Tasting Notes for MLipton

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Red
Consumed tonight with spaghetti in tomato/basil sauce. A tad rustic, dark fruited but clearly Gamay. Fine with the food, even better without. Still youthful, but providing great pleasure now.
Red
10/15/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Dark fruited and perhaps still a bit reticent with the fruit. I think a few more years might do some good. Still, very good with prime rib tonight.
Red
10/9/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Opened tonight with broiled rack of lamb and risotto al funghi. Total open and giving, brimming with red fruit (raspberry, cherry) with a mineral topnote. Tannins were totally resolved, but no tertiary elements were evident tonight.
White
10/8/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Initially, a nose of petrol with hints of stone fruit and citrus. Light on the palate with refreshing acidity. Not terribly complex but great with food.
Red
10/7/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Distinctly red fruited upon entry. Floral and mineral in the nose, juicy and light on the palate. Close to my platonic ideal of Gamay.
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White
10/5/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Truly a fantastic bottle of Riesling. Quite dry with incredible balance, great richness of fruit and refreshing acidity. It was in no way austere as some Trockens can be, nor was it at all screechy. Golden in color, but still quite youthful to my palate.
White - Sparkling
9/25/2021 - MLipton wrote:
A very appealing sparkling wine. Every Sparkling Gringet I've had has been lovely and this was no exception. Rainwater-like minerality with a lovely mousse.
White
9/25/2021 - MLipton wrote:
A great accompaniment to king salmon tonight. Crisp and citrusy with lovely persistence.
Red
9/14/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Still very youthful, this wine had plenty of plummy fruit in a big package. A bit of cedar came out after an hour or so. My advice would be to give this wine another 5-10 years to see what develops.
Red
2015 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
9/10/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Tarry, earthy, big and filled with brooding dark fruit. A hint of new oak sheen remains over the surface. Even with a hard decant, this wine was too young for us. Kept half to try after a few days in the fridge.
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Red
2000 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/28/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Dark, earthy, tarry with a pronounced nose of pencil lead and spices. Surprisingly light on the palate with plenty of freshness. Absolutely delicious with rack of lamb.
Red
8/27/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Very smooth tannins, nicely balanced with good fruit. Not too much tar or floral character, but that may come with time.
White
8/27/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Certainly, this will develop more complexity in time, but last night with Thai food it was beautiful: light on the palate with excellent balance, and a core of stone fruit. It made for a delicious summertime wine
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White
8/22/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Slightly corked, but still quite enjoyable with bay scallops on pasta.
White
8/11/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Consumed tonight with a chicken/black bean sauce stir fry. Fresh, crisp with a rainwater purity to it, it showed beautifully with the food. The minerality overlays a green apple fruit core. Muscadet of this quality is virtually ageless and is one of the best values on the planet.
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Red
8/8/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Opened with grilled venison chops. It has reached a stage of maturity where the tannins have softened but where the fruit is still dominant. No hint of oak in the classic Syrah flavors. I’ll give my other bottle more time to see if it develops some tertiary characteristics.
Red
7/24/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Gorgeous fruit coupled with a meaty, smoky sense of place for this village-level Gevrey. I'm sure that it'll age well for another 5 years or so, but it is so lovely now, why wait?
Red
7/14/2021 - MLipton wrote:
This is why we age Burgundy, even from humble appellations. Opened tonight with applewood smoked quail, it provided a wealth of pleasure. Deeply fruited, open, tasting of red raspberries and dark cherries. Not the most complex wine you will open, but one that is primed to deliver enjoyment.
Red
7/9/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Still marked by American oak, but displaying freshness and plenty of fruit. Needs 5-10 more years to come into its own, I'd guess.
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Red
7/8/2021 - MLipton wrote:
flawed
Corked, just as the other two bottles from this producer have been :(
White
7/6/2021 - MLipton wrote:
A perfect wine for a hot summer's eve and spicy Chinese food. Light, lithe, a touch sprity with sprightly acidity and a depth of stone fruit with an overtone of salinity. Very moreish.
Red
6/26/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Medium-full body, recognizable Zinfandel fruit with a savory finish. Still a bit of bitterness from the tannins. Very nicely done, and clearly 5-10 years of more life ahead of it.
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White - Sparkling
6/13/2021 - MLipton wrote:
A slight hint of oxidation and roundness owing to its dosage separate this from our ideal of BdB, but the generous fruit and adequate acidity keep it refreshing and pleasant to drink.
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White - Sparkling
6/6/2021 - MLipton wrote:
This was definitely in our preferred style of Champagne. Great zip and minerality with no toastiness but rather a mouthfeel and savory notes indicative of yeast autolysis.
Red
5/28/2021 - MLipton wrote:
In contrast to my previous experience, this time the wine was open and ready for business. Silken, perfumed with floral notes and dark Gamay fruit. No rough edges this time.
Red
5/26/2021 - MLipton wrote:
A gorgeous bottle of Syrah, deftly intermixing the blue/black fruit with earth and herbal notes into a seamless melange. While it's developed some secondary character, it still retains the charm of its primary fruit. Drink and hold, as they say :)
Red
5/14/2021 - MLipton wrote:
I can't say that I was wowed by this wine. It felt a bit blocky in comparison to Baudry (e.g.) and didn't have as much aromatic complexity as I would have hoped. Perhaps this was just an off bottle.
Red
5/9/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Pure Syrah fruit, resolved tannins, modest acidity. Very pretty but primary. I'm not sure that this wine has the structure to age for another decade, so I'm unsure whether it'll ever develop much secondary character.
Red
5/2/2021 - MLipton wrote:
A quite lovely expression of Oregon Pinot Noir. No hard edges to it, with a melange of flavors including pine resin, red fruit and soil. Quite delicious with grilled salmon.
Red
1986 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/29/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Still youthful, with little bricking. Black fruits, smooth tannins, high acidity, leather, tobacco, pencil lead. Lots of life left in this wine, but quite enjoyable now, especially with air.
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White - Sparkling
4/29/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Absolutely lovely. Dry, crisp, saline with a delicate mousse and little autolytic toastiness.
Rosé - Sparkling
4/24/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Opened tonight with grilled steelhead, a brilliant combination. Creamy, robustly fruity, with a mineral edge. Really lovely.
White
4/21/2021 - MLipton wrote:
A glorious bottle of Sylvaner. As I have little experience with this grape, I found similarities to better examples of Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder) that I've had. Everything was in balance and it had a refreshing nose of minerals and white flowers. Very nice with a Polish "wedding" sausage, Sauerkraut and mashed potatoes.
White
4/17/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Flashback to the summer of 2015 in Munich. We were having lunch in the plaza of the Rathaus (within sight of the Marienplatz) on a sweltering summer day. They were serving Keller Riesling by the glass and it was oh so refreshing. This bottle tonight with sausages and sauerkraut brought me back to that moment. Crisp, light, peach and lime. Easy to drink.
White
4/16/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Plenty of stone fruit character along with petrol. In a very nice place right now, with plenty of acidity to carry it forward for quite a few more years.
Red
4/16/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Was looking for a decent pizza wine tonight and found it. Yes, it's Syrah, but is quite fruit forward and soft. Served blind, I'd have guessed a well-made New World Syrah.
White
4/15/2021 - MLipton wrote:
flawed
Corked, dammit. RIP M. Pinon
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Red
4/11/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Opened tonight with broiled venion loin chops. It's in an interesting place right now. All the rough edges have been smoothed, but the primary fruit is still very much present. Just a hint of secondary and tertiary elements are showing right now. Drink it now if you are fond of the primary fruit elements, but hold for another 5-10 if you want to see more secondary and tertiary elements emerge.
Red
4/4/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Opened with an Easter dinner of Provencal-inspired grilled leg of lamb. The wine was purity itself, silken in texture, no trace of heaviness or heat. It serves as a reminder of what CdP can be when it's not overextracted and heavy.
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White - Sparkling
4/3/2021 - MLipton wrote:
This was probably pushing our limits of tolerance for autolytic yeastiness, but it still was delicious. Golden yellow in color, with a slightly coarser mousse (which may have been a function of the coupes used to serve it) but the same deep sense of red apple fruit and red currant. In many respects, I think that I prefer the less prestigious cuvees from Marie Demets.
Red
4/3/2021 - MLipton wrote:
What a difference 5 years has made. Our last bottle, opened tonight, was fully mature. Bricking at the edges, it is more about spiciness and rose petals than it is about fruit. Silken in texture, it is still a pleasure to drink, but I wouldn't hold onto these much longer.
Red
3/29/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Consumed last night with grilled rack of lamb. It's got classic, pure Syrah character unmarked by new oak and other treatments. Just a hint of meatiness but mostly just brawny blue fruits with some residual tannins. Quite a lot of sediment thrown.
Red
2005 Château Pipeau St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/27/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Nice enough bottle of everyday claret. Not terribly complex but decently balanced and very good with grilled ribeyes.
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Red
2009 Clos du Val Three Graces Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/24/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Very appealing Cabernet character filled with red and black fruits, silky tannins and a firm acidic backbone. Still quite youthful it will probably last another 5-10 years
White - Sparkling
3/13/2021 - MLipton wrote:
For date night tonight while the teenager is out playing with friends, we made a dinner of pan-seared mahi-mahi with a mango-papaya-habanero salsa and opened a bottle of this. It was a tremendous match with the fish and stood up to the flavors of the salsa. Quite vinous with tremendous balance, richness and a creamy mousse. There are few values in Champagne better than this.
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Red
3/12/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Classic Syrah fruit with just hints of the complexity that may come with time. Tannins are quite smooth and acidity still gives it a lot of zip. Great with food now, it will probably last another 5-10 years.
Red
3/7/2021 - MLipton wrote:
This is a wine hitting on all cylinders right now. Richly fruited but with impeccable structure, it reminds me of why we buy Burgundy. Not fabulously complex but incredibly enjoyable and screaming with typicity.
Red
2/28/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Floral nose and cranberryish red fruit in the mouth. Quite balanced with moderate alcohol and acids in proportion to the fruit. Overall, a pleasure to drink.
Rosé
2/26/2021 - MLipton wrote:
Still going strong with plenty of strawberryish fruit. Alcohol still does stand out a bit, though.
Red
1997 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/15/2021 - MLipton wrote:
A simply fantastic example of California Cabernet. Silken texture, medium-full bodied, smooth tannins and brimming with cassis fruit and pencil lead. Only from the texture of the wine would I be able to detect the oak treatment of its youth. Still young, this has easily another decade or two of life but has reached the point where it can be drunk for pleasure.
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