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Beer
N.V. Smog City Brewing Coffee Porter California Malt
I really like this beer. I love coffee, but only in the form of espresso, usually a double each morning before work and that's all. So, as I try and describe this beer, simply think of a base of refreshing 6% ABV beer in a porter style, infused with a big dollop of espresso. This pours dark, which aligns the dark flavors of bitter chocolate and light pine. I know craft beer is very popular and has been now for some time, at least here in Southern California, and this is about the only beer that I go out and buy when beer is on my list. Such a great drink.
  • Eric commented:

    11/3/19, 3:04 PM - Yes I love this one. Smoky and rich without being heavy or having too much ABV.

  • Eric commented:

    11/4/19, 7:06 PM - It's my pleasure. I hope we get to share a glass or a few at some point.

Red
1990 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
10/18/2019 - joshabramson Likes this wine:
98 points
Beautiful wine. Drank at Kinship in Washington DC. Lots of ripe & rich fruit, nice structure, really in a nice place.
  • Eric commented:

    10/18/19, 6:24 PM - Really nice bottle. Thanks for sharing!

Red
2004 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
4/25/2019 - Eric Likes this wine:
94 points
Celebrating CellarTracker's Fifteenth Anniversary (Seattle, WA): This has always been one of my favorite vintages of Pegau, and this opens up as an exceptionally meaty and vibrant bottle. Absolutely screaming of garrigue yet with a different energy than many other vintages. As I recall, in this vintage the entire white production went into this red wine. The only troubling note was some funkiness and a hint of oxidation that crept in as we sat with the bottle. I have every reason to believe it was a proper example (I have been drinking bottles from this same case for years and the cork was perfect), but there was just a hint of tiredness that started to show up in the wine. No matter, it is always a treat, but I am going to start drinking up my last ones while this is still a background note.
  • Eric commented:

    4/26/19, 12:53 PM - Amazingly I have purchased 28 bottles of 2004 Pegau and consumed 21. It has been one of my very favorite vintages.

Red
2014 Stags' Leap Winery The Investor Napa Valley Red Blend
4/16/2019 - bigbass250 wrote:
this one is called the investor its OK nothing great
  • Eric commented:

    4/19/19, 3:05 PM - I moved this to the proper wine at the request of the author.

Red
2003 Château Pavie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
3/17/2018 - Eric wrote:
2003 Bordeaux at 15 years courtesy of Mark Taylor; 3/17/2018-3/18/2018 (Atlanta, GA): Is this Pauillac? Scorchy and high pitched with a huge palate. Seaweed and some green notes have me leaning to Cos, but the spicy mint and menthol on an absolutely plush, silky, blanketing palate have me thinking Pichon Lalande. Incredibly fine and silky tannins with texture that stands out. Guessed as Lalande, but this was Pavie. Ranked 1 out of 6 and the group #4.
  • Eric commented:

    3/20/18, 4:21 PM - I was worried this wine would be a hot mess, but it showed great!

    I still need to write up day 2, but we tasted 24 wines from 2003 Bordeaux including most of the first growths, and other than a very odd showing from Leoville-Poyferre most were aging very well.

  • Eric commented:

    2/12/19, 2:48 PM - All due respect, but this is spam. And in fact, I see you are on a spree right now. Please stop, or I will need to remove your account. This is not a commerce platform.

  • Eric commented:

    2/12/19, 2:59 PM - Michael, while I appreciate the intent, we are not a commerce platform, and all of your comments were "offering" the wine to people. I recommend you check out the Commerce Corner on Wine-Berserkers. That is exactly what they specialize in.

Red
2003 Château Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
1/2/2019 - Eric wrote:
96 points
My goodness this is drinking well, assuming you enjoy a super-ripe, hot vintage exemplar. Smoky, cocoa-laden, and screaming of right bank Merlot. This is truly delicious without the least hint of dried fruit or overripeness. It is surprisingly fresh with just a touch of green, spicy tobacco. Mostly this, this screams of really lovely Merlot. Really, surprisingly delicious. If you have some, pop one now.
  • Eric commented:

    1/3/19, 6:44 AM - Yes, it is a heck of a bargain. Probably the best $46 bottle of Merlot I have ever had.

Red
2007 Cabot Vineyards Syrah Kimberly's Humboldt County
11/1/2018 - Eric wrote:
90 points
I haven't been drinking enough Cabot. This wine was tough sledding in its youth, but now it is smoky and sultry with blackberry and bacon while still showing the red fruit and acid of its youth. It could still use some more time to unwind even a little more, but I suspect it is close to apogee. It features more and acid and a little less stuffing than some other vintages.
  • Eric commented:

    11/2/18, 8:25 AM - I just love their wines. Since we used their Pinot and the 2008 Syrah as "house wines" in Switzerland, I got to drink a LOT of Cabot. So I realized that once we returned to Seattle I was not reaching for my personal Cabot collection anywhere near as often. They definitely reward some aging.

Red
2004 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
PnP then drunk over three evenings. Best was on 2nd evening.
Color shows still quite young, with a deep and lively garnet red.
Very intense nose, quite complex, with fruit still, then cedar notes, a balsamic touch, and a faint hint of mushroomy notes.
Palate is quite remarkable: immediately intense and deep and firm at the same time. Juicy and generous on the midpalate, but without ever losing its firmness and seriousness. Ends almost on a blood, bitter orange note, but on a second sip more towards graphite (or iron perhaps). Also a bit astringent on the finish, but with a very fine texture. Beautiful wine.
  • Eric commented:

    5/21/18, 9:00 AM - Gilberto, if you are drinking (and enjoying?) Bordeaux, what is the world coming to? :-)

    I hope that you and your family are doing very well.

  • Eric commented:

    5/21/18, 4:31 PM - Thanks Gilberto, we are trying to keep busy on a few fronts...

Red
2003 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
3/17/2018 - Eric wrote:
2003 Bordeaux at 15 years courtesy of Mark Taylor; 3/17/2018-3/18/2018 (Atlanta, GA): This wine opened with a weird, weird, terrible nose. Overripe with soy sauce, celery, and skunk. It was oxidative and odd. I will say that after 45 minutes this did start to blow off, but it was a troubling showing and consistent across two bottles. Despite the oxy nose, it was not a bad palate, somewhat classic but with some dried fruit character, lots and lots of structure. Guessed as Lagrange, but this was in fact a troubling showing for the Poyferre. Ranked 6 out of 6.
  • Eric commented:

    3/23/18, 12:23 AM - Mark, I am just hoping that both bottles opened at our tasting were bad -- although the provenance was perfect.

    I too have quite a few of these in my cellar and need to check in. I opened a half bottle 10 years ago and went nuts over it.

Red
2003 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
3/17/2018 - Eric wrote:
2003 Bordeaux at 15 years courtesy of Mark Taylor; 3/17/2018-3/18/2018 (Atlanta, GA): Ripe, lots of alcohol, pickle juice, is this Pavie? Very sweet, red fruit, plum, nearly over the top. Guessed as Pavie, but this is Las Cases. Ranked 6 out of 6 and the group #3.
  • Eric commented:

    3/18/18, 6:56 PM - I would just be patient. I have never really seen a vintage of LLC that didn't work out well over the long haul, even this showing was a bit weird.

Red
2001 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo Nebbiolo
10/25/2014 - Eric Likes this wine:
An evening of Barolo and Barbaresco (Bern, Switzerland): Slightly more volatile and clearly traditional. Mmm, there is a lot going on here. Cranberry, dark, energetic. My #2 wine of the flight.
  • Eric commented:

    11/15/14, 2:58 AM - This will definitely require a great deal of patience!

  • Eric commented:

    11/15/14, 3:40 AM - That is perhaps still a little early, but it depends how mature you like your Barbaresco.

  • Eric commented:

    10/1/17, 9:56 PM - Just had another taste, and it is gaining early maturity now.

Red
1996 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
2/15/2013 - Eric wrote:
86 points
I took a flyer on this on WineBid and was hoping for more ... but alas, it's a past mature, tired, poor vintage Chateauneuf. There is that telltale Pegau personality, a bit wild, meaty, bloody, roasted. It's certainly drinkable and even charming, but there is no prince or princess to be found whilst kissing this frog. It was well worth the try though.
  • Eric commented:

    6/20/17, 8:52 AM - Very true.

Rosé
2015 Domaines Ott Côtes de Provence By.Ott Grenache
7/17/2016 - Eric wrote:
Clean, fresh and highly mineral. A touch of bitter pith on a dry finish.
  • Eric commented:

    7/17/16, 10:21 PM - Doing well. Just keeping pathologically (a) with CellarTracker, (b) as a stay-at-home dad, and (c) trailing my Ambassador wife around.

Red
2012 Château de la Huste Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend
6/1/2016 - Frenchfriends86 Likes this wine:
85 points
The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are slow. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like mineral, stoniness, blackberry, red currant, black currant (cassis), violet and rose. It tastes like mint, lavender, thyme, red currant, black currant (cassis), blackberry, pine and bark. The body is medium/full. The wine has smooth texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has medium acidity.
  • Eric commented:

    7/3/16, 9:52 PM - So I moved the note to 2012 for you.

Red
2012 Seven Hills Winery Malbec Walla Walla Valley
11/16/2014 - hello555 wrote:
79 points
I went to the tasting room and I thought it was a wonderful Malbec from Walla Walla and I can't wait to open it in a couple of years.
  • Eric commented:

    5/29/15, 7:23 AM - Hi everyone. Please remember that scoring is subjective. There is nothing out of site policy with this note.

White
2008 Claiborne and Churchill Riesling Dry Central Coast
5/2/2015 - charlesike wrote:
flawed
Corked. Sat on it too long.
  • Eric commented:

    5/3/15, 11:16 PM - Sorry the wine was disappointing.

    Just FYI, when people refer to a "corked" wine, it is due to a mildew-based spoilage from 2,4,6-Trichloroanisole: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2,4,6-Trichloroanisole

    A corked wine is actually spoiled within 10 minutes of the cork being inserted into the bottle, so holding the wine for too long has no impact.

    I presume that you really mean that your wine was oxidized (which can happen when the cork fails to provide a good seal), and that can result from holding a wine too long, dry storage conditions, or exposure to heat among other things.

Red
2008 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/13/2015 - georgenmil wrote:
78 points
The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are medium. There is no sediment in the bottle.
  • Eric commented:

    2/15/15, 12:34 AM - I have sent an email to TightLettuce. Further violations will result in his account being removed.

Red
2011 Château Chasse-Spleen Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
2/9/2015 - MissK Likes this wine:
89 points
Aroma: embers of smoked teak or oak. The nose reminds of of walking into a room built with fine wood in some cabin. Hints of blueberry and bell pepper. Slight band aid (after just opening). Best to let the glass decant for a bit longer.
Taste of just opened pour: Definitely spicy and peppery (bell pepper and jalapeno). Tight tannins but pleasant. Oily leather on the nose and palate. Elegant, like a really great leather handbag. Great wine to enjoy before and during your meal of pepper steak and polenta or simple tarragon garlic mashed potatoes (without any sauce). For seafood, a hearty firm fish like swordfish steak with a sweet sauce or chutney like mango chutney or a nice raspberry cream sauce with poppy seeds. Any pasta noodle with simple tomato sauce would be perfect as well (top with basil pesto and some basil leaves for garnish). Enjoy!
  • Eric commented:

    2/10/15, 3:55 AM - I fixed the mess.

Red
2011 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale Pinot Noir
Red and black fruited with a bit of spice and herbs. The acidity is high but is balanced by its minerality. The 2007 vintage drinks great now. I would cellar these a little longer. I still enjoyed the wine.
  • Eric commented:

    2/8/15, 7:17 AM - Moved

Red
2007 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
2/5/2015 - Eric wrote:
A mid-winter visit to Châteauneuf-du-Pape; 2/5/2015-2/7/2015 (Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, France): An exotic nose. Soy and tar. This is really soft and pleasing, seemingly easy, but with great complexity and depth. Not at all overripe or overdone. This is the rare case of a 2007 that really works for me.
  • Eric commented:

    2/6/15, 2:33 PM - I assign points sometime if I have an opportunity to spend a lot of time with the wine. In this case, it was just a few minutes in the tasting room, so no responsible score was possible.

Red
2009 Five/Five Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Simone 75% Black Sears, 25% Ink Grade Howell Mountain
1/27/2015 - Eric wrote:
Pretty awesome, prototypical Napa Cab. Black cherry, cassis, and licorice. A little toasty oak, but this wine easily handled it. Quite delicious although perhaps lacking a bit of structure.
  • Eric commented:

    1/27/15, 9:39 PM - Thanks for it, delish!

Red
1982 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/18/2014 - Eric wrote:
A great dinner at Capella in DC (Washington DC): I loved how this came out of the gates, just firing on all cylinders. Dust, graphite, cassis, and iron. With time there was a troubling, almost moldy, green note that peeked out, and there was considerable conversation about whether this was corked or just a bit off. Interestingly, at the end of the night I took another small pour from the decanter, and it showed totally clean. Probably not the best bottle of 1982 Mouton, but I still thought it was enormously enjoyable.
  • Eric commented:

    12/19/14, 1:10 PM - I agree that it wasn't a perfect example of 1982 Mouton. C'est la vie. It was still pretty great though. :)

Red
1986 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/18/2014 - Eric wrote:
A great dinner at Capella in DC (Washington DC): Deep and sultry but just not giving a ton right now. All of the Mouton elements were there, but this just needs a ton of time.
  • Eric commented:

    12/19/14, 8:36 AM - I have some some truly amazing bottles of this wine. I don't find it variable, just not very approachable yet. (The best one I ever had was decanted for an insane amount of time.)

White
2010 Weingut Sprecher von Bernegg Completer Jenins
11/14/2014 - Eric wrote:
A glorious and educational tasting of Swiss wines (Bern, Switzerland): A very ripe nose with a hint of what seems to be botrytis, moving to flint. I love the palate entry. Vigorous, energetic and clean, cutting, quite tart and "green" in personality. Clean, focused and just really nice on the finish. This is a solid and quite interesting wine.
  • Eric commented:

    12/1/14, 1:28 AM - Hi Gilberto! Yes, I am going off of my notes from a tasting, and they distinctly said 1150m. However, I am sure you know better, so I will adjust my notes. (Meanwhile you will see my notes from the tasting filling in slowly over the next 60-90 minutes...)

  • Eric commented:

    12/1/14, 5:21 AM - Ahh, I must have transposed that fact into the wrong note. I will fix it all up shortly.

Red
1995 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
11/24/2014 - Momus99 wrote:
flawed
Corked. 2nd of 2 bottles from Garagiste and both were flawed.
  • Eric commented:

    11/27/14, 1:06 AM - I hope you understand that "corked" wine is one that has been tainted by TCA, and that the wine was flawed the moment the winery inserted the cork in the bottle. The signature of a heavily corked wine is a wet newspaper or moldy smell and also a very stripped palate lacking weight and fruit. No retailer is responsible for this.

    Now, if the wine was "cooked" or "oxidized", that could be the fault of the wine retailer if they shipped it during warm weather. Of course an oxidized wine can also be due to a flawed cork (one with a seam) that allows oxygen to enter the bottle. Again, no retailer can cause that.

  • Eric commented:

    11/28/14, 12:12 PM - OK. But a retailer has nothing to do with cork taint.

Red
2011 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo Nebbiolo
11/8/2014 - Eric wrote:
A fabulous birthday in Piemonte (Piedmont, Italy): Mmm, what a nose. Tobacco, tomato leaf. Beguiling with a spicy, green edge. Silky and gorgeous on the palate. Fine, long and quite approachable, wow. Lovely wine.
  • Eric commented:

    11/16/14, 12:34 AM - This 2011 was gorgeous. Its only misfortune is to have to be compared to the 2010 Bartolo Mascarello, as that is a mindblowing wine. The styles were quite different. This 2011 was much more subtle and aromatically expressive. I think it will a fantastic wine.

Red
2011 Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes Syrah
10/6/2014 - Eric Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow, this is serious Syrah. Smoke, pepper, blood and cherry. This is dark in personality but surprisingly vibrant and fresh. I love this!
  • Eric commented:

    10/7/14, 12:29 PM - Popped, poured and followed for 3 hours. It was delicious from the first pour, and if anything it shut down with more air. It is clearly a babykilling at this point, but I have never had Voge before and wanted to get a sense.

Red
2012 Weinbau Markus Ruch Pinot Noir Hallau Haalde
9/3/2014 - Eric Likes this wine:
91 points
Smoke and peat and some pine on the nose. The palate starts with bright cherry but gains significant depth with air. Incredibly supple and silky, just gorgeous textually. These Markus Ruch wines are really quite special.
  • Eric commented:

    9/3/14, 5:13 AM - :-)

Red
1996 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia Red Bordeaux Blend
3/6/2012 - Eric wrote:
93 points
Terrific wine. Sage and stem move to a deep, rich, enveloping palate of cassis. Nice acidity, maybe a touch more would be good. Excellent overall purity and depth.
  • Eric commented:

    5/28/14, 10:06 AM - Yes, I would suspect this has plenty of gas left in the tank.

Red
2009 Passopisciaro Sicilia Contrada Sciaranuova Nerello Mascalese
Medium pale red ruby, clear.
Nose: upon opening it has beautifully fresh, ripe and crunchy red and dark berries (a mix of raspberries and blackberries) reminding me of pinot noir.
As it warms up in the glass some earthy and leather notes emerge.
On the 2. day the fruit had receded somewhat and the earthy and mineral notes with some aromatic herbs had become more prominent.
Palate: beautiful lightness (despite 14% alcohol) and balance. Very fine grained and pretty strong tannins. The flavour profile starts with very fresh red fruit, evolves to earthy notes and closes bitter - on a note which I quite liked.
Very special - burgundian in a sense, but with very different flavours.
I loved it.
****
  • Eric commented:

    4/19/14, 8:02 PM - This sounds wonderful. Thanks for the note, and I hope you are well.

Red
2011 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
4/7/2014 - Eric wrote:
91 points
Mmm, a "weak" vintage of Pegau that happens to be a great deal at $39. I love Pegau in the blockbuster vintages, but the supposedly "off" vintages seem to nearly always deliver stunning pleasure with the added benefit of faster evolution.

This is a baby. It's certainly not the most profound vintage of Pegau, but it is already both precocious and delicious. White pepper, grilled plum, bloody, meaty, and tasty. Classic Pegau. The finish is loaded with spicy, dried herbs and garrigue. Yeah, more profound vintages are even more vibrant with the volume turned up higher, but this is frankly quite wonderful. As an aside, as Pegau goes, this bottle at least was exceptionally clean with no hint of brett that I could find.

I think this one could use a year or three, but I suspect it will really start to strut quickly (based on the lessons provided by 1997, 1999, 2004, 2006, and 2008). Bring it!
  • Eric commented:

    4/8/14, 5:27 PM - The 2004 is truly outstanding.

Red
2009 Lillian Winery Syrah Santa Barbara County
4/4/2014 - dsimmons Likes this wine:
95 points
Tasted this wine at the winery today and it was just singing. Beautiful palate filed with dark fruits, spice and earthy notes. Every sip begged another. The wine was balanced and elegant for such a young wine. Any syrah lover owes it to themselves to try this wine. Bravo!
  • Eric commented:

    4/5/14, 5:41 PM - I had a similar experience with this wine last fall. It's really drinking extraordinarily well for such a young wine!

Red
2011 Mylène Bru Coteaux du Languedoc Far-Ouest Grenache Blend, Grenache
12/22/2013 - Hank74 Likes this wine:
99 points
erinnert an den Geschmack von schwarzen Johannisbeere.
Duft von Lorbeer, Wacholder und schwarzen Oliven. Kraftvoller Geschmack mit samtigen Tanninen.
  • Eric commented:

    3/28/14, 5:10 PM - I merged the mess.

Red
1994 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/19/2013 - Jeff Leve wrote:
89 points
Medium bodied, firm and showing some greeness in the fruit, as one would expect, the wine is more interesting on the nose than the palate with its tobacco, cigar boax, cassis, blackberry and earthy aromatics. There is a slight gruffness to the tannins in the spicy cassis and cranberry finish.
  • Eric commented:

    12/23/13, 10:04 PM - I just had one tonight and ended up in exactly the same spot as you with an 89. It's not a generous or especially sexy Lalande, but it's still a nice, classic bottle of Bordeaux.

  • Eric commented:

    12/24/13, 7:52 AM - Yes, I did have one about 8 years ago, and it was a lot more exciting at the time.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Champagne Blend
6/16/2011 - Eric wrote:
93 points
I opened this bottle to celebrate CellarTracker passing the 25 MILLION BOTTLE milestone. Sheesh!

This NV was purchased 5 years ago so has a little age. Still tightly wound, this does show some of the bready Krug notes I would expect. A rather mineral and wound up palate, faint bitterness at first, mineral and saline. However after a few hours this started to get so creamy with notes of white chocolate, the first time I have ever really noted that on a wine.

Mmm, why exactly is the last glass always the best? Really delicious.

And on we march to 50 million bottles.
  • Eric commented:

    12/21/13, 10:45 AM - A few more months until we get to 4 million tasting notes. And we will in fact reach 50 million bottles late in 2014.

Red
2011 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio Red Blend
12/4/2013 - RobertDwyer Likes this wine:
95 points
I was anxious to try this after adoring the 2010 across a bunch of bottles, but the 2011 comes through in a big way. The 2011 is perhaps a bit smoother and softer around the edges than the 2010, which can get a little rough at times. The alcohol (15.5%) is incredibly well concealed. The wine is just so utterly enjoyable to consume. Huge, gorgeous aromatics of rich fruit, vanilla, and a supporting touch of herbs. Coats the glass but amazingly doesn't feel heavy. A remarkable achievement. I can't think of a better wine in the $35-$40 price range. A great alternative to overpriced Napa Cabs.
  • Eric commented:

    12/7/13, 2:39 PM - Congrats on note #1000!

Red
2007 Domaine des 3 Cellier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Kosher Red Rhone Blend
11/7/2013 - Moshe F wrote:
two bottles of this in the same night. opened one and tasted like fermented cork. the second one was no better...
  • Eric commented:

    11/26/13, 6:31 PM - I have been through three bottles of this. All have been rather awful. Oddly chemical. Flat. Rather nasty. No textbook flaws. Just really gross wine. One more bottle still in my cellar. :-(

Red
2007 Betz Family Syrah La Côte Patriarche Yakima Valley
12/31/2010 - tarheel17 wrote:
nose: both red and dark fruits. Also slate and a touch of funk/barnyard, though it's not distracting.
palate: very tight. offering hardly anything. I get some coffee, some fruit, and a mouthful of tannin. This needs a lot of time sideways. Boo. Eric said it would be fun baby-killing! I'll try this again tomorrow (it was a virtual pop & pour...so sue me).
  • Eric commented:

    1/5/11, 6:53 PM - Sorry if I misled you. I had a lot of fun with my babykilling on this...

  • Eric commented:

    11/21/13, 10:31 PM - The wines are not shy for sure.

Red
2008 Cameron Hughes Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 200 Napa Valley
11/9/2013 - sdrum Likes this wine:
90 points
This is still a beautiful wine. Nice nose. Fruity. Substantial, but not heavy.
  • Eric commented:

    11/14/13, 3:48 PM - This is not a commerce site...

Red
1984 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
4/7/2007 - Eric wrote:
85 points
Dumbfounded by Dominus (Kirkland, WA): Pickle-barrel nose. Root beer, brett, spicy, forest floor. Definitely near the end of its life. Austere. Fruit is all dried up. Faint almond notes on the finish. Nose is better than the palate.
  • Eric commented:

    11/4/13, 7:15 AM - No, not flawed. This was part of a tasting with 7 other experienced tasters. No one suggested it was flawed.

    At that age, there are no great wines, only great bottles. For whatever reason, very few of the wines showed well at that tasting. Keep in mind also that this was 6.5 years ago.

Red
1998 Gaja Langhe Nebbiolo Sorì Tildìn Langhe DOC
11/2/2013 - Eric wrote:
94 points
A big, brooding, monstrous beast of a wine. Floral moves to tar and then iron on the nose. The longer it sits open, the more brooding it gets. The palate is still tightly wound, concentrated and dark. With a mix of white truffle courses (risotto, scrambled eggs, roast chicken), it was absolutely delectable and balanced very well against the earthy food.
  • Eric commented:

    11/3/13, 7:20 AM - I haven't had enough Gaja to really gauge, but this had plenty of structure and concentration left. I wouldn't be in a big hurry.

Red
1998 Kay Brothers Shiraz Block 6 Amery Vineyards McLaren Vale
1/21/2006 - Eric wrote:
95 points
Seattle Tasting Group does Aussie Shiraz (Bellevue, WA): This was my favorite of the 5 year vertical. Soy, ash, some VA and violet. Oh my, this shows AMAZING structure, a bit drying, simply HUGE. What an utterly fantastic palate, loaded with crushed raspberry and licorice. A lot to like here.
  • Eric commented:

    10/16/13, 8:55 AM - I wish I could tell you, but I last tasted this wine 7.5 years ago...

Red
2009 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
9/30/2013 - Pearls_b4Swine wrote:
94 points
I don't usually drink CDP young, but perhaps I should rethink that. This was excellent. Terrific complexity, mingled with youthful vibrancy. Loved it, and expect it to only get better with time.
  • Eric commented:

    10/4/13, 5:08 PM - Pegau is a wine that really rewards baby killing (drinking it young), but most vintages also age very well.

Red
2008 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
9/11/2012 - Eric wrote:
91 points
This has been a fairly variable wine, but this was an interesting bottle. Spicy, almost raspy, rustic and lively. Licorice, pepper, and cherry. Vibrant and explosive. A bit thin in the mid-palate and dry on the finish, but this is wild and delicious nonetheless.
  • Eric commented:

    9/30/13, 7:18 AM - I would not wait that long.

Red
2007 Sine Qua Non Grenache Pictures California
9/19/2013 - Eric wrote:
94 points
Testing out my new Coravin and figured I would have a glass of SQN and nurse the bottle over the next 4-6 weeks. Pickle, bramble and spice on the nose. Plenty of heat and extract on the palate, but I dare say, it actually has that indescribable texture and 'crunch' that I so often find in Chateauneuf and never really find in US Grenache. Yum, this is really aging quite nicely!
  • Eric commented:

    9/19/13, 9:37 PM - I think you will have some fun with this one!

  • Eric commented:

    9/19/13, 11:47 PM - Having seen comments so far on 4 or 5 bulletin boards on hundreds of bottles, I have no concerns at all about Coravin'ing such a young, sturdy wine. My personal goal is to have 6-10 bottles "on deck" in my own personal "by the glass" program where no bottle is kept around for more than 4-6 weeks.

    I find that I am quite sensitive to oxidation in general, so I too will be curious (but not terribly concerned) as I dip into this one over the next month or two.

White - Sparkling
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
9/7/2013 - Eric wrote:
96 points
Wow, simply stellar. A very full, rich and easy vintage of Dom that reminds me a great deal of the 1996. Unusually toasty and bready and, well, easy. Approachable and round and vinous. Where Dom is usually edgy, a little creamy and fairly citric, this was expansive, complex and incredibly approachable. Truly delicious.
  • Eric commented:

    9/11/13, 9:45 PM - Tough to know. Good bottles of the 1996 are so awesome, and it always struck me more as very rich White Burgundy with bubbles. I guess I would have to taste the 2002 another dozen times for the comparison to be fair...

Red
1997 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia Red Bordeaux Blend
9/7/2013 - Eric wrote:
95 points
Consumed one night after a 1990 Pichon Baron, and these were kissing cousins. At first the Orny was all stalk and stem and tobacco with a full yet acidic palate. However over the course of 90 minutes it exploded and became both more ripe and more vegetal. BTW, I mean vegetal as a compliment -- herbal and stalky in the best way. Undeniably 1997. Quite approachable yet with ample silky tannins. Truly delicious.
  • Eric commented:

    9/7/13, 10:06 PM - A nice wine to celebrate my 16th wedding anniversary.

Red
2010 Passopisciaro Sicilia Passopisciaro Nerello Mascalese
8/31/2013 - Eric wrote:
Very subtle wine. Light color and intensity, definitely akin to Pinot. Lovely aromatics. Cherries and dust. Very present acidity and firm tannins at this stage. Dusty and mineral. Hold, hold, hold.
  • Eric commented:

    9/3/13, 9:34 AM - Yes I would definitely wait.

Red
2003 Quilceda Creek Merlot Washington
7/4/2013 - EvanRose Likes this wine:
93 points
Aged very well, smooth, full bodied and held its own with a grilled steak. I am sorry that QC no longt makes Merlot
  • Eric commented:

    8/20/13, 10:53 PM - It is a loss. Their Merlot is a surprisingly great wine with some age on it. Perhaps the best Merlot in WA.

Red
1990 Château Clinet Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
8/2/2013 - Eric wrote:
95 points
Clinet on a Friday with roast chicken. Because we can...

Fantastic! Cherries, gravel, mint and smoke on the nose. More cherries and tons of silk on the palate. A lovely Pomerol in a soft, ripe mold but with plenty of balance and interest.
  • Eric commented:

    8/3/13, 9:20 PM - I would enjoy it on your next birthday. Because you can.

    May your mother's memory be a blessing.

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