Comments on my notes

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Red
2011 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie Les Journaries Syrah
3/14/2019 - WMWG wrote:
Pretty closed off. VA upon opening had me worried, but this blew off with a decant. Typical Levet notes of raspberries and violets with hard brambly and sauvage characteristics. Smoked game and fat notes were more in the background and this was all about lithe-texture and a graceful, lifted frame. The nose was impeccable with air. Strong tannins. A distinct wet dog emerged with a few hours air. Best to give this some years before opening another.
  • WMWG commented:

    3/14/19, 10:14 AM - Haha - exactly. I just couldn’t resist!

Red
2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Nebbiolo
10/26/2018 - abh wrote:
Strange this. Tried it from Coravin, seemed suprisingly mature, brown color at the rim, caramelized with a touch of oxidation even. Then opened the bottle (yes, the same one) a couple of weeks later and young and as fresh could be. I don't understand wine sometimes. On the first showing, hmmm, on the 2nd, a lovely, bright, drinkable, seriosu but not profound, wine.
  • WMWG commented:

    10/27/18, 6:32 AM - That's the rub with these, they pale out at around 10 but stay in that middle aged form for a long time.

Red
2006 Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Monvigliero Nebbiolo
5/22/2018 - WineGuyX wrote:
flawed
Given my previous tasting note, this MUST be an off bottle (but I did note a complete lack of sediment in the bottle after decanting). Smells slightly of Brettanomyces, tobacco and oak and not much else. Medium-bodied with a silky texture, but again, very little flavor. Can't wait for the next bottle!
  • WMWG commented:

    5/23/18, 6:43 AM - In my experience, these have never thrown sediment. My bottle approximately a year ago seemed to be closing down, compared to my bottle in 2015. Thanks for the reference point.

  • WMWG commented:

    10/15/18, 3:14 AM - I haven't opened another since my note. I think I have one left and I'm not sure where it is. I figure I'll give it a few more years.

White
2002 Laurent Tribut Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy Chardonnay
8/14/2018 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
92 points
This is good. It's got classic shells and iodine, with some lemon, and a little bit of weight behind it. Good cut on the palate with excellent acid, and serious depth. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 16/20.
  • WMWG commented:

    10/8/18, 6:23 PM - Underrated chablis producer, in my opinion. I hadn't realized he produced wine this far back.I always seem to get the iodine and quinine notes here.

Red
2011 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo Nebbiolo
12/15/2017 - acyso wrote:
93 points
HDH auction tasting at Spiaggia; 12/14/2017-12/16/2017 (Chicago, IL): Initially, this was excessively high-toned, cough-syrupy, candied, and not particularly convincing. Thank goodness I opened this 12 hours before serving! The nose here has developed spectacularly, becoming more demure, with hints of dirt and perfume simultaneously appearing. The tannic structure has softened a bit, but still shows mildly medicinal. There are beautiful red fruits and a delicate softness in this wine, despite its showing really hot and alcoholic last night. Silky and soft now, but still showing great structure.
  • WMWG commented:

    10/8/18, 6:12 PM - Sounds like you'd call this a buy??? Would you at $130?? Weary the note of heat and alcohol' note you mention, but it sounds like that subsided(?).

White
2014 Dirler-Cade Riesling Kessler Alsace Grand Cru
10/1/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Spur of the moment opening, so this was pop and pour, and initially served a bit warm. That being said, it was lovely. The first thing that struck me was the depth of flavor. Certainly deeper than any German Trocken I have had in a long time, it was right there with some of the top Austrian Smaragd wines. Close to dry, the nose and palate started with sweet apple and tart pineapple, with touches of honeysuckle, cress and a finishing hint of licorice. While the wine carried a ton of flavor, it did not feel heavy, and so was easy to drink, yet so engaging in its complexities that I was able to savor it. Lovely stuff.
  • WMWG commented:

    10/3/18, 6:30 PM - These are really good and - as you say - deep on flavor

White
2012 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett Nahe
9/14/2018 - mmh wrote:
90 points
This was excellent, but I can’t help to think that I liked it even more the first and last time I tried it, about 3-4 years ago. I guess I just like my kabinetts more when they are young and very bright and fresh. Having said that, this was also bright and fresh, long and complex with some slightly spicy notes in the aftertaste. Good acidity and balanced. Can of course be cellared longer but according to my personal preferences it would probably not improve.
  • WMWG commented:

    9/14/18, 5:49 PM - Was this under cork or screwtop?

Red
2014 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Nebbiolo
9/1/2018 - WMWG Likes this wine:
91 points
Eric's note pretty much says it all. Tar, cherries, herbs, roses and spices but still with a youthful dark berry/violet tone that is driving and dominant. Pretty nose shows dried rose petals herbs and lacquered cherry fruit. Medium–plus tannins that lie beneath the weight of the fruit on the pallet and rise up on the finish to leave a mouthwatering and mouth puckering tannic finish. This is lighter on acidity, although there is certainly a bright charge beneath the denseness of the youthful fruit, which I would expect to emerge with time in the cellar. Nevertheless, this is not as bright as some past vintages that I can recall and comes across as a medium-light framed, classically styled wine of modest proportion, that should drink well in a 6 to 8 year drinking window, though is appealing at the moment as well.

Very Good
  • WMWG commented:

    9/8/18, 5:21 AM - This seemed to be a little friendlier without sacrificing form. Think 2014 red burgundy.

Red
2014 Domaine Vigot Fabrice Vosne-Romanée La Colombiere Pinot Noir
8/7/2018 - Burgundy Al wrote:
86 points
Black and red cherry aromas with spice hints. Nose comes across as nicely Vosne, while the palate shows more black fruit, less spice and more rugged tannins than I'd expect from young Vosne Villages. Better to cellar a few more years.
  • WMWG commented:

    8/8/18, 5:41 PM - When I tried a few of these on release, my optimistic side felt they'd need a while in the cellar to sort out.

White - Off-dry
2015 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Mosel Saar Ruwer
5/16/2018 - Franklin 10 wrote:
No score
  • WMWG commented:

    5/16/18, 6:54 AM - I get what you're saying, but they've only posted four notes and the scores are hardly out of line with what other tasters are posting.

Red
2011 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie Les Journaries Syrah
1/22/2018 - juffer Likes this wine:
96 points
I served this in my wine course. Beautiful refined nose with violets (presumably from the viognier) and cured meats. Also smoke and savory garrigue herbs. Mouth continues savory herbs which again transitions into cured meats and iron on the finish. Incredibly complex. Love it!
  • WMWG commented:

    1/24/18, 9:36 AM - I think these are 100% Syrah. The Chavaroche definitely is.

Red
2014 Domaine Pierre Guillemot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Serpentières Pinot Noir
11/28/2017 - salil wrote:
91 points
Guillemot Les Serpentières lineup: This really needed a lot of time to open up. First impressions were of a fairly one note wine with simple red cherry on a light frame, but a few hours of air change it considerably, bringing out an array of fresh floral notes, riper berried fruit, and some herbal (stemmy?) elements on the nose. It starts to show a lot more complexity on the palate too, with more layers to the bright red fruit and a savoury, earthy undertone on the back end. It's leaner on the palate than the '10 and the '15, though by no means austere. Excellent wine, though this needs time.
  • WMWG commented:

    11/29/17, 4:14 PM - Glad to see you delving into these wines.

Red
2008 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale Pinot Noir
11/28/2017 - Kemo Sabe wrote:
flawed
A magnum, sadly corked.
  • WMWG commented:

    11/28/17, 4:40 PM - Ouch!

Red
2011 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche Syrah
10/29/2017 - fine137 wrote:
A complete mess that resolved a bit after 24 hours. The nose was sickening, literally. Don't touch for 5 more years and hope something changes or this was an off bottle
  • WMWG commented:

    10/29/17, 2:44 PM - Sickening how? Like dirty barnyard or sickly sweet?

  • WMWG commented:

    11/20/17, 8:10 AM - Kind of what I was thinking.

Red
2013 Lecci e Brocchi Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
4/10/2017 - bevetroppo Likes this wine:
88 points
This is a lovely ripe, Chianti Classico under one condition: Speaking words of wisdom, let it breathe, let it breathe. Off the pour it's downright gnarly and takes a good hour to shake off the grip of abundant tannins and acid. Then it offers attractive sour cherry notes, leathery accents, a streak of stony minerality and a supple though still tannic mouthfeel. Seems like a bit of a throwback-certainly not out to charm you, at least at this stage. Drunk over two nights with sausage and then a grilled grass fed burger: yes. Will love you longtime.
  • WMWG commented:

    11/12/17, 6:22 AM - This is great advice for this wine, makes a huge difference. Spot on.

Red
2010 Viticultor Goyo Garcia Viadero Ribera del Duero Finca Viñas de Arcilla Tinta del Pais, Tempranillo
11/2/2017 - acyso wrote:
95 points
(Mostly) Enfield wines at Red and White (Chicago, IL): An absolutely magnificent bottle of tempranillo, and among the best young red wines I've ever had. Inky dark in colour. The nose shows a bit of earth, as well as voluptuous black fruit, as well as a perfume that is simply irresistible. Similarly stunning on the palate as well, this is a wine that carries its fruit so well, with the thick tannins that speak of a wine being consumed too young, and with a deep earthiness that penetrates the wine from attack to finish. Despite all that density, power, and concentration, this wine somehow never feels heavy.
  • WMWG commented:

    11/3/17, 3:29 AM - Good to read!

Red
2012 Azienda Agricola San Giuseppe Rosso di Montalcino Stella di Campalto Sangiovese
3/19/2017 - Eric Guido Likes this wine:
93 points
The nose showed a seductive, and truly tuscan, display of sweet cherries, raspberry, dusty spice, dried flowers, floral undergrowth and hints of new leather. On the palate, I found silky textures with perfectly balanced acidity that tugged at the senses as crunchy red fruits mixed with sweet spices and hints of light tannin to form a tactile and almost thirst quenching experience. The finish was vibrant with mineral-infused sweet cherry and lingering spice. Wow! My only regret is that I didn't buy a case.
  • WMWG commented:

    10/25/17, 6:18 AM - Eric,
    Do you have any thoughts on drinking window for this? All the notes seem to indicate its good to go now, but there's nothing explicit.

    Thanks!

White
2015 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese feinherb Ur Alte Reben Mosel Saar Ruwer
Flatiron Wines Seminar: Selbach-Oster w Johannes Selbach (Skurnik Wines, New York, NY): This was shut down. One could sense the concentration behind the wall, but not much was showing at all.
  • WMWG commented:

    9/30/17, 6:45 PM - '15s seem to be shutting down recently

White
2011 Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes Chardonnay
9/23/2017 - DCornutt wrote:
This nose is brilliant! Light golden fruits. Gorgeous. Crystalline. The palate is taught with supporting acid still. Great finish. This is fantastic.
  • WMWG commented:

    9/23/17, 5:51 PM - Time to open my last one of these?

White
2015 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords Melon de Bourgogne
9/15/2017 - Purslane Likes this wine:
92 points
One of the best Muscadets in the $17 range. Very dry, bright lemon citrus acidity, yeasty, refreshing, nice texture, and delicious with a huge range of food. Overall, a fine example of why the subappellation of Sevre & Maine is rightly the place most famous for the best wines in the world made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape.
  • WMWG commented:

    9/16/17, 11:29 AM - This could be the most nit-picky comment I've ever read on Cellartracker.

Red
2008 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale Pinot Noir
9/2/2017 - wgmccallum Likes this wine:
92 points
Savory aroma with notes of black pepper, violets, shy berries, and a touch of dry brush. Finely structured on the palate with firm acids underpinning a delicate sweet spread of fruit. Good movement into a singing acid finish. Slender and colorful with a sly smile. 50 + 17 + 17 + 8 = 92.
  • WMWG commented:

    9/3/17, 7:37 AM - Any thoughts on a drinking window on this one?

Red
2005 Domaine Jean-Marc / Thomas Bouley Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes Pinot Noir
7/16/2017 - VlgJeff wrote:
85 points
Decanted for 1/2 hour, but continued to open for the next 90 minutes. Recommend decant for 2+ hours. Upon opening, the nose revealed some red fruits and cedar. These followed on the palate, with the cedar (and some spice) at least as strong as the red fruits. The acidity was bracing, and the tannins were significant, but somewhat integrated. Maybe this needs more cellar time??
  • WMWG commented:

    7/17/17, 9:43 AM - I've been disappointed by this wine more than once. I think its just below par.

White - Off-dry
2015 Alfred Merkelbach Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese #10 Mosel Saar Ruwer
Oh my. Just so good, Merkelbach crushed it in 2015. So pure, graceful, delicate. I might just love their style of winemaking, which doesn't have the higher ripeness that a lot of other producers do. I could drink gallons of this stuff.
  • WMWG commented:

    6/13/17, 4:31 PM - Ouch!

Red
2015 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive Gamay
6/2/2017 - WMWG wrote:
87 points
Drank this over three days. Dark, brooding plum-skin toned fruits with blue traces. Very deep, showing masculine flavors of smoke, damp earth, violets; tasty. Not much in the way of mineral or herbal notes, very fruit driven and weighty. Some subtle tannins appear on the tail end. I did not pick up any heat, which I did - faintly - with my first bottle. Good, not great. Very much a product of the vintage.
  • WMWG commented:

    6/3/17, 4:40 AM - My thoughts exactly. I opened this to see if I should track down more before missing out, but I'll just hold off for something else. The only '15 Beaujolais that I've had any luck with have been producers with a lean or light style; namely, Lapierre and Chanrion.

Red
2005 Maison Leroy Bourgogne Pinot Noir
4/7/2017 - WMWG Likes this wine:
92 points
Svelt black cherry and blackberry compote with and underlying red berry fruit that is drawn out with air. Very dusty nose with some spice and a subtle oak touch at the outset. Leans modern but not overdone. Great depth and weight, punching well above Bourgogne level (declassified fruit???). Initially this showed grippy tannins on the front end, however they withdrew to the backend and finish with air. Long palate staining finish. The tannins had gained in prominence on day two and really called attention to themselves. There seems to be enough fruit and other material, however, to withstand them over time. Decent amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle and the cork was very moist from over filling.

Very good - hold 3-5 years at least, probably more
  • WMWG commented:

    5/29/17, 4:21 PM - Yep, you were spot on with your note from a few years back.

Red
2014 Domaine Pierre Guillemot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Serpentières Pinot Noir
5/23/2017 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
93 points
PnP. The nose is beautiful, fragrant, light and red: roses, a herbal/vegetal/green pepper thing (which works nicely here), red spices, some sweet and perfumed red fruits: wild strawberry and Ranier cherry (yes, they are yellow, I know), there is almost a crystallized-candied element to the fruit at moments which is very pretty. This is bright and red on the palate, entering with sweet fruit and then lots of the savory herbal thing going on, then tart red cherry and berries and more florals. When trilled the fruit shows deeper reserves and a bit more darkness. Very pure and light. All of this moves smoothly into the finish, which is savory, light red, tart, with some minerality showing now. I figured 2014 and Guillemot would be a classic combination and I was not disappointed. Classic Red Burgundy. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5+/6, Finish - 4.5+/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 16.5+/20 (with 17-17.5/20 potential.)
  • WMWG commented:

    5/23/17, 6:19 PM - One of the best under the radar burgundy producers, in my opinion.

White
2015 Carl Loewen Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett Mosel Saar Ruwer
This has been open about 24 hours. The nose was fine yesterday, but the palate and finish were unintegrated, somewhat bitter, and quite coarse. I was hoping for some improvement tonight. Unfortunately, the wine is the same. The nose is good with bright and tart grapefruit and lime, some tropicals, honeysuckle and slate. However, right from the entry on the palate, its clear that something isn't up to snuff: the acid is harsh and not integrated with the other flavors on the sugar. There's lime and some florals, but the mouthfeel is shrill and bi-level. Towards the end palate, this combines with some tropical notes that start to feel forced and overripe. As the wine is swallowed and we get to the finish, the acid and and a bitterness combine to make the experience downright unpleasant - it almost feels hot, which is odd. There's a lot of bitterness and the finish shows the lack of integration worse than any other aspect. Including RF (most notes lost and not posted), I've had about 50 Germans from 2015, and this was the least impressive. Not recommended. Nose - 4.5/6, Palate - 4/6, Finish - 2/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 0/2 = 10.5/20
  • WMWG commented:

    5/21/17, 4:39 PM - Interesting, Seth. I had this over the weekend and found it much improved on night two. That's not to say I'm rushing out to buy more, but surprising how far the two bottles deviated.

Red
2012 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero Nebbiolo
5/8/2017 - acyso wrote:
95 points
2012 Barolo peek (Chicago, IL): My wine of the night. This has an almost Jamet-like nose with its green olives, while being coupled with some tart red fruit. The palate is definitely not syrah, but it does display as a stylized nebbiolo in that it is extremely light, with a distinct perfumed character, as well as relatively high degree of red-toned fruit and acids. Very much to my taste.
  • WMWG commented:

    5/9/17, 7:30 PM - Any insight on a drinking window for this one, Adrian? Nice notes.

White
2010 Domaine Michel Lafarge Meursault Chardonnay
5/2/2017 - Mellers wrote:
Served blind. I think this bottle was past it unfortunately. Super ripe flavours alongside very open, disjointed structure and awkward oak. Possible POX. Not a great showing. Picked it as an Aussie semillon/chard....and not a good one.
  • WMWG commented:

    5/2/17, 12:05 PM - I had the same experience with this last weekend.

Red
2015 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py Gamay
a simpler or more ready to drink wine vs 2014. Still very good
  • WMWG commented:

    3/29/17, 6:02 AM - How about compared to the 2013? Should I reach for the 2015 first?

Red
2008 Alessandro e Gian Natale Fantino Barolo Riserva Bussia Cascina Dardi Nebbiolo
3/26/2017 - Eric Guido Likes this wine:
95 points
The nose was enticing as sweet spices gave way to crushed raspberry, and dried roses, with hints of slate and new leather. On the palate, I found a stunningly textural wine, like pour silk, ushering in notes of savory cherry sauce, cranberry and mulling spice, which all seemed to coat the senses as a zing of acidity neatened up the back palate. It's youthful tannin only made an appearance through the dry finish, as tart red fruits and mineral-tinged spice lingered on a structural framework.

I don't usually note color, yet this threw me for a loop, as it appeared light, like a more transparent ruby with hints of orange, leading me to expect a feminine and lighter-styled wine. Even the bouquet hints of beauty over power. However, there's so much texture and undeveloped depth on the palate. This is a wine to follow for decades.
  • WMWG commented:

    3/26/17, 5:49 PM - Sounds like a wild ride. So far I've not heard anything other than praise for this wine.

Red
2012 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero Nebbiolo
3/11/2017 - dcwino wrote:
96 points
The producer that I wasn’t familiar with until my recent visit with Fabio. I was extremely impressed by the wine that I tried to source them upon my return. Unfortunately, I was only able to find two bottles. Pop and pour, subtle red fruit driven nose, fresh strawberry, cherry, rose and iron. Very polished and elegant palate that can be easily confused as soft and straightforward. The second day, more expressive red fruit, cherry and strawberry, sweet spices, a hint of animal, rose and earth. Very precise and elegant, nicely layered, candied cherry driven palate impression, good acidity, strong presence of iron/mineral and a long mineral driven finish. The third night, it gains even more weight, the expression becoming similar to the bottle tasted with Fabio. Subtle yet decadent red fruit, strawberry, cherry, blackberry jam, sweet spices, rose, sap, iron and earth. The palate remains very polished and elegant, lots of mineral/iron and a long seamless finish. Certain not trying to offend the hardcore Barolo lovers but I use “Burgundian” to describe the very precise, elegant and polished palate and this is very “Burgundian or more specific, Bonnes Mares like”. Quite enjoyable and very fascinating.
  • WMWG commented:

    3/12/17, 3:54 PM - Everything seems to indicate these are drinking very well now, your note included. Any impressions on drinking window/ lifespan gathered from this bottle?

Red
2015 Domaine du Vissoux / Pierre-Marie Chermette Moulin-à-Vent Les Trois Roches Gamay
12/17/2016 - dbp wrote:
85 points
The color is normal. The aromas are very very ripe, dark and feel extracted for a Beaujolais. It's not like it's plum sauce, but it is plum skin (with the acid extracted). Honestly feels flabby on the aroma. Similar palate; really ripe, with some acidic notes present, but the creamy soft texture shows primarily hefty dark fruit. It's almost stewed and alcoholic on the finish with darkly complected fruit. Really flabby in the mouth. More plummy flabby fruit on the finish. There is some acid on the finish, but it feels like it's in battle with the alcohol and I'm left feeling like I'm breathing fire. I just really don't want that in my Beaujolais. I don't believe the 13.5% on the label. I much preferred the 2014 of this wine poured along side.
  • WMWG commented:

    2/7/17, 6:23 PM - Thanks for the honest note, I'm glad I read it before pulling the trigger.

  • WMWG commented:

    2/8/17, 2:36 AM - Same with me RE Gilman. I saw the note, which led me here. He rated the 09 Garants highly, which I had last year and thought quite good (though I didn't rate it quite as high as John). Maybe I'll pick one up just to see. Thanks again.

Red
2011 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche Syrah
2/3/2017 - JulianSkeels wrote:
88 points
Raspberry and herbs with aromatic profile suggesting a dash of Viognier (not sure if it has though). Fresh without much depth or concentration. A food wine for restaurants and likely popular with somaliers (for value and matching potential). For same price or less I'd go for Mon Ceour from Chave off a list. Will improve to 2025. 88pts
  • WMWG commented:

    2/3/17, 6:24 PM - No viogner in this. Its 100% Serine.

Red
2006 Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Monvigliero Nebbiolo
2/1/2017 - WineGuyX Likes this wine:
93 points
Nose is still unfolding after an hour in the decanter. Ever so slightly reduced on the nose, but this is classic Barolo filled with pine resin, pressed flowers, sous bois and smoky oak with just a hint of vanilla. Medium-full bodied and very dense. Still plenty of tannin and just a tad bit austere. Given the level of acidity, this should still have a long future ahead of it. These wines are always incredible values for Barolo which explains why I have so many in my cellar! Drink 2017-2026 93
  • WMWG commented:

    2/2/17, 6:55 AM - Love these wines, really a hidden gem in Barolo

Red
2013 Henri Jouan Morey St. Denis Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir
1/16/2017 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
93 points
Double-blind Tasting (Weygandt Wines - Washington, D.C.): Saucy cherries, strawberries, rose petals, dense earth, tobacco. Palate: lovely balance, dark fruit, dense tannins, lush black cherries, precise acidity, gorgeous, elegant, floral elements pervade, with darker, earthier notes. Very young, but very good. Guess: 2011 Chambolle (just throwing that out there, but it was clearly a very good Burgundy).
  • WMWG commented:

    1/17/17, 3:02 AM - I love this wine, it's probably the most balanced of any 2013's that I've tasted.

White
2010 Nikolaihof Riesling Reserve Steiner Hund Wachau
1/7/2017 - andtheodor wrote:
90 points
A bit of lime juice and fennel on the nose has me excited. While the palate has a lot of flesh and grip, there is only modest acidity and comparatively little salty mineral sense.
  • WMWG commented:

    1/8/17, 8:05 AM - How quickly did you decant or drink?

Red
2010 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py Gamay
11/1/2016 - Finare Vinare wrote:
94 points
This brilliant wine just keeps on giving! The nose is nothing but ravishing, with rose-petals and sweet-violets aromas above what could be described as a raspberry/red cherry reduction, with hints of cinnamon. But the big wow is definitely the texture and mouthfeel of the wine - smooth as grand cru burgundy yet without so much oak, packed with sweet ripe fruit that still retains its youthful freshness and finishes long on lively mineral notes. It is pure drinking pleasure, and without doubt the best bottle so far. Will be interesting to see if this is the peak/plateau, or if there is even more positive development around the corner.
  • WMWG commented:

    11/1/16, 3:18 AM - I love this wine. There seems to be some bottle variation, but when it's on, it really hits the mark.

Red
2013 Arianna Occhipinti Il Frappato Terre Siciliane
10/15/2016 - WMWG wrote:
85 points
Light, but persistent, red and blue fruits with a powdery texture that gives the fruit an almost grey/ pastel profile. Initially the fruit shows bright with a bit of a dark overtone, which serves to rein it in. This is backed by strong notes of lavender, soil, spice and other fragrant floral tones. Structurally, this has grippy tannins and gives the impression of bright acids on entry, but they seem more intense up front that they ultimately play out to be in the middle and finish. This is my first bottle of this and I am a little perplexed. Its good, and can compete with many a Beaujolais, but it seems to be more about texture and contrast.

Good – 85 Pts
  • WMWG commented:

    10/22/16, 5:29 AM - Thanks, I just don't drink a lot of wines that give this kind of experience. It was more challenging to compare it to other wines.

Red
2015 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive Gamay
9/15/2016 - WMWG wrote:
Drank this over two days and saw a big difference:

Day 1:
Pretty dark forward fruit (black raspberries, plum skin, violets) with a nice mineral vein running through the middle, which helped to keep things precise. While all about the fruit and still somewhat of a larger-scaled wine, the fruit was more in check than the normal bottling I'd had the day prior and there were still good underlying soil tones and nice structure.

Day 2:
This seemed to become overwhelmed by the fruit, which began to show a touch warm and covered up much of the nuance and structure noted from day one, I was a little disappointed.
  • WMWG commented:

    9/19/16, 5:54 AM - Seth,
    I think 'burly' is a good descriptor for the vintage. I'm with you on the '14s; its their snappy, fresh fruit and good savory qualities that draw me to them. I think the volume is just too loud on the '15s and the wines are too big for their frames.

  • WMWG commented:

    9/20/16, 1:22 PM - I think you're right about Lapierre being a good call in 2015, given their style. Maybe Jean Paul Brun also. I had another regular bottling of the Coudert Sunday and Monday night and it was good, just big and flamboyant. It didn't have the depth the Tardive did, just more surface material and polish, but it held up better over two days.

White - Off-dry
2004 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese Mosel Saar Ruwer
8/29/2016 - acyso wrote:
93 points
Chicagoer Rieslingfeier (Chicago, IL): Missed the AP on this one too (I'm getting sloppy). There's a lot of spritz on this bottle, but the reduction wasn't as prominent as on the 2004 WS Spätlese that I had two days ago. White fruited, this is quite restrained and demure at the moment, it seems to be coiled very tightly at the moment. It's still got some crazy acids and just the right amount of sweetness for balance. At the end of the day, there's definitely a lot of good material, but I'd give this some time.
  • WMWG commented:

    8/30/16, 2:00 PM - Any thoughts on how long "some time" might be? Do you know if this was an HDH bottle from the block they had earlier this year?

Red
1997 Bernard Faurie Hermitage Syrah
8/2/2016 - tooch wrote:
87 points
Funky bottle that took some time to wake up. Overall, I'd say that this was a B+ syrah. Had nice meaty notes, some earthy tones, but there seemed to be something slightly missing. Depth? Complexity?
  • WMWG commented:

    8/6/16, 10:08 AM - That's too bad, Matt. Salil opened a bottle of this for me last year and it really blew our hair back. Based on the CT notes, it sounds like that was more of the exception than the norm.

Red
2013 Arianna Occhipinti Il Frappato Terre Siciliane
7/28/2016 - chablis28 wrote:
90 points
This needs a little time for the tannins to resolve. Very nice with food, a little crunchy stand alone. Right now, I prefer a recent 2011 but I'm optimistic that a year or 3 of btl age will enhance the experience significantly. Right now slightly crunchy red fruit, stony minerality and a hint of herbal notes. I'll likely buy 2-3 of these and see where they are done the line. A little darker color than 2011. 13% Alc. I popped and poured in a burg glass. If, I drank another one soon, I'd decant it for an hour or so.
  • WMWG commented:

    7/29/16, 5:47 AM - Thanks, this is helpful

Red
2014 Domaine Vigot Fabrice Bourgogne Les Lutenières Pinot Noir
5/21/2016 - DCornutt wrote:
There is considerable reduction on the nose at this point that obscures the aromas. The palate is such pure pinot however. Elegant. Nice finish. I am confident this is heading in a good direction. Good purchase for me.
  • WMWG commented:

    5/22/16, 4:13 AM - I'm finding these wines to be heavily reduced also. I opened an Aux Damaudes last night and had a similar experience and the Village Gevrey VV a few weeks ago, as well. The Gevrey showed really nice on the second day after much of the reduction had blown off, we'll see what the Damaudes has to offer tonight.

White - Sweet/Dessert
1990 Domaine Banchereau Coteaux du Layon Chaume Privilège Chenin Blanc
4/20/2016 - andtheodor wrote:
88 points
Reluctant nose showing some tropical note, florals, but mostly mango. Immense body and concentration, Liptons, pretty sweet, but not particularly interesting.
  • WMWG commented:

    4/20/16, 4:45 PM - HDH bottle? I had the same reaction.

Red
2008 Marcarini Barolo Brunate Nebbiolo
3/24/2016 - NostraBacchus Likes this wine:
94 points
First slightly closed but opens up nicely with some air. Beautful red cherries and red currant aromatics with some cigar tobacco, tar, cedar wood, crushed violets, roses, licorice and menthol. Medium-full bodied with medium-high acidity and medium-high tannin that is silky. Great and long finish. A super traditional, classic and beautiful Brunate that still needed a bit of air but is at the beginning of its drinking window.
I thought it would be shut down but it was surprisingly accessible with some air.
  • WMWG commented:

    3/25/16, 6:33 AM - Great note!

White
2011 Vincent Dancer Meursault Les Corbins Chardonnay
2/23/2016 - acyso wrote:
88 points
Reduced to high heaven. Wow. There's absolutely nothing on the nose besides rotten egg. The palate has some lovely notes of tart apple and peaches, but the sulphur overruns the palate as well. Good minerality and acidity, as well as a sharp, racy texture. This should be better the second day, once all the reduction blows off. (Second day.) Nope, it wasn't. It also got thinner on the palate, with more tinny notes. Doesn't bode too well...?
  • WMWG commented:

    2/24/16, 1:10 PM - So you've started shopping with Mark B?

Red
2011 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux Cabernet Franc
1/22/2016 - tooch wrote:
91 points
The aromas were intensely green. Do you like green beans? Good. You'd love the aromas here. The palate was far more plush and rich. I actually thought this showed better than I had anticipated. Give this wine some serious air.
  • WMWG commented:

    1/23/16, 6:00 AM - Last time I had this is was great, on day three.

Red
2000 Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Estournelles-St.-Jacques Pinot Noir
1/19/2016 - tooch wrote:
87 points
Nice aromas of red fruit, almonds, and earth. Might have been subtlety oxidized...but it didn't distract from the palate. Somewhat one-noted on the palate with mostly red fruit. Very nice.
  • WMWG commented:

    1/20/16, 7:28 AM - I often think that with Jadot's Estournelles (regarding you subtle oxidation note) but I think it just might be the fruit profile from this site, possibly combined with the way Jadot makes this wine. I'd be interested to see if this characteristic exists in other domaines' Estournelles.

White
2013 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Riesling Heiligenstein Kamptal
12/14/2015 - WMWG wrote:
91 points
This really turned itself around after a couple of days. Initially this showed a lot of fleshy fruit upfront with pulpy orange and yellow tones masking some of the more nuanced characteristics. After having been left open for two days this showed an intense focus and precision built on bright lime, kiwi, and yellow orchard fruit notes with an herbal and mineral band running through the backside. I'd give this some time for the fruit to dial back a little (3 - 5 years, 10??).

Good to very good. Scored 88 initially, 91 on day three.
  • WMWG commented:

    1/4/16, 9:39 AM - The only thing about this is that it took it a while to come around. Looks like Salil had a similar experience with this one (different bottle).

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