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Red
2013 Azienda Agricola San Giuseppe Brunello di Montalcino Stella di Campalto Sangiovese
Aerated to decanter 1 hour. Classic, top-shelf Brunello that should never have been opened this young, but friends, erm, implored. I get to taste Stella's wines each year, my friends had never had any. So. Med/Med+ body, did not evolve much during the 2 hours it was open. Excellent typicity of grape. Cool, graceful. highly recommended

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  • jonanator commented:

    10/18/20, 9:42 PM - Drink in 2025+?

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2004 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
9/20/2020 - M.Batard wrote:
92 points
Again, paired with grilled lamb, and again luscious but not terribly complex.
  • jonanator commented:

    9/27/20, 2:50 PM - I imagine this is drinking well but could probably benefit from some more age?

Red
2015 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero Nebbiolo
12/15/2019 - Jeremy Holmes wrote:
Such a great young Barolo. There’s loads of floral spice that works beautifully with the perfectly ripe cherry fruit. It is silky and layered, with a sensual feel and latent power. Balance is perfect and each sniff and sip teases out another ethereal smell or taste. Length is fantastic.
  • jonanator commented:

    12/18/19, 3:00 PM - How does it compare to the 2013?

Red
2005 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/24/2019 - jonanator wrote:
93 points
Really early maturity right now, probably best to wait another 5 years if you can. With that said, this wine is really starting to live up to its potential. It is drinking better and better every time I try it. This bottle was showing much better than the bottle from 6mths ago, and noticeably better than the bottle from a year ago. Proper Bordeaux.
  • jonanator commented:

    11/25/19, 2:37 PM - I drank them side by side, and at this point in their evolution, they are pretty comparable with the PC having a slight edge. In time, the Pontet-Canet will easily surpass the Lagrange though. In terms of longevity, there is certainly no rush to drink up either wine. I would say that of the two, the Pontet-Canet will likely have a longer life. With that said, I dont think the Lagrange is in danger of fading over the next 10+ years. It likely wont even plateau for until 5 years minimum. Both are lovely wines, but the Pontet-Canet is just a step above.

Red
2017 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Nuits St. Georges Aux Lavières Pinot Noir
11/9/2019 - jonanator wrote:
91 points
Showing really well right now. Young but so much charm. Beautiful wine.
  • jonanator commented:

    11/9/19, 2:29 PM - Showing really well right now. Young but so much charm. Beautiful wine.

White
2017 Eva Fricke Lorcher Krone Riesling trocken Rheingau
9/26/2019 - angelcyn Likes this wine:
86 points
First wine from Eva Fricke for me, has a reputation for searing acidity, but not in this bottle, the fruit peach etc comes through despite being dry, that part I liked but overall not leaping up and down over this, will it improve ? to be honest as with all wines age can produce different results, this wine was not I am sure made for the long haul unless I have misjudged it, not one I would rush to buy again.
  • jonanator commented:

    9/29/19, 4:13 PM - I've always found the Krone to be a little lower in acidity compared to the Seligmacher. Highly encourage you to check that out if you're looking for searing acidity.

Red
1995 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
4/11/2019 - Neecies wrote:
Another Erik bottle, and another disappointment. Dry, crumbly cork, taupe-y color, thin body, old Rioja-ish. Not undrinkable but not at all what we know this wine can be.
  • jonanator commented:

    4/11/19, 2:25 PM - Sorry to hear! The last few bottles I've opened over the last year have been terrific. Also had a few duds before that so I feel your pain.

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2005 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/23/2019 - jonanator wrote:
Nose is reserved but with some swirls, it is absolutely captivating. Really needs more time though, as on the palate, the wine just didn't have that oomph that the nose would suggest.
  • jonanator commented:

    3/25/19, 5:40 PM - Yes, about 2 hours, but probably could have used 12-24 lol

Red
2008 Azelia Barolo Margheria Nebbiolo
11/27/2018 - WineGuyX Likes this wine:
95 points
Absolutely beautiful nose of pressed flowers, baked black cherries, pouch tobacco, pine resin as well as a dark, brooding presence like tar. Medium-full bodied and round on the palate, this is now mature and beautiful. Plenty of sweet red fruits, pine needle compost, sous bois and spice. Delightful example of Barolo. This should be drunk from 2018-2026+ 95
  • jonanator commented:

    2/21/19, 4:19 PM - Probably give it a good 2hrs in decanter?

White - Sparkling
2015 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Val Vilaine Pinot Noir
12/25/2018 - jonanator wrote:
93 points
Shared this bottle on Christmas day while we prepped dinner. Couldn't believe how delicious this bottle was. So delicious in its youth that I don't think I see a whole lot of upside in holding this for the long term. It will likely improve, but it is just so good that I will probably have a hard time resisting drinking them all within the next 5 years.
  • jonanator commented:

    2/21/19, 2:26 PM - I completely agree. This wine will undoubtedly evolve over time so it will be different, but better? I'm not sure. Kind of like aging Cru Beaujolais.

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2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale Pinot Noir
2/13/2019 - dagij wrote:
84 points
From a vertical of Mugnier's Marechal 2004 to 2016. The greatest disappointment of the tasting. Deep ruby colour with an almost black core. Seems quite closed on the nose, hard to detect any clear fruit, some black pepper may be detected. Not very typical of a NSG. Quite full bodied, high acidity, rustic tannins and almost no fruit. What happened here? Is the wine going through some sort of "phase", being very closed up? I doubt it, there is just not enough fruit here, but I will not bet my pension on it. Try again in five years.
  • jonanator commented:

    2/21/19, 2:24 PM - I am also worried this wine will either never emerge from its slumber or emerge lifeless and fruitless. Does it have the stuffing to help it through this sleepy phase?

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2000 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
1/26/2019 - jonanator wrote:
This felt very young to me. It came off a little modern, ripe, and forward for a Cos d'Estournel - maybe just needs a little more time. There is good structure here and the fruit is not in danger of fading anytime soon. The wine is just starting to develop some tertiary notes at this point. Everything does seem to be coming together and ageing nicely, albeit slowly. This wine will definitely benefit from some more cellaring. Revisit in 3 years.
  • jonanator commented:

    2/10/19, 2:34 PM - Probably could have used more air but we gave it a 2hr decant and followed it over another hour

Red
2013 Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Columbia Valley
12/31/2018 - SlimShaney Likes this wine:
93 points
A lovely cab. Big body, smooth, plush. Not super expressive. No massive standout just all good.
  • jonanator commented:

    1/18/19, 10:37 AM - I think this wine is going through a deep slumber period.

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2010 Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape L'envol Red Rhone Blend
1/5/2019 - rossi.wine wrote:
91 points
Consistent with previous tasting notes. 90-92
  • jonanator commented:

    1/18/19, 10:10 AM - Hold for a few more years then?

Red
2016 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Gamay
10/18/2018 - grapenomad wrote:
93 points
Marcel Lapierre is one of the pillars of natural winemaking in Beaujolais. No, we're not talking about this era of hipsters publishing magazines and having sex only on Fruit Day. These were hardcore rebels, who risked everything for a revolution, a legacy fueled not by capital, but by odic ideals. Sadly, Mr. Lapierre passed away after the 2010 harvest, but his son Mathieu and daughter Camille carry on what he pioneered. Grapes for this Morgon (the most precious of Bojo crus) are manually harvested, as late as possible to achieve maximum ripeness. The wine is aged on fine lees in old Burgundy barrels for at least 9 months and is bottled unfiltered.

Stunning nose of cherry pie, sour cherry, cooked cherry, cherry juice. Basically, cherry all around in the first pour. Remarkable purity and finesse, silky on the entry, but progresses towards a focused and perpetual mid-palate. Perfectly integrated alcohol and acidity, with such a sexy texture. Persistent all the way through.
  • jonanator commented:

    10/23/18, 4:08 PM - Great note! Thanks for sharing.

Red
2013 Kamen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Moon Mountain District
4/2/2018 - Cabernetking Likes this wine:
94 points
Purchased six bottles recently. Very, very good from the writer of the Karate Kid movies, Robert Kamen. This vintage is his biggest hit to date for the estate cabernet. I also enjoyed the 2012 considerably but this is likely a step up. Would need to taste side by side.
  • jonanator commented:

    4/5/18, 2:29 PM - Don't forget that he also co-founded the Transporter and Taken series!

Red
2009 Domaine de L'Arlot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de l'Arlot Pinot Noir
3/26/2018 - chatters wrote:
From half bottle. Strawberry, cherry, rose, cream, slight vanilla, sweet spice and earth backed by a little leather farmyard aromas. In the mouth more of the same but more ripe than the nose implies and with a little more richness. Very good.
  • jonanator commented:

    4/5/18, 2:28 PM - Something I should drink now? or hold? I only have 1 bottle of this one

Red
2013 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero Nebbiolo
1/25/2018 - jonanator wrote:
Beautiful wine that is just too hard to rate at this young stage. You can tell there is plenty to love here, but I am not sure I taste "100 points". With that said, the wine is something really special though - as it is in every vintage. The nose is just full of roses and olive tapenade. This will need some time to unfurl, but it will surely blossom to be a beauty. One thing I noticed was how much more reserved this wine was in comparison to previous vintages as this same stage.
  • jonanator commented:

    2/20/18, 3:17 PM - Now, if only I could buy some Rinaldi in my market!!

Red
2013 Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Columbia Valley
9/16/2017 - Plusvini Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanting over 6 hours.

Straight out of the bottle, the wine is closed tight but hints at blackberry and semi-sweet chocolate. Lots of acid. Very fine tannins.

1 Hour: Juicier and even more acid. Crushed berries. Hint of bitterness on the finish.

3 Hours. Still very juicy. Brilliant. Hot finish.

4 Hours: Cherry, coconut and milk chocolate on the nose. A little caramel on the finish. Even better.

6 Hours. Bordeaux! Spice (wife says allspice) and earth over dark berry with a hint of tobacco.

8.5 Hours with Prime Rib: Starting to integrate. Pure Cabernet. (With 12% Merlot...)

I think this wine will go thru a big bad dumb phase. Decant and drink now or wait at least a decade.
  • jonanator commented:

    9/17/17, 3:53 PM - I love this wine! One of the best, if not the best, cab I have tasted from Washington.

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2013 Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Columbia Valley
6/13/2017 - danielbleier Likes this wine:
94 points
A major step up from their standard cab release, this may end up standing next to $200+ California cabs, this has currant and plum, herb and savory notes.
  • jonanator commented:

    6/26/17, 3:23 PM - Exceptional wine, especially when you factor in the price point. Definitely stands up to some of the $200+ new world cabs out there.

Red
2010 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
4/10/2017 - jonanator wrote:
This particular bottle seemed very closed even after an hour of decanting. It felt a little thinner than previous bottles. The nose wasn't really giving up much, and the oak and alcohol really poked through in an obtrusive way. Im not sure if it is in a sleepy phase cause I tried one last month that was much better. Possibly just an off bottle?
  • jonanator commented:

    4/17/17, 7:48 AM - Not yet! Have you? Any impressions?

  • jonanator commented:

    4/21/17, 12:48 PM - I agree, I am assuming Costco will have it in time. Thanks for the offer, but just picked up a bunch of other stuff lately, so trying to resist temptation. Heard you got some '02 Krug as well, nice pick up!

Red
2006 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
2/20/2017 - tp096255 Likes this wine:
92 points
Drink it if you have it. This is at maximum maturity, but still keeps bringing you back for another sip. Definitely a food wine. It has an elegance to it, albeit with very little fruit. It is a lithe one, like Sofia Loren at age 70.
  • jonanator commented:

    2/22/17, 9:27 AM - Maximum maturity? as in, you think this wine is at peak?

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2004 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
At Olympia Provisions in Portland. Good red fruit and cherry, maybe with some plum or even prune. Leather too. Pretty acidic for an aged wine. Will keep getting better.
  • jonanator commented:

    1/29/17, 9:26 AM - Agree on the acid. Hoping it calms down a bit with time

White
2015 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett Mosel Saar Ruwer
1/15/2017 - tdelorme wrote:
I agree with Jonanator after my first bottle. Obviously needs time and certainly has the makings of a special wine, but think the Kabinetts from Prum go to 11 in 2015 -- I'll put a few of these down, revisit in 5-7 years.
  • jonanator commented:

    1/16/17, 10:50 AM - Comforting to know someone else feels the same. Which of the prum kab's have you tried from '15?

Red
2015 M. Chapoutier Côtes du Roussillon Villages Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Red Rhone Blend
12/26/2016 - jonanator wrote:
89 points
Absolutely delicious. Big juicy ripe fruit. Great vintage for this wine. You will not find a better wine at this price point. 2015 is as good as the 2010. Buying cases of this.
  • jonanator commented:

    1/16/17, 10:18 AM - C, great to see you on here. Really a terrific wine! Hope life is treating you well!

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2011 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
12/21/2016 - wwbrower wrote:
85 points
Think this must not be one of their better vintages.
Tried once and noticed funky smell and taste.
Tried it the following evening and compared to 2 other Chateau Nufs. Others were much better. My best guess is this vintage won't keep as long as most, and it's past it's prime and won't be good much longer.
  • jonanator commented:

    12/22/16, 2:10 PM - This is definitely not passed its prime. Although 2011 isn't the best vintage for Chateauneuf, Pegau did a great job and I think they created a wine that is delicious, but not for the long haul. This should provide good enjoyment for at least 10 years. The funky smell and taste may be some brett or barnyard that is often found in Pegau. Some people are more sensitive to it than others. I find that a bit of a decant sometimes helps to blow off some of that barnyardy funk!

Red
2004 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Sangiovese
10/26/2016 - futronic wrote:
93 points
In a really nice spot right now. Way more "Brunello-like" than the 2001. Drink now-2021.
  • jonanator commented:

    12/19/16, 4:58 PM - Thanks for this note! Does this need a long decant or pnp?

Red
2004 Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin Nebbiolo
12/10/2016 - CADomer Likes this wine:
91 points
Slow O'd for 8 hours before enjoying. But honestly the taste that I had upon opening may have been better than after the 8 hours of prep. Initially quite perfumed and seemed open for business. At dinner, the wine was slightly more closed down - which I am starting to see if a current characteristic of the 2004 vintage in Barolo/Barbaresco. The wine still showed some very nice notes of strawberries, chocolate, and black licorice. The palate was smooth and polished. The new oak is well integrated and I am sure contributed to the smooth texture of the wine.
  • jonanator commented:

    12/14/16, 12:06 PM - Would you recommend holding this wine then?

Red
2010 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
11/18/2016 - rmalloy Likes this wine:
95 points
Although young and fruit forward, this Beaucastel is in a wonderful place. The fruit is scrumptious. Notes of raspberry preserves, black cherry, lavender, thyme, black tea, and oak. With ten years of age it will become more savory than fruity, delicious in a completely different way.

It is a joy to drink every vintage of Beaucastel. Never cheap, but always a good value.
  • jonanator commented:

    11/19/16, 9:45 AM - That is a great and very true point. Never cheap but always a good value! Cheers!

Red
2010 Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato Nebbiolo
7/22/2016 - peternelson wrote:
95 points
At the winery with Elena: Wild soft strawberry, red/black licorice, clove; super silky,, refined, elegant, pure all the way through the palate; good power while having super fine chalky, powdery tannins; intense fruit, floral, lovely, long. Like an intense and wild Burgundy. Kinda like that perfect wine. I need to get some of this
  • jonanator commented:

    8/16/16, 3:40 PM - Great note!! Glad I bought some regardless of what some critics had to say.

Red
2011 Sine Qua Non Syrah Dark Blossom Central Coast
11/28/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote:
97 points
Young and tight at the moment, time, or a few hours of air is going to kick this wine into high gear. Clearly the abundance of fruit is high class, the wine is dense, concentrated and powerful, but in balance. The wine was produced from a blend 84% Syrah, 8% Grenache, 4% Petite Sirah, 2% Roussanne and 2% Petite Manseng.
  • jonanator commented:

    11/29/15, 7:51 PM - What do you think would be a reasonable drinking window for this wine?

Red
2002 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
11/11/2015 - greidy Likes this wine:
89 points
Color is of a bit muted (not super clear) dark garnet . On the opening - very "corky" nose (TCA) and I was afraid that the wine is just undrinkable. Behind the cork I could still get some amount of black fruits, but cork was dominant.
The palate, despite my expectations, was just great - medium body, super balanced, fresh with right amount of acidity and fully integrated tannin. Old world Rioja, great taste, period!
Hour and half later (now) - still corky nose, but not as strong and more fruits started to appear. If we will not finish it today, will see what will happen to it tomorrow...
Overall I think this nice wine is definitely post its peak time and has to be consumed ASAP.
  • jonanator commented:

    11/14/15, 1:54 PM - You think this wine has peaked? Do you think this was just an off-bottle? Generally, even the Reserva level Tondonia's have decades of life, so I am surprised to hear that you think this needs to consumed soon.

Red
2004 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Sangiovese
6/23/2015 - Cartesc Likes this wine:
95 points
This wine is Burgundian in style with a wonderful nose of the teroir. Didn't need to decant. In fact it got a little more of that big fruit feel after a few hours.

Someone commented it is oaky. Not a trace of oak here and I am very sensitive to oak.
  • jonanator commented:

    6/24/15, 1:47 PM - Burgundian in style? This is a huge wine...

Red
N.V. Soter 1977 - 2007 Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
1/12/2015 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
94 points
Pop and pour, this was very disappointing. Drank a glass and found it simple and candied. No mid palate, yada yada. Recorked and put in cellar over night and hoped. Stunning transformation. This was complex. Full bodied. Everything filled out over night. The fruit lowered in depth. Great wine. If you open now, give it lots of air.
  • jonanator commented:

    3/6/15, 12:23 PM - How long do you think I should wait before I pop one of these guys? 2018? or 12hours of slow-ox if I pop one now?

White - Sparkling
2010 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs La Presle Pinot Noir
1/14/2015 - Dbrane wrote:
Interesting that there's just one instance that this wine was tasted/reviewed here. Citrus dominated flavors. More cool fruit than tropical. Round with acidity kept in check. Fine and classy with a monumental presence. Befuddled how a Champagne (or wine) can taste so regal.
  • jonanator commented:

    2/13/15, 9:03 AM - I'm encouraged that you like this, I just bought a bottle and have been itching to pop it!

Red
2006 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia Red Bordeaux Blend
1/18/2015 - Traxx wrote:
Sadly slightly corked. Wine underneath was incredibly tannic, leave this one alone for several more years.
  • jonanator commented:

    1/19/15, 8:18 AM - So sorry to hear! That's just the worst! Especially on a nicer bottle like this...

Red
2004 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
6/29/2014 - jonanator wrote:
91 points
Drinking great now, may improve with age but I see no reason to wait
  • jonanator commented:

    7/4/14, 9:21 AM - Definitely one of the betters ones I have had!

Red
2006 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
3/16/2014 - Bob in NC wrote:
88 points
Smooth drinking, balanced yet somewhat austere. Possibly in dumb phase???
  • jonanator commented:

    3/18/14, 2:45 PM - I have two of these sleeping, and I have no idea when to pop them. Did you give this bottle a good decant?

Red
2009 Antinori Solaia Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
3/11/2014 - beej Likes this wine:
89 points
Called super Tuscan for a reason. Super experience w arrabbiata. Super tight meaty palate. Super long finish. Did I mention super?
  • jonanator commented:

    3/14/14, 11:11 AM - Why only an 89 given your review?

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