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White

2008 Georg Breuer Riesling Terra Montosa

Rheingau more

6/29/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 91 points

Through and through a VERY fine specimen.

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Red

2008 Château Kirwan

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/29/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 86 points

Too acidic and thin body for my taste.

Has very attractive aromas of dark berries and the perfect oak treatment to go with it.

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Red

2007 G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole

Nebbiolo more

6/21/2015 - StefanAkiko wrote: 88 points

Quite approachable but little to thin and acidic for our tastes. And tannins are too low for the genre's expectations.
With hopes for the future.

Wife: 72p.
Two btls to go. Next one after 2020.

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Red

2013 Tbilvino Saperavi

Kakheti more

6/17/2015 - StefanAkiko wrote: 82 points

This is more of a juice than a wine.

Little above "good".
A spicy, herbal, purple, fruity aroma on both nose and palate.
Acids thankfully "only" M++.
No tannins to speak of in this M-bodied juice.
Intense, pure and with ok length for a low-end wine with no complexity.
Not unlike any mediocre Pinot noir.

Still, balanced and moderately intense. Drinkable.

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Red

2012 District 7 Pinot Noir

Monterey more

6/15/2015 - StefanAkiko Does not like this wine: 79 points

Painfully poor PN with an aggro acidoc prophile. Terrible.
Agree w/Brigcampbell that this is not a man worth while.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2010 Andert Josef Grand Cuvée Beerenauslese

Neusiedlersee White Blend more

6/14/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 92 points

A stunningly balanced and great sticky that absolutely married the vanilla icecream.

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White

2013 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc

White Rhone Blend more

6/14/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 86 points

Behagligt milda syror och en återhållen blommighet gjorde att jag kunde njuta av två glas vitt denna kväll. Inget att skriva hem om, men rejält välgjort och gott.

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Red

2006 Terra de Verema Priorat Triumvirat

Carignan Blend, Carignan more

6/14/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 95 points

Carignan pushing all of my buttons, as always. The last btl to be opened, but the first one to be emptied. This Carignan is superbly stuffed, never clumsy, just starting out on its plateau... Oak treatment is perfect. A truly great old fashioned European wine to die for. Wow! Had I known, I'd have bought two cases of this absolutely magical wine.

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Red

2007 Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard

Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/14/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 91 points

A fine-tuned, elegant showing. Took no-one's breath away, but performed awesomely with the cured pork.

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Red

2009 Henschke Euphonium Keyneton Estate

Barossa Shiraz Blend, Syrah more

6/14/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 92 points

Wonderfully rich and delivered as expected.

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Red

2009 Château Puech-Haut Coteaux du Languedoc Saint-Drézéry Prestige

Red Rhone Blend more

6/13/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 88 points

One glass immediately after plopp:
Unbalanced, harsh with no hug. EtOH shining through. The remainder under cork until Sunday/Monday.

Final btl of a much enjoyed case.

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Red

2004 Mauro Sebaste Barolo Monvigliero

Nebbiolo more

6/5/2015 - StefanAkiko Does not like this wine: 65 points

This wine opened up after POP as a friendly co-player. At the two-hr-mark, it showed only unnecessary oxidization. As we've had already 8 btls w/cork damage this 2015-year, this btl was quickly ruled out of the poooh-race.

But, it was nevertheless a poor showing: Mega oxidised, barely drinkable for 'any' alcoholic, evenfor thisec under a governmental programme. . .

Surprisingly poor showing. Actually so poor, I felt ashamed to even conscider bringing this btl for tonight's REAL dinner.

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Red

2009 Ridge Geyserville

Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

6/4/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 94 points

After a bit of air: Superbly pure, rich and elegant wine. Early maturity. Fabulous!

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Red

2004 Greenock Creek Shiraz Alices

Barossa Valley more

5/26/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 91 points

Big Mama, but Small B**bs.

This is a hefty wine, with a lofty oak treatment, but it is overly perfumed (like an elderly lady can be) and lacking layers, complexity and refinement.

Insanely too expensive for what it is.

Had with yakiniku in Tokyo.

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Red

2006 Tardieu-Laurent Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale

Red Rhone Blend more

5/25/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 93 points

5dan FAIL dinner: aiming at November! (Bisi-Basi, Yokohama): On the plateau!
This is a fabulous wine. Very much liked by all!

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White

2005 Misono Koshu White, Karakuchi

Yamanashi more

5/25/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 84 points

5dan FAIL dinner: aiming at November! (Bisi-Basi, Yokohama): A very "applesaucey" wine with acids matching my preference (little low to be a white). Maturity, extremely fine balance. Lacking "only" concentration and depth.
(From the Imperial Palace.)

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Red

2008 Achával-Ferrer Malbec Finca Bella Vista

Mendoza more

5/25/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 88 points

5dan FAIL dinner: aiming at November! (Bisi-Basi, Yokohama): Too simple for its price.
However, it's a decent wine for what it is. A lot of sediment due to over extraction. Low acids. All in balance, but there is no depth. Surprisingly poor delivery.

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Red

2005 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)

Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/25/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 94 points

5dan FAIL dinner: aiming at November! (Bisi-Basi, Yokohama): This is an amazing Bdx. Favourite btl of tonight and especially enjoyed by Suda sensei. Open for business after 3 hrs decant. Not at all as tight as the previous btl. However, we'd guess that ~2020 is the start of their plateau, according to our taste.
...but it's darn good as is!

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Château Suduiraut

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

5/25/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 100 points

5dan FAIL dinner: aiming at November! (Bisi-Basi, Yokohama): Like drinking beautiful poetry.
Insanely amazing wine that I can't keep my fingers off.
Not a single flaw, everything PERFECT!

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Red

2009 Domaine les Aphillanthes Côtes du Rhône Villages Le Cros

Syrah more

5/25/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 92 points

5dan FAIL dinner: aiming at November! (Bisi-Basi, Yokohama): As solid as any Syrah from Rhône. Amazing wine!

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Red

2003 Domaine de Beaurenard (Paul Coulon et Fils) Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

5/21/2015 - StefanAkiko wrote: 90 points

Über polished wine on the fruity plateau, where it will stay for at least five more years before becoming REALLY interesting.

(4hrs dbl decant)
Dark red w/bricking rim.
Nose is of orange peel, raspberries, Grenache, small herbal qualities (not La Garrige, more watercress) and ... faint jasmine flowers. Medium sized for a great wine and not particularily interesting.
Palate has some aggro acids and pronounced tannins, not quite zen. Fruit is über-polished and there is intensity, concentration, indication of maturity and tight fruit. (Had expected jam! But, not found in this btl.)

This is too polished to be interesting. Like a sand blasted statue where the features have almost completely faded away. Blinded, no chance I'd have put this in CdP. I'm not even sure I'd have been anywhere near Grenache...

Wife: 89-90p
At amazingly wonderful La Rochelle 'Sanno'. Only btl, could have rested some 5-10 more years.

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White - Fortified

NV Emilio Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Solera Reserva Palo Cortado Península

Palomino Fino and Pedro Ximénez more

5/18/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 94 points

Superb wine, and insanely well priced. This wine rocks!

Huge aroma of several dried fruits, a bit of burnt hair and nuts.
Smells sweet, is dry.
In the mouth this is amazing! Raisins racing with the nuts but the burnt aromas win all tropgies when it comes to endurance. Finish lasts for minutes! It's glorious! Layers of taste that are rather complex. The finish is mega long. Perfectly balanced acids and all parts of this wine come together in perfect harmony. Rich fruit and some indian curry and distinct cumin.

This is a wine to enjoy with anything tasty. Have had it with miso soup and it did well. With Cup Ramen (shrimp taste and chilli) and some fried chicken it made a perfect marriage. Drank it with sushi and that was ... I prefer other things with sushi. Another evening it divorced MacD burgers but married the MacD fries. This evening only a small glass left for a personal tasting event. Wanted cured ham and sausages, but that will be for the next encounter.

Does nothing good for wife: frowns only.

Only btl, sure to get more of these bottled gems.

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Red

2006 Descendientes de José Palacios Bierzo Corullon Moncerbal

Mencía more

5/17/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 91 points

Superbly polished, pure, young, full-bodied and TANNIC wine.

4 hrs decant.
Dark red.
Nose is pure-fruity, youthful, not particularly attractive, but intense.
Palate: Tannins are present, with a vengeance. The fruit is extremely polished, and there is nothing at all sticking out in this tight composition. All is in place. All kept tightly in place. Superb balance. We are hoping for more nuance and layers in 2025. (One btl to go.)

But, we dare say: with all its qualities, it is a rather boring wine in a VERY heavy btl. Wife: 87p.

Sunday dinner at superb organic Italian Restaurant: Bisi-Basi (Yokohama).

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White - Off-dry

1999 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Scharzhofberger Riesling Auslese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

5/16/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 90 points

Still clinging to life. Advanced wine.

Golden colour.
Beautiful, large nose with restrained Diesling, mandorle amare, wet rocks and some herbs.
In the mouth, this is slightly geriatric and no walking up the mountain ever again. Possibly only falling down the mountain from now on. Benzaldehyde, long (thin) finish of oil paint, wet rocks and Riesling fruit. To our taste: Perfectly balanced acids-sugars. The herbal expression is distinct and insanely appealing.

8th and final btl: Bye-bye to an old friend.

As its own dessert after wife's cooking.

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Red

2005 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

5/15/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 87 points

A solid Grenache wine with Rhône typicity.

Colour: dark red with slightly maturing brim.
Nose: non-descript shy Grenache aromas with herbal qualities. A very humble part of "La Garrigue."
Palate: with all the anticipation that comes from knowing what you will have and what so many others think... Our first impression was: total faceplant. But, this is a solid Grenache based wine. Not much more. And not showing much potential for the future either...

Terribly poor QPR.

One more btl, hoping and praying to Thor, Huitaca, Athena, Vishnu and the Flying Spaghetti-Monster for a complete makeover until 2021. Or, maybe we just got a poorer btl than you other guys...

Home dinner, wonderfully cooked WAGYU and giant green asparagus by wife (same wine score).

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