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White
2013 Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan Forster Jesuitengarten Riesling Großes Gewächs Pfalz
9/7/2014 - rossi.wine wrote:
95 points
Exotic fruit here, creamy, quite rich, but not big or heavy, great acidity, wonderful balance, fine length. 94-95+
  • Vladutz commented:

    1/4/23, 2:09 PM - Thanks for all the valious TN on those german rieslings ! I plan to open one of those soon. At this stage, would you recommend a decant ?

  • Vladutz commented:

    1/11/23, 12:26 PM - Thanks for the heads up, i guess i'll just pop and pour !

White
2013 Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan Forster Jesuitengarten Riesling Großes Gewächs Pfalz
5/11/2022 - FEDEVIDAL Likes this wine:
95 points
Color amarillo pálido casi blanquecino. Delicioso aroma de gran pureza y elegancia, hierba de monte, cítricos, fondo mineral concretado en petróleo o gas, notas de jengibre. Boca fina, elegante, mantecosa y muy ácida con sensaciones cítricas como pomelo, manzana ácida, florales y herbáceas, por si faltará algo, además a más de una elevada mineralidad que recuerda la piedra sílex, produce una finísima aguja casi inapreciable al paladar, lo cual aumenta la gracia y solvencia de este vino. Vino puro y cristalino, sublime
  • Vladutz commented:

    1/4/23, 2:08 PM - Hola Fede:
    Gracias por la valiosa reseña. Abriré una dentro de un par de semanas para una cata de rieslings. Recomiendas abrir mucho antes ? Decantar quizás ?
    Un saludo

  • Vladutz commented:

    1/11/23, 12:23 PM - Muchas gracias Federico, así lo haré pues. Un saludo

Red
2019 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph Syrah
1/7/2023 - thesternowl wrote:
95 points
A buddy of mine and I dropped into one of my favorite little cafes in Omaha to get a bite and share a bottle. We grabbed a table and I scampered off to select something from the wall. As I walked over to the Rhone section, I began to scan the labels and about fell over when I saw three bottles of Gonon low-key just chillin…priced under $70. At this point, there was no question what we would be drinking tonight.

Popped and poured; no formal notes. I fully knew this was going to be somewhat considered infanticide but how was I going to pass this opportunity up? The nose is classic Northern Rhone with olives, black pepper, bacon fat and gorgeous blue and red fruits. The tannins are medium+; the acid matches. And the texture? Well, she thiccc but there is a sexy confidence that is enormously becoming. Finish is long and super satisfying. Fun to try young but I expect this to be a very lovely bottle for many years to come. Drink now with some patience (and an open mind) or through 2034 with ease. Oh…and you best believe we took the other two bottles home with us.
  • Vladutz commented:

    1/7/23, 12:53 PM - Lucky you !!

White
2014 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Viña Gravonia Viura, Macabeo
9/22/2022 - FEDEVIDAL Likes this wine:
93 points
Color amarillo muy brillante. Aroma intenso y limpio, muy polifacético, hay fruta blanca, como albaricoque, melocotón y melón, cítricos como piel de naranja, mandarina y lima, aroma de carácter dulzón y ligeramente oxidativo con evolución a dátil, cascara de nuez y café. La boca presenta una entrada intensa con mucho cuerpo y estructura alta, carácter glicérico, acidez magnifica perfectamente balanceada que le da un carácter fresco , muy expresivo, final muy largo con postgusto frutal, con toque de madera y salado si el vino se calienta, si permanece fresco el salado no se advierte.

Se trata de un gran vino que se enmarca en el carácter propio de su productor, gastronómico y a situar entre los mejores blancos españoles actuales. Cabe decir que no es extraño que muchos lo vean como un Sauternes seco, ya que la casa LdH tiene memoria histórica de producción de este tipo de vinos y así sin poder situar bien la fecha ( creo que a principios del siglo XX) producía un blanco inspirado en los Sauternes llamado sino me equivoco “Estilo Sauternes”.
  • Vladutz commented:

    9/22/22, 10:33 PM - Muchas gracias por la reseña!
    Con qué lo asociarías en la mesa ?
    Sirve decantar o abrirlo un poco antes ?

Red
2019 Château Tour Saint-Christophe St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
3/29/2022 - Jeff Leve wrote:
95 points
Inky dark in color, the wine exudes crushed rocks, stones, flowers, smoke, espresso, dark chocolate, pepper and smoke in the perfume. Full-bodied, rich, lush and deep, with layers of black and red fruits, freshness and length, the finish delivers dark red berries with a dash of spice, black licorice and espresso bean. This is going to age and evolve for at least 2 decades or more. The wine blends 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2024-2040.
  • Vladutz commented:

    4/1/22, 3:32 PM - Thanks a lot for all that outstanding notes on the 2019 vintage in bottle. Always a pleasure to read them !

  • Vladutz commented:

    4/4/22, 9:54 AM - Already among my favourites ;)

White
2019 Domaine Lajibe Jurançon Serres-Sèques Petit Manseng
La cuvée Serres Seques dans sa version "sec", mais pas trop ...

Une robe dorée, un peu épaisse qui annonce un vin riche.
L'aromatique est raccord, des fruits jaunes, des fleurs, c'est expressif sans trop en faire. La structure du vin confirme la richesse, il y a du gras, c'est tapissant, quelques sucres résiduels et pourtant 14,5 °. Un vin beaucoup plus riche que la cuvée Carmeret. Contre toute attente compte tenu de mon goût plus que modéré pour les sucres, j'apprécie cette puissance qui évite de justesse la sortie de route. C'est démonstratif, presque baroque mais avec un charme et une identité attachante. On se limite toutefois facilement à une verre ...
  • Vladutz commented:

    3/28/22, 1:12 PM - Merci pour ce compte rendu ! Comme je n'en ai qu'une et que je ne pense pas en retrouver (dur dur avec ce domaine), est-ce que vous pensez qu'on gagnera à patienter quelques année de plus ?

  • Vladutz commented:

    3/29/22, 2:56 PM - Merci, je pense qu’elle va y passer bientôt dans ce cas

White
2017 Benvenuto Giovanni Celeste Mare Calabria IGT Malvasia
11/24/2018 - bevetroppo Likes this wine:
87 points
It's been a good 5 years since I had to add a new wine to the cellartracker database. It hasn't gotten any easier. You need to search a zillion parameters to make sure someone hasn't mislabeled the wine already. Then each new field takes 20-30 seconds of server response time to update. Then you have to deal with the possibility that there is no acceptable way to enter certain fields because what you're drinking doesn't exist. It's the price you pay for drinking obscure wines and having the tenacity to enter them faithfully here.

So first, let's get to the approximations, or let's be honest, errors. This is labeled Calabria IGP (Protetta) not IGT. There was no Calabria IGP available to pick. I could look up the difference to give you the correct distinction but I only have so much time to devote to cleaning this Augean Stable of a website. Second there is no grape to choose called "malvasia blend." This is 60% malvasia and 40% zibibbo for those keeping score at home.

Very pale straw. Nose quite hay-like, some almond, sage, very light lemon fruit, attractive in a shy subdued way. Bold mouthfeel (holy zibibbo Batman, it's 15% ABV, didn't see that coming), although it's not hot. A little bland on its own, but leaps into focus with food, gaining fruit and a more lively energy, tonight with a tomato and fennel swordfish. Hey, it's called Mare for a reason, am I right or am I wrong?

Calabrian wines have a hard time escaping a label I'm going to apply that may get me in trouble, but so be it: they're coarse. It's freaking hot and I can't believe anyone thought it was a good idea to make this wine at 15%. Global warming won't be any help, and it will probably be like making wine in Algeria in a few years. With all this said, I think malvasia is an underrated varietal and worth testing wherever someone has the will and the skill. Ok, if you made me guess, I think IGT and IGP are largely interchangeable and in this case not worth arguing about.
  • Vladutz commented:

    2/1/22, 1:20 AM - THanks for adding the wine, I do share your opionion about the difficulty to do it !

Red
2016 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
A clairement besoin de temps, je l'ai trouvé difficilement accessible. Mais le potentiel est là, super fruit, beaucoup de fraîcheur, on sent bcp le mourvèdre à ce stade. Tannins magnifiquement soyeux et longueur impressionnante.
  • Vladutz commented:

    1/31/22, 1:44 AM - Je pense que c'est bien d'attendre au moins 2026 ! J'essaierai d'en rentrer quelques unes de plus aussi. 2019 s'annonce vraiment bien également ;)

White
2014 Domaine Hauvette Vin de Pays des Alpilles Cuvée Dolia White Blend
1/27/2022 - Raage Likes this wine:
92 points
Au chapeau de paille
Un blanc tout en finesse, en retenue, en élégance modeste, au nez discrètement floral, anisé, subtilement gourmand: pas d’ostentation oenologique (bonbon ect…) ici, mais une recherche de précision tout particulière; on peut facilement passer à côté.
En bouche c’est un peu pareil, il est tactilement subtil, rond, salin, sans exubérance : la minéralité salivante remplace l’acidité, de (légers) amers participent à cet équilibré nuancé et sans puissance.
Un vin qu’il « faut aller chercher », au charme certain!
  • Vladutz commented:

    1/29/22, 9:32 AM - Est-ce qu'il gagnerait à vieillir encore quelques années selon toi ?
    Encore chapeau pour tes CR toujours très complets et appréciables !

  • Vladutz commented:

    1/31/22, 1:39 AM - J'ai eu des échos contrastés, sûrement qu'on peut passer à côté facilement.
    J'attendrai encore une paire d'années.
    Merci !

Red
2016 St. Andrea Kadarka Superior Nagy-Eged Eger
12/20/2018 - Zoltán Németi wrote:
86 points
An attempt to create a serious wine from Kadarka. The price is matching that intent too, at 20,000 Forints (approx. 65 Euros) this must be the most expensive Kadarka wine ever made. You might raise an eyebrow when reading about the approach, though: late harvesting of grapes, including Botrytised bunches too. No surprise then that the result has an alcohol level of 16%.

Like an overdone Australian red: rum and marzipan notes, overwhelming intensity, heat on the finish. An assault of the senses. High acidity does not help the balance but lends it a sharpness, the feeling of added tartaric. The Botrytis, on the other hand, is handled quite well, it certainly tastes like “noble rot”, well integrated into the aromas. It’s an extreme style of Kadarka, made with skill, but in the end, it’s still so raw. An untamed beast, kind of a caricature of a wine, but its richness is remarkable. Do not open it yet, time might help smoothen it.

(https://screwcapped.com/st-andrea-nagykadarka-2016/)
  • Vladutz commented:

    11/25/21, 12:52 PM - Thanks for the note on this one. I have a bottle in cellar and I may give it a try soon as I am not sure it’s really meant to age (?).
    What would you pair it with ?
    Cheers

White
2020 Domaine Vacheron Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc
10/11/2021 - Raage wrote:
(vinsp.)
A ce stade on sent vraiment la mollesse du millésime, comme beaucoup de 2020 ligériens blancs. Comparé au 2019 il manque clairement d'energie et de peps, la rondeur l'emporte sur la minéralité, et même si le style aromatique reste fin, la structure semble annoncer un style opulent des plus ennuyeux. A vérifier dans un an...
88/89
  • Vladutz commented:

    10/13/21, 10:32 AM - Merci pour ce compte rendu bien utile. Vous recommanderiez plutôt 2019 ou 2018 pour les blancs de la région ?

Red
2016 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
9/19/2021 - Cailles wrote:
95 points
No notes taken. This is still an amazing wine with so much purity and freshness. I especially love the fresh blue, black and red forest berries on the nose and palate which I have not encountered to that degree in any vintage in the past 15 years. This is so intriguing with the perfect ripeness giving room to many more aromatic layers and with good precision. The structure is impeccable too with ripe, soft tannins and a high and well-integrated acidity. The wine has not too much weight and a nice creamy texture as well as a long and expanding finish. It is hard not to like this vintage at this point but I guess this should develop well over the next 30-40 years. 95 pts today with upside once age makes the wine more complex and even more harmonious.

Decanting: Not decanted, no extensive decanting needed. Good from the go with little change
  • Vladutz commented:

    9/20/21, 11:01 AM - Thanks for the update and the decant info, always appreciated !

White
2017 Pierre Gonon Chasselas Vin de France
8/19/2021 - Raage Likes this wine:
91 points
(CDV)
VV de 100 ans sur St Jo, unique!
Modèle de finesse, de précision, moins exubérant qu'un St Jo blanc, mais pourtant ce Chasselas possède qq gènes autochtones, une pointe abricotée, une fleur mellifère...
Indéniablement, la recherche des vignerons est la droiture, le vin reste simple, frais, salin, tendu.
Cela n'a pas vraiment plu à l'audience alors que je louais cette justesse... petit moment de solitude ;-)
J'aime son côté ciselé et net, salivant. Tout l'inverse du riche "un matin face au lac" bu à côté.
  • Vladutz commented:

    8/25/21, 3:43 AM - Merci pour la note. Vous le boiriez plutôt sur la jeunesse ou gagnerait-il à passer un moment en cave ?

  • Vladutz commented:

    8/25/21, 4:10 AM - La quantité, c'est bien là le problème. Je vais essayer de l'attendre alors, merci !

Red
2015 Clos de Gamot Cahors Cuvée des Vignes Centenaires Malbec
7/22/2021 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
97 points
I really had no idea going into this whether it was going to be drinkable or a fire-breathing dragon. First sip resolves all uncertainty and it is not only drinkable but effortlessly so, and captivating. Primary red berry scents and flavors meld with cedary pencil shavings to give this a Bordeaux-like profile but few Bordeaux can aspire to be so classy - the texture is just ravishingly finessed in a way that only a couple properties at the top of the 1855 classification or in the ritzy part of Pomerol achieve. It is just pure satin. It's that quality the UK writers call "breed" which I can't say I've ever experienced from Cahors or malbec anywhere - refined, but not *merely* refined, everything measured and knit together just-so, the hand of a master tailor evident not just in the fabric but the drape. If you were lucky enough to buy this, you have a treasure.
  • Vladutz commented:

    8/24/21, 3:15 AM - Could find some after reading your enticing note ! Did you decant the wine or would you recommend to do so ?

White
2019 Pierre Gaillard Condrieu l'octroi Viognier
4/4/2021 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
95 points
The vines are now 10 years in production, and working the soil helps to give Condrieu as mineral as possible. Just the right amount of roundness, a complex and fresh palate, and a finish with notes of grapefruit peel: a great Condrieu, at a reasonable price too!
  • Vladutz commented:

    7/14/21, 10:24 AM - This TN sounds familiar too ;)
    Do you also buy in Tournon ?
    Cheers

Red
2020 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
6/22/2021 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
100 points
Black and purple color. Very aromatic nose,! N, subtle, which has never evoked so much the Côte de Nuits, black fruits, cachou, liquorice, violet, all in delicacy and yet with depth. Ultra meticulous on the palate, with the silky texture that one would find in a great dry white wine, the wine caresses the palate with a noble touch and complex nuances. It stretches meticulously, deeply, on a grain of magical tannin and a lingering taste of black fruits mixed with flowers. Superb.
  • Vladutz commented:

    6/22/21, 10:09 AM - Isn't it Quarin's TN ?

  • Vladutz commented:

    6/22/21, 11:18 AM - He's indeed very talented to describe those gems ! Hope your score will be the right one (i think he scored it 97). Anyway, I can't wait to taste it and the gorgeous Carmes you seemed to have enjoyed too ! Cheers

White
2017 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos Habert Chenin Blanc
2/8/2021 - trumpet60201 Likes this wine:
92 points
Not a sec chenin blanc - it's a bit sweet and I didn't expect that (haha, should have read the others' reviews first). Lovely apricots on the nose. Warm, rich, delicious - but only 12.5%, wow! A hair low in acidity for my taste. But, really a nice wine. Amazing nose. Went well with food.
  • Vladutz commented:

    2/9/21, 1:24 AM - Glad you enjoyed it! If you don’t mind me asking, whith what meal did you pair it ?

  • Vladutz commented:

    2/9/21, 6:39 AM - It sounds great indeed, thank you for the details !

Red
2016 Cheval des Andes Vistalba Red Bordeaux Blend
Not sure if it were flawed bottles, or not. Had two out of a case of 6 now; both tasted simply weird...
Had the 2013 twice last year and absolutely loved it, yet these bottles... fungus? Stale?
  • Vladutz commented:

    1/7/21, 1:37 PM - Felt the same impression when opening my first bottle of a 6 case last december... and seems we're not the only ones. Hopes to have more luck with the other ones...

Red
2016 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas La Colline Grenache
12/30/2020 - SpitzNV Likes this wine:
94 points
Could improve with a few more years of age, as the tannin is still quite prominent but this stuff is simply fantastic. So glad I bought a case of it and this was just the first bottle!
  • Vladutz commented:

    12/31/20, 4:39 AM - Totally agree, this wine is a treat, you should also try Les Routes from the same producer, 100% Syrah, it’s fabulous!
    Also, did you mistype the rating ? 85 seems a little low regarding your note.

Red
2009 Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes Syrah
10/17/2020 - dbkitc wrote:
96 points
Um. I like this a whole bunch more than most. To me this is classic, traditional and full impact-monumental Cornas. Full, deep, rustic, animal, dark fruited and loaded with structure that will allow this to age gracefully for years. Inky but not in a new world, overripe way. So concentrated. Yet so balanced and together. In ten years, I think this will be head turner. Love it. (96+)
  • Vladutz commented:

    10/18/20, 12:23 AM - Just drank one of these a few weeks ago, and totally agree with your comment. It was stunning and with lot of life ahead

Red
2012 Monte Faustino Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Maestro Fornaser Corvina Blend, Corvina
7/19/2017 - Eric Guido Likes this wine:
93 points
Here I found a heady display of black cherries dipped in liqueur along with dark chocolate, plum, dried flowers, and a dusting of cinnamon and clove. On the palate, velvety textures coated the senses delivering notes of ripe cherry, dried orange, sweet spices, anise and cleansing acidity. It finished impressively long with a hint of heat, remnants of spiced cherry and bitter chocolate. This is very impressive and if not for the slight burn of heat on the finish, I would have been happy to score it higher.
  • Vladutz commented:

    7/1/20, 2:41 PM - Hi Eric, I appreciate your notes and comments. As no drinking window is mentionded for this wine, I was wondering if you still rembember it and if you think it shoud be drank sooner than later or if it could benefit from more years in the cellar.

White
2015 Azienda Agricola Valentini Trebbiano d'Abruzzo
3/27/2020 - dvansteenderen Likes this wine:
93 points
At home tasting this 2014 vs the 2015 Azienda Agricola Valentini Trebbiano d'Abruzzo. The 2014 slightly has the edge now, however giving the structure of the 2015 I would not be surprised if it will have the upper hand in the future. Both vintages however taste young still and can age for a long time more! Will try to age both vintages some more for a mini vertical in some years to come.
This 2015: yellow apples and limes. Linear and intense.
  • Vladutz commented:

    6/21/20, 1:11 AM - When would you suggest popping a first cork for this vintage ?

  • Vladutz commented:

    6/25/20, 12:35 PM - Thanks ! I've got a few but I'll wisely wait !

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