Tasting Notes for Pknut

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White
4/16/2019 - Pknut wrote:
I've been through most of a case. One bottle was premoxed and one was corked (the corked one was opened at Batard w/Kretchmar and confirmed by the somm). Other bottles have been good, but most of the recent bottles, including this one, suggest that this is not one to age longer. Some lemony notes, some briskness, but I think this was better as a younger Chablis. As noted in a tasting note below, given the vintage, I expected more. Not bad, but ultimately, not what I will think about when recalling 2014 Chablis.
Red
4/21/2019 - Pknut wrote:
I'm more used to plump, smooth, blue-black fruit Barbera, whereas this showed more strawberry-rhubarb fruit, was more linear and taut on the palate, more reserved than a modern-styled Barbera. Developed a smokey note with air. Very enjoyable.
Red
4/17/2019 - Pknut wrote:
Good purity of fruit, mostly red, with a bitter note to the finish. Held up well overnight. Very good, especially for the price. True to the house style, with no overt oak. Seems much more coherent than a bottle of '11 Sassetti Pertimali that I brought to Mike and Chelsea's party a few weeks ago. Bottle 1 of 6. Next bottle in three years, where I would expect the palate to soften.
Red
3/22/2019 - Pknut wrote:
Decanted around 6:15 pm and enjoyed a few hours later at Zest Szechuan on West 39th. Initially, some red fruits on the palate that turn to dark fruits, a bit tarter than expected, with some bright, lick-smacking acidity. With air, this was all dark Syrah blue/black plummy-berry fruit, a very smooth palate and really pleasing texture. Paired well with roast duck, of course. Very satisfying wine tonight. Drinking very well with a good decant, but also seems to have the acidity to go long in the cellar.
Red
3/18/2019 - Pknut wrote:
Decanted at 5:30pm, brought to the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs dinner at Quality Italian and enjoyed from 8:30 onward. This showed very well. Smooth, balanced, nothing sticking out, red and dark fruits on the palate, Sangio spices and dried herbs, maybe a touch of cedary spice, lovely acidity, nicely cohesive, it seems somewhat compact yet at the same time, radiating flavors and nuances. This was a big hit at the dinner. I brought a bottle of the '08 to Racines in the spring of 2016 and it was closed up tight. Tonight's bottle is singing, not loudly, but prettily.
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Red
3/16/2019 - Pknut wrote:
Opened and had a quick glass on Friday, but re-corked and enjoyed over the course of Saturday evening. This is showing very well at the moment. There is a mouthfull of cherry fruit with savory notes, red licorice and nice acidity, the tannins are smoothing out and this is very enjoyable. There is still plenty of structure here, but the sidelines are smooth. I can see the fruit beginning to recede in the next few years. With grilled steaks, in the Berkshires with H.
White
3/15/2019 - Pknut wrote:
Some sea breeze and grapefruit pith notes, but not nearly as acidic and lacking in tension as expected from this young Dauvissat. The ‘16 Dauvissat-Camus 1er Forest that I brought to Suzanne’s a few weeks ago seemed to have more underlying acidity. This bottle suggests that this is not one for long in the cellar. Bottle 1 of 6. In the Berkshires.
Red
2011 Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
3/11/2019 - Pknut wrote:
This was outstanding. After about fifteen minutes in the decanter, this is just singing. The palate is focused and bright, pure Sangio red fruit, a light dusting of dried herbs, nothing overdone, so pleasing and expressive and pretty. With Yaacov, off the list at Charlie Bird before Bob Weir at the Blue Note, Greenwich Village.
Red
3/12/2019 - Pknut wrote:
Second bottle from a case, and this is much better than the first which I opened in December 2018 when it first arrived. That first bottle was harder and more angular, this second one more user-friendly. This shows cherry, pomegranate and cranberry on the palate, decent acidity, tart and young and not showing much sweetness of fruit yet. This was better on the second night, more relaxed and enjoyable. I think this is still too early to open. Try a bottle in six to twelve months.
White - Sparkling
1/19/2019 - Pknut wrote:
Off the list at Westlight at the William Vale hotel in Williamsburg (at a reasonable $86). Lemon-lime palate with a hint of black pepper on the palate. Good, brisk, decent length, very drinkable as we enjoyed the excellent view east over Manhattan and talked. An hour later, at Brooklyn Bridge Park, I proposed and H said yes!
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Red
1/20/2019 - Pknut wrote:
Another great bottle. Dark cherry fruit, hints mulberry and faded cranberry, lightweight palate, and a silky mouthfeel. This has started to take on bar-b-que notes that I have observed in other Maume wines ('05 Gevrey En Pallud, comes to mind). No degradation over three nights. The weekend H and I were engaged!
White
1/17/2019 - Pknut wrote:
Good, clear palate with notes of lemon. Not as much cut as I would have liked; not really fat but fuller and softer than expected, more ‘13 or ‘11 than ‘14. Good but not more. By the second night, distinct vanilla notes have emerged on the palate. Not excessively oaky, and it’s pure vanilla bean, which I don’t mind. This is pleasant and drinkable but not special.
Red
1/4/2019 - Pknut wrote:
Neil bought this at Crush and brought it to dinner, Turkish-Tajik cuisine at Zeytoon-Tajik on Second Avenue, with H. Lovely village wine. I love H. Lignier's clean, pure expression fruit, and that's here, along with spice notes. Turns savory as the bottle airs. Lovely and enjoyable.
White - Sparkling
1/1/2019 - Pknut wrote:
Wow, this was great. Streamlined palate, very clear and direct, lemon-lime notes on the palate, very fresh, great acids, very tiny bead. I haven't had a Champagne this lean, fresh and laser-focused in quite some time. Andy's bottle, enjoyed New Years Day and a few nights thereafter, with no degradation until the third night when it was a bit flat.
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Red
1/6/2019 - Pknut wrote:
Five years since my last bottle. This shows a lot of cherry-menthol on the palate, with notes of aged balsamic. The palate is still rather powerful, with waves of fruit and velvety tannins that have softened, but still this is full-on, masculine, powerful. Mellows a bit by the second night, more focused, still fruit-forward with cherry-menthol, but now the mouthfeel is more silky. Like five years ago, this is dark, more dark cherry than light red berries. I like the style, there's a lot of material to chew on here. Drinks well now, but plenty of tannin and acidity and energy to go further.
Red
12/30/2018 - Pknut wrote:
Didn't like this. Dry, tannic and lacking in fruit. Air didn't help, even after 24 hours. By thirty hours, some dark cherry emerged, along with some menthol notes.
Red - Fortified
12/29/2018 - Pknut wrote:
Ok, nothing great. Dark palate showing blackberry and currant flavors, the spirit is integrated, the texture is slightly velvety, but this is unexciting. From an auction lot including two bottles, of a wine shop that was going out of business in Hallandale, Florida. Nothing wrong, but nothing memorable.
Red
12/24/2018 - Pknut wrote:
Probably better two or three years ago. Seems to be losing its fruit; still some plummy dark fruit, but it seems thinned out, with some bay leaf notes. Adequate, but hardly memorable. With grilled porterhouse in Boca, with H, first night.
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Red
12/24/2018 - Pknut wrote:
Cherry palate and with air, some strawberry notes, hints of balsamic, open and approachable, but some jagged tannin that has to smooth out. This is very enjoyable and should be quite good in five to seven years. First bottle from a case, brought to Boca and opened Xmas eve with H, a porterhouse steak and grilled vegetables.
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Red
12/11/2018 - Pknut wrote:
Closed. Tasted over three nights. Dark fruited palate and a silky and refined mouthfeel, but tight. Opened a bit on the second night, but the tannins closed up on the third night. Hold four or five more years.
White
9/27/2018 - Pknut wrote:
Begins well, good clear to yellow tinged palate, good clarity, acids are relaxed but present, some saline notes and overall good but not really as cut as I’d like. By the second night, this is duller on the palate, rounder, a touch flabby even, lacking in cut, and the color on the second night is much more advanced. Lately, I’m not that keen on 2012 Chablis, and this is another example.
Red
9/25/2018 - Pknut wrote:
James is pretty keen on this wine, but to me, it's oaky and the palate is murky. It's been years since I've enjoyed Ogier's Cote Rotie and this one is no exception. Not my style. Nice Matin with James and Jason.
Red
9/25/2018 - Pknut wrote:
In December 2017, I opened my first bottle with Eric B. and Tom G. at my place, and it was so amazingly good: lush palate, huge fruit, young and primary and voluptuous and great. This bottle was not as forward, more reticent, darker fruit, and showing a minerally underside also. Bodes very well for the future. Nice Matin with James and Jason.
White
9/25/2018 - Pknut wrote:
I was surprised by the cut and acidity, given that it's a 2011. Fresh, clear, no apparent oak (is this all stainless?), nice definition. Not screamingly brisk, there's just a touch of roundness. With James and Jason at Nice Matin.
Rosé - Sparkling
2017 Mas de Daumas Gassac Rosé Frizant Vin de Pays de l'Hérault Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
9/27/2018 - Pknut wrote:
I have gone through three cases of this since early summer. It is immensely satisfying and a screaming value at $19, delivered. Lightly fizzy, this has a red fruited palate and is dry, chalky, energetic and refreshing. It's great with food and is fine alone. My summer wine of 2018. Thanks to Max Marinucci.
Red
9/22/2018 - Pknut wrote:
This has lost its fruit. Some dark fruit and black pepper notes emerge with time. Better in the past. Su Hot Pot dinner in Hastings.
Red - Fortified
9/17/2018 - Pknut wrote:
It must have been 1997 or 1998. I had been collecting wines for my fledgling cellar for two or three years. I was also reading wine magazines and the reports of the 1994 Port vintage were coming out. I recall being on Park Avenue after work, planning on visiting wine shops around Manhattan to buy two bottles of the Dow’s, three of the Grahams, etc. This Vesuvio was one of those purchases, and those ‘94 vintage ports became one of the foundations of my cellar, and they continue to be, two decades later. I popped this bottle because, while packing up my cellar for a move, I thought it showed signs of leakage (it turned out to be fine).

The palate is very blue/black fruited, with cassis and blackberry liqueur, and a mouthfeel that is pure 1970s velour, very sexy. As the wine airs, some redder fruits emerge. This is much more blue/black fruited and not nearly as secondary as a half bottle of ‘94 Warre’s last week. This is great on the first and second nights, loses some focus by the third. Very enjoyable.
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Red
9/15/2018 - Pknut wrote:
Three years since my last bottle and this continues to be such a pleasing wine. A juicy palate of dark fruits from black cherry to red plum to cranberry, with buoyant acidity and a dusting of baking spices. This is more mature than the last bottle, of course, but still very youthful, just a bit more worn. Still, no degradation two nights later.
White
9/14/2018 - Pknut wrote:
This is perfectly acceptable but not that special. Clear palate, there’s some cut here, but it’s not as chiseled as a vintage like ‘10 or ‘14, and this ‘12 is yet another recent 2012 Chablis that is really causing me to question this vintage. The next night, the oak was much more apparent on the palate.
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White
9/2/2018 - Pknut wrote:
Thankfully, lower in oak than I expected, but still lacking in cut and definition. Somewhat foresquare and ordinary, but serviceable. Memorial Day BBQ in the Berkshires.
Red
9/2/2018 - Pknut wrote:
I can’t recall the last Napa Cab I’ve had and enjoyed. This is balanced, without excessive oak nor alcohol out of whack, with nice cassis blue/black fruit on the palate. Not complex nor cerebral, but enjoyable. Last summer BBQ in the Berkshires.
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Rosé - Sparkling
9/5/2018 - Pknut wrote:
Another bottle from a cache I bought years ago, and this might be the best showing. Right after uncorking, this shows a lively palate with lots of energy and a lovely raspberry crème palate. Fine bead. Precise, focused red fruited palate with raspberry crème. October 2014 disgorgement.
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Red
8/30/2018 - Pknut wrote:
Pretty solid Bourgogne that is well integrated and enjoyable, if not particularly complex. Pure palate of red and dark fruits, and an initial hint of balsamic that receded pretty quickly. A pretty wine. Perfectly serviceable. Berkshires.
Red
9/1/2018 - Pknut wrote:
The fruit here has receded. Still some dark cherry fruit to the palate, but also some bitter notes and tobacco. Probably better to drink remaining bottles sooner rather than later. At Caffé Italia in Albany, NY.
White - Sparkling
9/1/2018 - Pknut wrote:
Clear BdB palate, my first impression is that this is still very fresh, notes of green apple on the palate, nice acidity, the palate here seems gentle, easy to drink. Enjoyable. Berkshires.
White
8/25/2018 - Pknut wrote:
Hmmm, the color here is a little darker than I think it should be. The palate at first is impressive, with some textural development of note. But then it sort of loses its energy. It may be time to drink these, a little sooner than expected. Need to try a second bottle to assess.
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White
8/29/2018 - Pknut wrote:
Good showing, right in the zone. Palate has white and clear fruits, unsweetened pineapple, good acidity. Even better and with more energy on the second night. I don't age Louis Michel Chablis, and this one seems to be right where I like it.
White - Sparkling
8/21/2018 - Pknut wrote:
Wow, my last bottle was almost seven years ago. Now this wine fails to impress for other reasons. Clear palate, but sort of opaque and lacking in substance and interest. Tastes cheap.
Red
8/21/2018 - Pknut wrote:
For context, Louis Boillot formerly worked with his brother at Domaine Luciene Boillot and is married to Ghislaine Barthod. This wine is rather impressive. Open for four nights, with no degradation or oxidation (!). The palate is firm, tightly coiled and deep, but revealing dark cherries and notes of cranberry and mulberry. I look forward to tasting my remaining bottles in four or five years when the wine should relax a bit. Hold.
White
8/22/2018 - Pknut wrote:
My third or fourth bottle from a case already, and whereas the prior bottles were young, brisk and nervy, this one begins that way but ends kind of dull. The palate is nice and clear, no overt oak, notes of lemon and, as it airs, saline notes emerge. But by the end of the bottle, it's kind of flat.
White - Sparkling
8/19/2018 - Pknut wrote:
Another bottle that I found while doing cellar inventory. I believe I bought this years ago, sometime around 2011 to 2013. No disgorgement date is given on the label. Right away, this is bright and fresh, clear with hints of tan, the palate showing citrus, hints of bergamot and vanilla and lime acidity. Very nice, clear, easy to drink. Later, with some air, nectarine fruit and citrus on a taut palate. Liked this a lot.
White - Sparkling
8/11/2018 - Pknut wrote:
April 2011 disgorgement. There is a hint of sherry on the nose which carries through to the palate and also shows a squirt of lemon, ginger and baked apple notes. The bead is fine, the palate a bit toasty, developed with some notes of bottle age, but also fresh and with good cut.
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White
8/5/2018 - Pknut wrote:
Found a few bottles of this buried in the cellar, and I didn't recall this wine until seeing my earlier TNs below. I last tasted this wine four years ago. This is a good Chablis in a good place now. Clear and clean palate, no oak, some sea breeze and lemon oil notes. Very refreshing and crisp, and much better to me (cleaner, more focused) than a 2010 Louis Michel Butteaux that was also open. Lasted three nights being opened without any degradation, unlike the Michel Butteaux.
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White
8/6/2018 - Pknut wrote:
Good showing. Not profound, but satisfying. Clear palate, good acids, tangy clear and light golden fruits, not much length, but nice tangy acids. In the zone now, but a hint of maturity and fruit that has just started to turn past prime. Nice, brisk, acidic finish. Drink now.
Red
7/30/2018 - Pknut wrote:
Jason R. picked this up at Chambers and brought it over to pair with Kebabs and Phish. Impressively young color for a 17 year old Barbera. The palate, likewise, shows youthful blue/black fruit with a texture that is somewhat but not fully resolved. Notes of ash on the finish. Shows much younger than expected, with ripe, dark plummy fruit and some secondary development.
Red
7/30/2018 - Pknut wrote:
A bit grumpy and angular to start, but after an hour or so, this shows dark raspberry fruit and some red strawberry notes, good depth to the palate, some tar on the palate, lacks the length of fine Barolo/Barbaresco, but still quite pleasing and nice depth. With Jason R. and Afghan kebabs.
Red - Fortified
8/4/2018 - Pknut wrote:
This had been open for two nights and by the time I tasted it, the palate was soft, not tannic, the alcohol integrated. Notes of red fruit, rhubarb and darker black fruits. Easy to drink. Berkshires.
Red
8/4/2018 - Pknut wrote:
Blue/black fruit palate with cassis, blackberry and coffee notes. This is well-made, the oak integrated, the alcohol in check. There’s a burst of acidity on the finish. Enjoyable. Berkshires BBQ.
Red
2003 Abreu Thorevilos Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/1/2018 - Pknut wrote:
Deep, concentrated, extracted, still has a dollop of sweet new oak, serious richness and concentration, but I'm not finding any elegance and this is far from pretty. The texture here is interesting because the tannins are breaking down and one can sense the grainy quality to the wine amidst the rich fruit and sweet oak. Quality Italian with Jim W. and Joe D'A.
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