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Red
2012 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/19/2020 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Moules Frites w/Friends (Eagle Brook Country Club): Courtesy of R&D, popped, poured and enjoyed between the moules frites/rosé and chocolate mousse/Sauternes. If memory serves, this vintage contains 10% petit verdot, which explains the impenetrable inky color, showing just a bit of crimson/purple at the meniscus. Classic Insignia bouquet with cassis, black currant liqueur and chocolate. Adds floral and blue fruit tones as it sits. Tannins are still quite firm, though are incredibly fine and not obtrusive. Impeccable balance and presence across the palate, displaying black fruit and chocolate. Long finish. Still just a pup, this really needs another seven years, but if you like 'em primary, it is absolutely a lot of fun right now...throw a ribeye on the grill and pull the cork. 93/94 now (Domino was at 94/95), probably 96/97 potential at peak maturity.
  • billhike commented:

    7/21/20, 5:47 PM - Thanks for the note. We only have a single bottle, which was gifted to us by D’s boss. I wasn’t gonna pop it before 2022, and you didn’t change my mind! ;-) Cheers.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2007 Château de Myrat Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
7/4/2020 - bomba503 wrote:
93 points
Great from 375 with cheesecake. Agree with racer. He should've been here for this anyway
  • billhike commented:

    7/4/20, 6:01 AM - These are really great. Years ago, the local chain Binny’s was closing these out on a weekend where they also had a 15% discount coupon. I got three 750s for under $14 each. Still have two of them. I’ve already drank the 375s I had.

Red
2005 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
6/2/2020 - Comte Flaneur wrote:
92 points
Big Boy, warmer vintage, not so clearly Leoville Barton, and you can detect the higher alcohol. Riper and hotter, much more heft, big tannins, big structure, but with some tertiary aromas starting to emerge...but it really needs at least a decade - difficult to score, but I would say 92+ with the potential for higher but right now the first four - 99, 01, 02 and 07 - are more pleasurable.
  • billhike commented:

    6/2/20, 5:10 PM - I have a 3L of this, and I turn 53 in August. I hope I’m still functional when it’s ready to drink!

Red
2015 Càntele Salice Salentino Riserva Negroamaro
5/28/2020 - Les Kangas Likes this wine:
89 points
Drank from Reidel Chianti/Zin glass and I thought it was very good, especially for the price. Gave it about 1/2 air and had with pizza.
  • billhike commented:

    5/28/20, 4:08 PM - This has become a new favorite of mine. A local shop has it for $9.99.

Red - Fortified
2011 Dow Porto Vintage Port Blend
5/19/2020 - East of Napa wrote:
98 points
First taste of this spectacular port. Opened with some port aficionados and they did not want me to open it. Should wait several more years. No way, had to taste. Did not really let it decant for more than a half hour which is not really fair. It was exceptional! Maybe the best port I ever tasted. Have two bottles left and will wait for many years to open next one. Should only get better.
  • billhike commented:

    5/19/20, 4:09 PM - They should have tackled and wrestled the bottle away. ;-)

White - Sparkling
2013 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier d'Or Champagne Blend
It's not hard to polish off a wine like this at one time, but I managed to spread it over two days. Disgorged June 2017, with the consistent composition of 80% Chard / 20% PN, with around 7 g/l dosage and just under 4 years on the lees, all the usual inputs for Grand Cellier d'Or. This drinks great chilled or warm. Green apple, a richness that seems honeyed when warm, with tangerine and a little bit of red berry. Like many Vilmart I have written about in the past, this bottle too shows the requisite bright acidity and freshness. It's these two qualities, along with the richness and fruit balance, that makes Vilmart one of my absolute favorites from Champagne. It finishes with some structure that suggests the wine will be ageworthy, yet I found no guilt in finishing this wine now, aa it drinks so good. Beautiful.
  • billhike commented:

    5/10/20, 6:45 AM - Thanks for the note. I recently bought two as they are from my wedding year. Planning on holding until age 10.

Red
2010 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
4/25/2020 - aknot13 wrote:
flawed
Corked !
  • billhike commented:

    5/3/20, 8:23 PM - Drat! I opened that was very en. Sorry you had a compromised bottle.

Red
2010 Château Fortia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition Red Rhone Blend
3/11/2020 - Pour Boy Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful CDP from the highly rated 2010 vintage. My first of 4 bottles. Nose of olives and spice, slight barnyard initially. After about 45 minutes, this bottle transformed into a well-balanced and silky example of Southern Rhone at its finest. Not quite at peak yet, but ready to drink, especially if you can allow it to open up for a bit.
  • billhike commented:

    4/14/20, 6:15 PM - Thanks for the note. I have three of these, as well as three of the cuvée Baron, one of which I opened tonight. It also had some initial funk which blew off with air. Drinking excellent with the balance you mentioned after three hours. Cheers.

Red
2010 Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
1/25/2020 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
4th Saturday Brown Bagger (Sue's): Double blind. Opens with a tobacco note followed by an unexpected buttered popcorn aroma, all with dark fruit underneath. Much better on the palate, showing black fruits galore along with nice spice elements. Lengthy finish. With air the popcorn note faded, all but disappearing, and it added more red fruit and pepper nuances as well. I guessed syrah-dominant Rhone blend.
  • billhike commented:

    2/23/20, 4:58 AM - I have two of these, and it sounds like it’s time to fire one up. Thanks for the note.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2013 Wyncroft Riesling Icewine Wren Song Vineyard Lake Michigan Shore
2/7/2020 - AllRed wrote:
94 points
Impromptu Dinner w/Friends (Pa Lian Burmese, Wheaton, IL): Half bottle. Lavender, tea, honey, orange blossom and ripe stone fruit notes. Rich texture. Stone fruit dominates, though there are tropical elements as well, along with a nice spice undertone. The acidity is softening just a bit, not enough to make this cloying or heavy by any stretch, it's just not quite as lively/bright as it once was.
  • billhike commented:

    2/11/20, 4:17 PM - This was really fantastic, and my WOTN. Thanks for taking and posting all of the notes.

Red
2006 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
Nice. In a good place. This is a little bit more ripe than I like in a wine - red berries and dark fruit. Some mineral and wild spice. Smooth, well balanced. There is a little smoke on the nose, but it is mostly dominated by wild spice.
  • billhike commented:

    1/17/20, 4:15 AM - CT tells me I still have one of these, but sadly I think it needs a cycle count adjustment.

Red - Fortified
2011 Dow Porto Vintage Port Blend
12/4/2019 - Motz wrote:
98 points
I can think of no better way to conclude a spectacular tasting with great friends than opening a bottle of this transcendent potion, to my mind the benchmark of mainstream 2011 Vintage Port...alongside the same vintage 2011 Graham's The Stone Terraces, no less!

This wine had been decanted for about three hours when I poured it...not nearly long enough. The volume of layered substance it encapsulates bends the mind. Concentrated, seemingly naturally sweetened, blueberry, boysenberry, huckleberry, blackberry, and blackcurrant, lightly sweetened, very dark coco nibs, whole espresso beans, lightly sweetened black molasses, and a suspension Obsidian and Pāhoehoe lava envelope a core of dark chocolate ganache, granite, and mineral ores. Indescribably complex!

Poured blind to several experienced tasters, opinions were split as to whether this was the Dow's or the Graham's, which was the more rustic, and which was the prettiest. To me, this was the King, whereas the Graham's showed as a profoundly perfumed, ethereal 'other'. The Queen perhaps, though probably better described as an unequivocally stately, deeply beguiling consul from afar.

Both wines held form on the second day, with this revealing more of its bewildering depth and frame. Sheer delight! My time on earth will pass long before this fades. 98-99!
  • billhike commented:

    12/5/19, 6:36 AM - I’m looking forward to enjoying my 7 bottles in retirement. ;-)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Chartogne-Taillet Champagne Cuvée Sainte Anne Champagne Blend
11/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
75 points
Retailer tasting. 2016 base. Dirty. Clay, cotton and apple with a dominant dirty animal fur overtone. Small bead. Light on fruit; short finish.
  • billhike commented:

    12/1/19, 1:44 PM - Interesting - guessing you got a flawed one. We tried it at the Binny’s DG tasting last month and liked it enough to buy three.

Red
2015 Domaine les Pallières Gigondas Terrasse du Diable Red Rhone Blend
11/24/2019 - Mrav8 wrote:
91 points
Some good potential to age into solid bottle.
  • billhike commented:

    11/26/19, 5:47 PM - I drank one this past Saturday. Agree on the potential. Really tight when first decanting but started to shine after about two hours. I’m planning on holding the remaining bottles a bit.

Red
2015 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard Dundee Hills
11/22/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Black cherry, sage, warm spice and mineral notes. Gorgeous cherry and mineral and spice. Long finish. Balanced. Great acidity.
  • billhike commented:

    11/24/19, 8:14 AM - Good to go now, would you say?

White - Sweet/Dessert
2007 Château de Myrat Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
11/11/2019 - Racer117 Likes this wine:
93 points
My first one of these in a while. I missed you.

Wonderful again though this is as dark as bourbon!?

Complex with loads of aromas and flavors (Burnt sugar/caramel, marshmallow, stone fruit, apple). And with substantial acidity, its borderline fantastic.
  • billhike commented:

    11/12/19, 4:28 AM - These have been one of my favorite. Thanks for the reminder post. I’ll have to put one of my remaining two in the drink queue.

Red
2015 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
10/12/2019 - thelostverse wrote:
90 points
Brought to dinner at Anvil by Chip and Robin. General impression only - very young, but seemed like the right stuff will be there in the end.
  • billhike commented:

    10/14/19, 12:49 PM - I was tempted to try one of my 4 when bought in February of last year. I held off, and plan to pop the first at age ten.

Red
2014 K Vintners Syrah Powerline Estate Walla Walla Valley
8/12/2019 - Mountster27 Likes this wine:
96 points
Amazing.
Depth of fruit. Complex smoke and tea and meat notes.
Everything I want from Syrah.
Will drink my other within a year or so.

Held up well with chicken satay and sesame veggies and garlic noodles.
  • billhike commented:

    8/12/19, 12:41 PM - So early in the drink window is flawed? :-o

  • billhike commented:

    8/12/19, 4:10 PM - Apologies, my comment above was meant for another message. Sorry - cheers!

Red
2010 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Red Rhone Blend
3/29/2019 - Hanibal wrote:
92 points
i don't know what to say....looking at average rating here of 96. Either the bottle was not in good shape or my taste buds are completely off with the average CT drinker.
  • billhike commented:

    7/16/19, 6:35 PM - Howdy. This may be a few years yet from its prime drink window. Experienced tasters will sometimes rate on what they think it’s going to mature into.

Red
2016 Agricola San Felice Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
6/7/2019 - vfccpa123 Likes this wine:
92 points
Very nice wine to drink with dinner. Aromas of cherry and earth with notes of leather and picked up just a hint of floral.Smooth on the palette and well balanced tannins with a lovely dryness that lingered on the finish. Consistent with prior bottle.
  • billhike commented:

    7/10/19, 7:01 PM - I’m having one of these right now as well; your note is spot on. I find I enjoy these a bit more with food than without.

Red
2016 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills
7/1/2019 - snarfglk Likes this wine:
88 points
kind of fake
  • billhike commented:

    7/1/19, 7:28 PM - Can you expand on that please?

Red
2012 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Lovely bottle. Juicy dark fruit with a touch of tartness on the attack. Some spice, perhaps a little tobacco (my wife thought so anyway), smooth finish. Popped and poured.
  • billhike commented:

    6/21/19, 4:11 PM - Good to know - I have two of these.

Red - Fortified
2011 Dow Porto Vintage Port Blend
6/14/2019 - NickA Likes this wine:
89 points
Slightly surprised to see the scores so high for this one: yes, it is delicious, and incredibly smooth despite its relative youth, but it's also a little bit too confected and one-dimensional. Less than perfect sample perhaps?
  • billhike commented:

    6/16/19, 5:57 AM - Probably a good dozen years from starting to show it’s full complexity. I tried one from 375 shortly after release and it showed great promise. At this point I’m guessing it’s really shut down leading to your one-dimensional experience. My 7 remaining bottles are for the retirement years. :-)

Red
2010 Podere Brizio Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
8/13/2017 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
Second Sunday Group: 2014 Chassagne-Montrachet (Neil's): Vanilla, cherry and sour red berry fruit aromas. Medium-bodied, with red fruit on the palate. Medium finish. Good.
  • billhike commented:

    3/20/19, 5:04 PM - Picked up a magnum for $50 today at the Bloomingdale Binnys.

Red
2015 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
3/5/2019 - Artbreadman wrote:
91 points
I’m not sure about this CDP. Decent upfront red fruit but then flat mid range. Faint floral notes and finishes with a lingering tartness. Maybe a bit above average. I don’t think this will improve much with cellaring.
  • billhike commented:

    3/5/19, 4:22 AM - It’s likely going into shutdown phase. Top-tier CdP from good years are going to start showing themselves at age 8-10, if not longer.

Red
2015 Louis Jadot Pinot Noir Bourgogne
Astringent and tannic without the fruit to offset. Decanted and waited an hour, no real change. But too light to drink with heartier meat dishes. Inexpensive but not worth the price. Much better light pinots out there.
  • billhike commented:

    2/23/19, 5:13 AM - I respect that the style of wine isn’t for you, but a score of 56 implies that it was terribly made, flawed, contaminated, etc. and greatly skews the average.

Red
2010 Château de Saint Cosme Gigondas Red Rhone Blend
Classic CDP from a stellar year. Dark purple - black with slightly clearing rim. Nose is classic black and blue fruits with white pepper. Mid palate has certain richness but cut with good acidity and earthiness that follows to very present tannins that meld after a couple of hours of air. Wine is going to last a long time.
  • billhike commented:

    2/5/19, 3:54 AM - CdP or Gigondas?

White
2010 Ridge Chardonnay Estate Santa Cruz Mountains
12/12/2018 - thelostverse wrote:
93 points
Opened by Allred at Eagle Brook. I burned through my four bottles by last year, but I should have waited. Oak is still present, but the balance with citrus notes in harmony here was beautiful. No hurry here.
  • billhike commented:

    12/13/18, 5:36 PM - I have one of these left. I doubt it will live until spring...

White - Sparkling
2004 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année Champagne Blend
12/7/2018 - Vino Me wrote:
93 points
Opened by Bill. First made in 1976, this is a blend of 14 Crus and mostly (88%) Grand Cru. 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay. 1st time I have had this vintage although i've had the 1990, 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2002. This bottle was up there with the 1996 and 2002. Pale straw color. This is in a nice spot. Starting to show some honey and cream notes but still lively with a solid bead. No rush to drink. 93 points.
  • billhike commented:

    12/7/18, 3:58 PM - Did you try this after it had been open a while? When first popped, it was a it strange and cheesy. I let it sit in a glass for a while while tasting other wines. It. Improved, then I noticed some still in the bottle at the end of the evening and that’s when it finally came around for me.

White - Sparkling
2004 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame Champagne Blend
10/12/2018 - Vino Me wrote:
94 points
Medium yellow color. Buttery nose. Notes of brioche dough, fresh cream and apples. Loaded with character. Fuller bodied. 94 points.
  • billhike commented:

    10/13/18, 6:21 AM - Aren’t there much better values than these overpriced industrial wines? :-)
    Thanks for the note. We have one, being the year Dee and I met.

Red
2010 Château La Confession St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
9/22/2018 - AllRed wrote:
4th Saturday Group: Anything but Domestic (Rich & Dana's): Double blind. Dark fruit with a weird grassy sauv blanc-like overtone. I get a touch of VA on this as well. Dark fruit on the palate with medium tannins. Hints of earth and licorice as it opens, but that VA note remains, though others didn't think it was VA. A weird bottle, possibly flawed, but in any case, not a good bottle of wine. No guess.
  • billhike commented:

    10/10/18, 5:25 AM - Yikes - I have two of these...hopefully you just got unlucky.

Red
2015 Little Wings Syrah Antle Chalone
2/24/2018 - DoubleD1969 Likes this wine:
92 points
OTBN. Purchased for a good cause last year, I have been looking forward to finding an occasion to try it. I was not disappointed. Ripe, red-black cherry fruit with sweet vanilla notes, a bit of dried sage, ample acidity and tannin underneath it. It was nicely balanced. Medium-bodied and velvety. 13.3 ABV makes it an easy drinker. Delicious.
  • billhike commented:

    2/26/18, 10:46 AM - OTBN? TIA. :-)

White
2015 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc Paso Robles White Rhone Blend
2/12/2018 - Kylebrown Likes this wine:
50 points
Light and easy to drink
  • billhike commented:

    2/13/18, 3:48 AM - Please revise your score so as to not skew the average. On a 100 point scale 50 would be considered undrinkable. Maybe a typo? Thanks.

Rosé
2016 Domaine de la Mordorée Tavel La Dame Rousse Red Rhone Blend
Tavel with serious attitude: more savory than sweet with strawberry fruit, tarragon and parsley, and a chinato-like pleasant bitterness.
  • billhike commented:

    2/1/18, 5:43 PM - We are having one tonight, and darn if I don't agree with about every point in your note! Definitely more savory than fruit-driven.

Red
2002 Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/12/2017 - Vino Me wrote:
94 points
Magnum opened by Anwar at our holiday party. Showing very well. Deep blackish red color. Notes of black currants, toasted oak and dark chocolate. Full bodied with solid tannins. Holding up well at 15 years old. No rush to drink. 93-94 points
  • billhike commented:

    12/13/17, 4:48 PM - I loved this - tied for my WOTN.

Red
2000 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/13/2017 - Vino Me wrote:
96 points
From magnum purchased for $95 on futures. 4th time I have had this wine. Decanted and poured back into the bottle 10 hours before drinking. Deep crimson color and lightly sedimented. Solid cork. Earthy aromas. Notes of oak, leather, cassis and berries. Firm tannins and a long finish. Well rounded at 17 years old. 1 mag left which I will hold for another 10 years or so. 96 points.
  • billhike commented:

    12/13/17, 4:46 PM - My co-WOTN. Thanks again for sharing this.

Red
2004 Cuvée du Vatican Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve Sixtine Red Rhone Blend
12/12/2017 - Vino Me wrote:
88 points
From magnum. Opened Billhike at our holiday party. Medium red color. Tried this later in the evening. Red and black fruit with a sour hint on the finish which was not present in the previous bottles of the 2000 and 2001 that I’ve had. 88 points.
  • billhike commented:

    12/13/17, 4:44 PM - This wine disappointed me last night. Seemed a bit unclean and nowhere near as tasty as one I opened last year. Got worse with more air IMO. I have one more magnum.

Red
2005 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
Opened bottle for 30 mins before having it with lunch, quite a good valuable wine.
  • billhike commented:

    11/12/17, 6:24 AM - You might consider revising your score to not skew the average. 78 points would likely be considered somewhat poor by most users. Thanks.

Red
2013 No Girls Syrah Walla Walla Valley
10/23/2017 - BRR Likes this wine:
92 points
This was decanted for about two hours before tasting. This definitely brings the savory side of Syrah with iron, blood, soy sauce and dark cherry. I think this needs more time, but it's quite good. Very similar to some Reynvaan that I've had. I'll hold my other two for 3+ years.
  • billhike commented:

    10/23/17, 5:57 PM - Thanks for taking one for the team! A reminder to let mine sit although I may pull the trigger on a Tempranillo from the same vintage.

Red
2010 Château de Saint Cosme Gigondas Red Rhone Blend
10/12/2017 - James Mackay wrote:
93 points
I opened a bottle of this and found that it was good. Not being able to drink it all, I put it aside planning to finish the second half the following evening. As it turned out I wasn't able to and only got back to it on the 3rd evening. I can only say "wow". I'll make a proper note when I open the next bottle but for now 93 is probably conservative as this wine is still developing....
  • billhike commented:

    10/12/17, 10:50 AM - I've had this twice now. It's best days are definitely ahead. 2019 will be the next time I open another.

Red
2012 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir La Source Seven Springs Vineyard Eola - Amity Hills
5/18/2017 - golfwine wrote:
93 points
Drank in concert with a '12 Littorai The Pivot. This, considerably more expressive on the nose, with prominent bright cherry but an undercurrent of wild mushroom. Wow! Less restrained than the other but beautifully balanced (what would you expect from Raj & Sashi). The diversity of our chosen dishes, allowed for our switching sips between glasses and provided a stellar wine night.
  • billhike commented:

    5/21/17, 4:32 AM - The two people you mentioned were not part of EL when this wine was made. Glad you enjoyed it. I'm planning to open my first of three bottles next year.

Red
1992 Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
5/13/2017 - sunnylea57 wrote:
89 points
Every bottle of the 92 I've opened has been beautiful, but this one was quite green and thin. Still very drinkable, but nowhere near what I've come to expect from the 92 Dominus. Strange.
  • billhike commented:

    5/14/17, 7:30 PM - I'm opening my lone bottle in August. Thanks for getting a questionable one out of the way. ;-)

Red
2010 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
4/9/2017 - Arch57 wrote:
89 points
I mean this was a "nice" wine with no flaws but unfortunately it didn't have any "wow" factor for us. Stored in my cellar, decanted two hours before drinking with dinner and it was just okay. Simple nose, some raspberry notes, smooth and short finish. Another bottle where pro reviews didn't match my experience.
  • billhike commented:

    4/10/17, 4:09 AM - This wine is 3-5 years from showing what it will be. If you have any more, I'm guessing you will enjoy it more down the road.

Red
2012 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir La Source Seven Springs Vineyard Eola - Amity Hills
Not a 98.
  • billhike commented:

    4/2/17, 1:49 PM - So what is it to you?

Red
2014 Maison L'Envoyé Pinot Noir Two Messengers Willamette Valley
1/2/2017 - Rno Does not like this wine:
75 points
High expectations, completely disappointed.
  • billhike commented:

    1/3/17, 3:57 AM - A 65 score means you think this was a truly terrible or undrinkable wine. If it merely didn't meet whatever expectations you had built up, the number you assigned is skewing the overall average. Please reconsider.

White - Sparkling
2002 Launois Pere et Fils Champagne Grand Cru Special Club Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay
12/26/2016 - Vino Me wrote:
96 points
From magnum. 2nd time I have had this. The best champagne in a lineup of 8 grower bottles. This was a lttile creamier with more depth than the last time I had it in 2012. Warm almond aromas. Excellent bead with notes of chalk, citrus and peanuts. 96 points.
  • billhike commented:

    12/26/16, 4:00 PM - Nice! I hope mine shows as well on Saturday.

Red
2008 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/11/2016 - clarktoews Likes this wine:
92 points
really dark colour here and massively teeth staining. loads of dark fruit flavours with a touch of spice, super smooth.
  • billhike commented:

    12/12/16, 9:59 AM - Love your screen name! I'm assuming the first part is a nod to Wendel. I have one remaining bottle of this that is planned for age 10.

White - Off-dry
2011 Vineyard 2121 Riesling Lake Michigan Shore
11/7/2016 - Vino Me wrote:
61 points
Tasted at the winery. This was the worst wine I tried at this winery. 2% RS. A little funk on the nose. Notes of burnt hair and licorice. Bland and already fading. 61 points.
  • billhike commented:

    11/7/16, 7:11 PM - Gonna post this lineup on the WS forums? I just want to see Board-O's replies. :-)

White
2009 André et Michel Quenard Vin de Savoie Chignin-Bergeron Les Terrasses Roussanne
10/19/2016 - thelostverse wrote:
92 points
Opened by Allred at Anvil. I thought this bottle was in a beautiful place and really opened nicely during dinner as it warmed a bit. I'm a sucker for Roussanne. 92+
  • billhike commented:

    10/20/16, 6:05 PM - Guessing we all got these on bin end a few years back. I bought three, loved one, and wasn't enamored with another. Hopefully 3 is the charm, and I should queue it up to drink soon. Thanks for the note.

Red
2012 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
8/28/2016 - MattB72 wrote:
87 points
This bottle is past peak.
  • billhike commented:

    8/29/16, 4:21 AM - You must have had a bad/tainted bottle. This will easily go 5 more years.

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