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White - Sparkling
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
5/17/2021 - KenK Likes this wine:
96 points
Champagne of the night and amazing as served against the following Dom P vintages: 1990, 92, 96 P296, 98 (mag) P298, 99, P299, 00, P299, P202, 03, 04, 05, 06, 08. Bright and nervous with aromas of yeasty biscuits. Notably for the depth delicious crisp apple fruits and wet stone mineral qualities. Truly awesome and beat out the P202, another Champagne I always love. Dons Dom P post-Covid party.
  • psmith commented:

    5/17/21, 2:47 PM - Don’t forget the 2 corked bottles of 95. I’ve now had far more affected bottles of that vintage than I’ve had sound ones, from multiple sources.

Red
2005 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto Toscana IGT Merlot
6/25/2019 - zimmy07 wrote:
A very good wine. Decanted for an hour and the wine evolved greatly over 3 hours. Plush tannin, nicely toatsed oak, and a balnce of cassis and dark cherry. It was too young early in the drink but got more plum forward near the end. Not over the hill at all, but evolved weirdly. I have another bottle and will hold for at least 5 more years.
  • psmith commented:

    6/25/19, 8:09 PM - Going big for a Tuesday...

Red
1990 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Syrah
4/14/2019 - acyso wrote:
90 points
(Wilson Daniels bottling.) Frankly, the emperor has no clothes (but we've known this for years and years now, and I don't know why I still bother barking up that same old tree). This is a great bottle at best. Now, setting aside expectations, this is definitely a good bottle of Hermitage and shows true to type. The nose lacks elegance, but does have plenty of meat, smoke, and blood. A mild green/olive aroma comes out with a bit of air. It's a wine of a very dark complexion; the fruit on the black side of the spectrum. The palate is dense and somewhat foursquare. There is a significant ripeness here, but the fruit is somewhat nondescript and poorly delineated. This feels heavy-handed, blocky, and chunky on the palate, and there is far more tannin here than needs to be. If this were the pinnacle of the Northern Rhone, this would be a pretty shitty region indeed; and given this is considered one of the best La Chapelles out there, it really reaffirms my belief that this bottling does not belong on my Northern Rhone worth a damn (TM) list.
  • psmith commented:

    4/14/19, 12:27 PM - You could buy a case of '90 Chave for the cost of one good bottle of La Chapelle... in just about any of the "great" vintages. I stopped playing; this wine sucks.

White
2007 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc White Rhone Blend
4/22/2018 - psmith wrote:
95 points
I'm not sure why I decided to open this. Sure, it's Chave, but I don't particularly care about white Rhones... I just couldn't put my finger on any other white wine that I wanted. Either way, this is singing. The color is a touch dark, but it's got a full-on exotic profile with hazelnuts and a waxy, pollen and floral character. It's got great weight to complement a full body, and there's a slight impression of sweetness that actually plays very well here. It's a big wine, but well-supported. I was really only hoping for a solid drink here, but this totally delivers on multiple levels. Great stuff.
  • psmith commented:

    2/17/19, 5:59 AM - I don't remember how I treated this, but I'm guessing it was pop-and-pour, and that's probably how I'd handle a future bottle if I were opening one.

White - Sparkling
1996 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Coeur de Cuvée Champagne Blend
This is gross. I half-suspect some goût de lumière here from the nose, but I also think this is a malformed and contorted Champagne where the acids ate holes in the oak and then mercilessly slaughtered the oncoming waves of yeast whose savaged bodies piled in a ravens' feast - and those ravens got incorporated into the mix too.
  • psmith commented:

    6/24/18, 4:30 PM - And just when I'm thinking about buying some I come across this gem... good stuff.

Red
1996 Domaine Dujac Clos St. Denis Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir
2/17/2018 - acyso wrote:
95 points
HDH auction at Spiaggia; 2/15/2018-2/17/2018 (Chicago, IL): The nose of this is absolutely brilliant. Tons of brown Dujac spice, super classic stemmy aromas as well. Sweet and spicy, there's almost something Vosne-y about this. The palate is definitely a lot of acid. Too much so, really. I do like the spice character here, it's absolutely classic Dujac. With air, that aroma just intensified and more and more of that beautiful Dujac spice started to poke out. Stunning. The acidity on the palate also seemed to soften with air, leaving a much better-integrated wine. As an aside, I will add that this would have probably showed much better if psmith hadn't decided to give the undecanted remaining half a shake that would make Miley Cyrus blush.
  • psmith commented:

    2/17/18, 4:33 PM - It was hard to get past the cloudiness

White - Sparkling
2005 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année Champagne Blend
3/4/2017 - psmith wrote:
93 points
Impressive young wine. Deep, autolytic pinot-driven blue fruits and floral notes. A broad fruit profile on the palate, but clipped short by an aggressive structure and mousse. Young, obviously, and I'm reluctant to age Bollinger anymore, but plenty to enjoy now.
  • psmith commented:

    3/4/17, 11:42 AM - Bollinger stopped adding sulfur at disgorgement. Oxidation issues.

White - Sparkling
2002 Bollinger Champagne R.D. Extra Brut Champagne Blend
12/31/2016 - psmith wrote:
92 points
Deep, slightly sherried notes, and a bold, full-bodied characteristic Bollinger styling. Darkened citrus, with good length. Nice bottle.
  • psmith commented:

    1/3/17, 6:00 PM - More of an autolytic nuttiness than overt oxidation. There may be a touch of the latter too (not unheard of with Bollinger since they stopped adding sulfur at disgorgement), but oxidation wasn't a problem with this bottle.

Red
N.V. R. López de Heredia Rioja Crianza 6º Año Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
9/10/2016 - acyso wrote:
93 points
Saturday hangout (Chicago, IL): I'm not certain that the wine I had is the Crianza, as I found no reference to it on the label. In any case, this was a magnificent bottle of Rioja. It doesn't have much funk, but instead shows a very clean expression of what you expect to see in a Rioja wine. The oak is dialled back a little in comparison to the 1970 LRA 904 we had alongside this. Instead, there's crisp and clear expressions of fruit and earth. A touch of coffee and cherry. Light and carefree, a beautiful Rioja.
  • psmith commented:

    9/10/16, 6:28 PM - Crianza is on the capsule. It didn't mean the same thing as the modern convention. It just meant it spent time in barrel prior to 1981. How's the Rombauer?

Red
1964 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Viña Real Reserva Especial Tempranillo
6/4/2015 - acyso wrote:
90 points
From half-bottle. I've had some pretty hit-or-miss experiences with this lot. This one is a hit -- and you could tell from the bright and clear colour. Despite the nose full of leather, earth, and funk, there are still some ripe (to almost rotten) fruit notes as well. The palate is lean and austere, showing a tilt towards those earth and leather elements much more than the fruit, though there's a slight bit of jammy sweetness. I've no doubt that the best examples of this wine are still very much alive -- it's sad that my only exposure to it is through this case of more than questionable half-bottles.
  • psmith commented:

    6/5/15, 2:08 PM - I had a bad half of this the same day you posted this. My halves have, unfortunately, ranged from undrinkable to just OK.

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