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Red
2019 Georges Lelektsoglou / Compagnie de l'Hermitage Châteauneuf-du-Pape Lieu-dit Pignan Grenache
Sweet strawberries on the nose... But also a total syrupy bruiser with lots of oak. Needs years to settle down. Don't touch until 2030 at least.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    10/10/22, 10:35 PM - I opened one on October 8 as well. Your short take confirms my impression. I'll be hiding the rest of these for quite a bit. Have you tried a 2020 by chance? I'm wondering how these are too.

Red
2010 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets Pinot Noir
8/12/2022 - d'Artagnan wrote:
93 points
Un peu sévère à l’ouverture, il se révèle après 90 minutes.
Nez de fruit noir, un peu de fleurs mauves. Le vin est puissant mais les tanins sont fins, enrobés par le fruit. Il a la race de ce grand terroir, une profondeur un peu terreuse, avec une dimension minérale captivante. Bonne longueur, la finale est précise et suave. Rien ne dépasse. un vin de texture, auquel il ne manque que la complexité aromatique pour être très grand. Ne boudons pas notre plaisir, le style est un peu moderne, certes, mais c’est diablement bon! 93 pts
  • theRealPepe commented:

    8/14/22, 7:32 PM - Great note! I will try and put one in the queue for early Fall.

Red
2005 Reignac Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend
7/13/2022 - levinml wrote:
89 points
Going downhill. Still tannic and tongue coating while fruit and good flavors harder to find. No real pleasure here; just weeknight drinking. Missed the boat.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    7/14/22, 11:08 PM - I don't think you missed the boat. It's been hard and tannic all it's life.

Red
2012 Lagier Meredith Syrah Mt. Veeder
3/14/2021 - lukeintowine wrote:
92 points
Very dark purple in the glass. On the nose blueberries, a bit of plum, spices, strawberry yogurt/ice cream. In the mouth nice fruit, dry, some round tannins and a good length.
On the first day there was quite some vanilla from the oak(?), on day four it was still there but really well integrated. So I think this would benefit from 2-3 more years in the bottle. Also, on the first day it was more edgy than on day three and four. Excellent (92).
  • theRealPepe commented:

    3/14/21, 7:59 PM - Glad you enjoyed it. Too bad you didn't do a challenge with a Syrah from Württemberg or Baden! I have one left if want to bring something like that over ;)

White
2019 Wittmann Riesling trocken Rheinhessen
3/10/2021 - theRealPepe wrote:
88 points
Pale with just the slightest green glint. Nose is heavenly.
Fleeting aromas of white fruits and flowers, but mainly there is vanilla poached pear. On the palate, the body is for me Rheinhessisch - a heavier body compared to Mosel or Nahe, and a more lipsmacking acid/citrus note. There is maybe some granny smith apple thrown in as well. Would have liked some spice, salinity and yellow fruit. Overall, the palate is enjoyable but not up to the outstanding nose. Very Good.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    3/11/21, 1:13 PM - Yes! The Morstein GG is $110 for the 2019, but I hear it is fantastic.

Red
2001 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/24/2021 - William Kelley Likes this wine:
93 points
The 2001 Pichon Lalande is still a touch young for prime time drinking, but it opens up nicely after a few hours in the decanter, mingling aromas of cassis and plums with hints of Cuban cigar, raw cocoa and loamy soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and enveloping, with ripe tannins and succulent acids, it's lively and nicely concentrated. Though it's appealing today, I suspect that with another six or seven years' bottle age, it will really start to surprise with its charm and plenitude.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    2/24/21, 9:29 PM - This is a very nice note. Hmmm. A decade ago I found this wine very appealing, and now it appears to be even more so! It is definitely time to check in, especially having a few more to try in your suggested window.

Red
2011 Franco Patriarca Gattinara Nebbiolo
Very good; PnP. Oh, dear, is this special. Lovely garnet color that's clear and quite bright. The aromas have this subtle brilliance to them - in a few moments, once tasted, I see that this extends to the palate, as well. This walks the line as well as any between rustic and what some may call polished. To be clear, there's nothing remotely modern about this wine. The wine is only ever handled by hand or foot - no pumps. These wines age for 36 months in 10 or 20 HL botte that are between 15 and 30 years old; the vines are ~ 30-60 yrs. The farming here is sustainable (the taste suggests this is more strict than liberal interpretation, and, sadly, there's only 2,5 hectares, which results in a tiny yearly production of ~ 200 cases. The wine is typically a blend of 98% Spanna/Nebbiolo and 1% each of Vespolina and Uva Rara. Hauntingly beautiful, not unlike the finest Burgundy wines. This is drinking perfectly now; structure suggests another 10 years at this level, probably more. Mid-way through my first glass, I decided I absolutely have to visit on this upcoming trip. 13,5% abv., natural cork. highly recommended

http://www.italianwine.blog
  • theRealPepe commented:

    2/16/21, 1:52 PM - Are you aware if anyone is importing Patriarca into the U.S? KLWM hasn't imported since the 2012 vintage.

  • theRealPepe commented:

    2/16/21, 7:25 PM - Cool. Post a comment here if you find out anything!

White
2019 Hofgut Falkenstein Krettnacher Altenberg Riesling Spätlese trocken #7 Mosel Saar Ruwer
This was not at all ready. On day one it was so tight, and almost just tasted like cheap, sour Riesling with a lemon squeezed in it.

Here on day two, the acidity has taken a step back, and hints of fruit are starting to emerge, although the nose is rather closed. The wine is still racy, and the acidity is so tart on the finish. There are not any mineral tones present yet, but a some phenolic tones are peeking through.

I am not sure I'm into Falkenstein. Sure, it's a decent wine, but taking the rarity into account, I'd just as well buy a regular Riesling trocken from a good producer.
Keep this for a few more years before popping the cork.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    1/27/21, 10:02 PM - Thanks for your detailed note on your impressions. I drank one a couple of months ago and concur this is not anywhere near ready. I am seriously planning to leave the remainder alone at least 10 years. On the other hand, I found one of the Falkenstein 2019 Kabinett Trocken just fascinating and it will be difficult to stay away to let them age!

White - Sweet/Dessert
1990 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
12/20/2020 - Jeremy Holmes wrote:
Drinking supremely well. A complex nose of apricot, tinned peach, vanilla, honey and lavender. It is rich, powerful and explosive in the mouth, with layers of flavour but not in the slightest bit excessive of weight. There's lusciousness coupled with freshness and length of flavour is superb.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    12/20/20, 4:54 PM - Jeremy,
    Did you serve this with food or by itself?
    Thanks,
    Paul

Red
2008 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
12/14/2020 - Nanda wrote:
Now in a peak window. Attractive nose of red cherry, pine, spice, florals and some toasted herbs. Palate has terrific concentration of modestly sweet red and black cherry. Juicy and well integrated acidity gives this a long and precise palate. Feels like it will hold for a decade+ with some modest upside.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    12/20/20, 4:53 PM - Rich, did you decant or do anything else before serving?

Orange
2018 Enderle & Moll Weiss & Grau Baden White Blend
12/12/2020 - James Kim Likes this wine:
91 points
Blend of pinot blanc and pinot gris Decanted. Light amber color. Took about 15 min to start opening up. Now 45 min after decant. If ever there was a glou glou orange wine, this is it. Lovely aromas of clove, cinnamon, bark, beeswax, flowers, ripe asian pears, and minerals. Meyer lemon, just ripe asian pear, cloves, flowers, a bit of cinnamon, bark and minerals on palate. Nice acids, medium body with mild tannins on mid-palate. The fruit nicely balances the savory elements. Delicious and doesn't require any contemplation to enjoy the wine.But then I focus on the wine a bit and realize there's much more there than at first presentation. Lovely.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    12/12/20, 1:36 PM - Love this note. Evocative and detailed. Thanks.

Red
2009 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
11/7/2020 - ChateauDutremble Likes this wine:
91 points
Vraiment atypique...mais bon quand même.
Nez : garrigue, galet, algues, terreux, champignon, sous-bois, mousse d'arbre. Acidité fraiche, tannins fins. Fruits mûrs discrets. Asséchant...15.7 % ! Souple et ample. Longue finale...soupçon d'anis. 2009...loin du La Crau que je connais.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    12/2/20, 2:29 PM - Thanks for your tasting observations. But 15.7%? My bottles state 14.5%. I wonder which is correct.

  • theRealPepe commented:

    12/2/20, 6:58 PM - 15.7? Wow. Will still wait a few more years before opening one, but it doesn't sound promising.

White
2019 Vincent Chardonnay Willamette Valley
11/6/2020 - JohnTelford Likes this wine:
93 points
Ok, I am going all in on this wine. First, my wife is a Mersault lover and jumped on this right away. I understand this is a virgin but my goodness. Served at 60+ degrees (yes border warmish), 1hr decant. Glasvin universal steems. I got to tell you we loved this wine served with Cod in a cream broth. Yes, green apple, lemon, flowers, lime leaves, bit of greek yoghurt. But THEN...this wonderful fresh Xerox/Copy paper, saline, brown sugar, and tangerine. I perfectly understand this wine is young, but it is terrific. Even better my wife who is the Mersault/Chardonnay snob was loving it! If you open early like me give it some time but enjoy the evolution/revolution in the glass not the decanter. Not too much chill!
  • theRealPepe commented:

    11/7/20, 6:46 AM - Nice review. If you have tried any other vintages of this wine, how does it compare?

  • theRealPepe commented:

    11/7/20, 8:40 PM - Thanks John. It was Vincent’s Pinots that got me into his wines, and I’ve been drinking the Chardonnay since the 2015 vintage. Your description is very helpful! Looking forward to Pobega’ing a bottle when my shipment arrives.

Red
2006 Dominique Laurent Corton Vieilles Vignes Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
9/6/2020 - David Paris (dbp) wrote:
flawed
This was pretty flat and muted throughout, out the expressive self it can show as. So... another bad bottle.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    9/13/20, 4:25 PM - Was this bottle purchased from Premier Cru?

  • theRealPepe commented:

    9/13/20, 4:44 PM - Thanks. As were my bottles.

White
2018 Weingut Thörle Saulheimer Riesling Kalkstein Rheinhessen
Sehr mineralisch, vom Kalksteinboden geprägt. Sehr saftig, trocken durchgegoren, am Gaumen ist das Kalkstein-Terroir spürbar wie bei kaum einem anderen Rheinhessen-Riesling. Noch ist die Frucht nicht so präsent, aber man kann es erahnen, dass er nach Jahren der Flaschenreife ein Highlight werden kann.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    9/2/20, 8:18 PM - Nice note, and welcome to CT! One minor quibble - I think there are plenty of Rheinhessen Riesling which show Kalkstein. Try some of the vintners from Appenheim. Cheers!

White - Sparkling
2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
7/17/2020 - acyso wrote:
95 points
One of the best readily available wines made in my wine-consuming life so far. This is a yardstick by which I measure all other champagne; I ask myself, would I rather buy this, or an equivalent dollar value of Dom Perignon 2008? Usually, the answer is the latter. A little reductive as Dom can be sometimes, but that is shed with a few hours of air. This is the first bottle with which I've been able to truly sit down and drink, and it's no exaggeration to say that the last glass was best. Obviously youthful and fresh now, with brilliant verve and acidity, but this does not become shrill as some other 2008s can get. There is breadth to the fruit here, and it becomes all the more apparent as this warms up. What a brilliant sendoff for Richard Geoffroy.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    7/18/20, 8:32 PM - Wow Adrian, a very nice note. I may try to grab one or two more based on your manifesto.

White
2007 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre Chardonnay
7/18/2020 - rlove wrote:
93 points
You pop the cork. The wine is reticent. Coiled up tight in quiet anticipation. You decant. Things are different now. You can smell the glass from across the room. Lime blossom. Iodine. Crushed stone. What strange but delicious bedfellows. You take a sip. You notice the acid. Such tension. Is this wine rich & concentrated or nervy & cutting? Somehow both. This is the moment you understand great Chablis.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    7/18/20, 8:07 PM - I love wine moments like this. Cheers!

Red
2001 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
7/18/2020 - Cruzin Likes this wine:
95 points
Wow! Drinking so well right now. From my experience I don't feel View Telegraph is a particularly big muscular CNP, more elegant and this is that. True to the region the nose is like walking by an olive bar mixed with Garriuge herbs. There's red fruit underneath on the nose and palate but at first opening it's playing a secondary note. Balance on the palate is lovely with a bit of back and forth between pleasant black olive bitterness and the ghost sweetness of what's left of the fruit underneath. This is so well balanced I'd love to have something stewed or an elegant seared duck or lamb. Very happy with this bottle.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    7/18/20, 8:03 PM - Thanks for the note. I've been drinking these for the past 10 years... arbitrarily saving the last bottle for the 20 year mark. So far this is the best post-1998 I've had, though I expect 2005 to surpass 2001, once it comes around. Cheers!

Red
2004 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
7/16/2020 - hrazdiiv Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow, terrific wine. Displayed a medium to light red brick color out of the bottle, definitely a shade or so lighter than a mere 16 years would suggest. But it did not indicate the slightest fault with the wine. Super old world nose right off the bat - saddle leather, roasted espresso, some forest floor. Fruit very present on the palate, with chewy tannins that were nicely rounded at this point, with oak present but restrained. Finish was medium to long, again, nicely drawing out the dark red fruit components but still nicely complimented by the earthiness found on the nose. Really nice. Tough to judge aging for me - I’d say peak now, perhaps another five years, tough for me to consider this a 10yr+ wine at this point.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    7/16/20, 6:54 PM - The importer, Kermit Lynch, thought this wine would go 30 years. Me, I don't know, but I'm confident of 20-plus!

White
2016 K.H. Schneider Sobernheim Riesling Roter Tonschiefer trocken Nahe
7/7/2020 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
92 points
My last one. Pear, mineral and flowers on the nose. Pear and limes on the palate. Decisive minerality that is more integrated than the electric jolt experienced when younger. I need to try more from this producer, if only to find out what "K.H." stands for. Excellent.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    7/8/20, 2:19 PM - @lukeintowine Perhaps K.H. was born in the Rummenigge era.

Rosé
2018 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Gris de Gris Rosé Blend
9/20/2019 - theRealPepe wrote:
Hmmm, not doing it for me tonight. Getting a sweet watermelon note that overpowers the typical crisp minerality. Still better than Provençal plonk. 87 on the rosé scale. EDIT: It's not you, its me. The next night perfectly fine sitting outside with grilled salmon and charred green beans. Drinking like it should. 90 on said scale.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    4/14/20, 10:39 PM - @2020 - Fontsainte is my go-to Rose. In general I find it Very Good with occasional swings to Excellent. One bottle on one night won't deter me from drinking this or future vintages!

  • theRealPepe commented:

    4/16/20, 10:07 PM - @2020 - Tempier rosé is excellent and is also very consistent. It is worth trying. Additionally, there are a number of fine Bandol rosés less costly than Tempier (however more expensive then Fontsainte) worth trying as well.

White - Sweet/Dessert
1990 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
3/31/2020 - Trydebull Likes this wine:
98 points
Blandade noter från kork till en dryg vecka gammal i kylen.

Glasklart bärnstensfärgad

Doften är fantastiskt!!! Alpängsblommor, smör, superbalanserad och väldigt timid saffran, balanserade söta vita frukter, honungsmelon, mogen aprikos, friska dofter som även ger aningar om både sälta och fin syra.

Smaken håller absolut samma klass!
De första små glasen efter kork berättar direkt att den här borde fått vila ett decennium eller två till - minst - men, efter en vecka - WOW!

Kraftfull, koncentrerad, mångfacetterad, djup - och bred smakbas samtidigt. Någon som reducerat det här i all oändlighet och sedan hittat exakt rätt proportioner. Frisk härlig smakbas med perfekt balanserande syra mot sötman,. Aprikos, (mindre påtagligt än andra årgångar av) saffran, hösthonung, karamell, alpäng, orangea blommor, sälta, mineraler, feta lätt, lätt, lätt bittra nötter som bidrar perfekt till balansen. Smör. Härligt smör!

Magisk!

90 d’Yquem ska jag försöka spara en flaska av till varje 00-decennium tills man trillar av pinn... Lika bra att man inte vet när det blir, men det ska bli väldigt kul att följa. Jag är inte främmande för tanken att jag kommer att sätta 100 på en flaska längre fram - om jag får följa dem enligt den planen... För säkerhets skull har jag laddat, och har kvar flaskor, för att bli 160 år gammal... Så det lär väl bli någon över till barnen - rent statistiskt i varje fall - även om man är optimistiskt lagd...

98 poäng.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    3/31/20, 8:18 PM - Lovely note. May you live to 160!

Red
2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
1/11/2020 - theRealPepe wrote:
87 points
Tough wine to score. It's twelve years past the vintage. At this point I would expect secondary characteristics to begin to show. Nice Kirsch flavor but also tastes a bit alcoholic even though the label states 14.5%. Very Good, but shouldn't this be Excellent to Outstanding?
  • theRealPepe commented:

    1/17/20, 3:27 PM - Thanks for your comments. Of all the Vieux Telegraphe vintages I’ve tasted (most of them going back to 1989), this is unhappily my least favorite. Fortunately, VT usually ages into something special. Witness the 1998, which, in the last decade, has taken on incredible depth. But for me 2007 doesn’t have the same interest 1998 showed at 12 years, and is hot as well. Oh well. If you are interested in more I could sell you 6-9 bottles from my original stash from KLWM.
    Cheers,
    TRP

Red
2009 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
Nice aged CDP, coals to Newcastle, flew the bottle back to Alameda to visit family, with whom we first visited Premier Cru. Great with home made sourdough pizza.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    12/16/19, 5:43 PM - Ha. I still have one $14.99 2009 Usseglio left. I pre-ordered the 2010 from PC as well, but they never came through. Glad you could enjoy it with family!

Red
2010 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
12/9/2019 - tedcholl wrote:
88 points
Rustic tannins, slightly dry. Black cherry, cassis, tobacco mushroom. Enjoyable wine.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    12/9/19, 6:26 PM - Thanks for your brief note. Your descriptors are what I look for in a Lanessan. Looking forward to opening one in the midterm.

Red
1994 Podere ai Valloni Boca Vigna Cristiana Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo
8/20/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
93 points
Bottle stood up for 4 days, then opened and slow oxed for 9 hours and finally decanted for a midweek Oregon truffle risotto. The following note was tapped out and instagrammed. About the only thing to add is that this is a wonderful old Nebbiolo that I can still taste 2 hours later.
Mushrooms, perfumed rose and mildly tarry on the nose. Slightly gamey cherry, sour cherry, tar and dried rose on the palate. A bit of tingling tannin. A touch of smoke to compliment the sweet cherry finish. Great with truffle risotto! Excellent to Outstanding.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    8/21/19, 5:13 PM - Thanks Nick4378! The Boca went into the decanter for about an hour before drinking. We finished about half before putting the rest into the washed bottle and vacu-vinning.
    I’ve found that these wines simply don’t show well without decent aeration, and, in many cases, throw so much sediment that they need to be stood up for days. Sediment is no friend to these wines. If I really plan ahead the bottle gets one week standing up. That helps immensely in controlling sediment on the decant.
    My instagram handle is pmenkes. Mainly silly pictures of food and wine, but occasionally cats and humans thrown in. Please send your handle too.

Red
2017 Enderle & Moll Pinot Noir Basis Baden
8/2/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
88 points
Sweet raspberries, pale red color, freshness dominant feature. A little short but harmonious. Easy to like and easy to drink. Don’t think this will benefit from cellaring much.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    8/2/19, 9:57 AM - Thanks for the review. I have some Basis due to arrive in the new world sometime this Fall. You have given me a 'basis' for what to expect!

Red
2009 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Roncières Pinot Noir
6/29/2019 - Brentw1 wrote:
With Fran and Joel
  • theRealPepe commented:

    6/29/19, 8:36 PM - Thanks for the additional commentary! It appears to be be on a great trajectory to open in 5-7 years.

Red
2013 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
12/7/2018 - korniev wrote:
89 points
Just decided to open it since waiting for that long is not worth it. Pretty nice wine but definitely not ready at all! I would not recommend drinking any CdP younger than 10 years. Better 15.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    12/8/18, 10:14 PM - I enjoyed your comments on this wine. My feeling is wait until age 10 to open any Vieux Telegraphe, unless it’s a very ripe vintage. You will find out the following:
    1. You’re screwed. It’s a very ripe vintage best enjoyed young (think 2006 or 2007.) The wine is now plummy and will become pruny. Why did you wait so long?
    2. It’s a cool, classic vintage (1999, 2004 or 2008.) Enjoy! The wine is beautiful now and will remain so for at least a decade.
    3. Hmm. Not ready (1998, 2001, or 2005.) This wine won’t start opening up until age 15 but within a few years after that will be just amazing.

Red
2007 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
7/22/2018 - KPB wrote:
flawed
This wine is being discussed on Vinous, so I thought I might add a TN, although from my cellar it has slipped badly and in fact this bottle is little changed from one I opened 2 years ago (and commented on at the time). This was considered a 100pt wine by WA on release, "immortal" or words to that effect. Josh Raynolds gave it 97 and I'll be up front: so did I. So on release it was fantastic. Should have drunk all of my bottles asap. Oh well, you live and learn...

From appearances, a healthy CDP: rather dark ruby, almost mahogany. Nose is attractive, showing a dominant note of intensely ripe black raspberries, Asian spices, and then sweet aromas of lavender, creosote. One might even add cassis (black current) hard candies to that list. The issue is more on the palate, where the immediate impression is that the wine is quite over-oaked. The oak is sweet and very unevolved, while the wine itself has begun to soften and the fruit is no longer as aggressive as on release. Thus the oak dominates the fruit, giving a very unbalanced sense to the palate. The fruit itself is ripe but has a tart component (I'm thinking that the Grenache was actually very ripe, maybe overripe, and rather "thick", and then they brought in a higher acidity syrah/mourvedre blend, not as ripe, to try and tame the intensity). Long finish, but not particularly happy: some bitterness, some woody traits. The nose probably deserves 92 or 93, but I find it hard to put this wine, as a whole, in the 90's today. 89pts, but given that absurdly insistent oak tone, I'll mark the bottle as possibly defective. In fact I've seen that on the prior bottles of this wine too. My wife agrees, but thinks it will work well for coq au vin... a sad fate for a wine that was actually very good on release.

I should maybe add that I'm wondering if it actually *is* defective. There is a bacterial or yeast growth that can cause a wine to taste like it was boiled in very fresh oak sawdust. This wine isn't remotely that extreme, but I could imagine that just a hint of the sawdust thing might give this effect. It would be rated 89 otherwise.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    7/22/18, 8:16 PM - Thanks for the thoughtful tasting note. Your remarks regarding oak had me going back to the Karis book to check. Paul Avril was using old foudres for the elevage, so the barrels were unlikely to be the cause of the oak taste. I'm guessing that it's more a hallmark of the vintage...for now. Here's to hoping its just awkward stage that the wine is going through right now! This is something I've observed in other Grenache-based wines, albeit none from such a warm vintage as 2007.

  • theRealPepe commented:

    7/24/18, 4:00 PM - I would guess more likely from the Syrah or Mourvèdre.

Rosé
2016 Château Simone Palette Rosé Rosé Blend
7/3/2018 - aagrawal wrote:
85 points
Coravin 7/3/18: Deep rose pinkish-reddish-orange color; nose is aromatic, red fruits, medicinal red fruits (cherry cough syrup), grass, slight honey; palate is medium bodied (more viscous texture than expected for a rose), red fruit, slight bitterness through midpalate, light tannin, medium acidity; medium finish. This is a thoughtful rose, but still obviously grenache-based, and I'm not confident I love grenache based roses. More interesting than enjoyable for me, so I would not buy again. 85
7/7: With air the cherry cough syrup fruit becomes a bit fresher cherry, though the wine always comes across as a a tad high in alcohol (because it is, 14%). This does develop a bit of mint and green at the right temperature and time open. Enjoyable, would be good as a standard rose at $25, but I don't get the specialness compared to a rose such as Musar in the same price range. 85-86
  • theRealPepe commented:

    7/3/18, 10:02 PM - This is IMHO way too young right now. It’s showing nothing. Simone isn’t like Tempier in that it really needs age before it reveals it’s wonders. Send me a message in 2021 and I’ll share one with you. :)

White
2014 Punta Crena Pigato Riviera Ligure di Ponente Vigneto Ca da Rena
11/5/2015 - Woodbridge Brad Likes this wine:
85 points
Nice fruit and balance. A lovely but simple fresh fruit wine with a delightful softly tannic finish. The problem was the price at $27.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    12/18/16, 8:17 PM - Just read your note after posting mine. I've avoided buying this in the past due to price point but finally bit at 25% off. This wine works for times you want clean simple taste and need something that "stands up" to seafood, and at the same time want something drier than Kabinett. I may actually buy some on occasion in the future.

Red
2003 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/11/2016 - Jeff Leve wrote:
95 points
This is a beauty. The smoke, tobacco, truffle, cedar, cherry liqueur, mint, thyme and light cocoa dust in the nose if a winner. But the silky, lush, sexy texture, and the sweet, cassis, cherry and bitter chocolate in the end, seals the deal. Decanted about 20 minutes and enjoyed over the subsequent 90 minutes was working tonight.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    12/11/16, 9:21 PM - Jeff, It's only 13 years after the vintage. Regardless your note makes me want to check in on the 03 PLL!

Red
2005 Reignac Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend
12/20/2014 - Racer117 wrote:
88 points
The label says 100% new French oak aging. And I'm guessing that's about 67.354% too much new French oak. I like this wine but it is very much in a new world style with ripe fruit (plum and Berry) and lots and lots of woody tannins. Bordeaux for the common man!
  • theRealPepe commented:

    12/20/14, 1:12 PM - Had this last night (12/19/2014). Stole your review for my TN. Thank you. :)

Red
1996 Pascal Chevigny Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Petits Monts Pinot Noir
Scents of oak spice (or Vosne spice? eh, maybe...). This tastes perfectly fine as a generic Burgundy but it's totally anonymous, none of that classy, silky elegance that usually distinguishes this site nor is there anything much to say about the flavor. This would have been fine as a generic but as a Petits Monts it's a huge letdown.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    11/7/13, 7:03 PM - Thanks for crushing my hopes on getting a real bargain! : ) Thanks for the TN and I will serve it accordingly.

Red
2010 Donkey and Goat Merlot Pourquois pas? Anderson Valley
Tasting this a year ago I found it thin, reedy and acidic. Forward to now and it's blossomed into lipsmacking cherry goodness with a restrained acid backbone. Nice medium body. Very Good.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    6/23/13, 2:30 PM - Definitely has echoes of Gamay, but the cherry taste is crunchy.

Red
2008 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
An excellent bottle. Chateauneuf but still fresh and fruity. with a very spicy palate. I got no brett with this.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    12/7/12, 6:53 PM - CIH, DJC, Pegau has a reputation for some bretty bottles and even the American importer for this wine has commented about that on wine bulletin boards. That said, I've not encountered anything untoward in the few bottles that I've tasted. And this was an *Excellent* bottle!

White
2002 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre Chardonnay
10/20/2012 - Jeremy Holmes wrote:
Pours out a glistening green colour and is fabulously youthful and precise. It has a touch of butter coupled with a sprig of mint and a torrent of minerals. It is all lemons and salt in the mouth and has such great rocky detail. A joy to drink today, should be even better in another 10 years.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    10/20/12, 10:23 PM - Now I can't decide from guzzling my couple bottles now or waiting 10 years for apogee. Crap. :)

White - Sweet/Dessert
1994 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
1/3/2011 - Jeff Leve wrote:
85 points
It's almost always exciting to taste any vintage of d'Yquem. Especially one that you've never seen before. On the other hand, there's an exception for every rule. 94 Yquem is the exception to the rule. This could have been a bottle of "Y", the dry wine produced by Yquem. It lacked concenttration, sweetness and botrytis. Petrol, apricots and unclean flavors, plus a large tab for an overpriced wine is what you'll find in this vintage of off Yquem. This is not a bad wine, it's a poor Yquem. There is a difference. This is not a wine to buy.
  • theRealPepe commented:

    1/22/11, 3:39 PM - I think your review may be a little harsh due to expectations. I did not find this an 85 point wine; rather, it is a very good wine. Nonetheless, while I generally agree with your conclusion, I would write, "This is a very good wine, but it's a poor Yquem. There is a difference. This is not a wine to buy."

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