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White
2014 Sandlands Chenin Blanc Amador County
1/21/2018 - Richard P Howden Likes this wine:
88 points
Honey, apple and oak on the nose. Rich palate with good acid balance, hints of tart apple and grape, some cut on the tail. A decent Chenin but not as tasty as I’d like. I wonder how this will be on day 2.
  • Boatdrinker commented:

    1/23/18, 11:26 AM - FWIW a few days ago I had the 2013 Amador Chenin - on Day 2, the Chenin character really expressed itself vs. Day 1 richness/oak.

White
2012 Forlorn Hope Sémillon Nacre Napa Valley
Starts out an oyster wine, austere/linear/edgy/vertical, with green stuff (tomato leaf et al) on the nose and green apple on the palate, and then just keeps dilating, expanding, and refusing to apologize for itself as the hours go on. I'd drink this with anything/everything.

[I was challenged with picking one Californian wine under $30 to demonstrate to three Italian winemakers (La Staffa, Balgera, Grifalco) that CA whites were legit and bombolicious. (Riccardo Baldi, La Staffa's maestro di Verdicchio, couldn't get over this one.)]
  • Boatdrinker commented:

    8/2/17, 1:08 PM - I'm in your camp - this was an impressive, super fun wine that has much to offer to many different stylistic preferences.

White
2013 Weingut Knoll Riesling Federspiel Loibner Wachau
PNP. Cork perfect color straw. Nose has grassy notes and TDN. Swishing shows considerable acid structure that ends in a terse finish. Sipping not much better and pretty shrill. Will give remaining bottles lots of time. Second night open a little less severe but still tough
  • Boatdrinker commented:

    1/29/17, 6:49 AM - My exact experience a year ago with the 2013. Had another last night and it was delicious, especially after some air. FWIW...

Red
2012 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph Syrah
There is a reason for the legend. Feral sweaty bloody gamey awesomeness.
  • Boatdrinker commented:

    10/28/16, 8:16 PM - Re: legend -> just referencing the pretty much unanimous love and admiration for Gonon. Well deserved, from my limited experience.

White
2013 Domaine Florent Garaudet Meursault Chardonnay
7/5/2016 - sleepyhaus wrote:
I didn't find the dilute wine others have suggested, which makes me wonder if they should have waited a bit longer for the wine to settle down after transit or something. Not a world beater but not bad.
  • Boatdrinker commented:

    7/7/16, 9:07 AM - My limited experience suggests his wine(s) benefit from air.

Rosé
2015 Matthiasson Rosé Napa Valley Rosé Blend
5/1/2016 - chablis28 wrote:
92 points
I'd been dreading and shuffling around this btl since the day I bought it. I walked out of the wine shop and thought, "shit, I paid $22 for domestic rose', am I crazy?" Well, I finally opened it and must admit my fears of wasting $22 were completely unfounded. If rose' can be "ethereal", this is it. The color is somewhere between medium gold and pale salmon. The aromas are delicate strawberry and peach. The strawberry and peach carry over to the palate along with melon, bitter orange and other illusive orchard / citrus flavors. This rose' should be saved for a moment when you might spend sometime pondering its weightless, almost not there, complexity. Drink another rose' when you just want quaffable pink while you're thinking of anything else but the wine. Not a steal but fascinating and a very pleasant surprise. I still struggle with paying $20 plus for rose though :). 11.6% Alc.
  • Boatdrinker commented:

    5/2/16, 9:01 AM - Careful, Chablis28, you'll find yourself living permanently in the world of $20+ Rose. I'd caution against it, but I'd be lying, as it is a delicious existence. Matthiasson is one of my favorites, and my reaction/experience quite similar to yours. If you're in the mood for more domestic Rose sticker shock, try Red Car, Lieu Dit, and Copain - they are superb, as well!

White
2013 Jean-Jacques Morel Bourgogne Blanc Les Genouvrées Chardonnay
2/14/2016 - wa2ofd wrote:
86 points
Consumed over 2 evenings...not at all complex and not offensive either, just nondescript...

If it was $10 less, I'd be ok with it...
  • Boatdrinker commented:

    2/21/16, 12:21 PM - My experience, as well.

White
2013 Domaine Florent Garaudet Monthélie Sous le Cellier Chardonnay
Aromas of wood freshly cut via table or circular saw, caramelized sugar and radial tire - things were looking up. Initial glass was a bit short, which I must say was disappointing after such an auspicious beginning. After a bit of time, she broadened out into an elegant, almost weightless drink. So delicate and pleasant.
  • Boatdrinker commented:

    2/17/16, 7:36 AM - This is the Sous le Cellier

Red
2001 Bodegas Balbas Ribera del Duero Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
5/9/2015 - hoovel wrote:
85 points
My bottle was a fake purchased from WTSO. There is no way that the cork that I pulled out of this bottle was anywhere near 10 years old, and the wine was not more than 3-4 years old - maybe younger. That said, it was not an unpleasant young wine. Perhaps the counterfeiters have transitioned from the super high-priced old classics to highly-rated, fairly widely-produced mid-priced wines.
  • Boatdrinker commented:

    5/13/15, 5:28 PM - Same thing happened to me. My first batch from WTSO was very good, seemed totally legit, so I bought a 2nd batch (same vintage). 2nd batch tasted contrived and "fake", cork was brand new. I wrote to WTSO letting them know my experience. They immediately refunded my $, even though that was not my intention. I've since seen this label offered many times.

  • Boatdrinker commented:

    7/2/15, 6:47 AM - Thanks for that, Hoovel.

    Momus - I am aware, maybe 2-3 years in cask or barrel, but not 10.

Red
2001 Bodegas Balbas Ribera del Duero Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
This is the first time I've done this, but this wine is bullshit. I ordered 4 from WTSO last year (or so), and they were good. This is my first of the next batch - the best way I can describe it is it tastes like fake wine, bullshit in a glass. Camus Conundrum Red thinks this is weak.
  • Boatdrinker commented:

    2/12/15, 7:37 PM - BTW - this is a 2001 -> the cork looked BRAND NEW.

  • Boatdrinker commented:

    2/18/15, 11:33 AM - I don't know if anyone will even see this, but I sent WTSO an email with my concerns and they issued a timely refund. I wasn't even really looking for my $ back, more to just let them know that they may want to explore the issue, but big ups to them for the customer service and the gesture.

Red
2001 Bodegas Balbas Ribera del Duero Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
1/22/2015 - gf2182 wrote:
impatience won out.. grabbed another bottle.. same thin disappointing wine, nothing like my previous great experiences.

this is 2 of a 6 pack I got through wtso fairly recently, even though this was initially released years ago. ... Dare I say... shenanigans?? I seriously question whether this is the same wine.
  • Boatdrinker commented:

    2/12/15, 7:33 PM - I had this exact same experience. First batch from WTSO was solid, just opened my first bottle from the second order - I'd go so far as to say it is a slightly less sweet and flatter Camus Conundrum, which is possibly the worst red wine I've ever tasted. My first comment was "this tastes like fake wine".

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