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Red
2006 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti) Nebbiolo
8/8/2019 - JohanPe wrote:
flawed
Flawed.
  • JohanPe commented:

    8/9/19, 1:52 PM - Oxidized, pretty badly. Bought two bottles about 5-6 years ago and both of them have been badly oxidized, close to vinegar. Been reading some good things of the '06 otherwise and I think my bottles probably is a case of bad storage before I bought them. (I've been storing them in a wine fridge at 12 degrees from day 1) Wasn't particularly hopeful before opening this last bottle...

Red
2014 Fratelli Brovia Barolo Unio Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo
11/17/2018 - JohanPe wrote:
92 points
No secret this was a difficult vintage for Brovia. 50% of the harvest went to bulk and the rest was put into this union bottle called Unio. As I understand no changes regarding vinification at all.
At decant this bottle was surprisingly red fruited, almost strawberry sweet. Pretty and elegant full of fresh roses, rosehip and gorgeous fruit. Two hours later the sweetness has taken a step back and more tertiary aromas has come forward. Earth, tar, leather, rosehip, roses, liquorice and paint box. Far from fleshy but rather light and ethereal in body. Sure there's structure and resistance but for a newly released Barolo it's incredibly smooth and approachable. Very high quality tannins, feels perfectly managed extraction wise which really translates in the wines accessibility. Good acidity. Slight sting of spice in the aftertaste.
Superb effort and although my expectations were high I must say I was positively surprised, especially of how ready this feels already. If you got some bottles I suggest one or two every couple of years is a good way to go. Very curious of where the majority of the grapes are from in the Unio, my amateurish guess would be that most of it are from the Castiglione Falletto vineyards. If anyone's got more info regarding this, and happens to stumble on this note, I would be grateful for more info. Highly recommended.
  • JohanPe commented:

    11/26/18, 9:34 AM - I see that now, sloppy of me not to read all the notes on the wine before I wrote mine. Thanks for bringing that to my attention! Regardless of the distribution of grapes it truly is a great effort.

Red
2015 Enderle & Moll Pinot Noir Buntsandstein Baden
1/17/2017 - JohanPe wrote:
91 points
Lovely appearance in the glass, as always. Dark red with a touch of purple, definitely looks more like the '12 than the previous two vintages. Dark wild berries such as cherries, raspberries and wild strawberries. Forest floor, cassis, coffee, herbs and chocolate are other notes in this aromatic and ethereal nose.
The acidity drives the palate and remind you that this is very very young, a bit unpolished even imo. The acidity is fresh and juicy though, orange-like. The same notes as on the nose together with more of the herbs, some liquorice and a nice spiciness in the aftertaste. I will hold my remaining bottles for atleast 2-3 years before I revisit. The 2012 vintage is my favourite of the Buntsandstein I've tasted so far and I find some similarities in this wine although it's only a baby. Approachable but mostly a predictible confirmation of its potential.
  • JohanPe commented:

    6/29/18, 3:02 AM - You're welcome!

White
2007 Radikon Oslavje Venezia Giulia IGT White Blend
6/27/2015 - JohanPe wrote:
92 points
Gorgeous appearance, dark and dirty orange. The nose is very powerful and deep, I could smell this forever. Caramel, dried apricot, raisin, almond, chocolate, smoke, orange peel, fine whisky from the best sherry casks you can imagine. And much more. The palate is intense with feisty dry tannins and lively acidity. Same notes with a fun twist of pommac at the end. Stunning. Be sure to keep your leftovers in room temperature, the fridge will most definitely ruin it.
  • JohanPe commented:

    3/7/18, 11:36 PM - Ok, perhaps my worries was a bit exaggerated. The few bottles I've had from Radikon haven't managed the swift shift in temperature that well. Thanks for the feedback!

Red
2013 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero Nebbiolo
2/3/2018 - Eric Guido Likes this wine:
95 points
La Festa del Barolo Master Class Tasting (Del Posto): The nose showed the classic Burlotto Monvigliero bouquet with black olive tapenade, roses, violets, crushed cherry and minerals. On the palate, I found soft textures with pure strawberry fruits, inner florals and life-giving acidity. The finish was medium-long with lingering cherry, minerals and olive-tinged inner florals.

This wine receiving 100 points from one of the major critics is the worst thing that could have ever happened to it. In my opinion, it's a very unique wine that will only be appreciated by those who love it for being an outlier, a singular expression unlike most others. Years from now people will taste this 100-point wine and scratch their heads over it, while those who would have appreciated it, have been shut out by the massive increase in price. It's very sad.
  • JohanPe commented:

    2/6/18, 4:02 AM - Agree. Sad how the price just skyrocketed after that score. Remembering buying the Burlotto Monvigliero for a very reasonable price just a couple of years ago. Thanks to that score the wine now belongs to label drinkers and rich people. Sadly I'm neither. Great note as always though, appreciate it.

Red
2013 Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo Bussia Nebbiolo
9/20/2017 - dbp wrote:
90 points
Drank alongside the 2010, which was much preferred. The color is noticeably darker than the 2010, but this does still have the noticeable translucency one would expect. The aromas somehow seem more modern, if that means anything... instead of that, let's just call it fruitier, and much darker complected and voluminous in nature. Not the typical high toned bright note; it's almost stewed in nature. There is a slightly lean edge to the notes, but the complexion is certainly dark without any tartness expressed. Still certainly smells like Barolo, don't get me wrong. Similar medium bodied on the palate, which shows more darkly complected fruit, but not too much weight. Medium tannins and moderate acidity on the finish. Much more simple in expression than the '10. Dark fruit, cherry seeds, and tons of grit on the end. I definitely dislike the darker complexion here as the wine lacks the elegance and seamless harmony that the 2010 had. The fruit is just too dark. I also note a little bit of alcohol on the finish. This just feels heavier, not as refined as the 2010... I wouldn't think that would be down to the age difference, but if anything 2013 I would expect to be a little lighter than the '10s, which is certainly not the case here. I also find it super interesting that Galloni scored this wine 85 points, perhaps the lowest of the vintage, and Kerin O’Keefe scored it 97, her second highest of the vintage. I respect them both. Kerin's drinking window opens up AFTER Galloni's closes. I wonder what's going on here?
  • JohanPe commented:

    10/16/17, 12:01 AM - Great note, thank you. Very interesting, and perhaps a bit worrying after all the fuzz about the 13's. Elegance and transparency are usually some of Fenocchios trade marks imo. Been seeing more and more sceptical opinions regarding the vintage, or should I say more balanced opinions. Too early to tell of course, time will tell.

Red
2013 Jolie-Laide Rossi Ranch Sonoma County Grenache Blend, Grenache
12/3/2016 - JohanPe wrote:
90 points
Seductive nose of mostly Syrah-typical notes. Fresh vibrant dark fruit, charcuteries, pork, blood but also some fresh herbs is thrown in the mix. Everything in a very cool style, really like the nose.
More about Grenache on the palate, more resistance and a bit rougher edges. The fruit leans more towards cassis and blueberry now with a lot of herbs and a salty twang at the end. Pretty long aftertaste that I find quite austere, in a good way. This is a really entertaining wine that throws you back and forth between the two varieties, a lot more complex than I'd expected. Very good.
  • JohanPe commented:

    12/6/16, 11:02 AM - Have to say no. Had lost most of its energy and the fruit wasn't as smooth as the day before. Somewhat hollow on the mid-palate and a bit metallic as I often find young versions of these varieties can get after a couple of nights in the fridge. Combined with food my opinion would probably be a bit different. Nothing wrong with it, just not the same drinkability as day 1.

Red - Fortified
1999 Barbeito Madeira Tinta Negra Single Harvest Colheita
8/24/2015 - JohanPe wrote:
90 points
Consistently good during four weeks. Almonds, walnuts, milk chocolate, dried apricots, vanilla, orange peel and a hint of ox. Creamy mouthfeel, soft acidity gives beautiful balance. Medium long aftertaste. The last glass was probably the best, great qpr.
  • JohanPe commented:

    11/23/16, 9:43 AM - Hmm, not that experienced when it comes to madeira so difficult to say. But my guess is it will only get better for atleast three or four decades, probably more. Cellared in the right way madeira is pretty much impossible to destroy. :) But drinks beautifully already, you can't go wrong with this one imo.

White
2015 Weingut Keller Riesling von der Fels Rheinhessen
5/28/2016 - Christoffer78 Likes this wine:
94 points
The 2015 von der Fels is without slightest doubt the best von der Fels made to date. It is a stunningly wonderful wine which promises tons of pleasure for the future. The nose exhibits wonderful citrus zest, abundant minerals, crisp elderflower and a whiff of fresh oyster. This is a nose to die for, but still it is very very youthful. The palate adds nicely to the first impressions. Everything is in place and all 'ingredients' are as harmonious as one could expect. Still, the wine's youthfulness is shown here too. There is quite a frizzantish feeling on the tip of the tongue when tasting, just as in GGs from star producers and not the cheap frizzante sometimes exhibited in 3d class wines. There is an enormous amount of texture and structure, enough to last for a very long time in the cellar... Normally I believe wines drink well almost all the time during their life span, be it with totally different expressions and thus experiences for the taster. This is true also for the 2015 vdF. It drinks perfectly right now, but given your own preferences and judging from the development of previous vintages of this wine, I am 100 % confident 5 years of rest will do this effort justice. Without slightest doubt the best vdF made so far. It will be a true pleasure following this wine on its long journey towards (more) glory! (score is 94+)

Finally some thoughts on the different vdF vintages going back to 2011.

2011 is drinking wonderfully right now. It has developed into a white swan with expressive minerals and almost perfect balance. Still the acidity is razor sharp which may actually be the No1 reason we are drinking this wine... Guesstimate is 7-8 more years in the cellar if you want any fruit to be left.

2012 and 2013 are both lovely today too. They are perhaps a bit less developed compared to the 2011, but they also express the Keller hallmarks and will last for another 10+ years without doubt.

2014 was completely different to the 011, 012 and 013s. Much more restrained and playing on its acidity and elegance. Less fruit and perhaps just 'less of the good stuff'. On the other hand we have all been spoilt by wonderful vintages dating back to the 09s - so who cares? I am not at all sure about ageing for this vintage. The case I bought is long gone.
  • JohanPe commented:

    7/8/16, 3:09 AM - Great info, superb notes. Had the '15 the other week and can really identify myself with your note although I couldn't exactly put it in words the way you did. The '11 is a very interesting vintage of the vdf, liked it a lot when released but seemed to deliver worse the following years. From what I read, and hear, it's starting to come around nicely. Sometimes patients is very rewarding when it comes to wine. :-)
    Appreciate your notes.

Red
2011 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti) Nebbiolo
6/18/2016 - JohanPe wrote:
Traditional, rustic and surprisingly accessible at this baby stage. Elegant nose with textbook notes of rosehip, cherries, leather, tar, iron and some juniper. Perhaps not showing all the cards but still in this super early stage it's a wonderful nose. The palate is so pure and elegant, fine tannins but no problem to approach, not even on its own. I haven't had a lot of '11 Barolos but I guess it's the vintage speaking here. Just like on the nose you don't get the full experiance, probably far from it, but that won't come as a surprise for experienced Barolo lovers. Same notes as on the nose in the foreground, solid structure with a soft mouthfeel and silky tannins. Medium long aftertaste. Open a bottle if you have a lot of them, otherwise the advice must be to hold for atleast 10-15.
  • JohanPe commented:

    6/22/16, 4:11 AM - Perhaps you're right. Sure is interesting, as I wrote this bottle really caught me by surprise, didn't expect it to be SO accessible and drinkable. Always an act of balance with this grape, drink or hold, sure helps if you have a lot of bottles. Thanks for the info on the '07, tried the' 09 recently? Not much positives from that vintage but the Piè Rupestris seems to perform nicely...

  • JohanPe commented:

    6/22/16, 8:03 AM - I will keep my eyes open for the verdict. Ok, recently bought just one bottle of the '09, just to check it out. Will open it soon, just want it to settle down after the travel first. I'm more and more leaning towards following producers instead of vintages, more stimulating imo. Cappellano is obviously one of the best.

Red
2013 Arnot-Roberts Syrah North Coast
10/24/2015 - JohanPe wrote:
92 points
Dark red fruit, plum and blackcurrant. Meaty with lots of power and weight and on the same time cool and fresh, very good. The palate is even better with the same fruit in the same cool, sunny expression. Undergrowth, stem, green herbs, pepper and olives, the green ones. Complex and beautiful wine, long finish, the price is high but when it delivers like this it's good value.
  • JohanPe commented:

    11/2/15, 3:42 PM - Thanks, it's a great wine!

White
2012 Dönnhoff Hermannshohle Riesling Großes Gewächs Nahe
7/30/2015 - JohanPe wrote:
Straw yellow. Beautiful and powerful nose. White tropical fruits, lemon and lime. Direct and with a sense of great power and structure, so very young. Big palate dominated by huge lemon notes and acidity, sharp edges. A spicy component at first, liquorice. This is clearly a great wine in the making but today it's just about judging potential imo, next bottle in 3 years. Lesson learned.
  • JohanPe commented:

    8/2/15, 1:46 AM - Hello. You are probably right, patience is key here.

White - Sparkling
2012 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Val Vilaine Pinot Noir
5/29/2015 - JohanPe wrote:
93 points
Yellow mature apples, walnuts, caramel, bread and butter. Elegant and on the same time flirtatious and generous. Light mousse that disappears quickly. Surprisingly much fruit on the palate together with caramel and bread. No sugar added although it feels kind of creamy and almost sweet in the aftertaste. Yellow apples, mango and caramel shining together with a dusty layered minerality. Perhaps a bit short aftertaste with an energetic zing of lemon sorbet. The drinkability is just through the roof and despite it's youth I think there's small fractions of early maturity in there, simply a wonderful Champagne from a very interesting producer. Highly recommended.
  • JohanPe commented:

    5/30/15, 4:56 AM - Hmm, both yes and no I think. Regarding the fruit there's always room for interpretation, but i don't find red apples, strawberries or such for example. It ain't especially crisp and zingy either (apart from the lemontwist I wrote about) so, the best of both worlds perhaps. It needs to be said that I'm not a very experianced Champagne drinker, so take my note for what it is. :) I do think it's a extraordinary wine.

Red
2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée Cabernet Franc
1/24/2015 - JohanPe wrote:
91 points
Dark dense colour. Bottomless nose with great texture. Blackcurrant, blueberry bush, herbs, vanilla, dark chocolate, undergrowth, tobacco, pepper, sweet liquorice and much more. Really good.
Firm and very structured attack on the palate, you can definitely feel the youth, there's a lot more to expect here in the future that's for sure. Immature dark and blue berries, blackcurrant stem. Spicy aftertaste with pepper and liquorice together with black tea. Fine and young tannins in need of food at the moment. High acidity and a lot of energy. For me this really should rest atleast 5-10 years, probably longer. On the other hand it is approachable today with the right food, as always it comes down to your taste and preferences.
  • JohanPe commented:

    1/28/15, 2:44 AM - Thank you! A wise choice imo. I will try to erase my remaining bottles from memory, convinced they will be amazing in 10 years or so.

Red
1999 Lorenzo Accomasso Barolo Riserva Rocchette Nebbiolo
10/4/2014 - JohanPe wrote:
91 points
Beautiful nose. Classic Nebbiolo-notes with rosehip, raspberry, tar, dark chocolate, damp leaves, and caramel. On the palate there's a fierce attack of acidity, completely catches me off guard, this is still a very young bottle of Barolo. Behind the acidity there is some stem and green notes, raspberries, cherries and in the aftertaste a bit of blood orange. Smooth and almost completely integrated tannins.
After 6 hours in the decanter the nose is just breathtaking, stunning. Not really sure how to rate this, the nose is much better than the 91 but the palate on the other hand, is a few points worse, unbalanced imo. Anyhow, a must-buy if you manage to find it. There is plenty of fruit left, will most likely develop for a very long time.
  • JohanPe commented:

    10/7/14, 7:24 AM - Glad my note was helpful. Hard to say, all about personal taste, and who knows how the wine will age? One of those things, when to open this presumably great bottle...Either way, I seriously doubt you will be disappointed.

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