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Red
2009 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir
1/18/2018 - tomoem Likes this wine:
91 points
Had at a spectacular WINEBID.com tasting event. Total of 39 wines tasted with an unbelievable lineup ! Bravo to Sterling Roig.

Perhaps its closed fruit both on the palette and in the mouth suggest it was opened way too early or perhaps it just needed a couple of hours more of decant. Whatever the excuse herein is a wine which could potentially demonstrate much more flavor. I suspect that given the lineup tonight this wine was punished. Kind of like being a .300 hitter in the all-star game.

All that said I think this wine could be the real deal and score much higher.
  • tomoem commented:

    10/18/19, 10:45 AM - In baseball someone who batting average is .300 is considered to be a good hitter, however in any given year .300 will not get you qualified for the all- star team.

Red
2016 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Red Bordeaux Blend
9/30/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
96 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano. We tasted this at the Enoteca La Fortezza Di Montalcino. Line-up included Brunello's from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 2010. The 2015 was tasted but will not be released to us till next year.

Here we were treated to a bonus from Irald our server.

The 2016 Sassicaia is stunning, and for not the price, I would have purchased. The most powerful wine in the lineup but not the favorite.
Tremendous layers on the palette as the fruits take turns with the earth in the aroma category. More layers of flavors on the palette with a tannin laden backbone which gives this the structure of some of the greatest Italian wines ever produced. Reminds me of 2015 with even more structure.

It should place this wine squarely in line for one of the Wine of the year awards.
  • tomoem commented:

    10/8/19, 12:57 PM - 2014 Scopeto Del Cavalli Was my favorite wine of this group.

Red
2012 Barnett Vineyards Merlot Spring Mountain District
4/8/2019 - 3daywinereview.com wrote:
87 points
Day 2: Not as good as previous bottles. Sour cherry, spice, dust, mild oak and shorter finish. This lacks concentration and the fruit profile the previous bottles possessed. Hopefully will improve on day 3. 85 points
Day 3: A bit better but not as good as the other bottles. Cherry, mild oak, spice and dust. Not much concentration on this bottle. Hopefully the other 4 will be solid. 87 points
Recommendation: Drink now or hold for a few years.
  • tomoem commented:

    9/18/19, 8:55 PM - I love your notes. 3 day wine !!!

Red
2016 Pott Wine Cabernet Sauvignon Her Majesty's Secret Service Stagecoach Vineyard Napa Valley
9/16/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Immediately sort of closed with purple fruits and a menthol quality. I let this sit for 30 minutes and then BOOM come the fruits and the creamy mouthfeel. An hour later this wine was singing with blueberry, sweet plum, some cassis, and oak spices. Both start and the mid palette showed overall floral background.
  • tomoem commented:

    9/17/19, 3:44 PM - Can I say ......... I Love POTT ?

Red
2016 Bodega Colomé Malbec Estate Calchaquies
8/2/2019 - cono_sur Likes this wine:
90 points
Fresh, medium-high intensity has complex peppery spice, earth, dark berry, blackberry, dark plum, and hints of purple fruit aromas. It's medium-full bodied with fresh, vibrant acidity lifting the spicy aroma replays. Supple tannins are a touch tight at the moment. Excellent length on the long, balanced finish. Score: 90+ pts
  • tomoem commented:

    9/6/19, 7:59 PM - Awesome notes. Dead on and I concur with them. Referencing them in my notes.

White
2017 Beringer Vineyards Chardonnay Private Reserve Napa Valley
7/23/2019 - Tahlequahdave1972 Likes this wine:
93 points
Rated 96 points by JS, 94 points by JD and 93+ by WA. There is so much going on here I doubt this note will do the wine justice. Aromas of tropical fruits, honeysuckle and toasted almonds upon pouring. Flavors of crème Brule, mango, lemon, gingerbread, apricot, pineapple and white pepper delivered on a layered, fresh and silky backbone supported by solid acidity and a vibrant mouthfeel that was both opulent and elegant at the same time. Finish was lengthy and satisfying. Regarding Chardonnay from this venerable producer, this is the best I have tasted. Great now but will become more refined and focused with a few more months in the bottle. Outstanding!
  • tomoem commented:

    8/31/19, 3:30 PM - I reiterate your tasting notes. I found so many similarities in our tastings that I am citing yours. Bravo !!

Red
2013 Jessup Cellars Table For Four Napa Valley Red Blend
8/24/2019 - mflesh wrote:
93 points
Coravinned a glass of this. This is a dark and inky wine with a really nice bouquet that rolled out of the glass while pouring. Could smell violets, black and blue fruit. Entry is dark and rather full bodied. There was a roasted black and blue character to this one. Almost a cinnamon and pie spice in the middle and a purple character to the finish. If served blind, I might have called this a cab with some PS or 10-20 percent Malbec because it has that kind of character. Finishes with some toasted chewy cedar tannins but if tasted a couple of years ago it probably would have been more astringent. Very enjoyable wine.
  • tomoem commented:

    8/31/19, 3:16 PM - What great and accurate notes. I cannot concur more. Bravo !

Red
2012 Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva Grandi Annate Sangiovese
5/6/2018 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
90 points
Smelled and tasted like warm earth or stone after a rain and the sun has come back out. This had considerable stuffing to it and you could tell it was bred to be a wine of importance. Structured. Demands heavier foods.
  • tomoem commented:

    8/22/19, 7:28 PM - What a great note !!! I am quoting you. I just had this and could not agree more.

Red
2009 Coup de Foudre Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
11/22/2014 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Simply put a great value cabernet even at about $ 90.00/ bottle. Drinks well right next to the big boys. Modern cab with cedar notes, restrained but present berries at finish, long aftertaste, and velvet mouth feel.
  • tomoem commented:

    8/21/19, 12:55 PM - yes I picked up at a recent auction. Loved it and will look for more.

White
2015 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Napa Valley
7/28/2019 - 1sophrosyne1 Likes this wine:
92 points
What a treat to have a current reflection of the white shocker from the Judgment of Paris! It pours a glistening leggy sun=kissed maize. The nose is complex and the mouthfeel acidic to start with just enough creamy oak bringing in toasted vanilla to wrap around apple and citrus with just a bit of floral essence. A tart finish benefits from keeping the temperature down, as the flowers become just a touch wilted and off with warmth. It seems a bit temperamental, but worth giving good care to enjoy.
  • tomoem commented:

    8/7/19, 5:38 PM - I really like your passion over the great history of wine and connection to the people. You have a calling.

Red
2014 Beau Vigne Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cabernet Napa Valley
7/30/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
95 points
OMG was I surprised. Not for the light hearted as the fruits jump out of the glass. There are blackberry, cassis, tobacco leaf, and cigar ash all together here. The finish is even better with muted blackberry lingering for over 30 seconds with that cigar ash finish I just mentioned.

I let this decant for over 2 hours. I consumed (Alone ... thank god) over the next 2 hours. This is a fabulous wine and well worth the price of admission at $150+. This wine can compete with the upper class of Napa cab's. I am sorry to have opened this tonight.
  • tomoem commented:

    8/6/19, 5:54 AM - I did not expect it to shine like it did. I tend to want to hold these to enjoy at special occasions or with others as I like to talk wine. That is the bitter sweet apology for drinking the whole bottle alone and hence the "I'm sorry"

White
2017 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
7/27/2019 - DavidWong168 Likes this wine:
87 points
Shy nose of grass, lime zest and green apple. Bright and zingy on the palate - where you find lemon-lime pair up with flinty minerality. Good.
  • tomoem commented:

    7/30/19, 8:49 PM - Bravo you nailed it. I mentioned this in my note last night

Red
2015 Viña Eguía Rioja Tempranillo
8/11/2018 - tomoem Does not like this wine:
83 points
Way below standard. Watery juice with a slight tinge of cherry. Totally unresolved tannin and acidity, to the point where it just felt cheap. I thought that this wine has much better potential than is produced in this showing. There is some fruit which is sadly overshadowed by bad wine making.
  • tomoem commented:

    7/16/19, 8:02 PM - No don't have this. I would pass. sorry for the late posting. I have been absent on notes for the last few weeks. Will get back soon.

Red
2012 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills
10/17/2017 - ashikoh Likes this wine:
87 points
* appearance: light to medium ruby color
* aromas: somewhat muted despite an hour in the glass but with red cherry, black licorice, dusty cedar, and mushroom
* palate: somewhat elegant and restrained, nice balance, tart cherry, cranberry, minerality
* structure: light medium body, medium + acidity, hint of fine grained tannins, 13.8% alcohol
* finish: slightly green and stemmy with dusting of tannins
* winemaking: made from fruit from the famed Seven Springs vineyard farmed organically and biodynamically and aged in 30% new French oak for 16 months
* cost: $53
  • tomoem commented:

    6/25/19, 8:14 PM - Great notes and thoroughly presented by you with pricing. Bravo !!

Red
N.V. William Cole Cabernet Sauvignon Ten Napa Valley
11/16/2018 - ageverett Likes this wine:
94 points
Stood up for an hour. Into duck decanter for about an hour. Drank over 2.5 hours.

This is an interesting wine. The "older" parts of it (that spent extended time in barrel) show through with the oak and sandalwood. And provide for a creamy weight on the palate. The younger parts provide the purple fruit, with a little red.

Was good to have food with this wine. Solid finish that evolved through the night. Overall, while quality juice, just a little off balance.

Certainly unique. Hard to say it was worth the tariff, but something interesting for a one-off experience. Packaging, etc. positions it for a nice gift. But if buying a bottle of wine for myself, I would spend 3 bills on something different.
  • tomoem commented:

    6/6/19, 6:06 PM - As in past ........ EXCEPTIONAL NOTES !!!! I was within a few minutes of buying for the three figures you mentioned.

    Keep up the great notes. I love Your postings for there basic relevance as a consumer of great wine

White
2016 K Vintners Viognier Yakima Valley
Simple and somewhat disappointing, this wine gave me the impression of a chardonnay/sauvignon blanc mix rather than a rich, focused vanilla cream viognier. My wife tasted this version and I won't even repeat her comments. Flavors included citrus fruit, almond, cut grass/hay, stone fruit and apple cider. The ripe and racy mouthfeel was delivered on an oily, mineral and slightly salty texture that led to a medium length finish. My impression was this wine didn't know what it wanted to be. Although I only drink viogniers on occasion, this one did not measure up to expectation or in quality to ones I have consumed.
  • tomoem commented:

    6/1/19, 5:12 AM - SPOT ON !! I loved your note. I gave it a better score because I don't think it is poor, just lost.

White
2016 Pott Wine Viognier 20m3 Chateauneuf-Du-Pott Vineyard Napa Valley
11/24/2018 - csimm1161 wrote:
94 points
Previous notes from last month still apply. Some air helped to round-out the texture and provide additional depth of flavor. By hour two it was delivering an especially gorgeous mix of creamy, ripe fruit (pear, apple, honeydew) housed in a moderately zippy frame. No pucker factor here. The core became more richly pronounced, but without sacrificing much-needed speed and energy.

Paired great with cast iron turkey and pesto pizza rolls (nice use of T-Day leftovers). 93-94 points.
  • tomoem commented:

    5/8/19, 7:59 PM - Great notes on the Pott 2016, 20m3 viognier. I struggled to find the right description and then found yours ........ spot on ! BRAVO !!!

White
2016 Pott Wine Viognier 20m3 Chateauneuf-Du-Pott Vineyard Napa Valley
7/14/2018 - ageverett Likes this wine:
93 points
Very solid white and different from most Napa whites to be sure. Golden straw color, good body and nice weight on the finish. I think it drinks better around cellar temp (vs. fridge temp). And seems to have some potential for aging a couple of years.
  • tomoem commented:

    5/8/19, 7:41 PM - Great note on the Pott20m3. I agree totally with your note. Adding mine now.

Red
1997 Monticello Vineyards (Corley Family) Cabernet Sauvignon Jefferson Cuvée Napa Valley
8/20/2018 - rustyRudy Likes this wine:
90 points
I bought this on sale in 1999. I had consumed the other bottles including the Corley Reserve long ago. I put this away and never got around to drinking it and long after its neglect I pulled and tasted it expecting to have to dump it. Cork albeit short was in perfect shape. No bricking, it really looks like the latest vintage of California Cab. Tart cherries, black tea, cranberry, and just a little heat on the finish. Maybe the high acidity kept this preserved and drinkable but it was good enough to drink with dinner and way too enjoyable to toss. I doubt many others have kept this around but let me know if you did.
  • tomoem commented:

    5/5/19, 7:59 PM - I really appreciated your note. I did have this wine tonight and found it better than drinkable. Wanted to let you know since you did query this in your note.

Red
2016 Château Beaumont Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
1/21/2019 - tomoem wrote:
87 points
Zachys Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2016 (New York City, NY): Nothing that deserves to be in the company of the wine tonight. Rough and closed wine. Tannin and acidity are totally unbalanced. Quite unripened picked fruit.
  • tomoem commented:

    4/26/19, 9:04 AM - The short answer is both. I had this at the Grand Cru De Bordeaux tasting. There were just so many great ones, and this likely fell victim to the tasting order. Also I do not believe that the vendors who poured the wine gave this bottle the proper amount of breathing time. Literally PNP.

  • tomoem commented:

    4/26/19, 3:07 PM - Mendham is a great town. I am running for public office there this year. Hopefully better at that than some of my wine notes.

Red
2015 Outpost Petite Sirah The Other Howell Mountain
4/24/2019 - tomoem wrote:
93 points
3rd day opened. This puppy is still singing and has settled a lot of its tannin and acidity into a more sedate and creamy juice. More sweet prunes than the first night along with a blackberry residue on the finish. Very raisin filled.

This wine likely needs another 3-5 years to fully develop
  • tomoem commented:

    4/25/19, 12:12 PM - I taste a lot of wines so I often have overnight experiences, and sometimes 3 day to a week experiences. I happen to love the evolution.

    The fruit descriptive's were difficult to nail down. Though I wrote Prune & Raisin I found it fine.

Red
2011 James Cole Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
1/12/2019 - Somm David T Likes this wine:
91 points
I opened this bottle last night, vacuum sealed it and put it back in my cabinet last night. Despite that, it’s showing some slight signs of wear.

The nose reveals; dark berry liqueur notes, dark cassis, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, stewed black plum, brown sugar, black licorice, dark, rich, sweet soil, steeped fruit tea, limestone minerals, dry crushed rocks, clay, burnt ambers, light graphite, rubber toy, savoriness, leather, hints of mint, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, violets, lavender and dark withering florals.

The body is full, very rich with dark, tarry tannins. The structure & tension are still big. The length and balance just falling into place. Dark berry liqueur notes, dark cassis, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, stewed black plum, bright cherries, boysenberries, brown sugar, black licorice, root beer characteristics, dark, rich, sweet soil, steeped fruit tea, herbaceous notes, limestone minerals, dry crushed rocks, dry brush, clay, burnt ambers, charcoal, light graphite, rubber toy, savoriness, leather, signs of mint, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, violets, lavender and dark withering florals. The acidity wonderful. There’s a slight alcohol sting. The finish is rich, ripe, lush, elegant, well balanced, persistent and if not for the alcohol sting would receive a slightly better score.
  • tomoem commented:

    4/24/19, 7:19 PM - This is one of the most prolific tasting notes I have read on CT. I have never heard the use of "Rubber Toy" employed in a tasting note. You had me at "Rubber". Bravo to your use of unique descriptive analogies. I am a fan.

    On the notes I agree that James Cole is an under appreciated maker. The 2011 was tough and his wines seem to come through.

Red
2015 Turley Zinfandel Cedarman Howell Mountain
4/18/2019 - tomoem wrote:
88 points
I was not expecting the spiced and unbalanced wine I found here. The aromas are certainly telling as I found a spice laden fruit overwhelming any subtle fruit. The in mouth experience is more harsh with tannin and spices dominating the fruit. The viscosity is dense and rich but so acidity laden that it rises to the level of being unpleasant.
  • tomoem commented:

    4/19/19, 7:30 AM - so I did not finish this and have a bottle I am letting sit overnight. Thanks for the insight.

  • tomoem commented:

    4/19/19, 6:36 PM - Mark,(if that is your first name), the Turley was so much better tonight. Good advise. Actually drank with so many more nuanced flavors and depth. Not sure what happened in the initial opening ???

White
2016 Beringer Vineyards Chardonnay Private Reserve Napa Valley
4/18/2019 - tomoem wrote:
I did not finish for the other night and kept refrigerated and corked.

The wine declined since first opening 2 days ago. Furthermore it Declined measurably. Not rating so as not to kill the score of a fine wine. It is far better than tonight's experience so shame on me for leaving it in the bottle for 3 days and expecting something better
  • tomoem commented:

    4/19/19, 12:22 PM - Good point ... Why comment on an error in leaving a bottle opened.

    I have found that so many wines improve over days. In fact a good 2-3 percent of my notes involve tasting notes days later. Wines especially white wines that are more fully extracted tend not to survive well over night and I was waiting to taste the day but never got to it, so my 2nd night tasting note was just that... a note to provide 2nd day experience.

Red
2017 Turley Zinfandel Dusi Vineyard Paso Robles
4/3/2019 - tomoem wrote:
92 points
Wow this is a winner ! Cloudy in glass and loaded with depth. Aromas of raspberry and fresh cinnamon. On the palette the raspberry fruit emerges and dominates, and there are some underbrush notes as well and some blueberry. The finish is long lingering notes of underbrush. Some mushroom, lots of spices and lingering blueberry notes.
  • tomoem commented:

    4/8/19, 9:22 PM - Don't have any Cohn's or older Dusi's. I loved it now. If it gets better I al all in. All great points.

Red
2012 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
4/7/2019 - tomoem wrote:
93 points
Still so great but declined over the last year. Still it is perfumed and better than most. Aromatically sour after a 3 hour decant. On the pallete it feels past its prime. It is in the mid pallete that this wine shines. Long and lingering notes of mulberry and cherry fruit. Finish is stinging with cherry tannins and acid. The wine is weird. I thought it could Improve but it is in a strange spot. I think it would improve given this phase.
  • tomoem commented:

    4/8/19, 9:20 PM - Wow do I think your point is on the money. I loved it.... the wine is going through a dumb phase. Bravo.

Red
2007 Pott Wine Cabernet Sauvignon Neruda Brix Vineyard Oakville
3/24/2018 - Mark H. LeQuire wrote:
96 points
Essence of cabernet. No flaws. Exceptional color in the glass. Low tannin/acid. Medium alcohol. Long finish. So, so ready to drink.
  • tomoem commented:

    4/1/19, 7:42 PM - Bravo to your great note on this awesome wine. I am a fan of Aaron and Clair and find there wines to be well produced generally. Read this note prior to my purchase of this wine at an auction. Eyes wide open now.

White
2017 Cuvaison Sauvignon Blanc Carneros
11/7/2018 - ilbotto wrote:
90 points
Small bubbles in the glass, showing early bottling. Very aromatic: guava, cantaloupe, lemon, wet rock. Clean and fresh with a load of lemon and a chalky finish.
  • tomoem commented:

    3/30/19, 2:41 PM - Great notes on this Cuvaison SB. Bravo

White
2017 Locations NZ-7 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
5/6/2018 - Christine Havens Likes this wine:
91 points
Another stellar offering from Dave Phinney’s Locations project, the NZ-7 is fresh, grassy, and quite mineral, owing in part, to the Awatere Valley’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the Waihopai Valley’s gravelly soils in combination with a cooler climate. Fresh and elegant, it’s awash in underripe pineapple, boxwood, lemongrass, lime zest, and sea foam. On the palate, a sense of mouthwatering palate tension from an energetic burst of acidity that releases a core of tropical fruit and piquant herbaceousness. 13.5% ABV | Sample
  • tomoem commented:

    3/30/19, 2:19 PM - Wonderfully written notes and story on this NZ SAuvignon Blanc. You nailed it and I learned something.

Red
2001 Viña Almaviva S.A. Almaviva Puente Alto Red Bordeaux Blend
9/8/2017 - tomoem Likes this wine:
94 points
This wine has a juicy bouquet of dark fruits. The mouthfeel is soft despite the presence of some tannin. The flavors are pure Cabernet and include blackberry, some cedar, leather and cigar ash. The wine is very well structured and should continue to resolve its tannin over the next 3-5 years.
  • tomoem commented:

    3/22/19, 1:30 PM - Yes I do decant. I try immediately and then wait 2-3 hours and retry. I remember this wine being quite closed so I would be surprised if 8 hours is needed. Hope this helps

Red
2000 Turley Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard St. Helena Petite Sirah
2/19/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
94 points
Immediately out of the bottle the wine has enormous aromatics of grape jelly, and freshly laid pavement of asphalt. On the palette there is an immediate grape jelly flavor and a vegetable background. Tobacco leaf comes through at mid pallete and the finish is long and with acidic core that allows the fruit to linger for literally 30 seconds.

Thick and viscous mouthfeel. Color is deep and dark with a cloudy in glass appearance.
  • tomoem commented:

    2/19/19, 8:00 PM - Yes thanks for your comment Winotim.

    I have followed your notes over time and often concur with your tasting notes.

    I think these Turley “hayne” vineyards are a really special block that needs more attention. Love them. And at nearly 20 years they show me why.

Red
2009 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate St. Helena
2/14/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
95 points
Valentines dinner with 3 other couples. A wonderful wine tonight. Aromas with floral notes and lavendar. On the palette the wine starts with blueberry fruit and then morphs to add smokey dark cherry and then tobacco leaf. The wine is deep dark colored with a long finish with resolved tannins.
  • tomoem commented:

    2/15/19, 7:23 AM - The decant was 1 hour. The beauty of the wine revealed itself nearly immediately. Having had a number of older Spottswood’s I would that this is best right now. Acidity and tannins are you well balanced. Window is now through 2024.

  • tomoem commented:

    2/15/19, 7:26 PM - Terrible spelling/grammar on my last response.

    ...other Spottswood's I would SUGGEST that....

    ... acidity and tannins are ALSO well balanced .

Red
2016 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
1/25/2019 - Woodbridge Brad Likes this wine:
96 points
Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux Tasting of the 2016 Vintage (Metreon San Francisco): Okay at $88 this should be really good and in my opinion it is even more. As mr. Mondavi would say 'an iron fist in a velvet glove", it has tremendous strength of character and power in a nicely restrained presentation. Awesome.
  • tomoem commented:

    2/1/19, 8:27 PM - What a great note on a wine that I love and concur with your tasting notes.
    Bravo !

Red
2016 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
1/26/2019 - La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine:
94 points
Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2016 Vintage Tasting (Las Vegas, NV): The 2016 Lascombes is a heavily-extracted, opaque crimson bruiser that is laden with blackberry, boysenberry, dark chocolate and licorice on both the nose and palate. Full-bodied, fresh, seamlessly alcoholic and with excellent purity of fruit, it wraps its flavors with abundant sweet tannins, has impressive mid-palate density and concludes with a lengthy finish that carries some tannic grip. Give this outstanding wine several years in the cellar. It has a very bright future and may merit a higher score once all of the components have melded. Drink 2026-2046.
  • tomoem commented:

    2/1/19, 6:59 PM - Just as I begin eating notes I come across this spo on one. Bravo. I cannot improve on it

Red
2016 Château La Lagune Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
1/25/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
La Lagune is back on track to make Haut Medoc wines a force to be reckoned with. This was the most classic and age worthy LL that I have tried in ages. It was so sneaky on entrance, but it fanned out in the mouth with flamboyance, and confidence and just grew and grew and grew. Once this wine settles down, this can grow at last 2 more points and rival the best vintages of LL. I can't remember what the details of the wine were, as I tried it as the last wine of the night on a whim, but it made a huge impression on me after trying lots of classy wines. Will definitely buy to revisit...Chateau LL, an Haut Medoc, and one of the original teachers of Bordeaux to my inexperienced beginner palate has been lost, but now we have reconnected. One to seek and try.
  • tomoem commented:

    1/31/19, 8:21 PM - Great and thorough notes on the Ch LaLagune. I have always loved there wines given there expression of Haut medoc and one of the best at that.

    Bravo !!!

Red
2016 Château Gazin Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
1/26/2019 - La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine:
93 points
Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2016 Vintage Tasting (Las Vegas, NV): Although this deep ruby wine (a blend of 87% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc) is a structured Bordeaux, there is a degree of elegance to it that many would refer to as "feminine." Up-front floral notes are buttressed with dried cranberries, coriander, black tea and pipe tobacco. Medium-bodied and fresh, this shows beautiful integration of the alcohol, oak and tannin components, making it a joy to drink. The middle palate is nicely dense, leading to a smooth, lengthy finish. This is a superb wine that could easily merit a higher score in the future. Drink 2024-2041.
  • tomoem commented:

    1/30/19, 8:03 PM - Really great notes on this. My wife loved this wine. I found your points spot on. Bravo !

Red
2010 Seavey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/30/2018 - Cyclin wrote:
flawed
Not corked, but we have drank 2 bottles of this, and both have had some sort of defect. Totally lacking in fruit and tasteless. Immediate negative reactions from most tasters in our group. Wine has been cellared with many other high end wines, so the issue is with this particular case
  • tomoem commented:

    1/20/19, 3:38 PM - Having been a fan of seavey and at the Vineyard I caution people to give this a solid 4 hours of decant, I just today am posting day 2 notes. These are much more extracted and right out of the bottle tend to smell musty and bad. I hope you were able to experience day 2 like I did

Red
1998 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
12/1/2017 - Vmaster007 Likes this wine:
95 points
Open 2 hours prior , the cork was in top shape and could have last a lot longer. Typical Haut-Brion, a great nose of tobacco and subtile spices. This wine is a superb wine still in its youth, but enjoyable now, it has a good lenght and could last for decades. Will wait at least 10 years to open my last and only bottle.
  • tomoem commented:

    1/18/19, 9:43 PM - Why post a score without notes ? Hard to make sense out of this. Please put tasting notes behind your score.

  • tomoem commented:

    1/19/19, 7:39 AM - Hmmmm ... ok. this is a great venue for wine and I see so many scores that move the needle and many have no backup notes. I Appreciate the response.

Red
2008 Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/31/2018 - gesusser Likes this wine:
94 points
See last note in April..age has helped along with a 2 hour decant; excellent right outta the gate
  • tomoem commented:

    1/18/19, 9:49 PM - Why post a score without notes ? Hard to make sense out of this. Please put tasting notes behind your score.

Red
2012 Marcassin Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard Sonoma Coast
1/13/2019 - CornDoggyDogg Likes this wine:
98 points
Spectacular wine, and it's exactly the same as I remember from when I first had it and fell in love with it. Amazing acidity, with even a little bit of a spritz which I love (some may not). Really complex nose with both earthy (truffle, leather, etc) and fruity notes (strawberry, jolly rancher cherry, etc). I kept getting different notes each time I went to the glass. The palate largely matched the nose, with some minerality and great mouth feel. Just enough tannin to give it a backbone with a nice finish. Would have scored it even higher if it had coated my mouth a bit more and lasted a touch longer. Can't wait to have this wine again. Drinking great now and will last at least another few years.
  • tomoem commented:

    1/18/19, 9:26 PM - Great notes on. Fabulous wine. Makes me want to re-taste tonight.

Red
2003 Château Pavie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
1/17/2019 - Paul D wrote:
88 points
2003 Bordeaux (Piccolino, Exchange Square, London): Nose shows ripe dark fruit, plum, vanilla. A touch of raisin. Palate is full bodied, soft and voluptuous with ripe dark fruit, a touch of alcoholic warmth, moderate acidity and a good length fruity finish. Interesting if not overly enjoyable.
  • tomoem commented:

    1/18/19, 8:53 PM - Are we tasting the same wine ? Your notes seem fine your score on this seems way off.

Red
2016 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Botanica Willamette Valley
10/27/2018 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
93 points
Black cherry, floral notes and light spices on the nose. A bit above medium bodied (14% ABV) with black cherry and some raspberry notes upfront. Adds some plum, additional black raspberry and and some blackberry notes through the mid-body and into the finish. Picks up some tart red cherry notes along with spices on the backside. Solid tannins lead into the mineral driven finish. I opened this bottle two hours in advance and it wasn't nearly enough as the wine still showed as extremely tight and spice/acidity dominant at that point. Began to open up at the four hour mark and by five, it was showing beautifully. Mid-body in particular took on that expressive elegance that showcases the fruit, but framed with structural notes, leading to a more complete experience. Like the Ceras from two days ago, I had an opportunity to try a bottle and assess where this wine was so as to better judge what I'd purchased from the winery. Based on this, I would hold these bottle until at least mid-2020 to give this time to integrate as based on what this wine showed today, I would expect it will be noticeably improved in that time.
  • tomoem commented:

    1/17/19, 6:30 PM - Great note on the 16’ Botanical. Take a look about midway through your note at the use of terms “asses”. I believe you might want to update.

Red
2016 Turley Zinfandel Dragon Vineyard Howell Mountain
10/11/2018 - Mark1npt wrote:
88 points
Neutral to I don't like it....doesn't resemble a Turley in any way, shape or form. The '15's were a bit disappointing overall but this '16 is...meh. Just a bunch of nothing. Thin, tart fruit......no clove/spice, tastes watered down and out of place like the winemaker screwed up and tried to save it somehow. I hope this stuff improves with time in bottle or this may go down as my least favorite Turley vintage ever.
  • tomoem commented:

    12/24/18, 8:13 PM - You posted a great note on the Turley Dragon Zin. I like most of the wines from Turley but did find this to be different.

Red
1994 Costers del Siurana Priorat Clos de L'Obac Grenache Blend, Grenache
2/2/2018 - andtheodor wrote:
There's some nice classically Priorat berry and slate aromas but the palate is fairly washed out, not oxidizing or getting nasty, just dilute. Drink by 2012.
  • tomoem commented:

    12/24/18, 7:58 PM - Great notes and quite succinct and on the money. I agree with the washed out note, but OWE that aromatic nose...... !!! Simply the peak and a letdown in mouth.

Red
2006 Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/4/2018 - buckeye76 wrote:
Though there were similarities in my notes from a bottle opened one year ago (95), this was almost over the top. Lots of dried black fruits and cocoa. I'm not really sure how to rate it.
  • tomoem commented:

    12/5/18, 7:36 PM - I agree with your words on this. I opened this bottle on Monday and am getting glass #3 tonight. Just so goooooood !

Red
2015 Outpost Immigrant True Vineyard Howell Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend
8/23/2018 - msuwright wrote:
92 points
This warm and ripe Cabernet blend seems a bit superficial to me right now - it's pleasing and likable, but it's also a little soft. Drinking this now is a little like watching Draymond Green his freshman year at Michigan State: the kid is a little pudgy and lacks an outside shot, but he has a work ethic and a knack for the ball. The question then was: how far can he go? The question is the same now as to this wine - and I can't quite tell at the moment.

Ruby red in color, full (almost milky) in body, and nose of cherry pie, anise, and baking spices, with a hint of warm straw. Tastes of boysenberry, milk chocolate, and vanilla, with a soft and lingering finish. 14.7% alcohol. Blend of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, and 23% Cab Franc. Decant at least an hour, since this deepened with air.

This is the first Outpost I've been able to follow at home, and I came away a little mixed. It has beautiful fruit (and is almost top heavy with it) - but I'm not sure if it has the tannin or acidity to develop into something more compelling. In TRB I trust (usually), so I'll cross my fingers that this develops over another year or two. I agree with csimm, though, that this deserves more time: the potential is there; now it just needs to slim down and work on that jump shot...
  • tomoem commented:

    9/13/18, 7:45 PM - Once again your review is so spot on. Had this last night with my wife. Bravo !

    I love these wines but this felt just a little thin.

  • tomoem commented:

    9/13/18, 7:46 PM - Once again your review is so spot on. Had this last night with my wife. Bravo !

    I love these wines but this felt just a little thin.

  • tomoem commented:

    9/13/18, 7:54 PM - Once again your review is so spot on. Had this last night with my wife. Bravo !

    I love these wines but this felt just a little thin.

Red
2015 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
4/1/2018 - Cristal2000 Likes this wine:
97 points
A treat to try this so early in its life. Having had the 2014 edition not long ago, I was struck by how much more old school/french this vintage tasted. A really wonderful nose of black cherries, menthol, tobacco leaf, iron and spring flowers. Initially this had a bit of jam, but that went away after a couple hours in the decanter. Showing a ton of complexity, really exceptional balance and that amazing texture I always get from Scarecrow in a good vintage. No hard edges, nice blue and black fruit, full bodied and nuanced, this finishes very long and pure. Very young to be pulling this out, but with enough air it still delights.
  • tomoem commented:

    7/24/18, 7:12 PM - Great notes. I did also have this and concur with your review. Bravo !

  • tomoem commented:

    7/26/18, 5:45 AM - Thanks, Great stuff that Scarecrow ! Worth getting and still a value if you are on their list. In the after market these are getting pricey.

White - Fortified
N.V. Equipo Navazos Montilla-Moriles La Bota de Oloroso "Montilla" nº 74 Pedro Ximénez
12/2/2017 - PacoHigon Likes this wine:
97 points
Magnífico Oloroso montillano que procede de las Bodegas Pérez Barquero, procede de una selección de botas de la Solera Diógenes, ubicada en tercera en la Bodega El Puente de Pérez Barquero. y cuenta con una edad media cercana a los 30 años. De color ámbar tiene una nariz potente, muy intensa, pero con excepcional definición y profundidad, las notas de azúcar quemado, los toques de frutos secos tostados y los toffes acompañan a un paso por boca impactante, intenso, pero que es pura finura, buenos amargos, seco y muy largo.
  • tomoem commented:

    7/23/18, 8:56 PM - Wow. Looking at your notes and scores (very few). I wonder how this possibly accrued a 97 score. I will find try to find this wine. Thank you. !

  • tomoem commented:

    7/23/18, 9:03 PM - Wow. Looking at your notes and scores (very few). I wonder how this possibly accrued a 97 score. I will find try to find this wine. Thank you. !

Red
2014 Château Mauvesin Barton Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
4/22/2018 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
88 points
This is definitely approachable right off the bat, but I enjoyed it more as it opened up a few hours. Aromas of floral, cherry, dried cranberry, a little lemon, damp earth, and graphite. Medium bodied with medium acidity and finish, a bit of tannic grip yet, and flavors of black cherry, plum, some dark fruits as well, iron, and mineral. I think one of the pro reviews mentioned "rustic" and I can see that. No worries popping now, but I think it could improve with short term cellaring, so maybe I'll space them out a little.
  • tomoem commented:

    7/18/18, 8:03 PM - I can't tell you how much my notes are spot on with yours. Bravo !

White
2015 Failla Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
Smells a touch like herbs. HOney and kinda a honey nut CHerrieos thing going on. With some crispiness, fresh, easy does it. Now based on one of their own vineyards where Aaron lives. ANd now organic farming as well. 15% new french oak, neutral large oak. ANd some eggs in there too.
  • tomoem commented:

    7/9/18, 6:31 PM - I must say that I have never read a "honey nut Cherrios" analogy to a wine. I have had it tonight and must say that after 1 minute of finishing my first tasting. I thought it was an awesome correlary note. Bravo !

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