Tasting Notes for millej

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Red
Very savory, some leather and black raspberry, long finish. altogether satisfying,

Buy again? Maybe
Red
Bright red berries with underlying notes of rare meat. Haunting mid-length finish. On day two the acidity takes over and it becomes a bit sour.

Very good wine.

Buy again? Yes
White - Sparkling
2018 Il Fortunato Italy Prosecco, Glera
3/30/2020 - millej wrote:
First from the half case of inexpensive wines I got from CSW to see me through SIP. I opened it for an Om-Nomi with college friends. I was looking for a prosecco to try my Aperol Spritz making skills and this description on their website looked promising:

This is a rare item: Clean, crisp dry Prosecco, made from organic fruit, indigenous yeasts, very low SO2. This is a wine that will please everyone – your inner wine geek, and your (here please fill in the blank for your friend or relative who pays no attention to the details but will guzzle it down and ask for more). An amazing value! Jamie Wolff

Poured out a glass and ... this is really good. Bright, lively, some depth and complexity. Was this really only $14? I build a Spritz, quickly decided it was much better on its own and drank it straight for the rest of the Zoom call. Buy again? Definitely.
Red
1995 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
This was consumed before and during the Zoom call with Marc Hochar on Wine Berserkers with notes taken in real time:

Just decanted my last bottle of 1995 Musar in preparation for tonight's call. Nose is soft with hints of cherry. Palate is light with good acidity. Some dark plummy fruit coming in on the finish.

My previous bottle of the 1995 was more in the lifted, bretty all over the place wonderfulness that Musar can do. This is a more elegant, refined wine. If I were tasting it blind I'd probably guess Burgundy. Beautiful but not what I was expecting.

Will follow over the course of the next few hours with dinner and then with the Zoom conference and report in here.

With air and some broiled lamb chops a gorgeous earthy, loamy note is emerging.

Over the course of the Zoom conference a spicy note emerged and just now about 2 hours after decanting the nose suddenly exploded. Wow! More of a strawberry note on the palate now. Much greater depth and persistence now. Having it with a bit of Comte during the call.
Red
Beautifully pure and harmonious with wonderful fruit tending towards cranberry. Hesitate to say it but this reminds me of Clos Roche Blanche, albeit at a higher price point.

Did not hold up well on day 3.
White - Off-dry
Currently a bit sweet, simple and syrupy. Hold.
Red
Decanted for about 2 hours and consumed over the course of another 2. My first 1994 in about a decade and if others are this good I'll have to try and pay more attention to the vintage. Beautiful, young, classic Bordeaux just entering prime drinking window (though I suppose it might have been there for a while for all I know). Pure vibrant fruit and the stirrings of complexity. Excellent match with lamb chops.
White - Sparkling
Three months ago a bottle was tight and shut down. Yesterday a second bottle from the same purchase is open for business. Puzzling, but I'm not complaining.

Quite reminiscent of a recent 2006 it shows yellow fruit, nice depth and complexity and the promise of future development.
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White - Sparkling
2004 Pol Roger Winston Churchill was tight, tight, tight. After two hours open it displayed an impressive degree of chalkiness, minerality and acidity but IMO needs at least 5 years to start loosening up. A recent 2006 was much more enjoyable though I'll probably prefer this in the long term.
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White - Off-dry
6/17/2019 - millej wrote:
Beautiful nose, palate tends towards peach verging on tropical. Great balance. I always worry a bit before opening a 2003 but Prum and Schaefer have yet to disappoint.
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White
2/21/2019 - millej wrote:
quite wonderful. I was a little concerned after a shut down 2012 a week earlier but this was singing. No rush but nothing wrong with drinking now. Shows the ripeness of the vintage but with minerality laced through the fruit.
White
2/21/2019 - millej wrote:
Pretty shut down at the moment. Give it time in the cellar.
Red
Soft but generous fruit. Not as tannic or showing as much acid as the Picasses I've had but I don't know how much of that is the vineyard and how much is the vintage. Quite lovely, exhibiting a calm, friendly charm. Quietly joyful.
Red
2010 Château L'Evangile Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/6/2018 - millej wrote:
An overripe lactic mess. Tasted at the Heritage Blind Wine tasting I guessed barbera. Many people guessed SQN. DNPIM bad unless you like that style.
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White - Sparkling
A bone dry wine of tremendous minerality and character. I loved it, Arnold thought it could use some dosage.
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White
3/8/2018 - millej wrote:
Pinon's "Le 2016" has a faint lovely nose with hints of dried quince. This lacks the immediately loveliness of "Le 2013" (the last year he produced a single bottling due to low yields) but is remarkably comforting, a bit like snuggling under a warm down quilt on a cold winter's night. A wine of character and a further testimony, as if any were needed, to Francois' talent and dedication.
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Red
I didn't have high hopes as my previous (second to last) bottle of this was thin and not showing much of interest. However this one more than made up for it as it was singing and at absolute peak. I remember buying these at Chambers St. back when they were released and chatting with David at the time.

Beautiful pure cherry fruit, complex, harmonious, joyful and life affirming. Everything that I could possibly want from a wine and the epitome of what CRB was. Perfect way to welcome in the new year.
Red
Even more than the the Chaillot on ever level. More pure (not ripe) berry fruit, more minerality, more impressive on the nose. It started shutting down with air (decanting was a mistake) and while still very good showed less and less over the course of the evening. I guess either hold, drink immediately after opening, or decant for a day?
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White
All too often you buy a wine and store it for 15+ years only to have it be corked, or premoxed, or just a bit disappointing. But every so often you hit the jackpot.

Originally purchased in 2001 due to sfJoe lauding the beauty of aged white Clos Rougeard I always intended to open it when it was mature and he, Joe Dressner and Chris Coad were present. With all three having passed away while the wine aged I decided not to wait any longer and opened it with a group that I knew would enjoy and appreciate it. I'm told this was the last vintage of the Chace and their only white wine now is the Breze.

Really quite gorgeous, lush, complex, remarkably smooth texture married to minerally expansive flavors, full integrated oak. What are the fruits? Quince, strawberry, applesauce? Who cares, it was beautiful.

Brad would have hated it but he would have been wrong.
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Red
Beautiful complex nose with notes of underbrush and grass. Tart on the palate leaning towards the pomegranate or cranberry side of red fruit. still a bit tannic with incipient complexity developing. I only had time to decant for 45 minutes. I liked it very much but more air time might have helped and I'll wait at least 2 years before trying another bottle.
Red
Drinking much better than the Vina Real Gran Reserva at this point. Delicious crushed blackberry notes and it doesn't have the overpowering oak of the 1996 VR GR.
White
7/1/2017 - millej wrote:
As is often the case the Clisson is showing a bit clunky and four square on release. But if past experience is any guide another 5 years will make me glad I bought a few. No surprise, but no regrets either as I wanted to try one now.
Red
5/30/2017 - millej wrote:
Very glad I got to taste this blind as it reinforces my opinion that Chave has moved in far too modern a direction post-1998.

Rather modern in style, ripe fruit, a bit too extracted. I found it well made but boring. It should be noted that other people liked it a lot more than I did and someone who drinks a lot of Chave even pegged it blind. When he guessed Chave I did say that if he was right it had to be from 1999 or later.
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Red
5/28/2017 - millej wrote:
Another beautiful wine, this one would still benefit from another 5 years or so. Richer and a touch sweeter than the Drouhin Clos Vougeot but a wonderful silken texture.
Red
1996 Joseph Drouhin Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
5/27/2017 - millej wrote:
Lovely, lovely wine. Beautiful nose, dusty dry raspberries and sweet cherries with a hint of underbrush on the palate. Very Drouhin.

The first 1996 I've had which I'd describe as fully ready to drink.

Consumed at Heirloom Kitchen in Old Bridge.
Red
5/23/2017 - millej wrote:
Dusty pure harmonious fruit, beautiful wine.

Every bottle is a precious experience now.
White - Sparkling
5/23/2017 - millej wrote:
Steely, dry style. Unfortunately I'm not a Ledru fan and this doesn't change things.
White - Sweet/Dessert
5/19/2017 - millej wrote:
Hauntingly beautiful nose. Sweet and many layered, wonderful wine. It was best shortly after decanting though it held up well for an hour or two. The snow pea pod dropped into the decanter towards the end of the evening didn't help :)

dinner at Wu's
Red
5/19/2017 - millej wrote:
fresh, gluggable

dinner at Wu's
Red
5/12/2017 - millej wrote:
Mistake to open now. I remember enjoying the 1988 and 1991 very much 10+ years ago so I thought it was time to try a 1996. Showing a lot of American oak and some dense fruit. My understanding was always that CVNE had gone more modern only as of the 2001 vintage but maybe they bought some new barrels that year? Anyway, don't touch for at least 5 if not 20 years.
Spirits
From pre-phylloxera vines.

I sipped this next to a bottle of the 1979 which has long been a favorite of mine. The nose on the 1979 was much more expressive, the nose on the 1923 was rather reticent (from a small Riedel cognac glass). However the palate of the 1923 was remarkable and left the 1979 in the dust, making it seem a bit clumsy in comparison - which was definitely not my impression before tasting it side by side.

The flavor expands in a perfect expansive cloud of spring flowers and warm spices. Wow. I had questioned my sanity in buying this bottle last year but now I don't regret it.
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Red
3/20/2017 - millej wrote:
Lovely nose, vibrant, young and red fruited on the palate. Beautiful wine. It did start declining after being open around 1.5 hours or so.

Tasted in CWS on 3/18/17
Red
Tastes like a typical young Gonon St. Joseph which is, of course, a compliment. Given how much pleasure they give when young I'm not sure there's a whole lot of upside to aging them. Delightfully pure syrah.
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White - Fortified
3/13/2017 - millej wrote:
Gorgeous, gorgeous, sherry. Not sure if I'd pay full retail (I got it at the Zachy's Cyber Monday sale) but one can't argue with this being a world class wine. Huge, rich and complex, bigger that most other La Bota PCs but the whole is in a magnificent balance. Wish I'd bought more than the one bottle. This had been open in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks after pouring off 2 small glasses previously and I think it benefitted from it.
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Red
3/13/2017 - millej wrote:
On first pour it had a gorgeous explosive nose and tasted fine, just needing some air to show more. But with more air the nose became muted and the palate shut down as well. A little more air and the TCA become apparent. From the initial showing I'd expect good bottles to be drinking very well despite the hail that year. Got it for what seemed a good price shortly after release but...

Dallas at Urbano
Red
3/13/2017 - millej wrote:
Very good wine. Perhaps not the most complex but extremely enjoyable.

But what's up with the huge, heavy bottle? PYCM certainly should have nothing to prove. They are making my favorite Santenay to drink but certainly not to carry.

Quality is above both the appellation and the price point.
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Red
Was concerned that this might be shut down but the (very generous) person who opened it was right to do so. Still youngish, but singing. Medium bodied fruit with a silken mouthfeel and joyous nascent complexity. Will continue to develop for years to come but a delight to drink now.
White - Sparkling
Was interested to try the 2009 from what is generally my favorite no-dosage Champagne. At first sip it seemed richer and maybe less precise than earlier vintages but was full and continued to expand and develop layers of complexity through the finish. Great Champagne and was a fine match with various foods at Pings.
White
This was good but not impressive on first pour. One taster thought it a bit reduced, another quite young. After about 2 hours (maybe earlier as I didn't retry before then) it really blossomed with a beautiful nose and the flavors wafting across my palate.
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Red
2/12/2016 - millej wrote:
Wow, this was a bit of a surprise. The last bottle I opened (different source, about 5 years ago) was equally complex but not nearly so opulent. I suspect it was still a little shut down. This continued to develop over the course of the evening. Lots of ripe but not overripe fruit, gorgeous nose.
Rosé - Sparkling
2/12/2016 - millej wrote:
This was a lovely Champagne from the get go, not opulent but precise. Perhaps a touch rough and a step down from the 2010 but very enjoyable.

But as it sat it opened up progressively, the nose getting better, the texture smoothing out, everything coming into even greater balance. Loved this and definitely wish I'd had a chance to follow the 2010 in a similar fashion.
Red
Very 1996 in character, this benefited from every minute of air it got in the decanter and I'm sorry there were only 2 hours available. Lovely wine once the acidity calmed down a bit, very red fruited. I'll hold my other bottle for at least a few years. Spiciness needed over an hour to emerge.

Served blind Burgundy and 1996 were both quickly guessed.
Rosé
One of the few truly ageworthy roses out there, this is still a baby but with an hour or so of air it opens up to an impressive minerally wine. Fantastic match with some 24 month Parmigiano Reggiano.
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