Tasting Notes for drwine2001

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Red
9/20/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Opened 3 hours earlier. Light ruby. Classic green olive and herb nose. Light to medium weight. Gritty, alkaline, and stony to start, this fleshed out, gained texture, and noticeably sweetened with more air, which is NOT to say that it became overtly ripe or that the limestone core went away. A marvelous terroir wine that was energized by accompanying food (lamb in this case).
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Red
9/19/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Medium ruby center, faded rim. Complex aromas of briary blackberry, lavender, and smoke. Medium weight but tremendous penetration due to its acidity and minerality. Great perfume in the mouth, ripe blackberry fruit, spice, and herbs. This wine is superb now and ridiculously above class for this varietal, but I must say that it has not changed much over the past 3 years and could easily be kept for another 5 years if one desired. These Conterno Barberas always make me wonder why others cannot similarly elevate this grape.
White
9/18/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Medium yellow. Floral, musky aromas. Fantastic glycerine feel. Orange/lemon drop, bouillon, and soil with lively, moderate acidity. Real old vine depth. What a great Premier Cru this is, drinking at peak now.
White - Sweet/Dessert
9/17/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Golden color. Honey and sultanas. Viscous, spicy, and very sweet. Great, enveloping feel. Superb apricot, fig, orange peel, and burnt sugar atop an excellent base of acidity. I was absolutely blown away by the intensity and balance of this wine. By far the best true dessert wine I've had in a long time and a wonderful echo from a producer that apparently no longer exists.

Even more lush and delicious the second night?? I must not have paid more than $40 for this upon release. Sheesh.
White
9/17/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Deep yellow. Petrol and strong stone fruit. Off dry, very dense. Dried peach and melon, only average acidity, and earthy finish. Despite its prodigious dry extract, this just feels too heavy, lacking the acidic edge it needs to enliven things.
Red
9/16/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Deep ruby center. Violet, pine, and incense. Medium weight. Olive, herb, tart blackberry, moderate tannin. Better aromatically than in the mouth, similar in this respect to a bottle last year. Will last, but seemingly at a plateau. Not a great vintage of Gonon.
Red
9/15/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
A night of bretty Beaujolais, I'm afraid. This was not nearly as affected as the 2009 Bouland and was certainly gamy but still enjoyable for its light, tart, earthy, strawberry/cherry fruit. Not a highlight reel Descombes wine.
Red
9/15/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
flawed
Deep color. Impressively deep, ripe, dusty blackberry fruit coated by earth all ruined by intolerable barnyard components.
White
9/15/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Pale. Floral, orchard fruit aromas. Quite weighty for a Mosel Kabinett. Delicious, tangy yellow apple and lime, off dry, soil-filled finish. What's not to like here?
Red
9/13/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Light ruby. Herb, olive, and red fruit. Light to medium weight, properly lean feel. Tart cherry and bell pepper in the mouth with a mineral base. Very good but not nearly as striking as a bottle earlier this year, just less of everything that made it so exciting then.
White
9/12/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Medium yellow. Absolutely wonderful medium weight with glycerine. Succulent orange peel, herb, soil, and a pleasing bit of finishing bitterness. Moderate acidity. Hard to think of a better bottle for a varied seafood meal, just great stuff.
Red
2010 Domaine Tempier Bandol Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre (view label images)
9/11/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Even ruby. Powerful combination of licorice drop, graphite, black and blue fruit, bark, and earth. Still quite tannic, strong acidity. A terrific early stage Tempier normale that will continue to improve over the next decade.
Red
9/10/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Primary, deep ruby. Ripe black cherry leavened by cooler menthol scents. Fairly large scaled Volnay, sappy with a good bit of wood as well as an excellent soil base. More power and depth than grace. Not particularly complex at this point but a good mouthful.
White
9/9/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Decanted 2 hours in advance. Medium dull yellow-fine color for its age. All algal, brothy elements aromatically. Medium body, some glycerine, but mostly earth and limestone foundation. Here, the mineral and saline flavors form the classic flavor core with grapefruit at the margins providing support. Wonderful acidity too. A real Chablis purist's Chablis-unlikely to find wines like this in more recent "solar" global warming vintages.
Red
9/8/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Sound ruby center. A strong whiff of alcohol, but equally strong aromas of dried flower incense and black licorice. Full bodied, soil base, ripe blackberry, less fig, and perhaps the most pronounced licorice drop flavor I've ever tasted in a wine. Some heat at the end. Yes, it is marred by the vintage conditions and doesn't have perfect balance, but to be fair, I must say that this is still interesting at age 13 and has turned out much better than I predicted from early tastings.
Red
9/6/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Ruby. Very floral. Beautiful combination of ripe, layered black cherry, tangy cranberry, and mineral that speak of high level cru Beaujolais.
Red
9/5/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Ruby core with some lightening at the rim. Ripe cherry and anise. Rich, ripe Nebbiolo full of cherry fruit, tobacco, ground coffee, and a fair amount of soil and drying tannins. Little in the way of menthol and other green tones that would mark a cooler year, but there is a nice late twist of orange peel that enlivens it. A big Barbaresco for sure but not overextracted or too alcoholic at all. Open now, but I'd say 5 more years for full development.
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White
9/5/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Pale yellow. Lemon pith and primordial algal aromas. Medium to light weight, a mere hint of wood. Zesty fresh citrus, brine, and soil. This was so vibrant and fresh that it could have been a barrel sample. Just what the doctor ordered for a refreshing, salty sip on a day of extreme heat and too much smoke in the air to venture outside. These 2014's are the real deal for lovers of classic Chablis. None of the vintages that followed have produced wines with similar cut.

Even more slimmed down the second night and now all about the underlying limestone and soil.
Red
9/4/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Pale, dull red. Light red fruit and herbs with a real taste of the earth. Perfect summer quaff. This has filled out and is much better and much more typical of this reliable cuvée than when I first had it this spring.
White - Off-dry
9/3/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Medium yellow. Primary fruit plus a whiff of baby powder which I find at times in German Riesling. Still a bit of JJ spritz. Light to medium weight, off dry rather than an overtly sweet Auslese. Relaxed, perfectly pure apple and peach, spice, faint slate. The acidity is by no means deficient, but it doesn't really bear down on you either. Harmonious and long. At almost 20 years of age and for how open it is, it's amazing how little in the way of secondary mature notes this wine has developed. I could see it perking along gaining complexity for another 2 decades. Already outstanding, it could become majestic.
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Red
9/2/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Ruby center. Effusive aromas of ripe cherries and herbs. Amazing sappiness and depth for Gamay. Beautiful red and blue fruit with soil running through it. Not nearly as ponderous and overripe as it seemed early on. This is the second superb bottle of this I've had this year. It is turning out to be a truly monumental Beaujolais.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
9/1/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Half bottle. Deep yellow/light golden. Apricot, pear, and citrus aromas. I don't get a lot of botrytis. Perfect, caressing weight and feel. Poised and calm-it just unfolds beautifully in the mouth, slowly expanding with great length. Pure fruit, brown sugar, strong citric lift which makes up for average acidity (in Loire Chenin Blanc terms, that is), succulent but not terribly sweet. Soil-filled finish that is unusual for dessert wine but is the calling card of Clos du Bourg at all levels of sweetness. Marvelous wine.
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Red
9/1/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Ruby almost to the rim. Real garrigue and black licorice nose. Medium weight, sappy but fresh feel. In turn, this opened with black and blue fruit, but later some raspberry emerged. Not a bit too sweet, incredibly complex for Gigondas, with the savory elements nicely offsetting the gutsy fruit. Mineral, moderately tannic finish. Impressive from beginning to end with more to come over the next 5 years.
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Rosé - Sparkling
8/30/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Disgorged October, 2018. Light salmon color. Strawberry and watermelon rind scents. Medium weight, crisp, dry, herbal mineral edge. Excellent stuff and a very good value in rosé.
Red
8/29/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Deep fruit. Floral with intense black cherry on the nose. As before, big for a Chambolle, but hardly burly. Wonderful depth of the ripe, dark red fruit swirling around an earth-filled base, and enough acidity to keep it from feeling heavy or dull. Round tannins that you don't really feel. Delicious, hedonistic, New World-leaning Chambolle. It really hit the spot tonight with an Asian-inflected duck dish and has the stuffing to go on for quite some time.

Just as good the next night.
White
8/28/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Limpid color. Floral. Light weight, bright lime and orange peel. Off dry, pretty easygoing, hardly the epitome of slate.

A better sense of focus, bright apple, and citrus the second day. Better than I originally thought.
Red
8/27/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Light red. Cut flowers, underbrush, and soft red fruits. Light and lithe, a bit less sap than Foillards from bigger vintages. Earthy, sinuous, and complex in the mouth with tangy acidity and a good slug of tannin to finish. Not as immediately seductive as, say, 2009 or 2011, but classic and will evolve for many more years.
White
8/26/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Tulip color. Lively, salty sea shore aromas. Medium to full body. Dynamic bitter citrus changing to brighter orange peel, terrific brothiness, excellent acidity, and outstanding stony finish. How odd that after 2 bottles that were frankly or incipiently oxidized this would shine with such freshness and Grand Cru complexity several years later. I can't explain it, but I'll gladly embrace the pleasure this bottle provided tonight.
Red
8/24/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
I don't know exactly why I opened this so young, but I have a few and was curious to try a 2010 at this juncture. Not a bad decision. Light ruby, clear edge. A "garden of earthy delights" nose with more soil than cherry and light herb. Medium weight carried by the soil base from start to finish. Quite elegant and subtle for a Beaune. Excellent dusty cherry, a citric lift, fine acidity, and toothy round tannins. More important than anything, though, is its balance and accessibility, which render it a true pleasure to drink now. I have great confidence in saying "Drink now or hold". A winner either way.

It held up very well for 3 nights.
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Red
8/23/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Light ruby with a watery rim. Bark, garrigue, and licorice on the nose rather than the usual cheery red Charvin fruit. Lovely medium weight, fresh red berry fruit with some real sap, and outstanding complexity with the herbs, earth, and more savory elements beautifully folded in with an almost Nebbiolo-like tarriness at the end. Superb, very expressive bottle with great focus for the vintage, which I have sometimes found blurry.
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White
8/22/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Medium yellow. Wow, a real burst of lemon on the nose accompanied by white flowers and a bit of iodine. Medium body, urgent, ripe citrus pith, light wood, and a good amount of drying stone on the finish. Much fresher than a bottle this spring. It is neither the most concentrated Clos nor the last word in complexity for this cru, but it is still excellent.
Red
8/21/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Light ruby. When first opened, it was lean (completely without texture) and green, with a predominant and aggressive tone of fennel. I was not convinced that time in a decanter would help, but I was wrong. What emerged 4 hours later was a medium bodied wine with a much better mouth feel, blackberry fruit that approached but did not achieve real sweetness, and a firm, earthy, very mineral core. The green had pulled back to a more gentle, high toned menthol. In the end, very good but clearly not an ethereally silky or particularly charming Lopez de Heredia wine. I was really impressed with this in 2016, but 2 subsequent bottles have not been nearly as good. At any rate, I've got two words of advice for anyone opening one over the near term: decant it!
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White
8/21/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Pale. Apple, lime, and even a bit of pineapple. Light but creamy, off dry package. The fruit is front loaded, and then there is a wonderful swirl of slate minerality more than acidity which frames and closes it out. Too young, of course, but who cares?
Red
8/20/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Ruby throughout. Strong aromas of oak outstrip the dark red fruit at this point. Fairly hefty, dense Chambolle. Nice mix of black cherry and earth, but it is missing the tanginess and lightness of the best wines of the appellation. That said, it is at an inviting stage, open and only gently tannic. The wood returns at the end to make the finish green and slightly astringent.

We forgot about this for 2 days and were surprised and pleased to find that the wood had calmed down and some fresh strawberry emerged. This gives definite hope for further resolution and improvement.
Red
8/18/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Tired of waiting for the clouds to lift, we decided to treat ourselves to something special tonight. Opened 2 hours in advance. Light, well, Burgundy color. Mixed red fruits, but ultimately, mostly wafting strawberry joined by menthol. Light to medium body with a magical layer of sappiness and soil. Lovely, spicy red fruit flavors with a few dollops of blood orange, perfectly dosed acidity, and a long, deft, earthy finish. Tannins? What tannins? Whereas so many '95's I've tried have harsh elements and something out of place, the seamlessness of this bottle was something to behold. Fully mature and probably on a long plateau.
White
8/18/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
After a long hiatus in tasting 2013 Chablis, I was expecting to find a richer, more exotic style. Once again, my preconceptions were dashed. Medium yellow. More than a little of the Dauvissat reduction, but once that receded with air, musky lemon and iodine. Medium body, a little more abrupt feel than the best vintages. Flavors of tart lemon, herbs, some light oak, and a ton of soil on the finish. Nothing blowsy about it, and this bottle was not botrytized at all. Truly excellent and in great shape.
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Red
8/16/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Half bottle given about an hour of air. Deep ruby. Fragrant green perfume, berry, and purple flowers. Medium weight. Perfectly ripe blackberries with a dusting of soil. Slightly meaty but ever so gentle and elegant; nobody will confuse this for Cornas. I would imagine that standard size bottles are still a good 3-5 years from their peak.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
8/15/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Golden with an orange tint. Honeyed, floral nose. Glorious texture without seeming too syrupy. Honeyed exotic fruits but not terribly sweet, clove, fine acidity, and leavened on the back end by typical varietal bitterness and an unusual amount of soil for a dessert wine. The balance is exquisite, especially for Gewurztraminer, which so often seems off kilter. I've been fortunate enough to taste this before at the domain, and it was an even greater pleasure to linger over a bottle at home.

Interestingly, after being open for 24 hours, the aromatics are more varietal with strong floral perfume and lychee, while the balance and mouth feel remain superb. It is so uncommon to taste a Gewurztraminer at this level of sweetness that retains liveliness and does not seem leaden on the palate. This is a great achievement, and it must be one of the greatest SGN's ever made from this varietal.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Initial Champagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
8/15/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Disgorged January, 2015. Deep mellow yellow, impressively lively mousse. Hay and herbs greet you. Full, creamy red apple, and a smidgen of orange peel. Low dosage, excellent, well integrated acidity, and a boatload of soil to finish. At a most enjoyable stage, which for me means that any oxidative notes are held tightly in check.
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White
8/15/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Light greenish yellow. Herb and green fruit nose. Medium weight and density. Bitter citrus and green papaya followed by substantial acidity and a gravelly finish. This tasted great on a rare 90 degree day. Will only get better too.

Rounder, broader, and much more approachable the second night.
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White - Off-dry
8/14/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Full yellow. Tropical fruit, flowers, and citrus aromas. Medium to lighter weight. Off dry, pungent flavors of orange peel and apple jelly with fine acidity and a late burst of slate. Outstanding with verve and more room for development.
White
8/13/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Light golden. A crazy quilt of aromas and flavors that makes it really difficult to seize upon one dominant element. At times, honey, herbs, vanilla, pineapple, melon, lemon, and a deep reserve of soil. Outstanding glycerine feel with some obvious oak, and excellent acidity, albeit not as exaggerated as in some young Guiberteau wines. Bigger and rounder than I am used to in Guichaux, which generally seems to be a leaner wine in the range. Highly personal, idiosyncratic style that will evoke strong reactions in every conceivable direction. Count me as impressed but confused about where it is going and unconvinced about its (lack of) harmony now.
Red
8/12/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
This was an unsulfured bottle. Light red. Red fruit scents. Light weight, supple. Mixed dull red fruits and berries with a touch of licorice, sandy soil underneath, and an alkaline finish. Wonderful stuff with perfect equipoise between lithe fruit and earthy complexity.
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White
8/12/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Light yellow. Dried stone fruit nose. Medium weight and density for this bottling. Again, flavors of stone fruit and bitter citrus. Perhaps just perceptible sweetness, good acidity, and a ton of earth coating the tongue late. This has taken shape over the past few years and is showing really well now, honestly better than I expected during its early days. Not an all time great, but this will provide (and already does provide) excellent drinking while waiting for more classic, ageworthy vintages such as 2007, 2008, and 2010.

The fruit is even more succulent after the bottle was refrigerated overnight. This is not the wine for those seeking bone dry, more austere Trimbach.
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Red
8/11/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Drunk to celebrate its survival following a recent fall from a lofty perch in the wine room not too long ago. Decanted 2 hours in advance. Hefty amount of sediment. Limpid red with browning. Strong tobacco and earth scents at first with rising fennel later. Light weight but powerful and penetrating due to its acidity. Quite tannic initially, but this loosens its grip with more air. A wine of mostly mineral and savory components, but over time, there is pleasing, subtle sweetness, and a twist of orange rind. Excellent and it continued to improve right to the very last drop.
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White
8/11/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Deep yellow. This is framed by bizarre, tropical oakiness, almost imparting coconut scents-yikes! Not exactly what I expect or desire when I stick my nose into a glass of Chablis. It never entirely lets go and gives an all too woody feel. Too bad since behind all the lumber is tart orange peel, excellent acidity, and some more typical iodine.

Less exotic the next night, but all of that wood is still pretty intrusive.
White
1/28/2016 - drwine2001 wrote:
Full yellow. Tropical fruit nose. Big, full white with some oiliness but nice underlying acidity. I am not a big fan of this genre but thought this was very good.
Red
1996 Geantet-Pansiot Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
8/9/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Light ruby center, faded outer quarter. Blackberry, creosote, and menthol aromas. Medium to light weight, pure, persistent clay base. Cooler, more classic profile without any trace of wood. Black berry more than red fruit with a teasingly sweet component, classic 1996 acidity that has been very well incorporated, outstanding poise, refinement, and length. Waiting on this has proven to be completely worthwhile. Best showing by far and perhaps not even at its potential apex. Certainly at least 2 or 3 more years of pleasure here.
White - Off-dry
8/8/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Medium yellow. Stone fruit, apple, and a dash of honey on the nose. Rich and quite sweet for a Prum Spätlese. Ripe fruits as the aromas suggest plus spice and a prominent note of brown sugar. Utterly delightful without doubt for its luscious fruit, but it is too short on acidity to be a truly outstanding example of Mosel Spätlese.
Red
8/6/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Deep red. Lovely cherry fruit, olive, and light herb atop a clay soil base. So good and so enjoyable for a basic Chinon at age eleven.
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