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Red
2005 Château Haut-Marbuzet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
Do mine eyes deceive me? $9 I have written for what I paid. Should I have drunk it with such nonchalance given its now available price of $88? The cork proved to be recalcitrant and eventually came out in many small pieces, soft and crumbly, leaving a little cap of corky crumbs on the liquid. Unfortunately, Dulcie, unaware, proceeded to take a swig and pronounced the wine undrinkable. With appropriate filtering all was well.

This just reeks of Bordeaux, the unmistakable taught, lean structure with that cigar box tone. Quite masculine and muscular this, the color quite youthful really (heck only 15 years at this point), well balanced, tannins softened. Those who like fruit juice wines will probably not appreciate this.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    4/3/20, 6:01 AM - I know that I had a double-take when I saw the number in my bottle information. I am confident that it is accurate as I am fairly methodical about entering information correctly. I had also added a private note that the vendor had most likely mispriced the bottle. Unfortunately, I think there was just the one bottle when I laid my hands on it.

Red
2012 White Rose Estate Pinot Noir Durant Vineyard Dundee Hills
For once I am giving a less-than-effusive note on a White Rose wine - just so my critics cannot claim that I am biased or otherwise unduly influenced by the producer. In recent years it seems the pattern has been the even years show well initially but the odd years prevail long-term. This seems true here. While abundantly pleasant with copious cherry fruit, in all it was a little one-dimensional and perhaps indicating the best days were behind. Drink up people.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    2/24/20, 5:56 AM - You are not alone in missing Jesus; such a tragic story. Fortunately he does live on in some bottles in my cellar.

White
2016 Domaine d'Auvenay (Lalou Bize-Leroy) Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay
Just recently collected from Hart Davis Hart in Chicago, I could not resist trying this "humble" bourgogne blanc from a storied producer. Here is proof that there is always more to know about a burgundy than just the name of the wine. Many are the bourgogne village wines that fail to sparkle and then there is this. You first notice it on the nose, which is quite effulgent - lovely floral, oaky notes. And then on the palate it is bracing and quite intense with tart citrus, minerality, great length. Oh I need more of this.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    2/3/20, 7:29 AM - That is a good question. I myself was confused when entering the bottle into CT. The Domaine d'Auvenay was the only option for a white Leroy Bourgogne Blanc, which puzzled me because that name doesn't appear on the label, yet the label photo in CT matched the one on my bottle so I went ahead. I might indeed be in the wrong place and would be happy to change it and create a white equivalent to the Leroy Bourgogne Rouge that already exists. Please enlighten me if you can.

  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    2/4/20, 8:13 AM - Yes, I have made the correction and entered the wine correctly under Maison Leroy rather than Domaine Leroy. Have to admit though to a lack of clarity as Wine Searcher calls the same wine Domaine Leroy so far as I can tell. Anyway, thanks for pointing this out.

  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    2/4/20, 4:49 PM - At this point I am going to delete the incorrect entry under Domaine d'Auvenay, which probably means all the comments will disappear too. Anyway, thanks for bringing that to my attention. I don't like to be inaccurate in my entries.

White
2018 Bodegas Bhilar Rioja Blanco Viura, Macabeo
10/31/2019 - FlaviusC Does not like this wine:
72 points
Just terrible. Complete undrinkable. Smell of dirty underwear mixed with 3 day worn socks.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    11/2/19, 10:21 AM - A harsh comment but one that I am inclined to agree with for the most part. Certainly the "aroma" was redolent of underwear as you describe.

Red
2017 Cruse Wine Company Monkey Jacket California Red Blend
One of two Cruse wines at the Mavens pickup party: this one in our allocation. Very serviceable cabernet but I don't have a very precise recollection of it. Just to correct my error on the composition of this wine: not a cabernet at all: see subsequent notes for the composition.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    5/5/19, 4:42 PM - You are absolutely correct; my mistake - in too much haste did not check the notes. My information states: valdiguie, petite sirah, tannat, carignan, syrah, St. Laurent, pinot noir. Indeed, everything but cabernet almost.

Red
2007 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Deux Vert Yamhill-Carlton
My 40th bottle of wine from BH, and every one has been excellent. This is a cool-climate Pinot that has some funky (in a good way), spicy and herbal notes to accentuate the mature fruit. While clearly Pinot, it has more in common with the BH Syrah from Deux Vert than it does Pinot from Sonoma or even Burgundy. I think this vineyard/producer combo creates a wonderful terroir. I’m drinking my remaining 3 bottles before the end of summer and will have to compare one of those bottles side by side with my lone remaining bottle of BH 2K7 DV in the coming weeks.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    4/17/19, 8:22 PM - The much under-rated 2007 vintage did well in some producers' hands; and I think this is one of them. I still have a couple to enjoy at some point.

Red
2010 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos des Porrets St. Georges Pinot Noir
3/7/2019 - Eric Guido Likes this wine:
93 points
Lunch & Tasting with Gregory Gouges (The Modern): The nose was intense, displaying a mix of crushed stone, savory red berries, dark moist soil tones, hints of animal musk and tart cherry. On the palate, I found silky textures offset by brick acidity, with a mix of red and black berries, as savory spices and sweet herbal tones developed over a frame of fine tannin. The finish was long, spicy, savory, yet showing amazing purity of fruit, which sweetened over time, as herbal notes lingered long. There was so much purity and precision here, mixed with a classic structure. It’s worth mentioning that this was purged from Jeroboam.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    4/6/19, 4:29 PM - I drank one of these only a few days ago and I find your thoughtful notes, well observed, similar to my own recollections.

White
2012 Domaine Laroche Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay
6/16/2017 - Bakka Does not like this wine:
86 points
Had several of bottles from this producer and vintage over the last 6 month. All disappointing. Flat and dull. Not ruined by pre-ox, but probably affected. Corks intact and no sign of leakage.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    1/4/19, 3:43 PM - If you don't like the wine then why do you give it 86, which seems a pretty high score to me?

  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    1/4/19, 4:10 PM - That's unfortunate for sure. I bought two, but have not yet opened any. Here's hoping

Red
2006 Château Vieux Taillefer St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
1/3/2019 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought 6b for 15/b from Binny's almost 9 years ago; buried for a while--this is our first bottle. Decanted with normal sediment for its age; initial leathery nose and subdued fruit but gained in nose and body over an hour with more mature red fruit. Tasty, short of delicious, but I wonder if it might have gained with more time; we'll see next time. Stored horizontally in a cool, dark basement since purchase. My evaluation: I've stopped giving scores on a "100-point scale" as I've become less convinced that they can be meaningful to others. I use a 4-category scale (perhaps with +/-)--not including flawed--which runs outstanding/notable/drinkable/poor. I considered this notable when considering quality, age, and price.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    1/4/19, 3:36 PM - I think I bought the same from a Binnys for that very good price. Have not opened any myself yet.

Red
2014 Kanzler Vineyards Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Dulcie produced some kind of pot roast so I thought about a nice juicy red to accompany and pulled out one of the Mavens pinots, figuring it might do the trick. Perhaps not the ideal pairing but I think it worked quite well. Lush purplish red color, warm fruit-driven nose; on the palate quintessential Cali pinot with abundant layers of lush ripe black cherry fruit. Quite crushable.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    12/18/18, 6:02 AM - Certainly: Mavens and Aficionados (to give its full name) is a wine club associated with the Chicago steak house Maple and Ash. In addition to providing quarterly selections of wine, of which this was one, Mavens has been holding wine "classes" that have recently focused on Bordeaux and Burgundy. Good fun.

White
2015 Pax Chenin Blanc Buddha’s Dharma Vineyard Mendocino County
9/23/2018 - Dulcie and Aylwin wrote:
flawed
I just have to believe this has gone off otherwise the credibility of the Mavens team is in jeopardy. Super tart and mean and has none of the characteristics of a chenin blanc. Very few wines pass Dulcie's lips that evoke the response, "undrinkable."
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    10/3/18, 3:55 PM - Ouch. Fortunately, I have only one - now poured down the drain. So, either a systematic flaw or a really badly made wine?

  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    10/10/18, 8:13 AM - Sorry to hear that. I contacted the wine club through which I acquired the offending bottle and they graciously offered to replace; so we shall see. They said that the wine had been super popular at some of their events and I am inclined to take their word for that. Were we just unlucky with some flawed bottles?

Red
1990 Faiveley Mercurey La Framboisière Pinot Noir
With an age of 16 years I was a little bit nervous about the state of this wine but was delighted to find that this fear was completely unwarranted. Brick red with a brownish rim the wine showed some age but the bouquet was quite full - barnyardy and floral. It was astonishingly bursting with ripe fruit; true to it's name, the predominant berry was raspberry. Length, intensity and not a trace of harshness or tiredness. At a price of $18 it seems an incredible bargain now.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    6/3/18, 12:33 AM - We are visiting Beaune in a couple of days. Hopefully we can find some suitable replacements - though I doubt at the price I paid back then.

Red
2015 Guillen Family Pinot Noir Esteban Willamette Valley
10/23/2017 - UpfromtheCellar wrote:
90 points
This is a qualified 90. Not a 90 in the sense of lasting greatness. Not a 90 in the sense of depth and profundity. No, its a 90 in the sense of here and now, drinkability. This is an early drinking cuvee and at probably just a little past two years from vine, it certainly is. Its light with a nice blend of savory, medium fruits, great perfumed nose and a streak a minerality that cuts and yet holds everything together nicely. Its not overdone, over extracted, over everthing'd but its not a light weight rose in drag either pretending to be something its not. Its just a really nice O-noir for here and now.

Purchased in Portland over the summer, not sure its available on the east coast or outside of Oregon for that matter. So take a trip. No candy, no cola, Oh that a simple C-noir could be as nice.......

So my question to the Guillen Family - as Esteban ages will you update his picture on the label? Please do - it would be cute.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    4/14/18, 8:41 PM - Guillen is a tiny producer and I think you could only buy it direct from him via his wine club (so could deliver to various states) or at a couple of wine shops in PDX. I agree it is totally worth it.

Red
2013 Aurelien Verdet Nuits St. Georges Pinot Noir
12/4/2017 - KJD45$ Likes this wine:
88 points
Thinner red color...nose is strawberry,spice...clean and simple...
Mostly mid back palate with strawberry , spicy, minerality, earth
Nice entry level... Worth $40?.... Not really....
But of a WineAccess hype I feel...
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    3/10/18, 3:30 PM - Not entirely unusual for Wine Access - always enthusiastic promoters of their wares but generally decent value if one is selective. I haven't tried it yet so I cannot comment but I note that you can pay $84 in Florida right now for the same bottle.

White - Sparkling
2008 Drappier Champagne Grande Sendrée Champagne Blend
2/1/2018 - Xavier Auerbach wrote:
93 points
A private dinner (La Cave des Climats, Paris, France): Served in large Burgundy glasses - and for a reason. Just what you would expect, and certainly hope for from Grande Sendree 2008: the richness, spice and vinosity of great Pinot Noir from the Côte des Bar, married to the freshness and mineral energy of the vintage. Expressive nose, creamy texture, lovely autolytic complexity, intense flavours, excellent length. Outstanding. Drink now - 2028. Worked a treat with smoked trout from the Pyrenees (Maison Barthouil).
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    2/5/18, 7:56 PM - I purchased a bottle in Epernay last June. Your note is making me want to run and open it right now. I think I will not be disappointed - particularly at the price I paid.
    Thank you

Red
2005 White Rose Estate Pinot Noir Dragon's Bluff Hand Select White Rose Vineyard Dundee Hills
Twelve vintages of White Rose in the cellar; time I think to begin the process of eliminating the vestiges of the earliest ones. There are three left from 2005. The wine pours a slightly dusty ruby with a distinct brick-ish rim. The aroma is somewhat subdued, lacking the typical WR ebullience. While the quality of the fruit is evident, I don't think WR had really yet found the groove. There is plenty of tart ripe red cherry with some solid structure, but it doesn't charm and seduce in the way more recent vintages have done. Definitely past its zenith at this point.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    12/30/17, 6:33 AM - Happy New Year to you too. I have yet to have a WR that was really past it; I wouldn't say this was past it but probably beyond its peak. Even '06 - not a great vintage - is going strong still. I tend to hang on to wines, and more often than not rewarded for so doing.

  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    1/4/18, 5:58 AM - It seems like every year recently we have had a "vintage of the century." So which are your favorites? Personally I have found '07, '11, and '13 more intriguing than the even numbers.

  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    1/5/18, 6:40 AM - Sadly I missed that vertical, not living in the area and all. I omitted 2010 because I have had so few; I note only a few notes and a couple of bottles left. My Willamette history begins in 2002 and I don't think I have had any vintage prior to that. Would be interested to try some but I suspect they are hard to procure at this point.

Red
2010 White Rose Estate Pinot Noir Luciole Vineyard Chehalem Mountains
5/1/2017 - arthrovine wrote:
popped and poured. followed over 4 hours

Dusty cranberry aromas including some mossy damp forest greeted upon cork pull and persisted. As mentioned, these did not follow through on the palate. Instead, there was a limp feeble wine, lacking concentration and flavor, and without much complexity at all. This bottle seemed to be at its last gasp of life with resolved tannins and watery/trace acidity. No apparent flaws. At just 6-7 years of age, I expected much more, having been previously rewarded with longer term cellaring of WR wines. At the $50 retail this once was, an easy pass. Hopefully my other bottles are more alive.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    5/2/17, 8:02 PM - Disturbing to read this sad note. I have only a few 2010s as the vintage was so small, and I have not had one in many years. Those I remember were quite fine. I wonder if what you observed here is representative of the whole. In my experience WR ages pretty well so far.

Red
2007 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Deux Vert Yamhill-Carlton
11/12/2015 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
91 points
From screw cap. Still bright and fresh with vibrant acidity. Lovely mushroom and forest floor aromatics. Palate is quite fine and narrow on the palate, with some mature cherry fruit elements. Finish is a little short given the setup from the nose and palate, but leaves with a refreshing stony note along with some mushroom. Quite good. Can age a little further but very good now.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    11/14/15, 12:36 PM - Love the '07s in particular from B-H

Red
2012 Château Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
9/13/2015 - AllRed wrote:
86 points
Second Sunday Group: 1975 Bordeaux (Augie's): Notes of blue fruit, brown sugar and oak. The palate follows the bouquet; slightly thin through the midpalate. Meh.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    11/5/15, 8:27 AM - Interesting to read this as I just received a glowing Wine Access email (when are they not glowing you may ask) offering a "great deal" on this one. I will take your word over theirs any day.

White
2010 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Rully 1er Cru Les Cloux Blanc Chardonnay
8/14/2015 - Racer117 Likes this wine:
88 points
I think Dulcie and Aylwin describe this very well. I also get the citrus, perfume, and subtle oak.

I had only this lone bottle so for me to worry about this wine's future is moot. However, I don't see this blossoming into something extraordinary. With that, I do think this is a very good wine.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    8/28/15, 7:14 PM - Why thank you for that kind remark. Now a couple of years on I should try another I think.

Red
2006 Rockledge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon The Rocks St. Helena
If I recollect correctly, and drinking can sometimes compromise this, the Rocks was one of our first Wine Access purchases. This third bottle, now some five years on, confirms that it was a wise decision. Intensely extracted, dense inky purplish red, fragrant if not overpowering aroma, the wine seems quite mature but yet with years of life ahead. Of course lots of ripe berry fruit, medium acidity, menthol, eucalyptus, even a hint of caramel on the finish, notable sweetness. The one irritation was the cork that seemed welded to the neck of the bottle, requiring some emergency surgery to remove. Never experienced that before.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    2/22/15, 11:41 AM - Glad to hear there is a fellow traveler. I am inclined to second guessing and tend to wonder if Wine Access purchases are wise. While the promotion of each offer can be somewhat OTT, I have been content overall. Often wonder what others think.

  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    7/2/15, 7:59 AM - I got some of that Winter as well and that was definitely a good deal. Indeed you need to be discerning.

Red
2007 White Rose Estate Pinot Noir Dragon's Bluff White Rose Vineyard Dundee Hills
A bit surprised to find I had no previous TNs on this wine. 2007 is not mentioned in the same breath as 2008, or more recently the much vaunted 2012; in fact it was pretty dodgy given the harvest rains and a lot of wines I tried back then were pretty mean. However, in the past couple of months I have had some '07s that have completely transformed that earlier perspective. This is one. Verging on pale with a clear rim and almost brick red; typical ebullience on the nose and I thought I had a distinct oaky component, which I find unusual with all the flamboyant aromas flying around; bracingly tart red cherry fills the mouth - it is luxurious yet forceful - lingering finish. Really in its element and makes me want more '07s. Honestly I think they could exceed the '08 and '09 vintages that showed well initially. Great structure here.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    2/25/15, 7:26 AM - '08s need more time perhaps? I haven't had one in quite some time. From what you are saying I would wait longer yet. Need to scour the cellars of WR for more '07s.

Red
2008 White Rose Estate Pinot Noir Whole Cluster White Rose Vineyard Dundee Hills
2/16/2015 - pinothoarder wrote:
Warning, this bottle is currently closed for business. I am a huge fan of this wine and have been drinking regularly since its original release. Back in 2012 I rated it as high as 97, and I still think it is one of the highest quality Pinots ever to come out of the area. I’m afraid, however, that this one has gone into deep, deep hibernation. I’ve tried pop-n-pour, I’ve tried decanting and sampling each hour for over 6 hours; this juice is just tight as a clam right now. I’m certain that it will eventually come out the other side and prove to be the blockbuster that it supposed to be, but for now, I won’t be opening my next one until at least 2017. Hold
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    2/16/15, 10:11 AM - Good to know. I have a few from that memorable vintage and am in no hurry to consume them.

Red
2007 Syncline Syrah Columbia Valley
12/17/2011 - james_timothy wrote:
89 points
Dark fruit, joyful acidity, long fruit after taste. Clairity and balance, well behaved- just a very nice wine.

This was the last of my ultra-great deal from a Binny's closeout; $10 a bottle, I think it was.

And its a wine that has made me a Syncline fan.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    2/7/15, 6:49 AM - $10! What a steal - I am quite envious

Red
2007 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Deux Vert Yamhill-Carlton
11/5/2014 - scott w Likes this wine:
93 points
My first Biggio Hamina pinot and one hell of a bottle! Floral on the nose, earth barnyard bright cherry, herbs and some darker fruit very complex balanced with brilliant acidity, and some grip, some percentage of whole cluster I don't know? all wrapped in a nicely balance package from start to finish. I thought about this bottle for two days. Very well made wine.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    11/6/14, 6:14 AM - The often dodgy '07s from the Willamette have done well in Todd's hands and I have found them to be very decent in recent months.

  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    11/7/14, 7:23 AM - Au contraire Arthrovine, this wine is a fine example of Oregon PN, made in a vintage that was tricky for many.

  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    11/7/14, 9:30 AM - Oh, thanks for the clarification; perhaps I should have guessed as much

  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    11/8/14, 5:50 AM - Thank you for the compliment Arthro. Indeed it seems we both love (pinot) in a cold climate. I was a bit skeptical of the '11s at first, but they seem to be developing. Had some lovely ones at Archery Summit in August

Red
2012 Trousse-Chemise Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
While we are generally well furnished with Willamette Valley wines through personal connections, this Wine Access offer seemed intriguing and it was the 2012 vintage which by all accounts is a good one.

Dark purple red and quite densely extracted. The nose was a bit unresolved with lots of jammy, spicy qualities that I would more closely associate with hotter wines from CA. It isn't in the Burgundian zone that we crave.

Very youthful yet is part of it: a lot of tart fruit, a lot of earthy spicy components, moderate tannins. Revisit in a couple of years.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    4/21/14, 7:44 AM - Thank you Tony. Overall I have had good experience with Wine Access, though I do agree that they could throttle back on the superlatives and still present the wines favorably.

White
2005 Château de Reignac Blanc Bordeaux Supérieur Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
8/12/2012 - patrickrains wrote:
94 points
Wow! With a couple of additional years this is spectacular.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    11/18/13, 7:37 PM - Judging by what I experienced last week, I fear you may have been overly optimistic; definitely on the downward arc I think.

Red
2008 Retour Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
Tasted at Carlton Winemakers Studio: I understand that the labels on these wines run to $15 each, which puts a dent in the profit margin; but who that really cares about wine cares about making money? It is a blend of six wines (according to our guide): bright ruby red, barnyard, earthy, greenish notes, good fruit, some stemminess (I seem at this point to having a discussion with our host about oxidation that didn't quite make sense). A decent wine that would not have been my first choice from our visit.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    9/5/13, 8:16 PM - Lindsay: I guess it goes to show one should not believe everything people tell you. I think the $15 label thing came up in a conversation with another wine maker about Retour somewhere else. Apologies if this is in fact inaccurate - though I am happy that you value a good cork. I do recall a fairly intense discussion with the host at Carlton Studios about the oxidation/stemmy quality (the latter I ascribed). I do recall it was a nice bottle - and I would love to take you up on the offer on our next visit.

White - Sweet/Dessert
1981 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
7/31/2013 - MatthewF wrote:
Birthday Celebration (Grace Restaurant, Chicago IL): Ripe stone fruit, mostly apricot and yellow peach, with honeysuckle, orange peel and vanilla. The same flavors come through on the palate. Great rich texture, but with plenty of acidity to keep it balanced. Delicious finish to the evening!
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    8/14/13, 8:10 PM - That's a nice wine to have on your birthday - at a very nice restaurant.

Red
1986 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/14/2013 - AllRed wrote:
94 points
Sunday Brown Bag Tasting: 2003 Bordeaux (Mike & Judi's): Opens with Pichon Lalande's telltale green/herbal streak, followed by tobacco, black fruit and spice box notes. Integrated and balanced, with flavors of black fruit, tobacco, spice box and red currants. Forest floor, roasted herbs and red fruit linger on the finish. Absolutely terrific.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    7/27/13, 9:33 AM - I am pleased to read this since I have one lurking somewhere.

Red
2006 White Rose Estate Pinot Noir Quiotee's Lair Vista Hills Dundee Hills
7/17/2013 - tahaus Likes this wine:
92 points
What a great wine from my personal favorite winery in Dundee. Great nose of earthy funk, cherries, and raspberries. Gorgeous color. This wine has legs! I only wish I had more in my inventory! Hint of oak and vanilla tobacco, enough spice in there as well. What a great wine!
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    7/19/13, 11:09 AM - Our favorite Dundee winery too

Red
1979 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
6/13/2013 - -E- wrote:
91 points
1979 Bordeaux horisontal (Oslo): Klar, mørk dyp rød med svakt oransjestikk i kanten. Mørk nese med solbærbusk, noe rødbærspreg, kaffe, blyantspiss, blekk og mildt vaniljestikk. Innsmigrende sødme. Klar og frisk frukt med fin intensitet og balansert sødme. Spiss og frisk syre. Milde tanniner i finish. Flott lengde.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    6/15/13, 1:15 PM - It would be great to get a translation! Apologies for my insularity.

  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    6/16/13, 7:17 AM - On that evidence, your English is more than adequate, and is vastly superior to my non-existent Norwegian. I will look forward to drinking the rest of my Las Cases over the course of the next few years. I too was impressed by the one I had a few weeks ago.

White
2009 Gustave Lorentz Riesling Reserve Alsace
4/11/2013 - jclark322 wrote:
90 points
Dry and sweet
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    5/12/13, 2:09 PM - I am struggling with processing this: dry and sweet: both at the same time, or one then the other? In my experience the two cannot coexist simultaneously.

White
2007 Louis Latour Meursault Chardonnay
9/22/2010 - quagland wrote:
OK. not really Meursault as I want it to be. A little lemony on the end palate. I wish there was more. Why do I have to reach for the 1er whites to get some quality?
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    4/23/13, 8:40 PM - Indeed, for the price one pays on average, more should be expected.

Red
2011 Trentadue Winery Zinfandel La Storia Alexander Valley
12/13/2012 - Ron&nina Likes this wine:
96 points
Extremely well balanced (tannins/acidity/sweetness) but a little hotter than I would like to be perfect. Cherry, tobacco with a coffee finish. I give this high ratings because of all of the Zins that I have tried over the years this is one of the best for my palette. Look forward to my next bottle in a year or two.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    1/13/13, 2:48 PM - "Nice balance but a little hot" hardly justifies 96 pts, which would be an almost immaculate flawless wine

Red
2006 White Rose Estate Pinot Noir Dragon's Bluff Whole Cluster White Rose Vineyard Dundee Hills
10/10/2011 - robmatic wrote:
89 points
Decent enough, but not incredibly interesting.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    12/25/12, 11:28 AM - Not sure that the 89 (which is a very good score) is supported by the somewhat underwhelming enthusiasm of the note?

Red
2007 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas Red Rhone Blend
How often does it happen when, with the last bottle consumed, does one wish there were more, or that they had been consumed with greater patience. Maybe it was the mood and the occasion, but I swear this showed better now than previously. To recapitulate, inky purple, velvet smoothness on the palate, earthy and meaty, dark brooding fruit, finishing with a sweet berry note, satisfying.
  • Dulcie and Aylwin commented:

    12/1/12, 5:23 AM - Thank you Grayfont. I do like a note to tell a story and not simply be a collection of adjectives.

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