Tasting Notes for pll4

(99 notes on 92 wines)

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White
8/14/2021 - pll4 Likes this wine:
First of my 13 Butteaux to be opened. This is the most open of any “young” Raveneau I’ve experienced. I usually wait about 10 years to start opening them and I’m glad I popped this one because I’d say it’s ready for business. The sulfur has been rendered and I’d say this wine is mature and maybe not getting better. If you have one bottle, I’d say drink up. Still a tremendous drink in a tough vintage from the master.
White
4/20/2021 - pll4 Likes this wine:
92 points
Maybe the best Sauvignon blanc I’ve ever had and still fresh as a daisy. Wasn’t sure what to expect and it far exceeded any expectations. Didier was a master and this wine is proof.
White
11/27/2018 - pll4 Likes this wine:
96 points
Out of Magnum. One of my most special wine experiences. So fresh and a very special bottle.
White
6/23/2018 - pll4 Likes this wine:
95 points
Rather tight and closed upon opening. Took over 6 hours in bottle to fully blossom and reveal the extent of this offering. Fairly exotic as it fans out but with such focus and precision. Terrific stuff here and I would hold on a few years if I had more.
White
2008 Etienne Sauzet Chevalier-Montrachet Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
11/25/2017 - pll4 Likes this wine:
96 points
So broad and voluptuous, yet so much cut and precision. This is a tremendous bottle with so much length and gives as much pleasure as possible in a white wine. Drinking beautifully now and will not wait long to consume the rest of my bottles.
White
1/16/2016 - pll4 Likes this wine:
93 points
Audouzed for 3 hours. Gorgeous bottle that really opens up as it warms to room temperature. Citrus, dried herbs, a touch of popcorn. Powerful, yet with a core of acidity and texture. Will wait on my other bottles for a few years as it has much room for maturation.
White
8/27/2012 - pll4 wrote:
Judgment reserved...a good amount of sulfur renders the nose. lovely intensity in the mouth, but this guy needs a few years in the cellar
Red
3/15/2012 - pll4 wrote:
90 points
This is very polished in a very modern style. I think this wine is probably not going to get much better, so I would drink up within the next few years.
Red
3/15/2012 - pll4 wrote:
88 points
This was very reduced with some nice tension behind it. If I were opening any bottles now I would decant for a day or I would wait to open another bottle for at least a few years. I think there is a pretty great wine here, but it is severely blocked by reduction today.
Red
3/13/2012 - pll4 wrote:
88 points
My first Anthill Farms...very interesting. If I were blind, at times at would have thought this was a white wine. Very exotic aromas of tropical fruits, especially mangoes, strawberry flavored cotton candy, and a hint of oak. The wine is very soft and pleasing in the mouth. Literally no tannin to be found at all. I would say that this is a very unique CA Pinot and a pretty neat as a novelty item, although not that appealing for the price.
Red
3/5/2012 - pll4 wrote:
Fortunate enough to get a small glass of this at lunch. Truly stunning in its perfume and grace. Beautiful aromas of dried flowers, fennel, and fruit from the darker spectrum. Very cool in the mouth and the tannins are velvety at this point and it is very persistent. I would say this wine is entering its drinking window and should continue to hold indefinitely.
Red
2/22/2012 - pll4 wrote:
92 points
This was very surprising and completely outperformed the other previous bottles I've had. I used to completely agree with sentiments below, but this seemed to have turned around. In a good place now, but still has a ways to go if you want. Very pure and the aromatics changed from oak tones to spice tones and then on to soil tones. Didn't really get any of the "baked" characteristics.
Red
2/4/2012 - pll4 wrote:
No rating given as this wine didn't quite live up to my expectations. Double decanted and consumed over 2 hours and seemed quite closed and shy aromatically. Very subtle balsamic notes, dried roses, black cherries, and vanilla. Very focused tannins, but a bit short in my opinion. I'm giving this wine the benefit of the doubt as I may have caught in a dumb phase and didn't live up to the expectations of some of the most recent notes on CT.
Red
12/23/2011 - pll4 wrote:
94 points
Popped and poured at dinner with no formal notes taken, but this was a great, great bottle of Syrah. This could be held for the medium term, but why wait as it is drinking wonderfully now. The pure essence of the vineyard in the truest sense.
Red
1/30/2012 - pll4 wrote:
92 points
I thought this was gorgeous so young. Missed the boat on acquiring a few more bottles...shame. Over time grew more floral and has a brilliant texture in the mouth. Not the most feminine Volnay, but a beautiful bottle nonetheless that I would seek out more of in the future.
Red
1/30/2012 - pll4 wrote:
88 points
Popped and poured and consumed over 3 days. It is at its best on day 3 in my opinion. Began to soften and really open up with aromas of kirsch, flowers, plums, and some dried herbs. It is very bright and has a good amount of tannin, but very focused so I think this has the makeup to really improve over time. The 2010 is a bit different than the 2009, as it has a bit more structure, acid, and minerality in the mouth and is not quite as lush and giving so young. If opening anytime soon, I would advise in a nice decant and serving at a temperature closer to the cellar than room.
White
1/11/2012 - pll4 wrote:
90 points
No formal notes taken...popped and poured. This is great entry level Chablis, albeit expensive for entry level. Although for $45, this is classic and perfectly balanced and everything you could want. I said tonight that "I could chug this wine." That is a good thing.
Red
1/5/2012 - pll4 wrote:
95 points
This was stunning...popped and poured and drank over 4 hours. Aromas of cherries, dried herbs, fennel and an explosion of cherries in the mouth. This is peaking although with the structure this could hold for some years. A breath of fresh air to see such a light colored wine with both power and finesse.
Red
12/29/2011 - pll4 wrote:
93 points
I'm very happy with this bottle. The absolute pure expression of Syrah. No notes taken, but it is drinking perfectly now and will hold for another 5 to 10. I really think 15 years is the sweet spot for these wines...
White
2010 Bedrock Wine Co. Cuvée Karatas Sonoma County Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/15/2011 - pll4 wrote:
flawed
Corked...bummer
Red
12/11/2011 - pll4 wrote:
flawed
DOA...a touch of TCA along with obviously poor storage
Red
12/7/2011 - pll4 wrote:
90 points
This bottle wasn't quite as lively as one from last month. Powerful aromas of black tea, fresh pine needles, pomegranate, and savory spices. Very drying on the palate...almost like taking a tea bag and putting iton your tongue. Some crushed red fruits in the mouth as well. Will hold out for some time for the next bottle to see where it is heading.
Red
12/6/2011 - pll4 wrote:
94 points
Beautiful bottle...just came at you in waves. Holding firm here and will drink well still for some time I think. This is pure Syrah. Not quite the explosive aromatics of what you would find in a Cote Rotie, but it's own unique style and a bit more subdued. Only wish I had more...decanted for an hour and drank over 2 hours
Red
11/18/2011 - pll4 wrote:
92 points
Drank in increments over 3 days...best on Day 3. First 2 days it showed aromas of raspberry liquer, spice, woodsy cologne, new wood, a bit stemmy. This wine is very structured and has the stuffing to age for a bit. On day 3 the wine has softened a bit and has beautiful aromas of dried flowers, wood, spice box. Once it opened up, this wine blind could be mistaken as a burg.
Red
11/13/2011 - pll4 wrote:
93 points
No formal notes taken...blind I would have guessed to be a very young wine. This bottle was great and will look forward to other bottles in a few more years. The nose wasn't quite as giving as it could be and there is still quite a bit of tannin in the mouth
White
11/9/2011 - pll4 wrote:
90 points
really cool wine...no formal notes taken, but very floral with a waxy and creamy mouthfeel. this should age well too
Red
11/7/2011 - pll4 wrote:
90 points
Beautiful aromas of fennel, capsicum, musk, cigar ash, and even a bit of a floral note. I don't get a lot of funk associated with this producer/region. In the mouth, the wine has shed its tannins and seems rather weightless considering the nose. Paired best with food imo. The wine is drinking perfectly now, but should hold beautifully for another 5-10.
White
10/3/2011 - pll4 wrote:
flawed
oxidized
Red
8/9/2011 - pll4 wrote:
94 points
WWOB Tasting: This has everything I want in a red burg. Beautiful nose of violets and blue fruits. A very "clean" wine and would almost suggest a burgundy made by a California winemaker. It is unmistakable in this flight due to the lack of a "funk" factor, although it may lose some points for not having as much complexity as others after. This wine is perfectly balanced in the mouth and still has a good amount of stuffing. It walks the line of being delicate and powerful at the same time. It is in a great spot now, but could be held onto for at least a few years longer. My WOTF.
Red
8/9/2011 - pll4 wrote:
flawed
WWOB Tasting: Corked...bummer
Red
5/6/2011 - pll4 wrote:
85 points
Am I missing something? This bottle didn't perform well at all. It was SO soft, no tannin or structure to think of...very blousy wine and generic and simple to my taste. Young Napa Cab, whether over the top or traditional, should have something going for it at this early of a stage in it's life. I guess i will chalk it up to a "dumb" phase, but I honestly don't know if this can get better. It has no backbone in which to improve upon...I would have been happy if this were $20, but $250?
Red
2008 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
4/18/2011 - pll4 wrote:
92 points
this wine opened up and changed considerably over a few hour period...at times this was more akin to a rayas than a burg (a good thing). the stemmy nose really showed after a few hours. to me, a more masculine burg, but a mighty fine one. look forward to having more over the years
Red
3/23/2011 - pll4 wrote:
87 points
too fruity tooty compared to the serious Foillards and Lapierres of 09
Red
1999 Dominique Laurent Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
3/23/2011 - pll4 wrote:
88 points
no formal notes taken...the underlying material is nice here, but couldn't get past the heavy toasted barrel component in the mouth. seemed out of sorts in this respect next to a gouges nsg les st georges which was brilliant
Red
3/19/2011 - pll4 wrote:
93 points
similar note to cote du py...this is great stuff and will have you wanting and buying more
Red
3/19/2011 - pll4 wrote:
93 points
This is smoking good...nothing else to say. bright fruit, minerals, kirsch and perfect balance in the mouth. an absolute steal...bought another case after tasting b/c this will only get better
Red
3/16/2011 - pll4 wrote:
91 points
getting past the heavily charred barrel, nice perfumed aromas, licorice, dark fruits, a bit reduced...nice in the mouth...will hold well for a few years
Red
2000 Louis Jadot Bonnes Mares Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
3/11/2011 - pll4 wrote:
flawed
horribly corked...
Red
3/11/2011 - pll4 wrote:
91 points
no formal notes taken, killed one early b/c have a case. a fine young burg w great balance, but built to age
White
2008 Domaine de Trévallon Blanc Vin de Pays des Alpilles White Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/28/2011 - pll4 wrote:
Not rated...completely shut down and the most prominent note on the nose was SO2. The last btl of this I had was an 06 and it was decanted and open for business and lovely. However, this was in Europe...coincidence? Coaxed it for hours to no avail...wait to revisit for at least another couple of years
Red
1990 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/25/2011 - pll4 wrote:
91 points
if opening now, this definitely needs an hour or two in the decanter...double decanted and although funky at first, it blossomed after about 2 hours. quintessential pessac character with burnt embers and dark fruits and spice box. tannins well resolved and fine and a medium long finish.
White
2/8/2011 - pll4 wrote:
96 points
Decided to kill a youngster...this wine is outrageously good and even better after letting half the bottle sit out for a day. all of the characteristics you could want in a young chablis-citrus, minerality, oyster shell, flowers. this stays in the mouth forever and is perfectly balanced. pure in the truest sense of the word.
Red
1987 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/6/2011 - pll4 wrote:
91 points
Surprised that it needed aeration...double decanted and marginal at first, emerged in a couple of hours. no fruit left but quite a beautiful bottle.
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