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White - Off-dry

2002 François Cazin (Le Petit Chambord) Cour-Cheverny Vendanges Manuelles Cuvée Renaissance

Romorantin more

7/28/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 92 points

Started out waxy and almost rieslingesque. Needed just a bit of time to stretch its legs. Golden and brassy but nothing here that's either literally sweet or figuratively so (honeyed, etc.). Straddles the line between pure chenin-like fruit and something a bit more fat and gushing - and manages to have the deeper tones that come with some development while still coming across vibrant and luminous.

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Red

1993 Albert Morot Beaune 1er Cru Teurons

Pinot Noir more

7/28/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 95 points

This was terrific. Big blast right from the first pour of deep mature Burgundy scents along with botanicals so vivid it's almost Chinato-like. Mature profile on the palate too, integrated and savory, while still having enough structure left to give it some grit.

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Red

2013 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Estate Etzel Block

Ribbon Ridge more

7/28/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 92 points

Playing a bit closer to the vest than the other 2013s I've had from here so far. Spritzy as they often are at first, so it needs a big shake at the start. Then it opens up with a fairly rich burst of sweet, glossy primary fruit, which fortunately takes just a bit of time to mellow into something more classic. Still a very clear sense of ripeness, with dark blackberry/blueberry flavors, but it really hits its stride after a few hours of air when it comes across super-refined with nice wisp of silky tannin giving it a soft, seamless comfort-wine texture.

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Red

2005 Domaine Comte Peraldi Ajaccio Comte De Poix

Sciacarello more

7/24/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 95 points

2005 vintage. It's from Corsica. This is my last of three bottles bought from Garagiste back when they regularly offered fascinating stuff like this, before they jumped the shark. It was the first and last time they ever offered this wine despite my repeatedly prodding them to do so again after I opened my first two early on. I was floored then - it was like drinking a Truchot, almost impossibly light and gossamer. I've been holding on to this last bottle for years, afraid to open it as I didn't want to ruin that perfect memory. Shouldn't have worried, this is still great. And in fact it's aging very much like a Burgundy, although tasting more mature than a Burgundy of a similar age would be, and it's oddly put on a substantial amount of weight: the color's deeper and the material denser than before. It starts out with slightly spiky acidity that needs a bit of time to sort itself out. Then it has a fresh green aroma, full of Alpine herbs. Then it turns deeper, more savory and earthy, with mushroom and saddle leather, very much like a Burgundy knocking on the door of a tertiary period. It has a very fresh acidic spine with a juiciness that brings to mind orange or tangerine, not ordinarily the type of acidity that you see in a red wine. That adds a youthful perspective to a profile that otherwise feels fairly developed. But the most remarkable thing about it is the texture and sleek, slender proportions, not much changed since those bottles years ago that felt like drinking Jacky Truchot. Won't somebody consider importing this wine again?

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Red

2013 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Shake Ridge Ranch

Amador County more

7/23/2015 - Keith Levenberg wrote: NR

I can't attach ratings to Dirty & Rowdy wines because ratings are about how something stacks up in a category, and Dirty & Rowdy is in a category of its own. I've gone through several bottles of the Familiar recently - haven't had one of the named vineyards in awhile, so the first thing apparent here is that this is really quite a bit more stuffed and structured than the Familiar, pouring out a deeper color with lots of fluffy tannin. The fruit material is inflected with a gamey brothiness at least at first, segueing to a minerality that makes the wine feel infused with concrete powder, and denser than some D&Rs but no less vibrant and cutting for it. This is still one of those rare reds with thirst-quenching acidity. Delicious with fried chicken.

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Red

2011 Cascina delle Rose Barbaresco Rio Sordo

Nebbiolo more

7/22/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 95 points

I've been hesitant to open this because the Tre Stelle was so challenging and this is supposedly the more structured of the two, but I shouldn't have been, as this is a wonderful and phenomenally easy-to-drink wine, about as friendly as young nebbiolo ever gets. If it is indeed more tannic than the Tre Stelle, that is only the case on paper as the structure is smoothed over by rich, very polished fruit that still has the gloss of youthfulness but whose flavors are well past the primary into savory and earthy territory with a sticky grip. It opens with a dazzlingly complex aromatic punch of herbs and a succulent meatiness, which quiets down soon enough but the wine never shuts down. The fruit is in crimson tones, plummy at first and then more towards apple skin hours later as it backs down from that initial generosity, but throughout the bottle it is full and plump with a real sense of warmth and heartiness, finishing with stony earth. I'm slightly tempted to call it autumnal just on account of the complexion but that doesn't seem to work because there is a very clear sense of freshness here. No leatheriness or other badges of oxidative aging that surface fairly often even in nebbiolos that I *like*: this bottle captured everything in pristine condition, making an exceptionally delicious wine with a robust inner core but a flawless veneer with no rough edges, brimming with generous, richly constituted nebbiolo goodness.

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Red

2012 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Santenay Vieilles Vignes Ceps Centenaires

Pinot Noir more

7/21/2015 - Keith Levenberg wrote: 85 points

If someone ever had a marketing meeting to try to figure out how to sell a bottle of wine to me personally, they probably couldn't come up with anything better than "Vieilles Vignes Ceps Centenaires." Not a whole lot of ceps centenaires in Burgundy... here's one of them. It's still a village wine, though, and I'm not sure the style is totally to my liking. It's edgy at first from CO2 and stays kind of edgy even after I think I've got the CO2 taken care of. That's something often said about Santenay but usually in reference to a somewhat rustic structure, but the thing is, this wine isn't especially structured at all. The experience is at times kind of like drinking a rough-around-the-edges Beaujolais with its very-primary fruit and rustic texture, and at times kind of like drinking New World pinot, albeit a good one, in those moments when the the fruit is particularly assertive. I'm hoping some of that primary fruit concentration reflects an underlying seve that will unwind to show some more interesting character if left in the cellar. No idea where this one is going though.

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White

2008 Ravines Wine Cellars Riesling Dry Argetsinger Vineyard

Finger Lakes more

7/21/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 96 points

No better riesling in the USA. I have had this bottle for about five years now. The amazing thing is that it doesn't taste like it's gotten any older - it's just even better. A knockout on the very first sip with a sizzling minerality of slate and gothic stone; I didn't know it was possible to get this kind of expression outside Germany. The style is a bone-dry GG style of riesling with acidity cutting like a samurai sword that would probably feel wincingly sharp if the wine weren't buzzing with so many other things going on. The fruit is pale and, like I said before, as fresh as a new release but calling it fruit at all may be stretching the concept, as it has the light and brightness of fruit but otherwise this wine is pure mineral, the flavors a study in stone and the texture like crunching on quartz crystals

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White - Off-dry

2007 Weingut Karlsmühle Kaseler Nies'chen Riesling Spätlese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

7/18/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 91 points

Rich, luscious style brimming with pineapple and tropical fruit - this could have passed for an auslese. But it's still plenty crisp, even when it warms up, with a buzzing spine and a mineral edge that veers between slate and saltiness.

P.S. I'm looking back at my note from my first bottle in 2008 now, which I didn't read before writing this one, and I'm pretty floored how identical they sound. I guess this wine hasn't changed all that much in 7 years.

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Red

2012 Domaine de la Côte Sainte-Epine St. Joseph Vieilles Vignes

Syrah more

7/17/2015 - Keith Levenberg wrote: 87 points

Up-front style. Plump, sweet red fruit with a twist of bacon. I wasn't expecting something so lush here.

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Red

2012 Guillaume Gilles Cornas

Syrah more

7/17/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 95 points

Excellent the first day, leftovers even better the next day. Really superb. Deep saturating black fruit, olives, and granite. A top-notch, classic Cornas. More polished and civilized than, say, Juge or Verset, but still sinewy with a lot of tightly packed power.

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Red

2010 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots

Pinot Noir more

7/16/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 91 points

I pulled this to open for comparison after the 2012 Gouges showed awkwardly. This one is much more friendly as you would expect, but I was immediately struck how much more advanced it was - been enjoying so many 2010s that I guess I hadn't noticed how far along they'd moved past release. The fruit here is turning more savory and plummy with a mushroom-like earthiness, and the primary fruit having receded enough to highlight a pretty raw and gritty structure. This will probably close down soon and become very tannic but fortunately for now it's still pretty expressive with aromas that hint at something more mature.

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Red

2012 Domaine Henri Gouges Bourgogne

Pinot Noir more

7/16/2015 - Keith Levenberg wrote: 85 points

This was a somewhat challenging bottle. It had some bitter, green aromas, and was structured in a more constricted way than recent Gouges vintages have been - this is more like those tough Gouges of yore. And yet it's just the Bourgogne. As challenging as it was, we had this next to the Chaignots and the difference was not that great. If you dig the 1ers in 2012 you will dig this. On the other hand, if the bitterness here is a turnoff, then don't bother checking in on the upper level bottlings now because it'll be more of the same.

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Red

2013 Enderle & Moll Pinot Noir Ida

Baden more

7/16/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 95 points

This is actually labeled Buntsandstein Ida. According to my guy at CSW: "The Ida is from a small parcel of 40 year-old vines Sven and Florian recently purchased from an older woman named Ida, who was farming organically. It's not contiguous to the rest of their Buntsandstein parcels, and this is the first vintage." I'd have to have this next to the regular Buntsandstein to say for sure how they're different. I get the impression this is slightly weightier but otherwise the experience is similar. This is spectacularly transparent stuff, nimble and packed with rocks and gravel. Both Buntsandstein pinots strike me as more transparent and ethereal than the Muschelkalk.

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White - Off-dry

2012 A.J. Adam Hofberg Riesling Spätlese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

7/16/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 90 points

Significantly sweeter and fatter than the kabinett, with the fruit flavors showing more luscious tropical fruit character. No sulfury scent in the nose on this one either, which is more fruit than mineral. Serious tropical deliciousness but I could see this getting a bit cloying if you're drinking it all night.

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White

2012 A.J. Adam Hofberg Riesling Kabinett

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

7/16/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 92 points

Tasted with the spatlese. Both delicious. This is, as you would expect, the crisper of the two although if it had been labeled a spatlese I don't think anyone would have batted an eye, as it has plenty of sweetness and flesh. (This is labeled at 8.5%, the spatlese at 8%.) Sulfur on the nose. The fruits are paler here than the spatlese but this isn't a lean, spinal style of kabinett - it's pretty generous.

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Red

2013 Mollydooker Shiraz The Boxer

South Australia more

7/16/2015 - Keith Levenberg Does not like this wine: 70 points

This was bad, obviously, although not quite bad enough to be fun for its comedic value in a Mystery Science Theatre 3000 fashion, and thus a disappointment on two fronts. It actually comes across varietally identifiable on the entry, with a saline, bacony twist to the fruit which is not quite as slathering as expected; oaked, to be sure, but still at least tasting like oak and not like a creamsicle. Then just when you're saying, "Hmmm..." that's when it gets slathering and goes down the gullet like Manischewitz. It's 16% alcohol which surely contributes to the port-like sweetness but I will admit that wasn't the only thing going on.

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Red

2010 Louis Jadot Corton-Pougets Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot

Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

7/11/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 96 points

This is great. Still the best-ever Pougets I've ever had from Jadot, and just about as good as Corton gets. Some of the sticky grip this showed last year is starting to recede and this is becoming more backwards and solid, but we're still in the window where this has plenty to show off even though I suspect it'll shut down hard pretty soon and quite possibly need all of two decades to reemerge. (If that sounds overly long, taste the '99 right now and get back to me.) So what is it, exactly, that's going on here even though most of the primary fruit is gone? What we have is an intense rock quarry of a Corton, firmly on the mineral rather than animal side of Corton at the moment, that not only smells and tastes like a glassful of pulverized rock but has the assertive structure and solidity to go with it.

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Red

2002 Château Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/10/2015 - Keith Levenberg wrote: NR

Very pretty but I guessed this as a Pomerol. Soft style and not showing any of the smoky, tarry side of Graves.

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Red

2001 Emmanuel Rouget Echezeaux

Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

7/10/2015 - Keith Levenberg wrote: NR

Blind. I was pretty shocked on the reveal. Still overtly oaky and on the rugged side.

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White

2009 Lur-Saluces "Y"

Bordeaux Supérieur Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

7/10/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 94 points

Very impressive. Even blind this was not that hard to pin down as Ygrec. Even though it's a dry wine with tons of sauv blanc grapefruit character there is an almost muscat-like echo of sweetness without actually being sweet that screams Sauternes, and none of the other dry Sauternes have the power and footprint of Yquem which is evident even here. Superb cleansing freshness despite its weight class.

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White - Sparkling

1988 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut

Champagne Blend more

7/10/2015 - Keith Levenberg wrote: NR

Is this a representative bottle? This tastes ooooooooooold. Tastes older than the undated bottle of Grand Cuvee which was probably older than this. Still some CO2 but not a whole lot. Deep color, brassy turning amber. People were guessing this was from the late '70s. Tasted fresher than it smelled but not fresh enough for my taste.

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White - Sparkling

2002 Pommery Champagne Cuvée Louise Brut

Champagne Blend more

7/10/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 91 points

Very likeable, easygoing crowd-pleaser style of Champagne tasting like a blanc de blancs to me, with a round, fluffy texture, smooth and easy like Sunday morning. I tend to prefer my bubbles more bracing and mineral, but that's quibbles, this is tasty, fun stuff.

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White

2002 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

Chardonnay more

7/10/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 90 points

Pure but screechy and very seriously shut down. Needed hours open to warm up and finally show off the sandy marine minerality in here, but even then it comes off much leaner and streamlined than Dauvissat Clos usually is. Hold at least a few more years.

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White - Sparkling

NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée

Champagne Blend more

7/10/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 87 points

Old Grand Cuvee, pre-purple label (tan label with purple text and border). Now that's something you don't see every day. Our amateur anthropology expedition dated it to the late 70s or early 80s mainly on the basis of the font. It still has bubbles and actually showed fresher than the '88 today though I don't think the '88 was a totally correct bottle. Deep, golden, brassy, that sort of thing. Impressive that it stuck around, but would I have liked it better 10 years ago? Probably.

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