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2015 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Rhone Blend
7/5/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
93 points
Dark red with a blue hue. Changed after 90 minutes of air. At first, dark smooth flavors of blackberry and cassis, then it brightened up with intense red fruits (cherry, griotte, cranberry -- no strawberry) and minty spice, but not the typical GSM Christmas spice melange of dried cherries or raisins suffused with vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and orange zest. More like raspberry essence, accented with clove, and cedar. Seamless, integrated tannins. Wonderful sense of proportion -- medium bodied but with a long resonating finish -- and red fruit of intense purity, where all that has gone into it has resulted in a single identity, uncomplicated by any distracting partisanship of un-integrated components, flavors or aromas. What a wine for the Fourth of July: e pluribus unum. Delicious now and even better the next day. 93-96
  • vino_per_tutti commented:

    7/27/19, 5:06 PM - Great descriptors, Wilypod, and Happy Fourth!

2011 Les Tourelles de Longueville Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/2/2019 - PMJak11 Likes this wine:
93 points
What a lovely find today!! Was in search of a half bottle to pair with a half bottle I already had and found this gem @ £25! Now you have to like that classic, powerful French Bordeaux smell or you’ll absolutely hate this.

30+ minutes open in the bottle. Dark red color. The nose smells like you just walked through cow shit and then past a herd of horses on your way to Paris! Love it! Wine has depth and structure, but finish is medium at best. Excellent QPR and I plan to try more of the better vintages. Love when things like this happen!!
  • vino_per_tutti commented:

    3/2/19, 2:22 PM - Couldn't agree with you more, PMJAK! Have some of the 2010, 2012 and 2015 in my cellar as well. Best "second" in all of Pauillac!

2015 Drouhin Oregon Roserock Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills
12/13/2018 - vino_per_tutti wrote:
87 points
Pnp'd. Really green, tannic and almost sour in the first glass. Improved with aeration, but still pretty spare and lean - not a lot of fruit on the nose or palate. Understand that this is a second wine, but doesn't really hold a candle to the first.
  • vino_per_tutti commented:

    12/18/18, 12:11 AM - Thanks, Oregonnative. It did indeed improve after an overnight. In future, will either decant or give more time to oxidize.

  • vino_per_tutti commented:

    12/18/18, 12:38 AM - Ken322: perhaps "brand extension" (rather than second wine) would have been more precise. In any case, I stand by my observation - RoseRock is labeled differently for a reason.

  • vino_per_tutti commented:

    12/18/18, 9:02 PM - Whatever, Ken.

2007 Spring Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District
1/16/2016 - winejnky wrote:
92 points
Even after three hours decant this wine is still pretty dense and tannic; nice with food but a bit sour and astringent solo; black cherry, blueberry, currant, and a hint of menthol. Still lines up with my 2012 note, seems to have only evolved modestly since then, very classic Spring Mountain Vineyard wine.
  • vino_per_tutti commented:

    4/28/17, 9:17 AM - Really helpful - thanks.

2011 Domaine Tempier Bandol Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre
4/11/2015 - Richard Jennings wrote:
93 points
Very dark red violet color; savory, tar, reduction, roasted berry, roast coffee nose; tight, dried berry, tar, mineral, roasted berry, tart blueberry palate; needs 6-7 years; long finish (75% Mourvedre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsault, 2% Carignane)
  • vino_per_tutti commented:

    4/19/15, 7:35 PM - Welcome back, Richard!

2003 Château Potensac Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
12/7/2014 - mtollini wrote:
91 points
Medium-bodied, well balanced - the epitome of a mature fifth-growth from a solid year. As curious as everyone else how costco (at least the one in Novato, CA) came across these but glad they did. Will drink the other one in 2015.
  • vino_per_tutti commented:

    2/4/15, 11:13 PM - Costco seems to have spread these all around the Bay Area. I found some in SF and Mtn View.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend
9/28/2013 - SLIMES wrote:
84 points
I'm a big Bollinger fan and normally find a rich yeasty champagne in each bottle. Not tonight. This had the more youthful side of Bollinger: Red apple with plenty of acidity but not much more than that. This was actually quite thin and I enjoyed the Piper Heidsieck of a few days ago a lot more (!).

The lot number on the foil reads: L1311601 suggesting that this was disgorged earlier this year. Maybe it's too young? However I look at it, this is a pretty crappy effort, and I wouldn't be amazingly impressed if served this blind. It's tempting to search for excuses as I'm normally such a fan, but I don't offer that to lesser brands. It's interesting to note that the older halves I had recently were much better; I hope that this reflects the immaturity of this bottle rather than a dip in standards at Bollinger.

I'm prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt for now and I would hope that they start to print disgorgement dates; if Lanson can do it, it can't be that difficult. I'm going to watch this carefully though, Regis Camus is raising standards at Piper (cutting production by about 20%) and if I what something special, Charles Heidsieck has some great offerings now that they're increasing the average age of their reserve wines from 8 to 10 years. In terms of other competition, I would have been happier with Drappier tonight. I'm not going to buy Bollinger out of habit, so I hope my next bottle is better.

Night 2 edit: Not much improvement. I might lay some down. See how these turn out.
  • vino_per_tutti commented:

    10/2/13, 4:59 AM - Thanks for the extensive notes and suggested alternatives.

N.V. The Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky 15 Year Fine Oak Eastern Elchies
10/4/2011 - numen wrote:
74 points
Have tasted multiple times, and, each time, am hoping to be wowed, impressed, or at least satisfied with the spirit. Instead, I have been consistently disappointed. The backbone is good -- a winey, floral, and light spirit. The execution, however, left much to be desired for me. The palate is thin, and the finish is short.
  • vino_per_tutti commented:

    6/10/13, 9:57 PM - Agree with your take. What's your favorite Highland whisky?

2005 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/14/2012 - JJA Likes this wine:
94 points
It's a bit early to drink this 2005 Pontet Canet. All the 2005s seem to be taking a long time to develop, and this wine is no different. It started out a bit thin, but opened up nicely over the course of about an hour. The wine really shined when we started eating. It went very well with the lamb dish at Cafe Basso in Norwalk. While the wine is a bit light bodied, it is smooth, elegant and complex. In an word, it was gorgeous and will clearly improve with some age. My 94 rating doesn't reflect the upside potential in quality here, so I would expect the rating to go up. While I didn't buy this for investment purposes, it has done quite well - up 70% in value since 2006! I will try the next bottle in one year.
  • vino_per_tutti commented:

    12/15/12, 10:27 AM - Thanks for the insights JJA!

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