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Red
1998 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
1/18/2020 - Xavier Auerbach wrote:
94 points
Académie des Cinquante Saint-Emilion Tasting (Restaurant Bolenius *, Amsterdam, NL): Tasted blind twice (1, wine 20): concentrated, complete, classical, high but refined tannins, complex, 93. (2) Rich, elegant, Pomerol-like gravelly warmth, firm but well managed tannins, flowing and elegant, long and playful, 94.
  • Louvin commented:

    2/7/20, 3:35 PM - can you suggest a decant method, thx

Red
2006 Louis Jadot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots Pinot Noir
1/26/2020 - DougLee wrote:
88 points
Ruby color. Nose of raspberry, violets, anise. Wild berry and plum on the palate with some oak notes and spice. A bit dilute. Moderate acidity and firm tannin. Medium length finish of crushed red berry fruit and bits of vanilla.
  • Louvin commented:

    1/26/20, 9:03 AM - sounds young, will keep mine on hold for quite awhile, thanks

Red
2002 Nicolas Potel Romanée St. Vivant Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir
10/5/2019 - Paul S wrote:
94 points
Chris' Birthday Dinner (Summer Palace, Regent Hotel): Very nice indeed - this was better than the last bottle I had a couple of weeks back. What a lovely nose it had, with drifts of fragrant Vosne spice wafting around a core of sweet dark cherries and plums, dried violets and slightly funky, meaty sous bois. A beautiful RSV bouquet. It was delicious on the palate. So elegant, with fine, velvety tannins and wonderfully defined acidity framing deliciously transparent flavours of dark cherries, red berries and plums, all infused with a lovely mouthful of Vosne spice, and just that little kiss of florals tracing its way into a lovely long finish. Maybe lacking a touch of Grand a Cru authority and power, but it was very delicious - this was a truly seductive mouthful drinking at a rather advanced peak.
  • Louvin commented:

    10/5/19, 8:18 AM - thanks Paul, I've only got one of these and your note makes me want to try soon, so I'm wondering what you'd suggest about the opening process?

Red
2013 A. et P. de Villaine Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise La Digoine Pinot Noir
light, supple, mouthwatering, vivacious, earthen, mineral, barnyard, round cherries & bright raspberries. very clear flavors. sophisticated, but not serious.
  • Louvin commented:

    4/15/19, 6:00 PM - still applies in 2019, very nice wine. A bit more serious as it's so good.

Red
2001 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas Syrah
8th bottle since released (last taste 6 years ago). The best so far, but needs to decant 3-4 hours in open caraffe. Great nose of green herbs, bacon, white pepper and some tertiary aromas perking through, ie forest floor, wet fur. Medium bodied. Rather elegant and not as forward as 2003 and not as good as the 1999, albeit the 1999 needs 10 more years. The 2001 is ready now if you decant long.
  • Louvin commented:

    1/6/19, 9:56 AM - Think you might need to edit this post so not to list as "flawed" Otherwise sounds nice, thanks

White
2014 Henri Boillot Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay
11/17/2018 - jonaspq Likes this wine:
90 points
Candied citrus and flint on the nose. Creamy mouthfeel with good acidic bite and length. Slightly bitter ending.
  • Louvin commented:

    11/24/18, 5:03 PM - I like your description as it hits upon all the attributes. Hard not to give more points when you consider the cost.

Red
2001 Marcarini Barolo Brunate Nebbiolo
5/18/2018 - JWG wrote:
95 points
This has increased in goodness since the last bottle I had in 2015. As always, a really classic, tradizione barolo.
More tar on the nose this time, along with earth. Palate is fabulous -- earth, big fruit, dark cherry, chewy, with somewhat moderated tannins compared to last time. Still lively and no sense of getting past any peak.
  • Louvin commented:

    5/18/18, 5:45 PM - I agree, when there's not a problem, usually VA, then this is a gorgeous wine. Glad you got a good one.

White
2016 Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg Kamptal
Fun and crisp and delicious.
  • Louvin commented:

    5/18/18, 5:43 PM - I have to agree with you, after having bought this as advertised as the "Tradition" and then being disappointed, I've gotten quite fond of this for simpler everyday wine.

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.
  • Louvin commented:

    1/23/18, 8:19 PM - Had this tonight myself to celebrate the life of Bruno, like your notes, sum the wine up well.

Red
2015 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Surprisingly approachable now. Sometimes Thomas takes hours to open up or is super tight. Tonight it opened fast and was full and smooth.
  • Louvin commented:

    12/16/17, 8:10 AM - Wondering if you've had the '14 and how it compares, thanks.

Red
2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
2/22/2017 - grafstrb wrote:
89 points
-- decanted for 1.5 hours before initial taste --
-- tasted non-blind over 3 hours --

NOSE aged red fruits; hint of stewed tomato; expressive; not complex.

BODY: garnet color of medium to medium-deep depth; bricking throughout; medium-grained particulate matter present; medium bodied. Thought about deducting a point for the bricking, as most Arcadian pinots of this age wouldn't show that way, but decided not to.

TASTE: open; dark red fruits (a bit muddled); medium oak; not as acidic as most Arcadian pinots*; bitter florals; seems to be ageing quickly relative to other Arcadian offerings; *apparent acidity did increase to medium – medium+ after 4 hours open; better with air than without; surprisingly, I think this is in its peak window, if not already on its gradual downslope, due to some worries that the oak is starting to take a stronger position than it formerly did. It's kind of crazy to say an 11 year old Pinot Noir from the U.S. is "early maturing" but that's really a testament to the ageworthiness of Joe's wines. I will continue to check-in on this every few months; very good to low-level excellent. Drink now and over the near term.

50, 5, 11, 16, 7 = 89
  • Louvin commented:

    7/1/17, 6:26 PM - my experience was very close to yours, I'm a bit surprised on the negative side for this wine, hoping the for '01 experience, but no where close. You nailed that stewed tomato note, just too large. Mine turning bitter at the end.

Red
2013 Peay Vineyards Pinot Noir Scallop Shelf Estate Sonoma Coast
10/16/2016 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
91 points
Wonderful as usual. I have yet to try a vintage of this masterpiece that I didn't at least really like. The 2007 was my first and probably still at mythical level in my mind. Kept one of those to drink in 2017 to see how the peay wines age.
  • Louvin commented:

    10/25/16, 7:04 PM - I was checking out the various vintages for this wine and saw your comment, got to say since I just had the '07 tonight, that you'll be very happy indeed when you open yours.

White
2014 Emrich-Schönleber Halenberg Riesling Großes Gewächs Nahe
9/3/2016 - rossi.wine wrote:
94 points
Compared to the 2015 less generous fruit, very saline and herbal. Again lots of power and freshness on the palate, bright, sinewy and almost a little skinny, but wonderful depth and length. Lingering finish. 93-94+
  • Louvin commented:

    9/4/16, 8:39 AM - Your note doesn't read correct, either you are comparing it to another vintage or the wine drunk isn't the '14.

Red
2012 Montalbera Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato L'Accento
3/8/2016 - IlonaN wrote:
91 points
I kid you not, this stuff is delicious and much of that impression comes from the sheer unusual-ness of this varietal wine. Lithe, perfumed, lightly tannic but not enough to upset a dish of Asian style steamed fish, this is a delightful drink. An elixir of roses, violets and juicy red fruit. Have no idea if this can take some cellar age, but at our house it's likely to be consumed in the very near term.
  • Louvin commented:

    3/8/16, 4:04 PM - I too love this wine, having some roses in my garden the nose on this wine is so much this. I think you need to be a gardner to appreciate this element. Many I've introduced to this wine learn to love it but the nose evades them. You nailed the description. Thanks

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