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Red
2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale Pinot Noir
2/12/2012 - SanFranSoxFan04 Likes this wine:
90 points
PWTG California Pinot Noir Tasting (Wine Bank, Menlo Park): Blind flight of 5 2005/2006 CA Pinots and 1 Burg. Group's #2 wine, My #4
A subtle nose, but I picked up some fresh corn scent. Light subtle body, cigar, oak, dry.
  • calnative commented:

    2/24/12, 7:51 AM - my #1. Glad you enjoyed the tasting!

Red
2002 Simon Bize Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Vergelesses Pinot Noir
1/14/2012 - bevetroppo wrote:
91 points
Thanks to my brother, I'm reading my way through The Drops of God, a manga tribute to the glory of French wine ( at least so far). Imagine a comic book in which two superheroes engage in a cosmic battle to identify 13 of the world's greatest wines, going off nothing but the tasting notes of an enigmatic Japanese Robert Parker. I've never read manga before and if this is representative, I'm pretty sure it won't become a habit, but Drops does a great job of evoking the poetry in a good bottle of wine, and in fact, helped me revalidate my own approach to tasting notes, which are at best flights of pure imaginative fancy. Nothing beats the main character's blind musings about a wine leading to a pause...and then a two page spread of a beautiful young maiden standing in a field of flowers...will she turn around? will she kiss you? In fact, there are more hot women rendered in these books than I've seen in person at 35 years of serious wine tastings, which is the real problem: I don't need anyone teaching billions of new middle/upper middle class consumers why they need to compete with me for scarce Burgundies and Bordeaux I already can't afford.

This Bize, obtained at auction, had me a little worried initially because the cork was saturated purple. I read somewhere this can be indicative of storage at elevated temperatures, which can cause the wine to bubble up along the sides of the barrel of the cork. But fears were unfounded. The nose was immediately inviting and complex, shot through with red berries, soy, and distinct, pervasive notes of forest floor. In fact, if I were lost inside the pages of Drops, I would certainly have found myself in a mature forest, stepping over half rotting, moss-covered logs, watching shafts of sunlight penetrate the canopy, then half stumbling on a small bush of fragrant ripe strawberries, offered to me by a lissome lass clad in a diaphanous robe. You get the idea. I have to say I liked this Bize best at the outset, when at cellar temperature it retained a charming and engaging freshness that overlaid the bosky impressions and then dissipated over the course of the three hours I enjoyed it. Assuming good provenance, it is fully mature now, should not be decanted, and will provide maximum pleasure over the next three years.
  • calnative commented:

    1/14/12, 9:02 PM - Looking forward to reading this "Drops of God". Perhaps I will read while drinking some of the 02 Bize Savigny Vergelesses in my cellar. I suppose I agree with the 3 year time frame but the actual tasting not was a bit of a let down. Perhaps it would help if I knew what a "bosky impression" was...have to look that up.
    P.S. my corks have not been saturated. Very clean with just a mm or two saturated.

Red
2006 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains Pinot Noir
8/31/2011 - drwine2001 wrote:
Just an early check and a happy one at that. Saturated and undeveloped looking. Complex aromatics of red and black fruit, pine resin and licorice. Rich and full entry but pulled together by terrific acidity, soil tones and significant residual tannin. All that said, this was shockingly forward for a young Chevillon Vaucrains. At an adolescent stage now but certainly less awkward than I was at a similar point in life.
  • calnative commented:

    9/1/11, 8:09 PM - nice. Thanks for the update

Red
2008 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
1/28/2011 - Richard Jennings wrote:
92 points
2009 Rhys Tasting with Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman (Rhys Cave, Skyline Vineyard, San Mateo, California): Opaque purple red violet color; tar, espresso, smoke, olive, tart black fruit nose; tight, smoke, tart black fruit, tar palate, needs 4-5 years; medium-plus finish
  • calnative commented:

    2/4/11, 5:26 PM - nice, I plan to pick up my 4 bottles at the Feb pickup..

White
2004 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Chardonnay
2/1/2011 - drwine2001 wrote:
Light yellow. Wow, this is really explosive aromatically-iodine, salt, and very floral. Light but lemony, finely etched, and very powerful in the mouth. An unequivocally great Chablis and without doubt the best bottle of Fevre I've had in a very long time. Will go on.
  • calnative commented:

    2/2/11, 9:58 AM - nice note. Looking forward to a bottle soon.

White
2004 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre Chardonnay
12/31/2010 - Richard Jennings wrote:
95 points
Raveneau Montée de Tonnerre Vertical (Vin Vino Wine, Palo Alto, California): Light lemon yellow color; rich, sweet butter, toast, mineral, cream nose; tasty, poised, creamy textured, balanced, salted butter, lemon, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 95+ pts.
  • calnative commented:

    1/7/11, 10:41 AM - That's a high score, wow... glad i have some...

Red
2001 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir
1/4/2011 - jimbomatic wrote:
94 points
When Dujac gets it right there aren’t many better things. This is heroically awesome. Bright, crunchy red cherries, a touch of meatiness, a little iodine and all wrapped in a briny presentation make for an outstanding nose. Sweet red fruit mix with blackberry, dark bread, beef bouillon and stones for a complex and supremely layered mid-palate. Lots of assertive tannins and bright acidity on the finish speak to the utter youthfulness of this wine. Showy without being excessive in any way. A tremendous effort, a beautiful wine and something that will be a winner in the cellar for years. It will likely never achieve any sort of legendary status but this is a barn-burner of a Burgundy. 94 with room to grow.
  • calnative commented:

    1/4/11, 11:13 AM - nice note

Red
1999 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Pinot Noir
11/14/2010 - Richard Jennings wrote:
94 points
Burgundy Themed Euro Lunch: Clos des Lambrays and Cortons (Donato Enoteca, Redwood City, California): Dark red color with pale meniscus; cigar box, dried berry, sous bois, sage nose; tasty, cigar box, dried berry, black raspberry, sous bois palate with depth; medium-plus finish
  • calnative commented:

    11/15/10, 4:12 PM - nice! looking forward to trying some of mine...

White - Sparkling
2002 Marguet Champagne Grand Cru Brut Champagne Blend
11/7/2010 - chablis28 wrote:
91 points
Another nice but not memorable as the btl from a few months ago? Btl variation? or maybe the night was more special? This one seemed leaner to me. Maybe a little more rest after shipping might have helped too? Hope my other 5 are better.
  • calnative commented:

    11/9/10, 4:44 PM - I bought 6 bottles last year and 6 more this year. On about the 8th bottle and haven't seen any bottle variation yet. I love this champers...

Red
2007 Navarro Vineyards Pinot Noir Méthode à l'Ancienne - unfiltered Anderson Valley
10/10/2010 - rosenst1 wrote:
89 points
Popped and poured. Interesting there were tartrate crystals on the cork; something I don't often see
on domestic wines. This has softened considerably and now has quite a nice mouthfeel although there is still significant acidity lurking on the finish. Red and black fruits on the nose without much in the way of herbs, mineral, or other complexity. Should evolve well over the next several years.
  • calnative commented:

    10/11/10, 1:17 PM - yeah, I see the crystals in the unfiltered bottling too, never on the filtered bottling. a lot of folks think the filtering can take flavors out of the wine, but obviously may leave some undesirables in the bottle.

Red
1999 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains Pinot Noir
9/11/2010 - Richard Jennings wrote:
92 points
Slaton's 40th Pizza Making & Wine Bash (Ryan's pad, San Francisco, California): Dark cherry red color; lovely, tart cherry, framboises, black cherry nose; tart black cherry, black raspberry, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.
  • calnative commented:

    9/16/10, 8:47 PM - nice.. Was this a 40th birthday or a 40th Pizza making party?

Red
2004 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges Pinot Noir
8/23/2010 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
95 points
2004 Red Burgundies (Brooklyn): A remarkable aromatic contrast with the other 1er crus and indeed with most of the rest of the lineup; just from the sweet-and-savory fruit-sauce aroma you can tell that this has perfect, flawless ripeness and plenty else to offer. Hey, it's probably the first wine so far actually to smell of fruit! And it tastes rich but also weightless and silken, and it envelops and caresses the palate like a true grand cru. Couldn't spit one drop of this.
  • calnative commented:

    8/23/10, 11:50 AM - wow, unbelievable score/review considering the vintage. I have some of these and am going to dig one out...

Red
2005 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Pommard 1er Cru Les Épenots Pinot Noir
7/6/2010 - BillyT wrote:
92 points
My favorite Burgundy to date. Unfortunately we drank it while in Italy after leaving France because I didn't think I could get it back in my luggage. Deep rich dark purple with almost an Amorone like taste. Tobacco, leather, dark fruit. Structured tannins and acidity and able to drink alone or with food. Our hotel brought us cheese, bread and salume's when I told them what we had to drink. I would definitely by more if I could get it here in the US.
  • calnative commented:

    7/6/10, 11:06 AM - probably woudn't be as cheap as in France, but there are quite a few sellers on Wine-searcher. I bought 3 bottles at release that I am going to hold for a while...

Red
2001 Domaine Dujac Clos St. Denis Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir
7/1/2010 - rpfarwell wrote:
90 points
Good dark fruit and mocha nose, big cherry taste - good acidity but a little too sour for me. long aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. Drank it over a couple of nights and there were times when it seemed a little thin in the middle. Very good but not quite the bang I was expecting for a grand cru, but then it was an off year for the Cote de Beaune and perhaps it was starting to taper off.
  • calnative commented:

    7/2/10, 10:24 AM - Clos St. Denis is from Morey St. Denis, Cote de Nuits, not Cote de Beaune but I can appreciate the tasting note.

White
2002 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Chardonnay
6/18/2010 - WST wrote:
94 points
Oops, drank my last one by mistake. My bottle tag wa mislabeled '05 (of which I have several). Opened for a crowd with little wine and no Chablis experience.
No premox. Youthful and beautiful, would have lasted years (decades?) in the bottle. Lemon curd, sea breeze, lots of crushed wet limestone. Long, long lush finish. Sad to see it go, but glad it was a beauty.
  • calnative commented:

    6/18/10, 11:51 AM - I have one left and am tring to keep my hands off of it!

Red
2006 Simon Bize Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Vergelesses Pinot Noir
6/13/2010 - Richard Jennings wrote:
91 points
Grower Champagne and Dim Sum (Sino Restaurant, Santana Row, San Jose, California): Medium dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; tart cherry, sous bois nose; tasty, velvety textured, tart red fruit, rosehips, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish
  • calnative commented:

    6/18/10, 7:51 AM - nice!

Red
2005 Simon Bize Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Vergelesses Pinot Noir
6/9/2010 - Anonymous wrote:
I just couldn't wait any longer to try a bottle. An exceptional wine, it did not disappoint. The nose is all about earth and minerals, with very pretty red fruit accents; I almost couldn't get my nose out of the glass. The palate is simply beautiful -- a solid core of minerals and iron, firmly structured, but with some spice and sappy red fruit, and oh so intoxicating! Exceeded my expectations. Wish I had a couple of cases. While drinking surprisingly well right now, this has the structure and stuffing to leave in a corner of the cellar for a number of years without fear.
  • calnative commented:

    6/10/10, 9:10 AM - Wow, I have had the 02 lately. This producer seems to get better and better. I have 4 05's but perhays need more. Looks to be available at Vins Rare.

Red
2001 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche La Tâche Grand Cru Pinot Noir
6/8/2010 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
97 points
Champagnes and Burgundies (Gramercy Tavern): This was impressive, but also somewhat reserved, showing what it has to offer in more cumulative fashion from sip to sip than the immediate knockout effect of the Richebourg. You have to pay attention. It showed less fruit than its brethren, probably because La Tâche seems to be Ground Zero for the middle eastern spice-bazaar characteristics of Vosne-Romanée, which played a much bigger role in the ultimate flavor (and aroma) here than the fruit did. The effect was a fractal of spices amidst pale reddish fruit, easily making this the most detailed and complex wine in the lineup. But part of the effect of the spiciness and the more reserved fruit was to give this a dustier, grittier texture than the other wines -- not as silky or pampering, making this a little less hedonistic and a little more cerebral than the others. #02155.
  • calnative commented:

    6/9/10, 6:14 PM - nice note. I will save mine for a few more years....

White
2002 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux Chardonnay
5/27/2010 - danstrings wrote:
94 points
Baume PA Rob, Julie, Mel – Wow, just gorgeous. A study in ethereal balance and expressiveness. Decanted an hour, I almost always decant young Chablis these days. Takes the edge off the bite and opens up the exotic notes, and there were plenty here with that gorgeous spearminty white truffle swirling in and out of a waxy candles-in-the cathedral nose. Lemon thyme, chalky candy, white chocolate and spearmint on the nose and palate. A tad richer style with some vanilla frosting and ripe fruit in addition. Hauntingly ethereal balance on the palate. Gorgeous pairing with appetizer dishes of seafood and interesting things.
  • calnative commented:

    6/7/10, 3:44 PM - nice....

Red
2000 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
5/21/2010 - RobertDwyer wrote:
98 points
Beautiful aromas of black currant, savory bacon, and even some floral elements. Extremely multi-faceted and delightfully complex. On the palate: Blackberries, cola and savory components. Powerful and elegant. Tannins still enjoyably present for my taste. Almost new-world in nature. Loved it. Easily wine of the night. Might very well be the best wine I’ve ever tasted. The kind of wine that makes you immediately bust out your phone to perform a Wine-Searcher.com search.
  • calnative commented:

    5/21/10, 3:52 PM - wow, looks like a lot of users really love this wine. I will have to crack a bottle.

Red
2000 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Cailles Pinot Noir
5/19/2010 - danstrings wrote:
91 points
Refuge Anh Thu Alex et al -- Sexy succulent pinot showing nice development but not overly funky either. Feminine wine, black cherry and earth. Chocolatey clovey goodness, a touch of sandalwood.
  • calnative commented:

    5/21/10, 2:56 PM - nice, I have quite a few of these...

Red
2001 Domaine Robert Arnoux / Arnoux-Lachaux Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots Pinot Noir
5/9/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
Sweet and pie cherry aromas, with just a hint of little barnyard and a little asian spice. Mouth-filling cherries on the palate, with a slight briny edge that I associate with Dundee Hills Pinot. Excellent mouth feel, very nice finish. This wine hits all the right buttons. A dead ringer for the 2000 Cameron Dundee Hills we had the night before.
  • calnative commented:

    5/17/10, 6:40 PM - Wow, I have a Cameron 2004 Dundee but not a 2000. I have one bottle left of ht Arnoux. Nice note...

Red
2005 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Cailles Pinot Noir
5/11/2008 - danstrings wrote:
96 points
Dinner at Nectar with Scott and Rob -- generous offering by Scott, showing absolutely great. This is the glory of Burgundy! Soars from the glass with minerally earthy chocolate covered cherries. Great grip on the palate but loaded with ultra ripe cherry and strawberry. A stunner.
  • calnative commented:

    5/17/10, 6:38 PM - wow , very surprising to me as I would think this would be shut down hard. It would be fun to try one. Did you decant for a while?

Red
1999 Domaine du Clos de Tart Clos de Tart Clos de Tart Grand Cru Pinot Noir
8/30/2003 - Richard Jennings wrote:
92 points
Light strawberry nose; strawberry, sous bois palate with good concentration, acidity and balance; long finish 92+ pts.
  • calnative commented:

    4/21/10, 4:04 PM - Hey Richard, you think this has more upside? I have a few bottles of this and was thinking of linining one up at some point....

Red
2006 Simon Bize Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Fournaux Pinot Noir
3/3/2010 - brooklynguy wrote:
Savigny-lès-Beaune: lovely aromatics right off the bat - clay, dark berries, good perfume. Angular and closed on the palate. the next day this wine really came together, with a gorgeous floral pungency on the nose and obvious depth of material, good intensity. very very good wine.
  • calnative commented:

    3/4/10, 12:06 PM - Thanks for the note. I know that Burghound rated these quite highly. looking forward to trying mine in a few years....

Red
2002 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots Pinot Noir
3/1/2010 - DCornutt wrote:
92 points
Spectacular!
A core of red fruit wafts into your sinuses. Mixed with some almost Blackberry types of notes. Earthy like a good Burgundy should be and just a hint of rusticity. The palate is so silky and loaded with brighter red fruit. Great persistence in the mouth.
This is absolutely wonderful.
  • calnative commented:

    3/3/10, 8:40 AM - Wow, first comment I have heard on 02 SV Chevillon drinking well. I have 3 of these babies....

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