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Red
2008 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
OK. This was the last bottle of spoof that I ever bought. I was caught up by the score and hadn't yet realized where my palate was heading. With that said, this is archetypical modern homogenized red Bordeaux type wine that can be had on five continents, and gets really high scores from numerous myriad "professional" wine critics. My wife asked for a red wine tonight, something like a 2008 Jordan would have been perfect. Well I was boxing these for the barter holler and took a chance and thought Julie would like it. Her description:

-a little red wine
-a little cigar ash tray
-a little saltwater
-a little flour/roux to hold it together

I told her she has made the perfect description for my mind's eye Modern spoofy wine.
  • Lessthanzero commented:

    12/8/13, 12:47 PM - Kudos for grammatically correct use of "myriad", but since the 100 point scoring system essentially starts at 80, I am reading that you think you had a flawed wine. Which isn't the case of course. You're just shifting away from Parkerized or Rollandized wines. I get that, but a 78 score is to me just as much hyperbole as Parker's own scores are. I haven't tried the wine myself, and at the current prices, I maybe never will. If you feel like dumping some at a dramatic discount, let me know. :)

  • Lessthanzero commented:

    12/8/13, 8:10 PM - Charlie,
    I did not mean to come off as insincere. It always pleases me when people use "myriad" correctly, since mostly they don't. I understand your disdain of spoofulation. I disagree with your numerical score. I share your passion for wine. Is all good.

  • Lessthanzero commented:

    12/29/13, 6:48 AM - This has indeed been very entertaining. Bravo!

Red
2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah North Coast
12/6/2013 - thatrick wrote:
88 points
A little too light and acidic at this early stage
  • Lessthanzero commented:

    12/8/13, 1:21 PM - light? not my first impression, but seeing how it fills out after hours in a decanter I see what you mean. This one will get better with time.

White - Off-dry
2010 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Clos du Bourg Chenin Blanc
4/14/2013 - Lessthanzero wrote:
92 points
Clean, fresh, apple, tropical fruits on nose. A little more residual sugar than expected on the palate. This wine is typically an ager, but I have no idea how it will survive for long in my cellar...
  • Lessthanzero commented:

    8/28/13, 1:39 PM - Because I'll drink them too fast...

Red
1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
8/27/2013 - Lessthanzero wrote:
flawed
VA Only nail varnish and poop left in this bottle
  • Lessthanzero commented:

    8/27/13, 11:43 AM - Definitely an off bottle. I have had this year before, from the same source. Got one left. I guess I could wait another 6 years, but I do not have high hopes.

Red
2009 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
3/31/2013 - Lessthanzero wrote:
95 points
Wowser. Upon opening the barnyard funk was piercingly scary. 4 hour decant, recorked and an reopened 2 hours later. Brett's gone and left is a wonderful blend of dark fruits, pepper a little garrigue and a lot of goodness. Soft and well integrated tannins make this one of the best Pegaus I've ever had. (admittedly not that high a bar based on me not having had a lot of older vintages)
  • Lessthanzero commented:

    4/5/13, 11:28 PM - Hey C-I-H,
    Sorry if my note read as a diss against Pegau. It was intended to be the opposite. (I edited the original post for clarity.) I haven't had many older Pegau's and so didn't want to offend the crowd that would immediately erupt saying this is no match for the '98 etc. I love both the Pegau's and Beaucastel's of this world (even if these to me are very different).

    I have a case of this wine and am looking forward to seeing it evolve.

Red
2009 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard Sonoma Coast
1/12/2013 - Lessthanzero wrote:
91 points
Start out with a clear nose of cranberry and cinnamon, which does not fully integrate on the palate but strikes you as a bit tart. Give it an hour and you have a smooth, yet still slightly extracted, cranberry-cola - and yes, some blue fruit - pinot.

I will wait a year before the next one. (No, no, really, i will.)
  • Lessthanzero commented:

    1/16/13, 4:14 AM - FMIII, I'll give you blue fruit as I wrote my note the day after. The acidity is just the cranberry tartness that pretty much all RM's give off in their youth. I didn't think of this wine as super huge, bud definitely not small. The sense of extractedness promises a few more year of development where it will have even more smoothie goodness in my book.

Red
2008 Lagier Meredith Syrah Mt. Veeder
12/9/2012 - Lessthanzero wrote:
91 points
Complex nice and acidic, but for some reason it felt like the fruit had gone away leaving the emperor with no clothes. The alcohol was very noticeable. Bad bottle?
  • Lessthanzero commented:

    12/10/12, 7:17 AM - I did feel like I had an off bottle, but having said that, it became a nice enough food wine.

Red
2009 Domaine La Garrigue Côtes du Rhône Cuvée Romaine Red Rhone Blend
11/6/2010 - Darkhorn wrote:
88 points
Solid.. 88. could have benefited from a rest. over all nice, but a big difference from the 07 vintage.
  • Lessthanzero commented:

    12/7/10, 6:41 AM - Since so many have experience with the 07 vintage, do you mind elaborating on the diifference?

Red
2005 Celler Vall Llach Priorat IDUS Grenache Blend, Grenache
4/11/2010 - mmurry Likes this wine:
92 points
V.I.P. Spanish Tasting (Farpointe Cellar): The nose had tobacco and smoke, and a lot of dark fruit. The palate had a sweetness to it, with good acid and heavy dark fruit. The tannins were a little harsh, but it had a nice chocolate flavor that brought it all together.
  • Lessthanzero commented:

    5/1/10, 5:33 PM - Big wine, yes. Harsh tannins, though? I'd say no, though they were noticeable (and pleasant to my taste).

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