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Red
2014 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/14/2019 - tooch wrote:
89 points
Nice wine with good soft floral and red fruit notes. The red fruit seems to move from riper cherry flavors to more tart cranberries flavors...the combination of the two is nice and gives the wine a brightness that's very enjoyable. Super value.
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Red
2014 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/3/2019 - tooch wrote:
89 points
Followed over the course of a night. Just a really nice Bordeaux that comes across elegant and balanced. Nice weight and density of flavor...in a lithe package. Great value (as always). No brainer case + purchase.
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Red
6/18/2018 - tooch wrote:
94 points
1 hour slow-ox decant.

Drinking very well with youthful power and density. Aromas are dark and deep with pepper, iodine, black fruits, and charcoal. Salinity on the palate keeps this fresh and lively despite its density. Should age very well.
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Red
4/3/2018 - tooch wrote:
88 points
A great value in Burgundy. Has some really nice cherry and floral notes on the nose with dark and deep flavors on its palate. While there is some density on the palate that is less attractive to me, its flavors are true and seemingly pure. Michel Juillot's wines are routinely overlooked, but there are some very nice surprises.
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White
3/27/2018 - tooch wrote:
93 points
There is a beautiful core of lemon/lime flavors that give this wine an edginess that's really nice. This is exactly what I'm looking for with Chardonnay. Well done.
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White
3/9/2018 - tooch wrote:
Lots of waxy citrus notes, and vanilla. Continues to be a strange wine looking for direction.
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White
3/5/2018 - tooch wrote:
83 points
A solid chardonnay that came across with overt oak notes. The feel of the wine was nice, but the flavors were all pretty basic and straightforward.
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Red
3/2/2018 - tooch wrote:
91 points
A really fun Napa Cabernet. Great minty/menthol notes on the nose - a bit like Montelena - with a really nice layer of red fruit. The palate was sweet, but balanced. Drinking in its prime.
Red
3/2/2018 - tooch wrote:
91 points
Dark berries, meat drippings, & smoke characterized the nose here. The palate showed the vintage's balance with a nice combination of dark and red fruit, earthy, & meaty tones. Great balance and length. Will really be something special in 5-7 years.
Red
1/22/2018 - tooch wrote:
89 points
Took about 2-3 hours to open up, but it took on a nice floral aroma that was airy and subtle. The palate drank nicely - plum, cherry, spices, & some earth. A great entry level barolo that I think remains a great value.
Red
1/13/2018 - tooch wrote:
93 points
Delicious wine that was jaw-droppingly smooth. Back up the truck.
Red
12/15/2017 - tooch wrote:
93 points
A beautiful Barolo that is airy but present. Lots of delicate floral notes along with some earthy/smokey undertones. A lot to love here...beautiful future ahead, too.
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Red
12/12/2017 - tooch wrote:
90 points
Drank really nicely. Dark bouquet of plum, blackberries, & herbs. The palate was fresh, but had a lot of savory elements woven throughout.
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White
12/12/2017 - tooch wrote:
flawed
Badly oxidized.
Red
12/10/2017 - tooch wrote:
Showed really nicely after some air. Denser and riper than I was expecting, but the elevated flavors were of rose, strawberry, & earth (so it was nice). Palate had nice structure, too.
Red
11/11/2017 - tooch wrote:
89 points
Showed really nice tobacco and red fruit. Dusty, airy palate was quite enjoyable. A really nice bottle.
Red
11/5/2017 - tooch wrote:
91 points
I thought this was lovely. Took about 45 minutes to open up, but the palate was elegant and floral. Gorgeous dark fruit accompanies the floral notes and the tannins were soft and relaxed.
Red
11/5/2017 - tooch wrote:
93 points
Drank really nicely. The fruit was more pure and concentrated on this bottle compared to some of the others where the fruit felt stripped down. I'm not anticipating this to get much better, but this bottle was in a great spot.
White
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
90 points
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): First time I had ever seen this wine before. A great way to kick off a great dinner. Aromas of pears, nectarines, & melons...very tropical with some more steely hints buried in there. Its palate was tropical, but also had some nice acidic notes that balanced out its round core. Pretty delicious wine.
Red
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
95 points
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): From magnum.
After decanting this showed a lot of rich cherry, plum, rose, & earth tones on the nose. The palate was just awesome. Incredibly elegant and silky. The tannins were kicking in, but they were (mostly) silky and gave the wine extra elegance. The finish was length and acidic. Thought this showed incredibly well...despite its youth. I expect great things from this wine in its future.
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Red
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
94 points
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): A taste.

Drank alongside the 2011 Liger-Belair Echezeaux. The Reignots was, to me, far more interesting and complex. Concentrated red fruit and earth notes on the palate were regal and elegant. While it was a dense/concentrated wine, it felt incredibly silky and elegant. Delicious.
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Red
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
91 points
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): A taste.

Very nice warm cherry notes with some dark spices. The palate was wholly approachable and very delicious. Can't say that this was overly complex, but it was very delicious. It's worth mentioning that there were not green notes whatsoever.
Red
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
95 points
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): Roberto Conterno talked fondly of this wine while we visited him, so when we saw it on the list at dinner for a reasonable price Izzy picked it up. After a decant, the wine had some nice aromas of red fruit...some sour cranberry gave the wine some initial tartness, but the rich cherry tones kicked in and rounded out the flavor. A beautiful wine that had a lot of elegance and class to it from a very tough vintage. This will have many many years of great performance ahead of it.
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Red
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
92 points
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): Broad-shouldered wine with a lot of muscle. Aromas were dark, rich, and deep. Spice notes accompanied plum, blackberry, and some herbs. Its palate was very nice and the tannins were there - luckily, they were relatively silky. Very enjoyable wine.
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Red
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
91 points
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): A very dark and spice wine. Palate was silky and toasty with some evident oak influence. In addition to the toasty notes, there were some really nice cherry and rose notes buried beneath. Probably needs time. Thought this was pretty nice with a lot of upside.
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Red
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
78 points
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): This was a tough wine to enjoy. So much tannin without much besides some tart cherry and spice notes. One of the least enjoyable wines of the trip.
White
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
86 points
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): Light pink/orange hue in the glass - very beautiful color. Aromas had strawberries and herbs with some spices, too. The palate had medium acidity with tart strawberries, some currants, & cherries. We tasted this at Cavallotto and took the rest of the bottle home - it was great on the deck. Very refreshing.
White
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
84 points
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): Very tropical aromatics of pineapple, mango, & pears. The palate was sweet and sappy with medium-to-low acidity. Tasty, but not in my chardonnay sweet spot.
Red
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
flawed
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): Carried over from the United States to open with Roberto Conterno. Unfortunately, this was an off bottle...I think Roberto commented that based on the taste it must have been heat damaged at some point.
Red
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
97 points
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): From an unlabeled bottle at the winery...pop and pour.

Aromas were fantastic.Gorgeous spice notes combined with sweet currant, cherry, & cranberry. Its palate was edgy and tart. Lovely flavors of tart cherry, cranberries, earth, stone, & plum. Such a young wine, so we were just scratching the surface here, but there's a lot of potential and class here. Hopefully I'll have the opportunity to try another bottle of this sometime int he future.
Red
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
95 points
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): Barrel sample.

A real treat to try this even in its infancy. Technically, this is still Francia Barolo while in barrel, but it is destined for a Monfortino designation in time. The aromas were very perfumed and floral with elements of pepper, dark floral notes, subtle earth, & some tar notes. The palate was really complex. We did not have large samples so it was hard to let the wine wash over you...but from what I could tell this has a beautiful core of red fruits, earth, & spices. Beautiful wine...will need time.
Red
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
93 points
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): Barrel sample.

Palate was shy with subtle, classic Barolo tones. Tar, roses, cherries...just lovely. The palate was rigid and broad with a lot of structure. Tannins were silky so the wine felt very elegant and refined. Really enjoyable.
Red
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
90 points
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): Barrel sample.

Spicier than the Cerretta that we tried immediately before. Palate has tons of acidity...more than the Cerretta but didn't share the same juiciness. That said, this was more complex and a bit more shy. Really lovely palate with minerals, cherries, plums, and floral notes. Very zippy wine. Going to seek this out.
Red
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
89 points
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): Barrel Sample.

Beautiful color - electric pink/purple. Nose had explosive aromatics of violets, plum, and cranberry. Structure was there and it had a nice red fruited core. Should be a nicely complex and structured Barbera. Very good.
Red
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
95 points
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): 8,000 bottles produced. A very elegant wine already with seductive tones of cherry, mineral, tar, roses, & earth. Its palate was fantastic - very elegant, with a "great core of everything". Things seem to be coming together very nicely for this Riserva. Age should do wonders.
Red
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
93 points
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): Liked this a lot. The aromatics were vivid with beautiful red fruits, touches of florals, some darker earth tones, & lovely spiced notes. The palate had a good balance of fruit with structure & acidity. Its balanced composition of fruit/structure should mature very nicely together.
Red
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
91 points
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): You could sense the oak influence a bit on the nose here but it integrated nicely with cherry, strawberry, tar, and earth. The palate had a great core of red fruit - deep and concentrated. The tannins were there, but unlike a couple other of the young Giacosa's, the tannins were silky. Thought this showed really nicely and should develop really nicely.
Red
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): Another youthful wine to the point of austerity. It had a core of tightly wound cherry, roses, & earth. The tannins, though...so, so, so, tannic. For me, the tannins were distracting to the point of being unenjoyable.
Red
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): A very young wine that was tough as nails. It had aromas of currants and roses, but the palate was a wall of tannins at this point. There was a bit of toast, and some bits of strawberry, cherry, & currant. This will need time to mature.
White
5/23/2017 - tooch wrote:
86 points
Day 2 in Piedmont (Giacosa, Conterno, & Cavallotto) (Piedmont, Italy): Very tropical wine with pineapple, apricot, melon, & herbs on the nose. Its palate is crisp with more tropical flavors and a sweet finish. I prefer the Vietti Arneis to the Giacosa version - this one doesn't have as much acidity.
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Red
5/22/2017 - tooch wrote:
86 points
Day 1 in Piedmont (Vietti, Prunotto, & Bartolo Mascarello) (Piedmont, Italy): Not a great Lafite, but a correct Lafite. Had echoes of its past self with subtle dark berries, graphite, & earth...but this was a tired wine. Basalmic and soy were present and most of us felt that this was a number of years on the downside of its arc.
Red
5/22/2017 - tooch wrote:
flawed
Day 1 in Piedmont (Vietti, Prunotto, & Bartolo Mascarello) (Piedmont, Italy): Brought from the States. Poured a dark brown color and had some sweet balsamic notes on the nose. We let this stand on the counter for a while, but it never turned the corner.
White - Sparkling
5/22/2017 - tooch wrote:
94 points
Day 1 in Piedmont (Vietti, Prunotto, & Bartolo Mascarello) (Piedmont, Italy): Great champagne with lots of power and elegance. Love the toasty notes and the buzzing acidity to the palate. If you're a fan of the Krug style, you'll really like this vintage.
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White
2010 Domaine Ramonet Montrachet Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
5/22/2017 - tooch wrote:
99 points
Day 1 in Piedmont (Vietti, Prunotto, & Bartolo Mascarello) (Piedmont, Italy): A really special wine. My first time with a Ramonet Monty and I can clearly see its allure. Drank this following the 2007 Roulot Les Meix Chavaux, and while the Roulot was excellent, this was in a different league. A big and powerful wine, this had wonderful lime, lemon, & flint notes on the nose with a wonderfully density to the palate. Despite the density and concentration, it was insanely silky and elegant. A monument to Chardonnay.
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White
5/22/2017 - tooch wrote:
95 points
Day 1 in Piedmont (Vietti, Prunotto, & Bartolo Mascarello) (Piedmont, Italy): One of the finer Roulot I can remember having. Everything seemed to be in harmony with this bottle - the aromas of sea salt, lemon, lime, & pear was exotic and crisp. The palate was so lithe and elegant, it reminded me (somewhat) of drinking mineral water. This, however, had much more going on than mineral water with kaleidoscopic tones of citrus, mineral, & fruit woven together. Delish!
Rosé - Sparkling
5/22/2017 - tooch wrote:
94 points
Day 1 in Piedmont (Vietti, Prunotto, & Bartolo Mascarello) (Piedmont, Italy): A stunning bottle of rose - as you come to expect from Selosse. Aromas were concentrated and deep with strawberries, cranberries, and mushroom. The palate was exotic and stylish with bright red fruit along with some of the classic Selosse oxidative charm. After a long day of tasting Barolo, this was the perfect palate cleanser!
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Red
5/22/2017 - tooch wrote:
94 points
Day 1 in Piedmont (Vietti, Prunotto, & Bartolo Mascarello) (Piedmont, Italy): In 2012, fruit was lost from the Rue vineyard - a primary source for their Barolo. This is significant because the Rue is has a heavy clay composition which, typically, yields fruit that provide weight & concentration to their Barolo. Given the loss of fruit, the 2012 barolo is a light vintage. Loved the aromatics - strawberries, roses, some tar, bits of mushroom, & some darker floral notes. Its palate was so silky and refined, and while it may not have the weight of many other baroli, its flavor is still concentrated. Very impressive wine.
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