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White
2017 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Champlots Chardonnay
13% alcohol. Softish wax top. The long cork breaks up during the extraction process, probably my fault as I was concentrating too much on mitigating the effects of the dreaded wax. Decanted 30mn ahead. The colour is disconcertingly pale and dull, bordering on grey with a greenish tinge, slightly off-putting to be honest.
Very good nose, more floral than fruity, with something like a vegetal streak underneath (not unpleasant but difficult to pinpoint); some sweat eventually, in a pleasant way. The mouth is lean and muscular with plenty of backbone and searing acidity, not unlike a Riesling in character.

The style seems to me to be the polar opposite of what the father (Marc Colin) used to produce; close to being austere, and certainly more Chablis than Meursault in character, in spite of what the geography says (I am talking about PYCM).
I must say that I am taken aback by this bottle, and the association with lobster did not work that well for me; early days of course, and the wine seems to be built for the long term.
I admire this wine more than I love it, and I will follow with interest the development of my remaining bottles, but I don't think that I will be rushing to buy more, at this stage at least.
To be revisited in two years' time.
  • poppacork commented:

    4/30/21, 7:04 PM - Sounds like a proper Champlots. This vineyard is way back in the Combe and high up on the slope.

Red
2015 Domaine Génot-Boulanger Pommard Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir
1/24/2021 - napasoutherner Likes this wine:
91 points
Haven’t really had a lot of Pommard wines but this was enjoyable. Rounded fruit, assuming lots of Merlot, some light forest floor and a little spice. Medium finish.
  • poppacork commented:

    4/29/21, 3:04 PM - Pommard should be 100% Pinot Noir.

White
2017 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées Clos de la Truffière Chardonnay
1/7/2020 - KeithAkers wrote:
flawed
2017 (mostly) Cote de Beaune Premier Crus vol 1 (Margeaux Brasserie): this was disjointed and over reduced. This didn't feel right.
  • poppacork commented:

    8/11/20, 7:36 AM - Do you happen to remember the importer? I’ve had four bottles of this over the past year from two different importers.

    The wines imported by Blicker Pierce Wagner Wine Merchants aka Firstbottlewines all presented as though heavily reduced.

White
2017 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Champlots Chardonnay
6/20/2020 - RyanJames Likes this wine:
91 points
Exquisitely made, in a transparent style that I love and with the precision and clarity of some of the best white wines in the world. However, ultimately terroir matters, and St. Aubin will never reach the heights of top-tier Puligny-Montrachet. This had the balance and complexity I look for in top white Burgundy, but lacked a little weight and depth to match top 1er cru Puligny. Lemon cream, matchstick, good acidity and balance, but I have a hard time justifying St. Aubin from any producer at $75+ these days.
  • poppacork commented:

    6/21/20, 9:17 AM - Sounds like a proper expression of Champlots which is high up on the slope and tucked back in the valley.

Red
2016 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale Pinot Noir
What the F is this hot mess of a wine.
Blinded by a friend and shared with 2 others.
I called Merlot dominant Super Tuscan, and the other two folks called west coast, new world Cab blend.

There's lots of over ripeness, massive heat/alcohol, and lots of oak. There was no balance, missing acidity, and generally a mess. Mind blown on reveal...
  • poppacork commented:

    5/21/20, 5:39 PM - Maybe heat damage at some point in transit.

Red
2018 Bedrock Wine Co. Bedrock Vineyard Heritage Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
I can’t help but find something green and bitter in this wine. Perhaps it’s the whole cluster fermentation, but whatever it is detracts from what might be a lovely wine. There’s some nicely perfumed blackberry fruit under the green stemmy bitterness.
  • poppacork commented:

    5/9/20, 10:18 AM - I’m referring to unripe tannins causing the wine to be astringent, not herbal in the sense of a Sauvignon Blanc or Cab Franc.

Red
2014 Ridge Geyserville Alexander Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
4/27/2020 - gharter Likes this wine:
91 points
Tasted blind with 2014 Ridge lytton Springs. This was the clear winner. Faster out of the gate. Black fruit, black cherry, pepper and tobacco. Smooth finish. Years ahead of it.
  • poppacork commented:

    4/28/20, 3:10 PM - I’ve also always preferred the Geyserville over Lytton Springs in comparisons. LS never has the freshness and aromatics as Geyserville.

Red
2018 Bedrock Wine Co. Bedrock Vineyard Heritage Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
4/15/2020 - poppacork wrote:
88 points
This is a bit murky with notes of plum and blackberry accented by a subtle synthetic liquid smoke note. The palate is marked by a blend of overripe and underipe fruit which makes this seem somewhat hollow on the mid palate.

Given the prior positive reviews I thought my palate was off so I popped a 2018 Ridge Geyserville for reference. The comparison did not show well on the Bedrock.
  • poppacork commented:

    4/18/20, 3:23 PM - I expect that the Bedrock will improve with age. It’s got the acid and structure to hold together.

    I intentionally opened the same vintage Ridge Geyserville for comparison instead of an older vintage since I’m familiar with how this wine ages.

    The Geyserville always starts out dense and lush with good acidity and abundant fine tannins. Over time it becomes more open and perfumed.

    The young Bedrock in comparison was a bit disjointed and rustic with chunky tannins.

    I don’t have experience with aged Bedrock wines to really know how they evolve.

Red
2016 Jim Barry Shiraz The Lodge Hill Clare Valley
4/3/2019 - cono_sur Likes this wine:
90 points
Complex plummy, blueberry, blackberry, mulberry, peppery, spice, and some meaty aromas and flavours. It is medium-full bodied with smooth, supple tannins and cool-climate freshness. Some earthy notes on the mid-palate and dry flavour profile. Excellent finish length.
  • poppacork commented:

    4/10/20, 4:13 PM - You nailed this one...I don’t have anything else to add.

Red
2017 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch Russian River Valley
2/11/2020 - poppacork wrote:
flawed
My second bottle of this was undrinkable...tasted like straight fermented raisins. Truly disgusting.

I’m going to hope this bottle was flawed in some way.
  • poppacork commented:

    2/12/20, 5:25 AM - I agree, but I don't know how just one bottle out of three from the same order and same storage would become heat damaged, but the two others just be fine.

    The cork was perfect and there was no sign of seepage.

White
2017 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées Clos de la Truffière Chardonnay
1/7/2020 - Burgundy Al wrote:
flawed
2017 White Burgundy Dinner (Brasserie Margeaux - Chicago IL): An odd bottle. Significantly reductive to start, and that never dissipated, even after a few hours. Nose was never enjoyable, but the palate was rich and powerful. Very different vs the two previous bottles that thrilled me.
  • poppacork commented:

    1/8/20, 6:35 AM - Your comment is similar to my experience with this wine on Saturday. Is this the first time you've tasted it in America? I wonder if they're bottle sick from the importation shipping.

White
2014 Ridge Chardonnay Estate Santa Cruz Mountains
10/10/2019 - poppacork Likes this wine:
92 points
This is one of the better Ridge Chardonnays I've had recently. The oak has mellowed a bit to just a layer of dry cedar and dill on top of the creamy chardonnay fruit which alternates between citrus and mango. There's also bit of chalky minerality to add interest.
  • poppacork commented:

    11/12/19, 8:05 PM - Oops. yes I did enjoy it. Thanks!

Red
2014 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
6/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
95 points
Pontet-Canet '14 - '16 vertical.

The most forward and open-knit of the three. Strong Cabernet Sauvignon markers, notably pyrazines, blackcurrant, and graphite, deftly rounded by plush Merlot. Also featuring a somewhat delicate expression of Pauillac terroir. The wine sports medium plus acid and medium, velvety tannins. Certainly approachable now, and highly likely to improve. It should reach full stride by 2035+. Pontet-Canet captures the essence of the 2014 vintage. Bravo!
  • poppacork commented:

    7/17/19, 7:43 PM - How prominent are the pyrazines in this wine? Raw green pepper notes are generally a flaw for me, but I can manage with some fire-roasted red pepper notes.

Red
2016 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées Pinot Noir
6/27/2019 - UTPK wrote:
Wow I love Mugnier. So elegant and mineral. No forced fruit, just long, refined and cherry on top. Beginning to close down a bit so hurry up if you want to taste this while still in its primary phase.
  • poppacork commented:

    6/27/19, 2:39 PM - Did you intend to write “sherry” or was that word supposed to be cherry? Sherry flavors in Pinot would be strange.

Red
2014 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Three Palms Vineyard Napa Valley
5/15/2019 - msuwine wrote:
90 points
Two words sum up my thoughts on this wine. The first is "extracted" - the fruit here tends towards plums, prunes, and raisins; whatever kind of ripe and dried fruit you can think of, this wine has it. The second word is "chunky." In addition to the excess of fruit, the oak treatment - like some kind of Pompeian volcanic ash - coats, almost ossifies every aspect of the wine with tastes of cedar, sawdust, and burnt toast. To paraphrase Ramsay, anyone who tells you that this is a subtle wine, hasn't been paying attention.

Still, it's not all bad. It's not all good - obviously not #1 Wine Of The Year good - but it holds together fine, even if it bursts at the seams a bit. Cherry red in color and full (like Vitamin D milk full) in body, the wine offers a pungent nose of boysenberry, fruit cake, menthol, and baking spices (maybe too many baking spices, like when you accidentally add a tablespoon when the recipe calls for a teaspoon). Tastes of blueberry, smashed raspberry, prune, and tree bark, with a somewhat dry finish. Blend of 86% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, and 2% Petit Verdot. 14.5% alcohol. Absolutely decant for an hour or two.

I'm in the pro-oak (and pro-new-oak) side of the wine drinking population (the silent majority, to be sure!), but my complaint about this (and most) Duckhorn reds is that they're just a bit clumsy. There is power and complexity, but there's also wood chips and prunes. It's like the difference between a high school lineman and a pro; both are big and strong and maybe even weigh the same amount, but, when they come off the snap, one moves - and the other dances. This wine just moves - not horribly, but nowhere near ready for the big leagues.
  • poppacork commented:

    6/1/19, 11:05 AM - This review is spot on. Matches my experience with the wine.

Red
2012 Paolo Bea Umbria San Valentino Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
5/21/2019 - thesternowl wrote:
flawed
Huge Bea fan here. This bottle seemed completely overrun by brett...the smell of an active stockyard was overwhelming and it was very difficult to pull anything else out. An extended decant didn't help. Based off notes I've read from others, this seems to be well outside of what should be expected. I have three more bottles and will open another soon...for science.
  • poppacork commented:

    5/22/19, 3:35 PM - I didn’t experience Brett in my bottle either.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2010 François Cazin (Le Petit Chambord) Cour-Cheverny Vendanges Manuelles Cuvée Renaissance Moelleux Romorantin
12/14/2018 - MC2 Wines wrote:
Poogan's Porch @ James Beard (James Beard House in NYC): Prob one of the more interesting wines of the night. Poured into little sherry glasses. This is actually much less sweet than I expected. Much more in a slightly off-dry style. A bit more sherry-like in nature. The pecan pie was quite sweet and the approach here seemed to be to pick a wine with less sweetness so they weren't competing.
  • poppacork commented:

    2/3/19, 12:44 PM - Tawny Port makes the best pecan pie pairing.

Red
2016 Domaine Vacheron Sancerre Rouge Pinot Noir
1/11/2019 - poppacork Likes this wine:
90 points
Dark ruby going on garnet color. Quite robust with dark red berries (dried cranberries) and a touch of animal sweat. Tannins and acidity are both medium.
  • poppacork commented:

    1/15/19, 11:51 AM - Like a sweaty horse after a ride. Not a bad smell.

White
2014 Ridge Chardonnay Estate Santa Cruz Mountains
1/10/2019 - guitarguy wrote:
78 points
This wine has some type of nasty, skunky, musk nose and taste that has persisted from bottle one to 5. It just trashed the wine. I’m just abhorred, as a long-time MB collector to see Ridge add that name to this trash. What is going on with Chardonnay up on the hilltop and what did the critics taste, certainly not this garbage. I should probably call the MB collector club and complain. Is it Brett?, some other nasty organism? Anyhow, hard pass from now on.
  • poppacork commented:

    1/11/19, 3:25 PM - Sounds spoiled. I’ve never tasted brett in a Ridge Chard.

Red
2007 Oddero Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda Nebbiolo
9/29/2018 - Nyccablover Likes this wine:
93 points
Charleston Offlineorama IV; 9/27/2018-10/1/2018 (Charleston, NC (various locations)): Tasted next to the '07 Vietti Rocche - this was a bit more open and accessible. Not sure if perhaps it was decanted in advance or is just softer earlier in its life cycle. Some floral aromatics on the nose. On the palate red fruits, and a bit of tar and earth are coming through - some grip but the tannins are not chewy. This too is quite young and needs more cellar time to fully reveal its depths.
  • poppacork commented:

    10/2/18, 4:05 PM - I’m glad you enjoyed it. The bottles were not decanted in advance.

Red
2011 Paolo Bea Umbria San Valentino Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
5/21/2018 - poppacork wrote:
93 points
Holy smokes! This was my first Paolo Bea wine and I didn’t know what to expect, but I was blown away.

Boatloads of bright cherry give an initial impression of sweetness, but the wine is actually very dry and well balanced with complex secondary flavors of prosciutto, baking spices, and floral notes. There’s almost too much VA for my taste, but it works well with the intense cherry profile to enhance aromatics.

Day 2: Pretty much unchanged with half a bottle remaining on the countertop overnight.
  • poppacork commented:

    5/28/18, 3:58 PM - I went back for another bottle so hopefully the second experience will be just as good.

Red
2014 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Nebbiolo
5/6/2018 - battytaxicab wrote:
90 points
Rusty, tawny color. Dark cherry with rich, earthy aroma behind. Still quite tannic and very firm. Have four more left and will see if it opens up more but a little dubious since the color suggested it had matured well.
  • poppacork commented:

    5/12/18, 6:44 PM - Proper Nebbiolo should be rust colored.

Red
2016 Ridge Zinfandel East Bench Dry Creek Valley
4/18/2018 - MarkBrinsden Likes this wine:
75 points
When I compare this to the Carmichael 2916 I find this more inky. I prefer the Carmichael.
  • poppacork commented:

    4/27/18, 4:15 PM - A score of 75 would normally be reserved for a mediocre wine under the normal Wine Spectator or Parker scoring systems which are used on Cellar Tracker. Would you consider this wine to be mediocre?

Red
2014 K Vintners Syrah Powerline Estate Walla Walla Valley
3/25/2018 - poppacork wrote:
87 points
The bottle presented strong notes of black olives (others described as pickle juice) with recessed blackberry. Not sure if it’s just bottle variation or if the wine is fading fast.
  • poppacork commented:

    3/26/18, 10:55 AM - I don’t think this wine will age very well as it’s rather ripe with modest structure. If it goes to sleep, it’s not waking back up.

Red
2014 Château Malescot St. Exupéry Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
3/18/2018 - melodrameric wrote:
Seems pretty closed at the moment. There have been some very nice reviews lately so I was looking forward to trying this, but it’s a little disappointing. It’s young so it probably just needs more time.
  • poppacork commented:

    3/19/18, 1:53 PM - I’m generally skeptical of glowing reviews of young Bordeaux. I’ve usually found them to be quite tannic.

Red
2012 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
12/30/2017 - rustyRudy wrote:
94 points
Started off a big night of wine tasting. There was olive tapenade , grilled beef and dark fruit. There was the expected Cayuse funk that was in check and softened over three hours. Compared to the Paso Robles that followed it was leaner and less extracted. This will likely get a higher score from me with more time.
  • poppacork commented:

    1/31/18, 11:49 AM - Tamponade! Is that like old bandaid flavor?

  • poppacork commented:

    1/31/18, 7:58 PM - No, I just had a chuckle about the spelling of tapenade.

Red
2014 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah
11/3/2017 - Cuellar's Cellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Killer. Big fruit. This vintage can last for several years. good tannins, good fruit. overall, just a great cab
  • poppacork commented:

    11/5/17, 4:06 AM - Relentless is a Syrah

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