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Red
2004 Masseria Felicia Falerno del Massico Etichetta Bronzo Aglianico
3/4/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
My note from 2015 still works for me. Severely mineral, charred meat, scented markers, black licorice, dutch cocoa, sweet clean soil, great acidity, coarse tannin. If this ever manages to resolve some texture it would be great.
  • andtheodor commented:

    3/4/19, 8:06 PM - Winebid 2012

White - Sweet/Dessert
2000 Château Sigalas Rabaud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
11/7/2018 - andtheodor wrote:
flawed
Bizarre flaw I've never encountered before. This smelled potently like horseradish, mustard gas, burnt curry powder. Nearly impossible to even smell, I don't know how this tasted
  • andtheodor commented:

    11/7/18, 10:29 AM - Definitely some sulfur involved.

  • andtheodor commented:

    11/7/18, 10:38 AM - not if the mustard gas has the final say

Red
2010 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses Cabernet Franc
12/4/2017 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Wow, this was good. A study in non-fruit complexity. 24 hours open on the counter and this is perhaps the greatest Franc I've tasted.
  • andtheodor commented:

    12/5/17, 3:58 PM - I guess I'm late.

White - Sweet/Dessert
1983 Château Climens Barsac Sémillon
11/12/2017 - andtheodor wrote:
93 points
Apricot, oranges, bruleed sugar, cinnamon, just wonderful and I could sip this all night.
  • andtheodor commented:

    11/12/17, 3:05 PM - Yeah, I don't have any.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2011 Château Guiraud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
2/11/2017 - Doc90 Likes this wine:
93 points
Bright happy nose. The palate is darker and more complex-fall leaves, apple crisp, honey. Such a contrast between nose and palate. Evolving and contemplative. The hype behind this wine is real. Paired well with Walrus ice cream.
  • andtheodor commented:

    2/12/17, 12:27 PM - Mmmm, walrus is my favorite flavor.

  • andtheodor commented:

    9/19/17, 12:13 PM - I prefer Sauternes with spermaceti.

Red
2014 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Nellessen Vineyard Sonoma Coast
8/16/2017 - andtheodor wrote:
90 points
Kalamata, cardamom & violets. Really fresh, lifted interesting. Kind of brief and compact right now.
  • andtheodor commented:

    8/16/17, 9:22 AM - Sure. I've been in Wisconsin for a few weeks but I should be home this weekend.

    Body seemed pretty light, but it was warm and in a pint glass outside.

Red
2007 Lagier Meredith Syrah Mt. Veeder
1/17/2017 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Wow, love the deep savory woodsiness here. I opened this on new years and somehow gulped the whole bottle in a matter of hours.
  • andtheodor commented:

    4/27/17, 9:15 AM - Well, looks like the food pairing for one. I recall the first one seemed flat and boring but the most recent one was bright and fresh (but still wouldn't have been a good match for smoke brisket).

Red
2009 Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna Il Poggiale Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
Oh, dear, this is so good. Not for some time have I had a wine that was able to perform quite this kind of magic trick. When I first poured it, I wasn't so happy with the rather dark brick-red color. Then I took my first smell (the powerful aromas from the carafe dragging me in), and I again was not happy - beet root, red currants, etc. WTF, is this Napa? So I let it sit as I checked on it each 5 minutes, and by the 20 minute mark it began to change. Lots of bright citrus character, with just the inkling of red fruits somewhere in the dark chasm. I was perplexed: at first this had nothing to do with CC at all. Nothing. But by the 30 minute mark, ferrous clay, hot stones and dried brush bit at my lip. Dinner was nearly finished being prepared, so I checked again at the 45 minute mark - whuttha? Chianti Classico appeared, front and center. WOW! I bit my lip, and I crossed my fingers it would continue in this direction, and did it ever. Blood orange aromas pierced my nose, rich leathery cherry notes urgently drew me in, closer and closer, until I yielded and had to taste. Wow, THIS is CC! Honestly, every single time I went to take a sip with my meal, this offered up some new thing, some unique thing for me, as if to play with my mind. And I admit, it did. I didn't only yield, I swore allegiance. This is some kind of wine, and I'm glad I broke my mid-week rule of sticking to $15-$25. If I see any/case for sale, I'm on it like greased lightning. At the 90 minute mark, I am a broken, but very happy man, my mind, quite spent; I'm wearing a bewildered, ear-to-ear grin. 13,5% abv., highly recommended. Absolutely drink now. Miss nothing.

Served non-blind; trace sediment.

https://italianwine.blog/
  • andtheodor commented:

    1/27/17, 12:25 PM - Glad I bought a few of these.

White
2010 Nikolaihof Riesling Reserve Steiner Hund Wachau
1/7/2017 - andtheodor wrote:
90 points
A bit of lime juice and fennel on the nose has me excited. While the palate has a lot of flesh and grip, there is only modest acidity and comparatively little salty mineral sense.
  • andtheodor commented:

    1/8/17, 9:24 AM - Opened and tasted over 4 hours to decide if I need more. Probably do.

Red
2004 Cantine Valpane Barbera del Monferrato Superiore Valpane
6/29/2016 - andtheodor wrote:
90 points
Opened for a pizza piled high with meat - tons of dark Barbera fruit, bright acidity, just an engaging and easy drinking wine.
  • andtheodor commented:

    12/17/16, 8:29 AM - $22 from Envoyer in February.

Red
1989 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
11/27/2016 - Kraussja Likes this wine:
92 points
Blackberry jam, mint, and violets on the nose. Fully resolved rabbis, but still nice structure. Very fresh fruit on the palate - I would've guessed this wine was more in the 10-15 year range if not for the color and a hint of compost on the finish.
  • andtheodor commented:

    11/27/16, 11:34 AM - I hate unresolved rabbis ;)

White - Off-dry
2003 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese ** Mosel Saar Ruwer
11/26/2015 - blanquito wrote:
Opened for turkey day. Pure, beautiful bouquet of lime, rock candy, basil, and a whiff of slate. The palate is delicious, quite smooth with fine acids on the attack. The finish is really sweet, maybe gooseberries laden with honey. This is borderline cloying unless you are looking for a lovely, real, sweet white wine. Long, lingering finish. Good match with spicy food. I might let my others sleep to see if they eat their sugar with more age.
  • andtheodor commented:

    10/7/16, 11:13 AM - I didn't see your note on this until just now but we both used "rock sugar" as a descriptor. Weird.

Red
2006 Mas Doix Priorat Salanques Grenache Blend, Grenache
9/30/2016 - andtheodor wrote:
91 points
Consumed next to a fire in the backyard on a cool night - really pleasantly spicy with cocoa and red berry fruit. Much better definition than 5 years ago, this is a wine that defies the stereotypes of its origin.
  • andtheodor commented:

    9/30/16, 3:14 PM - I don't see why not. I'll send out an email.

Red
2006 Celler Joan Simó Priorat Les Eres Vinyes Velles Red Blend
8/29/2016 - andtheodor wrote:
88 points
Identifiably Priorat, awfully big, high alcohol, and clunky. Lots of plum and berry fruit, still plenty of tannin, but little to rescue it from the doldrums of ripeness and power in Priorat.
  • andtheodor commented:

    8/29/16, 3:12 PM - Actually, that sounds like a perfect application.

White - Sweet/Dessert
N.V. Cascina Chicco Roero Arneis Arcass Vendemmia Tardiva Vino da Uve Stramture
8/26/2016 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Dried apricot, orange oil, liquid flower perfume. Oily and lower acidity with a luscious, voluptuous texture and loads of sugar, kind of like VT Gewurz without the exotic twist. Pretty tasty stuff.
  • andtheodor commented:

    8/27/16, 4:58 AM - Yeah, never even heard of this before.

White
2011 Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Loibenberg Wachau
8/24/2016 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Metal and pulverized rock with apple and pear behind it all. Fabulous weight and power with an energetic zingy finish. Tasted blind this gave the distinct impression of a very good grosses gewachs. Love it.
  • andtheodor commented:

    8/24/16, 5:14 PM - You said you were traveling...

  • andtheodor commented:

    8/24/16, 6:51 PM - I doubt I can swing another night in the next 10 days as I've already booked a few things this week - might have to look a little further out.

  • andtheodor commented:

    8/24/16, 7:29 PM - Well, I have no Alzinger anyways. May have to be Hirsch or HIrtzberger.

Red
2008 Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon South Eastern
8/24/2016 - andtheodor wrote:
Tasted blind. Chocolate and sickly sweet currant fruit on the nose. My wife dumps her glass out immediately. Kind of like a slightly off dry California "Port". No redeeming character.
  • andtheodor commented:

    8/24/16, 12:09 PM - I'll dig into my remaining bottles ASAP!

Red
1986 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Viña Real Reserva Tempranillo
8/16/2016 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Best bottle of this yet - full maturity the only age related effect here. Black tea, strawberry, orange peel, perfumed aromatics. Sweet-tart acidity, cherry, blood, lean but brisk and fresh too, finishing with a bitter Seville orange note. Wife asks if we can drink this every night.
  • andtheodor commented:

    8/16/16, 9:21 PM - 8 bottles, which is about as much as I buy of anything. Would love to get together now that the weather is less severe - lots of things I'm excited to get to.

Red
1978 Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Viña Albina Gran Reserva Tempranillo
10/23/2012 - BradKNYC wrote:
Some golden oldies on a Tuesday night. (Il Corso.): Shows much more of a red fruit character than the Muga and is much further down the highway in terms of its development. The cherry and red plummy fruit is starting to feel just a little brittle and the earth and leather elements more apparent. Much higher acid than the Muga, but nothing a nice plate of food couldn't master. Finishes with a classic cedar, orange citrus and worn wood note. Good stuff. A-.
  • andtheodor commented:

    6/25/16, 10:40 AM - Hi Brad, I posted this in a thread on WB but I don't think you saw it...what's the difference between the light and dark labels on the Vina Albina? Are the dark labels reconditioned library releases?

White
1986 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Blanco Viura, Macabeo
5/3/2016 - JulianSkeels Likes this wine:
97 points
Gorgeous wine, enjoyed a bottle with the winemaker but will not be publicly released until this September. 21yrs in US oak followed by 5yrs in concrete and then bottle. Initially very heavy, with deep gold, and lovely almond nose. Big, rich and persistent with lingering salinity. With lots of air this actually reminded me of a top Burgundy! Enjoyed with all courses of a dinner. Highly recommended.
  • andtheodor commented:

    5/3/16, 8:10 AM - Hi Julian. Thanks for your note, I have been waiting for this to be released. Do you know what release price will be?

White - Sweet/Dessert
1990 Domaine Banchereau Coteaux du Layon Chaume Privilège Chenin Blanc
4/20/2016 - andtheodor wrote:
88 points
Reluctant nose showing some tropical note, florals, but mostly mango. Immense body and concentration, Liptons, pretty sweet, but not particularly interesting.
  • andtheodor commented:

    4/20/16, 4:46 PM - Yup.

Red
1990 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Bosché Vineyard Rutherford
3/10/2016 - Doc90 Likes this wine:
95 points
The nose hits you like a cannonball. Gunpowder, campfire, pinyon pine, smoke, rhubarb, plums, red fruit, black pepper. This is what I would want my dream cabin to smell like. Bright, tart, lively red fruit. Tart cherries, alert acidity. Undertones of cinnamon and lemon zinger tea (the energetic acidity). Dynamic and complex. Deep, yet not contemplative; more adventurous. Very long finish.
  • andtheodor commented:

    3/12/16, 7:09 AM - Woooo, where'd you find this? The '90 is the best Bosche I've had.

  • andtheodor commented:

    3/15/16, 10:11 AM - Hmm, might have to grab an '89 Monte Bello for Saturday.

White
1997 Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc Reserve To-Kalon Vineyard Napa Valley
2/13/2016 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Green pineapple, white peach, a little golden apple, a wallop of oak that has integrated well showing only a bit of banana and bitter spice on the end. More like a Graves blanc, very impressive. Immaculate bottle.
  • andtheodor commented:

    2/13/16, 12:17 PM - Bought a couple of years ago for $15, didn't know what to expect and would never had brought to a big tasting, though it would've been a hell of a surprise in that format.

Red - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Tommaso Bussola Recioto della Valpolicella BG Corvina Blend, Corvina
1/29/2016 - andtheodor wrote:
93 points
A little bit grapey/blueberry (which I don't really like in recioto) but some chocolate bar, cigar, musk, espresso, with a really pleasant bittersweet finish.
It's reminding me of Mexican hot chocolate now, some serious spice behind very rich milk chocolate. Damn, this is really good!
  • andtheodor commented:

    1/29/16, 7:40 PM - Saving the good shit for tasting groups...

Red
2003 Calabretta Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese
12/3/2015 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
My last bottle, and possibly my best of this. After a series of awkward stinkers, this is back to its tarry, old Nebbiolo-inflected self. Fudgy, tart cranberry sauce, rustic, powerful, and textured like a much older (and more expensive) wine. Great match with meatballs on a cold night.
  • andtheodor commented:

    12/3/15, 1:28 PM - Immediately prompted me to buy some 05s

Red
2005 Lamborghini (La Fiorita) Umbria Campoleone Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
10/12/2015 - andtheodor wrote:
flawed
TCA
  • andtheodor commented:

    10/12/15, 8:43 AM - Kind of a so-so vintage...family drank the whole anyways. Mild cork.

Red
2001 Calabretta Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese
6/21/2015 - andtheodor wrote:
89 points
Cooked cherries, leather, black tea, mushrooms, tar, bitter almonds, and astringency. Doesn't sound very nice, but the pieces fit together and make an enjoyable wine.
  • andtheodor commented:

    10/11/15, 8:09 AM - I generally like this wine a lot too, but find plenty of bottle variation and this wasn't one of the better ones.

Red
2004 Pago de Carraovejas Ribera del Duero Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
10/1/2015 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Tasted blind. Woah, funky, earthy, plum, old wood, roasted meat, decay nose that immediately reminds me of Pesquera before I even taste it. Palate is smoky, very peppery, has an attractive sweet/sour acidity. Gutsy, well made wine and I was certain it was a Pesquera Reserva. Oh well, close enough.
  • andtheodor commented:

    10/1/15, 1:57 PM - No, I think it may have been carried back in luggage. I've never heard of them either.

  • andtheodor commented:

    10/1/15, 2:04 PM - Yeah, his wine was the Malleolus next to it. Our friend "snaff" provided the Carraovejas.

    Last night was funny - we called for reservations and they declined to mention it's only Burgers/sandwiches Wednesday nights so the food was pretty meh but the wines didn't care. Superb lineup.

White - Sparkling
2007 Domaine Huet Vouvray Pétillant Cuvée Huet Brut Chenin Blanc
8/15/2015 - blanquito wrote:
88 points
I'd not tried this before, had high hopes... Decent, good cut, but monolithic and not showing much Chenin character except fleetingly. Not bad, the bottle was drained, but I'm damning it with faint praise. Too young?
  • andtheodor commented:

    8/17/15, 9:24 AM - Bummer, thought that would be in your sweet spot.

Red
1999 Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi Piano di Montevergine Taurasi DOCG Aglianico
7/25/2015 - wine strategies (IWB) wrote:
flawed
held since release only to find it's corked. so pissed.
  • andtheodor commented:

    7/26/15, 7:53 AM - Seems to be a lot of TCA in '99 Feudi

Red
1978 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
7/19/2015 - wine strategies (IWB) wrote:
flawed
All great athletes are subject to the effects of time and injury, and in the instant case, this had a touch of TCA/TBA that distracted on the nose, but showed its pedigree - and fortitude - on the palate with virtually no TCA at all. Moreover, thanks to the strength of the fruit and vintage, it was able to rise above its defect and provide pretty remarkable enjoyment in the mouth and on the finish. It's not fair to think that this might be representative, but if it were, it's most certainly time to drink as this window is closing sooner than later. I had to leave before the bottle was emptied, but I have to think the remainder was quite drinkable and that none ended up down the drain.

Decanted for sediment and returned to bottle, served single-blind one hour later.
  • andtheodor commented:

    7/21/15, 1:19 PM - Yup, we happily finished it. Almost totally clean at the end of the bottle.

White - Sparkling
2007 Domaine Huet Vouvray Pétillant Cuvée Huet Brut Chenin Blanc
7/1/2015 - andtheodor wrote:
91 points
Nose of apple, pear, a bit honeyed, some funky Chenin verve too. The palate is where this really shines as the acidity this wine once had has mellowed and rounded off while the texture is getting supple, with some appealing yeastiness, even biscuity, ample fruit sweetness, chalky, lemon mineral water. This just killed with carne asada, guajillo salsa, avo, & tons of cilantro. More advanced than all my other bottles and showing great interest for the future if this is the trajectory.
  • andtheodor commented:

    7/2/15, 12:34 PM - Sometimes great wines write their own notes...hope to catch you soon!

Red
1991 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
6/21/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
87 points
I love Todonia's mature whites, but I'm increasingly less convinced about the reds - too little fruit to support the other attributes of this most traditional of styles. Murrieta, 904, 890, CVNE all far more convincing at this maturity. The end of affair..........
  • andtheodor commented:

    6/21/15, 7:11 PM - I kind of agree with you. In the words of a friend of mine, "LdH reds always taste ten years older than they are." I served this bottle blind to a group and everyone though it was a tired '81 Rioja.

White - Fortified
1971 Bodegas Toro Albala Montilla-Moriles Don PX Gran Reserva Pedro Ximénez
6/11/2015 - Ombibulous wrote:
Friends, what do you think the end of the drinking window would be for the half bottle? Perhaps I should drink it now. The average drinking window of all vintages (1971 through 1985 have drinking windows specified) is 35 years, which would put it at 2006. The last time I drank this, also from the half bottle, was 2008. Your thoughts would be welcome. Thanks!
  • andtheodor commented:

    6/11/15, 8:40 PM - Indefinite. If any wine is close to immortality, it's this. I haven't had one for several years but it's far from being "old" in any sense. Drink one now or forget about it for several years - it doesn't matter.

  • andtheodor commented:

    6/12/15, 4:34 PM - These wines are enormously concentrated plus they spend literally decades in barrel prior to release so they're pretty timeless. On the other hand, they don't really gain much from further cellaring so there isn't a lot of reason to keep them either, but you don't need to worry about them suddenly falling apart. Per Parker, "Putting a drinking window to these wines feels a bit silly. You should drink it whenever you have the occasion. "

  • andtheodor commented:

    6/18/15, 5:35 PM - Almost of the old PX I've had has been half bottles and I've tasted the '71 from 375 a couple of times, and a variety of older ones as well. Like I mentioned before, if you're worried about this wine getting too old just drink it. There's not any reason to keep it for longer as it was nearly totally mature on release and probably hasn't changed much since you bought it. FWIW, I have one bottle of this left in 375 and I might drink it next week or in ten years. I don't believe that time frame will have much of a difference provided sound storage.

Red
2002 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
6/14/2015 - CondorKhan wrote:
92 points
Drinking fantastically well at the moment.

It smells like an oak paneled study full of old leatherbound volumes that have soaked up decades of fine cigar smoke.

On the palate, the taste of black cherries, smoke, leather and wood. Tannins perfectly integrated. Deliciously old school. I should have decanted this because it was by the last glass that this was starting to really, really sing.
  • andtheodor commented:

    6/15/15, 8:31 AM - Yes! Just drank one last night myself. I couldn't help but imagine old furniture behind the warm sappy fruit. Good note.

Red
2009 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Guadalupe Vineyard Willamette Valley
6/10/2015 - andtheodor wrote:
Tasted blind. Twizzler, candied, carob, loamy, cran-raspberry nose. Sweet-tart palate with fuzzy tannin and pleasing acidity. Seems unevolved and simple. Certainly new world, seems Cali-ish, thought maybe a juicy young Grenache blend. Pleasant enough, but seeing the label made me think much less of this wine as Pinot never really crossed my mind. Not my kind of Pinot at all.
  • andtheodor commented:

    6/10/15, 2:16 PM - Yup, but the Mogador & Bosche made that a little difficult.

Red
1990 Fattoria di Bibbiani Pulignano Rosso Toscana IGT Sangiovese
5/27/2015 - andtheodor wrote:
91 points
Dried sour Italian cherry, fresh strawberry, crushed incense nose. Sweet/tart mature palate, tasting very much like an old Brunello. Superb with sausage/white bean/kale/tomato soup.
  • andtheodor commented:

    5/27/15, 12:14 PM - I can always make some. I've been meaning to query P about a serious night at his place...

Red
2003 Tormaresca Castel del Monte Bocca Di Lupo Nero di Troia, Uva di Troia
4/6/2015 - andtheodor wrote:
flawed
Touch of the Portuguese menace. Opened at a family dinner and nobody else really noticed so we drank it anyways.
  • andtheodor commented:

    5/15/15, 6:20 AM - TCA

  • andtheodor commented:

    5/15/15, 6:40 AM - I think most cork oak is grown in Portugal.

White - Fortified
2006 Alvear Montilla-Moriles PX Fino "En Rama" Pedro Ximénez
2/10/2013 - andtheodor wrote:
60 points
Hazelnuts, saline, new car scent, volatile, yuck. WTF?
  • andtheodor commented:

    1/20/15, 5:25 AM - Sure, absolutely possible it was bad. I bought 12 from Astor, tried 2 and found them both undrinkably chemical and volatile. Exactly like off-gassing plastic. Some people didn't seem to mind it though.

Red
2001 Moschioni Colli Orientali del Friuli Pignolo
12/5/2014 - andtheodor wrote:
91 points
Still very dark, almost black at the edges. Fresh berry, fresh flowers, tar, rosemary, tobacco leaf. High alcohol but it's integrated. Sweet and transparent despite all of the density here. On the palate it's violets, milk chocolate, salty black licorice with good acidity, huge body, and abundant tannin. Reminiscent of Nebbiolo and Aglianico at the same time, this is quintessentially Italian.
  • andtheodor commented:

    12/5/14, 4:42 PM - Some flaky black sludge, but not like a VP or anything.

Red
1991 Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Monte Real Reserva Tempranillo
If I am drinking the right wine this is killer.
  • andtheodor commented:

    12/5/14, 3:33 PM - Yeah, that's the right one.

White
2012 Bodegas Avancia Godello Valdeorras
11/27/2014 - andtheodor wrote:
89 points
Honeysuckle, lemonade, mineral, apple, mineral with a honeyed sweetness to the nose. Rich, dense, and very full bodied. Unusual, almost moelleux, but with decent balance. Not at all in line with my previous experience with Godello, but tasty.
  • andtheodor commented:

    11/27/14, 9:22 AM - Heh, how ever did you know?

Red
1994 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Ygay Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
10/30/2014 - andtheodor wrote:
85 points
Strawberry, pickle, vanilla, raw peanut nose. Lots of acidity, a touch balsamic, coconut, oak tannin, sickly palate where raw wood seems to be taking over. Very different from my last bottle and not very appealing.
  • andtheodor commented:

    10/30/14, 2:35 PM - This bottle was similar in many ways to my experience on 3/2/2013 - but with much more harsh unintegrated wood on the nose and palate. I hope the rest are not like this one because I loved the last bottle.

Red
2007 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
5/27/2014 - andtheodor wrote:
65 points
Wow, I don't think I've ever tasted such a disaster in a bottle. Burnt tar, prunes, wickedly fumy, and an oxidative note to kick things over the cliff into the smouldering refuse pile. Perverse.
  • andtheodor commented:

    5/27/14, 5:10 PM - Always a possibility, but this wasn't the only bottle from PC stored at 55°, and I'm not the only one who thought so. If it was a bad bottle, there's a lot of them out there.

White
2012 Domaine Millet-Roger Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc
3/21/2014 - andtheodor wrote:
90 points
Love this; zesty, crystalline minerality with a squeeze of lime juice. As such, it went very well with chicken tomatillo soup and an onion goat cheese tart.
  • andtheodor commented:

    3/21/14, 12:27 PM - I had it last year from a friend who brought it over from his cellar in Denmark and it popped up on WTSO shortly thereafter. I'm not aware of it retailing anywhere else stateside (I had to create the entry in CT), but if it comes up again, I'll definitely reload and let you know (and vice-versa!). Can't have enough $18 bottles of gutsy white wine.

Red
2011 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux Cabernet Franc
2/25/2014 - blanquito wrote:
85 points
My first Baudry... There's a beautiful, expressive, delicate, complex bouquet here. Really captivating, foremost with smoked pasilla peppers and ash (but not ashtray), followed by purple flowers, cassis, bayleaf, grape juice, umami, black olives. Really has some hallmarks of an old school St. Emilion. The palate however is light bodied and verging on dilute. I gave it a few hours and it improved a bit, with some chewiness and stemmy-cranberry fruit developing suggesting there some background depth. I can see the appeal, but I'm let down. Really nice bouquet, overall somewhat of a disappointment. 85-86
  • andtheodor commented:

    2/26/14, 7:38 AM - Wow, so you liked the Picasses more than this?

Red
2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
1/20/2014 - andtheodor wrote:
90 points
Raw pine, hops, so much coarse American oak still apparent. Raspberry, tar, tart fruit skins, orange peel, very aromatic, tons of acidity, and plenty of fruit and oak tannin. I don't want to say this wine is out of balance - it's not, but for me this needs 5, maybe 15 more years to smooth out into a hopefully beautiful and classic old Rioja.
  • andtheodor commented:

    1/21/14, 9:39 AM - Nice to meet you Harley, I enjoy reading your notes on old Rioja. We share a similar taste in these wines.

  • andtheodor commented:

    1/21/14, 11:04 AM - I love the 12Glotones, very interesting and educational for me. Interesting that you include Franco Españolas (whom I have never tasted) in the "magnificent 7", but not Bodegas Riojanas (whom I love). What is your feeling on them?

Red
1999 Feudi di San Gregorio Irpinia Serpico Aglianico
12/24/2013 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Cocoa powder, bittersweet, plum skin, cigar, menthol, more non-fruit than fruit. Very earth-driven, some iodine/chemical scents, robust structure still. Noble and lovely but not maturing much.
  • andtheodor commented:

    1/3/14, 9:20 AM - I've had the '03 once and found it utterly closed down but have hope for the future. The '01 is wide open but not in the same vein as these other vintages - very forward, sweet, and polished.

White
1994 Mastroberardino Fiano di Avellino Radici Fiano di Avellino DOCG
1/2/2014 - andtheodor wrote:
Rich golden color, unusual buttersotch, honey, apricot, dusty old chest nose. Old flowers, candle wax, soft acidity, and broad, waxy palate. The disconnect between the sweetness on the nose and dry palate reminds me of dry tokaji, while the softness of the acidity and waxy flowers reminds me of old white Hermitage or something. Weird stuff, but kinda enjoyable for a 20 year old Fiano.
  • andtheodor commented:

    1/3/14, 9:18 AM - Pristine cork, so probably a best case scenario, but not necessarily an argument for long term Fiano aging, but fun anyways.

Red
2010 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend
11/19/2013 - andtheodor wrote:
90 points
Delicious plum, berry, licorice, anise, herb character. Drinking well already, an absolute joy.
  • andtheodor commented:

    11/20/13, 9:41 AM - I rarely buy more than 4 or 6 of a given wine, but yes I'd love a case of this.

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