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Red
2019 WeatherEye Vineyards Grenache Estate Red Mountain
First tasting of Weathereye. I’m a big fan on Todd Alexander’s work, so I was looking forward to tasting these wines. Unfortunately, this was a big disappointment. The alcohol was strong and forward and there was a significant medicinal characteristic to the nose and palate. There are some notes of red and black currant, but beyond that it was really muted. The thing it had going for it though was a great mouthfeel. That was awesome.
  • Winning_Wines commented:

    10/23/22, 10:40 AM - I decanted for an hour then followed it for an additional 3-hours in the glass. Little change that whole time. It’s the medicinal notes that really perplexed me. I haven’t seen those disappear with air in my experience, but maybe.

White
2018 Coriolis (Antica Terra) Chardonnay Dundee Hills
7/4/2021 - Nojomoschwa Likes this wine:
92 points
These Coriolis wines from Antica Terra are seriously mind-blowing for the prices on the secondary market. For $20 a bottle on Last Bottle, this blows anything else away in the price range from Oregon (in Pinot and Chardonnay).
  • Winning_Wines commented:

    7/4/21, 10:36 PM - Totally agree! Cheers!

Red
2014 Blankiet Estate Rive Droite Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/21/2020 - Winning_Wines Likes this wine:
96 points
Precise acidity, old-world in style, rich mineralogy, and gavel undertones. Amazing long finish that roller coasters with an evolving fruit finish for 60 plus seconds. Like nothing I can ever remember experiencing. Drink 2020-2040+.
  • Winning_Wines commented:

    2/24/21, 6:30 AM - Hey @Lord of the Bottles, this was via a tasting at the winery. If I remember correctly, they had poured Coravin samples as we arrived and then we toured the property. After which, we tasted, so the wine was probably in the glass for 45-60 mins. Cheers!

White
2018 Michel Bouzereau et Fils Chardonnay Bourgogne Côte d'Or
12/9/2020 - Winning_Wines Likes this wine:
94 points
This is a real deal white burgundy, but how is it possible at this price point? An intense and complex nose that is superbly complimented by a crisply acidic and full bodied back bone. Tasted alongside some really great Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumées Clos de la Truffière and this was not far behind.
  • Winning_Wines commented:

    1/9/21, 9:11 AM - Definitely do what you can to find it. If I had the room, I would keep buying more! Cheers!

White
2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Cuvée Roussanne Vieilles Vignes
12/14/2020 - Winning_Wines wrote:
I'm not quite sure what to say except I was expecting a lot more from this. Over the course of two days this really expressed nothing. Very bland, simple, and lackluster. This was definitely not what I was hoping for or what I would expect from this wine.

I'm not going to rate it, but if I were it would get an 84. I'm hoping this was just an off bottle.
  • Winning_Wines commented:

    12/14/20, 7:04 PM - Thanks Lazlo Toth. That is good to know and likely exactly what happened. If only I knew sooner! I appreciate the knowledge.

White
2013 Philippe Raimbault Sancerre Les Chasseignes Sauvignon Blanc
11/26/2020 - Winning_Wines Likes this wine:
92 points
Really impressed by this wine. Consumed after sitting open for a couple hours. It has great weight, acidity, purity of fruit, and balance. What a treat!
  • Winning_Wines commented:

    11/30/20, 6:06 AM - Hello Mhbeaune. Yes, I do think it will remain at this level for a good 3-5 years. It seems to be very well made and leaves you in awe after ever sip.

Red
2018 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/22/2020 - Winning_Wines Likes this wine:
98 points
Barrel Sample tasted at the winery. At the time of the tasting, this has been bottled for only 3 months, but has had slightly over 1.5 years in barrel.
Deep purple color, silty texture, smooth-silky tannins, with more blue fruit than the 2016. A very rich and sexy wine with perfect balance. This is going to be a rock star wine.
97-100 point potential.
  • Winning_Wines commented:

    8/8/20, 9:54 AM - Hey @gymnastpro, I agree that the 2016 is drinking much better at the moment, as the 2018 isn't finished and is not yet released. However, I am really excited to see what the 2018 will do in time. It sure seems to have the stuff to be something spectacular.

Red
1989 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
5/12/2020 - tunaguy Likes this wine:
96 points
this bottle was absolutely firing tonight. layer after layer with both power and finesse. still some brighter red fruits along with more mature darker fruits and cassis, leather, cigar tobacco, dried meat, dried purple flower, cooked down bell pepper, wet rocks, iron, and scorched earth. open over the next 10 years
  • Winning_Wines commented:

    5/22/20, 12:41 PM - Hello, did you choose to decant? If so, how long did it need?

  • Winning_Wines commented:

    5/22/20, 1:22 PM - Awesome. Thanks for sharing and I'm glad you had such a great experience.

Red
2006 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Syrah
I must have opened an off-bottle, because my experience was much different than others here. This was a recent Ex-Chateau purchase, so I am not concerned about provenance and the capsule/cork were in great shape. However, the color was extremely bricked. I've had 40 year old wine that was half as bricked as this. Anyway, I allowed it to decant for 2-hours, as the first sip was extremely tight and acidic. After the decant, it loosened up slightly, but was still pretty one-dimensionally acidic with some dark blue fruits. After another hour or more in the glass, the acidity mellowed out some, but then the alcohol started jumping out and seemed to hot.

Overall, the wine wasn't bad, but definitely not something I would spend more than $12 in the grocery store. I would probably give this 90-points during its best time, which was about 2.5 hours after opening. I was surely wishing for more here, but maybe next time will be better.
  • Winning_Wines commented:

    3/25/20, 12:37 PM - I sure hope that's the case. I have one more bottle in cellar, so hopefully that was has some more life left in it.

Red
2016 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vines Washington
5/9/2019 - SoCalWinoGal Likes this wine:
98 points
Drink on our 20th anniversary
  • Winning_Wines commented:

    5/9/19, 8:31 PM - What year is that?

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