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Red
8/15/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
93 points
this is a very promising pinot that is very approachable today but has much potential at the same time. There are notes of very intoxicating red and blue wild berries, great acidity, and fairly tame tannins. The wine overall has a very Burgundian style and has fantastic balance, great precision which makes it a sublime drinking experience. A good 2 hour decant really accentuates the fruit aromas but the wine still retains its approachability out of the gate. In my opinion for about $60 it puts most red burgundies I've spent over $150 to shame. Personally I think the wine will be more exciting 4-5 years later.
Red
8/8/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
91 points
well made classic shiraz but the wine really needs time. Heady acid, precise dark fruits, tons of french oak influence. I think with time the oak will integrate well and the wine will round out beautifully. Can't say that this wine is good qpr but a solid wine with much promise. Would try 5 - 10 years later.
White - Off-dry
8/4/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
93 points
fantastic riesling with notes of ripe yellow apples, ripe mangoes, hint of petrol/dill/slate coupled with great verve of acidity. The wine is fantastic now but there is much time left on this bottle. Feel free to enjoy this today or put this away for a later date. The fact that riesling is out of fashion is the perfect reason why more people should be pouncing of gems like these. A fantastic value for ~$50 paid for the bottle.
Red
7/24/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
93 points
The wine out of the bottle is quite good but still quite tight. With a bit of a decant (I understand some people are against decanting Burgundy Pinot but I believe it worked out very well this time) more flavors were brought out with notes of earth, dark cherries, touch of oak, and a bit of mushroom like earthiness. Excellent wine where the fruit/acid profile is in great balance with nice amount of complexity thrown into it. However the wine still has room for improvement would try again in 5 - 10 years.
White
7/14/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
92 points
fantastic verve and minerality. The wine is high acid but at the same time the balancing act with the fruit is well done. One of the best Chardonnay Jura i've ever had. May not be a wine for people who enjoy a heavier oaky chardonnay but for those who enjoy chablis like high acid tension this is a fantastic wine to get your hands on.
Red
2005 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/29/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
93 points
great balance and texture. The acid, fruit, and non fruit really come together seamlessly coupled with a nice velvety texture. It has some complexity but not super complex but a supremely delicious wine none the less. Drinking pretty well now but might get more interesting in 5 more years. As delicious as this is I think the price of Opus One has really jumped the gun these days. Unless you bought them in the past with lower prices or your drinking on someone else's dime I would not be eager to purchase them with today's pricing.
Red
6/29/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
92 points
The one was almost balanced but unfortunately the alcohol stuck out. Despite the fruit, tannins, acid coming together in such great harmony the alcohol for me was very apparent. I wouldn't say it was hot on the palette but you got quite the hug as it went down and the alcohol vapors would sting the nostrils on the nose. Otherwise a pretty promising wine with some more way to go to get to its prime drinking window. Would try 5 years later.
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White - Off-dry
6/27/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
91 points
on the nose, a slight whiff of petrol with dried peaches. On palette it is quite fresh with notes of honey, peach, and lemon peels. The wine might come off as a bit sweet at the beginning with powerful honeyed notes but it finishes strong with a powerful streak of acidity. The long finish of the wine ends not with sweetness but with balanced acidity that reminds you of home made lemonade. Can go longer but its already drinking great. If you got this wine for ~$25 like I did it is a absolute bargain!
Red
6/17/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
91 points
super classic old school style of napa cab with notes of dried fruits, earth, and touch of vanilla. There is such precise purity of dried fruit and it takes center stage while other components of tannins, non fruit, acid play the perfect support roles. Unabashedly new world napa fruit on the palette. Wine should plateau just fine for several years but in my opinion there is no good reason to hold this.
Red
6/16/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
92 points
Super delicate with a very pinot noir like palette. Classic notes of bell pepper, red fruit, and minerals. The wine is most definitely the best Cab Franc I've ever tasted from Loire Valley if not the best Cab Franc ever tasted period. However despite its undeniable quality I would be hard pressed to justify its average price of $200+.
Red
2010 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/16/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
95 points
What a wine! Massive yet very seductive with seamless notes of dark cherries, cassis, oak. One the palette the wine is in perfect harmony yet as it goes down your throat you can clearly feel the alcohol hug. The acid, tannins, and fruit clearly show an impeccable balance for future stuffing and greatness however if there is one gripe about the wine, it is the alcohol level. Although it does not taste hot the alcohol vapors on the nose will sting the nostrils.
Red
6/16/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
95 points
When you smell the wine at first it might smell as if it has gone over the hill with clear maderized notes. However on the pallet the wine is fantastic with notes of cherries, mushrooms, earth. There is still fantastic acid with a very long finish and suprising amount of tannins. Despite being a village wine, it has been one of the best experiences ever. I wouldn't call this wine past its peak but it is definitely on its plateau drink this asap.
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Red
6/11/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
91 points
I can see why Raj Parr would want a hand in this vineyard property. The wine has great precision of rich powerful fruit coupled with well pitched acidity, touch of earth. The wine isn't anything super complex but just supremely delicious. Rather than take a risk on a bottle of Village Burgundy I would be more inclined to drink this instead. Drinking great at the moment.
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Red
The wine came off as very extracted, tons of dark fruits, vanilla, oak with still formidable tannins. I was expecting a wine that would be pretty subtle considering its age but instead came off as a primary monolithic brut. People who enjoy Californian style I guess would enjoy this but not my cup of tea. Drank this at a byob steakhouse with my parents.
Red
2013 Montes Purple Angel Colchagua Valley Carménère (view label images)
5/23/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
92 points
The texture of this wine is intoxicating with seemless velvet cassis that glides through your tongue. Despite clocking in at 14.5% there is no heat nor was the wine heavy. I was expecting the wine to be overbearing and over the top but came through effortlessly. Its drinking great now but maybe it can get better with time? I'm not sure how a wine like this will change over time but would be worth seeing where it goes.
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Red
1995 Château Poujeaux Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/21/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
91 points
out of the bottle the wine was quite thin and acidic with no fruit flavors but after a 45 min decant the wine really opened up with classic black currant, dried black cherries, and a touch of vanilla. Just a very classic delightfully made wine in a great maturation stage. No need to hold but definitely not over the hill. My friend who is not a wine drinker was shocked by how much the wine changed over time in the decanter.
Red
5/16/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
94 points
One of the best beaujolais I've ever had and competes with a lot of the best wines I've had up to this point period. The wine has such an incredible length that clocked in around 30 seconds easily with notes of sour cherry cola, tons of dark chocolate, and savory herbacious notes. In my opinion this wine is a bit of a steal for less than $100 and out performs many wines above that price point. I personally don't see this getting any better and is in a splendid place today
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Red
2000 Château La Pointe Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/15/2019 - sung251 wrote:
Not sure if the bottle was over the hill or improperly stored but the wine had literally no fruit left with feint notes of acid and olives. There was just no pleasure to be had from this bottle.
Red
5/15/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
91 points
I thought the wine was quite good despite the fact that it is a vintage without much fanfare. The wine exudes a nice modern streak that is tastefully done as notes of black currant, spices, espresso comes forward. Great acid profile coupled with relatively fine tannins tells me that it has the stuffing for tomorrow. Wine with much pleasure today but may pay off handsomely in 10 years. Would try again 5 years later to see its development.
Red
4/30/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
92 points
The wine had the black fruit power of a high end Bordeaux crossed with structure and tannins of a Barolo. A very interesting and well made wine. Incredibly young but with a good decant there is much pleasure to be had.
White
4/30/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
92 points
Les Clos Dauvissat 2015, not bad as far as first Dauvissat ever lol. The wine is crystalline with such purity of fruit and well accentuated acid where the wine is able to deliver the most perfect texture with such stride and confidence. Truly what one of the greats in the white wine world. Can only image how this will develop with given time. Still very young but a pleasure none the less.
White
4/17/2019 - sung251 wrote:
90 points
The wine was delicious but I was disappointed with this wine. The balance between the notes of fruit and acid was beautiful with notes of tropical fruits and peach. However compared to the acid the fruit profile was thinner than I was hoping for and because the wine overall was a bit subtle it gave a noticeably hot sensation towards the end (14% alc). I am just a bit puzzled by this wine and I am hoping the bottle I pulled was just not showing well. But all I can say is that if it tastes hot now it is only going to get worse as it ages.
Red
4/17/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
90 points
wine was pretty balanced where powerful dark fruits were juxtaposed with fairly heady acid and brooding tannins. Besides the well orchestrated balanced I personally did not find much complexity and found the wine to be enjoyable but not overtly interesting. Perhaps as the wine ages it will gain the complexity it currently lacks? I would come back in 5 years.
White - Sparkling
4/17/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
91 points
Very young at the moment but a very well put together bottle of sparkling wine. Very crisp with searing acid coupled with notes of toast, briocche, lemons. I would come back in 5 years to see its progression but like a classically made blanc de blanc that is meant to age, there is just too much searing acidity at the moment. Although the wine is undoubtably high quality I do believe the price is a bit too steep for what it is offering
Red
2015 Spring Mountain Vineyard Elivette Spring Mountain District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/17/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
90 points
maybe the potential is there? But it is a tannic, acidic, monster with thin layers of fruit that were slowly coaxed out as it sat in the decanter longer and longer. The wine is so incredibly brooding and wound up I strongly suggest you wait at least 10 years before trying because it is currently infanticide to drink this wine in my opinion.
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White
4/17/2019 - sung251 wrote:
85 points
I felt the wine was a bit over the hill for my personal tastes. Notes of burnt sugar/caramel, oxidized apples, peach, apricot. The fruit flavors for extremely subtle and while the acid was also subtle it was a notch above the fruit profile giving it a slightly thin profile. If you really enjoy a subtle delicate riesling then maybe you might like this? But I have a feeling I would've enjoyed this a lot more if it was 5 - 10 years younger.
Red
2012 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/17/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
92 points
Very seductive wine with such purity of fruit with very well pitched acid. On the tongue the wine just seamlessly glides through with its satin like texture. The cab franc component for me definitely stood out with beautiful floral notes as well. First time drinking VCC and i must say it was quite magical experience that really delivers on aroma and texture. However the wine is still very primary and young. Perhaps wait 5 - 10 years?
Red
2011 Harlan Estate The Maiden Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/17/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
91 points
The wine had a relatively high acid in comparison to its fruit profile which almost gave it a thin impression. Over time in decanter the fruit profile came forward more but the acid remained relatively high. There was generous oak but used very judiciously where it did a great job to change the tannin profile but not infecting the wine with oaky flavors. This wine was pulled in presence of Napa wine lovers and most of them did not enjoy this wine. I however thought it was a very beautifully balanced put together wine that showed finesse without overbearing fruit profiles which is all too common in Napa today. Despite enjoying this wine I do not think one can justify the price easily.
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Red
4/17/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
93 points
Incredibly beautiful wine that is not over extracted or too rich. There is fantastic balance that reminds me of an old world style bordeaux with a touch of Australianesque fruit. There are notes olives, bell pepper, and hints of baking spices. The acid is perfectly pitched while the tannins fine. For people who enjoy old school style Bordeaux Blends this is a great wine to pick up. There is still enough life to hold for 5 years easy but there is no reason to hold any longer.
Red
4/16/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
91 points
Incredibly rich and seductive with globs of black fruit backed with good amount of acid. The tannins are there but nothing obtrusive in this case. There are notes like spices like cardamon but not as present as I would've hope. The wine was just pure joy to drink but I find it to be a bit modern for my tastes as far as Barolos are concerned.
Red
4/16/2019 - sung251 wrote:
87 points
The wine doesn't quite do it for me. It is slightly sweet but virtually no tannins and still relatively formidable acid. Bottom line for the amount of acid that is still present there isn't enough fruit present to balance things out. It ends up coming out as thin. Its still fun to sip on but not really worth the $30 I paid for it.
Red
2000 Château Quinault L'Enclos St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/10/2019 - sung251 wrote:
flawed
Corked
Red
Lots of oak action, chocolate, silky smooth, dark fruits. As good as this may sound I really did not like this wine. There was no structural character and did not taste like a mountain side wine at all. The immense amount of oak regiment which really smoothed out the tanins really gave it a almost milk chocolate character which despite tasting pleasant felt extremely artificial. People who love new world may dig this but it is not my cup of tea. It might age over the next decade but in my opinion there is not enough structural stuffing and acid to balance this in the long term. Just glad I got to drink this wine on my friend's benevolence of opening this bottle. If you enjoy silky smooth chocolate dark fruit character drink this soon. If you are a old world lover, I strongly advise you to stay away.
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Red
3/5/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
90 points
Blue fruit profile that reminds me slightly of Margaux Appellation with a high acid, high tannic grip that reminds me of a Barolo. A very interesting wine to drink but pretty taxing to drink this straight up. This is very much so a food wine and would do well with something that is creamy or fatty. I feel the wine can improve due to its high acid and tannins but I am not sure if there is enough fruit last as long.
White
3/4/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
90 points
Had it at a blind tasting, just from the smell I could tell it was a Alsace Riesling. Had that classic lemon and honey suckle nose. On palette, great minerality, honey suckle like sweetness with searing acidity that catches up after the initial sweetness. Drinks well now but definitely will get better in five years. The wine ended up being the unanimous crowd favorite white wine out of the 5 white wines consumed. (Easily beat out Smith Haut Lafite Blanc 14)
Red
3/4/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
91 points
This wine was fairly light bodied even for Pinot with relatively low amount of tannins and and medium high acid level. Very lifted and fresh with a nice concentration of red fruits. This wine would be incredibly versatile food wise and should pair beautifully with seafood, steak, or pasta. It would be worth seeking out this relatively unknown wine from a very unknown wine region in Italy. Drinking well now but I actually think it may be worth stashing a few away and trying it five years later to see where it goes.
White
3/4/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
89 points
Just from the smell you can tell it is a Sauvignon Blanc right away. Tons of passion fruit, grape fruit zest, and hint of grass. The flavor is very explosive and ethereal. I enjoyed this wine very much but i was a bit disappointed mostly because I wanted more acid to counter balance the richness of the fruit. For a sauvignon blanc made in Alto Adige I'm surprised it didn't have searing acidity. It could just be possible that the acid level was lower than usual due to the fact that 2015 was a pretty warm vintage.
Red
2/28/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
91 points
Great balance of structure acidity and fruit. The style and profile of this merlot is very reminiscent of many high end st emilion wines in my opinion. Having tasted old vintages of Frog's Leap in the past that were drinking beautifully I can not agree with the drinking window of 2018 - 2020. Has the stuffing for easily age well for 10+ years. Tastes great now but will get even better. Recommend stashing some away and trying it 5 years later
Red
2012 Monteraponi Chianti Classico Riserva Il Campitello Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
2/28/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
93 points
Calling this wine medium plus acidity, red fruits with garden soil, medium plus body does not do this wine any justice. The overall balance of this wine is impeccable where it feels like you are drinking a Pinot Noir with a Sangiovese grip of tannins. The acid profile of this wine in my opinion is the best part about the wine and would really do well with a plate of bolognese.
White
2/28/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
90 points
Complex and textured with notes of oranges, orange zest, touch of honey, slight oxidative notes but overall a very interesting and delicious wine. The two somms I drank this with also loved it. A great way to introduce people to orange wines in my opinion.
Red
2/28/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
92 points
the most elegant aged Bordeaux I've ever tasted where there is such purity of fruit to the point of reminding me of a well made pinot noir from burgundy. There is no oak and the wine is very cleanly made. One of those wines that will easily stump people in a blind tasting. For those who enjoy Pinot this wine will be a treat, for those who enjoy Bordeaux this will be a very interesting wine to try
White
2/28/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
90 points
The acid level was lower than I had thought it would be considering its age. However still a delicious wine that came together very nicely overall with notes of honey, wax, oxidized apples (but the wine was by no means oxidized). I think the wine might have been more exciting a few years earlier with a slightly strong acid and fruit profile. In my opinion there are no upsides of holding this longer, would recommend consumption
White
2/21/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
90 points
Tasted good but at the same time tasted extremely young. In fact it reminds me of some very young Chassagne Montrachet Village wine I've had in the past. Currently the wine is a bit disjointed at the moment and feel it needs more time for the oak to better integrate and to further tame the perception of acid. Lots of upside. Would try 5 years later.
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Red
2/21/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
91 points
Had it at a blind tasting, just from the smell I could tell it was a Pinot Noir but on the palette I immediately thought New World, Oregon Pinot but as the finish went on and took more sips the more I thought about the possibility of Burgundy. On the reveal that it was Russian River everyone at the tasting was quite surprised. The wine has great precise fruit profile and the perfect amount of structure to keep things interesting. It is drinking great today and it is not a wine for the long haul but may easily improve over the next five years.
Red
2/21/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
93 points
I personally love Napa Wines from the 90s and earlier due to its old world touch but for this wine, this was not the case. Probably one of the most Napa like wine I've had from the 90s yet very tastefully done. When many high profile wines in Napa today are reminiscent of falling into an abyss this wine reminds me of peering into one at a perfect distance, I thought it couldn't be done, Bravo!
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Red
2/20/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
90 points
A delightful wine that reminds me of pomegranite juice and sour cherry cola. Relatively high acidity of this wine really gives off an impression of freshness and went beautifully well with margarita pizza and bolognese pasta. A wine that shows that you don't really need to drink a blend of nerello mascalese and nerello cappuccio when drinking a serious wine from Sicily
White
2/19/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
91 points
A classic benchmark when it comes to well made white wines from Italy that won't break the bank. Great acidity, tons of minerality (w/e that means), and great texture. The flavor profile combining its acid laced fruits with its minerality almost reminded me of the ramune flavored whistle candy I used to enjoy as a kid. A great wine to show off to people that believe Italy can't make serious characterful whites.
Red
2/19/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
90 points
A very interesting wine that is very reminiscent of Thierry Alamand's style which makes sense due to the winemaker's previous work there. The wine is quite elegant and its approach to syrah is quite unique where it is light and lifted while remaining complex. However due to its natural wine nature, you can get some noticeable yeast notes towards the backend of the finish. In my opinion not the best qpr but an interesting experience none the less.
Red
2016 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Tasted during SPECS Bordeaux tasting in Houston, the wine was the most unexpected performer in the whole tasting line up that gave formidable competition to the classic heavy hitters. Tons of floral and mineral notes in conjunction with precise fruit profile, the high percentage of cab franc really stands out in an elegant and balanced sort of way. (My friend drinking with me told me it sort of reminds him of cheval blanc) Exceptional QPR for its original release price of ~$75 but not so sure about the price point now as the price has been climbing quickly. 93/94 points today with a possible upside of 3-5 points at its peak.
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Red
2016 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Tasted during SPECS Bordeaux tasting in Houston. In my opinion the best high end QPR on the right bank and possibly all of Bordeaux. The wine has incredible precision in its fruit profile yet the interplay with its perfectly pitched acid profile creates a sense of nirvana on your taste buds. The previous vintages of Pavie Macquins I've tasted does not come close and listening to veterans telling me this is the best they ever produced is not hard to believe. Unfortunately the prices are climbing quickly but one of the best buys for price of ~$74. 93/94 Pts today, possible additional 3-4 points at its peak.
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