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Red
2016 Holocene Pinot Noir Apocrypha Willamette Valley
11/29/2019 - SMHalps Likes this wine:
93 points
Brought this to a Friendsgiving dinner, and we all greatly enjoyed this. I think blind, I would have guessed "non-California", but definitely more fruity and jammy than I would have expected from Oregon. I liked this so much more than the Memorialis, that I had in June, its hard to believe its from the same producer. This went well with the turkey, the cranberry sauce and the various stuffings that we had.
  • recotte commented:

    12/5/19, 12:13 AM - Totally agree with your observation; the Apocrypha is definitely superior to the Memorialis.

Red
2006 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
12/2/2019 - Papies wrote:
flawed
Fake bottle but recalled by merchant at least. Tiny little cork with superglue under the capsule.
  • recotte commented:

    12/5/19, 12:06 AM - Didn't think that these were valuable enough that there were fakes floating around. Good to know.

Red - Fortified
2015 Messina Hof Private Reserve Papa Paulo Port Texas Port Blend
11/11/2019 - wineismylife wrote:
88 points
WIML88

Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about two hours.

Garnet to perhaps dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of dried herbs, smoke and melted black licorice. Flavors of berries, cherries and golden raisins. Medium acidity, medium body. Drink now.
  • recotte commented:

    11/12/19, 9:05 AM - How did you come to have this? Have you had any of their other wines?

Red
2013 Maison Harbour Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Combe au Moine Pinot Noir
10/9/2019 - pjaines wrote:
Still way too young with the fruit being at the lighter end of the spectrum - needs more time to integrate. Could be a lovely little wine in the making here, but right now it still has the sharp edges of youth.
  • recotte commented:

    10/9/19, 2:20 PM - Thanks for taking one for the team!

Red
2009 Force Majeure Collaboration Series III Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Mountain Syrah
Hmm, seems my CT inventory is off, insofar as this was definitely in my Eurocave but not in CT. Anywho...

PnP, this was showing very well on initial pour at slightly warmer than cellar temperature. As time wore on and temperature increased to room temp, it fell out of balance, with tannins becoming somewhat harsh, overpowering the still strong fruit. Still, at ten years in, this is drinking well, if you keep the temp under control.
  • recotte commented:

    10/9/19, 2:19 PM - I'm definitely finding that, for some of the WA wines, as they gain some age, they require TLC when serving to keep them in their sweet spot.

Red
2010 The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
PnP, consumed over two nights. Light bodied without being thin on the palate. Nice fruit still showing, but not at all "fruity." Held up just fine overnight, so no reason to think this won't continue to drink well for another 3-5 years, if not longer.
  • recotte commented:

    10/3/19, 3:57 PM - No, this bottle wasn't showing any reductive qualities whatsoever.

Red
2011 Proper Wines Syrah Stone's Throw Walla Walla Valley
A little disjointed on PnP, this came together with about an hour of air. Meaty/savory notes with a bit of herbaceousness more prominent than fruit.
  • recotte commented:

    9/21/19, 12:27 PM - <rimshot>

Red
2012 Goat Rocks Winery Barbilocks Yakima Valley Red Rhone Blend
6/20/2019 - recotte wrote:
flawed
Corked.
  • recotte commented:

    8/22/19, 3:54 PM - No worries, Chris! I still have more! I was bummed at the time, as I had brought it to a friend's for dinner, as I had been describing the Cab Franc-driven palate. We'll have another go at it!

White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Clos du Bourg Chenin Blanc
7/23/2019 - fingers Likes this wine:
92 points
Notes after following for two days open. Medium gold color with tiny particulate sediment and very heavy legs on the glass.
Profound bouquet of bruised apple, apricot and nectarine, honey, and car polish. A heavy body, buttressed with bold acidity, lays out the flavors across the palate for a good 15-20 seconds. The depth of sweetness is just shy of dessert level, making this nice to sip on its own without being too cloying. But where I really loved this wine was with spicy Sushi and Sriracha shrimp and would plan on having this with any spicier cuisine - Indian, South American, and the like. A wonderful accompaniment. 4+12+17+9 = 92
  • recotte commented:

    7/23/19, 10:03 PM - Nice note. I agree that these go great with spicy food.

Red
2013 Chateau Margene Cabernet Franc Margene Signature Series Santa Lucia Highlands
5/18/2018 - fingers wrote:
90 points
Slow-O’d for about four hours and then followed for about four more before noting. Very dark purple color and very slow legs with a big amount of fine sediment. First tastes were unbalanced and hot but it became easier to drink as it opened up, though it never fully lost the high alcohol edge. Not particularly distinct as Cab Franc either, but a decent and enjoyable wine. I would like to give my other bottle two years and see what develops. 5+11+16+8= 90
  • recotte commented:

    7/7/19, 12:50 PM - My girlfriend just received a bottle of this, so I was looking it up and was pleasantly surprised to see your note. Helpful as always!

Red
2012 Rôtie Cellars Southern Blend Washington Red Rhone Blend
No noticeable change from a year ago, which is just fine with me.
Nothing wrong with the wine - it's delicious - but I doubt I will rebuy these Rotie’s because the massive bottle size bugs me.
  • recotte commented:

    6/14/19, 1:18 PM - HAHAHAHAHA!!! I feel the same way about so many of the Rhone-variety wines from WA. My Eurocave drawers don't completely clear them... so many torn labels.

Red
2012 CT Barrel Project Syrah Upland Syrah Upland Vineyard Yakima Valley Snipes Mountain
6/10/2019 - recotte wrote:
PnP. If this were a song, it would be “Hot Hot Hot!!!” by the Cure. ABV is way out of balance tonight, and without balancing acidity, it’s just a hot, gloppy mess. Put the cork back in after one glass, put it in the fridge, and hoping that it’ll show better tomorrow. Will update if it shows improvement.

Update: on night two, and served much cooler, the alcoholic heat was significantly tamed, but still present. Lots of fruit showing through. Maybe a "high end barbecue wine," but hard pressed to think of what food I'd want to eat this with.
  • recotte commented:

    6/11/19, 4:44 PM - 15.7% ABV is hard to keep in check. I'll try it again this evening, serving it a bit cooler to see if that helps. We'll see....

  • recotte commented:

    6/13/19, 4:13 PM - Winter? I've heard of that, but will have to look it up.

Red
2005 Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro
5/17/2019 - Lipsman wrote:
95 points
Huge and young. Decant. Tooth furring tannins, exceptional balance for such a giant. All elements are there, just needs another five - 10 years. Drink the 2006 while waiting.
  • recotte commented:

    5/18/19, 11:29 AM - Interesting that the 2005 is showing younger than the ‘06. Thanks for your note.

Red
2013 No Girls Tempranillo Walla Walla Valley
5/1/2019 - mikemboutiquewines wrote:
75 points
Very disappointing!!!!
  • recotte commented:

    5/1/19, 12:01 PM - Thanks for expanding on your note. Helpful. It's interesting to see the disparity in tasting notes on this wine. It's either a tremendous amount of bottle variation--which is disappointing in itself--or people have wildly different palates when it comes to appreciation of this. May need to open one sooner than later to see for myself.

Rosé
2011 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Rosé Erratica Willamette Valley
This has put on some weight with additional time in bottle. Definitely drinking more like a light Pinot than a rose at this point in its evolution.
  • recotte commented:

    4/25/19, 11:10 PM - Found this in my offsite while rummaging around recently, so wanted to pull the cork sooner than later given the age. Pleasantly surprised.

Red
2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Old Vine California
Tried after seeing this get a lot of forum love. Very solid QPR, and has more subtlety than many Zins. I can understand the appeal.
  • recotte commented:

    4/23/19, 3:56 PM - Yes, I’ve also had the Joseph Swan Zins. Had a nice visit there some years back. These are a couple of nice examples of what Zin CAN be, not what it most often IS.

Red
2012 L'Aventure Estate Cuvée Paso Robles Red Blend
4/16/2019 - ledocq Likes this wine:
92 points
Brobdignagian.
  • recotte commented:

    4/16/19, 11:22 AM - I've never seen that term in a tasting note before, but it's a perfect descriptor for the wine in question here!

Red
2012 CT Barrel Project Syrah Upland Syrah Upland Vineyard Yakima Valley Snipes Mountain
3/25/2019 - fingers wrote:
89 points
Very clumsy for about the first three hours or so open - prominent alcohol with a bitter bite at the fore. But it did settle down with a nice balance of fruit and tannins with mellow oak after a lot of air time. The acidity does, indeed, show a little flabby and I sense this may be starting to really fade. 5+11+16+7= 89
  • recotte commented:

    3/27/19, 10:15 AM - Not a good sign, and I haven't had many of these yet. :(

  • recotte commented:

    3/28/19, 9:47 AM - Gotcha. Well, I appreciate your notes and thoughts. Need to start drinking these down.

White
2018 Benom Wines Contrast Paso Robles White Blend
3/10/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
91 points
Unusual blend between Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Chardonnay is grown in sandy soils and is tart and austere; to balance, the sauvignon blanc is allowed to ripen. No malo, but 25% new oak.

The wine combines citrus and melon in a very unfamiliar way. I didn't buy any, but now that I'm looking back on it, I wish I did pick up some -- I'm kind of jonesing for it.
  • recotte commented:

    3/19/19, 9:48 AM - Just got back from Paso, and we came home with some of this. No doubt this is unusual, but really special. These guys are onto something!

  • recotte commented:

    3/20/19, 6:52 PM - Yes, the entire lineup was impressive. I'll be interested to follow them as they grow.

Red
2012 Horsepower Vineyards Grenache Sur Echalas Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
PnP. Distinctive Rocks nose of smoked meats and olive brine. Gorgeous fruit and Rocks notes on the palate. Held strong over 5+ hours.
  • recotte commented:

    2/25/19, 11:23 AM - Brought this to the OC Rhones & Bones tasting. We missed you!

Red
2006 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Sangiovese
2/18/2019 - hankj wrote:
95 points
This I coming into its own, still grippy but finer tannins. It will always have structure, but at this point you can call these bottles fully settled in and in the window. I think it's a long window though, no reason in a proper cellar that these won't also be wonderful in 15-20 years.
  • recotte commented:

    2/22/19, 8:42 AM - 'Flawed' flagged by mistake? Seems like you enjoyed it!

  • recotte commented:

    2/25/19, 11:21 AM - The 95 makes a lot more sense! Cheers! :D

Red
2006 Tabarrini Sagrantino di Montefalco Colle Grimaldesco
2/16/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
A Fine Set of Wines with Friends, Both Old and New (Los Olivos, CA): Age continues to serve this wine so well. Dusty plum notes, licorice, and orange peel, with a thread of smokiness woven in. Lovely, harmonious and thoroughly enjoyable, a fine example of a complex, rustic winner that complements if not exceeds the heights of more "elegant," refined reds.
  • recotte commented:

    2/22/19, 8:44 AM - Did it need a decant? Love Sagrantino... it's an underappreciated variety, which suits me just fine. Keeps the prices down!

Red - Fortified
1994 Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage Port Blend
10/25/2018 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
94 points
Good. Though really too young. This clearly the Taylor style, with backbone, spices and wood parading proudly (and even slightly austerely!) alongside the fruit - a style which helps it feel older than it is. Anyway.... excellent port. A little rough on the alcohol at present, but superb fruit, depth and complexity. At the moment 94+ ish and delicious. It's more approachable than I expected, though I suspect could surprise in longevity!
  • recotte commented:

    10/26/18, 11:08 AM - 24 years old and still young... It's so hard to wait for good Port to come around!!!

Red
2012 Goat Rocks Winery Barbilocks Yakima Valley Red Rhone Blend
10/14/2018 - ChrisinCowiche wrote:
In a good spot. Cab Franc is coming to the front with herb, cassis. Acidic spine says still plenty of life. Bottle variation lottery hit a good one today.
  • recotte commented:

    10/17/18, 3:47 PM - Almost opened one of these last night but opted for a Result of a Crush Syrah instead. Will be revisiting the Barbilocks soon enough, though. I do like the Cab Franc dominant notes.

Red
2007 Paolo Bea Montefalco Rosso Riserva Pipparello Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
10/7/2018 - thesternowl Likes this wine:
94 points
Full disclosure, I’m a sucker for Bea and my infatuation may blur my objectivity as a result. However, it would be disingenuous of me if I were not to gush over this bottle. A tree full of ripe cherries, pie spice, asphalt, charcoal, smoke, mushrooms, damp forest floor, teriyaki...it was a feast for the senses. After 11 years of age it’s still fiercely tannic but it’s not enough to bother considering the character. The finish lasts for minutes. I realize that making wine like this is scary and the results aren’t for everyone but my God, I am thankful that the Bea’s have the guts to do it. Bottle No. 08054
  • recotte commented:

    10/11/18, 12:09 PM - I recently told someone that Bea is my favorite producer in the entire world. It's been a while since I've opened one... I think I need to sooner than later.

Red
2012 Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend
10/2/2018 - racerchris wrote:
Rather unbalanced on opening: sharp and drying.
Improves greatly with food.
On the third day it was finally settling down but still not ready.
Really needs a few more years or a lengthy decant.
  • recotte commented:

    10/3/18, 10:19 AM - Thanks for your note. I almost opened one of these this weekend but grabbed something else instead. Glad I did.

Red
2014 Hors Catégorie Vineyards Syrah Hors Catégorie Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
Christophe has been my favorite producer of new world syrah for years, and I was crushed when the website crashed for this release. At such minuscule production, I was sure I'd never actually sip this. Got lucky yesterday and found myself a taste. It was everything I wanted and more.

At its core, it's true to Cayuse syrah. If you're a fan of the wines, you're going to love this. It has all the hallmark umami, blood, meat, iron, smoke, minerality, olive, fruit, and whole cluster notes that are typical of Cayuse. What really blew me away, however, was how well integrated it all was, even in this infant stage. The fruit is riper and sweeter than in any baby Cayuse I've tasted, the palate broader and rounder, and overall simply more approachable.

This is an incredible wine, and worth seeking out. Count yourself lucky if you can get your hands on a bottle.
  • recotte commented:

    9/24/18, 10:54 AM - Thanks for your note. Given that it's so approachable at such a young age, what are your thoughts on ageability? I was lucky enough to score a 2-pack of these, but wasn't planning on touching them for a lonnnnnng time. Your note has me rethinking.

  • recotte commented:

    9/24/18, 11:37 AM - Gotcha. Yeah, if I had a case of these, one would have already been opened. With two, I'm inclined to be a bit more conservative!

White
2010 Paolo Bea Arboreus Umbria Trebbiano Spoletino
9/12/2018 - Elycohn Likes this wine:
95 points
The Trebbiano in Paolo Bea's Arboreus see extended skin contact and are joined in the vat by semi-dried grapes of the same variety. The finished wine is spectacular. Complex, deep, polished. Beautiful copper orange color with mile deep aromas of apricots. peach, orange, and vanilla bourbon. The texture is surreal and nonlinear. At first it's dense and rich but then quickly slips into a medium tannic acidic body. Flavors of sweet honeyed orange, subtle notes of vanilla spice, and creme brûlée stick around for a long welcomed while. Start this at cellar temp and drink slowly as it warms. Where so many Orange wines are a novelty, this is a expertly assembled wine of purpose.
  • recotte commented:

    9/13/18, 11:39 AM - Great tasting note. I love these wines. As with the rest of the Paolo Bea lineup, the Arboreus is unique and stunning in the best possible way.

  • recotte commented:

    9/13/18, 11:48 AM - Definitely worth seeking out! I've long been a fan of Sagrantino, and Bea's are about the best you'll find.

Red
2014 La Rata Wines La Rata Walla Walla Valley Grenache Blend, Grenache
6/22/2018 - garambler Likes this wine:
93 points
I opened this with friends on 6/22/18. It had a deep, rich, fragrant bouquet of black cherry, raspberry, forest floor, cola and cocoa aromas. The palate was rich, bright and lively with flavors that followed the nose.
  • recotte commented:

    8/24/18, 4:02 PM - Thoughts on decanting and further ageability?

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
Popped and poured; no formal notes due to the setting but this is definitely one of those wines that both wine geeks and wine amateurs can get down with. There's enough going on that it calls your attention to let you know something special is in the glass yet, it's remarkably accessible to a broad range of palates. That being said, I think the argument could be made that this is the archetypal example of a celebratory rose champagne.
  • recotte commented:

    8/24/18, 3:58 PM - So true! This has become my go-to all occasion bubbly of choice.

Red
2010 Keplinger Grenache Basilisk Russian River Valley
8/23/2018 - Jimaronson Likes this wine:
88 points
Still hot and not totally balanced. This wine could settle down over time, but I am not waiting. I would suggest to open and try it the next day.
  • recotte commented:

    8/24/18, 2:43 PM - When I last had this a few years ago, it was a hot mess. Doesn't sound like it's coming around.

White
1994 Casal Pilozzo Colli di Catone Colle Gaio The Old White Lazio IGT Malvasia Bianca, Malvasia
On PnP, straight out of the fridge, this was... dead. Nothing on the nose, not much on the palate, and a slightly acrid finish. As it warmed slightly in the glass, it opened up, giving up an experience consistent with my prior note.
  • recotte commented:

    2/11/18, 11:12 AM - No. I had bought a mixed 6-pack of these more as an academic exercise. No regrets, but wouldn’t buy again.

  • recotte commented:

    7/3/18, 10:54 AM - @acidqueen - what food do you pair these with? I could see the right pairing making a big difference with how these perform.

Red
2012 CT Barrel Project Syrah Bacchus Syrah Bacchus Vineyard Columbia Valley
6/21/2018 - fingers wrote:
Brief note on a party bottle, but this really seems to have come into its own. Still a big-bodied, full-throttle Syrah but the alcohol and subsequent burn are much better behaved, in my one-glass judgement. I feel pretty good about my remaining bottles.
  • recotte commented:

    6/22/18, 10:06 AM - Thanks for the update! I was *this close* to opening one this week, but reached for a 2011 Rotie Cellars Southern Blend, instead, as I wanted something a bit more moderate on the ABV front. Will definitely be opening one sooner than later, though.

Red
2012 Goat Rocks Winery Barbilocks Yakima Valley Red Rhone Blend
I have no idea really how much of this we have left, but opened first bottle in a long while. Holding together well, nice nose, tart berry herb on palate.
  • recotte commented:

    6/1/18, 10:07 AM - I still have some of these left, too. Need to open one up soon!

Red
2014 Sandlands Carignane Contra Costa County
5/28/2018 - *Vine* wrote:
Popped and poured, youthful ruby purple, deep. Floral aromas are filled with crunchy black & red fruits, ruby grapefruit zest, unlit cigar and other herbaceous complexities. Moderate-plus body, fairly substantial for the producer. On the palate, this shows uncomplicated flavors of bright, sappy fruits plus a subtle impression of minerals. Well-balanced, with moderate acidity and subtle, somewhat chalky tannins. Although outstanding (and yummy), this is still a bit too young...will be "Dy-no-mite!" in 2-3+ years.
  • recotte commented:

    5/29/18, 12:20 PM - Nice note. Always glad to see one of your TNs pop up in my feed!

White
2015 Maison Harbour Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay
Consumed over two nights. Opened from the fridge and it was too cold, once it warmed a bit it was very expressive and enjoyable. At the end of the night, I placed it in the cellar so the second night it was at 57 deg, a much better temp to start with. This is a delightful wine, I am glad I have a few more bottles.
  • recotte commented:

    4/18/18, 11:16 AM - Any thoughts on longevity? Wondering whether I should be drinking sooner than later and don't personally have a lot of experience aging white wines (other than Riesling and Sauternes).

Red
2011 Horsepower Vineyards Grenache Sur Echalas Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
Three years more bottle time since my prior note, and this is just lovely. Prior comments hold, and I see upside to holding a few more years.
  • recotte commented:

    4/16/18, 10:30 PM - Yer just a fecking eurosnob!!!

Red
2006 Tabarrini Sagrantino di Montefalco Colle Grimaldesco
4/12/2018 - rmh66 wrote:
90 points
Lovely aromas of black cherries, plums, dried oregano, new leather, menthol, earth, and some flowers. Plums, tart cherries, black cherries, earth, a touch of bitter herbs on the palate. Nice acidity, firm, powdery, but accessible tannins (pair with the proper food), good finish. Really nice wine. I gave away my other bottle. I wish I didn’t.
  • recotte commented:

    4/12/18, 2:52 PM - Nice note! I've made the same mistake of giving away bottles that I later regretted after opening my final one....

Red - Fortified
N.V. Ficklin Vineyards Tinta Madeira Port Madera Port Blend
11/11/2017 - LorenzoIlMagnifico Likes this wine:
90 points
Rich deep wine. Smooth without any bite. My own notes show I bought it around 1979 but it should continue to age for many more years.
  • recotte commented:

    2/27/18, 1:09 PM - So happy to see a tasting note on this. I bought a bottle from a local shop on a whim a few years ago, then had some correspondence with the winery to try and date what I had purchased. Seems like it might be from the '50s, but they couldn't be sure. I need to open it sooner than later, just to see what's in there....

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
This is one of those wines that consistently makes me happy. This bottle, on Valentine's day, struck just the right note.
  • recotte commented:

    2/27/18, 9:10 AM - It's definitely becoming a house favorite!

Red
N.V. Result of a Crush Washington Red Blend
1/29/2018 - spidersva Likes this wine:
93 points
This was OUTSTANDING. Third day in it was still awesome. I wonder if they have any 'better' wines...
  • recotte commented:

    1/30/18, 8:18 AM - I've been a big fan of the Result of a Crush releases since they started! This is essentially a side project by the Reynvaan family to use barrels that don't quite make the cut for their main bottlings. For the "better" wines, check out Reynvaan Family Vineyards. They are universally excellent, in my opinion. Getting a bit pricey, but you can sometimes find good deals on them at retailers. Cheers! Eric

Red
2012 CT Barrel Project Syrah Upland Syrah Upland Vineyard Yakima Valley Snipes Mountain
10th bottle.
Damn, this is good
That is all.
  • recotte commented:

    1/22/18, 3:35 PM - And when Chris' supply is exhausted, I'll sell you some of mine... if the price is right!

Red
2015 Valle dell'Acate Vittoria Il Frappato Vittoria DOC
100% Frappato, 100% delicious. My second time with this (with a meal that is, I'd tasted it at VinItaly), and I'm just floored at how lovely this is showing. There's nothing simple about this wine - the nose is very soil driven, with a great deal of complexity within that descriptor: diesel, black earth, compost, twigs, wild berries, etc. And as vivid (and shifting, just wait 15 minutes) as the nose is, the palate is every bit the same a wild, beautiful ride, with its very energetic beam of fresh acidity married to perfectly ripe red fruits, spice, some wood, etc.. This is such a lovely partner to a wide range of foods; while eating dinner, I was already picturing buying a case, and what I'd be serving with each bottle, it's THAT versatile, and that exciting. A bit like Ruché (in the best of ways), in that the nose/aromas are really quite unique and assertive (for most folks). Red fruited, great sense of place, excellent balance and freshness, structure, class...makes a great case for Frappato DOCG. 13,0% abv., thru 2021. recommended+

https://wp.me/p7fulH-22z
  • recotte commented:

    1/11/18, 1:16 PM - Just clicked "buy" on three bottles....

Red
2007 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/28/2017 - Quiet Lion Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted over cocktails and served. Nose of polished black fruit and sweet fresh tobacco. On the palate, pure, concentrated mountain fruit with noticeable alcohol and oak that integrated after a total of 90 minutes or so in the decanter. The last sip was the best. These are crowd pleasers to be sure and a beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blend so smooth that tastes to me like a focused single-vineyard Cabernet although it is not.
  • recotte commented:

    12/29/17, 9:35 AM - Nice note, and glad you enjoyed this. I've been a fan of Joseph Phelps for years. Couple of comments for you: Insignia is not a single-vineyard wine--although it's estate-grown. It's a cuvee from multiple different estate vineyards. It's also not necessarily considered a "Cabernet Sauvignon," although it is a Cab Sauv dominant Bordeaux-style blend. I think in 2007 it legally met the required 75% CS to be called a Cab Sauv, but doesn't in all years. I think most people--including Joseph Phelps--would refer to this as a blend, not a single-variety wine. Regardless, it's incredibly good, year in and year out. Cheers! Eric

  • recotte commented:

    12/29/17, 9:45 AM - If you want more info on the vintage, you can check out their website:

    https://www.josephphelps.com/insignia/

    Great winery, great vintage, great wine. Happy New Year!

Red
2010 Rôtie Cellars VDP Washington Red Rhone Blend
Almost 2 years since my last bottle, and looking at my prior note, my thoughts are identical: solid weeknight/cellar defender wine. Drinking just fine on PnP. No reason to hold, but I'll add that there's no reason not to. Doesn't show any immediate signs of decline.
  • recotte commented:

    12/1/17, 6:31 AM - I tend to agree with you. I have two bottles left, and I intend to drink them sooner than later.

Red
2005 Paolo Bea Montefalco Rosso Riserva Pipparello Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
11/4/2017 - Eric Guido Likes this wine:
93 points
An absolutely stunning performance from the '05 Pipparello tonight. The bouquet was dark and rich, offset by an initial whiff of sweet and sour cherry, as layers of moist earth, worn leather, crushed fall leaves, baked plum, and savory spice lifted from the glass. On the palate, it was vibrant, showing early notes of maturity, as silky textures were contrasted by soft tannin and tangy cherry, followed by hints of cranberry, cedar, savory herbs and peppery spice. It finished long with a slight acid twang, as inner florals, saturating tart red fruits and hints of tobacco lingered.
  • recotte commented:

    11/6/17, 2:17 PM - Great note. As a general rule, I love the Bea wines. Sounds like I may need to check in on this one. Did you decant?

White - Sweet/Dessert
2002 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux 1ère Trie Clos du Bourg Chenin Blanc
11/4/2017 - fingers Likes this wine:
92 points
Didn’t quite impress me as much as it did 3+ years ago, but it is still a very nice, moderately sweet accompaniment for a variety of foods and should really be paired as you would an Auslese, not a Sauternes. Seems like it’s lost some of its fruity and acidic grip without replacing it with any complexity or secondary notes. Not sure I would bank on further improvement if I had more half bottles..... I’m sure the 750’s are doing better. 5+12+17+8= 92
  • recotte commented:

    11/6/17, 2:14 PM - Great note. I have a bottle of this that I've been meaning to open... your note makes me think I might crack it open tonight with some spicy Indian food. Happy Monday to me!

Red
2014 Sandlands Trousseau Sonoma Coast
7/19/2017 - Andyofoto wrote:
Still Young. Hold if you got em. No one really doing this in CA to this level. Restraint, respect, austerity, just awesome.
  • recotte commented:

    7/19/17, 12:20 PM - Thanks for taking one for the team. I desperately want to try one of these, but I know it's too young, so I'm holding off. We'll see for how long my willpower lasts. Cheers, Eric

White
2013 Dirty and Rowdy Sémillon Yountville
PnP. Snappy but not overbearing acidity with pineapple and tropical notes. Not sure this would ever become a regular purchase, but interesting to try.
  • recotte commented:

    7/11/17, 4:08 PM - Blended with ice and served with a pineapple wedge and a little umbrella. ;)

  • recotte commented:

    7/16/17, 5:32 PM - Yeah... can't say that I'll be going out of my way to sample other D&R wines after this one. Good luck with your flipping strategy! ;)

Red
2011 Maison Ilan Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Monts-Luisants Pinot Noir
7/8/2017 - khmark7 wrote:
86 points
Enticing aromas upon opening of forest underbrush & cranberries. The palate is very light, i would have guessed 2013 vintage, rather neutral and a sour finish. Unripe grapes? Sorting issues? I prefer light elegant wines like this but the sour finish is difficult to ignore.
  • recotte commented:

    7/12/17, 3:28 PM - I need to start drinking through these. Doesn't seem like they're aging well based on the notes I've seen.

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