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White
2010 Simonnet-Febvre Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet Chardonnay
5/26/2018 - jmoore431 wrote:
87 points
This has gone from "linear and austere" to showing a near "over the hill" quality. Surprised by the maturity it now shows. Here's hoping that Drunken Cyclist's experiences with bottle variation ring true with my remaining bottles!
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    9/20/20, 3:32 PM - Have you had any of the others? My last two bottles were phenomenal!

Red
2017 Veramonte Carménère Primus Colchagua Valley
Not going to fully rate this wine as I think that either a) its too young or b) my bottle as a bit off. Overall, I was not impressed with this vintage as compared to previous.
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    6/11/20, 3:10 PM - Lol. What does it mean to not "fully rate" a wine while you still give it a score?

Red
2017 Kendall-Jackson Pinot Noir Vintner's Reserve California
Blind Tasting of 100 American Pinot Noirs: Retail $20. Rich and lovely both on the nose and the palate this is another winner. Whoa. Excellent. 93-95 Points. thedrunkencyclist.com
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    4/27/20, 7:59 PM - Very good question! I tasted this, along with another 99 American Pinots, and this really stood out (and there were some real heavy hitters in the group). I tasted it blind with four other Houston-based wine writers and four of us had it in our top 5 wines! I went back and tasted it again. And again. And even again. It was really good. And for the price? Easy.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bruno Paillard Champagne Brut Premiere Cuvée Champagne Blend
3/14/2020 - The Drunken Cyclist wrote:
92 points
Retail $65. Disgorged April 2019. 45% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, 22% Pinot Meunier. While I have never met M. Paillard, I have met his daughter and CEO, Alice, on several occasions and she might be the single nicest person I have ever met. While that is a lot, I don't know how much that has to do with the wine (although I choose to think it means just about everything), which is fantastic. Nutty and citrus-ridden on the nose, with bright acidity and creaminess on the palate. This bottle is honestly lacking a bit in sparkle, but otherwise, pretty close to gangbusters. thedrunkencyclist.com
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    3/18/20, 1:42 PM - Thanks for the note--Alice is such a gem....

White
2016 Moshin Vineyards Chardonnay Westside Crossing Russian River Valley
10/22/2019 - The Drunken Cyclist Likes this wine:
89 points
Retail $28. I have ridden by the vineyards dozens of times along Westside Road up to Wohler Bridge. If you know where that is, you know that it is beautiful riding and fantastic vineyards. Slightly golden straw in the glass with lemon curd, green apple, a touch of vanilla, and the ever-so-subtle presence of oak. The wine is initially rather soft on the palate before the fruit comes in halfway through. Right before the finish, the tartness comes roaring in along with some salinity and flintiness. A solid wine at an attractive price. thedrunkencyclist.com
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    2/24/20, 12:46 PM - At $17 a bottle, I would have gone back for more as well!

Red
2015 Acorn Dolcetto Alegría Vineyards Russian River Valley
10/31/2019 - The Drunken Cyclist Likes this wine:
91 points
ACORN has been sending me samples now for a bit, and I have always been impressed with their wines. But. I had never visited the winery, which makes me loathe to write about the wine in any detail. That all changed this summer. I will write more about that visit soon, but suffice it to say that Betsy and Bill Nachbaur are delightful. And I love their wines. This Dolcetto took a while to open up, but when it did? Oh boy. Fruity, tart, on the verge of exquisite. This does not cause one to reminisce about a Dolcetto from Piedmont, but it will make you want to explore them. thedrunkencyclist.com
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    11/3/19, 5:40 PM - Betsy and Bill are really nice and they make some fantastic wines. We should get together for a ride!

Red
2016 DeLille Cellars D2 Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
59% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot. A merlot dominant blend with all five of the Bordelais varieties, this is fairly dark in the glass with dark red fruit, pepper, and spice on the nose. The palate is fairly reserved with fruit, tartness, and a touch of spunk on the finish. This paired well with the NY Strip and could possibly benefit from short-term cellaring. thedrunkencyclist.com
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    10/8/19, 4:28 AM - Ha! I meant "spunk" in the sense of "verve!"

White - Sparkling
N.V. Herbert Beaufort Champagne Grand Cru Carte d'Or Tradition Brut Champagne Blend
It was my dog's birthday. Yes, my dog's birthday. And my wife said we needed to celebrate. Yes, she is a great dog. But. Really? Really? This is but a snapshot of my life. Remember this when you think you are having a bad day. Amazingly consistent, this is a fabulous champagne. thedrunkencyclist.com
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    8/30/19, 8:20 PM - Thanks! Cheers!

Red
2013 Ehlers Estate Merlot St. Helena
I have been a fan of Ehlers Estate, or more precisely of winemaker Kevin Morrisey, for several years now, so when I saw this Merlot pop-up on Last Bottle, I leapt and bought half a case. I should have bought more. While Ehlers is in the heart of Napa and Cabernet country, perhaps Kevin’s best wines were his Merlots (although his Cab Francs were pretty darned good as well). Rich blue fruit, a bit of heft (more than your average Merlot) and spice (black pepper in particular) characterize this wine, which is downright tasty. I still don’t know what happened to Kevin (he left Ehlers abruptly around this time last year—if you know, please send me a note), but holy crap do I love his wines. thedrunkencyclist.com
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    5/28/19, 1:14 AM - They came up on LB in March of 2018 and I pounced. Wish I had bought more. As for Kevin, right up until he left, there were no indications that anything was amiss. I had met with him just a few weeks prior and he spoke as someone who would likely be there a while.

Red
2016 Benovia Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
I bought six of these at my local grocery store for the absurd price of $18/bottle. I have been a fan of Benovia for a while, and when I saw these on sale (a bit of a scratch-and-dent thang), I freaked out a bit. And then I bought six.The first was corked, but this is delightful with great fruit, balance, and lusciousness. This is a great wine at $40. At under $20? Stupid good. thedrunkencyclist.com
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    4/22/19, 3:57 PM - Indeed!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Gallimard Père et Fils Champagne Cuvée Réserve Brut Pinot Noir
My wife spent the night at a school function and on her way home, she let me know that she wanted some bubbles, so I threw this into the freezer. 30 minutes later, we popped it. Solid. Tart citrus. A bit of baked bread. Some depth. Not the best Champers on the planet, but the price is nice. Very Good. thedrunkencyclist.com
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    1/11/18, 10:36 AM - I do it all the time. The key is not to forget about it....

White - Sparkling
N.V. Herbert Beaufort Champagne Grand Cru Carte d'Or Tradition Brut Champagne Blend
12/26/2016 - The Drunken Cyclist Likes this wine:
92 points
I like to think there are times in life when I get it right, but let’s face it, those are few and far between. I thought I got a great deal on the first car I bought, but once I removed the mat to vacuum, I saw that the driver’s side floor boards were rusted out and I could see the pavement pass by underneath as I drove along. There was the time while leading a bike tour in France and everyone in the group (other than me) ordered what I translated as a “white fish” and it turned out to be blood sausage. And I once decided to date a woman who was separated from her husband, which was bad enough, but she also turned out to be psychotic. This champagne though? I nailed this one. Right before I left Philadelphia, this was available at the PLCB, the state-run liquor store for the incredible price of $25 a bottle. I knew the producer, I knew the region, I knew it was 100% Grand Cru. So I bought a case without having tasted it first. Smart move. Pale yellow in the glass, with a nose of pain au chocolat sprinkled with shaved almonds. On the palate, bright and vibrant with depth and an impressively lengthy finish. I think it would actually pair well with blood sausage (or white fish). Outstanding. thedrunkencyclist.com
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    1/1/17, 10:34 AM - Thanks so much! Happy New Year and rubber side down!

Red
2003 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
12/25/2016 - The Drunken Cyclist Likes this wine:
93 points
I pulled this from the cellar as a possibility for Christmas dinner with some good friends. After they told us that they might be moving away, I considered replacing this with a bottle of Yellow Tail. Seeing that I do not own any of the “Tail” we went with this. My wonderful brethren and sistren (word?) here liked the wine, me? I loved it: really tight despite being more than a dozen years out, but on the palate, this is gangbusters—great fruit, killer acid, and a lengthy, lengthy finish. Just short of a whoa. 93 thedrunkencyclist.com
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    12/27/16, 11:14 AM - It was really nice....

Red
1966 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
12/10/2016 - The Drunken Cyclist Likes this wine:
99 points
1966 Château Haut Brion: Current Retail ~$800 (?). Whoa. That nose. Whoa. Blackberry and blueberry with earth and a touch of funk. On the palate this is heavenly. I am biased by the year, but this is a phenomenal wine. Rich, silky, all in concert. Whoa. The finish? I was worried about analyzing it as the wine was fading by the second, but I wanted to relish in that finish that lasted close to five minutes. Whoa. Times 66. I tried to objectively assess this wine without the obvious sentimental value attached to it. Still? Incredible does not begin to describe it. I guess this is the time to try this wine and this is why people search out “birthday wines.” 98-100 Points. Best wine I have ever had??? thedrunkencyclist.com
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    12/10/16, 9:12 PM - Cheers! And I hope you have a great birthday!

White
2004 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Vermots Dessus Blanc Chardonnay
The last bottle I had of this was very badly oxidized--not even close. This bottle? Oxidized for sure, but not nearly as bad. In fact, this was completely drinkable and even enjoyable. Beyond the sherried nose, there was plenty of that White Burg goodness: a bit of fruit, but loads of a rich viscosity that coats the mouth and soothes the soul. Still, that oxidation is an issue. thedrunkencyclist.com
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    8/2/15, 8:51 AM - These last few months, I have had at least a half a dozen premix White Burgs. It is killing me....

Rosé
2014 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé Grenache Blend, Grenache
7/25/2015 - mrmikemtr wrote:
90 points
I agree with other reviewers--plenty of fruit and dry finish. Very drinkable. Very pleasant. Rose should be drunk quickly-- not intended for cellaring at all. Drink up!!
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    7/30/15, 6:07 PM - Not all rosé needs to be consumed quickly! One of the great fallacies in the wine world!

Red
2006 Clos Mogador Priorat Grenache Blend, Grenache
A tiny bit of Brett but that quickly blows off (but I am one who likes Brett in moderation) revealing some raspberry, cassis, and plenty of earth. On the palate? This gets a Whoa, and maybe more (3?). Cinnamon and spice with red berry fruit. Finish? Fantastic. thedrunkencyclist.com
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    6/22/15, 3:08 PM - It was really tasting well the other night, but it could go quite a bit longer, depending on what you like most in your wine. By no means a "fruity" wine, but there is plenty of fruit left now. I tend to like to wait for the fruit to fade and have the secondary flavors come in, but that is just me. If you prefer fruit, drink sooner, if you like more leathery, earthy notes, you could wait another five years (or more) pretty easily....

White - Sparkling
1998 Cornaleto Franciacorta Pas Dosè Franciacorta DOCG Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay
I bought these after they went on sale at the state store for $20. I figured it was worth a whirl. The nose showed its age, with a pronounced Sherry note. The fizz was there, but weak and faded quickly. I bought a few and I am not sure I am going to keep the rest, Ah, what the heck, bottoms up! Good to Very Good. thedrunkencyclist.com
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    1/24/15, 3:05 AM - I have since had another and it was worse....

White - Sparkling
N.V. Ehrhart Chardonnay Crémant d'Alsace Cuvée Prestige
4/18/2014 - jeffal66 Likes this wine:
89 points
Frothy and toasty bubbly. Distinct brioche flavors, clean fruit, minerals and a slight metallic edge. Good nose, too. Dry finish. Good for the price.
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    11/5/14, 1:58 PM - Just got two cases of this for $9/bot. Can't beat it!

Red
2006 Antica Hirpinia Taurasi Riserva Taurasi DOCG Aglianico
1/17/2014 - The Drunken Cyclist wrote:
85 points
100% Aglianico. I picked this up at the PLCB for $13. I thought it was an incredible deal and I could not wait to taste it, so I popped it as soon as I got home. Meh. It was OK, but there was not much fruit to balance out the bracing acidity. For the price I paid ($13), it is fine, but not much more than that. I bought three and I am thinking of returning the other two. Good, I guess. thedrunkencyclist.com
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    1/21/14, 8:26 AM - At $13 it is worth it to try it, but it is no where near other Taurasi wines that I have had. Leave it to the PLCB....

Red
2011 Cosentino Winery Cabernet Sauvignon The Cab Lodi
12/18/2013 - The Drunken Cyclist wrote:
86 points
Rich blackberry pie on the nose along with some noticeable heat. On the palate, a tad thin after the black cherry Kool-Aid. This is by no means a bad wine, in fact I like it, but once again, this is a step down from the Cosentinos of old. Good. thedrunkencyclist.com
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    12/25/13, 7:04 PM - Thanks for the comment. Over the years I was one of your biggest fans. It seems clear that the winery has taken a turn since the "change" and, in my opinion, not a good one. I look forward to becoming more familiar with your purCru wines--do you have a tasting room?

Red
2005 Clos Pepe Estate Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills
One of the fruitier Clos Pepes I have had, even eight years out after the harvest. Juicy plums and red fruit with intensity and depth. The wine coats the mouth and persists for minutes. I am a huge fan of the Clos and this is a perfect example why--it is fruitier than I usually like, but this is just an incredible wine.... Outstanding. thedrunkencyclist.com
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    12/15/13, 2:23 PM - I really do not see a huge rush here. I have three more bottles and I am not in a hurry, but then I also like most of my Pinot with a bit of age on it….

Red
2010 Cosentino Winery Pinot Noir Reserve Selection Sonoma Coast
9/30/2013 - Anonymous Does not like this wine:
81 points
Huge fan of Cesentino, this Pinot was undrinkable, poured out after one sip.
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    10/4/13, 6:12 AM - While my experience with this wine was better than yours, I feel that Cosentino has gone downhill ever since the bankruptcy. Had one of their new Poets a while ago and it was a HUGE disappointment.

White
2004 Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champs-Gain Chardonnay
12/10/2010 - tsprinkle wrote:
75 points
Not sure if the bottle was flawed but this was way too acidic for a white burgundy. No complexity whatsoever, just high acid. Sadly a great nose but disappointing flavor profile.
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    9/11/13, 8:01 AM - I noticed you are in Philly! We should get together and pull some corks! Contact me through my blog: thedrunkencyclist.com

Red
2006 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
3/8/2013 - The Drunken Cyclist wrote:
91 points
Loring is known for rather big and bombastic wines. Starting with ripe Clos Pepe fruit getting such a wine is not a stretch. Since I generally eschew those blockbusters, I held on to this for a while. I think Brian Loring would agree that he thinks his wines should be consumed young, but this really held up. Sure the fruit was more muted, sure it was not over the top. But it was good. Outstanding even. My type of Pinot.
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    3/14/13, 6:09 AM - Thanks for the comment--good to see that I am not alone on this!

White
2006 Sans Permis Chardonnay La Chanson Argentee De Cuillere Santa Barbara County
12/11/2012 - The Drunken Cyclist wrote:
91 points
Wow. I paid just over $10 for this. Last Bottle claimed it was a $40 (+) wine. As far as I can tell, they were pretty much right. This was a wonderful wine that reminded me of a rich Meursault: creamy and rich with lemon curd and a bit of pineapple. The balance was spot on as was the finish. QPR off the charts.
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    12/13/12, 1:16 PM - Thanks for the comment--we were really happy with the wine and wished we had bought more as well!

Red
2010 Roblar Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills
7/27/2012 - Barrygloec wrote:
I didn't buy or taste this.
Both Cellar Tracker members reviews aren't good.
How could Jonathan Newman have given it a 92? (WTSO's offering on July 27th at 12:21 AM)
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    7/27/12, 3:53 AM - Since Newman reportedly has a financial interest in WTSO

White
2005 Sterling Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve Napa Valley
chardonnay is my least favorite white, I used this bottle to make pasta carbonara, which turned out amazing...
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    12/15/11, 1:18 PM - Not sure how this is a tasting note at all. Sure is not useful.

White - Sparkling
N.V. André Clouet Champagne Grande Réserve Brut Pinot Noir
11/26/2011 - sundbom wrote:
77 points
Drink now before to late.
  • The Drunken Cyclist commented:

    11/26/11, 12:51 PM - Not a very helpful tasting note at all. Being a NV Champagne, this could have been produced 15 years ago, but you give no such information. Thus "Drink now before to [sic] late." is of no use.

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