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White
2018 Sébastien Brunet Vouvray Renaissance Chenin Blanc
5/15/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Classic vouvray. Light straw colour, upfront baked and dried apple nose along with dried apricot. Not aggressively cheniny, acid is pleasant and creamy and the wine isn’t doggy or smelly.
  • gtilley commented:

    5/26/21, 12:39 AM - I don't think I've had his wines before - this was lovely.

White
2016 Hoddles Creek Chardonnay Yarra Valley
5/7/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Very pleasant - offers you everything you want in a New World Chardonnay - buttery fruit and body - but in a crisp and fresh style. You would be happy to have this served to you anywhere.
  • gtilley commented:

    5/13/21, 2:01 PM - Oh, absolutely no hurry to drink at all. I don't necessarily think this is going to be a better drink in 10 years time but it's showing no signs of deterioration at all and I have not even kept it in particularly good cellaring conditions (away from light but in a normal room with temperatures that vary with the seasons).

White - Sparkling
2019 Dominio de la Vega Cava Expression Reserva Brut Macabeo-Xarello-Parellada Blend
2/14/2021 - depechemoroder Likes this wine:
89 points
There is depth and richness in this Cava, with lovely stone fruits and white flowers throughout. Creamy, leesy, mid-palate with hints of straw and citrus zest. What could be quite a stately wine is unfortunately compromised by a rather clumsy mousse with enormous bubbles. Nevertheless, it's a solid value given the quality of the underlying wine.
  • gtilley commented:

    2/14/21, 6:06 AM - I’m glad to see you’ve reviewed this - I wanted to know whether to bother drinking it or to re-gift it! I’ve never had a good Cava, even the supposedly good stuff - but I keep an open mind.

White
2014 Grosset Riesling Polish Hill Clare Valley
2/13/2021 - gtilley wrote:
This is just so utterly clean and precise. Sometimes I find Polish Hill just a bit exhaustingly austere but this has had the edges sanded down a bit - loads of lime, orange blossom, white flowers, everything you want in Clare Riesling, along with some river water/wet stone/oyster shell. No trace of petrol. Still so young - will it ever age?
  • gtilley commented:

    2/14/21, 6:04 AM - Agreed! I also don’t know what I would expect from a properly old one.

Red
2018 Clotilde Legrand Saumur-Champigny Les Lizieres Cabernet Franc
2/9/2021 - depechemoroder Likes this wine:
89 points
Lush and open for a Loire CF of this age. Ripe brambly fruits with a smart and polished edge, amidst classic pencil shavings, pepper, and spicy camphorous notes. Rather creamy and volumptuous, it's very moreish, if not a bit linear and simple at times.
  • gtilley commented:

    2/9/21, 1:49 PM - Did you get this from Roberson? I got a bottle in my mystery box. Coincidentally Joe and I visited the property on holiday a few years ago. They were very welcoming.

Red
2013 René Bouvier Marsannay Les Longeroies Pinot Noir
10/3/2020 - gtilley wrote:
Good wine. Nose has an initial spurt of cracked pepper and Nescafé, then settles down into more typical dark berry and plum fruit with maybe some singed eucalyptus leaves. Rugged, textured, sturdy, enjoyable.
  • gtilley commented:

    10/27/20, 1:53 AM - You're welcome! I also note it on quite a few wines and have struggled to put my finger on a name for it.

Red
2013 Goedhart Family Syrah Bel’ Villa Vineyard Red Mountain
9/3/2020 - gtilley wrote:
Smudgy dark red/brown, hint of pink at the rim. I don’t have much experience of California (correction, Washington!) syrah; it’s a bit like a Barossa Shiraz turned down a notch, as opposed to a Rhône Syrah, especially with the lack of tannins. Subtle touches of mint and liquorice and a bit of cedary oak over the varietal core of dark jammy fruit.
  • gtilley commented:

    9/5/20, 9:38 AM - Noted! Thanks for pointing out.

Red
2010 G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe Nebbiolo
7/31/2020 - gtilley wrote:
Dark tawny colour, the aroma/flavour profile is one of dark and dried fruits, prunes, coffee and so on, but lighter texture than you might think. Furry tannins. Rugged, slightly wild and untamed. I like it. A lot of the comments here have been a bit negative but for a so-called "entry level" Barolo it's just the ticket. Better the next day.
  • gtilley commented:

    8/1/20, 9:06 AM - Thank you. In a way it's a shame that sometimes the single vineyard Barolos and so on are thought of as inherently superior when there's a great enjoyment to be had from lots of different styles.

Red
2013 Rene Rostaing Côte-Rôtie Cuvée Classique Ampodium Syrah
6/13/2020 - gtilley wrote:
Classic cote rotie. Dark red core, ruby red outer - masses of white pepper and roasted meats, liquorice and tar, occasionally a green note of pine resin or something, but not noticeable with food. Sandy, grippy tannins. Good stuff.
  • gtilley commented:

    6/18/20, 1:56 PM - In a few years!

Red
2007 Cullen Wines Diana Madeline Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend
4/13/2020 - depechemoroder Likes this wine:
94 points
Liquid cashmere, as Gouldcampell77 states below, is an excellent description. Initially heaps of blackcurrant with a menthol/pepper/blackcurrant leaf note, but with a few hours in the decanter explodes into a lush cassis and plum driven perfume. Similar impression on the palate, which is luxuriously creamy. Shows just a touch of age with those savoury secondary characteristics, with gorgeous tannins and a long finish with a touch of cocoa.
  • gtilley commented:

    4/13/20, 4:29 AM - I had some of this myself recently - look how similar our notes are!

Red
2008 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
8/27/2018 - gtilley wrote:
A classic claret - tasted beside d'Armailhac '05 it showed the difference between the two vintages really well. It has that wet coal, dead leves, green peppers note. Sort of came across as a bit stingy by comparison with the warmer vintage but on its own I think it would be considered very classic.
  • gtilley commented:

    8/29/18, 2:03 AM - Dead "leaves" - sorry! Now edited.

White
2005 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu Chenin Blanc
7/21/2018 - gtilley wrote:
Different from last bottle - much more youthful and barely getting going. Tried next to a 2015 Savennieres and it seemed barely older at all. Must be a very good bottle. Appley, crisp, bit of honeycomb, elegant pinging acidity. Wonderful.
  • gtilley commented:

    7/21/18, 2:23 PM - Read your note and agree with every word of it - but beware bottle variation, some seem to be maturing more quickly than others.

Red
2014 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena
6/30/2018 - gtilley wrote:
Warm vintage. House style is in the restrained and elegant style and this shows. 13.6% ABV, apparently achieved by canopy management that shades the grapes. Excellent purity but no way I would pay $86 for what is their entry level cabernet.
  • gtilley commented:

    7/3/18, 10:41 AM - I'm sure the wine will improve with time. 5-10 years sounds about right. It may well keep much longer than that, depending on your personal taste. The value for money will not improve however.

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