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White
2007 Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling Großes Gewächs Nahe
3/8/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
93 points
I don't have a lot of experience with aged GG, so this surprised me for sure - was expecting something thick and rich in line with some the aged Austrians that I've had, but it is elegance and precision that make this wine shine. Light to medium bodied, mineral with excellent energy and length, which in many ways reminds me of a fine champagne.
  • pifcho commented:

    4/1/17, 3:31 PM - Cheers!

Red
1998 Gabriel Meffre Cornas Laurus Syrah
12/18/2015 - pifcho Likes this wine:
92 points
A very fine mature Cornas. Starts wildly animalistic out of the bottle, but with air more fruit comes forward and the leather and bacon moves to the background. Crimson purple color (very cloudy with a fair amount of sediment). Nose of black olives and leather. The palate is fresh and long with pomegranate and plum fruits, accompanied by bacon and leather notes. This is in great shape and should easily go another decade.
  • pifcho commented:

    12/19/15, 5:16 AM - Yes. Wish I bought a lot more than two bottles at that price point.

Red
2011 Domaine des Billards Saint-Amour Gamay
12/8/2015 - Seth Rosenberg wrote:
92 points
PnP. Sweet and creamy nose - good red fruit that's almost candied: cherries, raspberry, blackberry, dark cherry and some marzipan. This seems darker and more brooding than the 13, with some earth, game or game bird and crunchy herbs. The palate strikes me as somewhat disjointed. It might be partially closed down. I thought it was showing some heat because there's a burn, but I think it is just disjointed acid and structure. Tart cherry, raspberry, meat and game, stones. Maybe there is a touch of heat at the end and in the finish. Rough and tart cherry and mineral finish. I liked the 13 significantly better. Maybe Gilman is right and this will blossom with time. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 4+?/6, Finish - 3.5+?/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 13.5+?/20.

Update: Day 2. OK, this has resolved a lot and is just lovely. The nose is similar but more integrated and thus shows more perfume: red and dark red fruits: cherry, black cherry, pomegranate, cranberry. Then stones and minerals, game bird and meatiness, and some crunchy green herbals - almost chewy. The palate is much better than yesterday: enters with tart cherry, pomegranate and cranberry. This is very lively and crunchy on the midpalate with the red fruits, stones, spices and the crunchy herbals. There are a bit of soft and fine tannins, along with serious acidity. The finish still has some oomph - tart red fruits, stones, and a real lively crunch and acidic tang. Tangy, this wine is very tangy. This is darker toned and more acidic than the 2013: the 2013 is more forward and showy right now, but this might be better in the long run. Nose - 5-5.5/6, Palate - 5+/6, Finish - 4.5-5+/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1-1.5/2 = 15.5-17+/20 (with 17-17.5/20 potential.)
  • pifcho commented:

    12/9/15, 8:46 AM - Sorry, you weren't a fan - this sounds quite different than my bottle from last week... I thought mine drank better on the 2nd night, so maybe needs more air?

  • pifcho commented:

    12/9/15, 7:09 PM - Glad to hear it turned out well. Cheers!

Red
2005 Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er Cru Teurons Pinot Noir
11/19/2015 - pifcho Likes this wine:
92 points
As others have noted, this is in a really good place right now. Surprisingly secondary showing a lot of savory notes - olives, bacon to go with the dark cherry fruit. Bottle disappeared really quickly - will try to spend more time with my next bottle.
  • pifcho commented:

    11/29/15, 7:56 PM - Bright - we only opened it 30 min in advance and was good right off the bat, but if I had time I would probably decant it for a couple of hours.

Red
2010 Pierre Boisson Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru Pinot Noir
5/29/2014 - pifcho Likes this wine:
90 points
A little more rustic and herbal than last time, but nonetheless very tasty. Seems like it is starting to shut down, so probably a good idea to drink soon or let it sit for 5 years.
  • pifcho commented:

    8/11/15, 7:50 AM - I only had two bottles and have not tried this since... My guess is that given their structure, 2010s should be best left to rest for the next 5 years +

Red
1996 Louis Jadot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Porrets Pinot Noir
5/19/2015 - pifcho Likes this wine:
92 points
Given that Jadot purchased the ready wine and only bottled it, I wasn't sure what to expect but this is up to Jadot's typical high quality. Surprisingly elegant and quite ready for the vintage, this appears to have just entered prime drinking. Distinct stony minerality throughout. Gains more chewiness and sturdiness with air to become more typically NSG, but retains its elegance and balance. Red fruited with (teriyaki?) beef jerky notes. Nice medium+ finish. 91-92+
  • pifcho commented:

    5/20/15, 7:14 AM - At the bottle I believe it only said Eleve et mis en bouteilles par Louis Jadot (I don't have the bottle in front of me). On bottles where they purchase the grapes it would also say Vinifie and if they grew the grapes it would also say Recolte... That's what I am being told and here it makes sense since they only made a few vintages of this wine...

Red
2003 Colgin IX Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
4/3/2014 - pifcho Likes this wine:
93 points
Even though the wine was decanted for 4 hours beforehand, I did find it somewhat closed at first and it was slow to open up. Very little on the nose. Very restrained and balanced palate relative to the 2005 Shafer Hillside Select next to it. Black fruits and strong eucalyptus notes on the palate. Stylistically, I did enjoy this better than the Shafer, although the Shafer did have more of a wow factor in the end. I think that this is at least 5-10 years away from prime drinking and has very good upside. 92-95
  • pifcho commented:

    11/26/14, 6:39 PM - It is enjoyable today but needs a lot of air to open up based on my experience. Everyone at the table agreed that 5 more years would benefit it. Enjoy your bottles as it is an excellent effort. Cheers!

White - Off-dry
2012 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese * Mosel Saar Ruwer
7/12/2014 - pifcho Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking much better than my first bottle 6 months ago. Seems to have found its focus. Super concentrated yet full of tension and precision. White cherries, peaches and golden delicious apples galore on the palate. Very tasty stuff.
  • pifcho commented:

    7/14/14, 6:26 AM - Thanks, Seth. The 2012s seem to drinking very well right now. I need to buy more.

Red
2008 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
12/25/2013 - pifcho Likes this wine:
92 points
I really need to stick with "off vintage" CDP. This is Burgundian in texture yet with all the rich Grenache fruit, herbal and earthy profile. Super fresh and tasty. No alcohol sticking out, no overextraction - love it. Very developed and complex nose. Glad I have more.
  • pifcho commented:

    12/26/13, 6:52 AM - It drinks pretty well right now with an hour or so of air. There is good structure here and the fruit is still youthful, so I would guess that this should be good for at least the remainder of this decade.

Red
2010 François Gaunoux Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands Épenots Pinot Noir
Well, I thought I'd pop one from my 3 pack hoping to get some early drinking pleasure - nope! This is tough as nails at this point and honestly given the structure that's in place here forgetting it for 10 years is probably the best course of action. After leaving the bottle on the counter for more than 36 hours, it did finally soften into something nice on day 3 - black cherry, dates and licorice on a pretty spicy palate. Very good material with nice potential for those who are patient. (90-93, drink 2022+?)
  • pifcho commented:

    12/26/13, 6:47 AM - You are welcome, Dan.

Red
2007 Icardi Langhe Pinot Nero Nej Langhe DOC
4/12/2013 - pifcho Likes this wine:
91 points
If you are expecting a Pinot, you will likely be disappointed, but if you are in the mood for piedmontese - you will get what you expect. As others have mentioned - tough to identify this as Pinot, but I think this is showing its "terroir". Forest floor and subtle berries on the nose. Dark cassis fruit, menthol and violets on the palate. Bright fresh acidity, slightly drying tannins - good grip on a nice long finish. Very nice under $30 - prefer it to most Nebbiolo Piedmonts in this price range. Probably better in a couple of years.
  • pifcho commented:

    4/15/13, 5:51 AM - This was really nice on the 2nd night - very smooth and polished.

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