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White
2018 Francois Carillon Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay
11/7/2022 - GrapeCrusader wrote:
91 points
Friggin' delicious. Tastes a little more expensive than what we paid for this bottle. Really nice acid and a light almost airy like texture and weight. Really compelling wine for the price. Clean and fresh. Love it!
  • nowine4u commented:

    11/8/22, 6:35 AM - I agree. Wish I would have purchased more.

Red
2015 Domaine du Gour de Chaulé Gigondas Cuvée Tradition Grenache Blend, Grenache
Any attempt to enjoy the 2015 Domaine du Gour de Chaulé Gigondas without, at least, an hour open in bottle, will not reveal just how special this wine really is, and that's been the case since day one. This is a wine that goes through a metamorphosis once the cork is pulled, as minty herbs and black currant evolve into smoked meats, lavender, violet candies and garrigue. However, it's on the palate where this really impresses, packed full of acid and mineral tension, with notes of blackberry and spiced tangerine slowly pulling back to reveal silty tannins. The finish is long, grippy, yet still so pleasurable today with cascading inner floral tones and a sour citrus tinge.
  • nowine4u commented:

    10/24/22, 12:48 AM - Thank you for your comments. What is your opinion on the wines latest drink date?

Red
N.V. Paul Avril Le Petit Vin d'Avril Vin de Table Français Red Rhone Blend
8/28/2022 - AMC Eagle wrote:
91 points
Pnp. Deep ruby-purple in colour. Nose of dark plums, dark cherry compote, with hints of garrigue and blackberries. On the palate, a somewhat peppery blackberry profile is noticed along with some dark jammy fruit, a touch of tobacco, and dark herbs. Medium bodied with a medium finish. This latest version is 2/3 2019 vintage and 1/3 previous vintages.
  • nowine4u commented:

    9/3/22, 10:04 PM - When you mention that it is the latest version; can you comment on how this was determined? I purchased several NV bottles back in 2018 (fantastic), and am looking to purchase more and/or purchase the recent release... Currently can't find it any of my local specialty wine shops in SoCal..

  • nowine4u commented:

    9/6/22, 6:03 PM - Have you tasted any previous NV's of this particular wine? If so, just wondering how it compared..

  • nowine4u commented:

    9/7/22, 5:31 PM - Thank you for your comments... I believe the NV bottles that I was so impressed with was a blend of the 2015 2016 vintage. Unfortunately, my local shop which in a sense introduced me to this producer has not carried it since 2018, when I originally purchased it... Based on your comments of the current release, I plan to order some from K&L who has stk.. In general do you think the 2019's rivals the 2016 vintage?

White
2018 de Négoce Chardonnay OG N.247 Russian River Valley
6/8/2022 - Deegie Likes this wine:
89 points
Ordered two cases given the great price and they only sat a week in the basement after arriving before I just had to try it. Decanted about an hour. The predominant flavor for me was lime with some lemon. There was definitely toasty new oak on this wine and it lends very pleasant vanilla and coconut notes. A bit of characteristic RRV minerality on the finish. This will be really tough to beat for just over $8/bottle (before tax and shipping).
  • nowine4u commented:

    6/8/22, 9:55 PM - Would you prefer this over the n.233? Also would you now consider purchasing n.258?

  • nowine4u commented:

    6/9/22, 5:40 AM - I just noticed that you did purchase and post notes on n.258. Thank you for the comments.

White
2018 de Négoce Chardonnay OG N.247 Russian River Valley
5/27/2022 - rama wrote:
From the truck to the fridge for a couple of hours then PnP. Coconut, lemon oil. Rich. Medium acid. Quaffable though lacking depth. Will follow over 2-3 nights and update if it changes.

Edit: cracked a 2nd bottle, no coconut notes though otherwise fairly similar. Much preferred on day 2. I suspect bottle shock and drinking too young, and these will come around late summer.
  • nowine4u commented:

    6/3/22, 5:10 PM - Please comment on next tasting on day 2 or 3.. How did it change? Would you now consider purchasing Lot 258 (big brother to this wine) or not?

  • nowine4u commented:

    6/8/22, 7:26 AM - Thank you for updating.

Red
2017 de Négoce Cabernet Sauvignon OG N.274 Napa Valley
4/3/2022 - Beatsmith8 wrote:
90 points
Good juice but very sweet
  • nowine4u commented:

    4/3/22, 6:44 AM - Agreed, too sweet..

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2019 de Négoce Cabernet Sauvignon OG N.255 Napa Valley
Modern and sleek. And intense and with great mid range and finish. Has tension. Quite the package!
Now just a bit disjointed. But:
1. Bright and intense after an hour
2. Deep and brooding after a few hours
3. Very nice the next day

Not sure whether to drink in a measured manner over the next couple of years..or keep for a few.. opinions welcome. No wrong choice

Day 1: Pasta with ground pork and radicchio
Day 2: Breaded eggplant pizza
  • nowine4u commented:

    3/31/22, 6:43 AM - I am really enjoying this wine in its youth with a good decant.

Red
2016 Bibbiano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Capannino Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
3/9/2022 - dera Likes this wine:
90 points
Second day tasting notes. Medium to dark garnet, slight orange rim, looks surprisingly mature for its age. Nose is floral, earthy tones, very slight ripe blackberries. On the palate, surprisingly low acidity, grippy tannins, leather, little bit of plums, but sort of disjointed. I think this needs more time. Let's try this again next year. Still an enjoyable wine, but needs to collect it's thoughts for another year.
  • nowine4u commented:

    3/9/22, 5:57 PM - Would you be concerned about the orange rim color at this point?

Red
2019 Zorzal Pinot Noir Terroir Unico Tupungato
1/6/2022 - Escher Cellars wrote:
84 points
Decent very thin production. Nice weekday wine for the non-discerning oenophile. Cheers.
  • nowine4u commented:

    2/4/22, 6:54 PM - Not sure I agree with your assessment. "Thin", sure, but a "wine for the non-discerning oenophile", harsh..

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2019 de Négoce Pinot Noir OG N.249 Russian River Valley
12/14/2021 - rama Likes this wine:
First! Sweet, juicy black fruit. A bit heavy handed oak at this stage. Bitter tannins on the finish. Just a baby, maybe in bottle shock, but was curious to try given Cam's effusive praise. I gotta say, its enjoyable even now. Will try again tomorrow and update here if it changes.

Night 2: bitter finish has gone. Sweet black fruit remains. The oak isn't as blunt. Not super complex, but so quaffable I will re-up.
  • nowine4u commented:

    12/15/21, 6:09 PM - Thank you for remembering to post your day 2 comments. I will be getting my shipment tomorrow.

Red
2013 Cobblestone Pinot Noir Te Muna Martinborough
WWB. Horizontal with 2014. Pepper, cherries, cotton candy? acetone, earthy. missing some acidity (flabby)
  • nowine4u commented:

    8/31/21, 6:18 PM - Ok, which one was better? 2014 or 2013?

Red
2016 Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas Vieilles Vignes Red Rhone Blend
8/29/2020 - Jvanwinkle wrote:
88 points
Another gigondas and frankly another disappointment. Nothing wrong with this bottle but nothing special either. Could name a handful of Cotes du Rhône I would favor over this and have change in my pocket. Won’t upset anyone to try this but you may feel underwhelmed after.
  • nowine4u commented:

    2/25/21, 7:16 AM - What is the "general" time frame for the dumb phase for Rhones? It looks like for this wine I will be having to wait to consume. Thanks for the comments.

Red
2013 RingBolt Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River
1/22/2021 - twain Does not like this wine:
80 points
Green. Can't get over it. Had a case of these, only a few left and don't want them. Been a while since I'd tried one hoping it'd show better. Kinda just want to clear em out now and be done with it.
  • nowine4u commented:

    1/23/21, 7:20 AM - I take them! :)

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2015 Cecchi Chianti Classico Storia di Famiglia Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
7/23/2020 - df1962 wrote:
90 points
PnD let air for 1hr.

Consistent with previous notes. Nice savoury elements. Touch of cola on the finish.
  • nowine4u commented:

    1/9/21, 8:11 AM - Has anymore development occurred with this wine? What is your estimate on the max drink window date? Would this be worth getting some at ~$14/bottle at this point?

Red
2016 Domaine Grand Veneur Côtes du Rhône Les Champauvins Red Rhone Blend
1/18/2020 - nowine4u Likes this wine:
92 points
Really good wine. Wonderful round red fruit that persists. Great structure and balanance, firm but integrated tannis that should allow this wine to age. Going back to purchase more. Great QPR..
  • nowine4u commented:

    12/4/20, 2:47 AM - Thank you for your article post about this wine!

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2015 Department 66 D66 Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Grenache Blend, Grenache
11/23/2020 - ogres3 Likes this wine:
92 points
Good voluptuous wine. Same as prior notes. Must be catching on as the '18s sold out before I could place my order.
  • nowine4u commented:

    11/25/20, 1:27 AM - Have you tried the 2016 yet?

Red
2013 Regusci Cabernet Sauvignon Angelo's Vineyard Stags Leap District
10/23/2020 - DavilaDC wrote:
90 points
Pleasing nose that took about 30 minutes of air to bring out. Once it was up and running the nose was more interesting than the palate with violets mixed with red and blue fruit. The wine felt muted on the palate and was a struggle to get the same volume of notes as we did from the nose. For being their top tier bottle and a good vintage, this hasn't aged as well as I hoped. Unfortunately, that has been my experience with my Regusci bottles over time, more enjoyable in their youth.
  • nowine4u commented:

    10/24/20, 8:57 AM - Thank you for your comments. It is disappointing to hear that it has not aged well. I too have experienced this with certain higher end Napa wines, but was hoping with this wine that would not be the case. Will now open mine sooner rather than latter.

Red
2018 Thread Feathers Cabernet Sauvignon Rockpile
7/8/2020 - nowine4u Likes this wine:
91 points
Needs more time in the bottle to fill out, but really think this wine has potential to improve another 2pts. Nice color, medium aroma with enticing cherry flavors. Needs a 4hr decant.
  • nowine4u commented:

    10/17/20, 3:02 PM - srh,... have you had any of their other wines? You should try the 2018 Oakville... Really good..

Red
2018 Thread Feathers Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
8/11/2020 - Winedog22 Likes this wine:
92 points
Rich, ripe, but balanced Oakville Cab. Blueberry, blackberries, dark chocolate. Nice concentrations, and softened tannins. Great wine, especially for the price.
  • nowine4u commented:

    8/11/20, 7:26 PM - Agree with your comments. Wonderful wine.

Red
2015 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Hapgood Sta. Rita Hills
7/24/2020 - Carib Likes this wine:
95 points
I think Greg Brewer is a top notch winemaker, very focused on the development of his vineyards for the expression of terroir. This is a great example of his work. The fruits are lovely (raspberry, cherry & anise) and structure well balanced except alcohol seemed a bit forward, so maybe wait another year for this one to mellow out? I drank it over three days, it got better & better as each day passed.
  • nowine4u commented:

    7/25/20, 1:40 PM - Where do you believe it is in its drink window? Any benefit if held in the cellar longer?

Red
2015 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert Syrah
7/11/2020 - tomjputney Likes this wine:
91 points
Medium, black currant, sour cherry and black pepper. Hint of smoke and leather. Well balanced acidity and tannin
  • nowine4u commented:

    7/11/20, 6:30 PM - Based on Goeffy's comment, it might be helpful to adjust/edit your posted score.

Red
2016 Domaine La Millière Côtes du Rhône Vieilles Vignes Red Rhone Blend
11/9/2018 - Phil Loxera wrote:
87 points
A lovely table wine from the south Rhone, 50% each Grenache and Syrah, from the (what i’ve read) exemplary 2016 vintage. Tasted over 2 days, starting out at cellar temp and left to open up on the counter overnight. Fruit roll-up / Mezcal nose. Inky purple berries with a dash of secret herbs and spices. Very refreshing when chilled, transforms into a chew-worthy sipper at room temp. 13.5% alcohol is noticeable but not unpleasant. Slightly thin body and short finish, but what do you expect for ~$15. Excited to see this develop further, will revisit in a year. Paired well with Indian Food. Great QPR. Vive la France.
  • nowine4u commented:

    2/11/19, 5:40 PM - Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Can you comment on what you think is the wines potential with some aging?

  • nowine4u commented:

    5/7/20, 7:47 PM - Thank you guribh.. Appreciate you taking the to comment.

Red
2015 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert Syrah
3/15/2020 - Wine Gopher wrote:
90 points
Way too young. I opened on Friday and decanted 2 hours. It was tannic and closed so I audibled to a different wine for dinner and funneled this back in to the bottle and vacu-vinned. Checked in on Saturday and it hadn't evolved from Friday. Opened again on Sunday and it was still closed. Decanted for an hour and ate with a steak. Scoring off of Sunday.

After long wait it was ready to drink. Muted nose, red fruited, hint of pepper. Medium body. Very smooth at this point. Medium finish.
  • nowine4u commented:

    3/17/20, 2:00 AM - Thank you for your post. What is your recommendation on its drink window?

Red
2012 Force Majeure Cabernet Sauvignon Force Majeure Vineyard Red Mountain
2/28/2020 - Qventoid#11 Likes this wine:
94 points
Had 1/2 through coravin, finished bottle a week later. Delicious in round two - put on weight, retained fresh/vibrant red fruit bouquet, crisp but well integrated, beautiful showing. I remain conflicted on FM wines - they seem overpriced in their youth, and I’ve struggled to reconcile my experiences with ratings agencies. I stopped my allocation, but they have consistently met expectations with bottle age.
  • nowine4u commented:

    2/28/20, 6:05 PM - Can you provide your opinion on its drink window now? I am trying to determine when to drink my one bottle..

Red
2016 Domaine Grand Veneur Côtes du Rhône Les Champauvins Red Rhone Blend
2/16/2020 - Mactuan Likes this wine:
80 points
Great nose, medium bodied, had it with cassoulet
  • nowine4u commented:

    2/17/20, 2:04 AM - 80 seems like a low score based on your comments. Just curious..

Red
2016 Bodegas Coloma Evandria Selección Garnacha Edición Limitada Vino de la Tierra Extremadura
12/29/2019 - AdieGrey Likes this wine:
90 points
I love this wine. There is something about it that I cant put my finger on that just works for me. Despite it being a bit hot, it goes down like a liquor without being super high alcohol...14.5%...plenty high but not like some cabs I have tried. It all comes together well for me.

The wine looks crimson colored. The legs are slow. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like cherry, fig, black currant (cassis), petrol, cedar, oak, vanilla, cinnamon and rose. It tastes like black currant (cassis), prune, mineral, stoniness, espresso, oak, black pepper, cinnamon, clove, violet, lavender, soy sauce and alcohol/hot. The body is medium. The wine has fleshy texture. The wine finishes long. The wine has high acidity and balanced tannins.
I have no idea what others would think; I wish there were more reviews here to note if my impressions are shared by anyone!
  • nowine4u commented:

    2/1/20, 9:38 PM - Where did you purchase the wine? Can't locate on winesearcher.

White
2017 El Enemigo Chardonnay Mendoza
Hated the '16--heavily oaked, sappy--but this is very different. Dialed back with an unusual aroma/flavor I couldn't put a name to but liked a lot. After reading that this is made under flor, I get it. Quite beguiling, actually.
  • nowine4u commented:

    1/25/20, 12:42 AM - What do you think its drink window should be?

  • nowine4u commented:

    1/26/20, 12:14 PM - Thank you!
    Ha, thanks... from Seinfeld..."no soup for you"!

Red
2009 Château Tour Seran Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
1/25/2020 - winedrinker5 wrote:
Buy some more for storage
  • nowine4u commented:

    1/25/20, 7:16 PM - What are you suggesting its drink window is?

Red
2013 Hobel Wine Works Cabernet Sauvignon Engelhard Vineyard Napa Valley
1/7/2020 - gharter Likes this wine:
90 points
PnP. Enjoyed over the next 4 hours. Red fruit, spice, cedar and chocolate. Then the tannins hit. Just not sure the fruit will outlive the tannins. I am holding off on the last few bottles hoping the fruit out lives the tannins, but not sure that will happen.
  • nowine4u commented:

    1/25/20, 12:48 AM - Do you think its drink window should still be out to 2027? It seems to me that a lot of Napa cabs don't neccesarily "deliver" with age? I just don't want to wait too long to drink my only bottle.

Red
2013 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
1/19/2020 - ClaytonDave Likes this wine:
92 points
Nice zin with predominant black fruit, assisted by the petite syrah. Brief decant; in a good window.
  • nowine4u commented:

    1/25/20, 12:40 AM - What's your suggestion on a "drink by" date?

Red
2015 Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas Vieilles Vignes La Louisiane Red Rhone Blend
1/24/2020 - rm97 wrote:
92 points
Rich
Still young
Delicious
  • nowine4u commented:

    1/25/20, 12:30 AM - When do you believe its optimal drink year will be. Drink window still out to 2026? Have tried the 2016 yet?

Red
2012 Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
1/18/2020 - pgrzesik wrote:
88 points
Elegant nose with lots of tertiary characteristics - dried figs, leather, and hints of dark blueberries on the nose. The palate felt a little thin - lost its vibrancy. Lack luster taste. Felt tired. Probably a few years past its prime. This was probably really good 5 years ago.
  • nowine4u commented:

    1/19/20, 9:09 AM - Thank you for your post..will now drink my last bottle..

Red
2012 Zotovich Family Syrah Sta. Rita Hills
1/18/2020 - Djfermentation Likes this wine:
91 points
My last of six bottles and still quite enjoyable.
  • nowine4u commented:

    1/18/20, 10:45 AM - In your opinion, where is this wine in its drink window?

Red
2016 Domaine Grand Veneur Côtes du Rhône Les Champauvins Red Rhone Blend
1/15/2020 - Burgundy Al wrote:
87 points
Lots of black cherry, some roasted meat with anise and black pepper. Very good density for its level, with still firm tannins in the middle. Good now, better 2022 forward.

Softer and more pleasurable on the second day.
  • nowine4u commented:

    1/16/20, 6:02 PM - Can you provide your opinion max drink date?

Red
2013 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
3/22/2019 - feinwine Likes this wine:
94 points
Loved this nicely balanced 2013 Ramey gem after a three-hour decant. Dark reddish-purple color. Nose is aromatic with sweet forest flora, subtle oak, a hint of vanilla, and reddish-black fruit. Juicy up front with dark cherry and blackberry jam, which evolves with a layer of tobacco smoke, savory herbs, and firm yet approachable tannins balanced by moderate acidity. Medium-long, velvety finish leaves me wishing I’d bought more!
  • nowine4u commented:

    1/8/20, 12:05 AM - Thank you for posting. Where do you think this wine is in its drink window?

Red
2009 Château Domeyne St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/27/2019 - jamesdoeser wrote:
50 points
Felt pretty dead. Tasted alongside '10 St Estephes from superior winemakers. Two more bottles in cellar. Lets see if they are any better. Will try again very soon.
  • nowine4u commented:

    12/27/19, 8:06 PM - 50? This seems like an extremely low rating. I would almost consider this as something that is un-drinkable. Was it a defective bottle? Or was it that bad? Just curious,

  • nowine4u commented:

    1/5/20, 7:45 PM - Please don't stop commenting on what you drink. Its valuable to the community. Hope to hear from you again when you drink your next bottle.

Red
2016 Celler de Capçanes Montsant Potente Garnatxa Negra, Grenache
12/19/2019 - boomecho Likes this wine:
90 points
Vinturi aerated with no further decant. Dark berry fruit with some woodsy notes on the nose. Full bodied and smooth. Tannins well integrated. Wonderful blackberry fruit and dark plum palate, balanced acidity. Medium long finish. Delicious with an outstanding QPR. This wine punches far above its weight class and is worth seeking out.
  • nowine4u commented:

    12/24/19, 8:55 PM - Totally agree, tastes way above its price point.

Red
2016 Château Saint-Roch (Languedoc) Côtes du Roussillon Villages Chimères Red Rhone Blend
11/17/2018 - daveyk39 wrote:
87 points
Gave this Rhone blend (40% Black Grenache, 30% Carignan, 20% Syrah, 10% Mouvedre) from Côtes du Roussillon 120m of air, given its youth. Medium/Dark Purple color. Lovely and fragrant of strawberry and cherry, with hints of blueberry, baking spices and vanilla. Red fruit on entry, with hints of blueberry and spice, but aggressive tannins take over in the mid-palate and finish. Tightly wound, this improves a little with time in glass, but never realizes the promise hinted at by the aromas.
  • nowine4u commented:

    12/15/19, 9:21 PM - Do you think you consumed it too early in its drink window?

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2015 Château Fonplégade St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
11/13/2019 - Rob Hansult Likes this wine:
94 points
Deep color.
Nose > Rich, ripe, intense black & purple fruit nose, with hint of new oak & marshmallow.
Palate > Great richness with good freshness. Stuffed with fat, rich, ripe,
sweet black fruit. Some new oak evident.
Rich, smooth, ripe tannins. All of a piece already. Great balance. Excellent intensity. Impressive fruit.
Better than the '16 by a nose.
14.5% ABV
39 hl/hc (2.4 tons/acre)
95% Merlot, 5% Cab Franc
(94+)
  • nowine4u commented:

    12/15/19, 7:15 AM - What is your guess on its drink window?

Red
2014 Celler Arche Pages Empordà Bonfill Grenache Blend, Grenache
The problem is Julieta doesn't like it. Chocolate dirt. Palate is more chocolate-y.
  • nowine4u commented:

    12/1/19, 8:15 PM - Would you buy it again?

Red
2017 Thread Feathers Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
11/21/2019 - Mountster27 Likes this wine:
92 points
Structured and elegant. Serve this to your friends. Don’t tell them how much you paid for it. I hope you bought a lot.
  • nowine4u commented:

    11/22/19, 2:02 AM - I too enjoyed this wine. Very easy drinker. Did you think it was a little too sweet or was this what gives it some appeal?

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2017 Kermit Lynch Selections Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend
11/19/2019 - Richard123 Does not like this wine:
80 points
Not bad, but was quite smoky and leathery, very unusual for CdR. Otherwise well made, but didn't really work for me. Maybe it needed a food pairing more like Bordeaux or something.
  • nowine4u commented:

    11/19/19, 7:00 PM - Is this your only bottle in your cellar? Wondering if there was something wrong with this particular bottle..

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2013 Calluna Vineyards Cuvée "CVC" Chalk Hill Red Bordeaux Blend
11/10/2019 - Mang wrote:
8/10
  • nowine4u commented:

    11/10/19, 7:33 PM - Was this ready to drink or would you suggest to hold longer and if so for how long?

White
2016 Beringer Vineyards Chardonnay Luminus Oak Knoll District
11/7/2019 - Boss of the Sauce Likes this wine:
50 points
Excellent. Slight oak and butter with a nice crispness
  • nowine4u commented:

    11/10/19, 8:33 AM - Did you make a mistake on your posted score at 50?

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2016 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Red Rhone Blend
3/31/2019 - DawgByte Likes this wine:
98 points
I brought a Magnum of the Domaine de la Janasse CdP to a wine focused dinner. I was concerned the wine would be way to young, so I opened the bottle for 7 hours prior to serving (I did not decant... have a philosophy about that...).

This is a very impressive wine - hedonistic for a CdP, but in a good way. It's all there, fruit, floral, spice, anise, earthiness, structure with balanced tannins and vibrant acidity. The wine evolved beautifully over the meal and demonstrated exceptional complexity and depth. It paired phenomenally with grilled lamb loin. IMO it was the WOTN. The future is extremely bright for this wine!
  • nowine4u commented:

    11/9/19, 6:53 AM - Do you care to share your philosophy about bottle decanting?

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N.V. Paul Avril Le Petit Vin d'Avril Vin de Table Français Red Rhone Blend
8/4/2019 - AMC Eagle wrote:
91 points
Pnp; has a deep ruby-purple in colour. Nose of sweet blackberry and blueberry jam and violets. Getting stewed plums and blackberries along with some cassis and black peppers where some espresso is noticed at the end. Medium bodied with a medium finish. Since the wine store I frequently visit just got this recently, I would like to think that this would be an amalgam of more recent vintages('15? '16? '17?).
  • nowine4u commented:

    11/8/19, 5:41 PM - I just purchased one as well and was thinking this one might be '16, '17, but who knows... I bought some last year, which I love, and was thinking it was '15, '16.. Just confusing when trying to load this in Cellar Tracker and tracking the differences in tasting and quality. I was surprised by the price increase in my most recent purchase. Will now have to select bottles in STK based on purchase date..

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2010 Ardal Tradicion Ribera del Duero Reserva Selección Especial Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
10/1/2019 - 3daywinereview.com wrote:
91 points
Day 1: Final bottle. Bought over a case for less than $12. Best purchase in a while. Earth, spice, wood, floral and minerals. Medium plus finish. Drink this wine now. 91 points
Day 3: Lots of oak and dill. Lose of fruit that was present on these six months ago. I would cellar any you have. 88 points
Day 3.5: Tons of air with the last glass and it worked. Still has the wood and subtle dill but the fruits have emerged again. Medium plus finish. Cellar as recommended. 91 points
Recommendation: Cellar and drink after 2022.
  • nowine4u commented:

    10/5/19, 10:23 PM - Just curious why you didn't hold any till after 2022 as you recommend..

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N.V. Paul Avril Le Petit Vin d'Avril Vin de Table Français Red Rhone Blend
11/24/2018 - mpsocal wrote:
flawed
If you like Brett you’ll love this. Unfortunately for me I don’t.
  • nowine4u commented:

    11/25/18, 4:36 PM - Was this only on one bottle or do you have more that are in the same condition?

  • nowine4u commented:

    11/26/18, 5:39 PM - I have drank several and so far no brett in my bottles. Thinking since it might be a bad bottle, wondering if you should rate as flawed instead of rating it with a numerical value? Now if your second bottle is bad as well, then of course rate as you like. Just my opinion..

  • nowine4u commented:

    9/11/19, 6:29 PM - Have you drank your second bottle yet?

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2016 Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas Les Souteyrades Red Rhone Blend
9/2/2019 - Oechsle Likes this wine:
92 points
See prior note: Bottle variation or Time?
Nose still shows clean fresh berry fruit but, now green brambles, alcohol and crushed rock more pronounced. The biggest tell on the palate is as the fruity baby fat is melting away the tannins are much more pronounced. Friction, red fruits, metallic iron, slight sappiness, white pepper spice with green herbals and earthy gravel. Give this 1 hour decant… Na zdrowie
  • nowine4u commented:

    9/2/19, 5:46 PM - Did you happened to also taste the Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas La Louisiane? If so, would like to here your comments on it and also comparing it against the Les Souteyrades.

  • nowine4u commented:

    9/2/19, 8:13 PM - Thank you. Found your post. Again, very helpful. Thank you!

Red
2016 Agricola San Felice Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
8/27/2019 - DianaPaul wrote:
90 points
This Chianti takes a while to open up. I found that at least 2 hours was necessary or else it would taste like its price. I drank half one day and other half on second day and much preferred it on second.
  • nowine4u commented:

    8/27/19, 7:30 PM - This was my experience as well. Much better on day two.

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