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White

2010 Antica (Antinori) Chardonnay

Napa Valley more

5/15/2015 - bacchus wrote: 90 points

shared with pat at selkirk manor to celebrate the end of the work week. Chardonnay Wine (store) was discounting this as a close out since it was a back vintage. i decided to take a chance, knowing nothing about the wine. I enjoyed it very much, but not quite as much as galloni. perhaps it is beginning to lose some of its luster. i found it to be rather austere, with the minerality overtaking the fruit. interesting wine, nevertheless. i would try one more to check on bottle variation. however, i disagree with galloni longevity. (2020) i don't see this wine achieving greater balance in the future.

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    7/14/2015 7:30:00 AM - I have one bottle of this left. Based on the bottle I opened last week, I agree completely with your assessment. My last bottle may hold for another year but I don't see it improving.

Red

2004 Ridge Monte Bello

Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/1/2015 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

So many great notes here, not much to add. Served double-blind (I guessed 2005 Left Bank BDX), the first few moments in the glass are filled with creamy mocha and some Luden's Cherry drop. With just 10 more minutes in the glass, this moves rather swiftly, and firmly, into a structured wine of place and blend. Medium-bodied, with a medium+ finish that will likely get better with more bottle age. 13,2% abv., 76% Cab Sauv. HOLD. recommended

Aerated in decanter 3 hours; served double-blind.

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    6/25/2015 1:05:00 PM - I was considering opening my first bottle of this but after reading your note and some of the others, I will push it back another three years since I only have three bottles.

White

2013 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett

Nahe more

6/23/2015 - JVG wrote: NR

Pale lemon color. Tropical and fresh on the nose, with ripe exotic fruit aromas of mango, melon, papaya, and pineapple. But there's also lemony citrus and a savory saline element as well. So inviting. On the palate, such a textbook example of the magical balance between acid and sugar in good Mosel riesling. At first it seems quite sweet, bursting with all the ripe tropical fruit from the nose, but then on the finish it screams off the tongue with lemony acidity, leaving behind a fresh, invigorating citrus tang that barely seems sweet at all. It's quite an intense wine with everything coming at quite high volume, so it does seem more like a Spatlese in terms of concentration if not sugar.

I can tell I'm drinking this way too young as it's still very primary and monolithic. But I can also tell that's it excellent wine and I'd love to have a bottle in a decade's time.

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    6/24/2015 6:56:00 AM - I appreciate the time and effort you put into your tasting notes. Very well done.

Red

1998 Antonio Vallana e Figlio Gattinara

Nebbiolo more

5/6/2015 - Socrates Likes this wine: NR

Wow. Beautiful Nebbiolo and despite the age, it still had great fruit and structure. The color is deep garnet with just the hint of brick to it. The nose is all Piedmont: sappy cherry, leather, and dried rose and the palate following suit. What's most impressive is the structure of the wine. Dusty tannins are almost completely resolved with just a hint of the classic Nebbiolo bite while the acid is bright and well integrated and provide great lift and vibrancy to the wine. Vallana just released this as a library selection and it's definitely a winner. I'm not sure how much came into the country but if you can find it it's a steal under $40.

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    6/17/2015 7:14:00 AM - Lovely note, I will be adding this to the 1997, 2000, and 2004 I have.

Red

1996 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà

Nebbiolo more

5/16/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 94 points

FINALLY! I've checked in a few times over the years on the 1996 Produttori Barbaresco Rabajà without much luck. The other night was a GODDAMN-I-SHOULDA-BOUGHT-MORE moment. It has started to get to a great place for me with the mid-palate stitched together with umami-like sensations. The nose has deeply pitched black cherry fruit and other classical notes. There is the purity that 1996 always promised. There is still plenty of tannin but not so much that it it can't be enjoyed by itself, but it is really perfect with food as the fats meld with the tannin to produce a complete whole. Really fantastic and worth checking in on if you have a decent stash. I think it is still a year or three away from hitting full stride where it'll probably stay for a while.

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    5/19/2015 10:28:00 AM - Well done writeup. I have mine tagged for first bottle in 2018.

Red

1999 Chateau Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend more

4/20/2015 - RajivAyyangar Likes this wine: 90 points

99 Musar at Nopa with BH, WC, SC (Nopa SF): I felt happy to be re-acquainted with this wine, and to share it with some of my good friends. My impression this time, aside from the characteristic Musar tamari, animal notes from Brettanomyces and bruised apple/fig from oxidization, was one of a very large grapey blackberry, looming over secondary details of chamomile, earth, tobacco. I’ve thought this before with young Musar - I wish the fruit would get out of the way just a little so the secondaries could shine through.

It seemed awkward, young, the flavors a bit separate and disjointed (compared to how Musar can be at its best). Will it change more? I’m not a fan of the current fruit character. Will it change or go away? Is my palate changing with this wine? Maybe I’m becoming more attuned with secondary aging flavors, and this wine is just behind the curve.

Referring to my notes, I tasted this in 2010 (at 11 years), and thought it was beautiful, emphasizing fruit. I enjoyed the fruit character, calling it “real, true fruit.” I noted how it didn’t quite have the emotional impact of the ’95, which had had a profound impact on me not that long before.

I tasted it again in London at the end of 2012 (at 13 years) and noted a grapey fruit core that I didn’t particularly enjoy, though the secondaries and Musar character still made for a great wine.

Most recently, I tasted it 2 months ago (at 16 years) at the tail end of a formidable lineup: the ’91, ’94, ’96, and ’98. I noted it was somewhat closed (it hadn’t been decanted), and the fruit was “plummy.”

Extrapolating, I’d say that for me, the fruit character of the ’99 isn’t up to par with the ’95. Maybe it will get out of the way and turn into a fantastic secondary and tertiary wine. Maybe I’ll never like it as much as the ’95, my one fantastic bottle of the ’94, or that great bottle of the ’96 in Orono. Or maybe it will surprise me in young-adulthood.

Sensory Notes:

Visual:
Mostly clear, just bright. Dark garnet, moderate to moderate-minus concentration. Some sediment.

Nose:
Brett and Acetaldehyde were high initially, as was a dark grapey blackberry note. Over time the nose became much more refined, more complex, but still chubby and not fully-integrated. Primary aromas of blackberry, dark plummy fruit. Secondaries of tamari, dried cherry, dried tomato, and chamomile tea. Complex, and still developing.

Palate:
Moderate in body. A slight impression of elevated alcohol that works very well in context of the flavors and acidity. The balance is such that it stands on its own, yet also works with food. Midpalate flavors of tamari, blackberry, dried cherry, tobacco, some dusty, woody oak peeking through on the palate (not excessive, presenting as a bit of clove and nutmeg and freshly-sanded wood). [Aged for 1 year in Nevers oak - age of barrels unspecified]. It finished with just moderate to moderate plus in length, with very little impression of tannins and a bit of tart malic sourness, which I associate with acetaldehyde.

Overall:
That I wasn’t completely taken with how this bottle was showing did not distract from the facts of the evening. We had several other wines to contrast, but only this seemed to rise up and have a conversation. It paired phenomenally with the roasted squab, dusted lightly with Indian spices.

Score: Around 9.

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    4/21/2015 12:28:00 PM - Outstanding note!

Red

2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

Cabernet Franc more

4/11/2015 - Old Doug wrote: 92 points

Pours like dark red berries from an angel's heart. Smells like heavy fruits and spicy vegetables, big good "young red wine" tannic leather and brawny meat, an aromatic funk/earth/dirt in a sexy way. Tastes like biting into a big, juicy red berry, with woody tannins and leathery mineral following, vying for your taste buds, a guiding and pleasing acidity there all the way through. Okay, okay, yes - it's still too young, still a bit heavy on the tannic finish, but quite a bit to like right now.

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    4/11/2015 4:13:00 PM - Yeah!

Red

2004 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

4/5/2015 - yofog wrote: NR

Very ripe nose of plum, black cherry, tobacco, iron, soil, with little to no oak/vanilla/spice. The ripeness is apparent on the palate as well, which is quite soft, meaty, and lacking in definition. Works well with the right food, but I don't love it.

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    4/5/2015 9:43:00 AM - Would you consider this a candidate for earlier drinking or does it need a few years to pull itself together?

Red

2008 Guido Porro Barolo Vigna Lazzairasco

Nebbiolo more

2/16/2015 - Barolo Drunkard Likes this wine: 95 points

Almost just too delicious to analyze..
Gorgeous wine, great combination of traditional style, high drinkability and a lazer beam intensity of fruit. Aromas of leather, raspberries, strawberries, sour cherries, forest floor, moss, smoke, liquorice; a misty morning in an autumny forest.. Wow, very complex. Surprisingly full bodied and fruity, though traditional, feels almost New World in it`s style(but only in a good way). A raspberry galore at it`s best, with sour cherries, hint of strawberries, liquorice, violets, tar, leather in the mix. Also quite savory, but at the same time fruity and even sweetish. Has a very long and haunting aftertaste. The raw intensity of the fruit (which is not fake, but really pure and fresh) is intriguing, and the straightforward deliciousness and balance for an young Barolo; and yet, tannins are there with a good amount of acidity, so this has many years to develop, and become scary good..
Just a perfect wine for me today, in the year of our lord 2015.
95

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    2/16/2015 6:21:00 AM - Nice to see another enthusiastic fan of Guido Porro. I was first smitten with his 2004 stunning S. Catarina (only 7 bottles left). Based on that, I bought the 2008, 2009, and 2010 vintages of the Lazzzairasco as well as the 2010 S. Catarina. I think his Barolo are the best Nebbiolo value in the market.

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    2/16/2015 10:14:00 AM - Tim, the horse was out of the barn a year ago. Load up while you can ;-)

Red

1999 Chateau Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend more

1/23/2015 - TheMajor Likes this wine: 93 points

The marmite wine. I'm in the "love it" category. I've got about 30 bottles of this vintage and I'm trying not to open them too quickly. If you want a wine (1) with a bit of age and bags of character (2) which everyone will have a view on and (3) which is still very modestly priced in a world of still crazy fine wine prices then look no further than this one. If you are a gambling man then you will also enjoy the usual Musar Russian Roulette (about 1 in 12 corked on average in my experience for older Musar wines, and another 1 in 12 oddly 'dull'). But if you get a good one, it is pretty unforgettable and head-turning stuff (and always my 'wild card' at any blind tasting I host, and always the one everyone wants to talk about). This one is stuffed full of barnyard and cherry but (I think and hope) will continue to improve (i.e. become even more funky and delicious). Not as good as the 1991 or 1995 (my two favourite years, for different reasons) but better than the 2001 and 2004. Can't wait to continue to see how this one develops over the next 10 years (but I'll have to).

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    1/23/2015 8:25:00 AM - Terrific write up. I was first introduced to this three years ago and was totally smitten. Like you, I am sitting with a nice stash (22 bottles plus 3 mags). So far, none corked and only one dullard.
    Musar joins Pegau,LdH Rioja Gran Riserva, Vallana Gattinara and Calabretta Etna Rosso in the special bottle section of our cellar.

White - Off-dry

2007 François Chidaine Vouvray Le Bouchet

Chenin Blanc more

1/17/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

A fairly dark yellow color. A pungent, highly complex and layered nose of honey, flowers, tangerine, beeswax and exotic spices. Rich but definitely not sweet, though with a savory dimension. Definitely a nose to remember. On the palate the first impression is that of mouth caressing softness, but quickly all the fat falls off, leading to a firm, focused finish. Medium bodied, fleshy and crisp, with a really nice structure. The flavors are definitely more restrained than the aromatics but delicious nonetheless, with the beeswax and tangerine notes most prominent here. Drinkability is really high for this savoury, food-friendly Chenin that finishes clean and crisp, in a mouth-watering fashion. Not quite as intense as the Huet Vouvrays that I've had but of similar quality and better value, I think.

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    1/17/2015 1:34:00 PM - Nicely done note; lines up with the experience of the two bottles we have opened.

Red

2004 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso

Sangiovese more

1/17/2015 - pigdaddy wrote: 91 points

decanted one hour (modest sediment). dark red w/paling rim; fairly ostentatious nose, ripe sour cherry, sweet spices, fruitcake; med+ bodied; very ripe & sweet red cherry/sour cherry, pomegranate molasses, med acidity, moderate, yet dusty tannins. vibrant & youthful, w/fruit still dominant; very pleasurable to drink & surprisingly accessible.

spaghetti w/pork meatballs in oxheart tomato marinara; caesar salad w/avocado & pickled red onions

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    1/17/2015 8:10:00 AM - Nice note, we have 6 but I haven't opened one yet. Do you think it will still improve?

Red

2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

1/10/2015 - ESCO wrote: 91 points

Counter-intuitive.

I am fairly certain, as certain as one can be, that I prefer older more mature wines. Yes the first full flush of youth can exhilarate sometimes but often the quiet voice of maturity resonates in a more purposeful manner. So, imagine the surprise when this wine blew away some long held personal shibboleths ; it is vibrant, lively and fresh but not in an incomplete or harsh sense. This wine is big, bold and brash but with a verve and sinew that makes one stand up and take notice. It feels neither too fickle nor too forced and leaves the taster with a wonderful sense of "terroir". It is great stuff ; unique, idiosyncratic and in a world of commonplace/median tastes a complete bystander from the usual. We are so glad we purchased a case, a decision we had initially debated for hours, and now look forward with huge anticipation as to where this gem will develop.

Not for the faint-hearted it reminded this group of friends why we drink, taste, try and experiment with wines. Joy in a glass and special enough to be loved and disliked in some measure. Thought provoking........91 is a pretty arbitrary score as it was rated both as low as 84 and as high as 93 by the four people in the room.

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    1/11/2015 4:46:00 AM - Well said.

Red

1997 Antonio Vallana e Figlio Gattinara

Nebbiolo more

12/17/2014 - Sotto325 wrote: 92 points

Wonderful find on Batard's very nice list. Perfect drinking now, expressing everything great about Nebbiolo, except, of course, the sophistication of a great Barolo or Barbaresco. Warm dark earthy notes intermixed with tobacco, smooth dark cherry, and an almost grainy rusticity, with no tannic bite and a wonderfully expressive nose of berries, tobacco, tar and earth.

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    1/5/2015 6:52:00 PM - Nice note, I just ordered a case to go with my 2000 and 2004.

Red

2012 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso

Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese more

12/11/2014 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

Nearly through a case of this vintage, and this is the first time I've run into such range of aromas and tastes all in one sitting. Bubblegum/carbonic, soil, mushroom, pomegranate, cherry skins. The aromas and flavors change more often than I find myself swirling; this just refuses to be pinned down. What began as a rather Pinot Noir like wine, ended up more akin to a mix of Barbera and Dolcetto. Quite a ride, this time, but a good one, nonetheless. Wonderful entertainment for $15. 14,5% abv. recommended

Aerated to decanter 2 hours, served non-blind at 60F.

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    12/12/2014 8:09:00 AM - It's the best cheap date in all of Wine-O-World.

White

2010 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Mont

Chenin Blanc more

8/23/2014 - pigdaddy wrote: 91 points

gorgeous platinum gold; reticent aromatically, w/lemon-lime zest, ginger, limestone powder; med - bodied; slightly sweet on entry, citrus curd, tart, tangy & mineral; as it warms, sings w/food. excited about its future.

grilled spice-crusted nc triggerfish in avocado-tomatillo sauce; "stew" of summer squash, okra, pienolo tomato & hatch green chile; garlicky roasted rosegold potatoes

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    8/23/2014 6:38:00 AM - Yum!

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    8/23/2014 9:51:00 AM - I only took 6 of these; should've gone big and done a case. I do have quite a lot of the Huet laid down as well as Chidaine and Pinon. Along with Muscadet and Riesling, Loire CB represents the best bang for the buck in whites.

Red

2011 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso

Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese more

8/15/2014 - HowardNZ Likes this wine: 91 points

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna wines: Deep red. Attractive savoury, tart nose of strawberries, raspberries, pipe tobacco and crushed, dried herbs, with some chalk, wet stone and minerals. On the palate, tart and savoury flavours, with some minerals on the back palate. The flavours are cranberries, tart red and dark cherries, dried herbs, tobacco, with hints of chalk and crushed wet granite. A little below medium weight, refreshing with a good acid cut, slightly puckering on the back palate. Fine grained tannins. My only issue was that on the second glass I picked up a little more alcohol than I would ideally have liked (14.5% on the label), but I decided the fruit carried it well enough. Actually richer, with more dry extract than is your first impression. Tasted blind, I might well have mistaken this for a Côte de Beaune Burgundy. Drinking very well now but will cellar, I would imagine, for the medium term. Excellent price for this quality and interest.

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    8/15/2014 5:20:00 AM - I enjoyed reading your note on this. I have become enthralled with these Etna Nerello wines of late. I do find them to be much more accessible with extended airing.

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    8/15/2014 6:00:00 AM - I am enjoying them now with a good airing (2-3 hours in decanter) and think they will hold well for another 5-7 years. Some others have stated a clear preference though for drinking them now for their youthful energy.

White

2012 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco

Etna DOC White Blend more

8/15/2014 - HowardNZ Likes this wine: 91 points

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna wines: A friend served me this wine double blind and I did not get it. I couldn't place it geographically. Southern Rhone, Spain and then Southern Italy, I, in turn, wondered? I also found it hard to get past the wine's lactic, cheesy bouquet and flavours. Drinking a bottle however my view has changed markedly ...

Colour golden, the wine is viscous and limpid. I now find the nose intriguing, the creamy cheese or sour butter element is still prominent but there are also notes of grapefruit, papaya, white flowers including daisies, a salty seashells Chablis-like component (but the bouquet and palate are of course much too rich to be confused with Chablis), with aromas of limes and mandarin peel. Multi-dimensional. On palate the initial impression is lactic, a cheese-like ricotta or a sour cream. Then minerals and chalk flavours, with a pinch of salinity. Then papaya, rock melon and a little pineapple. Good fruit weight, a creamy, thick, unctuous mouthfeel. Good structure and enough acidity to provide some cut. Good length. Quite interesting. I'd give another one 3-4 years cellar time. Excellent QPR, of course.

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    8/15/2014 4:42:00 AM - Excellent read on this wine. I've only had one bottle (2 remaining) and enjoyed it very much.

White

2012 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

11/20/2013 - Rieslingfan wrote: 93 points

Whoa boy is this ever good! I am sure that the oechsle levels for this are into auslese range (what isn't these days), but for once I can actually say that it drinks as a kabinett. The aromas and flavors are delicate, yet persistent, focused on green things-green apples, mint, lime-and the underlyig minerality brings a tension to the wine that is very exciting. Great balance of fruit and acidity - the wine really does finish dry. It was hard to put down the glass. I bought a lot of this, but probably not enough, as it is going to be near impossible to not blow through every bottle in the next 6 months. Outstanding kabinett from Johannes Selbach!

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    7/31/2014 1:11:00 PM - This is just too good to pass up. I'm in for 2 cases and considering more.

White

2012 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

6/24/2014 - Riccardo Malocchio wrote: 94 points

I'm too much the German wine neophyte to discern typicity, compare to past greatness, or opine on this wine's future. I can say only this is the one of the purest, most perfected, unbelievably righteous wines I've ever tasted. If there's a heaven above, then surely this is the liquid that flows in its mountain streams. You could drink this for an eternity and never tire of its boundless beauty.

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    7/31/2014 1:07:00 PM - I share your enthusiasm.

Red

2010 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses

Cabernet Franc more

3/23/2014 - yofog wrote: 93 points

Insanely good. Round, focused, cigar, gravel, chalk, really fine and densely pack blue and black fruits, electric. The fruit reminded me of the Chesnaies Cuvee Prestige or the Guion Deux Monts, but with more structure and tobacco around it. Really great wine that I can't wait to put away.

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    7/27/2014 12:17:00 PM - How do you find the 2010 in comparison to other vintages (2002-2009); especially the 2005?

  • Comment posted by jerwin1943:

    7/28/2014 9:17:00 AM - Thanks for the comparative; very informative.

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