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Red
2007 Ontañón Rioja Crianza Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
8/27/2012 - wormfarmer wrote:
73 points
This was a tough call for me -- bad bottle? Severely in decline? Corked? No evidence of corkage, but a verging-on-unpleasant heat and general sense of rot that made this a real bummer. Based on winecharmer's recent notes, and the way the notes have evolved generally, it could be that this wine is just heading downhill fast....
  • mdvino63 commented:

    1/14/19, 7:18 PM - bad bottle. This is still drinking beautifully tonight - opened last night, with 1/2 the bottle left on counter with cork put back in. Hope you had a bottle or two after this poor bottle to enjoy what it should be.

Red
2012 Marchesi Mazzei Chianti Classico Fonterutoli Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
6/2/2018 - Hansvo Likes this wine:
90 points
Do not agree with the assessment of the drinkability of this wine. Think it will greatly benefit from at least another three years of cellaring.
  • mdvino63 commented:

    8/26/18, 4:18 PM - I agree. Just finishing last 1/2 glass from a bottle open for 2 days, and it's better than 1st night.

Red
2007 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Tina Marie Vineyard Russian River Valley
5/13/2017 - mdvino63 wrote:
87 points
This is, to me, not nearly as interesting as the 2007 Peters I drank recently. This has rich, ripe California pinot fruit....and, that is kind of the problem. It is very rich and ripe, with fairly hefty alcohol and just doesn't have nearly the complexity or elegance of the Peters, which is much more Burgundian. Don't get me wrong - I like this fine. It is a really nice Cali pinot, but a bit to ripe and over-the-top to be excellent, for my palate, and not what I want when I want a pinot. Too heavy. Fans of Martinelli and Marcassin pinots will find a lot to like here. By the way - not at all over-the-hill; this is still very fresh, at least from my cellar.
  • mdvino63 commented:

    5/13/17, 10:00 PM - The 2007 Peters I had a week or 2 ago was pure elegance and class, with none of the heaviness of this wine. I have to say it has smoothed out a little after several hours, but still not nearly as interesting as the Peters. Unfortunately, only had one btl of the Peters. I seem to recall we bought these together.

White
2010 Casal de Armán Ribeiro Blanco White Blend
11/1/2013 - brooklynwine wrote:
90 points
Outstanding food wine. When served by itself a solid 88 that loses a bit from midpalate to finish. With food......excellent!
Color: straw (pee) yellow Nose: Powerful and complex nose. Fruit explodes from the glass. Grapefruit peel, pear, and pineapple mixed with fresh flowers, nutmeg, and vanilla......yum. Viongier meets Chenin Blanc mix on the nose. Palate: WITHOUT FOOD: the flavors become somewhat muted due to the lack of acidity. The flavors are clean but could be more expressive. And again the midpalate - transition - finish are just ok. WITH FOOD: I had it with sushi and it was perfect. The sushi really brought out and even developed the flavors in the glass. It accentuated the acidity and brightened the flavors. The wine really helped make the sushi shine as well. A perfect compliment. 90+
  • mdvino63 commented:

    3/28/17, 7:31 PM - I agree wholeheartedly with your review and the pairing with sushi. It is still delicious, going strong, and pairing well with sushi 3+ years after your note!

Red
2005 Domaine Paul Autard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée La Cote Ronde Red Rhone Blend
11/17/2016 - duchamp Likes this wine:
94 points
Dark, deep crimson in color, complex nose of garrigue, blackberry, black pepper, cassis and coriander with hints of vanilla bean and wood, big and ripe on the attack followed by spiced black and red fruit, gripping tannins, juicy acidity and mineral streaks, finish is long and also complex with layers of bright fruits such as plum, blackberry, black cherry and on and on, wow

Note: Just another outstanding 2005 CdP, still standby my rant about the overrated 2007s, sell your '07s and buy more of these
  • mdvino63 commented:

    11/17/16, 9:27 PM - Couldn't agree more with your assessment of 2007 vs 2005. 2005 is a great, classic vintage. 2007 is mostly one overripe, alcoholic mess after another ( with a few exceptions).

Red
2009 Domaine Brazilier Coteaux du Vendômois Tradition Red Blend
3/16/2015 - Spencer wrote:
indiscriminatepalate clearly has no clue. This is what the underground wine elite in Paris drinks, and we should all thank Jon Rimmerman for broadening our shallow American wine tastes.

Actually, to be honest I kind of like this wine. Not something I would buy again, but I've had bigger disappointments from Garagiste, most of which cost a lot more than 10 bucks. High acid and a bit shrill, but there's enough bright fruit and minerality to keep it interesting. This wine would be better without the nasty Pineau d'Aunis component. I've never seen any redeeming features in that grape...
  • mdvino63 commented:

    7/7/16, 4:39 PM - I, unfortunately, bought almost a case of this. Keep hoping I'll like it, but it isn't happening. Off to auction....if they'll take it.

Red
1995 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
Acker wines - a fortnight of culling crap from the cellar; 6/29/2016-7/13/2016: I have had many bottles of this wine, and 100s of bottles of Lytton, and I have just one question:

What the Hell does Acker do to wines before releasing them? Seriously, does anybody there actually taste any of the wines? The ONLY two bottles of 95 Lytton I ever had that were bad were both Acker auction purchases.

For those keeping track at home, I'm zero for my last six Acker purchases that I opened. Zero.
  • mdvino63 commented:

    7/4/16, 2:39 PM - Well, that kind of sucks. I've not had that problem with Acker auction purchases, and I've bought well over a 1000 btls from them over the years. My guess is it is not Acker but the provenance before it gets to them. I also sell wine at auction and I never put up a bottle from a lot that I know is suspect from my own experience, but others might not be so honest. The 95 Lytton should be in good shape as should be the Barolo, though 70 years gives a lot of opportunity for poor storage. The '73 bordeaux one would expect to be swill, coming from a terrible vintage. The whites are going to be hit of miss at that age, as well, unless stored pristinely at 55 degrees or less. I think I have an Acker auction purchase of 95 lytton in the cellar and, if so, I'll let you know how it is. As I said, I haven't noticed a problem with wines I've gotten from them. Also, I should note that when I've gotten a bottle from them that was in poorer condition than listed on the auction site they have never hesitated to take it back for full refund, with no questions - even a bottle I once put directly in storage and didn't look at until more than 5 years after purchase!

White
2007 Gérard Tremblay Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet Chardonnay
2/5/2016 - pbaek wrote:
From half bottle. Still in a very good place. A bit more smooth and relax around the edges with creamy notes but still classic Chablis marks of sea shells and lemon.
  • mdvino63 commented:

    6/24/16, 7:34 PM - Opened another one of my half bottles, and I couldn't agree more. Drinking beautifully and just a lovely Chablis. Sea shells and lemon is right on.

Red
1991 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche La Tâche Grand Cru Pinot Noir
6/23/2016 - ricknat1 wrote:
This wine did not show well. Not sure if it was the bottle or what. It did not show the vibrancy and richness one expects from LT
  • mdvino63 commented:

    6/23/16, 7:39 PM - ugh. I hope my one bottle shows better. Looks like a really difficult evening you had there. Glad someone is up to the task! :)

Red
2007 Tenute Dettori Ottomarzo Romangia IGT Pascale
2/28/2015 - indiscriminate palate wrote:
50 points
Part of adulthood is admitting your mistakes and moving past them. In my case, this means ridding my cellar of Dettori. After a day's air, CO2 settles out, leaving a nose of nail polish remover (sorry...err... "lifted fruit") and bacillus sourness (sorry...err... "tart cherry") that speaks of a intentionally-bacterially-innoculated lambic rather than wine. Wine enthusiasts looking for a "wine fault kit" can substitute this for most of them.
  • mdvino63 commented:

    4/29/16, 6:41 AM - I feel the same way about Dettori. No one with functioning taste buds could enjoy these "wines". I'm not even sure I can send these to the auction house in good conscience. The worst of the Garagiste purchases ever.

Red
1982 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/9/2016 - ricknat1 Likes this wine:
98 points
As always, i love this wine. it was opened about 2.5 hours before service and 4 would have been better, but its intensity, elegance, bright fruits were outstanding and I thought it was the of the night last night. The 82 Haut Brion was typically gorgeous, the Lafite was typically soft, elegant but still not ready and the Latour was gorgeous but even younger than the Mouton. These wines will last for a long time and are all top of the line. None of them are at their peak although the HB is in its peak window.
  • mdvino63 commented:

    2/9/16, 10:19 PM - Hmmm. I'm envious of you for that evening of wine!! My only '82 first growth tasting was back in 2000. Mouton was the star, loved Haut Brion and Latour. Lafite I could take or leave (and, hence, sold all of mine when it got to be a crazy price a couple years back).

Red
N.V. Elegie Côte-Rôtie Syrah
9/2/2015 - mdvino63 wrote:
Medium ruby, very youthful looking purple at the edge. Young, very pure fruit still - way too early to reach any final conclusions on this wine. Hint of bacon, some minerality. After 20 minutes in glass, clearly N. Rhone, not hard and not difficult to drink. Juicy salinity, good acidity and balance. Certainly not stunning, but I suspect this is going to improve with more time. I am encouraged.
  • mdvino63 commented:

    9/3/15, 4:26 AM - wormfarmer is correct. This is a Garagiste purchase and has a no vintage on it anywhere to be found. I would never buy a wine like this from him at this point, but I bought several bottles of this. This is the first I've tried. Both Bonnie and I liked it, though it is not a good QPR.

Red
1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
7/3/2015 - ricknat1 wrote:
95 points
absolutely terrific CDP drinking at the top of its game
  • mdvino63 commented:

    8/15/15, 7:41 PM - What? you drank this without me? (; We still need to do an 89/90 comp of some of these rhones.....

Red
1994 Bodegas Alejandro Fernández Ribera del Duero Reserva Especial Pesquera Tempranillo
4/30/2015 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
Greet Adira and small BYO at our place, round 2 (Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, NYC): Purchased by my dad on release. Showing really well tonight. Exotic and perfumed - meaty, plummy, some tomato, spices, a little bit of sweetness left over from the oak, which is well integrated now. Some cedar or tobacco. Palate shows plummy fruit, spice, tomato, sweet cedar. A touch of VA but 'in a good way'. A little BDX-like but much more interesting. Lots of sweet fruit and spice on finish. This is mature, supple, not huge. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17/20.
  • mdvino63 commented:

    5/13/15, 7:50 PM - Nice note. Really bummed I was sick, but I was miserable. Now fully recovered and enjoying a bottle of this Pesquera last night and tonight. I don't really get the VA, but everything else rings true, and I stand by my last note on this wine. I just love this. These is a "juiciness" to this wine, as well - really gets the salivary glands going. Fantastic wine, fantastic value. Drinking "a point". Wish I had more than 2 or 3 more btls.

Red
1990 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
4/5/2015 - mdvino63 wrote:
94 points
This is simply fabulous juice! My bottles were bought on release and have been well-stored since. Medium deep color with no bricking. This is great right from the get-go. Hard for me to describe the flavors. This is a gorgeous bordeaux-like cali cab. Every note attached to a 93+ score rings somewhat true. Lush, dk red fruit, leather, some iron, juicy acidity. Utterly enjoyable from first whiff right through the long finish.
(94-95)
  • mdvino63 commented:

    4/8/15, 6:36 PM - I'd love to compare. This is just singing now, and I can't imagine it getting much better unless your taste leans heavily toward secondary and tertiary characteristics....and I just don't know how those develop in Dominus. I think this has great balance between the fruit and meaty/leathery/spice flavors developing with a subtle herbal note from the cab franc, as well. I think 1990 is a little forgotten behind 91 and 94 and, likely, a relatively good buy, especially if one could find magnums, though it does seem to go for over $100/btl now, while one can still find Dunn's, Togni's and other notables from the 80s in the $60 - $90 range. For my palate, though, this is quite special.

    I actually have a vertical of Dominus waiting in a box in my cellar. I have '83-'87, '90-'91, '94-'97, '99 - '01. Multiples of several of them. Up until (and including) the '94 vintage this wine was a bargain: $35/btl. I bought 6 packs of 90, 91 and 94. Want to do 3 verticals from my cellar: Dominus, Lytton Springs, 1980s Talbot. Just need to find the time/dates......

Red
2006 Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro
2/22/2015 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
PnP. The nose has sweet, almost candied fruit - plummy, macerated strawberries and sweet black cherry, a creamy marzipan note, spices - baking spices and fruitcake, and a pretty herbal component with alpine herbs. At times shows just a hint of raisins, but this is not hot or overripe on the nose, maybe just a touch of heat. The nose is so perfumed that I would probably guess Red Burg, but it's not quite right - it's like a Red Burg from a nearby dimension. The palate is very silky with fine tannins and deep and sweet red and blue fruits. The acid is good and it shows some herbal qualities and some stony minerality on the midpalate. The finish shows the sweet candied fruit, the herbs and creamy marzipan and ends with the fine tannins. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5-5.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1-1.5/2 = 16.5-17.5/20.
  • mdvino63 commented:

    3/27/15, 10:20 PM - Since when did you start drinking Sagrantino? With whom/where did you have this?
    I've loved Paolo Bea's wines in the past, but they got so damn expensive I stopped buying (not that I ever bought much). I'm glad the wines are still good. Maybe someday the prices will moderate some.

  • mdvino63 commented:

    3/31/15, 10:23 AM - Hi, Kevin:
    I have had the San Valentino, which I like but don't find compelling at its price point. I think my issue with pricing is one of expectation as it relates to history: Paolo Bea's wines (and Caprai's, as well) used to be less than 1/2 what they are now (granted, I'm talking > 10 years ago) and were, IMO, wonderful bargains given the quality. If I were to compare Bea's wines to, say, red bordeaux or burgundy in the same quality range, Bea's wines are still bargains - I would jump at the chance to buy a great Chambolle at the price of the Pagliaro. Additionally, there is the "je ne sais quoi" factor: if one loves the style and flavors of a certain producer, the point scores, reputation and relative pricing should be a lot less relevant. I think I'm talking myself into revisiting buying Paolo Bea! (but don't tell my wife!)

Red
1982 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/19/2015 - ricknat1 Likes this wine:
99 points
I hate to repeat myself, but this is a total knockout of a wine. i love it, drinking perfectly with an hour decant, which surprised me, i usually decant more. Opulent and silky,dark red cherry color; umami and berry nose; red fruit, berry palate that is perfectly balanced and long. always leaves me wanting a glass. my second favorite 82, after Le Fleur. apples and oranges in comparison with the Musigny but so luscious. none of the other Moutons compared
  • mdvino63 commented:

    2/20/15, 7:49 AM - My favorite 82, though I've only had it once or twice - I've not had the Lafleur. I picked up 2 bottles a couple years ago when I had a shot at a good price. Looks like an awesome tasting/dinner. Have fun this weekend. We are expecting 1-2 feet of fresh snow over the weekend here in Vail, so I am pretty excited! Hope to see you both soon.

Red
2010 Ca' Di Pesa Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
12/23/2013 - Ted Fuller Likes this wine:
92 points
Just tasted the Ca di Pesa Chianti. Profound nose of black fruits and even a touch of violets. Excellent depth and structure, marked by soft tannins. An outstanding wine. Will age effortlessly for 5 to 7 years. Wonder where to find this?
  • mdvino63 commented:

    11/11/14, 10:21 PM - Small quantities of Ca di Pesa available through Spirited Wines in Pittsfield, MA. Direct import. If not showing on their website, give a call and ask what is, or will be, available. Also, I was just at the estate and have tried both the 2011 and 2012 regular CC and the 2011 Riserva. All excellent. 2011 shows a little more oak, but has fruit of steel - really intense blackberry/black cherry. I might even prefer it to 2010. Reminds me, in a way, of Ridge Lyttone Springs Zin - at that is a good thing, indeed. 2012 is more classic/restrained, coming from not as warm a year, excellent balance, not quite as intense, still excellent young CC. 2011 riserva is very similar to normale, with just a bit more structure and intensity. Disclosure: owners are good friends of mine. I just spent a week in Panzano, though, and I can honestly say I did not have better chianti than the Ca di Pesa. 2010 Lamole di Lamole Riserva was the only one I had that was as good, to my taste.

Red
2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
10/9/2014 - mdvino63 wrote:
93 points
This wine was singing tonight. Beautifully complex nose of soft cherry/red fruits, floral, cedar. Showing the complexity of some age but still very fresh. Pomegranite as well as cherry/red fruits.Very burgundian tonight. Great acidity to the fruit. Palate staining yet light. Terrific balance. This is beautiful. Head and shoulders over the 2004 at this (93-95 points.)
  • mdvino63 commented:

    10/16/14, 12:12 AM - They're showing it at PJ's for $39, which is a pretty fine bargain, if you ask me. My local shop (which put on the tasting) has it at $55 and I'd consider buying it even at that price.

  • mdvino63 commented:

    10/16/14, 12:18 AM - I'm thinking I may have to sell much of my burgundy and buy great rioja at 1/3 - 1/2 the price and save some money...

Red
2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
7/11/2014 - drwine2001 wrote:
Faded red. Exaggerated pickle barrel, dill wood. Better in the mouth with medium weight and some cherry fruit. Dry finish. I'd have to hold my nose if I were drinking this-that is how offputting the pine-laden wood is at this level.
  • mdvino63 commented:

    10/9/14, 7:00 PM - I had this at a La Rioja Alta tasting tonight and there was nothing remotely "pickle barrel" or "dill wood" about it at all, nor anything pine woodie. I suspect yours was an off bottle. What we had tonight was gorgeous - fresh, floral, cherry and red berry, complex, only a touch of oak/vanilla. Soft, mature, burgundian. Just terrific.

    By the way, I enjoy you tasting notes - I am a fan.

White - Sparkling
2002 Jacques Selosse Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Millésimé Chardonnay
9/20/2014 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
96 points
HDH Auction (Restaurant Tru, Chicago, IL): John ordered this of the list at Tru. This hits you like a freight train when you stick your nose in - massive, golden brown, toast and spice, and chalk and minerals. Like a mile-high monolith (made of chalk, Adrian said). Broad and energetic. Brutally powerful and focused on the palate - chalky but also deep toned. Chalk minerals, toast - malt. Long and laser-like. This has a vibrancy and vigor that 99% of wines can't even begin to approach. I really have no idea how to rate this, but it was awesome, so I'll try. 18+/20, probably will be closer to 19/20 when it matures. God knows when that will be.
  • mdvino63 commented:

    9/21/14, 9:06 PM - John who....and, how can I become his friend?!? :)

    I agree - great note.

Red
2010 Vietti Barolo Castiglione Nebbiolo
9/18/2014 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
91 points
Dinner in Chicago with new friends (Browntrout (Chicago, Il)): I picked up a bottle of this at Binny's to try - my first 2010 Barolo. PnP a bit and it was really nice - some red and dark fruit, spice, dusty tannins, leather, minerals. We decanted it and came back to it some hours later. Nose: dusty, cherry, tart, stones - really poised. a touch of heat. Palate shows tart berry and strawberry, spice, heat. This was better, to me, PnPed. Coffee. Still a really nice showing and bodes well for 2010. Probably 15.5-16/20.
  • mdvino63 commented:

    9/19/14, 7:21 PM - Nice to see you tried and liked this. Recently bought 2 btls at winelibrary for $40/btl, based on Galloni's review.

White
2010 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson Melon de Bourgogne
Shows strong minerality and chalkiness as advertised. Well balanced fruit and acid, with good tension. Also showed some sea salt, and fish oil which I'm averse to. While I could intellectually appreciate this wine, there was no joy in drinking it. Curious to try a few more and see if this is a regional theme.
  • mdvino63 commented:

    9/4/14, 6:20 AM - This bottling (the Clisson) often shows better with age. Try to find a bottle of the 2005. I don't plan on touching my 2010s for at least 2 more years. Even the entry-level bottlings age and, except in ripe/fat vintages, often improve with a couple years in bottle. The wines are IMO, also, not that enjoyable on their own, but demand food - especially shellfish/other seafood, where the pairing is often exceptional. Have fun exploring!

Red
2006 Bodega Carmen Grifoll Declara Montsant Tossals Junior Grenache Blend, Grenache
4/19/2014 - guitarguy wrote:
flawed
I returned my remaining three to Garagiste for refund. These were flawed with some type of lactic spoilage organism.
  • mdvino63 commented:

    8/29/14, 6:58 PM - The bottle I have open tastes as if it suffers in the same way as yours. Were you successful in getting a refund from Garagiste? To whom did you write/speak? I've never tried returning anything to them, but if I have another bottle like this one, I may try sending mine back, as well. Interestingly, I like the nose at first, but their is something weird on the palate.

Red
1999 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône La Pialade Red Rhone Blend
7/30/2013 - mrosse Likes this wine:
90 points
In true Rayas style Light brick in color with clear edges and almost no sediment (half the color than the other 3), VG+ mouthfeel with raspberries, spices, and notes of leather. VG+ focused, sweet sappy finish

#2 out of 4 older CdR (01 Brunel Villages cuvee Sabrine #3,
01 Gramenon Laurentides #1, 00 Aphillanthes Villages VV #4)
  • mdvino63 commented:

    8/16/14, 4:29 AM - Thanks for posting this. I often keep a few bottles of some of the better CdR's for years and find the better, well-balanced ones age beautifully. Gramenon, Brunel, Pialade (when it used to be priced more like other CdRs). I happened upon your note because a friend just emailed me that he finally drank the bottle of 98 Pialade I gave him about 12 years ago, and he said it was delicious!

Red
2001 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône La Pialade Red Rhone Blend
1/21/2012 - neurowine1 wrote:
91 points
Pulled out of the back of the cellar. Wow! A very beautiful, well-structured, layered, and nuanced CdR. Held up remarkably well to 10 years of aging. Drinking far above its humble terroir. Loved it!
  • mdvino63 commented:

    8/16/14, 4:24 AM - Fun and interesting to read your note. I often tuck a bottle or two of CdR from better producers (Rayas, Brunel, even Guigal and a few others) aside for several years and find the well-balanced ones age gorgeously. I happened upon your note because a friend emailed me that he just last night opened a bottle of the 98 Pialade I gave him about 12 years ago, and he said it was delicious! Thanks for posting.

Red
1994 Bodegas Alejandro Fernández Ribera del Duero Reserva Especial Pesquera Tempranillo
8/13/2013 - mdvino63 wrote:
93 points
What TGOOD said. Even my btl condition was the same. Base neck fill, bubbled capsule and cork soaked all the way through. This is terrific stuff. Good match with my grilled lamb, but I think would be even better with a good rib-eye or with some good cheese. It is pretty yummy on its own, though, and has improved with 2 hours of air. Nice balance of fruit, earthy secondary characteristics, some juicy acidity and a slight undertone of bitter chocolate or espresso bean. Yum. 93-95pts.
  • mdvino63 commented:

    7/19/14, 5:08 AM - Had another excellent bottle, recently. Drinking beautifully, but I don't see it improving from here. It's at a great point where it still has fruit, but secondary characteristics at least as prominent. Wonderful aciditiy to balance everything.

Red
1999 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
3/21/2014 - twoamps Likes this wine:
90 points
A bit of TCA at opening, gone an hour later. Old oak, a little cherry, a lot of cassis and chocolate and earth and espresso. Fruit faded to background after another hour. Lots of acid and decent tannins. Seems younger than it is. My one and only bottle that I didn't dare keep longer.
  • mdvino63 commented:

    3/21/14, 8:38 PM - Thanks for posting! "that I didn't dare keep longer". If you haven't had a lot of experience with Monte Bello, this is really just an adolescent. Virtually any vintage of Monte Bello will go 20 years with ease....and usually be the better for it, IMO. If you like the style, try buying a few bottles from the 70's or 80's and given 'em a try!

Red
1989 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Syrah
1/10/2014 - Chainthroer wrote:
95 points
A medium reddish-ruby color; yellowish and almost to the point of browning on the rim. I've tasted this wine 3 or 4 times, a few years ago, and none of these tastings were even close to how appealing and pleasurable the wine tastes now (an obvious transformation, time-wise). Complex aromas of blackberry, cassis, raspberry, bacon fat, saddle leather, roasted beef, spices and cigar box. Flavors of blackberry, cassis, pepper, olive, leather and spice. While the tannins may not seem totally resolved, the wine is pretty much soft and velvety in the mouth. Big, powerful, rich and intense fruit (almost jammy). Great structure, as well as balance. A long and extended finish. Just beginning to reach its plateau of maturity, and has many years left for appreciation. An exemplary and classic example for a Jaboulet La Chapelle Hermitage. [Note: cellar stored from inception].
  • mdvino63 commented:

    1/11/14, 3:38 PM - Hi, Chainthroer - I am bringing this to an Hermitage dinner in 10 days. Did you open ahead of time? decant? What would you recommend. (I've had my bottles in good storage since release, as well. I haven't had a bottle in about 5 years. I can't wait to try it again. Thanks for the note - and advice!

Red
1995 Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofí Red Blend
1/4/2014 - amateurwino wrote:
94 points
A delicious wine, and the group's WOTD. Fruity with well integrated oak, this has matured into a perfumed, smooth wine of medium to medium plus body. Not tremendously complex or particularly a model of the varietal characteristics of its component grapes (garnacha and carinena, I believe), but very pleasing. 93-94
  • mdvino63 commented:

    1/5/14, 9:31 AM - Was this a bottle you got from me? I've really enjoyed this wine and have several btls left. Any guess as to how much more time it has?

  • mdvino63 commented:

    1/5/14, 7:36 PM - Glad you liked it! Interesting how we came up with the same score, months apart! I have 6 left, so I'll definitely hold on to one or two. I also have some 94 Clos l'Obac and Clos Martinet, so we may have to do a little tasting of older priorats.... :) If you ever want another for a tasting/consumption, let me know. So much to drink, so little time....

White
2009 Red Newt Cellars Riesling Lahoma Vineyards Seneca Lake
11/28/2013 - mdvino63 wrote:
88 points
With Thanksgiving dinner. Really liked by everyone, but I thought a bit soft and lacking zing and focus. Very good to be sure, but not outstanding. Definitely a ringer for a German Riesling, which is good. I guess this btl was in the same ilk as the lesser of Seth's btls (mine came from the same purchase).
  • mdvino63 commented:

    12/1/13, 3:07 PM - To tell you the truth, Seth, 88 pts might be generous. It was tasty, but kinda flabby and, again, lacking energy. People did like it a lot, though - and most were non wine-drinkers whose opinion of Riesling, in general, is "sweet and not very good".

Red
1989 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Syrah
11/1/2013 - ricknat1 wrote:
96 points
intensely ripe and concentrated, yet silky and deliciously smooth, this wine has reached its apex with no sign of slowing down. its time for another 90 versus 90 showdown and the 89 will be a contender
  • mdvino63 commented:

    11/2/13, 8:14 AM - Sounds great! I'd love to take part in an 89/90 showdown with you - I have both of the Chapelles. Could also expand it to include an 89/90 southern rhone (CdP) showdown with 89/90 Beaucastel and/or Pegau, as I think we discussed once. Also, I have a ringer or 2 that would be fun to throw in. How have you been?

White - Sweet/Dessert
1990 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
7/26/2013 - ricknat1 wrote:
98 points
1983 tasting. All wines opened immediately before serving. This should be one of the top Yquems ever. buy and drink more
  • mdvino63 commented:

    8/5/13, 4:56 PM - If you had a magnum of this, how long would you wait to open it....or, just bequeath it to your child? Or, sell mag and buy 750s for our lifetime?

Red
1983 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/26/2013 - ricknat1 wrote:
98 points
1983 tasting. All wines opened immediately before serving. Wow. This shocked me. Better than the 89. Probably needs to be drunk, but thats a pleasure.
  • mdvino63 commented:

    7/26/13, 11:31 AM - Wow - this good, really? Impressive, and sorry I don't have it. Sounds like a great tasting! In Asia right now, we should get together when we get back (at least the two of us, if we can't swing all four of us. Bonnie's packed up her schedule crazy through the end of the summer).

Red
1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
5/7/2013 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
96 points
Mike's bottle. Very Mourvedre. Dark and sauvage - animal fur, brambles, deep plummy fruit, smoke. Really chunky on the palate with similar flavors. Good acid. Some tomato and spice. Great verve with a driven finish with excellent acid. Really singing tonight - dead on. Nose - 6/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 18/20.
  • mdvino63 commented:

    5/14/13, 10:09 PM - Really? You're drinking 90 Beaucastel, Egon Muller and Muller Catoir...with Salil... and I don't get an invite?!?! WTF?!?! Just kidding - probably couldn't have made it anyway. Still haven't met Salil. I love 90 Beaucastel - an amazing wine. Happy that I still have several btls left. Glad that you like, as it makes it easy for me to show up with in the future, knowing it will be well-received. Drink on!

Red
1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
1/29/2013 - BradKNYC wrote:
The supper club meets at Sarah's. Champagne, Burgundy, Loire Chenin and CDP are served. (Sarah's.): Quite a bretty bottle, but with a sufficient amount of air it eventually subsided enough so the raspberry, earth, garrigue, olive, game and spice flavors and aromas could shine through. That said, the brett never left, but I'm not brett averse. This is drinking beautifully now and is probably at peak, though has a long life yet. There's richness, but balance and depth. Nice sweetness to the raspberry fruit, but it's not roasted. Always one of my favorites. A.
  • mdvino63 commented:

    1/30/13, 4:07 PM - I love this wine, as well. Did Sarah - notorious disliker of CdP - like it?Lucky you - I've been to Sarah's once for dinner and it was as wonderful as your dinner looks.

Red
1998 Domaine Brusset Gigondas Les Hauts de Montmirail Red Rhone Blend
12/26/2012 - amateurwino wrote:
Mature, and a bit burg-like. Lovely without being massive, this is my kind of Rhone.
  • mdvino63 commented:

    12/26/12, 2:17 PM - Glad you liked this - one of the better-drinking rhones in my collection right now. I am glad I held on to this and aged it. A couple years ago it was not showing that great, but I love it now.

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