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Red
2016 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/5/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
92 points
Has this at a blind tasting. Despite being a baby it was drinking surprisingly well. Compared to the 2015 the reduction of oak is very easily noted and in my opinion the wine comes off as considerably more balanced. There are notes dark fruits and vanilla but at no point does the wine come off as over bearing or over the top. I am personally really happy with the direction the chateau has taken with this wine and I hope they continue this trend in the future. 92 for now, can probably get 2-3 extra points with age. Would try 5 - 10 years later
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White
2017 Miani Friulano Colli Orientali del Friuli (view label images)
11/1/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
91 points
such a clean ethereal wine that reminds me of a elegant sancerre coupled with green phenolic vegital notes with a pretty lengthy finish. The wine I feel is quite young and with 5 years transform into something much more interesting and delicious.
Red
2012 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/31/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
93 points
initially a bit of a brute but after a 3 hour decant the wine really shinned. Lots of that roasted meat/savory character that is coupled with bright powerful fruit. Thankfully the wine is not heavy handed and the balance between the fruit and the acid is quite good on the palette. One of the more unique merlot from the right bank i've tasted. Would be very interesting to try 10 years later.
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1999 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/31/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
92 points
Pretty restrained with notes of compost, mint, red/dark fruit, floral. The Cab France in the blend really shines through and the merlot is not overdone. Despite being well balanced the wine was not as exciting as I would've hoped. Currently drinking quite well with some teritary notes but should hold for 5+ years no problem.
Red
10/8/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
91 points
black currant, cassis, pepper, touch of vanilla oak. Sounds basic but the amount of precision on the fruit coupled with the acidity really elevates this wine to something that is very delicious. Not super complex at the moment but a joy to drink none the less. Would be interesting to see how this wine develops 5 years from now.
White
9/27/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
91 points
One of the most unusual wine I've ever had the initial nose has this very abrasive burnt rubber followed by subtle stone fruits. After a 20 min decant the burnt rubber nose blew off thankfully. One the palette it has clear orange and oxidative notes as it comes off with fine grained tannins, with a heavier texture. There are notes of stone fruits and this artificial orange flavor that reminds me of Tang (the orange drink many years ago). The wine was very interesting and for me, despite having taken a lot of wine making risks did not come off as faulty just very different. It was however the most divisive wine amongst my company.
White
9/27/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
91 points
this wine was delightful with grainy texture, calvados/pear like flavors, heady acidity. There are slight notes of oxidation and has very clear natural wine vibes but the wine still comes off as clean. Went very well with the sablefish dish.
Red
9/27/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
91 points
I do not know why the current drink date is set at 2019 but this wine is still a brute monster. With one sip i get wave after wave of dark chocolate covered black fruits followed by a huge wave of fine grained tannins at the back end. The wine is very primary with very little tertiary elements. If you are a big bold napa drinker it is time to drink now. However if you are looking for development it is not there yet. The wine was good and would've been better with some heavy food but it came off as too much for me. A promising wine and strongly recommend trying this at least 5 years later but may need 10 years to get more interesting tertiary peak rather than this monolithic primary fruit monster that it is today.
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Red
9/27/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
93 points
There is a good reason why I think this is the best qpr wine from all of loire valley after Domaine Huet and this bottle did not fail to deliver. At first the wine was a bit reserved but with a 30 min decant a lot of classic loire valley cab franc notes. The Green bell pepper, red fruits with a bit of blue, fine grained tannins, and earthy compost notes. Based on the description it may sound very generic but what sets this wine apart is the intensity, precision, and balance in which it delivers all of those components. This is a very fine example of a classic expression executed with near perfection. It is great now but there is no rush should still hold 5 years no problem in my opinion.
Red
9/27/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
92 points
Had this in NYC at Four Horseman. When the bottle was opened initially I was very worried due to its intense oakiness but after about an hour of leaving it open most of it blew away and a more pure fruit profile came to the forefront to my relief. Having tasted this, the wine really achieves its reputation by creating a wine that feel more well made Pinot Noir from burgundy than classic cab franc from loire valley. There is such purity of fruit, precision, and zesty acid. Overall a very interesting experience but I find the prices of these wines to be out of reach for my personal purchasing.
White
9/27/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
94 points
Had this in NYC at Momofuku Ko restaurant. Just an excellent wine with tension, verve that is juxtaposed by a touch of honey, stone fruit, and apples. In my opinion the acid and the texture of this wine is the clear main character as it brings you an almost entrancing and surreal form of pleasure and experience that is not common with most other wines. The wine can still go a long way and I believe will have further positive development with time. However if you can't wait, it wouldn't be a waste to try this right now either.
White
9/27/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
91 points
Had this in NYC at four horseman. Unfortunately the first wine was corked and came off as sour however the second bottle was singing out of the gate and even better after 30 minutes in decanter. The wine really reminds me of a well made Savennières. With great acid, backed with classic honey, wool, and touch of synthetic plasticesque note. This wine is nowhere close to being tired but is in a great spot to drink today.
Red
9/14/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
92 points
probably the best greek wine i've ever tasted. There are notes of leather, orange peel, dried cherries coupled with a good amount of tannins and acidity. It creates a wine that feels like a combination of Burgundy Pinot Noir, Barolo, and Italian Sangiovese. Currently delicious but can easily go for 10 more years in my opinion. Would recommend trying 5 years later.
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White
9/14/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
92 points
the wine is delightful with a creamy mouthfeel with stone fruit flavors. My only criticism with the wine is that i wish there was slightly higher acidity. I think it can go longer but I think it is already in a very delightful stage to drink.
Red
9/14/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
92 points
A massive wine at the moment. Tons of vanilla, dark chocolate, mocha notes on the nose. On the palette you get more dried yet juicy dark fruits followed by a huge wage of intense tannin profile. In my opinion it is currently drinkable but I would strongly recommend you try again 5 years later. Hopefully by then it calms down more.
Red
9/13/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
92 points
Tasted it at the estate. The wine was a delightful surprise as it came off in a very classic way. Great structure, acidity, subdued subtle fruit profile (but not thin), powdery tannins, and a touch of herbaceous note. This was tasted side by side with the 15 vintage which was also good but the 16 had a slight advantage as far as fruit concentration and tannin profile goes. The wine is good now but a bit of waste to do so unless you are opening to understand wine style and gauge age-ability. In my opinion it won't really hit its stride until 10 years and I think it will be really exciting to drink this 15 years later. At its peak this wine should be able to rack up a few more points with ease.

fyi if you ever visit the estate ride shares may be challenging due to its remote location and the extremely poor signal in the area.
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Red
9/7/2019 - sung251 wrote:
91 points
first sip and I felt like I got punched in the guts. It is massive, powerful, with very powerful dark fruits and dark chocolate bitter notes, lots of tannins. Not really my cup of tea but with 10 years or more of proper storage it can become something quite beautiful. To drink this now is literal infanticide. I strongly advise to try 10 years later with lots of upside. 91 points for now but can gain a few more points with age most likely. I was personally surprised such a serious wine could come from Paso.
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White - Off-dry
9/7/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
91 points
A delightful riesling with great acid/sugar balance. There are strong notes of sweet ripe yellow apples, honey, dill, and a note of tennis balls/petrol. Really brought my palette back to life after going through a lot of powerful Cabernets.
Red
2016 Colgin IX Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/7/2019 - sung251 wrote:
91 points
Very smooth and silky on the palette with no strong amounts of acid or tannins sticking out followed by concentrated but not over done amounts of dark fruits. There is noticeable amounts of new oak on the palette and the alcohol level is pretty high (it was around 15%) but did not taste hot on the palette.

It is very approachable today and I am personally skeptical that it will go as far as 2040+ as they claimed due to the amount of fruit, tannins, acid currently in the juice. The wine was also extremely accommodating and inoffensive that would be a easy crowd pleaser but at the same time there is no distinct character about the wine due to its very round nature. If I was comparing it to Scotch it would remind me of a Special Edition of Johnny Walker Blue rather than something more challenging and intriguing like a Brora, Port Ellen, or St Magdalene.

Overall it is a good wine but I do not find it terribly exciting to drink. Maybe this will change when it becomes more tertiary but I am not optimistic.
Red
9/5/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
92 points
Fantastic merlot with advanced flavors at this point. Lots of that coffee grounds, bitter dark chocolate, dried plum, slight decaying animalesque notes. Just a delightful experience. It is in a fantastic point to drink at this moment. Drink asap.
Red
9/4/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
93 points
I was floored by this wine. Having tasted and disliking many classic CDP heavy hitters (Clos Papes, Beaucastel, Vieux Telegraphe, etc) this is by far the best CDP i've ever tasted. There is such burgundy Pinot like purity of fruit that just glides through the palette from start to finish. The acid is perfectly pitched and drinks effortlessly as it never comes off as heavy or overbearing like many CDPs today. A very eye opening experience on what CDP can be. No reason to hold this, it is in a beautiful spot at the moment.
Red
9/4/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
90 points
the wine screams natural wine with notes of slight yeasty finish with acid akin to pickle juice. Despite this there is a very subtle but present amount of fruit that balances this wine. My only big gripe about this wine is that it feels more like a wine based on winemaking styles and decisions rather than from the land it comes from. Delightful none the less.
Red
8/29/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
92 points
The wine is still a total baby but still a treat to drink. Felt like getting some dark ripe cherries and covering them with rich coco powder and powdery tannins. The balance on the acid and fruit was also pitched to perfection. Overall a fantastic wine with much to look forward to. Would try again in 5 - 10 years. Despite its great showing I still find the price to be too steep but still relatively reasonable considering it is the producer that put Montalcino on the map
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.
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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?
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