Tasting Notes for slaton

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White - Sparkling
11/8/2018 - slaton wrote:
Lovely sweet apple, gentle spice, yogurt and yeast flavors. Currently shows more of a family resemblance to the 2006 Brut Vintage (non-BdB) than the 2008 of that wine. I really like this, but it's oddly overpriced at US retail.
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White - Sparkling
3/17/2017 - slaton wrote:
Nose shows nice leesy richness and exotic tree fruit. Deep, penetrating palate with a surprising amount of toasty autolysis, but also some yellow fruit, a touch exotic, with some subtle ginger and spice notes. Nicely concentrated, this showed youthful on day 1 and more developed on day 2 with surprising boldness. Very good, but also rather expensive for what it is.
White - Sparkling
3/17/2020 - slaton wrote:
Backward and reductive, this is like eating raw bread dough with rubber tyre mixed in. It seems to need 5-10 years for my taste. Leftovers slowly improved over 4 days, eventually convincing me it will arrive somewhere rather nice.
Red
4/3/2020 - slaton wrote:
Has brightness up front and some interesting spicy, peppery vegetal nuance, but this is a very ripe wine with big residual sweetness. Frankly this tastes like a block of Enz that was picked too late. The numbers on the label would seem to bear this theory out: 15.2%. This is not for me.
Update: another review compared this to a GSM and something clicked for me. This tasted like grenache to me - and I hate grenache. But if you love grenache, you might really dig this.
White - Sparkling
3/22/2017 - slaton wrote:
We popped this later in the evening following some solid extra bruts (2012 Fidele, NV Savart l'Accomplie) and the extra dosage here stuck out badly. Very soft, almost sugary. Eh. I'll bury my remaining bottles of this release for at least 2 years before revisiting, to see if they integrate/develop in a positive direction.
Red
9/22/2018 - slaton wrote:
Really tasty, with somewhat darker fruit than I usually associate with this cuvee, and delightful notes of cocoa and roasted bell pepper. As expected the ripe fruit only partially buffers those Grezeaux tannins at this stage, so this is better with food. Very good showing.
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Red
3/21/2020 - slaton wrote:
The front label looks like it was printed on a color inkjet; it just says "Taken From Granite" with no producer listed. The back label reads, "A hand-picked treasure from the Golden Age of the Renaissance Vineyard", and the region is North Yuba - Sierra Foothills. The listed alcohol is 13.2%. So this is 20 year-old Renaissance Vineyard cabernet sauvignon - what's not to like?
And oh my - this is right in the pocket from the pop and pour. I wouldn't dream of decanting this or giving it too much air before serving, it's perfect now. Very mature, probably slightly past the peak, but so unique with that characteristic mature Clos Saron sous-bois plus a warm spice character almost like birds of paradise or even cardomom. After 3 hours it starts to show maderized notes, so I'd avise to PnP and drink up.
But all the same, it holds up pretty well overnight - still a fascinating wine, borderline vino da meditazione. So this isn't going to fall off a cliff, but all the same I would advise minimizing oxygen exposure once opened.
Overall, a remarkable experience and value for $35.
White - Sparkling
3/13/2020 - slaton wrote:
Good bottle. Very oxidative per the style, but plenty of salty plum fruit and a nice core of richness to contrast the dry style.
Leftovers had lost some magic on day 2.
White - Sparkling
3/20/2020 - slaton wrote:
Disgorged February 14, 2016. Wow, this bottle was nearly a dead ringer for Ruppert-Leroy. Blind I'd never have guessed this was chardonnay. It was enjoyable but very marked by its strongly oxidative style. Half of the bottle left for day 2.
On day 2, I'm humbled to find that this has somehow shed some of its oxidative personality and now shows more freshness. Very tasty, I definitely prefer this expression today. I'll hold my other bottles of this disgorgement for another year before revisiting.
White - Sparkling
3/21/2020 - slaton wrote:
Very good and fresh but SO young and clenched. For my preferences this is surprisingly unformed currently, and still needs at least a year or two. Most of the bottle was stoppered and went back into the fridge.
On day 2 it shows a surprising level of development, with more power, and strong flor notes. The flor and iodine here are almost Selossian, although this is otherwise rather different and doesn't have the intense creamy, oxidative richness of those wines.
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White
8/23/2013 - slaton wrote:
Not my favorite PYCM wine I've had. Nice rich yellow fruit with signature reduction and some wood spice, but a bit of a fatty with less driving acidity than I'd prefer. There's a nice green edge here with some herbal notes, just needs more definition/structure.
White - Sparkling
8/30/2019 - slaton wrote:
Really dreadful on day 1, just a big ball of ambiguous sugar, like DNPIM.
Revisited on day 4, this is coming around. This needs many years to eat its sugar, which currently overwhelms any sense of structure or acidity. There's a ton of sweet patisserie flavors here, but it's tough to peer through the sugar currently to get a sense of the quality of the reserve material. This could turn out to be a solid buy at current $60 fire sale pricing (this was originally priced at $149), but I'm not sure I would gamble on it.
On day 5, this is starting to show some Dom style reduction and lemon creme. I'm a little shocked at the transformation, to be honest. It's still nowhere near ready to drink, but there's a lovely sculptural texture in the mouth that stops me for a moment.
White - Sparkling
7/27/2018 - slaton wrote:
Another strongly oxidative, fairly caramel-y bottle of this. Just too powerful and strongly marked. 4th and last bottle of this purchase, and the last three all chased the highs of the first.
White - Sparkling
6/9/2018 - slaton wrote:
This bottle shows the characteristic super-fine bubbles of this cuvee, but the color a bit darker than I recall from other bottles from this stash. Initially classic with fermented butter and nutty oxidative notes but with air this turns very caramel-y, with flavors strongly reminiscent of amontillado sherry. Lingering walnutty oxidation notes on finish. Usually love this wine, but this bottle crossed the line of being too rancio for me.
White - Sparkling
5/12/2018 - slaton wrote:
2000 base vintage with reserve wines from '96, '97, '98 and '99. Disgorged February 2016, zero dosage. Lovely if a hair off from a bottle 2 weeks ago. The pressure was actually a bit high. Leftovers on day 2 were killer, though. Perhaps I'll hold my remaining bottles from this release for a year or so.
White - Sparkling
4/27/2018 - slaton wrote:
2000 base vintage with reserve wines from '96, '97, '98 and '99. Disgorged February 2016, zero dosage. Really excellent, I loved the rich, complex mature flavors here. Beautiful ultra-fine bubbles too. Trigger warning: this is quite oxidative, with a toffee and aged butter note that reminded me of amontillado. I probably shoot 50-50 with oxidative Champagnes, but I loved this and thought it the equal of tete de cuvees that go for 1.5 to 2x this price.
Red
4/7/2018 - slaton wrote:
At nearly age 17 this shows nice tertiary beefy, balsamic notes yet is still fiercely astringent. Beautiful wine, but one that confirmed a growing sense that my pescetarian diet isn't really compatible with Serralunga nebbiolo. This really longed for a big slab of animal fat to cut through the tannin.
Red
4/20/2018 - slaton wrote:
Big, dense, ripe palate with some oak but also tremendous complexity for its level. Dark fruits, dried flowers, exotic spice, black olive, sous-bois. No one would ever accuse this of being svelte or elegant but the fine-textured back palate was soft and caressing. Really outstanding and a great value.
Red
4/20/2018 - slaton wrote:
This disappointed a bit. The nose was all I wanted it to be with incense spice and mineral. The palate had some pleasing sous-bois but was just a bit inconsequential, lacking fruit and linearity. The journey of this 2009 in 750ml has been a curious one.
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Red
12/5/2014 - slaton wrote:
This wine just keeps surprising me. This was a very taut, nervy showing with intense cracked Szechaun pepper on the nose and intense minerality and red fruit. Fairly lean, actually, but possible just closed. Nothing like the soft, gloppy mess it was on release.
Red
4/14/2018 - slaton wrote:
Nice complex, secondary natural wine aromas with sous-bois, but the palate was fairly lean and lacking fruit and generosity. This bottle seemed advanced.
Red
4/6/2014 - slaton wrote:
From 375ml. Lovely fresh blue fruit, horehound, spice nose. Nice freshness to the fruit on the palate, with a lot of interesting exotic spice character but only moderate acidity. So much fruit here that it's a bit squishy currently - any structure is completely buffered/hidden. So while delicious it doesn't give an impression of power currently.
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Red
6/28/2018 - slaton wrote:
This needs about two hours to get going, but once it does it's lovely. Blind I'd have guessed this was a middle aged Domaine JL Chave St Joseph from a strong vintage. The nose oozes reductive, smoky pork skin and game notes. Palate echoes the nose with a dark minerality. Really excellent and drinking well above its village status. Will improve for at least another 3-5 years but drinking great already and showing significant development. But then... it closed up completely. As in 100%. Nothing here.
Half the bottle on day 2 and it's baaaack, intense nose of decaying game, like an aged pheasant in your glass. I'll hold my remaining bottles another 2-3 years.
Rosé - Sparkling
7/3/2018 - slaton wrote:
This was excellent again, showing its full depth on day 1. A strongly smoky, gamey character. A bit like a sparkling Gevrey-Chambertin, with great freshness and balance. Really striking and one of my favorite rose Champagnes ever.
White - Sparkling
7/6/2018 - slaton wrote:
This was OK. Tasted, well, like old riesling with bubbles - striking unripe pineapple and lemon fruit with some gentle petrol development on the nose, but very little fruit on the rather angular, bone-dry palate. Pleasant and sort of intellectually interesting but lacks the pure pleasure provided by great sparkling wine. A poor value.
Rosé - Sparkling
7/14/2018 - slaton wrote:
Utterly delicious, this wine has become my crack. Smoky goodness. Easily wine of the day against some solid challengers.
White - Sparkling
8/3/2018 - slaton wrote:
Really lovely, pungent nose of vanilla pastry, with nicely developed notes on the palate. In a great place, although for 2/3 of current pricing I'd rather drink the '08 Les Roses. At original release pricing around $50 this would be a solid buy.
White - Sparkling
8/3/2018 - slaton wrote:
Initially this was exciting for its developed, complex personality. With time I grew less enamored of its heaviness.
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White - Sparkling
4/7/2018 - slaton wrote:
Very tight on day 1.
Day 2, shows a lovely sea breeze and confectionery, pastry nose. Palate has some floral, perfume-y fruit with a lovely balance of sweetness and acid, feels like perhaps 1-2g higher than previous releases. It works fine here.
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White
4/6/2018 - slaton wrote:
Utterly brilliant. Smoky, matchstick, just sexy. Leftovers on day 2 were a bit soft. Moral of the story is to drink the whole bottle on day 1.
White - Sparkling
4/6/2018 - slaton wrote:
Rather lean and mean upon opening, and it was still austere on day 2.
Finally on day 3 this shows wonderful developed cultured butter notes, seaweed, a slender core of richness and bracing acidity. Bone dry. Reminiscent of a young disgorgement of Selosse Initial.
This will be a beauty in time but is a firm hold now, for my palate.
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White - Sparkling
3/26/2018 - slaton wrote:
OMG, what an awesome wine this is. Gimonnet seems to more consistently deliver on the potential of his terroir in warmer vintages, IMO. This is so opulent yet perfectly balanced. Sadly it's my last bottle in 750 format, it's so amazing already that I think I've drunk a case. Fortunately I picked up some magnums, but those will need time since that format/vintage includes the old vine juice.
Rosé - Sparkling
3/23/2018 - slaton wrote:
100% meunier. This was OK. Good fresh fruit, a bit of depth from the vintage, but like many roses it was quite simple. I spiked it with a splash of the Marchand-Tawse GC Sans Soufre which added some nice depth :-)
Day 2: Oh my! This has really taken off. It now shows bone dry blood orange fruit and a striking smoky, spicy character with some pleasing bitterness on the backend. Reminds of the Ulysse Collin rose made from Maillons, definitely in the red Burgundy with bubbles camp. I am looking for more.
Red
3/23/2018 - slaton wrote:
OMG, this is the gamiest, most Gev-riffic Gevrey I've tasted in ages. It positively reeks of salty, porky animale. Aside from the ultra-svelte Burgundy structure, you could easily have convinced me this was a really traditional northern Rhone like Gonon or even a young Verset. Really a delight, weightless and ethereal. Maybe the most pure pleasure I've had from a 2015 yet!
Red
2008 Gérard Raphet Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
3/16/2018 - slaton wrote:
Pale, developing appearance. Pretty, with notes of tea and a gentle smokiness. Light-bodied but already showing some of the complexity of age, this appears to be approaching the early peak. Not a lot of fruit but there is a lot going on in the glass. This reminds me a bit of the somewhat rustic, low extraction style of Pierre Bouree. Not thought-provoking but quite nice for the very reasonable price paid ($40).
White - Sparkling
3/16/2018 - slaton wrote:
Delicious, spicy, full-bodied, with beautiful color in the glass. Oak is so much better integrated than in earlier vintages. As time goes on I think I am preferring Maillons to the BdBs -- quel sacrilège! -- perhaps because it's more approachable in youth whereas the BdBs are made in a more backward style that demands aging.
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White - Sparkling
3/8/2018 - slaton wrote:
Killer bottle of this. Brilliant cultured, farmhouse butter richness, perfectly balanced dosage, ripping acidity. Better on day 2, so I think this wine's best days are still ahead. If I can keep my hands off them.
Red
3/8/2018 - slaton wrote:
This was quite good with some nice, typical aged syrah qualities of game and white peppercorn, but was missing a bit of juicy drinkability for my taste. Ultimately I appreciated it but wasn't moved. But syrah is very "3 bears" for me, admittedly.
White - Sparkling
6/2/2018 - slaton wrote:
Very pleasing with toasty apple fruit and spice, finishing very dry and not showing a drop of dosage. But it feels like the core of the wine is locked up, and as a result this comes across as a lightweight.
On day 2 this is almost brash, with big upfront toasty notes and more forward, sweet candied apple fruit. Midpalate is still a bit watery but overall this is very tasty.
Will hold remaining bottles at least 2 years based on this showing.
White - Sparkling
2/4/2017 - slaton wrote:
This bottle had a yeasty nose but very coarse mousse and a boringly nondescript, generic white fruit. Just a total whiff. One of those bottles that just makes you scratch your head and wonder what's going on.
Red
1/29/2017 - slaton wrote:
Upon opening this was heavy, ripe young syrah which I couldn't drink. It was decanted 7 hours, and now it tastes like young Jamet. Intensely porky, minerally nose and a gripping palate that follows. Pork skins, a dark saline minerality, some very dry dark fruits. Very slightly chilled below room temp it's even better, as this dampens the slight astringence. This is amazing wine, but I won't open another bottle for at least 3 years.
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Red
5/6/2017 - slaton wrote:
This was delicious from the moment the cork was pulled. Sweet, ripe strawberry fruit, baking spice, very perfumed. Unfortunately it closed up somewhat in the glass - it was never as good as on opening. Is this a bit polished and California in style - yes. Does it scream Volnay - no. But it's fairly delicious.
Red
4/21/2016 - slaton wrote:
Surprisingly developed nose with iron, forest floor and vitamin pill. Soft, middleweight palate with foursquare red fruit, and subtle notes that follow the nose. An attractive drink but lacks 1er cru depth and not at all convincing for a Jadot CSJ. Perhaps I caught this at an awkward stage.
On day 2, this is better with a deep bassy nose with notes of caramel, but a slightly dirty dishrag note detracts. The palate has a nice sweetness to it, with a touch of licorice. But still a bit thin at this stage.
Retry in 2-3 years.
Red
3/18/2017 - slaton wrote:
Lots of sediment adhering to the side of the bottle. After ~15 minutes opening, the nose showed primarily a bretty, reductive stink. Decanted 4 hours, and by the time we drank it this was quite nice, with brett notes moved to the background. I was surprised to find a very traditional maturing Cote-Rotie with blood, game, intense green peppercorn and pleasing stemmy, herbal notes. Given what I've read of the producer I was expecting something more in the vein of Dard et Ribo. This was very good, but also came across as surprisingly mature, with mostly resolved structure.
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White - Sparkling
3/23/2018 - slaton wrote:
Candied lemon peel and tropical fruit nose. Palate has substantial weight but shows more balanced than many young Doms, with nice acidity. High specific gravity from the high dosage, but doesn't come across as too sugary at the moment. Like most young Dom I don't love it today.
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White - Sparkling
3/19/2017 - slaton wrote:
Plenty of Fidele typicity here, but I preferred this vintage a few years ago when there was more flesh on the bones.
White - Sparkling
9/11/2015 - slaton wrote:
This is significantly more developed and toasty than previous experiences. It's a fine drink but I might have preferred it younger, when the acid was more upfront. Probably just bottle variation, but will have to see what the next bottle has to say.
White - Sparkling
12/22/2014 - slaton wrote:
Love this vintage of Fidele. It's up there with Efflorescence for me. Less pretty and elegant, more of a bass-driven wine, but still delicious and interesting. Copper colored, red apple skin galore, minerality to spare.
White - Sparkling
2/23/2020 - slaton wrote:
Back on form. Same gentle honeyed sweetness that I found in this back in 2017. Love this vintage of Fidele. Much better balanced, less screechy than the bookending ones.
Nonetheless I am no longer a buyer as my preferences lie elsewhere nowadays.
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