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White - Off-dry
2011 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese Mosel Saar Ruwer
6/4/2022 - CamWheeler wrote:
92 points
AH and Crew Ride Again: 375ml. Honey, pear and apricot aromatics. Refreshing and vibrant palate, light on its feet with the sweetness and driving acid in harmony. Delicious.
  • mphatic commented:

    1/20/23, 1:03 AM - Hi Cam, was this from 375 or full bottle?
    I’m keen to hear your thoughts on development potential. MFW has an unusually short drinking window on this, while Gilman goes decades further.

  • mphatic commented:

    1/21/23, 1:38 AM - Thanks

Red
1996 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
11/18/2022 - Cremuel Likes this wine:
93 points
This is the first bottle from the estate of my late father-in-law, Bob Lees. He collected wine for most of his life, and left an amazing cellar to his daughters. Most of it is going to auction at Langtons Au in December, and ranges from 1982 up to around 2015, but we've kept back some special bottles.
This is the first from Penfolds, and starting slow (plenty of Grange to come). It's a dark inky red. Nose is heavy, sweet damsons, and dark stewed black fruits with Christmas spices, a musty opening which fades, liquorice and black pepper - powerful. Dry start to the tasting, some astringency, fruit has faded a lot leaving leathery tobacco notes. Only 10 mins after decanting, so will give more time. An hour or so later, some meaty notes appear but so does the fruit. Still heavy, but sweet, good tannins and lovely. Really good,lots of life left in this.
Night 2, nose is heavy blackberries and sweetness, really good. Flavours have now moved to warm fruit, heavy brambles, damsons, jam with a good acidity keeping it together and enjoyably drinkable. An aged wine, very good though for that age, full, mature and the sweetness enveloped by smoothed tannins make this really good. Delicious!
  • mphatic commented:

    11/23/22, 2:57 AM - Really valuable comments regarding the wine showing better with extended breathing. I’ve seen some mixed reviews of this wine over the last couple of years, and I wonder if the more negative ones were PnP.

  • mphatic commented:

    1/13/23, 4:03 AM - What were the cellar conditions like, if you don’t mind me asking?

    I appreciate all of these notes you’re posting, by the way.

Red
2008 Clonakilla Syrah Canberra District
12/4/2022 - Dr S Likes this wine:
94 points
An update, with a needed amendment, based on night two’s tasting. Even more Hermitage like, especially the nose. Loaded up with warm spices, all manner of peppercorns, and perfumed fruit (perhaps those elusive florals too).

The main reason to provide a post script relates to the oak. It was entirely simpatico on the second night. I still think it could have been dialed back a few months to let the fine fruit sing more, but it’s now deeply stitched into body of the wine and invests added structure, as well as savoury elements to the overall fabric.

I meant to give 94 points yesterday and definitely wish it be so now. Already drinking well but another five years should see it go full Hermitage. Bring it on.
  • mphatic commented:

    12/4/22, 9:50 PM - Nice follow-up. It’s an impressive wine.

White - Off-dry
2008 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Mosel Saar Ruwer
9/21/2022 - grapenomad wrote:
93 points
Can never go wrong with JJ Prum. Here we have a perfect partner to Singaporean-Malay seafood dishes. The acidity and the sugar comes together to build something that's just straight out tasty and beautifully expressive. Only 7.5% abv, so you need this in much bigger format. Like a faucet or something.
  • mphatic commented:

    9/21/22, 10:59 PM - “Like a faucet”. Love it.

White
2019 Joh. Jos. Prüm Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett Mosel Saar Ruwer
9/2/2022 - Rote Kappelle Likes this wine:
94 points
The score is based on the CT scale and I am taking into account price, because what you get is sensational for the price. This is no WS, or other GG level wine but it isn't near the price and what it does give you is all the components of the great vineyards, although not quite the length and intensity or subtleties - but that is why they are GG etc. and this isn't. A year on from my last review and a glass in my garden as winter ends, amongst the plum blossoms, was just heaven.
  • mphatic commented:

    9/3/22, 7:37 PM - I think it’s worth noting that the Badstube is, in fact, a Grosse Lage vineyard from which a GG could be made. Though I don’t recall seeing one, and I agree that wines from the Badstube tend not to reach the heights of those from the other great Mosel vineyards.

White
2018 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series Margaret River
8/16/2022 - richshoes Likes this wine:
91 points
first half of bottle, truly amazing--big, plush, super linear with nice elegance of grapefruit and lime/lemon....but second half, it kind of faded, super soft, plush, but might be mistaken for a lot of nice other affordable chardonnays
  • mphatic commented:

    8/16/22, 2:16 AM - They do age well. Currently drinking an ‘09 tonight.

Red
2012 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Shiraz V & A Lane Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
7/16/2022 - Peter John Likes this wine:
92 points
Good Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz.
Dark fruit, moderate acidity and nice texture.
  • mphatic commented:

    7/16/22, 5:49 PM - Just to clarify, was this the straight Shiraz or the Cab Shiraz blend?

White
2019 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett Mosel Saar Ruwer
This really comes across as a racy, lighter-weight, classic kabinett. Candied lemon on the nose, followed by a palate of fresh peach and cantaloupe, with a bit of citrus pith and a background note of currant. The residual sugar is contained by bracing acidity. The finish seems like it’s going to fade out quickly, but after initially diminishing, ends up lingering for a surprising amount of time. All in all, an unsubtle but super-tasty wine. Bottled under screw cap, so enjoy it young.
  • mphatic commented:

    7/7/22, 2:13 AM - Noooo! Bottled under screw cap, so you can cellar with confidence.

    I’m enjoying reading through your tasting notes.

White
2018 A.J. Adam Hofberg Riesling Kabinett Mosel Saar Ruwer
3/1/2020 - diggydan wrote:
92 points
A whole lotta sulfur on the nose but the taste is ripe, boisterous, and filled with lemon and yellow stone fruit.
  • mphatic commented:

    5/4/22, 6:20 PM - How much air did you give these before drinking?

White - Sparkling
N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Champagne Blend
4/3/2022 - jmoore431 Likes this wine:
94 points
Another bottle from before they started labeling the MV with specific “editions”. Light golden color with moderate beading; baked apple, red apple skin, hazelnut and hints of clove; slowly some baking spices emerge as well as just hints of toffee revealing age; very little of the bready brioche characteristics I love (perhaps a bit mature for that) but still plenty of energy here. Wish I could say more about the vintages included or disgorgement date but despite Krug claiming their website can tell us this, two very experienced tasters wasted 20 minutes struggling to decipher two very tiny ID numbers on the label as well as numbers stamped on the cork before deciding “Fu#* this!!!”. We enjoyed the bottle nonetheless. 94+
  • mphatic commented:

    4/4/22, 2:13 AM - Inevitably the number printed on the cork sits right on a crease from the muselet wire, making it incredibly difficult to distinguish 1s, 7s, and 4s…

Red
2008 Houghton Cabernet Sauvignon Jack Mann Frankland River
4/1/2022 - Wine MontSta wrote:
flawed
Undrinkable
  • mphatic commented:

    4/2/22, 5:42 PM - What made the wine undrinkable?

Red
2005 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend
4/20/2016 - mphatic wrote:
Cork, 14% alc. Deep crimson red, with a beautiful brightness to the hue.

A bretty, barnyard aroma dominates initially, along with a fair whack of resinous oak. Then blackberry, VA, leather, and formic acid appear. Quite complex nose, and very enticing.

Fantastic feel in the mouth. Initial bursts of fruit spread across the tongue, filling all corners of the mouth. Floury tannins grip the mouth and pull the wine into focus. Heavyweight, akin to a 1990s Australian Shiraz from a warm year. Alcohol sticks out a little, and the length is a slight letdown compared to the rest of the palate, however it is still decent.

Opinion: Reminds me of a 5 year old blend of Bin 707 and Mt Edelstone. Presents more like a Cabernet on day 2 with blackcurrant, blackberry, licorice, and cedar. Slippery mouthfeel.
  • mphatic commented:

    3/22/22, 5:55 AM - Quite a few wines have been consumed in the 6 years since tasting this Musar, so my memory is a little hazy…

    I’m pretty confident that it was consumed over a couple of days, with part of the bottle decanted an hour or two before drinking on day 1.

  • mphatic commented:

    3/26/22, 7:22 AM - No worries. I’ve made the same mistake a few times. It’s an old tasting note of mine, but one that I just typed up and entered in CT only recently. Hence the reason it appeared near the top of the recent notes.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Champagne Blend
12/31/2021 - mphatic wrote:
Cork, 12% alc. A751.

Reading into the cork number, this was disgorged Sept/Oct 2007, from a ??? base wine. Mid gold colour; seems advanced.
Not much mousse remaining; dissipating quickly after pouring.

Rich nose of peach, seaspray, tobacco, orange peel, oak, grilled nuts, hazelnut. The aroma becomes more Pinot-like with air.

Firm, cleansing acidity. Finishes shorter than expected and lacks intensity on the palate that is somewhat drying. Creamy in the mouth.

Opinion: complex and enjoyable enough but not the best bottle I’ve seen.
  • mphatic commented:

    3/26/22, 7:08 AM - Good pick up. I honestly have no idea, and I was relying on Julianskeels’ note on the 158eme in 2017 since it was the only one I could find that confidently matched the A751 to a specific base vintage. But now reading his (and your) further comments under his note, I’m more confused.

    Although not a definitive reference, when I type Krug A751 in Google, the third top link is to the Krug website about the 158eme edition, where they reference the 2002 base. Perhaps that’s more an artifact of google’s search engine smarts than hidden messaging from Krug.

    To avoid spreading possible misinformation, I’ll remove the vintage reference in my note.

Red
2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
2/14/2022 - Herschel Krustofski wrote:
flawed
From Coravin. Suspected corked (wet cardboard). On the off chance that some of the musty off-putting aromas will blow away, we left it to breath some more and after nearly two hours poured the two glasses down the drain. I am wondering if I should take the opportunity to ditch the Coravin needle after likely contact with TCA-tainted wine (any thoughts?).
  • mphatic commented:

    3/25/22, 11:46 PM - I don't have a Coravin, so can't comment with any authority. However I'd suggest a thorough clean would be sufficient. After all, people are not throwing out their Zaltos and expensive decanters just because they came into contact with tainted wine.

White - Off-dry
2008 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Mosel Saar Ruwer
Pale straw color in the glass. Sharp scents of petrichor and petrol upfront with the faintest hint of lemongrass in the background.
Soft and medium bodied juice with a great balance of acid which brings about a nice round mouth feel.
On the palate, apple skins, mineral and lemon all meld together with incredible balance and a lengthy finish.
A fantastic Spätlese from 2008 that is showing very well now and in no danger of slowing down anytime soon.
Drink now and hold years yet.
  • mphatic commented:

    3/24/22, 11:54 PM - Thanks. Did the nose become more aromatic and fruity with extended airing?

White
2015 Tyrrell's Sémillon Vat 1 Hunter Valley
3/23/2022 - mrgarreth wrote:
88 points
Flinty, steely, citrussy, acidic. I know it is a classic, but I don't get what the excitement is about. Dare I ask... is it overrated?
  • mphatic commented:

    3/23/22, 5:48 PM - Fair question. It’s not a wine style that everyone falls in love with. Nevertheless, see my comment on Spikemaster’s recent note. Leave for 5+ years.

Red
2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano Nebbiolo
3/17/2022 - asparagus Likes this wine:
93 points
Had this side by side with the 09 version. Both bottles were opened 3 hours prior and consumed over a 2.5hour dinner.

The 09 was showing better at the start... but over the course of the evening, the 08 outshone it

Violets and roses. Such a lovely bouquet. And on the palate, present but unobtrusive tannins. But over the course of the dinner, the 08 was just better. More acid, more structure, more fruit... more joy. The 08 was just better.
  • mphatic commented:

    3/17/22, 5:30 AM - Thanks for the comparison. What are your thoughts on the longevity of both wines from here onwards?

White
2015 Tyrrell's Sémillon Vat 1 Hunter Valley
3/12/2022 - Spikemaster Likes this wine:
94 points
So light thhe touch of this supposedly aged wine, it is still peepyoung. Fresh citrus, zest and tight minerality in a quite complex but medium- bodied wine, first timer but the next 5 bottles will have some additional rest so I can follow this stunner over time.
  • mphatic commented:

    3/12/22, 5:28 PM - Thanks for your note.

    These Vat 1s are typically released to the public at age 5 or 6 due to the dumb phase that semillon can go through when younger. They are still very youthful at that point, and don’t start blossoming until at least the 10 year mark, for my palate anyway. I’m currently working through the 04, 05, and 06 vintages, and I’m not rushing…

White
2016 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series Margaret River
2/26/2022 - pmk wrote:
95 points
an extraordinary layer and complex unoaked chardonnay - montrachet like - unique and very special - drinking beautifully - opens after about 30 minutes, best served not too cold. See Vinous reviews
  • mphatic commented:

    2/26/22, 8:00 PM - Unoaked?

Red
2010 Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
2/25/2022 - BrunelloBob wrote:
90 points
Three hour decant and I'd call that a minimum. Better nose than palate and better with food than alone. Red cherry, big mushroom, earthy. Goes more mineral late. This could improve, but I struggle with this producer. 90+
  • mphatic commented:

    2/26/22, 12:59 AM - Struggle with their longevity, or style?

  • mphatic commented:

    2/26/22, 5:03 AM - Understood. Cheers

White
2002 Petaluma Riesling Hanlin Hill Clare Valley
1/31/2022 - cogo44 Likes this wine:
97 points
This vintage was always highly regarded from the Clare Valley region. I was recently gifted a bottle under cork and another under stelvin. I was supposed to compare the two at one sitting but opened the one under cork last night and will check out the other one very soon. This is simply an extraordinary wine. The cork was in perfect condition. A deep golden colour, a nose of tropical fruit with orange and lemon peel carries through to the palate. After twenty years, the acid still supports the excellent fruit. Before we knew it, this ever so drinkable wine was gone. A mighty expression of aged Aussie riesling. Can the other bottle under stelvin match this? I expect so!
  • mphatic commented:

    2/26/22, 12:31 AM - Nice note. I opened a screwcap bottle tonight and it looked fantastic. Many similar characters to your bottle. Only middle-aged.

Red
2016 G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole Nebbiolo
1/23/2022 - HowardNZ Likes this wine:
95 points
2016 Vajra (and Baudana) Barolo tasting (Wellington, NZ): Among the historical vineyards of Barolo, Bricco delle Viole is the highest and the closest to the Alps at between 400 to 480 meters above sea level, on the Western ridge of the village. Its vines date back to 1949 and due to early sunrise and late sunset and what Vajra calls the “perfect southern exposure” enjoys a dramatic diurnal temperature range.

The most expressive and perfumed of the 2016s. Lovely aromatics. Blackberries, some crème de cassis, tobacco leaf, spices, cloves and gentle rose florals and a whisp of violets. On palate, very black fruited and precise with a touch of mint. Sleek and elegant. Bright, focused acidity. Serious structure and mid palate weight. Powerful and tightly coiled with iron ore at its core. The tannins even more fine-grained than with the Ravera but more closed, with even more tannic grip. Powerful, persistent acidity. At present, severe and strict. This wine will need even longer to unfurl, perhaps drinking from 2028+. Great expectations here. Classic, traditionally made Barolo. Wine of the tasting. 95+.
  • mphatic commented:

    1/23/22, 3:51 AM - Nice set of notes on these Baudana/Vajra wines.

  • mphatic commented:

    2/24/22, 1:54 AM - Surely the Mosel, and in particular the Saar region, would be high on the list of sites positively impacted by warming. They’ve gone from having marginal vintages every second year, to pretty much a dream run over the past 10-15 years.

White
2018 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series Margaret River
2/3/2022 - bayareadodgerfan Likes this wine:
92 points
Really lovely wine. First time having a Margaret River wine. Pale lemon color. Pronounced aroma intensity - lemon, lime, apple, apricot and baking spices and hint of vanilla and oak. On palate med+ acidity and medium body. Beautiful citrus and stone fruit and vibrant baking spice on palate. Nice oak notes of vanilla and cream. This is really a very good wine - can’t wait to pop more bottles.
  • mphatic commented:

    2/3/22, 5:47 PM - Nice note.
    The LEAS Chardonnay style has evolved a little over the past few vintages, however it is generally a wine that you can cellar with confidence. I recommend trying a few older vintages if you can track them down. 2006 and 2008 looking superb at the moment.

White - Off-dry
2011 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Mosel Saar Ruwer
5/10/2018 - mphatic wrote:
Mosel Trip 2018; 5/10/2018-5/11/2018 (Mosel Region): Showing kerosene, kiwi. Lovely delicacy but somewhat soft and a bit withdrawn. Needing more time?
  • mphatic commented:

    1/26/22, 1:53 AM - At 7 years of age, this was likely in a very awkward stage when I tasted it. I didn’t have a lot of time to spend with it, so I was just calling it as i saw it one the day. For context, it was tasted in the middle of the 2017 vintage release tasting at the estate.
    Im still in the process of writing up the full tasting story.
    Thanks for your comment.

White - Off-dry
2020 Hofgut Falkenstein Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese feinherb "Palm" #3 Mosel Saar Ruwer
Day 2. This wine showed oddly. When opened I thought I caught a faint hint of cork a number of times. On the nose and the palate the wine seemed to go back and forth, sometimes I showed classic Falkenstein aspects of lime, minerals, white florals, spent - but others it showed sour and monotone. Now I don’t get the cork in the nose but the sour palate and especially finish show up sometimes and the wine seems clipped in the finish sometimes.
  • mphatic commented:

    1/22/22, 9:38 PM - Interesting note, thanks.
    I had a similar experience with this wine but declined to mention it in my recent tasting note. I thought the issue was with me, rather than with the wine. Perhaps I was wrong. I looked at the wine over about 3 days, and it went up and down a few times over that period; from strong, to flat and simple, and back. I thought it was corked at one point, but that seemed to blow off. An enigma!

White - Sweet/Dessert
1999 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese Lange Goldkapsel Mosel Saar Ruwer
1/2/2022 - drjb Likes this wine:
98 points
At a private New Year's lunch. The defining word of this wine is 'light'. Light in its golden colour, light in the overall effect of its grippingly intense palate and light in the sense of brightness and sunshine it conveys. The nose and palate reek of stone fruits, citrus and tropical fruits of the Australian New Year - mango, pineapple and limes. There is fullness and grip providing length and persistence. What else is needed - perhaps that last gram of excitement and texture of a great Yquem or perhaps the meal and wines had been too great for a Christmas saturated palate !
  • mphatic commented:

    1/6/22, 2:54 PM - Do you feel this has more to give with extended cellaring?

  • mphatic commented:

    1/8/22, 8:53 PM - Thanks for that insight.

White - Off-dry
2019 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5 Mosel Saar Ruwer
12/29/2021 - B Paul wrote:
Notes similar to the bottle I had a few weeks ago, but interesting to see this next to the #10. This was richer, showier, but also retains good balance. The #5 and #10 are quite different at this stage, but equally delicious.
  • mphatic commented:

    12/30/21, 6:16 AM - Nice set of notes. The #5 usually receives more attention than the #10 because many people equate the higher price with the better wine. Yet they are really just different styles, as you’ve noted, and both are legitimate. I’ve noticed a number of CT members that usually prefer the #10 each year. The same goes for the #11 and #14.

White - Off-dry
2019 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese #14 Mosel Saar Ruwer
bright yellow color, on opening a dense and honeyed nose, citrus, lime cream, on the palate viscous, a fiery citrus and white cherry with an elegantly restrained delivery, unapologetically classic, caramel note on the long finish, 2 hours- a brooding and muted nose, blaring honey over citrus and pear, slate steps coated in honey, for all its botrytised intensity it manages to remain deliciously elegant, astonishingly long finish, almost too much to mentally grasp at this young stage, highest potential.

(*****), 2034++
  • mphatic commented:

    12/29/21, 2:49 AM - Lovely set of notes on these ‘19 Schaefer wines.

Red
2012 Best's Great Western Shiraz Thomson Family
12/12/2021 - nwebstar Likes this wine:
95 points
Drank more like a Rhône style Shiraz with a touch more fruit purity - quite elegant. All plums and berries. Lovely dry spice complexity. Always perfectly balanced. Great depth but within neat structure. Kept getting better and better in the glass. Very very good.
  • mphatic commented:

    12/13/21, 3:35 AM - Thanks for your note. It’s good to see this wine drinking well so young.

White - Sparkling
1996 Dom Pérignon Champagne Oenothèque Champagne Blend
12/10/2021 - rlove wrote:
95 points
A bit of leesy funk on first pop but not to worry, with just a few minutes of air the 1996 Dom Pérignon Oenothèque reveals itself as lightning in a bottle with an understated nose of lemon, marzipan, smoke, and buttery pastry that only whispers to the possibility of the explosive palate with layers of citrus and minerals. Concentrated and intense. Rich mousse. Dry but not austere finish. This is killer.

(Oenothèque is the same base as the standard cuvée, with the Oenothèque receiving an additional five years on the lees while under cork, not crown cap. Once disgorged, the Oenothèque dosage is generally less than the standard cuvée's, around 6.5 g/l this vintage.)
  • mphatic commented:

    12/11/21, 4:48 AM - I haven’t heard the cork v crown cap comment before, however I think the additional 5 years on lees is the more defining difference.

Red
2010 Bindi Pinot Noir Original Vineyard Macedon Ranges
11/29/2021 - Hanibal Likes this wine:
92 points
By far the best Australian pinot I have ever tasted. Lots of fruit and power. As good or better than many 1st growth burgundies I have had. Was still going strong 2 days after opening using a vacuum sealer.
  • mphatic commented:

    11/29/21, 7:57 PM - That’s high praise. 2010 was a pretty good vintage for Bindi, across their Original, Block 5, and Quartz wines.

Red
2006 Henschke Shiraz Hill of Grace Eden Valley
Special lunch party - best of Australia vs France (Ravensdale Farm): Flawed. Ultra disappointing as under stelvin. Has spent most of life in perfect cellar conditions
  • mphatic commented:

    11/29/21, 12:38 AM - Interesting. What was the fault?

Red
2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà Nebbiolo
I agree with the previous note, this is pretty damn good right now. Opening the bottle, my wife could smell it across the room. Striking nose of rich red fruit, maybe some tar. Palate has strong red and black fruit, some earthy characteristics and herbal notes. I think the most interesting thing is how a menthol, minty flavor came out after it had been open and in the decanter/in our glasses for 2-3 hours. It was striking and very interesting. Tannins are still present and there is good acidity, it was very nice to have coq au vin with this. really wish I had some more...
  • mphatic commented:

    11/15/21, 11:20 PM - Did you use this wine for the Coq au vin, or something less extravagant?

  • mphatic commented:

    11/17/21, 6:27 AM - I’ll usually add a splash of whatever I’m drinking to my cooking however I draw the line when a third of a bottle or more is needed.

    Hugh’s pot of Chambertin would be particularly ostentatious, as would a pot of 08 Rabaja. Unless you had cases of the stuff lying around.

White - Off-dry
2016 Julian Haart Wintricher Ohligsberg Riesling Spätlese Mosel Saar Ruwer
11/14/2021 - Rallerboy888 wrote:
93 points
My my, what an experience! This was electric and energetic, but also on the last leg of its youth. The fruit has begun turning darker and honeyed, and the slate smoke is coming through.

The nose was really to die for, and is the first Riesling where cassis seemed to make sense as a note. The palate somehow lacked a little concentration, but I hope it will work better with a few more years on it.
  • mphatic commented:

    11/14/21, 3:02 PM - Thanks for your note. How was the wine flawed?

Red
2005 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
5/17/2021 - mphatic wrote:
Screwcap. Opaque, dark red colour.

Smells “purple” upon opening. Blackcurrant, blackberry, tobacco, spearmint, an earthy/ferrous note, and a fair whack of oak that, while obvious, seems to complement the fruit.

The palate is deep and brooding, still a bit blocky. Powdery tannins are still very prominent, and the wine finishes medium-long. Almost no sediment, which is a surprise.

Opinion: Needs time, I think, The blocky flavour isn’t “fruity”, rather it’s savoury and oak-dominant, however the wine seems to possess the underlying structure and camouflaged fruit to go the distance.
  • mphatic commented:

    10/27/21, 4:49 PM - Good question. I don’t normally record notes on the “process” so I’m going from memory. I usually decant young 389 by default, and I do know that this was one of the few times over the past 6 months that I’ve bothered to pull out the decanter. It would have had less than 1 hour in the decanter before I started drinking but I would have been looking at it over another hour at least as it came up in both glass in decanter.
    I didn’t record how many days I had this open (remaining half of bottle, in fridge) after the initial taste, but it would have been 1 or 2 days, and my tasting note is a blend of impressions across this time.

White
2012 Bindi Chardonnay Quartz Macedon Ranges
5/5/2019 - Andrew67 Likes this wine:
93 points
A nice balance between the fruit, peach and nectarine, and bright acidity. The oak is present but never dominates. It is definitely holding its own. Yum
  • mphatic commented:

    9/9/21, 4:52 AM - “Yum” is a good word. I felt compelled to write “really enjoyable” in my own notes, which is something I seldom do even for wines I admire.

White - Off-dry
2019 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5 Mosel Saar Ruwer
8/29/2021 - Pinot_Geek Likes this wine:
92 points
Tropical: Banana initially, then guava, lychee, ripe kiwi. Honeyed, medium-to-thickish body, 7.5% alc.
If you were a kid from the sticks who liked the tropical lifesavers for their glimpse of faraway exotic places (as I was) then this glass is for you.
Lots of upside with time. Currently this is practically a dessert wine (for me), though commenters have noted that the perception of sweetness will diminish with age (15-20 years). Interesting juice.
  • mphatic commented:

    8/30/21, 1:41 AM - Give this 15-20 years and the perception of sweetness will drop off considerably.

Red
2008 Marius Wines Shiraz Simpatico McLaren Vale
4/15/2012 - mrporcelain wrote:
88 points
Not surprising but similar style to the symphony however lacking the depth of the Symphony. Given the price difference I'd go with the symphony. Hints of chocolate, cassis and herb held together by relatively mild tannins. When it was open for 2hrs it had an ammonia smell on the nose which was slightly unpleasant.
  • mphatic commented:

    8/17/21, 3:44 AM - Certainly no ammonia aroma now. Even after the bottle has been open for a couple of days.

White - Off-dry
2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese Mosel Saar Ruwer
8/11/2021 - drjb Likes this wine:
93 points
Another beautiful 2009 Prum with a still pale colour and a nose of pineapple and lime splice, lemonade fruit, white peach and tart plums. The palate has a lovely medium weight and intensity that persists with zesty acid and citrus elements that all dance lightly on the finish. Everything in its place and a great sense of balance and light.
  • mphatic commented:

    8/12/21, 7:44 PM - Nice note, as always.

    I don’t suppose you took notice of the AP number? I’m aware of at least two different bottlings.

Red
2010 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
8/9/2021 - Vinogan(s) wrote:
flawed
Bottle 3/6. Same issue again. I begin to suspect my whole case is affected here. Will try to return my remaining bottles. Argiano has had a real hygiene issue here with their 2010. For such a producer, this is inexcusable
  • mphatic commented:

    8/9/21, 6:21 AM - Same source as your other recent oxidised bottles?

White - Off-dry
2019 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5 Mosel Saar Ruwer
Wanted to check in on the hype behind the 2019 vintage and am rather disappointed that it is very much warranted - this had so much to say as a young wine. Very pale colour, some peaches and slight mint note at the start before the zesty acidity kicked in. Even in its infancy this had so much complexity and balance, clean fruit and purity. Love Willi Schaefer.
  • mphatic commented:

    7/30/21, 5:43 PM - Disappointed because you didn’t buy enough?

Red
2009 Tyrrell's Shiraz Vat 9 Hunter Valley
7/20/2021 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
Developing nicely, but I thought lacked a bit of cohesion, which is not what I expected from a 12 year old shiraz. Still bright fruits - red and darker berries, with a cranberry type acidity, hint of chocolate and caramel oak, with a slight meatiness developing. Tannins have mainly resolved to a silky palate, and there's good length. It's just that the fruit and acidity felt a bit disjointed. I'm being picky - it really is a good, tasty wine.
  • mphatic commented:

    7/21/21, 1:41 AM - Was this the original release, or the recent museum release?

Red
2006 Glaetzer Anaperenna Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
Cork, 14.5% alc. Inky red-black.

Liqueur-soaked berries, chocolate, star anise, alcohol, tobacco, and glossy and nutty oak.

The nose prepares you for the onslaught that arrives on the palate, but you’re still taken aback by the thick, glossy, dense, fruit-driven palate with appropriate oak treatment. Soft, resolved tannins. Great length.

Opinion: Big mouthful of a wine. Demands either simple (e.g pizza, sausages) or richly flavoured food as an accompaniment to avoid overpowering whatever it’s served with. Or drink it with a bourbon and coke. Impressive in its style.
  • mphatic commented:

    6/27/21, 6:31 AM - Oneida, I haven't tasted the 2005 Godolphin for more than 12 years. I recall it being impressive at the time, and less of a blockbuster than the 2006 Anaperenna. If its development has been anything like the 2006, then I'd say it should be in a good place to drink now. With its primary fruit still very evident and tannins starting to soften in recent bottles, the 2006 should hold comfortably for another 7 years.

White
2012 Mountadam Riesling Eden Valley
1/28/2016 - Saptowati Does not like this wine:
80 points
I am not sure I got a bad lot, but did not like this at all...to me tasted "off".
  • mphatic commented:

    6/22/21, 3:57 AM - Must have been a bad bottle. Nothing wrong with mine.

Red
2012 Woodlands Margaret Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend
6/3/2021 - Andrew67 wrote:
Very nice - I know that is a pointless comment, but it helps me remember that this was a nice wine. It will age well. Good balance between fruit, tannin and acidity.
  • mphatic commented:

    6/14/21, 7:27 PM - But was it smooth??

Red
2002 Penfolds Shiraz St. Henri South Australia
6/12/2021 - Michael_Growder wrote:
flawed
Sadly, past its prime. Plummy, overripe - not cork tainted though (cork was intact and in good shape). Decanted at least 90 mins before drinking, but was in trouble. Improved a little as it opened up, but still not good drinking. Have a few left, so fingers crossed they are ok!
  • mphatic commented:

    6/14/21, 7:25 PM - My recent tastings of the 02 St Henri and 389 had these the other way around-
    St Henri looking like it could handle more age, with the 389 not getting any better.

White
2017 Hofgut Falkenstein Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Kabinett Alte Reben Mosel Saar Ruwer
6/11/2021 - scamhi wrote:
a little lacking in acidity. Nice enough though
  • mphatic commented:

    6/14/21, 7:22 PM - Interesting. My bottle in 2019 certainly wasn’t lacking in acidity.

    One of the ‘17 HF spätlese that I tried last year had already started shutting down, relative to the year earlier. I expected the Kabinett to do the same, though I thought it would become more shrill rather than less structured.

White - Sweet/Dessert
1999 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese Lange Goldkapsel Mosel Saar Ruwer
1/8/2021 - CamWheeler wrote:
99 points
SLDS New Year (Quay, Sydney): Pineapple, passionfruit, mango, orange and lemon with vanilla as well - each time I went back to it I found a different element. The balance is quite wonderous, the acidity sweeping through with a wave of richness in sync. Superb lift and control across an incredible length. Pure magic.
  • mphatic commented:

    6/8/21, 4:10 AM - Wow. What an amazing tasting.

Red
2004 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
8/15/2020 - mphatic wrote:
Cork, 14.5% alc. Dense and opaque black-red.

Blackberry, blackcurrant, soy, pan juices, crushed ants, licorice, and chocolate.

What the fruit lacks in outright freshness, it makes up for in concentration and power. Fine, dusty, and very persistent tannins. The oak is always present, however it doesn’t shout out too much.

Opinion: Good wine. Could handle another decade of cellaring easily.
  • mphatic commented:

    4/5/21, 5:52 AM - Cheers

White
2008 Bindi Chardonnay Quartz Macedon Ranges
12/3/2009 - chatters wrote:
83 points
Wine-Ark Cellar Club Tasting 11 - December 2009. Christmas drinks (Roof Terrace Australian Museum): Nose: Stone fruit, butter, apricot(?), cinnamon
Mouth: Slightly bitter, not much fruit, not much finish
this was the first mystery wine, I picked it as a Victorian Chardonnay but didn't pick it as the Quartz - which on the one hand is embarrassing because I've had it before but on the other hand is good because I didn't like it last time either!
  • mphatic commented:

    3/30/21, 5:45 AM - If you get the opportunity to taste this vintage again, I recommend not turning it down.

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