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Red

2005 Yeringberg

Yarra Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/3/2015 - JonathanP wrote: 91 points

Pop and pour. This was quite closed and would likely have benefited from a decent airing. Black fruit, bramble, liquorice: all surprisingly primary. While the tannins were quite broad-shouldered, they remained refined and quite elegant. Good length and acidity. While quite well-balanced, I feel it could do with some extended cellar time for further integration and uncoiling. An impressive wine that should continue to evolve for a good 7-10 years.

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2006 Delas Frères Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette

Syrah more

5/3/2015 - JonathanP wrote: 91 points

In a good place right now. Good complexity on the nose and palate with some tertiary flavours coming through: red and black fruit, blood and bone, bramble, liquorice and old leather. Medium body, medium concentration and a lovely spicy note on the finish. Tannins are resolved and well integrated. Drink now after a three hour slow ox or hold!

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Red

2012 Vietti Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco

Langhe DOC more

5/1/2015 - JonathanP wrote: 89 points

Drunk over 3 days. It benefited from a couple hours of air and held up well over the time it was opened. There were darker cherry and berry flavours and hints of earth, tobacco and mint. Tannins were lighter and glossier than the '10 Produttori Barbaresco drunk earlier in the week. Acidity and length were moderate. A great wine for its category and price. Should evolve nicely over the next 7-10 years, so worth having half a dozen in the cellar.

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2010 Marcel Lapierre Morgon

Gamay more

4/28/2015 - JonathanP wrote: 89 points

This didn't show well for the first couple of hours. It was very disjointed. However, like the 2012 bottles I've recently drunk, the elements started to integrate nicely and this ended up being a great bottle. Even better the second day. Once it had hit its stride, there were jubey red berries, cherry pit, orange zest, herbs and some earthy notes. As others have noted, this may not be the most complex or concentrated wine, but it's very tasty. Slow ox for a couple of hours before drinking!

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2010 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

Nebbiolo more

4/26/2015 - JonathanP wrote: 90 points

Drunk over two days - overall, and not surprisingly, this is pretty closed and primary, but it's not so tight that a decent look in can't be achieved... and with pleasure! A lovely expression of young Barbaresco, offering sour cherry, raspberry and strawberry fruit with earth, mixed herbs and spices and some darker tones. Moderate intensity on the palate, which has a well-integrated acidic structure and is of medium length. Tannins are dusty and well within expectations for the 2010s. Not a lot of moment over the two days. Probably won't touch my other bottles for 5+ years. Lovely future ahead.

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White

2012 Oakridge Chardonnay 864 Willowlake Vineyard Block A6

Yarra Valley more

4/19/2015 - JonathanP wrote: 91 points

Fruit is taken from a north facing block planted on red volcanic soils in 1982. Very much from the new school of chardonnay in Australia: there is the sun ripened nutty richness that one would expect from a good season in the Yarra Valley, but this is nicely balanced by some lively, focused stone fruit and a twist of citrus. Quite a big wine, but it remains in check and not out of proportion. Good length. While drinking well now, I think this evolve for a number of years.

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Red

2012 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label

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4/9/2015 - JonathanP wrote: 88 points

Drunk over two days. Plenty of black fruit, which dominates the foreground, accompanied by herbs and oak-derived tones in the background. Also an odd citrus note - like an overripe orange - that's unusual, but interesting. Medium intensity and weight. Acidity is appropriate and tannins quite round and approachable. Doesn't feel too manufactured or overripe, which is nice. Will drink well for 15 years.

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2007 Woodlands "Margaret"

Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/7/2015 - JonathanP wrote: 91 points

Drunk over 3 days. Started out quite lean, showing more sour edged fruit with bramble and leaf flavours. The wine gained weight and depth over the following 2-3 hours and opened up nicely with cassis, cherry and dusty wood tones balancing the wine. Acidity was bright and well integrated and tannins were silky and playing a supporting role. The wine showed best on the second day suggesting a good 5-7 years of life ahead of it. While this will continue to evolve, I'm not sure it will actually improve that much. I'd err towards drinking now with a 2-3 hour decant.

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Red

2010 Château Capbern-Gasqueton

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/9/2015 - JonathanP wrote: 90 points

Drunk after a 3 hour slow ox in bottle. A lovely classic left bank bouquet of cassis, plum, smoky cedar and fine minerals. While still holding a bit in reserve, this was quite open for five years of age, showing a moderate amount of fine but approachable tannins on the palate and nice freshness. Subtle oak notes should melt into the wine over time. Will last another 8-10 years, but drinking well now after some air time.

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White

2013 Hoddles Creek Chardonnay

Yarra Valley more

3/1/2015 - JonathanP wrote: 88 points

Nice citrus notes are the driving force here, with some stone fruit and a hint of tropical fruit rounding it out. Hint of wood. Plusher than I expected on the palate, which was round with a bit of fat. Cut with some good, minerally acids though. A little funky, in a good way. For < 20 bones, an excellent QPR.

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Red

2005 The Willows Vineyard Shiraz Bonesetter

Barossa Valley more

2/15/2015 - JonathanP wrote: 82 points

Ripe, hedonistic Barossa shiraz. Clocks in at 15%. Waves of fruit lash the palate and there is a spirity oak presence. Chock full of flavour. Heartburn wine. While my palate has changed a lot since I last drank this in 2010, I think this was better as a younger wine. While good within its genre, you have to like the genre to like the wine. It's not for me.

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White

2012 Mount Mary Triolet

Yarra Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

2/15/2015 - JonathanP wrote: 90 points

Interesting wine. While there are some tropical notes in the background, this is more about grapefruit pith, chalky minerality and a hint of cut grass. Given that flavour profile, I was expecting something more steely on the palate. However, this was quite round and almost buttery, making me think this has had some lees stirring. It retains enough acidity to keep the wine in check. Ready to drink now.

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Red

1998 Château Rauzan-Ségla

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/15/2015 - JonathanP wrote: 92 points

Good looking cork, 2 hour decant. Cassis, cigarbox, licorice, graphite and other earthy tones waft right out of the bottle. Some floral notes too. The palate has opened up over the past 3 years and this is showing well, with good line, concentration and length. Tannins have mellowed and give the wine a silky mouthfeel. Excellent balance, classic Margaux.

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Red

2011 Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Chaumes

Pinot Noir more

2/2/2015 - JonathanP wrote: 92 points

Drinking pretty well now. Ripe red fruit on the nose which has some lovely floral (rose) and pine accents and some subtle oak and spice notes. Quite silky across the palate with plenty of weight. Acidity levels are just about right and the tan is are supple and approachable. Drunk over two nights - the second was the best. Will easily evolve for 10 years.

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Red

2011 Jean-Marc Vincent Santenay 1er Cru Gravières

Pinot Noir more

1/25/2015 - JonathanP wrote: 91 points

Very perfumed and bright nose of juicy red fruit, rose water, stems, hung meat and earth. Plenty of structure on the palate which shows ripe fruit counteracted by a strong stemmy character. Tannins are dusty and there is good acidic cut. Not a lot of fat here - more sappy and lifted. It's quite pretty now but will benefit from a further 6-10 years in the cellar.

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Red

2009 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges

Pinot Noir more

1/20/2015 - JonathanP wrote: 91 points

From a 375 mL. Given 2 hours of air before drinking. Serious juice for a village. Nose is a complex combination of red fruit, wet earth, iron and meat. Palate lives up the nose, which initially presents the sweeter fruit followed by the savoury elements. Quite plush in the mouth, which hints at the vintage, and length is impressive. All the elements are there, but it still needs time to melt together. The quality and substance of the extract reminds me of the old fashioned Wendouree wines that are a national treasure from the Clare Valley. Lovely.

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Red

2010 Julie Balagny Fleurie en Rémont

Gamay more

12/26/2014 - JonathanP wrote: 91 points

Lovely wine. Cloudy in the glass, red current, pomegranate, raspberry and minerals. Fresh and zippy.

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White - Off-dry

2011 Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling Spätlese Goldkapsel

Nahe more

12/22/2014 - JonathanP wrote: 93 points

Same as previous bottles but showing a bit more yeastiness.

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Red

2010 Julie Balagny Fleurie en Rémont

Gamay more

12/21/2014 - JonathanP wrote: 90 points

Open and delicious. Red berries, minerals and some dust. Not overly complex but very glugable. Clean. Minimal intervention winemaking allows the fruit to shine.

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White - Sparkling

2008 Ulysse Collin Champagne Les Roises

Chardonnay more

12/21/2014 - JonathanP wrote: 92 points

Lovely BdB. Citrus driven with plenty of high tones and some orchard fruit too. Saline and chalky minerality. Very fresh.

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Red

2010 Julie Balagny Fleurie Cayenne

Gamay more

11/24/2014 - JonathanP wrote: flawed

Compared to previous bottle, this was dilute and disjointed. The red fruit on the palate was cut short and accompanied by varnish and nail polish. Ethyl acetate flaw. Bugger.

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Red

2012 Wendouree Cabernet-Malbec

Clare Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/9/2014 - JonathanP wrote: 94 points

As good as the 2012 straight Cabernet is, the 2012 Cab Malbec - at this early stage in its development - is even better. Beautiful ripe black fruit, dust, a hint of bramble, aniseed, and a subtle touch of wood. All this is perfectly framed within a tannic structure that is robust, but fine and approachable. Nothing about this is excessive, it's very well balanced and has excellent concentration and length. Great now with clearly excellent potential.

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2012 Marcel Lapierre Morgon

Gamay more

11/3/2014 - JonathanP wrote: 89 points

Like the last bottle, this was initially quite prickly and fizzy on the tongue - so much so I was ready to call the bottle spoiled and turf it. The same sensation you receive after eating an overripe kiwi fruit. Decided to leave for half an hour over which time an amazing transformation took place. The wine lost its overbearing spiky acidity and all components fell into place: typical Lapierre - high toned red fruit, dried herbs and crushed granite. Obviously not the flesh of 09 or 11, but great drinking.

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White

2008 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

Chardonnay more

10/31/2014 - JonathanP wrote: 92 points

Cork fully soaked up one side but the wine gods smiled. This was in great form - light gold in colour and no hints of the dreaded premox. Dominated by pithy and zesty grapefruit and lemon flavours with zingy minerality, hints of riper stone fruit and a touch of cream. Lovely purity and freshness. Lively, with excellent balance. Drink now or hold.

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White

2003 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Wines Sémillon Lovedale

Hunter Valley more

10/30/2014 - JonathanP wrote: 89 points

Sold by the glass at a Rockpool B & G. Not sure how long the bottle had been opened for, but this was ready to go. Refined lemon notes and honeysuckle dominate and the palate is starting to develop some buttery richness, while remaining elegant and focussed. Decent length and concentration. Drink now or hold for at least 5+ years.

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