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Red
2011 Hubert Lignier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Aux Combottes Pinot Noir
3/8/2019 - drwine2001 wrote:
Quick Impressions from the 2019 La Paulée Verticals Tasting (Eventi Hotel, New York): Pale. Green tones. Light. Sappy, supple red fruit that is abruptly cut off by stemmy, peppery flavors and a ton of finishing soil. Don't care for the balance or flow of this.
  • chcook commented:

    3/10/19, 7:32 AM - Hopefully just shut down.....

White
2014 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos du Breuil Chenin Blanc
1/26/2019 - chcook wrote:
This was ok today. it has good acidity but seems a little oxidized and tired. has that butterscotch thing beginning. drink unless you dig butterscotch. i was disappointed by this one. others enjoyed.
  • chcook commented:

    2/5/19, 3:03 PM - I have talked to several folks who blame the vintage not the vintner on this one....i agree with you that these should be better, but not quite ready to throw baby out with bathwater. glad to hear that it wasn't just me tho :)

  • chcook commented:

    2/6/19, 7:38 AM - I agree with your perspective. someone close to the importer intimated to me that "they had some difficulties with 2014". i am not sure what they meant, but whatever it was is showing in the wine for sure. I have had more recent stuff from them and not seen any sign of premature oxidation, but admittedly these would have been younger. worth caution for sure

Red
2017 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Langhe Freisa Langhe DOC
PNP. cork perfect. This is a ball buster. dark crimson color. nose redolent with dark fruit and some cherry. on opening this was rippin with tannin and acidity. passed thru the vinturi twice to tame the beast a little. still, swishing shows persistent serious structure, but sipping allows the dense fruit, and i mean dense to balance it all out. still there is that tannic edge that persists. this one needs some time but it has all the requisite parts.
drink the pelaverga and give this a little time.
  • chcook commented:

    2/6/19, 7:31 AM - yes the barbera is more tame but still a little bigger and more structured i thought than 2016. i think that these just need some time as you suggest.

Red
1996 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Syrah
Unfortunately this bottle was riddled with volatile acidity that took 60 minutes to even somewhat blow away. None of the hallmark Chave or Northern Rhône aromatics at all. The palate was intact and was surprisingly delicate, but without the terrific nose this bottle was at half strength at best. Very disappointing.
  • chcook commented:

    6/26/18, 4:27 PM - maybe fake?

Red
2013 Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir Rosemary's Vineyard Arroyo Grande Valley
PNP. cork perfect. color garnet. nose shows mostly spice and vanilla cranberry. swishing gives more spice and acid structure. sipping shows good polish and med length tartish finish. this like some older vintages I have had recently is a little more extracted and less typical of pinot noir. still quite good
  • chcook commented:

    2/23/18, 5:13 AM - I quit using number scoring.....I am uncomfortable trying to make something very subjective into something objective, and I am not sure how consistent I can be

Red
2005 Domaine St. Martin Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir
Well, somebody had to take one for the team and see what's inside this bottle of '05 Beze that's been showing up suspiciously cheap on all the auction sites. I've had impressive stuff with the Lesec name from the Rhone. This is obviously not the greatest time to be opening any 2005s, but this one actually isn't all that difficult to get at. Raw, raging tannin greets you at the outset as expected, but with a bit of air it civilizes itself and gets seriously refined, almost lacy. I sometimes forget how elegant Beze can be since it's usually deemed something of a powerhouse. This one is not a heavyweight by any means but still has that piercingly ripe '05 fruit peeping out. It never gets entirely free of radio static from the tannins but this ought to be really pretty one of these days. For now, it can be appreciated but not exactly enjoyed.
  • chcook commented:

    1/27/18, 5:40 PM - thanks for taking the hit. based on your review will wait :)

Red
2009 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux Cabernet Franc
PNP. Cork perfect. Color dark garnet. No real signs of age. Nose shows a whiff of aldehyde that obscures the fruit a bit. Tannin almost completely integrated and some acid helps to support, but this is drinking beautifully. Should hold for awhile.
  • chcook commented:

    7/28/17, 6:01 PM - Thanks. I do occasionally find myself in Denver, and less so in Italy. If you make your way to Boston I will extend the same offer.

Red
2014 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
7/1/2017 - cubswinws wrote:
88 points
Opened and was astringent and not pleasant. Will try again on day two.
Tried again on day two. Not much there and not up to the usual standards for Ridge. Hopefully just in a dumb phase.
  • chcook commented:

    7/4/17, 2:04 PM - Must be a bad bottle because the bottle we opened tonight is amazing.

White
2015 Peter Lauer Riesling Barrel X Mosel Saar Ruwer
UNP. Cap gave a little pop when unscrewed. Color light straw. c/w the pop this had a hint of spritz that dissipated with decanting. Just enough RS to offset the acid structure which is substantial. Great stuff.
  • chcook commented:

    4/26/17, 1:34 PM - good eye! my slip.. this was a screwcap. thanks

White - Off-dry
2000 Trimbach Pinot Gris Hommage a Jeanne Alsace
2/23/2017 - overhill wrote:
92 points
Dull and syrupy on the first night. Fireworks by the third night. Once it opened up, I got creamy pears, nut loaf, burnt banana peel, and sea shell. Some clear secondary notes compared to previous tasting five years ago. Delicious.

Probably best to drink in the next 5 years.
  • chcook commented:

    2/23/17, 4:32 PM - Thoughts on what to serve this with?

Red
2005 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) Red Bordeaux Blend
2/11/2017 - Peck Does not like this wine:
85 points
The wine is not in a good place for the moment It lacks harmony
The oak is heavy cola stuff with something burnt in
And the fruit just is not there

Lagrange has to work to get there
The vinyard is excellent
But where is The heart
P
  • chcook commented:

    2/12/17, 5:45 AM - makes me wonder if this bottle got heat damaged before you acquired it. bummer

Red
2011 Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er Cru Grèves Vigne de L'Enfant Jesus Pinot Noir
I spent about 35 minutes with a single glass, swirling and sniffing, mostly because after my first taste I thought this would need some type of miracle to rise up to the level of pleasurable; that miracle never arrived. Coarse and ribbed with jutting lines of acid. Not so sure time is going to be any kinder to this than it's already been. If you've got a bunch, consider selling them (and I've been a fan for nearly 20 years). If it's negative bottle variation, I can't say I'm not overdue.

Audozed 90 minutes, served non-blind.
  • chcook commented:

    1/27/17, 4:55 AM - hopefully just shut down. I will give mine till at least 2021 to try. thanks for taking one for the community

Red
1997 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa / Sonoma
12/24/2016 - rmcnees wrote:
91 points
Blackish purple/garnet, full bodied, firm, tight, complex concentrated black berry and black currant fruits with tones of spice and cedar with hints of smoke, anise and subtle mocha turning to a tangy gripping tannin finish.
  • chcook commented:

    12/26/16, 7:11 PM - Any thoughts on future for this?

Red
2009 Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Les Perrières Cabernet Franc
2/11/2016 - cweiss wrote:
A Coravin taste to see whether it was ready to drink for dinner. Lots of volume and depth. Abundant dark fruit and excellent balance and then the tannic wall. Answer to the question: opened something else for dinner but bought more of this. I think this will be an excellent ripe year Bourgueil.
  • chcook commented:

    2/14/16, 5:48 PM - Agree w your assessment but mine was already opened. Great find at martignettis!

Red
2006 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
one taste and my impression was that of disappointment. rather flat. good fruit but needs better acidity. flabby. i think they screwed up in the vinification.
  • chcook commented:

    11/12/15, 5:06 PM - Hoping you maybe had a bad bottle?

Red
2012 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge Vineyard Ribbon Ridge
Compared to last bottle this was pretty shut down. Not much doing on the nose so decanted which helped marginally. What did emerge was simple but it has great tone and smooth finish on the mostly acidic structure. If I had more would give it some time to come back around
  • chcook commented:

    9/17/15, 9:58 AM - Thanks for the helpful comment. that was my impression but being new to this producer i drank my stock figuring that out :)
    I guess for future vintages now I know.

Red
1966 Maison Leroy Corton Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
3/11/2006 - Burgundy Al wrote:
96 points
Meaty black fruit with great intensity and power. Incredibly young for its age, this kept evolving and showing more nuance. Showstopper.
  • chcook commented:

    8/11/15, 5:59 PM - Curious about the tasting date? Is this a recent taste with a date typo? Just curious cause it showed up in August.

Red
1994 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Napa Valley
2/10/2015 - LightFoot Likes this wine:
94 points
Realy surprised by all the low ratings from 2012... wine was sleeping? I HAVE seen it before. Just opened this seconds ago and the nose is quite fabulous. More extravagantly barnyardy than typical Stag's Leap, more like Oakville, which very well may be as I don't know where FAY comes from. The nose is getting more stunning between each sentence typed. Fruit is definitely showing secondary characteristics- of course- but the palate reads more 1997 or even '99 than '94. Glad I have several of these left. Gads it's now showing a hint of Martha's Vineyard. Great juice.

EDIT: THANKS and cheers to chcook and bestdamncab for the comments and elucidation- it's not always easy to find out which appellations some vineyards occupy tho in this case it was slightly inexcusable laziness on my part!
  • chcook commented:

    2/10/15, 6:00 PM - I believe that Fay is directly behind the winery between Silverado trail and the eastern "mountains" bordering the valley. I think that this is considered the stags leap district (whatever that means). I agree that this is great stuff. thanks for the note.

Red
1986 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/19/2014 - La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine:
96 points
From a bottle purchased upon release and cellared in pristine fashion, this wine was double-decanted, allowing three hours in decanter prior to funneling back into the cleaned bottle. It was then presented in double-blind fashion to our tasting group. My taste was unblinded. While the deep garnet color of this wine is not inconsistent with its 28 years of age, everything else suggests that it is an adolescent. Generous wild berry fruit is flanked by accents of anise, allspice, graphite, earth and cocoa. Full-bodied, freshly acidic, seamlessly alcoholic (12.5%) and with substantial fine-grained tannins, it stays solid in the middle and lingers forever on the finish. This is arguably the best Gruaud Larose ever produced, with structure suggesting that it still has not reached plateau. Drink 2020-2040.
  • chcook commented:

    12/19/14, 2:15 PM - although I haven't tried in quite awhile, I always preferred the '82 to this one. splitting hairs probably :)

Red
1996 Ridge Zinfandel Hearts Desire Field Selection Geyserville Sonoma County
11/16/2014 - Tannic Monster wrote:
86 points
Seems fortified. Sweet raisins in a glass. Simple, a bit boring, and very sweet. Drinkable but not my cup of tea. I might add that I doubt it would have been better ten years ago
  • chcook commented:

    11/17/14, 6:07 PM - you are correct. it was an oddball when it was released...product of a stuck fermentation that was never sweet enough to be a dessert wine, but too sweet to enjoy with regular food. plan to drink my last bottle with strong cheese and cured meats. probably chilled a little

Red
2007 Louis Latour Corton Domaine Latour Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
7/22/2014 - Bklyndude Does not like this wine:
70 points
July 22, 2014 - I have tried 3 of these over the past six months, purchased from wtso and cellared properly on this end since then. They have, alas, been uniformly disappointing, and bear the marks of having been cooked somewhere along the way. Thin and acidic, unyielding on the nose or the palette, they revealed not even a hint of fruit, tannin or much else, and had absolutely no business claiming status as vin de pays, let alone grand cru. Sometimes one wonders about internet wine "steals" being too good to be true, an assertion I'm glad is mostly inaccurate, but in this case it's - unfortunately - all too apt. I am going henceforth to limit "special" wine purchases like this to winter months as I do not doubt (reading others positive impressions of this wine) that heat was the culprit
  • chcook commented:

    7/25/14, 9:30 AM - sometimes these burgs go into a dumb phase and totally shut down. I bought some from WTSO too and drank them a few years ago and they were great. I will hold on to my last one for a while now before I try again. thanks for the candid post. big help

White - Off-dry
2004 Müller-Catoir Gimmeldinger Mandelgarten Riesling Spätlese Pfalz
1/6/2014 - JOEABR wrote:
93 points
This (bottle) is fantastic Spatlese and went perfectly with Green Curry Chicken. Pale yellow in color and still quite primary and complex with pear, white peach and stoney notes. Impeccable balance which made the wine rather light (yet still complex). Typically I find many recent Spatlese to be too heavy to drink frequently (and have a hard time finishing a full bottle), but this is what I want in Spatlese and could drink this any time (and no problem finishing the bottle!). I can only presume some recent bottles by others were more advanced than this bottle considering the golden color and golden fruit notes others mentioned. No petrol or overripe (jammy) notes, light sweetness but absolute balance.
  • chcook commented:

    1/7/14, 6:31 PM - interested to know the fuder number on your wine

  • chcook commented:

    1/8/14, 7:32 AM - last two digits refer to the year released (05) and the two digits preceding that are the fuder (18). I will take a look at mine and see if they are the same. i bought mine from another cellar, so your wine might have better provenance. Thanks.

Red
1994 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
11/3/2013 - tlexvold wrote:
68 points
poured it down the sink after letting it decant for a few hours. Thank god only one more bottle of french wine in my cellar. Will be getting rid of that bottle next.
  • chcook commented:

    11/24/13, 4:29 PM - If you aree planning to pour it out would be willing to take it off your hands. Let me know what you want for it

White
1983 Hugel Gewurztraminer Réserve Personnelle Alsace Gewürztraminer
8/19/2013 - BobJr wrote:
flawed
corked
  • chcook commented:

    8/23/13, 2:39 PM - BUMMER! i am hoping that mine is intact. plan to find out soon and will post

Red
1998 Domaine Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St. Jacques Pinot Noir
1/16/2013 - soyhead wrote:
Nose - elegant toasty nose but with a whiff of burnt tire
Mouth - I can see what this wine was to become - a mid bodied silky fruity wine but unfortunately it is marred by a burnt rubber flavor which was same in the prior 2 bottles. This noxious essence is only barely present in this wine, but its enough to ruin what should be an elegant beauty. I find the 95 and 96 mortet bottlings to be much more badly spoiled. I have tasted this around to various friends and industry professionals and get a wide variety of opinions such as (1) poorly stored (2) barrel taint but not corked (3) awful dunno why and (4) just the funk you might get out of burgundy. I will have to explore the issue further and it's a shame as a 97 mortet champeaux is one of the best burgs I have ever had, but until deemed otherwise I will have to say avoid 1995-8 Mortet wines. Not scored
  • chcook commented:

    1/18/13, 10:17 AM - i have also found several bottlings of Mortet in this time frame to be like this (esp en motrot). this smell comes from mercaptans, which i have always thought were from reductive wine making. it has also occurred to me that it might be from too aggressive barrel toast. maybe some of the vineyards just can't handle it? still some bottlings have been delicious so don't despair just be careful!

Red
2008 Gérard Raphet Chambolle-Musigny Pinot Noir
11/18/2012 - JFish wrote:
flawed
Corked
  • chcook commented:

    12/7/12, 7:11 PM - too bad...this is a good wine :(

White - Off-dry
2001 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese Mosel Saar Ruwer
10/8/2011 - salil wrote:
93 points
Fantastic. The fruit's still incredibly bright, youthful and vibrant, all Würzgarten strawberries and limes with a gentle spicy seasoning, though it's starting to show some developing creaminess and smokiness now. The sweetness and acidity are perfectly balanced, and there's a sense of refreshment and sheer drinkability here that led to this being emptied very, very quickly.
  • chcook commented:

    12/1/12, 8:33 PM - W seem to enjoy a lot of the same wines! Thanks for your careful notes.

White - Off-dry
2004 Dönnhoff Schloßböckelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Spätlese Nahe
5/24/2006 - Burgundy Al wrote:
89 points
Bright fruit aromas with riper profile on palate. Interesting ripe gooseberry flavors with moderate minerality and finesse. Probably way too young to even try for now.
  • chcook commented:

    7/4/12, 8:08 PM - I enjoy your posts and hate to be a dick but posting notes from 6 yrs ago? Helpful? Maybe - but when you are posting that something needs to be drunk now or is in decline (not this wine but other recent posts) it seems too late. Ok I guess for rare wines with few posts but maybe some discretion?

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