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2010 Chapelle St. Theodoric Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Sablons Grenache Blend, Grenache
4/24/2017 - CWilliam wrote:
91 points
Drank over 2 nights - better on night 2.

Dark red color. Earth, black raspberry, dark fruits & glycerin on nose. Similar palate profile. with Full body, medium+ acidity and long finish. 91+ on night 1 and 92+ on night 2 - this should age well.
  • ikkaariainen commented:

    11/4/18, 6:18 AM - We just had one last night (see TN above) - def NOT peaked yet, will cellar well for years to come and I do expect some further improvement with time esp improved balance and integration

2016 Gérard Bertrand Languedoc Cote des Roses Rosé Blend
11/25/2017 - Missus T wrote:
79 points
Very unremarkable rose but a killer decanter!!!

Nose of vomitus and grapefruit, this was a bit of a turn-off!

Delightful color: coppery sunset, like a Monet painting.

When I saw that Target was selling this, I jumped on it. I can't remember exactly, but I think they had it retailing for about $5 a bottle this past summer. I'd had (and enjoyed) the Gerard Bertrand RED Cotes des Roses the year before while cycling through France's Minervois, and it was dynamite! I mean, the grocery stores there sell it for a couple of euros, the way you see plonk like Barefoot being pushed in the US; and you get that exquisite bottle and glass stopper as a bonus. That red was a delight with cheeses and deli meats on a picnic by the Canal du Midi. I rode six more nights with the damn empty bottle in my rucksack, it was so beautiful.

But back to the rose. Oh, man. Just a disappointment. Slightly pomelo in taste, smoother than the nose might indicate, but just average overall.

If anyone works for Target, or has the ear of the purchasing manager in food and bev there, would you please tell that person to order the red instead. It is out of this world for the price.

OK, so the rose: suitable in my pairing with grilled ham steak, braised brussel sprouts and mint tea dessert. Matches west coast sunset.
  • ikkaariainen commented:

    3/28/18, 1:18 PM - Nose of vomitus & grapefruit, eh ?? �� - fortunately our bottles more pale strawberry and rose on the nose...

1999 Paloma Merlot Spring Mountain District
The 1999 is still a decent wine. Dark red color, dark berry fruit aromas, medium weight but the fruit seems to be fading out now. It may be just this bottle since it is unusual for a Paloma merlot. The 1996 vintage is great shape still.
  • ikkaariainen commented:

    10/30/16, 7:45 AM - Totally agree...

2005 Kamen Estate Syrah Sonoma Valley
11/2/2010 - BillyT wrote:
92 points
Drank with French wine rep and local WS owner over lunch of Foie Gras, Veal liver, etc. GREAT wine that stood up against all the French wines brought by the French wine rep. Too busy visiting, talking wine, drinking wine and eating foie gras in order to take notes. Next time. I will say that Drmarg's comments are spot on.
  • ikkaariainen commented:

    10/17/16, 10:14 AM - Just had the one I got from you this past Friday...see above note....

Red - Fortified
1992 Dow Porto Vintage Quinta do Bomfim Port Blend
11/27/2014 - winemaker Likes this wine:
96 points
Slow O'd for four hours and then double decanted. Wow! This wine is excellent and way better than the more recent notes indicate. It smells a bit pruney, but tastes much better. Big wine, tons of spice, very long finish.
  • ikkaariainen commented:

    9/26/16, 7:01 AM - I just used your technique yesterday on this port...

White - Sweet/Dessert
1996 Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume Chenin Blanc
9/15/2013 - AMC Eagle wrote:
98 points
Deep gold in colour. Sweet nose of quince, caramel, honey, and cheesecake(yes, cheesecake). Sweet but balanced on the palate where I am getting liquid honeyed apricots, candied pears, and white raisins. The finish goes on and on and on....

Night 2: A bit more complex from Night 1 where I am also getting some sugar covered mangoes on the palate to add to the above. 98+ Wow.
  • ikkaariainen commented:

    6/18/16, 6:21 PM - Cheesecake still definitely there now 3 years later...

2012 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
5/9/2016 - BillyT wrote:
92 points
Both JNOCERA and KBCADEPONEI notes MORE than adequately express my thoughts as well. Another note suggested in moved from Bordeaux to Tuscan. Well I find it very hard to identify the difference in some of the more notable Tuscan wines. Often there is that slight extra hint of Sangiovese but wasn't feeling it. I will emphasize its you and it to a couple of hours in the decanter to open but then smooth as silk, expressive dark red fruit and well integrated tannins for its youth.
  • ikkaariainen commented:

    6/4/16, 8:23 AM - You people are killing babies here !!! ;)

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