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White - Sparkling
2003 Dom Pérignon Champagne P2 Champagne Blend
1/13/2023 - pclin wrote:
Decent Champagne but I much prefer ‘08 and ‘09 DP.
  • shifter commented:

    1/16/23, 10:00 AM - Lin, is P2 supposed to be better? I thought it was more about provenance and late disgorgement. It's the same juice after all.

Red
2019 Domaine Hudelot-Baillet Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir
11/24/2022 - cinescuro Likes this wine:
90 points
This surprised me. I was disappointed on PnP, a thin acid bomb, but this was much much better on Day 2. Unmistakably Chambolle fruit - weightless on the palate but with layers of lavender, sandalwood, baking spice and black fruit. Really solid village showing - it compared favorably to the 2019 Dujac I had recently. Definitely needs more time but I like where it's headed. As to price, I paid $80 USD for it. Maybe it's a sign of the times but I'm thrilled whenever I pay <$100 for Burgundy and it delivers.
  • shifter commented:

    12/18/22, 5:37 PM - True, but I just had it side by side with the Felettig CM VV and the Felettig was hands down better at $40. Doesn't make this a bad wine, but I just think there's better value available.

Red
2019 Domaine A.-F. Gros Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits Pinot Noir
2/3/2022 - rsmoore27 Likes this wine:
88 points
A little tight at opening, developed nicely. overall I'd be very happy to drink regularly, but not necessarily at the $45/bottle price point. Notes of raspberries and lavender as the bottle opened up.
  • shifter commented:

    12/13/22, 10:14 AM - Oof! It's a great wine at the £18 price point.

White - Sparkling
2008 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut Champagne Blend
11/24/2022 - shifter Likes this wine:
flawed
PnP small glass, recork into the fridge. First glass reveals just a hint of lemon zest, marzipan, honey. So weightless with a beguiling depth. Palate is much more open than previous bottles at this stage, but still very tight and only showing a fraction of the potential. So very tart, the acid overwhelms the finish.

After 3 hours in the fridge it's integrated better, drinks very nicely on the palate, but still overwhelming acid on the finish. More time and all the fruit is gone. This is definitely flawed.
  • shifter commented:

    11/25/22, 9:11 AM - I've had enough of these to know this bottle was off. I opened another one yesterday after this one wasn't showing and it was much more typical. Also, left this bottle corked in the fridge last night and today it's no longer backwards, but has a musty smell and aftertaste. Definitely flawed.

Red
2017 Sylvie Esmonin (Michel et Fille) Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques Pinot Noir
10/11/2022 - EhrlichDY wrote:
Hoping this one comes together over time. Oak and menthol on the nose and a bit thin on the palate. Better on day two so maybe just maybe. Hold until 2027.
  • shifter commented:

    10/15/22, 8:30 PM - Did you see Jeremy's note? That's more in line with my experience tonight. Maybe your bottle was corked or flawed?

Red
2009 Alain Hudelot-Noëllat Chambolle-Musigny Pinot Noir
6/2/2022 - Tree512 wrote:
87 points
Surprisingly evolved color. Slight effervescence like a secondary fermentation. Great palate of red fruits but cut off quickly with a tart finish. Not bad but should be better/cleaner.
  • shifter commented:

    9/1/22, 9:41 PM - Wonder if some heat damage?

White - Sweet/Dessert
2013 Navarro Vineyards Riesling Cluster Select Late Harvest Anderson Valley
12/9/2018 - mdefreitas wrote:
92 points
Very sweet, but very balanced. Lots of backed pears, peaches and apricots. Rich and luscious with a long, tangy finish. Paired with blue cheese, but it didn't seem right. Perhaps a fruit tart/pie would be best.
  • shifter commented:

    8/6/22, 8:31 PM - Blue cheese might be too funky. This doesn't have enough botrytis for that. It's pure fruit. Pairing is better with some smooth hard cheese.

Red
2013 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge Vineyard Ribbon Ridge
6/29/2022 - shifter Likes this wine:
89 points
Beautiful garnet color. Mature nose of dried rose petals and sour cherry. Palate is pleasant, more mature notes and a simple finish. This is at peak or slightly past.
  • shifter commented:

    7/1/22, 8:05 AM - Purchased ex-cellar and delivered early this year. Perhaps bottle variation. I have another bottle I'll have to dig out soon.

  • shifter commented:

    7/6/22, 9:16 AM - Talked to Megan and she said it needs more air to come around and for the mature notes to blow off. Unfortunately we drank it down too quickly.

Red
2017 Domaine Bertheau (Pierre et François) Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes Pinot Noir
12/5/2021 - Collector1855 wrote:
92 points
In a merchant line up. Very primary with pretty red fruit, discrete earthy aromas after some coaxing. I struggle with tasting notes that say this is already drinkable. Yes it is from a structural point of view, but there is not much aroma beyond simple red fruit. For that experience, you can buy a 30$ NZ Pinot. Why waste your money on a Burgundy 1er Cru? Having had this wine with more age, I know what it can do. This nie 2017 will be no different. Drinking 88-90 today, but will be 93-94 once mature, that is after 2030.
  • shifter commented:

    6/27/22, 7:11 PM - While I agree, that's why I bought a case. It's a joy to enjoy a wine at various stages of development.

Red
2019 Paul Pillot Bourgogne Pinot Noir
7/11/2021 - princeton wrote:
Blind, I would have called this (incorrectly) an extracted New World pinot -- Oregon/Washington? Pomegranate on the nose. A lush, full bodied fruit forward palette confirms the nose. Rich, almost candy like finish. Not my personal (snobbish old world) taste, but probably a crowd pleaser esp for US drinkers.
  • shifter commented:

    4/17/22, 7:53 PM - I assume yours wasn't the Domaine Laurent & Romain Pillot label that was uploaded?

Red
2017 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Rouge Pinot Noir
3/8/2022 - shifter wrote:
93 points
Pop and pour. Beautiful red fruit and purple flowers on the nose. Palate is crunchy red fruits with layers of spice and floral notes. Wide open for business right now. I could drink this every night.
  • shifter commented:

    3/9/22, 11:09 AM - Any well made wine should last for 20-30 years minimum. Many 2017s drank well young and have never shut down. They may just stay open indefinitely.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2016 Dr. Loosen Riesling Eiswein Mosel Saar Ruwer
2/26/2020 - ricard Likes this wine:
94 points
Astonishingly light and clean. Almost ghostly. But has fabulous body and density. Sauternesque but simpler. However, at this price, absurd. I just wouldn't buy it.
  • shifter commented:

    12/18/21, 4:54 PM - What price? I paid €18 for a 187ml.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2016 Dr. Loosen Riesling Eiswein Mosel Saar Ruwer
11/14/2021 - Chris Jephcott Likes this wine:
96 points
N: peach, pear, apricot, stone fruit

T: apricot, stone fruit, peach, apple, honey, stone. The Riesling flavours are all there. Very very lovely Eiswein.

Beautiful. Accessible, youthful. This has a long time ahead of it too.
  • shifter commented:

    12/18/21, 4:53 PM - A long time ahead of it?

White
2018 Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Maltroie Chardonnay
7/11/2021 - bonedoc wrote:
93 points
Ripe, full bodied, racy for a burg, but hard to cough up $130 for this when there are equivalent sub $100 options.
  • shifter commented:

    7/22/21, 12:47 PM - I agree, but I don't think it's ever a good deal if you overpay for wine. This is a $75-100 bottle.

Red
2019 Frederic Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur Pinot Noir
12/23/2020 - shifter Likes this wine:
91 points
Don't buy this. It's not an excellent Gevrey at a surprising price point. There may be some red fruit wrapped in floral notes. The palate definitely doesn't have dark fruit on a backbone of acidity with a lingering finish. Save your money and buy some NSG or something from Chile.
  • shifter commented:

    1/30/21, 9:51 AM - Thanks, boomer. ;)

  • shifter commented:

    6/6/21, 11:31 AM - Thanks, guys for all these comments! Every time a notification comes through, it reminds me to look on WS Pro and find another case to buy!

Red
1982 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
6/19/2020 - shifter Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted to remove sediment. Right away showing a wonderful nose, deep, bright and vibrant with violet, red fruit, caramel, a bit of stem, and a touch of rose garden. Luscious smooth tannins with good weight, palate of black fruit and spice and an extremely smooth finish.
  • shifter commented:

    3/21/21, 6:29 PM - Poured immediately but followed for a couple of hours.

Red
2009 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
3/2/2021 - shifter Likes this wine:
92 points
Quick decant and pour. Followed over a couple of hours. Very primary but the tannins are fairly integrated and the mouthfeel is very smooth. Second day no more complex or expressive on the nose. Finish goes a bit bitter.
  • shifter commented:

    3/3/21, 3:31 PM - Paired pretty well with an A5 Kobe strip with a soy dipping sauce and broccoli.

Red
2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/19/2020 - shifter Likes this wine:
91 points
Decant to remove sediment. Followed over a couple of hours, but it started to open up rather quickly. Lovely floral nose with some black fruit. Very soft tannins. This is in a quality drinking window although I'm sure it has many years left and may continue to improve.
  • shifter commented:

    11/19/20, 3:27 PM - Yeah, sorry, edited note.

Red
2018 Frederic Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur Pinot Noir
Decided to see how this wine is doing. Opened a 375 ml. The wine is way too young and definitely needs time to resolve. Fairly reductive on opening. A small hint of bandaid that we thought perhaps was Brett blew off by day 2. Fruit profile is primary and dark. Mostly cherry pie filling, some blackberry, and cassis. A hint of vanilla and oak. Decent acidity. Well structured. "Old school" in many respects, but the extract seems a little agressive as the tannins are a bit clunky. Should resolve in time. Definitely hold.
  • shifter commented:

    8/16/20, 9:41 PM - Not as much bandaid as inner tube. Had developed already over the past few months. Should do well with 2-3 years in the cellar.

White
2011 Navarro Vineyards Edelzwicker Anderson Valley White Blend
1/22/2016 - Nico P. wrote:
90 points
12.4%. Sweet tropical fruits on the nose, zingy acidity in the mouth. This has picked up some weight and roundness since my last bottle. Could probably have been good drinking for another 3-5 years properly stored. Unfortunately, my last bottle; and to my knowledge there has never been another Edelzwicker with as low abv as this vintage.
  • shifter commented:

    4/14/20, 4:02 PM - I've got 5 bottles sitting in my cellar since release. I figured they were all but done for at this point, but I'll have to crack into one soon and see if it's as you say!

  • shifter commented:

    4/26/20, 12:10 PM - I opened one yesterday/today and added a tasting note.

Red
2006 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia Red Bordeaux Blend
11/25/2019 - AWBryce wrote:
Least expressive of the ornellaias tasted tonight, restrained, non descript red fruit profile, med acid and body, sour cherry finish, from 375, could be off bottle; previous example seemed much better.
  • shifter commented:

    3/15/20, 3:25 PM - Have you found any 375s that aged particularly well? Seems generally like a crap shoot.

Red
1999 Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er Cru Grèves Vigne de L'Enfant Jesus Pinot Noir
11/23/2019 - shifter Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted and drank slowly over 3 hours. Cork fell apart. Classic burgundy on the nose from the moment it was opened. Nose was more expressive than the palate early. Started to open up after an hour, but really started to shine at 2 hours. Unfortunately shortly thereafter it completely faded and lost all fruit on the nose and became tart on the palate. Undrinkable after that. Enjoy it early.
  • shifter commented:

    12/7/19, 7:01 PM - No insights. Purchased from a reputable dealer recently. I do have another 2 bottles. Will see if any difference.

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