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2010 Château Chasse-Spleen Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/30/2023 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
92 points
This is a wine that will confirm the beliefs of both Bordeaux lovers and Bordeaux skeptics. The skeptics will find it tart and relatively fruitless, and the lovers will find it complex and intoxicating. Lots of fine sediment. Dark color. Heady floral aroma -- roses and blackberries. High acidity and moderate high tannin. Gained weight with aeration. Aromas carry over to palate -- roses and blackberries with a background flavor of mushroom. The aftertaste is a little underpowered, dilute, but overall this is a very satisfying young Bordeaux. I expect it to improve with age and to last for a very long time.
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Red - Fortified
At Boston Wine & Poker: A fitting finale to a pleasurable evening of imbibing, this port is more or less just what it is supposed to be, with moderate sweetness, some complexity, no alcoholic burn.

Many thanks to Karl for providing this.
Red
At Boston Wine & Poker: Tasted blind. I have some of these in my cellar, so I was very happy to learn what this was and that ten years is enough for drinkability and a high level of pleasure.

Many thanks to Kyle for providing this treat.
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Red
At Boston Wine & Poker: Tasted blind. A high-toned, tannic wine, with a very strong raspberry aroma and flavor. Lovely. This is a mature wine with a very long life expectancy.

Many thanks to Karl for providing this treat.
Red
At Boston Wine & Poker: Tasted blind. This was bottle #11 in the line-up, and so, even though the pours were small, my tasting notes were becoming sketchier. My tasting note for this one was, simply, "Delish." A gorgeous, rich, enveloping wine. Completely ready to drink.

Many thanks to Karl for providing this treat.
Red
At Boston Wine & Poker: Tasted blind. Sweet, rich, slightly wild. A treat. Drink soon.

Many thanks to Karl for providing this one.
Red
2000 Château Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
At Boston Wine & Poker: Tasted blind. Dark, intense, slightly reductive -- classic non-nonsense St. Estephe.

Many thanks to Tom for bringing this one.
Red
2015 Paumanok Assemblage North Fork Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
At Boston Wine & Poker: Tasted blind. The screw-cap was intriguing, raised lot of questions among those looking for clues about the identity of this wine. Discernibly a cabernet-centric wine, with more restraint than a California Cab might have. Very tasty, though perhaps a little understated in a line-up of heavy hitters.

Many thanks to Karl for providing this treat.
Red
1/23/2023 - talbot61 wrote:
At Boston Wine & Poker: Tasted blind. This was probably the consensus favorite in a very strong line-up. A huge wine, with a strong structuring acidity, a distinct pine flavor, and great length. It's not showing any sign of old age and seems as though it could last forever.

Many thanks to Karl for providing this treat.
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Red
At Boston Wine & Poker: Tasted blind. A mature, mushroomy wine, with considerable weight and simultaneous elegance. A red velvet smoking jacket would be the appropriate attire for drinking this wine.

Many thanks to Karl for providing this treat.
Red
At Boston Wine & Poker: Tasted blind. This was discernibly a Loire red up front, but immediately backed by a full-bodied richness, smoky and balanced.

Many thanks to Karl for providing this.
Red
1999 Joseph Drouhin Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
At Boston Wine & Poker: Tasted blind. A lovely, gentle mature wine.

Many thanks to Karl for this treat.
White
At Boston Wine & Poker: Tasted blind. An intriguing, exotic wine, with some weight, moderate acidity, and a strong dose of sulphur (which I think will dissipate with age or air). We drank this alongside a Dagueneau Pouilly-Fume -- I didn't identify either of them as Sauvignon Blanc, and I certainly didn't think that the two wines were from the same grape.

Many thanks to David for bringing this one.
White
At Boston Wine & Poker: Tasted blind. I gave myself credit for guessing that this was a white Loire, but subtracted most of that credit for guessing that it was a Savennieres. Right place. Wrong grape. High acidity, which diminished with air. Lean and racy, no heaviness, with a beautiful quince flavor. This is still in its youth. Unless you are an acid freak, save it for a while longer or open it at least two hours before you plan to drink it.

Many thanks to Jud for bringing this.
White - Sparkling
1/22/2023 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
95 points
At Boston Wine & Poker: Tasted blind. Two of the poker players thought it was a little too sweet, and though I understood their point, I thought they were underrating an insanely delicious bottle of Champagne. This is definitely at the lean, elegant end of the Champagne spectrum -- no biscuity notes -- but is intense and balanced and complete. One of the best Champagnes I have ever had.

Many thanks to Karl for this treat.
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Red
1/20/2023 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
92 points
Fully ready to drink. Lots of fine sediment. Intoxicating floral aroma. High-toned, red-fruit flavor -- clean and intense. Completely satisfying.
Red
1/19/2023 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
92 points
I bought this for $24 on the recommendation of the wine buyer at a promising, previously undiscovered wine store (Spirited Gourmet, in Belmont, Mass.), and opened it in a state of complete ignorance. I hadn't known that liatiko is a grape variety, I'd never knowingly had a wine from Crete, and had never heard of the producer. So, the first pleasant surprise was the billowing peachy aroma. The next pleasant surprise was the combination of light body and high intensity -- a deep, herbal flavor, with moderate acidity, an almond-pit dryness, and a distinct and alluring aftertaste of plum. With air, the wine progressed rapidly from plum to plum pudding -- I learned after drinking that the grape is usually used for sweet wines -- but the ripeness was never cloying, and more tannins emerged with further aeration. The wine was also eminently drinkable on the second day. Highly recommended, for drinking right away -- a great deal of intrigue and complexity for the price.
Red
1/16/2023 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
88 points
Many users of this site will be familiar with complaints about the generic quality of so much modern red wine -- full-bodied, low acid, dark-fruited, high alcohol, could be from anywhere. But I wonder if the wines that are made in reaction to this trend -- light-bodied, low alcohol, red fruit, high acid, some funkiness -- aren't also potentially generic. I should say I liked this wine -- I appreciated the relatively low alcohol (12%) and the refreshing acidity, and I found myself drinking it much more quickly than I usually drink red wines. But I would have a hard time identifying it as particularly Sicilian or specifically Nero d'Avola (though this may just reflect my ignorance). As I suggested above, this seemed like a wine that is more of its time than of its place, more like post-modern reds from Navarra or Mendocino or Jura than like a wine from Sicily.
Red
1/5/2023 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
84 points
I liked this bottle much better than the last one I had, perhaps because we drank this right after taking it out of a cold room. As it warmed, it became more disjointed, with a more distinct aftertaste of cherry-pit bitterness. So I would recommend drinking it soon, drinking it chilled, and drinking it quickly.
White - Sparkling
1/2/2023 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
92 points
Maybe wine tasting notes should include some indication of the quantity of flavor. This wine, for instance, is notably full of flavor -- bubblegum, ginger, lemon, and, on the second day, predominantly honey, lots of flavors and lots of flavor. I have had very few champagnes made exclusively from pinot meunier, but I can't think of another I enjoyed more than this one.
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Red
1/1/2023 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
95 points
Do you like Barolo? Yes? Then you will find this wine idiotically good -- chewy tannins in the foreground, great depth, leather and tar and flowers and some meatiness, an assortment of flavors of intensity and complexity. Even after two decades, this wine needed four hours in the decanter -- it tasted thin and very acidic at first -- but was perfect with our New Year's Eve dinner. Lots of sediment. The last wine of 2022 and perhaps the best.
Red
Served by friends to accompany butterflied leg of lamb: A light-bodied, fragrant red, not particularly complex but very easy to drink, and a great bargain at $15.
Red
2016 Château Rouget Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/31/2022 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
90 points
The first from a half-case, purchased at auction for $39/bottle: Definitely still a young wine, but tasty enough that I'm not sure any of these bottles will survive to maturity. A bottle of 2013 Rouget that we had drunk previously had been mushroomy and somewhat underpowered. This one is more intense and concise, with high acidity and medium body, and clean flavors of dark fruit and something woodsy.
Red
Still too young. I found it more drinkable than my wife did, but the acidity is still high and there is still a metallic edge. The metallic character faded as the wine aired, so I am optimistic that more time in the cellar will be helpful.
Red
12/28/2022 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
90 points
The previous bottle we had, two years ago, was explosively great. This bottle, opened with accordingly high expectations, was a letdown. We would certainly have enjoyed it more if we had come to it without the lofty hopes, but it seemed more closed, more tannic, less advanced (though the small amount that remained on the second day had softened and sweetened, which does suggest that more time would have helped this specific bottle).
White
12/28/2022 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
92 points
Hugely popular with my wife and our guest. Medium body, beautiful balance, lime scent, still young but easy to drink, good as an aperitif and with food.
Red
2003 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/27/2022 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
92 points
This is open but still seems young, and has a lot of structure for a 19-year old wine from a very hot vintage. Leathery flavor with a lot of gamy funkiness (as a feature, not a bug) in the aftertaste.
White - Sparkling
12/27/2022 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
90 points
June 2020 disgorgement. Probably still too young. Dry and lively. The moderate acidity means that it is drinkable now, but the flavors are still concealed.
Red - Fortified
12/27/2022 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
94 points
Delicious. Relatively light body but full intensity and balance, and a range of tasty flavors -- fig and plum pudding and clove and nutmeg. Mature, with no sign of old age. This doesn't have the enormous depth of the greatest vintage ports (Taylor or Noval 1963), but that is setting a very high bar.
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Red
2000 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
12/27/2022 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
93 points
Served with roast goose at Christmas dinner. This wine is just what I hoped it would be: still youthful but fully drinkable, medium weight, gamy and wild, with a funky undercurrent. This bottle tasted much younger than another bottle from the same vintage that I had tasted recently -- this one had more of its acidity, and none of the wet-leafy decadence.
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White - Sparkling
12/27/2022 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
92 points
The insane art deco bottle attracts a lot of attention and helps establish this as an over-the-top celebratory drink, so it created an appropriate excitement at our Christmas table (served with gravlax). And the wine itself is tasty -- lingeringly fizzy, nicely balanced, with a distinct aftertaste of orange marmalade. It is drinkable now but will improve with age.
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White - Sparkling
12/27/2022 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
89 points
This was fine -- perhaps at the early end of its drinkability, appropriately dry without being acerbic, elegant and discreet -- but it is, at this point, a relatively understated wine that didn't deliver the something extra that I was hoping for. More time in the cellar might help.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Coutet Barsac Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/27/2022 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
90 points
The greatest sweet wines are more spritely than this one, which has the requisite sweetness but less acidity, but this is still delicious, fully evolved but not at all over-the-hill. Very popular with our guests.
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White
12/27/2022 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
94 points
This is a splendid wine in its prime. We had a tableful of people in lively conversation, not focussed on what was in their glasses, but this grabbed the attention of everyone who tasted it. Medium weight, moderate acidity, with distinct tropical fruit flavors (coconut, particularly), some nuttiness and salinity, and a long finish. No oxidation.
White
12/27/2022 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
91 points
We had this alongside a bottle of Chassagne-Montrachet, and while the Burgundy was a more complex and sophisticated wine (at almost 3x the price), the Citrine held its own -- fresh and appetizing and complex and so easy to drink. The 2020 is just as good as the 2019.
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White - Fortified
N.V. Equipo Navazos La Bota de Manzanilla 55 Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda Palomino Fino (view label images)
12/27/2022 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
94 points
Sherry is typically served in small glasses, consumed in moderation with some ham and almonds before the serious beverages, but this version is so appetizingly fresh and complex that it is very hard to resist grabbing the bottle and chugging it down. If you are looking for a dry, lively, fragrant, nutty sherry, this must be the apotheosis.
Red
2019 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Evangelho Vineyard Contra Costa County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
12/27/2022 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
89 points
Excellent accompaniment for goat curry and an assortment of spicy vegetables. More acidic than tannic, drinkable now, with a slightly disconcerting vegetable flavor (tomatoes, perhaps) that I hadn't noticed in previous bottles.
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Red
2018 Agricola Punica Barrua Isola dei Nuraghi IGT Carignan Blend, Carignan (view label images)
12/23/2022 - talbot61 Likes this wine:
89 points
Sardinian grenache (aka cannonau), from the producer of Sassicaia -- a smooth, modern wine, completely approachable already, and with some sweetness emerging by the end of the bottle.
Red
@ Boston Wine & Poker Christmas Party: This was my contribution to the festivities (because there had been complaints at the previous gathering about the underrepresentation of Italians). This is just what a mature Brunello is supposed to be, with great depth and structure, some rusticity, and cherry fruit. We've seen some slightly older Brunellos (2006 and 2007) age too rapidly, so I would advise drinking this soon.
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Red
2000 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
@ Boston Wine & Poker Christmas Party: This is a fully evolved, complex wine, with all the weird wonderful qualities that we expect from a mature Musar.
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Red
2004 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
@ Boston Wine & Poker Christmas Party: Robust and rich, and possibly still a bit on the young side. No sweet fruit -- this is an upright, serious wine, with no hint of decadence.
Red
@ Boston Wine & Poker Christmas Party: Courtesy of our generous host, Kyle S. Drinkable now -- not tannic, but still a little unyielding, so might blossom with more time in the cellar.
Red
@ Boston Wine & Poker Christmas Party: From a magnum, courtesy of Chris P. Quite funky, and velvety. Will improve with more time in the cellar.
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Red
@ Boston Wine & Poker Christmas Party: The tannin and acid are all gone, but the wine doesn't taste at all over the hill. It's all softness.
Red
@ Boston Wine & Poker Christmas Party: From a magnum. Completely delicious, rich, rounded, strong licorice element, sweet fruit. For me, this was the standout in an amazing lineup.
Red
1995 Château Haut-Marbuzet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/18/2022 - talbot61 wrote:
Boston Wine + Poker BYOW, Lincoln, Mass: A classic St. Estephe (with a little bit of the sternness that implies) -- a pleasure to drink now, and the end of the drinking window is still a long way off.

Thanks to Michael Malinoski for bringing this.
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White
@ Boston Wine & Poker Christmas Party: This an elegant wine with a strong cider element, fully mature.
White
@ Boston Wine & Poker Christmas Party: Heavy. low acid, rich.
White
@ Boston Wine & Poker Christmas Party: Open, very rich, low acid, some honey, fully ready to drink.
White
@ Boston Wine & Poker Christmas Party: Ready for business, though not as mind-blowing as we want it to be.
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