Tasting Notes for Lfholland

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Red
2010 Virage Vineyards Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/7/2022 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP, followed over a few hours.

On the nose: Dark red fruit, licorice, leather, touch of wet leaves.

Touch of green bitterness when first opened, but it went away quickly. It’s warm, but the alcohol is in balance. Core of dark cherry, that is on the riper side, but again in balance. The licorice leather and earthy notes show up on the palate as well followed by a well developed balsamic note. Well integrated tannins, medium plus acidity. Nice concentration that continues through the long finish.

Definitely has room to improve over the five to ten years.

Really pleasurable wine.
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Red
4/29/2022 - Lfholland wrote:
88 points
Double decanted. Needed an hour to wake up.

Not overly expressive nose. Red fruit, dried rose petal, touch of tomato leaf, but hard to get past the heat.

Palate in better shape. Elegant red fruit (cherry), dried red fruit, forest floor, dried herbs, and pepper. Feels like a tomato note is on the verge of appearing. Really pleasant mid palate, medium plus acidity, but too hot on the finish, which is harsh when combined with the firm tannins. Once that calms down it has a fairly pleasant lingering cherry note. Unfortunately, overeaxtracted.

Will give my remaining bottle 5 more years. A little disappointed given the vintage
Red
Loved this.

highly expressive nose.

Tart red fruit throughout, beautiful aged leather note, plenty of earthy notes, but none of the decaying or wet leaves that are often present in a wine of this age, tomato (not stewed), real savory umami profile on the mid palate and into the finish. Plenty of acidity and still has some of that tannic grip on the back end.
White - Sparkling
Followed over 2.5 hours.

Nose not very expressive, but I really enjoyed this.

Fine bubbles that quickly disappear on the tongue. Core of green apple and pear notes throughout with white florals, and refreshing acidity -citrus and peppery bite on the finish. The bread/yeast notes are there, especially on the nose, but I didn’t find them overpowering.
Red
3/11/2022 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
92 points
Tried over two days.

Night one the nose was there, but the palate was very muted. Re-corked and put back in wine fridge for 24 hrs.

Hit its’ stride on night two. Dried red fruit complimented by savory dried herbs, earthy wet leave notes, and umami Worcestershire notes. Touch of potpourri. Good concentration and acidity. Darker fruit come in on finish that has a slight tannic grip and lingers for quite some time.

Never had a wine from ladoix, but almost exactly what I’m looking for in a burgundy with a little age. Would buy this again without hesitation.
Red
Bottom line is the oak is too prominent. Completely unbalanced.


Day 1: PnP. Mostly oak on the nose and sweet new oak on the palate with ripe fruit up front. Did have some earthy notes and good acidic structure lurking in the end.


Day 2: nose is more subdued and thankfully the oaky notes have faded, but definitely still there.

Dried red fruit, herbal and earthy notes, and short finish.

Maybe in another five year everything will integrate, but no elegance or floral notes that associate with Chambolle. Disappointing.
White
PnP out of fridge. Much better after it warmed up and 20 minutes of air.

Light bodied, but fairly complex. White peach and floral up front followed by crisp citrus acidity. Clean slightly sweet medium finish.

Very pleasant on the back porch in spring. Would buy again.
Rosé - Sparkling
Pnp.

Raspberry, white florals, almond, touch of brioche, and citrus on the nose.

Nicely balanced on the palate between creamy round notes up front that dissolve into read berries, crisp citrus, and brioche. The bubbles provide almost a peppery note on the lingering finish.

Great QPR, will buy more.
White
PnP out of the fridge.

Pineapple, citrus, white flowers, with a touch of lactic notes and sea breeze on the nose.

The fresh pineapple and citrus notes continue on the palate, followed by some stone fruit, and then the pineapple returns on the finish. The vibrant acidity builds nicely throughout and really lingers on the finish. Good intensity. The finish has some very brief notes of chalk and oyster shell that may emerge with some more bottle age.

Based on this bottle, I would strongly disagree about the lack of acidity discussed in prior notes, but will agree that I don’t get many chalky or mineral notes that I typically associate with Chablis. Think those will come, but the wine is quite delicious now.
Red
12/30/2021 - Lfholland wrote:
Too much oak influence covering up the fruit and pepper notes.

Not bad, but not what I was hoping for from this producer.
White
Tried this out of the fridge, at cellar temp, at room temp, and the next day, but just couldn’t coax much out of this.

Most of the flavor profile comes from the oak, but there are some yellow fruit, apple, and petrol notes. Abruptly short finish. Lacks complexity. Overall, pretty disappointing.
Red
2009 Château du Seuil Graves Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
From 375. Opened an hour before drinking.

Dark fruit, herbal/licorice, cigar box, some nice tertiary forest floor notes in the mid palate. Good concentration, but agree with the comments that note a lack of depth. Finish is thin, but lingering. Pleasant acidity. Tannins fairly integrated, but still providing a bit of grip on thr end.

Quite pleased with this for the price.
White
As noted by others, reductive notes at first. They blew off after 5-6 hours in the decanter. Didn’t make detailed notes on day one, but it is better the next day.

Nose of lemon, white floral notes, verbena, and sea breeze. Very impressed at how well the nose held up on day two.

Lemon oil, herbal, bit of sweet tart, wet rocks, followed by a very impressive long finish with more herbal notes and lemon zest. One of those wines where the flavors just seem to keep coming in waves.

The wine has vibrant acidity. Fresh and crisp despite having the viscosity of a medium/full bodied wine.

Think the Chablis comparisons are accurate.
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Red
1/28/2022 - Lfholland wrote:
Needs air.

Rustic, earthy, and licorice notes on the nose.

Dried dark red fruit core, dried herbs. Fairly high acidity on the back end that lingers juxtaposed with rounder slightly sweet wood notes. Good concentration and complexity.
Red
Don’t think I can describe it any better than Vinnut below.

PnP, Followed over three hours. Extremely pleasurable wine. Expressive and concentrated nose. Ripe cherry and the full spectrum of black fruit - blueberry, blackberry, black currant.

Palate shows a broader range of flavor wrapped around the dark cherry and black fruit core. Notes of licorice and herbal notes in the mid palate. Long lingering finish. Fine tannins.

Fantastic now, but definite aging potential.
Red
1/21/2022 - Lfholland wrote:
PNP fairly open.

Nose is ripe red fruit, brown sugar, sweet tobacco.

Ripe, lush red fruit up front on the palate. Complimented by the dried red fruit, herbal notes, and some oak notes. Nice structure and medium plus acidity.

Somewhat simplistic right now with the red fruit notes dominating everything else, but plenty of stuffing for further development.

Day 2: The fruit has receded as expected and the herbal notes are more in the forefront. Unfortunately the wood notes are much harsher today. Finish is bitter.

More a new world profile, which may just be a product of the warmer vintage. Think this could be good after the oak notes integrate.
Red
1/15/2022 - Lfholland wrote:
93 points
Slow oxed for 4 hrs, then double decanted to remove the extremely fine sediment and recorked for 2 more hours.


Expressive nose. Probably a little ahead of the palate.

It’s definitely more in the savory/earthy side, but not without charm to me. Very prominent rose and potpourri notes, complimented by dried dark red fruit, herbal notes (could see rhubarb mentioned in the previously), licorice, leather, some earthiness and aged notes like mushroom starting to emerge. I very much enjoy what I will call a rich tea note that develops in the mid palate and continues through the finish. A touch of spice on the back end, but no noticeable oak. Good acidity that really coasts the palate. Either the tannins are still refusing to yield or this has some stems in it. Very long drying finish with impressive persistence.

Given the vintage reputation, I’m perfectly happy with the wine. It has a very pleasurable intensity and all the components of a good burgundy are there. Would easily buy again.
White
1/14/2022 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
93 points
I followed this bottled for several hours and it really blossomed after being open for a couple of hours. Much better at cellar temp and above.

First bottle I tired was a little more fresh and crisp. This bottle is a darker gold color and more honeyed. Complex and fairly full bodied, but not full of heavy flavors.

Floral and lime on the nose. Palate has core of tree fruit notes that runs thourhout with melon, some citrus but more of a pineapple note for the acidity, with a clean lemon and oyster shell finish at first, but it really gained intensity with more air.
Red
12/25/2021 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
92 points
Slow ox’d for 2 hrs.

Classic Nebbiolo nose of cherry, rose, and a little bit of tar /funk at first that quickly blew off. The smell really evolved quickly after opening to the point where I recorked after a couple hours. In hindsight, I would have continued the slow ox or even a short decant.

Dark cherry, dried red fruit, licorice, earthy mushroom notes, and floral notes on the palate. Great complexity and concentration. Tannins still grippy and room for further integration. Will be a good one for several years to come.
White
Agree with the previous note. Mainly citrus and mineral notes. Vibrant acidity gives this great energy. Really enjoyable wine.
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Red
1997 Château de Pez St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Slow ox’d for about 3 hrs. Complex nose. A good bit of wet leaves and tertiary notes, fruit still holding in there though. Dried Cherry, leather, forest floor, mushroom, lavender, and bit of potpourri spice on the back end. Tannins fully resolved. Probably on the downslope, but still provided a good bit of pleasure, especially at the price point.
White
Crips and mineral driven. Fairly prominent green apple note, light floral notes, followed by mouth coating high acidity.
White
12/18/2021 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
91 points
Very balanced.

Not overly expressive on the nose - Meyer lemon blossoms and cream.

Lemon, pear, grapefruit and floral notes on the palate. Noticeable oak treatment, but not overdone. A touch of butter, but balanced by mouth watering citrus acidity. Clean finish.
White
12/11/2021 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
92 points
Open for approximately 30 minutes before trying. Followed for 4 hours. Not a ton of development, but didn’t fall off at all.

Nose: lemon oil, floral, white fruit, camomile, melon.

Crisp, pear, sometimes I got a bit of caramel apple, pineapple, lactic notes. Lemon and herbal notes with high acidity on the long finish.
Red
11/24/2021 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
91 points
This is 100% sangiovese. Exclusively aged in stainless.

Bright red cherry and earthy/herbal notes on a fairly expressive nose.

Fresh red fruit and peppery on the palate. Great purity. Enough tannin and acidity to provide a very balanced wine.

Great value, happy to have more.
Red
Rich and extracted overripe black fruit notes dominated on this one, maybe a touch of raisin too. A warm flavor profile and a bit flabby for me, but still very smooth.

Could see this appealing to people, but not my preferred style.
Red
11/24/2021 - Lfholland wrote:
88 points
I have had two bottles from this vintage previously. The first one was fine, the reduction never blew off the second one, and this one was somewhere in between as the noticeable reduction (struck match/gun flint) took at least 30 - 45 minutes to fade.

Bright/tart red fruit, floral, some earth and refreshing acidity. Not the most complex, but a solid wine if not overtaken by the reduction issue.
White - Sparkling
12/3/2021 - Lfholland wrote:
97 points
Disgorged in 2019.

Sweet cream, red berries, touch of yeast on the nose.

Elegant bubbles that form a fine mousse that carries throughout each sip. The sweet cream and tart raspberry continue from the nose, followed by ripe red fruit, herbal notes, and a fantastic citrus acidic and peppery notes on a long lingering finish.
White - Sparkling
11/25/2021 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
90 points
Vigorous bubbles. Obviously young and somewhat tight.

Fairly reticent nose, mostly brioche some light fruit, maybe peach?

Brioche up front, raspberry in the mid palate, then a peppery ginger note and pear on the finish. Medium acidity, but still on the leaner side.

Decent value relative to champagne at $45
White
11/24/2021 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
88 points
Very fresh and precise. Lemon, verbena, fresh cut herbs, with a strong acidic cut. Clean finish with lemon candy note that lingers.

Would be a good one for late spring early summer.

Great qpr at 16.99
Red
2001 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/19/2021 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
94 points
Double decanted to remove the cork that disintegrated. Better after a couple of hours, but pretty open from the beginning.

Fantastic nose full of ripe dark fruit, sweet tobacco, aged leather, slight note of barnyard that went away after the first hour.

Palate showed similar notes, good complexity, well integrated tannins. Very pleasurable drink.
White - Sparkling
11/19/2021 - Lfholland wrote:
Still tasted pretty young. A touch of toffee on the nose was really the only sign of development.

More red apple than green complimented by brioche notes and medium acidity.

Shared with multiple people so I didn’t get to follow this long, but overall impression was good not great.
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Red
Wine was still quite pleasurable for me. A little tired and less concentrated than the best aged burgundies I have tried, but it has all the elements I look for in one.

Sous bois up front on the nose and palate. Well perfumed. Elegant dried red fruit, aged leather, and earthy notes. Even though it's thin it has great persistence that lingers for several minutes.
Red
Took about 3 hrs to fully open up for me, and I think it will be better in 5 years.

Fairly expressive nose of ripe red fruit and licorice/herbal notes.

Fairly concentrated ripe cherry core throughout, touch of licorice, bright acidity, firm tannins, and pepper on the finish.
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Red
11/13/2021 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
91 points
A little bit of barnyard funk and tar on the nose that blows off with air. Fresh raspberry and herbal notes on the nose as well.

Dried Strawberry, orange peel, juniper, dried herbs, and cedar on the palate. Great acidity. Can taste the whole cluster on the finish, which adds good structure.

Such an easy one to drink and enjoy.
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Red
11/12/2021 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark red fruit and earthy licorice notes on the nose.

A very pleasant core of ripe red fruit throughout, licorice, black tea, and pepper. Fruit is a little on darker end of the red fruit spectrum. Juicy acidity and plenty of drying tannins. Finish could better, showing a little heat, but the initial profile is fantastic.

Definitely has room for further improvement.
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Red
Very hot at 16%. Slightly overripe fruit and a very distracting vanilla note from the oak. Not my style at all. Even rich food didn’t help much for me.
White - Sparkling
11/6/2021 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
91 points
Quite interesting.

Not overly fizzy and not overly expressive on the nose.

Very expressive palate though. Ripe strawberry, touch of cream and brioche from obvious lees aging, but still retains a very lean profile overall with a little pepper, crisp acidity and a long lingering finish.
Red
11/6/2021 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
91 points
In a nice spot. Some aged notes of forrest floor emerging with younger ripe red fruit notes also remaining. Finish is short. Not sure it will improve much or overly complex, but quite a good drink.
Red
10/22/2021 - Lfholland wrote:
90 points
Funky barnyard nose, cherry, licorice.

Strong Cherry accented by floral notes and licorice. Strong acidity typical of barbera, but some drying tannins on the back end as well. Good concentration.
White
10/22/2021 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
93 points
Wonder clarity on the nose. Lemon, camomile, hint of citronella, sea breeze.

Laser focused palate. Lemon, white flowers, some flint, rocks/chalk, strong saline note. Strong acidity. Complex and delicious.

Paired well roasted oysters and capers.
Red
Will readily admit that I lack experience in high profile burgund and I’m not trying to compare this to grand crus, but I love this.

Nose is sublime - complex sous bois, dried red fruit, herbal and exotic spice notes as well.

Rich tertiary notes on full display along with ripe cherry on the palate, but still retains elegance and structures The earthy, herbal, tomato, and spice notes from the nose appear on the mid palate along with a good amount of acidity. Thin finish is my only knock, but it is far from bad and lingers for sometime.

Paired very well with bold food - heavily spiced Denver steak and tomato risotto.
Red
10/2/2021 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
87 points
Completely agree with the previous note. Needs more time or a good bit of air.

Better on day two - really enjoyed the strawberry and earthy herbal notes. Seems to have enough of everything for at least moderate aging.
Red
9/11/2021 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
92 points
Slow ox’d for 5 hours. Really helped balance the fruit and earthy notes with the fairly assertive tannins. This wine was perfect with a seared pork chop and roasted potatoes.

Fantastic nose: Dark fruit, pronounced licorice note, mushroom, and balsamic on the nose.

Plum and dried strawberry on the palate, quickly followed by the licorice note that adds a intensity to the mid palate, but the back end of this wine could be better. Fruit falls off and it’s a touch hot combined with the oak spice make it slight harsh. Not noticeable with food though.

Very pleasurable elements in this wine and I would happily drink it again. Think this will continue to improve, but questions whether the fruit has enough intensity to outlast the tannins to reach the potential of a great taurasi.
Red
Full bodied and good concentration. Dark cherry, rich earthy leather notes, mahogany, mushroom/sous bois. Drying tannins still present on the finish. Sophisticated and complex. Finish slightly lacking compared to the rest of the wine.
White
9/6/2021 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
91 points
Very elegant. Light bodied with floral notes and bright fruit. Pleasure to drink.
White
8/29/2021 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
93 points
Love the seabreeze description in the previous note.

Tingling pineapple acidly and a lemony citrus note that runs throughout enhaced by saline, chalk, and touch of honey. Slightly waxy texture as it warms, but the acidity cuts right through it. Clean lingering finish.
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Red
8/28/2021 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
90 points
Needs some air. Took a couple of hours to really get going.

This wine is a blend of Giacche and Parigina, neither of which I have ever tried before.

Very pleasant aromatics that intensified with air - ripe cherry, tea, licorice. This is not particularly concentrated but it has a real warmth and very complex and structured. Herbal and citrus notes stand out, but there is also plenty of dried red fruit (strawberry), ripe plum, pomegranate, dried orange peel, and an almost aged Sangiovese stewed tomato note. Finish is dry, earthy/leather and citrus notes lingers for well over a minute.

Paired with pasta alla norma.
Red
5 hour slow ox.

Nose is fantastic. Strong red fruit notes, roobios tea, forest floor, leather, and herbal/licorice notes.

Palate shows similar dark sweet cherry, rich tea, earthy - mushroom/forest floor. Medium plus acidity. Shockingly strong tannins remain though and take over on a very dry finish. Eventually some dark red fruit shows back up with a hint of worcestershire and stewed tomato.

Had this after dinner, but would have been better with food in retrospect.
White - Sparkling
8/21/2021 - Lfholland Likes this wine:
90 points
Not terribly expressive on the nose - light floral notes, nutty, bread crust. Clearly aged on lees.

Very energetic on the palate with a focus on freshness, acidity, and very active bubbles. Slightly nutty, wet rocks, lemon, green apple, and a nice honey note provides balance. Pleasant lingering finish.

Pairing perfectly with calamari.

side story: The label on this wine used to be orange, but veuve clicquot sent a cease and desist letter stating that the producers relatively minuscule production (250 cases) had lowered their business by ~10%.
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