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(75 notes on 71 wines)

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Red
1/7/2024 - bongos wrote:
99 points
Insane bottle and needs a lot of air to show its best at this point. I poured a small glass from the bottle, then left it in the fridge for 3 days. It has Rousseau-like pure brambly dark and blue fruit. Leroy-like inner mouth perfume, but not as stylized as the Leroy aromatic profile is. Hopefully the coming vintages are as good as the first.
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Red
3/31/2023 - bongos wrote:
99 points
musigny meets hermitage. gorgeous. elegant.
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Red
Darkly, burlier expression of gonon. Delicious and complete. I will say that it doesn't have a burst of red acidic fruit on the mid palate like some vintages do. This is definitely on the more stern side, but a very successful wine that will age well.
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Rosé - Sparkling
Delicious. Bright ripe red fruits, savory herbal element and a delightful bitterness that balances the ripeness of the fruit. Really lovely wine.
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Red
Darker profile than past years. A little carbonic in profile. Juicy and crunchy dark fruits with moderate tannin. Nice wine. Wish there was a little more acid to lift it up.
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Red
7/10/2022 - bongos wrote:
DOA. No fruit left.
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White
This is a wild wine. Started off with a big of funk on the finish which thankfully blew off with 30 min of air. Nose of slightly over ripe honeydew melon, musk melon, and bordelet pear cider. In the mouth it is melon and pear with surprisingly bright acidity and freshness. One of more interesting wines i've had in a while. Certainly not for everyone, but I enjoyed it.
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Red
Lovely bottle. Gorgeous lithe syrah fruit. Alway a treat.
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White
One of the best Hermitage Blanc I've have. Textural, sapid, seamless. Very complete.
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Red
3/5/2022 - bongos Likes this wine:
90 points
Good bottle of red burgundy that lacks the stuffing to be great. The wine is pretty and fills out a little with air. I'd be happy if it were a lesser appellation, but I expect a bit more from Aloxe Corton. Red fruits, floral notes. Nice not great.
Red
Dinner was mushroom risotto, wild deer and moose tenderloin. This needed some time to open up. Very concise and clear dark fruit profile. Snappy quality to the fruit. Great minerality and acid. A big fatty rib eye of braised short rib would be great with this. Give it some air or some time in the cellar.
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White
Expressive dark fruits and earthy/herbal notes. Really nicely done wine. Retains great freshness. Love it.
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Red
3/12/2022 - bongos Likes this wine:
96 points
Consistent with prior note. All raspberries. Great energy. Delicious.
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Red
3/3/2022 - bongos wrote:
lightly petulant. little funky. a lot delicious. mellow out on day 2. day 3 got a little mousy. killer wine, but pop it and crush it.
Red
3/3/2022 - bongos wrote:
96 points
Like putting your nose in a bowl of freshly picked raspberries. Incredible nose. Middle weight on the palate, but the nose is what I'm after here. Trollat vine material, own rooted...sign me up.
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Red
9/16/2019 - bongos Likes this wine:
96 points
From Magnum. Great fill on the bottle. Wine was a delicious and pure expression of cabernet fruit. Only got better with time in the bottle. Delicious!
Red
9/12/2019 - bongos wrote:
97 points
Starts out a touch rustic, but unfurls into a beautiful wine with a few minutes in the glass. Beautifully pure red fruit. Pairs rusticity with elegance. Not sure what more you could want out of cornas.
Rosé
Purchased off the list at the Deck in Laguna Beach. Best domestic rose I've had by a country mile! Zippy 12% alcohol. Fruit is from Sangiacomo vineyard. Drinks like a great white wine, not one that you want drink ice cold to cover flaws. I suggest pulling it from the ice bucket and setting it on the table. Tiny red berries, white flowers, a refreshing mineral salinity. A killer summer wine.
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Red
11/12/2017 - bongos Likes this wine:
98 points
Strong first effort from Mike Smith and his partners. From Oakville fruit. Their idea is to source the best fruit that they can each year, so the fruit sources will evolve over time. This wine is really nice. Cool expression of black and red fruits on the nose. Hints of cacao, leather and spice box. It is long yet subtle on the finish. Almost too easy to drink. The bottle was gone all too quickly.
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Red
Textbook Northern rhone nose. Rare roasted lamb with rosemary, dark fruits, sagebrush and earth. The palate is drying out a touch and would have been better with food, but I could smell this glass all day long.
Red
I only had a small taste of this since I had to drive home. Still very young with a nice grenache like nose of black raspberry and cherry. A little sweet on the palate. Great density and lenth. For my palate, I'd wait 10+ years.
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Red
Great nose that blends primary and secondary characteristics. Red and black fruit with deep incense on the nose. Dark fruit with earth and intense minerality. Tannins are a little rough. I'd give well stored bottles a few more years.
White
It doesn't get any better than this. Mind expanding stuff. So intense and rich yet perfectly balanced and crisp. Starts with notes of red wine poached pear with clove and star anise. With time notes of butter appear with green and yellow fruits. Undulating waves of rich fruit and crisp acidity was over the palate. After hours in the glass, butterscotch notes show on the nose, but the palate is still so fresh. My second time with this wine. It is perfect.
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Rosé - Sparkling
Mostly copper color that turned pale salmon with time in the glass. Extremely deep, complex and powerful. Strawberries, pastry, earth and deep complex minerality. Very long finish. Killer stuff.
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Rosé - Sparkling
5/10/2013 - bongos wrote:
This bottle seemed a little tired. Nose of mascerated strawberries, white mushroom and cherries. Palate didn't live up to the nose and was a bit maderized.
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Rosé - Sparkling
Just a baby. Gorgeous nose of wild strawberry. Almost fools you into thinking it is ready to drink....until you take a sip and get smacked around by the tremendous spine of acid and chalky minerality. Give it time.
White - Sparkling
Fantastic wine for what I consider to be an "off" vintage. Yellow fruits, roasted nuts, and bread. Plenty of acidity to balance the ripeness. Top class champagne that is a bargin at current pricing.
Red
1969 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
Decidedly lighter and more easy going than the 68. Leans more on the red fruit spectrum and is well balanced by lively acidity. Burgundy lovers at the table prefered this while the bordeaux fans gave the nod to the 68.
Red
1968 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
Gorgeous layered dark fruits with hints of eculyptus and licorice. Serious brooding bordeaux like structure. Will easily hold for another decade.
Red
Wow! Truely impressive wine with seemingly endless layers of dense dark fruit. Also an umami component here that reminds me of kelp along with the chinese herb store smell that I find so often in young drc richebourg. Not ready for prime time drinking, but just incredible.
Red
High toned and airy nose filled with dark red fuit, smoke, earth, and iron. It is a touch closed on the palate, but leaves little doubt that it is a great wine in the making. I believe that with time more fruit will show on the palate and balance the acidity.
White
5/10/2013 - bongos wrote:
Started out very strong with pear, baked apple, and plenty of baking spice from the oak. Honey and nuts. Deep gold color. Drank well for an hour, but quickly fell apart after that. Missing a bit of acidity.
White
Not premoxed! Delicious tropical leaning fruit with a firm spine of mineral and acid. Great bottle.
Red
I'm really enjoying the top wines from this underrated vintage. Typically expressive leroy nose. Spice, cranberry, pomegranate, and raspberry. Medium in body and length, but just delicious right now.
White - Sparkling
Drinking great right now. Ripe, powerful, and creamy in texture. Coffee and pastry notes with a mix of red and yellow fruits. Killer stuff.
Red
Unreal. One of the best wines I've ever had. All of the flavors of the Northern Rhone and perfectly integrated in this wine. Beef, blood, bacon, black olive, grilled bread, plum, black berries....you name it. In the mouth I can only describe it and "spherical" like a great musigny. This should have only been bottled in magnum, because 750ml is just not enough.
Red
1990 Christophe Roumier Ruchottes-Chambertin Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
Really nice nose a brambly red and black fruit. Undertones of earth and iron. Good density on the mid palate and a long finish. Great structure of tannin and acid, but it is nicely hidden by rich fruit.
White
Very light in color. Airy nose of flint, stones, lemon and pear. Felt tight and acidic next to the 92 lafon charmes. Great wine, but this bottle needs more time to strut its stuff.
White
Notes of sulfur blow off quickly revealing ripe yellow fruits, roasted hazelnuts, and truffle honey notes. In a perfect place. Perhaps missing a touch of acidity, but drinking very well.
White - Sparkling
Light gold in color. Fine assertive mousse. Espresso, lemon, and light toffee notes. Crisp, refreshing acidity. Persistent finish. Great wine.
Red
Still dark in color and showing quite young. Nose of campfire, roasted meat, iodine, and a savory herb note. Red and blue fruits. Still a bit young for me. I would give well stored bottles more time.
White
Absolutely killer. Super rich for chablis, but this had a beautiful range of yellow and green fruits, notes of honey, roasted almonds, and truffle. Super complex and complete.
Rosé - Sparkling
1/28/2013 - bongos wrote:
When this was poured, I was wondering if they accidentally put the regular brut in the rose bottle. There was no color to it at all. With time/air, the wine became salmon in color. Strawberries, cream, pastry. Fairly powerful and it has good length, but I prefer the more developed flavors of the regular cuvee at the moment.
White
From magnum. This is already drinking very well. It was a disservice drinking it next to the perrieres, but the charmes is great in it's own right. Hazelnut, butter and yellow fruits. Fine mineral and rich pear and apple on the palate. Delicious wine.
White
Structurally perfect. It need some time to flesh out and fatten up, but if there are no premox issues, it will be perfect meursault.
Red
1991 Domaine Leroy Chambertin Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
This also took a while to open out. When it did, it was impressive. Briary dark fruit, herbs, iron, and power. This would have likely continued to improve, but the bottle was gone too soon.
Rosé - Sparkling
This is very young and needs time. It started out with a medicinal menthol like note which dominated the fruit. With time, wild strawberry and raspberry creme developed on the nose. About 3 hours in, it was firing on all cylinders showing some blood orange and tremendous power. Great wine. Amazing considering the vintage.
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White - Sparkling
This started out very disjointed. The nose was more mature notes of coffee while the palate was just raw acid. I almost wrote it off. Coming back to it 2 hrs later, it had integrated beautifully. It smelled as if you had an espresso and a freshly baked lemon bar in front of you. Fine coffee, buttery pastry, lemon curd, and custard on both the nose and palate. Really nice wine. Give it time.
White - Sparkling
12/13/2012 - bongos wrote:
Very pleasant and complete wine. Fine mineral and fresh red fruits. Delicious and easy to drink. I wish there was a bit more power and acidity. Very good, but the price is insane.
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