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White - Sparkling

2002 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon

Champagne Blend more

7/4/2015 - dcwino wrote: 97 points

It could simply be my imagination but it is interesting how the 02 Doms are showing differently from bottle to bottle recently. Opened for a July fourth gathering, this is drinking perfectly in every ways. Very fresh cool delicate white fruits, a hint of lemon zest, apple flesh, honey, sweet spices and mineral. This bottle is unbelievably airy, incredibly fine mousse that is almost creamy, fresh cool white fruit driven palate impression, bright acidity and lovely long cool finish. This has evolved incredibly well. Once again I am pleasantly surprised by how ready it shows. This is a great Champagne. Definitely superior to the 02 Salon at less than half of the price. I highly recommend.

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Red

2003 Château Monbousquet

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/5/2015 - dcwino wrote: 89 points

The evolution of this wine is very close to what I predicted upon release. It was a kind of kinky modern wine without layered fruits. Intensity without much nuance and very much red fruit driven nose with very strong presence of oak. Not much has changed. The fruit is still predominantly red albeit more prune than earlier, also a bit of exotic space albeit not as noticeable. The new oak cedar note is still quite noticeable. All the components have come together but still remain a bit monolithic. Not sure if there is much room to improve.

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Red - Fortified

2003 Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

7/4/2015 - dcwino wrote: 97 points

I am always coming back to the conclusion that this is a darn 100-year port. Still incredibly youthful and no sign of maturing. Expressive nose displaying blueberry liqueur, cassis, bitter chocolate, dark spices, a hint of smoke, ink and earth. What impresses me once again is the great precision and balance. Incredible concentration, blueberry liqueur driven palate impression, unctuous yet silky, strong presence of acidity, no noticeable tannins due to opulent concentrated fruits and incredible long sweet finish. It is drinking beautifully in very primary way. Considering how unpopular port and Sauternes are, this represents some of the greatest values out there.

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Red

2009 Château Rol Valentin

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/4/2015 - dcwino wrote: 94 points

The last bottle drank a few days prior was so wonderful that I opened another bottle for the July fourth gathering. It is all about polished silky palate. Combined with ripe yet pure cassis driven fruit, this is really enjoyable. If you prefer the 00 Figeac like greenness this is not the wine for you. This is definitely modern but not overdone in anyways. I love the works of Stephane Derenoncourt.

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Red

2009 Château Rol Valentin

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/29/2015 - dcwino wrote: 95 points

The wine that I truly loved during the 09 EP along with the Beausejour Duffau, rating it 98 pts. I drank a bottle two years ago and it was pretty tight. This has developed beautifully since then. The fruit expression has turned from red to blue and black. Expressive nose displaying cassis and blackberries, lavender, smoke, cappuccino, dark chocolate and mineral. What impresses is the palate, incredibly silky and polished, cassis driven palate impression, mineral, bright acidity, beautifully integrated tannins and long clean cassis fruit and smoke driven finish. Considering that the last bottle showed strong presence tannings, the sensual palate is a pleasant surprise. This seems very Merlot driven, ie not as complex as VCC or CB. Although ripe, the fruit is quite pure for my palate. My guess is that this will reach the first stage of maturity in five to ten years gaining truffle note. If you can find this at sub $40 I highly recommend.

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Red

2008 Château Troplong Mondot

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/26/2015 - dcwino wrote: 93 points

IMO, Troplong Mondot is one of the most modern Bordeauxs going back to the last 80s. More often than not, my tasting notes include “port like” and this is no exception. Quite expressive nose displaying extremely ripe black fruits, blackberry liqueur, cassis, tar, baking spices, dark caramel, truffle, lavender, mineral and earth. Excellent concentration, very silky palate, blackberry liqueur driven palate impression, bright acidity, noticeable sweet tannins and sweet mineral finish with a hint of alcohol at the end. The house style is strongly imprinted in the wine yet it shows bright acidity and tannins which can be attributed to the vintage. I can see this becoming like the 89 in ten years. If you are familiar with Bordeaux, you know where you stand, i.e. you either love or hate TM. If you prefer a ripe/opulent fruit driven Bordeaux, this is a good QPR in the current market.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Château Rieussec

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

6/24/2015 - dcwino wrote: 95 points

This flamboyant fruit has settled. Very similar nose as the last bottle two years ago but not as strong fruit notes and more noticeable burn sugar. Dense yellow fruit driven nose, mango and peach, strong burnt sugar and botrytis, ginger and clove. Incredibly thick but not cloying due to strong presence of acidity, a hint of red and yellow fruit combined with strong burnt sugar, bright acidity and lovely long finish. Since the release, I have always believed that this is a level below the 01 D’Yquem and Climen sand this convinced me once again. Nevertheless this is an exceptional Sauternes.

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Red

2005 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Chambolle-Musigny

Pinot Noir more

6/22/2015 - dcwino wrote: 89 points

Bought at release and kept in Eurocave. I often find very ripe black cherry with a hint of licorice in Vogue wines and this is no exception. Subtle nose displaying shy Chambolle red fruits, also black cherry and licorice coming from very ripe fruits, rose, baking spices, a hint of sous bois, soy and stem, mushroom and earth. There is a hint of oxidative note as well. Medium concentration, Chambolle airiness, shy red fruit driven palate impression with a hint of overripe black cherry, mineral, slightly lacking acidity, noticeable slightly dry tannins and medium slightly bitter finish. This definitely hints Chambolle elegance and Musigny structure, kind of an iron fist in a velvet glove. My main issues are slightly lacking fruit concentration for the structure at this stage, a hint of oxidative note and slightly dry tannins. This is a poor QPR for my palate.

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Red

2006 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Combe des Fous

Red Rhone Blend more

6/18/2015 - dcwino wrote: 94 points

TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Rich, dense, black fruit driven, fruitcake and a bit overwhelming for me. At this stage it is a bit monolithic. This needs time. It is truly super concentrated super modern cuvee lovers kinda wine. Very impressive but not my cup of tea especially at this stage.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1997 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Sélection de Grains Nobles

Alsace more

6/18/2015 - dcwino wrote: 96 points

TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Incredibly intense nose displaying ripe yellow pit fruits, peach, orange marmalade, tangerine, white flowers, spicy spices and honey. Incredible concentration, oily and dense yet quite precise and airy which reminds me Yquem, bright acidity, strong presence of mineral and incredibly long finish. Great wine.

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Red

2007 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne

Syrah more

6/18/2015 - dcwino wrote: 96 points

TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): It is interesting as this seems more mature than the 05 Mouline. Crunch blue and black fruit driven nose, perfectly ripe crushed blackberries and blueberries, strong tapenade note, smoked meat, white pepper and wild flowers. Excellent concentration but not as concentrated as the 05 and also a bit cooler overall impression, polished silky palate, a bit of olive, flowers and blackberry driven palate impression, bright acidity and lovely long finish. This seems almost ready to go but no need to hurry. Lovely showing.

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Red

2005 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline

Syrah more

6/18/2015 - dcwino wrote: 97 points

TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Expressive perfectly ripe sweet black fruit driven nose, cassis, white flowers, liquid smoke, a hint of tapenade and garrigue. Exceptional concentration, intense black fruit driven palate impression, silky, cool and polished mouthfeel, bright acidity, nicely integrated tannins and seamless long finish. Obviously very youthful but perfectly enjoyable. Need another ten years of cellaring to reach the peak.

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Red

1999 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque

Syrah more

6/18/2015 - dcwino wrote: flawed

TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): A bit of controversy as it is the second wine that I think to be corked where a couple tasters enjoy immensely and have strong conviction it is not corked. Two wait staff, one a former sommelier, also think it is not corked. It is a very polished La Turque with beautiful balance. May be someone else can chime in.

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Red

2005 E. Guigal Ermitage Ex-Voto

Hermitage Syrah more

6/18/2015 - dcwino wrote: 95 points

TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Justin commented this is very California big syrahesque and I agree. Intense inky black fruit driven nose, blackberry, black cherry, dust, licorice, a hint of black olive, lavender and charred steak. Incredible concentration, dark jammy black fruit driven palate impression, unctuous and chewy, bright acidity and noticeable sweet tannins. This is still a baby but if you enjoy opulent young syrah fruit, you will enjoy this a lot. Not as kinky and complex as La Las but still very impressive and enjoyable.

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Red

2001 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins

Red Rhone Blend more

6/18/2015 - dcwino wrote: 97 points

TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): It is interesting that I always associate Celestine with Rayas. Expressive nose displaying intense red and black fruits, strawberry, blackberry, black cherry, cherry brandy, tobacco, lavender, a hint of garrigue and pretty noticeable VA that is not bothersome. Excellent concentration, intense sweet red fruit driven palate impression, dense yet silky and polished palate, bright acidity, nicely integrated tannins and lovely long sweet finish with a hint of VA at the end. This and Rayas always seem wonderfully balanced despite having very sweet and slightly dry fruits. Drinking extremely well but if you don’t care for VA, this is not the wine for you.

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Red

2003 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

6/18/2015 - dcwino wrote: 95 points

TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): This also shows incredible well. The best bottle of the 03 Clos des Papes I had. More red fruit driven compare to the 03 Pegau, intense ripe sweet red fruits, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, rare steak, animal and earth. Exceptional concentration, intense jammy red fruit driven palate impression, nicely layered fruits, good acidity, nicely integrated tannins and lovely long finish. This also needs another decade but is already quite enjoyable.

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Red

2003 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

6/18/2015 - dcwino wrote: 95 points

TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): This is so much better than the previous bottles and I wonder if there is a significant bottle variation. Beautifully perfumed nose displaying kirsch mixed with chambord, black cherries, fruitcake, dark spices, a hint of garrigue and earth. Exceptional concentration, dense and decadent blackberry driven palate impression, nutmeg, good acidity, only a hint of the 03 roasted fruits, nicely integrated tannins and very long finish. This quite expressive bottle shows very nice balance. Still quite youthful and another ten years of cellaring will add more garrigue and tobacco. I wish all the bottles show like this.

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Red

1999 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

6/18/2015 - dcwino wrote: 92 points

TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Slightly leaner style for Pegau. Mostly black fruits, black cherry, fruit cake, tobacco, licorice, dill, tar and ash. Good concentration, slightly dry black fruit driven palate impression, slightly metallic, good acidity, slightly rustic tannins and medium finish that ends slightly coarse. At least one person thought it was tired. My guess is that it was slightly angular from the get go. It will work well with a steak or lamb chop.

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Red

2003 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

Grenache more

6/18/2015 - dcwino wrote: 95 points

TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Oh boy this is delicious! The nose is almost a mature Burgundy except a hint of Rayas cherry liqueur. Sweet decadent red fruit driven nose, sous bois, strawberry, cherry liqueur, a small hint of 2003 roasted fruit, rose water and leather. Medium concentration, warm and round, sweet slightly dry red fruit driven palate impression, bright acidity and lovely long sweet finish. Great contrast to the 03 Pegau and Clos de Papes, better balance, more mature, less concentrated and less 03ish.

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White

2005 Sine Qua Non The Petition

California White Blend more

6/18/2015 - dcwino wrote: 93 points

TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): This is a typical big scale and tropical fruit driven SQN white but somehow maintains very good balance. Intense flamboyant sweet tropical fruit nose, pineapple, yellow peach, mango, papaya, pine needle, lilac, mineral and sweet spices. Excellent concentration, dense and chewy, tropical fruit driven palate impression, warm and round and long finish that ends with a bit of heat. As usual, some will love and others will hate. A lot better balance and surprisingly fresh for a ten year old SQN white.

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White

2008 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc

White Rhone Blend more

6/18/2015 - dcwino wrote: 94 points

TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): This reminds me a bit of Clos Rougeard Brézé, nicely aged chenin. Expressive but relatively straightforward nose of ripe yellow fruits, grapefruit, tangerine, marzipan lanoline, honey and mineral. Medium concentration, ripe yellow fruit and honey driven palate impression, not much acidity and sweet medium finish. This particular bottle is quite expressive and at its peak which is a pleasant surprise. Drinking extremely well.

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White - Sparkling

2000 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut

Champagne Blend more

6/18/2015 - dcwino wrote: 95 points

TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Another very good showing. This bottle seems slightly fresher/less oxidative. Lovely sweet yellow fruit driven nose, baked apple, brioche, crème brulee, anise and spicy spices. Medium concentration, deeply toned sweet yellow fruit driven palate impression, fine mousse, nice acidity and long sweet finish. Really enjoyable.

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White

2010 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Corton-Charlemagne

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay more

6/18/2015 - dcwino wrote: 96 points

TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): This is a great surprise. Classic young CC nose of fresh sweet citrus and pit fruits, mineral and a hint of sesame/toast which I attribute to the barrel. Expressive vibrant nose displaying candied lemon peel, lemon curd, white peach, flint, wet stone, a hint of toasted oak/sesame, white pepper and mineral. Exceptional concentration, quite chewy and dense without being heavy, sweet white fruit driven palate impression, bright acidity and lovely long deeply toned finish that resonates. Exceptional wine and great relative value. If you enjoy young CC with slightly riper style, I highly recommend it.

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White

2007 Marcassin Chardonnay Three Sisters Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

6/18/2015 - dcwino wrote: flawed

TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): This bottle seemed a bit tired. I also thought it was slightly corked but the opinions were split 50/50. Yellow caramel, oyster shell, burnt sugar and mineral. Very good concentration and good overall balance.

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White

2010 Aubert Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

6/18/2015 - dcwino wrote: 95 points

TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Assaf commented that Ritche is the most approachable and Laurent needs a few years of cellaring and I have to agree based on this example. Nicely controlled yet expressive nose displaying lemon curd, pineapple, sweet spices, light caramel, mineral and a hint of alcohol as the end note. Quite dense which is typical of Aubert, sweet ripe yellow fruit driven palate impression, good acidity and sweet yellow fruit driven finish with mineral and a hint of alcohol as the end note. This is very much ready with round, warm and dense expression. This actually got fresher with an hour of air. I would recommend an hour or two of decanting. Really nicely balanced and approachable example of Aubert.

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