Tasting Notes for Siggy

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Red
2001 Nicolas Potel Romanée St. Vivant Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
5/13/2012 - Siggy wrote:
89 points
Two bottles tasted, with consistent notes. Very dark color; tight and brooding on the palate; showing lots of power and tannin but not much spice or finesse. The fruit is dark and ripe (but not roasted), and the wine picks up a brown sugar/sassafras note on the long, staining, slightly green/austere finish. This comes across like a good Pommard (and one in need of a considerable amount of additional cellar time) rather than an RSV. I'm not sure more cellar time will result in more typicity in the bottle. @MNWineGuy
Red
5/13/2012 - Siggy wrote:
88 points
Synthetic cork. Fresh and fruity, showing crisp and tart cranberry fruit notes and lively acidity. Light- to medium-bodied, with some nascent complexity on the finish. At the table, this is a useful wine that can play a similar role as a Cru Beaujolais. @MNWineGuy
Red
3/30/2012 - Siggy wrote:
91 points
So classic. Garrigue, dark fruit, savory, long, great balance, just a touch of funk. Love this producer! @MNWineGuy
Red
3/13/2012 - Siggy wrote:
92 points
Gorgeous. Still young, but already beautiful and elegant. Intense perfume, red fruit, and roses. Silky texture; light- to medium body. Pure Piedmont finesse and grace. Should age harmoniously. @MNWineGuy
White
2010 Château Graville-Lacoste Blanc Graves Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/11/2012 - Siggy wrote:
89 points
Zesty and racy, and quite tightly wound at the moment. Intense pink grapefruit/citrus flavors, supported by prominent but balanced acidity. The finish is tart and moderately long, and hints at some tropical/mineral/grassy secondary flavors that may come to the forefront after this wine has seen another year or two of bottle age. Very refreshing, if a bit bracing given the acid profile. A really nice value at $16. @MNWineGuy
Red
3/6/2012 - Siggy wrote:
90 points
Two bottles tasted; bought on original release. Some bottle variation -- one bottle was lighter-bodied and showed an almost Hermitage-like character; the second had more of a typical St. Julien profile with deeper, plummier fruit. Both bottles were pretty tasty, and open for business, with silky textures and supple, nearly resolved tannins. The 1995 Medocs may be starting to come around? @MNWineGuy
White
3/4/2012 - Siggy wrote:
92 points
Classic, pungently evocative Mosel nose. Intense, spicy, lime-inflected fruit, beautiful minerality. Terrific stuff. @MNWineGuy
White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Château Roûmieu-Lacoste Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/3/2012 - Siggy wrote:
91 points
Terrific Sauternes. Rich pineapple/kiwi fruit, beautiful botrytis, deft & zesty supporting acidity, long & complex. Juicy and young. @MNWineGuy
Red
3/3/2012 - Siggy wrote:
90 points
Two bottles tasted with consistent notes; from a different source than my previous TNs. Rusty red color. Intense aromatics, lovely spice, red fruit, tomato paste, just a touch o' barnyard. Yummy, if a bit more advanced than previous bottles. @MNWineGuy
Red
1/3/2012 - Siggy wrote:
92 points
A much better showing than my last bottle (see previous TN). Old-school dark fruit, mint, eucalyptus. Ripe, but well-balanced.
Red
12/29/2011 - Siggy wrote:
Hmmm, this seems to have taken a turn for the worse since my last bottle tasted almost 4 years ago. Decent aromatics, but the palate is pruny, ruggedly tannic, and harsh. Burned chocolate flavors and noticeable alcohol. It does calm down and improve with extended aeration. I suppose this could be a going through an awkward phase, but it's more likely that I misjudged this wine's ability to age (see previous TNs).
Red
12/16/2011 - Siggy wrote:
91 points
Still young, but seems to be awakening from the shut-down state that marked my last bottle from April 2009 (see previous TN). Precise, pure dark cherry fruit on the palate, with faint beginnings of some herbal/foresty secondary flavors. Long and elegant; turns firmer and more structured with aeration. At the very beginning of what should be a long drinking window. Terrific juice.
Red
12/13/2011 - Siggy wrote:
85 points
Some interesting, pungent herbal aromatics on the nose. Oak, milk chocolate, and dark fruit. Medium-bodied and moderately extracted. Not showing much Rioja character or typicity; comes off as an oaky, modern-styled, somewhat anonymous, yet very quaffable wine. This could have been much better had they dialed down the oak treatment.
Red
12/1/2011 - Siggy wrote:
Tasting Group Dinner - Burgs & Northern Rhones (Tilia, Minneapolis): Not in a good place tonight, although this was a correct bottle. Vanilla, oak, and buttered popcorn on the nose. The palate shows some silky mid-weight dark fruit and minerals, but is tough to evaluate because of the buttery aromatics. Too young; judgment reserved.
Red
12/1/2011 - Siggy wrote:
93 points
Tasting Group Dinner - Burgs & Northern Rhones (Tilia, Minneapolis): Complex, leathery, earthy nose. Mature, harmonious flavors of red fruit, meat, flowers, baking spice, minerals, and earth/leather/animal fur. Long and elegant, with a lacy, suave, silky texture. Terrific stuff. A lovely La Chapelle that is at the peak of its drinking window, and evocative of the terrific 1980 (see previous TN).
Red
12/1/2011 - Siggy wrote:
90 points
Tasting Group Dinner - Burgs & Northern Rhones (Tilia, Minneapolis): A wild wine -- a touch swampy and cheesy on the initial nose. The palate is stacked with brooding dark fruit and a complex array of spices and leather. With time in the glass, started showing a ton of new oak and a very modern character. Hard to know how this wine will evolve, but it'll be an interesting ride.
Red
12/1/2011 - Siggy wrote:
88 points
Tasting Group Dinner - Burgs & Northern Rhones (Tilia, Minneapolis): When first poured, this looked and smelled like a good mature Bordeaux -- cedar/pencil lead/earth. It showed a little more typicity with extended aeration, but I couldn't shake the Bordeaux impression. The color is dark and dense; the palate shows big, ripe, earthy dark fruit, a whiff of animal, and prominent tannins that build to a slightly tart, clipped finish. The overall impression is power and rusticity. This undoubtedly was opened too young -- it'll be interesting to see if the Bordeaux character diminishes with additional bottle age.
Red
12/1/2011 - Siggy wrote:
94 points
Tasting Group Dinner - Burgs & Northern Rhones (Tilia, Minneapolis): Tasted side-by-side with the 2001 Rousseau CSJ, which was a fascinating comparison. Bigger, fleshier, and sweeter than the CSJ, and while more obviously approachable, it seems to be the more complex and complete wine. Gorgeously pure fruit, with lovely secondary flavors that are beginning to come out from hiding. More tannic than the CSJ; the tannins are ripe and silky. So elegant and effortless. No harm in tasting this now, although it seems 5+ years away from really being in the zone. My WOTN.
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Red
12/1/2011 - Siggy wrote:
93 points
Tasting Group Dinner - Burgs & Northern Rhones (Tilia, Minneapolis): I last tasted the 2001 Rousseau CSJ five years ago, and this bottle showed a nice evolutionary progression. While still firm, it is beginning to unfold and should be really rocking in another 3-5 years. Dark cherry fruit; deep, enchanting, and long on the nose. Very Gevrey in character -- masculine and brothy. Turns bigger and a little less pungent with air. Silky texture; lovely acidity; long finish.
White
12/1/2011 - Siggy wrote:
90 points
Tasting Group Dinner - Burgs & Northern Rhones (Tilia, Minneapolis): Intense, almost sharp, citrus-driven nose. The palate is large-scaled and powerful, showing loads of pink grapefruit/citrus flavors buffered by saline minerality. Prominent acidity. Long finish. Drinking well young; may smooth out and improve over the next few years.
White
12/1/2011 - Siggy wrote:
88 points
Tasting Group Dinner - Burgs & Northern Rhones (Tilia, Minneapolis): I was a bit of a dissenter with this wine -- I found it ripe and a touch sweet, with pleasant flavors but lacking the cut and acidity that I normally love in Dauvissat. Others at the table liked this much more. Based on this bottle and a recent 2006 Fevre Les Clos that I tasted, my sense is that most 2006 Chablis are on a pretty fast evolutionary curve and should be drunk up relatively soon.
White - Sparkling
12/1/2011 - Siggy wrote:
90 points
Tasting Group Dinner - Burgs & Northern Rhones (Tilia, Minneapolis): Light copper colored; moderately oxidative on the palate. While quite advanced, this had plenty of life left, showing slightly faded fruit, a lively mousse, and complex minerality. Decidedly more mature than one would expect from a 1995 vintage Champagne -- I'm not sure of the provenance of this bottle -- but overall, quite elegant and fun.
White - Sparkling
12/1/2011 - Siggy wrote:
93 points
Tasting Group Dinner - Burgs & Northern Rhones (Tilia, Minneapolis): Intense and exuberant. Chiseled, powerful, and opulent, with waves of minerals and juicy fruit. Not at all lacking in elegance, just big and brash right now. I would tend toward holding off on these for a little while because I have a hunch this will integrate further and become even more interesting.
Red
12/9/2011 - Siggy wrote:
90 points
Picked up this current release after trying a few excellent bottles of the 1998. Popped and poured. Started a bit slow, but steadily added density and complexity in the glass. Lovely mid-weight cherry fruit, a touch of molasses and woodsmoke, earth, baking spices, and dried herbs that build to a moderately long, graceful finish. Elegant, balanced acidity. Seems likely to be a good intermediate-term ager. Classic, even ultra-traditional in style, with no evident oak. Perhaps not quite as good as the 1998 -- the texture isn't quite as silky -- but it's really close.
Red
11/29/2011 - Siggy wrote:
88 points
Classic Gevrey nose -- beefy and brothy. The palate shows light- to mid-weight dark fruit, with an herbal/green streak that partially integrated with air. Not "green meanies" a la 2004, just slightly lacking in flesh and ripeness. Tart, moderately long finish. Nicely balanced acidity. A notch behind Bachelet's 07 village Gevrey (see recent TN).
White
11/28/2011 - Siggy wrote:
92 points
Delightful, classically-proportioned Kabinett. Notes of lime zest, green apple, watermelon rind, spice, and flowers. Crisp, crunchy, zesty, energetic, and long. Complex and still quite tightly wound at age 3.
Red
11/22/2011 - Siggy wrote:
90 points
Starting to shut down. Nice aromatics, but more prominent acid/tannin than previous bottles. Probably should let these rest for a few years.
Red
11/15/2011 - Siggy wrote:
91 points
After experiencing a very lightly corked bottle, I decided to open my lone remaining '98 Montelena. Scintillating ruby color; rich, fragrant, and complex. Slightly sweet red cherry fruit; pencil lead, fresh herbs, eucalyptus, and a hint of mint. Nicely balanced. Long finish. Classically old-school Napa Cab that should continue to age gracefully.
Red
11/15/2011 - Siggy wrote:
flawed
Just the tiniest hint of TCA. Really borderline, but it's there. May be the most subtly corked wine I've ever tried.
Red
11/12/2011 - Siggy wrote:
92 points
Found a great deal on these at a local wine shop, and thought I'd commit infanticide on one. A packed-and-stacked Clos des Mouches. Powerful, juicy dark fruit and anise/block licorice flavors, with a pungently minerally backbone, complex fresh herb notes on the midpalate, and silky tannins on the long finish. This is young, but not painfully so -- it's very structured and quite backward at age 6. To my palate, no signs of heat or overripeness. At least 10 years away from really strutting its stuff -- this will be quite elegant in time.
White - Off-dry
11/9/2011 - Siggy wrote:
88 points
Much bigger and sweeter than the bottle I tasted three years ago. Showing intense, complex peachy yellow fruit, honey, and apples, without quite enough acidity to pull things together. Big and opulent, with a thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel. As a previous taster noted, this punches well above its Prädikat class, residing in Auslese-plus or BA-minus territory, so it is best utilized with dessert.
White - Sparkling
11/5/2011 - Siggy wrote:
94 points
40th Birthday Bash (Heidi's, Minneapolis): A bonus bottle at the end of dinner, courtesy of Brad. Big, incredibly intense nose and palate. Underlying the sheer intensity and power lies primary red fruit and complex minerality. Really young, but I totally dug this for its brash, unrestrained personality.
Red - Fortified
11/5/2011 - Siggy wrote:
93 points
40th Birthday Bash (Heidi's, Minneapolis): A surprise bottle courtesy of my friends Anne and Neil, who had been saving this wine (from Neil's birth year) for 15 years. Lovely ruby/tan color; beautifully layered flavors of figs, red plums, nut skins, and raisins. Lovely balance; a long, rich finish. A fine, elegant Port and a real treat to taste.
White - Sweet/Dessert
11/5/2011 - Siggy wrote:
93 points
40th Birthday Bash (Heidi's, Minneapolis): Consistent with previous notes. A bit less baby fat, and more elegant acidity, than previous bottles, which is a good thing. Should hold at this level for several more years.
Red
1985 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/5/2011 - Siggy wrote:
40th Birthday Bash (Heidi's, Minneapolis): Sadly, another small pour. Red fruit, pine needles, and rosemary. I didn't have time to really study this, but it seemed a little heavier and less elegant than other bottles from previous tastings over the past few years.
Red
1971 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/5/2011 - Siggy wrote:
95 points
40th Birthday Bash (Heidi's, Minneapolis): What an experience -- my birth year wine and the first '71 Bordeaux I have tasted. A 5-liter bottle that I bought at auction. High shoulder fill. The cork and capsule were in decent shape when I picked up the bottle a few months prior, but in the course of driving to the restaurant on the day before our dinner, the cork slipped and nearly plunged into the bottle. This was a touch funky when first opened and decanted, but really woke up over the course of the evening. Lovely ruby/tea color, with considerable cloudiness. The palate is a beautiful, mellow, complex, still vigorous, yet fully realized Cheval at the peak of maturity. So many flavors -- cherries, minerals, spearmint, truffles, brown sugar -- dynamic and elegant, evoking wonderful memories of the 1921, 1955, 1962, and 1966 Cheval Blanc, which I had previously had the honor to share with friends who were present on this evening. While this lacks the fireworks and Zen-like sense of completeness of the best vintages of Cheval, it is a darn fine wine with more than a lot of life left.
Red
11/5/2011 - Siggy wrote:
93 points
40th Birthday Bash (Heidi's, Minneapolis): A nice upside surprise. I have been increasingly turned off by 2000 CDP, which seem to be growing worryingly pruny and alcoholic with age. Not this wine. Lovely mature red fruit, earth, garrigue -- just classic. Silky, fleshy texture with low acidity and lovely secondary flavors.
Red
2002 Louis Jadot Latricières-Chambertin Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
11/5/2011 - Siggy wrote:
40th Birthday Bash (Heidi's, Minneapolis): Brief notes: Another very small pour by the time it reached my end of the table. Nice aromatics, dark fruit, a touch heavy and showing a lot of new oak. These should probably sleep for 5+ more years.
Red
11/5/2011 - Siggy wrote:
40th Birthday Bash (Heidi's, Minneapolis): Brief notes: Really enjoyed this after giving it lots of aeration -- still primary and showing a lot of energy. A bit stern at the moment, but like a lot of 2008s I've tasted so far, seems very promising.
Red
11/5/2011 - Siggy wrote:
93 points
40th Birthday Bash (Heidi's, Minneapolis): From magnum. Beautiful brick-red color. Telltale Dujac whole cluster/stemmy nose. A lovely spice bazaar character, which at this youthful stage is partially obscured by oak and stems. The palate shows light- to medium-weight, mellow, harmonious red cherry fruit, minerals, and leafy forest floor, with a beguiling spicy complexity that carries through to the moderately long finish. The Seysses family believes their 2007s have a lot in common with their 2000s, which I love. They didn't own any Malconsorts until 2005, so who knows, but the analogy seems pretty apt with this wine.
White
11/5/2011 - Siggy wrote:
92 points
40th Birthday Bash (Heidi's, Minneapolis): Brief notes, since I got a very small pour: Quite reserved overall, and a bit discombobulated at first; improved significantly with aeration. Once this settled down, it revealed intense citrus fruit, complex minerality, impressive verve and energy, and a long finish. Looking forward to trying this again when once it settles down.
White
11/5/2011 - Siggy wrote:
92 points
40th Birthday Bash (Heidi's, Minneapolis): Similar to previous bottes. No premox (yet). Less severe in personality than the '04, with a slightly exotic/tropical flair to the mid-weight yellow fruit. Lovely saline mouthfeel and textbook Les Clos oyster shell minerality. Long finish.
White - Sparkling
11/5/2011 - Siggy wrote:
92 points
40th Birthday Bash (Heidi's, Minneapolis): Multiple bottles tasted with consistent notes. Very young, but loaded with crisp fruit and complex mineral/toast flavors. Lovely, fine-grained mousse. A delicious Champagne that should be even better with a few more years of bottle age.
Red
11/7/2011 - Siggy wrote:
89 points
Two bottles tasted over the past month, from different sources. Tonight's bottle was clearly the better of the two. This is a barely mid-weight, slightly herbal, delicate, yet interesting village Gevrey -- there is enough buffering sap and spicy red fruit to hold everything together. Complex nose; improved with air. Probably should be drunk over the short- to medium-term. Not up to the level of the 2008, but certainly a successful effort for the vintage.
White
11/2/2011 - Siggy wrote:
92 points
Rich, intense, and long; similar smoky/lemon/citrus fruit profile to the bottle I tasted three years ago, but showing considerably more new oak.
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Red
11/1/2011 - Siggy wrote:
92 points
Birthday dinner @ Alma. Consistent with prior TNs; perhaps just a tiny bit more tired and dried-out.
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