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White - Sweet/Dessert
1997 Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume Chenin Blanc
6/15/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Stunning. Baumard is an up and down producer for me, but this is a magnificent wine. Botrytis and age have turned this wine a dark bronze, but there’s nothing “old” about the way it tastes. The balance of burnished fruit, intense spice and a brown sugar finish that is incredibly intense. Crazy delicious stuff.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    6/16/19, 1:02 PM - This was also bought on release. Last of four.

Red
2006 Domaine Truchot-Martin Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Les Sorbes Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir
4/23/2019 - acyso wrote:
95 points
Dinner at Nico Osteria (Chicago, IL): Truchot has always been a bit of a conundrum for me. It's a really stylistically distinct sort of Burgundy, so while I do enjoy it, it's also not what I would expect when I opened Burgundy. The nose shows the crunchy red fruit character that seems to be in vogue with all the new producers these days. I personally like the nose a lot more than the palate. It's very acid-driven in comparison to any other 2006 I've had. There's a real lightness here, and the fruit is crystalline and pure, but as a Burgundy, I'd love to have this have a little more flesh on its bones. Nonetheless, very enjoyable for what it is, and I was more than happy to revisit this treasure.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    4/24/19, 11:12 AM - Really appreciate the note, as it's hard to open on of these unicorns just in the name of science.

Red
2005 Thierry Allemand Cornas Chaillot Syrah
9/2/2018 - Anonymous wrote:
94 points
This was awesome bordering on thrilling. Everything you want in Allemand, driving, deep fruit, suave texture with maturing notes and a strong spine of dark minerals. Tannins are supple but provide shape to the wine., This can go on aging but shows awesome now.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    4/14/19, 12:41 PM - Just saw your note from last year. Very useful, especially from a palate I really trust. Thanks.

White
2012 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
3/29/2019 - dcwino wrote:
92 points
Lost Friday afternoon gathering – Chave, Krug, Churchill, Trimbach, Mugnier and etc. (Black Salt, Washington DC): Medium expressive nose displaying ripe yellow fruit, pineapple, apple, burnt sugar, spicy spices, and steely mineral. Very good concentration, ripe yellow fruit driven palate impression, ripe yet slightly lean, good acidity and mineral and a medium to long ripe yellow fruit driven finish. My guess is a Domestic Chardonnay, perhaps Linden hardscrabble.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    4/3/19, 4:20 AM - I opened a bottle this week, and was stunned at how thin it was on the mid-palate. Odd, as earlier and more recent vintages have had much better depth.

  • Rieslingfan commented:

    4/4/19, 4:04 AM - Because there isn't any language to describe what it is that will make sense in a general context.

  • Rieslingfan commented:

    4/6/19, 5:10 AM - Think of it more as a sensibility than a literal taste assessment. The use of “Burgundian” to describe California Chardonnay (and Pinot!) is a reaction to the era of huge ripeness/huge oak wines.

White
2015 Domaine Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère Chardonnay
3/21/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Richly fruity, significant spice, medium to full bodied, and with a very long finish. It’s a really delicious wine, but very similar to a Ramey Hyde Chardonnay that sells for half the price.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    3/22/19, 1:29 PM - Thanks for the info. I had not had the wine in past vintages, so wasn't sure if my impressions made sense.

    I still really liked the wine, but figure I can do as well or better for less.

Red
2015 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
11/9/2018 - metel wrote:
86 points
Nice subdued fruit on the nose. Pretty thin on the palate with elevated acidity. I doubt it's going to last. Overall disappointing.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    12/16/18, 2:14 PM - The 2015 is very similar to every vintage of the wine for the last 30 years. They age just fine.

White
2015 Ramey Chardonnay Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley
10/15/2018 - msuwright wrote:
90 points
This Chardonnay is currently struggling to balance its ripeness and acidity - at times, it seems too fruity and round; other times, it seems too acidic and jumpy ("a touch of spritz" is the phrase Laube appropriately used). I can’t tell if this is an odd stage or an odd wine, but the issue didn’t change much after an hour or air (though it was gone when I opened on second day).

Light yellow in color, medium in body, aromas of cantaloupe, almond, and pear. Tastes of melon, green apple, vanilla bean, and saline, with a jumpy finish that suggests the acidity isn't integrated yet. 14.5% alcohol. This bottle didn’t live up to the high hopes I had for a wine from this vineyard. Give it another 6-12 months, and hope it settles down.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    11/8/18, 5:19 PM - Young Ramey Chards often go through an awkward phase. I have seen the same effect you describe with the Woolsey Road and Hyde Chardonnays.

Red
2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/12/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Believe it or not, this was really good, and pretty much ripe vintage, classic Bordeaux. It was not a 2003 caricature. I would never suspect it as California, as it leaned more towards the cassis end of the fruit spectrum, and it had that dusty/cedary element coming through that I never taste in modern California wine. The fruit/tannin balance was very good, and there was zero heat. It was delicious with my steak! Seems to have years left in the tank. I am glad to have several more bottles.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    9/13/18, 1:07 PM - I have had some other 2003s that I did not like so much, but this and Leoville Barton have both been very good.

Red
2016 Crivelli Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato
9/10/2017 - Breaktheory wrote:
75 points
Berries - nothing special - very dry
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    7/27/18, 6:20 PM - Have you ever had Ruche before?

White - Sparkling
2012 Ultramarine Blanc de Blancs Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
2/17/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Fruity, crisp, and showing a very pretty floral top note, this was gone so fast it must have evaporated from our glasses. There is no way we drank it that quickly.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    3/11/18, 6:01 AM - More likely drinking in a bubble

Red
2014 Château Malescot St. Exupéry Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
12/10/2017 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
90 points
Drank over two days, and it's a good thing too, because the structure was so punishing the first day that it was hard to get anything out of it. Some seriously drying and abrasive tannin here. The fruit, however, is dark and deep, just needs a long time for the structure to relax before it comes out to play. Then it's characterized by blueberry/blackberry flavors delivered with a piercing primary intensity and a hint of lead pencils. This almost feels atypical for Margaux because it's so stern and masculine and dark in tone, but it's one serious bottle of Bordeaux that strikes a nice balance between the old-fashioned, austere structure and the slicker, swankier fruit tones.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    2/10/18, 7:02 AM - Thanks for the detailed insights Keith. Mine just arrived, and I will bury them for a long slumber.

White - Off-dry
2002 Dönnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese Nahe
12/17/2017 - Rieslingfan wrote:
We had a fascinating experience with this wine. Upon opening, and on its own the wine was very, very good. Still showing cherry and peach fruit, along with some honeyed and saline notes. It was exactly what I expected it to be. We took the bottle along to a dinner that we started with a pu-erh tea ceremony. After numerous cups of tea we moved on to the wine, and while having more tea we also had the wine. When we would have a sip of tea, and then a sip of wine the Kirschheck blossomed into something incalculably greater than it was on its own. The fruit brightened and deepened, and the finish was positively explosive. It was a completely unexpected result, and one that stunned all four of us, and the restaurant owner who was handling the tea. What a positively shocking experience that went beyond anything we could have hoped for.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    12/24/17, 1:29 PM - Thanks! Merry Christmas to you as well.

Red
2016 Edmunds St. John El Jaleo Shake Ridge Amador County Red Blend
12/13/2017 - Rieslingfan wrote:
This was my first taste of the successor to Rocks & Gravel, and it was a success on two levels. First off it was instantly recognizable as Shake Ridge. There was a familial relationship with the Dirty & Rowdy and Enfield wines I have had from the same vineyard. Second, it was clearly ESJ, with deft balance, moderate weight, and a long finish that echoed a richness/creaminess that I have found in both Les Côtes Sauvages and Rocks & Gravel. The wine was evocative, stimulating and perfectly satisfying. After finishing the bottle I realized I had zero flavor descriptors. It was just an integrated wine that made me happy to drink it.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    12/24/17, 1:28 PM - I found it approachable, but ageable.

Red
2014 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace Santa Cruz Mountains
9/14/2017 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Served blind in a flight of four Pinot Noir-based wines, this was the most inscrutable. Darkest in color, darkest in fruit profile, there was lots of stuffing but nothing distinctive to grab onto, not even structure. It seemed as if the idea was to be the most impressive, rather than the most delicious. I know this was much too early, but it did not even unfold over three hours. It just sat there, like the monolith in 2001. I really wonder where this will end up going.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    9/17/17, 9:15 AM - I think I will enjoy my other bottle...in a very long time.

Red
1991 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
9/12/2017 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Light ruby color with notable tawny edges signals the maturity of the wine. It starts out with a floral, cherry, leathery aromatic that is fresher than the color would suggest, and more forward than the taste which is a bit thin and closed in. A little bit of air solves that as the fruit returns to the palate, along with the complimentary elements of leather, spice and old cedar. A half hour more brings a fully knit together wine of silken texture and complexity. It's not a world beating Bosconia, but given some time it's a lovely drink that would be better served with more delicate food than we threw at it.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    9/17/17, 9:14 AM - Nope. Popped and poured at a restaurant. Followed for about 2 hours.

White - Off-dry
2004 Kurt Darting Ungsteiner Honigsäckel Scheurebe Auslese Pfalz
7/9/2017 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Hard to believe it's been 10 years since I last opened a bottle of this wine. It was clearly a beerenauselse in 2007, and so it was again when I opened another to accompany some spicy Thai Panang Curry. It may have seemed odd to open essentially a dessert wine for dinner, but the match worked, and worked well. The cool, sweet pink grapefruit and mango tones of the wine played as a counterpoint to the aggressively spiced (my intent) curry. The wine displayed a cooling effect, making the food more enjoyable. On its own the wine served its expect purpose as a dessert, with some sage and spice tones emerging when not competing with the curry.

Overall it's another example of the quality and value from Darting. The wines have often been overlooked because they do not wow, but they do exactly what a wine is meant to do, accompany a meal, and do it with class and grace. Even better is that they never break the bank, not even close. The hallmark of Darting is good wine at a good price, and that's a good thing.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    7/14/17, 5:36 PM - You are most welcome.

White
2004 Luneau-Papin / Domaine Pierre de la Grange Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Le "L" d'Or Melon de Bourgogne
10/14/2015 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Once again I am reminded why people buy and age top Muscadet, and why I should do so more often than I have. This is just gorgeous now, with a developed richness overlaying the salty/mineral base that the wine has always had. The bit of chalkiness/drying that the wine once had is gone, and that may be what translated into the additional overlying richness. Who knows. While more developed than my last bottle a few years ago, it shows no signs of being fully mature, so no rush whatsoever. Drink now for its deliciousness, or hold without concern.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    5/2/17, 4:34 AM - Maybe not so much age, but more that my palate changed after the Argentina incident.

Red
2015 Cruse Wine Company Tannat Alder Springs Vineyard Mendocino
4/15/2017 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Bright, full of red fruit and not nearly as tannic as I expected. It's reasonably refreshing, but gets a bit sour on the finish without additional layers of flavor to buffer the sourness. My reaction was about the same as I have had to other Cruse red wines, puzzlement. I love what Michael Cruse is doing with his Ultramarine sparkling program, but I do not get his still wines. Is it just me?
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    4/17/17, 5:18 PM - Phew!

White
2015 Massican Gemina California White Blend
4/11/2017 - g & t wrote:
93 points
This is not yo' momma's pinot grigio. With a viscous texture, this wine coats the mouth with citrus pith and petrol on a background of crackling electricity and mouthwatering acidity. There's a split second on entry when it reminds you of pinot gris/grigio, but then it swerves off to wine-geek-land with such a refreshing, mineral-laden punch to the face, that it's more like an Italian pinot grigio had a child with a rustic French SB. It doesn't have quite the honeysuckle, floral, or grass that I typically get from PG, but I'm not missing it at all.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    4/15/17, 7:25 AM - Great note on an interesting wine.

White
1999 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune Alsace
4/8/2017 - salil wrote:
91 points
Always a treat to try Hune, given that I refuse to buy it on grounds of the prohibitive pricing (and Alzinger/Nikolaihof filling all my dry Riesling needs these days). This is very good, but like so many Trimbachs it just doesn't live up to the hype/price point. There's an array of bright citrus and white fruit here, showing the ripeness/slight fatness I expect from '99, but there's also plenty of stony minerality beneath and good acidity. I like this a lot and it's nice to drink when someone else is happy to share a bottle (thanks Eric!), but I'm still not convinced I should be getting this in lieu of Steinertal or Steiner Hund.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    4/15/17, 7:22 AM - Believe it or not I feel the same way about CSH. I like to have it once in a while, but prefer CFE both on the palate and in the wallet.

Red
2002 Arcadian Pinot Noir Francesca's Cuvée Santa Lucia Highlands
4/2/2017 - Rieslingfan wrote:
flawed
Completely fell apart 10 minutes after I opened it. Pool water and fish tank.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    4/4/17, 9:50 AM - Other folks familiar with the wine are saying brett.

    Not sure I agree, but yes, it fell apart 10 minutes after pop and pour.

White
2012 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese feinherb Ur Alte Reben Mosel Saar Ruwer
3/1/2017 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Apple skin aromatics and subtle, catchy phenolics introduce a medium bodied, penetrating palate that is crisp, fresh and bright. The fruit character hangs on through a fabulously long finish. I bought a ton of this, and there is no way I bought enough.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    3/1/17, 6:59 PM - Well there is always the fantastic 2015

  • Rieslingfan commented:

    3/2/17, 4:21 AM - I felt that way at first, but have come around to it when I had some additional tastes post-Theise tasting. I still have not had a full bottle with dinner. That's (hopefully) coming soon.

    The '14 is no slouch either.

White - Sweet/Dessert
1997 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Eiswein Nahe
1/2/2017 - Rieslingfan wrote:
I am not certain how to describe a wine such as this Eiswein. It's one of the most integrated wines I have had in years. Only a slight bit of prickly acidity that catches in the back of the throat betrays this as Eiswein rather than an utterly majestic auction-level Auslese. I could list all the fruit and spice flavors, but it's more relevant to try to convey how the wine feels; the richness and viscosity caress the palate, leading to an incalculably long finish. I am not sure if any of this conveys the true experience of the wine, but it's how it felt at the time.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    1/24/17, 5:22 PM - No problem. Thanks for the comments!

Red
2000 Cullen Wines Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot (Diana Madeline) Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend
5/17/2016 - Rieslingfan wrote:
My last bottle of this wine, and so of course the best...

Aging from the outside in, it's now a core of fruit wrapped in old leather, cherry infused tobacco in an elegant room. It is an absolute pleasure to drink now, with or without food.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    5/17/16, 4:44 AM - Cork finished bottle. I did not decant, as it was a snap decision to open it for dinner. The bottle had been standing up for several weeks in the queue.

  • Rieslingfan commented:

    5/17/16, 7:12 AM - Yeah - $85-$100 is not a price I am willing to pay. I can get Heitz or Ridge cab for $50. Not the same expression, but relatively equal quality.

Red
2014 Kutch Pinot Noir Bohan Vineyard Sonoma Coast
5/12/2016 - Rieslingfan wrote:
First time trying the 2014 Bohan, and it is decidedly too early. At this point there is a distinct drying element on the palate that makes the wine too tight to really express itself. There are some nice red fruit, floral and herb aromas, but it's needs some time to unwind. I am going to let this wine sit for another year or so before I try another bottle. Judgement reserved at this point.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    5/13/16, 3:07 AM - I saw your notes Frank. I was surprised that our perceptions differed as much on this wine, as we are normally well aligned. I am worried about the fruit/tannin balance of this one.

White - Sparkling
2002 Domaine Huet Vouvray Pétillant Brut Chenin Blanc
2/26/2016 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Sadly this was premoxed.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    2/28/16, 3:54 PM - First. Though I have had issues with the second release as well.

  • Rieslingfan commented:

    2/28/16, 4:31 PM - It's random, so the good bottles will be good even if you age them and the bad bottles are shot.

White
2013 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Riesling Heiligenstein Kamptal
12/14/2015 - WMWG wrote:
91 points
This really turned itself around after a couple of days. Initially this showed a lot of fleshy fruit upfront with pulpy orange and yellow tones masking some of the more nuanced characteristics. After having been left open for two days this showed an intense focus and precision built on bright lime, kiwi, and yellow orchard fruit notes with an herbal and mineral band running through the backside. I'd give this some time for the fruit to dial back a little (3 - 5 years, 10??).

Good to very good. Scored 88 initially, 91 on day three.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    1/4/16, 9:11 AM - Thanks for the note. I have the Alte Reben, but was considering some of this as a more casual pour.

White - Off-dry
2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese Mosel Saar Ruwer
12/22/2015 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Same provenance as a delicious bottle from back in May, 2015, and similarly tasty. Lots of pineapple and other tropical fruits, and a bright, mineral backbone holding everything together. This is very early maturity for this wine, like a precocious 19 year old.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    12/23/15, 1:32 PM - Nice to hear on the '01 Kabinett. I have had this auslese a few times recently because my father had some in his cellar. I have actually not opened any of my own bottles of 2001 Prum auslese or spatlese, so no thoughts on decanting the spatlese, except that decanting Prum never, ever hurts!

  • Rieslingfan commented:

    12/23/15, 2:22 PM - Probably true. I have zero idea why I bought 2012 Prum mags, as they will clearly outlive me.

  • Rieslingfan commented:

    12/23/15, 4:39 PM - No mags, but I did still just buy a mixed case of '14 Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr bottlings.

White
2011 Dirler-Cade Riesling Kessler Cuvée Mathilde Alsace Grand Cru
12/2/2015 - Rieslingfan wrote:
First Dirler-Cade Riesling that I have had in a long time. Unfortunately the placement of this wine in the tasting was not optimal, in that it followed a Donnhoff kabinett that was notably sweeter. That being said, it was lovely on the nose - all white flowers and ripe tree fruit. It ended up showing a little bit austere on the palate during the tasting. Thinking back to when I first opened it in prep for the event there was actually very fine balance , and for an Alsace wine that is supposedly sweet it came across as barely off dry and with fine richness. I would love to try another bottle on its own.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    12/11/15, 10:50 AM - I had a chance to re taste the next day-much more intricate and expressive

White
2012 Justin Boxler Riesling Sommerberg Alsace Grand Cru
11/19/2015 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Bottom line - I was not at all impressed by this wine. There are some positive aspects to it, notably the very pretty white flowers and peach aromatics. The finish is also nice, with those floral and fruit aspects making another appearance. The problem is the palate - it has zero impact. The start and mid-palate are extremely watery, and it's only on the finish that there is any hint of flavor. This has all the hallmarks of a badly over-cropped wine, though I have no information to confirm or refute that. It's just a simple, dry and lightweight drink that should cost $7.99 instead of $25.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    11/20/15, 5:24 PM - Interesting. The notes I have from the importer say it has close to 7 grams of acid and only 2 grams of RS. Not sure we are talking about the same wine. Bottle says 13% alcohol. It sure tasted very dry. I have some left in the bottle to try later.

  • Rieslingfan commented:

    11/21/15, 3:29 PM - Now after 48 hours open it's a little better, but still no real depth.

White - Sweet/Dessert
1992 Müller-Catoir Mußbacher Eselshaut Riesling Beerenauslese Pfalz
8/9/2015 - JeffGMorris Likes this wine:
98 points
AP #12-93. From 375ml. Dark gold to Amber in color, this wine was phenomenal. Loaded with aromas and flavors of quince, peach, oranges, caramel-coated green apples, tropical fruits and manuka honey. Clearly a dessert wine but plenty of acidity to wash it off the palate and leave an extremely long glow in the mouth that added a strong note of butterscotch. One of the finest dessert wines I've had and that says an lot given my penchant for sweet wines. Drinking on a perfect plateau right now but should easily drink very well for another 2-3 decades. 50+15+14+9.5+9.5=98
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    9/26/15, 2:14 PM - Thanks for the note Jeff. I have one bottle, and this is extremely helpful.

White
2013 Liquid Farm Chardonnay White Hill Sta. Rita Hills
8/24/2015 - Rieslingfan wrote:
82 points
After reading a number of comments comparing this to Chablis I was (not surprisingly) disappointed. The fruit is crisp, but there is a lack of any minerality in the wine. It's pretty much one note. Ultimately boring.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    8/27/15, 4:07 AM - 2013 was the first time I had tried them, so cannot really speak to it. I liked the Golden Slope much more, but still not my thing.

White - Off-dry
2001 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese Mosel Saar Ruwer
7/5/2015 - Rieslingfan wrote:
This took 24 hours before it opened up at all. When it did there were fireworks. Still amazingly youthful, showing berry, lime and peach fruit with a dusting of cinnamon spice. It's impressive how unevolved this is. The mid-palate intensity is off the charts, and carries right through the finish. I am very impressed, though I am beginning to wonder when these Christoffel Spatlese and Auslese wines from 2001 will begin to develop a few signs of maturity.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    7/8/15, 6:06 AM - I did back up the truck. I still have 30 bottles of '01 Christoffel!

Red
2013 Enfield Wine Co. Syrah Coryelle Fields Fort Ross - Seaview
5/5/2015 - tooch wrote:
92 points
For a young syrah this has a lot of character already. Nice combination of violets, dark berries, meat, and pepper. Makes me think of what young ESJ syrah are like. Palate is clean and pure. Top-to-bottom this has everything you could want from a young syrah; a great combination of fruit, earth, meat, and florals. High hopes.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    5/25/15, 2:02 PM - The first sip I took of this wine today made me think...hmm...ESJ!

Red
2012 Ceritas Pinot Noir Hellenthal Vineyard Old Shop Block Sonoma Coast
1/31/2015 - Rieslingfan wrote:
This followed the Kutch Sonoma Coast in the tasting, and as it was notably lighter in body and more focused on its acids, there was a bit of a letdown. I look back to the prior bottle of this wine, and my notes were pretty consistent - red fruit, acid, elegance. It just got stuck in a tough place.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    2/2/15, 10:24 AM - We did have food, though it was not food designed to show a high acid Pinot in the best light.

    It would have been better for the wine to be prior to the Kutch, but I still think it needs a good bit of time to settle into a more measured place.

  • Rieslingfan commented:

    2/2/15, 10:24 AM - Oh, and it had about an hour open (with a sip removed from the bottle for a pre-check), but no decant.

White
2012 Sandlands Chenin Blanc Amador County
10/31/2014 - tooch wrote:
89 points
Lots of lanolin and floral notes on the nose. The palate had a peachy/banana note to it, a touch of cream, some leesy notes, and nice acidity. A sleek but rich Chenin...very nice.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    11/1/14, 7:45 AM - Thanks. Hold it for a bit or just drink it up while fresh and fun?

Red
2011 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Sonoma Coast
10/26/2014 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Very typical Wind Gap Sonoma Coast Syrah-elegant but not lacking in flavor. There's berry, meat and a little bit of an iodine element on the nose. It's a little short on the palate, but the flavors are so good I am willing to forgive that. There is so much depth on the attack that I wonder if it might be closed right now. Either way it is a very enjoyable Syrah that is true to the variety's roots and also conveys a Sonoma Coast feel.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    10/27/14, 5:58 AM - Having bought a bunch of this, I was happy to check in. It certaily seems to have a lot of promise, at least over the next decade or so.

Red
2011 Ridge Petite Sirah Lytton Estate Dry Creek Valley
10/6/2013 - Rieslingfan wrote:
84 points
Shockingly forward and approachable. This is about the frindliest (in a slobbering puppy sort of way) Petite Sirah I have ever had. There's some tannin in the background, but barely enough for structure. Frankly it's just weird to drink a Ridge Petite Sirah that is this simple/fruity.

If this is the direction that the team is going to take with their renditions of this variety then I am done.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    2/16/14, 12:46 PM - My Ridge PS experience goes all the way back to the 1971 York Creek. I know what I like. My experience with their wines might merit a little respect as well..

White - Off-dry
2012 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Mosel Saar Ruwer
A great young Spatlese, exciting fruit and crisp mineral finish, amazing lightness, will be a stunner.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    1/9/14, 3:21 PM - So which AP number did you get? My 750s and mags are both #17. Auslese is #18 for 750s and mags.

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Chartogne-Taillet Champagne Le Rosé Champagne Blend
12/26/2013 - Rieslingfan wrote:
91 points
Several months ago this wine was all about primary fruit. Last night it showed much greater complexity, with fruit, herbs and a base of iron. What I once thought was a playful, refreshing wine became something almost majestic. A great transformation, and a delicious Rosé.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    12/29/13, 6:48 AM - November 2011.

Red
2010 Enfield Wine Co. Syrah Haynes Vineyard Coombsville
9/7/2013 - drwine2001 wrote:
Dark. Explosively fragrant with great fidelity to the violet florality of Syrah. Powerful but lean in the mouth. This would be a good mystery wine in a northern Rhone flight. It actually reminded me of a Gonon St. Joseph, which is high praise.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    11/27/13, 8:32 AM - Very high praise indeed. Just got mine, and now cannot wait to try one.

  • Rieslingfan commented:

    12/2/13, 4:10 PM - Wow - this is really good. Note posted!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Champagne Blend
11/30/2013 - Rieslingfan Likes this wine:
95 points
This was a bottle acquired several years ago (minimum of 4 - no code on the bottle to check), and the cellar time worked the usual magic. Toasty, nutty, floral and full of apple and citrus fruit - a wonderful, fascinating set of aromas and flavors. Stunning Champagne that does show the Krug style, and for that both my wife and I were very thankful. We both loved it. Happy early birthday to my wife, and thanks to mom and dad for gifting this bottle to us several years ago!
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    12/1/13, 12:52 PM - My cellar is at 54 degrees F.

White - Off-dry
1996 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Mosel Saar Ruwer
8/6/2013 - Rieslingfan wrote:
flawed
Cooked again.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    8/7/13, 8:20 AM - This bottle was bought from a dicey source before I knew a whole lot about provenance.

    The 1995 Selbach-Oster Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese was the wine that turned me (and my wife) into German Riesling fanatics for life.

White - Off-dry
2001 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese * Mosel Saar Ruwer
3/3/2012 - Rieslingfan wrote:
96 points
Yes it is still a bit away from maturity, and even a touch closed in, but wow, there are true fireworks here. Imagine the ripest white peach you have ever tasted, pass the juice over fresh washed stones from a mountain stream, and complement that with a mere touch of botrytis and an emerging creaminess, and you get maybe half of what was going on in this wine. Absolutely stunning!
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    7/25/13, 5:06 AM - Thanks Seth.

Red
2010 Domaine Le Bout du Monde Côtes du Roussillon Avec le Temps Carignan
Fresh, vibrantly fruity and with a nice earthy tinge on the finish. This is great quaffing red for a party. I enjoyed a couple of small pours from the magnum, but watched as some folks commandeered the rest of the bottle. I haven't seen magnums of anything except Champagne empty so fast. Fun wine.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    5/28/13, 10:24 AM - I believe it was in 2010. I am hearing that changed in 2011.

Red
2004 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate Napa Valley
3/9/2013 - Rieslingfan wrote:
I keep opening these 375s of the 2004, and they keep rewarding me. Last night's bottle was stuffed with black cherry and blackberry fruit, and supported by significant tannin that made its presence felt, but did not overwhelm the wine. There's still a bit of an oak signature, but it's a secondary player behind the ripe fruit. This was a delicious match with my burger.
  • Rieslingfan commented:

    5/4/13, 5:51 AM - I find this wine to be impeccably balanced. It's totally drinkable now, and nothing sticks out. The fruit is very pure - which is why I noted it so strongly. You can drink now with great pleasure, but I see no reason to fear aging it for a good long while.

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