Tasting Notes for pifcho

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Red
10/18/2019 - pifcho Likes this wine:
93 points
Fantastic bottle, which at the age of 20 is drinking perfectly. Vivid, rich Burgundy, reflecting the vintage, yet perfectly balanced and nuanced.
White
2016 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc Columbia Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
11/23/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent. One of the better domestic whites I have had in a long time. Rich, but perfectly balanced with excellent roundness on the palate.
Red
11/23/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
89 points
I really enjoyed it. Lighter style CA pinot with good balance.
Red
11/23/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
91 points
This is tasty and balanced with a lot of character.
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White - Off-dry
5/7/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
93 points
Brilliant again - two years after my last bottle it seems to me as the sweetness has taken a step back and the wine is becoming more secondary. Beautifully put together. Wish I had more
White
5/3/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
89 points
Went through two half bottles of this - perfectly fine and typical Meursault, but lacked oomph for me.
Red
5/3/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
93 points
Delicious and drinking really well at the moment. While it has the signature concentrated fruit of the vintage, it delivers it in an elegant and balanced package. Some noticeable oak when it was first open, but that integrated well quickly. Excellent length and persistent finish. While probably better in 10 years, it is totally delicious today.
Red
5/3/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
91 points
A herbal, umami version of pinot that I really liked - almost no fruit, but this is pure and elegant! I like it and really excellent value at this price point. (My wife didn't like it as much as I did, so you have to like the profile)
Red
3/26/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
92 points
Second really good bottle of this. See my previous note
Red
3/19/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice rustic character and certainly pleasant to drink, but it did not blow me away. Maybe my expectations were too high. Solid, but not showing the best that Cornas can offer tonight.
Red
3/13/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
92 points
Delicious - drinking really well. Lively and elegant with good complexity.
Red
3/5/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
89 points
I continue to enjoy this - not the most complex of wines, but for the price paid it offers really good value.
Red
3/5/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
92 points
It often amazes me how much of a difference and extra year of aging a wine makes and in this case, this bottle was much better than what my last note indicated. Very aromatic and open - a balanced palate showing precise fruit and quality that you would expect from a good 1er cru. Enjoy
Red
1996 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/5/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
92 points
Wineappreciator described it really well. I very much enjoyed it and it fully satisfied the Bordeaux craving. Drinking really well out of the bottle - opened 30 min before serving.
White
2013 Campesino Alina La Prenda Sonoma Valley White Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/13/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
91 points
Very impressed - this has excellent balance and restraint that is sometimes hard to find in the Rhone valley with these varietals. Would seek again!
Red
2/13/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
90 points
Thought it was drinking better than my last bottle - quite open on pop and pour, showing elegance that is quite impressive for the modest appellation. Solid buy!
White - Off-dry
2/13/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent mature riesling. The sweetness is gone, quite secondary with excellent minerality
Red
2/13/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
90 points
Definitely on the upper end of my oak tolerance level, but this is well made and the oak integrates well with air. Good balance and vosne spice on a rich dark palate.
Red
1/26/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
93 points
Much better than I remember - blind I would have thought 1er cru Burgundy without a doubt. Really nails the elegance and purity of a top notch pinot. Excellent length - drinking really well right now.
Red
1/22/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
90 points
This bottle felt a little more tired than my last one in 2015, but still a really solid and enjoyable wine.
Red
1/22/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking really well. Not much different from my last note. I wish I had more.
Red
1/9/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
91 points
Wow - this has really opened compared to a bottle a year ago and was drinking great. Focused, elegant burgundy with good depth and attractive cherry fruit. Reminded why I really liked the 2008s upon release.
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Red
1/9/2018 - pifcho Likes this wine:
90 points
Always good to get two consistent bottles of a 25 year old wine. Really nice villages.
Red
12/31/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
90 points
Delightful Nebbiolo which drinks really well right now. Great midweek drinker that has a serious edge to it
Red - Sparkling
12/27/2017 - pifcho Does not like this wine:
78 points
Like a juice concentrate. Best with some ice in the glass.
Red
12/27/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
93 points
I liked it a lot just like the bottle from a year ago. Everything that one looks for in a mature burg. Excellent bottle
Red
12/12/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
93 points
Opened this earlier than I had planned, but no regrets as this wine delivered a lot of pleasure tonight. Still on the young side, but with an hour or so of air opens up. Very clean and fruit driven profile - lacks a bit of the Rhone funk that I love, but that's pretty much its only flaw. Great balance and length. Would appeal to old and new world palates alike. Should drink great for the next 10-15 years.
Red
12/6/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
90 points
Solid example of a Cali Syrah, that appeals to an old world palate. This is rich and there is a fair amount of alcohol, but it is well balanced and not over the top, delivering a tasty appealing palate.
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White - Sparkling
12/6/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
91 points
Delicious again. Wish I had more
White - Off-dry
11/27/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
88 points
Not as thrilled this time around - maybe I caught it in a funky face, but the fruit was a little four squared with way too much obvious petrol flavors. Not bad and should benefit from more time in bottle, although curious how the screwcap will affect the aging of the wine.
White
11/27/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
92 points
I liked this bottle better than the last. More concentrated with better intensity and length, it matched really well with the scallops.
Red
11/27/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
87 points
This has held up quite well for a 20+ year bourgogne, but I am guessing it has had better days. There is hint of what a fully mature Burgundy can deliver, but this lacks the concentration to deliver anything more. Pleasant food wine and nice intellectual experience, but not much more.
White
11/22/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
91 points
Drinking really well. Elegant and mineral, this definitely exceeds its modest designation.
White - Off-dry
11/21/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
93 points
Superb. Dense, yet elegant. Showing a lot of silky white fruit. Excellent balance and length. Drinking really well right out of the bottle. will last for a long time. Enjoy!
White - Off-dry
11/21/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
89 points
Similar to my last note - really solid for the money.
Red
11/3/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
92 points
Really drank well last night - quite rich but nicely balanced - it was a crowd favorite!
Red
10/30/2017 - pifcho wrote:
92 points
Similar to my last note. Quite mature with lots of secondary development - probably not one for the very long run, but very enjoyable tonight.
Red
10/30/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
92 points
Not much to add to my last note - mature and drinking well. Wish I had more.
Red
10/17/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
92 points
I don't have a lot to add to the last note - this is drinking really well at the tender age of 12 - no rough edges - good intensity and balance. Really nice.
White - Sparkling
10/13/2017 - pifcho wrote:
92 points
Excellent champagne and one of the better non-doses I have tried. Excellent balance and purity here. No screechy acidity - a delight. Would buy again
Red
10/11/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent 1er cru in a so-so vintage. Drinking well today, showing good combination of elegance and tension. Some spiciness to the dark cherry fruit. Nice length. A no-brainer for $35.
Red
10/11/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
88 points
Solid Bourgogne. Good balance, dark fruit. Nothing special, but worth the $15 I paid for it.
White - Off-dry
9/26/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
92 points
really, really tasty. Disappeared so fast. Have fun if you have one!
White - Sparkling
9/20/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
91 points
Very tasty and easy drinking champagne. Good balance and length.
Red
9/15/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
89 points
Pretty serious wine for its designation - somewhat tight on the first night, better on the second. Good structure and purple fruit that has nice umami notes to it. Solid for the price - good potential to develop futher. 89+
Red
9/12/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
95 points
Fantastic today with the potential to be really great down the line. Open for business on the first night, but significantly better on the second night when more dark fruit came forward. On the first night though, it was mesmerizing to experience all the savory, meaty and earthy flavors that dominated the palate. To say this was very NSG is understatement. There is a lot of elegant compactness on the palate with very refined tannins on the finish. This would put a lot of grand crus to shame. I will try to hold on to my other bottle for 5+ years.
Red
9/11/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
89 points
I found the fruit this time around to be quite intense - impressive for the age of the wine, but I thought the wine could have used a touch more balance and elegance. Not bad, but I think this might have peaked a few years ago.
White - Sparkling
9/11/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
87 points
Decent for the price, but not my favorite under $30 champagne out there. Thought it had one rough edge too many without offering a lot of interest.
White - Off-dry
8/31/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
91 points
Utterly delicious on the first night (see my earlier note). Not as expressive on the second night.
Red
8/28/2017 - pifcho Likes this wine:
90 points
See my last note - really good stuff for the price.
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