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White

2009 Terra do Lobo Monterrei

Godello more

3/20/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

Has anyone had a bottle of this that comes close to the 92JM score? Is this another Sierra Carche style "bait and switch"? This is generic wine not worthy of anything more than 5-6 dollars a bottle. I'll use mine for cooking.

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White

2008 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

Chardonnay more

2/26/2012 - Faryan wrote: 92 points

I decanted this wine for about an hour, served with grilled salmon and followed it over several hours, as well as a small sampling the next day. The wine was a wonderful pairing with the fish.

The Dauvissat opened a bit flat and dumb but fleshed out with time decanting (definitely recommend giving it air at this juncture at least 90 minutes). Reticent but quite delicate notes of acacia flowers and honeysuckle. The name of the game for this wine is the palate's mouthfeel which is quite lovely in its ability to marry tell-tale minerality (seashell and slate stone really comes through) with a rounder supple feel. There is superb integration of the acidity and the fruit is really extremely impressive.

With all that said, there is a sense that the wine isn't quite in sync. There are many elements that are individually wonderfully balanced but the wine doesn't quite come together as I would hope. This is problematic given the price escalation of the wine. If I find this in the 40-45 dollar range, it is a wonderful buy. But with it now creeping closer to 60 dollars, I'd rather divest that capital into the 08 Fevre Clos which isn't dramatically more expensive. Nonetheless, I think this wine has tremendous upside.

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Red

1998 Fontodi Syrah Case Via Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT

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2/21/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

Double-decanted for sediment. The wine began to open up a bit more after 45 minutes, but not noticeably different. Cloudy (probably could have used a stand-up for a day or two), but at a near-plateau maturity. I agree with pifcho's note that the wine is more Tuscan than syrah; notes of bramble, red berry, cherry and loam aromas. It was a bit "one note" but still a very pleasant note. Great value.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2009 Château La Tour Blanche Sauternes

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): perfectly enjoyable, but didn’t really leave an impression on me. (90-92)

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2009 Château de Fargues

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): shut down on the nose but deep on the palate. Supple, but lacking the “baby yquem” qualities I associate with de Fargues, especially with regards to mouthfeel and weightlessness.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2009 Château Coutet

Barsac Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): Less complex and intricate, the 09 Coutet still has a beautiful depth of fruit at a very reasonable price. The botrytis sings through but it lacks that nth degree of complexity and finish in the Climens. A value buy (93-95)

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2009 Château Climens

Barsac Sémillon more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): A great Sauternes, but for whatever odd reason, I reach for the memory of the 2008 which made a better impression on me than this wine did. The 08, while less endowed, had a lift and a delicacy that was quite Germanic in many ways. It balanced tropic fruit with acidity and lift. The 2009 is much bigger and a bit more cumbersome at this phase (something that would likely be eased with age). The finish still shows why its Climens. It is precise, delicate and beautiful. The nose opens up as it comes to temperature with delicate crème brulee, coconut shavings. Still Barsac, but I crave 08 (94-97)

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Red

2009 Château Beychevelle

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): Simple fruit, lacks depth and harmony. Cloaked with heavy oak. The finish confirms what the nose sleuths out. Not an impressive showing (86-89)

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Red

2009 Château Gruaud Larose

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): Another top 3 for me even though I concede it as less “impressive” and “endowed” as some of its peers. This wine beckons to the glory days of Gruaud: the 80s (or 60s if you’re an old fart). Already the most complex nose of the night, with hallmark Cordier funk (sans Brett), superb red fruit, intermixed with secondary aromatics. The mouth is absolutely lovely and light on its feet. I recall old-timers talking about how fantastic and unheralded 1982 Pichon Lalande was in its youth. I think this wine may be similar; the rare Bordeaux that drinks fantastic throughout its lifespan. Back up the truck (95-98+)

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Red

2009 Château Léoville Barton

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): Excellent. The best way to describe this wine is complete. Structured and voluminous but not embryonic. Excellent mouthfeel even superseding the Langoa. Unfortunately, this bottle is pretty shut-down, especially on the nose which isn’t budging much. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a banner year for Barton (94-97+?)

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Red

2009 Château Langoa Barton

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): You know you’re at Barton when you begin to taste some backward wines. I think I can still taste the 08s, 06s and 05s from yesteryear UGC tastings. This Barton, while backward in comparison to some of its peers, is surprisingly rounded on the mouth. So delicious, satin, plush. Marries the structure with the mouthfeel. A superb success this vintage with approachability in the near-term (92-95)

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Red

2009 Château Léoville Poyferré

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): One of the most heralded wines at the tasting and you can see why; it’s structured similar to the 2003 with a bombastic and “winner take all” style, but unlike some other chateau, I think the fruit is sufficient to hold the oak treatment. The nose is beautiful red cassis with mocha bean espresso, but not excessive or drying. Superb balance with miles of fruit, but not a classic wine in its balance or composition. Very plush, very modern but I don’t sense that electricity, that nervosity, that freshness that I feel when I drink a 1990. Let’s see if this wine can evolve positively. (93-98)

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Red

2009 Château Talbot

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): Nice, but has a burnt streak to it that seems to arise from the oak treatment. Will it integrate overtime? If so, it will be a nice wine (88-92)

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Red

2009 Château Saint-Pierre

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): Too much. Too much oak, too much extraction. Vanillin, toast, drying fruit that smacks one in the mouth. I don’t understand why they build their wines this way (welp… the big points they garner). There is no elegance and restraint to their wines anymore. I think 05 was the last vintage that didn’t push this envelope too far. (NR)

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Red

2009 Château d'Armailhac

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): Maybe a small notch below the Clerc. Similar, but harsher on the nose with some drying wood tannins on the finish. (90-92)

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Red

2009 Château Clerc Milon

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): Not quite as impressive as the GPL, lacking some excitement. Clerc seems to nail a balance between classic Pauillac and modern fruit very well and the 09 is no different. Should be approachable younger than many of its peers. (91-93)

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Red

2009 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): One of my top three of the tasting, and it garners this title partly because one doesn’t have to crack a thousand dollars to buy a case of it. I’d love to line this wine up against a recent vintage Latour and serve them blind; it is that good. What the GPL has that many of the other Pauillacs tasted seemed to miss was the freshness and nervosity on the nose that I began in my preamble. Great lift and floral elements on the nose that is simply gorgeous. Far less backward than the 06 and 05 GPLs; this wine is not draped in imposing tannins like those vintages. It is subdued and elegant; qualities I think will make for better aging in a vintage that may have some risk-factor for long-term cellaring. Simply superb and a wine I will seek to buy. (94-98+)

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Red

2009 Château Lynch-Bages

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): A regal wine, undoubtedly and a style Lynch Bages seems to project vintage in and out. A millionaire’s (not billionaire’s) Mouton so to speak. Rounded, supple nose with rhubarb and wonderful cassis. The cassis is the name of the game. A bit of vegetal/burnt rubber that blows off with some more swirling. The palate is clean, pure and in superb balance. Will it be the next 90 LB? Time will tell (94-97)

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Red

2009 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): Nose is a bit more reticent and shut down (could just be the amount of air this wine has gotten). Still has hints of the feminine floral lift one comes to expect from great Lalande, but this wine is big big big. The palate is simply lovely with world-class balance, fruit and composition. Beautiful, delineated fruit; so transparent. There is no makeup, there is no cloying/overt oak. Classic Lalande. Just give it time to add richness, depth, pitch and complexity. This wine will not disappoint. (94-98)

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Red

2009 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): A bit atypical on the nose. Far more feminine in its lovely floral lift. Like a precocious youth wowing you with his memorization skills. Reminiscent more so of the Lalande in many ways. Red fruit and cassis but far more backward than the 08 was at this stage. It is less transparent and classic in its expression, but more like a show horse. Stuffed to the gills with tannins and fruit. One doesn’t need to worry about the structure or over-treated oak as some of the other wines. I still haven’t been able to discern its Pauillac roots after sampling the wine for some time, but the big 09s are so embryonic and must be judged with a longer time horizon. (93-97)

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Red

2009 Château Poujeaux

Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): Cut from a similar cloth as the Chasse Spleen. All about red berry fruit, great energy and lift. Not a distance runner, but a beautiful wine to enjoy as you sit on your bigger wines. 91-93+

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Red

2009 Château Chasse-Spleen

Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): Really shows lovely. Wine has great lift, floral aromatic with unmistakable claret qualities. Projects very well in terms of its ability to progress beyond infancy. Fruit is the name of the game with this wine. It is a delicate dancer that has nothing to do with oak. It’s one of the most transparent wines at the tasting. Should be drinking immediately well and into the near future. 91-94+

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Red

2009 Château Rauzan-Gassies

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): The 05 is a sleeper and a favorite from that vintage for me (available at a fraction the cost of its elder peer and many of the other heralded Margaux…). I think the showing of 09 confirms my overall view of Margaux, as this 09 lacks some of the imprimatur of the appellation I look for in a “great” vintage. Simpler, a bit curt but rounded to deceive one into not prodding too much into its substance. Nice wine, but lacking the bells and whistles (90-92)

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Red

2009 Château Brane-Cantenac

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): More stuffing than CB, more structure but a bit more reticent. Much rounder on the finish. (90-92)

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Red

2009 Château Cantenac Brown

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/25/2012 - Faryan wrote: NR

UGC 2009 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC - 1.25.12 (New York City): Stylistic shift from Graves off the bat. This is less cabernet driven, a litter lighter and more spry on its feet. Good red berry fruit, but a bit drying oak treatment on the finish. A solid Margaux at a reasonable price point. (88-90)

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