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Red

1998 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale

Red Rhone Blend more

6/11/2015 - Ramberg wrote: 80 points

Had this blind, no formal notes.
Took a while to pin it down, but ended up guessing on some overdone CndP fancy cuvee, and I was right.
This wine was not very good at all, in my opinion.
Only 2000 bottles made. (2000 too many...)
This was very, extremely Amarone like, with volatile and high alcohol, chocolate, sweet raisins, sweet and sticky figs, sweet and over ripe stewed and cooked dark jammy fruit and some herbs and medicine like aromas in the background.
Palate was very much the same.
Hot, with very high alcohol and completely stewed and cooked fruit, with some sweet chocolate on the finish.
Completely out of balance, and frankly, not good at all.
If you like Amarone wines, this might be something for you, but definitely nothing for me.
Avoid.
(79 – 81?)

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    6/22/2015 3:00:00 PM - This wine seems to divide people deeply. I have not yet opened any of my bottles yet as I feel the '98 Marie Beurrier is just entering its drinking window and always feel Bonneau drinks best with extended aging. I may open one of these soon and decant/follow over a few nights to see for myself what it is that has everyone including Bonneau lovers like myself so divided.

White - Off-dry

1971 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Lange Goldkapsel

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

5/27/2015 - dream Likes this wine: 98 points

Wow, I'm not likely to run into this wine again but what a fabulously balanced, complex and perfectly aged Riesling that's not in the dessert style. There is just the right touch of sweetness with wonderful flavors of green apples, mint, spice, sweet hay and a potpourri of other amazing things. This is balanced by still mouthwatering but subdued acidity which leads to this incredibly pure and complex finish. The fineness of the concentration here is just so perfect and satisfying. And then the fois gras terrine at Cafe Boulud was just an incredible food pairing with this juice. A deeply moving, authentic, classic yet utterly drinkable and balanced wine. It's just hard to explain how good and pure this is. At Rarities, Cafe Boulud.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    5/28/2015 8:22:00 AM - Do you happen to have the AP# from this bottle? I want to see if it is the same bottling I still have in my cellar.

White - Sweet/Dessert

2008 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Sélection de Grains Nobles Trié Spéciale

Alsace more

5/26/2015 - ubercuvee wrote: NR

WINEMAKER'S NOTES: [Olivier Humbrecht]
Pinot-Gris Clos Jebsal 2008 Sélection de Grains Nobles Trie Speciale
Bottling date? /? Alcohol: under 5° alc; Residual sweetness: above 350 g/l (potential alcohol: 216° Oechslés or 33% potential alc); ? g/l H2SO4, pH: ?; Yields: 12 hl/ha; Optimum drinking period: ?/?; Average age of the vines: 25 years; Surface: 1.3 ha; Terroir: Grey marls and gypsum. South facing, very steep slope.
I do not believe that there is another vineyard in Alsace capable to so consistently produce late harvest style wines of such richness. It really is in the nature of the Clos Jebsal to allow noble rot and force us to harvest grapes with huge richness potential. The fantastic grey/green marl mixed with the gypsum rock (Jebsal is the place of Gypsum) provides the mineral frame and thevstructure necessary to carry so much richness and residual sugars. In exceptional years with great acidity potential like 2008, a normal SGN selection, without having to be more severe in selecting the berries, ends up with potential alcohol well above 30% (that is if all the sugar ferment through, the wine would have more than 30% alcohol). Something happens with the yeasts at such richness that the fermentation takes years to reach only 4 or 5% alcohol, leaving a huge sweetness in the wine. At these concentrations, the osmosis pressure on the membrane of the yeast is such that it must literally explode after a few days of existence. Imagine the state of our skin if we would be buried in a barrel of sugar! Today, this wine is still fermenting, very slowly, in two small 600l new casks. We have no idea when it will be finished!

2/2010: I am not sure if it makes sense to comment this wine today while still bubbling slowly. The aromas are still extremely sugary, honeyed, macerated green apples with some fermenting character. It is actually a very elegant nose but by far not accomplished yet. The palate is much more interesting today, even if fermentation isn’t finished, I doubt that there will be big changes before the end. The acidity must be unbelievable as it totally masters the sweetness. The mouth texture is very rich, creamy, honeyed. The wine pours like olive oil but still has a very pale and clear colour. A work in progress, but very interesting at this stage.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    5/28/2015 8:19:00 AM - Did you drink this and what did you think of it? I have a lone 375ml put aside for some day in the future.

Red

2009 Lillian Winery Syrah

Santa Barbara County more

4/3/2015 - hrazdiiv Likes this wine: 93 points

Not much to add to the other reviews. This disciple of Manfred Krankel has turned out exceptional wine year after year (almost a little too consistent for my liking). This effort boasts a dark colour, with medium-high fruit and excellent finishes of tobacco and clove but what impressed me was the right amount of "heat" coming off the wine; most Syrahs of this age are not yet settled, yet this was a perfectly drinkable effort that also easily has 10yrs ahead of it. I have always found Maggie's efforts, like this wine, to be very well integrated. I will invoke the cliché that if you cannot afford SQN, then try this wine instead, it will not disappoint.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    4/3/2015 7:59:00 AM - I love Maggie's wines plus she is a super nice person so I feel good buying from her. On your comment of producing excellent wines in every vintage I would suspect it has to do with selection and not manipulation. I believe very strongly in the old adage "producer over vintage".

White

2000 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Brand

Alsace Grand Cru more

3/29/2015 - Highlander wrote: NR

Wow! In decline, but so, so good. Dark golden color and little tannins left. Very complex flavors, apricot, honey and pear. This should be drunk soon.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    3/29/2015 4:52:00 PM - Riesling does not have any tannins.

White - Off-dry

2001 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

3/25/2015 - drwine2001 wrote: NR

Medium yellow. Slightly different fruit character than I've gotten with past bottles-yellow peach and fresh cut apple with minimal secondary aromas. Off dry, fairly full bodied and textural for a Mosel Spatlese. Glorious freshness and clarity of fruit (with even a bit of pear on the palate), good but not particularly prominent acidity, fine slate finish. Excellent, as it has been on every occasion.

On the second day, more spicy, just as lively, and now more tangerine. Delicious!

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    3/27/2015 7:24:00 AM - I remember buying this wine for $20 as well as any other JJ Christoffel I could get my hands on after opening my first bottle of one of the '01s. A complete triumph across the board and still plenty of upside potential at this point.

White - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Sélection de Grains Nobles

Alsace more

7/26/2014 - Paul S wrote: 94 points

M+M's Housewarming BBQ (Malvern Springs): From a 375ml. A beautiful wine – this was a great way to end a great night. It had a beautiful nose, a lot more expressive and giving than the 2002 Rotenberg Vendange Tardive that was served together. This soared out of the glass with rich, sweet honey tones and wafts of tropical fruits, with pineapples and lychees, traced with a little chalky mineral. Quite surprisingly though, the palate had such beautiful acidity and balance that it actually came across less sweet than 2002 VT, beautifully juicy notes of mandarin oranges coated with honey and treacle. The flavours were still very primary, but they were carried effortlessly on deep rivers of acidity that were woven into the seams of the wine. Wonderfully elegant, effortless stuff – this will be ageless. Great finish too – long and muscular, with a nice chalky minerality. Just lovely stuff. It has the balance and poise to drink well now, but this is one that will keep growing for decades to come.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    3/16/2015 11:29:00 AM - Wonderful spot on note Paul. Unlike many SGNs and TBAs that seem to close in on themselves for a while, this one has drunk well continuously since day 1 and I don't expect it to ever shut down or be anything less than extremely pleasurable for its drinking window of 50-100 years.

White - Sweet/Dessert

2005 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Heimbourg Sélection de Grains Nobles

Alsace more

4/23/2007 - JeffGMorris wrote: 97 points

The Magical 2005 Vintage at Domaine Zind Humbrecht (Turckheim, Alsace, France): The first of the 2005 SGNs tasted today and it is apparent immediately that this is a great vintage for SGN and that these wines are huge, but in proper proportion. It also becomes obvious that aging potential is measured not in years or even decades but in generations. Lots of botrytis influence here. Very honied and an oily texture. Surprisingly complex for something so young. Great freshness from the acidity washes all the sweetness away on the long finish. 50+14+14.5+9+9.5=97

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    2/22/2015 7:00:00 AM - Agreed these are nothing like Sauternes ( which FYI I generally don't like ). The key is that the best are made with very high natural acidity which makes them go down easily. I have many notes on ZH SGNs if you look around CellarTracker.

White - Sweet/Dessert

1971 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Le Mont

Chenin Blanc more

11/16/2014 - AtoZ wrote: 91 points

lovely but sort of monolithic... shut down phase? Needs some time? Lots of wool and some acid.. just expected more.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    11/17/2014 4:37:00 AM - I know it sounds crazy but in my opinion the '71 Huets are still too young to drink and your sense of it being monolithic fits well with this.

White - Off-dry

2002 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

10/3/2014 - Herschel Krustofski Likes this wine: 92 points

It's hard to find a better value Auslese GK in the Mosel. 92-93.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    10/7/2014 8:08:00 AM - I agree on the wine and absolutely love your username! Best Sinpsons episode ever and nobody could have been better for the voice than Jackie Mason.

Rosť - Sparkling

NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Cuvée Rubis

Champagne Blend more

7/5/2014 - Rieslingfan Likes this wine: NR

Holy cow! This was the last bottle from a purchase in 2004! I ran across it in the cellar a few weeks ago, and figured it might still be alive. Was it ever! Deep, ripe strawberry fruit was still prominent, but had developed an even deeper richness, with herbal and warm bread tones. It was mouthfilling and persistent, holding up well through our dinner. Amazing Champagne!

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    7/11/2014 6:25:00 AM - I still have some I purchased in 2004 as well and it has been getting better with each passing year. Bonny's in Chicago had it on sale for $30. I wish I bought all they had!

White - Sweet/Dessert

1996 Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Moelleux

Chenin Blanc more

6/2/2014 - Loren Sonkin wrote: flawed

Son's High School Graduation (Downtown Cleveland): Dark golden in color. Sadly, this came out oxidized. The nose has a "sherried" quality. On the palate, this is a bit sickly sweet. But wait, I left it in my glass and noticed two hours later that it was now golden in color. The nose was orange peel, slightly candied, with some sea air. On the palate, this is delicious. Candied orange peel, slightly salty, sweet but not cloying. WFT? Back from the dead! I pour some from the bottle and its as before - oxidized. I left all the bottles for the staff, but I hope by the time they get to this it has recovered. Really interesting.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    6/3/2014 8:28:00 AM - Congrats on your son's graduation! Sounds like a very bizarre bottle that is not at all representative of that wine.

White - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Schoffit Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos St.-Théobald Sélection de Grains Nobles Larme de Lave

Alsace Grand Cru more

4/25/2014 - JeffGMorris Likes this wine: NR

Meetup dinner group at Capital City Club, Raleigh, NC. Bottle #14C. Perfumed prunes, oranges and dripping with honey. While all previous bottles have had laser sharp acidity it was lacking in this bottle making the wine still a great drink but a little cloying. Very long finish but cloying nature lingered marring the finish. Clearly unlike all previous bottles so rating reserved.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    5/14/2014 8:09:00 AM - I've had this one 8 times and the notes are all on CT. They didn't make this in '95 or '98. '01 was the first time followed by '05 which I own a few bottles of but haven't tried yet. The "regular" SGN was made in those years. Never had the '95. In '98 there were 2 denoted lot 1 & lot 2. I have had these and love them but they are not in the hypersweet range of the Larme de Lave. They have 150-200 g/l rs vs 450 g/l for the LdL so they are a different beast but I'd highly recommend them. They haven't really budged since release in terms of any secondary development but are both a fantastic drink now while still youthful.

    This was the "worst" bottle of the '01 Larme de Lave I've had to date as something was a little off in the sugar/acid balance but was still very enjoyable.

White - Sweet/Dessert

2005 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Sélection de Grains Nobles

Alsace more

4/17/2014 - BUBBA DAWG Likes this wine: 97 points

Charity Event - French Tasting (Restaurant Daniel): liquid gold...expressive nose of grapefruit and Meyer lemons...intoxicating palate of apricot, herbal tea and a touch of cinnamon...quite viscous and delightful way to end an epic evening

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    4/18/2014 4:59:00 PM - A special wine for sure. Time will no doubt prove it amongst the finest Jebsal SGNs ever produced but it will be at least another 20-30 years before any secondary characteristics develop. But who cares when it drinks so amazingly this young. Assuming you are of legal drinking age I have no doubt this wine will outlive you and provide pleasure at age 100. 2005 ZH was a home run top to bottom and this is certainly near the top. The Windsbuhl PG SGN Trie Speciale is rare as hen's teeth but if you ever get the opportunity to try/buy it do so as it blows this wine away and I know that seems impossible but it is as good as dessert wine gets.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    4/30/2014 8:15:00 AM - Excellent choice! I have 2 notes on this wine you can see on CellarTracker. It is another one that is drinking very well young but with a long life ahead of it. The flavor profile is quite different than the Jebsal, even at this young age, as Rangen stamps a very distinct terroir on all ZH wines from that vineyard, even the SGNs with high sugar ( the '01 is a little over 200 g/l residual sugar but has the acid to even it out ). Enjoy!

White - Off-dry

1995 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Brand Vendange Tardive

Alsace Grand Cru more

3/27/2014 - Dale M wrote: 95 points

Deliciously complex nose, which seems to carry a lot of botrytis traits(not sure if effected by noble rot) honey drizzled orchard fruits, jasmine, all framed by a terrific mineral core. Bright and fresh orange and tangerine flavors on the palate, and while the dark golden color had me assuming this was going to be one of those ZH palate heavy weights, I was quite taken with how light and feathery the wine felt on the tongue. Seamless and very precise, I suspect this had a lot to do with some serious acidity. While it couldn’t be tasted directly, the well documented ZH style of flamboyance and richness is perfectly integrated with an underlying tension and verve. I should add, this VT worked very well with the tables mixed assortment of starters, something I was a little apprehensive about before pulling the cork. Long and very persistent finish. 19 years in, I’d say this is clearly in a prime time drinking state, and should hold for at least another decade, perhaps longer.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    3/27/2014 12:41:00 PM - Dale old buddy
    I continue to believe this is the finest Brand VT ever made though Olivier and I have discussed the '04 someday being a challenger. I went very long on this '95. I would add. 2 more decades to your estimate of 1. This wine is still developing and I'd be shocked if it didn't drink well until the middle of this century.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    3/28/2014 8:06:00 AM - I also think very fondly of that weekend. I have this crazy idea in my head of a 10th anniversary of it next year. We'll see!

    I don't think I have a current email address for you. Can you email me at jeffgmorris123@yahoo.com

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    3/28/2014 10:45:00 AM - Forgot to mention that if you still had and looked at your "guide" for the ZH tasting ( SHAME ON YOU!!! ) you would see that the 1995 was made from grapes that were about 90% botrytized.

White

1989 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain

Alsace Grand Cru more

2/21/2014 - salil wrote: flawed

Rieslingfeier 2014 - BYOB Main event (Rouge Tomate, NYC): A strange, rather oxidative nose, and very disjointed and unbalanced on the palate. I don't think this was a sound bottle.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    2/22/2014 11:48:00 AM - I hate hearing this. Definitely a bad bottle as we last had it in August and it was tremendous. Essence of Rangen as much as any wine has ever been. As a coincidence I have one standing up for Monday to drink with a slow braised veal brisket with Moroccan spices and dried fruits that I recently made.

White - Sweet/Dessert

1993 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux 1ère Trie Le Haut-Lieu

Chenin Blanc more

1/31/2014 - MJHDC wrote: NR

According to Rare Wine Company, this was made from a parcel of the "best exposed" part of Le Haut-Lieu that was planted "during WWII" and then re-planted after this vintage (though if you've read "Wine & War," it's a bit hard to believe that vines were being planted during the war). In any event, this wine is still somewhat tight, with a lot of acidity and structure. While still sweet, I also get a bitter citrus, and a lot of minerality. Nice to drink now but certainly no hurry.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    2/7/2014 12:33:00 PM - This was originally released as the '93 Cuvée Constance but was later relabeled as Noel Pinguet decided it did not meet his exceptionally high standards for Cuvée Constance.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    2/8/2014 7:34:00 AM - Forgot to mention that while this is labeled Le Haut Lieu that I'm almost certain it includes Clos Du Bourgeois and Le Mont fruit as well.

White - Sweet/Dessert

2005 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Heimbourg Sélection de Grains Nobles

Alsace Gewürztraminer more

2/5/2014 - odds Likes this wine: 95 points

95 with a positive prospect to 96. (and I can't believe that no one on CT tried it for the last 7 years!)

Beautiful gold color. More on the sweet side than a dry side, which is the reason I am more leaning towards the 95. But it has so much to give on the nose, and a nice medium long finish. I could have enjoyed it by itself. It is more of an second dish wine than a dessert wine, in my opinion. The gold color is 'glory', it seats so well on a meal- it makes the meal upgraded by one or two levels. Should work well with spicy and light food. We had it with some pasta and veggies which did not bring out all its qualities but still was a great add on. And such a relaxing finishing to a stressful day. I will come back to my notes for the aroma details.

Some ref points to Dr. Loosen '05 from the same year we recently had-
Closer to the dry side- dr. loosen,
Gold color winner- Zind-Humbrecht,
finish- hard, they are pretty close, actually even very close,
on the nose- Zind-Humbrecht,
on the palate- Dr. loosen,

Both better on the cold side, and not room temp (not 16c). For a full meal, Dr. Loosen, by points and not a major gap. For appetizers and or dessert- Zind-Humbrecht.

Potential growth in cellar- positive prospect, for both. For the Zind-Humbrecht more time would get the taste more mature and slightly more dry, which would work great for my personal preferences.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    2/6/2014 9:30:00 AM - As the only other person with notes posted on this wine I will say that I haven't tried it for the past 6 years as I am fortunate to have many older ZH wines to drink while I age out the '05s. It is my opinion that time will show this vintage to be the finest from top to bottom of Olivier's career.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    2/6/2014 11:20:00 AM - It's actually very unlikely you'll find any ZH SGNs in wine shops in Alsace but it is the best place on earth to visit. Come to Raleigh, NC and I'll happily show you how these wines age at a glacial pace.

White - Off-dry

2001 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spätlese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

2/6/2014 - locovino wrote: 88 points

Very yummy but not overly complex Riesling at this stage at least. Consumed over a week stored in the fridge. Somewhat reserved nose of baked apples, vanilla and mint. In the mouth quite sweet with good acidity and more of the baked apple. Who knows but maybe a bit too early for this one? Seems like it could age for quite a while...

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    2/6/2014 9:32:00 AM - I think you caught this in an awkward stage and it has greatness to show in time.

White

1989 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain

Alsace Grand Cru more

1/11/2014 - mgstull wrote: 83 points

Deep gold. Sweet impression on the attack but dry finish. Petrol and dried fruits. Over the hill.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    1/21/2014 5:04:00 PM - If you have any in your cellar I would happily buy it since you disliked it. You can email me at jeffgmorris123@yahoo.com

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