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Red
2007 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
3/23/2019 - Topper wrote:
94 points
Deep, savory, rich and seductive. A full and serious wine that could warm you on a cold, damp night. If you like serious wine where the dark and complex flavors slightly overshadow the fruit, this is one for you.
  • Topper commented:

    3/23/19, 6:57 PM - Eric, it was poured out of a Coravin from a bottle that had been first tapped two days prior.

Red
2005 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges Pinot Noir
12/9/2015 - Topper wrote:
95 points
I hadn't opened any of these bottles thinking them too young but a friend opened one and it was just fabulous. Textbook burgundy already full with dark fruit and secondary flavors of mushrooms, moss, leather and maybe a hint of licorice. So glad to have a few of these and will open one every few years to see how they evolve, but this one was completely ready and strutting its stuff.
  • Topper commented:

    10/18/18, 11:10 AM - No, but on seeing AG comments that came out recently, I think I'll pop one soon

Red
1996 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso Sangiovese
8/4/2008 - Topper wrote:
90 points
Very nice mature brunello. Flavors have softened to the point of being very easy to taste and consume. Very popular at the table.
  • Topper commented:

    4/10/18, 8:49 PM - Thanks Ring, that was the early senility setting in. Of course it's a brunello.

Red
1967 Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Corvina Blend, Corvina
7/10/2014 - Topper wrote:
96 points
Was very fortunate to attend a tasting of recent Bertani Amarones with Stefano from the winery. Along with some recent releases and the 06 Classico (which is worth buying if you know you will be around to drink it in 20 years), we were served the 75 and 67 Classicos. The 75 was what I would expect from an older wine from this house with raisiny warmth and a fruit compote profile but the 67 was something else altogether. It was one of those magical wines that combines medium weight, beautiful subtle fruit and and a cornecopia of other flavors that just keep coming at you. Reminded me of an old Lopez de Heredia rioja that goes on and on without ever being a tannic monster. This one may go on forever in the manner of the mythical 1928 version of this wine. Thanks so much for serving it.
  • Topper commented:

    5/12/15, 1:34 PM - Hope you enjoy it.

  • Topper commented:

    2/12/17, 12:52 PM - Baroloboy, this was made available by reps of the estate who were doing a tasting of their recent wines in Boston 2 years ago and made these available to those in attendance. Bottles are in offsite storage but I will try to post a pic of the label when I can.

Red
2001 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Nebbiolo
12/8/2016 - Topper wrote:
94 points
Really great wine in great form. Medium full with lots of sparkle. Cherries, tobacco, old leather and a touch of molasses. Big crowd pleaser that seemingly could be served with a wide variety of foods, or without any. Quality stuff.
  • Topper commented:

    12/9/16, 3:23 AM - It wasn't decanted. Might benefit from an hour or so in the decanter but not much more.

Red
1994 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
5/29/2015 - Topper wrote:
I bought this a few years after release and when opened now the cork was dry and crumbly and the wine, while palatable, was just a shadow of what was in a well-kept wine that I had just a month ago. Sad, but we'll just move on to the next bottle of something else.
  • Topper commented:

    8/10/15, 8:01 AM - Thanks Lipsman, Maybe this has something to tell us about how long to keep our Harlan's, even from the good years. I'll try to make sure most of mine are drunk up by year 15 or so.

White - Sparkling
2004 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
7/1/2015 - Topper wrote:
92 points
Very tasty but predominantly yeast and brioche flavors and aromas overtake the fruit. Fairly light on its feet and the acid is prominent. It just hasn't all come together yet.
  • Topper commented:

    7/2/15, 4:05 AM - Agree completely Buzzz

Red
2003 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
2/2/2015 - Wine Poor wrote:
91 points
We enjoed this with Groundhog. This again was classic Bordeaux. Nicely matured, and an hour in the decanter helped it along. This time we noted some leathery taste as well. Actually, we had this with leg of lamb, but it was Groundhog Day, so...
  • Topper commented:

    2/5/15, 3:52 AM - That got my attention. Got me to wonder what groundhog would taste like. Not going to find out but did have guinea pig once in Peru.

Red
2002 Clarendon Hills Astralis Shiraz Blend, Syrah
5/22/2014 - Topper wrote:
93 points
The theme of this flight was - one grape, four countries, served blind. The grape turned out to be syrah, and the countries were Australia, France, Italy and the U.S. Wines ended up to be 02 Clarendon Hills Astralis, 01 La Turque, 02 Sine Qua Non Just for the Love of it, and 01 Macchiole Scrio. The first three were all terrific and only the Scrio couldn't stand up to the competition. For me, the SQN just squeeked out a victory over the Guigal, with the Astralis just a whisker behind. People were able to easily pick this out as the Aussie on account of the sweet blue/black flavor profile, the big impact of the wine and highish alcohol, yet they were surprised at the relative softness and balance of this wine compared to the same wine in its youth, or to other Australian blockbuster wines. In the end, it couldn't quite match the complexity and verve of the SQN and the La Turque but it definitely belonged in their company.
  • Topper commented:

    5/23/14, 3:36 AM - It was the 02. I'll fix that up.

Red
2005 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
8/23/2013 - Topper wrote:
93 points
This is a big, bright, spicy, mouthfilling, cherry tinged wine. Somehow, if I had to show someone a a representative bottle of Chateauneuf and they had never had one, I might pull this out. Not the best, not the biggest, but a very good modern version of this region's wine.
  • Topper commented:

    9/3/13, 11:23 AM - Of course you are right, and some of my favorites are rather unique, but I do think that there are some aromatic and flavor profiles that are common to a wide swath of these wines and that was what I was referring to. Thanks for the comment.

Red
2004 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Sangiovese
2/16/2013 - Topper wrote:
flawed
This bottle had died and gone to heaven and since it was my only one, I can't compare to other bottles of the same vintage. Came in dead last at a tasting of 11 wines where it was by far the costliest. Stinky nose, off flavors (but not corked), off nose, drank as though it were poorly made, which would be out of character for this producer. I'll call it an off bottle, but not because it was obviously corked or oxidized. Others have had better luck with this.
  • Topper commented:

    2/16/13, 1:41 PM - Thanks for your comment. I normally don't assign points to wines that are flawed with a common taint such as oxidation or cork but that wasn't the case with this bottle. My comment in the note was that it was not corked or oxidized. I hope it is not representative but the score does reflect my experience with this bottle.

  • Topper commented:

    2/17/13, 6:44 AM - Ok, I stand corrected and will note this as a flawed wine. If any of you want to send me a more pristine example, I'll be happy to try it.

  • Topper commented:

    5/8/13, 4:19 PM - Sorry you had the same experience. Must be a few bad bottles of this in circulation.

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