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White
2020 Morgen Long Chardonnay Eola-Amity Hills Eola - Amity Hills
12/18/2022 - OenoEd wrote:
93 points
Still young, needs another year or two. Was better on day 2. Restrained nose: white flowers, hint of mint and green papaya , light buttery oakiness. Expands in the mouth, with white pepper, ugli fruit, nectarine, and spiced apricot. Ample acidity keeps the oak in check. Very food friendly, particularly with fried chicken, lobster mac n cheese, or substituted for Muscadet in a beurre blanc. Medium weight, and a moderately long finish, showing hints of saline, sushi rice and white minerals. Not the superstar that XOmni is/will be, but intriguing enough.
  • OenoEd commented:

    12/21/22, 6:04 PM - Given “youthful exuberance”, and comparable temperature, why was it more open and better on Day 2? And why wouldn’t that be a sign of “too young?”

Red
2009 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins Red Rhone Blend
9/19/2021 - cooberp Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow. Hard to know whether to begin with the elegance—so lightweight, so fragrant, so polished—or the intensity and complexity of the flavors and smells: rich plum and blueberry, baking spices, earthy notes…like a rum-drenched dessert or Christmas fruitcake, except that instead of being cloying/syrupy it’s zingy and fresh and vibrant and balanced…like some of my favorite Bordeaux, drinking this transports me to a vision of snuggling up by a fire in a ski cabin in the middle of winter. The combination of the darkness and depth of the flavors and the airiness of the mouthfeel means it would pair well with almost everything. Barely any perceptible tannin, but the freshness suggests it still has a ways to age. 15% listed alcohol lends a sense of sweetness, but there’s no hint of any burning/turpentine-y sensation, as I often get with Chateauneuf or southern Spanish wines. Shame the great man passed, but I sure now get what all the fuss was about.
  • OenoEd commented:

    12/8/22, 1:49 PM - Great note. I’ve ordered a bottle for tonight at Charleston in Baltimore. Owner loves the wine and says decanting before first course, at this point, is the way to go. I had thought an hour or two before, but I’m taking his suggestion. Some Celestins are in my top 10 Hall of Fame when they’re right. Thx for taking the time to provide details.

Red
2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
11/13/2022 - OenoEd wrote:
85 points
This well stored half bottle was given two hours to shed its oddball gluey phenolics, and did lose some but not enough. Maybe an off bottle here. Too much burnt tire and horse sweat. Not without its ginger spice cookie, wild blueberry and brambly green herb charms, and I love these wines when they’re right, but this isn’t. Tried it with mustard butter crusted steak and kidney pie, and good acidity helped it show better,, but not enough to merit a higher score. Her non interventional winemaking often produces great rewards, but also a few too many bottles like this.
  • OenoEd commented:

    11/14/22, 9:40 AM - agreed; yes, but seeming ethyl acetate and mercaptans appear and blow off in her wines quite often. Even when that doesn’t happen, there’s enough left to enjoy the bottle with food, as I did here.

White
2019 Talbott Chardonnay Kali Hart Monterey
1/23/2022 - OenoEd Likes this wine:
87 points
Well made, notes below accurately reflect flavor profile. More minerality than you’d expect at this price, without actual complexity. A touch too much oak, but still really well done, and a food friendly chard to have on hand for backyard lobster boils, and clams casino. Not a refined or particularly elegant bottling, but also not too buttery or heavy handed. Great balance, at a great price. Drink before 2024.
  • OenoEd commented:

    9/6/22, 1:01 PM - Thank you for your thank you!

White
2020 Morgen Long Chardonnay X Omni Eola - Amity Hills
Layered, dense, coiled. This vineyard is special. No rush on 2020.
  • OenoEd commented:

    7/11/22, 1:48 PM - 11 precious words from the winemaker more helpful than 100 of my purple prose! Lol. We brought this to great new NYC haute korean restaurant this week and a spirited discussion arose whether XOMNI was more LesClos Chablis, or Bouchard Chevalier. Good arguments for both; at the end of the day, it’s superb Oregon juice! Thank you!

Red
2014 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
3/23/2022 - kostaslonis Likes this wine:
94 points
Random wines tried during service (Oinoscent): 100% merlot
The wine shows purity, depth, ripe fresh cherry, berry, currant, a touch smoky, coffee, thin oak frame, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pulp-y and juicy
In the palate, the wine shows elegance, ripe and juicy tannins, blue fruit, black fruit, a touch warm, its still tight, thin oak frame, spicy sweet medium to long finish
Outstanding quality
  • OenoEd commented:

    6/18/22, 7:36 AM - Less Cab Franc than usual in the blend, but still about 17%, not 100% merlot.

  • OenoEd commented:

    6/18/22, 10:03 AM - It’s a common misconception ; the CF adds much needed acidity and brightness to enhance drinkability

Red
2010 E. Guigal St. Joseph Vignes de L'Hospice Syrah
5/8/2020 - rmalloy Likes this wine:
96 points
This is a beautiful wine that is near perfect for its concentration level. I love the sweet and savory aromas of blackberry preserves, black olives, bacon, leather, and pepper. Hints of lavender and orange zest. Somehow all of this combines into a seamless wine that is even a little feminine in nature. Tannins are perfect to my tastes.

I think the reason this wine is so delicious is largely due to the sweet primary fruit. For that reason, I recommend drinking it now. Of course, you could age it for a decade if you prefer.

This is world class, top 1% wine. This is a wine that reminds me why I'm never going to give up drinking wine, health studies be damned.
  • OenoEd commented:

    5/25/22, 5:43 PM - I just noted this on CT w comparable enthusiasm! I’m so glad a few others get how wonderful this is! Great note!

Red
2010 E. Guigal St. Joseph Vignes de L'Hospice Syrah
4/18/2022 - Ulveström Likes this wine:
95 points
This is impressive stuff with a long life ahead. Ageing is just starting to show but really on the small scale. Body is packed with dark fruit, plums and cassis. Refreshing acidity together with quite distinct however balanced/integrated oaky notes, more than I would expect which make this a little bordeaux like. But the syrah notes with flesh and smokiness is also there. Finish is long and very balanced. This is a big wine for me!
  • OenoEd commented:

    5/25/22, 4:35 PM - Great note, just starting to taste a welm stored bottle now, and you are spot on

Red
1995 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
11/28/2020 - OenoEd Likes this wine:
95 points
I’m always hesitant to open 25 year old Lopez Heredia reds for those unfamiliar: I anticipate needing to maintain patience and grace when folks comment that the fruit is “sour” or “unripe.”. Decant this for about an hour. As with much critical analysis, your baseline frame of reference sets the stage for conclusion. Those open minded enough to appreciate that rich, sweet New World fruit is not a benchmark for all great wine, may come around to appreciate the unique aroma of a waterfall in a copper mine, fresh, brightly acidic, splashing vibrant milk chocolate and green plum notes with tobacco tannins as it enters the mouth. A brilliant food wine, particularly with venison, bison, elk, or quail. As it sits, more flavors develop: black pepper, violets in a cow field, and tart cherry pits. A long and bracing finish invites consumption. Wow, what a treasure! 50 years of great drinking ahead.
  • OenoEd commented:

    3/23/22, 2:59 PM - 🙏

White - Sparkling
2005 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut Champagne Blend
12/4/2021 - sdr wrote:
89 points
Lively mousse even though there was silence when removing the cork. Pretty couronne, too. Unbalanced though; too acidic, too bitter. The mid palate lacks fat and fruit. Okay, not more.
  • OenoEd commented:

    12/13/21, 2:24 PM - You may have gotten your Cristal mixed up with your De La Couronne?

Red
2010 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
10/3/2021 - BradA Likes this wine:
94 points
Outstanding! Like a young lady entering her 20’s , the wine is reaching its prime. Firm, supple with a dash of wit. Fresh cedar, great aromatics and a nice finish. Years of advancement ahead, but if you are seeking a prime time Bordeaux— here it is!

Night two

Drier, smooth and no rough edges. The fruit is far more muted and the finish lacks the strength of last night. I miss the fresh power it showed last night….
  • OenoEd commented:

    11/10/21, 12:38 PM - An old tasting note of mine noted the incongruity of deep body funk in a superbly elegant Gentaz Cote Rotie, as if “observing braided armpit hair hanging from a gorgeous runway model”. It was just a silly image that made a point. Let’s not let PC sensitivity take the fun out of CT notes, like it has already withered comedy, satire, and academic freedoms. Benefit of the doubt that there was no misogynistic intent to that note…

White
2019 Morgen Long Chardonnay Pink Label Willamette Valley
9/14/2021 - OenoEd Likes this wine:
93 points
I picked this up from Grapes, based on Bob Millman’s recommendation. The label and the wine’s classic rose color frightened me; I had a white zinfandel panic attack. Could varietal character survive this shimmering pink glow? Hell, yeah, I conquered my anxiety, and inhaled spicy crab apple, fall leaves, vanilla candle wax, and spiced baked pear. Lovely. Most impressed by the persistent acidity, and the 5% pinot noir that adds wild strawberry depth without blocking chardonnay typicity. A wonderful pairing for milky oysters with a hint of cocktail sauce, or grilled wild salmon. Yummy and truly unique, kudos to this experiment which could have easily gone awry!!! Drink up within 5 years.
  • OenoEd commented:

    9/27/21, 7:15 AM - You are too humble. I stand by “experiment” because: a) you did it for a still wine in Oregon! and b) you selected 5% perfect pinot fruit which didn’t only create lovely rose color, but touched the texture and flavor without diminishing chardonnay dominance. Kudos!

Red
2017 Sine Qua Non Syrah The Hated Hunter Central Coast
9/17/2021 - OenoEd Likes this wine:
95 points
High scores from the critics for this quintessential 85% Syrah. Near black in color. We didnt decant it, but worked our glasses a lot, and it opened up in 20 minutes. Wonderful balance and drinkability for such an intense high alcohol wine. Genius, really. Like great Cote Rotie, but without sauvage, brett, barnyard. Instead , there was some dark loam and schist minerality, with the acidity, keeping the powerful kirsch/cassis notes and black fruit in harmony. We barely noticed the 17.5% alcohol as we finished the bottle with Korean bbq. The charred beef, , salty, soy , umami flavors are perfect for this bruiser. This wine will likely live forever, and not evolve much, like Pavie.
  • OenoEd commented:

    9/20/21, 5:50 PM - You are so right! Korean bbq marinades frequently contain sugar or honey, and lean sweet. Ripe zinfandels, like Turley, are also a good pairing.

White
2018 Peter Michael Chardonnay Belle Côte Knights Valley
12/16/2020 - OenoEd wrote:
92 points
As I critically taste this I think about my recent note on 2018 Rombauer chard, which is $50 cheaper. I liked that bottle a lot, despite its blowsy, fat, buttery CA personality. I asked myself how is this better; is its QPR two levels higher.? It’s certainly more refined and lighter bodied, with its tangerine and sweet lime acidity, and its white earth chalk stone minerality. Delicious. Superb Sonoma fruit; did it really need 12 months in new French oak? How about 6? I am troubled by dominant oak in the nose, and again on the finish, but the stuffing is terrific, especially with roast chicken, veal, or baked white fish. This should be quaffed before 2024; it will consistently deliver the goods until then, when I fear the oak will win.
  • OenoEd commented:

    9/3/21, 10:37 AM - Are you sure you are well and not having trouble with your eyes? Before you rip me a new one, you might choose to read the review I actually wrote on Rombauer, the 2018 vintage, not the 2012 referenced in your comment. Silly me, I thought when I referenced the review I wrote that a commenter would like actually read it before projecting their own biases on a vintage I DIDNT review. I appreciate your honesty, though, and your interest in engaging, but if you are going to be condescending and arrogant, at least be accurate!!

  • OenoEd commented:

    9/3/21, 4:09 PM - There is no “rule” about decanting. Some wines benefit, others don’t. Try decanting fragile old burgundies and riojas for more than an hour, if at all, and you are likely to have abandoned their best. Some too young Cali cabs benefit from a 12 hour decant. The best “rule” is to treat each bottle as its own universe, sniff and taste as you go. I’ve made wine, written about it, taught it, and judged it, so keep an open mind. The Rombauer ‘18 scores on CT range from 85-94; it’s sometimes about stylistic preference, not about you being right.

  • OenoEd commented:

    9/4/21, 10:37 AM - You don’t drink great old burgundy or rioja? No self respecting wine “snob” (your words, not mine). would ever utter those words! Most cabs are driunk a few years too young, hence extra decant helps. Of course there are well aged Calicabs and bordeaux that benefit from the extra long decants you deem a necessity. But not all of them , or even most. Be careful crafting “rules”. based on the self limited universe of what you like to drink!! As for great chardonnay, if you don’t start sniffing swirling and tasting after a half hour or so open, (assuming cellar temp) you are missing it’s evolution in the glass: part of the joy of the journey of wine!

White
2012 J.L. Chave Sélection St. Joseph Céleste White Rhone Blend
1/31/2021 - yaCellar Likes this wine:
93 points
Love that white Rhone is under appreciated. More for me.
  • OenoEd commented:

    7/15/21, 4:29 PM - My sentiment exactly; typically, I like others to be excited about wines that thrill me. With this gem, at its great QPR, singing its praises feels counterproductive. But what vibrant juice this is!!

Red
2017 Rose & Arrow Pinot Noir Worden Hill Dundee Hills
First bottle from Rose and Arrow which is a consulting project of Louis Michel Liger Belair and I must say I was impressed; the nose of this had lovely game meat, sanguine notes, with ripe black cherry, black currant, violet following. The palate was very young and had good density, but also nicely balanced acidity and energy. Very good with lots of upside for the next decade. Reminscent of a Chambolle with some new world ripeness.
  • OenoEd commented:

    3/26/21, 4:30 PM - concise and accurate note; I hope to taste Touchstone in late April, wine is in the bottle but OWC design is delaying release. Next great cult wine?

White
2019 Suertes del Marqués Valle de la Orotava Trenzado Listan Blanco, Palomino Fino
1/30/2021 - OenoEd Does not like this wine:
82 points
If this were a red, the sulfur and brett would have us leave the wine for an hour and pray for change. I’ve never had a white that tasted so much like an insipid red ruined by brett, maybe more orange citrus here, but very much rotting rinds in a dirty stable. Slight effervescence. Importer logo says “OPEN YOUR MIND AND TASTE”, to remind us to abandon all frames of reference for great wine in order to find terroir virtues in sea air and volcanic soil. Yes, ok, that is there, but the horsehair dirty hay barnyard cabbage thing going on, celebrated by some wine geeks, as au naturale perfection, like matted armpit hair on a Spanish supermodel, is just too much for me. She tasted the same in the morning, and I dumped her. Sorry.
  • OenoEd commented:

    2/13/21, 1:42 PM - Your 95 score undermines your credibilty. You could argue, as orange wine lovers do, that this is unique, and rich w sulphorous minerals. You could legitimately score it an 86 or 87, if you like that style, if you happily bathe in stewed cabbage, and black volcanic mud for the fiber, detox, and briney island effect. No judgment here; but a 95 score in the universe of great whites suggests you may wish to expand your experience with them before calling anyone “wrong”.

Rosé - Sparkling
2014 Louis Roederer Champagne Vintage Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
Ornoed’s note below captures it very well. To that we will add, tho: We’d have appreciated just a touch of yeastiness, providing some roundness to balance out the bracing citric acidity. Still, very enjoyable, spread out over nights — and frankly, we liked it best on the third and fourth.
  • OenoEd commented:

    1/14/21, 1:03 PM - Thx for the kind affirmation. I too love Lopez Rioja, and before you give up on Zin completely, try Fred Scherer’s elegant and restrained Zinfandels.

  • OenoEd commented:

    1/14/21, 1:51 PM - I think he now makes 3. The Old and Mature Vines Zin is great every year, but you can trust his tasting notes on their site for the others. Fred’s a quirky perfectionist.

Red
1995 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
12/11/2020 - forceberry wrote:
94 points
A blend of Tempranillo (75%), Garnacha (15%), Mazuelo and Graciano, the grapes sourced from the Tondonia vineyard. Fermented spontaneously in old and very large oak fermenters, aged for 8 years in barrels, bottled unfiltered and then aged for a further 13 years in bottles before release in 2016. 12,5% alcohol, 6,2 g/l acidity. Total production 24,687 bottles.

Developed, moderately evolved and quite translucent brick-red color with a youthful ruby core and more developed mahogany hue closer to the almost colorless rim. Complex and sweet-toned nose which combines youthful vibrancy with more mature qualities. Aromas of smoke, old saddle leather, ripe wild strawberries, even some Pinosity, a little bit of dusty old wood, light notes of seared meat, hints of earth and a developed touch of wizened dark fruits. Silky yet firm on the palate with a medium body and rather acid-driven taste with complex, juicy and somewhat developed flavors of sweet red fruits and vibrant cherries, some old leather, a little bit of stony minerality, light sanguine notes of iron, a hint of hoi sin and a touch of dry-cured beef. The structure relies more on the very high, bright acidity than on the rather round, gentle and textural tannins. The finish is dry, moderately evolved and somewhat grippy with remarkably long, juicy and quite acid-driven aftertaste of tart lingonberries and sour cherries, wizened red fruits, some old leather, light umami notes notes of beef jerky and soy sauce, a little bit of ferrous blood, a hint of stony minerality and a sweeter touch of ripe dark berries.

Pretty much exactly how I'd expect a '95 Tondonia Gran Reserva to perform: the wine combines effortlessly some almost tertiary notes one would expect from a wine aged for 8 years in barrels with wonderfully vibrant and slightly sweet-toned fruit flavors that feels very youthful and almost out of place in a wine already 25 years old. What surprised me was the surprisingly pale color of the wine and its surprisingly resolved, gentle tannins - I've grown to expect Tondonia Gran Reserva to be darker and more tannic - but nevertheless the wine did not disappoint me in any way. Compared to often weightier and more concentrated Tondonia Reserva, the wine feels lighter, leaner and more acid-driven, but also noticeably more complex and coming across as more youthful than a Tondonia Reserva 1995 would be. The wine is very rewarding already now, this "young", but with its remarkable intensity, depth and acid structure, I can imagine it to improve for decades more. A very fine old Rioja. At 59€ (when the wine was released) this was a bargain.
  • OenoEd commented:

    12/15/20, 3:05 PM - nice call on those lingonberries; I use those preserves a lot in cooking, but missed that until you said it. I didn’t get as much sweet fruit as you, or soy/hoisin notes. It makes me anxious to open another bottle! Good job!

Red
2000 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
9/8/2020 - OenoEd wrote:
89 points
Pro and CT reviews on this cover a broad range: 88-94. RP called it a 94 in 2016. This is my second bottle of this in last 6 months; well stored since release, decanted an hour, drunk over two. No good blind taster would guess this nose to be anything but Bordeaux: too much tobacco, black granite, licorice, earthy black fruit stemminess to be anything else. Some nice milk chocolate and black olive also; a 93 point nose! Fine tight tannins , blackberries, and black stone fruit pits in a clean, medium weight body. Finish is short and dry. The real problem is that the fruit seems slightly underripe, particularly the 35% merlot, and from mid palate to finish there’s a disappointing sense of dilution, as if a great wine had been served with a couple of melted ice cubes. There is some elegance, breeding, and typicity, but the QPR on this makes it a loser, especially in a terrific vintage. I think RP got carried away with his “vintage of the century” hyperbole. Should drink well for 40+ years, a good, solid, undistinguished St. Estephe
  • OenoEd commented:

    12/7/20, 6:32 AM - My pleasure Jake!

White
2016 Mathilde et Yves Gangloff Condrieu Viognier
8/28/2020 - OenoEd wrote:
91 points
This should get an extra point just for the beautiful label, but we’ll stick to the juice. To a certain point, which style of Condrieu floats your boat is a purely subjective choice. This is wonderfully crafted, just not my particular style: it’s has terrific peach skin and barely ripe apricot flavors, , exotic white flowers and warm baking spices. But it’s a bit heavy, a little flat in the midpalate, and it’s just slightly “oily” in its texture, lanolin like. Has just enough acidity to keep it fresh, and the long stone pit finish brings you back for more. I drank Vernay 2017 this week and scored it a few points higher, because it had more elegance, more vibrant energy, despite being less rich. Try them together and see the difference. Throw in a Qupe CA viognier, and appreciate the range of styles this varietal offers, contrary to hype. It was great w roast stuffed poussin , but had me longing for just a bit more edginess.
  • OenoEd commented:

    11/21/20, 10:45 AM - A tough vintage for Condrieu, but in 2017, elegance for Vernay was attained easier than power.. Subjective style choice, for sure.

Red
2015 Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles Syrah
8/21/2020 - OenoEd wrote:
91 points
Nose offers boysenberry, blackberry, chocolate mint, sage, grilled meat and a hint of violet. Very rich and extracted, very well made and well balanced, but a bit “modern” for my taste. Reminds me of Aalto PS, a big, concentrated , brawny tempranillo, taken to its ultra modern extreme, not typical of its region, delicious but maybe too “Parkerized”. This is the syrah version of that same concept. For my palate , Cornas at its best requires more sauvage, some funk and rustic minerality. See Michel, Clape, Verset, etc. Still, most drinkers will very much enjoy this with grilled dark meats, or wild boar bolognese. Decant this for 90 minutes; it’s young and needs time to open.
  • OenoEd commented:

    11/6/20, 8:52 AM - Enjoy! Add a half cup of Cornas to your bolognese?

  • OenoEd commented:

    11/6/20, 9:40 AM - Enhances the pairing!!

Red
2010 Domaine Humbert Frères Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir
5/11/2019 - ricard Likes this wine:
94 points
Astonishing how this wine has exploded in intensity and beauty since I last had it seven years ago. It was too young then and I should have recognised that. Dustings of cocoa, white truffle shavings... Oven-fresh brioche, limes, cassia bark, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, saddle leather, sweet pipe tobacco... Superb definition and purity. Spectacular finish - fragrant fireworks. An emotional wine. A deep, deep wine of great lofty ethereal weightless beauty. If only the world were like this. Truth is beauty, beauty truth. Epistemological nonsense, but in the context of Burgundy, possibly meaningful. What a wine.
  • OenoEd commented:

    11/2/20, 1:45 PM - Thank you for inspiring me to open a bottle of this tonight!

White
2018 Rombauer Vineyards Chardonnay Carneros
9/23/2020 - OenoEd wrote:
92 points
I read through all of the CT reviews. As happens with some varietals which present in an array of styles, these scores between 89-94. are all “right”. No one can deny this chardonnay is well crafted: rich, balanced, delicious, clean, no off notes. So, that gets us to 89/90. The 4 or 5 points after that are subjective. Regular consumers of great chablis may find Rombauer vulgar, a heavy breathing body builder invading a gentle vegan yoga class. I went through a ten year stage of frequently drinking CA monsters like this: Kistler, Marcassin, Patz and Hall, The Judge, etc, but grew palate weary. I just stopped buying and drinking them regularly. But like a titillating short term encounter with an ex you haven’t seen in years, when you’ve been away then come back, you are well reminded of your faded passion. I love the intense fruits: tangerine, coconut and pear, and that lingering finish of warm toast slathered in remarkably fresh butter, so comforting and decadent. That orange citrus acidity carries through to the end, try this with sole, turbot or lobster and a citrus beurre blanc. Romby, you’re a little fat, but I missed you.
  • OenoEd commented:

    9/25/20, 5:36 PM - Thanks for the kind words!

White
2015 Bernhard Ott Grüner Veltliner 1ÖTW Rosenberg Wagram
2/9/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
94 points
Incredible scope. Stunning how one glass of wine can make its statement across so many dimensions, which here seem related and harmoneous but not integrated. Conversational ... or more like a braided a cappella piece. Subalpine and spicy; slate and grapefruit; very sexy orchard fruits; ripe but zesty and slicing; individual wild flowers and the driest minerality; intense and oceanic. Just pulls and pulls you in.
  • OenoEd commented:

    8/27/20, 6:58 PM - Great note; enjoying it tonight. It’s as terrific as it was upon release. Great for 20 years I bet. Those with low scores had bad bottles or are allergic to all gruner?

Red
2002 Louis Jadot Bonnes Mares Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir
8/18/2020 - OenoEd Does not like this wine:
83 points
I rarely evaluate or score based on price to value ratio, but when two bottles from different sources , each around $300 , disappoint in dramatic fashion, QPR becomes a deep concern. Bonnes Mares shouldn’t taste acidic, tart, and so “tightly wound”. that pleasure isn’t on the horizon. We should taste something, anything, that projects the usual great breeding and flamboyance of real Bonnes Mares. The older high scores of some trusted tasters suggest there was a deep gray market for this wine, with many bottles either heat damaged or made from purchased fruit of questionable provenance. Sell this if you can.
  • OenoEd commented:

    8/19/20, 9:08 AM - Interesting! I certainly hope your 3 bottles of BM turn out to be better than mine! I stopped buying Jadot 15 years ago because of the remarkable inconsistency in reds and whites, not so much with the lesser wines, but with the better 1er Cru and GC. To protect the brand, and because they make wine from 530 or so hectares, I don’t believe they exercise requisite quality control in their negociant activities. Their winemaking has improved, but there’s only so much you can do w inferior fruit. The broad range of ratings on CT affirm their lack of consistency.

Red
2012 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir The Upper Terrace Ribbon Ridge
7/30/2020 - OenoEd Likes this wine:
91 points
A very beautiful Oregon pinot. Rich and lush almost like young Pommard. Bounteous perfume of cherry cola, cherry heering liqueur, lead pencil, Clubman talc, raisin bread, and baked spiced plum. Very soft and lush, resolved tannins, and enough acidity to keep fruit from cloying. Ripe, but not overripe. A moderate length easy finish of black cherry skins and pits. Cellar stored since release, this bottle only needed a 30 minute decant to open up. Burgundy drinkers will immediately guess New World for the sweet forward fruit and the absence of mystery, terroir. Still 7-10 years of great drinking, and secondary complexity may have a chance to bump the score. Lovely w roast duck, or teriyaki anything.
  • OenoEd commented:

    7/31/20, 8:19 AM - Thank you for the compliment and the correction!! Much appreciated.

Rosé
2016 Château de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
6/26/2018 - Cholera Likes this wine:
90 points
Quite good on hot summer evening. took some time to open, but really had more depth than a typical Provencial Rose. PnP and consumed over 3 hours. Had peach and glazed strawberry notes with a fleshy mouthfeel toward to end. Medium acidity, rose petal and some citrus--maybe meyer lemon and cantaloupe.
Would consume again.
  • OenoEd commented:

    6/6/20, 7:33 PM - I think you want your review with the rose, not the red

White - Fortified
1931 Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Convento Selección Montilla-Moriles Pedro Ximénez
5/11/2019 - OenoEd Likes this wine:
96 points
Prune and green fig on the nose. In the mouth, this is a viscous, warm moist dried prune stuffed with toasted walnut, lightly dipped in a bath of dark chocolate toffee syrup, and a hint of molasses. Sublime!
  • OenoEd commented:

    7/9/19, 8:19 PM - Thank you for the kind note!

Red
1990 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Syrah
4/30/2019 - OenoEd Likes this wine:
100 points
Thank you AJ for sharing this at the Grange dinner. Having been raised by wolves, I cop to loving this more than any of the Granges. Yes, its all about feral blood, iron, and printers ink. But its not just licking fur, there's a complex, wild sex in the glass quality rarely found elsewhere. Enough pink peppercorn spice, candied violet and integrated tannins to maintain balance, this is incredible, long and perfect. Ive had this 5 or 6 times, and this is the best bottle Ive had.
  • OenoEd commented:

    6/19/19, 3:43 PM - Thank you! Absolutely!

Red
2007 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses Cabernet Franc
3/21/2019 - OenoEd wrote:
88 points
I kept hoping this would open up, but it never really did, even after two hours. Maintains its acidity, but fruit stays muted. Soft, easy drinking but it does seem dried out. This bottle was a year or two past it’s prime, but good with a simply roasted pork tenderloin. Drink up.
  • OenoEd commented:

    3/22/19, 7:02 AM - I too have had better bottles in the last year; I’m chalking this one off to bottle variation. The bottle was a gift, and may have been stored warm for too long.

Red
1989 Marc Sorrel Hermitage Le Gréal Syrah
3/10/2019 - OenoEd Likes this wine:
96 points
In perfect shape, slight hint of brick at the edges, green hay in a clean barnyard nose... incredibly silky, fully integrated tannins, very rich without heaviness. As it opens shows lots of mocha, cherries, and cigar box. An inner core of subtle sweetness, and a 90 second finish where the iron dust/bloody game finally kicks in. An impressive showing, at peak. So great with pigs foot stuffed with fois gras and black lentils at Bibou.
  • OenoEd commented:

    3/18/19, 8:59 AM - We decanted for 30 minutes, after tasting it, as there is a lot of bottle variation. There was a small amount of sediment. Enjoy!

Red
2000 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
1/27/2019 - jonanator wrote:
93 points
Recently purchased this bottle so not really sure how it was stored. With that said, this wine showed wonderfully. I suspect that this wine is at the beginning stages of or very close to maturity, but should hang on for a while. This was feminine and elegant, the perfumed nose filled the room as the wine was decanted. Tannins were soft and silky. On the palate, this showed great depth and concentration. Complex and layered, this was an absolute treat.
  • OenoEd commented:

    2/19/19, 5:46 PM - sounds like you had a bottle evolved by temps above cellar range which helped you see its future sooner!

White
2016 Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini
1/10/2018 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Loud and highly appealing bouquet of white flowers, honeysuckle, tart and pungent citrus (including grapefruit), quince, carambola, wax, all things maritime (including sea spray, sea froth, salt, and crushed seashells), unique umami, steel, and minerals (limestone and chalk). Tangy, saline, steely, tingly, and waxy, in layers. One can smell, taste, and experience the Aegean in this bottle. Bone dry, yet incredibly juicy. Rich, weighty, though not heavy. The middle and back feature Chenin Blanc-like grit, with interwoven metallic ore elements. Something here, perhaps the wax and umami essences, puts the mind to aged, World Class Gran Reserva White Rioja. The finish has no quit in it. Wonderfully fresh and remarkably deep! The wine begs for food, seafood in particular, and also likely to pair with many dishes, including fowl and pork. 93-94.
  • OenoEd commented:

    8/15/18, 6:09 PM - Great notes, Motz. I just posted mine without reading others first, and was shocked at the similiarities. I missed the reference point to Rioja Blanco, but I think you are dead on. Also, reminds me of some St. Joseph blanc. I scored it a 91, only because Ive no idea how this will age.

Red
2014 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault Sonoma Coast
6/1/2018 - OenoEd wrote:
89 points
Needs 40 minute decant before serious deliberation, as it is tight, tart, and lean before it opens. Interesting nose: acetic acid creates some complexity; there are unusual aromas of freesia, malt powder, and white chocolate. In the mouth, lots of raspberry, and black tea tannin, yet a lack of depth and complexity, overall a wine defined by its acidity, well suited for duck w raspberry balsamico sauce, or skewered grilled pork with a red berry glaze. Not built for aging, but perhaps more interesting in a year or two.
  • OenoEd commented:

    6/3/18, 5:11 AM - I’ll respectfully disagree; it’s not advanced VA, no acetone, virtually no ethyl acetate. But more than a bit of a acetic acid is affecting the flavor in the bottle I opened. Could be a straggler yeast mimicking acetic acid, but unless you know if the wine’s been analyzed for this, then we’ll just have to call it a palate difference.

  • OenoEd commented:

    6/3/18, 7:49 AM - They are different points on the same scale; I don’t necessarily think VA is as negative a term as you might. But, to make peace and for precision, I’ve edited the review. Thanks for your input.

Red
1970 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
1/2/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
95 points
Blood, pure and simple, greets the nose followed by a hint of oxidation, not the best bottle of this though there is still a terrific core of tobacco, dark cherry fruit, and sweet warm spices with just a hint of dried orange peel lending this a holiday tone. Absolutely terrific in the mouth, polished, rich, laced with minerals and bright acidity but not lacking great depth and richness of fruit. It’s not the best example of this but it’s still a fabulous wine. There’s almost a sweetness to this early on the palate and it not only has fine length but the finish is nuanced and changing, alternating between warm spice, tobacco, and warm dark cherry fruit. Very well knit, still structurally youthful as if that would possible, but the tannins here while well integrated are very present. The nose cleans up nicely revealing a fine waxy, beeswax element, hints of currant leap, stewed cherry fruit and that ever present backing note of warm wood spice all topped with a hint of roasted mocha and a fine green cardamom spice note. So well integrated, this is silky yet rich, broad shoulder but notably less powerful than the last few bottles. It’s advanced but not damaged per se. The fruit remains intact, lingering on the finish with a fine sweet/tart tension. Really long. Gains red apple skins and pine resin on the nose as the finish sweetens up retaining it phenomenal length. Later tobacco and herbs pop on the nose as the palate gains a little strawberry like freshness to the fruit.
  • OenoEd commented:

    1/26/18, 7:17 AM - Great wine, terrific note!

Red
1995 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
2/24/2017 - nywine68 Likes this wine:
95 points
Gorgeous nose leaps from the glass. Mature barnyard with secondary and tertiary flavors. Softer than the 1996. Beautiful for drinking today. Montrose vertical 1895-2000
  • OenoEd commented:

    3/1/17, 9:42 AM - I was at the same vertical tasting, and your notes are dead on!

  • OenoEd commented:

    1/17/18, 6:14 AM - I would guess the Montrose has 7-10 years of stable good drinking left, though I am drinking mine up now.

Red
2008 Domaine des Chezeaux Griotte-Chambertin Ponsot Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
3/30/2017 - OenoEd wrote:
87 points
A fairly dull white chocolate black cherry nose. In the mouth, there's decent tannin and acidity, the texture is soft and round, but flavors are muted, generic, a bit astringent and short. If this is dumb, even at its imagined peak, it doesn't appear that this will ever be more than another overpriced, ordinary, essentially weak Griotte.
  • OenoEd commented:

    1/2/18, 11:23 AM - Good luck with that! It was terrible weather in burgundy in 08 until September. Wines tend to have too much acid, rather than too little. I hope I am wrong and that you are correct, and that you will post an updated report! Happy New Year!

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