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Red
N.V. Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Golden Rectangle Stags Leap District Red Bordeaux Blend
9/23/2022 - jviz wrote:
92 points
This says bottled in 2010, it is holding up very well, large scaled and smoky, 38% petite verdot , both interesting and unique
  • cos65 commented:

    11/2/22, 4:57 PM - Love your note

White
2018 Domaine Rémi Jobard Meursault Sous La Velle Chardonnay
8/23/2022 - cos65 Likes this wine:
90 points
Pale straw. Much more tense than a recent bottle with salinity and some grapefruit rind and a bit less generous, but still a lovely villages. May benefit from a bit more time (perhaps just a year or two).
  • cos65 commented:

    8/23/22, 4:28 PM - Comparing my two recent notes they appear to be different wines. Bottle variation or transcription error?

Red
2019 Turley Zinfandel Dusi Vineyard Paso Robles
8/11/2022 - cos65 Likes this wine:
89 points
Sweet cherry pipe tobacco.
Tasty with a slightly bitter finish.
I’d serve on the cool side and wait a few years.
  • cos65 commented:

    8/11/22, 7:07 PM - Very typical delicious Turley, but I’d really consider holding a few years and letting it settle down a bit more. It has tons of stuffing

Red
2012 Maison Albert Bichot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Château Gris Pinot Noir
Nuits-Saint-Georges is a town in eastern Burgundy, which gives the name to Côte de Nuits, the northern half of the Cote d’Or. It is known for a structured, mineral, powerful style of Pinot Noir. There are 41 premier cru climats belonging to this appellation. While there are no grand cru sites, the many premier cru vineyards are among the finest in the district.

The second half of the name 'Nuits-Saint-Georges' comes from the Saint Georges vineyard, it is just south of the town and has been renowned as a source of good wines for hundreds of years. In the 1890s, the town of Nuits added the vineyard’s name to its own, hence we know it today as NSG. Unsurprisingly, the wines from the Saint Georges vineyard command the highest price in NSG.

Chateau gris is a small premier cru vineyard on the higher slopes of the Cote d’Or, overlooking the town of Nuits-Saint-Georges. This is a sub-section of the village level Les Crots (which means the shit or droppings), the name likely comes from the brown soil, with plenty of small limestone rocks and a layer of oolitic limestone that is again underpinned with pink Premeaux limestone.

The Château Gris section of Les Crots covers 2.8 hectares within the 4 hectares of Les Crots. The vines sit on terraces and slopes around the eponymous château building, prominently visible on the slopes above Nuits-Saint-Georges, directly overlooking the road to Chaux as it winds up the slope on the west side of the town. The vineyard itself is a monopole, once controlled by Lupé-Cholet, it is now run by Albert Bichot. The story of the chateau itself is quite interesting, it was built in the 18th century, and the roof of the castle was covered in grey slate even though tiles are traditionally used in Burgundy, hence it came to be known as grey castle.

The climat is one of the most elevated and northerly sites between Premeaux-Prissey village and Nuits-Saint-Georges. The vineyard's steep slope has had a considerable effect on the terroir, and the site has been terraced to make it easier to work. Regardless, the soil is thinner and rockier than on the land below, and covers a hard layer of limestone.

Château Gris' east-facing position on the hill also gives it an excellent exposure to sunlight for much of the day. This warming influence is important in Burgundy, as it helps to ensure that the grapes reach maximum ripeness despite cool continental influences.

The Bichot family has been in Burgundy since 1350. They initially settled in the fief of Chateauneuf-en-Axois. The family’s coat of arms has not changed since, nor has its symbol, a doe (biche). In 1831, Bernard Bichot founded his own wine company in Monthélie, just a few km south of Beaune, but grandson Albert established the company in Beaune itself at the end of the 19th century. 6th generation Albéric Bichot has been running the Domaine since 1996. Today, Albert Bichot owns six estates that cover Burgundy from North to South.

2012 was a year marked by problematic weather conditions in the Cote de Beaune, but it was an excellent vintage in the Côte de Nuits.

The nose was overt at bottle open, but gradually faded, initial raspberries on the nose gave way to some dried berries, with some chalky minerality and some herbaceous notes. On the palate it is quite rich and broad, with a nice energy from the limestone soils. It is long and intense, mid palate focused, a nice cool climate style.
  • cos65 commented:

    7/30/22, 8:29 AM - The Bichot website offers an alternative explanation of the meaning of Les Crots

    “ The name, "Les Crots" (a dialectal variant of “creux” meaning "hollow"), refers to the relief of this very steep slope whose counter-slope forms a large hollow.”

Red
2020 Julie Balagny Fleurie en Rémont Gamay
5/21/2022 - Soteralzowine Likes this wine:
93 points
Everything is finesse here. Purity of fruit, silky tannins, subdued minerality, delicate balance. A wine to appreciate slowly. However, it is so difficult to not want to guzzle down. I wanted to keep coming back to it. A good sign!
  • cos65 commented:

    7/23/22, 2:48 PM - I agree. This is terribly hard not to guzzle

Red
2007 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
1/31/2022 - jviz wrote:
90 points
This vintage isn’t growing on me. This was quite a sound bottle but had a bit of roasted fruit tones on the nose and palate. It’s still quite youthful, in the sense that the wine is still reasonably compact, with bright acidity and low alcohol; even so, as I was tasting it, my mind went to the Southern Rhone, which is not what I’m looking for from LdH. I love this bottling in .375 for checking in and so far, favor 2008
  • cos65 commented:

    4/13/22, 5:53 PM - JVIZ,
    My bottle tonight definitely had more roasted tones and I went to Rhone blind

Red
2015 Domaine Jean-Jacques Girard Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Lavières Pinot Noir
4/4/2022 - cos65 Likes this wine:
89 points
Fairly light garnet
Light cherry aromas and flavors
Fairly light on structure, decent acidity, and finishes pretty easy (with an interesting hint of menthol)
From this bottle, this doesn’t seem to have the bones for the long haul, but more experienced tasters have suggested not starting drinking until 2023
Easy to like at this stage (89+?)
  • cos65 commented:

    4/4/22, 5:11 PM - This actually seems to firm up a bit with an hour of air

Red
2017 Domaine des Remparts Irancy Les Cailles Pinot Noir
Crystal clear, light scarlet ruby
Light cranberry aromas
Light fresh sour and bitter cherry flavors and decent minerality
A bit thin, but refreshing served a bit on the cool side. Simple and easy, with a bitter finish.
92% Pinot, 8% Cesar.
  • cos65 commented:

    2/9/22, 6:01 PM - Thanks for the comment.
    I think this is meant for early consumption

Red
2007 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
1/31/2021 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
93 points
Still rather youthful with a strong core of red cherry and kirsch. Elegance nose with savory notes and earth, just a bit of heat/VA. Still have some rather prominent tannins on palate and finish. Drinking well now but has has some time to develop.
  • cos65 commented:

    2/3/22, 4:27 PM - A year later this still has huge cherry and huge tannins

Red
2017 Domaine de la Butte Bourgueil Mi-pente Cabernet Franc
11/29/2021 - cos65 Likes this wine:
90 points
Fairly deep purple, not opaque
Ripe dark fruit with some graphite
Ripe flavors (blind I thought California) with a tough green streak. Needs time and a decant, but nice wine 90+
  • cos65 commented:

    11/30/21, 6:28 AM - Thank you, yes, a typo

Red
2007 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley
10/3/2021 - cos65 Likes this wine:
93 points
Still deep purple
Ripe rich balanced huge oakville
Absolutely lovely and still quite young. Its recent dumb phase has passed, leaving a rich huge Napa.
Very enjoyable now, though I’d choose to hold. Or at least a very long decant
  • cos65 commented:

    10/3/21, 5:31 PM - The label says 16%, but any heat is well covered.

White
2013 Château d'Epiré Savennières Cuvée Spéciale Chenin Blanc
5/28/2020 - jviz wrote:
92 points
A rather advanced bottle, but certainly sound to my palate. Slight note of petrol on the nose, followed by bruised apple, faint hint of sherry, waxy lime peel with searing acidity and a dry finish. This wine is at peak maturity, which, for 2013, could be viewed as encouraging (“hey, these bottles are really coming around and I don’t have to wait 10 years!”) or discouraging (“uh oh, that was fast”) depending on your viewpoint. Or maybe it’s just my bottle. I’d check in soon if I were you
  • cos65 commented:

    7/4/21, 4:51 PM - Love the note and advice.
    Certainly should last longer.
    Just had the 2018 which is nice, but cetainly too tough

Red
2015 Renieri Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
3/22/2021 - jviz wrote:
90 points
Suckled again! I bought a couple of these at a good price based on the rating from JS. Now, I don’t drink much brunello and often miss it when blinded, so take this with a grain of salt; but if this is anywhere close to a 100 point wine, I’ll eat my hat.

PnP over a couple hours in a Grassl Cru. Medium ruby, with red cherry and leather polish. Aromatically a bit closed with bright red fruit on the palate and chewy tannins on the finish. Nice balance and lift argue that this will blossom as the tannin shed.

Is it flawed in any significant way? Nope
Will it improve with age? You betcha
Is it a particularly compelling Sangiovese? Not in my book
  • cos65 commented:

    4/20/21, 5:54 PM - My second bottle tonight and totally different from my first. Rather dumb tonight

Red
2019 Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
4/7/2021 - cos65 wrote:
87 points
sb
Served blind I had a hard time identifying the grape. Obviously Cali.
Made in a party wine style to be tasty, but not terribly good.
On the reveal I was not very surprised, but rather disappointed, even for a wine meant to be in a forward style (and compared to prior vintages)
NFS
  • cos65 commented:

    4/8/21, 8:21 AM - Appreciate the feedback, thanks.

Red
2016 Domaine Alary Cairanne Vieilles Vignes Red Rhone Blend
sb
Deep clear ruby purple
Bright fresh crushed dark berry aromas
Big dark fruit flavors, dry, med high alcohol
Nice acidity, and avoids any overripeness.
Served blind, I missed any grenache component despite blend of 60% grenache, 30% syrah and 10% cariagne.
Quite nice, long decant or more cellar time. Seems to be performing well above its price tag
  • cos65 commented:

    2/3/21, 5:14 PM - With three hours of air this becomes significantly more generous; rich sweet fruit

Red
2007 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
1/31/2021 - jviz wrote:
93 points
3rd of 6 half bottles. This was the best of the bunch to date by a wide margin. Very clean and expressive, with good earthiness and bright red plum on the nose. Compact berries with fresh acidity and a backbone of dried herbs like oregano and bay leaf. It harkens of a well made bordeaux and drinks astoundingly younger than 2007. Good bottles have many miles to go

Update: I poured 4.5 oz of this into a glass container and capped it with no headspace. Revisited 4 days later. With whatever aeration took place, the wine is showing more mulled plum and roasted notes than before. Still with good supporting acidity but this was best on day 1 for me
  • cos65 commented:

    2/3/21, 11:45 AM - J-
    Just picked up 6 halves. Do you recommend holding?

  • cos65 commented:

    2/3/21, 12:21 PM - JVIZ
    Perfect! Thanks

Red
2018 Outpost Zinfandel Howell Mountain
Big sweet creamy raspberry blueberry pie flavors with some oak.
Big and delicious and over the top (almost...)
Lovely if you like the style
  • cos65 commented:

    1/31/21, 11:36 AM - MArk
    Enjoy!

  • cos65 commented:

    1/31/21, 8:55 PM - Mark,
    No smoke taint that I could sense

Red
2015 Domaine Georges Vernay Côte-Rôtie Blonde du Seigneur Syrah
1/24/2021 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
94 points
10yr anniversary dinner, so circumstances may have biased me a bit, but this was lovely. Elegant and nuanced, with a classic (feminine?) expression. Lifted aromatics, quite floral l, with the voignier integrated but clearly lifting the Syrah component. Palate was quite accessible and enjoyable now, but well crafted and balanced, so even though structure was rather hidden, I suspect this will age gracefully. Not a producer I’m familiar with but one to seek out for sure.
  • cos65 commented:

    1/24/21, 7:04 PM - Vernay is fabulous

Red
2017 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie Syrah
Deep purple
Bright blackberry blueberry and smoke.
Olive and black pepper flavors.
This is tremendous.
Obviously begging for time, but absolutely fascinating at this time
  • cos65 commented:

    1/18/21, 5:30 PM - 2nd day this is absolutely singing.
    YFS

Red
1978 Château La Louvière Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
sb
Lovely chestnut garnet colored
Some smoky gamey aromas
Fairly plush with a slightly hard finish.
Still quite alive.
  • cos65 commented:

    1/17/21, 10:21 AM - PSPatrick,
    The 2000 has been lovely since the get go, very consistent since release over a dozen bottles

White
2012 Bouchard Père et Fils Meursault Les Clous Chardonnay
1/6/2021 - cos65 wrote:
sb
Pale straw yellow.
Decent enough, light elegant easy sort of Chardonnay, but really seeming lacking in charm.
None of the richness expected. This was a recent purchase, so hopefully better cellared examples may have more life.
  • cos65 commented:

    1/15/21, 4:35 PM - Opened for 9 days, this is now much better.
    Big creamy meursault, really quite lovely

Red
2017 Victor Fagon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains Pinot Noir
12/20/2020 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
92 points
Picked up at Costco, no pretext. Expressive wine, pure red cherry fruit. Some earth mixed in on the nose. Solid Pinot, no idea if it’ll age, but delicious now.
  • cos65 commented:

    12/22/20, 3:02 PM - Just picked up two as well

Red
2012 Fossacolle Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
12/2/2020 - macker100 wrote:
92 points
Always love this lesser known Tavernelle producer. Dark purple that will benefit from additional ageing. I can see this going through 2030 easily. Dark cherries, plums, herbs, and blackcurrant. Smoky and rich raspberry nose. It maintains stark tanginess, but has enough deep fruit to offset. 8 years in this is as good as the 2004 vintage and might turn out even better. 92+
  • cos65 commented:

    12/19/20, 4:42 PM - Nice to see your note my friend

Red
2010 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera Corvina Blend, Corvina
SB
Fairly dark ruby violet with just a hint of garnet at the rim
Fairly shy aromas
A new world sweetness, well integrated alcohol (15%) which didn’t overpower, lovely berry fruit and a hint of an herbal resinous finish. Very nice example.
  • cos65 commented:

    11/10/20, 3:04 PM - SRH- splash decant. accompanied by beef fajitas and peppers.
    Served a bit cool, the alcohol and acidity cut through the fat and spice well. I think this would be a fine accompaniment to any grilled meat.

Red
2013 Travaglini Gattinara Nebbiolo
Odd squarish warped bottle.
Crystalline scarlet ruby with a garnet rim
Soft bitter cherry opening,
But gained quite a bit of leathery, tannic fruit with air. Lighter alcohol
Persistent on the palate.
Nice, but dry dry
  • cos65 commented:

    10/6/20, 5:11 PM - Even better on Day 3

Red
2017 William & Mary Proprietary Red Shifflett Ranch Oak Knoll District Red Bordeaux Blend
9/17/2020 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
93 points
This showed well almost immediately. Black fruits with distinct red fruit highlights. Plush, rather soft on the palate, just a faint hint of tannins on the mid and late palate. Mild flint and smoke on the nose. Finish is soft, caressing, and chocolatey. Hit the spot tonight. Probably has the structure to age even if rather hidden behind the fruit on this night.
  • cos65 commented:

    9/21/20, 5:24 PM - I thought you wanted to hold this...

Red
2004 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
9/18/2020 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
92 points
Looks like I purchased on release. Sandalwood nose, with a bit of tobacco leaf. Shows a little iron and blood on the palate along with with provincial notes—but notably these elements are rather muted on the nose. Palate was rather soft and plush on entry, fine mostly resolved tannins. Leans toward dark savory fruit, lacking a bit of energy. This bottle was not as strong as my last, and the relative low acidity on the palate seems to imply a shorter lifespan than some other vintages. However, this is well crafted, elegant and seamless—distinct contrast to the more savage and muscular vintages.
  • cos65 commented:

    9/21/20, 5:23 PM - How was the color?
    We’ve had a few CdPs recently from 2004 and 2008 with rather advanced murky color, but otherwise lasting well

Red
2019 Marcel Lapierre Morgon N (Sans Soufre) Gamay
Just picked this up and popped it day #1. Ok. Wine is bright and fresh with earthy subtle notes. Nose very reticent. Acid surprisingly balanced vs my expectations. Haven’t had a lot of cru Beaujolais so take my assessment with a grain of salt. Enjoyable but I was expecting more of everything esp at the $55 price point.
  • cos65 commented:

    8/20/20, 8:32 PM - Our bottle tonight took a while to blossom.
    I think Morgon could use more (a lot) time.

White
2014 Jean Noel Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet Champs Derrière Chardonnay
1/5/2018 - Nutty08 wrote:
91 points
Quite good. A little fruit and toast/leeds on the nose. Palate rounder than expected, with rather forward fruit, but hangs on the finish for quite a while. Repeating toast/leeds notes on the palate and finish. I can see how time may make this more interesting.
  • cos65 commented:

    5/28/20, 5:56 PM - 2-3 years later this has become a leaner and mineral driven, not quite how I expected

Red
2014 Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend
4/15/2020 - Nutty08 wrote:
90 points
Followed over 2 nights. Came across as monolithic and heavily oaked. Fruit was concentrated, darker profile, with a silky texture that dried out on the back end with tannic structure. Not a lot of texture or depth on the palate and just a hint of heat on the nose. Seems like the parts were there but out of sync at this point. I generally like the bottling--but usually open when older. best to wait.
  • cos65 commented:

    5/16/20, 4:59 PM - Just bought 4 bottles. What do you suggest?

Red
2014 Turley Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard St. Helena Petite Sirah
Served blind
Fairly deep black purple.
Fresh violets and raspberry on the nose
On the palate this is bone dry, and seemed quite balanced, restrained and needing much more time.
My initial thought was actually a northern Rhône,
Really quite nice balance and avoids any heaviness.
  • cos65 commented:

    4/29/20, 4:31 PM - This fleshes out quite a bit over the course of an hour decant giving way to its Napa roots.
    Really quite lovely now

White
2017 Thibaud Boudignon Anjou Chenin Blanc
Served blind
Light straw gold
Light pear aromas
Building acidity, quite austere
On a recent Guild Somm podcast, Nick Jackson talked about Chenin having a crescendo acidity.
This wine has it
Bone dry Anjou
NFS
  • cos65 commented:

    2/10/20, 4:57 PM - 6 days later this has softened and opened up quite considerably

Red
2017 Sandro Fay Rosso di Valtellina "Téi" Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo
6/4/2019 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
89 points
Lovely fresh light red. Cherry and raspberry flavors. Quite light on the palate and fades on the finish, but solid with food. Good table wine. Mild tannins.
  • cos65 commented:

    1/27/20, 3:36 PM - I find it so ironic that the only other CT note is from you.

    In March of 2011, I served you their Flagship, Ronco del Picchio 2001 at a now defunct SA restaurant...

    My favorite Valtellina producer

  • cos65 commented:

    1/27/20, 5:48 PM - No, no note. The wines were decanted by the restaurant and bottles tossed

Red
2017 Domaine Chignard Fleurie Les Moriers Gamay
1/22/2020 - cos65 wrote:
Served blind.
Bright floral candied raspberry notes
Lowish acid, with some chalky tannins in the finish. Not a ton of change with an hour of air. More time? Serve cool, drink fast?
  • cos65 commented:

    1/26/20, 3:57 PM - This was actually better on Day 4. But still NFS

Red
2015 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District
9/1/2019 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
93 points
Impressive. Smoky and dark fruited, polished strong tannins and a bit of vanilla. Love the dark profile and smoky flint notes. Really strong entry level wine.
  • cos65 commented:

    12/15/19, 6:03 PM - I would describe this as their flagship wine.
    Claret>High Fidelity>Stag’s Leap (and all the appellational wines, Howell, Diamond, Calistoga) Rock Blocks >Poetry (+/- Songbook) / Beckstoffer (more recently)

Red
2016 Château Capbern St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
10/31/2019 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
91 points
Slightly modern and sleek—but retains freshness and St Estephe typicity. Drink or hold. Very enjoyable.
  • cos65 commented:

    11/26/19, 5:45 PM - Served blind, I got 2015-16 left bank, but didn’t get to St E, I said St J.
    Really lovely

White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Château La Tour Blanche Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
10/13/2019 - Not647f wrote:
Again, end of the night, this time with macarons. This is a really nice dessert, as well as a dessert wine. Ripe, unctuous, not overly heavy, same flavor profile as before. Now to slow my consumption. (That shipment of 1998 Raymond-Lafon ought to be on the way soon.)
  • cos65 commented:

    10/23/19, 7:37 PM - We had the 2009 Latour Blanche along side the 1998 Raymond Lafon tonight and the RL is hauntingly good...

Red
2016 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Crozes-Hermitage Les Jalets Syrah
10/10/2019 - cos65 wrote:
Served blind
Medium ruby purple
Fairly ungenerous at first
Better with air.
Needs time, but I’m not sure what you’ll be left with in 5-10 years.
  • cos65 commented:

    10/10/19, 5:28 PM - Actually much better with an hour of air.

White
2012 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
Rather stunningly delicious and flamboyant.
Tons of buttery chard fruit and an almost charred bourbon barrel flavor.
Really quite over the top, but hard not to smile while drinking this.
By no means is this a “subtle” wine, but for brash, in your face CC, this is hitting on all cylinders YFS
  • cos65 commented:

    9/19/19, 9:49 PM - We drank this a bit warmer than cellar temp; and I would recommend that to appreciate everything going on in this wine.

Red
2016 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
8/28/2019 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
91 points
Refined and polished, leaning modern but still elegant. Accessible, with a roundness on the palate, probably from the merlot. Flint and smoke, almost Pauillac-like. Didn’t seem like St Estephe to me. Fine, but likely needs some time to show depth and soul. Best to hold. Better on night 2.
  • cos65 commented:

    8/28/19, 6:42 PM - Touché
    With 2 hours of air this is toughening up a bit, but even after knowing what is is, I still have a hard time placing it in St Estephe (and I would not have guessed Pauillac

Red
1988 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
8/25/2019 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
92 points
My last bottle and seemingly the most tired. Some bricking, tertiary notes. A little dry and thin on the palate but quite fresh—loainga bot of fruit and “fat”. Moderate length finish. Still enjoyable for fans of OLD bdx but seems to clearly be in slow decline. Time to drink up.
  • cos65 commented:

    8/27/19, 8:06 PM - I still have 3 bottles that I bought for $16
    I’ll start drinking?

White
2015 Domaine du Haut-Planty One Musk A Day Vin de France Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, Muscat
3/11/2018 - kostaslonis wrote:
Oinorama Wine Fair 2018; 3/10/2018-3/12/2018 (Zappeio): 100% Melon de Bourgogne, orange wine
Ripe fruit in the palate, high acidity, leathery/gamey notes, ripe to overripe citrus and stone fruit, wild, med finish
  • cos65 commented:

    4/22/19, 7:57 PM - I think the wine you’re referring to is the “one musk a night” made from melon. The “one musk a day” is made from Muscat I believe

White
2016 Château de l' Eperonnière Savennières Croix Picot Chenin Blanc
10/24/2018 - TannicBeast Likes this wine:
90 points
Tasted blind. Clear, bright medium yellow, with a gold hue. The nose is clean, medium in intensity, with golden apple, ripe pear, lemon, white flowers, chamomile, almond and an intriguing medicinal herb note. The nose is youthful and there is no oak apparent. The palate is dry, with medium (+) acidity, medium to medium (+) alcohol (actually 14%), with a pronounced minerality and a slight bitterness on the finish. This is a very nicely balanced wine, with medium (+) body, flavor intensity and length. It is drinking well now and is likely to improve over the next several years.

This wine is clearly a 1-2 year old, Old-World, cool-to-moderate climate wine, but after that things get very tricky. It could be a young Alsatian Pinot Gris (based on the hue and slight bitterness), but lacks the intensity and bruised fruit. It could be a Chardonnay, but the absence of oak and malo notes make that unlikely. The stumper is that it lacks the wax, lanolin and cheese rind notes that are typical of Chenin, nor does it have the RS and marked floral notes that one would typically associate with a Vouvray.
  • cos65 commented:

    1/8/19, 4:45 PM - I agree, tasted blind I had a hard time nailing down chenin.

White
2016 Domaine Montanet-Thoden Bourgogne Vézelay Le Galerne Chardonnay
Bright light yellow
Lean and a bit restrained at present.
Sound, but tight. I’d hold
  • cos65 commented:

    12/27/18, 8:19 PM - I am told this may be better on day two or a long decant

Red
2010 Château Charmail Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
Popped and poured. Not what I was expecting from jancis Robinson reviews. I found the oak to be very spicy and astringent. Fruit was certainly present but balance was off. Modern end styled but just not ready at this time. Not sure I will buy more.
  • cos65 commented:

    10/18/18, 6:04 PM - DL,
    Oak is fading, but this has entered a dumb and rustic phase. Prob not much better than when you tried it. Nor am I a fan as much as Jancis
    MO

Sake
N.V. Nakao Junmai Takehara "Mirror of Truth" Hiroshima Rice
10/1/2018 - cos65 wrote:
From 300ml labeled 28.12

This has some color pale straw
Light honey suckle flavors and a hint of roses with lovely texture, but the alcohol is very present and detracts a bit. I’m curious if this was a bit old.
  • cos65 commented:

    10/1/18, 6:47 PM - So if I understand correctly, 28.12 refers to year(28) and month(12)

    The starting (Emperor’s) year is 1988, so year 28 is 2016 or Dec 2016. In other words 2 year old sake which is slightly old.

Red
2014 A. et P. de Villaine Mercurey Les Montots Pinot Noir
Light ruby
Juicy refreshing acidity and Red fruits, but finishes a bit chunky and rustic. Tasty now, i worry this could lose its charm with time?
  • cos65 commented:

    9/2/18, 11:11 AM - Actually much better on day 2.
    Much more balanced.
    Drink or hold? I’d hold

Red
2009 Ridge Petite Sirah Dynamite Hill York Creek Vineyards Spring Mountain District
Still dark ruby purple
Dry dark blue fruit.
Palate drying tannins,
But comes off as even somewhat elegant at this point?
Nice
  • cos65 commented:

    8/29/18, 5:28 PM - 3 days later, this was pretty much gone. Lean tart, not holding up. I don’t get the sense that this will last which seems surprising. Maybe just an off bottle?

  • cos65 commented:

    8/29/18, 5:28 PM - 3 days later, this was pretty much gone. Lean tart, not holding up. I don’t get the sense that this will last which seems surprising. Maybe just an off bottle?

Red
2000 Château La Louvière Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
Deep ruby garnet
This continues to drink wonderfully.
With an hour decant, bright maraschino with silky, cedar, leathery tannins.
Not a blockbuster, but lovely.
  • cos65 commented:

    8/26/18, 4:34 PM - If this is $26 at auction and I. Decent shape, I couldn’t think of a better deal

White
N.V. Greek Wine Cellars (D. Kourtakis) Retsina of Attica White Blend
8/13/2018 - cos65 wrote:
Pale yellow.
Served ice cold this has decent acidity and balance with definite strong rosemary and sage component.
Pretty decent if you don’t mind the herbal, slightly medicinal nature
  • cos65 commented:

    8/14/18, 5:42 PM - 20 minutes later I was left with a lingering, slightly annoying Listerine/medicinal aftertaste that persisted for another half hour

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