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2017 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul Grenache
1/26/2019 - Philippe_C wrote:
97 points
Huge nose of BBQ meat, nice licorice, oriental spices, characoal, mine de crayon, elevage 100% demi muid 600l of 8 years... Huge concentration, huge load of ripe sappy cherries, very nice fresh mineral finish, lenght of 60 sec easy, a magnificent Mon Aieul!! 100% grenache, 5 Hectolitres par Hectare, 4000 bottles produced
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    8/1/19, 1:10 PM - Great note! I bought this last week; I have the 2016 in 750s and a mag. Are you on Instagram?

Red
2016 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Grenache
4/30/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
97 points
The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is a head-turning seductress. For starters, the wine is endowed with a remarkably perfumed bouquet that captures the very essence of intensity and complexity, exuding a medley of ripe red and black fruit, vanilla bean, mocha, black licorice, and assorted baking spices. There's a satiny texture in the mouth, superb concentration, and a finish that simply refuses to relent. It's off-the-charts delicious now, but if I had this in my cellar I'd hold for a couple more years and then enjoy over for the long-haul.
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    4/30/19, 12:54 PM - Sounds awesome! Thanks for the great note. I'm glad I have 3 bottles of this in my cellar.

Red
2009 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin Grenache
11/11/2017 - D'Yquembe Mutumbo Likes this wine:
93 points
Popped this open and let it decant for a couple hours and have to agree with other posts about the opulent nose. An absolute joy to swirl and sniff, the perfume in the glass reminded me of that one girl you dated (or wanted to date) years ago whose come-hither scent put you in a trance for however long you were in her presence. The wine was less exhilarating on the palate, although still a pleasurable bouquet of dark fruits and kirsch. I was left wanting more, and perhaps it was because we had popped open a bottle of 10 Mon Aieul the weekend before and absolutely loved that bottle of wine, so I might not be fair here but a wine of this pedigree should have more depth to it IMO.
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    2/25/18, 7:40 PM - Awesome note!!

Red
2012 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Campo de Borja Veraton Garnacha, Grenache
12/23/2017 - CAL-RHONE wrote:
93 points
You can taste this wine through your nose before you get it to your lips! Unapologetically huge with a a good dose of American oak! Toast and vanilla with explosive raspberry on the palate. No sign of heat from the alchohol and drinks very smooth even in it's youth. Enough acidity and structure to keep it lively for at least another 5 years. This is the type of wine that the trend chasers and hipsters love to bash but if you're not a snob and love wines on both ends of the spectrum I highly recommend it!
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    2/20/18, 1:59 PM - I completely agree with your note, especially the last sentence. I buy these and the "Alto" every year without hesitation.

  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    2/21/18, 9:33 AM - I totally agree. I enjoy wines on both ends of the spectrum equally.

Red
2015 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
7/12/2017 - Jeff Leve wrote:
99 points
Still on the right road to triple digit stardom, this debut vintage under the direction of Nicolas Audebert rocks! The wine is firming up a bit, adding more structure and nuances, while maintaining the wall of perfectly ripe fruit, sexy textures and polished tannins. Early buyers that took our advice on this one are sitting on liquid gold!
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    2/1/18, 1:51 PM - Awesome note! In response to your last sentence, "yes I am!!"...$84 for 750s and $168 for mags!!!

Red
2015 Domaine Isabel Ferrando Châteauneuf-du-Pape Colombis Grenache
8/24/2017 - Jeff Leve wrote:
97 points
A cornucopia of herbs, a bit of pepper, and thyme with mint on top, with all the kirsch you could ask for, the wine is full bodied, and deep, yet equally fresh and light on its feet. Powerful and refined, the finish leaves you wanting another sip of this elixir. The wine is made from 100% old vine Grenache.
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    11/2/17, 11:00 AM - Great note Jeff! From Jeb's note, this was one of my top wines to buy from the vintage and I scored a 6 pack at $45 per. I'll dip into them in a few years.

Red
2014 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard Rutherford
9/19/2017 - csimm1161 wrote:
95 points
Previous notes apply. This is just as solid as it gets for a 2014 sub-$100 wine. PnP and it was good to go, though some air in the glass with a little swirling brought out deeper black cherry and cassis notes. Don't overthink it; just enjoy it. It's a great Napa Cabernet example of the 2014 vintage. I'll try to hold off another 6+ months, but I'm not exactly sure why...

If you are somewhat liqueur-adverse in your Cabernets (CT'er MAXIMUM SATISFACTION refers to it as a "ripe candied style"), then I suppose another year++ is recommended to let this settle down a bit so it has a little less "party" going on with it. But it's just drinking so good right now too, I'm a fan regardless. 94-95 points for me.
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    9/20/17, 1:07 PM - Great note! I agree, this wine rocks! I will drink my bottles within the next year.

  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    9/20/17, 1:17 PM - I agree with your assessment. And Mike is a really cool and low-key guy.

    The '15 GIII buy this summer was a no-brainer for me and I'm sure for you.

Red
2013 Fattoria Le Pupille (Elisabetta Geppetti) Maremma Toscana Saffredi Red Bordeaux Blend
7/15/2017 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
96 points
Tuscan Tasting (Zachy's DC): Christ, this wine blew me away! I had never heard of this producer before, but I’m listening now. Gorgeous waves of red fruits on the nose along with tobacco, leather, incense. Structured so well but vibrant and refreshing, the mouthfeel is so pure and focused. Cherries and velvety plums with lots of leather, sage, tobacco, mint, rhubarb – so much to unpack for many years in the cellar.
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    8/2/17, 9:52 AM - Awesome note! I'm pumped about this wine as I'll buy some. I love the Tua Rita Giusto di Notri so I hope it is in the same league as those wines. I'm sure it is.

Red
2006 R Wines Grenache Chateau Chateau Island Ebenezer Barossa Valley
3/4/2017 - Dr. Bee Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted 1+.
Incredible considering the listed 17.5%.
Second bottle. Finally showing its grace. An artists wine and brilliant example of Chris @ his finest.
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    6/20/17, 2:13 PM - Great note! I'm glad this wine is finally showing its potential as I drank my bottles a few years back. I really like Chris and his wines.

Red
2015 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard Rutherford
6/17/2017 - csimm1161 wrote:
99 points
Hands down the best GIII Mike Smith has made to date. Off the charts intensity and concentration. A rich drive pushes unbelievable tiers of black, blue, and purple fruit flavors on through a finish that lasts 60+ seconds. Rushes across the mid-palate with an undeniable depth that rivals the Myriad Cranes.

Scorched earth, fresh road tar, cacao, fresh vanilla bean, and hints of mulch notes round out the core fruit. I know that GIII can sometimes produce a more fruit, less structure type of wine, but rest assured, this GIII is able to more than adequately frame the massive layers of flavors.

99+ points with a potential perfect score in a year when it comes into even more focus with further integration. An unbelievable effort in my opinion.
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    6/20/17, 11:12 AM - Awesome note! I'm glad I bought some of this. The 2014 was damn good so I had to buy the 2015 too.

Red
2007 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Sangiovese
12/20/2015 - ZinRandy Likes this wine:
97 points
BIG BIG
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    12/21/15, 9:09 AM - Good note. So, I assume this wine is open for business? I'm waiting to start popping my '06 and '07 bottles of this wine. I had a couple bottles of '08 (and bought more) of this wine as they are singing now.

Red
2009 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Garnacha Campo de Borja
10/23/2015 - SMagowan Likes this wine:
96 points
Monumental and in line with SQN grenache. It fills the mouth and loosens the tongue. Crazy bargain and each bottle I have had was better than the last. Lots of fruit and spice and a heady aroma of freshly mowed fields. Love it. THREE DAYS LATER: I am raising this score to 96. I cannot believe how much better it is a couple of days later. It is rich and deep and complex. It feels like it seeps into the body like a magical elixir. If I close my eyes I would think it was an SQN Grenache.
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    11/30/15, 3:34 PM - Great note! I can't wait to drink my last bottle of this.

Red
2009 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/13/2015 - ledocq Likes this wine:
97 points
First from a case bought at auction. Decanted and kept chilled in a tub of water for 5 hours (which is crucial). For the hell of it, I had a sip at pnp, and the nose was magificent and mysterious, with the familiar PC cedar and depth...and then more depth, sort of like realizing the mineshaft suddenly has a whole new vein you didn't know about if you had the '03 or '06 or '08. I actually had the thought "Oh my lord, I'm smelling eternity." Tasting it, however, was stupid. It was like being flung into the middle of a Jackson Pollack of confusing elements that finished with a cassis blowtorch. Five hours later, however, I was having an experience that seems pretty much like most people's from their notes: a little bit of "uh-huh" and a whole lot of "oh yeah." It kept getting better and by the 8th hour open, it was elegant yet robust, and the finish was endless, sun goes down moon comes up, oh it's still going on. And this might sound nuts, but I was starting to get notes that reminded me a bit of the '66 Haut Brion in that post-fruit, post-exuberant maturity. Not that it's anywhere near there, just that like seeing on-coming lights on the highway, you know there's something out there, approaching, eventually. This is magnificent and all that they say.
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    7/13/15, 8:50 AM - Awesome note! I can't wait to pop one of this and the '08.

Red
2010 Azienda Agricola Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
6/15/2015 - Christoffer78 Likes this wine:
95 points
A wow experience. Totally balanced and moving towards perfect integration, this 2010 Brunello reveals a lovely fruit, abundant flowers, wet saddle leather and a profound minerality(!). The lovely nose is accompanied by an intriguing palate with rather vivid tannins. Still the balance between the differen components is striking. Acidity, fruit and tannins all speak with one harmonious voice. There is so much texture and structure, I am confident this wine is in it for the longer haul. It will only improve with time. A lovely acquaintance well worth seeking out.
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    6/17/15, 10:27 AM - Great note! I have a few 750s of this and a magnum. I will hold off for a few years before I have one.

Red
2012 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Red Rhone Blend
4/13/2015 - andrewdodd86 Likes this wine:
99 points
Beef blood, meaty, gamey, nose to die for. Young but smooth. Tannin is there, but not overwhelming after 1 hour + decant. Just on another level, lasts forever. Iron fist, velvet glove.
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    4/13/15, 1:45 PM - Great note! I can't wait to enjoy my bottles of this wine!

Red
2011 Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione Alta Valle della Greve IGT Sangiovese
3/30/2015 - lovechad wrote:
93 points
I just astonished that it has made of full of sangiovese from the Toscana, which has both firmness and accessive character. Ot reminded of well made, have both concentraded and jammy fruits character of the Barossa Grenache. Lovely to try now but also will evolves during 10+ years.
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    4/9/15, 8:12 AM - I agree, this wine so darn tasty and didn't have any rustic sangiovese notes that you usually see. I had to re-check the glass I was drinking out of as we had this along side a lush CA pinot.

Red
2009 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Campo de Borja Veraton Garnacha, Grenache
3/9/2015 - archie18 Likes this wine:
93 points
Absolutely outstanding. Amazing price value. I challenge anyone to find a better wine for the price. So fun
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    3/10/15, 2:45 PM - I agree. These wines are a no-brainer buy for me each year. Chris is a great winemaker.

Red
2010 Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes Syrah
7/3/2014 - Decanting fool wrote:
97 points
Astonishing focus and intensity of flavor, with that stones- crushed- into- blueberry magic that is the hallmark of a great Cornas. Leathery and smokey, with tart cherries, black and green pepper, cat piss and a broad swath of wood. Puckery, grainy tannins and an endlessly lingering finish. A wonderful experience already, given a few years it will integrate and soften into something profound.
Follow up note: saw there was a bit left in the bottle 2 days later and it had softened into something truly sensational.
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    9/19/14, 9:53 AM - Great note on this wine! I plan to have one sometime soon or early next year. How long did you decant it on day 1?

White - Sparkling
2004 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut Millésimé Champagne Blend
1/13/2014 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
92 points
A really nice bottle of wine that we enjoyed over dinner at The Plumed Horse. A full flavored wine with pear being the headliner on the palate and a nice toasty nose.
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    9/5/14, 10:23 AM - Thanks for the note. That is nice to hear that your experience mirrored mine. It was a nice champ for sure.

Red
2009 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin Grenache
5/9/2014 - Christoffer78 Likes this wine:
96 points
As stunning as always, the 2009 Chaupin once again delivers one of those magical moments tonight. This wine is one of those which plays more on its elegance than power. At first impression it appears a bit light, but when served to food it develops into a complex and meticulously crafted effort. The nose offers up an abundance of dark mature fruit, Grenache kirsch, thyme, sage, rosemary and wet saddle leather. There is a lot of primary fruit left, but the wine first comes across as a bit muted. It needs a while to open up fully and start singing. The palate is perfectly balanced with no hard edges. As I have written before, ”if velvet ever was liquid this is what it would be like”. The integration is absolutely profound as is the balance. The length on the finish lasts about a minute or more. This wine will most likely evolve into something even more amazing provided you can let any bottles rest in the cellar, which I know is pretty hard. A total stunner!
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    5/14/14, 11:31 AM - Great note!

    I really like your notes, especially since our palates appear similar.

    How much air does this need to sing? I'm considering opening one in the next week or two as I haven't had one yet. I also have a mag in my cellar that I'd like to hold for a few years if possible.

  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    5/14/14, 11:39 AM - Thanks for the follow-up to my comment. Sounds good on the air as I will probably enjoy it over a few hours one evening either this weekend or next. Yes, I'm always really particular with temperature when enjoying my wines, especially with special wines like this.

Red
2006 Clarendon Hills Grenache Romas
3/8/2014 - Rollerball wrote:
95 points
Volcanic Grenache. The bouquet boils with tiny dark berries and acacia muddled with ghost soy and the fruit of model airplane glue. Then a number of waves crash and recede: tart, attention-grabbing, vibrancy; searing blue ink; a bitter berry coffee blend; desert cactus and flowers as the glowing scintillations of wave one glide slowly to earth; and finally a long cherry liquer sweetness oddly satisfying and enticing. Ample silky structure fits the throbbing, juicy aggressiveness like a glove.

This is one to stop and enjoy with friends and some focus. Unsurprisingly the wine and a pancetta, tomato-creme sauce penne rigate neither hurt nor highlighted one another. The fireworks came when enjoying it afterward on its own.
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    3/21/14, 1:46 PM - Awesome note! I just scored some of this from K&L for $49.99/bottle. How long to you decant this?

Red
2008 Tua Rita Giusto di Notri Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend
Dark purple color turning violet at the rim with a perfumed, floral nose of ripe blue and black berries. The palate is bold and cruises at high altitude balanced by lively acidity with flavors of ripe currant, plum, pipe tobacco, black tea, and graphite. This is very delicious. The fruit is ripe yet the palate remains dry due to the young tannin and bright acidity to give it a sumptuous, delectable experience. It would be interesting to taste this several years down the road. Finishes long and supple with hints of espresso. Drink now with 1-hr decant up to 2028. 94+
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    12/9/13, 10:37 AM - My experience with this wine mirrored your note exactly...my score too. The 1 hour mark was the best...after 2 hours the complexity seemed to blow off and it wasn't as interesting.

Red
2006 R Wines Grenache Chateau Chateau Island Ebenezer Barossa Valley
9/29/2013 - tantotinto wrote:
94 points
Tasted immediately after opening. Opaque, almost black. Great nose. Black fruit, allspice, smoke and earth. Very full, lush and rich. Power rather than nuance. Mellow tannins. I don't taste the 17.5% alcohol but can feel it. Hits like Vintage Port. I like it but it's not for the faint of heart. If I had another bottle I would save it for winter evening sipping.
  • CRAUBER4242 commented:

    12/6/13, 9:51 AM - Great note! I have saved my lone bottle and plan to drink it within the next few months. Its been hard resisting it. How much air did it need? I love you comment "I don't taste the 17.5% alcohol but can feel it."

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