Tasting Notes for Average Wine Guy (MH)

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5/25/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
90 points
The 2006 Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Le Corton is medium ruby in colour with a nose of sweet juicy red currants, red berries, cranberry juice and a noticeable slight volatile acidity.

Soft and sweet red fruits enters the palate with a palate cleansing freshness. There's some stalkiness coming from the mid palate with an acidity that follows. Very clean in style though one may argue that a slight earthiness that follows after. The earthiness comes up particularly a little stronger towards the end. Medium finish, pretty enjoyable thought it might be a little tart.

Enjoyable 06 vintage wine. The wine though, transforms to a strange shut-down stage after 2 hours in the bottle. I'm certain it was just taking a quick nap.
Red
2008 Château Poujeaux Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/25/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
88 points
The 2008 Château Poujeaux is medium garnet in colour with a slight ruby rim. Sweet sour cherries, black cherries, slight stalkiness and vanilla pods completes the bouquet.

On the palate, there's a sweet entry of black currants with a mid palate acidity that is pretty uplifting and slighting refreshing alongside some flavours of thyme. Medium structure, easy drinking but pretty straightforward in style. Pleasurable but nothing much to showcase in depth.
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Red
2002 Majella The Malleea Coonawarra Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
5/6/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
90 points
The 2002 Majella The Malleea is dense garnet in colour with dusty plums on the nose alongside some herbs (thyme), cedar, vanilla pods and eucalyptus.

On the palate, the wine enters with purple and black currants and a mid-palate of woodiness that then progresses to some red sour prunes with some eucalyptus by the side. There's an attractive spectrum of flvaours on the rather broad palate. Tannins are very fine now and acidity is still well-present. Pretty balanced in style which definitely gives the wine its attractive nature. Finish is medium (-) in length, though one might argue it being a little tart and possibly drying out.
White
4/17/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
91 points
The 2011 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Champlots is medium (-) brilliant gold in color with very good vibrancy there. The wine boasts of a superb intense nose of creaminess, slight vanilla pods, green beans, winter melon with slight floral notes as well. A very integrated nose indeed that one might actually find it hard to 'break down' and 'tear apart'.

On the palate, an entry of crisp green apples welcomes one before a midpalate of nuttiness and creaminess that follows. Pretty structured in style but very firm without being harsh or in anyway unpleasant. A wine that sings its presence but not barging in. There's some slight pecan nutty notes as well with a medium (+) finish of good minerality and salinity. A finish that is almost salivating. Broad mid palate and pretty round as well before drawing back to a focused style with a fun play on the palate profile.

A pretty serious St. Aubin with definitely many years ahead.
White
4/17/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
90 points
The 2011 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet Les Ancegnières is medium gold in color with a nose of ripe stone fruits, overtones of pronounced nuttiness such as pecans and walnuts. There's a firm underlying salinity and minerality on the nose with a hint of back end sweet spice and oak.

On the palate, the wine enters the palate with pecan as well as some stone fruits coming up on the mid palate. There's a firm underlying acidity that really creates a good structure in the otherwise flabby wine. The salinity lasts a long while to the finish. Pleasing medium length finish. Brilliant style for a Village and is sure to beat even some 1er crus out there perhaps!
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White - Sweet/Dessert
4/5/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
90 points
The 2005 Oremus Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos is dark orange gold in colour with a nose of pronounced marmalade, dried orange peels, dried apricots and nectarine. On the palate, the wine enters with flavours of marmalade before progressing to dried fruit notes. Very pleasant and pleasurable and marks a perfect of every meal indeed. There's a good acidity that gives the wine a fresh finish instead of a lingering sweetness that might be too mouth coating. Nice medium (+) finish. High quality 5 puttonyos indeed.
White
4/5/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
88 points
The 2001 Château de Fuisse Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes is medium (+) gold in colour. Sweet roasted honey nose with pronounced nuttiness alongside dried apricots, beeswax and lemons.

The palate boast of sweet beeswax and dried apricots. There's some green apples showing from the mid-palate with some nuttiness from development. There's an underlying minerality perhaps, but rather weak. Flavours seem to be a tad bit tired, or perhaps the wine is shut. One might say its window is closing - hence, its now or never.
Red
4/5/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
90 points
The 2007 Allegrini La Poja Veronese IGT is medium purple-ruby in colour with a very perfumed nose of rose petals, smoky red fruits, chocolates. Attractive nose indeed and very enticing.

On the palate, the wine boasts of dark red fruits, dark cherries, backed up with a firm structure and underlying smokiness. There is a lot of elegance and style in this wine. Entering the palate expansively, bursting its flavours and coating the palate before drawing an end of laser like focus. It's firm acidity lies underneath its powerful fruit notes drives the wine on a memorable super long finish. Balance is key here, with lots of underlying character. Superb and definitely many years ahead.

I definitely have high hopes in this wine for its future ahead. (90+)
Red
4/5/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
93 points
A Flight of 2005 CDPs: The 2005 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul has to be the second runner up in the flight. Dark garnet in colour with a nose of kirsch, slight soy, liquorice, gentle smokiness and slightly chocolatey. The palate is slightly chocolatey and very mouth-coating.

An entry of fresh herbs which then moves on to dark currants and gentle smokiness. The acidity coming up a little towards the end. Quite expansive in style with a finish of pleasant spices. Very integrated and its balance is definitely commendable. A tad bit young today, but many, many years ahead on this one. Hold on if possible. Its structure proves longevity. (93+)
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Red
4/5/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
88 points
A Flight of 2005 CDPs: The 2005 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau is medium garnet in colour. The palate boasts of goood minerality, pretty and luscious in style; bursting with dark over ripe currants. High in alcohol on the palate with a green finish. A little weaker than expected and a bottle variation is highly suspicious.
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Red
4/5/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
89 points
A Flight of 2005 CDPs: The 2005 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape is dark purple in colour with a herbaceous nose of tea leaves, slight cinnamon, dried raisins, sour cherries and slight vanilla notes.

On the palate, the wine lies strongly on its herbaceous palate and is rather dark and smoky. Dark raisins persists alongside sour cherries. A bit of a barnyard finish. A tad bit of weight there, but the wine is rather 'all over the palate'. I'm not too sure if this can sustain and develop well in the years to come.
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Red
4/5/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
92 points
A Flight of 2005 CDPs: The 2005 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin is definitely the star of the flight - dark purple in colour with a garnet rim. The sweet nose boasts of dark berries, ground pepper notes and dried rose petals.

On the palate, the wine displays blackcurrant notes with dried rose petals before a mid-palate of peppery notes. Impeccable balance there. Very pleasant. Tannins are super fine with a medium (+) finish. Drank this wine over 6 hours and definitely did not lose any of its structure and style. Only gets better with time. Too young to drink today, and a lot more patience would reward those who wait. (92+)
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Red
4/5/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
91 points
A Flight of 2005 CDPs: The 2005 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape is dense purple in colou r witha nose of boysenberries, sweet dark red currants, stewed prunes and some nuttiness.

On the palate, the wine enters with flavours of stewed prunes. Pretty refined in style and tannins are pleasurably soft. Very elegant with a medium finish. Sheer class. Ready to drink today, but better drinking in the years ahead for sure. Brilliantly made.
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Red
4/5/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
88 points
A Flight of 2005 CDPs: The 2005 d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings is medium garnet in colour with a rather woody and dusty nose of roasted coffee notes, dark berries, roasted chestnuts. Pretty rustic in style.

On the palate, the wine displays a slightly sweet entry and pretty smoky in style as well. This progresses to some underlying smoked red fruits. Tannins are pretty fine. High in alcohol with high sweetness and acid (88-89)
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Red
1977 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
3/14/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
91 points
For a start, I must say that I'm very surprised that this wine is still very much alive! The 1977 Chateau Musar is chalky and murky brick in colour with a nose of dried prunes, dried red dates and dusty cedar. Very perfumed and developed on the pretty enticing nose. Lots of red dried dates on the palate accompanied with dusty wood and dried tabacco. The wine does its best to push for a medium finish - It's still in a drinking window I'm sure.
Red
2004 Clos Fourtet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/14/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
88 points
The 2004 Clos Fourtet is medium purple in colour with a nose of dark currants, green olives, slight gravel and vanilla. On the palate, the wine displays an entry of dark currants and black cherries. Some woodiness follows with a noticeable underlying gravel notes. Tannins are rather mild here. Nothing to scream about here though.
White - Sparkling
3/14/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
90 points
The 2007 H. Billiot Fils Champagne Grand Cru Brut Millésimé is medium (-) gold in colour with a nose of beansprouts, fresh mango salad, beancurd with an overlay of dried apricots, fresh cream and pine nuts.

An entry on the palate of fresh cream, ripe mangoes, ripe apricots followed by some pine nuts and woodiness. There's a back end rising spice. Brilliant elegant structure. Calm but very broad yet focused. Grower champagne in style for sure.

The 2007 H. Billiot Fils Champagne Grand Cru Brut Millésimé is made with 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay - has some years ahead.
Red
3/14/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
88 points
The 1988 Berberana Rioja Gran Reserva is medium (-) garnet brick in colour with a nose of red bricks, dried cranberries, dates and dried soil.

The entry on the palate is still a little fresh with light cranberries alongside red dates and rosewood. Tannins have resolved and is very fine now. There's also a gentle refined rustiness to the wine. There's a noticeable mid-palate sweetness The wine ends on a medium (-) finish with sweet rosewood. The acid is surprising still alive and overall every factor of the wine is still pretty balanced. Pleasant, but perhaps the drive is a little tired given its age.
White - Sweet/Dessert
3/11/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
91 points
Press Lunch with Puri Mancebo, Export Director of Vega Sicilia (Les Amis): The 2003 Oremus Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos is amber in colour with an intense nose of bright tangerines, nectarines, slight earl grey tea, sweet honey, dried mango skin and good marmalade that overlays.

A high viscosity entry of tangerine peels, dried mango skins, marmalade before a mid-palate of earl grey notes, honey and bee wax. This is not an everyday dessert wine with its impeccable focus. Acidity is the main star here, coming up at the mid-end palate to keep the wine absolutely fresh and light at the end. Powerful and dense upon entry, expands and flood the palate with flavours before a lighter and fresh medium (+) finish. The importance of acidity is once again emphasized here for its end-of-meal freshness. The 6 puttonyos delivers 228 grams per liter of residual sugar. Too many years ahead for this, though absolutely irresistibly already! 91+
Red
3/11/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
92 points
Press Lunch with Puri Mancebo, Export Director of Vega Sicilia (Les Amis): The 2003 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único, Vega Sicilia's top label, is medium garnet in colour with a slight ruby rim. The nose tempts one with gentle red fruits, slight spice, but more floral and perfumed. In addition, one might also notice nuances of potpourri, some compact wet soil and pine nuts. An integrated and elaborated nose indeed.

On the palate, the wine has an exceptional elegant entry with great finesse, boasting of nice bright red fruits and a powerful structure. This moves on to some wood and noticeable pinenuts and some floral notes. Superb focus from the mid palate, long and seductive finish. Balance and elegance is definitely the key here in such an impressive wine.

Hours of decant is needed for this to come alive just a bit, but a fair judgement definitely can only be made in the decades ahead. 92+

*fun fact! > 1947 was the last vintage for Unico Blanco! (Yes, the white!)
Red
3/11/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
91 points
Press Lunch with Puri Mancebo, Export Director of Vega Sicilia (Les Amis): The 2008 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Valbuena 5° is medium bright purple in colour with a slightly ruby rim. The nose is rather bright with blackcurrants alongside jammy currants, red cherries with a back-end spice.

Beautifully soft and round entry of gentle jammy red fruits with impeccable balance and structure. Soft but powerful in style, good drive to a lasting finish. A wine that one might frown upon just to pull apart the truly integrated flavours. Nice gentle woodiness coming up from the mid-palate with lovely underlying acidit that really delivers the wine on a memorable finish. Reminds one of a well-made Bordeaux, with a Spanish spin. Very young now, but given its structure and built, the wine definitely has many years ahead - and its secondary characteristics will definitely be a rewarding one for the patient drinkers. 91+
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Red
3/11/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
88 points
Press Lunch with Puri Mancebo, Export Director of Vega Sicilia (Les Amis): The 2009 Benjamin Rothschild & Vega Sicilia Rioja Macan was a 'secret project' between Benjamin Rothschild and Vega Sicilia. It was well hidden under the media radars till its first vintage in 2009.

The 2009 Macan is very dense purple in colour with a nose of whole black peppers, wood spice, underlying dense jammy currants. A velvety entry of jammy dark fruits, blueberries and black currants. A spicy, mouth-coating mid-palate follows with a powerful drive of whole black peppers to one powerful, spicy, black peppery finish. Bold structure, might be a tad bit rough for some.
Red
3/11/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
86 points
Press Lunch with Puri Mancebo, Export Director of Vega Sicilia (Les Amis): The 2009 Benjamin Rothschild & Vega Sicilia Rioja Macan Clásico is the second wine of Macan, a joint project between Benjamin Rothschild and Vega Sicilia. Dense purple in colour with a dusty nose of slight wet wood, slight mushrooms, underlying herbs of thyme alongside red and purple currants.

A sweet and candid-like entry of red cherries with powerful back-end rising acidity, slight woody spice and noticeable alcohol. Quite a light structure, fruit-frontal and bright in style.
Red
3/11/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
91 points
Press Lunch with Puri Mancebo, Export Director of Vega Sicilia (Les Amis): The 2009 Bodegas y Viñedos Alión Ribera del Duero is medium purple in colour (more dense in colour than the 2009 Pintia side by side).
The nose opens a bouquet of sweet incense, dark currants, intense roasted coffee notes and some underlying fresh mint.

On the palate, the wine enters with fresh, ripe dark currants and cherries with roasted coffee notes that follows. A burst of noticeable sweet incense cranberries flamboyantly displays itself on a logn memorable finish. Powerful concentration yet impressively elegant in style. Though approachable today, the wines has such a long life ahead. Balance and elegance is indeed the key here. 91+
Red
3/11/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
89 points
Press Lunch with Puri Mancebo, Export Director of Vega Sicilia (Les Amis): The 2009 Bodegas Pintia (Vega-Sicilia) Toro Pintia is bright, vibrant medium (-) purple in colour with a fragrant nose of sweet black currants, juicy fresh sweet strawberries, vanilla pods and fresh wood.

There's a soft entry of fresh purple currantsbefore a round mid palate that follows, accompanied with balanced woodiness. There's a good acidity in the wine that creates a firm and powerful structure, yet without being overly forceful. Tannins are velvety and mouth-coating with a medium feel. Medium (+) finish of spice and liquorice.

The 2009 Pintia is made with 70% new French Oak and 30% new American Oak.
White
3/11/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
86 points
Press Lunch with Puri Mancebo, Export Director of Vega Sicilia (Les Amis): The 2011 Oremus Furmint Tokaji Dry Mandolás is light straw in colour with an edge of slight greeness.
On the nose, the wine displays tangerine peels, slight orange nougat development with an underlying minerality and salinity.

The wine enters the palate with fresh lime and calamari before progressing to slight woodiness (from Tokaj Hungarian oak) and a minerality and salinity that follows (a result from the volcanic soil). Overall, there's a noticeable sweetness. I've tasted this a year ago, and I must say acidity has toned down quite a bit from the last time. Pretty and palatable, makes a refreshing aperitif.
Red
3/11/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
89 points
The 2009 Domaine Robert Groffier Gevrey-Chambertin is medium (-) garnet in colou rwith a seductive nose of sweet gooseberries, bright sour cherries, some compact wet soil and dried sweet and sour prunes.

On the palate, the wine displays an entry of fresh currants with some bright red cherries. This then progresses to some dried prunes and noticeable gentle woodiness, some acidity follows after. Very transparent and pretty focused despite a 'linear' style. Decent, simple structure but overall, rather balanced. Simplicity at its best here.
Red
3/6/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
87 points
The 2011 J.L. Chave Sélection Côtes du Rhône Mon Coeur is medium (+) purple in colour with a rather mousy nose of sweet black currants (with thick purple skins), thyme, wet wood, wood spice, some star anise and black crushed pepper.

The palate explodes with powerful black pepper and wood spice with some underlying black currants. A medium (-) finish of some woodiness and a driving acidity. Medium (+) structure. Might pair well with some roasted foods. Better than your off-the-shelf Cotes du Rhone perhaps.
Red
3/4/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
87 points
The 2009 Domaine Rossignol-Cornu Volnay is medium ruby in colour with a slight, light garnet rim. There's a sweet, gentle nose of bright red fruits, fresh red crushed currants and bright thin-skinned berries.
On the palate, there's an entry of cranberry juice and sweet red currants. Pretty straightforward but pretty balanced and very quaffable. No complains there indeed.
White
3/4/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
85 points
The 2009 Hugel et Fils Pinot Gris "Hugel" is medium (-) pale straw in colour with a slight tinge of green. The nose displays nuances of lychee, kamquats, green apples and longans. There's also a noticeable slight nuttiness and green peas.

On the palate, the wine enters with flavours of longans, lychees and slight peaches with some acidity that follows, bring up flavours of peas and winter melon. It's quick to fade with a short finish and a slight rising acidity. The mid-palate may lack a tad bit of weight here; not too much to ask for in this casual drinking wine.
Red
1998 Clos Fourtet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/3/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
90 points
The 1998 Clos Fourtet is deep, dense purple in colour with quite a far bit of sediments. On the nose, the wine displays a noticeable development, slight smokiness with good cedar, some stewed plums, ripe blackcurrants and ripe blueberries.

On the palate, an entry of soft blueberries, ripe and stewed plums, and some mid palate of cedar that powers through. Very soft and luscious in texture. Broad and expansive on the palate showing quite some class and style of the 1998 vintage. Pretty pleasurable. Tannins are rather resolved but still noticeably present. Pretty refined, and round. Good acidity that's still alive and lie under a range of palate flavours that powers the wine to a medium finish. Still has years many years ahead, nonetheless, drinking pretty pleasurably now.
White
2/24/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
90 points
The 2005 Domaines Schlumberger Riesling Kitterlé is medium gold in colour with nose of slight kerosene laying over sweet chrysanthemums, canned peaches, passion fruit and fleshy green apples.

An entry of fresh green apples, canned peaches with prominent citrus fruit. There's a firm underlying acidity that creates a clean and refreshing experience. Nice sweetness there with an acidity that cleanses the palate. There's a long finish of pleasant gentle kerosene that almost floats around you. Good quality and class. Many, many years ahead. Tad bit too young now - undergone a lot of shaking in the bottle to 'wake' it up a bit.
Red
2/24/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
87 points
The 2009 Réserve de la Comtesse is medium (+) purple in colour with a nose of sweet dark currants, fleshy black cherries, with tones of cocoa and underlying greeness.

The wine displays flavours of its naunces from the bouquet- sweet dark currants on the palate alongside black cherries and some underlying greeness. Quite a broad structure and generous in style. Medium finish. Straightforward, nothing too complex here but not quite a 'shout out'.
Red
2/24/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
92 points
The 2007 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia is medium purple in colour with a sweet nose of prunes, juicy black currants, purple berries and Chinese herbs.

Very soft and round entry of sweetness; predominantly prunes, juicy black currants before a midpalate of herbs follows backed with consistent blueberries. Velvety texture of tannins. "Fluffy" and pleasant. Very focused in style despite its softness and broadness that coats the palate. Overall elegant and balanced, deceiving one to think it may be rather "thin", but in fact, its a wine that is rather refined in nature.

Quite a bit of sediments for its age!
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Red
2/23/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
91 points
The 1996 Château Rauzan-Ségla is medium garnet in colour with a nose of sweet, perfumed cedar and rosewood alongside some stewed prunes and plums, sweet dried cherries, slight rosemary and dried tabacco leaves.

On the palate, the wine enters with dusty rosewood and stewed fruits before progressing to some herbs. Nonetheless, there's a consistent dustiness from the start to the finish. Tannins are rather resolved and powdery/chalky in texture. The wine ends on a medium finish. There's some quality and style in the wine with good class. Well made, soft but pretty persistent.
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Red
2/23/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
90 points
The 2010 Mongeard-Mugneret Vosne-Romanée is medium ruby in colour with a very dense nose of deep dark red fruits (currants, cherries), slightly sweet rosewood, herbs, mushrooms and earth.

Very round entry on the palate with some serious weight and structure. Flavours of fleshy dark cherries before a mid-palate of earthiness and mushrooms contributing to some body weight in the wine with firm tannins. Heavy Pinot Noir indeed, very intense. A high quality Vosne Romanee Villages. Much life ahead. 90+
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Red
2005 Albert Ponnelle Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
2/23/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
91 points
:Double decanted:

The 2005 Albert Ponnelle Charmes-Chambertin is medium ruby in colour with a superbly fresh and crisp nose of crushed redcurrants and red apple skins.

On the palate, the wine enters with sweet and fresh redcurrants, followed by red fresh apple flesh and skin, and roses. Super clean in style and very crisp and refreshing! The wine powers through in a very focused manner all the way to an extended finish. There's a firm underlying acidity providing good structure with a perfect balance. A lot of weight on the palate yet its transparency makes the wine almost dance on your palate. Brilliance in a glass. Definitely worthy. Still young, and has many years ahead for sure (91-93)
Red
2/23/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
88 points
The 1988 Sélection Nicolas Potel Santenay 1er Cru Beaurepaire Collection Bellenum is medium garnet in colour, definitely some noticeable development there. There's a nose of dusty cupboard, dried red fruits and dried red prunes.

The palate enters very softly almost weak perhaps, with red prunes, dried cherries, raspberry candies and a lot of dustiness and dried chinese tea leaves that stretches throughout the wine. Tannins are very resolved and one can tell its acidity is trying to do its best. Overall, a rather dried mouth feel. The wine gains a slight roundness and full flavour (instead of just dryness and acidity) over time, before going down on a quick dive over the hours. Impressive that it has lived till today nonetheless, and its roundness is still pretty inspiring. Medium (-) finish. Drink up!
White - Sparkling
2/23/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
89 points
The NV Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Premier si light straw yelllow in colour with a nose of lemon curds, slight grassy notes, green apple skin, fresh cut pineapples and pine nuts.

On the palate, the wine enters with flavours of lemons and green apples before progressing to pineapples and a variation of tropical fruits. There's an underlying weak minerality. There's a firm acidity that drives flavours to a medium, refreshing, finish. Great value stuff. Always palatable.
Red
2/22/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
flawed
Took a gamble on one of the older bottles and unfortunately turned out cooked. Pity!
Red
2/21/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
86 points
The 2005 Cuvée du Vatican Châteauneuf-du-Pape is dark garnet in colour with a nose of sweet boysenberries, jammy dark raspberries, stewed plums and wood dust.

There's a sweet entry of dark red fruits, cedar woodiness before a mid-palate of arising sweetness. There's back palate of volatile acidity and alcohol that makes the ending a little harsh. Tannins are pretty grainy contributing to a powdery texture of the wine. Medium (-) finish.
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Red
1988 Mongeard-Mugneret Grands-Echezeaux Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
2/21/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
89 points
The 1988 Mongeard-Mugneret Grands-Echezeaux medium (-) garnet in colour with a nose of dried sweet cherries, dried thyme and roasted Chinese tea leaves. Upon pop and pour, there was an intense nose of packed wet soil composite that can be pretty dirty and muddy. This fades of over hours of decant as fruit and secondary flavours slowly take over.

The wine displays a rustic palate, rust, dried raspberries and dried cherries. Tannins have dried out a little bit, slightly powdery but its presence is still undeniable. There's a mid-palate of pronounced dried tea leaves. Pretty chalky feel on the palate. Impressive for a cool year and such age nonetheless.
White
2/21/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
86 points
The 2011 Hugel et Fils Gewurztraminer "Hugel" is medium (-) lemon in colour with tinge of green. The wine opens a bouquet of lychee fruits, pineapple syrup, sweet chrysanthemum petals and thin honey notes.

On the palate, the wine displays a sweet entry of pineapple syrup and strong lychee fruits before an acidity kicks in with strong canned pineapples. Rather sharp on the end that packs a astringent punch. Medium (-) finish.
White
2/18/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
89 points
The 2008 Fabien Coche-Bizouard Meursault 1er Cru Gouttes d'Or is medium (-) gold in colour with a nose of pineapples, fresh cut green apples, green mangoes, chalk accompanied by an underlying woodiness and tangerines.

On the palate, the wine enters with fresh green unripe mangoes and freen apples that progress to slight honeyed peaches with green apples and stalkiness pulling through to the finish. There's a good minerality that begins on the mid-palate and drives the wine on a medium (+) slightly chalky finish. There's a friendly freshness in the wine with slight acidity driving up on the end. Medium structure and a pretty wine of great value. Would be a star, excellent, Villages but just slightly over average for a Premier Cru level.
Red
2009 L'Hospitalet de Gazin Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/18/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
88 points
The 2009 L'Hospitalet de Gazin is medium(+) purple in colour with a nose of sweet fleshy dark currants, creme de cassis, slight woodiness, liquorice and back end fresh thyme.

On the palate, the wine displays an entry of sweet creme de cassis, good freshness before a mid-palate woodiness follows. Pretty firm tannins with quite a firm structure. Pretty decent wine with lots of fruit expression from the ripe year. Medium finish with some fruity sweetness.
White
2/18/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
90 points
The 2011 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Puligny-Montrachet Le Trézin is medium (-) gold in colour with an attractive floral nose of apricots. There's noticeable sweetness towards the end with some underlying zesty lime and minerality.

On the palate, the wine displays an entry of fresh apricots and lime. This progresses to fleshy green apples. There's a good backbone of minerality with a saline finish. An extremely pleasant and quaffable wine. Firm and fresh acidity with broad fruit flavours. Acidity does a good job here in amplifying the fruit flavours. The palate broadens out upon entry then goes back to being focused and precise. Palate coating and expressive. A very commendable Villages wine.
Red
2/11/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
91 points
The 2005 Sylvie Esmonin (Michel et Fille) Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques is medium (+) ruby in colour with a coffee scented nose over woody deep red fruits, dark chocolates, and slight dusty woody spice. There's an entry of juicy berries before quick dusty notes and wood spice that follows. There's also earthy truffle notes accompanied with dark chocolate notes. Very layered on the palate. Acidity is still pretty firm, particularly on the back palate. Medium (+) finish, a lot of youth still. Takes a while before it opens up. 91+
Red
2/11/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
95 points
The 1990 Château Latour Grand Vin is medium (+) garnet, almost dark brick like in colour with a nose of dusty, sweet rosewood, dried prunes, dried plums, fresh rosemary and thyme. A very fresh nose and even slightly sweet.

On the palate, the wine displays a soft and balanced entry of fresh, sweet, purple thin-skinned currants. There's some amazing fruit freshness there. This progresses to sweet incense followed by refreshing herbs with slight mint. Slight pencil shavings is noticeable at the end. Tannins are rather refined and silky. Pretty dense palate with a lot of balance and elegance. A subtle and fine drive that powers the wine on a long, memorable finish. Commendable freshness, and definitely have many years ahead. 95+.
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Red
2/5/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
89 points
The 2010 Hubert Lignier Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes is medium (-) ruby in colour with a perfumed nose of juicy cherries and some underlying minerality.

A very soft entry on the palate with bright thin-skinned berries and red skinned apples. The mid palate then progresses to perfumed wood notes with a lasting steely minerality. There's a good strength of acidity that gives the wine a good and firm structure. Soft but not flabby at all. Good concentration and juiciness; very clean and fresh in style. Great value stuff, very pleased to have tried one again.
Red
2/5/2014 - Average Wine Guy (MH) wrote:
89 points
The 2010 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanée is medium (-) purple in colour with a nose of blue fruits that overrides red fruits. Pretty luscious nose with slight perfume and a tad bit of underlying greenness. Over time, the nose develops some coffee notes and began to be attractively perfumed. There's a luscious entry of jammy raspberries that progresses to some underlying greeness. Light weight but good and pretty intense fruit concentration. Tannins may also be pretty intense Vosne-styled. (89-90)
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