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Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
9/22/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
95 points
19th edition. U Club selection. Pale salmon color. Nose is rich and fat, spring time fruit, orchard fruits and dough. Palate is almost over the top with mouth feel. More rich and opulent melon fruit, berry, hint of citrus, fresh bread and yeast round out the palate. This really improved over the course of 3 hours. One of the more opulent rose wines I can remember.
  • T.E.D. commented:

    9/25/21, 2:02 PM - So dense. Lush. Chernino nug style

Red
1990 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
9/18/2021 - mchern02 wrote:
95 points
Have this about 3 hours in decanter but tasted along the way

Huge nose of licorice with black berry, crushed blueberry, earthy, tobacco, wet cigar, truffle, but entirely fresh. Textured, layered, really attractive and pretty palate; great acidity and backbone. Youthful tannins which frankly need more time but clearly has bones which still will improve. Forever finish

Upside from here, but already ripping
  • T.E.D. commented:

    9/18/21, 7:10 PM - Like a good bong rip a la chern

Red
2016 Domaine Rossignol Trapet Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir
3/20/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
91 points
At around $60 a solid Bourgogne with good gevery qualities. Nose shows red and black cherry fruits, with nice ripeness and a seeet touch. Palate is somewhat taught and rustic, showing stone fruit, gravelly notes and touches of iron and rust. Masculine in nature.
  • T.E.D. commented:

    3/20/21, 3:59 PM - The price for admission hear in the states. Bummer

Red
2019 Envinate Taganan Tinto Canary Islands Red Blend
2/10/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
90 points
Bought this on a whim having no idea of wine varietal or geography. Reminiscent of funky chinon or bourguiel or brouily. Highly aromatic and funk filled nose. Peppery, gamey, some Brett under tones, grape skins, grey flint and tart fruits. Very rustic and volcanic. Not for the faint of heart. Palate is light and lithe, beauj like with tart strawberry, watermelon rind, crushed rocks and stems. Unique and non traditional. Not for everyone I would imagine. More of a wine nerds wine. Canary Islands location makes this even more contemplative.
  • T.E.D. commented:

    2/27/21, 9:15 AM - Hit the binger and go deep

Red
2016 Hubert Lamy Santenay Clos des Hâtes Pinot Noir
2/29/2020 - forceberry wrote:
91 points
From a 0,67-ha (1,67 acres) clos in Santenay planted in 2000. 13% alcohol.

Youthful, quite translucent and rather deep raspberry red color. Open and beautifully fragrant nose with seductive aromas of ripe raspberries and red cherries, some savory woody spice, a little bit of earthy Pinosity, light herbal notes of thyme and Chartreuse, sweeter hints of black raspberries and kirsch and a touch of stony minerality. Very lovely. The wine is ripe, very juicy and wonderfully clean on the palate with medium-to-moderately full body and lively flavors of black raspberries, wild strawberries, some woody and slightly stemmy tones, light sauvage notes of thyme and orange zest, a little bit of peppery spice, sweeter hints of boysenberries and black cherries and a touch of gravelly minerality. With air the wine gains subtle nuances of licorice and toasty oak spice. The overall feel if fresh and focused with balanced high acidity and ripe, textural and friendly tannins. The finish is clean, juicy and subtly grippy with long, youthful flavors of red-toned primary fruit flavors of brambly raspberries and wild strawberries along with lighter nuances of red cherries and redcurrants, some stony mineral tones, a little bit of peppery spice, light stemmy tones and a savory hint of woody oak spice. Especially the vibrant red-fruited flavors carry on for a good while on the tongue.

A very stylish, harmonious and balanced red Burgundy. Still very youthful - even primary - at the moment, so the wine is perhaps a bit too young for its own good at the moment, showing less complexity and more explosive fruit character at the moment. There's still tons of pleasure in the youthful exuberance of this wine, so opening one bottle now is not a grave crime. However, I'm sure this wine will settle down and start emphasizing finesse over fruit if just given enough time. I'm going to keep my hands away from this wine for the next 6-10 years and see how it is holding up then. Priced according to its quality at 34€.
  • T.E.D. commented:

    2/13/21, 10:07 AM - Now that’s a detailed review!

White - Sparkling
1988 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
11/27/2020 - Jowh wrote:
95 points
Last bottle and the one I had the highest hopes for.
Warm hello color. Very fine bubbles but fades quickly. Elegant nose with secondary aromas bordering on tertiary. Still very linear and present acidity. Great bottle but was slightly further matured than expected/hoped for.
  • T.E.D. commented:

    1/16/21, 1:01 PM - Dude! When we hanging. Back in Norway, would love to crack some bottles. Hope all is well

Red
2003 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/10/2020 - T.E.D. wrote:
94 points
U Club NYC bottle. Very firm and showing good gravel, stone, minerals coupled with stone fruits and hard berry. Really aromatic and structured. We’ll made.
  • T.E.D. commented:

    12/14/20, 12:00 PM - did a quick decant. no i think its ready to go, would not wait.

  • T.E.D. commented:

    12/24/20, 5:34 PM - Blackssss

Red
2005 Gaja Langhe Nebbiolo Conteisa Langhe DOC
7/25/2020 - mchern02 wrote:
91 points
3 hour decant

Pretty far behind the 06 at this time with a edgy, slightly reduced nose of red fruit, minerals and tea petals. Very nice palate with good structure and broad shoulders. Finishes quite well.

Young but hopefully with a lot of upside
  • T.E.D. commented:

    7/30/20, 12:14 PM - How broad are the shoulders relative to bespoke tailoring?

Red
2005 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots Pinot Noir
6/21/2020 - mchern02 wrote:
95 points
Ended up decanting this about 3 hours somewhat by accident.

Concentrated, addictive nose of spice, candied red and black fruit, and eucalyptus. Highly attractive palate with a velvety, engrossing and multi dimensional body with teasing red fruit surrounded with mouth coating acidity. Gives the feeling of lightness while remaining highly dynamic. The wine ends with superb finish of minerals and great length, with slight tension provided by the young but attractive tannins

A wine that is consistently great across the entire tasting and gotten better and better with time; I want to just sit and smell it but I would miss out on the fantastic palate and finish.

I wish I had more.
  • T.E.D. commented:

    6/24/20, 11:50 AM - Sounds like the nug kicked in near the end

Red
2010 Domaine de Montille Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans Pinot Noir
5/9/2020 - T.E.D. wrote:
92 points
Very fresh and bright. On the nose strawberry, watermelon rind, fresh cut flowers. Palate is taught and tense. Crunchy berry, ash, mineral, coffee grind, and jolly rancher. Very satisfying and enjoyable now
  • T.E.D. commented:

    5/9/20, 8:47 PM - Buuuurh hound

Red
2011 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District
5/8/2019 - mchern02 wrote:
2 hour decant; still too hedonistic for my taste.

1st is 6 bottles; will lay down for two or three years. I’m not sure this is in line to “get better” but maybrelax a bit

Just massive without a lot of structure or cohesive ended. Alcohol is high and it comes through on upfront bomb and somewhat heat-induced finish.

RE-bottled and will try again tomorrow. Updated notes to come

UPDATE: opened after 24 hours and poured another glass.

Mellowed a bit but still quite large. I wouldn’t call it at all a California fruit bomb just is quite big.

Nose: dark fruit, violet petals, a bit of green and a bit of anise.

Palate: mouth coating tannins and a mix of hotness; more dark fruits and plums. Not balanced from a structure and acidity

Finish m: fine length with a mix of tannins and heat.

Will wait 2-3 years for the next one.

I’d also wait another 24 hours and try again

Either way, better QPRs out there for sure
  • T.E.D. commented:

    5/2/20, 6:14 PM - Always good for making vinegar i find . . .

Red
1999 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts Pinot Noir
5/2/2020 - mchern02 wrote:
90 points
Dipped during two hour decant

Thick, coiled nose of muted dark fruit, spice, anise and a touch of heat. Broad shouldered with tight tannins, thick body and moderate tight finish. Needs way more time in decanter, or years in the cellar, or its beginning to unravel a bit.

Day 2: half a bottle left; nose has relaxed a bit but still hugely tannic and closed. Not sure this ever improves
  • T.E.D. commented:

    5/2/20, 6:11 PM - Always good for making a sauce!

Red
2003 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
4/23/2020 - mchern02 wrote:
93 points
5 hour decant

No green on nose so last bottle must’ve been a fluke.

Mega nose with tightly wound layers of dark red fruit, graphite, minerals, and a hint of chocolate and anise.

Slightly unbalanced body due to powerweight but nice lift, semi firm tannins and medium plus finish with tightness and heat.

While this has quality, it feels like an awkward phase and disjointed somewhat but may soften in time. Has some heat characteristics due to vintage but way less hot than other 03s I’ve had. Huge nose but palate in particular is a bit unwieldy.

Wait 2-5 years; way less drinkable today than 05

Edit: last glass day2; heat mellowed our but wine didn’t evolve from where it was other than less heat.
  • T.E.D. commented:

    4/28/20, 5:17 PM - perhaps the nug kicked in on this bottle?

Red
2012 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Napa Valley
4/10/2020 - T.E.D. wrote:
94 points
My second bottle of a Schrader in a week. Compared to rbs this shows more crunchy fruit with a good amount of freshness and salinity in the red and black fruit component. The obvious berry nose and palate are there, but also hints of forest, cedar, evergreen and perhaps some tar and clove. Consumed over a few hours. Will definitely hold
Up for a few years.
  • T.E.D. commented:

    4/12/20, 4:51 PM - Indeed. Figure why not drink some of these big dogs.

Red
2000 Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
7/18/2018 - T.E.D. wrote:
93 points
My second bottle of the lot and I thought this wine was singing. Pure Marg black fruit, cedar, spice box and dusty tannin. Well integrated and a pure pleasure. Still very much alive
  • T.E.D. commented:

    12/15/18, 10:15 AM - Not sure i would decant. Perhaps just crack a few hours before and leave in bottle.

Red
2014 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve Willamette Valley
3/7/2018 - T.E.D. wrote:
87 points
Big and ripe Pinot, showing no elements of Burgundian style. Surprised to see such high scores. Notes of oak, stewed fruit, cola and syrupy prunes. Very extracted and ripe with no acid showing. Perhaps a cooked bottle.
  • T.E.D. commented:

    7/7/18, 6:05 AM - Amen to that. Prisoner is terrible !

Red
2012 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Napa Valley
7/9/2017 - wine247365 wrote:
98 points
OMFG! First time I've drank Schrader, or anything in its class, and it is quite extraordinary! On the nose, intoxicating aromas of vanilla, blueberry and wisps of raspberry. On the palate, explosively more! Decanted 2 hours, then poured it back in the bottle uncorked for another 5 hrs, which worked fine. When I decanted it, the wine seemed to cling to the sides of the decanter fighting gravity's downward pull. Similarly, when in my mouth, it completely smothered it with beautiful, luscious, flavors. I see where other TNs note the layers of flavors as that description is apt! It's ready to go now and will most likely improve for 5 years. The CT end date is 2030, which I struggle to understand as it is so spectacular now and I don't think it's made for the long haul! Of the 1,045 wines I've logged in CT as Consumed, this IS THE BEST! It's the Anna Nicole Smith of cabs (when she was on her game)!
  • T.E.D. commented:

    7/9/17, 3:18 PM - Dank note!

White - Fortified
1946 Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Convento Selección Montilla-Moriles Pedro Ximénez
5/27/2016 - King Julien wrote:
98 points
Poured 1 glass via Coravin, very thick and dark, almost like syrup. Outstanding!
  • T.E.D. commented:

    5/31/16, 6:19 PM - I've been contemplating trying this out of Coravin, no issue I take it?

White - Fortified
1946 Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Convento Selección Montilla-Moriles Pedro Ximénez
4/10/2016 - bacchuszuo Likes this wine:
100 points
First of all, there ARE some negatives with this bottle....the 100pt score on the wood case and labels are tacky, the wax capsule is a nightmare to open, they claim this is limited to 876 bottles while they actually release in small badges....all those aside, this wine gave the WOW factor above its pure perfection so even with those nasty distractions, 100 is the only score possible.

Medicinal herby nose at first, kaleidoscopic palate of balsamic, black olive, anise, cassis, black chocolate, raisin, prune, cinnamon, licorice, tarragon, endless spectrum of herbs and spices with heavenly sweetness. The wine opens up with air and continue to evolve. Very vibrant acidity cut thru the rich sweetness to make it weighless on palate yet ripples thru on and on for a 20+min finish. The balance from beginning to end is impeccable. The taste doesn't cloy yet lingers for eternity, transcends sensory perception and linguistic comprehension into an spiritual experience. When served at the end of a drunk-fest, this wine is going to sober you up and recalibrate all senses, even make the mediocre fellow wines beside it taste better than before! A wine that deserves legendary status in the world of vinos.
  • T.E.D. commented:

    4/13/16, 6:49 PM - Well written.

Red
2012 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/25/2016 - T.E.D. wrote:
90 points
Dark crimson color. Relatively muted nose of cherry, touch of tobacco and pine forest. Palate is medium to lean bodied, yet showing a lushness. Dark cherries, some evergreen, gravel, coco nib, pipe and dusty soil on the initial palate. A touch of heat on the back end. Well made, another 5-10 years is all that's necessary
  • T.E.D. commented:

    3/26/16, 1:32 PM - Quick edit - second day showing more earth, oak, tobacco and forest notes. Still singing and drinking better . . . Most importantly still fresh.

Red
1996 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/2/2015 - T.E.D. wrote:
90 points
Magnum. Somewhat closed nose of Black pepper, spice, lightening up over time with more refined herbs, spice, and earth. Palate was classic old school showing mainly pencil lead, rough stones, rocks and gravel. Not for the the faint of heart but none the less a good representation of the region.
  • T.E.D. commented:

    12/3/15, 5:58 PM - On the surface the wine tasted young given the hard edges, granted I was drinking out of a magnum. I would guess out of a 750 it's good to go, but not past prime yet by any means. Other reviews seem to imply it's
    time to drink.

Red
2006 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
9/1/2015 - BuzzzzOff Likes this wine:
96 points
After 5 hours breathing in the bottle, this barely legal blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc started to show itself. At 7 hours, it hit full stride. Whew!!! Black squid ink-like purplish-red with a thin, slightly tannish-brown rim on the eye. Broad, luvly aromas of ripe blueberries and blackberries, coffee, bit of chocolate and hints of toasted almonds. 18 months in 100% new oak barrels evident. Prominent, rich, bold, complex (we feel leather and musty old books in the not too distant future) and elegant. Rich, concentrated and complex. Full-bodied with classy tannins and an exceedingly long finish. Top-shelf! We have several more, and we look forward to discovering what this little lady will become when she blossoms into the belle of the ball!!!
  • T.E.D. commented:

    9/1/15, 7:09 PM - I have one bottle of the 2006 which it sounds like needs much time before she fully blossoms. Opened one in 2012 (noted) and have been kicking myself since!

Red
2001 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
8/29/2015 - T.E.D. wrote:
90 points
Saved a couple glasses for second night. The wine is showing more traditional secondary notes with nice dusty cherry, dried herb, plum skin, desert earth - certainly the garnacha is evident. So old world it begs for an aged manchengo. Buzzzzoff thanks for your note. Additional age we'll definitely help draw out these secondary notes and I can see the aging potential. I just question the need to sit on a simple reserva for so long . . .
  • T.E.D. commented:

    8/31/15, 7:19 PM - Great commentary and opinion on the agebility of the wine. The aging potential is very justifiable and is clearly evident, plus the long wait for release by LDH speaks to this. However a quick review of past vintages and tasting notes does not uniformly support an extended aging well benefit this particular wine. Without being an expert on LDHs' typical release timeline and recommended drinking period, I would have to believe any winery that waits a decade (or longer) before releasing those wines does so with the intent for consumption within a shorter time frame, as opposed to Bordeaux for example. This wine currently offers the best of both worlds, with upfront freshness followed by identifiable secondary notes due to 15 years of age. I have to believe that is the desired taste profile LDH is aiming for.

Red
2001 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
8/28/2015 - T.E.D. wrote:
89 points
Light ruby color. Classic sour cherry, stewed prune, some port notes, touch of dusty earth and wood . On the palate medium acid, orange peel, prunes, raisin, followed by earth and dry spice box. Not overly complex and short on structure, nothing to right home about and better value can be found. I do not believe age will enhance.
  • T.E.D. commented:

    8/29/15, 6:58 PM - Buzzz more notes tonight . . . .

Red
2011 Bryant Family Vineyard DB4 Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/30/2014 - sandwich Likes this wine:
93 points
Perfect wine to pair with grilled rib eyes. Juicy, bold, and just enough tannins make this a perfect Tuesday night in the summer steak wine. If you find yourself eating grilled rib eyes at your neighbor's house on a Tuesday night in the summer in Chappaqua, NY and this is not the perfect wine, then it's nothing but box wine for me.
  • T.E.D. commented:

    8/2/14, 9:17 PM - If Bill Clinton's there, then even better!

Red
2008 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro Roccamonfina IGT Aglianico
7/15/2014 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine:
94 points
Boys out fine dining and fine drinking (Restaurant Tani in Gaienmae (Tokyo)): An absolute bonker!
Super concentrated (no sediment), mega young, not at all integrated with raw wood attacking your senses like a a hairy medieval scotsman with a club...

But the grace within is like a well brought up princess. Amazing and astonishing! Spicy, fruity, multi-layered and grande in a way that Aglianico rarely is. This is soooo refined you'd need a microscope to work your way around its intricate details. Apart from young and unintegrated, this is a fabulous wine of sorts.

Just relax, remain patient and watch it grow through the TN's of all the early drinkers.

This wine really deserves its credits. The cousins behind it are worthy of all the praise. Yay! What a feat! This is a must-visit. And a must buy.
  • T.E.D. commented:

    7/15/14, 6:24 PM - Nice note.

White - Fortified
1946 Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Convento Selección Montilla-Moriles Pedro Ximénez
2/23/2014 - G_H Likes this wine:
96 points
A 100 evening - Marc and Martin turn 100 (Martin's House): This wine is incredible, massive, crazy fat and rich all without being sticky or too sweet.

Dried figs, rose water, dried fruit bread, bergamot, and boy all that umami! The most distinct thing however is the smell of the 'Vasa Museum', a museum in Stockholm, where an old ship is exhibited. When you enter there is this amazing and distinctive smell of very old wood and wax.

Crazy elegant and very very long.

On the downside: I hate that they put on the label an extract of the parker-Review and that the wine got 100 points, that just feels cheap!
  • T.E.D. commented:

    4/18/14, 3:32 PM - I've been to the vasa museum, and just received my allotment of this wine - cant wait to try.

Red
2010 Jonata Winery El Desafio de Jonata Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2/22/2014 - T.E.D. wrote:
92 points
Drank over three weeks thru Coravin. Big and broad, lush black fruit, mellowing over time to show good earth and vegetation elements. Super young, needs time.
  • T.E.D. commented:

    3/22/14, 6:27 PM - Ltaroli- my experience so far has been very good, the system definitely works and is great for one glass at a time from any type of bottle in my opinion. I have yet to let a wine sit for longer than a month but have been told the wine will keep for at least several months.

Red
2001 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
2/7/2014 - T.E.D. wrote:
88 points
Not sure I get some of the hype here. Very straight forward and singular - hard edges of cherry, pit, lead and earth, very acidic. Little on the nose thru palate, perhaps age will improve the structure and give more depth.
  • T.E.D. commented:

    2/10/14, 7:08 PM - Harley1199 - I'll stick to the 2001 CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva for now - that wine sings . . .

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