Tasting Notes for Tony Molester

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White
Ok so I didn't make it to 2023. I drank my last bottle. There was a ton of reduction, and then it blew off within 20 minutes or so. Interesting meditative wine. Strong acidity, crisp mineral palate.

Drink or hold short term.
12% abv
White - Sparkling
Nose of leatherwood honey, floral, some oak.
Palate follows along similar lines. While it's not earther shattering, the flavour profile is original and delicious. Coarse bead.

Drink or hold.
Red
This is the last of 9 bottles. They consistently display the same behavior: they need to be opened for 24 hours before showing their best. Try it and you'll likely concur.

Drink or hold short term, no datapoint for this hybrid varietal past this point, but tasted like it could develop further.

Drink or hold to 2024.
White
Tasted over 24h
Clean cork, no sign of seepage
White flowers and peach on the nose.
Slight spritz
Nice roundness on palate. finish of bitterness and marzipan.
Full bodied dry chardonnay, with excellent structure.
Delicious now, this was very satisfying.

Drink up
13% abv
Red
Last bottle is being popped now.
My impressions tonight are consistent with previous TN. Nothing worth getting too excited about, although not offensive either.

Drink up or avoid
13% abv
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Red
Slightly raised cork, single piece, no sign of seepage

Nose of ripe black cherry, jasmine tea, a dairy component.
Delicious, polished palate with lengthy presence, very ripe tannins reflect the vintage and avoid the typical sourness and bright acidity usually associated with sangiovese.
We both enjoyed this and will seek out more.
Sangiovese and minor colorino
Drink or revisit in 2024.
Red
Third bottle showing lots of seepage. Poor storage or cork or both.
There is definitely cabernet sauvignon in this blend.
Taste was quite homogenous vs the first and second bottles tasted a few months back.

Drink or hold to 2025, there’s plenty of time to revisit
White
12/30/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Popped and poured
Wax seal under wax capsule, peculiar.
Single piece cork
No sign of seepage

Tasted over 2h
Aromas of granny smith apple, slight touch of honey. Varietal nose.
Palate is very straightforward, with acidity at the fore up to the finish.
Apple and honey again, nice tension. Dry finish, medium length.
While i cannot immediately identify anything about its terroir, the wine is varietally typical of chenin blancs I’ve tasted from the Loire valley grown on clay soils.
Drink or hold to 2024
11.5% abv
Red
12/30/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Popped and poured
Single piece, long cork
No sign of seepage.
Tasted over 24h.

More restrained syrah than the 2003 crozes-hermitage bottling which bordered on cloying stewed fruit.
Pepper and violet aromas.
Balanced palate with good acidity for a warm vintage. Fruit still primary, mostly blackberry to my taste. Decent length and acidity.
Solid value, if slightly lacking character. A good effort considering the vintage.
Drink or hold to 2024, limited upside anticipated based on both our opinions.
13%abv
Red
12/29/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Popped and poured.
Cork broke in half
No sign of seepage.

This was initially very lean and tart. With about 30 min of air, the wine woke up a bit and the aromatics and flavours gained some depth. While this wasn’t to the sAme level as the 1933 reserve shiraz from similar vintages, it was impressive in terms of value and there were definitely shared traits inthe nose. The palate remained lean and drying, but not a bad showing.
Drink up
12%abv
Red
12/27/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
No decanting,tasted over 3 h.
Popped and poured. No sign of seepage.
This was tasting like it had turned a corner and is going down. Lots of smoke and most of the fruit has vanished.

Whoever said this tasted like a baby northern rhone is likely recalling the majority of inferior examples of those appellations. The grenache still lends a significant tertiary component and sets the pace for the flavour profile. A bright core of strawberry framed by raspberry and lots of sourness amidst the smoke. Lean texture. Some vague interest but definitely past its best.

Drink up or avoid, i’m ambivalent after 2 bottles.
13% abv
Originally scored 81/100 by Nicks.com.au and drink in 2003.
Maybe 50% grenache , 30% syrah and remainder Mourvèdre based on recent data.
White - Sparkling
This was quite nice and a step up from the NV base wine.
More complexity and about the same bead coarness.

Drink or hold, this is very youthful
White
Popped and poured
Single piece cork
No seepage. Colour is golden.
The wine is presenting really well, with a striking pineapple nose.
Palate has significant acidity, and a nice mouthful of flavours
Soave can age, no question about it.
Acidity is similar to riesling.
Flavours are quite different.
Drink up.
Red
2013 Bodegas Re Syranoir Casablanca Valley Red Blend (view label images)
12/21/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Popped and poured
Tasted over 2-3h
Decanted
Single piece cork, wax seal
No sign of seepage

A co fermented syrah and pinot noir blend.
Interesting nose of berries and some pinot barnyardiness
Palate remains reductive and slightly tart. Red berries and smoke. Good length.
Ultimately not in the best place right now, i would be curious to taste this again in 2024 to see if it develops and smooths out its rough edges.

Hold to 2024+
13%abv
Red
This was bought half jokingly and opened on a sailing trip. Even when wine is rationned, this was undrinkable. A partially unfermented red with raisined, porty flavours and residual sugar. The alcohol content says it all.
Avoid
10.5%abv
Red
12/17/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Update from 2015, has lost grip substantially but still tart and unbalanced.

Not a memorable showing.

Drink or hold, or better yet avoid.
13%abv
White
12/16/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Dry cork broke in several places. No sign of seepage.

Golden colour indicates this bad boy is approaching maturity.
Some fizz requires a vigorous shake.
N: slight petrol, lots of lime and some slatey mineral.
P: very dry, refreshing acidity. Reminded me of clare valley riesling.
Very enjoyable, good value.

Drink or hold to 2024, depending on how mature you enjoy riesling.
White
12/16/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Signs of seepage. Cork was slightly stained but visually, there is no sign of oxidation.
Colour is a very pale lemon
Aromas of toasted oak, a slight burnt match note, and lots of citrus.
Foreboding palate, lots of life and a piquant quality that wasn’t especially to my taste, but i salute the originality. Very citrusy finish, along with oak, but more the oak toast than any flavour or texture imparted by it. The wine was very steely and crip, not flabby at all, but something in the finish reminded me of oak toast.

This has many years left, however i doubt there is much upside to look forward to.
Drink or hold to 2023.
13%abv
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Red
No formal note
Cork broke in the middle, no sign of seepage
Tasted over 2h.
V: Light ruby colour
N: cherry and a slight grassiness. Definitely pinot on the nose. Very clean yet some complexity
P: nice, plush texture, full of red berry fruit. Nice and light. We both enjoyed this. Great balance.

Drink or hold to 2024
11.5%abv
White
12/12/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Popped and poured
Perfect cork, no sign of seepage.
Tasted over 3 hours.
Not decanted.
Straw pale yellow
N: Initially leatherwood honey, hint of musk, then almond or marzipan. An interesting and changing nose.
P: high acidity, mineral, grippy, tart, citric. Good length, not especially complex.
Overall, this is more for the wine geek than the hedonist.

Roughly 1000 bt produced
100% pinot blanc (gouges)
This is tasting very youthful, drink or hold to 2022+
Spirits
Cask strength 53%abv
Single distillation
No mention of vintage or age on the bottle
Cork was branded as 2013 under wax seal.

I must say this was not up to my expectations
I love bordelet’s ciders and poirés and i enjoy calavdos. However, this is a pedestrian offering for the premium attached to his name. The spirit was hot and lacked depth of fruit and complexity even when heavily diluted with pure water. At best its a second rate calva. The reviews i read online raved about this being plus plus, but my bottle experience was disapointing. Will stick with calva producers i trust going forward.
Red
Tasted over 2h
Decanted, served at 18C
Perfect cork, no sign of seepage.

Plush, ripe aromas of red berries and herbs. Rhone nose. I was convinced it was grenache. Palate shows a plush yet very savoury profile. Polished and well made. Delicious.

95%carignano
5%Bovale sardo
14.5%abv
White - Fortified
Mine is an older bottling that looks like its from the early 1980s. Back then, it was blended with about 10% old p-x and i must say that i wish this tradition would return to its popularity. I’ve had a fair share of 30-50 year old amontillados and olorosos. The slight sweetness masks the intense.
White
Popped and poured
Perfect single piece cork, no sign of seepage.
Delicious and rich, showing maturity with plenty of freshness. Very enjoyable. We opened a Verget led clos chablis gc a few months ago and it was past it. This was still vivacious and had great acidity.
Drink up
13.5%abv.
Red
11/16/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Needs decanting, tasted better after 24hours.
Drink or hold. This is still only in secondary development.
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White - Sparkling
Drunk with oysters, Tom's 40th.
Delicious, the bottle vanished in no time.

Drink or hold
12% abv
White
11/14/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Finally this is the last one. Not bad, but definitely its best days are past.

Drink up
13%abv
White
Agree with previous positive tasting notes, this was drinking deliciously.
Perfect single piece cork, no sign of seepage.
Popped and tasted over 2h.

A side-by-side comparison with a 2009 Buisson-Charles Meursault 1er cru Goutte d'or was quite interesting: The Macon was drinking much younger and fresher than the tired Meursault. The Meursault had a slight edge a few years back in terms of complexity, but that is now long gone. Bruised apple, nuts and flabbiness are now clearly showing in 2 bottles opened recently.

Premox in burgundy is largely to do with cork choice IMHO. Whole corks are sanitized with a strong oxidant, which can remain unevenly in the cork porosities. You only need a small amount of peroxide to spoil 750ml.

Both were purchased from the same store and cellared in identical conditions. My love affair with upped-echelon white burgundy is all about youth. Gambling with bottles that are now fetching triple digits is not for me anymore. When I want a Fino, I open one. If I want white burgundy, I make sure not to cellar past 5-6 years.

I'll take this Chavigne over the Meursault any day for how well it's showing after barely 10 years of cellaring. Well done Guffens-Heynen. Shame about the Meursault's closure.

Drink or hold, no upside anticipated.
13% abv
Red
11/12/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Popped and poured
Synthetic cork. No sign of seepage.

Nothing bad, nothing great. A rather ordinary, austere showing, probably due to how young it is.
Good value.
Hold
12.5% abv
White
11/12/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Perfect cork, no sign of seepage.
Along with Charmes, my favorite BC meursault.
This one was cellared since release but it is now starting to show notes of oxidation.
Still nice but drink up now.
13% abv
Red
Popped and tasted during 3-4 hours.
No decanting, cork was in perfect condition, no sign of seepage.
This was tasting delicious and could have aged 5 years longer. Definitely entering a nice maturity phase, still no bricking at meniscus and had strong fruit during the entire night.
Delicious.
Drink or hold to 2024+.
13.5%abv
Red
11/9/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Popped and poured. Cork was dry and stuck despite being in a damp cellar for its entire cellar time. It broke it half when pulled, however no seepage was shown.

Agreed with TN from wmccones54 earlier this year. Finish and length are medium. Nobody was impressed or disappointed with the wine, but it wasn’t out of balance either, which was my main concern with a Toro.

Drink up
White - Fortified
Nice milder flavoured PC.
Good balance between flavours and nose
Lately i am finding there is a lot to like with younger bottlings vs VORS which are often a bit less drinkable due to the effects of additional acidity from evaporation.
Drink up
19% abv
Red
11/9/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Popped and poured
Perfect cork, no seepage.
Nice mildly secondary flavour profile.
Short length.
Simple flavours but balanced wine in a challenging vintage.
Drink or hold, there is plenty of life left.
13% abv
Red
Perfect cork, no sign of seepage
Tasted over 60min
An interesting lighter bodied wine in the vein of a cru beaujolais. Deep bing cherry flavour. Slightly astringent finish. Nice surprise.

Drink or hold. Suggest decanting for 1-2 hours and serving at 18c.

13%abv.
Red
This has barely evolved in the several years since last tasted.
It will go until 2027 easily.
Drink or hold to 2025+
White
11/7/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Popped and poured
Perfect cork, no sign of seepage.
Light golden colour suggests this is mature but not oxidised as yet.
Drink up, past prime for my taste.
Red
Popped and tasted over 3h.
Perfect cork, no trace of seepage.
Delicious and concentrated red berry flavours
Plush texture and long finish.
Drink in near term for its impeccable primary fruit balance.
13%abv
Red
11/6/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Drinking well, does feel a bit hot and slightly bitter on the finish
From producer, perfect cork, no seepage
Drink or hold
15% abv
Red
Popped and poured. Tasted over 2 h.
Perfect cork, no seepage
This was polished and delicious. Very poised and elegant, as can be expected from this commune. The palate was satiny, with pure cherry flavor. Tannins were absent.
Drink or hold to 2024.
13% abv.
Red
Pretty honest.
Popped and poured
No seepage;
Still quite primary, will require until 2024 to develop further.
Shows promise.
Drink or hold to 2025+
14% abv
White
11/3/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Popped and poured
Perfect cork no seepage
Light gold colour showing much more evolution than my last note.

Nice balance but this is at the end of its twilight years. This was kept in a cellar since original release but has barely managed to make it past year 10. Concerning.

Drink up now.
13%abv
Red
Stelvin closure

This was quite nice, with lots of subtle flavours emerging after an hour or so. More nuanced than most barossan shiraz. Well done.
Drink or hold to 2025
14%abv
White
10/19/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
flawed
This was totally oxidised.
Red
10/12/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Popped and poured.
Perfect cork no sign of seepage.

Sweetish pruney notes on the nose once the reduction blows off. The wine gives an impression of sweetness on the finish. The warm vintage translates into lower acidity and a slightly cooked fruit character that isn’t especially appealing when i am drinking crozes. None of the crunchy deep fruit that can often be a feature is found here, as good as the winemaking is, the wine already tasted tired and out of balance, suggesting it’s unlikely that further cellaring will change anything.

Drink up or avoid.
Red
10/9/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Decanted 30min prior.
Cork was fully saturated and showed signs of seepage.
Garnet with burnt orange meniscus.

I don’t know what it is about grenache and exposure to air but it somehow seems that a bit of accidental contact through a faulty seal improves the wine vs perfectly sealed examples. I cannot explain it for such an oxidation prone varietal but it happens consistently with lots of late 90s rhone wines i have.
Anyway, this was a delicate and fine grenache. Still with fruit as well as the expected secondary development. Excellent.

70% grenache
20% syrah
10% cinsault
All concrete fermented and aged in foudres.

Drink or hold, this bt seemed fully mature for my tastes
14.5% abv
L-2005
Red
Perfect cork, no sign of seepage.

Popped and poured.
The acidity was off the scale. Not much else was there besides very faint oak, smoke and vanilla. Very poor showing, feeble and tired. I left it to air out and it improved by about 10%. Have had a few aged 904s but this is my first 890. I can accept that this bottle may have been off given other TNs but it is very unfortunate. I have had a string of disappointing experiences with 94 riojas of late. I believe it’s time to limit my loss for the infrequent pleasure they have delivered.

Bt 000716/16599
L-948/2

Avoid based on this single bottle.
12.5% abv
Red
10/6/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Decanted and tasted over 2h
Perfect cork no sign if seepage
Initially smells stewed but it must be served at around 18c and left alone for about 60min. It opens up and becomes this delicious savoury moreish wine. V good showing.

Drink up
13%abv
Red
10/5/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Pretty simple, i recommend drinking up soon.
Red
I popped and poured this wine.
Flabby cork, but no sign of seepage.
Single piece cork.
Right off the bat, i will say I’ve tasted many of this bottling and this was one of the best examples to date. Quite open and delicious. Some previous bottles had a shrillness that was noticeable and distracting. None here.

Delicious, red fruited and deliciously Victorian shiraz. So moreish and a huge contrast to its barossa cousins.

Drink or hold, still has many years ahead.
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