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Red
2011 Marie et Pierre Bénetière Côte-Rôtie Cordeloux Syrah
6/5/2016 - Rieslingfan wrote:
After nearly 25 years of serious wine drinking it takes a special wine to stop me in my tracks. That is exactly what happened on my first sip of the Bénetière Côte Rôtie. It's an essence of all the things I look for from the appellation, ranging from floral to fruit to stone, with all the meat and smoke elements that make Côte Rôtie such a fascinating wine to drink. It's quite coiled up, which makes sense given the age of the wine. Following it over about 4 hours gave the opportunity to have it soften aromatically, but it remained quite firm on the palate the entire time. I've never had an aged wine from this producer, but all the signs point towards a positive evolution over the medium to long haul.
  • tooch commented:

    6/6/16, 9:27 AM - Wait until you get to try an older one. I was lucky enough to try the 2004 last Fall and it was thrilling. Interestingly, while the wine was firmly rooted in Cote Rotie, I noticed what I thought were more Burgundian-like elements of earth/wet leaves/mushroom that I loved.

    Great note.

Red
2012 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche Syrah
5/22/2016 - tooch wrote:
96 points
A great vintage of this great wine. Had this open for about 24 hours and the wine was lithe and earthy with beautiful dark fruits. The mouthfeel was gorgeous - silky & airy. I like the potential to age this for 10-12. Old school syrah.
  • tooch commented:

    5/31/16, 9:11 AM - I haven't had the 2010 in a while - generally, I like 2010s more than 2012s, so my thesis would be that it would hit somewhere above this wine. It'll probably last longer, too.

Red
2009 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée Corcelette Gamay
8/1/2015 - tdelorme wrote:
What tooch said.....In a very good place -- might give the next bottle 2 more years.
  • tooch commented:

    8/1/15, 5:50 PM - i really think this bottle will become legendary. it's got everything. what do you think...another 15 years?

Red
2009 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive Gamay
7/31/2015 - tooch wrote:
91 points
Enjoyed this a lot over the course of the evening. Had some stemmy/plummy notes at first that seemed to freshen up to feature some nice floral accents along with some berries. Undertones of wet earth emerged, too, which I liked. Great structure is present, so there's plenty of life ahead of this one.
  • tooch commented:

    7/31/15, 10:21 AM - i thought it retained its freshness. certainly a different animal than it was on release...the exuberant fruit has quieted, but the structure and acidity are still there in spades.

White
2012 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson Melon de Bourgogne
5/30/2015 - tooch wrote:
Crystalline, bright, and focused. Brilliant.
  • tooch commented:

    7/25/15, 6:13 PM - hopefully i can make it in the fall!

White
2002 André-Michel Brégeon Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Reserve Melon de Bourgogne
7/25/2015 - tooch wrote:
92 points
Bright & zippy with nice mineral and floral elements. Opened during a backyard BBQ and couldn't have been happier.
  • tooch commented:

    7/25/15, 6:12 PM - depends on what you're looking for, i suppose. i think it still retains some of its youthful freshness right now, but the tertiary flavors haven't emerged yet. give it another few years to build out those tertiary flavors a bit more if that's your cup of tea. i'd say it'll start to slowly decline in about 10 years.

Red
2009 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Les Motelles Cabernet Franc
12/17/2014 - tooch wrote:
88 points
Nose was pretty closed down showing just a bit of pomegranate and roses. Even after 3-4 hours of decanting this was, essentially, a one-note wine with the pomegranate tone sticking around. The mouthfeel was the best part of this wine...tannins were soft and the body was very lightweight and airy.
  • tooch commented:

    12/17/14, 9:14 AM - i picked up my bottles from Flickinger on Monday, actually, and have some 2010s on deck. you should see my note(s) pop up soon on those.

Red
1993 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard Anderson Valley
12/7/2014 - tooch wrote:
93 points
Would never had guessed this was 21 years old. Color was dark, the perfume developed a gorgeous spicy note with air, and the palate was fresh with a lot of grip. Beautiful berries, damp earth, and violets on the palate....in a perfect place.
  • tooch commented:

    12/7/14, 1:20 PM - yep

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.
  • tooch commented:

    11/13/14, 8:00 PM - if you have a couple bottles, i'd say open one now.

Red
2010 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
1/23/2013 - tooch wrote:
74 points
UGC Chicago (The Drake Hotel - Chicago, IL): The Lynch Bages of recent vintages have seemed more sappy, modern and hedonistic than the lovely wines of yesteryear. This fits into that hedonistic model. Fruit was sappy, gummy and dark. Just didn't have that sense of place and was over oaked and smokey. Disappointing.
  • tooch commented:

    4/27/13, 6:19 AM - A flawed wine would get a flawed rating. This was an average wine, so it got an average rating.

  • tooch commented:

    10/26/14, 1:20 PM - Benjimon's original note to me was, "Wow! Now I won't buy this wine! You could be totally correct and everyone else can be totally wrong. Thank god I stumbled upon this highly informative and accurate note!"

    Didn't want the rest of that to be removed.

Red
2010 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
1/23/2013 - tooch wrote:
72 points
UGC Chicago (The Drake Hotel - Chicago, IL): Surprisingly, I was not a fan of this. Where were the smokey minerals? Where did all the Graves flavors and feel go? Dang...just a lot of heat and blackberries on the nose with vanilla, oak and black fruit on the palate. Big disappointment.
  • tooch commented:

    9/8/14, 6:15 AM - hey kris g - i consider myself a big fan of domaine de chevalier, but on this day it was an average wine. feel free to block my notes in the future if you don't find them valuable.

  • tooch commented:

    9/8/14, 6:22 AM - this is the scale CT uses...correct?

    Extraordinary (96-100 points)
    Outstanding (90-95)
    Very Good to Excellent (85-89)
    Good (80-84)
    Average (75-79)
    Below average (70-74)
    Avoid (50-70)

White - Off-dry
2010 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel Mosel Saar Ruwer
7/10/2014 - tooch wrote:
93 points
Goodbye to Izzy & Rachel (and Meyer!) (Domaine Wine Storage - Chicago, IL): From magnum. Beautiful from start to finish. Izzy gave the magnum a shake and I think it really helped liven the wine up. The nose was gorgeous with loads of peaches, smokey mangos, and lychee. Fresh, pure, stately. I was surprised how accessible this was already.
  • tooch commented:

    7/12/14, 5:46 PM - yeah, that's for sure. young auslese is great though...

Red
2009 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard Paso Robles
10/4/2012 - KeithAkers wrote:
76 points
Infanticide!!! (Publican, Chicago IL): nose: completely overblown and over ripe nose with tones of black fruits, oak, black marker tones and lots of liqueur. This wasn't all too enjoyable on the nose.

taste: full bodied with good supporting tannins, but there is a good amount of heat on this as well. Extremely ripe and rich with overblown tones of black fruits, black marker, and lots of oak.

overall: this was far from my cup of tea. I wonder how it will be in the future, but it was over ripe and over blown. Others at the table liked this, I was the opposite.
  • tooch commented:

    10/11/13, 5:08 PM - Staren's right Keith...we should give every wine 100pts. What were you thinking?

Red
2010 Château Poujeaux Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
1/23/2013 - tooch wrote:
75 points
UGC Chicago (The Drake Hotel - Chicago, IL): I had been tempted to buy other vintages of this at Binny's given the price and its scores. Glad I haven't. Overall, the fruits are dried out with a fair bit of menthol on the nose. Palate was dark and dense - blackberries, smokey earth, and sour cherries. Not my style.
  • tooch commented:

    1/24/13, 5:07 PM - i guess your taste doesn't align to mine. it was an average wine to me.

Red
1998 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah
6/9/2012 - tooch wrote:
84 points
Acker Auction (Waldorf Astoria - Chicago, IL): Wasn't a huge fan of this. The nose was nice with meaty notes, dark fruit, and lilacs. The palate, on the other hand, was sickingly sweet and candied. Given the other beautiful wines at the table, I poured this out to focus on the other stuff!
  • tooch commented:

    1/24/13, 5:05 PM - No, I had the Grange...that's the beautiful thing about wine; taste is 100% sunjective.

Red
2010 Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban Vieille Serine Domaine de Pergaud Syrah
12/19/2012 - tooch wrote:
92 points
This wine wasn't pure, elegant and sexy when I opened it. I sat here drinking it, referencing Zach and Salil's notes thinking, "wtf is wrong with me...". Fastforward to hour 4 and things are starting to make sense. The aromas have become more floral and while the dark fruit is still there in spades, they're augmented by iodine and iron notes that are really nice. Palate has this wildness to it with gamey flavors that mingle with softer floral-driven notes that soften the masculine core. I see good things ahead for this wine.
  • tooch commented:

    12/19/12, 7:25 PM - it was like some sort of algebraic expression...had to slowly work to an answer.

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