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2015 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Durant Vineyard Dundee Hills
1/26/2019 - robmatic wrote:
90 points
Alarmingly light color, but followed through with more than enough stuffing to compensate. Tasty juice, with adequate structure, but given its rating and price, it's a disappointment. Am I spoiled by big California Pinots?
  • robmatic commented:

    1/27/19, 8:39 AM - When I didn't like this wine as much as its rating led me to expect, I wondered what the reasons could be and posed the question "am I spoiled by big California Pinots?" When you read that, there are several ways you could interpret it. I intended the statement to be a plea for enlightenment: Explain this wine to me, tell what is so great about it and why it deserves a high rating. Give me a Miles Raymond monologue about why I should love this. Don't make excuses for the wine, don't attack my preferences or what you assume are my preferences, don't tell me about your preferences, don't name drop, etc. These are not helpful reactions, and certainly not enlightening. If you are trying to persuade and win over a convert, this approach will have the opposite effect. 30 years ago we called this wine snobbery and I'm sad to see it's still alive and well in 2019.

Red
1991 Bodegas Alejandro Fernández Ribera del Duero Tinto Pesquera Reserva Tempranillo
10/21/2007 - Rangstrom wrote:
93 points
Brought to dinner at La Tasca with Rob and Brian. The bottle was on ice for the trip in so it was a bit below cellar temperature when opened. Opened at the start of the meal and not decanted; reached full bloom around the two hour mark. Good fill and perfect cork. Youthful looking wine; dark ruby red with no bricking. Bold dark fruits and some earthtones on the nose and the tongue. Good balance, intergated tannins and enough acidic backbone to stand up to the various sausage tapas. Smooth, medium length finish. Clearly I've been remiss in not paying enough attention to what Spanish wines with some age have to offer.

The '06 Fillaboa Albarino was a solid effort and Rob's '87 Vega-Sicilia Valbuena 3 was a real treat.
  • robmatic commented:

    1/26/18, 7:26 PM - I just drank my last bottle of this, and read your tasting note. I thought to myself, what a coincidence that this guy knows a Rob and a Brian. Then I realized that I am the Rob you are referring to, and we drank that bottle together when I was in Chicago for a brief trip! I remember that event well, and the fun of eating great food, drinking great wine, and meeting people along the way who enjoy these things.

Red
1994 Bodegas Muga Rioja Torre Muga Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
1/15/2018 - robmatic wrote:
93 points
Significant bricking has us all worried, but the wine is fresh, vibrant, muscular, and deep. Old school. Low alcohol at 13% meant we drank the entire bottle without realizing it. Great stuff, and if you've got a well cellared bottled, will provide great drinking pleasure right now.
  • robmatic commented:

    1/16/18, 11:07 AM - Agreed, and I'm very happy with how this wine has evolved over the years. Looking forward to drinking my last few bottles.

Red
2001 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
12/2/2017 - robmatic wrote:
85 points
Fantastic wine lurking below the surface, but unfortunately the surface consists of an impenetrable layer of oak that ruins the wine for me. I just question why there must be so much wood. Will this ever integrate and taste like anything except wood? I am not betting my money on it.
  • robmatic commented:

    12/4/17, 8:07 PM - Right on, I've had lots of older bottlings of CUNE that were marvelous, as well as many Riojas from other producers that have been extremely memorable. I think 2001 was a turning point as many wines began to see a lot more oak than they had in the past. I am now much more careful about which ones I buy.

White - Sweet/Dessert
1999 Chateau St. Jean Johannisberg Riesling Individual Bunch Selected Late Harvest Belle Terre Vineyard Alexander Valley
8/10/2011 - robmatic wrote:
95 points
This bottle was right on the money. Piercing acidity to balance the considerable residual sugar, and a firm, mineral driven palate with impressive length.
  • robmatic commented:

    7/12/15, 8:46 PM - 1.5

White - Sweet/Dessert
1999 Chateau St. Jean Johannisberg Riesling Individual Bunch Selected Late Harvest Belle Terre Vineyard Alexander Valley
8/11/2007 - robmatic wrote:
This bottle much less painful than the last. Very sweet and alluring, but doesn't have a ton of depth. Should drink well for a very long time. Terrific value.
  • robmatic commented:

    7/12/15, 8:44 PM - The 99 has been at its peak for some time now, and providing great drinking. I'd imagine the 98 to be in a similar place, though I don't know anything about the vintages. It will certainly not be too young to drink.

Red
2005 Bodegas Muga Rioja Selección Especial Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
10/31/2014 - robmatic wrote:
90 points
Tasted alongside an ethereal 1995, the 2005 by comparison was tight, backward, and brooding, making me question its age. Compact and structured, this wine is developing at a much slower pace than the 1995 did, which I recall was already drinking beautifully 10 years ago. We are going to have to be patient with this one.
  • robmatic commented:

    11/3/14, 8:34 AM - It is complicated to say based solely on where it is now. But I've had countless bottles of the Muga Reserva Especial from various vintages, and based on that experience I am not worried about the future of the 2005. Muga has gone off in a slightly different direction with this, maybe trying to make the wine more "serious". The heavier glass bottle says something about their intentions as well. I think in a few more years we'll get a much better picture, so like I said, be patient. Muga wines account for over 6% of my entire cellar; I trust them.

  • robmatic commented:

    11/3/14, 9:53 PM - I hope Muga doesn't change too much. I think they tested the waters with Torre Muga, and we all thought it was the end of the world, with all the new oak, etc, but now that they've got some serious age, they are showing beautifully. Again, I'm going to trust that this wine is going to be good also, in spite of this awkward phase that it's in right now.

Red
1998 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
8/25/2014 - robmatic wrote:
90 points
Drinking very well right now, though this is not one of my favorite vintages, as it is somewhat dilute compared to better years. Drink up.
  • robmatic commented:

    8/26/14, 8:01 AM - Yeah, I'd imagine that this will be notably fresher from a mag, and an hour decant could be beneficial. I'd say taste immediately upon opening and make a decision based on that.

Red
2008 White Rose Estate Pinot Noir Dragon's Bluff Durant Vineyard Dundee Hills
5/11/2014 - robmatic wrote:
87 points
Tasty enough, but ought to be a lot better for the price.
  • robmatic commented:

    5/13/14, 11:10 PM - It's ready to go, drink up.

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