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White
2014 Domaine Besson Chablis 1er Cru Montmains Chardonnay
1/1/2018 - amateurwino wrote:
85 points
There was definite seashell on the nose and a lean mineral palate that all pointed to Chablis , but there was something pungent on the nose that I found a bit off-putting.
  • amateurwino commented:

    4/12/18, 6:28 AM - ArtF, glad you found it helpful. Would be glad to see your notes when you do open it.

Red
1999 Thierry Allemand Cornas Chaillot Syrah
12/6/2016 - amateurwino wrote:
94 points
Tasted blind, the recognizably clear impression of herbs, garrigue and black olive led me to guess that this was an Allemand Cornas. On the palate, this had intensity to the fruit and nervy, even pungent acid. Great wine out of the gates, though by evening's end the Verset poured next to it was showing more harmoniously, I believe this wine will show more improvement in the coming years. 94+ with room on the upside.
  • amateurwino commented:

    12/7/16, 6:33 PM - Nice, Frank. You're gonna love it -great wine. It really evolves so enjoy over the course of a whole evening if you can.

Red
2011 Copain Pinot Noir "En Haut" Kiser Anderson Valley
11/19/2016 - amateurwino wrote:
Like other vintages of Kiser En Haut, this is showing quite acidic early, but there's lovely spice and fruit here to indicate that this will come around beautifully. I wouldn't bet that this will be among the best vintages of this bottling, but happy to have picked some up at $55 per.
  • amateurwino commented:

    11/20/16, 10:30 AM - Agreed Frank - despite the vintage reputation, I think this wine will turn out just fine. Looking forward to confirming! Thanks for your comment.

White
2012 Dönnhoff Hermannshohle Riesling Großes Gewächs Nahe
8/17/2015 - alanr wrote:
91 points
Very, very young, but quite delicious. Definitely needs a little air time, as it shows a fair amount of lime phosphate acidity on first opening, making it a bit harsh and austere. After a few hours to open, there is medium depth of fruit, still strong acidity, but the rough edges have smoothed a bit. I contrast to most Austrian Riesling, this is more about the duality of fruit and acidity, as opposed to the minerality I find in Austria. Not sure why, just an observation. I won't open another of these for at least 5 years.
  • amateurwino commented:

    5/13/16, 7:33 AM - Alan, thanks for the note. Can you explain what lime phosphate acidity is, and how you recognize it? TIA.

  • amateurwino commented:

    5/15/16, 1:20 PM - Ah, I follow now. Thanks Alan.

Red
2009 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph Syrah
3/13/2016 - amateurwino wrote:
92 points
Tasted double blind, and an instructive wine for me. Upon first smelling the nose, my immediate impression was Northern Rhone - exotic spice and herbs. On the palate, though, I couldn't reconcile the ripeness with Northern Rhone, and decided it was likely a California producer that treats the Northern Rhone as a point of inspiration - say, Rhys or Arcadian. After the reveal I went back to home in on the nose and palate elements so I can better recognize this kind of wine as ripe vintage Northern Rhone next time. Overall, a nice wine - that textbook spice and herb is just slightly different than it appears in Cali syrahs with those elements. Palate is ripe, accessible to many palates, and leaning more towards fruit at this point in its development.
  • amateurwino commented:

    3/14/16, 7:55 AM - Glad you found it helpful, thanks for reading!

Red
2008 Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils Nuits St. Georges Les Lavières Pinot Noir
7/14/2010 - amateurwino wrote:
89 points
Again, matchstick sulfur on the nose, with dense reddish fruits. Spice also, similar to the nose on the Vosne and the Grandes Vignes. A little more spice on the initial palate than the previous wines, but a bit of a watery feel to the finish. Nice in a light way, but not particularly special to me. Definitely a lot more structure and tannin on this wine, so there's material for the future, and this is a bit more pleasing on retaste. 88-90.
  • amateurwino commented:

    3/10/16, 2:22 PM - Glad you found it helpful!

Red
2010 Clos Puy Arnaud Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend
3/10/2011 - amateurwino wrote:
84 points
Reticent on the nose – so flat I wondered whether this was corked but there’s no TCA aroma. On the palate, this has the most pronounced acidity of the wines presented today – tart and almost picklish. Not quite a flaw, but not an appealing wine nonetheless. 84
  • amateurwino commented:

    12/21/13, 1:26 PM - Yes, this was presented at a barrel sample tasting by Cercle Rive Droite, but held in New York so the wines were served out of bottles and not straight from the barrel. For more details please see my blog archives from March 2011 for the full post, Thanks for reading. http://www.amateurwino.com/uncategorized/a-first-look-2010-bordeaux/

  • amateurwino commented:

    12/21/13, 2:22 PM - Exactly - to be clear, I did not think this wine was corked - just that it was so flat that the thought crossed my mind; no other hallmarks of TCA were present. The travel may have been a factor but the other wines presumably traveled the same way and this one significantly lagged in comparison to other wines at the tasting.

  • amateurwino commented:

    1/26/16, 2:02 PM - Thanks for your comment, Michael. As I noted in earlier comments, this wine was presented at a Cercle Rive Droite tasting, so the conditions of tasting were obviously known to the producer and they opted to show the wine - I only posted my honest impressions. Would certainly be open to trying the wine again.

Red
1998 Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Red Rhone Blend
1/15/2016 - amateurwino wrote:
flawed
Alas, corked, which was too bad because it was expressive enough that you could tell there was a lovely wine behind the TCA.
  • amateurwino commented:

    1/26/16, 1:58 PM - Would love to - we need to get together, been too long!

Beer
N.V. Mikkeller It's Alive Copenhagen Malt
7/9/2014 - amateurwino wrote:
(EDIT: note was for another edition of this wine, note now moved)
  • amateurwino commented:

    5/27/15, 3:10 AM - Thanks, fixing now.

White
2009 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
7/7/2014 - amateurwino wrote:
flawed
Ever so slightly corked, which is a real shame because underneath the TCA the wine is just expressive enough to show what feels like one of the best CA chards I have had - balance between a dollop of richness, lemony acidity and mineral in a harmonious package. Drat.
  • amateurwino commented:

    12/24/14, 4:27 AM - Bottle replaced by Rhys, it should be noted. One reason I buy with confidence from them.

Red
2005 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
11/7/2014 - Rick.Bennett wrote:
92 points
9 years in the bottle and i have to say it ages well, even though this is just the napa entry wine. surprisingly fresh, hidden tannins, great and dark fruit. No wonder I continue to spend $15 on this wine and set it down for years. Highly recommended.
  • amateurwino commented:

    11/13/14, 10:51 PM - Rick, I'm a fan of this wine too but I don't think this is the entry level wine. There is a bottling that just says Napa Valley. This Oakville bottling sells for closer to $30+ than to $15 I believe.

Red
2009 Château Prieuré-Lichine Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
10/12/2014 - tzelmer wrote:
90 points
Quite good, all the standard high quality Margaux character. Needs more time in bottle to show best, drink in another year.
  • amateurwino commented:

    10/17/14, 4:36 AM - Thanks for the note. Based on my experience with past vintages and tasting this at release I don't think this needs to be drunk soon - I think it will show its best well into the 2020's.

White
2010 Attems Pinot Grigio Venezia Giulia IGT
6/11/2012 - Jason Rzutkiewicz wrote:
86 points
*(12.5%) Alto Adige is a region I’ve always wanted to explore further so I was excited to try this one. Nicely aromatic with a floral, rocky nose. Rich and lush on the palate with tropical fruits, peaches and green apples along with a citrus edge that fade to a lasting, spicy finish. Nice balance and acidity throughout. This one is nice, certainly not your generic Italian Pinot Grigio, but I’m not likely to buy again at an SRP of $19…

Wine Geek Notes: Imported by Folio Wines, 87pts Wine Spectator
  • amateurwino commented:

    7/12/14, 3:47 AM - They are not far from each other, but I wanted to point out that this wine is actually from Friuli-Venezia-Giulia and not Alto Adige. Lots of great whites from both Alto Adige and Friuli to be found, so enjoy!

Red
2000 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
1/4/2014 - amateurwino wrote:
89 points
Solid Pauillac with typicity. Still tannic, this is early in its drinking window. 89-90, as to be expected for what this is.
  • amateurwino commented:

    1/17/14, 3:40 AM - Thanks - when did you have this wine, recently also?

Red
1995 Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofí Red Blend
1/4/2014 - amateurwino wrote:
94 points
A delicious wine, and the group's WOTD. Fruity with well integrated oak, this has matured into a perfumed, smooth wine of medium to medium plus body. Not tremendously complex or particularly a model of the varietal characteristics of its component grapes (garnacha and carinena, I believe), but very pleasing. 93-94
  • amateurwino commented:

    1/5/14, 10:52 AM - Yes, a bottle you traded to me (thanks!). No hurry, but I'm inclined to say this will not improve. Though it might be interesting to keep one last bottle around to see where this goes with another decade of age on it. The terroir convergence effect of long aging on modern wines could yield interesting results here? Along the lines of what we have found about Torre Muga converging to be almost traditional like Prado Enea, given enough years.

White - Off-dry
2012 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese Nahe
5/23/2013 - amateurwino wrote:
96 points
As beautiful as the Kirschheck, Felsenberg and Brucke spatleses are, this bottling is on a whole other level. You stick your nose in the glass, and the minerality here is the final piece to the puzzle, a perfect example of what makes Germany the pinnacle for off-dry riesling. The complex interplay of minerality, luxurious but controlled sweetness, and racy acidity can't be matched anywhere else. 96+
  • amateurwino commented:

    12/31/13, 5:57 PM - Glad to hear it! I hope you like the wine as much as I did.

Red
2009 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
12/10/2013 - amateurwino wrote:
flawed
Corked.
  • amateurwino commented:

    12/12/13, 8:32 PM - Thanks, but no worries - Crush gave me a credit, great store that they are.

Red
2010 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County
12/3/2013 - amateurwino wrote:
93 points
Dee-freaking-licious. Right now this wine is surprisingly open. On the nose, red berry fruits dominate, with a touch of cola, and the whole cluster adds a floral orange blossom note to a perfumey nose. On the palate, this is smooth and silky, light and not dense, and a deft amount of oak lends a creamy edge to a wine that is mouth-wateringly tart, with the sum total being a delicious wine. While early in its window, this bottling is approachable and showing both nice sap to the fruit, and a touch of baking spice. This is a great representation of the Rhys style, in an appellation wine package, and tonight's showing is even better than some Rhys SVDs have shown in the past. Even though this is the San Mateo bottling, this reminds me of some very good Anderson Valley wines - Copain Voisins or some of the SVDs, or Anthill Farms, with some signature Rhys characteristics. Quite a bit better than the 09 Santa Cruz Mountains bottle I opened recently. If the appellation wines were always this good, I could live without ordering the SVDs at all.
  • amateurwino commented:

    12/4/13, 7:42 AM - Thanks for your comment Ken - interesting to see how much our notes are alike on the bottles that have been good for you. Will have to see over time if I get bottles that are stemmy and green like you and some others have gotten sometimes, but this bottle was a beauty. Enjoyed your notes and will keep an eye out for more.

Red
1998 Domaine Brusset Gigondas Les Hauts de Montmirail Red Rhone Blend
12/26/2012 - amateurwino wrote:
Mature, and a bit burg-like. Lovely without being massive, this is my kind of Rhone.
  • amateurwino commented:

    12/29/12, 4:37 AM - Thanks for including this in the trade - this may just spur me to investigate Gigondas a bit more, esp this producer.

Red
2001 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
1/6/2011 - nicH wrote:
94 points
Robe rubis encore assez sombre.
Nez très expressif et très concentré sur les petits fruits rouges et noires +++, et le pruneau (à l'armagnac) ++. Notes mentholées, de chocolat, de cuir, de poivron, de fumée, d'encre+. Il me semble reconnaître des notes de réduction+. Magnifique.
Bouche avec un fruité très pure sur la cerise, la mure, la tomate (cote un peu salin). C'est frais, équilibré, puissant et gouleyant. Tannins très fins. Milieu et finale sur le café, le chocolat et la réglisse.

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Dark ruby color.
Very expressive nose with concentrated red and black berries +++, dried plum (with armagnac) ++. Notes of menthol, chocolate, leather, bell pepper, smoke and ink+. I think I smell reductions notes+. Wonderful nose.
The palate is fruit forward with cherry, blackberry and tomato (slightly salty). Fresh, balanced, powerful and lush. Very fine tannins. Coffee, chocolate and licorice from mid palate to finish.
  • amateurwino commented:

    1/15/11, 1:28 PM - Thanks for the excellent note. I appreciate the translation too - I enjoy learning wine terms as they are expressed in French. Do you have any thoughts on whether this wine is in its prime drinking window yet ?

Red
2007 Copain Pinot Noir Tous Ensemble Anderson Valley
12/24/2010 - ccrida wrote:
92 points
Served with xmas eve dinner of ham, decanted 2 hrs before serving. Huge nose of boysenberries and oak, very bright, juicy, awesome. Taste is similar cali style, big, but relatively balanced, with a nice acid backbone. This is just flat out delicious, in the new world style of course. By the other reviews, the $34 I paid at a wine shop was too high, but still worth it by far, as I enjoy these kind of pinots. They actually had some kosta brownes, which I asked him if he thought they were worth the price of admission...of course the owner said "yes, they're life-changing". I said I'm not ready to step up to the $125 or something they cost, and he said to try this as a 'value' play in the similar style.
  • amateurwino commented:

    12/25/10, 9:45 AM - I'm a big fan of this wine, though you're right - it can be found in the $20-25 range. About the wine shop recommendation though - I have to wonder about the owner comparing these to Kosta Browne - they're opposite ends of the CA pinot spectrum in my book.

Red
2003 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
11/10/2010 - wineismylife Likes this wine:
92 points
Dallas 2nd Wednesday Group - November 2010 (Suze, Dallas, Texas): Tasted double blind. Opened and served immediately. Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose fo smoke, chocolate and cherries. Flavors of cherries, berries and a bit of mocha on the medium finish. Bright acidity, firm tannins, full bodied. Drink now with plenty of air or continue to hold. My guess was a 2003 St. Emilion or St. Julien. 92-93?
  • amateurwino commented:

    11/24/10, 6:32 AM - Thanks for the note. I'm interested, why was your guess St. Emilion or St. Estephe (vs St. Estephe or a neighboring Left Bank appellation)?

Red
2005 Château Cap de Faugères Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend
7/29/2010 - JimHow wrote:
89 points
Well this little lady has settled down from her early wild days. You know how His Majesty Robert M. Parker, Jr., rated this wine 89-92 points? Well, it's an 89-pointer. Cap de Faugeres is actually *two* wines: There is the wine at age 2-3, recently released from bottle-- jammy, tar, alcoholic, walking the tightrope between respectability and pornography and, in the end, somehow avoiding a fall to the unforgiving concrete below. Then there is this wine: Evolving (or devolving(?)) into a somewhat pedantic, flaccid, unexciting effort. I'm not inclined to rate it lower, though, for one simple reason.... Duh, just drink it young! This is a fun and enjoyable wine to drink in its first five years after it hits the shelves. It doesn't benefit from aging. That doesn't mean it is a *bad* wine. It is what it is. Enjoy it for what it is. After my first experience with this property, from the 2005 vintage, I'm planning on buying 6-12 bottles from 2009... and I'll drink every one of them before they are five years old.
  • amateurwino commented:

    8/4/10, 11:02 AM - Nice note. For what it's worth, I've been drinking some of the 2000 Cap de Faugeres in the last year, and it's showing well - decidedly less New World in feel than the 2005 - with more earth/minerality showing. If that's not your cup of tea, you might do well drink up as you mentioned... but I think this wine at least has ageability to the ten-year mark - it might be in a weird phase now but I wouldn't necessarily give up completely. Maybe hold one for a ten-year-mark experiment?

Red
2006 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir San Mateo County
3/28/2010 - Todd French Likes this wine:
91 points
Perfumed nose of strawberry, cola, and spring water. Palate feels rich, somewhat heavy for a Pinot, but not at all syrupy. Dark cherry, sour cherry, and strawberry dominate along with more cola and a bit of steminess. The greenness, which is well balanced and not intrusive, continues into the finish, where cherry and cola continue on as well. This is a richer Pinot than the Ayres we also enjoyed tonight with the salmon - both high quality and highly enjoyable.
  • amateurwino commented:

    3/28/10, 8:49 PM - Nice note, Todd. Thanks for the look - I was planning to hold my last bottle a while longer. Have any recommendation on the window based on this bottle?

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