Tasting Notes for Billigan

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Red
2009 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
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 petit verdot 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.
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Red
3/22/2019 - Billigan wrote:
flawed
Corked!
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White
3/19/2019 - Billigan Likes this wine:
92 points
Really tremendous stuff. Beautiful precision and balance, but the silky texture is what really stands out here. Best Kab I’ve had in quite a while.
White
3/1/2019 - Billigan wrote:
88 points
Nicely expressive nose with plenty of lime, chalk, and yellow apple. Big hit of lemon, peach, and minerals on entry but it was decidedly flat on the mid-palate and abrupt on the finish. Will hold my remaining bottles a bit before diving back in here.
Red
2016 Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
2/27/2019 - Billigan Likes this wine:
91 points
A picture of Chianti classicism. Lovely, dusty nose of dried cherries, old leather, violets, and tobacco. More dusty red fruit and cracked pepper flavors and juicy acidity and fine tannins on the finish. A fabulous QPR that belongs on the dinner table. Great stuff.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2/26/2019 - Billigan Likes this wine:
94 points
A perfect finish to a superb lineup, the 1988 Climens consistently delivers. Loads of honeycomb, caramel, creme brûlée, and a bit of rosewater on the nose. Full richness and sweetness tempered perfectly by the ample acidity on the palate. It’s never failed to bring joy, and this bottle was no exception.
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Red
2/26/2019 - Billigan Likes this wine:
95 points
Drank side-by-side with a 2004 Truchot, so it was a very good night for me ��. Like the Truchot, this wine showed beautifully on the nose, with huge aromas of black cherry, Vosne-like spice, and deep mushroomy forest floor elements, with maybe just a trace of roasted strawberry to betray the vintage character. On the palate, however, this was much deeper, darker, and more structured than the Truchot, with warm black cherry fruit on the front end, but a fine, tannic clamp on the finish. Delicious now, but I think this wine will show another gear with a few more years on its side.
Red
2/26/2019 - Billigan wrote:
96 points
What a treat to drink this wine! The nose is so deep and expressive, despite its youth, with beautiful, mature aromas of coffee, warm soil, roasted mushrooms, and just the faintest whiff of dried herbs. I probably sniffed this for a solid half hour before taking a sip; it was so compelling. Lithe and deliciously red-fruited on the palate, showing plenty of maturity and depth without sacrificing balance. Not a trace of green to be found here. The best 2004 Burg I’ve had by a country mile, and an exceptional wine in its own right.
White - Sparkling
2/26/2019 - Billigan Likes this wine:
94 points
A really “classical” Krug in its combo of richness, power, and focus. Loads of brioche, lemon cream, and some nice walnut tones on the nose. More lemon, nutty bread, and a bit of toffee on the full-bodied palate, with a huge hit of acidity (almost too-strong) on the finish. Maybe not the best example of this wine, but even then, this is a delicious drop.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2010 Château de Rayne-Vigneau Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2/25/2019 - Billigan Likes this wine:
91 points
Not the most complex Sauternes on the block, but all the right pieces were there in terms of having the rich, marmalade-like sweetness but also the right balance of acidity to keep it fresh. Enjoyed from a 375ml over three nights, and it never lost any steam. A great value Sauternes.
White
2/26/2019 - Billigan Likes this wine:
95 points
This bottle was in excellent shape and showed all the qualities of a nicely aged white burg. Light golden hue and an expressive nose of orchard fruits, buttered toast, hazelnuts, and some button mushroom. Rich and peachy with more buttered toast on the palate with a big wollop of minerals on the long finish. Delicious and for my taste, at peak.
Red
Too early to assess properly, but this is dynamite Jessie as usual. Big nose of potting soil, black cherries, cinnamon, and violets. Loads more black cherry and spice and warm earthiness on the palate with plenty of freshness and good tannic structure for aging. Always a house favorite, and this vintage doesn't disappoint.
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Red
2/22/2019 - Billigan Likes this wine:
93 points
An absolute picture of elegance. Beautifully lifted, perfumey nose of crushed berries, baking spices, and violets. On the palate, it has plenty of the characteristic 2009 ripe fruit, but there's perfect restraint with nice cool, mineral tones and a silky texture that's irresistible. Can't remember having had a village wine this good in a long time.
Red
2/20/2019 - Billigan Likes this wine:
90 points
Really love Lafarge in warm vintages, and this Bourgogne shows why. Plenty of ripe red fruit to accompany the usual Lafarge levels of tannin, acidity, and precision, even in this more humble, straightforward bottling. Just some delicious, classically proportioned Burg that's really great for the dinner table.
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Red
2/18/2019 - Billigan wrote:
90 points
Really dynamite nose, with loads of smoke and cinnamon and crushed raspberry. More angular on the palate showing more cranberry and citrus-like acidity buffeted slightly by a good deal of red fruit. Soft tannins too, but the tartness left a bit of a disappointing finish after such a great nose.
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Red
2/16/2019 - Billigan wrote:
Ripe nose with some spicy oak, black cherry, and a little forest floor action. Sweet, ripe fruit (almost a bit candied), but enough earthy elements to keep it interesting. Given the pedigree, I'm hoping this just needs to time to shed the fat. Hold.
White
2/15/2019 - Billigan Likes this wine:
92 points
Ripe, expressive nose packed with orange peel, huge floral aromas (like sticking your face in a magnolia flower). Concentrated and unctuous palate, but with a powerful, mineral finish that keeps it fresh and compelling. Really good stuff.
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Red
2/13/2019 - Billigan Likes this wine:
90 points
From the other notes on here, looks like this wine had a difficult youth, but this bottle was really singing, full of meaty, spicy, and bacony aromas and flavors in a really light and fresh style. Maybe not the depth or structure of the St. Joe bottlings, but this hit all the buttons for a midweek, food-friendly, classically styled Northern Rhone experience.
White
2/11/2019 - Billigan Likes this wine:
92 points
Matchstick reduction, lemon zest, smoke, wet stones, and oak spice...you'd easily be fooled into thinking this was a well-made White Burgundy. Piercing acidity, stony minerality, and ripe green apples on the palate, with just the faintest suggestion of wet wool and honey to remind you it's chenin blanc. Not your typical Loire chenin experience, but the laser-like focus and tactile minerality makes this a really compelling drink.
Red
2/7/2019 - Billigan wrote:
90 points
Count me among the tasters here who thinks this wine is on the heavier, more one-dimensional side. Deep, dark aromas of coffee, soil, and mushroom. Very dense fruit, dark-fruited palate, with fine tannin and good acidity, but its the black fruit density that seems to crowd out the other qualities, leaving it feeling a little blocky and straightforward. A well-made wine for sure, just not giving much wow factor given the terroir.
Red
2/4/2019 - Billigan wrote:
89 points
Lovely nose with red cherry, smoke, chopped herbs, and a whiff of violets. Much more straightforward on the palate, with bold cherry fruit, tangy Sangio acid, and a good hit of oak spice. Perhaps a bit riper and more polished than I’d like from the grape, but nothing too blowsy or modern here. Just a very solid, big-boned Sangio that’s perfect on the weekday dinner table.
Red
2/1/2019 - Billigan Likes this wine:
94 points
Five years since my last bottle, and it’s evolved beautifully. Deep, gorgeous nose of black cherries, cinnamon, damp earth, and mushroom. Great sap and density of fruit on the palate offset nicely with more earthy and mineral tones and enough acidity and smooth tannin to keep this going years longer.
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White
1/27/2019 - Billigan Likes this wine:
97 points
For my taste, this is about as good as young White Burgundy can get. Huge, expressive nose of lemon cream, jasmine, and flint. Beautiful richness and depth of fruit on the palate, but with piercing minerality and a long, lingering finish. Generous, focused, and a complete wine. Would love to revisit this wine in 5-10 years as well to see the added dimensions.
Red
1989 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/27/2019 - Billigan wrote:
flawed
Corked!
White
1/11/2019 - Billigan Likes this wine:
92 points
What a difference a couple years makes! Showing none of the oaky, reductive vibes from last time, this wine opened beautifully, with an expressive nose of lemon cream and jasmine. Lovely on the palate too, with a Meursault richness but also gorgeous, flinty mineral streak to keep it fresh and well-focused. A really superb white Burg that punches way above its weight.
White
8/3/2018 - Billigan Likes this wine:
92 points
Really lovely, mature Meursault. Shockingly light and clear given its age. Lifted, clean nose of marzipan, jasmine, lemon cream, and a whiff of oaky spice. Nice texture and weight, with a little oily richness to go with the clean citrus and almond flavors. In a perfect spot.
Red
7/25/2018 - Billigan wrote:
flawed
Corked!
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White - Sparkling
7/16/2018 - Billigan Likes this wine:
93 points
Lovely, classical BdB style, with a light nose of candied lemon peel and jasmine but it seemed a little muted, even after extended airtime. Really shines on the palate, with a lithe and energetic mouthfeel and great minerality and ripe fruit on the long finish. Some of the reviews here have been rhapsodic, but I think this wine needs more years to become a bit more complete and expressive.
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Red
7/14/2018 - Billigan Likes this wine:
98 points
I take back every mean thing I've ever said about Grenache; this was simply sublime. Divine perfume, cashmere texture. Outrageous price, but somehow worth every penny. From the first whiff, this wine immediately entered my vinous pantheon. Respect the legend.
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Red
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.
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Red
4/12/2018 - Billigan Likes this wine:
91 points
Perhaps not as profound as the Cornas from up the slope, but this showed exceptional Syrah purity, an expressive nose that captured both savory and fresh fruit and floral elements, and a resolved, silky palate. In a perfect spot now, and great with smoked wings.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
3/15/2018 - Billigan Likes this wine:
95 points
Absolutely en fuego bottle here. Beautiful nose that's open and showing plenty of honey, wax, lanolin, flint, and fresh pear. Lovely sweetness and pure chenin fruit (like freshly sliced white peach) on the palate but finishes beautifully with a long, energizing acidity and mineral sparkle. Top class Vouvray that's delicious now but could go a couple decades longer on its foundation of fruit and acidity.
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White
3/10/2018 - Billigan Likes this wine:
94 points
Excellent showing, with a huge, effusive nose of honeycomb, yellow peach, hazelnuts, and smoke. Rich and oily texture on the palate without the heaviness I often get with Rhone whites and enough acidity to keep this fresh and compelling all through the meal. In a superb spot now, but it could clearly go longer. Beautiful wine.
Red
3/7/2018 - Billigan Likes this wine:
93 points
Five years since my last bottle, and this has only gotten better. Still gobs of warm, rich berry fruit but even more tertiary earth and forest floor this time around and a sweet, lush, and lingering finish. Dynamite pairing with my smoked chicken. Is drinking great now but can longer in the cellar on the strength of its fruit.
Red
2/24/2018 - Billigan Likes this wine:
91 points
Showing great promise here, with beautiful cool granite aromas, good concentration of silky berry fruits, and lip-smacking acidity and minerality on the finish. Reminiscent of the 2014 with its more classic profile and structure, but perhaps with a little more stuffing for the long haul. Excellent.
Red
1990 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/23/2018 - Billigan Likes this wine:
98 points
Absolutely gorgeous showing and probably the best Right Bank wine I've ever had. Decanted about 30 minutes and that was plenty, as the nose was beautifully expressive, with ripe black plums, sweet black cherries, graphite, warm soil, and cedar. On the palate, this was just seamless, with a luxurious, satiny texture, tons of ripe fruit, and nice mineral twang on the long, sweet finish. A total stunner that's at peak but could go years longer.
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Red
2/19/2018 - Billigan wrote:
flawed
Both bottles madeirized! Brutal.
White - Off-dry
1/29/2018 - Billigan Likes this wine:
93 points
Continue to love the 2002 Auslese. This wine showed exceptional balance, with the honey and vanilla cream cut through with laser-like acidity and crunchy minerals on the finish. Absolutely delicious.
Red
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.
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Red
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.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
1990 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/31/2017 - Billigan Likes this wine:
98 points
What a way to end the year! This bottle showed that special Yquem magic of almost weightless, cotton-candy-like texture married to a powerful intensity and purity of flavor. Only knit is that it's just a shade too sweet for my taste, but it's otherwise a pretty perfect bevrage. Just glides and dissolves across the palate so elegantly, it had us shaking our heads. My wife probably put it best, "I didn't know grapes could do that."
White
12/30/2017 - Billigan Likes this wine:
90 points
Funky nose of button mushrooms and ripe cheese with smoke and melon aromas as well. Viscous and mineral-laden palate in the way only a Savennieres can be. No wow factor, but just the kind of complex, intriguing experience I was hoping for with this wine.
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Red
1999 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
12/19/2017 - Billigan wrote:
flawed
Thermonuclear VA bomb
White
12/18/2017 - Billigan Likes this wine:
91 points
This wine really transformed over three nights. On opening, it seemed like a total dud, somehow combining an almost shrill lime quality with a a tiring sweetness on the finish. Two nights later, and it had blossomed into a beautiful Chablis, with a cool chalky minerality and a lovely sense of both balance and richness on the palate. Clearly a wine to lay down for some time, or give extended aeration if opening now.
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Red
2001 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/12/2017 - Billigan Likes this wine:
94 points
Brilliant once again, with beautiful Bordeaux aromatics full of herbs and turned earth. But what distinguishes the wine to me is its satiny texture, which just gives it a litheness and elegance I find in none of its peers. In a great spot but no rush, as it has the goods to stay at this lovely plateau for many years to come.
Red
12/5/2017 - Billigan Likes this wine:
95 points
Absolutely brilliant stuff! Beautiful Rhône-like nose that’s full of sizzling bacon, black olive, and cracked pepper. Lovely, red-fruited richness in the palate but with ample minerality and savory spices and no discernible alcohol. A real stunner with impeccable balance.
Red
12/7/2017 - Billigan Likes this wine:
94 points
Probably my favorite young Rhys to date. Gorgeous, expressive nose full of baking spices, pine forest, and menthol. Beautiful, silky palate with both ripe raspberry fruit, and an earthy, mineral depth that made it really compelling and delicious. Plenty of tannins for aging, but they were so refined and round that the wine seemed completely accessible nonetheless. Really excellent.
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Red
12/8/2017 - Billigan Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful, expressive aromas of warm soil and old oak. Ripe, plump black cherry fruit cut nicely by a stony mineral quality and the cranberry-like 96 acid on the finish conveyed both the impression of sweetness and freshness. Delightful and with plenty of stuffing for aging and continued improvement.
Red
12/9/2017 - Billigan Likes this wine:
91 points
This bottle was a brett-bomb, just chock full of horse stable and band-aid, more so than previous bottles, but the funk played well with the sweet, ripe, red-fruited grenache. No tannin here to speak of but all nicely balanced and drinking at peak now.
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