Tasting Notes for Seth Rosenberg

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White - Off-dry
11/27/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
Day 2. Full throttle and mature - apples, cinnamon, lemon, lime, lots of spices, minerals. Both rich and bright - a lot going on. Some creaminess. Wow - this enters well, tons of flavor and acid and brightness. On entry this has the perfect blend of sweetness and acid, of energy and maturity. Green apple, red apple, baked apple, spices, lemon, vanilla cream. As the palate develops this dries out quite a bit - going a bit out of balance - there is a pulse of lime and then the dryness sets in. The finish is drier - baked apple, lime, minerals, spices - mostly high notes and low notes with a little missing in the middle. This is probably a bit past plateau and will slowly decline for 15 years. Still excellent. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 4.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17/20.
Red
11/27/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
92 points
Day 2. my first Canonica and this is kind of what I expected - rustic, old-school with some heat. On day 1 this showed classic Barolo aromas of leather, tar, cherry, along with a wonderful cinnamon and spice aspect. Hints of dried roses and dried cherries. The palate showed heat on day one and then it integrated better - with cherries, spices and leather. By day 2 the spices have dissipated and now this is showing more heat and almost pruney. Dusty tannins are pretty prominent. Not so hospitable now. This could improve with age as along as it opens and doesn't dry out. Scoring from peak on day 1. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 16+?/20.
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Red
11/27/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
87 points
Day 2. Was pretty sure I was opening this too soon but I needed a bottle. Day 1 this was quite singular, acidic and tart - all cranberry. Now it is opening up somewhat but still not there yet. Still showing some cranberry and rhubarb, but also some wild strawberry, some red florals, and some nice spices. The red notes are very clear and pure. There's a little meaty sauvage as well. The palate is still coming along - wow, lots of acid. Crunchy and pure but still shrill. Constant all the way through the finish, with hints of minerals and meat. Given how this opened up on release, I'll assume that this might open more with more air, or if I wait for a few more years to open the next bottles. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 4+?/6, Finish - 4+?/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 0.5+?/2 = 13.5+?/2 (with 15.5-16.5/20 potential.)
White
9/24/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
92 points
Yup ... I'm pretty much propping up the entire NYC Falkenstein Posse (tm). It's hard work. Day 1 this was sweet and herbal and a little heavy, but that seems to be the standard with these 2018 Falkenstein wines. Day 2 this is much better on the nose: tons of sweet herbals, powdered rocks, lime, limeade, powdered sugar, white florals, banana, menthol. The nose is now crisp and deep, not light, full of flavor. The palate is full of flavor as well, with good cut - but I wouldn't call this a light and airy Kabinett: lime, banana, super tart - lime pith, powdered rocks. This has a lot of concentration and flavor and develops a saline minerality towards the end palate into the finish. This grows in the finish and the lime and tart come out more. It's a touch burly on the finish but that might resolve with another day or two open or a few years in bottle. Very good. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 4.5+/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 16/20.
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White - Off-dry
9/16/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
93 points
Day 2 or 3: Totally juicy fruit gum on the nose - yellow and green fruits: lime, peach, along with some honeysuckle and mint. Some tropical maybe melon. With some time in the glass powdered stone and lime pith come out. The palate is super fruit as well with the same spectrum, and it is delicious and juicy and joyous - maybe a touch less acid than I like. More lime comes out towards the finish which is crisp and focused with excellent minerality. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 4.5-5/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1-1.5/2 = 16-17/20.
Red
1990 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/13/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
97 points
Totally the real deal in every way, and this is from a BDX hater. Nose is savory with herbal, tobacco and sweet plummy fruit, some spice and stones. Super perfumed and silky. Scorched earth. The palate is really sweet silky and perfumed as well. Wonderful savory elements. Great balance. Long savory herbal finish that just goes on and is sweet and 'sappy' and all about the perfume. This is just so silky and elegant. Delicious and nothing out of place and all. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 6/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 18.5/20.
White - Sweet/Dessert
9/13/2019 - Seth Rosenberg wrote:
88 points
Spicy mandarin some molasses kumquat. Some roasted or coffee. Very sweet not enough acid. But not none. Yummy. Nose - 4.5/6, Palate - 4.5/6, Finish - 4/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 14/20.
Red
Nose shows wood and sweet pruney fruit. Blueberry, not compote but something sickly and dripping sweet and heavy. Wood spice. Pruney with wood. Heavy. Exhausting to drink. Nose - 2/6, Palate - 2/6, Finish - 1.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 0/2 = 5.5/20.
Red
9/13/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
Double blind. Next to 90 Haut Brion that we knew. Definitely Cabernet based. This has dark fruit, scorched earth, some herbal and stones, the herbal and wood. Dark - blackberry and cassis . Guessed old world and BDX which was easy next to HB - lots of similarities. This has more fruit and a sweet streak. On the palate it’s more closed them The Haut Brion, with lots of structure. Based on the darker fruit I went Pauillac
or St Estephe and ended with Paulliac With the sweet streak and the flavor profile I went 89 lynch Bages.

Note after the reveal and a pour from the bottom of the bottle, surprisingly no sediment but much more typical of the chateau:

Nose: Dark. Scorch. Pencil lead shavings, young. Dark sweet fruit. Spices minerality. Palate is young and dark. Scorched. Chewy. Some savory. Cedar/wood. Dusty tannins both smooth - purple. Excellent potential. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5+/6, Finish - 5+/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17+/20 (with 18-19/20)
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Red
9/13/2019 - Seth Rosenberg wrote:
91 points
Raisiny, plummy some sort. Spices fruitcake. There is some sort of smell that I can’t place that I really don’t like. Sort of plummy cloves or something dripping sweet and purple. The palate is huge but balanced some spices, sweet, plummy. Nose - 4.5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 15.5/20.
Red
1995 Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
9/13/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
95 points
Beautiful nose red and blue fruits - strawberry, sweet cherry and raspberry. Beautiful spices. Some meat/blood. Some balsam or something. Floral. I'm beginning to get the Lignier wines more: they have a high-toned brightness and intensity on both the nose and palate, not quite citric but very lively and juicy. The palate has great fruit, savory and meat. Wild. Lots of flavor but again very lively and energetic without being weighty or heavy. The palate was tighter than the nose, so I decided to let it wait, but my glass seemed to be opening and then closed down, so I didn't get a formal score in real time. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5-5.5/6, Finish - 5-5.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17-18/20.
White
9/13/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
90 points
Potent and sharp nose that's full of flavor: acidic guezey (lambic) with pollen and flowers. Palate is light and tight, more lambic. Sour and full of character. Sour finish. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 4.5/6, Finish - 4.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 15/20.
White
2006 Domaine Ramonet Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
9/13/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
95 points
I haven’t had many good experiences with Ramonet but this is stupid good. Lemon heads, spices, vanilla cream, flinty and steely and minerally. The palate is awesome. It’s 06 and so it's big but has some cool flavors and balancing acidity. Full flavored with lemon heads, spices excellent minerals some nice cool menthol or mint. Really gripping and goes to all corners of the mouth. Just a bit clunky or burly on the end palate into finish but that's just nitpicking and the finish is great. Nose - 5-5.5/6, Palate - 5.5-6/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17-18/20.
White - Off-dry
9/8/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
92 points
Come on NYC Falkenstein Posse (tm)! No notes yet? The wines have been out like 2 weeks now. Given that, I decided that I needed to make the sacrifice and go out and grab a few bottles from the neighborhood stores and take one for the team! That's just the kind of guy I am. So I decided to start with 'the #3' (well, after the 2017 red.) Tangerine, lime, juicy fruit gum, whipped cream, lavender, spray soap, other herbs. it's a little bit of a shock because it's fruitier and juicer on the nose than the 2016, but have no fear - the acid and lightness and zing are there in spades as well. it does make for a bit of a 2-tiered feel, but it works and will integrate with age (will check tomorrow). Showing a little sour right now (maybe it's the pepperoni pizza I'm eating). Lemon, lime, stones, minerals - good acid and drive, but a little grumpy. Will check in again tomorrow.

Day 3: lime, lime pith, crushed stones, flint, whipped cream. Really crystalline and light and pure. The palate has resolved well and is similar to the nose: lots of lime and lime pith, some lemon, saline, stones, some herbs. The end of the palate is quite saline and packed with what seems to be brown spices - they are what now coat the sides of the tongue as we move into the finish. the finish is sour and stones and spices - there is an intense pulse of acid and sour lemon-lime when swallowed that reminds me of the palate on day one. Excellent and a steal for the price, but in the middle of the pack when it comes to Falkenstein experiences from 2016-8. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 4.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 16/20.
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Red
9/8/2019 - Seth Rosenberg wrote:
89 points
Knowing Falkenstein and knowing Pinot Noir, one might be able to create this wine in the mind by induction. It's the crimson version of razor-sharp, crunchy and minerally. Tart cherry and strawberry with sharp and sizzling flint and minerals and stones. A crunchy green savory and herb aspect. Lean and mean and green and light as a feather (12% ABV.) The palate may just be a too much on day one, and by too much I mean too little. It might be a bit underripe - we will have to see if it unwinds some but it's got all the stuff from the nose, but is super super tart, really acidic and nearly sears the sides of the tongue. The finish is better: the red is in the background but the savory and minerality do fill it out somewhat. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 4+?/6, Finish - 4.5+?/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 14.5+?/20.

Day 2: This has definitely loosened up some, but I'm not sure that it has improved. The red fruit is a little sweeter and more expansive, and there are some red floral notes, but the crunchy green and minerality have come on even stronger and are almost overwhelming. The palate is somewhat fleshier (it could really only go up from yesterday) and the fruit is rounder and plusher - it's got black cherry and sour cherry. Then the savory and the minerality come out in spades at the end of the palate, along with some acid, before the finish and drive through the finish. The acid has mellowed from yesterday but again, the minerals and herbal green are a tad much. This is still very light and lithe, transparent and pretty and pure, as expected. But lacking just a bit in the fruit and flesh to balance it. Very interesting, but not enough to go out and buy more. Nose - 4.5/6, Palate - 4.5/6, Finish - 4.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 14.5/20.
Red
9/2/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
92 points
Wanted to check in on this. Pnped this is so pretty. Crunchy red fruits, spice, earth and minerals on the nose along with a nice green/stemmy thing. Tart red fruits, spices, earth and savory green on the palate. High acid and really crunchy. What really gets me on the nose and palate is just how damn clear and pure this is. The finish is crunchy, savory and tart red fruits and solid, not short. Not super complex but there is not a hair out of place on this wine - really impressive for $27. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 16/20.
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White
8/10/2019 - Seth Rosenberg wrote:
90 points
Drank out of water glass. Classic WS notes of lime, strawberry, flint, minerals. Also some smokey aspect, I think that was the wine and not something outside. Palate is quite dry and lean for a WS GD Kab - sleek with sharp lime and lots of minerality, stones, and flint. Not showing as well as many vintages of this wine at this point, but this has a lot of stuffing and is clearly built to age. Will bury this for 10. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 4.5+/6, Finish - 4.5+/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 15+/20 (with 15.5-???/20 potential.)
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White - Sweet/Dessert
1979 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/4/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
93 points
Bring out the old familiar friend. Classic d’Yquem. Some brûlée. Dried apricots, forals and pollen, orange peel, spicy. The palate is on the dry side a bit, with some apricots, dried fruit, brown sugar and brûlée. Not a historic Yquem but wonderful and just great for the occasion. Not high acid but the alcohol provides good body and structure. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 16.5/20.
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Red
8/4/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
96 points
Look at me drinking CdP! Great nose. Amazing sweetness and a bit horsey but not much. Dark fruit. Plummy. Blackberries good acid and crunchy. Savory and meaty and sweet dark fruit on palate. Great Crunch. Savory and meat finish. Just spectacular. This is at peak and will probably stay there for another 10 I think. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 18/20.
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Red
8/4/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
96 points
Damn good. Classic Napa nose. Good fruit. It's kind of plummy and dark, but it is so mature that it has nearly abstracted away from particular fruits and is more of a dark sweetness that is familiar and beautiful. Some savory elements. Good herbal a bit of eucalyptus. Some tobacco and mushroomy goodness. Carob. Smooth and resolved. Delicious on palate. Great sweet old fruit. Somewhat herbal and meaty. Very savory and just great. I could not stop drinking this. This modest old Napa Cab puts most BDX to shame. It's too bad that the cults/spoofs have dominated CA because it is a much much better place to grow Cabernet that France. 70's Cali, is, IMO, the pinnacle globally of Cabernet based wines. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 18/20.
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White - Sparkling
8/4/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
95 points
Killer nose - vanilla creme some mint and green peas. Minerals and rocks. Squirt of lemon. Delicious and young on the palate with vanilla, sweet creme lemon malt just delicious. Long beautiful malt and vanilla finish. This is super elegant and very perfumed and will have a long life. This didn't have the burning intensity of the Krug 164 but it has more perfume and complexity. 08 brings a certain focus and urgency that is potent and wonderful. Right now, I don't think it is a persuasive and the 164, but I expect with time this could overtake it. Nose - 5-5.5+/6, Palate - 5.5+?/6, Finish - 5.5+?/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/+?2 = 17.5-18+/20. (with 18-19/20 potential.)
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White
8/4/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
92 points
My bottle. Older. Some oxidation but we think that's just 19 years on, not premox. Butter and some spicy oak. Touch of caramel, some spice and apple and a squirt of lemon. Palate shows some age old oak but till has good acid and grip. Lots of lemon and gras. Bitter Lemon spice and oak finish. Big grippy finish that does fan out and fill the mouth. This is a thick style of Batard - fat and rich and maybe a touch heavy. It does show some Grand Cru depth at points. Nose - 4.5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1-1.5/2 = 16-16.5/20.
Rosé
8/4/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
90 points
Light strawberries on the nose, some flinty metal. Some paprika or cayenne. Palate is tart with tons of saline minerality. Light berries and a bit of sherry. Unique. Nose - 4.5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 4.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 15/20.
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Red
8/3/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
92 points
From Magnum. Dad brought this. Pretty nose of cherry, black cherry, earth, meat and some blood, rocks, savory herbs, maybe some soy (thanks PKNUT!). The nose screams hot terroir but the wine isn't heavy or roasted at all - kind of reminds me of the 91 Prado Enea - you feel the sun and the stones but the wine isn't hot. This is more savory and less fruit based on the palate - definite meat and herbs and soy - good umami. Good acid backbone and some crunch and doesn't seem hot or heavy at all. I guess that's the VVs doing their job. Cherry and stones and herbs in the tart red finish. A bit dusty. Quite good. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 16/20.
White
8/3/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
95 points
Oh Jesus this was good. A nice whiff of petrol at first and then it blends in to the red and green apples, cinnamon and spices, and minerals. But what makes the nose is a gorgeous vanilla creme that melds with the other flavors and gives a great texture. There is also an underlying tension - serious acid which ripples beneath the surface. The palate is similar and full of apple, cinnamon, spice, with that vanilla creme and rippling acid to give complexity, nuance and structure. The finish shows the creme and the acid, and gets a bit bony at first before the creme takes over. Overall, this is just stunning Kabinett and a testament to aging Pradikat Riesling. When you get a great Kabinett and drink it at peak I think it can surpass the higher Pradikats. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5-5.5/6, Finish - 5-5.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17-18/20.
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White
7/29/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
93 points
Day 2. This is better when cold as it's definitely a warmer and fuller version of this wine (always has been.) Tons of orchard fruit (peach, apple, pear), some apricot, lots of spices, massive saline and mineralty and brothiness. Similar on the palate - spicy and peach and apple and peach pit, really salty and juicy. When warm this loses some focus and gets more bitter. The finish is saline, minerals and bitter pit. This showed better than I expected - keep it cold and drink up. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5-5.5/6, Finish - 4.5-5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 16-17/20.
White - Off-dry
7/27/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
Day 3 or 4. Peach and red apple, lots of cinnamon and spice. Just a bit of the Von Schubert herbal/pine - just touch showing right now. The orchard fruit has some golden/mature aspects to it, but then there's undercurrent of raciness/acid, a touch of citrus and there are hints of tropical - banana. Now some mintiness coming out. White grapes, honey. The palate is just great: it's got golden orchard fruit, honey, white grapes, spices. It's mature with lots of flavor - a potency, and there is a juicy aspect with pulses of grip and zing. Golden, spicy finish. Nose - 5-5.5/6, Palate - 5-5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 16.5-17.5/20.
White - Sparkling
7/24/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
91 points
A bit more muted. Spicy and apples. More mature and lemony and acid. This was a good champagne and would have shown better if not overshadowed by a throng if its nobler siblings. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5/6, Palate - 4.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 15.5/20.
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Rosé
7/24/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
Amazing nose - super fruit. Strawberries to the nth degree. So lovely and lively. Tart and a bit harsh on the palate but the fruit is there. Finish fills out and some wonderful perfume kicks in. Wow. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 4.5/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17/20.
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White - Sparkling
6/2/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
92 points
Classic nose big spicy lemon and minerals. More of a hefty wine. Palate is good. Rich. Lots of lemon and spice. I was told that Vilmarts need a ton of time to really show and the ones with more age I have had have been pretty amazing so let's see. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 16/20.
White - Off-dry
7/24/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
95 points
Best way to end any tasting. Pretty. Honey but still young. Floral. Strawberry and lime. Bright and light and lively. Palate is sweet and young great lime and tangerine strawberry and red fruits. Light and perfumed and lively. Honey crisp and great. No detailed score but this was 17.5-18/20 territory.
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Red
7/24/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow. Red fruits and cider. Smoky savory. Super salty and crazy. Spices. Palate is salty and minerals. Jesus out of control. Cider. New pour. More Burgundian. Nice robe of spice. A bit of flowers. Salty underneath. A nice brightness and prettiness. Salty more than fruit. A bit of dried meat. Salty crazy mineral finish. Insane and unique. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17/20.
White
Tasted double blind and then revealed while I was still getting note but I'm not a big Loire person and I don't know Vatan and this was my first so don't think the reveal spoiled anything (except maybe for others gushing about it.) Nose of musky melon and lychee. rich on palate with tons of lychee. Odd combo of topical richness and glyceral with tart and dry. Others like it but not my style. Sort of if Gewurtz and Sauv Blanc had a baby with the worst features of each. Finish feels volatile and also some fruit sweetness. A little fuzzy. Odd. Nose - 4.5/6, Palate - 4.5/6, Finish - 4/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 0.5/2 = 13.5/20.
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White
7/24/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
Double blind. Clearlt high quality white burg. Nose is cool, minty, lemon and minerals. Great fruit. Cotton candy. Honeysuckle and florals. Palate is crisp and clean with great lemon and fruit and minerals and spices. A bit of oak but really integrated. Very salty on Finish. This is exceptional white burg. Was working on Puligny and went through producers, thought it might be Pernot but when that was nixed then suggested Meursault. Johan guessed Perrieres correctly but we couldn't get the producer. Many people thought 08 or 10 but I thought 12. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17/20.
White - Sparkling
7/24/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
93 points
Less apple at first and more lemon and then the perfume of apple skins on nose. Bubbly and frothy. Minerals and metal. Palate is really young and grippy. Tart and lemon. Chalk and minerals. Lots of potential. 5-5.5. 5+ 5+ 1.5. Nose - 5-5.5/6, Palate - 5+/6, Finish - 5+/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 16.5-17/20. (With 17.5-18/20 potential.)
White - Sparkling
7/24/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
91 points
A bit more muted compared to the nearly mature 07 and the powerhouse 12. Spicy and apples. More mature and lemony and acid. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 4.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 15.5/20.
White - Sparkling
7/24/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
95 points
Bigger and richer than the Brut Nature wines earlier. The nose is spicy and full with tons of energy. In a good spot. Lots of ginger and spice. Lemon and ginger full but great acid and verve. Energy to burn. Salty finish. Nose - 5-5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5-5.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17-18/20.
Rosé - Sparkling
7/24/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
95 points
Not too much on the nose, gentle perfumed cherries and berries. Strawberry juice wafting in the backgound. The palate is INSANE. Hard to describe. The combination of the of berry and minerals and perfume is amazing. Savory and perfumed and beautiful. Not like a sparkling red Burg. So much saline and minerals. Almost like a berry and rock milkshake. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5-6/6, Finish - 5-5.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17-18/20.
White - Sparkling
7/24/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
Deep and brassy on the nose, lots of steely minerals, smoke, apple skins, red apples. Citrus and tangerine peel. Palate is savory and salty. Lots of apple, bruised apple and apple skin. Finish is really salty and ginger/spicy. Tons of bruised apple. Gentle mousse. High acid. This is much closer to being ready than the 08. Maybe 5 years. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17/20.
White - Sparkling
7/24/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
96 points
Nose is spicy, brown (brass) with lots of energy. Ginger. Lemon. Minerals. White and black pepper. Palate has huge lemon. Amazing lift and energy. Ginger some apple and bruised apple ox. Great cut and really grips the palate. Lemon and spice and saline finish. Bright and long and so driven and laser like. Some of my review is potential but really enjoyable now and this probably needs 10-15 and will last a long time. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 18/20.
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White - Sparkling
7/18/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful, as remembered. Potent, sweet and fragrant nose of honey, flowers, golden, raisins, classic Muscato aromas. The fruit is complex with peaches, some citrus, persimmon, and tropicals. Nutmeg and ginger? Rich and sweet on the palate with honey, raisins, spicy, florals. Pollen. This is really sweet but the old vines concentration give this a structure and there is serious acid. The finish is honey and sweet peaches and flowers and spicy. Just grand. Nose - 5-5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17-17.5/20.
White - Off-dry
7/17/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
Open 2 or 3 days now. This is really gaining with some air. Apricot and chili pepper gelee. Very spicy and rich, golden and bordering on baroque. Kumquats. Rich and grippy on the plate. Quite sweet but with serious acid. Finish is spicy and apricot and long. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17/20.
White - Off-dry
7/17/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
92 points
Medium gold. Nose of baked apple, red and gold apples, cinnamon and baking spices, lemon lime, some creme, minerals. Some sweet-sour spicy, a creamy mature and baked-pie robe with a piquant acidic core. Apple pie and spices and tart lime and lime zest, a nice creaminess with a hint of vanilla, rocks, baking spices and green and red apple. A little drier than I’d expect. Crisp and somewhat lean, a touch bony. Tart lime and mineral and baking spice finish. Nose - 5-5.5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 4.5/6, Je be Sais Quoi - 1-1.5/2 = 15.5-16.5/20.
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White
7/14/2019 - Seth Rosenberg wrote:
Day 2. This was ok on day 1 but is just great today. Even cold right from fridge this is full of flavor, racy and juicy. Minerals, shells, lemon, green, herbs, maybe a touch of butter. Crisp and focused and lovely on the palate. Lots of tart lemon and minerals and shells. Finish shows tart lemon and shells. This is really what I look for in classic Chablis and at the price I wish I had a case. Consistent with previous note. Lyle was dead on on this one. 16.5/20.
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Red
7/13/2019 - Seth Rosenberg wrote:
PnPed. This is super primary showing crunchy red and blue fruits. The palate is fleshy but more closed when it comes to flavors. On day 2 this has shut down on the nose. Will check in again tomorrow.
White
7/12/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
88 points
Had the 2017 at the Chambers/Dressner event and I liked it so I decided to try a bottle and ended up with the 18. Classic French Chardonnay nose - some toasty oak, wet stones and some metal/flint, brown spices or matchstick , orchard fruit pit, green grass, some green apple and lemon. Palate is tart with lemon and a touch bitter, stones and minerals. Good flavor and nice acid to make it somewhat lip smacking. It’s light to medium bodied- not the grippiest but that’s to be expected at the level. Finish is tart and soft and pretty short. A little bitter - showing lemon and minerals and stone fruit pit. Is this the best Chardonnay ive ever had?Not even close. Did I enjoy this more than some 03 1er and grand crus? Yup. Can I find this easily for under $15? Yes. At that price, this is really impressive. Nose - 4.5/6, Palate - 4.5/6, Finish - 4/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 14/20.
Red
7/10/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
93 points
PnPed. Beautiful nose of tart raspberry and tart strawberry, cranberry, rhubarb, red and black currants, lots of earth, smoke and moderate pyrazines: tobacco leaf and crunchy stems but not quite green pepper. The palate is wicked: tons of acid with nowhere to hide. Very pure and lots of potential but hard to drink right now. Will check in tomorrow

Day 2: both the nose and the palate have loosened up for the better. The pyrazines have faded and bit and integrated well and all together the nose is more perfumed and deep: raspberry, blackberry, wild strawberry, cranberry, rhubarb and red and black currants, dark spices and florals, tobacco, some earth with the green in the background to provide a savory complexity. Still tart on the palate but much more giving with deeper fruit, nice spice, good minerals and just a touch of green well integrated. Crunchy and lively, bursting w fresh flavors. The pyrazines come out more towards the end of the palate and show into the finish with minerals and some red fruits. This will probably open up more in the next few days and is really lovely. I do not like Cab Franc in general and I really like this. great winemaking. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5+/6, Finish - 4.5+/6, Je me Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 16.5/20 (with 16.5-17.5/20 potential.)

Day 4: the nose has lost a lot of its exuberance, now showing darker fruits and savory/green notes but the palate is much more resolved: still tart a bit but light and airy and full of red fruits that have sweetened, savory herbal/ tobacco and earth. Lovely.
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White
7/8/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
Oof. It’s been a while and so I’ve forgotten how much the nose on this cuvée packs a punch (any year). This vintage is a beautiful rendition and does the wine good: it’s not as burly and really light and fresh. The nose shows peach, peach pit, grapefruit, tangerine, lime, rocks, some tropicals, florals - nectar, some spices, lemon zest and some of the cuvee’s bitter concentration. It feels like liquid sunshine - it’s that vibrant, high-pitched and full of energy. The palate is similar: more spice, a bit sweeter (in flavor, not RS) than the nose, the 17 is a sleeker and zippier version, but still clearly from the same family as its siblings. The tropicals show up more in the palate and finish - high acid and perfumed, a great addition. The bitter stone fruit pit and mineral burliness are there but melded with the 17 elegance and lightness. Not a monster like the 12 or to a lesser degree the 15. So much flavor. The finish shows minerals like a salt lick and peach and tropicals, and burning citric acid. Really like this. How can a wine like this br available for $27? Stupid QPR. Nose - 5-5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17-17.5/20.
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White
I just love the nose on this: cool menthol, green grass and herbs, mint, lemon, white flowers, green apple, stones, brown spices, white and black pepper. It’s cool and vivid and spicy and full of flavors. This came out of the fridge and the palate is bitter and finish is clipped but as it warms up it improves. Well, it did during dinner. Now a few hours later another glass isn’t pulling the same trick. Will try again tomorrow. Oh well.

Not better the next day. The nose was never as good as when the wine was popped and I never saw the return of that little glimmer of the palate showing something like the nose.
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White - Off-dry
7/6/2019 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
96 points
Time to check in on this. Will it be as good as I thought on release? It’s different, mind you, but the spectacular quality and exuberance I saw when this was a baby has evolved into something gaining complexity and depth while not quite as burning bright. The nose is perfumed and as deep and still as a glacial lake. Herbal, almost like lavender soap (good way), white flowers, red apple, white peach, lime and Kaffir lime, rock candy, raspberry and vanilla and cream. Minerals and powdered stones. Just starting to show some golden elements: golden Apple and a bit of honey. This is fully 3-D on the nose. Perfectly poised on the palate, enters with honey, lime, herbs, red and golden apple, tangerine, stones. This is full of flavor and takes over the mouth - mostly driven by the serious acid and extract combination. Lip smacking and still showing some extract in reserve, the acid and honey carry this over into the finish which has lime, honey and stony minerality. Widening and potent with just a touch of bitterness on the finish. Still maturing, I would think it will reach there in 8-15 years and hold for a long time. Stupendous. Nose - 5.5-6/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5-5.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5-2/2 = 17.5-19/20.
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