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1988 Ravenswood Zinfandel Dickerson Napa Valley
11/9/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Insane dark garnet color on this, no bricking, you would have no idea this is 32 year olds from looking at it. The nose is definitely showing age with lots of tertiary elements and a bit of herbs that I've found in a few of these ravenswoods (that I thought was american oak but is not!). The palate still is plenty lively, also clearly showing its age and very savory but good acidity and medium body. Finish even has a tiny bit of tannin left but not drying. Great stuff!
  • mattstolz11 commented:

    3/4/21, 9:24 AM - Did you get this from the Once and Future release or another source? Thanks!

Red
2004 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard Dundee Hills
2/26/2021 - Maphill01 wrote:
Decanted 1 hour, fair bit of sediment. Cloudy brick color. Sappy red fruit, raspberry, strawberry. Some cola, baking spice and earthy notes. I did get the same effervescence mentioned below, but it blew off after an hour. Nicely aged classic Pinot.
  • mattstolz11 commented:

    3/1/21, 6:04 PM - did you buy this from the recent library release?

  • mattstolz11 commented:

    3/1/21, 7:02 PM - so glad! I just bought a bottle of it from the library as well. thanks for the decant note too!

Red
2004 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Estate Yamhill County
2/23/2021 - ohne_musik wrote:
92 points
From the Jan '21 PGC Library release. Moderate bricking on the pour. The most striking thing about this wine is the texture. Tannins fully resolved, leaving a caress like a fine cashmere blanket on a cold fall day. Sweet black cherry fruit, wood ash, decomposing flowers, and a bit of funky/prickly cinnamon spice that increases over time (low level brett?). Not the most depth and perhaps on the downslope from a flavor profile standpoint, but boy the texture is marvelous.

By day 2 (after vacuvin in fridge), the brett has taken over.
  • mattstolz11 commented:

    3/1/21, 6:07 PM - is this from the recent library release?

Red
2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah X-Block Bien Nacido Santa Maria Valley
2/7/2021 - mattstolz11 Likes this wine:
92 points
This has evened out and incorporated a good bit since I received it on release (and almost immediately opened the first bottle). the briny note is not quite as predominant and the dark fruit is showing itself a little more readily. a very tasty wine, but still super young. needs some air or some more cellar time IMO
  • mattstolz11 commented:

    2/7/21, 2:15 PM - SRH: We didn't decant it, but drank it over 3 nights, about a glass for my wife and a glass for me each night. night 2 was definitely a little more open, but I feel like it just still has some complexity that I know will come over time but its just too young to show still.

  • mattstolz11 commented:

    2/7/21, 6:31 PM - haha I would say probably the right call.

Red
2018 Domaine Chanterêves Ladoix Les Briquottes Pinot Noir
10/10/2020 - blackbrownbeige wrote:
86 points
Honestly, a bit of a bummer. I love Chanterêves, but it seems that the grapes were picked early in a hot year; the wine is out of balance, with a green stem/vegetal character that kind of dominates and the quality of the acidity is a bit screeching. The fruit is quiet and elegant, but hopefully it’ll knit together better in time.

EDIT: I saved half the bottle after not really wanting to drink much more, and it is a bit better and more filled-out on Day 2. It's a more woody stemminess now - though still really dominant on the nose - and the green note has receded a bit, so I'd say hold this for a few years.
  • mattstolz11 commented:

    12/24/20, 10:48 AM - hey! I just wanted to suggest if you ever come across this wine again to give it another shot. We opened one last night (ill post the note when we finish the bottle tonight or tomorrow) and it was in a really great spot. didnt notice any greenness or vegetal character at all and the acid was integrated well. maybe it just needed a little more bottle time? Tomoko says it was her favorite wine they made in 2018!

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Cuvée Rubis Champagne Blend
10/30/2020 - chablis28 wrote:
94 points
This arrived a couple weeks ago and drinking fantastic! This is my all round favorite Champagne rose, bar none. Wish I could still buy it for $50 but easily preforms at $100+. Color tonight is a beautiful bright red hewed pink. Refreshingly alive berry and biscuit aromas. The refined, elegant palate reverberates with a complex array of; red fruits, mineral, spice, chalk and other flavor harmonics. This is so dam pretty. This would give another $160 rose' I has in January a serious run for its money. Stunning tonight with sushi. 94+
  • mattstolz11 commented:

    11/21/20, 8:15 AM - just a heads up: envoyer currently has this for $54. about as close as you're gonna get to your wished price i think!

Red
2014 Domaine Jean Tardy et Fils Fixin La Place Pinot Noir
8/21/2020 - mattstolz11 Likes this wine:
91 points
QPR through the roof. for sub $20 back up the truck!
  • mattstolz11 commented:

    8/21/20, 4:10 PM - @deux Chevaux Envoyer. I think I got it for $19 from the site?

  • mattstolz11 commented:

    8/21/20, 6:05 PM - Sorry you missed it! They do throw up some good Tardy offers fairly often

  • mattstolz11 commented:

    8/21/20, 9:27 PM - that's good to know! thanks kausch

  • mattstolz11 commented:

    10/5/20, 10:18 AM - Heads up: new vintage at envoyer $29

Red
2018 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Estate First Vines Ribbon Ridge
5/11/2020 - Darjeeling Likes this wine:
91 points
Deep dark brooding black and blue fruits. Not high acid, it does have some low notes. Not much tannins, very smooth reminded me of cab or cru beaujolis. End palate lingers. Seems high abv even though it’s probably low. At 13.7% felt over 14.

(6/29/2020) Keeps a long time in the fridge (weeks) and doesn't get oxidized much -so I am enjoying this. And I poured into a small bottle with screw cap to story. Liking the opportunity to retaste and seeing that it does keep without having to use a coravin++

Much better at 6/19. Keep in mind this need time to get air. Decanted 1.5x and was better. Probably 92 93
  • mattstolz11 commented:

    9/27/20, 2:07 PM - was this the same bottle on 5/11 and 6/19?? without coravin??

Red
2016 Clos Saint Joseph Syrah Côtes de Provence
10/24/2018 - clayfu wrote:
@golden8wines special up in here. Bought some off his recommendation and was not disappointed in the slightest.
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2016 Clos St Joseph Syrah from Provence. No relation to the Northern Rhone St Joseph. Beautiful inky pure purple fruit. Seamless and driven by acidity but there’s weight that differs itself from its Northern Rhone counterparts. It’s mouth-coating and rich but balanced well due to the acidity. Explosion of violet and pepper on the nose. The wine is crazy accessible considering it’s a 2016.
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Went back to the well for more but sold out :(
  • mattstolz11 commented:

    11/12/18, 4:52 PM - Kogod still has 34... just saying!

Red
2017 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre UNFAMILIAR California
7/13/2018 - CMStrong wrote:
85 points
I see why Hardy declassified this. It lacks both the nerve/acid of most D&R wines and the punch. But I wonder if some of the disappointment is mental: am I tasting smoke because it’s actually there, or because I’m looking for it? Would be a good candidate to taste blind.
  • mattstolz11 commented:

    8/26/18, 3:12 PM - i agree that I think its a mind-rut. Im sipping this same wine right now and dont get any smoke notes. it might not have the complexity of other D&Rs but its a clean, delicious wine! If you have more, I would definitely drink it blind with a few other comparable bottles and see what you think!

Red
2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo Langhe DOC
3/28/2018 - deetz Likes this wine:
88 points
Fun, simple, easy drinking. Didn’t strike me as particularly Nebbiolo like, probably because of the age and little oak.
  • mattstolz11 commented:

    6/26/18, 1:56 PM - Did you drink this at the winery? This wine isn't even in bottles yet. Was this maybe the Langhe Nebbiolo?

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