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2003 Pierre Péters Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Millésimé Chardonnay
8/30/2010 - troutmonster wrote:
91 points
2010 Institute of Masters of Wine Annual Champagne Tasting; 8/30/2010-8/31/2010 (Christie's Auction House, NYC): Candied granny smith apple nose - almost reminds me of jolly rancher, with a touch of sea salt. The palate has these same candied apple flavors with a bit of yeastiness. Very ripe fruits, and while it's of course a completely dry wine, it almost comes across as sweet.
  • DRod commented:

    9/1/10, 12:50 PM - haha, sounds too distinct to throw into a blind tasting. I'm going to have to pick something different for the Sept 14 shindig.

Red
2004 Tenimenti d'Alessandro Syrah Cortona Il Bosco
6/4/2010 - Phredd wrote:
89 points
NC Cindy tasting, notes from memory. Much better than the Les Cretes Syrah, this wine was darker, more structured, and just more syrah-like. However, I could still get some grapefruit notes, and can see how the two wines are related. Still, Il Bosco was very clearly surperior to Les Cretes, with a good, solid plum base, and grapefruit acting as accent instead of the main flavor profile. Sorry I don't have better notes on this one, which I regarded as a very good wine. Might even edge into the 90-point range, but really needs more time. Contrast with the Les Cretes, which is probably needs to be consumed within the next year, at most.
  • DRod commented:

    6/5/10, 6:00 PM - I wonder if the Les Cretes was so one-note that it emphasized the similar note in the next wine. That is, I think you might have enjoyed this bottle if you hadn't had the Les Cretes just before. Regardless, I definitely agree that its structure is very imposing right now and it can only improve with age.

  • DRod commented:

    6/7/10, 9:23 AM - Oh, I'm not accusing you of underrating. 89 is a big score by any standards. I just know that I've had similar experiences where one wine ruins my palate for the next. Good stuff.

White
2008 Casa Marin Sauvignon Blanc Cipreses Vineyard San Antonio Valley
4/12/2010 - DRod wrote:
No notes, just from memory. I had a fairly rich and weighty Roter Veltliner before this, so my palate wasn't in the right place to give it a fair shake. But this was a good deal more green than I expected, almost Malborough, NZ-like. That's good or bad depending on what you're into. I'll put a real TN on next tasting. 5 more to go.
  • DRod commented:

    4/19/10, 7:38 AM - The Roter Veltliner had clearly messed with my palate. Not nearly as green as I originally thought. Not very much like most of the NZ Sauv Blancs I've had.

White
2007 Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling Kabinett Mosel Saar Ruwer
4/16/2010 - Kirk Grant wrote:
90 points
Shared with a friend today and was not dissapointed.

Color: Pale yellow almost onion skin in color.

Smell: Petrol, pear, green apple, and lime

Taste: Lemon, quince, pineapple, white peach and a melange of tart fresh fruits.

Overall: I'm quite pleased and impressed by this wine. While I would not pay over $20 for it I am glad that I secured a half case of it at $17.
  • DRod commented:

    4/16/10, 3:45 PM - Nice. Just got my shipment (of 4) today.

Red
2007 Domaine Saint-Pierre Vacqueyras Red Rhone Blend
4/12/2010 - DRod wrote:
Opened this and decanted for 1.5hrs, but it was literally tight as a rock and not at all pleasurable. Put it back in the bottle, jammed the cork back in and into the 55F wine fridge. Tried again following night. A wee bit more open but not all that much, put it back in the wine fridge. Third night the thing was singing. Of course I was having spicy stir-fry for dinner and I thought, well maybe I'll put it in the ~40 degree refrigerator and it'll hold one more night. Poor move. It's still not half bad tonight, but clearly showing signs of oxidation. This has nothing to do with the wine, just poor timing on my part.

Regardless, will hold off on opening any more for a long while. Just way too young to really enjoy.
  • DRod commented:

    4/13/10, 8:06 AM - Yeah that was pretty silly. Ah well, lesson learned.

Red
2007 Domaine Saint-Pierre Vacqueyras Red Rhone Blend
3/26/2010 - Phredd Likes this wine:
91 points
Pop and pour on a Friday. I'm looking for a pick-me-up, and hoping this wine delivers. Very inky purple color and thick and viscous in the glass - it almost looks like a dessert wine. The nose is fairly tight, but still complex and with good typicity: dark plum reduction, kirsch, black licorice, cement dust, and lilac. Some port-like character there. I wish this were more aromatic, because although the aroma profile is really exciting, there just isn't enough of it. On the palate, this is a very big, tannic wine. We're almost certainly a year or two too soon on this one. On the attack, lots of plum and port character, but without any sweetness. Dark, black fruit flavors, but also layered with sharp Granny Smith apples and nutmeg. The finish is still pretty bitter, a sign of youth, and the 14.5% alcohol (labeled) is not particularly well-contained. This ends up quite hot on the finish. It is a bit unbalanced now, but it is tremendously bold and ripe. I think this has the potential to mellow out a little and be very, very good for a $26 bottle of wine. I gave it a 91 now, but I think in two or three years this is likely to be closer to 93. Lots of potential here.

Edit: After 48 hours under Vacu-Vin, this really did smooth out a lot. Tempted to even bump up the score by a point, but I think I'll let it age before I revisit that. I am very enthusiastic about this one, though. The only real downside is the very high alcohol. The finish is still hot, and I don't think that's going to change with time. Even when mature, this will probably still need a decant and remain better with food. Really liking it, though, and look forward to popping another one in a year or so.
  • DRod commented:

    3/27/10, 4:11 PM - Nice tasting note. It seems the consensus calls for sleeping on these guys for a little bit. Thanks for your thoughts.

White
2006 J. Hofstätter Gewürztraminer Kolbenhof Alto Adige - Südtirol
3/16/2010 - DRod Likes this wine:
93 points
Another stellar experience with this wine. Paired it with spicy thai, which seems risky given the high alcohol/no residual sugar. But it went famously. I think it's important to keep it at perhaps a cooler-than-normal temperature to lower the sensation of alcohol on the palate. It does have an alcoholic bite to it, but that same alcohol gives it a more full-bodied and oily sensation on the palate that I very much enjoy.
  • DRod commented:

    3/16/10, 6:29 PM - Oh I don't know anything about making wine. I do know, however, that higher alcohol gives a wine more weight. Maybe it's a stretch to directly equate the oiliness to the alcohol, but the higher ABV should generally give it a weightier mouthfeel.

White
2006 J. Hofstätter Gewürztraminer Kolbenhof Alto Adige - Südtirol
3/15/2010 - jpdel wrote:
88 points
The nose is just amazing, layer of perfumed fruit and spice, can't get enough. Tropical fruits, spice, touch of pepper attack the tongue, surprisingly viscous, almost like a dessert wine in mouth feel, extremely dry, no sweetness, finishes with a waxy greenness and some bitterness. Unlike any other gewurz I've had. Unfortunately, the alcohol is out of control on this one, it was really noticeable. I would gladly trade a little RS to have a little lower abv on this one. I really alternated between loving this and hating it because of the high alcohol.
  • DRod commented:

    3/16/10, 10:10 AM - I felt much the same way as you the first time I tried it, absolutely loving the nose but being put off with the high abv. I've subsequently chilled it a little further and it's definitely helped with the high alcohol. The extra alcohol definitely gives a nice weighty feel to it, which increases my enjoyment of the wine.

Red
2004 Ca' Marcanda (Gaja) Magari Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend
NY/NJ WLTV Offline (Fabio's NYC): Dark fruit, blueberry, vanilla on the nose along with a really interesting not of freshly baked "yellow cake." Similar notes on the palate along with a really nice raspberry component. I had some of this sitting in a glass off to the side and kept going back to it. Very nice.
  • DRod commented:

    3/4/10, 5:13 PM - This was probably my WOTN. "Very nice" are virtually my words exactly.

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