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Red
12/27/2021 - mphatic wrote:
Screwcap, 14.5% alc. Strong, dark, red.

Iron, Wet rocks, blackcurrant, cherry, dusty, wooden chest, chocolate, leather, and bacon fat.

There’s a real brightness to the fruit when given air. Plentiful chalky tannins still provide grip. Even, controlled wine. Decent length. A slight for formic note. The oak always makes it self known, though I’d say it’s in balance with the fruit.
Red
12/29/2021 - mphatic wrote:
Diam 5, 14% alc. Mid red – fuchsia.

Raspberry, cherry, a dusting of cocoa, star anise, slightly resinous but gentle oak, whiteboard markers.

Fresh and not at all heavy in the mouth, yet it does have depth, and a good persistence, finishing cleanly and dryly. Good energy. Retains tannic grip.
Red
2010 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend (view label images)
12/31/2021 - mphatic wrote:
Cork, 14% alc. Perfect cork; stained only 1 mm. High level in the bottle. Dark red, fading at rim.

Rich, powerful nose. Seems to be a lot of leafy Cabernet in there. Dark purple/black fruit, chocolate, deli, meats, dusty cedar chest.

Youthful palate. Mouth-filling tannins, and fresh acidity. Tight, closed, not giving much away.

Opinion: In need of more time, however, the fundamentals are all there.
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Red
1/12/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Cork. Dark red with strong bricking. Good cork.

Blueberry, cherry, tobacco, coffee, leather, vanilla, star anise, pan juices, graphite.

Gentle old red that is still in good shape and enjoyable. Gentle tannins still providing grip, and a fair whack of acid. Certainly some tertiary notes, however, there is still good fruit to provide sweetness and interest along with a meal.

Opinion: I’m not convinced this was a great vintage of St Peters, however, this wine is enjoyable.
Red
Diam 3, 14.5% alc. “Ruben Olarte” bottling.

Dark, red-black. Strong colour for its age.
Cherry, deli meats, autumn leaves, and sweet raspberry.

Fruity and creamy in texture. Not much of its fine dusty tannins left, but still enough acid to keep it in line.

Opinion: Not complex, but very enjoyable in a juicy-fruity style. While that sounds like damnimg it with a faint praise, it is actually a lovely wine with pure beautiful fruit.
Red
Cork, 13.5% alc. No ullage. Perfect cork. Pale, rusty, red. Minor bricking at rim.

Blackcurrant, pan juices, mint, chocolate, dusty Cedar cupboard, forest floor, dark cherry, tobacco.

Still a fair amount of dusty tannins that grip and dry out the palate.
The palate retains some sweet primary fruit and the minty/menthol flavour keeps it fresh. Builds richness with air, particularly on the nose as some lifted red current notes emerge. Longer than average on the finish.

Opinion: enjoyable, 20-year-old Coonawarra Cabernet. Looked better on day two.
White - Off-dry
10/4/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Glass seal. 7.5% alc. AP1819. Light yellow-gold.

Floral and fruity nose of lime, cut grass, sweat, Mirabelle, white flowers, backed up by a minerally edge including notes of graphite/pencil case.

Initially a bit broad on entry, it tightens up though the finish with sufficient acid on the slightly sappy finish. Some sticky RS remaining on the tongue.

Opinion: Good effort. This looked better after being open for a couple of days and brought up closer to room temperature. Should evolve into a floral and minerally expression with extended ageing.
White
9/24/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Screwcap, 12.5% alc. Light gold. Age appropriate.

Sweet lemon, Melon, floral, a slight grassy lift.
Some honeyed and nutty characters creeping in. Fresh and fine on the palate with good acidic cut and impressive length for this price point.

Opinion: Very pleasant. Held up well with air, as it remained open for 5 days. Keeping fresh under screwcap and developing nicely at the same time.
Red
9/26/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Cork, 13.5% alc. Good cork. Dark garnet.

Lots of dusty blackcurrant, mint, a hint of eucalypt, tomato leaf, cedar, and dark soy sauce on the nose.

Similar flavours on the light-mid weighted palate, but tending savoury with tea, olive and dark chocolate. Rounded, dusty tannins, and fresh acidity. Reasonably long finish. Demands airing after opening to give off more aromatics; otherwise it seems a bit one-dimensional. Showing more cigar box on day 3.

Opinion: Drinking well now, but a long way from decline. Gentler style of Coonawarra Cabernet, but none the worse for it.
White - Off-dry
Cork, 8% alc. AP 0808
Bright, light gold colour. Soggy, crumbly cork.

Petrol, and subdued tropical fruit, toast, honey, and spices, on the nose.
Fresher palate, with rounded mouthfeel, sneaky acidity and some gentle stalky-like bitterness on the moderate-length finish.

Opinion: Sweetness is much better contained than my previous bottle, and while this has underlying richness it doesn’t feel particularly sweet. Very easy drinking. In the zone now, and for next 7 or so years.
Red - Sparkling
1/8/2023 - mphatic wrote:
Cork, 13% alc.
Still a bright and dark mahogany red. Not much fizz; in fact, it was a struggle to pull the cork out by hand.

Aromas of blackberry, graphite, tobacco, lifted blueberry, spicy oak, undergrowth, and turned soil.
Retains some tannic grip on the palate, but the overall impression is of fruit sweetness, or more likely the dosage, which was apparently by fortified Shiraz. The wine floods the palate with spiritous, sweet, slippery, ripe fruit.

Opinion: Pretty powerful by Ashton Hills Shiraz standards. Whilst there are still tannins present, I’m not convinced the sweetness from the dosage will recede before the wine softens completely. For drinking now.
Red
1/9/2023 - mphatic wrote:
Screwcap, 14.5% alc.
Deep, inky red.

Deep and rich berry and chocolate nose. Dusty blackberry and black cherry, chocolate, walnut, iron, BBQ meats, and pencil shavings off in the distance.
Glossy, rich, warm, and slippery palate, but not overdone. There’s a saltiness and sourness to the fruit and acid that keeps it composed and prevents it from becoming a fruit bomb. The tannins are very fine and largely relegated to the background. Drinking well.
White
1/10/2023 - mphatic wrote:
Screwcap, 13.2% alc.
Pale lemon yellow.

Piercing and refreshing nose of ripe peach, grapefruit, nuts, toast, a red fruited undertone, and flint in the background.
Similarly fresh and zippy on the fruity and salty palate, yet starting to turn toasty. Dry and salty finish with some grip from the oak.

Opinion: No shrinking violet here; it’s a rich and powerful Yarra Chardonnay in the prime of its life. Should hold for another few years from here.
White
2010 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
10/17/2022 - mphatic wrote:
{Emirates lounge, Dubai}
Mid gold colour.
Butterscotch, apple, marzipan, melon, peach. Iron. Oak in background. Minor tca?
Buttery, and A little washed out of flavour on the palate. Showing some oxidation but not full-on. Nice acidity and phenolic grip across the back palate, and a moderate-long length, mineral and fig finish. Initially thought this was slightly scalped, but it seemed to open up in the glass.
Rosé - Sparkling
10/17/2022 - mphatic wrote:
{Emirates lounge, Dubai}
Pale bronze salmon.
Barely ripe strawberry and raspberry, brine, relatively coarse mousse. Some tannic grip across the palate. Short length of flavour, however the tannins have a lasting impression. Pretty unexciting to drink on its own though it should pair nicely with hors d’oeuvres.
White - Sparkling
10/17/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Pale lime yellow
Lemon verbena, vanilla, grilled nuts. Toasty and cheesy/leesy element.
Chalky and creamy mouthfeel with a gentle froth. Much better champagne than the NV rose. Sufficient acidity to keep the dosage in check, which admittedly does seem less prominent than I expected. Only moderate length.
White
10/16/2022 - mphatic wrote:
{Emirates Lounge, Düsseldorf}.
Easy drinking Pfalz Riesling. Nicely balanced, but not with any particular energy or finesse.
White - Sweet/Dessert
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: 375ml. AP0747
300g/l R.S apparently.
Dark golden with bronze hints.
Heaps of apricot and honey, with some hints of passion fruit, tobacco, sultana.
Brown sugar, mango, and apricot flavours on the intensely fruity (rather than a nutty style) palate. Very long finish. Sufficient acid to balance the high sweetness and fruit ripeness. Not cloying. Buy.
White - Off-dry
10/9/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: 7.5% alc., Ap3908. {Golden capsule}
Darkest wine of flight so far.
Powerful tropical fruit and red apple nose with underlying minerality and botrytis. Creamy, with a bit of flyspray.
Nice acid to keep the sweetness in check; tight and slatey on the finish. Better to smell than to drink at the moment, needing considerably more time for the sweetness to recede and for the botrytis elements to become more complex.
White - Off-dry
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: 11% alc., Ap11820. {Green capsule}
Recorked April 2020.
Exotic nose some sulphur still evident (from the recorking?). Lime, peach, and kiwi, signs of honey.
Fresh and light, Fluffy texture. Slightly sour edged fruit with a long caressing finish. Soft gentle acid that really only appears on the finish. Surprise packet. Really enjoyable. I don’t usually “get” the feinherb style; perhaps I just need to give them the opportunity of attaining greater age.
White - Off-dry
10/9/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: 7.5% alc., AP7004 {Gold capsule}
Honey, gentle petrol, honeysuckle flowers.
Gentle, honeyed palate. Smooth and creamy with just enough acidity to keep it in check.
White
10/9/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: Cork, 12% alc., AP7721 {white capsule}.
Steely, herbal nose with lemon and lime.
Tight, compact on palate. With lime and steel/rocks prominent. Long, acid driven finish.
White
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: {White label}
Cork, 12.5% alc., AP7719
Slate, lime, peach, green herbs on the nose.
Immediately opening up and forthcoming on the palate. Fruity, steely undertones. Long, sappy finish. Much more open and fruity than the Clemens Busch GG tasted yesterday.
Quite easy to drink for a white capsule wine.
White - Off-dry
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: Cork, 8% alc.
Ooh. This is lovely. Again like most of these Selbach Oster fruity wines, this doesn’t finish sweet or cloying.
White - Off-dry
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: Screwcap, 8% alc., Ap1122.
Citrus. Lemon, peach. Licorice. Lead pencils.
Layered on palate with good juicy depth yet has a fine delicacy. And good acidic grapefruit drive. Finishes long, fruity, and off-dry. Impressive Spätlese.
White
10/8/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: Screwcap, 8.5% alc., AP2022.
Biscuits. Dusty. Doesn’t smell sweet at all. Crisp acidic drive. Long finish. Refreshing. Buy.
White
10/8/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: 9% alc.
Slate and pencil shavings. Delicate with softness.
White
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: Cork, 11.5% alc., AP3022.
Depth on nose. Initial explosion of tight citrus fruit, pepper, then Mineral driven palate. Lots of pencil shavings. As far as feinherbs go, this is impressive.
White - Off-dry
10/8/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: Screwcap, 10.5% alc., AP1622
Fresh citrus/lemon. Wet rocks. pencil shavings. Grippy crisp acidity. Finishes dry.
Red
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: Labelled Pinot Noir instead of Spätburgunder, and made in a more international style.
Very long finish. Tight grippy finish.
More intense cherry, chocolate, fly spray, nutty, graphite. Fantastic aroma and palate. Buy.
Red
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: Labelled Pinot Noir instead of Spätburgunder, and made in a more international style.
Cherry, chocolate. Greater tannic grip. Less immediately approachable than the Spatburgunder with greater fruit depth and minerality. Long clean finish. Slight medicinal note in background that may be stem derived. Outstanding Pinot noir.
Red
10/8/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: 13% alc. No new oak. 95% destemmed.
Raspberry, sour Cherry, bitumen, graphite, steel,
Good balance. Elegant. Juicy but tight mineral structure. Light and easy drinking. Would pair nicely with food.
White
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: 12.5% alc.
Initial stuck match reduction. Chardonnay-like aromas. lovely acidity and balanced oak. Very tasty. Really enjoyed this.
White
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: 11.5% alc. AP3922. (Zeltinger Schlossberg trocken)
Single Fuder from Bömer sector.
Huge citric power upon entry. Tight acid. Same greenish fruit. Much more sulphur. Flint. Salt and pepper.
White
10/8/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: More phenolic grip than preceding wines. Almost a yeasty undertone. Slate, green apple, sulphur. Long finish. More aromatic than previous 2 GG.
White
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: 12.5% alc., AP3421. 375ml.
Pencil shavings, plus similar aromas to above wines. Softer and more juicy mouthfeel. Prettier and fruitier than the Schlossberg GG. Lovely and delicate GG.
White
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: 12.5% alc. AP3321.
Again, lots of flint. Similar aromas to the ZS spatlese trocken, but more cool/green. Appley drive through the long finish. Very pretty GG.
White
10/8/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: 12.5% alc., AP4520.
Same sulphur nose. Ripe fruit-red apple.
Rich umami flavour. Never have I tasted a Riesling with this level of umami.
White
10/8/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: 12% alc., AP0621.
Same green citrus apple sulphur/flyspray aroma. Wet rocks. Steel. Salt water.
Initially powerful and med-full on palate, it then softens toward the finish.
White
10/8/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: Screwcap, 11.5% alc., AP3021.
Initial sulphur and struck match. Some green lime, flyspray, almost a blackcurrant medicinal note.
Supple mouthfeel, softness to the acid, yet it drives through the finish.
White - Off-dry
10/8/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: Relatively closed and reticent nose
Honey, caramelised pear and tropical fruit, soft yet balancing acid, delicate palate.
White
10/8/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: Initially fruity. Light green fruit notes. Smoke. Firm cleansing acidity. Medium finish.
White - Off-dry
10/8/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: 12.5%. Fass 34 (feinherb)
Rounded on palate. Lightly honey sweet and fruity. Still showing lots of slate and earthiness. Sulphur. Light bakery aroma. Long finish.
White
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: 12.5% alc.
Pear, licorice, earth, Lightly Smokey. Kero. Soft, supple acid. Wonderful mouthfeel. Beautiful wine.
White
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: Creamy citrus and tropical fruit salad.
Silky palate, much softer acid than Fahrlay, yet still tight and direct. Mothers milk. Easy to drink without food.
White
10/8/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: Apple and citrus, lightly sweet honeyed. Floral top note.
Mineral and structured, less fruity; belying the nose. Long salty finish. Needs food.
White
10/8/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: Similar to straight Marienburg GG but more sulphur, lightly peachy, tobacco, penetrating malic acid. Lovely wine.
White
10/8/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: Powerful citrus nose, floral.
Supple fruitiness. Tight, penetrating acidity. Finishes long and dry.
White
10/8/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: Pretty on the nose, yet less fruity than the ’18; more mineral and herbal with firmer/greener acidity.
White
10/8/2022 - mphatic wrote:
Mosel trip 2022; 10/8/2022-10/9/2022: Lemon, orange peel, tobacco, lightly spicy. Gentle mouthfeel with supple yet sufficient acid. Went through malo.
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