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Red
2012 Roy Piper Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Excellent. Started to unfurl after about 3 hours of air. Had this side by side the '12 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny and gave the Piper the nod. Both excellent.
  • MikeZ commented:

    5/14/15, 4:34 AM - corrected, thanks

White - Off-dry
2004 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spätlese Nahe
2/15/2015 - tooch wrote:
94 points
Sunday Night Dinner (Eric & Megan's - Chicago): Pop and pour. Just brilliant riesling that has depth, complex fruit/floral tones, and lots of mineral cut. Drinking in a really great spot right now and paired really nicely with a spicy fish stew.
  • MikeZ commented:

    2/18/15, 6:14 PM - Agree. We had one last week and it stole the show.

Red
2011 Greer Cabernet Sauvignon Greer Vineyard Rutherford
Double decanted, gave my wife a sip to try: "Wow, this is fantastic..."

nothing else matters, well done!
  • MikeZ commented:

    11/19/14, 11:07 AM - We are at altitude, which seems to slow the aeration process. That said, it was the best on day 2 and I only re-corked on the counter. It saw 4 hours on day 1 prior to re-corking. I'd say it can handle 6 to 12 hours of air.

Red
2000 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
5/7/2014 - gsquireh Likes this wine:
94 points
Margaux beginning, middle and end. Royal purple and royal born this is high bred and nurtured to an elegant beauty. Pure, velvet and lush the blueberry is caressed by red and black fruit in a field of violets.
Half a case left to enjoy with anticipation. The way futures used to be -$25 for pleasure with a pop. 2000 is confirming for now, vintage of a generation.
  • MikeZ commented:

    5/7/14, 7:52 PM - What a great wine, drank far too many early but as you mention the way futures are supposed to be (I even remember an $18 price tag on some) ...

  • MikeZ commented:

    7/28/14, 7:56 PM - Well said...used to be fun finding real bargains, now a bit of a joke.

Red
1986 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/14/2014 - Jeff Leve wrote:
98 points
Big, powerful, rich, tannic and packed with layer after layer of fruit. The wine coats your palate, the nose offers complexities, but the wine is still young at close to 30 years of age. There is a bit of grit to the tannins that was overwhelmed by the fruit, but you could feel a bit. If you can wait a decade, this should be even better as it is has all the raw materials for a long life.
  • MikeZ commented:

    7/14/14, 9:10 AM - Agree on the youthfulness, but the bottle we had last weekend showed some dryness with the tannins on the finish. It was not the best bottle I've had of the '86 and was bested by the '89 Lynch Bagues. Hope the fruit wins out with some additional cellar time. Thanks for the note, timely.

Red
2005 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
6/26/2014 - pclin wrote:
93 points
Good nose, aromatic and clean. Sweet and smooth on entry, dry mid-palate, and slight warmth at finish. Big and complex wine with decent balance, but still not ready yet. May need another 5 years, it seems to mature very slowly versus last bottle tasted 2 years ago. Keep some for later on, not ready yet even on the 3rd day, this will be a long distance runner.
  • MikeZ commented:

    6/26/14, 1:59 PM - I move much slower on these after watching the 2000's (super) slowly evolving...great estate in my opinion. Thanks for the update on the '05.

  • MikeZ commented:

    6/27/14, 3:53 AM - I've heard good things about the '06 but missed that one...

Red
1986 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
6/24/2014 - Burgundy Al wrote:
96 points
Birthday Celebration (Abigail's American Bistro - Highland Park IL): Open and decanted an hour+ before serving. Black plum and currant with liqueur, cigarbox and intense savory spice. Long minute+ finish with extreme concentration. Keot getting better and better in the hour in glass. My WOTN in a close, 4-horse race.
  • MikeZ commented:

    6/26/14, 1:56 PM - Thanks for the note--I've had great experiences with this wine.

Red
2008 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
4/29/2014 - MikeZ wrote:
not really ready for business, at least this bottle...hoping it opens a bit more on day 2 or day 3
  • MikeZ commented:

    5/1/14, 11:45 AM - night 2: rounded out nicely, velvet on the palate, a little chewiness, and great length -- but I only got an ounce or two--when I returned from an errand our house guests had drained it :) I'd say 3 to 5 years in the cellar with be its friend and it should last for a very long time.

White
2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Compagni Portis Sonoma Valley White Blend
4/15/2014 - thelostverse wrote:
92 points
Dinner at Anvil with Allred. Pop and pour, with a killer nose of florals, spice and melon. The Chard comes through on the palate with a hint of oak.
  • MikeZ commented:

    4/16/14, 1:05 PM - agree, an awesome wine (not to mention very food friendly)

Red
2003 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Deux Frères Red Rhone Blend
4/10/2014 - mchrist wrote:
89 points
I read the two reviews below. I more agree with the most recent, simply because I had a bottle of this wine that was virtually unpalatabe - hot fruity, etc. In an attempt to clear out '03, I decided to have this wine tonight and drink over a few hours. WHile I agree that there is decent glycerine on the finish, this abates in the first hour or two, but sadly so does the fruit. My assesment here - pop and pour - this is a second bottle at a dinner party - it doesn't open up much, but the fruit on the palate, sadly (but really) is the best thing it has going for it. The finish in the first two hours bested the finish a moment ago. Drink now, etc. 2003 just an iffy year.
  • MikeZ commented:

    4/10/14, 7:50 PM - I was 0 for 3 with the Df in this vintage, never a good bottle and like you write possibly at its best a high 80 pt wine but the rest were a mess...

Red
2000 Château Hosanna Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
7/1/2013 - MikeZ Likes this wine:
92 points
On this night outclassed, but still very tasty
  • MikeZ commented:

    7/3/13, 7:51 PM - It was great and I always like Hosanna, but the '01 Dujac Clos de la Roche that came before and the '03 Pontet Canet that accompanied the Pomerol were both a notch or two better. Not apples to apples for sure on the comparison...

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