Tasting Notes for WMWG

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White
10/11/2019 - WMWG wrote:
93 points
Gorgeous wine. Packed with wool, honey, beeswax, lanolin, and white flower. Great acidity balanced out by a fuller, almost creamy body.

Excellent - hold 2021
Red
8/28/2019 - WMWG wrote:
Black cherry liquor, menthol, leather and hung game are the focus here. Complex and changing with air. Rosemary. Tannins are refined and holding a bit more in reserve. A touch of subtle warmth - could use some acidic lift. Enjoyable nevertheless.

Very Good - 87 - hold 2022
White
8/2/2019 - WMWG wrote:
86 points
Not bad. Could pass for a meursault, with the nutty, white flower, and metallic notes. Tropical fruit. Good acidity with a fat, almost oily body. A touch foursquare.

Good - Drink now
White - Off-dry
7/16/2019 - WMWG Likes this wine:
93 points
Pretty yellow fruit, quinine, white flowers, kiwi - tropical but not ripping with sweetness. Petrol and yeast.
Distinct notes of damp dog and then a metallic note on the tail end. Good balance of sweetness and acids
Red
7/13/2019 - WMWG Likes this wine:
93 points
Opened by accident - I thought this was a village chambolle; I’m glad that I did. Gorgeously filigreed red fruit that’s lively but balanced with the other features. Friendly and open even at this early stage with layered notes of rose, cool raspberries, a hint of vegetation, and some underlying dark patches. Nevertheless this is all within the confines of a textbook chambolle character; this lithe and grace combined with the transparency of the cool red fruit are the selling point here and worth my time.

Excellent - drink or hold
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Red
6/14/2019 - WMWG wrote:
87 points
Concentrated dark fruit tones complimented by violets, soil, and pipe tobacco. Pretty, stoney acidity hides beneath a weightier-than-normal frame, that could age off. Lots beneath the surface here.
Very good.
Red
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.
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Red
1/24/2019 - WMWG wrote:
92 points
I see what some other posters mean when they draw Beaujolais parallels and I can appreciate that. However, I pick up a ton of savory and traditional notes that plant this firmly in the Northern Rhone. I pick up violet and floral tones backed by strong notes of black peppercorn and hung game with subtle granite and gneiss traits. It’s fullish-bodied (relatively speaking) but remains lithe and with a sweeping briskness that is balanced out well by friendly, dense fruit tones. This should be a treat once it sheds some baby fat. I should point out that I didn’t note much for tannins here over the course of the evening and found it remarkably open. YMMV

Very Good to excellent
Red
1/11/2019 - WMWG wrote:
Beautiful dusty red-toned nose shows concentrated, ripe strawberry fruit balanced against tart cranberry notes. Great depth here on the palate and nose, which is particularly seductive. Super pure fruit that has begun to pale a bit in comparison to release. The sharp, stoney acidity has also dialed down and is revealing a markedly well balanced wine that is open, bright and fun without compromising structure or depth. Another winner from 2014.
White
12/30/2018 - WMWG wrote:
86 points
Really reduced when opened. This had lots of dry extract, tangy citrus fruit and yellow fruits with good minerality. There was a noticeable edimame note on the backside and a touch of mint leaf on night two. Good, but not a great example.
Red
12/24/2018 - WMWG wrote:
92 points
Gorgeous northern rhone. This is all about bramble dark fruit with notes of lavender, pitch, smoked game, and a strong briney black olive tapenade that meets you once the cork is pulled. For all it's dark tones, this is given lift by plentiful bright acids that show up on entry. Drinking great now, but I'd save my remaining bottles for the fruit to dial back a bit more, because there is so much underneath the surface here.

Very Good to Excellent - 92+
Red
1996 Château Lynch-Moussas Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/23/2018 - WMWG wrote:
82 points
Underwhelming. Not the pleasant experience my other two bottles were. This was nondescript and generic.
White
12/13/2018 - WMWG wrote:
Similar to my previous note, showing white flowers, white and citrus fruit. A tough of jasmine a spatlessen-esque weight. More distinct petrol notes on the nose and entry. Well balanced and very charming.
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White
11/25/2018 - WMWG Likes this wine:
93 points
Absolutely gorgeous Chablis. Unctuous golden yellow orchard fruit, white flowers, hay and light tropical notes frame the nose. Palate follows suit with some subtle tangerine and white fruit, but it's really all about the weightless crystalline minerality this puts on display. Oak is dialed way down, letting every feature shine through - chalk, sea spray, etc.. Impeccably balanced and checking all the boxes.

Excellent - Drinking wonderfully (young) now
Red
11/25/2018 - WMWG Likes this wine:
94 points
Unmistakably Pomerol. Gravelly dark fruit with hints of spruce, spiced rum cake, deep soil tones and bell pepper. Saddle leather and a faint horse note on the tail end, definitely some brett here, but not off putting. Super elegant with fully resolved tannins that provides for a supple, refined presence on the palate. With air, a distinct bakers chocolate note became apparent on entry and was accompanied by a plusher mouthfeel.

Excellent - mature but not declining
Red
11/16/2018 - WMWG wrote:
This is a decent bottle of wine, but not a very good bottle of burgundy. The '04 green meanies are ever present and come across as a distinct herbal note that gains over the course of the evening and distracts from the many favorable attributes this wine would otherwise have to offer. This has surprisingly sweet, round, ripe red fruit notes that - when combined with the herbal notes - make for an unexpected, awkward experience. Low acid. I could go into greater detail looking for subtle notes and silver lining, but it's just not there. Alas, a strikeout.
Red
11/7/2018 - WMWG Likes this wine:
93 points
Outstanding from the first whiff on the nose. This is why we age wine. Still youthful, rich, fruit that shows tremendous balance between palate-staining ripe red currant, and BlackBerry and soil tones. Some distant chalky minerality comes through on the backside. Then subtle notes of Flora, leather, balsamic and Evergreen. Lots of depth here. Minimal tannins, compared to my last bottle which had some coarseness on the tail end. Shows good muscle without sacrificing grace and elegance.

Excellent - Drinking wonderfully
White
11/9/2018 - WMWG wrote:
88 points
Good, but not the standout my last bottle was. Atttractive florals mixed with restrained melon and orchard fruit. Some subtle black tea and saline mineral notes. Lees showing on the tail end round out some of the sharpness. A touch warm with a yeasty hint. Shut down???

Good
Red
10/24/2018 - WMWG wrote:
92 points
Very "Brouilly " from the first whiff on the nose. This shows loosely packed Violets, ripe plummy- toned raspberry and a secondary sweet red strawberry note. Subtle notes of old Pinot, rhubarb and soil emerge with swirling. This is backed by a cool, crystalline tail. Svelt on the palate with open knit, ripe, fruit backed by a mineral backstop on a medium-light frame. This reminds me of a friendlier Chanrion.

Very Good - drinks outstanding at the moment but should reward bottle age.

Day 2 more warm red fruit in profile. Burgundian. Filled out around the outer edges.
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White
11/2/2018 - WMWG wrote:
Austere yellow fruit that sits behind some nutty tones along with tea, urea and ginger. Moderate focus with good grip coming from some dry extract. As Dr Wine pointed out, there are some subtle pear and white flower notes on the periphery here. Finish shows a hint of green Chardonnay on the very tail end. This, along with the precise, taught body, give this an almost Chablis like impression, compared to other vintages.
White
10/27/2018 - WMWG wrote:
Consistent with my note from last spring, showing a little more petrol. Outstanding wine.
Red
10/15/2018 - WMWG wrote:
87 points
Deep ripe strawberries and black raspberry fruit, leaning from red to purple in profile with an ever-so-slight hint of rhubarb and orange rind. Ripe, round fruit sits atop a linear mineral base. Contrast between the round fruit and linear base creates a bit of a void in the middle that is tough to fill (this was remedied by using a narrower glass, though at the expense of subtly). Subtle ancillary notes of herbs, gamebird, smoke, and damp dog. Medium finish and with good balance and poise.

Good to very good
White
10/19/2018 - WMWG wrote:
89 points
This is on right now. Nose shows white flowers with subdued tropical tones. The palate is less exotic with darker toned, brassy yellow orchard fruits and cool riverbed minerality. I was a little surprised at how precise this was on the palate, having shed much of its richness. My only nit would be that it shows a touch thin on the topside, particularly on entry. Regardless, this is a very good bottle of wine that drinks wonderfully at the moment.

Very Good - Drinking well now
Red
10/14/2018 - WMWG Likes this wine:
91 points
This still has an initial green vegetal note on the nose that goes on to mix with violet and soil tones to showcase a complex, interesting nose. Coarse tannins showed up on opening but quickly subsided with air to show an elegant and suave profile based in violets, black raspberries, fresh turned soil, tobacco leaf, pumpkin patch and a kiss of sweet oak/ mushroom/ vanillin on the tail end, (the last of which disappeared on day two). Finishes medium-short, with good overall balance. Terrific effort in a tough vintage. I'll save my remaining bottles for a few years.

Very Good - Drink or Hold
Red
10/10/2018 - WMWG Likes this wine:
From memory: Very fragrant and classy right out of the gates, showing generous dark berry fruit, spice and earthy tones. The fragrance continues on throughout the palate, where the medium-framed body is backed by moderate tannins that expanded their reach over a couple hours. With air this revealed notes of cedar and subtle graphite. Despite being 17 years post-vintage, this still showed youthful, with no sign of bricking or slowing down. I’d give this a minimum of five more years before approaching. Quintessential St. Julien.

Excellent
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Red
10/10/2018 - WMWG Likes this wine:
From memory: This took a little while to open, but when it did, it showed a complex mix of plum-skin toned fruit, spice, flora and damp earth with some crimson underpinnings. Impeccably balanced with resolved tannins and a lifted acidity; fruit profile is mid-life with no signs of wear. Broad-shouldered and straight-laced; this bears an open and honest view into everything it has to offer. While this is drinking remarkably well at the moment, there’s no harm in waiting another five years to access this.

Very Good to Excellent
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Red
10/5/2018 - WMWG Likes this wine:
90 points
Tough to get a good read in this so early on. Friendly strawberry, plum skin and violet toned fruit is at the forefront and leans dark. The fruit is generous but not overripe or overweighted. There is a deep minerality that stands behind the fruit, sort of like a base coat for everything else. At this point I have a tough time coaxing out any herbal notes but I do get a distinct cracked peppercorn / white pepper note on the entry that sustains through the finish. There are also subtle vine smoke and gamebird notes towards the backside. Mild acidic structure, well balanced yet still fresh and lively. Should be approachable in just a few years, feels like a less ripe 2015.

Very Good
Red
9/29/2018 - WMWG wrote:
Another winner here. Vibrant dark fruit contrasted by an elevated brightness. Sort of a red-magenta tone - cherry fruit. Good earthiness and some spice underpinnings that are complimented by flora. Supple tannins provide some support but don't stick out. Terrific weeknight wine.
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White
9/27/2018 - WMWG Likes this wine:
92 points
Yum! Gorgeous ocean spray, saline, stone, honey and lemon drop with a subtle quinine/ dark mineral, floral and slight waxy undertone. Less linear and showing more lees than previous vintages but it really fills out well, especially with food. Almost Chablis like. Very impressive and great with just a few years on it, which has managed to rein in this wine's youthful veracity.

Very Good to Excellent- Drinking great now
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White
4/26/2018 - WMWG wrote:
Fleshy and rich with loads of seeet lemon and salt air. Some MtD herbalness, but that is in the background at the moment. I can see where some would like this a lot, but it leans a bit too fat for my tastes.
Good to very good
Red
9/21/2018 - WMWG wrote:
Typical Bertheau in the sense that this has an airy profile with high-toned red-toned fruit and stony backbone and shows plenty of Chambolle character. Sharply acidic, very "2013". Ancillary notes of violet, ginger and beetroot. The acidity is slightly jarring on day 1.

Update: Day 2 - the sharpness has rounded out considerably and is showing forward beetroot and violet tones on top of red fruit and a typical Chambole base. Much improved and very good!
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White
9/20/2018 - WMWG wrote:
91 points
One of the better 2016s I've had so far. Yeasty/ croissant with creamy apricot and baked pear. Some white floral tones come through along with a touch of petrol. Rounded edges but with a taught core that comes into focus on the finish and packages everything up neatly.

Very Good - Drinking well now
White
2/25/2018 - WMWG wrote:
90 points
Sublime Floral notes and white fruits with some underlying citrus tones that stay in the background. Feels lighter than usual.
Round fruit. Lacks the zip and charge of the outstanding '15. Pleasant and an early drinker.

Very Good
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Red
9/12/2018 - WMWG wrote:
87 points
Marries black current, violets and red berry fruit in a plush, accessible profile sitting atop a middleweight-plus frame. The nose on opening is a dead ringer for Paulliac. The subtle secondary notes seem to be endless, there is a kaleidoscope of spice notes (cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric), dusty earth, dill, cedar and many more. For all it's complexity, this is short on acid, leaving me longing for a bright charge in the middle palate that turns into empty space. This improved much on day 2, but still needs help. It's been a long time since I've had a California cab, so it is difficult for me to judge the brightness on a relative scale, so I recognize this profile as likely being par for the course. In any case this is a very well made wine that offers much interest. Drinking well now with firm tannins.

Very Good
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Red
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
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White
8/26/2018 - WMWG wrote:
Similar in form to my last bottle, but this one seemed a bit closed down as everything seemed to be turned down a couple notches. The acidity was less apparent, giving way to an overall fleshier profile. I'll give my other bottles more time to sort out.
Red
8/15/2018 - WMWG wrote:
Same experience as other posters here, this is a really fun summer quaffer. Nimble dark red fruit that is showing some masculine secondary flavors. In spite of that, this still maintains a light and airy personality.
Red
8/7/2018 - WMWG wrote:
88 points
Much better than my other bottles, which were cranky and off. This has deep violet and blackberry tones with notes of singed earth, gamebird, and anise. Some subtle red fruit and rose petal tones lie underneath. Grippy tannins at the backside. Medium-plus bodied, medium finish. Acids gained on day two. The livliness of the fruit is beginning to give way to secondary characteristics.

Hold to 2020 or so - Good to Very Good
Red
7/12/2018 - WMWG Likes this wine:
Great stuff here. This has reached its first stage of maturity, the fruit being dialed back and peripheral components (leather, tar, rose, dirt) are more prominent. The color has shifted to a paler crimson. Tannins are graceful and present, but not intrusive. The consensus around the table was that the wine will remain in this form for an extended period of time.

Drink or Hold - Very Good to Excellent
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Red
7/12/2018 - WMWG Likes this wine:
Just outstanding.. gorgeous dark red fruit with defined notes of tar, violets, spice and a hint of licorice. Tannins are elegant and line the periphery; great balance with the acids and weight of the fruit. Very barbaresco in profile.

Excellent
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White - Sparkling
7/12/2018 - WMWG wrote:
Very different than other vintages of this that I've had. Very doughy, like a fresh croissant and backed by subtle yellow fruit, floral, and mineral notes. This is missing much of the red apple skin notes and electric charge that I typically find in this wine. Delicious still, but certainly in need of more time.
Red
6/30/2018 - WMWG wrote:
Really closed down in decant. It opened more over the next two hours, but was still reserved. Smokey dark fruits and olive brine come through, with a floral undercurrent. Grippy tannins that move from front to rear with air. I'll update for day two.

Update: A few days in the fridge did this justice as it showed fragrant floral tones along with leather and beef broth notes. Even still, this felt like it had a lot in reserve.
Red
6/24/2018 - WMWG Likes this wine:
92 points
Outstanding, everything I want in a Beaujolais. Smokey dark fruit complimented by subtle notes of taught red fruit/ cranberry, tobacco leaf, gamebird and clove; masculine. Great mineral complexity that balances the medium-weight body. Toes the line between southern burgundy and rhone.

Very good - Drinking great now.
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White
6/2/2018 - WMWG Likes this wine:
90 points
This was on, the best of my bottles so far. White flowers and orange tones fruit are backed by notes of honey, beeswax, juniper and a mineral base. Terrific aromatics over two days. Slightly plush body that is offset by an underlying acidic charge.

Try on now if you have them.

Very Good
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White
5/6/2018 - WMWG Likes this wine:
92 points
Consistent with my previous bottles. This is a fantastic wine with a very layered feel.
Strong floral notes and a biting finish.

Very good to excellent.
Red
3/19/2018 - WMWG wrote:
Similar to my last bottle. Typical Faury St. Joe but in a fuller, riper interpretation. This still has good structure and underlying points but the cool sharp and subtle notes are subordinate to the weight of the vintage here. Still, this is good to Very Good and continues to be a perennial case buy.
Red
5/19/2018 - WMWG Likes this wine:
88 points
Very good - Fullish-bodied with good polish and poise, cinnamon and spice driven burgundy. Blind, I would have guess this to be a Vosne, given the spiciness. It contrasts well against the contoured dark red fruit and violet tones that span the palate. Nicely balanced, nothing in particular sticks out, just a steadfast village northern burgundy.

Very Good - 88+
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Red
Not my style. After my first bottle, I considered this a good weeknight Bourgogne, but the more of these I try the less enthusiasm I have. Very unbalanced and - dare I say - manipulated.
White
5/16/2018 - WMWG wrote:
Similar flavor components to my last bottle, two years ago, but a wildly different portrait. Friendly nose of petrol and floral tones with lingering stoney traits - very nice, though a touch muted. The palate shows deep notes of honey, bruised apple, orange blossom, mango and other orange-toned citrus fruit that are contrasted against subtle notes of lemon, jasmine, ginger, earth, singed underbrush, and sherry. It's the last bit that was concerning, as there was a prominent sherry note on the nose and palate that, accompanied by a rusty tint, concerned me. Overall it turned out okay, particularly on day two, but if you are holding these I would strongly recommend checking in sooner than later.
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