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Red
2014 Lea (Roblar) Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills
12/22/2018 - Purslane Likes this wine:
92 points
This Pinot Noir is the Tensley blend potentially across the entire Santa Rita Hills, which usually commands a lower price than the wines from single vineyards, but can also be not just affordable but a terrific best value. This version squarely falls into the best value category, with bright black cherry fruit, lively acidity, ample drying tannin, and good concentration. A very good pop and pour wine. that held up well for days after being opened.
  • Purslane commented:

    3/3/19, 3:33 PM - You are basically right. The wine actually comes exclusively from 3 vineyards in Santa Rita Hills. So I modified by review to say that the wine is a blend from Santa Rita Hills versus Santa Barbara County. A somewhat murkier question is why put "Santa Barbara County" on the label at all if the intent is to use only Santa Rita Hills grapes.

Red
2014 Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
11/14/2018 - Purslane Likes this wine:
91 points
Drank for 5 days after being opened and improved each day. Opaque black with a half inch pour. The sip comes in smoothly with vivid acidity and dense black cherry. The swallow is mouth and throat coating. Tasty by itself, very enjoyable with food, and a fine value at its price.
  • Purslane commented:

    2/2/19, 5:32 AM - We basically open about 5 to 7 wines to follow how each evolves over time, drinking about an inch per pour of each, usually with lunch and dinner. Depending on the number of repours, the wine stays in the rotation mostly for 4 to 7 days. We love it when the wine keeps getting better every day tasted. That tells us that it improves when stored, and when we can enjoy it at its peak.

White - Sparkling
1996 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame Champagne Blend
1/18/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
97 points
For a 23 year old Champagne, astonishingly lively, vivid, and refreshing, totally unobscured by any oxidation, flatness from lack of bubbles, or loss of fruit. But what makes this wine great is not tasting like a young wine, but instead wonderful clarity of flavors, superb concentration, mouth coating texture, acidity that is both powerful and rounded, and layers of richness. The great thing about this bottle of wine is that it allows you to experience what arguably made 1996 one of the greatest vintages of Champagne, soundly beating subsequent vintages in competitive, judged tastings of Champagne, even when in later years only a single 1996 was entered. We bought a ton of 1996s with the goal of drinking them for the rest of our lives, and this Grande Dame is simply outstanding.
  • Purslane commented:

    1/18/19, 6:00 PM - Thanks, and yes, I served this Champagne well cooled, starting at refrigerator cooled temperature around 40 degrees initially, then reinserted the cork into the opened bottle on the table which then slowly got warmer but remained below 60 degrees as more was poured.

White - Sweet/Dessert
1995 Château Vari Monbazillac Réserve du Château Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
10/10/2018 - Purslane Does not like this wine:
85 points
An attractive translucent light gold color, with a somewhat weird smell of pine sap when cutting down a Christmas tree. The sip is very mellow and lacks sugar richness, depth, and concentration, closest to a marshmallow. Low acidity keeps this wine from being bright and refreshing. With inadequate cleansing power, each sip of the wine keeps piling on another layer of the same taste, making the wine disagreeably cloying. Did not go with or improve any of the foods that a dessert wine normally enhances, such as chocolate, candies, and fruit tarts. Overall, a disappointing wine that I hoped would be a well aged treat.
  • Purslane commented:

    11/30/18, 4:52 PM - I truly appreciate your comment. Thank you educating me on this particular wine I have no experience with. Will definitely open another bottle soon to see if there is a difference in my perception.

  • Purslane commented:

    12/1/18, 4:04 AM - Definitely possible was a bad bottle, where the primary problem is a blandness or loss of fruit and acidity versus any disagreeable taint. I'm impressed that the Coravin could be used for a year to slowly drink a wine without any appreciable cumulative oxidation.

Red
2007 Marchesi Mazzei Chianti Classico Castello di Fonterutoli Gran Selezione Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
9/24/2018 - Purslane Likes this wine:
94 points
Wine of the night at a double blind tasting where wine lovers each contributed at least one bottle. A stunningly good example of how great the 2007 vintage was in Chianti even for an under $30 non-labeled Riserva. 90% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot, and the rest several traditional red varietals approved for blending. Well structured by bright acidity and smooth edged tannin. Deliciously fruity red cherry, black cherry, and pomegranate. Overall, rich, elegant, and complete.
  • Purslane commented:

    9/25/18, 3:33 AM - Thanks for the info. Redited the review to get the riserva part right.

White
2015 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine sur lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords Melon de Bourgogne
8/3/2018 - Purslane Likes this wine:
92 points
A sea of cheap Muscadet de Sevre-et-Maine is in the United States, which mostly leaves one wondering how this bland stuff could be famous for being great with shellfish. The answer is that the ones responsible for that reputation start around $15 a bottle and mostly are over $20. This is one of best around $15. Bright yellow color, vivid lemon/lime and yeasty aromas. The sip certainly has nothing sweet and is bone dry. But thanks to aging the wine on its dead yeast that converts the sugar in the grapes into alcohol, this wine has a great feel and texture. Extremely juicy, refreshing, and mouth cleansing, with no alcoholic heat at all. Overall, a superb introduction to wines made with Melon de Bourgogne grapes, and help deciding whether the greater but more expensive ones are worth buying.
  • Purslane commented:

    8/3/18, 2:12 PM - Here's my nomination for a greater producer: Domaine Michel Bregeon Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Reserve. Aged 5 years sur lie, $30 a bottle, complex and concentated.

Red - Fortified
1977 Fonseca Porto Vintage Port Blend
2/5/2018 - Purslane Likes this wine:
88 points
A significant disappointment for a wine that now costs well over $200, received several 100 point scores, and is often lauded as a strong candidate for best port from the 1977 vintage. The color of most ports is pitch black, but here the color was a lighter brown tinged ruby. Often ports have an amazing ability to hide their high alcohol, but this bottle did the exact opposite - relentless flame thrower burning alcohol on entry, swallow, and finish. Ports often excel with complex tastes of nuts, chocolate, caramel, and a host of dried fruits, including raisin, dates, prunes, dried black currants, and candied fruits used in fruitcakes, such as orange and pineapple. At best here there was a tasty dried apricot. And finally, ports often have a lush and delicious sweetness that here amounted to a faded background. Overall, a decent port that is a shadow of how it is lauded, most likely indicating that this bottle is flawed, but not by any invasive taint, just by a loss of flavors.
  • Purslane commented:

    2/6/18, 4:03 AM - The problem was not a taint, which is an intrusive bad flavor, but a deficiency of flavors. My best guess is that the bottle was subjected to poor storage somewhere during its life, such as excessive heat and/or exposure to sunlight, that triggered degradation of flavors.

Red
2006 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm McLaren Vale
9/25/2017 - Purslane Likes this wine:
96 points
2006 is proving to be a strong candidate for the best Dead Arm Shiraz. Impressively concentrated, dark, and drinkable on release and every bit as tannic, fruity, complex, plush, and delicious now as it ever was, from an 11 year old half bottle. Heading strong and undiminished into its next decade.
  • Purslane commented:

    10/9/17, 3:17 AM - Excellent question. Short answer - did not notice any new secondary flavors at 11 years old. Longer answer - often a young wine has a predominate flavor that masks others, but the young 2006 Dead arm started with some secondary flavors. What did improve was texture and integration.

Red
2014 Peirano Estate Vineyards Merlot "Six Clones" Heritage Collection Lodi
12/8/2016 - Purslane Likes this wine:
91 points
One of the few wines selling for the case stockup price of $12 that both novice and experienced wine drinkers all like and enjoy. Delicious black and red cherry fruit, yet has enough refreshing acidity and firm tannin to take on and clean out burgers and pizza. Great drink anytime, let's party wine, that blows away tons of thin, bland, funky, mass manufactured, mass marketed, cheapo wines from California, Washington, Chile, and Argentina. The Best Cellar in Wilton Manors in Florida has sold through 60 cases of this wine.
  • Purslane commented:

    3/31/17, 7:27 PM - Ken, absolutely.

Red
2003 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
10/18/2016 - Purslane Likes this wine:
97 points
The decisive wine of the night at a double blind tasting of 2003 or older Bordeaux wines, where 6 wine collectors who especially like Bordeaux each contributed a bottle and the person who brought the group favorite got a free restaurant dinner paid for by the other 5. This wine got 4 first and 2 second place votes, and got universal agreement the wine merited a 95 or higher score before any wine was revealed. Very dark in the glass, effusively perfumed, lush and caressing, mouth coating, concentrated, and rich, but with zero jam and no unintegrated oak. Brilliantly combines the fleshiness of some great Merlots with the muscular power and intensity of Cabernet Sauvignons featuring strong blackberry, black currant, and cassis flavors. The Wine Advocate under rates this wine as middle high 93+ points, but this and other side by side comparisons that include top rated vintages show that the 2003 Lascombes is competing in the major league of Bordeaux wines.
  • Purslane commented:

    12/7/16, 2:14 PM - Will this wine go another 10 years in a cold cellar? Would safely last at least 20 years, which would be 7 more. At this stage, how long would you decant it prior to dinner? I would not decant the 20 year old wine, just open it up about 10 hours before using the wine, sip a taste. If it seems tight or tannic, put the cork in, slip the bottle up and down about 6 times, and put back in the cooler. Is this a "modern" style Bordeaux? Generally yes - compared to classic or traditional Bordeaux, this is richer, darker, and more concentrated, and less sour, lean, and gripingly tannic.

Red
2011 Panther Creek Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard Willamette Valley
1/30/2015 - Purslane Does not like this wine:
83 points
A major disappointment compared to the Freedom Hill Pinots that Panther Creek made in its heyday, that showcased the Freedom Hill Vineyard as one of the finest in Oregon. Everything is scaled down in concentration, leaving a relatively pale color, thin fruit, and simple wine. Tasted over 5 days with no improvement.
  • Purslane commented:

    6/4/16, 6:22 PM - Panther Creek made superb wines after it was founded by Ken Wright, who sold it in 1994 to Kaplan, who sold it in 2005 to Chambers who in turn sold it in 2013.

Red
2001 Terralsole Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Sangiovese
3/13/2016 - Purslane Likes this wine:
93 points
In a single blind tasting of Brunellos from 1989 through 2007, this wine scored just below the top tier, which shows that the 95 point score in the Wine Spectator overrated the wine. Nonetheless, it was an impressive Brunello that only got better when repeatedly retasted against its competition for over a week. Ended darkly colored, enjoyably fruity, well structured by acid and tannin, well on its way to be smoothly integrated, and ageworthy for patiently cellaring for more years.
  • Purslane commented:

    3/13/16, 7:45 PM - Thanks for the astute comment. You are right that the 2004 Riserva got 96 in the Wine Spectator. The 2001 Riserva got 95 in the Wine Spectator and I corrected the review accordingly.

White - Off-dry
2003 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Mosel Saar Ruwer
12/1/2015 - indiscriminate palate wrote:
89 points
AP# 2 576 511 23 04. On open, this was dominated by sulfur, with a very faint nose, though the palate showed some tropical and stone fruit concentration. Eventually, with enough air, the nose began to show some sweet tropical fruits, with guava and some orange/citrus. The palate showed rich sweet pineapple, guava, stone fruit, and some sweetened lime pith. A good deal of acid; a good deal of sugar; but some balance issues. Overall, I was not enamored of this wine--there was a lot to like, but a lot to question, as well. Beautiful fruit on the palate, but intermittently sweet and hollow, with the nose also evolving from showing little but sulfur to a rich--but simple--nose. This may have quite a bit of potential (I'm not qualified to judge its evolution), but right now, this was quite good, but not great.

NOTE: This note is for the auction, not the base, but I am leaving it here as I realized this after a comment was posted.
  • Purslane commented:

    12/2/15, 3:19 AM - JJ Prum wines take a long time to age before they become completely enjoyable. I have barely sampled mine from 1989-1990. If opened earlier, take a small sip for 3-4 weeks, putting the corked wine back in the frig. Usually gives a decent preview. If last 2 inches of wine are the best, know it just needs to age longer.

Red
2005 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve Willamette Valley
4/28/2011 - Simoncino wrote:
92 points
Gorgeous Oregon wine. Wish I had more than one bottle left. At this six-year mark, the wine probably will be great for a while yet not evolve much (just my opinion and its forward style makes me believe this). It has arrived at a point in which its fruit is still vibrant, yet its tannins and acidity are just right.
  • Purslane commented:

    10/17/15, 4:44 AM - Just to let you know about the aging potential of the Evenstad Reserve. One of my best friends served me the 1984 of this wine when it was 20 years old. Ranks with the greatest Pinot Noirs I have ever had. Deliriously luscious, unending layers, perfectly integrated.

Red
2009 Goulée Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
10/16/2015 - Purslane Likes this wine:
93 points
A wow wine that confirms how great the 2009 vintage is in Bordeaux. Pours opaque black into the glass. The nose has enticing scents of black cherry and black currants. The very first sip features all the power, firm tannins, and dryness one would expect from a wine with 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, that could easily be a ringer in a tasting of Howell Mountain Cabernets. Surprisingly, the finish features not mouth stripping tannins but instead a juiciness more typical of Merlots in Bordeaux, which is the other 20% of the wine. With additional sips that delicious Merlot fruit and the first brush of silk starts to move into the upfront taste, but always ends with resolute dryness. Got even better tasted over 5 days. An utterly convincing case for how great blending Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot can be, with a long, wonderful future as a cellared wine.
  • Purslane commented:

    10/17/15, 4:17 AM - Good question. The Goulee can actually be enjoyed now but will get so much better with additional age. If you have a supply of other wines at their peak, I would wait years longer for the Goulee. I also look forward to putting Goulee in tastings when it gets near its best as the wine that is embassingly better than other much more expensive Bordeauxs. With a 12 bottle supply, I would try the next Goulee in 2 to 3 years. With my 5 bottles left, I will probably wait 5 years to drink the next.

Red
2006 Tabarrini Sagrantino di Montefalco Colle alle Macchie
8/10/2015 - Dar3 wrote:
84 points
I have had tannic wines before. I have tried other Sagrantino, Aglianico, Tannat, etc... NOTHING has come close to this. It was like drinking a glass of sand. It was powerful and you could tell that there were some black fruits underneath. Perhaps with a few years this will mellow out into just being an incredibly tannic wine. My only concern (aside from the tannin assault) is that there was an astringent, cough-syrup-like finish. A few years may help the tannins but I'm not sure what will happen with the finish. I was a bit disappointed because I thought that the 2008 Grimaldesco vineyard sagrantino from this winery was phenomenal.
  • Purslane commented:

    8/11/15, 1:31 AM - Good news is that the Tabarrini Sagrantinos all age well. Generally, the only reason to taste them young is to judge how great they will become, in order to decide whether to buy some to enjoy drinking years later. Some of the greatest wines made had tannins that were huge, grippy, domineering, and austere. A superb extreme example is the 1996 Margaux, whose tannins unrelentingly punished a drinker who dared try it for the first 15 years of its life, but starting around 20 years old rewarded the patient drinker with a perfect 100 point experience. A good example of a surprisingly rapid resolution was the 2002 Numanthia from Toro in Spain, which came out of the starting block with the toughest curtain of tannins that wine every had. But by 2005 those tannins started to melt away into one of the best vintages of the Numanthia. While not always right, good advice is to FEAR NO TANNIN.

Red
2011 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard Eola - Amity Hills
4/20/2015 - Purslane Does not like this wine:
84 points
A decent ringer for the lowest level of Bourgogne from Burgundy France. The color is mere ruby. The acidity is not just high but tart. The tannins are austere, with a slight bitterness, and leave the wine without any silk or smoothness. The primary fruit is sour cherry. The concentration is weak. But the worst problem is insufficient delicious fruit to buffer the sour acidity and harsh tannin. The wine showed no improvement after being opened for a day. Disappointing for a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
  • Purslane commented:

    4/21/15, 5:33 AM - No, not just delivered. Been sitting in the house for about a month.

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