Tasting Notes for ubercuvee

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Red
4/2/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Fragrant, open and ready to drink after 60 mins in the decanter - polar opposite of the '06 drunk alongside. Shows the warmth of the vintage without being overripe.
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Red
4/2/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Very classic but very closed, even after a 3 hour decant. Probably should have waited 10 more years. Sigh.
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/1/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Lovely but I would drink these now before the sweetness fades much more
White - Sparkling
3/31/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Really delicious but not much complexity for my palate
White
3/30/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Fresh, still with notes of exotic fruit but no excess fat on the palate. Wonderful stuff.
Red
3/29/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Super pliant and giving but with plenty of depth and nuance - brilliant wine and an outrageous bargain
Red
3/24/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Very fresh, no showing any heat of the vintage - still a limpid red palate. Quite burgundian mouthwatering charcater. Probably better in 10+ years
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Red
3/24/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Quite advanced, darkening colour - almost volatile on the nose
Red
3/22/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Cappellano before the current era (2009 vintage was roughly the switch iirc?) all has these same qualities - floral, fragrant verging on volatile and bottles frequently veer too far into oxidation /unappealing VA. It’s a fine line between wines that can be genuinely enjoyed decades earlier than their qualitative peers versus outright flaws. I think the simple answer is to enjoy you Cappellano Nebiolo at ages 7-15 and the Baroli at ages 10-20 while you wait for your beppe Rinaldi and Teresa Mascarello wines from the same vintage to be drinking. Then once you’ve finished your stocks of those two wines, you can start drinking the Cavallotto Riservas of the same vintage....
Red
3/3/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Pretty young and primary - probably better after 5-8 more years to mellow out and develop tertiary aromatics
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White - Sweet/Dessert
3/3/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
99 points
Spectacular notes of fruitcake on the nose and palate with great balance and nuances of spice on the finish. Absolutely at peak and a spectacular bottle. Wow
Red
2004 Clonakilla Shiraz - Viognier Canberra District Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
3/2/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Classic Cote-Rotie notes of smoked meats and violets, medium garnet colour - one could almost call it blind as a solar vintage Cote-Rotie. Fresh but not as fresh as the real thing so that's how it gives its New World roots away. Nonetheless, this is classy wine and is evolving and ageing rather than merely getting old like so many Parker-goo-monsters. Clear drinking at peak, and very nice but not worth the US$100 tariff of current vintages when compared to many mid-level Cote Roties
Red
2/25/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Generous fruit without being overly hot or pruney- starting to enter the drinking window but no rush. No signs of excess oak. A really good Sandrone
Red
2/25/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Not the greatest bottle of this - the aromatics never quite got there while the body still showed quite structured. Still very young, one can drink now or in 10 years
Red
2/22/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
An excellent example of this - felt quite young and improved with time in the glass. Lovely smokey meat aromas with great freshness. Enjoy now with a a short decant but this bottle certainly felt like it could last and improve another 5-10 years
Red
2/22/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
This is going to be a bit heretical but the bottle I encountered felt decisively in the downslope and a bit lacking in acidity. It was a recent purchase of the person who brought it and the top of the cork had an accumulation of mould from historic seepage so this might be a bad example
White - Sparkling
2/21/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Lovely - fruit still young and fresh but starting to show a hint of complexity from development. Super
Red
2000 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/20/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Quite primary and bit clunky. Consumed in a choatic setting without a significant decant but I wouldn't put this in the same league as, say, VCC '00 or '01 which in the same price category.
Red
2/17/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
A bit thick and heavy compared to the 07
White - Sparkling
2/16/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Absolute polar opposite to the 2002: this is incredibly lean, to the point of being mean without much fruit to really contrast the structure. Doquet seems to make wines that speak of both vintage and terroir very clearly
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Red
2/16/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Pretty dark, heavy handed and clumsy by Lignier's standards. Probably a combination of the vintage and the fact this is purchased wine (from the Hospice de Nuits)....
Red
1982 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/14/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Obviously a matter of personal preference but I thought this was a faded and past prime. Not yet necrotic but I'd drink up - by contrast the '90 HB alongside still felt not quite at a peak yet. Given they're similar prices I'd certainly take the 90 over the 82 anyday
White - Sparkling
2/12/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
From a very fresh 750ml: pretty much perfect, never heavy or overly yeasty like many bottles of the '96 - rather a well balanced and delicious Krug. In a great place for drinking now and the next 5-10 years
Red
2/12/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Very backwards and structured, almost unrecognisable as a solar vintage wine. needs 10 more years
Red
1/31/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Day1: Very strong. Making me seriously regret having sold some due to the solar vintage. Really, really good
Day2: Hmmm, starting to show hints of plum and raisin on the nose after all

Lesson here might be that these are very enjoyable now but have the potential to become more marked by the vintage as they age. The wine is in good place now so I'd lean towards drinking these over the coming 5 years.
Red
1/29/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Intense, but never hot or pruney. Remains remarkably fresh and balanced whilst still quite primary. On this showing: next bottle in 2030 with a 2050 target maturity. No I’m not kidding
Red
1/27/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Had this in small glasses without a decant - it didn't really show a lot of terroir or nuance. Judgement reserved given the setting but on this evidence the split between the brothers had a materially negative impact on the wine.
Red
2001 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/24/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Far too young from Mag. Lovely but will be better in 10 years.
Red
1/24/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Tannic, decent fruit but the tannins are pretty grainy and rough
White - Sparkling
1/22/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
Nice enough with balance, that 99 fruit ripeness, nothing out of place and signature DP matrchstick. Considerably better than the 2000 P2.
Having said that, it suffered in comparison to a 2008 P1 I had a few days earlier that was so much more layered and intense.
Red
2007 Louis Jadot Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/12/2020 - ubercuvee wrote:
[Served in Emirates' First Class lounge in DXB - since no one really owns this wine, it suggests Jadot never really released it commercially]
As for what's in the glass: perfectly nice, ripe strawberry on the nose and then red cherry notes on the attack. Surprisingly ripe and fruity for an 07, but really difficult to place geographically - there aren't really any Gevrey characteristics here. Blind I'd probably have called it 2012 1er Cru.
Red
12/25/2019 - ubercuvee wrote:
98 points
Wow. Remarkably this bottle reminded me so much of a bottle I drank on release in Adelaide (2006ish?). concentrated blueberry liqueur notes on the nose and palate and a streak of balancing minerality to counterbalance. Just a super bottle of wine and still quite primary. Legend in the making?
Red
2000 Château Clos St. Martin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/22/2019 - ubercuvee wrote:
Frankly a bit soulless and without real nuance or complexity. Not sure this was a great bottle but still...
Red
1996 Yalumba The Reserve Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
12/16/2019 - ubercuvee wrote:
Starting to get a bit confected and caramel-like, really showing it’s excessive American Oak upbringing. Gets slaughtered compared to Yalumba Signature bottles from the 90s (that saw a lot less new oak)
White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Initial Champagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
12/14/2019 - ubercuvee wrote:
2012 disgorgement. Volatile and heavily over oaked
Red
12/12/2019 - ubercuvee wrote:
A very good showing - this wa one of the recent late releases from the estate. Fragrance, balance, not too much weight. Lovely
Rosé - Sparkling
12/12/2019 - ubercuvee wrote:
Perfectly nice but not really at the (very high) quality level I've come to expect from Comtes
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Red
12/12/2019 - ubercuvee wrote:
It's certainly impressive, but frankly this comes across as modern, thick, without much aromatic complexity. Three are quite a few Baroli I'd take over this that costs 1/4 of what this does
Red
12/10/2019 - ubercuvee wrote:
95 points
Drinking really well, just starting to show the classic old-skool Barossa notes of Damson Jam and Cocoa powder. Nicely balanced, never hot or pruny. Very good. Drink 2020-2028
White - Sparkling
12/6/2019 - ubercuvee wrote:
Came out pretty much top of the heap out of a 2006 horizontal (CdC, DP white & rose, Grande Dame white & rose, Dom Ruinart blanc, Cristal, Salon, Vilmart CdC & Rubis, Krug and Krug-162). Drinking exceptionally well with upside: showing some of the power the vintage without being OTT. Got 6/6 votes in the Blanc de Blancs flight both on opening and with 90 mins air - in the current market context of a 6pack of this costing what a bottle of Salon does...
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White - Sparkling
12/5/2019 - ubercuvee wrote:
Almost everyone preferred the 2006 Comtes to this, both on opening and after 2 hours of air.
Red
11/28/2019 - ubercuvee wrote:
Gamey, savoury - very well balanced with confit red fruits. Showing a hint of spicy oak (french I'd guess?) and a lifted floral note that makes me wonder if there isn't a bit of Viognier in this
Red
11/26/2019 - ubercuvee wrote:
Very nicely made with obviously good material but I thought the oak influence was overpowering and made the whole thing come across as very "new world"
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Red
1996 Wendouree Shiraz Mataro Clare Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
11/15/2019 - ubercuvee wrote:
Loads of VA from two different bottles - not that enjoyable tbh
White - Sparkling
11/12/2019 - ubercuvee wrote:
Found a six pack of this I'd forgotten in the warehouse - glad I did. Very pinot, lots of developed biscuit notes. Fully mature now so drink up.
Red
10/27/2019 - ubercuvee wrote:
In a great place. Greenock Creek make gooey wine but Can is a grape much less susceptible to gooey-cide than Shiraz. This is drinking really well and the cab gives it enough acidity to hold the weight of fruit and alcohol
Red
10/27/2019 - ubercuvee wrote:
Ready to drink- fully mature. Enjoy!
Red
10/27/2019 - ubercuvee wrote:
Opened with a 2007 Vigna del Gris. The Vigna Del Gris was ready to drink - this wanted at least 10 more years. Who says terrier only exists in France?!
White - Sweet/Dessert
10/25/2019 - ubercuvee wrote:
So much sweetness and so much minerailty and balance. Ridiculously young: check back in a decade
Red
10/25/2019 - ubercuvee wrote:
Still better with an hour in a decanter, so give it 5-10 more years
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