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Red
2008 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero Nebbiolo
I liked this four summers ago, when it was just trying to turn secondary, but now we are definitely there. The palate is very open and giving, yet retaining a slight sense of firmness and backbone, making for excellent balance. The red fruit is very fresh and elegant, with the herbal element that was so harsh in its youth, now fully integrated. Some floral and white spice character add complexity. Not as cloyingly sweet, and overtly strawberry as the 06’ had a few years back, this is showing a good savory streak to balance its sweetness. It finishes good and medium, with fine tannins, though the real joy here is on the palate, having a weightlessness that’s unique in Barolo. An excellent and classic Monvigliero, those who know this wine should be happy when they open their bottles.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    10/19/21, 8:10 PM - Thanks for the note. Had the 2010 recently and it was wonderful. I only have one of the 2008, so I'll sit on it a while longer.

Red
2010 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah The Unnamed Walla Walla Valley
10/17/2021 - Ianttuck Likes this wine:
97 points
The fact that Reynvaan isn't mentioned in every conversation about the best American producers is a near tragedy. This wine is a perfect example of the absolute best in Washington state syrah. It's almost unfair that a wine can be this powerful yet still so elegant. Beautiful sweet dark fruit mixed with lavender enveloping smoky meaty unctuosness.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    10/18/21, 3:29 PM - You're not wrong!!!

Red
2014 Andremily Syrah No. 3 Santa Barbara County
10/9/2021 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Decanted. Very meaty, with loads of black fruit underneath. Full-bodied with firm, fine tannins and flavors of game, black fruit and peppery spice. Lingering finish. 93+ pts. (tlv)
  • Fugu Me commented:

    10/18/21, 3:28 PM - I've been meaning to check in on some of my older Andremilys. Sounds like they might be in a good spot.

Red
2010 Castello di Verduno Barolo Riserva Monvigliero Nebbiolo
10/15/2021 - JonnyG wrote:
84 points
A disappointing bottle, dirty to the point of being unenjoyable. I won't deem this flawed as that seems to me to be exonerating the winery. It was just poorly made, sorry.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    10/18/21, 3:26 PM - The note that you originally posted on the Burlotto did mention "barnyard," which could certainly be caused by brett.

Red
2010 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero Nebbiolo
Decanted for an hour, then poured back into bottle to take to a restaurant. The aroma of the wine while pouring into the decanter was amazing. The wine was absolutely gorgeous. Incredible purity. Still plenty of fruit, strawberries with damp earth and a bit of truffle, but also beginning to hint at tertiary development. Wonderful.

Had with lamb ossobucco and filet mignon ravioli with porcinis. The wine was perfect with the food.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    10/18/21, 3:18 PM - No worries... having just had this, your note didn't align at all, which made me think it was a flawed bottle. But a different wine entirely makes sense, too! Cheers!

Red
2015 Paolo Bea Montefalco Rosso Riserva Pipparello Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
9/23/2021 - Gunakadeit Likes this wine:
93 points
Contrary to some other notes, I don’t think the tannins are that bad at this point, and I think the montepulciano in the blend is fairly prominent—it’s clear there is sagrantino, but I don’t think it dominates. Drank this over 6 hours (decant) but I don’t know that it fundamentally changed it, and it may have been best on opening.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    9/24/21, 11:16 AM - And I'm holding one lone bottle. When to drink???

Red
2001 Justin Vineyards & Winery Isosceles Reserve Paso Robles Red Bordeaux Blend
9/6/2021 - casjf Likes this wine:
95 points
My last bottle of Justin Isosceles from the old owners. I was afraid it would be past it’s prime, but it was absolutely stunning. Great pairing with standing rib roast. Flavors of black currant, green pepper, cloves, raspberry & smoke.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    9/10/21, 11:09 AM - Glad to hear these are holding up. I've been meaning to drink up, but they never seem to make it to the top of the list.

Red
2018 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
9/2/2021 - Ex-Ray Likes this wine:
95 points
First of this vintage we've tried, just curious how a very young one would taste; also opened a 2010 Cailloux to compare. Two totally different wines. This was an opaque garnet-purple, the 2010 a slightly translucent dark ruby with slight brown edges. This had a fresh, fruity aroma of strawberries-raspberries, some "grapey" qualities, seemed similar to a young zin. The 2010 was more of a typical Cayuse, with its smoke and roasted meat aromas. On the palate this had lots of fresh fruit, nice acidity, but tannin well in the background, remarkably drinkable for such a young wine. The 2010 had softer, round, more elegant and complex flavors, now fully mature. A fascinating comparison of the same wine eight years apart. Both very enjoyable, very drinkable now.
Ric
  • Fugu Me commented:

    9/2/21, 9:11 PM - Great to see the side-by-side comparison. Thanks for taking one for the team!

  • Fugu Me commented:

    9/3/21, 11:56 AM - I'll keep an eye out for my invite. :D

    But seriously, I love that idea for a tasting.

White
2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu Chenin Blanc
9/1/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
95 points
Rarely have I tasted a wine that all concerned were wowed by. This is one of them. “Buy more of this,” I was told by someone whose first love is Riesling.

This wine is not about complexity. It is about purity. It’s linear, yes. But it is like drinking pureness. Acidity is very well balanced by fruit. No hard edges. No off notes. Everything as it should be.

After the first glass, the rest served as accompaniment to a pasta dish in which goat cheese featured prominently. In that role, it did the job well. Not surprising, since goat cheese is a classic pairing. The dish also had asparagus which is notoriously hard to pair, so I won’t ditch any point for not standing up to it. Still very good.

I have a few more bottles and I’m getting more if I can find them.

Edit: I should have noted, I splash-decanted the wine about 2 hours before serving, poured it back into the bottle, recorked and put it back in the fridge until the time came.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    9/1/21, 9:16 PM - Lovely note. I agree that this wine is about purity. Well said.

Red
2010 Rasa Vineyards Syrah Occam's Razor Block 10, Seven Hills Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
8/31/2021 - PDX-S wrote:
Zalto Burgundy glass over two days- recorked without gas.
This wine is at the tail end of its primary window and just starting to gain some nice tertiary aromas and flavors.
Day one and the wine was plenty fresh and primary, though today on day two and the primary notes start to be subsumed by the tertiary characteristics.
Aromas of tarragon and tomatoes lay over plums and blackberries.
The palate is rich and spicy, with dark fruits, tarragon and spice coming through, though it finishes savory with reduced tomatoes and balsamic umami notes.
There is plenty of acid lingering around both in the body of the wine and on the edges of the tongue. The tannins themselves are completely integrated, showing up only as a mild drying tea sensation on the finish.
Drink now if you’d like the last of the primary fruit characteristics, or hold if you prefer the savory tertiary development. The acid and structure will go at least another 5 years.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    8/31/21, 5:02 PM - Great note. Looking forward to the tertiary notes taking over!

Red
2015 Ojai Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley
PnP. Just plain delicious. Fruit forward but not a fruit bomb, this has a layered nose and palate with bramble and earth. Well balanced, stood up to food (grilled fish and shrimp tacos, an accidental and probably not ideal pairing, but it oddly worked), but was quite good on its own. The bottle didn’t last long enough to get any sense of evolution with air time, but it seems to have enough structure to be able to hold for a few years, at least.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    8/27/21, 3:55 PM - Thanks, srh!

Red
2012 Cayuse The Lovers Walla Walla Valley Red Blend
8/23/2021 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
91 points
Opened in the bottle for several hours. Maybe a year or so past prime though did fatten up a bit after two hours. Low acid, translucent rim and dark yet bricking color. Bitter green on the nose that also makes it into the palate with the addition of some ripe blackberry, plum and dark chocolate. Not bad but each vintage this is my least favorite in the Cayuse lineup. Drink now as these won’t improve. Purchased at the Ex Cellar through Cayuse.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    8/24/21, 9:49 AM - Thanks for your note. I also have one through the Ex Cellar sale that I was sitting on, thinking it would need some age. Sounds like that is not the case.

Red
2008 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Edna Valley
8/7/2021 - Fugu Me wrote:
Oak, oak, and more oak. After decanting (lots of sediment!) and allowing to breathe for a couple of hours prior to serving, the predominant note on this, both the nose and palate, was, well, oak. Lurking beneath were big, jammy luscious berried fruits, but it was hard to get beyond the initial onslaught of oak.

Saved half of the bottle for night 2 and will update the note if things have shifted overnight. Fingers crossed.

Update after night 2: the oak notes receded somewhat but still dominated the wine. It's a shame, as it was more apparent on the second day that there were some gorgeous things going on beneath, but we just couldn't get past the barrier. Not sure if this was somehow an off bottle, as others' notes here suggest it should be lovely, but for us, this weekend, it was not.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    8/9/21, 5:37 PM - Yeah, even after being open overnight, while the oak had receded somewhat, it was still the dominating influence. It's unfortunate, as you can tell there's all sorts of good things underneath. Based on others' notes here, I don't know if this was a bad bottle, or maybe I just don't "get" the wine, but I've had earlier vintages of Alban that were lovely, so I know they're able to produce gorgeous wines.

  • Fugu Me commented:

    8/13/21, 3:51 PM - My experience may prove the axiom, "There are no great wines, only great bottles!"

Red
2014 Hors Catégorie Vineyards Syrah Hors Catégorie Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
7/22/2021 - Ex-Ray Likes this wine:
100 points
Perfection in the glass! My one and only 2014, but fortunately have some from the successive vintages. Garnet-purple, completely opaque, no hint of amber edge. Powerful and immediate aromas, already showing complexity. It doesn't have the "funk" of many Cayuse syrahs, but more of a classic Northern Rhône style of sweet dark plums and blackberries, with some French oak but subtle. Just a bit of the roasted meat and bacon fat. On the palate, very concentrated but not at all coarse, tannin and acid in perfect balance with the dark fruit flavors, with some anise on the late palate and aftertaste. Alcohol is also in balance, without any heat standing out. The aftertaste is very long and mouth-coating, carrying the flavors throughout. This is in the style of Guigal's single vineyard Côte Roties, but this surpasses them in concentration and complexity. Baron's best wine, in my opinion. This wine is remarkably drinkable now but will still be great in 20 years.
Ric
  • Fugu Me commented:

    7/22/21, 9:13 PM - Thanks for the great note. I've been sitting on mine, hesitant to open for fear of baby-killing, but it sounds like there's no down side now or later. Did you decant, and if so, how long?

Red
2006 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
7/2/2021 - Andice wrote:
90 points
Nose is extroverted with cedar and incense notes. Creamy bouquet with no hint of alchohol. Palate is a bit simple and thin. But sufficiently enjoyable with a meal. Length and intensity could be better. Double whammy of the figeac style in a lean year
  • Fugu Me commented:

    7/2/21, 2:04 PM - Do you think that this will put on some complexity with additional age, or is this pretty much where it's going to land?

Red
2018 Pášxa Grenache River Rock Vineyard The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater
6/25/2021 - Amerique wrote:
91 points
Delicious, soft strawberry/red raspberry fruit, ample acid, excellent structure, lacks depth of flavors and complexity, ample finish, wanted so much more from this wine knowing its pedigree, this seems like a early drinking wine, expected it to be age worthy
  • Fugu Me commented:

    6/26/21, 1:46 PM - I've been sampling this wine via Coravin over the last week, and my thoughts echo yours. I was hoping this would be a more substantial wine that would be able to age, but I don't think that's the case. Hopefully the Syrahs are a different story.

Red
2015 Paolo Bea Umbria San Valentino Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
6/25/2021 - GoodLibations Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted and breathed for 30 mins. Consumed with Lamb Shank and pasta with an oil based sauce, food was well seasoned with lemon notes.

Before decanting, had plum and currant aromas and earthy flavors. After decanting and with food, developed a smoothness and almost sweetness that was very pleasant. Highly recommend.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    6/26/21, 12:58 PM - Do you feel like 30 minutes of air was sufficient, or would you give it more time if you had a do-over? Meal sounds delicious!

Red
2007 Lokoya Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder
Decanted and allowed to breathe for an hour prior to serving. This is in a beautiful spot right now. Silky tannins, elegance with backbone and power, this is a stunning wine. Continued to unfold over the several hours in which it was consumed; while this is gorgeous now, there's no reason to think it won't continue to age well for years to come.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    2/9/21, 8:10 PM - It was! Paired with a couple of Flannery NY Strips... that was one fine meal!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Champagne Suenen Champagne Grand Cru C + C Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Chardonnay
Disgorged 25/05/2016. This had a nice richness to it on the palate, but still had the zip of a BdB. Quite nice on its own, but easily had the stuff to be a nice cleanser alongside shrimp creole. Another Champagne that I need to buy more of.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    1/18/21, 8:31 AM - It certainly was! Thanks for letting me know.

Red
2016 Holocene Pinot Noir Apocrypha Willamette Valley
Expressive nose and soft like chenille on the palate, this was a fantastic bottle that proved to be versatile with the different parts of Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    11/27/20, 2:34 PM - Nope. I've never been to the Willamette Valley.

Red
2018 Sandlands Grenache Santa Clara County
11/3/2020 - thesternowl Likes this wine:
90 points
The bottle was opened about three hours prior to dinner, splash decanted and then returned to the bottle. Pours a bright ruby color. On the nose, red cherry and strawberry fruits; comes across a bit alpine? Minerals and other light herbs somewhat nod the mountains...which I guess makes some sense considering the location of Besson Vineyard (the source of the fruit, just outside of the Santa Cruz AVA). This is a Grenache endowed with undeniable structure. The acid is obvious immediately however, it takes a few hours for the tannin monster to show up. This would benefit from a handful of years on the cellar. The Besson Vineyard was planted in 1910. The folks at Birichino Winery were willing to share 1.5 tons of their fruit. 3.5 barrels produced.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    11/4/20, 7:36 AM - Nice note! I won't touch mine for a few years.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Champagne Suenen Champagne Grand Cru Oiry Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Chardonnay
Start to a Halloween dinner with some close friends. Didn't give it the full amount of time to open and show all of the colors, but still it's an enjoyable champagne all the time and I continue to keep an eye out as it comes available. I esp like that it's a bit more spicy and herbal in character (when it has time to open up).
  • Fugu Me commented:

    11/2/20, 11:09 AM - Any thoughts on ageability of these?

  • Fugu Me commented:

    11/2/20, 11:18 AM - The low dosage on these is what gave me pause on holding these for an extended period. The one I have left at the moment was acquired in 2017, so I recently moved it from offsite to the Eurocave for drinking sooner than later. We'll see!

  • Fugu Me commented:

    11/2/20, 11:23 AM - I'll definitely post a TN when I open it!

Red
2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Ovello Nebbiolo
Opened and allowed to air for an hour before serving, this is still showing as very young, with acid and tannins being quite pronounced. Consumed over two days, it continued to blossom over the duration and was lovely throughout. The acidity was to its credit when paired with homemade gnocchi with browned sage butter; it helped cut the richness of the dish.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    10/28/20, 4:44 PM - Alas, no, it was a last puppy. I do have a bottle of the Montestefano and two of the Pora from the same vintage buried somewhere in my offsite.

White
2016 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières-Coulée de Serrant Chenin Blanc
This is a truly singular expression of Chenin Blanc... unlike anything else. The stated 15% ABV did not dominate and was well in balance. Simultaneously crisp yet rich on the palate, I do not quite know what sorcery was afoot in the winery, but the results are amazing. Probably the most notable white wine I've had in the last ten years.

Served PnP and consumed over three hours. Excellent from start to finish; no reason to think these wouldn't hold for years to come.
Paired very well with miso black cod.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    10/5/20, 8:12 PM - I have thesternowl to thank for clueing me in to these; Joly hadn’t been on my radar previously. I just picked up a 2014 Les Vieux Clos, as well. Looking forward to trying it.

Red
2011 Paolo Bea Rosso de Véo Umbria Sagrantino
If I tell you the wine I'm about to serve comes from young vines, you might be inclined to begin forming an opinion of your approaching experience. You might rely on your past experiences and/or what you've heard or read about wines that come from young vines. You'd be wrong. This wine is proof. This was served, non-blind, with ~ 2,5 hours in wide bottom decanter at cellar temp, with the idea that it would blossom, continually until the final sip. It did exactly that. Having said that, I'd not be inclined to open any further bottles for at least 2-3 years; needs time, and/or lots of air for a more complete showing. Served alongside the '12, I liked them nearly equally, if for slightly different reasons. Understated brilliance. highly recommended

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  • Fugu Me commented:

    9/8/20, 10:52 AM - Nice note. One more thing to put into the "need to check out" bucket.

Red
2016 Andremily Syrah No. 5 Santa Barbara County
9/7/2020 - sfwinelover1 Likes this wine:
93 points
Brought to A_M's socially distanced, wine, food and friends shindig last night by one of his wine loving friends, which delighted me since I'd been dying to try one of these. Opened for some time before consumption, but I don't know for how long. On the nose and palate, potent dark fruit, cassis, herbs and spices, olives, coffee, bitter chocolate, smoke and wet earth. Midnight purple black, full bodied, legs like tree trunks. Light acidity, medium tannins, and some heat, more on the nose than palate, but present for both, which integrated over time but never went completely away. Intense and persistent, with moderate+ complexity. So, of the 3 high end syrahs I've had in the past few weeks, this wasn't as balanced as the Araujo nor as fresh as the Keplinger, but it was tremendously potent, screaming not so much Southern Rhone as California all the way, both for better and worse. It would also benefit, IMO, from a bit more acidity, which would give this just a bit more lift and freshness and some more contrast with its most powerful elements. That said, I like this a lot, and the savory balanced the sweet, and it worked well with the ribeye, but I think it needed more air, or even better, more time, and perhaps more critically, on this steamy SF night, this likely wasn't the most complementary choice. That said, I'd be excited to try other Andremily wines with a bit more bottle age, just preferably on a cooler night. 93+
  • Fugu Me commented:

    9/8/20, 10:05 AM - Great TN. I think you nailed the essence of Andremily.

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.
  • Fugu Me 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.

  • Fugu Me 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!

  • Fugu Me commented:

    7/5/20, 10:21 PM - @gteran76: this was $240/bottle on release

Red
2012 CT Barrel Project Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mtn/Rutherford Blend Napa Valley
6/17/2020 - fingers Likes this wine:
93 points
Followed over two nights and preferred it more on night two. It was just singular and a bit overpowering for the first several hours, though after the long slow-O it delivered abundant fruit goodness and extra complexity. Beautiful perfume on the generous nose. The palate is rich and a little creamy in texture with the tannins behaving just right - doing very nicely with or without food. Long finish. Sorry that it was my last of 10 and not my first. 5+13+17+8= 93
  • Fugu Me commented:

    6/17/20, 6:48 PM - I really need to get on these. I just don’t have much occasion to drink Cab Sauv.

Red
2018 Rasa Vineyards Founder's Reserve Columbia Valley Red Blend
Curiosity finally got the better of me on this, and I opened a bottle. PnP, consumed over three nights. Clearly too young right now, this showed best on night three. Too tight on PnP, after about an hour of air it started to open up.

What came to mind as I was sipping this is Indian food. Not because the spices and notes on the nose and palate are evocative of bharta or roganjosh, but rather that the best Indian food combines different elements to arrive at a richly complex dish with a deepness to the flavors. I felt that the blend here, from across a broad lineup of Bordeaux and Rhone varieties, has achieved that effect; a balancing act that unexpectedly--or perhaps expectedly, given Rasa's track record of great winemaking--creates a harmonious wine with a unique, enjoyable complexity.

Ridiculous QPR, and so glad that I upped my order to a case of this. It will definitely be fun to watch this evolve over the next 5-10 years, when I think it will be in its real sweet spot.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    6/16/20, 2:53 PM - I don't believe Pinto/Billo ever specifically said what the barrel treatment was on these, only the blend. My guess is it varies by variety in the mix.

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
2/1/2020 - DangerMouse81 wrote:
91 points
With duck breast and duck fried potatoes. Oh baby.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    5/21/20, 3:00 PM - Duck breast, duck fat fries and this rosé? You're living right!

Red
2014 Psi Ribera del Duero Tempranillo
Ripe fruit, cocoa and hints of earth, with a nice, round mouthfeel. PnP, this was good from the start. Paired well with cheese and charcuterie.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    4/15/20, 11:56 AM - It does sound like a great match for BBQ. I know what I'm drinking my next bottle with!

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
Wine in the Sunshine State; 2/20/2020-2/23/2020 (Florida): This wine was used the same way that it always is used which is basically as a pre-dinner sipper. It always works well for that. Very easy and quaffable. The bottle was finished quickly. It doesn't require deep thinking, but it's always enjoyed.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    2/21/20, 11:24 AM - Indeed, this is good to hear. I normally have these as 375ml's for a pre-dinner drink, but I have a 750ml that I've intentionally not touched for a few years to see what would happen with it. Sounds like it might have been a good idea after all!

Red
2012 Goat Rocks Winery Cabernet Franc Fewel Family Estates Vineyard Yakima Valley
This bottle was really nice from the outset. It actually had a richness to it that would have made me think there was some merlot if I didn’t already know better. This is a fine example of what I want when I’m looking for a nice Cab Franc.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    2/19/20, 4:36 PM - Ha! No, it was definitely Cab Franc, but this bottle did feel a bit rounder on the palate, like it had, say, 5% or so merlot splashing around in there.

Red
2010 Casa Emma Chianti Classico Riserva Vignalparco Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
PnP and ready to go right out of the gate. Palate dominated by bright cherry notes with other things lurking about the edges in a good way. Half the bottle reserved for ragù di cinghiale.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    1/10/20, 6:03 AM - No, I picked up a couple of these from the Wine House in 2014. I’m sure it was on your recommendation.

Red
2005 Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro
1/7/2020 - prism wrote:
88 points
I hope this was just an off bottle. I have enjoyed many Sagrantinos over the years; this was, sadly, not among them.
  • Fugu Me commented:

    1/9/20, 2:07 PM - I'm also a huge fan of Sagrantino, as well as Paolo Bea as a producer. What was off about this one?

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.
  • Fugu Me 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.
  • Fugu Me 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.
  • Fugu Me 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.
  • Fugu Me 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.
  • Fugu Me 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.
  • Fugu Me 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.
  • Fugu Me commented:

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

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

  • Fugu Me 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.
  • Fugu Me 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!!!!
  • Fugu Me 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.
  • Fugu Me 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.

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