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2014 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année Champagne Blend
8/28/2022 - qtsam11 wrote:
93 points
April 2021 disgorgement. 6 years on the lees, 8 g/L dosage, 61% pinot, 39% chard. Yeasty/leesy on the nose, but that blew off pretty quickly. The oxidative Bollinger core is there, with toasted nuts, bruised red apples, apricots and nice acidity. The slow ox on the second glass helped tame the beast a little. But like MJP says, it is just way too early. I'll try hard to hold off on the rest of the case for at least two years.
  • qtsam11 commented:

    8/29/22, 1:57 PM - I would like to say great minds think alike, but I don't think I have the necessary equipment! But when I first opened and smelled it, I thought it was a dead ringer for a Schramsberg Reserve (which we adore), though that comparison quickly faded as the wine got air and gave hints at what it may be down the road.

1999 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah
11/7/2004 - jmcmchi Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful nose over intense red/black hues in glass. Opens slowly, very slowly to a firm structure holding all sorts of black fruit and eucalyptus

Almost infanticide
  • qtsam11 commented:

    4/18/22, 7:20 AM - Thanks for the note. Did you decant at all?

2020 Morgen Long Chardonnay Marine Willamette Valley
4/3/2022 - qtsam11 Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP right out of the cellar. Beautiful right out of the gate. I blew out my palate on some spicy food about 10 minutes after opening, so not much of tasting notes, unfortunately. Citrus and melon notes all day, with just a touch of flinty minerality. Sharp acidity but is in balance with the rest of the wine. I'm looking forward to the next few bottles when I don't foolishly blow out my tastebuds.
  • qtsam11 commented:

    4/7/22, 6:14 AM - My mistake, thanks for the correction. I'll make sure to update the note!

2010 Château Côte de Baleau St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
2/5/2014 - qtsam11 wrote:
89 points
Very good cooking wine.
  • qtsam11 commented:

    2/12/15, 9:55 AM - I usually cook with what I drink but I guess I meant it went well with food (both in the cooking and paired with).

  • qtsam11 commented:

    2/12/15, 10:00 AM - Good call! Of course if a recipe calls for a lot of wine, I usually buy a half-bottle just for that. :)

2010 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/16/2013 - qtsam11 wrote:
89 points
Very smooth but not much on the flavor profile. I guess I was expecting more for the price.
  • qtsam11 commented:

    12/16/13, 8:09 AM - Thanks! This is the first vintage I've ever had so I don't have a good basis of comparison.

2006 Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon Flora's Legacy Oakville
12/14/2013 - bablues wrote:
90 points
2013 Christmas Wine Dinner (Naperville, IL): Similar to previous note. Lighter than most Cab's. I thought it is more old world in style, though others thought is was more fruit forward.
  • qtsam11 commented:

    12/15/13, 12:15 PM - Really enjoyed

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