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Red
2018 Montalbera Fuori Catalogo Piemonte DOC Red Blend
3/13/2021 - DoubleMagnum wrote:
87 points
Is this a Barbera blend or a Ruchè blend? It feels light, body-wise and too tannic for Barbera. It drinks more like young Nebbiolo. Nose is basic red fruited. I don't think it gets any oak. Can't believe I'm saying this but, it may need some. Decant but I'd wait a couple of years too.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    9/14/21, 9:24 PM - Thanks for the info @srh. Cheers!

White
2016 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Monopole Clásico White Blend
10/26/2019 - DoubleMagnum Likes this wine:
90 points
Pale gold in color. Lemon, wet stones and sea water on the nose. Dry on the palate, medium plus acid, medium alcohol, medium bodied, supple almost voluptuous mouthfeel balanced by the acid. Mid-length finish. Went well with sushi.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    8/2/21, 12:54 PM - Very cool. Thank you for your contribution as well @srh. Cheers!

Rosé
2020 Kirkland Signature Côtes de Provence Rosé Rosé Blend
6/6/2021 - DoubleMagnum Likes this wine:
90 points
Red fruited nose with some crushed rocks and some herbs. Dry on the palate, savory, with good minerality and brighter than 2019. Acid is definitely good this vintage. Feels more balanced than last vintage. Had it against the popular AIX bottling and this was just as good. Very good QPR.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    7/3/21, 4:32 PM - Thank you!

Red
2002 Domaine Arlaud Clos de la Roche Cuvée Unique Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir
1/1/2021 - fitzi wrote:
From 750, New Year's Eve. With the cork, a rich aroma of freshly roasted coffee emerged from the bottle. Poured a large glass, decanted half the bottle into an empty 375, left the remainder in the bottle, open, on the counter for 24 hours. Drank the glass slowly over the course of the evening,

The wine from the glass was a brambly mess, flat, flavors hard to differentiate, little aroma, no finish. The wine worsened over the course of the evening, if anything, and I wrote it off to either mild corkedness or just bad winemaking. This evening, out of a sense of scientific interest, I poured the remainder from the open bottle. Still largely dumb, this now came across as a very large-scaled wine indeed, with a nascent resurgence of the initial coffee, substantial depth, and a real finish. But inarticulate, so likely still a baby,

I'm going into such excruciating detail here because of the note posted a couple of days ago by Doublemagnum, to which I feel my experience adds useful information. Based on the second glass tonight, I'd estimate that, in this format, the wine needs something like another decade to develop into even youthful maturity, when it has the potential to be a very grand cru indeed. An interesting surprise, and I'll try to keep hands off the remaining bottles until at least 2025.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    4/23/21, 1:32 PM - Thank you for the note. It indeed adds good information. I am left wondering what happened to the 375 bottle. Did you drink it later on? Was it better.
    Timing is everything with wine isn't it? I hope you are right about the timeline. I am rooting for you! Should we compare notes again in 2025?

  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    5/2/21, 9:47 AM - Until then @Fitzi! Cheers!

White
2009 Bouchard Père et Fils Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières Domaine Chardonnay
2/21/2021 - DoubleMagnum Likes this wine:
92 points
Pale gold in color. Looks younger than I would expect after a decade. Citrus and stone fruit on the nose, some honeysuckle. Dry and luscious on the full-bodied palate, with medium plus acidity and notes of white nectarines, and oyster shells. Good minerality, well integrated alcohol and oak. The weight gives this a luxurious feeling that to me is very Meursault. The finish is savory, saline and long.

Bought this at the winery in Beaune in 2013. Glad I waited to drink it. It is drinking beautifully now.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    4/22/21, 3:02 PM - It can definitely age @Pontifax. And I think 2013 was a more traditional vintage than 2009 as well. Happy drinking... Cheers!

White
2018 Jean-Jacques Vincent Pouilly-Fuissé Château de Fuissé Tête de Cuvée Chardonnay
3/28/2021 - DoubleMagnum Likes this wine:
93 points
Medium lemon in color. The nose is ripe and of pronounced intensity. Notes of pineapple, papaya, passion fruit and coconut. I get no orchard fruits but maybe a little lemon. Some toasty oak as well. The palate is rich and clearly from a very ripe, tropical vintage, but it opens up. It is concentrated, lush, layered, mouth coating, textured, complex, and delicious. Dry, bright and almost endless finish.
This is for white burgundy drinkers who want to scratch the itch for a little bit of California chard in their wine. I’d love to put this on a blind with Sandhi and Liquid Farm and see all the head scratching.
Cheers & Happy Sunday!
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    3/31/21, 1:17 PM - Thanks @gratefulbbq. I'll have to try that Kumeu River. Burgundian in style, I assume?

  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    4/1/21, 12:50 PM - Awesome. Thanks for the reference.

Red
2010 Château Flotis Fronton Si Noire Negrette
7/31/2014 - Purple Tooth wrote:
94 points
Funk meets Classical, creates an album that fits in no other genre, so it gets shelved in the Jazz section, and lost for many, many, many, many years.....Until one day!

For you non-music loving winos, here is another analogy: This wine is like a hand cranked jack in the box, with a slow emerging cute little midget clown, sporting a 12" penis!

Barnyard nose, with ground white pepper, lots and lots of brett, liquid sex, and sweet funky blue fruit, followed by a gigantic 45 second firm, dry finish that goes on and on and on....

Must warn you! Drink this wine at the end the night. Because if you think you are going to drink a 15 dollar bottle of wine as an opening act to an evening of many other wines, you will most likely be disappointed by the rest of the lineup, unless you are drinking young, but awesomely expensive wines. Not to mention, that your tongue WILL BE bruised!
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    3/30/21, 7:48 AM - LMAO. Wish there was a Is this review funny checkbox!

White
2013 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc Oncle Vincent Chardonnay
9/2/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
89 points
Good, without being too rich like a slutty Charonnay can be...Good acidity with hints of France in the bottle. I wish there was more France in the bottle, but glad it lacked California...Drink
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    3/29/21, 3:28 PM - LMAO. Great note!

  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    3/29/21, 5:51 PM - "with hints of France in the bottle" I was on the floor. Really cool note.

Red
2016 Kirkland Signature Barolo Nebbiolo
3/14/2021 - lucagiupponi wrote:
It’s always hard to tell with Kirkland wines. Did I not decant it long enough? Is it too young? Or is it just bad? The tannins were just unbearable at opening, but after a few hours this opened up enough to enjoy it with a hearty meal. Very lean and acidic. At this price point I’d probably rather get a good Nebbiolo or Barbera though.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    3/16/21, 3:27 PM - Wow... Feels like I wrote that note. Had the exact same experience. 2015 was a lot easier on the palate. Cheers!

White
2019 Kirkland Signature Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc
2/25/2021 - DoubleMagnum wrote:
87 points
Pale gold in color. Nose of honeydew, kiwi, lychee, honeysuckle and elderflower. Smell sweet. On the palate, it is dry and wow... vintage must have been hot. Not for the alcohol, as I don't sense any heat but rather the body. This wine is quite "voluptuous" to put it nicely. Luckily there’s quite a bit of acid to balance it but it is FULL bodied. The nose is clearly Sancerre but the body is telling me Bordeaux. I would probably not call New Zealand on this but I’d have a hard time calling Sancerre had I been blinded on this. I swear there is Semillon in this. The amount of honey is substantial. Yeah. I would have probably called Entre-Deux-Mers. Finishes dry, mid-length. Not bad but climate is certainly changing things.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    3/5/21, 3:23 PM - Sure thing! And thanks for the link!

  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    3/5/21, 5:39 PM - Appreciate the kind words srh. May your glass be always full! 🥂

Red
2016 Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet (Hervé Souhaut) Syrah Ardèche
1/4/2021 - DoubleMagnum Likes this wine:
90 points
OK. The best way I can describe this wine is picture a natural Beaujolais that has been mixed with some tapenade.
It's as if Marcel Lapierre met Pierre Gonon and told him, OK, I'll take care of the palate and you take care of the nose.
Voilà!
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    1/5/21, 9:13 AM - Thank you for the kind words @sennma Cheers!

  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    2/25/21, 2:30 PM - This thing needs a like button! haha... Thanks for the comment @thesternowl's

Spirits
N.V. Kirkland Signature Cognac X.O. Ugni Blanc, Trebbiano
11/26/2020 - FlaviusC Likes this wine:
89 points
Surprisingly good, it's got a decent richness, softness, probably a little sweetness. Well worth the $45. Versus a $100 plus for anything better.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    2/19/21, 1:16 PM - Totally agree. I even bought the Henessy XO at Costco when they had it on sale and at $150, I don't think the price justifies the difference. I can see it in wine, in Cognac, it's a lot harder.

Red
2014 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault Sonoma Coast
Cf. the CellarTracker Article link [lower lft] to get specific info for this vintage, including acclaim.

≈50 min decant into a plastic, cylindrical pitcher which was then capped; A miniscule amount of sediment noted; Private Preserve after Day 1

N: Fragrant straws, cherries, flowers (roses?), some minerals, poss earth;

P: Med body; Rndish entry with nice, almost swtish frt met by an astringent pucker which init strengthens before VERY slowly evolving into a very LONG, bitter/swt finish which firms with its acidity rather than its basically resolved tannins. NOT a "sipper", this went WELL with the Grilled Grnd Beef & Sauteed Mushrooms, < so with the Mashed Potatoes.

// Day 2: Aromas ≈, P has held acceptably, POSS slightly < firm, though still better with the night's Grilled Pk Chops & Mashed Potatoes than it was by itself.

// Day 3: Aromatically < intense, P notably < firm, but that was positive, at least with tonight's Calzone (Sausage)/Marinara. I'm now wondering IF there's an incompatible pairing for this wine?!? 😉

// ∑: 12.7% ABV; My EXC-/EXC, trending towards the higher IF viewed as a low alch food wine, though even then a substantial # of folks (e.g., my relatives) are NOT going to enjoy its slender, acid driven, only subtly fruity, style. 😉 😕 [As of early Feb '21, wine-searcher still shows 6 sources from $56-$76].

Note: First tasted on 5/29/20
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    2/9/21, 8:21 AM - Looking at your rating scale in your profile, but I don't see an explanation for that SIGMA symbol. Is that the section where you add your score?

Red
2018 Kirkland Signature Old Vine Zinfandel Sonoma County
1/28/2021 - DoubleMagnum Likes this wine:
89 points
The nose reminded me of my trip to Croatia. Plavac Mali was the grape.
This is an honest wine. Lots of cherry and blackberry fruit, bramble, a touch of baking spice and pie crust. Juicy and bright on the palate with soft and supple tannins. This is a big, forward wine but the acidity does help it tone it down. Vibrant through the gentle grip, lingering finish.
This is quite a bottle for a Kirkland wine. I rarely go for ripe, forward wines but I have to admit, this exceeded my expectations and I suspect it will be a party pleaser.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    2/8/21, 4:17 PM - Thanks for the comment @SRH. Once in a while they get it right! Cheers, to good finds!

Red
2011 Domaine Vincent Paris Cornas Granit 60 Syrah
1/13/2021 - DoubleMagnum wrote:
88 points
After reading recent reviews I feel as if I drank a different wine. My experience was similar to three years ago. The nose was strangely muted. Just a hint of red fruit and leather. On the palate, it is fresh with suave texture, slight under-ripe berry fruit, medium-low grip and bright acidity but the aromatic complexity was subdued as I got none of the blood, iron ore or feral notes I expect from the appellation. I didn't decant but drank it over two days without major change. I'm starting to think this is not a phase but a bad batch.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    1/13/21, 3:28 PM - Funny you ask that @thewineoceros, I pulled from the cellar, I popped, poured me a glass and place the bottle back in the cellar. I'm sure I drank around the 60s. And I agree with you, serving temperature is very important. I usually like my Burgs slightly higher in temperature than Bdx and Rhone on the cooler side. I still have some left, so I'll definitely pay closer attention next time. I have an infrared thermometer I use sometimes to double check serving temperature. I know, I know... I'm a geek. Cheers and thanks for the comment!

Red
2006 Cave de Tain Cornas Arènes Sauvages Syrah
2/2/2018 - Ryan D wrote:
flawed
Wow. Just wow. This is drinking magnificently right now. The nose, initially a bit muted, starts to explode from the glass. Xmas spices. Red cherry. On the palette, darker fruit and a hint of tar. Tannins have mellowed, but lots enough left to give this some structure. Perfectly balanced. Just plain deliciousness.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    1/13/21, 1:20 PM - Hi, just curious, why did you mark it flawed?

  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    1/13/21, 1:30 PM - It's a checkbox around where you put the score. Guess it was accidental. No worries. Thanks for the reply.

White
2018 Kirkland Signature Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay
12/21/2020 - DoubleMagnum Likes this wine:
91 points
Medium lemon in color. Citrusy nose with lemon curd, green apple, some white flowers and crushed rocks. I don't get the typical sea shells from the appelation but this is young, so that may be coming later. A bit fatter than I expected but not flabby, there's enough acidity to balance the weight. In summary, good amount of fruit, some aromatic complexity, nice minerality, very good density and a medium plus finish. Yeah, this is a buy for me at the pricepoint. You'll pay at least twice as much if you see Fevre or Moreau on the label. Very good QPR.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    1/2/21, 2:23 PM - Good observation @srh. Those notes don't evolve. I guess I was day dreaming and hopeful. I still find this a really good deal even without the sea shells. Nice chatting with you.

  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    1/3/21, 12:53 PM - Maybe. But I think it's just vintage difference rather than more sense of place. This feels definitely like a riper vintage than prior years. Sometimes one is in the mood for fruit, without it been excessive I guess.

Red
2018 Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
An innocuous, fruit forward cab that lacks focus. It feels quite generic. Disappointing.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    12/30/20, 2:47 PM - yep @srh, this is what I was referring to. This was a fruit bomb. The Rutherford bottling is better but not enough for me to purchase more. I also reviewed the Kirkland Series (black label) bottling. Unfortunately, that was twice as much and not any better. Hope there's a better one coming!

Red
2018 Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Series Rutherford
Deep ruby in color. Dark fruits, blackberry, blackcurrant, cassis, bramble, some tar and some cedar. Dry entrance on the palate, but the midcore is quite sweet. Acidity is low for this much fruit. A bit too ripe for me. There is a bit of grip, and alcohol is moderate. Sweet mid-length finish. Reminds me of the Columbia bottling I had a few weeks ago. Something needs to be done to control ripeness on these bottlings. All that sweetness overshadows everything. Unfortunately, not for me.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    12/14/20, 7:03 PM - Thanks for the heads up @LesKangas. I just reported the label as incorrect. Stags Leap is a completely different AVA. My note is on the Rutherford bottling. As an aside, the Stags Leap AVA tends to produce less ripe grapes than Rutherford, so I look forward to trying that. I have not seen the bottle at my Costco yet. Hopefully soon. Cheers!

  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    12/29/20, 12:20 PM - Hahaha... @srh I meant the Kirkland Series Columbia bottling. I've been trying several of their bottlings in the past few months. A few have been decent, others I usually cook with.

Red
1998 Cuvée du Vatican Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
12/12/2015 - DoubleMagnum wrote:
91 points
Very good vintage. Time has done well to this bottle. Really enjoyable.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    12/15/20, 12:56 PM - Hi @pspatrick, sorry to hear about your bottle. Five years is not a small difference, especially for CdP and especially towards the end of curve. You made me check inventory! Luckily that was my last bottle. After drinking CdP for some time, (and for me) I think most develop well up to year ten, some fifteen, at twenty the risk is quite high. Of course, there's a handful of producers/vintages that age a lot better than others. Aging wine can be rewarding but it's risky and very subjective too. Not everyone likes the taste at the same point in the curve, timing is key. And that timing is all up to your own palate. Add to that, the fact that some bottles have a mind of their own and it gets even more complicated.
    To better bottles my friend! Cheers!

Red
2016 Château Martin St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
There is a green note on the nose that I find distracting. Also a burnt rubber note that reminds me of Chilean cab. Not impressed honestly. Feels cheap and generic. I would expect more from the vintage.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    12/8/20, 10:20 AM - The tannins, maybe. The green note, I doubt it will go away. Wine doesn't really ripen up in the bottle. I'd say decant this for a couple of hours and see how that goes. I wouldn't waste space on the cellar. Cheers and to better finds!

  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    12/14/20, 6:58 PM - Wow... didn't know they took wine back. Doubt I'd return any, anyway. LOL To better bottles. Cheers!

Red
2018 Swanson Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
11/1/2020 - DoubleMagnum wrote:
88 points
Deep ruby in color. Dark fruit. Blackberry, black cherry, blackcurrant on the nose. On the palate, it's definitely got the ripeness of Napa. A little residual sugar too, perhaps? Very primary both on nose a palate but there is a decent amount of fruit and the tannin is not aggressive but very noticeable. Acidity is somewhat obscured by the sweetness of the fruit but it is there. IMHO this the structure to gain complexity, it just needs some time.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    12/1/20, 7:22 AM - Thank you for stopping by @damaw6! I appreciate your feedback. Cheers!

Red
2015 Kirkland Signature Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
Quality.
But way too young.
My first Kirkland wine. I have been very reticent to buy this brand for wine, but this sucker was on par with what the Sangiovese quality could bring. It's a legit DOCG and tasted as such.
It needs 5 years though.
Several hours still left it lacking in openness.
Great earth! Dry and with a Brett like bite I really liked this wine.
Great cherry and strawberry with much earth.
After 10 years it will really spank.
My strong recommendation is to NOT drink now but cellar and try again in 5.

Left a glass undecanted in bottle for next day inspection.
This juice was much better. Great nose and great palate.
Based on this, if you drink this today, decant the day before.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    11/21/20, 11:22 AM - I agree with @SRH and I'm 100% with you. Very accurate notes. Cheers!

Red
2010 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Renaissance Red Rhone Blend
5/31/2013 - Jeff Leve wrote:
96 points
Ripe, alcoholic and almost too much to taste… Note I said almost with its jammy, licorice, chocolate and spicy character, the wine coats your palate, teeth and gums with layers of decadent fruit. There is a touch of heat in the massive finish.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    11/18/20, 8:17 PM - Definitely appreciating that touch of heat with 24°F outside tonight 😉

Red
2010 Domaine des Sénéchaux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
10/10/2020 - rojoloco Likes this wine:
92 points
It had good ripened fruit flavors. Nice depth. Could not stop drinking it, until it was gone. Wanted another.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    11/18/20, 7:49 PM - Neither could I... so good on a chilly "fall" night (feels like winter!)

Red
2000 Mauro Molino Barolo Vigna Gancia Nebbiolo
11/22/2017 - scw Likes this wine:
93 points
glad I drank it now. Very good. Cork wet almost to the top. Still lots of structure.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    10/22/20, 8:22 PM - Same here! Cork wet almost to the top. Definitely no seepage but it barely made it. Lovely bottle nonetheless.

Red
2017 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Gamay
8/23/2020 - David J Cooper wrote:
91 points
Deep purple. Intense berry nose, rich dry blackberry, warm spice and some cassis. Dry berry flavours and a very dry balanced finish.

A world apart from the Chianti’s and Northern Rhone we’ve been drinking.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    9/28/20, 9:29 PM - A lot easier to drink than Chianti and Northern Rhone. Cheers!

Red
2016 Château Fombrauge St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
8/31/2019 - DoubleMagnum wrote:
90 points
Hard to judge such a young wine but it definitely has potential. Everything pops, it's as if it were written in bold.
The nose is primary dark fruits with a good amount of blackberry, blackcurrant, cassis, along with toast, cedar and hints of espresso. On the palate it is dry, full bodied, with med acid, med+ tannins, velvety texture, and med alcohol. The notes of coffee, cassis and cedar pop on the palate as well. It is still very young and has a ton of potential for aging. I'd keep this at least 5 years before popping again.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    9/18/20, 4:37 PM - Thanks for the heads up @srh. That's a great price! I'm done however with my 2016 Bx purchases. Everything is already laid down, resting until prime time. Cheers!

Red
2015 Marqués del Atrio Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
9/5/2020 - DoubleMagnum wrote:
87 points
OK. At a lower price point, the Kirkland bottling kicked its butt.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    9/16/20, 3:00 PM - Yep. I mean, it's not López but it would still be competitive at twice the price.

  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    9/16/20, 9:44 PM - Both bottles are drinkable but I don't agree with the review. The Kirkland bottling is superior in my opinion. It tastes a lot more like traditional Rioja. And 93pts from Suckling?!? Come on... He'd rate diet coke 95!

White
2008 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent Chardonnay
7/24/2020 - DoubleMagnum Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine feels like it has been hitting the gym for the past twelve years. It's gain a bit of muscle but it hasn't gained an ounce of fat! Crispy, mineral and chalky. This wine exhudes Chablis. Not 12 year old Chablis, but maybe 4? Very nice bottle. Went great with the saltier oysters, the Welfleet ones, from the platter we had.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    8/23/20, 11:04 AM - Thanks for the comment 2020. What a handle!
    Vaulorent is almost GC quality, probably second in line to Montee de Tonnerre among the PC climats. Hence, it is quite long lived, if well stored, of course. It all depends on how you like your wines. But this particular bottle is just entering maturity and should linger there for five to six years, at least. It should start a slow decline from there.
    Cheers and good luck with your bottle!

  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    8/24/20, 10:12 AM - Yeah, it takes a little drinking to kind of gauge aging potential on wines. I love William Fèvre. Probably the highest QPR I can afford at this point. But keep in mind that there have been pre-mox issues, especially before 2010. So, hopefully your bottle is fine and you will have an enjoyable experience. Just cross your fingers. Cheers!

Rosé
2016 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
5/30/2020 - dlduchon Likes this wine:
95 points
Still a bit of Mourvèdre bite, with less fruit. Fantastic wine. Good for more years but unlikely to improve.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    6/15/20, 1:32 PM - Awesome! At 95 not too much room for improvement anyway. Love Tempier!

Red
2015 El Enemigo Cabernet Franc Valle de Uco
4/8/2020 - Toddly wrote:
88 points
Unexpectedly bitter, lacked depth, body. Hard to find any classic cab franc notes in this one
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    6/5/20, 12:12 PM - 100% accurate.

Red
2015 Kirkland Signature Barolo Nebbiolo
5/1/2020 - DoubleMagnum Likes this wine:
92 points
Medium ruby in color. Quite light. Nose of bing cherry, cranberry and rose petals. Oak is almost non-existent. Dry, medium plus acidity, medium plus tannins, medium alcohol. The amount of extract is significant. It feels full bodied, yet airy. Great vintage for Barolo, the fruit and structure reminds me of 2010. The grip is still potent. This wine can age 20+ years. It's still a baby.

Get passed the label. This not only looks, smells, and tastes like Barolo; it is TRADITIONAL Barolo. Outstanding QPR.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    5/30/20, 6:07 AM - It could be but I'd doubt they would not blend prior to release. Given the volume, I'd lean towards case or bottle variation. Have you had any other 15s? It is a ripe vintage, but the claws were out for me, both times I had this wine. Best thing to do is blind it against same vintage, similar price point wines. Thanks for the comment.

  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    6/1/20, 11:02 AM - I was thinking another issue that could contribute to your experience is shipping. That hasn't been smooth in the recent past with the virus situation. Storage as well. A combination of the two, maybe.
    I don't really buy that much Kirkland wine to notice bottle variation. I do buy a couple of bottles of some releases that peak my curiosity but I don't think I have much interest to buy more than that. Hope your next bottle is better. Cheers!

Red
2005 Bodegas y Viñedos de Murcia Jumilla Pico Madama Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
5/17/2020 - DoubleMagnum wrote:
89 points
Full bodied, dark fruited. Like a CdP but still tannic 15 years later. The fruit is still present but the tannins are outshining it now. Given the elevated alcohol, I don't think this will age too much longer or gracefully. Not all wines live forever.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    5/19/20, 11:58 AM - It definitely was a lot more balanced eight years ago on my first note. The curve decline has arrived. Time to drink up!

Red
2005 Two Hands Shiraz Bella's Garden Barossa Valley
2/10/2020 - Stevey wrote:
93 points
Pulled from 13C and let sit vertical for 24h. Blackberry, fruit forward. Slightly disappointed as I expected greater complexity. Did not improve during 2 hours. Tannins have integrated, this wine has peaked. I don't see it getting better. Drink now.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    4/16/20, 10:45 PM - Did not improve + has peaked + slightly disappointed = 93 points.
    You left me confused.

  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    4/17/20, 11:29 AM - Yes. Thank you for the clarification Stevey. Cheers and good bottles!

Red
2005 Two Hands Shiraz Bella's Garden Barossa Valley
1/13/2020 - B&PBaker Likes this wine:
88 points
A little too subdued for me. Not what I am expecting from a supposedly big Aussie shiraz. Good, just not very big or bold.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    4/16/20, 10:46 PM - Hmmm... it's 15 years old?

White
2018 Kirkland Signature Chardonnay Sonoma County
2/22/2020 - ThistleB Does not like this wine:
80 points
More acidic than a typical Chardonnay. I could drink it, but won’t buy again
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    2/22/20, 9:32 AM - 100% with you. I think they tried to go old world on this.

Red
2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
11/3/2019 - lolo66 wrote:
91 points
slowly the oak is getting integrated, but this wine is still in need of a long decant and aeration. With air, there is ample sweet cherries infused with a healthy does of orange peel. ncie acidity and structure. This will be long lived and can easily see enjoying this for next 20-30 years.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    1/2/20, 2:33 PM - 20 to 30 years? Really? Just popped a bottle a couple of days ago and it was screaming full maturity to me. I think it will linger in that state for a few years, but don't know how much room for further development there is.

  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    1/3/20, 2:13 PM - That I agree with. They are definitely long-lived. But at 30 years from now, that would place it at 50 years old. Hope your prognosis is correct. Cheers!

Red
2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
Cata Histórica de Viña Ardanza (Bodega Santa Cecilia - Madrid): Intoxicating lactic notes, a cream caramel-like. Pastries and meat. In the mouth is still spectacular the grip and the high level of acidity. In my humble opinion in five-ten years will be a little gem.

Embriagadoras notas lácticas como de un caramelo de nata. Bollería y cárnico. En boca es todavía espectacular el agarre y el alto nivel de acidez. En mi humilde opinión en cinco-diez años será una joyita.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    1/2/20, 2:37 PM - Acabo de descorchar una para año nuevo. Estaba un poco avanzada pero estoy de acuerdo contigo respecto al tiempo. Creo que en cinco años, va ha estar a pico. Salud y Feliz Año!

Red
2014 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Gamay
12/25/2019 - SadEdjo Likes this wine:
91 points
Definite bricking. Lovely cracked pepper and cranberry. Long finish. Who needs Burgundy?
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    12/29/19, 7:39 PM - This thread is so funny

  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    12/30/19, 10:44 AM - I did enjoy the chat, nonetheless. Cheers.

Red
2001 Schiavenza Barolo Bricco Cerretta Nebbiolo
12/26/2019 - DoubleMagnum wrote:
89 points
Still a bit more austere than I like to drink my Barolo. It's been 19 years and the beast is still untamed. I know the estate doesn't use barrique but it feels as if the fruit is starting to be covered up by the oak, which worries me a bit. I have doubts this will get any better with time. It may have been better to drink up a few years ago and decant. I'd be curious to read a note five years from now as this was my only bottle.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    12/29/19, 7:36 PM - Haha... who's my 5 years out? LOL

    It may be a dumb phase, but from other experiences, I doubt it. I recall waiting for Seghesio for so long and it just never improved. The oak overtook the fruit completely. Maybe it was just my bottle. I hope so.

    Cheers, to better bottles!

Red
1999 Domaine Joblot Givry 1er Cru Clos du Cellier Aux Moines Pinot Noir
2/27/2018 - dbkitc wrote:
88 points
Pale ruby to pink at rim - color holding up well. Disjointed and short on opening. With air, everything moved closer together. The nose is its best feature. Red fruit with some stewy maturity. Oak has mostly integrated with only a touch of vanilla remaining. Medium weight, the entry is strong. Drink up as the finish is a bit thin / lacking. Solid Burgundy. (88)
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    10/29/19, 8:21 AM - Disjointed and short on opening | the finish is a bit thin / lacking. | Solid Burgundy.

    I found that confusing but I still liked the essence of your note. Cheers!

Red
2016 Kirkland Signature Red Blend Napa Valley
10/18/2019 - 69Voltage wrote:
If not for being a little too sweet for my taste, not a bad wine. Medium tannins, decent finish. Won’t purchase this vintage again but might try their blend again in a couple of years.

Edit - it was more enjoyable the second day when paired with a tomato based shrimp dish but was still too sweet for my liking.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    10/21/19, 7:10 PM - Agreed. Very ripe but it does have some grip. Within the appellation, hard to beat for the price.

Red
2015 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Nebbiolo
10/11/2019 - DoubleMagnum Likes this wine:
90 points
Ruby red in color. Nose of recurrant, cherry, soil, sweet spice, wet stones and resin. Dry on the palate with assertive grip, the tannins are still young, medium acid, medium alcohol. It feels riper than usual. This should be reaching peak within 3 to 5 years. It will live longer but given the profile, I'd say this is for short term consumption. That is, "in Nebbiolo terms."
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    10/14/19, 7:06 PM - Thank you Dinamarca and cheers!

Red
2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard Anderson Valley
3/1/2019 - Burgundy Al wrote:
89 points
Dried flowers and red cherry aromas and flavors, both ripe and mature. Plenty of sweet spice and cherry cola. Good weight and density. Good now, unlikely there is much upside.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    9/7/19, 3:37 PM - spot on with the dried flowers!

Red
2014 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche / La Péroline Syrah
8/13/2019 - DoubleMagnum wrote:
89 points
Deep ruby red, borderline purple. Black fruited but shy nose with blackberry, blackcurrant and bramble. Hints of violets, cedar and smoke. On the palate, it is dry, has a medium plus intensity, medium body, medium plus acid, medium tannins, low alcohol and a mid-length finish. The pepper notes are more evident on the palate. It is sappy, mineral and vibrant. Very youthful. I'd say wait on this another three to five years and drink for the following twenty. Note that this is high quality wine, but I still prefer Chapoutier and Guigal for Cote Rotie. Maybe it's the fact that it is too young at this stage.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    8/21/19, 11:17 AM - Agreed @thesternowl. I still do think this will improve with time. It's still a baby. I do wish I had had more time to decant. That would've opened up the wine more.

Red
2009 Domaine Jean Grivot Bourgogne Pinot Noir
7/26/2019 - fitzi wrote:
Lean and mean. Do not disturb? Or a cranky oldster? Undecided.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    8/20/19, 8:20 AM - My feelings exactly a few bottles ago. There seems to be some bottle variation. Hope the next one is better. Cheers! (great note!)

White - Sweet/Dessert
1979 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
3/28/2019 - DoubleMagnum Likes this wine:
93 points
Deep golden color. Caramel, pineapple, honey, apricot and agave on the nose. This is ripe but feels weightless, with bright acidity and a light grip on the cheeks. It is balanced and in complete harmony. Good persistence on the long finish. It may not be the best vintage of d’Yquem but this is a lovely bottle.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    8/4/19, 6:38 PM - Thank you. Yours is excellent as well!

Red
2003 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
10/25/2014 - Jeff Leve wrote:
89 points
Fully mature, the wine is pure elegant charm. The medium bodied, sweet cherry, tobacco, earth and floral notes are showing at their best. This is not a wine for long term cellaring.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    7/30/19, 8:01 AM - Happy to report that five years later, this is drinking marvelously. Cheers!

Red
2017 Celine et Nicolas Hirsch Beaujolais-Villages Gamay
5/7/2019 - Wine MOB wrote:
90 points
What a lovely wine!!! Truly a pleasure to drink. Great earthy nose with aromas of mushrooms, saddle, forest floor, winter spice, and red fruit. Just lovely. Great mouth feel with round raspberry, black cherry spicy fruit. Great length. As a Member of the next generation of Gang of Four, this wine outpaced Lapiere us generic Vin de France with great ease. See it? Better buy it.
  • DoubleMagnum commented:

    6/12/19, 8:29 AM - Great bottle. Who are they related from the Gang of Four?

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