Tasting Notes for abbulf

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Red
This was one of those bottles which just shines, and which exceeds expectations in a big way. Beautiful nose where the oak is still present, but now intergrated in a good way. The fruit is also in this lovely place between primarity and maturity. Should be able to keep a bit longer, but do not really see a need for it based on this bottle.
Red
7/9/2019 - abbulf wrote:
Still very much alive after 16 years. Not a life changing experience, but a sound, mature crozes with dark fruits, animal tones and soft tannins that are polished by the bottle age. A steal at the usd 20 I paid at auction this year.
White
Stunning bottle of wine. Beautiful and complex nose dominated by peach and pear with some honey notes and wet stones minerality. Powerful and lightweight at the same time. The palate is more of the same with a featherweight elegance through a long finish, backed up by tropical fruits. This wine was relatively sweet (probably a feinherb) when released, but sweetness and acidity is now in perfect balance. Drinks remarkably well now, but still a lot of life left here.
Red
7/6/2019 - abbulf wrote:
In a very good place right now. Lovely nose
Where the bojo fruitiness meets development.
On the palate it is still very juicy and highly enjoyable. Probably on top now.
White
7/6/2019 - abbulf wrote:
Shockingly good for a petit Chablis. Very attractive nose that is dominated by stones and sea shore aromas. Also surprising intensity. The palate
is dominated by acidity, but not overly so. By far
the best petit Chablis I have ever had. Drink now.
Red
2017 G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso Langhe DOC Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo (view label images)
Light, uncomplicated, fruity and well made. Not bad at all for the price.
White
Citrus notes on the lovely nose, particularly lime. Also stones and white flowers. Still quite primary and both vibrant and powerful. The palate is dominated by acidity, but there is still enough fruit to hold it together. Very long and concentrated. This is high quality, and even though I would normally like a bit more development in such a wine, I think this one is on top now due to the massive acidity which I am afraid will dominate too much in the not too distant future. Highly recommended but drink now.
White
7/6/2019 - abbulf wrote:
Decent petit chablis but far behind Fevre 2014 petit it was up against. Felt a bit too generic.
White
7/6/2019 - abbulf wrote:
Seem to be in a phase where the acidity is subdued. The wine seem a bit unfresh at the moment. Will wait 2-3 years for next bottle.
White
6/28/2019 - abbulf wrote:
From magnum. Mature but at the same time fresh. Wide open and in a beautiful place right now. Well stored bottles can be kept longer but based on this bottle I don’t see the point.
White - Sparkling
6/21/2019 - abbulf wrote:
Purchased september 2018. As most champagne, this also benefits from cellaring. This bottle had received almost a year of cellar time after purchase, and already you could feel the difference. A bit less opulent than "fresh" bottles, and all the better for it. This is a very fine NV that should have been kept even longer.
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White - Sparkling
There is some variety to these bottles. This bottle was the best of the half dozen or so I have had so far. Beautiful maturing champagne which at the same time is both restrained and vibrant. Perfect balance, and if the rest of my bottles are of the same quality I will be very happy for the price I paid.
Red
1994 Château La Grave Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/8/2015 - abbulf wrote:
Too old
Red
1/25/2016 - abbulf wrote:
Not particularly green for a 2011, and much less than the Cras from same producer. A very nice 2011, with clean, deep fruit and good concentration. I do not buy 2011 anymore, but this I would buy again.
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White
1/10/2016 - abbulf wrote:
From memory. Very enjoyable. Fresh and with vibrant acidity, but with sufficient fruit to keep the 2013-acidity in check. Not sure if this vintage is the one to keep for decades, but lovely now and I will drink my bottles over the next few years.
White
1/10/2016 - abbulf wrote:
Brilliant for what it is - a dry Mosel riesling from the rather austere vintage 2013. Where the competition is struggling with unbalanced acidity, this is perfectly balanced and full of refreshing enjoyment. Even more impressive when one consider that this is not even the Ohligsberg, but the regular Wintricher, which is one step down on the quality ladder. Really, really good and enjoyable now, but I would not keep this for many years, as I fear that the acidity, which is perfectly balanced today, may become too dominant once the fruits starts to recede.
White - Sparkling
4/26/2014 - abbulf wrote:
Fantastic intensity and vitality. Outshone the Krug 88 it was served alongside. Very young, and a baby killing even after 26 years.
White - Sparkling
4/26/2014 - abbulf wrote:
Great champagne. Very youthful, but Salon 88 from magnum served next to it was even more youthful. Magnums of these should be kept for 10+ more years.
White - Sparkling
4/26/2014 - abbulf wrote:
From memory. Remarcable bottle. Still fresh with some bubbles. Incredible intensity. Vibrant and not at all tired. Great old champagne!
Red
12/21/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Very good as is always the case with LdH. Smooth and elegant, but with the structure and intensity of the wintage. Drinking well already, but will keep for many years.
Red
10/10/2013 - abbulf wrote:
flawed
Corked :(
White
10/10/2013 - abbulf wrote:
First time I have had this wine, and I am impressed. A huge step up from the regular Pazo Senorans. Complex nose that indicates that the wine has had a longer period sur lie. The palate is fat and acidic at the same time, with a very good concentration. This feels young and can probably be kept for quite a few years, but it is very good already.
Rosé - Sparkling
10/9/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Great nose with apples, rhye bread and some red berries. On the palate the 2008 acidity makes this very lively and enjoyable. Sufficient fruit and concentration to match the acidity. Very good now, but probably a lot better in 10 years.
Red
10/9/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Not very complex, but food friendly and enjoyable. Good value.
White
2011 Ossian Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León Verdejo (view label images)
10/9/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Textbook Rueda. Burgundian in style, and a bit more elegant than 2011 Belondrade & Lurton. Quite rich both on the palate and the nose, but all in balance. Enjoyable.
Red
10/9/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Not quite as elegant as the 2009 tasted earlier same day, but still this is very enjoyable. Dark red fruits and lots of concentration. Will improve as it ages at least the next 5-6 years.
White - Fortified
N.V. Hijos de Rainera Perez Marin La Guita Manzanilla Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda Palomino Fino (view label images)
10/9/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Bottled June 2013. Fresh and lively. Nutty aroma with a fat richness. Concentrated and acidic on the palate. Very high quality price ratio.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
10/9/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Bodegas Enrique Mendoza tasting - with Pepe Mendoza (Bodegas Enrique Mendoza tasting room): Dark and sweet, and with 15 % alcohol. This has the same use as a port. Goes very well with chocolate desserts, but too rich and heavy for more than a glass on its own.
White - Sweet/Dessert
10/9/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Bodegas Enrique Mendoza tasting - with Pepe Mendoza (Bodegas Enrique Mendoza tasting room): Fine moscatel that has a complex nose of tropical fruits, honey, ginger and other spices. Sweet and seductive.
Red
10/9/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Bodegas Enrique Mendoza tasting - with Pepe Mendoza (Bodegas Enrique Mendoza tasting room): A new project from Pepe Mendoza. 2 000 bottles have been bottled, and will be released in December 2013. This is also from Villenas, but from a plot with rocky soil, as opposed to Estrecho which is more sandy. According to Pepe, this gives a wine that is more full-bodied and powerful than the Estrecho. The wine has a sweet nose that is plum dominated. Powerful, and deeper than the Estrecho. Also structured and concentrated on the palate. A wine that is very young now, and will be interesting to follow. Much potential here.
Red
10/9/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Bodegas Enrique Mendoza tasting - with Pepe Mendoza (Bodegas Enrique Mendoza tasting room): Full bodied, powerful and in need of time. Clean, sweet fruit, fine balance with tannins and acidity. The best Santa Rosa to date, and in need of 5-10 years of cellaring.
Red
10/9/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Bodegas Enrique Mendoza tasting - with Pepe Mendoza (Bodegas Enrique Mendoza tasting room): The best Estrecho to date. Prior vintages have been either in an elegant, burgundian style (2005 and 2006), or in a more powerful style (2004, 2007, 2008). The 2009 combines the two, with the power of the last two vintages, but mixed with a more elegant nose that is reminiscent of 2005 and 2006. Serious wine that should be kept 5 years or decanted if drank today. Has to be one of, if not the best Monastrell on the market.
Red
10/9/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Bodegas Enrique Mendoza tasting - with Pepe Mendoza (Bodegas Enrique Mendoza tasting room): Clean fruit on the nose also here, which was the common denominator on Mendoza's wines today. Needs some time to integrate the tannins. Some heat in the finish, but still very good quality for the price.
Red
10/9/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Bodegas Enrique Mendoza tasting - with Pepe Mendoza (Bodegas Enrique Mendoza tasting room): Nice nose that is more syrah than shiraz. Clean fruit and not jammy at all. The best young shiraz I have had from Pepe Mendoza
White - Sparkling
10/8/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Not as vibrant as the 2008 tasted a few weeks ago. Still great though, as Bouchards champagnes always are.
Red
10/8/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Impressive. Great red berry fruit, and very vibrant and alive. Another very nice 2010.
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White
10/6/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Fresh and uncomplicated. Fine acidity, and better than most Spanish whites at this price. Good for daily drinking in the Spanish sun.
White
10/6/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Highly concentrated and great quality. Decanted for an hour, but should have more air. So good now it is difficult to keep, but this will probably improve.
White
10/6/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Very good quality village Meursault. Drinking fine now, but still potential.
White - Sparkling
10/3/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Clos du Stavanger monthly tasting Oct. 2013 - 1998 horisontal (Stavanger, Norway): Same bottle as Atryeu. Stunning and complex nose of toasted rye bread with coffee and a stony minerality. Vibrant and great. The palate is rich, very concentrated, mineral, acidic and all in a rough style. Great champagne.
Red
10/3/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Clos du Stavanger monthly tasting Oct. 2013 - 1998 horisontal (Stavanger, Norway): Bretty nose, like a stable full of hippos(!) Beneath there is nice and very clean black currant fruit. Seductive, but the mineral component is missing to take this to another level. The brett is however partly making up for the missing complexity from the lack of minerality. The palate has lots of fruit, but is lacking in structure and caracter. Burning finish. Better nose than palate.
Red
1998 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/3/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Clos du Stavanger monthly tasting Oct. 2013 - 1998 horisontal (Stavanger, Norway): My first Monte Bello - finally. Stunning nose that is textbook westside Bordeaux, but with an impressive purity to the fruit. Lots of black currant and cedar wood. Fantastic. The palate is super smooth. Lovely, slightly sweet and very pure. Very concentrated and with mature tannins. Super wine. Drinking great now.
Red
1998 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/3/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Clos du Stavanger monthly tasting Oct. 2013 - 1998 horisontal (Stavanger, Norway): Lots of oak mixed with black currant on the nose. Sweet and a bit heavy fruit. Still in its primary phase. Appealing, and even more so when the oak declines with air. Then pencils, paprika and an earthy minerality is taking more of the stage. The palate has sweet and fine fruit. Good concentration, but a bit too heavy. There is a burn in the finish that is negative. Improves with air, and I would wait 10 years for next bottle.
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Red
10/3/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Clos du Stavanger monthly tasting Oct. 2013 - 1998 horisontal (Stavanger, Norway): Wow! Sweet and stunning nose with blackberries and blueberries. Also iron minerals and some vanilla. Fresh, vibrant and perfect development so far. Keeps on improving with air. The palate is also stunning, with lots of fruit and concentration. Also lots of mature tannins. Stony minerality. Very long finish, and all is in perfect balance here. Really a fantastic wine that still seems to have upward potential.
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Red
10/3/2013 - abbulf wrote:
Clos du Stavanger monthly tasting Oct. 2013 - 1998 horisontal (Stavanger, Norway): Sweet and seductive nose. Some sweet/sour tones that would lead to italy if tasted blind. Improves with air and showes a very pure strawberry fruit after some time in the glass. The palate is still fruity and quite tannic. Keeps developing in the glass and has potential for further cellaring. However, some heat in the finish stops this from being a great wine.
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