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Red

2006 Hentley Farm The Beauty Barossa Valley

Shiraz Blend, Syrah more

6/19/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 95 points

Open and generous, this sexy and seductive Beauty is a full-bodied Raven, sophiticated and playful, soft and rounded, feminine and muscular. Beneath all that floral complexity and juicy, dark fruit, I noticed a lipsmacking savoury, saline, almost sweaty complexity that really gets me goin'....
There's remarkable balance, classy finesse and depth of flavour, too. Awesome...

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White - Off-dry

2001 Weingut Heymann-Löwenstein Winninger Röttgen Riesling Auslese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

6/16/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 93 points

From 0.375l. This is a very interesting auslese. Not as sweet as I expected. Halptrocken maybe? Otherwise it has the telltale HL-complexity, concnetration, spiciness and mineralité. Great wine.

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White

1996 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc

Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

6/14/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 95 points

Wow. Been working my way through a case of these in the past 9 years, and this is the wine that jumpstarted my love for white Bordeaux. And it still delivers. In spades. Reaching peak maturity now, mega complex, and very very lush and concentrated. Quite Burgundian in style. Yellow fruit, dry honey, floral accents, creamy vanilla, lofty oak, green tea, almond and white raisins. Endless finish, stupendous wine. 3 bottles left in the bank. Thank God.

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Red

1998 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/22/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 91 points

Classic, old-fashioned leftbanker. Cedar, cigarbox, forestfloor, fading berries in the back. This Pauillac has always struck me as a modest, light-to-medium-bodied interpretation of the appellation. It's very good, though.

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Red

2003 Falesco Montiano Lazio IGT

Merlot more

6/27/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 89 points

Very meaty, smoky, balsamic notes, black olives, rock dust.
Is this merlot? South Italy, sure... Absolutely.
But... Merlot?

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Red

2007 Château Moulin Haut-Laroque

Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/30/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 88 points

Pure and clean plummy fruit. Highly drinkable, lighter styled, nice.

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White

2009 A.J. Adam Hofberg Riesling Kabinett

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

7/1/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 91 points

Teperature is rising, so bring on the Kab's! This is a very distincitve, superclean and creamy example. Love it.

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White

2007 Von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

7/2/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 91 points

Striking nuances of mossy rocks, green tea, jasmin and ginger. While it sits in the glass I also pick up a splash of lime-juice, old foudres and a filigreed silver-lining of petrol. Very elegant, very classic, very very good.

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Red

2001 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon

Margaret River more

7/9/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 92 points

Terrific Aussie Cab! Lovely concentration and typicité, oozing crunchy bluebrries and creme de cassis. Enough acidity, minerality, umami, focus and restraint to satisfy my classical/traditional preferences.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2005 Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Alto Adige - Südtirol Serenade Passito

Muskateller, Muscat more

7/3/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 90 points

Boy, this is a large wine... I expected a little more elegance and lift, but this is clearly hinting at Sauternes with its concentration and flavour profile. mango, baked tangerines, apricotjam, hint of botrytis?, honey and spice.

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Red

2008 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Cinquecentenario

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

7/3/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 92 points

4hrs of decanter time. Classic Sangiovese herbs and fruit mixture, lots of promise, next bottle in 2 years. Great wine from a not so great vintage.

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White

2012 Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca

Garganega more

7/3/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 92 points

Obviously oaked, but there's enough fruit and minerality and concentration to keep that all in check. A great Italian white, which keeps on proving its reliability throught the years. QPR is good, too.

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White - Sparkling

1999 Bellavista Franciacorta Gran Cuvée Brut

Franciacorta DOCG Champagne Blend more

7/3/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 93 points

Wonderfull stuff. Rounded and soft, brioche,pear, lemoncurd, yeast and some savoury, sweaty accents. Very generous, lots of depth, great wine to drink now.

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Red

2006 Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon

Franschhoek Valley more

7/11/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 93 points

Creamy cedarnotes, luxurious and seductive mouthfeel, black cherries, blueberry-puree, grilled meat, smoke, oriental spices, really soft and rounded. Yet, it showes marcelous depth and energy. This is a glorious New-World-CS!

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Red

2009 Erbhof Unterganzner - Josephus Mayr Alto Adige - Südtirol

Lagrein more

5/30/2015 - jkoenen wrote: flawed

Corked

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White

2006 F.X. Pichler Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 'M'

Wachau more

3/31/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 94 points

Spectcular concentration and depth.

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Red

1999 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Château d'Ampuis

Syrah more

4/1/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 93 points

Discussion wine. I felt it was rather young, others thought it was in decline...

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White

2005 Koehler-Ruprecht Kallstadter Steinacker Riesling Kabinett

Pfalz more

4/16/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 92 points

Beautiful, complex, old-fashioned Kabinett. light and airy, understated peachfruit, fabulous minerality and a typical earthy, gravelly, hearty soy-like complexity. Resolving residual sweetness and tiptoe-ing acidity provide exceptional balance and finesse. Alas, ultra-traditional wines like these are getting very rare. Last bottle from my stash... :(

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Red

2005 Bodegas Habla S.L. Vino de la Tierra Extremadura No 3

Syrah more

4/17/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 92 points

Gorgeous Syrah, very true-to-type. juicy, brambly fruit, black pepper, new-world-like, but not overdone. Well balanced, great length, concentration and mouthfeel.

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White - Sparkling

2004 Bernard Brémont Champagne Grand Cru Brut Millésimé

Champagne Blend more

3/4/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 89 points

Wonderful, classic, yeasty nose. I also pick up nuances of almondpaste, gravel, miso, mushroom, seaweed and lemon peel. Alas, on the palate this lacks tension and complexity, and the finish is clipped. This is a step back from their gorgeous 2002 millésime. Nose 92, palate 86.

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Red

1997 Château Poujeaux

Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/5/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 90 points

Feel privileged to have such a well developed, classic, complete and delicious Bordeaux in the daily-drinker-cabinet. Still a beauty, after all those years...

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Red

2000 Château Lynch-Moussas

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/24/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 90 points

Has been one of the ugly ducklings in GCC-country for a while now, but based on this example I must plea unguilty... Bright, fresh, crunchy red fruit, cigar, cedar, smoke, graphite, some cassis in the back, wonderful roasted red pepper. Very nice mid-weight, typical Left-banker. Although not very deep or long, there is lovely purity and plenty of fun. Tasty!

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Red

2007 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

2/18/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 90 points

Bright, vibrant nose, kirsch and blueberry pancakes. On the palate there's great cherry fruit, dark plums, touches of ink and mocca. Big wine, still young, not too hot of heavy.

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Red

2007 Domaine de Ferrand Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

2/18/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 84 points

3 hour decant.
Very awkward nose of strawberries, pineapple and gooseberries... Low acidity on the palate, sweetish and muddled. Bitter bananapeel-notes on the fisnish, some fresh green herbal action, too. Don't know what to think of this wine... Disharmonious.

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White - Off-dry

2008 Schäfer-Fröhlich Monzinger Halenberg Riesling Spätlese

Nahe more

2/13/2015 - jkoenen wrote: 88 points

Fruit salad, hint of petrol emerging, not very long, deep or complex. Butt really enjoyable, sappy, bright and fresh, well-balanced.

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