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White - Sweet/Dessert

1975 Moulin Touchais Coteaux du Layon

Chenin Blanc more

1/17/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 93 points

Popped and poured. Deep amber gold in the glass. On the nose, dried strawberry, marmalade, candied lemon, baked apple, crushed rock, honey, baking spice and burnt sugar. On the palate, this is quite round and rich, but sufficient countering acidity. This really lingers on the finish, with tastes of strawberry preserves, citrus zest, baked apple, honey, burnt sugar, mineral and spice. This was a real treat. I quite enjoyed this.

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White

2010 Domaine de l'Ecu (Guy Bossard) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Taurus

Melon de Bourgogne more

1/17/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 91 points

Popped and poured. Medium gold colour in the glass. On the nose, stone fruit, florals, red apple, crushed rock, lemon/lime zest, and fresh cut grass. With time, there is some oak on this wine that becomes more prominent as it sits in the glass. On the palate, very lively with medium plus acidity, some viscosity, and just a hint of sweetness. Finishes moderate with tastes of red apple, citrus zest, mineral, dried flowers and stone fruit, with a touch of that wood lingering on the finish. Really nice wine, with quite a bit of complexity. Certainly the best Muscadet I've ever had.

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White - Sparkling

NV François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Méthode Traditionelle Brut

Chenin Blanc more

1/17/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 90 points

Popped and poured. Light gold colour in the glass, with a moderate sized bead. On the nose, baked apple, lemon zest, smoke, flint, baking spice, brioche, wet hay and perhaps a touch of wood poking out. On the palate, this is not as round as I was expecting from the rather luxurious nose, but still has quite a nice texture. Very brisk, medium plus acids, with low-ish apparent dosage. This finishes moderate with tastes of baked apple, citrus zest, spice, mineral, smoke and yeast. This was quite nice and certainly punches above it's price point for me.

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Red - Fortified

1977 Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 96 points

Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Decanted approximately 5 hours in advance. Followed approximately 1 hour in the glass. On the nose, this is a touch spirity, but has a lovely nose of pure cherry, dark fruit, baking spice, earth, brown sugar, dried fig and toasted nuts. On the palate, this really shines, showing impeccable balance. There is a real elegance to this Port, and tremendous depth of flavour on the palate. Finish is quite long and lingers in the mouth for ages. I could drink this and eat Stilton for hours.

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1985 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve

Napa Valley more

5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 90 points

Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed approximately 30 minutes. Garnet in the glass, with a slight brick. On the nose, this is similar to the '84, but takes on a slightly cooler tone; blackcurrant, black cherry, cedar, spice, bell pepper, mint and damp earth. On the palate, this is a bit fresher than the '84, with a slight uptick in acids, but showing a similar roundness and overall ripeness to the profile of the fruit. This finishes moderate with some light drying tannin. Fully mature; drink up.

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1984 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve

Napa Valley more

5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 89 points

Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed approximately 30 minutes. Garnet in the glass, with a slight brick. On the nose, this also has quite a ripe fruit profile, but a bit more restrained than the BV; ripe black fruit, plum, brown sugar, bell pepper, licorice, eucalyptus and earth. On the palate, this shows a reasonable balance, perhaps slightly less acidity than I would have hoped with the ripeness in fruit present. At this point, the tannin is fully resolved. Finishes moderate. No upside here. Drink up.

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1984 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Napa Valley more

5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 93 points

Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed approximately 1 hour. Deep garnet in the glass, with a light brick. On the nose, this is the polar opposite of the BV; very classic nose, with notes of black currant, leafy foliage, undergrowth, fresh mushroom, mint leaves, pyrazine and lead pencil. On the palate, medium acidity, some unresolved fine grain tannin and a medium finish, with tastes of red/black currant, bell pepper, mint, spice and earth. Excellent showing for this bottle, and right in my wheelhouse for what I seek in a Bordeaux styled blend. This was the star of the mid 80s Napa Cabernet served this evening.

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1984 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve

Napa Valley more

5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 86 points

Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed approximately 30 minutes. Garnet in the glass, with bricking throughout. On the nose, this is generally what comes to mind when I think of when Napa; ripe black cherries, plum, vanilla, coconut, spice, pyrazine, caramel and a touch of graphite. On the palate, rich and round, with ripe red and black fruit, medium minus acidity, tannin mostly integrated, and actually finishes quite long, but lingers with sweet ripe fruit, vanilla and oak. Not my style and a bit disappointing for this legendary producer.

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1988 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

Syrah more

5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 94 points

Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed approximately 2 hours. Garnet in the glass, with a very slight brick. On the nose, this takes on a slightly darker and more animal profile than the '85; a melange of black fruit; blackcurrant, blackberry, black cherry; black olive brine, wet dog fur, espresso roast coffee, leather, bacon fat and camp fire. On the palate, this shows a touch more depth and concentration than the '85, as well as a bit more structure present. There is still some unresolved tannin that ever so slightly dries the moderate plus finish. Fully mature; drink now.

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1985 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

Syrah more

5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 93 points

Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed approximately 2 hours. In the glass, garnet in colour, with a very slight brick. On the nose, blackberry, spent coffee grinds, damp earth, olive brine, leather, campfire and a touch of creosote. On the palate, good concentration, with deep black fruit, pepper, olive brine, smoke and coffee. Acidity is as expected; brisk and fresh; tannins, almost fully resolved, but grip ever so slightly on the moderate length finish. Served next the the '88, this seemed a touch lighter on its feet. Fully mature; drink now.

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Red

2006 Château des Tours Vacqueyras

Red Rhone Blend more

5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote: NR

Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured as a substitute for the flawed 1970 Palmer. Ruby red in the glass, with no bricking. On the nose, this was very strange; orange marmalade, peach schnapps, apricot, fresh picked herbs and strawberry. The nose was really quite explosive. On the palate, this is a touch more reserved than the nose, with a reasonable balance. Finish is moderate, with tastes of light red fruit, citrus peel, mineral and a lingering tequila and pine sol note. A very strange wine, and not one that I am particularly keen on having again. The quality is definitely there, but there are some elements to it that remind me of being 13 and smashed off the ends of miscellaneous liquor sourced from the liquor cabinet of a friend's parents.

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Red

1970 Château Palmer

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote: flawed

Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured. Light translucent ruby in the glass, with significant bricking at the rim. On the nose, again there is a metallic overlay that is distracting, with long distant memories of fruit; dried, decaying; still some pyrazine and earthy elements there, but overall, this is past it. On the palate, quite simple and tired. Lean and dry, with the acid totally taking over. Really unfortunate.

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Red

1985 Tertre Rôteboeuf

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 91 points

Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed approximately two hours. Deep garnet in colour, with a mild amber brick at the rim. Initially, the nose had a metallic overlay, however, with time in the glass, this seemed to blow off for the most part. On the nose, black cherry, stewed plum, licorice, blood, dried herb, spice, dried flowers, graphite and earth. This was a bit of a roller coaster in the glass. With further time, it takes on some brown sugar notes that weren't particularly appealing, but then a bit later, some mushroom stock and beet notes emerged that were rather appealing. On the palate, red currant, licorice, plum, iron, herbs and mineral. Acidity is medium plus and finishes with moderate length.

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Red

1988 Domaine de Montille Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens

Pinot Noir more

5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 92 points

Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): A pristine example, sourced ex-chateau, popped and poured, followed approximately two hours. Deep ruby in the glass, with a slight brick at the rim. A beautifully perfumed nose of cherry, baking spice, damp earth, coriander, dried herb, crushed rock, leather, beet root, florals, and a touch of horse stable. With further air time, this takes on a real meaty edge and adds notes of orange rind. On the palate, this falters a bit, with a leaner profile than one would expect from the glorious nose, with medium plus acidity and moderately drying finish, with lingering tastes of red fruit, baking spice, smoked beets, mineral and leather. Lovely wine.

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White - Sparkling

1988 Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Brut Cuvée Spéciale 1er Cru Millésime

Champagne Blend more

5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 88 points

Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed approximately 30 minutes. Golden colour in the glass, with a fine bead that dissipates quickly. On the nose, this was advanced as expected; light cider, baked apple, burnt sugar, baking spice, toasted hazelnut, yeast, and crushed rock. With time in the glass, this gets quite sherried and takes on an earthy edge. On the palate, this is quite tart and lean, with medium plus acidity. Finishes moderate, but very dry, with tastes of bruised apple, baking spice, roast nuts, lemon zest and burnt sugar. Still a lot of interest here if you like very mature Champagne. For my tastes, however, if this example is correct, drink 5-8 years ago.

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White - Sparkling

2004 Pol Roger Champagne Brut Vintage

Champagne Blend more

5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 91 points

Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed approximately one hour. Light gold in colour, with persistent micro bubbles. On the nose, this is a touch tighter and less and less advanced than the example we had tried just a few weeks ago. With some coaxing, the nose provided aromas of fresh cut red apple, lemon zest, crushed rock, brioche, caramel and baking spice, with a light overlay of oak. On the palate, nice richness and concentration. Acidity is quite brisk providing freshness and the finish is medium plus, with lingering tastes of tart red apple, citrus zest, mineral, yeast, and spice. Definite room for improvement. Based on this bottle, I'd say hold, although there seems to be some variability.

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Red

2001 Château Fortia Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote: flawed

Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Double decanted approximately 2 hours in advance, served blind. In the glass, garnet in colour with a moderate brick. This seemed very advanced, with notes of bruised apple, liquorice, spice and prune. On the palate, this is a mess. This was either flawed, or should have been consumed 5 years ago.

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Red

2001 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote: 92 points

Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Double decanted approximately 2 hours in advance, served blind. Translucent garnet in the glass. On the nose, this was showing a bit deeper in aromatics than some of the other wines, with seemingly more varietals here. Overall, quite clean aromas of blackberry, cherry, plum, dried herb, earth, spice and a touch of volatile acidity. On the palate, again, relatively clean, with tart red/black fruit, spice, earth, showing medium acidity, finishing moderate, with a bit of grip on the back end.

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Red

2001 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote: 92 points

Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Doubled decanted approximately 2 hours in advance, served blind. Translucent garnet in the glass. On the nose, crushed raspberry, strawberry, gooseberry, crushed rock, a touch of mint leaves, dried herbs and spice. On the palate, showing lovely balance, with a touch higher than medium acid and mild fine grained tannin. The finish is medium, framed with tastes of raspberry puree, red cherry, mineral, mint and spice. On reveal, this was a great surprise. Very nice showing.

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Red

2001 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote: 89 points

Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Double decanted approximately 2 hours in advance, served blind. Garnet in colour, with a slick brick. On the nose, red/black fruit, gooseberry, spice, leather, dried herb and a touch of rubber, seemingly a touch reduced on opening, but over time, the rubber turned to tar and asphalt, blending in a bit better. On the palate, tastes of cherry liqueur, dried herb, tar, and caper brine frame the short finish, clipped by drying tannin and overall, showing a bit of astringency. There are some elements here that I like, but amongst the other wines tonight, this did not show well.

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Red

2011 Domaine Pavelot (Jean-Marc et Hugues) Beaune 1er Cru Bressandes

Pinot Noir more

5/30/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 89 points

Consumed over 2 days. Translucent garnet in the glass. On the nose, some red fruit notes, with crushed raspberry, pomegranate, and then leaning a bit darker with plum type aromas, accented with fresh herbs, menthol, coriander and wood spice. On the palate, the texture is plush; well polished; with tastes of pomegranate, cranberry, underripe plum, mint, and light herbal undertones. The finish is moderate, with a touch of tannic grip, with the medium acids lingering on the palate. There is a touch of bitterness on the back end that I've found common amongst the 2011s I've tried that holds this back from being more enjoyable.

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Red

2001 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul

Red Rhone Blend more

10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote: 85 points

Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Double decanted about 2 hours in advance, served blind. Deep garnet in colour, with a mild brick. On the nose, candied red and black fruits, lavender, soap, rubber, vanilla, alcohol, oak and custard. On the palate, purple drank; sweet dark fruit preserves, spice, dried herb and notable alcohol. Tannin is moderate, acidity is medium minus, and the finish is a bit clipped due to the tannin, with only the sense of alcohol lingering in the mouth. Overall rather simplistic and not in a style I enjoy.

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Red

2001 Domaine Bois de Boursan Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Félix

Red Rhone Blend more

10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote: 92 points

Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Double decanted about 2 hours in advance, served blind. Garnet in colour, with a moderate brick at the rim. On the nose, this is very true to the place in which it comes; red and black fruit, baking spice, undergrowth, incense, flowers and fresh picked herbs, leather and a touch of horse stable. On the palate, red/black fruit, mineral, earth, spice, dried herb and a touch of licorice. Lovely wine.

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Red

2001 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

Red Rhone Blend more

10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote: flawed

Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Double decanted about 2 hours in advance, served blind. Garnet in colour with a moderate brick. On the nose, sour candies, hairspray, alcohol. On the palate, like notes; tons of heat. I will give this the benefit of the doubt and call it flawed, although sadly consistent with some other "older" VTs we've had.

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Red

2001 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote: 93 points

Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Double decanted about 2 hours in advance, served blind. Garnet in colour, with a moderate brick at the rim. On the nose red berries, blackberry, incense, orange peel, dried herb, leather, soy, beef stock, dried mushroom, crushed rock and an overlay of horse stable. This screams traditional producer with a dirty cellar. On the palate, well balanced with excellent concentration, with tastes of red and black fruits, spice, pepper, orange rind and leather. There is perhaps a touch of heat on the finish which detracts slightly from the whole package. Guessed this as either the Pegau or the Donjon.

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