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White
2015 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
7/21/2019 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
94 points
The hit of the dinner at our new fav little Italian place in Miami.....explosive nose of florals and perfume. There's no mistaking the grapefruit and other tropicals in play inside your mouth with this beautiful Sauvignon Gris/Semillon blend. Perfect weight and acidity. Came close to giving it a 95......with all that being said, I still cringe at the price point every time I buy.
  • JonnyG commented:

    7/21/19, 12:01 PM - Inspiring indeed, thanks!

White
2015 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
7/18/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
88 points
Bordeaux Night in the Santa Ynez Valley (An Anoymous Winery's Gorgeous Cellar Table): Served blind. Not showing much at this point in its evolution. Not a dumb phase, just a bit one-dimensional. I do see tremendous room for improvement with time, as the quality is evident even now. Notes of peach, beeswax and vanilla. I would imagine the wine will take on weight over time and that the components will harmoniously emerge, just not yet.
  • JonnyG commented:

    7/19/19, 11:27 AM - Entirely possible, Mark, though it was purchased just before the tasting from a reputable local retailer. Hope I encounter another one soon, would know better in that case!

Red
2010 Jonata Winery El Desafio de Jonata Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
4/1/2019 - msuwright wrote:
94 points
This earthy and integrated Cabernet blend is drinking impressively right now, with an Old World sophistication that I've never tasted from the Central Coast. Dark garnet in color with a brick-colored rim; full in body; nose of boysenberry, cocoa powder, gravel, and bay leaf. Tastes of blackberry, espresso, green olive, and eucalyptus, with a dusty tannins and a pleasant sweetness. Blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, and 14% Petit Verdot. 14.5% alcohol.

This doesn't have the silkiness or depth of a fine aged Napa Cabernet, but it's quite good. I think the main issue with this - and many Paso / Central Coast Cabernets - is the mid-palate, which seems abbreviated and leaves the wine tasting a bit too fruity, dusty, and acidic (kind of like a Brunello). This isn't my personal preference, but this wine is as good as I've tasted from the Central Coast (note JonnyG's helpful comment below, too, about the appellation). Drink in next few years.
  • JonnyG commented:

    4/2/19, 5:29 AM - A much appreciated note as I’m a fan of Jonata, especially with age. Just wanted to call to your attention that Jonata and its vineyards are located in the Santa Ynez Valley wine district, specifically the Ballard AVA, some 90 or so miles from Paso Robles, which may account for some of the differences you perceived. Jonata’s are amongst the best expressions of Bordeaux varietals on the Central Coast IMO. You can also look for reds from the Happy Canyon appellation, which generally gets warmer and is well suited to Cabernet, not that Jonata is easily topped. Cheers!

  • JonnyG commented:

    4/2/19, 2:37 PM - My pleasure. Don't miss Jonata's "Alma" (Cab. Franc) bottling. I just had an awesome 2009. Apart from that, the region's best BDX would include the reserve bottlings from producers like Dierberg and Brander, though they may be hard to fine. Crown Point is an interesting, high-scoring effort with a great team behind it -- not for the oak-averse. Barrack Family Piocho is a very good value.

Red
2010 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso Toscana IGT Cabernet Franc
12/10/2018 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
95 points
One more enthusiastic note on this beauty, which I seem to find with pleasing regularity on restaurant wine lists. This bottle added some smoky depth to the crunchy, textured, dark red fruit, green pepper, graphite and slate notes I've previously highlighted. Give it a hard decant, or (if you have the time) let it breathe for 3-4 hours.
  • JonnyG commented:

    3/26/19, 12:58 PM - Thanks for the flattery, Sir 1949, but I assure my expertise is highly overrated. For what it's worth, and I don't think you can go wrong here, I would go for the Paleo Rosso this time and save the Taurasi. Give whichever one you choose plenty of air, post your notes and most importantly: enjoy these momentous occasions. Best wishes!

    Jonathan

Red
2006 Tabarrini Sagrantino di Montefalco Colle Grimaldesco
2/16/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
A Fine Set of Wines with Friends, Both Old and New (Los Olivos, CA): Age continues to serve this wine so well. Dusty plum notes, licorice, and orange peel, with a thread of smokiness woven in. Lovely, harmonious and thoroughly enjoyable, a fine example of a complex, rustic winner that complements if not exceeds the heights of more "elegant," refined reds.
  • JonnyG commented:

    2/22/19, 10:25 AM - No decant, no need for one in my view -- enjoy!

Red
2001 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve le Clos du Caillou Red Rhone Blend
4/6/2018 - jonnyoro wrote:
99 points
I completely understand how this can be a 100 point wine. Brought up from the cellar, opened and poured- too cold and should be decanted. Starts off a bit of a brett bomb but once it warms up and settles down, it really shines- the flavors of roast beef, lavender, pepper, tarragon, and ripe berries come through- there is a bit of VA which adds a bit of a balsamic note so this is not a “clean” wine but that’s what gives it a certain charm that adds to its terroir. I love this wine... and it will only get better- 2020-2040 I’ve no doubt...
  • JonnyG commented:

    4/7/18, 8:50 AM - One of my ultra-faves, but have been concerned it was starting a not-so-slow decline, whereas you clearly see otherwise. Were your bottles bought on release, whereas mine were picked up along the way?

Red
2014 Accendo Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
11/21/2017 - newsomept wrote:
92 points
Really enjoyed this Pinot, smooth
  • JonnyG commented:

    2/7/18, 10:55 AM - Pinot? (just askin', as they say...)

    Jonathan

Red
2009 Château Certan de May Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
1/31/2018 - jmoon Likes this wine:
93 points
Was delicious and well balanced but not as thrilling and deep as in its youth
  • JonnyG commented:

    1/31/18, 10:08 AM - Thanks so much for the update. Possible in your view that it’s entered a (temporary) dumb phase, pls?

    Jonathan

Red
1982 Château Ausone St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
12/16/2017 - Jeff Leve wrote:
91 points
Fully mature, and on the lean, firm, bright side, you find wet earth, smoke, tobacco, flowers and cherries on the nose. The perfume is more interesting than the medium bodied, firm, palate. The red fruit is firm and there is a distinct, green edge in the finish. There is a lot to like here, but not a lot to love.
  • JonnyG commented:

    12/16/17, 8:28 AM - Much appreciated, albeit a bit painful to read for someone who's long this wine. Any chance this has something going on like some of the '96's (Latour, e.g.) such that time will cure all ails, eventually...?

  • JonnyG commented:

    12/16/17, 8:41 AM - Mine are recent acquisitions, a magnum and 6-pack. Being in SoCal myself, and long a pretty deep vertical of the producer, I'd be thrilled to lean in and help taste alongside you, the proof being in the pudding, eh?!

  • JonnyG commented:

    12/17/17, 8:27 AM - Not offhand but I am happy to over-contribute as a newcomer yet to prove his bona fides :)

    In addition to the '82, I can draw from 1966, 1978, 1981 (hardly a good vintage), 1988, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2009. 2000 and younger presumably would need a serious aeration to show well.

    Thanks much

Red
2010 Domaine de la Grange des Pères Vin de Pays de l'Hérault Red Blend
10/19/2017 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
Exactly what the evening called for, robust, rustic and just enough complexity to keep us on the edge of our seats. Dark red and black fruit, a bit of wooliness and some smoked meat.
  • JonnyG commented:

    10/30/17, 7:53 PM - Hi, thank you for the query. You’re in a prime window now in my view, ideally with air. I think this has 12+ years ahead of it, so I likely would give the same answer for 2020. Enjoy, and post your results please!

    Jonathan

White
2001 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune Alsace
7/6/2017 - CamWheeler wrote:
90 points
Midweek with the GMs: Dark coloured but has good aromatics - floral, orange, apricot and fig. Reasonably honeyed on the palate, showing some age, but has the acidity kick through to perks things up. This bottle needed drinking now.
  • JonnyG commented:

    10/28/17, 6:32 AM - Cam, can you please elaborate on your "drink up" comment? CT drinking window is 2018-2045 and Steve Tanzer says it won't peak until 2023 or so, with no rush thereafter...

    Thanks as always!
    Jonathan

White
2010 Domaine Ramonet Montrachet Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay
12/15/2016 - CamWheeler wrote:
98 points
Beat your 2016 WOTY Dinner: Served blind. Bursts from the glass with flint, spices, apple, peach, a crystalline lemon element and a real saline element. The palate asserts superb presence, with texture, stunning depth and a beautiful mineral shine that pervades the entirety of the wine. Supreme balance and length. The power and intensity of Montrachet and the mastery and control of Chardonnay by Ramonet presents a compelling and unforgettable package.
  • JonnyG commented:

    12/27/16, 8:57 PM - My heartiest of congratulations on a monumental 10,000th note -- well done, but no slowing down, please: you're a young man and can triple this with ease, something to which I look forward!

Red
2012 Andremily Syrah No. 1 Santa Barbara County
9/23/2016 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
My first Andremily. I was impressed to a degree, but hardly blown away. Energetic and approachable, with concentrated, glycerined layers of herbal and black fruit flavors, plus a touch of licorice. Impressive lift, but also some heat in the finish. Not opulent to my palate - missing a bit of 'punch.'
  • JonnyG commented:

    9/23/16, 9:41 PM - Hardly overreacting. In fact, I struggled a lot with this tasting note. Should I disregard all the adulation for this scarce and coveted newcomer wine, or also try to convey the notion that while of high-quality, it in my opinion should be classified squarely within the range of other high-quality Syrah from accomplished producers taking fruit from the same, or similar, sources? Irrespective, I would not scored below 92. Looking at my tasting notes history, I have given three California Syrah scores above 93: Sine Qua Non Ode to E, Alban Reva, Donelan and a fairly rare Zach Mesa Bear Block. 92-93 scores were given to quality cuvées from all of the above producers, as well as the liks of Herman Story, Qupe, Piedrasassi and Stolpman. I feel like Andremilly belongs in this latter group, at least on this night thanks very much for the inquiry, and for making me clarify things (at least I hope so!).

Red
2012 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate St. Helena
Completely shut down, sound asleep. After several hours in the glass, this did show some sense of what is to come: medium bodied, black and blue fruit, bitter chocolate. Let it lay for at least five years.
  • JonnyG commented:

    9/23/16, 10:12 AM - I feel you, wineotim!

Red
2008 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio Red Blend
6/19/2016 - JonnyG Does not like this wine:
80 points
Age has not served this well. Whereas I'd hoped the syrupy oak would integrate, the overwhelming vanilla and extracted sweetness just didn't work, no matter how hard I tried.
  • JonnyG commented:

    9/11/16, 4:45 PM - Sorry, don't recall stemware given the passage of time, but doubt we changed midstream. Cheers!

Red
2008 Château Hosanna Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
4/25/2016 - bestdamncab Likes this wine:
93 points
Tour des Deux Rives 2016 San Francisco, nose of plum, cigar box, spring flowers, dark fruit, not quite the 2012 but very tasty indeed, has softer fruit and more cherry fruit than the 2008, medium body, long, flavorful finish.
  • JonnyG commented:

    7/16/16, 10:59 AM - Thank you for the (series of) helpful Hosanna TNs -- just wondering if the reference to 2008 in the text is erroneous, as you seem to be comparing this to another vintage?

    Best,
    JG

Red
2009 Château Certan de May Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
4/5/2016 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
Still wonderful, but seems to be shutting down a bit relative to may last bottles in late 2015. To revisit in 3-5 years.
  • JonnyG commented:

    5/24/16, 8:26 PM - I commiserate, vintage1949, no worries! Why not try a long decant? Let me know what you decide in any case, thanks.

Red
2006 Sine Qua Non Grenache Raven Series California
1/11/2016 - TerroirHunter wrote:
95 points
Whew. Quite a ride. Opened while my soon-to-be wife and I were constructing our wedding cake at 10PM the night before the ceremony with parents and future in laws voraciously stuffing flowers into vases. Everyone stopped in the middle of their duties to roll their eyes back into their heads in delight. I did it on several occasions. Don't worry, the cake turned out fine.
  • JonnyG commented:

    1/11/16, 2:31 PM - Congratulations to you. What a great memory you have created with your bride!

    Jonathan

Red
1998 Torbreck RunRig Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah
12/22/2015 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
97 points
Some Winning Reds at a Lovely Pre-Holiday Dinner (Beverly Hills, CA): A stunningly intense and ripe Shiraz, with a profound bouquet of lavender, baking spice, dark fruit, licorice and mocha. A velvety, glycerined texture. Full bodied, with a lush mouthfeel. Notes of blackberry, lavender, pepper and smoked meats. Reminded me of a Clos des Truffiers in some respects, yet was singular and distinguished more than anything else. Looking forward to the rest of my 6 bottles.
  • JonnyG commented:

    12/24/15, 7:05 AM - While I can't imagine this getting any better, I suspect there are at least fifteen more years left of prime drinking!

Red
2003 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
1/23/2006 - PanosKakaviatos Likes this wine:
92 points
A spicy nose, with jammy black fruit and nice smoky characteristics typical of a good Pessac Leognan wine. The palate is even better, actually very nice, with a refined quality to the tannins, even though one can detect some marmalade. Better than Smith Haut Lafitte, but pales in comparison to the far superior Haut Bailly 2004.
  • JonnyG commented:

    11/8/15, 11:49 AM - Panos, I always appreciate your detailed, focused notes. One query on this one, please: I think you have the 2004 a 91, yet seem to prefer it over the 2003, which you gave 92 points -- am I missing an updated note on the 2004?

    Appreciatively,
    Jonathan

Red
2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
10/11/2015 - liber Likes this wine:
95 points
4th of 24, pnp, perfect cork and level, essentially as November 2014 note, lovely cherry fruit cut with tobacco, high quality and developing nicely, long life ahead. Very fine (18.5/20).
  • JonnyG commented:

    10/12/15, 6:56 AM - An especially fine 500th tasting note, much appreciated, congrats!

White - Sweet/Dessert
1967 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
8/25/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote:
93 points
It's always sad when great wines don't deliver, especially when the exalted bottle is pricey as well. I've had great bottles of 1967 d'Yquem before, but not this time. The color was that beautiful, orange, amber, copper hue. The nose, with its butterscotch, creme brulee, orange and sweet aromas seemed more subdued than exuberant. On the palate is where this bottle fell short. While there was good concentration of flavor, this bottle lacked the length and vigor the wine can produce. It's important to always keep in mind with old bottles, each is a unique tasting experience, some are going to be better, while others will be worse the for wear. The no great wines, only great bottles comment works perfectly here.
  • JonnyG commented:

    8/25/15, 11:46 AM - Very helpful, sir, as with virtually all of your notes, but I humbly alert you to the two key parts of the last sentence being inverted if I am not mistaken. Thanks so much for the hard work. Cheers

White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
7/14/2015 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
Just barely entering its drinking window. Intense, gripping nose of tropical fruit and honey. Lovely viscosity. A dazzlingly complex palate, almost too busy though I suspect the favors will harmonize over time. Lychee, honeyed mango, candied citrus, saffron, and piercing acidity. Very long finish. Less botrytis than other vintages I've had.
  • JonnyG commented:

    7/15/15, 10:38 AM - Hi, Buzzzz... this was available on an airplane so I wasn't about to pass in the hopes it would come my way again (!) -- that said, it was barely entering that drinkable phase: nothing wrong with opening it so soon, but honestly, why bother?!

    Cheers,
    JG

White
2012 Y de Yquem Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
6/18/2015 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
95 points
A stunningly good Bordeaux white, displaying hallmark intensity while remaining utterly harmonious. Lovely, slightly viscous texture and clean, lush mouthfeel. Sweet pear and citrus blends seamlessly with a grassy aspect, through to a long satisfying finish.
  • JonnyG commented:

    6/18/15, 9:11 PM - B-off, great to hear from you. I have to profess that this is only my second experience with the cuvée, but if you put me on truth serum I would wonder whether the CT drinking window isn't too long, rather than the other way around. Cheers!

White
2009 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
6/18/2015 - JonnyG wrote:
90 points
I wanted to like this wine much more than I did, but my patience was not rewarded as the wine never displayed much nuance or complexity. A bit too dense, with evident oak, tart pear and some lemon on the palate. Clipped finish. Maybe an off bottle?
  • JonnyG commented:

    6/18/15, 3:22 PM - You make an excellent point, BDC, thank you for your input.

Red
2012 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
5/21/2015 - JonnyG wrote:
89 points
A Pre-Birthday Dinner with the Guys (SY Kitchen, Santa Ynez Valley): More or less consistent with my last note, this wine continues to come off as one-dimensional and a bit uninspiring. A ripe strawberry nose; unobjectionable on the palate, but no nuance or texture yet. Maybe with some age after it goes to sleep?
  • JonnyG commented:

    5/22/15, 3:16 PM - Centvins, you may not how right you are -- below my 95 point rating for the '01: "Popped & poured by a keen eyed guest who spied it in the rack and "needed it" with the steak, I was blown away by the depth and complexity of this wine, the first of my 2001's I've opened. The reviews are much more mixed than I'd expect, but I found this to be gracious, complex and very, very rewarding. Dark red in color with a barnyard nose: leather, pepper, garrique, herbs -- dirty. Silky textured waves of earthy flavors and that Mourvedre texture in the mouth. Long, satisfying finish. Can you discern that I loved this?" Many thanks!

Red
2009 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
5/5/2015 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
97 points
What a tour de force, with tremendous prospects in the future. Very expressive on the nose, ripe and inviting. Fine grained tannins complementing rich, balanced dark fruit notes on the palate. I detected mocha, violence, licorice and smoky flavors. Plenty of acidity to keep things in line. Very impressive.
  • JonnyG commented:

    5/7/15, 5:41 PM - Thx, JimN: one man's violets are another's violence it seems, hah! I think I will leave this unedited, for posterity's sake.

Red
2004 Fattoria Le Pupille (Elisabetta Geppetti) Maremma Toscana Saffredi Red Bordeaux Blend
2/28/2015 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
A Matter of Taste: London Edition (Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea): This was graciously poured by Elisabetta Geppetti, who was probably looking for a well-deserved break by this point! While clearly a remarkable wine, this was not its best showing, I’m afraid, coming across as a touch green, and very tannic, without either silkiness or power; I thought is was the Syrah dominating on the nose, with pepper and restrained fruit, and later learned through the kind help of CT member Lipsman that this was the first year they used Syrah rather than Alicante; rich, red fruit on the palate; fully integrated oak.
  • JonnyG commented:

    3/1/15, 7:52 PM - How odd, Lipsman. I seem to recall seeing it listed on the bottle, cannot be sure of course. I mentioned it to Elisabetta and had the impression she agreed (could have just been that she was being polite). I double-checked Galloni's review and he, too, mentions Syrah. In any case, thank you for taking the time to comment. All the best!

  • JonnyG commented:

    3/1/15, 8:30 PM - Jeff, you piqued my curiosity! A quick Google search took me to K&L's website, which attributed this gem to Galloni of all people: "The 2004 is the first Saffredi in which Alicante was replaced with Syrah." I've edited the review and, presumptuously but hope you don't mind, credited you, with appreciation.

Red
2005 Bouchard Père et Fils Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot Pinot Noir
2/25/2015 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
A dense, weighty and robust Pinot, vibrant and forceful. Notes of plum, Asian spice and concentrated cherry, smoky and ripe. Chewy tannins with no overt oak. Surprisingly good relative to my own expectations from past bottles not reviewed.
  • JonnyG commented:

    2/25/15, 11:20 PM - Great point, thanks: surprising relative to my expectations from past bottles (no notes on CT). I appreciate the nudge and will clarify the review.

Red
2009 Brancaia Ilatraia Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend
9/10/2014 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
Lush but not cloying or jammy,with well integrated oak and a lovely texture. The Cab Franc dominates on the nose, but on the palate the several varietals combine into an impressive Super-Tuscan and great QPR.
  • JonnyG commented:

    10/17/14, 3:50 PM - Thank you, Dan. I look forward to your notes too.

Red
2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin Red Rhone Blend
5/11/2014 - JonnyG wrote:
flawed
A corked magnum, grrr.
  • JonnyG commented:

    10/16/14, 2:08 PM - no thanks, Josh -- wasn't my bottle -- but I appreciate the query

Red
2011 Sine Qua Non Syrah Dark Blossom Central Coast
5/26/2014 - Jeff Leve wrote:
96 points
Inky, dark with purple accents in color, the wine is intense, rich, concentrated and showing a beautiful purity of sweet, velvet textured fruit. The wine leaves an impression on your palate that stays put for at least 40 seconds or more. Another great wine from Manfred Krankl!
  • JonnyG commented:

    5/26/14, 8:30 AM - any thoughts on ideal drinking windows please?

White - Sparkling
2002 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne Chardonnay
5/12/2014 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
94 points
The best 2002 I've had, though tonight a Salon is on the menu. This was a fully delivering bottle, visually, via aromatics and on the palate. Ripe and ready, though surely will improve for many years.
  • JonnyG commented:

    5/12/14, 4:44 PM - Timely question, Seth, as I just returned from my first taste of the 2002 Salon. The Salon is far lighter, almost ethereal though hardly lacking in substance. I will score it higher when I come to and post notes. Thanks for the comment,

    Jonathan

White
2012 Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini
2/21/2014 - CamWheeler wrote:
88 points
Wines of the Mediterranean: Cheesy, with some pineapple and lemon rind. Texturally very good with nice flow and length. Has richness but also good acidity to carry it.
  • JonnyG commented:

    4/18/14, 8:35 AM - Hola, Cam. I love the salinity of this wine. It can transport me (though I've never been to Santorini). The "cheesy" comment threw me, though. Care to elaborate? Hoping to see you in June,

    JG

Red
1997 Castello del Terriccio Lupicaia Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend
3/25/2014 - salil wrote:
87 points
My least favorite of the Lupicaias. There's plenty of ripe red and dark fruit here tinged with herbal and cedary notes, but there's a slightly roasted, overripe quality to the aromatics that I found offputting. It doesn't show the overripeness on the palate though; there's a polished texture with fine grained tannins and good acidity, but it doesn't have the finesse of the other wines in this flight.
  • JonnyG commented:

    3/28/14, 5:44 PM - Salil, any reason to wait on these and hope for improvement in your view, please?

    JG

White - Sweet/Dessert
1998 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
9/9/2013 - JonnyG wrote:
88 points
A bit of a disappointment. Lacked complexity and acidity.
  • JonnyG commented:

    3/2/14, 4:40 PM - Stefan, I wish I could be sure be we were guests and the host presented the bottle without any context. I'm awfully glad you enjoyed yours, surely a wondrous chateau when on its game. Cheers!

Red
2009 Keplinger Lithic Amador County Grenache Blend, Grenache
2/5/2014 - Baggio wrote:
93 points
Really, really good. Beautifully blended. One of the best Mourvedres I've had.
  • JonnyG commented:

    2/14/14, 5:57 PM - Love this bottle, though I believe (in reference to your comment) that it's only about 1/3 Mourvedre...

    Cheers!
    Jonathan

Red
2010 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
1/29/2014 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
94 points
Rich, lush and delicious, even though still quite primary. Dark fruits, some cedar and glycerin join together in balance, with velvet tannins on the lengthy finish. Should settle and integrate with time, to become a complete powerhouse.
  • JonnyG commented:

    1/29/14, 12:22 PM - Barry, thank you for the comment. I guess I would say that the 2010 was surprisingly satisfying, while noting that patience will be rewarded for sure. Said another way, while the wine is enjoyable now, the potential is evident in spades. 2000 was an unusually tough vintage, can't speak to it specifically as to Opus One though.

    Best,
    Jonathan

White
2009 G.D. Vajra Langhe Riesling Petracine Langhe DOC
7/27/2013 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
Rich and refined, with white peaches, tea and a bit of citrus among the many complex flavors noted. We cruised through 3 bottles among the 6 of us before moving onto the reds.
  • JonnyG commented:

    1/7/14, 5:14 PM - I had this in St. Tropez, so quasi-Italy if you will. I very much agree re: the full Vajra lineup. Thanks very much for taking the time to comment.

    Jonathan

Red
2001 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
12/26/2013 - wconnolly Likes this wine:
90 points
I rated this the same as the '00 Lascombes. The two wines could not have been more different. Where the '00 was smooth and silky, the '01 was bolder, bigger and more fruit forward. The '00 evidenced the earth and woody notes I expect from this old world wine. The '01 was more reminiscent of a new world style. The '01 was a deep garnet in color and the nose was a bit green and musty as would be expected but what a difference on the palate.
  • JonnyG commented:

    12/27/13, 8:23 AM - Well-observed, as the 2001 was the first wine made under new ownership and an entirely different winemaking team. Perhaps you should keep going on your mini-vertical, though I would skip the 2002 altogether. Cheers!

Red
1986 Château Poujeaux Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
6/17/2013 - blanquito wrote:
90 points
Leathery, earthy, plum, some cinnamon and funk, with engaging core of savory fruit and nice brightness. Resolved, silky, this has that sweet-n-sour profile of aged cabernet sauvignon. A little one-note, but very enjoyable. Good length, will hold on this level for a while still. Gets bonus points for its maturity. 90-91 pts.
  • JonnyG commented:

    6/18/13, 10:07 AM - Sorry to intrude but I'm guessing that's either a typo or a monumental Freudian slip in line one, else I need to expand my wine tasting vocabulary :)

Red
2000 Paolo Scavino Barolo Riserva Rocche dell'Annunziata Nebbiolo
4/22/2013 - Eric Guido Likes this wine:
90 points
The nose was dark, and brooding with black cherry, cinnamon, spiced oak, saw dust, moist undergrowth and herbs. On the palate, it showed a smooth sheen of oak with tart red fruits, dark chocolate, cedar and wood tannin, which dried the palate. On the finish, a wave of refreshing acidity made the mouth water, leaving only a gentle tug of tannins at the cheek.
  • JonnyG commented:

    4/22/13, 7:31 PM - Eric, I've been holding off on these. Do you mind sharing thoughts on general readiness/prospects for further development? i assume there is no rush but would be thrilled to dive in sooner, if appropriate. Thanks in advance.

  • JonnyG commented:

    4/22/13, 7:56 PM - I appreciate the quick and thoughtful reply. I'm happy to say mine are mags: if you find your way to the Central Coast in 5-20 years, we can pop one together. :)

Red
1973 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
2/27/2013 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
94 points
What can I say? Sometimes the wine gods smile on you. I asked the waiter for the vintage of the Bosche mentioned on the restaurant's wine list, and after a short while he returned with a dusty 1973 estate cab (for all of $69). Though not Bosche, it was an easy choice to give it a shot. My eagerness rose when the cork eased out gracefully, and the decant proceeded smoothly. Slight bricking in the glass, and nothing cautionary in the appearance overall. From the first sniff, it was clear that fortune shined upon us. Beautiful notes of mocha and licorice emerged from the glass even in the first seconds after being poured. The wine was lush, smooth and elegant, with sweet tannins and a sustained finish. Only after two hours did the fruit begin to fade. Old School Napa for sure -- what a treat!
  • JonnyG commented:

    2/28/13, 6:26 AM - Thanks much -- seemed worth celebrating, and it's gratifying that you appreciate my enthusiasm

Red
2005 Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Corvina Blend, Corvina
2/13/2013 - danstrings Likes this wine:
91 points
Yet another surreally concentrated, sweet exuberant flashy nose -- yet bone dry palate. Loads of espresso, molten cassis, red rose, pencil lead, asphalt.
  • JonnyG commented:

    2/13/13, 2:45 PM - Dan, can I trouble you for thoughts on how ready these babies are? You were braver than I have been about popping one...

    Appreciatively,
    Jonathan

Red
2007 Vineyard 7 & 8 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Spring Mountain District
Shockingly shut down: closed, tight & tannic despite a several hour decant, something other tasters did not note. Does this wine go through a dumb phase in anyone's experience?
  • JonnyG commented:

    12/21/12, 5:03 PM - CCotton8, I did a slow-ox bottle decant. Inspired by your comment, I came back from a quick trip to try the last glass worth. While a bit more forward than before, it is still super-tight, tannic and short on the palate. The fruit is now detectable at least, and promises to be interesting when the wine wakes up. Thanks for inquiring and sharing your thoughts.

  • JonnyG commented:

    1/16/13, 6:19 PM - Thank you for taking the time to comment. How many more years do you think before taking a crack at a new bottle?

Red
2010 Hobel Wine Works Cabernet Sauvignon Engelhard Vineyard Napa Valley
12/12/2012 - jaxpaj wrote:
I am withholding rating and hoping the bottle will open up overnight. Popped and poured, dark wine with a brownish hue that I usually see in some pinots. Tight and over the top oak. I don’t know if the wine needs air, is an off bottle or just pales in comparison to the 2009 Hobel. I have heard '10 was a rough year for some, I just haven't seen it yet.
  • JonnyG commented:

    12/12/12, 7:09 AM - I thought you might find the below excerpt form the Hobel owners about the current drinkability of the 2010 interesting:

    "I just wanted to give a quick note on the '10 before you cracked one open: based on our most recent tastings, we think that the '10 had seriously closed down for now and so you might want to hold your bottles in the cellar for a while. We never saw the '09 go into a closed down phase, although we were expecting it to as a part of it's normal evolution... so the '10 shutting down caught us a bit on the back foot. Unfortunately this hibernation of the '10 coincided with people receiving their shipments.

    Bahaneh and I have actually opened more bottles of '10 post-bottling (compared to the '09) because we thought it was showing so well. 2010 is different than the 2009, the 2010 has a dark fruit profile, more structure, and more "lift" from the higher acidity...it needs a bit more time in the cellar.

    Thanks,
    Cameron
    __________________
    Cameron & Bahaneh Hobel
    Hobel Wine Works"

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