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Red
2010 Rhys Syrah Horseshoe Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
5/6/2020 - lolo66 wrote:
high toned, savory, but - for me - missing a certain amount of complexity. decent...
  • lolo66 commented:

    5/6/20, 7:33 AM - It just wasn't exciting. you know...

Red
2012 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Abbey-Harris Vineyard Anderson Valley
4/12/2020 - lolo66 wrote:
95 points
Needs a lot of air, but this really shines as a fruit driven minerally infused powerhouse with a healthy dose of anthill acidity
  • lolo66 commented:

    4/16/20, 1:16 PM - I am down to 6 bottles. 13 was last year for me

Red
2017 Caruso & Minini Terre Siciliane Naturalmente Bio Perricone
12/27/2019 - lolo66 wrote:
92 points
wow. what a screaming bargain. wonderful perfumed floral - violets, lavender, exotic fruits. tannins on end give it some body and drying elements. A sicilian beaujolais.
  • lolo66 commented:

    2/17/20, 5:26 PM - I got mine at PJ Wine in NYC, if that's a help. keep on rockin.

Red
2010 Renato Fenocchio Barbaresco Nebbiolo
9/10/2014 - lolo66 wrote:
had a quick taste. mid weight, decent balance between fruit and earth. just nothing all too exciting.
  • lolo66 commented:

    1/14/20, 8:37 AM - Hi Ellen, nice to hear from you. Hope all is well.

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.
  • lolo66 commented:

    1/3/20, 1:58 PM - My experience with this producer are their wines are long-lived and have shown life and depth for even the basic bottlings at age 30+. But I guess time will tell. Cheers,

Red
2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
10/14/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
95 points
What a beautiful bottle of wine here; I'm really loving it tonight, and a perfect pairing for our ropa vieja which had been sitting and developing flavors for a few days now, so this was a real treat all around.

Medium garnet color with some transparency. Gorgeous aromatics from the pop and developing in the glass, showing notes of red and transitioning to dark and dark red fruits, cedar, flowers, dill initially and then fading, clove, licorice, orange peel, lemon, vanilla, potpourri, and a bit of earthy funk. Fantastic. Medium body and acid, medium (+) finish, with flavors of cherry, raspberry, bitter red apple skin, lemon, black tea, clove, and an herbal hint. This is incredible. It's drinking great right now but I think it could age at least 2-5 more years as well, and with 2 more of this vintage in holding, I think I'll give the next a few more years and see what happens. I gotta give it up, 95 pts. for me.
  • lolo66 commented:

    10/14/19, 6:05 PM - I have had the pleasure of tasting older La Rioja Alta wines dating back to the 1960s and I can tell you from experience that the 2004 should be a long lived wine. It has so much going on it for and will be something to behold in 10 to 20 years. Grab a few more if you can. Cheers.

Red
1996 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso Bolgheri Superiore Red Bordeaux Blend
11/6/2018 - lolo66 wrote:
This is taking a long time to open up. After 90 minutes in glass sharting to show brighter and clear cherry, some mint. Certainly not the pwoerhouse others have described. Purchased in auction with supposed perfect provenance, I'd like to think this is just needing more air. We shall see...
  • lolo66 commented:

    11/8/18, 4:16 AM - Hard to tell. If there was any gloss or spoof it wasn’t there. But it never really developed. Nice, elegant aged blend, but was hoping for more. I have a lot more so hope others show better.

Red
2016 Edmunds St. John El Jaleo Shake Ridge Amador County Red Blend
11/2/2017 - lolo66 wrote:
Small taste. Intriguing blend. An Iberian blend. Needs more time to integrate. Materials are there. I will seek out.
  • lolo66 commented:

    11/2/17, 5:44 PM - New Wine for him so tough to say but his track record for long lived wines are well known. I would say a good 5 years to show well and probably 10 to shine.

Red
2006 Bodegas Hermanos Peciña Rioja Señorío de P. Peciña Vendimia Seleccionada Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
10/13/2017 - wormfarmer Likes this wine:
91 points
91-93. Tough tasting day, given the fires in the North Bay and the toxic air quality happening here in the East Bay. So aromas today are unfortunately only too muted/confused. But this wine still sings through the Delillo-esque Airborne Toxic Event we're all muddling through -- soy/umami/black olive/mushrooms/red currants/wild strawberries on the palate. As always with Peciña, it overdelivers on value. Why and how we're allowed to get a glorious, prime-of-drinking-window, 11-year-old Vendimia Seleccionada from one of the two great classicist producers in Rioja (I like LdH, but I'm not a La Rioja Alta fan) for chump change is beyond me.
  • lolo66 commented:

    10/14/17, 11:51 AM - agree but shhh.

Red
2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
7/3/2017 - BigGDaddy Likes this wine:
90 points
I have owned this for 3 years and was waiting and waiting to open it based on the reviews here. The first bottle, the cork just crumbled and the wine had turned. The second, it seems as if the best days were two years ago. Granted, it was fine, but the 05 is much better and I was humbly suggest drinking the 04 now. The color had turned to almost Brunello. It was not deep and rich. It took about 45 minutes to mute its sour start, and actually settled into a nice wine. Was concerned it had too much air already--but got better despite the coloration. It's a mystery.
  • lolo66 commented:

    7/4/17, 9:00 AM - The 904 is truly an infant and will need a good 10-25 years to strut its stuff. That said, they can be enjoyed young with a long decant. try drinking a small glass, re-corking or vacu seal, store in fridge and drink the next day. The oak (which is exceedingly prevalent when young) should show some integration, and you should notice some of the finer nuances that this wine can show. I have had the 2004 recently and found it to be a beast of a wine.
    I hope your next bottle of this is more enjoyable.

Red
2010 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard Anderson Valley
3/10/2017 - lolo66 wrote:
deep nose of ponegranate, cranberries, and sour cherry. Also some high toned white jasmine. i can smell the acidity. The palate matches the nose. it is medium bodied and expressive. a bit acidic with subtle tannins, but showing enough after 30 minutes to give a lot of pleasure. Excellent.
  • lolo66 commented:

    3/10/17, 4:19 PM - I would guess more maturing possible, but would say in its drinking window for sure.

Red
2005 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes Pinot Noir
3/1/2017 - lolo66 wrote:
2 oz pour. Not decanted. I liked this a lot. Several layers of minerals, dusty rasberrries, some cherry liquor. Touches of smoke and all spice. All this and delicate and elegant.
  • lolo66 commented:

    3/1/17, 6:39 PM - Hi. That was a nice tasting to say the least!

Red
2009 Eric Texier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Red Rhone Blend
1/13/2017 - lolo66 wrote:
92 points
Opened unexpectedly by my wife for a friend to have a glass of wine thinking it wasn't anything special. Got home to see it... and well enjoyed a glass with them. Quite ready and integrated and silky tannins, touch rusticity, but overall a very nice fruit profile. Nothing on the ripe side but nothing on the green side either. Just very fresh berry fruit along with acidity and earthy elements. Was very good.
  • lolo66 commented:

    1/13/17, 2:50 PM - They loved it. Both realized they opened something better than a Tuesday wine.

Red
2013 Bedrock Wine Co. The Bedrock Heritage Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
Not too much going on here... decanted for 1 hour, little to no acid, dark fruit, massive body. Pretty simple and was underwhelmed by the meal we were haveing the wine with. Good by itself- but kinda disappointing...
  • lolo66 commented:

    11/21/16, 3:51 PM - Try it the next day if you have any left. This wine needs tons of air and is very young.

Red
2010 Antonio Vallana e Figlio Boca Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo
9/18/2016 - lolo66 wrote:
93 points
such pure cherry flavor profile - really astounding how tasty this is. tons of acidity sneaking up in background and very fine tannins and a faint mineral streak giving this balance and depth. Quite the qpr. I should load up on this.
  • lolo66 commented:

    9/26/16, 1:35 PM - Just picked up 6 of these plus some 05 Gattinara and 11 Cuvee Bernando. I read your notes from your visit - sounds fantastic and what a line up!

Red
2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
A heavily-oaked wine with a slightly buttery nose. Mouth of fresh cherries, a touch earthy, and with an acidity that briefly outlasts the mild tannins. The wine is fine, but does not express the variety in any noticeable sense. One should be able to expect more from a wine in this price range.
  • lolo66 commented:

    2/24/16, 12:32 PM - These wines at 10 years of age are very young and have found they require another 5-10 years of bottle age or a very, very long decant for the oak to integrate. Once the oak is integrated, these wines can be sublime.

Red
2001 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
12/4/2015 - lolo66 wrote:
elegant, refined with cigar box notes but more fruit and pleasing
  • lolo66 commented:

    1/8/16, 4:30 AM - This was double decanted. open for about an hour before poured back in bottle. served over the course of 2 hours with several other wines. So it had plenty of time to breathe.

White
2014 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords Melon de Bourgogne
11/10/2015 - WST Likes this wine:
Hard to believe, but this might be better than the '12. Best young muscadet I've ever opened. Perhaps the best Q/P on the planet.
  • lolo66 commented:

    11/16/15, 6:38 PM - couldn't agree more about gpr. just recommended this for my non wino friend for his get together and ended up just drinking this. So refreshing and gulpable.

Red
2003 Bodegas Pintia Toro Pintia Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
From magnum. Not decanted.
Initially strong oak aromas. After 45 minutes breathing the wine started to show its real qualities with aromas of violets, coal and wet earth. Harmonically balanced. On the palate this bottle was ready from the first moment. Silky, suave yet firm, long Tempranillo with good acidity despite the criticised vintage. Where is the supposed warm?
Elegance is possible in Toro.

De una magnum. No se decantó.
Inicialmente fuertes aromas a roble. Después de 45 minutos respirando del vino comenzaron a mostrarse sus cualidades de verdad con aromas a violetas, carbón y tierra mojada. Armónicamente equilibrada. En boca esta botella estaba lista desde el primer momento. Sedoso, suave pero firme, largo Tempranillo con una buena acidez a pesar de la criticada añada. ¿Dónde está el supuesto calor?
La elegancia es posible en Toro.
  • lolo66 commented:

    10/30/15, 6:54 AM - Hi Harley, I just opened one last night. I found it ready to drink within 15 minutes in glass. I found it round, supple, and somewhat plush - but wish it had some more acidity. I will drink my last bottle soon. Cheers

  • lolo66 commented:

    10/30/15, 7:33 AM - Lucky for you - not so lucky for me - and magnum helps. I purchased in 2013 from Garagiste - a West Coast retailer/importer who had said it was with perfect provenance... but you never know. My last bottle is sitting in wine cellar. Maybe that one will show with more acidity. Best.

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2005 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
Popped and poured. Deep ruby. Clearly some great material here but relatively monolithic on the nose and on the palate at this point. It is pretty seamless now with some lovely smoke, minerals and vanilla. I have loved this bottling with age and I think this needs a few years (or more time in the glass/decanter) to really express itself.
  • lolo66 commented:

    1/30/15, 11:28 AM - Agreed. I find this wine benefits from a lot of air - even overnight - when this age.

White
2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Albariño Abrente Carneros
11/6/2014 - youngjc1 wrote:
91 points
This wine was a bit disjointed at first, but drinking great by the end of the night. Forgot to stop it up for the night, but to my great surprise it was drinking even better on day two. Makes me wonder if I've been doing things wrong by drinking these so early without giving them any air.

Nice acidity and minerality, with tastes of stone fruits (peach?), wet rocks along a fresh spring, lemon, and honey. As others have said, perhaps not the most complex wine. But it sure is enjoyable.
  • lolo66 commented:

    11/7/14, 4:26 AM - I recently have had a string of Bedrock Wines that have performed much better on the 2nd night. Given the most of us recent releases, I think the 2nd day method works well for Bedrock.

Red
2001 Windy Oaks Estate Pinot Noir Proprietor's Reserve Schultze Family Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
5/2/2012 - Rob MacKay wrote:
96 points
Easily the best bottle of Windy Oaks Pinot Noir that I've had and it's probably due to it having been sitting quietly in the Windy Oaks cellar for the past 10+ years. Color is just starting to get a little bricking on the edges with the nose reminding me of some of the finest red Burgundies that I've had with red berries, spice, floral and earth notes. The palate is near perfectly balanced with the oak completely integrated and adding some awesome complexity to the fruit. I hope that this incredible showing gives me the willpower to resist all of my young bottles until they are at least 10 years old.
  • lolo66 commented:

    10/26/14, 6:19 AM - I just posted a note on the 2009 Shultze. My comment on curious to taste in 10 years made me look back at other notes from older wines and found yours and I think furthers my belief that these wine can age well. Cheers.

White - Sparkling
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
10/19/2014 - lolo66 wrote:
92 points
tightly wound. mineral infused. steely. lemon rind. rhubarb. would like a touch more fruit, but still an elegant drink.
  • lolo66 commented:

    10/23/14, 7:39 AM - I would think so. I have limited experience with older Doms, but my experience other older Champs is at 15-20 years they really shine and show secondary notes along with primary. seems like a nice window. Of course, that assumes you can wait :)

White
2011 Arterberry Maresh Chardonnay Dundee Hills
7/5/2014 - lolo66 wrote:
91 points
excellent. precise. lemon curd. almost no discernable oak. Salinity. Medium body, medium finish. pleasurable. gulpable.
  • lolo66 commented:

    7/6/14, 11:00 AM - Thanks for your note. I hope to be out there next Summer and would like to visit the Winery. I didn't know about the 24 months in oak - even more amazing. Cheers.

Red
2006 Domaine Jean-Michel Gaunoux Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes Pinot Noir
6/23/2013 - alabunka wrote:
88 points
served with loin veal chop with a whole grain mustard scallion sauce; the veal was superb - the wine was rather tepid and unfocused; while a burgundy is still the recommended choice - a wine with more flavor and depth is required for this dish...
  • lolo66 commented:

    6/23/13, 7:35 PM - I've had this twice. Once - and drank upon release it was stellar. The second time, no where near the same experience. Shut down, even with long amounts of air. Wondering if this still needs more time or if there is dramatic bottle variation

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