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Red
2016 Melka Métisse Jumping Goat Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/11/2019 - sirpat007 wrote:
93 points
Melka Estates Tasting (Napa Grill, Zurich): Big Melka Estates tasting with various wines produced by Philippe and Cherie Melka, both present at the event, including the largest Jumping Goat vertical to date. Selected notes of the winemaker comments included in the tasting story. All wines we tasted showed a European inspired handwriting (Graves, Rhone valley) especially for older vintages with later vintages (2012- 2014) coming across quite heavy on the extraction. But with most scores in the 91-94 range (few exceptions included Jumping Goat 2005 and Martinez 2015, the first vintage for the latter), the line-up struggled to meet my high expectations.

Tasting note:
A bit less extracted than 2013-14, alomst a cool type of fruit. Good structure, tension and intensity. For once not the strongest vintage in a Napa vertical.
  • sirpat007 commented:

    11/6/19, 10:47 PM - This was my first and so far only encounter with Melka Jumping Goats. We tasted 05, 06, 07, 08, 09 and then 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. The 05 came in best in the line-up (I scored it 96) and I regret not having tasted this 5 years ago if you say this is already declining - must have been fabulous!! Sadly we didn't have the 10. I didn't even rate 07 because it was already oxidized. Was thinking maybe a bad bottle but it would appear a vintage issue there if you say that's your least favourite anyway.

    My (brief) tasting note for the 05 was as follows: "Fine, sweet berry fruit. Sexy but not opulent in style. Fine earthy and leathery aromatics. No signs of fatigue what so ever, still youthful and fresh. Balanced and finely textured. One of the wines of the night and on a par with Martinez 2015."

Red
1995 Gaja Barolo Sperss Nebbiolo
4/2/2019 - Collector1855 wrote:
88 points
Another confirmation why I never really liked Gaja. The combination of a new oak nose with tannic/acidic, slightly maderized drying Nebbiolo finish just does not work for me...
  • sirpat007 commented:

    10/21/19, 1:42 AM - If you ever get a chance, big fan of the 1989. give it a proper decant first, though...

White
2014 Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
9/9/2019 - Collector1855 wrote:
flawed
Premox. When a 2014 White Burg has such nutty aromas I call a spade a spade, even though if some of my white Burg fan colleagues at the table (as so often) want to argue themselves out of the embarrassing situation.
  • sirpat007 commented:

    9/26/19, 7:41 AM - :)

Red
2013 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
9/12/2019 - sirpat007 Likes this wine:
95 points
Tasted blind. Dark bramble berry fruit but in a cooler and more refined way. Just a hint of spices. Mouth-coating tannins but well integrated and a dark fruit on palate. Good balance and medium length finish. Unfortunately came across slightly closed and hence lacked a bit in expression, but then the palate revealed incredible elegance and delicacy and not at all as wild as other Napa cabs from the 2013 vintage.
  • sirpat007 commented:

    9/17/19, 12:48 AM - First of all, like the „007“ in your user name - can totally relate to that.

    This was part of a 13 bottle line-up split into 4 flights. The Screaming Eagle flight also included a Once & Future Frank‘s Block Zinfandel 2016 (I know!) and a custom made 2015 Napa Cab blended by the host of the event. It was poured from a decanter, but not sure how much time the wine spent in there - I‘m guessing a couple of hours.

    You‘re right, this might have just entered a phase of being closed now. Maybe best to watch out for fellow CT posts.

White - Sparkling
2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
9/7/2019 - sirpat007 wrote:
95 points
Slightly citric fruit flavours and some white fruit, fresh green herbacious notes. Very few oxidative notes at first and not very expressive although clearly fine and delicate. Over time, the aroma profile expands adding butterscotch and almond. Good balance with fine acidity. Among the 2008 Champagnes, Rouis Roederer Cristal remains my top pick. But let's see what happens as the bottles age...
  • sirpat007 commented:

    9/10/19, 2:48 AM - Well sadly you are wrong. ;)
    Agree on the Cristal needing many more years to reach its full potential, but so does the Dom I think. This clearly calls for a one-on-one duel between the two - ideally one now and one in a decade.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2015 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
3/11/2018 - sirpat007 Likes this wine:
100 points
Tasted at the Arvi Bordeaux 2015 event in Zurich.

A lot of depth. Warm spiceyness. Soft edges. Homogeneous. My friend’s comment on this says it all: “Knocks my socks off!”. Every facette of this wine is exactly where it should be. The winner of the day for me. Hard to imagine any sweet wine could be any better than this.
  • sirpat007 commented:

    9/3/19, 10:37 PM - Hi Dave - This is as close to perfection as a wine can get in my view. If I was told I only had 6 bottles of wine left to drink in my life this would be one of them. If you try it, let me know what you think!
    Cheers
    Patrick

  • sirpat007 commented:

    9/4/19, 7:45 AM - Parker says 2025-65, but I already had it twice and it was fabulous - so depending on how many bottles you'll have maybe you want to wait a bit or stage your tastings...

  • sirpat007 commented:

    9/9/19, 2:15 AM - In general that is correct. Don't ask me for the biochemical mechanics behind this but larger formats age better. But if you're looking at a 5-year horizon I don't think it matters that much. And in this particular case the sugar in a sweet wine acts as a preservative, so even less to worry about. Personally I also found that 750cl is often too much for a sweet wine, especially if shared over a "normal" party of 4 dinner. I stopped buying 750cl Sauternes and always go for the 375cl if available - even if intended for long term cellaring!

Red
2009 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/18/2018 - PortlandSeth Likes this wine:
95 points
Well integrated and balanced fruit and oak. So well integrated that I found individual flavors difficult to identify, something not usually a problem for me. Tremendous depth of flavor but not much complexity. The flavor did not evolve in the mouth, it was kinda one-note. But what a note! Absolutely delicious, everything in proportion, but missing some perfumed aromatics of other great Bordeauxs.
  • sirpat007 commented:

    5/27/18, 4:09 AM - Ha - your „Damn you RP“ comment made me laugh out loud! Good review and agree fully with the one-dimensional, but great flavour profile! I think with a good decant (4h) already very enjoyable now and worth stocking up a case or two to enjoy a bottle at each anniversary - would be interested to see how your wife‘s price tag estimate evolves over time with increasing bottle age...

  • sirpat007 commented:

    9/3/19, 11:02 PM - will be curious to read your conclusions from that vertical!

Red
2018 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
5/9/2019 - sirpat007 Likes this wine:
98 points
Bordeaux 2018 barrel tasting (Papiersaal Sihlcity, Zürich): Barrel sample tasted at a merchant event in Zurich. Out of a sample of 12 wines, my main conclusions were: 1) again a strong vintage as pundits claim with ripe fruit profiles the common theme, and 2) generally elevated alcohol levels proved less of an issue on the palate than I feared with hardly any unwanted heat on the palate. Within this small sample, my highlights were Calon Ségur (98) and Rauzan-Ségla (98) with Pichon Baron (97) not far behind.

Intriguing complexity and clearly one of the highlights as mentioned above. The fruit reminded me more of fruit tea than fresh berries. Herbal notes, sweet spices and violets complement the profile. This was great and even shone brighter then the 2016 (96), in my view.
  • sirpat007 commented:

    8/15/19, 3:24 AM - Hi Dave - Indeed, not for the Calon-Ségur, but this was the case for many others. Regaring aging potential, that is definitely an issue I agree - but to be fair my experience in tastings wines from barrel and following them for a decade or longer is very limited so hard to judge.

  • sirpat007 commented:

    8/18/19, 6:55 AM - I agree with your view that high alcohol levels could interfere with the balance while aging for Bordeaux 2018 in general. But I don‘t think that is an issue for the Calon Ségur in particular. Would I buy the 2016? In fact I already have so the answer is Yes. But I already liked the 2018 from barrel better than the 2016 in the bottle! So if you need to choose go for the 2018 - if you can find any bottles, that is.

Red
1969 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
8/7/2019 - sirpat007 Likes this wine:
97 points
Chappellet tasting (Napa Grill, Zurich): Part of a Chappellet tasting showing a total of 16 wines including a Prichard Hill mini-vertical (7 vintages from 1969 to 2016) attended by Cyril and Blakesley Chappellet. The one highlight I will never forget was clearly the 1969 Pritchard Hill that knocked me out of my socks. In more recent vintages the 2013-16 representatives come across less extracted and more complex that the 2007-12. The whites were decent but can't compete in the Permier League. Also had a bottle of the 2016 PNV which was unfortunately closed but showed great potential.

Tasting note:
All-embracing sensation from the first moment. Lots of fresh cigar tobacco, sweet savoury, bit of leather with a core of dark bramble berry fruit. A crescendo of aging notes still coupled with an intense fruit and baking spices. Surprisingly fresh with maybe just the very first signs of fatigue on the palate. Also an interesting phasing here with a first wave of acidity followed by a gradual creeping up of tannins that still coat your cheeks. A mind-blowing nose but with a palate that cannot quite keep up and that, I fear, could start to disintegrate slowly with too much more bottle age. But in any case this was spectacular and testament to how well Napa cabs can age. 97+
  • sirpat007 commented:

    8/12/19, 11:32 PM - It is a good dream to have, but apparently has become very rare. It is absolutely stunning how well this stuff aged, especially if you consider that this was only the 3rd vintage!

White
2013 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre Chardonnay
7/4/2019 - sirpat007 Likes this wine:
95 points
Part of an unexpected Chablis mini-vertical. Conditions not ideal with bottles already open a while and kept at room temperature. Smokey oakiness, crisp citric fruit which carries on to the palate. Buttery already on the nose. A bit of burnt sugar. Dense and concentrated. Nice and round with refreshing acidity but without the overdose.
  • sirpat007 commented:

    7/23/19, 9:32 AM - You did make me doubt myself for a sec there!

    But: Along with René and Vincent Dauvissat, Raveneau pioneered the use of Côte d’Or winemaking in Chablis, including barrel fermentation and extended lees contact.

    Also checked some of the pro reviews now. ->

    Neal Martin (Parker): „There seems to be a bit if new oak here...“

    Stephan Tanzer (Vinous): „Showing a bit more oak than most of the other 2013s, as the Raveneaus used what Bernard described as "younger old barrels" to age this wine.“

  • sirpat007 commented:

    7/29/19, 5:09 PM - np

Red
2009 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
6/24/2019 - sirpat007 Likes this wine:
97 points
2009 Bordeaux 10 years in the bottle 2-day horizontal; 6/23/2019-6/24/2019 (Fribourg): Part of a grand Bordeaux 2009 tasting spanning 2 days that revealed 1) a right bank struggling with overripe fruit and overwhelming tannins, 2) wide spreak between top performers and laggards, 3) left bank, and especially Margaux, outshone the right bank cousins, 4) Top wines: Palmer, Margaux, Cheval Blanc, Vieux Chateau Certan.

Tasting note:
More red type of fruit profile and flowers. Fine and elegant with a delicate aromatic structure. Full bodied on the palate with secondary flavours of leather complementing the beautifully sweet fruit. finish extends forever. Along with Margaux nr 1 on the right bank for me in 2009.
  • sirpat007 commented:

    7/23/19, 9:14 AM - Argh - that‘s what happens if you don‘t go through editing! Made some changes - thanks for flagging!

Red
2010 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/4/2019 - sirpat007 wrote:
95 points
Ripe, red fruit, a bit of cedar wood and sweet spices. A slightly jammy character. Fine herbal aromatics, green and fresh. Surprisingly light on the palate and easily accessible. Young and sexy, but already harmonious. Add some more secondary and tertiary flavours with a few more years of bottle age and this will be great. Already seems to be outflanking the infamous 2009 (my scores: 97, 94, 94) with the gap between the two probably extending over time.
  • sirpat007 commented:

    7/19/19, 11:47 AM - I circular-seconded all comments above

Red
2005 Château Larcis Ducasse St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
5/26/2017 - dcwino wrote:
94 points
Poker night - Bordeaux single blind - 00 & 03 Pavie, 98 TR, 05 LD and etc. (My house - Northern Virginia): Bright red fruit, nicely maturing. Assaf correctly guesses the vintage again. My guess is Palmer based on the red fruit but no Margaux flowers. Slightly one dimensional but silky and polished palate, and good freshness and balance. It is developing nicely.
  • sirpat007 commented:

    5/7/19, 8:17 AM - That is one hell of a poker night - only winners with this line up.

Red
2010 Christian Hermann Pinot Noir "H" Fläsch
5/3/2019 - sirpat007 Likes this wine:
94 points
Tasted blind at IGNIV in Bad Ragaz. About 2h in the decanter and already high intensity despite being slightly cooled down. The typical earth and mushroom reminded me instantly of Gantenbein, but there were also some barnyard and some meaty flavours which as we discussed at the table would have been the hint that that this was not a Gantenbein. Not quite ripe strawberry fruit with this fruit also signature on the palate. In sum, an amazing nose, but still some hard edges on the palate.
  • sirpat007 commented:

    5/4/19, 7:57 AM - Yes also toast. No surprise as Hermann ages his juice in small barrels for exactly that reason.

  • sirpat007 commented:

    5/4/19, 10:50 AM - So obvious didn‘t think necessary.

Red
2016 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
4/16/2019 - sirpat007 Likes this wine:
97 points
Gerstl Bordeaux 2016 Arrivage: Third Bordeaux 2016 Arrivage event, this time hosted by Gerstl. Of the wines I had not tasted before, Cos d'Estournel came in strong with a score of 97 while Tertre de la Mouleyre came in last (92) with the others all tightly scattered around 95. My previous impression of not only fantastic but also early accessible vintage were confirmed. Over all three tastings, my top scoring 2016s remain Figeac (2x), Léoville Las Cases and Yquem all at 98.

Beatuful purple colour that catches the eye already from a distance. High intensity nose with mixed forrest berries around a soul of petrol and animal flavours. High octane palate showing lots of minerality, in fact you need to take a big breadth after to recover. Clearly not yet ready and less accessible than others in this great vintage, but definitely one that will age into a beast given enough time.
  • sirpat007 commented:

    4/23/19, 10:01 AM - hm I think the answer depends on how many bottles you have... ;)
    If you have „sufficient“ I would say no harm in, or even well worth it, trying one fresh in the bottle as a reference point. I tasted this directly out of bottle during the walk about event so a proper 2-4h decant could help a lot I‘m guessing. Less accessible than others in the vintage, but also quite unique and singular. If you only have a few bottles maybe best to save... if you have 6 or better 12 go for it!

Red
1998 Château Pavie Decesse St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
5/20/2018 - Vino Me wrote:
93 points
Opened by Mark. Decanted 4 hours before drinking. 2nd time I have had this wine. The favorite of the 4 1998 Bordeaux. Round with integrated tannins. Notes of plums, currant and blackberries with a smooth finish. 93 points.
  • sirpat007 commented:

    3/6/19, 3:27 AM - Hi - Useful comment. You mentioned you had this twice. How long did you decant the first time round and what do think would be ideal? Thanks!

  • sirpat007 commented:

    4/12/19, 9:43 AM - Thanks! I ended up going for 2.5h and that seemed to work quite well...

Red
2014 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon Lore Vineyard Oakville
11/15/2017 - WestUAg Likes this wine:
94 points
Could definitely taste the similarities to the Maybach in this bottle, lots of nice red fruit but I felt it was a little tight and tanic still. Clearly a well made wine with great structure and a wonderful red fruit profile. This needs a few hours of decant or a few more years in the bottle. I will revisit in a few months with a long decant and repost.

94 for now but big upside here
  • sirpat007 commented:

    3/6/19, 3:12 AM - Interesting Maybach comparison! Just wondering have you ever done the revisit with the long decant? Would be curious how that went...

Red
2013 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
1/18/2019 - sirpat007 wrote:
91 points
Tasted blind. 1h decant followed by 2h slow-ox. Pleasing, Bordeaux-type of nose despite the 80% Sangiovese. Mixed berries dark and red, tobacco, leather, floral notes (violets maybe) and a bit earthy. Elegant both in the nose and on the palate where the 1h decant clearly helped to produce a round texture. Clearly a crowd pleaser and the gang around the table liked it a lot. Having said that, I was left pretty disappointed. No evolution in the glass to speak of. Being inoffensive on all counts made the drinking very easy, but in my view also meant a lack of character. These are harsh words but given the high score by WA (best ever along with 2015 and potentially 2016) I would have hoped for a more exciting and profound experience.
  • sirpat007 commented:

    1/28/19, 5:42 AM - Thanks, useful! Fortunatly stocked up enough to revisit quite a few times... :)

Red
2011 Clos Rougeard (Foucault) Saumur-Champigny Les Poyeux Cabernet Franc
1/11/2019 - Collector1855 wrote:
96 points
Wow! Heard a lot about this producer/wine but for the longest time just never had an opportunity to get ahold of a bottle. For everyone who wonders why does a CabFranc from Loire, which normally costs 40$ all of a sudden should cost 400$, here is your answer: Think of this wine as an elegant Burgundy with lots of stemmy aromas, like Dujac. The palate is sublike, elegant, leally like a Burgundy, the aromas have losts of red fruit, cranberry and that CabSav leafiness on the finish. Sublime, alas expensive. 96-97
  • sirpat007 commented:

    1/21/19, 2:07 PM - I thought you made a typo on the price there, but no you didn't - and it's not for a case either! Still, very tempted to get a bottle now having read this...

Red
2014 Purlieu Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Napa Valley
5/7/2018 - csimm1161 wrote:
97 points
Similar to my notes on 9/9/2017. Beautifully pure and sexy black core fruit. Scorched earth, fresh vanilla bean, fresh asphalt, incense, clove, black tar heroin (kinda like an adult tootsie roll dipped in vermouth and Angostura bitters), and some black soil. A superb example of To Kalon, with just a hint of semi-sweet chocolate to crank up an even more accessible and voluptuous mouthfeel. Those who are modern-Cab adverse best not troll in these waters, as this is a full-bodied example of the varietal. But there is also a finesse and skillful delivery here that I don't often see from this site. Silky smooth across the palate (signature Fayard), with a back end that would make a Kardashian envious.

Drink now and over the next 5+ years. 97 points all day long for my palate (possibly underscoring).
  • sirpat007 commented:

    12/8/18, 9:06 AM - Your Kardashian analogy makes me open one of my 2 recently acquired bottles today for dinner...

  • sirpat007 commented:

    12/9/18, 1:12 AM - Thanks for the tip, almost went with a freshwater fish sashimi there... ;)

    This was absolutely stunning, by the way! What a bottle...

Red
2014 O'Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder
8/23/2018 - sirpat007 wrote:
91 points
Decanted approx. 1h but clearly 2-4h would have been better as the wine appeared closed initiaolly and only opened up marginally during the 1h the bottle was consumed. The nose is dominated by blackcurrent and very (too) greenish herbs and menthol or mint. Clearly full bodied but with tannins that are still pretty rough. Otherwise a fruit centered palate that one of the ladies at the dinner enjoyed very much. I could imagine there is more potential once tannins melt with increasing bottle age, but I'm fearing this may take quite a while before we know if there is more hidden underneath. Would very much like to compare to the Howell Mountain sibling once.
  • sirpat007 commented:

    8/26/18, 4:57 AM - Thanks both, useful feedback. Interesting how expert views are quite far apart on this one ranging from 84 (Decanter) to 96 (Parker / Galloni).

Red
2012 Arkenstone Obsidian Howell Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend
6/21/2018 - sirpat007 Likes this wine:
95 points
Tasted with a dinner in the Twist at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. Beautiful dark, red colour. Intense cassis and ripe (but not over-ripe) fruit. Powerful on the palate with an intrigueing choclate taste. It was a pleasure to drink this well done Napa Cab.
  • sirpat007 commented:

    6/28/18, 12:51 PM - If you need help, just shout - happy to be of drinking assistance! ;)

Red
2015 Bevan Cellars EE Cuvée Tench Vineyard Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend
3/24/2018 - sirpat007 Likes this wine:
98 points
A friend of mine who uses this term way too often described this one as complex and sophisticated. Yet it is probably the most fitting description. Cassis and raspberry fruit are (a bit too?) ripe. Floral notes, West Indian cedar, vanilla bean - but also fresh and youthful, almost invigorating. Medium to long finish with a nice herbal touch from the Cab Franc. Instant pleasure. And evolving. After hours in the glass became darker, less jamy and more spicy - as if a cook were continously improving the finishing on his signature dish! Wine of the night with competition consisting of Vin de Constance, Redigaffi, Las Pizarras, Gantenbein and Domaine de la Mordoree (La Reine des Bois).
  • sirpat007 commented:

    6/5/18, 7:22 AM - West Indian cedar (or Spanish cedar) stands out for being particularly aromatic (also grows in the Americas, btw). That's what cigar boxes are made of, for example. Imagine taking a deep breath from a freshly opened cigar box - then compare this with standing in Hope Depot where I would expect you to find more pale and bright scents of wood shavings. Hope this helps?

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