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Red
2009 Château Pavie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
10/3/2021 - Brian of Mull Likes this wine:
97 points
Coming back to this after a about a year. Opened 3 hours. Color is dark garnet/purple. On the nose: Cassis, leather, something vegetal and graphite. On the palate: Very rich plums, green pepper, cassis, leather and a bit of sour cherry and dark chocolate at the end . Flavors are very concentrated, broad and long. This is a superb wine from a superb vintage. This will be good for decades.
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    10/6/21, 2:22 PM - I think it’s worth trying one now

Red
2009 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
9/6/2021 - Brian of Mull Likes this wine:
95 points
Coming down to my last few bottles of a case. Opened for 2 hours. Color is dark garnet/purple. On the nose: Plum, Cassis, graphite, menthol, raisin and espresso. On the palate: Cassis, plum, graphite, dark chocolate, menthol, eucalyptus and hint of raisin on the finish. Long finish and sensuous mouthfeel. This is a wonderful Monte Bello. Lots of life in this.
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    9/21/21, 8:43 AM - I would suggest 3 hours in the bottle. That should let it open up

Red
2009 Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes Syrah
10/17/2020 - dbkitc wrote:
96 points
Um. I like this a whole bunch more than most. To me this is classic, traditional and full impact-monumental Cornas. Full, deep, rustic, animal, dark fruited and loaded with structure that will allow this to age gracefully for years. Inky but not in a new world, overripe way. So concentrated. Yet so balanced and together. In ten years, I think this will be head turner. Love it. (96+)
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    9/2/21, 4:09 PM - I am drinking my second bottle of a case tonight. Your assessment is spot on and why I love Cornas. Elegant power. A great drivability.

Red
2015 Bodega Numanthia Toro Numanthia Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
7/18/2020 - SirJ Likes this wine:
94 points
May have experienced one of the better barbecue meals in a very long time, labeled Entrecôte from Läckö Kött. Grilled on indirect heat to 58 ° C, corn salad with pickled red onion and roasted new potatoes with two different bernaise sauces. Bodegas Numanthia's wine Numanthia from 2015 was absolutely magical, fantastic tannins and a wonderfully powerful fruit scoop consisting of black currants, plums and blackberries, a really good wine that will be even better in a couple of years 👍🍷🙏.
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    6/29/21, 4:15 PM - Great detail in your note. Thank you for sharing.

Red
2017 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
1/22/2021 - Sundbyberg wrote:
95 points
This wine certainly has potential. Could it go all the way? Maybe.
A lovely nose, but still som unintegrated oak and som tannins even after a 10 hour decant and 2 double decants.
But everything is there and the fruit is just lovely.
Montebello seems to undergo gradual modernization, but it is done in a good way.

My fourth vintage of this wine: 97, 2012, 2013 and 2017.
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    3/15/21, 4:51 PM - I have been holding back in trying (My case is sitting in my cellar) but I am tempted to try after reading your note. I too have many vintages with 1999, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. They really age well so I have been trying not to drink to young. I liked the 2012 so much I drank it all.

Red
2011 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
6/17/2020 - progenitive Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful. My guess, based on tannins, could be aged many more years. But the classic Rioja softness, oak, spice, are all manifest now, and very drinkable. I wish I had bought more.
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    2/24/21, 4:05 PM - I share your sentiments. I bought 3 bottles but should have bought a case. This is very good.

Red
2016 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah The Tribe Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
3/22/2020 - shadow wrote:
97 points
Sour funk on the nose that screams Cayuse rocks.
First sip, wet and balanced, says drink me.
Flavors suggest deep woods moss on a damp morning and braised short ribs.
Easy and enticing as each sip is better than the last.
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    2/17/21, 4:02 PM - Each sip better than last. I agree 100% with your sentiment. First time I’ve had this wine. It is incredible. “Sour funk” is spot on.

Red
2004 Clarendon Hills Astralis Shiraz Blend, Syrah
2/11/2021 - Brian of Mull Likes this wine:
96 points
Have been holding this bottle in my cellar for 10 years. Time to try. Opened for 2 hours. Color is deep ruby red. On the nose: Cassis, Pepper, violets, tar and smoke. On the palate: Cassis , lavender, violets, pepper, smoke, blood and licorice. Very complex flavor profile. Great breadth and length. This is fabulous wine.
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    2/16/21, 3:54 PM - It’s holding up very well. It still has life in it. It’s not past it’s prime IMO.

Red
2015 Stéphane Ogier Côte-Rôtie la Vialliere Syrah
2/11/2019 - Jeff Leve wrote:
98 points
Matching the power of the fruit with the tannins and waves of complexities produces a wine that is equally concentrated, fresh and dense. The lift and aromatics shine here. The finish, with its multi-layered wall of stone, spice and red fruits goes on and on. But this demands at least a decade in the cellar before it is ready for its prime time drinking window.
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    1/31/21, 3:47 PM - I concur. This wine is exceptional but needs a lot of time to fully appreciate. Thanks for the helpful note.

Red
2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
1/12/2021 - Brian of Mull Likes this wine:
93 points
Opened for 2 hours. Color is very dark red/purple. On the nose: Plum, vanilla, Strawberry, pepper. Cassis and violets. On the palate: Strawberry, dark chocolate , vanilla, baking spices, plum. A lot of very pretty flavors in the mix. Finish is a bit short. Mouthfeel is sensuous.
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    1/30/21, 3:20 PM - yes, it needs more time. I was given the bottle by a work colleague and wanted to try as I am big fan of Beaucastel. I need to find some as I have 1 bottle of 2015 left and a Magnum of Hommage de Jacques Perrin that I am saving for a very very special occasion TBD,.

Red
2009 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Syrah
8/13/2020 - Niagara wrote:
99 points
By the eye of Odin! This stuff is the stuff myth is made of, the reward for slow alcohol poisoning in search of the perfect bottle. This has to come as close to perfection as I’ve ever known, and it’s still very young, vibrant, unrestrained, jumping around in the glass and on the palate. It’s not a beverage, it’s an emotional experience. You could wait, but why?
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    11/15/20, 3:13 PM - Absolutely agree with your note. It is truly and emotional experience. Think about the hundreds of years of pedigree to produce this pleasure.

  • Brian of Mull commented:

    1/30/21, 3:16 PM - I’ve had the 2009 both very young and recently. It’s got many decades left I think, but I would not deprive myself. I likely will drink the rest of my case as 2 bottles per year until done. I was smart enough to to buy a case, but not smart enough to to buy multiple cases and just lay down. It’s just so good. I think the 2009 is worthy of just being labeled Cuvée Cathelin by Chave. I have had occasion to have Cuvée Cathelin 5 times to date. It’s incredible and in the right Parisian restaurant “affordable as it were” as they charge a fraction of retail price. The 2009 is second to none.

Red
2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Home Vineyard San Mateo County
3/2/2019 - DickMull Likes this wine:
93 points
Opened for an hour before tasting. Nose has scents of dark red fruit and saddle leather, with hints of camphor and oak. Medium in body, the fruit was a bit blacker on the palate, along with notes of moist earth and vanillin. Nice long finish, with a slight dryness at the end. I think it is way too young and will definitely improve with age.
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    12/1/20, 4:09 PM - I appreciate the thoughtfulness of your note. Very helpful.

Red
2017 Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Santa Cruz Mountains
8/21/2020 - JustBreathe680 Likes this wine:
93 points
I first tasted this wine on 4/2/20. The wine on that day was from a 750 and it was shipped 2 day mail and received on 3/31/20. My original review notes the possibility of some potential bottle shock due to the quick turnaround time. I don't know if bottle shock was at play but the bottle I drank on 8/21/20 showed much better than the bottle on 4/2/20. However, there are a few differences to note between the 2 tastings.

4/2/20 tasting was from a 750. It was only in my Eurocave at 55 degrees for 2 days. The bottle was decanted for approximately 2 hours. It was consumed out of a Riedel SOMM Bordeaux glass.

8/21/20 tasting was from a 375. It sat at 55 degrees in the Eurocave for a few months. The bottle was decanted the same amount of time, approximately 2 hours. Final twist between the two tastings, the glass used was a Conterno Sensory which is advertised to be used with almost all wine varietals but it was designed and intended to be used with Barolo and Pinot Noir styled wines. However, it is also suggested for young Bordeaux, which is why I decided to switch up the glass on this tasting.

The wine showed much better on the second go around. It was more relaxed and not as wound up as it was the first time. There were more aromas this time. There were good scents of spices. The flavors were of black cherries, blackberries and red cherry. There appeared to be the added presence of red fruits this time, which may be due to the glass. There was a sweet tannin flavor, which I have noticed recently in several Ridge wines I've drank. I'm not sure if this is due to American Oak but it is a distinct taste of Ridge for me. The tannins were medium plus but they became more pronounced the longer the wine was in prolonged contact with air. There was good acidity (medium plus). It was just a bit tart.

I enjoyed this wine much more than I did a few months ago. It has plenty of room to improve over the next decade but if you have the itch to open this bottle young, then a long decant will serve you and the wine well. I had no intentions of opening this bottle as early as I did after my first experience but I only wanted to open a 375 and this bottle was front and center. I'm glad I grabbed it against my better judgment. Enjoy!
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    11/17/20, 3:28 PM - I really appreciate the detail of your notes. Extremely helpful in figuring out how I should deal with the wine. Thank you.

Red
1999 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
7/25/2020 - Brian of Mull Likes this wine:
95 points
Time to try the next bottle of my old case of this. Opened 2 hours. On the nose is ripe plum with a bit of cherry. On the palate: wonderful rich concentrated plums, cherry, dark chocolate, mushroom and some funk/smoke at the end. This is delicious, world class and elegant wine. I scored 2 higher than 1.5 years ago. The wine is in great place right now and I am very happy I have the rest of the case to enjoy in the next years.
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    10/28/20, 10:44 AM - The question asked was would 1 hour decant be sufficient. My decant was two hours and I did not taste at 1 hour. 1 hour may be fine, however, the wine after 2 hours was not losing any taste/power so I will stick to the longer decant.

White
2019 Ridge Falanghina Mendocino County
10/3/2020 - Tonyboons33 Likes this wine:
90 points
Absolutely loved this and pretty much anything Ridge puts out. Wish they let me buy more than 3 of these. Great QPR
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    10/26/20, 4:26 PM - Agree 100% with your note. This is very nice wine and I also would like more than the 3 I was allowed to buy. Especially agree with QPR comment. I am always on the lookout for QPR shout outs.

Red
2008 Thierry Allemand Cornas Reynard Syrah
2/11/2017 - Billigan Likes this wine:
96 points
After a two-hour decant, this was tremendously expressive, with deep aromas of smoke, coffee grounds, pungent BBQ spices, and fresh flowers. Same level of depth on the palate, with its rich, smoky, and incredibly pure fruit with a sweet and spicy tingle on the long finish. Just a masterclass in what great syrah is all about.
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    10/10/20, 4:15 PM - Great wine note. As a Syrah lover I understand and agree with where you are coming from. I am down to my last 3 bottles and drinking one of them tonight.

Red
2013 Passopisciaro Passorosso Terre Siciliane Nerello Mascalese
9/18/2016 - Purslane Likes this wine:
92 points
Few serious red wines have as light a color as this wine, where light shines all the way through an inch pour. However uninviting it is visually, the nose is complex and interesting, with pomegranate, evergreen needles, and vanilla cocoa. The sip has a fullness of texture and concentration that is mouth coating, along with bight acidity and pie cherry fruit. The swallow introduces firm and drying tannin and strong cranberry, without being austere or unpleasant. Overall, a medium bodied wine that is well structured, complex, savory, and delicious, without being big, black, or powerful.
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    8/17/20, 4:33 PM - Nice review. I appreciated your thoroughness.

Red
2016 Ridge Geyserville Alexander Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
2/7/2020 - jocelyng Likes this wine:
93 points
- Wife:98 !
- me:ARE YOU SERIOUS ???
- ok...96 !
- What ?!
- I had a tough week: but.... 95 at least !

For me: 93-94. So good. Ripe and oaky of course but there is complexity and finesse rarely seen in a zin. Excellent lenght.
Paired well with duck magret served with porto, blueberry and thyme sauce.
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    7/20/20, 4:01 PM - Love your post. I have a big smile of my face. Tough weeks deserve great wines and I think this is a really good wine.

White
1999 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune Alsace
5/26/2011 - Paul S wrote:
93 points
Dinner at Pierre Gagnaire (Pierre Gagnaire, Rue Balzac, Paris): From a 375ml - still really young and a little tight though, it took the good part of half-an-hour to start opening up. Yellow-gold in colour, this had a beautiful if slightly subtle nose that showed little drops of kerosene, wafting scents of apricots, peaches and red apples, a whiff of white flowers and lots of steely mineral scents. I really liked it. The palate echoed the serious minerality on the nose, opening with a steely edge with a nice lemony hit. Really elegant, lots of finesse, but also with a lovely integrated freshness that made it fun to drink. I just though it missed a bit a depth and length at the back-end at first though. Thankfully, it opened up with time to show dried figs, lemons and flowers drifting alongside a really intense, stony minerality - almost like drinking crushed rocks towards the long, clinging finish. With even more time, the wine started to take on deeper flavours of beeswax, honey, lime and spice. Not the most profound Clos St Hune, but this had a nice weight and heft to it wed to typical precision and focus, so that it was a perfect foil for our lobster and prawn dishes. I wish we had caught this a few years down the road, but nevertheless, always a nice wine to have with a meal.
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    7/17/20, 4:27 PM - Having the Clos Ste Hune tonight. Saw your note. I have eaten at Pierre Gagnaire many times but not for many years. Your note brought back very good memories as I love the restaurant and the wine.

Red
2015 Ridge Geyserville Alexander Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
3/15/2019 - Curtis Chen Likes this wine:
93 points
Drank with the lovely Lily.

A beautiful Zin with a bouquet of aromas like dark red fruit, white pepper, and boysenberry/raspberry puree. A lovely and elegant wine that is more balanced and pleasurable than the '14. This wine's peppery notes continued to increase significantly with more air and began to dominate the wine (but not overly so). This evolution reminded me of the complexity of a 2006 L'Aventure Optimus I had in 2013, which was my epiphany wine, so this was just a beautiful thing to reminisce over.

Fantastic wine and a truly great effort from Ridge. This is why I'll always be a buyer of their Geyserville.
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    6/22/20, 4:29 PM - Very helpful review and I like how you compare to prior vintage and another wine. Thanks

Red
2015 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
11/2/2019 - NostraBacchus Likes this wine:
93 points
This seems a little closed at the moment and will probably need another few years to open up. Still there is that signature Lytton Springs combination of richness, structure and fruit/spices, that is so appealing, but a little muted for now. Notes of plum, dark cherries, sweet spices, licorice, cloves, also some leathery notes, espresso roast and lavender.
It‘s medium-full bodied, with medium-high tannin that is almost hidden under the wealth of fruit and super silky in quality, there is also some medium+ acidity providing nice freshness. Good length. Another winner by Ridge and probably my single favorite Zinfandel (blend) of California. While I generally drink very different things, this always puts a smile on my face and is just absolutely delicious, while being serious and structured enough to age and develop effortlessly for many years. (93+)
  • Brian of Mull commented:

    5/27/20, 4:33 PM - Love your perspective. I think you are spot on. I worked in Russia many years and i used to get a mixed case of Geyserville and Lytton Springs flown in once a year when they would send a charter flight in. I used almost your exact words “Ridge Zins just put a smile on my face and you can’t get them here and they are a great change of pace”. PS : My Russian friends also loved them.

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