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White - Off-dry
2007 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese Mosel Saar Ruwer
7/16/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Grapenomad’s note below is apt for us — and we especially connected with the descriptor of lilies. This is beautifully balanced and integrated. Energetic, with nice acid backbone behind the lovely sweet yellow fruit. Highly enjoyable in smallish pours over four nights.
  • grapenomad commented:

    7/17/19, 8:38 PM - Glad that you enjoyed the notes & the wine and thanks for the follow!

White
2012 Pietradolce Etna Archineri Etna DOC Carricante
3/10/2019 - grapenomad wrote:
76 points
Golden yellow in the glass. Aromas here are very simple - some stone fruit, some green fruit and a touch of lees. Nothing crazy. It's evident that the wine is past its prime in 2019 even when the salesperson tried to sell this to me by stating that "they kept this vintage for so long because they believe this is Petradolce's best one". Never trust a 50% off sales in an Italian wine shop.
  • grapenomad commented:

    3/11/19, 8:11 PM - I was thinking that as well, but I opened two bottles, both were the same.

Red
2016 Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Sonoma County
2/26/2019 - grapenomad wrote:
83 points
Seghesio is a very well-known winery in the US, dating all the way to 1895. Today, it’s easily placed among the top 10 producers of Zinfandel with some of the oldest vineyards in the game. Regarding the region, Sonoma County is not necessarily an indication of quality. It points out that grapes were picked from different AVAs, in this case a combination of Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley. Even though it states ‘Zinfandel’, traces of Petit Sirah are added to provide color and structure.

Damn, this was a tough blow, especially after hearing about and tasting many good examples of this fine establishment. Sweet, almost superficial aromas of blueberry, cotton candy and caramelised cloves, with some rubbery hints. Like putting a condom on a plum. No, you never did that? Ok, that’s just me then. It’s like that high school wine you thought was premium because it was $20 instead of your 7-dollar usual. Thick extract and fiery alcohol levels tiring out the whole structure. Take a load off, Seghy.
  • grapenomad commented:

    3/3/19, 6:18 PM - It could be the bottle condition, but I highly doubt it since I've tasted many of Seghesio's entry level wines in the past. They're always bland and boring. The premium stuff is another story.

Red
2005 Château Le Gay Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
2/21/2019 - grapenomad wrote:
93 points
Even though my tastes have evolved and changed over the years (for the better?), I always gladly come back to the classics. I believe that one cannot enter the wine world seriously without tasting wines from exemplary regions such as Bordeaux, Rhone, Burgundy, Mosel, Piemonte, Tuscany...And not just with the intention to stop at "tasting". One must study these areas in order to understand and fully appreciate the origins before moving onto freaky shit as it comes in forms of Brazilian Pinot Noir or Japanese Muscadelle.

Dark, dark ruby with slight garnet edges. An absolutely magical bouquet of considerable polish with just a hint of aging. You get your blackberry and your plum, but what really stands out here are the heaps of spices and violets dancing together in the wind. If you thought that was romantic, the palate really offers enjoyment. It comes in hard and fast (that's what she said), but mellows out starting mid-game. Ripe tannins, solid acidity and just SO MUCH fruit. Long finish with the oak coming back to the spotlight. Tasted side by side with Petrus and this won single-handedly. Sorry, not sorry.
  • grapenomad commented:

    2/21/19, 7:44 AM - Must be a bug.

Red
2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
1/8/2019 - grapenomad wrote:
83 points
Medium garnet. Loads of American oak on the nose, too much. Notes of coconut, chocolate, vanilla with hints of fruit creeping (hints of cherry, raspberry). Full-bodied, high acidity, high alcohol, medium tannins. The oak is just too strong on this, masking everything. Disappointing, as previous vintages are gold.
  • grapenomad commented:

    1/9/19, 6:14 PM - Judging by previous vintages, especially the 2007, the oak had much, much better integration than here. Looking at the structure, this could have potential to mellow down, but I'm skeptical.

White
2014 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Chardonnay
1/5/2019 - grapenomad wrote:
90 points
Imagine yourself sitting in a bistro beside the ocean, the salty breeze sticking to your lips, the sun warming up your whole being while you gracefully slurp on oysters and drink a zesty, chilled wine. This Chablis is perfect for that. Lots of proper complexity, but nothing too grand. Dominant citrus fruit, a bit of toast, a bit of sea salt. Medium body, medium finish.
  • grapenomad commented:

    1/5/19, 6:33 PM - Thank you! Chablis is my go-to ocean wine, while by the warmer sea I definitely like to drink the beautiful examples of the Mediterranean.

Red
2013 Craggy Range Sophia Gimblett Gravels Red Bordeaux Blend
10/27/2017 - grapenomad wrote:
96 points
If you think there is no great wine outside of Europe because you orgasmed right into the industry with a teaspoon of 1982 Pomerol, you need to shut your whiny, pretentious mouth and do your research. This wine people, this wine has no time for comments. But because this is the internet and many of you reading this right now will never get a chance to taste this epitome of liquid beauty, I'll give you my impressions. What a journey this was through taste bud heaven - notes of mocha, sweet cherry, plum jam, chocolate and vanilla stick. Titanic structure. Lush, elaborate and still a baby. Neither Tolstoy, nor Dostoyevsky, nor Homer, nor Camus, nor Voltaire, nor Balzac, nor Cervantes, nor Hesse could say more. Find it. Taste it. Experience it.
  • grapenomad commented:

    12/9/17, 7:13 PM - Thank you! I'm glad that you made that smart move, enjoy wisely.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend
11/12/2017 - grapenomad wrote:
91 points
Popping Bolli for life's celebrations. Biscuit, brioche, yoghurt, white flowers and lemon on the nose. A 101 example of Champagne, a wine from one of the world's coolest climates - banging acidity, green apple-citrus fruit, chalky finish. Nice sparkler, well-balanced, but I'd say it needs a bit of a push & shove in character.
  • grapenomad commented:

    11/12/17, 5:22 PM - I have no idea why it said flawed. I was tipsy when I wrote this note.

Red
2013 Heirloom Vineyards Shiraz Eden Valley
6/8/2017 - grapenomad wrote:
93 points
Deep ruby red, almost black. Strong, concentrated, lots of sweet fruit dominating. High tannins, full body, eternal depth and length.
  • grapenomad commented:

    6/25/17, 9:10 AM - Good to drink now, but will develop gorgeously over the years, no doubt about that.

Red
2015 Felton Road Pinot Noir Block 5 Central Otago
2/2/2017 - grapenomad wrote:
91 points
The Block 5 (a different vineyard position) didn’t have the complexity detected in the Block 3. Still, it’s very good Pinot, showing plenty of minerality, red fruit and roses on the nose and palate. Rich texture, full of polished tannins and a striking acidity. Pomegranate finish that lasts for some time. Interesting fact – both wines are aged for up to 18 months in French oak, with classical music playing non-stop in the barrel room.
  • grapenomad commented:

    5/20/17, 5:20 AM - Well, this is just one more reason to visit the winery and check it out for myself!

White
2015 Livio Felluga Colli Orientali del Friuli Pinot Grigio
11/16/2016 - grapenomad wrote:
90 points
Pale lemon. Fresh nose showing medium intensity and notes of green apple, pear, yellow apple, lime and MLF (biscuit, butter). The wine is dry with a medium acidity/body/alcohol. Very creamy texture with an explosion of fruit on the mid-palate. Long, lingering aftertaste. A true expression of Collio terroir and grape variety.
  • grapenomad commented:

    11/17/16, 6:42 AM - Hi Roberto, thank you for your comment! I'd say the shelf life of this wine is 2-3 years and don't think it will improve with bottle aging. It expresses the region and variety nicely, but lacks complexity and strength to be carried into years of aging.

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