Comments on my notes

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White - Off-dry
2001 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel Nahe
11/24/2019 - salil wrote:
95 points
Brilliant. Still quite youthful and vibrant - there's a greenish tinge to the colour and the fruit seems shockingly youthful and fresh, even though there's a lot more savoury and honeyed complexity than I remember from my last bottle 6 years ago. The sweetness has subsided some; it's a more elegant wine now with a remarkable combination of power and that delicate, floating Dönnhoff palate presence. Glad I have one more.
  • salil commented:

    11/25/19, 5:50 AM - It'll hold a while longer, but right now I can't see it getting significantly better. But I also love my Dönnhoff Auslese in this stage when there's some development but the fruit is still very fresh and youthful. If you like slightly more mature/burnished flavours, then definitely hold a bit longer. But I'll probably pull my last bottle in the next couple of years.

Red
2007 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Edna Valley
8/9/2017 - MikeATL Does not like this wine:
78 points
More gooptastic than the 2005, remarkably intense, cloying, and viscous Luden's cough drop fruit with an unfortunately long finish, I find it distinctly unpleasant as each sip elicits an involuntary, visceral wince. It is still very primary and youthful, though, so it at least has that going for it.
  • salil commented:

    2/19/19, 6:18 PM - I have been subjected to Alban Reva before, and I agree with that note. Though I wonder if Mike errs on the side of generosity with his score. (Or maybe the 07 is less alcoholic than the 03, which was basically the wine equivalent of Homer Simpson's makeup shotgun)

Red
1998 Domaine de Vallouit Côte-Rôtie Les Roziers Syrah
9/6/2018 - salil wrote:
94 points
Brilliant wine, showing all the notes I want out of classic Côte-Rôtie. Light on its feet but so perfumed and fragrant with layers of meatiness, black olive/briny notes, violets, and higher toned herbal notes all coming together around a core of red fruit. Perhaps it's just a touch lean on the finish where the fruit feels a touch thin and the acidity still sticks out a bit, but the aromatics alone make this a wow experience.
  • salil commented:

    9/9/18, 8:07 AM - Woo hoo! I'll try to make it happen this fall.

Red
1996 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
2/1/2018 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
90 points
Inky nose w deep dark fruit w touch of green pepper. Black cherry and cassis. Some young oak. On the palate there is young dark fruit. Lots of structure. Good acid. Finish is tart and needs years. Nose - 4.5+/6, Palate - 5+/6, Finish - 4.5+/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1+/2 = 15+/20 (with 16-17/20 potential.)
  • salil commented:

    2/3/18, 3:52 PM - Cassis and some young oak. YAAAAWN.

Red
1979 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
2/1/2018 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
93 points
Mature and velvety nose with light strawberry, cedar and tobacco. Perfectly resolved on palate with restrained but deep wild strawberry and cherry fruit. Good acid. Cedar. The palate is excellent - it's velvety with some depth and some sève without any hint of being heavy. Medium and dry finish. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 4.5-5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 16.5-17/20.
  • salil commented:

    2/3/18, 3:52 PM - Cedar and tobacco? BOH-RING.

Red
1998 Château Magdelaine St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
12/3/2017 - acyso wrote:
90 points
Vinetasters: Brown Bag (Skokie, IL): A classically proportioned, if a little ornery, Bordeaux. There's a bit of greenness thanks to the cabernet franc here, but it's very light. The fruit here is a little clamped down, and shows more black than red. It's earthy and dusty, and, as much as I hate to admit as much, Salil was right in saying that this wine was not yet ready. Good, but certainly in need of more time.
  • salil commented:

    12/5/17, 3:58 AM - Jeez, don't encourage him.

White - Off-dry
1999 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel Nahe
9/9/2017 - acyso wrote:
flawed
#16-00, 8.5% abv. From half-bottle. Oxidized enough that this wasn't too pleasant to drink.
  • salil commented:

    9/9/17, 4:16 PM - BOOOO! NOT COOL!

White - Off-dry
1995 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Mosel Saar Ruwer
4/13/2017 - Seth Rosenberg wrote:
90 points
AP #8. I was behind everyone else (yeah, yeah), and people were raving about this, but when I got to this, I thought it was fine, but not stellar. Classic Prüm notes on the nose of ripe apple, spices, cinnamon, some slate. The palate had similar flavors and had strong acid, but it seemed bony to me - sleek yes, but maybe too much so - not the right sugar/acid balance to be electric. Probably a 15/20.
  • salil commented:

    4/14/17, 8:15 PM - "I was behind everyone else"

    Are we still doing phrasing?

White
2013 Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Loibenberg Wachau
2/17/2017 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
Rieslingfeier 207 Seminar:"Different Strokes for Different Slopes: Germany and Austria" (Craft Restaurant (Private Dining Room), New York, NY): Beautiful nose - big, some creaminess. Ripe and perfect with peach fruit, spice, almond cream. The palate shows the ripe peach, florals, honeysuckle - more burly, saline, and broth elements come out towards the end - tangerine, peel, lime and stones on the finish. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17/20.
  • salil commented:

    3/10/17, 2:31 PM - Interesting that this is showing so well right now. My last bottle a couple of years ago was kinda closed. Any idea how much air this saw?

Red
1995 Domaine de Vallouit Hermitage Cuvée Spéciale Les Greffières Syrah
1/1/2017 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
92 points
Nose of flowers, sweat, nice secondary, meat, tomato - savory, sweet spices. Palate shows florals, meaty, tart acidic in middle. meat/saline, savory - tart red fruit and savory finish. Zak and Salil always like the Vallouit better than I do. Nose - 5-5.5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 4.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1-1.5/2 = 15.5-16.5/20.
  • salil commented:

    2/5/17, 6:32 AM - Zak and Salil have good palets.

    Seth has a bad palet.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Alexandre Filaine Champagne Cuvée Spéciale Champagne Blend
1/21/2017 - acyso wrote:
88 points
Hanging out with Salil; 1/21/2017-1/22/2017 (Chicago, IL): L.11. I think Salil is much more keen on this than I am. He's wrong, as usual. But this is still a very solid entry-level champagne. The nose here initially showed a lot of bread and raw white mushrooms, and the palate very much the same. But with air, more of the citrus and mineral qualities come out, which certainly makes this more compelling. For me, this is a bit too acid-driven and doesn't have quite enough fullness on the palate. But if this entry-level wine is any indication, this is a producer to watch.
  • salil commented:

    1/22/17, 8:46 AM - I'm not wrong, I'm presenting alternative facts.

Red
2005 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
12/12/2016 - acyso wrote:
70 points
The Rotating Dinners, I.7: 2005 Bordeaux Blends (Chicago, IL): Served double-blind (but it was known this was a 2005 Bordeaux blend). To properly describe this wine, I have replaced all the adjectives in my original tasting note with "oaky": Oaky and oaky, oaky and over-oaked. Oaky and oaky, an oaky bruiser of a wine. An oaky, heavy-oaked wine. I guessed oaky Bordeaux. So now that it's clear how idiotic things are when there's only oak everywhere, here's the original note: dark and leathery; dense and over-extracted. Heavy and anonymous, a real bruiser of a wine. An uninspiring heavy-handed wine. I guessed modern Bordeaux.
  • salil commented:

    12/13/16, 5:40 AM - How is it that the CT average score is 92.4, but you only give it a 70? I think you have a bad palet.

    Why are you so biased against Bordeaux wines? You only seem to give Riesling and Burgundy high ratings. I don't think you should score Bordeaux if you don't like it.

  • salil commented:

    12/28/16, 9:29 AM - Crank it!

Red
2012 Quintessa Rutherford Red Bordeaux Blend
5/7/2016 - acyso wrote:
60 points
Rite of Spring at Chevalier Wines (Chicago, IL): Pretty much everything wrong with modern Napa cabernet can be found in this bottle. Overly sweet, overly oaked, overripe, and just plain overdone. Identifiable as modern red wine only. A triumph over varietal and terroir. "Uncle!"
  • salil commented:

    11/16/16, 11:56 AM - wow. such bad palet.

    many extreme bias.

White
1994 Albert Mann Gewurztraminer Alsace Gewürztraminer
Ackerized. Another bottle that shows faint hints of what once was - rich, waxy, with tropical notes and a bit of spice - but is sadly well beyond its prime (or another victim of Acker's less-than-careful review of its auction wine provenance).
  • salil commented:

    10/5/16, 5:29 AM - The Acker tasting: I came, I saw, I dumped.

White - Off-dry
1996 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Mosel Saar Ruwer
9/17/2016 - salil wrote:
94 points
AP #8-97. Brilliant wine. 1996 is not my favorite German vintage, but this is a masterpiece of balance - it has the powerful, almost screechy acidity of '96s, moderate sweetness on a lightweight frame, and yet all the flavours, sweetness, and acidity here come together in a very seamless whole. The aromatics are classic Prüm, still showing some of that sponti funk and sulfur amidst bright florality, stony minerality, apple and citrus flavours, and some maturing lemon cream and smoky notes. There's tremendous depth on the palate and remarkable length. Glad that I have another bottle.
  • salil commented:

    9/18/16, 8:14 AM - 96 at Catoir, JJC, and Prum are awesome, no doubt. But those producers tend to kill it in any/all vintages. (And I enjoy 98/01/94 at those addresses a bit more than 96.)

    Most other producers' 96s have been pretty hit and miss. I've been underwhelmed by Schaefer and Donnhoff in particular.

  • salil commented:

    9/18/16, 8:33 AM - You shut your mouth about Helmut-era Donnhoff, before I smack you...

Red
2010 Aubert Pinot Noir UV Vineyard Sonoma Coast
9/11/2016 - acyso wrote:
60 points
Domaine Chicago party: Laughably bad wine, of the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 kind. If I put a sticker that says "pinot noir" on a can of Cherry Coke, that doesn't turn the Cherry Coke to pinot noir. Though it might turn it into Aubert.
  • salil commented:

    9/12/16, 6:10 AM - Had the 2007 some years ago. One of the worst wines I have ever had in my life.

White - Sweet/Dessert
1996 Kurt Darting Dürkheimer Fronhof Scheurebe Trockenbeerenauslese Pfalz
9/5/2016 - acyso wrote:
90 points
#32-97, 7.5% abv. From half-litre. Moderate amber colour. The nose is alluring enough, with a fruit-salad of flavours, along with some clear botrytis spice and black tea tones. Without a doubt, the palate is very, very sweet, but there's plenty of acidity, and some more of that interesting black tea character. Despite the crazy acidity here, I can't help but feel this is slightly cloying all the same; the separate components don't seem to be as well-integrated as they should be. The fruit flavours don't seem to be as delineated on the palate either. And for all the concentration and sugar here, this wine just seems... simple. Perhaps I caught this at an awkward time?
  • salil commented:

    9/6/16, 9:17 AM - I agree with Seth (god I hate writing that). Don't think there's an awkward time, either bottle or palate preference.

Fruit/Vegetable Wine
2014 Eric Bordelet Poiré Granit Normandy Pear
8/31/2016 - acyso wrote:
95 points
Not much to add to my previous notes -- this is just as delicious as before. Essence of pear, with fresh acidity and a touch of minerality. Great stuff.
  • salil commented:

    9/1/16, 11:03 AM - You need to try this with some fried chicken.

White - Sparkling
2002 Pol Roger Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
6/2/2016 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
90 points
Bready and rich on the nose, lemon and tart, chalky. Wicked on the palate with bread and lemon. Big and rough - not as sleek as the BdB, a bit sweet which is fine but a bit brawny for me (damn you Adrian!!!). This might mellow nicely with time, but I'm not certain of it. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 4.5+?/6, Palate - 4.5+?/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 15+?/20.
  • salil commented:

    6/7/16, 12:47 PM - ?

Red
2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
6/4/2016 - Nanda wrote:
94 points
Slow oxed for 6 hours and consumed over the next 3-4 hours. Gorgeous aromatics of cassis, pencil lead, bell pepper, tobacco leaf, and cigar ash. So much good stuff going on. On the palate the fruit is round but by no means hot/roasted. Good lift and precision from medium acid. The tannins are suave early in the night but more brawny and biting with time. Great precision and complexity here. Will be better with 5-10 years. Who says '03 BDX from 'modern' producers can't age?
  • salil commented:

    6/5/16, 8:00 AM - Had a bottle of this just a couple of weeks ago and I agree. A friend (indiscriminate palate on CT) and I opened this and the '04 together, and the '04 came across more ripe/heavy, in contrast to the stereotype. The '03 Pontet is awesome. I'm definitely feeling a lot more optimistic about the ability of the more classical 03s to age.

    (BTW - any notes coming from Grand Sich?)

White - Off-dry
2011 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Auction Mosel Saar Ruwer
6/3/2016 - acyso wrote:
93 points
#14-12, 7% abv. The nose on this has a whole ton of sponti on it. There's a slight hint of the things to come, but it's mostly muted at the moment. The palate, on the other hand, is chock full of sweet and juicy white fruit, but of a really sweet disposition. There's a lot of slate on this wine as well, and the sponti actually shows a bit on the palate as well. This lacks a lot of the acidic drive that I want in riesling (not to say this is a low-acid wine!), and is more of a creamy, fleshy, and full-bodied expression of Spätlese. Nevertheless, quite good.
  • salil commented:

    6/4/16, 5:05 AM - I don't expect any of the '11s to really be acid driven, though I imagine they'll be drinking really well in a long time once they lose more of the baby fat. Though all of mine are buried in storage.

White - Sparkling
2002 Pol Roger Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
5/19/2016 - acyso wrote:
90 points
In which 20+ year old Nebbiolos were consumed (Chicago, IL): Ex-Premier Cru. How's that for a unicorn? This is a broadly scaled and very large-sized bottle of champagne. The nose actually reminds me a little bit of the smell when I am making bread. The palate is quite chalky, and there's a lot of thick, yeasty richness here. Not my preferred style of champagne, but if it's served a touch colder than average, that gives it just enough lift.
  • salil commented:

    6/2/16, 8:16 PM - ?

Red
2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
5/27/2016 - salil wrote:
91 points
I've had a few bottles of 2003 Bordeaux recently that have defied the stereotype of '03s being clumsy, jammy, and overripe, and this is another to add to the list. It's certainly a ripe wine with plenty of plummy and dark berried fruit at its core, but there's also a savoury earthiness beneath, and a bright herbal, eucalyptus-like note on the nose that adds a fresh, high toned edge to the aromatics. The palate is very well balanced with enough acidity to give it a sense of lightness and freshness on the palate, and a long, savoury finish. Very impressive.
  • salil commented:

    5/28/16, 8:07 AM - Robertgoulet: What DOESN'T go with barbecue?

White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Eiswein Nahe
5/18/2016 - salil wrote:
97 points
A crash course in Zind Humbrecht at Jeff and Dena's (Raleigh, NC): Hey, a non-ZH interloper! No surprise that this is astounding - unbelievably light and delicate, yet so powerful with palate-staining intensity. There's no sense of botrytis here - just an array of bright Meyer lemon, candied limes, green apples, and riper tropical fruits with gentle honeyed and floral accents. So bright and focused with tremendous acidity beneath balancing the sweetness, and astounding length. This is incredible.
  • salil commented:

    5/22/16, 5:27 AM - Dbrane: I'd hold for a few more years. Though if you have several, definitely worth popping one now as it's awesome (though I imagine will certainly hold a while).

Red
1996 Azienda Bricco Rocche (Ceretto) Barolo Bricco Rocche Nebbiolo
5/19/2016 - acyso wrote:
83 points
In which 20+ year old Nebbiolos were consumed (Chicago, IL): (Opened and put into a decanter at the beginning of dinner.) I wanted to like this wine more, but there was just too much chocolate on the nose and palate that distracted me from the other good things here. Seriously, apart from the oak (which, granted, isn't too prominent), this would have been a fantastic bottle. The fruit was powerful and fresh, and there's plenty of stuffing here. But it's all marred by this streak of oak, like some cheap graffiti on a building (I fully admit to being a huge anti-oak partisan when it comes to Piedmont).
  • salil commented:

    5/20/16, 5:22 AM - Cheap graffiti on a building? This sounds very different from all the other bottles people are commenting on with mostly 90+ scores. Are you sure this wasn't an off bottle? Or are you unable to tell the difference between a Van Gogh and graffiti?

White
1995 Kalin Cellars Chardonnay Cuvée LV Sonoma County
5/19/2016 - acyso wrote:
85 points
In which 20+ year old Nebbiolos were consumed (Chicago, IL): This is chardonnay of a much bigger and opulent style. Heavier and rich on the palate, with a bit of cloying sweetness, though at the same time, there seems to be paradoxically quite a lot of acidity. Very spicy, there's almost something slightly gewurztraminer-like to this wine. The finish is a touch alcoholic. Certainly not my preferred style of chardonnay, but not a bad example of a large-scaled one either.
  • salil commented:

    5/20/16, 5:20 AM - I was just served the Cuvee W (also 95) blind a few nights ago. Very similar impressions in terms of the heaviness and alcohol. At this point, I'm coming to realize the wines are more interesting than they are pleasurable.

Red
2000 Cullen Wines Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot (Diana Madeline) Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend
5/17/2016 - Rieslingfan wrote:
My last bottle of this wine, and so of course the best...

Aging from the outside in, it's now a core of fruit wrapped in old leather, cherry infused tobacco in an elegant room. It is an absolute pleasure to drink now, with or without food.
  • salil commented:

    5/17/16, 5:58 AM - Such a great wine. Shame about current pricing.

  • salil commented:

    5/17/16, 7:31 AM - Interesting - do you know what the liner is on the screwcaps? Are those Stelvins?

    As much as I love Aussie cabs, the classics are no longer a value proposition. I used to buy wines like this or Wynn's John Riddoch to scratch my Cab itch - now I'm just going back to Bordeaux.

Red
2010 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Corvina Blend, Corvina
Tar, dried flowers, dried fruit and plums. Very chocolaty palate; quite rich. Also, quite disjointed right now; soft tannin. Not sure where this is going.
  • salil commented:

    5/3/16, 9:31 PM - That was quick.

White - Off-dry
2014 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese Mosel Saar Ruwer
3/29/2016 - acyso wrote:
93 points
2014 Joh. Jos. Prüm (Chicago, IL): #21-15, 7% abv. Easily my favourite of the Spätlesen. This had everything in good balance. There's a little bit of pineapple Gummibärchen here on the nose. This shows a touch more ripeness than the BB Spätlese on the palate, but with a lot more added complexity from a tinge of fresh green herbs. The acidity here feels a lot more integrated and less "tacked onto" the wine than the BB, and I prefer this to the WS for the added herbal elements.
  • salil commented:

    3/29/16, 8:39 PM - "pineapple Gummibärchen" is now my new favorite descriptor.

Red
2011 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph Syrah
3/19/2016 - blanquito wrote:
91 points
Primary and fruity right now, but open, aromatic and delicious. A little spicy, a little gamey, with lots of brightness to go with surprisingly good depth. No crime to open now, but this has improved/deepened since my last go, so I plan to give this another 5 years before the next. Today 91-92 pts.
  • salil commented:

    3/19/16, 9:29 PM - Very useful note, as I have two in the wine fridge, but I'll probably send at least one (if not both) into storage after reading this.

Red
2007 Clos Rougeard (Foucault) Saumur-Champigny Les Poyeux Cabernet Franc
3/9/2016 - acyso wrote:
93 points
Jason comes to town (Chicago, IL): Holy green, Batman! This is green. Super green. I mean, really, really green. Like smelling the sap from some raw stems green. But since it's cabernet and not pinot, that's not a huge deal, though I could easily see this becoming offputting to those who are more accustomed to Californian jam. The palate is soft, elegant, and floral, with a wispy lightness to it. Demure and shy, but showing its charms all the same. The palate shows some red fruit, and the green doesn't manifest as prominently there as it does on the nose. A superb example of cabernet.
  • salil commented:

    3/10/16, 4:18 AM - Many things are offputting to those more accustomed to CA jam. Apparently even trigger warnings don't seem to help there.

    I've got a few of these in storage. Do you reckon it's worth pulling one to drink soon, or just better to leave them alone a while longer?

Red
1991 Matanzas Creek Winery Merlot Sonoma Valley
3/9/2016 - acyso wrote:
93 points
Jason comes to town (Chicago, IL): I'd have easily called this as a right bank if this had been served blind to me. There's an incredible amount of funk on the nose, especially for a Californian "Bordeaux". There's a dustiness to this wine which I find really compelling, in addition to the barnyard funk and sweet red plums. The palate is quite fruity, but it's dried fruit, and also has a lot of that same earth. Quite hefty, but with good acidity all the same.
  • salil commented:

    3/10/16, 3:47 AM - funny you say that... Brad Kane poured the 1990 of this blind a couple of weeks ago. I (and quite a few others) were thinking Bordeaux or Rioja.

White - Off-dry
2001 Müller-Catoir Haardter Bürgergarten Riesling Spätlese #2134 Pfalz
2/20/2016 - acyso wrote:
100 points
They don't make 'em like they used to (New York City, NY): #09-02. Holy shit. A riesling to end all wines.
  • salil commented:

    2/21/16, 10:25 PM - I'm bringing another bottle (from the same batch) to Chicago in April.

White - Off-dry
1997 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese Mosel Saar Ruwer
2/20/2016 - acyso wrote:
93 points
Rieslingfeier Grand Tasting (New York City, NY): In a great spot at the moment. A restrained nose shows a touch of gasoline. The palate is quite elegant, with really racy acidity, and the secondary characteristics are showing very well here. This has lost almost whatever juicy primary fruit it may have had originally in favour of riper and more mature yellow fruit.
  • salil commented:

    2/21/16, 4:18 PM - Agree with the comments about the acidity and secondary character, but the bottle I recently opened had plenty of fruit to spare. (That was from the stash you and I hit at HDH recently.) I'll pin it down to the nature of how these wines can show in big tasting formats.

Red
1997 Primo Palatum Cahors Malbec
2/7/2010 - Chomsky wrote:
Very modern Cahors from a négociant producer, 100% oak, ripe fruit, and all that. The fruit is very dark and fading somewhat, but the oak isn't; the result is a big-framed, somewhat raspy and savory wine with an herbal edge that doesn't have that much to do with Cahors. Wasn't bad with duck confit, though.
  • salil commented:

    2/12/16, 4:34 PM - Appreciate the note - HDH just got a few of these in, but sounds like it wouldn't be my style.

Red
2002 Domaine Léon Barral Faugères Valinière Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
2/6/2016 - Chomsky wrote:
Acetone.
  • salil commented:

    2/7/16, 7:02 AM - :(

Red
2013 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
1/27/2016 - acyso wrote:
70 points
UGC 2016 (Chicago, IL): More barrel than grape, one wonders if the grapes were an inadvertent addition.
  • salil commented:

    1/28/16, 12:40 PM - This note just makes me sad. The old Pape Clements could be amazing, back before the oak-juice era.

White
1998 Domaine du Closel-Château des Vaults Savennières Clos du Papillon Chenin Blanc
What a strange wine. Herbs, a gamut of fruit of citrus through tropical and stone fruit. Some oxidative notes. All of the wooly waxiness of Chinon with none of the joy.
  • salil commented:

    1/23/16, 8:50 AM - "All of the wooly waxiness of Chinon with none of the joy."

    This sums up almost every Savennieres I've had.

Red
1996 Domaine Roger Belland Santenay 1er Cru Beauregard Pinot Noir
1/13/2016 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
Really beautiful bottle of Burgundy - at the early stage of true maturity but seems to have the stuffing and density to hold on for awhile. Ready to go pretty much from the pop of the cork, too. A healthy, fresh ruby in color, yet the fruit is in a mostly tertiary stage with savory, earthy aromatics while still having plenty of body and sweet flesh and with that sticky, sappy grip that only age brings once the structure has simmered down. I bought this very recently for $20 a bottle. If you factor in storage costs of $1 per year, that means the wine was FREE! Don't give up on your off-the-beaten-path Burgundies, people! They can age superbly, too.
  • salil commented:

    1/15/16, 3:17 PM - Popped a couple of these in the fall that were really nice. Thanks again for the heads up.

Red
2001 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie Syrah
1/4/2016 - Neecies Likes this wine:
94 points
Impeccable flavor and balance, but we didn't decant and it could have used several hours' worth. Based on this bottle, the CT drinking window is too shortsighted--had I another bottle, I'd schedule it for 2020.
  • salil commented:

    1/7/16, 3:04 AM - Appreciate the note - I was thinking of opening my one bottle this winter, but apparently patience seems like a better idea.

Red
2005 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/3/2015 - acyso wrote:
83 points
HDH holiday tasting (Chicago, IL): A very unconvincing showing today. Completely closed. Huge and massive, with absolutely nothing pleasurable on the palate. Give it 20 years and pray that the emperor is clothed.
  • salil commented:

    12/5/15, 5:23 PM - "If you hate very oaky wines, then stop drinking them"

    I agree. And this is the value of many of acyso's notes. I know Cos went from making good Bordeaux once to making modernized, oaky spoof today, but if it weren't for acyso, I wouldn't have realized that the 2005 might be an over-extracted monster rather than the elegant wines that the '88 or '86 were. So at least I know better than to buy and drink this dreck, thanks to the work done by the A.So Science Foundation.

Red
2012 Guillaume Gilles Cornas Syrah
10/2/2015 - Seth Rosenberg wrote:
93 points
Nose of dark/sweet fruit - violets, plums, dark berries, vanilla, stones. Good fruit on the palate with stones, spices, florals, dusty tannins, plums and more stones. This is excellent young N Rhone. Nose - 5-5.5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5+/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1-1.5/2 = 16-17/20.
  • salil commented:

    12/5/15, 5:14 PM - seeing as you didn't remember this, you should try it again.

White
1999 Coche-Dury Meursault Chardonnay
11/20/2015 - acyso wrote:
flawed
Clayfu's birthday (Los Angeles, CA): Heartbreaking. I thought this was alright at first, showing the correct density, but the pervasive baked apple note and a slight oxidative note makes me call it as the pox.
  • salil commented:

    11/21/15, 4:20 AM - :(

Red
1992 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône Château de Fonsalette Cuvée Syrah
11/7/2015 - KeithAkers wrote:
93 points
Nose: The nose is gorgeous and savory with dark red cherries, olive tapenade, violets, leather, and black pepper. There is excellent depth with a very elegant base to it.

Taste: Medium bodied with medium+ acidity and silky tannins. There is a real deftness to the feel with layering and balanced along with dark red cherries, raspberries, black pepper, and some olive tapenade.

Overall: This is gorgeous and refined. It took about a half hour to get going and was everything one would want from aged Syrah.
  • salil commented:

    11/7/15, 4:28 PM - I'm always a big fan of the Rayas Cuvee Syrah (minus the price), but wouldn't have imagined it to be this good in such a weak year. Eh, producer over vintage, right? (Plus it's Rayas, so...)

Red
2005 Château Pavie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
10/29/2015 - acyso wrote:
60 points
Annual Comparative Bordeaux Tasting (2000/2005) (Chicago, IL): ...along comes this disgusting concoction. This is an amorphous, shapeless blob, raised in >100% new oak, probably hitting something like 15% abv (I didn't care to check), tasting like it has 20 g/L of residual sugar, and made from sun-baked grapes. This wine is a parody of itself.
  • salil commented:

    10/30/15, 3:27 PM - I, too, would like to know how you scored each point category for this wine. Was the amount of oak not sufficient? Was it of inadequate quality? Were the grapes not ripe enough for a proper "tour de force" of winemaking?

Red
2009 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
1/14/2014 - acyso wrote:
70 points
Angelus and Daugay Tasting at Binny's (Chicago, IL): Very big nose, with lots of ripe fruit notes. The palate is massive, with lots of sweet fruit. No acidity whatsoever and really heavy oak use. Spoof wine.
  • salil commented:

    10/11/15, 8:27 PM - Yes, you should consider removing your note or increasing your score. Don't penalize it just because it's an over-oaked, spoofy attempt to make Californian Pinot Noir in Bordeaux. You really should be more open minded. Mr. So.

Red
1998 Fernando Remírez de Ganuza Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
6/5/2015 - Sotto325 wrote:
93 points
A fascinating journey: almost at the crossroads between aged gran Rioja and full bodied dark fruit. Elegant . At 17 years, this bottle will have a definitively different profile in 2-3 years more akin to the older Muga wines. At present,dark garnet showing almost like a young tempranilo. Smoke, serious dark,cherry, bramble fruit galore and a finish that lasts almost a full minute. It straddles old world Rioja style,with fruit extraction of the more modern style. Excellent.
  • salil commented:

    6/15/15, 10:43 AM - I need to explore these wines a bit more. The de Ganuza wines sound remarkable, and right up my alley.

    Didn't realize you were in CT, btw. Shoot me an email - salilinct at gmail.com.

White - Off-dry
2003 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel Nahe
6/7/2015 - salil wrote:
94 points
Leo's Blind Tasting Group - June '15 edition (Amali, NYC): Damn, this is incredible. An array of bright fruit ranging from more exotic mandarin orange and red fruited flavours to tarter lime and Meyer lemon notes, augmented by gentle honeyed, floral, and mineral notes. The palate comes across incredibly polished and glossy with a tinge of creaminess to the flavours, but there's remarkable acidity beneath that keeps it very bright and fresh throughout, with each sip inviting another. Stunning wine, though with ages to go. From 750 ml - though after this showing, I might reach for one of my half bottles soon...
  • salil commented:

    6/12/15, 9:34 AM - Sotto325 - It's nowhere near mature, but just really good to drink now. Incredible balance and depth. I'm giving my 750s of this much more time, but this was so delicious that I'm really tempted to open a half just to enjoy it again.

  • salil commented:

    6/12/15, 3:08 PM - I don't buy/drink TBAs often - I only own one, and I'll likely give that a fair bit of time, or just open it for a particularly special occasion. I haven't tried many, but I've liked them with about 15-20 years of age (98 Catoirs and a 94 Muller in the last few years were all spectacular). I've only had one 40+ year old TBA, which was incredible - but for the most part, I stick to Auslese/GKAs with more moderate botrytis levels, or low botrytis Eisweins for my dessert wine itch.

Red
1970 Château Magdelaine St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
5/5/2015 - salil wrote:
95 points
Leo's Blind Tasting Group - May '15 edition (The Kitchen at Grove): Flat out wow. This is absolutely incredible, and yet another reason for me to be patient with my younger Magdelaines. It's impossible to fully catalogue the array of flavours here - layers of red berried fruit, tobacco, cedar, leather, earth, and sweeter floral and herbal notes, all conveyed with remarkable finesse and a lightness of touch on the palate. The aromatics keep expanding and becoming more complex with air, and the finish resonates long after each sip. Stunning wine - thank you Jay!
  • salil commented:

    5/8/15, 3:41 AM - I've liked pretty much every vintage I've tried - particular standouts include '59, '82, '85, '88, '89, and '95. The 1983 is the only one I haven't been excited by.

White
2008 Weingut von Othegraven Kanzemer Altenberg Riesling Kabinett Mosel Saar Ruwer
2/9/2015 - salil wrote:
92 points
Another outstanding bottle of this. Consistent with previous experiences - still very youthful and fresh with green apple and lime fruit up front, turning more saline and stony on the back end, and so incredibly light and precise. The acidity here is remarkably intense, and it's hard to put the level of sheer refreshment here into words. Fantastic Kabinett.
  • salil commented:

    3/6/15, 12:15 PM - Yeah, definitely on the young side - but I'm cellaring various other 2008s, so no regrets drinking this one young.

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