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White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Moelleux Chenin Blanc
6/8/2019 - sastewart wrote:
92 points
Pear, nice minerality and a touch of quince on the nose. Full bodied, with ripe stone fruits on the palate. Surprisingly light on its feet and nicely balanced for a 2003. Purchased at the winery and cellared at 55. This wine still has plenty of time. Solid 92 points
  • ashegedyn commented:

    6/24/19, 6:43 PM - Similar feeling on this wine.Nice note.

Red
2017 Faiveley Mercurey Pinot Noir
2/23/2019 - boston617 Likes this wine:
95 points
Light, balanced, with some light black pepper and smoke. Not heavy fruit.
  • ashegedyn commented:

    4/2/19, 6:28 PM - You must be drinking a different Burgundy - this is not on the light side for this wine.

Red
2017 Brendan Tracey Vin de Pays du Loir-et-Cher Rouge - Le Capitalisme Rouge est un vin de Garage Red Blend
Eh yuck - wine experiment and a poor one, Brett as well as wine that tastes like it was fermented in a jar. Other natural wines can be good or great even . This one is an example that tastes like an experiment by high school students trying to make wine. Amazed by the poor example and wondering how much marketing has to do with this wine being sold. If you tasted it you would not buy.
  • ashegedyn commented:

    1/17/19, 2:19 PM - Sorry but the faults of the wine were not simply a matter of taste. There are technical flaws here.

    - The wine had Brettanomyces issue
    - MLF or malolactic bacteria issues
    I think the wine did not complete malolactic fermentation and bacteria continued to be in the wine that caused some of these flaws. Also there is a certain unfermented grape juice character which I found odd.

    You are welcome to like this but this is outside normal standards for considering whether the wine is flawed.

    Please do not be defensive that not everyone enjoys the wine. Just because you found the wines fantastic and I did not does not mean my view is any less valid than yours. That is part of enjoying and tasting wines as well as posting tasting notes.

    Also I have enjoyed other natural wines from the Loire that had none of these issues that I find eminently enjoyable (Baudry, Bernaudeau, Courault, Pithon-Paille) And yes I like wines of terroir that express a sense of place if your criticism is of my liking Burgundy. What I am offended by are winemakers taking advantage of the natural wine movement and marketing poorly made wines. I suspect that is the case here; but, this is but one example so I will withhold that judgement until I have more examples.

Red
2005 Domaine Michel Juillot Mercurey 1er Cru Clos Tonnerre Pinot Noir
2/11/2015 - Neuronstar Likes this wine:
89 points
A nice, but not special Burgundy. For the price, I paid 35, I would say good value. Not a standout, but a decent pour. It is drinking well now, I don't think it is worth holding longer.

The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are medium. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like raspberry, black currant (cassis), strawberry jam and mineral. It tastes like black currant (cassis), raspberry, mineral, forest floor and stoniness. The body is light/medium. The wine has linear texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has medium acidity.
  • ashegedyn commented:

    10/6/16, 7:11 PM - I think you don't appreciate these wines. It is not that they are not special - they are. They are just not your type of wine.

Red
1995 Sylvie Esmonin (Michel et Fille) Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques Pinot Noir
5/26/2016 - The Vines That Bind wrote:
89 points
Casual Red Burgundies (La Mangeoire): A little further advanced than one would hope for out of '95. Very leathery fruit and also maderizing somewhat. Sadly this bottle just isn't on tonight.
  • ashegedyn commented:

    6/13/16, 7:37 PM - Sorry, I don't usually follow points but I am a bit surprised seeing a score of 89 given your comments. Seems a bit high. Under normal scoring that is a decent bottle but your description gives an impression of something off and I would expect score at most in the low 80s or even 70s.

Red
2002 Frederic Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur Pinot Noir
1/4/2016 - DoubleMagnum wrote:
88 points
I truly don't understand a rating of 95 points. I'm being generous with 88. This is muted, a bit diluted and frankly very simple. Now, it isn't unpleasant but it's kind of a Tuesday night wine. Finish is brief.
  • ashegedyn commented:

    1/4/16, 8:44 PM - I agree it is not out of this world - but you need to open it for some time. I made the mistake of drinking many of these right away. They need some time to open up. Also when I bought them they were going For the same price as low end bourgogne. Points may be skewed by the price.

  • ashegedyn commented:

    1/5/16, 5:28 PM - Well not 95 but it took a day for this to become more than just a so-so drinker. My notes are a bit old - 09 and 06. I have a few bottles left and I am leaving them for a bit more time. I am not saying it is an outstanding wine - but my comment was simply to state that if you leave it open - perhaps for more than 12 hours - it may surprise you. BTW I have stopped putting point ratings on most wines.

Red
1996 Louis Jadot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Porrets Pinot Noir
12/14/2015 - Wineteacher Likes this wine:
89 points
This Burgundy has a pretty dark color at nearly 20 years old. This is a bigger bodied wine than I had expected. It has a nice mature bouquet although the taste is more one-dimensional still lacking the exotic fruit and earth of a very fine Burgundy at maturity. What it lacks in complexity is made up in some way by its body and brawn. Nice and enjoyable wine at almost 20 years.
  • ashegedyn commented:

    12/15/15, 9:00 PM - Over what time period did you drink this? I found this need at least 12 hours open for this to show its complexity.

Red
2004 Domaine Trapet (Jean et Jean-Louis) Latricières-Chambertin Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
5/18/2015 - danielbleier Likes this wine:
91 points
Better than expected, given the rep of the vintage. Plenty of forest floor and herb balanced with dark cherry. Worth the spend.
  • ashegedyn commented:

    5/20/15, 7:23 PM - In the French Press (RVF) this was considered one of the best bottles of the vintage. Glad to hear it is good.

Red
1996 Louis Jadot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Porrets Pinot Noir
5/19/2015 - pifcho Likes this wine:
92 points
Given that Jadot purchased the ready wine and only bottled it, I wasn't sure what to expect but this is up to Jadot's typical high quality. Surprisingly elegant and quite ready for the vintage, this appears to have just entered prime drinking. Distinct stony minerality throughout. Gains more chewiness and sturdiness with air to become more typically NSG, but retains its elegance and balance. Red fruited with (teriyaki?) beef jerky notes. Nice medium+ finish. 91-92+
  • ashegedyn commented:

    5/20/15, 5:46 AM - I would love to know where you got the information that the wine was purchased?

Red
2001 Domaine Robert Arnoux / Arnoux-Lachaux Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Reignots Pinot Noir
4/26/2015 - pclin wrote:
93 points
From the list of The Ledbury, London. Beautiful nose, floral and expressive. Sweet and smooth on the attack. Certainly ready and and approachable but could use a few more years as there are still some noticeable tannins. Still showing a bit of oaks too, or is it typical of Arnoux wines? Good stuff. (B+)
  • ashegedyn commented:

    4/26/15, 2:04 PM - I find the oak integrates over time. I have not had aged Reignots but Suchots and RSV from the mid 90s do not have anything noticeable.

White
2012 Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay Estate Vineyard Sonoma Coast
4/7/2015 - ashegedyn wrote:
White flower, agave nose similar to Macon - a bit of coconut tropical on the edges. On taste balanced, perhaps a bit light on acid balance actually, white flower and fruit with a bit of coconut. Ok medium finish. Ok for Cali chardonnay but I would rather drink Burgs. A bit light in flavor and intensity.
  • ashegedyn commented:

    4/25/15, 11:37 AM - Bzikot bourgogne blanc, is one that comes to mind recently. If you like the Macon like flavor profile there are plenty of Macon Verzy, Chaintre, and Vire-Clesse that are even cheaper.

Red
2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah North Coast
Not sure about this wine. I think the mix is very odd. The nose is wonderful with smokey, meaty and bacon hints with blueberry thrown in. Very aromatic. On taste good blueberry flavors but to my palate it tasted a bit confected and sweet. This is not for my palate. To me it tastes like a mix of old world syrah and sweet zin juice. The price point in my area is nowhere near what people say they purchased it for. I paid over 30 to try this.

There are lots of other options from the Northern Rhone. I applaud the trend to AFWE and IPOB wines but this wine does not really appeal to me.
I would go with Wind Gap and Copain rather than this.
  • ashegedyn commented:

    2/25/15, 6:32 AM - Yes my thoughts were on Northern Rhone. I did expect something closer to Wind Gap. It just is not to my palate. It is easy to drink but not what I am looking for in Syrah. I tried it based on searching for value oriented wines from Cali and it was recommended - not sure they mentioned this was AFWE but the general comments were in that direction. I am sure if I hunt around I can get it for about 25-28 and get it shipped.
    On the other hand, I do like their Zinfandel. I think it is more a more restrained style. I had high hopes.

White
2006 Château-Grillet (Neyret-Gachet) Château-Grillet Viognier
10/17/2014 - Rezy13 wrote:
Friday Night Double Blind Tasting $40+ (Bin 75): Dull steely greenish yellow; subtler nose of pineapple, papaya, banana, melon, ripe, floral, waxy; similar to the nose the palate is waxy with rich yellow tropical fruit, heavier and showing some alcohol but not flabby, baby fat still hides some of the mineral; good.
  • ashegedyn commented:

    2/2/15, 12:11 PM - Did you decant - I was warned to decant for at least 8 hours before approaching?

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