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White
2013 Aubert Chardonnay Eastside Vineyard Russian River Valley
11/14/2019 - dcwino wrote:
98 points
Double blind Cab based wine tasting (Eddie V's - Tysons Corner, VA): Exquisite nose displaying pure succulent white fruit, pear, lemon curd, lemon candy, a hint of pineapple, beeswax, honeysuckle, a hint of flint, saline and limestone. Exceptional balance, succulent pure white fruit, surprisingly elegant and precise, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a seamless long white fruit driven finish with strong limestone at the end. I dare say this is very Burgundian. Really exceptional domestic Chardonnay.
  • dcwino commented:

    11/16/19, 3:09 AM - I also loved the 14 and found a resemblance to Coche Corton, crazy but have to be honest.

Red
2004 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/14/2019 - dcwino wrote:
98 points
Double blind Cab based wine tasting (Eddie V's - Tysons Corner, VA): The first smell convinces me that this is a high end Bordeaux from a good year. Youthful perfectly harmonious nose displaying crème de cassis, crushed blueberry, light caramel, a hint of cedar, tobacco, lead pencil and mineral. Impeccable balance, layers upon layers of hedonistic black fruit, silky, almost weightless, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a long sweet black fruit driven finish with caramel and tobacco at the end. My guess is the 09 or 10 Pauillac. perhaps Pontet Canet. Excellent showing.
  • dcwino commented:

    11/16/19, 3:07 AM - It is drinking beautifully in a very youthful way. When to drink is based on your preference, i.e. how much tertiary notes you prefer.

Red
2018 Dirty and Rowdy "The Legends" Rosewood Vineyards Redwood Valley Red Rhone Blend
11/1/2019 - dcwino wrote:
91 points
A lost Friday afternoon gathering – Mostly blind, some double blind (Blacksalt, Washington DC): Really grapy and someone calls two buck chuck. Grapy leads me to Barbera. Fresh Welch’s grape juice. Natural wine, perhaps neutral oak or stainless. My next guess is Jura red. If you love natural wine, you will find this to your liking. Interesting wine.
  • dcwino commented:

    11/3/19, 7:29 PM - It is very grapey and natural.

White
1996 Marquis de Laguiche (Joseph Drouhin) Montrachet Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay
9/29/2019 - dcwino wrote:
98 points
1996 Burgundy Retrospective - The Last Session (Eddie V's - Tysons Corner, VA): Expressive nose displaying decadent yellow fruit, apricot, apple pie, lemon oil, crème brulee, a hint of butter scotch, spicy spices and mineral. Unbelievable concentration, layers upon layers of decadent yellow fruit, rich, opulent and oily yet also perfectly harmonious and detailed, bright acidity and mineral, and an incredibly long opulent yellow fruit driven finish with spicy spices at the end. This is more DRC Montrachet like than the 96 DRC Montrachet, i.e. rich, ripe and exotic. Exceptional showing.
  • dcwino commented:

    10/1/19, 2:48 PM - This showed incredibly well.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Champagne Premier Cru Lieux-dits Extra Brut Mareuil-sur-Ay Sous le Mont Pinot Noir
9/26/2019 - dcwino wrote:
96 points
1996 Burgundy Retrospective - The Fourth Session (Clarity - Vienna, Virginia): More Rose nose than BdN, succulent yellow and red fruit, peach, apricot, cherry soda, pomegranate, apple cider vinegar, ginger, caramel, cinnamon, smoked salmon and limestone. Excellent concentration, nicely layered succulent yellow and red fruit, rich and sweet, yet pure and precise, generous fine mousse, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a long succulent red fruit driven finish with brioche and cinnamon at the end. This is a really complex and rich style of Champagne. Drinking beautifully.
  • dcwino commented:

    9/28/19, 9:08 AM - Probably 2016 release.

Red
1985 Domaine Jean Grivot Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir
9/20/2019 - dcwino wrote:
82 points
Another lost Friday afternoon gathering – 96 Dom, 08 Cristal and a Rudy blend (Blacksalt, Washington DC): It seems like a correct example. Dirty damp cellar, a bit green and soy. Excellent concentration, good acidity and still coarse tannins. The finish is very short due to the dirty damp cellar note. Rustic, charmless and dirty.
  • dcwino commented:

    9/22/19, 7:05 AM - I visited Grivot and tasted with Mr. Grivot. The 16 and 17 Clos Vougeot are really nice.

White - Sparkling
1996 Dom Pérignon Champagne Oenothèque Champagne Blend
9/20/2019 - dcwino wrote:
96 points
Another lost Friday afternoon gathering – 96 Dom, 08 Cristal and a Rudy blend (Blacksalt, Washington DC): Fully mature complex nose displaying ripe yellow fruit, fresh apple juice, lemon curd, yellow peach, smoke, a hint of brioche, cinnamon, crème brulee and limestone mineral. I have always noticed a slight hint of dirty damp cellar smell in the 96 Dom Oeno. David points out “lees funk”, eureka! Fully integrated palate, very finely layered sweet yellow fruit, medium abundant very fine mousse, creamy and precise, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a seamless sweet yellow fruit driven finish with smoke and cinnamon at the end. This is a fully ready to go example.
  • dcwino commented:

    9/21/19, 10:30 AM - This was a friend's bottle. I assume it was released prior to 2013. BTW, there is a major bottle variation.

White - Sparkling
2008 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut Champagne Blend
5/24/2019 - dcwino wrote:
99 points
Lost Friday afternoon gathering – 08 Cristal and Dom, Raveneau, Rayas, Chevillon, Gouges and etc. (Black Salt, Washington DC): Expressive nose displaying rich red and yellow fruit, per Bill red currant which I agree wholeheartedly, a hint of cinnamon apple, honeysuckle, candied lemon peel and strong limestone mineral. Already showing perfect balance and precision, mindbogglingly rich and decadent yet incredible energy and focus, very fine abundant mousse, bright acidity, strong mineral presence and a long rich red and yellow fruit driven finish. This is like a great Yquem or a great Batard, i.e. so rich yet airy and weightless. Although the 08 Dom is very special, this seems to be richer and more concentrated while remaining elegant and precise in this occasion. For my palate, Antonio is pretty much spot on for Champagne.
  • dcwino commented:

    8/12/19, 11:44 PM - This is the most enjoyable young Cristal for my palate. This can easily improve for the next three decades or more. However, it is drinking magnificently in a very youthful energetic way.

Red
2010 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
1/18/2019 - dcwino wrote:
98 points
Chateau Leoville Poyferre vertical with Sarah Cuvelier (Le Cafe Descartes at the French Embassy): Intense hedonistic nose displaying concentrated yet pure black and blue fruit, blackberry concentrate, crème de cassis, blackberry jam, ink, licorice, caramel, lavender, a hint of lead pencil and leather, liquid smoke, dark milk chocolate and cedar/oak. Exceptional concentration, layers upon layers of concentrated black fruit, incredibly silky and fluid, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, no noticeable tannins, i.e. extremely fine tannins that are fully masked by concentrated fruit, and a seamless long concentrated black fruit driven finish with lavender and cedar at the end. Despite being very primary, extremely fine tannins and hedonistic fruit make this very enjoyable. I believe this will not shutdown hard and will improve for a few more decades and last for a century, if cellared properly. The palate/concentration is closest to the 09 and 15. However, the nose is more expressive and slightly fresher than the 09 and more harmonious than the 15. The first LP, and also the best for me. This was one of the top scoring wines for me during the 10 En Primeur. It is trading around $100-$130 at auction which represents an incredible value.
  • dcwino commented:

    8/8/19, 3:16 PM - I think the 10 is truly great.

Red
2005 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques Pinot Noir
2/3/2019 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Sommelier Appreciation Dinner 2019 (The Brown Residence): Medium expressive nose displaying concentrated ripe black fruit, dark milk chocolate, sap, rose, dark spices and limestone. Exceptional concentration, nicely layered concentrated slightly roasted black fruit, dense and rich, good acidity, strong mineral presence, surprisingly pronounced tannins and a long concentrated black fruit driven finish with rose and sap at the end. It expresses the ripe 05 vintage typicity more so than the producer signature. Needs minimum ten more years.
  • dcwino commented:

    8/1/19, 3:59 PM - The vintage as Rousseau wines are typically very user friendly.

  • dcwino commented:

    8/1/19, 6:25 PM - For my palate, most top red Burgundies need 25 to 30 years to fully mature. The 93s are at the peak, if you like a lot of tertiary notes.

Red
1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche La Tâche Grand Cru Pinot Noir
1/10/2019 - dcwino wrote:
99 points
Small friends gathering - 90 La Tache, 12 Coche CC, 37 Mouton in mag and etc. (Officina - Washington D.C.): Incredibly expressive beautifully mature nose displaying decadent ripe red and black fruit, dry cherry, raspberry, blackberry, tomato water, strong sous bois, Chinese medicine, rose, black truffle, fresh roasted almond, cinnamon, cumin, sap, a hint of DRC stem and limestone. Perfectly integrated harmonious palate, beautifully layered subtle slightly dry red fruit, opulent yet precise and detailed, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and the never ending finish. Despite displaying the 90 ripe opulent vintage typicity, it displays perfect balance and precision. It has always been a very emotional wine but RJ generously sharing it amongst friends take it to Nirvana.
  • dcwino commented:

    6/3/19, 5:06 PM - Eric,
    I prefer not to decant red Burgundy. The fruit expression in Burgundy lessen with air. If you are sharing with four or less, you can simply follow how it evolves with air.
    Kevin

White
2012 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay
3/23/2019 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Annual gathering with Chicago winos in Chicago – DRC RSV vertical, Selosse – Lieux-Dits and etc. (Smyth and The Loyalist - Chicago IL): Expressive nose displaying ripe succulent yellow fruit, lemon curd, apple sauce, yellow peach, candied ginger, flint, spicy spices and limestone. Excellent concentration, layers jupon layers of concentrated yellow fruit, dense and oily without losing precision and focus, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a long ripe yellow fruit driven finish with a hint of flint at the end. Similar weight as the 12 Bernard Moreau but fresher. Excellent showing.
  • dcwino commented:

    5/4/19, 4:46 PM - I typically like to decant young white Burgundy to improve precision, i.e. slightly shedding fruit. I believe it was pop and pour.

Red
2015 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
4/7/2019 - dcwino wrote:
97 points
Curiosity got the best of me. Slightly subdued nose displaying ripe black and red fruit, sieved blackberry, black cherry, milk chocolate, lavender and crushed rocks. Absolutely sensual palate that VCC is known for, very finely layered black fruit, fluid and almost weightless, medium acidity, strong limestone mineral, very fine tannins and a medium to long ripe black fruit driven finish. The fruit is slightly subdued at this stage. This has a great future ahead but really need to wait for a few more years to be enjoyable, i.e. gain fruit density and regain opulence.
  • dcwino commented:

    4/21/19, 5:55 PM - It is really hard to say as this was slightly shutdown. Having said that, I slightly prefer the 09 and the 10.

Red
2000 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
3/6/2019 - dcwino wrote:
98 points
Haut Brion vs La Mission Haut Brion dinner with Bernard Burtschy (Taberna del Alabardero, Washington D.C.): Incredibly concentrated and intense wine. One of two most youthful wine of the evening, along with the 02 Haut Brion. More concentrated and powerful than the 00 Haut Brion but ever so slightly less refined. It can easily improve for another half century. Monumental wine with imposing scale.

Dominant Fruit: Intense red and black fruit, crème de cassis, cherry and plum.
Balance: 10
Expressiveness: 10
Complexity: 9
Ripeness: 10
Purity: 9
Intensity: 10
Silkiness: 10
Precision: 9
Tannins: 8
Acidity: 9
Concentration: 10
Maturity: 3
Modern (Oak): 0
Over ripeness: 0
Condition: 10
  • dcwino commented:

    4/9/19, 2:18 PM - I think a couple of hours of decanting. Although very young, the opulent concentrated fruit makes it still enjoyable.

White
2012 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
3/29/2019 - dcwino wrote:
92 points
Lost Friday afternoon gathering – Chave, Krug, Churchill, Trimbach, Mugnier and etc. (Black Salt, Washington DC): Medium expressive nose displaying ripe yellow fruit, pineapple, apple, burnt sugar, spicy spices, and steely mineral. Very good concentration, ripe yellow fruit driven palate impression, ripe yet slightly lean, good acidity and mineral and a medium to long ripe yellow fruit driven finish. My guess is a Domestic Chardonnay, perhaps Linden hardscrabble.
  • dcwino commented:

    4/3/19, 6:43 PM - It is slightly lean. Not sure why some people think this is Burgundian.

  • dcwino commented:

    4/4/19, 2:38 PM - That makes sense. I point was that there were several times Rhys was served blind and every single time, it wasn't too difficult to figure out out they are not Burgundy.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Champagne Premier Cru Lieux-dits Extra Brut Mareuil-sur-Ay Sous le Mont Pinot Noir
3/23/2019 - dcwino wrote:
96 points
Annual gathering with Chicago winos in Chicago – DRC RSV vertical, Selosse – Lieux-Dits and etc. (Smyth and The Loyalist - Chicago IL): Very vinous nose displaying shy red fruit with a hint of yellow, a hint of raspberry, raspberry soda, strawberry candy, dry peach, smoked salmon, brioche, cinnamon, candied ginger and limestone. Very good concentration, subtle yet rich concentrated red fruit with a hint of yellow, fine medium generous mousse, bright acidity and mineral, and a long rich red fruit driven finish with cinnamon at the end. The fruit expression is delicate like Krug Rose, but the body is decisively richer and fuller.
  • dcwino commented:

    3/30/19, 6:31 AM - I didn't check the temperature but seemed pretty close to ideal, i.e. the temperature for white Burgundy.

  • dcwino commented:

    3/30/19, 6:36 AM - It should be relatively recent but I didn't check.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Champagne Grand Cru Lieux-dits Extra Brut Le Mesnil-sur-Oger Les Carelles Chardonnay
3/23/2019 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Annual gathering with Chicago winos in Chicago – DRC RSV vertical, Selosse – Lieux-Dits and etc. (Smyth and The Loyalist - Chicago IL): Complex fully mature nose displaying apricot, apple pie, apple cider, apple vinegar, sherry, almond cookie, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter scotch and limestone. Rich concentrated palate, sweet ripe yellow fruit, a hint of sugar, medium fine generous mousse, bright acidity and mineral, and a long sweet yellow fruit driven finish with a hint of almond paste and sherry at the end. This particular bottle shows more sherry than usual, close to Substance than Initial. The oxidative style is not for everyone so YMMV.
  • dcwino commented:

    3/27/19, 7:36 AM - My apologies, updated!

Red
2009 Château Marojallia Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
4/1/2010 - dcwino wrote:
97 points
Considering this Chateau is right next to Chateau Margaux, what a different interpretation. Licorice, jammy, silky, excellent concentration but very modern. Margaux equivalent of Valandraud. 96-98 pts.
  • dcwino commented:

    3/3/19, 9:52 AM - This property is very close to Chateau Margaux. The 09 IMO was the peak of modern Bordeaux movement, i.e. more concentration and ripeness. I have not had one for awhile but I would love to serve this blind in a napa cult cab tasting. Please note that this is the first vintage that shows the modern character.

  • dcwino commented:

    3/3/19, 4:16 PM - My Bordeaux palate closely resembles Bob's. IMO, the 09 and 10 are two of the greatest back to back Bordeaux vintages equaling the 59 and 61.

Red
2010 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques Pinot Noir
11/11/2017 - dcwino wrote:
99 points
2017 Villa d’Este Wine Symposium - Kelly and Kevin's excellent adventure; 11/9/2017-11/14/2017 (Villa D’este, Lake Como and Milan): The most elegant, pure, balanced and enjoyable wine of the CSJ flight. Beautifully perfumed nose displaying raspberry water, crushed blackberry, rose, exotic spices, sesame and strong limestone. Perfectly harmonious palate, airy and weightless, so finely layered subtle red fruit, bright acidity, incredibly mineral and a seamless subtle red fruit and sesame driven finish. The palate to die for, simply ethereal. Can a seven year red Burgundy be drinking perfectly? For me, yes!
  • dcwino commented:

    2/13/19, 9:21 AM - This was a formal vertical tasting. I believe they were poured an hour ahead.

  • dcwino commented:

    2/15/19, 7:19 AM - I hope it showed well. I am a fan of Rousseau and the 10s are spectacular.

White
2008 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Chardonnay
1/27/2019 - dcwino wrote:
94 points
A lazy Sunday lunch - Bordeaux blind, Raveneau, PYCM, Yquem, Dom Rose and etc. (Eddie V's - Tysons Corner, VA): The color is darker, more golden, than the 08 Raveneau Blanchot. The first note is caramel. Coiled nose displaying deeply toned yellow citrus, honey, caramel, lanoline and limestone. Exceptional concentration, deeply toned dense ripe yellow fruit, very focused but tight, mouth puckering acidity, strong mineral and a medium to long coiled dense yellow citrus driven finish with honey and limestone at the end. Bill finds the initial caramel expression bothersome. It is not premoxed but not as expressive and fresh as the 08 Blanchot. In my experience, Dauvissat tends to shutdown harder than Raveneau. This was one of the greatest young white wines of my life. I am not sure how this will develop but doubt that it will fulfill the original promise. I like it more than others.
  • dcwino commented:

    1/28/19, 2:07 PM - I appreciate the offer. We will definitely let you know.

Red
2005 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche La Tâche Grand Cru Pinot Noir
6/26/2017 - dcwino wrote:
100 points
Winos' excellent adventure in France; 6/22/2017-6/27/2017 (All over France): The nose is simply perfect! Absolutely hedonistic yet perfectly pure nose displaying intense red and black fruits, essence of raspberry and blackberry, perfectly ripe small strawberry, cherry liqueur, mocha, espresso bean, Chinese medicine, tie qua yin, Vosne spice, sap, light caramel and stem. Incredibly concentrated yet airy and weightless as it is so finely layered. The palate is sensual and perfectly harmonious. Despite the youthful expression, incredible complexity and intense decadent pure fruit make it absolute pleasure to drink. Simply perfect once again!
  • dcwino commented:

    1/28/19, 5:11 AM - It was off a restaurant list. It was splash decanted and drank over four hours.

White
2004 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay
  • dcwino commented:

    12/14/18, 10:10 AM - It is frustrating. You can often get a few brilliant bottles and a couple slightly oxidized and the rest undrinkable from the same case.

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Champagne Rosé Champagne Blend
12/12/2018 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Eric's visit to DC - Champagne, White Burgundy, Rhone, Piedmont and etc. (Officina - Washington D.C.): Beautiful perfectly mature sweet nose displaying white peach, apricot, a hint of raspberry soda, strawberry candy, slightly oxidized apple, a hint of sherry, almond cookie, white chocolate, sweet spices and mineral. Very good concentration, subtle sweet yellow fruit with a hint of red, fine mousse, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a long sweet yellow and red fruit driven finish with a hint of sherry at the end. This bottle shows a bit more sherry than the last bottle. IMO, Selosse Rose is fully ready when released and there is no significant benefit of cellaring.
  • dcwino commented:

    12/14/18, 6:45 AM - No I did not. I can find out however as it came from my last batch.

Red
1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba Nebbiolo
5/26/2018 - dcwino wrote:
98 points
Giacosa weekend - dinner at Masseria (Masseria, DC): Imposing big scale wine. Explosive nose displaying decadent black cherry, dry cherry, crème de cassis, ink, licorice, rose, tar and crushed rock. Incredible concentration, layers upon layers of decadent yet pure cherry fruit, silky and polished, strong acidity and mineral, very pronounced yet very fine tannins and an unbelievably long intense red fruit and tar driven finish. The most concentrated and structured wine of the evening. It is reaching the youthful peak but will improve for at least two more decades.
  • dcwino commented:

    12/9/18, 10:41 AM - More than likely pop and pour. But the meals lasted five to six hours.

  • dcwino commented:

    12/9/18, 1:09 PM - Decanting Barolo and Barbaresco for a several hours or more is an interesting topic. I am in the minority in this regard. When pop and pour/splash decant, the wine shows less iron/mineral and is not as detailed. However, I really love the rich and opulent fruit note and a hint of caramel.

Red
2010 Sine Qua Non Syrah Five Shooter Central Coast
1/26/2018 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Sine Qua Non dinner (Eddie V's - Tysons Corner, VA): Incredibly youthful nose displaying crushed blackberry, blackberry jam, crushed pepper, smoke, baking spices and earth. Excellent concentration, nicely layered black fruit, silky and polished, good acidity, nicely integrated tannins and a long jammy black fruit driven finish. Although big and ripe, showing the nice Syrah typicity. Once again, not as opulent as the EBAS.
  • dcwino commented:

    10/7/18, 4:22 PM - Extended Barrel Aged Cuvees.

Red
2009 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Syrah
10/2/2017 - dcwino wrote:
98 points
One of the pleasures of posting TNs is trying a wine that I find to be very special and share the experience. This is one of those wines. Pop and pour, incredibly mineral nose which is rare in red wine, ripe yet pure blue fruit, blueberry, blueberry liqueur, a slight hint of ash and blood, wet stone, lead pencil, ink and lavender. There is a hint of Lafitesque/Bordeaux lead pencil. For my palate, one of the key signs of great young wine is the silky/airy palate and this is one of the silkiest young northern Rhones of my life. Very airy and silky, feels almost slightly lean and light, beautifully layered blue fruit, good acidity, unbelievably mineral, strong presence of very fine tannins and a seamless long finish that resonates with mineral and cool blue fruit. Two hours later, even silkier and gains density and sweetness, a bit of black fruit emerges and no longer showing much ash but still remain incredibly mineral.

The second and third night, gains even more weight and becomes sweeter, incredibly dense blue and black fruits. The finish is incredibly long. It is enjoyable in a very youthful way but will require another decade or two to reach the peak. At this stage, it is not as nuance driven and showing a lot more black fruit than the Chave. Some may find it a bit too straightforward. I am confident that this will develop like the 90 but less “fruitcake like ripeness”. I will definitely try to source a case or more. In the current market where the top wines are heading north of $500, this represents a great buy if you like the 78 or 90 Chapelle.
  • dcwino commented:

    8/21/18, 10:53 AM - It was not decanted as I recall. This is a great buy.

Red
2006 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Pinot Noir
6/7/2018 - dcwino wrote:
97 points
2006 RC and 2006 DRC Montrachet dinner - Stanley Cup Final (Proof Restaurant - Washington DC): Expressive complex nose displaying rich red fruit, raspberry jam, a hint of cherry, cinnamon and nutmeg, Vosne spices and earth. Excellent concentration, very finely layered subtle yet decadent red fruit, unctuous yet silky, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a long rich sweet red fruit driven finish. It has reach the first stage of the youthful peak.
  • dcwino commented:

    6/10/18, 5:29 PM - It certainly was not our intention to have the dinner coincide. I actually love the 08 DRC Montrachet.

Red
2006 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Musigny Grand Cru Pinot Noir
6/7/2018 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
2006 RC and 2006 DRC Montrachet dinner - Stanley Cup Final (Proof Restaurant - Washington DC): Medium expressive nose displaying subtle red and black fruit, blackberry, cherry candy, Asian spices, lavender and earth. Fully integrated sensual palate, fluid and weightless, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a long subtle black fruit driven finish. Excellent showing.
  • dcwino commented:

    6/9/18, 8:40 AM - It was pop and pour. I don't decant red burg. For me, the best way to enjoy Burgundy is over a small dinner of 4 to 6. I hope your bottle shows well. This had a classic velvety palate.

White
1992 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay
3/17/2018 - fclarity wrote:
96 points
From a pretty good looking bottle with a 3.5 cm fill, this wine had a deep yellow center and clear rims. The nose was tight at first and then showed a bit of SO2. After a few hours it emanated dried apricots, citrus, vanilla, white stone, and apples.

This wine was all acidity when first popped. Then, as it opened up, the super ripe fruit developed and it became quite ripe and rich. In fact, it was almost a bit over-ripe, even though you could taste the firm acidity in the background. Finally, after 4 hours of air, it all came into balance. The texture became super creamy. This wine was very classy and refined with an edge of decadent richness.

I have had better bottles in the past. Was this bottle a bit mistreated or was it bottle variation? This bottle was a bit past it’s peak but I know other bottles will last 10+ years. Substantial air is recommended to allow this wine to show its true majesty!
  • dcwino commented:

    3/17/18, 7:35 PM - One of the greatest white Burgundy for me.

Red
2001 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
2/8/2018 - dcwino wrote:
96 points
Haut Brion Vertical -1998 to 2009 (The Grill Room at the Rosewood DC): Most polished and classic wine of the flight. Very precise and harmonious nose displaying cassis, red currant jam, licorice, tobacco, lead pencil, lactic and mineral. Beautifully integrated sensual palate, very finely layered subtle red and black fruit, silky and seamless, very fine tannins and a seamless long finish with a hint of lead pencil at the end. This is a beautiful classic claret that nicely expresses the 01 vintage character that we love. It is the sort a wine that you can drink all night.
  • dcwino commented:

    2/10/18, 9:43 AM - For my palate, most Bordeaux wine can age for a long time. IMO, the 60s and the 70s are very weak decades, i.e. high yields and irregular ripeness, yet a lot of the wines are still enjoyable. Therefore, it really comes down to your preference. The 01 is drinking beautifully. However, there is not a lot of tertiary notes like cedar, leather and tobacco. The fruit may also get sweeter and mellower with another decade of cellaring. I hope this helps.

White - Sparkling
1996 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
12/22/2017 - dcwino wrote:
100 points
A lost Friday afternoon gathering – 96 Krug mag, 99 Fourrier CSJ, blind CDB flight and etc. (Blacksalt, Washington DC): En magnum, absolutely perfect vinous nose displaying exquisite sweet yellow fruit, also subtle fresh red fruit, tarte tatin, apricot, diluted pomegranate, red currant, fresh cep, honey, brioche, smoke, subtle floral perfume, sweet spices and limestone. There is a clear white truffle note which I have never gotten before which is fascinating. Absolutely gorgeous noble palate, the palate of a great Chevalier, pure, harmonious, fresh and weightless, beautiful interplay of decadent yellow fruit and subtle yet vibrant red fruit, incredibly fine endless beads, perfect amount of acidity, strong chalky mineral and a beguiling symphonic finish that subtly resonates. At the similar stage of development as the fifth which is a bit surprising, however noticeably more complex and purer, also finer and more generous mousse. Absolutely perfect showing, retaining incredible purity and freshness yet so decadent and complex.
  • dcwino commented:

    12/29/17, 6:09 AM - I have been blessed to drink a lot of the 96 Krug. There are people who think they are still young and tight which I disagree. This remained very youthful and precise for a very long time but fully blossomed all of sudden a couple years ago. It has been drinking incredibly well ever since.

Red
2006 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Syrah
11/2/2017 - Mascarello59 wrote:
From a less than half full bottle tapped by Coravin probably 5-6 times at 110 Taillevent, London. Btw, this place comes highly recommended with 110 wines on the glass.
Rich, deep complex nose of red and black fruit and some tapenade. The palate is rather disappointing, a little flat. Prominent acidity, earth, iron and an inner red currant fruit core. Very long finish. Not flawed but will not rate as there are no doubt better bottles of this wine.
  • dcwino commented:

    11/3/17, 5:55 AM - IMO, this is the issue with Coravin. It does a great job for a young wine and for a month or less. For a mature Bordeaux or Barolo, it disturbs the sediment. I would not surprised if Coravin caused being flat and showing prominent acidity.

White - Sweet/Dessert
1975 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
10/22/2017 - dcwino wrote:
100 points
Big 50 lunch (Mi Casa): Finally starting to show maturity. Perfectly harmonious unbelievably complex nose displaying apricot, dry apricot, red currant, candied orange peel, a hint of medicine, crème bruless, candied ginger, botrytis, spicy spices and coppery mineral. Perfectly harmonious and balanced palate, classic airy cotton candy like D’Yquem texture, so finely layered, spicy/botrytis mouthfeel, bright acidity, coppery mineral and a seamless long apricot, red currant and ginger driven finish. Incredibly airy texture, intensity, purity, balance and harmony make this perfect! IMO, two of the greatest D’yquems made since 1950 are the 75 and 01.
  • dcwino commented:

    10/30/17, 9:03 AM - Seth,
    The 86, 88 and 90 are all great D'Yquem as well. I just find the 75 so special along with the 01.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
10/18/2017 - dcwino wrote:
93 points
Pichon Lalande dinner with Nicolas Glumineau (Taberna del Alabardero, Washington D.C.): A quick impression, exceptional concentration, feels fresher than a couple years ago, bright acidity, ginger candy and apricot. Really delicious and not cloying.
  • dcwino commented:

    10/24/17, 1:40 PM - Thanks, Panos!

Red
2014 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/18/2017 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Pichon Lalande dinner with Nicolas Glumineau (Taberna del Alabardero, Washington D.C.): Expressive nose displaying intense ripe black fruit, cassis, blackberry, black cherry, licorice, ink and cedar. Excellent concentration, chewy yet silky and precise, intense black fruit driven palate impression, good acidity, nicely integrated tannins and a long finish with licorice and black fruit at the end. Despite the ripe black fruit, it retains good freshness and precision. This will need another two decades to reach the peak. It is not showing much PL green and lead pencil at the moment and I doubt they will emerge with time. Very impressive showing.
  • dcwino commented:

    10/21/17, 4:53 AM - Thank you for your kind words!

Red
1975 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/18/2017 - dcwino wrote:
93 points
Pichon Lalande dinner with Nicolas Glumineau (Taberna del Alabardero, Washington D.C.): This is a textbook example of a fully mature classic claret. Fully mature harmonious nose displaying subtle red fruit, red currant, red cherry, cedar, a hint of caramel, lead pencil, leather and earth. Fully integrated palate, still remnants of tannins that remind us the vintage, harmonious and a seamless subtle finish. It would be a wonderful wine to enjoy in a cold winter night in front of a fireplace.
  • dcwino commented:

    10/19/17, 4:57 PM - I believe all the bottles were double decanted.

White - Sparkling
1996 Dom Pérignon Champagne Oenothèque Champagne Blend
7/21/2017 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Third rendition of Avery Family Cellar Wine Dinner - Root day and '14 DRCs to the rescue! (Mirabelle restaurant, Washington D.C.): Once again from RJ’s cellar and this seems to be a mature example, a significant bottle variation coming from the same case. Harmonious ripe nose displaying apple butter, lemon, shitake, oyster, candied ginger and oyster shell. Medium concentration, fine mousse, decadent red fruit driven palate impression, medium acidity and a medium to long lemon curd and apple butter driven finish. Paul likes the mature expression but I am hoping for a bit more freshness. Riper than the previous bottles.
  • dcwino commented:

    7/23/17, 3:23 PM - I am glad that I can be a help. The 96 Dom Oenotheque is an excellent champagne. However, the maturity varies significantly from bottle to bottle. BTW, I highly recommend the 06 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne.

Red
1986 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
5/10/2017 - dcwino wrote:
100 points
Mouton dinner with Philippe Dhalluin and Bernard Burtschy (Taberna del Alabardero, Washington D.C.): I am not going to lie. I love the 86 Mouton and consider it one of the greatest Bordeauxs. Explosive nose displaying intense creme de cassis, subtle floral perfume, liquid smoke, ink, caramel, cedar, milk chocolate, lead pencil and mineral. Mindboggling concentration, layers upon layers of cassis and ink driven fruit, silky and polished, a hint of sweet tannins and the finish that subtly resonates. This particular bottle is incredibly youthful yet perfectly hedonistic. A couple tasters mentions this being tight and young. Though youthful, I find the wine to be perfect. Phillipe mentions that there was no selection at Mouton in 1986. I wonder what would have happened if the Chateau had a second label.
  • dcwino commented:

    6/5/17, 12:05 PM - I like the pure fruit expression of the 86, i.e. cooler and more energetic, compare to the 82 which is quite decadent. The bottle was pop and pour. As you know, the 82 is the reference Mouton. I think some preferred the 82 at the event.

Red
2005 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
5/20/2016 - dcwino wrote:
90 points
Annual gathering with Chicago winos in Chicago - Burgs, SQNs and Cult cabs (David Burke's Primehouse): It is very similar to the 07 but even more ripe and more heat so it is a bit disjointed. Extremely ripe black fruits, blackberry liqueur but no fresh fruit, cinnamon coming from alcohol, baking spices and lead pencil. Excellent concentration, really muddy overripe black fruit driven palate impression and the heat clips the finish. This wine reminds me quilceda creek a bit. So if you like the post 2000 QC, you will more than likely like this wine.
  • dcwino commented:

    5/30/17, 6:25 AM - There is no right or wrong answer to the wines that you love. As long as the style suits you, that's what matters.

Red
1996 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
5/10/2017 - dcwino wrote:
97 points
Mouton dinner with Philippe Dhalluin and Bernard Burtschy (Taberna del Alabardero, Washington D.C.): Expressive youthful nose displaying crème de cassis, crushed blackberry, ink, lead pencil, cedar and earth. Excellent concentration, beautifully layered cassis fruit, silk and polished, good acidity, nicely integrated tannins and a long cassis driven finish. The fruit is purer than the 95. It resembles the 86 a lot in the purity and structure. Excellent showing.
  • dcwino commented:

    5/12/17, 8:27 PM - Philippe recommended:

    1995 should be decanted 3 hour before and
    1982, 1986, 1989, 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2009 2 hours before.
    1988, 1996, 1999 and 2003 one hour before!

Red
2012 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero Nebbiolo
3/11/2017 - dcwino wrote:
96 points
The producer that I wasn’t familiar with until my recent visit with Fabio. I was extremely impressed by the wine that I tried to source them upon my return. Unfortunately, I was only able to find two bottles. Pop and pour, subtle red fruit driven nose, fresh strawberry, cherry, rose and iron. Very polished and elegant palate that can be easily confused as soft and straightforward. The second day, more expressive red fruit, cherry and strawberry, sweet spices, a hint of animal, rose and earth. Very precise and elegant, nicely layered, candied cherry driven palate impression, good acidity, strong presence of iron/mineral and a long mineral driven finish. The third night, it gains even more weight, the expression becoming similar to the bottle tasted with Fabio. Subtle yet decadent red fruit, strawberry, cherry, blackberry jam, sweet spices, rose, sap, iron and earth. The palate remains very polished and elegant, lots of mineral/iron and a long seamless finish. Certain not trying to offend the hardcore Barolo lovers but I use “Burgundian” to describe the very precise, elegant and polished palate and this is very “Burgundian or more specific, Bonnes Mares like”. Quite enjoyable and very fascinating.
  • dcwino commented:

    3/12/17, 4:11 PM - The structure on this wine is rather deceptive. The strong tannins are there but only showed on the second day. IMO, this is very similar to the 12 Conterno Francia, very "Burgundian" i.e. elegant and subtle, but the structure is there.

  • dcwino commented:

    3/14/17, 8:08 AM - I paid a bit over $50, this is a great value.

Red
2009 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
4/22/2016 - dcwino wrote:
100 points
RJ's birthday gathering - perfect 09 VCC and 01 Yquem (Eddie V's - Tysons Corner): First time tasting this monumental wine since tasting at the 09 EP. Back then it was one of my top wines. Surprisingly expressive nose displaying perfectly ripe fresh blackberry, blackberry liqueur, lavender, chalk, bitter chocolate and ink. Pleasantly surprised by the incredibly polished and unbelievably layered palate, bright acidity, absolute purity and freshness, tannins mostly masked by the beautifully layered fruits, bright acidity and beautiful incredibly long finish. This is a monumental wine.
  • dcwino commented:

    3/12/17, 11:35 AM - It was pop and pour. IMO, young Bordeauxs can shutdown with air.

Red
1989 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/2/2017 - dcwino wrote:
97 points
Bordeaux dinner at Ripple with live rendition of the Star Spangled Banner (Ripple Restaurant in DC): Incredible youthful example. Youthful classic Pauillac nose displaying intense cassis, roasted fruit, ink, floral cabernet note, lead pencil, coffee and tobacco. Excellent concentration, layers upon layers of intense cassis, silky and polished, very refine tannins and a long intense cassis driven finish. This particular bottle is still a baby. Drinking beautifully with the opulent cassis fruit.
  • dcwino commented:

    3/6/17, 9:19 AM - Thank you, Motz.

White
1989 Rapet Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
The 1989 Rapet Corton-Charlemagne is youthful and serious, even in this often rather rich and blowsy vintage. Though somewhat overshadowed by the profound 1988 which accompanied it, only the notes of petrol and poached pear which marry with the classic aromas of citrus oil, white flowers and wet stones indicate that this is a warm year. On the palate the wine is concentrated, focused and powerful, with great structure and volume but missing the perfect balance of the '88. That won't stop it cruising along in the cellar for many years to come.
  • dcwino commented:

    2/8/17, 6:51 PM - Rapet from the late 80s are totally under the radar. Certainly not the most profound but perfectly enjoyable, around 93-95 range in my Bob like inflated scale.

Red
1982 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/5/2016 - dcwino wrote:
100 points
2016 Villa d’Este Wine Symposium - Kelly, Alan and Kevin's excellent adventure; 11/3/2016-11/12/2016 (Villa D’este, Lake Como, Piedmont, Milan and Frankfurt): Absolutely hedonistic, incredibly decadent Pauillac nose displaying intense crème de cassis, dark caramel, lead pencil, floral dust, tobacco and cedar. Incredibly concentrated and intense yet so polished and sensual, starts with intense sweet cassis and ends with a strong note of lead pencil. This is at the youthful peak, still showing intense cassis but also the secondary and tertiary elements. Absolutely perfect showing. Mind bogglingly perfect!
  • dcwino commented:

    2/7/17, 12:59 PM - Bryan&Auður, thank you for your kind remarks.

Red
1983 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve Grenache
7/22/2016 - dcwino wrote:
97 points
Poker night - Mostly double blind - Rayas, Masseto, Schrader, QC and etc. (Reston, Va): Double blind. Initially some think Burgundy. I do certainly can relate to Burgundian elegance. A hint of tobacco and sweet raspberry tell me a great mature CDP. Knowing RJ's cellar, perhaps the 83 Rayas. Soft and warm, certainly not a big concentrated CDP. Seamless, harmonious, refined and beautifully balanced. Incredible expression of great mature CDP.
  • dcwino commented:

    2/4/17, 8:40 AM - I am also a big fan although it has become hard to buy them at a reasonable price. The expression is quite unique in CDP, ie though quite ripe and intense, it remains pure and precise.

Red
1990 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
1/24/2017 - dcwino wrote:
98 points
Chateau Montrose with Mr. Herve Berland (Ripple Restaurant in DC): Fully mature complex nose displaying cassis, a hint of decadent red fruit, plum, a hint of green, caramel, forest floor, dark milk chocolate, cedar and earth. Beautiful harmonious palate, decadent red fruit and milk chocolate driven palate impression, warm and round yet silky and polished, nicely integrated tannins and a long sweet finish. The bottle served at Pano’s table seems more youthful but I prefer our bottle as it feels more complete and enjoyable. It is always fascinating to compare the fresh and precise 89 and simply hedonistic 90. Unfortunately, the 90 Montrose can be terribly inconsistent often with strong brett. However the 90 is the clear winner today. Drinking magnificently.
  • dcwino commented:

    1/25/17, 3:33 PM - Sometimes you get lucky. I wish your bottle shows well.

Red
2005 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
1/24/2017 - dcwino wrote:
97 points
Chateau Montrose with Mr. Herve Berland (Ripple Restaurant in DC): Intense nose displaying crème de cassis, ink, coffee, mint, dill, mocha, lead pencil, a hint of cedar and dark spices. Excellent concentration, unctuous and chewy, layers up layers of intense dark fruit, bright acidity, strong presence of mineral and an incredible long intense cassis driven finish. For me, the most intense, bold and structured wine of the night. Really impressive. It is enjoyable with the youthful opulent fruit but will need another five to ten years to reach the youthful peak. Really impressive.
  • dcwino commented:

    1/25/17, 3:33 PM - This was very impressive.

Red
1982 Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/10/2014 - dcwino wrote:
100 points
A small gathering - two perfect wines and questionable 59 Latour (Washington D.C.): Pop and pour, explosive classic Pauillac nose of intense cassis, lead pencil, sweet plum and cedar. With a bit of air, intensely sweet nose of cassis, a hint of licorice, cedar, lead pencil, bell pepper and eucalyptus. Excellent concentration, incredible silky palate, beautifully integrated sweet tannins and lovely seamless long finish. This is a truly sophisticated classic claret with amazingly sweet yet fresh nose and unbelievably sophisticate palate, so intense yet so silky and airy. Perfect harmony and balance. Monumental wine that is still quite young but perfectly enjoyable both intellectually and emotionally. This came from the same source as my last 100 point bottle, reaffirming that a perfectly cellared bottle of the 82 Lafite is as great as Bordeaux can get. Incredible privilege to drink this monumental wine.
  • dcwino commented:

    12/14/16, 2:41 AM - From a good friend's cellar, purchased upon release. Please email, closrougeardloire@gmail.com

Red
2012 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Francia Nebbiolo
11/8/2016 - dcwino wrote:
98 points
2016 Villa d’Este Wine Symposium - Kelly, Alan and Kevin's excellent adventure; 11/3/2016-11/12/2016 (Villa D’este, Lake Como, Piedmont, Milan and Frankfurt): I seem to love the Francia vintages where no Monfortino was made. Absolutely captivating sophisticated nose displaying delicate cherry and strawberry, iron, anise, rose, mineral and delicate sweet spices. Incredibly polished suave palate, deceptively airy yet beautifully layered, beautiful balance and incredibly harmony, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, unbelievably silky tannins and a seamless long finish that resonates. This feels very Monfortino. I highly highly recommend.
  • dcwino commented:

    11/14/16, 11:03 AM - I just posted it.

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