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Red
2008 Travaglini Gattinara Riserva Nebbiolo
Bottle over lunch at Valentino. Chef said the 2008 of this is more accessible than the 2007. Good recommendation! Poured into decanter and drank over 1.5 hours.
Appearance is clear, deep intensity, ruby colour. Legs.
Nose is clean, pronounced intensity (didn't even need to stick nose into glass to get the perfume on this), with aromas of initial mushrooms (that strangely decreased with more air), earth, dark florals, dark red cherries, black cherries, stony minerality with more air. Developing.
On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (13.5%), cottony high tannins getting increasingly soft elegant with more air, full body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of mushrooms (integrating in and almost disappearing with more air), savoury earth, dark red cherries, black cherries, integrated oak. With more air, this wine just seemed to get fresher and more elegant, taking on more aspects of stony minerality, classic sour red cherries, gentle spice. Long savoury finish.
Very good quality. 2 persons easily finished the bottle and we even sort of fought for the last few drops. Really love it how these aged Nebbiolos actually change and are able to actually get fresher with more air.
  • berko commented:

    7/14/20, 7:50 AM - That’s a hell of a note. Thank you.

White - Sparkling
2006 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay
9/7/2019 - Curtis Chen wrote:
91 points
Drank with some rather terrible company at a supper club in LA, which no doubt adversely affected the scoring of this wine. Typically a 92-94 pointer, this was also served slightly warmer than usual, which knocked off some of the enjoyment.

Perhaps I got too casual with my particular bottle since I've had three excellent experiences. Even at its worst, it's still a 91 pointer. Not bad, Comtes. But for the rest of the bottles, I think some cellar time will be greatly beneficial. Think I'm done drinking these so early on.
  • berko commented:

    9/9/19, 5:09 PM - Life is too short to drink good wine with bad people.

Red
2011 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Petite Chapelle Syrah
6/16/2019 - bfbh wrote:
Valued at $100
  • berko commented:

    6/16/19, 3:19 PM - Any good?

Red
2001 Louis Latour Corton Domaine Latour Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
92 points
Similar to Chablis28, this far exceeded my low expectations and validated an impulse purchase a few years ago. Very classic Burgundy with good fruit and a surprisingly elegant feel. Good now, and should hold.
  • berko commented:

    2/3/19, 10:17 AM - Set the bar low enough and you will never be disappointed! Fully agree with note. Thanks.

Red
2004 Vietti Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza La Crena
The second bottle I’ve opened and this one was extremely advanced. Heavy prune on the nose, dried fruit and leather on the palate and lingering celery on the finish. Good acidity helped to make this somewhat drinkable, but it wasn’t enjoyable. Poured blind for some knowledgeable folks who thought it might be a late 70s or 1980s Bordeaux blend.
  • berko commented:

    5/3/18, 1:44 PM - I just had one which i hot from envoyer which was very similar. Where did your bottles come from?

  • berko commented:

    5/3/18, 2:39 PM - Interested in his reply.

    Best,
    Bruce

  • berko commented:

    8/24/18, 8:41 AM - Any resolution?

  • berko commented:

    12/23/18, 2:26 PM - My last one was cooked as well. Prune stew. At least i knew to bring a back up bottle. Disappointing but i feel the vast majority of bottles envoyer have supplied me have been cellared well.

    Cheers and best holiday wishes,

    Bruce

Red
1999 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
9/25/2018 - andtheodor wrote:
Fecal, earth, sour, virtually no fruit and not even tobacco or cedar or any other elements one might expect. Rustic and hard to enjoy. 80
  • berko commented:

    10/2/18, 7:27 AM - Fecal. Ouch.

Red
2008 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
12/18/2017 - Tim Heaton wrote:
flawed
TCA
  • berko commented:

    12/21/17, 9:57 AM - Did the som immediately replace?

Red
2004 Clusel-Roch Côte-Rôtie Les Grandes Places Syrah
11/7/2017 - TBAFB wrote:
Mid-red, narrow but aged rim. Initially reduced with a spike of acid lift. Opens up and relaxes after about twenty minutes. Complex yet elegant bouquet. Pretty spices from the new wood, a touch of something dry and mineral maybe even peppery, darker-skinned stone fruits. This whispers rather than shouts, but is elegant and constantly changing. Medium-bodied at most, slightly redder fruit profile than the bouquet suggests. Occasional hints of violet and pot pourri contrasting with the slightly creamy fruit. Beautiful acidity keeps this all in a compact envelope and gives it a long and elegant feel. Nice length with only a hint of very fine tannins which appear in the mid-palate rather than the finish. Structurally this is Burgundian style wine, being more about the acid than the tannin. Drinking well now, the acidity will keep it going and time may reveal more, but I get a sense that this is it. Drink now to 2024.
  • berko commented:

    11/7/17, 1:27 PM - Great note. Eagerly awaiting the arrival of my bottles.

    Thanks, Bruce.

Red
2005 O'Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
7/6/2017 - berko wrote:
flawed
corked.
  • berko commented:

    7/6/17, 2:44 PM - Hopefully.

    With regards to the corked wine; I feel as if i crossed a threshold in my wine appreciation as I wasn't too bothered by the situation. Previously I would have been quite upset, but here I just c'est la vie'd and looked forward tot he next good bottle.

    Ciao,

    BB

Red
2005 Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Exceptionnelle Red Rhone Blend
5/30/2017 - wormfarmer Likes this wine:
92 points
In perfect shape, with lots of life in it yet. Drank with ribs cooked over an open fire on a foggy ridge up in Mendocino and it seemed unimprovable-onnable.
  • berko commented:

    5/30/17, 5:41 PM - Sounds like any wine would have been ideal under those circumstances!
    Cheers,
    Berko

White - Sweet/Dessert
2010 Château Guiraud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
4/6/2017 - andtheodor wrote:
90 points
Big almond, toasted coconut, macaroon nose with honey and canned apricots. Fat, generous palate that doesn't wash over so much as just settle down on your tongue with pina colada, orange oil, and a pleasant marzipan bitterness. Not much acidic spine here so it's hard to imagine this blossoming with age.
  • berko commented:

    4/6/17, 8:42 PM - That was quick. Good note.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Taittinger Champagne Nocturne Sec Champagne Blend
2/25/2017 - Puteljen! Does not like this wine:
82 points
@restaurant Sjömagasinet, Gothenburg

A bit flat on the nose, none of the lovley fruit from the rest of the Taittinger lineup. My mind acctually strays to wet cardboard while sniffing this. On the palate too sweet (sweetness is to be expected of a sec of course, and a matter of taste I guess) and flabby but at the same time with a bitter aftertaste. Not much to like here I'm afraid, easily the worst wine of the evening.

I see my view of this wine differ from most tasters so perhaps further explanation is called for: I drink quite a lot of sweet and semi-sweet Riesling and generally have nothing against sweetness/sugar in wines, but they, like all wines, must be in balance, in this case usually meaning there is a balance between acids and sugar. In this champagne, it's not really the sweetness I dislike, even though I, like the late Winston Churchill, like my champagne cold, dry and free (Alas! All to seldom does one get all three), but rater the clumsiness, lack of definition and generally unattractive flavour profile.
  • berko commented:

    3/8/17, 1:59 PM - Wet cardboard; corked?

White
2010 Domaine des Huards (Michel Gendrier) Cour-Cheverny Romorantin
Wow wine for the AFWE! This was magical. Purchased on release, this is ageing so well. Some petrol notes, with chalky stones washed in orange juice. With time in the glass, some candied citrus notes. The palate is light bodied, but tries its best to be medium bodied. Notes of jagged lanolin and wood, spun with a thread of orange zest. The nose then goes into this crazy, ever-changing mineral-citrus-stone fruit quest, and my head is spinning. As it warms, some more body moves in, but the acids are electric, and the wine just short-circuits my brain. I had my first one of these soon after release - not too exciting, this one, just a trip. I wish I had cases. And cases. Drink thru 2026. Thrilling. 100% Romorantin. 12,0% abv. highly recommended

PnP, served non-blind. With an oven-roasted chicken bedecked with slices of lemon and herbs, just perfect.
  • berko commented:

    2/19/17, 4:57 PM - Tim, I am unfamiliar with this type of wine. Reading your note it would seem that this would be a description of a reisling.

Red
2011 Bioenos Crespiello Cariñena Pulchrum
Upon opening, thin and tart; disappointing. I recorked the bottle, and will try later or tomorrow.

Edit: 3 hours of air opens this up and tames the acidity. 86-or-so after some aeration.
  • berko commented:

    2/18/17, 3:23 PM - I believe I decanted this for 4 hours prior to tasting; and it was still very tight. I will be interested to see what tomorrow brings.

Red
1989 San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo Toscana IGT Sangiovese
Just now in its preferred window, but with many good years and even some upside yet ahead of it. My first of four, this was Audozed 5 hours prior to serving. Still, it needed another two hours of being open and sampled before this had revealed all (or at least most) of its charms. Excellent varietal character, with wave after wave of earth; each wave seeming to bring something unique to the table. Medium-bodied, with excellent acidity, this was actually showing a lot of youthfulness around the 45 minute mark (swirling all the while) in the glass. Beautiful, honest, and for me, quite dreamy. I'll open the next one in 3-5 years, and will be sure to aerate in wide-bottom decanter for at least 2 hours prior to service. highly recommended

A great standard bearer for what's possible in the region; served non-blind.

***1989 was an awful vintage for this region, lots of mildew/disease, etc., but this wine did not show anything less than ideal++. A testament to the work that went into the vineyards that year; brilliant winegrowing. ***
  • berko commented:

    10/13/16, 7:45 AM - WOTN for me.

Red
2007 Ciabot Berton Barolo Nebbiolo
My last bottle of this wine, somewhat bittersweet having followed this from fermentation all the way till last night, this was a solid wine, an honest wine from a humble family that makes the wine in the vineyards, to be sure. Some have said they're too modern, some have said they're too rustic. I find them to be neither - the cantina is as traditional as it gets and Marco has no goal other than to make the wine that the vines/nature has given him, so traditional fermentation, etc. Tonight's bottle offered a touch of balsamic drizzled on a bed of cherries and roses. Shows the vintage's warmth through it's lack of freshness, but it's still well lifted, enough for the next few years in the cellar anyway. All of the CB wines are great values. 14,0% abv., thru 2019. recommended

Slow-O 1 hour, served non-blind. With various pizzas, this really zoomed in on the red onion, ham, pineapple one for whatever reason.

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  • berko commented:

    9/16/16, 9:19 AM - Tim, I fully agree with your lovely note on the wine--but I draw the line at pineapple on pizza.

Red
2006 Celler Joan Simó Priorat Les Eres Vinyes Velles Red Blend
8/29/2016 - andtheodor wrote:
88 points
Identifiably Priorat, awfully big, high alcohol, and clunky. Lots of plum and berry fruit, still plenty of tannin, but little to rescue it from the doldrums of ripeness and power in Priorat.
  • berko commented:

    8/29/16, 3:11 PM - Ive a bottle of this. Do you think time will meaningfully improve this or should i just grill a flank steak with a coffee chili rub, open it, and free up capacity for something else?

Red
2007 Tua Rita Giusto di Notri Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend
12/18/2013 - Enfantterrible wrote:
91 points
Accidentally grabbed this instead of the Perlato. P&P and consumed over two hours. Strong tannins mellow slightly over time. Interesting how an Italian bordeaux blend still registers that unmistakable tar note that I love so much from the region. Wait a few more years before breaking open the next bottle
  • berko commented:

    12/18/13, 2:53 PM - I found this wine very tight upon opening, but it softened wonderfully after a 3 hour decant. It was night and day.

Red
2006 Rudd Cabernet Sauvignon Crossroads Oakville
5/16/2011 - JamesSanders wrote:
74 points
From an open bottle at a party, so not sure how long it had been opened. Big sweet punch of cherry and dark fruits, followed by an empty mid-impression and a harsh, oaky finish. Not something I'd ever want to drink.
  • berko commented:

    5/16/11, 2:15 PM - I'm not sure how to interpret this review when the handling of the bottle is unknown.

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