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Tasting Notes for Antti

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White - Sparkling
11/23/2013 - Antti wrote:
100% PN of Ambonnay. Mostly 07/06, with some older stuff in the mix. Mostly vinified in (old) wood. Only third of the wine has gone through malo. Rodez is a former cellar master of Krug. Typical Ambonnay PN in character, in good and bad. Rich, fruity and giving, but on the other hand suffering from the same common problem of many Blanc de Noirs from these warm slopes - lack of acidity, cut and focus. To be fair, this is not a bad effort by any means. I just have trouble finding "complete" BdN from Ambonnay/Boyzy, whereas e.g. Ay seems to get it right more often. But I think I've had some good bottles from Billiot, Egly & Saves. Any recommendations for Ambonnay/Bouzy BdN?
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White
11/23/2013 - Antti wrote:
A bit closed and reserved, but very promising. Only giving hints of what's to come at this stage. Powerful on the palate, but in a good balance. Full of energy, well structured. This seems to be a return to the form after the 2011 collection that I found a bit lacking - for my tastes. I'm also generally much more fond of '10s and '12s. Lover of acid, you see. This should be very good in two years.
White
10/19/2013 - Antti wrote:
View previous notes for background and impressions, this was consistent to the July note. Good stuff.
Red
11/21/2013 - Antti wrote:
Crisp red berry fruits combined with stronger-than-usual herbal side.
A bit light and lean, but that's not a problem really, liner and tasty still, quite structured, but not excessively so. Stripped of all fat, pure stuff Pretty much what you'd expect of this vintage. Not for Loire-newbies, but for those who can occasionally enjoy a leaner style Chinon.
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Red
11/21/2013 - Antti wrote:
Surprisingly developed impression, sporting hot shades of drying sweet fruits, spices and barny maturing scents. Big and relaxed on the palate, but lacking freshness. Quite warming and strangely old.. Could have been heat damaged or otherwise compromised.
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White - Off-dry
11/21/2013 - Antti wrote:
From a Hofberg parcel of Sängerei, I think, and made almost like a GG but with a light touch of residual sugar. Oh yes! Truly striking aromatic impression of elegant very pretty fruit, just beginning to gain maturing honeyed shades. Layered and quite complex for such a young wine, and in good balance. A-class, will probably get even better. I wish I could find more.
White
11/8/2013 - Antti wrote:
This is a bit different from last April. Lemony fruit is still there but an oddly strong lactic, almost creamy edge that is present this time. And I find it just a bit disturbing. My friends don't see the problem, so maybe it's just me. Palate impression is fine though, this might have become just a bit more rounder and even softer, but not excessively so. Very good for a village still.
Red
11/2/2013 - Antti wrote:
Nebbiolo Night: Came as a blind quite in late to the dinner, still easily recognizable as fairly traditional Rioja. It's got the mature side of leather, spices and tobacco, but manages to retain freshness and tasty fruity side as well. Delicious and savoury. Thus, I'd say this is in a good place right now. No hurry at all though, these are ageworthy wines.
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Red
11/2/2013 - Antti wrote:
Nebbiolo Night: Massolino's "junior" Barolo, from younger vineyards (10-55 years). Not too shabby, but in a bit of an awkward age now. Somewhat closed and quiet but, it's all there. Drinkable now, but doesn't offer that much right now. Even though not made in a blockbuster style, this should be perfectly ok with more aging. Let's not judge just yet.
Red
11/2/2013 - Antti wrote:
Nebbiolo Night: Classic nebbiolo aromas starting to emerge, but still on the young side. Fruit is perhaps a bit dark-toned but not in a bad way. Muscular and structured, needs a couple of years to be fully expressive. Good stuff, impressive for the appellation.
Red
11/2/2013 - Antti wrote:
Nebbiolo Night: Regional nebbiolo from a cult producer. Quite a surprise aromatically, very different from most comparable wines. The dominant aromas are fairly green, but not in an under-ripe sense, but more in like herbal spicy sense. Oregano! I'd be very curious to know if this has been partially whole-cluster fermented because of the aromatic profile. Does anyone know? Certainly not very common in Piedmont these days.. Tight and structured, a young wine. Not very giving at the moment but quite interesting.
Red
11/2/2013 - Antti wrote:
Nebbiolo Night: Reticient, and a bit closed. But that shouldn't be a surprise. Flowery scents and orange fruits on the nose. Powerful, structured and reserved on the palate. Well-made traditional nebbiolo, but very young still. Although drinkable, needs quite a bit of more time to show its best.
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Red
11/2/2013 - Antti wrote:
Nebbiolo Night: Very bright and youthful, but still aromatically complex and nicely evolved. Sweet cherries, earthy tones, spices.. quite a beautiful nose. Very nice on the palate too, calmed down and in refreshing balance. Showing very well now but might get better. Quality. On the other hand, the '01 of this seemed to be over the hill, but I don't think there's any risk with this for the next couple of years.
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Red
11/2/2013 - Antti wrote:
Nebbiolo Night: This bottle was showing quite a lot of age, even too much so to be frank. Might not be a representative bottle, because 2004 of the same wine was so youthful. Browning colour. Still some interest on the nose, leather and dusty tones. Some body left on the palate, but quite tired. Hmm.
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Red
11/2/2013 - Antti wrote:
Nebbiolo Night: Red fruit has turned into a pleasantly dry, savoury, leafy form. Shades of earth and iron present too. Rather lean and structured on the palate, but not excessively so. A nicely maturing BR. Good one.
White
9/27/2013 - Antti wrote:
Compared to the introvert Leitz tasted alongside, this is a very playful fellow. Very expressive fruity aromas, thrillingly acidic and explosive on the palate. But it's in all in balance. A very tasty CAI again and suits my tastes much better than the '11. This is closer to the '10 in expression, although perhaps a bit more balanced. Not the most complex wine but in my opinion very successful in its class.
White - Off-dry
9/27/2013 - Antti wrote:
Just a bit tight on the aromatic side, surprisingly elegant for the vintage. Lime and apples, but nothing too exciting. Balanced and structured in the mouth. Introvert, could turn out to better in a few years. A decent Kabinett though.
White
9/27/2013 - Antti wrote:
Compared to the 2007 drank at a comparable age, this was a letdown. Aromatically somewhat dull and tired; nothing primary left, nothing mature yet. Also a bit flat on the palate. I can't see that additional aging would help. Correct and seemingly flawless - but unfortunately devoid of excitement. An off bottle?
Red - Fortified
9/18/2013 - Antti wrote:
From a half-bottle. Pretty fresh aromatics of candied berries, dried fruits and spices. Well-balanced and fresh on the palate. Not the most complex animal at the moment, but might grow into one. But delicious it is.
White - Sparkling
9/18/2013 - Antti wrote:
Nose is quite indicative of origin, the prominent aroma is of a half-eaten baked apple, and quite nice at that. Creamy and flowery components can also be detected. Maturing palate, but by no means flabby. Still, I wonder if this was even better 1,5 years ago. However, quite good.
White
9/18/2013 - Antti wrote:
Quite astringent at first, very reserved and featureless on the aromatic front, giving out very little. After warming up, some aromatics emerge but so does alcoholic heat, which is a bit disturbing. Palate is of a warm climate Riesling, and quite ok at that. Almost bizarre showing, only had one glass but it was enough to leave me puzzled. The probability of a bad bottle is diminished by the fact that a member of the family was pouring this. Based on this, not at the level of previous CFEs.
White - Sparkling
9/18/2013 - Antti wrote:
From a magnum that had been opened the previous day, this is quite open from the get-go. Very fresh fruit aromas, a bit of earthy funk too. Balanced on the palate, showing more linear character than your usual Bollinger. Elegant and stylish. In overall impression more high-pitched and focused than the GA. Maybe not an RD for ages, but will offer loads of enjoyment for short to medium term drinking.
Rosé - Sparkling
9/18/2013 - Antti wrote:
Nice wide aromatics combine tart red fruits with a pleasant whiff of confectionery. Quite concentrated on the palate, complex and structured too. Impression of an elegant strawberry cake. I think this has already become a bit better from what it was a year ago when first released.
White - Sparkling
9/18/2013 - Antti wrote:
More evolved nose than I expected, oxidative(not oxidized), baking spices, rich autolytic character. Somewhat primary and unresolved on the palate, of course as it's so young. Rich and quite wide, a promising young GA. We'll meet again.
White - Sparkling
9/18/2013 - Antti wrote:
Quite a bit of sulfites/reduction on top of everything, hard to get a good grasp of the quality behind. However, some traces of red berries toasted nuts and chocolate can be found. Young on the palate, not terribly interesting at the moment. Not the most enjoyable champagne right now.
Red
8/24/2013 - Antti wrote:
A delicious splash of pepper on the nose, with cool red and black fruits. The beautiful primary aromas of classic cool-climate Syrah always make me smile. Tasty on the palate too, fruit, textures and acidity all in a nice balance. Compared to Graillot's excellent Crozes, this is maybe not quite as serious and ageable, but just so enjoyable right now. Too bad Graillot only has 1ha for this bottling. Yes, a completely joyous wine!
Red
8/24/2013 - Antti wrote:
It is what it is, just as dense, concentrated, ripe, sweet and oaky as previous tasters have described. For those who like the style, this is probably an excellent wine and a well-made one in that style. On the other hand, somewhat anonymous new world kind of wine. I couldn't finish a glass.
White
8/24/2013 - Antti wrote:
It's not very often that I drink California Sauvignon, but this comes out as decent example of the style. Aromas lean towards tropical fruits, not much pyrazines here. Oak influence is obvious but not obtrusive. Rather full bodied, but with sufficient acidic core. Perhaps not exactly my kind of wine, but well-made nevertheless.
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White - Off-dry
8/24/2013 - Antti wrote:
This bottling is from a chalky 1ha parcel within the vineyard. 91 grams residual sugar. Very wide, kaleidoscopic flashy aromatics, ranging from sweet yellow fruits to wax, honey, expressive spices and mineral shades. Fortunately, things don't get sticky on the palate, as there's plenty of acidity to balance the delicious sweetness. This is still true to the grape variety as there's a bit of heaviness but it's not distracting in any way. Long, tasty and quite a treat. Yes, I enjoyed this.
White
8/24/2013 - Antti wrote:
A typical Alsatian Pinot Gris nose of spices, autumn mushrooms, and some yellow fruits on the background. Quite broad actually, for such a dry wine, as this is fermented practically dry - just a couple of grams residual sugar. Rich on the palate too, with a hint of bitterness. A bit clumsy maybe, but still quite well structured for an Alsatian PG.
White
8/24/2013 - Antti wrote:
Aromatic, expressive nose of yellow fruits, although in a nicely restrained style. Not flabby, but I wish the acidity would be more formidable. Objectively speaking, this is a pretty good Condrieu, I just fail to see the merits of this grape variety.
White - Off-dry
8/24/2013 - Antti wrote:
Rich on the nose, a wall of honey and an array of ripe fruits. A good bit of oriental spices and herbs as well. Wide on the palate. The rounding amount of sugar(23 grams, to be exact) can be felt there, but there's acidity to balance. But it's not quite as fresh as I expected. Yes, these wines are famous for their aging, but I wouldn't keep this for decades.
White
8/24/2013 - Antti wrote:
Not sure what's going on here, could be a bit of reduction as taking a sniff my initial note is cabbage. Somewhat odd, but totally obtrusive. Some citrus fruits are detectable too, but the nose isn't too complex, that could change with some age. In the mouth it's got a fresh acidity and focus. Wouldn't have pegged this as a Loire Chenin blind.
Red
8/16/2013 - Antti wrote:
Declassified Barolo grapes. Aged mostly in older casks, but sees a bit of barriques too. That feels quite evident still on the youngish nose, as there's a bit of oak on top. Behind it I notice some red flowers and cherries. Very young on the structure side too, tannins and acidity are almost formidable. Clearly Nebbiolo, but I think this could be a prettier wine without all the oak. However, I expect most of to blow off with time.
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Red
8/16/2013 - Antti wrote:
From a high altitude hillside site above Savigny. Background: As I hadn't managed to keep this bottle in a perfect storage and it was from the warm and occasionally fruit-soupy vintage of '09, my expectations were pretty low. But what a bottle this turned out to be! Beautiful red fruit, ripe but not heady or sweet at all, charming on the nose and positively crunchy on the palate. Yes, crunchy, tasty! Well structured. The quality of the grapes must have been excellent, the high altitude location might have been optimal in '09. Possibly the best Appellation Bourgogne I've had. Hats off to Patrick Bize.
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White
8/3/2013 - Antti wrote:
The folks at Dönnhoff have seemingly began using screwcaps for their Kabinetts. I see myself as very much of a cork guy, and wonder whether my (partly emotional) reaction affected my experience which this wine, which, I must say, was a bit of a letdown. As an admirer of Dönnhoff's, I was, well, rather eager to try their 2012s for the first time. Having tried about a dozen '12 rieslings from other estates this summer, I was certain of the quality of the vintage. And here I was, an open bottle of '12 Dönnhoff Kabinett in front of me, somewhat underwhelmed. I admit having drunk it from stemware of lesser quality(in a cottage surrounded by wilderness, had no choice), but I found myself sniffing the wine over and over again, but getting very little of anything out of it. Just a very faint scent of white fruits or something like that. The palate and texture were ok though and I suspect that the difficult circumstances might have trumped the wine. Such is life.
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White - Sparkling
7/5/2013 - Antti wrote:
I understood this was quite recently disgorged, which is easy to believe. Fresh and full of energy, obviously Blanc de Blancs and, if I may, very Mesnil. Linear, focused and long, showing an array of citrus fruits, white flowers and fresh apples along the way, with mere hints of creamy development. Fine acidid backbone, this should develop well too. Might not appeal to fans of rich autolytic champagnes, but for the rest of us this works very well.
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White
7/20/2013 - Antti wrote:
View my previous note for background. This time served blind, I (luckily!) guessed '09 1er/GC Chablis, trusting the first instinct. I later wondered why did I go for Chablis as there's a clear element of oak and the fruit is quite ripe as well(because of the vintage), but I guess there was still some kind of an sub-conscious element that told me it couldn't be from anywhere else than Chablis. A beautiful wine, in a great place right now, the oak has integrated well with the pretty flowery fruit. This is among the more energetic 09 Chablis's that I've tasted. Excellent.
Red
7/20/2013 - Antti wrote:
Some Cote de Nuits 2007 at the Cottage: Ripe red cherries on the nose, rather lush. Fruit on the front. By far the most full-bodied wine of the flight, the deep fruit seems to hide the details behind it. There's a good structure as well, so I'd give these a bit more age, to allow the fruit to fold into the background.
Red
7/20/2013 - Antti wrote:
Some Cote de Nuits 2007 at the Cottage: This comes from one miniscule parcel crossing the boundary of two 1er Crus: Les Blanchards and Clos Baulet. Around 50% new oak, which I felt was a bit obtrusive at this age still, and not yet totally integrated. Some of the others in our group didn’t see the problem. Apart from that, this seems to be a well made wine, dark toned and rather masculine meaty in style, requiring a couple of more years of sleep. The structure is quite prominent too.
Red
7/20/2013 - Antti wrote:
Some Cote de Nuits 2007 at the Cottage: Mix of Les Barottes & Aux Echanges lieux-dits. 30% new oak. Positively fragrant, flowery red fruit nose. However, there's strange, almost chemical, whiff in the background, that doesn't disappear during the night. Odd, could have been an off bottle, so I'll reserve judgement this time. Otherwise, it's perfectly OK.
Red
7/20/2013 - Antti wrote:
Some Cote de Nuits 2007 at the Cottage: From quite high up the Vosne hill. Subtle, minimal intervention winemaking. Around 15% new oak. This is quite interesting. Showing well from the get-go, beautiful aromatics of stylish cool fruit and mineral nuances. Very tasty and balanced on the palate, and full of delicate tension. Clearly a hillside wine in character, I liked this a lot.
Red
7/20/2013 - Antti wrote:
Some Cote de Nuits 2007 at the Cottage: The "second wine" of the 1er Cru Clos de la Marechale, a Mugnier monopole. Quite light on the colour, but that rarely means much. Somewhat understated at first, giving dry red fruits. Opened up and worked very well with food, earthy aromas and a whiff of spice emerged. Not exactly a thrill-ride, but a well balanced and -made classic Burgundy. Thumbs up.
White
7/6/2013 - Antti wrote:
Fresh, ripe lime and apples oozing, with some creamy notes. Discreet oak influence, but nothing obtrusive. Quite structured and quite nice.
White
7/6/2013 - Antti wrote:
Pleasant and clear green chardonnay fruitiness, I can't detect much or any oak influence here. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Not very complex but tasty and balanced, with a respectable acid structure.
White - Sparkling
7/6/2013 - Antti wrote:
Check my previous note for more info. This bottle was just as good, I'm still very much fascinated how Chartognes managed to make such a beautiful wine in 2003. Stylish and a bit mature nose, clearly of PN. Extremely delicious in the mouth, phew! Wish I had more of these, but considering the extreme rarity, that's not gonna happen. Great.
Red
6/28/2013 - Antti wrote:
Half-bottle. Evolved nose of sour cherries, classic Jadot style. Lithe and smooth, a bit acidic, but mainly in balance. Quite pleasant and enjoyable, but not particularly complex or interesting.
White
6/7/2013 - Antti wrote:
70-80 year old vines on granite soil. This is a considerable step-up from the Ollivier's basic Muscadet. Very tasty indeed, with herbal citrus and mineral aromatics. Fresh and focused on the palate, good balance. Excellent effort, especially considering the vintage. Tasted with Marc Ollivier.
White
6/7/2013 - Antti wrote:
Gneiss soil, old vines. Fermented and matured in wood. The oak influence is not completely overpowering, but I'm sure some people would find it obtrusive. I find this quite interesting, somewhat funky even with all these smoky aromas, but mostly in a good way. Oak is clear on the palate as well, but it's not really a problem. Not my favorite, but I'm tempted to try this with food, might do wonders. Tasted with Marc Ollivier.
White
6/7/2013 - Antti wrote:
Compared to the delicious and ageable 2010, this is somewhat of a letdown. Well, it's not bad for the price, but this somehow more simple and, dare I say it, even a bit flabby. Slim citrus fruit aromas, and quite pleasant. It's still a nice quaffer. I'd drink this young. Tasted with Marc Ollivier.
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