Tasting Notes for Topper

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White - Sweet/Dessert
5/3/2019 - Topper wrote:
94 points
I enjoyed this much more than in the past. It is more resolved and not as overwhelmed by the sugar. A very pleasant drinking experience.
Red
5/3/2019 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Always among my favorite Brunellos. The 2010 is terrific now with a good decant and will only get better with time. If you just have on for two,I'd hold onto them. With more, you might want to try one now and think about how its going to develop over time.
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White
5/3/2019 - Topper wrote:
90 points
Very pretty wine. Drinking well right now. Quite light on its feet with nice fruit, acidity and some citrus flavors. Nice match with light appetizers.
Red
4/28/2019 - Topper wrote:
96 points
This is an extraordinary wine with depth, fullness and super complexity while staying light on its feet. I last had this in 2010 and it has lost just a drop of power since then, suggesting that at 39 years, it may be time to start drinking these before they fade. Had along side the 2000 version and the similarities were striking. There was no doubt that they were the same wine, made in the same way. I'd give that 2000 another 10 years.
Red
4/27/2019 - Topper wrote:
94 points
Not light - but in a tasting of 05 grand crus, this was the lightest of the bunch and perhaps had the least complexity of flavor with more singular red fruit notes and a finish to the horizon. Still young and improving. Give this one some time.
Red
4/27/2019 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Two bottles opened, from separate sources, yet very consistent notes. Deep, dark and full of flavor but not at all heavy. Very precise and focused fruit, tannins not overwhelming. You can taste the care that went into this wine. Drinks nicely now, but will certainly irove and be a 97 pt wine some day.
Red
1986 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/24/2019 - Topper wrote:
95 points
No need to describe this wine which has more than 200 tasting notes. Just to say that it was totally rocking on this evening, showing no signs of age and only signs of glory at 33 years of age. Spectacular showing.
Red
4/21/2019 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Opened 2 bottles for one dinner and both were great. Full of fruit, sweet tannin, deep secondary flavors and tons of life. Really great showing for 30 plus year old wines.
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Red
1983 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/18/2019 - Topper wrote:
93 points
This is a pretty wine, but at this age I think there is some bottle variation showing up and they are not all holding up equally well. Recent CT ratings are all over the place. This one was still pretty but maybe just starting to slip. Probably not doing it any favor to pair with an 86 Margaux as well. I would tend to drink these up now.
Red
4/18/2019 - Topper wrote:
93 points
Enjoyed this greatly with a pork tenderloin. Drinking well now and with just the right amount of stuffing to go perfectly with this meal.
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White - Sparkling
4/18/2019 - Topper wrote:
93 points
I'm very positive about this wine, especially as a food accompaniment. Had it with an omakase at a fine Japanese restaurant in NYC and it was the perfect complement to the meal, with fine mousse, great acidity and plenty of flavor without being at all to yeasty or over the top. Well done.
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White
2005 Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
4/15/2019 - Topper wrote:
95 points
I've always loved this wine. Even have a couple still left and have no worry that they won't be great fro a few more years. Citrus, a hint of strawberry, a touch of butterscotch, great volume in the mouth, long laser-like finish. What's not to like here. For me, a great Corton Charlie is a thing of beauty and this one seldom disappoints.
White
4/15/2019 - Topper wrote:
95 points
People have talked about some of these being spoiled or premoxed with others being fabulous. Tonight we opened two bottles for a large group and guess what. One was spoiled and the other was fabulous. of course this does not make for a good qpr if you have to open two bottles to get one good one but the good one was awesome. Full and fat but with enough restraint to balance the opulence. Great on the attack, fulsome in the mid-palate and danced on the tongue for a minute or more. Really special stuff - but these over-advanced bottles are getting annoying.
White - Sparkling
4/13/2019 - Topper wrote:
94 points
My 4th time with this wine since 2010 and it is always the same level score. Really good champagne that has actually been mature for a few years now. Very elegant and pretty with the elegance of blanc de blancs accompanied by a little fullness and some secondary smoke and minerals. Just very good wine.
White - Sparkling
4/13/2019 - Topper wrote:
92 points
Very nice wine, precise and linear with a good future but I would say that it isn't quite ready and didn't have the volume or depth of the 02 consumed alongside. This one to put away for another 8-10 years before enjoying it. Score is for present drinking.
Red
4/11/2019 - Topper wrote:
98 points
Brad E wrote about this crazy tasting where we had the Rousseau Chambertin and Close de Beze from 90 and 91. I think we agree that all of the wines were extraordinary and that if you want a reliable epiphany experience with Burgundy, stick with Rousseau from great years with nearly 30 years of bottle age. Beyond that, choosing a favorite is really just splitting hairs. This one was my fave. In fact, on other occasions when I was fortunate enough to have a Beze and Chambertin from this producer side by side, my preference always lies with the richer, more voluminous Chambertin; others side with the elegance of the Beze. Both fabulous wines with just a slight terror difference. If you prefer the Clos de Beze and want to give me your Chambertin, I'll gladly oblige, but either one is fine by me.
Red
4/9/2019 - Topper wrote:
96 points
ON an amazing night with 90 and 91 Rousseau Beze and Chambertin, the Beze's both showed precision and elegance that belied the structure underneath. There is no doubt that this is brilliant wine and the crowd slightly preferred the 91s to the 90s. If your idea of perfection is compelling elegance on top of awesome flavor, this is your wine.
Red
4/9/2019 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Terrific wine. Full and lush with earth, leather, sandalwood and other savory delights. Now is a good time to drink this. Put it just ahead of the 90 Beze and behind the 91 but one would never know unless drinking them side by side. It's very rare to have a bad bottle of Rousseau, they are remarkably reliable.
Red
4/8/2019 - Topper wrote:
94 points
Very pretty wine. Elegant and pure yet with some leather and tobacco notes. It would lend grace to any table. It was only when had next to the Chambertin from the same year that it seemed less than perfect. As always, one should review these on their own stellar merits and not in comparison to other great wines. Great wine is great wine.
Red
2001 Domaine Leroy Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
3/31/2019 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Very Leroy in style with maybe slightly less power than some of her even bigger crus. Dark red fruits with expansive flavors holding just a little bit back. Not sure if the extra dimension that can kick a wine past 95 pts will ever show up here but this is a terrific wine that will make a lot of people happy.
Red
3/23/2019 - Topper wrote:
93 points
I mostly stopped buying Cal Cabs around ten years ago when my taste turned more decidedly to more aromatic wines such as barolo and red burgundy. I might have been too hasty. The cabs that I bought in the 01 and 02 vintages are really singing as the tannins have resolved and the buoyant fruit flavors remained. This one was at its pretty best while retaining enough body to stand up to flavorful food.
White
2005 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
3/23/2019 - Topper wrote:
98 points
I have been privileged to taste some of the most famous white burgs, including the top Montrachets, but on the few occasions that generous friends have shared their Coche CCs, it always turns out to be my very favorite white wine. Something about the precision, focus and linearity that contains an enormous depth of flavor really grabs my attention. This was likely my second favorite all-time, next to the other worldly 96. Served next to two incredible Ramonet Montrachet, this came out on top for me - though I won't argue if you prefer the richness of those to the focus of the CC. Penelope Cruz vs Keira Knightly. Vive la difference.
White
2010 Domaine Ramonet Montrachet Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
3/23/2019 - Topper wrote:
96 points
Rich, full, complex and dense. Doesn't make sense to pick apart the flavors in this integrated whole of a wine. Just sit back and enjoy. May improve from here.
Red
1986 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/23/2019 - Topper wrote:
90 points
This is a pleasant old wine that has seen better days but still shows glimmers of its former self. Classic old bordeaux flavors but with a hint of fading flower. Note to self, 20 years is just about right for this chateau.
Red
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.
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White
2013 Domaine Ramonet Montrachet Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
3/21/2019 - Topper wrote:
94 points
Very pretty wine. Round flavors in the mouth while retaining grace and freshness. Lots of peach, pear and a hint of butter. Less rich, if perhaps more fresh, than the 2010 served alongside it. Very ready for current drinking yet should go 5-10 more years.
Rosé - Sparkling
3/17/2019 - Topper wrote:
93 points
Very different from your typical champagne. The color is a bright hot pink, darker than typical rose. The flavors are intense and bursting with red fruit, especially strawberry. Has a slight candy apple quality on the tongue. Just loaded with flavor. I think some will absolutely hate this, but if you can get over your preconceptions, you may find something quite stunning.
Red
3/10/2019 - Topper wrote:
97 points
Tasted 15 Liger Belair wines at the Paulee dinner for these wines and this was the one that stood out over all the others (including the 07 and 09 versions of the same wine). Amazing precision and focus with surprising accessibility at this age. I tried to make this glass last as long as possible but it was hard to resist. Liger Belair wines are, in general, very good. This one was fantastic.
Red
3/10/2019 - Topper wrote:
95 points
So sorry I didn't buy more of this. Compelling nose of strawberries. Elegant wine with underlying structure and body but in no way hard. This is delicious now and capable of going considerably longer. A beautiful wine.
Red
3/10/2019 - Topper wrote:
93 points
Slightly young. Firm, yet luscious at the same time. This is packed with fruit that has to work hard today to get noticed above the dark tannins. A very fine wine that will only continue to improve. Try in 4-5 more years.
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Red
2/26/2019 - Topper wrote:
flawed
Corked. A shame.
Red
2014 Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore Corvina Blend, Corvina (view label images)
2/26/2019 - Topper wrote:
90 points
Surprisingly nice wine for a reasonable price. bright cherry with a touch of Amarone tar and smoke. Very pleasant wine
Red
2005 Claude Dugat Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
2/24/2019 - Topper wrote:
93 points
Bought 6 of these on release and am very glad I did. It's just starting to emerge from it's closed phase and while not yet light on its feet, this is a very compelling wine with a lot going on. The burly tannins are starting to recede and the underlying fruit is very nice with plum and cherry notes forward and a touch of dark fruit in the back. The oak is present but not overwhelming.. It's good across the whole spectrum, from the attack to the middle to the finish. I won't be surprised if this evolves into a superb wine.
Red
2/24/2019 - Topper wrote:
88 points
Definitely not my cup of tea. This wine does battle with your mouth, tasting very rough and clenched. Someone used the word brambly to describe this, and I agree, just not in a good way. After drinking this over two days, I felt like my mouth had walked through a briar patch. Not sure if it will smooth up in a few years or will just go down hill. Another tell is that the release price was over $100 and you can now get it at auction for $35.
Red
2/15/2019 - Topper wrote:
97 points
Drank on my birthday this year. Nothing to add that hasn't been said by others. Superb winemaking on display.
Red
1/20/2019 - Topper wrote:
90 points
As good as it's ever going to be. Pretty decent wine for the price. Fruit still present along with some fairly aggressive tannins. Good enough,
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White
1/5/2019 - Topper wrote:
89 points
Pleasant enough, easy to drink, nothing terribly flashy or interesting
Red
1/2/2019 - Topper wrote:
92 points
Very pretty wine. Punches above it's weight. Lots of dark cherry fruit and, as other have noted, rich chocolate notes. Medium weight. Easy to enjoy. Vietti showing that they know how to make wine.
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White
12/26/2018 - Topper wrote:
92 points
Very tasty. I had worried that this might be fading but it was completely in the drinking widow. Truly pleased the crowd and drank well both on its own, and with food. Moderate body, with precision of flavor. Plenty of stone fruit and tiny touch of vanilla make for a very pleasing wine.
Red
12/26/2018 - Topper wrote:
94 points
I've been collecting this winery for quite some time and this bottle was possibly the best I have had from them. Just full of ripe red fruit, mineral, chocolate and caramel. A real Christmas treat. Possibly helped by this one being from magnum.
White - Sparkling
12/25/2018 - Topper wrote:
93 points
Opened two bottles, one was corked, the other drinking just about the same as last time (in 2014). Still fresh fruit with prominent brioche. A very well made bottle that benefitted from the great year in 96.
White
12/25/2018 - Topper wrote:
91 points
Fresh and sweet, with enough oomph to hold up to thai food. Not as much secondary flavors today as there will be later but that won't stop me from drinking these sooner than later.
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Red
12/12/2018 - Topper wrote:
92 points
The great vintage likely improved this wine. I went long in village and premier cruller wines from this vintage and they didn't show well for a long time, but now they are really perking up. This one was drinking very nicely some 13 years in. Very Chambollesque with a pretty nose and soft fresh fruit with a touch of complexity. Very nice with food. Would make a nice introduction to the region for someone trying to get to know burgundy.
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White
11/30/2018 - Topper wrote:
89 points
Rich and full but not very clear or precise. Fine for what it cost.
White
11/30/2018 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Lots of notes on this so I won't go into detail but it is as good as most CTers have said. Clear, clean, precise, mineral driven wine that wants to be consumed slowly and thoughtfully.
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Red
11/30/2018 - Topper wrote:
94 points
Looks from the notes that there is a lot of bottle variation with this wine. This one was showing very nicely. Rich and balanced without being lush. It showed well as an example of the terroir with pretty flavors and some emerging secondary notes. It will never be a blockbuster and probably should be drunk up in the next 5 years but if you have some, this would be a good time to check in on it.
Red
2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/24/2018 - Topper Likes this wine:
96 points
A favorite wine. As good as ever. See prior notes.
Red
11/22/2018 - Topper wrote:
91 points
The points are more for the sweet, full mushroomy nose which developed gradually over the course of dinner, and not for the palate which was thinner and more tart than expected. I don"t expect this to improve and must count it as a relative disappointnent for Conterno.
Red
11/22/2018 - Topper wrote:
95 points
From magnum. Others gave been commenting positively on this wine lately, and I have to agree. Maybe even better now from a larger bottle as this one drank beautifully with no signs of falling over the hill. I'm finding that brunello is increasingly a go-to wine for me as the weather turns colder in the New England fall.
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