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Red
2002 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
6/22/2019 - AllRed wrote:
4th Saturday group uptown tasting (M&R's): Double blind. Reticent. Tight and closed. Just absolutely shut down and closed. No guess.

While a generous contribution, it was absolutely mistreated by not being decanted well ahead of the tasting. Unfortunate.
  • AllRed commented:

    7/30/19, 9:12 AM - Haggis! Good to hear form you. Hope you guys are doing well. The bottle that showed well was for one of our annual events so I remember it well. It was opened at the table and poured immediately at the start of the evening and so had a couple of hours in the glass to really open up.

Red
2008 Château Duhart-Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/24/2019 - pavel_p Likes this wine:
90 points
DFS annual event (Singapore): Clearly darker with more meat than the second wine. Good balance, some soil, dark fruit, fine to medium tannis. Short to medium length. A solid Pauillac but nothing exceptional. Might have benefited from a longer decant in my eyes.
  • AllRed commented:

    4/24/19, 8:59 AM - You make mention of a longer decant- how long was this bottle decanted and/or how long would you recommend? Thank you. Cheers!

Red
2002 Worthy Sophia's Cuvée Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
6/15/2013 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
Tasted at a party; informal note. Dark color. Cassis and black currant notes. Still has quite a bit of tannin to shed, with a slightly chalky mouthfeel. Flavors of black currants, plum, vanilla and spice; still rather primary.
  • AllRed commented:

    11/7/18, 7:18 PM - Go away.

Red
2012 Winderlea Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Vineyards
11/8/2017 - shaftlet wrote:
91 points
Bright cherry, rhubarb nose with black tea, leather, allspice and vanilla. Medium bodied and silky and pretty seamless. Bright acidity w/ a medium plus finish. Still quite young. Needs a couple hour decant.
  • AllRed commented:

    9/8/18, 4:40 PM - Just grabbed a bottle of this today from Knightsbridge, and saw a familiar moniker with a TN on it...hope all is well with you guys. You're definitely missed, my friend, take care and drink well!

Red
2008 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
5/13/2018 - AllRed wrote:
89 points
Second Sunday Group: Ridge Monte Bello 2005-2012 (Jeff's): Double blind. Red fruit and clay aromas; nice earthy quality. Cherry, raspberry and bright acidity on the palate. Red and dark fruit with a peppery spice on the finish. Nice structure. Balanced.

My #4, Domino's #8
Group #4, 53 pts.
  • AllRed commented:

    7/25/18, 2:48 AM - Ryan3719, clearly either (a) you are too lazy to read the entire write up and the paragraph that preceded this note describing the circumstances under which the wine was tasted, or (b) reading is simply a skill which you do not possess.

    Were you there to taste this bottle? No, you were not. This bottle performed to an 89, nothing more, and was clearly the fault of the host for not giving a young Monte Bello the decanting it demands. Had you taken the time to actually read what I took the time to write, this would have been evident to you.

    Lastly, always remember this- there are no such things as great wines, only great bottles.

Red
1986 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
1/14/2018 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Second Sunday Group: 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Barb's): Courtesy of MaY, popped and poured. Initially there's a slight hint of something musty, perhaps TCA, but it eventually blew off rather than worsened, so just a little bottle funk...fears allayed. Crimson core though showing some age at the meniscus. Floral and black currant notes with a slight earthy tobacco quality. Nice red berry fruit on the palate with softened tannin and nice balancing acidity. Finishes with nice length.

I'd have loved to have spent an evening with this to follow its development. We have been lucky/fortunate enough to be with MaY for the first two of his three bottles, and hope to be around for the last. Thank you, M. 93+ pts, with some room for improvement with additional complexity.
  • AllRed commented:

    1/18/18, 5:40 AM - If you say so.

Red
2013 Jean Stodden Neuenahrer Sonnenberg Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Ahr
9/30/2017 - AllRed wrote:
flawed
Courtesy of VM, decanted for a time before it was served. Light color with a bouquet of sour cherries and VA, with underlying spice elements. Clove and red berry fruit on the palate, with too much acid showing through. Disjointed.
  • AllRed commented:

    10/7/17, 6:47 AM - Hello, fc. I considered this flawed because the acidity is much too high- one could smell the acid in the form of a sour/vinegary aroma (the VA- volatile acidity) and further causing the wine to be disjointed and lend sourness on the palate. Volatile acidity is most definitely a flaw, just as TCA and brettanomyces, etc., and just as with TCA, some are more sensitive to it than others.

Red
2002 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
6/4/2017 - AllRed wrote:
94 points
40th Anniversary Magnum Party; 6/3/2017-6/4/2017 (R&D's): From magnum, leftover from the prior night. Here again, improvement overnight. Aromas of black currants, violets, cassis and plummy dark fruit. Fine tannins with flavors of dark fruit, violets and mineral. Good weight and balance across the palate culminating in a long finish.
  • AllRed commented:

    9/25/17, 11:43 AM - Haggis! Hope you and M-R are well!

    Paul Draper has recently said that the 1991 still is not ready, so I am really trying to be patient with all of our bottles of Monte Bello (well, at least the ones we don't have in decent quantities). We have two bottles of this in the cellar and I'm planning on holding until 2022...unless we have a reunion, in which case I'll be sure to crack open the first one. :) Any plans to come back west for a visit?!?!?

Red
2008 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/27/2017 - slywka7 Likes this wine:
97 points
Slow oxed for 5 hours. Nose of blackberry, currant, mocha, forest floor and dried cherry. Flavors of blackberry, currant, dried cherry, mocha, touch of earth and touch of herb. Ends with a long mocha infused 45+ finish. This is still quite tannic and could easily use a 4 hour decant. This score may change as the wine develops in the glass.

Increased the score by a point once the tannins settled.
  • AllRed commented:

    7/27/17, 5:20 PM - Unfortunate to see mocha in your note, but not surprising. I was told their style shifted around the time frame of the '06-'08, becoming more "modern Napa" in style. One fewer of the old guard I guess. Good drinking to you, cheers!

Red
2011 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah The Tribe Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
5/26/2017 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
Intimate Dinner Series (Carlucci's, Downers Grove): Courtesy of Doc. Aromas of tapenade, barnyard and dark berry fruit with a hint of pine forest. Funky/barnyardy on the palate, with dark fruit and plum, and a slight vegetal note in the finish. There's some redeeming fruit qualities and I think this could be so much better if Christophe just ran a cleaner operation to limit the funk to a more reasonable level.
  • AllRed commented:

    6/12/17, 2:59 AM - Let me start by saying this- if you like the wines, continue to like them, it doesn't matter what anyone else says.

    To your question, no, I have no direct experience other than tasting the wines (it's present in some Cayuse too), but brettanomyces is a spoilage yeast and there are methods that can be employed to control/limit it. At these levels, it's endemic of unclean operations (see Pegau in the Rhone) and whether that's by choice, laziness or something else, I don't know.

Red
2012 Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Old Vine Sonoma County
5/20/2017 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
39th Annual Zinfandel Retrospective - the 2012s (R&D's): Reticent at first; muddled red fruit notes. Flavors of cherry, raspberry and spice. Becomes perfumed and flroal, with red fruit, raspberry and spice underneath. Good tannins and flavors of raspberry and pepper. Briary through the finish. Balanced. Long finish. At times almost "juicy."

My #3, Domino's #3
Group #7, 57 pts
  • AllRed commented:

    5/26/17, 10:50 AM - Yes, that is correct.

    As my introduction to the flight stated, ranking was difficult because of the way these changed- and kept changing. I noted my scores (91-92, 91+ and 92...essentially the same score for my top three), and ranked the wines.

    As the scores were close, I grabbed the glasses and went back and forth and decided on the ranking. I didn't feel it was worthwhile to adjust the scores of three wines I had at 91+, 91-92 and 92.

Red
2013 Sine Qua Non Grenache ♀ Central Coast
10/27/2016 - AllRed wrote:
94 points
I double decanted this prior to leaving for the restaurant, where it was served with our entrees roughly four hours after the cork was pulled. Brief notes. Violet, lavender and raspberry aromas; there's an elegance here. Cherry, currant and raspberry along with vanilla and spice accents and a long finish. Dense and concentrated but also elegant and light. Excellent.
  • AllRed commented:

    12/12/16, 5:31 PM - Hi, MCanner. The restaurant was the Anvil Club in East Dundee. We go there quite a bit, but there are other restaurants we patronize that are BYOB/reasonable corkage:

    Liu Brothers, St Charles
    Thai Village, Batavia
    Tusk Thai, Batavia
    E&S Seafood, St charles
    Macarena Tapas, St Charles
    Adelle's, Wheaton
    Carlucci's, Downers Grove
    Praga, Lombard
    Farmhouse on North, Barrington

    I think that covers most of our usual haunts. Cheers!

Red
2004 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/31/2016 - grossie wrote:
92 points
Really powerful round wine. Still a little young, I wish I had read my other note before opening this, it could use 5 more years.
  • AllRed commented:

    10/31/16, 8:08 PM - Thanks for the timely note, grossie. I recently pulled a bottle from storage to check in on it, and I think I will take it back and let it rest a while yet based on your comments. Hope the family is well. Cheers!

Red
2011 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
7/17/2016 - AllRed wrote:
89 points
38th Annual Zinfandel Retrospective - the 2011s (R&D's): A touch on the ripe and pruny side of things. Finishes well, but it's a bit more ripe than I would like.
  • AllRed commented:

    7/31/16, 5:03 AM - The bottle had been opened the prior night for an event so I wasn't able to judge how it held up overnight. All that being said, I don't think you need to rush to drink them. I would put a drinking window of now to 2025. Cheers!

Red
1996 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/13/2016 - AllRed wrote:
94 points
Second Sunday Group: 1996 Bordeaux (high end) (Marty's): Opens with notes of green, herbal qualities with black fruit underneath. Has some structure and tannin, but it's balanced by the fruit and feels appropriate. Flavors of red fruit and herbs, green tobacco and iron. Finishes with greater length than the first couple of wines and seems more accessible overall. This doesn't change much during the course of the tasting, but everything just becomes more amplified as it sits. Excellent. 94 pts.

Double blind:
My #2, Domino's #8
Group #6, 54 pts

Single blind guess:
Lafite- more due to process of elimination, as I have very little experience with Lafite and don't have identifying characteristics in my taste memory.
  • AllRed commented:

    3/16/16, 6:00 AM - Firstly, nice score! I found it pretty typical. I am usually able to pick out the PLL because, for my palate, it always has a green quality that I just adore. The only reason I didn't pick it out in this line up was because I thought wine H was the PLL as it too had the green/herbal notes. I will likely finish entering the rest of the notes from this tasting tonight. Getting back to the PLL though, your mags ought to be fantastic, and yes, exactly what you want in PLL. This 750 was from a good cellar and just at the beginning of its window. I would personally hold mags for a while yet (assuming this 750 is representative), however with six, if your curiosity gets the better of you, I doubt it will be a complete waste to open now, as long as you can spend an evening with it and give it some time in the decanter.

    As to your other question, yes, we're in the Chicago area. We're in the western suburbs in St. Charles, but we get into the city proper often enough. If you're ever interested in an offline dinner, send me a note- we always enjoy getting together with fellow wine lovers.

Red
2011 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
2/27/2016 - AllRed wrote:
87 points
Nonblind with dinner. Red fruit and herb notes with a dominant Pegau funk. Red berry and licorice flavors with spice and funk in spades. It's a bit much. The last few Pegau I have tasted, I've found the levels of funk/brett to be too much. It's one thing to have a funk, but this just isn't clean winemaking.
  • AllRed commented:

    3/16/16, 5:52 AM - I enjoyed this one in the past, well, 89 vs the 87 I gave this bottle, but I am wondering if I am becoming less tolerant of the "Pegau funk" or if this is a case of bottle variation, where one is more/less funky than the next. The '08 vintage has had a good bit of variation for me and this was just the 2nd bottle of the '11 I've tasted so time will tell. I don't mind barnyard, but these have shown a funk that I liken to either wet, rotting vegetation and also to dried field hay/straw, neither of which I care for if it's too strong. I've been told by my chemist friends that it depends upon the particular strain of brettanomyces as to which particular aroma it gives off. Anyway...hope all is well up north! One of these days Domino and I will be making a trip up your way for an offline and hopefully our schedules will align. Cheers!

Red
2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
10/11/2015 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
Second Sunday Group: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape (R&D's): Initially quite shy and muted. Displays a mélange of red and black fruit, white pepper and roasted meat. Currant, plum and mineral on the palate, becoming more open as it sits, though the bouquet never really comes around. Still, there's some good fruit on the palate and it's nicely balanced.

My #4, Domino's #3
Group #1, 40 pts
  • AllRed commented:

    2/15/16, 8:21 AM - I hope so as I have a few myself. You can drink ours before you waste your singleton.

Red
1995 Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
1/13/2016 - Caymus Rocks Likes this wine:
88 points
I was rather disappointed in this wine, perhaps because my expectations were so high. The wine showed a little brick, but not as much as its age. The legs were long and had a nice texture. On the nose were hints of chocolate, herbs, and berries (black and red). On the palate, the wine was slightly bland, but still had hints of chocolate, cola, blackberry and cherry. The oak was well-integrated with the remaining fruit, as well as the tannins and acidity. Everything integrated nicely, and I have no complaints, per se, I just expected more. I was definitely not wowed by this wine, and for the money, I would have expected it to hold up better. If you have any in your cellar, I would drink now, as I believe it is in it's decline, and the window is closing.
  • AllRed commented:

    1/22/16, 6:46 PM - "I have no complaints, per se, I just expected more. I was definitely not wowed by this wine, and for the money, I would have expected it to hold up better. If you have any in your cellar, I would drink now, as I believe it is in it's decline, and the window is closing."

    Expectations always play a part. Your assumption of course is that this bottle is representative, and that may not be the case - there are no great wines, only great bottles.

Red
2011 Bodegas Volver Triga Alicante Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre
10/24/2015 - AllRed wrote:
65 points
4th Saturday Group brown bagger (M/M thelostverse): Aromas of dark fruit and raisin....really raisiny; pruny. Overly ripe, but at least there's fruit. Not much else though. No guess. I wouldn't be surprised if this were Amarone, but even bad Amarones are better than this.
  • AllRed commented:

    11/26/15, 12:23 PM - Nope, not a flaw. Well, flawed winemaking perhaps. It's just bad wine.

  • AllRed commented:

    11/26/15, 5:51 PM - How do I know? Experience. Not flawed, just shit.

Red
2008 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
9/26/2015 - AllRed wrote:
89 points
4th Saturday Brown Bagger (Rich's & Dana's): From magnum with dinner following the double blind tasting. Aromas of plum, cherry, black fruit, herbs and raisin. The raisined fruit qualities appear on the palate as well. Medium finish with some tannins to integrate in this format.
  • AllRed commented:

    10/27/15, 8:44 PM - Raisins are not a good thing in our eyes either. Looking back, this was the second bottle to have those qualities- the first a couple of years ago when the wine hinted at it. Both bottles were from our friend's cellar. Perhaps it is heading in that direction, and based on my limited sample, I might pull a cork sooner rather than later to see how your stash is holding. Cheers!

Red
1995 Château La Dominique St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
9/8/2013 - AllRed wrote:
86 points
Sunday Brown Bag Tasting: Malbec (current releases) (Augie's): Ripe, pruny black fruit and plum qualities on the nose and palate, turning to raisin on the finish. Much too ripe for my liking.
  • AllRed commented:

    5/27/15, 8:27 AM - Yes, though why do you ask?

  • AllRed commented:

    5/27/15, 8:53 AM - Ah, okay. "There are no good wines, only good bottles." Knowing this, my notes are specific to each particular bottle from which I taste, and it is very rare that I will make a generalization about a given wine from just a few notes, and certainly never from a single bottle. If I am commenting about the wine in a broader sense than a specific bottle, I try to be quite clear on that point.

    As to the '95 Dominique, I'm glad to hear yours were good- this particular one was raisiny, but I tasted two other bottles that were much better. I hope your remaining bottles show just as well, if not better, for you. Cheers!

White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
4/25/2015 - AllRed wrote:
94 points
4th Saturday group "uptown" tasting (Our house): From 375ml. Tropical fruit and apricot qualities with a citrusy undertone. Terrific balance on the palate with a long finish.
  • AllRed commented:

    5/3/15, 12:02 PM - I would not say "ready" by d'Yquem standards, but certainly very enjoyable given its youth. It is rich and offers loads of fruit and a lot of pleasure, but it has none of the complexity and depth that true maturity will bring. We opened it simply because it was the eve of our 7th wedding annivesary and wanted to share a special bottle with our friends who brought such great wines for the tasting (plus we knew it would be fantastic with the pear frangipane tart). So long story short, let it sleep for a long while in the cellar yet, unless you have a few bottles and don't mind burning one early.

White
2008 Louis Jadot Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières Chardonnay
4/25/2015 - AllRed wrote:
94 points
4th Saturday group "uptown" tasting (Our house): Light color. I knew this was one of the two Genevrieres but not which one. Aromas of citrus, lemon oil and minerals. Stone fruit, spice, lemon and peach on the palate with a terrific underlying minerality. Finishes very well- balanced and long. Absolutely gorgeous.
  • AllRed commented:

    4/30/15, 9:22 PM - Bill, it is a glorious wine. Right now it is still young- meaning full of citrus and minerality. If you let it go it will show more brioche and orchard fruit and less citrus, and the minerality will soften. So it depends on what you like. I have three left I think, so you and D will certainly taste it again. I guess I'm saying open yours within the year and drink ours thereafter. :)

Red
2005 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
4/12/2015 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
Second Sunday Group: 2003 vs 2005 Bordeaux 2nd Labels (R&D's): Garnet with some bricking. Aromas of coffee/mocha, sandalwood and red berry. Somewhat tannic with pronounced acidity- comes off as slightly disjointed. Shut down a bit in the glass aromatically, but the palate improved as the fruit came forward along with spice and herb notes and the acidity softened. My guess is that this is better than it showed today. Give this a couple of years yet.

My #5, Domino's #7
Group #8, 70 pts
  • AllRed commented:

    4/14/15, 3:48 PM - Yes, this had been double decanted by our hosts, though I do not know how long in advance. The wine was breathing in bottle for at least one hour before the flight was poured. So at a minimum, it had a brief double decant off its sediment and was returned to bottle for an hour. No doubt a very decent Bordeaux.

Red
2010 Famille Perrin / Perrin & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards Red Rhone Blend
1/17/2015 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
Opens with a heavy dose of funk that needs a good bit of air to blow off. What's left is a rather elegant wine,with notes of violets and lavender, red berries, white pepper and herbs. There's a terrific core of red fruit on the palate framed by herb and spice qualities. 90+ pts.
  • AllRed commented:

    1/22/15, 4:10 AM - I wish I'd have grabbed more than two at that price! I may have to send Domino back to see if, by chance, there are any left. TLV did not like it as much as I, but I don't think he held it in his glass as long as I and for his palate, it was too "French." Ha ha. Still, even at $40, this is a nice CdP, and a welcomed return to form, instead of the overly ripe CdPs that have garnered much praise from RP the last few years.

Red
2009 Château Vrai Canon Bouché Canon-Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend
1/16/2015 - Vino Me wrote:
90 points
A blend of 95% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec from a 30 acre vineyard in Canon-Fronsac. The 1st of my 4 bottles which I bought on sale for $15. Not decanted. A very nice round wine with integrated tannins. Crimson color Low sediment. Notes of red currants and tobacco. 90 points.
  • AllRed commented:

    1/19/15, 6:45 PM - Not really a tasing note...

    :p

Red
1990 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
This is when there should be an "I love it" option in CT. Showed younger than prior bottle, needing 2+ hours of air to really start to open up. Could easily have lasted another 15-20 years.
  • AllRed commented:

    11/6/14, 10:42 AM - Very timely note as I am opening one of these tonight. So two+ hours in a decanter, or just open & in bottle? TIA.

White
2012 Gamble Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Gamble Vineyard Yountville
7/26/2014 - AllRed wrote:
4th Saturday Group brown bagger (M&R's): Pale color. Notes of citrus and grass with subtle floral undertones. The palate follows the bouquet; good bit of acid. Guessed Sauv Blanc.
  • AllRed commented:

    10/30/14, 10:12 AM - I tend to enjoy domestic Sauv Blanc on the younger side, so I would go no later than 2016.

Red
1994 Laurel Glen Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Mountain
9/20/2014 - Zweder wrote:
93 points
Napa 1994 (@ JK): This wine keeps to amaze me. The bouquet is very tempting with barnyard impressions, pleasant oak and sweet spices. On the palate red and dark forest fruits, a firm amount of good acidity and still beautiful tannin. New world classical wine and I love it. Pity I drank all my bottles.
  • AllRed commented:

    10/24/14, 6:02 AM - I love older Laurel Glen- they age so gracefully and offer so much enjoyment. The 1986 is still drinking very well, and the 1991 isn't quite ready yet. They definitely always seem to amaze.

White
2012 Ceritas Chardonnay Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast
9/23/2014 - coremill wrote:
88 points
Dan's Birthday (Keens Steakhouse): Quite oaky on the nose, with a lot of sweet, creamy vanilla and only a little yellow fruit. It's not sweet in the mouth because the acidity is good, but there's not much fruit and it's strangely dilute, and it's a terrible match with oysters. A couple hours later the last pour from the bottle is much better, showing more concentrated spicy pear and a nice mineral crackle, but it's still nothing especially remarkable and I don't quite get all the hype here.
  • AllRed commented:

    9/25/14, 4:07 AM - Do you think that pairing it with oysters caused such a relatively poor showing (as compared to others' experiences)? I don't know that Chardonnay, from California especially, is something that I would pair with oysters...Champagne- absolutely, maybe, just maybe, a good Chablis, but that'd be about it in terms of Chardonnay with oysters.

Red
2010 La Fleur de Haut-Bages Libéral Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
8/21/2014 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
Inky crimson color. Notes of plum, blackberry, graphite and violets. Full-bodied and structured, with firm, grainy tannins and flavors of black fruit, plum and earth. Domino preferred this to the Chantegrive. Half a bottle leftover- we'll check back in tomorrow night.
  • AllRed commented:

    9/7/14, 3:56 PM - It was nice- still had plenty of fruit and the tannins had softened a bit and became more "refined" and less "grainy." We paid less than $20 for it, and will be grabbing a few to drink at the 8-12 year old range I think.

Red
2005 Match Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Baconbrook Spring Mountain District
7/9/2014 - Wine Sparty Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted for about 30 minutes before drinking with grilled burgers and then drank over the course of 3 hours. Aroma is tobacco, tar, cigar box and blackberry. The taste has some oak and tobacco; the fruit is actually quite light and not quite as prominent as I would like This is very much in my wheelhouse for Cabs, but the fruit is just a bit lighter than I would prefer I to be.
  • AllRed commented:

    7/9/14, 7:34 PM - Tobacco, tar and cigar box? Sounds like it's right in my wheelhouse...I am going to have to open one soon.

Red
2010 Bouchard Père et Fils Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot Pinot Noir
Disjointed and much different than the last few of these we had. Just didn't show well, and was lacking in the floral component that I love so much about this wine. Not flawed, but not great. Thus, no score.
  • AllRed commented:

    6/12/14, 4:51 AM - That same floral note that you loved is what I loved about it as well. I believe this has shut down and that time is now warranted. We shall see how five years or so treats this wine...I, and a few other Burg heads, suspect it will be gorgeous in a few years.

Red
2011 Stefania Nueva Casa de los Padres Special Reserve Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah Blend, Syrah
5/31/2014 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
4th Saturday Group brown bagger (M/M thelostverse): Notes of macerated strawberry, florals and dark fruit. Black raspberry and floral qualities on the palate. Finishes very well, as did the last bottle, with lingering dark fruit and herbal qualities. Double blind, Mrs. TLV liked it this time around, however Domino still did not...good...the last four bottles are mine.
  • AllRed commented:

    6/4/14, 5:24 AM - It's really tasty-I don't think you'll be disappointed.

White
2012 Stefania Chardonnay Chaine d' Or Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
5/21/2014 - AllRed wrote:
87 points
Deep color with notes of apple and honeysuckle with a saline note and a dirty/funky overtone- almost sweatsocks but not quite. Rich mouthfeel with flavors of buttered popcorn, apple and a waxy fruit quality. 87-88 pts.
  • AllRed commented:

    5/29/14, 7:04 PM - Time will tell. The funky quality never blew off and I didn't quite care for it. I thought perhaps the bottle may have been flawed, but Wine Sparty also described the wine as having a funky bouquet, so perhaps it's the wine. I am going to open another bottle soon and see what happens.

White
2012 Ceritas Chardonnay Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast
5/10/2014 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Tasting with Phoebe Bass & Ceritas Wines (Santa Rosa): Bright yellow with a green tint. Aromas of lemon blossoms, apple, wet stones, lemon cream and white peach. Minerals abound on the palate, with orchard fruit and citrus nuances in the background. Terrific finish. All their whites are aged in neutral French oak. An impressive start to the tasting. 93-94 pts.
  • AllRed commented:

    5/21/14, 9:12 AM - Ha! Fortunately for us, these were not our bottles but ones opened by Phoebe during our recent visit to their facility. The order we placed after tasting with her (thelostverse is on their list & set this up) is set to arrive on Friday, and in retrospect, was not large enough. I wanted six but was overruled by Mrs. Allred who allowed only three of the Heintz...I will make up for it when the Porter-Bass is offered this fall. :)

Red
2011 Shafer Merlot Napa Valley
5/8/2014 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
Tasting at Shafer (Shafer Vineyards): A touch of malbec is blended in with the Merlot in most vintages. Bright red color with notes of cherry, vanilla, currants, florals and chocolate. The palate is very pretty and well-balanced with fruit, structure and acidity. Red fruit and vanilla flavors- bright and lively. 91-93 pts.
  • AllRed commented:

    5/13/14, 5:36 AM - Bill, from what I tasted, if you stick to producers you typically like, and they were careful in '11, I think the wines will be just fine. The '11s we tasted were on the lighter side perhaps, but very pretty and enjoyable. I ordered a couple of these Merlot in fact. They should drink well over the next 5-7 easy. Shafer purchased an optical sorter and used it for the 2011 vintage, which may have helped as well. There's another '11 we tasted which i haven't posted yet that shows no weakness whatsoever.

Red
2007 Pisoni Pinot Noir Estate Santa Lucia Highlands
5/2/2014 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
Aromas of iron, red currants, plum and dark fruit. Medium-bodied, with red berries and plum, with spice and a slight vegetal tone on the finish. Would not have guessed Pinot.
  • AllRed commented:

    5/4/14, 1:44 PM - I was leaning towards Cab, others in the group toward Syrah.

Red
2003 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
4/26/2014 - AllRed wrote:
4th Saturday group "uptown" tasting (Rick & Cris'): I really struggled with this, finding it to be completely shut down. I got nothing on it.
  • AllRed commented:

    5/4/14, 8:31 AM - I cannot imagine it was past its prime based on Dominus' track record. I just think this particular bottle was shut down tight, or perhaps even flawed. In rare instances, a wine can be just slightly affected by TCA such that the fruit is stripped, leaving a lifeless bottle, without the telltale cardboard note. Perhaps it was flawed, perhaps shut down, but if you have this in the cellar I think you'll be happy in the end.

Red
2000 Carlisle Mondeuse Noir Russian River Valley
Carlisle In The OC: Hey hey, this has held up great. Cork broke in 1/2 on opening but after getting the other 1/2 loose, the wine pours with no browning edges at all. Instead, pure red that is just moderately dark but more lighter ruby. Inside? Acid, red fruits, fresh and youthful. I'd simply have no basis for calling this wine 15 years old if served blind, as that is how fresh it tastes right from the magnum. Maybe air will cause this to change directions but first look, this is really good. Nice lithe finish, with sweet cherry fruit and a kiss of tannin....and then again at dinner, the wine continues to excel with the fresh and juicy notes of strawberry. Such great purity. To bad these wines are no longer making wine, as they were taken out and replaced with Mourvedre, as part of the Two Acres plot that Mike continues to farm and bottle.
  • AllRed commented:

    5/4/14, 5:50 AM - Glad yours showed well! It always sucks being the one to get an off bottle of any wine, but unfortunately that comes with the territory. Heading out to wine country on the 5th- Saturday is our Sonoma day, starting off at WesMar then Ceritas. We're trying to line up a time with Don over at Soliste. In case that falls through, any recommendations you would make for someone in that area? Thanks! Cheers!

Red
2011 Soliste Cellars Pinot Noir L'Ésperance Russian River Valley
3/9/2014 - thelostverse wrote:
93 points
Opened and decanted. Tasted a sip upon opening just to get a gauge. The color was impossibly light red and clear throughout. Plenty of tart cherry on the nose upon opening, but not giving much else. The acidity upon opening was out of balance, but this was not an issue after about 2 1/2 hours. This is very light bodies and elegant. After about 4 hours, there was a beautiful textural depth that was very pleasing on the palate. About 1/4 bottle re-corked and put in cellar to check on day two.
  • AllRed commented:

    3/16/14, 3:40 PM - So, Morey St. Denis-like? Chambolle-like? I did some poking around on their website, and needless to say, I am very excited about the upcoming visit.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Alois Kracher Cuvée Eiswein Neusiedlersee White Blend
2/9/2014 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
Second Sunday Group: Older California Pinots (Barb's): Pineapple, apricot and orange marmalade notes. Good acidity, with tropical fruit, apricot, honey and floral notes on the palate. Finishes a bit short. 88+ pts.
  • AllRed commented:

    3/3/14, 4:18 AM - I have had Canadian ice wines before yes, though not too many and it has been a while since my last. I do enjoy the Canadian ones though, which i tend to think of as bright and lively, with good fruit and enough acidity to prevent them from being cloying or sugary sweet...much like the best dessert wines from any region. I think i would probably prefer many, such as Inniskillin, to this, which is the most basic of the Kracher wines, though the Inniskillin are three times as costly. A better comparison would be an Inniskillin to one of the "numbered" Kracher wines, of which i am a big fan.

Red
2010 Seven Hills Winery Merlot Columbia Valley
12/25/2013 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
Dark fruit and black cherry. Firm , sweet tannins with chocolate, blackberry, plum and red fruit flavors.
  • AllRed commented:

    12/30/13, 7:13 PM - No, I don't think so. Casey's wines age very well, and the Merlot is no exception. For my palate, this is still too young and primary. If you ever see the 1993 or 1995 Klipsun Cab, jump on 'em...same for the 1990 Reserve. Awesome juice for the price in almost every vintage.

Red
2007 Domaine Font de Michelle Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
9/28/2013 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
Garnet/crimson color. Aromas of chocolate, black cherry, currants, mint and herbs. Lovely red fruit, cherry and boysenberry qualities, with pepper and garrigue tones. Juicy and forward. Guessed 2007 CndP.
  • AllRed commented:

    10/10/13, 5:49 PM - bill, certainly no harm in drinking it now...it's really tasty. With only two, my game plan would be to hold until 2015 and pop the first. Should still have a lot fruit but also starting to gain some additional complexity.

Red
2009 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga
3/16/2013 - brigcampbell wrote:
84 points
Fruit was fresh cherry but dropped off mid palate, became very thin. Completely uneventful and a terrrible QPR. Opened in honor of Bill Barrett after his passing, he didn't miss anything. Not sure this will hold up in the cellar, not much in the stuffing.
  • AllRed commented:

    8/1/13, 2:53 AM - It was Jim Barrett who passed.

Red
1986 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/14/2013 - AllRed wrote:
94 points
Sunday Brown Bag Tasting: 2003 Bordeaux (Mike & Judi's): Opens with Pichon Lalande's telltale green/herbal streak, followed by tobacco, black fruit and spice box notes. Integrated and balanced, with flavors of black fruit, tobacco, spice box and red currants. Forest floor, roasted herbs and red fruit linger on the finish. Absolutely terrific.
  • AllRed commented:

    7/27/13, 10:22 AM - Be glad that you do and enjoy it! The tannic, backward structure of the vintage did not show in this bottle- a gorgeous glass of wine!

Red
1989 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
5/19/2013 - AllRed wrote:
80 points
Sunday Brown Bag Tasting: 2009 Gigondas (Hoyer's): Crimson color with some bricking. Aromas of mushroom and red fruit, with weedy, vegetal brett qualities as well. The palate follows the bouquet.
  • AllRed commented:

    6/10/13, 12:12 PM - That score is correct for the bottle we tasted, which was not flawed in any discernible way. The old adage holds true, "there are no good wines, only good bottles."

Red
2006 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
3/10/2013 - AllRed wrote:
86 points
Sunday Brown Bag Tasting: 2000 Grand Cru Red Burgundy (Rich & Dana's): Opens with weedy red fruit notes; vegetal, and not in an enjoyable way. Spice, garrigue and red fruit flavors.
  • AllRed commented:

    4/22/13, 4:47 AM - I recall others liking this a bit more than I; it had maybe an hour to hour & a half to breathe in bottle before the dinner and seemed fairly ready. I plan to pull another cork in the next month or two. I'll be sure to get your schedule ahead of time and maybe I can bring it in and let everyone have at it; or we just have you & J/the family over for dinner sometime soon.

Red
2000 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Syrah
12/2/2012 - KeithAkers wrote:
91 points
Second Annual Butcher&Larder dinner (Butcher&Larder, Chicago IL): nose: Elegant and open knit nose of roasted meats, herbs, spice tones, black fruits, florals and some dark red cherries. Very well balanced with nice depth to it as well.

taste:Full bodied with nice tannins and medium acidity. Well balanced with nice depth and classy tones of roasted meats, spices, black fruits, dark red cherries and some floral tones.

overall: Like the bottle in september, this was from a magnum. While it had youth to it, it was drinking just fine. It can age a while, but one wouldn't go wrong with taking a peek right now.
  • AllRed commented:

    2/26/13, 10:45 AM - Keith, your Sept note indicated about an hour decant on the mag; true of this one as well? I am opening a mag in a couple of weeks I think, traveling from the suburbs into the city on Metra. I planned to decant very briefly off its sediment at home, rebottle for the ride...probably 4+ hours before it would be served w/dinner. Good approach in your opinion, or wait until we get to the restaurant & give it an hour in a decanter? TIA.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Champagne Blend
11/8/2012 - swillpower wrote:
If you think this is good Champagne, or good wine of any kind, you haven't a clue.
  • AllRed commented:

    11/10/12, 6:29 AM - Troll.

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