Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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Recent Wine Tasting Notes

  1. 2009 Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond Côte-Rôtie Colline Couzou

    1. The debut vintage for the newest addition to the Bonnefond lineup is elegant, fresh and filled with spring flowers, black raspberry, earth and kirsch. Lushly textured, medium bodied and approachable, there is freshness in the bright red fruit, and thyme filled finish.

      90 points - Tasted
  2. 2009 Château Suau Sauternes

    1. Developed, medium bodied, lighter style of Sauternes with a pleasant, pineapple, apricot, honey and floral character, that works well as an aperitif.

      87 points - Tasted
  3. 2000 Château Troplong Mondot

    1. 90 minutes of double decanting brought up all the juicy plum, fennel, black cherry, cocoa, smoke and wet earth you could ask for. Full bodied, round, sexy textures and a finish that served up length, persistence and freshness.

      94 points - Tasted
  4. 2010 Kistler Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard

    1. Drinking really well, with all its floral, citrus and tropical fruits in abundance. Fresh and lively, well balanced with rich, buttery characteristics.

      93 points - Tasted
  5. 2007 Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

    1. Much better than the previous, bottle. Popped & poured, as the wine opened in the glass, the sensual textures really took hold. The ripe, juicy, spicy, kirsch and black cherry shined, from start to finish. Concentrated, full bodied and with no hard edges, this is drinking in the sweet spot.

      94 points - Tasted
  6. 2012 Château Le Gay Pomerol

    1. 2 hours of air is all that's needed to bring out the truffle, chocolate covered plum, boysenberry, mint, coconut and violet aromatics. Soft, polished, tannins, with a slight dusty texture in the long plummy finish wrap everything up nicely. Still young, but it's already delicious. Good now, but this will really be rocking with another 5 years or so of age.

      95 points - Tasted
  7. 2013 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vine

    1. Deeply colored, lusciously textured, dark, sweet, ripe, black and blue fruit, licorice, cocoa and smoke pop with no effort. Rich, concentrated, clean, fresh and pure, with soft tannins and an opulent finish.

      95 points - Tasted
  8. 2013 Lail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvée

    1. Power and purity are in abundance here in this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon based wine. Dark in color, richly textured, with ripe, polished tannins, intensity of flavor and concentration, the wine serves up a solid wave of blackberry, dark chocolate, licorice, blue fruit, vanilla and wet earth. Stylish, character driven and ripe, but not overripe, everything seems to work here. Quite youthful as you would expect at the moment, once everything falls into place, this will be a fabulous expression of California Cabernet Sauvignon.

      97 points - Tasted
  9. 2012 Newton Chardonnay Unfiltered

    1. In a great place, if you like ripe, juicy, citrus, pears and green apple with vanilla and tropical accents, lush textures and a buttery, sweet, fresh, fruit filled finish.

      92 points - Tasted
  10. 2012 Chapelle St. Theodoric Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Guigasse

    1. Luscious textures, bold, ripe, sweet dark cherry, kirsch, thyme and spice notes are all over the place. Rich, and supple, with freshness and character, this is quite nice for the vintage, and should be dynamite in a top year.

      93 points - Tasted
  11. 2000 Château La Pointe

    1. Medium bodied, simple, light, earthy, stoic, almost austere wine, that is past maturity and starting to lose its fruit. This requires consumption before the remaining cherry notes are gone.

      85 points - Tasted
  12. 2009 Domaine Benedetti Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Larmes Papales

    1. Medium bodied, yet with a touch of over ripe flavors and oak. Round, forward and oaky, this is not exactly my thing. The wine was made from a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah .

      85 points - Tasted
  13. 2012 Domaine Lou Frejau Châteauneuf-du-Pape XIII Cepages

    1. Forward, fleshy, round and still showing a bit too much oak, in this otherwise, sweet, lush, dark cherry, thyme and spice filled wine. This will probably show best in its youth.

      89 points - Tasted
  14. 2010 Château de la Gardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape l'Immortelle

    1. Still dark in color, with a depth of flavor that matches the level of concentration and ripe, fruits found here. It is easy to spot the old vine intensity, in all that dark, red fruit, licorice, spice, smoke and earth. This lushly textured wine should age and develop quite well.

      94 points - Tasted
  15. 2007 Domaine Jean Royer Châteauneuf-du-Pape Sola Syrah Regalis

    1. Concentrated, with depth of flavor, along with tannins and acidity, the wine, while well made, and showing a lot of dark, red fruits, does not quite rock my boat. This is my first time tasting a Chateauneuf made from 100% Syrah. While the wine is certainly interesting, it does make it obvious as to why Grenache is King in the region.

      89 points - Tasted
  16. 2012 Domaine La Mereuille Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Forward, simple, easy drinking, black raspberry, earthy and spice filled wine, medium bodied, with a touch of herbs and underbrush to round things out.

      88 points - Tasted
  17. 2009 Delas Frères Côte-Rôtie Seigneur de Maugiron

    1. Young, but with an hour or so of air, this seductive, supple, medium/full bodied wine is making it hard to resist its sweet, fresh, kirsch, pepper, black raspberry, spice, floral and earthy pleasure. Lots of freshness and soft textures in the fruit filled finish. Drink this while you are waiting for the La Landonne to come around.

      92 points - Tasted
  18. 2014 E. Guigal Condrieu La Doriane

    1. Pretty wine, especially on the nose, with its white peach, apricot and floral notes. Medium bodied, and less interesting on the fruity palate.

      92 points - Tasted
  19. 2005 Sine Qua Non Grenache Atlantis Fe2O3~2d Vin de Paille

    1. My first time tasting a red Vin de Paille, and it was an interesting wine. Sweet, ripe, dark red fruits, with a delicious, pure cherry center of fruit, but it felt low in acidity and while tasty, not overly complex. On the other hand, it's going to spark a lot of pro and con talk, so it is a fun wine to bring to a tasting, especially blind.

      91 points - Tasted
  20. 2002 Torbreck Shiraz The Factor

    1. Sorry, but I do not get this wine. It is pure jam, with the viscosity of motor oil. Intense, dense, fat and concentrated, but lacking in complexity and elegance. Perhaps if this was paired with roasted dinosaur it might work, but it's just not my thing. But for folks that really like this massive style and wall of fruit, it is going to be a winner.

      80 points - Tasted
  21. 1999 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc Le Méal

    1. Deep, dark, yellow, orange in color, the wine tastes and feels like it's still coming out of a long slumber. Silky, rich and fresh, with apricot, petrol and floral aromas, complicated by honeysuckle accents, perhaps, more cellaring will allow the wine to open more, as this bottle, took a while at the table to unfurl.

      92 points - Tasted
  22. 1996 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Anniversary Release

    1. I suppose the secret is out, that the La Jota Anniversary wines, made by Helen Turley are perhaps the best examples, of mature, mountain fruit, California Cabernet Sauvignon out there today. Smoky, tobacco, cassis, earth, blackberry and cigar box aromas, concentration, with a powerfgul, yet, regal presence and a long, fruit filled, tobacco and dark berry finish. No decanting needed, just pop and pour.

      95 points - Tasted
  23. 2014 Château de Fargues

    1. Super wine here, made in a such a nice style, with all the ripe, very ripe and overripe pineapple, apricot and orange peel you can eat, as long it's all soaked in honey, and vanilla. The racy finish, with its mesh of sweetness, cut with acidity is just what you need.

      94 points - Tasted
  24. 2009 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie Côte Brune

    1. Really young, but someone has to taste wines in the name of science now and then. Fresh, lively, meaty, beefy style, with some oak sill showing, but that does not take away from the crisp, stony, peppery, earthy fruit. Still, this needs more time.

      92 points - Tasted
  25. 2003 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Hopefully, as my instincts say, this was an off bottle. Much of the freshness and red fruit were missing, and instead, the wine showed an intense jammy, fig like quality that was far too overripe, and flabby. This was from the same case as other bottles that have been stunning. So, sadly, your guess was as good as mine.

      89 points - Tasted