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Red
2013 L'Oustal Blanc (Isabel et Claude Fonquerle) Minervois Giocoso Red Rhone Blend
9/29/2019 - Lobonick Likes this wine:
89 points
This wine is a great example of Minervois...earthy, not afraid to show fruit, balanced, and nicely age worthy. The 13s are drinking really nicely now. There's a deep earthiness with just a bit of anise to give it an anchor. Think of dark chocolates and espresso with herbs de Provence. This is not a shy wine and it's not a simple wine either. For the price, it's amazing.
  • Moonie commented:

    1/13/20, 2:03 PM - Great wine. Liked your comments but based on those your scores should have been higher! Best Minervois I’ve had.

Red
2013 Rotem & Mounir Saouma Châteauneuf-du-Pape Omnia Red Rhone Blend
12/18/2019 - nzinkgraf wrote:
Light and fresh, you can definitely see the burgundy winemaking influence. Red fruited, mineral, stone. Medium plus bodied, but lots of room to move around. Still, seriously structured, but not in a MASSIVE way. Excellent.
  • Moonie commented:

    12/18/19, 3:12 PM - Good review. Big fan of Mounir's wine, including the CdeP. The white "Magis" is outstanding. Marc

Red
2013 Lucien Le Moine Clos St. Denis Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir
12/13/2019 - Collector1855 wrote:
96 points
During a wine dinner. Consistent with my last tasting note. This wine, which is sourced from Georges Lignier (an under the radar producer) is a stunner. Wonderful stemmy notes intermixed with red fruit, game, toast, leather. 96+
  • Moonie commented:

    12/15/19, 4:21 AM - Hello. I'm a lover of Burgundy and an Officier-Commandeur in the Naples, Florida Chapter of the Tastevin. I think Mounir Saouma, the "monk" behind Lucien LeMoine, is one of the most brilliant winemakers in Burgundy. I've had the opportunity of tasting with him in his cellars in Beaune, and have about 10 cases of his wines in my cellar. If you haven't done so already, make certain you try a bottle of his Chateauneif de Papes, both white and red. and some of his offerings from Beaujolais. They, too, exceed expectations. I enjoy your reviews....keep them coming. Thanks, Marc

Rosé
2017 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre
11/28/2019 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Still Rosé only rarely rises to this level of quality. Indeed, aside from a previous vintage of this very wine, only the 2013 Château d'Esclans Garrus matches or surpasses it. Displaying every hallmark of poise, substance, and verve, while wanting for nothing. An utterly delicious, complete package!
  • Moonie commented:

    11/28/19, 6:54 AM - Agree. The best rose on the planet. Buy it every year. Marc

Red
2012 Domaine Tempier Bandol La Migoua Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre
11/3/2019 - cfk49 wrote:
84 points
I have experience with each Tempier vintage on release back to 1979 and also know 1978, 1975, 1971, and 1970 Tempiers. 2012 has always been by far my least favorite Tempier vintage because of excessive alcohol, and with time, the problem has gotten worse, not better. The wine is hot, overripe, stretched, and shows none of the sensuality that is the key to what makes Migoua such a great wine. What a shame because other vintages can be so great.
  • Moonie commented:

    11/3/19, 1:45 PM - Yikes! I have 7 bottles of '12 Migoua and 5 of the '12 Tourtine. I tried the '12 Migoua nearly three years ago and liked it very much. I'm going to pull a bottle tomorrow and try it again. I'm a huge fan of Tempier with wines going back to 1997, and have visited the Domaine and met with Daniel Ravier. Marc Posner, Naples, Florida

Red
1990 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
Wow still just a tannic monster. All seemed good and balanced on open and decant. One hour later I smelled a sour cellar smell and worried. But now 3 hours later and midway through the decanter, it is just a monster, well balanced and firmly right and still tannic as hell. Decades to go. Sweet Jesus.
  • Moonie commented:

    10/26/19, 7:24 AM - Loved your review. Made me chuckle.

Rosé
2017 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre
9/15/2019 - minndavid60 Likes this wine:
95 points
Wine #1 of my birthday week of wine. Rosé just can’t get any better than this. Rich and full bodied but oh so light on its feet, and like my first tasting note from earlier this year, never cloying. The complexity is off the charts, with white peach, watermelon, gobs of mineral, fresh cut basil, thyme and a big salt water taffy finish. The ultimate balcony wine! So glad to have 4 of these left to take into 2020 and beyond. On a rosé only scale, this is 100 points. On its own, it’s a well deserved 95 points.
  • Moonie commented:

    9/19/19, 7:22 AM - Finally, someone gets it. The finest Rose on the planet. Thanks for a good note.

Red
2005 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets Pinot Noir
I have always found Marquis d’Angerville too tannic and not approachable, especially from great vintages such as 2002, 2005, 2009, 2010, etc. The drinking well vintages of d’Angerville I have had tends to be more than 30 years old, and even that doesn’t guarantee the fruits will still be there. This 2005 Volnay Fremiets is bold and extracted. Tannins are firm and fruits are ripe. A Burgundy made for Bordeaux drinkers. (85/100)
  • Moonie commented:

    8/25/19, 12:47 PM - You hit it right on the money regarding d’Angerville. Never really liked them—and we drink them often at our Tastevin chapter events—and could never see what the fuss is about. Very good write-up. Marc

White - Sparkling
N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 164eme Champagne Blend
11/14/2018 - N.Bonaparte wrote:
93 points
Wow! The energy upon opening is unreal. This really improved about an hour after opening. The potential for this wine is outstanding and this probably won’t reach its prime for a decade and likely last for 50 years. This was the first of 48 bottles purchased and I’m glad I agree with all the professional reviews.
  • Moonie commented:

    11/14/18, 4:14 PM - Really appreciated your comments as always. I bought not quite as much as you, but still two cases! I will probably try one every few years, but plan on drinking my 163 before then. Best, Marc

Red
2001 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/3/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
93 points
A Lalande sleeper, same approach they took to 95 and 09. Seems to be very little time on the skins. Herbs and bright berry fruit forward. Oak has completely integrated. This was ridiculously good upon opening 96+, but with some air, the dreaded volatile acidity showed up. Let it rest for 3 days and it blew off. Just finished the bottle with a broiled beef burger and fresh cut avacado, just some salt pepper. Absolutely delicious. A great Lalande for the price that is ready to drink. The tannins are very drying on the finish if you are not drinking it with a fatty dish.
  • Moonie commented:

    10/3/18, 11:57 AM - Agree. Have always really liked this wine...and agree with your comparison to 1995. I have the '09, but haven't tried one yet.

Red
2004 Domaine Tempier Bandol La Migoua Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre
10/24/2008 - sehill wrote:
92 points
This wine was decanted and needed time in the decanter to show its best. This bottle showed very well. However, a bottle tasted two months ago showed slightly better. This is an outstanding wine that continues to impress. The aromatics show black fruits, tar, grilled meats and forest notes. The color is a dark red to purple. The medium to full bodies palate shows good balance and the tannins provide grip.
  • Moonie commented:

    9/29/18, 11:25 AM - Hello. My name is Marc Posner and I live in Naples, Florida. I am a big fan of Tempier as I know you are. I follow your notes. In my cellar, I have 97, 98 (I drank a bottle of this last night and it was fantastic), 11 and 12 Cabassaou, 99, 06 and 12 Migoua and 10 and 12 Tourtine. I have an opportunity to purchase older vintages from a reputable retailer spanning vintages from 2001 through 2006. It looks like the 04 vintage, both Tourtine and Migoua, might be the best purchases. No Cabassaou available. Have you tasted any of these vintages recently? If so, I'd appreciate an opinion. Thanks, Marc

Red
1996 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
9/23/2018 - Harley1199 wrote:
Bottle opened 24 hours before consumption. Looking for the ancestral fineness of this Château I almost left my olfactory glands. I only found some slight notes of caramelized orange. On the palate is reserved, content, off. It is not strong, is almost dead. Too much for this wine to breathe a whole day? Right now it could be both a Saint Julien and a diluted rosé wine from Cigales. There is neither personality nor a true character. Tons of sediments. Drinkable wine, understanding this CT window but I am feeling totally disappointed.

Botella abierta un día antes de su consumo. Buscando la ancestral finura de este Château casi me dejo las células olfativas. Sólo encontré unas leves notas de naranja caramelizada. Al paladar se muestra reservado, contenido, apagado. No es una botella fuerte del 96, está como muerto. ¿Es demasiado para este vino respirar un día entero? Ahora mismo podría ser tanto un Saint Julien como un vino rosado de Cigales diluido. No hay ni personalidad ni un verdadero carácter. Toneladas de sedimentos. Totalmente desilusionado.
  • Moonie commented:

    9/23/18, 6:56 AM - Just had a mag of this a month ago and it was excellent after a 3-4 hour decant. Maybe you had a bad bottle. Still very young, in my opinion. Hopefully, you have another to try later.

Red
1988 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins Red Rhone Blend
  • Moonie commented:

    5/17/18, 11:32 AM - Really too bad. One of my favorite wines along with the 89. Still have one each left. Marc.

White
2001 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc White Rhone Blend
4/16/2018 - Papies wrote:
94 points
Galician Beef "Threesome" (The Papies, Elizabeth St, London): Impressive. Not oxidised at all and probably one of the few well aged white Hermitages that impressed us. Ever. This includes other Chave..
Actually it is better on the room temperature side than cold.
Floral, light honey touches, nutty on the finish and has a creamy, soft almost and round mouthfeel. This wine has definitely rekindled our interest in mature Rhone whites as so far we always said, better younger and fresh, the whole old Rhone white closing and reopening is a sales gimmick from producers to sell old stock. Not fully converted but still intrigues again. 94 for this beauty .
  • Moonie commented:

    4/21/18, 10:12 PM - Just a note to say I enjoy and appreciate your reviews, They are well-written, to the point and almost always spot on with my palate. Thanks. Marc

Red
1996 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/27/2018 - Jamie Manley wrote:
98 points
This is a monumental Lalande, the best since 1982. Pull the cork and you know that you are in for a special experience. Pauillac through and through, the nose delights with hints of green pepper, briar patch, menthol, cassis, clear red cherry, tobacco, earth, and pencil. The palate has really filled out now and there is a massive infusion of fruit that was missing before. Velvet in the mouth and layer after layer of Pauillac complexity. I actually think that well stored bottles of this wine may continue to improve, my singular thought. 98 Pts
  • Moonie commented:

    3/27/18, 10:18 PM - Glad to read your review. I have 6 magnums in an OWC. Did you decant? I've been reluctant to open one of these mags for fear it won't be ready. I typically never drink Bordeaux unless it has 20 plus years of age, more for mags. Thanks, Marc

Red
1999 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvée Spéciale La Migoua Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre
2/14/2018 - cfk49 wrote:
95 points
Gave this wine about an hour decant and it was back to top form tonight. The beautiful smooth texture and earthy dark fruit aromas and flavors of La Miguoa -- all that one could ask.
  • Moonie commented:

    2/15/18, 1:15 AM - Enjoyed your comment. I'm a Tempier lover and have this wine as well as 97s and 98s.

Red
2012 Château de Pibarnon Bandol Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre
12/24/2017 - Yorgos Likes this wine:
93 points
This time the nose was full of blue fruit followed by dark red fruit, sweet spice some cedar nuances. Fresh and vibrant. Grippy in the mouth with balancing acidity, blue fruit again licorice, dark cherry and long finish. Young lots of future ahead.
  • Moonie commented:

    12/24/17, 4:38 AM - Great wine, I agree. Love Pibarnon, especially the Rose.

Red
1996 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/19/2017 - Bruno DALBIEZ wrote:
98 points
Silk, elegance, balance.... it is hard to find the words... We opened it and carafed it about 3 or 4 hours before the meal (of lamb chops with fresh garden veggies). It was simply sublime. The tannins are beautifully rounded and blended in, yet still present enough. Hints of tobacco, cherry, and chocolate. My wife described it as having hints of black Forest gateau... Absolutely beautiful (the wine too!) She asked me a good question: why are you giving it a score of 98? Why not 100? What is not perfect about it? She is right. I don’t know what stopped me from giving it 100, as I could not find a single thing even slightly imperfect about it. I am so glad we still have 9 bottles left...
  • Moonie commented:

    11/27/17, 4:37 AM - Enjoyed your review. I have 6 magnums in an OWC. I might wait another 3-5 years or so before opening one as they are in the larger format.

Red
1966 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
10/9/2017 - Burgnick Likes this wine:
94 points
Very good condition. This wine is a stunner. Nose is very complex with smoke, sous bois, red fruit, tobacco, charcoal and herbs. Palate is so expressive with lifted acidity. It is very complex yet weightless. This is amazing.
  • Moonie commented:

    10/9/17, 10:42 PM - Glad to read your review. I have a double magnum. G-L is one of the most under-rated Chateaus in Bordeaux as you probably know. I still have some 82, 86, 89 and 96 left, along with a case of 00 which, alas, probably won't be ready to drink before I'm too old.

Red
2005 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie Cabernet Franc
9/30/2017 - acyso wrote:
93 points
Blinds at Eric's (Chicago, IL): A stunner of a Loire cabernet. Surprisingly dark and brooding, this was much fuller and denser than I would have ever guessed from Loire (perhaps a reflection of the vintage). In fact, the label says 14%, which is pretty incredible by Loire standards. Vegetal pyrazines on the nose are perfectly balanced with ripe black fruit. Silky and svelte, but full-bodied and fleshy at the same time, this is a gorgeous Chinon which is delicious now but in no danger of decline (though personally I am more inclined to drink this now since I really didn't like the poop that showed up in the 1996 that I had a few months back).
  • Moonie commented:

    10/1/17, 4:40 AM - Agree with your notes. I had a bottle a week ago, sadly only one left.

Red
2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
4/5/2017 - 560 B&W Likes this wine:
88 points
PnP. Not sure I see what others see in these wines. Nice acidity but too much Cali candy. 13.3%
  • Moonie commented:

    4/5/17, 9:44 AM - Your comment was right on. I started buying Rhys Pinots in 09 because I was told they are the closest California Pinots to those made in Burgundy. No way. After trying several 09s, including the Horseshoe, I put six cases of Rhys Pinots to consignment. Too sweet with really no sense of terroir. Good review.

Red
1996 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/18/2017 - Collector1855 wrote:
96 points
Medium Ruby, evolved color but not brick. Coming from drinking 3 weeks of predominately Burg I needed to readjust my nose to having oak in the aromas... Expressive nose, classical for mature Medoc, scents of of pine, peat, forest floor, dark fruit, oaky but not excessive, overall fantastic, guests really liked it. Enters the palate with good fruit, acidity and very nicely dissolved tannins providing the right structure. Fully mature and great to drink. Convincing package.
  • Moonie commented:

    2/18/17, 1:13 PM - Good review. I have six mags so will wait a few more years.

Red
2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
1/29/2017 - coremill wrote:
87 points
Too much of everything I don't like about Rhys Pinots. This is heavy on the whole cluster and boy does it show, that distinctive lavender soap aroma (the same one I noted three years ago) dominates the nose. The stems are less notable on the palate but the fruit profile is two notches too ripe, with a confected, slightly bitter edge. It also has the good qualities of Rhys Pinot: good acidity, lots of refined tannic structure, and a nice savoriness. But if you don't swoon over the idiosyncratic house style, this may not do much for you.

One of the oddities of the Rhys wines is that, for a winery with such a stated commitment to terroir, their house style is far more distinctive to me than the terroir differences. I do think there are differences among their bottlings, but the wines are marked more by their similarities than their differences.
  • Moonie commented:

    1/31/17, 5:28 PM - I found your comments absolutely on target. To confirm, so to speak, I opened a bottle of the same wine tonight. Rhys has long had a reputation of producing Burgundian style wines. Not so. This wine was candy sweet. I didn't find the acidity you did which was a disappointment. I've been collecting Rhys a long time, but no more. Good job in reporting

Red
2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
1/26/2017 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
PnPed. Excellent nose right off the bat, and then it got even a bit better with some air. Still primary, this has lost its baby fat and is more like a teenager. The fruit is red with a touch of blue: raspberry, Rainier and black cherry. There's a hint of citrus there, much less than the citrus zest I get in some (mostly U.S.) young Pinots - it adds a bit of zing and overall the fruit is very fresh, clear and snappy. Quite sweet but not remotely heavy, there is real sève here. There was much less of the Rhys stems than usual, and a lot of that integrated quickly. There is also a savoriness in the nose that combines with fruit into something intoxicating. It took me some time to nail it down, but I got game bird, pine, mint, other herbs, baking spices, minerals, a bit of crushed flowers, and a touch of lavender. The nose in this Pinot reminds me more of a Bojo than any other Pinot I've had, except that it's really like Beaujolais' big brother, which is as it should be. The palate enters with great drive: the sweet fruit and savory aspects really have grip and great sap: more black cherry here along with the pine, game and herbs. A bit more bitter, maybe a touch of coffee. As we move into the midpalate, we get a touch more citrus in the fruit showing the serious acid, and some solid minerality. The finish shows bitter cherry, citrus zest, herbs, pine and minerals with a touch of oak. It's a little thinner than the rest at this point. Really a superb showing overall. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 4.5+?/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17/20.
  • Moonie commented:

    1/27/17, 1:13 PM - Maybe my math is off, but 17/20 translates to 85 on a hundred point scale, not 94.

White - Sparkling
2004 Delamotte Champagne Blanc de Blancs Millésimé Chardonnay
12/2/2016 - mklein86 wrote:
94 points
Starting to seriously mature. Rounded out and fleshy mouthfeel. Creamy notes. This wine is all about texture now. It's lost some of the previous grace but added so much more in intensity. Acid and freshness still present but I think this is drinking at peak. Excellent.
  • Moonie commented:

    12/25/16, 8:21 PM - Good review. Drank one tonight and agree with your comments.

Red
1986 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
9/25/2016 - kr522 wrote:
95 points
looking back at my last tasting notes from 4 years ago, i could copy and paste with one difference - the tannins have softened and the great potential of this wine is finally emerging.

concentrated plum, tobacco, excellent acidity and still a mammoth frame. This (conceivably) could keep improving but it's very good now
  • Moonie commented:

    9/25/16, 8:11 AM - Glad to read your review. I just bought 6 bottles from Sokolin.

Red
1996 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/13/2016 - AllRed wrote:
94 points
Second Sunday Group: 1996 Bordeaux (high end) (Marty's): Opens with notes of green, herbal qualities with black fruit underneath. Has some structure and tannin, but it's balanced by the fruit and feels appropriate. Flavors of red fruit and herbs, green tobacco and iron. Finishes with greater length than the first couple of wines and seems more accessible overall. This doesn't change much during the course of the tasting, but everything just becomes more amplified as it sits. Excellent. 94 pts.

Double blind:
My #2, Domino's #8
Group #6, 54 pts

Single blind guess:
Lafite- more due to process of elimination, as I have very little experience with Lafite and don't have identifying characteristics in my taste memory.
  • Moonie commented:

    3/16/16, 5:26 AM - Hello. I read with interest your note on the '96 P-L as I just purchased six magnums of that wine ex-Chateau. Did you notice any difference from a typical P-L as the '96 had a much higher percent of Caberent than usual? By the way, I see you're from Illinois. Is that Chicago by any chance? We live in the city during the summer (now in Naples). Thanks, Marc Posner

  • Moonie commented:

    6/16/16, 9:04 AM - Hello. We arrived in Chicago and would like to meet you when you get downtown. Happy to have you here first at our condo (we are at Michigan and Illinois) and find a place to have dinner and share a bottle or two. Just by way of background, we are both retired business professionals. My wife Barbara was VP for a Fortune 500 company and I was CEO for a marketing and public relations firm. Members of multiple wine societies and total Burgundy nuts. Hope this works out. Marc Posner. My email is: posmcg@gmail.com and cell phone is 312-330-2225

Red
2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
2/24/2016 - blanquito wrote:
87 points
Strange showing, nothing wrong with this, but fairly mute and this should be terrific. Not tight, not hard, just dull. Maybe this just needs more time?
  • Moonie commented:

    3/4/16, 1:16 AM - I agree. My last bottle consumed about two weeks ago was the same. Very disappointing. I have 5 left, so will hope for better down the road. Marc

Red
1994 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/31/2015 - Napacat wrote:
flawed
I am not sure what was wrong with this bottle. Didn't seem corked. Very acidic. No fruit. Undrinkable. Poured down the drain. My wife got mad at me for spending $100's of dollars on a bottle of wine even though this particular bottle was a gift from my deceased father. What a shame.
  • Moonie commented:

    1/7/16, 10:23 AM - You must have had a bad bottle. I've had this wine multiple times from a case I bought upon release and it's been wonderful…under-rated by most reviewers. The last bottle I consumed was in May of last year. Really too bad. Marc

Red
1995 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/28/2015 - liber Likes this wine:
89 points
7th of 12, decanted an hour, perfect cork and level, previous notes since 2006 from very good to fine - deepish garnet, lightening rim; cassis, some earth and tobacco, touch of iron, classy if not particularly complex; medium/full bodied, decent length and persistence, acidity and balance, sweetish mid palate, just a bit disjointed and simple, seems ready but no rush.......a good example of a wine technically very good indeed but not really delivering on pleasure (17/20). it may simply need more time as Calon can take ages before it really shows, as demonstrated by an ullaged 82 this year which was a good step up on many previous bottles.
  • Moonie commented:

    1/5/16, 2:45 PM - Very good review.

Red
1989 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
7/16/2015 - rocknroller wrote:
95 points
A Hedonistic Night of Burgs, Bordeaux, and CDP at Tilia (Tilia, Mpls): Dark red color with a maroon hue, 2-3 mm margin. Pristine cork, opened 3 hours prior and splash double decanted to remove sediment right before leaving. The nose was singing right off the bat. That classic perfume of leather, florals and tobacco, very provocative. The palate is silky with a medium plus body, tobacco laden with grainy integrating tannins, leather, dark red fruits and cassis that take on more weight over an hour. Very elegant, classy as always. Probably right at peak now, this can still go for years. I love older Larose, it never disappoints always delivering a classic, elegantly aged Bordeaux.
  • Moonie commented:

    7/18/15, 10:28 AM - Nice review. G-L is a great wine but it needs time. Not long ago I had a '47 in a half bottle that was superb. Still have some 66s and 82s, 89s. Marc

Red
1982 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
4/8/2015 - William Kelley Likes this wine:
99 points
The 1982 vintage makes for a very large-scaled, broad-shouldered La Mission Haut Brion, which explodes from the glass with a very typical, exuberant bouquet of black fruit, cigar ash, graphite, black truffle and dark La Mission bass notes—including dried ceps. Three-dimensional and very concentrated, the wine is strikingly authoritative on the palate (without, it should be notes, the searing alcohol or raw oak tannin to be found in more recent warm vintages here), with lovely balance and depth, and a very strong terroir signature. A legendary Graves, and still a very youthful bottle of wine. Only the existence of the '82 Lafleur stops this getting another point.
  • Moonie commented:

    4/8/15, 12:20 PM - Very nice write-up. Glad to hear it as I have a full case remaining.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
2/2/2015 - Radboy wrote:
97 points
We had saved this for a hopeful Seahawk victory. Oh well, fuck it. We drank it anyways. Awesome stuff.
  • Moonie commented:

    2/3/15, 2:02 AM - No need to be crude

Red
1989 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
12/16/2014 - Ex-Ray Likes this wine:
100 points
Absolutely perfect! Bordeaux doesn't get any better than this. Bought it on release in 1992 for futures price of $65, and have aged it in my cellar. The fill and the cork were perfect. Color still garnet, still almost completely opaque. The aroma just jumps out and keeps going, with the typical tobacco, cedar, leather, black fruit complexity La Mission is known for. The fruit is definitely still pronounced, perfectly balanced with acid and tannin. Hint of anise along with the same components as they aroma. The finish is just right...not too hot or tannic, just lingers. This has long been our favorite Bordeaux, even more than First Growths. It continues to be... This wine is wonderful now but should hold for more years.
Ric
  • Moonie commented:

    12/17/14, 10:13 AM - Just had this wine last week and you are right. Perfect

Red
2007 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
12/1/2014 - frebro Likes this wine:
89 points
Still young and rather closed. Less body and much lighter than expected. Acidity noticeable but well integrated. The wine is well balanced and pleasantly fresh. Nose is red and dark fruits, some flint and gunpowder. Herbal and some grassy aromas. Violets. Palate is similar w more pronounced violets and unfortunately a fair bit of terpene-like geranium notes as well. Likely to improve by cellaring over at least the next 6-10 years.
  • Moonie commented:

    12/2/14, 1:00 AM - I also was disappointed in this wine. Very little structure, acid or tannins. I bought a case and plan on drinking the rest of mine very soon. I'm not so sure this is going to get better.

Red
2012 Bergström Pinot Noir Silice Chehalem Mountains
4/4/2014 - Bandreas wrote:
87 points
Tasted at the Bergstom dinner at Aggio's in Washington on 04/03/2014
Medium Ruby color, slight purple tinge
on nose good fruit, faint smell of beetroot; still very young, reticent,; went well with the mushrooms served with the halibut, but less well with the halibut itself.
After a while it develops a bit of a bitter taste at the end. Wine has a fine + delicate perfume but finishes dry and earthy; more so than the succeeding O'Shea of 2012.
This wine, which is from the original de Lancelotti vineyard - purchased recently from de Lancelotti - represents a complete departure from the old de Lancelotti vineyard style. It is less full bodied and puts more accent on the minerality of the soil.
I wonder what made Bergstrom depart in such a radically different direction….
  • Moonie commented:

    7/26/14, 12:42 AM - Good reviews on the Bergstrom pinots.

Red
2010 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard Anderson Valley
Very tasty in a mostly fruity vein, though I don't think it's improved since my last bottle a year ago and don't get the impression of much upside with further aging.
  • Moonie commented:

    5/9/14, 10:40 AM - You drank it too young. These wines need at least 5-7 years from the vintage date.

Red
2001 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Bonnes Mares Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir
4/4/2014 - WillersC wrote:
92 points
After the rest of the Vogue wine, this was a totally different sort of wine with a different character. Tough to evaluate in the company as it was much broader and had iron notes. A very good wine on any other evening but this evening it was only OK.
  • Moonie commented:

    4/4/14, 7:39 AM - Were you at the Vogue dinner two years ago at Les Nomades? I have the same two wines bought from Knightsbridge after the dinner, so appreciated your notes.

Red
2008 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Pinot Noir
10/13/2012 - Argrath wrote:
Not rated. This was a shut-down wine.
Young, delicate, and very tender nose. Some red berries, shy strawberries, lightly flowery, limestone, but very tight.
Very Young, slightly harsh taste. Medium body, very good grip. Earthy minerality and lingonberries. Far too young and closed.
Tasted blind this was a dissapointment, but knowing the producer and vintage, this should be revisited in 2017-2018 for a proper verdict.
  • Moonie commented:

    3/16/14, 6:41 AM - You committed infanticide

Red
1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
3/7/2014 - Paul S wrote:
95 points
A "Blended" Birthday Dinner (Garibaldi, Purvis Street, Singapore): Wow. Every now and then I come across a wine that captures my imagination, and the taste of it lingers in the memory for years after. Coming back to another bottle of a wine like that always runs the risk of real disappointment - of bottles not stored as well, with food pairings being not quite right, of taste not quite living up to the memory. With this bottle though, it was as if the cobwebs of prevailing time swept aside and I was brought back almost to the place where I was when I first tasted it. It was perhaps not quite the perfect CdP the last bottle was, but boy this was a gobsmackingly good. Opened a couple of hours before service, it still had lots of Beaucastel funk on the nose when poured, with leather and game meat and hints of barnyard swirling around a beautiful core of dark cherries and berry aromas, and then bits of spice and garrigue and drifts of gun-smoke trailing behind. Quite wonderful stuff. It was on the palate where the wine really hit the ball out of the park though. This was crazy good, with wonderful complexity unfolding across the mouth in layers of earth and spice and meat and dark-fruited plums and blackberries, seasoned of spice and garrigue, menthol and wild flowers - all this couched in fine-boned tannins and laced with a beautifully fresh, lively acidity. Wow. Open, elegant, soaring - this almost had the silken structure of a Burgundy, but wed at the same time to the moreish depth of a great CdP. When paired with a gamey duck ragout, fireworks just went off in the mouth. Great finish too, with funky meat and smoke and a hint of garrigue filling the backpalate with effortless length. Amazing, It may not have been quite as ethereal as the ex-Chateau bottle that the Beaucastel folks brought down to Singapore a couple of years back, but this still ranks amongst the best CdPs I have ever tried. I always hate to vote my own bottle as WOTN, but this bottle really stood out for me amidst some sterling reds on the night. Wow. I have one last bottle of this squirreled away - while this was singing on the night, I would be interested to see where that goes in a couple of years' time.
  • Moonie commented:

    3/14/14, 6:23 AM - One of the best Cellar Tracker reviews in a long time.

Red
2005 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets Pinot Noir
1/11/2014 - Magnum Bill Likes this wine:
89 points
Following the advice of a knowledgeable friend, who swears that the '05 Burgundy is one of the best vintages ever, I splurged to buy this bottle, a premier cru. I poured it at dinner with friends. We'd just tasted four California pinots (the Fiddlehead Lollapalooza was my favorite). I wanted to compare the New World vs. the Old World. I expected differences: the upfront fruit tones of California vs. the subtlety, minerality and complexity of French wines. I found this Burgundy to be well made but very understated, so I figured I had a long way to go in my Old World education (probably true). But when I read that another reviewer also struggled to uncover the attributes of this wine, I felt somewhat vindicated. The notes say this bottle can be stored until 2030, so it may have been early. More sampling from the Old World is in order for me...a task I'm up for!
  • Moonie commented:

    2/17/14, 12:21 PM - Good to try a bottle, but the 05s, particularly from this appellation and producer, are way too young now. Give them another 5-10 years.

Red
2010 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Russian River Valley
1/22/2014 - beezer6 wrote:
94 points
Johnny brought to Osteria Ottima for our dinner.
Fresh aromas of bright strawberries, white peppercorn, fresh sea breeze and clean linen.
Palate is super smooth. Extremely well made. First experience with Rochioli Riverblock and I'm sold. Very nice.
  • Moonie commented:

    1/27/14, 4:22 AM - Clean linen?

White
2008 Domaine Matrot Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières Chardonnay
1/14/2014 - Moonie wrote:
Subsequent four bottles were all premox.
  • Moonie commented:

    1/17/14, 8:01 AM - The remaining bottles in the case also were bad. I wrote to Domaine Matrot and Thiery Matrot responded that this was the first time he had heard of premox in the Meursault. He said the wine has been served in many local restaurants with no problems. He offered to replace the case when I come to Burgundy next time. Nice gesture. I am a member of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, so I do get there every so often.

Red
2010 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard Anderson Valley
12/13/2013 - IamNotDrinkingAny#@!%Merlot wrote:
90 points
Tasted more like an RRV Pinot than a Santa Cruz... big fruit, round and fleshy... delicious, but lacking that unique 'minerally' tone of the SC vineyards IMO.
  • Moonie commented:

    12/14/13, 1:37 PM - You drank it too young

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