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Tasting Notes for winonelson

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Red
12/31/2021 - winonelson wrote:
Up for several weeks. Decanted couple of hours before. Lots of crusty sediment. Wine basically mature or at least with tannins resolved. Still pretty dark in color. Deep and balanced and clean. Quite nice. No rush on remaining bottles.
White
12/3/2021 - winonelson wrote:
flawed
A half bottle, purchased upon release and properly stored - oxidized! Drats.
Red
11/20/2021 - winonelson wrote:
Decanted @ 4:30, back in the bottle at 6; reopened at restaurant (Dauphine’s, a newish NOLA-style place, obviously well-financed and with a very well-chosen wine list - we had a spectacular 2019 Huet Le Mont demi to wash down grilled oysters and house-made banh minh chicken liver mouse) 7:30. I wanted to see if any of Truchot’s 05s were approachable and this was. A bit denser than the usual Truchot with 15+ years on it, but with tannins and acid well-integrated. Any funk there upon opening was gone and the fruit was plummy and on the black side. Quite good but didn’t hold a candle to the ‘98 Charmes Chambertin drunk six weeks earlier. Certainly worth the $50 I paid for it; not sure it is worth what it fetches at auction, however.
Red
10/10/2021 - winonelson wrote:
Decanted a couple of hours in advance and it needed it. Not so much stinky after a bit but needed time and air to reveal itself. Ultimately quite fragrant, with tannins resolved although still a bit of (useful) structure, from acids and tannins. Great with quail!
White
9/11/2021 - winonelson wrote:
Seemed a bit dark and chemical/medicinal/stinky at first but a double decant and aeration in decanter did wonders to bring the fruit out and make the wine a delight to drink and a great match for my take on Madhur Jaffrey’s shrimp and zucchini curry with lotsa cilantro (or fresh coriander as they say there). i am down to four left of the 18 I’ve purchased and plan to enjoy those four over the next couple of years as this is in a great place in its evolution.
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White - Off-dry
7/17/2021 - winonelson wrote:
Really vibrant, balanced and deep. A 2001 Loosen that has aged well. From 375. Purchased upon release.
White - Off-dry
5/2/2021 - winonelson wrote:
Decanted and showed a dark (but not overly) golden hue with rosy overtones. Fruit very vibrant and deep, not particularly sweet but a bit. Quite delicious and impressive. Purchased from Bill Mayer, working at the old Pacific Wine Company store in San Francisco in May 1993.
Red
4/17/2021 - winonelson wrote:
Paired with Vougerie CdR 1999. Might have preferred this. More red fruited. Very delicious and in a great spot.
Red
4/17/2021 - winonelson wrote:
Decanted an hour before serving, left in cellar. Paired with rosemary/garlic/fennel seed brined and grilled quail, fennel/white bean gratin and big asparagus. Matched with 1999 Chandon de Briaillies Corton Clos du Roi, which I might have preferred (a bit more delicate and red-fruited) but both quite good. The Vougerie has bags of life but is mature (well, at least tannins resolved - and well-balancex). Both excellent.
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White - Off-dry
11/19/2020 - winonelson wrote:
This is really delicious. Deep and rich while bright and elegant. A bit of spritz hits the tongue and there’s a little element of passito like it’s a baby (and slightly - only slightly - less intense) TBA. Perfect balance and, to use a technical term, yummy.
Red
9/16/2020 - winonelson wrote:
Opened and decanted two hours in advance and held at cellar temperature before serving (on screened back porch with a reversed-sear flannery strip finished on the grill!). Played "stump the dinner guest" and was pretty successful (he thought at first a chambolle, which made sense in light of how perfumed the wine was). Resolved tannins but fruit still youngish and delicious. Quite fragrant and lifted. Definitely worth the $88 (including shipping) I paid for it back in early 2005.
Red
1988 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/31/2020 - winonelson wrote:
This was pretty tasty for Bordeaux. Mature, with some lift and good fruit.
White
8/13/2020 - winonelson wrote:
This was in a really great spot. Holding on to just a tiny bit of r.s. With a delicious core of burnished fruit and framed with sufficient acid to give lift to the rich fruitiness. Perfect with fish in tomato-chili broth with fried shallots and garlic and herbs. Opened for friends who know enough about wine to appreciate it but not geeky enough to hate it just because it is a zind humbrecht wine.
White
10/6/2019 - winonelson wrote:
This is in a perfect spot. Light but deep, crisp yet fruity. A perfect kabinett!
Red
6/27/2019 - winonelson wrote:
The first Swan Terrace I have had and wow was it delicious. The fruit is so terrific and accessible the wine is almost sweet. But the structure and lift keeps it in perfect balance.
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Red
2/9/2019 - winonelson wrote:
From a group purchase of several solid cases from auction years ago - arrived in cardboard boxes labelled "Rossignol-Trapet" with fairly pristine "Trapet" labels affixed so I'm thinking this was part of the divided estate (1990?) that left the original Trapet cellars and therefore was not released commercially until after the divided. Perhaps accounts for the excellent condition as all the bottles I've opened have been in. This bottle showed some sediment a few days before when I stood it up. Once decanted, the wine was very clear showing color tones of onion skin with pink underneath. A bit of reduction that blew off with 30 minutes in the decanter. Quite savory on the nose with good, albeit mature, fruit on the palate. This might have matured as much on acidity as tannins but was quite balanced and delicious last night.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1/27/2018 - winonelson wrote:
I took this to NY for Rieslingfeier as I knew I'd be sitting with Herr Selbach. This was spectacular - much lighter in color than many of the younger Clos Ste Hunes on the table (well...pox had the best of the 1995-96s brought although the 1988 was spectacular). Just delicious - balanced, still sweet but with a great acidic edge to put that r.s. into harmony. Someone else brought a 1990 S-O Eiswein and while it was good, it couldn't hold a candle to this one (Johannes murmured in my ear "Eiswein is the poor man's sweet wine; BA is the noble wine" or words to that effect.)

bought by me from David S. while he was at Pearson's and cellared since release.
White - Sparkling
12/30/2017 - winonelson wrote:
The second one of these I've opened in the past six months and this one is even better than the last. Not sure why I love this wine as to be honest I was too busy entertaining and cooking to focus (served with sauteed chanterelles on toasted home-made brioche - yum!) - really balanced with great fruit and a small bead (not toooo fizzy). I'm not a regular collector of champagne although I've bought more in the past year than I have in my life but if I could get more of this I would.
White
11/11/2017 - winonelson wrote:
Cork came apart upon opening so decanted through filter - still showed fizziness and so a bit cloudy - but totally delicious and vibrant. Frankly, probably WOTN, despite being followed by very good 2001 CFE 375th Anniversary, 1999 Grivot Boudots, 1999 Chevillon Cailles, and a half bottle of 1986 Climens, all of which were purchased by me upon release and properly stored (and all of which showed well, although CFE very tight despite an hour in decanter and both burgs still a bit too young/closed; Climens totally ready to go, however).
Red
10/1/2016 - winonelson wrote:
Bought soon after release (april 1989) for the grand sum of $20 and the last of my initial 1985 purchases. Perfect color for a 30 year old wine. Cork intact and relatively easily removed. Needed only about 10 minutes in the decanter and one minute in the glass to reveal that delicious 1985 fruit. A little bit of earthiness present, totally consistent with Morot Beaunes made by Mme Choppin. Shared with one friend over grilled dry aged strip steaks. Just delicious and a good investment of $20.
White
9/16/2016 - winonelson wrote:
Purchased about 15-16 years ago. Taken to Red Hen and drunk with YiXin Ong and several summery/saladish dishes involving corn, tomatoes, grilled peaches, burrata, arugula, zatar, beets (not all in the same dish).

Cork tight and intact. Bottle decanted and immediately poured. Showed more fruit immediately on nose than I typically sense on aged kabinetts and none of that "is that a faint taste of old, untoasted oak" that I frequently discern on aged riesling that hasn't yet opened up. After about 20 minutes, fruit really came out and wine was truly quite excellent. Balanced, very faintly sweet - really very faintly - lively acid. YiXin thought it too young but I thought it walked a great line between developed and fresh. Great match with the food. Shame it was my last bottle.

Wait staff couldn't believe they were tasting such "old" white wine and it was so fresh. Ah, the young - they have so much to learn!
Red
11/26/2015 - winonelson wrote:
From a 375 ml bottle purchased from North Berkeley Wine in winter of 1996 for the then-ungodly price of $24. Really quite lovely. Red-fruited and rather precise for Volnay (altho not for Potel-era Pousse d'Or). Tannins resolved and acidity gives the wine appropriate structue. A very good drop and worth the wait. Perdect with a farmers' market pork chop brined with rosemary, garlic and fennel seed, seared and finished in the oven to a light and juicy pink. Great combination.
White - Off-dry
12/22/2013 - winonelson wrote:
This needed 45 minutes in a decanter to blow off bottle stink and to let the fruit emerge. After that, a lovely balanced auslese with good fruit and a bit of lingering sweetness (although significantly less than the 2006 Donnhoff Hermannsholle spatlese that preceded it). This bottle was purchased upon initial release and properly stored since.
Red
10/6/2012 - winonelson wrote:
From a 375. Opened shortly before it was consumed but passed through aerator twice. Very nice fruit, totally bound up in the acidity and remaining tannins. Ignore for a few more years.
White - Off-dry
2/7/2009 - winonelson wrote:
This was excellent - beautifully balanced, honeyed, just a bit sweet, fairly dense fruit, good acidity. Wonderful after dinner on its own.
Red
5/19/2007 - winonelson wrote:
balanced, charming, good flesh and acidity balance, tannins hidden, quite tasty
Red
5/19/2007 - winonelson wrote:
scents of reduction, needed decanting, showed a bit hollow in the mid-palate at first, nose cleaned up with vigorous swirling, 90 minutes on, wine had fleshed out - wait a couple years altho tannins nonexistant
White
5/14/2007 - winonelson wrote:
w/hall & stewart - quite lovely, not closed but with time left, well-balanced
Red
5/14/2007 - winonelson wrote:
with andrew & elena hall; charles & mary stewart - in good chape, seemed musty or a bit corked at first but that blew off - very good fruit for the vintage
Red
5/2/2007 - winonelson wrote:
w/ jonatha brooke, her husband, two members of her band, and another couple (05/07) she called it "smokey" and she was right - ready to go altho it will go a few more years - not sure if it will get better, but fine.
Red
1991 Domaine Ponsot Latricières-Chambertin Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
5/2/2007 - winonelson wrote:
with Jonatha Brooke, her husband, two members of her band, and another couple - quite good, in a good place (05/2007)
Red
5/2/2007 - winonelson wrote:
04/07 - quite nice - followed roumier's chambolle and vogue's chambolle 1er cru - this was the most complex more about black fruits, about ready - worth replacing
White
4/24/2007 - winonelson wrote:
with tom graham - great nose, interesting bit of bitter on finish - leave alone
Red
4/22/2007 - winonelson wrote:
04/07 - drunk with Tim with grilled lambchops, ramps, artichokes, and roasted asparagus. Bit on the young side, great nose, very well-balanced, excellent wine and great match with the lamb (N.Z. lamb, bit on gamey side).
Red
4/14/2007 - winonelson wrote:
red fruits, excellent balance, ready to drink but no rush
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