Tasting Notes for rc@ughey

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White - Off-dry
8/2/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
Very enjoyable but not for the faint of heart. This has ripe, super-bold tropical and exotic fruit, with an opulent texture, and sizzling acidity. Given the hyper-charged components, the balance is highly impressive.
Red
7/31/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
90 points
Very tasty. Highly mineral. Bright and drinkable. A bit glossy.
Red
7/29/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
88 points
Liked this--didn't love it. It's concentrated and textured--and bright and spicy (in a good way!)--but there's a cola note and sweetness and a touch of jagged acidity that throws this a bit off kilter. It's at a nice stage of maturity.
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White
7/25/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
Excellent showing and the best showing yet of the 3 bottles of this I've opened. I've always liked this wine -- I think S-F did '11 just right -- and it's in a great place now. While still young, it's wide open with layers of bright fruit and seriously intense minerality. I think it will improve and reach greater heights. And as a bit of nostalgia, this still had the Premier Cru import sticker!
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Red
7/23/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
90 points
Highly enjoyable, with sweet red fruits and a tart, racy profile that makes this super-drinkable. The balance is quite good and the structure is there, so I suspect this will age in the intermediate-term.
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White - Sparkling
7/21/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
I love Bouchard every time. This has the signature chiseled red-berry profile with a super-fine mousse and weightless texture. Superb.
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White
7/21/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
91 points
I liked this way more than I expected to. Yes, it's ripe (that's the vintage), but the fruit is pure and the profile isn't overly heavy. The fruit is juicy, the balance is pretty good, and this is excellent with food. I bet it would surprise in a blind Burg tasting.
Red
7/21/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
88 points
Bright red fruits framed by a more serious brambly undertone, with characteristic zippy acidity. Nicely textured. Not a serious wine but not a simple one either. Delicious for what it is.
Red
7/21/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
Beautiful and impeccably well-made, this is juicy and ripe but in an impeccably balanced middleweight package. This will certainly age -- it has fine tannins and structure -- but it's a fun wine now. Leroux is one to watch.
Red
7/21/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
92 points
Another good showing. This has ripe, concentrated red and dark-berry fruit in a middleweight package. Smooth texture, almost a bit glossy. Young but not criminally so. Nice drink that will improve.
White
7/20/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
91 points
Crisp. Clean. Intense. And totally beautiful.
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White
7/18/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
87 points
Underwhelming. I enjoy high-acid wines, but the acids here are particularly jagged, and the lemon notes a bit intense. This does have pretty fruit and nice minerality, but at this age the overall profile is pretty austere, bordering on harsh. Don't get me wrong: this is enjoyable enough as a food-friendly, high-acid white. But I'm not in love with it now, and I'm not so sure of where it's going.
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White - Sparkling
7/13/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
90 points
Consistent impressions with this. Solid NV BdB.
White
7/10/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
89 points
Consistent with prior note. Delicious, honest, and very pleasurable.
White - Sparkling
7/10/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
I *love* this wine. It has such an intense fruit profile, with piercing red-berry flavors, but the presence is completely weightless. It's layered and deep but due to the super-fine mousse and seamless texture, it's almost like drinking a cloud. Bouchard kills it. Always.
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Red
7/9/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
90 points
Consistent with prior note. Two bottles over a couple weeks.
Red
7/9/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
90 points
Balanced and complex with dark fruits, dried herbs, and layers of depth -- a classic Tondonia. The oak is pretty pronounced, and this needs time, but it's a great QPR now and it has a bright future.
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Red
7/9/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
91 points
Very dense, very bold, and grand in stature, although this needs some time to really come together. I think this will fan out with time and it certainly has the raw material to become something very good.
White
7/9/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
92 points
Superb showing. Round and rich but plenty bright, with moderate dry extract and light minerality. Creamy citrus texture with intense white and yellow fruits, faint nuttiness, and some layering. Very good particularly for the vintage.
Red
7/9/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
91 points
Lovely and elegant, and certainly quite enjoyable, if a bit austere and straightforward. This shows bright, pure red fruits with an intense stony core. This is chiseled and detailed but pretty stern at this point. Not totally shut down but not totally either.
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Rosé
6/28/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
90 points
This is indeed the world’s best still rose. It’s uncommonly complex, grippy, and deep. Highly satisfying with food and without. As for value, this is a great buy for ~$40 but questionable for secondary market pricing.
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Red
6/13/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
91 points
Very Mugnier, this is generous and open-knit with textured red and dark fruits. A bit simple at this stage but very satisfying. The tariff is getting pretty steep for what this is, but there's no denying the quality.
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Red
6/13/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
92 points
I love this wine. Moderately expressive nose of dusty red and dark berries with an intensely stony palate of brambly fruit. Restrained and subtle with impeccable balance. Very Burgundian, very '16 (a vintage I love), and so satisfying with food. Better than a '17 Mugner Chambolle opened alongside it.
White
6/10/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
88 points
Fresh, ripe, and nicely textured, this is a good and easy drink.
Red
6/4/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
95 points
Perhaps the best wine I've had this year. Deep and dark and layered and pure and just gnarly enough. Young but with an expressive nose and generous palate. Particularly excellent in Telluride's crisp evening air. Clearly better than an '05 Chave Hermitage several months ago (which itself was no slouch).
Red
5/25/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
91 points
I love this wine. It’s just a wine of joy. Light, fragrant, and generous with red fruits and subtle sweet spice. Balanced and delicate but not dilute. Better with a slight chill.
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White
5/24/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
88 points
Linear and fresh. Great summer wine. A tad simple.
Red
5/24/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
92 points
The pure pinot nose introduces dark berries framed by minerals and fine structure. This is classically proprotioned and another example of the quality of 2016 red burgs. But this is also shutting down and I'd wait 5-10 years before trying again.
Rosé - Sparkling
5/19/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
89 points
Consistent with prior note. I quite like Gosset and this is a nice rose.
Red
5/19/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
83 points
Not impressed by this. Ripe fruit but out-of-balance acidity.
White
5/19/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
Delicious. Shows bright grapefruit with an acidic spine but with the body and texture of a nice Smaragd. Super drinkable.
Red
5/17/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
92 points
This is on a great trajectory. Still a tannin-and-acid wine but now showing beautiful floral notes on the nose and palate with concentrated red fruits and earthy undertones. Middleweight but long. Nowhere near apogee but good now with food.
White - Sparkling
5/12/2020 - rc@ughey Likes this wine:
95 points
Dynamite showing from a pristine bottle (original disgorgement). This shows a light-gold color and still has vigorous fizz. Intense nose of fruit and a faint nuttiness, and the palate explodes with yellow fruit framed by subtle mushroom and coffee notes. Very deep and in a nice spot in its life-cycle -- this is deep without being quite mature. Still has some improvement but it's in a great place now.
White
5/12/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
88 points
Nice, intense well-made intense Chenin with a silky texture. A little foursquare but satisfying.
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Red
5/11/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
Concentrated, stylish dark-berry fruits on the nose and palate. Big and bold but seamless. Paulliac-typical non-fruit flavors keep this in check, and ultimately the balance is quite good. Young but no shame in drinking this now. The structure is unobtrusive. Very good and I bet it would compete with grander labels in a blind tasting.
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White - Sparkling
5/11/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
Super tasty as always. Consistently a crowd-pleaser and for good reason.
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Red
5/11/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
94 points
I love this wine and wish I had more. With Faiveley and '09, you'd expect something pretty bold and glossy. But man, this is absolutely textbook Chambolle. It is fragrant, lithe and silky but with intense and layered red fruits, with just faint darker undertones. The overall package is seamless with barely perceptible tannins -- but I do expect this to improve for the indefinite future. At its best, Chambolle 'Combe d'Orveau' is a baby Musigny and this fits the bill.
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Red
5/5/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
92 points
Tasty and layered, with open-knit red and brambly fruit. Deep but still a bit hard and angular. At its apogee and quite satisfying.
White
5/5/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
92 points
Very good. Intense and ripe but with nice underlying extract and acidity. A half-step up from the Montee de Tonerre but honestly not necessarily more enjoyable -- the weight gives a different dimension but I love the sleeker feel of the MdT.
Red
4/27/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
88 points
This showcases what I like about Ridge Zin: this shows juicy fruit, velvet texture, but the richness stops short of being overblown. Tasty, generous, and not serious -- but pleasing even to jaded palates. Fresher than some of the bolder young Ridge zins, but characteristically this does show some oak.
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White
4/27/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
92 points
Another delicious '17 White Burg -- and another delicious Dancer. This is has an expressive nose and dense citrus and minerals on the palate. This is bright and balanced and, with some air, moderately complex and reasonably long. Great, small-production wine that, in comparison to culty Meursault, is a total steal.
White
4/25/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
88 points
Super zippy—just brimming with energy, this also shows modest tropical and stone fruits. Enjoyable and almost gulpable but serious enough to please the geeks.
Red
4/23/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
So good. But so young. This has everything I look for in Red Burg: dense, crunchy fruit; bright acids; minerals; and a light touch. But this is still very tight. That said, I have zero doubt--seriously, no doubt whatsoever--that this will be really phenomenal when it opens up.
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Red
4/22/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
89 points
Nice wine. Muted nose of dried red fruits and spice and a bright, tannic, earthy, open-knit palate that's typical of Barbaresco. Good food wine.
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Rosé - Sparkling
4/18/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
88 points
Drinakable and proper with complex red and yellow fruits and a fine bead. A little sweeter and fatter than I prefer but quite tasty.
Red
4/18/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
84 points
This is declassified Chateauneuf but it's not a particularly distinguished Rhone. The fruit is ripe but perhaps too right, and the supporting structure is too weak to bring this into balance. Not flawed, and not bad -- but not so great either.
White
4/16/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
87 points
Admittedly I’m not a big Condrieu guy. I typically find them low-acid and thus kind of ‘flat’, albeit with far better balance than some flabby new world whites. This has those issues: it doesn’t have the zip that I look for in my favorite whites. But this does have pure fruit and moderate complexity that make it a very nice change of pace. Very rich and floral. Enjoyable, if not great.
White
4/14/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
90 points
This is a lean and lithe Smaragd -- far different than the opulent and viscous wines that many others (e.g., F.X. Pichler) often put out. This shows elegant bitter citrus, hints of tropical fruit, and blazing acidity without the flat/medicinal notes that I sometimes find in Nikolaihof. Very nice and positively gulpable.
Red
4/13/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
This is just a flat-out excellent Burgundy. It is on the bigger, darker side of Burgundy. But it's impeccably balanced with beautiful, layered, mouth-filling dark-berry and brambly fruit and some sneaky minerality. Certainly bright enough to be drinkable. It's super delicious now but has decades of improvement ahead.
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Red
4/13/2020 - rc@ughey wrote:
92 points
Delicious villages that exemplifies what I like about Red Burgundy. But this was also an exercise in why you need to let certain wines breathe. Upon opening, this shows the bad side of 08. It is initially very acidic, quite lean, and lacking in fruit. Although I often enjoy bright, angular Burgs, this is an extreme example -- at least initially. But with 2-3 hours in the decanter, it begins to show everything great about 08. The fruit really fleshes out and the acids mellow. And with 4-5 hours in the decanter, the fruit becomes even more beautiful and layered but without losing the initial brightness. When it all comes together, this wine is just a flat-out gorgeous Chambolle, with crunchy red fruits, fine details, and real minerality. This is a wine that would never, ever be confused for anything but Burgundy, and it's not one that would appeal to a New World palate. But it's so satisfying for what it is.
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