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White
2014 Weingut Keller Abts E® Riesling Großes Gewächs Rheinhessen
4/25/2020 - rsbeck wrote:
97 points
A friend popped, poured and enjoyed this for several hours before bringing me the remaining quarter bottle. I put it in the cellar for a few hours to cool it down just a tad. So, this sample received a lot of air and was slightly warmer than cellar temperature. I'd guess around 62-65 degrees. This was just sublime from the very first sniff and it continued to bewitch and beguile on the palate. Incredible zen-line harmony, elegance, complexity and sophistication, all of the elements are so beautifully balanced and integrated -- and even after all of that air, it continued to open and reveal yet more nuance over the next 90 minutes. This is not a Marilyn Monroe, this is an Audrey Hepburn that beckons you to it, rewards your rapt attention, and maintains its striking, yet subtle elegance all the way through its lengthy, expanding finish, which still lingers and haunts a day later.
  • rsbeck commented:

    5/1/20, 2:16 AM - Thank you. I enjoy your tasting notes, too. Enjoy that Keller!

Red
2014 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
7/12/2019 - rsbeck wrote:
93 points
Popped, poured, consumed over next 90 minutes. Fresh, juicy, medium bodied and very enjoyable already. I love Charvin in these cooler vintages. An early drinker already exhibiting good complexity that may need a few more years to peak, but no need to wait.
  • rsbeck commented:

    7/12/19, 5:33 PM - I tend to like the cooler, lighter bodied, more acidic vintages in CdP. 1999, 2004, 2008, 2014.

Red
2015 Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne
3/19/2019 - rsbeck wrote:
89 points
2nd bottle of the evening. Similar notes.
  • rsbeck commented:

    3/22/19, 10:58 AM - I felt this wine was more consistently enjoyable when young. It has since changed, but I have not noted any positive development yet. Hard to say whether it is declining or going through an awkward phase on the way to positive development. I don’t have much experience aging Barbara or previous vintages of this particular wine. Do you?

Red
1989 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/17/2019 - rsbeck wrote:
99 points
Popped, poured, consumed over next two hours. This has developed further, revealing even more elegance and nuance. Wonderfully complex and balanced with an expanding, lingering, beguiling finish. This bottle performed beautifully. Should cruise on this plateau for years to come.
  • rsbeck commented:

    2/18/19, 1:26 AM - Thanks! For me, it’s rare to find a Cabernet based wine with such complexity and such exquisite balance. Wonderful depth of fruit combined with elegance, tertiary development and refreshing acid.

White
2015 Schäfer-Fröhlich Stromberg Riesling Großes Gewächs Nahe
5/10/2018 - rsbeck wrote:
95 points
Popped, poured, consumed over next two hours. Excelllent balance of minerals, fruit, citrus and saline with a beguiling finish. Lovely. 95+
  • rsbeck commented:

    11/4/18, 1:05 AM - I think I know which notes you’re referring to. I’m actually a fan of that Shafer Frohlich funk, so I’m probably not the best person to ask. I really enjoyed this bottle and I’ve bought a bunch more from 2015, 2014, and 2016.

  • rsbeck commented:

    11/5/18, 12:14 AM - I enjoy buying several bottles and following the development. It’s delicious now, but I’ll try to hold off on some. I love what aging can do.

Red
2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
1/3/2017 - rsbeck wrote:
94 points
Third bottle of the night. Consistent with other two bottles. Performing nicely. Balanced, complex, lengthy expanding finish.
  • rsbeck commented:

    1/6/17, 1:41 PM - They were .750's. It was a big party.

  • rsbeck commented:

    1/8/17, 1:35 AM - Thanks! Those were my last three bottles of '01, wish I had more!

Red
2006 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses Pinot Noir
2/25/2015 - rsbeck wrote:
92 points
Pop and pour, consumed over next 2 hours. Started out absolutely closed aromatically and simple but refreshing on the palate. This did not wow me with its fruit or mid-palate weight. This wine beckoned and beguiled, inviting me to come closer and pay attention. I had other "wow" wines in glasses next to this, but as the meal progressed and it revealed its lithe, nervous, seductive charm, I found this one more appealing and more interesting. There are some very nice things going on here.
  • rsbeck commented:

    2/26/15, 1:53 AM - Yes, I meant to write"aromatically" but the spell corrector changed it. Good catch. I've fixed it now. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks!

Red
2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
11/29/2014 - rsbeck wrote:
93 points
Pop and pour. Layers of red fruit, leather and iron/beef blood framed by vanilla/American Oak. Medium body. Ruby/garnet. Beautiful balance. Easy to like, a real crowd pleaser.
  • rsbeck commented:

    12/1/14, 1:06 AM - Thanks - I do favor traditional Rioja. I just ordered three more bottles of this. Looking forward to following its evolution.

Red
2010 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie Syrah
4/1/2014 - rsbeck wrote:
95 points
Popped, poured, aired in glass 30 minutes, followed over the course of an evening. Wonderful aromatics lead to a fascinating, yet tightly wound palate that changed gradually over the evening revealing more and more character. Intense, yet elegant, fresh and lively with beautiful structure, balance and texture. The small amount of new oak this saw seems to me to have already been absorbed. There is a significant puff of chalky tannin in the lengthy finish. Doesn't hurt that this is already succulent, complex and delicious yet it's easy to see how this is only going to get better.
  • rsbeck commented:

    8/6/14, 1:15 PM - Hi Dave, I have not tasted the 2010 Ampuis, but both the pro review and the CT seem very positive. The Jamet is a delightful wine right now and certainly drinkable, assuming it isn't shutting down yet. There is a fair amount of tannin in the finish, but to my palate, it is friendly and refined and it didn't hinder my enjoyment. As enjoyable as it is now, I believe it is only hinting at what it will become. The Jamet is exactly the kind of Syrah that appeals to me. Sort of a Burgundy drinker's Northern Rhone, if you will. Ethereal rather than powerhouse. Intense, but weightless. The other Northern Rhone that fits this niche for me is Allemand Cornas. I really like his Chaillot. I loaded up on 2010 Jamet Cote Rotie and Allemand Cornas Chaillot.

  • rsbeck commented:

    8/6/14, 3:54 PM - You're welcome! Another Northern Rhone I like a lot is Gonon. It's a St Joseph, but very elegant. The 2012 is available and I really like it. Another one that can drink young but will reward cellaring and you should be able to find it for less than $50. K&L has it.

Red
2007 Lucia Syrah Garys' Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
1/4/2014 - rsbeck wrote:
Popped, decanted 90 minutes, consumed over next hour. Over-ripe sweet prune flavored fruit mixed with French Oak to give those curious flat cherry cola flavors. Given the over-ripe nature of the fruit, the acidity evident is certainly a curiosity.
  • rsbeck commented:

    1/4/14, 12:22 PM - I recommend pop and pour. To my palate, it got worse as it aired. I'll be curious to hear your take. Happy New Year to you, too.

Red
2005 Domaine de Montille Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Thorey Pinot Noir
9/21/2012 - rsbeck wrote:
92 points
Popped, breathed in bottle 90 minutes, followed over next two hours. Fabulous nose. Would have been happy just to sniff all night. Layers of red fruit, leather, earth, saline, with a wonderful hint of Burgundy barnyard and a firm, but refined tannic finish that softened over the course of the evening.
  • rsbeck commented:

    12/17/13, 10:24 AM - Yes. You can enjoy it now if you give it tons of air, but if you can wait, I believe you'll be rewarded.

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