Search Results - Save This Search

Wine Type Vintage Name Variety Locale Date Posted Score Helpful Comments More...
White

2012 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Riesling

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

5/21/2015 - Paul S wrote: 89 points

Good entry level Riesling. The nose showed pleasant drifts of lime, green apes and stony mineral with a flowery lift at the sides. Palate was simple but pleasant, with bright acidity running through off-dry flavours of green apple and floral notes leading into a slightly spicy finish. Not bad at all.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

1993 Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana

Nebbiolo more

9/26/2014 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

I am not a big fan of Clerico’s hypermodern style, but this was not bad at all, with the 20 years or so in the bottle softening its overwrought edges somewhat. It had a nice nose, with thick aromas of sweet red fruits – cherries and raspberries – and then a sprinkle of rose petals and a whiff of smoke, spice and a little earthiness. I found the palate quite yummy. Again, it had a slightly thicker, creamier mouthfeel than the more traditional Nebbiolos that I favour, but it was nicely balanced and structured, with a decent amount of acidity and still chewy tannins framing flavours of sweet black fruit and savoury touches of meat and earth. It was a bit more austere on the finish, showing a typical Barolo bite as it drifted away with a little touch of smokiness. No bad, drinking quite nicely now, especially with a nice hunk of beef, but this could still use another 4-5 years in the bottle, perhaps more.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

1978 Château Canon

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/26/2014 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Charming – we all enjoyed this wine quite a bit. It had a nicely matured nose of dark fruited cassis aromas along with drifts of smoky gunflint and minerally notes and a bed of damp earth and brambly herb. The palate was rounded and softened with age, but still had a freshness to its clear flavours of cassis and blackberries that made it seem very youthful for 1978. These were laced with more minerally gunflint and smoky notes that added a gentle complexity to the wine. Not a blockbuster, but this was a lovely drink that was showing charmingly well on the night.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

1995 Château Canon

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/26/2014 - Paul S wrote: 91 points

What a coincidence – two blind bottles of Chateau Canon brought by two different people on the same night. This was decent, but not quite as enjoyable as the charming 1978 that we had alongside. It had a nice right-bank nose, with sweet scents of plums, cassis and blackberries wreathed in a little halo of tobacco smoke and pencil shavings. The palate had quite a round, fleshy feel for a 1995 Bordeaux, showing sweet blackberry and plum flavours and slightly more lifted suggestions of black cherries. It felt soft and ripe and very drinkable, but there was also a fine tannic spine and decent acidity that carried the wine into a rather more delineated finish, where the fruit ceded way to an earthy, minerally leanness and a blush of spice. Unspectacular, but this was a nice enough drink that is just starting to come into its own.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

2010 Domaine Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes

Pinot Noir more

9/26/2014 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

Decent enough, but this was way too young and felt rather overworked and extracted on the night. The nose started out with a blast of popcorny, buttery oak that shaded fruity aromas of sweet black cherries, cassis and plums. More nuanced accents of minty eucalyptus and floral herbs and a savoury meatiness started drifting out in time. The palate was almost paintfully primary, with tons of acidity and lots of oak laced through a thick mouthful of sweet plummy fruit and creamy raspberry ripples notes leading into a spicy finish. This had a whole lot more depth than one would normally get on a village and it was balanced very nicely, but I could not help thinking that this could easily have been a top-notch new world Pinot Noir with its current characteristics. It will get better – this is just a baby now, but it is not a style of young Burgundy that I enjoy. Try again in 6-8 years.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

2009 Domaine de Chevalier

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/7/2015 - Paul S wrote: 94 points

KR's Farewell (Imperial Treasure, Great World City): Very good indeed – this is about as solid a young Domaine de Chevalier as I have ever had. It had such a lovely nose, ripe and warm and inviting, with dusty earth and warm herbs wafting out of the glass alongside sappy cassis and dried flower aromas, then some sweet roasted capsicums and just a kiss of fragrant spice and toasty oak. This was complex, perfumed and alluring. The palate was first class too. It shared the same warm depth as the nose, but was at once clean, clear, juicy and just really delicious, with pure, sappy tones of cassis and blueberry that brought to mind fruit pastilles in their gentle sweetness, and then gentle notes of warm wood spice and lovely wafts of tobacco filling the back-palate. In spite of its youth, the velvety finesse of the wine’s tannins and the lovely integration it had made it really easy to drink after short decant. Beautiful stuff. The wine was still clearly structured under all its sappy fruit, with wonderfully bright and juicy acidity and a slight grip of drying tannins showing up right at the finish. While it is delicious now, I would leave it aside for another 8-10 years at least. It probably will age for just about forever though.

6 people found this helpful, do you? Yes - No / Comments (1)

White

2011 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay

Napa Valley more

5/7/2015 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

KR's Farewell (Imperial Treasure, Great World City): Grumpy and rather unfriendly at first, this opened up with time to reveal a stylish Chardonnay. On first pour, the nose was a strange mix of sulphur, oak and reductive tones. It took some time, say about 15-20 minutes to open up and show a nicer bouquet of cream, yellow fruit and floral aromas along with a toss of roasted peanut aromas. The palate took some time as well, but when it did open up, it came across as being very well-proportioned. There was good depth and weight to its mix of yellow fruit and red apple flavours, but these were also held in a lovely dry balance, with well-integrated acidity and a nice sense of minerality driving the wine into a long finish. A nice wine, somewhat perched between the old and new worlds. While drinking well young, I think it will benefit from a few years in the cellar yet.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

White

2010 Yering Station Chardonnay Village

Yarra Valley more

5/7/2015 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

KR's Farewell (Imperial Treasure, Great World City): A pretty good new world Chardonnay – I enjoyed this. The nose had a bit too much popcorny oak for my tastes, but this was met by pleasantly sunny accents of yellow-fruited pineapples, peaches and nectarines, with a whiff of cooked cream and a little twist of herb at the sides. The palate echoed those ripe stone fruited tones on the attack, but leaned out nicely on the midpalate to show a surprisingly fine mineral character, with shades of earth and chalk bedded down with gently juicy acidity. This was actually very nicely balanced with a touch of elegance to it. There was just a touch of drying woodiness amidst spice and mineral notes at the finish that I did not quite like. Otherwise, this was a good Chardonnay with a decent capacity to age over the next few years as well.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Rosť - Sparkling

NV Laurent-Perrier Champagne Cuvée Rosé Brut

Champagne Blend more

5/7/2015 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

KR's Farewell (Imperial Treasure, Great World City): Consistently decent, this was a nice aperitif to start the evening off with. The nose showed pleasant strawberry, apple and lemon peel aromas seasoned with a little mineral and spice. On the palate, fine mousse and a decent balance formed a nice frame for rather fleshy flavours of strawberries, cherries and more citrusy green apples as the wine moved into a finish of warm spice and mineral. With time, a little floral note came out as well. Decently good.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

White - Off-dry

1990 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile Vendange Tardive

Alsace more

5/13/2015 - Paul S wrote: 93 points

Kelvin's Baby Shower (Burlamacco, Amoy Street, Singapore): Very nice, but not quite as good as the superb “standard” 1990 Frederic Emile I thought. This had an attractively sweet nose, with apricots and nectarines, red apples and lightly honeyed notes. The palate was off-dry rather than sweet, showing juicy lime and lemon notes on the attack wed to sweeter suggestions of stone fruit and apples on the midpalate and then a nice minerality on the finish. There was a lot of depth on the wine, all nicely integrated into a creamy package, but it bore its heft so effortlessly that it seemed almost weightless. I thought the slight sweetness actually threw off the wine's lovely poise and balance and distracted from its beautiful minerality ever so slightly. That aside, this was quality. Drinking nicely now, although I can see this getting better over the next decade or so.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

1990 Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/13/2015 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

Kelvin's Baby Shower (Burlamacco, Amoy Street, Singapore): Disappointing. It was not a bad wine, but I would really have expected more from any good Pauillac in 1990. The nose rather flattered to deceive – this had an absolutely classic left-bank nose, with cedar and pencil lead, earth and tobacco and a nice core of cassis aromas. Really quite nice. Unfortunately, the palate came across rather preternaturally soft, having a rather soupy feel to its cassis, cedar and light capsicum notes. Flavours were okay, the balance was alright, with a decent amount of acidity, but the tannins were very soft, almost a bit mushy as the wine slid away into a tobacco filled finish. I wonder if this was an off bottle. Served blind, it was pleasant enough but not great, this felt like it should have been drunk up 4-5 years ago.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

1998 Tertre Rôteboeuf

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/13/2015 - Paul S wrote: 94 points

Kelvin's Baby Shower (Burlamacco, Amoy Street, Singapore): Wow, this was really nice. A fine example of just how good the 1998 vintage was on the right-bank. It had a beautiful nose, swirling with tobacco and spice and damp earth, plums and black cherries - a beautiful Merlot bouquet that got me wanting to smoke a cigar. Lovely palate too – soft, seductive, with lovely full flavours of plums and sweet black cherries infused with smoky, spicy, earthy tobacco notes that filled the backpalate in a lively finish. There was lovely balance here, with bright acidity and the finest tannins giving the wine a really nice sense of focus. Absolutely delicious, this is lovely stuff that is starting to drink nicely now. It still has the substance and balance to age effortlessly over the next decade and more though. Very, very good indeed.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

1997 Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Vigneto Bellavista

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

5/13/2015 - Paul S wrote: 93 points

Kelvin's Baby Shower (Burlamacco, Amoy Street, Singapore): I loved this. It had such a wonderfully Tuscan nose, with sprigs of mint and fresh herb dancing around sweet notes of dark cherries and fresh berries and then little notes of earth, wood and sweet flowers trailing behind. Beautiful. There was lovely brightness on the palate, with fresh acidity and fine, powdery tannins framing deliciously juicy flavours of dark cherries and wild berries flecked with bits of spice and dried herb as the wine glided into a fine, long finish. Unusually for a 1997 Chianti, of which the far more advanced Castello di Brolio that we had earlier was a good example, this was still clearly very youthful. When paired with a nice hunk of Bistecca Fiorentina, a touch of the sweet fruit of the vintage and a nice dusting of mineral came out, but otherwise it still seemed quite tight in spite of 2 hours in the decanter. While giving a lot of pleasure on the night, this could actually have benefitted from 5-6 years more in the bottle. Very good indeed, but it needs more time. 93+

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

1997 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

5/13/2015 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Kelvin's Baby Shower (Burlamacco, Amoy Street, Singapore): A solid, enjoyable Chianti. This has developed nicely since I last had it 7 years ago. Tonight, it showed a really nice nose of sweet dried cherries and wild berries flecked with powdered herbs, dried spices and a little touch of dried earth. A very Italian bouquet – nice stuff. The palate was in great shape, drinking beautifully with nice flavours of prunes and plums and dried cherries laced with slightly chewy tannins and bright, tomato-ish Sangiovese acidity. The finish had a nice dusting of Italian herbs and a dried prune character that spoke of the hot 1997 vintage. Altogether really nice and drinking wonderfully. Time to start drinking up though. This seems perched just on the outside edge of its peak drinking window and will probably start going downhill in the next few years.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

White

1999 Maison Roche de Bellene Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes Collection Bellenum

Chardonnay more

5/13/2015 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Kelvin's Baby Shower (Burlamacco, Amoy Street, Singapore): Pretty good. The second of two white Puligny 1er Crus, this had an bigger, broader nose than on the 1998 Montille Caillerets, with a deeply saline, seashelly character alongside wafts of white fruit and a faintly sweet hint of white flowers and nectar when first poured. As the wine warmed up in the glass, the bouquet really opened up, with sweeter tones of stone fruit, smoke and spice and a really deep seam of chalky mineral coming to the fore. That same chalky, seashelly character was there on the palate as well, especially on the attack before the wine fanned out across the midpalate with really nice sweet white fruit and floral accents. Like the Montille, this was drinking well now – it was soft and round, yet nicely balanced and focused throughout. Decent finish too, closing out with a nice long trail of smoky, chalky, minerally tones. It did not quite have the quality of the Montille, but this was very nice.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

White

1998 Domaine de Montille Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Le Cailleret

Chardonnay more

5/13/2015 - Paul S wrote: 93 points

Kelvin's Baby Shower (Burlamacco, Amoy Street, Singapore): An excellent Puligny 1er Cru. I had quite forgotten having had this before, but from my notes on a bottle we had a year and a half ago, this showed very consistently. It had a lovely nose - sweet peaches and nectarines, a little lemon peel, some vanilla and cream, and then a little lift of exotic nutmeg spice, smoke and a hint of earthy mineral; this was a very nice and complex bouquet. It was lovely on the palate as well. Fresh and pure, yet soft and melting, it caressed the mouth with mellow waves of honeyed apples and gentle orangey tones leading into a lightly spiced finish. Little pinpricks of chalk and mineral then peeked out at the edges as the wine took on some air. There was a nice warm depth here, but it was also beautifully balanced with well-integrated acidity. Very yummy - this was still fresh, juicy and lively, yet at the same time already perfectly resolved and drinking beautifully. Lovely.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

White

1998 Gravner Breg

Venezia Giulia IGT White Blend more

5/13/2015 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

Kelvin's Baby Shower (Burlamacco, Amoy Street, Singapore): A really unusual and quite fascinating wine from Josko Gravner. The winemaking style with this cuvee has changed quite a bit over the years. From what I gather, between 1997 and 2000 (the period when this was made), the Breg was crafted from a blend of wines fermented in half-buried clay amphorae and some that went into large Slavonian oak barrels. (Gravner only went “full amphorae” in 2001). The whole process from vineyard to bottle is also biodynamic. A deep orangey amber colour in the glass, the wine had a sweetly attractive nose of honey, beeswax and orange blossoms, with a core of dried stone fruit aromas laced with an earthy clay and terracotta note. Intriguing. The palate was really interesting too. It had a nice glow of ripe stone fruit and gently honeyed tones infused with complex notes of earth and clay and spice. There was almost a tannic bite and structure to this along with bright, zippy, orangey acidity. It was difficult to know what to make out of this. It is a good enough wine, very challenging and full of character, but I somehow did not find it all that enjoyable to drink from a purely aesthetic basis. It seemed quite ageless and I have absolutely no idea how it will develop in the coming years, but it will be interesting to try this again in 10 years’ time.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

White

1998 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series

Margaret River more

5/13/2015 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Kelvin's Baby Shower (Burlamacco, Amoy Street, Singapore): Pretty good, but this was an in-your-face wine – not quite my style. It had a huge, rich nose, with thick aromas of beeswax, honey and peaches wafting out of glass along with a little chalky, flinty undercurrant of minerality. With time, some sweet cream notes floated out as well. The was matched by a thick, layered, waxy mouthfeel on the palate, with big fat flavours of sweet stone fruit lined with spice and toasty, popcorny oak notes. There was a whiff of alcohol warmth in here somewhere as the wine then powered its way into a rich finish with yellow fruit, butter and nuts. There was some acidity that brought a decent balance to the wine, but any brightness or lift was otherwise quite buried by all that fruit. Oodles of oak aside, if you like the big, fruit-forward style, this is actually a pretty good wine and drinking well now. Not my thing though.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

White - Sparkling

1990 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Vintage Reserve

Champagne Blend more

5/13/2015 - Paul S wrote: 93 points

Kelvin's Baby Shower (Burlamacco, Amoy Street, Singapore): Very good indeed. This had a really engaging nose, quite perfumed, with wafts of dried flowers, kumquats and orange peel, and just a shade of browned apples and earthy, minerally tones coming in behind. The palate was showing really well too. It had a rich ripeness that spoke of the 1990 vintage, with ripe red apples and sweet lemons making out a fleshy attack. This was laced with sprightly acidity and flushed with a nice touch of spice that spread across the backpalate in a good, broad finish. Very nicely balanced for a 1990, it somehow managed to come across both powerful and yet well-controlled. A very nice Champagne moving towards its peak.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

White - Sparkling

1999 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année

Champagne Blend more

5/13/2015 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Kelvin's Baby Shower (Burlamacco, Amoy Street, Singapore): A nice start to the dinner - this was a pretty neat Champagne. I do not think it was quite as good as the best Grande Annee vintages, and this bottle has slipped a bit from the last one I had in 2011, but it was still very decent indeed. It had a nicely engaging, rather masculine nose, with yeast and brioche, sweet white fruit and a touch of limes, and then notes of white meat and some stony mineral accents running behind. The palate had a nice juicy attack, with citrus limes and lemon and green apple flavours giving the wine a clean, clear feel that was quite a departure from the broad, creamy, meaty nose. This showed both the gentle fleshiness of a Bollinger as well as the soft feel of the 1999 vintage though, all adding to make it very drinkable, if just a bit lacking in oomph. The finish was actually distinctly mid-lengthed, trailing away with a bite of citrus lime and a little toasty spice. All in all, a pretty good Champagne. Gentle and enjoyable now, although it can probably use a hold for a bit more time in the cellar.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

2010 Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia Rioja Macan Clásico

Tempranillo more

5/16/2015 - Paul S wrote: 91 points

Dinner with Monthly Group at Wild Rocket (Wild Rocket, Singapore): Macan Clasico 2010. The flavour of the month in Rioja, this is the product of a closely watched joint venture between Benjamin de Rothschild and Vega Sicilia. Unlike traditional Riojas with their Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva classifications, Macan only makes two wines – the Macan (akin to a Grand Vin in Bordeaux terms) and this wine, the Macan Clasico (the second wine). The other big difference from traditional Rioja is that both wines are crafted from grapes from Macan’s own vineyards (some 80 hectares planted under old vines) rather than bought from independent growers. In style, I found this to be perched somewhere between traditional and modern, coming across as a very well-made, polished wine, yet expressing the juicy elegance of the Tempranillo grape quite nicely. It had a nicely attractive nose, with sweet cherry and dried berry aromas surrounded by a halo of herb and bramble and a waft of cigarette smoke. There was a little touch of oak in there, but nothing like the blast of coconutty American wood that you get in a new release from a traditional maker. The palate had lovely proportions. Fine tannins and juicy acidity gave a gentle bite to its flavours of dark cherries and berries topped with a little twist of menthol and herb, with the finish then ended with a long flush of warm spice. For a second wine, this felt quite complete, with a nice sense of depth and good balance. While very approachable in its infancy, especially when paired with some food, it clearly still has time to go. I would give it 3-4 years to build some complexity, though it can probably go on for some 10-15 at least. A good wine.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

White

2010 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Chateau Thébaud Clos des Morines

Melon de Bourgogne more

5/16/2015 - Paul S wrote: 91 points

Dinner with Monthly Group at Wild Rocket (Wild Rocket, Singapore): A neat little Muscadet – this was just about the perfect white wine to pair with a seafood dish (in this case a salmon and squid donburi), particularly so on a warm and balmy Singapore evening. The nose showed pleasant notes of sweet apples, lime zest and a nice rocky minerality along with a little grassy, minty hint. Like the nose, the palate had simple but pleasant flavours, with apples and citrus fruits infused with a really nice minerality and a touch of spice as it glided into a long finish. Fresh and lively, yet not with an in your face zippiness that some Muscadets have, this was beautifully poised and balanced and really enjoyable to drink. A nice wine, drinking enjoyably well now, but with the balance to go on for some time yet.

1 person found this helpful, do you? Yes - No / Comment

Red

2002 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/20/2014 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

Hairy Crab Night 2014 (Capital Restaurant, New Bridge Road, Singapore): Pleasant, but not fantastic. I liked the nose – its shades of sweet cassis, tea leaves and herbs playing against a backdrop of damp earth were classic Ducru-Beaucaillou. The palate was surprisingly soft and forward though, with a slightly muddled structure of cottony tannins and soft acidity framing otherwise pleasing, mid-weight flavours of cassis, tobacco and earth. Notes of spice and earth and tea leaves then trialed away in a finish of decent length. This was enjoyable – a fresh, elegant expression of St Julien, but it lacks the quality of the better Ducrus. One for early drinking I think.

2 people found this helpful, do you? Yes - No / Comment

Red

2000 Nicolas Potel Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots

Pinot Noir more

9/20/2014 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

Hairy Crab Night 2014 (Capital Restaurant, New Bridge Road, Singapore): I did not quite know what to make out of this wine. If I could put it this way, it was very “Potel” – well-made enough, drinkable enough, clearly showing 1er Cru quality, but somehow a bit pedestrian, as if the wine was somewhat less than the sum of its parts. The nose had a lot of earthy, savoury aromas of sous bois and umami chicken stock playing against a dark fruited background, with a little drift of dark flowers floating alongside. The mid-weight palate had a decent depth of black-fruit flavours held in slightly powdery tannins and good enough balance, with earthier, spicier notes then coming in at the finish. This had the sinewy, muscular feel that one would expect on an NSG, but I also thought it seemed to be rather on the rustic side. It lacked a bit of clarity, missing the transparency of flavours that I look for in great Burgundy and actually coming across a bit murky. Overall, decently good, but uninspiring. About time to start drinking as well.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

White

2004 Nicolas Potel Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champs-Gain

Chardonnay more

9/20/2014 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

Hairy Crab Night 2014 (Capital Restaurant, New Bridge Road, Singapore): Decently good, if not quite the style of white Burg that I like. This was rich and oakey on the nose, with lots of buttery accents and honeyed aromas wafting about dried earth notes and slightly oxidative scents of kumquat skins and Salak (aka snake-skin) fruit. With time, some floral notes started coming out as well. The palate was creamy and toasty, with sweet white fruit and nutty flavours at the fore, along with a lick of smoky, toasty mineral at the finish. Like the nose, some time and air allowed more floral components to show after awhile. It was all just a bit too toasty and in-your-face for my tastes, although some others may like this particular expression of Chardonnay. Good thing that the wine showed some quality in the way it came together, with a good bit of bright, lemony acidity cutting through all its flavours and giving it a sense of clean balance throughout. In spite of not rocking my world, this was actually a pretty decent wine that was drinking quite readily on the night. Not sure it will improve much, so drink up.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

  • Tasting notes: 6,850 notes on 5,813 wines

Loading wine details...
loading

×
×