Tasting Notes for coremill

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White
8/30/2019 - coremill wrote:
87 points
I found this disappointing. Classic flavor profile, medium weight, but too soft, lacking structure and acidity.
Red
8/23/2019 - coremill wrote:
92 points
Pop and pour. Beautiful, pure sweet red fruit, with the classic floral and baking spice notes this wine usually has from the whole cluster. The palate is almost impossibly airy and elegant, the extract almost non-existent, and yet with no lack of intensity. I didn't try the 2014, but this could not be more different from the 2013, which was ripe, dense, and backward. A friend of mine used to describe Burlotto Monvigliero as the Chambolle of Barolo, and this bottle is Exhibit A in that argument.
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White
9/1/2019 - coremill wrote:
89 points
Has aged nicely, but was overshadowed by a great magnum of 05 Briords on this day. A little richer, but less zingy and minerally than Briords, the extra lees influence is noticeable in the slightly milky character.
White
9/1/2019 - coremill wrote:
92 points
Out of magnum. Consensus wine of the day amongst at least 15 bottles of Muscadet, including a big vertical of Briords. Totally fresh in this format. The classic, intense citrusy/mineral Muscadet flavors haven't faded at all, but there's a slight honeyed richness from the maturity that compliments them beautifully. Outstanding.
Red
8/30/2019 - coremill wrote:
93 points
An absolutely fabulous nose: fresh, ripe dark red fruit, smoke, mint chocolate, cedar -- totally classic mature Napa Cab flavors. The palate doesn't quite live up to the nose; while the flavors carry through, the same intensity isn't there. The structure is mostly resolved, the tannins are soft and relaxed and this is fully mature. But as it breathes it puts on a big of weight. A really excellent mature cabernet.
White - Off-dry
8/24/2019 - coremill wrote:
90 points
Fully mature, I think. Powerful, intense ripe fruit, with the acid fully integrated and no longer zingy, just tart. I would have liked a little more earthiness or complexity, but the fruit concentration is impressive.
Red
8/16/2019 - coremill wrote:
90 points
The first wine from Lafarge's Beaujolais project I've tried. This tastes exactly like Lafarge made a ripe-vintage Beaujolais. It's full of juicy, concentrated, fresh Gamay fruit, with just enough light grippy structure to add an earthy edge. Delicious.
Red
8/10/2019 - coremill wrote:
91 points
PNP at a restaurant, served a bit too warm. Classic Levet nose of smoke, gravel, olives, mint, and black fruit. Dense with fine tannins on the palate, full of savory dark fruit and crushed rocks, but not at all thick or heavy. Perhaps a little disjointed from the serving temperature. Needs plenty of time for sure, but all the materials are here for a great Chavaroche in 10-15 years.
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White
8/4/2019 - coremill wrote:
86 points
This is a bit fat, full of rich yellow fruit, with the alcohol poking out the back end, lacking the acidity and minerality of the best Littorai chardonnays. Looking over my notes, I see I often have this critique of Theriot; I think I prefer Heintz and Mays Canyon. Fully mature, drink up
Red
7/31/2019 - coremill wrote:
82 points
Yeah, maybe Mercurey doesn't hold up for 26 years. This has lost most of its fruit and while not vinegary it is dominated by bitter drying tannins. Drinkable with food but not much enjoyment here.
White
7/28/2019 - coremill wrote:
90 points
Plenty of citrusy yellow fruit, a hint of buttery development, some nice mineral edge, well-balanced acidity. Just down-right delicious, and lovely with scallops.
Red
1978 Domaine Régis Pavelot Corton Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
6/15/2019 - coremill wrote:
89 points
A satisfying fully mature Burgundy, if you like that sort of thing. All mushroomy and forest floor and black tea, with some dark fruit in the background. Fills out a bit with air. Not earth-shattering but I enjoyed it.
White
7/19/2019 - coremill wrote:
85 points
Somewhat disjointed, sharp and short. I have not a lot of success aging the Senior bottling. They sure are delicious young though.
White
7/19/2019 - coremill wrote:
90 points
This is a wine for acid freaks, which Saar kab trocken obv should be. Needed a little air for the fruit to come out, but this is just blazing and refreshing and goes down fast.
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White
7/1/2019 - coremill wrote:
92 points
A superb bottle of mature Chablis. Still a bright light gold color. Has developed the lovely honeyed patina of age without sacrificing any freshness, and still plenty of classic green apple fruit and minerals. Not super concentrated but fully integrated.
Red
7/1/2019 - coremill wrote:
91 points
Rich, expansive dark pinot fruit, nice savory complexity, silky tannins, balanced acid. Very much in the Fourrier style. Delicious and wide open now, to my surprise. The fruit and structure is in balance now and I'm not sure there's much reason to age this long-term.
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White
7/26/2019 - coremill wrote:
89 points
Fully mature and probably past prime but not oxidized. Dark gold color.
Lots of smoke and honey and minerals, lowish acid, not a ton of fruit left, but thankfully none of the cidery/sherry notes. I liked it, but you have to like really old white burg to like this. Drink up.
Red
7/24/2019 - coremill wrote:
87 points
Nicely complex, silky, tannins almost totally resolved, but showing a little too much sweetness/ripeness for my taste. I think the Littorai style has evolved and the wines were a bit riper back then.
White
7/20/2019 - coremill wrote:
90 points
Lots of acid and minerals, hint of light vanilla/oak in the background. For me I could use a little more definition to the fruit, but I really like the mineral character.
Red
2015 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/21/2019 - coremill wrote:
All fruit and oak right now. Can be drunk now for its puppy fat but the real charms are many years away.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. J.L. Vergnon Conversation Champagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
6/22/2019 - coremill wrote:
89 points
Yellow apple fruit, good acid, some chalk, nicely bracing but not hollow. A nice, solid BdB, good value at $40. I think this was negatively influenced by drinking the Resonance the previous night, which was an unfair comparison.
White
6/15/2019 - coremill wrote:
90 points
Shocking youthful, this doesn't come across as 20 years old at all. Clean, pure, green fruit, sweet herbs, rocks on the back end, nice length.
White
6/14/2019 - coremill wrote:
87 points
Ripe peach and citrus and herbs, turning slightly hollow/metallic on the palate. Refreshing, but probably a little past prime, this seems to be fading.
Red
1983 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/8/2019 - coremill wrote:
87 points
Out of 375mL. Lots of cedar, some reddish fruit, hints of gravel. Tannins totally resolved, not a lot of fruit left. Pleasant old Bordeaux but well past prime in this format.
Red
6/7/2019 - coremill wrote:
88 points
Pretty black cherry fruit, not too sweet, well balanced. Has held up well but also hasn't added a lot of complexity.
White
5/18/2019 - coremill wrote:
90 points
Rich for a Muscadet, with pretty round lemon fruit to offset the earthiness.
Red
5/19/2019 - coremill wrote:
91 points
Intense, fresh, beautiful fruit here, full of cassis and dark cherries. Really good concentration and freshness for a 20+ year-old burg, with some of the meaty Nuits character in the background. Tannins mostly mellow and controlled for a 95, but they have a little drying bite and food helps. Totally on point.
Red
5/26/2019 - coremill wrote:
90 points
Full of Vosne-style gingery spice and elegant sweet black fruit. This is a total dead ringer for a really good, more modern style Vosne village wine in a ripe vintage, except that it's from Oregon and I only paid $25 for it.
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Red
5/17/2019 - coremill wrote:
90 points
Black fruit and lots of stony earthiness. Still plenty of weight to the fruit. Befitting a 98, the tannins here are drying and slightly bitter. Like a lot of Burgundies in this style, this absolutely needs food: paired with a dry-aged steak, those bitter tannins mostly melt away and allow the lovely fruit to show through.
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White - Sparkling
5/28/2019 - coremill wrote:
89 points
Disgorged 10/2018, 7g/L dosage, I think 2015 base. 2 bottles, consistent notes. Full of rich, golden fruit with a distinct salty, nutty character; oxidative in style but it works. Good acidity in the background, round up front, this is a friendly grower NV, not an enamel-stripper. Very easy to drink.
Red
5/5/2019 - coremill wrote:
92 points
Sweet black fruit, pepper, mint, crushed rocks, smoked meat: a classic version of this cuvee. Fine tannins, good weight on the midpalate, everything nicely poised. Finishes long with meaty sweet black fruit. Not tertiary yet but at 15 it's in a lovely place, and I'm not sure it will get any better.
Red
5/3/2019 - coremill wrote:
87 points
I need to stop opening 2010 burgs, because they all seem shut down. The lovely fruit is less expressive than in the past and the acidity is more marked. Not showing any rugged Lafarge tannins, this is nice and silky, but the acid is slightly out of balance at the moment. Didn't really improve on day 2.
Red
5/2/2019 - coremill wrote:
86 points
Out of 500mL. Not very good right now. The fruit is non-descript, and not showing much concentration. Possibly just in a shutdown/grumpy stage, but this doesn't seem to be hiding behind structural elements with lots in reserve, it just seems blah.
Red
4/21/2019 - coremill wrote:
89 points
Very nice deep and layered fruit, obv tannic at this point but the tannins are ripe and fine. The finish is a little pinched by the acidity right now.
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White
4/20/2019 - coremill wrote:
88 points
Still has nice acid and mineral character, but this has lost the fruit intensity and concentration. But there's still quite a bit of oaky sesame seed/vanilla, which combined with the tartness is an odd combo. I still like the minerality, but this is headed in the wrong direction from when I last tasted this four years ago.
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White
4/7/2019 - coremill wrote:
87 points
Perfectly fine Muscadet but lacks the definition of the best Pepiere wines, or even some Bregeon wines I've hard before. Shrug.
Red
3/24/2019 - coremill wrote:
90 points
Ripe and relatively accessible, with sweet dark fruit and relaxed tannins. Less distinction and typicity than some vintages, the spice/olive stem notes are very much in the background. This does not scream Monvilgiero, let alone Barolo. But it is quite delicious. Better with food.
White - Sparkling
4/6/2019 - coremill wrote:
89 points
2 bottles, consistent notes. Ripe, round, white fruit, good intensity, a little chalk. Delicious, but a little easy.
Red
3/31/2019 - coremill wrote:
Out of 375mL. Needed a few minutes to breathe up, then showed beautifully, with smoke and earth and spice. Mostly about mature flavors, but still some fruit remaining, especially on the finish. Faded after about 45 minutes in the glass.
White
3/16/2019 - coremill wrote:
88 points
Solid, but a little more dilute/lacking in concentration than I would like to see from a good 1er in a good vintage. Slightly disappointing in that respect. Held up well over two days.
Red
1985 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
3/11/2019 - coremill wrote:
82 points
Past it.
White
3/8/2019 - coremill wrote:
91 points
Fully mature, excellent. Similar to previous note.
Red
3/1/2019 - coremill wrote:
91 points
In a beautiful place right now. The structure has relaxed enough to allow the rich black fruit to show through, with lots of meaty, earthy, and mushroomy nuances. The tannins are soft and rich, supporting the fruit without overwhelming it, and there's no screechy 96 acid here.
Red
2/27/2019 - coremill wrote:
90 points
Quite lovely, full of silky, juicy red fruit and baking spices with hints of florals. Medium weight with relaxed tannins. Better than a recent bottle of the Murto.
White
3/10/2019 - coremill wrote:
92 points
Full of peaches and citrus and rocks and juicy acid, with just a hint of RS to round it off. Both delicious and complex, and excellent with food, equally comfortable with uni and a rich tomato sauce. Super.
White
3/9/2019 - coremill wrote:
flawed
Ordered off the list at a restaurant and maybe we should have sent it back. Horribly reductive, and not just matchstick/gunpowder sulfury but real rotten-egg mercaptans. Didn't blow off in the hour it took five of us to finish the bottle. Tasted ok under the reduction but frankly not enjoyable.
Red
3/8/2019 - coremill wrote:
91 points
I liked this especially because it tastes exactly like a Bize Vergelesses in a ripe year should. Ripe, concentrated medium weight black fruit, strongly noticeable but well-integrated stem character, a nice earthy quality, tannins mostly in check but with a hint of Savigny austerity/rusticity on the back end. Drinking very well now but could easily take further aging.
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White
2/23/2019 - coremill wrote:
90 points
Classic kabinett that actually tastes like kabinett. Green fruit, bit of cream good acid, plenty of slate, enough sugar to balance the acid. Both easily delicious with enough going on to be complex and interesting.
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White - Sparkling
2/17/2019 - coremill wrote:
89 points
Disgorged 10.03.2017 (not sure if that date is in Euro or US order), 7 g/L dosage. Very Meuniery, with its earthy golden/black fruit character. I like the earthiness. Good persistence. Nice.
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