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White
2011 Gérard Boulay Sancerre La Comtesse Monts Damnés Sauvignon Blanc
10/5/2016 - thomaskeil wrote:
92 points
Agree with Nanda's note entirely. Very expressive and the creaminess is a bit different from typically lean Sancerre style, but this has great complexity and stature.
  • thomaskeil commented:

    10/7/16, 12:40 PM - Thanks for the comment. I've been cellaring and drinking Cotat for almost two decades without a single regret. This is my first Boulay and your observation about similarities to Cotat reinforces my impression.

Red
2007 Copain Pinot Noir "En Bas" Kiser Anderson Valley
Pulled out to rescue seared scallop course when Vosne was found corked. After a quick decant this wine lit up the table. So perfectly balanced, from the bright Pinot red berry fruit and zesty acidity from start to mineral-driven finish; even some tannin to just firm it up. Nice spice and florals on nose, fruit and texture complexity on the palate. Still fresh with life ahead, but the balance now should not be missed.
  • thomaskeil commented:

    10/18/15, 8:05 PM - Frank, Thanks for commenting and thanks for being so 'religious' with your notes and communication. You generally make me feel like a recluse. But I'm thrilled our palates are in sinc so much of the time even though I am often silent.

    The fruit on the 'Bas' fleshed out a bit more tonight (day 2) but was still pretty vibrant overall. I think the 'quick' serve last night was a benefit and I will shy away from long decants for my few remaining bottles of 2007.

Red
2007 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds Pinot Noir
Drank very well y/day. Opened it about 2 hours ahead of time. Wet leaf/soil, gentle red fruits, suave. Enjoyed it.
  • thomaskeil commented:

    11/24/14, 7:49 PM - Met Guillaume D'Angerville yesterday at the Boulder Burgundy festival (a mini Paulee) and we tasted through half of his 07/09's and all of his '11s. For me, extremely educational and your note totally resonates. Sadly, so does your '10 Kiser note. I have not tasted yet but I'm now worried now that 'precision' is getting traction in my preferences. This sound flabbier than the Kiser '07s that I am now working my way through. Many thanks, Tom.

  • thomaskeil commented:

    11/25/14, 3:41 PM - It's not a term I use a lot either. However, when presented with all 6 D'Angerville premier crus from a single vintage, it was both evident that each of them were completely distinct and had nothing interventional done to them, except TLC; at least in the sense that all 6 were vinified identically in a noninterventional style. Also, they were remarkably similar, so the distinctions came from precise, identifiable flavor/aroma and textural elements that could show through very easily in each wine. When you used the terms jammy, low acid, sweet I felt sad that the way you can tell '07 En Bas from En Haut might not be possible in 2010 (at least not now).

Red
2000 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
11/23/2014 - Pknut wrote:
Excellent showing, the best in recent memory for this wine. Poured into a decanter at the restaurant, I tasted a small glass right at uncorking and it was fabulous from the get-go and only improved with air. The fruit here is still vibrant, and is mixed with all sorts of autumnal nuances like twigs and spice and dried leaves, along with salted meat notes. There are still some tannins to resolve on the back end. The fruit is dark cherry and raspberry and shows just a hint of raisined Grenache, just a hint. Very well received at the table. I've found many 2000 CdPs to be boring, but this one is showing plenty of power.
L'Apicio with Bruce, Neil and Michel.
  • thomaskeil commented:

    11/24/14, 7:56 PM - Okay, there's hope. Your '13 note and mine from '12/13 lined up (as usual). I'm almost celebrating your recent note of change. Will tee one up soon. Many thanks, Tom.

Red
2005 Copain Syrah Garys' Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
11/18/2014 - thomaskeil wrote:
91 points
PnP. Daek violet. Dark black and blue berries, tar, and smoked bacon on the nose. On the palate this shows fleshy, round fruit with a grippy leanness trying to express through the fruit. This seemed more in balance than two years ago and was very enjoyable.
  • thomaskeil commented:

    11/18/14, 9:39 AM - Thanks for sharing your thoughts and interesting plans. I missed the 'stems' phase, opening my 1st bottle in 2012. So from that perspective I was happy to see the fruitiness knocked down a skoash and match the structure better. I will watch for your upcoming 'showdown'. Tom

White
2007 Jean-François Ganevat Côtes du Jura Cuvée de Garde White Blend
10/24/2014 - LFCHALA Likes this wine:
92 points
Hints of oxidation. Salty. Balanced. Very good.
  • thomaskeil commented:

    11/2/14, 7:40 AM - Thanks for including 'hints'. I was fearful of massive Jura-style oxidation when I ordered a mixed lot. I can deal with a bit of it. Look forward to trying.

Red
2011 Copain Syrah Brosseau Vineyard Chalone
These just arrived, listed at 12.8% and consistently for me the best syrah in the Copain line up with the last vintage (2010) having produced what I believe to be one of, if not the best Copain syrah to date. I opened this about an hour ago, and I'll finish it tomorrow so consider this opening note to be an intro. This was a little leaner on first opening, but with air, it's filling in nicely. Along with some pepper in the aromatic, I can smell and taste the Brosseau dirt here, the wine giving off a powdered rock aromatic and the beautiful Brosseau chalky minerality in the palate. The fruit here mixes a cross between black raspberry and blueberry, what I'd expect in this vintage and its cooler impact. The fruit purity here is scary good, like freshly picked, pure, tangy. When it finishes, there is a note of game, smoke and some light licorice. I got high hopes for this wine again tomorrow...onto Day 2, drinking at a room temp of 68. Aromatically similar to y/day but an added touch of garrigue today. The palate mixes is some game and a touch of blood, yet what the wine is about at this stage is the tangy, zesty fruit and the Brosseau minerality, both carrying the wine for a long finish. This will be a unique vintage for Brosseau and some are not going to like the wine if they agree with what I describe. It's walking towards that place where pinot and syrah merge, like the 2010 Copain Baker Ranch from a few years back. If you like my descriptors and have a few bottles around, get one open and see if you agree. Ultimately, this wine needs a couple years for the Brosseau terroir to settle into the wine.
  • thomaskeil commented:

    11/2/14, 7:34 AM - I unpacked mine yesterday and nearly did as you. So thanks for satisfying my curiosity with your wonderful note. Tom

Red
2010 Maison Ilan Chambertin Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
10/25/2014 - DCornutt wrote:
This is a WOW wine. The aromas are beautiful even at this young age. Darker fruit. Spicy. There is some elevate char at this point but to me it is integrated.
The interplay of fruit and acid is perfect here as in most better 2010s. Very long finish. This is young and absolutely extraordinary.
  • thomaskeil commented:

    10/27/14, 5:21 AM - Don, thanks for this note. It's as I anticipated from barrel tasting. Mine should be here from Crush this week or or next. With only 2 bottles, I will likely hold.

White - Sparkling
1990 R. & L. Legras Champagne Grand Cru Saint-Vincent Chardonnay
3/9/2014 - thomaskeil wrote:
92 points
Yeast, white orchard fruit, light citrus and mineral on nose. Palate features fine mousse, bright fruit, mineral and a lively acidity. Finesseful and long. Seemed almost youthful.
  • thomaskeil commented:

    7/19/14, 3:47 PM - Might have been. I bought it from Envoyer this last year. Unfortunately, the bottle, capsule and cork are long gone so no way to be sure.

Red
2010 Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles Syrah
2/3/2014 - Jimywags wrote:
95 points
Decanted for roughly 2 1/2 hours. I don't have a ton of experience with Cornas, but kept hearing that the wines would be right in my wheelhouse -- a generous combination of savory with complimentary fruit. They weren't jiving as the wine was a nice dark magenta out of the bottle. From my first sniff as the wine tumbled into the decanter, I knew this was going to be my kind of wine. An intoxicating mix of sauvage, meat, earth, and intense dark berries. The nose was literally a meal unto itself and led me to exclaim to my wife that dinner was no longer needed. The palate was tight at first but after awhile reluctantly gave everything a carnivore desires including bacon fat and grilled meats. Just think of a heaping plate of grilled meats topped with an unsweetened dark berry marmalade and finished with a squeeze of acid and sneaky tannin. The wine is very young but expertly exhibiting the traits of a traditional Cornas. As I said, a meal unto itself. 95 pts.
  • thomaskeil commented:

    2/4/14, 6:36 AM - Had a Voge in Lyon this fall (not this one) that was off-the-charts and bought some of this hoping for similar results. Your note gives real hope (unlike the Seahawks gave to the Broncos).

Red
2009 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges Pinot Noir
8/4/2013 - BradE wrote:
An atypical bottle, that was fairly devoid of fruit. Not sure what was up here, but there was nothing to like in this half bottle. Hopefully an aberration.
  • thomaskeil commented:

    1/1/14, 1:36 PM - I just read Andrew Jeffords column on this wine in TWO Fine Wines (#40) and it matches your description here. I hope my bottles are like your other ones. I lost hope after reading the column, surprised he published without checking a another bottle. Your set of notes have spurred me to try one soon. Thx.

Red
2007 Clos Rougeard (Foucault) Saumur-Champigny Cabernet Franc
12/25/2013 - markjanes Likes this wine:
93 points
Christmas Dinner 2013 (Reno, NV): light color, youngish appearing rim... aromatically quite open with lots of mineral tinged red fruits and slight green notes... on the palate very high acidity, a fleshy midpalate, still plenty of tannins left which are barely ripe. balanced wine with very good length, intensity, and complexity. has plenty of finesse, a firm but fine texture, classic expression of place. the tannins still have more evolving to do but i suspect they will outlive the midpalate on this wine. drink over the next 3-5 as i suspect this wine is close to its peak.
  • thomaskeil commented:

    12/28/13, 7:37 AM - Wow, what a plethora of fine notes lately. Glad to see it! I've got a couple 2000s of this wine. Guess I should pull one soon. BTW we had a fun dinner at Table 6 last month. Since Jaimie and Ashe know the chef, I was able to bring in wine for 'staff education'. It was a huge hit and they want me back with wine anytime. A good excuse for a Denver trip.

Red
2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
Drank from magnum and of the group he tried it, I believe I may have been the real dissenter. I thought this aromatically came off a bit fumey, volatile. The fruit tasted to me darker in tone, what I called black raspberry and balck cherry hard candy. The color was quite dark too. If this had been poured blind, I would have not think to attribute the wine to Joe. Maybe a day of air would have changed the tone of the wine, although that dark color, I have to think that this wine is simply more rich and while not the 2004, it's not what I think of as Arcadian.
  • thomaskeil commented:

    12/22/13, 8:02 AM - Similar to what I experience one year ago. I'm wondering if you think time will help. I said 'yes' last year, but I'm not so sure.

White
2009 Dehlinger Chardonnay Russian River Valley
10/2/2013 - markjanes Likes this wine:
88 points
tasted with 2011 enfield chardonnay... darker in color, crystal clear. on the nose more intense with the typical lemony RRV chardonnay smell... plenty of new oak spice, some malo smells in the background, some lees smells in the background. wine has ok balance (it is a really big wine), good length, great intensity, average complexity. completely different in style to the enfield but equally good i'd say quality wise. will improve over the next few years i suspect.
  • thomaskeil commented:

    10/7/13, 8:31 PM - Awesome to see you posting notes again. Hope you're doing well.

Red
2001 Artadi Rioja Pagos Viejos Tempranillo
12/12/2012 - thomaskeil wrote:
92 points
PnP (drank over 3 nights). Still inky violet. Nose features almost brooding tarry dark fruit, with licorice and smoky meat. Palate feels more balanced than the bottle in May with plush fruit, but a mineral driven acidity (graphite and ash) and firm tannins add a great balance, which becomes more evident on nights 2 and 3. Decent length, some complexity of texture and flavor. Definitely should be decanted (my bad) and has a decade or more ahead. I can see the points raised by markjanes as the Rioja-ness is not evident, but I was swayed by the balance and nature of the mineral acidity (not New Worldy).
  • thomaskeil commented:

    4/13/13, 8:17 AM - Glad our palates and, especially, our bottles lined up. Have one left; looking forward to it.

Red
2010 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans Pinot Noir
1/6/2013 - DCornutt wrote:
Absolutely brilliant red color. Young sparkling red fruited nose. As Frederic says, this is very mineral and very elegant. Always one of my favorites. This needs some time to flesh out volume. There is fabulous acidity here and balance. Wonderful.
  • thomaskeil commented:

    1/6/13, 1:26 PM - Just what I was hoping for when I pre-ordered. Thanks for the really helpful note.

Red
2007 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard Sonoma Coast
12/1/2012 - thomaskeil wrote:
88 points
PnP. Again with cherry/red berry fruit and some Asian spice on the nose. Palate has medium weight fruit that is smooth/silky textured and gives a 'flat' interest-losing sensation at midpalate. Flavors are pleasant, a bit rich, but for me do reach confected. Lacks tension, finesse and seems low on acidity. Did not sense the mineral I noted in May. Night 2: definitely the 'flat' midpalate was replaced with a pleasing fullness allowing the very pretty PN fruit to be better appreciated. Based on this I would decant a couple hours or hold (90-91ish on 2nd night).
  • thomaskeil commented:

    12/1/12, 3:07 PM - Frank, I agree. I'm not usually this schizoid. My guess is that this wine 'crosses' between a leaner style and a bigger Cali PN, so things like mood, food, aeration (I did almost none this time) could affect. I have a half bottle left, so I'll give it another try tonight and re-post if this bottle evolves. -- Tom

Red
2002 Domaine Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin Combe-du-Dessus Pinot Noir
3/20/2010 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
92 points
Burgs 02, 03 and 05: Mine and the groups WOTN. Of course, one always is a bit sad to drink these wines. Denis is missed, but he was a genius. Ruby in color. The nose has cherries, cherry powder and a slight funk. This is a big wine with bold fruit. Lots of complex cherries and layering. Slightly tart cherries on the finish. This is not a 1er Cru, and perhaps it drinks a bit earlier, but I think this has a long life ahead.
  • thomaskeil commented:

    3/20/10, 6:46 AM - Your notes on the whole evening were very helpful and informative. Thanks. Sounds like a lovely evening.

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