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  • 2016 Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Late Bottled Vintage

    Opened 2 days ago. Somewhat shy aromas of ripe candied plums, black cherries, herbs, bark and a touch of earth. Palate w ripe, candied plums, ripe blueberries and candied black cherries, some herbs, bark, baking spices, and a touch of earth. Full bodied with nice acids and medium tannins. Nice lingering finish of candied ripe fruit, herbs, baking spices and bark. The acids give a nice light to the wine. No idea of numbers but this tasted like it had higher acids than 20 Y'Quem I had yesterday. Certainly tasted more lifted. Elegant mouthfeel. Not the most complex but this has a nice balance without any heaviness. I like this. Beautiful with blue cheese and crackers.

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  • 2020 Sabelli-Frisch Mission Marina Somers Vineyard

    Decanted. Now 45 min after decant. Apparently, I can't keep my own advice and keep this for about 2 yrs or more. Similar to my note on June 15, 2024 with some notable exceptions. The oak manifests itself with less vanilla and more oak spices on both the nose and palate. The flavors seem a bit darker as well, leaning toward and black cherries and barely ripe blueberries with a touch more earth. Maybe the oak will ultimately integrate given enough time. Maybe in 3-5 yrs? I like this better now then the previous times.

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  • 2022 Enderle & Moll Pinot Noir Liaison

    Decanted. Now 45 minutes after decant. Nice aromas of Green stems, mostly red cherries with a bit of black cherries, bark, some minerals, and a hint of Earth. Palate w nice seamless red and black cherries, bark, green stems, a touch of earth and nice minerals. There's a touch of VA that almost hovers over the palate. However, it's more of an accent that adds complexity rather than being a dominant note. Medium body with a creamy texture and nice acids. Mild+ tannins toward the back end initially. But over time, the smooth just medium, creamy tannins coat the whole mouth in an almost gentle way without the typical pucker. Nice finish of bark, green and brown stems, red and black cherries and a bit of minerals. I'm impressed by the cohesiveness and the balance of this wine. There's enough weight to give this wine some gravitas. It's definitely German pinot and young. I'm liking this more and more as the wine airs out. I think this will improve and it'll evolve over the next 2 to 6 years. My experience with some of the earlier renditions of this wine is that it's probably best at about 6 to 8 years after the vintage. But now that Florian Moll is fully in charge, we'll see if this wine is different than the earlier versions and see if it can evolve for a longer period. Regardless of its aging potential, this wine is just really good.

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  • ChairmanKao says:

    11/27/2021 12:53:00 AM - Thank you for the reply message regarding the 2015 Anne Sophie Dubois l'Alchimiste Fleurie. I definitely won't touch them until the 15-year mark (at the earliest) since I have plenty of '09 and '11 Cru Beaujolais, which I'm also cellaring for a while. I know these wines can age just as well (if not better) than some of the Bourgognes since they're made by the same Burgundy producers. Sadly, many of these Cru Beaujolais have drastically increased in price like the rest of Burgundy (insert sad face).

  • srh says:

    11/25/2021 1:53:00 PM - *Great* TN for the 2019 Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Volant, James! :) IF interested, check the strand of 10/15/21 re what's goin' on with this label. [I'd have posted all of this under your actual TN, but since comments were blocked... ]

  • srh says:

    11/10/2021 3:18:00 PM - James, TY for your KIND comment on my message board earlier today! :)

  • oldwines says:

    11/27/2020 5:52:00 PM - You’re welcome! And curiously we do seem to have many similar tastes...! My daughter and son-in-law live in Richardson... and she is due to give birth to my third grand child in March 2021, so once the pandemic is over I expect to be down there a bit. It would be nice to perhaps share a bottle or two... Happy Holidays!

  • tcavallo says:

    3/20/2018 8:57:00 AM - We drink all the same stuff. Crazy!