Tasting Notes for IB71

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Red
11/4/2016 - IB71 wrote:
90 points
As oaky, ripe and pleasing as Napa Merlot, but structurally (alcohol/acidity/tannins) slightly better balanced.
White
11/3/2016 - IB71 wrote:
93 points
Surprisingly outgoing, aromatic and long for a so-called "light and neutral" variety, but mainly impressive due to its precision, finesse and many subtle nuances - including its flinty minerality and creamy-soft texture. Very, very easy to drink, but by no means simplistic.
Red
9/24/2016 - IB71 wrote:
90 points
The wine is deep ruby with slightly purple rim. It is developing, with medium(+) intensity aromas of ripe (bordering jammy) red and black fruit (sweet cherry, bramble, black plums) with additional notes of kernel and oak (mocha, dark chocolate and vanilla). The wine is dry with medium(+) acidity, medium(+) fine-grained tannins, high alcohol, full body, viscous mouthfeel and medium(+) intensity flavours reflecting the nose. Medium(+), slightly bitter (tea leaf) finish.

It's a very good wine. The alcohol is slightly warming, but well-contained within pure and opulent fruit, and well-complemented by oaky complexity and a marked acidic-tannic structure.

Stylistically reminiscent of serious modern syrah-blends from the Languedoc-Roussillon, with depth of fruit and solid structure for at least another 3-5 years of bottle ageing.

15% ABV
12€
Syrah-Agiorgitiko
White
9/24/2016 - IB71 wrote:
88 points
The wine is pale lemon. It has a medium intensity and youthful nose showing fresh citrus fruit and light florality (granny smith, lime, jasmine) with hints of minerality (sea breeze) and reductive gunflint. The wine is dry with medium acidity, medium(-) alcohol, medium(-) body, watery mouthfeel and medium intensity flavours flavours reflecting the nose. Medium finish.

It's a good wine. Refreshingly watery body, complemented by good purity of fragile fruit and a pleasant, mild acidity. Neither complex, nor long or intense, but a wonderful aperitif sipper - somewhat reminiscent of a swiss fendant.

12,0% ABV
6,50€
Red
9/23/2016 - IB71 wrote:
86 points
Clean and correct, but neither intense nor particularly complex. I value, however, the silky mouthfeel, the fresh, plummy fruit and the subtle mocha-notes from the oak.
Good enough. A useful alternative to everyday corvina-blends or lighter styles of cotes du rhone.
White
9/23/2016 - IB71 wrote:
88 points
Semi-aromatic nose with white flowers, pear, and lemon peel plus hints of apricot, banana, honey, saline minerality and struck-match. Dry on the palate with medium/medium+ acidity, a somewhat oily texture and medium+ intensity/length.

A quite good wine - showing good purity and definition of fruit plus some mineral complexity, almost perfectly balanced by acidity and oily texture. Surely not a wine of huge personality, but at less than 8€ an exotic alternative to your typical white blend from the southern rhone, your unoaked valdeorras godello or, say, a vermentino from Sardinia. 8€ paid.
Red
8/11/2016 - IB71 wrote:
91 points
Quite extracted in terms of colour and firmly structured in terms of (fine-grained) tannins, so I wouldn't recommend serving this wine too cold. At or even slightly above(!) room temperature, however, silky soft fruit will coat those tannins very gracefully.

Somewhat shy nose, but palate offers raspberry, plum-skins, violets , pepper and subtle cocao. Grape variety apart, the dark elegance of this wine is somewhat reminiscent of a gevrey-chambertin.
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Red
7/16/2016 - IB71 wrote:
85 points
Clumsy oak dominates fragile 2012-fruit.
White
7/14/2016 - IB71 wrote:
90 points
Pale gold. Off-dry with high, grapefruit-like acidity plus more exotic notes of stonefruit and pineapple. Quite full in body with emerging tertiary notes of petrol and honey. Medium+ to long finish. Very nice wine, showing good typicity of maturing alsace grand cru riesling. (90-91/100)
Red
7/11/2016 - IB71 wrote:
89 points
Very pure and transparent merlot. EASY to drink, yet delivering a respectable depth of fruit and some very fine-grained tannins. Hints of violet and coffee on the finish. Drinks like a beaujolais cru, tastes like a pomerol light.
White
7/9/2016 - IB71 wrote:
86 points
Clean and correct, with typicity of alsacian PB and a certain fruit intensity. Off-dry with medium acidity - so structurally a little on the flat side...
Red
7/8/2016 - IB71 wrote:
89 points
Showed good fruit ripeness plus flavour and colour intensity, along with some very well-integrated spiciness from the oak. Surely lacking some finesse when compared to classic burgundian examples above village-level ... but very good value at 16€.
White
7/8/2016 - IB71 wrote:
89 points
Fresh nose dominated by lemon juice, green apples, gooseberries and grassy SB-notes, but also - subtle - hints of oak, lanolin and honey. Dry in the mouth with medium+ acidity, medium alcohol and medium body. Finish is medium too. A surprisingly succesful halfway house between basic Entre-Deux-Mers SB and more serious whites from Pessac/Graves, combining drinkability of the former with (a certain level of) complexity and typicity of the latter. Very good QPR!
Red
6/16/2016 - IB71 wrote:
91 points
The wine is medium ruby in colour. It has medium+ intensity developing aromas of ripe red fruit (strawberry, cherry) with additional notes of mineral (forest floor), sweet spice (cloves) and kernel (mocha) and oak/animal (smoked meat). The wine is dry with medium(+) acidity, medium level of ripe tannin, medium alcohol, medium(+) body and medium(+) intensity flavours reflecting the nose. Soft mouthfeel, medium(+)finish.
It’s a very good quality wine showing well-defined fruit that is well-balanced by lively acidity, phenolic extraction and meaty-smoky complexity. Good length and flavour intensity, but (ever so slightly) lacking in terms of finesse/elegance. (91-92/100)
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Red
6/16/2016 - IB71 wrote:
89 points
(tasted semi-blind)
The wine is pale ruby in colour. It has medium intensity developing aromas of fresh red fruit (redcurrant, rhubarb, strawberry) with additional notes of herbaceousness plus hints of florality (rose) and oak/cloves. The wine is dry with medium(+) acidity, medium(-) level of tannin, medium alcohol, medium body and medium intensity flavours reflecting the nose, albeit with oak-notes being more pronounced on the palate. Light, silky mouthfeel and medium(+) – slightly bitter - finish.
It’s a good/very good quality wine combining typicity of the variety and a certain flavour concentration with pleasant acidic balance and an almost burgundian silky-light mouthfeel. On the downside, oak flavours are somewhat exaggerated (even slightly crude), and slight hints of unpleasant phenolics appear on the finish. (87-88/100)

EDIT: re-tasting the wine 24 hours later has resulted in a higher rating. The finish is more harmonious and the oak now seems better integrated, although still a bit too obvious for the wine to really knock my socks off.
White
5/17/2016 - IB71 wrote:
95 points
Reference chasselas at its peak. Quite intense and well-defined primary notes (lemon, peach, pineapple) with impressive secondary and tertiary complexity (butter, honey, freshly cut mushrooms, walnuts, petroluem, dried fruit). Dry, medium/medium+ acidity, long finish.
White
5/9/2016 - IB71 wrote:
89 points
Fresh grapefruit and pear, with some mirabelle depth, and subtle hints of white pepper, salinity and toasty wine lees. Bone dry, but balanced in the mouth, with a welcoming, lightly creamy mouthfeel and a palate-cleansing acidity. Medium/medium+ finish.

A lovely aperitif, but would work equally wonderful with crisp summer salads or simple seafood dishes.
White
5/8/2016 - IB71 wrote:
90 points
The wine is youthful and very, very pure. Lemonade-like fruit profile, but delivering the extra intensity and length to be expected from old vine fruit in the hands of a VDP producer. Bottoms up!!
White
2/13/2016 - IB71 wrote:
92 points
Initially surprisingly introvert, but then the expected breakthrough of intense yeasty, fruity-floral and (above all) mineral character! Muscadet meets viognier meets... ZIEREISEN!!! I also need to mention the intriguing phenolic bitternes (grapefruits meets white pepper and quinine) that is probably the result of extented skin contact and (deliberately) ungentle pressing combined.
White
11/20/2015 - IB71 wrote:
92 points
Bought at the winery this summer for ~50 CHF.

Creamy lactic mouthfeel and medium acidity. Fragile notes of lemon, quince and dried fruit with mature, tertiary hints of raw mushroom, nougat and petroleum. Medium finish. Subtle wine, but interesting and very good!
White
9/11/2015 - IB71 wrote:
95 points
Which is bigger - purity or flavour? "Oysters natural" > "Oysters rockefeller"? I guess it all depends on how natural "natural"is? And here is a wine so Zen-like pure and minerally vibrating that nothing else matters.

Only tedious flavour chauvinism holds me back from scoring this 100/100.
White
7/31/2015 - IB71 wrote:
93 points
A veil of aromatic and mineral complexity wrapped around a core of weightless purity. Please don't let the price point misguide you, as this is a truly beautiful wine!
Red
6/25/2015 - IB71 wrote:
95 points
Sexy syrah, with classy Guigal-like oak complemented by roses and violets, ripe blackberry and black cherry plus sous bois and black pepper. Intense, long, complex and expressive, yet elegant/burgundian in body and structure.
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White
6/25/2015 - IB71 wrote:
92 points
Golden coloured. Chamomile, honey, quince, pineapple and minerality on the nose. Softly textured and transparent with low acidity on the palate. Lovely fragile notes of nougat on the finish. Wonderful and elegant on its own. Best (most expressive) when served at (or just below) room temperature.
White
11/9/2014 - IB71 wrote:
92 points
Soft as snow, smooth as silk. Primary notes very much intact (lindenflower, english winegums, pear, peach) with mineral nuances + faint touches of butter and honey. Low to moderate acidity, yet positively refreshing (due to moderate alcohol + water-like transparency of primary characteristics). Long finish. Very, very elegant!
White
10/26/2014 - IB71 wrote:
92 points
Beautiful wine. Soft, creamy and transparent with a certain youthful freshness intact (pear, peach, butter), complemented by leesy and, ever so slight, oxidative complexity (toast, quince, caramel, nuttiness).
White
10/26/2014 - IB71 wrote:
91 points
Light-bodied and transparent with traces of CO2, yet incredibly aromatic for a chasselas!
White
10/20/2014 - IB71 wrote:
91 points
This wine is drinking beautifully right now (delicate, mineral and elegant, yet structured with some fruit intensity and light oaky complexity), but has potential to improve considerably with further bottle ageing. Estimated peak: within the next 5-8 years it will be ready to take on any mature Hunter Valley Semillon! Edit: the wine tasted is the second bottling, which has spent a total of 22 months maturing on its fine lees.
Super value!
91++
White
9/26/2014 - IB71 wrote:
93 points
Elegantly delicate, yet ripe nose showing lidenflower, ripe (yellow) gooseberries, pineapple, honey and saline minerality. Creamy mouthfeel, first class primary notes with a fascinating combination of intensity and transparency. Long finish.
White
8/30/2014 - IB71 wrote:
91 points
"Vase no 4"

Soft and smooth with elegantly transparent primary aromas (pear, lemon) and semi-mature complexity (nuttiness, butter and honey). Delicious.
White
8/30/2014 - IB71 wrote:
93 points
Top class. Far from being merely another chardonnay, this wine shows both a strong personality and a strong sense of place. Elegant, complex, intense.
Red
8/23/2014 - IB71 wrote:
92 points
Wonderful cool climate syrah. Loaded with white pepper, fresh redcurrant and blackberry fruit plus - surprisingly enough (given its youthful state) - a touch of leathery complexity. Long finish.
Easy to drink (fresh acidity, moderate tannin structure), yet intense in flavour.
13% abv.
White
8/12/2014 - IB71 wrote:
93 points
Soft and creamy, yet light, lively and nuanced. Long in mouth. Wonderful!
White
7/24/2014 - IB71 Likes this wine:
96 points
A very special wine. As intense, mineral and seductive on the nose as high end examples of white burgundy, but the palate has a more weightless quality to it, that I find almost magical. Flavours are very fine an detailed, yet persist for so long - even after the glass is emptied!
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White
8/25/2013 - IB71 wrote:
88 points
http://atasteforwine.blogspot.dk/2013/08/domaine-jean-et-gilles-lafouge.html

GRAPE VARIETIES: ALIGOTÉ
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 12%

Clear, pale lemon. Green apple and fresh lemon on the nose with hints of sweet pear, yoghurt and saline minerality. Dry on the palate with high level of acidity and medium body. Green fruit freshness balanced by yoghurt-like creaminess with appetizing saline minerality on the finish. A very good example of Aligoté.
Red
8/23/2013 - IB71 wrote:
89 points
http://atasteforwine.blogspot.dk/2013/08/2008-tamborini-castello-di-morcote-doc.html

GRAPE VARIETIES: MERLOT
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 13%

Clear, medium ruby in the glass. Ripe black fruit on the nose (black cherry, black plum) with additional notes of almond plus oak-related tobacco and mocha. Dry on the palate with medium(+) level of acidity and medium level of ripe tannin. Slightly hollow and oak-dominated, but not a bad effort at all. Nice liquorice-note of the medium-long finish.
White
8/23/2013 - IB71 wrote:
89 points
http://atasteforwine.blogspot.dk/2013/08/2011-weingut-hey-naumburger.html

GRAPE VARIETIES: PINOT BLANC, PINOT GRIS, RIESLING
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 13,5%

Clear, medium lemon in the glass. Youthful and expressive nose with notes of ripe pear, fresh muscat-grapes plus hints of florality (jasmine) and sweet-spice (vanilla, ginger). Dry (towards off-dry) and full-bodied on the palate with medium(+) level of acidity. A wine with a seducing fruity-floral profile. Very good - though I would have preferred the alcohol level slighter lower and the acidity slightly higher. Long finish.
White
8/23/2013 - IB71 wrote:
90 points
http://atasteforwine.blogspot.dk/2013/08/2000-tyrrells-wines-vat-1-hunter.html

GRAPE VARIETIES: SEMILLON
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 11,1%

Clear, pale gold. Semi-developed, yet very fresh nose showing fresh lime, lemon zest, beeswax/lanolin plus vegetable hints of hay and petroleum-like minerality. Dry, highly acidic and low/medium-bodied. Slightly austere on its own, and definitely better as a food wine. Sort of a halfway house between mature aussie riesling and ditto Muscadet. Good length, good wine.
White
8/16/2013 - IB71 wrote:
91 points
http://atasteforwine.blogspot.dk/2013/08/2010-louis-metaireau-muscadet-de-sevre.html

GRAPE VARIETIES: MELON DE BOURGOGNE
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 12%

Pale lemon. Remarkably fine and fresh aromas of green and citrus fruit (Granny Smith apple, quince, grapefruit) with pronounced leesy character, saline minerality (sea breeze) plus subtle notes of jasmine and juniper. Dry on the palate with high level of acidity. Medium-bodied, creamy viscosity. This Grand Mouton has an indisputable crystaline quality to it (whatever that really means?) - an impressively precise and quietly focused Zen-Muscadet. Long finish. 91-92/100
White
8/14/2013 - IB71 wrote:
90 points
http://atasteforwine.blogspot.dk/2013/08/2011-maurice-gay-la-guerite.html

GRAPE VARIETIES: SILVANER
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 13,5%

Youthful and ripe nose featuring sweet apple (golden delicious), lemon-freshness, quince and wet stone minerality. Dry on the palate with low to medium acidity. Soft, creamy mouthfeel. Stylistically far, far away from your crisp and light-bodied Silvaner Kabinett trocken, but instead you'll get animating minerality behind soft and ripe, yet elegantly transparent fruit-notes.
Red
8/11/2013 - IB71 wrote:
85 points
http://atasteforwine.blogspot.dk/2013/08/2011-maurice-gay-masc-assemblage-de.html

GRAPE VARIETIES: MERLOT, ANCELLOTTA, SYRAH, CABERNET SAUVIGNON
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 13,5%

Very ripe, almost cooked, black fruit on the nose (blackberry, elderberry) with vague hints of acetone and burnt rubber. Dry, medium to full-bodied on the palate with well-balanced acidity and chewy tannins. Slightly sweet, oak-related notes of clove and toffee on the finish. Despite the yummy oak notes, this wine doesn't appeal to me that much. However ambitious and expressive, I find it a bit clumsy and slightly disharmonic.
Red
8/11/2013 - IB71 wrote:
88 points
http://atasteforwine.blogspot.dk/2013/08/2009-weingut-gussek-naumburger.html
GRAPE VARIETIES: PINOT NOIR
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 14%

"24 Monate in Barrique gereift"

Initially shy nose. Then Campari-like herbal notes appears, joined by inviting hints of ripe red fruit (redcurrant, cherry) and rose petals. Dry on the palate with mouth-puckering tannins and high level of acidity. Full-bodied. Oak-related sweet-spice and mocha on the finish. For now somewhat introvert and slightly out of tune, but cellaring for 3 to 5 years could prove very rewarding.
Red
8/9/2013 - IB71 wrote:
91 points
http://atasteforwine.blogspot.dk/2013/08/2010-tamborini-san-zeno-riserva-ticino.html

GRAPE VARIETIES: MERLOT
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 13%

Deep ruby. Very attractive nose showing mocha, prunes, sweet cherries and a touch of perfume - violets perhaps. Dry and soft on the palate, but surprisingly light, elegant and acidic too. Pure and easy to drink, or a bit hollow - depending on personal preferences! Ripe, grainy tannins and bitter chocolate on the finish. Pomerol with hints of Pommard - I like it. At 18 Euros, recommendable.
Red
8/6/2013 - IB71 wrote:
88 points
http://atasteforwine.blogspot.dk/2013/08/2011-gleinaer-weingut-bohme-dorndorfer.html

GRAPE VARIETIES: PINOT NOIR
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 13,5%

A rather pale looking pinot noir with fresh redcurrant fruit plus hints of cherry, roses and black pepper on the nose. Dry in the mouth with refreshing acidity and pleasant black tea-like tannins. No oak here.

I like this wine for what it is: a pure and refreshing pinot with some structure. At 10 Euros also a relevant alternative to most generic red burgundies - or even lighter-styled Langhe Nebbiolos.
White
7/23/2013 - IB71 wrote:
88 points
http://atasteforwine.blogspot.dk/2013/07/2012-weingut-herzer-grossjenaer.html

GRAPE VARIETIES: RIESLING
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 12%

Appearance: Clear, pale lemon.

Clean nose of medium(+) intensity, youthful. Fresh green and citrus fruit (grape juice, lemon) with hints of florality, fresh herbs and minerality (elderflower, spearmint, wet stone).

Dry on the palate with high level of acidity. Medium(-) alcohol, medium(-)-bodied. Medium intensity. Fresh green and citrus fruit (granny smith apple, lime) with hintes of florality (elderflower). Medium(+) length.

A lively, vibrating and floral riesling from the Saale-Unstrut. Perhaps a tad leaner and sharper than promised by the charming nose, but I still like it a lot. A good wine with summer food. Ready to drink, but will keep.
Red
7/21/2013 - IB71 wrote:
88 points
http://atasteforwine.blogspot.dk/2013/07/2009-schuchmann-saperavi-unfiltered.html

GRAPE VARIETIES: SAPERAVI
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 13,0%

Appearance: Clear, deep ruby.

Clean nose of medium(+) intensity. Aroma characteristics: ripe black and - hints of - dried fruit (elderberry, blackcurrant, prunes) with additional notes of pungent and sweet spice (liquorice, cinnamon).

Dry on the palate with high level of acidity and medium(+) level of chewy tannin. Medium level of alcohol, medium(+)-bodied. Medium intensity. Aroma characteristics are repeated on the palate, but with less intensity. Medium length.

Quite interesting. There is a certain nobility and elegance about this wine, but the palate is kind of hollow, which is slightly dissapointing. Still, an overall positive experience - and for some reason I find myself comparing this wine to Baga-wines from the Bairrada-region in Portugal. Ready to drink, but will keep.
Red
7/8/2013 - IB71 wrote:
88 points
http://atasteforwine.blogspot.dk/2013/07/2006-roger-sabon-lirac-chapelle-de.html

GRAPE VARIETIES: GRENACHE (80%), SYRAH, CINSAULT
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 14,5%

Appearance: Clear, medium garnet.

Clean nose of medium(+) level of intensity, developed. Aroma characteristics: strawberry, kirch and (hints of) raisins with subtle notes of garrique, sweet-spice and medicine box.

Dry on the palate with medium(+) level of acidity and medium(-) level of ripe tannin. Medium(+) level of alcohol, medium(+)-bodied. Medium level of intensity. Aroma characteristics mirrored on the palate, with redcurrant-like acidty on the medium-long finish.

Good for its price as well as for its age! There is still enough fruit left to harmonize with the subtle funky/bitter tertiary notes. Ready to drink, but will not improve.
White
7/7/2013 - IB71 wrote:
92 points
http://atasteforwine.blogspot.dk/2013/07/2007-weingut-keller-westhofener.html

GRAPE VARIETIES: RIESLING
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 13,5%

Appearance: Clear, medium lemon.

Clean nose of medium(+) intensity, developing. Aroma characteristics: lemon curd, fresh pineapple with wet stone and subtle notes of smoke and petroleum.

Dry on the palate with medium(+) level of acidity. Medium level of alcohol, medium-bodied. Medium(+) level of intensity. Aroma characteristics repeated on the palate, with an added bitter-fresh note of grapefruit on the long finish.


Wonderfully youthful and refreshing, yet with subtle complexities developing underneath its fruity surface. Ready to drink, but can improve.
Red
2010 Château Lalande-Borie St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/7/2013 - IB71 wrote:
90 points
http://atasteforwine.blogspot.dk/2013/07/2010-chateau-lalande-borie-saint-julien.html

GRAPE VARIETIES: 50% CABERNET SAUVIGNON. 40% MERLOT, 10% CABNERNET FRANC
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 14%

Appearance: Clear, medium(+) ruby.
Clean nose of medium intensity, developing. Ripe blackcurrant, blueberry and violets with subtle notes of cigar box, pungent spice and kernel (liquorice, mocha).

Dry on the palate with medium(+) level of acidity and medium(+) level of ripe, velvety tannin. Medium level of alcohol, medium(+)-bodied. Medium(+) level of intensity. Aroma characteristics are mirrored on the palate, with an added lead pencil mineral note on the finish. Soft mouthfeel, with finely structured tannins on the long finish.

A very haromious and enjoyable Bordeaux. Even somewhat classy (until 1970 this vineyard land was part of Grand Cru Classé Chateau Lagrange), but in the end lacking the complexity and individuality of a Grand Vin. Ready to drink, but will keep.
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White
6/28/2013 - IB71 wrote:
89 points
http://atasteforwine.blogspot.dk/2013/06/2011-arnaldo-caprai-colli-martani.html

GRAPE VARIETIES: GRECHETTO
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 13,5%

Appearance: Clear, pale lemon.

Clean nose of medium(+) intensity, youthful. Aroma characteristics: fresh notes of citrus- and exotic fruit (lime, melon, pineapple) with hints of grass and elderflower.

Dry on the palate with high level of acidity. Medium level of alcohol, medium-bodied. Medium intensity. Aroma characteristics are mirrored on the palate. Medium(+) length.

Unoaked chardonnay meets grassy sauvignon blanc meets a tiny bit of gewürztraminer (or torrontés). All in all a lovely crisp, fruity-floral white. To be enjoyed in big slurps - and preferably in its youth.
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