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2018 L'Aventure Estate Cuvée Paso Robles Willow Creek District Red Blend
10/16/2020 - Order66 Does not like this wine:
74 points
Potent alcoholic scents paired with mint and cherries upon pouring. Served mildly chillled due to the abv stated and that was not enough. It’s really hard to enjoy the jammy flavours the wine offers, simply due to the insane amount of heat that comes through the wine. It didn’t pair with a ribeye, and it’s rather hard to drink on its’ own 2+ hours later. Tried some more the next day after spending overnight in a decanter and it turned out even more alcoholic and one dimensional at room temp (67° in this house). Sadly a waste of money.
  • Smooth Jazz commented:

    5/31/22, 5:34 PM - Personally, I think that “alcoholic heat” is a flaw - wine is meant to be savored with and without food and isn’t meant to be liquor

    Further, overly jammy wines in my opinion generally lack subtlety and finesse and I get why someone might not like that

    The whole benefit of cellartracker is that their are millions of people with different palates rating wines - and as long as they have an explanation of why they rated what they did (as the original review here clearly did), I find the reviews helpful irrespective whether of I agree with them

    I do not like many of the wines RP likes, yet I find his reviews to be remarkably consistent and helpful as I try to get some sense of what the wine may be like

    Calling out this review as “too harsh” because one doesn’t agree with it makes one seem desperate to try and get everyone to validate the expensive choice one made

2018 Aurélien & Charlotte Houillon Côtes du Rhône Indigo Syrah Blend, Syrah
8/14/2020 - Finare Vinare wrote:
91 points
Syrah (90%) and Grenache (10%) from lieu-dit 'La Roche Coucourde' near the village of Faucon in Vaucluse - a vineyard fairly high in altitude on the western foothills of Mont Ventoux. A zero-zero wine, aged in used barrels. The nose displays the carnal or animalistic side of Syrah, with a bit of barnyard thrown in for good measure, but also some beautiful violets, blackberries and black cherries over an earthy backdrop. The palate is full-bodied with a solid tannin structure and excellent stuffing of extract without coming across as extracted, alcohol slightly above average, and a surprisingly mineral-driven freshness in the warm vintage. Cellar prospects look promising - it will be interesting to follow this over the next five to seven. (Disclaimer: ITB with Swedish importer Vin & Natur)
  • Smooth Jazz commented:

    2/23/21, 4:02 PM - Not sure what you drank but for the bottles I had, the “barnyard” dominated the nose and palate to render any other characteristics moot

2005 Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Classico Corvina Blend, Corvina
1/14/2021 - Burgundy Al wrote:
79 points
Double blind. A mess to me. Too tannic with plenty of fruit but also hollow in the middle, then also tailing off without any sense of balance.
  • Smooth Jazz commented:

    2/1/21, 10:30 PM - Glad to see this note - and find it’s not just me ...

White - Sparkling
2010 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Millésimé Blanc de Noirs Les Ursules Pinot Noir
6/14/2020 - LWI wrote:
93 points
Red apples, creamy mousse, weighty, complex, balanced.
  • Smooth Jazz commented:

    7/31/20, 7:39 PM - Concur completely

1976 Trimbach Gewurztraminer Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre Alsace Gewürztraminer
4/10/2013 - KenPlace wrote:
94 points
Amazing 37-year old bottle. Golden orange color, deep amber, beautiful color. Amazing complex notes of tropical fruits (pineapple), and spices. Very fruit forward for such an old wine. Great length. Still had another 37 years to go. Cork dissintegrated, but it was still moist.
  • Smooth Jazz commented:

    12/23/14, 6:49 PM - Just wondering, did you have the dry wine or was it the sweet wine?

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