Tasting Notes for theRealPepe

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Red
Drunk 8 days ago. My instant score which remains with me is "89", hopefully not being too generous due to the really wonderful tasting at Teschke's farmhouse a few days before. Michael says he does everything organically, keeps weeding and cutting cover crop to a minimum, and harvests on feel rather than a set schedule. This, and the other wines I tasted were very individual, well made and all quite enjoyable.
Strong darker magenta color, what I think of as "dark Pinot". I cannot clearly recall the nose. Cannot clearly recall what all was going on with the palate either, but it seemed fullish, with a lightness on body one hopes for with Pinot Noir. There was definitely a bit of earthiness and good fruitiness. I recall it more towards the cherry spectrum, but not sweet or sappy. Just no crunchy fruit, but still restrained fruitiness. Very Good. Thanks again @lukeintowines for arranging the tasting!
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White
5/3/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
90 points
This was drunk 8 days ago in Rotterdam. Genesis of the occasion was an Austrian who lived across the street from my sister- and brother-in-law wanted to make Spätzle for us. Austrian? Making Spätzle? What's up with that anyway? The thought of a heavy Käsespätzle made with probably lousy ingredients didn't sound great, but luckily she said she didn't have time. We, in the meantime, had thought of ways of lightening up the dish, and Sietze even suggested going with a risotto. Yes, a lovely spring risotto instead! We ended up improvising with peas, green asparagus and lemon zest for the risotto.
The Teschke 2016 grüner Sylvaner 'Ohne Grenzen' was a lovely accompaniment to it. Floral and a hint of grassiness on the nose, light on the palate with mineral and a touch of citrus and a bit of roundness as well. Altogether just a bit more than the sum of its parts. Excellent. And thanks @lukeintowine for arranging the tasting with the mad genius a few days previous!
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Red
2007 Château Rouget Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/12/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
89 points
My note from 2017 mentions tea, dark fruit, brush and leather. I noticed some Merlot smokiness and red fruits as well this go-round. This was rather pleasing and enjoyable over to 2-3 nights it was drunk. Very Good to Excellent.
Red
Strong darker red color. Nice nose of herbs and fruit. Palate has stemmy, savory and spicy fruit along with some earth and a little brett to add interest. This magnum was drunk a week ago along with a plethora of other wines of varying pedigree. It held up well against the finest. It was Excellent.
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White
2017 Manni Nössing Kerner Valle Isarco / Eisacktaler (view label images)
3/30/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
90 points
Very pale color. Nose of white fruit and flowers. Crisp on the palate with white fruit and a touch of honey forward and a dryish finish with some pith accompanying the fruit. Excellent.
White - Off-dry
Some mild orange/lime notes along with dominant green apple. Opened after an Alsatian Gewuerztraminer, coincidentally to a suggestion in another note, at first it was a bit austere and plain in comparision to the previous flamboyance. After a glass or so was quite enjoyable and paired well with the mild coconut chicken curry.
White
3/3/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
93 points
Wasn't expecting the gem this has become. Delicious apricot and lychee fruit along with a bit of well controlled pith as counterpoint. Absolutely fine with a mild coconut chicken curry. Excellent.
Red
2/23/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
90 points
Orange red color. Nose of forest floor and soy. The soy continues into the palate, along with orange peel and very energetic red fruit. The is also a good core of acid. The finish is more sweet fruit along with some umami flavor. Excellent.
Red
2/3/2019 - theRealPepe wrote:
88 points
A very solid buy at 15-16 dollars U.S. A little horsey on the nose but it's pretty decent on the palate. Red fruits and herbs. Very Good.
Red
1/31/2019 - theRealPepe wrote:
The price made it intriguing. However, much less nose and palate interest than my go-to 1ers at a higher price from the 'bargain' appellations in the Cotes de Beaune. I'd much rather spend 45-60 dollars on those than the 36 dollars for this
Red
2/2/2019 - theRealPepe wrote:
92 points
Ruby to dark purple color. Nose barnyard, kirsch, old leather and pepper. In addition to the trademark 10 year Millière leather and kirsch on the palate, there is a rather healthy dose of smoky tannin. Oh, and garrigue and all that nice southern Rhône stuff. The first of six, I’m glad I waited. The beauty is just beginning to unwind, but don’t be afraid to drink now. Excellent.
Red
1/16/2019 - theRealPepe Does not like this wine:
74 points
My spouse and I recently returned from California Gold Country, where we enjoyed a few Good to Very Good local Zinfandels. My spouse picked this up to try out as it had the magic words "old vines", and the abv was reasonable. Couldn't be bad, right? I tried to like this wine, but the resiny taste that permeated the palate made it difficult to finish a glass. I didn't in fact. Neither could my spouse. A generous Below Average.
Red
2010 Château Poujeaux Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/5/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
90 points
The 2010 Chateau Poujeaux is a different beast from the 2009, for me, in a good way. A little more tannic but less oaky, and less overtly ripe fruit. The body is medium so it makes a nice counterbalance to the tannin. This seems more Bordeaux than the anonymous, international styled 2009. Seems like it could have a little positive development as well. Excellent.
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Red
1/4/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
88 points
Spice, violet and easy red fruits on the nose and palate. Night 1 was less easy, with pepper dominating, while on night 3 it integrated well, while still remaining spicy. Very Good.
Red
12/31/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
90 points
Starting to get that Burgundy red bricking. Nose of forest floor, spice, cranberry and mineral. Palate has cherry, fresh crunchy cherry, unripe cherry, earth, hint of five spice, and plenty of the trademark 2008 acid. Nice showing. This paired well with ribollita. Excellent.
White
12/31/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
92 points
Light golden yellow. Nose of stones, citrus and faint licorice. Palate has variations on lemons: Meyer lemons and lemon pie. There is a bit of waxy bitterness on the finish. Excellent.
White
12/28/2018 - theRealPepe wrote:
12.5% abv. Super floral and tropical fruit nose. Palate is round, with some acidity and tropical fruits. Not getting much citrus or slate, which I expected after trying the Schneider Tonschiefer and also that this wine was touted to be in a GG style. While withholding judgement for now, this wine was easy to drink and very pleasing.
Red
12/28/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
93 points
In the five years since last tasted this wine has evolved from delightful to a seriously excellent wine. Complex and dark fruited, savory and subtle. This was quite possibly the finest Pinot I've had from Rhys, and a great example of what California can produce. Excellent to Outstanding.
Red
12/29/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
90 points
Popped and poured at a restaurant. Lousy stemware, I think this inhibited the aromas. Palate was fine though. Fruit seems to be at the beginning of secondary stage, so its past that stage of vibrant youth. While the tarry, rose petal aspects are there, they are more in the background, except on the finish. This was a fine accompaniment to veal, spicy sicilian pasta as well as pollo marsala. I think, however, a short rest for a year or two will be most useful for this Northern Piemonte beauty. Excellent.
Red
2005 Reignac Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/28/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
91 points
The best this wine has ever shown for me. After pop and pour a little tannic, dry and ashy, along with powerful dark fruit. Just 30 minutes later this was real bordeaux: Graphite and dark, mildly smokey merlot fruit. Nice finish too. Excellent.
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Red
12/23/2018 - theRealPepe wrote:
88 points
Opened on 12/23 and tasted (so far) on nights 1, 2 & 4. On first two nights disjointed with iron and really ripe fruit. Very two dimensional, and the fruit, which was well integrated in bottles tasted in 2017, is overpowering. On night 4 the iron and fruit seemed to meld, and there was a slight savory/violet note as well. Really enjoyable on night 4. The score is for night 4. Nights 1 & 2 would be 85. Hold, or decant for hours... Very Good.
Red
This was really good - no notes as drunk at Christmas dinner. It did have resolved tannins and exhibited the savory side of Syrah. Adieu, 2007!
Red
2009 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/25/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
91 points
OK, no formal note. I enjoyed this magnum with Christmas dinner. This was a really good Lanessan that had all the leathery aspects of the traditional wine along with ample fruit, though not the jammy type people might expect if it were a new world wine. A table favorite tonight. Excellent.
Red
2015 Château La Croix St Pierre Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/16/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
86 points
Medium dark color. Earth and cherry on the nose. Soft earthy cherry and violet on the palate. A little acid too, to make it very food-friendly. Recommended for near-term drinking, 0-5 years, for any occasion you want a red that needn’t be serious. Good to Very Good.
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Red
12/14/2018 - theRealPepe wrote:
88 points
Decanted about 12 hours ahead and left in the cellar. Good color for the age. Pleasant mushroom and red fruit nose. On the palate, earth, mushroom and a tiny bit of dried rose. Not a strong Nebbiolo though above adequate supporting a 3 day prepped brisket. Wished for more complexity, but Very Good.
Red
2007 Gehring-Sasser BB Blend 1 Pine Mountain Vineyard Alexander Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
Was drinking casually while helping make latkes and then cleaning up. Really tasty though!
Red
12/4/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
89 points
Dark blood to purple color. Nose of savory herb, spice, barnyard, cherry and kirsch. Fruit, meat and kirsch on the palate Mild tannins. This is just brilliant on a chilly Fall evening, last night with lentil stew and tonight with roast chicken. Very Good to Excellent.
Edit: This note looks very similar to my note from 2017 - unsurprising for such a balanced wine. Kermit’s cuvées are always a good deal and in the very good years a great deal.
White
11/21/2018 - theRealPepe wrote:
86 points
Color is good. Sugary nectarine on the nose. Peach and grapefruit pith on the palate. On the whole, a wine best drunk young without too much thought. Good to Very Good.
White
11/24/2018 - theRealPepe wrote:
92 points
Pale green-gold. Floral nose, a little sugar cookie, orange and lime. Palate has mineral, satsuma, red and green apple, and a hint of lime. Interesting what 8 months can do. I’ve been drinking a few of the 2016 “K”, which is itself a fine Riesling, but without question the Yamhill-Carlton is now, and should be down the road as well, the more complete wine. Drunk today and two days ago at Thanksgiving feast paired with Game hen with sage and grape sauce over polenta. Excellent.
Red
11/17/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
90 points
Mauve color. Cool climate Syrah dominated by olives on the nose, along with fresh plum and mineral. Palate has olives, brine, savory and red and blue fruits. Excellent.
White
11/15/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
92 points
Electrifying. This is a world away from the Nahe and Mosel wine one normally expects. Pale golden with a glint of green. Nose of slate, meyer lemon and red apple along with a floral component. Palate is chockablock minerals with dominant red apple and meyer lemon. Dry, and with stones for days. It is an understatement to wish I had more than just one more on hand. This wine is a very different perspective on the Nahe that I know and love. Excellent.
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White - Off-dry
11/9/2018 - theRealPepe wrote:
90 points
Opened to accompany (what else?) chicken thighs and homemade Sauerkraut. Great pear, apple and mineral. Just lovely stuff. Excellent.
Red
11/11/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
91 points
Spectacular for what it is: a 57 year old coop wine with 'only' about 60% Spanna (aka Nebbiolo) to fortify it. Mild tar, rose, earth and wild mushrooms, and plenty of delicious cherry. Bit thin on the finish. This was decanted about 9 hours before drinking and mainly consumed between two truffle courses. (Totally) Excellent.
Red
11/11/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice with black truffle risotto. Decanted for about 9 hours. Still fairly brooding with tar and tobacco notes, with dark cherry fruit more on the background. Excellent.
Red
11/4/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
91 points
Drunk a week ago, this was an impressive young Spanna. What's good about ratings is it is shorthand for the experience, but unfortunately cannot remember all the details on "ninety-one". There was a sumptuous bouquet and deep fruit with tar, and ...?
Red
11/2/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
90 points
Dark, almost plasma-like color. Nose of slate, earth, cherry, a hint of spice and a pinch of barnyard. Interesting on the palate too - good acid for a warm year, with spice almost verging on to sandalwood. Red fruits, cherries and strawberries, but while full, not overripe. Touch of candied cherry, mineral and tart fruit on the finish. Pretty darn good. Excellent.
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White
10/28/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
90 points
Brownish yellow, similar to a dark Pinot Gris. After opening up a waxy citrus and floral nose. Palate is slightly oxidative, typical of all the aged 2006 Epiré I’ve had. A little waxy on the palate with a good citrus finish. Absolutely perfect with Indian chicken coconut curry. Excellent.
Red
10/18/2018 - theRealPepe wrote:
91 points
Nice dark red color. Pine, stone and earthy red fruit on the nose. Palate has lots of earthy iron and mild red fruit mixed with a healthy acid backbone. Very tasty and food friendly. Excellent.
Rosé - Sparkling
Good value sparkling rose. Useful on its own or as in this case part of an Indian Summer Lillet aperitif.
Red
9/23/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
92 points
Drunk at Teleferic Barcelona (in Walnut Creek California). Nice meaty dusty Syrah. Some 'roasted slope' notes even though from a different appellation. Really enjoyed this. I believe JLL gave a few ratings on this - one five star and one one star! Firmly four out of six stars on JLL scale for me! Excellent.
White
9/9/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark yellow color. Honeyed, flowery nose. Oily, viscous mouthfeel. Good acidity mid-palate and honeyed, tropical fruit finish. Excellent.
Red
9/2/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
91 points
Meaty, funky nose. Good acid and lithe on the palate with cherry and meaty flavors. Excellent.
Red
9/2/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
90 points
Very funky in a good way. Meaty and pungent earth on the nose. Good meaty cherry with some mineral on the palate. Excellent.
Red
9/1/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
90 points
"The color is too light", said our friend. But the sous bois aroma, which came around later, and the cranberry and crisp cherry along with earthiness, and the hint of soy had her exclaiming the beauty of this by the time the three of us polished it off. Accompanied by BBQ grilled salmon and grilled vegetables and arugula tomato salad. Excellent.
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Red
8/17/2018 - theRealPepe wrote:
90 points
Good bold color and correct if unexciting VT nose. Feels ripe on the palate and also a bit simple. This bottle has the misfortune of being opened next to a stellar 2001 VT, so it suffered in comparison. Very Good to Excellent, scoring as Excellent.
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Red
8/17/2018 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted and left in 64F/18C cellar before serving about 90 minutes later. Vigorous dark red color. Balanced nose of mature elegant VT. Palate has depth and complexity. The trademark garrigue, kirsch, leather, earth and mineral are all there, with the balance and flavor profile shifting delightfully on each sip. Served with skirt steak, dressed in zabar's mustard, walnut oil and pepper and briefly put under the broiler, and stir-fry broccolini with balsamic vinegar. Outstanding.
Red
2009 Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Dark color. When drinking last night I thought the nose was terrific but cannot recall specifics today. The palate bodes well for the future though, with good fruit, cigar tobacco tannins beginning to resolve and hints of but not overwhelming oak that should integrate fairly soon. Also a pleasant taste on the palate that another taster calls umami and gives it a distinctive flavor too. Excellent.
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Red
8/4/2018 - theRealPepe wrote:
First of six. Didn't get to spend much time with it. Seemed less open than a 2005 Narbantons opened a few weeks ago, but my read is it is entering its drinking window. Will probably hold off myself for a year or so before drinking the next one.
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