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White - Sparkling
1966 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon Champagne Blend
3/8/2019 - Nanda wrote:
96 points
La Paulée Zachy's Auction Friday (Le Bernardin Privé): I'm no fan of old Champagne, but this was damn impressive. A full, boastful now of mature orchard fruit and brioche. Mature fruit that is reminiscent of aged white burgundy. Layered and even rich. Still fresh with good length. Wow.
  • Nanda commented:

    3/17/19, 7:17 AM - I believe it was a 750, but not 100% sure. This was a glass poured for me at the Zachy's Paulee auction.

Red
2016 Walter Scott Pinot Noir Cuvée Ruth Willamette Valley
8/15/2018 - Nanda wrote:
92 points
Off the list at Summit @ Broadmoor. I suspect this is as good as an Eola-Amity appellation blend can get. Gorgeous spice-filled aromas of black cherry with earth tones abound. The palate has terrific density and richness, belying an AOC type blend. Terrific balancing verve and freshness. A tasty and deliciously complex young wine.
  • Nanda commented:

    8/15/18, 9:23 PM - Thanks @wine strategies (TWP) ... we'll be at Del Lago for sure. It's a good list, and I'll make sure to ask for Bucky.

White
2016 Ceritas Chardonnay Trout Gulch Santa Cruz Mountains
6/29/2018 - A6Rover Likes this wine:
96 points
To tasted the 2015 Arnot-Roberts and Ceritas Trout Gulch was a kind of revelation about the beauty of the vineyard site -- phenomenal wines both. But the 2016 is an entirely different story: the AR was, alas, profoundly disappointing (not terrible just not what I hoped for) but the Ceritas just sings loudly and on tune: this wine just leaps out of the bottle with verve, energy, and depth. I enjoyed it with a shrimp salad with house-grown veggies and it was the perfect foil for the wild flavors, but then leave it out and let it come close to room temp and you've got something unique and truly special. Okay, as I typed I went back and added two points. I'll do my best to squirrel the remaining two bottles for half a dozen years for what I anticipate will be something sublime. And that AR ain't bad at all, but the Ceritas is just miles ahead.
  • Nanda commented:

    6/29/18, 10:22 PM - Nice note. I’m a big fan of Trout Gulch from Ceritas and A-R too.

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. René-Henri Coutier Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
5/22/2018 - Nanda Likes this wine:
92 points
A serious candidate for house Rosé here. Disgorged 10/16. 8 g/l dosage. 50/50 Pinot and Chard. Pretty strawberry short cake, floral and earth nose. Excellent stuffing with rich fruit and driving energy. Tasty and full of flavor, if a tad straight forward and obvious.
  • Nanda commented:

    5/23/18, 6:33 AM - haven't had Moncuit's rose yet. Will keep an eye out.

Red
2006 Domaine Jean Grivot Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir
2/8/2018 - Nanda wrote:
92 points
The nose is a bit wound up, tight and not showing too much outside of red fruit with some clay and spice tones. The palate is more generous and layered, with a significant undercurrent of spice throughout. Good concentrated fruit, and still-firm round tannins. Give this another 5-10 years. Upside from here.
  • Nanda commented:

    4/28/18, 9:32 PM - No decant, IIRC. This was just slow oxed for an hour or two at the restaurant.

Red
1996 Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato Nebbiolo
2/26/2018 - Nanda wrote:
90 points
Dinner at Formento's (Chicago, IL): Initially there was some talk that this might be an off bottle. We all came to agree that it was just an ornery bottle, even after an 8+ hour decant. With time in the glass this did show to be quite classic, if a little cranky and brooding. What emerged is a classic Barolo with tar, spice and black cherry. It's still stern, but you can seep the potential. 5+ points of upside in a decade or so.
  • Nanda commented:

    3/1/18, 10:06 AM - oops! corrected.

Red
1989 Giacomo Brezza e Figli Barolo Cannubi Nebbiolo
12/25/2017 - Nanda wrote:
93 points
Consistent with my note from March 2017. This was decanted for ~9 hours prior to being served with Christmas dinner. A gorgeous Barolo that's in a prime drinking window. Great aromatics that span fresh cherries, balasam, dried flowers and new leather. Still has loads of rich cherry fruit that is starting to show some balsamic character. The structure is there but in total harmony. This will hold for a decade+.
  • Nanda commented:

    12/27/17, 8:50 AM - Well said, Tim. So many group tastings and dinners, that I don't get enough occasions to spend several hours focusing on 1-2 bottles over the course of an evening.

Red
2005 Faiveley Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir
11/26/2017 - winelover1808 wrote:
89 points
maybe it was the bottle i had, but this was very very tannic and not as giving or lithe as i expected. got better as it opened but disappointing
  • Nanda commented:

    11/27/17, 6:55 AM - Conventional wisdom is that 05 Grand Crus need another decade or two or three, and Faiveley of this era was making some of the most tannic wines in Burg. Probably better in 2030+

Red
2005 Pax Syrah Castelli-Knight Ranch Russian River Valley
11/5/2017 - Nanda wrote:
92 points
Really pretty Cali Syrah with a full, aromatic nose that has ripe black fruit accented with florals, potpourri spices, black pepper and toast. Palate is moderately rich with nice sweet fruit. Savory notes along with some semi-sweet chocolate. Great balance and persistence.
  • Nanda commented:

    11/7/17, 3:23 PM - Hi Frank - yep, still drinking very well with years to go ... though you get some mellowing/softening of the fruit and structure. Very nice spot now.

Red
2005 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
8/25/2017 - Nanda wrote:
95 points
Served blind. Oh my, this is really good and definitely Bordeaux. A wow nose that is classic Bordeaux -- young red fruit, bell pepper, cedar and cigar. On the palate, this is quite young and burly. Stuffed with lots of fruit and structure. Needs a Ribeye. Surprised this was a PLL, which is usually more elegant, but for it's age I guess it all makes sense.
  • Nanda commented:

    8/27/17, 12:52 PM - Decanted ~2 hours. Could have used a few more!

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Vilmart & Cie Champagne Cuvée Rubis Champagne Blend
8/4/2017 - Nanda wrote:
92 points
Disgorged 10/2014. So pure with strawberry, rhubarb and some light baked bread notes. Very fresh with a driving bead and acidity. Terrific NV rose.
  • Nanda commented:

    8/5/17, 11:50 AM - FMIII - Word ... this is my favorite NV Rose. Time for a re-load from Greg soon.

Red
1996 Thomas Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
8/1/2017 - Nanda wrote:
95 points
Dinner at TDS (Chicago, IL): A seriously wow Pinot. The nose is endless with layers of dried and fresh fruit across the black and red cherry spectrum made complex by truffle, underbrush and dried herb notes. Texturally beguiling with power in an ethereal frame. The fruit is still fresh and lithe across the palate. Layers of flavor, accented by baking spice in the finish. So, so good. A testament to classic winemaking and good dirt.
  • Nanda commented:

    8/3/17, 7:34 PM - @chablis28 - thanks for the comment. I got lucky and found 3x of the 96 Thomas on consignment. I get up to MSP a bit for work, will drop you a line next time I'm there with a free evening.

Red
2013 Domaine Vincent Paris Cornas Granit 60 Syrah
11/16/2016 - Nanda wrote:
92 points
A very, very good Syrah with traditional structure -- full bodied with restrained fruit, crunch acidity and grainy tannin -- though decidedly smooth and clean for Cornas. I really enjoyed what was in the glass -- good concentration and lift across the palate. Precise flavors of black fruit, olive, game and cracked pepper. Well made syrah.
  • Nanda commented:

    11/18/16, 5:50 AM - This was purchased off of a restaurant wine list, so pop n' pour with minimal air over the course of a meal. I suspect time would help to develop some nuance, but I'd guess 10 years isn't necessary.

White
2013 Aubert Chardonnay Eastside Vineyard Russian River Valley
9/2/2016 - CMallard Does not like this wine:
89 points
First of 3 bottles bought at auction. This has just about everything I dislike in a California chardonnay: high alcohol (15.1%), not much structure, lacks acidity, a lot of juicy fruit sure, and exotic too, but no balance. No offense meant to the fans out there, but this wine is a little vulgar to my taste.
  • Nanda commented:

    9/3/16, 7:38 AM - My experience is the Auberts are better w/ age. YMMV.

Red
1996 Seavey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
8/12/2016 - Nanda wrote:
86 points
A disappointing showing. The fruit just never came out to play and the tannins were a bit too hard. Air didn't seem to help much. There were some redeeming earth/cigar notes but without any fruit with which to integrate, it was hard to get much pleasure from this hard wine. Hopefully just an off bottle ...
  • Nanda commented:

    8/16/16, 12:22 PM - Good luck with your bottle, wine strategies. I still have a case in the cellar, so hoping for the best!

Red
2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
6/4/2016 - Nanda wrote:
94 points
Slow oxed for 6 hours and consumed over the next 3-4 hours. Gorgeous aromatics of cassis, pencil lead, bell pepper, tobacco leaf, and cigar ash. So much good stuff going on. On the palate the fruit is round but by no means hot/roasted. Good lift and precision from medium acid. The tannins are suave early in the night but more brawny and biting with time. Great precision and complexity here. Will be better with 5-10 years. Who says '03 BDX from 'modern' producers can't age?
  • Nanda commented:

    6/5/16, 9:27 AM - Totally agree on '03 BDX ... I think many will turn out nicely. Notes coming on Grand Sich dinner (sooner or later) -- maybe tonight. Heading to Wrigley to take in the Cubs this afternoon!

White
2008 Louis Latour Montrachet Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay
5/13/2016 - Burgundy Al wrote:
90 points
THE Burgundy Dinner (The Doctors Nosnik Cellar - Dallas TX): Very pleasant while slightly more mature and honeyed than I'd expect at this stage. Also simple for Montrachet. If served blind, I would never have thought Montrachet.
  • Nanda commented:

    5/15/16, 1:41 PM - I have one in the cellar, Alan. Any advice on when to drink? Sounds like sooner than later?

Red
2001 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero Nebbiolo
3/24/2016 - Eric Guido Likes this wine:
94 points
The ‘01 Monvigliero is almost impossible to resist at this stage of its life. On the nose, a display of exotic floral tones, savory herbs and black olive were offset by alluring notes of ripe strawberry fruit and minerality. On the palate, I found soft, velvety textures with fleshy, yet bright and vibrant red fruit, sweet herbs and inner floral tones. It finished on a note of sweet herbal tea and dried strawberry, with fine tannin that was nearly enveloped by it’s juicy and vibrant fruit. This was a real stunner.
  • Nanda commented:

    3/24/16, 8:21 PM - Eric - thanks for the data point. Was the wine decanted?

Red
2007 Clos Rougeard (Foucault) Saumur-Champigny Les Poyeux Cabernet Franc
3/9/2016 - acyso wrote:
93 points
Jason comes to town (Chicago, IL): Holy green, Batman! This is green. Super green. I mean, really, really green. Like smelling the sap from some raw stems green. But since it's cabernet and not pinot, that's not a huge deal, though I could easily see this becoming offputting to those who are more accustomed to Californian jam. The palate is soft, elegant, and floral, with a wispy lightness to it. Demure and shy, but showing its charms all the same. The palate shows some red fruit, and the green doesn't manifest as prominently there as it does on the nose. A superb example of cabernet.
  • Nanda commented:

    3/12/16, 9:38 AM - Well I for one have enough room in my cellar and palate for Rougeard and California jam. Loved this wine!

Red
2013 Quivet Cellars Syrah Kenefick Ranch Napa Valley
2/19/2016 - Nanda Likes this wine:
90 points
Popped and poured into a decanter. Enjoyed over ~3.5 hours. Big, bold nose of spice filled black fruit with licorice and a touch of underlying herb and meat. Palate has bold, concentrated fruit that coats the mouth. Just enough acidity to keep the wine fresh and moving across the mid-palate. Big, inky, black fruit finish. A baby and rather monolithic right now.
  • Nanda commented:

    2/20/16, 10:12 PM - Wow, this has blown up on night two. Incredible broad and deep aromatics -- still has concentrated black fruit at the core but now has camphor, tar, smoked meat and spice. Dense and rich on the palate yet lively and fresh. Big coffee and dark chocolate notes along with spice. 92-93 points in the ripe and more forward style.

Red
2007 Carlisle Syrah Russian River Valley
2/7/2016 - Nanda wrote:
92 points
Big, effusive, layered nose of sweet black fruit, smoked meat, camphor and pronounced spice. Palate is medium-to-full bodied with big black fruit and racy, juicy acidic cut. Terrific lift and persistence. The palate flavors are more straight forward than the exotic, enticing nose. I suspect this will get even better. Amazing for a <$20 appellation syrah! NIGHT 2 ADDENDUM: The aromatics are a bit more subdued but consistent in flavor profile. On the palate there is now more depth of flavor with the black fruit accented by spice, meat and asphalt. Still features lively energy and cut.
  • Nanda commented:

    2/8/16, 7:29 PM - Frank - Thanks for the comment and feedback. I suspect we're seeing slightly different shades of gray in this wine. I don't think it's peaked yet but it's not far off either. I have two bottles left and will plan to drink one in ~12 months and another in ~24 months. Either way, a damn impressive RRV appellation Syrah. Cheers!

White
2012 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly Chardonnay
1/19/2016 - tooch wrote:
93 points
Incredible depth and balance. While not a regal pedigree, this is a stunning white burgundy. Intense, perfectly balance, and ripe. Can't ask for much more.
  • Nanda commented:

    1/21/16, 9:07 PM - Tooch ... How much air did the wine get? Would you drink now or hold a bit?

Red
2013 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Nellessen Vineyard Sonoma Coast
1/16/2016 - alphalam wrote:
87 points
Tasted side by side with a Bernard Levet La Chavaroche 2009. The wind gap has a lot more fruit than the Chavaroche. Floral and high in acidity. However the wind is too simple when compared with the Chavaroche and almost taste like grape juice. Interesting effort for making an atypical Calirofnia Syrah but still not quite a Cote Rotie. Hard to see the aging potential of this wine.
  • Nanda commented:

    1/17/16, 8:56 AM - Thx for the note. What impact do you think difference in age had on the side-by-side comparison, if any?

White
2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
12/26/2015 - Nanda wrote:
94 points
Blind Post-Christmas Lunch Tasting: Served a touch too warm as it came out of the cellar for lunch. Light gold in color. A broad and giving aromatic profile with tangerine, lime peel and apricots. A wow, round and luscious palate that has precision and lift from tart underlying acids. Long, lemony finish is bright and long. A lovely, complex Chard that still shows primary.
  • Nanda commented:

    12/28/15, 4:05 PM - No overt oak flavors. The palate was round and textured, which I'd guess is some oak influence in the body of the wine. I am rather tolerant of oak, so take the comments with that in mind.

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