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Red
2012 Clos Saron Cinsault Out of the Blue California
3/1/2018 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
93 points
I'd forgotten having this two years ago, but this is right back to how I remember it from release. It's the wine that I wish they could make in the Southern Rhone - all the rich, country-wine heartiness but without the yucky taste of grenache. It's still deeply blue-fruited, with botanical elements including most prominently star anise on the back end. Held up in perfect shape on the second day, too, despite the low (or no?) sulfur.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    3/22/18, 8:49 AM - There is a bit of sulphur at bottling I think with his wines now..

Red
2014 Château Caronne Ste. Gemme Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
7/11/2017 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
86 points
This cru bourgeois has had a few minor hits in the past. The '14 starts out a bit leafy and stemmy, not feeling entirely ripe. With air the fruit sweetens up and the texture gets fuller and fleshier. Not sure it ever kicks the green streak entirely, but it does pick up some more attractive cigar-box scents and the texture when it hits its stride is nice and plush.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    7/22/17, 6:11 AM - This wine likes a good 20 years of aging

White
2014 Dirty and Rowdy Melon de Bourgogne Antle Vineyard Chalone
This is a different kind of white wine from Dirty & Rowdy. Seems this one went Full Skin Contact. True orange wine. Not merely yellow like the semillon and the Familiar. Deep stuff. Almost mead-like. All this makes it a bit more challenging to get at, and it didn't really seem to get its composure until it had opened awhile and warmed up to cellar temperature.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    5/14/16, 12:56 PM - Wait 4. Years

Red
2012 Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône-Brézème Syrah
I really like a bunch of Eric's wines. I liked this one too, but I have to admit that I find myself siding a bit with the "this was bit overpriced" camp here. It's a nice, transparent feeling N. Rhone, with lots of what I consider the classic hallmarks of a natural wine. In addition, the fruit is good, and there are some nice herbal and floral notes (described below as "lavender," which I think is fair though I wouldn't put my finger on it with that sort of precision). There's maybe just not a lot more going on and this doesn't leave the impression of being a wine that will put on lots of depth or nuance with more age. I could be wrong about that, and many people that know far more than me and whom I respect seem to think this is a very good wine, but I'm not fully getting it here.

On the overpriced question, to be fair, it's really not that expensive ($26 at MacArthur), and I think that proposing this is a $12 wine is not anywhere close to the mark, unless I'm grossly overpaying for my wine, and I don't think that's the case. For me, perhaps it is not unfairly priced, but it comes down to the opportunity cost of this versus a slew of other good wines in the $18-$28 price point. And in that sense, it probably is not a rebuy for me.

I love me some chat fou though, as well as a number of Texier's higher end site specific stuff. Maybe the middle of the road is just not really where it's at.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    3/17/16, 3:32 PM - This wine needs some age. then make the judgement

Red
2013 Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines Côtes du Roussillon Red Rhone Blend
Good southern Rhone. Pretty good qpr. Balanced. A wine can be this sweet if it's balanced. Not complex, but it's all there.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    2/13/16, 1:40 PM - FYI ... Côtes du Roussillon is down by the Spanish Border, not the Rhone..not being snarky.. just educational.

Red
2012 Dashe Cellars The Comet Alexander Valley Red Blend
Very pronounced smell, this is about 25% petite. More claret style we all agree, really brightens up. Really darn good. Mouthfeel and minerality is all there. Long lingering. Again, big wine but really works it out.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    1/18/16, 7:50 PM - Thanks I am opening tomorrow

Red
2013 Domaine des Pasquiers Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend
10/26/2015 - Billigan Likes this wine:
90 points
Really great CdR, showing tremendous freshness and typicity, with the Syrah really shining through with lovely meaty aromas and flavors, with a touch of violets and olive. An incredible value at $12/bottle.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    12/24/15, 11:18 AM - I like it a lot.. More than the Sablet. This wine will age and improve..it has the stuff

Red
2012 Eminence Road Farm Winery Cabernet Franc Elizabeth's Vineyard Finger Lakes
11/22/2015 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
flawed
Fizzier than beer. Could not drink. :(
  • mrfroopy commented:

    11/28/15, 6:32 AM - I know its too late but if you leave on counter for a couple of days.. it de fizzes and might be great.. I had that with their 2012 Chardonnay, shook a lot, over two days let all the gas out in fridge and became a wonderful wine. I know you hate the fizz but it works with their wines .

  • mrfroopy commented:

    12/4/15, 12:53 PM - Well don't give up on their wines.. they vary greatly.. their other Cab Franc is pretty clean in 13 and smooth.. and the Elizabeth's must be very bretty this year, the 12 was not.. the 13 Gamay is as well..
    I love the wines, but they can be all over the place..
    Kind of like Gideon B's wines.. sometimes the flaws go too far.. but at least they are very affordable.

White
2014 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords Melon de Bourgogne
10/29/2015 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
flawed
Corked.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    11/19/15, 10:18 AM - why oh why can't the French embrace screwcaps.. why can't American producers more for that matter. Wine under screwcap ages well!!

Red
2011 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir La Source Seven Springs Vineyard Eola - Amity Hills
11/2/2015 - mrfroopy wrote:
79 points
Well I bought a case of this as a mystery wine I got a good deal, so its shooting craps, however I hope that this wine evolves in a good way because, it was not described at all the way it actually tastes. (((here is the description for the wine, which is why I bought it: "It is not an ooze-monster trying to obtain points - quite the opposite. It pushes to the head of the domestic Pinot Noir class because of its organic/hands-off principles and the origin of its fruit. In its attempt to showcase terroir and varietal symmetry over massive new oak and carnival extraction, it races past the field like Jeff Gordon. ")))) This is my note for this wine:It is NOT an ooze monster, however, Instead of understanding the 2011 vintage in Oregon, the winemakers here used some new oak, 30% according to the website, which in a riper year might have been fine, which totally overwhelems the fruit(maybe only for now). The Oak, along with pretty drastic over extraction shrouds in spoof what could have been a pure and gorgeous lighter style wine that fits the vintage. I really don't like the over extraction.. this is the problem to me they extracted stuff that in a lighter vintage should not be in the wine. Instead..they tried to make a prestige wine in a style that didn't match the vintage. Heavy handed winemaking here...I don't understand why American winemakers try to work AGAINST THE VINTAGE instead of with it...still trying to please WA, WS in this instance is my guess.I hope this smooths out. Maybe in 5 years the oak will integrate..if not a waste of great fruit.I am keeping this wine open and tasting over 5 days to see what happens.. Will report so far on day 2 stuck in same mode. TO BE FAIR, let me say my Girlfriend who likes oak and extraction more than I, liked this wine A LOT!!
  • mrfroopy commented:

    11/9/15, 1:21 PM - I would say you might love it.. and I would give it time.. but really depends on the style you like.. Again in 5-8 this wine might blow minds.

  • mrfroopy commented:

    11/19/15, 10:04 AM - Spl I could not agree more.. go with the vintage.. I love the 2007s

Red
2011 Donkey and Goat Syrah Fenaughty Vineyard El Dorado
3/31/2014 - Neecies Does not like this wine:
79 points
Day one: black in color, stridently acidic. Starchy, cool-vintage flavors of black plum and radish. Tight and unrewarding for current drinking, so we corked it for the next day.
Day two: not surprisingly, sophomore shutdown's in full force. Scant flavor on front and back ends, nothing in the middle, so we corked again for the third day, on which we expected emergence.
Day three: now there's a tiny bit of fruit in the front and middle, but not even up to the minimalism of day one and back end whatsoever. Maybe another day?
Day four: fruit's gone, just acid.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    10/20/15, 4:09 PM - wait 6-10 years retaste

  • mrfroopy commented:

    10/30/15, 4:26 PM - 11 is also a cool vintage.. maybe the 09 or 12 will be more to your liking, but they need 5-8 years to open up.. they are in the style of a Northern Rhone and an old school one at that.. so with these wines patience is required.

Red
2014 Cantine Grotta del Sole Penisola Sorrentina Red Blend
6/28/2015 - wilypod Likes this wine:
87 points
Aglianico, Piedirosso and Sciascionna varieties. Harvested, destemmed, followed by several days of skin contact and a shortened fermentation produce this lightly fizzy red. No use of carbonic maceration, as in Beaujolais Nouveau. The alcohol is generally 10-12 percent. Fresh, frothy and appealing, the neapolitan "go to" vino for pasta and pizza. Unlike lambrusco minimal residual sugar. Quite delicious and round and with just enough fizz to make a very primary grapey wine interesting and go well with the bold flavors of Campania. Done to perfection by Cantina Grotta del Sole.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    10/13/15, 3:41 PM - Iam not sure why you have the idea that Lambrusco is in general, sweet. there are sweet ones, but the majority of Lambruscos available in this country now are dry or close to it.

  • mrfroopy commented:

    10/30/15, 4:24 PM - yes but the paradigm has completly shifted and you are just not really up on what is going on in the Markets, at least on the east and west coast.. The sweet Ruinite thing is way over.. that is still available but not what's going on in the wine world. There are numerous dry ones, you are just not aware of the paradigm shift.

Red
N.V. Shinn Estate Vineyards "Red" North Fork Red Bordeaux Blend
good wine - there is fruit but it is not overblown or extracted, the wine is balanced, and there is even some complexity. well done and should be a lesson for the rest of Strong Island to follow in terms of working with what is given, as opposed to trying to craft something bigger and better out of what is given.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    10/13/15, 3:16 PM - I like this wine too..and I don't know what better means. its all context.. better for when and where.. so for a nice dinner on a weeknight, im not sure a fancier wine is better.. is that kind of the idea?

Red
2012 Hartford / Hartford Court Pinot Noir Marin Marin County
Perfect weather year in '12 I am being told - you could just make whatever you wanted to make.

Spicy, more brambly red fruit, good structure held with sweet fruit. Sure it will age out a bit more, not sure about the $65 price tag. Lots of competition up there.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    10/13/15, 2:52 PM - That's Hartford's problem. price. I am sure they have a huge well heeled mailing list.

White - Off-dry
2012 Kruger-Rumpf Scheurebe Spätlese Nahe
9/28/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
92 points
Seriously delicious, maximum yum factor here. But it also has a very serious razor-wire texture and craggy minerality that makes it come across drier than it must be (only 8% alc). I could easily have confused this for a riesling.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    9/29/15, 8:41 PM - One of the most under rated grapes.. must love grapefruit however. I still remember a 1990 Muller Cattior that blew my mind

Rosé
2014 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Gris de Gris Rosé Blend
Just ok this vintage. Delivers, just lasts years were so darn good with brighter acidity.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    9/18/15, 8:08 AM - I sadly think their rose has been going downhill for a few years.
    I think there is also more and more fascinating roses out there theese days, but I do think its not as good, but is still a good QPR. This vintage seems very very bland. Also I think I have lost my taste for Saignee roses in general.

Red
2013 Meiomi Pinot Noir California
8/18/2015 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
79 points
The morbid curiosity was killing me. I finally got a chance to taste the famous, the much-adored, the much-despised, the Yellow Tail of the millennial generation, Meiomi pinot noir! It is actually not as bad as I thought it would be. It's way better than Yellow Tail, anyway. It's a commercial, mass-produced taste, obviously, but it is still tastes more or less like pinot noir, moreso than many pinot noirs that get 97 points from James Laube, that's for sure. It has a sweetness to it but not in a jammy fashion, more like it just had a syrup of itself stirred in to gloss it up. It's got an unharmonized track of cedary woodiness to add something non-fruit to the mix and juuuust enough tannin to give it that cuddly fabric-softener bear texture.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    9/7/15, 7:42 AM - I used to sell this.. I hate it.

  • mrfroopy commented:

    9/12/15, 2:53 PM - Anything Labue loves, I pretty much hate and vice-versa.. he gave 83 points to a Wind Gap wine I love.

Red
2009 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Vin de Pays de Loire-Atlantique Cuvée Granit Red Blend
Drinking window listed for this is too narrow, this is not a wine of insignificant structure. 'til 2015 at least.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    9/10/15, 5:56 AM - try more like 2025-30

Red
2010 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Reserve Willamette Valley
You MUST give this some air. Once you've done that, I think now is the time for drinking. There's funk and unwanted tartness on PNP, but it resolved well after 20 minutes decanted and back into the bottle, sealed and consumed over the next two days. Cool-climate Pinot that is great at $20 and under.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    9/10/15, 5:55 AM - This is so often the case with PG Pinots.. they are a bit fizzy or whatever then calm down into something beautiful. I prefer a wine that is alive, even if its a crapshoot.

White
2014 La Clarine Farm Albariño White Sierra Foothills
8/4/2015 - THECORKDORK wrote:
86 points
If I wasn't so impressed by ther other wines I probably wouldn't be so let down by this. Juicy and fresh but simple and lacks that LCF excitement. Kind of meh-- Lemoney and slightly tropical. Drink young.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    8/21/15, 8:48 PM - I actually think it needs more time to come together..

White
2013 Ravines Wine Cellars Dry Riesling Finger Lakes
6/11/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
88 points
Starts off with a profile very much like a Muscadet. Pale, crisp, lean, and steely. Enjoyable for its freshness. With enough air it develops a more interesting gravelly mineral element, with some relief to the texture. For $12, this is really good.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    7/4/15, 11:13 PM - Try the Ravines Argetsinger riesling
    It is serious stuff

White
2013 Donkey and Goat Roussanne Stone Crusher El Dorado
Is it calming down? It is calming down is the thought. Well the nose is. The palate is pretty darn linear. Erin notes that "the fruit is starting..." and then "that will live forever...", with neither thought being finished. A wine for contemplation?
  • mrfroopy commented:

    6/15/15, 10:03 PM - try in 4 years

Rosé
2014 Donkey and Goat Pinot Gris Rosé Filigreen Farm Anderson Valley
Smells a bit like Dill pickle. Maybe not. Its got structure. Put it in the domestic Pinot Noir section?
  • mrfroopy commented:

    6/15/15, 10:01 PM - let it calm down for a while..

Rosé
2014 Donkey and Goat Mourvedre Claim Jumper El Dorado
6/3/2015 - camben Likes this wine:
99 points
It's like drinking amazing juice. Cranberry ruby grapefruit without the bitter skin tannin of grapefruit. Simply fantastically unique and in my opinion perfect.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    6/15/15, 9:59 PM - I agree .. grapefruit

Red
2005 Catherine et Claude Maréchal Bourgogne Cuvée Gravel Pinot Noir
2004 Red Burgundies: Ringer. I thought this might be funny to toss in and see if the bottom of the hierarchy from '05 ends up besting the top of the hierarchy from '04. Didn't really work out that way; whatever you want to say about the '04 vintage, those were wines already and this is still kind of tutti frutti (reminded Cristi of Beaujolais, which makes sense). It got a bit more grippy and, well, gravelly in the glass but the '04s were clearly more serious and engaging.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    5/23/15, 9:23 AM - Man I had a case of the 2002 and it was on sale for under 20 at Chambers Street. that stuff was so good.

White
2012 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson Melon de Bourgogne
5/11/2015 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
89 points
Good, but it didn't knock my socks off. Very pure, a cleansing style laced with something vaguely chalky, and so easy to drink it should probably be in full-liter bottles. But my favorite Muscadets tend to be more angular and crunchy with that sensation like they just painted the roof of your mouth with stalactites, and this one instead was pretty slick and smooth and creamy.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    5/15/15, 12:50 PM - I think it fell asleep.. check in 5 years

White
2012 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
3/18/2015 - Charlie Carnes wrote:
flawed
Darn, this is a disappointment. Onewinehaven has it the closest, 'cept my yadayadayada comes earlier... (For a Rhys) I got tart apple juice, buttery modern chardonnay, and some fairly sweet oak. Not what I was expecting at all. I did/do get some expected chalky white mineral perceptions, but for the most part it is closer to a Rombauer (sp) or a Peter Michael. The color is good and it does not seem to have any "advanced" qualities, it's just not what I expect from the Rhys Team.

*A slight return* 3/19 I thought about my note all day and really want to try another bottle. The apple juice perceptions might tell of slight advancement/oxygen intrusion. Also, I have a nice note in my inbox from Rhys. Jeff has offered me a .750 replacement bottle. I will open it with another .375 next week and compare. If the bottle was advanced and I didn't catch it, I want to correct my mistake.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    3/28/15, 2:34 PM - I think that the style of wine they make is not for drinking at 2.5 years but hey, you could also not like it and or its an off bottle..

Red
2012 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon H3 Horse Heaven Hills
1/21/2015 - mrfroopy Does not like this wine:
74 points
this wine actually has some nice fruit..if a bit over ripe, however..
CHOKE ON THE OAK
  • mrfroopy commented:

    2/8/15, 11:16 AM - I appreciate the thought. First of all , you should not assume that I don't know a lot about wine, I have the WSET diploma. Second this wine does not have enough structure to hold. This is a wine for near term consumption I would not save it .

  • mrfroopy commented:

    2/13/15, 9:51 AM - you should read your original comment to me. It was very condescending. I replied in a fairly snarky way because you are the one who was taking the I know everthing about wine stance. I totally disagree with you about this wine, but believe me I don't think I know everything about wine or almost anything, I do however have the right to rate a "non flawed" wine like this because to me this is such a cynical industrially made tasting wine that is made to a formula, that I feel that a 74 is totally appropriate. I was not waving my own flag with the WSET, I was telling you that because you were trying to shove knowledge that you think you have that others don't in my face. I never push back but you really should re read your original comment to me and think about how passive agressiveness works.

White
2012 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis 1er Cru Montmains Chardonnay
1/29/2015 - sleepyhaus wrote:
Loved it. Absolutely killer Chablis. Couldn't disagree more with the poster saying this is too acidic. Plenty of stuffing with plenty of cut. Droin is good. 2012 in Chablis is good. This is excellent. Really great stuff. Wish I had a case.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    2/8/15, 11:20 AM - If you don't like acid.. stay away from Chablis.. ..so we can have more . there is plenty of low acid white wine out there ..

White
2012 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Melon de Bourgogne
1/27/2015 - mrfroopy wrote:
93 points
Still getting better..
Can I save a few for a few more years?
  • mrfroopy commented:

    1/28/15, 9:27 AM - No I meant I know it can hold and improve..but I just don't know if I can avoid drinking.. plus The 12 which is special (a bit fuller than ususal) is almost gone for me.

White
2012 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Melon de Bourgogne
10/5/2014 - SiR wrote:
89 points
12.0% - Clear, med to light green lemon / clean, med- intensity - ripe lemon, herbaceous, saline, mineral and bit yeasty / dry, med+ racy acidity, med- body, med intensity and length. Another solid Domaine La Pepière that was just wonderful with mussels. I think I could drink this everyday and not get tired of it...
  • mrfroopy commented:

    1/27/15, 6:18 PM - This is one of the only wines I never ever get sick of

Red
2011 Agnès et René Mosse Anjou Rouge Red Bordeaux Blend
(Off the list at Pearl & Ash)
Poured into a decanter before service. A blend of cab sauv and cab franc. Really quite nice. Expressive nose, fresh and bright fruits, went down far too easily. I love this style of wine.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    1/4/15, 7:24 AM - I am a fan of this wine year after year

Red
2012 Bodega Dominio Buenavista / Veleta Tempranillo Joven Vino de la Tierra Contraviesa Alpujarra
Very odd wine. I think its corked yet it has a composite cork.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    12/8/14, 2:26 PM - well TCA does not only come from a bottle cork.. it can come from winery contamination, barrels, all sorts of things other than an actual cork

White
2013 Donkey and Goat Roussanne Stone Crusher El Dorado
Love the copper smell on the nose. And then its got nice floaty chunks in the bottle. Very salt on the back end. And very tightly wound up as well.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    11/11/14, 4:48 AM - This wine is best starting at 3-4 years.. my experience

Red
2011 Azienda Agricola Montesecondo Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
11/5/2014 - gbanks wrote:
91 points
Consistent w/previous. Aromas a bit more muted at first, but comes around with time. Excited to see what this is like in 5 yrs or so...
  • mrfroopy commented:

    11/5/14, 3:22 PM - If you like Blooomer Creek wines.. try Eminence Road as well. I love them.

Red
2012 Eminence Road Farm Winery Pinot Noir Elizabeth's Vineyard Finger Lakes
9/11/2014 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
90 points
Starts out spritzy and needs a few good, vigorous shakes to smooth out to drinkability. Even then it is a little edgy, with some raspy tannin. It does a lot to civilize itself with air - at least an hour in the decanter is best. After that it's very nice and I can honestly say I have never had anything quite like it. It is full of fresh red fruit on the absolute cutting edge of ripeness in a Loire-like fashion, but I've had a lot of Sancerre rouge from pinot noir and they are nothing like this - this is almost something I would mistake for cabernet franc. All that said, there is nothing even hinting at greenness here. It has a sharpness and spine to it but the fruit is all vibrant red berries with a just-crushed freshness.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    9/17/14, 9:20 AM - I love all the Eminence road wines.. did you get them in DC? I get them in NY . The Cabernets.. both Franc and Sauvignon are also great, as is the skin contact Gewurztraminer and the Chardonnay.
    I have had the Regular 2012 Pinot, not the Eliz and its amazing and a bit more "pinot" like if you will.. brilliant wines..

White
2011 Rhys Alesia Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard Mendocino County
8/12/2014 - thelostverse wrote:
91 points
Pop and pour. Initially tight, but opened eventually to a nice citrus profile with lemon prominent. Acid seemed a tad low at first, but seemed to come out with time. No noticeable oak. I think I'll give this some more time in cellar.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    9/9/14, 6:47 PM - oh the oak is noticeable.. not heavy but its there

White
2005 Domaine du Closel-Château des Vaults Savennières Clos du Papillon Chenin Blanc
7/24/2014 - brooklynguy wrote:
Decanted at 11 AM and tasted here and there over the course of the afternoon; drunk with dinner. Better than I expected, to be honest. The wine has restrained and lovely honey and thyme aromas, no heat whatsoever (and the alcohol is listed at 14.5%). There is also a strong mineral element, like the salty and chalky aspect of a wine from the cote de blancs. That said, it comes across as a bit brutish. This is good wine, but it's not something I want to drink often.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    7/29/14, 10:30 PM - I don't know what happened to these wines.. they used to be so great

Red
2012 Viñedos Bernabeleva Vinos de Madrid Camino de Navaherreros Garnacha, Grenache
1/30/2014 - yofog wrote:
88 points
More ripeness and dark fruit and less of a stony texture in this 2012 than their was in the '11, but it remains very fresh and delineated with no signs of excess ripeness. Very well done. Brambly, candied kirsch and herbs. Delicious.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    7/6/14, 11:55 AM - I like it but not as much as the firmer 2011

Red
2011 Dashe Cellars Zinfandel L'Enfant Terrible McFadden Farms Potter Valley
2/28/2013 - The Vinsider Likes this wine:
91 points
This wine is a wake-up call. Lithe, bright, with no new oak and low in alcohol it is unlike any other Zin out there. It won't wine the swimsuit competition, but have it with food and it sings.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    6/21/14, 8:38 PM - try it with Sichuan food. and be blown away

White
2011 Luneau-Papin / Domaine Pierre de la Grange Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Vieilles Vignes Sur Lie Melon de Bourgogne
Why does he make 22 different skus of muscadet? Well it tastes like Chablis - i am being told a touch more malt-y than Piepiere. Delicious.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    6/21/14, 8:19 PM - I say why not 22? I Just had the 2012 Domaine Pierre de la Grange Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Vieilles Vignes Sur Lie Clos des Allées
    and that is amazing!!! and will improve for years and years..

Red
2012 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Reserva Valle de Uco
I wonder why the spelling change on the label?

In any case, this is the first vintage with no new oak, all older foudre. So the emphasis is apparently on the limestone soils.

And hey, what a change. Violets and perfume on the nose. Palate is full and with rich fruit but also earthy notes. I guess I believe in the project, that something is going on here beyond just wine making.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    6/21/14, 7:38 PM - this is good to know.. a non spoofy wine from them..
    I might actually try it]

White
2004 Domaine du Closel-Château des Vaults Savennières Clos du Papillon Chenin Blanc
6/20/2014 - brooklynguy wrote:
Unctuous and full in texture, and with the classic waxy and honeyed aspects one would expect. But even after an hour open, the wine feels constricted. More time maybe. But it's hard to say. I fundamentally do not trust 14.5% and ripe like this one is, and this full and rich. It would be good to wait a number of years on the last bottle to see what unfolds.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    6/21/14, 7:26 PM - I used to really love their wines.. I am not sure what happened.. but they have slipped and this is the vintage where it started happening for me.

Red
1976 Catherine et Pierre Breton Chinon Beaumont Cabernet Franc
11/5/2013 - La Peste wrote:
87 points
Recently had another 76 Chinon that was outstanding. This didn't live up to that one, a good wine but not a lot of complexity here. I don't know the story with this one, but obviously this does't have the original bottle labels as there is a web address on the label. Does anyone know the story of how this wine was stored?
  • mrfroopy commented:

    6/6/14, 6:29 PM - when wine is released from cellars of the producer at a late date the labels are put on then. Wineries don't label until they release the wine, as the labels would rot and mold in the cellar over 35 years..

White
2012 Donkey and Goat Chardonnay Untended Anderson Valley
I don't know if VA blows off or not but frankly this is much better on day two, where it at least has calmed down.

I know I am supposed to like hippster VA powered low alc. California but may I please have a dose of hedonism with my intellectualism?
  • mrfroopy commented:

    6/4/14, 7:51 PM - no you may not.. if you want that try the Improbable..

  • mrfroopy commented:

    6/6/14, 5:36 PM - ha.. funny.. i totally get what you are refering to and the Improbable is richer.. but I find all the 2012s so much richer than the previous 2 vintages.. I actually found it rich.. btw I didn't detect much VA on mine.. but hey you know how their wines roll..
    bottle variation.. which is why I love them

White
2012 Dirty and Rowdy Sémillon Yountville
12/3/2013 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
96 points
Skin-fermented and concrete-egg fermented, says the label.
It took a long time for me to acquire the taste for skin-fermented whites. But this is one of the most exciting wines I've had in ages and now it feels kind of boring to go back to skinless...
But this is not an "orange" wine. It picks up that cloudy cast and those extra layers of flavor and texture from the skin but here the color is actually a very pale yellow, and it has the ripping freshness that the orange types sometimes lack. Practically kinetic in its energy. The complexity is dizzying with vivid briny oyster-shell and crustaceous flavors, a rush of umami, and fresh lemony acidity and snap that gives it a rapier-like spine and makes it guzzlingly drinkable.
Drank two of these already and just bought more. I can't wait to have this with shellfish but I've pretty much been craving it with everything.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    1/27/14, 7:36 AM - did you buy this somewhere in DC? I can't seem to find a store here that sells the so called New California or Oregon type stuff..

Red
2011 Clos Saron Cinsault Out of the Blue California
12/18/2013 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
Still great. One of my all-time favorites from Clos Saron. This is still gassy and needs a shake and a decant before you can drink it. This one also started out with a slight gamey funk, not sure if it's just signs of reduction or an interesting hint of some more mature character to the fruit, perhaps a combination of the two. But it does seem to be showing even more personality than it did a few months ago. I love its peppery bite. The fruit is rich and hearty without crossing the line into saucy, and it has the acidic spine to come across nicely linear and defined. Need more of this.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    1/27/14, 7:29 AM - I just drank my 2nd bottle of it.. actually half.. the other tonight. I agree its even better than before. I wish I had more of it.. Agree on the 94 pts.

Red
2009 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne Passetoutgrains Pinot Noir
2/19/2013 - ericindc Likes this wine:
90 points
Wow, this gained alot of power, body and weight over the last year. 2nd day was even better. Super Passetoutgrains.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    10/15/13, 7:14 PM - I just bought and drank the 2010 at MacArthur.. I am gonna buy a case and save some and drink some..they are that good..

Red
2011 Tedeschi Valpolicella Classico Lucchine Corvina Blend, Corvina
10/1/2013 - ericindc Likes this wine:
88 points
Solid daily drinker. More complex and delicious than the average one. Nice bright cherry fruits, with some complex earth and mint in the middle. light-medium bodied.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    10/15/13, 7:10 PM - always like this drink

  • mrfroopy commented:

    10/15/13, 7:10 PM - always like this drink

Red - Sparkling
2011 Medici Ermete Lambrusco Reggiano Concerto
9/28/2013 - ericindc Likes this wine:
89 points
Very fine Lambrusco. Frothy grape juice looking. Great nose of blue/black fruits, and earth. Taste had the same earth and black fruits, nice long finish.
  • mrfroopy commented:

    10/15/13, 7:10 PM - I always like this one. .. where do you get it in DC? at MacArthur?

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