Tasting Notes for joe d

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Red
This bottle seems a little tighter than the one we had last year. Still a lovely medium-bodied pinot but perhaps a little more edgy right now.
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Red
Slow-ox'ed in bottle for 5-6 hours, I doubt that made much difference in a magnum.
This was drinking beautifully, reddish fruit, gentle tannins but enough acidity and structure to complement our meal. This particular bottle had no obvious flaws and was ready to go. Best barolo I've had in some time (maybe ever?).
Red
10/23/2021 - joe d Likes this wine:
Limpid light red in the glass. Delicate aromas of red fruits. Initially reticent red fruit follows on the palate, with the finish tailing off a bit. Ethereal. Over a couple of hours, the midpalate tightened up a bit, and the finish filled out. Really nice wine. Chambolle-y.
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Red
10/9/2021 - joe d wrote:
This was a *lot* more earthy and structured than I anticipated. Aromatics are muted, flavors are plummy and earthy. More De Vogüé than Mugnier for sure. Let’s call it closed.
Red
Hoo-boy this was in the zone!
Tannin and acidity resolved into a silky texture, fruit and earth and je ne sais quoi on the nose and palate. Just lovely.
Red
I’ve been hesitant to open one of these but decided that age 20 is a good place to start.
Very youthful as anticipated but not hard. Dark fruits, smooth tannin, and good mouthfeel. Glad we tried it.
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Red
Opened a couple of hours ahead. Ethereal nose of red fruits. Medium-to-dark color, but translucent. Medium body that just caressed the palate with good structure that wasn't obtrusive.
This seems like it's just on the front end of prime drinkability but will last.
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Red
I really liked this bottle. Maybe my favorite Vincent red wine over a few years of buying. Medium-red translucent color, higher-toned fruit flavors, moderate alcohol. What tasted like light wood tannins on the finish brought complexity and to me the promise of positive evolution.
Release notes say that this is a new block for Vincent.
Red
2/2/2021 - joe d wrote:
I was a little disappointed in this bottle. I am a fan of Patrice Rion and of the 2017 vintage but the combination didn't work here. Shy on the nose and palate, it didn't have the beautiful pure fruit that I've liked in other 2017s. Mid-palate and finish were a little soft. It was better on day 2, a touch more concentrated, so hopefully this was just a phase.
Red
12/4/2020 - joe d wrote:
Shitty disintegrating cork, so we had to decant. Dark fruit, not a lot of obvious tannin but solid structure. Tasted like a Fuees actually:-). Plenty of life.
Red
11/30/2020 - joe d Likes this wine:
Very good. Dark fruit, not as red-fruited as Thomas often is. Serious wine, seems to have years ahead.
Red
11/14/2020 - joe d Likes this wine:
I thought this was very good, probably the best '96 I've had to date. Not sexy, not austere, not too acidic, just right. Fruit was to the dark red end of the spectrum.
Red
10/20/2020 - joe d wrote:
All the 2018 Foillards are 14+% and taste it. More ripeness and ABV than I prefer. Never had Foillards like this.
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Red
10/16/2020 - joe d wrote:
Not a fan of this vintage, and I generally love Foillard. Ripe and a little clunky.
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Red
10/21/2020 - joe d wrote:
I love Foillard. So far, I don’t love 2018 Foillard. Too ripe and too alcoholic for me, without the fresh bright fruit that I love.
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Red
8/26/2020 - joe d wrote:
flawed
Shockingly brown on initial pour. Some volatile acidity. Hopefully not representative.
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Red
8/8/2020 - joe d wrote:
This was a really nice bottle. i generally avoid the 2011 vintage but this was delicious.
Red
7/12/2020 - joe d wrote:
Pretty meh bottle. Low acid, not much tannin, not much energy in general. Lower-register red fruit. Not my style.
Contrast with a recent B. Clair 2014 "Veroilles" that was singing.

Acquired on release, the bottle was not mistreated at any time.
Red
Yes, this wine did in fact have an upward trajectory. 🙂

The primary baby fat has faded, leaving a tauter, leaner impression, for the better to me.
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Red
Willowy, lissome wine. Really elegant. I usually wait 10 years on Thomas but I don't think this one needs any more time.
Red
This bottle was really good. No contemporaneous notes, but it was a nice savory syrah. Plenty of life ahead based on this experience.
Red
This was very good. Bright red fruit, lots of energy, enough tannin to indicate further development in bottle. Clearly better than a bottle of 2008 we had the other night which showed soft mature fruit but not much else.
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Red
1/1/2020 - joe d wrote:
I agree with ChrisR :-), including the fact that this is the best Rhys red that I've had. Loved the balance of richness and higher-toned tart flavors.
Red
My last bottle :-( and possibly the best. Beautiful red fruit, medium body and great balance. We had it the night after a 2002 M-G Ruchottes and it was more similar than not.
Red
2/14/2019 - joe d wrote:
Nice bottle. Similar to the last one consumed 2 years ago. Nose of plummy fruit that is echoed on the palate. Maybe a touch more tannin than optimal - not rough but noticeable. Lovely with food (oven-roasted sturgeon).
Red
Very good bottle last night.
Beautiful red fruit, just a touch of tannin.
Minimal aeration.
Red
A couple of years ago I wrote a private note on this wine: "subdued, seems mature". I remember it not showing well.

This bottle was much more vibrant and alive, with lovely fruit on the nose and palate and a nice structure. Classic Mugnier at age 20.
Red
2/8/2019 - joe d wrote:
Opened another bottle of this to see what is going on. It was much better - the overt sweetness is not present on the nose and palate. Tannins are soft and the wine is drinkable if not particularly expressive.
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Red
2/3/2019 - joe d wrote:
flawed
Agree with Ken’s note - really sweet in an odd way.
After sampling, we dumped the bottle ��
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Red
Over the years, I have criticized a few bottles of this wine for being brett-affected.
Tonight as I drink an absolutely delicious bottle that shows red fruit, earth and a touch of fine tannin, I’m wondering if there was just a phase where the fruit was subsumed by the tannin and earth.

Regardless, this bottle was really good.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Red
Yes, this wine is in the zone right now. Really good, savory Syrah.
Red
Lovely bottle. Minimal aeration. Red fruit, medium but soft tannin with some earthy complexity.
Red
This bottle was in a great spot. The exuberant fruit of 2002 in the dark cherry register. Tannins are pretty much integrated. Delicious!
White
This showed really well tonight. Great balance of acid and fruit with a real finishing zip. None of the coconut overtones that I sometimes get with Rhys.
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Red
The best bottle yet from a case bought on release. Nose of plummy red fruits. Palate similar, with a little bit of initial tannin that softened quickly. Lovely wine.
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White
11/12/2016 - joe d wrote:
Should have read the notes here before purchasing. While I've become a big fan of ouillé and moderately oxidized Jura whites, this one was not my style. Too much bruised apple and not enough acidity in the bottle we drank. We'll be trying the Melon à Queue Rouge and Chateau Renard soon, both of which are reportedly topped-up. Bornard's Melon à Queue Rouge is one of the most amazing white wines I've ever had.
Red
This is really nice. Dark red fruits and maybe a whiff of vanilla or similar on the nose. Palate follows with dark cherry fruit and a great balance of acidity tannin and minerality. Definitely in its drinking window, for this bottle at least.
Rosé
1/7/2016 - joe d wrote:
I liked the 2013 better. This wine was rounder with less acid - lower-toned if you will. Not bad, just different.
White
1/5/2016 - joe d wrote:
flawed
I'm sure I remember Pepiere using synthetic cork for their basic cuvée in past years. Unfortunately this bottle had a tainted piece of corkbark as a stopper.
White
12/11/2015 - joe d Likes this wine:
We drank both the '85 and '82 within a couple of days of each other. For us, this '82 was not quite up to the level of the '85. This was nicely mature, medium gold with nice honeyed fruit. It had a freshness that the '82 lacked.
White
12/13/2015 - joe d wrote:
For us, this '82 was not quite up to the level of the '85. This was richer and more honeyed but the freshness of the '85 was outstanding.
White
12/13/2015 - joe d Likes this wine:
From 375ml: this is a beautifully elegant wine. There is plenty of acidity, fruit and minerality but what stands out to me is how lightweight it feels on the palate while still delivering plenty of flavor.
White
11/7/2015 - joe d wrote:
While not mind-altering like the Melon Queue-Rouge, this is quite good. Nice apple-y fruit, not at all tart but with some underlying acidity and complexity.
White
This wine is blowing my mind. :-)

I am having trouble describing the flavors and aromas, but the intensity of each is compelling. It initially feels like a full-bodied mouthfilling chardonnay but then additional flavors of exotic herbs and maybe some waxiness layer over the top.

The acidic spine cutting through adds even more complexity and made it sing with my cauliflower/green olive/caper/anchovy pasta.

Wild, delicious stuff.
Red
10/21/2015 - joe d wrote:
I tagged SDR's note as "helpful" as it encouraged me to open a bottle this evening.

Turns out it was spot on.

Great showing for a great wine.
White
9/6/2015 - joe d wrote:
flawed
Oxidation masked all the nuance that my prior bottle showed.
Red
Fabulous Barbera. Rich and flavorful with a nice acidic spine. Very good with roasted cauliflower in a tomato/anchovy sauce.
Red
Very pure delicious Chambolle. On the light side with delicate yet ripe red fruit flavors. Much better than the villages that was drunk later in the week.
Red
5/10/2015 - joe d wrote:
Drank over two nights. Not as pure as the 2011 Charmes, this was still a pretty nice bottle. Didn't taste any overt green but there was a slightly "muddied" feel to the mid palate and finish that was reminiscent of 2004. With that said I enjoyed this more than pretty much any 2004 I've had to date.
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