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White - Fortified
1994 Cantine Florio Marsala Superiore Riserva Semisecco Aegusa Grillo
7/28/2017 - dream Likes this wine:
94 points
Brown/gold color. Fantastic nose of yellow raisins baked in the sun. Quite intense and fairly sweet with flavors that cross somewhere between Madeira and Oloroso Sherry with a burnt quality. Fairly thick texture with a bit of a burn going down and lots of raisin spice and mineral complexity on the finish with a bit of a salty edge. Quite alluring and seems to want more time in the bottle. 94+
  • dream commented:

    11/5/19, 12:50 PM - I would guess the sherry glass or the universal is fine. It felt to me like it would go well with almonds and sharp cheeses. I suppose Veal marsala would probably work also!

Red
2010 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
8/16/2019 - dream Likes this wine:
91 points
This is a certain style of wine. It’s ripe and rich with lots of glycerin and alcohol but there is good acidity and grippy tannins underneath to help keep the wine structured and intense. The finish is a bit hot and taut with notes of bitter chocolate, dark cherry wood, tobacco and all-spice and the texture is full and velvety. This wine really changes with air and after an hour or so becomes quite decadent.
  • dream commented:

    10/4/19, 4:37 PM - The wines were from to different sources but I still believe this wine is ready with a good decant but it should hold for many years beyond based on the supple but firm tannins and big fruit.

Red
1999 Ronchi di Cialla Colli Orientali del Friuli Schioppettino di Cialla
9/16/2019 - dream Likes this wine:
92 points
A bit of funk in this that never entirely blew off but the wine underneath was solid and nicely softened with age. A rather deep and ponderous wine with subdued black and blue fruits and lovely violet spice on the luxuriant finish. Nice juice and it went very well with charred grass-fed steaks.
  • dream commented:

    9/16/19, 11:39 AM - I was at the winery in August and they opened about 10 different bottles back to 1983. The wines are gorgeous and age beautifully but hard to find the vintages I want.

  • dream commented:

    9/17/19, 4:52 PM - Happy to help. I actually had the ‘96 today at the distributor. Its a high-acid vintage that’s holding up very well. I’m still adjusting to best drinking dates for this producer as the ‘07 Refosco was fantastic. I think the interesting thing here is because of their bio-diversity approach among other things, every vintage is different and you can’t generalize about drinking windows.

Red
2010 Ronchi di Cialla Colli Orientali del Friuli Schioppettino di Cialla
9/4/2019 - dream Likes this wine:
92 points
A gorgeous vintage for this wine that's still young but showing very well with food at Agli Amici in Udine. A silky fine texture is accompanied by cool-fruited flavors of black cherry, violets, forest floor and alpine freshness. Finishes crisp and grippy with complex notes of minerals and dark red spices. Lean but juicy and succulent and quite fine. 92+
  • dream commented:

    9/5/19, 10:56 AM - Well, this bottle I had in Italy not far from the winery and the last bottle was at La Masseria in NYC and it clearly wasn't stored as well.

Red
1998 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Syrah
6/20/2019 - dream wrote:
Volatile Acidity
  • dream commented:

    6/21/19, 11:29 AM - definitely not fake. Purchased on release from a reputable retail outlet. I've had tons of Chave and this is the first bottle with VA so it is unusual but no question it was there. 7 seasoned wine folks tasted it.

Red
1945 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
3/25/2016 - dream Likes this wine:
96 points
A great bottle here. In fact, Pierre said it's the best bottle of '45 he's ever tasted. Really open and decadent with flavors of dark minerals, haunting black forest and leathers along with notes of charcoal and black spices on the finish. Almost falling apart but hanging on just enough here to be something very special. Intimate dinner for 8 with Pierre Lurton in the rotunda on the roof at Nomad, NYC.
  • dream commented:

    3/28/19, 11:00 AM - Awesome. Sorry to miss it. See you soon.

  • dream commented:

    3/28/19, 11:01 AM - By the way, I'm off to Bordeaux for en premier. Zachys sending me. Will be dining at Ducru, Angelus, Leoville Las Cases, etc. Can't wait.

Red
2014 Fratelli Brovia Barolo Unio Nebbiolo
3/13/2019 - dream Likes this wine:
91 points
This is a blend of some of their cru's in the weak '14 vintage and it works well. Telltale notes of tar and roses with excellent dark cherry fruit along with hints of forest floor and smoky spices. A lovely, elegant Barolo that is perfectly balanced for aging. 91+
  • dream commented:

    3/13/19, 1:16 PM - ok, I will change note to say "some" of their Crus. I was just repeating what Neal Rosenthal said last night.

Red
2016 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz Red Rhone Blend
11/27/2018 - dream Likes this wine:
94 points
Striking nose of black raspberries, charcoal and garrigue spices. Super thick in the mouth but not cloying with flavors of black fruits, lavendar and coal dust. Then superb freshness and acidity kick in to balance out the powerful nature of the wine. The finish is classically dry and dusty with strong notes of minerals and campfire coals. These ‘16 CDP’s are poised to age well but I don’t know how to keep my hands off them given how delicious and succulent they are already. Very impressive and a great combination of traditional and modern in this wine. 94+
  • dream commented:

    11/29/18, 11:39 PM - Agreed. I’d been away for a long time as well. With Burgundy gone to the dark side of collector frenzy, its nice to find some other outlets. Something very pure and fresh about the ‘16’s and I’d like to find some good Gigondas as well.

Red
2010 Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis Nebbiolo
8/31/2017 - AJ72 wrote:
86 points
This is a polarising wine and I confess being a winemaker for my profession sees me marking this harshly. I really don't like brett but if you don't have a problem with it then this wine may still appeal to you. It's not completely stuffed and has a good deal of fruit underneath it but to me it's been affected too much. Having seen first hand the impact Brett has on wine it's hard to understand why many producers and consumers seem to be so oblivious to it? If you have the right equipment to deal with the issue in the winery you can reduce or avoid getting it altogether. I'm not advocating squeaky clean technically made wines either but Brett is NEVER doing anything good. I see many expensive wines on these pages with Brett issues getting praise heaped upon them (Thierry Allemand etc) and wonder how long it will take the general consumer to start to notice? I can understand as it's not something that easily recognised it's only through years of analysing wine that you begin to see it and then the damage that it does to your own wines. I was once dismissive about colleagues who were "Brettcentric" but there's no turning back after you've seen the light. Maybe ignorance is bliss.

Edit 11/13/2017: To back up my comments I will provide the laboratory analysis (costs around $80 per test) for 4EP:4EG levels present in this wine. These are the compounds which are responsible for the alteration of a wine's DNA when Brett affected. If the laboratory analysis indicates no presence of Brett I shall eat my words.

Edit 12/04/2017: Okay the results are in for this wine. The wine has been tested for presence of 4EP:4EG in the sample and tested by a NADA accredited laboratory which we use all the time to test our own wines. The sample was taken from a fresh bottle so bottle variation is not a factor in this.

4 Ethyl Phenol= 760ppm
4 Ethyl Guaiacol= 110ppm

This is a very high level given that threshold of detection is around 50ppm. The ratio between the two is about 7:1 (4EG:4EP). This is indisputably a bretty wine which backs up my original judgement and comments. To me the wine is impacted but if you like it then take these results with a grain of salt and keep enjoying wine irrespective of whether it's bretty or not. However you can't deny the presence of brett.

Cheers

Adam
  • dream commented:

    8/31/17, 6:06 PM - I've had too many great bottles of cavallotto that have shown no brett whatsoever (and I'm very sensitive to brett and don't generally like it) to accept this analysis. You obviously had an off-bottle perhaps from an off-batch but it is not the norm from this great producer.

  • dream commented:

    8/29/18, 2:18 PM - Well, the smell of band aids certainly sounds like brett to me. I personally haven't had a problem with Cavallotto and brett although I can sense that there's a hint of it in small doses. Of course, this could be a bottle to bottle issue and perhaps certain bottles were affected more than others.

Red
2011 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot Cabernet Franc
1/13/2015 - forceberry wrote:
89 points
Fermented spontaneously, macerated for two weeks in cement tanks and oak vats, aged for 12 months in used (2-5 yo) oak barrels, followed by 9 months in cement tanks.

Deep, almost opaque black cherry color with a subtly purple hue. The nose feels rich and open for business with ripe aromas of blueberries, blackcurrants, even some jammy dark berries, a little bit of herbaceous green character and a lifted touch of sweet VA. The wine is supple, medium-bodied and rather ripe on the palate with flavors of rich dark fruits, some herbaceous leafy character, a little bit of bell pepper and a hint of savory oak spice. Contrasting Baudry Le Domaine 2011, the fruit here seems surprisingly light - even slightly dilute - in relation to the ripeness of the fruit. The wine is moderately tannic and grippy, but the acidity feels relatively modest for a Chinon. The finish is ripe, grippy and slightly warm with juicy flavors of cooked bell pepper, herbal and slightly leafy green character, some ripe dark berries, a little bit of stony mineral bitterness and a hint of freshly chopped chili.

A ripe and juicy Chinon, but the fruit here seems surprisingly light and lacking intensity compared to the obvious ripeness - tasting Le Domaine 2011 next to this, this wine seemed both more ripe and less weighty in comparison. Normally Le Clos Guillot is just lovely, but this vintage seemed slightly awkward. Maybe the wine just needs some years in a cellar to come around and find balance? This is good, but not Baudry good.
  • dream commented:

    7/17/18, 12:25 PM - Try the '15 of this wine and you'll find everything that is missing in the '11.

Red
2015 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot Cabernet Franc
6/16/2018 - dream Likes this wine:
93 points
Needed a good 1 hr plus open and then showed great flavors of tangy dark berries, tobacco leaf and violet spice. This really has great lift on the finish with a wonderfully deep mineral crunch and more of that fabulous floral violet thing and a hint of bell pepper. Really brilliant Chinon that should still improve with age.
  • dream commented:

    6/18/18, 6:30 AM - Hi Frank- I love good Chinon and this wine is a no-brainer! Let me know if you agree or disagree when you open one. I think it was best with about an hour of air.

Red
1990 Château L'Evangile Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
3/22/2018 - dream wrote:
90 points
Well-aged with good flavors of smoky black fruits and truffles but a bit lean for what I’m looking for in aged Pomerol. Don’t get me wrong, this is elegant and well-made but lacks the expansive texture and excitment of the best wines from this commune, at least in this vintage.
  • dream commented:

    3/23/18, 4:50 PM - Agreed on the ‘82 for sure. This ‘90 was decanted for about an hour before consumption.

  • dream commented:

    3/24/18, 2:36 PM - It’s possible but this is the second time I’ve tried the wine and I’m underwhelmed by it but only in comparison to the top Pomerols of the vintage. It’s an otherwise very fine bottle of wine and I’m being picky.

Red
1998 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
3/9/2018 - LWI wrote:
flawed
Not any obvious fault, but flat and with yogurt.
  • dream commented:

    3/13/18, 2:21 PM - Did you really drink Haut Brion wioth yogurt?

Red
2005 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Pinot Noir
3/11/2018 - dream Likes this wine:
92 points
Quite suave with a full middle and lovely dark cherry fruit. Needed an hour of air to show best and then the finish developed a fine mineral complexity. I like this for drinking over the next 5 years. 92+
  • dream commented:

    3/11/18, 1:48 PM - I’m sure it will last longer than that but my experience with previous vintages of this wine is I prefer it while it still shows a good amount of fruit and just a touch of maturing complexity. Siomply my preference.

White
2009 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay
1/28/2018 - dream Likes this wine:
87 points
I like my white Burgundy taut, crisp, intense and minerally so therefore just about every 2009 I taste I don’t care for. So now even the great Leflaive Chevalier proves the point for me. Nice fatness and good acidity but lacking in focus and intensity and it feels disjointed and flat on the finish with too much heat. Drink your 2009’s now or save for cooking oil.
  • dream commented:

    1/31/18, 5:41 PM - Yeah, the vintage never quite received the hell it deserved. So much for critics...

  • dream commented:

    2/6/18, 1:33 PM - Well, astute or not, I call it the way I see it. There are many vintages of Leflaive Chevalier which I actually think are worth the money and the '07 and '08 drunk alongside the '09 were fantastic and from the same source. The white Burgs from '09 generally taste like they're from Napa.

Red
1990 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/13/2017 - dream Likes this wine:
95 points
This bottle of Latour from Kovac's cellar was gorgeous but fairly reticent and needed more than the 1.5 hours we gave it. Seriously silky and refined with a bit of Latour earth and walnut slipping through, it tasted very fine and very young and kept improving in the glass. Based on this bottle, this is a great Latour in the making but needs more time. 95+
  • dream commented:

    11/15/17, 6:25 PM - It’s Latour, the longest lasting of the first growths! The ‘61 and ‘45 are still short of their peaks with well-stored bottles. I don't think the ‘90 is either of those wines but I would say this will keep improving over the next 15 years and peak around 2030. I’ll wait a couple of years and check in with the wine again with a very long decant - 3+ hours.

  • dream commented:

    11/17/17, 12:44 PM - I've had both those vintages several times and they are incredible and the '61 for sure is still on the upswing.

White
2008 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay
11/5/2017 - dream Likes this wine:
95 points
Yellow golden color. Beautiful nose of smoky lemons and hazelnut. This is just roaring now with great palate-staining intensity and just perfectly ripe fruit flavors of lemon oil, pineapple and peach. Finishes highly-concentrated and powerfully complex with notes of hazelnuts and minerals. My only issue is it’s totally ready now and tastes 10 years older than it is! Maybe I should just get over it and enjoy thease wines in their youth and forget about aging any WB except Coche beyond 10 years. Awesome juice RIGHT NOW!
  • dream commented:

    11/7/17, 8:38 AM - Hi Seth- I don't know. I used to love aging great white Burgundy but I've been disturbed by the amount of premox still going on. The Leflaive Batard was superb but as I said, the old matchstick flavors, high acidity and bit of reduction I would normally get on a 9-year old Leflaive were not there so cause for concern. I would check in on those older bottles to see where they are.

Red
2010 Marie et Pierre Bénetière Côte-Rôtie Cordeloux Syrah
11/4/2017 - dream Likes this wine:
91 points
Lovely nose of campfire, black fruits and smoky minerals. Beautifully balanced with flavors of charcoal and smoky blackberry. There is a finely-grained texture here with fine notes of minerals and dark spices. Suffered from being drunk alongside an Allemand Cornas but quite refined and delicious in its own right. It kept improving in the glass and clearly will benefit from more aging. 91+
  • dream commented:

    11/4/17, 5:01 PM - Hi Seth- I have not tried the ‘11 but do notice tht the vintage in general is underrated and drinking early so not surprised to hear its’ good. The ‘10 clearly neerds more time.

White - Sparkling
1996 Bollinger Champagne R.D. Extra Brut Champagne Blend
7/3/2017 - dream Likes this wine:
95 points
Deep golden color with plenty of fresh acidity combined with classic Bolli oxidized fruit. Simply great intensity here with rich, slightly sour and yeasty flavors along with notes of dried lemons, clove-like spices and perfume of sewer water. This is a fabulous Bolli champagne that has great complexity and tons of life ahead. Look, you have to like the Bolli style of oxidized, almost madeirized fruit and I do so to me this wine is magical tonight with caviar.
  • dream commented:

    9/26/17, 5:02 PM - The bottle is gone so not positive but I purchased it in May of 2007 so probably disgorged 10 years after the vintage.

Red
2009 Château Phélan Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
6/11/2017 - dream Does not like this wine:
80 points
A huge wine for this estate and it's way high in ripeness and alcohol. I've had many vintages of this wine and enjoy it but in this vintage they made a crazy wine. I taste a bit of the terroir but the ripe black fruit borders on raisiny. This is not a Bordeaux I would want aging in my cellar. 80-
  • dream commented:

    8/23/17, 9:09 AM - The bottle seemed in perfect shape but I still wonder if there was something off about it. I'm going to try another bottle if I can get my hands on one.

Red
2013 Fattoria Le Pupille (Elisabetta Geppetti) Maremma Toscana Saffredi Red Bordeaux Blend
8/15/2017 - dream Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice nose of red fruits and earthy spices. Quite full and intense with a boatload of acidity and delicious flavors of red earth and crunchy leathers. Finishes with dry, thinner tannins and lots of great spice and licorice notes. This will age on it's acidity but it doesn't have nearly the depth or class of the '13 Fontodi Sorbo tasted a few days ago. Still, it's a great Italian version of a Bordeaux blend that should be at its best in just a few more years. 90+
  • dream commented:

    8/16/17, 6:55 AM - Wowza, you're right. I didn't do the research and to me it tasted like Sangiovese. Will edit the note. I'll admit it, I was fooled and feel like a fool but it happens to everyone on occasion.

Red
1999 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano Nebbiolo
11/22/2016 - dream wrote:
88 points
Not a bad wine but in the context of Giacosa, it is a miss and was over-shadowed by most of the other Barolo's tasted tonight. After a 4-hr decant, it seemed to fade badly with a clipped finish whereas most of the other wines including the '99 Monprivato it was paired with really kept improving in the glass. Incidentally, made as a white label because Giacosa didn't feel like he could sell it as a red label riserva. Drink up. 88-
  • dream commented:

    11/22/16, 4:42 PM - The wine was brought to dinner by a good friend who purchased it from Italian Wine Merchants in Manhattan, NY. Whatever you want to say about that store, their provenance is impeccable. I had the wine earlier in the year and I rated it higher but last night it was up against a lot of very good Barolos and it just didn't fare well. The bottle seemed fine without anything out of place but it seeemed very ready. One can never tell about any given bottle but I've had many older Giacosa's and this wasn't in the big leagues.

  • dream commented:

    11/23/16, 5:25 PM - Purchased recently from IWM but I have bought many older Italian wine from them over the years and the bottles are always in great condition

  • dream commented:

    12/28/16, 2:26 PM - Yes. The bottles were from different sources so that could be the issue although nothing seemed wrong with the second bottle and it did seem to suffer against the other great Barolos on the table. My experience with Giacosa is while that he has certainly produced some of the greatest Nebbiolos I've ever drunk, I don't collect him much because I find way too much bottle variation. I would say close to half the Giacosa's I've drunk (generally in good wine company and from good sources) have something amiss like volatile acidity, excessive brett, too much mustiness and/or too many corked bottles. Something is/was wrong with their elevage in my opinion.

Red
2005 Yatir Yatir Forest Negev Red Bordeaux Blend
7/20/2016 - dream wrote:
86 points
Powerful nose of black currants and ripe cassis. Quite ripe with strong flavors of cassis and black fruits. Very expressive with good earthy flavors and notes of bitter chocolate and mid-eastern spices. Finishes a bit hot with somewhat rustic tannins and jammy flavors. There is good raw material here but this winery has some work to do to have this compete on the world stage.
  • dream commented:

    12/7/16, 6:32 PM - You seem to be referring to a note from Yagil and not me

Red
2003 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/9/2016 - dream Likes this wine:
93 points
A stunningly good bottle of Bordeaux tonight. This is drinking so well now with a gorgeous classic Pauillac nose of graphite minerals and deep blackberry fruit. On the palate, it is showing a beautiful, aged soft texture with delicious, ripe flavors of blackberry and cassis. Quite plush but then finishes with good crisp tannins and lovely chocolate and mineral notes. From magnum, this is rich and singing now as the Merlot is especially prominant but it will probably still improve given the firm tannins. 93+
  • dream commented:

    9/16/16, 4:19 PM - Not many got it right in 2003 given the extreme heat but both Pichon's made lovely wines. Just beware that these 2003's are on a faster evolution scale than normal and will mature earlier than a more typical vintage like 2000 or 1996. If in magnum, then worth the wait until 2020 but bottles are probably at their best over the next couple of years. And believe me, I'm a necrofiliac when it come to aging wines...

Red
2010 Argiolas Turriga Isola dei Nuraghi IGT Red Blend
5/2/2016 - dream Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful nose of dark cherry, smoky minerals and pungent dark spices. A regal wine from the get-go. Tastes balanced and integrated almost like a good Bordeaux with nothing out of place. The flavors are unique though with this lovely dusty cherry component along with subtle notes of licorice, smoky minerals and middle-eastern spices. Finishes tannic and dry in a classic Italian way with a nice taut complexity. Blind I might have guessed Barolo as it has similar weight and structure but this wine is definitely influenced by the sea and the unique native grapes (85% Cannonau). I really like this and it might improve as the tannins soften
. 93+
  • dream commented:

    5/4/16, 5:16 PM - I like the way it's drinking now but given the structure, I bet this is even better in a couple more years.

Red
2006 Fattoria Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
12/3/2015 - dream Likes this wine:
90 points
Somewhat faded color. Intense nose of sour wild cherries, sweet earth, charred oak and a whiff of menthol. Quite vibrant on the palate with very ripe wild cherry fruit and notes of road tar and sweet oak. Lean and structured with almost spritzy acidity. Finishes with dry, firm tannins with notes of spice and menthol. While the fruit is very ripe, this is made in a traditional style and seems to need more time. 90?
  • dream commented:

    4/14/16, 2:58 PM - Definitely not. This bottle was sound and also too young for a true rating. Also, I prefer nebbiolo to sangiovese so I'm a little hard on My Brunello ratings with the exception of Soldera and Cerbaiona. It is a nice wine that's still quite tannic and needs further time to evaluate

Red
2004 Domaine de Trévallon Vin de Pays des Bouches-du-Rhône Syrah Blend, Syrah
7/5/2015 - dream Does not like this wine:
84 points
Just too much acidity here which keeps the wine bitter and out of balance. I suppose it could evolve over time given that the classic Provence syrah fruit is descernable underneath but I wouldn't bet on it. This seems like a miss for Trevallon in this vintage if this bottle is representative. It was otherwise in perfect condition.
  • dream commented:

    7/5/15, 11:21 PM - I am in Provence now. If you see my note on the '98, it was sublime. Hopefully the '04 was an off bottle

White - Off-dry
1971 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Lange Goldkapsel Mosel Saar Ruwer
5/27/2015 - dream Likes this wine:
98 points
Wow, I'm not likely to run into this wine again but what a fabulously balanced, complex and perfectly aged Riesling that's not in the dessert style. There is just the right touch of sweetness with wonderful flavors of green apples, mint, spice, sweet hay and a potpourri of other amazing things. This is balanced by still mouthwatering but subdued acidity which leads to this incredibly pure and complex finish. The fineness of the concentration here is just so perfect and satisfying. And then the fois gras terrine at Cafe Boulud was just an incredible food pairing with this juice. A deeply moving, authentic, classic yet utterly drinkable and balanced wine. It's just hard to explain how good and pure this is. At Rarities, Cafe Boulud.
  • dream commented:

    6/2/15, 6:19 AM - We can't locate the bottle and haven't been able to get number form the source so unfortunately do not have the AP#

Red
1999 Sylvain Cathiard Romanée St. Vivant Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir
3/20/2007 - dream wrote:
93 points
Perfect dark color. Very perfumed nose not unlike a Dujac with scents of blueberry and cherry cream. Needed lots of time to open up but then became a gorgeous and refined Burgundy with cool but ripe blueberry and violet fruit. Finishes quite complex with a finely concentrated finish and notes of bluberry liquor and black minerals. Balanced, nuanced and spicy, this RSV should be drinking beautifully in about 5 to 7 years. 93+
  • dream commented:

    5/22/15, 5:18 PM - 3 bottles left. Haven't had a bottle since but it may be time. Let's have it together?

Red
2006 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo Nebbiolo
6/13/2014 - dream Likes this wine:
92 points
Light clear ruby color. Gorgeous nose of tar and roses with dank cherries and ether. Silky and beautiful on the palate with delicate flavors of rose petals, iodine and black cherry along with good, ultra-fine intensity. This is lovely and elegant with a tannic finish that needs time to resolve itself. The only knock is one I always have with Mascarello which is the note of ether which can often give these wines an off-flavor as they age, at least to my palate.
  • dream commented:

    12/1/14, 8:53 AM - Hi Seth- I believe I've just had some bad luck with older vintages of Mascarello's Barolo but I also think they went through a rough patch as the old man aged but now I think they may be back on track under his daughter. The '06 is a wine that is growing on me by memory which is always a good sign.

Red
1999 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino Nebbiolo
11/21/2014 - dream Likes this wine:
99 points
Decanted for 5 hours and it needed every minute. What a fantastic wine with great class and breed. There is incredibly deep, dark fruits with a wonderful licorice note that is utterly gorgeous! So perfectly balanced with a traditional taste profile and an unbelievably sleek, silky texture. Just showing the beginnings of maturity with an incredibly long, fine, complex finish with notes of smoke, minerals, forest floor, tar, roses, red silk...whatever. This is a spectacular, seamless wine that blew away every other Barolo at the table tonight and the only reason I don't give it 100 points is because it is so young and really going to improve! 99+
  • dream commented:

    11/22/14, 6:42 AM - Hi Seth- I was pleased how well the '99 Monfortino drank the other night but it changed a lot in the glass so aeration is a must. I would say that out of bottle it is just at the beginning of its drinking window so would think a minimum of 5 more years before I would attempt it out of magnum.

White
2004 Henri Boillot Montrachet Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay
10/28/2014 - dream wrote:
91 points
The color is right - light gold. The nose is classic Montrachet with green mint, lime, matchstick and sweet pineapple. Quite full and mouth-coating on the palate with good volume and density. There are lots of green and mint flavors with notes of tropical fruits and lemon zest. The finish has good intensity but lacks the expected complexity. Best when first opened and it went somewhat downhill from there. No premox but tonight this seems to lack the class and complexity of great Montrachet.
  • dream commented:

    10/29/14, 1:38 PM - Hi Seth- I have not had the Boillot '04 Chevy or Batard, just their Corton Charley which is not as good as it was a year or two ago. In my opinion, most of the '04's are beginning to fall off the cliff. Some of them are delicious now but taste 20 years old and not 10. This Montrachet was lovely at first but it didn't open up as I expected and didn't do well with food that it should have done well with. Later on, it just got linear and and less complex. I love aged white Burgundy but I don't know who keeps buying this stuff given the utter disaster this region has become.

Red
1970 Pétrus Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
12/22/2012 - dream Likes this wine:
96 points
Rarities at 11 Madison (11 Madison Park): So thick and decadent with rich black fruits and a great earthy complexity. A wine that is a bit animalistic and still quite juicy with beautiful clarity and lift. Finishes with substantial tannins and wonderful flavors of black earth and spices. Incredibly, this wine still needs time for the tannins to resolve so it should only improve. Hard to get this off my mind the next day. 96+
  • dream commented:

    9/26/14, 7:20 AM - A very real bottle of '70 Petrus from a friend's seller purchased many years ago. One of the benefits of collecting wine over a long period of time only for drinking.

Red
1961 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/8/2014 - dream Likes this wine:
98 points
A Weekend Of Aged First-Growths At Beau-Rivage in Geneva II: Incredible dark ruby color. With swirling and time in the glass, the earthy, nutty, cedar nose of Latour begins to show itself. On the palate, the breed and class this wine exudes is just amazing. With a texture like silken granite, this very young wine shows wonderful flavors of dark fruits, cedar and walnut with leathers and spices and an incredible depth that hints at the glories to come as this wine approaches maturity over the next 50 years! Deeply concentrated on the laser-like finish, this wine shows such precision and focus that virtually guarantees it will reach 100 pts. as soon as the secondary flavor development moves further along. Stunning for its depth, class and youthfulness. 98++ Geneva 2/14
  • dream commented:

    8/3/14, 2:24 PM - Most wines would obviously be long gone after 53 years but not Chateau Latour. The only thing I can tell you is that I've been fortunate enough to taste Latour in '28, '29, '45 and '59 and the '61 tastes young compared to those vintages which show more complexity and softer tannins. As the somewhat stricter tannins of the '61 continue to slowly ameliorate, I believe the wine will show more complexity and be even more extraordinary than it is today.

Red
1996 Domaine Jean Grivot Richebourg Richebourg Grand Cru Pinot Noir
5/23/2014 - dream Likes this wine:
95 points
Lovely color with a beautiful deep nose of cherry spices and a hint of cinnamon and violets. This is made in a real vin de garde style with the high acidity and firmness of the vintage quite apparent. Quite high-toned but with some air it reveals gorgeous deep cherry and spice flavors and seems to be one of those successful '96's that has buns of steel but is balanced by irresistible fruit and incredible class. Impossible to stop drinking as it got better and better in the glass showing perfect ripeness and lovely complex notes of the most amazing set of red spices and stony minerals. I love this but it is still very young and should live a very long time. Warning: don't serve to someone who loves Napa Cabernet or rich west coast Pinots! 95+
  • dream commented:

    7/26/14, 7:29 AM - I would say if you give it lots of air time and enjoy with the right food, it can be enjoyed now at the very front of what should be a long drinking window

Red
2004 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District
8/7/2013 - dream wrote:
88 points
Gorgeous nose of eucalyptus, ripe cassis and dark berries. The smell and taste of this terroir is Grand Cru and I absolutely love it but the grapes for this vintage were simply picked too late and the resulting overripeness has left too many jammy and chocolate flavors. It's nice to taste the juice but it didn't go well with food (including filet mignon!) and just doesn't have the freshness and precision I look for in my favorite cab-based wines. What a waste of an amazing terroir......
  • dream commented:

    11/30/13, 1:56 PM - It's a matter of style preference Jed. I started my wine journey in Napa but have ended up elsewhere as my palate has matured and changed. So when I go back to Napa and drink the cabs, many of them simply taste overripe and too sweet for my palate but by no means do I suggest that my palate needs to be agreed with.

White
1978 Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
12/22/2012 - dream wrote:
95 points
Rarities at 11 Madison (11 Madison Park): Ahhhh, La Mission. To me, the world's greatest, most consistent wine to age and the '78 is further proof. Close to maturity but still quite fresh with classic La Miss flavors of scorched earth, charcoal, black currants, black truffles and gravel minerals. Sweet and flowing on the palate with fully resolved tannins and perfect balance. Medium-bodied with a black minerally character and a lovely long, complex finish. Just stunning in the context of the vintage.
  • dream commented:

    8/26/13, 10:40 AM - Yes, it was meant for the red and I've already written the correct tasting note so I will remove this. Thanks.

Red
1995 Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
8/3/2013 - dream Likes this wine:
95 points
Really perfect color for an 18-yr old wine. Gorgeous perfumed nose of black currants, violets and minerals. A very fine and very young Margaux with beautiful black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors. Medium-bodied and shows a full mid-palate which I find a positive quality of the vintage. This is regal in the glass and fairly austere with a fine coarseness to the texture that provides real grip. The finish is very minerally with violet and dark cherry notes and no real secondary flavors yet. My bottles have been stored perfectly since release and this wine needs time to show its stuff but can be drunk now due, I think, to the superb mid-palate. 95+
  • dream commented:

    8/14/13, 7:25 AM - I would say it was at its peak after about an hour in the decanter

Red
2007 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Vergelesses Pinot Noir
6/1/2013 - dream Likes this wine:
90 points
Lean but lovely, this is the kind of Burgundy that some might say lacks fruit and flavor but it has that silky texture and fineness that I look for in red Burgs and it totally wakes up with food. There is lovely cherry fruit and a wonderful minerality that I always get from this vineyard. Nice.
  • dream commented:

    6/3/13, 7:19 AM - Hi Harley1199- I would say this should pick up a little complexity over the next few years but doesn't seem like a long-term ager to me although I've been fooled by Braialles wines before as they tend to age well off their balance and finesse.

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