Tasting Notes for WG Johns@n

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Red
12/25/2020 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
93 points
My first experience with Levet, and it was fantastically feral (along with the requisite violet, forest and mushroom signatures). I'll defer to others on more tasting notes and focus on decanting. Since these are best consumed with age, I started decanting 48 hours in advance. First decant was overnight (~12 hrs.) Poured back into the bottle and refrigerated. Audouze'd the morning prior to serving, it was big hit with rack of lamb and root vegetables.

Preceded by a 2013 Bertheau Chambolle 1er.
White
12/23/2020 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
94 points
This is definitely not your everyday pedestrian GV. Kosinski's 11/2016 is spot on. I see potential for some modest upside over the next 2-4 years, but it's drinking so well now. I have not had a GV like this before, and I would not hesitate to reload. It's easy for the price tag to give someone some serious pause. I (and my dinner guests) are glad I took a chance on this bottle. Buy with confidence.
Red
12/23/2020 - WG Johns@n wrote:
My bottle was not like some of the recent reviews. It was not bad but seemed to be in a dumb phase. On opening the cork was ~1/3 saturated. A very one dimensional wall of dark fruit was all that it offered with maybe a hint of the signature AV violet and forest floor/tertiary elements. This was given plenty of air, and it never evolved over ~90 minutes. A 2012 consumed over a ~6 month period earlier this year (Coravin'ed) proved to be much more representative of my experience with BW.
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White
12/21/2020 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
94 points
This bottle is in an amazing place. Nothing out of balance but the oak treatment steps back and the lemon oil and mineral profile become more prominent as the bottle warms. The acidity remains strong 2hrs after opening. No decant necessary. The Wente, Hyde, and Mt. Eden clonal selection is apparent in a very very good way. Consumed with truffle risotto and preceded by a 2015 Alzinger Steinertal Grüner. Yet another reminder why Rhys deserves your attention.
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Red
2013 Frank Cornelissen Munjebel VA Terre Siciliane Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
3/16/2020 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
92 points
A great bottle with a suboptimal cork not suitable for use with a Coravin. Etna volcanic ash character with dark berry helps pinpoint the origin. The bottle was very clean and is best consumed at room temp and best with air. There was some carbonic qualities upon opening that wil eventually blow off. I actually left a glass out overnight, returned to bottle, and consumed later that evening with much enjoyment.
White
12/22/2019 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
94 points
This wine deserves a major upgrade. Probably the best QPR I’ve ever had for a white wine. Makes me want to buy a case no questions asked. Great golden hue that is misleading. Massive electric and mineral components with high citrus. In short, this wine has it all. Enamel stripping acidity that will allow for a glacial tasting study. Great job here! Paired well with a citrus salad and homemade Mac n’ cheese.
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Red
12/19/2019 - WG Johns@n wrote:
87 points
Meh. Not worth the discounted price I paid ($27). It would definitely give me pause before diving into more expensive bottlings. Maybe vintage is a larger factor? I see little to no upside in continuing to cellar.
White
8/9/2019 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
94 points
My last '12 PMR and likely the top Ceritas experience for me. This poured clear and looked almost identical to a '09 Dauvissat Forets that was next to it. More prominent acid than the Forets, and the saline/mineral components are turned up to 11.

Well advised to open one now to enjoy what I would consider optimal drinking. Would be interesting to review another 4+ years from now.
Red
7/28/2019 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
90 points
A very well made wine with enough funk to let you know its origin. This trends on the darker side of the Pinot spectrum and a good comparator would be a village Gevrey Chambertin (should you need a reference point). I gave this 10+ hours of air over two days and served with picahña. It was great but was definitely eclipsed by a Girolamo Russo Nerello Mescalese that followed. It definitely pushes the QPR for me.
Red
2016 Girolamo Russo Etna Feudo Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
7/27/2019 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
92 points
My first of a few GR's I pick up at the winery last August. This was a fantastic effort that will promise additional upside with about 3-4 years and likely keep for an additional 5-7. Double decanted starting 24 hours ahead of serving with 5 hours each day. This regimen was definitely a wise move.

Dark berry elements, Etna volcanic ash, smooth tannins and medium + acidity. Paired very well with picahña. Go long on Etna!
White
7/13/2019 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
91 points
It is fine but ready to be consumed. Acid has taken a back seat to the oak treatment. It will not fall off a cliff anytime soon but no more upside. Best to pair with a rich dish.
White
6/23/2019 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
90 points
These need to be consumed within the next 6-12 months. My first bottle 6-ish years ago was excellent. The high acidity that was present then is a mere afterthought in this bottle. There is some nice material and you can tell it is a well made wine. But any hopes for extended aging are called into question with this bottling.
Red
6/16/2019 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
93 points
Revisiting again four years after my last bottle. This is headed in the right direction and is another great reminder of why it is great to support Rhys. Some '09 flabbiness was there in the form of low acidity. The whole cluster is much more integrated this time as tertiary characteristics are becoming prominent. Any improvement will be modest, so now is a good time to open one.
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White
3/12/2019 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
93 points
A damn fine bottle. I gave this little air. Upon opening the wine looked way young for a 22+ year old bottle. The super light gold then got darker for the last few glasses. A mineral bomb with light petrol and flint on the nose with lemon oil. Acidity was high on opening and then settled down. This has the structure to go another 10-15. I do not see much room for improvement in the already great bottling. Paired well with a black cod.
Red
3/10/2019 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
93 points
From 375ml. The day prior to consumption, I decanted for 4 hours. The following morning I decanted for another 5. Smoked/aged meat, olives, a salty brine note on the palette (separate from the olive note). A clear winner with more upside. Would check back in 5 years but see this going for 12-15. Paired well with venison backstrap.
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Red
2/7/2019 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
91 points
It is encouraging to see this bottle turn the corner as recent notes suggest. My bottle is reflective of this trend. Very much in the zone. Excellent light, airy Chambolle red-fruit character with no detectable green notes. It would be nice to revisit in 3-5 years as an experiment, but I do not see further improvement.
Red
10/18/2018 - WG Johns@n wrote:
88 points
Purchased directly from the winery. By its taste, you would think it was 15+ years old. This bottle is likely not a prime example but I see no benefit in aging further. Lots of leather, some minor dark berry elements. Noticeable heat and tannins. Definitely consume with foods such as pasta and strong cheeses.
White
8/21/2018 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
91 points
Consuming this at Vineria Modi in Taormina. Maybe there is slight location bias but this delivers for its price, especially with 45 minutes of air. Probably a top 5 wine in terms of salinity. Yes it is mute with a short finish but a perfect accompaniment to the local white fishes you’ll see on menus here. I’m trying this in advance of ordering any Etna Bianco Superiores.
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Rosé
7/7/2018 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
92 points
Absolutely singing. The fruit is fading but the strawberries and melon rind armoas are very much intact. Glycerine, herbaceous. I only wish I had more. A great accompaniment to shrimp and grits and a very satisfying brunch at Husk in Nashville.
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Red
12/1/2017 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
92 points
Patience (and a Coravin) is a virtue with this bottling. I read the below notes with some concern and decided to take the plunge on my lone bottle (and first of 4 bottles of Rhys I purchased in the fall of 2011). I poured my first glass about 5 weeks ago. Gave it about an hour of air and it remained one dimensional. Tasted like an uninspiring $15-20 CdR. The same for glass 2 which followed about week later.

Then lo' an behold, I open the remainder for a group tasting two nights ago and the bottle was singing with a great N. Rhone signature of savory goodness. The olives and meat were all there with more to come. Give this 2-3 more years before your next bottle.
Red
8/19/2017 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
91 points
This bottle offers great QPR and has actually added some decent weight for a vintage characterized as light. It offered a great cross of spice, rhubarb and enough funk to let you know its from Oregon. Absolutely no rush to drink but it is in a great drinking window. I could see this going 4-5 years with no degradation.
White
12/29/2016 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
92 points
This bottle really speaks to some of the signature Alpine terroir although acidity is less than successive vintages. Lemon, pear, and a leesy nose get support from a nice albeit subtle mineral frame. It is very reminiscent of what I have found in Ceritas' PMR. This is good to go but in no danger of declining. The 2020 drinking window seems appropriate.
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Red
12/26/2016 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
90 points
I had higher expectations for this bottling given the year and vineyard. Definitely not what I would call good QPR. There was a noticeable amount of heat on night one. Refrigerated for two days and revisiting half the bottle tonight. Nice red fruits as other have mentioned with some mushroom scents peaking out. No rush to drink but I don't see this improving. I'll stick with LSJ and CSJ.
White
12/23/2016 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
91 points
After some concerns of premox surfacing on the Vaudesir, I thought I'd check in on the Forêt and see if there were any problems. Nope. Plenty of electric seawater that reaffirms my love of cru Chablis. The iodine and seaspray is all here. And the citrus orchard is unfolding as I let it stand for a half hour. I would say there is a slightly more golden hue but is barely noticeable. Would love to check back in 2ish years from now. Go long on the 2014s?
Red
12/22/2016 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
90 points
Super example for a basic AOC quaffer. Sorry to see the flawed examples listed below. The bricking was modest. Musty nose with tertiary elements front and center. Left half of the bottle in the fridge and finished on day 2. No evidence this was heading downhill but no reason to hold more than 2-3 years assuming proper storage.
Red
8/19/2016 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
91 points
If you have patience (and a Coravin), I would recommend trying the bottle over at least 1-1.5 months. My initial 2 glasses were much more fruit forward than my first bottle consumed 3 years ago. With glass 3 tonight, things are much more in line with textbook AV aromatics starting to show (forest floor, mushroom) and dark fruit. Don't be discouraged by some of the previous notes. This is a great wine but more time is warranted.
White
6/25/2015 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
91 points
Considering it comes from Belle Pente, this is a solid alternative to their PNs when the food dictates. The petrol nose is overpowering in a good way with ample flavors of peach and beeswax. This is complemented with a great acidic backbone that I would feel comfortable in saying check back in 2-3 years if not more.
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Red
4/26/2015 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
91 points
For a vintage often characterized as off, this was a great showing. A 4+ hour decant helped, as some initial bretty, animale notes blew off during the course of consumption. Dark soil and iron tones were front and center. Tannins at first were somewhat shrill but faded. The last 2 glasses were spectacular.

Absolutely no rush to consume, as I could see this hitting a plateau in 3'ish years.
White
4/25/2015 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
93 points
For a fat, rich vintage, this bottle had some serious tension. Acidity was not enamel stripping but very pleasant. Like a gargle of pure seawater with excellent citrus and tidepool backing. Revisit in 5 years but has the energy to go MUCH further.

Paired well with a mandarin, avocado salad.
White
4/20/2015 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
92 points
A very impressive bottle that has evolved well in the past year. It was a great complement to a 2010 Bilaud Simon MdT I had beforehand.

This bottle has minerality, saline, and tart citrus flavors in spades. The oak regimen is barely noticeable, and the acidity is in check. For my decanting regimen, I decanted the entire bottle the day before for appox. 3 hours. I returned to bottle and then decanted again the next day for 2 hours. This method worked well and the wine showed no flabbiness and the color was little changed.

Based on this, I will let my last bottle sit for 3 years. I only wish I bought more. For me, this is right up there with Heintz and PB.
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Red
4/17/2015 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
92 points
My first bottle of the '09 Horseshoe, and it was a beauty that promises to continue to improve. The whole cluster complements the asian spice, tea and cherry components. Medium plus acidity made this an excellent accompaniment with brined chicken and braised short ribs.

I will check back in 2018-2020 for bottle 2.
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White
4/17/2015 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
92 points
I was very impressed with this offering and would consider this to be a AFWE reference standard for Chard coming out of the WV. I decanted this for 4 hours and returned to bottle and poured 1 night later. Acidity was generous and seemed to quiet down at the time of consumption.

A nice, muted nose of honeysuckle, mild apricots, and citrus pith. I think the only thing missing was an extended finish. Paired extremely well with ricotta and honey. Great job Marcus!
Red
4/12/2015 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
92 points
I opened this bottle and gave it 4 hour decant. In retrospect, that was too little time. The wine provided a nice window into what I suspect will be better in 3-5 years' time. Tart cranberry, orange rind and cherry notes with ample, non-piercing acidity. The tannins were crunchy and went along well. The nose is of the delicate, floral, feminine variety.

If opening now, I would double decant and return to bottle for at least 1 day and perhaps 2-3. My first Ceritas Pinot.
White
4/6/2015 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
93 points
Not much else can be added to the chorus already surrounding this wine. I can't wait to check back in on bottle 2 in 3'ish years. Lemon oil, salinity, and citrus components were supported by medium high acidity.

I decanted half the bottle, poured a few small glasses and let them sit for about 1 hour. I would recommend some decanting regimen for enhanced enjoyment. The oak treatment on this one is a thing of beauty. It is an additive element that plays along well. Bravo team Rhys!
White
10/22/2014 - WG Johns@n Likes this wine:
92 points
1.5 glasses from Coravin. After having the PMR a few weeks ago, consuming this bottle was a good reminder why I continue to be a Ceritas fan.

Excellent citrus and saline components supported by ample acidity that should make this a nice candidate for medium-term cellaring. The finish was spectacular and could accompany an array of seafood and pasta dishes.

I think the only thing that was slightly distracting at this stage was the oak component that added a slight sweetness. It was not off putting but it was noticeable. I look forward to checking back in on the bottle in a few week´s time as well as the next bottle in 12 months, as I could see this going 2+ points higher once the oak integrates further.
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White
10/12/2014 - WG Johns@n wrote:
90 points
I tried the '11 version at the 2013 pickup party at the winery and felt compelled to pick up 3 bottles of the '12 at release after some positive comments on WB. It is a well made wine with great chalky minerality. I guess this could be something along the lines of a Meursault, but that's where the excitement ends. I found the acidity to be lacking, perhaps due to the riper characteristics of the vintage and very noticeable oak influence. The Pinnacle, a site close by, has for me more of the textbook acidity that Ceritas is known for delivering.

Going forward, I will stick with the P-B, Heintz and Pinnacle.
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Red
7/19/2014 - WG Johns@n wrote:
flawed
Russian roulette was unkind to me today with this bottle. Brett was overpowering. I kept the bottle uncorked thinking that it would blow off. Not the case today.
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