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Red

2011 Rolf Binder/Veritas Shiraz Hales

Barossa Valley more

7/4/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 90 points

A private lunch (Restaurant Yamazato *, Amsterdam, NL): Very expressive nose, black pepper and spices, plums and blackcurrants, hint of rose, pure and mineral; juicy palate, focused on freshness and tannic structure rather than power or weight, quite a linear abd transparent style; complete finish, good length.

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White

2013 Louis Metaireau Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Grand Mouton Carte Noire

Melon de Bourgogne more

7/4/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 90 points

A private lunch (Restaurant Yamazato *, Amsterdam, NL): Not as intense or powerful as the 2012, lighter but also more refined, crisp and balanced, terse vocabulary but very aromatic, lemon and sea breeze, herbs and minerals, clean flavours, good length. A classic specimen, will age. Brings out the finesse in Japanese food.

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Red - Fortified

1939 Domaine Bachelet Maury

Grenache Blend, Grenache more

6/30/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 93 points

MWS Wine Tasting and Dinner (Restaurant Jaimie van Heije, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, NL): Deep tawny; expressive nose, plums and spices, sloe gin, nuts, liquorice and coffee; the palate is fresh but intense, concentrated but elegant, medium sweet, slightly salty, tangy acidity, flavours of liquorice root and coffee; very good length. Not terribly complex but incredibly lively for a 76 year old wine.

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Red

2005 Château Sociando-Mallet

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/30/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 92 points

MWS Wine Tasting and Dinner (Restaurant Jaimie van Heije, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, NL): Classic claret, ripe black fruit, excellent balance and weight, perfectly integrated oak and tannins, a wine of poise and harmony, firm and energetic, excellent length.

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Red

2007 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

6/30/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 89 points

MWS Wine Tasting and Dinner (Restaurant Jaimie van Heije, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, NL): Silky, elegant, warm, hint of currants, black tea, gentle, classical style, lively acidity, light weight, ripe tannins provide grip, good length.

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Red

2005 Domaine Charles Thomas Corton-Clos du Roi

Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

6/30/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 92 points

MWS Wine Tasting and Dinner (Restaurant Jaimie van Heije, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, NL): Good depth of colour, youthful appearance, rich and lively; typical rich and warm Corton character, on the nose, ripe fruit, warm spice; rounded and powerful palate, firm tannins but not drying, has balance and drive; good length.

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Red

2005 Domaine Joseph Voillot Pommard 1er Cru Clos Micault

Pinot Noir more

6/30/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 91 points

MWS Wine Tasting and Dinner (Restaurant Jaimie van Heije, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, NL): Light colour, mature but lively appearance; smoky nose, stalks, sous-bois, hint of rosehip and cranberry, opens up to roses; light and elegant palate, just avoids thinness, lovely balance and freshness, firm but mature tannins; very good length. Not an easy wine, but I like it.

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White

2009 Ca' del Bosco Curtefranca

Curtefranca DOC Chardonnay more

6/30/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 91 points

MWS Wine Tasting and Dinner (Restaurant Jaimie van Heije, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, NL): Rich nose, herbs and lemon, good integration of spicy oak, very good depth, opens up well; remarkably crisp acidity, juicy and vibrant, creamy lemon, elegant, more elegance than the nose announces, intense flavours; good length.

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White

2011 Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières

Chardonnay more

6/30/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 91 points

MWS Wine Tasting and Dinner (Restaurant Jaimie van Heije, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, NL): Still quite closed on the nose, slightly reduced, lemon, mineral, floral top notes; elegant and tight style, crisp and youthful, relatively dry, mineral intensity; good length.

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White

2007 Shaw and Smith Chardonnay M3 Vineyard

Adelaide Hills more

6/30/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 92 points

MWS Wine Tasting and Dinner (Restaurant Jaimie van Heije, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, NL): Fresh and vibrant bright lemon colour with a green tinge; lemon, spice, steely freshness, excellent wood integration, sea breeze, lovely depth; steel and creamy lemon, elegant weight of fruit, savoury note, lovely mineral drive; very good length.

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White

2005 Weingut Keller Dalsheimer Hubacker Riesling Großes Gewächs

Rheinhessen more

6/30/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 92 points

MWS Wine Tasting and Dinner (Restaurant Jaimie van Heije, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, NL): Wonderful tension between ripe fruit, crystalline acidity and wax; complete and rich, develops a hint a Eiswein apples, long and intense, with lots of potential.

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White

2012 Mahi Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough more

6/30/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 90 points

MWS Wine Tasting and Dinner (Restaurant Jaimie van Heije, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, NL): Very expressive and typical for Marlborough but not over the top, blackcurrant and mango, restrained pyrazines, quite elegant, harmonious, rounded, ripe but fresh acidity, pure flavours, very good length.

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White - Sparkling

2006 Moët & Chandon Champagne Grand Vintage Brut

Champagne Blend more

6/30/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 92 points

MWS Wine Tasting and Dinner (Restaurant Jaimie van Heije, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, NL): Identical to my previous notes. Rich and fresh, seamless and silky, harmonious, an excellent expression of the Grand Vintage style and of the vintage itself.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2011 Château Grand Jauga

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

6/29/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 89 points

Lovely balance and tension between sweet but fresh ripe fruit (apricot, peach), a hint of rôti, and bright acidity; flowers, salinity and lively bitters on the palate, touch of vanilla, lovely intensity and length. Fun and stylish Sauternes. At restaurant Kerckebosch, Zeist, NL.

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Red

2012 Penfolds Shiraz Cabernet Koonunga Hill Seventy Six

South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend more

6/29/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 89 points

This is so good. Fresh and floral, deep and earthy, blackcurrants and ripe red cherries, crushed red berries, glossy and fresh, warm spices, bright and lively, cheerful but serious, juicy and supple, with lovely tannic grip and good length. Good stuff. At restaurant Kerckebosch, Zeist, NL.

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Red

2012 Cossetti Barbera d'Asti La Vigna Vecchia

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6/29/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 89 points

Floral and elegant, pure and fresh, lovely typicity, smoke and spice, ripe red cherries, fresh acidity, soft tannins, light yet intense, transparent and natural style, subtle tarry note, silky and creamy, good length. A charming and stylish, seamless Barbera. At restaurant Kerckebosch, Zeist, NL.

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Rosť

2014 Château de Pennautier Cabardès Rosé

Red Rhone Blend more

6/28/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 87 points

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Malbec (!), a very digestible 12.5% ABV. Pale salmon colour; interesting nose, blackcurrant, white peach, citrus and hay; light but juicy palate, creamy yet crisp and refreshing, good flavour intensity, nice salty note; good length. Lovely wine, excellent QPR.

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White - Fortified

NV Justino Henriques Madeira Malvazia 10 Years Old

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6/27/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 89 points

Recent bottling. Classic Malmsey nose, good definition and depth, fruit, nuts and Scotch; there is a good tangy, acidic kick on the palate and intensity and length are absolutely fine, but mid-palate the wine is just too sweet, soft and sticky. It reminds me of an Oloroso that has ODed on the PX - the sugar coating takes away the precision and definition. But a solid 10 YO none the less. Good value too.

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White

2008 Weingut Heymann-Löwenstein Winninger Uhlen Riesling "R" Roth Lay

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

6/27/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 93 points

Now this is really something else. Menthol and cool minerals, bitter grapefruit and white peach, hint of honey, earth, beautiful tension between the natural sweetness of the ripe fruit and the crisp acidity, very good length. More about power than about precision, but certainly a very individualistic wine with real drive and lots of interest.

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Red

2001 Château La Conseillante

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/27/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 92 points

After two less-than-perfect specimens, this is again a good one. Pristine bottle, 30 minute decant. Mature, elegant, middle weight, beautifully balanced, harmonious and flowing, mellow and stylish. Not the most extraverted of wines but its subtle charms are quite considerable.

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Red

2009 Château Le Boscq St. Estèphe

Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/27/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 90 points

In stark contrast to the bottle tasted in December 2014, this does display its Saint-Estèphe terroir very well and does not overwhelm it with the weight of its ripe Merlot fruit or its luscious oak. Rich but not jammy, rounded and really well-balanced, earth and graphite, middle-grained tannins are ripe but still a bit grippy, clean flavours, good length. A complete wine that needs two years and will last another five to ten, but I question its ability to really improve beyond what it is now.

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White

2014 Abras Torrontés

Cafayate more

6/27/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 88 points

This is quite an intriguing wine, a putative cross between the richness of a Viognier (apricot, honey, bitters), the freshness and floral character of a Riesling, with a dash of grassy Sauvignon Blanc. A such it is an excellent expression of this most original grape variety, not very refined but with lovely intensity and tension.

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Red - Fortified

1989 Gérard Bertrand Rivesaltes

Grenache more

6/27/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 90 points

Mature orange tawny colour; open and attractive nose with ripe Grenache fruit (fresh and candied), praliné and a hint of smoke from the wood; silky, soft and seamless palate, bitter-sweet, very fresh and lively for a 26 year old wine, subtle savoury note, light flavours; complete finish, no heat, good length. Really nice but not profound, lacks complexity. Cheap as chips though.

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Rosť

2014 Champ des Soeurs Corbières

Grenache Blend, Grenache more

6/26/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 87 points

A classic Grenache rosé from the south of France, in which the 20% Mourvèdre add some structure and spice to the classic gentle, soft freshness and the flavours of hay, orange and peach.

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White

2013 Quinta de Soalheiro Alvarinho Soalheiro Reserva

Vinho Verde more

6/26/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 91 points

Fermented and aged in new and used oak barrels, kept on the fine lees with regular bâtonnage until bottling in June 2014. This wine has been made with real sensitivity; the oak is subtle and does not dominate the inherent freshness, salinity and citric elegance of the wine but supports and adds depth; on the palate there is lovely additional leesy complexity, roundness and weight from the bâtonnage, with a lovely savoury note and juicy fruit flavours; complete finish, good length. Excellent.

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