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Red
2015 Domaine Faury St. Joseph Syrah
2/22/2018 - blanquito wrote:
92 points
Ripe nose, iodine, licorice, incipient pepper, loads black cherries, great attack, quite dry despite the color and nose, bright with a bit of tannin in end, medium bodied but with good dry extract and a long finish, shows just a touch of stem. Young, but already so engaging, a substantial step up from prior vintages but still true to the house style. Truly sensational QPR. Bought a case after this bottle. 92-93 pts.
  • blanquito commented:

    2/23/18, 10:03 AM - Yeah, you would love this, Tim. The 2015 is a bit bigger, a bit riper, but I really like that about it.

    I'm around all May, saving some good bottles for your return.

    Want to meet in Alto Adige the second week in April?

Red
1990 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
9/13/2016 - blanquito wrote:
88 points
My first go with this vintage. This showed very 1990 in profile, with a distinctive roasted signature to the fruit. With enough air, the fruit even showed stewed. There is a sexy, fruity quality to the nose -- including black cherry reduction, creosote, and rocks-- but this lacks the structure and gravitas on the palate to attain a higher level. Shows a little flabby even. Drink now or soon. 88-89 pts.
  • blanquito commented:

    7/16/17, 3:57 PM - 2 bottles, I think.

White - Off-dry
2003 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese ** Mosel Saar Ruwer
11/26/2015 - blanquito wrote:
Opened for turkey day. Pure, beautiful bouquet of lime, rock candy, basil, and a whiff of slate. The palate is delicious, quite smooth with fine acids on the attack. The finish is really sweet, maybe gooseberries laden with honey. This is borderline cloying unless you are looking for a lovely, real, sweet white wine. Long, lingering finish. Good match with spicy food. I might let my others sleep to see if they eat their sugar with more age.
  • blanquito commented:

    10/7/16, 12:34 PM - Copy cat!

White
2008 Wind Gap Wines Chardonnay Yuen James Berry/Brosseau Vineyards Central Coast
6/10/2016 - blanquito wrote:
91 points
This is really killer on a hot, summer night and a great pairing with grilled salmon. The profile is at first lemony, but with more richness on the backend with a touch of vanilla. Some chaulky texture. Smooth, classy, long, tangy, lovely. Stylistically this is Californian first but with some French sensibilities and a mercifully restrained oak treatment. All it lacks is complexity. 91-92 pts.
  • blanquito commented:

    6/11/16, 10:05 AM - No reason to delay gratification on this one, but I don't see it falling apart anytime soon either. That said, I never try to age Cali Chardonnay fearing a rapid decline, so it is possible this could develop more nuance in the cellar.

Red
2005 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Chabot Vineyard St. Helena
2/17/2016 - blanquito wrote:
88 points
Anise, loganberries, a little spicy. Nice spicy attack, good round core of fruit, some brightness, a little bit drying on finish. A little vanilla, but no excessive new oak. A little simple, one note. Decent, pleasant, might soften some more, but doubtful there's much upside from here.
  • blanquito commented:

    2/17/16, 8:36 PM - You'd think! A misguided auction experiment when it was going for like 50% off, maybe more.

White
2011 Wind Gap Wines Chardonnay James Berry Central Coast
7/28/2015 - blanquito wrote:
92 points
Another beautiful, classy chardonnay from WG. Subtle, restrained, ideally balanced for my tastes, this is a real Chablis look-alike, with perhaps a touch more fruit. Clear colored with minerals, ethereally framed with lots of lemon, this could get lost in a big tasting, but it beguiles if followed over a full evening. Grows deeper with air. So drinkable now, probably can improve for a few years.
  • blanquito commented:

    7/28/15, 2:44 PM - I think a Winebidder singleton, actually.

Red
2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
6/17/2015 - blanquito wrote:
Heard this way drinking better, so I tried a half-bottle... This has opened up a lot since I last tried it. Classic Chianti, with smells of vitamins and cherries. But this is still a bit too shrill right now for my preferences, a little tart and plenty of dry tannins. Good potential though. Not too far off from prime time, but I'll wait another 3-5 years before my next bottle.
  • blanquito commented:

    6/18/15, 7:43 PM - I think the start of your drinking window of 2018 is probably spot on. I am feeling better too!

Red
2011 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux Cabernet Franc
2/25/2014 - blanquito wrote:
85 points
My first Baudry... There's a beautiful, expressive, delicate, complex bouquet here. Really captivating, foremost with smoked pasilla peppers and ash (but not ashtray), followed by purple flowers, cassis, bayleaf, grape juice, umami, black olives. Really has some hallmarks of an old school St. Emilion. The palate however is light bodied and verging on dilute. I gave it a few hours and it improved a bit, with some chewiness and stemmy-cranberry fruit developing suggesting there some background depth. I can see the appeal, but I'm let down. Really nice bouquet, overall somewhat of a disappointment. 85-86
  • blanquito commented:

    2/26/14, 8:39 AM - I did like the Picasses a tad more, it had more palate oomph at least right now. But they were of similar quality, IMHO.

Red
2000 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/19/2013 - blanquito wrote:
80 points
From half bottle... Another lousy bottle of this wine, and getting worse. The bouquet is decent, with some dusty black cherry and a slight floral note, but it is merely inoffensive. The palate is pretty much shot, hollowed out, thin and now dominated by shrill and sour acidity. Whatever fruit this wine once had seems gone. There are some gritty tannins still. Not really drinkable for those with options.

I know this position is debated, but this is yet another solid-to-mid-range 2000 Bordeaux (along with chateau like Cantemerle, Bernadotte, Fontenil, Charmail, Fombrauge, and Fougas Maldoror) that was at least better a few years ago and at worst is drying out. Very discouraging for the vintage of the millennium and a worrisome indication of how modern winemaking may have changed the aging curve of Bordeaux.
  • blanquito commented:

    9/24/13, 10:47 AM - Yeah, I know the ageability issue concerning 2000 cru bourgeois and the similar ilk from Bordeaux is controversial. Some of this is palate preferences, but I have been following many of these wines for years and seen how they are changing. They are not shut down or asleep, they were just better in 2008 to 2010, IMHO.

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