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  • 2004 Louis Jadot Nuits St. Georges

    Beautiful transparent dark red cherry color. Smoky spinach and herb nose, with a bitter cherry and pork fat finish, with everthing in between. A nice simple Villages from Nuits that, while not hitting the top of the quality scale, is a very satisfying wine and will continue to drink well for a while. A great way to wash down crunchy pizza.

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  • NV Rare Wine Co. (Vinhos Barbeito) Madeira Historic Series Charleston Sercial Special Reserve

    N.V. Rare Wine Co. (Vinhos Barbeito) Madeira 'Historic Series Charleston' Sercial Special Reserve, 19 pabv. Short (3/4") standard 5 band cork, warm, tawny brown, quite bitty. First to reach the nostrils after 3 days open is smoked cherry, some creaminess, and lime blossom. Rich but not sweet, with caramel and some mint high tones, medium entry, energetic midpalate, and nice juicy cherries and lime finish. Actually has opened up a bit since day before yesterday. Much better with Black Diamond Reserve Cheddar. In my opinion just misses its price point; would have been a more reasonable buy at $35-40. However, with the shortage of good Sercials, I welcomed this in the market, and still do. It's possible that Sercial should be the benchmark of all Madeira styles, actually it is for me, though my introduction was all Boal and Malvasia. (89 pts.)

    Now having given this until Sept 12, about 6 days on from opening, another impression: Again the smoked cherries and cream, lime blossom delicate but more prominent, and a neat bitter aroma, all quite well integrated over a sort of energetic pongy base made mostly up of bacon fat. Harmonious but not all resolved, promising more development with air. Aged sawdust is added to the above on the palate, with a nice punch of lime-tinged acidity and an appropriate finish. Seems to support the Trombley theorem on the development of oxidized-style wines. An excellent demonstration of the virtues of Sercial, and now rated excellent. (90/100). jht (sweetstuff) note

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  • 2004 Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner Reserve Tradition

    EX magnum. Straw with plenty of Weinstein. In the last 3 years, the hay notes have sweetened up and have become integrated harmoniously with the sweet pea. Light and tripping on the tongue, with cooked white pepper finish. Bring on the hog! 91 for quality, 96 for pleasure. In mag, will hold five plus years. Thanks, Bill Mayer, a poet of a wine retailer. Romain reunion, Evansville.

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