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Red

1990 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric dël Fiasc

Nebbiolo more

7/21/2015 - sunnylea57 wrote: flawed

DOA. Tired, soy-driven palate. Undrinkable.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    7/22/2015 8:04:00 AM - Do you think it was just this bottle or that it is over the hill? Haven't had the '90 for a few years but it seemed to have plenty of life left in it.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    7/22/2015 4:23:00 PM - Good to hear as I still have 8 of these in the cellar.

White - Off-dry

2005 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Clos du Bourg

Chenin Blanc more

7/11/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: flawed

A wonderful evening of Chenin. (Chez Kravitz- Old Saybrook): Corked. A bottle I had a couple of months ago showed beautifully, though expressed the vintage's ripeness with slightly elevated alcohol and softer than usual acidity.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    7/16/2015 8:19:00 AM - Too bad. Have you seen any premox on this one?

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    7/17/2015 12:20:00 PM - Great as I mostly went with Demi Secs in '05 and Moelleaux 1ere Trie in 2002 on my Huets

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    7/17/2015 1:36:00 PM - I feel the '05 whites across the Loire, Alsace and Germany have some hidden power yet to come to the fore but time will tell. I did get some of the sweet '05s including a good amount of Constance and from Foreau as well.

    Have you seen any premox on the '02 sweet wines? I went very heavy on the 1ere Tries with a great deal years ago and the few I've opened have been great - but young of course.

    Sorry you missed the ZH dinner. It was the party of the year and having Olivier spend the weekend at the house to be able to talk to at ease was a dream come true.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    7/17/2015 2:27:00 PM - I was having such a great time that I decided not to write notes as I was going through the evening and I don't think anyone else took notes. I do have all the wines listed if you look at my recent notes on CellarTracker as I wrote 1 line "reminder" notes of what we drank. I'll also email you the program from the evening.

White - Sweet/Dessert

1989 Domaine Huet Vouvray Cuvée Constance

Chenin Blanc more

7/11/2015 - BradKNYC Likes this wine: NR

A wonderful evening of Chenin. (Chez Kravitz- Old Saybrook): Yes, a bit of a baby killer, but it was good to check in on it and I’m glad Marco brought it so I could let mine sleep longer. It was decanted about four or five hours prior to our having it. There was more brightness and youthfulness to this bottle than my past few samples. Still quite primary with an intense apricot character, a hit of marmalade, pineapple and quince that’s moving into the darker quince paste realm. Of course there’s a strong mineral streak with just a bit of marzipan. There’s a lot of residual sugar here, but the magic of this wine has always been the balance the acidity gives it. Just perfectly balanced. Really, it’s a benchmark wine for describing balance. A youthful, immortal wine. A+.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    7/16/2015 8:23:00 AM - Nothing better than an '89 Constance...other than a bottle of it from someone else's cellar so you can age yours! I agree on the tightrope balance of this wine being it's key to being so wonderful.

White - Off-dry

2001 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

7/5/2015 - Rieslingfan wrote: NR

This took 24 hours before it opened up at all. When it did there were fireworks. Still amazingly youthful, showing berry, lime and peach fruit with a dusting of cinnamon spice. It's impressive how unevolved this is. The mid-palate intensity is off the charts, and carries right through the finish. I am very impressed, though I am beginning to wonder when these Christoffel Spatlese and Auslese wines from 2001 will begin to develop a few signs of maturity.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    7/8/2015 6:02:00 AM - Hi David

    My strategy has been to enjoy bottles friends open of the '01 Christoffels while letting mine age out further as I think they will be even more phenomenal in another decade. When I think back to what I paid for these I realize I should have backed up the truck!!!

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    7/8/2015 6:56:00 AM - Excellent. I have 44!!!

Red

1998 Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra

Nebbiolo more

6/26/2015 - tcosgriff Likes this wine: 88 points

Very deep color with what I would call the typical "under bouquet and flavor" of a Barolo. As with other wines, it can be difficult to describes these "under notes,", much like trying to describe how a lemon or orange tastes in terms of something else, a mission that we seem to undertake only with wine, often with comic results. While this is the best Barolo that I have ever tasted, it did not have any tar or roses, scents described frequently in these wines. It had a core of iodine diluted with barbecue sauce. It was still quite tannic and acid, but softened and evolved with airing. It will probably improve with further time in bottle, but nowadays, fewer and fewer people want to buy a wine at 25 and drink it at 50. I personally think that Barolos and Barbarescos belong in the category of over-hyped wines, along with Burgundy wines. They are high priced because of relative scarcity and sacred status. Anyone drinking these wines feels a need to rate them highly, even when the emperor is wearing no clothes. In the case of Burgundy, lack of flavor is the problem, and in the case of Barolo, ever finding something in all the tannins and acidity. So don't be carried away by the hype. If you have seriously tried to educate your palate, don't think that it is inferior to other's. Don't be afraid to rate a Clerico Barolo so-so, or a La Tache as not very compelling.

  • Comment posted by JeffGMorris:

    7/5/2015 7:44:00 AM - I agree that many wines are over-hyped and so many of us feel the need to give an excellent review or others may think we don't know what we're talking about. Your own judgment and conclusions should be your only input for a tasting note.

    On Barolo & Barbaresco I am a fan but believe they do need extended aging to show their magic. Recent '71 & '78 Gaja Barbarescos have been stunning as have been some '61s from relatively unknown producers. If you are unable to obtain well stored older bottles the only choice is what you said - buy when you're 25 and drink when you're 50 - or 60! Problem is most people don't want to wait it out nor do they have the cash at age 25 to buy these relatively expensive wines.

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!

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