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1970 Maison Leroy Clos St. Denis Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir
12/14/2019 - Paul S wrote:
93 points
DRC vs Leroy Dinner (Kheam Hock Road): Solid and enjoyable. Took awhile to get going, but this was very pleasing when it did. It had a bit of a tight, slightly dusty nose at first, but the bouquet opened up to something rather attractive, with quiet layers of damp earth, lifted spice and dark blueberry and plum fruit, maybe even with a touch of dried violets. Really quite nice. The palate was a step behind the nose perhaps. Still nice, but a touch lean at first, with its structure of acidity and fine-boned tannins showing through fine transparent flavours of black cherries, blueberries and plums. There was a touch of meaty power in there though, opening up with them. It tightened up towards the end too, showing a bit more grippy structure and stony minerality, with notes of black tea along with a little sour cherry lift. Good length and really great persistence I must say. Not perfect, and probably better a few years back, but this was still very impressive for a 1970.
  • mattjohnson_78 commented:

    12/22/20, 12:55 PM - Paul, I’m going to open this wine in the coming weeks, how do you suggest I treat it upon opening?

2012 Roc de Cambes Côtes de Bourg Red Bordeaux Blend
7/29/2020 - ohne_musik wrote:
92 points
My first Mitjavile wine. I now understand what they mean when they say degraded fruit. A hint of VA to start. Ripe and rich black plum fruit, almost overripe, relatively low acid, and a persistent note of dried and decomposing fruit. Despite this, it Is not overblown or dense at all. It is moderately extracted and manages to stay elegant and precise. Savory dried meat, dried herbs, baking spice, tar, chocolate, gravelly minerals. A sense of terroir. Long finish. Unique and compelling.
  • mattjohnson_78 commented:

    9/3/20, 5:46 PM - Excellent note!

2007 Domaine Perrot-Minot Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Aux Echanges Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir
9/20/2015 - Derek Darth Taster wrote:
92 points
F1 2015 Finals on TV (Pine Close): Tasted blind. Pop and poured. Drank over 1.5 hours.
Appearance is clear, pale intensity, ruby colour. Legs.
Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of savoury earth, sweet spice, and red cherry. Developing.
On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium alcohol, medium tannins, medium body. Medium flavour intensity, with flavours of red cherries, ripe strawberry, sweet spice, and some slight savoury earth. Medium+ finish.
Very good quality feminine Burg. Good ripeness from the old vines. Drinking well now, and could develop a bit more over the next 5 years. I have avoided the 2007 Burgs but this has piqued my interest to explore more of them.
  • mattjohnson_78 commented:

    8/19/20, 5:11 PM - Perfect note!

2006 San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo Toscana IGT Sangiovese
12/8/2018 - mattjohnson_78 wrote:
98 points
Drank over about 30 mins didn’t even give it a chance to really open up...this stuff is crack...I’ll be homeless soon, cause I’m going to buy as much as I can find!
  • mattjohnson_78 commented:

    8/6/20, 5:55 PM - Haha, fair enough!

2009 Rivetto Barolo Leon Riserva Nebbiolo
4/25/2015 - forceberry wrote:
88 points
A wine made from selected grapes of the Serralunga d'Alba Region. 20-25 days of maceration. Aged for 4 years in casks of different sizes (500 l Swiss oak, 225 French oak, various Slavonian bottis) of mainly used wood and further 1 year in bottle.

Translucent cherry red color with quite dark core and pale, brick-colored rims. Rich, ripe and aromatic nose with pronounced cherry aromas, dusty earth, some sour cherry, fragrant floral nuances and hints of alcohol. Rich, full-bodied and quite tannic palate with modestly sweet flavors of ripe red cherry, slightly bitter sour cherry, some earth and hints of dark-toned wood spice. Despite showing quite firm and grippy tannins along with moderate acidity, the mouthfeel is quite succulent and velvety instead of harsh and tightly wound. The finish is obviously tannic, but quite rich and fruity with flavors of sweet dark cherry, some stony minerality, a little bitterness and hints of toasted spices.

Good stuff, obviously, but also very rich and fruit-forward; some might consider this a good thing, but to me, this wine feels a little less complex and more easy-going than the other vintages of Rivetto Barolos, which can be remarkable in their depth, complexity and intensity. This is an early-drinking Barolo with good, pure, typical Nebbiolo fruit and power, but not that kind of structure that would require years of aging. Drink now or after only a handful of years; no need to age this for a long time.
  • mattjohnson_78 commented:

    8/6/19, 9:00 PM - I think this is a wonderful note, but I couldn’t disagree more on the score or the longevity...we over paid (at a restaurant obviously), but this thing was great out of the shoot, and elevated over the next four hours!!!

2010 Pian dell'Orino Brunello di Montalcino Bassolino di Sopra Sangiovese
Not one of my favorites
  • mattjohnson_78 commented:

    12/8/18, 11:10 AM - So you just drag the average score down with no explination....that’s so weak!

1990 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend
4/22/2016 - RajivAyyangar wrote:
95 points
Musar Maniacs part II (Pera SF): Pale ruby-garnet. Quite turbid in the glass.
Complex nose of sweet tertiary fruit - faded and illuminated cherry. Savory dog fur (Brett), a slight balsamic tingle. Loads of dried roses, cranberry, dried orange, sandalwood and yam skin. Over time hints of anise emerged.
The nose is high-toned.
Burgundian on the palate with aggressive acidity and a tart finish [Note: The grapes were picked early on account of war.]. It lacks the intensity and darkness of tertiary fruit that the '95 has, but clearly has the same type of tertiary fruit.
Score: around 9.5
  • mattjohnson_78 commented:

    9/22/18, 8:10 AM - Had this wine last night, and you note couldn’t be more spot on!!!

  • mattjohnson_78 commented:

    9/22/18, 9:17 AM - Splash decanted at dinner and followed over two hours...only needed 15 mins to really get going!

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