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Tasting Notes for MuddyBoots

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Red
2/1/2023 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Decanted 45 minutes. Sadly this showed a strong unappealing acid/ balsamic nose. Possibly volatile acid. We set it aside rather than including it in our 2001 Brunello tasting. The next day I came back to it and the unpleasant nose had blown off somewhat and the palate shows a wine of considerable finesse and interest. Burgundian in style, with beautiful silky texture, as others have noted. But the nose is initially off-putting and if this is a representative bottle, the wine will have few fans. Bought on release and unmoved in my cellar for 17 years. My only bottle. I can only suggest a vigorous six hour decant and/or wait until the third day. We substituted Canalcchio di Sopra which turned out to be an upside surprise.
Red
2/1/2023 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Decanted thirty minutes. Tasted with four other traditional styled Brunellos from 2001. Quite dark toned sour cherry. Fresh fruit. Grip . Acid. Tannin. Balanced. Some elegance. Quite complete. Young but approachable. A favorite among our little tasting group. Showing really well. More than held its own in perhaps more heralded company. Bought on release and unmoved in the cellar these last 17 years. Will keep a decade at least.
Red
2/1/2023 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Tasted alongside four other Brunellos from the vintage, including Salvioni's neighboring plot. Decanted 45 minutes. Really dark and densely packed with flavor, showing relatively little development. Beautiful restrained sweetness. But we were left wondering where all this color came from. The vines were young at the time. Though Salvioni's wine shared similar characteristics, though not to quite the same degree. Never having had it before, this wine puzzled our little tasting group. It is really impressive by almost every measure by which one might judge quality in a wine - truly - and drinking extraordinarily young. But does it really reflect what one expects from Brunello made in a traditional style and aged in big botti ? Unquestionably wonderful. But is it Brunello ? It will keep for another 20 years. Bought on release and unmoved in the cellar for 17 years.
Red
2/1/2023 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Tasted alongside four other 2001 Brunellos, including the neighboring Diego Molinari' Cerbaiona. Decanted 45 minutes. Of the five I think I liked this the best. Tastes young - could be a ten year old wine. But its also very dark and concentrated - so much so as to surely not the typical of Brunello or indeed Sangiovese. Diego Molinari's wine showed similar uncharacteristic qualities. The wine is impressive. But I am really not sure what to make of it. Bought on release and not moved in the cellar for 17 years.
White
1/30/2023 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Apparently from three sites planted in the 1960s - all well regarded for Chardonnay - Goudelette, Gollardes and Saucours. Quite pale lemon. Subtle nose of citrus - very elegant. Salty on the palate with similar flavors of lime, lemon and tart apple as on the nose. Distinctly not Meursault - less exuberant and more citrus. A little spice. Ripe but not conspicuously so. Admirable restraint throughout. There is some mid palate body here but enough acid to keep the wine fresh and give it movement over the palate. The old vines show in the impressive length - showing some expansive power and a slight pleasant bitterness at the very end. I think this is very good indeed and very fair value. But I confess to liking the slightly leaner flavor profile of whites from this part of the Cote. Will keep of course and likely develop more complexity. But it is delicious today.
White
1/26/2023 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Delicate nose. Saline and chalk on the palate framing ripe orchard fruits - apple/pear. There is some reduction here. Medium plus weight on the palate - a nice mouth filling creamy texture with an easy ripeness. Good acidity also - the wine did not go through malolactic The gunflint/ struck match flavors drive the finish forward. Still young - it changed quite a bit in the glass over just 30 minutes. It got fuller and the reduction dissipated somewhat. If you like the style this represents quality at a very fair price.
Red
1/25/2023 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Decanted 30 minutes. This is in a very good place right now. Beautiful nose showing mature Sangiovese aromas but still plenty of underlying fruit. Mid weight palate. Lovely internal aromatics. Genuine complexity as the tertiary aromas interplay with the still quite fresh fruit. No austerity. Very well managed tannin. Perhaps not the length I was expecting. Will make a lot of friends. Bought on release. You could keep this a while but it is already delicious. A validation for me that aging Sangiovese has merit.
Red
1/18/2023 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Double decanted and recorked. Drunk the next day. Bottle 02201. Surprisingly approachable for so young a Barolo from Castiglione. Floral notes of violet and roses. Gently Balsamic. As yet without the herbal notes I associate with wines from this vineyard. Mid weight. Ripe - and in no sense overripe - but without the greatest depth or intensity of fruit in the mid palate. Sufficient but not exceptional length. Carries its alcohol well. Grippy tannin that seem ripe, fine grained and broadly in proportion to the modest scale of the rest of the wine. Lacks the power and thrust of a more heralded vintage. But there is balance overall between its elements. A fine Barolo in a minor key and ready relatively soon. Bravo Alfio !
Next day - the herbal notes make an appearance. The tannins dry on one sip but not so much the next. Young Barolo changes so much...
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Red
1/15/2023 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Intensely red fruited - cranberry / sour cherry. Concentrated, reflecting the warmth of the vintage. Initially seemed a little too ripe to maintain as much elegance as one might like, but after a hour this strong sensation of ripeness seemed less evident. Well behaved tannin, still buried in fruit. Good length. Developing slowly. There is a very appealing purity to the fruit. By the second glass this was showing some sophistication - in the context of it being Sangiovese - while still tasting very young. Encouraging. Bought on release. My only bottle.
White
1/13/2023 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Chalky citrus with good length on the back end, which is to my mind the primary measure of quality to come in such a young wine. Quite full on the palate. Good density coming from these middle aged vines. Lime. Slight sense of iodine. Salty. Needs several years to show it’s best but will surely be really good in the fuller style of the vintage.
Red
1/12/2023 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Solid cork. Quite dark color. Very mature nose - with overwhelming notes of balsamic and not much else. Much fresher on the palate but with a great deal more tar than roses. Tannins still quite raw, gripping the gums with real persistent dryness. Good length. There is also some new wood here. Lacks the florality and elegance of Cannubi as well as its fine grained tannin. Not sure what to make of this. Ultimately, though not flawed, it is today not a particularly joyous experience to drink this. Bought on release.

Next day - More composed; less explosively balsamic on the nose; still marked by the new wood; much more enjoyable. Reinforcing the need for a long decant.
Red
1/10/2023 - MuddyBoots wrote:
New oak on the nose and new oak on the palate. It is like taking a bite out of a wood table. Dark soft concentrated very well mannered syrah fruit beneath. Silky tannin. I do not recall a wine that I have felt to be more manipulated by activity in the cellar. A generous interpretation would be to say this is a wine of its time, and such wines were necessary to bring focus and money to Cote Rotie. A less generous view would be to question why anyone would ever think a wine improved by so much unnecessary makeup. The critics' reviews when released as I recall did not caution how extraordinarily strong was the cellar imprint on this wine - a disservice in my view. Nor were their high scores qualified by the observation that they were appropriate only if you liked this very manipulated style, which probably explains why I bought it at the time. But just one bottle thank goodness.
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White
1/6/2023 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Mid yellow. Pleasantly forthcoming nose of ripe citrus. Quite full and broad on the palate for Chablis - but with a restrained intensity. Chalky and mineral throughout. Still a bit straightforward. Bright acid. Then a trust of power at the end with some encouraging leanness. Very long for village Chablis. The quality of the finish on this bodes well for its future. This needs perhaps five years to come together and develop some mid palate intensity but there is reason to be optimistic that this will in time fully reflect its very worthy terroir. Given that Chablis is all chalk and mineral and acid and saline and citrus, I think more than most white Burgundy one has to be patient to allow it to integrate. Encouraging.
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Red
1/5/2023 - MuddyBoots wrote:
i do not recall ever having drunk a Barbera of such age. Earthier notes, the fruit having lost its youthful gleam. A loss of freshness, which may be barbera's most appealing characteristic. Never in a particularly exuberant style. But still holding up well, with a structure now dependent entirely on its strong acidity. Drink soon. This will not improve. Bought on release.
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Red
1/4/2023 - MuddyBoots wrote:
New oak. A level of extraction that would surely be considered excessive today. Full of flavor of course. A lot of tar flavor here. Balsamic. Just not, by my standards, faithful to the identity of Barbaresco. A wine of its time. I wore baggy pants too once. A style point. If you still like baggy pants, this may be right up your alley. Certainly holding up well. Sadly, bought on release, when baggy pants were quite the thing.
Red
1/2/2023 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Dark red hue. Leather on the nose - bordering on funk - more tertiary notes than I expected. Sweet dark fruit on the palate - fresher than the nose. Full of delicious complex black fruit flavors, the fullness of which is the trade off for the wine lacking a little in delicacy and finesse. Black olives. Not so much pepper or spice. Acid in fair degree but seems to lack a little tannic grip in the early going. There is balance but not compelling length. A wine for food. Fairly represents perhaps all you can hope for in a Crozes. Very good. Ready but will keep and change still over many years. Bought on release.
Next Day - Earthier, more tapenade, less leathery funk, less weighty.
Red
12/30/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Decanted only 45 minutes. Pale but a dark red hue. I got quite a lot of volatile acidity on the nose - others found it funky. The palate is fresher. Changed enormously after just ten minutes in the glass to be a much sweeter and prettier wine on the palate with cherry fruit and a certain nuttiness. But the nose, while not unpleasant, precludes me praising this too highly. Perhaps a longer decanting time would benefit this wine - I simply have no idea. My first experience with this wine. Reliable provenance. A privilege to drink this of course.
White
12/26/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Beautifully shiny pale gold. Apple skin and just hints of fruits more tropical. Pear on the finish ? The interplay of sweetness and tingly bright acid in perfect balance. The fine terroir giving good length. If there is a criticism it is only that the sense of apple is quite prominent and as a result I am thinking this still has to find real complexity - though I have drunk enough Riesling in the company of others to know I seem to find the smell of apple more dominant in Riesling than do others. This is totally fit for purpose, utterly delicious and really ridiculously good value. 7.5% alcohol.
Red
12/24/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
80-100 year old 100% Carignan from northeast facing slopes on gneiss. Whole cluster fermentation. Simply beautiful nose of mixed red berries - raspberries - fully ripe, comforting on this very cold Christmas Eve night. Medium plus weight. Good intensity of flavor. One can believe the vines are old here - there is a depth to the fruit - also a kind of caressing creaminess that only comes from very old vines. Earth notes. Some herbs. Still bright and fresh. With a silky mouthfeel / texture on the palate. Tannins grippy and a little dry. Has an unexpected presence for a wine with this origin. Delicious and fabulous - as was the 2012. Ready but will surely hold 5 more years at least. Bought on release. I wish had more of this.
Red
2013 Lecci e Brocchi Chianti Classico Riserva Il Chiorba Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
12/23/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Only mid weight. Expressive aromatics of complex sour cherries and some earth. Good intensity of fruit on the palate. I didn't get the leafy notes I did in July. Brisk acid. Very well mannered tannins - fine and without any rusticity. Really good length. Even better after 30 minutes. A complete Chianti in an understated style which lacks for nothing. Will hold but fully ready now.
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Red
12/22/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Small pour. One is reminded how despite changes here the wines are still really stylistically quite "big". You had to pay more attention than you normally would with Amoureuses to sense its more ethereal internal aromatics, because these components here still seem to be hidden behind the wine's sheer scale of fruit. Tannins a little grainy. Some noticeable new oak just now. But it has all the components of a really fine wine - including exceptional length. And it is already delicious. Wait. There is more to come.
Red
12/20/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
As my November note. Expressive nose. Intensely flavored wine on a medium weight frame. All the flavors you could wish for in young sangiovese - sour cherry; some herbal notes; balsamic even. But for the full color, one sees a resemblance to nebbiolo. Bright fresh acid. Present but fully ripe tannin, covered in the ripe fruit until the very end. It's really good. A complete and balanced wine. Needs six years more I suggest.
Red
12/15/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Appropriately pale. Beautifully expressive nose. Already complex and interesting. Balsamic/tar and roses. Medium plus weight. Plenty of fully ripe darker red fruit flavor - especially cherries. Initially tingly acid. Silky smooth texture on the palate. The elegance of Verduno fruit. Structure shows up on the back end with youthful grippy and slightly drying tannin in fair proportion. Good length. Balanced and ultimately quite easy going for so young a Barolo. This is extremely good and although personally I would wait ten years this has considerable early appeal. And a really good value still. To be bought in quantity.
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Red
12/15/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
This very satisfactorily pulls off the magic trick of being both quite full of flavor and yet structurally very forgiving for nebbiolo. Lives on its acid more than its tannin. Fairly full color. The label mentions Serralunga but I understand the winery to be in La Morra. Very good indeed. For early drinking. Expensive.
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White
12/10/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Greener and more discrete than the prior three vintages - and at this early stage with an apparently simpler flavor profile. Less broad in the mouth. But long.
Red
12/9/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Sophisticated nose of some distinction . Tertiary notes mixed with expressive red cherry fruit - pleasant. There is earth but no particular leafy or mushroom flavors. The ‘just” ripe fruit of 1993 on the palate - every last ray of September's sunshine was needed - blends seamlessly now with complex soft gently sweet red fruit. The slightly roasted hint of 1993. Mid plus weight. Good acid. Fully integrated soft tannin. Still elegant, as befits a Volnay. Not tired at all. Drinks easily. Holding up really well. Reassuringly wonderful - testimony to retaining ones faith in aged Volnay not just being interesting but completely delicious. Upside surprise. Bought on release.

(The label on this bottle - a Weygandt import into the USA - makes no mention of Reyane but I assume it is the same wine)
Red
12/4/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Appealingly named "She Wolf". Well sheltered south east exposure 70 year old vines on granitic slope. I don’t drink many modern style wines and - rightly or wrongly - I still associate Jean-Luc Columbo with this style. Evidenced by the extremely refined tannin. This is Cornas after all. Show me some gusto. And there is surely some new wood. I noticed this more and more with each sip as I typically do. By the second glass I really taste it. To its credit this is well flavored and not a blockbuster and has good length. You can see the site (La Cote apparently) - at least in this vintage - has some underlying elegance. If you like the style this will surely have a lot of appeal. But it’s not for me. Its very pleasant but too well mannered and refined to be authentic Cornas. Which raises all the questions about what defines quality in wine. Either way, I would wait.
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White
12/4/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Pale gold. Expressive nose of florals, citrus and almonds. Pretty. On the palate I get the flavors I associate with whites from the northern-most part of the Cote de Beaune - more akin to Corton Charlemagne than Meursault - which flavors for me are present in wines not just in the villages around the Hill of Corton but extend to the rarer Beaune and Savigny whites also. Quite a bit of citrus. To me these flavors have an appealing sense of restraint. Gathers intensity on the palate. Listed at 14% and that seems about right. No sense of heat. Balance between fruit and acid and alcohol. Some length. Has some personality. Very good. Worthy of its village designation. I would buy more of this.

A second bottle, three days later, was equally convincing.
Red
12/1/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Sixty-five year old petite serene. Only 25% destemmed. 18 months on lees in 1-3 year old barrels. Dark hue of red. Initially quite discreet but classically Syrah nose of darker fruits plus some pleasant funk. Smoke. Medium weight on the palate, faithfully reflecting its origins in northern St. Joseph on decomposed granite. Almost prickly acid. Some funky notes running through the palate also. Seems fully ripe but also initially ungenerous in its delivery of fruit. Chalky but fully resolved tannins. The structure comes more from the acid. Became denser and less lean over 30 minutes. Long but not compellingly so. Completely honest wine. Gutsy serene needing food. My kind of St Joseph but perhaps not to be served to the mother in law. Not for everyone. Two things are very evident - this is by no means yet on the way down and the low sulphur level does influence the wine (as may be the aging on lees). First of twelve. Suggest decanting. Can be kept but likely will not improve. Bought on release. 2011 apparently the last vintage of this.
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Red
11/27/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Expressive nose of smoke and darker fruits. Quite ripe on the palate - succulent - but is only slightly above medium weight. Listed at 13.5%. The fruit is redder than the nose suggests but is a little straightforward - it lacks some nuance and complexity. Yet there is an appealing honesty and restraint to this. Tannins remind you we are in Cornas - but are well managed. Balanced. Nothing exaggerated. Later this seemed darker fruited again. This is very good. Bought on release. My only bottle. Can be kept.
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White
11/24/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Slightly flawed. Seemed very flat. Drinkable but not representative.
Red
11/23/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
In an attempt to revive a joy for Chateauneuf that seems to have deserted me for the last five years I opened this for our dinner the evening before Thanksgiving. Decanted an hour. Beautiful soft red with hints of garnet. Is there some oak on the nose ? Brambly red fruit. Some leafy notes. Herbs. Leather after a few more minutes in the glass. Silky on the palate - similarly flavored beautifully complex fruit - almost austere - framed by quite present acid. Rests confidently on the palate before progressing to an impressively long finish. Ripe but substantial tannin show up on the gums, leaving a slight sensation of dryness. Overall shows more elegance and restraint than I expected though neither does it lack for power. Reassuringly wonderful but in a really serious style. This may in fact be quite special. I find with CNP you need to know what to expect since it comes in so many different styles. I have two bottles left and will try and keep my hands off these another five years. Bought on release.
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White
11/22/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Pale lemon. Expressive nose. Bright on the palate. Medium body. The fruit lacks some depth - it is early - but there is already very good length. Fresh acid throughout. Listed at only 12%. So pretty austere. Some white pepper / spice on the finish which adds to the sense of length. There is just a little skin contact here in the extended press time I believe. So maybe the pepper is really some tannin. The hard part is how to describe the fruit flavors. Not so much citrus. Perhaps underripe pineapple notes but without any connotation of tropical warmth. Edgy and racy. Full of interest. May present some challenges at the table - but serves really well as an aperitif. From original rootstock Prie grape grown in the highest vineyard in all of Europe. Has the structure to last. Worth the price of admission. My first experience with this.
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White
11/22/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Mistakenly entered as vintage 2021. The wine was vintage 2019 - and the note now appears there.
Red
11/21/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
At Tablee Dinner in New York. Strikingly attractive nose. On the palate, more full throttled than I expected. Quite vigorous. Darker fruit. Some power. But a little edgy in its components - not yet fully integrated. At an awkward stage perhaps. Six years out not ideal. Needs time. Will surely be really good.
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Red
11/17/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
This is very good indeed. Fully ripe but nothing jammy here. Loads of flavor - darker red berry. Hints of bluer fruit. caressing mouthfeel, reflecting the full ripeness of the fruit. Good length. Quite serious despite the lighter tannic frame. Even showing some restraint. Young. I think the fruit will get more interesting. Needs some time. Wait a year or two. Three days later this was still holding up well.
Red
11/11/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
This needs time. Beautiful fruit - with real brightness but also a very natural full ripeness. And a tannic structure that on the front end is buried in the fruit. Balanced. The textural caressing softness that comes from thoroughly ripe fruit. Medium plus weight. Some slight dryness on the very back end. Just a sensation that this is indeed 14.5%. But this is very promising. My first wine from her.
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Red
11/4/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Medium depth of color but a dark hue. Expressive but soft nose of darker red berries - still quite purely fruited - though there is some mineral element. Medium weight only on the palate but with good intensity of flavor. The structural underpinnings of this wine are more rigorous than you might expect in a Beaune. Behind the pretty fruit is a certain tension, an influence of some constraint, precluding the wine from seeming generous. The delicious sweetness of the vintage shows up in the mid palate before the back end kicks in and shuts down any sense of softness. Appropriate length lacking perhaps a little thrust. Slightly drying tannins settle in the gums. A Beaune with some sinew. Enough fruit to give these more structural elements balance. The vineyard ’s characteristic restraint is evident and the wine is the better for being faithful to its origins. It is very good and an unqualified success for a 2012. I liked the second glass even more.. Can be drunk now but this is developing quite slowly. Bought on release
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White
10/31/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
This one served at the appropriate temperature. Its really very good but I am forming the view that I find the 2019 white burgundies vintage in general a little heavy going. This has a beautifully aromatic nose, full flavor for a Bourgogne and has a grippy finish. Just not the greatest finesse. But if you like the vintage's fuller style this is a really very good example for it's level. It is a quality wine from a grower who seldom seems to miss.
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Red
10/29/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Fragile cork damp almost to the top. Quite a deep color. Woodsy nose. Dark cherry fruit. Not the finesse one would hope for. Freshened up a little after 30 minutes, showing more fruit. Silky texture on the palate is more faithful to its Vosne origins than the nose. Good complexity - there’s quite a lot going on - but no doubt that the tertiary elements are now broadly in charge here. Good acid as you might expect in 1993. Tannins are resolved but there is just a hint of dryness. Commendably long. This got better and better over an hour. And after two hours more fruit and sweetness on the palate Though on the way down now, this is a worthy and rewarding example if you like older Burgundies, But - in this modern world where wines are drunk so young - most I suspect will likely judge this well past its best. Made by Regis Morey I believe, who was not known for making wines of consummate finesse. Recommend an hours decant. Bottle 537. Bought on release.
Red
10/27/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
This - the Aves version of the Barbera - is so very young as to be hard to assess. Still quite vinous. A little unsettled, especially on the nose where I think the 15% alcohol shows itself. But beautiful ripe Barbera fruit on the palate as is usually the case with this wine. No sign really of much tannin at all. I am sure this is very good, and right up your alley if you like fully ripe hedonistic Barbera at your barbeque, through this is likely too full for my taste. I would wait a year.

Next day - I served it cooler, which of course helped reduce the sense of alcohol.
White
10/26/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
This shows a lot of restraint for the vintage. Quite pale. Citrus. Good intensity and simply terrific length for its level. There is balance. Rigorous acid. It is of course not complex yet - the flavors are two dimensions not three. And it may never develop a wide array of flavors. But this is surely everything the one could hope for in a Bourgogne for early drinking. This bottllng is consistently excellent and this 2020 does nothing to interrupt that sequence.
Red
1989 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/26/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Recorked recently at the Chateau. Small pour. Not actually decanted but got some air over 45 minutes or so. Developed nose with leather and cedar overpowering any real sensation fruit. Others liked the nose more than I. I thought the mid palate a bit thin - and with a slight leanness. Angular. Surprising for a 1989. Good length where some fruit notes finally show up. I doubt this was ever really elegant. The nose to my taste became less and less appealing. I don't drink much Bordeaux, so readers might want take that into account. Fully mature for sure.
White
10/25/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Appropriately pale yellow. Nose of citrus and chalk. Fairly straightforward. Only medium intensity on the palate. The counterpoint is that the texture is fluid and the wine flows refreshingly over the palate. Nothing ponderous here. Commendably bright and fresh for the vintage. Satisfactory length. Just not particularly complex and lacking a certain thrill factor. But it ticks all the boxes for what you can fairly expect for village level Chablis. And its early...
White
10/23/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Very worthy aligote. Impressively expressive nose for the variety. Has managed the warmth of the vintage well - there is still some characteristic aligote leanness in texture. Some restraint. Citrus. Grippy finish. Very saline. After 30 minutes this was even showing some complexity, which I typically don't get in Aligote. Expensive, but by the end of the bottle we were thinking perhaps not so much. There is quality here.
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White
10/22/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Quite a full yellow. Expressive nose of varied citrus notes but one senses there is ripeness to come from a hint of honey. Very “mineral” and saline on the palate on a frame that is also clearly ripe. Lacks a little in complexity but it is early days yet. Medium length.
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Red
10/20/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
From outside St Emilion, planted on virgin land which has never seem any chemicals. Destemmed by hand one berry at a time, which reflects the extraordinary attention the grapes receive. I don't drink much young Bordeaux but the Merlot here seems very pure and fresh. Lovely balance. The tannins are a little too easing going to suggest holding this too long. But it is fresh and bright without being exuberant or flashy. There is enough structural frame to keep the fruit in check. First time I looked, half the bottle was gone. Delicious. For early drinking, and in that context, hard to fault.
White
10/19/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
After drinking several 2019 white burgundies that felt almost ponderous on the palate, it was good to come back to a 2018. This seemed altogether less insistent in its texture and less demanding of you. I also find the aromas and flavors of wines from this part of the Cote - from Savigny, through Beaune and up to the hill of Corton - to share a common profile that is very different from the more heralded wines to the south. And I like these flavors very much. Not compellingly perfumed. Stone dust, the fruit quite white peach. No ripe apple or bruised orchard fruits. Less exuberant. Quite saline. Very linear. This particular example has appropriate length for a minor Premier cru. I would rate this highly given that it is priced less than some village Chassagne. 25% new oak. A quarter hectare cropped at a generous 48 Hl/Ha, 13.1% and a low PH of just 3.05. I really think the higher yields help. The 2019 was cropped half this yield. From low on the slope.
White
10/16/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
This is delicious. Pale. Crisp, bright, fresh citrus fruit - lemon / lime - framed in vibrant acid. Served perhaps too cool so not showing much complexity and likely less broad than when warmer. But the length is there, with a further jolt of acid on the back end adding to the persistence. And some pleasant green notes show up late. Refreshing. Totally fit for purpose.
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Red
10/13/2022 - MuddyBoots wrote:
Served slightly chilled - as was recommended. Mid red hue - quite pale. Brilliant still. Slightly muddled earthy notes mixed with ripe dark red fruits on the nose. Touch of iodine ? The full-on texture on the palate of Grenache at 15%. Succulent. Flows effortlessly over the palate. The fruit is not compotted but its ripeness cannot be in question. The fruit has a slightly dried sensation. There is certainly an intensity to the ripeness. Much more savory and more concentrated than I expected. And more serious. Some length. Ripe, sweet and small scaled tannins grip the gums. I sensed no real heat on the end but this is not something I am not particularly sensitive to, so others may find this more pronounced. I think this needs food and time. It changed quite a bit over a couple of hours - the fruit coming more to the fore. I have had this wine in vintages where it showed more restraint and preferred these. But it is early. I think I had a misconception that this wine would be lighter in weight. Wait. The label evokes Don Quixote - I love it.
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