Importer tasting

Tasted March 30, 2015 by Zweder with 354 views

Flight 1 (71 notes)

White - Sparkling
2010 Caves Transmontanas Douro Vértice Reserva Bruto Cuvée Portugal, Douro
82 points
Clean and soft bubble. Ok wine but quite simple. No more notes
Rosé - Sparkling
2012 Caves Transmontanas Douro Vértice Espumante do Douro Rosé Portugal, Douro
84 points
Easy going, very light colored bubble with some rustic impressions. Not really special, but certainly ok.
White
2014 Château l'Ermitage Costières-de-Nîmes Blanc France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Costières-de-Nîmes
84 points
Flowers and grasses. Some white fruits. Soft acidity. Simple, but clean.
Red
2011 Domaine Matray Juliénas France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Juliénas
82 points
Red cherries and raspberries. Ok acidity and soft tannin. Very light bodied, but clean and easy going.
Red
2012 Alain Michaud Brouilly France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Brouilly
84 points
Red berries and firm cherries, ok acidity and slightly sticky tannin. Basic, but clean and ok.
Red
2012 Domaine Métrat et Fils Fleurie La Roilette Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie
82 points
Some cherries and berry fruits. A touch of bitterness. Not really tasty in this stage. Maybe it needs one or two years. For now 82.
Red
2012 Domaine des Nugues Beaujolais-Villages France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages
81 points
Raspberries and red cherries. Light bodied. Nothing special but clean and ok.
White
2013 Château Haute Carizière Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine
84 points
True to type Muscadet with good fresh acidity and some salty minerals. Correct wine.
White
2013 Denis Jamain Reuilly Les Fossiles France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Reuilly
86 points
Good minerality, soft citrus, apples and other white fruits. Ok wine.
White
2013 Domaine Henry Pellé Sancerre La Croix au Garde France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Sancerre
86 points
Minerals and some smoke in the bouquet. Same on the palate, nicely dry with white fruits and mild citrus. Ok and clean wine.
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Red
2013 Marc Brédif Chinon France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon
84 points
Cherries and raspberries as well as some minerals. An easy going and mild wine with just a little bit of slightly sticky tannin.
Red
2009 Château Lamarsalle France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Montagne-St. Émilion
87 points
Creamy red and dark forest fruits in the bouquet as well as the mouth. Pleasant acidity and round tannin. Fairly light bodied, but a very correct and pleasant wine with a good qpr.
Red
2012 Château Lamarsalle France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Montagne-St. Émilion
85 points
Creamy red and dark forest fruits as well as some green bell pepper impressions. Ok acidity and tannin. A correct wine that will improve a bit with one or two years of ageing.
Red
2014 Château Lamarsalle France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Montagne-St. Émilion
86 points
Cask sample. Very primary fruits like raspberries and cherries. Ok acidity and round tannin. Fairly light bodied. Correct and clean biological wine. 86+
Red
2005 Château Maison Blanche Montagne-St. Émilion France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Montagne-St. Émilion
87 points
This wine is made of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot. The 2005 is in its maturity stage now with still good black forest fruits, a pleasant dose of oak, good acidity and soft tannin. Can be cellared for another 3+ years. The 2011 is still youthful with creamy, primary dark berries, good acidity and a firm dose of sticky tannin and a good concentration. The barrel sample of the 2014 shows good and youthful fruits and has a firm constitution. Never had this biological wine before, but it was a pleasant surprise for the price (around $20). 2005: 87, 2011: 86+ and 2014: 87+?
Red
2011 Château Maison Blanche Montagne-St. Émilion France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Montagne-St. Émilion
86 points
This wine is made of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot. The 2005 is in its maturity stage now with still good black forest fruits, a pleasant dose of oak, good acidity and soft tannin. Can be cellared for another 3+ years. The 2011 is still youthful with creamy, primary dark berries, good acidity and a firm dose of sticky tannin and a good concentration. The barrel sample of the 2014 shows good and youthful fruits and has a firm constitution. Never had this biological wine before, but it was a pleasant surprise for the price (around $20). 2005: 87, 2011: 86+ and 2014: 87+?
Red
2014 Château Maison Blanche Montagne-St. Émilion France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Montagne-St. Émilion
87 points
This wine is made of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot. The 2005 is in its maturity stage now with still good black forest fruits, a pleasant dose of oak, good acidity and soft tannin. Can be cellared for another 3+ years. The 2011 is still youthful with creamy, primary dark berries, good acidity and a firm dose of sticky tannin and a good concentration. The barrel sample of the 2014 shows good and youthful fruits and has a firm constitution. Never had this biological wine before, but it was a pleasant surprise for the price (around $20). 2005: 87, 2011: 86+ and 2014: 87+?
Red
2014 Château Maison Blanche Montagne-St. Émilion Louis Rapier France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Montagne-St. Émilion
From the best plot the owner of Château Maison Blanche Montagne-St. Émilion makes a special wine: He called it after his ancestor "Louis Rapier". The Cabernet Franc vines date from 1955 and the Merlot vines from 1943. There is no sulfur used at all and the wine will get 16 - 18 months of 100% new French oak. The result of this barrel sample up to now is a wine with a creamy bouquet with dark and red berries. On the palate the wine has something really special which I can't describe and don't particularly like. There are red and black forest fruits and something that reminds of brown spiced biscuit. There is a sweet note, some acidity and round, slightly sticky tannin. Not sure if the decision not to use any sulfur at all was a good one and if because of that the wine tastes odd. No score for the wine, but I would like to taste the result again when the wine is in the bottle for a few years.
Red
2012 Château La Rose Figeac France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
87 points
This is a 100% Merlot wine. The 2012 is a bit rustic and shows creamy dark forest fruits, good acidity and round tannin. An elegant but good wine which can use a few years of ageing. The 2010 is really nice with good dark forest fruits, a pleasant dose of good oak, good acidity and firm tannin with a good bite. Would like to taste both wines again around 2020. 2012: 87+?, 2010: 88+
Red
2010 Château La Rose Figeac France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
88 points
This is a 100% Merlot wine. The 2012 is a bit rustic and shows creamy dark forest fruits, good acidity and round tannin. An elegant but good wine which can use a few years of ageing. The 2010 is really nice with good dark forest fruits, a pleasant dose of good oak, good acidity and firm tannin with a good bite. Would like to taste both wines again around 2020. 2012: 87+?, 2010: 88+
Red
2012 Mähler-Besse Château Bire France, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur
81 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Primary cherries and raspberries. Ok acidity and tannin. Nothing spectacular, but an ok wine.
Red
2012 Château Le Chene France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
82 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Creamy bouquet with red and black berry fruits. Same on the palate. Some bell pepper and a light dose of oak as well. Basic Haut Medoc.
Red
2012 Château Puygueraud France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Bordeaux Côtes de Francs
86 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Creamy red and black berry fruits in the bouquet as well as on the palate. Good acidity and pleasant, round tannin with a soft bite. Give it a few years of ageing. 86+
Red
2010 Château Chaigneau France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Lalande de Pomerol
86 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Still locked. Mostly dark fruits. Some oaky flavors, good acidity and firm tannin. Wait a few years. 85 - 86
White
2013 Roux Père & Fils Bourgogne-Aligoté France, Burgundy, Bourgogne-Aligoté
83 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Grasses, firm acidity, some bitterness and a bit drying.
White
2013 Roux Père & Fils Bourgogne Blanc France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc
86 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. White fruits, very soft acidity and some length. Did not disappoint.
White
2012 Roux Père & Fils Saint-Aubin La Pucelle France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Saint-Aubin
87 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. White and yellow fruits as well as limestone minerals, some vanilla. A touch of sweetness and nice acidity.
Red
2007 Roux Père & Fils Chambolle-Musigny France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny
88 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Red berry fruits, a bit rustic, ok acidity and firm slightly sticky tannin.
White
2012 Domaine Guillemot-Michel Viré-Clessé Quintaine France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Viré-Clessé
88 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Biological wine. White and yellow fruits, ok acidity but also a firm dose of sweetness. A bit fat.
White
2013 Domaine Vincent Sauvestre Chablis France, Burgundy, Chablis
87 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Citrus and white fruits. Nicely dry with good acidity and a light touch of minerals.
Red
2009 Domaine Philippe Charlopin Bourgogne Cuvée Prestige France, Burgundy, Bourgogne
88 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Red and black forest fruits and cherries, a good balance between acidity and sweetness and soft, round tannin. Fairly full bodied. Very good basic Burgundy and a pleasure now.
Red
2010 Domaine de la Vougeraie Beaune La Montée Rouge France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune
88 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Red forest fruits and cherries, a bit rustic, some minerals, dry, good balance between acidity and sweetness and slightly sticky tannin. Ready now and the next few years.
White
2013 Saint-Cosme Côtes du Rhône Blanc France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône
87 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Floral, white fruits, some minerals and nicely dry. Clean wine.
White
2012 Saint-Cosme Condrieu France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Condrieu
89 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Ripe yellow fruits, a touch of sweetness balanced by good acidity. A bit aromatic. Ready now and the next few years.
Red
2013 Saint-Cosme Côtes du Rhône France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône
86 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Red and black berry fruits as well as some herbs, good acidity and mild, slightly sticky tannin. Light bodied/elegant wine.
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Red
2012 Château de Saint-Cosme Côtes du Rhône Les Deux Albion France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône
88 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. The grapes for this wine (Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre and Clairette) are not destemmed and co-fermented. The result is a wine with a lot of garrigue, black and red berries, good acidity and slightly sticky tannin. Not extremely concentrated. Nice and elegant wine.
Red
2009 Château de Saint-Cosme Gigondas France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Gigondas
89 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Red and black berries, soft spiciness, pleasant acidity and round tannin. Not extremely concentrated, but a lovely and elegant wine.
Red
2011 Château de Saint-Cosme Gigondas Les Claux France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Gigondas
93 points
100% Grenache (100 years old) from yellow clay and limestone soil and not destemmed. Beautiful wine with black berries, raspberries and cherries, beautiful garrigue and some white pepper. Good fresh acidity and slightly sticky tannin. Good concentration and elegant as well. Will improve with a few more years in the bottle. 2017+. For today 93+
Red
2011 Saint-Cosme St. Joseph France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph
90 points
According to the fact sheet the wine is made of 100% Serine (which is ancient Syrah) and not destemmed. The wine gets 20% new oak. The result is a classical wine with that typical Northern Rhone bouquet with minerals, leather and meaty impressions. Good garrigue and red and black berries and cherries as well. Good fresh acidity as well as a touch of sweetness, pleasant tannin. An elegant and beautiful wine. Early maturity now.
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Red
2012 Château de Saint-Cosme Gigondas Valbelle France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Gigondas
93 points
This will be one note for the 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2012. This wine is made of 80 years old vines from 5 different plots. 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah. The grapes are not destemmed and co-fermented in concrete. After that aged for 12 months in 25% new oak, 40% one year old barrels and 35% in two year old barrels. The 2012 (which was climatically an even year) has 14.7 abv and good red and dark berry fruits as well as garrigue in the bouquet. Same on the palate and a beautiful balance between acidity and sweetness as well as round, slightly sticky tannin. In 2009 the vineyards suffered from hail in April and May, so the yield was low. The result however is a wine with beautifully ripe fruits in the bouquet with a pleasant dose of oak and some rustic impressions. On the palate the same ripe dark berries, garrigue, some licorice and laurel, sweet spices, good acidity and round tannin as well as a touch of pleasant oak. The bouquet of the 2006 is not very expressive, but it shows some dark forest fruits. On the palate there are dark forest fruits, some chocolate, sweet spices, mild and round tannin with still a pleasant bite. Overall a full bodied and friendly wine with a considerable amount of sweetness. The bouquet of the 2004 is not very expressive either. On the palate there are dark forest fruits and dark cherries, sweet spices, garrigue and minerals, a touch of sweetness and slightly sticky tannin.
Concluding:
2012: Still youthful. Wait until 2018+. Score for now 92 – 93+
2009: Early maturity now and because of the sweetness already easy to like. 90+
2006: Ready now and for several years to come. 92+
2004: Even though the tannin is still a bit sticky, the wine is ready now and the next 4+ years. 91+
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Red
2009 Château de Saint-Cosme Gigondas Valbelle France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Gigondas
90 points
This will be one note for the 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2012. This wine is made of 80 years old vines from 5 different plots. 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah. The grapes are not destemmed and co-fermented in concrete. After that aged for 12 months in 25% new oak, 40% one year old barrels and 35% in two year old barrels. The 2012 (which was climatically an even year) has 14.7 abv and good red and dark berry fruits as well as garrigue in the bouquet. Same on the palate and a beautiful balance between acidity and sweetness as well as round, slightly sticky tannin. In 2009 the vineyards suffered from hail in April and May, so the yield was low. The result however is a wine with beautifully ripe fruits in the bouquet with a pleasant dose of oak and some rustic impressions. On the palate the same ripe dark berries, garrigue, some licorice and laurel, sweet spices, good acidity and round tannin as well as a touch of pleasant oak. The bouquet of the 2006 is not very expressive, but it shows some dark forest fruits. On the palate there are dark forest fruits, some chocolate, sweet spices, mild and round tannin with still a pleasant bite. Overall a full bodied and friendly wine with a considerable amount of sweetness. The bouquet of the 2004 is not very expressive either. On the palate there are dark forest fruits and dark cherries, sweet spices, garrigue and minerals, a touch of sweetness and slightly sticky tannin.
Concluding:
2012: Still youthful. Wait until 2018+. Score for now 92 – 93+
2009: Early maturity now and because of the sweetness already easy to like. 90+
2006: Ready now and for several years to come. 92+
2004: Even though the tannin is still a bit sticky, the wine is ready now and the next 4+ years. 91+
Red
2006 Château de Saint-Cosme Gigondas Valbelle France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Gigondas
92 points
This will be one note for the 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2012. This wine is made of 80 years old vines from 5 different plots. 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah. The grapes are not destemmed and co-fermented in concrete. After that aged for 12 months in 25% new oak, 40% one year old barrels and 35% in two year old barrels. The 2012 (which was climatically an even year) has 14.7 abv and good red and dark berry fruits as well as garrigue in the bouquet. Same on the palate and a beautiful balance between acidity and sweetness as well as round, slightly sticky tannin. In 2009 the vineyards suffered from hail in April and May, so the yield was low. The result however is a wine with beautifully ripe fruits in the bouquet with a pleasant dose of oak and some rustic impressions. On the palate the same ripe dark berries, garrigue, some licorice and laurel, sweet spices, good acidity and round tannin as well as a touch of pleasant oak. The bouquet of the 2006 is not very expressive, but it shows some dark forest fruits. On the palate there are dark forest fruits, some chocolate, sweet spices, mild and round tannin with still a pleasant bite. Overall a full bodied and friendly wine with a considerable amount of sweetness. The bouquet of the 2004 is not very expressive either. On the palate there are dark forest fruits and dark cherries, sweet spices, garrigue and minerals, a touch of sweetness and slightly sticky tannin.
Concluding:
2012: Still youthful. Wait until 2018+. Score for now 92 – 93+
2009: Early maturity now and because of the sweetness already easy to like. 90+
2006: Ready now and for several years to come. 92+
2004: Even though the tannin is still a bit sticky, the wine is ready now and the next 4+ years. 91+
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2004 Château de Saint-Cosme Gigondas Valbelle France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Gigondas
91 points
This will be one note for the 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2012. This wine is made of 80 years old vines from 5 different plots. 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah. The grapes are not destemmed and co-fermented in concrete. After that aged for 12 months in 25% new oak, 40% one year old barrels and 35% in two year old barrels. The 2012 (which was climatically an even year) has 14.7 abv and good red and dark berry fruits as well as garrigue in the bouquet. Same on the palate and a beautiful balance between acidity and sweetness as well as round, slightly sticky tannin. In 2009 the vineyards suffered from hail in April and May, so the yield was low. The result however is a wine with beautifully ripe fruits in the bouquet with a pleasant dose of oak and some rustic impressions. On the palate the same ripe dark berries, garrigue, some licorice and laurel, sweet spices, good acidity and round tannin as well as a touch of pleasant oak. The bouquet of the 2006 is not very expressive, but it shows some dark forest fruits. On the palate there are dark forest fruits, some chocolate, sweet spices, mild and round tannin with still a pleasant bite. Overall a full bodied and friendly wine with a considerable amount of sweetness. The bouquet of the 2004 is not very expressive either. On the palate there are dark forest fruits and dark cherries, sweet spices, garrigue and minerals, a touch of sweetness and slightly sticky tannin.
Concluding:
2012: Still youthful. Wait until 2018+. Score for now 92 – 93+
2009: Early maturity now and because of the sweetness already easy to like. 90+
2006: Ready now and for several years to come. 92+
2004: Even though the tannin is still a bit sticky, the wine is ready now and the next 4+ years. 91+
Red
2012 Saint-Cosme Côte-Rôtie France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
91 points
This will be one tasting note for the 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012. The grapes for this wine are not destemmed and the wine ages for 12 months in 40% new oak and 60% in one year old barrels. In the bouquet all vintages are more or less the same and show red and dark berries, minerals, blood, bacon, pepper and are rustic. Especially the 2007 and 2009 also have some sweet impressions in the nose and of course the 2004 shows some development. On the palate the wines have the same impressions as in the bouquet as well as some iron. In the 2012 the minerals are quite up front and the wine is more tight than the 2009 and also lighter. It has good acidity and sticky tannin. The 2009 has a pleasant touch of sweetness which is beautifully balanced by good acidity, also a lot of minerals and more smooth tannin than the 2012. The 2007 has mainly dark fruits, also minerals and iron as well as some licorice. A touch of sweetness, firm acidity and good tannin. The 2004 is mature now and also shows some herbs, a nice balance between acidity and sweetness and soft tannin.
Concluding:
2012: Elegant wine, still too young. Wait until 2018 and drink until 2024+? 91
2009: Beautiful and tasty wine. Early maturity now, but can last another decade. 92
2007: Beautifully structured wine, showing what it has. Ready now and approx. until 2020. 91
2004: A fairly light and elegant style, completely ready now and the next few years. 90
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Red
2009 Saint-Cosme Côte-Rôtie France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
92 points
This will be one tasting note for the 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012. The grapes for this wine are not destemmed and the wine ages for 12 months in 40% new oak and 60% in one year old barrels. In the bouquet all vintages are more or less the same and show red and dark berries, minerals, blood, bacon, pepper and are rustic. Especially the 2007 and 2009 also have some sweet impressions in the nose and of course the 2004 shows some development. On the palate the wines have the same impressions as in the bouquet as well as some iron. In the 2012 the minerals are quite up front and the wine is more tight than the 2009 and also lighter. It has good acidity and sticky tannin. The 2009 has a pleasant touch of sweetness which is beautifully balanced by good acidity, also a lot of minerals and more smooth tannin than the 2012. The 2007 has mainly dark fruits, also minerals and iron as well as some licorice. A touch of sweetness, firm acidity and good tannin. The 2004 is mature now and also shows some herbs, a nice balance between acidity and sweetness and soft tannin.
Concluding:
2012: Elegant wine, still too young. Wait until 2018 and drink until 2024+? 91
2009: Beautiful and tasty wine. Early maturity now, but can last another decade. 92
2007: Beautifully structured wine, showing what it has. Ready now and approx. until 2020. 91
2004: A fairly light and elegant style, completely ready now and the next few years. 90
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2007 Saint-Cosme Côte-Rôtie France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
91 points
This will be one tasting note for the 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012. The grapes for this wine are not destemmed and the wine ages for 12 months in 40% new oak and 60% in one year old barrels. In the bouquet all vintages are more or less the same and show red and dark berries, minerals, blood, bacon, pepper and are rustic. Especially the 2007 and 2009 also have some sweet impressions in the nose and of course the 2004 shows some development. On the palate the wines have the same impressions as in the bouquet as well as some iron. In the 2012 the minerals are quite up front and the wine is more tight than the 2009 and also lighter. It has good acidity and sticky tannin. The 2009 has a pleasant touch of sweetness which is beautifully balanced by good acidity, also a lot of minerals and more smooth tannin than the 2012. The 2007 has mainly dark fruits, also minerals and iron as well as some licorice. A touch of sweetness, firm acidity and good tannin. The 2004 is mature now and also shows some herbs, a nice balance between acidity and sweetness and soft tannin.
Concluding:
2012: Elegant wine, still too young. Wait until 2018 and drink until 2024+? 91
2009: Beautiful and tasty wine. Early maturity now, but can last another decade. 92
2007: Beautifully structured wine, showing what it has. Ready now and approx. until 2020. 91
2004: A fairly light and elegant style, completely ready now and the next few years. 90
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2004 Saint-Cosme Côte-Rôtie France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
90 points
This will be one tasting note for the 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012. The grapes for this wine are not destemmed and the wine ages for 12 months in 40% new oak and 60% in one year old barrels. In the bouquet all vintages are more or less the same and show red and dark berries, minerals, blood, bacon, pepper and are rustic. Especially the 2007 and 2009 also have some sweet impressions in the nose and of course the 2004 shows some development. On the palate the wines have the same impressions as in the bouquet as well as some iron. In the 2012 the minerals are quite up front and the wine is more tight than the 2009 and also lighter. It has good acidity and sticky tannin. The 2009 has a pleasant touch of sweetness which is beautifully balanced by good acidity, also a lot of minerals and more smooth tannin than the 2012. The 2007 has mainly dark fruits, also minerals and iron as well as some licorice. A touch of sweetness, firm acidity and good tannin. The 2004 is mature now and also shows some herbs, a nice balance between acidity and sweetness and soft tannin.
Concluding:
2012: Elegant wine, still too young. Wait until 2018 and drink until 2024+? 91
2009: Beautiful and tasty wine. Early maturity now, but can last another decade. 92
2007: Beautifully structured wine, showing what it has. Ready now and approx. until 2020. 91
2004: A fairly light and elegant style, completely ready now and the next few years. 90
White
2013 Herdade dos Grous Branco dos Grous Portugal, Alentejano, Vinho Regional Alentejano
87 points
Floral bouquet with grasses and white fruits as well. Same on the palate. Nicely dry and some pleasant bitterness in the finish.
White
2013 Kopke Douro Branco Reserva Portugal, Douro
86 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. White fruits, a somewhat sweet start, but also nicely dry. Some minerals, vanilla and soft bitterness.
Red
2012 Herdade dos Grous Vinho Regional Alentejano Portugal, Alentejano, Vinho Regional Alentejano
85 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Cherries, some metal, some sweetness, soft acidity and sticky tannin. Not really convincing, but wait until 2017 or 2018; then it might be a bit more pleasant. Just 85 for today.
Red
2011 Kopke Douro Reserva Portugal, Douro
flawed
Just for the record; slightly corked. No notes.
White
2013 Quinta do Crasto Douro Branco Superior Portugal, Douro
86 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Elegant wine with some white fruits and candy flavors. Nicely dry. Really pleasant wine. 86+
White
2013 Quinta do Crasto Douro Branco Crasto Portugal, Douro
85 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Elegant wine with some white fruits and grasses, a touch of sweetness, good fresh acidity and a touch of bitterness.
White
2013 Quinta do Crasto Douro Branco Flor de Crasto Portugal, Douro
82 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Grasses, fresh acidity. Refreshing on a hot Portuguese afternoon. Clean and simple.
Red
2013 Quinta do Crasto Douro Flor de Crasto Portugal, Douro
83 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Unoaked wine. Cherries and raspberries in the creamy, lactic bouquet. Same on the palate. Good acidity and slightly sticky tannin.
Red
2013 Quinta do Crasto Douro Crasto Portugal, Douro
85 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Ripe dark forest fruits, good acidity and round tannin. Full bodied and harmonious wine. Not really exclusive, but certainly good. Will improve with a few years of cellaring. 85+
Red
2012 Quinta do Crasto Douro Superior Portugal, Douro
87 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. This wine gets 12 months of new oak. It shows ripe red and dark forest fruits, vanilla, some sweetness, good acidity and round tannin which is slightly sticky. Full bodied and ok wine. Will improve a bit with a few years of cellaring.
Red
2010 Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines Portugal, Douro
88 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Dark forest fruits, vanilla, sweet spices, good acidity and round tannin with a soft bite. I don't know the exact details, but the wine is oaked of which is 15% American. Overall a very complete wine. Early maturity now and a future of several years. Probably at its peak around 2017+. 88+
Red
2010 Quinta do Crasto Touriga Nacional Douro Portugal, Douro
90 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Concentrated wine with a lot of ripe dark forest fruits, a touch of sweetness, nicely balanced by good acidity and round tannin with a pleasant bite. Early maturity now and will improve until approx 2018 and will probably stay on that level for 3+ years.
Red - Fortified
2008 Quinta do Crasto Porto Late Bottled Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
88 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Ripe dark forest fruits and some menthol. Good sweetness and acidity. Very round tannin. A very well made Late Bottled Vintage. No problem storing this for 3+ years. 88+
White - Fortified
N.V. Kopke Moscatel 10 Years Old Portugal, Douro
88 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Pleasant muscatel, some flor/sherry flavors, firm sweetness good acidity and soft bitterness. You must be a fan of this type of wine, but in itself a good product.
White - Fortified
N.V. Kopke Porto Lágrima Portugal, Douro, Porto
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Something really special I have never tasted before. Dried fruits, some sweetness, but also acidity to back it up. I am not a great fan, but I would like to taste again when I have some more time. No score.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Kopke Porto 10 Years Old Portugal, Douro, Porto
86 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Mature Port wine with nutty flavors and something which reminds of Sherry. Ok sweetness and acidity and some caramel. Not really special.
Red - Fortified
2000 Kopke Porto Colheita Portugal, Douro, Porto
89 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. A firm amount of sweetness, beautiful nutty flavors and good acidity. A beautiful and still youthful Colheita. 89+
Red - Fortified
1965 Kopke Porto Colheita Singapore 50th anniversary special editio Portugal, Douro, Porto
95 points
Very mature and complex with nutty flavors, raisins and butterscotch. Rich and very smooth with an enormous length. Beautiful!
Red - Fortified
2004 J.W. Burmester Porto Colheita Portugal, Douro, Porto
87 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. A lot of sweetness, raisins and some nutty flavors. Not extremely complex, but certainly ok.
Red - Fortified
2009 Kopke Porto Vintage Quinta São Luiz Portugal, Douro, Porto
91 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Loaded with ripe blueberries and blackberries. Young and full bodied. Beautiful sweetness balance by good acidity and round tannin. 91+ for today.
Red - Fortified
2000 Kopke Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
89 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. There are some first signs of development, good dark fruits, sweetness and acidity. In this stage not extremely impressive. Maybe around 2020? 89 for today.
Red - Fortified
2011 Kopke Porto Late Bottled Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Cask sample. A lot of ripe dark forest fruits, sweetness and acidity. Also firm and sticky tannin. Hope the tannin will soften and become more friendly. No score for today.
Red
2010 Château D'Escurac France, Bordeaux, Médoc
87 points
Retailer tasting. Not many notes. Rustic wine with a lot of dark forest fruits, good acidity and firm but round tannin. Wait until 2017+
Red
2010 Château Petit Bocq France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
88 points
Creamy bouquet with dark and red berries, some vanilla and a pleasant dose of exclusive oak. Same on the palate. A touch of sweetness, good acidity and round tannin. Early maturity now. Will drink nicely until 2020 - 2022+. 88+
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