Tasting Notes for rlove

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White
12/11/2019 - rlove wrote:
91 points
Pinot gris with age! Deep gold. Syrupy peach and apricot along ginger and underbrush. Viscous, only slight residual sugar, which is good as the acid isn't there to balance much more. Likely not much upside but this ought to drink well for several more years.

The 13éme génération is a vendange tardive named in honor of the 13th generation of the Trimbach clan from passerillage grapes. It was made only in three years: 2002, 2005, and 2010.
Red
12/9/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
Rinaldi's 2015 Barbera d'Alba is stunning, boasting the intensity of the vintage with none of its excess, in fact this is an elegant wine, with lifted aromatics of mixed florals, black cherry, and mushroom-y earth. Racey acidity. Very good!
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White
2014 Blain-Gagnard Montrachet Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
12/7/2019 - rlove wrote:
95 points
Blain-Gagnard's 2014 Montrachet is one of the most concentrated, most dense wines I have ever enjoyed. Almost painfully mineral with significant dry extract. Orchard fruit, lilac, and subtle oak-derived spice. Excellent, potentially epic. Drink starting 2026.
Red
12/3/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
Pure and well-delineated nose of cherry, plum, spice, and earth. There's a silky texture to the medium weight flavors of plum and spice. Incredible concentration.
Red
12/1/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
Cool, herbal noise of cassis, saddle leather, and red pepper. There is nice midpalate density to the cassis and pepper flavors, finish lingers seemingly forever. This cuveé generally needs more time than this to come around but the mixed 2007 vintage has produced an elegant, accessible wine. Very good now.
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White
12/1/2019 - rlove wrote:
95 points
The usual PYCM reduction; smokey, chalky limestone; and lemon. High charged minerality, like a mouth full of rocks, dense and concentrated. Lengthy finish of mineral-laden citrus. Excellent with massive upside.
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Red
2011 Domaine Dujac Clos St. Denis Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
11/30/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
Ruby. None of the greenness cited in other notes, although definitely the impact of whole clusters, with a floral and spicy nose of cherry, raspberry, and peony. Midweight, good balance, great length, elegant tannin, outperforming for the vintage. The 2011 Clos St Denis has upside and is best starting 2024.
White
11/29/2019 - rlove wrote:
89 points
Ripe apple and pear. Very much in the style of the vintage. Good length.
White - Sweet/Dessert
11/28/2019 - rlove wrote:
90 points
Bright, translucent golden amber. I've enjoyed several of these old ex-domaine Huet bottles and not one has shown even a lick of oxidation. The nose is defined by the smells of an old cellar that moderate but never fully dissipate, alongside more appealing beeswax and mushroom aromas. The palate still carries a bit of residual sugar and a sense of effervescence to frame attractive flavors of honey, orange peel, and dried rose. A gorgeous wine at one hundred! Wow!
Red
11/28/2019 - rlove wrote:
93 points
Youthful and powerful nose of blackberry liquor, black cherry, mixed dried herb, and just a hint of tapenade. Still well structured even as the once-formidable tannins are now largely resolved. Dark fruited finish.
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Red
11/28/2019 - rlove wrote:
95 points
Expressive nose of blackberry, roast meat, black pepper, and coffee. Silky and elegant with layered fruit and roast meat flavors. It requires patience but with time Guigal's LaLa's develop gorgeous nuance. The 1990 La Landonne is excellent.
Red
11/28/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
Bricked through. Sweet cherry, dried rose, and tar on the nose. Weightless yet concentrated. Giacosa's 1990 Falletto is quintessential aged Nebbiolo.
Red
11/27/2019 - rlove wrote:
88 points
Dark purple. You can't shake it once you get it: Smells like a can of marinara sauce, heavy on the dried herbs. Weighty texture with that feel you get from wine raised in concrete. Short, spiced finish.
White
11/27/2019 - rlove wrote:
86 points
Broad scale wine with pretty floral and apple notes. Medium-full body. Good stuff.
Red
11/26/2019 - rlove wrote:
Cloudy and a bit disjoint despite standing vertical for a couple days before opening and decanting. Meaty nose. Palate was a bit thin, gaining weight with time in the decanter. Not the 1995 La Landonne at its best but fine enough.
White
11/26/2019 - rlove wrote:
94 points
Intense orchard fruit and florals. Dense fruit with a firm mineral underpinning. Great cut for the vintage; PYCM outperforms in riper years.
White
11/25/2019 - rlove wrote:
89 points
Not typical of 2014 or Sechet, with a riper profile of apple and iodine. A bit flabby on the palate, lacking concentration to the orchard fruit flavors, but there's a pleasant honeyed spice to the finish.
Red
11/25/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
Atypical Bonnes Mares, showing the usual depth of fruit but with a light touch, bright and accessible today. Dark raspberry, high-toned florals, and five spice. Still a touch of sinewy chewiness and grip that'll soften with time. Very good.
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White
11/23/2019 - rlove wrote:
Significantly reduced, rendering assessment difficult, with a kiss of oak that crowds out Chablis typicity. Give this time. Drink starting 2025.
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White
11/23/2019 - rlove wrote:
93 points
Intense nose with curry leaf reduction, lemon oil, and crushed stone. There's great depth to the citrus and stone flavors that feel electric thanks to racey acidity and penetrating mineral reduction. One of the finer Bentrock vintages.
Red
11/19/2019 - rlove wrote:
93 points
Open from first pop but decanted nonetheless, with a sauvage, almost feral nose of gamey roast meat and dark fruit. Graceful and elegant on the palate, showing the best of Chave and the vintage, but blessedly also boasting excellent concentration, avoiding the dilution I see in other 2011s in the Northern Rhône. There's absolutely nothing wrong with drinking this today but it should reward medium-term aging.
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Red
11/18/2019 - rlove wrote:
90 points
Fresh and bright with mixed red and dark berry alongside subtle florals. Huge mineral spine defines the medium-bodied palate of meaty, dark fruited flavors. Plenty of dense fruit and acidity balance the high 14% ABV. Drink starting 2025.
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White
11/17/2019 - rlove wrote:
90 points
Evident but judiciously-applied oak frame citrus and stoney notes. Crystalline citrus on the palate, bright, great energy.
Red
11/15/2019 - rlove wrote:
Well structured. Black fruit. Dark and brooding tonight; drink starting 2024.
Red
11/14/2019 - rlove wrote:
A wine built on power. Creme de cassis, chocolate, cedar. Disjoint with massive tannins that I suspect will never fully integrate and you can feel the 15.5% ABV (per label) on the finish.
White
11/13/2019 - rlove wrote:
90 points
Morgan at Angler in San Francisco steered me to this bottle I otherwise would never have considered, when I intimated I wanted white Burgundy with some age that still showed freshness. This is indeed still fresh, with a slightly clipped nose of lemon & orange peel and dried leaf evolving toward butterscotch with time in the glass. Lithe frame with a bright acidic backbone that is like electricity on the palate. This has peaked but no immediate rush to finish remaining bottles.
White
11/12/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
A mineral-driven nose with a kiss of the exotic, the 2016 Les Caillerets is aromatically gorgeous from first pop. On the palate, pear, stone, and spice flavors find a bit of baby fat that will benefit from rest. Finishes with a chalkiness that reminds me of 2014. Drink starting 2025.
Red
11/11/2019 - rlove wrote:
90 points
An austere rendition of Nebbiolo, what Beppe Rinaldi might call "angry," with high acidity and still-grippy tannins framing brooding dark fruit and soil tones.
White
11/9/2019 - rlove wrote:
93 points
This nose! Clearly Chablis but with a bit of Côte de Beaune flair: Pear, seabreaze, and vanilla bean. Lithe and crisp frame packs gobs of power carrying dense orchard fruit framed by balanced acidity. Finishes salty. This is gorgeous today.
Red
11/9/2019 - rlove wrote:
91 points
A top note of violet belies a dark nose of blackberry, chocolate, and soil. Dense, almost brooding, Denis Bachelet's 2002 Gevrey-Chambertin shows impressive concentration and ripeness for a village, even with that old vines assist. A firm mineral base and a moderate tannic grip suggest this ought to evolve positively for a few more years. Good stuff.
Red
1997 Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
11/9/2019 - rlove wrote:
flawed
There's a moldiness to this that I won't call as TCA, nor does it render the 1997 Clos de la Roche entirely undrinkable, but certainly flawed.
Red
11/7/2019 - rlove wrote:
93 points
Ruby. Pure and intense aromas of wild berry and underbrush. Elegantly textured, balanced acidity, dense fruit that unfolds on the palate. Drink over the next 8-10 years.
White
11/7/2019 - rlove wrote:
90 points
Lemon and oyster shell. On the palate there's a density to the fruit that makes me think this was grown in more clay than your usual Vaillons, but perhaps that is just the influence of the old vines. Good.
Red
11/6/2019 - rlove wrote:
93 points
Dark, meaty, and dense. Man there's so much coiled up here just waiting to burst. Drink starting 2025 at the earliest.
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Red
11/6/2019 - rlove wrote:
90 points
Dark purple. Dark fruit and roast meat. On the palate, dense with minerals. Broad and expansive. Lengthy, meaty finish. Dry, dusty tannins. A bit more feral and dark than usual for Arnot-Roberts but quite good nonetheless.
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White - Off-dry
11/5/2019 - rlove wrote:
94 points
The 2017 Kupp Spätlese Faß 7 is, in a word, excellent. Grapefruit, apricot, wild flower, and wet stone on the forward nose. The palate is at once both racey and rich, with an almost unami quality coating your mouth and persisting long after you finish. Hard to resist today but huge upside to anyone who can wait.
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Red
11/5/2019 - rlove wrote:
91 points
Elegant and refined, with crunchy red fruit and a Chambolle-like perfume of soil and spice. Lighter body but with scratchy tannins and quite a bit of power coiled up tight. Drink starting 2024.
White
11/4/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
Turbid yellow. Peach, lemon, and almond oil on the rich nose. Some skin contact. Intense and concentrated almond flavors. Lengthy finish. The 2013 Trebbiani d'Abruzzo is fairly clean and fresh for an Emidio Pepe white; very good.
White
11/4/2019 - rlove wrote:
93 points
Flashy, powerful noise conjures up orchard fruit, white flower, and a hint of smokey reduction. On the palate I find intense orchard fruit flavors supported by a strong mineral core and a subtle oaky spice. Killer length. Very good today.
Red
11/3/2019 - rlove wrote:
93 points
Ruby. Soft and sweet. Cherry, rose, camphor, and a hint of cedar. Plush texture, fine tannins, killer acidity. There's great depth to the fruit and its mineral underpinning. 1999 was originally overshadowed by 2000 but no one is fooled by that now — an absolutely stellar vintage. Drink now through 2040.
White
11/3/2019 - rlove wrote:
87 points
Golden straw. Apple and dried herb. Round and balanced, shows some weight from likely élevage in neutral oak and (per label) 13.5% ABV, but also a crisp acidity that keeps the 2017 Colle Ozio lively. 100% Greccheto.
White
11/3/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
Surprising gold color. Mild flinty reduction, yellow fruit, intense wild flower. Shows a bit of waxy weight not unlike many 2010s. Great concentration.
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Red
11/2/2019 - rlove wrote:
94 points
The 1997 Seavey Cabernet sauvignon is gorgeous tonight. Bordelais nose of cassis, bell pepper, and cedar. Outsized power given the lithe frame and vibrant palate. Great stuff. Likely more or less at its peak but should drink well for a decade.
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White
11/2/2019 - rlove wrote:
93 points
You see the solar vintage influence here but this is mostly classic aged Dauvissat with lemon curd, wild flower, and algae. Medium weight, balanced acidity, saline finish with honey. Very good. Drink now through 2030.
Red
11/1/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
Lifted, with sweet cherry, wild flower, and menthol. Significant power to the dark fruited flavors but the lifted personality gives a sense of early accessibility. Drink starting 2023.
White
10/30/2019 - rlove wrote:
92 points
Tropical fruit and mineral reduction with a vibrant acidic backbone. Dense with significant dry extract. Drinking very well; I generally find this cuveé needs more time but this is great.
White
10/29/2019 - rlove wrote:
91 points
More exotic than usual for this wine, with orange blossom and grilled nut. Great depth.
Red
10/28/2019 - rlove wrote:
91 points
Floral, spicy nose. Perfumed from the application of 100% whole clusters. Structured with small but scratchy tannins. Midpalate a tad thin. Drink starting 2023.
White
10/27/2019 - rlove wrote:
Dense fruit, viscous texture, aromatically tight today. Great acidity.
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