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White
2017 Vietti Roero Arneis
4/27/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Crisp nose with a saline note.

Brisk and lively on the palate, with good acidity. Not bad on a Saturday afternoon.
  • Outplaying commented:

    4/28/19, 5:42 AM - Bob, I’ve Liked the vintages of this that I have tried. More so than Giacosa’s version which have seemed a little softer and rounder to me. See you next week.

Red
2014 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
I went to Total Wine to pick up some 16 Capbern. They were sold out, but I found these for $17 with a coupon. Popped and poured, I am going to try to follow this over a few days. I skipped the 11, 12 and 13 vintages and didn't like the one bottle of 15 I tried. This is a lighter vintage with the fruits mostly in the red spectrum. Accents of tobacco. With air, I get a little mint on the nose. There is a nice dose of acidity but I'm not finding it very tannic. At this stage, this is much more interesting to me than the 15. Really a pleasant wine. I don't see how this could age as well as the 09 and 10, at least so far tonight, but it is very nice for the level and price. If this gains a little weight and depth tomorrow, I will be very happy.
  • Outplaying commented:

    2/20/19, 6:39 AM - Arturoonwine, thanks for the comment. I agree about the 2014 vintage. I am a fan, and prefer it to 2015 from what I have tasted.

White - Sparkling
2016 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Val Vilaine Pinot Noir
Thanks Jeff for sharing this bottle with me this week. Enjoyed this a lot. Has a cool raspberry creme note and a nice minerality. I believe this to be the best Bouchard I have had to date.
  • Outplaying commented:

    2/1/19, 12:39 PM - Frank, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I dug it too. I am going to try more from this producer. I've only had a couple vintages of this bottling, but Panzer offers several of his more expensive cuvee's too.

Red
2009 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
12/15/2018 - chatters wrote:
Haut Medoc Birthday lunch (Bel & Brio, Barangaroo): Plums, sweet spice, blackcurrant, vanilla, caramel, very primary still. Juicy, very spicy, alcohol heat, drying but integrated tannins. Quite plummy on the palate as well. Hmm
  • Outplaying commented:

    12/21/18, 6:10 AM - Thanks for the notes Chatters. When you say "hmm," are are saying you are unsure about the wine and the direction it is going, or do you mean something else? Happy Holidays.

White
2015 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest Chardonnay
12/18/2018 - chablis28 wrote:
91 points
Took to local venue Cov in Edina tonight to have along with crab cakes and salad with Nita. Somewhat linear at this stage but seems to have what's needed to be another great Dauvissat Forest. Tonight this was pale gold with sea breeze and mineral nose. Currently, the palate is mineral dominated, almost to point of licking a rock, which I'm not complaining about :). Along with the bowl of rocks there are notes of citrus, stone fruit and herbs. Ideally, this needs at least 3 more years. Wish this hadn't gotten so dam expensive! I used to buy 3 or 4 Forest for around $40 ea. Now its hard to find for less than $70. So I only buy a random btl to try rather than stock up. Those days ended with the 2011 forward. I may grab one more for prosperity.
  • Outplaying commented:

    12/19/18, 9:01 AM - I agree. I could kick myself for not buying all I could find back when this was $40, which was not all that long ago. It's about $80 here now.

Red
2010 Sottimano Barbaresco Pajoré Nebbiolo
Popped and poured with a pot roast. I'm digging this wine. On the nose, red fruits, red licorice, floral notes. Smells very nice. All of that carries over on the palate. I believe this is grown in limestone, and that shows with hints of minerality and a fresh, bright character. There is some fine tannin and a lot of acidity. Too much for Ann, actually. With air this puts on weight and gains some darker tones. Delicious.

This is still young, and I probably wouldn't have opened it at this stage, but we will be visiting next week, and I wanted to drink one for context. I'll probably open the next bottle in about 5+ years.
  • Outplaying commented:

    10/21/18, 5:03 PM - After a couple hours, the structure and tannin starts to dominate this wine. Probably needs more than 5 years. Lots of substance here.

  • Outplaying commented:

    11/6/18, 8:25 AM - I talked to Elena Sottimano about this wine last week. She said it is not ready yet and it will need a few years, at minimum.

Rosé
2017 Kavaklıdere Çalkarası Lal Ege Bölgesi
10/15/2018 - Outplaying wrote:
By the glass as part of a tasting menu at Zahav. This was pretty decent as there was a solid dose of acidity and the wine was on the leaner side.
  • Outplaying commented:

    10/20/18, 10:25 AM - Bob, were really enjoyed the food. Lots of different and concentrated flavors. We did the tasting menu with the paired wines. The wines were mostly mediocre, though not bad. The rose and Cava were the best.

Red
1999 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton
10/12/2018 - Bob H wrote:
Quite the nose here tonight.

Light-bodied and not quite as compelling on the palate, but still drinking very well.
  • Outplaying commented:

    10/13/18, 5:15 AM - Bob, I agree with your notes. While I was looking forward to the N. Rhone flight the most, this was my favorite flight. Still, Oregon Pinot has yet to excite me like Bordeaux, white Burg., Riesling, and Italian wine.

White - Off-dry
2008 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Tuffeaux Chenin Blanc
8/24/2018 - Outplaying wrote:
Talula's Table with a few Berserkers - Late Summer menu: This was in a flight of two wines with a Donnhoff Spatlese Riesling. That wine completely overshadowed this one. The nose was a little odd and subdued at first and at one time I even thought I smelled tomato leaf. A creamy, heavier mouthfeel than the Riesling. Moderate acidity. Pleasant, but the Riesling had a lot more going on and that made it hard to appreciate this one.
  • Outplaying commented:

    8/25/18, 2:36 PM - Dave, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think it would have been a fun bottle to sit down with on its on. It may have been easier to appreciate the subtleties. Thanks again for the cigar. I'm going to light it up later tonight.

White - Off-dry
2007 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese ** Mosel Saar Ruwer
8/24/2018 - Outplaying wrote:
Talula's Table with a few Berserkers - Late Summer menu: Delicious. Slightly tropical fruit, sea breezes on the nose. There is depth and density, yet it is light at the same time. Really pretty. I should have bought more.
  • Outplaying commented:

    8/24/18, 2:55 PM - Bob, I reached out to Rob to get more. ;-)

Red
2015 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Nebbiolo
8/22/2018 - skurtz Likes this wine:
92 points
Opened to breathe for 1-3h, sampling continuously throughout. This has a nice aromatic nose of spicy red berries and tar. The palate shines bright with bright red berry fruit, tar, cedar bark, hints of sweetness, and quite a hit of chewy tannins before the acid finish. Unmistakably a very young, well made Nebbiolo in its character development phase. Delicious with my grilled salmon, somewhat less exciting on its own as a meditation wine because of its rough edges and obtrusive tannins. I've tried a half dozen '15's this summer, and while this is a good showing, it displays less unique personality than several other Barbaresco's from this vintage at a similar price point. 91-92
  • Outplaying commented:

    8/23/18, 11:47 AM - Thanks Skurtz. That is helpful. Does the Enoteca in Barbaresco ship to the states? I will be there in October and will stop in and check it out.

  • Outplaying commented:

    8/23/18, 1:48 PM - That is great. I emailed them for the wine list. I'll keep an eye out in the Barolo region for other Enoteca's that may ship and I'll let you know if I find anything. Thanks!

Red
2008 Pio Cesare Barolo Nebbiolo
8/5/2018 - Outplaying wrote:
Not very complex, but this is drinking well at the moment. Darker tones of fruit and tar. Not sure if this is barrique, but that is what I would guess. Tannins have softened and faded to the background, and there is decent acidity. Should cruise for a while, but I don't see it improving from here.
  • Outplaying commented:

    8/6/18, 2:42 PM - Wine Grades, I thought this was drinking well, and didn't find it very tannic. I don't mind a little tannin in wine, though. This wasn't my bottle, and if it was, I probably would have waited a few more years before opening it, but I was glad to try this one. I have a couple 04, 06 and 07 I think. I may open one soon, after seeing the 08 was approachable. I see that we shop a some of the same stores. Maybe we will run into each other some day. Cheers.

Red
2010 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
8/2/2018 - Outplaying wrote:
I came home from work and Ann had a bottle of wine in a brown bag on the counter. Game on. Smells like crushed pepper, with a fair amount of darker fruit. A little alcohol, too? Immediately thought Syrah, and probably northern Rhone. On the palate, darker fruit, again crushed pepper, and some meaty notes. Medium bodied, solid acidity, and fine tannin. Definitely old world. Thinking northern Rhone, or possibly a old school CdP producer. I went with my first impressions and guessed northern Rhone Syrah.

As this opened over an hour or so, it started to show some red fruit tones, baking spices, cinnamon, and a little sappy, slightly sweet fruit. Dark honey. I'd like to think if I didn't rush to judgement I would have come around to CdP, but who knows? Either way this is pretty good and showing young. Should be better in 5 to 10 years. I'll wait a while on the others.
  • Outplaying commented:

    8/3/18, 5:50 AM - Ha! She is!

Red
2015 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
5/24/2018 - racerchris Likes this wine:
92 points
From a 375.
This is Excellent right now. No need for a lengthy decant. It opens up nicely in the glass.
Medium-full bodied, rich on the palate.
Dry, with smooth tannins and balanced acidity.
Dusty black cherry with a nice cassis bite on the back end.
I need to get some full bottles of this for the cellar.
  • Outplaying commented:

    5/24/18, 4:14 PM - Good to hear. I almost opened one of these tonight after last night's corked Senejac. I wish I had - the Barbera D'Asti that I opened, and that am not sure how it ended up our cellar, is mediocre at best.

Red
2015 Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
5/23/2018 - Outplaying wrote:
flawed
Corked. Some bell pepper underneath it. Hard to get much else.
  • Outplaying commented:

    5/24/18, 4:08 AM - This was a .375 that I purchased from Last Bottle. Hopefully the others are better.

White
2014 Wagner-Stempel Siefersheimer Riesling Vom Porphyr Trocken Rheinhessen
5/16/2018 - Bob H wrote:
Light yellow in the glass; light fruit salad on the nose.

Light-bodied, and pretty tasty if not overly complex. 12.5% alcohol per the label, and this is pretty easy to knock back.
  • Outplaying commented:

    5/16/18, 6:34 PM - Bob, I finished off an 11 last night and had similar thoughts - very chuggable!

White - Off-dry
2008 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Tuffeaux Chenin Blanc
4/18/2018 - pjhr Likes this wine:
92 points
As delicious as the last bottle!
  • Outplaying commented:

    4/19/18, 4:42 PM - Thanks for the note. I only have one left too. I am going to hold for a while as well.

Red
1990 La Vieille Ferme (Perrin & Fils) Ventoux Red Rhone Blend
2/2/2018 - Bob H wrote:
I laughed when I saw that there are still 9 bottles listed in the CT inventory for this wine - at least I'm not the only guy that loses track of inventory! At any rate, reorganizing the cellar recently turned up this lost bottle. I bought the wine on release, so it's been stored at 55 all these years - in fact, if memory serves, this was a relatively new bottling for the Perrin family at the time, although I can't remember if '90 was the inaugural vintage.

The cork was sound, and the color, while light, was still a decent shade of maroon. Nose could certainly be described as Autumnal, but nothing objectionable.

Somewhat faint/dilute on the palate, but again, not dead. I've put worse things in my mouth for sure ;^)

Hopefully this was my last bottle!
  • Outplaying commented:

    2/2/18, 1:07 PM - Bob, how come it is always a wine like this that turns up instead of an unexpected Giacosa or Conterno? Have a great weekend.

White
2005 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords Melon de Bourgogne
1/21/2018 - Bob H wrote:
Light yellow in the glass (color here is really no different than a just released Briords). Crisp nose with a briny accent.

Dry, with a citric note on the palate - maybe a little more "rounded"/less taut than a younger wine. Very nice, and certainly not showing any decline at this point.
  • Outplaying commented:

    1/21/18, 1:32 PM - Bob, I've not had any older Muscadet. The oldest I have is '12 or '13. Does it improve enough to warrant the cellar space?

Red
2006 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
1/11/2018 - unrelenting Likes this wine:
94 points
Inky dark and so young. Modern, red fruit. Unfortunately, none of my beloved mushroom-dirt floor but complex flavors
  • Outplaying commented:

    1/12/18, 6:31 AM - Your note made me smile. I like the mushroom-dirt floor smell/taste too.

Red
2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà Nebbiolo
1/4/2018 - Nanda wrote:
92 points
First of an 8-pack. I was prompted into popping one given Aldo Vacca's comments on an IDTT podcast stating that peak drinking windows for vintage 2000+ Produttori's are 8-12 years, which is quite contrary to my experience of 20+ years to hit a prime window. This bottle was decanted for 2.5 hours then consumed for another 2+ hours. The first glass was quite dense, rich and one-noted, yet still enjoyable for infanticide thrill seekers. Loads of dense, big fruit with notions of herb, leather and earth with robust tannin. Net, net ... the first glass was fine, but a mouthful and not my ideal sip of Nebbiolo. The last glass was better, more harmonious and mellowed out, but still super young, dense and firm. I believe this wine has another 5-10 years before entering a peak window, and will go another 5-15+ years after that. Upside from here. I remain in the 15-20 years for a peak window camp.
  • Outplaying commented:

    1/5/18, 6:26 AM - I listened to the podcast last night. I wasn't sure if the 8 to 12 year drinking window applied to both the normale bottling and the riservas. For the riservas, I agree with you that 15-20 years is better.

Red
2013 G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe Nebbiolo
12/21/2017 - bevetroppo Likes this wine:
90 points
I don't do this often, or ever, but there's nothing I can tell you about this wine that isn't better said here:

http://www.goodfoodrevolution.com/2013-g-d-vajra-albe-barolo-tablecloth-story/
  • Outplaying commented:

    12/22/17, 6:24 AM - Thank you for posting the link. I enjoyed the article and like this wine as well!

Red
2013 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
11/28/2017 - psundberg wrote:
86 points
Very pleasant Chianti Classico with bright cherry and a touch of earthiness when paired with a traditional red sauce but the finish ended like turning off a faucet. It could be so much better..... Still looking for that $20 CC that knocks my socks off.....
  • Outplaying commented:

    11/30/17, 9:11 AM - Have you tried Felsina or Fontodi? I like Monsanto, but I prefer a couple other producers.

Red
1999 Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir
11/19/2017 - Outplaying wrote:
My red WOTN. Smells great. Accents of spice, pine needle, slight fall leaves, mint. Darker fruit tones. Lots going on here and a pleasure to drink.
  • Outplaying commented:

    11/19/17, 6:49 AM - Just posted them and a couple pictures. Fun night. Thanks Bob.

Red
2015 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/2/2017 - PanosKakaviatos Likes this wine:
93 points
Assessing Bordeaux 2015 from bottle, part I; 11/2/2017-11/3/2017 (Bordeaux): OK, this was amusing. In this blind tasting, GPL was featured ... twice! Coming after Pichon Comtesse, it was not as good as when tasted after Pedesclaux. We all agreed that blind tasting includes being influenced by wines tasted just before! In any case, I'll try to synthesize the two notes. Overall one gets an impression of depth and width, and with oak, but refined and long. A very good GPL! However, a bit shorter than the Comtesse. There you go.
  • Outplaying commented:

    11/10/17, 9:47 AM - Panos, thanks for the note and I agree with you. When tasting multiple wines, the previous wine often has a big impact on my impression of the next wine. Usually it is more subtle in horizontal tastings, but it can be huge when wines are different ages or new world versus old world.

Red
2006 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Nebbiolo
11/2/2017 - Bob H wrote:
Similar in color to the 2005; fairly tied down on the nose tonight.

Also quite tight on the palate, with a clear tannic note on the close. This is drinking much younger than the '04 or '05 right now.

And a quick "editorial" note - I have a buddy who has recently gotten into Nebbiolo and had asked me about the wisdom of backfilling on Produttori, so I decided to take a couple of these out for "test rides" to see where they were at development-wise.

All three of these wines have time in front of them, and given the price of entry, silly good QPR. Glad to have more, although patience is still recommended for the 2006.

Pizza tomorrow night, so I will update with day 2 notes if anything changes.
  • Outplaying commented:

    11/3/17, 7:10 AM - Bob, it would be hard to argue on the QPR of these wines. You definitely get a lot of wine for the cost. I wish I had started buying these sooner, and in larger quantities, as I also like them on the younger side.

White
2010 Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Sec Chenin Blanc
Opened this yesterday to share with the Dr Mrs and our dinner. Retasting again today after this evening's meal, without food. There is some golden/bronzing evident in this wine and in fact, this looks a lot like the color on the 2002 Donnhoff we had this past weekend. In terms of flavor, much like the previous bottle a year ago, this seems to be aging quite quickly. It's lost the vibrant acidity/energy that was so delicious when this wine was younger and my sense this is peaking and starting to head downhill. My reference for this remark is Chidaine, and while not the same producer, those 2008s and 2010s are holding up just fine, not showing the acceleration of age that this bottle is reflecting. The aromatic also has a touch of sherry going on, too. It's not ripping the wine up but it's emerging IMO. There is some remaining acidity here, golden apple, nectarine/stone fruit but these are not well delineated anymore. I'm going to hold my final bottle for not more than another six months and then finish it off.
  • Outplaying commented:

    10/5/17, 7:38 AM - Thanks for the note, Frank. It has been about 18 months or so since I last had one of these, and it was still going strong. I have one left that I will open sooner than later now.

White
2015 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Bournais Chenin Blanc
9/30/2017 - Bob H wrote:
So I was prompted to open this because that esteemed taster, Outplaying, had recently dissed the wine. Color is full golden, with a somewhat neutral nose.

I still think there is adequate acidity here, but I probably wouldn't use "coiled & energetic" as a descriptive today.

We both like it, but we also both prefer the Walter Scott Freedom Hill Chardonnay that we are drinking with it.
  • Outplaying commented:

    9/30/17, 7:16 PM - Bob, I wouldn't put too much stock into that Outplaying guy's notes!

White
2015 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Bournais Chenin Blanc
9/28/2017 - Outplaying wrote:
Ann liked it, but I thought it was just ok. A little more dense and less coiled or energetic than I would normally expect. Perhaps it will shed some baby fat in time. Not bad, but nothing exciting either. A rare Chidaine disappointment for me as I usually like the wines quite a bit.
  • Outplaying commented:

    9/29/17, 6:27 PM - Bob, I saw your note. Might just have been me that night. I'll have to open another soon. I have a mag of the 08 that we need to find a reason to open.

Red
2014 Julien Sunier Morgon Gamay
9/16/2017 - Bob H wrote:
Translucent ruby in the glass, with candied red fruits on the nose.

Either very light-bodied for a Beaujolais or dilute. Okay, but nothing I would feel compelled to buy again.
  • Outplaying commented:

    9/16/17, 12:48 PM - That's what I thought about the 2014 Sunier Fleurie. Vintage or producer? Every once in a while I'll have a Beaujolais, usually from Morgon, that I like, but in general, I'd rather drink something else. I have 1 bottle of the 2015 of this I'll try soon.

White
2014 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos du Breuil Chenin Blanc
8/14/2017 - Outplaying wrote:
I think Chidaine is one of the better values in the wine world, along with Pepiere. This one shows a slight oily, heavier mouthfeel but it finishes dry. Some saline and mineral with slightly tropical fruit. Delicious and very easy to drink. Popular with others at the table as well.
  • Outplaying commented:

    8/18/17, 5:26 AM - Frank, I'm not sure about Faltacular, yet. I'd love to get out there to one though! Hope all is well and that we get to catch up sometime this year.

Red
2013 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
8/11/2017 - williamswhine Likes this wine:
92 points
Really enjoyed this wine with pizza. Really liked the wine better when I knew the price. Bright ruby hue. Nose is not overly distinguishing-- red fruit. Nicely balanced, med-long finish, cherry, slightly tart at beginning. Wife and I were surprised. Given community responses, we've learned that it's all a matter of the moment. Perhaps the great cool evening with family made the wine taste better. I'd be willing to try another bottle-- but will have to search it out.
  • Outplaying commented:

    8/12/17, 5:09 AM - Tony, there are a lot of good Chianti's at this price. We've not had this one but we really like Felsina, Rodano and Monsanto. The entry level wines aren't going to blow your mind, but they are good young and they can age. We probably have more Felsina in our cellar than anything else.

Red
2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
5/23/2017 - rocknroller wrote:
88 points
A Mixed Bag at Young Joni (Young Joni, NE Mpls): Very dark red/purple color. PNP, followed 1 glass over an hour. I don't know. This was certainly a disappointment. Folks, if I wanted to drink blackberry wine, I'd go to Door County. Now this was still in a bit better place for me than the '05 VT, but it really felt overdone and over the top. I generally think Beaucastel needs 15 to 20 years anyway, but I can't say i have faith this will come around. I hope to be proven dead wrong. The word here is ripe, ok overripe, liqueurish blackberry and baked cherry, kirsch, oak, pepper. The palate is also overripe black fruits, alcohol shows through, very concentrated, anise. Obviously there are those that just love this style. For me, I crave balance and nuance, and it is becoming increasingly more difficult to find in CDP.
  • Outplaying commented:

    5/27/17, 10:58 AM - I agree with you in general about CDP.

    I haven't tried the 07 Beaucastel yet, but I haven't enjoyed the 07's that I have tried. Luckily I didn't go deep in this vintage as my tastes were just starting to shift then.

    Now I seem to only enjoy the "off" vintages like 04, 06, 08, and 11, and even then only from Beaucastel, Pegau and Vieux Donjon.

White - Fortified
1912 D'Oliveiras Madeira Verdelho Reserva
Opened & double decanted tonight for a dinner two weeks from today.

Color is a light mahogany; caramel and orange peel, framed by a laser beam of acidity on the nose. An intoxicating nose, to say the least.

Those flavors, along with that laser beam of acidity, are replicated on the palate - I can still taste the finish as I type this. I'm glad I opened this tonight - as crazy as it seems for a wine over 100 years old, this strikes me as young/primary.
  • Outplaying commented:

    4/30/17, 6:49 AM - Bob, is that for Talula's? What a treat!

Red
2009 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
3/28/2017 - blanquito wrote:
92 points
Big, lifted bouquet of red cherries, floral incense, cinnamon, and loam, quite ripe for this house. This has a silky attack and mouthfeel already, tasting of ripe yet bright cherries with an earthy, woodsy note telltale for this chateau. A refreshing sour flavor kicks in on the finish, keeping this real. The weight of the wine is pretty pitch perfect for my tastes-- it avoids any heaviness, but shows zero dilution and has sneaky extract and intensity from good acids. There's a distinct touch of alcohol too, but its well integrated and comes across more medicinal like menthol than boozy. Overall, this is excellent in a heady, rich style for Lanessan, quite true to the vintage, yet eschewing the pitfalls modern winemaking. Drinking great already, I'm really digging this. 92-93 pts.
  • Outplaying commented:

    3/29/17, 6:09 AM - Nice, detailed note. Thanks.

Red
2005 Domaine Saint Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve Auguste Favier Red Rhone Blend
1/10/2017 - DoubleMagnum Likes this wine:
92 points
Defitely shy upon popping. This is one elegant CdP and certainly not what I've come to know as Chateauneuf du Pape. It is quite subtle and restrained. A little bit of red fruit, some herbs, clay and just a hint of spice. Alcohol is completely undetectable. Medium weight on the palate. Acid is medium low. Tannins are barely noticeable and mouthfeel is satiny. Finish could be longer but it isn't short. My all-time favorite Pegau has met its match. Nice bottle. Great effort.
  • Outplaying commented:

    1/12/17, 6:36 AM - What vintage of Pegau? One of my favorite Pegau's is 04. The 05 is my favorite Favier though I haven't opened a 2010 yet.

Red
2013 Pian dell'Orino Rosso di Montalcino Sangiovese
A light translucent ruby in the glass; tart red fruits on the nose (cranberry?).

Seamless on the palate, decent acidity (although perhaps a touch less than I might prefer), good persistence on the finish, with a nice spicy note as well. Goes down very easy, and while I wouldn't say it's overly complex, this is pretty decent juice.
  • Outplaying commented:

    1/6/17, 5:42 AM - Pobega!

Red
2007 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
12/17/2016 - prism wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured. Major barnyard funk, again. Medium body. Smooth and sweet, not particularly complex. Probably would benefit from more air than it received...
  • Outplaying commented:

    12/20/16, 12:45 PM - There has been a lot of bottle variation with this wine. Some bretty and some spritzy. I have been fortunate so far with the few I have opened.

Red
2011 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
12/4/2016 - thesternowl wrote:
flawed
Boooo...something went terribly wrong with this bottle. The nose was completely overcome by the smell of peanuts and it tasted even worse...like mushed peas...?? Dreadful. Not sure what would cause that.
  • Outplaying commented:

    12/6/16, 12:19 PM - I wish I knew what that flaw is. I have had the same thing in two bottles of 04 Flaccianello. An overwhelming raw peanut aroma.

  • Outplaying commented:

    12/6/16, 1:29 PM - I just googled it and saw that about lady bugs and beatles. If that happened during harvest I would think the problem would be more widespread with bottles. I've enjoyed the two bottles of 11 Pegau that I have opened.

    With my Flaccianello bottles, there is a chance they were heat damaged in transit somewhere along the way. I am not sure how that shows up in a wine.

Red
2007 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro Toscana IGT Sangiovese
12/4/2016 - Outplaying wrote:
I was a bit disappointed in this. Red fruits and somewhat simple. Seemed a little ripe and alcoholic. I've had a cold for a couple days, so it could just be me or maybe I hit this too early?
  • Outplaying commented:

    12/4/16, 10:12 AM - Bob, I wrestled with opening this or an 06 Rancia based on your recent notes. We were with people who typically drink CA wines so I thought this one might be more friendly. I should stick with beer until I kick this cold as none of the recent bottles I have opened have been very enjoyable.

Red
2010 Carlisle Syrah Papa's Block Russian River Valley
10/28/2016 - PSUSteve wrote:
91 points
PnP off a restaurant wine list. Liked these less than previous bottles. Continue to feel the mid palate is disjointed. Not sure where this is headed.
  • Outplaying commented:

    10/29/16, 11:03 AM - Steve, what local restaurants have Carlisle on the list? Or are you on the other coast?

Red
2010 Château de Pibarnon Bandol Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre
10/12/2016 - Outplaying wrote:
A few Bandols (Eric and Rita's): Hold. Still primary and a bit simple. Lots of fruit and lower acid than I expected. I think there is potential though. I only have one more bottle so I will try to wait 10+ years.
  • Outplaying commented:

    10/19/16, 5:37 PM - Bob, I did. This was popular around the table but I thought it was a bit simple right. Hopefully it develops more complexity with some age.

Red
2010 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
9/21/2016 - wineotim Likes this wine:
92 points
This was different from previous bottles...this one was hard, firm, edgy, very dry, with a mineral and graphite finish. No soft and plummy fruit this time. Still enjoyed very much, might be in a closed down phase.
  • Outplaying commented:

    9/22/16, 6:33 AM - I'm waiting until 2020 to open the first one too.

White
2010 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos Habert Chenin Blanc
9/11/2016 - Outplaying wrote:
I'm a big fan of Chidaine wines. This one was delicious with orchard fruits, just a hint of sweetness, good acid and honeycomb. This was popular with our dinner guests. Sadly, we are down to one left.
  • Outplaying commented:

    9/11/16, 1:33 PM - Frank, great minds think alike! Like you, I'm a big fan of Chidaine. I hope I bought enough 14 and 15, but probably not. Ann and I are great. I hope all is well with you and your family, too. Still making it out to the east coast once in a while?

White
2013 Franz Hirtzberger Riesling Smaragd Hochrain Wachau
One final day 2 note from a dinner with Outplaying and his significantly better half ;^)

Light yellow-gold in the glass, with a reticent nose that gives you a little white fruit cocktail.

Light on it's feet for a Hirtzberger Smaragd, with adequate acidity and decent length - this is still a youngster, but also pretty enjoyable right now.

We had this last night alongside the 2002, 2005 and 2012, and this is very similar in profile to that 2012 - I think this is fine to drink now, but also promises the potential for favorable future development as well.
  • Outplaying commented:

    8/15/16, 6:24 PM - Ann says that's the best tasting note she has seen. Especially the first line!

Rosé
2015 Montenidoli Canaiuolo Toscana IGT Canaiolo
My first time trying this "Jeff Vaughan approved" wine!

Light salmon-colored in the glass; not much to the nose at this point.

Quite bright and citric on the palate, with nice persistence. Very nice - I'll bet this would go well with something like a salad Nicoise, but it also shows well enough for standard summer sipping by itself out on the deck (and given our local weather today, I will be doing just that later today!).
  • Outplaying commented:

    5/20/16, 12:23 PM - Damn you are fast Bob. After all I have said about this wine, I really hope this vintage is decent. Galloni's comment about low acid has me worried. Looking forward to cracking one open myself and seeing how it compares to Pibarnon.

Red
2009 Château Larose-Trintaudon Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
5/8/2016 - racerchris Likes this wine:
90 points
I really enjoyed this bottle. Great balance of fruit, acid and tannin with modest mineral notes. Lengthy finish.
Needs a 2 hour decant to open fully.
Accompanied dinner of grilled London Broil and grilled veggies (eggplant, squash, peppers, asparagus, Portabella, onion) with baked potato, awesome.
Last glass with Sunday breakfast of a veggie (grilled) omelet, bacon, and toasted bagel.
Maybe not the best drink at breakfast but the wine was just as good as the night before.
  • Outplaying commented:

    5/8/16, 9:15 AM - I like the way you roll. Racin' and Bordeaux. And not afraid to have glass of wine with breakfast. Cheers man!

White
2014 Marie-Thérèse Chappaz Grain Arvine Président Troillet Valais Petite Arvine, Arvine
A day 2 note.

Light gold in the glass, with a focused nose that is more about minerality than fruit.

Light- to medium-bodied on the palate, decent acidity, with a honeyed note as well. Very likable, although at least here in the states, the QPR is questionable.
  • Outplaying commented:

    4/11/16, 5:27 PM - Bob, I almost brought the Chappaz Grain Arvine La Louye to your house yesterday. I like the one you opened but it is a bit pricey for what it is. Perhaps with some age it would be more interesting.

Red
2010 Charles Joguet Chinon Les Varennes du Grand Clos Cabernet Franc
Drinking great. In fact, selected this off the list for a colleague dinner. Has some of the cab franc qualities but it's not rocked up with tobacco and herbal qualities so in the end, the risk paid off for the various palates at my table. Showed medium weight, the right amount of acidity and just pretty delicious.
  • Outplaying commented:

    3/3/16, 8:09 AM - Frank, that was brave going for a Chinon with non-wine geeks. Alfert would be proud of you!

Rosé
2014 Château de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre
2/24/2016 - Outplaying wrote:
This is my style of rose. Not too fruity or sweet, no bubble gum, and not too round or soft. More savory in style with saline, mineral and lots of acid. Hard to get my head around the fruit but I thought it was more shades of orange and peach than berries but Ann said strawberry. Very good and a repurchase for sure.
  • Outplaying commented:

    2/25/16, 9:19 AM - Bob, I didn't pick up any of the Nuances bottling but I will have to try one of them too. I am looking forward to opening one of these side by side with Boulay and Montenidoli, when it arrives. Thanks for the recommendation.

  • Outplaying commented:

    2/25/16, 10:46 AM - Based on last night's bottle and what I remember about the last Boulay I had, I agree with you. The Pibarnon seemed to have more texture that I think lengthened the finish and gave it more substance. It struck me as being similar to the Montenidoli from memory. I am out of that one but have a case coming. Looking forward to seeing how they compare and what your thoughts are on it.

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