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White
2021 Leo Buring Riesling Clare Valley
This wine has developed remarkably since first tried some months ago. Musk and some lime and lemon come through on the nose. The palate up is remarkably rich and approachable for such a young wine. The residual sugar gives it a Moselle like character that is very appealing both as an aperitif and with food. A mouth filling wine made for current drinking. This will develop a little further and reasonably quickly. Great value for money and well worth a case purchase.
  • ProfByron commented:

    1/9/23, 10:51 PM - It’s a dry riesling.

Red
2016 Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru Clos du Roy Pinot Noir
8/9/2020 - bordeauxman777 Likes this wine:
90 points
Excellent CDR with a great potential. Still a bit young, but dinks well. Lovely wine.
  • ProfByron commented:

    7/10/22, 5:18 PM - It’s burgundy not CDR. That said, it’s surprisingly like a CDR.

White
2016 Château Guiraud 'G' Sec Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
5/16/2022 - rwpalmer wrote:
89 points
A fresher bottle than the last. Grapefruit, wax, lanolin nose. Rich but not flabby. Fresh yet soft finish. Delicious.
  • ProfByron commented:

    6/11/22, 7:33 AM - I bought the 2020 but haven’t tried yet.

White
2018 Fraser Gallop Sémillon Sauvignon Blanc Parterre Margaret River Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
11/5/2021 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Another 4 days later (again from little “airline bottle” filled from the original 750ml ).

Lots of flavour. Unmistakably Sauvignon. Still a bit raw, oak a bit raspy, quite intense acid.
  • ProfByron commented:

    11/5/21, 4:04 AM - I agree.

Red
2003 Petaluma Cabernet Merlot Coonawarra Red Bordeaux Blend
3/4/2017 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
91 points
Full credit to Petaluma for keep this wine back at the winery and releasing 2004 first. This has gained a good deal from cellaring. No cigar-box Bordeaux complexity yet, but then it isn't really old wine.

Good stuff.

13.5% ABV, sealed with cork.
  • ProfByron commented:

    6/29/21, 6:34 PM - Ah, correction. Some bottles do fail to please. It’s sealed with cork, so variation is to be expected.

Red
2010 Te Mata Estate Cabernets / Merlot Awatea Hawke's Bay Red Bordeaux Blend
10/29/2018 - rwpalmer wrote:
88 points
Well made, light rather herbal Bordeaux interpretation.
  • ProfByron commented:

    6/26/21, 7:44 PM - 2008 Awatea is just starting to come into bloom, and the 2009 is richer. I’m very impressed with this wine. In earlier vintages it was a bit 4 square and didn’t seem to develop. Have not tried the 2010, at least not recently.

Red
2008 Te Mata Estate Coleraine Hawke's Bay Red Bordeaux Blend
3/15/2020 - Marc wrote:
92 points
Outstanding and very classy. Herbal, with a distinct green pepper streak which beautifully complements the fruit. Classic tannic structure, very much in line with Bordeaux, as is the overall weight of the wine. The fruit quality is certainly not that of Bordeaux, being more herbaceous, and just slightly less dense. Very impressive. No hurry on the last bottle at all..
  • ProfByron commented:

    12/29/20, 1:35 AM - Tonight I’m enjoying Awatea 2008, and it’s just starting to show development. Makes me think Coleraine 2008 has a long future.

Red
2008 Voyager Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend
3/30/2018 - majamke Likes this wine:
91 points
A restrained Voyager this vintage. Plum, gravel, pencil shavings and mint dark chocolate on the finish. Fine web of graphite tannins. Well balanced, with a lot more secondary development to come. I wouldn't expect the score to improve though. Probably at peak now before the fruit starts to fade further.
  • ProfByron commented:

    9/9/20, 3:32 AM - I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised (in a year or ten)

Red
2009 Woodlands Margaret Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend
5/13/2013 - Lewis C wrote:
89 points
Dark ruby, limpid with bright hue. Nose is black currant with minty, green notes and hints of development via cedar and pencil shaving over-tones. Medium body, medium alcohol, medium+ acidity , medium+ tannin (ripe). Palate is distinctly sweet black fruits making the wine rather quaffable but lacking in complexity and finesse. The finish is medium+ length but still too sweet to work well with savoury food. Good quality, still developing but unlikely to improve markedly with bottle age. Score: 89
  • ProfByron commented:

    8/2/20, 2:07 AM - It is improving with age. Slowly, as Margaret River cabs under screwcap, do.

Red
2010 Woodlands Margaret Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend
Fascinating to see some of my favourite reviewers commenting on this wine: Professor, GM and Alex Garner.

I'm most in Prof's corner - and he liked it, with cavets - nice wine but a tad short on body ['dilute']. Pretty much everything else is there - as one can deem from the reviews of GM and Alex: berry good flavours [excuse me?], silky tannins, solid and not over done acid, overall balanced (body aside).

In good shape. No signs of tiredness - how could it at 8 years, from Margaret River and under Stelvin [cork be damned!]. Yet I feel no confidence extra age will add complexity given the under-done body; I hope I'm wrong :-)
  • ProfByron commented:

    7/31/20, 1:11 AM - It’s now $75 at Dan Murphy’s. I know it’s 10 years old but it doesn’t look an attractive price.

Red
2008 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
Really not enjoying this wine at all.

The 'evolution' the company claims to be following seems to be towards a wine that the rest of the world tried and mostly discarded and that I'd hoped we were seeing the back of.

Very polished and glossy, it has badly integrated alcohol, and much darker (as opposed to red) fruit profile, and at this early stage of it's life doesn't really show off the oak regimen much (it is meant to be Rioja, and high quality stuff, after all).

We assumed the acidity might match food, specifically lamb, because Rioja was made for roast lamb. It didn't.

My earlier criticisms of this wine still stand. For the company to compare it to the 2001 is ludicrous in my opinion. It's been clear since the 2001 vintage that there has been a slow-evolution in style of Ardanza, but the earlier changes were liveable, and still added to the whole. If this represents the end destination of the process, then I can only agree with other fans of LRA such as Harley1199 and MacauJames that it isn't a wine I recognise (it is more reminiscent of full bodied Ribeiro del Duero), and that the Alberdi 2010 is significantly superior.

I lament having bought so many, and will be more circumspect with future Ardanza purchases, as its no longer a wine I recognise.
  • ProfByron commented:

    6/11/19, 8:58 AM - I'm puzzled you said the Alberdi 2010 was better. This has coconut ice style oak.

Red
2016 The Standish Wine Company The Relic Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah
10/27/2018 - SlimShaney Likes this wine:
93 points
Dialled down the Viogner. Gorgeous in a warm year. If a little herbaceous and carnivorous too.
  • ProfByron commented:

    12/17/18, 5:43 PM - Do you recall the alcohol level ?

Red
2008 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/8/2017 - jaimetown Likes this wine:
92 points
This was a pretty good bottle of Bordeaux - dark fruited, a little tobacco, slightly saline, medium-bodied claret. A civilized glass of wine, very easy to drink (pop and pour). Purchased at my local Wegmans (of all places!) and drinking very well today.
  • ProfByron commented:

    11/8/17, 3:15 PM - I like that "a civilised glass of wine". Good note.

Red
2015 Viña Almaviva S.A. Almaviva Puente Alto Red Bordeaux Blend
10/1/2017 - RajivAyyangar wrote:
88 points
James Suckling - Great Wines of the Andes (The Presidio, SF): 69% cabernet sauvignon, 24% carmenere, 5% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot.
Even though there's no Malbec, this smells like Malbec. Ripe black fruit and green weedy plum. But then the palate hits with lots of vanilla spice and a polished impressive finish. Ripe structure. Feels like it has some RS but that could be ripeness and oak. Big. Plush. Not my favorite style, but a good example.
  • ProfByron commented:

    11/6/17, 8:04 PM - I thought Suckling wrote "A glorious and complex nose of tobacco, blackberries and hints of stones and flowers. Hints of bitter chocolate. Full-bodied, very tight and compacted... So balanced and harmonious." - 100pts James Suckling "

Red
2000 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
2/17/2017 - rwpalmer wrote:
92 points
I was astonished how prettily red and bright the colour was on this bottle. Red fruit too on the nose with some pleasant secondary flavours as well though really at the start of its drinking window. Moderate intensity. Long on the palate. Quality tannins. No more than medium weight. Years of life left if this bottle gives a fair indication.
  • ProfByron commented:

    3/28/17, 8:52 PM - I just bought a case :-)

White
2011 Château de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Dent de Chien Chardonnay
3/3/2017 - ProfByron wrote:
88 points
Goodness.... it's almost like a 'natural wine'. Complex aromas, old socks are in there, so is some almost burnt ripeness. It's not a blowsy wine, it has well balanced acidity on a medium framework. Quite oily. And flavours that aren't in the white peach or green melon spectrum... something else, perhaps apricot, no that's not quite right.

Hmm, a wine to polarise (or just scare) your guests?

Drink now... who knows what it might do with cellaring, probably not good.
13.5% ABVm sealed with cork.
  • ProfByron commented:

    3/3/17, 2:38 PM - Here's what some wine critic wrote:

    93 (from vines planted in 1935). A ripe yet cool and wonderfully complex nose offers a broad range of aromas that include citrus and ever-so-mildly exotic yellow fruit along with background nuances of anise, clove, spiced tea and menthol. The intense, dense and focused medium-bodied flavors also brim with a remarkable level of dry extract that buffers the firm acid spine on the explosive and lemon-infused finish where the almost pungent minerality adds additional lift. This is also a remarkable effort and it might catch the La Romanée in time. A Sweet Spot Wine

Red
2009 Faiveley Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Vignerondes Pinot Noir
1/5/2012 - azzah wrote:
87 points
Gave this a good decant before drinking but it's still too young, the fruit not really yet revealing itself. There a pluminess to the wine, with other red fruits and a nice spice on the back palate (along with a certain cardboardiness?). Certainly not my favourite 09 Burgundy, but it will be interesting to see where this goes over time.
  • ProfByron commented:

    2/26/17, 12:16 AM - 5 years later it is really developing well.

Red
2007 Domaine Georges Vernay St. Joseph Syrah
12/26/2016 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Complex oddity. At first the brett seems too much, but after a day or two after opening (in half bottle, filled to the top) the wine has fattened. Complex, interesting. I imagine this wine will offend as many people as it captivates. I look forward to seeing what I think about the next bottle.

12.5%ABV (yes that's what the label says). Sealed with cork.
  • ProfByron commented:

    2/19/17, 10:49 PM - 2nd and 3rd bottle equally impressive, if not more so. Classic Northern Rhone flavours (touch floral, geranium) in an almost Bordeaux framework - yes this is the sort of wine that competes with classed growth Bordeaux.

White
2009 Mount Pleasant Wines Sémillon Elizabeth Hunter Valley
10/11/2016 - deejay81 Likes this wine:
91 points
Clear, bright straw yellow, the colour showing well for a 7 year old. Honey, lemons, red apples, and a little bit of Vegemite on toast. In the mouth it was similar but definitely a cleaner less "dirty socks" taste compared to the 07 Elizabeth. I'd noticed that the 07 Elizabeth and Lovedale had a slight CO2 spritz to it, whether it was added or just part of the wine making I'm not sure, but the 09 Elizabeth did not have that, nor do I think it needed it, as it was still very fresh and had good acid to go with it.
The finish was medium plus. I thoroughly enjoyed this and I think you could drink this confidently for 5-10years.
  • ProfByron commented:

    12/11/16, 1:37 PM - The CO2 is never added, it's from the fermentation. Then because of very cool treatment of the wine some tends to be retained in the bottle. Easy to shake off.

Red
2009 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
1/27/2016 - winoman1 Likes this wine:
91 points
I rushed this one...

Very classic and well balanced - many things going on each blending into each other. Definite full black-fruit nose and palate, not too heavy, and well rounded by a small percentage of Merlot which seems to go the perfect distance in this wine. A bit of smoke a bit of cocoa, dusty - PERFUMED.

The minor cedary element shakes things up just a little to keep it interesting...i'm only an hour and 1/2 and 3/4 of a bottle in to this. I shall return!!

..i'm glad I did that!

DAY 2 : Far more tertiary - blend of sweet and savoury. Dark black cherry, double salted liquorice, and mint jelly. The TAR content making this almost medicinal before food. Will hold onto this one but unsure of cellaring capacity.
  • ProfByron commented:

    1/29/16, 3:11 AM - I expect that 20-30 years is possible in a good cool cellar, going on previous Cantemerle vintages when the winemaking wasn't anywhere near as good.

  • ProfByron commented:

    2/3/16, 12:48 AM - Check out reviews for past vintages eg 1985, 1975.

Red
2012 Rosemount Estate Syrah Balmoral McLaren Vale
7/20/2015 - Glukic wrote:
94 points
94 James Halliday
  • ProfByron commented:

    11/6/15, 4:13 PM - He gave it 96 points in his Annual. "an inspired decision by winemaker Matt Koch to limit the maturation in French and American oak to 8 months "

Red
2011 Andrew Thomas Wines Shiraz Kiss Pokolbin
2/15/2013 - graemeg wrote:
2013 Sydney Royal Wine Show - Exhibitor's Tasting & Trophy Wines Lunch (homebush & Darling Harbour): [Gold medal] {screwcap, 14.5%} Gentle strawberry fruits nurture peaty earth. Berries and sandy soils blend together. The palate is wonderfully fine-grained, with pure light red fruits of great intensity but not size, and fresh acidity forming a medium-bodied wine with great evenness of presence along the tongue. Dry and balanced, it culminates in a long contemplative finish. This is a really classy wine that hides its alcohol very well indeed, and avoids excess oakiness as well. A class act in every respect.
  • ProfByron commented:

    9/30/15, 10:49 PM - Are you sure about the alcohol level? James Halliday lists this as 13.5% ABV

Red
2000 Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
8/6/2015 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
91 points
This is a fine wine that hints at how great it will be, but that will take another decade.

It's just leaving its primary stage! With an acidic finish that says wait wait wait.
  • ProfByron commented:

    8/7/15, 8:55 AM - No rush with Rauzan-Segla !

Red
2008 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
3/16/2015 - pavel_p Likes this wine:
89 points
5th bottle in fairly regular intervals since 2011. While I tend to like my Bordeaux more on the mature side, i.e. the better wines from top vintages around the 20-30 year mark, the 04s and 08s teach me that smaller wines from average vintages might be a different story. Sure this is a nice Bordeaux that works well with a meal and even on its own but am not convinced that what the wine has gained over the last 4-5 years fully compensates for what it lost. Miss a bit the great balance and the sweet clear fruit this showed in 2011 and wish there was a bit more fruit to balance the ever more prominent leather, and the rather short finish is also more evident now. Horses for courses.
  • ProfByron commented:

    8/5/15, 9:42 AM - I've decided that Cantemerle is the sort of wine where you really have to wait. It's never special at less than 12 years of age. It often turns out better than expected, it's the sort of wine that built the reputation for old bordeaux.

White
2009 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Clos du Bourg Chenin Blanc
2/2/2015 - rwpalmer wrote:
93 points
Stupendous wine. Beautiful nose of orange blossom and so much more. Weight and lightness on the palate at the same time. Perfectly judged touch of sweetness. Acidity tamer than some vintages, but none the worse for it.
  • ProfByron commented:

    4/25/15, 12:45 AM - This made me go order 2009 Huet. Only the sweeter wines still available. They should last a while in the cellar for when friends visit.

Red - Fortified
1985 Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage Port Blend
3/21/2015 - rwpalmer wrote:
92 points
From magnum. Still almost purple. Nose of plum and spice. Almost mono-lithic. A tiny hint of heat. Power and length. More force than elegance. This bottle seemed closer to the beginning than the end of its drinking window.
  • ProfByron commented:

    4/25/15, 12:34 AM - Doesn't sound too shabby!

Red
2000 Château Haut-Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
4/18/2015 - rwpalmer wrote:
88 points
Deep but not especially bright. Little in the way of browning. Nose is smoky, a little capsicum but also some nice blackcurrant--but lurking rather than obvious. No sweet generosity to this--it doesn't scream of being from a great vintage. "Classical" maybe. Perhaps in an in-between phase. Not especially secondary--just fading fruit. Still rather hard going on day two.
  • ProfByron commented:

    4/25/15, 12:32 AM - Some bottles better than others, hopefully.

Red
2011 Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
6/28/2014 - Comte Flaneur wrote:
92 points
A beautifully crafted wine. Quite shy on the nose but it has a superb palate, which is as smooth as velvet, but grippy and discreetly powerful at the same time. It finishes long and luxuriously. Much better than the 2006.
  • ProfByron commented:

    3/16/15, 9:03 PM - Nice to hear that about the 2011.

    Is 2006 the most over-rated Bordeaux vintage in recent years? Perhaps.

Red
2012 Yarra Yering Dry Red N°2 Yarra Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah
This is a wonderful release from an exceptional producer in the Yarra Valley. As a wine it was difficult to put into words how balanced and textured it is and still do it justice.

The wine gives a glossy dark red hue in the glass, with the nose benefiting from the aromatic lift of Viognier that gives a floral note to the plum and sweetly spiced experience.

The wine unravels in layers with a perceived lightness, yet the palate is brimming with wonderfully integrated raspberry and plum fruits. The quality of oak in this wine can't be underplayed with the gentle hand giving superb structure and lingering spices to finish.

A remarkably good wine.
Review Link - www.winereviewer.com.au (drink from 2014-2029)
  • ProfByron commented:

    1/21/15, 7:41 PM - 97 points at two years of age - that doesn't leave much of a gap for improvement.

Red
2004 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
I was looking forward to this wine but it turned out that I did not like it.

Nose quite muted. Palate quite interesting, warm, spicy, though age is bringing out prune character. After which the spirit like finish dominates. Alcohol burn, not pleasant. I think it is a fault for a wine to taste of alcohol, and when it is unpleasant there can be no argument.

The label says 15% ABV but I suspect it may be higher. Robert Parker wrote "tipping the scales at just over 15% alcohol and actually coming a few tenths of a degree within the 2003 and 2005 in terms of power and alcoholic degrees". He gave it 95 points!

Drink during Winter, preferably a cold night. Don't age any longer.
  • ProfByron commented:

    1/3/15, 11:47 PM - Yes. Actually consumed over two nights. Half of a bottle of wine poured into a half bottle (leaving no air) and resealed with screw cap. The next day it the alcohol burn was much the same. We switched to drinking Faurie St Joseph 2005, such difference.

    I should say that I rarely drink CDP but when I do I'm often pleasantly surprised how elegant it is, how the alcohol is in balance. Perhaps on a dark cold night this wine seems more balanced too.

Red
2002 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/14/2014 - ProfByron wrote:
87 points
Very very austere. Finely crafted, sophisticated, but the fruit core is now gone. Also no greenness, I suspect they tried too hard to overcome this. There are better 2002 Medocs that embraced the vintage's slightly green but intense Cabernet Sauvignon.

I hold out no hope that this will blossom in future years.
  • ProfByron commented:

    11/14/14, 4:50 PM - I too like lean wines, and some austerity, but this was surprisingly so. Fortunately this was 'back in its day' relatively cheap-ish (compared to current vintages).

Red
2005 Château Les Trois Croix Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/18/2013 - RobertDwyer wrote:
86 points
So here we are at 8 years in and I've popped the last bottle of this I have. Sadly it's probably less enjoyable now than it was on release. Too many of these affordable 2005 Bordeaux are clogging up my storage space and I've lost patience.
  • ProfByron commented:

    10/11/14, 12:14 AM - I can relate to that comment "too many of these affordable Bordeaux are clogging up my storage space". They are quite frozen in time after losing their attractive youthful exuberance. 2005 was praised for its intense ripe fruit, but on these minor wines this has translated to something that may never open up and gain complexity.

Red
2006 Château de Pibarnon Bandol Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
7/23/2014 - rwpalmer wrote:
89 points
Still deep coloured and evolving slowly. I am more optimistic than my first tasting in 2011 that this will continue to develop nicely over a number of years.
  • ProfByron commented:

    10/4/14, 3:45 AM - Will in gain complexity? Or just soften?

Red
2007 Boxwood Estate Topiary Middleburg Red Blend
8/31/2014 - rwpalmer wrote:
91 points
Nose of blueberries, blackberries and mushroom. Colour still quite deep. Refined palate. quite full but also soft and long. For a cab franc based wine this is so interesting and relating to similar bordeaux blends in neither taste nor profile.
  • ProfByron commented:

    10/4/14, 3:42 AM - From Virginia, wow. The 'founding fathers' of the US would be proud.

Red
2001 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
Too much oak.

cork. 14%
  • ProfByron commented:

    9/5/14, 4:28 PM - I was not corked.

  • ProfByron commented:

    9/24/14, 5:48 AM - The bottle (which was sealed with cork) was NOT corked. It was NOT affected by cork taint. I rated it poorly because of style, because of winemaking, the oak was raspy and excessive.

Red
1995 Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
3/10/2012 - gripNsip wrote:
Some friends and I drank this wine over dinner last night. Everyone said they enjoyed it but it was agreed upon that overall it was fairly boring. Maybe we didn't give it enough time to open. My thoughts on it were that while it was a little boring, it had no edges and was very easy to drink. Elegant and correct. It is a pretty wine, like a pretty girl, but one that if you passed on the street you probably wouldn't even notice.
  • ProfByron commented:

    7/26/14, 12:21 PM - Are you sure this review is for the 1995?

White
2007 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu Chenin Blanc
3/25/2014 - rwpalmer wrote:
92 points
Much paler than the 2007 petillant. Extraordinarily Chablis-like in its linear palate and mineral impressions. Dry and refreshing, but so beautifully balanced with any residual sugar undetectable.
  • ProfByron commented:

    5/11/14, 1:05 AM - Very pleased to hear this.

Red
2004 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
5/9/2014 - rwpalmer wrote:
92 points
Deep colour and a wonderful nose with residual cassis fruit with smoke and balanced oak also in evidence. Medium weight. Smooth tannins. At a nice stage of maturity but 5+ years of life left.
  • ProfByron commented:

    5/11/14, 12:57 AM - Only 5+ years of life? Or 5 years of further improvement?

Red
2009 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
4/22/2014 - edub7 wrote:
93 points
Vibrant scarlett rim and deep dark core. Floral nose, Margaux like. Wine is refreshing classic, old school, with some finesse and structure, very well made and impeccable balance. Excellent purity, vibrant red fruit, spring flowers, and smokey black cherries. Wine starts to unfold nicely, but opens and shuts down over a four hour period via the decanter. This wine is great and some will like it now because of its early appeal, however this wine will reward with some time in the cellar. Capable of evolving for the next 15-20 years, I suspect it would be best to hold for another 2-5 years. I have a case left, will try not open one for another 2-3 years, at the least. Suspect 4-7 years will be an early sweet spot. 93+ -should rate higher with time. Tasted several times with consistent notes.
  • ProfByron commented:

    4/29/14, 4:31 AM - I agree. I wouldn't perhaps rate it quite so high now but expect that it will be seriously great with age. The 1996 is wonderfully complex today and I doubt it started life as as good a wine as the 2009.

    All Cantemerle vintages are savoury, medium-bodied, refreshingly tannic often with a seam of green. Textbook claret. Recent vintages are deeper, more clearly delineated but not souped up like some modern Bordeaux.

Red
1998 Wendouree Shiraz Mataro Clare Valley Red Rhone Blend
3/22/2014 - mychurch wrote:
95 points
Jelle Comes to Visit for the Weekend; 3/21/2014-3/23/2014 (Leiden and Rotterdam): Bought while on holiday in Malaysia a long time ago, this is a lovely example of Auz cool climate shiraz. It did not have the power of the Armagh, but there was a bit more poise and class. Lovely red fruit and eucalyptus this was the better wine of the 2. Started to dry out after a few hours though and not sure if thats a sign that it needs drunk up, or a sign of the initial transport. Very hard to find in Europe and a real treat.
  • ProfByron commented:

    4/15/14, 3:44 PM - Clare Valley is not cool climate, it is as hot as the Barossa Valley though with cooler nights (benefiting Riesling).

    I'm not sure why this page lists Wendouree's location as "Mt Lofty Ranges" - that misleading. It's an awful long way from Mt Lofty in the Adelaide Hills.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2010 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
12/29/2013 - rwpalmer wrote:
94 points
Initially one-dimensional and not especially intense. Seemingly a poor cousin of the explosive 2009 recently consumed. But 2 days later under vacuvin we enjoyed an incredibly complex wine whose flavours tingled and evolved on every sniff. This is primarily in the citrus, passionfruit and stone fruit spectrum, but it does also have rounder notes of botrytis and nuts, along with a refined dollop of high class coconut oak. It hides its c140g/l sugar extremely well in a sleek palate. This should evolve slowly into a classic.
  • ProfByron commented:

    1/18/14, 4:24 PM - 2010 Sauternes do appear to be sleek and pure. Fun to drink now and over the next few decades.

    I'm wary that the 2009s will be unctuous. Not tried any.

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