Tasting Notes for Dave Dalluge

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Red
3/13/2020 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
flawed
No notes taken, but all of my half-bottles (6 total) have been advanced and barely drinkable. There is no obvious evidence of shipping damage. Very sad.
Red
2/14/2020 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
93 points
Served this for Valentines Day. No notes taken, but this was quite impressive. Pretty, pale red color. Beguiling nose. Really impressive on the palate -- lithe and balanced but palate coating. My only bottle, and apparently no longer available from the winery.
Red
10/27/2019 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
92 points
Popped and poured. No notes taken, but this was quite expressive and most enjoyable from the moment it was opened. Drinking really well right now, but should hold at this level (or improve) for a few more years.
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Red
10/27/2019 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
93 points
Popped and poured. No notes taken, but this was singing from the moment it was opened. Best Shane Syrah I have ever had. In an early drinking window, but why wait.
White
10/17/2019 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
92 points
MEA Celebration at St. Genevieve (St. Genevieve): Nico's bonus bottle. Popped and poured. I took no notes at this point, but this was quite impressive. We served this with dessert and it worked well. The sweetness was well balanced with acidity and was a fitting end to a great dinner.
Red
10/17/2019 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
99 points
MEA Celebration at St. Genevieve (St. Genevieve): Double decanted prior to dinner. Pretty ruby red color. Soaring nose of red cherry, damp earth, mineral, and so much more. Absolutely spectacular. Equally amazing on the palate, with perfect balance and a silky smooth texture. Amazing flavor intensity dominated by red fruit from the attack through the long, satisfying finish. Complex and beguiling throughout. This is about as good as wine can get. See the note from Chablis28 for a more complete tasting note. This bottle disappeared almost immediately. Thanks to Brad for sharing this beauty with us.
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White
10/17/2019 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
93 points
MEA Celebration at St. Genevieve (St. Genevieve): Pop and pour. Craig's "bonus" bottle. Minimal notes on this one. Expressive nose. Crisp and clean on the palate with good minerality, great balance, nice acidity, and a long pleasing finish. Held its own in a flight of first rate White Burgs. Thanks Craig!
White
10/17/2019 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
95 points
MEA Celebration at St. Genevieve (St. Genevieve): Double decanted prior to dinner. This started closed and understated. After about 20 minutes in the glass it was showing very well, but got better and better as the night wore on. Awesome, beguiling nose of fresh fruit and mineral with intriguing notes of licorice, herbs, and spice (and more) mixed in. Fresh and elegant. Perfect, effortless weight on the palate. Expansive and intense flavors despite the seeming weightlessness. Perfectly balanced. Long, satisfying finish. This has all you would want and expect from Lafon.
White
10/17/2019 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
93 points
MEA Celebration at St. Genevieve (St. Genevieve): Double decanted prior to dinner. Deep golden color. Stern nose with fruit, herbs and mineral. Opened up with time in the glass, but never became as expressive as other wines in the flight. Ripe and palate coating in the mouth. Larger scaled and showing some oak, balanced by just enough acidity. Great, lingering finish. Showing very well now, but likely the wine in this flight most in need of additional time in the cellar.
White
10/17/2019 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
95 points
MEA Celebration at St. Genevieve (St. Genevieve): Double decanted prior to dinner. The nose is subtle and beguiling. Hints of mint and herbs amongst the subtle fresh fruit. Very pretty. Light and elegant on the palate. Silky smooth with absolutely perfect weight and balance. Less overt in all ways than the Coche. Takes coaxing and patience, but rewards that patience. This kept getting stronger and stronger as the night wore on. Quite impressive!
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White
10/17/2019 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
95 points
MEA Celebration at St. Genevieve (St. Genevieve): Double decanted prior to dinner. Clear gold color. Expressive nose showing a complex blend of fruit, mineral and flint/matchstick. Equally expressive on the palate, showing fresh fruit and mineral on the palate. Quite fresh and expansive. Large scale for sure. And yet, still elegant and balanced. Long finish. A brilliant showing.
White - Sparkling
10/17/2019 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
98 points
MEA Celebration at St. Genevieve (St. Genevieve): Pop and pour. Tasted over about an hour. Bright gold color. Thrilling nose of orchard fruit and bread dough with that beguiling Krug oxidation. Equally thrilling on the palate with bright fruit, good flavor intensity, intriguing complexity and perfect balance. In a great place right now. Great acidity and a long, thrilling finish. Goldilocks in this trio: not quite as fresh as the '75 Dom Oeno but fresher than the '85 Dom P3. This is a complete wine from start to finish that kept getting better and better as it sat in the glass. A Tour de Force! Thanks to Brad for sharing such a compelling trio of Champagnes to start our night!
White - Sparkling
10/17/2019 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
97 points
MEA Celebration at St. Genevieve (St. Genevieve): Pop and pour. Tasted over about an hour. Vibrant, youthful gold color. Soaring nose with orchard fruit, mineral and hints of bread dough. Equally compelling on the palate, with bright fruit and the most appealing soft-textured mousse. This is plush and soft in the mouth, but still balanced by good acidity. The finish is long and lingering and fully satisfying. Tasted again at the end of the meal; if anything this was even better four hours later. A compelling Champagne for sure!
White - Sparkling
10/17/2019 - Dave Dalluge Likes this wine:
95 points
MEA Celebration at St. Genevieve (St. Genevieve): Pop and pour. Tasted over about an hour. Pretty gold color in the glass. Alluring and expressive nose with no one smell dominating. Big burst of fruit on the palate. Fruit, mineral, orange peel, more. Balanced, with good acidity that builds to a long, lingering finish. A complete Champagne and quite thrilling. Definitely a great way to kick off the dinner. Re-tasted at the end of the meal, and this was still going strong four hours later.
Red
8/9/2019 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
93 points
OMG is this great. Soaring nose of red fruit, garrigue and red fruit. Expansive on the palate with red fruit, iron and mushroom. Long, satisfying finish. Beautiful wine!
Red
4/20/2019 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
This bottle was tired and past its prime. The nose was unpleasant. Much better on the palate and enjoyable.
Red
1983 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/24/2018 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
93 points
A beautiful bottle of wine. This bottle was obviously well stored by the previous owner(s). Bright red fruit. Palate coating flavors. Well balanced. Tannins are still present but resolved enough to make this quite satisfying. Love it.
Red
7/31/2018 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
92 points
Pop and pour. Drinking really well, but clearly past peak. No hurry, but I don't think these are going to get any better than they are right now.
Red
4/14/2018 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
91 points
Same bottle as Rocknroller and Chablis28. Decanted for sediment and poured immediately. Not much on the nose at all. Beautiful on the palate with expansive flavors, nice balance and a lovely finish. This bottle for sure is past peak.
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White
12/23/2017 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
92 points
Same bottle as Chablis28 and I agree completely with his note. This was quite delightful.
Red
12/14/2017 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
91 points
Wow, no notes taken but this was really nice. Silky texture. Expansive flavors. Nice balance. Excellent for the price.
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White
11/23/2017 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
94 points
Same bottle as Chablis28. Popped and poured at the restaurant. This took 30+ minutes to hit full stride, but when it did it was quite the wow! Effusive nose, lithe and silky on the palate, perfectly balance, long satisfying finish. And pairing this with Dover Sole was inspired.
Red
11/18/2017 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured. No notes taken. Big, brooding nose. Funky with maybe a bit of reduction. Stern and structured on the palate. Coarse tannins. I'd hold off for a considerable time (5-10 years) with this wine if at all possible. Drinkable now, but tons of upside.
Red
10/29/2017 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
92 points
From 375. In a great place. Nose of red fruit and spice. Expansive red fruit flavors on the palate. Great acidity. Long, satisfying finish. Likely at peak, or even slightly past. But should continue to drink well for quite some time.
Red
10/13/2017 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
92 points
No notes taken, but this was quite impressive. Plenty of dark cherry fruit on the nose. Expansive flavors and long finish. Mild tannins. Will likely improve in time, but was quite enjoyable tonight.
Red
9/1/2017 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
I opened this to celebrate my sister's 50th birthday. This was a recent purchase. Tasted aged for sure, but this was likely well stored prior to my acquisition. No notes taken, but we all enjoyed this immensely. Lovely nose and silky smooth on the palate. Drink up if you have any remaining.
Red
7/9/2017 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
91 points
Light, clear ruby red color. Nice nose of cherry fruit with with a bit of barnyard funk. Great on the palate with expansive pure cherry flavors and a silky smooth texture. Fully resolved tannin with a nice burst of acidity from mid-palate to the satisfying finish. This is a recent purchase that was obviously well cared. In a perfect drinking window, so I see no reason to wait with my remaining bottles.
Red
7/8/2017 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
91 points
Drinking really well. Impressive nose of red fruit and dried herbs. Great on the palate, with expansive red fruit and excellent balance. Still fairly tannic on the finish. Long finish.
Red
2/28/2017 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
91 points
Same bottle as Chablis28 and Rocknroller, and I agree with their notes. A solid wine that drank just fine, but lacked any sort of "wow" on either the nose or the palate. Showed a lot of iron/mineral on the palate but still tasted really good. I would think this has to be in decline with fruit declining and no complexity developing, so I would recommend drinking up and enjoying it for what it is sooner rather than later.
Red
1/22/2017 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
92 points
No notes taken, but this is in a great drinking window right now. Served with a grilled t-bone and risotto alla milanese. Mainly red fruit on the nose. Big burst of flavor on the palate but nicely balanced. Great finish.
White - Sparkling
1/22/2017 - Dave Dalluge Likes this wine:
91 points
A recent release (disgorged in 2014). No notes taken, but this was quite nice. Citrus and bread dough on the nose. Great acidity on the palate. Long, satisfying finish.
Red
1/7/2017 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
96 points
Same bottle as Chablis28. Stunning nose with layers of complexity interlaced amongst clean red fruit. Quite elegant on the palate. Great intensity and expansive flavors, perfect weight and perfect balance. This seems to be in a very good drinking window right now with no intrusive tannins at all (but is sure to be pleasing for many, many more years). Long satisfying finish. A thoroughly thrilling bottle of wine.
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Red
1/7/2017 - Dave Dalluge Likes this wine:
94 points
Opened at the newly remodeled Alma in Minneapolis among about 10 other wines. Opened about 90 minutes before being poured, but this was singing (based on a small taste) from the moment the cork was pulled. Soaring nose of red fruit and spice. Reminded me of a great Dujac. Equally great on the palate with expansive flavors, a silky texture, perfect balance, and a great finish. Likely drinking at peak, and thoroughly thrilling.
Red
12/23/2016 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
91 points
No notes taken, and this took a long time to come around. Tons of reduction on the nose when first poured. Luckily Kevin had something made of copper to swirl in the glass and that helped a ton. Red fruit and funk on the nose. Likely still a bit closed down on the palate. Expansive red fruit on the palate. Great finish. I'll plan to hold my remaining bottles for a good 3-5 years and hope this opens up a bit.
Red
12/23/2016 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
93 points
No notes taken, but this really showed well. Soaring nose with red fruit and spice. Good depth of flavor and great balance. Long, lingering finish. Really impressive.
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White
11/19/2016 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
93 points
Same bottle as Chablis28 and Rocknroller. Agree with their notes. This is still hitting on all cylinders. Beautiful!
Red
11/19/2016 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
91 points
No notes taken, but this was outstanding. Silky texture on the palate. Beguiling nose. Nice structure. Very youthful right now, and I suspect this will get even better with time in the cellar.
Red
10/16/2016 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
93 points
Same bottle as Chablis28 and Rocknroller. Popped about an hour before pouring. Pretty from the moment poured, but light and demure. Gained intensity as it sat in the glass, with each taste getting better than the previous one and ended up being quite impressive. Quite impressive.
White
10/9/2016 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
91 points
No notes taken, but I thoroughly enjoyed this bottle. Great nose of orchard fruits (tending towards tropical). Equally great on the palate with a big burst of flavor, nice acidity and a long, satisfying finish. You can't ask for much more at this price point.
Red
10/9/2016 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
92 points
Still going strong. This bottle too was consistent with my previous notes.
Red
10/9/2016 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
92 points
No notes taken, but this paired very well with beef tenderloin (with a sauce dominated by anchovies and tomatoes) and porcini mushroom risotto. A bit stern on the nose, but great on the palate with expansive flavors, great balance and a long, lingering finish. It's unlikely I would peg it as Sangiovese, but good nonetheless.
Red
10/2/2016 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
91 points
Consistent with previous bottle. Drinking really well now with an enticing nose and good flavor intensity. This bottle disappeared quickly.
Red
10/2/2016 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
92 points
Consistent with previous bottle. Very enjoyable. Benefits from a brief decant prior to serving.
Red
10/2/2016 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
90 points
No notes taken, but this was a beautiful bottle of Barbera. Seductive nose, good flavor intensity and nice balance.
Red
9/4/2016 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured. Pale rusty red color. Mineral and tart red cherry on the nose. Compact on the palate, but with a nice burst of flavor at mid-palate. Good acidity and a long, lingering finish. This clearly needs more time in the cellar. Will hope to keep my hands of my remaining bottles for at least a few more years.
Red
8/12/2016 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
flawed
Same bottle as Galewskj. The cork itself had an intense cork taint. I tasted immediately and didn't detect cork in the wine, but the wine was still very cold at this point. When served about 2 hours later I could detect cork, but very faintly. There was some controversy, as the wine still smelled and tasted very good.
White
2012 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
7/8/2016 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
flawed
Premox :-(
White - Sparkling
7/8/2016 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured. No notes taken, but this was excellent. Slight reduction on the nose, but pleasant aromas of wight fruit and baked bread. Well balanced on the palate, with a nice burst of flavor, good acidity and a great finish.
Red
1970 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/18/2016 - Dave Dalluge wrote:
93 points
The bottle was in really bad shape, but the wine was very impressive. Decanted for sentiment (which there was a lot of) and poured immediately. Soaring nose of mineral, iodine and earth. Great on the palate with expansive flavors, great balance and a long finish. The fruit has definitely faded on this, but what is left is most impressive.
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