Tasting Notes for pigdaddy

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Red
7/17/2019 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
decanted one hour. the winemaking here is refined & shows a gentle hand, under the vintage circumstances. believe you have to choose the right food to allow the Grenache to show its best. while it's neither hot nor pruney, or over-extracted, it is less enticing these days as the final bottles of the case are consumed. that said, an above average wine showing the characteristics of its particular vintage.

cool roast pork shoulder; braised okra w/summer tomatoes, onions, garlic
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White - Off-dry
7/15/2019 - pigdaddy wrote:
93 points
color youthful; just super-balanced & on point tonight, with pure peach sugars & nectarine's ringing acidity; may finish these before their suggested 'optimal' window, because drinking fabulously now.

applewood-smoked pork bo ssäm w/condiments & complements
White
6/19/2019 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
.375 ml. half bottles have been something of a crapshoot. this one med gold, smidgen of oxidative character on nose, which dissipated w/air. complex & interesting accompaniment to food, acidity is notable still. this was a good half bottle, but will consume rest in this format soon.

white corn chowder w/chanterelles, bacon & spicy chile garlic crisp
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Red
6/14/2019 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
slow o one hour, decanted 30 min. intrigued by recent notes, checked in on this. a solid bottle with still youthful color & aromatic complexity; med+ body; fruit is delightful, not overripe, pure dark cherry, boysenberry, plumskin acid; over an hour, the tannins became more prominent, but were integrated, not obtrusive. peak? past peak? quite a good bottle tonight, five more years.

grilled pork chop, roasted new potatoes, pickleback slaw
Red
5/2/2019 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
double-decanted, slow o for 1.5 hours. brilliant, saturated garnet color: aromatics tentative early on, evolving w//aniseed, wild savory herbs, red plum confiture, becomes more evocative w//air; elegant weight; savory fruit profile, concentrated but more balanced now, acids are fine & tannins, while still structured, are integrated.

3 years ago, this was all about potential; starting to be realized, would guess now & next 6 - 10 years.

seared skirt steak; escarole calabrese
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Rosé
3/8/2019 - pigdaddy wrote:
89 points
crisp & dry, fine herb-driven & mineral fruit, savory; good showing.

crispy Arctic char, mustard crema, lemon-roasted cauliflower w/fennel & capers
Red
3/6/2019 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
decanted 30 min, minimal sediment. darker spectrum yet crystalline garnet; terrific aromatics early on, exotic spice & warm berry compote, developing more leathery & wild herbal w/air; med body which is a distinctive element, fruit is restrained yet concentrated in its "redness", moderate to long finish w/acids that might be on the edge of too much; finishing notably drier w/2 hours air.

halfway through this case. my age & a cold cellar make me unsure whether to consume sooner or later...

Marcella bean soup w/rapini, shaved pecorino
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Red
2/15/2019 - pigdaddy wrote:
96 points
ullage low neck. double decanted, modest amount of sediment. the drinking window displayed above is accurate, if this bottle is indicative of evolutionary status. fairly deeply colored w/paling rim; concentrated & intense nose expresses roasted black fruits, exotic spice & mint; intense on palate, showing ripe & powerful, but w/great balance & solid structure; leather & cigar on finish. no wallflower, this one.

rack of lamb, potato puree, asparagus
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Red
2/10/2019 - pigdaddy wrote:
93 points
decanted 30 min. youthfully deep color & beguilingly attractive nose; surprisingly ripe & primary initially, long & delicious, air brought more interesting herbal & tobacco as well as amping up the tannins & acidity. super good.

rigatoni in pork sausage sugo
White
2/10/2019 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
375 ml. 4 years ago this was terrific from the same size bottle & w/the same dish. equally delightful tonight, although the fruit is more tangy nectarine & clementine, less noticeable r.s., terrific acidity that lingers in a most pleasing way. not as supportive w/the food, as the pork, chile, szechuan peppercorn elements want a little more plush fruit. still, a delight & while it seems there's some gamble that premox may show in half bottles sooner, this bottle is delish.

mapo dofu
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Red
2/8/2019 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
lot 10.155. decanted 1 hour, consumed over 4; color brilliant, clear & youthful; ebullient aromatics from the outset; svelte palate feel; super refined w/sweet-tart berries & ripe stylish back-end. tannins begin to show at hour 2, but are integrated.

bottle 10 of 24; many have been challengingly & appropriately too young; this is the first to truly evidence significant potential; noted that today is a fruit day long after opening. man, what a good bottle of nebbiolo.

pork chops w/black pepper; cavalo nero & anchovy; crispy roasted yukons
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Red
1/31/2019 - pigdaddy wrote:
93 points
the first bottle from the case last month was corked (on a disappointing night for '05 cdp's in general). this one, decanted for one hour & consumed over three, is excellent; youthful color; nose more mature, mourvèdre stands out in the earthy, plummy aromatic profile; refined weight on palate; like many drinkers of this recently, it seems to be in its (potentially broad) window of deliciousness, with generous fruit & silky balance, tannins in the background & enough acidity to keep it enjoyable w/food. comfortable w/drinking & holding over the next 8 -10 years.

gigante beans w/garlic sausage, thyme & tomato
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Red
1/17/2019 - pigdaddy wrote:
so unfashionable to like this particular vintage & style of cdp but was good on a chilly night. better w/food; alcohol really shows on its own. no regrets, tho.

pork cutlets, bok choy, shiitakes
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Red
12/21/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
93 points
decanted one hour. splendid, demonstrating the best evidence so far for this vintage's quality standard; opulent, yet superbly balanced across the spectrum, from entry to the long, complex finish. drinking on point tonight, most complete bottle of this so far, yum.

rare-seared beef tenderloin; roasted yukons, endive, gruyere
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Red
2009 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
12/21/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
decanted 30 min. on the delightful tangent it has appeared to be promising to develop for several years & now feels like it is in that Lytton sweet spot we relish & enjoy; balanced, classic, the fruit is still wild, enough structure to be fine for a while.

soft polenta w/fontina, pork shoulder w/escarole, garlic, Calabrian chilies, poached egg
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Red
12/10/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
decanted 30 min. cool mentholated blackberries & earthy nose; elegant & med. bodied; more noticeably dark cherry & dried currant on palate, excellent acidity, fine-grained tannins; long, tangy, & dry on it's own. food helps expose its charming qualities.

penne w/roasted cauliflower, tomato, anchovy, sultanas
White - Off-dry
12/7/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
92 points
pale gold; bright peach, harmonious fruit/acid balance, sweetness integrated, accented by food; delicious tonight. seems to be within its optimal range.

spicy pork rib fried rice w/bok choi & young ginger
Red
11/13/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
decanted 30 min. this is at the stage where it's ideal to grab when mature fruit, ripe & plummy, coupled with lots of wood influence enables it to perform splendidly with food. less charming on its own. better to drink sooner, it seems.

penne w/rapini, braised lamb & corona beans
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Red
2002 Domaine Dujac Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
10/8/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
decanted 1 hour. still deeply colored w/ochre rim; fine aromatics w/noted earthy/herbal component; supple & elegant on palate; restrained & plummy, delectable, significant element of herbs & dirt on mid-palate, solid length; continued to drink well over several hours. drink up within next few years. recommended w/meatloaf.
White
10/5/2018 - pigdaddy Likes this wine:
91 points
leanest, tightest of the 3 2010 secs drunk this year; acids are dominant, tangy; coiled & taut, really gets salivary glands going; yum w/food.

white corn bisque w/poached chicken, roasted chilies, andouille sausage
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Red
2015 Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
9/28/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
89 points
this is a gem. correct (maybe not classic), youthful & delicious; penetrating fruit & wild scrubby tannins on its own. but sangiovese is meant to accompany food & there's no question this is swell at the table. acids are in balance. could reward a year or two of time but rewards now, for sure.

linguini cacio e pepe (adulterated w/guanciale, sliced garlic & Meyer lemon, so not really)
Red
9/19/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
flawed
(375 ml.) yet another corked half bottle from this vintage; third afflicted of six. incredibly poor ROI, Barretts.
White
8/16/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
per X. Auerbach note below, this was on the money tonight 18 months after his note; not complicated, yet delightful, & perfect with assertive food.

nc shrimp, coconut curry w/eggplant & chilies
Red
2010 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
8/15/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
decanted one hour. this is rounding out some from the last bottle, about 2.5 years ago. still sturdy, petite sirah still testifying in the blend; moderate tannins scraping on the finish. shows more potential for continued cellaring & while not exactly charming, remains a testament to the consistency of the wines from Ridge & this site. well-chosen food to accompany is key.

griddled burger w/cherokee purple tomato & chipotle ketchup
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White
8/12/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
93 points
decanted one hour, followed over 3.

disturbingly & worrisome deep golden color, anticipated totally oxidized; what a surprise to find reticent & concentrated citric nose that unfurled as it warmed, to reveal citrus blossom, grated zest, ripe stone fruits; lean early, becoming more expansive with air; palate expanded dramatically to develop wonderful & correct honeyed citrus & orchard fruits, concentrated, minerals & superb acidity. the color adjusted dramatically to a medium, age-appropriate light gold, a progression both unexpected & new in our experience.

this was a delicious bottle, but left us even more conflicted as to the evolutionary track of this vintage. inclined to consume the remaining four soon & hope for a similarly rewarding experience.

pan-seared triggerfish, creamed summer sweet corn with chanterelles, bacon & thyme
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Red
7/25/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
smooth, especially for a root day.
Red
6/21/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
93 points
decanted 30 min, moderate sediment. last bottle of six, initially not one of my favorite vintages. but gotta give it to them for the impeccable winemaking in a challenging vintage. balanced & supple early on, surpassing expectations & showing less stewed & over-ripe than previous 2.
not exactly a summertime bottle, but really good w/dinner. began to show a more roasted espresso note after several hours, so glad to consume now.

pan-seared filet mignon, chanterelles, tender new corn, new crop shallots, radicchio
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Red
6/16/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
flawed
corked. from magnum, so double the aggravation.
Red
1998 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
6/7/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
95 points
decanted 3 hours prior, tasted single blind w/'97 Grange & '97 Harlan Estate. youthful in every regard, this stood out in the pairing for it's superb balance & elegance, depth & gravitas. pure & concentrated, with wonderful fruit & no hard edges, it seems to be in the early stages of an extended window of deliciousness.

smoked ribs, roasted peaches, stir-fried sugarsnaps
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White
5/25/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
snappy & delightful, ginger, mandarin orange peel, some cool minty bitterness; persistent high-toned finish, super w/food. probably should finish this summer.

sesame-crust triggerfish, sugar snaps w/sherry vinegar & mint; spicy smashed cukes, ponzu aioli
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White
4/22/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
93 points
This was an astonishing bottle of wine. Still with pale yellow gold color; incredibly fresh & correct nose, saline & mineral; lovely body, balance & palate feel, fine mellowed citrus & superb toned acidity. Stayed vibrant & delicious in the glass for over two hours.

Amazing. Purchased on release, provided by the original buyer.
White
4/15/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
refined & elegant, fairly taut, but well-balanced. restrained orchard fruits, definitive mineral core, solid acids. delicious...seems to have the components to age but so savory now.

sautéed triggerfish, oil-cured olive, plum tomato & anchovy relish; wilted spinach; avgolemono rice pilaf
White
3/28/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
93 points
in great shape, saline & stoney, long & good acid profile.

spaghetti in octopus bolognese
White
3/28/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
92 points
Sound, complex & mineral. Still, seemed just a bit pudgy, reflective of vintage? or age? Enjoyable, nonetheless.

oysters on the half (mostly North Atlantic)
Red
3/18/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
decanted 30 min. pristine ruby - garnet to the rim; restrained yet evocative dark sour cherry, herb sachet, refined leathery notes; med body; elegant & superbly balanced, pure & evocative; prototypical Sangiovese blend in early to mid-peak range for us, excellent.

rigatoni w/spicy fennel sausage & oxheart tomato ragu
Red
1986 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/6/2018 - pigdaddy wrote:
92 points
decanted 30 min, opened up substantially after one hour. color deep, w/pale red rim; initially some cow pasture notes, which blew off to an intense meaty & iron-ey nose, evolved positively to possibly the bottle's best aspect; supple & mature mouthfeel, w/still decent grip, concentrated dark fruit, an 'aged beef' minerality, very good length; a terrific cold night St. Julien.

short rib pot roast, crushed potatoes
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White
12/26/2017 - pigdaddy wrote:
it's scary these days, tiptoeing back down for a bottle of white Burgundy from a producer you love. this was a good one, notably youthful, still blistering citrus fruit acidity in the best sense; color good, deserved a decant, just exactly right even so. crossing fingers that the remainders will age into this one's promise.

malpeque oyster pan-roast w/fennel & Meyer lemon
White - Sparkling
9/18/2017 - pigdaddy wrote:
96 points
a superb bottle tonight, to celebrate an 85th birthday; showing noticeable positive evolution since the previous 3 years ago. remarkable bottle, w/considerable upside ahead. 2/6

2/15/19 superb bottle, considerably more expressive than the last one 8 months ago, w/vibrant mousse & perfect equilibrium, modest toast, ginger, pointed acidity that kept each sip fresh, a pleasure to drink (95)

caviar & accompaniments
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Red
9/16/2017 - pigdaddy wrote:
88 points
decanted for 2 hours, deep blood-red, feral, herbal nose; med weight; still crunchy fruits, damson plums, finishing rustic & dry. really enjoyed this with food.

grilled lamb loin chops, braised cranberry beans, broccoli rabe w/lemon & garlic
Rosé
2015 Girolamo Russo Etna Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
6/16/2017 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
pale orange/pink, blood oranges, minerals, great acidity. superb rose.

marinated cherry tomato, anchovy & cucumber bruschetta; sautéed sheepshead w/littleneck clam & chile vinaigrette
White
6/9/2017 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
for my money, a terrific white at the table; rich & weighty on palate, but balanced with tangy acidity & superb mineral streak on the finish; complex, complete, with lots of upside.

grilled mahi-mahi, grilled lemon; roasted cauliflower w/treviso, oil-cured olives, capers, Calabrian chile & anchovies
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Red
5/12/2017 - pigdaddy wrote:
92 points
decanted & served (purchased on release, consumed in restaurant, stemware on the smaller side). showing just terrific, supple & balanced, definitive brunello at peak with apparent broad window; these bottles have been significantly above grade in the past few examples consumed.
Red
2004 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
4/10/2017 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
decanted 30 min. still darkly colored, suggesting youth; pretty briarey red berries & roasted plum nose, just a touch on the stewed fruit side; mid+ weight, sappy but not jammy; delightfully mature & as developed as one might anticipate, ripe bramble fruit & juicy on the slightly abbreviated finish. not as detailed as some Geyservilles, would drink this one sooner.

applewood-smoked baby back ribs w/black pepper, sorghum & ginger; roasted baby Japanese turnips w/their greens, garlic & sweet chili sauce
Red
4/9/2017 - pigdaddy wrote:
92 points
pellucid ruby, restrained red fruits compote, potpourri, blackberry leaf; med. body; concentrated & elegant at the same time, w/black & red cherry confit, superb balance & solid acid profile suggesting a year or two to peak. Sumptious.

Love the fruit from this vineyard in skilled hands.
White - Off-dry
3/4/2017 - pigdaddy wrote:
flawed
corked. You could tell that it was at least the equal of a bottle from about two years ago, which made it even more disheartening.
White
1/26/2017 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
(from 375 ml.) just super, great cut & acidity, with enough sugar to play well with spicy food. bright citrus zest nose; med. yellow gold; very pure & intense sour orange marmalade, talc & powdered stone on the still intensely acid finish. great tonight.

turkey tikki masala, basmati rice
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Red
1/21/2017 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
decanted 30 min. dark red-black w/amethyst highlights; restrained aromatics of black fruits, brown spices & faint smoked meats; med weight; reserved on palate, emphasizing soil, pepper & echoing subtle smokiness of aromatics; aeration brings out more sweet internal perfumes; tannins are fine & integrated; certainly distinctive as cool climate Syrah, with no jammy qualities noted. still a year or so from optimal drinking, elegant & precise, excellent acids.

blue cheese-stuffed bison burger; spice-roasted sweet potatoes with cavalo nero, guanciale & lemon
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