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Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
This is one of those wines that consistently makes me happy. This bottle, on Valentine's day, struck just the right note.
  • pablopilot commented:

    2/26/18, 4:26 PM - This one makes me happy too!

Red
2003 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Syrah
Three wines with Wayne: Popped and poured, which was probably a good idea as it seemed to shut down between hours 2 to 3. Deep, purply red. On bouquet, brighter, more primary red fruit than the Dunn. Kirsch, red plums and crème de cassis. Also, a little vanillin oak, although well integrated, with hints of dark chocolate. In the mouth, intense and very ripe, slightly pruney in parts. Polished red and black cherries and some plums. A little red liquorice. Huge scale and fruit volume. Major tannins rounded and quite well integrated. Coffee and toasty oak on the back palate, with a long finish. It was drinkable and enjoyable on the night, but it's a baby, really. Revisit in 10-20 years.
  • pablopilot commented:

    12/11/17, 4:28 PM - Excellent note. I now taste the coffee, which I hadn't noticed before reading this. Didn't get any pruniness out of this bottle however. Wholly concur that further aging is possible, desirable and perhaps even required.

Red
2003 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Syrah
Rule the Rhone; 10/27/2016-11/3/2016 (Northern & Southern Rhone): Tasted side by side with the 2007 which meant different winemakers and very different growing seasons. This wine was ready for business almost immediately. Bright red fruits, boysenberry, hints of pepper, but mostly just a very what you see is what you get wine. We drank over the course of prob 1.5 hours and while the 2007 went all over the map, this was very similar on the last sip as the first. Quite enjoyable.
  • pablopilot commented:

    12/11/17, 4:23 PM - Very true, my bottle did not change much at all over the 90 minutes it took us to suck it down.

Red
2003 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Syrah
11/5/2017 - P-M Likes this wine:
92 points
Really awesome but the main purpose of this note is to share my experience that the wine has to be decanted to be enjoyed, even if not for long. At opening, funky barnyard nose that dissipates with air. Consistent over several bottles, all sourced direct from the domaine. Incredible QPR as pre Frey, underrated LC often are.
  • pablopilot commented:

    12/11/17, 4:21 PM - Per my note, my bottle was pretty flawless; not barnyard or madeira at all... Funny how these things happen... I bought on release and have held in pristine storage since. Popped poured... aeration might have helped knit and soften the acidity, but for whatever reason there was no funk to blow off in this case.

Red
2001 Pepper Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley
11/29/2017 - smilin andy Likes this wine:
93 points
I am so very glad he found my last bottle of this in my cellar. We decanted it for 10 min before the first tastisng tons of spicy fruit with a little Bordeaux style funk on the nose. After another 5 min of swirling, a long complex Cab started to assert itself. As I am writing this 2+hours after drinking, my apologies for the lack of clarity pertaining to particular flavors. Suffice to say, at 16 yrs old, this Pepperbridge Cab had a long, fruity flavor profile with blackberries, a touch of tar and well intergrated tannins.
We were eating some assorted cured meats from LaurelHurst Market in Portland. The combination of the wine and meats made both taste better, ethereal even, a magical spell that can happen with good food and wine. We were both blown away. I thought it was much better than the last time I drank it, maybe 2009? It speaks well both for the vinatage of Washington Cab (‘01) and the skill of the winemaker at Pepperbridge. Well done Sir!
  • pablopilot commented:

    11/29/17, 4:18 AM - Nice review! Evocative!

Red
2005 Clos Les Lunelles Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend
11/28/2017 - bestdamncab Likes this wine:
93 points
Nose of cigar box, saddle leather, black berry, and black currants, same on the palate, medium/big body, better the first night than the second, much better than the first auction bottle of four opened last month, very tasty, hint of soft tannins on the long, flavorful finish.
  • pablopilot commented:

    11/29/17, 4:15 AM - Thanks, I have some of this, can't wait to try it.

White
2004 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc Le Méal Hermitage Marsanne
9/18/2017 - pablopilot Likes this wine:
94 points
The charismatic dowager gets sharper, more deep and precise with age. She is ascerbic and dismissive of disagreement. She dominates the conversation, even when it features deeply flavored Mediterranean stew... but her edges, ever bold, have soured and dried a bit. Still tropical; more dried and angular are her fruit flavors. She does not want to be too cold or imbibed too fast, and her flavors are darker and a bit more insidious. We still love her intensity, but are no longer sure we can bear sitting next to her at every single dinner party...
  • pablopilot commented:

    11/25/17, 6:36 AM - Thank you!

Red
1996 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/3/2017 - pablopilot Likes this wine:
96 points
Sometimes wine is wine. And sometimes, wine is love. It's true that great company enhances excellent wine. It is also true that great wine enhances excellent company. The '96 PL is a "love" wine. It has such sweetness, such complexity and underlying smokiness, such balance and elegance that it does more than taste great and make food taste better (terrific homemade pizza in this case) -- it makes people happy.

Flavors: cedar, pumpkin pie spices, wood smoke. Raspberries. Just a hint of jarred artichoke hearts oiliness. Enough tannin to stitch it all together, but not enough to feel it. Subtle, gracious nose. Not an overwhelming wine; it wants to be where you are, part of the party, not the center of it. An active participant for sure. Always well dressed and appropriate, like the Comtesse herself. Pure pleasure in a bottle.
  • pablopilot commented:

    11/25/17, 6:07 AM - Thank you!

Red
1996 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/23/2017 - Francophile1 Likes this wine:
98 points
This Pauillac classic is flirting with perfection. Celebrating life tonight over this great bottle of wine! This is a wine made for kings and queens and it is a treat to taste. Surprisingly mature at 20 years of age. The aroma soars from the glass straight out of the bottle. I could smell it from 6 feet away. This is a signature Pauillac with all the right notes in all the right places. Blackberry, red currant, tobacco, pencil shavings, black licorice, cedar, etc. Smooth tannin that is well integrated with a 60+ second finish that goes on and on. While this can last another 50 years, why wait because we may not last another 50 years. Eat, drink, and be merry! Decanted for 1 hour and consumed over the course of 2 additional hours.
  • pablopilot commented:

    11/6/17, 11:33 AM - Love the note! Wine is poetry; the more we romanticize the great bottles and our reasons for drinking them, the better we know ourselves!

Red
2009 Louis Jadot Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands Épenots Pinot Noir
7/20/2016 - La Grappe wrote:
89 points
Ripe raspberry/cherry fruit, good weight, well rounded, with a little tannin. Quite a sturdy wine, and developing some savoury notes. Attractive now, but may improve further as the tannin is absorbed.
  • pablopilot commented:

    11/5/17, 2:16 PM - This makes me think the bottle we had was stored imperfectly. In on way would I imagine it improving from here.

Red
1990 Château La Conseillante Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
10/26/2017 - TexasBob Likes this wine:
92 points
Lite red with a slight glowing tint. There are two levels of bouquet - the first smells like a Kuwaiti desert, the second like salmon with loganberry sauce. There are also at least two levels in tasting with notes of sharp, sweet pomegranate, and slightly under ripe red fruit notes. This is consistent throughout the finish, where this wine is at its most delicious.
  • pablopilot commented:

    11/4/17, 2:39 PM - And what, pray tell, is a Kuwaiti dessert?

  • pablopilot commented:

    11/4/17, 2:39 PM - And what, pray tell, is a Kuwaiti dessert?

  • pablopilot commented:

    11/5/17, 2:04 PM - Right. I missed the single S. So what does a Kuwaiti desert taste like?

Red
1996 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
11/2/2017 - Remony wrote:
93 points
This wine is delicious, beautifully mannered, charming and well-made, but all in a limited way. It lacks the bite, the animale quality, which Las Cases usually has. Whilst not short, neither does it have the savour and length which it should have. It is much too benign. As before, I am convinced that the reverse osmosis machine has done its work far too well. It is a lovely, easy-going wine which has missed its way in this very fine vintage -- it should have been up there with Ch Latour and Ch Margaux, but it isn't.
  • pablopilot commented:

    11/4/17, 2:41 PM - Nicely written!

Red
2004 Domaine Tempier Bandol Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
11/3/2017 - Mackall817 wrote:
95 points
Really didn't know how NOT to give this a higher rating but the one I gave it seemed about right. Drank this last out of a superb 3 bottle dinner for 8. It was filled with sediment (I love that!) and deep, rich, dark and beautiful. Special wine for a special night with friends.
  • pablopilot commented:

    11/4/17, 2:38 PM - I have a few bottles of this vintage and had assumed it was verklempt by now. Guess I'll ave to pop one open and see for myself!

Red
2000 Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/16/2014 - JCWmedia Likes this wine:
91 points
My 2nd to last, no rush to drink the last, this was still lively, tobacco-tinged cedar on the nose, round and fruity in the mouth, slight cherry, smooth short to medium finish. Quite enjoyable. Other poor reviews might have had poor storage. Mine has been stored well.
  • pablopilot commented:

    11/1/17, 3:15 PM - Agree completely. This wine has rewarded excellent storage.

Red
2005 Glaetzer Shiraz Amon-Ra Barossa Valley
7/3/2016 - hrazdiiv Likes this wine:
93 points
Opinion seems to be very divided over this wine. While not a frequent drinker of Australian reds, I found this to be a very well made bottle in any global category. There's some grumbling about this "big shiraz" type of structure (that I personally don't like) - this was not that. This bottle exhibited a nice amount of restraint while still being full bodied. Very nice aromas of charcoal, dark fruits, fig come out among medium tannins. The bottle did not fade at all over the one hour or so that we drank it (not decanted). It even had a little volatile acidity and a touch of some savory notes on the finish that made it much more interesting that the average fruit bomb. Definitely one of the better Australian reds i have had in recent years.
  • pablopilot commented:

    4/17/17, 5:11 PM - Man I agree this is one of the better Aussies out there... but restraint? Not getting that at all!

Red
2003 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley
9/9/2016 - pablopilot wrote:
97 points
Whoa. When is a California Cabernet not a California Cabernet? When it's a hermitage, or better yet a very high end Shiraz... This is one of those special wines that defies rating and beggars description. A real category killer, far and away at the top end of California wines. Deep. Dark and inky. Lovingly balanced, hint of plums over blueberries, menthol, tar resin. Plenty of backbone, both tannic and acidic. Thick mouthfeel. Earthy. Very young for a 12-year old. Overall, it just makes you feel good to taste and enjoy it; and then, aloha, the heady alcohol kicks in. I've got a few bottles left to savor for the next 30 years. Hurray!

We drank from the bottle, which left a decent residue of fine and large-grained residue in our glasses. Decanting might be wise.
  • pablopilot commented:

    2/1/17, 4:24 AM - Thanks!

White
2008 Domaine Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère Chardonnay
3/3/2016 - atltastevin wrote:
There was bottle variation here and an unacceptable rate of oxidation. 20% almost. The good bottles show sparkling white stone fruit with minerals and complexity. A Grand Cru length. There were no undrinkable bottles but the early oxidized bottles had lost their vibrancy and complexity. More nutty nuance. (Cornutt)
  • pablopilot commented:

    5/25/16, 4:33 PM - The bottle we just drank was perfect, as was this description.

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