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White - Sparkling
1/31/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
89 points
As others have observed, really excellent value for money and interesting that stocks reappear on the Morrisons shelves from time to time. Interesting speculation here about its origin. Nyetimber? https://www.winebound.co.uk/editorial/made-in-england. Perhaps beginning to tire a tad, but still very enjoyable.
Red
1/30/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
90 points
3 years since my last note, and a couple of points. bottle in perfect condition and a point. Bravo.
White - Fortified
1/30/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
91 points
3 years plus since my last note this has held up very well indeed. Tremendous stuff.
White
1/30/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
87 points
I generally like mature Condrieu but this is somewhat past its best.
White
1/30/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
90 points
I thought this very attractive and balanced. Exemplary wine making at the price.
Red
1/30/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
91 points
2002 was an underrated vintage in the Languedoc and this is still in lovely condition. Carignan at its best.
White
1/28/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
87 points
A point. Their entry level Pinot Gris, but drinking well now. Off dry of course.
White
1/23/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
88 points
100% Grenache Gris - an underrated variety which I rather like. This is enjoyable if rather straightforward.
White
1/21/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
89 points
Notably non oxyd And a very good balanced chardonnay, beginning to drink well.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1/10/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
85 points
Reasonable value but this doesn't really do justice to either the Morrisons The Best range or De Bortoli - this is understandably not Noble One, but rather too straightforward and short.
White - Fortified
1/10/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
84 points
The release date now prominent on the labelling. My other two reviews of this (2017 and 2014) are marked thus but in the NV field. Sadly the same score as the 2017. I love sherry - see my notes - but I really have come to the view that this approach simply doesn't work with Fino - or certainly with the Tio Pepe En Rama
Red
1/7/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
88 points
(Too) light for my palate. Some Pinot characteristics but rather slender and I think in decline.
White - Fortified
1993 Domaine Vaquer Preface Rivesaltes Grenache Blanc, Grenache (view label images)
1/7/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
89 points
Gentle and lovely. From 375cl. Mature of course but with a long half life!
White
1/5/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
88 points
I love Condrieu, but this doesn't quite hit the spot for me. It may need a little more time to relax.
White
1/2/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
88 points
Under the Famille Brocard label, web address the same as JMB, so I'm assuming the same wine. Youthful and rather understated at present. This definitely needs time. 88 for now, the score will rise.
White - Sparkling
1/1/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
86 points
From a half. 45% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier. 3 years on the lees. Really not very exciting.
White
1/1/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
87 points
An oak-fermented blend of two indigenous varieties — Obaideh and Merwah. This is a little enigmatic and understated at the moment. I suspect it needs time, but despite it's reputation I don't believe the white has the quality of the red Musar.
White
1/1/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
90 points
BurgundyAl in his note on the 2021 referred to the Rubenesque profile of Shafer's Red Shoulder Ranch, and I'd have to agree. A style I've always enjoyed historically though this is on the margin of enjoyment and excess I think. Has plenty of acidity and will last and perhaps find more balance. 90 for now and the score could rise.
White
1/1/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
88 points
Straightforward, generous, good value.
White - Sparkling
1/1/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
89 points
From a half - under the Reid Wines Blanc de Blancs label. Consistently enjoyable as ever.
White
1/1/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
90 points
Enjoyably similar to my last note, and a much better wine than the 'standard' 2015 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay drunk recently (see separate note and 87 score).
White
1/1/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
87 points
Nearly three years after my last note i the 2015, the same score and relative disappointment. Not the late and sadly missed Jim Clendenen's finest white. His Wild Boy Chardonnay consistently better from my perspective.
White
1/1/2023 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
91 points
A very attractive blend - 75% Marsanne, 25% Roussanne. In a perfect place now. Delicious.
Red
2014 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
12/31/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
91 points
69% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 11% Carignane, 2% Mataro. From a half, and in this format beginning to drink well, though as others have observed this will certainly last. Very accomplished. The 30% non Zin provide balance and interest.
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Red
12/28/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
91 points
Typically 40% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Cinsault and 10% each of Carignan, Mourvèdre and Counoise. This really drinks at CdP level and the cepage brings out the best of the Grenache without allowing it dominate
From a magnum this was delicious. Bottled as Lirac from 2013
Rosé - Sparkling
12/26/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
90 points
42% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier, 28% Chardonnay. 2018 is such a good vintage for English sparkling (and still wines for that matter). Rose seems to have done especial well - see separate notes on Rathfinny and Gusbourne. This is young but already beginning to drink well.
Rosé - Sparkling
12/26/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
89 points
59% Chardonnay, 23% Pinot Noir, 18% Pinot Meunier. Good if youthful. Best to wait. I preferred the 2018 Rathfinny Rose (also much better value).
White - Sparkling
12/26/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
87 points
62% Chardonnay, 28% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier. Alas this is simply too young. Wait.
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White - Sparkling
12/26/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
89 points
6 months on and a point more. Getting there.
White
12/26/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
89 points
From magnum. A blend of Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul, Roussanne. Acquired by Guigal in July 2017 when it became Chateau de Nalys, this seems to be the the last vintage of Eicelenci. Waxy interesting and certainly ready, though will last in this format.
White
12/24/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
88 points
See originalverkorkt's note on the 2020 for vineyard details. Bernard Morey's son and perhaps something of a rising star. I'm not completely convinced by this. A year or two may help, but at the moment rather too straightforward for the appellation, expectation and price.
Red
12/22/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
87 points
I really want to like Grange Cochard wines, but somehow they don't seem to hit the spot for me - possibly because they need a good deal of patience. More approachable that the 2009s here. Old vines but yields (upper 40s per hectare) are not as low as oner might expect. 87 for now, more to come?
White
12/22/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
86 points
Viura blend is topped up with 5% Manzanilla sherry purchased from the Hidalgo, then aged in sherry casks for 8 months. For some reason I can't quite put my finger on this doesn't really work for me. I think the injection of sherry detracts from a classic white rioja style which I really enjoy. Perhaps it just needs more time to resolve.
Rosé - Sparkling
12/22/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
91 points
Rathfinny and the 2018 vintage are a tremendous combination. This is lovely now but will surely improve for 5 years +. Notably better than the expensive Nyetimber 1086 Rose at the same tasting.
White - Sparkling
12/17/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
91 points
This is Nyetimber's demi-sec, but rather than off dry this is rich and candidly delicious. My first tasting. Will repeat.
White
12/17/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
90 points
In March 2017 in my review of the 2011 I wrote "This is one of the most consistent chardonnays in the world in my view. Perhaps a little more restraint than in the past but tremendous balance, length and complexity. Youthful but already delicious. 10 years plus to go."

This 2017 at a similar age is in a similar place, but while restraint and balance are there, length and complexity are not currently evident. This is very considered winemaking but I do miss the more exuberant style of the past. Under Screwcap.
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Red
12/17/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
90 points
See Derek Darth Taster review for cepage. 15% alcohol (of course!), full, ripe, already accessible but will certainly last. In a restaurant, unfortunately not decanted, but open up in the glass. Wears the alcohol well and is already enjoyable will food.
White
12/15/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
87 points
Nearly six years on from townjbc's note time has rather taken its toll. Golden and very full and ripe. Will be offputtingly cloying for some but with food manageably rich and decadent. But drink soon
White
2017 Torres Milmanda Conca de Barberà Chardonnay (view label images)
12/10/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
89 points
As other reviews have indicated this is very young. Re-sealed and kept over a week it drank at its best on the last night. This will be very good I think. 89 for now.
Red
12/7/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
91 points
A Cabernet Merlot blend but with a very Tuscan personality. This is still in very very good condition. Balanced and delicious.
White
12/5/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
90 points
Beginning to drink really well. Balanced, interesting and enjoyable. A very positive contrast to a 2018 Meursault Vieille Vignes from Paul Garaudet - and at a much better price.
White
12/5/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
88 points
This is youthful, but candidly not that exciting. Interesting and unflattering comparison with Drouhin's 2018 Roserock chardonnay from Oregon (and at two-thirds of the price).
White - Sparkling
12/3/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
88 points
Personally I prefer the Chardonnay dominated Corallion NV, but this is another good Langham wine. A very thoughtful winery.
White - Sparkling
12/3/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
89 points
Langham is excellent value and a very thoughtful producer. Personally, I prefer the chardonnay dominated Corallion to the Culver.
Red
12/2/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
89 points
This was in better condition than I'd anticipated. clearly a good bottle. A point and enjoyable. Drink up.
White
12/1/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
90 points
A reminder of how much I like what is essentially pure Clairette. Increasingly coming out of the shadow of a useful blend - see Decanter October 22 article by Matt Walls. Delicious.
White - Sparkling
11/26/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
90 points
See henrygjeffreys recent note for cepage. This is ambitious, serious and seriously priced. This needs plenty of time. 90 for now, a higher score to follow no doubt.
White - Fortified
N.V. Emilio Lustau Morrisons The Best Pedro Ximenez Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Pedro Ximénez
11/26/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
89 points
The Morrisons Lustau range is tremendous value. All that you'd hope for and expect from the grape and style. Moreish.
Red
11/26/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
89 points
Classic Margaret River Cabernet. A definite reminder of why I loved this style at the start of my wine drinking career and why it subsequently began to pall. Generous but definitely on one, albeit enjoyable note. For all of that enjoyable enough and fair value. Screw cap.
White
11/24/2022 - finewinebuff57 wrote:
89 points
Albillo Real, Moscatel de Grano Menudo, Garnacha Blanca. A little maturity helps with this really interesting blend. Very enjoyable.
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