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Red
2016 Domaine Saint Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape Collection Charles Giraud Red Rhone Blend
10/19/2018 - Collector1855 wrote:
93 points
During a merchant tasting. Did not like this wine, actually the least preferred in this line up. Came across as late harvest and pushed. Too much alcoholic heat. I would stick to the base wine or the Colombis which showed sandy soil elegance.
  • mimik commented:

    10/15/19, 8:16 PM - I couldn’t agree with you more regarding Pegau, my favourite cdp producer

Red
2010 Château de Saint-Cosme Gigondas Red Rhone Blend
8/11/2019 - mimik Likes this wine:
94 points
Dark cedar and slight Smokey nose with blackberries and some spicy plum and cherry notes. The palate is very refined with gobs of dark fruit and decent acidity for a rather hot vintage. Although pleasurable, I’d still age this another 3-5 years to get it at its peak. But if you have a couple bottles, no crime in opening it now. No2 of Winespectators top 100 wines of the year for 2012.
  • mimik commented:

    8/14/19, 5:40 AM - Ha. Thanks for catching that.i fixed it.

Red
1999 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio All'Oro Sangiovese
7/22/2019 - mimik Likes this wine:
94 points
Wonderful
  • mimik commented:

    7/25/19, 10:20 AM - You were missed Uncle John.

Red
2008 Tabarrini Sagrantino di Montefalco Colle Grimaldesco
that is really nice. patience rewarded
  • mimik commented:

    6/22/19, 9:10 PM - Not a brunello

Red
2008 Domaine Porto Carras Château Porto Carras Côtes de Meliton Red Blend
5/15/2019 - Marc André Gagnon wrote:
78 points
Le 2006 dégusté l'an dernier était délicieux. Par contre ce 2008 est vraiment moins bon. Il est fané, trop vieux. Il dégage des odeurs de poussière et de fleurs fanées. Il n'y a presque plus de fruit en bouche, sinon du fruit séché, des raisins secs. Ce n'est pas totalement mauvais, il peut toutefois se boire surtout si vous le rafraichissez. À 12 degrés, il semble avoir plus de tonus. Vu l'âge, il se peut que vous tombiez sur une meilleure ou encore moins bonne bouteille.
Cépages: limnio, cabernet sauvignon et cabernet franc.
Alc. 13 %. Sucre 2,6 g/l. Prix: 26,40 $ au Québec.
(https://vinquebec.com/node/15432)
  • mimik commented:

    5/24/19, 4:41 PM - Bonjour monsieur Gagnon,

    À mon avis, vous devez ré-essayer ce vin. Je me demande si votre bouteille était 'défectueuse'.

    A votre santé.

Red
2015 Cave de Tain l'Hermitage Crozes-Hermitage Les Hauts du Fief Syrah
1/4/2019 - maxima wrote:
93 points
Mis en carafe pour un bon 2 heures et il
commence à se délier les jambes!
Depuis le temps que je parle de ce vin!
Beau nez sur les violettes, les fruits noirs et les épices.
En bouche, c'est musclé mais assez bien équilibré.
De la viande, de la fumée, des mures, du poivre blanc et
des herbes se mélangent, belle acidité et
Tanins assez bien recouverts.
Long et persistant. Super bon et
se bonifiera avec le temps.
RQP indéniable...j'en ai recheté un autre 6!
  • mimik commented:

    4/26/19, 5:07 PM - Tout à fait d’accord. Un très bon vin mais j’avoue qu’il aura du être vendu dans les 30$ plutôt que 41$ à la saq pour être un bon Rqp.

Red
2004 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
3/7/2019 - Vinomane wrote:
Considerable bottle variation on these. This specimen had a stewed quality, but turgid, lacking vibrancy. Nothing much ever changes at Lopez, and the 1962 was clean and lively, so maybe it just needs 20 years. Judgment reserved.
  • mimik commented:

    4/8/19, 8:41 PM - So you'll chime back in 20 years to let us know? -)

Red
2009 Domaine Saint Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape Collection Charles Giraud Red Rhone Blend
3/13/2019 - Winiac wrote:
88 points
Light ruby color, medium bodied. Spicy with sweet fruit and acid minus. Balanced, but past peak.
  • mimik commented:

    4/7/19, 11:26 PM - Past peak? Not likely but me thinks you had an off bottle.

Red
2001 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
1/27/2019 - rayq wrote:
89 points
I opened a 2001 Tondonia Reserva today to check its progress.
On opening all I got from the nose was a wet mouldy wood note. Not corked I think, more mouldy and dirty. Like I'd fallen while running in the woods in December.
(I'm really selling it here!) Palate was also quite muted. With time open some red fruit flavours appeared but accompanied by a sour cherry acidic flavour.
Not unexpected in a traditional Rioja. The issue is there isn't anything else. None of the complexity I'd expect. No real evolution.
I'm leaving the remainder for a while. The wonderful history of this bodega suggests this will improve considerably.
Point rating relates to how it tasted today.
  • mimik commented:

    3/21/19, 8:28 PM - Sounds corked, mildly perhaps

Red
2015 Château Boutisse St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
12/1/2018 - Hanibal Likes this wine:
90 points
Dark, concentrated with good tannic structure. Medium high acidity and taste of cherries chocolate and espresso. So young but drinkable already. Fleshy and has a nice long finish. Should get better with time and all for C$36 back up the truck. Good cellar candidate
  • mimik commented:

    2/21/19, 3:12 PM - A veuillir selon toi?

  • mimik commented:

    2/21/19, 3:30 PM - Merci. Avez les prix des cru classifiés, on doit chercher plus ardemment pour les bonnes Bordeaux à petit prix ;)

Red
2005 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/28/2018 - Collector1855 wrote:
93 points
Chateau Latour - 30 year vertical (1983-2010) tasted blind (Switzerland): The nose is very primary here. Fresh crunchy read fruit, missing complexity. The palate also on the lean side. Harmless I wrote down. The wine did not find many friends and a gasp went through the room when it was revealed that it was the 2005. Jean-Marc Quarin commented that he always felt that the 2005 was weak in the context of the vintage, probably picked to early he speculated. Apparently the wine maker was dismissed after this vintage, which suggests that the owners were not happy either with what was produced in that year at Latour. A shame! In any case, have to revisit this to see if this sub-par performance is a 1-off or not.
  • mimik commented:

    2/7/19, 8:07 PM - Sounds very much like you had an off bottle or it was in a dumb phase. I’d retry from another source.

  • mimik commented:

    2/8/19, 5:22 PM - Not recently. I last had it in late 2012 but I didn't take notes. The structure was there but very closed. As they say, there are no good wines, just good bottles. I've have some aged Guigal lalalas 1991 and 1989 as well as Haut Brion(86) and Mouton 1982 in the past 10 years and was underwhelmed. Don't know why that is.

Red
2000 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
11/25/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
98 points
Drunk at my 50th party. Absolutely stunning wine. It's full of fruit but not over-ripe. Rounded, classy and classic. Worthy of a score in the upper 90s
  • mimik commented:

    11/26/18, 11:13 PM - Happy 50th Grossie. Was this ready ?

  • mimik commented:

    12/9/18, 9:51 AM - Thanks. I have only one bottle so I think I’ll keep it to at least 2020 and onwards

Red
2016 Domaine la Barroche Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Pure Grenache
9/6/2018 - Jeff Leve wrote:
100 points
This is pure silk and velvet. The wine is incredibly rich, yet it is almost weightless to taste. The freshness in the fruit, coupled with the vibrancy, pepper, length and velvet textures is off the hook. The wine expands, gaining in complexity as it flows across your palate. This is mind-blowing juice with a finish that remains with you for close to 60 seconds! The wine, as you probably already know by now, takes its name from the fact that it's made from almost 100% pure, old vine Grenache. The actual blend is 97% Grenache with 3% of various other, assorted varieties.
  • mimik commented:

    11/21/18, 9:22 PM - Love Domaine du Barroche. I know I’m spitting hairs but it’s 97% Grenache, 3% other varietals.

  • mimik commented:

    11/22/18, 10:11 AM - Absolutely. Still looking for it in the local market. Had different vintages before. Took the info from the website

  • mimik commented:

    11/23/18, 2:15 PM - Thank you for the explanation and correction. You are a class act my friend. Like I said, we are splitting hairs but I had a feeling you might want to know since you are a critic. Cheers!

Red
2013 Pecchenino Barolo San Giuseppe Nebbiolo
{Grandi Langhe, 2017} Wow, such an impressive wine. In the past, I've gravitated toward Le Coste as my favorite of their (two) Barolo wines, but it's becoming harder to choose a favorite, as the quality of their Barolo offerings just continues to get better, their touch is light, yet the result, substantive. An elegant wine that will need several years in the cellar before it's truly ready to face the world, and even then, it'll just be getting going. There are now 3 Barolo offerings: San Giuseppe, Le Coste and Bussia, and I'm an enthusiastic buyer of each one. highly recommended

https://www.ItalianWine.blog
  • mimik commented:

    11/21/18, 7:07 PM - Thanks for the note. Would you say this wine is more modern or traditional in style? More fruit driven and-or less elegant? Curious as I want to pick some up

  • mimik commented:

    11/21/18, 7:58 PM - Thank you for your quick response!

White
2015 Château de Rochemorin Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sauvignon Blanc
10/1/2016 - PanosKakaviatos Likes this wine:
90 points
Ripe and engaging. Here we have the Lurton philosophy of freshness married with a ripe vintage - and it works. :-)
  • mimik commented:

    11/4/18, 5:28 PM - Great Note! Reminds me a bit of the white of Chateau Brown but less austère and more ripe. Spot on TN

White - Sparkling
2006 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne Chardonnay
10/12/2018 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
94 points
Another fantastic showing. Terrific balance between the citrus, brioche, and nut. Creamy texture, lovely weight. Drinking beautifully now, but will also be fun to follow as it matures.
  • mimik commented:

    10/13/18, 3:21 PM - Great tasting note Sunnylea57!

Red
2015 Château Treytins Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
5/20/2018 - Francois Le Mouel Likes this wine:
92 points
Probably one of the best QPR I had in a long time. This is from the excellent 2015 vintage and it's drinking like an excellent $75-100 Pomerol...and it's selling for $24 ($22.40 with the week-end discount at the Quebec SAQ!). This is very classic, balanced, complex and has a long finish, what else could you be asking for. Drink or cellar for at least 5 years.
  • mimik commented:

    6/5/18, 9:40 PM - You’ve peaked my curiosity. I’ll have to order some online. Thanks for the tip.

Red
2010 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
3/15/2018 - Hazeo Likes this wine:
90 points
Compared with the Jean Gautreau bottling of the same vintage, the regular Sociando-Mallet had a similar Medoc flavour profile but a lot less intense and thinner. Definitely a step down and given the relatively small price difference I'd spring for the former.
  • mimik commented:

    5/29/18, 8:53 PM - Vijay yes much to my own surprise. Found this out on the web

    Chateau Sociando Mallet, Cuvee Jean Gautreau

    in 1995, Sociando Mallet produced a special wine that was at the time, intended to only be produced in that one vintage, Sociando-Mallet Cuvee Jean Gautreau. The wine was made from a barrel selection and was aged in 100% new, French oak barrels. To produce the wine, Jean Gautreau pulled the eighty best barrels from over 1,500 barrels.

    Those barrels were aged separately. Then, out of those 80 barrels, Gautreau pulled what he considered the top 15 barrels. Those 300 cases were bottled for his own pleasure and were not originally intended for sale.

    However, when he discovered he was running out of room, the wines were sold in the marketplace. Sociando-Mallet Cuvee Jean Gautreau is difficult to find. But it might not sell for much a premium over the standard wine. Since that initial production, in 2013, Jean Gautreau decided to release several other vintages of the wine that covered the years 1996 to 2006.


    Read more at:https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/bordeaux-wine-producer-profiles/bordeaux/haut-medoc-lesser-appellations/sociando-mallet/

Red
2011 Vaeni Naoussa Coop. Xinomavro Damaskinos
6/11/2015 - Anestis wrote:
The wine is flabby andrelatively flat, very little smoke or wood, much less than expected. Indifferent at best.
  • mimik commented:

    4/17/18, 6:49 PM - Give it some time in the bottle, re-)

Red
2010 Bodegas y Viñedos del Contino Rioja Contino Gran Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
5/10/2013 - rayq wrote:
94 points
(barrel sample)
70% Tempranillo from 65 year old vines Graciano and Garnacha with a splash of Viura. This is a simply stunning wine.
It has very ripe fruit but it isn’t over done nor smothered in new oak. It has structure and a smooth full body, nose spice and black fruit.
The finish is very impressive with lovely fruit lingering on the palate. It underwent malolactic fermentation in new French oak but has spent 3 years in used French and American oak. Another three years await in bottle and then it will be released in Magnums only. Roll on 2016!
  • mimik commented:

    3/29/18, 5:39 AM - The Gr is available in 750ml format. I just bought some from the saq.com. Furthermore, the photo of the wine in CellarTracker clearly shows someone holding up a 750 in their hand, not a magnum. This matter should now be put to rest.

  • mimik commented:

    3/29/18, 10:29 PM - Once I thought one’s fragile ego wouldn’t be affected if they were wrong on a wine but who am I to say.

    Here’s another link if you need more proof.

    http://www.saq.com/page/en/saqcom/contino-gran-reserva/contino-gran-reserva/13217532.

    Plus the 132 bottles cellartrackers have in their cellars of this wine. See below.

    Case closed.

  • mimik commented:

    3/30/18, 6:08 PM - https://tienda.cvne.com/es/22-contino

    They sell the gran réserva in 750ml on their website

  • mimik commented:

    4/2/18, 5:01 AM - The winery informed me that they usual only make magnums for the Contino Gr but have made exceptions in certain years and released limited quantities of the Gr Contino in 750ml.

  • mimik commented:

    4/6/18, 7:42 PM - Winery confirmed that the 750 comes from the same barrels as the magnums for the Grs. I did notice that there are no Gr 750s prior to the 2008 vintage. Don’t know when you visited but it makes the change quite recent.

    What I found quite telling is that if you search Contino Gr on wine-searcher, you will only find magnums for sale with the 2007 vintage and earlier.

    Cheers Ray!!

    I’ll admit this has been quite informative if not entertaining. This is what our passion for wine is all about !

  • mimik commented:

    4/10/18, 9:12 AM - Hanibal oui mais seulement depuis 2007. Avant le vignoble ne produisait que des magnums et la compagnie ne faisait que des quantités limitées du 750ml. Selon Ray, toute le monde lui disant que le vignoble ne faisait pas des 750 gr pour le Contino, qui est faux, au moins depuis le millesime 2007. Il y a même des chroniquers de vins qui disait que c'était seulement disponible en magnum.

Red
1966 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
3/26/2016 - The Vines That Bind wrote:
90 points
Wonderful nose of campfire, scorched earth, forest fire smoke, hay, animal, underbrush, cement, dusty concrete, and tobacco. Unique and highly expressive bouquet that you can nose and nose and continue finding new scents. Unfortunately it doesn't totally follow up on the palate: major tannins, tight and tart, lots of currant, somewhat stunted. Not thin, still has depth to the fruit, but drying out somewhat. Drink this now in its 50th anniversary.
  • mimik commented:

    3/20/18, 7:40 PM - Stanai, touching story. What did you do in the end? I guess given the mixed reviews you will have to take a chance on the bottle. If provenance is good, you should consider buy big it

Red
2012 Marchesi Mazzei Fonterutoli Mix 36 Toscana IGT Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
It was corked and it is now in th cellar fr cooking wine. awful since had planned to serve it with dinner.
  • mimik commented:

    3/1/18, 6:52 PM - never used corked wine in food.

Red
2007 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
12/31/2017 - d'Artagnan wrote:
88 points
Une bouteille aux arômes de gibier, bonne texture mais pas tant de fruit. Déception.
  • mimik commented:

    1/28/18, 8:26 PM - Mauvaise bouteille?

Red
1995 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
2/24/2017 - nywine68 Likes this wine:
95 points
Gorgeous nose leaps from the glass. Mature barnyard with secondary and tertiary flavors. Softer than the 1996. Beautiful for drinking today. Montrose vertical 1895-2000
  • mimik commented:

    1/16/18, 8:45 PM - Thanks for the note. Would you prognosticate that it would keep further in the cellar and for how long?

Red
2000 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
11/29/2017 - Andre Brattland Likes this wine:
98 points
I 2000-årgangen var drueblenden 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot og resten Cabernet Franc.

Vinen har en dyp mørk rød kjerne og gir et tegn til hva som kan forventes i glasset. Vinen er rik og presis på nesen med eksotisk krydder som forfører deg i kne mens den slipper til mørkere røde bær, bjørnebær og et fint tjærepreg.

Vinen oppleves umiddelbart som konsentrert, tett og kompleks på paletten, og dette er en vin som bare tar tak i deg og løfter deg helt opp i en annen verden med sin brede og tunge frukt. Nervene bare spenner seg i kroppen og de store komplekse mørke bærene i flere lag briljerer sammen med krydder, lær og med en flott sigartone.

Tanninene og syrenivået er høyt, og sånn må det være fordi denne lever i mange tiår til. Utgangen er så lang og kompleks at du kan leve på denne en hel dag. Jeg sitter igjen med en tåre i øyenkroken, dette var en fabelaktig vin og absolutt den beste vinen fra 2000-årgangen jeg har smakt. SPESIELT ANBEFALT. www.botti.no
  • mimik commented:

    1/2/18, 9:31 PM - Says someone who lives in Luxembourg!! Lol. Classic!

  • mimik commented:

    1/3/18, 1:03 PM - I didn't think I'd have to waste my time on such an obvious point but I digress. I'll make this in point form for easier comprehension.
    1)Nowhere in the terms of service of Cellartracker is the English language required in order to post TNs.
    2) The fact that a language is less spoken is not indicative nor should be the reason that it should not appear on a public forum.
    3)To use and hide behind a a false place of origin is disingenuous, especially when critizing others.
    4) The English language is no guarantee of anything, obviously.

    Cheers,

Red
2009 Château Fleur Cardinale St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
Still very dark and brooding with sweet dark fruit like plum dark cherries on the nose with similar replays on the palate. Dense medium acidity with a medium long finish with Notes of Oak and cedar. Needs more time to flesh out. Surprised it was still primary but much more open than a few years ago. 91+
  • mimik commented:

    11/8/17, 6:24 AM - So did I uncle John. Half case now remaining.

Red
2000 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
8/12/2017 - gsquireh Likes this wine:
100 points
Decant for two hours for sure, preferably longer, and this very special wine will begin to reward- drinkable now, but only if you decant. I opened the first bottle of a case and will wait until 2020 and beyond for the rest. I am beyond pleased that I decided to open this wine. The aromatics, after decanting, are majestic in their ability to entice and excite. Textured, rich blackberry, plum, currant, cassis and cherry merge to create a dramatic delight. The fruit is palpable in your mouth. The fresh earth, sweet forest floor, complex and pleasing spice garden, and fragrant undergrowth are omnipresent. The tannins have blended with honest harmony as long as you welcome air to your drinking experience. This wine will evolve for decades and change from bodacious babe to stunning starlet to bountiful beauty - always pure and seamless in its mouth feel and classic in its stature. The delineation is remarkable, layered and textured now, and will become legendary. The 1982 has nothing on the 2000, and I have always considered the 82 the best vintage of Leoville Las Cases. The 82 can now claim second place. The finish… think marathon, one you could watch, experience and savor- not run!
  • mimik commented:

    9/2/17, 8:46 PM - Thanks for your note. Very informative and enticing to open a bottle

Red
2005 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Grenache
3/15/2016 - Frank Schneider wrote:
flawed
badly corked !!!!!
  • mimik commented:

    7/18/17, 9:42 PM - I've a couple of offbottles similar to what you've experienced. I think this vintage was filled with certain bad bottles

Red
2009 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
7/2/2017 - fotomill Does not like this wine:
87 points
Blend of Merlot 84%, Cabernet Franc 14%, Cabernet Sauvignon 2%. 14.5%. Medium plus bodied. It's already 'going.' No fresh fruit, no oak, no spices, just some oxidized grape juice with cooked dried jujube note. Short finish. The wine has been kept in cellar over a year since it was imported from France. Definitely not flawed but very disappointing. (Unexpectedly it gets just a little better on day 3, when it's 87+/100)
  • mimik commented:

    7/2/17, 8:05 PM - Sounds heat damaged. I'd open another.

  • mimik commented:

    7/2/17, 8:05 PM - Sounds heat damaged. I'd open another.

Red
1998 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
2/24/2017 - Fatty Cat wrote:
88 points
Unico tasting (27 different vintages) at the Rheingau Gourmet Festival 2017: full purple colour; not much going on in the nose; a very nice mouth feel but flavours: nope; medium body with silky texture and medium finish.

I noticed this wine has nearly a 95 point average score here in cellartracker. For me it did not work out that day. Maybe the wine needed much more decanting time (the waiter told us: all younger Unico's - which meant for him back to the 1964 vintage - were opened and poured into a decanter 3-4 hours before the tasting started, the original bottle was then rinsed out and the wine poured back)?

Vintages 5th flight: 1994-1995-1996-1998-1999
  • mimik commented:

    3/3/17, 8:01 PM - Maybe you don't like this one or you had a bad bottle

White - Sparkling
N.V. Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Premier Champagne Blend
2/25/2017 - Laurentlap wrote:
50 points
Good !
  • mimik commented:

    3/3/17, 7:59 PM - I think he meant 50 plus 40=90 kinda good.

Red
2003 Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
10/21/2011 - Hubertcm wrote:
87 points
Nice blotte but not a amazing barolo... :-(
  • mimik commented:

    2/27/17, 8:34 PM - Wrong wine. It's a brunello

White - Sweet/Dessert
1899 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
10/30/2016 - mimik Likes this wine:
93 points
Medium light to dark brown color. Nose of walnuts,caramel and dried prunes. This is so understated on the palate, with such balance and finesse. Similar replays of prunes with a ever so slight acidic punch to maintain some freshness. Short finish but just incredible to have had the opportunity to taste such a wine thanks to Doktap. 92-93 points. It stayed alive for well over two hours. Such a honour to taste this.
  • mimik commented:

    2/6/17, 8:08 PM - Haha. Maybe you will one day. Thanks to a good and generous friend

Red
2001 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Sangiovese
1/30/2017 - mimik Likes this wine:
95 points
Great but young. Needs more time 2017-01
  • mimik commented:

    2/6/17, 8:06 PM - About 3 more years and it will be singing but it's still approchable now

Red
1994 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
11/5/2016 - Chefkyle923 wrote:
flawed
Not sure what happened here? Flawed or defective for sure. Tasted past it's peak for sure. Big sour pickle vinegar bomb. Once opened smelt amazing then fell fast to vinegar aroma and etc... ��
  • mimik commented:

    1/23/17, 10:23 PM - Off bottle.

Red
2005 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/1/2016 - SonnyChiba wrote:
97 points
97+ for now. Possibly one of the best nose I've ever experienced. Close to becoming a perfect wine in my opinion, doesn't get much better than this in a young Bordeaux. With time might even catch up to the 2000 Latour which is an all time favorite of mine.
  • mimik commented:

    1/14/17, 9:39 PM - Thanks for your note. Try the '82 if you ever get a chance.

  • mimik commented:

    1/16/17, 8:13 PM - Do you prefer the 2000 to the 1982?

Red
2005 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/17/2016 - StefanAkiko Does not like this wine:
78 points
Already displaying esters of over-maturity. This wine is a major trade-off for anyone looking upon 2005 as a great vintage (there are others as well, sadly to say.)
Aromas: maturing Bdx aromas of superb stables and bdx-earth. Non-mistakenably. The nose is this wine's most remarcable trait. Quite wunnerful!
Palate: inconspicuously a bdx-2007 that is just a watery juice terror action, all the while some ppl can't stop themselves explaining how exuberant this bland juice is.
(We DON'T get it.)

Our 4:th btl, and we're still not even the slightest impressed. (Haven't ever noticed anything even close to "great" in this wine.)

Terrible juice, buyers need to be cautious: if you buy the REAL thing, you are surely going to be depressed. But if you buy the Rudy btls, chances are you get a drinkable thing :-)
Better than any no-name-bojo-nouveau.
We prefer sake. Especially 生酒 by 久保田、the superbly clear 〆張鶴 or the fantastic no-nonsense 新雪。。。

This wine just happens to come from Bdx, but has NOTHING of the credentials expected for anything worthwhile as a 2005-wine. It's actually just as poor as the majority of 2007-bdx.
We digress.
Quote by Al Gore: "the debate is over."
(Wife: 65p)
  • mimik commented:

    1/14/17, 6:58 PM - You may have had a bad batch. Happens. Your TN is so different than all the other comments on this wine and although people may have different tastes, I really honestly think you got bad bottles.

Red
2010 Château de Saint-Cosme Gigondas Red Rhone Blend
10/9/2016 - cweiner Likes this wine:
93 points
At its peak; Fall evening with stake and shrimp.
  • mimik commented:

    10/11/16, 9:00 PM - This cannot be at its peak. It's years from being ready.

Red
2011 Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di S. Niccolò Toscana IGT Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
11/2/2015 - Wine Canuck wrote:
94 points
This is aromatically intense and immediately identifiable as Tuscan Sangiovese. Deep, rich and also so fresh. The nose is of cherry pit, saline/sweat, forest floor, leather, tobacco, red plums, brown spices, roast meats, sun-dried tomato, asphalt, hay, and the slightest hint of reduction that should dissipate with time. The palate has elevated tannin and acid, with a long, savoury, red fruited finish. Excellent wine and an excellent value when you consider it usually lands around $70.
  • mimik commented:

    10/11/16, 8:53 PM - Nice notes. To the other peanut gallery commentators, tobacco notes comes from the wood. And if you don't know that you really shouldn't be commenting on wines. Kindly limit your lack of wine knowledge to the like or dislike button.

Red
2007 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
7/17/2016 - Jurgens wrote:
89 points
drink now
  • mimik commented:

    9/27/16, 8:28 PM - You have a bad batch of bottles. Return to seller. No way these wines are ready now.

Red
2010 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
12/5/2015 - mimik Likes this wine:
93 points
Solidly built. Beautiful seductive nose of pencil shavings, black currant and plums. The palate is very smooth with very well integrated tannins. Lively acidity and the stuffing to age well. Seamless long finish. Really nice and promising but already seductive. 93 point
  • mimik commented:

    12/9/15, 11:16 PM - Thanks uncle john

Red
2001 Pio Cesare Barolo Nebbiolo
4/18/2013 - ub40guy wrote:
93 points
perfumed, floral boquet, beautifully balanced wine. Proves that if you have patience with nebbiolo it will pay a big reward. The final bottle of the four I purchased of this wine. I wish I would have been more patient with the other three.
  • mimik commented:

    8/9/13, 9:05 PM - Exactly!

Red
2010 Château de Saint-Cosme Gigondas Red Rhone Blend
8/8/2013 - mimik Likes this wine:
93 points
Way too young but shows incredible promise for the future.
  • mimik commented:

    8/9/13, 9:02 PM - I'd wait at least three. Didn't formal notes so didn't bother posting on ws, billhike.

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