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2013 Colombera & Garella Bramaterra Cascina Cottignano Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo
10/25/2018 - vulgar little monkey wrote:
93 points
Haven't had a bottle of this in a while and it is really in a zone. Maybe it was the comparison with the leanness of the Canonica nebbiolo but this felt really broad and deep. There is a distinct ferrous edge to the fruit which I guess is part terroir but maybe part vespolina and croatina in the blend. It is less shy and lifted on the nose than in the past and the structure has softened a bit without losing shape. This has been a house favorite for a while and we are getting down to our last few bottles. The question at this stage is do we hold on to a couple and see what happens with age, or do we drink up while they're showing well.
  • MLipton commented:

    12/7/19, 8:08 PM - Welp, I just took receipt of two bottles from Envoyer, so I guess I'll do the experiment for you :)

2016 Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône-Brézème Syrah
6/18/2019 - Blair Curtis wrote:
83 points
Did not enjoy this nearly as much as I had hoped. For reference, I am a big fan of traditional Northern Rhone reds. Levet is a fave, along with Gonon and older Clape. This wine, bottled at 12%, is so lean that it is skinny on flavour. The good news is that it has none of the flavours of jamminess or heavy sweet fruit. The bad news is that it also lacks the good flavours you want in a wine like this...there is no pepper, no meat, no smoke. Just a high-acid lean and tart wine. It was acceptable with grilled steak, but this is not a wine I would purchase again.
  • MLipton commented:

    6/18/19, 3:35 PM - Drinking a Texier wine at age 3 is not a recipe for success. Very likely it's shut down and regardless it will be years before it comes into its own. I don't know if you drink Levet or Gonon at this age, but I subscribe to the "rule of 15" for N Rhone Syrah and generally try to open them at age 15 or so.

  • MLipton commented:

    6/20/19, 12:30 PM - Blair, I was not meaning to imply that one shouldn't open them at all until age 15. As you suggest, following the wine over time by periodic sampling is indeed a good strategy. I'd just caution about drawing too many inferences from such a young showing. Stylistically, Eric Texier's wines tend to be very backwards and need a lot of time to show well. Giving a young Texier wine a hard decant and long aeration might ameliorate that backwardness to an extent but occasionally a wine that's shut down hard won't come out of its shell no matter how much we coax it. Since you like other traditionalists such as Levet and Gonon, I'd suspect that you'll like the Brezeme later in its development. FWIW, I find his St Julien en Alban to be more approachable young.

White - Off-dry
1990 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel Mosel Saar Ruwer
12/1/2017 - salil wrote:
98 points
F'n amazing. This is damn near perfect Riesling. Just an amazing scent, combining pretty much every aspect of great Riesling imaginable; ripe fruit, fresh florality, honey, herbs, minerality, and that touch of faint blue cheese-like funkiness I get from old Prüm. The palate is just as incredible - powerful yet incredibly light, with the powerful '90 acids cutting through the richness and sweetness and giving it a remarkably racy and delicate palate presence. Absolutely stunning wine, and I need to find more of these.
  • MLipton commented:

    12/3/17, 8:06 PM - Salil, did you drink this on its own or with food? If the latter, what food? I have a tough time pairing Auslesen (even when they're not BA masquerading) with food, so just curious

2005 Edmunds St. John Syrah Wylie-Fenaughty El Dorado County
11/5/2017 - slanum wrote:
The contents of this bottle expired a few years ago; what's left is porty and pruny to a fault. Don't know whether it's a flawed bottle or a wine that can't hang around for 12 years.
  • MLipton commented:

    11/6/17, 11:52 AM - I hope to hell that it's a faulty cork. Steve E's Syrahs will normally go 20+ years without breaking a sweat.

2014 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Choisilles Chenin Blanc
10/15/2017 - Dale M wrote:
Advanced color and a nose not unlike Single Malt Scotch. This is shot to hell and very disappointing.
  • MLipton commented:

    10/15/17, 7:59 PM - Not good at all, Dale. I hope that this was the result of a bad cork, but the other comments have me doubly concerned

2007 Domaine Camus-Bruchon & Fils Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Narbantons Pinot Noir
2/7/2016 - MLipton wrote:
Opened tonight with Boeuf Bourgignon. Even with a hard decant, it was a bit reticent at first, but opened up to reveal a deep, somewhat darkly fruited, example of a Savigny. A bit overwhelmed by the food at first, it came into its own with time. Clearly, this wine has a long lifetime ahead of it.
  • MLipton commented:

    2/8/16, 1:11 PM - Yeah, I saw your note and thought that maybe the intervening 2 years had done the trick, but no. Gilman, FWIW, has its drinking window until 2040, but he's a noted oenogerontophile. I'm holding onto my other bottle for a few more years.

1986 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
1/29/2016 - DaleW wrote:
A bit of funk, cedar, quiet but clean cassis fruit. B+
  • MLipton commented:

    1/30/16, 7:29 PM - That was a great rendition of Meyney, clearly among my favorites. Good to hear that it's still going.

2010 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson Melon de Bourgogne
12/1/2015 - MLipton wrote:
Really in a fine place right now, showing typical Melon character of stones, citrus and freshness with a depth and richness that is characteristic of this bottling. Maybe it'll get better, but it's great for my tastes right now.
  • MLipton commented:

    12/15/15, 1:59 PM - Cliff, I really don't think so. It was as good as it was going to get straight out of the bottle. Keep in mind that our passively cooled cellar may age things faster than your own storage conditions.

2012 Descendientes de José Palacios Bierzo Pétalos Mencía
2/14/2015 - grenache lover Likes this wine:
90 points
This is a well made Mencía in a lighter style. It has not a great depth or complexity. Fresh fruit in the nose, with some spice and a tad of licorice, and perhaps some rusticity in the mouth. It keeps changing in the glass. Easy to drink, well made and affordable. However, it did not get to my heart and wanted me to purchase more.
  • MLipton commented:

    3/16/15, 8:59 PM - Was there any new oak evident? I've had mixed experiences with the Pétalos: when it's unoaky, it can be a fresh expression of Mencía; when it's oaky and overly extracted, it's boring. My benchmark for Mencía is the D. Ventura Ribeira Sacra.

2005 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard Willamette Valley
3/2/2014 - MLipton wrote:
Quite lovely and understated. Bright, red cherry fruit is overlaid with some smokiness. Fairly dense for a St. Innocent Pinot, it maintained balance and avoided any sense of overextraction. Nicely balanced acidity.
  • MLipton commented:

    9/12/14, 10:02 PM - "Neecies" - how was it? Up to your expectations?

2009 Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Old Vines Todd Brothers Ranch Alexander Valley
3/3/2014 - mazik Does not like this wine:
83 points
It's not flawed, it's not temporarily odd tasting from travel in a truck, and decanting doesn't do anything whatever for it. It tastes musty, dusty and drab. To me it seems utterly incredible that anyone ever said of this wine "Explosively perfumed scents of dark berry preserves, violet and spicecake, with a peppery topnote. Pliant and broad on the palate, offering intense blackberry and cherry compote flavors that show impressive depth and focus." The wine I received from LastBottle was not that wine.
  • MLipton commented:

    3/7/14, 8:20 PM - Your bottle was almost certainly corked, so indeed it most likely was flawed. Mustiness and a lack of fruit are both signs of TCA contamination (cork taint)

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