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White
2008 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre Chardonnay
12/20/2018 - VoteferPedro Likes this wine:
94 points
deliscious
better than last in 2017
I have just opened and discarded 3 other Fevre's from 2008 that I think have premox
This bottle has composite cork - is that the key?
This one starts with a bright glow - still pale in the glass
Nose is classic - sea spray and citris peal
palate is bright fruit with grip and matches nose
lovely length
loved this at cellar temp
  • pnochard commented:

    12/20/19, 1:20 PM - Regarding the cork (Diam), yes it does seem to be a key to reducing/eliminating (in conjunction with other things) premox. Seems to have made a significant impact/improvement for Fevre. Note that their Grand Crus didn't get these corks until the 2010 vintage (their 1er crus starting with the 07 vintage)...so if you have earlier vintages of Fevre Grand Cru, drinking up is a good idea.

Red
2009 Ladd Cellars Pinot Noir Moore Ranch Vineyard Russian River Valley
12/28/2017 - tbone wrote:
Not good this time around. Big and gloppy on night 1 then faded to a nondescript flat wine. Over the hill? I guess.
  • pnochard commented:

    1/24/19, 1:58 PM - Hey, just saw this note. Sounds like an off bottle to me...sorry about that! The other notes are in line with what it should show like. Anyways, I'll replace this.

Red
2009 Ladd Cellars Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
7/7/2017 - PIntag wrote:
flawed
Heavy, heavy nail polish on the nose and palate. Undrinkable. Shame.
  • pnochard commented:

    7/8/17, 1:32 PM - Sorry to hear about that...I'll replace it. This is in a couple of restaurants locally, so it's generally a good performer, but off bottles can happen. This spent some early days being reasonably reduced that had an unpleasant sharp quality (hence holding it back until it was happy), so I'm guessing you got a bottle that never resolved (rather than being EA). Flawed either way tho.

Red
2011 Ladd Cellars Pinot Noir Moore Ranch Vineyard Russian River Valley
9/26/2016 - brigcampbell wrote:
Hmm.... Something not right here as I've had the wine before and enjoyed it. Came across as stewed and raisin flavored which is quite unusual for the vintage. Oh well, it happens.
  • pnochard commented:

    9/26/16, 10:20 AM - Wierd, I've never had a bottle close to that. I'll replace it.

    This is likely due to reduction...prior vintages of this vineyard would get reduction along these lines, until it resolved itself (I didn't release until then). As you'd expect, the grapes were on the low ripe side when picked, not high side.

White
2008 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent Chardonnay
5/13/2016 - blanquito wrote:
89 points
This was nice, but too young. Had an amalgam cork, showed zero signs of premox. Fairly classic Chablis in the making here, with grass, stones, good fruit and balance, but a bit dull for current drinking.
  • pnochard commented:

    8/13/16, 12:59 PM - The amalgam cork is a 'Diam' cork...before they assemble the cork, they A) remove all cork taints (same process as to decaffeinate coffee) and B) the corks are assembled so the oxygen transmission will be on the low side compared to 'natural' corks (also, the oxTrans is quite uniform from cork to cork). A lot of white burg producers have switched to Diam due to premox. It appears that wines evolve a bit more slowly under Diam, due to the lower oxTrans (I assume), and I've yet to see anyone report a premoxed Fevre that was closed with a Diam...hoping this will lead to more and/or a 'real' premox solution.

Red
2008 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir
3/23/2016 - Cote d'Or wrote:
PopnPour, tasted over 2 hrs, bottle from Premier Cru
*Advertised as a 2008, label indicates 2008, cork stamped with 2009 vintage*
-med dark red no bricking
-initial reduction funk, faint dark red fruits spice and oak
-barely med acidity, med weight generous round simple red and dark fruit with more than a little rusticity and med tannins on finish
-I think this bottle is a 2009 wine based on the cork and by tasting it, OK, perhaps a bit closed now still
  • pnochard commented:

    4/20/16, 10:56 PM - Most domaines don't label bottles when the wine is bottled, and instead wait until the wine is released from the cellar...to avoid mildew stained labels. So I'd believe the cork more than the label.

    In fact, I had a vintage discrepancy between the front and back label of a bottle of grower champagne. I contacted the owner who said to trust the cork, for the above reasons. Plus Cote D'or's impressions. I have a few bottles of this from PC that I haven't opened yet...will have to check mine out.

Red
2009 Gros Frère et Sœur Clos Vougeot Musigni Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir
10/17/2015 - Julia7ich wrote:
87 points
Dark garnet, transparent. Porcini, very intense notes of smoked bacon, and oleander. Medium high acidity highlights the black cherry fruit. Abundant tannins are medium-fine grained and slightly astringent. There is a very slight green tinge on the finish – an attribute of the difficult vintage.
  • pnochard commented:

    2/27/16, 1:29 PM - Nice notes. I agree with Sven tho. This sounds like a Clos Vougeot that needs more time...probably lots of time, which is typical of CV.

Red
2011 Ladd Cellars Pinot Noir Cuvée Abigail Sonoma Coast
12/29/2015 - rama wrote:
flawed
More browning than I'd expect for a 4 year old wine. Ripe on the nose. Disjoint tartness on the palate. Setting it aside overnight to see if it just needs air.

Update: nope, that's not it. I'm gonna call this one an off bottle. Eric's other wines are nothing like this.
  • pnochard commented:

    12/30/15, 9:23 PM - Sorry to hear about the off bottle Rama. Not sure what happened, but I'll contact you about a replacement.

Red
2010 Ladd Cellars Pinot Noir Cuvée Abigail Sonoma Coast
I agree with the previous note. Way too tart, out of balance, and found it to be astringent. The nose was quite deceiving as I was expecting a delightful, feminine, beautiful PN; instead we had to pass on the bottle due to the above.
  • pnochard commented:

    10/20/15, 8:55 PM - I opened a bottle of this recently and it has gone into an angry phase unfortunately. It does resolve itself eventually, so it will age past this and will be happy again...but that's not very helpful at the moment. Send me email (lundblad@laddcellars.com) and I'll replace the bottle with something that's more what you're looking for.

White
2009 Pierre Boisson Meursault Chardonnay
6/9/2012 - Leonardo Da Vinci wrote:
90 points
Almond, caramel, Nice long finish. True and excellent meursault.
  • pnochard commented:

    10/9/15, 7:06 PM - No, not ready to drink yet!

Red
2009 Ladd Cellars Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
6/16/2015 - GoBlue2002 wrote:
89 points
My wife enjoyed this far more than I did, as I found it too acidic / tart for my liking. For those who enjoy a lower alcohol (13.7% abv for a 2009 RRV is on the low side for sure) tart pinot this is the wine for you.
I really enjoyed the 2008 RRV so not sure if this was an off bottle or my palate was simply off!
  • pnochard commented:

    6/18/15, 7:38 PM - The 2009 has a bit more structure than the 2008, but just a bit...and shouldn't come across as that acidic/tart, esp given your prior notes. I'm wondering if the wine was very slightly corked...not enough to really notice but enough to suppress the fruit. That could have brought the structure out, and is consistent with your wondering if the bottle is off. I'm happy to replace it. Contact me and we'll work it out. Thanks! Eric

Red
2005 Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques Pinot Noir
Dark garnet, bright and clear. Even with 3 hours of aeration in decanter, this one kept it all quite close to the vest. Earthy, with dirt-covered mushrooms floating above a sweet, chiseled core of cherry fruit. Tea, complex spices. I was expecting more, richer fruit, but it wasn't there, not at present, anyway. Right now it's more a statue to be admired from a distance than actually enjoyed, but in 15 or 20 years, look out. Stuffing to spare, though there's no fluff, this is the real deal. HOLD. 13,5% abv., thru 2038. highly recommended

Served non-blind; give this a decade, or better, two, of rest
  • pnochard commented:

    5/26/15, 4:06 PM - Did you mean 'thru 2038' or 'starting 2038'? The latter might be more accurate :)

White
2009 Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
4/1/2015 - rlove wrote:
94 points
Lemon, crème brûlée, and oaky vanilla. Intense stone and mineral on the finish. A ripe vintage with decent new oak, but this comes together superbly. Will age nicely. Drink starting 2020.
  • pnochard commented:

    4/5/15, 11:47 PM - They're using Diam corks on their wines. Diam removes all cork taint from the cork particles (aka all detectable taint)...and the corks are put back together to have a very tight tolerance (i.e. low variation) for oxygen transmission and the one used here (Diam10) has a low oxygen transmission level (lower than most 'normal' corks). A number of Burg producers have switched to Diam, or other alternative solutions, in their attempt to thwart premox in their whites. You can, of course, search for Diam for more info.

Red
2010 Ladd Cellars Pinot Noir Cuvée Abigail Sonoma Coast
2/15/2015 - blakel wrote:
This was slightly lacking in complexity, and out-of-balance in its acidity; just a little too tart, which overpowered everything else. Not my experience with any other Ladd I've tried, including the 2008 vintage of this wine which was fantastic. Could be a compromised bottle or storage issue or some such. No formal rating, would probably call it 87 or 88.
  • pnochard commented:

    3/2/15, 4:04 PM - Sorry for the poor showing. This wine does have high-ish acidity and it's quite possiblely shutdown (which would emphasis the acidity...when the wine is on, the acidity is a plus). It's been a while since I've opened one of these, but I think more cellar time is called for here. I'm happy to replace it since it might have been compromised in some way. I'll contact you about this. Thanks!

Red
2009 Ladd Cellars Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
11/28/2014 - dsgris Likes this wine:
91 points
Medium ruby, earthy nose with a little rubber note. Open over night, dry with bright berry, tart mineral. Interesting rubber phenol mineral notes, must be the dirt showing. Nice tannins to complement the acid and the fruit which is still showing primary flavors of tart blackberries. Just starting to drink well with a lengthy future. Getting some nice roast beef and cranberries on night three balanced by the bracing acidity.
  • pnochard commented:

    11/28/14, 9:29 AM - Thanks for the note. I've never gotten anything similar to rubber notes from the wine tho....off bottle somehow? If so, I'll replace it.

White
2010 Bouchard Père et Fils Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières Chardonnay
9/15/2013 - Hypersphere wrote:
flawed
Wine was a good Meursault but the bottle was defective
Will have to open a new one and try again...
  • pnochard commented:

    11/20/14, 2:17 PM - How was it defective? I'm assuming it wasn't corked since these use Diam corks now (at least mine have Diam). Hopefully you remember since it's been more than a year since you had this :)

Red
2002 Domaine Bertheau (Pierre et François) Bonnes Mares Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir
7/8/2014 - JimN wrote:
flawed
Part of a mixed vertical tasting of Bonnes Mares. Only flawed bottle of the night.
  • pnochard commented:

    11/6/14, 4:50 PM - How was it flawed?

Red
2010 Ladd Cellars Pinot Noir Moore Ranch Vineyard Russian River Valley
7/27/2014 - TC16 wrote:
92 points
Bought this on a flyer on BerserkerDay. Very impressed with both bottles of Ladd that I've had. This has an airy weight to it, having a good tannin structure without being heavy.

The nose is heavy with cranberry and a hint of spice.

The wine reveals darker red fruits with the spice characteristics. There is a steak of minerality and acidity. Some stemmy flavor. More burgundian in style that most CA pinots. The only complaint is that the finish is a bit short. Otherwise, this is a very nice wine, particularly for the value.
  • pnochard commented:

    7/28/14, 9:08 PM - I'm guessing you meant CA, not VA here...tho the wine is more Burgundian than most California and Virginia pinots :). A Nuits St George from a good vineyard and producer might be an apt comparison here I think.

Red
2009 Ladd Cellars Pinot Noir Anderson Valley
2/10/2014 - Merzbow wrote:
flawed
Magnificently corked.
  • pnochard commented:

    2/11/14, 12:46 PM - Sorry to hear that. I'll replace it. Fortunately I've found very few corked bottles.

Red
2008 Ladd Cellars Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
1/10/2014 - budh wrote:
90 points
I chilled this to about 60 degrees, and wound up doing a vigorous aeration to blow off the excess CO2. Both helped it a lot for me. Lots of red berries - cranberries, tart cherry, strawberry. Plus chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, minerality, and somewhat harsh oak. I like the complexity and lighter fruit style. A very pleasant drink.
  • pnochard commented:

    1/12/14, 12:15 AM - Thanks for the comments. Regarding the oak, the wine saw no new oak barrels...only third and fourth fill barrels were used.

  • pnochard commented:

    1/12/14, 10:18 PM - Sorry to hear about that! Last year I was to pour for the owner of a restaurant in Oakland. It was cancelled because the owner got "burning mouth syndrome". Perhaps that's similar to what you've experienced. Scary thing to get...esp for someone who tastes wine as a part of his job! The next time I talk to him, I'll ask if there were any treatments that were helpful...and if so will pass it along. Might or might not be what you've experienced, but can't hurt it seems.

Red
2008 Ladd Cellars Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
7/24/2013 - budh wrote:
At Peter Lowell's. I won't buy a glass of red wine there any more - they serve it way too warm...
Unfiltered - cloudy, light garnet appearance. Cherry, cranberry, raspberry aroma and taste. Some baking spice and vanilla. A little cola. Medium body, medium+ acidity, low tannin, med- finish. I didn't care for it, but it could taste a lot different if served at 65 degrees instead of 80....
  • pnochard commented:

    7/26/13, 12:16 AM - Sorry to hear about that. 80 is too warm for wine. I'll talk to Lowell about it. If you email me at eric@laddcellars.com, maybe we can figure out some way to 'make things right' for you regarding this.

White
2008 Maybach Family Vineyards Chardonnay Eterium Sonoma Coast
Having zero experience with this wine, I wanted to take a peak at one to decide what to do with it. Heavy handed oak with really big flavors but (too?) low acidity. Quite disjointed. Needs several years to hopefully come together and tame the oak level. Not rated.
  • pnochard commented:

    6/9/10, 7:19 PM - High oak does argue for giving it time to integrate....low acidity argues against giving it time. Were they shooting for an Aubert style and missed the mark?

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