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Tasting Notes for Wigbert

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White
3/10/2018 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
92 points
Case of 12 consumed over 24 months. Now fully mature.

Nose of bruised apple, citrus fruits and a hint of hazelnut. Apples with a creamy, buttery edge on the palate. Quite weighty for a villages with an attractive phenolic edge (probably quite thick skins in this vintage). Good length with a cleansing acidic cut. Very good villages. Would now drink up reasonably soon.
White
10/15/2017 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
91 points
Very good - slight disjoint between sweet entry and very dry end
Red
8/24/2017 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
90 points
Good Bourgogne. Last bottle was the best. Easily had 10 years of life in it.
White
8/24/2017 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
93 points
Best bottles were excellent. Some bottle variation -- none oxidized, but a couple were heading in that direction (though definitley still drinkable).
Red
8/24/2017 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
90 points
Very enjoyable and in many ways complete -- well balanced, reasonably good depth and length. Just a tad simple which is, I guess, what sets the better 1er crus (and perhaps also stronger vintages) apart.
White
8/24/2017 - Wigbert wrote:
87 points
Texturally superb, but I believe I drank these too late -- too much of an oxidative note for my tastes.
White
8/24/2017 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
94 points
Superb and complex. Would no doubt develop for several more years in bottle. 2 out of a case of 6 corked though -- not really good enough esp. at this price point.
White
8/24/2017 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
94 points
Roussanne doesn't get much better than this.
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Red
8/24/2017 - Wigbert wrote:
88 points
A little too much structure for the fruit. Less enjoyable than lighter vintages, but nonetheless typical and not bad overall.
Red
2005 Torbreck The Factor Barossa Valley Shiraz, Syrah (view label images)
1/27/2016 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
93 points
Appearance is like a pool of dark silk.
Very dark fruit on the nose with chocolate, prunes, rich fruitcake and jam.
Blackberries, spice and chocolate on the palate. Very long finish. Despite the obvious ripeness of the fruit and the slight pruney notes on the nose, this wine does still have a balance to it with enough acidity and some underlying mineral notes to keep it fresh. The alcohol is definitely noticeable, but not an issue for me personally.

A very good, well-made wine but not necessarily very good value for the money.
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White
1/27/2016 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
94 points
Intriguing nose of stone fruits, candied pineapple, cinnamon and bready notes.

Follows through consistently on the palate with sweet peaches and spice, finishing with almost a salty note. Beautiful texture, full but balanced by a cleansing acidity and that long, mineral finish.

Excellent and fascinating wine, ever changing in the glass. The only negative (which is nit piking really) is a slightly hot finish.

Case of 12 enjoyed during 2014/15. No flawed bottles.
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Red
1/27/2016 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
91 points
12 good bottles drunk during 2014/15.

Soft, sweet red fruits on the nose with a hint of wood and spice.
Darker fruits with herbs on the palate. Impeccable balance, good depth and length. Dangerously easy to drink. My experience to date with the 2010 Rossos and Brunellos has been really good.
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White
1/27/2016 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
90 points
Very enjoyable. Obviously lacking the complexity of grander appellation, but very good drinking at the price.
White
1/27/2016 - Wigbert Does not like this wine:
88 points
Very disappointing.

Case of 12 drank during 2013/14.
2 bottles from the case of 12 were clearly oxidised and 2 were borderline. The rest were variable. Some were very flat, lacking fruit and acidity. The best were ok with oak a little prominent and a bit unfocused (and the score is for these).
On this evidence, would not buy this producer again (though this is probably a better wine in more classic white vintages like '07 and lots of producers seem to have improved their premox record more recently).
Red
1/26/2016 - Wigbert wrote:
90 points
Red fruit and light spice on the nose. Predominantly red fruit (strawberries) on the palate with good depth and reasonable length. Slightly green and bitter in the finish - I would guess that it was vinified with some stems and that perhaps they weren't 100% ripe.

Overall, an enjoyable bottle and very Chambolle in character. Pretty pricey though.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1/26/2016 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking very nicely at 12 years old. Not the most richest or concentrated, but lovely poise and balance.
Red
1/26/2016 - Wigbert wrote:
90 points
Sweet red cherries on the nose with a savoury almost funky note.

Darker fruits on the palate with fine tannins and a reasonably firm acidic spine. Some spice and reasonable length on the finish.

Well-made wine, but lacking the complexity and depth of better vintages (plus was Bernstein's first vintage). Put differently, a technically correct wine made with ripe fruit, but doesn't make a completely harmonious or exciting whole.

Not clear that further ageing would add too much here. Some variation across bottles in the case.
Red
1/26/2016 - Wigbert wrote:
91 points
Big nose of dark fruit, plums with a hint of chocolate, coffee and leather. Masses of tannins, well integrated. Masses of everything really, including alcohol.

Definitely a fine Ribera del Duero in a modern style. Good complexity, but a little bit imprecise and inelegant for my tastes (hence the reasonably modest score).

All 12 bottles from the case (drank during 2014 and 2015) were good and evolving well. Would probably go on drinking well for another 10+ years.
Red
2008 Torbreck The Steading Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
1/4/2015 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
90 points
Enjoyed a case of six during 2014.

Nose of very ripe strawberries with hints of spice. Super smooth and rich creamy red fruit on the palate. As I generally find with Torbreck, although it is rich, there is enough acidity to keep it fresh. Ever so slightly hot on the finish, but good length and all-in-all a very enjoyable drinking experience.
Red
1/4/2015 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
91 points
Dark red with orange bricking. Looks a bit older than it tastes.

Very much red fruit on the nose with smoky notes on the end. Surely made with whole-bunch fermentation: a stemmy nose (not in a bad way).

Ball of red fruit on the palate with pepery hints and the spice/lift from the stems. Reasonably good length.

Good early drinking Hermitage from a reasonably weak Rhone vintage. Definitely enjoyable now.
Red
1/4/2015 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
91 points
Classic Cote-Rotie in a lesser Rhone vintage. Six bottles consumed over 2014, very consistent.

Rasberries and white pepper on the nose. Spicy red fruit on the palate with a well-integrated acidic spine and a respectably long pepery finish. A producer I like and a wine I would buy again.
Red
1/4/2015 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
92 points
Maturing nicely with some bricking on the rim now. Can drink or hold. For my tastes (which tend towards preferring youthful vigour over tertiary flavours), seems pretty close to optimal now.

Spicy red fruit on the nose with a hint of tobacco and leather. Good balance between fruit, tannin and acidity. Lively, sappy red fruit on the palate with floral notes, leather and spice in the background. Finishes quite long. Good Brunello in a good vintage and very good value.
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Red
1/3/2015 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
91 points
Case of 6 drank during 2014/15. Very enjoyable, would buy again.

Rasberries, cherries and floral aromas on the nose. Lush red fruit on the palate with nice balance and length. Lovely mouthfeel, with almost a sheen-like feel to the fruit. Doesn't quite have the depth, structure and interest in the Calvert of the same vintage.
Red
1/3/2015 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
92 points
Case of six drank during 2014, all very enjoyable.

Ripe, airy, raspberries and cherries on the nose. Sweet ball of dark cherries on the palate with earthy depth. Good drive, concentration and lift on the finish. Maybe slightly hot on the finish, but this would be nitpicking, as this is a very good Otago pinot.
White - Fortified
1/3/2015 - Wigbert wrote:
90 points
From memory, not a note. Enjoyable, but a bit simple compared to other vintages from the same producer.
Red
1/3/2015 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
88 points
Good Bourgogne Rouge in this ripe vintage. Not much complexity (as would be expected), but good fruit. Case of 12 consumed during 2013/14. All enjoyable.
Red
1/3/2015 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
89 points
This is a very dark, ripe Coudoulet. Enjoyable, but a very different drinking experience to e.g. the 2006. Case of 12 drank during 2014 was pretty consistent and will definitely last a few more years yet.

Dark fruit on the nose with earthy, spicy and meaty notes. Ripe, dark fruit on the palate, quite concentrated and smooth. Fresh enough to not be cloying, but the vintage is felt on the finish, which is noticeably hot.

A very good and, in this vintage, quite an ambitious CdR, and a definite bargain, but for my tastes was slightly less enjoyable than the 2006.
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Red
1/3/2015 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
91 points
Really enjoyed a case of 6, drank during 2014. Was fully mature.

Strawberries, violets, mushrooms and smoke on the nose. Strawberries and redcurrants on the palate. Open and mature, but still firm enough to suggest that it will go on drinking well.

Overall, very true to both the appellation and the vintage, expressing more red fruit than black, and with a strong acidic spine (but not in a bad way).
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White
1/3/2015 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent village white Burgundy. Case of 12 drunk over 2013/14. Bottles drank earlier in that window were better than those drunk later. It wasn't falling off a cliff, but I would drink up soon.
White
1/3/2015 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
94 points
Loved it.

kaleidoscope nose, ever changing. Lime, pineapple, papaya, honey, salty notes and a hint of petrol.

Ripe lime on the tip of the tongue building on to more tropical fruit with honey on the long, mineral-infused finish. Great balance between fruit, (perception of) sweetness and acidity. Very long with lovely texture.

Six bottles consumed during 2014 were all superb.
White
1/2/2015 - Wigbert wrote:
90 points
From memory rather than a note. Good, typical premier cru Chablis. Very classic without a lot of complexity.
White
2007 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/2/2015 - Wigbert Does not like this wine:
91 points
I don't really "get" Domaine de Chevalier Blanc. I've tried a few out of barrel en-primeur and been really impressed, but both the '04 and '07 with have been disappointing with 7-8 years bottle age. It's possible that both required longer cellar time, but I've concluded that I would drink these wines as young as possible (and that I probably wouldn't buy this wine again at the price it commands).

Nose of citrus and green apples with pineapple and coconut (oak) in the background. For my tastes, an off-putting oxidative note (though this wine was not oxidised and this is oxidative note is also something I found in the '04).

Palate produces more of the same with salty/minerally notes and a strong acidic spine. The citrus and apple flavours are framed by some noticeable and obvious oak, driving on to a long, fairly powerful finish.

This is clearly a well-made and interesting wine, but is just not my cup of tea.
Red
2005 Yarra Yering Dry Red N°2 Yarra Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
1/1/2014 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
92 points
Case of 12 consumed during 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Dense purple with a hint of bricking around the rim (towards the end of the drinking window). Attractive nose of blackberries with a hint of violets and chocolate. Some gamey notes with time in the glass. The 15.5%+ alcohol is noticeable on the nose.

The promise of the nose is delivered on the palate with blackberries and meaty notes to the fore and a slightly chocolatey note on the finish. It wears it's alcohol really well and there is a nice balance between tannins, fruit and acidity with enough acidity to stop the wine from being cloying (given its reasonably dense texture). Perhaps the alcohol shows itself with an ever-so-slightly-bitter note on the finish without which it would merit a higher score.

All in all, a very interesting and enjoyable wine. The tannins were more or less resolved by the end of the drinking window, at which point I would guess that it was close to or at its peak. Should hold for at least a few more years.
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White
5/27/2013 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
93 points
Floral, expressive nose with citrus fruits, quince and peach. Wonderful balance between rich stone fruit and citrus. Very focused with a long pure finish, leaving a really nice dry minerality to balance out the rich fruit. Really lovely balance, length and tension. Not cheap, but worth it. Will buy more in the future.
White
5/18/2013 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
89 points
Bargain. Great balance between acidity and sweetness. Good length for the money.
Red
2006 Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
5/18/2013 - Wigbert wrote:
90 points
Not bad. Will last for a while yet. Reasonable value for money.
White
2007 Fattoria La Monacesca Mirum Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva Verdicchio (view label images)
4/7/2013 - Wigbert wrote:
88 points
This had typicity: a nice balance between the salty and sweet. But I found it a bit heavy to be really enjoyable.
Red
4/7/2013 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
92 points
6 bottle case drunk during 2012 and early 2013.

Deep red in colour. Nose of raspberries with smokey and chocolatey undertones. Sweet ad broad on the palate with good balance between fruit and acidity. Nice, long candied Pinot fruit finish.

All 6 bottles were good and showed some across the year and a half of drinking them. Seemed to be at its best after 6 years of bottle age and I don't think more cellaring would lead to major improvements (though it should continue to drink well for a while yet).
Red
3/31/2013 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
94 points
Both delicious and very interesting - lots going on and always changing in the glass.
Red
3/31/2013 - Wigbert Likes this wine:
89 points
Good value. 12 bottle case consumed between the summer of 2011 and March of 2013. Whole case was good, but we preferred bottles consumed towards the start of this window for their youthful fruit.
Red
10/28/2012 - Wigbert wrote:
95 points
No formal note, just impressions from memory.

Great wine with real power, complexity and elegance. For my tastes this was good at 10 years of age, but would easily have gone on for another 10.
White
10/28/2012 - Wigbert wrote:
92 points
Rich nose of citrus, spiced (or even stewed) apples and bananas. Real substance and power on the palate with similar flavour profile as nose. Long finish with good cleansing acidity to round it off. Very nice white Burgundy and really excellent for its level.

The only downside was that above note only applied to 2 in every 3 bottles. In a case of 12: 1 was badly oxidised; 2 were quite badly oxidised (enough to warrant pouring away); 1 was corked. The oxidised bottles were encountered more recently (towards the end of 2012). Based on this experience, I would recommend others to drink up with the caveat that it seemed like the good bottles had several years ahead of them and that my case was bought at auction so I have no idea of its provenance.
White
2006 Camille Giroud Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
10/28/2012 - Wigbert wrote:
93 points
Lovely golden colour. Enticing nose of tropical fruits & butter. Some green apples with the tropical fruits of the nose following through on the palate. Rich and quite long. As with many '06s erring more towards the tropical end of the spectrum in flavour profile, but with enough cleansing acidity together with the typical minerailty of the vineyard to keep it fresh. Case of 12 consumed during 2011 & 2012 was very consistent with no flawed bottles.
White - Fortified
9/15/2011 - Wigbert wrote:
92 points
Lovely salty nose with undertones of almonds and citrus. That follows through on to the palate with a long, yeasty finish. Richer, more serious and with a rounder, silkier texture than "regular" finos.

Would definitely purchase again. Incidentally, there was no perceptible bottle variation in a case of 12 and the final bottle was drunk almost 2 months after the recommended 3 month drinking window closed.
White
3/10/2009 - Wigbert wrote:
92 points
Golden coloured. Moderately expressive nose of honey, almonds and pineapples. Very rich and fat; almost opulent, but with enough freshness to carry it through to a long, spicy finish. Delicious.

Some bottle variation in this wine? 6 bottles tried - none were faulty, but a couple were dumber and less expressive than the others.
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