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Red
2017 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend
7/25/2020 - AllRed wrote:
80 points
4th Saturday Group: Uptown Brown Bag (R&Ds): Double blind. Inky black color. Black fruit underneath a sour grapefruity citrus aroma that never blows off. Sour and acidic on the palate too, though there is some black fruit underneath. Coming back before the unveiling, it's still rather acidic and sour though there is just a bit more fruit poking through.
  • AllRed commented:

    7/28/20, 7:38 AM - I knew this was going to draw some comments (and it should for sucking so much at that price!).

    Of the nine of us, one other agreed with me and found it sour. Others didn't seem to mind it as much. I've consumed a lot of wine and don't *think* this was a bad bottle. In fact, I saw that this received the same rating from Vinous that I gave it. Dunnuck seems to be the only one glowing about it, at least from what I was able to find online, and he and Suckling may as well be the same person...doling out high-90s scores like candy along a parade route.

    I see quite a few retailers have marked this down, and in fact, I found two bottles myself on sale back in March and pulled the trigger based on the merchant's recommendation. I now plan to open one of mine in the very near term and see what I have got. I can safely say that the couple who brought this purchased it from the same well-respected Chicago-area retailer, though likely a different location than my bottles.

    Hopefully you're right and this was just a one off and not showing well, but we'll soon see.

    Cheers!

  • AllRed commented:

    7/28/20, 8:26 AM - Oh my, here come the defenders. I'm kidding, if just a bit.

    It's okay if it's not a great wine and barely even good. Our world will not change if, heaven forbid, Russell or any other "darling" winemaker falters once in a while. Is Russell infallible? No. Is he capable of making an 80-point wine? Well, yes, apparently me and the folks at Vinous certainly think so. ;)

    I happen to have a couple of these in the cellar and plan to pull one this weekend and see what similarities, if any, there might be. Maybe we will find that this was a one off, and perhaps we'll find that it's just not a good wine.

    Cheers.

White
2013 Les Hauts de Smith Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sauvignon Blanc
7/1/2020 - VlgJeff wrote:
87 points
PnP, but benefitted from some air time. A white Bordeaux that definitely shows its 100% Sauvignon Blanc pedigree. The nose presented strong notes of grass and grapefruit. The grass and grapefruit followed onto the medium bodied palate along with some lemon, and quite high acidity. Only a medium to minus finish with lingering acidity.
Maybe the wine needs more air time? Maybe it's just the reflection of a mediocre vintage.
  • AllRed commented:

    7/10/20, 2:43 AM - Not trying to start anything or be a jerk, but merely correcting information- this is your typical white Bordeaux blend containing both sauvignon and semillon. According to the winery's tech sheet, it's 80/20.

  • AllRed commented:

    7/10/20, 8:58 AM - My apologies! <embarrassed emoji> - yes, I grabbed the Petit Hauts tech sheet.

White
2015 Lewis Cellars Chardonnay Barcaglia Lane Russian River Valley
5/8/2019 - thelostverse wrote:
90 points
Off the list at Montarra. They were not shy about using oak in this wine. Hints of tropical fruit with a touch of floral. First time with this bottling. Mrs. TLV liked it a lot more than I did.
  • AllRed commented:

    6/19/20, 8:35 AM - Well, she does have the better palate. ;p

Red
2017 Cameron Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
6/17/2020 - AllRed wrote:
75 points
Cherry and earth on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied. A bit of sulfur on the nose and palate, though not as bad as the last bottle. A disappointing effort from JP.
  • AllRed commented:

    6/18/20, 8:06 AM - It's the first time I've experienced this with JP's wines, and I go back a good ways with them. The first bottle was undrinkable- got worse as the night wore on. This bottle was drinkable, but was definitely marred by it (decanted about 30 minutes then consumed during dinner, perhaps open two hours total at most). I wouldn't attribute a sulfur issue to a retailer- I would think this is something that had to have happened before it left the winery. Hopefully there'll be something good out of the remainder of the case.

Red
2016 Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch Yountville
12/6/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
Malloy's Big Reds Tasting (Malloy's of Lisle): Retailer tasting. Red and black fruit, floral and spice notes. Black currants, black cherry and licorice flavors. Fine tannins. Excellent. 92-93 pts.
  • AllRed commented:

    6/12/20, 7:57 AM - Hello Canoehead. My memory of the evening was that the distributor opened bottles at the start of the night. This in particular was very tight so my note was from later in the evening when I went back to retaste after this had gotten some air. There may have been half to a third of the bottle remaining at that point, I don't recall, and it might have been only an hour or two later.

Red
2018 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Granges Cabernet Franc
3/2/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
88 points
I'm an unabashed Baudry fan, but was a little disappointed with this. I've usually found this bottling restrained, light, and red fruited, so I was surprised to find the opposite in this 2018. It pours quite deep garnet, purple to the rim. Inky and opaque at the core. The nose is quite heady clearly showing some if it's 13.5% alcohol. The nose is purple and black fruited showing blueberry, violets, blackberry, and quite a lot of blue and purple licorice. The nose on this could be confused with a Cotes du Rhone. The palate is a touch bitter and tart, with medium acid and tannin. The finish is on bitter berry seeds and a whiff of alcohol. A well made wine but not my preferred style. I have a case so we'll need to see what happens with these as they age.
  • AllRed commented:

    5/13/20, 5:46 PM - I haven't had any Baudry since the 2005, but came across a few of these on bin end for $9 and saw your note. I suppose if they end up being a bit of a disappointment, at the price I paid they'll be much easier to swallow (or cook with). Hope you and yours are happy and healthy. Cheers!

Red
2001 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District
4/17/2020 - wineismylife wrote:
94 points
WIML94

Tasted non blind.

Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of barnyard, forest floor, cassis and plums. Flavors of cassis, boysenberries, plums and tart red cherries. Medium to tangy acidity, medium tannin. full bodied. Drink or hold.
  • AllRed commented:

    4/18/20, 3:56 PM - Love us some Togni. Glad this showed well for you. In the near future we will be doing an eight bottle vertical for our Sunday group, though I'm in no real rush- these wines last seemingly forever (though time will tell if Lisa's last as long as her father's). Continued good health and happiness to you and Purple- hope to see you in Chicago sometime soon- it's been far too long. Cheers!

Red
1989 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/12/2020 - Nicephoras wrote:
A slightly odd bottle. Initially it showed VERY green, which I tend not to expect from this relatively Merlot heavy estate (until they tore up the merlot). With time, the green subsided to an extent to reveal a more classic and correct Bordeaux profile. However, it never entirely shed the green notes, and if I wanted to drink Loire reds, I’d drink Raffault, and I don’t. As always, there are no great wines, only great bottles. Because when the 89 Pichon Lalande is on, it’s ON.
  • AllRed commented:

    3/13/20, 3:01 AM - We have differing opinions, which is of course perfectly fine.

    PLL, in my opinion, does often show a green quality and is the tell tale signature in the wine that has allowed me to pick it out of a lineup numerous times, often double blind, but especially in a single blind group. For me it most often manifests in what I note as a green/herbal quality.

    Again, just a different opinion.

Red
2013 Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis Nebbiolo
2/9/2020 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
Second Sunday Group: 2013 Barolo (Neil's): Double blind. Garnet red color. Herbs, mixed red and black fruit and mocha notes. Raspberry and spice on the palate, turning slightly plummy. Very good but doesn't really stand out in the lineup.

My #6, Domino's #1
Group #4, 53 pts
  • AllRed commented:

    2/20/20, 4:58 AM - Hi, TSO. Still working on the notes, but the lineup included:
    Scavino Carobric
    Cavalotto Bricco Boschis
    E Cogno Ravera
    Vajra Ravera
    A Conterno Bussia
    Colla Dardi la Rose Bussia
    Clerico Ciabot Mentin
    Pio Cesare

    Hope to have the last couple of notes on the barolo done shortly, with the dinner wines to follow.

Red
2005 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor Puente Alto
7/21/2018 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
4th Saturday Group: Global Cabernet Sauvignon (Our house): Blind. Notes of herbs and dark fruit with a hint of the citrusy grapefruit thing common in this wine when young. Made it easy to pick out as our wine. Medium tannins with flavors of dark fruit and eucalyptus. Needs a couple of years yet.
  • AllRed commented:

    12/9/19, 12:12 PM - Hi, Rollerball.

    By double blind, I mean that I did not know the wine's identity. This bottle was ours, so I knew it would appear in one of the flights somewhere, I just didn't know where, so I tasted it "blind."

    For this particular group, each taster brings a bottle in a brown bag, which we group roughly from light to heavy. Then the host often times mixes things up a bit, so even if you were to bring a "lighter red" and set it at the very front of the line, it would most often get mixed in somewhere in the first flight as opposed to being the first wine in the first flight. We occasionally have themes, e.g., foreign cab sauv, but that would be our only advance knowledge of what is being tasted. I still consider that double blind since we don't know anything but the variety, excluding one country.

    So once the wines are arranged/randomized, we break the bottles into manageable flights (no more than six to a flight) and spend 20 minutes or so tasting the flight. We then open group discussion on the wines and flight at large, before narrowing it down to the first wine of the flight. We have discussions about that wine and we make our guesses as to what it is and it is then unveiled. We then move on to the second wine in the flight and so on.

    It's fun, especially because we learn each others' palates and when someone guesses correctly, they explain what tipped them off so we learn what clues to look for. It's a fun, education and humbling exercise.

    Hope this all makes sense and answers your questions.

    Cheers!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Chartogne-Taillet Champagne Cuvée Sainte Anne Champagne Blend
11/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
75 points
Retailer tasting. 2016 base. Dirty. Clay, cotton and apple with a dominant dirty animal fur overtone. Small bead. Light on fruit; short finish.
  • AllRed commented:

    12/2/19, 2:24 AM - The bottle was not flawed- it was average at best. Three other tasters liked it better than I did. My opinion is my own. If you like the wine, that's terrific and you should be happy with it. My score is for my palate. The score stands.

Red
2007 Mt. Brave Merlot Mt. Veeder
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
4th Saturday Brown Bagger (T&L's): Double blind. Opens with a ripe raisiny note, and it's a touch hot, but there's also some nice dark plummy fruit underneath that follows through on the palate. Fairly well-balanced, it's got structure but also an abundance of good dark fruit. I'd rate it a bit higher if the raisin notes weren't evident. Medium+ finish. I believe I guessed Napa cab...I think one taster (RG?) did pick it out as merlot.
  • AllRed commented:

    11/27/19, 5:35 AM - For me, the raisin notes are very distracting and I usually have a hard time getting past them. However, the raisin on the bouquet here was subtle, and did not follow on the palate so for me the wine overall was fairly enjoyable. I agree though- I am not sure I'd hold much longer, if at all, if I owned any. Mt. Brave is usually not something in our wheelhouse so we don't purchase/cellar these wines so really don't know how well they age.

    The Labegorce was interesting. I thought I detected it when I pulled the corked and began decanting so I called my wife over to check it as she is highly sensitive to TCA, and she didn't pick it up. It was there, on and off, to the point where I even questioned myself as I returned/exchanged the bottle with the retailer the next day. TCA, as you know, usually gets worse the longer the wine sits, but this was still only slightly evident the next morning. In any event, I have a fresh bottle to open and check (likely to happen 12/14 at a party where several of the group will be present again) though this time I am going to decant for 12+ hours rather than 6.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, cheers!

Red
2015 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard Dundee Hills
11/22/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Black cherry, sage, warm spice and mineral notes. Gorgeous cherry and mineral and spice. Long finish. Balanced. Great acidity.
  • AllRed commented:

    11/25/19, 7:56 AM - It was off the list at Adelle's- really tasty from the start, popped & poured. If I had any in my cellar it'd be tough to keep my hands off of them.

    I spent some time chatting with Debbie. I'm planning on a couple of Maresh vineyard wines for the upcoming offline so that she can try something else from the vineyard. See you in three weeks.

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
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 Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
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 Charles 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 Charles 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.

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