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Red

1959 Bodegas Palacio Rioja Glorioso Reserva Especial

Tempranillo more

10/26/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Showing it's age. Fairly rustic with not much fruit left. Just a hint of red fruit lingers, but earth, leather and old wood dominates. Lean and full of decay. From a bottle with a good fill. Drink up. B/B-.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2008 Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Moelleux

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10/22/2015 - BradKNYC Likes this wine: NR

Showing a bit more closed than past bottles, so it may be time to let these sleep awhile, or do some heavy decanting. The riveting acidity is still there and there's just a tremendous amount of vitality to the wine. Quince dominates this bottle with a little less of a tropical fruit character. A bit of sweetness, but nothing on the order of what the Reserve would be. Gorgeous. A/A-.

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Red

1964 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Viña Real Reserva Especial

Tempranillo more

10/3/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Another beautiful showing for this wine. It still shows vibrant red cherry fruit and fine acids, but has that wonderful burnished feel that only comes with age. There's a bit of worn spicy cedar, a touch of orange citrus and earth. Savory and long in the mouth with a delightful softness. Terrific wine. A.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1989 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux 1ère Trie Le Haut-Lieu

Chenin Blanc more

10/24/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

A deep gold color and showing just a touch leaner than past bottles. Still shows some wooliness along with typical apricot, early grey tea, orange citrus and mineral flavors and aromas. There's a hint of marzipan and the acids are there in full force balancing out the sugar. Seems a little less sweet than past bottles. Beautiful. A/A-.

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Red

1973 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

10/22/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Typically variable LdH and this was not a particularly good showing. Relatively little fruit showing and mostly dominated by tertiary characteristics. Leathery, worn wood, citrus and a strong iron note. Plenty of structure. I've had much better bottles. B

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1997 Domaine Philippe Delesvaux Coteaux du Layon Sélection de Grains Nobles

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9/19/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Chenin Fest: 28 Loire Chenin Blancs from 1995 - 1997. (Don Rice's.): Whaddya know? A "sugar hunter" wine has made it into the lineup. It definitely lives up to its designation. There is a lot of residual sugar here. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of acidity to back it up. It's definitely too cloying and over-the-top for some, but I'm really digging the silky/syrupy mouthfeel and, hey, I like sugar. Think of your typical late harvest Chenin fruit in preserve/marmalade form with a dose of honey and that pretty much sums it up. Drinks like an essencia minus the acidity. Low A-.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1997 René Renou Bonnezeaux Les Melleresses

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9/19/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: flawed

Chenin Fest: 28 Loire Chenin Blancs from 1995 - 1997. (Don Rice's.): Heat Damaged. NR.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1996 René Renou Bonnezeaux Cuvée Zenith

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9/19/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Chenin Fest: 28 Loire Chenin Blancs from 1995 - 1997. (Don Rice's.): I absolutely loved this wine on release. It had wonderful intensity, sweetness and electric acidity backing it all up. It's been at least ten years since I've had it and I was expecting more. I guess like many of us, it's gotten a bit soft and round with age and is not as vigorous as it once was. There are more mature apricot, honey, earl grey tea and marmalade flavors and aromas to enjoy, but there's also a bit of oxidation showing and while tasty, the wine lacks the focus and excitement it once had. Tough to compete against a memory of what was and higher expectations for what it would become. A-/B+.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1996 Château Pierre-Bise Quarts de Chaume

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9/19/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: flawed

Chenin Fest: 28 Loire Chenin Blancs from 1995 - 1997. (Don Rice's.): Heat damaged. NR.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1996 Château Pierre-Bise Coteaux du Layon Chaume

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9/19/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Chenin Fest: 28 Loire Chenin Blancs from 1995 - 1997. (Don Rice's.): Like the other Bise wines, this one is also a deep amber color and shows a bit of volatile acidity. There's more cut and focus here compared to the '97 Rayelles, but this, too, is a bit disappointing given how well it showed earlier in its life. Plenty of apricot, marmalade, honey and mineral to enjoy, but, again, the wine lacks dimension and struggles to really hold one's attention. Picks up a slight bitter note on the finish. A-/B+.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1996 Château Pierre-Bise Coteaux du Layon Rochefort-sur-Loire Les Rayelles

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9/19/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: flawed

Chenin Fest: 28 Loire Chenin Blancs from 1995 - 1997. (Don Rice's.): Heat damaged. NR[/NR].

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1997 Château Pierre-Bise Coteaux du Layon Rochefort-sur-Loire Les Rayelles

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9/19/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Chenin Fest: 28 Loire Chenin Blancs from 1995 - 1997. (Don Rice's.): I was looking forward to the Bise lineup as I, along with a number of friends, all had these in our cellars on release, but by about 2004 or so, they quickly started to turn a deep amber color so we all drank them quickly. Probably a good idea as these bottles didn't show as well as hoped and lacked the verve and freshness they did in their youth. This bottle was a bit deficient in acidity and came across as a bit syrupy. Shows a touch of volatile acidity with pleasant apricot, quince paste and yellow plum jam flavors, but the wine needs more cut and comes across as a bit too one note. Solid B+.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1995 Papin-Chevalier Savennières Doux La Pierre de Coulaine

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9/19/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Chenin Fest: 28 Loire Chenin Blancs from 1995 - 1997. (Don Rice's.): Showed just as it did a couple of months ago. The wine was a bit too over the top for almost all present, but I warned them that it needed some air for the acidity to come up and balance out the wine, but no one listened. A couple of days later I heard from Don that he watched the bottle evolve and I was correct. Vindication! A deep amber color and incredibly intense and sweet on the palate with lots of honey, apricot jam and tea flavors. Plenty of mineral and botrytis character. I love it and will take whatever bottles my friends may want to part with. A.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1996 Château Soucherie Coteaux du Layon Chaume

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9/19/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Chenin Fest: 28 Loire Chenin Blancs from 1995 - 1997. (Don Rice's.): Popped and poured and this wine always needs 12-24 hours of air for the intense cheese rind character to blow off. It was there in spades with this bottle, but there's also pleasant typical Chenin flavors of quince, citrus, mineral and stone fruits. Medium sweet with solid structure, it really needs air to show best. B+/B.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1996 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux 1ère Trie Le Mont

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9/19/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Chenin Fest: 28 Loire Chenin Blancs from 1995 - 1997. (Don Rice's.): A completely different character from the two '97s and the structure fans in the group clearly gravitated to this bottle over the others. Showing the vintage's passerillage fruit and lack of botrytis with it's racy and vivid character. Big time acids balance the sweet apricot, quince paste and mango flavors. Plenty of chalky mineral showing. Terrific and young, but it could use just a touch more flesh to soften the cut of the razor sharp acidity. Low A

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1997 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux 1ère Trie Clos du Bourg

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9/19/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Chenin Fest: 28 Loire Chenin Blancs from 1995 - 1997. (Don Rice's.): As great as the Le Haut-Lieu was, this was on another level. There's just so much more of everything here. Greater depth and length, more complexity, more vibrancy, more mineral notes and greater structure. The fruit here is more yellow in character than in the LHL and there's a wonderful marrowy texture to the mouthfeel and the wine continued to build and develop with air. Gorgeous now, but this is certainly built for distance. A+/A.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1997 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux 1ère Trie Le Haut-Lieu

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9/19/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Chenin Fest: 28 Loire Chenin Blancs from 1995 - 1997. (Don Rice's.): Lots of botrytis character on the nose and palate. The Yellow fruit is starting to shift to a more mature apricot and orange fruit character. Touch of marmalade and tea. Nice vigor and expansive across the palate with just enough acidity to balance out the intense sweetness. Slight bitter botrytis note on the finish. Excellent and aging nicely. A/A-.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1997 Domaine de la Taille aux Loups Montlouis-sur-Loire Cuvée des Loups

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9/19/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Chenin Fest: 28 Loire Chenin Blancs from 1995 - 1997. (Don Rice's.): Pineapple and oak aromas dominate the nose. On the palate, the wine has absorbed much of the oak, but it's presence is still felt. Sweet, yet nicely balanced. There's a nice creaminess on the palate where pineapple, pear, mineral and vanilla flavors abound. Showing youthfully, so no need to drink up anytime soon. Nice wine, but it could do without the oak. A-.

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White - Off-dry

1996 Domaine Deletang Montlouis-sur-Loire Demi-Sec Les Batisses

Chenin Blanc more

9/19/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Chenin Fest: 28 Loire Chenin Blancs from 1995 - 1997. (Don Rice's.): Pleasant, but showing a bit one-note and a bit industrial and pedestrian. There's some enjoyable quince and stone fruit flavors and aromas here with a little bit of sweetness and all nicely balanced, but there's also just a touch of dirty barrels and overall, the wine just doesn't leave much of an impression. The general feeling seemed to be, "what's next?" B.

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White - Off-dry

1996 Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Demi-Sec

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9/19/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Chenin Fest: 28 Loire Chenin Blancs from 1995 - 1997. (Don Rice's.): A bigger, riper and more profound wine than either Pinon, this packs a wallop across the palate. The fruit is plenty ripe and orange tinged, so more quince paste rather than say quince preserves, a hint of peach, citrus and plenty of mineral. The structure is just massive and balances the wine beautifully. Extremely long and vibrant in the palate, it seriously plants the flag and says it's there. an even better showing than the great bottle at the Foreau-a-thon a few years ago. A.

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White

1997 François Pinon Vouvray Cuvée Tradition

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9/19/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Chenin Fest: 28 Loire Chenin Blancs from 1995 - 1997. (Don Rice's.): Somewhat similar in character to the '96, with its quince, mineral, almond and floral profile, but it's a rounder wine with more depth and is more expansive across the palate. The acids are friendlier here than in the '96, but they still provide plenty of framework for the wine. Just off dry and drinking beautifully. No rush here. A-.

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White

1996 François Pinon Vouvray Cuvée Tradition

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9/19/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Chenin Fest: 28 Loire Chenin Blancs from 1995 - 1997. (Don Rice's.): Bright and lively with green apple, citrus, almond, mineral and white floral accents. Mid-weight with crisp acids and good fruit levels. Just a nice, solid Vouvray that isn't trying to be too much. Low A-.

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White - Off-dry

1996 Denis Touraine-Azay-le-Rideau Demi-Sec

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9/19/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Chenin Fest: 28 Loire Chenin Blancs from 1995 - 1997. (Don Rice's.): Shows a bit of sulfur on the nose and palate that was too much for some in the group, but I didn't find it too overwhelming. There's a wonderful herbal quality to the wine with a distinct lemon verbena note to go along with the quince, mineral and honeysuckle. Bright, sharp and tense with lip smacking acidity, the little bit of residual sugar really helps balance out the wine. One of the few Robert Denis wines I find to be drinking well now, but there's no rush at all. A-.

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White

1997 Ferme de la Sansonnière (Mark Angeli) La Lune

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9/19/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Chenin Fest: 28 Loire Chenin Blancs from 1995 - 1997. (Don Rice's.): It's lost the orange creamsicle notes that was a dead giveway for the wine in its youth, but it's still a wine that 's trying to figure out what it is. It has a big palate presence and ripeness while remaining dry. More traditional Chenin flavors aromas dominate at this time, with stone fruit, bergamot, tea and mineral leading the way, but the wine is a bit soft in the acid department and is a bit ungainly on the finish where the alcohol sticks out just a bit. B-.

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White

1996 Domaine de la Taille aux Loups Montlouis-sur-Loire Remus

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9/19/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Chenin Fest: 28 Loire Chenin Blancs from 1995 - 1997. (Don Rice's.): Shows nice minerality and quince flavors and on the nose and palate with a bit of tart citrus. Dry and solidly built with crisp acids. Unfortunately, there's too much of an oak presence here for my tastes. The grapes come from 50-80 year old vines, but the wine is fermented for six months in 25% new oak, 25% one year old barrels, 25% two year old and 25% three year old and that's left too much of an oak imprint, imo. Indeed, there's a bit of caramel and vanilla on the finish. B.

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