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Red

2000 Domaine de Chevalier

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/28/2015 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

More advanced than the 2000 Pape Clement served next to it, this presents - not surprisingly - as very approachable and more simple in constitution than the PC. Nonetheless, a nice study in contrasts. This would likely be a crowd favorite in most settings as opposed to the PC, but that would suit me fine as it would mean more (of the PC) for me. And it's all about me ;D

Double decanted at 9am, served non-blind at 7pm.; now and the next 5-7 years

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Red

2000 Château Pape Clément

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/28/2015 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

Consistent with the bottle of 3 yrs ago, excellent. Ageing very slowly this, with some fringe signs of additional secondary development; largely on par with the prior bottle and I don't foresee any real (i.e. interesting) developments for at least 7-8 years. Delicious now, superb later. If only I could age as gracefully as this no doubt will. Sigh.

Double-decanted at 8am, served non-blind at 7pm and allowed to slow-ox for 90 minutes prior to service.

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White

2012 Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan Deidesheimer Riesling trocken

Pfalz more

7/28/2015 - wine-strategies wrote: NR

Consistent with previous bottles

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Red

2004 Calabretta Etna Rosso

Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese more

7/27/2015 - wine-strategies wrote: flawed

Tappo. Shi+!

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White

2011 Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Hohereck

Wachau more

7/27/2015 - wine-strategies wrote: NR

Concentrated, yes, but equally well-lifted. Such cut, and enthusiastic vigor. Beware, this is highly addictive stuff and not for the undisciplined. Fresh melons, ripe stone and orchard fruits, crunchy, tangy minerals. Exciting. 13,5% abv., highly recommended

Slow-O 1 hr, served non-blind.

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Red

2007 Château Pavie Macquin

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/26/2015 - wine-strategies wrote: NR

Recent tasting notes had me thinking this might be ready - boy is it ever. Dark ruby, no sign of age, with the type of ripe Merlot aromas I expected, low(er) acids and ripe, glossy tannins. By the second glass, some earthen notes appear, but they are fleeting - kind of like the finish. Red/Black fruits; more new world than old. A fine wine to quaff on burger night; pleasurable, simple, clean. 14,0% abv., thru 2020 (though no reason to hold, this is peak.

Aerated to decanter 90 minutes, served non-blind.

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Red

2003 Terre Nere Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Sangiovese more

7/25/2015 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

Stunningly good, and not at all what I was expecting from a 2003 (I wasn't expecting it to be bad, but certainly not sublime, as it was). In fact, this was as good a representation of Brunello as I could ask for in any vintage. Medium-bodied, earthy, leathery, lifted; serious purity and exceptional balance. The type of wine that haunts, that gets etched into the brain. Another decade or more yet ahead. Brilliant effort. highly recommended

Double-decanted for 1 hour, served non-blind 3 hours later.

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Red

1999 Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi Piano di Montevergine

Taurasi DOCG Aglianico more

7/25/2015 - wine-strategies wrote: flawed

held since release only to find it's corked. so pissed.

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White

2013 Gysler Scheurebe trocken

Rheinhessen more

7/24/2015 - wine-strategies wrote: NR

Medium straw gold, bright. Subtle aromas of vanilla custard, elderflower, almond paste, acacia and seabed minerals. Nearly medium-bodied, this performs better on the cooler end of the spectrum; flavors follow the nose. This is a nice table wine, perhaps best as an aperitivo-type placement or picnic wine. The nose outperforms the palate, which suffers from proper acid lift. Having said that, it's (still) this side of the bar for Scheurebe varietal vibrancy. Glad to have tried it, but won't repurchase. 11,0% abv.

SnP, served non-blind; nicely dry.

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Red

2007 La Pèira en Damaisèla Coteaux du Languedoc Les Terrasses du Larzac Les Obriers de La Pèira

Red Rhone Blend more

7/24/2015 - wine-strategies wrote: NR

On PnP, at 59F, it's everything I like about a good wine from the 'doc - earthy, garrigue, scorched earth, herbs, etc. But the party is short-lived as it warms toward 65F in the glass. Gone - too quickly - are the beautiful parts, in their place an army of raisins, with some chocolate and fig tones to round things out - i.e. not in a good way. My last of a case purchased on release, and a sad end to the story. 14,5% (will never resolve).

Served non-blind across 2 nights; be sure to serve on the cool side.

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Red

2013 Montalbera Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato La Tradizione

Ruche more

7/21/2015 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

PnP. Murky ruby color, with aromas of rose water, Off! bug spray, new rubber ducky, soil, and with some swirling, sweet red currants and rhubarb. Medium(-) palate, with above-average persistence, but in need of additional definition on the mid-palate; flavors of Rhubarb and cherry phosphate. Probably better to stick with antipasti than it is to pair this with a primi or secondi. By the second glass, this has become quite pretty and in the way that Ruché can, it becomes elegant, too; dry, with ripe, thin tannins. A lovely Ambassador for the tiny village of Castagnole and the humble Monferrato. Quite brilliantly balanced, too; a definite reload. 13,5% abv., thru 2016. recommended

Served non-blind. I'll save the 2nd half of the bottle for tomorrow's lunch and update with anything of note.

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White

2009 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu

Chenin Blanc more

7/19/2015 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

Exceeded expectations, as most Huet (that aren't pox'd) do, with the layers of fruit I'd hoped for, but also the proper acidity to carry it all gracefully and enjoyably. Drinking really well right now, and sure makes me wish I had a case (or three) in the cellar for the next 10 or 20 years. This had quite a lot to say on the nose and palate and is no doubt going to evolve positively for years to come. A tremendous value. recommended

PnP, served non-blind.

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Red

2009 Domaine de la Butte Bourgueil Mi-pente

Cabernet Franc more

7/20/2015 - wine-strategies wrote: NR

Exciting, delicious, and exceeds expectations. Dark ruby toward purple, with a deeply focused nose of wondrous typicity of Bourgueil and the Cab Franc variety. Full-ish, with elegant lines and ample, fresh acidity, this is positively delicious, and I find myself pouring/re-filling my glass in no time at all. After the so-so experience with Blot's lesser bottle from the same vintage just a few weeks ago, my faith is restored, and then some. I will keep my final bottle safe for a time certain that it can be shared with good friends whom I know will appreciate this fine effort. 13,5% abv., thru 2025. recommended

PnP, served non-blind; totally ready

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White - Off-dry

2009 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Haut-Lieu

Chenin Blanc more

7/19/2015 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

PnP, served non-blind.

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White - Sparkling

1996 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon

Champagne Blend more

7/19/2015 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

It's been several years since the last one, and this seems to be fulfilling its destiny quite nicely. Having entered a very early stage of maturity - but with the obvious stuffing to go many decades more - this offers brilliant purity, precision and a graceful tension that transitions into fantastic length. The kind of wine that is deeply satisfying and at the same time forces one to consider the absolute nobility of the region and in particular, this house. Buy all you can. highly recommended

PnP, served non-blind. From a cold cellar, stored since release.

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Red

1978 Domaine de Chevalier

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/19/2015 - wine-strategies wrote: flawed

All great athletes are subject to the effects of time and injury, and in the instant case, this had a touch of TCA/TBA that distracted on the nose, but showed its pedigree - and fortitude - on the palate with virtually no TCA at all. Moreover, thanks to the strength of the fruit and vintage, it was able to rise above its defect and provide pretty remarkable enjoyment in the mouth and on the finish. It's not fair to think that this might be representative, but if it were, it's most certainly time to drink as this window is closing sooner than later. I had to leave before the bottle was emptied, but I have to think the remainder was quite drinkable and that none ended up down the drain.

Decanted for sediment and returned to bottle, served single-blind one hour later.

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White

2013 Ruth Lewandowski Wines Grenache Gris Naomi Gibson Ranch

Mendocino County more

7/18/2015 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

I picked a few of these up exactly one year ago, and I've been waiting for the right opportunity ever since. Well, tonight was that opportunity, as I wanted to enjoy it with friends as much for their reactions to the wine as my own. Having said that, this is a food wine, and as a further qualifier, a wine-geek's food wine. I found plenty to admire here, though it did require some careful inspection, my friends, less so. Either way, delicious starter wine; I will probably finish my remaining bottle within the next 12 months. A quality effort. For more detailed notes, see bretrooks's excellent reviews. 12,7% abv, recommended (for AFWE only).

Double decanted for one hour, served non-blind 3 hours later.

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White

2013 Hiedler Grüner Veltliner Kamptal DAC Reserve Thal

more

7/18/2015 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

I picked a few of these up on something of a whim - to top off a mixed case (discount), and boy am I glad I did. Very approachable now on PnP, this is not likely to develop that much more in the way of complexity, and if it does, it will likely come at the expense of the fruit and overall (i.e. fresh, full) experience. Dangerously delicious, I will return to the store this week and buy all that remains. 13,0% abv., now and the next 4-5 years. recommended

SnP, served non-blind. Bravo, Hiedler!

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Red

2008 Viader V

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/20/2015 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

Brilliant ruby/purple with no sign of age; bright and clear. Generously perfumed, with complex notes of purple flower, brown spices, pie crust, cedar, plum and clove. A harmonious and generous palate that offers class and length, but just the slightest touch of EtOH, too, suggesting more air and/or a few more years in the cellar. More interesting on the nose than the palate, this is nonetheless a winner (though the price seems a bit ahead of itself). 14,3% abv., now and for the next 5-6 years before it begins its decline.

Aerated to decanter 2 hours, returned to bottle and served non-blind 4 hours later.

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Red

2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/18/2015 - wine-strategies wrote: NR

The ruby color is beginning to show the slightest signs of age/development, but the nose and palate have yet to develop to their full potential. Glossy, texturally rich and tasty, this leaves me wanting more - more cellar time. HOLD another 4-5 years if you're wanting more than just a comfort food; I'd love to see it again in 10-12 yrs, actually.

Slow-ox 2 hours, served non-blind.

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Rosť

2014 Domain Dyckerhoff Reuilly Petit Gris

Pinot Gris more

7/11/2015 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

Really lovely stuff. Light salmon color, bright and clear. Opened a little too cool, which kept the aromas in the mineral/sea spray camp at first. By the second glass, feminine notes of cherry, white raspberry, minerals and faint white floral. Seemed to add a little weight and come out of its shell fully as it warmed past 55F; the last glass was the best. I'm already kicking myself for not purchasing additional bottles (I believe the local market has sold out). If you get excited by obscure whites from the Loire with near-electric acidity, this is your wine - and mine, too :D

13,0% abv., served non-blind. Better with the salad (read: marinated anchovy/mustard/balsamic dressing) course than the oysters Rockefeller.

** fwiw, the variety on the label is listed as Petit Gris, not Pinot Gris **

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Red

1978 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Ygay Gran Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

7/7/2015 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

Immensely impressive. Striking color - I stopped counting at ten shades of red-orange; bright and clear, though virtually no bricking/tawny. Served double-blind, I was thinking mid-70s in the very first moments I saw it poured - with the light catching it just so as it moved from the bottle into the glass, but after smelling and tasting, I hedged my bet to '85 (even though it could easily have passed for a 10 yr old wine based on sight alone. An early note of dill is gone in a flash, followed by armpit, a whiff of VA (also gone very quickly), cigar ash. With just a few minutes of swirling, all of that is gone and the crunchy, somewhat high-toned red fruits come washing in. What follows is a story - a book - more than it is an article or report, because this just seems to keep evolving, keep unfolding, and by the 2hr mark, I get notes of caramel, butterscotch and black raspberry. 13,0% abv.; this has another decade or two - for those with fortitude - and no doubt some positive evolution is in the cards. highly recommended

Double-decanted at 5pm, served double-blind at 630pm and followed for the next 2+ hours.

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Red

2001 Le Macchiole Messorio Toscana IGT

Merlot more

7/7/2015 - wine-strategies wrote: flawed

tappo

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Rosť - Sparkling

2006 Ca' del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvée Annamaria Clementi

Franciacorta DOCG Rosé Blend more

7/11/2015 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

Wow wine alert. Equal measure of precision, purity, elegance, depth and soul, this has it all. Lively mousse, super-fine bead, gilded layers of berry and orchard fruits; long, satisfying and a pretty much meditative finish. If I could have a house sparkler, this would be pretty much be it (but I can't, because no matter how much I buy, it disappears in no time at all). Disgorged Autunno 2014; purchased at an Enoteca in Toscana and carried back home, this is worth every penny (~ $120 USD). 12,5% abv. very highly recommended

PnP, served non-blind. (uploaded frt/back labels)

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Red

2012 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso

Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese more

7/15/2015 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

Terre nere (black soil) indeed, in fact this was dripping with it - good thing I love soil notes. The palate showed best below 65F, with a touch of brett, ripe pomegranate and good acidity. Better on night #2, this continues to impress and satisfy - the low price, just a bonus. 14,5% abv (mostly resolved). recommended

PnP, served non-blind over 2 nights.

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