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Red
10/20/2021 - EhrlichDY wrote:
Rich and dense with notes of olive and hints of dark fruit. Fully mature but will hold for at least five, if not ten years. Lacking finesse or perhaps just a bit boring. This wine was just okay.
White
10/20/2021 - grapenomad wrote:
90 points
Consistent quality year after year. You gotta love it. Pale lemon green in the glass. The first note that hits is lemongrass/honeysuckle combo, followed by juice of nectarine & peach with hints of citrus fruit. Super light body with only 8% abv. The acidity is lovely and is highlighted even more by just a touch of residual sugar. Long, juicy finish.
White - Sparkling
10/20/2021 - Will Devize wrote:
89 points
70/30 PN/Chard. Generous and flattering with lovely notes of strawberry and plum. Quite full in the mouth although incongruously short and chewy on the finish. There is good substance here but it hasn't come together yet. Perhaps one for the cellar.
White
10/20/2021 - Geoff7777 wrote:
A different expression of Kumeu, and to use an Australian analogy this is Mornington Peninsular version of the Kumeu style. Grapefruit and lemon zest rather than stone fruits, the wine is oily in texture and mineral at the same time. No idea about vine age, but suspect I prefer the Kumeu Estate at the price point. The $55-60 price range is crowded with options better than this. Much prefer the home vineyard offerings from this very fine producer of Chardonnay.
Red
1987 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
10/20/2021 - LindsayM Likes this wine:
94 points
Cork solid, wet for 25%
Colour deep impenetrable garnet ,clear , slight bricking black hues very good for 34 years 15/15
Nose intense complex fading black fruits olive blackberry blackcurrant plum ,oak spice cassis cigar box liquorice dark chocolate, smoky , tobacco , grill meat , some tertiary elements z, leather , mushroom , earthy amazing complexity 29/30
Palate full bodied chewy tannins in control here hiding the black fruits chocolate cassis , desperately seeking a large slab of protein 40/44
Overall It’s amazing that Grange ages so gracefully, according to 8th Ed of rewards of Patience this has past its peak drinking window but I still am enjoying it . I’m going to follow it over the next couple of days to see if the tannins soften 10/11
Red
8/23/2021 - NPBWineGuy wrote:
89 points
Meh. Not a bad wine, but nothing extraordinary either. Not much on the nose, with subdued fruit. Fair amount of sediment. It’s probably past prime.
Red
9/20/2021 - NPBWineGuy wrote:
87 points
Decent wine for the price. But nothing stands up and says, “buy more.”
Red
10/19/2021 - drrobvino wrote:
93 points
2nd of 4 bottles, last consumed 2.5 yrs ago.
Maturing nicely, showing cassis fruit, black cherry pie, sweet tobacco, plum skin, and espresso grounds.
Big and full bodied on the palate, with ripe, sweet fruit, lush tannins, and a long and voluptuous finish...this Napa Valley Cab has all the requisite parts, and is thoroughly delicious.
Red
10/20/2021 - A. Haddock Likes this wine:
80 points
Sommarjuice, lätt, aningen skevt (trousseau).
Red
10/20/2021 - Ozmango Likes this wine:
90 points
Throwing a sediment (in solution). Still quaffing well.
Red - Fortified
10/20/2021 - Screwcaps Likes this wine:
92 points
12 Chapoutier Banyuls
Day 3

Deep red. Good cork- 1/8th even soak.

Very sweet nose of moscatels, molasses, cola syrup, and soft Allen’s liquorice black strap.

On entry it’s bright red, prune, and orange citrus rind fruited. Alcohol is in check, and the liquorice and rancio and oak notes really come to the fore.

The medium weight fortified pulls up dry and tannic, with a very clear acid line cleaning up any sweetness yet landing and then expanding with a lovely dark chocolate, burnt brown sugar and nutty aged rancio character and mixed dried fruit finish- esp orange and lemon skins. Only a touch malty and heady through the excellent length.

This is very much in the zone. It will hold for 5 more years at least, but it does not have the stuffing to go further in my (limited!) experience with Banyuls and it’s delicious now.

Very good, 92. Now to 5. Better than I recall the last bottle. I noted and scored before looking at my last note.
Red
10/19/2021 - NPBWineGuy wrote:
92 points
Delish! I’m so happy I forgot about the wine in storage for 10 years. Notes on this bottle same as the last. Everything is coming together for this wine, without any loss due to age. Great nose, smooth tannins, wonderful mix of fruit.
Red
10/20/2021 - Song103 wrote:
87 points
Fully agrees with the comment by Richard Holmes below. Ready with a short decant. A perfectly good daily wine with meal
Red
10/20/2021 - MikePass44 Likes this wine:
88 points
Pale ruby in color, lightweight style of Pinot, indicative of the cool w rather climate, but still nicely representative of the terror and very well made. Lots of cranberry sauce with allspice and cinnamon, se dried leaves and mushroom notes, especially on the nose. A touch of oak influence toward the end. Softer tannins, very pleasant acidity, medium fiinish
White - Off-dry
10/20/2021 - Harley1199 wrote:
By the glass. Ripe fruit (limes, quince, apples) is imposed on any sensation from "noble poverty". On the palate fortunately appears a little minerality but drowns between flavors of yellow melon. A sweet and dense riesling but without a real soul. The complexity, the depth are living far away from here.

Por copas. La fruta madura (limas, membrillo, manzanas) se impone sobre cualquier sensación de "pobredumbre noble". En boca afortunadamente aparece un poco de mineralidad pero se ahoga entre sabores a melón amarillo. Una riesling dulce y densa pero sin alma. La complejidad, la profundidad están viviendo muy lejos de aquí.
Red
10/20/2021 - Harley1199 wrote:
By the glass. I’m tasting some things from this winery and they’re surprising me favorably. This PN has resulted from an overflowing masculinity, very Pommard-like style. Aromas of dark cherries with sweet oriental spice essences. On the palate it is somewhat rustic, tannic yet tasty in turn, with a good persistence. Its steroids need to be calmed down over time.

Por copas. Estoy catando algunas cositas de esta bodega y me están sorprendiendo favorablemente. Este PN ha resultado de una masculinidad desbordante, muy al estilo Pommard. Aromas a cerezas picotas con esencias de especias orientales dulces. En boca es un tanto rústico, tanica incluso pero a su vez sabroso y con una buena persistencia. Sus esteroides deben ser calmados por el tiempo.
Red
10/20/2021 - Harley1199 wrote:
By the glass. Simple, easily accessible New World PN bottle. Notes of cherries devoid of any interest. Some greenness too. In the mouth it is soft, uncomplicated, short and predictable. Boring if anything. The sun does not set on the empire of the Lurton brothers.

Por copas. Simple, fácilmente accesible botella de PN del Nuevo Mundo. Notas a cerezas carentes de interés. Algo de verdor también. En boca es suave, de textura descomplicada, corto y predecible. Aburrido si acaso. Sobre el imperio de los hermanos Lurton no se pone el sol.
Red
8/26/2021 - Davidh. wrote:
91 points
On the nose a lot of truffle and dried fig some green olives, pencil and a sweet touch.
At first it feels rather supple but then ends with a bang. Tannins are already integrated, low acidity and medium body.
Red
10/14/2021 - j30 Likes this wine:
90 points
Darker and more concentrated than I remembered. It's well made, but can use a couple more years of cellar time to lighten up.
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White
10/20/2021 - Harley1199 wrote:
By the glass. Don’t look for a cork here. Modern, incisive and acid with notes of green apple and a touch of eucalyptus. On the palate a cleaner acidity stands out rather than as a balanced wine. It doesn’t tell me so much more.

Por copas. No busques un corcho aquí. Moderno, incisivo y ácido con notas de manzana verde y in toque de eucalipto. Al paladar destaca una limpiadora acidez antes que como un vino equilibrado. No me dice gran cosa.
White
10/20/2021 - Harley1199 wrote:
By the glass. For my taste it has an excessive tropical stuff (passion fruit and ripe pineapple) on the nose along with notes of freshly sawn oak galore. In the mouth they repeat those memories of the tropics with an oily density not at all balanced by the acidity that also does not ensure a good length. My mind is far from all this.

Por copas. Para mi gusto presenta una excesiva fruta tropical (maracuyá y piña madura) en nariz junto con notas a gogó de roble recién serrado. En boca se repiten esos recuerdos del trópico con una densidad oleaginosa no del todo equilibrada por la acidez que tampoco asegura una buena longitud. Mi mente está lejos de todo ésto.
Red
10/20/2021 - FransS wrote:
91 points
A point, ripe fruit, still fresh, modest wood and vanilla, pure, silky, real Vosne, friendly persistence, better at day two. The aftertaste is maybe the best part of the wine with soft tannins, freshness and a slightly sweet, red fruit impression. Taste your bottle(s) now.
Red
10/20/2021 - graemeg wrote:
{diam} Dense, dark garnet. Rum and raisin nose, and palate, with plums and vanilla. Palate is distinctly sweet, and not just from the oak I’ll wager. Medium/full weight, ripe and sweet, with minimal dusty tannins. Undetectable acid, short medium finish which cloys a bit. Grows increasingly sweet in aromas and flavour as it sits in the glass. Bistro wine in every sense.
White
10/20/2021 - FransS wrote:
91 points
Not (yet) with the complexity and depth of the '15 (see my tasting notes), but already, ripening and showing purity and balance; so far away from the gooseberry-SB. Give this wine some time to develop, hopefully, tot the level of the '15.
Red
10/20/2021 - apple1813 wrote:
90 points
2016 Cims de Porrera Priorat was ripe, smoky and rustic. The youthful Carinyena-Garnatxa blend was medium ruby in colour with traces of fine sediments. Freshly uncorked, there were characteristic nose of brandied red cherry, crushed violet, smoke and liqourice. With two hours of aeration, it gained notes of earth, crushed rocks and black olives.

The mouthfeel was dry and full-bodied, with medium level of acidity and high level of gripping tannin. There were flavours of kirsch, cassis, smoked meat and a hint of wet stone minerals in a medium smoky finish.

The 14.5% alcohol contributed to the richness and the kirsch-like flavours. The ripeness, smokiness and high alcohol did not both me, as it was a typical expression of Priorat wines. My father, who did not know Mediterranean sunshine and licorrella of Priorat, found it rustic and unpolished.
White - Sparkling
10/20/2021 - Harley1199 wrote:
By the glass. That minority chardonnay (40%) is more influential than the majority pinot noir on the nose with buttery notes of white flowers. The palate is too direct, abrupt, lacking elegance. Huge bubbles without much length. It is difficult to justify their relative success, unless the key factor is price.

Por copas. La minoritaria chardonnay (40%) resulta más influyente que la mayoritaria pinot noir en nariz con mantecosas notas a flores blancas. Al paladar se muestra demasiado directa, abrupta y falta de elegancia. Burbujas enormes y sin mucha longitud. Difícil justificar su relativo éxito, salvo que el factor clave sea el precio.
White
10/20/2021 - KayS Likes this wine:
95 points
Delicious. Nice perfume, very smooth, dry, stone fruits with mild toasty oak
White
10/20/2021 - FransS wrote:
88 points
Very fresh and pure, pear, a hint of lychee, medium body covering the alcohol, very pleasant, but, for me, a tad too sweet. See also my previous note.
Orange
Funky, vinegary aroma, more or less like sour beer or kombucha, but with some nice juicy fruit in there. Tangy, juicy, light, refreshing. Not wine (and doesn't claim to be I guess), but a fun beverage. This one is made from the skins of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
White
10/20/2021 - Philip Yang Likes this wine:
87 points
Zesty, citrus. Superb value for money wine. Please try it.
White - Sparkling
10/16/2021 - Blauweiss Likes this wine:
90 points
Great citrus-fruit and minerality. Has a stoney feeling to it with high acidity and quite soft, elegant mousse. I liked it even better on day two, suggesting it might need a year or two more in the cellar before I crack open another one.
Red
10/15/2021 - Blauweiss Likes this wine:
90 points
Good but not fantastic. Elegant and quite soft, perhaps lacking that extra stuffing to motivate the price.
Medium body, soft tannin, medium fruit and fine acidity.
White
10/20/2021 - apple1813 Likes this wine:
92 points
2017 Bruno Colin Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Le Charmois was layered, rounded and mineral-driven. The developing Chardonnay was clear and pale lemon in colour without any sediments. Aromas of green apples, pear and lemon zest jumped out of the glass. With an hour of aeration, it gained notes of butter, spearmint and lemongrass.

The mouthfeel was dry and rather full-bodied, complemented with medium-high level of fresh acidity and an agreeable core of salinity. Flavours of apricot, white flowers, vanilla and brioche persisted in a rather long mineral-driven finish.

The Chardonnay vines are cultivated on the south-eastern-facing slope of Le Charmois, on soil composed on clay and limestone. The wine was matured in about 20% new oak barrels for ten months.
Red
10/20/2021 - atrabado Likes this wine:
91 points
Really nice wine by Roberto Regal in Galicia. Fresh, fruity, good acidity.
Red
10/20/2021 - LindsayM Likes this wine:
97 points
Background Bart’s Block is a very special parcel of dry grown Shiraz in the Concongella vineyard. Planted in 1966 with Best’s Old Block Clone Shiraz and named to commemorate the birth of Hamish “Bart” Thomson in the same year.

Colour deep red pink to magenta on the rim purple hue 15/15
Nose med intensity fragrant blue and black fruits mulberry blackberry plum blackcurrant and leaf hints of red fruits raspberry , red currant,vanilla spice from the French oak , white pepper 28/30
Palate med+ bodied primary fruit flavours from the nose soft rich luscious mouthfeel firm tannins and excellent acidity ensure a long live , very long finish 20+ seconds 43/44
Overall drinkable now but better days are ahead iron fist in a velvet glove , classic cool climate Shiraz but the faultless /seemless mouthfeel is a standout so very very good 11/11
Red
10/20/2021 - Paul Anderson Likes this wine:
96 points
Having a very special night with my New Lady. after wife passed 2 years ago. I could not hold of opening this beauty from the GREAT 2018 year in Pyrenees District . This is BPE best Wine by far and there signature Cabernet Sauvignon Richardson. Cork Closure is a surprise tho.
Just opened Deep Opaque Black in colour with that youthful purple rim at October 2021. excellent super colour as expected.
Wow factor here , just after on WIFF, tell you something very special , with super ripe Black fruits of Blueberries and Currants and that lovely sweet NEW FRENCH OAK with makes it most exciting. Very Californian Reserve Cab in style for certain and what i was hoping. Excellent and very young for certain , just let the oak integrate and watch this beauty develop.
On the palate we have sweetness of ripe fruit flavours similar to above upfront with nice complexity , as expected with medium bodied mid palate richness and nice sweet long oily tannins giving nice long finish . V/Nice wine indeed and still young , i do understand now why they went with Cork to give more faster development . QPR $50 about right
Perfect with rare Filet steaks too
White
10/20/2021 - azzah Likes this wine:
95 points
Stunning. Impactful. Tight and powerful. Give this some time in the decanter to get its best. Lemon and grapefruit, stone fruit arising with time, cashew/oat/vanilla oak. Expensive oak! Precise line and length- crystalline acidity. Just a wonderful Chardonnay.
Red
10/15/2021 - madia wrote:
94 points
This wine is at its peak. Complex and elegant. Red and dark fruits + tobacco + earthy notes in the nose. Round and balanced, with very soft tannins and not aggressive acidity. Superb
Red
10/20/2021 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Outstanding - a beautiful purity of fruit here, with real line and length. Nice to see Cab Franc getting a run in Margaret River. Raspberry mixed with blackcurrant, tomato leaf and herbs, cedar oak and minerally acidity. Seamless from front to back - almost so tight and refined, you could miss the quality at this young age. More to come.
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Red
10/20/2021 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Really enjoyed this. Polished, definitely silky and perhaps a bit more oaky than I was expecting, but a great drink now style. Lots of red fruits, mocha oak and a lick of spice.
White - Sparkling
10/17/2021 - chablis28 wrote:
86 points
My btl tonight. Too oxidative for my liking & hard to get past that to find its remaining charm. Thankfully, I only bought one.
Red
10/20/2021 - glassofhans Likes this wine:
92 points
I find this more elegant and restrained than the typical morgon I have from Jean Foillard, and I like it. Excellent acidity, dark cherries perfume the air.
Red
10/20/2021 - rwpalmer wrote:
83 points
I found this to be clean with a pleasant, if simple, dark cherry nose. Relatively light-bodied and lacking concentration. It didn't give me a strong sense of what might be the unique or meritous qualities of graciano.
White
10/20/2021 - henrijanssen wrote:
90 points
Alles wat een mooie witte wijn nodig heeft
White
10/20/2021 - belfast taxman wrote:
90 points
This was our first tasting of a German wine in many years. Overall we really enjoyed it paired with sweet and sour chicken. It was certainly dry and floral with a distinct acidic citrus peel background. Please take the score in the context of a comparative lack of experience with this type of Riesling, but more similar to Alsace than I was expecting.
Red
10/20/2021 - rthpal Likes this wine:
91 points
Last tasted 6 months ago (medium-bodied, fruity). I liked it and gave it 91 points, but the QPR is not great and I have had better Jordan cabs.
White
10/20/2021 - belfast taxman wrote:
90 points
Initially came across as quite rich fruit salad with buttery oak background. Settled down with food and half an hour in the glass to become a high quality nicely balanced SA Chardonnay
White
10/17/2021 - chablis28 wrote:
94 points
With 7 wine buddies at Oceanaire Minneapolis and our favorite waiter Jessica on hand made for a lovely low key Sunday evening. This started out a bit tight since I didn't have the luxury of opening it at home and I had a bit of extra chill on for the 35 minute drive and earlier champagnes. Drank from a slightly smaller Riedel Montrachet knock off. Healthy bright light gold & pristine costal, mineral & citrus aromas. The Dauvissat magic really kicks in on the palate with best of class balance, sappy concentration and a perfect accord between drive & elegance. A great array of apple, lime, orange zest, pear, faint herbs and a fine bead of minerality. 13% alc. One left that I'll likely drink in the next 3-5yrs.
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