Tasting Notes for Motz

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Red
10/18/2019 - Motz wrote:
89 points
Extracted and dense. The extraction level masquerades as structure. Not much range or depth; 1,000 day aged Gouda accentuated the nuance.
Red
10/18/2019 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Tasted over four days, and it showed well throughout, hitting its full stride on day three. Prototypical purple fruited, Gigondas Grenache, with a light kiss of brett...which mostly blew off after several hours of air, leaving only wafting hints. The wine turned more mineral-driven by the day, and on the third delivered a tour-de-force in all that is great about Gigondas, particularly vis-à-vis its more highly-touted, overpriced neighbor to the southwest. Excellent, bordering on the exceptional, in all regards. Let it rest for several years, as improvement seems likely. 93-94.
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Red
10/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
89 points
Straight up, well made, wholly appealing north Rhone Syrah...at a bargain price, no less. 88-89.
Red
10/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
95 points
High quality Barolo that needs to breathe! It sports a riveting bouquet and profoundly layered, texturally enthralling palate. Anything less than an eight hour decant essentially constitutes wasting a spectacular wine. Interesting to experience this terroir in a restrained year. It will improve and last through 2035+. 94-95...96?
Red
10/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Over three days. The tautest and most rustic vintage of this label I recall tasting. Deep purple core, gripping middle, rippin' acids, and grainy tannins. A spectacular pairing with 1000 day aged Gouda, which brought the wine's dried, desert fruit sweetness to the fore. Only a touch of eucalyptus, otherwise it drinks like a cool north Rhone vintage, especially Cornas. The 13.5 abv was much welcome.
White
10/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Fresh, particularly for a nine-year-old bottle, ample substance and depth, along with bracing structure. A testable wine, and thankfully judiciously oaked. It will evolve and last for at least another decade, likely much longer.
Red
10/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
91 points
Another bottle of this drained over three days. While modern, there is substance to it...and even a little verve.
Red
10/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
90 points
Modern, heavily extracted, fairly heavy oaked. Lacking varietal character and sense of place. Technically very good to excellent, and yet soulless. 89-90.
Red
10/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
90 points
Taut, crunchy, and a touch rustic. Technically excellent, although underwhelming for a good vintage 1er Cru.
Red - Fortified
10/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Tasted over three days...and I am glad I did...as the first and second days the wine featured excessive oak treatment, which overwhelmed all other elements. Had it at 91 points.

The third day revealed a very pretty wine. In no way tightly wound or reticent, but exceptionally enjoyable. Lacking the depth and structure to approach a score in the mid to high 90s. Will hold my other bottle for a while. 92-93.
Red
10/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
91 points
Sauve, light in color and body, correct. No edges. Generally underwhelming for Riserva Barbaresco, yet delicious all the same.
Red
10/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Technically a very good wine...and yet wholly underwhelming for Barbaresco. It shows like good quality Langhe Nebbiolo.
White
10/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
86 points
Surprisingly good for a 'Delle Venezie' wine. Very good acid provides noteworthy lift and tension. 86-87.
White
10/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Captivating aromatics! Fresh, piercing, and long. Buzzsaw acids and balanced alcohol. Near the top of all dry Gewurztraminer wines I have tasted, from anywhere...ever. 92-93.
Red
2015 Pamplin Family Winery JRG Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
88 points
A whole lot of fruit, almost as much lumber, and not much of anything else. Well structured, and there is a balance to it.
Red
2016 Wondrous Wines Red I.Q. Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
86 points
Three truck tons of ultra ripe sweet fruit and three truck tons of timber. Very good structure. Otherwise, not much else.
Red
10/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
95 points
Tasted over three days. Engrossing perfume of raspberry compote, straw berry preserves, orange marmalade, mint, wintergreen, coal, and petrol derivatives. Just ridiculous! The wine tasted as it smelled, offering layer after inflection-changing layer. The real deal, a complete, mind-bending wine. More traditionally aged Barolo on the second day, quite faded on the third. 95-96.
Red
2007 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
10/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Over three days. A believer in great bottles after 12 to 15 years, not great wine; this wine offered strong evidence to that credo. It showed as an at peak, graceful, and poised CCR. It paired very well with pepper encrusted sirloin. Moderately enjoyable on the second day and all but vinegar on the third.

Conversely, perhaps the hot vintage brought this wine to full maturity earlier than one might have expected. Whatever the case, based on this experience, I would be leery about holding bottles beyond another year to two. I would have expected this to be in no more than a mid drinking window, not at peak, or perhaps just beyond.
Red
10/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
89 points
Excessive extraction. A whole lot of purple fruit, violets, and pepper. An excessive dollop of lumber, enough to overpower any terroir elements. Very good structure. Very good to excellent technically. Equally boring.
Red
10/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
flawed
Healthy smattering of TCA.
Red
10/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
90 points
Tasted over two days. Taut over both days. Quite fruity for Burgundy. Interesting amalgam of deep red and purple berries and crunchiness, in the way common to Cru Beaujolais. Not much earthiness. If blind, I might have guessed New Zealand. Quality wine, though underwhelming. 90-91.
Red
10/15/2019 - Motz wrote:
96 points
Tasted over two days. More tightly wound than the Rabaja, Asili, and Rio Sordo, the three other 'Riservas' I have tasted from this vintage. Indeed, while undeniably a beautiful wine, it retained a fair amount of reticence over both days. To a great extent, the wine's shyness ties directly to its stalwart tannic structure, for which Montefico is known.

The depth here, that experienced and that which remained latent, is nothing short of wondrous. In time, a whole lot of time, it might out perform the Asili and Rabaja. For all the pleasure it delivered, opening this bottle was almost wasteful. This will likely be the longest lived of the 2011 Riservas. Resounding glory awaits it...after 15 to 20 years. Insane QPR! 96-97...98?
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Red
10/15/2019 - Motz wrote:
90 points
Tasted over two days. Well...I do not understand the reviews or scores here, average of 86.3 at the time of this note. While not the same quality as other vintages, the 2001, for example, it does not lack for substance, range, structure, and balance. Pure Rioja, and likely to improve. Let it rest a few years. 90-91.
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Red
2015 Château Giscours Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/15/2019 - Motz wrote:
95 points
Found in Mountlouis-sur-Loire for essentially U.S. release pricing, which made the purchase a no-brainer. Seductive terroir and deft blending have wrought an enthralling wine, even if somewhat rustic by Margaux standards. The Merlot, purportedly 25 percent, harmonizes seamlessly with the 70 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, and five percent Petit Verdot. Indeed, that the wine retains a certain red fruited (raspberry) character gives testament to the Merlot's exceptional quality. This noted, the Cabernet Sauvignon is no slouch, delivering a powerful frame of medium plus to high acid (enhanced by the Merlot) and medium plus tannin, bolstered by the Petit Verdot. The absence of obtrusive oak allows the place and assemblage to work magic.

Tannins were a touch less bracing than in July 2018; the textures ever more intriguing. An underlying vein of velvety 'sweet' red fruit puts the mind to Raspberry and Lingonberry liqueur. A wine of layered substance, while still a touch edgy, in a positive way. Delicious now, but it will be better once it integrates more fully. If I had several bottles I would open one every three years to follow what will be a delightfully informative maturation curve. High QPR for Third Growth Margaux. 94-96.
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Red
2014 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/14/2019 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Tasted over two lovely days in Zermatt, toasting the Matterhorn's singularly majestic beauty at regular intervals. A lovely Bordeaux, vivacious and wholly unpretentious.

Exuberant, and chock full of baby fat upon pulling the cork. Recorking the bottle and waiting for the following day was the only real option. As expected, the wine delivered striking composure, form, and tension on the second day. Certainly forward, though not lacking for traditional markers. The mid palate delivers impressive range and depth, with powdery tannins making their mark at the back. The wine finishes with floral and red-fruited notes, carried by an intriguing sheen texture.

It can age for a decade from now, probably longer, and it needs three to five years to show its best. Pretty, captivating, unique.
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Red
2015 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/14/2019 - Motz wrote:
94 points
Found this bottle in Montlouis-sur-Loire and enjoyed it with great friends over a meal of lamb and vegetables near Avignon.

Not as tight as the first bottle tasted in January this year, but it still ranks among the most reticent 2015 Bordeaux that I have crossed paths with. It is also among the most oaky, which lends it a certain New World character. (In my experience, LB does not adapt its oak regimen from vintage to vintage. Indeed, per the producer's website, it appears that 60 percent new oak treatment is standard.) This noted, the wine packs the substance to age for 15 to 20 years+ from today, which should allow the oak to integrate. Also noteworthy, per the producer's website, the assemblage is a 86-14 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, a high percentage of the former variety by Left Bank Classed Growth standards overall, and especially by vintage standards.

Dark in the glass, and aside from the (to my mind) excessive oak treatment, quite brooding. The exceptional fruit quality is evident from the outset. Along with traditional markers, blackcurrant, pepper garden, and graphite, the wine features a dry blueberry element and menthol (wintergreen). Undeniable, and I might add, highly appealing suavity and balance, accentuated by medium plus to high acid, and deceptively light (for the present) tannins. (I would not be surprised if the tannins come forward in a big way after three to five years.) Medium plus finish, if somewhat muddled by oak. It paired splendidly with the roasted lamb and vegetable medley. Léoville Barton terroir captivates!

The delimma: The wine, as noted, will likely age for 20 years, most of which will be needed for the oak to integrate. If it continues evolving beyond 20 years, greatness awaits. (Less is more!) In sum, this vintage called for no more than 40 percent new oak. I find the practice of masking high-quality terroir with oak bewildering...and, no...I do not accept the argument that oak is part and parcel of terroir. 94-95...96?

P.S. A plea. Dear Léoville Barton. Your estate offers some of the finest terroir known to humankind. Please showcase it, not oak.
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White - Sparkling
10/13/2019 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Purchased at La Cave Insolite and enjoyed alongside the 2007 vintage with great friends in Avignon. Very young, spectacularly vivacious, and it will almost certainly improve. It merits at least five years in the cellar, perhaps ten or more. Stupid good QPR!
White - Sparkling
10/13/2019 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Purchased at La Cave Insolite and enjoyed in Avignon with great friends. Are you kidding me!? World Class sparking line for under $30!? Bold, piercing, gritty, honeyed, and oh so very long. This bottle would have lasted another five years+. Crazy QPR!
Red
10/13/2019 - Motz wrote:
91 points
Lovely perfume imparted by decidedly unique terroir. A touch reminiscent of Whistling Ridge Vineyard in the Willamette Valley. Lush red fruits, acerola, and hibiscus tea on the palate. Generous and seductive, complex finish. Labeled at 13.5 abv, a half degree less would have put it over the top. 91-92.
White
10/13/2019 - Motz wrote:
87 points
A blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Considerable weight makes it quite robust. Seemingly a touch unbalanced. Solid.
White
10/13/2019 - Motz wrote:
90 points
High quality Grüner Veltliner here; correct in all regards. It features Federspiel-like substance and weight, thus over delivering in a big way given the modest price. It can age for several years. Excellent!
White
10/13/2019 - Motz wrote:
87 points
Very good varietal character. Serious acid makes the wine quite fresh, with a lifted finish. Well made. 87-88.
White - Off-dry
10/12/2019 - Motz wrote:
94 points
Magnum, tasted over two days. A lovely terroir, expressive and substantive. Highly appealing textures, range, and balance. Insanely good now, but time will certainly work magic. Let it rest for seven to ten years. Mind-bending QPR!
White
10/12/2019 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Magnum, tasted over two days. Pure, weighty, gritty, honeyed, and mineral-driven Chenin Blanc. Excellent substance and balance. Ridiculously young. Let it rest for several years.
White
10/12/2019 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Magnum, over two days. Clean, gritty, and piercing. Interesting marine notes. Excellent weight and texture. This bottle could have lasted at least a decade, probably longer.
White - Sweet/Dessert
10/9/2019 - Motz wrote:
94 points
Tasted at La Cave Insolite on 6/26. Head-spinning, knee-weakening deliciousness! So much of everything good. Somewhat reminiscent of the finest Auslese Rulander. Off-the-chain! 94-95!
White - Sweet/Dessert
10/9/2019 - Motz wrote:
94 points
Tasted at La Cave Insolite on 6/26. In the name of all things sacred!!! This juice rocks!...liquid rocks in particular! Pure joy! A glass of honeyed, tropical and stone fruit kissed, sunshine!
White
10/9/2019 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Tasted at La Cave Insolite on 6/26. A wine that I would be delighted to have grace any table at which I might sit. White flowers, tropical and stone fruits, honeysuckle, and mineral depth. Lovely and long!
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White - Off-dry
10/9/2019 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Tasted at La Cave Insolite on 6/26. A winner! My preferred style of still Chenin Blanc, pleasant weight and off-dry sweetness. It features layers of flowers, fruit, honeyed, and mineral elements. Crazy delicious!
White
10/9/2019 - Motz wrote:
91 points
Tasted at La Cave Insolite on 6/26. A wine of the mineral earth, if a touch lean. Wow! Tart citrus, steeliness, and limestone notes throughout. Very young. A touch of weight would enhance the experience.
White
10/9/2019 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Tasted at La Cave Insolite on 6/26. Citrus, white flowers, and metallic ores on the bouquet and palate. Appealing weight and a truckload of grit! A red wine drinker's white. Likely to improve.
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White
10/9/2019 - Motz wrote:
91 points
Tasted at La Cave Insolite on 6/26. The ultra-dry, lean, and rustic face of Chenin Blanc. Bone dry, gritty texture, rapier-like acids on the finish. 91-92.
White
10/9/2019 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Tasted at La Cave Insolite on 6/26. Citrus, pear, mineral, and ore-driven bouquet and profile. Compelling textures and depth, while also featuring noteworthy suavity. Long future here, no less than a decade, likely longer. 92-93.
White
10/9/2019 - Motz wrote:
91 points
Tasted at La Cave Insolite on 6/26. A spectacular showcase for Chenin Blanc's versatility. Saline crystal and mineral driven. Lively acids, very long. It will improve. 91-92.
White - Sparkling
10/9/2019 - Motz wrote:
91 points
Tasted at La Cave Insolite on 6/26. Riveting energy, impressive range and depth, piercing finish of excellent length. Time will serve it well. It should evolve over the next seven to ten years, and improve. 91-92.
White
10/9/2019 - Motz wrote:
87 points
Tasted at La Cave Insolite on 6/26. Light, refreshing, and enjoyable. Appealing aromatics, very good acid and balance.
White - Sparkling
10/8/2019 - Motz wrote:
89 points
My wife and I shared a bottle of this at our hotel restaurant during our last evening in Europe. An overachiever to be sure! It paired spectacularly with her butter-seared monkfish and greens and my lamb tangine and polenta.
Rosé - Sparkling
10/8/2019 - Motz wrote:
94 points
Magnum bottle, which had been cellared for a while, perhaps to perfect form. (Did not look for a disgorgement date.) Lovely color in the glass. Minimal, if any, oxidation, rather strikingly fresh and lifted. Enthralling nuance and depth, inflection-changing textures, sublime weight, precise frame, exquisite finish. It was my pleasure to enjoy the last few ounces after the bottle had been open for a few hours. A memorable experience indeed.
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Red
10/7/2019 - Motz wrote:
94 points
Tasted over two days, the first alongside the same vintage Iles Feray. Highly expressive typicity of variety and place. Testable! The wine features blue fruit, violets, herbs, olive barrel, drying tobacco, lit pipe, smokehouse, and smoldering coal perfume. It tastes like it smells, with an underlying vein of blue fruit liqueur enriching the experience. Inflection-changing range and depth, excellent, if somewhat subtle, structure, never-say-die finish. Bordering on an ethereal elixir. Unequivocally beautiful! Likely to improve. 94-95.

As an aside: This is a more complete wine than the Iles Feray, but that wine's rustic, earth and mineral driven power, places it squarely in my wheelhouse.
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Red
10/7/2019 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Attention commanding power and rusticity of the first order! Wow! Pure Syrah, conveyed through slate and granite-like minerality. It also features piercing energy, aligned with medium plus acid and fine medium tannins. It held its own alongside the same vintage Saint-Joseph, and while not as pretty and deep, it arguably showed greater power. The substance will allow it to age for at least a decade, probably longer. The challenge will be keeping ones hands off...as it is friggin' delicious now! 92-93.
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