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Tasted May 19, 2017 - January 2, 2020 by vinhonotte with 381 views

Introduction

Monthly subscription - by glass, packed in vials

To be continuously updated by tasting the monthly-delivered wines

Flight 1 - May 2017 (3 notes)

White
2009 Domaine de l'Aujardière (Eric Chevalier) Muscadet-Côtes de Grandlieu La Noë Sur Lie France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet-Côtes de Grandlieu
93 points
clear, medium lemon, clean, medium nose of lemon, grapefruit, minerals; dry, acidic, low tannins, light body, lemon, grapefruit, nectarine, persimmon, bread yeast, brine, minerals, medium finish; light with good balance of citrus fruits and stones... good!
Red
2003 Maison Joulie Côte de Nuits Villages France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Nuits Villages
93 points
clear, deep ruby; clean, pronounced nose of elderflower, lillies, bergamot, blueberry, mushroom, grilled meat, leather; dry, medium acid and tannins, medium body, blackcurrant, cherry, mushroom, brine, rosemary, grilled meat, cocoa, medium finish; nicely developed!
Red
2004 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Santa Caterina D'Oro Vigna di Pianrosso Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
92 points
clear, deep ruby; clean, medium nose of blackcurrant, cassis, mint, grass, rose; dry, medium acid, medium well-rounded tannins, full body, blackcurrant, plum, cassis, mint, rosemary, grass, rose, leather; nicely drinking and pretty complex

Flight 2 - June 2017 (3 notes)

Red
2010 Forti del Vento Dolcetto di Ovada Ottotori Italy, Piedmont, Dolcetto di Ovada
86 points
clear, deep purple; clean, pronounced nose of strawberry, blueberry, pepper, cloves, toffee; dry, medium acid, tannic, full body, blueberry, cassis, pepper, cloves, rosemary, toffee, smoked meat, chacuterie; strong and spicy, but feels like it's reached it's peak and is starting to fade...
Red
1983 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Côte-Rôtie Les Jumelles France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
95 points
clear, pale garnet; clean, pronounced nose of raspberry, mulberry, lavender, tea, cinnamon; dry, low acid, medium tannins, medium body, raspberry, lavender, tea, chacuterie, smoked cheese, gorgonzola, medium finish; well matured, elegant, pleasant!
Red
2009 Château Talbot France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
86 points
clear, deep ruby; clean, medium nose of lemon, apricot, raspberry, blackberry, cassis, minerals; dry, acidic and tannic, full body, blackcurrant, pepper, chilli, minerals, medium finish; some good red and black fruits, but the heavy tannins seem to be preventing me to experience it in full, needs some more time in the bottle

Flight 3 - July 2017 (3 notes)

Red
2003 Louis Jadot Moulin-à-Vent La Roche Château des Jacques France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Moulin-à-Vent
98 points
deep ruby with some sediments; clean, pronounced nose, with aromas of blackcurrant, blueberry, stewed fruits, prune, eucalyptus, mint, cloves, earth mushroom, leather; dry, acidic and tannic, high alcohol, medium body, very intensely flavoured, of banana, redcurrant, blackcurrant, blueberry, prune, raisins, mint, white pepper, nutmeg, cedar, leather, savoury meat, with a long finish; outstanding wine! mindblowing! at its best already so drink now
Red
1996 Benziger Family Winery Merlot Sonoma County USA, California, Sonoma County
94 points
deep ruby, with sediments; clean, pronounced nose, with aromas of blackcurrant, plum, blackcurrant leaf, lavender, leather, tar, coffee; dry, medium acidity, tannic, high alcohol, full body, intensely flavoured, of black cherry, blackcurrant, blackcurrant leaf, lavender, cedar, charred wood, coffee, tar, forest floor, mushroom, tobacco, with a medium finish; very good, just that the length was a tad short... at it's best, drink
Red
2006 Domaine Sainte-Eugénie Vin de Pays d'Hauterive Le Clos France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Vin de Pays d'Hauterive
89 points
deep garnet; cranberries, blackcurrant and hawthorne - seem cooked, with oak and bitter chocolate, and tertiary characters of tea and smoked duck; there's a burnish wave of alcohol, and felt a bit overripe; finish of mint and grass

Flight 4 - August 2017 (3 notes)

Red
2000 Jean Saint Honoré Santenay France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Santenay
95 points
medium garnet colour; lots of tannins and body, and some warm alcohol feel, with medium intensity, of red cherry, blackberry, hawthorne, caramel, chocolate, tar, forest floor, herbal, leather, wet stones and Kimmeridgean; can still foresee a few more years of development despite its current age; great wine!
Red
1995 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône
92 points
deep garnet colour; high intensity, acid, tannins, and full body; red cherry, plum, tangerine, hawthorne, coffee, cedar, mushroom, forest floor, pencil shavings, tea leaves, braised duck; good wine to be drunk now as it feels fully developed... don't keep it any longer
Red
N.V. Warrenmang Torchio Aged Pressings Australia, Victoria, Western Victoria, Pyrenees
91 points
deep purple; pronounced intensity with lots of acid and tannins, and full body; creme de cassis, liquorice, coffee, dark chocolate, leather, mushroom, salami, cedar, smoke; quite like it, and i feel there's still a couple years of ageing potential
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Flight 5 - September 2017 (3 notes)

Red
2006 Domaine Alain Michelot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Porêts Saint-Georges France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
91 points
deep purple colour; quite intense and tannic, with plums, liquorice, mint, coffee, chocolate, tomato leaves, leather, and chacuterie; pretty good, but felt it can have more time in the bottle to mellow further
Red
2001 Campo al Sorbo Chianti Rùfina Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Rùfina
92 points
deep garnet; medium body but with a bit more tannins and intensity, plums, prunes, baked cherries, jammy, hawthorne, herbal, tea leaves, forest floor, coffee, gamey, charred wood; still some ageing potential, but going well now.
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Red
2009 Gerhard Markowitsch Pinot Noir Austria, Niederösterreich, Carnuntum
90 points
pale ruby; light and mild, with strawberry, red cherry, mint, bread, forest floor, leaves, cedar, maple, savoury meat; pretty long and nice; suggest to drink up now, not expected to last much longer

Flight 6 - October 2017 (3 notes)

Red
2007 Roc d'Anglade Gard France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Gard
83 points
what stood out were the tannins and alcohol - felt like a fire on my palate without the smoke; red cherry, leaf, grass, capsicum; not really for me... :(
Red
2008 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
92 points
fairly high tannins, alcohol, and full body and intense; raspberry, strawberry, blackcurrant, stewed fruits, grass, pine, cedar, leather, meaty; fairly long, very good!
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Red
2013 Álvaro Castro Dão Reserva Portugal, Beiras, Dão
87 points
ruby with purple edges; full bodied, acidic and tannic, burnish alcohol; blueberry, blackcurrant, vanilla, cedar, coffee; pretty complex, fairly good

Flight 7 - November 2017 (3 notes)

Red
2013 La Grande Colline Le Canon Rouge France, Vin de France
91 points
deep purple; pretty intense, of blueberries, blackcurrant, cherry, plum, red pepper, cinnamon, chocolate, chacuterie, meaty; medium finish; nice, and better to be drunk now or soon
Red
1998 Baptista Shiraz The Graytown Australia, Victoria, Central Victoria, Heathcote
92 points
medium ruby, with sediments; full bodied and intense, of raspberry, hawthorne, cooked cherry, red capsicum, black pepper, mushroom, forest floor, smoked duck; finished fairly long; very good wine to be consumed now
Red - Sweet/Dessert
1998 Boscaini Recioto della Valpolicella Classico Ca' Nicolis Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Recioto della Valpolicella Classico
93 points
dark garnet; high in acidity, tannins, alcohol and intensity, with raisins, dried prunes, honeycomb, cinnamon, yea, chocolate, mint, slightly leathery and quite Portish; very good wine, which I believe can still go a few more years

Flight 8 - December 2017 (3 notes)

Red
1983 Château Bel-Air Lagrave France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Moulis en Médoc
90 points
full bodied wine exhibiting medium intensity and character, with tannins largely resolved; raspberry, blackberry, capsicum, nutmeg, pepper, rose, coffee, tea, spit roast; good wine that should be consumed now, of keep for 2 years max
Red
2001 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Charmes-Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
93 points
deep garnet; pretty intense, with tannins much resolved; raspberry, cherry, grass, cloves, star anise, hint of chocolate, forest floor, smoked meat; fairly long finish; very good wine that needs drinking up now
Red
2006 Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
92 points
medium garnet; rather tannic and intense, with strawberry, raspberry, cherry, pepper, cloves, grass, chocolate, earthy; fairly long finish; very good wine that can still cellar for a few more years
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Flight 9 - January 2018 (3 notes)

Red
2003 Fattoria Scopone Il Bagatto Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
90 points
deep purple ruby; dry, acidic, tannic, full body, and intense; cassis, plum, mulberry, cherry, grass, cedar, earthy, graphite, tar, coffee; good wine
Red
2009 Les Champs de l'Abbaye Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise Clos des Roches France, Burgundy, Côte Chalonnaise, Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise
90 points
pale garnet; nose pretty pronounced, while medium on palate, quite acidic and tannic; strawberry, grass, pepper, earth, some mushrooms, savoury, quite short; good wine, and in a pretty good drinking window
Red
2007 Lodmell Cellars Merlot USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
90 points
deep ruby; intense, pretty tannic; raspberry, clove, grass, pepper, cedar, coffee, meaty, medium finish; very good, and at the right drinking window

Flight 10 - February 2018 (3 notes)

White
2009 Quinta de Chocapalha Arinto Portugal, Lisboa, Vinho Regional Lisboa
91 points
medium lemon colour; acidic, intense, and pretty filling, but rather short; lemon, brine, mineral, limestone, shale, shellfish, honeysuckle, vanilla; good wine, and should drink now if not within this year
Red
2007 Domaine Potel Savigny-lès-Beaune Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune
92 points
medium ruby; light body, mild, elegant, and quite a long finish; raspberry, strawberry, cherries, cloves, grassy, earthy, cedar, bit of coffee and leather, some savoury meaty notes; very good wine that can be consumed now, or keep for a few years
Red
2004 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
93 points
deep ruby; rather big in acidity, tannins and alcohol, full bodied, intense, and rather long; cherries, blackberry, cassis, cloves, cedar, chocolate, tea, coffee, caramel, beef stew; very good wine, which still has years in the bottle

Flight 11 - March 2018 (3 notes)

White
2004 Langeron Rully Comte de Langeron France, Burgundy, Côte Chalonnaise, Rully
91 points
deep lemon; acidic, intense, though light bodied, and quite long; lemon, nectarine, pineapple, sour plum, nutmeg, brine, stone, straw, grass, oats
Red
2010 Les Champs de l'Abbaye Mercurey Les Marcours France, Burgundy, Côte Chalonnaise, Mercurey
90 points
deep ruby; rather heavy for a Burgundy, tannins resolved; sour cherries, raspberry, bit candied, graphite, grassy, earthy, leathery, meaty, cedar, coffee
Red
2001 Domaine Alain Michelot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
90 points
deep ruby; rather pronounced nose, and quite tannic, medium body; cassis, cherry, sour plum, lavender, orchid, mint, grassy, earthy, forest floor, cedar; still have some years left

Flight 12 - April 2018 (3 notes)

Red
2000 Pepper Tree Merlot Grand Reserve Australia, South Australia, Limestone Coast, Coonawarra
91 points
deep ruby; acidic and tannic, rather full and fleshy, intense; blackberry, cassis, pepper, herbal, mint, coffee, chocolate, bit of smoke, wet stones
Red
2001 Highbank Basket Pressed Cabernet Blend Australia, South Australia, Limestone Coast, Coonawarra
94 points
deep garnet; quite acidic, tannic, full bodied, intense, quite long; blackberry, plum, dried prunes, mint, lavender, paprika, cedar, chocolate, coffee, tobacco; excellent wine, drinking very well now
Red
2003 Punters Corner Shiraz Spartacus Reserve Australia, South Australia, Limestone Coast, Coonawarra
91 points
deep ruby; pretty acidic, tannins quite resolved, full bodied, quite intense; black cherry, paprika, capsicum, coffee, chocolate, brambles, smoke, earthy; best to consume now
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Flight 13 - May 2018 (3 notes)

Red
1993 Dessilani Gattinara Riserva Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Gattinara
90 points
deep garnet; full bodied, quite tannic, and intense; red cherry, plum, raspberry, cloves, nutmeg, tea, earthy, grassy, a bit leathery, gamey
Red
1997 Dessilani Gattinara Riserva Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Gattinara
89 points
deep garnet, bit of sediments; full bodied, but rather mild and short; strawberry, cassis, rose, lavender, grass, mesquite smoke, roast beef
Red
2000 Dessilani Gattinara Riserva Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Gattinara
92 points
deep garnet; acidic, tannic, quite intense; strawberry, cherry, rose, candied, kirsch, cedar, cloves, grassy, smoke, coffee, chocolate, earthy; very good

Flight 14 - June 2018 (3 notes)

White
2008 Domaine de Bellene Santenay Charmes Dessus France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Santenay
92 points
deep gold; acidic, rounded, medium bodied, pretty intense, good length; apricot, honeysuckle, lychee, limestone, grass; very good!
White - Off-dry
2011 Kerpen Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett feinherb Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
92 points
deep gold; medium sweet, intense, good length; acacia, lemon, honey, toast, kerosene, limestone; great wine!
Rosé
2009 Domaine Sainte-Eugénie Corbières Rosé France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Corbières
90 points
medium salmon; fairly acidic, pronounced nose and quite intense, light bodied, nice length; lemon zest, strawberry, raspberry, jammy, salad leaves, grass, straw, wet stones

Flight 15 - July 2018 (3 notes)

Red
2009 Domaine Alain Michelot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Champs Perdrix France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
92 points
rather deep and heavy for a burgundy, one rather intense and tannic wine, of raspberry, blackberry, cloves, liquorice, cocoa, earth, barnyard, beef; it still needs more cellaring time though...
Red
2009 Domaine Alain Michelot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Chaignots France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
92 points
surprisingly very deeply tinted of ruby and purple, and also much intensity despite the body still comparatively lighter (rather expected for a Pinot); scents of violet and lavender, and very fruit forward, of casses and strawberry, and also with sweet liquorice, and rather earthy; happy with the power and complexity
Red
2009 Domaine Alain Michelot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
94 points
a rather deep hue of ruby and purple, and while light bodied, boasted huge breadth and intensity, with lavender, acacia, cassis, plum, nutmeg, almond, tea leaves, and herbals; very long finish; great wine!

Flight 16 - August 2018 (3 notes)

Red
2004 Valentina Cubi Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore Arusnatico Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore
90 points
deep, but lots of the purplish ruby colour, rather than black, and has a strong, forward nose of cooked cherries, honeycomb, lavender, and has a certain tinge of grass, earth, and cocoa, over the sweet cherry fruits and honey on the palate; like the elegant aromatics
Red
2005 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale
96 points
high on all counts, very intense, burnish and full bodied, with cherry, raspberry, blackberry, some caramelised apples, tea, peppery, grassy, earthy, meaty; excellent wine!
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Red
2006 Houghton Cabernet Sauvignon Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Margaret River
92 points
deep, blackish, with some ruby tint, full bodied, yet comparatively restrained, with some plums, cassis, stone, gravel, grass, refined cigar smoke, bit minty, and some dried meats towards the finish; good length

Flight 17 - September 2018 (3 notes)

White
2013 F.X. Pichler Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Loibner Frauenweingarten Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
91 points
pale lemon; acidic, light and lifting, lemons, white peach, nectarine, stones, mineral, bit of grapefruit, salad leaves, some acacia; like the freshness and aromatics
White
2013 F.X. Pichler Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Loibner Klostersatz Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
92 points
medium lemon colour; fairly pronounced nose and strong on the palate, balanced by high acids, with lots of exotic tropical fruits such as melon, guava, and even dragonfruit, with some straw, grass, wet stones and minerals; enjoyable!
White
2011 F.X. Pichler Grüner Veltliner Urgestein Terrassen Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
92 points
medium lemon; quite acidic and intense, with medium body, lemon, mint, chamomile, butter, toast, stone, brine, grassy and earthy, and a good finish

Flight 18 - October 2018 (3 notes)

White
2007 Sebastien Riffault Sancerre Auksinis France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Sancerre
92 points
medium tawny; quite pronounced nose, acidic intense and long, with honey, dried apricot and mango, pineapple, cloves, cinnamon, butter toast, tea; good complexity
Red
2014 Mas des Caprices Aude R.A.S. "Rouge à Siroter" France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Aude
84 points
deep ruby; tannic, and a bit burnish, yet low on all other aspects, and somewhat vegetal, and short, with raspberry, cherry, cabbage, elderflower, and some slight candied bits; when paired with food, enhanced spice but diminished the sweet and savoury flavours; overall, rather uninspiring...
Red
2010 Clos Marie Pic St. Loup Vieilles Vignes Métairies du Clos France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Pic St. Loup
93 points
deep ruby; intense and full bodied, with quite some length, stewed, dry fruits, prunes, figs, mushroom, mint, tree bark, cigar smoke, graphite, stewed pork; great!

Flight 19 - November 2018 (3 notes)

First blind tasting for DBx - wine revealed a few days after delivery

My guesses (obviously wrong):
Wine 1 - Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru, between 2005-2013
Wine 2 - Suoth Australia, Old Wine Shiraz, between 1995-2003
Wine 3 - Washington State Merlot, between 1990-1995

Red
2006 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Elke Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
93 points
pale ruby; perfumed nose, acidic and fairly tannic, good intensity, with cherry, cassis, bit of cloves, rose petals, morning dew; enjoyable!
Red
2004 Château d'Issan France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
91 points
medium ruby; pronounced nose of barnyard and rose, tannic, intense, with cassis, raisins, mushrooms, graphite, earthy, meaty
Red
2003 Guy Bernard Côte-Rôtie France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
91 points
medium ruby; nose of soy and cedar, acidic, tannic, fairly intense, full bodied, with cassis, plum, raisins, strawberry, mushrooms, graphite, cigar, chacuterie

Flight 20 - December 2018 (3 notes)

White wine blind tasting for DBx - wine revealed a few days after delivery

My guesses:
Wine 1 - Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2013
Wine 2 - White Burgundy (Montrachet), between 2000- 2005
Wine 3 - Bordeaux (Barzac), between 1995-1998

White
2017 Château Rieussec R France, Bordeaux
91 points
Very pale, nearly greenish lemon colour. Started with a big punch of greens and gooseberry on the nose, and then a palate of peach, salad leaves, and bit of shellfish as well as some honey
White
2009 Domaine Bernard-Bonin Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
95 points
A pretty deep gold. What struck was the full body and intensity, with lots of lemons and apples, as well as clove spices, cinnamon, some mint, Darjeeling tea leaves, honey and butter toast, or Brioche. Very good length as well. Pretty amazing!
White - Off-dry
2008 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Haut-Lieu France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray
89 points
Deep gold, with a very ripe nose of melon, carrot, and chives. Sweet, yet savoury and toasty and sharply acidic. Would have hoped that such a dessert wine is more luxurious.

Flight 21 - January 2019 (3 notes)

Blind tasting horizontal for DBx - same varietal/ region/ vintage, challenge was to guess - wine revealed a few days after delivery

My guess: Burgundy, Pinot Noir, 2008... very close...

Red
2009 Albert Ponnelle Beaune 1er Cru Bressandes France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru
93 points
Mainly marl soil on the nose, with some red cherries. Fairly light bodied, but a burst of raspberries and forest floor, whilst getting some pepper meat stew, and a bit of varnish, towards the end. Lasts quite long, and pretty enjoyable
Red
2009 Albert Ponnelle Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Roi France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru
90 points
A rather restrained nose of rocks and red cherry. Quite elegant, while acidic, with mainly lavender, grass, and Angelica. Floral and strawberry finish
Red
2009 Domaine Bertheau (Pierre et François) Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
94 points
This one, while highly acidic, actually has some body. A complex nose of butter, caramel, and prunes. Structured, with some plums, nectarine, lots of grass, graphite, pepper and earth. Minty, peppery finish. Think it’s (strangely) my first Chambolle -Musigny, and it’s really quite spectacular
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Flight 22 - February 2019 (3 notes)

Blind tasting vertical - same winemaker/ region/ varietal, only vintage difference

Only managed to have tasted the first 2 wines before Alex revealed... my guess was that they are from Southern Rhône and Grenache driven... and that Wine #1 was significantly older, perhaps 1993, and Wine #2 was 2003... so that was wrong...

Red
2003 Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon Australia, Tasmania, Coal River
92 points
A garnet colour, and some mushrooms, bricks, and forest floor on the nose. Could get a good balance of cherries, strawberry, thyme, earth, tea leaves, and a slight bit of funk. Quite a nice one
Red
2004 Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon Australia, Tasmania, Coal River
90 points
Good ruby depth, and a pronounced nose of mainly cassis and strawberry, in fact quite a fruit bomb, whilst having a bit of cloves, mint and liquorice. Full bodied, and hugely structured on the palate, with lots of earth, bricks, and wood. Then later comes some strawberries and mint, followed by strong alcohol burn. Fairly long with the strawberries sustaining
Red
2005 Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon Australia, Tasmania, Coal River
90 points
Deep dark ruby, and an explosive plum-driven nose, with some mint coolness later. Very fruity and fleshy, with lots of cassis laced with cool mint, and then some peppery herbs, liquorice, and graphite. Also rather burnish, but somehow the tannins seemed very resolved whilst still being in the midst of explosive black fruits. Pretty intriguing
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Flight 23 - March 2019 (3 notes)

Medoc vertical - not blind

Red
1983 Château Bel-Air Lagrave France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Moulis en Médoc
90 points
Hits with tree bark, brambles, and mushrooms first, and then the sour cherries follow, with a whiff of grass and rose. Later, cassis and stewed meats emerge. Still holding up in its acidity, but tannins resolved. Fairly enjoyable
Red
1994 Château Tour Haut-Caussan France, Bordeaux, Médoc
88 points
Rather developed, with some shells and topsoil on the nose, and then a palate of inkiness and savouriness. More dried flowers than fruits, and also leafy and woody, and then grassy in the finish
Red
2003 Château Olivier France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
89 points
Some elderflowers, grass and cassis on nose, and the florals and cassis are also apparent on the palate, along with pencil shavings, soy, and roast meat

Flight 24 - April 2019 (3 notes)

Northern Rhône - not blind

Red
2000 Domaine du Colombier Crozes-Hermitage Cuvée Gaby France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage
95 points
Huge depth and rubied, and nose very pronounced of blueberry and cassis, and some honey and vanilla. Full bodied, intense, with still some acid and tannins, and quite some alcohol heat. Cassis, strawberry jam, pepper, cloves, liquorice, chocolate, coffee, stew. Great power and length. Wow...
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Red
2000 Rene Rostaing Côte-Rôtie Cuvée Classique France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
92 points
Interesting that the nose is nicely balanced with blueberry, rose, mint, grass, paprika, earth, and meats. More savoury on the palate with cloves, meat, soy, then rose, grass, blueberry and liquorice. Pretty nice
Red
2007 E. Guigal St. Joseph Vignes de L'Hospice France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph
92 points
Seen some developments on nose, with smokes on top of the cassis ans rose notes. Intense, full-bodied and warm. Bits of balckberry and cassis left on palate, and also a bit candied, but more savoury, meaty, and smoky. Quite a good length with mainly cassis and grass

Flight 25 - May 2019 (3 notes)

Italian red - not blind

Red
2012 Duchessa Lia Barolo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
92 points
Intensely floral with lavender and chrysanthemum, and an almost sour cherry note, with some good tannins and acidity, yet at the same time punchy and somewhat weighty, perhaps masculine. Could guess that this was made in the new Barolo style?
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Red
2000 Calbello Ardingo Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
89 points
A pretty dark nose, of black pepper, paprika and liquorice spices, blueberry and grass. The tannins and alcohol heat stand out on the palate, giving a heaty, spicy feel. There is blueberry jam, creme de cassis, rosemary, liquorice, tar, mint, and a bit of smoked bacon. Only the alcohol heat remains on the finish...
Red
2005 La Spinetta (Rivetti) Barbera d'Asti Cà di Pian Italy, Piedmont, Asti, Barbera d'Asti
93 points
Seems a bit of garnet brownish hues on the edges. Pronounced nose of dried roses, twigs and smoked meat. While rather light on the body, the initial hit on the palate was intense, with sour cherries, rose, and tar smoke, and felt a lot of acids and tannins as well. Fair finish, like blooming roses. Aged pretty well, and still several years to come. Nice!

Flight 26 - June 2019 (3 notes)

Whites - not blind

White
2013 Rivera Castel del Monte Fedora Italy, Puglia, Castel del Monte
92 points
A nose of minty herbal candy, and lemon and honey. The honeyed lemon pulls through to the palate, and adds to the weight. Still quite acidic as well, and seems to be oak- treated, with vibrant cinnamon spices
White
2008 Domaine de Bellene Santenay Charmes Dessus France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Santenay
93 points
A big ripe tropical nose, and this ripeness pulls off onto the intense palate, with peach, apricot and mango, butter and toast, brine, as well as vanilla and honeycomb, and then some caramel sweetness from the great development over the years. Nice!
White
2013 CARM (Casa Agrícola Roboredo Madeira) Beira Interior Marques D'Almeida Portugal, Beiras, Beira Interior
92 points
Cool menthol nose with papaya and honey. Somewhat candied on the palate and has hints of grass, peach, melon and mint. Good intensity and freshness, and the fruits lingered for a bit

Flight 27 - July 2019 (3 notes)

Californian - not blind

Red
2006 Ridge Lytton Springs USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
93 points
Somewhat like a black-green depth of leaves and liquorice on the nose. Continues to have this huge depth on the palate, intense and some resolved tannins, yet the acid is still mouth-watering. Liquorice, plum, cassis, and some savoury meats and nuttiness, and mocha. Great complexity!
Red
1998 Justin Vineyards & Winery Isosceles USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
88 points
Deeply garnet, and there’s even some cloudiness. There’s acetic notes on the nose, above the plume of fruits like strawberries and cassis. Quite acidic, tannins resolved, and fruits even somewhat cooked and jammy, with also cocoa, mushrooms, herbs, coffee, raisins, and smoked meat. Finish was fairly long, mostly of strawberry jam, Creme de Cassis, raisins, and toasted spices. Surely it had seen better days, but I think it’s on its way downhill
Red
2005 Estancia Meritage USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
92 points
Deep, somewhat garnet hue. Coffee, cocoa, smoke, grilled meats, soy, and leaves on nose and palate. Intense, tannic, weighty and high alcohol. Quite powerful

Flight 28 - August/ September 2019 (4 notes)

Got 4 full bottles of wine as a combined for 2-months subscription

White
2013 Ewald Zweytick Gelber Muskateller Austria, Styria, Südsteiermark
90 points
Distinct green herbaceous and stony aromas, as well as white flowers, with hints of varnish. A full body, and rather packed in alcohol, with intense flavours of peach, grass, and loam. A fairly long finish whereby the peachy stone fruits seem to develop a bit of sugars and cream. Interesting
White
2007 Ewald Zweytick Weissburgunder Riedstermetzberg Austria, Styria, Südsteiermark
91 points
Pale lemon. Showing some fruit ripeness and toastiness on the aromas and flavours, and has a certain honeyed marzipan character. Has aged pretty well despite being somewhat simple and straightforward. Pretty nice one
Red
2013 Forestville Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California
89 points
A textbook ruby colour of medium tint. Vegetal and herbal nose, and some mushrooms, with only that slight bit of cassis deep in the back. Flavours are fairly intense, with cassis, plums, and a bit of tree bark, leaves and mushroom. Could get more fruits at the back and finish, which lasted for only a few seconds
White - Off-dry
2006 Weingut Salomon Undhof Riesling Undhof Auslese Austria, Niederösterreich, Kremstal
90 points
Deep brownish tawny. Developed, nutty, sherry-like aromas. Also a good hit of walnuts and honey on the palate, as well as dried candied apricot and pineapple. Seemingly lacking any freshness, which probably is too old, but still pretty nice though

Flight 29 - October 2019 (3 notes)

A random blind, my guesses as follows:
1. Muscadet from Pays Nantais (Melon de Bourgogne), Sur Lie, 2009
2. Burgundy - Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru, 2013 (very close)
3. Port-style Moscatel from Duoro, NV

White
2008 F.X. Pichler Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Dürnsteiner Liebenberg Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
88 points
Medium lemon coloured. Somewhat powdery floral aromas, and a bit herbal menthol and hoppy, and yeast. There’s this savoury hoppy, nutty element on the palate as well, and rather intense. Also some lemons, peach, mandarin, and twigs. But it’s not fresh fruit flavours but rather, somewhat pickled. Finished long as well, with mainly the breads, lemon peel, and twigs. There seems to also be a varnishy, and butterscotch feel at the back
Red
2012 Domaine Tortochot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St. Jacques France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
94 points
Pale, clear ruby. Pronounced aromas of lavender flower, red cherry, and plum, as well as some nutmeg, pepper and rosemary. Flavours are more savoury than fruity, and could get a sense of limestones baked red hot in the afternoon sun, while the florals and red berries emerge later, but not very ripe, and instead slightly green and zingy. Acids still fresh and mouthwatering, while tannins medium at best. Finished pretty interestingly, where I initially thought it flattened fast, but realised the flavours re-emerged like a wave, and then the alternating wave-like experience as it goes. A great example!
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White - Sweet/Dessert
1990 Villa di Vetrice Vin Santo del Chianti Rùfina Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Vin Santo del Chianti Rùfina
92 points
Deep tawny. Strong sweet and fleshy nut aromas, and raisins, even Port-like. Also aromas of bread yeast and a little radish. Dessert sweet, and the flavours of white raisins, nuts and bread punch through. There seems to be a heightened acid feel as well, that lent an air of freshness to this. Also can get lots of alcohol, which is pretty expected from such a fortified example. Was nice though

Flight 30 - November 2019 (3 notes)

Portuguese White - not blind

White
2013 CARM (Casa Agrícola Roboredo Madeira) Douro Vinho Branco Portugal, Douro
88 points
Medium lemon, light and fairly bright. Ripe tropical fruited aromas, that of pineapple and mango, and a bit of hay, pepper, and carrot and radish which I didn’t quite fancy. A ripe sense of lychee on the palate, as well as pineapples and melon, and pepper spices and hay. A rather short finish though
White
2011 Quinta do Casal Branco Tejo Tejo Portugal, Ribatejo, Tejo
92 points
Deep honeyed tawny, but quite brilliant. Strong bruised apple aromas, with hints of honey, caramel, and butterscotch. Also got these similar flavours on the palate, as well as hay, some barnyard hay-like character, and becomes somewhat tea-like at the back. Finished pretty long of these funky hay and floral teas. Well developed, and interesting one
White
2009 Quinta de Chocapalha Arinto Portugal, Lisboa, Vinho Regional Lisboa
90 points
Medium lemon, a starlight brilliance, and a fair leg thickness. A pretty good strength in lemon candy aromas, and some creaminess, and a slight bit of hay funk. Fairly high acid, full bodied, and very hot alcohol levels. Flavours mainly of hay and somewhat of sandy and clay soils, then of lemon curd and cream, and a slight leafiness at the back. The good thing is that the lemon curd flavours stayed a bit while most of the other funk got blown away

Flight 31 - December 2019 (3 notes)

Bordeaux - not blind

Red
2005 Château Bellefont-Belcier France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
92 points
Deep ruby with slightly fading garnet edges. Aromas of purple flowers, tipe blackberry, pepper, cloves, and a slight Jamon charcuterie meatiness. Strong blackberry cassis flavours, with mint, cloves, roses, and fern, and shows floral notes at the back with the cassis persisting, and bit of stewed meat. Tannins softened, and still some acid zing, and a lot of heat. Fair finish. Nice!
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Red
2004 Château Clinet France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
92 points
Still having a ruby deep core while the edges are clearly showing developed garnet colour. A strong nose, with some red paprika spices, purple flowers, smoked bacon, mint, twigs, and moss. Some good acids, fairly structured, lots of heat, and a medium body. Big cooking spice flavours, that of nutmeg and cloves, and cinnamon, and coffee grounds, forest floor, and blackish florals. The paprika, florals and coffee persisted into a good long finish. Pretty impressive!
Red
2004 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
92 points
Deep ruby core, fading edges. Pronounced aromas, mostly of soy stewed meat, paprika, cocoa, twigs, brambles, somewhat stewed black cherry. Reaolved tannins, a medium level of acid, but still a fairly high alcohol heat, with stewed cherry and plum flavours, as well as coffee, cocoa, roses, white pepper, some grass and bell pepper. Finished quite long. Nice!
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