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Red

2013 Marcel Lapierre Morgon

Gamay more

4/10/2015 - missatiejacket Likes this wine: NR

day 2. Similar to day 1, but maybe slightly more open.
As expected, beautiful aromas including fresh, focused floral and red fruit notes, as well as underlying mineral and earth character. Fruit is largely strawberry, with a combination of ripe and tart, but mainly just-ripe. There is impressive depth here. There's the slightest hint of barnyard (brett), which I actually find adds to the complexity, and I tend to be quite intolerant to that. Overall, I think this is a very good wine, and a good, but not great, vintage for Lapierre. MUCH better than the 2012, but not quite on the level of 2011 or 2009.

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Rosť

2012 Chateau Musar Rosé

Bekaa Valley Rosé Blend more

3/14/2015 - missatiejacket Likes this wine: NR

This is my first Chateau Musar Rosé. Unsurprisingly, it smells a lot like Musar Blanc plus some tart red fruit. To elaborate, I get a combination of dried, fresh, and slightly bruised apple and pear fruit, a strong waxy, lanolin aroma, green tea, fresh and dried herbs, a medicinal eucalyptus note, a subtle nutty, oxidative character, and that tart red fruit. The nose is very complex, rustic, and a bit funky with the oxidative feel. The palate is fairly light, with moderate, well-integrated, alcohol, light enough for the wine to feel quite refreshing despite only medium acidity. The nutty, waxy character takes on a bit of dusty earth here, reminiscent of some Savennieres in a way. That tart red fruit is quite fresh, really lifting the otherwise oxidative orchard fruits. This is a thinker, as expected, but there's also a surprisingly refreshing delicious factor (not a helpful descriptor, I know) reminiscent of more simple, quaffable French rosés. This is in no way simple, though, with impressive complexity, deft balance thanks to that moderate, basically unnoticeable alcohol, and just enough acidity. As expected from Musar, this is a thought-provoking wine, which I have VERY rarely said about any pink wine that isn't also a sparkling wine. I am told this can age, but I think I'll prefer to drink mine while that red fruited rosé character is still nice and fresh. Outstanding.

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Red

2005 Scherrer Winery Zinfandel Scherrer Shale Terrace

Alexander Valley more

2/1/2015 - missatiejacket Likes this wine: NR

Beautifully transparent garnet color with some ruby still in the core. There's still plenty of freshness to the fruit here, but with some dried/baked fruit maturation also coming into play. Fruits are mostly red, ripe but in no way overripe, and very focused, including strawberry, red cherry, raspberry, and more subtle black cherry and black currant. There's also some smoky tobacco, very well integrated cedar and toast of oak, subtle autumn leaves starting to emerge, and various spices. The style here is very elegant, but not lean. It almost has an Old World sense of restraint despite being a very flavorful wine. The palate displays silky, ripe tannins (med-) and ample, lively acidity. It's just what I want in a Zinfandel. I would say this has entered a lovely drinking window and will continue to evolve positively over the next 6-8+ years. (I am making that assessment based on what I find in the glass rather than any familiarity with how this wine tends to age, so I wouldn't be surprised if it could go quite a bit longer.) As far as quality, I would put this right up with some of my better Ridge experiences, and without the overt American oak signature of those, so I think I ultimately enjoy this even a little more. Outstanding.

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Red

2013 Marcel Lapierre Morgon

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11/28/2014 - missatiejacket Likes this wine: NR

This is a lovely young Lapierre. There's a great mix of red and dark fruits, some tart and some a bit riper. The pronounced floral character that I hope for in Lapierre is here in spades. There's very good depth and persistence on the palate. This might not be on the level of some truly great vintages, but it is a huge pleasure to drink now, and I think it has the potential to evolve over the next few years in a positive way.

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Red

2013 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive

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11/28/2014 - missatiejacket wrote: NR

Darn, the advice I got not to open this was more correct that I had hoped. This thing is tight as a drum. I mean I almost don't get anything out of it besides oddly concentrated tart fruit and acidity at this point. It is so closed on the nose and awkward on the palate that we did not even drink it. Knowing the track record of this wine, I do believe it will turn into something great, but I really can't even get a sense of that now.

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Red

2004 Chateau Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend more

9/27/2014 - missatiejacket Likes this wine: NR

Drinking great right now. There's plenty of time ahead of this, but I have a few and am very glad I opened one. Classic Musar, and this is still looking like an excellent vintage, as it has all along. After this showing, I now think it's right up there with the '95.

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White

2009 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Buisson Renard

Sauvignon Blanc more

10/6/2014 - missatiejacket wrote: flawed

Stunning aromatics are unfortunately shrouded in a veil of excess ethyl acetate. What a shame. The wine doesn't seem otherwise oxidized, so I am very surprised and disappointed.

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White

2012 Franz Hirtzberger Riesling Smaragd Hochrain

Wachau more

9/6/2014 - missatiejacket Likes this wine: NR

Decanted about 20 minutes so far. My first Hirtzberger, and this is amazing. Exotic nose filled with herbal aromas of mint, dill, parsley, and cilantro, along with peach, green apple, and hints of pineapple. It's like a chameleon, showing me different elements each time I put my nose in the glass. There is an extreme sense of refinement, not in a "made" sort of way, but in an elegant, understated way. The palate follows suit, particularly with that sense of refinement, although it does feel like things might be able to come together just a little bit more with time and be a touch more cohesive. I don't want that to seem negative; this stuff is wonderful right now, it's just that there's a WHOLE lot going on, and I think it will all meld together a bit after a few years in the bottle. Already, this is outstanding+, though, and an example of one of the truly great dry Rieslings of the world. outstanding++, potential for improvement.

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White

2013 Prager Riesling Smaragd Achleiten

Wachau more

8/24/2014 - missatiejacket Likes this wine: NR

This is a classic example of the elegant refinement of the 2013 vintage in Austria. It's sleek, focused, and extremely intensely mineral. It shows a lot of depth after about 45 minutes in the decanter, but there's obviously still a lot of complexity buried in this youthfully taut frame. There is a lightness to the wine that makes it extremely refreshing, so much that it's almost difficult to put the glass down. I might have to buy more of this one; I think the potential is there for true greatness in a few years. It's plenty delicious now, but I will wait a bit before opening another.

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White

2011 Domaine Faury St. Joseph Blanc

White Rhone Blend more

8/21/2014 - missatiejacket wrote: NR

m+ intensity on the nose, m+ concentration and body. Aromas of chalk, sea air, beeswax, just-ripe yellow apples and pears, subtle flint. Slightly noticeable alcohol, stated 13%, I'd guess slightly higher, 13.5-14. Similar palate with alcohol not completely integrated. Only medium acidity. Subtle butter along with aromatic components. Richer than it smells. Nice wine, but slightly awkward. Fine for super cheap closeout price, but not my cup of tea really.

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Red

1998 Rene Rostaing Côte-Rôtie La Landonne

Syrah more

8/7/2014 - missatiejacket Likes this wine: NR

Black cherry and currant flavors combine with lilac and lavender to give plenty of freshness to the maturing leather and autumn leaf aromas. There's also plenty of scorched earth and a bit of cigar wrapper. The palate is vibrant, with all of those aromas carrying through beautifully and solidly medium(+) acidity and fine tannins providing structure. I think this is probably just entering a great drinking window that will continue for another 8-10+ years, depending on how mature you want it. very good++ I love it.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1971 Moulin Touchais Coteaux du Layon

Chenin Blanc more

7/9/2014 - missatiejacket Likes this wine: NR

This was my second bottle, consistent with the first. It was a beautiful, fully mature sweet Chenin with just enough fruit holding on. It isn't the most complex wine, but the price was very reasonable for the quality and maturity. I'm glad I still have one more.

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White

1997 Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Edmond

Sauvignon Blanc more

7/9/2014 - missatiejacket Does not like this wine: NR

over the hill

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White

1998 Domaine Pascal Cotat (Pascal & Francis) Sancerre Les Monts Damnés

Sauvignon Blanc more

7/9/2014 - missatiejacket Does not like this wine: NR

This was an interesting bottle, but over the hill as far as a friend and I are concerned. I'm sure this was a great wine 5-7 years ago.

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White

2011 Weingut Keller Westhofen Brunnenhäuschen Abtserde ("Abtse®.de") Riesling Großes Gewächs

Rheinhessen more

6/11/2014 - missatiejacket Likes this wine: NR

Wow. I've come to expect a lot from this wine in any vintage, and this example lives up to those expectations. It has such a harmonious combination of elegant purity and concentration. Layer after layer of aroma is revealed as the wine aerates and warms. I think I'd be doing it an injustice in trying to rattle off a list of descriptors, so I'll just say that this is a classic example and there is a LOT going on. The flavors evolve to an extent that only happens in truly great wines, and the finish is long and complete, seeming to continue to change even after the wine is gone. I absolutely love it.

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Red - Sparkling

2012 Vigneto Saetti Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce

Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce DOC more

6/1/2014 - missatiejacket Does not like this wine: NR

traditional method Lambrusco... this sounded interesting. The nose is interesting; chalky, fresh black fruits, scorched earth, autumn leaves. There's something wild and a bit funky there, but it's subtle. The palate, to me, is a mess. It's intensely bitter, even a bit sour (some sort of yeast and/or bacteria running wild, I suspect), with a Gueuze component that I've found in other faulty wines. All that pleasant stuff from the nose is there, but it's SO bitter and sour that I can't even enjoy it. I'm going to leave it open for a while and try it later, but I think this one's going down the drain. It's a shame, because when I first smelled it, I thought it was the best Lambrusco I've ever had. The disconnect from such an impressive nose to something that I actually find undrinkable is a huge letdown.

I've had other Lambrusco that I've really liked, but none have been this complex. I notice that they proudly proclaim organic wine with no added SO2. I think that's the problem... What a shame. The raw materials for this must have been fantastic. If it tasted as good as it smelled, I would be completely captivated.

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White

2008 Ravines Wine Cellars Riesling Dry Argetsinger Vineyard

Finger Lakes more

5/18/2014 - missatiejacket Likes this wine: NR

I drank this a few days ago, so I don't have a thorough note. It's still youthful and as good as ever. Not the most complex dry Riesling, but good enough to show that the Finger Lakes does produce world-class examples. I'd put it on par in terms of quality and style with a good, but not great, Trocken from the Mosel. I'm interested to see where it goes with more time. I think I'm down to my last bottle, but I'm confident in giving it a few more years. note to self: check back in around 2019.

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Red

1990 Château Soutard

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/19/2014 - missatiejacket Likes this wine: NR

What a beautifully aged Saint Emilion! I didn't cellar this bottle, but the condition of the cork makes me think it was well cared for. Plenty of fresh fruit livens up the dried fruit and aged characteristics of moss, forest floor, cigar box, leather, and plenty of earth. There is above average depth and complexity, though not of the level of the top wines. Still, perfect balance and plenty of interest from some layers of flavor make this a very good wine and a great example of aged Saint Emilion GC. lovely.

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Red

2004 Ontañón Rioja Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

3/19/2014 - missatiejacket Likes this wine: NR

This is a nice, somewhat modern Rioja in that it has ripe, plush fruit, but is not overdone and doesn't lack the dusty, earthy, leathery components that I hope to find. The combination of French and American oak comes through in a good way, with both being of obviously high quality and not showing any of the sawdust character of the cheap barrels. There's good depth to the wine, and a feeling of youth at this stage that makes me think it will improve over the next 5-8 years. Slightly gritty, but fine tannins (med-) and medium acidity provide balance.

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Red

2012 Charly Thevenet Régnié Grain & Granit

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2/5/2014 - missatiejacket Likes this wine: NR

Aromas of crushed rose and lilac waft from the glass, combining with super pure raspberry, red cherry, and black cherry fruit. There is a strong core of graphite and slate minerality supporting those notes, as well as nuances of Asian spice, cumin, coriander, and cinnamon. Those who treasure purity and finesse will love the nose of this wine. With all of that aromatic buildup, the palate does not disappoint. It's all about elegance and poise, with subtle layers of flavor holding my interest while wonderful freshness and a seamless character make the wine all too chuggable. The long, complete finish completes the package. outstanding.

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Red

1999 Alain Voge Cornas Cuvée Vieilles Fontaines

Syrah more

1/9/2014 - missatiejacket wrote: NR

This is somewhere in between my outstanding first bottle and undrinkably flawed second. There's a bretty barnyard/band aid aroma to this wine that is just a bit too strong for me, but not overwhelming. Outside of that, there are a subtle smoky/meaty element, some dried red berries, a bit of charcoal, and quite a bit of dark earth and graphite/slate minerality. The palate is very much the same, with tart red fruits dominating that element, nice med++ acidity, and reasonable but not great concentration. There is a slight awkwardness here, as if not everything is quite working perfectly together. Overall, this is decent but nothing more. Its too-noticeable brett and lack of cohesion hold it back from being better, despite pretty good complexity and a nice state of maturity.

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Red

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

Pinot Noir more

12/15/2013 - missatiejacket Likes this wine: NR

much deeper color than the village wine, this one is med/med(+) ruby with a fairly deep core.

On the nose, there's much more dark fruit than in the village wine, with black cherry and plum being prominent, as well as the red fruits I would expect. The fruit is riper as well, but there's still a little tart fruit in there. I could almost think this was from Oregon in a lean vintage from an elegant producer. There's a cooling herbal, almost medicinal note that I could call eucalyptus. The nose seems denser than that of the village wine. There's also the brambly quality here, and other types of fresh herbs.

med body, med(+) acid (but not quite as high as on the village). same profile as the nose. richer than the village, and longer, more complete finish. really long. solidly very good with plenty of room for improvement. I should buy more of this.

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Red

2010 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges Vieilles Vignes

Pinot Noir more

12/15/2013 - missatiejacket Likes this wine: NR

med(-) ruby color.

nose of pretty, fresh, mainly ripe but also a little tart red fruits, rose, hints of graphite and dusty earth, subtle bramble. expressive but not completely forward, definitely holding something back despite smelling really nice now.

med(-) body, med(++) acid. elegant on the palate. more tart fruit than the nose, but also some riper, kind of wild/brambly raspberry and strawberry. leaner than the nose seemed to indicate, but not overly so. pretty, complete wine that is a bit restrained at this point, but a lot of fun to drink. good++.

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White

2012 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner Spiegel

Kamptal more

12/12/2013 - missatiejacket Likes this wine: NR

The nose on this isn't giving all that much. To be fair, I didn't give it long in the decanter, because the palate is so beautiful that we've practically been chugging it. Aromas of lanolin, waxed ripe apple, floral notes, and subtle spice. Palate is crazy complex, with an explosive midpalate showing all kinds of nuances and incredible integration of flavors. This is really seamless, with everything feeling so well put together and tightly knit that it's almost hard to pull out individual flavors. But there are so many evident. This is a wine that shows incredible potential for improvement, yet it is already so impressive for its palate alone. I think it's very good+, just short of outstanding, as it is right now, only because the nose is pretty tight and I probably didn't give it enough air time. There's almost no question that it will be outstanding in a few years, and I am extremely glad to have a few more bottles for aging.

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Red

1999 Alain Voge Cornas Cuvée Vieilles Fontaines

Syrah more

12/12/2013 - missatiejacket wrote: flawed

Sadly, this bottle was ridden with brettanomyces and seemingly some other sort of contamination (lactobacillus?) that made it smell and taste like sour beer. As an Oude Kriek Lambic, this bottle wasn't bad, but as a wine, it was faulty. fingers crossed for my remaining bottles. I hope to have another great experience next time.

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