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2016 Domaine Bernard & Thierry Glantenay Volnay 1er Cru Santenots Pinot Noir
10/1/2019 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
93 points
Nicely crafted. Deep black cherry fruit mixed with Liam and earth notes. Palate is quite freshness, with a tart edge but otherwise accessible now. Chalky finish. Needs some time to develop aromatics.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    10/2/19, 7:38 PM - Can't say. Not enough experience with this quality level in Burgundy. It did shut down a bit on night 2 so may do so in bottle as well.

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2016 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
8/28/2019 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
91 points
Refined and polished, leaning modern but still elegant. Accessible, with a roundness on the palate, probably from the merlot. Flint and smoke, almost Pauillac-like. Didn’t seem like St Estephe to me. Fine, but likely needs some time to show depth and soul. Best to hold. Better on night 2.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    8/28/19, 6:54 PM - I get just a bit of flint on the nose making me think Pauillac. But it doesn't really have a strong sense of place, IMHO. Could be anywhere on left bank. Definitely doesn't remind me of Cos, but I never opened a young one.

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2016 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
Served blind
Young ruby blue colored
On initial view, I was certain this was a Loire Cab franc, lovely light blackberry fruit, fine tannins, but a little thin in the mid palate. A lovely light lunch wine with plenty of fruit and great balance. Recommended.
But then with unveiling, I felt a little disappointed.
Lovely, but not Cos.
Given the pedigree and great balance I assume this may last well, but I might prefer to drink this soon for the lovely fruit
  • Nutty08 commented:

    8/28/19, 6:33 PM - So...we drank the same wine on the same night. Notes aren’t similar. :( hmpt.

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2014 Château Capbern St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
7/10/2018 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
92 points
Wow. This really delivers. Great St Estephe nose of coffee, earth, and spice. Palate is still austere, but nice ripe black fruits. Nice concentration. I really like this for the price. Approachable, with nice typicity.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    8/3/19, 12:25 PM - hard to say. Magnum will age slower for sure. It's a sleek wine so should be enjoyable young. I'd say 5yrs for 750ml and maybe 10yrs for 1.5L, but maybe get some 750's and get in on them in a couple years and see?

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2017 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py Gamay
5/11/2019 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
93 points
Solid vintage. Red fruited, fresh cherry, mixed with pepper and mineral notes. Great stuff as always.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    5/11/19, 7:35 PM - I like Foillard with about 5yrs to soften the acidity(13 is great now). However, this bottle was quite approachable. No harm in opening now. I’d save some for night 2. Ours got crushed in about 2hrs so didn’t get much evolution time.

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2015 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
4/7/2019 - dcwino wrote:
97 points
Curiosity got the best of me. Slightly subdued nose displaying ripe black and red fruit, sieved blackberry, black cherry, milk chocolate, lavender and crushed rocks. Absolutely sensual palate that VCC is known for, very finely layered black fruit, fluid and almost weightless, medium acidity, strong limestone mineral, very fine tannins and a medium to long ripe black fruit driven finish. The fruit is slightly subdued at this stage. This has a great future ahead but really need to wait for a few more years to be enjoyable, i.e. gain fruit density and regain opulence.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    4/20/19, 5:06 PM - How would you compare to '09/'10? I recall you are a fan of those vintages.

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2016 Château Labégorce Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
4/8/2019 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
92 points
Followed over 2 nights. Much more reserved and tannic than either the ‘14 or ‘15 at this stage. Nose fresh red and blue fruit aromatics. A bit of vanilla. Palate is fresh and lively, nise fruit, but tannins really close in on the finish. Quite nice, but this one needs time where 14/15 are more drinkable. (Not that you should drink them now).
  • Nutty08 commented:

    4/10/19, 7:57 AM - I don’t want to give the impression this is indrinkable. It is, even enjoyable with food, but much more serious than the 14/15’s. I bought 6 plus an extra to try. If you have a bunch try one. If you have 2or 3 I’d just hold.

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2016 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
12/21/2018 - Nutty08 wrote:
92 points
Needed plenty of air as it was acidic and sharp upon opening. Lovely earthy nose, seemingly with a little grass mixed in. Palate is sharp and narrow, but fans out over palate into the finish. Strawberry and licorice flavors. Repeating forest and earthy flavors add considerable complexity. Strong offering but best to hold this one. Of ‘14, ‘15 and ‘16 this is my favorite at this stage. Plenty of upside.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    12/22/18, 6:20 AM - Sure. Been awhile since I’ve had ‘14 and I recall it being rather “fat” and fruity (and delicious). ‘15 was rather angular and thin—just odd. ‘16 isn’t fat at all but there plenty of fruit and acidity is bright and balanced.

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N.V. Château Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend L.20.07. Vin de Table Français Red Blend
Yves's Memorial; 11/10/2018-11/11/2018 (MO): Very young, despite being mostly '07? As this opened it gained in pepper and spice clearly showing the syrah in the blend. Really interesting, and stood out from the rest bdx.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    11/12/18, 4:10 PM - Two comments:
    1) this was in a lineup of mostly older bdx, so it may not have seemed that young on its own
    2) seemed younger than expected for ‘07 given the poor vintage reputation. Clearly the Syrah helps in this version.

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2009 Lillian Winery Syrah Blue Label Santa Barbara County
8/2/2018 - cos65 wrote:
Still nearly opaque purple.
Nice grilled meat, blueberry aromas
This has lost all of its baby fat fruit charm,
now with more serious tart berry flavors, but with noticeable alcohol.
Did we miss the window?
I hope not and have hope. There’s still a lot going on and maybe this will meld together better, but at nine years this seems to be in an unflattering stage and I had higher hopes. Don’t get me wrong, this is quite good, just expecting higher at this time
  • Nutty08 commented:

    8/2/18, 7:51 PM - Starting to be my experience as well with the older bottles. Also I seem to like the "regular" label more consistently.

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2006 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Poetry Stags Leap District
6/16/2018 - Nutty08 wrote:
89 points
Nice aromatics of cocoa and black currants but behind of veil of va?/alcohol. Palate with some chewy dry tannins, repaying black fruits. Quite a bit of heat. A larger scalded wine with darker fruit profile. Quite concentrated. At this age not hiding the 15.2% alcohol well. Disappointing given the producer and price. Did improve after 2-3hrs air it didn’t completely resolve.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    7/3/18, 6:43 PM - This was auction buy, Would be interested in well stored bottle.

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2011 Paitin di Pasquero-Elia Barbaresco Serra Nebbiolo
6/6/2018 - Nutty08 wrote:
92 points
Cranky on night 1. Pretty tasty on night 2. Floral and spicy, with mint mixed in on the nose and palate. Fruit has a nice concentration and plushness, but still with considerable acid and tannin. Very good with food. Needs plenty of air.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    6/15/18, 8:41 PM - yes.

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2008 Maison Leroy Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Guettes Pinot Noir
Great stuff. Strong red cherry and forest aromas. Palate still pretty tight with fine acidity. Quite nice and pretty, even delicate. Should be on the upswing, I would expect it to continue to improve.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    5/20/18, 6:21 PM - Hey Billy, how have you been? Still in SA?
    I didn’t score anything that night. Paying more attention to food and people. In the top 5 or so Burgs for me, but not a region I know well. Hope that helps.

  • Nutty08 commented:

    6/2/18, 3:43 PM - Ha. We’ve actually moved back to SA. Let me know if you’re ever back in town

White
2013 Lloyd Chardonnay Carneros
12/2/2017 - Nutty08 wrote:
86 points
Big flamboyant fruit with an equal amount of oak/toast/butter. Eh. Not poorly made just not my style.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    5/4/18, 6:08 PM - Looks like both. I've enjoyed this style in the past (Aubert, Marcassin, DuMol). This wasn't that.

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2010 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti) Nebbiolo
4/13/2018 - theriffraph Likes this wine:
95 points
PnP at restaurant. Initially very closed but after an hour the tightness began to unwind. Red fruit and floral that then evolved to more roses. On the palate a firm powerful wine that in the beginning was pure power but the flavours of dark fruit, menthol, pine..balsamic flavours started coming out after a hour or so. It’s got a long life ahead and i would definitely stock up if you can find it.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    4/13/18, 3:08 PM - Wow, can't believe it was open! Glad I have a couple

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2011 Les Tourelles de Longueville Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/5/2017 - Nutty08 wrote:
92 points
Terrific pauillac nose with flint, smoke, and nice cab franc influence. Palate maybe lacking concentration but it’s still interesting. Nice finish with typicicty. Fine tannin, not harsh at all.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    11/16/17, 6:31 PM - I thought you weren’t buying wine? Unfortunately someone bought all the ‘14 Haut medoc which was quite tasty. La Londone I think.

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2015 Jean-Michel Dupré Morgon Vieilles Vignes de 1935 Gamay
6/6/2017 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
89 points
Red fruited with fine acidity. Shows bright, with some plushness to the fruit of the vintage. Good and solid but not exciting.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    7/9/17, 6:22 PM - Yes, I'd agree with that 100%

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2012 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Three Twins Vineyard Napa Valley
So...after being notified by nutty my wine buddy, I decided to try this wine again.

Gotta say that my palate suggests that my previous note may have been .....reserved..

Tonight on pop and pour, with planned drinking over several hours with grilled dry aged ribeye, this wine is open for business. Full and ripe fruit but still not over the top. Very well balanced with bitter chocolate notes especially on th are finish and red/dark fruits in forefront, tannins certainly present with a long way to go to resolution or integration but very drinkable and enjoyable.

Always appreciative of others palates and notes.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    7/3/17, 9:55 AM - So more fruit?

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2012 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Three Twins Vineyard Napa Valley
Bright red berries, touch dark fruit as well and cassis. Very high toned and clean. Tart. Zero heat at 14.9% etoh. Super long finish. Lingering. Touch minerality. Very enjoyable. Not remotely a heavy heady fruit bomb.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    6/28/17, 9:07 PM - Interesting. We have very different takes on this wine but I get what you are saying

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2000 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
2/20/2017 - Nutty08 wrote:
flawed
Surprisingly with a little bricking on the edges. Has some dullness to the palate with mixed cedar notes and roasted plums. Seems past prime to me given the lack of vibrancy.
Spending more time with it, there's the typical brown sugar taste of a heat damaged wine. Purchased from auction.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    5/25/17, 5:42 PM - It was HDH. Pretty sure this is the only off bottle I've ever gotten from them.

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2012 Matello Pinot Noir Hommage Willamette Valley
2/2/2017 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
90 points
This hasn't moved much in a year. Nice pure red berry fruit with a little splice from the clusters mixed in. Has a nice dry bitter tannic structure that is in balance with the fruit and a crisp of short finish. I'd say drink this now but I'm wondering if the structure doesn't lend its self to 5-8yrs of aging.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    2/3/17, 5:21 AM - I'm much too weak! Especially with these QPR bottling....the SV are safely stashed away

Red
2001 Feudi di San Gregorio Irpinia Serpico Aglianico
11/13/2016 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
92 points
Needed a couple hours to unwind. Aromatic, with saline, citrus, and dried red fruits. Palate was an interrsting mix of reds and blacks, mixed with mild pepper and orange rind. Tannins very much in the background. Nice refreshing finish-not heavy at all. Not really familiar with this grape or producer but found it quite enjoyable.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    11/14/16, 3:16 AM - I thought it was good. Never had the grape or producer so I have no reference. Went well enough with pizza.

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2014 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
10/28/2016 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
91 points
Solid example. A bit of dill on the nose with smoky black fruit. Palate was quite polished, smooth, balanced. Another solid vintage.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    10/29/16, 2:13 PM - No not sure what happened

Red
2012 Dominus Napanook Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
9/2/2016 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
91 points
Decanted and followed over 3-4hrs. More understated and closed than expected as many '12's are wide open. Mild, red fruited nose with a little flint. Red and blue fruit palate, fine and acidic. Stately. Finish has plenty of polished tannin and red fruit in reserve. Adds just a hint of vanilla on the back end. A nicely put together rather sophisticated if aristocratic Napa cab. Needs a few years to open up, but don't expect the massive concentrated lush fruit here. I wish more Napa cab was in this style. 91-92+

Didn't really open up on night 2. Still quite tight. Hold.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    9/5/16, 4:15 AM - Agree 100%. I was hoping this would be more open given the '12 vintage. Nope. Didn't move much on night 2 either.

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2010 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio a'Frati Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
6/25/2016 - Nutty08 wrote:
flawed
Metallic and earthy, without any perceptible fruit. Seemingly Brett afflicted.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    6/25/16, 5:12 PM - Great, that is not reassuring. Maybe there is a problem in the cellar. I have 1 other bottle. Mine came from a large east coast retailer with a good reputation for storage/shipping.

  • Nutty08 commented:

    6/27/16, 6:23 PM - I do not think my bottle was TCA affected. I didn't spend much time describing a clearly flawed wine but it was more of a contaminate rather than corked. Brett I'm more tolerant of and I would favor it and/or some other contaminate, and it would better explain the poor performance of this wine by many tasters. There are many 'flavors' of brett and not all are band-aid or funk. FYI - I drank this the same night of a '11 Pegau which clearly had brett influence but was quite enjoyable.

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2003 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
4/13/2016 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
93 points
Return to San Antonio III - barolo/bordeaux (Mike O): Strong showing as always but behind the exceptional group of bdx tonight.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    4/17/16, 5:08 PM - You should be able to see now. This was my 7th! note on the '03 LB. hard to believe I've gotten to enjoy it that often.

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2012 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Three Twins Vineyard Napa Valley
3/12/2016 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
94 points
A concentrated, polished, and fresh wine with a little of everything. Nose of blackberry and currant liquor with a little vanilla mixed in. Dark fruit profile on the palate, very polished with fine but prominent tannins. Acidity really keeps this large scaled wine from feeling tired or fatiguing. Long finish. A big scaled wine for sure, but never too much. Can be enjoyed now with a few hours air but with everything in balance, the future should be bright.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    3/17/16, 5:08 PM - I wouldn't call this muted by any means, but it is still very young and benefits from several hours of air.

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2011 Lillian Winery Syrah Gold Series No. 1 Central Coast
2/17/2015 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
91 points
This is not a bad syrah by any means, but it certainly under delivers for the price. Decanted for about an hour, then dove in. Nose is expressive, nuanced and floral, with violets, pepper, and bit of charcoal/coffee. Repeating pepper notes on the palate with a nice soft entry and purple fruit. Palate gets a bit hollow in the mid section, lacking a little verve. Moderate peppery and espresso finish. Very nice, polished, and seamless, but at $100 needs more depth and complexity. I don't seem time making a big difference, but could certainly be wrong, and it did seem to add some structure after 4+hrs of air.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    1/10/16, 5:57 PM - I wish I could share your optimism. After 18+ bottles of Lillian this was my worst experience to date and I'm beginning to prefer them young side. Still, it was a good wine just not great. There are just not many $100+ domestic Syrah, and I don't think think being particular at that price level is inappropriate.

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2008 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
12/7/2015 - Nutty08 wrote:
flawed
Brett bomb with spritzy palate. Was drinkable after shaking but seemed flabby with dull CdP fruit. Nothing like my early bottle experiences which were quite good.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    12/8/15, 6:42 AM - Yes. Might be importer defendant. 1 batch from east coast was fine. West coast not so good.

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2003 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/16/2015 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
92 points
A solid bdx, if slightly below the expectations of this estate. Showing more expressive than my last bottle almost 2yrs ago. Black current, smoke, and cedar nose. Palate is rather plush as might be expected of '03, but no roasted notes or seemingly early maturity. Bulky tannins in the background. Moderate length finish would cedar notes comes through more prominently. Doesn't have the lift and nuance of more typical years-- but is solid. just not a great QPR at current prices.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    9/17/15, 7:48 PM - I liked it better a couple years ago. I think it may get better in a couple more, but it is certainly not shut down and can be enjoyed now with some air.

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2000 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba Nebbiolo
8/9/2015 - winemaker Likes this wine:
93 points
This is a terrific bottle of Barolo. Open for business and really enjoyable! I agree with Old John's tasting note.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    8/10/15, 5:32 PM - Did you decant? How long?

Red
2007 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
An eclectic night in Maryland (Potomac Maryland): This is flat out gorgeous. Huge, supple, round, rich, American, Napa cab without ever hinting at being over the top, hot or anything negative... Except perhaps being too close to perfect. All that and I wouldn't even call it WOTN.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    7/2/15, 2:52 PM - You finally opened one!

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2012 Rudius Cabernet Sauvignon Knockmore St. Helena
5/21/2015 - Jody Smith wrote:
Apologies in advance for such a horrible note - just want to alert others holding this wine that I had a bottle tonight that has evolved atypically fast for both Rudius and Pritchard hill. A glorious cab in the making and very much worth checking in on already. A treat!
  • Nutty08 commented:

    5/23/15, 7:54 AM - Jody, what's your recommended decant time?

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2004 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
4/13/2015 - kantmakem wrote:
93 points
Drank at head table on our wedding night. Very nice wine. A little barnyard to it with smooth tannins.

  • Nutty08 commented:

    4/13/15, 7:05 PM - Good choice. Congrats

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2005 Copain Syrah Garys' Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
1/19/2015 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
93 points
Return to San Antonio II (Barbaro): This '05 reminds me to hold and not drink my ‘08’s. Great showing, lots of meat and pepper spice. This has started to unwind its core in the palate, moving towards a silky, elegant, syrah with less weight than one would expect given the complexity. Long finish. Very good. Plenty of acidity for the pizza. 93-94
  • Nutty08 commented:

    1/25/15, 1:28 PM - Frank, this was the '05. I edited my note for clarity. I didn't get a lot of stem quality but: 1) I'm not very sensitive to stems and they typically don't bother me 2) This was a big tasting so subtly was likely lost. It's a very nice wine, glad you have some.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Champagne Blend
10/22/2014 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
93 points
From 375ml and per Krug ID disgorged in '11 with vintages '90-'06. Consistent with prior bottles. Brioche and nuttiness on the nose. Smooth palate with a lengthy finish.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    10/23/14, 7:35 AM - I don't. It's been a long time since I've had the full bottle.

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2006 Lillian Winery Syrah Blue Label Santa Barbara County
Gorgeous. Very ripe dark fruited syrah flavor. Served blind next to the Texier Cote Rotie, this was obviously the California wine. But avoids much of the over ripe jamminess of some similarly big New World syrahs. Beautiful and in a lovely place right now.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    10/14/14, 12:57 PM - I believe I know where this bottle came from :) I hope you still view the trade for boxes as a good trade. Thanks again.

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2008 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
9/2/2014 - Matt T Does not like this wine:
85 points
Another gamey, oddly effervescent bottle of 2008.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    9/3/14, 1:27 AM - I've had bottles like this too. Just '08 though.

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1996 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
8/19/2014 - macker100 wrote:
93 points
Over dinner, no formal notes. Nose stellar. Consistent with prior bottles, great dusty cherries on finish.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    8/30/14, 11:07 PM - In drinking plateau? Or still improving?

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2001 Château La Conseillante Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
Pomerol lunch in Austin: Served blind, some similar Asian spice, faint mint as the '89 Conseillante last night. Not as profound as the '89, but drinking beautifully now and I would imagine well into the near future+.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    5/30/14, 12:01 AM - Damn, nice tasting. Sorry I missed out, but glad I picked up some '01 Conseillante last year.

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1996 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
5/24/2014 - peternelson wrote:
88 points
Monopole: Forest floor, moss, sour cherry, tea, herbs, and cocoa and shrooms in the nose--quite pretty; on the palate the acid is very high, it is ripe but still with sour red fruits, low in tannins, and a bit tart and thin. This has seen better days.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    5/25/14, 10:58 AM - Hard for me to tell if this was a Bdx note or burgundy note. What do you mean by monopole? Just checking that this note is on the right wine--can't say I've had a lalande that would match this note.

  • Nutty08 commented:

    5/27/14, 9:21 AM - Ah, that makes more sense. Thanks for clarifying.

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2004 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
4/3/2014 - macker100 wrote:
93 points
Over Coq au vin dinner. Consistent with prior notes, one of the best wines of the vintage. Black fruit with velvety tannins.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    4/7/14, 12:30 AM - What do you think about maturity? Drink or hold?

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2005 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
2/2/2014 - macker100 wrote:
94 points
Over dinner. Typical Montrose in early years, with really great nose of red berries, menthol, earth, currant. Palate still quite dry with big rich cherry fruit and smoke. Day 2 still quite tannic, not giving up much. Very classical and powerful, much like the '00 vintage. Will be great, most likely a 95-97 in five years.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    2/4/14, 7:41 PM - Dude! You opened one?!? How long until the next one?

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2011 Rudius Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
1/17/2014 - Nutty08 wrote:
90 points
Coravin glass, followed over 2hrs. A lot of sweet vanilla and black currants on the nose. Palate is polish, plush, with little discernible tannin, moderate fruit depth and rather round. Moderate chocolate/vanilla and black currant/plum finish. More of a blue fruit rather than dark or red. Other than the prominent vanilla notes that need to integrate, seems like a wine to drink now. Maybe a step up from the regular '08 bottling, but behind '09. 90-91 (I do not disagree with cos65, but I enjoyed this in a night of Italian wine, but also predicted by Cos65 this did not hold up well with steak with the fruit being more like candy)
  • Nutty08 commented:

    1/19/14, 9:28 PM - No, I think you were right on. Similar experience 2 nights in a row compared to barolo and bdx. I don't think this has the structure of previous vintages--but could just be the challenges of '11

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2003 Château Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
1/16/2014 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
90 points
Coravin glass. Needs an hour to open up. Smoky, slightly funky/barnyard nose with a little sweet black currant. Palate is fine, with leather plum notes. Quite dark fruit profile and while it's ripe and moving towards sweet, hold together well for the vintage. Only on the finish do the coarse '03 tannins come through. Drinking well though will likely age positivity for the moderate term.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    1/18/14, 9:42 AM - Moderate to me is about 3-5yrs. If you have several then you can certainly pop one now and assess. Otherwise, wait about 3+yrs or so. I've found the '03's are drinking pretty well early and I'm worried the fruit will fade behind the big tannins. This is well balanced though and I didn't get any "roasted" fruit notes, so I don't think it'll fade quickly. All IMHO of course.

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2011 Rudius Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
1/9/2014 - cos65 wrote:
Deep ruby black, some sweet vanillin and berries on the nose. Very plush, thick berry fruit on palate without the acidity to hold it together at this point, a bit flabby. Very showy and probably a crowd pleaser, but at this point better by itself, than with dinner...
  • Nutty08 commented:

    1/17/14, 8:08 PM - I may have actually enjoyed this more than you (gasp) but I do not disagree at all. Did you have it mixed in with old world wines? I had it after chinati/barolo and enjoyed it for being more soft and approachable. (hell may have frozen over). I will probably drink these up relatively soon.

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2003 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/18/2013 - pikemasterflash wrote:
84 points
Pretty significant disappointment, especially in light of its price. Dark as ink and flat as a bored. I didn't get any fruit and, at best, some mustiness on the nose and some cedar finish.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    12/18/13, 4:07 PM - Sounds corked to me. Was it not?

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2011 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo Langhe DOC
12/2/2013 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
90 points
Impressive at the price level. Has a nice nose of sage, underbrush, spice, and cherry pit. Palate is bright and a little angular with the acidity having a bit of a bite and the tannins a little bitter leading into the finish. has a nice core of red cherry fruit, with a little tartness. Moderate finish with stone and underbrush. Approachable now, better on night 2. 90-91
  • Nutty08 commented:

    12/10/13, 6:42 PM - Yes absolutely. Excellent house wine (and food wine).

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2007 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Southing Sta. Rita Hills
12/28/2012 - Nutty08 Does not like this wine:
87 points
This is a weird bottle of Cali pinot. Nose shows some super ripe red fruits with raspberry dominating. Palate is an odd mix of ripe red fruits, vibrant acidity (with a cherry pit character), but is somehow watery and unexpressive. Over acidified? Finishes rather quickly, simple and sour. This is a perplexing wine, not especially enjoyable now and I'm not really sure time will help, but hopefully it will gain some weight and become more open. Terrible value given the price.
  • Nutty08 commented:

    1/5/13, 7:41 AM - I followed it over 3-4hrs, no decant. Glass on day 2 was better, but still this odd juxtaposition of super sweet ripe fruit and bracing acidity, but at least I was a little more hopeful a few years in the cellar may help it.

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2009 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
12/5/2012 - KPB wrote:
92 points
Closed, hard to taste in this state. If you own it, hold for at least a year or two. Nose is very pure raspberry liqueur, but on the palate showing a metallic edge, very closed and tough as nails. I would guess that this is a 92pt wine, but if you drink it today, maybe 86...
  • Nutty08 commented:

    12/5/12, 5:38 PM - Agree 100%, similar to my note earlier

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