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Red
2/10/2019 - dcwino wrote:
91 points
Medium expressive nose displaying subtle red fruit, anise, spicy spices, a hint of leather and earth. Medium concentration, subtle dry cherry fruit, warm, soft and round, good acidity, earthy mineral and a medium long subtle red fruit driven finish with anise and spicy spices driven finish. This is a very approachable young Barolo.
Red
On a night where all of our illustrious Vosne wines struggles, like bugs caught in a web, to show anything beautiful - only the flaws and faults were on display, this wine still was lovely. Bright fruits and soil tones on the nose, those same flavors carry onto the palate, there is a very silky and alluring texture. This is lovely wine. I did not find much of a terroir stamp, though, which was disappointing. And i found the midpalate and finish to be lacking in density and vibrancy, but grain of salt because at least two very experienced drinkers, in Keith Levenberg and SCamhi felt differently and thought the wine to be excellent.
White
Tastes and smells manufactured.
White
2/20/2019 - brooklynguy wrote:
This bottle showed very advanced, particularly on the palate, where it was essentially dead. Not oxidized, just kind of finished. The nose was distractingly toffee like at first, then gathered itself and showed some promise, but this bottle should have been enjoyed years ago. Or on a night that was not as bad for wine as last night - and everything showed poorly, to be fair.
Red
2005 Château Fleur de Barbeyron St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/19/2019 - Thomas B wrote:
88 points
Fruit starting to fade, hints of blueberry and plum, a little evergreen and forest, short finish at this stage.
Red
2/20/2019 - Jeff Leve wrote:
87 points
Medium bodied, open, fresh, bright and earthy, with tobacco and leafy aromas mixed with red fruits. Soft and earthy, the finish is not, but the fruits are fresh, with an earthy, leafy edge.
Red
2013 Derby Wine Estates Project España Paso Robles Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
2/20/2019 - dino_mike Likes this wine:
88 points
a bit over 50% tempranillo, then gratziano with grenach and can't recall the last tiny bit, but doesn't drink like a typical fleshy, ripe tempranillo since the smoky-earthy dark berry fruit from the gratziano and spicy grenach are dominant in a very pleasing way. Very balanced with a smooth finish and should age well for a few more years but is really fun to drink now
White
2/20/2019 - Makaroniara Likes this wine:
88 points
tasted @ Weinverliebt Esslingen on February 16th 2019
nose a little bit woody, good body, mineral, med-long finish
to keep in the cellar at the least 3 years before to open it
Red
Just had a glass. Will return. But much better then expected.
White
Grown in a sandy loam soil profile in the hills to the East of Santa Maria, this wine is reminiscent of a Grand Cru Chablis or Macon and not at all of the California style of buttery and oaky Chardonnay. Half of the wine was aged in a stainless steel tank while the other half was fermented and aged in French oak, 20% new. An intricate mineral and stone aroma lift the nose with lemon curd, citrus blossom, lilac, lily, and persimmon. The palate is light and playful with pear, delicate cheese, apple, limestone, chalk, and refreshing acidity.
Red
2/20/2019 - adamanko Likes this wine:
93 points
First sip is just raisins but after a while I get all kinds of goodies. A little burnt, some chocolate, definitely liqourice and a hint of vanilla. I'm totally adoring this. Lingonberries. Gotta get me some more!
Red
2014 Château de Rochemorin Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/19/2019 - La Cave d'Argent wrote:
85 points
Rochemorin's 2014 iteration is a deep red/garnet blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. With a core of red currant and Montmorency cherry fruit, it adds a strong note of cedar as well as accents of tobacco and bay leaf. Medium-bodied and with medium-to-high acidity, it wraps its fruit with surprisingly supple tannins. The wine's alcohol (listed as 13%) is nicely integrated, as is its oak component. Solid in the middle, it goes on to close with a tart, medium-length finish. This is respectable but nothing memorable. I doubt that additional cellaring will be helpful. Drink now-2026.
White
2017 Elgin Ridge Chaos White Overberg Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2/20/2019 - adamanko Likes this wine:
93 points
Crazy complex. Apricot, elder, lemon, lime and mint. Some gooseberries, honey, chops, play dough and at the finish I even get some pepper You got to love it. The complexity.
Red
PnP, then consumed over two nights. Pretty unforgiving tannins on initial pour, this started to soften up after a couple of hours. Blackberries and raw earth that can come from nowhere else on the planet. Tannins remained pretty chewy on night two, but a certain finesse emerged, while still having a marvelous rawness to it. Love Sagrantino, love Paolo Bea. A match made in heaven, also known as Umbria. Feel like this was opened 10-15 years too early.
Red
2009 Sanguis Six White Horses Central Coast Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/30/2016 - Guns&Wine Likes this wine:
96 points
Berries & Spices and fully of favor.
Red
1998 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/19/2019 - Romol Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted 2,5 hours. Very good bottle. Still pretty young. I guess it will be even better with more age. If you have several bottles it's worth to pop a bottle now, else I would recommend to wait at least 5 more years. 95+ pts at the moment.
White - Sparkling
2/20/2019 - arvidpalmqvist wrote:
Grapefruit, apple and crushed white rock with quinine and citrus rind bitterness. Bone-dry, elevated acidity; I thought this wine became even better when the temperature went up a bit revealing additional flavours such as wild strawberries, bread and yeast.
White
2/20/2019 - Makaroniara Likes this wine:
89 points
tasted @ Weinverliebt Esslingen on February 16th 2019
clean, rather bodied, good mineral, fresh, good lenght
Red
2/18/2019 - jmcmchi Likes this wine:
89 points
Lots of dusty tannins underpin dark cherry fruit.
White
2/20/2019 - empire80 Likes this wine:
89 points
Dry and flinty, more akin to Chablis than a typical new world style of chardonnay. Some apple fruit with a hint of greengage. Refreshing but just a fraction austere on the finish.
Red
2/19/2019 - jmcmchi Likes this wine:
90 points
Ripe and soft, cherries with an underlying savoury note

Well balanced, maturing well
Red
2/20/2019 - Ballesteros wrote:
89 points
Vanilla, dill, a little blueberry and some earthy notes on the nose. Fine tannins and smooth mouthfeel. Med body and pretty good finish. Enjoyable wine.
White
2/20/2019 - Makaroniara Likes this wine:
89 points
tasted @ Weinverliebt Esslingen on February 16th 2019
tipicalyoung riesling taste in the nose and in the mouth, intense nice fruits, fresh, extremely mineral, very long
White
2/16/2019 - RomanPski Likes this wine:
92 points
Silky, rich Grand Cru Chablis. Should be great for short-medium term aging. A touch overpriced.
White
2/20/2019 - OenoEd wrote:
89 points
I bought and cellared 6 bottles at release. This is my last ; curious to see how great viognier progresses at age 10. Nose offers soft linen, buttercream, lemon, quince, and tarragon. Very soft and lush in the mouth, time has diminished vibrant acidity and most of its white flower essence. It’s now mostly about quinine, smoked chub, white peach and asian pear. Not oxidized, just nearing the end of its useful life cycle. Finish is short and dull. I drank it with smoked whitefish and asian cucumber salad. Flavors worked, but lack of interesting acidity was obvious, because it was needed to cut the fat/oil of the fish. Still, thoroughly enjoyable! Was at its best 2012-14.
Red
Lots of fruit to that. Candy and just a bare touch of medicinal. But in a super pretty way.
White
2/20/2019 - Manzi83 Likes this wine:
81 points
Full bodied yet smooth not over powering of flavor
Red
2/20/2019 - djhammond Likes this wine:
94 points
I've scored this a couple of points lower than a year ago, as it seems to have slightly closed down. It still is remarkably forward for the estate, with deep aromas of blackcurrant, cedar and old leather. It has exceptional balance on palate and a lengthy harmonious finish. However, the palate has become a little tight, and I think I will leave it another year to come through this dumb phase.
White - Sparkling
2/20/2019 - raccah Likes this wine:
93 points
Tasting this side by side the late disgorged is a home-run, it is not only a late disgorged wine, but it is also brut nature, see my blog post for this.
The nose on this wine is lovely, really rich, layered, with intense brightness and acidity, with screaming lemon curd, peach and apple cobbler, brioche, and nice toast that gives way to ripe green and yellow apple, and crazy insane ripe lemon curd. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is juicy, bright, and tart with baked anjou pear, crazy acidity, and small mousse bubbles, with lovely yeast and apple compote that goes on forever!! The finish is long and tart with insane grapefruit, bitter and rich grapefruit pith, and lemon zest. Bravo!!! Drink by 2020 as this is a Brut Nature and it is not for long holding, at least the ones we have seen so far have not held well.
White
2/20/2019 - Makaroniara Likes this wine:
89 points
tasted @ Weinverliebt Esslingen on February 16th 2019
very young riesling yet, extremely mineral, very long finish
White - Sparkling
2/20/2019 - raccah Likes this wine:
92 points
The Yarden Blanc de Blancs is made entirely from Chardonnay grapes grown in the northern Golan Heights, Israel’s coolest viticultural area. The wine is made strictly according to the traditional method (méthode champenoise) including hand harvesting, pressing of whole clusters to increase acidity and fruit flavors, and secondary fermentation in the bottle. Disgorging took place after five years of bottle aging on the tirage yeast.
The wine has aged beautifully, showing an intense nose of nuts, fruit, lemon curd, peach and apple cobbler, brioche, and nice toast that gives way to ripe green and yellow apple. The mouth on this medium-bodied wine has calmed down with age, it shows less ripe, with baked anjou pear, with a still very acidic core, and small mousse bubbles, with lovely yeast, and orange flavors!! The finish is long and tart with insane grapefruit, bitter and rich grapefruit pith, and lemon zest. Bravo!!!
White
2/20/2019 - honest bob wrote:
91 points
From 75cl, perfect cork. Another beautiful bottle as previously noted. 91P
Red - Sweet/Dessert
2010 Domaine Netofa LBV Galilee Port Blend
2/20/2019 - raccah Likes this wine:
93 points
I need to state that it is not often that I score a wine an A- to A, not even wines that are many times more expensive, and no my point system is not a reason to buy a wine, but this wine is a no brainer, no matter the cost if you like sweet port-like wines. This wine is very much in line with what we had last time, repeated here for clarity. This classical sweet wine Portuguese style wine uses the classic grapes, but instead of them being sourced in Portugal, they came from the foot of the Tabor Mountains; 80% Touriga Nacional and 20% Tempranillo. The wine was aged for 48 months in oak and it shows in the wine.

The nose on this black and purple colored wine has one of the most intensely perfumed wines I have ever smelled, with insanely ripe fruit, ripe fig, date, caramelized fruit, and crazy chocolate. The mouth on this intensely full-bodied wine is WOW, with crazy oxidized notes of chocolate, richly structured and extracted with intense nuttiness, rich and lovely mint chocolate, with lovely ripe and candied plum, candied blackberry, with more dark black fruit, all coming at you in one of the most intense and extracted experiences I remember. The finish is long and richly extracted with chocolate, fig compote, almonds, walnut, and marzipan – WOW and BRAVO!!!
White
2/20/2019 - Makaroniara Likes this wine:
89 points
tasted @ Weinverliebt Esslingen on February 16th 2019
typical young riesling nose, good body and complexity, very mineral with long finish (Erste Lage)
Red
2/19/2019 - mjfaulkner wrote:
91 points
Cedar, leather, baking spice notes. Big, full bodied blackberry and ripe plum notes. Pretty unique flavor profile- like mixing a older Bordeaux from a lean year with a California Rhone blend.
Red
2/20/2019 - raccah wrote:
90 points
Very interesting nose with green notes, raspberry, ripe juicy blackberry, spice, and good herb. nice full body wine with great mouth coating tannin that is rich and very green with dill, great acid, saline, herb, great cherry, and raspberry, followed by nice mineral and great garrigue. The finish is long and green, with great acid and balance showing awesome charcoal, tobacco, mineral and tart fruit.
Red
2/20/2019 - Amateur62 wrote:
Elder and a potpourri of red and dark berries, on the palate very dry, fresh and a bit tart, requires food, medium length. Very early drinking window, with lot of potential for a long future (2030+), no rate today but will end somewhere between 89 and 92 points with great quality to price relation.
Red
2/1/2019 - Chef419 Likes this wine:
90 points
Brilliant ruby red color.
Aromas of ripe red berries with a hints of spice and oak.
This chewy medium body wine has intense cherry and plum flavors along with vanilla and baking spices.
A pleasant long finish leaves you craving a warm piece of cherry pie.
Red
2013 Paumanok Assemblage North Fork Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/16/2019 - RomanPski wrote:
Bordeaux well done in Long Island. For $50 though, no thanks...
White
2/1/2019 - Chef419 Likes this wine:
89 points
This wine was so crisp and refreshing all I kept thinking about was how good this would be on a warm summer night. So tired of these east coast winters.

Pale yellow with green tints. On the palate, intense flavors of citrus and herbs. The crisp acidity makes you want to keep drinking without putting your glass down.
Red
2/20/2019 - Dinamarca wrote:
84 points
Fortsat i fin form og holder formentlig nogle år endnu. Vellavet vin, men ikke min smag.
White - Off-dry
2/20/2019 - cfk49 wrote:
94 points
In which it is demonstrated (yet again) that Forst is the qualitative and stylistic equivalent in Riesling of Vosne-Romanée. From the second or third greatest vineyard in Forst, this wine shows plenty of sensual apricot and peach fruit with great smoothness to the texture but still with enough acidity to hold everything together. I guess one could comment that there is some sweetness here, but the acidity is so perfectly balanced with the sugar and both integrated with the fruit that one doesn't even notice. But be sure not to serve this wine too cold (cellar temperature is best) and decant an hour or two before serving.
Red
2/18/2019 - mjfaulkner wrote:
90 points
Inky blackish red. Tastes as dense as it appears- rich ripe plum and red current fruit. Tar and olive notes on the smooth long finish. This still has massive amounts of fruit, but the underlying structure is a bit lacking for potential further cellaring
White
2/20/2019 - Makaroniara Likes this wine:
89 points
tasted @ Weinverliebt Esslingen on February 16th 2019
clean nose, fruity, very mineral and fresh
Red
2/20/2019 - jonathanknowles Likes this wine:
88 points
Purple with long legs. Blackberry and herbs, some star anise or cinnamon on the nose. Super sweet fruity entry on the palate, syrupy. Although plenty of acid and not too hot. Long black fruit finish. Interesting but not for me.
Red
2008 Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/16/2019 - RomanPski Likes this wine:
93 points
Had at a big wine tasting party. Not too many detailed notes but this was a huge hit. Very Bordeaux-like but with that classic Italian rusticity.
White
2/20/2019 - MAOC wrote:
Still coming along really well - so much so that I would describe it at peak. A really unexpectedly strong showing ****
Red
2016 Ruggabellus Fluus Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/15/2019 - Zorg wrote:
I like brett and barnyard but this smelled more like a disgusting hair ball from the shower drain.
White - Sparkling
2/20/2019 - MAOC wrote:
Not that much changed from 2017 note - very vinous, prominent red fruit - rich but not yet honeyed ***1/2+
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