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White
4/7/2020 - Martin K-F Likes this wine:
88 points
Pleasant, with a little more depth and fruitiness compared to a typical Grüner Veltliner.
Red
4/7/2020 - WVWine wrote:
90 points
Very nice bottle of well aged Cabernet Sauvignon.
Red
4/7/2020 - Andr4ea Likes this wine:
100 points
L'ultima grande riserva di Franco Biondi-Santi.
Un vino testamento.

"La natura è in grado di creare cose belle, basta saper aspettare."
Red
4/6/2020 - fizz wrote:
Another enjoyable bottle. Dark fruits galore, almost jubey. Lifted palate, with touches of spice, fresh acid, and plenty of fruit. Tannins settling in nicely.
Red
2009 Benjamin Leroux Clos St. Denis Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
Overpriset, grov og upresis grand cru. Typisk 2009? Virker noe varm. Mørk og litt rustikk frukt over forsåvidt korrekte druearomaer, roseblader, urter. Bålrøyk over. Nesten litt som en ung nebbiolo på duft. Litt vanskelig å få tak i smaken, for diffus. God vin, men hadde høyere forventninger. Bør nok ligge en del lenger.
Red
4/7/2020 - Booth_80 wrote:
90 points
Juicy sour cherry.
Energetic acidity.
Sweet tobacco.
leather and cinnamon through the back.
Plenty of tannins give grip right from the front to the back.

Lovely wine. Acidity and tannin needs 2+ years to integrate.
Red
Matt rød/begynnende murstein på farge. Moden frukt, flott kirsebær/rosinfrukt, antydning til fiken, tobakk, urter, blomster. Uimotståelig smaksbalanse, pen friskhet. Flott barolo som går ned på høykant nå, bør ikke ligge lenger
Red
4/3/2020 - Redrunners Likes this wine:
92 points
Gave this a 30 minute decant.
In a good spot now - well integrated flavors
Flavors of blackberry, dark cherry, herbs, and dusty tannins.

Nice wine and priced well - worth picking up some more when available.
Red
A beautiful nose of decaying rose, black earth, smoked meats and ginger spice. It is fine and lacy, with nice volume and excellent balance. Flavours build and it really fans out on the finish. There's good acid cut and outstanding persistence. Drinking at the top of its game.
Red
4/7/2020 - rttpv wrote:
85 points
un peu déçu. Manque de compléxité
White
4/7/2020 - rhapsody5435 Likes this wine:
93 points
3瓶里的第1瓶。颜色是稍微深点的稻草黄,开瓶不是很开放,在勃艮第杯里醒了半小时。很舒服的苹果和柠檬、稍有烤果仁面包,一丝较明显甜香,回味比较长,带点泥土气息。平衡性、愉悦性、持久性都不错。并非一个味道一直到最后,有微妙变化。不是大开大合的类型,细腻也有一定深度,不水也不走浓郁路线。性价比非常优秀,平易近人。已在适应高峰期。
White - Sparkling
2/1/2020 - forceberry wrote:
90 points
12% alcohol.

Medium-deep golden yellow color. Quite rich and developed nose with aromas of woolly lanolin that reminds me of aged Chablis, some honey, a little bit of honeysuckle, light bruised apple tones, a hint of pollen and a touch of nectarine. The wine is dry, moderately full-bodied and quite developed on the palate with flavors of honey, wool socks, some creamy panna cotta, a little bit of wizened red apple, light crunchy notes of cloudberries and a hint of ripe yet tangy Granny Smith apple. The wine is moderately high in acidity with a soft, sparse and gentle mousse. The finish is tart, cool and refreshing with rather long flavors of tangy green apples, some honeyed richness, a little bit of wool, light mineral hints of wet stones, a hint of lemon and a touch of mouthwatering salinity.

A very positive surprise: Bourgogne has never been particularly famous for their Crémants, but this wine was still wonderfully alive and kickin' at 12 years of age! The overall feel here was that of an aged Chablis with the somewhat woolly tones and honeyed overtones - only with bubbles, of course. Most likely the wine isn't going to be evolving anywhere from here but down, so better to drink up sooner rather than later. However, there is no pressing hurry, since I doubt the wine is going to fall apart anytime soon, at least not within the next few years. Good value at 15€.
Red
4/4/2020 - trastevere Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted off a small amount of sediment about an hour before drinking. Smooth and intense, with abundant dark berry fruits and spicy notes, fully supported by fine tannins. Long juicy dark cherry finish. Went well with venison.
White
4/5/2020 - trastevere Likes this wine:
88 points
This aromatic blend of Macabeo, Chardonnay and Trepat has white peaches and a lovely long refreshing citrus finish.
White
2/2/2020 - WilliamMP wrote:
85 points
Funky oxidative apple juice and white flowers. As natural as they come. Not bad for smashing in the sun, particularly with pizza or TexMex, but I wasn't mad for it. Can't complain at £10 in Italy though - worth a punt for the 1L bottle.
White
4/7/2020 - Julian B Likes this wine:
90 points
Zesty, full flavoured wine with a long finish, but some grapefruit notes stopped me from really enjoying it.
Red
4/7/2020 - Julian Marshall Likes this wine:
95 points
Coming after the PC 03, this was like a colour photo compared to black and white. The aromas were zinging all over the place - blackcurrants, spring flowers, raspberries, wet stone, pencil shavings, a bit of earth, then back to the blackcurrants. Amazing stuff, one of the most expressive bouquets for months. The taste is along similar lines - red cherry at first, then blackcurrant, then a bit of blackberry, then it zooms off to the four corners of the palate in the middle section with added redcurrant and raspberry, like a starburst, but without ever losing control - this is no Rolland creation - the sweetness of the fruit, still quite primary, is tempered by the dusty Margaux elegance and poise. As for the finish, it's quintessentially Margaux. La classe!
White
4/7/2020 - Marc wrote:
79 points
Average wine, at best. While it clearly is a product of Marlborough, this is the most basic example of a 2018 Marlborough SB that I have drunk thus far. Slightly insipid, and lacking in the steely character and pin point definition of the best examples (or even less-expensive, but well-made examples) of this varietal from this region and vintage. It had ripeness, and has some of the characteristics that one associates with Marlborough, but it simply does not deliver a convincing palate profile.
Red
2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/7/2020 - Julian Marshall wrote:
90 points
This was decanted five hours before tasting - and it really needed more. Cigar box and cassis on the nose, much deeper than the others. On the palate, much bigger and denser than Brane 00 and SM 01 - this is a heavyweight: rich, thick and jammy cassis, unfurling slowly on the tongue, with hints of liquorice and leather, perhaps more forest fruits in the middle section, then a reasonably long finish. Much more reticent than the last bottle tried.

The comparison with Sociando-Mallet 01 and Brane-Cantenac 00 did it no favours whatsoever. I'm not unduly worried, it just needs longer on the basis of this bottle, but that suits me fine.
Red
4/7/2020 - Stray Cat Likes this wine:
89 points
Not too bad and still has plenty of life.
Red
4/7/2020 - Marc wrote:
76 points
Average Rioja at best. It has some ripe and clean fruit, but comes across as just a little dull. There tis nothing wrong wth this wine, in terms of faults, but it offers nothing particularly idiomatic, stylistically. (Drunk during a ZOOM dinner party with J and C, and Liz and Justine).
White
4/7/2020 - vespa110 wrote:
92 points
Giallo paglierino carico, naso agrumato, spezie dolci, minerale, camomilla e miele in sottofondo, bocca fresca, salina lunga persistenza speziata, vino con una beva trascinante.
Red
2016 Château Faugères St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/7/2020 - UFGators Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking beautifully. Drink or hold.
White
4/7/2020 - graemeg wrote:
{screwcap, 10.8%} Pale straw. Fresh hay, grass, straw. Still pretty youthful. Palate is dry and fresh, light-bodied, with medium level but unassertive acidity, all nicely balanced, with grassy flavours, a sandy kind of presence, with a just-medium length finish. Might evolve a bit over the shorter term, no more.
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White
4/5/2020 - jkoenen wrote:
90 points
Quite evolved in color. Amber-ish...
But still pretty tasty..!
White
4/4/2020 - jkoenen wrote:
90 points
Opulent, floral and creamy.
Ample dosage of oak, low acidity, better served cold than cool.
Red
4/6/2020 - chablis28 wrote:
89 points
I decanted for 2-1/2 hours and it wasn't enough to resolve the backend structure as much as I hoped. Not an issue with food though. The wine itself opened up nicely showing its range and depth. I gave it a little chill to bring it down to high 50s/low 60s which I liked. Semi translucent ruby red. Lots of cherry and plum along with underbrush and mineral. Has that signature Chianti bitters mixed in. I like this but it needs a minimum of 3 years and likely will be quite good at age 10+. Sees only used oak - good! This is very transparent and real. No unnecessary cellar manipulation here. After six hours open still a bit grippy on the finish. 13.5%
Red
4/3/2020 - jkoenen wrote:
91 points
19 yo...!
ANd still lively, fresh, vigorous and extremely drinkable.
An impressive performance for this entry-level, widely available label. From a top-notch vintage.
White
1982 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
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Red
4/7/2020 - Head4Heights Likes this wine:
93 points
A glorious light orange brick colour. Med+ pronounced nose ofvanilla, stewed plums with lashings of trertiary flavours: earthy, leather, tobacco, meaty. Really full body, low but very fine tannin, high pH, beautifully balanced with a length still driven by flavour rather than acid. A bit of a treat.
Red
4/5/2020 - cwjames Likes this wine:
90 points
Pale red, red fruit aromas, quite smoky, quite tannic still but balanced with the fruit on the palate. Complex and distinguished. A lovely mature wine that went well with beef lasagne.
White
4/6/2020 - jsmorris707 Likes this wine:
96 points
Similar to prior note except left in the decanter for 30 min, more open; outstanding, drink or hold
Red
4/6/2020 - liber wrote:
87 points
Last of 12, opened an hour, perfect cork and level, marginally more flesh than last year's bottle but still hard work and over acidic even if some of the flavours have merit and are true to terroir. G+ (15.5)…….all too typical of 96 Burgs when there is insufficient weight of fruit!
Red
4/6/2020 - Papies wrote:
88 points
Second try of this one day later with about half left in bottle and stored int he fridge overnight.
A bit of a guilty pleasure, well made young beaujolais situation here where this was delicious to drink in its straight forward and fresh side of it hat is now. Light and not heavy just bright and fresh but with a soft feel. Again an 88 but happy and very well made wine.
Red
4/6/2020 - bensony Likes this wine:
90 points
The 2017 Syrah is opaque medium to deep purple in color. I decanted this for 2 hours which allowed the initial sour notes to blow off and drank it over the following 4 hours. The nose is complex and evolves over time to showcase aromas of blueberry, black plum, olive, violet, sweet tobacco, loamy earth, smoke, clove, chocolate, and light oak. On the palate, I get notes of tart blueberry, sweet and juicy plum, black cherry, purple and blue florals, black olive, scorched rocky earth, tobacco, grilled meat, and green herbs. This is full-bodied with medium (+) acidity, elegant medium tannins, and a long finish filled with jammy black fruit.

100% Syrah; 12.5% ABV
Red
4/7/2020 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
92 points
Very concentrated, somewhat syrupy (which I usually don’t like) but good flavours. Mulberry? Perhaps, avoids the tamarillo of some (Leeuwin Estate).

Serious wine. I’d love to try it in 15 years.
Red
Cooked fruits and plum, cedar, toast, wet forest, mushroom. The nose feels better than the taste. No decanting, drink-thru Coravin and there's still taste of fruits. Low tannin and acidity, reach the peak. Drink up.
White
4/7/2020 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
92 points
Impressive inspite of its youth. Savoury, textural. I will write a decent tasting note when this settles down a bit in bottle. But for now, this stands out as Australian modern Chardonnay taken to another level. Confidently different.
White
4/7/2020 - ManhattanBeach Likes this wine:
87 points
Decent chard. White flowers on the nose, ripe pears and white peaches. Some vanilla custard. Oak is present but well-integrated, much less than I was expecting. Considering the high altitude, this feels quite ripe and full, possibly lacking a touch of tension and a bit soft, but the oak holds it together on the finish.
White
3/19/2020 - Nahebub wrote:
90 points
lovely. at the point.
Red
4/7/2020 - yhn wrote:
Had a bottle of this served to me as a current release and it was might impressive, with stemmy floral aromatics. Some time later I popped a bottle and it was weird and not particularly pleasant. Mezcal is a good comment. Lots of green, astringent. Now, as a pop-n-pour it shows a lot of stalky green vegetal notes, but also nicely floral, green tannin, a bit astringent. With about 30 minutes of air the green dissipates and it becomes a bit creamy. Nicely floral, a touch of that medicinal quality. Iron, iodine, creamy purple fruit, purple basil. Charcuterie helped with the tannin. Enjoyable, but gentler handling of the stems would've made a better wine. The core is there to be impressive. Perhaps more age will help.....or not.
White - Off-dry
4/5/2020 - bengemarräng Likes this wine:
92 points
Lovely!
Intense and long aftertaste, very pure with a depth only waiting to unfold more in the upcoming decades. 92-93p
White - Off-dry
3/27/2020 - Nahebub wrote:
91 points
über mehrere Tage getrunken. Ein ganzer Korb voller reifer Früchte. Macht sehr viel Spaß und hat einen hohen Trinkfluss. Am Beginn des Trinkfesters.
Red
2016 Black Hills Estate Nota Bene Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/5/2020 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
91 points
Hmmm, a tad too early to open right now. Another Nota Bene in blocks. All angular in fruit, tannin, alcohol & acidity. There is pervasive oak on the nose & palate. This was somewhat improved on Day 2 but Day 3 was much better. There is structure here and potential but still early days. I’m burying the rest of my bottles down low and will revisit in 3-5 years.
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