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White
Calafè 2019 Greco di Tufo Ariavecechia. Reticent nose, first of peach for me, than settling in citrus and apricot. Later some mineral as well. Full bodied in the mouth, with citrus oil and more apricot. At first the finish was a touch bitter, but that evolved into a quartzite note. (No, not tuff (tufo), I didn't lick the tuff when climbing at Smith Rock so no idea on that taste!) This was delicious with simple roast cauliflower. I'd rate the wine excellent with no idea on future development.
Red
Barbera + Merlot = Nebbiolo? Well no, but this 70/30 blend approximates the mouthfeel, bright cherry and acidity of a fine Northern Piemonte Nebbiolo. The price on this 2015 was right too.
White
1/5/2023 - theRealPepe wrote:
A very interesting Chablis. This 2018 definitely feels it's from a solar vintage, and feels rounder on the palate then what I'd normally expect from Chablis Premier Cru. At the same time it keeps a more medium-light weight as expected. The nose is floral and lacking oyster shell, salinity and minerality. Oddly ripe without a burst of fruit or citrus, and floral on the palate as well. Pleasant and even quite enjoyable albeit atypical of the appellation.
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White
Not much to say about this excellent wine except that I wish it was in a bigger bottle.
White - Sparkling
This is the 2016 edition. It's my second time trying it and I'm warming up to it. It seems made in the fresh Laherte style, but the solera base makes it very different from the other cuvées, thanks to the nuttiness and richness. My guess is hold for a while and then open and enjoy! Not scoring but likely a couple of points higher than my last one, which was 90.
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Red
Young, drinkable and promising more with age. Trademark AR.PE.PE. sour cherry with tar and easy tannin. Loved how light the body was and how the almost playful acid balances the wine.
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Red
2003 Domaine Maume Mazis-Chambertin Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
12/26/2022 - theRealPepe wrote:
Seemed "very 2003", lacking the trademark Maume animal on one hand and grand cru finesse on the other. Nice quaff with beautiful resolved tannin, smokiness and fruit, but missing the grand cru Burgundy other.
Red
12/20/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
90 points
This wine was one of the consolation prizes from the Premier Cru shop wine fraud - when I figured out they were never going to cough up my wines, I managed to get a credit and used it to get some wines they had on hand. While not having the cachet of some of the wines they suckered me into ordering, this has mellowed into a very good Northern Rhone. Barnyard, dark fruits, mineral, violet and some meatiness can be found in the nose and palate. It's good, but I'm still angry at those guys.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Coutet Barsac Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/3/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
93 points
Whiskey colored 21 years after the vintage. touch of caramel and tropical fruits. Minor presence of acidity as well. Paired with oysters, chicken pate, duck pate and Point Reyes blue cheese, this was a good if not outstanding match with all. Overall found the wine Excellent.
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White
11/21/2022 - theRealPepe wrote:
89 points
Despite many recent TNs with noting this seems a bit closed, I figured my pedestrian palate wouldn't care and it would be rather enjoyable. Rather not. Palate weight and sweetness feels more Spaetlese in nature, and the fruit, while there, is a bit monolithic and boring. I was also surprised that the acidity and minerality were rather muted. This is clearly a well-made wine, but seemingly closed. Hopefully this can make a rebound in say, 5-8 years. Very Good.
Edit: Revisited this 5 days later and it is much better, with fruit on the front palate, some prominent acid on the back that balances the fruit, and finishing with a nice wash of minerals. Bodes well for the future. On this day it was Excellent.
White
11/11/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
94 points
A perfectly executed Spätlese Trocken. Nose of intoxicating orchard and tropical fruits and minerals, and a palate with restrained white and yellow stone fruit and perfect, yes perfect, acidity and minerality. This was paired with an American steakhouse-style dinner and a was splendid companion, actually complementing the flavors better than the claret served alongside. Outstanding.
Red
11/11/2022 - theRealPepe wrote:
89 points
Great nose of dark cherry, tobacco and graphite. The complex palate is more austere, with tobacco, mushroom, graphite, and cassis, but the dearth of fruit makes it a very hard match to the American steakhouse style dinner it was paired with. Very Good.
Decanted for 2 hours.
Red
11/16/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
89 points
The 2019 Enderle & Moll Pinot Noir "Basis" is perhaps a little more chiseled than other vintages, with perhaps less ripe cherry fruit, but it still delivers bright fruit, bramble berries and modest but forward tannin (for Pinot) that I love in this wine. As it opens you get more hints of bright fruit. If I lived in Germany I would buy and drink this by the case.
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White - Off-dry
10/29/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
94 points
Probably the best bottle yet. Spätlese level sweetness offset by lively acidity. The orchard fruits really shined. Outstanding. AP 96.
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White - Sparkling
10/28/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
90 points
Really enjoying this @champagne_caillez_lemaire 2015 Pur Meunier Brut Nature. The color is pale salmon pink, as if a rosé from Provence. The nose is all bread and petrichor with a bit of candied strawberry. The palate has strawberry and pomegranate and a salty, stony finish. It's a dry wine that can be happily drunk as an aperitif or with a more substantial meal. Or a big pile of oysters. Excellent.
White - Sparkling
9/24/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
90 points
Even before I realized this was a blanc de blancs this reminded me of a better Mâcon Burgundy, albeit with bubbles. Excellent non-vintage Champagne.
Red
9/22/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
93 points
2009 Maume Burgundy. A simple wine, but a perfect example of why one chases Burgundy.. This was really satisfying over 3 nights. Bit of a rustic and barnyardy nose, with smoke, cherry and a little soy on the palate. There was a nice touch of tannin and crunchy cranberry on the finish. All the while this had the lightness of body that can separate Burgundy from other Pinot regions. Excellent.
White
8/20/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
93 points
2012 Lopez de Heredia Viña Gravonia Blanco has a nose of shells, vanilla, citrus, thyme and butterscotch. Palate is more straightforward with gently oxidized almond, citrus and vanilla. The flavors sound over the top, but it really works. This is marketed as the low-end LdH Blanco. It's still very, very impressive. Excellent.
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White
8/14/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
93 points
Vincent 2016 Chardonnay Tardive is great right now. Palate has a bit of florals to match the smooth citrus, a hint of chalk and vanilla, and a bit of saline oyster shell. So glad to have a couple left, including a magnum. Excellent to Outstanding.
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White
7/20/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
92 points
My first thought upon tasting and mentally composing a note was to mention that Stefan Steinmetz has arrived, and you need to pay attention. Lo and behold, I see that Adam has already written that in the only other note below!
Mosel slate and crisp red apple on the nose. Spice, apple and white stone fruit on the palate. This is pretty brilliant stuff now and ought to age into something quite special. Excellent.
White
7/15/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
90 points
A lovely tasty Chenin Blanc from the Sacramento delta. From the trio of 2017, 2018 and 2019, this '19 has the best balance of Beau Rivage leaness and waxier Chenin character. Chalk, lemon oil, hints of flowers and salinity make for a fine drink. Excellent.
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White - Off-dry
From my Instagram last week: The 2020 Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese Feinherb is a perfect wine right now. It's got just the right touch of acid, minerality and sweet orchard fruit. Serve it when having a fine dining experience, or do what we did and have it with pizza on a Tuesday night. Excellent.
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White
6/26/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
90 points
This field blend is as exotic as previous comments suggest. After first opening there is a small bit of off-putting oxidation, but that minimizes after opening up (and mostly unnoticable on day 2.) There is a definite richness on the palate, but in contrast to a previous note the sneakiness lay in the imperceptible acidity that helps balance the unusual flavor palette. See other notes for their various descriptors. Held up well accompanying tofu and shrimp fried rice on night 1 and was nice all by itself on night 2. Very Good to Excellent, upgraded to Excellent for its exoticism.
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White
6/21/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
88 points
Easygoing Silvaner, perhaps a tad less full than, say, one from Rheinhessen. User @TKO mentions chamomile in one of their notes, which is spot on for the palate if you add a little straw and grapefruit pith. Very Good.
White - Off-dry
6/4/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
93 points
Another AP96. Some brilliant yellow orchard fruits balanced with a nuanced acidity. Weird to say but drink now or let it continue to age(!).
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Red
5/28/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
89 points
Way better than the last one. Sturdy and lightly spiced. Very Good to Excellent.
Rosé - Sparkling
2/27/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
94 points
Disgorgement September 2018. I've had this before, it's always been good, but it never showed like it did tonight. Everything that you love in the Vilmart Rubis was present, but in spades. Outstanding.
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White
2/27/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
98 points
One of the greatest white wine experiences of my life. All the descriptors you may see in previous and future notes - yeah. Interestingly I also get a vanilla note on the nose, which, rather than off-putting, is a wonderful addition to the melange. Outstanding +.
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White
2006 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2/5/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
94 points
Showing incredibly well these days. This is a lithe, oaky Sauvignon Blanc of the top Bordeaux ilk, and shows all the glories of that style. For me, this is one of the few regions that can pull this off, as most whites seem better without the new oak. Outstanding.
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Red
1/29/2022 - theRealPepe wrote:
This wine still feels a bit monolithic. Had 2 glasses for two nights running, and each night it never seemed to show much until the fruit and savoriness got revealed on the last few sips. I'm thinking to hold yet a few more years.
Red
1/30/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
90 points
This wine is sneaky good. Relatively light on the palate with restrained fruit and pleasant savoriness, you keep wanting to have just another taste. Excellent.
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White - Off-dry
1/30/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
93 points
First off, at 13.5 abv, this wine is a bruiser. But you don't care, as the Grosser Hengelberg seems to incorporate the finest qualities of a big, dry Rheinhessen wine with the perfumed, slate sweetness of the Mosel. And this isn't even the Reserve edition. Excellent to Outstanding.
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White
1/16/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
93 points
It's common to read in a tasting note the concept of a wine 'uncoiling' with age or air. I like to think of this wine 'coiling' with age, the underlying acid becoming more prominent with age and sharpening the edges of the always lovely white fruit. I found this to be a fantastic wine, a coiled beast. Excellent to Outstanding.
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White - Off-dry
1/18/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
88 points
This was a nice Auslese wine with a touch of acidity (at 29 years!) but not much more. It's missing the complexity and interest of the '94 Auslese Ritsch. Still quite lovely to drink. Very Good
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Red
1/15/2022 - theRealPepe wrote:
87 points
Deep dark red, as expected for the grape. Mentholated aromas. In a modern style; ie, very much impacted by oak on the palate. Oak, menthol and unripe plum. Pleasant enough wine, Just not my style. Very Good.
Red
1/11/2022 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
92 points
Shockingly interesting and good 2007. This was the first year Pallieres was split into two cuvees. I last had the Racines 10 months ago and found it...acceptable. The recently opened Terrasse du Diable was much better, with a caveat. On night 1 it was herbal with mineral, menthol and a terribly off-putting metallic note, which made me wonder if I was asymptomatic covid-positive. On night 2 this came across with green herbs, raspberry and a pleasant stony finish. There is a hint of warmer dark fruit, but it's more an afterthought. Easily the finest Pallieres of any vintage that I have had, and the best 2007 southern Rhone I have drunk in the last 8-10 years. Excellent.
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White - Off-dry
Wow, even feinherb in 2019 has acid. Excellent wine, maintains real Kabi weight instead of veering heavier, and should unfurl nicely in the next couple/three years. Screwcap. Excellent.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2021 - theRealPepe wrote:
90 points
I found this wine disappointing for for what it is. The solera base of 2005-2016 adds a certain depth, with bready aromatic notes and a some oxidized richness on the palate, but seems to be missing to be missing the complexity of their 2016 vintage extra-brut Les Empreintes and the zingy freshness of many of their NV wines. So "only" 90, just Excellent.
Red
2018 is a bigger vintage and the Frühburgunder definitely shows it. On day 1 it felt imprecise and lacking the acid snap. Revisited 6 nights later it feels more balanced, with the more generous fruit now mixed with some cranberry as well.
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White
Very interesting in it retains Auslese sweetness, yet finishes distinctly dry. It was very controversial at the dinner table. I personally found it outstanding.
Red
Despite the low (11.5%) abv, this Pinot had a very satisfying earthiness to accompany the understated fruit. Delightful.
White - Sparkling
Drunk a week ago and didn't take notes, but I recall the nice bready, apple and citrus. It felt like there was a lot more depth to this cuvée than their many wonderful NVs. I want more.
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White
12/25/2021 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
94 points
I found this to be a very loud and very expressive Chardonnay. In your face tropical and citrus fruit with noticable yet integrated vanilla oak. Loud yet impressive, as the scores indicate. It held its own with a very loud game hens and morels in Madeira cream sauce dish. Outstanding.
White
12/13/2021 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
92 points
Taut yet waxy. Just a beautiful bottle of wine. Excellent.
Red
12/11/2021 - theRealPepe wrote:
92 points
Really nice wine with complexity, yet surprisingly short on the finish.
Edit: Revisting 2 days later. Finding the lavender and other garrigue, as well as the pepper and charcuterie even more attractive. A nice finish has emerged as well. Today's score is even better with 2 points added for the improved finish. Excellent.
Red
11/25/2021 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
92 points
Given vintage and reviews was fearing something thin and screechy; instead I was treated to instead a vibrant medium-bodied Pinot with plenty of interest on the palate without any imbalanced acidity. Excellent.
Red
11/25/2021 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
93 points
This bottle was the real deal. Fantastic nose and palate complexity. Still a bit stemmy, but integrating now rather than dominating. Excellent to Outstanding.
Red
11/25/2021 - theRealPepe wrote:
flawed
Corked. Maybe Premier Cru will accept it as a return.
Red
11/6/2021 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
92 points
This is the longest time that I have managed to hold on to one of these utterly drinkable skin-contact Pinot Gris. The short time aging has softened the gentle tannin a little more and accentuates the creaminess, which shines a brighter spotlight on the mild red fruit. Red apple blends into strawberry. Excellent.
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