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Red
1996 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
8/25/2021 - Ozen Likes this wine:
96 points
Leoville Las Cases is my favourite Saint Julien and candidate for premier cru.
Drinking this next to the Leoville Barton 2003 which surprised with a wonderful rich palette.

But, the Las Cases is its superior with an impressive, wonderfully aristocratic kingly depth and complexity that is a true aristocrat. The only downside is a very slightly drying finish.
The trick with LLC is plenty of airing before tasting, and this one even better the next day (with cork in the bottle). LLC is a royal wine. The 1996 slightly more masculine than usual, but truly grand vin! Perfectly balanced with a long harmonious finish.

This is ready to start drinking but at the same time has years of development ahead for even more depth.

To compare: the 1990 is more spectacular, while the 1998 is lovely and more fully mature now.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    8/25/21, 7:43 AM - 8 hour decant for a 25 year old wine? Wow!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend
8/12/2021 - jmcelroy wrote:
86 points
Over the hill? Golden color, very little effervescence. However after 20 to 30 minutes the wine started to open and developed rather complex flavors. Not bad for a NV Champagne that has been cellared for 20 years. Will be interesting to see how my last bottle from this trio turns out.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    8/13/21, 7:35 AM - Do you know the disgorgement date of this bottle?

Red
2014 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate St. Helena
6/19/2021 - rkww Likes this wine:
96 points
Having enjoyed two bottles in a four-month span this year, I'm confident that I will love the 2014 Spottswoode someday, but also that it isn't quite ready to drink yet. During both experiences, we decanted the wine for 3-5 hours and felt it only started to open up at the very end of those windows. The tannins remained voluminous and firm throughout, lending incredible structure and ageability but impeding enjoyment in the short term. Still, the bouquet of dark black fruits, plum, cacao, charred wood, and mint brought smiles to our tables, and it's clear that a beautiful balance will emerge in time. Give these until at least 2024 and drink through the 2030s (or perhaps even beyond).
  • FredericoWines commented:

    7/17/21, 10:02 AM - Not sure if I have that patience to wait to 2030's. I have bottles of '14-16 waiting.

Red
2015 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Sangiovese
Cristal and Fontodi Flaccianello plus Riverain and Schrader (served blind) (Foretti's in Corona Del Mar): I had this back in 2019, and I thought the wine then had a lot of power. Last night, it was poured again, this time part of a flight of three other Flaccianello (the 2006, 2010 and 2012). All were served blind side by side so I had a chance too sit with all 4 wines and evaluate them carefully. For me, this was the star wine of the flight. I was sitting next to Viet Ly and he mentioned a lavender flower quality, something he also framed by the word 'soapy'. We had some discussion at the table about it, with some consensus about a kind of lavender resin, if that makes sense. For me, it was just like a dried floral note that I really dug. This started out juicy and with air, that quality transformed into something more concentrated and powerful, like the bottle back in 2019. There is the core of red fruit here, but also a shading of black, that is joined by a tarry kind of black quality. Finishes with a dusty tannin. Really enjoyed this.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    6/25/21, 2:25 PM - Frank, how long did you decant it? I have 3 bottles each of 15 and 16 and excited to know how much longer I should wait

Red
2013 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Sangiovese
6/24/2021 - Andybe Does not like this wine:
89 points
Tight, impenetrable, inky. The way we know a chianti. Terrible after 8 years. How long must we wait to drink this 2013. A bottle that cost me € 60,= but now already € 100,= for not being drinkable. And oh oh what do we like this shit reading the other comments.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    6/24/21, 5:05 PM - Maybe you're just an outlier. I'm with the other 90+ people on this one.l

Red
2015 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
6/11/2021 - wizlb Likes this wine:
96 points
I really enjoyed this wine, it was a pop and pour night in cold Sydney, CPC is a full body wine, and a long finish.


If you get an opportunity pick up a bottle or two.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    6/11/21, 2:48 PM - PnP and still so good, really? Others commented that either long decant or few more years needed

  • FredericoWines commented:

    6/11/21, 3:34 PM - Great. I can open mine sooner than I thought

Red
2016 Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Nebbiolo
5/9/2021 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
90 points
As I did several months back you can say this is young but drinkable. In reality it’s painfully too early (tannic and acidic). At the end of the day why would you hold a bottle like the for ten years? Just buy older ones retail.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    5/12/21, 6:52 AM - Cabfrancophile. Agreed as there is no old vintage stuff available at reputable wine shops in my area. Only to buy new vintage and sit tight. BTW, how much longer should we wait for the '16 Fratelli Alessandria Barolo to be ready? I got three bottles waiting in my passive cellar

  • FredericoWines commented:

    5/12/21, 8:45 AM - Thank you Cabfrancophile

Red
2017 Black Hills Estate Nota Bene Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend
4/9/2021 - KillerJones Likes this wine:
93 points
Is it good? Deliriously so. Sip after sip after sip. The ‘17 is a marvelously complicated mix of black fruit, high quality wood spice, richly enveloping on the palate.

Tannins are fleshy & limber, abundant - but velvety, long lasting, similar to the finish here. This should grow older well into the late '20s & beyond.

An ideal vintage - very solid wine, meant for fans of large-scale reds.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    4/9/21, 6:29 PM - How would you compare to '18? Your did taste the newer vintage in Feb I noticed

Red
2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Asili Nebbiolo
4/3/2021 - Screwcaps Likes this wine:
96 points
Stunning wine. Dark, highly aromatic nose that leaps almost out of the bottle. Could have smelled this all night. Violet, liquorice, and beautiful red fruit. Very special. Outstanding borderline exceptional. Iron like tannins take this medium bodied wine very long. Thank you for sharing Duck. A real treat.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    4/3/21, 2:36 PM - How long did you decant? Lots of people said it's not yet ready. Wondering should I open my one and only one bottle now.

Red
2015 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
2/11/2021 - mcdoom04 wrote:
90 points
This comment is my first ever on CT: having turned 65 last year I'm not sure how to respond to the "way too young to drink" notes. I've never had the wine before and don't necessarily want our three bottles to outlive us! I may stand one up tonight and open it early afternoon for our upcoming Sunday dinner of Osso Buco and Risotto, I'll let you know what we find!!
  • FredericoWines commented:

    2/11/21, 7:22 PM - I'm curious how you could rate the wine 90 before you drink it

  • FredericoWines commented:

    2/12/21, 12:55 PM - Anyway, looking forward to your report afterwards 😀

Red
2013 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Napa Valley
2/8/2021 - wineotim wrote:
94 points
A wine that craves a steak, which I did, I paired with a porterhouse. Lots of creme de cassis and a touch of licorice and spicy oak. Classic in its style. Weighty, with beautiful color with slight red bricking at the edge. Full bodied, so smooth and silky, long legs. No hurry to drink this.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    2/9/21, 6:50 AM - Thanks for the notes. I had it last Fall and loved it. Glad to have 4 more in cellar to drink over the coming decade. BTW, 85 for a big Napa Cab seems a little awkward although scoring is subjective.

Red
2016 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
2/1/2021 - Kirk Grant wrote:
Tasting note DAY TWO: The wine is smooth, easy to drink, and about as complex as your average $30 Super Tuscan. In many ways it reminds me of my early experiences with the 2004 Tig. Patience is required with this for the "wow" factor.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    2/1/21, 3:00 PM - I won't pay $100 for a wine that is just as good as an average $30 wine.

Red
2014 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate St. Helena
1/1/2021 - MarshallLi Likes this wine:
96 points
Deep purple,medium(+) rose,lychee,passion fruit,strawberry,blueberry,grass,tomato leaf,ripe fruit,candy,vanilla,chocolate,earth,caramel,dry,medium(+) acidity,smooth medium(+) tannin,medium alcohol,medium(+) body,long finish,outstanding wine,suitable for bottle ageing
  • FredericoWines commented:

    1/2/21, 4:29 AM - Lychee?

White - Sparkling
2009 Egly-Ouriet Champagne Grand Cru Brut Millésimé Champagne Blend
12/28/2020 - BSA Likes this wine:
96 points
Disg 10/2018, 99 months (so 8yrs 3m) on lees. Reg bottle. Wholy schmoly. This one blew my socks right off. What a beautiful bouquet right out of the gate. Lime, sunripe lemons, golden apples, bruised red apples and overripe lemons, vanilla, wood, oxidative notes - you name it. Palate was packed with the same stuff, and so velvety and balanced. Haven't bothered to post notes for quite some time, but this one just (overly) deserves all the credits it can get. Kind of interesting though was that while I often find champagnes to move more in my directions as they warm up to 13-14*+ Celsius, I preferred this one just around 12*C. Also, I found that it was most appealing the first hour or so. I kept 1/2 bottle until next day, it was still delicious but not firing as much on its cylinders but still kept these lovely notes and balance. 96-97 points out of the gate, 94+p on day 2. So, keep it at 96 overall. Whoa!
  • FredericoWines commented:

    12/28/20, 1:19 PM - Thanks for your notes. I got one last year at $90 Cdn and thought it's pricey. Googled when back at home and found its regular price was $200±. Went back to store and the price tag was changed to $209.99.

Red
2014 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate St. Helena
8/28/2020 - jcampano Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted for 2 hours, but needed 4 -6. I was a bit disappointed as the wine received rave reviews. The nose was wonderful...red cherry, blueberry and light plum. Flavors were of blackberry, red cherry and gritty earthiness. I felt the acidity was too much. The tannins were firm but also a bit over the top for my palate. Wait at least 3 years to drink.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    12/3/20, 6:58 AM - JEP007, do you mean 10 years from vintage or release?

Red
2010 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
11/27/2020 - Motz wrote:
97 points
The same bottle Coravined in July, tasted over two days.

The most reticent Beaucastel I have tasted. Indeed, on the second day, the wine only began hinting at what it might become.

While showing effusive forward charm, this vintage delivers textbook examples of robust and strapping. The longer it breathes the more it bears out these qualities. The most relevant comparison that comes to mind is the profoundly backwards, same vintage Janasse VV.

With air, smoke, ash, smoldering campfire, and long since discarded railroad tie overgrown with mushroom and other fungi show prominently, on the bouquet and palate. In this vein, a note of botrytis-like petrol derivative also announces its presence.

Regarding fruit, the most purple and black fruit and berry oriented Beaucastel I have tasted. That is, the typical pomegranate, raspberry, and strawberry puree elements are substituted by blackcurrant, blackberry, and dark plum. Also, fig cake, date, kelp, and iodine enhance the tasting experience, all of which are matched by integral crushed black rock, black volcanic sand, and various mineral ores.

Overall, a complex enigma, which seemingly, in this vintage, argues against the established viewpoint: 'drink Beaucastel young, or at least ten years after the vintage'. This vintage might require a full two decades to reveal its underpinning substance. For my part, I regret having opened this, my only bottle, far too early. Improvement seems probable, even certain. Strongly recommend holding. 96-97...98?
  • FredericoWines commented:

    11/28/20, 5:15 AM - Very high praise and detailed notes. I wonder how it'd compare with '16, another raved about vintage?

Red
2015 Domaine Saint Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve Auguste Favier Red Rhone Blend
11/25/2020 - Bwallace Likes this wine:
94 points
Just as good as prior bottles. Perfectly balanced CDP.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    11/25/20, 5:59 AM - How long did you decant or PnP?

  • FredericoWines commented:

    11/25/20, 8:09 AM - Thx. I may open one soon.

Red
2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Nebbiolo
11/9/2020 - D_RICH Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted. Dark ruby. Opulent nose of fruits and spice. Fruity, tannic. Drank this at a restaurant, great to try it without breaking into my cellared bottles. A restaurant relative bargain at $62. Very promising - hold these for a while. (93-94). Consumed on 10/10/20.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    11/9/20, 9:47 AM - How long did you decant at restaurant?

  • FredericoWines commented:

    11/9/20, 1:25 PM - D_Rich, thanks for replying and your note is very helpful. I asked because some fellow CellarTrackers commented that this wine is way too young to be enjoyed now even with decant. Looks like different people different strokes. I'll wait for a few years to open mine though.

Red
2016 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
11/7/2020 - Purple Tooth wrote:
96 points
I had a coravin pour from this because I couldn't help it :-) This is definitely stealthy and light footed with lots of aging potential. I kida wish I hadn't poked the sleeping giant...With air, the fresh tobacco starts lifting up into your senses, letting you know this is serious Bordeaux in sleepy mode. HOLD
  • FredericoWines commented:

    11/7/20, 12:25 PM - How long do you think I should hold? 10? 15? 20?

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend
10/16/2020 - winebytoth Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow this is a beautiful NV Champagne. Nose of shaved almonds, minerality, coconut and slight creaminess. This is layered and has lots going on. Tastes is just as wonderful, fresh lemons, almonds and that tasty cream. The bubbles dance along you tung and fade out slowly with a super long finish. 93-94
  • FredericoWines commented:

    10/16/20, 5:55 PM - Do you happen to know the disgorgement date by checking the small print in the neck label?

  • FredericoWines commented:

    10/16/20, 6:42 PM - Ok. It was disgorged on the 157th day of the year 2018, that is June 6th.

  • FredericoWines commented:

    10/16/20, 7:21 PM - The NV version is pretty consistent year in and year out. I'm just curious.

  • FredericoWines commented:

    10/17/20, 11:10 AM - 18 is the year of 2018. Don't know about the last two digits. Some said they mean that number of batch disgorged on that day.

Red
2015 Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape A la Gloire de mon Grand-Père Grenache Blend, Grenache
10/11/2020 - Cha2811 wrote:
92 points
Syrah dominant. Opens up very well after 20mins. Enjoyed this wine - drinking well
  • FredericoWines commented:

    10/11/20, 11:37 AM - Syrah dominated? Are you sure or are you talking about another wine? It should be made up of mainly Grenache with tiny bits Cinsaut and Clairette. Anyway, you're right that it is a very good wine.

  • FredericoWines commented:

    10/12/20, 12:21 AM - Cha2811, I haven't had the '15 but the '10 twice. Both tastings were excellent. I have high hope for the '15, which I planned to open one of my three bottles soon.

Red
2012 Paolo Conterno Barolo Ginestra Nebbiolo
I can only give a range of points because i dont know exactly what happened/went wrong here. A Jekyll and Hyde and story. Sort of.

Opened and decanted for c.4-5 hours and then returned to bottle to drink at Sir Charles Napier with dinner. Pretty flat when poured back into a decanter and then into glasses at SCN. Nice but fairly unremarkable and just edges 89 to 90 points.

At home, drank two glasses that had been poured from the original denacter into said glasses c.7-8 hours after opening bottle. It was a different wine and was truly fantastic and really top quality - especially at the price point. Long, balanced, lively and exciting; great purity and variety of fruit. 95 points.

Further note to follow in due course.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    9/29/20, 7:01 AM - So it needs a long long decant, doesn't it? Or be more patient for few more years?

Red
2016 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Sangiovese
9/17/2020 - NickA Likes this wine:
95 points
Giovanni Manetti on Fontodi (Zoom!): Opaque purple. So much concentration, and a creamy feel, but so light on its feet. Lavender and herbs. Sweet and bitter. I wanted not to be impressed by this, given I can't afford it (having been a buyer of prior vintages), but I failed.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    9/17/20, 6:25 PM - Wonder how much you paid. I paid $120 Cdn

  • FredericoWines commented:

    9/18/20, 5:31 AM - I was lucky. I bought bottles of '11, '13, '15 and '16 when they were released at the same price.

Red
2010 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
Nose- a slightly funky note with menthol, black & red fruits, bacon & sundried tomatoes. Quite primary. Black & red berries, some funk/ brett notes with bacon noticeable minerality, full bodied, medium acidity & some oaky notes. Nice balance, but very primary in a long finish. Great stuff! Slightly chewy.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    9/15/20, 12:02 PM - What's your final score, 89 or 93?

Red
2016 Ridge Geyserville Alexander Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
9/6/2020 - Charlie N Likes this wine:
91 points
My first Geyserville

Decanted for an hour, decanted back into the bottle and tasted an hour later. Clearly this wine isn't meant to be rushed so I missed out on the better part of half the bottle.

Revisited 5 days later and good lord. No bizarre or particularly unique sensory notes (the usual mint/menthol, spice/pepper, *rich* mocha) but the clarity of expression and depth of articulation this far into the lifetime of this open bottle makes totally apparent the inevitable reward for long-term patience.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    9/7/20, 7:00 AM - OMG, 5 days passed and it still tasted good? Did you use Coravin or something?

Red
2009 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
9/4/2020 - Vinophiliac559 wrote:
93 points
Splash decant as I did not prepare, still fairly tight, started to flesh out an hour in but the bottle didnt last long enough to see further evolution. Nose was classic rioja, red fruited, dry cherry, plum, wood spice. Palate matched with a very nice acidity, medium bodied, medium tannin, very well balanced. 11 years young and my guess is that this will improve with more time. Currently very good but for me there are less expensive Riojas with a similar profile that could be drunk now. I will hold for a bit before opening my next bottle. If opened now would recommend a long decant (I saw 4-6 hrs in some of the previous notes and that seems about right) 93+
  • FredericoWines commented:

    9/4/20, 6:29 PM - So, what's the verdict?

Red
2015 Castelgiocondo (Marchesi de' Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
Chefs Arounf the Table planning night at Spero’s
  • FredericoWines commented:

    9/3/20, 10:52 AM - So, how did you like or dislike this wine?

Red
2015 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Sangiovese
8/26/2020 - heegaard Likes this wine:
91 points
Overrated. Nothing special.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    8/26/20, 12:52 PM - Sorry for your bottle. Don't give up but try another one with fair amount of decant time :)

  • FredericoWines commented:

    8/26/20, 1:50 PM - Agreed with Genghis. I had the '11 last year and it was fabulous albeit still young. The potential for '15 (and '16 to a greater extent) is much much better than '11 though.

Red
2013 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Red Bordeaux Blend
8/22/2020 - Angeline Chang Likes this wine:
85 points
Had a 375 bottle.
Pronounced nose. Spice, liquorice, peppers, black plums, prunes, some floral, slight cigar, chocolate.
Well balanced wine...
  • FredericoWines commented:

    8/22/20, 7:51 AM - According to the popular wine critique Mr. S, any wines rated 90 or lower are undrinkable. LoL

Red
2016 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
8/16/2020 - RoyaltyCoins wrote:
97 points
Deep ruby

Nose: Concentrated cassis aromas, small forest berries, bay leaf, cut lilac, graphite, pen ink. Beautifully perfumed.

Mouth: Incredibly smooth and polished, even weightless at the start, fresh mixed currants lead the way here, opening to a huge black plum and black cherry note. Pronounced bay and mint elements stream around through the midpalate before turning over to charred loam and graphite as refined, grippy tannins take over.

Overall: While the flavors are still a bit wound up, this is big, but keeps good balance throughout. The fruit core especially is huge, but the herbal spike in the midpalate, coupled with the beautifully built finish of mineral and singed black earth tying it all together is the centerpiece here. After decanting, the fruit becomes really weightless, which is a pretty tremendous achievement considering the size of the fruit core. Very clear that this will reward extended cellaring. 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Drink 2026 - 2044.

97.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    8/16/20, 7:50 AM - Thanks for excellent note. Glad I have some but regretted 3 only. I also have 3 '14's. Wonder if I should open the '14 sooner.

Red
2015 Château La Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
6/27/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
91 points
So tight. Another 2015 I regretted opening. The quality is there but I think this needs many years. Dark black cherry sour cherry hints of vanilla and a wall of mouth drying tannins. Will be a 93 or 94 one day. Not a plump fat soft merlot by any means but rather a dark stern cab franc seeming wine today.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    6/27/20, 9:29 AM - How many years of waiting do you guess? 5 years from now?

  • FredericoWines commented:

    6/27/20, 10:59 AM - Thanks Jeff.

Red
2010 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
6/24/2020 - PrashantPrasad1977 wrote:
96 points
Just brilliant.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    6/25/20, 5:05 AM - Did you PnP or decant?

Red
2015 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
6/19/2020 - mlutsky67 Likes this wine:
97 points
I love it. In my limited experience, it is the best wine I have tasted. Smooth is an understatement. Great color of deep red in the glass. Nose of red fruit and spice. If you could drink silk - this is it. Long finish. Great long legs. Thrilled that I have more.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    6/22/20, 6:48 AM - Glad to know it's already smooth and ready for such a young Bordeaux

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend
6/19/2020 - capscapscaps Likes this wine:
93 points
Best champagne I’ve ever had. Toasty but not overly so, lovely fine bubble mousse, quite complex (we got several different flavors, and it evolved over the evening), a bit of yeast and some sourness but not in a bad way. Most Importantly, it made all three of us smile at every sip and enjoy the last bit of bottle as much as the first. This was a notch better than the Pol Roger Brut Reserve that we had a week ago due to the complexity mainly. Wish we had more!
  • FredericoWines commented:

    6/19/20, 7:37 AM - May I know the disgorgement date of your bottle. There should be a code printed on the neck label

  • FredericoWines commented:

    6/19/20, 9:32 AM - 19= 2019, 232=232th day of the year, i.e. Aug 20, 04=Batch No.4

White - Sparkling
2013 Rémi Leroy Champagne Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay
Wines Done Blind: Disgorged October 2018, 2 g/l dosage and 100% Chardonnay. Tasted over two days (and I actually have enough for a third day, to be finished tonight). Aromas of lees and lemon verbena with fresh cut apple. Lemony, clean and balanced and when warmer gets creamier, reminding me of a well-built, pure still Chardonnay. We poured this next to the Ulysse Collin Pierrieres, and I found the Leroy to be juicier and more racy than that wine, too...... of note, I continue to taste this wine even on day 3 as the bottle stopper has done a nice job of keeping the bubbles fresh and the wine's fruit and presence continues to really shine. There is a rainwater quality that exists in the finish, alongside the beautiful lemon fruit that this wine is built around. It's just a really lovely bottle of Chardonnay.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    6/15/20, 9:54 AM - So would you say this is better than Les Pierrières? Curious on how you keep the leftover bubbles to second and even third day. I used the cheap Champagne stopper and found it lost much bubbles the second day.

  • FredericoWines commented:

    6/15/20, 10:09 AM - Thx again for reply. I'm lucky to get the Pierrières and Maillons at less than $100 Cdn when they were on sale. I used the cheap Champagne stopper by Crate and Barrel. What is yours?

White - Sparkling
2015 Ulysse Collin Champagne Les Pierrières Chardonnay
Wines Done Blind: Disgorged March 2019, a blend of 2014 and 2015. Wow, this is the real deal. The best Chardonnay bubbly I have had so far in 2020, and a wine headed for my WOTY list. Tasted over two days. On Day 1, this is intense, concentrated with flinty lemon curd and a long intense finish. The citrusy lemon has an opulent quality, not racy. Even a touch of caramel came through. On Day 2, it now adds some grapefruit, glossy yellow apple, peach and a gorgeous concentration of a long, lemony finish. This is just an amazing bottle of Champagne, one that left me very impressed. If this is the quality of wines made by Collin, I am thrilled. I still have Maillons to open, and I will be adding more of the range to my cellar over the coming year.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    6/15/20, 9:37 AM - Thx for the TN, Frank. Glad that I have 2 bottles of 2015 base (disgorged in Mar '19) and one bottle of 2014 base (disgorged in Mar '18). Also one bottle of 2013 base (disgorged in Feb '17) and one of 2015 base (disgorged in Mar '19) of Maillons. Couldn't wait to try them.

Red
2015 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate St. Helena
2/21/2020 - Geaux Tigers wrote:
No score. Saw lots of great notes and decided to test drive. Coravined about half a bottle into a decanter, rest for later. After 30 min, nose of vanilla and blackberry/blueberry pie. Still very primary. Somewhat tannic and very restrained but perceived recognized potential. Touch of saline and red fruit, mineral and earthiness. Blind I would have picked western Oakville or St Helena valley floor, restrained type wine (Spott would have been in the mix but the ripeness would have likely sent me guessing somewhere else with a classical winemaker).

My palate absolutely loves Spottswoode at 10+ years, this ain’t that. It’s not an over ripe fruit bomb, but it is a hot year in 2015, and she hasn’t put on her make-up yet so she ain’t ready.

Not WA100 now or in the next few years, but when this comes together put up the flag ‘cause it will be great. If you have plenty, give it a go if you’re curious ... otherwise hold ‘til 2025 for your first check in.

Post script at 2 hrs post decant: much/all of the flabbiness has disappeared leaving a sophisticated bramble fruited French BDX lady with earthy tones walking the streets of St Helena. Confusing? Yes. Like a high class escort in the red light district. Out of place, but oh so harmonious. Mrs. Geaux hates the anology but totally gets it as she finished what I had hoped to! Dammit, 97 if I were giving out points !
  • FredericoWines commented:

    6/6/20, 8:17 AM - Great note! I found a '16 on sale at $190. How's it compared to '15 if you have tried both?

Red
2016 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch Russian River Valley
5/28/2020 - jsmorris707 Likes this wine:
95 points
Delicious & ready to drink
  • FredericoWines commented:

    5/29/20, 1:02 PM - Mark, I also had this wine few days ago. Although I didn't rate it as high as Morris, it's definitely a very good Zinfandel with lots of red and blue fruits and is balanced. I'd rated it 91 (or maybe higher with a couple of years cellaring). Hope your next bottle is as good as mine

  • FredericoWines commented:

    5/29/20, 1:46 PM - Mark, everyone's rating scale differs from each other. Your 92 may be equivalent to other's 95😁

Red
2016 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate St. Helena
5/23/2020 - Mds319 Likes this wine:
99 points
Amazing wine with awesome flavors. Well rounded on the palate with smooth, velvety tannins. But full of bright red fruit flavors with tobacco and a touch of leather. Delicious now or will cellar well.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    5/23/20, 12:31 PM - Did you also try the '14 & '15 vintages? How did they compare to '16?

White - Off-dry
2015 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese Mosel Saar Ruwer
5/19/2020 - msl521 Likes this wine:
98 points
Drank during a Paul Grieco virtual Riesling class. Paraphrasing: "This is some seriously yummy juice." Couldn't find the residual sugar and acidity numbers, but it is 7.5% abv (so high sugar) and you feel the acid on your palate long after you finish sipping. Grapefruit, honey/honeysuckle, and plenty of other juicy, ripe fruits and some decent minerality for contrast. Balanced and entices you back for sip after sip.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    5/23/20, 11:10 AM - So you think it's entering its early drinking window?

Red
2010 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli Sangiovese
5/23/2020 - Rune_73 wrote:
87 points
Still too young. Very acidic.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    5/23/20, 10:31 AM - Did you decant? If not, do you think a two hour decant would help? I had the normale version of same vintage. It was tannic after the first hour of decant, turned much better after the second hour.

  • FredericoWines commented:

    5/23/20, 10:53 AM - I also have 4 bottles. Why don't we together open one five years from now to commemorate the COVID-19 anniversary 😁

Red
2014 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
5/18/2020 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
97 points
Re-tasted yesterday with my friends. Intense and beautiful color. Intense, complex, deep nose with a note of ripe and fresh fruit. Full-bodied on the attack, suave and deep in development, with taste, body in the mid-palate and an unrolling with a refined touch, this wine rises in power to finish deep on a fine grain. Definitely 2014 is a better year than 2015 for the Saint-Estephe. 96-97
  • FredericoWines commented:

    5/18/20, 5:56 AM - Better than '15 but not '16, I hope. Because I have 3 bottles each of '14 and '16.

Red
2016 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
Coravin 2nd Pour - Needed to revisit this one as I'm undecided whether to stock up more of this beauty. The nose is of bright red fruits with a very pleasant aroma which I can't put my finger on. The palate has a medium bodied feel with everything being integrated nicely, the tannins and all, with the acidity giving the freshness. The finish is somewhat short but without too much dryness. Overall, a really good wine which I feel can be drunk young if you like a bright, fresh, fruity red, and hopefully with cellaring for a few years, the secondary and tertiary notes will develop and it'll be awesome
  • FredericoWines commented:

    5/13/20, 6:02 PM - Drew, do you mind if I ask how much you paid for Sassicaia '15?

Red
2015 Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
5/8/2020 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
93 points
Infanticide. But I wanted to try it. Decanted about 2 hours. Bright, dark purple. Tons of fruit on the nose and palate, plums, dark cherries, cassis. Lots of structure, but it is really good now. I think it can last 30+ years easily, but it can be enjoyed now.
I will drink it over the next three or four days to get an idea, but as of now I wish I had bought more.

Day 2: much more expressive, especially on the nose. Palate still very primary, fruit-driven.

Day 3: palate really comes around, leather notes, earth, forest floor. Very long finish.

Day 4: just starting to fade a bit, ended up finishing the bottle. I wasn’t sure I wanted to try tomorrow.

Easily holds my initial rating of 93, maybe worth another point or two, especially on day 3. It was a wonderful, complete Bordeaux then. I’ll get back to this in a few years, God willing.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    5/13/20, 5:57 PM - Any follow up days after your first crack on the bottle?

White - Sparkling
N.V. Larmandier-Bernier Longitude Champagne Premier Cru Chardonnay
5/9/2020 - Dave Canada wrote:
93 points
Rocking nose of the bat....white flowers, salted ginger, white plum, brioche, pear and salted caramel.
Palate has gorgeous texture...puff pastry, green apple, spice, slate, salted preserved lemon, fresh cut ginger and honey.
Finish is long....lovers of chardonnay will find much joy here!
  • FredericoWines commented:

    5/9/20, 2:05 PM - Thanks for the notes. Any chance of knowing the base vintage and date of disgorgement of your bottle. You may find a code at the edge of the bottom of the glass

White - Sweet/Dessert
2015 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux 1ère Trie Le Haut-Lieu Chenin Blanc
My recommendation for a Huet 1ère Trie from a great vintage (like 2015): wait at least 15 years (from vintage on). The wines need a long time to show their complexity and to open up. To me, Huet does one of the greatest (residual) sweet Chenin Blancs - but you have to be patient.
IMO it's nonsense to drink them now.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    4/23/20, 5:16 AM - 10 more years before I can open one :(

    But l'll be :) by then.

Red
2016 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate St. Helena
4/11/2020 - TXRDW wrote:
97 points
Very pronounced tannins with an underlying smoothness that is truly something special. Graphite and plum with a never ending finish, this wine is structured in a way to develop into a 98-99 point wine over time. Slow ox for 6 hours, yet the wine was still constrained by the dominating tannins that never eased up. This wine with patience is destined for greatness.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    4/11/20, 8:17 PM - I could only get hold of one bottle of this. How many years of patience do you think is needed to rate it 98+?

  • FredericoWines commented:

    4/13/20, 6:49 AM - Thank you MJP for mentioning '14 & '15 vintages, which I have two bottles of each. However, I could not get my hand on more than one bottle of '16 before it disappeared from stores.

Red
2014 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
4/2/2020 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Decanted 8hrs. Fairly dark in color, throwing of some pretty oak notes, flowers, cedar and such. Poised and elegant, great balance between dark cassis fruit and structure, very comfortable in its own shoes. I was surprised how well this was showing to be honest. Anyone who purchased or is considering this will be happy with the decision.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    4/2/20, 12:21 PM - 8 hrs of decanting? I don't think I'd have to patience to wait LOL

Red
1996 Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
4/2/2020 - cephomer Likes this wine:
95 points
Drank from 1/2 bottle last nite to soothe my COVID-19 blues. Wow--An extremely generous nose of cedar, graphite, leather and fruit. Dark purple color showing no signs of age. Soft, if not fully resolved tannins. Medium to full bodied, loaded with notes of cedar, leather, lead pencil, forest floor and very tart, grippy black cherries. Extremely concentrated and serious length. Guess I opened this baby a bit too soon but, damn, what a serious hard-core, masculine yet elegant, fine bottle of wine!
PS: Finished bottle 2nd nite and its fruit had faded a tad, but was still quite good.
  • FredericoWines commented:

    4/2/20, 8:43 AM - Did you decant or PnP?

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend
3/31/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
From split. Seemed more advanced than previous bottles. Initially it seemed to come across more like sparkling apple cider than a nv champagne. Not necessarily bad, but just not as crisp or clean as usual. I know you can tell the base wine and bottle date by the number on the neck, maybe someone can let me know. No score.
L1430865
  • FredericoWines commented:

    4/1/20, 3:58 AM - Your bottle was disgorged on the 308th day of the year 2014, i.e. Nov 4, 2014.

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