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Red
1998 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon Hermitage Syrah
7/24/2019 - Jeff Leve wrote:
96 points
It's been over 5 years since I last popped a cork on this wine, and time has been good this one. Dense, concentrated, full-bodied, dark and intense, the fruit is ripe, lusty, round, polished and mouth-filling. Long and rich, the fruit hangs with you on the palate. Decanted about 90 minutes, the wine improved in the glass for another few hours. Most of the oak has fully integrated into the wine.
  • Haggis commented:

    8/18/19, 5:11 AM - I have just one of these. I gather from your great notes from this year and prior that, as good as this is now, further patience will be rewarded.

  • Haggis commented:

    8/19/19, 11:28 AM - Will do (or will try!). I will adjust my drinking window dates. Many thanks.

Red
2002 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
6/22/2019 - AllRed wrote:
4th Saturday group uptown tasting (M&R's): Double blind. Reticent. Tight and closed. Just absolutely shut down and closed. No guess.

While a generous contribution, it was absolutely mistreated by not being decanted well ahead of the tasting. Unfortunate.
  • Haggis commented:

    7/28/19, 4:54 PM - Hi AllRed! Hope all is well with you and Domino. I see that bottles you drank earlier got pretty heady scores from you. This one, though, you say suffered because it was not decanted. So, how long were the earlier bottles decanted (if you can recall)?

  • Haggis commented:

    7/30/19, 10:16 AM - Very helpful. Thanks! Hope to see you soon!

Red
2008 Stonyridge Vineyard Larose Waiheke Island Red Bordeaux Blend
8/16/2015 - EuroCaveNZ wrote:
93 points
Rich aroma and still a bright youthful hue. The tannins are still firm. Good length . It is maturing well and will improve from here.
  • Haggis commented:

    6/2/19, 1:13 PM - I see you have opened 3 bottles of this. I have only one! So, when do you think it might be in its peak drinking window (acknowledging that we all have our own preferences)?

  • Haggis commented:

    6/2/19, 4:27 PM - Lucky you, having several more! Thank you very much for your reply. I greatly appreciate it. I will hold my one and only bottle for a few more years.

Red
2001 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate Napa Valley
9/21/2017 - g-man wrote:
90 points
Starting to show its maturity but rather reticent on the palate. It seems to be in a dumb stage where it's very good showing secondary traits but in a very subtle style. Very unlike any other Monty Estate I've had.
  • Haggis commented:

    11/13/18, 7:07 AM - Just wondering, g-man, how the 2001 is "unlike" any other Montelena Estate that you have had?

White
2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Riesling Wirz Vineyard Cienega Valley
5/29/2018 - Haggis Does not like this wine:
85 points
This is a very light wine, with a bit of spritz. There are hints of grapefruit, guava, passionfruit. But, there is no substance. No "there" there. As a long-time customer of Bedrock, I'm very disappointed. I have had several bottles of this wine (I bought 6) and other of their whites, but none have really impressed me. I think Bedrock should stick with what they know best (excellent reds) and skip the whites and roses. I suppose if you want a cold summer sipper, this might be ok, I can find some other decent Rieslings and chardonnays at a lower cost that better fit that bill.
  • Haggis commented:

    8/7/18, 8:20 PM - Thanks for your comment. I am not a big rose fan, but I find their roses to be very good. One of the few that I will actually stock at home.

Red
2002 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
2/25/2018 - AllRed wrote:
96 points
Courtesy of R&D, not decanted. Gorgeous young Monte Bello profile full of black currant and violets. Fine, sweet tannins with loads of underlying dark fruit. Perfect balance of fruit, tannin and acid. Long finish. Impressive despite its youth but certainly worthwhile now if you have half a case or more. With only two bottles of my own, I'll hold until 2023+.
  • Haggis commented:

    3/17/18, 1:07 PM - Hey, AllRed! Nice note. Otis gave me one of these as a farewell gift when Mrs. H and I moved to Hawaii. I've been wondering when it might be ready. Apparently, it is NOT! That is a pretty heady score! :)

Red
2016 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
3/13/2018 - Shay.Aldriedge Likes this wine:
92 points
In the glass at pop and pour, it was very berry focused and acidic. After about 30mins, this was a knockout. Upfront, raspberry/cherry/black cherry on the nose but it fades to almost a meaty/beef jerky note. Never gotten that on a pinot. Great acidity. Orange cream on the palate, alongside cedar, lavender, raspberries and spices. Out of this world QPR.
  • Haggis commented:

    3/15/18, 11:35 AM - Good discussion on the PNs. I, too, favor the Summa and OV.

    As for their Chards, I stopped buying some time ago, but doubt I will get back in. I have very much enjoyed Copain Chards and will probably stick with them.

Red
2002 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
6/4/2017 - AllRed wrote:
94 points
40th Anniversary Magnum Party; 6/3/2017-6/4/2017 (R&D's): From magnum, leftover from the prior night. Here again, improvement overnight. Aromas of black currants, violets, cassis and plummy dark fruit. Fine tannins with flavors of dark fruit, violets and mineral. Good weight and balance across the palate culminating in a long finish.
  • Haggis commented:

    9/22/17, 1:20 PM - Hey Allred! Long time no see. Seems like this is ready to go with a long decant. I have one 750ml, so I'm assuming that it is a bit further along than your magnum. If I were to hold, what would your drinking window be (subjective, of course). Best to you and Domino.

  • Haggis commented:

    9/25/17, 3:55 PM - OK, I'll hold my one and only bottle. Tempting, though! We are, indeed, trying to find a time to visit. When we DO get to the area, it is just for a day or two to visit our daughters and granddaughter (and another granddaughter is on the way!). We'll let you know when we are in town for a few days. Miss you guys.

Red
2002 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
8/28/2017 - Peliot Does not like this wine:
91 points
I felt this was an over-oaked vanilla bomb. Decanted for an hour. Dark purple core. The nose was candy-sweet vanilla and little else. Everyone says this wine is tannic and needs time but I didn't find it to be firm enough. I'm hoping I got it on the wrong night and time will improve the balance here but honestly I don't have high hopes.
  • Haggis commented:

    9/22/17, 1:22 PM - 91 points is an excellent score for a wine that you do not like.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
8/5/2017 - Haggis Likes this wine:
98 points
Amazing. There are few adjectives in the English language that can capture the elegance, complexity, vibrancy, and delicacy of this sauternes. One of the finest wines I've ever had. Oranges, creme brulee, figs, almonds, honey...whatever, it was there. And a beautiful beam of acidity that pulls it all together. I can't imagine what this will be like in another 20 years. Earth shattering, no doubt.
  • Haggis commented:

    8/6/17, 1:36 PM - Hi Racer117, don't get too tempted! I opened this only because a friend came over last night with the most amazing fois gras I've ever had. So, had to pair it with a sauterne! This was the only 375ml that I have; thus, rather than trying to get through a 750, figured I'd go for this. HOLD YOURS! :)

Red
2003 Maison Alex Gambal Chambolle-Musigny Pinot Noir
8/5/2017 - Haggis Likes this wine:
94 points
On opening, I was worried and disappointed, as this was thin, flat, and lacking in any character. I had invited some Finger Lakes luminaries to dinner and was a bit embarrassed, esp as one of my guests brought a 2001 DRC La Landonne (which was amazing!). This Gambal was a disappointment, in comparison. However...ta dah...after being opened for 5 hours, it was AMAZING. So much depth, earthiness, dill, herbs (esp sage)... I'm astonished. If you have some, decant it for 3-5 hours before serving. But, take a taste upon opening so that you can see for yourself the miraculous transformation. I hope your experience is as magical as mine.
  • Haggis commented:

    8/5/17, 7:55 PM - Oops. Corrected! This is a good example as to why NOT to post under the influence! Thank you! The La Landonne was fantastic! 98 pts, in my estimation; however, the Gambal more than held its own with air/time.

White
2014 Stolpman Viognier Ballard Canyon
5/21/2015 - Haggis wrote:
87 points
I agree completely with JonnyG's note. This has some very nice things going for it: minerality, acidity, and tart austerity. This does lack some complexity and lushness/viscosity, which would have added a lot to this wine. I know what Stolpman is reaching for, but I'm not sure that Viognier from the Central Coast can attain the complexity found in the Rhone. This by no means is a poor wine. It's actually quite acceptable, particularly for the price (at least, what I paid for it).
  • Haggis commented:

    6/8/15, 3:19 PM - Duh.... Thanks for pointing that out! Tasting note now corrected. I must have had that other "V" word, Viognier, lurking in my head.

  • Haggis commented:

    6/9/15, 3:34 PM - Crap...did it again! I meant VOUVRAY! What the hell is wrong with me?!

Red - Fortified
1991 Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage Quinta de Vargellas Port Blend
11/2/2014 - andrewdodd86 Likes this wine:
92 points
Little disapointing, rubbing alcohol and VA, PLUM, fig, dried fruit, prune. Good, but I wasn't floored. Meh.
  • Haggis commented:

    1/4/15, 2:35 PM - 92 points is "meh"? Your comments sound "meh," so I'm curious to compare with a bottle I hope to open soon.

  • Haggis commented:

    1/5/15, 6:21 PM - Sorry if it was an off bottle! Shame. And yes, I hope mine shows better. Thanks for the reply.

Red
2007 Aston Estate Pinot Noir Clone 115/667 Sonoma Coast
9/15/2013 - tgkswine wrote:
91 points
This wine has been all over the map for me but my last bottle did not disappoint. set out and opened for several hours with floral and spice on the nose. A well integrated effort of dark fruit, spice, oak and a hint of vanilla. Smooth finish.
  • Haggis commented:

    12/31/13, 1:19 PM - Hi, I am wondering if this is "all over the map" because it's a bit shut down. I'm relieved that your later tasting is better than the earlier ones. Thinking about trying one myself tonight.

Red
2003 Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
2/27/2010 - Haggis wrote:
86 points
I liked this bottle marginally better than the previous (1/28/2010). There is decent fruit, but (as before) it is buried beneath an unnecessarily thick layer of oak. The dark plum, chocolate, and blueberry is there, but seems imprisoned in oak, screaming to be let free. It is possible, I suppose, that this was more balanced a couple of years ago and that the fruit has just faded. That is hard to fathom, as the quality of the fruit is good...it's not tired or faded...just overwhelmed.
  • Haggis commented:

    3/6/10, 10:25 PM - Hello, z-willis --
    I bought 6 bottles at Sam's in Chicago upon release. Corks were clean and no leakage. To my taste, the oak was overwhelming. I've has some wines in which oak chips and tannin powder are added, giving a similar taste profile to this Spring Valley. I am NOT saying that Spring Valley does this. I'm saying that there is too much oak going on here. The fruit are drowned out, in my estimation. It's unbalanced...a cacophony of fruit, tannin, heat.

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