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2014 Soliste Cellars Sauvignon Blanc St Andelain Sonoma County
11/13/2020 - yeti575rider wrote:
89 points
Paired well with really nice bouillabaisse from Bastille. Not exactly as I was expecting but still pretty nice. Was expecting a real steely lemony SB but this must see some oak and fair amount of malolactic as it carries a smoky note and doesn’t have the jarring acidity. That said it’s got this smooth thing going on - more in chard camp I guess - that works well and was a great balance for the spiciness of the food.
  • Mbad77 commented:

    9/24/22, 9:30 AM - Drinking my first bottle now and it’s certainly rather unique. It does have that creamy texture but actually has no Malolactic at all. 36 hours skin contact apparently to gain extra richness and depth.

2013 Gramercy Cellars Grenache The Third Man Columbia Valley
3/3/2019 - Mbad77 Likes this wine:
92 points
Initially easy to point out it’s a rich and sweet US wine and it is that but has more about it.
Certainly had tannins and structure to show up well for years. Maybe slightly disjointed at the moment but has ripe Rhône elements and I think will age brilliantly.
5-10 years and maybe will have lost some of the obvious sweetness and fruit and will be better for it yet is enjoyable right now . Pretty good.
Lots of big chunky sediment.
  • Mbad77 commented:

    1/14/22, 12:53 PM - Had another bottle tonight and the sweetness is dissipating. Doing rather well

2018 Orgo Saperavi Kakheti
6/5/2021 - Mbad77 wrote:
90 points
Really good wine with rather fresh element. Black current and juicy fruit with a cooler sappy fresh element. Little bit of grip but drinking well now with a softer edge.
Good with food but very approachable.
Reminds me a little of a cooler climate Syrah
  • Mbad77 commented:

    1/4/22, 1:40 PM - Not sure it needs much to be honest. An hour wouldn’t hurt but it was very approachable .

White - Sparkling
1998 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Cuvée Rare Champagne Blend
12/11/2021 - Mbad77 wrote:
95 points
No notes taken and had at a lunch from Magnum as all the 98s are. Lovely nose, fresh, lively palate with lots of acid and zip. Over time opens up with further richness on the nose. Excellent and in a 94-95 ballpark for me. No rush to drink. Believe this was a relatively recent release but couldn’t see any details on label.
  • Mbad77 commented:

    12/11/21, 10:05 AM - Great - Thanks for that. I’ll look for the lot code next time stamped onto neck as saw nothing on back label or anywhere else but that’s very helpful. So this probably was a 2018/19 release
    I have a few more in storage so will check.

2012 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog Walla Walla Valley
11/26/2021 - Mbad77 wrote:
94 points
Insane nose and explosive palate. After some time calms down and would like to sit with a bottle rather than the glass or so we had at lunch.It’s a little nuts but I liked it.
  • Mbad77 commented:

    11/26/21, 7:51 AM - Interesting thought. Can very much be drunk now and will evolve over hours but holding will not do anything to hurt it.
    I’m slightly torn between opening the full bottle I have to enjoy or leave for a while.

White - Off-dry
1999 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Lange Goldkapsel Mosel Saar Ruwer
10/1/2021 - Mbad77 wrote:
97 points
Second bottle and a slight acid lick can be felt on the finish that was shrouded by sweetness a little while back. Lovely purity. Excellent
  • Mbad77 commented:

    10/2/21, 11:12 AM - Yes I was lucky to get a case at release a few years ago. Prices have rocketed since and it’s hard to find now so glad I took them when the offer came.

2013 Dominus Napanook Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
1/25/2020 - Mbad77 wrote:
92 points
Score may be a touch on mean side but this is a tricky one. Had a bottle maybe 2 years ago which was filled with promise so thought this may be ideal timing but honestly I think it needs a few more years ideally.
It’s quite big with good tannins and acidity but isn’t rich. First half bottle it really did show some heat / alcoholic almost prune characteristics on the finish.

Kept until next day and had really integrated and softened though still had spice and power on finish.
Slightly grainy / chalky on finish with some grip.
Give it a proper aeriation / decant but this will go the ages and will be better for time in bottle.
  • Mbad77 commented:

    1/26/20, 9:04 AM - Yes thanks - I’m sure your right and wouldn’t dream of drinking a Bordeaux until 12 + like you say. Given it’s a Cali second wine I thought it would be about ready (Dominus I leave for longer) has plenty about this to leave for some time.

2009 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
12/21/2019 - no leashes wrote:
90 points
Still drinking well with black fruit, smooth and tasty!
  • Mbad77 commented:

    1/18/20, 7:33 AM - And feel free to age it many more years - had some mid 90s that are still feeling young.

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