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White
2018 Franck Balthazar St. Péray Roussanne
12/11/2018 - Nyccablover wrote:
A week in the Northern Rhone; 12/7/2018-12/15/2018 (Lyon, Vienne, Ampuis, Chavanay, Hermitage, Cornas, St. Joseph, Condrieu & Paris): Barrel tasted at the Domaine. Franck wanted us to try samples from two different barrels - both used but one of the barrels was much older than the other. So interesting - the sample from the older barrel (10 yrs) was much more elegant with the fruit more pure tasting. Both had the lovely roussanne stone fruits (peaches/apricots) and minerals - but the influence of the oak can be felt even with used barrels. He only makes a small amount of the St. Peray but it was delicious.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    10/6/21, 9:16 AM - Oops - sorry about that - tasted a lot of wines that day :)

Red
2008 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
8/23/2021 - DoubleD1969 wrote:
Same if not similar opaque color. 2nd bottle from purchase. Aromas of macerated red fruit and a touch of vanilla. On the palate, lots of tannin and acidity that overpower the fruit. It’s nice with a juicy, fatty steak but not something you want to sip more than a glass on its own. For my taste anyway.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    9/1/21, 10:35 AM - Hey Dom - Paul and I just opened one of these a couple of months ago with some steaks - went well together. Hope you are doing well - it has been a long time since we have seen you! Perhaps an NYC get together sometime in the fall??

White
2016 M. Chapoutier Condrieu Invitare Viognier
6/15/2019 - Nyccablover wrote:
2 weeks in Australia with a stopover in Singapore; 6/14/2019-7/1/2019 (Singapore, Sydney, Adelaide, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills): From coravin pour by the glass list at the Four Seasons Hotel bar (Singapore). A bit too cold to start. Some oakiness on the nose and palate. Not as distinctive as many Condrieus, but enjoyable with some minerality on finish.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    7/9/19, 6:46 AM - DoubleD you are totally right - the Singaporean hawker food is terrific!

  • Nyccablover commented:

    4/1/21, 7:07 AM - Issac L - hope you enjoyed your glass and your time in Singapore!

Red
1995 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Syrah
12/25/2020 - Nyccablover wrote:
flawed
Served with Christmas dinner - decanted for 90 minutes. Unfortunately I think this bottle was a bit flawed. No telltale smells of being corked but the whole package was just very muted. Having had this wine before on different occasions and loving it, I am pretty sure this one was off by its lack of presence. So disappointing....
  • Nyccablover commented:

    1/12/21, 12:02 PM - cfk49 - totally agree I think this was a low level of TCA

White - Sparkling
2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
Wine in the time of Corona Virus - Quarantining in NYC & NH; 3/7/2020-9/1/2020 (NYC/NH): Opened for Saturday night Zoom with friends - enjoyed on the patio on a lovely evening. Still super young and somewhat tightly strung, but opens up with time in the glass. Ideally I would wait on these, but needs must during the quarantine:-)
  • Nyccablover commented:

    7/16/20, 12:37 PM - 2020 - regarding how long to wait? For current drinking I would try and get my hands on an '04 or '06 - if not possible drink one and keep one for cellaring - this one is built to last (20 + years)

Red
2007 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
6/27/2020 - Nyccablover wrote:
Wine in the time of Corona Virus - Quarantining in NYC & NH; 3/7/2020-9/1/2020 (NYC/NH): The birthday boy's favorite wine of the evening, this Napa cab was a shift from the champagne, Barbaresco and CdP we started with. Mature and pretty balanced for a ripe year, I still found the contrast in lack of acidity from the previous wines to be fairly jarring to the palate. Cali cabs just are not my thing anymore.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    7/16/20, 12:18 PM - Thanks DoubleD - not Paul's birthday but one of his younger brothers - with whom we were celebrating. Hope you are doing well - look forward to popping some bottles with you back in NYC when all is back to normal too!! Stay well:-)

Red
2012 Alain Verset Cornas Syrah
From the wine list at Marea (NYC) and priced very reasonably. The wine was decanted and then poured. Similar to a 2012 Allemand Reynard, I had a few months ago, this was open and accessible. The nose had a hint of barnyard and dark fruits. On the palate, the tannins were quite soft and silky, with blackberries, dark cherries and olives, along with an earthy element. Really very nice and enjoyable and a great QPR.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    4/25/20, 11:25 AM - Unfortunately, not sure I remember what we ate that night.

Red
2015 M. Chapoutier St. Joseph Les Granilites Syrah
12/12/2018 - Nyccablover wrote:
A week in the Northern Rhone; 12/7/2018-12/15/2018 (Lyon, Vienne, Ampuis, Chavanay, Hermitage, Cornas, St. Joseph, Condrieu & Paris): At the Chapoutier tasting room. From the southern part of St. Joseph near Tain. 80% in barrels and 20% in concrete. Give this two years and will age up to 12 years. I prefer this to the Crozes-Hermitage it has a bit more grip and interest on the finish - dark fruit and pepper - good acidity.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    4/16/20, 8:39 AM - Oops - sorry for the mistake - must have recorded incorrectly in my notes.

Red
2008 Roberto Voerzio Barolo Cerequio Nebbiolo
11/28/2019 - Nyccablover wrote:
Thanksgiving week in Piemonte; 11/22/2019-11/30/2019 (Milan, Barolo, Alba, Barbaresco): From the wine list at Osteria Veglio. Side by side with the '11 Accomasso Riserva - this seemed fresh an lively with red fruit. Perhaps a bit too polished, but drinking nicely.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    1/23/20, 5:58 PM - Oops - typo fixed

White - Sparkling
N.V. José Michel & Fils Champagne Cuvée du Père Houdart Champagne Blend
11/1/2019 - Curtis Chen wrote:
90 points
I'm not as enthused as some forum members are about this Champagne. Much of the hype comes from the fact that this bottle has vintages dating back to the 70s, but I definitely felt that the vast majority of this blend still came from 2011.

I liked the nutty and apple notes, and while there was some nice acidity, it was ultimately not very exciting and became more of an afterthought. I didn't think this wine was very complex and didn't think it was worth the tariff and glamour. A moderately interesting experience at best. Save your money and put it towards a serious Champagne.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    11/9/19, 5:31 AM - Same experience, completely agree with your note!

Red
2013 Wendouree Malbec Clare Valley
2 weeks in Australia with a stopover in Singapore; 6/14/2019-7/1/2019 (Singapore, Sydney, Adelaide, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills): Picked up a bottle of this at the Australian Wine Centre to drink in our hotel while enjoying the amazing views of Sydney Harbor - consumed over three nights - pop and pour. Color is very dark - leaning black/purple. Nose is all black currant and spice cabinet. This is a fun wine - blackberries and black currants with lots of white pepper and spice. Accessible now will improve with 5 + years of cellaring.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    7/9/19, 6:49 AM - RssSchaefer - thanks for the note - yes we would have loved to bring back some older Wendouree but unfortunately did not bring the wine suitcase on this trip. Next time:-)

White
2018 Brokenwood Cricket Pitch Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon Hunter Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
6/18/2019 - Nyccablover wrote:
2 weeks in Australia with a stopover in Singapore; 6/14/2019-7/1/2019 (Singapore, Sydney, Adelaide, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills): By the glass at Bondi Icebergs Club. Floral and tropical fruits (pineapple and mango) finishes with almost a creaminess. The wine was nothing special but the view was spectacular!
  • Nyccablover commented:

    7/3/19, 7:59 AM - DoubleD1969 - we missed you on the trip!

    aloha shirt - Just got back and will be entering my notes and tasting story. Loved the Sami-Odi wines, Eperosa and Bekkers wines - also a '98 Rockford Basket Press was memorable.

Red
2009 Arnot-Roberts Cabernet Sauvignon Fellom Ranch Santa Cruz Mountains
5/2/2019 - Ben F Likes this wine:
94 points
Dinner at home, Mill Valley, CA. From 750ml

Opened and decanted two hours prior to serving. A singular expression of Santa Cruz--and California--cabernet. Pure, vivid, lithe, with classic old world bell pepper notes on the nose and a beaming core of intense bright red/black fruit on the palate. Great minerality and florality on the nose and finish. Still potential on the upside. Will let my last bottle from this vintage rest for a while yet.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    5/8/19, 8:39 AM - Nice to read your note - I have six of these stashed away since release, sounds like I should pull one from the offsite and give a test drive.

Red
2016 Domaine Faury St. Joseph Vieilles Vignes Syrah
2/15/2019 - whits Likes this wine:
92 points
Deliciously earthy beginning with violets and plum aromas, attacks with an array of red plum, li hing mui, hibiscus, peppercorn, black cherry and stone earth on the palate, mouth-watering acidity, complex, absolutely lovely, drinks now, can age much further
  • Nyccablover commented:

    2/16/19, 8:10 AM - Great note - “il hing mui” was a new one for, had to google it:-). Salty dried plum - sounds like a flavor I would like!

White
2017 Guillaume Gilles Vin de France Les Peyrouses Blanc White Rhone Blend
A week in the Northern Rhone; 12/7/2018-12/15/2018 (Lyon, Vienne, Ampuis, Chavanay, Hermitage, Cornas, St. Joseph, Condrieu & Paris): Tasted at the Cave. The only white Guillaume makes and very new to his line up. Primarily marsanne with a bit of roussane. Fragrant nose of white fruits and white flowers. Tastes of of ripe white peaches and pears, definitely has some body and richness to the mouthfeel. Nice but not overly complex.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    1/7/19, 2:49 PM - Sicilia2015 - good luck with your trip hope you get good appointments. Note it sometimes takes a while for a response. Look forward to reading your notes when you return. Also FYI for PM functionality - you have to create a separate log on and password for the CT discussion forum. Great place to ask questions and get info. If you hit the link at top of pace to “Discussions” it will take you to the forum and you register there.

Red
2017 Silver Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon California
12 Days of Christmas - 2018; 12/21/2018-1/1/2019 (NYC, Vermont, Lake Placid): Tasted Blind - Flight #1 - Wine # 2 - Okay something is not right here?? It is a white flight and this clearly is not - somebody obviously is not a rule follower here:-) Red, Smooth and oaky - and not in a good way - no grip, no tannin, more like fruit juice - not pleasant. Can't believe this is actually cab Sauvignon. 17 pennies voted.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    1/7/19, 2:45 PM - Maybe a hidden faction of white wine haters in the ranks? Haha

Red
2016 M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage Les Meysonniers Syrah
12/12/2018 - Nyccablover wrote:
A week in the Northern Rhone; 12/7/2018-12/15/2018 (Lyon, Vienne, Ampuis, Chavanay, Hermitage, Cornas, St. Joseph, Condrieu & Paris): At the Chapoutier tasting room. 20% aged in barrel and 80% in concrete. Nose is typical syrah - dark fruits and some meat. Palate has dark fruit and black pepper on entry but falls off and gets a bit flabby to me on the finish. This wine is built for early drinking - within 5 years.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    12/20/18, 2:56 PM - Thanks PlanetX - glad you are enjoying the notes! It was a really educational week.

Red
2014 Jean-Luc Jamet Côte-Rôtie Les Terrasses Syrah
A week in the Northern Rhone; 12/7/2018-12/15/2018 (Lyon, Vienne, Ampuis, Chavanay, Hermitage, Cornas, St. Joseph, Condrieu & Paris): Tasted at the Domaine. Tasted right after the 2016, the few extra years have made this a bit softer. Again very elegant and silky on the plate, with the layers of fruit and savory, meat and smoke unfolding across the palate - so in my wheelhouse. Hold for another decade.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    12/20/18, 2:55 PM - Hi Sh@n A - I think at the moment the 2014 was slightly more developed but both wines are still really young. I won't touch either for 10 years, but am happy to have both in the cellar:-)

Red
2015 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie Améthyste Syrah
8/31/2018 - Nyccablover Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted for about 1 hour but could have used more time - or better yet don't open for another five years. Before committing to buying more Levet, I wanted to taste and see if it was in my wheelhouse - otherwise would not have opened at this stage - proved to be a worthy experiment. This is in that meaty, funky rustic style of Northern Rhone that I really enjoy. On the nose this is dark fruited and funky. On the palate dark fruits, grilled meats and olive tapenade - still lots of tannin here to resolve but it was not without its pleasures at this young age. Conclusion - a producer to add to collection at this price point and cellar for at least 10 years before consumption.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    10/15/18, 7:15 AM - Figeac67 - no I have not tried these - don't even think I have ever seen them. Are they marketed under different names in the US? What do you think of them? This was the first Levet I had tried, but will be on the lookout for more - particularly some with age on it.

Red
2009 Drinkward Peschon Cabernet Sauvignon Entre Deux Mères Napa Valley
10/5/2018 - mhewitt wrote:
94 points
This wine is in the zone now. It's put on a bit of weight and opened up significantly since last time I had it three years ago.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    10/5/18, 7:28 AM - Good to hear - I have 6 slumbering away at offsite. Do you think it will continue to improve?

Red
2007 Oddero Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda Nebbiolo
9/29/2018 - Nyccablover Likes this wine:
93 points
Charleston Offlineorama IV; 9/27/2018-10/1/2018 (Charleston, NC (various locations)): Tasted next to the '07 Vietti Rocche - this was a bit more open and accessible. Not sure if perhaps it was decanted in advance or is just softer earlier in its life cycle. Some floral aromatics on the nose. On the palate red fruits, and a bit of tar and earth are coming through - some grip but the tannins are not chewy. This too is quite young and needs more cellar time to fully reveal its depths.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    10/3/18, 11:21 AM - Poppacork - Really nice to meet you and your wife at the Circa dinner!

Red
1988 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/30/2018 - Nyccablover Likes this wine:
89 points
Charleston Offlineorama IV; 9/27/2018-10/1/2018 (Charleston, NC (various locations)): 1/6 wines tasted blind and this was my wine so it was not blind to me. Not sure this has had optimal storage as picked up at auction and the cork was soaked through on opening. Very different tasting experience than the '88 I had last year from magnum in Paris which was one of my wines of the year. Color is very browning. The nose on this smells very much like coffee with a lot of barnyard funk. On the palate the fruit is mostly gone and the notes are primarily espresso and earth with a bit of leather. Seems a bit tired to me - not a great outing.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    10/2/18, 2:47 PM - Agree doubled - auction is always a crap shoot!

White
2014 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Cuvée Roussanne Vieilles Vignes
2/17/2018 - Nyccablover Likes this wine:
95 points
Tampa Spring Break III; 2/16/2018-2/18/2018 (Tampa FL): This was just delicious for my palate, "white wine crack" actually. The second time I have gotten a recommendation to decant this wine before drinking (the other was for the 2011) - and I think it really helps to warm it up to room temp and let it unspool its flavors. On the nose here I am in a french bakery - heavenly. Tastes of lemon custard tart, smooth and creamy mouthfeel, the custard is tamed from being overblown by the acid and then minerals. The finish keeps on going. Awesome.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    6/5/18, 8:01 AM - Thanks RA1! These wines are terrific - I am a big fan!

Red
2014 Jean-Luc Jamet Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes Valine Syrah
Last wine of the night and quite a change up from the Rayas Pialade. This is all about gamey, meaty, smokey, briny goodness. Quite savage actually - not for the faint of heart. Dark black fruit pops in the mouth and than it is just savory like a beef consommé. First time getting to try the Valine and count me as a fan for this price point.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    6/1/18, 11:29 AM - Vietty - hope you enjoy the wine as much as we did - we also have the 2015 (both from Envoyer) and it is just as tasty - both a great values

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Moët & Chandon Champagne Brut Imperial Rosé Champagne Blend
2/2/2018 - Nyccablover wrote:
87 points
From the glass list at STK Midtown (NYC), call me a sucker because this is the same glass I ordered here two months and described as overpriced and kind of meh!!! Well tonight's glass seemed to be leaning quite sweet to me - my guess is this has quite a heavy dosage - lots of strawberry. If you prefer edgy racy champagne this one is not for you.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    6/1/18, 11:28 AM - Thanks Skiver81!

Red
2006 Kapcsándy Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon State Lane Vineyard Yountville
2/17/2018 - Nyccablover wrote:
91 points
Tampa Spring Break III; 2/16/2018-2/18/2018 (Tampa FL): Grabbed these by mistake when packing the wine for the trip - without reading glasses '06 and '09 look way too similar early in the morning. The good news is I think these are probably more firmly in their drinking window then the '09's so no harm done. The nose was a bit muted with some dark fruit, but not overly perfumed. On the palate the fruit leaned more to dark plums with almost an underlying sweet note coming through. Smooth dusty tannins, a hint of chocolate, good and very drinkable but not a stand out.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    2/21/18, 11:27 AM - I think you are fine to wait another 5 years - not sure about 10 maybe check-in then and see how they are doing.

Red
1989 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba Nebbiolo
Tampa Spring Break III; 2/16/2018-2/18/2018 (Tampa FL): From the wine list at Bern's. 1st bottle opened seemed a bit off, as the nose was totally shut down, so the somm replaced the bottle with a fresh one. This was decanted for about one hour prior to serving. I suspect a longer decant would have really helped the wine, as it opened up quite nicely in the glass. Quite a transition from the older Bordeaux wines as this was still very much alive and kicking. Great Barolo nose of leather, old library and rose petals. Initially a bit reticent on the palate, but with time in glass, plummy fruit, tar, black tea leave, leather and bright acidity with a long finish. A really beautiful glass of wine.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    2/20/18, 9:06 PM - Bern's in Tampa

Red
2013 Domaine des Tours Vaucluse Red Rhone Blend
After a weekend of drinking big boy Rayas - it is amazing that their humble $20 domaine des tours can deliver so much pleasure. Their signature is there across all the bottlings - with the elegant light cherry fruit and herbal notes - even the pretty nose. Probably hands down the best QPR wine on the market - if you can find them.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    12/6/17, 11:06 AM - Thanks Chris - if I was smarter I would not proclaim this so loudly as they are already hard enough to source.

Red
2008 Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Cincuenta y Cinco Patagonia
DIY BYO Dinner - Notes from another taster (Amali, NYC): Served partially blind from magnum, we were told it was Pinot Noir from 2008, but no information on the region. Tart cherry with some spiciness and a nice finish. The juicy quality led me to believe new world, but the fact that it was served blind hinted at perhaps some more obscure origin. Having recently been to Patagonia, it is indeed cool climate and I found this to be an interesting example of the broad range of wines being made in Argentina.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    10/10/17, 10:14 AM - Oops sorry for the mistake - knew it was Patagonia - so assumed it was Chile - as that was where I had recently visited.

Red
2008 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate St. Helena
8/7/2017 - Jonathan T Likes this wine:
95 points
I think PEPMI either had a bad bottle, or did not aerate it long enough. When I opened this bottle, it was muted, and somewhat quiet, lacking any expression or energy. It was the hoof beats in the distance of a possible Dothraki army, but showing nothing. Like, what's the fuss? After an hour, though, it was Daenerys and Drogon gloriously raining fire on on the poor Lannister army. Ohmygosh, Wow!! What a transformation! Breathtaking. Even though I'm not usually one to decant, this wine does need decanting at this stage. I think this vintage will last another 20+ years easy. Hours later, I'm still tasting all the density of sweet red berries, dried, baked, aromatic jammy black and blue fruit and dark espresso and mocha. This is very pure St Helena cabernet.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    8/9/17, 2:55 PM - As a GoT fan and a fan of this wine - gotta say I loved your note👍👍

Red
2000 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon Hermitage Syrah
Big Meat and Serious Syrah on a gorgeous summer afternoon (Westport, CT): On the nose, I initially found this to be a bit bretty with some sweaty horse aromas on initial pouring - with time in the glass this blew off. Still quite young tasting to me with a blackberry and bramble profile and a bit of sharpness on the finish. Think this will benefit from more cellaring.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    8/9/17, 2:52 PM - Oops - darn auto-correct! Thanks s/b bretty

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Laherte Frères Champagne Rosé Ultradition Champagne Blend
Hmmm.... not sure about the tasting notes below because this is 100% Pinot Meunier from old vines - not a blend. Disgorgement date is 01-2016 - dosage 7gr/l. We really enjoyed this bottle - the dosage while on the higher side of rose sampler box, does not come across as sweet - but rather just right. The champagne is still racy with some red fruits, lemon and watermelon, it still has racy acidity but is also more full bodied. Very enjoyable!
  • Nyccablover commented:

    7/10/17, 7:30 AM - Thanks for the clarification - Not sure which label was yours, but mine is the same from their website. Must have changed the label and blend in 2016.

Red
2011 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
4/28/2017 - Nyccablover wrote:
Wine tasting in Greece; 4/28/2017-5/6/2017 (Athens, Santorini and Porto Heli): From the wine list at the hotel Grande Bretagne Rooftop, Athens. Okay I realize this is not a Greek wine but, it was our first night in Greece and we were not yet ready to blindly experiment on the Greek reds after a long travel day. This is just what the doctor ordered, typical Altesino nose of dark berries and earthy goodness. On the palate this has dusty tannins, dark fruit, earthy loam and some tar notes. Paired great with beef tenderloin. Drinking well now, but more life ahead.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    6/26/17, 4:32 PM - Malibu wino - that is very funny! Glad you enjoyed it too and how about that view of the Acropolis?

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Cuvée Rubis Champagne Blend
A week in Paris - with a side trip to Reims; 6/8/2017-6/14/2017: Tasting visit to Vilmart & Cie. What a great value this wine is for less than $30 purchased at the Domaine. Beautiful pink color, bright acidity which wakes up the palate with some luscious red fruits underlying, with a nice minerality. Really enjoyable and fun to drink!
  • Nyccablover commented:

    6/19/17, 2:42 PM - I know made me wish I brought a second wine suitcase, I only had a few slots left as this was last visit of last day of trip.

Red
1996 Pahlmeyer Merlot Napa Valley
PNP and enjoyed over a few hours. First from a lot bought at auction after loving this at one of our quarterly tasting events (Thx NYCCABLOVER for bringing).
Nice to taste again on it's own...and great to see my love of this juice is still strong.
Initial nose is like an old world bdx. with lots of poopy funk, forest floor and dark red fruit. Just the way I like my 20 year old new world merlots.
Texture is super silky, but the acid backbone gives it nice grip and keeps things interesting and engaging. There's still plenty of fine, well integrated tannin here as well which means this wine has a long life ahead.
Love the balance of fruit, tannin and acid. Well made!
On the palate, there's lots of earthiness, chocolate, cassis, dark berry. Pretty complex due to the secondary flavors that come with some age.
Would be interesting to see how this performs in a tasting against some fine Pomerols.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    3/12/17, 10:15 AM - Glad it was drinking well for you :-)

Red
1983 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah
Tasted double blind. Definitely seemed mature with lots of leather and cigar box, lighter in color but absolutely balanced and elegant with a long finish. Really lovely - one of my two favorite wines of the red flight. My first time getting to taste Grange and hopefully not my last!
  • Nyccablover commented:

    3/8/17, 8:43 AM - Thanks looking forward to tasting this again in the future with you guys. Also looking forward to the merlot and champagne themes - lots of good sipping ahead:-)

Red
2006 Jean Bourdy Côtes du Jura Rouge Red Blend
3/6/2017 - PSirah Tampa wrote:
93 points
Wow. a great bottle of wine to my future self in 2025.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    3/7/17, 9:47 AM - Hi PSirah Tampa - I have some of these sitting in my cellar too - are you recommending ignoring them for another decade??

  • Nyccablover commented:

    3/7/17, 2:12 PM - Yes - garagiste back in 2011. Thanks for the advice.

White
2008 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc Paso Robles White Rhone Blend
Tasted double blind. On the nose, lots of red apple aromas - so thinking chardonnay. On the palate, apple flavors but good acidity, no butter or flabbiness, quite elegant. My guess was '09 white burgundy which is clearly wrong. I rarely drink white wines, but so far the few white rhones I have tried have been more to my liking. This was enjoyable and leads me to believe I need to do more experimenting with these varieties.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    3/6/17, 10:16 AM - Thanks for the comment - thats what I get for trying to write notes from my chicken scratch two weeks later - ha, ha. I have edited my note to be more accurate :-)

Red
2002 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses Cabernet Franc
2/2/2017 - EhrlichDY wrote:
91 points
Pop and pour. One of the rare occasions where the palate completely outperforms the nose. Very reticent nose not giving much at all. Gorgeous resolved palate with seamless texture and secondary earthy flavors. Still retaining notes of dried fruit as well. I'd say to drink these up as it seems to me that this wine is at peak or on a slow decent.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    2/2/17, 9:17 AM - Interesting - we did a lineup of 14 vintages this past August - and the 2007 seemed so youthful and fresh. My guess from that tasting is that it would got another 10 - 20 yearsHave not revisited since then.

White - Sparkling
1984 Chateau St. Jean Brut Sonoma County Champagne Blend
1/27/2017 - Nyccablover wrote:
DIY BYO Dinner - Notes from another taster (Amali, NYC): Served blind, very challenging to guess what this one was. Only slight effervescence, some sweetness and quite a bit of acid. For me this definitely more in the interesting camp, than the delicious camp - but what fun to taste a US sparkler that is 33 years old.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    1/30/17, 1:39 PM - Too funny, I actually had my sips from someone else's pour - so did not really want to stick my nose in their glass. Now I feel like I missed out!

Red
2014 Daniel Bouland Chiroubles Chatenay Gamay
12/11/2016 - Musigny Max wrote:
91 points
Light, elegant, balanced. Pretty, light mineral quality, good energy. Worth buying a few.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    12/12/16, 12:07 PM - I totally agree - I think this was really tasty and a great value. We enjoyed drinking a few of these this summer. There is great value and enjoyment to be had with Cru Beaujolais.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Pierre Péters Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Cuvée de Réserve Chardonnay
Champagne & Fried Chicken Dinner (Manhattan Wine Company & Porchlight - NYC): Base - 2013. This one stole the prize for the funkiest nose - in a good way - yeasty bread dough rising. Lovely full mouth feel, apple, lemon and brioche with some toasted honey notes. Very nice!
  • Nyccablover commented:

    12/8/16, 3:02 PM - The interesting thing for me is that I tried the 2010 Pierre Péters Champagne Grand Cru l'Esprit, just a few weeks earlier and it was much less interesting and almost twice the price. I think this one delivers really good value!

Red
1989 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses Cabernet Franc
Olga Raffault Les Picasses - Past & Present Tasting (New York, NY): Library release bottle. Stood up for 24 hours prior to serving. Fill level was to the bottom of the neck. Cork was intact with minimal seepage. Black charcoal looking substance (assume dried wine) under foil on top of cork. Slow ox'd for 1 hour prior to tasting. Color was red with slight browning. On the nose this also had a bell pepper note although much less pronounced than the '85 and '87. On the palate this was also more vibrant with red fruit, nice acidity and bell pepper. Nice long finish. This one seems to have more life left in it. The group and my favorite of this flight.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    8/18/16, 10:27 AM - Eharkins - thanks for the comment - yes this was a really fun evening and a great way to explore the effect of age on a personal favorite wine. The older ones (pre 2000) just were so interesting and mature that they really stood out versus the young ones (after 2000)

Red
1989 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses Cabernet Franc
7/25/2016 - randyjc wrote:
94 points
A real beauty - soft, elegant, earthy and inviting. A gorgeous wine that simply could not express itself more completely. The mouth feel alone is worth the price, yet it's followed by inviting red fruit, brambles and damp earth. Nothing short of beautiful.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    7/26/16, 9:02 AM - Did you decant this before serving or just stand the bottle upright for a few days? We are about to pop one of these at a vertical tasting in a few weeks - so curious about the best way to handle. Thanks

  • Nyccablover commented:

    7/27/16, 11:34 AM - Thanks for the suggestion - this is consistent with what they told me Flat Iron Wines. We are doing a big vertical tasting (12 vintages) with a group of friends next month - 79, 85, 87, 89, 90, 02, 05, 07, 09, 10, 12. It should be really interesting to see how they compare over the years. Such great values for older wines. We are just disappointed that we could not find and other 90's vintages available for sale. Will post a tasting story afterwards - so you can see how they compared.

Red
2009 Arrow & Branch Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
Very good wine. Drank next to an '06 Etude that was just having a night, but this was also really good. A bit more nuanced, a bit less forward, very interesting wine. Many thanks to Maire & Paul for sharing!
  • Nyccablover commented:

    5/2/16, 10:12 AM - Our pleasure and really lovely to meet you both!

Red
1993 Joseph Phelps Le Mistral Monterey County Red Rhone Blend
9/7/2015 - Bottledrainer Likes this wine:
91 points
Luckily this bottle was cellared properly. The cork was intact and still moist with no leakage. It needed time (2 hours) to open up from 22 years in confinement. Not much fruit on the nose - mostly cedar and graphite. Still has velvety mouthfeel with a nice finish. A bit past prime but still tasting well.
  • Nyccablover commented:

    9/8/15, 12:43 PM - Glad to see your comment - so recently after our bad luck. We still have two more - so will take your suggestion on the 2 hour decant. Did you purchase the recently at Phelps??

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