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Red
2/1/2023 - cfk49 wrote:
92 points
Delicious wine with silky texture, good concentration, red fruits, length.
Red
1/9/2023 - cfk49 wrote:
89 points
Similar to previous bottle, a bit more closed.
Red
1/2/2023 - cfk49 wrote:
95 points
Just short of the plumminess of the bottle of three years ago, this is a great bottle, although atypical of Caillerets in its power and massiveness and without the delicate Caillerets texture. A haunting nose, dark fruits, full-bodied, round, long, pure. Cellared since original release.
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White
1/2/2023 - cfk49 wrote:
82 points
2008 has to a large extent not turned out as well as it seemed early on. Add to that the fact that at this time, I think von Kesselstatt was not doing as good a job at Josephshöfer as they are today, and in general Mittel Mosel producers hadn't gotten the hang of dry wines yet, the result here is a rather nasty little wine with plenty of acidity but not much fruit left. Cellared since original release.
Red
1/1/2023 - cfk49 wrote:
92 points
Typical of Vaucrains vs. the Les Saint Georges also drunk today, this wine is more tannic, mineral, and stony. It may eventually get there, but today it doesn't have the full harmony that the LSG had. Cellared since original release.
Red
1/1/2023 - cfk49 wrote:
94 points
Superb showing with great complexity in nose and mouth, medium-full body, silky texture one sees in LSG, length. Perfect for drinking now, but no rush. Cellared since original release.
White - Sparkling
1/1/2023 - cfk49 wrote:
92 points
This wine has really come on in 1/2 year (plus rest from shipping). Full bodied but nobly austere and saline with plenty of energy.
White
1/1/2023 - cfk49 wrote:
89 points
Lots of freshness to go with orange rind fruit. The wine shows the sweetness of an old-style Spätlese and has excellent acidity and freshness. No rush to drink this. A very good expression of Steinberger terroir, even more surprising as I believe this was machine harvested. Curiously, the wine drinks well on its own, but the few food matchings I tried killed the wine. There are probably various bottlings of this wine -- this one is AP 004 11. Cellared since original release.
Red
2001 Jean-Jacques Confuron Romanée St. Vivant Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
12/30/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
95 points
Given the notes here, I was reluctant to open this single bottle, thinking that it might need more age. But in fact, it could not have been better than it was with elegance and finesse to go with length and intensity. Cellared since original release.
Red
12/30/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
94 points
Smooth, lovely red fruit aromatics with spice, perhaps suffered a little being next to the Confuron RSV 2001 which had more sophistication (as one would hope). Cellared since original release.
White
12/30/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
94 points
Rich, complex, smooth, medium-weight plus, long, just a touch of sweetness.
White
12/30/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
86 points
I guess there's a reason why Thanisch has never shown a GG at the annual Wiesbaden preview. Round, moderate acidity, low energy, one-dimensional lemon fruit, no Doctor character. Would be fine as a Gutswein. Cellared since original release.
Red
12/29/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
91 points
Just an astonishingly, surprisingly good bottle with silky texture, freshness, soy aromas and flavors, complexity. Cellared since original release.
White
12/29/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
92 points
Superior is the designation that von Schubert gives to wines that are allowed to ferment as far as they will go naturally, with neither artificial stoppage nor any intervention to continue to full dryness. In some vintages it is a fully dry wine, in others not. This wine is of dry with a delicate acidity and lovely clementine and tangerine fruit. I would not serve it too cool, as that will disturb the sugar/acid balance. 15-16º C (59-62ºF) should be ideal. Cellared since original release.
Red
12/28/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
90 points
Same as wine drunk two weeks previous. An excellent cellar-defender.
White
12/28/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
88 points
very pleasant drinking, especially for VdF -- medium-weight, smooth, touches of beeswax and honey, maybe just a touch of sugar to round the wine out. The type of wine you hope to find in a Paris café for 4-6€ a glass. Cellared since original release.
Red
12/27/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
91 points
Just another superb bottle from this sub-$15 wine. Dark berry fruits in nose and mouth, silky texture, surprising complexity for what this wine is. Cellared since original release.
White
12/27/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
92 points
Medium-light in weight, almost creamy in texture, lemon drop aromas and flavors. This is a beautiful wine that seems to be at its peak now. Cellared since original release.
White
12/26/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
92 points
A pleasant upside surprise. Of von Kesselstatt's Grosse Lagen, Goldtröpfchen is generally the one that I appreciate the least. Orange-gold in color, lively, biting acidity to go with a fairly expansive body, in slightly underripe (not a negative) yellow peach fruit in nose and mouth, typical of Goldtröpfchen. Drink over the next few years, I would guess. Cellared since original release.
Red
12/25/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
91 points
Showing well tonight with smooth tannins, red cherry fruit, a bit of tar, and just a bit of heat on the finish. Cellared since original release.
Red
12/25/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
90 points
Attractive nose with Vosne (well, Flagey) spice, but although silky on the palate, the flavors are not distinct. Disappointing for what it is, even considering the vintage. Cellared since original release.
White - Sparkling
12/24/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
89 points
Similar to previous but a little more sugar showing on the finish. Drink up. Cellared since original release.
Red
12/24/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
93 points
A pure, classic expression of LSJ with great tension and energy and precision to the dark fruit. Perhaps just a touch of brett, but not enough to spoil the wine for me. Alas, only one more bottle left in my cellar. Still quite young. Cellared since original release.
White
12/24/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
92 points
A thrilling wine with sour lemon minerality, cracking acidity, great electricity and penetration. Probably at its peak, but a long life still ahead. Cellared since original release.
Red
12/23/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
92 points
Last of a case, all but one have been consistently excellent. Pure, crystalline dark fruits, silky texture, expressive. Cellared since original release.
Red
12/21/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
89 points
Rating is on tasting the wine alone, where spiky 1996 acidity still stood out. with food (chicken breasts in a cream and mustard sauce) the wine improved markedly, worthy of a 3 point upgrade. Dark fruits, still young, can go for another 20 years, at least. Cellared since original release. Not terrible, but no match for the superb 1982 Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru that a friend brought to pair with it.
White - Off-dry
12/16/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
89 points
Very good slate expression in nose and mouth, but needed just a bit more acidity to maximally balance the sugar. Cellared since original release.
White - Off-dry
12/15/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
93 points
Lovely aged Riesling with pinpoint sugar/acid balance and apricot fruit. Cellared since original release.
White
12/15/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
91 points
A light, crisp, dry Riesling with hints of strawberry and thyme and a nice edginess to it. Still fresh and young -- no rush to drink. Cellared since original release.
Red
12/15/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
89 points
Still somewhat closed, although more open than previous bottle. Seems very young, and initially shows oaky aromas, although they blend in with airing. Round, ripe, deep, dark plums. Cellared since original release.
White
12/14/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
91 points
A simple, 20 year-old Pinot Gris with no Prädkat that is fresh and delicious with typical walnut aromas and flavors plus yellow and white fruit flavors; medium-weight, oily texture. Cellared since original release. No rush to drink.
White
12/13/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
87 points
Lovely aged Riesling slate/stone nose with good depth. Just off-dry, smooth and round but still with good tension. Without slight bitterness on the finish and with a bit more concentration, this would be an outstanding wine. Cellared since original release.
Red
12/13/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
90 points
Drinking deliciously with spiced red fruits in the nose and mouth, a medium-light body, and round tannins.
Red
12/11/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
91 points
Similar to the 2020 bottle, but a bit of earthiness on the finish -- were it not for that, I'd give it another 2-3 points. Cellared since original release, Kermit Lynch import.
White
12/11/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
86 points
I thought in 2012 that the 2011s would develop the way the 1997s did; this is one that didn't. Lack of tight acidity to support the sugar gives and imbalanced wine that is low on energy and incision. White fruits, a bit of spice. Still young, so maybe it will show better with time, but for now . . . . Cellared since original release.
Red
12/9/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
94 points
Similar to earlier bottle, although perhaps just a little less detailed. Surprisingly powerful for a Reignots, but all in balance. I preferred it tonight to Dujac's Beaumonts 1998 (which was also excellent). Cellared since original release.
White - Sparkling
12/9/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
92 points
A classic Champagne -- medium bodied with some power, good brioche and mienrality.
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Red
12/9/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
87 points
This turned out much better than I expected. It's a German-style Pinot Noir, but the wood has melded, the wine has a pleasing truffly earthiness in the nose and mouth, and is round, creamy, and sensual in its medium-weight body. Cellared since original release.
White
12/8/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
92 points
Relatively sweet, as is the style here, but time has tamed the sweetness (and the acidity, but it's still balanced). Pure, piercing, citric. Cellared since original release.
White
12/3/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
92 points
Lovely aged Kabinett -- barely sweet, creamy texture, weightless on palate, dried apricot. Harmonious. Cellared since original release. APN 05 09 (i.e., the earlier bottling).
Red
12/3/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
92 points
A little to my surprise, this wine is already fully mature and probably should be drunk over the next 5-10 years. It has Vaucrains stone and smoke and pure red fruits, especially cranberries, plus a silky texture, all combining for a very seductive wine. Cellared since original release.
Red
12/2/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
90 points
Needs some airing but then shows really well -- better than two previous bottles with plenty of red fruits, silky texture, and a touch of chocolate.
White
12/2/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
91 points
A textbook Chablis with good acidity, plenty of salt air aroma and taste. Cellared since original release.
White
12/2/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
88 points
Pure, mineral, lime, mildly sweet. I'd drink sooner than later because acidity is not sharp. Cellared since original release.
Red
12/1/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
89 points
My go-to as a daily drinker (which alas will eventually run out). Mineral dark plum and other dark fruits, medium-weight, balanced, intense.
Red
2016 Domaine Tempier Bandol Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre (view label images)
11/28/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
93 points
I've consumed 10-12 bottles of this wine over the past few years and this one was different from the others, tasting much younger. But with several hours in a decanter, it becomes more easily drinkable, even if still showing very primary dark fruits. One way or another, it's a great wine. Cellared since original release.
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White
11/28/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
93 points
Even if this were in Philipp's top rung of wines, which it is not, it would validate his reputation as one of Germany's top producers. The fact that it's not even a GG (although in large part sourced from Grosse Lage vineyards) demonstrates even more emphatically what a fabulous producer he is. The wine is pure and mineral with some roundness of texture and then beautiful acidity that kicks in late in the mouth. There's an attractive spiciness in the nose and mouth, and of course, great energy. Cellared since original release.
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Red
11/27/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
88 points
Remains strikingly consistent with the prior bottles.
Red
11/27/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
88 points
Last of a case, the wines have been very consistent. Light on the palate, perfumed with roses, red fruits and roses on the palate. Cellared since original release.
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