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Tasting Notes for terroir junkie

(88 notes on 86 wines)

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White
Hmm. Not sure what happened here. Some shy but nice buttery baking spice aromas on the nose; decent pineapple, mango, and lemon oil flavors on the taste; but an oddly high phenolic mouthfeel leading right into an alcohol spike on the finish makes for an unpleasant imbalance in a wine that drinks much leaner than it’s listed 14%. Tasted over two days with consistent notes. My least favorite SIXTO to date and at this price point it’s a definite pass.
Rosé
Nothing much here to speak of. Very little aroma, flavor, and character. Not repugnant or flawed, but just weak sauce. If you’re in the rose isle pass on this and stick to the regulars.

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Red
9/9/2016 - terroir junkie wrote:
88 points
Hmm. Dubiously light ruby hue for combining 4 super-heavyweight grapes: grenache, syrah, carignan and cinsault. It should be dark and tongue-staining but instead felt too bright—like they limited skin contact to make a smoother wine to drink now and then over-acidified with a pinch too much tartaric. It wasn’t *bad* and has some classic southern Rhone character—a few more years in bottle may also help—but at this stage seemed about 80% natural and 20% modeled as if they were trying to sculpt a Beaujolais. I love the Bruniers for their Vieux Telegraphe and have enjoyed Le Pigoulet in other vintages, but I’ll pass on this one.
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Red
9/5/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
91 points
A dinner guest brought this and I was impressed. If you’re looking for a bottle that SCREAMS cab franc there was no mistaking the varietal here: BIG minty, green pepper-y expression throughout, with loads of dark fruit and well-integrated oak. The weight and balance seemed spot-on with just-right tannins, structure and richness. With a few years of bottle age it's in the zone and poured great without a decant, but seemed it could rest another 5 years easy without losing itself. I wasn’t familiar with this producer before but they are now on my radar.
Red
8/11/2016 - terroir junkie wrote:
91 points
I popped it and took a slug and immediately regretted the decision. It's been stored respectfully but had a real rough and angry edge with spiking high-toned alcohol and showing no integration whatsoever. This thing was straight-up bullying my palate like it was pissed I'd woke it from sleep. We started decanting 2 hours before dinner which wasn’t nearly enough and wound up drinking something else. Finally at around 5 hours it was loosening up *a little* and easing resistingly into the typical Turley profile. But it never felt completely filled out in the middle and it may just need more body fat than it has to carry this 16.1% ABV.

The second and third day it's much better and showing potential, but I wouldn’t touch it again for AT LEAST two years. Maybe then it'll be rested enough to awake in a more peaceful and approachable mood.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
8/18/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
93 points
Deep gold, with telltale signs of medium oxidation. The wine is still there showing off wonderful spiced pineapple and other tropical fruits, but the acidity was fading which put it slightly out of balance with such enormous cotton candy-toned residual sugar. It was quite enjoyable nonetheless, but man this must’ve been a stunner when young and fresh. I purchased two together and won’t let the next sit much longer. Hoping it’s better preserved….
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Red
8/12/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
92 points
HOLY SHIT. the tannic structure on this thing would make any self-respecting Cabernet Sauvignon blush. Upon opening there’s no way in hell I’m guessing Pinot noir if tasting blind. DEEP purplish ruby bordering opaque, chewy tannins, dark purple fruits, a touch of new oak, and a LOT of youth. There are just NO typical PN flavors or nuance coming through. We’ll see what happens with air.

next day: still pushing more cab buttons than pinot. I haven’t had this in several years, but don’t recall it being so dark and brooding. In terms of balance, structure and aging potential it’s wonderful. That said, if I had more bottles I’d treat it exactly like a good vintage California cabernet in terms of both length of storage and food pairing—and it does need food. If wondering wether or not you should open one, at the time of this note I’d say firmly NO. Even with a long decant and the next day it’s not giving up the jewel that all this structure is built to protect.
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Red
Complex red and black fruits, both high-toned and deep at the same time. There’s a buttery aspect on the back half, and with the old-vine berries it’s almost like a savory pie. light notes of licorice, dried herbs, and campfire round out the profile. Acid is well in check, and no pepper as of yet. Finishing short right now but we’ll see what happens with air. (edit: not much change throughout the night)

Second day: yeah. the tall wall of high-toned fruit and 15% ABV just don't want to reconcile with the medium to light palate and quick finish. If tasting this wine was a shape it would be a vertical line with a shortish dash trailing off the middle like an H without the right leg. It's not flawed but it feels like it's missing something and I'm not going to rate it. Luckily for you guys and the pros it seems my bottle was an anomaly.
Red
So fresh and minty! It’s hard to put a score on a wine like this without feeling self conscious. It's a table wine and proud as hell, and I'm a fan. It's clearly not made to impress at blind tastings, it's for brunch tables and easy conversation amongst family and friends. It's not pretension. This is the opposite of that word. Its simple enjoyment. Natural and honest wine. Cabernet franc in its most naked form to enjoy all day or night without fatigue.
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Red
2/20/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
93 points
4:15pm at opening: taut and firmly tannic; pomegranate, cherries, crushed gravel, blood orange, subtle hints of cola and fresh flower petal. But right now it's ALL about laser-focused fruit.

6:30pm: much silkier. that crystal clear fruit, cranberry, cherry, pomegranate and strawberry. later on got like a shiitake mushroom poking out of damp soil. Still I was hoping for more layered complexity beyond those wonderful berries.

Day two: much better integration and some new flavors of shiso leaf and japanese ume plum; cherry blossom flowers. the finest espresso dust along with all that other stuff above. full mid palate and quite a long finish. absolutely fantastic. My opinion has lept forward from yesterday. But it needs 3 to 5 years or LOTS of air.
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White
8/3/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
90 points
First bottle was rusty and oxidized like a mutha. Happily the replacement was fresh lightish gold with all the wooly, minerally, honeysuckle-y, and stone fruit-y you could want in a crisp and dry perfectly executed Chenin Blanc. Medium long, but endowed with the exact weight and acidic lift to romantically embrace and dance as one with your shellfish dinner.
White
2013 Château Graville-Lacoste Blanc Graves Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
7/31/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
90 points
It’s been a few years… was it always this floral? I didn’t take notes before and can’t recall such a prominent perfume. AS remembered though it’s lovely and an excellent gravelly Graves with perfect harmony of Semillion, Sauvignon blanc, and that flowery Muscadelle. The percentages are 80, 15, and 5 respectively yet feel equally measured. There’s just-right acidity now but with such a blanket of the soft wooly-tongued Semillon I would drink this well chilled and in the near present.
White
7/31/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
93 points
Matt Scott nailed the profile below. This is so rich in the mouth and long as f***, with ample acidity to carry all it's weight. I rejoiced in it's measured decadence, but my Cali chardonnay-aversioned wife mistakenly took a slug from my glass and literally gagged on it. Wish I'd had a camera because her wrenched face was classic.
Day two: The leftover 1/3 of the bottle was as good or better.
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Red
7/29/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
92 points
Wow. The freshness on this thing is unreal—so ripe, tangy, and alive! A clear ruby hue that borders on rosé with so much lightness and lift—but the deep flavors of sweet red berries and savory black pepper, dried flowers, herbs and crushed gravel are proud and shockingly long. Theres so much verve that my skin tingles with each taste, and with air some banana is peeking out so makes sense there may be some crazy yeast action still at play here. I've never had a Beaujolais-Villages anywhere near this good and bought a handful more today. Given it’s depth and vibrant acidity this one has startling presence now and years of graceful aging ahead of it.
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Red
10/15/2015 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
93 points
Medium-bodioed, silky and feminine with a lovely core of blackberry liqueur, m(oak)a, sliced ham, dried flower petals, olive tapenade, and coffee grounds on the finish. Save for that finish it may be the poor man's Reynvaan (but not TOO poor at 60 bones!). Pretty and pure and approachable from go but REALLY softens and blossoms with two hours decant. Drinking very well at present, and likely will for 10 more years.
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Red
2010 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
It's been almost a week since drinking two glasses of this and I'm still picking chunks of it out of my teeth. It's so so big and chewy it should be listed as a food group!
Red
7/22/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
96 points
No formal notes taken, but from memory it was: 1) way too young at this stage to show the true extent of it’s greatness and 2) an absolutely FANTASTIC Brunello—and one of the best I’ve had. So big, round, deep, long, and nearly perfect. I really don’t know how Sangiovese can get much better than this (the '06 perhaps?). 96pts easy, and not hard to see how the pros could go higher based on the bright future that it clearly has.
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Red
2010 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/21/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
95 points
The biggest stumper of the blind tasting. Seemed almost comically gigantic with towering young oak, buckets of ultra ripe fruits, and impossibly thick tannins. But in spite of it’s sheer size and weight it carries the 16% abv shockingly well and on the whole was deeply complex and wonderfully balanced. Not at all a style that I’m currently choosing for myself, but I enjoyed experiencing it and can’t deny it’s greatness. I’d wait AT LEAST 10 years on the next, but 20+ would be even better obviously.
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Red
1967 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/22/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank quite well last night after an hour or two of air. The nose showed some age, but tasted blind no one guessed anywhere near it's vintage. The palate was smooth as silk with still a touch of grip to go a few more years. Fantastic mélange of forrest floor, dried mint and herbs, dark fruits, and some well integrated hints of wood and spice. Lovely.
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Red
7/21/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
95 points
GOOSEBUMPS, man! This thing is changing, and it ain’t for the worse! I’m almost in tears right now… but then again that much is the same.

So glad I made detailed notes a year ago to see where it’s going. The Chinatown roast pork shop is still open for business with a line out the door, but there is clearly more dark berry fruit on both the nose and palate and the olive nuance is present but not nearly as prominent as a year ago. Almost like the olives and fruit have swapped places in line. It’s also relaxing and filling out and the finish is longer than remembered. A tiny harmless spike of heat which I don’t recall (this faded).

Dang. I just opened this to off-gas for a hour before sharing it at a small wine gathering, but I’m seriously considering bailing out at the last minute (THAT guy) and just stretching out on the couch with some Lovecraft, a big glass, and this incredible bottle of wine. Ehhhh I’ll go. The boys are gonna LOVE this.
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Red
8/14/2015 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
95 points
Unfined and unfiltered medium ruby with a wild purple streak. With the first pour, exotic aromas of bologna sandwich, pastis, violet candy, wild herbs growing by the roadside, smoldering campfire embers, and assorted olives leap out at you. It's one of the most interesting and primal noses I've encountered on an American wine, and memories of the only Cayuse and Reynvaan I've tried prior (both courtesy of Matt Scott) come flooding back. Amazing how smells can be wormholes to the past.

All the above is on the palate, joined by black and green olive, bbq pork, and pink rose petal for days. There is little to no presence of oak, and perfect acidity. Too primal to be feminine, and complex nearly beyond words but never heavy on the palate. Some shy black currant hiding in the shade under all the funk. This perfumed savage is surely not for all, but it's sure as hell for me. Medium bodied. Wonderful balance. No trace of pumped up artificial acidity. Finish is not incredibly long but so intriguing that you go back to the glass immediately over and over again. And this is all just PnP!

After pump stoppered and decanted the next day it mellowed out considerably, and showed a bit of mocha, blueberry, and a hint of (not overpowering) new oak vanilla bean. But all stayed in perfect balance. I'm thrilled to have 3 more of these and doubt I'll age them much: the structure for 10 years is there, but not sure how much better it could possibly get. It's drinking so well now!
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White
7/19/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
91 points
Another super solid Albariño value from Rías Baixas. Fresh, ripe, expressive, and delicious—a real challenge not to kill the bottle alone with a nice meal. Grab one or two with confidence.
Red
7/16/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
92 points
Unfiltered light ruby, with GORGEOUS aromatics. Silkier and drinking wonderfully right off the bat without the youthful grip of it’s sibling the ’13 Peters. Slightly prettier too, this is an elegant and understated beauty showing their signature flavors of wild strawberry and cherry, citrus blossom, cola, deep damp earth, baking spice, and savory tomato skin. But at 12.9%abv it’s almost as much about what’s NOT in this bottle than what is. Absolutely fantastic winemaking, and as always my hat goes off to the Anthill Farms team.
Red
7/10/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
93 points
TOO YOUNG! Based on my bottle, I would NOT recommend opening this right now if you have a choice. Drying tannins and chewy as hell at the moment, but the good news is that under all that tension is an enormous clean palate of incredible dark black fruits, garrigue, dried herbs, and tobacco for days with a whiff of dancing pork butt now wafting out with air. Aged in foudre so no presence of new oak, but there's a welcome little touch of the old wood. Middleweight but flexing its muscles like a badass into a saturated (currently medium+) finish. It’s wonderful… but hard to tell exactly how much.

3 HRS LATER: Yep. Not really coming around.

DAY TWO: finally softening a tiny bit around the edges, but still WAY too tense and not ready at all to let me in. I’ll buy another and hold for 5 years minimum. Even then may be too soon.

DAY THREE: NOW we’re getting somewhere! The grip is softening and the wine is stretching out and finding it’s balance. The middle doesn’t spike as much, so the palate is widening and elongating. Wow…. this is so damn good. Better than I'd imagined from that first difficult day. Up to 93. Especially in the around $50 range. The quality of fruit and winemaking is absolutely top notch.

DAY FOUR: almost a step backwards from yesterday. Yeah, it's well put together but simply built for aging. Not sure I have the patience or space to put one to two down for 10+ years, but based on the depth and purity it hints at I believe it would be worth that undertaking for those so inclined.
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Red
7/10/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
92 points
So tangy and alive! How can a wine this ethereally light carry this much character? It’s listed at 12.5ABV which is not surprising. It feels weightless at times like it’s built on air, yet the palate is deep, savory, saturated and tongue-staining. This is like a library of Syrah nuances: Mediterranean black olive for dayyyys, CRAZY violets, sun-drenched blackberry, herbs, smoke, black pepper, baking cocoa, licorice, leather and on and on. It’s simply 100% pure high quality Northern Rhone fruit with no new oak whatsoever, so the only other things flavoring this wine are the wind, rain, soil and sky—and perhaps the “seasoning” in their cellars. Based on how delicious and approachable right off the bat—and how open knit it was the next day, it’s more a great candidate for short term enjoyment. Drink 2016 - 2021

Wow… just finished the bottle, and the crumbly sediment hiding in that last deep purple sip tasted like wine-soaked potpourri. It was kinda nice…. almost chewed it up and swallowed it. That’s saying something.
Rosé
7/9/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
90 points
Wowwww. Schist soil, anyone? Like sipping a rustic rosé from a "rocks" filled glass--and we ain't talking ice. The nose is almost savage, and then that crazy mineral palate with tremendous berry and black cherry fruit. Being only Cinsault and Grenache Noir (60/40) and no Mourvedre it’s a noticeable departure from the typical Provence profile I love and have grown accustomed to. This is youthful and energetic and not too big or high-toned. It may not be as structured and long-lived as bigger Bandols, but it’s extremely well made—and who goes long on rosé anyway? (if you do and have some great old ones please invite me over) It’s drinking excellent now, but was tight when chilled and opened, and is expanding exponentially with an hour of breathing and warming up. Note to self: plan ahead, and heed the above.

Day two: FANTASTIC. Still minerally, and longer, fuller, and showing off all its talents. LOVE the fruit profile from the Cinsault and Grenache!
White
7/4/2016 - terroir junkie wrote:
92 points
What a mysterious and wonderful dry Chenin Blanc! Thanks to a soil of limestone, clay, and silex (flint) this bottle hits you with a deep AND I MEAN DEEEEEP musky smokiness and almost impossible minerality. Combined with perfect ripeness, body and acid, it’s ethereally light and refreshing—but so exotic to command your full attention. Other well-defined chenin blanc flavors poke out from under that blanket of flinty smoke, but it's the gunpowder character which intrigues and takes me instantly back to building Estes rockets as a kid: this is IDENTICAL to sniffing those little rocket engines. Truly bewitching and delicious and I’m thrilled to have it in my life—and not just for nostalgia’s sake. Look for this wherever Kermit Lynch’s harder-to-find wines are sold and when you see it, BUY IT!
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Red
7/3/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
92 points
This is all elegance and class: a lighter style and impeccably balanced which holds true to their reputation. Unfiltered light ruby and slightly grainy upon opening, but getting silkier and expanding in character and depth with two hours of air time. It has all the wild strawberry and herbs, orange blossom and cola you want, but it’s the saline and savory Sonoma Coast base and an almost tomato skin nuance that makes it special for me. This ’13 has a couple of years already but my bottle was still a bit wound up. Decant for an hour or two if you can, or maybe wait on it.
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White
6/25/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
88 points
Deep almost oxidized-looking golden hue; and a body that feels much weightier than the listed 12.5%abv. Minerally flavors of green apple and tangy grapefruit with light floral, and back-end acidity that energizes a medium finish. I’m digging the unique soils in the Quincy appellation and the interesting sauvignon blanc that grows there.
White
7/2/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
91 points
Not premier cru, but single vineyard from 30-year old vines. There is plenty of minerality for sure, but if a bracing and ultra steely Chablis is what you seek then this may not be the droid you are looking for. But if a little ripeness and loads of character sound ok then you’ll love it. Pleasingly rich and refreshing and even a fun little cornichon note on the long back end. WS named it #47 in their top 100 for 2015 and I don't disagree it's worthiness. For $18 we'll pick up more without fail.
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White
5/26/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
93 points
What an absolute mind-fuck: this is a perfectly still wine, but it smells 100% EXACTLY like fine Champagne: musky, vervy, crisp, dry chalky minerality, orchard fruit, almond pastry, and the dirty dancing butthole of a forrest mushroom. It even has a similar light gold-grey hue. But then on this HUGE expanding palate of stunning purity and verve, you get all the classic Champagne profile above, joined with an orangey bite of cumquat and a long savory note that runs down the middle. It’s so beautiful and unique, and I’m madly in love. Only three-quarters of an acre of the Altesse grape is grown on this particular estate so if you’re lucky enough to see it, buy it (I grabbed 5 more). A true gem in the kermit lynch portfolio.
Red
6/26/2016 - terroir junkie wrote:
90 points
Wonderfully weighted and balanced, with bright acid and sweet cherry cola fruit all in check. This vintage sees 20% new french oak which lends a hint of vanilla bean and some extra structure which is nice. Fantastic QPR as usual, and it may be a hair short on the finish—but I ain’t complaining. At just around $20 it’s rare to find a Pinot Noir this enjoyable and well made year after year.

Side note: Banshee does make lighter, fresher wines; but if you’re considering old world and new, having tasted this next to a Fleurie beaujolais, not surprisingly the Banshee showed clearly very new world in style.
Red
6/26/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
90 points
100% Sangiovese which really surprises me. Thought for sure there was some cab sauv in here, but perhaps the prominence of all that new oak just made it seem new world super tuscan-like. Wonderful balance and structure, soft tannins, and really expands on the palate. Drinking well now without a decant, but it’s solidly built and could go a decade easy before it mellows into something deeper. I paid $40 here in Honolulu where everything costs more, but if it’s in the $28 range elsewhere it’s a great bargain.
Red
6/13/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
88 points
Nice and fresh classic profile at this modest price point. Big ripe juicy cherry and berries with subtle licorice, leather, herbs and some distant floral that poked out with time. Big-ish, with a playful spicy bite. At $15 it won't blow your mind but it's a solid everyday CDR value that doesn’t need a long decant if you’re in a pinch.
Red
Sadly, it seems my bottle experience was an anomaly. It wasn't flawed, just disappointing. The flavor profile was fine, showing Blackberry liqueur, dark cherries with stems, violets wearing leather, faint Kalamata olive, graphite and charcoal for days, and a whisper of vanilla cream coming stronger the second day. Saturated mid palate that is neither thick nor thin. I felt this bottle was gender-confused: a masculine profile on a feminine frame—which isn't necessarily a bad thing but it was awkward here. Disjointed the first day, and slightly more integrated the next. Out of a tall Reidel Syrah glass the alcohol came up a bit strong, so switched to a modestly bowled tasting glass. Also, I tried and tried to sip and gulp in different ways to lengthen the finish but it came up far shorter than desired each and every time--like falling off a cliff. Strange. From Dunnucks tasting notes (and you guys) it seems we're drinking different wines completely. There are too many places to deduct points to get higher than 90, but at this price point I won't be trying again. If holding another I'd wait on it and see if it figures itself out.
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White
6/23/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
88 points
A fog of sulphur at first that blew off, mostly. Fresh and nutty Borgogne chardonnay fruit with that little squeeze of lemon and a smoky flint that adds character. A nice easy sipper that probably won't blow your mind. Give it an hour's air if you have an hour to spare.
White
6/23/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
92 points
You gotta be kidding…. the intense aromatics on this thing is borderline insanity. It’s huge and intoxicating, like sharing an elevator with a woman so strongly perfumed that you swoon a little. Once you reel your head back in and drink, the body is round and perfectly weighted with bright acidity, and drenched in a surprising minerality that balances out well-defined flavors of orange blossom and jasmine, melon, dried herbs and a fascinating savory mustard note on the long back end. A heady and wonderful experience with or without food, and also holds up well chilled for a few days after.
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Red
6/21/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
91 points
Ultra clean and savory, with dry high-toned acidity and flavors of wild strawberries, tea, smoked black and green peppers for days, and flower petals coming later. Wonderful stuff, but tightly wound and needs a few more years—or a long decant now. Got a deep earthy nostalgic note of bean burrito late on the third day which was awesome.
White
6/13/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
92 points
WOW… this has more elderflower on the nose than any sauvignon blanc I’ve ever had—it IS liquid St. Germaine! Wait… well you know what I mean. Supported by a deep core of gooseberry, tangerine, smoky gun powder with chalky pink limestone minerality and medium acidity. This is fully ripened, super-heady sauvignon blanc from 100+ year-old vines as confirmed by the slightly higher alcohol and deep gold color (yet all tank and no malo). The acidity was balanced at opening making for a wonderful experince but faded after a few hours which softened the wine considerably, so I'd say plan on finishing it before calling it a night.
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White
6/12/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
89 points
Super ripe tropical mango drenched in honey, and subtle nuances of rubber and diesel that spoke out more the following day or two. A very solid and delicious Kabinett that is showing just enough acidity now, so I wouldn't hold it too long.
Red
6/6/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
91 points
100% Old vines Grenache Noir from Languedoc-Roussillon. Organically farmed and aged in tank and bottle to retain the true character of its origin, this screams it’s roots as proudly as they come: it’s wild and herbaceous, with perfectly picked dark red and purple fruits, leather, lavender, and a kiss of clean salinity on the long and pure finish. Medium in body and wonderfully rustic with a playful bite that softened after an hour. Drink now (with a one hour decant) through 2025.
Red
2009 Château de Fieuzal Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/4/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
93 points
This was relaxed and open for business right after pulling the cork and has clearly entered a drinking window*. BUT important to note that my bottle was purchased from a retailer with a room-temp showroom just prior to opening. If yours has been sleeping in a vinotemp it may be a couple or several more years to reach this point. As for the wine, it showed an impressive wall of density and power but once broken through it’s far more delicate and graceful than expected. I can’t stop smelling it: it’s wonderfully aromatic and complex with gorgeous cassis paste and plum, cigar tobacco for days, graphite, smoke, baking chocolate, cedar, leather and violets, with superfine tannins and no rough edges whatsoever. On this particular bottle however the power and presence is inescapably front-loaded and slopes off a few seconds early on the back end. Still a 92/93 based on being just a beautiful wine to experience. The shortened finish here lowered my score a point or two but might be an anomaly as it seems others have had better luck. Dink 2016* - 2030
Rosé
6/4/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
90 points
Opened this at cellar temp and we laughed out loud—it’s TITANIC! WAYYY bigger and badder (and cheaper) than the Tempier but consequently not as elegant or refined. But then again at less than one year old it’s like a giant Baby Huey screaming for a few more years to grow into itself. So if right now a big-ass stomping rosè is what you seek for extra flavorful fare, this does taste great and will stand up to damn near anything you throw at it. But beware of the spicy: there's so much body and back-end heat right now that the listed 13.5% ABV seems almost tongue-in-cheek. Side note: chilled it lost character, but the heat hung around. Drink 2018-2025
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Red
6/2/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
92 points
What a lovely Priorat! Medium-bodioed and elegant, yet rich; with loads of old-vines bright sweet cherries, boysenberry, spice cake, pot pourri, wet cigar leaves, hot gravel, and menthol; all dancing in perfect harmony with integrated sweet m[oak]a, silky tannins, and juicy acidity. Showing beautiful polish already and will be a stunner in 5 to10 years.

Optional food note: this lightens up considerably with air, and may be too delicate for heavier dishes. If only I were in Spain sitting at a table of Iberico ham, sweaty manchego cheese, olives, and grilled tomato-rubbed bread!
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Red
6/1/2016 - terroir junkie wrote:
86 points
Hate to be a Debbie Downer, but staring at the old-skool label while sipping or closing my eyes and straining to make it more interesting proved ineffective. Once the rough edge upon opening faded with air, it's just simple almost new-world Beaujolais that would be a fresh and decent table wine at $10, but from a good vintage and costing $20 my hopes were higher and I found it disappointingly overpriced and unremarkable.
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Red
6/1/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
90 points
Classic Burgundian Pinot Noir showing respectable depth and character at this price point. Minerally, fresh, and focused; with an acidic lift to the sweet and sour berries and deeper notes of peppered herbs and entrails. Drinking wonderfully without a decant and through the first night, and softening but still very enjoyable over the following day or two.
White
2014 Domaine Lafage Cuvée Centenaire Côtes du Roussillon Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
5/29/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
89 points
Wonderful steely minerals with lychee, lilikoi and melon, and finishing quite savory and saline. Presents itself as light and fresh, but is deceptively full on the palate. Not the most acidic however, so pair carefully.
White
5/23/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
90 points
Big nose and full bodied; showing grapefruit, honey drizzled peaches, perfume, and fresh gravelly minerality. Perfect balance and acidity and a long finish that leaves an impression. A very solid Albariño that we'll definitely buy again.
Red
5/22/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
92 points
Tastes like a giant cherry pop tart and a cup of strong dark coffee. A pinch of stemmy herbs, and tiny hints of floral and tar round out the classic profile. Not overachieving in complexity at this point, but the cherry fruit is pure and gorgeous. Structured for a decade easy and probably two, but drinks young and fresh and enjoyable in the near term with a two hour+ decant. Ratti releases with three years in bottle already.
White - Sparkling
5/21/2016 - terroir junkie Likes this wine:
90 points
Shows it's pinot-dominance at once, with leesy raspberry and cherry, and savory notes of almond pie crust, forest floor and smoky olive. Medium complexity, finely textured, vervy, and quite mousse-y. A solid bubbly at $29 and wonderful match for foods calling for a more red-based profile.
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