Tasting Notes for Dibbs

(71 notes on 68 wines)

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White - Sparkling
11/10/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
95 points
My first Salon. Very understated in its elegance. It is soft, round, and seems to whisper its complexities. I know it is not the best vintage but it definitely delivers a lot for an off vintage bottle. Not so sure on the QPR at current prices but an amazing experience notwithstanding.
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Red
11/10/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
93 points
Second bottle, about a year part. This came across a bit too heavy and sweet, next to the Sassicaia and Salon. Probably needs to be consumed by itself for better pleasure like the previous note.
Red
11/10/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
98 points
Second time having this wine this year. First-round, we decanted for only an hour before consumption and we couldn't penetrate the structure, only got hints. This time around I gave about eight hours of air combined in the decanter and bottle. The wine reached another dimension. It was glorious! Full of cedar, tobacco, red fruit intermixing with black with an immaculate length. Probably the last glass was the best.

This wine is still a baby but probably can reach the heights of the 1988 vintage in 5-10 years.
Red
11/7/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
93 points
It took a while to open up fully. Initially, there was a bit of oak that was on the nose and palate. The palate was very structured and tannic, I guess more because of the vintage rather than the producer. After about 2 hours in the bottle, it opened up to typical Burgundian brilliance. It was still structured but silky with nice fruit and secondary flavors intermixing. The wine is still very young, recommend to cellar for at least another 5 years or consumer with at-least 1.5 hr decant. The best is surely to come for this wine.
Red
11/1/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
96 points
At opening the wine smelled reductive. I double decanted and took with me to the dinner. The wine tasted fine, a classic example of Pommard with earthy red cherries but nothing to write home about. I had this feeling that the wine was still in its shell so I decanted half of the bottle. Went back 2.5 hrs later to it and finally it opened for business, it was just fizzing with a licorice covered red fruited nose and an amazing silkiness on the palate with immense depth. It had everything you would want in a red burg, definitely drinking at GC level and was comparable to the recently consumed 88 Clos de Tart. This wine probably will be open for business in 5 years or needs at least 2hrs in the decanter.
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Red
1986 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/17/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine definitely doesn't deserve an 87.5 rating. Tbh, it is a preposterous rating for a wine this good. Hard to guess this as 1986 on pop and pour. But with time in the decanter, it softens up beautifully and becomes a gracefully elegant wine. Great wine for the price and delicacies it provides at this age. Fantastic buy by the previous reviewer who kindly shared it with me.
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Red
10/12/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
91 points
This wine is still young, a bit muted on the nose. It is tannic, structured, and savory but with plenty of elegant red cherry flavors. It is not sexy but a fine example of a Beaune 1er red. I would only be slightly worried that the structure might last longer than the fruit. I think it should be best in 3 or so years but definitely can be drunk now with some decanting or time in the glass.

But I am really nitpicking here. I paid around USD50 bucks for this. For the price this is magical.
Red
10/12/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
93 points
Apparently the fruit is from Maume. This Mazis is concentrated, lush with deep core. On the nose a bit of cherry and aniseed, very elegant. Black cherry intermingle with red cherry on the palate with a deep sense of earthiness that unfolds in the mouth and really coats the palate. It is not a sexy wine and probably not a wine that’s gonna win any flair competition but it is a great burg. Starting to really enjoy Laurent’s offerings.
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Red
10/3/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
96 points
This is the quintessential Las Cases that everyone complains about not being ready yet and having the structure over finesse.
The wine isn't at its prime yet but starting to get there. It was drunk over a 5-6 hour period and it got better for the first 2 hours or so and kept at a plateau for the rest of the night. It paired really well with food. As DJHammond notes that this is a more intellectual wine rather than a hedonistic experience like the 1990. This wine isn't sexy, it is just impressive as hell. The volume and length of the wine are mindboggling at almost 40 years of age. This is built for another 20 years easy and it is only going to get better from here but the peak is still at least 5-10 years away.
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Red
9/26/2021 - Dibbs wrote:
93 points
At first pour, this took me to Sangiovese rather than Nebbiolo. Even after a decant, I had a hard time getting to Nebbiolo. None of the roses or tar that I would usually associate with Barolo. It was mentioned during the dinner that this is a Burgundy drinker's Barolo. I think I see that given the rougher edges and rusticity of Barolo are not there. But for me, although I liked it a lot as a bottle of wine, this is not how I like my Barolo. It is too polished and glossy for me without a bit of wildness that makes Barolo such a great wine.
Red
9/26/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
93 points
This was my second bottle. When opened, the nose was a bit reticent so left it to decant for 30 mins and then poured it back into the bottle. This was the last wine of the night and got to breathe for about 2 hrs in the bottle and developed too much greenness on the nose. It was a bit offputting but further aeration in the decanter mellowed out the greenness a bit but it didn't blow off completely. I think this is a bottle variation as the last bottle I didn't have this issue.

On the palate, it had impeccable concentration and balance. It is drinking at its peak which I think will hold easily for 5-7 years. This is one of the best Las Cases for current consumption given the price is more affordable than 1990 and other big vintages (which is still my WOTY). 93+ 2 points if this was a better bottle with limited greenness.
White - Sparkling
9/26/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
94 points
Fantastic wine! This made me really believe not only in the aging potential of Vouvray sparkling but how good it can be. For me, this was indistinguishable from Champagne once it had some time to settle down. No bubbles left slightly oxidative but tremendous balance and focus on the palate. This was the shock of the evening and my WOTN.
Red
9/19/2021 - Dibbs wrote:
92 points
The wine is exceedingly modern in its profile. In a blind, don't think I could have guessed either Tempranillo or Spain.

That being said, it is a well-made wine, 2 hour decant melted the tannins away and put the fruit on the driving seat. This is not a wine you could sip on its own, it really needed a big piece of ribeye so it was ultimately sound that my pairing for this wine was a big piece of ribeye. With the meat, this wine wins and is a terrific pairing but I am not sure it would work with any other kinds of food or even drinking it on its own. If you have bottles, I will leave this in the cellar for another 10 years to see if it sheds more of its baby fat and some nuanced complexity emerges.

This reminds me of AU shiraz from the same era (the 90s - early 00s) that need around 25-30 years to shed its baby fat.
Red
9/14/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
93 points
This was a steal at auction due to a base of neck fill which I didn’t realize until after bidding.

Decanted for about an hour and drank for 3 hours on the first day. Really nice amount of green pepper with cassis and a hint of tobacco leaf on the nose. The palate is clean and refined but lacks the volume and intensity of the 1999 that I had recently and was glorious.

Much better on day 3 when it gained more balance and a slight sweetness on the palate as well which gave it a nice lift. Still very Tuscan at heart and soul, would be hard to pick this as a Bordeaux. Overall good wine but not great, no added layer of complexity to take it to that level. Probably best to hold these bottles for at least 5 years for tertiary notes to develop.
Red
9/6/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
95 points
Had the Laurent NSG LSG last week which was a bit of divisive wine as it was a very muscular and structured wine. This whereas as elegant and perfumed Burgundy can get. If blinded I would have gone to Chambolle. There was a lot of wood on the nose initially but about a 30 min decant did the trick and the wood blew away for a more floral nose with a slight VA lift. Beautiful purity of fruit with all the flavors that make Burgundy special. This is a seriously good wine and up with the very best burgundies, I have had this year.
Red
9/5/2021 - Dibbs wrote:
90 points
It had a horrible amount of green-ness and Brett on opening. It took about 1 hr in the decanter to open up and to provide classic Cabernet flavors that took me straight to the left bank. It had an impeccable balance on the palate but unfortunately went a bit flat after another 50-60mins after opening up. It was amazing for about 30 mins. This would be my WOTN if it could only hold on to its peak longer. This is an issue I have experienced with wines from wetter vintages. 95 points at peak but overall 90 points.
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Red
9/5/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
94 points
This wine needs a lot of time. I had a 2006 vintage before which was a bit of an alcoholic mess but this was superb. Cassis, black fruits, leather on the palate with a hint of sweetness which took most people to Spain or Italy. It is a great expression of AU Shiraz in a full-throttle manner that has achieved balance. High end AU Shiraz needs at least 25 years to shed its baby fat in my experience.
Red
8/29/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
91 points
A bit of a puzzling wine. Very structured and muscular. It took everyone to Italy given the roasted herbs, meaty aromas, and not much fruits on the palate or nose. This was in the decanter for about 6 hours and then finally for the last couple of pours, it opened up to a more elegant Burgundian form. Enjoyable wine but not a Burgundian experience in any sense of the word. The main question becomes if Laurent's 2002 are ready?
Red
8/21/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
94 points
My first Soldera and it does live up to its reputation. Opened the bottle and slow ox-ed the wine for about 7 hours before dinner.

Hauntingly beautiful nose of sweet roses with an impressive lift from slight VA. This is the one of best noses of the year. Unfortunately, the palate is very young and bit unyieldingly so. It is really our fault to open a bottle so young but we couldn’t help ourselves. There is a beautiful sense of sweet red and dark cherry on the palate. It is multi-layered and complex.

The wine took me more towards Burgundy than Brunello. Initially it tasted to me like a young Musigny but with air more Sangiovese characteristics became apparent. This needs good ten years to have more secondary and tertiary notes to appear but for some who like their primary notes more I think it is excellent time to open. Drink or Hold; depending on preference.
Red
1986 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/15/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
93 points
The big mistake with this wine was to do pop and pour. Heavy amounts of VA made it un-drinkable for about an hour but then it opened up into a beautiful ethereal wine. The large amounts of VA took me to Italian Merlot-based wine with maybe 20 yrs of age. I am a bit saddened by reading the earlier notes that this was drunk within the next 30 mins after the VA blew away and I think we didn't get to see the beautiful evolution of this wine as other reviewers noted.
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Red
8/15/2021 - Dibbs wrote:
91 points
A very good wine if I am looking at the definition of good wine in a book. It has a lot the factors like finesse, length, and complexity of good wine but no joy or soul.

This didn't invigorate me as the typicity of Nebbiolo is lost on this wine. It came across to mee too modern in its making. For everything I love in Nebbiolo, I feel the Gaja treatment didn't bring those elements out to the foray.
Red
1990 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/15/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
96 points
I was quite a bit worried when I noticed the cork was soaked about 90% and there was a bit of seepage. I haven't had this bottle before so I am not sure if this is at a higher maturity peak due to those elements but boy was this a good bottle of wine.

Elegance and complexity would be the two most important descriptors for this wine. It took about an hour in the bottle to be hitting the spot just right and didn't decline for the next 4 hours or so. I will definitely be on the lookout for other bottles of Cos from this vintage.
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1990 Château Magdelaine St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/9/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
93 points
Perfumed nose! Seductive wine as previously described. Wasn’t a stunner on the palate but has all the stuffing for immediate pleasure. It would be a good time to drink this up.
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Red
1990 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/9/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
97 points
Glorious wine! Hallelujah level of experience! I can’t add much more to it beyond what the previous tasters have described. See notes from DJHammond & Melvinyeowq
Red
8/3/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
92 points
Unknown producer to me but seems like not to CT as this has more notes than the other two wines I just rated which were far better known in my book.

The wine is a classic definition of claret in a pure old-school fashion. I think 2000 being a ripe vintage really helps bring out a bit more of the fruit without the rusticity. But that being said, I was blown away by this given this is one of the very few super traditional Bordeaux producers left. This shows how special truly the terroir of Bordeaux is and most wines don't really need the modern make-up that the producers feel that they need.
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Red
8/3/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
93 points
Unfortunately, this was drunk too fast for the wine to fully reveal itself. But when it did for a quick glimpse, it was an amazing experience. Sangiovese in purezza!

It took a while to coax out it out of the glass, it had this beautiful balance to it and a tad sweetness on the finish that provided a great lift to the wine.
Red
1999 La Mondotte St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/3/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
92 points
A ripe, extracted right bank which has become more of a norm in St. Emilion than an exception nowadays. I really had liked the 2000 vintage before as it had a lot of power without being jammy or overripe. This wine is somewhere in the middle, doesn't really have the elegance or the power. It is probably due to the vintage being a weak one. This wine still has a long life ahead of itself.
Red
7/25/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
92 points
Great wine for an off vintage year. Very well-integrated and drinking almost at peak but still some tannic structure lingering. A classy and elegant wine would be tough to pick this up as a Pommard on blind. Drink now with some air or wait not more than 3-4 years.
Red
7/10/2021 - Dibbs wrote:
97 points
This was one of my top wine experiences of the year. In line with with 90’ Las Cases couple of weeks back. Whereas the 90 Las Cases was seductive and almost hedonistic, this had a bit more rougher edges but not lacking in complexity.

It took about 90 mins in the glass to open up properly. Tastes much younger than it is with beautifully integrated tannins. It has secondary nuances but still with primary fruit intact. It hasn’t really started it’s journey into tertiary yet which surprises for a wine with over 40 years of age. This is a magnificent wine and was a pleasure to experience it.
Red
7/10/2021 - Dibbs wrote:
93 points
With older wines, it is always a gamble. This was a revelation; with time it put on weight and elegance. Beautifully integrated, burgundian experience. Unfortunately, 1980 Unico was the other wine of the night and it blew this away.
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Red
6/28/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
91 points
Such a fun wine to drink. We guzzled this done in about an hour. Juicy plums with a bit of leather. It is unabashedly new world but wears the badge with pride. Don’t come here seeking complexities or a life changing experience just enjoy the pure pleasure this wine provides.
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Red
6/20/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine proves that Brunellos can age perfectly. The wine tasted like it was from 2001 vintage rather than 1990. It is a structured wine with elegance gained through age. Drinking beautifully now. If you have that weirdly shaped bottle, drink it up.
Red
1990 Domaine Bart Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
6/20/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
94 points
Quintessential aged grand cru burg structure with mid-palate weight and a strong, elegant finish. At first glance, the wine looked older than 1990. But fantastic on the palate with acidity, a tad bit sweetness and elegant fruits interplaying with each other. This evolved throughout the course of the dinner and some found it more pleasing as it lost a bit of sweetness.
Red
6/20/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
98 points
What a wine! Completely agree with the previous tasters especially Jeff & Ozen. This is as good as Bordeaux can get. The sexiness of the wine is mind blowing. Can’t add too much to what already been said other than this was top two wine experiences of my life and super grateful to have more bottles of this.
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Red
6/12/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
94 points
Wonderful wine! Still very lively, I didn’t decant this but let it evolve in the glass. It took about 45 mins to show itself fully. Dark floral nose with barnyard and tobacco leaf. On the palate still going strong with dark cherry and licorice with a bit of graphite. I didn’t get the tell-tale Pauillac on the palate that I get from Lynch Bages or GPL from the same vintage. Overall a beautiful wine and drinking at its apogee but will stay here for a long time. If you have one, great time to open a bottle
Red
6/6/2021 - Dibbs wrote:
flawed
Badly oxidized
Red
6/5/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
95 points
Elegant and classical expression of Sangiovese. It is Sangiovese that is true to its terroir and has a clear sense of place. It had unmistakeable meaty tomato sauce on the nose and beautiful red fruits with herbs and earthy balance on the palate. This will stay at this level for a while but it is a good time to drink it. This is truly how I like my Sangiovese. Fantastic wine!
Red
6/6/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
96 points
This needed about 3 hrs in the decanter to fully reveal itself. This is still a baby in my opinion at the moment but seriously a fantastic wine. My favorite expression of Cabernet from Italy. It had a combination of power and elegance with dark floral nose which was evocative and alluring. Black fruits with herbs and spices intermingling on the palate that was inviting and open. It is a great time to consume one as it is close to peak but will last there for a long time without question.
Red
5/31/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
92 points
A bit too young for my palate. The tannins are still there but it has entered its early drinking phase. It is still primary but beautifully integrated. Called it Volnay Premier Cru with at least 10 years of age on my second sip. This would need another 5 years to develop more mid-palate weight and secondary flavors and then I can see this score climbing to 94/95. Very good wine.
Red
5/30/2021 - Dibbs wrote:
90 points
Looked, smelled, and tasted older than it is. Beautifully complex on the nose but on the palate a bit flat. Not as complex as I had hoped. For the price, I would have preferred a nicely matured Bordeaux or Barolo vs this one. I would sell this wine if you have more than one bottle. I think it will fetch a better price than it would be provide drinking pleasure.
Fruit/Vegetable Wine
5/20/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
92 points
My first high-end Cider. This was an amazing experience. Out of the bottle, it was fresh, crisp but still dry and not overly acidic. Really an amazing balance. We drank like it was water with our plates of Chicken Fajitas. A third of the bottle got warmer at room temp over an hour or so once I tasted it was an explosion of flavors- very unlike cider but more like wine, with saline and oyster characteristics and a long finish. Need to get more bottles and try across their range. It is a really perfect drink when you don't wanna open wine.
Red
2003 Château Bellevue Mondotte St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/16/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
93 points
This is my second Bellevue Mondotte, the first one 2006 vintage had a poor showing, unfortunately (the wine didn't find its balance) and I sold my remaining bottles. I have read reviews about love/hate relationships tasters have with modern style, St. Emilion.

All that being said, this was an awesome bottle of wine. It is like drinking luxury hand-woven silk. Layers and layers of silky goodness and beautiful purity of fruit that was heavenly. It is not the most complex or contemplative Bordeaux but it is a damn fine wine. Paired amazingly with a beef stew. Highly recommend drinking up within the next 2-4 years, I am not sure this would age gracefully given the high alcohol and low acidity.
Red
2003 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/14/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
93 points
I was pleasantly surprised how this turned out. This would need a 2-3 hour decant minimum at this time. I drank it over two days without any decant and the second day was much superior than the first. The fruit was reticent on the first and was quite earthy. Still good wine maybe deserves 90 as a score. The second day it unfurled its core fruit with picking some vanilla notes and a lively acidic backbone to support it all. This would be perfect in maybe 4-5 years but drinking just great now.
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2003 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/8/2021 - Dibbs wrote:
92 points
My first Dominus. My experience with Napa is very limited but the other tasters and I had great difficulty getting any Cabernet notes in this wine. It was mind boggling for me for a long time after it was revealed as Dominus.

Very polished, well made wine but not really in a style I enjoy.
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Red
1994 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/8/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
92 points
Very good wine for an off vintage. I over decanted it and the wine went flat about 4 hrs into the decanter. Best course of action would be to decant 1hr max and then pour it back in the bottle. Better on the nose than on the palate as other reviewers have noted.
Red
4/18/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
94 points
This was an old-vine bottling that is only exported to UK & US. I thought it was Italian at first sip but the bottle shape threw me off and took me to Rhone. As this is my first Pepe, I wasn't sure about what to expect but this indeed did deliver. Highly recommended wine but seems like the old vine and young vine bottlings have the same label, only the cork is marked with the date it was marketed rather than the year of the harvest as on the label. So it would be hard to know which bottle is which unless you can verify from the retailer or distributor.
Red
4/18/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
97 points
I absolutely loved this wine. I have always been a Bordeaux guy with some Burgundy but this made me fall in love with Burgundy and how elegant and alluring it can be.

Red fruits with a tertiary nose but it had such immense mid-palate weight that you can't confuse this with anything else than a GC with a very long finish that went on for about 45-60 seconds. It has lost almost all of its power but has gained genuine elegance. It didn't pair well with the food that we were having so we decided to consume it by itself and it was magical. Don't think it will hold for much longer, if you have one, drink it now.
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Red
4/11/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
92 points
A more elegant version of Ribera. Refined tannins with black fruits and earthy notes of loamed earth. Decanted for 2.5 hrs it opened up beautifully and I absolutely loved it with homemade sausage pasta in tomato sauce. Half the bottle was stored in the fridge for the next day and it saw a significant decline. I don't think this will last more than 2-3 years so drink up. Score based on the first day.
Red
3/29/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
91 points
Great Barbaresco! The wine is still very young, it is at the secondary stage with a lot of primary notes. It was at it's best on the second day but still drying tannins on the finish. It really needs food at this stage of evolution. Recommendation would be an extended decant (7hrs+) if to be consumed now or else, let it sleep for at-least 5 years. The score can go up to 93-94 with maturity.

Edit: Had one glass on the 4th day and it tasted unchanged since day 2 with the drying tannins. Given this information, I think this is gonna hit its stride probably at 30yrs of age or something like that.
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Red
3/21/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
89 points
Too young to drink now. Has all the right fillings to be a great wine in about 5-7 years.
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