Tasting Notes for tonyvelebil

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Red
2/18/2012 - tonyvelebil wrote:
92 points
Been a very long time since I've had one of these and frankly didn't realize I had not one, but two left. I remember tasting this wine with Erich and Gloria way back in 04 I think (along with a barrel sample of his Pinot Noir but I digress) and remember it being richly fruit, plush Cabernet. It's definitely shed some of that "baby fat" and was starting to really show some nice secondary characteristics - nice cassis fruit, a little tobacco and olive with a little wood spice and cocoa. Nice medium weight on the palate, with fine ripe tannins and medium length finish. Very nicely done.

Paired with a flank steak with arugula and roasted meyer lemon.
Red
2/19/2012 - tonyvelebil wrote:
Traci and I had this while eating a very good mushroom risotto and catching up on some DVR'ed TV shows.

Popped and poured and still a richly fruited nose of dark fruits, earth and a little fig maybe. On the palate pretty rich but with almost crunch like red fruits, some wet stone type acidity, a little orange rind. Finish was a little on the short side and this wasn't overly complex but still tasty. I still prefer Rosella's and Pisoni to Garys' for Pinot but that's my preference. If you have these, probably time to start thinking about cracking them.
White
2/10/2012 - tonyvelebil wrote:
Since I'm on a roll...we had this last night too...

I've had the 2009 a bunch (thanks Andrew!) which saw more new oak IIRC and had a much more nutmeg spice characteristic.

This version is lighter, crisper and much more citrus oriented. I liked it a lot. Fresh clean, citrus, a little bit of hazel nut and green apple with lively acidity but an underlying richness. Very well done.

PS I love the temperature label that let's you know when it's reached 59 degrees.

Disclaimer: Andrew and I are friends, I sometimes pop by his winery during harvest to lend a hand.
Red
2/10/2012 - tonyvelebil wrote:
91 points
I bought this for a pretty good price on Lot 18 or 118 or whatever it is called before I unsubscribed due to the 8000 emails a day it seemed I was getting...but I digress.

Darn nice wine made even more impressive by the price. Rich but lively so it's not heavy at all with smoke, blackberry, earth and black pepper. There seems to be just a hint of brett (I could be wrong but myself and winemaker friend thought there was a bit) which added to the complexity without overwhelming. Good acidity and a nice medium length finish. Wish I bought more of this.
Red
2/10/2012 - tonyvelebil wrote:
This had been opened for 24 hours and I gotta say, based on this bottle, I was very disappointed in this wine. the nose is pretty with violets, red cherries and a little framboise and a lot of spice.

On the palate it's kind of flat and one dimensional. A lot of spice but a simple kind of chocolatey red fruit. Dried out quickly....
White - Sparkling
2/10/2012 - tonyvelebil wrote:
Traci picked this up at Paul Marcus Wines in Oakland since our friend Kiara was coming over.

A new Cremant that I haven't had yet. Very nice and almost a touch delicate. Nicely moussy light but with a bit richness of meyer lemon, apple and limestone. 100% Chardonnay and it went down way to fast....very good bargain at $20.
Red
2/8/2012 - tonyvelebil wrote:
92 points
Had this Wednesday night with dinner - roasted salmon on a bed of lentils with steamed broccoli. Very good bottle and in a very good place. Nose is nicely fruited with cherries and cranberry, some baking spice and earth. On the palate it's got really lively mouthfeel and presence without being heavy or too light. More of that crancherry, a little beetroot, more baking spice and that tell tale Rosella's grapefruit/citrus. Nice lingering finish. Well done. 92/100.

Disclaimer - I am friends with Ed Kurtzman, pretty sure I helped bottle this and worked a harvest with Ed.
Red
2/1/2012 - tonyvelebil wrote:
Traci and I popped and poured to have with a Dijon-Cognac Beef Stew. Nice nose of bright red fruits and a little bit of asian spice. On the palate lots of acid with some very clean crisp cranberry and bright cherries with a hint of spice and coffee. Fairly straight forward Pinot, paired fairly well with the stew. Had one glass but didn't feel the need to revisit. Traci took the rest with her on her trip today....86-87/100
Red
2000 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/30/2012 - tonyvelebil wrote:
88 points
Traci opened this blind for us to have for dinner (of course she knew what it was!). Accompanied roasted pork tenderloin, sweet potato fries and broccoli. Smelled it, dark in color and ruby red at the rim, with that dusty, pencil lead/graphite, dark fruit that says this is Cabernet and not from CA. So I taste and run through the progession - medium tannins with a decent core of red fruit and cassis just poking through. More pencil lead/graphite and I proclaim it is Bdx and probably left bank from the 2005 vintage - guessed b/c of the tannin structure and relative shyness of the fruit. I didn't go so far as Pauillac but should have...Oh well. Nice wine, I think she said she paid about $20 which is fair. 88-90?/100, maybe a bit lower on the 88 if it doesn't pop. Didn't really pair well with the tenderloin though.
Red
1/25/2011 - tonyvelebil wrote:
89 points
Opened a bottle of this wine from an East Bay producer (think Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley). The wine, from what I remember, is purchased wine from an Atlas Peak winery. The cost is about $17 per bottle and it is well worth the price of admission. A little primary but really plush fruit (blackberry and plum), with a little dusty cocoa powder, a hint of tobacco leaf and dried herbs. Medium length finish and okay acidity. A fine everyday drinking Cabernet. Well done
White
1/25/2011 - tonyvelebil wrote:
87 points
A blend of Verdejo and Viura with a retail price around $12-14. Very nice little sipping wine on a surprisingly warm Bay Area winter day.

Reminiscent of a Sauv Blanc without the grassiness. Showing nice verve, tropical fruit, and limestone with just a hint of stone fruit. Good fruit presence and terrific acidity. 87/100
Red
8/13/2010 - tonyvelebil wrote:
Popped and poured. Drink soon as the fruit was fading on this well stored bottle. Lots of alcohol with a little spicy fruit underneath. Very disappointed.
White
7/13/2010 - tonyvelebil wrote:
92 points
Somehow I win the prize as the first person to post a note on this in CellarTracker/GrapeStories.

I'll take that prize. Howard Graham, a partner in August West (Graham Vineyard), brought this to our bottling lunch....Howard loves white burg and I love Howard for that...this was terrific.. NOse was smokey and gun flinty..the palate smokey, gun flinty with just a bit of hazelnut and a dose of lemon cream. Wonderful length, terrific acid and just all around what I want every Chardonnay to taste like...yee haw
Red
7/13/2010 - tonyvelebil wrote:
94 points
Well my birthday was today and I helped bottle August West and Sandler wines all day...we had a great 2--5 Yves Morey=Colin Batard Montrachet with lunch and a couple of -5 August West Pinots (Rosellas and Graham) and well...when I got home and cleared email and some other stuff it was time to open something special. Traci is out of town so I am flying solo and watching FRom Paris With Love (a bad flick by the way)....however, the Domaine Vieilles Juiliennes Vieilles Vignes is STUNNING....dark fruit, CdP spice, length, good acidity, yum. If you have them, they will continue to age well but will reward drinking now...ahhh...a birthday is not a birthday without something from the Rhone. I am semi complete...until Traci comes home
Red
3/31/2010 - tonyvelebil Likes this wine:
87 points
Popped and poured at Passover Seder.

Compared to the 2001 Neal, this was much more simple. Amply fruited with blackberry fruit and maybe a hint of mint. Tannins very supple but ultimately while good, just not overly complex to me. I still think this slips just in to the "very good" camp, although I have no idea the cost. Okay, quick check on their website shows this was $25, so maybe retail $20-25 which is a very fair price for this wine. 86-87/100
Red
3/31/2010 - tonyvelebil Likes this wine:
91 points
Opened this for Passover Seder. Popped and poured and consumed over an hour.

Drinking really well right now. Nose is earth, cedar and blackberry/cassis. On the palate showing a little cocoa, earth, cedar and more blackberry/cassis with a hint of spice and slightly chalky but well integrated tannins. Really holding up well and probably at peak and should stay there for another 3-5 years. 90-91/100
Red
3/29/2010 - tonyvelebil Likes this wine:
90 points
Popped and poured and consumed with Tom Colicchio's whole roast chicken, asparagus and sweet potato.

The nose showed a little orange rind, earth and dark cherries. On the palate a little more earth, slight citrus quality, dark cherries and cranberries and a little wet stone acidity lurking underneath. Very enjoyable now but could have used a couple hours in the decanter. Went well with the chicken.
Red
3/28/2010 - tonyvelebil Likes this wine:
87 points
Second bottle consumed in as many nights. This bottle was definitely more lively than yesterday's bottle. Prettier red fruits, a little earth and spice and just a hint of RRV cola with somewhat lively acidity. The finish was a little on the short side and the wine was just a little lean through the midpalate. The longer it stayed open the more it seemed to fade. My last bottle and I am glad I haven't held on to these any longer.
Red
Opened for dinner. Boring, simple and plain uninteresting. I would drink these up if you have them. don't appear to be going anywhere interesting.
Red
TN: 08 Colle Stefano Verdicchio, 04 Graillot Crozes Hermitage, 05 Cascina Ca'Rossa Audinaggio (Dopo (Oakland, CA)): Traci and I had been at Paul Marcus Wines in Oakland to pick up some Champagne when we were invited in the back to taste a couple of Produttori wines. They also had a lineup of Cascina Ca'Rossa wines to taste that they were thinking of stocking - btw if you seen the 2009 Roero Arneis from these guys buy it. It is stunning!!!

On to the wine...we tasted the 06 in the back room and asked if it was available. Unfortunately not yet but the 05 was on the shelf and Mark said it was a little bigger and a little more open right now. So what the heck we are in.

What a terrific wine. Ruby red with a slight orange tint. It has really pretty red fruit, spice/pepper with a very nice rose/floral quality. Really pleasing acidity and tannins perfectly in check with the fruit. I think this was $30 or so and well worth the price...

In fact, the producers entire lineup is pretty terrific.
Red
TN: 08 Colle Stefano Verdicchio, 04 Graillot Crozes Hermitage, 05 Cascina Ca'Rossa Audinaggio (Dopo (Oakland, CA)): Ed brought this...started out on the nose smelling big like a Pax wine with that dark fruit, black licorice, tar with a little bit of pepper and steminess. On the palate though a little racier with juicy acidity but really nice dark fruit, pepper, grilled meat. As it continued to open up it was showing more of the stem inclusion. More violets, steminess and brighter fruit. Very enjoyable and definitely a purchase wine.
White
TN: 08 Colle Stefano Verdicchio, 04 Graillot Crozes Hermitage, 05 Cascina Ca'Rossa Audinaggio (Dopo (Oakland, CA)): Ordered this off the list at Dopo in Oakland. Wonderful bottle of Verdicchio. Clean crisp citrus fruit, racy limestone minerality...enough fruit that you could drink this on its own but it went perfectly with the fritto misto and halibut crostini. Very enjoyable.
White - Sparkling
3/20/2010 - tonyvelebil Likes this wine:
92 points
Last night having dinner with Ed Kurtzman and his now fiancee Michelle (Congrats!!!), Tina and Glenn we opened this at Dopo in Oakland to toast their recent engagement.

Wine was terrific, rich, yeasty and toasty with nice citrus, and almonds. Fine tiny bubbles. A very, very good bottle of bubbly that is drinking really well right now!
White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/9/2010 - tonyvelebil Likes this wine:
91 points
And just because we could....we finished with some desserts and this lovely wine from a 375mL bottle.

Notes of coconut, vanilla and apricot jump out of the glass. A small taste and more coconut, vanilla and stone fruit along with some honey. Enough acidity to keep it from being flabby but I do miss that spice that I love in Suiduraut...still very enjoyable and a great way to finish dinner. Long life ahead of that one.
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White
3/9/2010 - tonyvelebil Likes this wine:
93 points
Cracked my first Rivers Marie Chardonnay last night at dinner. Wow is this concentrated. I remember when this came into the winery the pH was really low...amazing how concentrated this turned out. I loved it.

Notes of lemon, stone fruit, honeysuckle with some barrel spice in the background. Reminds me of a brighter/citrusy Aubert....It is concentrated but it has enough acid to wear the weight well. We have a couple more and I would love to hang on to one for 10 years and see what happens...
Red
3/9/2010 - tonyvelebil Likes this wine:
88 points
Second bottle of this (first was horribly corked).

Had this at dinner and next to the Aldo Conterno Barolo...interesting compare/contrast. This wine is rich and ripe with lots of dark fruit, some spice/herbs and tar. A little tannin adding some grip but not much acid in this $30 CdP. Ultimately not that complex though. I would drink this on the earlier side given the lack or seeming lack of acid. still a nice wine
Red
3/9/2010 - tonyvelebil Likes this wine:
94 points
Eivind brought this wine to dinner. Opened about 30 minutes before drinking. Probably should have been decanted but it did open up nicely over the course of about 40 minutes.

Beautiful nose of red fruits, red licorice, earth and crushed rock. The palate is lively with nice acidity, tame tannins, more beautiful pure red fruit/licorice, earth. Given the acidity and depth of fruit I am sure this will age well for years to come but it is drinking surprisingly well right now with a little air. Superb!!!
White
Cracked this last night for a glass of wine before heading out to dinner. Ruh roh...dark golden color and yup oxidized. Was it drinkable yes but not enjoyable. Sherry/honey with some stone fruit and acidity left but the strong sherry note was off putting.

I am going to guess these need to be consumed sooner rather than later. I wonder how the Vieilles Vignes version is holding up?
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Red
Opened this last night to have a glass of wine. Nicely fruited but you have to love stem inclusion as this tastes like licking a blackberry infused sage plant....a small taste this morning and well more sage and less fruit. Not digging the direction of this wine....
Red
Opened as part of Wine Berserkers Loire Exploration week. Accompanied a flank steak with arugula and lemon.

Color on the wine was a very nice clear purple. Nose was all about ripe cherries, flowers, earth and pepper. on the palate this morphed from being really lively and zippy with bright violets, cherry, and pepper to darkening after an hour or so and showing much more earth and tobacco. Crisp bright acidity, very little tannin this is a wine that is drinking really well right. Would definitely buy this again.
White
Picked this up at Paul Marcus Wines for Loire Week. All Chenin Blanc.

Imported by Winewise (Oakland, CA).

Nose has lanolin, pear, honey and maybe a little grapefruit pit. On the palate this is pretty crisp with loads of wet rock, some grapefruit, more honey and maybe a little more pear and limestone on the finish. It's fairly lean and screams for food. On its own, it's not that interesting. Traci doesn't like it, but then again, she doesn't care for Chenin....
White
Tasting Note: Ryan at Paul Marcus Wines opened this up so we got to take a peak. $16 retail. Very tasty wine and richer than I would have expected with honey, white flowers, minerals and an almost apple sweet tart finish. It is crisp and acidic but fairly rich and can be a fun wine to drink on its own but would be much better with food. Priced right at $16 and would definitely buy this...

From the Charles Neal website: Domaine Edmund Jacquin et Fils is run by Patrice Jacquin and his brother Jean-Francois. It is spread over 22.5 hectares (55 acres) which are exposed south and southwest (ideal for catching the late sun). While they make a full range of wines including Mondeuse, Gamay, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it is the Altesse that is of extreme interest. The vines range from 5 to 60 years of age, and their yield is between 45-55 hl / ha (three to four tons / acre). Their vineyards are worked sustainably, that is according to culture raisonnée. The harvest of the grapes is strictly by hand.

The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks after a cold prefermentation. Altesse is a grape with high acidity, and winemakers often compensate by leaving four or five grams of residual sugar to round out the palate. While visiting the domaine in April 2006, most of the tanks did indeed have some residual sugar. However, one tank had passed through full malolactic and had less than two grams. After experimenting with several blends, a cuvée destined for the United States was selected, with 60% of the base cuvée and 40% of the cuvée that had gone through malolactic."
Red
2006 Benanti Etna Rosso di Verzella Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
2/17/2010 - tonyvelebil wrote:
89 points
Opened last night to accompany a penne pasta with cauliflower and spicy tomato sauce (recipe courtesty of SF Chronicle). Pasta was terrific as was the wine.

The nose on the wine was clean showing macerated cherries, a little peat moss, earth, and baking spice. On the palate this was also very clean and precise with more macerated cherries, earth, an intriguing baking spice, along with a little tar. A times it reminded me of a cross between a young village level burgundy and a young nebbiolo based wine. The finish showed more dark vanilla cherries with some tannin and acid providing some grip. Can age a little bit but very enjoyable now with a couple of hours of air. Blend was 80% Nerello Mascalese and 20% Nerello Cappuccio. Grown on the volcanic soil of Mt Etna. About $18 and well worth it. A definite buy again wine.
Red
2/15/2010 - tonyvelebil wrote:
88 points
Paella w/ Forest-Marie NV, 08 Urki, 08 Drouhin St Veran, 06 Bermejo Tinto Lanzarote (Christianne's Place in SF): This wine was a terrific find. Our local wine retailer has been on a volcanic soil kick and we were the beneficiary with this recommendation. Fresh and clean red berry fruit, some minerality, smoke and earth. Nice fresh acidity but with enough fruit to grab your attention. Worked extremely well with the paella, even the spicy chorizo. Very enjoyable wine and maybe a little over priced at $25 (I'd be happier if this was high teens) but a refreshing change from the overripe oak driven wines that Jay Miller and the gang love over at The Winery Advocate. 88-89/100
White
2/15/2010 - tonyvelebil wrote:
87 points
Paella w/ Forest-Marie NV, 08 Urki, 08 Drouhin St Veran, 06 Bermejo Tinto Lanzarote (Christianne's Place in SF): Grabbed this to drink while waiting for the paella. Untwisted the screwcap and we were ready to roll. Compared to the Urki, this is rich and fat. On its own though really not that fat. Pretty good straight forward Chardonnay. Some green apple and pear fruit, a little bit of minerality and a enough acidity to keep it lively and fresh. I don't think this is very expensive so it would be a pretty terrific everyday Chardonnay for under $20.
White
2/15/2010 - tonyvelebil wrote:
88 points
Paella w/ Forest-Marie NV, 08 Urki, 08 Drouhin St Veran, 06 Bermejo Tinto Lanzarote (Christianne's Place in SF): Cracked a glass of this after the Forest-Marie and while very tasty, needed food so we opened something else and set this aside for a half hour. Coming back to, this is a wonderful food wine. Racy acidity, loads of minerality with some sea air notes. On the palate, racy citrus fruit, minerals, and more sea air with a little chalky limestone. Good with the paella but would be even better with raw oysters....yum!
White - Sparkling
2/15/2010 - tonyvelebil wrote:
85 points
Paella w/ Forest-Marie NV, 08 Urki, 08 Drouhin St Veran, 06 Bermejo Tinto Lanzarote (Christianne's Place in SF): Picked up a bottle of this to try....still have their other bottling to try later.

Good but not great bubbly and we all agreed we'd rather have Gosset for the same money. Bready and moussy with some attractive green apple and pear but pretty simple and straightforward. Nice but not special.
Red
2/14/2010 - tonyvelebil wrote:
94 points
Valentine's Day rolls on after a terrific 90 Krug and 2007 Peay Chardonnay. With prime aged NY Strips that were divine.

Wine is firing on all cylinders right now. RIch cassis fruit, a little smoke, cocoa powder, blackberries and a little bit of tobacco on the back end. No hint of alcohol, wonderful texture and a pretty complete wine from front to back on the palate. If you have this wine, don't be afraid to open them up and start drinking. 93-94/100
Red
2/11/2010 - tonyvelebil wrote:
82 points
Wow, some very positive recent notes on this in CellarTracker. I am in the minority. Purchased from the winery, stored perfectly and popped and poured last night.

Here are my thoughts, the nose is dominated by sweet oak, dried cherries, chocolate and some alcohol. The palate is an odd mix of cocoa powder, oak, heat, sweet plum and cassis fruit with something very sharp underneath. It was drinkable but far from enjoyable.
Red
1/29/2010 - tonyvelebil wrote:
88 points
Wow, this is a steal of Pinot for sub $20. Just lovely and drinks like most mid $30 CA Pinots. Nice nose of plum, vanilla, toast and baking spice. The palate hits you with more plum, red raspberries, a hint of a forest after the rain, vanilla and more spice. Rich fruit coupled with grippy acidity keeps things light and lively. Only downside is a little barrel spice/heat on the back end otherwise this is an excellent CA Pinot Noir...88-90/100
White
1/28/2010 - tonyvelebil wrote:
91 points
We opened this last night to accompany seared scallops with a hazelnut and meyer lemon cream. Nice match.

The wine shows a very nice nose of herbs, wet rocks, pear and lemon rind. The palate is medium weight and lively with lots of meyer lemon, a little bitter herb, roasted hazelnut and a hint of white chocolate all with very refreshing acidity. Finish is medium length and the wine has a very nice presence across the whole palate. I like what Mike Sullivan is doing at Benovia. 90-91/100
White
1/22/2010 - tonyvelebil wrote:
90 points
TN: 07 Muscaillo Chardonnay (Limoux), 07 August West Rosellas, 06 Lynmar Chard (Our House (Rockridge, Oakland, CA)): Cracked at the end of dinner but still in time to taste a little with the crab pasta. A little brighter than the August West with more laser focus of meyer lemon, pear, spice and a little smoke. Drinking very well right, it also shows a little less dense on the palate than the AW Chardonnay. Very nice effort. 90/100
White
1/22/2010 - tonyvelebil wrote:
90 points
TN: 07 Muscaillo Chardonnay (Limoux), 07 August West Rosellas, 06 Lynmar Chard (Our House (Rockridge, Oakland, CA)): Compared to the Muscaillo this wine is a little bigger and riper and seeming sweeter (resulting from riper fruit not residual sugar). More tropical fruit, hazelnut, orange rind and a little spice. It's fuller and broader across the palate and more substantial in the finish. Went well with the crab pasta. 90/100

Disclaimer: Ed Kurtzman, the winemaker, is a good friend.
Red
1/22/2010 - tonyvelebil wrote:
87 points
TN: 07 Muscaillo Chardonnay (Limoux), 07 August West Rosellas, 06 Lynmar Chard (Our House (Rockridge, Oakland, CA)): Bought this for just under $20. Popped and poured, producer unfamiliar to me.

This wine is a beatiful little wine. Slightly bigger than a Chablis, with nice limestone/chalk/minerality, pear, spice and clean fruit. Sort of middle weight wine with a short/medium finish this will appeal to a lot of people. Really enjoyable. 87-88/100
Red
1/13/2010 - tonyvelebil wrote:
93 points
Pulled this from the wine locker b/c for some reason it was leaking - I know it wasn't a heat issue so perhaps a faulty cork . Traci wanted a glass of wine so I popped and poured this for her and had a glass myself.

First the color is dark with purple at the rim. The nose is savory with plum, blackberry, iron, white pepper and a hint of spice. The palate is full without being heavy showing more plum, lots of iron, a hint of beef blood and white pepper with some coffee and a little bit of sweet spice (almost a cinnamon note). Long chewy almost slightly chalky/limestone finish. No real tannins noticeable and while very drinkable I still think this needs another year or two to really come together. The palate wasn't quite as smooth as I thought it should be. Still a terrific Syrah. 92-93/100
Red
1/10/2010 - tonyvelebil wrote:
88 points
Traci had a bottle of this open while she was cooking dinner so I helped myself to a glass. Pleasant Pinot Noir. Nose shows some spice and the tell tell crancherry fruit.

On the palate, this is a little lighter than I expected and a little "juicier" than most of the Lynmar Pinots that I have had. The juiciness is kind of refreshing and the wine shows more cranberry and sour cherry with a little spicy oak and forest floor. Overall the wine definitely fits in the "very good" category, I just expected a little bit more complexity and density in the wine.
Red
1/10/2009 - tonyvelebil wrote:
92 points
Opened last night to accompany a split pea soup with smoked ham and grilled cheese sandwich (arugula, talleggio, and apricot jam).

Popped and poured the color is very dark. The nose immediately jumps out with chocolate, plum, and white pepper. The palate has a fairly smooth texture showing more dark fruit (plum, blackberry liqueur), a hint of bacon fat, more white/black pepper and just a hint of tar and earth along with a little more chocolate. Possesses nice acidity to keep it a little fresh while there are still some chewy tannins on the finish. Very enjoyable now, I can see well stored bottles of this lasting another 5-7 years. Impressive 92/100
Red
1/9/2010 - tonyvelebil wrote:
92 points
2007 Do Ferriero Albarino & 2005 Radio Coteau La Neblina PN = Go Cowboys (Rockridge, CA (Oakland)): Not sure that I have opened one of these yet but I am glad I waited on Eric's "basic" Pinot bottling. Richly rewarded!

Nose is sour cherry, pomegranite, earth and a striking mineral characteristic that I don't often find in CA Pinots.

Palate starts out with more sour cherry, cranberry, mushroom compote/earth then morphs into slightly darker cherries/cranberries with a distinct beet root, earth and mineral component. It's light but mouthfilling, complex and refreshing...really a terrific young Pinot.
White
1/9/2010 - tonyvelebil wrote:
90 points
2007 Do Ferriero Albarino & 2005 Radio Coteau La Neblina PN = Go Cowboys (Rockridge, CA (Oakland)): I have been a big fan of the 200 year old vine version of this wine in the past, but, strangely enough this is my first go round with the "regular" wine.

Had a glass on night one: super racy with limestone/chalk, sea air, white flowers and rich fruit. The briny minerality is striking along with the racy acidity.

On night 2: the acidity has backed off just a bit and left a lot of sea shell, limestone, citrus and white flower. Still tremendously pleasing acidity with very rich fruit...I really enjoyed this wine and look forward to picking up another bottle or two!!
Red
1996 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/8/2010 - tonyvelebil wrote:
91 points
01 Dauvissat La Forest, 07 Colin-Morey St Aubin, 96 Ch Talbot (Christianne's Place in SF): We initially set about to open a 2004 Realm "Farella Vineyard" Red Wine (mostly Cab based IIRC). However, as I pulled the cork the old familiar scent of TCA followed the cork out of the bottle. Darn.

So, we needed something to accompany the Kobe beef sliders with truffle aioli....Christianne cracked a 1996 Ch. Talbot. Popped it, smelled the wine (good!) and into the decanter for a quick airing out.

This wine is drinking pretty darn well right now. Impeccably balanced the nose is a gorgeous mix of black currant, cedar and pepper. On the palate, again, this is just well balanced and perfect for sipping with food. Leather, red fruits, vanillan spice and a little bit of black licorice with terrific acidity, sweet tannins and a short-medium finish. If the finish fills out a bit more I can see giving this another point or two. For those looking for a "blockbuster" bordeaux experience pass on this wine....Very enjoyable! 91+/100
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