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Red
2014 Château Prieuré-Lichine Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
10/20/2018 - bartgerrits Likes this wine:
81 points
Super
  • wondersofwine commented:

    4/5/19, 3:54 PM - 81 seems a low rating for a wine that you define as super.

Red
2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
3/18/2019 - Neecies Likes this wine:
93 points
My wine. Was afraid the vintage would come across as California in a blind tasting, but it didn't. Tasty, complex, elegant.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    3/19/19, 3:36 PM - I have three of six bottles remaining (purchased in a charity auction in Charlotte in 2010.) I have been giving it 92 and 93 points with the three bottles I've opened. This, and a CdP from Roger Sabon were my favorites of a horizontal tasting of 10 bottles from the 2007 vintage. Beaucastel was my third choice. AKA JC/NC

Red
2009 DeBiase Pinot Noir Fritschen Vineyard Russian River Valley
12/8/2018 - TashNYC wrote:
Great nose and taste. Quite concentrated. Notes of cherry, blackberry, oak, herbs. Too big and powerful for the Atlantic Salmon but good on its own. At Karen’s new house and the day before Jen’s birthday.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    12/12/18, 1:44 PM - I own a couple bottles of this. May open one soon so thanks for the note.

White - Off-dry
2002 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese Mosel Saar Ruwer
6/11/2018 - Purslane Likes this wine:
94 points
Zilliken is one of the wineries in the Saar appellation that is rightly responsible for the deserved reputation of the Saar for making some of the greatest Rieslings in Germany. And this 2002 is arguably one of the best vintages of Zilliken. At 16 years old, the wine is pale gold in color, wonderfully perfumed nose of lime and Winesap apple, very lively and vivid, and refreshing acidity perfectly balances the residual sugar. Overall, palpably delicious and deeply satisfying.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    11/7/18, 10:47 AM - I had my first bottle of this in October of this year. It was so good that I promptly purchased two more bottles.

Red
2012 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Summa Vineyard Sonoma Coast
6/14/2018 - Neecies wrote:
Not as expected based on three prior bottles. Initially, it's cherry pie-- red fruit and cinnamon spices with crust, more secondary than primary. But in the glass the wine gets cloudier and murkier, just literally falls apart. A sad end.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    6/15/18, 10:08 AM - Oops--not good news, I have a bottle of this.

Rosé
2017 Littorai Pinot Noir Vin Gris Sonoma Coast
4/8/2018 - gildengorin Likes this wine:
93 points
Pale hay with hints of pink rose and tangerine color. Faint citrus and coconut aromas. Palate is alive, bright and full of ML-free acid. Grapefruit beginning, middle, and end. Pink grapefruit and Le Vie lemon drop finish. Lingering acid mid-palate.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    4/10/18, 8:44 PM - I opened my only bottle of this on the same day at an offline event and found it very nice. I wish I had ordered more than the one bottle.

Red
2007 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
2/19/2018 - drrobvino wrote:
95 points
This is quite delicious, showing the green pepper side of Cab Franc, with the black-fruited cassis, and some tobacco leaf and earthy flavors.
Tannins are still quite present, with med acidity and a long and satisfying finish. Drink now through 2022.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    3/22/18, 10:33 AM - Are you reviewing a Cab Franc of the Cabernet Sauvignon?

  • wondersofwine commented:

    3/22/18, 11:03 AM - Thanks for clarifying. I don't think I was aware of the Cab Franc as part of the blend.

Red
2002 Michael-Scott Cabernet Sauvignon Del Bondio-Bella Oaks Napa Valley
2/19/2018 - Purslane Likes this wine:
95 points
Kept this 16 year old wine opened to taste for 8 days, with zero degradation. Opaque purple to the edge with purple bubbles from the pour. As impressively well structured from vigorous acidity and firm tannin as a Bordeaux, which is an amazing evolution considering how deliciously fruity and lush this wine tasted on release. Overall, a wonderfully rich, balanced, delicious treat from the past from one of the great vintages of the decade for Napa wines. I look forward to enjoying my last 6 bottles over the coming years.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    2/19/18, 4:40 PM - Thanks for the note. Reminds me I have one bottle left and may want to open it this year. I did enjoy this wine young but look forward to seeing how it has evolved.

Red
2013 Failla Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
11/23/2017 - Char&Mark Likes this wine:
90 points
Very smooth choice for thanksgiving buffet at the club. Paired very well with everything, from roasted turkey and beef to the pumpkin ravioli and stuffing.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    11/26/17, 5:33 PM - One of my Thanksgiving wines too. I thought it had a little spice which was appropriate with the Thanksgiving foods.

Red
2007 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
11/13/2017 - CWilliam wrote:
Much better than my last bottle tasted in 1/2014 that seemed off - this was more in line with my prior tastings in 10/2012 and prior:

"This has improved with age and starting to gain some secondary characteristics. Cassis, black cherry, cedar on nose. On palate, medium body, elegant mouthfeel, well integrated tannins, nice acidity & long finish. Cassis, cherry, black licorice on palate. Delicious. Very food friendly and great fruit" Cheating as this was my note from 10/2012 but this wine has aged extremely well. 92-93+
  • wondersofwine commented:

    11/16/17, 2:08 PM - I initially bought three of these. Liked it so well that I purchased one more that I still have. It is a good vintage of Larkmead.

White
2014 Lioco Chardonnay Estero Russian River Valley
10/17/2017 - mmcdds Likes this wine:
91 points
This is one of my favorite Cali chards for the simple reason that it doesn't taste like a Cali chard. The oak treatment here complements the firm minerality and crisp acidity, rather than overpowering it and there's good depth and concentration for its price point. Quite nice!!
  • wondersofwine commented:

    10/19/17, 5:36 PM - I can't say for sure in regard to this vintage but normally the grapes for the Estero are fermented in neutral oak casks and then the juice goes into stainless steel. The lack of oakiness is one of the things I also like about Lioco Chardonnays.

White
2009 Domaine Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère Chardonnay
9/29/2017 - KVM wrote:
the struck match nose mainly dissipates with some swirling, revealing pear fruit. Plush, fresh pear and pineapple with a surprising and very appropriate wash of acidity. This 2009 is going strong!
  • wondersofwine commented:

    9/29/17, 8:05 AM - What was the flaw?

Red
2014 Louis Jadot Moulin-à-Vent Clos de Rochegrès Château des Jacques Gamay
1/28/2017 - Magnum PI Likes this wine:
93 points
Opened a bottle with spaghetti marinara, poured a glass out of the bottle, and decanted the rest. Lush, plenty of acid, tight, rich. Earth, berries, still pretty tight after an hour. I plan to buy a couple of cases and lay them down for a while. No hurry with this one. I give this one a 93.

Brookie is not drinking right now, but did use her nose. She gets floral, some licorice, dark fruit. She isn't giving it a rating because she isn't drinking, and by isn't drinking I mean she isn't talking to me. She's pissed because her house is a mess, and she asked me to take the garbage off the back porch, which I did, but I took it to the nearest trash can which was full, but I thought was was where it went. Turns out there is a second trash can out by the curb, which is empty, and the two are rotated, which I didn't know. So, Brookie thinks I took the garbage to the full trash can to deliberately annoy her, which was not the case.

I don't have any experience with aged Beaujolais, so this is pure conjecture, but I would l lay this down for 2-3 years before opening another. My score is fairly difficult to defend as I don't drink much Gamay, but this is likely the best bottle I have had. Would pair well with Cornish hen, rosemary chicken, quail, lamb with mint jelly, any steak.

Nice finish, moderate tannins, well made, good value.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    9/9/17, 8:17 PM - I find the review of the wine useful and the comments about the garbage hilarious.

Red
2005 Château La Fleur de Boüard Le Plus Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
6/18/2017 - BarryPaulPrice Likes this wine:
93 points
Appearance: Garnet with red rim tinged with hint of orange.
Nose: Black raspberry, plums, cassis, menthol, sandalwood, vanilla some tobacco on the back end.
Palate: Not plush fruit like a Cali merlot, more medium viscosity, a touch of that sanguine quality I like with my right bank plum-fruit. Deep and dark with nice concentration, resolved tannins showing up too with nice length (30-45 sec)
  • wondersofwine commented:

    7/30/17, 9:56 AM - On the nose I think you meant "black" raspberry, not "lacking" raspberry, plums, etc. Nice note otherwise.

Red
2011 Littorai Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard Anderson Valley
7/5/2017 - Richard P Howden Likes this wine:
92 points
At first showed green notes on the nose, but quickly faded to gorgeous red cherry and berry notes, so seductive. Beautiful red fruit textured palate, hints of gen and stem next cell balanced. Definitely on the more savory spectrum of CA Pinot, great with the crab cakes I served tonight.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    7/7/17, 3:01 PM - You might want to change that "crap cakes" to "crab cakes" unless it's like the infamous pie in "The Help."

Red
2015 Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes Côte de Brouilly Cuvée des Ambassades Gamay
7/2/2017 - Vinophiliac559 wrote:
87 points
High toned floral notes, berries and pretty linear. Not much going on for me. Preferred this chilled and enjoyed outside while barbq-ing.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    7/3/17, 3:10 PM - What does "wip" mean?

Red
2004 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir River Block Russian River Valley
5/12/2017 - daved Likes this wine:
96 points
Amazing,with a lot of life left. Raspberry and chocolate in the front of palate and a burst in the backside.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    5/14/17, 10:31 AM - Timely note as I have a bottle of this in the lineup and will probably open in June.

Red
2012 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
4/25/2017 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
90 points
This is a more muscular version of Lytton Springs Zin-blend than previous vintages tasted. Fruit is rather restrained. There is some structure here with a bit of tannic grip. Acid and alcohol are fighting for supporting roles. Just never got thrilling on the nose or palate. Probably could have improved a bit longer in bottle, 3-4 yrs possibly.
This wine continues to go up in price here in BC (>$60/btl) and just isn't worth the outlay. Rather splurge on Caymus Zin FOR $15 less!
  • wondersofwine commented:

    4/26/17, 4:35 PM - I'm astounded that it is that expensive in Canada--almost twice what it costs on the East Coast of USA.

  • wondersofwine commented:

    4/26/17, 4:35 PM - I'm astounded that it is that expensive in Canada--almost twice what it costs on the East Coast of USA.

  • wondersofwine commented:

    4/26/17, 4:36 PM - I'm astounded that it is that expensive in Canada--almost twice what it costs on the East Coast of USA.

Red
2014 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
3/24/2017 - wcf1946 Likes this wine:
88 points
Nothing special. Pleasant easy drinking red wine. Well balanced, little tannin, little finish, limited complexity. No heat. Would hardly know it's majority zin. Way overpriced.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    3/24/17, 10:34 AM - I like the Ridge Geyserville and Lytton Springs wines with about six or more years on them. I haven't tried the 2014 Lytton Springs yet but one of the reasons I buy these two Zinfandel blends is because the price hasn't increased much in a couple decades. I find them very reasonably priced for their quality.

Red
2013 Gérard Bertrand Côtes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel Grand Terroir Grenache Blend, Grenache
12/5/2016 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
87 points
Grenache/Syrah/Carignan labeled as 14% abv. This was one of two red wine bottles that fell off the table on Thanksgiving and broke so I went back to the store the day after Thanksgiving and finally got to try it at home. I enjoyed it. It has dark fruit and raspberry flavors accented by herbal notes. I think I'll go back this week for two more bottles and take one to an offline in Greensboro this weekend. It was about $22 at the retail shop and can probably be found for less in some places as North Carolina wine prices tend to run a bit high.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    1/14/17, 9:15 AM - I didn't decant it but drank it over three days, recorking and refrigerating it between times.

Rosé
2015 Gérard Boulay Sancerre Rosé Pinot Noir
11/14/2016 - wineaux2 Likes this wine:
92 points
Really enjoyed this one. Color was an eye-catching light neon pink. The nose was expressive with grapefruit and tart red fruits. Watermelon and tart strawberries were prominent on the palate, and were complemented by a citrus/citrus rind finish. Acidity was crisp but integrated well. Overall, just a nicely balanced, refreshing rosé without any confectionary notes. Very lovely.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    11/16/16, 9:30 AM - I recently received the shipment of this wine and will probably open one by the end of the month or in early December. Your note is helpful.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
11/5/2016 - Neecies Likes this wine:
93 points
Opened two days before. Showed quince and mango with a round saline quality that came across like buttered popcorn. Delish.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    11/8/16, 3:35 PM - I opened one 375 ml. bottle of this at an offline in San Francisco some years ago but have two more to enjoy. It was rated one of the better Sauternes of the vintage.

Red
2013 Failla Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
10/1/2016 - Tahoebrad Likes this wine:
89 points
A nice wine. Higher in acidity and alcohol. Very fruit forward but still refreshing. Definitely young but still balanced.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    10/6/16, 12:06 PM - What does "definitely hound" mean or is that a typo?

Red
2009 Domaine de la Chaponne Morgon Cuvée Joseph Gamay
9/29/2016 - sawira wrote:
94 points
Bottle #2 of 6. This is so good, and so young. DO NOT TOUCH THESE FOR ANOTHER 7-10 YEARS, at least. Plenty of perfect balance, great fruit, superb acidity, and noticeable tannin on the finish. Will be phenomenal later. This could be a 30-40 year wine, seriously. 94+ pts.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    9/29/16, 3:01 PM - Wish I had started out with your six bottles instead of my one. I will hold off for a couple years but doubt that I will hold out until 2023 or later.

Red
2006 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
9/1/2016 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
89 points
14.7% abv. I liked this more than I expected to like it. It is a little hot from the alcohol but it has bright fruit and prominent spice. It suggests purple plums and perhaps spices from India. I'm not sure if the quality is bolstered by the age of the wine or by the inherent quality of the grape source--the Clos Pepe Vineyard--or both.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    9/8/16, 1:02 PM - I still have one bottle of the 2006 from Shea Vineyard and one from Garys' Vineyard as well as some of the 2007 vintage from Loring Wine Company. I will probably open the Shea wine this fall--possibly at Thanksgiving. Thanks for your comment.

Red
2005 Château La Fleur de Boüard Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
9/4/2016 - Kentw Likes this wine:
90 points
Aerated and decanted and at first taste was still a bit rough. Dark fruits, muted and rough tannins on the finish. Mid weight plus at the outset. I was somewhat disappointed given it has been cellared for 11 years. Would have rated it around an 85-86. But I was patient and had opened the bottle several hours before dinner. After 3 hours, the wine opened up significant with some added weight. Dinner was a Cowboy rib eye with grilled vegetables. It smoothed out, the dark fruits more present, the tannins softened and became an excellent companion to the steak. Suggest a long decant if drinking now or cellar for another 2 to 3 years. Note that others who have decanted for an extended period have found the wine much more pleasant.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    9/4/16, 7:22 PM - I appreciate your note. I have several of these and based on your note, I will cellar them for a few more years.

White
2007 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest Chardonnay
6/29/2016 - Neecies wrote:
flawed
Oxidized.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    6/30/16, 9:25 PM - I own this wine too, J. I can only hope that my bottle is not flawed. Was it TCA or premox?

  • wondersofwine commented:

    7/1/16, 10:22 AM - I'm not very hopeful. Another post said their same wine was also flawed.

Red
2010 Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
1/2/2016 - fdaner wrote:
94 points
Consumed on NYE with some great friends. Opened and followed over 2 hours . This is a bruiser and the elegance, depth of fruit and fine grain tannin that showed so great young are starting to duck into the shadows. It's now time to bury these and let em sleep IMO. 2016 sounds about right to check in again.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    6/2/16, 11:49 AM - Did you mean to say check in again in 2016 or did you intend to put some other year down?

Red
2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
4/25/2016 - jmcnewjersey Likes this wine:
93 points
Strawberry preserves on nose & palate. Light-Medium bodied, with smooth tannins. Slightly vegetal, in a good way.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    4/26/16, 8:41 AM - Why give it 93 points if you didn't like the wine? Are you grading it on its appeal in general to other consumers or did you like the wine and hit "does not like this wine" by mistake? I put "does not like this wine" if I give it a grade below 85.

Red
2004 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
4/6/2016 - cerobo Likes this wine:
92 points
Such a lovely Coonawarra cabernet. Colour still a deep red. Mint and herbs on nose. Palate is medium bodied, soft tannins with fruit persistent and long. Balance is the key here. Shows what a bit of patience can do with Black Label.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    4/6/16, 3:36 PM - I used to be able to get Wynns from a wine store in Raleigh, NC but as I understand, they haven't had an importer in the USA in recent years. The Black Label was a great bargain and the John Riddoch was a special wine in special vintages.

  • wondersofwine commented:

    4/6/16, 3:56 PM - Is it being imported currently? If so, do you know the name of the importer or distributor?

Red
2005 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
4/6/2016 - brubron wrote:
Just had the second bottle of this vintage -- still beautiful, in perfect balance, and strong.
Had this with a wine group for dinner-- filet mignon with truffles. There were 6 different top flight wines and this one had the raves.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    4/6/16, 2:01 PM - So why listed as flawed?

Rosé
2014 Domaine du Vissoux / Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais Les Griottes Gamay
6/20/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine:
90 points
Stunning wine. A million times better than the wan and indifferent bottle we had a month ago--travel shock, maybe? Complex and balanced.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    4/5/16, 8:16 AM - Just received one bottle of this with a shipment of rose' wines from Woodland Hills Wine Company. Glad to see your second note from last summer and I hope it held up for another season. I may open it soon.

    JC

Red
2007 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
2/19/2016 - walkerjfw wrote:
92 points
At Press tasting during PNV week (Then & Now), good opportunity to taste recent vintages, auction lots and library wines from some great vintners...tasted next to the 13...

Nicely aged, good core color not much sign age. Nose somewhat restrained, black fruits, mint. Palate is ripe/juicy dark fruits, plums, vanilla, oak.

This still drinks young but in a good spot right now. This was from a magnum that had been open a while, I suspect a 2 hour+ decant would be in order for the wine when opened. Should drink at this level for a while
  • wondersofwine commented:

    3/2/16, 2:14 PM - I bought three bottles of this and have consumed two, one in 2011 and one in 2014. Really liked it both times giving it 92 pts. in 2011 and 93 pts. in 2014. Will hold the final bottle for at least another year. It makes me want to try some other Larkmead vintages.

Red
2013 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Las Alturas Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
2/3/2016 - blucky01 wrote:
93 points
This is my favorite cab. Very big and complex. Deep purple color and plenty of body. Not spivey like many Pinots. I highly recommend it for those who like cabs but want to try something different.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    2/3/16, 1:36 PM - I assume you are reviewing the Pinot Noir so you might want to edit the sentence saying it is your favorite cab (cabernet sauvignon.)

Red
2013 Failla Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
12/23/2015 - Francois Le Mouel Likes this wine:
92 points
Absolutely charming. Very typical of a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. White flowers, cherry and sweet spices. Perfect balance and long finish. Beautiful right now, I'm sure it can be kept for a few more years. Great discovery, I had never heard of this producer.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    2/2/16, 10:11 PM - Just tried a few sips of this this evening at a tasting of two Failla Chardonnays and two of the Pinot Noirs. All were delicious. This definitely had cherries on the nose and palate. The representative for Failla said that 2013 was one of the best recent vintages and the wines could be cellared for a few years if you wish to hold onto them.

Red
2005 Robert Foley Claret Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/12/2014 - AllRed wrote:
94 points
From 750ml opened by Italian Wino, decanted before dinner. Notes of chocolate, blackberry, cassis liqueur and herbs. Firm tannins are approachable and fine-grained. Cassis and dark fruit dominates the palate, with chocolate notes on the finish.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    1/20/16, 6:14 PM - I just opened a bottle of this last week and got some of the cassis and chocolate notes also--even a hint of chocolate mint.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2007 Château Guiraud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
12/26/2015 - VinCrush Likes this wine:
92 points
My first experience with Sauternes and it was wonderful. Color was more of a deep golden than yellow. Nose was well developed and gave me honeysuckle and orange marmalade. Rich and luscious in the mouth with medium to long finish. Looking forward to trying other vintages and producers for comparative purposes in the future!
  • wondersofwine commented:

    1/5/16, 10:26 PM - I have found 2007 to be a very nice vintage for Sauternes.

White - Off-dry
2005 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel Nahe
8/21/2015 - sweetstuff wrote:
9/12/2012 rated 96 points: AP 7 753 010 15 06; 7.5 pabv. Gift of Helmut Dönnhoff during a visit in September, 2007, along with the 2006 Felsentürmchen Spätlese. Herr Dönnhoff signed this bottle, as is indicated in the photos in CellarTracker. At this meeting, he encouraged Barbara and I not to make too much of his wines. They are means of legitimate enjoyoment of life, not something to be worshipped. When we see you at this tasting room over the years, you are part of our family and we like to take care of you. After requesting the two bottles for purchase, we were astonished when he simply gave them to us.

Perhaps I shouldn't tell this story, because of course he can't afford to do this with every one who comes in the door, nor, probably, with every visit Barbara and I make to Oberhäusen. Of course, you'll find out, if you don't already know, the high level at which Herr Dönnhoff plays this particular game, and his wines themselves are enough of a gift to the world, at whatever price.

Sunday 9/8/2012 we went to Sakai Japanese Restaurant; Troy, OH (one of the few truly worthy Japanese restaurants in the Dayton area) and opened this for sipping through the meal, offering Chef Brian a sip as we digested our sashimi and so forth.

Wine has an intensely refractive but mild green-orange cast right out of the undecanted cork-finished bottle.

The envelope is that of a sappy, juicy, ripe apple surrounding fresh air tainted with woodsmoke, with good focus and mineral grip, with a slghtly less funky-pungent, less-intense **umami** note than I remember from previous examples of Dönnhoff wines from this vineyard.

Powerful and intense, sailing-acid entry, with a great juiciness and drive, with crystal-clear juicy apricot punch. and wonderful bitter-limeskin notes and a somewhat delicate and quite lacy sweetness, pushed through on the palate with enormous length. Given a ninety-sixth point after having spent four days loosely corked in the refrigerator. Still quite primary, with many long years ahead of it. A wonderful value on the secondary market, where it can be purchased for $10-15 less than on release. Why? An embarrassment of riches, perhaps. Drink now (if you like 'em right out of the cradle--2055, well-stored). Apricot is probably not botrytis but perfectly-judged harvest ripeness.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    12/30/15, 2:02 PM - Glad I have a 375 ml. bottle of this at least. I won't live to taste it in 2055 or probably in 2040 so will enjoy mine in the next few years.

Red
2012 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Silver Eagle Vineyard Sonoma Coast
12/13/2015 - csimm1161 wrote:
95 points
Initial PnP was almost devastatingly acidic and tart. Clenched up my entire mouth as if I had just sucked on a cherry-flavored sour ball. Sour cherry and alcohol. The four of us who were tasting all had that same sour, repelled look on our faces when we first tried it. Luckily this wasn't my first rodeo with a young RM Pinot, and I gave it a time out from its sour little tempter tantrum for about an hour-and-a-half in a wide-bottomed decanter.

...And "Voila!" After some time to let it beat its little fists and bottom-lip itself to sleep for a short nap in the corner, this little one emerged with a whole new attitude. Rich raspberry, strawberry, black cherry, cola, turned earth/mulch, and clove. Also, a burnt orange peel note that I've experienced before with RM Pinots emerged nicely on the finish, like an orange marmalade and cherry crepe flambé doused with Grand Marnier and torched tableside. Great stuff.

Fattened-up even more in the glass over the course of another hour. Deeper, darker, and a bit more earthy. A cerebral wine to be sure, with all the flavors intersecting with each other at the same time on different parts of the palate. A lot going on, in a good way.

Ideally, I would let this sleep for another 2 years. If you just can't help yourself (like me), then dump this bad boy straight in a big 'ol decanter for a couple of hours minimum before consuming.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    12/14/15, 8:35 AM - Liked your style in the note so much that I went back and looked at some of your past notes and added myself as a fan.

Red
1995 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
12/12/2015 - elledeca wrote:
La Rioja Alta GR 904 (Brussels): Darker profile than 1994, more fruit with blackberries but still a lot of acidity. I like it less.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    12/13/15, 3:56 PM - If this is the 1995 you are reviewing, then do you mean darker profile than the 1998? I'm confused. What did you like less than what?

  • wondersofwine commented:

    12/14/15, 8:28 AM - Thanks for clarifying and link to full notes on the vertical tasting. My problem with large vertical tastings is remaining vertical after all those wines!

White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
12/12/2015 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Radically different from a bottle I had in November 2014 (from the same case). That one was all about tropical flavors. This one was all about butterscotch and spice. I liked the flavor profile of this bottle, though it was surprising in terms of how advanced it was.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    12/12/15, 9:16 PM - I have two 750 ml. bottles of this and one 375 ml. Maybe I should try the smaller bottle if you think it is advanced for the vintage.

Red
2007 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
1/29/2015 - Wine_lvr Likes this wine:
94 points
No big notes taken as it was so much fun to drink....
  • wondersofwine commented:

    11/30/15, 3:30 PM - I agree that it is fun to drink. I bought three bottles and only have one left which I will probably open in 2017 if I can stay away from it that long.

  • wondersofwine commented:

    11/30/15, 3:31 PM - I agree that it is fun to drink. I bought three bottles and only have one left which I will probably open in 2017 if I can stay away from it that long.

  • wondersofwine commented:

    11/30/15, 3:31 PM - I agree that it is fun to drink. I bought three bottles and only have one left which I will probably open in 2017 if I can stay away from it that long.

  • wondersofwine commented:

    11/30/15, 3:31 PM - I agree that it is fun to drink. I bought three bottles and only have one left which I will probably open in 2017 if I can stay away from it that long.

  • wondersofwine commented:

    11/30/15, 3:31 PM - I agree that it is fun to drink. I bought three bottles and only have one left which I will probably open in 2017 if I can stay away from it that long.

  • wondersofwine commented:

    11/30/15, 3:31 PM - I agree that it is fun to drink. I bought three bottles and only have one left which I will probably open in 2017 if I can stay away from it that long.

  • wondersofwine commented:

    11/30/15, 3:31 PM - I agree that it is fun to drink. I bought three bottles and only have one left which I will probably open in 2017 if I can stay away from it that long.

  • wondersofwine commented:

    11/30/15, 3:31 PM - I agree that it is fun to drink. I bought three bottles and only have one left which I will probably open in 2017 if I can stay away from it that long.

Red
2012 Bodegas Castaño Yecla Solanera Viñas Viejas Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre
10/30/2015 - rsmithjr222@hotmail.com wrote:
flawed
Bottle was horribly corked. My nephew luckily bought 2 bottles so I have another to try. Wine got 94 points on Parker...

I was looking for a $14 red for everyday drinking.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    10/30/15, 12:38 PM - It is not worth 94 points regardless. I gave it 85. Cellar Tracker average is about 88.

White
2013 Paul Cluver Chardonnay Elgin
9/21/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine:
94 points
An exceptional chardonnay closer in style to Puligny Montrachet than Sonoma. Very pale yellow color with bracing acidity and the kind of multi-faceted flavors one rarely finds outside of Burgundy. Sweet fruit with 1er Cru body, spice, minerals, mild toast--seems built for the long-haul though for the acid tolerant (like me) it's irresistable here. I'm only giving it 94 points, but for my particular tastes it's perfection, flawless.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    10/11/15, 1:10 PM - I just brought home three bottles of the 2014 vintage. I hope it lives up to the 2013 which you found so exceptional.

Red
2000 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/6/2015 - tbabes wrote:
96 points
My god this wine has improved dramatically over the last 5 years! Aromas of ripe dark fruits, star anise, with hints of black truffle. Medium bodied, with a velvety texture, great depth, and a long, focused finish. Impressive!
  • wondersofwine commented:

    10/7/15, 9:15 AM - Your tasting note is very timely. I just ordered a bottle of this along with two other Bordeaux wines from Benchmark Wine Group. Now looking forward to it even more.

Red
2012 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard Russian River Valley
9/15/2015 - chatters wrote:
United Cellars Grand Cru Burgundy tasting (Harbour 220/L15 131 Macquarie Street): Boo Yah! Pronounced aromas of vanilla, sweet spice, ripe red cherry and black berry, some chocolate notes here as well as cedar. On the palate the wine is exceedingly rich, fruit forward and (with the reputation of the producer I know I shouldn't be surprised but) very well balanced. Tannins are present but controlled as is the acidity which makes what I expected to be a cloying, disappointing, jammy cacophony of oral mayhem fresh and eminently drinkable and enjoyable. I rather like it. Does that make me a bad person?
  • wondersofwine commented:

    9/21/15, 1:37 PM - No.

Red
2003 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon John Riddoch
9/5/2015 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
93 points
Limited release from what was judged to be an exceptional Wynns vintage. My final bottle of this and last I knew, Wynns wines are no longer imported into the USA. Labeled 13.5% alcohol by volume. Ripe dark fruits on the nose and palate. Black currants take the lead and oak spice is detectable but not overbearing IMHO. This is a rich, mellow wine with a puckery finish. I'd give it 92 or 93 points.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    9/9/15, 12:40 PM - Yes, I think it is probably good for another three to five years anyway.

Red
2008 A.P. Vin Pinot Noir Rancho Ontiveros Vineyard Santa Maria Valley
3/29/2013 - underwds wrote:
Rich and meaty with candied fruits and maybe even a hint of smoke. Deep ruby color and moderate mouth feel. A little cola and spice. Oak on the finish, but not enough to make this a good food wine. It overwhelmed our roast chicken.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    9/2/15, 12:50 PM - I planned to have this with chicken until I saw your comment. I think I will save it for a beef stir fry or lamb chop.

Red
2010 Comte Armand Volnay Pinot Noir
3/2/2013 - EMichels wrote:
92 points
Nice depth, interest; Nice for '09 though still a bit flat
  • wondersofwine commented:

    8/27/15, 12:17 PM - Posted under 2010 vintage--a mistake?

Red
2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
8/15/2015 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
89 points
Took to MO'COOL picnic in Michigan. Mahogany color. Fig or prune on the nose. Raspberry, leather and earthiness on the palate--not quite into the "funky" category. I have two more bottles and I think I will cellar them for two or three more years.
  • wondersofwine commented:

    8/23/15, 3:37 PM - At my age it is hard to justify cellaring for ten or fifteen more years.

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