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Red
5/8/2021 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
90 points
Pretty serious for declassified juice. Dark red cherry and tannic with a tiny bit of cola. More tannic than I planned for. Almost had a morgon thing going on. A bit earthy and some twigs and mushroom. Good for 50 bucks. I would wait a year or two for this. One bottle left.
White
5/7/2021 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
92 points
Maybe not quite as stellar as some of these notes would have you believe but maybe I'm being a buzzkill. It is elegant and classy, new world for sure, but some lemon and rocks and a little bit of sweetness. Not quite as racy as arnot Roberts or littorai but I can see this being liked more broadly and that's ok. For $60 it's a buy and maybe I'll get another. Kind of like a meursault without the sulfur.
Red
2014 Frederic Esmonin Mazy-Chambertin Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
4/2/2021 - jeffreylubowski wrote:
90 points
Only about 20 years before its time. This thing is so tight. First glass wasnt even pleasant. Gotta be my fault though, mid aged grand cru from a traditional leaning vintage. Dark cherry, sauvage, forest floor and even a little cherry cola? Modern in styling at least at this point it seems that way. Grand cru in character though and I hope I keep the ruchottes for at least a decade more...
Red
3/8/2021 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
90 points
Can you believe I was in Haro in 2013 and coudnt get a tour here? It was harvest time and we got one at Muga so I cant be too sad. 75% temp 15% garnacho 5% graciano and 5% mazuelo which seems weirdly consistent across vintages. Compared to the 2001, 2004, and 2005 this is inferior. But those were amazing vintages and this is still 'young". This isnt about fruit but more about earth and leather. The first glass from p&p was off so seriously give this a decant or air. A beautiful wine from a beautiful place in this world.
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Red
3/4/2021 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
89 points
Go to spanish wine for a great price. Open and forward with berry and vanilla and some leather. A drinking wine and not a thinking wine, but it does what it claims. Prefer the gran reserva with some age obviously but crianza fills the gap while you wait.
Red
3/2/2021 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
91 points
I like 2006 bdx more than others. It's a bit hard and tannic and maybe not so expressive, but they seem authentic and traditional. This was a pop and pour and shared over an hour. It had a mix of purple and red fruit and still a tannic structure. Ready to drink if you want and 5 or 10 years couldn't hurt either, but no it will never have the fruit of 2009. Probably a buy somewhere in the 70s but not at 100.
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Red
1985 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/28/2021 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
92 points
If you like old skool aged bdx then you have to like this. It's a law. I'd probably say its just on the downside but it's so gulpable. Not much on the dark black and purple fruit but heavy on the leather and good dirt and rocks. Enough acid to still be kicking. 12% on the label but even less on the palate. GL has long been a favorite of mine and this has all the hallmarks of a good vintage one.
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Red
2016 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/25/2021 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
91 points
When people love a vintage this much, I start to get scared. But i have yet to taste anything from bdx, or all of France really, that hasn't been a joy to drink. This seems a bit of a step away from the tough as nails sociando we know and love, and the booze is creeping up unfortunately, but the graphite and rocks and dark purple fruit are still there. This remains to me the quintessential old school value bdx. Trader Joe's had it for 40 bucks and I bought 4 which was probably not enough. Ideally these shouldn't b popped for 5-10 years.
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White
2014 Château Carbonnieux Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2/24/2021 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
90 points
I always want to like this more than I do. The bottle is nice and the color is such a beautiful straw. Even with the 22% semillon it still tastes so dominantly of sauv blanc. Sharp and appley with some peach and floral notes. A bit of wax. Still a good wine for a fair price and definitely showing typicity. At 30 or so i would love it but at 45 probably not a rebuy.
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Red
2/19/2021 - jeffreylubowski wrote:
87 points
I have been turning people on to Corison for about a decade now but sadly this is the first bottle I cant highly recommend. I've heard horror stories about the vintage besides living through it myself with my in-laws staying with me after the fires. unfortunately the negative press seems to be true. I hope to be proven wrong with time. This was a bit sugary sweet and tannic and bitter. Some blackberry and some cranberry but that crazy heat spike is tasted in the glass. No one could ever accuse a corison wine of being unbalanced but if you could, this would be it. I hope the wine gods forgive me of this blasphemy. FWIW I even cherished the 2011 (although i suppose had the opposite issue).
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Red
9/15/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
92 points
There is a reason this "entry level" wine is killing it in these notes. It's serious and structured and offers the perfect italian experience. It does have the roses and cherry but I found it to be darker and more tannic than one might expect. Medicinal and dark cherry but with the acid and tannins to back it up. Obviously too young but I found it at a local liquor store for $40 so I can revisit. Surprised the tariffs didnt mess this all up. Even better than the 2015 which was also excellent.
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Red
2010 Domaine Tortochot Mazis-Chambertin Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
8/14/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
95 points
From a grand cru not revered by some, but this was everything you could ask for. I'm kicking myself for not waiting 10 more years. It was hot as hell iny house and this was in a 50 degree fridge so decision done. Deep and dark and complex and so savory. Dried meat and leather but also some cherry. Interesting how properly stored aged wine all reverts to the same beautiful flavors. It was criminal what I got this for several years back.
White
8/14/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
90 points
Oddly better on day 2. Rich and some wax and butter and honey, at times had me thinking chenin blanc? Highish acid too, oak a bit prominent at the moment. On day 1 I thought nah, but by days 2 and 3 I started to dig it. Definitely has a little sweet kick too. Not the last word in typicity but all in all good for 45 bucks or so. Wouldn't hold on for too long.
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Red
7/28/2020 - jeffreylubowski wrote:
88 points
Brunelo means little brown one and this was perhaps the brownest looking wine I've had. And it tasted that way. Sappy and cedary and resin and leather. So many savoury and non grape tastes. Not much fruit here at all really. Very interesting. Not sure what to make of this. Certain sips were lovely. Some were chewy and weird. Not a buy from me but some may enjoy this.
Red
Not a guigal hater. Quite the opposite. Which is why this was so disappointing. 2016 and this is all you got? Jammy overripe sweet. Even hot. Nothing says cdp. No pepper no herbs no real fruit! Overall a boring wine worth about 20 bucks to serve at a party.
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Red
2004 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/15/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
91 points
Dont believe ppl who say 2004 was a bad vintage. I've been digging them and the price is right. This can be drunk now unlike the 2005. I preferred this to the 2003. Red fruited and fair share of acid but definitely in its window. I love sociando.
Red
7/15/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
91 points
Bought a bunch on sale. had to pop one. Obviously way too early but still an enjoyable experience. Well made and traditionally made, tannic and mouth drying. Masculine. dark cherry and leather and earth and dirt and all that good stuff. Needs a few years. 2010 and 2013 and now 2015. All vintages of the century I guess.
Rosé - Sparkling
7/10/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
92 points
Head and shoulders above the NV. Dialed back the sweetness big time compared to that. Acid and dough and yeast, light cherries, strawberries, cream. Not austere but not fat either. 2008 champs really are looking good. Still young. Long life ahead.
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White
7/4/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
91 points
Big and fat and rich for a burg. But if you were raised on cali chard this may be medium sized or even skinny. It still has acid and lemon and stones so we know where we are. But i would have said corton Charlie. 2017 has been good on white burgs for me so far. Lots of tropics and quite exotic. Very nice right now. And well priced. For a second I thought that one littorai vineyard that produces exotics. Maybe heintz. I forget. Yum.
Red
7/4/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
91 points
Was knocked out by the quality of this with the 2015 so saw this on sale and had to bite. Wish I had bought a case. Such a nice blend of rustic and pretty qualities. Spicy with tons of black pepper and herbs. This is walking thru a farmers mkt in the south of France. Dark dark cherry and raspberry. Excellent at 55 degrees. Not sure if a gigondas can get better than this? My score is probably too low.
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Red
2015 Château La Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/27/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
91 points
So tight. Another 2015 I regretted opening. The quality is there but I think this needs many years. Dark black cherry sour cherry hints of vanilla and a wall of mouth drying tannins. Will be a 93 or 94 one day. Not a plump fat soft merlot by any means but rather a dark stern cab franc seeming wine today.
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Red
6/23/2020 - jeffreylubowski wrote:
88 points
Rare miss by faiveley for me. Not bad but not up to what this plot should be. It kind of had an Oregon pn flavor profile? Sweet cherry a little bit of earth and mushroom but nothing top deep or lasting. Just kept getting new world on this. I have had quite a few 2012 faiveley that I loved too. Maybe an off bottle or off day for me.
Red
6/21/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
89 points
This is always a pretty friendly and easy to share barolo. The 2013 version is a bit more stern and closed than usual. Stronger and deeper and more tannic. Less feminine strawberry but rather dark Roses and dark cherry and leather. Staying true to its barolo roots tho it has long translucent legs and moderate alcohol. Drinkable now but will age. Nice QPR here.
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Red
6/16/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
91 points
2012 wasnt as hot as 2011 and not nearly as touted as 2010 or 2013 but every one I've tried has been a very nice moderate vintage bottle. Soft and supple and delicate. Easy to like. This was similar to the 2009 but not as ripe. Light cherry and Roses and some barnyard and just so Italian. Not a showstopper but if you like italian wine how could you not like this?
White - Sparkling
6/14/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
94 points
Pretty consistent 94-95 on this wine for good reason. Not sure I can find a thing i dont like here. After long having their rose, I'm very glad to try this. And it's just as good. Rich, oxidative, leesy, but not clumsy or overblown. Mild sweetness but more bready and brioche notes. Lemon too. Tiny bubbles. Excellent. But it ain't cheap.
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Red
2008 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/12/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
92 points
Yikes the first glass was painful. Let sit for hours. Definitely improved but I think this is still way too young. I kind of knew that going in but I had already grabbed it from the basement so decision done. Tastes like LB always tastes. There is so little vintage variation here. Which is a credit to them. Old school Bordeaux through and through. Dark fruit, BlackBerry, tannins, earth, graphite. I honestly dont think I've ever had a bad bottle from this producer.
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Red
6/9/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
90 points
Will 2005 ever come around? So big and broad shouldered. Dark in every way. Not a lot of volnay softness. Still a great dry pinot but 2005 takes no prisoners. Has years if it ever softens.
Red
6/6/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
91 points
Volcanic soil for the slv compared to alluvial for the fay. This is the more masculine. Cask 23 being a blend of both but the best barrels. Always a quality wine and just fine in a cold year like 2010. Not as amazing as the 2005 I had a few years ago though. Dark profile. Very cab. Gravel and blackberries and dirt. Drinking just fine now and will age more.
Red
6/4/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
93 points
Echo the notes below. Dark and rich with tannins. Very sweet fruit but high acid and tannins make for a powerful drink the whole way. New world yes but hints of old world, but mostly just dark powerful juice that shows you who is boss. You have to appreciate this, but just give me the chardonnay and we'll call it even.
Red
6/1/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
91 points
A fine wine, but a tad unforgiving. Very pauillac, old school flavors of cigar and tobacco and gravel. Dark fruit and blackberries but you have to look. Needs a long decant but preferably a decade sideways. Great value buy.
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Red
5/30/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
93 points
Couldn't really improve on jeff leve's notes below. This is dark cherries and chocolate, truffles, and dirt. Way too easy to drink especially after a chill and two hour decant. Doesn't taste shut down to me, like some 2015 bdx. It may not be the wine for traditionalists but I love sociando and gruaud and I love this too, so who knows.
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Red
5/28/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
90 points
Am I the only one that drinks this wine? Anyway, four years later and my last notes were wrong. I wanted to wait five years and yet here we are, and this bottle is a little tired. Stored in my wine fridge the whole time. It's not bad by any means but a muted version of everything I noted before. And a 2010 should be still poppin. I still have one left. Let's give it another five years just to see if it turns around.
White - Sparkling
5/28/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
89 points
Very pleasant. Showing its age. Deep yellow. Rich and leesy with some brioche and vanilla. Not too dry not too sweet. Still alive and could last for 5.more years
2006 seems to get lost between 2004 and 2008, but it's a quality year.
Red
5/24/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
92 points
Lots of Brett initially had me concerned but a 2 hr decant seemed to solve it or maybe I just wanted to forget about it. Drank more like a pommard, deep and dark. Full bodied really. Still quite alive and tannic like many 2010. Dark cherry, dark raspberry, earth and mushrooms. Very much a burgundy though not light nor feminine like some expect of a volnay.
Red
2014 La Dame de Malescot Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/22/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
88 points
Been really enjoying malescot lately. While this is a quality wine, particularly for the price, it doesn't really remind me of the grand vin. Bright right cherry, sweet and juicy fruit, very merlot centric. Dry finish though so it's not a napa merlot. And there is zero heat. 2014 is an underrated vintage in bdx.
Red
5/22/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
88 points
Decanted for 2 hours. Hits all the right notes with no overt oak. Leather, strawberry, sour cherry. Tannins of 2013. Overall, perfectly pleasant if not a tad simple. Hold remaining bottle for 5 years.
Red
5/20/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
92 points
This cant be a 2009. So serious and tight, not a fruit bomb at all. Earthy and savory, not a whole lot fruit, but what is there is dark. I would have said 2006 or 2008. I thoro enjoyed this, but it needed a long decant and even then it wasn't eager to please. I would say years and years from peak. Good value here.
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Red
5/11/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
93 points
Real overperformer. Serious, tannic, juicy, full bodied. Not an obvious napa wine. 2014 wasnt supposed to be this powerful and foreboding. This might even need a few years. Blackberry, gravel, minerals. More complex than most others single vineyard juice. Pott wines never disappoint.
Red
5/8/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
90 points
Slight downgrade from two years ago, as the first glass or two seemed way too sweet. Day 2 resolved this. Back to normal. Deep and dark mountain fruit, cab franc flavors even, BlackBerry and gravel and pyrazines. Nice wine and perhaps something was a tad off with the bottle. Always a buy every vintage, drinks well young medium and old.
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White
5/8/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
90 points
Oily and lots of honey and beeswax. Thick and mouth coating, perhaps because the residual sugar and slight heat are a bit much (at least at the moment). I usually prefer CDB to le mont but only slightly. Will have to wait for the CDB. I would hold this too for a few more years, it hit me a bit simple today.
Red
2016 Château Tour Saint-Christophe St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/3/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
92 points
Not sure why I liked this so much better than the 2015. For some reason I noted the lack of terroir and the overtly modern styling in 2015, but this one tasted too damn delicious to complain. Consistency is not really a human trait as maude says. 80/20 merlot and cf. Thick and luscious and tannic. Chocolate covered cherries all day. A steal at 30 and still a buy at 40.
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Rosé - Sparkling
5/3/2020 - jeffreylubowski wrote:
85 points
Haven't had this in over 6 years. Gave it an 88 then, going 85 now. Just not my thing. Way too sweet, so much dark berry, and just too loud. I know it's got reserve wines and a nice backstory but it's just not me for. I would prefer drier and crisper and more minerality. Oh well.
Red
4/16/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
93 points
This wins the contest for most varieties in a wine. The one thing this doesn't have - heat. Delicious vintage for this. BlackBerry and honey, mineral and earth. Something for everyone in this bottle. High mourvedre and it tastes like it. Overall, is it worth the upcharge though? Maybe a few bottles yes.
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Red
4/13/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
91 points
What a consistent wine. And you knew it would be tasty in 2015. On the structured side, perhaps a bit closed. Medium cherry, Roses, some dirt, tannins. Open one now but save all the others.
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Red
4/10/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
90 points
Delicate is the right word. Very pretty and bright red. Lots of strawberry and roses. Incredibly floral, so much lift, maybe the PH is even too low. Spicy, little hints of oak. Nice wine, maybe a few years from peak. I like 2014 more than most, very few seem overripe for my tastes.
White
4/7/2020 - jeffreylubowski wrote:
86 points
Great vineyard, great winemaker but this just fell flat. Oaky, sweet, all butter, low acid. Really just flat. I know 2017 was challenging in napa/sonoma but I hadn't thought this applied to the earlier picked chard grapes, but who knows. Costco was blowing these out at $20 but I'm not bummed I only bought one. The only lutum I've ever had that wasnt amazing.
White
4/7/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
90 points
Best chard QPR in the world for like a decade now. Sneak this into a lineup. You will get everyone every time. Lots of lemon and granny apple. High on the acidic bite, but a tiny bit of sweetness to carry it through. oak is a bit obvious at the moment. It's not really a burg but it's not a CA or OR chard. Doing it's own thing quite well.
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Red
4/5/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
92 points
Awesome cepage on this one. 50 cf, 45 merlot, 5 malbec. Where do you see that? Cool, minty, deep dark BlackBerry and blueberry. Plum and truffle. All sorts of earthy and savory flavors. Its ripe but not overripe by any means and it's not sweet and the alc is lowish for today's standards. I mean, in some ways, this could be a loire red from a ripe vintage. I thoroughly enjoyed and bought more.
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Red
4/4/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
90 points
Too young. Tasting mostly of vanilla dill and coconut, with some pleasing red cherry fruit and orange peel. Textbook ardanza, although maybe a little darker and deeper than the standard bottling. A clear winner for 5-10 years down the road and a killer QPR at 30 bucks. Wondering how many i should buy at that price.
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Red
4/4/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
94 points
Great showing for this beautiful wine. No fruit bomb nor an alcoholic mess, this came off elegant and almost traditional. Bright red cherry, herbs, a tiny bit of cream. Sweet fruit but no RS. Hard to think of a more balanced and enjoyable cdp. Buy again.
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