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Red
2009 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2009 Bordeaux arrivage tasting (Baur au Lac Hotel, Zurich): Originally rated 73 points, but as I god some agressive comments, I took away the note. I still feel that it is the wine, as I have not had a good bottle of this wine yet, but apparently, everyone else seems to diagree. I love Lynch Bages, but this one is not good in my opinion.

Original Note: This was open for a day but stored cold with the cork put on, this was not very good, irish candy, green bell peppers. We couldn't believe that this was so bad so we opened another one, which was a bit better but was only 79 points, weird...
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    8/15/15, 1:39 AM - I took down the notes. I did rate this wine, because it was not just one but three bottles in total from two different sources that were bad and I have heard this from friends of mine as well, so I guess this was representative of at least part of bottles of the wine, as there might be some regular flaws here. Like with the 1982 Mouton... So how do you rate the 82 Mouton as a perfect wine, because some of the bottles are stunning, or as slightly below, because many are really not as spectacular at all...

White - Fortified
1946 Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Convento Selección Montilla-Moriles Pedro Ximénez
10/31/2014 - PinkMoonWinery wrote:
96 points
I really don't trust the statement that there are only 825 bottles produced, as this wine appears all over the place here in Switzerland alone. I myself have already drunk 4 bottles, so I really can't think that it is true.

Do I care? Not at all!!!!!

There is no bottle variation at all, so the tasting notes feel really a bit of a copy-paste exercise. The wine is incredible, massive, crazy fat and rich while avoiding being sticky or too sweet.

Nose excels with dried figs, rose water, dried fruit bread, and tons of umami! And again the Vasa Museum' all over the place.

Crazy elegant for such a thick wine and very very very very long.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    11/24/14, 9:28 PM - It's not fortified it's a PX de Anada

  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/18/14, 1:18 PM - Howard, I would not at all pair it, just after dinner with all the focus on the wine, it deserves it!

Red
2004 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon "Old Sparky" Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Oakville
5/1/2011 - tp096255 wrote:
95 points
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COLOR: Deep crimson center with a medium ruby rim, slight haze but otherwise brilliant
NOTE: If you don't like long notes, please move along now...

I brought out the magnum decanter, double-rinsed it with purified water and gave it a thorough dry. Then I pulled the cork on this bad boy and thus began my adventure...

I got my first waft before I could insert the pourer into the neck. Faint, but a sweet concentrate of black fruits, always a good sign. I was nervous about this bottle because it was purchased on WineBid for the same price as the current vintage of Old Sparky was being sold to the mailing list. Best buy ever!!! I started decanting this very lightly into the side of the decanter for minimal oxygenation (it's a magnum and since I only share Old Sparky's with my wife we had to siphon off half of it for the next day), stopping as soon as I began to see sediment enter the stream through the crystal pourer (SOP). Unfortunately this left around 3 ounces in the bottle! With a current retail value of about $22/ounce I wasn't about to just pour it out. So I got a natural, unbleached tea filter bag and poured the dregs through that. The deep, hazy purple emulsion that emerged was so soft, velvety, full of ripe black fruts and balanced that it merited a 93+ score of it's own with no decant! THE DREGS!!! Un-be-lievable! I poured half the decanter into a separate bottle so we could sin and have it with In-And-Out burgers the next day.

After a 4-hour decant this coalesced into Schrader magic. A voluptuous, seductive and hedonistic bombshell in my glass!!! (Apologies for all the exclamation points, but hey). Even in this huge bowl (Riedel Sommelier Series Grand Cru Bordeaux) the nose wafts out 6 inches beyond the rim. The nose is rich with blackberry jam, grilled black plum, black currant, cassis, melted brown sugar, oiled leather, hints of nutmeg/cinnamon/cracked black pepper, 60% dark cocoa powder (is that Rutherford dust?) all poured over hot cracked granite. Mouth is rich with blackberry liqueur, raspberry jam, creme de cassis, velvety tannins, superfine and sweet, just ever so slightly rough and subtle heat. It feels like a high-quality raspberry-infused dark chocolate bar melting on my tongue. This is in such a sweet spot, so fully present and gratifying that it's unbelievable. The wine just kept adding nuances over time and it was mind-blowing. Tasting history here folks! Finish is a real yin & yang of black fruits and dark chocolate for the first 20 seconds. It goes on for 60 seconds and the dark chocolate wins. Such a wonderful melange, so balanced. Without that hint of heat it would be a 96+ wine for me.

For you diehards that read this far, it was still great the next day, but the heat was slightly more pronounced. Went great with the burgers & fries though!!! Sinning!!!

DECANT: 4+ hours
GLASS USED: Sommelier Series Grand Cru Bordeaux
TASTE: 9.5+
COST: 330
VALUE: 8.2
PREVIOUSLY TASTED: n/a
TRY AGAIN: n/a
PAIRING: Fennel & caramelized onion potatoes gratin, smothered in Gruyere & heavy cream. Grilled hangar steak marinated in EVOO, 2006 McCrea Sirocco Blanc (white Rhone blend), Zahtar, Fleur de Sel and cracked black pepper. Asparagus roasted in EVOO, lemon juice, sea salt & black pepper.

Inquiries can be addressed to troypeterson@usa.net
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  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    2/7/14, 2:59 PM - Love that note!

Red
2009 Sine Qua Non Syrah The Thrill of... Central Coast
12/1/2013 - Monaco Likes this wine:
94 points
First time trying SQN. After all the hype behind these wines, I was left wanting a bit more. Opened and decanted through Vinturi about 6 hours prior to drinking. Dark, purplelish and inky. The complexity and changing characteristics of this wine are what made me enjoy it the most. I get why people would like this Syrah, just don't think it warrants the upper 90's scores. Will let my Five Shooter sleep for 3-4 years before drinking that.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/1/13, 12:51 PM - I think that your feeling of wanting /expecting a bit more probably comes from the fact that the recent SQNs have shifted significantly towards the more elegant and mineralic style (beginning after the 2006s Ravens) away from the super opulent 02-05 period. If you can find it at a reasonable price, try the 1998 E-Raised...

Red
1990 Azienda Agricola Montevertine Le Pergole Torte Riserva Toscana IGT Sangiovese
9/25/2013 - PinkMoonWinery Likes this wine:
94 points
Had next to the 1988 and the 1999 (regular bottles, while the 1990 was the riserva). This had clearly more punch to it than the 1988 especially in the aftertaste, where this intense espresso aroma appeared 15 seconds or so into the finish. Really long but also very very elegant. Still many many years ahead!
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    9/26/13, 3:08 AM - Hi. Yes it was the riserva, the one with the added little sticker label on the neck. The other of course were the regular ones, probably wasn't clear in the tasting note.

Red
2010 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia Red Bordeaux Blend
9/13/2013 - PinkMoonWinery Likes this wine:
93 points
Way too ypung, super tannic but appears to be with more longevity potential than other vintages
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    9/13/13, 2:33 PM - Yes, you are absolutely right, i bought a case and wanted to see how it is now. Painfully young, which is a truly positive sign. Remembering the 97s how they were hyped and how they were so approachable even young but are slowly going downhill now, this wine makes me very hopeful for the future!

Red
2008 Charles Smith King Coal Stoneridge Vineyard Columbia Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
10/29/2012 - Gestalted wrote:
93 points
Super polished texture. Some really intense blueberries and cream flavors with just a slight touch of tar and smoky olive. Beautiful finish. Really enjoyed this wine!

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Consumed at at cellar temp: 60°-65° F. Friends don't let friends drink red wine at room temp!
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/27/12, 11:39 AM - A wise word: Friends don't let friends drink red wine at room temp!

White - Sparkling
2002 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne Chardonnay
11/24/2012 - ginfizz wrote:
95 points
95 points with room to grow. Big for a Comtes, with a rich open nose of citrus, apples, and vanilla oak, medium to full bodied on the palate with large bubbles that toned down with time. Rich on the palate, long finish, classic acidity and zip. Can't get over how big this is. All the structure is there for long term aging, and this is more approachable than the '96s. I'd say similar to the '95 but fruitier.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 3:15 AM - Quick question, do you think the 02 Comte de Champagne will go well with Turkey dinner or is it still to young? Just got it and wondering whether to open it for the Christmas Turkey or not. Thanks for helping out!

  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/20/12, 11:37 PM - Thanks!

Red
2002 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs Pinot Noir
12/2/2012 - jcoleman wrote:
85 points
as before this wine really lacks stuffing for a grand cru from a great vintage. really disappointing!
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/18/12, 3:21 AM - I agree, patience will heal wounds here... I will try one out of a half bottle tomorrow, which should be more evolved. Let's see

  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/18/12, 3:22 AM - And BTW, it's a premier cru not a grand cru, so maybe it deserves some slack :-)

  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/18/12, 7:20 AM - If only he knew :-)

Red
2006 Mollydooker Shiraz Carnival of Love McLaren Vale
12/17/2012 - tom_wine wrote:
85 points
Dense, alcoholic fruit bomb. Jammy raspberry and strawberry flavors, a dash of anise and black pepper. I could lay this on toast.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/17/12, 7:46 AM - Interesting note, so you don't like fruit bombs judging from your score :-)
    Is it keeping up well, or should it be drunk up?

  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/18/12, 3:13 AM - Thanks!

Red
2008 Paul Lato Pinot Noir Suerte Solomon Hills Vineyard Santa Maria Valley
12/15/2012 - beezer6 wrote:
93 points
Brunch with Wine (Wasabi - Chicago, IL): Another flashy voluptuous styled wine before the Gallica Grenache.
This Pinot displayed strawberries and cream, cotton candy as well as some darker barnyard and dirt road qualities. Some white pepper on the back end. I get more of the white pepper on the palate as well as some white truffle, and light blood orange and pomegranate.
Really a tasty wine. This needed more time to open up but I have yet to taste an underwhelming wine from Paul Lato. Looking forward to cracking a Syrah soon.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/17/12, 7:49 AM - Brunch with wine, awesome!!

    If you like Paul's pinots and you like Syrah, you are going to love the 'Il Padrino' - so rich, opulent yet still elegant with again these slight blood orange notes, just great!

White - Sparkling
2002 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne Chardonnay
10/14/2012 - bza wrote:
Very elegant. Minerals, gunpowder and citrus on the nose. The structure of this wine is so delicious with it´s creamy texture and complex layer upon layer taste of lemon, biscuits, wet stone, whipped cream and coffee. All of this wrapped up in a very elegant toasted finish. Super!
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 3:16 AM - Quick question, do you think the 02 Comte de Champagne will go well with Turkey dinner or is it still to young? Just got it and wondering whether to open it for the Christmas Turkey or not. Thanks for helping out!

  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/15/12, 3:02 AM - Thanks!

Red
2007 PharaohMoans Syrah WestSide Paso Robles
12/12/2012 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
young but approachable - should develop with some time
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/12/12, 6:01 AM - Interesting, did you decant it? I decanted it for 2 hours and it was still absolutely closed down, wasn't too long ago neither...

  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/13/12, 6:34 AM - Interesting, thanks!

Red
2001 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate Napa Valley
12/12/2012 - slugme wrote:
85 points
Everyone keeps writing restrained and muted and then giving it good scores. The fruit is definitely restrained and muted. Aeration doesn't help, leaving the wine open for multiple days doesn't help. It's just not giving much at all right now. No clue if it will in the future.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/13/12, 1:19 AM - I love your review, pure honesty, I do agree sometimes a wine is just muted and restrained and you don't dare giving it a good score just because of the reputation of the wine.

    That's the beauty when you taste blind, you're forced to score it whatever you have when not knowing the wine. Happened to me brutally with a Lafite 1986: https://www.cellartracker.com/note.asp?iWine=1476&iNote=1711374&searchId=84294937%23selected%253DW1476_2_Ke61055776bf303ee86c2f6f4b4f6c34d&UISource=list

    So either this Montelena will become awesome in 30 years, or it's just muted and restrained and not a good wine :-)

Red
2008 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Deus-Ex Machina Red Rhone Blend
12/11/2012 - Ekoostik wrote:
95 points
Just an awesome wine and value at its discounted price purely based on the vintage reputation I imagine. Loads of escalading fruit, red, blue (ever so slight black) berries with a full palate but never feeling overripe or leaning prunish. Has the density and power of a super cuvee but still retains more lithe than most would. Really long finish with some tannin at this point, but still a pleasure to drink. (drink or hold - No brett noticed)
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/12/12, 6:02 AM - So true! When you can look beyond a vintage's overall reputation and pick the best you can get awesome value wines! I love this deus, just fun to drink now!

Red
2006 Saxum James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
12/5/2012 - Anonymous wrote:
94 points
Rich, delicious, full-bodied blackberry fruit with very smooth black olive, violet, and licorice flavors, excellent structure, flavors very well integrated, long finish, beautiful bottle of wine, this is clearly the precursor to Saxum's great 2007 JB Syrah.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/7/12, 11:09 AM - Like the comment on being the precursor to the 07. Wait for the 2012, this will shape out to be a fantastic JB. Tasted the only couple of days old wines from barrel that will make up the JB 2012 and it will rival the 2007!!!!

Red
1989 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
12/4/2012 - le fouloir Likes this wine:
92 points
This is a wonderful mature Bordeaux. It was complex beyond its original price would have suggested and could have passed easily for a classified chateau. It might not get any better but I'll bet that, if cellared properly, it will continue to taste and smell this good for a number of years to come.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/7/12, 10:59 AM - Just had this wine and couldnt agree more with your note... Really good tasting note!

Red
2009 Hobel Wine Works Cabernet Sauvignon Engelhard Vineyard Napa Valley
Man what a great wine. Awesome nose of beef, dark fruits, cedar and smoke. The palate is velvety smooth with intense fruits that never go over the top. Mouth coating and delicious. Tannins to spare. Great.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/7/12, 1:01 AM - Completely agree, an awesome wine, one question though, why did you not rate it and what would you have scored it? I rated it 95 last time I had it...

  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/7/12, 8:45 AM - Got it, thanks :-)

Red
2009 Lillian Winery Syrah Santa Barbara County
12/6/2012 - fine137 Likes this wine:
95 points
Better than the 08, decanted for 4 hours.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/7/12, 12:57 AM - I just bought this wine and am considering to open one of my three, should I or should I wait?

  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/7/12, 8:44 AM - Thanks, very helpful will do tonight!

White - Sparkling
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
10/5/2012 - asparagus wrote:
91 points
drank from magnum, in a club of all places. painfully young, this was not allowed to breathe at all.

nose was amazing. bread, green apple, slight hints of citrus.

was a bit out of sorts taste wise, but after letting it air for 20 min, it got its act together. very good, but not as amazing as what i had been led to believe.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/7/12, 2:15 AM - This is funny, whenever I drink Dom Perignon I think of the folks drinking this in clubs who have no clue of the quality of the wine and their farthest thought is of writing a tasting note...

    ... you are obviously an exception :-)

White - Sparkling
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
11/10/2012 - Barry Rothof wrote:
92 points
DOM PERIGNON tasting (Rotterdam, Netherlands): Perfect weather just before the harvest compensated for the heavy rains of late august and early september. The harvest began between september 12 and 28. The DP 2002 was released in September 2010. On the nose quite muted. Palet shows beautiful mineral, acidic expression, fresh lemon, white flowers and creamy, good concentration still very elegant, great balance and very precise, enjoyable now but this will likely improve with years. A great wine and a great vintage!
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/7/12, 2:13 AM - Thanks for the info, very interesting!

White - Sparkling
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
11/17/2012 - Papies wrote:
93 points
Dom Perignon Masterclass, with Richard Geoffroy (Decanter FWE, The Landmark hotel, London): Light golden, glossy and youthful in colour. Lovely mild nose, with exotic fruit, apple notes and very light yeasty notes. The nose needs a bit of time to evolve in the glass. On the palate it is rich, ripe, light creamy. Beautifully balanced and is very intense and even at this young age to potential is visible. We would suggest one awaits a few years as this will just keep getting better and better. 93-94 for the moment but the sky is the limit as it ages.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/7/12, 2:12 AM - Jealous, this must have been an awesome tasting. Fully agree with the waiting, I stashed mine away for a loooong time!

White - Sparkling
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
11/22/2012 - PJRONeill wrote:
88 points
Disappointingly mute in both nose and palate, not a lot going on here and certainly not what I've had in previous bottles. A bit of pepper, citrus and earth on the nose but very faint. No great expression on the palate, unfortunately. A plain jane, whether through storage or an awkward age.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/7/12, 2:11 AM - give this baby some time (say 8-10 years) and try it again, it will be great!

White - Sparkling
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
11/24/2012 - Paul S wrote:
92 points
The ULD (Ultimate Label Drinker's) Dinner (Imperial Treasure, Asia Square): Second bottle in the space of weeks, and while this was not as good as previous showings, it still was pretty much in line with the general excellent experiences I have had with the 2002 DP. Even with half an hour in the decanter, I found this closer to the bottle I had in 2010, shortly after release, than later bottles. This was very nutty on the nose, with hazlenuts and toasted almond aromas, a touch of cream, and then fruitier shades of apples and subtle strawberry scents, with a good streak of earthy minerality running underneath. Really nice, but perhaps deeper set and more reticent than some recent bottles. The palate was tighter too, but still very impressive, with fresh white fruit flavours and a squeeze of finger limes couched in lovely juicy balance and lined with a surprising amount of minerality on the midpalate. Past the wine moved into a fresh strawberry and cream finish sprinkled with a charming touch of spice. An very effortlessly elegant show, but maybe just a step behind the last couple of bottles, with the palate coming across tighter and less expressive. It remains a lovely champagne though, and one that we are drinking far too young - if there were less than the gazillion or so bottles of this on the market, I would really wait for a good 8 to 10 years before drinking these.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/7/12, 2:00 AM - Paul, really great and extensive tasting note, thanks, I love notes like this! And fully agree with the waiting, I stashed mine away for a loooong time!

Red
2006 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
12/3/2012 - Radboy wrote:
95 points
Terrific bottle that has much more life in it. Rich, dark fruit that had little barnyard flavors at the 3 hour mark. A wonderful wine with French food that we enjoyed at a French cooking class with master chef Laurent Zirotti of Fleur D' Sel. This seems a bit more "grapey" than other Cailloux we have had, yet still retains its richly focused terroir. Damn Sam this is good stuff!
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/7/12, 1:55 AM - You got to love Cailloux! Great tasting note, thanks!

Red
1986 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
11/30/2012 - Rwill5978 wrote:
85 points
Old
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/7/12, 1:54 AM - Just wondering, as I had stunning, vibrant and young bottles of this, how was this bottle stored?

Red
2007 Cayuse Tempranillo Impulsivo En Chamberlin Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
12/5/2012 - bonedocnine wrote:
94 points
I love this wine! Always stunning. Deftly balanced in style, distinctly washington yet identifiable as tempranillo.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/7/12, 1:50 AM - Hi, I had the same experience, true Cayuse funk but also distinctively different from his Syrahs... really nice wine!

    Plus an awesome label :-)

White - Sparkling
2002 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne Chardonnay
10/27/2012 - St Paul wrote:
96 points
What a lovely champagne this is. I now have had it twice over the last couple of days and I love it. It is Comtes de Champagne as it best. Clean flirty fruit and texture with white flowers and cream. I need to stock up on this if possible. Very sensual. This is by far the best Comtes de Champagne since the fantastic 1996.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 3:16 AM - Quick question, do you think the 02 Comte de Champagne will go well with Turkey dinner or is it still to young? Just got it and wondering whether to open it for the Christmas Turkey or not. Thanks for helping out!

  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/7/12, 1:49 AM - Thanks so much!

Red
2009 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/16/2012 - CamWheeler wrote:
92 points
Blueberry and floral notes with redcurrant and cedar. Palate is approachable and there is a good core of minerality across its length. Very good but should really shine with some more time.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/7/12, 1:03 AM - Completely agree on the 'needs time' comment

Red
2007 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
11/9/2012 - Zweder wrote:
96 points
Yes!!! This is a C9duP as it should be and my previous bottle must have been an off bottle. This bottle is concentrated and still open. Good fruits, garrigue, white pepper, pleasant sweetness and beautiful acidity. Soft tannin. Great length. A beauty!
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/7/12, 1:02 AM - Love the abbreviation C9duP way cooler than CdP :-)

Red
2009 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2009 Bordeaux arrivage tasting (Baur au Lac Hotel, Zurich): Rated 79 points, but as I god some agressive comments, I took away the note. I still feel that it is the wine, as I have not had a good bottle of this wine yet, but apparently, everyone else seems to diagree. I love Lynch Bages, but this one is not good in my opinion.

Original Note: This reminds me of the 1993 Montrose when it was younger, bitter and nearly aggressive elderberry flavor. This is weird and I don't think that time will heal the wounds.

Not a fan of this wine!!
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 11:40 PM - Well, I get it and we debated a long while and that was the reason we opened another bottle to double check. In the end we decided that we felt that this was not flawed. But I get your point of view.

White - Sparkling
2002 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne Chardonnay
12/4/2012 - hubas wrote:
93 points
Indeed a fantastic champagne with great balance and length.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 3:13 AM - Brief question, do you think the 02 Comte de Champagne will go well with Turkey dinner or is it still to young? Just got it and wondering whether to open it for the Christmas Turkey or not. Thanks for helping out!

  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 6:34 AM - Thanks!

White - Sparkling
2002 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne Chardonnay
10/25/2012 - chablis28 wrote:
95 points
Very excited to try this as Comte is one one of my fav btls of Champagne and, I own a couple 02s. Did not disapoint. This was more focused and brighter than the Bolli Grand Anne with layers of minerality and fruit in spades. Loved it! This should be on every wine lover's bucket list!
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 3:16 AM - Quick question, do you think the 02 Comte de Champagne will go well with Turkey dinner or is it still to young? Just got it and wondering whether to open it for the Christmas Turkey or not. Thanks for helping out!

  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 6:34 AM - Thanks for the fast answer!!

White - Sparkling
2002 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne Chardonnay
9/1/2012 - Shorepower wrote:
Till att börja med, Comtes 2002 är betydligt mer slutet än dess föregångare (framförallt 1998) som alla varit charmörer som unga med mycket mineraltoner och citrus. Med 02an får man söka beytdligt mer, det är inte alls lika öppet eller mineraligt. Det finns en hel del frukt och faktiskt någon tendens till honung som förvånade mig lite. Som ofta på unga Comtes flyter sockret lite ovanpå. Inte i klass med DP men det finns där. Syran i BdB balanserar bättre en högre sockerhalt men det vore intressant att dricka Comtes som var med 5g istället. Inte helt integrerad smak men 2002 är klast den bästa Comtes sedan 1996. Fruktdrivet. Ett vin som ska ligga men om man bjuder på det idag så får man nog ligga ändå. Det är trots allt ett vin som förför.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 3:18 AM - Quick question, do you think the 02 Comte de Champagne will go well with Turkey dinner or is it still to young? Just got it and wondering whether to open it for the Christmas Turkey or not. Thanks for helping out!

  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 6:33 AM - Thanks so much, I also love champagne older than younger, but I will give it a go. Merry Christmas!

Red
2010 Chimère Châteauneuf-du-Pape Mourvedre
12/20/2011 - cr84 wrote:
100 points
I was very curious to taste this first shot. The wine is assembled of 95% Mourvedre, 4% Grenache and 1% different white varietals. Expecting a very strong, mouth-closing, difficult-to-understand wine, I could not have been more wrong. This pearl is the Mourvedre analogue of the Sanctus Sanctorum. Its freshness opens the roads to mint, pepper and provencal herbs while being joined by a velvety structure that undermine any doubt on this wine’s femininity. It is very provocative; however, this wine is so seductive that it will open the valve to a new wave in Mourverdre-based wine making.
Kudos to the Maurel Brothers, Philippe Cambie, and Manfred Krankl.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 3:34 AM - Awesome that you managed to taste Chimère and thanks for uploading the picture. I wanted to get a bottle but it was absolutely impossible, I couldn't even find a picture of the bottle at the beginning, that's how rare this wine is :-)

Red
2010 Chimère Châteauneuf-du-Pape Mourvedre
2/11/2012 - Philippe_C wrote:
99 points
Wow nose of bacon and ripe red peperonis, roasted meat, a hint of vanilla, hint of coffee... taste is very smooth with tons of silky tannins, animal... it is incredible how Mourvèdre can be soo good at this young stage, it is almot feminine!!
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 3:31 AM - How did you manage to taste Chimère (sauf si c'est toi Philippe, en ce cas c'est claire) I wanted to get a bottle but it was absolutely impossible, I couldn't even find a picture of the bottle, that's how rare this wine is :-)

White - Sweet/Dessert
2004 Château Doisy-Daëne L'Extravagant Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
12/12/2007 - Philippe_C wrote:
98 points
Whaouw!! nose of pêche, gelée de coings and compote de rhubarbe... in theb mounth it is even more concentrated than the Yquem 2004... what a great wine... unfortunately very expensive at 175 Euro for a half bottle...
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 3:29 AM - Indeed, a great wine, and I really can understand that you get compote de rhubarbe, which is kind of weird in a Sauternes, but this is truly an outstanding wine!

White - Sparkling
2002 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne Chardonnay
7/20/2012 - Lombardi wrote:
95 points
Delicious juice! Citrus, lemon juice and white stones on the nose. Crispy texture with sharp but well integrated acidity. Amazing fruit content, dense and long finish. Amazing balance and overall quality. This is certainly young but has all the power and precision to go far. Another great 2002 Champagne.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 3:18 AM - Quick question, do you think the 02 Comte de Champagne will go well with Turkey dinner or is it still to young? Just got it and wondering whether to open it for the Christmas Turkey or not. Thanks for helping out!

White - Sparkling
2002 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne Chardonnay
11/10/2012 - stassivo wrote:
Le Salon du Vin de la Revue du Vin de France 2012 (Brussels): Complex floral bouquet with some yeast and a pleasant acidity. Well-balanced and round on the palate, the ripe fruit gives almost a sweet sensation to the wine. Rich and multi-layered.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 3:16 AM - Quick question, do you think the 02 Comte de Champagne will go well with Turkey dinner or is it still to young? Just got it and wondering whether to open it for the Christmas Turkey or not. Thanks for helping out!

White - Sparkling
2002 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne Chardonnay
10/26/2012 - Seth Rosenberg wrote:
95 points
Private Chef dinner at Yann's new place (Flatiron District, Manhattan, New York): Light gold. Very spicy on the nose and very fruit forward: bright meyer lemon and orange, critrus zest, candied ginger. Very elegant with class to burn with a wonderful sweetness and creaminess. Really gorgeous on the palate - again with the lemon zest and orange and the spicy-sweet candied ginger. Really filling, yet light on its feet. Very persistent finish. This needs some time to resolve but will be flat out amazing. Maybe not a luscious and hedonistic as the 02 Bolly Grande Annee, but more sophisticated. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 6/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17.5/20.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 3:16 AM - Quick question, do you think the 02 Comte de Champagne will go well with Turkey dinner or is it still to young? Just got it and wondering whether to open it for the Christmas Turkey or not. Thanks for helping out!

White - Sparkling
2002 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne Chardonnay
10/25/2012 - BradE wrote:
First try on this, and its great. Essence of seashell and oyster. Brilliant.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 3:16 AM - Quick question, do you think the 02 Comte de Champagne will go well with Turkey dinner or is it still to young? Just got it and wondering whether to open it for the Christmas Turkey or not. Thanks for helping out!

White - Sparkling
2002 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne Chardonnay
9/19/2012 - Tulloch wrote:
96 points
One of the best young champagnes I've ever tried, but probably wont appeal as much to those at the Krug and Bollinger end of the spectrum. Magnificenct nose that changes by the minute and melliflous palate. Goes on and on and should cellar well for 20+ years.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 3:16 AM - Quick question, do you think the 02 Comte de Champagne will go well with Turkey dinner or is it still to young? Just got it and wondering whether to open it for the Christmas Turkey or not. Thanks for helping out!

Red
2009 Sine Qua Non Syrah The Thrill of... Central Coast
12/5/2012 - Eric wrote:
96 points
Well this was one of the better young SQN wines I have ever tasted. Wow, plush, voluptuous, yet and not over the top. This is drinking outrageously well already. All of the prototypical Syrah elements with black and red fruit mingling with smoke, tar, and asphalt. Fantastic texture. Delicious wine.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 3:11 AM - Interesting, when I tasted it a year ago it was still completely shut down. Have to open another bottle after your tasting note!

Red
N.V. Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
11/19/2010 - PinkMoonWinery wrote:
60 points
An absolute curiosity: in the late 60's Chateau Margaux, still under the Ginestet ownership produced a "Non Vintage" wine blending different bad vintages together to reach something that wasn't better. The wine now is orange brownish and smells somewhat like rotten wood with surprisingly some fruit left! That doesn't make it better! Bad wine but great experience: Imagine Margaux blending 2004 and 2007 together...
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 12:50 AM - Nope, can't be 2004 and 2007, you would need to take really crappy vintages, like 1980, 1991 and 1992...

  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/6/12, 12:51 AM - ... ah yeah and wait another 20 years, see what comes out then

Red
2010 M. Chapoutier Côtes du Roussillon Villages Latour Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem Red Rhone Blend
12/1/2012 - defnefferson Likes this wine:
92 points
RP 95-97? I just don't see it. That said, it's a well made, delicious wine and well worth the $30 price point. Very interesting nose, with notes of menthol, olive and smoke. On the palate, good mouth feel with decent grip. Notes of raspberry and black currant with nutmeg, a hint of cinnamon and black pepper. Finish is long and complex with noticeable tannins.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/5/12, 4:23 AM - Wow, you're clearly in the US, since this wine in Europe is 15 dollars, which makes it an even better value! But agree, I'd also pay 30

Red
2008 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Deus-Ex Machina Red Rhone Blend
10/10/2012 - wineberg Likes this wine:
94 points
"Judgment" of DC (aka dinner #3 with Pinkmoon) (Poste Modern Brasserie): Decanted and drank over 4 hours.

Now I have to go get some of this to put in the cellar....I thought this was great. Dark cherry, hint of strawberries maybe, meat, spices, excellent balance.

We had this next to an 09 Saxum James Berry, and while the Saxum was definitely more fruit forward, the similarities between the two were striking.

Drinking well now with some air, but will keep for a while too.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    10/12/12, 1:47 AM - You beat me to the notes :-)

Red
2009 Sine Qua Non Syrah The Thrill of... Central Coast
4/19/2012 - St Paul wrote:
97 points
I love SQN. Normally I feel they are a bit too big and powerful the first couple of years but not this time. I think this is a bit more elegant than other vintages this young. A complex and interesting wine. Manfred Krankl is a hero.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    4/19/12, 6:53 AM - Love it!! Of course he's a hero :-)

Red
1978 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve Napa Valley
1/20/2012 - muriellewinery wrote:
85 points
the 78 has changed over the years of the 5 cases I bought only 5 bottles remain. Its time to drink them all. Color is wonderful, very tart even after decanting. The opulence has faded to a true claret. The Rutherford Dust lingers though not a pronounced as it once was. Leather, tobacco and slight cedar notes are still lingering. Sadly, this wine has peaked and fallen. We will try the rest this week.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    1/20/12, 4:59 AM - Hi, interesting. I have seven bottles left and tasted the last one about 3 months ago and mine was just nicely mature. Probably strongly depends on the temperature of your cellar

Red
2005 Mollydooker Shiraz Carnival of Love McLaren Vale
1/11/2012 - mxpbuy wrote:
93 points
Sampled 1/10/11. A few years ago this wine was over-the-top liquid skittles with tobacco and smoke notes. A year ago the wine toned itself down a couple notices and became more sophisticated. Unfortunately, although still top notch when first opened, this wine today does not last in such wonderful form. After only 5 or 6 hours in the air it started to show pruney and raisin elements and the breadth and depth of flavors was falling away with every chime of the clock. This wine is in a serious downward death spiral. For those who hoped to try it on it's 10th birthday, you'll be disappointed. Drink up. I'm now going to need to start taking a hard look at my 2006-2009's of this wine.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    1/11/12, 2:57 PM - Had similar experiences with the 2005 but I think the 2006 will hold up much better and will be a seriously longer running wine

White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Feiler-Artinger Welschriesling Essenz Ruster Ausbruch Neusiedlersee-Hügelland
8/16/2005 - Vino Me wrote:
95 points
The Wines of Feiler-Artinger (Austria) (Feiler-Artinger Winery, Rust, Austria): I'm not sure what the winemaking difference between this wine and the regular Ruster Ausbruchs is but there just seemed to be more of everything. More fruit, more sugar, more acidity. 100% Weischriesling. A thick wine. The nose smelled of new carpet and tropical fruits. Concentrated but not cloying. On the finish the wine seemed almost lacey. Beautiful. However, I will caution that this wine is very young and needs time to develop more fully. What a wine it will be though when it does blossom. 95+ points.
  • PinkMoonWinery commented:

    12/4/11, 12:30 AM - Hi, The difference between this wine and the regular Ausbruch is that this is not wine and the Ruster Ausbruch is :-)

    The Essenz is 4.8% Alcohol and therefore given the Austrian wine laws this is technically not wine (similar story to the 2002 Kracher #12). This means, that it is not sold at all, technically, because that would be illegal, so you need to be very very lucky to snag a bottle of this, as you were :-)

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