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Red
2016 CT Barrel Project Syrah SJR Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
3/31/2019 - khmark7 wrote:
91 points
A softer more integrated approach that is very perfumed and easily ready to drink now. Paired with the first ribeye of the season this may be best with grilled pork. Even at this young age this is easily outstanding and tannins are very fine.

Agree with the saline character from the previous note.
  • khmark7 commented:

    5/10/19, 6:15 AM - This was distributed a while ago. You might contact Rasa Winery direct to see if there were any remaining bottles.

Red
2017 Carlisle Zinfandel Pagani Ranch Sonoma Valley
5/1/2019 - newsguy1 Likes this wine:
90 points
Popped and poured into a decanter where it sat for 30 minutes. Medium reddish purple; lighter at rim. Very good nose and excellent flavors of boysenberry and other red fruits, plus zin spices. Fairly plush mouthfeel; no noticeable tannins. Very young, and lacking any "wow" factor. Only 89 points now, but expect it will end up 2-3 points higher in a few years. After 1 hour in the decanter, the wine fleshes out a bit and some fine tannins sneak into the picture. A little more like I expected for a Pagani Ranch bottling. Bumped to 90 points. My least favorite of the '17 Carlisle zins I've tried so far.
  • khmark7 commented:

    5/1/19, 4:55 PM - I usually wait about 3-4 years from the vintage date before i try my Carlisle Zin's and i've found that works very well. You're mileage may vary.

Red
2016 2 Lads Cabernet Franc Old Mission Peninsula
11/15/2018 - Richard Jennings wrote:
89 points
Nearly opaque dark red violet color; savory, toast, coffee, roasted plum, dark chocolate nose; velvety textured, savory, coffee, roasted fruit palate with good balancing acidity; medium-plus finish (85% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot; 13.3% alcohol; screwcap)
  • khmark7 commented:

    1/16/19, 4:30 PM - Nice to see you tasting some of the wines from Michigan. Great stuff up and around Traverse City and along the coastline.

Red
2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard Sonoma Valley
11/28/2018 - rustyRudy wrote:
93 points
Vacu Vined and retasted with and without food. Dark fruits, multi layered, balancing acidity for the depth of fruit and young but drinking okay. Mike Officer makes Zins that are approachable early, but age well and to my taste are better after a few years to more fully integrate.
  • khmark7 commented:

    11/28/18, 6:01 AM - Agree, i always give the Carlisle reds 3 years before opening. I am just beginning to open my 2015's.

Red
2009 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
8/25/2018 - finkie wrote:
Tasted after hour decant, DO NOT OPEN THIS WINE AT THE MOMENT. It came highly recommended by my broker....great vineyard exceptional year etc but at the moment it’s definitely in a closed disjointed phase of evolution, first bottle of a case of 12, the bare ingredients promise long life and it needs it. This needs to sleep in the cellar for at least 5 years in my opinion, very disappointing as I had hoped to be wowed and find a new favourite but not the case here at all. I don’t want to score as pointless for now.
  • khmark7 commented:

    8/25/18, 11:06 AM - I have opened 2 bottles in the last 6 years. They both kind of sucked. Overly modern. I'm selling my last bottle cause i don't need to wait 20 years for a 2nd wine just to become "drinkable". I wish you good luck with your remaining case.

Red
2014 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
8/21/2018 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
91 points
A true old-style Bordeaux in a strict, even austere fashion, not just on account of its brawny tannic muscle but also unafraid to show a bitter edge to the fruit - this reminds me very much of how the 1996s tasted on release. This appears to make zero concessions to accessibility at this stage in its life, but it's not hiding anything, it's all there behind the tight structure, and when you're drinking it with food those drying tannins actually relax enough to turn the wine into something you could almost describe as smooth. The fruit is in a deep pitch, all blackberry and black cherry on the acute edge of ripeness, no sign of the oak at all. At its best with a block of cheddar. I don't know if this has all the ingredients to reach the level of the great Talbots from decades ago, but I also suspect that most people tasting it now will underrate it on account of a style that's almost jarringly atypical in the current year but used to be pretty standard.
  • khmark7 commented:

    8/21/18, 3:42 PM - We need more wines like this.

Red
2008 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
6/9/2018 - pjaines wrote:
Checking in every couple of years on these wines just to see.... and so far I can report that indeed this one is built for the long haul. Still clenched and tight with a core of black fruit but as you would with one of your own children, you will this on to be something better. Sure enough, a couple of houors later this starts unwinding and the nostrils get notes of menthol and the palate has the sexiest fine grained tannins to play with. Just just just just starting to develop - I think it will be a very good wine, but right now these needs a good sleep.

Try again in 3-4 years - will last decades.
  • khmark7 commented:

    6/9/18, 5:13 PM - Good to hear. I only have 14820348209 other bottles of Bordeaux i should consume between now & then.

Red
2005 Château Magdelaine St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
6/2/2018 - khmark7 wrote:
Ready to drink upon opening. Ripe, darker fruits, modern, plenty of life left in this. I wanted to really like this but i really have a tough time with the ripe Merlot funk from this vintage. I prefer delicate lean Bordeaux, so this came across much too ripe for me.
  • khmark7 commented:

    6/4/18, 5:50 PM - Everything is old school if you go back far enough.

Red
2012 CT Barrel Project Syrah Bacchus Syrah Bacchus Vineyard Columbia Valley
5/27/2018 - khmark7 wrote:
Another year later, this time with Bison burgers. Overall the wine comes across a little flat and lacking acidity. Will save my last bottle for the winter. Thinking i prefer my Syrah a little less bold/ripe.
NR
  • khmark7 commented:

    5/28/18, 5:10 AM - Thanks for the recommendations!

Red
2009 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
4/29/2018 - khmark7 wrote:
85 points
Needs a decant to open up aromatically. Very plush with resolved tannins, and low acidity. Unfortunately i find this rather dull & monolithic. Not an easy wine to pair with food. Despite the pedigree I don't see this wine's trajectory anywhere but down. Cocktail wine.
  • khmark7 commented:

    5/7/18, 3:48 AM - Nah, i just don't score every wine i drink with what i consider over inflated scores like the critics/masses.
    I enjoy wines that i may score an 87 for example, it is "very good" as the scale indicates.
    Don't worry, i have plenty of good stuff for when i decide to open it.

Red
2014 Château Capbern St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
3/7/2018 - racerchris Likes this wine:
90 points
I really liked this,
and was pleasantly surprised that it was ready to go with just a short decant.
  • khmark7 commented:

    3/8/18, 4:23 AM - I may have to try some of mine, if i can find them within the pile.

Red
2014 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/20/2017 - peeks13 wrote:
88 points
Bottle was open for a few hours and it's tight. Tannins dominating the fruit so, to me, no way of knowing what it can be. Surprised to see some reviewers note juicy fruit because I sure didn't get any and neither did my fellow tasters.
  • khmark7 commented:

    10/21/17, 3:24 AM - Yeah, the 2014's tasted great early in the year but i'm nervous to try any at the moment because i am expecting them to shut down for a short time. This vintage shouldn't sleep too long.

Red
2015 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
9/17/2017 - brigcampbell wrote:
This was poured at the fundraiser for red and was well excepted. Medium plus depth of color. In the Loring house style of fruit forward and approachable. Light structure and acid but not flabby. Ripe dark berries.
  • khmark7 commented:

    9/17/17, 5:15 PM - Always thought the Loring Rosella's were his best wines year in and out.

Red
2004 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
9/4/2017 - P Monty wrote:
92 points
At a good age, oak is on the heavy side but not too bad. I think modern style producers like this often are better in cooler/leaner vintages, where they weren't able to go overboard on ripeness and concentration.
  • khmark7 commented:

    9/4/17, 6:16 PM - Completely agree about your assessment regarding producers!

Red
2005 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
8/3/2017 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
Super aromatic right out of the bottle. Drank over a 2 hours. I liked it better early on, after about 30 minutes of air. Didn't really develop a lot of complexity with more air.
  • khmark7 commented:

    8/4/17, 5:03 PM - Top 10 User Name! Love it....

Rosé
2015 Domaine de la Mordorée Tavel La Dame Rousse Red Rhone Blend
6/2/2017 - winemaker wrote:
86 points
Fairly dark red for a rose. To me this has a slightly stinky nose that carries through on the palate with some bitterness. I am not as enamored of this as other reviewers are.
  • khmark7 commented:

    6/2/17, 5:02 PM - Thoughts on it being corked??

Red
2009 Château La Tour-Martillac Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
5/21/2017 - Perthor01 Likes this wine:
90 points
Great Graves but very early - after decant and a couple of hours it began to reveal itself.....leave for at least 5 years....
  • khmark7 commented:

    5/21/17, 10:49 AM - May i please ask what exactly this is revealing? The 2009 vintage is so modern that all i can taste is muddled fruit and alcohol at this stage. My bottles never shut down.

    I'm glad there are those who enjoy these.

  • khmark7 commented:

    5/21/17, 3:56 PM - I have yet to try my La Tour - Martillac, so i am hoping these retained some structure and Cabernet character. Also concerned about my storage conditions....

Red
2002 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
5/16/2017 - UTPK wrote:
Very classic left bank nose. This is old school Bordeaux. I love this vintage! I agree that 2001 is perhaps even better, and more mature, but the 2002 is sp well built and will last a long time. The nose has green peppers, blackcurrant, some cedar and cigar and just beginning hints of forest floor, which to me implies that it is entering its drinking window (tertiary aromas). Medium bodied with impeccable balance between acidity, fruit and tannins. The tannins are still there obviously but they are quite soft. 1 hour decant is enough.
  • khmark7 commented:

    5/16/17, 5:44 AM - Completely agree on 2002, a great classic vintage for old school character.

Red
2011 Château Montus Madiran Tannat Blend, Tannat
A wine that delivers every single thing you would expect of a Madiran in spades. Deeply coloured, crackling with deep aromas and crackling with a nice spine of acidity and some minerals coming through. A big wine, for sure, but it is balanced and well made and nothing feels out of place. Deep black fruits on the palate with some perfurmed cherries on the nostrils. Really great stuff for a cold evening.
  • khmark7 commented:

    3/4/17, 7:22 PM - You try Tannat from Uruguay?? Great wines that pair well with a black hole, or black bean soup.

Red
2014 Château Gloria St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
2/2/2017 - Jeff Leve wrote:
92 points
Medium bodied, fresh and refined, there is a marked, energetic, red berry quality to the wine that allows it to deliver a bright, elegant, fresh, cherry and cassis note that really sings. This is a contender for the best value in a top Left Bank for 2014.
  • khmark7 commented:

    2/2/17, 4:52 PM - Completely agree. I rather liked this sample at the UGC tasting.

Red
2014 Château Carbonnieux Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
1/25/2017 - Burgundy Al wrote:
UGC Bordeaux (Drake Hotel - Chicago IL): Tasting, brief note. Black fruit, firm tannins. Big and chewy, this has overall very good quality but is backward so needs time in the cellar. 89-90 point potential.
  • khmark7 commented:

    1/31/17, 4:47 AM - Was at the same tasting. Found the vintage very well done, ripe but without being over ripe, more restraint overall.
    Oddly, my tasting note on the Carbonnieux was quite opposite of yours. Was my first taste, but found it more in the red spectrum than others and elegant. Thought it was similar to the Lynch-Moussas.

Red
2005 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/17/2016 - StefanAkiko Does not like this wine:
78 points
Already displaying esters of over-maturity. This wine is a major trade-off for anyone looking upon 2005 as a great vintage (there are others as well, sadly to say.)
Aromas: maturing Bdx aromas of superb stables and bdx-earth. Non-mistakenably. The nose is this wine's most remarcable trait. Quite wunnerful!
Palate: inconspicuously a bdx-2007 that is just a watery juice terror action, all the while some ppl can't stop themselves explaining how exuberant this bland juice is.
(We DON'T get it.)

Our 4:th btl, and we're still not even the slightest impressed. (Haven't ever noticed anything even close to "great" in this wine.)

Terrible juice, buyers need to be cautious: if you buy the REAL thing, you are surely going to be depressed. But if you buy the Rudy btls, chances are you get a drinkable thing :-)
Better than any no-name-bojo-nouveau.
We prefer sake. Especially 生酒 by 久保田、the superbly clear 〆張鶴 or the fantastic no-nonsense 新雪。。。

This wine just happens to come from Bdx, but has NOTHING of the credentials expected for anything worthwhile as a 2005-wine. It's actually just as poor as the majority of 2007-bdx.
We digress.
Quote by Al Gore: "the debate is over."
(Wife: 65p)
  • khmark7 commented:

    12/17/16, 6:56 PM - I have been less than impressed with the 2005 vintage. These high octane wines are burning out like the sun leaving a pale white dwarf in their place.

  • khmark7 commented:

    1/15/17, 4:14 AM - Stefan, have you tried many other 2005 Bordeaux? Same results? I found many 2005 Bordeaux aromatic and then somewhat stewed and over ripe. They certainly need time....i hope.

Red
2007 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Red Rhone Blend
Utter filth. Just gloopy fruit and no structure. Massive heavy fruit. I really dont see how this could ever be rated so highly - everything is turned up to the max without any thought for how this ages. No tannins - all there is is just sweet fruit that flops onto the tongue and festers. I can't see this turning into a swan at all. Terrible.
  • khmark7 commented:

    1/10/17, 4:12 PM - I consumed all my 2007 Rhone early because i expected those hedonistic-American styled reds to go up in flames. Glad i did. If i recall this wine was better years ago when i last tried one.

    How would you compare the pairing with say...McDonalds?

Red
2011 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Mazoyères-Chambertin Mazoyères-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
BOOOOM! This is probably the most Grand Cru-like Grand Cru I've had in years - everything about this wine is about depth and quality and, counter-intuitively, reserved elegance. There a fantastic gritty, earthy depth that evokes the image of some hunchbacked serf toiling on the land .... and then the nose and finish are just regal and everything in the universe aligns and this is transformed into a perfumed Hepburn-like swan. Drinking well now but this will be spectacular in 10 years.
  • khmark7 commented:

    12/25/16, 7:10 PM - Audrey Hepburn comparison is high honors. Booooom! indeed!

Red
2001 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Corton-Maréchaudes Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
You need to go to this wine - its not gonna come running to you. As usual with this producer the wine is perfurmed and clear and a bit cranky right out of the bottle. 30 minutes later this is all aromatic cherries with a touch of funky mushroom decay and the feeling that this has 20 years left. Good now, but could have some serious forest-floor mulchy rotting corpse tang to by 2030. Just dont tell them where you hid the body.
  • khmark7 commented:

    12/16/16, 7:02 PM - Hmmmm....rotting corpse..... Musar funky? or Funky Cold Medina funky?

Red
2004 Château Cantenac Brown Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
Well this has put its boots on in the last couple of years - a really impressive wine now with depth on the palate and impressive complexity on the nose. Black fruit layered over cherries and chocolate - still a good bit of bite on the palate. No rush to drink, I'd say this has just started to move into its drinking window. Very good.
  • khmark7 commented:

    12/13/16, 4:15 PM - Reading a lot of notes on my 2004 Bordeaux that suggest this vintage is finally waking up. Now if i only could find my remaining bottles squirreled away.

Red
2012 Château Fombrauge St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
11/23/2016 - Purple Tooth wrote:
89 points
A very soft Fombrauge with a creamy and lactic flare and somewhat alcoholic. It tasted like they throttled the toasting of the barrels back quite a bit to compensate the the lack of fruit intensity. That undertoasted oak may be where the creaminess is coming from. It will make a better wine in about 3 years. For now, its a waste to drink. Hold
  • khmark7 commented:

    11/23/16, 5:49 PM - At the UGC tasting i felt most of the samples came across just like you described. Soft. Very curious to see how these wines develop.

  • khmark7 commented:

    11/24/16, 7:38 AM - Good to hear. I've had a few 1994's, but not enough to compare. As for 2013....i loved it :) Leaner vintages like 2002 and 2013 are right up my alley. Then again i also love Loire Cabernet Franc, so you can see where i am heading with this...

Red
2006 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/14/2016 - pjaines wrote:
This is closed up tight right now and even a long decant doesn't loosen it up much. Black fruits, some muted earthy elements and still a bit blocky. Come back in 5 years.
  • khmark7 commented:

    11/14/16, 5:05 AM - Seems to be my experience with 2006 & 2008 of late. Luckily i have plenty of 2003 & 2004 hanging around. Have you opened any 2011??

Red
2009 Rasa Vineyards Creative Impulse DuBrul Vineyard Yakima Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
10/21/2016 - khmark7 wrote:
Loads of graphite. Large & modern, but still smooth and easy to drink (for a 15% alcohol Cab). Appears well done for those who enjoy this style. Best paired with steak or grilled lamb in my opinion.
I prefer my Cabernet on the more elegant side, so i struggle with this. I see no benefit of waiting, drink up. NR
  • khmark7 commented:

    10/27/16, 5:05 PM - No hurry to consume this, but i don't see this evolving much beyond this point. I could be wrong.

Red
2001 Château Lynch-Moussas Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/23/2016 - pjaines wrote:
Yup - ticks all the cliché boxes for a Paulliac. Mature enough to give as much as it ever will - it has enough grip and body to make this an absolute steal for the £23 I paid for it.
  • khmark7 commented:

    10/23/16, 6:38 PM - Love Lynch-Moussas. Wonderful chat with the winery representative at the UGC tasting about this old school classic styled operation. If you find the 2013 check it out.

Red
2007 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro Toscana IGT Sangiovese
Remains a dark ruby, little sign of age. Nose opens with some VA, followed by oak spice, pie crust, a touch of EtOH and pretty, secondary darker fruit characteristics. The palate is medium+ bodied; there seems a deficit of acidity. Good tension in the mouth, but the flavors are quickly muddled - there's a thickness to this that I don't care for. Still a few years away from integrating the tannins, but I'm not sure where this is headed. With air, there's something of a roasted quality, with the sultry oak and its spice singing a siren call. There's also something of a lingering bitterness that I just don't care for. Far from memorable, or perhaps it's best to say it's something of a let down. Cork like new, good fill. Calls for heartier fare - though I doubt even that will add much. 14,0% abv. By the last glass, nothing but splintery oak; I dumped my last glass. Drink or Hold (and hope, but, nah).

Audozed 2 hours, served non-blind. Tolerable at 60F, falls off a cliff after 65F. Don't hold, sell.

Somebody(s) got this seriously wrong.

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  • khmark7 commented:

    9/16/16, 6:04 PM - Geez, sounds like 2005 Bordeaux.

White
2012 Foxglove Chardonnay Central Coast
9/16/2016 - pjaines wrote:
A bit of a heavy touch on the fruit here - I understand this was not aged in oak but there is a undercurrent of richness that swings this too far into "heavy" territory for me. Needs some crispness and freshness to show the fruit at its best. Not a repeat for me. Much much better chablis available for less dough,
  • khmark7 commented:

    9/16/16, 5:45 PM - How the hell did you find this in olde London towne?

White - Sparkling
N.V. L. Mawby Pinot Noir Blanc de Noirs Leelanau Peninsula
From 375ml, this was my first experience with a Mawby, and a rather pleasant one at that. Everything I want in a $9 half bottle, and a little more, actually. Full-flavored, medium-bodied, and well-crafted, this is just as good on its own as it is with food. So, so easily recommended

PnP, served non-blind.
  • khmark7 commented:

    8/23/16, 7:11 PM - Great sparklers from there. I always visit when i'm in the Traverse City area.

White
2014 Tasca D'Almerita Antisa Terre Siciliane Catarratto
Crackling with verve and energy this is like a 1er cru chablis but with a touch (a waft) of honey and white flower to place it further south. Very impressive finish with a tingly mineral spine layered with lemon skin and seashell. Great value.
  • khmark7 commented:

    6/1/16, 4:39 AM - Conjures images of you laying poolside in Sicily writing tasting notes & philosophy while sipping white wine brought to you by scantly clad maidens....

White
2011 Fekete Pince Hárslevelu Nagy-Somló
12/30/2014 - khmark7 wrote:
91 points
Extremely unique. 4 of us could not identify which citrus flavors we were enjoying, and we didn't care. Outstanding balance and charm. Vibrant white.
  • khmark7 commented:

    5/29/16, 4:33 PM - Probably a good idea to drink thru 2016. I have limited experience with the varietal it should be noted.

  • khmark7 commented:

    5/30/16, 7:18 AM - I also picked up more bottles of both varieties. Wonderful stuff.

Red
2013 Château Lynch-Moussas Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
4/2/2016 - yofog wrote:
Really terrific old school nose, tons of graphite and forest and cedar notes, highly expressive/aromatic. A bit clunky on the palate but it's hard not to like it.
  • khmark7 commented:

    4/2/16, 6:27 PM - Really enjoyed this at the UGC tasting in Chicago. Completely agree with the note.

Red
2010 Louis Jadot Santenay Clos des Gatsulards Domaine Gagey Pinot Noir
What the hell!!!!?!?!? Why have I never heard of this wine from Jadot before - this is superb - all earthy pinot goodness that has that tang that Burgundy (and only Burgundy) seems to produce - earth, cherries, leaves and sweet rotting meat, cut through with cinnamon. Light and perfumed rather then dense, this has a maturing colour that just LOOOKS goooood. You know it will be good, and it is good. A steal.
  • khmark7 commented:

    2/24/16, 4:57 PM - Send me a bottle so I may confirm your tasting note. Immediately!!

Red
2005 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
2/3/2016 - acyso wrote:
70 points
Flickinger Tasting at The Casino (Chicago, IL): From double-magnum. The nose is promising enough, with some very lovely black fruits and a touch of graphite, although the Margaux perfume seems to be missing. The palate is just awful though. Syrupy and sickly sweet, followed with an offensive bitter streak of oak, this belongs in the vanguard of all that is wrong with Bordeaux today: Angelus, Pavie, Domaine de Chevalier, Pape Clement, and friends.
  • khmark7 commented:

    2/4/16, 7:26 AM - Im not a big fan of the 2005 vintage because I thought most wines were over ripe and lacked elegance, but opening a double-magnum on such a tannic vintage seems a bit early & unwise. Curious why the tasting would open such a large format?
    Am hoping we see more restraint in the upcoming 2015 vintage.

Red
2013 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
1/27/2016 - jmcmchi wrote:
88 points
UGC Chicago

Attractive, fragrant nose. Green on palate. Cab franc does not seem comfortable in blend yet - needs some time
  • khmark7 commented:

    2/1/16, 6:46 PM - Gah! The baron ran out of wine before we could taste any samples. Nice gentlemen who took a minute to talk with me. Always a favorite wine of mine.

Red
2012 Maison Ilan Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Les Chaffots Pinot Noir
Gross. When the truly repellent reductive notes receded to a less than nauseating level, the stressed oak notes took over to an equally ghastly level. This wine was truly awful. This was genuinely one of the worst wines I have had in my life.
  • khmark7 commented:

    1/10/16, 11:10 AM - After reading your note I decided to open the 2012 Volnay and had similar results. Could it be badly corked?? I'm not convinced it's only corked as it was painfully putrid. My notes echoed yours.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Guiraud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
Starting to show a little age and complexity. Years and years ahead. Stunning
  • khmark7 commented:

    1/10/16, 5:24 AM - Good to know! Cheers.

Red
2002 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/19/2015 - Ibetian wrote:
Decanted an hour or two before dinner. A bit of funk mostly blew off, but this didn't seem quite right. Withhold judgment for now.
  • khmark7 commented:

    12/19/15, 5:12 PM - I have a few bottles of these, really enjoy the vintage but concerned that the bottles are fading.

Red
2006 Domaine la Monardière Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes Red Rhone Blend
Kaboom! This ticks all the boxes with gay abandon.
Big, round fruit? Tick.
A touch of development? Tick.
Garrigue on the nose? Tick.

But.....this is not full throttle - there is a balance and balance here - this is well made, with respect for the region and the drinker. On a wet Thursday in London with pheasant this is perfect.
  • khmark7 commented:

    12/3/15, 4:06 PM - That wine-food combination does not suck...

  • khmark7 commented:

    12/5/15, 3:08 AM - You suck!

Red
2010 Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas Red Rhone Blend
11/28/2015 - khmark7 wrote:
Intense fig & spice. More concentrated than a neutron star....but still very drinkable and well done.
  • khmark7 commented:

    11/30/15, 7:27 AM - No need to wait, but this should be paired with grilled beef/lamb, not lighter meats.

Red
2013 Maison Harbour Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Combe au Moine Pinot Noir
11/28/2015 - khmark7 wrote:
88 points
Light, earthy and very delicate with good aromas. Not a wine or vintage that needs extended aging. Consumed with pheasant after the Wisconsin victory over Minnesota.
  • khmark7 commented:

    11/29/15, 4:28 PM - No, the Badger win didn't effect the wine in any way. I do think our overall alcohol consumption made the Badger victory appear better than it did in reality. It certainly improved our outlook on the QB play....

Red
2011 Skouras Agiorgitiko Saint George Nemea
8/2/2015 - khmark7 wrote:
88 points
Reminding me of a solid southern France, or Portuguese red. Acidity a little soft but a very pleasant red and easy to drink.
  • khmark7 commented:

    11/15/15, 9:48 AM - Recommend drink within 7 years from vintage date.

Red
2007 Louis Jadot Corton-Pougets Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
Compared to the monolithic 2010 and 2012s which will have a half-life of 1,300 years, the 07 is starting to unfurl to the point where it is not a shame to broach them now.

This is all crystal clear and linear with a very fine boned structure to it ,but still with some soupy cherry notes appearing from nowhere. Much leaner than previous vintages - especially the 1993 which was as black as night and infused from rock. Drink or hold. Great stuff.
  • khmark7 commented:

    11/11/15, 11:31 AM - Radioactive Cesium has a half life of just over 1,300 years. Am hoping that 2007 Burgundy as a whole drinks well in the short term.

Red
2011 Louis Jadot Moulin-à-Vent Château des Jacques Gamay
This has much more development and earthiness about it compared to the rather upright 2010 - more feral, mushroomy and identifiable Gamay notes - beautiful finish - excellent value. Drink or hold.
  • khmark7 commented:

    10/20/15, 4:08 PM - Sounds like good stuff. Limited selection here but what I have tried has been rather good.

Red
1994 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
9/17/2015 - VeronicaXu Likes this wine:
92 points
Medium ruby in color. Plum, soft medium tannin, sweet spice, medium body, medium plus finish, high acidity, quite lean style, slightly leathery.

At Hedonism tasting.
  • khmark7 commented:

    10/19/15, 4:52 PM - Lucky you. A well made wine from California.

White
2014 Samuel Billaud Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay
Samuel Billaud 2014 Chablis (London): Great value for a 1er cru here and this is layered through with all that crunchy seashell and lemon pie actions you would expect - there is a tickle of richness to the fruit to pull back the tanginess a bit. Beautiful balance and will age wonderfully - all crackling minerality right now - this sits in between the Butteaux and the Montee de Tonerre - the 3 wines give a perfect snapshot of the range of 1er cru profilles.
  • khmark7 commented:

    10/4/15, 5:12 PM - Stop drinking great tasting Chablis every single day! This is completely not fair and I demand that your enjoyment be curtailed until further notice.

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