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1996 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc White Rhone Blend
11/25/2022 - vagrantone wrote:
86 points
This looks a bit like the emperor's new clothes...
This wine is clearly well past its peak and comes across tired with limited interest at this point.
It showed better a few years ago when I last tried it, but was disappointing today. Yes, the texture was rich but the aromatic complexity and length were absent. It cannot be considered a great wine at this point.
  • vagrantone commented:

    11/25/22, 10:55 AM - Too many people are prepared to overlook the flaws just because the bottle carries a Chave label

2021 Château Minuty Côtes de Provence M Rosé Rosé Blend
7/28/2022 - vagrantone wrote:
86 points
Another under-performing Rose wine from Minuty continuing a long trend.
Lacked intensity, complexity and freshness.
  • vagrantone commented:

    10/16/22, 2:01 PM - Yes. 86 for a wine that's mostly technically correct yet lack much interest

1957 Gestione Enopoli di Guido Ponti Ghemme Riserva Nebbiolo
4/3/2015 - ininov wrote:
It's aways a big gamble when you buy and open a really old wine from less than a first rate producer, from a secondary region and from a year most people don't know anything about in that region. It is always a good policy to expect a disappointment when you pop the cork. But like every big gamble, when the bet comes through the rewards are tantalizing. This was more than i capsule have ever hoped for. The cork (albeit short) was firm and in one pice. Always a good start. And then the perfume came. The room filled with gorgeous light scent of red fruits and florals. The wine itself was very light but muddy in color and completely bricked. But it was magical. Light, almost ethereal, but so young and fresh. It was all primary aromas - cherries, and other red fruits. Great acidity and just perfect tannic backbone. Drank over an hour this kept getting better. Sad that this note will likely not be read by anybody as there is so little of this wine left in the world. But the experience was truly magnificent. Well done you, old Italian man who put this in a bottle 58 years ago!
  • vagrantone commented:

    9/12/22, 5:53 AM - Thanks for the review.
    I just bought 3 bottles of this.

2004 Domaine de Trévallon Vin de Pays des Bouches-du-Rhône Syrah Blend, Syrah
1/10/2022 - vagrantone wrote:
There are really too many TCA problems with this wine; almost every other bottle...
  • vagrantone commented:

    7/6/22, 1:32 PM - It's probably a case of a cellar having a TCA problem as opposed to a cork problem. This happens once in a while.
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou had to undergo major renovations to get rid of their TCA problems

White - Sweet/Dessert
1921 Château Mauras Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
6/11/2021 - vagrantone Likes this wine:
96 points
First bottle out of a case purchased at auction.
I decided to recork the bottles as the corks were, obviously, in very poor condition by now.
Fill level for this bottle was low to mid-shoulder.
The hue was amazing for a 100 year old Sauternes, staying on the golden side as opposed to amber.
In fact, both in terms of hue and aromatic intensity, this wine seems to defy time.
Incredible intense aromatics; you can smell a 1 ounce pour across the room. All on the botrytis side. It reminds me of the 1988 Rabaud-Promis but with many additional years in the bottle.
There's enough acidity to keep everything in focus and give liveliness.
For a minor Sauternes property, this is quite a validation of the 1921 vintage. I will drink the recorked bottles over the next two decades.
  • vagrantone commented:

    6/27/22, 6:29 PM - Even at 100 years, this Sauternes was drinking really well.
    The corks were in deplorable condition, so I added a small amount of SO2 and inserted new corks. Should be good for a while still.

1966 Château La Lagune Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
12/12/2021 - vagrantone Likes this wine:
91 points
Classic Medoc wine drinking beautifully right now.
It no longer needs decanting.
Beautiful hue with minimal browning.
Traditional nose with excellent complexity: earthy, spices, cigarbox, evolved fruit.
Some would consider an herbal element detrimental but it adds yet another dimension to an impressive wine.
Effortless elegance after 55 years. Good luck finding this is wines currently produced.
  • vagrantone commented:

    12/17/21, 6:15 AM - pop and pour

2016 Bodegas El Coto Rioja Coto de Imaz Reserva Tempranillo
8/22/2021 - vagrantone Likes this wine:
88 points
Tasted at restaurant.
This wine clearly would benefit from further evolution instead of being locked in this way.
Excellent typicity and balance. Great value wine.
  • vagrantone commented:

    9/27/21, 10:42 AM - It slows down the evolution of the wine

1934 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/14/2020 - vagrantone Likes this wine:
92 points
First of 4 half bottles.
Low shoulder fill level.
Cork crumbling but largely out in out piece.
Carefully decanted ( for sediment)
The hue is very impressive for a wine of this imposing age; more like a 30 year old wine.
First whiff is all soil with iron, gravel notes, forest floor, hint of VA that blows away. Considerably less evolved than the 34 Petit Village tasted recently. I don't get the pickle character people have ascribed to this wine, but there is a clear suggestion of a high acidity vintage, which is why this wine is still alive.
The taxture is really nice. Yes. The wine is dominated by the acidity and some fairly ferocious ( at one point) tannins. Still a nice mouthfeel, very long and a clean finish that has Pauillac written all over it: firm yet elegant. 45 + second length.
After a while, a minty character emerges. the palate fills out a little and a "dry" fruit aspect appears.
The VA reappears on the nose but the palate remains really nice.
The earthy and smoky elements dominate.
This was the worst fill level...
  • vagrantone commented:

    10/15/20, 6:00 AM - Is it really about quantity??

1970 Federico Paternina Rioja Gran Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
4/27/2019 - vagrantone wrote:
86 points
This bottle did not show as well as last one. Seemed a bit tired and drying up even compensating for the traditional style. Cork fully saturated, will open another...
  • vagrantone commented:

    8/29/19, 6:10 AM - The good news is that the following bottle showed well again!

1978 Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco Martinenga Nebbiolo
4/27/2019 - vagrantone wrote:
87 points
Good fill level, cork came out in good condition.
Kept upright for last 3 weeks.
Not decanted, as the wine came across a little tired. Showing mostly acidity and tannins at this point with just a hint of the tar and roses.
Slightly disappointing.
  • vagrantone commented:

    5/4/19, 7:34 AM - This wine was purchased at an auction. The other bottle was corked, so I would not rule out that the storage conditions could be to blame.

2016 Ravines Wine Cellars Cabernet Franc Finger Lakes
10/25/2018 - lake-people wrote:
87 points
Green Pepper
  • vagrantone commented:

    11/20/18, 3:46 PM - you have the wrong winery!!
    you had a Canadian Cab Franc

2007 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Chardonnay
10/23/2017 - ehodin Does not like this wine:
87 points
Although not completely premox (as was the '02 Fevre Bourgros I opened first) it is clearly on its way there. Just barely drinkable, so still a disappointment.
I find it hard to convey how depressing it is to find so many of my white burgundies suffering from premature oxidation. It leads me to open one with trepidation these days, & to have another on hand in case. The Burgundian wine industry owes its customers at least a complete explanation for this wide-spread phenomenon, if not some degree of compensation.
  • vagrantone commented:

    12/12/17, 11:41 AM - If this was indeed a premox issue, you would find a greater number of such reports. I don't see that for this particular vintage

White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
10/16/2017 - vagrantone Likes this wine:
89 points
a bit of a disappointment by the very high standard associated with this Chateau...
The warmth and ripeness of the 2003 vintage is showing through providing plenty of volume and body. However, the wine lacks in botrytis expression, in freshness and in balance. Yes, the wine was relatively young ( 14 years), but I simply don't seem where the exquisite aromatics , acidity needed for the balance or the delicate side will come from. Hopefully time will prove me wrong, but that is how it appears now..
  • vagrantone commented:

    10/26/17, 8:13 AM - 2003 was an unusually hot and dry vintage in France; hardly an environment conducive to botrytis. I therefore find it regrettable that a winery with the standards of Chateau d'Yquem would choose to release a vintage wine. Yes, there was plenty of sugar and ripeness, but Sauternes in its true form is an elegant wine built on finely tuned balance. This kind of wine is better left to hot New World wine regions

2015 Gut Hermannsberg Steinberg Riesling Großes Gewächs Nahe
10/14/2017 - vagrantone Likes this wine:
92 points
Opened in my absence...
Obviously way too early to drink this wine; a waste...
It shows all of the potential you would expect from a great site in a great vintage: mineral notes, floral and fruit components, exquisite balance, rich mouthfeel. I have to find a replacement bottle now!
  • vagrantone commented:

    10/15/17, 9:12 AM - Thank you. I know... I get home and find the bottle sitting 3/4 empty on the table...

2015 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Brand Alsace Grand Cru
8/15/2017 - vagrantone wrote:
86 points
Greatly over-rated wine! Another case of label shopping...
While the ripeness level is clearly great, this wine simply lacks focus and balance. Good luck trying to find any acidic backbone here. What you will find is excessive alcohol and a winemaking style that detracts from what clearly were beautiful grapes at one point...
  • vagrantone commented:

    8/17/17, 8:25 AM - I have also been drinking Zind-Humbrecht wines for long enough to see a clear change in style; sadly in favor of super ripeness. Within 30-40 minutes of being poured in glasses, the wine was "dead"...
    The lack of balance is alarming. There is simply not enough acidity to keep it fresh. This is only likely to get worse. The wine is not going to regain focus.

2006 Colgin IX Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
5/1/2015 - vagrantone wrote:
85 points
Tasted this in good company. It certainly is flawless, but it is also without any character. Typical overripe fruit, alcohol level where it no longer is invited back to the dinner table. I do not expect it to age very well in the sense of improving. The lack of complexity was appalling next to a nice bottle of Cos and a lesser vintage, but beautifully drinking bottle of Vosne-Romanee
  • vagrantone commented:

    9/16/15, 7:30 AM - No. The wine was not flawed. It was just without any interest. It was very dark; probably had every correct polyphenol index possible, very ripe.....I can get those same qualities from a $ 12 bottle of Cotes de Rhone. It shows everything that is wrong about growing cool climate grape varieties in a climate that is too warm for that.

1989 Château Poujeaux Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
6/14/2015 - vagrantone Likes this wine:
87 points
Quite surprising. The nose is still fairly fruit dominated, but I'm not sure it will ever evolve into a classic Medoc nose. Not flawed by any means just slightly clumsy, currently lacking in complexity. Tannins are still noticeable and so is the fruity intensity, so there is still a chance for it to reach a better balance. Only time will tell...
  • vagrantone commented:

    6/15/15, 10:52 AM - I don't believe so. There are no signs of oxidation in wine and it still has noticeable tannins. I have 5 more bottles, so we will see...

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