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Red
2018 Henri Jouan Coteaux Bourguignons Cuvée Thomas Pinot Noir
I don't agree with other tasters that this is underripe. If anything, I think some very ripe grapes made it into the blend, as there are clear raisined and cooked qualities to the fruit, but it does have some green notes that are pretty typical of Pinot, and it is certainly tart. The 2018 vintage was probably tough unless you were very selective, and I'm thinking Jouan threw in some less than perfect grapes.... I still like this quite a bit.

This was pretty rough yesterday, smelling like pond and rust, but today it has shaped up a little and smells like jellied black fruits, wet dog, pine needles and purple vitamins. Tart, light, and straightforward, but I'm loving its honesty, and if there's a typical Morey character, I think this has it. For early consumption, I would not save it more than a few years.
  • diggydan commented:

    9/14/21, 2:46 PM - hahaha, I follow you because I like your notes and thought we shared a similar palate! I was assuming Jouan dealt with the vintage for this wine by picking early...I unfortunately have a few more bottles of this so I will look for that raisined and cooked quality you mentioned next time I drink one.

Red
2015 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Heritage No. 4 Ribbon Ridge
9/1/2021 - diggydan wrote:
87 points
There's an awful lot of oak barrel in this still. Is "structured" a code word for "oak"???
  • diggydan commented:

    9/2/21, 6:46 PM - Thanks. I noticed several recent notes mentioned the wine is "structured" but none mentioned oak. I didn't find it particularly tannic but sure did taste the oak, which definitely overshadowed the fruit for my palate.

    I pulled it because I got your Fall offer and was thinking about purchasing....but candidly I haven't tried much of your wine that I already have, and this was my oldest vintage.

    Any of these ready in your opinion?

    2019 Oracle Vineyard Pinot Noir
    2019 Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir
    2019 Fir Crest Vineyard Pinot Noir
    2019 Whistling Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir
    2017 Last Acre, Whistling Ridge Pinot Noir
    2017 Block 11, Fir Crest Pinot Noir
    2018 Whistling Ridge Pinot Noir
    2018 Lewman Vineyard Pinot Noir
    2018 Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
    2018 Fir Crest Vineyard Pinot Noir
    2018 Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir

    1 2019 Richard's Cuvee Whistling Ridge Chardonnay
    1 2019 Whistling Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay
    1 2019 Temperance Hill Vineyard Chardonnay
    1 2019 Durant Vineyard Chardonnay

Red
2019 Frank Cornelissen Munjebel Terre Siciliane Nerello Mascalese
6/12/2021 - AlphaMikeFoxtrot wrote:
86 points
This is totally a wine (and a guy) you either love or hate, and I find myself strangely ambivalent.

It's zero/zero, so if you that kind of stuff is important to you, definitely seek this out. Some VA that mostly (but not entirely) blew off. In fact, it opened up beautifully after two hours in a decanter. Fresh cranberries, red cherries, a lot of spice notes which are super interesting. Black pepper and cumin. Fresh green herbs, dirt and red chili pepper. Some mineral/salinity as well. I like the tension between fruit and spice notes ont his wine. Medium bodied, nice powdery tannins. This will develop for a couple more years, though I probably wouldn't age it any longer than that.

Priced at $50, high even for Etna where prices have been exploding (ha ha) in the last few years. Even there, you can find comparable quality around $30/40. I was going to give this an 83 or 84; but you know what? This wine got me and my friends thinking. I'm not going to rush out and buy Magma ($200+ !); but I would not mind having this again.
  • diggydan commented:

    8/13/21, 4:30 PM - Doesn't he use sulfur now? That is one reason the wines aren't biological messes anymore!

Red
2015 Grosjean Fumin Valle d'Aosta Vigne Merletta
One of my favorites of the recent grosjean releases. This is savory and seems ideally mature. Style reminiscent of burgundy Would drink near term because I don’t see an upside to waiting and so good now. First time w Fumin and I like it.
  • diggydan commented:

    5/19/21, 5:11 PM - So how was the 2005??

Red
2018 Bodegas Akutain Rioja Cosecha Tempranillo
In fiberglass apparently. And some farm animal to that. Smells like something is living in it. Some cherry fruit on the nose. I kinda bet that if you drink a bottle of that, your gonna feel sick, and not in the hungover kinda way.
  • diggydan commented:

    4/25/21, 5:01 PM - Sounds like you had the proverbial "off" bottle. The site does have a button to mark something as "flawed or defective".

Red
2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
2/13/2021 - diggydan wrote:
90 points
The more I drink the less I like LdH. The highs are high but the wines are too inconsistent (yea, I know). This bottle, while not bad, has none of the "brilliant bright red" fruit in a bottle from less than 3 years ago.
  • diggydan commented:

    2/16/21, 12:24 PM - Yea, I was there maybe 10 years ago and recall the mold and the old huge vats, the old barrels, and discussion about the racking process. I had a string of great bottles and definitely downplayed the wisdom about inconsistency...live and learn, right???

Red
2018 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly Gamay
11/17/2020 - diggydan wrote:
92 points
Second fave '18 bojo so far. Has the dark fruit profile of the vintage but doesn't taste overly ripe, instead displaying a lively freshness and joyfulness I love in bojo, along with some savory and earthy elements.
  • diggydan commented:

    11/30/20, 1:27 PM - Hi - didn't decant or chill!

Red
2019 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Gamay
8/3/2020 - diggydan wrote:
94 points
Red fruited, elegant dancing delight. Most up my alley vintage of the last 5 (though '16 was awesome)!
  • diggydan commented:

    8/4/20, 5:46 PM - It is ripe but red. Light and elegant. 15, 17, 18 were darker, bigger, clumsier. Would be nice to taste aside 16.

White
2009 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains
9/15/2019 - chablis28 wrote:
91 points
I love Mt Eden's PNs & Cabs. One of my best local wine buddies & frequent dinner mate, loves this chard as do the critics. Like many CA Chards, this doesn't flip my trigger. Primarily, like the majority of CA Chards, I find it too weighty. Additionally I get, an all to prevalent, sense of oak spice for my palate. But, I'm a dyed in the wool fan of Mt Eden V reds.
  • diggydan commented:

    1/16/20, 12:20 PM - Agreed too much oak but love the pinots!

White - Sweet/Dessert
2002 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux 1ère Trie Clos du Bourg Chenin Blanc
11/11/2019 - diggydan wrote:
92 points
Good. Lots of caramels, candied orange, and sweet apple flavors. Enough acidity to not be flabby but no confusing for a German riesling.
  • diggydan commented:

    11/12/19, 1:20 PM - What's a mistake?

Red
2005 AR.PE.PE. Valtellina Superiore - Sassella Riserva Ultimi Raggi Nebbiolo
12/9/2018 - kakpoo wrote:
93 points
This bottle showed very well. Ripe (almost sweet) compelling cherry with fainter notes of strawberry in the background. My bottle did not develop any raisin notes or balsamic notes until day 3, so I suspect DIGGYDAN had an off bottle. As usual with Nebbiolo, their are some ripe and dried fruit notes on the palate but the wine tasted more fresh and youthful. The body was medium weight and elegant. It’s too bad that Barolo, and Barbaresco producers can’t hold their wine back like this and release them with this level of balance.
  • diggydan commented:

    4/26/19, 4:46 PM - Doubt my bottle was off. Late harvest raisins are just too ripe for my palate.

Red
2008 Domaine du Château de Chorey (Germain) Beaune 1er Cru Vignes Franches Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir
9/16/2018 - diggydan wrote:
Furniture drinking tonight, unfortunately.
  • diggydan commented:

    3/17/19, 6:38 PM - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furniture_music

Red
2013 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche / La Péroline Syrah
3/6/2019 - diggydan wrote:
88 points
2nd, non-corked bottle tastes olivey and smells meaty funky and Rhone-y but could use some fruit and stuffing/body/presence.
  • diggydan commented:

    3/7/19, 3:01 PM - Interesting. I haven't encountered too many wines that get fruitier with age.

Red
2002 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
2/3/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
97 points
2nd Annual Sommelier Appreciation Dinner (Undisclosed Location): Sweet dulce de leche and dark chocolate on the nose, cedary on the entry but then a core of dark berry fruit emerges. Still a whole lotta tannin but refined and brushed like merino wool, and gets finer and finer as it sits in the glass, eventually turning to silk while the fruit picks up a slightly brothy savor. Not much else besides Chambertin can be this refined and robust, simultaneously. Still, it is very primary, the sweet fruit very young and far behind other '02s in development (many of which have shed all the sweet fat and are now closed or closing) - this will need many years to show any kind of maturity, but a mighty fine treat today just the same.
  • diggydan commented:

    3/6/19, 5:40 PM - Well, I haven't had Rousseau, but dulce de leche and chocolate sounds disgusting in a wine!

Red
2000 Château Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
3/9/2018 - diggydan wrote:
93 points
Beautiful satin. Cassis and graphite nose with dark purple and savory fruit palate. Beautiful and elegant, really entrancing with no stop-and-look-at-me flash, a subtle seduction.
  • diggydan commented:

    3/10/18, 9:15 AM - I did decant, but not in advance of drinking the wine.

Red
2012 Mount Eden Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains
5/18/2017 - chatters wrote:
Grand Cru Cabernet (pyrmont wharf, sydney): Oof…there's a cliché for you - massive beast wine but, well, none the worse for it this time. Ripe blackcurrant, polished oak, chocolate and spice…actually this is, with time, a little more controlled than I initially thought it would be…more of the same o the palate with a touch of herbaceousness that, when coupled with the alcohol and fruit extraction, puts me in mind of port....
  • diggydan commented:

    2/1/18, 5:51 PM - You just saved me $65!

Red
2013 Azienda Agricola Cos Vittoria Pithos Rosso Vittoria DOC Red Blend
12/22/2016 - dimdic wrote:
88 points
Bright ruby colour. Beautiful nose of earth, smoke, red flowers, red berry and herbs. Could easily identify Frappato grape in the blend because of its distinctive red floral aroma and light body character. The smoky earthy nose also reflected the terrior of volcanic soil. Good fruity raspberry, red berry, tomato taste. Very smooth and easy drinking. Not much complexity. I liked its freshness and pure natural red fruit taste with bright acidity. The body was light to medium but the tannin from Nero d'Avola was still enough to give solid structure. Good balanced blend of Frappato and Nero d'Avola. Good with food. Drink now and best within next 2 years.
  • diggydan commented:

    10/20/17, 4:53 PM - Is their soil around Vittoria volcanic?

Red
2015 Yvon Métras Beaujolais Gamay
1/29/2017 - Pierre-Yves wrote:
Usual reduction that need a bit of time to blow off. It feels more serious. Next day it really smells like ripe grape juice- funny isn't it that a wine smells like grapes :-). Black fruited more than red fruited.
Overall I preferred less serious vintages for immediate consumption, and will try again with couple years on.
  • diggydan commented:

    2/12/17, 4:10 PM - Smells like greed? Curious what you mean.

White
2015 Domaine Pichot Vouvray Domaine Le Peu de la Moriette Chenin Blanc
Slightly demi sec, slightly reductive and not bad at $15 or so. Already kinda nutty.
  • diggydan commented:

    12/11/16, 4:51 PM - where did you find the moelleux version of this wine?

Red
2012 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District
4/14/2016 - chablis28 wrote:
93 points
How does a producer this good, with such interesting & fairly priced wines, manage to mostly fly under the radar??? Made from 40 year old vines which is often key. Wonder how many times I drove right by this place on my way to Pride Mt up on Spring Mt? If, I ever get back to Napa again, a stop at Smith Madrone is on the list. PnP in Reidel BDX. Drank around 58-60 degrees. Dark Ruby / garnet color. This smelled great from the get go and my first sip was perfectly balanced and ready to go. Decant might not hurt but certainly not necessary. The balance here is exceptional. Tobacco, creosote and spice on the nose carry over to the palate. A complex layered array of dark chocolate, licorice, cherry, other berries and tobacco delivered on a mid weight energetic but placid frame. At the end of dinner, I stared down one last sip in the glass and found myself longing for one more glass to savor afterwards :). 14.2% Alc but feels more like 12.5%. Paid $45, easily drinks more like $75+ Better grab a few more for prosperity. This is one CA Cab that fits squarely in my old world dominated cellar.
  • diggydan commented:

    7/16/16, 4:06 PM - thanks for your note!

Red
1976 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Nebbiolo
I remember how happy I was the day that I ordered this mixed case of 1970s Produttori from Chambers. Oh, Happy Day. Now, with every bottle, I experience the pain of what might have been had they not all been cooked! Another crappy bottle. To be fair to Chambers, the fill and cork *looked* okay. To be less fair to Chambers - did you actually TASTE any of these wines before selling them?
  • diggydan commented:

    1/12/16, 1:49 PM - Thanks for the note. I was just thinking about purchasing one of these '76s from CSW. Curious if you discussed the issue with them? They've always been reasonable with me, though I have yet to have a whole case be bad...

White - Sweet/Dessert
2006 Dr. Loosen Riesling Beerenauslese Mosel Saar Ruwer
4/3/2015 - diggydan wrote:
91 points
Caramel nose and bright acids. This is really light on its feet with a great balance between the sugars and the acids. Beautiful light yellow fruit on the palate. $36 off the list at Jungsik for a 1/4 bottle.
  • diggydan commented:

    6/12/15, 6:31 AM - I'd guess years down the road. The bottle I had was still youthful based on the fruit-focused palate.

White - Sweet/Dessert
1983 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
5/15/2015 - diggydan wrote:
93 points
Beautifully scented, caramel, orange candies, and flowers. The palate is burnt orange peel, toffee, and has a mouth-coating feel with great acidity.
  • diggydan commented:

    5/16/15, 10:08 AM - 750ml

Red
2005 Domaine Capitain-Gagnerot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Charnières Pinot Noir
6/15/2014 - diggydan wrote:
92 points
Textbook. Red cherry fruit, earth, sous bois nose. Elegant but with plenty of tension from some tannins peeking through the fruit. Good finish, mineral and lengthy.
  • diggydan commented:

    6/16/14, 6:18 PM - Hi Chatters. The wine was not youthful, but neither was it approaching maturity. I'd guess it has a number of years left.

Red
2001 Pierre Damoy Chapelle-Chambertin Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
4/4/2014 - diggydan wrote:
93 points
So good. Nothin' but burg on the nose with pinot fruit, a bit of earth, a bit of oak.Dense fruit palate on the darker side. Power, depth, firmness, no heaviness. The finish is hamstrung with a note of bitterness or I'd rate a point higher.
  • diggydan commented:

    4/9/14, 1:24 PM - Hi Harley,

    The wine was ready for my taste! It was still quite fruity and not mature by any means but tasted great to me.

    best regards!

Red
2005 Méo-Camuzet Frère et Sœurs Bourgogne Pinot Noir
1/1/2009 - Chuck Miller wrote:
83 points
Thin, slightly green, no mid palate. Boring, with no hope for future improvement.
  • diggydan commented:

    12/20/13, 9:09 PM - You should try one now!

Red
2011 Domaine Faury Syrah Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes
10/13/2013 - diggydan wrote:
90 points
Band-aids on the nose again: Phil at Bassin's told me Faury is one of the cleanest in the Rhone so that this is a reductive smell...all the same, not my favorite scent but it's not too obtrusive. After acclimating to the nose there's olives and sappy black fruit. The palate is juicy with black fruit, bloody with rare meat, and brined with olive. Good acidity rounds out the back end. Nice drinking for below $20.
  • diggydan commented:

    10/13/13, 4:13 PM - I figured it's brett. Nothing on the web associates reduction with band-aid smells, and both of these bottles were "textbook" band-aid. Not sure why people want to insist on other explanations, but Phil at Bassin's isn't the only person in the world to do so!
    http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=79162

White
2011 Dönnhoff Riesling Nahe
5/12/2013 - diggydan wrote:
88 points
Fruity, light-bodied, and moderately sweet. A good example of fresh, young, fruity/sweet riesling. A bit better, perhaps, and brighter, with more acidity.

But: can anyone decipher for me this clap from Terry Theise? "Quiet wine, not reticent but also not chatty; quiet evening, cool, leaves burning not far away, roast is in the oven, and the book is absorbing. Slate-smoke rises in wispy curls. Few words, but all to the point."
  • diggydan commented:

    5/13/13, 2:41 PM - Thx for the comment. I accept his waxing poetic with a description like "the taste of time" for a Nikolaihof Vinothek but this bears no relation to the wine!

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