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Red

2013 Folk Machine Pinot Noir My Foot, Heavy On The Gas Pedal Vecino

Potter Valley more

6/18/2015 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

Juicy and calming down and heading into the pocket.

  • Comment posted by nzinkgraf:

    6/20/2015 4:55:00 PM - http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=In+the+Pocket

Red

2006 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly

Gamay more

5/20/2015 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

Smells like beef stew that has been over reduced.

Nose is pretty hard to take, palate is solid in the mid, finishes with black chocolate.

  • Comment posted by nzinkgraf:

    5/20/2015 4:44:00 PM - I just opened my last 375 last month. The beef stew nose comment takes me right back inside my glass.
    Nice knowing you, 06 Cote de Brouilly!

White

2013 Vasse Felix Chardonnay Heytesbury

Margaret River more

12/30/2014 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

Smokey and mineral, amazingly complex. One taster notes that the smokiness somewhat covers up the fruit but as it is open the fruit emerges more and more. This is great Chardonnay.

  • Comment posted by nzinkgraf:

    12/30/2014 3:30:00 PM - I too, have fallen head over heals for this wine. Couldn't not buy some for myself.

Red

2006 Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Vigna Asinone

Sangiovese more

12/13/2014 - habemus wrote: 75 points

Flat ... no power anymore, may be used for cooking but nothing else, already over its time. Sad.

  • Comment posted by nzinkgraf:

    12/13/2014 3:48:00 PM - I've got to agree with mauropallido on this. You must have had a bad bottle. This wine is barely even in its drinking window, let alone over the hill. i hope there's another 06 out there for you to try. To a bottle in better condition!! Cheers.

Red

2012 Chappellet Mountain Cuvée

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

8/3/2014 - nzinkgraf wrote: NR

RRV and Napa Visit; 7/7/2014-8/30/2014 (Napa and Sonoma): This was called Cervantes in 2010 and 2011.
Leon Cervantes was a surveyor in the 1800s that laid out the land around Napa.
This wine is 6 weeks off the bottling line.
Malbec and Syrah from Bald Mountain in the 2012, along with some Cab Franc.
The 2011 was Syrah and PS, prior to that it was w/Zin.
Those components mentioned above, plus the mainstay of Cabernet, Merlot, and Petit Verdot.
Crunchy aromas of cranberry, black fruit and tobacco. Wow, very old school/worldly styled. Med/- fine grained tannin.

  • Comment posted by nzinkgraf:

    12/3/2014 8:05:00 PM - Thanks for noticing. Both the 8/3 and 9/12 notes were taken from presentations of their wines by their winemaker and national sales mgr. While I had noted the difference in 'opinion' of the blend when entering the tasting notes, I have now adjusted the 8/3 note to avoid confusion. Here's to a glass of Chappellet!

White

2009 Domaine Roulot Bourgogne Blanc

Chardonnay more

10/31/2014 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

Already starting to get that hazelnut tone, just hints of it, which I am not sure i like all the much. Held up on day two though. And the palate is certainly singing.

  • Comment posted by nzinkgraf:

    11/7/2014 5:43:00 PM - Thanks for giving me the idea to check out a bottle.

Red

2005 La Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri Rioja Gran Reserva

Tempranillo more

8/18/2014 - nzinkgraf wrote: NR

more kernel in the aromas than the previous two Remelluri wines. Depth of fruit is there too. w/substantial tannin over the Reserva 2008.

  • Comment posted by nzinkgraf:

    8/23/2014 8:52:00 AM - Harley1199. I find that part of appreciating older wines, is knowing a little bit about them as young wines. Also trying it before you buy it just makes good sense, otherwise you'd just be relying solely on other's input about the wine. Plus it was part of a free Spanish tasting, so...no $$$ wasted. All the best. Cheers.

  • Comment posted by nzinkgraf:

    8/25/2014 6:06:00 PM - In speaking with a rep for Remelluri's importer, there are actually 13 varieties in the 2010 Blanco (even though the website says 9). Chardonnay (cuttings from Anne Claude Leflaive), Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier (cuttings from Telmo's time with Chave). Moscatel, Riesling, Viura, Malvasia, Grenache Blanc, SB, plus three more that escape me.

Red

2004 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Reserva

Tempranillo more

8/13/2014 - cristian_m wrote: 92 points

My last bottle and it finally paid off. This one was in pristine condition. Cork totally intact, wine was right up to about 4 mm below the cork. Outer cork had a funky blue mold on it that I've seen on all the previous bottles but for some reason, this cork held where the others did not. That said, over the range of bottles in the case I bought, I've never seen bottle variation like what I got from these guys. Several of the bottles didn't even seem to taste like Tempranillo. Ranging from complete and utter wretch to near the pinnacle of Rioja splendor. Of 12, there were 8 bad ones with only 4 bottles being ok and of those, only 2 where were they should have been. All were bought in the same case, transported and stored identically.
This bottle showed bright and acidic with a powerful nose of pleasant cherry, dill, earth and leather. Same notes in the mouth with a fantastic grip and lengthy finish. If only all my bottles of this vintage could have fared so well. Really makes me wonder if the vendor I bought them from saw some damage with them...

  • Comment posted by nzinkgraf:

    8/14/2014 9:41:00 AM - Any respectable retailer would take back faulty bottles, if you still actually still have them. I highly doubt that this retailer you speak of 'tampered' with bottles, and it's more likely due to bottle variation, bad corks (they can look good, but not always have 100% integrity), shipping, or something else that originated before your vendor received these wines. Bottle variation sucks, but reach out to the vendor, who will reach out to the distributor, who will generally bill back the winery for bad bottles. Just a thought.

White

2012 Kistler Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard

Sonoma Mountain more

7/7/2014 - nzinkgraf wrote: NR

RRV and Napa Visit; 7/7/2014-8/30/2014 (Napa and Sonoma): More ethereal and not as fruity as the Vine Hill ’11. Vintage or site? A peek at clove spice, wonderfully structured, feels like a touch more extract or gumption on the palate. Needs a couple years to come together, but already a fabulous wine. For CA, a leaner feel with killer spice. More taut and compelling. ‘broader and richer,’ is another's comment, so...

  • Comment posted by nzinkgraf:

    7/26/2014 9:08:00 PM - I was writing about the '12 McCrea in relation to the '11 Vine Hill that was along side of it. I edited the note in attempt to clarify. Cheers.

White - Sparkling

NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier Brut

Champagne Blend more

11/19/2013 - nzinkgraf wrote: NR

Crust, thick of Italian bread origin. Ripe citrus on the palate. A brown wallpaper with floral edging. Rustic whipped cream. Best with a couple two, tree years from disgorgement. This bottle again, does not have a disgorgement date printed on it, so late 2012, early 2013 would be the case.

  • Comment posted by nzinkgraf:

    12/15/2013 8:10:00 PM - Thanks for the heads up! There it is. 12/12.

White

2011 Dönnhoff Riesling

Nahe more

5/12/2013 - diggydan wrote: 88 points

Fruity, light-bodied, and moderately sweet. A good example of fresh, young, fruity/sweet riesling. A bit better, perhaps, and brighter, with more acidity.

But: can anyone decipher for me this clap from Terry Theise? "Quiet wine, not reticent but also not chatty; quiet evening, cool, leaves burning not far away, roast is in the oven, and the book is absorbing. Slate-smoke rises in wispy curls. Few words, but all to the point."

  • Comment posted by nzinkgraf:

    5/12/2013 8:20:00 PM - I'd say, he's waxing poetic, laying out the scene, and painting a picture with a little more than the basic ROYGBIV.

White

2011 Johann Geil Bechtheimer Heilig-Kreuz Scheurebe Kabinett

Rheinhessen more

11/4/2012 - nzinkgraf wrote: NR

Delicious Kabinett Torrontes.

  • Comment posted by nzinkgraf:

    3/3/2013 10:53:00 AM - Thanks for telling us, what we all already know.

  • Comment posted by nzinkgraf:

    3/3/2013 3:42:00 PM - Looks like you figured it all out on your own.

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