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Red
2014 Jérôme Chezeaux Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains Pinot Noir
7/26/2019 - NostraBacchus Likes this wine:
92 points
This needed some serious time in the decanter to open up aromatically, which is not surprising for Vaucrains. Pure and with beautiful sweet red fruit of raspberries, some strawberries, sweet spices and a touch of oak, some ferrous notes, flowers and some earthy notes too. It‘s medium+ bodied, has the tension and freshness of the vintage (and the climat), with medium-high acidity and medium+ tannin that is present but very silky. Very good length with plenty of freshness. This probably still needs another 2-3 years and will provide the classic „Vaucrains“ experience for quite a while. Excellent QPR too. (92+)
  • Tubulus commented:

    7/27/19, 11:10 AM - Think your score is typo

Red
2016 Frank Cornelissen Munjebel VA Terre Siciliane Nerello Mascalese
6/8/2019 - acyso wrote:
83 points
The high-altitude quality of this wine shows in the high-toned fruit here. Unfortunately, this is a super dirty and funky wine with lots of barnyard and dirt. Tastes way older than it should, but the tannins and acidity definitely feel more youthful. Plenty of earthy elements, but this just isn't good at all. Sort of the worst parts of natural wine here...
  • Tubulus commented:

    6/9/19, 8:53 AM - VA seems like a poor choice of name.

Red
2012 Domaine Trapet (Jean et Jean-Louis) Gevrey-Chambertin Pinot Noir
11/13/2017 - RajivAyyangar wrote:
89 points
MNB: Whole cluster in Pinot (Home (Noe st)): Slightly reductive (toasty struck match), cherry, hint of wet leaves and moist earth, no notable new earth. Slight fresh flowers.
Medium body, 13.5% alcohol (actually 12.5%), high acid, medium tannins (silky). No obvious new oak. Tart cherry fruit. Herbal stemmy notes on the finish.

Given the acid profile - Kumeu River pinot, 2015 (a bit on the lean side for New Zealand).
10% new French oak, and 40% whole cluster.

Actually: 2012 Trapet Gevrey-Chambertin, Unknown whole cluster but usually less than the higher bottlings (90%). The Gevrey-Chambertin is usually 20-50% so I'm not far off.
This would have been a more classic guess. Don't know why I went NZ.
  • Tubulus commented:

    2/20/19, 4:53 PM - A few years late ..but I think this is less than 90% cluster? The Chambertin is 90% I thought he used much less in the village

White
2017 Dönnhoff Riesling Nahe
12/13/2018 - Drankard Likes this wine:
93 points
At 10.5% ABV, this is pure and juicy that is done perfectly in a Donnhoff style with a touch of residual sweetness that perfectly complements the brilliant, mouthwatering, laser-like acidity. Awesome stuff!
  • Tubulus commented:

    12/13/18, 12:28 PM - you've gone over to the dark side

Red
2016 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barbera d'Alba Aves
11/24/2018 - lolo66 wrote:
80 points
comes across as grapey and stunted. No varietal uniqueness. With a day of air, it comes around a bit, but still has a grapey issue. Alcohol is high as well. Very disappointing considering pedigree of wine maker.
  • Tubulus commented:

    11/30/18, 8:52 AM - Yikes. Guess I'l throw it in the "wait 5 years and see if anything interesting happens" pile

Red
1982 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/12/2018 - lolo66 wrote:
Corked
  • Tubulus commented:

    10/14/18, 9:38 AM - oh no!

White
2015 Dureuil-Janthial Bourgogne-Aligoté
5/5/2018 - acyso wrote:
Flickinger summer wines tasting (Chicago, IL): I actually prefer my aligote with a killer acidic kick, and this doesn't have that. It's a rounder wine, with almost a bit of banana on the nose. Perhaps it's just too young. Not a huge fan of the waxy palate either.
  • Tubulus commented:

    5/6/18, 6:57 AM - Agree totally. Tried Bachelet's 15 aligote? Definitely more on the zippy and acidic side.

White
2014 Bourcier-Martinot Saint Véran Chardonnay
4/28/2018 - Drankard wrote:
91 points
I can’t remember the last time I had a wine from Macon and I don't usually find value at this level but this is impressive. Dry, clean, crisp; plenty of citrus, some orchid fruit with the structure and acidity of the vintage. Lovely balance and complexity with a surprisingly long, creamy finish for a white Burgundy under $20. Back up the SUV!
  • Tubulus commented:

    5/1/18, 7:35 AM - I think you could fit at least 8 bottles in your backpack.

Red
1997 Louis Jadot Musigny Musigny Grand Cru Pinot Noir
2/10/2018 - coremill wrote:
94 points
I think this is the first Musigny I've had. Boy does it deliver. This has everything I love about Chambolle, turned up to 11, with floral-accented pure red berry fruit with superb weightless intensity that glides over silky tannins. How did Jadot make such a lithe red-fruited wine from a vintage that has so many clunky, roasted misfires?
  • Tubulus commented:

    2/22/18, 5:18 PM - This was also my first moose last summer. My wife said "we need to get more wine like this." There's a funny picture on my IG.

White - Off-dry
2004 Dönnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese Nahe
1/27/2018 - NYC_Maenad wrote:
I have owned these bottles for a number of years, as I bought Donnhoff based on word of mouth when I first got interested in Riesling. These days we mostly drink GGs and trocken wines, but I decided to open this with a spicy and rich red curry. Though quite correct in all respects and a very proper pairing, my impressions here bear out something I've come to realize - I just don't like Donnhoff very much. I've tasted across the spectrum, probably well over 100 bottles over the years, and while I think the spatleses are exceptionally well made (and the house's strength, IMO), they are not really to my taste. Unless they are quite cold, and consumed with food, I find them lacking in structure and zing. This particular bottle was no exception. As soon as it warmed in the glass, it became too soft and spongy for me. As a point of comparison, I do not generally like my white wines terribly cold. Even at the preferred temperature, nothing about this wine grabbed me. It was very nice, but no more. In keeping with my general Donnhoff experiences.
  • Tubulus commented:

    1/28/18, 11:52 AM - Had a weird observation yesterday sort of line with this (though I like Donnhoff more than you) - they do show well on the colder side, but for some reason they don't "seem" cold when you drink them cold.

Red
1994 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
1/22/2018 - Rich S Likes this wine:
90 points
Popped and poured. Light to medium garnet color. Nose of dried red berry fruits, mushroom, wet earth and a little tobacco. Similar flavors on the palate along with red plum and cedar cigar box. Medium acidity, tannins mostly fully resolved, medium body. Sweet red fruit note on the finish. Very nicely aged mature Bordeaux. Not sure what else you can ask for. Have 1 bottle left that I will drink in the next year or so.
  • Tubulus commented:

    1/26/18, 11:21 AM - I agree with Marty! Definitely was more enjoyable than the LB (which is weird since a lot of people seem to be enjoying the LB recently, but it was not showing very well)

Red
2011 Ehlers Estate One Twenty Over Eighty St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon
12/26/2017 - Rich S Likes this wine:
91 points
Popped and poured. Dark crimson color. Nose of dark red berry fruits, plum and cassis along with a hint of green pepper and just a touch of toasty oak. Very nice. Similar flavors on the palate with a restrained mix of red and black fruits. Medium to medium+ acid, medium tannin. Lighter and fresher mouthfeel and finish, likely due to the 2011 vintage. Really enjoyable cabernet. Drinking great right now.
  • Tubulus commented:

    12/27/17, 10:28 AM - Had this a couple years ago in napa, was pretty good then too! 2011 made some nice wines even with all the negative press.

White
2014 Emrich-Schönleber Monzinger Halenberg Riesling Großes Gewächs Nahe
9/18/2017 - Tubulus wrote:
Slightly strange showing. Very enjoyable but missing some of the minerality and specific fruit profile I would expect from a Riesling. A bit fuller bodied and more reminiscent of a burgundy. Maybe just a bit shut down?
  • Tubulus commented:

    9/26/17, 12:55 PM - I almost wonder if it couldn't have been slightly corked? The overall flavor wasn't muted, and I didn't detect any typical TCA flavors (though I admittedly not very TCA-sensitive)....who knows.

White
2014 Laurent Tribut Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy Chardonnay
7/29/2017 - Drankard wrote:
94 points
Supposedly, Laurent Tribut married Marie-Clotilde Dauvissat, the daughter of René Dauvissat. The Dauvissats had purchased choice parcels to give their children to become winemakers, which is the land Laurent and Marie-Clotilde farm. Tribut was welcomed with open arms to the Dauvissat winemaking process: the two domaines share everything from pickers to printers and until very recently, Tribut made wines in Dauvissat’s cellar. This is the best young 2014 white Burgundy I’ve had without being painful to drink. Very pale yellow in color. The wine is graceful with excellent balance. Perfect concentration, incredibly pure, lacey fruit flavors with tension and drive that is so classy.
  • Tubulus commented:

    7/29/17, 7:16 AM - Good stuff!

Red
2014 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph Syrah
6/5/2017 - Tubulus wrote:
93 points
Damn, this is just so good, such a pure rendition of Northern Rhone syrah. Barely any fruit, just meaty, savory, white pepper, floral, high-acid goodness. Definitely a lighter year, though the color is still reasonably dark, the mouthfeel is light as a feather and it's not particularly rich. The tannins are unobtrusive and this is quite drinkable now, though it still all primary flavors. FWIW, my drinking companion, who has basically not had any wine in nearly a year, took one sip, made a face, and gave me the rest. Reminds me that this sort of wine is not really a casual sipper for non-geeks, but if you are a rhone-head, you can't not love this.
  • Tubulus commented:

    6/6/17, 4:23 AM - I found it approachable now, though I'm sure it will improve. The 13, for example, I recall being pretty monolithic and somewhat shutdown when I tried my first bottle at around the same post-it get time.

  • Tubulus commented:

    6/6/17, 6:26 PM - by "post-it get" time, I meant to type post-vintage time.

Red
2004 Radio-Coteau Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley
12/17/2016 - J @ y H @ c k Likes this wine:
92 points
Outstanding.Age your Cali Cabs and you will be rewarded.
  • Tubulus commented:

    4/26/17, 12:48 PM - rewarded...with pinot?

Red
2012 No Girls Grenache Walla Walla Valley
3/13/2017 - lolo66 wrote:
North West Wines (Left Bank Restaurant): This has the same exact nose/quaff of the cayuse 2007 armada. It must be a thing that the wine maker does. I liked this, surprisingly, as I was thinking this would be an over extracted bomabastic wine... but it wasn't. It was seriously funky. And yet clean. Brambly red fruits with tons of funkadelic bass.
  • Tubulus commented:

    3/14/17, 10:44 AM - This smelled ridiculous out of the decanter. Like food, not wine.

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