Tasting Notes for mike

(217 notes on 208 wines)

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White
9/21/2019 - mike wrote:
94 points
Seriously good, thick textured and rich, think of a great Chave Blanc but made with Riesling. Honeysuckle with nice mineral character persisting to clean refreshing finish
Red
6/5/2019 - mike wrote:
90 points
Great wine after a day walking and swimming in Capri, not too serious but possibly better for it on a sunny Mediterranean day. Lovely fruit sweetness balanced by fine drying tannins. Classy Vino.
Red
10/20/2018 - mike Likes this wine:
95 points
Sane as below, great wine. Sweet fruited and relatively unevolved.
Many 1ers in 2002 are great and this is among the best.
White
6/11/2018 - mike Likes this wine:
93 points
Lovely Riesling - mineral, wet stone, apricot, mango. On the palate full and fruit driven. Lingers on the clean finish.
White
3/31/2018 - mike wrote:
93 points
Took three days to open. Day one and two nothing much showing. Day three finally opens to something quite special. Crisp and crunchy, intense and detailed, fruit sweetness, long finish. Needs aging.
Red
11/12/2017 - mike wrote:
94 points
Beautiful fruit driven wine exotically spiced with the finest tannins. Perfectly balanced in a elegant style. Fine clean finish.
Red
2/18/2017 - mike wrote:
95 points
Lovely nose dusty tannins tar and roses, wild blackberries. On the palate very floral and though tightly knit, also generous due to the perfect balance. A complete wine.
White
1/18/2017 - mike wrote:
95 points
Dry and mineral, does not shout out Riesling (Chablisish), beautifully thickly textured with subtle complexity that opens with white florals, beeswax, white stone fruit. Already drinking very well for what looks to be an ageless wine.
Red
12/2/2016 - mike wrote:
92 points
Colour more like a Bordeaux than burg, deep dark red, no browning. Wonderful nose of black cherries and truffle. On the palate it is powerful and sweet fruited, though the finish is long and lingering with a touch of bitterness. Needs another decade or two before being ready.
Red
5/20/2016 - mike wrote:
92 points
I am with the critics, great wine and a baby sitting on primary fruit. Has all the power and balance to age and evolve into something special, just need another 20 years or so.
Red
5/15/2016 - mike wrote:
92 points
Very nice, I think this will evolve further, still no real tertiary notes. Very much what I would expect of a Courcel in 02. Good power, black fruits, spice, mineral and smoke.
White
2/2/2016 - mike wrote:
98 points
Great bottle. Honeysuckle nectar, exotic, light yet with great character and intensely flavoured. Lingering on the finish with purity. A great Riesling.
White
1/19/2016 - mike Likes this wine:
91 points
Pale gold, fresh nose, white stone fruit- nectarines, mineral, oyster shell, firm structure, good acids, detailed and precision. Has rich oily structure and length. First Testut chablis from great terroir, will buy again.
Red
1/15/2016 - mike wrote:
92 points
Browning colour, lovely fresh nose of dark fruit and oak. On the palate it is clean, detailed and dry with a fruity persistent to the length which suggests, along with the aromas, there is great potential to develop. The flavours of dark fruit and oak come through with further evolved flavours of mushroom, forest floor and minerals. As with many 2006's there is a lack of the serious power and breadth that one finds with the likes of the 2005's but that is not necessarily a bad thing as you enjoy the wine for its transparency. I like it.
BTW it was much less challenging than the 05 F Esmonin Lavaux drunk a couple of days ago, a wine just coming into the zone.
Red
1/6/2016 - mike wrote:
91 points
Dark red with a brown tint. Powerful nose of black fruits, undergrowth, brown spices, tar, flint and iron. On the palate very ripe fruit dominates but then the fine tannins take hold and linger through to a long clean finish. A wine to pair with game.
Red
12/5/2015 - mike wrote:
91 points
Light red but slightly browning in colour. Good fruit and acid detail on the palate with length but not much breadth. Flavours are interesting and red fruited, savoury, forest floor, white mushroom, truffle, though the wine is fresh, could only be Burgundy.
Red
11/7/2015 - mike wrote:
91 points
Funky, dark cherry, truffle, earth, savoury, bone dry, nice oak. Excellent village and very Gevrey. I like the dryness but see others wanting more fruit sweetness.
Red
1/26/2015 - mike wrote:
93 points
With the talk on 2010 Barolo decided to buy this. So pleased I did. This hits all the my senses in the right proportions, which means detail, complexity and balance. This may be a 40+ year wine but it is pretty good now.
Red
1/18/2015 - mike wrote:
92 points
Discussion on Clos Vougeot on WB instigated opening this, what was, very reasonably priced GC. Starting to see some browning in the otherwise bright red colour. Complex and vibrant aromas - bramble, sous bois, violets, spice, black cherries, truffle. On the palate still very primary with great detail and acid cut which I like, nice oak integration with potential for it to be fully resolved as there is ample fruit sweetness. Good wine, expansive on the long finish, and what I would expect of a good 2001 GC, nice surprise. I see Raphet has two holdings in Clos Vougeot - one nearer the top next to Anne Gros (this has similarly detailed to a A Gros wine), and another plot at the bottom bordering one of Leroy's holdings. So it is a blend of two different Clos Vougeot climat as most others are. I guess the question is whether Clos Vougeot should be considered as one terroir or multiple. Personally I would like to see it divided to help identify typicity. Cheers Mike
Red
12/30/2014 - mike wrote:
92 points
Vibrant aroma, not red, but more dark fruited - blackberry, blueberry, and black boy peach. Finely structured on the palate - savoury and vinous with a touch of bitterness though nicely balanced with light lingering fruit sweetness. Fine tannins pull the wine together resulting in a near perfectly, reserved, well defined wine.
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Red
11/16/2014 - mike wrote:
90 points
Still very primary, though the wine has softened from its earlier, on release, disjointed tannic structure. Great detail and very minerally with long pure finish. This may well creep up a point or two once more sous bois/aged characters show through.
Red
10/29/2014 - mike wrote:
91 points
Having just finished a great, though rather evolved (even on opening), bottle of 2010 Blain Gagnard Volnay Les Pitures 1er opened a couple of days ago, I headed down to the cellar having decided to look at a 2003. What better than a Les Suchots, the heart of Vosne Romanee and typically reserved and not too powerful. How would 03 impacted on the climat?
First impression is primary ripe red fruit, 10 years and still a baby though big tannins are there to overpower the fruit, a balancing act. My thought is that the fruit is so youthful and sweet, almost Californian, it is a keeper. Day two update and the wine has not moved - a keeper.
Red
10/22/2014 - mike wrote:
94 points
The importer had a few of these so thought I would take a look again to decide if I should stock up on some more.
Jaw dropping power though on this showing beautifully proportioned and balanced, a complex and complete wine. Where you would find roses and tar there is a much more reserved and dusty "metal road" impression that reminds me of driving in remote parts of the Coromandel where blackberries and manuka line the roads. The tannins seem to be bound to the savoury dry fruit which end in a clean mineral finish. I think I will get the remaining 3 bottles.
Red
10/16/2014 - mike wrote:
89 points
Red fruited, with some cool vintage herbal notes. Medium sweetness, not much complexity, structurally quite light needing age development. Be interesting to see this in a few years.
Red
10/16/2014 - mike wrote:
89 points
Similar as bottle opened in 2011. Possibly a bit more stinky on opening, the GMT. Structurally nothing like the impressive Taillepieds I had last night which had real breadth and power. The structure is detailed with good tannins, though quite thin from start to finish from a fruit perspective. I actually am finding it easy to drink, and it is improving in the glass (after one hour). Also like it for being bone dry, and I think it would match well with wild venison - a Anthony Hanson wine perhaps.
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Red
10/15/2014 - mike wrote:
92 points
Similar to the last bottle - vibrant, floral, pure, fresh and detailed with lots of power for a 2006. Darker fruited than last bottle, with a more savoury stony element, touch of raspberry, strawberry and red cherry still there, white pepper also, the mineral finish is expansive and cutting and lingers on robust tannins.
White - Off-dry
10/12/2014 - mike wrote:
92 points
Straw colour, very primary, good acid/sweetness balance (not too sweet), citrus fruit - lime and lemons, touch of honeysuckle and flint. Pure and clean finish with mineral element coming through that sits on the palate for minutes.
Red
10/7/2014 - mike wrote:
92 points
Very exotic funky nose, spicy and highly perfumed, Moroccan rather than Asian, dates, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, smoked paprika... On the palate, dark fruited with all the spice showing through. The structure is clear and detailed, clean and light on the finish. I suspect that much of the flavour comes from great oak and a touch of brett. A unique expression of Burgundy that I welcome. A real curiosity that I expect will age well due to the complexity and balance rather than raw power.
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Red
9/26/2014 - mike wrote:
91 points
Red slightly confection primary fruit, quite sweet on the mid-palate finishing a little drying on its oak. Not entirely sure where this is heading.
Red
9/8/2014 - mike wrote:
94 points
Had the Cunnubi last night, tonight is the second bottle I have had from this producer. The Cunnubi was great but perhaps not quite so complete as this, a little abstract, though more interesting in a more robust way.
The tannin structure of the Monvigliero I have rarely experienced, certainly in Barolo anyway, and coats the mouth like velvet, knitted to the vibrant and complex primary fruit. Builds in the mouth and finishes with a clean and dry finish. Pleased this was recommended by the importer.
White
9/4/2014 - mike wrote:
94 points
Enters with lots of dry chalky seashell mineral character, builds richness and breadth in the mid-palate and finishes with focused saline edged length. Nothing wanting.
Red
8/25/2014 - mike wrote:
92 points
Great showing. Dark fruited and focused, nicely drying on mid palate fine tannins, yet builds a sweet, mineral and long finish. Still very primary with great potential to develop.
Red
7/26/2014 - mike wrote:
94 points
Best of 07 in this wine. Very pure and elegant from Corton. More red than black fruit, earth. Lots of complexity, seriously good.
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White
7/9/2014 - mike wrote:
92 points
Thickly textured yet fresh and complex with white stone fruit, mineral and citrus. Long lingering finish.
Red
7/7/2014 - mike wrote:
94 points
Sitting on primary black fruit, fresh and lively with no edges, good acids and velvet tannins. Seriously good now but needing a couple of decades to evolve. On potential largely wasted now.
Red
7/6/2014 - mike wrote:
93 points
Bright and complex, highly detailed and focussed. Lots of material without being showy, the way good burgundy should be. Red fruited with a strong mineral component finishing long, fine and clean. Great value here in NZ
Red
7/3/2014 - mike wrote:
92 points
Vibrant, floral, pure, fresh and detailed with more power than one would expect from a 2006. Red fruited, raspberry/strawberry/red cherry, touch of sous bois, white pepper, floral, lifted but drying and pure mineral finish. Just what we felt like tonight with a Epoisses Souffle. Be better in 5+ years.
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Red
7/1/2014 - mike wrote:
94 points
Just entering drinking window. Great balance and complexity with no edges. GC depth of flavour and length, more refined than expected
Red
6/15/2014 - mike wrote:
93 points
Great wine of GC power. Still needs time to evolve for a more complete expression. Much better on day two... Lots of fruit sweetness that is a little overpowering now but will settle.
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Red
2012 Frederic Esmonin Ruchottes-Chambertin Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
5/31/2014 - mike wrote:
93 points
Possibly the best F Esmonin to date. Silky Musigny like tannins build on impressive primary fruit with reserved power, a little awkward due to its obvious unresolved youth.
White
5/31/2014 - mike wrote:
93 points
Very pale, floral aroma of lime, white jasmine, mountain stream stone. On the palate dry and taught with piercing racy acids balance with great mid pallet richness and thickness of texture, lime, mineral and honey.
White
5/15/2014 - mike wrote:
92 points
Detailed and dry though not at all light, great structure and depth and long lingering finish - more power than what your would expect from many Josmeyer, Boxler and Trimbach's. I am not sure why I did not buy more from Weinbach. RIP Laurence
Red
1/26/2014 - mike wrote:
92 points
Great drinking now. The green has evolved into something more along the lines of sous bois which is what I expected. Texturally very elegant in a Chambolle Musigny way being a lighter Mugnier style. Very well liked by a group of non-wine geek people.
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Red
1/6/2014 - mike wrote:
92 points
Dark coloured, vibrant aromas of black boy peach, blackcurrant, violets and oak. On the palate polished and no hint of 04 GM though there is an attractive vinous/mineral element that pulls it from being too worked as does the long lingering mineral finish. Still young.
White
1/5/2014 - mike wrote:
91 points
Powerful, linear, primary and closed. Not easy to gauge where this is heading as it is so shut down. Lemon citrus dominated with no hint of what may be underneath, one would expect mineral and stone fruit complexity which is not evident today.
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Red
1/5/2014 - mike wrote:
94 points
Great wine in a very polished and universal style. Hard to really get to the heart of wine, obviously a long lived wine that needs time to show its class. It is there, just not so much on show today.
Red
1/5/2014 - mike wrote:
94 points
Great wine with huge power and length. Rustic but very complex and rewarding. I preferred this to the more polished 1990 Sandrone Cannubi Boshchis drunk alongside it.
Red
2001 Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/5/2014 - mike wrote:
93 points
A very well structured 2001 hitting above vintage expectations. GC complexity from start to finish. Still primary with years ahead of it.
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Red
1/2/2014 - mike wrote:
92 points
Quite light in colour, very finely textured and delicate in the context of Barolo. Way to young with a slight confection character that no doubt will go in a few years and even now in the glass evolves nicely with more robust tannins and savoury characters coming through. A wine I should have more of but do not.
Red
1/1/2014 - mike wrote:
94 points
Just need to smell the aromatics of this to know it is great wine. One of those where the last sip is the best and another few hours sitting on a glass would have helped further delve into the complexity of it. Rather reticent on opening, dry and detailed in the black fruit spectrum but not overripe or in the least flabby, still primary. Middle palate quiet lean but a style I rather like and over a few hours it filled in. Great wine structurally though more feminine than Richebourg typically is.
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