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2009 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend
2/25/2017 - EirikM wrote:
87 points
The nose is dominated by nail polisher remover/marred by V.A. There's an impression of a leaner, almost austere, Bordeaux-like quality underneath, but little of the charming complexity and fruit that I would expect of ( even a painfully) young Musar. I would dismiss it outright if it had a different label, but even if magic happens, I doubt that this will ever be a particularly interesting Musar.
  • EirikM commented:

    4/29/17, 11:41 AM - Could be that I should've marked this as a flawed bottle, -the VA was very dominant. But (some) VA is kind of part of the Musar package.... Agree on the 99 being great, had it a few weeks ago and it's starting to drink really well, although still fairly youthful. Musar surely needs time! Let's revisit 09 in 15-20 years:)

1999 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend
4/3/2017 - EirikM wrote:
92 points
Still not fully mature, but drinking very well now. Double decanted. Complex fresh fruit with a touch warmth, but without heat on the long finish. Spices, but fairly subtle. Integrated and harmonious, with only a touch of v.a. adding complexity rather than marring the wine.
  • EirikM commented:

    4/3/17, 5:33 AM - About an hour.

2008 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala Nebbiolo
8/22/2015 - EirikM wrote:
92 points
Archetypical nebbiolo on structure and aromatics. Tannins and acidity, licorice, tar and floral. But there's an elegance to this that is not so often seen. It could stem from the outstanding purity, or perhaps from the life that comes with the sweet and sour play at the finish. Either way, this is pleasing now and will be better once the tannins soften
  • EirikM commented:

    8/23/15, 2:17 AM - Thanks:) I don't have a lot of experience with his wines, but I can't really see why he's sometimes put in the modernist camp. Somewhere inbetween perhaps. Balance might be a better descriptor than purity when I think about it, -a Chambolle it is not.

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Franck Bonville Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
7/26/2015 - Dezel Likes this wine:
91 points
Franck Bonville NV Grand Cru Brut Rosé (SRP $40): Let me give you some free advice: Do not wait for special occasions to pop the cork on a bottle of sparkling wine or champagne. This delicious example, composed of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, is salmon pink in appearance with a persistent mousse of tiny bubbles. It exhibits aromas and flavors of fresh red berries – namely strawberry, alongside subtle notes of brioche, floral perfume, and spice. This is the type of champagne I personally enjoy serving with Sunday brunch – think smoked salmon, fruit salad, or crab cake eggs Benedict. The wine’s beautiful texture, firm acids, and reasonable price point (I found it for $30), make it an excellent option for any occasion and a wide variety of foods. Region: Champagne, France. Other info: ABV 12.5%, cork enclosure). LINK to post:
  • EirikM commented:

    8/22/15, 9:41 AM - Sitting with this in the glas and your note is spot on. Thank you!

1995 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 890 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
8/2/2015 - EirikM wrote:
94 points
As traditional as traditional high level Rioja gets. Complex and rich, lots of oak, dill etc., but also juicy and fresh on the palate. It's elegant but not subtle in a way, despite the sensibly moderate abv. Should have plenty of life left, but I enjoyed it now. I called mid-nineties Tondonia blind.
  • EirikM commented:

    8/4/15, 9:43 AM - Hi Harley, I'd be very happy to taste this again in ten years! Great now and probably great then! What I meant was that the alcohol is moderate, thankfully. The not so subtle part is the oak, but that's kind of part of the package here. The relatively low alcohol saves the elegance in my view. I think we agree?

2012 Pietracupa Fiano di Avellino Fiano di Avellino DOCG
6/5/2014 - EirikM wrote:
89 points
I was pleasantly surprised by this wine. Driven by citrus and an appealing minerality, the wine was clean and refreshing. At the same time, something more tropical and a kind of slighlty waxy texture fills it out, but without disturbing the balance and freshness. I`m buying more of this for the summer.
  • EirikM commented:

    6/7/14, 2:49 AM - Thanks for the tip! That makes sense, there's enough structure and stuffing for this wine to keep and develop nicely.

White - Sweet/Dessert
1995 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
7/21/2013 - EirikM Likes this wine:
95 points
Offered by the glass in restaurant. Generous somm opened a .375 and poured me half the bottle. Like liquid candided orange with honey and Christmas pudding spices. Incredible concentration and looong lingering finish. Great balance. Very fine.
  • EirikM commented:

    8/20/13, 1:29 PM - Hey!
    I hardly have enough experience to give a strong recommendation, but based on the structure and pedigree of this wine I would absolutely think it would drink very well in 2030. If you can manage to keep your hands off it that is;) I'm already casting long glances at my one half bottle of 2001...

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