Tasting Notes for SexyEpicurean

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Red
10/11/2021 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
86 points
Not really incredibly compelling, but has a smooth structure... the black currant of the Syrah is evident. Harmonious at this point, I don't think it will fare well more than another year or year and a half. Feels modern rather than the rustic, soil-driven aspect I hope to find in Italy--a sense of place.
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2010 Château Croix Beauséjour Montagne-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/13/2018 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
82 points
Seems to be bottle variation issues on this offering from Rimmerman. I opened mine and was dismayed to find all the fruit gone at this point. I do tend to hold my wines to the end of the drinking window, and this was stated 2014-17+. I usually have no problems doing this with a Bordeaux or Burgundy into the 6-7 year range from date on bottle, but this one while not undrinkable, was not really pleasant or showing right. Tasted all tannin and no fruit. One note. Tried again day 2 to same effect. Went back and read the offer from Garagiste and in retrospect, probably should not have purchased as damning with faint praise.
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White - Sparkling
3/5/2018 - SexyEpicurean Likes this wine:
91 points
Right out of the bottle, you can tell this is a Growers Estate type of champagne instead of the big houses. I really appreciate the vitality and youthful exuberance. This has a very crisp and lean style with vibrant acidity. Not getting a lot of yeast or bread, but has lots of minerality, stone, lime pith and is a very pale straw yellow. So, while not a fat champagne for lobster or soft cheeses, bring on the oysters! Could age a long while but I decided to try one of 3 purchased in 2017. Will hold others for development as this one os a bit youthful and coltish.
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2013 DFJ Vinhos PAXIS Bulldog Vinho Regional Lisboa Red Blend (view label images)
10/3/2017 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
84 points
I found this at Costco for 5.99 and got pulled in by the too good to be true 90 pt rating and Best Buy accolades. I think the praise is heaped a little to strong. Yes, it it miles above your average $6 bottle with a cutesy animal label, but it is not what I am looking for in a Portuguese table wine. For one, a little too sweet. Pretty simple, barely there structure, short finish on all notes. If you needed a party or event crowd-pleaser it might fit the bill-especially b/c of the price. I will just put the ones I got to use with simple food nights like pizza or maybe Indian food where my go to is usually a sweeter tasting wine like Carmenere. I think you could pair this with spicy vegetarian or meat dishes to good effect.
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Red
5/2/2017 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
87 points
This bottle was a little more ready to drink after another year of bottle time. I definitely recommend decanting this one, because right out of the bottle, it is still to tight and a it harsh. I still can't say this is like any Dolcetto I've ever had (my favorite is Scavino). I probably would not buy this again because the style is weird and little off-putting.
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2006 Château Larteau Bordeaux Supérieur Merlot (view label images)
5/2/2017 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
85 points
Had my last bottle and this one did not hold up very well. Unimpressive the past couple of years. Astringent, flat, any real fruit is gone. Disappointing in 2016-17. Should have consumed them younger as they were not the stuff to hold.
Red
2/18/2017 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
Honestly, I can't rate as I don't think this is ready to drink. I have always considered Barberas to be an early or youthful consumption grape, so I dug in. Unfortunately, this was very disjointed to me out of the bottle and only showed improvement toward the very end. I have really enjoyed this label in the past, and with Gallioni's 88pt recommendation, I can only think maybe it is a late-developer. I will not try again till 2018 and hope for a better result. I think there is a good wine here, but it is not showing well for me at this point. TBC...
Red
1/8/2017 - SexyEpicurean Likes this wine:
91 points
I'm not usually a Cali Cab drinker, but I did enjoy this. Seems to be drinking perfectly right now right out of the bottle. Very balanced, not overly fruit-sweet, but more fruity than my Old World tastes. Been hanging onto this bottle a long time, but 10 years has done this right and I think it could certainly go much longer--5 years? Not a whiff of old age about it.
White - Sparkling
1/8/2017 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
85 points
Not bad for a $10 bubbly. On the fat side, a tad sweet. Good with a Brie.
Red
Not going to rate because I think my bottle may have been flawed, judging by other recent reviewers. I had every expectation I could hold this wine and forget about it and it would still be fine years later. Well, I opened for some Lamb on Christmas Eve dinner and it was very disappointing. I had many of these over the years, to way back in their youth. I opened this one and immediately noticed a very powerful funky smell. Mind you, funk does not bother me normally, but this was overpowering. I decanted and hoped it would just blow off as many do. Tasted hours later, wine was obviously of a high pedigree and construction, but still really funky, somewhat faded and disjointed like wines past their prime. Disappointing to say the least, not just for Xmas dinner but for the Tempier experience. I still have an 04 from Toutine, hope it is better and this is just an anomaly.
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2006 Château Le Doyenné Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/2/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
85 points
A year and a half later after my last note, no real improvement. In fact, faded out with nothing to recommend. Would not get this one again. I've had better $10-12 Bordeaux.
Red
10/26/2016 - SexyEpicurean Likes this wine:
88 points
Last bottle, still delicious. May last note on it was May 2014. I was thrilled by the racy acidity at that time--like a live wire. There is still a good acidity over 2 years later but it has definitely toned down and blended in smoothly with the other elements. The fruit is delicious and it is a wonderful wine still, great with food or as a compelling sipper on it's own. Very nice buy.
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2004 Château le Meynieu Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/11/2016 - SexyEpicurean Likes this wine:
90 points
Delicious maturing Bordeaux drinking most excellently right now, but safe to hold longer, I think. Under $20 and an incredible steal. Here are the notes from RIMMERMAN at Garagiste: "
Chateau Le Meynieu is known to you but hardly by others despite their (actual) location not a stone’s throw from Lafite or St. Estephe but darn close. The key is the upheaval and subtle upslope of their property – it drains in a superb fashion with more rock than clay – more galet than the norm (which is not always the case in this part of the Haut-Medoc).

As my esteemed Bordeaux colleague uttered after dancing with the 2004 Le Meynieu for several hours: “such a delicate bouquet - remarkable finesse, a great journey that has been lost in the Medoc since the mid-1980’s! I do adore the 2001 Le Meynieu you poured for me last week but this may be better – it is better! "
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Red
7/11/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
86 points
Not bad for an inexpensive Dolcetto around $12 (Total Wines). Definitely not the best I've had from a grape I love, but enjoyable with Italian fare.
White - Sparkling
7/11/2016 - SexyEpicurean Likes this wine:
89 points
Excellent and want more. Rimmerman delivers with this one, his Garagiste notes are below. Beautiful sparkler with excellent balance of minerality and fruit. Hope I have some more. Offer at $20 plus ship. From RIMMERMAN:"The essence of non-Champagne sparkling Chardonnay, Bachelier's blanc de blanc Cremant de Bourgogne is a bottle of light and energy flecked froth that is so long on the palate, the taster takes a step back to exclaim "What is this!". It's a multi-vintage blend that's crafted by hand from only the best parcels - raw materials do not lie. Instead of using also-ran grapes (as so many others do), Bachelier uses 100% Petit Chablis and Chablis grapes intended for the Domaine's top dry wines and that unusual fact alone makes this wine worth exploring."
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Red
7/11/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
So, as my last note in 2015 said this was not done yet, but here we are in July 2016 and stick a fork in it, it is done. Still drinkable but nothing like the previous experiences with this delicious bottle from a great producer. Drink up and put food with it and you will probably not notice it is a little past prime. As a side note, I opened the 2005 "Cotes du Py" from this producer 3 weeks AFTER this one and it absolutely ROCKED. It was drinking great!
Red
7/11/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
87 points
I liked the wine quite a bit, despite the low price. Mainly, because it has a flashy acidity and yes, I am an acid freak. Great buy at $10 including ship from Wine Buyer, NJ. I would make this a house wine in an minute. Very versatile with cheeses, apps or main dishes. Here are some reviews:
"Shaped by acidity that seems to surround it in light, this wine stands out for its bright red fruit flavor and a tannic structure that can stand next to powerful foods, like curried lamb." Wine & Spirits Magazine, 90 Points

"Another value-priced winner, the 2011 Mibal Joven is also made from 100% Tempranillo. It is difficult to find a good Ribera del Duero for less than $25, but this is certainly a very good one. Loamy soil, tobacco leaf, black currant, licorice and new saddle leather characteristics are present in this naked (no oak aging) red. It should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 2-3 years." Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate 88 Points
Red
7/11/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
I have more of these, so will rate later when the bottle is closer in my memory. I can't recall how I felt about this one, so here are Rimmerman's Garagiste sales notes and a review from IWC: " Isaac Fernandez continues to deliver that bravado with confidence (and believe in his low-ball “of the people” tariff structure), allow his NO OAK, fresh refection of Tempranillo (and Ribera) to open over 2-3 days.anzer’s IWC (Josh Raynolds): “Deep ruby."
"Intense aromas of black and blue fruits, cola and peppery spices. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering subtly sweet blueberry and boysenberry flavors lifted by tangy acidity. The nervy and focused finish leaves sappy blue fruit notes behind. This is an outstanding value for the appellation. 90pts” (this wine is also set to appear on an upcoming list of “Year’s Best of Ribera del Duero” by a major national wine journal/magazine – JR)
Red
2014 Domaine Ledogar La Mariole Corbières Carignan Blend, Carignan (view label images)
7/11/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
Did I miss something? I don't have any recollections like the notes below, but at $15 it was a fair price. I'll have to try another one later and pay closer attention. For those interested here are RIMMERMANS Garagiste offer notes:"In a vintage like 2014, the Vignes Centenaires flock happily churns along, existing in its own private Idaho - a middle-earth all to itself. The 114 year old roots reach for what is far below, untouched by other vegetation. In this microcosm, the fruit becomes an exact expression of vine, soil and vintage without any outside influence (or detriment) from surrounding plant interference or from what is dumped at the surface but only drains into the first 5-10 feet of topsoil over time (rain, malady, scraps from a picnic lunch).
The 2014 Domaine Ledogar "La Mariole - Vignes Centenaires" is one of the top bottles of the year (yes, I say that a lot but never in reference to $11+ Carignan from 114 year old vines). Forced to choose a short list at the very top, this wine would still make the cut. Already named one of the top 15 VdF bottles in all of France by Decanter a few summers ago (including all of the Loire, Rhone, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace, Provence, etc) if you chase purity, freshness, depth and mineral tone in its liquid form (and relish an absolute giddy bargain of bargains)."
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Red
7/11/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
87 points
Just drank my last one of several over the years. It is still quite good, but I would drink up if you have any left. The fruit is starting to show age after opening and it lacks the acidity it once had. Still a fine bottle with a steak or chocolate.
Red
7/11/2016 - SexyEpicurean Likes this wine:
87 points
Nice little blend that is a good alternative to Cru Beaujolais or Burgundy. A little on the lean side, mineral and light. Not a huge amount of fruit presence, which is fine by me. It's nothing too serious, a good summer sipper when lightly chilled. Pleasant with cheeses and fruit. Rimmerman's notes from Garagiste."From a winemaker finally hitting her stride, the 2011 Cheverny Rouge is a blend of Gamay, Pinot Noir and Cot (Malbec) that will send shivers up your unpretentious and BIO/organic spine. It’s delightfully sappy (from the Pinot Noir) aligned to the rock and Rolls Royce quality of the chiseled Gamay and fruit-filled Cot. Full of crushed stone and bright red fruit, the wine is fused by the blend of all three varietals and, to my palate, is at 12.0-12.5%."
Red
7/11/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
87 points
This is my last bottle and I am adjusting my rating to 87. It is definitely an interesting wine and I was happy to experience the Piedirosso grape which I was not familiar with. It has a good flavor, just a bit too much on the fruit-sweet side for my taste. New world wine lovers may find this more enjoyable.
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Red
7/11/2016 - SexyEpicurean Likes this wine:
92 points
I am upgrading my rating after 2 years. This is the last one I have and it is tasting BEST EVER after all the bottles of it I was lucky to consume over 6-7 years. Back in 2008-9 we loved these but they were super young and brawny--the stoutest Cru Beaujolais I had ever tasted! It was a real eye-opener, and I learned about ageing Cru which is something I would have never guessed one should do. This is drinking at perfection straight out of the bottle. It is seamlessly blended with luscious fruit, tannins resolved perfectly, enough acidity left to lend itself to drinking alone, but great with food, of course. As a side note, I opened this producer's regular Morgon 2016 a few weeks ago and was slightly disappointed as I found it a tad over the hill. There is no such problem with the Cote du Py. Outstanding bottle and vintage. A wine I will never forget.
Red
7/11/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
85 points
There are better values in Portugal, even for under $10 It is a pleasant wine as a house or party wine, but not above others I've had at this price level. Beware the 2020 drinking window as I believe it may be peaking out now.
White
7/11/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
I'm not going to rate it because I feel it was opened too early. Over 3 days: opened and poured very closed and harsh. Not showing well at all. Day 2, a little better, especially when brought to room temperature (70). Still not great or like any Saint-Veran I had ever enjoyed. Day 3: vastly improved, well-balanced and enjoyable. Not typical SV experience, a very lean, taught style I would have likened more to Chablis. I will hold others for a couple of years before sampling again.
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2011 Soos Creek Artist Series Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/11/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
85 points
Purchased from Garagiste mainly because of the Cab Franc interest. Just kind of meh. New world lovers will dig it because it is fruity and smooth, but yet another disappointing foray on my part to find some enjoyment in wines from the West Coast (or NW in general). I am always holding out hope, but once you've had Old World examples (Bordeaux), these just don't cut it. Plus they are always much more expensive and not worth it.
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2012 La Vendemmia Chianti Classico Santa Silvana in Villa Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
7/11/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
Purchased from Wine Buyer, NJ. Not particularly memorable.
White
7/2/2016 - SexyEpicurean Likes this wine:
88 points
Very good Italian white with complexity, minerality and good fruit. A great wine with food or an interesting sipper to talk about. Got it at Total for under $15 and will definitely buy more.
White
6/2/2016 - SexyEpicurean Likes this wine:
93 points
Been a while since I've had a wine of this pedigree, and boy, what a difference...built for the ages. I may have opened a little too young. Drank over 2 days, definitely needs decant time to unwind and stretch its lovely limbs. Don't make the mistake of drinking too cold, either, or you will miss the many flavors and elements. Nose still showing some oak, but also tropical fruit, honeysuckle, hints of banana. Mouthfeel is lanolin-like, a rich mid-weight. Flavors of butterscotch, creme brulee, lime, slate are blended harmoniously and give layers of discovery and a looooong finish. Excellent minerality and acid lift, too. I could drink this all day on its own, but a spectacular food wine with lobster, crab, rich buttery dishes. A real winner in my book.
Red
4/19/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
90 points
I was pretty sure this was not going to be a happy story when I saw the wine had completely seeped through the cork to under the foil. This bottle has been challenging over the years. Sometimes stunning, sometimes in a dumb phase. I did not expect it to be as wonderful as it still is. The acid and graphite are singing with the zingy, mouthwatering effect I crave in Rioja. My only small complaint is there is still an abundance of oak; smells like new oak. The balance is perfect. The finish is long with no fall off. The fruit is a perfection of ripe blackberry. Did I mention the mouth-watering? Seriously! So, so good. I think it could go longer even though I seem to be the longest to hold on here--as usual.
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Red
4/19/2016 - SexyEpicurean Likes this wine:
88 points
Really tight out of the bottle. This is definitely age worthy Cru Beajolais. Sampled over 3 days, better each day. Not going to touch the others for 3 years, at least. Great structure, fruit, earth, tannin. This will get much better with time.
Red
4/19/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
Not sure how to rate. It was not what I was looking for with a Dolcetto. I think of Dolcettos as lighter table wines meant to be drunk on the younger side possessing pretty florals and fruit with a touch of earth and minerality. This was like Dolcetto on steroids. A lot of people are saying it's just too young, but to me it tastes like it has been pumped up for a New World, bombastic style. I will definitely hold my other 2 bottles at LEAST for 2 years. I am baffled how to rate it. Let's just leave it at will try again much further down the road.
Red
3/18/2016 - SexyEpicurean Likes this wine:
91 points
Just lovely. Drinking fabulously right now. These '04's are the real deal, right after the 2001 vintage of record. If you see 04, grab it because it is classic and long-lived. The fruit is mellow and dark berry, the acid is the star which makes this a compelling sipper. Wine kept evolving in the glass, so I would perhaps recommend a decant of an hour or two. If you like it tight, straight out of the bottle is fine. This is an elegant wine and worthy of discussion among wine friends. Almost forgot, the graphite is in effect and kicking, too. Brilliant.
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Red
3/18/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
86 points
Not very memorable except I wasn't that impressed as I do recall. Seemed very one dimensional. Now bad, just not anything to write about. Maybe too young? Seemed pretty tight, so maybe will hold the others a couple of years.
Red
2008 Château Maris La Touge Minervois-La Livinière Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/18/2016 - SexyEpicurean Likes this wine:
87 points
This wine is consistently a good value if you are looking for an under $10 "feminine" version of Malbec. Very good as a table wine without the bombastic oak of much Malbec out there. The 2008 is singing along at this point, and I think it is probably about peak. Could possibly go another 1-2 years, but why risk it when it is showing so well now?
White
3/8/2016 - SexyEpicurean Likes this wine:
87 points
For 7.99 (Total) this is quite a nice sipper. Has the slightly tropical fruit, but a dry finish so not cloying. This pairs great with spicy food. We had with an Indian chicken Korma but would also be good with Thai, Chinese, etc... Will probably buy some more as it is a bargain.
Red
3/8/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
88 points
Much better than the last bottle I tried back in 2012 or 2013. It was not in a good stage back then, but the extra 2-3 years seems to be bringing it along. It did not show a whiff of age or hot alcohol on finish, so would be safe to hold even longer I think. Decanting will improve, for sure. Good black fruit, some oak still lingering but not bombastic.
Red
2001 Château Fleur de Jean Gué Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/8/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
88 points
I have no idea where I got this bottle but it was still drinking well. The cork was all the way seeped through up to the top, but wine showed no sign of age and deterioration. The fruit was very good and the integration perfect. Enjoyed with a steak.
White - Sparkling
3/8/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
88 points
Impressive bubbly with a lovely lean, mineral, crisp and fresh lightness. Can't beat the price point at around $12, I believe. A step up from most of the $10 and under cava most often found. Delightful sipper, pairs well with just about anything.
Red
3/8/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
90 points
My last bottle of a case, and a beautiful long run it was. Last bottle showing like a champ with mature integration of all components. Good blue and black fruit, still healthy acidity and a lovely structure, length and finesse. This could have gone maybe even a couple of years longer. Wonderful stuff.
Rosé - Sparkling
3/4/2016 - SexyEpicurean Likes this wine:
89 points
Very impressed with this bubbly. More sophisticated than most Cava and other sparklings you get for this price ($14 Garagiste). A blend of Malbec (Cot) and Gamay showcasing the best of each variety. The Gamay lends a berry fruit without being sweet, and the Cot a serious heft and minerality. I can't imagine anything this would not be good with. I had with spicy sushi one night and Indian another. Excellent. Maybe even a 90...lol.
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White
1/8/2016 - SexyEpicurean Likes this wine:
90 points
Just lovely, really compelling flavors and expertly made medium weight white. 90% Treixadura, 5% Godello, 5% Albarino. This truly does drink more like a $25-30 bottle. The mouthfeel is wonderful with an almost lanolin type quality. The fresh citrus notes of lemon and lime are not sharp, rather rounded out with the blend of which I can definitely pick out the Alabarino note as ever so slightly melon friut, saline and a hint of spritz. Beautiful flavors and totally impressive. My last bottle. Tear.
White
1/8/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
87 points
Cali chard is not usually my thing, but this is one I enjoyed. People are pointing out how it is made in an "old world style". I get that, it is leaner, has more minerality, good acid, not flabby, less oak up front but still there. On day 2 found it slightly diminished and less enjoyable as the oak note was more pronounced and hard. A very well made bottle for the price about $16 if I recall. I think this could be aged a bit longer with perhaps even better results.
Red
1/8/2016 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
88 points
Kind of different than what I was looking for in an Italian wine but it has its charms. Doesn't really strike me as particularly "old world", as it seems to polished (smooth, silky, almost as if micro oxygenated?) and fruit sweet. Very brambly dark fruit like blackberry. Does not have a whole lot of tannin presence, so I would not pair this with steak. Kind of a tough call for food, certainly good with dark chocolate but maybe just best enjoyed as a tasty sipper on its own. Fresh and compelling, nicely rounded now and everything has integrated well. Not showing signs of age creeping in now, but I don't think I would hold much longer. 1 more bottle left.
Red
12/30/2015 - SexyEpicurean Likes this wine:
89 points
I really enjoyed this bottle. Thought I had tried it before and not been impressed, but may be mis-remembering. I found this to exceed expectations. I especially liked the acidity and purity of the fruit. I am a sucker for a zingy red, and this delivered. Delicious now but will try others at different points. I have this in 2 vintages, I believe. Not to heavy or tannic, but a good solid body that will hold up to red meat. I think we had pork with this one. Chocolate good with it, too.
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Red
12/30/2015 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
87 points
Nothing to get super excited about, kind of light for the Cabernet experience I was looking for, but a tasty sipper nonetheless. Not overly oaked, but definite New World. A nicely made bottle but nothing I will search out.
Red
2011 Podere Sapaio Volpolo Bolgheri Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/30/2015 - SexyEpicurean Likes this wine:
91 points
This is the last, or next to the last bottle and it is still going strong and an excellent wine. I last tried this over a year ago and found it young. I still think it has a long way to go, so you will benefit from a decant if you open it. This has a beautiful strength and a dark, penetrating fruit with beautiful balance. Excellent bottle.
Red
12/30/2015 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
90 points
Had my last bottle, still very good not showing age. Not sure why others have a different experience. This is a very good wine.
Red
12/30/2015 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
At the end now, age is showing and will be past peak any longer.
White
12/30/2015 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
88 points
I liked this bottle better than what I remembered of the last one I had. I thought it was too fat and over-ripe fruit a year ago. This bottle I found more mid weight with a mineral component that worked well with food. Has a very distinct sense of place to me which is always nice to find. Very good quality and enjoyable.
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