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2005 Château La Garricq Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
3/29/2017 - Alfred77 wrote:
1 Flasche probiert, 29. März 2017, noch jung.
Weinwisser bis 2020.
Besser dekantieren. Hat noch Potenzial.
  • Nubian commented:

    5/24/17, 4:07 PM - die 18 Punkte würde ich nach justemment Genuss des splendiden 2001ers nachvollziehen!

Red
2004 Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
3/7/2013 - Burgundy Al wrote:
88 points
Zachys La Paulee Auction, Day One (Smith & Wollensky - New York NY): Dark cherry aromas with some earthiness. Blackberry and cherry flavors, also meaty and earthy, but an unmistakable green element is clear on finish.
  • Nubian commented:

    9/9/16, 3:47 PM - Have this sleeping in cellar, and wondering about the comment of Chris_77 and the only diverging comment of yours. Sorry Chris, it's not only a mistake to empty the btls so early but to so with a Grand Cru. Simple truth IMO, given a trusted producer, this is still too young...

Red
2005 Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots Pinot Noir
4/8/2016 - Burgundy Al wrote:
Burg Dinner with Friends (RPM Steak - Chicago IL): Open and in decanter for several hours before being returned to bottle and brought to dinner. Lots of fruit concentration, but little spice or pleasure in general for now. A wine we think will turn into a charming Vosne 1er Cru based on experience, but surprisingly backward.
  • Nubian commented:

    4/9/16, 3:51 PM - am not touching my 2005s at all...

White
2013 Weingut Josef Jamek Grüner Veltliner Achleiten Wachau
10/5/2015 - GTFreek wrote:
Blind tasted. Had no idea, but not the wine's fault I was off today.
  • Nubian commented:

    12/13/15, 3:50 PM - my experience with GV: laying down for 2 yrs is not a fault.

Red
2010 Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) Red Bordeaux Blend
9/3/2014 - Zinlady Likes this wine:
91 points
Love this wine. Had with chicken and mushrooms. Dark. Nice finish
  • Nubian commented:

    12/9/15, 3:41 PM - Thanks for the straight comments. Will have to increase the percentage of Belle-Vue in my cellar I guess...

Red
2002 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/11/2015 - d'Artagnan wrote:
Une bouteille beaucoup plus fermée que la précédente. C'est bien fait mais il aurait fallu attendre celle-ci quelques années. Que faire avec la dernière?
  • Nubian commented:

    10/16/15, 2:34 PM - Pas touché une seule bouteille jusqu'ici. Le millésime presque refuse de maturer...

Red
2002 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
9/9/2015 - pdadams66 Likes this wine:
89 points
From memory so no details (drank at Beth and Arthur's wedding reception, from a magnum). Good deep colour, not showing signs of serious age. Fruit. Classic claret with good supporting tannins still. This was excellent from a magnum. Drinking well now.
  • Nubian commented:

    9/30/15, 4:39 PM - Just killed a bottle and it's well worth trying one, so delicious, very classy and classic style or call it old-style :)

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2005 Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers Pinot Noir
In the past 2 years I have had some not so good experiences with Faiveley from the old regime's Gevrey 1ers. First were some halves of the '02 Combe Aux Moines, next were some really awful halves of the '03 Cazetiers and now this. While all different, they all seemed to have too much extraction, dark roasted fruits, and too much oak leading to drying tannins. Hard to explain, unless they were all subject to bottle variation, and/or bad shipping or storage. This is the least bad, but I was expecting so much more. Ironically, the '10 version is the antithesis, all elegance and really refined tannins, just not as good as say the Bruno Clair Version.
  • Nubian commented:

    9/27/15, 3:32 PM - Oh Jesus would wait with the 2005 at least some 10 years or so, depending on what numbers you are storing. Perhaps the 09s are starting to drink a decade earlier. Be patient with this high flyer...

  • Nubian commented:

    9/30/15, 3:06 PM - Well possessing only one Cazetier and it is from 2005. Have hidden it deep down in the cellar taxing it to live another 20 yrs at least. Then I will be around 70 ;) but it will be worth it I guess. Hard to wait I know, but now I would not touch. My btl is from Serafin. Cheers Nubian

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2002 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
Color: Almost no signs of aging whatsoever. Nose: Wild berries, a hint of whipped cream. Quite expressive bouquet. Mouth: Consistent with the nose. Too thin. Too bitter. Not very enjoyable.
  • Nubian commented:

    9/24/15, 3:04 PM - The 02s don't seem to be the most early drinkable Bordeaux for last decade, the signs are giving a hint to forget this one for another 3-5 years perhaps. Will try my first bottle of the well described 2000 this christmas.

Red
2002 Château Phélan Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
3/7/2015 - EMAZurich wrote:
90 points
Kühle Johannisbeernase, scho n hier schlägt das Schlanke des Jahres durch... Am Gaumen kühl und schlank, mineralisch und schwarzbeerig mit zartbitterem Lakritz im Finale. Ein schöner, klassischer Bordeaux aber für das Außergewöhnliche fehlt hier doch Einiges.
  • Nubian commented:

    8/14/15, 5:37 PM - Der Wein ist noch ziemlich jung nach der Farbe. Vermutung, hier ist noch etwas Geduld anzuraten? Nach 3, 4 Tagen direkt aus der Flasche war ich sehr beeindruckt von der Klasse des Weins.

  • Nubian commented:

    8/16/15, 4:29 PM - Overall, would suggest this moderately priced wine is a treat. Am very excited to initially taste the 2005 Phelan. Nevertheless will wait some years.
    Best wishes, Reiner

Red
2005 Château Côte de Baleau St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
10/22/2014 - Klugi Wine wrote:
90 points
Getting better with time. The wood is better integrated now and the wine shows a medium body and classic bordeaux earthiness. The bouquet is dominated by black fruit and some coffee and dark chocolate. Overall a good PQR.
Time will tell, if it improves further.
  • Nubian commented:

    2/7/15, 4:01 PM - Be sure this wine will ameliorate with time. Haven't touched my bottles yet. 2005 is widely unapproachable by now. This regards the 02 and 04 vintages too. So don't wonder about 2005... For now, the 98s St. Emilion have to be approached...

  • Nubian commented:

    8/14/15, 5:23 PM - Depends on storing conditions too... have opened one and on day 3 there is a trend towards binding the mild acid at opening... the result is some power combined with burgundian finesse in the finish. Decant strongly recommended.

Red
2012 Arianna Occhipinti Sicilia SP68 Nero d'Avola e Frappato Red Blend
7/13/2015 - UpfromtheCellar wrote:
88 points
This nice medium weight blend is strangely less than the sum of its parts. Arianna's Frappato is light, lively, sharp, focused. Her Nero d'Avola is darker, creamy rich with minerals and spice.

This blend is neither!

Rather its just that. A mash up of spice, acids, fruits, creamy side tastes and earth. There is no central focus to this bottle. Certainly easy to drink but where is the statement, the definition, the structure? I guess sometimes a bottle of wine is just a bottle of wine. Duh.
  • Nubian commented:

    8/9/15, 2:33 PM - Just trying the 2011 which surprisingly is coming up on day 2. Would give the wine lot of air or some storage. The aim is a wine of very own kind indeed, blueberry fruited, bold and of much interest.

Red
2012 Weingut Pflüger Friedelsheim St. Laurent Pfalz
8/11/2014 - danielbleier wrote:
88 points
tart cherry, tight and herbal on the finish
  • Nubian commented:

    12/14/14, 3:06 PM - Thinking about the declared drinking horizont, the just consumed 2003 is drinking very well right now, winery considers 2012 as Holding date. The fruit is still dominant. So, some patience may help...

Red
2004 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
10/1/2014 - Nubian wrote:
92 points
From half bottle, no decant, ready within 30 minutes. Deep youngish color, purple reflets. Fantastic, balanced, slightly toasted bouquet, earthy, dark fruits in palate with medium to long, consistent finish. Much better than expected.
  • Nubian commented:

    10/3/14, 2:44 PM - Well Robert, let's happily look forward to our next bottle, good wine has oftenly its own personality. To be approached with humbleness...

Red
2005 Château Beaumont Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
The first bottle of 5 dozen. Very disappointing indeed. Overripe and over extracted. At first, chocolate and stewed plums. Muddled and not particularly pleasant. I don't think it will improve. Will try another bottle or two but I think it's one to sell. Another casualty of the Parker influence? Such a pity, the 2000 was terrific quality for the money. Got quite a bit of the 09 too, I wonder if that's as bad as this too.
  • Nubian commented:

    9/25/14, 2:21 PM - Hi John, having the 06 in my glass and wondering what this aftertaste is about, would think this is very interesting stuff which is just evolving. For now it is a light wine which needs certain notice and perhaps even sympathy. Next time it has a real chance to metamorphose into an awful even if extraordinary wine. Would approach your 05 - of which 6 btls are sleeping in my cellar - step by step. Good luck.

White
2011 Van Volxem Saar Riesling Mosel Saar Ruwer
5/2/2014 - Paul S wrote:
90 points
Van Volxem Tasting (Park Palace, Grand Park Hotel): This was really good for a cheap, entry level wine from a less than heralded vintage. It had a lovely nose, very pretty, with little touches of chalk dancing around pretty accents of chamomile and sweet herb and fresh cut white flowers on a base of Fuji apples. The palate had a lovely, almost pitch perfect balance to it, with gentle acidity running through simple but beautifully detailed flavours of green apples laced with flowers and stone fruited notes. It finished with just a little suggestion of mineral and a grip of citrus lime. Very nice. It is a great summer afternoon wine, great for drinking early.
  • Nubian commented:

    8/28/14, 3:53 PM - Had tasted this in Sep 2012 and fully agree with recommendation to enjoy this early. 3 D feeling, rating was even 91 pts

White
2008 Van Volxem Scharzhofberger Riesling Pergentsknopp Mosel Saar Ruwer
7/30/2013 - Zweder wrote:
90 points
Concentrated with a very good balance between acidity and sweetness, But one way or another the wine doesn't strike me as extremely special. It has finesse, but I miss some elegance. Maybe I should have waited until 2020, but I didn't and this was my last bottle so…over and out.
  • Nubian commented:

    8/28/14, 3:48 PM - seems to me it was unresistable stuff to drink right now... for myself I am a little sad having just emptied my 2008 Scharzhofberger normal btls. Only one magnum left, but this will be kept for sure...

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