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Red
2013 Domaine Jean Royer Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Prestige Red Rhone Blend
2/9/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
89 points
Lighter style. Seems to have taken on more age than I would have expected at this stage, with red fruit well in the background and mint and licorice up front. Unless this is hitting a dumb phase, I'd say drink now while you can. This bottle was fading fast.
  • MarkinBaltimore commented:

    2/9/18, 7:41 AM - This makes me curious about trying a bottle. Were there still noticeable tannins? If so, sounds like it's worth holding for several years.

Red
1981 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
11/23/2016 - blanquito wrote:
93 points
This was in terrific condition and one of the best LdH reds I've had, as it mostly eschewed the sour/acetic profile this bodega often displays. Super silky, nice concentration, great length and acidity, all stitched up in a bright red cherry and cinnamon package. Just terrific, 93-94 pts.
  • MarkinBaltimore commented:

    11/23/16, 9:28 AM - You definitely mean "silky," although given the over-seriousness of the wine community, a silly wine wouldn't be bad once in a while. -;

Rosé
2014 Gérard Boulay Sancerre Rosé Pinot Noir
1/1/2016 - Bob H wrote:
Similar in color to the '14 Pibarnon; nose on opening is somewhat reticent, with a rose nuance in the background.

Comes across as dilute on the mid-palate, although despite that "hole" in the wine, decent persistence on the finish. A complicating note of bitterness/acerbity on the finish as well.

At first glance here today, I have a preference for the Pibarnon.
  • MarkinBaltimore commented:

    10/6/16, 5:03 PM - Thought you might be interested in the note I just posted on this wine. I had such an unexpected experience with it that I went back and read others' reviews. I found just the sort of hole in the mid-palate that you did, but after a solid two hours the wine was superb. Who ever heard of a rose that behaves like that?

Red
2011 Domaine des Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny Franc de Pied Cabernet Franc
2/16/2016 - AV2012 wrote:
84 points
Grafted vs Ungrafted Cabernet Franc: Spritzy, almost petillant feeling to it, quite puzzling. Strongly reminded me of some Jura reds with their dirty red currant nose and light body. Peculiar, not sure if the bottle is representative.
  • MarkinBaltimore commented:

    2/17/16, 12:28 PM - I just drank one of these last week and it was nothing like this. Definitely no prickle on the tongue. Rather refined and light on its feet while still feeling concentrated and rich. Definitely sounds like an off bottle.

White
2012 Justin Boxler Riesling Sommerberg Alsace Grand Cru
11/19/2015 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Bottom line - I was not at all impressed by this wine. There are some positive aspects to it, notably the very pretty white flowers and peach aromatics. The finish is also nice, with those floral and fruit aspects making another appearance. The problem is the palate - it has zero impact. The start and mid-palate are extremely watery, and it's only on the finish that there is any hint of flavor. This has all the hallmarks of a badly over-cropped wine, though I have no information to confirm or refute that. It's just a simple, dry and lightweight drink that should cost $7.99 instead of $25.
  • MarkinBaltimore commented:

    11/20/15, 4:41 PM - According to my notes, this is 30hl/ha yields, 5.96 g/liter acidity, 10 g/liter residual sugar, 14% alcohol. Any chance it was going through a dumb phase?

  • MarkinBaltimore commented:

    11/20/15, 5:40 PM - My bad. You're right. I was looking at the notes from a different vintage. But it's supposed to be 30hl/ha. Maybe it'll open up.

Red
2013 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Gamay
PNP. this has shed some of its astringency and was more voluptuous tonight than I remember. great fruit density and polished structure make this easy to enjoy
  • MarkinBaltimore commented:

    8/10/15, 2:45 AM - N l m

Rosé
2013 Domaine Lelievre Gris de Toul Côtes de Toul Gamay-Pinot Noir Blend, Gamay
6/7/2015 - Aparritz wrote:
87 points
After such a long list of garagiste winners... This one came up short. The acidity was so strong that it lacked balance. The tannins were an interesting addition and while this is certainly thirst quenching the acidity was so strong that it wasn't all that pleasant to drink. A cool entree into a new region, but there are much better roses and interesting whites out there.
  • MarkinBaltimore commented:

    6/8/15, 6:29 PM - For what it's worth, I had exactly the same experience with a recently opened bottle. I don't recall it being so last summer. I suspect this is a wine made for immediate consumption.

White - Off-dry
2012 Dr. F. Weins-Prüm Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese Mosel Saar Ruwer
4/23/2015 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
90 points
Very pale straw color. Aromas: bursting with lime, white peach and green and McIntosh apple slices. It also smells of blue slate, sea shells, potpourri, daisies, intense crushed rock notes. On the palate, Tingly acid, creamy body, the fruit is a mix of everything from the zesty lime juice to the rich papaya and mango notes. So refreshing, showing honey and richness, but the acid and zesty fruit make this so easy to drink, not too sweet and still super tangy. Integrated so well. Complex elements of slate, chalk, river streams. Seems to have a long life ahead. I’d love to revisit this in four or five years. I only had one bottle, so I’m both upset I didn’t cellar it and excited I tasted it at this level of vibrant youth.
  • MarkinBaltimore commented:

    4/25/15, 6:18 AM - You can look up my review of the 2001. The wine ages great. But I agree that the freshness of a recent vintage is delicious.

Red
2010 Domaine Philippe Gilbert Menetou-Salon Les Renardières Pinot Noir
7/8/2013 - Zweder wrote:
Weekly tasting group #078; France a mixed set plus 2 pirates: white, rosé and red. (@ CvR): Asian spices in the bouquet. On the palate spiciness, clove, harsh red fruits and bitterness. Lacks in harmony. This is the note as I wrote down this evening and fellow tasters agreed about this. I scored the wine 81. However, seeing the other scores in CT, it could well be we had an off bottle. So I need to taste again and no “official” score in CT for tonight.
  • MarkinBaltimore commented:

    4/15/15, 7:34 PM - I find you must decant this and let it breathe for two hours. That transforms the wine. Of course, I can't tell from your comment if that was the case here.

White
2008 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine sur lie Cuvée Eden Les Gras Moutons Melon de Bourgogne
Light yellow-gold in the glass; more of a minerally nose here, with white fruits in the background.

Crisp and focused on the palate, with lively acidity that extends the wine's finish. This really demands food - it may be cliche', but raw oysters or clams would be an excellent match.

This also still strikes me as young; to be honest, I don't have a lot of experience in aging Pepiere's Muscadet, as they are hard to resist young, but this wine certainly seems to have the capability to last/develop another 5-10 years at least.
  • MarkinBaltimore commented:

    12/18/14, 9:36 AM - Bob - When I was in the Loire this past summer, I had a 1993 Muscadet, which I picked up at the local wine store for about $21. It was excellent and also showed no sign of tiring out whatsoever. Still looked like new. So I'd confirm your instincts. Apparently within the depths of wine geekdom it is known that Muscadets can be quite long lived (although before that I didn't).

Red
2001 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
10/29/2014 - Drankard wrote:
90 points
This light, balanced red delivers mature flavors of dried cherry, medicinal cherry, and leather. Fresh and lively boosted by zesty minerality. Classic Rioja but a bit uninteresting. I would drink up.
  • MarkinBaltimore commented:

    10/30/14, 10:25 AM - I think the evolution of this wine might surprise you. I have some 81's and for most of their past lifespan I've thought this wine was a bit thin and lacking in complexity, but the bottle I tasted this year had bloomed enormously and was in every way a better wine. The 2001 is supposed to be as strong a vintage which would mean it would really come into its prime around 2032 or thereabouts.

Red
2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
8/28/2014 - Ramberg wrote:
84 points
I like really good CNdP, but this wine fails to impress and please me, despite a good producer and a good vintage.
The nose is quite mature, showing rubber, loads of smoke oak, charcoal, smoked charcuteries, and unfortunately a touch of swamp and smoked fish (!?).
The last two ingredients in the bouquet gives a less pleasant overall impression I must admit.
(I have only found fish in a wine once before, and that was in a bottle of the legendary Great Wall of China , worst wine up to date I have tasted).
This is not at all as bad as that particular one, but it’s not a very good wine, given the producer and vintage.
The palate is better, showing mature and drying cherries, leather, sweet tobacco and quite high acidity.
My impression are that this has started to decay and is past peak.
Was probably better a few years back.
(83 – 84)
  • MarkinBaltimore commented:

    8/29/14, 4:15 PM - I'm pretty certain that this bottle was somehow flawed. I popped my last bottle two weeks ago, and, like most on this site, found it pretty wonderful. But, also, it's got a lot of tannins left in it and is a bit tightly wound. Could definitely sit for 5 if not ten years. I'm wondering if maybe your bottle was exposed to excessive heat and some point. Sounds unpleasant.

White
2011 Arterberry Maresh Chardonnay Dundee Hills
7/5/2014 - lolo66 wrote:
91 points
excellent. precise. lemon curd. almost no discernable oak. Salinity. Medium body, medium finish. pleasurable. gulpable.
  • MarkinBaltimore commented:

    7/5/14, 7:44 PM - Completely agree. I just tasted this at the winery. Amazingly, it spent 24 months in used oak barrels. Great winemaking imho.

White
2010 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos Habert Chenin Blanc
4/23/2014 - Bellissimo wrote:
Served with a light Thai dinner. I'm perplexed regarding this wine. Definitely getting the Chenin Blanc flavors but am really not sensing the RS others are reporting. Lanolin, lemon, waxy, nuts, white flowers, papaya...yup this is really complex. Great acid lift on the finish to boot. Glad I have a couple of more to see where this goes. Will be a good test to see if I can hang on 5 years.
  • MarkinBaltimore commented:

    4/23/14, 7:15 PM - For what it's worth, I opened a second bottle recently and also didn't sense the RS that was prominent in the first bottle. Your review confirms my impression that the wine has become better knit together in the last month or so.

Red
2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
4/18/2014 - Burgundynick wrote:
84 points
I have to say I was a tad disappointed. It had a great nose with deep fruit, hints of leather and lovely caramel. The palate was overly acidic. It was good but that's all. The 904 is far better and the cvne imperial is too. 84 points
  • MarkinBaltimore commented:

    4/18/14, 9:24 AM - Seth-your comments are unworthy of this normally civilized forum.

Red
2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
2/27/2014 - Cullens wrote:
90 points
Nice wine, interesting given its age. The wine needed time to open up, it seemed closed down and required air (1 hour) to allow the fruit come out. Because there was an intermingled flavor profile, I believe this wine was better years ago. Drink now.
  • MarkinBaltimore commented:

    2/28/14, 8:55 AM - If the wine is closed down, why drink it now? This style of wine making produces wines that usually age very well. If you have more bottles, forget about them for five years and open one then. Bet you'll be surprised.

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