Comments on my notes

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Red
2017 Arnot-Roberts Syrah Clary Ranch Sonoma Coast
6/10/2019 - rlove wrote:
88 points
Deep purple. There's so much going on here: Violet, white pepper, chalk, and a lifted quality from a hint of VA that quickly blows off with air. Most impressive, however, is the penetrating minerality — all the more notable given the heat this vintage. Great stuff and possibly underscored. Drink starting 2023.
  • rlove commented:

    10/2/19, 6:02 AM - Ken, 88 is a fine score. 2017 was a rough year and the team pulled off a good wine given the constraints.

  • rlove commented:

    10/2/19, 10:09 AM - Ken, I earned plenty of Bs in college. And worse.

    From Cellartracker's own guidance[1], an 88 is "very good." Moreover I drink plenty of fine Burgundies rated in the mid/high 80s by Allen Meadows, the finest critic I know, and no one argues he is saying those wines are subpar.

    Arguing one should put 89 vs 88 here is hardly worth our time, particularly given I already note my score may be low in the note itself.

    [1] https://support.cellartracker.com/article/49-tasting-notes-and-ratings

White
2014 Aubert Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard Sonoma Coast
7/22/2019 - rlove wrote:
95 points
More convinced than ever that Aubert's 2014 Lauren is the finest large-scale Chardonnay produced in these united states. Rich, dense, and intense with orchard fruit, underbrush, oaky spice, and crushed stone. Round and full bodied but with an energy and vibrant acidity that keeps this a party. No one ought be shocked élevage was 100% new oak but, at the same time, the oak comes across balanced — even at this early point in what will be a long life. Excellent.
  • rlove commented:

    7/23/19, 8:45 AM - Michael, thanks! Truly a great vineyard and great producer.

Red
2009 Domaine Anne Gros Richebourg Richebourg Grand Cru Pinot Noir
6/8/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
Perfumed nose, aided by significant stem inclusion, with gobs of spice and raspberry. Juicy red fruit on the palate, lush texture, nice acidity for the vintage, but a bit of a clipped finish.
  • rlove commented:

    7/19/19, 6:51 AM - Wow, I almost don't believe that! Maybe the bottle was fake!

    More seriously, yes, goes to show ...

Red
2015 Abreu Rothwell Hyde St. Helena Red Bordeaux Blend
6/29/2019 - rlove wrote:
89 points
Supple and accessible with perfumed fruit and cedar. Plush texture. The 2015 Rothwell Hyde offers early availability but will benefit from time to integrate the oak.
  • rlove commented:

    7/2/19, 6:21 PM - This is a solid, good wine. I don't think it is a good value. It is possible my score undervalues where this will go with age.

Red
2015 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard San Mateo County
6/20/2019 - rlove wrote:
91 points
Reduction initially renders the 2015 Family Farm backward, necessitating air to coax out aromas of red fruit, cola, and potting soil. There's a deep minerality on the palate that yields a killer tactile quality that lifts the flavors of red fruit and spice. Drink starting 2020.
  • rlove commented:

    6/21/19, 5:12 AM - Thanks. Mistake.

White
2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore Etna DOC Carricante
4/10/2019 - rlove wrote:
flawed
Oxidized (now 2 of 3 bottles, purchased from winery and properly stored, are showing advanced notes).
  • rlove commented:

    4/14/19, 9:49 AM - Diane, yah, something is up with this wine. Even notes that aren't saying the wine is flawed often discuss oxidative qualities that shouldn't be there. Not sure this makes it better or worse, but the one of three bottles I had that wasn't advanced was quite good.

White
2016 Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Cuvée Guy Moreau Chardonnay
2/12/2019 - rlove wrote:
90 points
Surprisingly rich and ripe, with both mineral reduction and evident oak pointing you anywhere but Chablis. Orange blossom aromas turn blood orange on the palate and while there is some classic Chablis quality behind the rich fruit, there's little typicity or sense of terroir to the 2016 Cuvée Guy Moreau. Consequently it is rather difficult to render a verdict here but the impressive density of fruit and potential for more balance in maturity pushes me positive.
  • rlove commented:

    2/14/19, 7:52 AM - TheLittleHorse, the best wines are classic with sufficient acidity to support them over the long haul. But the vintage is rather uneven and I think you'll need to choose wisely if you want to lay bottles down.

    Over the short to medium term I quite like the vintage, particularly after 2015, which I found too ripe.

    The Cuvée Guy Moreau is a tough wine to use as a benchmark as it is always an oddball. Generally heavily reduced and with a nut oil quality that takes me to Meursault.

Red
1998 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste Nebbiolo
1/28/2018 - rlove wrote:
flawed
Cooked.
  • rlove commented:

    10/31/18, 6:00 AM - Marc, no, but funny you ask — I've had cooked Rinaldi from them in the past. Several bottles of 2001 Brunate Le Coste, I think.

White - Off-dry
2016 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5 Mosel Saar Ruwer
9/15/2018 - rlove wrote:
94 points
A stop-everything-and-check-this-out nose: Apricot, lime, lime blossom, crushed stone. Round, rich, balanced palate with flavors of apricot and an energetic, mineral line from first sip to finish. This is absolutely fantastic. Hard to resist today but the 2016 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #5 will evolve positively for many years.
  • rlove commented:

    9/17/18, 7:23 AM - Seth, I was quite impressed. A wine both delicious and complex. I have some #10 in my cellar too ...

White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux 1ère Trie Le Mont Chenin Blanc
9/10/2018 - rlove wrote:
flawed
TCA.
  • rlove commented:

    9/11/18, 9:50 AM - 55 out of 1693 notes say TCA, which is 3%, which if anything seems low to me, particularly given I tend to drink old world wines.

    I don't think I'm particularly sensitive, although I do think I call out wines that have low-levels of TCA, perhaps mostly showing as no fruit and a dead palate, where others would write a TN and give a low score.

White
2016 Dauvissat-Camus Chablis 1er Cru La Forest Chardonnay
9/6/2018 - rlove wrote:
92 points
Orange peel, florals, and seabreeze. Citrus-driven palate. Round and rich but not overripe. Ripe acidity is a tad lacking given the age, so expect this to be a shorter lived cuvée.
  • rlove commented:

    9/7/18, 11:03 AM - David, 2016s are more uneven than the 2015s, but I almost always prefer them. 2015s show a ripe sweetness that has no place for me in Chablis. Generally I think the 2016s will age longer.

Red
1995 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
3/17/2018 - rlove wrote:
94 points
This is one of the prettier 1995 Bordeaux I have enjoyed, with an open-knit nose of blackberry, mixed florals, licorice, and cedar. Harmonious and well layered fruit, soft and plush, with integrated tannins. The 1995 Cheval Blanc has entered its drinkability window wide open and accessible, but it should continue to improve for several years and then drink well for decades. Certainly ready to drink, but no rush.
  • rlove commented:

    6/14/18, 8:37 AM - Stood upright for several days. Decanted and then drank over the next few hours.

White
2015 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest Chardonnay
6/22/2017 - rlove wrote:
89 points
Stone fruit, iodine, and earth on the nose. Bitter citrus on the palate, medium weight, with a lingering finish. This will certainly improve with 2-3 years rest but how 2015 Chablis ages over the long-run is unknown to me.
  • rlove commented:

    7/7/17, 2:34 PM - 2015 is a bit of a mystery to me, but one thing for sure is unevenness due to the massive weather events at harvest. Grapes should be ripe, in the vein of 2009, but there are significant issues with underripeness (due to emergency picking) and rot.

    I think we'll need to play 2015 bottle-by-bottle unfortunately.

White
2011 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes Chardonnay
10/1/2016 - rlove wrote:
93 points
Pale, slightly cloudy yellow. Complex nose of citrus, white flower, mint, and crushed rock. Concentrated lemon and mineral flavors on the palate. Finishes long and intense, with lemon and mineral notes. The 2011 Les Chenevottes is quite impressive and surpasses expectations. Good now.
  • rlove commented:

    10/22/16, 10:39 AM - BuzzzzOff, this definitely shows 2011's lighter, citrus-tinged character giving it early accessibility. But the concentration & intensity are impressive and I suspect this has the structure to age so definitely "better later." Also, as is PYCM's style, there's so much sulphur you'll want to decant if you enjoy it now.

Red
2011 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
8/16/2016 - JonnyG Does not like this wine:
80 points
Green and herbaceous, nearly undrinkable. My impressions are so inconsistent with most of the prior notes from others that I wonder if this somehow is an oddity or off bottle, hard to imagine though.
  • rlove commented:

    10/10/16, 12:29 PM - I opened the 2011 Estate last night and found the same greenness. Very confusing as this is not something I have ever detected in Dominus. Curiously, I had a bottle of 2011 Napanook a year ago and found the same quality. Perhaps the winery experimented with stems in 2011?

Red
2011 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Tre Tine Nebbiolo
9/10/2016 - rlove wrote:
93 points
Ruby. Gorgeous, alluring nose of dark cherry & raspberry, sappy balsamic notes, and mint. Youthful but ripe tannins. This finishes with delectable candied cherry & raspberries. The 2011 Tre Tine shows a surprising freshness for the vintage. Drink starting 2021.
  • rlove commented:

    9/19/16, 6:17 AM - Hey Chaz! Yah bummer about the knee — hopefully the "just 2-3 weeks" news is accurate. Cheers!

White
2009 Kistler Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard Sonoma Valley
7/23/2016 - rlove wrote:
88 points
Green-tinged gold. Nose of pineapple, pear, vanilla, and oaky spice. The oak is still quite prominent, surprising for the age, and rather distracting from what could be an elegant Chardonnay. (Bottle 12099)
  • rlove commented:

    7/25/16, 6:10 AM - BuzzzzOff: This is my second bottle, similar tasting notes.

    I don't like prominent oak so perhaps your palate may enjoy this more.

White
2004 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles Chardonnay
7/22/2016 - rlove wrote:
flawed
Oxidized.
  • rlove commented:

    7/23/16, 3:30 PM - MemorialWineFan: Me too ... 7 of the 16 Leflaive tasting notes I have here say Oxidized.

White
2011 Bressan Carat Venezia Giulia IGT White Blend
11/23/2015 - rlove wrote:
89 points
Dark yellowish-orange. Honey, apricot, earth, nail polish remover, sea breeze, and almond skin are some of the aromas on the lifted, complex nose. On the palate, spice, minerality, and salinity frame a finish of apricot. I really dig the complexity of this orange wine.
  • rlove commented:

    7/15/16, 6:43 AM - rjhilgers: Agreed! I generally consider volatile acidity a flaw but it worked well in this wine.

Red
2004 Domaine Jacques Prieur Musigny Musigny Grand Cru Pinot Noir
11/17/2015 - rlove wrote:
90 points
There is a green, herbal quality to the nose that is unmistakably 2004 Burgundy, yet it is surprisingly appealing, savory, spicy, and peppery. Violet and sous bois round out the bouquet. Beautiful, balanced tannins, medium-light body, this is ready to drink. This is one of the better 2004 Burgundies I've had.
  • rlove commented:

    7/14/16, 6:08 AM - MarceloIdeses: No, I would not pay the current auction price for this wine. My scores are independent of price.

Red
2006 Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
6/25/2016 - rlove wrote:
flawed
Some muted blackcurrant, but the nose was dominated by new oak: cedar, baking spice, and a hint of vanilla. Softening but still present tannins. Short length. Given other more favorable notes, perhaps I had an off bottle. Mild TCA?
  • rlove commented:

    6/30/16, 6:15 AM - It was purchased off a restaurant wine list. Well stored. I suspect it was TCA so storage was irrelevant.

White
2005 Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
5/30/2016 - rlove wrote:
Advanced but not oxidized, showing orchard fruit, honey, and melon. The palate shows the start of bruised apple cider. While certainly drinkable, this wine is definitely showing some advancement, although this could be an issue of storage and not premox.
  • rlove commented:

    6/7/16, 7:20 AM - peebal, thank you for the kind words. As this wine wasn't in my possession its whole life, I'm inclined to blame storage too, although it was the sort of advancedness you see with White Burgundies these days. At any rate, it was still a nice wine.

    Cheers.

Red
1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
1/24/2016 - rlove wrote:
96 points
Garnet. This nose. Just wow: Black cherry, blackberry, game, menthol, and garrigue are some of the savory, dark, and animale notes that leap from the glass. On the palate, juicy dark fruit, earth, and some brett-driven barnyards notes that fortunately do not influence the bouquet. Medium bodied with soft, largely integrated tannins, this wine is almost weightless in the mouth, yet packs an incredible punch of both fruit and earth. Sexy and erotic. This is a world class Châteauneuf-du-Pape, exemplar of the form, particularly as an example of what Mourvèdre is capable. Drink through 2025. (Poor cork with extensive seepage, but this wine showed no oxidation.)
  • rlove commented:

    1/26/16, 7:59 AM - jdunlap: Yes, seems to be an issue with these bottles, which is why I mentioned it. My cork was so bad I skipped the corkscrew and went straight to the ah-so, upon which the cork just slid into the bottle! Uh oh. Fortunately the wine showed no oxidation and drank beautifully.

White
2008 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Großes Gewächs Mosel Saar Ruwer
1/10/2010 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
72 points
This is a pretty textbook example of the current hipster style of Großes Gewächs that I don't much fancy, tasting like it was created in response to a dare -- "I'll bet I can make my wine more painfully dry and acidic than yours!" It's kind of like a hypothetical blend of wine and pain. It tastes like a mouthful of razor blades dipped in acid with maybe the faintest inflection of riesling fruit. But the funny thing about this style is that it functions in wine tastings in pretty much the exact same way as the polar opposite style. In a lineup of fat, syrupy cult cabernets, the fattest, most syrupy one is always the "winner." ("Blew everything else off the table!") A lot of these GG's do the same thing, but backwards -- it's the most acidic and austere one that blows away the competition, since once someone's cut up your tongue with a razor blade the rest is kind of anti-climatic. Matt Kramer coined the phrase "low-cut-dress syndrome" to describe the tendency of those fat, syrupy wines to dominate blind tastings, like the way the first woman you notice in the room is the one with fake boobs and a plunging neckline. I can only imagine the scene if you put a wine like this in a middle of a lineup of low-cut-dress wines. All those blondes with fake boobs in stripper dresses sizing each other up and then in walks this Großes Gewächs out of a German schizer porn movie with a leather face mask, spiked heels, and shaved eyebrows cracking a cat-of-nine-tails and she says in a husky machine-like voice, "Guten tag. Who wants to be my slave? I don't use safe words." Anyway, it was an experience of sorts, but I was pretty happy to escape this wine after dinner.
  • rlove commented:

    1/11/16, 6:59 AM - Best TN ever.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Initial Champagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
12/12/2015 - rlove wrote:
92 points
Fresh, vibrant nose of lemon zest, white flower, pear, and ginger. On the palate, beautiful mineral-accented pear and apple flavors with a creamy, full bodied mouthfeel. The finish is long with a hint of iodine. This reminds me of Krug Grande Cuvée—full bodied and rich, but none that trademark Selosse oxidation and complexity.
  • rlove commented:

    12/15/15, 7:37 AM - BuzzzzOff: I have not, but would love to, visit the Selosse property. Someday soon I hope!

White
2012 Gaja Langhe Chardonnay Gaia & Rey Langhe DOC
11/21/2015 - rlove wrote:
92 points
Meursault ringer, with a nose of apricot, almonds, and oaky spice. Great minerality and nuttiness on the palate. A precise, focused, mineral-driven style. Nice acidity. Long finish. I quite like the more restrained style Gaja has taken with these wines of late. Drink through 2022.
  • rlove commented:

    12/1/15, 6:33 AM - At least this bottle (enjoyed in Piedmont fwiw) had early accessibility and seemed destined for a moderate but not long life.

Red
2005 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
4/22/2015 - dcwino wrote:
98 points
Cheval Blanc and D'Yquem dinner with Pierre Lurton and Bernard Burtschy (Taberna del Alabardero, Washington D.C.): This is actually bigger than the 00 which is incredible. It is hard to believe that this is a ten year old wine. Still completely opaque and almost like a barrel sample. Just perfectly ripe Cab Franc nose, jammy black fruits, crèmes de cassis, exotic incense, ink, lavender, chocolate, mocha and limestone. Unbelievably concentrated, unctuous, intense black fruit driven palate impression, strong presence of mineral, bright acidity, sweet tannins and very long finish. For my palate, stylistically very similar to the 90 and the 00 but even bigger. This will be a 100 year wine. Monumental but extremely primary. It will definitely be a 100 point wine in twenty years.
  • rlove commented:

    9/11/15, 2:55 PM - "This is actually bigger than the 05 which is incredible."

    Are you not reviewing the 2005 here? Or do you mean 00 not 05 above?

  • rlove commented:

    9/14/15, 11:29 AM - Thank you. Cheers!

Red
1996 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Syrah
8/11/2015 - tinybubbles wrote:
89 points
A finicky nose with dry cardboard, black olive, underlying spice and hidden fruit. This wine has consistently underperformed on the palate for me. This bottle was flat, empty and bitter on the finish. Better with food (lamb shoulder) than without. This bottle fell slightly short of other recent experiences.
  • rlove commented:

    9/9/15, 8:47 AM - Sounds like your bottle was TCA infected.

White
2009 Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
4/1/2015 - rlove wrote:
94 points
Lemon, crème brûlée, and oaky vanilla. Intense stone and mineral on the finish. A ripe vintage with decent new oak, but this comes together superbly. Will age nicely. Drink starting 2020.
  • rlove commented:

    4/13/15, 6:25 AM - lundblad: I completely ignored the possibility that the synthetic cork may be a response to premox. I tend to think of them as cost-saving measures. Interesting to know—thank you.

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