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Red
2017 Beringer Vineyards Pinot Noir Founders' Estate California
1/21/2020 - WeHo Wino Does not like this wine:
81 points
I agree wholeheartedly with R2-D2's notes below.

Generally speaking, my palate tends to jibe more with Wine Enthusiast than other wine mags...particularly the reviews of Kerin O'Keefe, Virginie Boone, and Matt Kettmann...but here, Jim Gordon has seemingly lost his mind. No way is this the #1 Best Buy of 2019, and a 91 point rating? What has he been smoking? I mean, this wine is utter garbage. And I bought 6 bottles of it. On the bright side, I have a couple sangria recipes I've been meaning to try out. But I will never buy this wine again. Ever.
  • R2-D2 commented:

    8/4/20, 7:19 AM - Just discovered this... I too like the reviews from O'Keefe, Boone, and Kettmann. Don't always agree but will give a bottle a try if one of those three recommended. But this bottle, yikes!!! Hope the Sangrias have turned out good =)

White
2019 Fabre Montmayou Torrontés Phebus Mendoza
12/24/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
87 points
Pale lemon; med+ intensity, youthful aroma. Primary aromas of citrus fruit (lemon, lime, lemon zest, grapefruit), floral (white blossoms, honeysuckle, jasmine), green fruit (pear, apple, guince), pungent spice (black liquorice, white pepper), and soap, limestone, minerals and salt. Dry, med+ acidity, med body, med alcohol, med intensity and med finish. Primary flavors of citrus fruit (grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel), floral (honeysuckle, blossoms, jasmine) and limestone, minerals, brine and salt. There is perhaps an ever so slight secondary flavor from lees (bitter almond, biscuit, dough) present in the aftertaste. This is a good wine. Drink now, not suitable for aging.

Very fresh, quite quaffable Torrontes that finishes a touch bitter. Always aromatic and I could even go pronounced with its distinct highly soapy aroma.
  • R2-D2 commented:

    7/28/20, 6:54 AM - Yes. It's a good example of a value-priced, entry-level Torrontes. Not even close to my favorite varietal, but it is one that the WSET is quite smitten with when it comes to blind tasting and theory.

  • R2-D2 commented:

    7/28/20, 7:41 AM - Congrats!

White
2016 Cantine Antonio Caggiano Fiano di Avellino Bechar Fiano di Avellino DOCG
7/27/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
90 points
Grown in the 400m high hills in Campania; fermented in Stainless Steel and aged on its lees for two months.

Medium lemon (from skins); Medium+ complex aromas of acacia, honeysuckle, jasmine, lemon zest, nectarine, pineapple, yogurt, and stale beer. The few years of bottle age have provided some tertiary notes of dried banana chips, dried pear, orange peel, and hazelnut. Dry, with a slight viscosity from the grape skins, this higher acid white shows zesty minerality and bitter pistachios on a medium+ length, lively finish. The best example of Fiano I have found. VERY GOOD
  • R2-D2 commented:

    7/28/20, 6:59 AM - This was the first "mature" bottle of Fiano that I have had. Not sure how long these can hold. Drink within 5 years of vintage?

Red
2014 Lorenzi Estate Syrah Private Reserve Temecula Valley
2/28/2020 - adon Likes this wine:
89 points
Lorenzi in Tumecula is guilty of believing their own press. No big flaw, just uninteresting.
  • R2-D2 commented:

    3/4/20, 8:25 PM - "guilty of believing their own press" ... true statement!

White
1983 Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
12/17/2002 - R2-D2 wrote:
78 points
I was really excited when Tastewine2 emailed me about this wine. I've never had an aged white wine, so this was a first. 1983 was a great, not outstanding, year for Bordeaux whites and Laville is among the best producers. Unfortunately, I don't think there was much fruit left in the wine. My overall impression was greasy butter with grassy notes. Also, this was very delicate, by the end of the night, it was undrinkable.
  • R2-D2 commented:

    3/3/20, 1:41 PM - I wrote the note in late 2002 and have recently been entering my old notes into CT. Can't say I remember this specific wine. Sounds like I didn't like it.

Red
2000 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
1/21/2003 - R2-D2 wrote:
96 points
2000 Bordeaux Tasting (Chicago, IL): My second favorite wine of the tasting! Knockout nose of super-concentrated raspberries! It literally blew me away! Super quantities of jammy blackberries with smoke, oak, leafy tobacco and earth. The tannins are amazingly sweet here! I'm salivating over my futures!
  • R2-D2 commented:

    3/2/20, 9:41 PM - That note was from a massive Trade tasting back in 2003. I am trying to get nearly 20 years and 2000+ notes into CT.

    Although 17 years ago, I do remember the amazing aroma of that wine =)

Red
1999 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
4/3/2003 - R2-D2 wrote:
90 points
A wall of tannins block everything! 89+
  • R2-D2 commented:

    2/28/20, 8:03 PM - I’m sure it was decanted. The note is from 17yrs ago, so...

Red
1997 Beringer Vineyards Merlot Bancroft Ranch Howell Mountain
2/16/2020 - WetRock wrote:
Very dense and tannic still. Fleshy and somewhat closed-ish on the first night. More interesting on night two when some complexities unfold. The fill wasn't fantastic being just above the shoulder but this seemed the youngest I've had of this wine. This bottle probably wanted more time. still comes off like something from a completely different era. Not sure I could blind this as not being Cab.
  • R2-D2 commented:

    2/19/20, 3:57 PM - "still comes off like something from a completely different era" Totally agree... and it's a style that just seems to hold up.

Red
2018 Angeline Winery Pinot Noir Reserve Mendocino County
1/23/2020 - TannicBeast Likes this wine:
88 points
Clear, bright, med ruby. Clean, med + intensity nose of red cherry, strawberry, aromatic herbs and spice. Dry but fruit forward palate, consistent with the nose. There's a hint of bitter rhubarb and cola on the finish. The acidity and tannins are medium; the alcohol is a little warm at 13.9%. Well-balanced, pleasant, med (+) bodied with med flavor intensity and length. Drinking well now and for the next several years. Solid QPR.
  • R2-D2 commented:

    2/6/20, 1:59 PM - I like your call on the rhubarb.

Red
2000 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Washington
12/17/2003 - R2-D2 wrote:
84 points
Really, really bitter. This was the first wine tasted at the event and it has the associated misfortune of that status. Plum, currants, minerals, herbs, and cigarette ash
  • R2-D2 commented:

    2/5/20, 2:30 PM - Hey there, my note is from over 16 years ago and from a huge tasting event where it did not show well. I have had the 2000 a few times since and it is pretty good. I am sure your bottle is in fantastic shape!

Red
2018 Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard Santa Barbara County
Winebar [4 Whites, 8 Reds, & 6 *shared* bottles] from 01/03/19 (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): Dr. John, it was indeed MOST gracious of you to share this with me! :)

N: RIPE berries with notes of flowers & hints of minerals? Intensity lurking?

P: LM body; RNDISH entry with very NICE, ALMOST swtish frt met by an astringent pucker which stays within hailing distance of the init frt as it fairly seamlessly works its way into & through a LONG, BALANCED finish with a TANGY/swtness (60:40) to the firming, but relatively innocuous, dusty tannins. For now with food, will likely improve for 6-12 mos, then drink into '24? My EXC... easily. 96-98 pts Dunnuck (10/31/19), 94-96 Vinous (Galloni, 9/1/19) & 92-94 WA (Brooks, 9/12/19)! [Check with this vendor if interested in their very COMPETITIVE price.]

Note: Also tasted on 10/5/ & 10/19/19.
  • R2-D2 commented:

    1/6/20, 8:59 PM - Do you like it better than the 2017?

White
2018 Mt Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc North Canterbury
11/23/2019 - srh Likes this wine:
TOP 100 Tasting ['19 Wine Spectator, various selected] (San Diego Wine Co.): WAY too cold

“The majority of the S.B. is planted (2004-2006) on the most N part of the vyd which is cooler. Clones are a mix of UC Davis (UCD) 1 & Mass selection (MS) on a mix of 101-14, 3309 & Schwarzmann rootstock, with 1/4 of the vines Bordeaux clones BDX 316 & BDX 317, on Riparia Gloire rootstock. Made from the best of the best blocks, this wine is chiefly from the lower yielding sites of the vyd with crops as low as 3.3 tons/acre. The wine was mostly fermented cool with long slow fermentations to retain aroma & fruitiness. A proportion of the blend was aged on yeast lees for an extended period of time to bring texture & creaminess. Another small component of wine was fermented in older barrels. The wine was blended in Oct & bottled in Dec, 9 mos after harvest. 14.0% ABV, 2.8 g/L R.S., 7.5 g/L T.A., & 3.27 pH;” 14,800 cases made & bottled Dec ‘18, 10,000 cases imported.

N: Grass slightly atop tropical frts, with notes of toast?

P: Med body; Very RNDISH entry with NICE, ALMOST swtish frt (approaching threshold R.S.?) nicely counterbalanced by an acidity which subtly, yet decisively, serves as the face of this into & through the LONG, BALANCED, tangy/swt finish. VERY nicely done for now & through '22? My EXC-/EXC, & I'D certainly listen to pleas for the higher based upon QPR. 92 pts ea The Tasting Panel & Bob Campbell, and 90 ea WE (9/1/19) @ $17 and WS (9/'19) & #60/Top 100 for '19. [This vendor's $15.99 puts it in the TOP 1/2 of wine-searcher's fairly small # of postings.]
  • R2-D2 commented:

    12/29/19, 9:45 PM - Great tech notes. The additional lees aging really softens the acid and adds complexity. Found this at Costco for $12!

Red
1990 Paitin di Pasquero-Elia Barbaresco Sorì Paitin Nebbiolo
12/14/2019 - Nanda wrote:
93 points
Decanted ~8 hours. This threw off A TON of sediment. Awesome nose of balsamico, black cherry and dried florals. Good freshness on the palate. Classic in flavor and proportion. An overachiever, for sure.
  • R2-D2 commented:

    12/16/19, 7:43 AM - Been holding on to the last of my three magnums for 15 years now. Nice to know it still has life!

Red
2010 Domaine Joseph Roty Bourgogne Pinot Noir
12/12/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
88 points
Medium ruby; Med intensity aromatics, developed red fruit (cherry, strawberry, rhubarb), bottle age (mushroom, earthy, game), herbal (medicinal, liquorice), mineral (stones). Dry, low tannin, med body, med acidity, med alc, med intensity, med finish; flavors of tart red fruit (tart cherry, rhubarb), minerals (flint, stones), white pepper, bottle age (green olive, brine, tea, dry wood). Good, drink now, not suitable for aging.
  • R2-D2 commented:

    12/12/19, 2:01 PM - Thanks. It's not a bad mature wine, just a bit simple. Held up pretty good for a 9 year old Bourgogne!

Red - Sweet/Dessert
1998 Cilurzo Petite Sirah Late Harvest Temecula Valley
11/25/2019 - srh Likes this wine:
Popped 'n poured from a 375 ml bottle stored @ room temp, UPRIGHT, for > yrs than anyone can remember. :( Private Preserve after Day 1

Stats from the bottle: 12.4% ABV, 4.2% R.S., & 0.68 g/100ml T.A.; A silver sticker on the bottle says, "Los Angeles County Fair."

N: Something medicinal I can't parse; RIPE berries with hints of jam definitely coming forward with increased air; Something "green"/herbaceous, but NOT tradt'l pyrazines

P: Med, poss LM, body; RNDISH entry with NICE, SWTISH frt off-set by an acidity which fairly seamlessly evolves into a fairly LONG finish with a pleasant, bitter/swtness to the HINTS of firming, very, VERY fine tannins. My VG+ as is, arguably even EXC- for being both conceptually "unusual"™ *&* not treated "properly", poss ever since its purchase from the winery's tasting room. :( // Day 4: Held up REMARKABLY well. Also, large CHUNKS of sediment ensconced in the recesses of its punt bottom.

™As this winery was purchased some time ago, I'm putting the purchaser's URL as the link for the "Producer's Website", PARTICULARLY since, SHOULD anyone be interested, the current winery apparently still makes a LH P.S.!
  • R2-D2 commented:

    12/2/19, 6:31 PM - I believe this is now known as Bella Vista and is one of the oldest vineyards in Temecula. Unfortunately, I can't recommend the wines now being produced.

Red
1974 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
10/30/2019 - srh Likes this wine:
Special Wines with some SPECIAL Friends :) (Host's House): Decanted by the host after having been set upright for ≈1 wk

N: INITIAL funk but with notes of blood & earth underneath, ripe berries & definitely pyrazines (bell peppers?) also underneath; Over time, hints of bacon also emerg. The funk popped in & out with addt'l swirling/air, & was for me likely a +.

P: LM, poss Med, body; VERY *nice*, ALMOST swtish frt met by just a BIT of astringent pucker, though that bit IS initially (& but briefly) on the PUCKERISH side. The process stays within hailing distance of the init frt as it SEAMLESSLY evolves into a VERY LONG, BALANCED finish that is not at ALL "tired", & could EASILY accompany entrees. Consensus was that this SHOULD make its 50th without difficulty, & there was some speculation it will still be alive 'n kickin' ALL the way through the 2020s! [1 of the tasters had this previously, feeling his bottle was > swt & < "vegetal" than this one. The host later opined this bottle MAY have been somewhat < advanced, & that, in time, WOULD show > swtness.] Also, towards the very end there were multiple opinions that this bottle eventually showed a "mature", well integrated (unobjectionable) Brett on the N, which would explain the touch 'n go funkiness I described above. 12% ABV; My Exceptional-/Full Exceptional (96-100/100 using that metric). 92+ pts RJonWine, 92 John Gilman (4x, Sep/Oct '17 the most recent), & 19.5/20 Jancis Robinson (Hunt, 10/31/12), the highest scoring wine from that publication I've ever actually TASTED.
  • R2-D2 commented:

    11/1/19, 10:30 PM - The pre-1990 Mondavi Napa cabs have been very good to excellent over the years. Glad to see my birth year wine is still humming!

  • R2-D2 commented:

    11/2/19, 10:53 AM - I did read that. It's tempting to open the wine. But I always envisioned the 74, the 78 (my wife's BY) and the 2000 (our wedding year) as part of our "yet to be built" cellar display. Still, quite tempting to open!

Red
2015 Antinori Chianti Classico Marchese Antinori Riserva Tenuta Tignanello Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
8/29/2019 - kfrench150 Likes this wine:
92 points
Redemption bottle for the last one that was weirdly off. Dark cherry red with a dark ruby rim. Super dark fruits on the nose: blackberry, blueberry, blue plum, cocoa powder, light sandalwood, eucalyptus and a hint of black licorice. First impression on the palate is medium weight with brisk acidity and crisp black fruit. Quite tight with astringent tannins that are nevertheless fine grained. Good dark fruits as well on the palate. Definitely needs a few more years to mellow out. 92 points right now.
  • R2-D2 commented:

    10/14/19, 7:48 AM - Based on my weekend experience this is absolutely spot on. Great note.

Red
2003 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
8/15/2019 - VINNICK Likes this wine:
89 points
Coravined 2 glasses and it was a 92. Repeated next day by finishing the bottle and it was an 88. Split it even. The drop was an unusual drop in power. It was like the body fell apart. For the $125 I paid, I would say not worth it. You can buy better bdx at half the price with equal age.
  • R2-D2 commented:

    8/17/19, 8:03 AM - Maybe the Coravin oxidized it enough for the drop off from one night to the next?

Red
2007 Copain Pinot Noir Hacienda Secoya Anderson Valley
6/14/2019 - angelo619 wrote:
flawed
Winebid purchase
  • R2-D2 commented:

    6/14/19, 4:41 PM - Nooooo! I will keep my fingers crossed that my WB win is ok. Corked or cooked?

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