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White
2017 Louis Latour Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru Château de Blagny Chardonnay
10/29/2021 - Sourdough Likes this wine:
90 points
Bright pale yellow. Lovely nose of white flowers, melon, and some stone fruit. Interesting flavor progression as a peachy/stone fruit start is quickly followed by mineral and acid tones that build and subside to return to stone fruit and melon. Very long finish. Lots of good stuff going on but a touch disjoint to me as it seems to fail to reach its potential. But bought at a clearance at $30 it is a bargain. Better and more integrated as it warms. Best near 60 oF IMO.
  • Sourdough commented:

    1/8/22, 8:19 AM - Correcto! Need to buy a few more if he still has any! I think it will get better with another year or two!

White - Sweet/Dessert
2017 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé Zibibbo, Muscat
6/20/2021 - Sourdough Likes this wine:
97 points
This is to me the most exquisite vintage yet. Sweet but subdued. And a swarm of light and lively citrus, lychee, almonds, peach, and so much more dancing on the tongue. SPECTACULAR!
  • Sourdough commented:

    8/26/21, 8:48 AM - That is a very nice compliment! And I agree, this is a most lovely wine!

Red
2014 Thomas Fogarty Pinot Noir Rapley Trail Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
8/9/2019 - thesternowl Likes this wine:
92 points
Another impressive PN from the Santa Cruz Mountains. I’m beginning to believe that this is, in fact, the best area for Pinot in all of California. Yes, even better than the Sonoma Coast. This wasn’t as interesting or nuanced as McHenry but it’s still distinctive in very positive ways. Good amount of wild strawberries and some darker forest fruits with some pie spice, forest floor and finishes with that characteristic acid that I absolutely love.
  • Sourdough commented:

    6/13/20, 8:23 AM - I agree that the Sant Cruz Mountains area makes some really nice PNs that compete well with Sonoma. Really good stuff! I prefer Willamette but my wife and I were both really surprised by our trip to Sa anta Cruz and Monterey.

White
2018 Nigl Grüner Veltliner Freiheit Kremstal
3/24/2020 - Nyrican wrote:
90 points
I really enjoyed this Riesling not sweet crispy faint sweetness. A dry wine with faint sweetness of citrus and apples. Went excellently well with Spicy harissa sauce
  • Sourdough commented:

    6/10/20, 2:36 PM - Not a riesling.

Orange
2018 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Gris Weber Vineyard Dundee Hills
7/8/2019 - poppacork Likes this wine:
91 points
Absolutely gorgeous saturated pink rose color portend a serious rose wine. The profile is all strawberries, watermelon rind, and citrus pith with lingering herbal elements. Acidity is elevated, and if I'm being picky, the wine finishes with a bit of tannic astringency that may need some time to resolve.
  • Sourdough commented:

    12/26/19, 4:26 PM - I agree! Good description

White
2018 Goodfellow Family Cellars Riesling Whistling Ridge Vineyard Ribbon Ridge
Pale straw, nose of green apple skin and subtle citrus, green tea and something yeasty (not unusual for a young Riesling). Very delicate on the nose, and fresh and tart on the palate with wet rocks, lime, and honey as it breathes and warms up. Reticent, but one of the more energetic domestic dry Rieslings I've had. Really great for the price. Hope this keeps getting made as I'll buy again.
  • Sourdough commented:

    11/13/19, 7:01 AM - What do you think the drinking window is on this? Sounds like ready now but perhaps not having the guts to go very long. Thanks in advance!

  • Sourdough commented:

    11/13/19, 10:12 AM - Thanks!

White
2014 Big Table Farm Chardonnay The Elusive Queen Willamette Valley
6/28/2019 - Oskiwawa wrote:
flawed
badly corked. Real bummer. Bought this one when released and had been looking forward to drinking it. Alas, down the drain it went.
  • Sourdough commented:

    9/16/19, 12:12 PM - Ouch! I have one to share!

Red
2012 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah The Contender Walla Walla Valley
5/22/2019 - Sourdough Likes this wine:
90 points
Generally consistent to previous notes but not as balanced. The acidity and tannins seem to have fallen off a bit leaving the big fruit a bit exposed and out of balance. Will be interesting to see if this is bottle variation of somethong more fundamental. Try another bottle soon.
  • Sourdough commented:

    5/22/19, 3:33 PM - Only been four months since I opened a bottle that was still showing youth and ny other 12 Reynvaans i have opened in the past dix months seem fine so bottle variation seems likely. But...I will pull snother bottle soon.

Red
2000 Les Charmes de Kirwan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
Quite dark color. Good nose. Fresh cherry flavor with bright acid. Very good red wine. Drinking well
  • Sourdough commented:

    5/9/19, 3:51 AM - I inadvertently hit the wrong button. Thanks for catching the error.

White
2016 Lingua Franca Chardonnay Bunker Hill Eola - Amity Hills
The avni Pinot is nearly biodynamic. Wanting more nuance and it’s a vineyard that Larry planted himself. Looking for a mineral crunch
  • Sourdough commented:

    3/17/19, 1:48 PM - This seems to be a note on tha avni and not the Bunker Hill

Red
2011 Ayoub Pinot Noir Meredith Mitchell Vineyard McMinnville
11/6/2018 - Sourdough wrote:
87 points
Medium light color. Nice but moderate earthy nose. Austere in mouth growing tart. Sour cherries totally dominate. Long monolithic sour cherry. Better with food. Now not sure this will come together. Interesting but not very appealing. Will plan to hold last bottle at least 5 or 10 years. No idea where it will go but perhaps the soundness will transform into something more positive.
  • Sourdough commented:

    11/6/18, 6:34 PM - Easily the worst Ayoub I have had. And this bottle is very similar to the earlier one I opened. I am in NO hurry to open my last bottle. I am more hopeful something good (okay, better) will emerge over time. Fortunately I have only one more bottle!

    Salud!
    Jay

Red
2015 Lingua Franca Pinot Noir AVNI Eola - Amity Hills
4/1/2018 - Sourdough Likes this wine:
92 points
Moderate color. Beautiful, weighty nose. Cranberries dominate with hints of herbs, sandalwood, slate, and more. Big mouth presence, initially cranberry shifting to sour cherry and growing over at least 30 seconds. Complex but relativel constant flavor profile piercing rather than evolving. Lots of acidity. Quite young. Very pleasant but this should get much better and more complex. Lots to work with as it ages. Wow!
  • Sourdough commented:

    5/18/18, 7:12 AM - This is a new, first vintage winery in the Willamette. Distribution is very limited as is production. I know you can get it from the winery and maybe Valley Wine Merchant in Newburg. If Valley has it you have the advantage of being able to get a mixed case discount if you a want only a few bottles to try but are willing to order other wines. An important fact on this producer is that the winemaker Thomas Savre worked at Dujac and Romanee Conti. An impressive pedigree and a winery to watch.

  • Sourdough commented:

    5/18/18, 9:38 AM - Should have mentioned that for current releases Valley Wine Merchant price is usually only a dollar or two more per bottle than winery price. So the case discount is real and helps offset shipping. A good shop!

Red
2012 Soter Pinot Noir Origin Series Yamhill-Carlton
9/6/2017 - RSchwandt wrote:
53 points
Ella Amity Hills far superior
  • Sourdough commented:

    11/19/17, 2:02 PM - Score does not make sense.

Red
2015 Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix) Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend
Essentially undrinkable. Lacks fruit, complexity, and really any qualities one would expect to find in even a humble table wine. My advice is to look elsewhere even at the $10 price point. Makes yellowtail taste like Margaux in comparison.
  • Sourdough commented:

    10/24/17, 7:51 PM - This tasting note sounds like a flawed bottle. I have bought Croix Mouton futures for years and have never had a mediocre bottle. This review does not make sense. Tbe wine is no where near that bad - as Jeff Leve's consistent reviews over the years confirm.

Red
2012 Passopisciaro Passorosso Terre Siciliane Nerello Mascalese
7/20/2016 - Sourdough Likes this wine:
91 points
Really lovely medium body red. Earthy red fruit nose. Smooth but complex. Integrated tannins, Long complex finish. Absolutely lovely.
  • Sourdough commented:

    7/21/16, 6:52 AM - Yeah, I agree!

Red
2010 Yalumba The Signature Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
12/13/2015 - Sourdough Likes this wine:
91 points
Moderate nose. Nice black and red fruit flavors. Fruity but not a fruit bomb. More old world than new in style. Sort of like a soft Bdx. Very elegant. Seems to be near/past peak.
  • Sourdough commented:

    12/14/15, 1:39 PM - Thanks for the comment! I had this wine earlier this year and I recall it as being somewhat better. The tasting last night involved anumber of truly spectacular wines The Signature may have suffered from being in the wrong slot in the tasting. We discussed that possibility along with the possibility that the bottle was simply going through a lull or a bit of a funk. Of course, it could have also been bottle variation. This bottle was beautifully integrated. My concern that it might be past lies in the softness of the wine and its lack of acid.Just dosn't seem like there is much there to keep it going strongl I have one more bottle I will be opening in a year or two.... It will be interesting to see how that bottle fares!

Red
2006 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve Willamette Valley
6/12/2015 - cookiefiend wrote:
Really seemed faded, flavors were very 'meh'. Glad this was our last bottle
  • Sourdough commented:

    9/28/15, 7:15 AM - Hi Cookie!

    I pulled my last bottle of 2006 from offsite storage and will be opening it tonight. Hope it isn't as faded as yours! it seems that this bottling is a bit uneven based on comments...

    Thanks!
    Jay

Red
2010 Alvaro Palacios Priorat Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes Carignan Blend, Carignan
8/31/2015 - Sourdough Likes this wine:
92 points
Good color and legs. Slightly subdued but lovely red fruit nose. Good initial mouthfeel with clean red fruit with fig, hazelnuts, ands touch of tar. Relatively short finish but with a lingering bitterness. Tannins are pretty well integrated. While I feel this can go several years it feels like it is approaching its peak.
  • Sourdough commented:

    9/1/15, 11:33 AM - Good comment, Harley! Indicating it was peaking was probably a bit premature.

    I don't have much experience with Priorats but I was surprised the wine seemed as "finished" as it did at only five years of age. This specific bottle was, with the exception of the lingering bitterness, very well integrated. Based on this bottle I think it has some room to improve - but only a year or two. But not being very familiar with the region I may be underestimating it! It still had enough structure I would not expect it to "die" anytime soon! I tend to like my reds on the young side of peaking while they still have a touch of youthful acidity and that is about where this bottle was IMO. I liked it! I should also comment that I have some suspicion the bottle was less than ideally stored - not enough to make it go bad but enough to accelerate the aging and complicate the assessment.

  • Sourdough commented:

    9/2/15, 12:54 PM - Hi Harley!

    What I really should have said is I don't have much experience with higher priced Priorats. I have drunk a fair number of the less expensive bottles such as SR-174. I see from your profile you are in Spain and like Muga. I have Muga in my cellar. Pretty nice stuff. I will be making my first trip to Spain (Madrid) later this year. Will not have much flexibility to explore outside Madrid but look forward to wining and dining in Madrid!

Red
2011 Sleight of Hand The Archimage Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/27/2015 - Sourdough Likes this wine:
92 points
this is a really big, lovely, impressive Bdx blend. Still young. But nicely integrated. Aromas of red fruit. Cherry and plum dominate the flavor profile accompanied by vanilla and s touch of bitter chocolate. Long, complex finish.
  • Sourdough commented:

    7/27/15, 5:27 PM - Open next bottle in 2017

White - Sparkling
1995 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
4/25/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote:
99 points
better than I remembered and that last bottle was amazing. Structured but mature with serious mineral balanced with acidity. Lemon bars in liquid form with amazing tiny bubbles and mousse. The yeasty autolytic pastry at the bottom of a great lemon bar with a light toasting. Really very impressive and multi layered maybe better than the 1996, which sounds impossible but it caresses the he mouth from beginning to end and slides down the throat as good as any aged Cristal.
  • Sourdough commented:

    5/3/15, 7:24 PM - Having been at the tsting I find htis rating relative to the Marniquet interesting. Wish I could have a replay and work through both wines with you in detail!

White - Sparkling
1989 Jean-Pierre Marniquet Champagne Prestige millésimé Champagne Blend
4/30/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine:
95 points
Let me just say this 95 is very fair considering we had everything from LGD, 2 generations of DP, Vintage Krug and so many other champagnes that weekend and I sent the longest with this as it took a lot of air to get the stuff to start coming off this. Sweet fruit in the nose but reticent and subdued. A touch of port like fruit as well as some citrus. Not a fresh and clean wine by any imagination, but a structure and brooding wine, which for a champagne is quite different, but given the age, I completely understand.

There was just a touch of the autolytic left and the bubbles were nowhere near the 19 year old or 20 year old Krug. If you drank a glass, and I mean a good white wine glass over an hour you were able to see the elegance in which this opened up, like a very tight flower that was only going to show itself to the patient. Few like this or thought it was comparable at all with the field in play. As I puled different smells and let others smell the glass, they started to gain some appreciation for older champagne, but with scores of high 90 and a perfect one, I just thing some people need to try a 1996 Krug or a 1990,1996 DP, Bollinger R.D., many older Crsital to put things in perspective. Don't get me wrong as this 95 is the 3 highest scoring champagne of the weekend behind 95 Krug and 96 DP. A very different style, but I am not a novice or impatient either.
  • Sourdough commented:

    5/3/15, 7:14 PM - To me this Champagne presents better in wine glasses than in flutes and on the warmer side rather than cooler. My exuberant rating for this Champagne probably arises most from its exceptional complexity and long finish which I generally find unparalleled. The specific bottle we shared was I think a tad short of. Spectacular by any standard but not perfect. I think you are right in an earlier comment that it showed better at the winery.

    For those of us who were at the winery when JP degorged the bottles for us, I suspect the aura of the experience, combined with the complexity derived from 22 years on the lees, and the exceptionally long and complex finish contribute to our high ratings. Approximately half of the ratings for this wine are from people I know were in the cave with me when the first bottles were degorged. The aura of the experience could easily contribute to higher scores. And keep in mind, htis is not a widely distributed Champagne. I believe Spec's got all the bottles that came to the US and they sell only in Texas. I will be opening another bottle later this year and will look forward to seeing how it comes across. It is certainly a wine that deserves time and attention! Thanks

Red
2012 Arnot-Roberts Trousseau North Coast
I went Cyber-Group Goose-Stepping this week with an AR Trousseau. You know what, wine does not need to be opaque, rich, ripe, powerful, alcoholic and unctuous to be enjoyable.

Close your eyes, do a sniffy sniff, take a taste, spit and repeat. A refreshing wine but with much more structure than the color would lead you to believe. Different is not evil. Different is not status quo. Different is different. Take a chance, be different, because your tastes vary from day to day. One day you want steak, the next chicken, the next a salad. I'll have mine withe a Trousseau. Well done Duncan/Nate!
  • Sourdough commented:

    2/18/14, 12:18 PM - Well said River Rat!

Red
2012 Arnot-Roberts Trousseau North Coast
2/16/2014 - Vinomeglio Likes this wine:
91 points
Why'd I only buy 2 bottles of this? Perfumed nose, light fruit, and grippy tannic finish. This little gem should age a few years with no issues. Will buy again (and more!). GOOD.
  • Sourdough commented:

    2/18/14, 12:17 PM - I agree BigTex! Only have two bottles left and wish there were more. A brilliant example of minimal intervention wine!

White - Sparkling
1989 Jean-Pierre Marniquet Champagne Prestige millésimé Champagne Blend
5/21/2012 - Sourdough Likes this wine:
100 points
This was tasted at the winery. JP degorged it in the cave and then served it to us upstairs with no dosage. This is 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. With no dosage it is exceptionally dry - about .1% residual sugar. Yeast and toast are the dominant flavors and bouquet. Amazingly complex and long finish. Superb!
  • Sourdough commented:

    12/21/13, 7:04 PM - This Champagne is now available from selected Spec's stores in Texas. To my knowledge ONLY Spec's has this Champagne for it is my understanding that it was custom ordered from JP Marniquet with no added sugar following the above tasting (which was with their lead buyer). The lack of sugar addition in the dosage and the extended period on the yeast makes this a very unique Champagne. Salud! NOTE: While I am a devoted customer of Spec's I have NO involvement in their business other than being a customer. I am providing this comment only to aid those who may be interested in obtaining a bottle of this Champagne!

Red
2012 Les Vignobles Foncalieu Pinot Noir Vin de Pays d'Oc Le Versant
12/5/2013 - Sourdough Likes this wine:
88 points
Wine began quite closed, with earthy aroma and flavour. I didn't particularly like it. Gave it some air and after half an hour and one glass, it was beginning to come around as some acid appeared to liven its bouquet and flavour. At an hour it was a totally different wine. Moderately red - darker than most Willamette PNs and lighter than most California. Nice legs. Relatively simple aroma of red fruit with some floral accents. Red cherry dominates the flavour with moderate earthiness and a touch of pepper. Surprisingly good for the price. A solid, every day Pinot Noir.
  • Sourdough commented:

    12/5/13, 9:27 PM - I received these details from the buyer. 100% Pinot Noir grown on the north and east facing slopes in the highlands near Puisserguier & Cazouls in southwestern France. Fermented using rack-and-return (most unusual for Pinot). Aged 5 months in 90% Stainless Steel tanks and 10% in older oak barrels.

White
2012 Pedernales Cellars Viognier Reserve Texas
11/10/2013 - Sourdough Likes this wine:
92 points
This is a rather difficult bottle to score for there is so much going on. And see my related comment. By most people's standards I probably overrate it. Still it is a beautiful Viognier. I get spiced peaches and melon as the main fruit with LOTS of spice. I can give this anywhere from about a 90 to a 93 depending on what I focus on.
The wine looks Blonde colored. The legs are Medium. It tastes like Peach, and Melon. The body is Medium. The wine has Smooth texture. The wine finishes Medium.
  • Sourdough commented:

    11/10/13, 5:45 PM - This is a very interesting wine for me. When Becker released the first Texas Viognier around 2008 I told the owner that Viognier would be the wine that put Texas on the map. Now, about five years later Pedernales won Double Gold in Lyon this past May and Texas took three of the six medals in Viognier (Double Gold, Silver, and Bronze) with France taking three (2 Golds, 1 Silver). I am really proud of the windmaker at Perd (David Kuhlken) for he is making some really nice wines. (Given how bad Texas wines were when I moved back from California this is NOT trivial!) This wine is a beauty that is impossible to get now. Wish I could share!

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