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Red
2017 Arnot-Roberts Syrah Clary Ranch Sonoma Coast
6/10/2019 - rlove wrote:
88 points
Deep purple. There's so much going on here: Violet, white pepper, chalk, and a lifted quality from a hint of VA that quickly blows off with air. Most impressive, however, is the penetrating minerality — all the more notable given the heat this vintage. Great stuff and possibly underscored. Drink starting 2023.
  • KPB commented:

    10/1/19, 3:50 PM - This is a helpful TN but your scoring system is wildly at odds with the prevailing approach. That harms the winery (and I have no affiliation with them). I know that probably you think of the score as being for yourself, or think of this as a kind of statement of independence, and I'm fine with that. Even so, do consider the potential that you are hurting the winemakers.

  • KPB commented:

    10/2/19, 8:22 AM - I disagree: as most people use the scoring system, 88 is a pretty poor score, more or less "I didn't pour it out, but would certainly not want to buy it." Wines that are recommended, even weakly, start at 89. 90 is "pretty good" and closer to the tone of your review, but I would have expected 89 or 90.

    Look, this isn't about how I grade or how you grade. There are simply community behaviors and norms here -- on the whole, professional reviewers and CT scoring sends a negative message with 88 or below. If you didn't like the wine much and think people should steer away from it, 88 or lower is a fine score and also a good way to signal this. But if you intend to say that "not a bad wine to own and cellar" there is just a reality here -- people score such wines 89 or higher.

    Or write (as I sometimes do): "Score: I'm putting this in as 88 because for me, this number feels right. But many people would probably score this more like 89 or 90, because many people and even many professionals inflate scores way too much."

    A bit like college grading. You can explain to students that a B- is a fine grade, a passing grade, hard to earn from you. But the bottom line is that convincing them that this isn't a form of F is hard. And yet B really is considered to be a fine grade.

Red
2016 Greer Cabernet Sauvignon Greer Vineyard Rutherford
9/24/2019 - KPB wrote:
95 points
Deep purple with a rose-tinted rim. The Greer 2016 has a soaring, dramatic nose showcasing black cherries, menthol, sage, lavender. Simultaneously sweet and tart, with a tannic midpalate and very long finish that ends on a sappy, saline note. There is a softness to the wine that reminds me of merlot even though I am certain this is pure cabernet sauvignon. Really outstanding, drinking super well even today, and will surely gain nuance as it ages.
  • KPB commented:

    9/25/19, 5:28 PM - Yes, just received them. Should have ordered six!

Red
2007 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Combe des Fous Red Rhone Blend
9/19/2018 - KPB wrote:
86 points
Last bottle from a six-bottle purchase (at the Chicago Wine Company) The wine is very deep purple but I see an amber tint on the rim. Nose has a maderized aroma, like shellac, but the primary fruit does come through as a muted crème-de-cassis with notes of vanilla and carrot-cake. Palate is a bit muddled: the fruit is sweet but unfocused and once again you pick up that sherry-like note. The finish is somewhat short. Given that this is a fairly young bottle, I'll rate it as 86 and in steep decline. It was in a cool cellar since purchase, and was shipped in cool weather. No reason to suspect anything about storage here, and the source was very trustworthy. Just a wine that was best on release (I rated it 95, and have consumed all six as of now) and has slowly declined ever since.
  • KPB commented:

    7/10/19, 7:27 AM - Honestly, I would drink these up. My specific bottle from 2018 may have matured too quickly for some reason, but even so, I wouldn't hold this wine for very long. The style that Clos St Jean favors yields wines that drink best soon after release, and at age 12, they definitely may be at the end of their drinking plateau. Still, if the cellar was colder than mine, your bottle may be in great shape. Mine is an air-conditioned natural cellar and I think sometimes the temperature has been as high as 65, because I don't actually use the a/c in the fall, winter and spring.

White
2017 Forge Cellars Riesling Dry Riesling Classique Seneca Lake
6/1/2019 - Porksodaguy wrote:
63 points
Mineral, wet stone, lower acidity, no fruit. Good mouth feel.
  • KPB commented:

    6/23/19, 6:02 PM - 63 is very harsh for this wine.... most people only go below 85 for really bad wines.

Red
2010 Mas Martinet Priorat Clos Martinet Red Blend
9/12/2017 - KPB Likes this wine:
94 points
Very dark, with an incredibly alluring nose of blackberries, leather, herbs de Provence and cigar ash. Equally delicious on the palate with a supple, mineral-laced, almost velvet texture.... incredibly supple. The fruit is sweet but with enough acidity for balance. Lovely.
  • KPB commented:

    3/2/19, 6:29 PM - Equally good tonight! (2/2/2019)

Red
2015 Bond Pluribus Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
4/28/2017 - KPB wrote:
96 points
Another stunning wine in the making from Cory Empting, the Pluribus is a much more masculine style of Cabernet than the St. Eden or the Vecina. Here you find the darker, somewhat more assertive side of the grape, and yet without excessive density. In fact Pluribus and St. Eden are from the same vineyard, and that astonished me: same clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, but a totally different expression of terroir. The wine (from barrel) is very dark in color, with a nose dominated by dried black cherry and cassis aromas, French roasted coffee, licorice, sage. That sense of a "sauvage" wine carries into the palate, which is dark and sensual, rich, very balanced and long. Again polished tannins and minerals lift and shape the seemingly endless finish. 96-97
  • KPB commented:

    2/23/19, 7:36 AM - Thanks! I should have remembered that. The Bond site I've physically walked on is the one where they source grapes for Vecina, and it is easy to lose track... So St. Eden is basically the To Kalon vineyard? Vecina is coming from the Vine Hill Ranch vineyard. I haven't been to Spring Mountain -- is the vineyard associated with some other grower, or their's?

Red
2010 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Red Rhone Blend
11/17/2018 - KPB wrote:
89 points
I'm sure others would like this far more than me... it needs time to breath and then knits into a dense, lush, rather powerful style of CDP, but without real balance and (to my taste) a bit hot.
  • KPB commented:

    12/27/18, 6:37 PM - I don't think it was a bad bottle... I just drink a lot of CDP and am very familiar with the wines from the region and I own some of the best. On this particular evening, the Janasse was richly flavored and a perfectly good wine, but very far from the best in 2010, or ever.

Red
2005 Dominio Pingus Ribera del Duero Flor de Pingus Tempranillo
5/15/2018 - mchrist wrote:
85 points
wine lacks any grip and has devolved into what I characterize as "raisin wine" - just overly fruity - tannins gone. meh. also - bear in mind my palate has evolved in last 5 yrs towards more acidic less alcoholic wines, so please temper judgment. I simply did not like it and wish I drank it and it's remaining brother younger. reminds me of a CdP from a hot vintage (04 comes to mind) and just lacks structure. I do recall really enjoying my last bottle so perhaps some variation, but suffice to say the next bottle goes soon.
  • KPB commented:

    11/12/18, 2:53 PM - Maybe a storage issue? My bottle tonight is definitely not remotely what you describe...

White
2016 Ovid Experiment W3.6 California White Blend
5/8/2018 - FlaviusC Likes this wine:
90 points
Very good. Like all CA whites, not enough acidity. But very interesting and tasty.
  • KPB commented:

    9/19/18, 3:48 PM - You should try the white wines from Arnot Roberts

Red
2015 Continuum Proprietary Red Premiere Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/28/2018 - KPB wrote:
95 points
Lovely deep purple, limpid texture. The wine has an intense nose of black cherries, red licorice, with barest hints of ouzo, sage, toffee. Rich with sweet fruit but not at all overripe: a powerful, concentrated cab with the acidity to balance the sweetness. Tannins here are rather satiny, medium finish. Really an outstanding wine with a good future in the cellar for mid-term aging, maybe 5-10 years. Not saying the wine couldn't be stunning in 30, but if I owned a case, I might tend towards drinking most of the bottles on the younger side...
  • KPB commented:

    7/28/18, 3:51 PM - The rear label mentions sage mountain vineyard, but the winery only makes one proprietary red. CT has three wine entries for it!

Red
2015 Continuum Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/28/2018 - KPB Likes this wine:
95 points
Lovely deep purple, limpid texture. The wine has an intense nose of black cherries, red licorice, with barest hints of ouzo, sage, toffee. Rich with sweet fruit but not at all overripe: a powerful, concentrated cab with the acidity to balance the sweetness. Tannins here are rather satiny, medium finish. Really an outstanding wine with a good future in the cellar for mid-term aging, maybe 5-10 years. Not saying the wine couldn't be stunning in 30, but if I owned a case, I might tend towards drinking most of the bottles on the younger side...
  • KPB commented:

    7/28/18, 3:48 PM - They only make one “proprietary red” but they mention the sage mountain vineyard on the rear label. Right now CT has two entries, yet there is just one wine under the proprietary red designation.

Red
2007 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
7/22/2018 - KPB wrote:
flawed
This wine is being discussed on Vinous, so I thought I might add a TN, although from my cellar it has slipped badly and in fact this bottle is little changed from one I opened 2 years ago (and commented on at the time). This was considered a 100pt wine by WA on release, "immortal" or words to that effect. Josh Raynolds gave it 97 and I'll be up front: so did I. So on release it was fantastic. Should have drunk all of my bottles asap. Oh well, you live and learn...

From appearances, a healthy CDP: rather dark ruby, almost mahogany. Nose is attractive, showing a dominant note of intensely ripe black raspberries, Asian spices, and then sweet aromas of lavender, creosote. One might even add cassis (black current) hard candies to that list. The issue is more on the palate, where the immediate impression is that the wine is quite over-oaked. The oak is sweet and very unevolved, while the wine itself has begun to soften and the fruit is no longer as aggressive as on release. Thus the oak dominates the fruit, giving a very unbalanced sense to the palate. The fruit itself is ripe but has a tart component (I'm thinking that the Grenache was actually very ripe, maybe overripe, and rather "thick", and then they brought in a higher acidity syrah/mourvedre blend, not as ripe, to try and tame the intensity). Long finish, but not particularly happy: some bitterness, some woody traits. The nose probably deserves 92 or 93, but I find it hard to put this wine, as a whole, in the 90's today. 89pts, but given that absurdly insistent oak tone, I'll mark the bottle as possibly defective. In fact I've seen that on the prior bottles of this wine too. My wife agrees, but thinks it will work well for coq au vin... a sad fate for a wine that was actually very good on release.

I should maybe add that I'm wondering if it actually *is* defective. There is a bacterial or yeast growth that can cause a wine to taste like it was boiled in very fresh oak sawdust. This wine isn't remotely that extreme, but I could imagine that just a hint of the sawdust thing might give this effect. It would be rated 89 otherwise.
  • KPB commented:

    7/23/18, 2:54 PM - Pepe, if so, something else must be giving it this very oaky, resinous character. Perhaps a bacterial or yeast effect?

Red
2010 Domaine Gourt de Mautens (Jérôme Bressy) Vaucluse Rouge Red Rhone Blend
I have been enthusiastic about this wine having had the pleasure of many outstanding bottles over the past few years. Frustratingly however there has been some bottle variation having had 3 bottles this past few years which I felt did not deliver anywhere near the pleasure of earlier bottles. Were the wines flawed or perhaps shutting down ? I am not a professional taster so will refrain from judgment but its certainly disappointing when a wine does not deliver on expectation from past tastings.
  • KPB commented:

    3/25/18, 3:18 PM - Mine varied too but I think it was very closed down, not really variable in the sense you are thinking.

Red
2000 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Syrah
3/11/2018 - Anonymous wrote:
Decanted an hour. Others love it, but for some reason this has never been one of my favorite Chaves. B+/A-?
  • KPB commented:

    3/11/18, 5:36 PM - I’ve been meaning to try this... will post a TN later this week.

Red
2005 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
11/5/2017 - acyso wrote:
85 points
Pégaü (1989-2007) (Skokie, IL): Served blind in a Pégaü lineup. A nose of Sharpie marker: high-toned and aldehydic. A bit of smokiness as well. The palate is less offensive, but that's perhaps where it ends. Seems a little foursquare in that this doesn't have much interesting to say. One of the higher concentration and extraction wines in the lineup, but fortunately this seems to have the structure to hold it up. A touch of alcoholic heat on the back end. My #9, group's #10.
  • KPB commented:

    12/10/17, 4:06 PM - There is a specific defect that causes the wine to smell and taste as you describe. It was just a flawed bottle and you should not have rated it at all. I have the same wine open from my cellar and it couldn’t be more remote from your defective one....

Red
2015 Bond Vecina Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
4/28/2017 - KPB wrote:
97 points
The 2015 Bond Vecina is a ringer for a pomerol, and yet has no merlot at all in the wine, which is pure Cabernet, but from a volcanic site with unique mineral composition that carries into the wine. Very deeply purple, the wine (sampled from barrel) is richly aromatic and flavorful, with a nose that showcases red cherry pastille and vanilla, fresh hay, and then a striking aroma of cocoa with a backdrop of menthol and underbrush. Richly mouth-filling, it literally coats the palate and again, that dark chocolate dimension is very striking. Endless finish. I'll call this 97 now, but probably the final wine is 96-98.
  • KPB commented:

    11/30/17, 5:53 PM - From barrel. I am friendly with the wine maker and visited Bond and Promentory that day.

Red
2013 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
12/11/2016 - shadow wrote:
88 points
First Mac since the disappointing 10.
First sip, my teeth feel like fingernails on a chalk board.
The most astringent wine in memory, more like hard as nails Italian than a Cab.
A four hour decant is recommended, make it 24.
Hate to be negative, but why not.
My first Mac, the 2010, total fruit bomb.
This one, attack of the tannin monster.
If you own any, wall them up for some future Indiana Jones to unearth, years from now.
  • KPB commented:

    10/21/17, 5:52 PM - Hard for me to see how your TN could have been written about the wine in my glass tonight. Could your bottle have seen heat during shipping or storage? It sounds like it may have baked for a few weeks...

Red
2007 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
8/6/2017 - KPB wrote:
98 points
The 2007 Pegau CDP has entered a lovely plateau and is certainly going to be there for many years. Don't hesitate. Basically, my WOTY so far. Color hasn't budged: a very deep violet with a blackish core. The nose is somehow delicate and light yet incredibly nuanced and just soars, with gentle waves of blackberry liqueur and creme de caramel, leather, garrigue, creosote. This lightness turns out to be matched by a palate that is rich and velvety, yet not at all overdone, with surprising acidity (like a good burgundy), a residual of fading tannic bite, and very deep flavors that run towards plum tartlet or perhaps cassis sorbet. The mineral support is present yet in the background, but it holds the wine on your palate for at least a minute. A stunner.
  • KPB commented:

    10/16/17, 10:46 AM - I would say that it was in a really good place right from when we pulled the cork, and if it improved beyond that, was at its peak within 20 minutes of being poured. I don't think double decanting is going to harm this at all; the wine is kind of a beast and rhone reds of that kind rarely close down from decanting and sometimes really sing. But it doesn't "need" any special treatment. I normally don't decant young rhone reds unless they seem tight when I pull the cork...

Red
2010 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
10/13/2017 - KPB wrote:
86 points
A rather classic Bordeaux, moderately tannic, underripe fruit, overly tart. Decanting didn’t help, but after a day (decanted, then back in the bottle, then left on the counter) the wine was quite a bit better. I would hold this for a few years, then revisit. Could merit a significantly higher score once it unwinds...

Extra comment: To try and coax this wine out of its shell, I initially double-decanted, then ended up leaving it in the bottle, loosely corked, on my counter. I finished it four days after opening it, and by then, it had opened up and was much improved. Maybe it would merit 90, at peak, but that was on day four. Nobody opens a bottle four days early, so I'm not going to change my rating, but it is worth keeping in mind...
  • KPB commented:

    10/14/17, 3:04 PM - I left it overnight and it improved quite a bit. So I agree with you: let it sleep for a few years, then revisit...

Red
2008 Crowley Pinot Noir Entre Nous Willamette Valley
9/14/2011 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
87 points
"Non-Baller" Wines, Take 6 (Weygandt Wines - Washington, D.C.): i wasn't as impressed with this wine as some other people at the tasting. the nose smells really stinky. i remarked that it smelled like someone lit a port-a-potty on fire. the palate is light and fresh with some good cranberry and mushroom flavors. after a while the nose settled down. still a good wine.
  • KPB commented:

    9/14/17, 3:25 PM - If a wine has recently been dosed with sulfur, it will have that stinky aroma. Yet this does not make it a bad wine. The sulfur prevents bacteria from growing and acts as a necessary preservative. Over time, it gets fully absorbed. So, your TN was unfair to the wine....

Red
2009 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
8/31/2017 - Nsc70 Likes this wine:
88 points
Drink now!
  • KPB commented:

    9/4/17, 1:20 PM - My bottles have been great, with a very long life ahead of them. To me 88 suggests a bad bottle. I can see 93/94, or higher, but not 88

Red
2011 Vitkin Petite Sirah Judean Hills
2/5/2016 - Yagil wrote:
90 points
Vertical Cabernet Franc tasting (Vitkin winery): dark opaque red-purple
rich ripe fruits bouquet with spicy notes
full bodied, firm tannins, well balanced, excellent harmony, nicely structured & complexed. chewy on the palate, wonderful with meat stew dishes.
  • KPB commented:

    3/13/17, 9:21 AM - Perhaps misfiled? The do have a Cabernet Franc and your review sounds like it might be the other wine. Your older review is closer to my impression of this wine.

Red
2005 Margalit Enigma Israel Red Bordeaux Blend
This is not in a very good place right now. Not quite sure cabernet franc is the best grape to be growing in these parts... this has pale, red-fruited flavors but with a strong smack of vegetal greenness. The fruit concentration is somewhat airy so the green is having a much more prominent influence than it otherwise might. So is the oak, which has a little cedar and spice but also a more raw sawdusty character that seems to be really suppressing the fruit.
  • KPB commented:

    2/13/17, 4:56 AM - There is a type of Brett that can taint a bottle and causes exactly this profile, almost like retsina...

Red
2008 Raul Pérez Bierzo Ultreia Valtuille Mencía
5/19/2015 - KPB wrote:
93 points
A very interesting style of wine: clearly true to its Bierzo roots with almost Rioja aromas and flavors, yet more modern in style: not acidic or dry in the old Rioja way! Very deep purple, almost black. Nose shows cherry pastille, leather and spice, really intriguing black fruit aromas that come and go as you swirl the glass. Sweet and yet not overripe, and in fact with substantial acidity that gives the front palate a kind of "bite". Then lush and rather chewy in the midpalate; tannins here are very fine and rounded, like for a California cab. Long finish. I honestly don't know what to compare this to. Very nice now and will be good for a few years but I don't have any idea if it will improve with age. This wants a pretty strongly flavored meat dish: grilled lamb, perhaps, with garlic and spices, or marinated kebabs...
  • KPB commented:

    5/21/16, 5:55 PM - That was a year ago, so I honestly don't remember. Most likely an hour or so, but I didn't decant.

Red
2010 Cerbaiona (Molinari) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
10/26/2015 - KPB Likes this wine:
96 points
A very nice bottle. Really dark with a mahogany hue. Nose has black cherries, licorice, loam, toffee. Maybe a hint of tobacco. Very flavorful, with a clean ripe palate but firm acidity that frames the wine and a long finish: chewy tannins, interesting minerality. Lingers in the mouth for easily two or three minutes....
  • KPB commented:

    10/28/15, 5:32 AM - Interesting question! I have to be honest here: I don't have a huge amount of experience with the aging profile you typically see from Sangiovese, so while I'm sure it will be interesting as it ages, what I can't easily guess is whether the rather rich fruit profile would be likely to fade (bringing the tannins more into evidence), or whether for a wine like this they would typically both back down a notch while new aromatics emerge. In this current state it definitely drinks extremely well right after opening (a day latter it seemed drier and the tannins more dominant). For me, if I had a case, it would be a wine I might open a few bottles of this year and next, then hold in the cellar until age 8 or 10, then revisit. But because I only purchased 3 bottles, I think I might just drink them young rather than miss them at this very sexy, flamboyant stage.

Red
2007 Domaine Monpertuis (Paul Jeune) Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Tradition Vieilles Vignes Secret de Gabriel Red Rhone Blend
12/2/2013 - WineNot? wrote:
90 points
Very bold. Fruity. Consistent witht the sweetness of the Syrah grape and finish.
  • KPB commented:

    5/27/15, 3:49 PM - In fact this wine is entirely or at least almost entirely old-vines Grenache, although I do understand how this style could be mistaken for Syrah, and Syrah is definitely permitted in CDP blends. Still, to my understanding, there is no Syrah at all here, or at most, just a hint.

Red
2010 Domaine Gourt de Mautens (Jérôme Bressy) Vaucluse Rouge Red Rhone Blend
Why the IGP instead of the Vacluse designation? Big and spicy and lots of structure. And hey oh, its $80! Its really good, but really, $80? Its delicious, shows some oak tannin, massive, not sure if I am missing something here.
  • KPB commented:

    1/26/15, 5:53 PM - I found it for $55. Seems like a good buy at that price.

Red
2012 Alpha Omega Era Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
11/13/2014 - Yack Man Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow, R.P. likes it and gives it 98 points. I'm glad that I have a 3 pack waiting for pickup. The price was already steep. It will be interesting to see how much the 2012 Era will cost after the Parker’s anointing. This is the best of their high end portfolio of reds. Barrel sample, 94 Solid Points!
  • KPB commented:

    12/16/14, 7:00 PM - I knew what RMP felt about the wine from reading WA. So if you enter a review, the idea is to tell us what you think of the wine, not just to give a score and the pointer to the WA review...

Red
2008 Colene Clemens Pinot Noir Estate Reserve Chehalem Mountains
4/11/2014 - masonjp wrote:
Completely faded... Bummer
  • KPB commented:

    12/11/14, 2:13 PM - Mine is really good. Maybe your's suffered heat exposure at some point?

Red
2008 Colene Clemens Pinot Noir Estate Reserve Chehalem Mountains
12/20/2013 - bowmanbc wrote:
79 points
terrible shame. this just fell apart over time and didn't live up to the expectations after the first 3 bottles.
  • KPB commented:

    12/11/14, 2:13 PM - Mine is really good. Maybe your's suffered heat exposure at some point?

Red
2008 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
9/6/2010 - Why Yes wrote:
I have had one helluva time trying to figure out this wine over the past 8 hours. Having 5 bottles left, for now I am going to reserve judgement as far as scores go, due to my complete lack of ability to put my finger on where this wine lands at the moment. So if you will, please indulge my Pinto-like angel/devil moment with this wine:

Angel:
It has always been with Antica Terra where Maggie has been able to shed the shackles of her resume and be an individualistic wine-maker with no baggage. The 2008 continues this trend showing an individualistic wine with no peers amongst its neighbors. Informed only by the soils it is grown in, and the hand that conducts it in the cellar--no mentors, no critics. The nose is all soil; dark, rich earth. Lots of power that is wound so tight it almost vibrates after a good swirl and sniff. Hints of iron and other metallics enter the nose as the glass is tipped towards the mouth. Upon entry, the wine offers the expected raspberries we Antica lovers have come to embrace. The mouthfeel is silky and light and, aggressively separates itself from it's breathren down South. Oh what beauty, never voluptuous, never thin--a tightrope artist by birth. This is an aspect the prior two vintages of Antica did not offer (I believe Maggie may have figured something out here!). On the finish, this wine's youth pronounces itself with gusto and shuts everything down. The structure presents in spades and sends the fruit packing and asks the silkiness to head down the road to live another day. No awards for you tonight my friend, your Burgundian slant is dead-on, so approachability at this juncture is not the name of this game. Come back in a few years and we will see what you can bring to the table.

Devil:
WTF?!? I stick my nose in the glass and for every blast of brambly, enticing Pinot fruit that is pulled up my nostrils, there's a underlying metallic, band-aid thing going on that pulls all that goodness back away from me. Is that fair? I want all that goodness that is being dangled a stick's-length away. I fear, however, a flaw keeps it away, and, possibly, a flaw that will only brandish its insidiousness as time goes by. As for the power, this is certainly an iron-fisted Pinot, and it is clobbering the living crap out of the fruit. Can the potential of the fruit possibly outpace the strength of this wine? I don't know. I sense the character, I sense the effort, and I sense the love that went into this wine, and that is carrying things a long way, but I also sense some possible growing pains that went on with this vintage, and have kept this wine from attaining the greatness it's subsequent vintages will most assuredly attain.

As I mentioned earlier, this bottle confused the hell out of me. Unfortunately, I'm not going to sacrafice another cork tonight to gain clairity. Further, I'm probably a year or so away from gaining deeper knowledge on this wine. My bet is all of my next five bottles will produce better experiences than this one. Because of this, I hesitated, and again, to post this note. Ultimately, I landed on publishing, because half of one note is not going to break the Cellartracker model. I figure if others have a similiar experience, it's a service to both drinker and producer. And, if not, no one will be confused about whether or not this note's was a bum bottle.
  • KPB commented:

    11/10/14, 6:13 PM - One form of Brett smells just like a "metallic band-aid thing". So you had a slightly flawed / bretty bottle and a good nose...

Red
2007 Vietti Barolo Lazzarito Nebbiolo
10/23/2014 - KPB wrote:
89 points
Disappointing. Although appealing on the nose, with sweet fruit, the body is thin and finishes on harsh tannins. Overrated, and overpriced... In its favor, the wine was much better after three days under nitrogen in my countertop unit. But that's a long time for a decant, and even in the better mood, I still don't see where the stellar scores (94+ IWC) came from. Maybe deserved 90 on the last glass...
  • KPB commented:

    10/25/14, 3:26 PM - Could be. It actually improved a lot after three days under nitrogen(!) in my countertop unit. I won't give up on it...

Red
2006 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul Grenache
9/1/2014 - KPB wrote:
88 points
Nearly black, this wine has a nose that evokes "very ripe Zinfandel" and seems atypical of CDP to me. A medicinal note overlays super-ripe blackberry aromas, with a very oaky background; I initially wondered if the bottle was bretty, but in the end I think just overoaked. Bitter on the front palate, then sort of silky and rich with very ripe fruit and clear signs of surmaturite, but then bitter again on the finish, which is surprisingly short. Hot finish led me to recheck the nose for VA, but in fact I don't find any VA. Still, a bit like a cocktail made with blackberry compote, liqueur, and oak chips. Drink up if you own this; it isn't improving. I gave this wine 91 on release and thought it could merit a higher score. I guess I was wrong.
  • KPB commented:

    9/5/14, 8:37 AM - Interesting that they didn't use much oak. There could be a brett issue -- one of the forms of brett gives a kind of oak-resin flavor almost like retsina. I usually can tell, but perhaps in a mild case it would seem this way. At any rate for me it came off as oak, and not such mild use of oak either. I doubt that the bottle was flawed in a significant way, because I know this wine pretty well (I've gone through several bottles and I have the mon Aeuil from many vintages). But I guess it is possible that the wine has a slowly developing brett problem that affected this bottle.

Red
2004 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Sangiovese
8/15/2014 - KPB wrote:
92 points
Last tasted this in 2008 when it was very tight. By now the wine is much improved. The color still is a very young, very dark black cherry, but the nose has evolved to become far more nuanced and interesting. I'm finding that same waxy red-current fruit, but hints of spice and summer flowers. On the palate, medium bodied with great lift from the lively acidity, smooth tannins, mineral underpinnings. Quite a long finish. I suspect that the wine hasn't even reached maturity yet, and it has a very long life ahead. But far more enjoyable then when I first tried it...
  • KPB commented:

    8/16/14, 4:47 PM - Great! I hope you enjoy it. I'm still finishing the bottle -- I use one of those countertop units -- and it is definitely drinking very well today. So it needs a little time to unwind but it isn't shut down and I'm really enjoying it.

    What I like about Flaccianello is that it has enough acidity to show real structure and isn't just another wine -- this is a wine you can actually imagine recognizing in a tasting. Plus I think it could work with salmon, for example, or scallops in a creamy sauce -- dishes that you can match with pinot noir but not with other reds. And at the same time it works really well with poultry or pasta -- we had ratatouille and pasta tonight.

Red
1998 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale Red Rhone Blend
5/21/2011 - Eric wrote:
OK, this was a pretty weird showing. Amarone meets Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The nose screams of VA, chalk, chocolate and alcohol, just a pure ringer for an Amarone. Not entirely appealing. The palate however is a very different and more appealing story. Dark, deep, dense, saturated, mineral, endless length, chewy, wow and I mean WOW sort of stuff. This is perhaps more Rivesaltes than anything else, but wow it certainly is unique and eclectic. I enjoyed it a bit more in its youth, but I am also very willing to wait about 10 years to see what happens. It is somewhat ludicrous to score at this stage, but I am deeply fascinated to see what this will turn into.
  • KPB commented:

    5/8/14, 4:45 PM - Good TN. The wine hasn't budged...

Red
2011 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
2/14/2014 - mkaskowitz wrote:
89 points
- Crimsom color - Like many old world wines, has Brett which while not as obvious as some producers, presents that slightly medicinal aroma which I find off putting. It does dissipate after a few hours, enabling the dark berry and earth notes to come through. Will try again after a few years...
  • KPB commented:

    3/22/14, 3:59 AM - Either your bottle was flawed, or you don't know how Brett smells (if a bottle was flawed, don't rate it. But I suspect the latter). The Pegau 11 seems very clean to me, but it does have a minty nose that comes from inclusion of Mourvèdre, and from slightly green vegetal matter (stems and pips being perhaps a touch underripe). You need to learn more about Brett.

Red
2006 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
1/28/2014 - KPB wrote:
94 points
This has matured into a really lovely wine, and yet is still very young. Anyone who questions whether Oregon PN improves with age needs to buy and cellar Thomas! Pale ruby, spicy nose showing pomegranate and red current fruit... Just soars from the glass, with all sorts of subtle nuances: forest loam, maybe a hint of rhubarb at the very back. Delicious with a tart presentation dominated by ripe but bright fruits, lifted and beautifully delineated by a bracing minerality. Tannins hidden somehow...
  • KPB commented:

    1/28/14, 7:25 PM - 13%, but not at all hot. I honestly would have guessed 11.5...

Red
2011 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Carter Vineyard Eola - Amity Hills
3/15/2013 - SMZ wrote:
78 points
Admittedly, I opened this bottle too soon, but it was simply awful. Poor aroma was the worst part, and lacking flavor... Way too sweet.
  • KPB commented:

    12/19/13, 5:07 AM - You almost certainly had a defective bottle and shouldn't post a TN in such situations. Please don't post a score and TN unless you are reasonably sure you are drinking a healthy example of the wine.

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