Tasting Notes for rlove

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White
10/22/2019 - rlove wrote:
90 points
Reticent on first pop, air coaxing out notes of green apple and stone. The lighter body is animated by a pleasing tension carried by racey acidity and somewhat dense orchard fruit. Built for medium term consumption.
White
10/21/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
Understated and elegant, the 2014 À Mon Plaisir Clos du Haut Tesson needed an hour in the decanter to reveal a pretty nose of lime, white flower, and a hint of reduction. Full bodied palate, pure and focused citrus with a stoney minerality. Racey acidity. Very good.
White
10/20/2019 - rlove wrote:
90 points
Orange blossom and ginger nose. Decent mineral underpinning but as this loses the fruit of youth there's enough oak remains astringent that I suspect the 2009 Ritchie will never achieve excellence. Drink through 2021.
White
10/20/2019 - rlove wrote:
93 points
The 2010 Montée de Tonnerre remains fairly austere, taking a lot of air to coax out notes of lemon and oyster shell. Rather classic Chablis without much of a producer stamp. There's definitely 2010's inner stuffing wound up right but I don't see the potential here others do.
Red
10/19/2019 - rlove wrote:
94 points
Mentholated nose of eucalyptus oil is like sniffing a Zalto full of Vicks VapoRub. Cherry and rose fill out the bouquet. Rough, scratchy tannins. But man that nose. Sandrone's style is neither traditional nor modern; clean, pure fruit but no sense of oak. The 2010 Le Vigne is excellent.
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White
10/19/2019 - rlove wrote:
95 points
Intense nose shows elderflower, white peach, and mixed spice. Full bodied, gobs of dry extract supporting concentrated orchard fruit without any sense of flab or overripeness. Killer acidic frame. PYCM'S style does well in solar years. The 2009 Genevrières is excellent.
Red
10/17/2019 - rlove wrote:
93 points
Pretty nose shows a savory Bordeaux profile yet unmistakable New World fruit, with blackberry, underbrush, cedar, and wood spice. Textural, like velvet, with great density to the flavors of dark fruit, menthol, and spice. Small, plush tannins. The 2007 Montelena has at least 20 years left in it. Drink through 2039.
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White
10/16/2019 - rlove wrote:
88 points
With a nose dialed up to 11, overflowing with pear, florals, petrol, and slate — totally Mosel in character. The palate isn't the same overperformer with a glycerol quality that is matched by insufficient acidity followed by a slight phenolic note on the finish.
Red
10/16/2019 - rlove wrote:
Fully shutdown and impossible to assess.
Red
10/14/2019 - rlove wrote:
91 points
Initially reductive, then candied, crunchy red fruit Grevrey soil tones. Impressive depth to the quite lithe palate, lots of oomph without any sense of weight, juicy acidity, with rustic, scratchy tannins yelling that the 2014 Combes aux Moines' best days are (far) ahead. Drink starting 2025.
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Red
10/13/2019 - rlove wrote:
97 points
Two years since my last bottle and the 1991 La Turque is still improving, with a markedly less firm and more balanced palate. But let's start with the beguiling aromatics, which include roast meat, bacon fat, raspberry, violet, and wood spice, yet come together not as discrete elements but one harmonious whole. On the palate, dark fruit and game flavors are framed by racey acidity and soft, regal tannins. This is excellent and should improve/hold for over a decade.
White
10/13/2019 - rlove wrote:
93 points
A pure and potent nose of grapefruit zest and honeyed white flower. Palate is a study in balance, crisp and lively, with mouth-coating saline flavors. Very good!
Red
2002 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
10/12/2019 - rlove wrote:
91 points
Ruby. Crunchy red fruit and lifted florals. Bright acid frames a palate of sweet red fruit that turns slightly tart with time. Lithe and electric, with the open-knit fruit this is very much of the vintage.
White
2013 Domaine Michel Niellon Chevalier-Montrachet Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
10/12/2019 - rlove wrote:
91 points
Deep gold but blessedly not a whiff of oxidation. A bit of botrytis defines the rich and slightly exotic nose that focuses with air to show an appealing nutty, savory quality. Full-bodied and nicely textured. Dense fruit but lacks the mineral underpinning of Chevalier-Montrachet at its best.
White
10/11/2019 - rlove wrote:
89 points
A hint of both oak and reduction but mostly clean, pure orchard fruit. Plush texture shows a bit of exotic weight. Okay acidity. Finishes with apple and spice. Per Jasper Morris, from "two plots in Les Hautées, a little in Les Fosses, so effectively a continuation of the Meursault hillside." Drink now through 2024.
White
10/9/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
Penetrating lemon and white flower on the nose. There's a zesty citrus flavor on the palate I find really appealing, persisting on the finish. Incredibly pure and focused. The 2012 Montée de Tonnerre has evolved nicely and is finally at the start of its drinking window.
Red
10/8/2019 - rlove wrote:
93 points
Ruby. A leathery, sappy quality dominates the nose, which also shows a surprising fruit profile of raspberry and red cherry. Coarseness and rusticity to the tannins. Drink starting 2022.
Red
10/6/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
Meo's 2009 Corton-Perrières shows mixed berry, smoke, and spice box. Juicy yet nicely underpinned by a stoney minerality, very broad and fleshy on the palate. There was a hint of the vintage's green on first pop but it blessedly faded with air. Drink starting 2024.
White
10/6/2019 - rlove wrote:
91 points
A lanolin quality on the nose, alongside classic Chablisienne notes such as iodine and oyster shell. Dig the structure and weight here, texturally the 2007 MdT has evolved very well. Acidity remains fresh and balanced. Should drink well for several more years.
White
10/5/2019 - rlove wrote:
94 points
Bright gold. Complex nose shows some age without any oxidation, with orange blossom, almond, mint, and seabreeze. Still-fresh acidity suggests this still has some life in it. Very good.
Red
10/5/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
Bright, candied red Pinot fruit. Not a lot of complexity but I really dig the weightlessness of the palate carrying a nice depth to that red fruit. The 2007 Summa ought drink well for several more years.
Red
10/4/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
An appealing mix of cherry, rose, and balsamic notes define the rather pretty and open-knit nose that preludes a vibrant palate of cherry and soil tones framed by a killer acidic cut. The 2011 Barolo Brunate is only now emerging from its initial closed phase, offering an early glimpse of what will be a long life.
White
10/3/2019 - rlove wrote:
96 points
The 2017 Eastside is jaw-droppingly good. Myriad savory and sweet notes come together as one on the intense, umami-laden nose. The palate is rich, overflowing with fruit, yet an acidic cut and mineral underpinning lend a vibrancy that keeps the wine lively. With time one of the finest white wines, from anywhere. From Montrachet clone.
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White
9/28/2019 - rlove wrote:
94 points
A rich but not ripe mix of white and yellow fruit, aniseseed, mint, and a delicate application of vanillin oak is appealing if not yet particularly complex but it is the Grand Cru concentration and depth to the full-scale flavors that most impress. Persistent lemon flavors on the finish. Accessible today but I'd wait to see the development of additional complexity.
White
9/27/2019 - rlove wrote:
90 points
Salty, funky flor, the impression of wooden pews in an old nave. Soaring acidity.
White
9/25/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
Killer cut to the flinty reduction, citrus, vanillin oak, and crushed stone notes. This can be a wine that teaches people about tension, soaring acidity framing rich fruit, absolutely electric palate. The 2008 Champs Gains is good stuff.
Red
9/20/2019 - rlove wrote:
93 points
Crazy youthful and fresh with crunchy red Pinot fruit, Vosne spice, and that 1996 structure and acid. Very pretty today but huge upside.
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Red
2005 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
9/21/2019 - rlove wrote:
Not surprising the 2005 Clos des Lambrays took several hours in a decanter to show any personality, eventually emerging with notes of cola, clove, and baked cherry. Try again in five years.
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White
9/21/2019 - rlove wrote:
94 points
Full throttle seabreeze, lime, and oyster shell on the nose. But it is the palate where everything comes together: Impressive concentration, balanced acidity, great weight, long finish. The 2005 Blanchot is excellent.
White
2008 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
9/20/2019 - rlove wrote:
91 points
Totally primary with apple and pear notes. This gained significant concentration and depth with air. Needs time.
Red
9/14/2019 - rlove wrote:
90 points
2005 villages are drinking very well today. Meo's NSG is lifted, with a hint of VA, violet, underbrush, and earth. Medium-light frame, soft tannins, bright acidity. Concentrated and persistent.
Red
9/7/2019 - rlove wrote:
95 points
The 2010 Poyeaux is all elegance and finesse at this point in its life with a stunning bouquet of cherry, violet, pepper jelly, and crushed stone. Plush texture, softening tannins, lively acidity. One of the best wines ever produced by Clos Rougeard and finally moving into the next phase of its evolution.
Red
9/6/2019 - rlove wrote:
93 points
The style shift Beaucastel began last vintage continues, with juicy vibrancy and punch, overflowing with cassis, woodsmoke, and garrigue. Plush palate, lively, very good.
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White
9/6/2019 - rlove wrote:
flawed
Several notes call out the wine as off without being sure if it is corked, and I see that here, with a present nose but totally dead and flat palate. TBA not TCA?
White
9/6/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
An impenetrable fortress of curry leaf reduction initially defines the 2012 Clos des Bouchères before yielding with air to citrus, white flower, and crushed stone. Good density and persistence. Floral flavors with nice mineral cut.
White
9/5/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
A rather atypical Chablis, exuberant and aromatic, with yellow fruit, spicy oak, and crushed stone on the nose. Plenty of minerality and acidity keep this grounded in a sense of place, but the producer signature dominates. Impressive heft and power on the palate. Thomas Pico's wines continue to fascinate me. The 2008 Montmains is in a great place today but should continue to drink well for many years.
Red
9/4/2019 - rlove wrote:
90 points
Sexy, floral nose of dark cherry, violet, and espresso. Significant acidity and virtually no tannins. Nice weight with plenty of dry extract for a Barbera. Good.
White
9/2/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
Reductive, requiring time and air to blow off the matchstick, revealing richness and opulence without overripeness. Nice weight for the vintage, no fat, nice acidity.
White
9/2/2019 - rlove wrote:
89 points
Checking in on the 2016 Trout Gulch and my assessment remains unchanged: Superbly made as usual but lacking the minerality and tension I look for from this cuvée in its better years. Ripe apple, marzipan, and white pepper aromas prelude a palate of surprising weight with a texturally richness from glycerol and (I presume) lees contact. This may prove me wrong with age.
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Red
9/1/2019 - rlove wrote:
96 points
A stunning wine, just entering the start of a many-decade drinking window, with a kaleidoscope nose that somehow isn't many discrete elements but one beautiful whole: Dark fruit, bloody game, black pepper, violet, and crushed stone. Palate is nicely balanced, crisp acidity, 13% ABV (per label), and soft tannins that turn just slightly drying on the finish, the only perception of oak at age twenty. Excellent.
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Red
9/1/2019 - rlove wrote:
93 points
Pleasantly surprised to find the 1996 Bonnes Mares with an open and fragrant nose, as so many de Vogüé wines are tightly wound and brooding and you'd expect nothing less from this vineyard or vintage. Ripe cherry, iron, soft spice, and topsoil notes. Palate is more reticent, defined by chewy tannins and that 1996 acid. Drink starting 2022.
Red
8/31/2019 - rlove wrote:
93 points
Pretty and accessible today, as with many Northern Rhône wines in 2011, Rostaing's La Landonne offers early drinking, with a pleasing combo of ripe fruit and transparency of terroir. Raspberry, wild berry, roast meat, and potting soil notes prelude flavors of dark fruit and minerals alongside racy acidity and soft tannins. Great.
Red
8/30/2019 - rlove wrote:
95 points
The aromatics on Jamet's 1998 Côte-Rôtie are off the charts: I can smell an uncorked bottle from across the room. Roast meat, coffee, and black pepper are just some of the outsized notes on the hypercharged nose. Fleshy on the palate, with flavors of dark fruit and minerals framed by rustic but softening tannins. Very good.
Red
8/30/2019 - rlove wrote:
94 points
We initially wrote this off as a flawed bottle, bricked and tired, but wow did an hour of air change the 1996 Amoureuses' tune, as waves of raspberry, coffee, and mushroom now emerge from the glass. Elegant, almost lithe, in presentation, packing a lot of power in a small frame. Contemporaneously, I viewed Groffier wines from the 90s as overextracted and overoaked but this (aside from the coffee tone, which I like) shows no signs of either. Very good.
Red
8/30/2019 - rlove wrote:
95 points
A Monfortino for lovers of classic Barolo, the savory perfume of balsamico, black tea, medicinal herb, and rose is exotic and gorgeous. Flavors of cherry and medicinal herb. My third bottle, the 2000 is now open for business, yet has decades to go. Drink now through 2040.
White
8/28/2019 - rlove wrote:
90 points
I drink a lot of Chablis but rarely any Moutonne, which has this mythos as the magical eighth Chablis Grand Cru vineyard, but in reality is just a sub-parcel of Vaudesir (and a small bit of Preuses). I can see the Vaudesir connection, as this is all flowers and seabreeze, more finesse than power, although evident oak might make it hard to call blind. Lacks midpalate density; if this gains power with age it can be quite good.
Red
2009 Domaine Dujac Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
8/25/2019 - rlove wrote:
93 points
The 2009 Charmes-Chambertin took several hours in the decanter to reveal any personality whatsoever, but once open, it had it all: Dark fruit, spice, smoke, potting soil. Plush texture, lots of dry extract, without feeling extracted, let alone overextracted. Very good.
White
8/25/2019 - rlove wrote:
93 points
Nose is classic maturing Raveneau, honeyed oyster shell and citrus. Where this really shines, however, is the palate: Dense minerality coats your mouth, gobs of power without any sense of weight, framed by crisp acidity. The 2008 Vaillons is very good.
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