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Red
2000 Château Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
4/6/2019 - whitmanlholt Likes this wine:
91 points
Screened into a decanter, although this wasn’t strictly necessary since there wasn’t too much sediment left in the bottle. This is a medium-red wine with notes of cigar, wet soil, cherry, and mushroom on the nose. The mouth is layered and mid-weight, with various red fruit and ash aspects, all of which leaves a crisp finish supported by lingering red fruits. Overall, this is a wine in a throwback style, although not obviously Bordeaux; it is a nice wine, but ultimately doesn’t match the hype for this producer. 91 points.
  • whitmanlholt commented:

    4/7/19, 9:05 AM - Fair enough. I didn't notice a significant difference between early glasses from the decanter and later glasses hours in, but may still have been coiled. I have another bottle that I will decant longer next time.

White
2009 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
9/16/2018 - whitmanlholt Likes this wine:
92 points
Stored in the main refrigerator for a bit and then popped and poured from split. This is a medium-yellow wine with notes of marmalade, honey, and wax on the nose. In the mouth, the wine is mid-weight with a distinctive stone-fruit flavor, all leaving a rich and lingering finish. Overall, this is pure class with a lot of good years left. 92 points.
  • whitmanlholt commented:

    11/3/18, 12:52 PM - Hi Phil,

    Great to hear from another Bates alum who loves wine. You have been drinking some great bottles, particularly the great old Bordeaux. I will let you know when I am back east, and please do the same if you are ever in Los Angeles. Cheers!

White - Sparkling
2006 Moët & Chandon Champagne Grand Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
9/2/2018 - whitmanlholt wrote:
88 points
Popped and poured and drank from a Zalto universal glass. This is a light-yellow wine with moderate bubbles of medium size and spacing. On the nose, I get peach, yeast, and some lemon zest. The mouth has a notable sweet aspect and a bit more lemon — there is not a lot of depth or layering to it. The finish is zippy and refreshing. Overall, I would suggest enjoying this with some food rather than as a stand-alone experience. This is undoubtedly a “house product” attempting to satisfy a given slot on a brand range chart someone (or, more likely, the scourge of a “committee”) cooked up. That’s all well and good, but personally I find this a bit anonymous and, well, I don't believe the hype. There is better Champs for the money. 88 points.
  • whitmanlholt commented:

    9/3/18, 5:54 PM - Hello, I paid $60. For the price, I would rather have a NV Bollinger Special Cuvee (cheaper), a Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV (also cheaper), or a Roederer vintage. I thought this was fine, but there are a lot of better $50-70 options.

White
2003 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc Le Méal Hermitage Marsanne
12/12/2015 - whitmanlholt wrote:
Popped and poured. This is a deep golden colored wine with a nose of marmalade and flowers. In the mouth, it is very rich, with an extremely thick texture and an impression of some oxidative aspects. The finish is lingering but slightly hot (likely due to the 15% (!) alcohol in the wine). Overall, this was a unique and interesting wine. It seemed a bit too loaded, and I’m not sure this style of white is for me (I have a few younger Hermitage blancs I’ll need to try soon), particularly for the price. I’m not ascribing a score due to the lack of perspective on how these should perform.
  • whitmanlholt commented:

    9/23/17, 7:32 AM - I can't recall whether I had this with food, but do think that would help absorb some of the excess -- I don't know what the best meal is to pair with a wine like this. I don't recall the wine being tight; it was pretty open and rich right out of the box, so decanting probably would not do much. I did not share the wine with anyone else, so don't have further input beyond what was in my initial note. If you are looking at trying some white Hermitage, I would suggest starting with a younger vintage and cheaper wine to see if you like the style. Guigal makes a nice base Hermitage blanc that is very reasonably priced, and that I actually have enjoyed more than this Chapoutier (I own some more recent Chapoutiers H-blancs, but haven't tried any of them). 2003 may also be an outlier year given the heat in the Rhone/France that season, so again this particular wine may not be the most representative example. Cheers!

Red
2009 Realm Cellars The Tempest Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
Drank from a split with dinner. No formal notes or score, but this was good as always. Rich, lush, dark fruits, with all the typical scents. Really in a great spot now. Very good deal to get these for $26 each.
  • whitmanlholt commented:

    2/20/17, 10:18 PM - A buddy of mine got a bunch of half bottles at a close-out sale several years ago. It was before Realm really blew up in the 2012 vintage. Really great deal.

Red
2012 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah The Tribe Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
1/6/2017 - Jimywags wrote:
98 points
Decanted for two hours. This is a caveman's wine. This is a Paleo and Atkins diet wine. This is a wine crafted for a T-Rex. This wine is a 48oz. Peter Luger porterhouse steak. This is a Medieval Times eat your meat off a leg bone wine. A blood suckers wine. This is not a namby-pamby vegan or vegetarian's wine. This is not a suburban soccer mom pumpkin spice wine. This is not a 1999 98-point Parker Australian Shiraz ooze monster. This is a Pizza Hut meat lover's wine that should have a warning sticker on the label that reads, "Meat Only...No Fruits Allowed!" I'd love to hand a glass of this wine to a vegan/vegetarian and ask them to describe what they are smelling. I think they'd lack descriptors because this wine smells only like various types and preparations of meat. Grilled, smoked, sauteed, fried, even a la plancha. A carnivores delight, this wine is. This wine is not for the masses and I wouldn't presume to serve it to friends at a Saturday night dinner while playing Cards Against Humanity. This is an old school Cornas syrah lover's wine. Drink at your own risk. 98pts.
  • whitmanlholt commented:

    1/6/17, 1:26 PM - Excellent, highly enjoyable note in all respects. Look forward to popping one of these. Cheers.

Red
1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
12/22/2015 - DemonC2H5OH wrote:
85 points
Garnet color with distinct bricking at edges. Nose was very closed and showing very little. Since I could smell or taste no TCA, brett or other obvious faults (or much of anything for that matter), I'm hoping this is simply in a mute phase and would love to hear from others who have tried this wine recently. Second bottle with similar notes this month.
P,S. I bought these on release and they've been perfectly stored so that's not an issue.
  • whitmanlholt commented:

    12/23/15, 6:55 AM - I had a bottle of this about three months ago and really enjoyed it -- nose was singing with all the classic CdP notes. I don't think the wine should be in a closed phase 17 years post-release. I think you may have some off bottles.

Red
2007 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin Grenache
7/13/2015 - pmarlo wrote:
93 points
Solid pull, no infiltration of cork. Bouquet leaped out of the bottle, heady and thick. Taste to me was predominately syrah so I will be surprised if someone indicates primary component is grenache. this flavor is intense without the wine being thick and super extracted, a nice achievement. first set of legs ran like turkeys, then slowed down eventually to a medium slow crawl. Lost some intensity when stored overnight in bottle but still very good. High alcohol too but did not hamper this tasting but got me a nice CdP buzz just the same. There is a dense flavor here; theres have indicated cassis and raspberry. I detect a bitter finish at back of tongue. Was pleased with wine but can't predict years left. Think it will do 5 years easy.
  • whitmanlholt commented:

    7/13/15, 8:50 PM - I think the Chaupin is actually 100% Grenache with no Syrah in the blend, so interesting it tastes like a majority Syrah blend.

Red
2010 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
2/20/2015 - texanoblues Likes this wine:
97 points
Dark and inky in the glass. Smooth black fruit, pencil shavings, anise, and charcoal on the nose. Very concentrated and intense on the palate with long tannic finish. This is a stunning beauty of a wine! Deep and dark, with magnificent intensity.

Immediately after opening, the wine seemed quite rough and herbaceous and was not pleasing to me. The above notes were based on the wine after four hours in a decanter and I feel the best came between 6-8 hrs after decant.

What a pleasure to experience this one come to life!
  • whitmanlholt commented:

    2/20/15, 9:28 PM - Your observation about finding "a different wine" after 4 hours of decanting merely reflects the fact that you drank this wine about 10 years too early. It is not at all surprising that it changed (apparently to the better based on the rest of your note) with some air. If you have other bottles, please leave them alone until they are closer to legal age. You'll likely enjoy the result far more than at least the first part of this note suggests you enjoyed the H-B now. What you did today was little more than a disservice to this wine.

  • whitmanlholt commented:

    2/21/15, 10:31 AM - Fair enough. I had the impression that you thought this was a bad wine, but with your clarification (and the revision to the note), I understand we are largely on the same page. I think the note will help guide people to let this sit for a while or give a good decant. It is of course important that notes reflect one's actual impression of a given wine. Cheers!

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