Tasting Notes for Tony Molester

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White
3/16/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Fair bit of gas.
Some light seepage.
Cristalline light and refreshing acidity. Slatey.
Still young.

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12.5% abv
White
Slight RS, tasting clean, with perceptible richness, weight and RS.
Tasting developed, but not fully mature just yet. Slate, lime, something floral. Simple and satisfying, well done.

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10.5% abv
Red
No formal note, but one tasted like a lighter styled southern rhone grenache. While it was enjoyed, it was a bit bold.

Drink up or hold. Secondary development at this time.
14% abv
Red
This was the last of 3.
Stelvin closure.
Popped and tasted over 2h
Maturing into a fine pinot. Really enjoyed the stem aromas
Delicious cherry and damp earth. Refreshing acidity and good old world pinot flavours.


Drink or hold to 2022.
White - Off-dry
2/28/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Soft single piece cork, no seepage
Deep gold colour, with hints of orange.
N:citrus, petrol, floral component.
P: Refreshing acidity, if a bit lower than my preference. Petrol, fully mature flavour profile. Waxy and unctuous texture.
Current perception of sweetness is in line with a younger feinherb, present and quite low. The acidity almost fools you into thinking it is dry. I recently pulled the cork on another 2001 JL Wolf Riesling that was totally oxidized, so based on these 2 data points, I would not wait much longer unless kept in a very cool cellar.

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12.5% abv
White
2/26/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
flawed
This bottle was likely off: it was severely oxidised. I don't know about the sulphur philosophy from this particular producer, but even modest dry Rieslings have enough stuffing to last 20+ years, and the decline is usually gradual. This is unpleasantly oxidised, hence my conclusion.
White
2/26/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Single piece cork broke, signs of seepage
Popped and poured.
Light gold colour, showing a bit of age but no sign of oxidation
N: There is an initial burnt toffee-alcohol whiff, but it does blow away within 10 minutes. Slight botrytis aromas, an interesting nose.

P:off dry wine weight, nice texture, excellent acidity keeps it refreshing. Good length, flavours of verveine, lemon curd, and a hint of bruised apple. Fresh and interesting despite a slight RS of less 5gpl.

Drink or hold, no rush, but pessimistic on upside potential.
14% abv
White - Sweet/Dessert
Just finished my last bottle.
Perfect csingle piece cork, no seepage
Deep gold with orange rim
N: toffee-caramel, orange, botrytis character
P: Excellent length, touch of acid on the finish makes it refreshing, and the palate is full. Luscious texture, more toffee on the palate, balanced acidity. Wow, very satisfying. If you're findinga slow accumulation of dessert wines and no takers like I am presently, I would suggest cracking one open and having a glass every other night as a digestive. These wines keep for a long time once opened. I am reminded why I stocked up in the first place.

Drink or hold, no rush here.
12%abv
White
Single piece cork, no seepage
Tasted over 90 min, paired w tuna tartare
Wine is cloudy, medium yellow straw
Bruised apple, curry, roasted almond, some yeasty notes
On the palate, more apple and significant yeasty finish
Interesting evolution

Drink or hold to 2020
Rosé
2/18/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
I'm not a fan of rose as a blanket statement, but this was quaffable.
Stelvin closure, quite reduced upon opening, this blossomed within 20minutes and became quite floral on the nose. A slight bitterness on the finish, with strawberry on the palate.
Decent.

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Red
2/16/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Cork broke, dried out.
No seepage.
Deep coloured
N blackberry
P ripe blackberry sturdy tannins, somewhat short and simple finish. I believe the tannins will drop eventually however the underlying wine will remain simple.

Revisit 2022
13% abv
Red
2/15/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
83 points
Single piece cork, no seepage.
Tasted over 24h.
First night i found the fruit to be wound up and muted, with grippy tannins at the fore. Second night was much better, as was my previous recollections of this bottling. I recommend decanting for 4h prior or simply open and drink the next day. The stems and tannins make this wine pretty sturdy. It will easily hold up to some air and improve.

This still has a decade of life ahead
Drink or hold to 2029.
Red
Still quite primary and evolving favourably.
Last bottle sadly.
Drink or hold to 2024
Red
No formal note.
Cork broke.
Deep and still very alive. The grenache nose just jumped out of the glass, and that quickly toned down after about 30 minutes to morph into a very burgundian nose. Palate still displayed the grenache depth. Quite long finish, very satisfying.

Drink up.
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Red
No formal note. No seepage. Remains lean but this has turned a corner and is developing nicely.

Still quite garnet coloured. I reckon this will start to show its best in the coming 5 years.

Drink or hold to 2026
12.5% abv
Red
Seepage, cork completely crumbled.
This particular bottle was fully mature.
Cherry, leather, smoke, plush texture.
Excellent length.

Drink or hold.
12.5%abv
Red
No seepage.
Developing, approaching maturity. Full of morey understated class.
Cherry, earth.

Drink or hold to 2024.
13%abv
White - Sweet/Dessert
Delicious, lush, unctuous.
A bit full on, in the style of the winemaker.
Slightly lacking freshness.
Approaching maturity.
A significant step up in intensity vs the regular Coteaux du Layon.

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12% abv
Red
No formal note
Stelvin closure
Cellar temp
Not decanted

Caramel toffee pinot nose
Flavours follow through on palate
Delicious
White
No formal note but i loved this bottle. Quite powerful and well balanced. Musky fruit, creamy oak and refreshing acidity.

Drink or hold to 2020 but delicious now.
14%abv
White
1/28/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Agree with previous TNs about the flinty, smokey and salty finish. After a few years of bottle age, this has come together nicely. It could age further but i am dubious about its further development.

Drink or hold to 2022
13%abv
White
1/28/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
This was evolved and delicious. I liked the flavours.
White
1/28/2019 - Tony Molester wrote:
Bit of bottle variation. This one was delicious and didn’t show the skin contact flavours as the previous bottle did. Delicious.

Drink or hold to 2021.
13% abv
White
Diam cork, no seepage.
Very floral nose, with a strong pear aroma
Pear flavour is at the fore on palate. Finishes with an interesting blueberry note.
We all concluded the same on the flavours oddly enough.
Red
Good, still quite primary. Some rustic characteristics. A bit simple, and this is consistent with this bottling rather than just the vintage.

Not good value.

Drink or hold to 2025
12.5% abv
Red
From cellar, stored since release
Single piece cork, no seepage
#3646

Tasting very primary right now but developing in the right direction.
Nose of violet and a bit of black pepper.
Palate: tannins smoothing out over time and tartness subsiding. Red berry fruit still at the fore, with violets and a bit of savoury spice on the finish.
Will still benefit from a 45 minute decant.

Drink or hold to 2026.
13%abv
Red
No formal note.
Single piece cork, no seepage. Stored in cellar since 2010.

Nose of reminds me of ripe pinot noir, strawberry, thyme, sage.
Palate: strawberry and again more ripe pinot character. Very unusual for a grenache wine. Tasting very good at the moment.

Drink or hold to 2022
13.5%abv
Red
No formal note
Single piece cork, minimal soak, no seepage.

Slightly muted nose, which didn’t really evolve much after coming to room temperature. Cherry, some earthiness. No oak perceived.

Simple flavours followed through on palate, very good balance between fruit and acidity. Despite vintage, this was well made. The flavours remain simple and secondary. this is certainly not a bottle that will blossom considerably by holding much longer, though it has enough balance to be nice now or up to 2024 in a cool cellar.

Drink or hold to 2024
13% abv
Red
No formal note, from cellar since release
Still looking quite youthful purple, aromas are not developed.

Palate is smooth, witha very balanced if anonymous flavours that are definitely northern rhone syrah, but lacking a sense of place.

Length is a bit short. Finish is again quite smooth. There is little to remember aside from the lack of character. It may develop, but it will most likely just keep for many more years without much upside.

Drink up.
White
No formal note, from cellar since release.
Single piece cork, no seepage

Super anonymous chablis aromas and flavours, but quite youthful for 10 years of age.
Wasn’t worthy of premier cru and several basic chablis bottlings i would prefer over this. This sentiment was echoed by all my guests; failed to light any fires.

Drink or avoid, or hold to 2022
White
Single piece cork, no seepage.

No note, but pretty youthful tasting.
No premox
Very simple and punching below the appellation. Lean, annonymous
Not a repeat purchase.

Drink or hold to 2021.
White
An old bottle i found in the cellar.

Very rich and fresh nose. Lemon, oak,
Palate shows barrel fermented texture. Plush, balanced wine. Enough fatness to make it very food friendly. None of the annoying flavour aspects of SB such as buis.

Quite nice.
Drink or hold to 2022, but drinking very well now.
Red
Single piece cork. No seepage

Overpowering aroma of oak, chocolate (duh). Strawberry. Smoke.
Palate finish has an impression of sweetness, it was significant and distracting from an otherwise well made wine. Aromas follow through on the palate. Tannins are very polished and smooth. Long finish, with again the distracting impression of sweetness.

Would not purchase more based on this tasting.
Drink or hold to 2024
14% abv
White
Tasted just following Les Tessons from the same vintage and producer.
Single piece cork, no seepage.

A slightly more refined and classical flavour profile than the Tessons.
Slightly more oak and acidity were perceived this time around. Lots of lemon and a slightly floral finish on this occasion.
Delicious and youthful

Drink or hold to 2021
13%abv
White
Single piece cork, no seepage.
Ripe tropical nose, lots of freshness
Palate follows through similarly, with creamy oak. Acidity is less developed, most likely due to the warm vintage.
Tastes reasonably youthful with no sign of maturity such as nuttiness or bruised apple.

Drink or hold to 2021.
13%abv
White
Single piece cork, no seepage.
Nose of honeyed white flowers, with a touch of oxidation.
Palate follows through in a similar fashion. Aftertaste has a slight lactic note, curiously. Length is medium, intensity is low to medium. Complexity is lacking.
Tasted dry.

After reading about the age worthiness of this bottling, this first experience is quite disappointing.

Drink or avoid
Red
12/26/2018 - Tony Molester wrote:
Retasted since the past note, the tartness is coming down and the wine is coming together slowly, however it wias very primary and somewhat thin, which isn’t surprising given the vintage.

I would still hold rather than tasting now, however it’s unlikely to blossom into something great even then.
Red
Short single piece cork, no seepage.
Cellared since release.

Aromas of fresh strawberry, dried thyme and cherry.
Palate follows through similarly, suggests a carbonic maceration. Quite fresh and fruity. Tannins are non existant. Recalls a cru beaujolais however it is different and its own thing. At 10 years of age, it was still a vibrant red and quite fleshy on the palate.
Bogazkere and öküzgözü Grown on sandy soils.

This Turkish wine paired with christmas turkey very well (selection was made to justify making the pun on CT).

We followed this wine with a 2007 Pommard La Chanière, and everyone at the table preferred this wine to the burgundy, including myself.

Drink or hold, delicious right now.
13% abv
Fruit/Vegetable Wine
12/26/2018 - Tony Molester wrote:
Probably the best showing of this great poiré to date.
Last bottle

Drink or hold to 2021
4% abv
White
12/26/2018 - Tony Molester wrote:
Good, if slightly less interesting than a few years prior.
Oxidation notes of nuts more noticeable

Drink up
12.5% abv
White - Sweet/Dessert
12/26/2018 - Tony Molester wrote:
Cork no seepage
Unctuous texture
Sweet flavours of peach and nectarine.
No botrytis
Limited aromas.
Too sweet and lacking complexity for my tastes

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12.5%abv
White
Single piece cork, no seepage.
Drinking very well. Youthful, cristalline palate. Nice and light textured.
Drink or hold to 2021
Red
12/24/2018 - Tony Molester wrote:
Time has softened this wine considerably. In a great place at the moment, if the wine was kept in a cool cellar. Simple cherry flavour over a flavoursome and moreish structure that begs for another sip. Was perfect to pair with confit duck leg and duck fat potato

Drink or hold short term, not much upside anticipated.
13%abv
White
12/24/2018 - Tony Molester wrote:
No formal note, found this lacking cut and energy.
Just a really anonymous burgundy from excellent producer.
Drink or hold.
13%abv
Red
Wax seal. Cork broke when pulled. Dried out.
Red with browning meniscus.
Aromas of dry herbs and cherry. Blind it could be mistaken for an italian wine. Palate offers further similarities. long and savoury, quite delicious. More dried herbs (thym, rosemary). Very sapid and moreish.

A great surprise to both my wife and i. Happy to have another bt. This is tasting very well at the moment, so there is no compelling reason to wait, however it will likely keep until at least 2022.

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12% abv
Red
8/24/2018 - Tony Molester wrote:
No formal note.
Cork showed seepage.
Incredibly youthful aromas of cherry. Colour was a bright red.
Strong ferrous note on palate. Less interesting. Overall a curiosity rather than a pleasant experience.
Drink or avoid.
11% abv
White
12/24/2018 - Tony Molester wrote:
Had this yesterday.
Cork had signs of past seepage.
Nose had aromas of hazelnut and bruised apple.
Palate length is good, however this is starting to taste very mature and therefore lacks interest for my tastes in white burg. Complexity was subpar for Les Cras.
Drink up or avoid.
Red
From magnum. Perfect cork, no sign of seepage.
Fresh strawberry on nose,
Balanced acidity on palate, very quaffable. Paired well with lentil and rice dish.
Simply delicious.

Drink or hold.
12.5%abv
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