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Red
2010 La Dame de Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
This wine is stellar and near perfect in form. Drinking perfectly now while still showing excellent aging potential. Definitely a gem.
  • Lakefarm commented:

    6/12/17, 11:48 AM - Did you have the Montrose, or did you in fact have this, la Dame de Montrose?

  • Lakefarm commented:

    6/14/17, 8:21 AM - 99 just seems to be more in the Montrose-range. But fair, I agree it is a tremendous wine :-)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Champagne Blend
Q3 Tasting - Aged Cali (The Apt): Bonus bottle #3: To celebrate an engagement. If we were to have a house champagne this would be my choice. It's invariably excellent to great and the cashmere bubbles with the excellent toast are a great combination. Unfortunately don't have disgorgement date, but this was a young one.
  • Lakefarm commented:

    9/16/16, 7:42 AM - The disgorgement can be found via the Krug ID on the back label. You can type it into their website, to find out more about the vintages that went into the wine, and also the disgorgement date. If it doesn't have a Krug ID it's an older bottle (pre 2011)

  • Lakefarm commented:

    9/16/16, 7:53 AM - Roger that :) great bubbly nonetheless!

Red
2013 Fattoria di Basciano I Pini Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT SuperTuscan Blend
6/24/2016 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
88 points
A bunch of wines with friends (Pine Lake Trout Club): Purple/ruby in color. The nose has a dusty cherry note. Also some roasted herbs (rosemary?). On the palate, the cherries continue. Not a lot of fruit. Firm tannins. The acidity is lacking a bit. This is a nice wine, but doesn't reach those heights. I was told some reviewer gave this a really high score according to the distributor. I have some doubts about that. That said, at the right price, this is fine for drinking right now.
  • Lakefarm commented:

    7/7/16, 1:05 PM - Wine Spectator did score it 94 point, suggesting drinking between 2018-30.

Red
2001 Faustino Rioja I Gran Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
5/20/2016 - clubs wrote:
88 points
In decline.
  • Lakefarm commented:

    6/23/16, 1:08 PM - What makes you say this wine is in decline?

Red
2010 Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
4/3/2014 - La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine:
92 points
This deep ruby wine (a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah) was Vinturi-decanted and serially tasted over the ensuing three hours. It is a luscious, velvety-textured Châteauneuf flaunting aromas and flavors of black raspberry, allspice, earth and fennel. Medium-to-full-bodied and with low-to-medium acidity, it weaves its alcohol (14%) and generous sweet tannins seamlessly into the flavors. Solid in the middle and closing long, this is nothing more than hedonism! Use this one as a "primer" for red wine lovers who are unfamiliar with the appellation. Drink now-2022.
  • Lakefarm commented:

    6/7/16, 5:56 AM - I wonder if you have anymore bottles in your cellar, as i can't help noticing the difference in alcohol content on my bottle (states 15%) and yours saying 14%.

    btw totally agree on your TN.

  • Lakefarm commented:

    6/8/16, 10:50 AM - Thanks for your reply. No it's the regular neuf. Well, the rules for stating abv in US are different from the European, perhaps that gives them room to "bend" the abv they put on the label.

Red
2010 Podere Castorani Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Terre di Casauria Amorino
6/7/2016 - Lakefarm Does not like this wine:
80 points
A few years ago this was a great wine, the 2010. But the quality has seriously declined.

But it's funny how they manage to ship 2010's of this wine to several importers in my country, DK several years after the vintage was released. Also it's funny that they changed the design of the bottles, but the vintage hasn't changed. Go figure....
  • Lakefarm commented:

    6/7/16, 1:59 PM - Did i mention that the (original) 2010 got 3 glasses in Gambero Rosso? and the following didn't?...

Red
2009 Maison Roche de Bellene Richebourg Richebourg Grand Cru Pinot Noir
1/18/2016 - Kmok Does not like this wine:
69 points
M ruby with a pale rim. Nose is M+ after aeration with hawthorn and red fruits. Oak becomes pungent with 3hr+ breathing. Smooth on palate and wasnt showing complexity. Acidity is noticeable but not enough to extend the after taste. Still structured and balanced after 2 days.
  • Lakefarm commented:

    6/7/16, 5:52 AM - You do realize that a score of 69, is a wine that is barely drinkable? I can only assume that your bottle is flawed, or this is your first time drinking burgundy?

Red
2012 Domaine Grand Nicolet Rasteau Les Esqueyrons Red Rhone Blend
9/25/2015 - sequoiagrove wrote:
85 points
My first Rasteau. while it has my beloved black berry earthy profile, it totally lacks texture, making it too sweet. Reminds me of Corbieres/Languedoc. For dessert I had an LBV port which was less sweet than this wine.
  • Lakefarm commented:

    12/5/15, 1:26 PM - So 100 grams of residual sugar/L??... not quite sure about that.

  • Lakefarm commented:

    6/3/16, 1:31 PM - I am aware that the wine's structure; tannin, acidity dry extract ect. will affect the way the sweetness is perceived. But comparing it to an lbv is ridiculous. Yes it's rich and full bodied, but it's dry.

  • Lakefarm commented:

    6/7/16, 5:50 AM - Doesn't change the fact that this wine is dry......

White - Sparkling
N.V. Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Premier Champagne Blend
12/28/2015 - Lakefarm wrote:
90 points
Disgorged in 2012. Apple juice, toast and lemoncurd. Fine mousse and bright acidity, balancing the fruity sweetness. Benefited from a few years in bottle, more harmonious.
  • Lakefarm commented:

    1/1/16, 10:18 AM - Absolutely! Roederer is always delicious, but the acidity can be a bit rough in its youth, making the sweetness seem awkward.

  • Lakefarm commented:

    1/1/16, 12:57 PM - And the same to you!

White - Sparkling
2006 Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Nature Cuvée Starck Champagne Blend
8/14/2015 - Lakefarm wrote:
90 points
Had along with other brut natures, among others Juve y Camps brut nature '10 (Cava i know...what are you gonna do in a blind tasting??). Next to that, this seemed soft and sweet (despite being brut nature). As a general fan of Roederer, this is was a bit of a disappointment. Expected more freshness and razor-sharp precision. Also the price point is ridiculous... Good champagne, nothing more... nice nose though.
  • Lakefarm commented:

    8/16/15, 11:21 AM - Don't get me wrong, this IS a nice wine. Would just expect more focus and freshness. Concerning the age, this is not a wine I personally would age for a long time. The "regular" Vintage Roederer drink best within the first 10-12 years from vintage, and this may just be the same case.

Red
2009 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
7/27/2015 - Don and Pam Likes this wine:
91 points
still has legs. Sadly not many more left.
  • Lakefarm commented:

    7/27/15, 2:16 PM - What exactly do you mean with the wine still having legs? Is it the legs forming on the inside of the glass, or legs for it to "run in to the future" as a metaphor for aging potential?

Red
2008 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Reserva Finca Ygay Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
6/7/2015 - seanwindsor Likes this wine:
90 points
I am a huge fan of the Rioja region. But not every wine from the area is worth drinking. This one is. Nice finish. Let it decant a bit to open it up. Buy this vintage (2008) soon as it's drinking window supposedly ends this year.
  • Lakefarm commented:

    7/21/15, 11:47 AM - I'm not quite sure that I agree with you regarding the drinking window. Or maybe I'm just not reading your comment correctly.In my opinion the drinking window is far from ending, in fact i believe that it is just now coming in to the window, and will probably stay there for the next half decade at least.

  • Lakefarm commented:

    7/21/15, 11:47 AM - I'm not quite sure that I agree with you regarding the drinking window. Or maybe I'm just not reading your comment correctly.In my opinion the drinking window is far from ending, in fact i believe that it is just now coming in to the window, and will probably stay there for the next half decade at least.

Red
2010 Château Teyssier St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
7/10/2015 - Lakefarm wrote:
83 points
This wine shows notes of burned coffee, coffee grounds, blackcurrant and a green, vegetal touch on the nose. On the palate it's medium bodied, with low tannins and medium acidity, and as the nose, not showing a lot of fruits. Instead it's burned, vegetal and sweet on the finish. Just another mediocre St. Emilion GC.
  • Lakefarm commented:

    7/11/15, 5:33 AM - It is a bummer. Honestly i'm not sure if it will benefit from a lot of further aging, as it does not have the freshness or structure. Also i hoped the freshness in the wine was just masked by a heavy reduction, but this was not the case as after several hours of decant, and the second half 24 hours in the fridge, had not opened up.
    And don't get me wrong, it's not completely hopeless, just disjointed and uninspiring.

White - Sparkling
2004 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay
5/11/2015 - Lakefarm Likes this wine:
95 points
To me this is one of the greatest champagnes. Had along side Krug 2000 and GC and this completely held up, and outshined the GC along with '00 Winston Churchill and '06 Cristal. Toasty, minerally, flinty nose with lots of apple pie and layers of nuts. Just intriguing. The palate is balanced, great length with an, I must say, slightly aggressive mousse. This is a long lived champagne that is also delicious in its youth, what more do you need?

Also forget about DP, Cristal and all the others, this is the champagne you want and at a much better price and QPR. 95-?
  • Lakefarm commented:

    5/12/15, 11:48 AM - To some degree i agree with you. Yes, the Comtes is somewhat aggressive in terms of acidity, and i probably should have specified that in my TN, but my personal taste leans towards the fresh acidity and wines driven by structure and minerality. Also, where i'm from the Comtes is quite a lot cheaper than both DP, Cristal, Churchill, la Grande Dame, Krugs and many other prestige cuvées, retailing at around 150-175 USD, so in that sense it's a good value as all the others break the 200 USD barrier, some by more than others.

    And what i like about the Comtes, regardless of age, is that it intrigues and excites me more than pretty much any other champagne. The only range i can think of is that of Selosse, especially the "entry level" Initial (BdB)

Red
2011 Patrice Rion Bourgogne Pinot Noir
1/10/2014 - nectar14 Likes this wine:
87 points
I enjoyed this wine, and it's a very pleasant red-fruited pinot.

Just for laughs, I'll provide a few tasting notes below, written in the style of a few prominent critics:

Allen Meadows style:
Here, a deft touch of new wood frames a cool and fairly detailed nose of red pinot fruit, which gives way to pleasantly focused and refined middle-weight flavors of cherry and citrus-inflected raspberry. There is a light but noticeable coating of dry extract on the medium-length finish, which shows decent transparency and persistence. While this is not a large or particularly elegant offering, it certainly provides plenty of pleasure, and for its level, is really quite good. 85-86

Stephen Tanzer style:
Medium ruby pink. Simple, but pleasantly perfumed bouquet of red cherry, raspberry, citrus peel and light oak. At once, juicy and forward on the palate, with focused red fruit and oak flavors, finishing with a hint of minerals and good acidic lift. 86

Harvey Steiman style:
Light, juicy, and focused, showing red cherry, orange peel, and raspberry flavors on an open-textured frame. The flavors all linger on the lingery lingering finish, which lingers nicely. Drink now through 2017. 88

James Suckling style:
Nearly black in color. I love the aromas of currant, tar, apricots, and bay leaf. Silky and suave, with loads of ripe tannins on the long finish. Best ever from this estate. One-hundred percent Merlot. Try after 1994. 97 points.
  • Lakefarm commented:

    3/16/15, 1:50 PM - Spot on with Mr. Suckling! Im definitely 100 points on that comment.

Red
2005 Freestone (Joseph Phelps) Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
3/25/2014 - meganh86 Likes this wine:
100 points
Maintained structure and bright palate. Rich cherry, cola and subtle, but present tannins.
  • Lakefarm commented:

    1/7/15, 3:59 AM - So a 100p wine?

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