Tasting Notes for Brad L

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Red
2/24/2018 - Brad L wrote:
Classic Chante Cigale, reflective of the vintage. Exotic (not spoofed), Persian, makes me think of Oriental rugs and HH Richardson. Nicely secondary, just a bit young for me, probably perfect in a couple years.
Red
2/24/2018 - Brad L wrote:
Madeirized. Cork seemed fine. Hmmm....
Rosé
7/12/2013 - Brad L wrote:
Snooze. But they spent good money on that label!
Red
7/12/2013 - Brad L wrote:
Not much spark or interest.
White
7/12/2013 - Brad L wrote:
Enjoyed this at Revel. Imbalance and lacking in acid, but still had a nice presence. Classic Gewurtz profile, with cantaloupe, earth, minerals, peach, and lychee.
White
6/23/2013 - Brad L wrote:
This is really well made and reminds me of a village Puligny. However, this was a bit too ripe for me, reminded almost of an 03 Burg. Don't know what 11 was like in Sonoma; if other years were less ripe this could be an amazing value. Even at this ripeness it is a great value - this would be delicious with Korean or Thai food. Great winemaking.
Red
6/23/2013 - Brad L wrote:
A bit underwhelming, not quite up to the 98 Pavelot Dominode of the previous eve. But not bad.
Red
6/23/2013 - Brad L wrote:
Pretty stern at opening and then opened up into a textbook classic vintage SlB. Balanced and complete.
Red
6/23/2013 - Brad L wrote:
Very enjoyable, gently meaty, with clove, cinnamon, and plum. Really nearly tertiary.
Red
6/20/2013 - Brad L wrote:
Tonight's the night. So delicious now. Identifiably 06, with a nice haze of meatiness over the fruit. Find and drink.
White
6/20/2013 - Brad L wrote:
A point, a little chickeny, lemony, meaty. A fair amount of presence. Seems acidulated, perhaps just a touch unbalanced, but overall very good now.
Rosé
2012 Lioco Indica Rosé Mendocino County Carignane, Carignan (view label images)
6/20/2013 - Brad L wrote:
A good Tavel kills this.
Red
6/20/2013 - Brad L wrote:
Some reviewers might call this "stylish", I call it modern and "snooze". A little oaky on first day, not second.
Rosé
2012 Triennes Rosé Mediterranée Rosé Blend (view label images)
6/20/2013 - Brad L wrote:
Good solid Provencal rose.
Red
6/20/2013 - Brad L wrote:
Finally, a Beaucastel product that is not heat damaged or flawed by brett or VA.

This is great! Sort of exactly what I would expect, a junior Beaucastel. A nod toward Bandol with the Mourvedre, I can taste the Syrah, perfect age.
White
2/17/2013 - Brad L wrote:
This is such a great wine year in, year out.

This year a bit more lean. Also a touch of a naturelle style.
Red
2/17/2013 - Brad L wrote:
flawed
Corked with a nomacork! Beware!

It was ok, not complex, diffusedly sweet. I won't blame on the wine given the cork.
Red
2/17/2013 - Brad L wrote:
A bit muddy and diffuse, but stood up great to a very garlicky Italian pasta dinner.
Red
2/17/2013 - Brad L wrote:
flawed
Good, went fast. Changed a lot while open. Not too early to drink. This was a PC purchase and cellared since release, but the cork was dry and broke in half while being removed so even though this was an enjoyable I don't think it was representative.
Red
2/17/2013 - Brad L wrote:
This is great right now. Early tertiaries, all the right elements. Savory. This is the first bottle of Bernardine that I loved.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2/17/2013 - Brad L wrote:
Nice, fairly advanced, great all rounder - with chocolate after dinnera couple nights ago...even drank a glass late last night with spicy pizza.
Red
10/17/2012 - Brad L wrote:
A little plummy on opening but this turned nice. No big deal but enjoyable. Grey market PC.
Red
10/17/2012 - Brad L wrote:
SO2 not absorbed. But this will be good.
White - Sweet/Dessert
8/25/2012 - Brad L wrote:
I love Tour Blanche - this had perhaps just too much oak. For now. I would hold quite a while and I think the oak will integrate...try in a decade or so.

Note revised...week after opening oak integrated.
Red
8/25/2012 - Brad L wrote:
Lots of quality here but the oak unfortunately too enthusiastically overpowers. I think this would have been delightful and somewhat moving without the oak - unfortunate.
Red
8/25/2012 - Brad L wrote:
Delicious. Fairly simple. Great now. Tertiary. Beef.
Red
8/4/2012 - Brad L wrote:
Brawny, into tertiaries, pleasurable, simple. Think burgers, fall, and football. Perfect for that.
Red
8/4/2012 - Brad L wrote:
Killed by oak. Too lean to handle, even a little. Formerly closed, now just not great.
Red
7/18/2012 - Brad L wrote:
Mme L just came up from the cellar with a 95 Dubouef MaV flower label. She said, "This is in my box, can I open it?" Of course we can.

A glimmer of MaV iron and manganese, and then shortly starts to turn, though not badly. More generic meaty wine-ish wine.
Red
7/18/2012 - Brad L wrote:
I'm surprised - this is flush with brett. I have a half case of this, and normally I'd just move on bretty wines. But somehow, this is just fine. It is noteworthy that this doesn't deteriorate with air, so somehow the wine seems to fold in the brett just fine. I think Grenache deals with brett better than other grapes, and this wine validates that.

I'll probably hang onto this, but I see no reason to age this more.

PC purchase.
Red
7/18/2012 - Brad L wrote:
Though the rule of fifteen says that 1996 and 1997 are very good North Rhones to be focusing on right now (and indeed a recent wonderful 1996 Jaboulet St. J Pompee most certainly supports the rule), I have doing a cellar cull (forced by our impending move) of many bottles. Somewhere I found a half case of this cheap, and it's been sitting buried in a box for many years.

In beautiful VLM approved secondaries, this is lovely. An elegant Hermitage, light on its feet, pine, green olives, red fruits. Not immediately oaky, though it emerges with air - and lo and behold, it doesn't bother me much. I don't want to overhype this - it is not top flight Hermitage - but it is a really lovely wine. Good now, or for a while.
Red
7/18/2012 - Brad L wrote:
This is my second bottle of this in a couple of years, and while the last bottle hadn't quite opened, this had. What a complete wine. An early pulse of sour cherries, followed by rich sweet complex earth. Great poise and balance.
Red
7/12/2012 - Brad L wrote:
This was a lot better than the Pallieres and an interesting study in contrast. Firmly secondary, nicely framed, clean, no spoof in any way. No surprises. Seemed concrete raised. I liked it and think it will be nice when it moves into a tertiary phase. Kind of a nice predictable cheerleader kind of Gigondas.
Red
7/7/2012 - Brad L wrote:
This finally came around and is very pleasant. Definitely one dimensional, but just went into tertiaries and is soothing. This would be nice with sausage or some sort of slow roast/braise thing.
Red
7/7/2012 - Brad L wrote:
Originally corked with plastique, recorked by me with natural cork using a Ferrari Mod. 143 floor corker upon release.

Subtle, with a bit of bottle funk. A mini Cote du Py, with a gentle meatiness, white chocolate and earth. Nice balance and a nice bottle overall.
Red
1/23/2012 - Brad L wrote:
Fairly soaked cork, seems not the best bottle.

On its last legs, barely hanging on, but making a good show of it. Some acidic vitality and length, some fruit, meat, and merde, especially for the first hour or so. I am reminded of M. de Montille in Mondovino saying "longueur"...there is some of that here...barely.

Prior bottle more over the hill.
Red
1972 Château La Tour Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/19/2011 - Brad L wrote:
From a half. Slow oxygenated.

I had very low expectations, and taking a whiff at opening and throughout day just seemed to confirm this was dead.

It wasn't. It wasn't great, but it was pleasurable, and even had some identifiable Haut Brion character. The breeding was there. On nose, orange rind, smoke, subtle leather. Cigar ash emerged in mouth over time, along with a nice, balanced acidity. Sweet sediment. It took a couple of hours for the telltale burnt rubber to emerge and give a sign that the game was up.

I note that even though Broadbent considered 72 to be "cataclysmic", this was apparently the best wine of the vintage for him.

This made me a believer in slow oxygenation, too.
White
11/6/2011 - Brad L wrote:
Still had some fresh energy, with some honey, strong acid. This would have stood up to steak. Definitely past its prime but not oxidizing. Good cork.
Red
11/6/2011 - Brad L wrote:
Quite structured and deep. Black fruit wrapping a plummy finish. A more intellectual CNP, this did not totally appeal to me, but I also thought this was simply not yet ready. I would tend to hold this at least five more years.
Red
11/6/2011 - Brad L wrote:
Somewhat bretty, so flawed. Used plastic wrap to strip out the brett. The underlying wine was nice, subtle, but I suspect not all it could be.
White
11/6/2011 - Brad L wrote:
Lovely and complete 1er Chablis - more on the lime/lemon/mineral end, no animal or stock elements in this. Beautiful thrusty acids. Drinking quite well now but I would have no concerns cellaring for 5-10 more years.

Brocards seem to have had a larger than typical problem with premox but this was great.
White
8/13/2011 - Brad L wrote:
Every bottle in this case a delight. Starting to evolve a tad and take on some weight. A star Pepiere cuvee normale.
White
8/13/2011 - Brad L wrote:
Nice focused Chaintre. Minerally and precise. Decent interest.
Red
10/23/2010 - Brad L wrote:
Ridiculously delicious, makes me want to break out my leatherwork and burnish some skived edges with beeswax. Or perhaps carve some figures out of oak. Or roast some boar.

Woodsmoke, long aged meat, leather, a roll under the Doug Fir. No drying, just right in that sweet spot of sweet and savory. Fall's embrace.

The 96s have arrived, folk!

Not to detract from the above, but does dry some with air. I suspect a bit more time will be good.
Red
10/23/2010 - Brad L wrote:
Very good, but not in the top echelon. Brun's is a step up.

Style reminds me of Chanrion.
White
10/23/2010 - Brad L wrote:
I would have guessed Huet or Chidaine - more top class Vouvray than Savennieres. Delicious, complex, elegant, from a lighter year, very enjoyable. Drinking great right now.
White
9/10/2010 - Brad L wrote:
Ridiculously delicious and regal, moving wine, drunk at Lake Chiwaukum.
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