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Red
2017 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
8/25/2021 - CheviotCellar wrote:
87 points
Drank head to head with the 2017 Tenuta Riserva, which we thought was significantly better than the Monsanto.

Ruby body with purple flares. Nose has musky oak, raisin, cherries, mineral and a prominent caramel note. Palate is acidic, with cherries and dark bramble. Soft mouth feel, and elegant delivery despite the high acid. Feels almost water vs. the Tenuta because of the relative lack of tannin. I think there are much better wines and Chiantis at this price point.
  • winemaker commented:

    8/25/21, 1:25 PM - You opened it too soon. It needs another 3 years or so to start showing its best. For my palate ages 7-15 years are the sweet spot. Which Tenuta Riserva were you referring to? Antinori? Generally speaking the Antinori wines are more extracted than the Monsanto. Monsanto is more old school. YMMV.

  • winemaker commented:

    8/26/21, 2:18 PM - I usually buy Fontodi, Felsina, Monsanto, Istine, Castell'in Villa, Castellare, Isole e Olena, San Giusto a Rentennano on release and cellar them for awhile. I have recently been drinking my 2010 Fontodi's and they are mature and ready. I also buy a mix of regular CC and CCR since the CCs are drinkable sooner and the CCRs a bit later. CC is pretty much our go to wine in the middle of the week. They just go so well with so many types of food. You can look on K&L for some back vintages. Look at Saratoga Wine Exchange as well.

White
2019 Provins Fendant L'Alpage Valais
8/16/2021 - winemaker Likes this wine:
91 points
Herbal and stony. A tad frizzante. Wild mountain flowers. Light and very fresh. A tiny hint of honey on the finish. Terrific summer wine.
  • winemaker commented:

    8/17/21, 5:12 PM - Thank you!

Red
2010 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso Sangiovese
Tasted old and tired. No freshness left whatsoever. Pffff, this was bottle 1/6 - I have some horrors to come I'm afraid
  • winemaker commented:

    8/9/21, 8:49 AM - Your comment begs questions around storage (heat, light and vibration) and whether or not you decanted and if so, for how long? Hopefully it was one off bottle and the rest will be fine. I am still drinking Ciacci BdM Pianrosso from 1995, 1997, 2004 and 2006 and they have all been fine.

Red
2018 Istine Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
5/14/2021 - Anton_Wallin Likes this wine:
87 points
Light red wine with notes of dried lingonberries and cranberries. Quite high acidity and mouth drying tannins.
Simple wine, nothing wrong, just simple and boring.

Chianti have to be more expensive than this to be interesting for me
  • winemaker commented:

    5/14/21, 2:24 PM - Might be better in 3-10 years.

Red
2015 Fontodi Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
3/9/2021 - honest bob wrote:
88 points
From 75cl, perfect cork, decanted 1 hour. This low-key, dusty, veiled wine reminded me of summers working in provincial Tuscany in the 1990s: brown sauce on brownish pasta, already stale, unsalted bread baked that morning with a brownish tinge, followed by brown fatty meat with sinews and unchewable bits where you wouldn't expect. And lots of tourists at the next table in rapture at how authentic the almost tasteless food supposedly was. The wine was generally a bit better: jug wine generally fine, bottled wine... well, you guessed it already: brown with thick tannins and heavy oxidation.
Of course, this product isn't oxidised or overly tannic, and displays some good, if dusty, fruit under all that other brown dust (although I don't recognise the fruit descriptors in previous CT TNs: black cherry? Raspberry? No, not in my glass...) Inevitably, some think that anything with Fontodi on the label just has to be fabulous, but 15 months on from my previous bottle, I'd agree that this CC is "very Tuscan", and suggest that (unless you have a palate capable of discriminating 50 Shades of Brown and Dust) you don't need to experience it. Life is too short. Either spend about half as much money on a young, fresh, red-fruited Chianti (drunk 3 years after the vintage), or save up and buy a good Brunello (to be drunk 15–20 years after the vintage). 88P(?)
  • winemaker commented:

    3/9/21, 7:52 PM - I prefer my Fontodi wines older. Usually 7-10 years for the CC. We had a '97 Flaccianello tonight that was terrific. I get that not everyone loves Fontodi CC as it is a more extracted CC. You may prefer Monsanto, Castell'in Villa, San Giusto, or Istine.

Red
2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano Nebbiolo
12/11/2020 - Neecies wrote:
flawed
Almost over the hill. Color's purple-brown. Initially fruit's stuck between plum and prune and there's a lot of cocoa here, but soy sauce takes over leaning more toward the latter with muddy soy sauce flavors taking over as it effectively dies in the glass on the last drop. Heat damage?
  • winemaker commented:

    12/11/20, 1:59 PM - Sounds like it was heat damaged.

Red
2008 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Perrières Pinot Noir
11/13/2020 - winemaker Likes this wine:
93 points
Really in a good place. The perfect spot between too young and too old. Excellent fruit and balance. Impressive. Make me want to find more of this wine.
  • winemaker commented:

    11/14/20, 10:34 AM - This and the 2008 Pruliers both showed very well yesterday. The Perrieres is more advanced than the Pruliers. The Pruliers needed a decant and time to show its best. The Perrieres was excellent right out of the gate and held up over time. These were tasted over about a 6 hour period along with 7 other Chevillon NSG 1ers.

Red
1999 Delas Frères Côte-Rôtie La Landonne Syrah
9/20/2020 - winemaker Likes this wine:
95 points
Outstanding wine. Layered and complex, harmonious. Savory earthy elements.
  • winemaker commented:

    10/18/20, 8:33 PM - I think it is best to drink remaining bottles fairly soon.

Red
2009 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
10/2/2020 - Dale M wrote:
91 points
Decanted 3 hrs. Served in a Riedel BUrg Stem, and I wonder if it was the best stemware choice. I really liked the nose, some exotic xmas spices and dark plums. While a very good CDP - I did find a touch of heat on the finish. I think this was better 5 years ago. Still, fun wine.
  • winemaker commented:

    10/2/20, 7:46 PM - I think you are right about needing a narrower glass choice. I have found Burg stems to emphasize the heat in both CdP and Barolo.

White
2018 Lingua Franca Chardonnay Estate Eola - Amity Hills
9/30/2020 - mye wrote:
89 points
I'm told this bottling is comprised of very young vines, and I think that showed. Loads of peach, red apple, warming up to lychee, pear, and white flowers. It could use a touch more acidity, and as it warms a bit of oak pops through. Overall, it was a tasty bottle that was a pleasure to drink, but next to the Xnovo, it just lacked another layer of complexity. Would love to see where this bottling goes as the vine matures.
  • winemaker commented:

    10/1/20, 7:32 AM - It will be better with another 2 years of bottle age based on my experience with earlier vintages.

Red
2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
5/2/2020 - coremill wrote:
88 points
Out of 375mL. Solid chianti, red fruit, rosemary, good depth, plenty of grippy structure. But not really better than "solid chianti" at this point, so it's poor QPR, there's a lot of decent chianti for 50-60% of the price.
  • winemaker commented:

    6/6/20, 2:21 PM - This wine needs a bit more time to show itself. If you have any other bottles, I would wait another 2-6 years depending on your preference in terms of fruit vs a more savory character.

Red
1997 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
5/17/2020 - WineProEnthusiast69 wrote:
50 points
Strong alcohol and fruit on the nose, woody oak on the tongue. After swallowing, it tasted like a Greek athlete's leather shoe as he ran 100 miles in the Olympics
  • winemaker commented:

    5/17/20, 8:42 PM - Sounds like a bad bottle. Over the hill?

Red
2010 Clos du Mont-Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Cuvée du Papet Red Rhone Blend
I have had this wine twice recently- both times in a zoom tasting (I delivered the bottles to peoples homes and then we tasted together virtually). I have not had other people's recent experience. The wine was in no way flawed and it was enjoyable - even interesting- but it lacked the energy of its youth. It did have a lovely mix of dark dark fruit, licorice and garrigue but I never felt compelled to take another sip. It just lacked anything truly compelling. I loved this wine in 2015. And last year I really enjoyed the 2012 but in March of this year I tried the 2005 and found it very tired. I am wondering if perhaps I am not a real CNP fan even though of love them in their youth and have had a few profound ones with age. I have 1 more 2010, a few 2005s, a few 2009s, a bunch of 12, a bunch of 15 and 3 of the 16 so I guess I will be able to continue the experiment!
  • winemaker commented:

    5/15/20, 1:33 PM - You may just prefer them on the younger side. Nothing wrong with that. I happen to like my CdP with 8-15 years of age generally. If you like 'em at age 5, there is nothing wrong with that!

Red
2005 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve Grenache
4/19/2020 - mye wrote:
Friday Night Wines: Initially nose was sweet rich red fruit, herbs for days (oregano, thyme especially). Palate showed red and blue fruit, with sweet oak. After gaining more air, the fruit seems more mellowed, the wine picks up length, and expands on its already seemingly endless complexity. Incredible bottle, but definitely too young. The oak is unbalanced at this point but this should be magic once that resolves.
  • winemaker commented:

    4/19/20, 5:59 PM - The oak note is interesting because this wine is aged only in large neutral oak foudres. You may be picking up some of the garrigue that is generally infused in these wines.

  • winemaker commented:

    4/20/20, 7:18 PM - Also it is not uncommon for CdP to have a sort of balsam/sandalwood note to it despite no new oak. Personally, I really like the sandalwood note.

Red
2013 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir
3/20/2020 - hhcave wrote:
95 points
Excellent - so much density on the palate. Violet, lavender, iodine, dark fruits, spice. Velvety tannins, good acidity. Still quite primary - would certainly benefit from further ageing. Fuller bodied for Burgundy
  • winemaker commented:

    3/20/20, 9:36 PM - 82 points, but excellent? I am confused....

  • winemaker commented:

    3/21/20, 10:07 AM - Thanks! I own this as well. Really appreciate the note.

Red
2007 Clos du Mont-Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
3/13/2020 - La Grappe wrote:
flawed
A small tasting sample. After finding the first bottle quite unpleasant, with a distinct barnyardy flavour, I hoped that my second (and thankfully last) bottle might be different. It took only a small sip to see that it was as bad as the first. I marked the first bottle as ‘flawed’, hoping it was a one-off. It was not. I have therefore consulted the Wine Rating Assistant and marked this as 69 (‘Avoid’).

Post Script: Following a comment to the effect that the wine may have been heat damaged, I have now removed the rating and marked this bottle also as 'flawed'.
  • winemaker commented:

    3/13/20, 5:57 PM - Sounds like those bottles were heat damaged in some way. Bummer!

Red
2013 Domaine Bertheau (Pierre et François) Chambolle-Musigny Pinot Noir
9/22/2019 - winemaker Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent wine. Not watery or thin. Nice sappy red fruits. Just entering its drinking window. Delicious.
  • winemaker commented:

    9/26/19, 2:09 PM - Completely agree. Fine grapes from a good source made by an outstanding house!

Red
2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
10/28/2018 - winemaker Likes this wine:
93 points
This is a very well made wine, but tonight it was overshadowed by several of the CdPs we had tonight. Seemed to lack vibrancy compared to some of the others.
  • winemaker commented:

    1/20/19, 1:06 PM - We did a broad horizontal of 2007 CdPs. We also had Pegau, Le Vieux Donjon, Clos des Papes, Janasse VV, Janasse Chaupin, Charvin, Domaine Prefert Charles Giraud, Prefert Augusta Favier, Vieille Julienne, Mordoree Reine des Bois, Paul Autard Cuvée Julie, Bosquet des Papes Chante le Merle, Bosquet des Papes A la Gloire de mon Grandpere. Some times great wines don't show well. I have had the 2007 Beaucastel several times and always loved it. Could have been a bottle that just slightly off.

Red
1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
1998 CHATEAU de BEAUCASTEL CHATEAUNEUF du PAPE- Magnum; well, I`m called the Donnhoff the WOTN and then comes 2 more that shine equally as brightly; this had my favourite taste profile for a N. Rhone, lots of pepper and spice, in fact so much so, I would not have got this to be CdP in a blind tasting; even the nose had more of a Syrah like aroma and this is a Grenache dominated wine which some of the spiciness [and a little of the pepper] could be attributed to; additionally, there’s some earthy red cherry/ berry fruit delivered in a silky soft texture which enhances the sensory experience; this wine is ready now seemingly fully matured which also may be due to the major portion of Grenache which, as I understand it, is prone to oxidation.
  • winemaker commented:

    11/13/18, 7:25 AM - Beaucastel uses less Grenache than almost all other producers of CdP. This wine is typically 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre with 10%, 5% and 15% of Counoise, Cinsault and Others. Most CdPs are 60%+ Grenache.

Red
2008 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
7/31/2018 - europat55 wrote:
90 points
Strong wine. A lot of leather on the nose and palate. This bottle had a strange feel on the tongue... almost like a small effervescence!
  • winemaker commented:

    8/1/18, 12:19 PM - The leather and effervescence are from the Brettanomyces in the wine. Pegau is well known for having some Brett in their wines. A little adds complexity, too much is a wine fault.

Red
2006 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso Sangiovese
6/11/2018 - winemaker wrote:
93 points
PnP. AG only gave this 88 pts, but I think this is better than the normale 2006 Ciacci Brunello. Has the color of a red burgundy. This has more tannic grip and acidity than the normale. This is a wine of breeding and class. Not showing overripe or pruney at all. Long finish.
  • winemaker commented:

    6/12/18, 8:23 AM - I think Antonio needs to re-taste this wine. I have been a big fan of the Ciacci Pianrosso for a long time. Often one of my favorite Brunello depending on vintage.

Red
2006 Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
5/21/2018 - winemaker Likes this wine:
93 points
I prefer my Sangiovese less modern than this, but this is still a terrific wine. Big, bold, rich, cherry, earth, leather, graphite, long finish.
  • winemaker commented:

    5/23/18, 5:22 PM - Beginning of tertiary development. No rush.

Red
2006 Fontodi Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
4/29/2018 - winemaker Likes this wine:
90 points
Structured and tannic with bright acidity. Not sure if this will ever be as good as the 2004.
  • winemaker commented:

    5/1/18, 2:23 PM - I think it will drink fine over the next 5 years or so.

Red - Fortified
N.V. Taylor (Fladgate) Porto 325th Anniversary Special Issue Port Blend
TAYLOR-FLADGATE 325 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TAWNY PORT- Here`s some info about this odd shaped, squatty 1692 replica bottle: “The Port house of Taylor Fladgate celebrates 325 years of operation in 2017, so what better time than to put out a unique expression of Port? This is a tawny port with no age information (though on tawnies, an age statement doesn’t mean much anyway), but the winery does offer some information on its production:
To commemorate the milestone, Taylor Fladgate’s blending team has drawn on their extensive cask aged reserves to create a special blend of fine oak-matured Ports selected for their depth and richness of flavor. The limited-edition Taylor Fladgate 325th Anniversary Reserve Tawny, released in a special 1692-style bottle, is a fitting tribute to Taylor Fladgate’s long history and mastery of the art of cask aging and blending.” “Wines that were destined for 10, 20, 30 and 40 Year Old Tawnies have been carefully selected by Taylor’s head winemaker, David Guimaraens, and blended to form this opulent and seductive aged tawny.”
My notes: chocolate toffee molasses spiced fig cake. Nice bring.
  • winemaker commented:

    4/24/18, 9:59 AM - I had this a few weeks ago at a Taylor Fladgate tasting and I asked the question about the average age of the tawny ports in this bottling. The answer was 10 years.

Red
2006 Fontodi Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
3/30/2018 - winemaker Likes this wine:
92 points
Earthy! Mushrooms. Sangio bite on the finish. Love this. Plenty of tannic grip.
  • winemaker commented:

    3/31/18, 9:17 AM - This will hold for years. No rush.

Red
2008 Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Chiniera Nebbiolo
3/18/2018 - oldwines Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted at 4pm and enjoyed over the next 6 hours. I was slightly disappointed in this and I'm not sure if it needed to breathe more as I guess or less as one of my friends believes. It has great medium to dark though translucent garnet color and great texture on the palate with tannin that is only beginning to be integrated. The usual rose petals and cherry and earthy mushrooms are there but it seemed somewhat hard and unyielding to me with respect to the depth of flavor and length of finish suggested by Galloni and others. I usually love most anything made by Elio and Gianluca but I will have to give this one another try.
  • winemaker commented:

    3/21/18, 2:30 PM - This is a young Barolo. Nebbiolo will take a lot of air. I think you should have decanted it at noon to enjoy at dinner. If I am not planning on consuming the whole bottle, I use 375 mL bottles so I can decant it and store a half bottle until the next day. Particularly with Barolo, it is interesting to see if the wine is better the next day. Often it is. Your mileage may vary! Best.

Red
2007 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
2/4/2018 - winemaker Likes this wine:
95 points
If you don't like Brett, you won't like this wine. Plenty of garrigue. Pretty mellow. Tannins have softened. With time and air this integrated and developed beautifully. Delicious! I have upped my points from 92 to 95.
Really good!
  • winemaker commented:

    2/17/18, 11:32 AM - For some of us, a bit of Brett adds complexity. I know a lot of people view any BRETT as a wine flaw. I am not in that camp. That being said, I don't want any Brett in my beer. YMMV.

Red
2007 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
2/2/2017 - KeithAkers wrote:
78 points
2007 CdP retro (with sushi food pairing) (Streeterville, Chicago): Nose: The nose shows a lot of extraction and alcohol with licorice, black cherries, black raspberries, and black spices.

Taste: Medium/full bodied with medium tannins and medium- acidity. The tannins are a bit stiff with the feel showing a lot of alcohol and licorice, black cherries, liqueur tones, and prunes.

Overall: This is overblown and overextracted. The alcohol is out of balance which ends up causing the nose and palate to be out of balance.
  • winemaker commented:

    2/8/18, 6:30 PM - Sounds like you should sell the rest of your 2007 CdPs. I opened a 2007 Charvin tonight and loved it. YMMV.

Red
2000 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba Nebbiolo
1/22/2018 - winemaker Likes this wine:
93 points
I opened this tonight to reflect on the passing of Bruno Giacosa. He has made many of the finest wines to come out Piemonte. This bottle is a very Burgundian expression of Nebbiolo. Tannins are mostly resolved, with lip smacking acidity and sappy red fruits. Just gorgeous. Glad I have more.
  • winemaker commented:

    1/24/18, 8:56 AM - Thanks!

Red
2007 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
Found a hidden bottle of this in the cellar. At 10 years Old it was dated. Not terrible but shut down and not showing anywhere near it’s best. Some fruit as the air got into it. Some leftover tannin and mushrooms. It went okay with pizza but I won’t be holding any of Monsanto CCR longer than 5 years. It’s a good value CCR but not good for longer term aging.
  • winemaker commented:

    1/11/18, 5:22 PM - It is the 2007 vintage. It was a warm year. The 2004 and 2006 are still showing very well.

Red
2001 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
12/25/2017 - TJK Likes this wine:
89 points
just a hint of corked, still enjoyable but not the best of the night. 2000 Beaurenard CDP was much better.
  • winemaker commented:

    12/25/17, 5:00 PM - If it is corked. Please say so and don't give the wine any points. Thanks.

Red
2007 Castello di Neive Barbaresco Albesani Santo Stefano Nebbiolo
7/14/2017 - winemaker Likes this wine:
92 points
2nd of 4. PnP. Decanted into 2 375 mL bottles. First glass poured 30 minutes later. Transparent garnet in color. Some amber at the rim. Smells of menthol. Tastes of roses, dark cherry, menthol with a long sappy finish. This is pretty darn good. Fruit here balances the acids and tannins nicely.
  • winemaker commented:

    7/16/17, 11:15 AM - Maybe, but this will hold for years.

Rosé
2015 Domaine de la Mordorée Tavel La Dame Rousse Red Rhone Blend
6/2/2017 - winemaker wrote:
86 points
Fairly dark red for a rose. To me this has a slightly stinky nose that carries through on the palate with some bitterness. I am not as enamored of this as other reviewers are.
  • winemaker commented:

    6/5/17, 1:54 PM - Not corked. Definitely better with air when we had the rest a couple days later. I would say the score moved up to an 89.

White
2009 Weingut Jakob Schneider Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling trocken MAGNUS Nahe
4/6/2017 - winemaker Likes this wine:
91 points
This has lovely aromas of stone fruits and slate. Very clean and refreshing.
  • winemaker commented:

    4/14/17, 6:59 PM - Thanks for the kind words. Best, Byron

Red
2009 Domaine A.-F. Gros Chambolle-Musigny Pinot Noir
1/3/2017 - winemaker Likes this wine:
90 points
1st of 2. This is drinking well. Not that complex for a Villages wine, but certainly better than most Bourgogne. Still, some interesting notes with some sappiness and minerality.
  • winemaker commented:

    1/4/17, 11:51 AM - Lots of good stuff for sure! Yes, let's get together in 2017. Things are a bit crazy until mid Feb.

Red
2010 Passopisciaro Passopisciaro Sicilia Nerello Mascalese
3/20/2016 - winemaker Likes this wine:
91 points
Really drinking well. Quite Burgundian. Has a lot of life left. I have one more bottle from this vintage. Very enjoyable.
  • winemaker commented:

    3/21/16, 2:38 PM - Nice. I also have the 2012 vintage of this wine and I picked up one each of the single vineyard wines as well in 2013. I also like their Guardiolo Chardonnay. Very different expression of Chard! I hope your trip is going really well!

Red
2005 Rovellotti Ghemme Riserva Costa del Salmino Nebbiolo
2/13/2016 - wayfarer Likes this wine:
93 points
Served with roasted vegetables, pan fried/baked brined natural pork chop. Delicious, concur with short & confused/flaviosfl. Not so much on the magic marker, but definitely yes on the burgundy elegance. No sherry notes here, seems fine to keep--if only I had more to keep! Very well integrated across the board.
  • winemaker commented:

    2/16/16, 9:28 AM - I agree with you. This is a terrific bottle of wine. Thanks for the note.

Red
2000 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
2/15/2016 - tcosgriff wrote:
80 points
Purple color with a brown rim. Bouquet and flavor of dilute barbecue sauce. Balance very off with nothing to recommend it, and I mean nothing. Unfortunately, very typical of the CDP's in my cellar from the early 2000's. This could be a consequence of several factors. These wines had to weather Katrina and that may be the explanation, but I have had many other Katrina wines, which proved to be excellent. It could also be a consequence of believing that these wines could age better than most wines, which should be drunk within about ten years. I think that this is a major factor, and my recommendation to everyone is to drink sooner than later. Finally, while Robert Parker made many positive contributions to the wine world, he certainly hyped a great many wines, which was good for him, but not for us.
  • winemaker commented:

    2/15/16, 6:03 PM - Highly likely this wine was heat damaged. The 2000s I have had in the past year are drinking well. Sorry you had a bad bottle. Years ago, I shipped a bunch of bottles that were exposed to heat in transit. Some were fine, others weren't. I don't know why some wines seem to be effected more than others.

Red
2005 Tenute Dettori Dettori Romangia IGT Cannonau, Grenache
12/26/2015 - winemaker wrote:
Last bottle. Still a bit weird. I triple decanted this, aerated the hell out of it for 5 hours and it still needed more time. Huge amounts of VA here. It is a qualified, " I like it" as it was a lot better with salty cheese than on its own. If you own this, I would recommend decanting it the night before. It really needs a lot of time to come around.
  • winemaker commented:

    12/28/15, 6:37 PM - I would not say it was sweet. It is a more savory, liquorous wine. This is a wine for wine geeks.

Red
2000 Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux-de-Provence Réserve du Mas Red Blend
3/10/2008 - winemaker wrote:
91 points
Very good wine with an impression of sweet fruit with the typical earthiness one expects from Mourvedre.
  • winemaker commented:

    12/16/15, 8:42 PM - Wow! I can't believe you are picking on me for a note posted 7 years ago!
    Anyway, I thought it had a small percentage of Mourvèdre in it. Their style has changed as the winery I believe is cleaner now and the wines are more approachable at a young age. It is possible I entered it as Reserve when it wasn't. The non-Reserve is 6% Mourvèdre.

Red
1999 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Pinot Noir
10/25/2015 - Jeremy Holmes wrote:
Gorgeous perfume of ripe cherries, blueberries and rose petals. Plump, silky fruits envelop the mouth whilst minerally structure lurks just below the flesh. Exquisite balance and terrific elegance. The finish really fans out and persistence is admirable.
  • winemaker commented:

    11/15/15, 8:10 AM - Had it last night. Terrific wine.

Red
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.
  • winemaker commented:

    8/10/15, 7:42 PM - This wine was opened at 3:30 pm and served with dinner at 6:30. No decant.

Red
2000 Domaine Font de Michelle Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Etienne Gonnet Red Rhone Blend
12/27/2012 - winemaker Likes this wine:
92 points
Transparent medium ruby in color. Faint aromas of soft cherry fruit and forest floor. Fully mature. Tastes of lovely focused cherry fruit with some minerality and garrigue while the acids and tannins give it a nice bite on the finish. Long finish. This will hold for some time, but it is in a good place right now.
  • winemaker commented:

    12/30/12, 3:06 PM - Eric, Thanks. I see you have posted a couple of notes on the 2003 Pegau da Capo. I had one last night and it was stunning. I'll post a note shortly. On the new version of CellarTracker, I have pretty much adapted to the new version, but I don't understand why I have to select a tasting note to then see the "Post to another Forum" button. I think you should have that come up when you first go to My Tasting Notes somewhere on the screen. If you have only one note on a wine which is fairly common, it is annoying to have to click on it to post it elsewhere. Just my 2 cents. Byron

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