Tasting Notes for Thellie

(295 notes on 270 wines)

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White
7/16/2022 - Thellie wrote:
91 points
Delicious Chassagne that opened up after only 20 minutes or so, balanced from beginning to end, fulsome mid-palate with delicious fruit and just enough acidity on the finish. After an hour we found some butterscotch on the nose and a softer finish, but it was as much about the creamy sauces with our fish as it was about the wine. I doubt this will improve much with more age, but it seems just right now, a perfect example of what Chassagne-Montrachet can be.
White
7/8/2022 - Thellie wrote:
90 points
A nice balance of fruit and acidity, more balanced than the first bottle I drank last year, which was clearly youthful. Given the warm vintage, and the reasonable price, this is quite successful.
White
7/7/2022 - Thellie wrote:
88 points
Unpretentious, tasty, good wine. This lacks the astringent finish of Aligote associated with the varietal. Maybe changes in winemaking and viticulture, maybe climate change; not complex but certainly delicious.
Red
7/6/2022 - Thellie wrote:
91 points
Drinking well. Balanced, a bit youthful, but I will wait a couple years to see if my remaining bottles develop more layers of flavor. That said, we all loved it now.
Red
7/4/2022 - Thellie wrote:
86 points
Meadows nailed it. The aroma was lovely but the finish was hard and tough. We should’ve drunk it sooner.
Red
7/4/2022 - Thellie wrote:
83 points
Maybe it was bottle variation but I was disappointed by this bottle. I opened it early and after an hour the aroma was enticing, but the flavor was a bit hollow, and the finish was astringent. Maybe VA, maybe just losing its stuff.
Red
6/12/2022 - Thellie wrote:
89 points
Based on what I’d read, I was not expecting to like this very much. But the Tannins seem completely resolved, fruit is still there, the wine is fresh. A villages Volnay to be sure, but this is pleasurable and good.
White
5/10/2022 - Thellie wrote:
92 points
Delicious, classic Meursault fruit with enough acidity to balance the rich flavor, also a long finish. Will it improve with time? Maybe, maybe not; it seemed to be perfect with salmon, potatoes, and asparagus.
White
4/9/2022 - Thellie wrote:
91 points
This drank well with roasted vegetable cheese gratin. The wine seemed a bit richer than one expects from this site, but that was probably the vintage speaking. If it was awkward earlier, as some critical reviews suggest, there’s now been enough evolution to yield a delicious, balanced, and somewhat nuanced wine. The nose was fragrant, the mid-palate was just full enough, and the finish was appropriately long. Not profound, just good.
Red
3/31/2022 - Thellie wrote:
92 points
Beautiful perfumed aroma, elegant balanced flavor, long savory finish, low alcohol. Fine and delicious, a beautiful representation of Dundee AVA Pinot in a cool vintage. It’s ready to drink now….I wish I had 12 more bottles.
Red
2/19/2022 - Thellie wrote:
93 points
Lovely wine, balanced and delicious from beginning to end. 2011 wasn’t an easy vintage but perhaps the cold weather kept the alcohol low and the acid relatively high. Aromas were recognizably Sonoma but restrained, and the mid-palate and finish had delicious fruit but perfect balance. Truly fine. Ted Lemon knows how to make good wine.
Red
2/5/2022 - Thellie wrote:
90 points
Classic dusty, sandalwood Brick House aroma, light-bodied mid-palate with elegant Pinot flavors, savory finish with a bit of cranberry tartness. Perfectly reflects its cool vintage, terroir, and winemaking philosophy. Just a tad fruitier than the 2010 Volnay we had alongside. I doubt it will improve, but this is drinking well now. Perfect tonight with roasted chicken and celeriac.
Red
2/3/2022 - Thellie wrote:
92 points
Excellent! The word that characterizes this wine for me is “savory.” It was a cool vintage so the wine has plenty of salinity, cranberry notes, some acidity. But upon opening I was immediately struck by the richness of the Pinot aromas and length on the finish. This was well-made.
Red
1/23/2022 - Thellie wrote:
94 points
I’m tempted to give this an even higher score, and I probably will when I drink my next bottle. This has the beautiful, distinct aroma of Brick House Pinot noir, lovely balance and texture in the mid-palate, and a long savory finish with just a bit of tartness and tannin at the end, suggesting it will hold up and even improve in the next year or two. Perhaps the closest thing to Volnay in Oregon, though admittedly from one of our best vintages and with plenty of age.
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Red
1/8/2022 - Thellie wrote:
89 points
Immediately after opening, the aroma seemed slightly stewed and overripe. But after it got some air, the nose changed, still flavorful and perhaps a tad ripe, but also fulsome and complex. Over a period of three hours the wine found its footing, not subtle but rich, satisfying, surprisingly complex and long for a Bourgogne Rouge. Excellent QPR and delicious with tonight’s roasted salmon.
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White
12/31/2021 - Thellie wrote:
92 points
Delicious with our seafood pasta. A little tight at first but then opened into a classic St. Aubin En Remilly with balance, fruit, and a reasonably long, complex finish.
White
12/26/2021 - Thellie wrote:
93 points
Elegant and fine, with perfect balance and a long finish. I wish I had a couple more bottles as I think it’s likely to hold up, and probably improve, in the next couple years.
Red
12/24/2021 - Thellie wrote:
92 points
Drinking beautifully, very impressive balance given the vintage. Unlike some other 2013’s, there’s good fruit and richness balanced with a lip-smacking saline finish that reflects the acidity typical of 2013 Willamette Valley Pinot noir.
White
12/24/2021 - Thellie wrote:
87 points
Vanilla toastiness on the nose, especially noticeable at first. Juicy, a little ripe for my taste, decent acidity on the finish but it’s not what I normally hope for from Puligny-Montrachet. I will wait a couple years before I drink my other bottle, there may still be room for development.
White
12/19/2021 - Thellie wrote:
89 points
Youthful and bright, I suspect this wine will develop more complexity in the coming year or two. That said, it’s delicious and well-made, impressive given the warmth of a generous vintage.
Red
2002 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
12/15/2021 - Thellie wrote:
94 points
This was beautiful with roasted goose and potatoes. Decanted for 90 minutes there was no funk or VA, just beautiful aromatics of cinnamon and clove, balanced midpalate, and long, savory, velvety finish. You never can tell with Musar, but this was a stunning bottle.
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Red
12/14/2021 - Thellie wrote:
88 points
Ripe, rich, more like a New World Pinot than I would expect from this producer. Perfectly drinkable now, I suppose, but it lacks the refinement and balance I’ve previously experienced with this producer. 2018 was a warm, ample vintage and this wine reflects it perfectly, for better or for worse.
Red
12/10/2021 - Thellie wrote:
88 points
Aroma seemed a bit muted at first, but this wine drank well, with satisfying, straightforward flavor, red-fruited, and a savory, slightly rustic finish. No hard edges, unlikely to improve with age, matched nicely with chicken and lentils. Satisfying rather than profound, but that seemed to align with the vintage and the terroir.
Red
11/28/2021 - Thellie wrote:
91 points
Fascinating wine from a hot vintage. Leafy nose, suggesting whole cluster, fully mature and maybe even tipping past its prime, but plenty of savory notes leading to a nice slightly sandy finish. Very nice.
Red
11/28/2021 - Thellie wrote:
94 points
Elegant from beginning to end. I rather doubt this could improve; I don’t know how long it will be before a decline. This was perfectly balanced, with sandalwood Pinot perfume, a mid-palate blending fruit, texture, and secondary notes, and a long soft finish. When I tasted this wine 10 years ago it was hard and tight; now it’s gentle, caressing and long. In a word, excellent.
White
10/31/2021 - Thellie wrote:
Perhaps a tad oxidized? Not sure, but there was richness and acidity, so definitely a pleasure. We will drink our additional bottles soon.
Red
10/28/2021 - Thellie wrote:
After 11 years this has developed some secondary notes while continuing to offer spicy red fruits on the nose and a rich (for Volnay) mid-palate and finish. Not delicate, but certainly tasty.
Red
10/23/2021 - Thellie wrote:
I think it’s past its prime. Yes there is still some fruit and lots of texture, but there’s a bit of oxidation and some rough tannin. I bought more than a case of this and enjoyed it, but I’m glad I have only one more bottle to consume soon.
Red
8/26/2021 - Thellie wrote:
My last bottle, and significantly better than the last one. I now wonder if that one was flawed, as this had great balance and length. The whole cluster winemaking and secondary development resulted in earthy notes but truly delicious.
Red
8/18/2021 - Thellie wrote:
93 points
Gorgeous Willamette,Valley Pinot noir. It lives up to its name. Elegant and balanced from beginning to end. Thanks to the vintage and the winemaking, it’s relatively low in alcohol and has just enough acid to keep its balance after all these years. It’s drinking beautifully now and I’m not sure it can improve, but I’m happy to have 5 more bottles.
White
7/30/2021 - Thellie wrote:
91 points
I tasted this knowing it was Peay Chardonnay but not looking at the vintage, and I was surprised to eventually read it was 7 years old. Older than I thought. Good acidity balances all the mouthwatering fruit. I have 1 bottle left and will wait—not because this isn’t drinking well now (it is) but because I’m intrigued to learn what it can become.
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White
7/28/2021 - Thellie wrote:
90 points
Delicious. I purposely didn’t tell my wife what it was, and she guessed what I already thought: a good Chassagne Montrachet Villages. Well-balanced with some stone fruit and good acidity. This may not improve but it’s certainly worth drinking now!
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Red
7/7/2021 - Thellie wrote:
Still drinking very well.
Red
7/7/2021 - Thellie wrote:
Drinking beautifully right now. The baby fat is gone, and the flavors are balanced, long, and even a tad rich. This wine is technically villages level, but it drinks like a well-made Premier Cru.
Red
6/25/2021 - Thellie wrote:
92 points
Truly fine. Lovely balance throughout, classic Brick House sandalwood aroma, good fruit in the mid-palate, and a velvety finish. This was a cold, wet vintage, and BH tends toward low alcohol/higher acid wines, but this Pinot noir was elegant and delicious from beginning to end. Tannins are resolved and the wine is drinking very well.
Red
6/18/2021 - Thellie wrote:
91 points
Drinking really well, no hard edges, long and pure. Impressive for such a cold, wet year. Perhaps my favorite bottle from this producer.
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Red
6/17/2021 - Thellie wrote:
92 points
Browning rim and color, looking its age. Seemed a little unbalanced and harsh at first, but after an hour the aromas began to bloom and the wine softened. Secondary development doesn’t dominate but it’s certainly noticeable. After 3 hours it had evolved into something special, not unlike a good, mature Pommard or CdN.
Red
6/3/2021 - Thellie wrote:
91 points
Truly delicious, bright fruit and mouthwatering crispy finish. Probably the best Passetoutgrains I’ve had, from Lafarge or anyone else.
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White
5/23/2021 - Thellie wrote:
flawed
I’ve really loved Paul Pillot wines but this was very disappointing. Probably flawed, signs of VA perhaps. Magic marker aroma, hot finish.I have 2 more bottles and will hope for better outcomes next time.
Red
5/19/2021 - Thellie wrote:
93 points
Soulful. That’s how Mike Etzel described Brick House Pinot noir. And this has it in spades, with perfect balance, complexity, and a long finish. It was a cool year and Doug Tunnell doesn’t opt for high-alcohol wines in the first place, so it beautifully represents its site and the vintage. Sandalwood, mushroom notes, a savory finish. Great wine.
Red
5/8/2021 - Thellie wrote:
Definitely some secondary development in the color, mid-palate and finish. Not overly complex but tasty and very drinkable with our dinner of root vegetable soup and stinky cheese. That said, I think it’s unlikely to improve with age: drink up.
White
4/24/2021 - Thellie wrote:
Still quite young, lots of acid, a bit linear. I will wait until 2022 before I try the next bottle.
White
4/3/2021 - Thellie wrote:
91 points
Brilliant, crystalline, delicious, youthful. A lovely C-M nose and rich midpalate followed by a long bright finish. I have another bottle and will wait a couple years to open it.
White
3/20/2021 - Thellie wrote:
92 points
Balanced though luscious, and complex and delicious. Clearly from its place: not Burgundy, more like Willamette Valley Chardonnay than stereotypical California Chardonnay, fine wine with a long finish. Cool climate New World Chardonnay that’s been made well.
Red
3/19/2021 - Thellie wrote:
Disappointing. Oak still evident and out of balance with fruit, which may be fading. Hard, bitter finish.
Red
2/27/2021 - Thellie wrote:
88 points
A bit jammy and rich, good flavor but a hot finish. Alcohol is listed as 14.1, and it shows....could even be a tad higher. Not as elegant as much DDO but certainly pleasant with rich food. Drink up soon.
Red
2/27/2021 - Thellie wrote:
91 points
I forgot I had this bottle and when I found it, I wasn’t sure what to expect. 2011 was a challenging vintage—in some vineyards, brix was low because of the cool summer and fall. But this was delicious, very approachable with supple fruit and fine tannins. Perhaps not as complex as some, but absolutely ready for consumption and unlikely to improve.
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