aromas of cedar, herb and muted blackcurrant fruit. Good acidity and shape onthe atatck and through the mid-palate with flavours similar to the nose, joined by old leather and the damp smell of autumn. Gentle, harmonious, not profound or exciting but really very nice and classic mature claret. Bare ****

  • Comment posted by SimonG:

    3/30/2013 8:19:00 AM - Personally, with. We had it with a simple rack of lamb tha didn't overpower the wine but gave it something to work with.

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