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Red
2009 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
4/22/2019 - Billigan Likes this wine:
94 points
This was just dynamite. Slight browning at the edges gives away its age, but the nose was just lovely, with plenty of the fresh cracked pepper and blackberry you'd expect from a zin, but with lovely earthy and mushroom tones that give it an almost Bordeaux-like flair. Silky, sweet, and effortless on the palate, but not without some sneaky structure (from the big petite sirah proportion in the blend?). Great with burgers off the grill; this bottle disappeared quickly. In a perfect spot, but could easily go on a few more years without losing its edge.
  • Billigan commented:

    4/23/19, 4:11 PM - Couldn’t agree more! I bought a lone bottle of this wine 8 years ago, and I’m so glad I waited. Wish I had more...

  • Billigan commented:

    5/2/19, 7:45 AM - Guitar guy, you're exactly right. I glanced too quickly at the label and missed that important detail. Good catch, and I will amend the note accordingly. Cheers!

Red
2015 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée Cabernet Franc
7/12/2018 - Billigan wrote:
93 points
Exceptional. Rich, glossy berry fruit but tons of earthy and savory flavors, green tobacco, and that chalky, fine tannin that’s a hallmark of the vineyard. Bar none the best rendition of this consistently excellent wine since the 2009. Maybe not the spine of the also-great 2010, but more immediately approachable and absolutely delicious.
  • Billigan commented:

    7/15/18, 3:17 PM - Thanks, and yes, I was pleasantly surprised at how accessible this was. The 2014 was so much more structured at this same phase. But this definitely has the stuffing to go for years and years to come...

White - Sweet/Dessert
1989 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux 1ère Trie Le Mont Chenin Blanc
5/26/2018 - drwine2001 wrote:
Fiftieth Birthday Dinner with 1968 Riojas and Other Treats (San Francisco): Dull, deep yellow/light golden. Subdued nose that is not as bright or pure as it should be. Medium weight, not that sweet. There is a bit of mustiness, the fruit just doesn't sing, and it's missing something in terms of mouth feel. I have to believe that this bottle was off in some way even if not overtly corked. Interestingly, after having had a superb bottle of this in 2010, I see that another bottle in 2014 showed much the same way as this did. Very disappointing given the quality of the vintage for dessert wines.
  • Billigan commented:

    5/27/18, 5:57 PM - Of the three 1er Tries in 1989, I think Le Mont is the only misstep. I had a similarly underwhelming experience with this wine. The Clos du Bourg and Haut Lieu 1er Tries have both been consistently marvelous...

Red
1981 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
1/27/2018 - Billigan Likes this wine:
97 points
This bottle was just breathtaking. Burgundian elegance and balance, svelte and silky palate presence, gorgeous whiffs of mourvedre funk, and beautiful richness without any of the alcohol fumes of modern CdP. Just stunning and no-doubt one of the greatest CdPs ever made.
  • Billigan commented:

    1/28/18, 5:07 PM - 750, indeed.

Red
2009 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly Gamay
1/1/2018 - Billigan Likes this wine:
93 points
Finally sourced this wine again, and I'm so glad I did. As big and bold as it was in its youth, but now gradually unclenching its fist. The ripe black fruit has softened considerably while still showing ample spine. The minerality, which was always there in spades, has moved further to the fore, giving the wine a distinctly volcanic vibe to finish. A completely sui generis and completely delicious Beaujolais with miles ahead of it.
  • Billigan commented:

    1/3/18, 8:46 AM - No real red fruits showing with this bottle. It remains a deep, dark purple color and the dark-fruited flavors predominate. It's always been a bit of a freak Bojo in my book (and in a very good way), but it's dark, molten minerality is (and will always be), the central quality of its character.

    And I agree on what superb value it is!

Red
1994 Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
11/3/2017 - Billigan Likes this wine:
96 points
Brilliant combination of new world richness and Bordeaux aromatics. Dark, earthy, and herbaceous aromas; absolutely gorgeous, effusive, fun to swirl and sniff. Cashmere texture, with lovely touches of fresh herb and mineral flavors, marred only by a bit of heat on the finish. Tremendous wine and drinking beautifully right now.
  • Billigan commented:

    11/4/17, 6:01 PM - Seth, it’s really singing now. Very expressive nose and tannins well resolved. It’s in no danger of fading, but it’s really in the zone now, so I’d crack one open soon if you have the chance.

Red
2015 Domaine Dupeuble Pere et Fils Beaujolais Gamay
2/15/2017 - chablis28 wrote:
83 points
Really disappointing from one of my, usually, favorite producers???! Did they sell out to the maker of Meiomi PN? This is a mess and bares no resemblance to the usually; supple, ethereal, feather weight red fruited style of all the other vintages I've been drinking every year since 2005??? Its up 1% in Alc on the label from last year's 12.5% to 13.5% but taste and smells more like a 15.5% CDP. Darker color than usual, starts out with a pleasant enough juicy grapy nose but turns Alc nose quickly. Blackberry jam, plum and hint of rasin on the ponderous weighty palate. Turns a little savory later but still, nearly undrinkable, for me. Think Ill be skipping a vintage for the first time with Dupeuble. Glad I didn't buy more. Not flawed. Oddly, seems like a "great" vintage didn't work out "great" here. At least not for my palate. Meiomi and Belle Glos drinkers will love this :). Need to see if any more 2014 around.
  • Billigan commented:

    9/27/17, 6:32 PM - I was just thinking of buying some bottles, as this house staple had somehow eluded me for the 2015 vintage, but your note has (sadly) given me pause. Thanks for the candid, if disappointing, take.

Red
1997 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Syrah
5/15/2017 - Billigan Likes this wine:
95 points
My goodness this was in such a perfect spot. Gorgeous nose of smoked meats, cracked pepper, cinnamon, and a little floral/rosy stuff for good measure. Savory, rich, and earthy on the palate with an almost satiny texture with just a hit of spicy bite on the finish. Chave just always seems to deliver, vintage after vintage.
  • Billigan commented:

    5/18/17, 3:24 PM - Mos def. It's really in a great spot to crack one open. Had it with smoked brisket, and it was A++ combo

Red
2015 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée Corcelette Gamay
2/9/2017 - tdelorme wrote:
Definitely shows the power and ripeness of the vintage, but with the grace you would expect from Foillard. It would be interesting to taste this next to the 09. I think I prefer the 14 -- but it's Foillard and as you would expect it is delicious.
  • Billigan commented:

    2/9/17, 6:16 PM - Thanks very much for the first look. I'm an every-year buyer for Foillard but had some trepidation given the vintage and variability from other Bojo producers. Good to hear, if unsurprising, that Foillard did well in spite of the hot vintage.

Red
2014 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly Gamay
1/31/2017 - Billigan Likes this wine:
93 points
It'd been over a year since I last give this one a whirl, and I was glad to see it still showing beautifully. Plenty of the same cool, granitic smells and stony textures with just pitch perfect balance. This is basically my archetype beaujolais, and my favorite from the 2014 vintage.
  • Billigan commented:

    2/4/17, 4:02 AM - I love all those producers as well! Although, Metras for me tends to be a mixed bag of either gorgeous, near-transcendental bottles or rotten stinkers. Dupeuble is arguably my favorite QPR on the planet.

Red
2015 Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes Côte de Brouilly Cuvée des Ambassades Gamay
Sorely disappointed in this showing. Deep purple in the glass, with strong, grapey aromas and a big whiff of alcohol. On the palate, more grapey flavors and an almost syrupy texture with a hot finish. No improvement on night #2. The snappy acids and stoniness I've long-loved in this wine are nowhere to be found, as it shows scarcely any expression of its terroir or varietal character. What happened here?
  • Billigan commented:

    9/12/16, 7:01 AM - For those who've bought this wine, I sure hope it turns around, but I have strong doubts. I've had over 200 bottles of Beaujolais in the past several years (at all levels of cellar age), and I can't recall one as dreadful as this. And given that I drank this over two nights and saw no improvement from being open, I don't imagine cellar time will help either. But who knows? If you've got a couple, crack one open and see if you like it.

  • Billigan commented:

    12/20/16, 6:16 AM - People's reactions to 2015 Beaujolais seems quite variable, with some enjoying the ripeness while others passing on it because of its Rhone-like qualities. For my part, I think some producers really shone (Thivin, Lapierre, Sunier), while others had trouble handling the heat. For me, the defining characteristic of Beaujolais is freshness, which in most vintages comes naturally to these wines, but which in warm/hot vintages like 2015, can be a real challenge to achieve with many producers. I feel in 2015, many whom I typically enjoy (e.g., Pavil. de Chavan., Pierre Chermette, Chanrion) failed to walk that line successfully between ripe fruit and Bojo energy/freshness and ended up with some medicinal and/or ponderous examples that even showed a fair amount of alcohol. I think there are some real gems here (Lapierre in particular), but you need to be choosy with this vintage.

Red
2013 Rogue Vine Super Itata Itata Valley Red Blend
A revelation. Excellent stuff. As Billigan noted, and I suspect we have the same salesperson, like a cru beaujolais but with a bit of new world heft. It's clean, almost too clean for my taste in this level of wine, where I tend toward a bit of sauvage (of course). Still, this is a wine I will be returning to. As some Chilenos would say, y volveré, a tus brazos caeré. Las estrellas brillarán, nuestro amor renacerá.
  • Billigan commented:

    9/13/16, 11:08 AM - L'Enfant, you've got it the other way around; our mutual friend is totally lifting my own characterization of the wine! Ha! Glad you seemed to like this almost as much I did. More importantly, we should do some drinking together. From your profile, it sounds like you're a fellow Washingtonian with a liking for the funky Loire and Bojos that I love. Cheers!

Red
1981 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
7/13/2016 - Billigan Likes this wine:
94 points
Absolutely gorgeous perfume, with a smoky depth, like burning embers in the glass. Exceptional balance and proportion on the palate, which still shows of plenty of muscle to last in the cellar. But no need to wait; this wine is singing now.
  • Billigan commented:

    7/18/16, 6:21 AM - Nope. Just popped and let it breath in the glass.

White
2007 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune Alsace
6/7/2016 - convex Likes this wine:
92 points
Summer officially arrived. Nice nose of floral, lemon zest and honey. Screams freshness and minerality in the mouth. No weakness here but perhaps a bit forgettable. I expect to drink this all summer long.
  • Billigan commented:

    6/8/16, 3:35 AM - LOL at Clos St Hune being your summer quaffer! Mine's the Pepiere Muscadet at $12/bottle. If you're just looking for some lemony mineral refreshment, you could save a lot of ducats with the Pepiere...

Red
2012 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave St. Joseph Syrah
3/6/2016 - Billigan Likes this wine:
92 points
The "baby" [insert famous vineyard/producer] moniker gets tossed about often as we search for some way to capture the magic of a legendary wine that's now out of our price range, but it's not often that I've found the substitute wine to live up to its billing. However, this is the rare case where the "Baby Chave Hermitage" is actually an apt description. In its gorgeous array of savory and meaty aromas flavors, it was reminiscent of some of the finest Texier or Gonon wines that I've had, but it also possessed an extra level of both depth and refinement that put it on another level, especially for the appellation. Only a 92 now, but it shows tremendous potential for the cellar. No, it's not Hermitage, but for the money, it's as close as you'll get.
  • Billigan commented:

    3/15/16, 7:20 AM - Thanks for the comment, and I agree wholeheartedly. May this wine (and its prices) remain in the shadow of the Hermitage!

White
2012 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre Chardonnay
tasty, good qpr, a touch of wood, remains to be seen if this is a repeat purchase
  • Billigan commented:

    2/24/16, 5:34 PM - Love Louis Michel's wines, but FYI, they use only stainless (no wood) at this domaine.

Red
2011 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée Corcelette Gamay
6/13/2015 - Billigan Likes this wine:
92 points
Consistent with previous notes. The Corcelette has all the charms of Foillard's other bottlings, but with an accessible quality than the more structured Cote du Py. Ready to drink anytime, but no harm in holding a few more years to see what other elements emerge.
  • Billigan commented:

    6/17/15, 5:54 AM - Interesting. I felt with the 2011 vintage, all of Foillard's wines were accessible right out of the gate (and have remained so), but in every other instance, the Py needed a bit more time than the Corcelette. Both are consistently excellent, so this is all pretty academic. Cheers!

White - Off-dry
2008 François Chidaine Vouvray Le Bouchet Chenin Blanc
5/17/2015 - Charlie Carnes wrote:
flawed
Advanced; really bad.
  • Billigan commented:

    5/17/15, 7:35 PM - No!!! I've been holding my last bottle for a while, but reports of this wine's demise (or at least, loss of vigor) like yours are making me think it's time to pop the cork.

Red
1986 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
3/14/2015 - Billigan Likes this wine:
96 points
A stunning wine and proof positive that the "forever-burly" 1986s are really hitting their stride. After an 8-hour Audouze, this was humming. A knockout perfume full of cassis, turned earth, smoke, and leather. An exceptionally balanced-but-richly-fruited palate, with the tannins perfectly integrated. No, this isn't some powerhouse heavyweight, but it is an exceptional middleweight that truly shows the best of what Bordeaux is all about.
  • Billigan commented:

    3/16/15, 6:32 AM - Audouzed in the cellar.

Red
2012 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Granges Cabernet Franc
Freshly turned earth, bucketfuls of it. On top of that, layers of tobacco leaves, black peppercorns and a touch of bell pepper. None of the pyrazines come through on the red-fruited, medium-bodied palate that's warm, and expressive but also well lifted and slightly savory. A superior value at just $16. recommended

Slow-o 2 hours, served non-blind.
  • Billigan commented:

    1/24/15, 8:02 AM - Amen. I actually slightly prefer Les Granges to the Domaine year to year, and it's a couple bucks cheaper.

Red
2002 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Pinot Noir
1/17/2015 - acyso wrote:
93 points
An excessibe [sic] balla [sic] afternoon at Domaine (Chicago, IL): I think the biggest surprise on this bottle was how much fruit there was -- and all of it ripe at that. The palate had the same juicy ripeness to it, but the acidity gave this a certain litheness. Very, very good now, but this definitely has the capability to last for another decade.
  • Billigan commented:

    1/17/15, 6:04 PM - Thanks for the note and for the great name for your evening. That might have been one of the most painful WB threads of all time...

Red
2010 Jean Foillard Fleurie Gamay
11/30/2014 - Billigan Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine made me think of that classically cheesy Robert Palmer video, "Simply Irresistible," as it's just one of those whose sheer deliciousness bowls you over. That's not to say it's simple by any means, as its nose is plenty complex, with loads of black cherries, canned peaches, spices, some floral action, and a hint of Bojo funk. On the palate, the trademark Foillard silk is in full effect, as this just glides down with effortless sweetness. The price is steep, but it's hard to argue when the bottle is drained so quickly with huge smiles on everyone's faces.
  • Billigan commented:

    12/7/14, 7:40 PM - Ha, yes, you can't help but do a double take at the price. It's certainly not the elegant or cerebral wine that the Côte du Py is, but its sheer gulpabilty makes up for what it lacks in "burgundianness." And when you consider how much these Foillard wines run laps around village Burgs of comparable price, you don't feel so bad about shelling out 40-50 bones for them.

Red
2009 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Cailles Pinot Noir
11/13/2014 - Charlie Carnes wrote:
flawed
The ridiculous baby diaper and hints of band-aid, blew off after about an hour to reveal a really crappy Burgundy. Hideous. 2 out of 3 have been flawed.
  • Billigan commented:

    11/14/14, 4:14 AM - Charlie, sorry to hear this. Who was the importer for the flawed bottles?

  • Billigan commented:

    11/14/14, 8:47 AM - That's a bummer, especially given what a magical wine this can be when "on." Seems like a big misstep from an otherwise reliable and excellent producer.

White - Off-dry
2012 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5 Mosel Saar Ruwer
9/3/2014 - Billigan wrote:
Very similar experience as Seth. Was expecting more fireworks given past experience and the quality of the vintage, but this seemed like it was tucked tight in its shell. Only after several hours of airtime, when some lovely jasmine and minty aromas peeked out, did I get a sense of the complexity that may come one day. Time to put the rest of my stash to sleep for a good many years.
  • Billigan commented:

    9/6/14, 4:56 PM - I was really surprised, as it was the first 2012 from the Mosel that I've had which seemed shutdown. Have either of you tried other Schaefer wines from this vintage? If so, how've they performed?

White
1998 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia White Blend
6/29/2014 - Billigan Likes this wine:
92 points
Classic LdH nose, rich with nutty and floral aromas. Similarly oxidative elements on the palate, which managed the usual high-wire act of oily texture and lovely acidic freshness with an almost-metallic minerality to accompany the sherry-ish nutty flavors.
  • Billigan commented:

    7/6/14, 5:30 AM - Harley, I agree wholeheartedly. As complex and delicious as it is now, this wine is just a pup. Only quibble I have with your assessment is that I thought it was a terrific value, not a terrible one. For $40, you get a really interesting wine with tremendous ageworthiness (and already aged 15 years for you!).

Red
2010 Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban Vieille Serine Domaine de Pergaud Syrah
4/11/2014 - diggydan wrote:
91 points
Nice wine, surely doesn't suck. Herbal and savory, good clean fruit profile shaded towards the dark. Super tannic and tight upon uncorking but opened nicely in the glass with 20 mins of air.
  • Billigan commented:

    4/11/14, 5:55 PM - "Surely doesn't suck." Ha! Nice one.

White
2009 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Napa Valley
8/6/2013 - Billigan Likes this wine:
92 points
A bit tight out of the gate, but all its charms became evident by the second night. Rich, lemon custard, light florals, and a pat of butter on the nose. The oak is very much dialed back, letting plenty of citrus fruit and minerality come to the fore, with everything well structured and balanced and delineated. No roundness or flabbiness here, but no angularity or austerity either. Superb!
  • Billigan commented:

    10/9/13, 5:36 AM - Chatters, I think the wine has plenty of time to go and will no doubt improve over the next few years. Montelena has a great track record with regard to making ageworthy wines, and the 2009 Chardonnay is no exception.

  • Billigan commented:

    4/7/14, 5:48 PM - SSoM, thanks for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed it, too.

Red
2012 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Gamay
3/22/2014 - Billigan Likes this wine:
92 points
Given how my first bottle went and the vintage characteristics, I was expecting something really lean, but this has fleshed out beautifully into a prototypically wonderful Lapierre. Great, red-fruited aromatics, along with some mild Bojo funk and the trademark iron-like mineral notes of this producer. On the palate, it's filled out its frame and taken on a silken, more richly fruited feel (almost creamy in texture) but with ample acidity and just the faintest hint of greenish herbs to give it some snap. I almost balked at the price hike for this on release, but I'm glad I didn't. It's worth the tariff and a testament to great winemaking in a tough year.
  • Billigan commented:

    3/25/14, 3:01 AM - I'm probably the wrong guy to ask, given I've never let my cru Bojos age longer than five years. This wine certainly wasn't in any danger of falling off, so it can sleep comfortably for a while longer; I just don't see much upside in doing so. For whatever reason or another, I've always enjoyed my initial bottles of Lapierre over ones I've kept for a few years.

  • Billigan commented:

    3/25/14, 7:43 PM - I've heard the same about Coudert, and there are certainly other producers whose wines seem to need more time to come around (Jadot Chateau des Jacques, Metras, Diochon), but I wouldn't count Lapierre among them. E.g., my first bottle of the 2009 was a drop-dead gorgeous wine, with incredible aromatics and loads of juicy exuberance. However, each successive bottle, while very fine, seemed to have less and less of that energy and joie de vivre that (to me) is such a defining characteristic of good cru Beaujolais. In other words, I'd crack open that 2012. I'm confident you'll love it, and if you love it enough to buy more, there's plenty available at retail.

Red
2010 Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir
1/21/2014 - essconsults Likes this wine:
94 points
94-97 on the first night. Massive, mentholated, cool mostly blue fruity, but to me, more Gevrey than Morey St. Denis. This has tremendous soil tones, but is very tannic and acidic, yet has a hugely long finish that goes on for minutes. Put this away for 15 years and see what happens.

92-95, unfortunately on successive nights (same bottle) and therefore I'm lowering my score. As we know Jacques Lardiere often hugely outperformed in lackluster years, but did his methods cause him to perform less well in the great years? I have also tasted his '10 Chambolle Fuees which was very big and un-Chambolle like (see my note).

I apologize for the initial, hasty note, on the CSD, but it WAS enormously impressive the first night-it hasn't followed through, which is unlike my experience with other top '10s.
  • Billigan commented:

    1/21/14, 8:08 PM - Thanks for sacrificing one for the team. Will let my lone bottle sleep for many years.

Red
2001 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
10/5/2013 - Billigan wrote:
88 points
Almost a citrusy quality from the abundant, juicy acidity, along with the usual leathery scents. Typical LdH silk on the palate but undercut slightly by a sourness on the finish.
  • Billigan commented:

    10/12/13, 10:30 PM - No kidding. The sour, citrus-like element has only gotten more pronounced over three bottles. Here's hoping their 2001 gran reserves turn out better than this.

Red
2011 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph Syrah
9/27/2013 - coremill wrote:
76 points
The worst non-obviously flawed wine I've had in a long time. There is a weird chemical aspect to the nose that took my a long time to identify but eventually I decided it smelled like Elmer's glue. There's also a bit of windex, green grass, lemon/grapefruit juice, and a slightly reductive smokey/peppery quality. On the palate there is hardly any fruit but a ton of grassy acid and some unbalanced drying tannin. This tastes a bit like somebody dropped a bucket of tannin powder in a vat of crappy Loire sauvignon blanc. It was a struggle to finish a glass. 3-4 hours of air did not help.

I'm clearly not drinking the same wine everyone else is raving about, but I couldn't figure out what was wrong here. Not corked, not oxidized or heat damaged, not obviously bretty or volatile.
  • Billigan commented:

    9/27/13, 2:38 PM - I'm sad to read your note (as I love Gonon) but a bit confused. If, as your description clearly indicates, it a) smells and tastes like chemicals, weird acids, and citrus fruits (?!), b) has no characteristics of the winemaker, terroir, or even the grape, and c) bears no resemblance to other 25 tasting notes posted here, then you're probably looking at a badly flawed bottle, rather than a 76-point wine. Just my two cents. More importantly, it's a bummer you had this experience. I think the wine is brilliant.

Red
2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée Cabernet Franc
7/10/2013 - christyler wrote:
I knew this would be too young, but I opened it anyway. It's a little difficult to enjoy now - even after a four hour decant it's tightly coiled, the wood is noticeable and the tannins are a little rough. It still has that beautiful acidity that Baudry's 2010s all display, and I think it has tremendous potential. My remaining six bottles won't be touched for at least 5 years.
  • Billigan commented:

    7/11/13, 3:41 AM - Thanks for taking one for the team. It's good to be reminded to lay off these (when so many of his 2010 wines are drinking wonderfully). If you can source some 2009 Croix Boissee, it's a brilliant young example that's very expressive even now. Will give you something to look forward to as you (and all of us) wait several years on the '10s.

  • Billigan commented:

    7/11/13, 8:12 PM - I agree 100% on the 2010 lineup. The '10 Granges has essentially been our house red for the past year, and the Guillot showed great potential. The only slight exception I've had is with Le Domaine. I found it to be a bit angular and tart, but I know I'm in the distinct minority of opinion there. Cheers!

Rosé
2012 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina Rubentis Rosé Blend
5/5/2013 - Billigan Does not like this wine:
82 points
I think Brix really nailed it with his note here in terms of the wine's characteristics with the exception being that I found this rather joyless. For me, rose is about refreshing, energetic, food-friendliness, and if it has some additional complexity (like in a Baudry rose or a Mordoree Tavel), then that's bonus. But this wine delivered none of those qualities. Sour, spritzy, and a bit of a slog to drink on what was a nice spring picnic with my family.
  • Billigan commented:

    5/6/13, 5:28 AM - Brix, well said, and I actually don't think our tastes are that far off. When I went to enter my note, I was surprised to read yours, as you seemed to tick off all the qualities of the wine that I had picked up, except that for me, they were present but with the volume turned way down, such that it seemed a bit flat and listless (the fizz notwithstanding). Also, what you perceived as bitterness (something I think is a necessary ingredient in a good rose) struck my palate as a bit sour, which lead me also to think it might have been flawed somehow (but under screwcap?).

    Perhaps it was a bit of an expectations issue, as I was told by a reliable merchant that this was an excellent and much-sought-after rose, and the wine didn't meet those expectations. Anyhow, if I can get another bottle, I'll certainly give it another go. Thanks for your great original note, and for engaging on this.

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