Tasting Notes for JohanPe

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White
3/28/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
93 points
No in depth notes. Baked yellow apples, baked lemon, oxidative notes of fine sherry, some smoke, vibrant acidity, mineral. Wonderful wine that screams out its origin loud and clear. First time with this producer, very promising.
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Red
3/28/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
91 points
Old vines (+100y), whole clusters, 500-l french barrels, a total 11 months in barrel. A range of varieties with Listan Negro the one who stands out.
Wild berries between red and blue. A bit volatile at pour but that swiftly goes away. Violets, herbs, rocks, a touch of spice although not as pronounced as expected. A very good nose with a coating sense of salinity above it all. Pure and direct.
The palate feels younger and far more tightly screwed. Firm mouthfeel with good youthful acidity and superfine tannins. Iron, spice, violets, wild berries and herbaceous lift. Not nearly there yet imo although it's a very interesting wine already. My guess you'd have to wait at least 5 years for a noticeable development.
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Red
3/21/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
90 points
Consistent with previous note.
Red
3/14/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
88 points
Consistent with previous note. Striked me as slightly tougher structure wise than last bottle. Young.
White
3/14/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
94 points
No in depth notes, from memory. Seems to be on a endless streak of amazing bottles from Valette. This Viré Clessé was no different. Very much true to the house style and superbly balanced already. Good energy, very long aftertaste.
Red
3/14/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
88 points
No notes, from memory. Simple but very pleasant and even charming around 16 degrees. Light bodied and balanced.
Red
3/14/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
92 points
No in depth notes. Solidly built Riserva with some tertiary aromas and early development. Dark cherries, rosehip, balsamico, raisin, worn leather, tar and liquorice. Definitely on the dark side but also with some elegant, sweet fruit in the background. Intriguing nose with depth and complexity, balanced and well made.
Powerful structure with persistent slightly drying tannins and good acidity. It's tough and firm but feels balanced and on a good path towards maturity. Young at this point but with food definitely approachable. I'm aiming for around 5 years til next bottle.
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White
3/14/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
92 points
No in depth notes. Great showing with nice development since last bottle about four years ago. Solid structure and very focused and concentrated. White and yellow flowers, minerality, hint of petrol, fruit leaning towards lime but with elegant and refined sense of lemon. Good built up acidity, long aftertaste. Drinks well from now on but only in the beginning of maturity, long life ahead.
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Red
3/7/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
91 points
No in depth notes. Dark fruit such as blackberry, plum and sour dark cherries. Lots of smoke and meat, really pronounced in that way. Also a elegant tone to the fruit, sunkissed and pretty sweet. Complex on the nose and pretty straight forward on the palate with green notes of stem and a nice youthful fruit core. Short aftertaste and overall very ethereal and pure. Will most likely be better in 3-5 but drinks very well already.
White
3/7/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
93 points
Typical showing from a P-F from Valette, in both character and quality. Lemon in various shapes, yellow apples, limestone, herbs and a buttery smoothness to the structure. Long aftertaste with impressive depth and power. Drinks superbly in this stage of (very) early maturity but there's a lot more to expect in the coming decade.
Red
3/7/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
88 points
Good nose with some early maturity to the fruit. Blackberry, violets, dried roses and herbs. Lots of character with a overall smoothness. The palate is less smooth instead with firm very persistent tannins, finishes of dry and metallic. The fruit is less pronounced on the palate. Good acidity. Nose beats palate here and I'm leaning towards drinking this in the near future. Some short time cellaring well rewarded.
Red
2/28/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
93 points
No formal notes, simply from memory. Must be one of the most elegant and refined Blaufränkisch I've ever tasted. Light on its feet with sour berries, violets, liquorice and herbs. Backbone of superb acidity. Very high quality.
Red
2/28/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
91 points
Elegant, ethereal nose. Cherries, strawberries, rosehip, leather, polished and transparent. Polished tannins with some maturity, balanced acidity. Structure overpowers the fruit in some extent which makes me think that this might have been even better a year or two ago. Very good though.
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White
2009 Dario Princic Bianco Trebez Venezia Giulia IGT White Blend (view label images)
2/28/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
94 points
Notes pretty much the same as last time but overall a step towards maturity. Various dried fruit master the nose that has multiple layers and shapes. Lightly roasted coffee beans, "hallonbåtar", old worn leather, orange peel, light chocolate. The palate is very much alive, vibrant acidity and superb sophisticated tannins. Definitely lots of life left. Impeccable balance. Only one bottle left and my plan is to hold for 3 at least, and 5 at the most.
In its category this is a masterpiece.
White - Sparkling
2/28/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
91 points
Consistent with previous note, no significant development since then. Drinks great.
Red
2/28/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
92 points
Consistent with previous note about 5 years ago but a bit more developed than I expected. With that being said I would put it right between early maturity and estimated peak. Lovely sour fruit, dried roses, rosehip, old leather. A nice sweet tone to the fruit on the nose. Elegant and refined. Sandy, fine caliber tannins with some roundness to them. Good lively acidity. In a very good spot right now, just as some of recent notes suggest here at ct.
Not highly complex or deep but a wonderful expression of elegant, traditional Barolo.
Red
2/22/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
89 points
No significant development since last bottle a year ago. Drinks very good right now, early maturity with some funk and polished acidity.
Red
2/15/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
90 points
Transparent and ethereal look. Lots of berry like notes, lingonberry and raspberry. Rocks, dried herbs, liquorice. Super fine tannins and high acidity. Pure, lightweight with plenty of punch. Fun to drink with lots of character and charm.
White
2/14/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
95 points
This bottle was something else. Perfectly matured and for my taste this is it, I can't imagine it getting significantly better than this. I'm officially calling this at peak level, now and a few years onward. Wonderful lemon notes, waxy mouthfeel and appearance, smoky minerality, almonds, rocks. The acidity is superbly balanced, still lots of energy and drive but also with smoothness and depth. Long aftertaste. Last bottle, pretty much a masterpiece in my book.
Red
2/11/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
91 points
Equally good as last time. Spicy fruit with notes of liquorice, violets and herbs. Vibrant acidity, ethereal and full of life. Great value.
Red
2/9/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
88 points
Considerably better than last bottle imo. Still good fruit but now with some maturity to it and a smoother palate. Balanced acidity. Nice.
White - Sparkling
1/26/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
94 points
From memory. Superb. Elegant nutty notes on the nose, nougat, apples, lemons. More crisp on the palate with lovely layers of lemon. High acidity. Long aftertaste.
Red
1/26/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
89 points
Sour red cherries, core, rosehip, dried herbs, menthol. Ethereal and quite tart. Fine sandy tannins, grippy and extremely fine grained. Medium long aftertaste, good acidity. 95% nebbiolo. You can sense the cooler terroir, powerful in a light weighted style. For me it is a bit too tart and immature fruit wise.
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Red
1/25/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
86 points
From memory. Dark, dense fruit. Black currant, plums, blackberry. Good acidity, modest tannins. Feels a bit heavy on the palate, decent.
Red
1/11/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
92 points
No significant development. Consistent with previous note.
Red
1/18/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
89 points
No formal notes. Fruit towards blue, pure with a sense of steel or concrete. Dried herbs, spices and earth. Vibrant with good acidity and slightly drying tannins. Young with good potential.
White
1/20/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
90 points
Sharp citrus fruits pops out of the glass right from the pour. Mostly lemon in various shapes; juice, peel and icing. There's a smooth waxy background to the nose, behind that edgy youthful overall presence. Crunchy minerality. Classic and terroir driven, and super young. Salvia and sweet liquorice.
Acidity is pumped up, all cylinders going. Lime, lemon, tart. Crunchy, long aftertaste. To be fair, this is too young. Lots of potential that won't show itself for at least 5 years. Patience is key here.
White
1/18/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
89 points
Similar impression as last bottle. Perhaps a little more developed. Drinks well from now on.
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White
1/12/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
92 points
Straight at pour you can tell that quite a lot has happened since last time. Deep yellow and a tiny bit cloudy.
Slightly reductive, dito oxidative. Funky at first, and far from the pure expression of Chardonnay i remember from earlier tastings.
Very mature yellow apples, toffee, caramel, nougat, walnuts, baked and grilled lemon, almond icing. As time goes by in the glass it transforms to something fresher and less funky. You can sense the crisp lemon symphony it possessed in its youth.
I'm not sure what to think of the nose to be honest, perhaps it's not a perfect bottle considering it feels a bit prematured. On the other hand there's no signs of TCA and with air it comes around pretty quick.
The palate is simply stunning. So much apples, various shape and form but still very mature. Mashed even. Got some cider character to it. Superb acidity, perfectly balanced and with perfect bite for my taste. The aftertaste is long, complex with multiple layers. So juicy.
Find it tricky to grade this, the nose is interesting but not in the same ballpark as the palate. If this is a correct representative for how the wine ages, which I doubt it is, drink up!
Red
1/12/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
90 points
100% whole clusters, 16 months in French oak (25% new). Dark in color, dense, clear.
Mature dark cherries, raspberry bush, herbaceous with great lift and elegance. Intense palate with compact fruit and blood orange-like acidity. Fine grained tannins and evident traces of stem. Salt stone and herbs. Every time I try Bloom's Field I'm surprised by the full body profile, elegantly perfumed but with a relatively thick body, which for me tips over and becomes too heavy. Also, Bloom's Field is the label from DDLC that for me shows most of the new oak, or should I say is most unbalanced. Together with the harsh stems the wine is all over the place. The nose is quite lovely though, maybe time will turn this into something worth waiting for.
Red
1/3/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
95 points
Early days but very happy I got to taste the '13 when it's only a baby. Lovely nose of dark fruit between red and purple; deep mature cherries with plenty of freshness left in them. Tar, dried roses and very distinctive paint box aromas. Rosehip and worn leather. Overall it's pretty dark for such a young Barolo, both on the nose and in appearance. Dark tea and some dried salvia and liquorice. Was served this blind and to be honest I was thinking of a slightly developed, superb Sangiovese when I was nervously trying to "bring in the suspects" in my mind. In any case the nose is sublime.
The palate is surprisingly approachable with amazing tannins, really really high quality. During the evening I kept coming back to the tannins and for me that's what separates this '13 from many other high level Barolos. Structure wise the acidity is youthful but not much above medium imo. The dark fruit profile continues where the nose left off but the palate is more about secondary notes such as tar, roses, leather and paint box. Long aftertaste, very elegant. Already in balance.
No surprises and unnecessary to recommend, everyone knows this is among the very best Barolo in any vintage.
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White - Sparkling
1/4/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
91 points
No in depth notes. Young in a luxurious style I rarely drink. Citrus fruit, apples, bread, walnuts, rocks, nougat. Creamy and elegant.
White
1/5/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
90 points
Young vines planted 2007 presents a full profile wine with concentrated fruit and the small amount of new oak used is, at first, very present. After some air the oak takes on a more integrated role. Yellow mature apples, toast, butter, tropical fruit like physalis and melon, popcorn and a soothing ocean breeze that promises seashell and minerals. This wine went through two phases for me, at first clumsy, buttery and bit heavy. Then, with 30 minutes of air the wine comes together and finishes of in a rather fresh style with nicely tuned acidity to balance out the abundance of fruit and oak that first present itself. Long aftertaste, deep and complex whispering of huge potential. Not my favorite label from Sandhi '16 but still a classy wine.
White
1/2/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
No in depth notes. Smooth, waxy, mineral with stone fruit and limestone. Finely tuned and in balance. A round note of cactus or aloe vera, quite strange and makes me wonder if the bottle was 100%. (had some not so good bottles of Courault before) Also, the acidity is far from energetic and a bit too smooth overall. Oh well.
White
1/2/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
89 points
Consistent with previous note. Liked this bottle slightly better but still find it to be unbalanced and a bit disjointed.
Red
1/2/2020 - JohanPe wrote:
93 points
Super pretty and finely calibrated nose. Dark cherries, menthol, tar, new leather, rosehip, roses. Elegant. A touch of that strawberry sweetness I often find in wines from this vineyard. Here it is not as pronounced but definitely there. Ethereal power on the palate. High quality tannins, fine-grained and juicy. The palate is surprisingly balanced already, a joy to drink right from pour.
Drinks really well at this early stage but there's lots of room for development. Highly recommended.
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White
12/31/2019 - JohanPe wrote:
90 points
New years eve, no notes. From magnum. Good showing, as always. Generous and open, apples, citrus fruits and minerals. Good acidity and yet very smooth.
Red
12/31/2019 - JohanPe wrote:
88 points
New years eve, no in depth notes. Rustic and with solid structure. Cherries, wild raspberries, crushed stones, herbs. For me pretty atypical in style and definitely marked by the warmer vintage.
Red
12/31/2019 - JohanPe wrote:
92 points
New years eve, no in depth notes. Really juicy and approachable, relatively speaking of course. Silky structure with elegant fruit with a dark twist. Leather, rosehip, roses, traditional style. Really good and true to the house style.
White
12/31/2019 - JohanPe wrote:
94 points
Consistent with previous note. Excellent.
Red
12/31/2019 - JohanPe wrote:
92 points
New year, no in depth notes. Deep and powerful. Dark fruit such as blackberry and black currant. Leather, game, blood, herbs, chocolate, violets, smoke and tar. Really powerful and youthful nose.
Surprisingly slender on the palate with a distinct salinity, herbaceous and full profiled. Still pure and with elegant layers.
Huge potential.
Red
12/29/2019 - JohanPe wrote:
92 points
Equally good showing as last bottle and with consistent notes. Great fruit core, packed with stones and minerality, good vibrant acidity, a nice herbaceous touch to it, and a seductive luring salinity on both nose and palate. Drinks great but I think there's a few gears left, still on its way up.
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Red
12/23/2019 - JohanPe wrote:
93 points
No formal notes. Wild berries, forest floor, used oak, stems, herbs. Pure and elegant. Herbaceous. Courtois spirit really rests over this wine, his craftsmanship is unmistakable in some way. A love affair between winemaker, grape and place.
Red
12/25/2019 - JohanPe wrote:
91 points
Cherries, cherry core, rosehip, leather, roses, tar, menthol. Very classic in a traditional style. Tightly screwed but still with good perfume. Ethereal power on the palate, grippy tannins, powerful and juicy, and of exceptional quality. High acidity. Very solid and very young. Can definitely be approached but needs at least 10 years for some development. Great value in the mid €20's.
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White
12/25/2019 - JohanPe wrote:
89 points
Bursting with flowers, mostly elder. Dry but with a sense of sweetness. Orange and herbs. Flirtatious and very drinkable.
Rosé
12/25/2019 - JohanPe wrote:
93 points
Pretty much consistent with last note, 2 years ago. A bit more polished perhaps but no hurry if you're planning to cellar this for a good 5-10. Gorgeous fruit, wild with a sweet component to it. Used oak comes forward with air, great herbaceous lift in both nose and palate. 90% whole bunches which are wonderfully managed and creates just the right complexity and resistance. Works with elegance and finess rather than power. I think this can grow further with a few more years, sadly this was my last bottle.
Red
12/23/2019 - JohanPe wrote:
90 points
High quality cherries dominates the nose. Gravel road, herbs such as salvia, black tea, worn leather, liquorice. Needs air and delivers far more perfume after 2 hours compared to when opened. The palate is thinner and more about structure, sandy and drying tannins. Good acidity. Powerful structure which overpowers the fruit. My guess this is a bottle that underperformed, seems very uncharacteristic if it starts to fade already, especially in such a good vintage.
Red
12/21/2019 - JohanPe wrote:
92 points
Dark cherries, dried herbs such as salvia and rosemary. Black pepper, game, charcuteries, some farmyard stable notes but overall leans towards a more pure expression. Liquorice. Really nice, direct and focused nose.
The tannins are mature and if good quality, early maturity. Marked and present but smooth and very approachable. Good acidity, medium. A salty twang on the finish together with liquorice and herbs. Really like this, has taken a significant step in development since last note. Superb value.
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