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2007 Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas Vieilles Vignes

Red Rhone Blend more

12/7/2013 - KristianT wrote: 92 points

Delicious. This is first and foremost a really well made wine. You can feel the craftsmanship of the winemaker. Earthy and spicy/peppery notes. Very mouth filling with an almost chewy texture. Long and lingering aftertaste with a very fine fresh touch at the end. Very good QPR.

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    12/7/2013 12:03:00 PM - Definately no rush openening this wine. As stated, it drinks very well now, but has not peaked yet. That being said, it is more fruit driven than more classic Gigondas like Raspail-Ay and St. Cosme and will probably not keep as well as these two. I think I will drink my remaining bottles over the next 3-4 years.

Red

1996 Château Léoville Poyferré

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/2/2011 - GlöckliWein wrote: 91 points

This wine is at the MOMENT not very evolved- the smelling notes ar e quite nice,
but the TASTE ist not showing very nicely, like you would exprect ! it is "farmhouse" smell & taste
viollets, hints of spices,aND NICE EVOLVED Wood.. vanilla very soft in taste ... but not much more !
Where is the Leoville celebrety !? it quit disappointing! for this monet -- after eration of more than 15 hours !

not giving me this much energy/ Fun/ Love, Velvet gloves I would have expected !!! (91/ 100Points !) what a shame !

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    3/2/2011 5:49:00 AM - I wouldn't give a 15 year old Bordeaux like this 15+ hours of air. Didn't you try it just after popping the cork?

Red

2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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10/23/2005 - Kirk Grant wrote: 94 points

Lithe and elegant yet at the same time quite powerful. Flavors of plums, blueberries, and a hint of oak. My first Beaucastel and I think I understand why people love this wine so much...

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    6/14/2010 9:41:00 PM - I think you will understand it even better, when you get a fully mature bottle.

Red

2003 Domaine de Chevalier

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/11/2010 - The Garbageman wrote: 94 points

This is the third bottle that I have had; one each year around this time and I have four bottles left. It seems to get better each year and more layered each time. Lots of milk chocolate with a touch of oak and understated fruit at the core. Lots more also going on. This is really starting to open up and I'm glad that I have some more bottles left. I'd give it 5 stars...excellent value.

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    6/14/2010 11:31:00 AM - Interesting to hear that is is so approachable already. In more "normal" vintages Dom. de Chevalier really needs a lot of time to come around.

Red

1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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6/2/2008 - Jeff Leve wrote: 97 points

This dark colored Chateauneuf du Pape looks like a young wine. Jammy black cherries, licorice, cinnamon, earth and spice aromas are all over the place. Full bodied and concentrated, this youthful wine offers a rich, flamboyant, palate feel, freshness and a long, jammy black cherry finish. This might be the finest young Beaucastel ever made.This will improve with age. I am probably being a bit stingy with the high score I gave it.

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    6/3/2010 1:51:00 AM - Sounds excellent - since you still call it young (and a Beaucastel from a good vintage is young for a loooooong time), how long time will you project it needs to mature?

Red

1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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5/31/2010 - Anonymous wrote: 95 points

This wine is in a great place. Fully integrated sweet tannins with a massive backbone that holds up in the mid and back palate. Upon entry, blasted with the grenache profile for cherries and a touch of forest floor. The finish was aminute long. For my tastes, these wines start to sing after the 10 year period.

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    6/1/2010 5:01:00 AM - judging from the past couple of year's tasting notes of the 98, it seems like it is only now at 12 years old it starts to show. I have yet to open any of mine for the same reason (but is very tempted to try one soon).

Red

1990 Château Léoville Barton

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/22/2010 - tooch wrote: 96 points

Keith's Birthday Dinner (Lula Cafe - Chicago, IL): A serious claret. Compared to the other wines of the night, this had a more distinct roasted mushroom component that I really enjoyed. In addition to the boomers, this had an attractive earthiness that I really enjoyed.

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    5/25/2010 7:42:00 AM - How about maturity and further potential? Do you think it will improve further?

Red

2007 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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5/15/2010 - tooch wrote: 86 points

Nose has tart and sour cherries, with blueberry cobbler, creamy vanilla, and lush blackberries. The nose comes across as similar to a Central Coast big boy. An extremely dense and full bodied wine. After initially opening, the wine was very awkward...disjointed and hot. The mouthfeel of the wine is quite nice - quite silky. Hoping that this is just in a dumb phase of sorts, and hoping that in another 3-10 years these bottles will mature into the beauties they're "supposed" to be.

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    5/16/2010 2:50:00 AM - I think you are right - the initial fruit is wearing out and the wine needs time to mature now.

Red

1997 d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings

McLaren Vale Red Rhone Blend more

5/10/2010 - Ricky99 wrote: 93 points

unbelievable fruit and extract.... just a nice bottle of wine

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    5/10/2010 12:50:00 PM - I for one can only second how incredible well Ironstone matures

Red

1990 Château Léoville Barton

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/7/2010 - jcoleman wrote: 96 points

just spectacular! really hitting its stride now. great cedary bouquet, lovely complex attack, great mid palate and long long aftertaste!

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    5/8/2010 8:10:00 AM - Sounds great - I have been circling around my last bottle of this for a while now... sounds like it is just at about right now

White - Off-dry

1990 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Goldert Vendange Tardive

Alsace Grand Cru Gewürztraminer more

5/5/2010 - wineismylife Likes this wine: 92 points

Dallas 2nd Wednesday Group - May 2010 (SteveW's house in North Dallas): WIML92

Yellow color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of apricot, lychee, light peach notes and a hint of cinnamon. Flavors of peach, apricot and soaked pears. Medium acidity and body. Drink or hold but I'd drink.

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    5/7/2010 12:36:00 AM - This is an incredibly interesting wine (although I tend to prefer the Brand VT. from the same vintage). I agree that it should hold for quite a while, but doubt it will improve much.

Red

1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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4/25/2010 - dre wrote: NR

3 Decades of Chateau Beaucastel with Tomas Perrin. (Ambrosia Event Center. Victoria, BC.): Bright nose of black tea, sage, bay leaf and a touch of menthol. This smells fantastic.
The palate shows tonnes of new leather with hints of black tea, orange rind and black pepper. A good dose of acidity keeps this fresh. The long finish is all leather. A very elegant wine.
Drinking well now but I would hold another 5-10 years.

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    5/7/2010 12:25:00 AM - Sounds great - I think I will try to keep my hands of my 98s a little longer.

Red

2007 Mollydooker Enchanted Path

McLaren Vale Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend more

5/5/2010 - A&C wrote: 88 points

This is nice, and what I've come to expect from a mollydooker. Nothing to write home about, but a well made wine with some nice fruit, and some high alcohol. Great for a weeknight quaff.

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    5/6/2010 6:44:00 AM - Considering the price, you would expect so much more than this.

Red

2007 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

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5/4/2010 - tantotinto wrote: 94 points

Tasted this at a dinner hosted by Laurence Feraud. Of the wines we sampled, the 2007 was my favorite at this point in time. It has a wonderful nose of Provencal herbs and plum. Rich and fruit-forward but not cloying. Not fully integrated at this stage. Almost Burgundian compared to the 2006 and 2005. Tannic finish but nowhere near that of the 2005 that we tasted later. She indicated that it would probably continue to drink well for another year and then shut down for about five years. Second favorite was the 2006 followed by the 2005. The 2005 is still incredibly tannic and Laurence thought it needed ten years in bottle. All three vintages should be excellent with time.

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    5/5/2010 6:08:00 AM - When you mention your "favorite of the evening" - are you talking about Ms. Feraud or the wine? Jokes aside. I would not presume to disagree with Ms. Feraud in her estimates on how long it will shut down, but did she say anything about when she expects the 2007 to peak?

Red

2006 Lillian Winery Syrah

Santa Barbara County more

4/30/2010 - inkana wrote: 94 points

Audouzed for for an hour or two, then one-half an hour in the glass before tasting. Inky purple and opaque. I agree with some that the aroma was a bit reticent at first, but it gave way quickly into aromas of blackberry, cedar, with high notes of black pepper and violet, and a touch of smoke and leather. On the palate, this was very full-bodied: blackberry, pepper, the subtle note of violets and a soft smokiness on the long finish. A deeply extracted style, but beautiful complexity, even this early. I will keep the rest for a of couple years, then check in again to see how they have developed. BTW- tasted and written before reading professional reviews.

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    5/4/2010 1:16:00 PM - I have not opened any of my bottles yet, but am amazed by the lengthy decanting most tasters advocate.

White - Sweet/Dessert

1990 Château d'Yquem

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

5/1/2010 - Remony wrote: 94 points

Julia's 50th (Old Rectory): A half bottle as an afterthought at the end of this very self-indulgent dinner, to follow earlier halves of Climens '59 and Yquem '01. Straight from the cellar. Deeper colour than the '01, and very appley on the nose and in the mouth. Tarte Tatin was Julia's verdict. Long, and very good indeed, but not remotely in the league of the '01. Perhaps a little unfair to judge it so late and at the end of a heavy evening.

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    5/4/2010 1:04:00 PM - sounds like a seriously good night. Interesting that a almost perfect vintage that should start to close in on maturity is topped by the young 2001. A similar "showdown" would be interesting in another 10 years.

Red

2007 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County

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5/2/2010 - vinocerus wrote: 87 points

The strangest Carlisle I've had. Deep purple color, nice spicy/blackfruit/lavender/aniseon the nose. Smooth creamy texture but the palate had this odd citrus/saline character that were new to me with Carlisle. Definitely not corked or flawed or Bretty. Not that bad a wine, just different from my previous experience with this particular bottling.

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    5/4/2010 1:00:00 PM - It does sound like an off bottle

Red

2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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4/9/2010 - gblacave wrote: 93 points

My first Beaucastel and a very nice experience - this was drinking incredibly. Very primary with lots of red fruits, figs and tobacco dominating the nose along with a nice dallop of asian spice. Bright and lively throughout showing nice acidity. In the mouth, it was again lively and complex with round flavors of dark fruits, lots of spice -primarily the asian variety- and a touches of tobacco and leather. Delicious and, though admittedly a novice at Beaucastel, I can only see this getting better over the next decade and a half.

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    5/4/2010 12:58:00 PM - Beaucastel is one of the great classics in my book - and I can promise you that the 2001 will continue to improve as you predict.

Red

1995 Château Branaire (Duluc-Ducru)

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/30/2010 - La Cave d'Argent wrote: 88 points

This wine was purchased upon release and cellared in pristine fashion. It was presented to our tasting group as part of a St. Julien single-blind theme tasting. My taste was unblinded. The wine was double-decanted, initially allowing one hour in decanter. Moderate sediment was noted. Upon arriving to the tasting, the wine was re-decanted and serially tasted over the ensuing three hours. Opaque red-garnet color. The nose showed moderately intense aromas of assorted dark fruits, exotic spices, vanilla and cola. Full-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity, somewhat coarse tannins and flavors similar to the nose. The finish is medium in length and a bit astringent. Hopefully all this needs is a bit more time in the bottle to tame the tannins, although I hope that the fruit doesn't die out before the tannins settle down. If the tannins soften and the fruit holds, it may merit a higher score. Drink 1/13-12/20.

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    5/4/2010 12:53:00 PM - I had this recently, and found it to be in much better balance than you describe here. Perhaps it was decanted to much for a 15 year old wine?

Red

2006 Domaine de Chevalier

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/24/2010 - Anonymous wrote: 91 points

Tasted from ½ bottle. Exclusive bouquet with good dark flavors of cassis, plums and coffee. Pleasant oak. Same in the taste. Medium to full bodied. Soft tannin. Elegant as well. Already very nice drinking.

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    5/4/2010 12:11:00 AM - I think the ½ bottle is helping this one on its way. In my experience Dom. de Chevalier is one of the more restrained wines around in its youth.

Red

2007 Herman Story Grenache On The Road

Santa Barbara County more

4/30/2010 - Anonymous wrote: 95 points

Deep ruby color. Wonderfully fragrant nose right outta the bottle and that only got better over the evening. Baking spice, red currant, raspberry kirsch w/ some smoke and tar. Full bodied and balanced. Great finish, but caught a bit of heat 'tho the juicy fruit mostly hid that. I, too, have to agree that this is the best Cali grenache I've had.

Glad I joined his wine club and while I did receive another bottle in today's shipment, the one I drank has been in the wine fridge for a few months ( just in case there is such a thing as travel shock).

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    4/30/2010 11:43:00 PM - Sounds very good - but is this wine just for drinking young, or does it hold some potential for further aging?

    (PS: In my experience, there is indeed a thing like travel shock - so rather safe than sorry :))

White

1999 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Herrenweg de Turckheim

Alsace Gewürztraminer more

4/24/2010 - Nanda wrote: 92 points

Golden color. Full nose of sweet lychees and rose water. Palate has medium to full body and an unctuous mouth feel. Moderately sweet. Loads of lychee, tropical fruits and spice. Long, full flavored finish. Excellent.

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    4/27/2010 2:52:00 AM - it really proves that also the "lesser" (a term that does not go well when talking about Zind-Humbrecht) wines of this great house also age very well.

White

2004 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Herrenweg de Turckheim

Alsace more

4/25/2010 - David Meddings Likes this wine: 89 points

Popped and poured at 9C. Drank over 2 days and gave just as much on day 2. One of Z-H's lower end bottlings but this still gave alot of pleasure. Medium dark yellow. Complex nose, with orchard fruits predominating coupled with faint notes of petrol and gunpowder. On the palate this has a round and viscous attack that gives way to a steady development of creme brulée, lemon and sundried apricots with a saline, mineral backbone and refreshing acidity holding it all together. There is some sweetness here, but it comes across as a toasted sweetness, adding a welcome note of complexity without becoming intrusive, and as you are appreciating there's sweetness to the palate you are simultaneously experiencing a surge of acidity. All in all, the package makes for a complex, intense, and enjoyable experience. This is not a linear or particularly focused riesling. The acidity seems a bit disjointed tonight and this is all the same ever so slightly astringent on the final. Finishes long with a reverberating echo of lemons squeezed over crushed slate on a hot summer day. This wine shows better as it warms - I'd serve it at cellar temperature next time without fear of it becoming flabby.

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    4/27/2010 2:50:00 AM - Very nice and detailed note. I guess that the acidity would be more balanced in a couple of years.

Red

2005 Mollydooker Enchanted Path

McLaren Vale Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend more

4/26/2010 - johnecase wrote: 87 points

Is it wine or something else? Taking my last sips of this 2005 now, which I have never tasted before. I opened and served it yesterday with a great piece of filet mignon here in Wailea on vacation. Opened about 45 mins before dinner. This wine is shockingly similar on day 2 to day 1; heavy, syrupy, tannic. It tastes... good? Interesting? Strawberry and tar flavors were kind of hidden by the tannins. This wine is remarkably similar to other (less expensive) mollydookers like the Boxer. I can't reall detect varietals in it even though it clams to be Shiraz and Cabernet.

On the down side, it added nothing to the food and maybe even conflicted. On the plus side, it's a good, interesting drink. But, I doubt I would never pay for this bottle again. Much better food wine available at similar prices.

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    4/27/2010 2:31:00 AM - I agree 100% - I understand that these wines create a great fuzz, but they seem to be made to work on a "one-sip-only" basis. That way you have the wow-factor without having to try to get through a whole glass let alone a whole bottle.

Red

2000 Clos Triguedina Cahors Prince Probus

Malbec more

3/14/2010 - jpinsb wrote: 92 points

Tasted this against a heavily spiced Yucatecan dish,a fish bathed in achiote and sour orange, the wrapped in banana leaves and grilled. To say that a wine pairing was a challenge is a gross understatement. This held up to the challenge. Oddly, so did the Reisling served along side, the Triguedina having the depth of flavor to compete and the reisling a perfect counterpoint. The great black wine of Cahors comes through again.

  • Comment posted by KristianT:

    4/27/2010 2:26:00 AM - It is a remarkable wine that really needs time to come around. I had the 1994 just recently, and that was also beautiful. I would imagine that the 2000 would be even better given the vintage.

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