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Red
2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Nebbiolo
3/13/2020 - sleepyhaus wrote:
Based on notes here (and on WB) suggesting this was still rather open, I thought I'd give it a spin. For me that was a mistake. It's decent enough but flashes in and out of showing nothing but some structure. Maybe more experienced tasters will better be able to evaluate but for me it was not showing enough to give me much information. So, these will be buried for the long haul at this point. Revisit in a decade minimum.
  • WetRock commented:

    3/17/20, 11:11 AM - Thanks for this. I've been a bit perplexed by all the attention this has received on WB. A lot of the people raving about how this is currently drinking love big massive ripe wines. It's been worrying me but then I also was wondering how they could love a young Produttori so much. It's been odd. Is this really that much better than other recent vintages? Most of the notes here don't seem to suggest that. Odd attention.

Red
1994 Lytton Springs Winery Zinfandel Sonoma County
2/21/2020 - WetRock wrote:
Richer than my last go but not real expressive. Still very Zinny. Holding but not improving maybe.
  • WetRock commented:

    3/14/20, 6:37 PM - I'm thrilled it was enjoyed Jay. I believe that is the last year the winery made it's own wine. I've tasted several vintages of this wine now. It ages very very well across the board.

Red
2017 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Cabernet Franc
5/6/2019 - WetRock wrote:
A bit of an odd duck for a Saumur. I've had wines from the southern regions of France that drank similar to this in terms of build. Strong reductive, Cab Franc qualities on the nose. The kind that might fool you into thinking it's bretty but then fade after some air. Very purple in color. Rich up front. A hard green streak in the tannins like maybe from seeds. Green pepper like background. Rich, forward fruit with some density in terms of extraction. A touch sweetly flavored. That forward fresh extracted fruit combined with green streaked tannins are what make me think of other wines from other regions.

I wonder if keeping the wine away from wood keeps in things we are not used to seeing in reds. As in, maybe it takes the edge of things like seed tannin. Dunno. This wine is 'ok'. It's certainly not what you are expecting if you want a traditional Loire Cab F. It's not completely out of bounds. But you might get fooled by the reputation and spoutings of the proprietor into thinking you are getting some old world time capsule. This is a just style among many. I'm thinking it works better for other regions or grapes like it does for Tribouley way down south. Here it seems to distort the message.
  • WetRock commented:

    2/6/20, 2:24 PM - I'm not sold on this style for the grape. It's not really what I want at least. I'm just uncertain what the trajectory is for a while of this style. I prefer my Loire Cab Franc to age like classic Cab S. This wine is ok and should soften a bit in bottle. I wonder if when the fruit starts to lay back if it will be as good. I doubt I'll buy more from this producer without tasting first.

Red
2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
11/14/2019 - WetRock wrote:
I liked this a good deal better than the Tondonia from the same vintage. This has a very classic build showing driving acids behind lots of matured in wood notes. There is some oxidation mixed in with leather and spice cabinet. Unfolding complexity. Different hints at different times. The finish is a good deal tart and the fruit not super fresh. I'd have to disagree that this needs more time. The fruit density really isn't here for that and it's already drinking fairly maturely. I just don't think this the vintage to be aging. This is one to drink while the better vintages age.
  • WetRock commented:

    11/16/19, 6:11 PM - I would personally not decant this. This is quite open and ready. I also prefer to watch wines unfold in the glass and sitting on the table if I am able. But I popped and poured and found this quite friendly. It did express itself differently as it took in air.

White - Sparkling
2008 Remy Massin Champagne Brut Millésimé Champagne Blend
8/24/2019 - WetRock wrote:
Suntacular (Frank Murray's Casa): Huge, soaring nose of bright fruity candies. Grippy palate with leaner fruit qualities. I took a flyer on a couple of these from Envoyer. This really delivers in terms of value. A pretty good wine but at $40 a real bargain. A producer to pay attention to.
  • WetRock commented:

    8/26/19, 7:53 PM - My notes are not detailed enough on that subject. It's drinking quite well right now. I don't remember thinking it was dense and needed age. It will last for some time I would think but no need to age it certainly. Amazing they are releasing an '08 right now for $40.

  • WetRock commented:

    8/26/19, 8:10 PM - What are you getting it for?

  • WetRock commented:

    8/26/19, 8:15 PM - Nevermind. I see Greg is offering more on pre-arrival. Grabbed a couple more for myself.

  • WetRock commented:

    10/12/19, 7:12 PM - I picked up a couple more myself after I had this initially. I hope I don't have to kick myself for not picking up more from the latest offer. ;)

Red
2014 Foradori Teroldego Sgarzon Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT
9/27/2019 - WetRock wrote:
Reductive early. Dark fruit up front. Fine, substantial tannin but not really a lot. Tart acidity. It sticks out like you sometimes see in certain California wines where the tartaric wasn't handled carefully. It gives the wine a two note punch. The fruit up front is dark, and reserved but doesn't really have depth. So it's kind of a one note. That fades and then you get smacked by the tartness. It's like a clumsy Petit Sirah. This also drank like something that saw no wood for those that like to note such things. A couple nights better that fruit to acidity thing and come together decently. The tartness was still notable but it drifted out from the fruit rather than popping up after the fruit had done it's thing. OK wine. Possibly better with time. I don't think the complexity is here for any great development though. Pricey for what it is. Notable in that it comes in one of those heavier than average Pinot/Syrah shaped bottles with a wax top.
  • WetRock commented:

    10/9/19, 12:15 PM - Thanks for the info about the amphora. Makes sense. I'm a fan of the producer in general but sometimes price and notoriety get ahead of actual quality for some popular producers. Or maybe it's just a weaker vintage.

White - Sparkling
2012 Paul Bara Champagne Grand Cru Brut Millésimé Champagne Blend
9/11/2019 - WetRock wrote:
Buttery bread on the nose with white grapes and berries. Sweet tart berry candy palate with a citrus kiss. Light bodied thought substantial in expression. Fresh and lively. The dosage sticks out a wee bit but I've never known Bara to be restrained there. This is delcious. Tough to put down.
  • WetRock commented:

    9/12/19, 8:11 PM - Thanks Bob. I think I need more.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend
8/20/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
First bottle from a new shipment, doesn't show quite the same as previous bottles. Has to be from a different bottling/year, etc. Have to agree with "wetrock" that this was darker, riper, further along in terms of age, and not as balanced as many previous bottles. Not going to score until I can try another bottle or two.
  • WetRock commented:

    8/29/19, 10:37 AM - I'm going to clarify in my note but the bottle I opened was one I got from auction. As I noted the base vintage for that bottle was 2005. So it's clearly from a release 8+ years ago.

Red
2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
6/10/2019 - WetRock wrote:
Complex melange of fruit and oak. Both are pretty strong though you notice the oak more. The nose is really where the expression is. The palate just comes along for the ride. Medium bodied and lean. This drinks pretty mature to me. And isn't real interesting honestly. It's nicely acid driven making it a nice dinner companion but on it's own it's just alright. There is no sense of the sort of density or layers that would suggest improvement from here though it will last for quite a while. Fine.
EDIT: Drank over three nights with little change.
  • WetRock commented:

    6/21/19, 9:41 AM - I didn't point out in my note that I drank this over three nights so the decanting issue is not really relevant. I don't remember much change other than a bit less expressive with that last glass.

    I'm not a bullish as you might be on it's aging trajectory. It's just the reverva after all and not the gran reserva. And for $30 is a decent wine. It certainly might improve but in my experience this wine did not display the sort of structure that makes me think it's going to be better in the future. It will certainly last a long time. Make no mistake about that. If someone was curious, laying this down for a decade or more is not much of a risk.

Red
2005 Château Phélan Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
4/15/2019 - Hawk94 wrote:
I don’t know if this has a bad cork or what - disappointed. Wet forest floor, old newspaper, funky taste. No good.
  • WetRock commented:

    4/19/19, 3:23 PM - FYI, your note sounds like the classic notes for TCA infection. Your bottle was corked.

Red
1991 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Three Palms Vineyard Napa Valley
11/8/2017 - WetRock wrote:
This needed some air but showed much denser than the last bottle. The fruit was very rich after this opened up. Classically styled.
  • WetRock commented:

    4/17/19, 7:39 PM - Yes. Older wines can suffer from bottle variation for several reasons. Plus, some people are more tolerant of how older wines can show than others. Palate variation if you will.

Red
2006 Terredora di Paolo Taurasi CampoRe Taurasi DOCG Aglianico
3/27/2019 - WetRock wrote:
Classy stuff. Iron filings with some violets and ripe, rustic fruits. Most notable is a consistent mineral sense. The fruit is wrapped around a strong acid core. It's shed most of it's fat and feels lean for the most part. A nice late grip with some green streaks. This seems to be in a nice window but there is fruit density to burn. Good now and probably still good in ten years. Terrific. Punches above it's weight.
  • WetRock commented:

    3/30/19, 9:08 PM - That's where I got mine, Dale. I had previously tried another, younger wine from this house and enjoyed it. Finding a bottling with 12 years under for less than $30 was hard to pass up!

White - Sparkling
2014 Vouette et Sorbée Champagne Blanc d'Argile Extra Brut Chardonnay
12/8/2018 - WetRock wrote:
It's not clear to me that this is actually a vintage wine. It was the listing in CT so I went with it but I don't believe it's listed on the label. Disgorgement is from late 2017 so it's possible to be a wine of 2014 but being Champagne this could also be a blend. I think the notion of blurring the lines between vintage and NV/MV wines is the hipster thing to do but they should at least provide some clarity on the label.

This drank more spiced and savory than fruited. You could almost guess a wine from somewhere besides Champagne served blind, at least on the nose. The palate shows more power though like you expect from the region versus most other sparkling wines. It also shows more balance between the savory and the decadent here. The fruit stands up and gives you reason to come back for more. I still have to say overall that this leans more intellectual than pleasurable. There is something regal here. There is obvious care with the wine making. But at $70 it's really pushing the limits of value. I'd say there is a chance this develops some with shorter-medium term cellaring.
  • WetRock commented:

    12/11/18, 6:07 PM - Thanks Cam. I'll take a gander at that bottle later.

  • WetRock commented:

    12/11/18, 10:27 PM - Thanks for the info VooDoo. I'm certainly going to pay attention to this producer if not be a big buyer. I did like the Fidele I had a bit better than this one. But I was also confused by the vintage or lack there of on that one. I just wish the producers would not try to be 'cool' and just label the wine clearly.

Red
2015 Ridge Zinfandel Dusi Ranch Paso Robles
12/6/2017 - Guy Des Rosiers Likes this wine:
88 points
This Zin cannot be accused of subtlety. It's big, purple, boozy, and packed with more fruit than Carmen Miranda's hat. The nose evokes baked bread, alcohol, blackstrap molasses, and raspberry coulis. The attack is off-dry, and the wonderfully pure fruit (raspberry, blackberry, and just about any other berry you can think of) knocks you down at the door like a lovable, slobbering St. Bernard. The oak is well under control, the acidity is balanced, the wine bears its massive alcoholic weight surprisingly well, and the length is impressive. But is it good? Well, if this note appeals to you so far, then yes, by all means, back up the truck. On the other hand, if this makes you cringe, then please go out and buy some Cornas. As for me, there's definitely a place in my heart for this type of big, in-your-face Zin, if I'm in the right kind of mood. And tonight I am.
  • WetRock commented:

    7/14/18, 1:36 PM - Nice review and I think we agree on several points, including the conclusion. I'll probably be following you.

    "knocks you down at the door like a lovable, slobbering St. Bernard." - Fantastic. Best line I've seen in a TN in quite some time and completely apropos of this wine. Well done.

    Cheers!

Red
2015 Ridge Zinfandel Carmichael Sonoma County
3/21/2018 - WetRock wrote:
The 2015 version of this wine drank is definite contrast to the 2014. I found the current release to be unintegrated and jumbled. The fruit has a strong glycerin feel to it. Drying tannin. There are notes of American oak peaking out in the way of dill and vanilla but they are faint. The second night saw the midpalate to finish even out some, evening out the tannin but that fruit up front still came in chunks. Maybe some more rest will help but I don't think there is a lot to work with in any case. Certainly not up to the normal standards of the winery SVD's.
  • WetRock commented:

    6/29/18, 8:44 AM - I don't score wines for a number of reasons.

White
2015 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
6/14/2018 - WetRock wrote:
Served blind. Clean and lean. Lemony with a bit of a grip. Nice sea shell notes. Had that tinge of age. I thought it was a Chablis. Interesting wine. This didn't have that richness I've usually come to associate with Rhys Chard. I usually roll my eyes when people compare a Cali Chard to Chablis but this one fits the mold.
  • WetRock commented:

    6/19/18, 10:09 AM - It's still a bit pricey for me. I have not tasted many recent vintages so my view of their Chards is mostly based on the older wines from the '06-10 time frame. Those wines show richer fruit and still need bottle time for me. This one was quite different.

Red
2011 Contrade di Taurasi (Cantine Lonardo) Taurasi Vigne d'Alto Taurasi DOCG Aglianico
6/15/2018 - WetRock wrote:
Lots of lava rocks here. Graceful yet substantial. Especially in the way of tannin. A lot of these Taurasi wines manage to seem mature yet ahead of their drinking window at the same time. This one is one of those. The acid and tannin mix is great here. Hoping to hit the window when the fruit shows it's best. This has a long trajectory ahead of it. The graceful part made this hard to put down on the second night.
  • WetRock commented:

    6/17/18, 9:05 AM - Thanks Dale. I only discovered this at the very close of last year. Unfortunately the wines are not widely available here in California or really across the country. I did manage to pick up a 2008 Le Coste from an online auction. Trying to keep my hands off these though. These are clearly wines that will benefit from lots of sleep.

Red
2004 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
2 1/2 years since my last visit with this, and it doesn't seem to have budged/changed very much; if anything, the shoulders of the fruit are slightly more rounded. The structure seems more overt this go around, with the fruit playing second fiddle throughout - acids still rather zesty. The good news is the last sip was the best AND this is a lovely expression of earth and grape(s) with plenty of good things to come to those who wait. 90 minutes in decanter, notwithstanding, this is just too soon, and/or needed more air, for me. Thru 2034. recommended+
  • WetRock commented:

    7/30/17, 8:46 PM - Thanks for taking one for the team. I'm not touching my one bottle until at least 2024. ;)

Red
2006 Poggio Bonelli Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
2/28/2010 - WetRock wrote:
flawed
Chianti Blind at the Wine Club (The Wine Club, Santa Ana): Served blind. Spicy nose showing juniper and some funk. Also a touch of TCA lurking. Big and round, sweetish and tannic. Becomes harshly acidic and tannic. Corked.
  • WetRock commented:

    12/2/16, 8:05 PM - Why wouldn't you?

Red
2013 Charles Joguet Chinon Les Petites Roches Cabernet Franc
2/28/2016 - WetRock wrote:
Noticeably clear to the eye in comparison to previous vintages. Nice light fresh nose showing forward fruit and a nice charcoal like character. Light bodied palate with a touch of tannin and a fresh feel. There is clearly very low fruit concentration here showing the vintage pedigree such as it is. So light is this that it is actually lighter than their lowest level bottling, Cuvee Terroir, normally is. Considering the vintage this is would be a decent dinner companion for $10. But I am shocked they didn't declassify the fruit further and pass on the bottling for the year. They obviously did lots of selection to get a palatable wine but it pales in comparison to previous vintages in a big way.
  • WetRock commented:

    10/4/16, 9:57 AM - Hi Brian. I assume they have this vintage in your Total Wine? Yeah, skip it but definitely buy when they have the next decent vintage available. I was shocked when I first saw Joguet in Total Wine a few years back. Too bad they don't carry more bottlings.

Red
2006 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
3/4/2014 - WetRock wrote:
Classically styled and drinking nicely already. The wine to pour those wine geeks who eschew Zinfandel. In a nice place but certainly no rush here. The fruit is still fleshy so if you want that lean feel lay it down another 5-10 years.
  • WetRock commented:

    4/24/14, 3:34 PM - Yes, it has been a while. Trying to lay off my other Geezers but I love checking in on them. ;)

Red
2004 Joseph Swan Vineyards Carignane Cotes du Rosa Russian River Valley
1/1/2014 - WetRock wrote:
Nose of blackberries and raspberry jam over a nice minerally base. Rocky and changing, subtly complex with swirling. Lovely focused palate with ample acids under dark fruits. Touch of tannin focuses the finish even further. Lovely clean wine of a kind not often seen from California. More proof for my theory that Carignane would be something that could make some terrific wines in California or merely bolster some more fruit forward blends. The bottle showed tons of sediment stuck to the insides. Just a splendid wine in a very nice place.
  • WetRock commented:

    1/3/14, 7:19 PM - I'm with you Jason on Cali Carignane. I wish it were planted more abundantly. I've heard it's a bit tricky and doesn't really make real good wine until it's older. But it always seem to have strong acids and lends that to blends it's in anyways. Sort of like Petit Sirah with tannin in Zin blends.

White
2003 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc Le Méal Hermitage Marsanne
5/24/2009 - WetRock wrote:
EWG does Northern Rhones (Conrad's Abode): I've never had a wine quite like this before. Initially very tight with the nose only really giving a candle wax note over a rich waxy palate. It was from a magnum so we revisited over the course of the evening easily seeing the expression of the wine open from it's dense fruit. The palate became big and full yet very even with some nice creaminess and showing some nice toasty caramel notes. It was labeled a "dessert" wine but there was no residual sugar to me nor really any sense of sweetness. I'm not a big Rhone white fan but this was terrific and should age for a long time.
  • WetRock commented:

    5/4/13, 7:47 PM - Time is flying Rick. I still remember this wine also. Awesome stuff.

Red
2009 Domaine les Grands Bois Côtes du Rhône Villages Cuvée Gabrielle Red Rhone Blend
12/7/2011 - WetRock wrote:
Pure dark fruit. Great balance. Clean and focused even with the relatively forward fruit. A nice pure expression of fruit without softness and oak. Great for the price.
  • WetRock commented:

    12/3/12, 6:06 PM - Halfeel, for many reasons I do not score wines.

Red
2004 Bodegas Muga Rioja Torre Muga Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
1/30/2011 - WetRock wrote:
EWG tastes Umami (Umami Burger, Hollywood, CA): This was very hard to get a read on as it was the most shut down wine I've tasted in quite some time. There is a touch of spicy French oak on the nose and the tannins feel fairly harsh. Just tight with a capital 'T' all around.
  • WetRock commented:

    3/5/11, 3:12 PM - Yes, WS, older Spanish wines, especially Riojas are mostly aged in American oak. Newer producers and makers seeking a more modern take are using new French oak. Many of the Muga wines fall squarely in the modern style.

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