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Red
2014 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Nebbiolo
I think my first eight words were all the same, "wow!". Very content to sit and smell this for (ever?) several minutes, it's clear this is just winegrowing/winemaking on another level So bright and energetic, this is classically built, yet there's great weight and energy to the medium body. Deeply sapid, this wine just pulses with energy. Pomegranate, strawberries, limestone, soil, cherries, etc. Fantastic. You need at least a case. Plus magnums. Should continue to evolve for 15-20 years.
14,0% abv. [/b]highly recommended+[/b]

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  • greenblanket commented:

    10/6/17, 12:30 PM - Thanks, your reviews are one of my gold standards (actually just you and the Brooklyn Guy). This just came into my Costco. I read your reviews on my phone standing in the aisle and loaded up

White
2015 Rulo Combine Walla Walla Valley White Rhone Blend
Greenblanket finds this wine to be a skillfully made and happy merging of the old world with classic rhone-ish character (floral/herbal/mineral) melding with the bright clean fruit and refreshing acidity of the best Washington wines. And, if that is not enough, there is also the juxtaposition of fruit from one of Washington's OG wine growers blended with grapes from one of the NW's nouveau sites. In short, everything this effete old teletubby needs in wine - geek factor combined with pure delicious refreshment while sitting beside the big lake on a blazing hot afternoon.
  • greenblanket commented:

    7/8/17, 4:35 PM - Thanks, I have always loved this producer and the fruit sources for this blend are stellar as is the winemaker.

White
2010 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords Melon de Bourgogne
This is the finest bottle of Muscadet I've ever had. The aromas are wild and complex with preserved lemon and savory herbs and black licorice and smoky minerals - absolutely pungent and fascinating and alluring. Palate is balanced and fresh, and shows a complexity that is equal to the nose, and the citric and saline and mineral finish just goes on and on. Wonderful wine, by any measure.
  • greenblanket commented:

    12/5/16, 10:23 AM - Hey BG, I consider your notes to be the gold standard on this and lots of other wines. What temperature would you recommend?

Red
2009 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive Gamay
Just great at this point - fresh and full with a complex set of dark fruit and savory flavors. Lots of tannin still in play. Greenblanket had this and another wine set up to go with roast chicken but his pals screwed that plan by raiding his liquor cabinet turning his well planned evening into Chicken and Whiskey Night. Oh well, at least he gets to follow two nice Beaujolais over several days.
  • greenblanket commented:

    3/10/14, 7:24 AM - My thoughts exactly.

Red
2005 Domaine de l'Oratoire St Martin Cairanne Haut-Coustias Red Rhone Blend
The mourvedre is in complete command of this ship. On the opposite side of the more popular grenache dominated Southern Rhone blends. This is all about the "Big" action....Boss.
  • greenblanket commented:

    2/14/14, 1:28 PM - Nice note! Good to see that you're "keeping it real".

Red
2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux Cabernet Franc
Square in the middle of Greenblanket's wheelhouse and nicely approachable already with pure red fruit, soil, gravel and some green notes that are awfully reminiscent of the young nettles that are in season right now. It cries out for rabbit rillette.
  • greenblanket commented:

    3/28/13, 12:32 PM - Thanks, sometimes I mess around with the language a bit to keep myself amused while writing notes. Like you, I enjoy the wines of this domaine and am looking at an opportunity to buy more 2010 Grezeaux and les Granges. Have you tried Les Grange?

Red
2006 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
10/18/2012 - Pknut wrote:
Really very nice, but needs a few more years. Shows darker Grenache fruits like plum and dark cherry, along with licorice and light nori that is typical in Vieux Tele but not yet the peat/iodine that often emerges in VT with time. The tannins are nicely proportioned and are integrating well with the fruit. The wine comes across as direct, smooth on the sides, approachable, but still primary-fruited and somewhat compact. This should fill out nicely as the structure softens. Also, the alcohol is nicely in check, which isn't surprising given the producer, but I opened the 2006 Charbonniere Mourre Perdrix earlier this week and the surprising 15.5% alcohol in that wine was noticeable. No degradation over night, the wine seems even more direct and pure. I like the restraint in this wine, and I look forward to trying it again in a few years.
  • greenblanket commented:

    10/19/12, 10:11 AM - Thanks for the quality note - just the type of information I need to tend to my slender vertical.

Red
2008 Scherrer Winery Zinfandel Scherrer Shale Terrace Alexander Valley
4/10/2010 - Mike Dildine wrote:
90 points
14.5% alcohol. Medium - light ruby red. This wine (a major flirt) is already expressing herself. Attractive floral and spice aromas. Wonderful rasberries, cherries and other red-fruit delights on the palate. Great balance. Elegant. Lingering aftertaste.

I tasted this at the winery today with Fred and Ed (Fred's Dad), and am getting better acquained at home. OMV has been my Scherrer zin of choice for many years, but it occured to me that Shale Terrace expresses the distinctive, feminine, red-fruit "Scherrer essence" perhaps even better than the OMV. This is an exceptional wine and a fabulous value. The '08 is a very fine rendition!
  • greenblanket commented:

    4/10/10, 8:34 PM - Nice note Mike.

    I read Fred's notes in the mailer and on the website but would be very interested to hear what he and Ed had to say about the drinkability/ageability of the 08 Shale and OMV. I bought a case of each and my buddies are expecting a share but I'm thinking both have a long term future.

Red
2008 Scherrer Winery Zinfandel Old and Mature Vines Scherrer Vineyard Alexander Valley
The Scherrer delivery arrived today and we dove right in. This was on the medium light side when first opened and it gained depth and bouquet for several hours. At its peak it was giving fruit and florals and spice and sun warmed stones from the bouquet through the finish and was a nice flavor and textural match for grilled skirt steaks. Things closed up as time progressed beyond two hours. Fred says this one is worth waiting a few years on and if you can't trust Fred who can you trust?
  • greenblanket commented:

    4/9/10, 4:30 PM - What the heck, we're opening a Shale Terrace tonight. The OMV wasn't as much fun coming off the truck as the 2007 but in was pretty darn good. You probably read Fred's note comparing the 2008 to the 1999.

Red
2004 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà Nebbiolo
2/12/2010 - greenblanket wrote:
Young. (duh) It took several hours for this to open up and start showing some aromatics and even then things were pretty much wrapped tight with glimpses of violets, spice, cherries, and dark herbs. The star here is the superb texture, balance and length of the palate. The acidity in particular is refreshing but somehow caressing and long. The rest of my bottles will sleep for a long time.
  • greenblanket commented:

    3/24/10, 9:42 AM - I agree about five years. How does the 05 compare to where the the 00 and 01 were in terms of structure at the same stage?

  • greenblanket commented:

    4/7/10, 10:12 AM - Sorry about that, I meant 04.

Red
2006 Carlisle Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley
While there's beautiful dark ripe fruit and nice texture here it's gotten to the point at three plus years beyond vintage that we need to be realistic about the alcohol in this wine; it is 15.9%. I probably admire this winemaker as much as anyone but he's a winemaker not an alchemist, Jim, and there is no way for this teletubby to ignore 15.9%.
  • greenblanket commented:

    4/7/10, 10:09 AM - The label lists the alcohol at 15.9%

    Your second question is a good one, I didn't find it to be burning hot but to me the mouth-feel was dominated by the sensation of alcohol and the finish had a bitterness that I associate with alcohol.

    I have enjoyed this wine in the past and my notes here probably reflect a combination of changes in my preferences and the evolution of the wine in the bottle. When the fruit forward nature of the wine calms down and other changes occur the alcohol isn't going to go anywhere.

Rosé
2006 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre
3/12/2010 - tarheel17 wrote:
91 points
minerals, meet strawberry. strawberry, meet minerals. now have a blast, you two, locked up in this bottle, and try not to fight too much amongst yourselves OK? You're both equally delicious, I assure you.
  • greenblanket commented:

    3/13/10, 7:32 AM - Nice note - funny but perfectly descriptive. I like this wine so much that I get myself into an obsessive loop in which I can't make myself open my last few bottles and end up worrying that I'm waiting too long. I think I will open one tonight. Maybe.

Red
2006 Château Malescot St. Exupéry Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
1/18/2010 - greenblanket wrote:
A Costco buy and a good one if you like your Bordeaux modern and polished. Actually, even though the devil had a hand in the making of this wine I can't hate on it too much because it has a lovely Margaux nose and a nicely textured and complete palate. Excellent, but there's a lot of wine out there for fifty dollars that interests me a lot more. I'm just sayin'.
  • greenblanket commented:

    3/3/10, 8:36 PM - I agree about the price comparison to the 05 vintage - I was thinking about the great 05 Chinons or 2000 Barbarescos currently on the market in the same price range - but then my tastes don't go that much to Bordeaux.

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