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White - Sparkling
N.V. Lanson Champagne Brut Black Label Champagne Blend
9/29/2019 - Buick455 wrote:
91 points
Disgorged 12/2013. Dark yellow color. A nice complexity with yeast, apples, white flowers, minerals. Medium to long finish. So nice. The bottle time has helped a lot.
  • startinoz commented:

    9/29/19, 2:43 AM - Thanks for the note. Very useful. Please, if you don't mind me asking, could you tell me about what kind of cellaring conditions has it been stored in? Denmark is pretty cool. 5 years seems a short time for it to turn dark yellow. Thanks!

Red
2009 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
9/1/2019 - Avid Wino wrote:
91 points
Ripe dark berries, blackcurrant. A little mint more to spearmint, and cigar box. Drying dusty tannin. Plenty of length. Notably the ripest Wynns black label that I can remember tasting, and in my view slightly the lesser for it. Tasted over 4 hours and didn’t change much though final glass the best... Reckon 10 years is not enough for these black labels, maybe 12-15+?
  • startinoz commented:

    9/1/19, 6:36 AM - Sue Hodder described this as a classically styled Black Label.

  • startinoz commented:

    9/1/19, 7:54 PM - Fair enough! Just adding some information.

  • startinoz commented:

    9/1/19, 9:32 PM - That's OK. Keep up the good work!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Lanson Champagne Brut Black Label Champagne Blend
8/11/2019 - Boone's Farm Likes this wine:
93 points
Drank this along with a 1961 Dom Perignon. The reason I paired this is because it came from a private cellar in England and they knew that the wine was originally purchased in the 60's. So this being a 1960's wine I thought the comparison would be interesting . This was really first rate. A very similar flavor profile to the Dom with sherry, hazelnut, mushroom and wet earth flavors. There was a good mineral background with very good acidity. Very long on the palate and improved over time. There were some people in the group who preferred the Lanson to the Dom Perignon. I am not sure this note will help anyone who is looking at a modern Lanson though.
  • startinoz commented:

    8/11/19, 11:13 AM - No great wines only great bottles. Very interested to know if/how Landon has changed since then. I know they used (recent past) to be 0% Malo and now have a bit.

  • startinoz commented:

    8/12/19, 4:57 PM - Thanks BF. Great info! I guess we can't expect new bottles to turn out like that! I do know that, like many big negociant houses, they have considerably improved the quality of the wine in recent years.

White
2011 Tahbilk Marsanne Nagambie Lakes
3/4/2019 - Baylorwine wrote:
87 points
Expected more richness, but ended up more grassy. To be fair, I don’t know much about Australian marsannes so I don’t know if I had this too early or late.
  • startinoz commented:

    3/4/19, 2:36 PM - Too early!

  • startinoz commented:

    3/5/19, 4:03 PM - Still too early. Needs 5 or 10 more years.

  • startinoz commented:

    3/6/19, 6:08 PM - Not really. Hunter Valley Semillon is a good substitute. McWilliam's Elizabeth, for example.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Lanson Champagne Brut Black Label Champagne Blend
Doften är frän och inte tilltalande, svårt att sätta ord på det men vi känner igen stilen från rosén vi drack i december. Smaken är torr med hög syra och lite beska, grapefrukt. Jag har svårt att få ihop den, det är något med balansen och den känns spretig. Min fru gillar den inte alls. Efter ett tag kommer doft av äpplen och lite mognad. Den blir bättre efter ett par timmar och upplevs då rundare och mjukare. Jag fick dock lova att inte köpa fler likadana flaskor. Jag tycker själv att den är som bäst tre dagar senare när vi avslutar den.
  • startinoz commented:

    3/2/19, 12:38 AM - Det är verkligen ett vin som behöver några år för att visa sin klass. Det beror på att det inte genomgår malolaktisk jäsning och som ett resultat smakar mycket surt när det är ungt. Köp en annan flaska och lagra den någonstans coolt i minst 3 år, förhoppningsvis mer och se vad du tycker.

Red
2014 Roland Pignard Morgon Tradition Gamay
12/25/2016 - cab Does not like this wine:
80 points
Didn't expect chambers street to sell me a gamay full of vanilla oak. Don't like it.
  • startinoz commented:

    1/20/19, 7:23 AM - 96? Surely a typo?

Red
2010 Alessandro e Gian Natale Fantino Langhe Rosso dei Dardi Langhe DOC Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo
2/26/2017 - m.stiles wrote:
88 points
Past its best, decent after a 2-3 hour decant.
  • startinoz commented:

    11/5/18, 1:37 AM - If it's past its best, surely a decant would just make it worse?

White - Off-dry
2003 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese Grosse Lage Mosel Saar Ruwer
5/7/2017 - logos Likes this wine:
77 points
light gold. classic steely-citrusy sharz nez with good amount of botrytis and rather lush ripe white peach note; round, warm spiciness as airs. lively and luscious, almost creamy, delicious flavour with good acidity and notable sweetness and smoky-slatey component. fine long fade and aromatic remains.
  • startinoz commented:

    5/7/17, 9:09 PM - 77 ????!!!!

  • startinoz commented:

    3/15/18, 5:42 PM - Lol.

  • startinoz commented:

    3/15/18, 6:07 PM - Lol again.

Red
2012 Château Barde-Haut St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
4/22/2017 - RajivAyyangar wrote:
86 points
WSET Diploma blinds Practice (SF): (blind)
Clear, medium plus ruby, some sediment, tears.
Nose is clean, medium-intensity.
- Indistinct black fruit - black plum.
- Earth: Animal fur (brett), dried leaves.
Palate
- dry
- full-bodied
- M+ alcohol (feels 14% - correct)
- M+ acid
- high tannins (ripe but still grippy)
- Medium flavor intensity
- Medium length finish
Dried blackberry, dried blackcurrant.

Final conclusion: France > Bordeaux > Bordeaux AOC

WSET-Diploma style quality note (blind): This is a good, basic Bordeaux AOC. It shows some fruit, lots of earth, and aggressive structure. The earthy/animal/brett qualities are un-integrated. It lacks the depth of fruit that better examples have.

Actually: I mis-read the quality level on this. This wasn't showing as well as I would expect from a St Emilion GC.
  • startinoz commented:

    4/22/17, 5:29 PM - It's Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé, not Bordeaux 'Villages' (sic.)

Red
2010 Château Le Thil Comte Clary Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
4/15/2017 - bretrooks wrote:
Decanted ~1 hour, consumed over ~2 hours. This was more concentrated than I expected, striking me as slightly cooked (not sure if it's ripe grapes or slight heat damage). There does seem to be some spice and tobacco elements to complement the dense cherry fruit and almost-integrated oak, but I'm not totally sure this bottle was correct. Judgment withheld, and I'll probably wait to check in on our other bottle.
  • startinoz commented:

    4/17/17, 5:19 PM - Sounds totally right. Concentrated fruit is a good thing and is the opposite of cooked fruit. Like all good BDX it just needs a decade or two to mature into a thing of beauty. You are lucky to own one of the region's great bargains!

White
2007 Selbach-Oster Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett Mosel Saar Ruwer
8/1/2014 - Shooey wrote:
flawed
Reduced ... screw cap closure has ruined this wine. Rubber on the nose and palate which didn't blow off after a couple hours.

Drank it next to a 2007 Selbach Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett with a cork closure. The Wehlener Sonnenuhr was amazing. It made it very clear the screw cap closure was at fault for the Bernkasteler's weak showing.

My first true experience of a screw cap clearly ruining a wine. Now I understand what all the fuss is about. No more screw cap purchases for my cellar.
  • startinoz commented:

    12/7/16, 3:39 AM - One example means all are bad!

White
2015 Weingut Keller Riesling von der Fels Rheinhessen
10/15/2016 - Christoffer78 Likes this wine:
93 points
As lovely as during last tasting. A magnificent wine in the making. Truly adorable as a an adolescent too. With time this effort will prove even more to be (one of) the best vdFs ever made... A super wine! (For more details, please refer to my previous TN below on this effort.)
  • startinoz commented:

    10/30/16, 5:30 AM - Maybe just a toddler not an adolescent 😊 Great wine, though!

  • startinoz commented:

    10/30/16, 7:26 PM - Good point!

Red
2008 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend
8/16/2016 - Affectus Likes this wine:
93 points
Very powerful wine. Though it was well balanced. Surprise bottle Lebanon. Rich, luscious, and could use a year or two to round out. Enjoyed it very much.
  • startinoz commented:

    8/17/16, 2:55 AM - 83? Did you mean 93?

Red
2006 Penfolds Shiraz Bin 28 Kalimna South Australia
6/6/2016 - graemeg wrote:
NobleRottersSydney - 2006 in Oz (360 Bar & Dining, Sydney): {cork, 14.5%} {Guest - JP} Developing a bit less than you might expect for 10 years of age; the aromas are all sweet plums and confected liquorice. It’s medium-bodied, with, plum jam flavours and trademark vanilla oak. Low/medium tannins. Pleasantly flavoured, sweetly-fruited. The palate is balanced to fruit rather than structure; this seems to have plenty more aging in it, but not a lot of complexity. Of course by the time Grange, St Henri, RWT, Bin 389 have had their pick of SA shiraz fruit, things are getting a little bare for the once-mighty Bin 28. And a few vintages later Bin 150 will cannibalize it further, so this was one of the last hurrahs for this label.
  • startinoz commented:

    6/23/16, 12:54 PM - Not just Penfolds; Wolf Blass, Saltrams, etc., are all in the queue for fruit. The price increases while the quality decreases is quite a joke. Even if you like this old school style wine.

Red
2010 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
5/28/2016 - texanoblues Likes this wine:
95 points
Ruby-red and clear with faint bricking. Primarily bright cherry, with some leather, violets, roses, and tart lemon/grapefruit citrus notes. On the palate, this was lean and mean. Structure dominated by acidity and alcohol, with fine-grained, powdery tannins as well. Very long cherry, balsamic finish that ends with some really unique tart, citrus notes.

This bottle was perhaps the best classical, traditional expression of sangiovese I've had. There are others I have enjoyed due to some exotic flavors/aromas, and others I have enjoyed due to degree of extraction or tannins. But this Poggione stood out as being simply an outstanding traditional Brunello. Really, a wine that shows off the grape, the terroir, the vintage, and the skill of the people who made it. A solid, reference quality, Brunello.

I don't disagree with RP's 98, but for me: 95-96pts.

BTW, this was not a PnP bottle. Initially, it was too much dominated by acid. I definitely experienced that which Jancis called an "acidic crunch" finish. Thankfully, 18hrs in a stopped decanter changed everything. The "acidic crunch" became a beautiful, mouth-watering, citrus lift.
  • startinoz commented:

    5/29/16, 12:30 AM - RP or JS?

White - Sparkling
N.V. Pol Aime Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
1/18/2015 - shallIshantI Likes this wine:
86 points
Classic mass market champagne. Not a lot of bouquet. Nice small bubbles. Biscuity at the end. Had that champagne sharpness at the end. Not very long on the palate. We unfortunately compared this to a 2009 Nyetimber which had loads more fruit and bouquet so probably not fair on the NV champagne.
  • startinoz commented:

    4/11/16, 8:45 AM - Hmmm £7.50 bottom end NV Champagne vs £40+ top end English vintage sparkling? Guess which is best?!!!

Red
2000 Tahbilk Shiraz 1933 Vines Nagambie Lakes
4/10/2016 - rmarkey Likes this wine:
95 points
Excellent, 13.5% alc. Classic, aged release for 150th anniversary.
Colour: dark brick red, red berries
Bouquet: sour dark charred cherries, smokey, raspberries, vanilla oak
Palate: as bouquet, soft developed berry fruit, cedar, spice, earth and anise characters. Big soft fine grained tannins, complex with great length and balance. A very nice aged wine.
April 2016
  • startinoz commented:

    4/10/16, 5:49 AM - How long will it keep? Is it approaching/at/past peak drinking? Cheers!

  • startinoz commented:

    4/10/16, 8:08 AM - Thanks!

Red
2012 Bodegas Godelia Bierzo Viernes Mencía
2/18/2016 - graemeg wrote:
{cork, 14%} Bright garnet red. Youthful, tobacco-and spice infused nose. The palate has twig, spice and tobacco, a touch of tomato; a bit like cab franc. There are loose-knit, faintly gritty tannins, at a low-ish level; the wine has medium acid, and a confectedly sweet touch just emerging at the end. It finishes warmly on the palate, always with that tobacco character, and with short/medium length. Decent wine from a novelty grape for the short term.
  • startinoz commented:

    4/1/16, 7:45 PM - Graeme, why do you say it's a novelty grape? Mencia is often referred to as the pinot of Spain and is generally highly regarded!

  • startinoz commented:

    4/2/16, 4:39 AM - Nice response. Here's something to get you started:

    http://wine-pages.com/community/threads/the-mencia-thread.258/

Red
2010 Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
1/12/2016 - Garthdiesel Likes this wine:
91 points
Great bargain Bordeaux! Phenomenal balance. Will continue to get better for some time.
  • startinoz commented:

    1/13/16, 2:22 AM - Why not just edit your TN?

White - Off-dry
2007 Selbach-Oster Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese Mosel Saar Ruwer
Nice golden color - apple, spice, and mineral nose. Sweet but good balance with the acid on taste. Apple and mineral finish. Very long finish that lingers on the palate. Medium body. Really gained weight over time since I first tried it. Screwcap closure had no ill affects on aging.
  • startinoz commented:

    10/5/15, 5:53 PM - Quite the opposite. Screwcap protects wine. Corks are a gamble.

Red
2000 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
10/2/2015 - G Kramer wrote:
I was skeptical of all the reports of this being at peak. Alas my experience could not confirm them. Showing more Barolo than Bordeaux - smoky leather and tough tannins. Only at the sludgey sediment end did this find some equilibrium.
  • startinoz commented:

    10/3/15, 12:17 AM - Sounds like you should have decanted it to show it at its best.

Red
2009 Pittacum Bierzo Mencía
11/18/2014 - Xavier Auerbach wrote:
90 points
A business dinner (Restaurant 't Jagershuys, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, NL): Second bottle was correct. Fortunately. Similar style to the 2008 but richer and more tannic, grainy, glossy and ripe, good length.
  • startinoz commented:

    9/2/15, 4:20 AM - Why not ask them to compare both wines? They should be identical. If not, you have been proved right.

White - Off-dry
2011 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese Mosel Saar Ruwer
7/2/2015 - graemeg wrote:
{screwcap, 8%} Plenty of sugary sweetness, but balanced by spritzy acid. The flavours are mostly green apples; if the wine has a drawback it's its sheer simplicity or lack of complexity; but it's still otherwise well-balanced on the whole. Might keep a while still. Not much evolution in the last 12 months, from what I read.
  • startinoz commented:

    7/4/15, 4:08 AM - Love your notes, Graham, but you sure know howda see your glass as half empty, not half full. I'll take from this note thay the wine is developing slowly (as opposed to quickly which would be a bad thing, non?) That's fine by me.......

Red
2007 Henschke Shiraz Mount Edelstone Eden Valley
8/25/2012 - Delli Likes this wine:
95 points
A fabulous Shiraz. The color is a velvety rich purple with a nose of rolling oak, red berries, tobacco, and shaved dark chocolate. The palate starts with rich chocolate followed by dark berries with an understated vanilla kicker. The tannins provid a surprisingly round finish for a young wine. Exellent complement for a seared rib eye with hymilayian pink salt My only criticism, Why the screw top? 5+14+17+9=95
  • startinoz commented:

    6/30/15, 5:14 AM - Why the screwcap? To avoid TCA and to guarantee a consistent maturation without fear of premox.

Red
2008 Apsley Gorge Vineyard Pinot Noir East Coast
10/24/2014 - chatters wrote:
Ben's duck supper (Ben and Estella's place, Parramatta): Medium plus intensity aromas of spice, especially white pepper, herbaceousness, biscuit and red currant…with time some coffee notes come through as well. In the mouth there are flavours of slight sour red currant then immediate spice and tiny touches of almost confected orange. After this a fine front of mouth tannic burr followed by more of the plentiful spice. Over time I begin to pick up mocha notes on the palate as well.
  • startinoz commented:

    11/4/14, 11:49 PM - Nice TN. Do you like this wine? Without a score (not a problem in itself) sometimes it's not easy to know. Cheers!

  • startinoz commented:

    11/5/14, 4:03 AM - Thanks Chatters for the elaboration. Keep up the good work!

Red
2010 Rockford Shiraz Basket Press Barossa Valley
5/15/2014 - JerM wrote:
(Mich&Bo@LangtonsVI) Funky leather, barnyard, black pepper, but surprisingly on the quiet side for a Barrosa. Juicy acidity, clean fruits, tight tannins, ashy, and surprisingly empty at the moment. Will need plenty of time to emerge. (Rather outta character - could there be a *possibility* of bottleshock or inadequate decanting with this tasting?)
  • startinoz commented:

    6/1/14, 2:52 AM - FWIW Sounds like bottle shock or the need for a LONG decant. Better still (not applicable to you) a re-taste over few nights (refridgerated.) I've had it twice in the last 12 months and it has always been deeply fruited and approachable.

  • startinoz commented:

    6/1/14, 4:37 AM - I think so :) Mind you, most of the big shiraz/syrahs I've had lately (a Hermitage, a HoG, a Langi and a host from McLaren Vale) were horribly closed at first. It almost seems to be a good thing for newly released serious examples! Strangely, some experts don't seem mention it, nor stalkiness, eucalypt, funkiness, petrol.....

  • startinoz commented:

    6/8/14, 10:52 PM - That's true. In the case of these top wines though, I think that the fact that they are so closed at first sort of shows how slowly they are evolving and thus will cellar for a very long time. Still, with your BP example, I think bottle shock is the reason.

    Keep up the good note writing. Hard life, isn't it? ;)

Red - Sparkling
2011 Rockford Black Shiraz Barossa Valley
4/18/2014 - JerM wrote:
92 points
(GoodFriday@theChans) [disgorged 2011 + 4 years barrel&bottle = 2007 vintage?] medium spritz. Sweet dark plums and luscious dark berries, band-aid, leather. Friendly, lively wine, ribena with graphite and pencil shavings. Interesting and highly enjoyable - perfect w a decadent bacon drizzled w maple syrup, or a double quarter pounder. =)
  • startinoz commented:

    5/2/14, 12:27 AM - Double quarter pounder. Wouldn't that be a half pounder? ;)

  • startinoz commented:

    5/2/14, 1:59 AM - Seriously, that's what they call them?! They were half pounders when i was a lad. Maybe it sounds healthier :-D

Red
2010 Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Campo de Borja Tres Picos
3/8/2014 - CUTig1 wrote:
85 points
This bottle was a little off. Initial musty cardboard on the front palette.
  • startinoz commented:

    3/16/14, 3:47 AM - Classic signs of cork taint. If you had taken the bottle back to where you bought it they SHOULD refund/replace it. But........

Red
2011 Thomas Goss Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale
9/20/2012 - mjlenox wrote:
85 points
Deducted 5 points for having a screw cap. Dead wine that will never get better with age.
  • startinoz commented:

    7/8/13, 4:43 AM - If you did a bit of research, you may be pleasantly surprised about how well wines ages under screwcap. For example, see this:

    http://www.curiouswines.ie/blog/2012/08/wine-development-under-screwcap-cork-according-to-hatcher/

Red
2009 Deakin Estates Shiraz Victoria
9/19/2012 - mjlenox wrote:
83 points
Deducted 5 points for having a screw cap
  • startinoz commented:

    7/8/13, 4:32 AM - Why 5?

Red
2010 Shaw and Smith Shiraz Adelaide Hills
3/10/2013 - startinoz wrote:
92 points
A slightly rich style of Adelaide Hills shiraz, but with all the usual cool climate elegance. Red and black fruit and a touch of crushed Alexgarner ;)
  • startinoz commented:

    4/2/13, 3:36 AM - Cheers! Well, Adelaide Hills is South Australia's wannabe Yarra Valley, right? ;)

White
2002 Undercliff Sémillon Hunter Valley
1/8/2013 - Peter_C_Ross Likes this wine:
89 points
Closed on initial tasting, strong oak like overtones. Some classic Hunter mustiness, yet fruit is still there. Probably a bit too cold when first opened. The finish has a pineapple juice like zing underneath; Not unpleasant but unusual, it goes away with some airing as does the mustiness.
  • startinoz commented:

    1/30/13, 4:48 AM - Mustiness? I'm guessing it's sealed with a cork? If so, there's your mustiness!

  • startinoz commented:

    1/31/13, 1:40 AM - At least most whites are sealed with screw caps, now. We can rest a little easier as our cellar dwellers sleep, too :)

Red
2010 Yarra Burn Pinot Noir Yarra Valley
1/27/2013 - Peter_C_Ross wrote:
89 points
Nice wine, forest floor characters are there. Length falls away after a bit. Bottle development may not have much to run, seems like it's structurally starting to weaken
  • startinoz commented:

    1/30/13, 4:50 AM - Hmm. I'm surprised you say it's nearing the end of its development as IME these wines keep going for 5 to 10 years. It tastes fresh as IMO.

  • startinoz commented:

    1/31/13, 1:37 AM - Hmmm. Not sure what happened with the other bottle. Glad that this new one was good. Enjoy the rest of the case. Keep us informed how they go :)

Red
2005 Tuck's Ridge Pinot Noir Buckle Vineyard Mornington Peninsula
8/30/2010 - wetlandwino wrote:
93 points
Great burgundian style pinot noir from of all places, Australia. Complex.
  • startinoz commented:

    1/14/13, 9:00 AM - Huge numbers of superb pinot from Australia. Mornington, Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Geelong, Macedon Ranges, Adelaide Hills, etc. 2010 was a great year. Check them out.

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