Tasting Notes for theRealPepe

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Red
10/8/2019 - theRealPepe wrote:
91 points
Waiting 2 years has seen improvement on this wine. Ruby red color. Nose of Earth, barnyard and red fruit. Palate is mildly plummy with some mineral, garrigue and earth. Definitely not the best year for a VT but quite drinkable, even next to a 2005 VT, which is on the verge of becoming profound. Excellent.
Red
10/5/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
87 points
Nose has lost the crazy aromatics and is now dominated by a strong menthol note. Palate is still strong with loam and crunchy cherry. So delicious. While losing 2 points due to nose, it’s still Very Good.
White
9/24/2019 - theRealPepe wrote:
90 points
Mineral, citrus, lychee and pith. It is viscous, almost to the point of being oily. Excellent.
Red
9/28/2019 - theRealPepe wrote:
88 points
Dark Pinot red, no browning from age. Menthol dominates the nose. Below that there is a bit of earthy cherry. There is plenty of acid on the palate with structured, earthy fruit. All in all, this bottle seems grumpy, just like the winemaker himself, if caught at the wrong time - yes, he is brilliant, but just not connecting with you on that day. Very Good.
Rosé
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.
White
9/18/2019 - theRealPepe wrote:
flawed
Hmm, found a bottle in the cellar from a vintage I thought I'd drank up. Hooray! Bottle was oxidised. Boo! Hiss!
White
9/16/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
89 points
Pale straw/rainwater color. Citrus and floral dominant nose. Peaches on the palate supported by slate and lime/orange citrus. Light-bodied. Very Good.
Rosé
There is regular wine scale and there is the rosé wine scale. Rosé wines are easier to get right and generally are built to be consumed in the near term. Aging for one or two years is something the better ones can do, and only a few are really worth aging beyond that. But the good ones elevate the red fruit and crispness with minerality and lightness. Sweetness without syrup. Fontsainte’s Gris de Gris is one of the better ones, but still should be drunk within the first few years. Still, year in and year out, it has that elevated goodness.
The rosé season has only just opened its brief window here and this is the first of six opened. Enjoyed outside with grilled skinless boneless chicken thighs marinated in a yogurt paprika mix and charred blue lake and yellow string beans, the 2018 Gris de Gris was just magnificent. 95 points on the rosé scale.
Red
2015 Les Allées de Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/9/2019 - theRealPepe wrote:
88 points
Dark red, almost purple. Nose of brush, almost floral and faint blueberry. Almost austere but there is a floral whiff and the fruit is pleasing. Palate begins with an abrupt herbal note that is almost medicinal. Drying, and almost meaty on the mid palate. But the finish ends on an elegant red fruited note. It’s a very pleasing second wine and quite a value, too. Very Good.
Red
9/5/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
90 points
Good darkish Pinot color. Lots of forest floor along with cherry on the nose. Earth, forest floor and bright cherry on the palate. This seems young and undeveloped. Hopefully will add more impressions of this in the next day or two. Excellent, seemingly with room for improvement.
On day 3 getting same notes with some added spice on the palate. Fruit is very pure in the manner of a good Bourgogne in a riper year but the spice adds a really nice dimension. Tonight maybe rates for a point of improvement, but leaving score as is for now.
White
9/2/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
88 points
Good acid, a bit of tartness. Fruit is evident but seems muted. Still has some very good elements and a bit above some of the other basic bottlings I've been drinking this summer. Very Good.
Rosé - Sparkling
Another Sommariva became the basis of a summer sparkling elderflower aperitif!
Red
8/31/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
91 points
Classic Bandol. Fruit, tar and mint on the nose. Palate chock full of plum, tobacco and mineral. Excellent.
Rosé - Sparkling
Opened a bottle and made an aperitif with homemade elderflower simple syrup, raspberries and ice. Quite delicious and the Sommariva was quite useful for this. Delicious.
Red
8/28/2019 - theRealPepe wrote:
87 points
On night 1, very green and herbal. I had a strong dislike for the taste despite some good material. 83-84. On night 3, good fruit and herbs with a hint of greenness. I had opened it just to get rid of it and move on but it was surprisingly good. All the more surprising was that it paired nicely with a salmon en papillote. Very Good.
Red
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.
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White
8/16/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
86 points
A very pretty basic bottling. Balanced but not a lot of zip. Another fine midweek wine from our recent exploration of bottom level offerings from excellent vintners. Very Good.
Red
8/12/2019 - theRealPepe wrote:
92 points
Rich and sumptuous. It seemed a lot more like a Rhys Santa Cruz Mountain wine than Burgundy. I like this flavor profile but don’t have any interest in cellaring a wine for 15 years to get it. Excellent.
Red
8/12/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
92 points
My first reaction sniffing this brooding monster: Iron soup. 2015 is a big vintage in Beaujolais, so yes, this is a big wine. There is a lot of iron and tannin in this wine as well as a lot of fruit. Ready to drink now, I think it will be even more interesting in a decade. Excellent.
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Red
8/10/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
91 points
Etzel is German for Attila. Appropriate for a Berserker Day purchase! This wine is pretty big and brawny too. Spice, body, flavor and tannin. I’m guessing significant whole cluster as well, but what do I know? If it has this much spice at age 5, looks good to go the distance. But shy it will not be. Excellent.
White
8/8/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
87 points
Mos def on the feinherb! Spicy with with sweeter citrus like tangerine. A bit of Zeltingen slate too. Imprecise and round but a nice wine for the dinner table when you want nice and don’t need to think too much. Very Good.
Red
8/3/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
94 points
My first 2000 Ducru opened, and after all these years, it is still too young! Many beautiful elements to this wine that seem to signify a future superstar. Tannins still need time to meld with the fruit, tobacco and cedar. Opened at 19 years of age and still potential to improve. I will not open another bottle for five years. Young, not ready, yet still Outstanding.
This wine was double decanted in the morning, then reopened in the evening about 2 hours before consuming.
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Red
1990 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/3/2019 - theRealPepe wrote:
92 points
Very nice St. Julien. Mildly funky, and many herbal, mineral and leather notes. Excellent.
This wine was double decanted in the morning, then reopened in the evening about 2 hours before consuming.
White
2005 Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux Blanc Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/3/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
94 points
White gold color. Nose is a terribly disappointing oxidized vanilla. However the palate surprises with perfect balance. In the mouth there is the usual vanilla, flowers, mineral and tropical fruits but delivered with a lightness that moves the whole mix up a notch. Outstanding.
This was more than brilliant pairing with gas grilled Atlantic lobster tails.
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White
2015 Château Carbonnieux Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
7/28/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
91 points
Pale straw color. Nose dominated by floral notes and vanilla in a very pleasant way. Complex mouthfeel - herbs, pineapple, mineral and vanilla weave in and out as you taste. Brilliant of course with pan-roasted halibut and mashed potatoes, parsnips and thyme. Grand cru level and at the same time clearly a level below the top Bordeaux whites. Excellent.
White
7/27/2019 - theRealPepe wrote:
84 points
Clean, unremarkable wine. Spritz and some lemony acid. Low alcohol and fits the definition of porch pounder. Good.
Red
2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/21/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
95 points
Beautiful dark red color. Gorgeous nose of cassis, cedar, graphite, cigarbox and plum. Palate keeps changing but elements of dark fruits, mineral, cedar and cigarbox intermingle. Tannins seemed to show up more as we drank, but still a great young wine, just a delicious wine. Outstanding.
Wine was decanted approximately 45 minutes to drinking.
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Red
2008 Reignac Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/20/2019 - theRealPepe wrote:
89 points
Cryptic note alert: Maybe better than the last one, still a little oaky and lacking fruit. Very Good.
White
7/20/2019 - theRealPepe wrote:
86 points
Solid weeknight Riesling. Some acidity but mostly full on the palate in the manner of lower-end ones. Still enjoyable and delicious if not super-styled. Very Good.
Red
7/19/2019 - theRealPepe wrote:
87 points
A ghood Ghemme. Smells a little hot, with dried rose and muted tar and cherry. Same dried rose and tar on the palate but a little drying and astringent on the finish. 2014 or dei Mazzoni? Don’t know, it’s my first experience with both. Very Good.
White
7/11/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
90 points
Viscous straw gold. Nose of lemon, wax mineral and demara sugar. Light and oily on the palate with strong lemon, mineral and a light touch of anise. Excellent.
Red
7/6/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
92 points
Really quite tasty right now - ripe fruit, cigar and just a hint of barnyard. Excellent.
Red
7/5/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
93 points
Bricking red-orange. Cherry-rose-leather nose. Streaks of acid and gentle but insistent tannins inform the cherry and rose dominated palate. Really lovely and the best from Podere ai Valloni I’ve yet tasted. Excellent.
Note: Stood up for a week and double decanted. Both actions recommended as there is a lot of sediment in the bottle.
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Red
7/4/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
89 points
Drunk on American Independence Day with grilled sausages of various types and Dutch mashed potatoes. The earthiness and cherry so typical of this Rossese in all vintages showed very well and was a great match for the food. (Very) Very Good.
Red
6/29/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
89 points
Dark magenta robe with hints of purple. Nose of barnyard, straw, rocks and a bit of pepper. Barnyard dominates. Modest palate of cherries, violets, and crushed rock. Hints of savoriness. Easy velvet tannins. Lighter body and good acidity to accentuate the crushed rock on the finish. Despite all check marks here, nothing vaults it into another class, not much to put it above the Crozes of the plains and clearly into a Crozes of the granite hills. Very Good.
White
6/26/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
87 points
Beautiful nose of flowers and pears. Palate is more of a sturdy Pfälzer Scheu, implied sweetness and tang. Reminds me of the stuff I would pick up in college days for 50 Pfennig/bottle, but with more acid. I miss that stuff, but Stahlheber does a fine job with their Scheurebe. Very Good.
Red
Not rating but recall it being a good young Nebbiolo with nice "2016" fruit.
Red
6/15/2019 - theRealPepe wrote:
Drank a while ago and my impression was Good - 83-85 point range.
Red
6/24/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
89 points
That wonderful perfume found in many Gattinara wines is due to the addition of Vespolina. By itself here, the bouquet is ravishing. Very earthy cranberry fruit makes it solid on the palate as well. Very Good.
Red
6/7/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
89 points
The pencil notes I loved when tasting in 2003 survived. Very nice wine to have with BBQ'd steaks. Very Good to Excellent.
Red
2005 Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/5/2019 - theRealPepe wrote:
88 points
Bricking red color. 95 point nose of sumptuous cedar, tobacco and dark fruits. Bit austere and drying on the palate, red fruited, healthy acidity, and tobacco. However, very tasty between bites of pork loin with greens and southern beans. Very Good.
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White - Off-dry
6/2/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautiful golden color. Floral nose with a whiff of honey. Very floral on the palate along with a perfectly balanced acidity. Excellent.
Red
5/25/2019 - theRealPepe wrote:
88 points
Dark red color. On the palate some muted earthiness, spice and sandalwood. Very stemmy and devoid of a fruity component to contrast with the other elements. I sense complexity, but it really needs time. Let this age for a lot longer. Five years? At least. Very Good.
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Red
5/26/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
88 points
As best as I can recall, this is I believe a blend of what Schweickardt considers their best red grapes, Frühburgunder, Spätburgunder, and Sankt Laurent, aged in older oak barrels. But its unclear as what I was told was in German at around 11 AM in the morning after 14 hours of travel the previous day and maybe 5 glasses of tastes with no spitting. Regardless, this is a better than pleasant blend, and on the night drunk was preferred by the tasters over 2005 Pallieres and 2005 Vieux Telegraphe, both more "serious" wines. I think the wine shows off the better crunchy cranberry of German Pinot Noir as well as having a slightly weighty earthiness thanks to the Sankt Laurent. This is why it deserves the rather high score. Very Good.
Red
5/23/2019 - theRealPepe Likes this wine:
89 points
Opened and drunk on night 1 and night 3. Dark ruby red color. Light barnyard, earth and red fruit nose. Earth, cherry and cranberry on the palate, along with a touch of almost mid-weight funkiness. Very good on night 1; it seemed to put on a little more complexity on night 3 for which it receives the high-end score. Very Good.
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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