First Wine Of The Harvest

Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend 2002

Medium lemon yellow , persistent fine perlage . At first quite shy , needs a bit of time to get going . Then buttered pastry , confit lemon and roast nuts , quite bold and rich , just a hint of chalky minerality . On the palate the richer , deeper theme continues , those pastry and buttery notes , confit lemon and a creamy mouthfeel . Long balanced finish , the chalky acidity really helping to cut through richer , mouth filling profile . Coming back to this at the end of the meal , having sat 6 hours in the glass , this still shows remarkable freshness and life. This seems young to me still , certainly has everything for a long life ahead , better in 5 years perhaps and will show well a further 10-15 perhaps . — 2 months ago

Jeroen, Andrew and 15 others liked this

First Drop Wines

Mother's Milk Shiraz 2021

Lovely red and black fruits in this Barossa Shiraz, nice depth and complexity, medium-long finish, just a touch of heat in the finish, very good. — 4 months ago

Jim Powers
with Jim
Ira, Severn and 4 others liked this

Marchesi Antinori

Tignanello Toscana Super Tuscan Blend 2019

Wasn’t a fan of the super Tuscans at first, but growing on me more and more. — 6 months ago

Ericsson, Bob and 13 others liked this

Krug

Grande Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend

First edition, blend of 1967-1981, very fresh — 2 months ago

Michiel, Jan and 12 others liked this

Produttori del Barbaresco

Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2019

First time tasting the ‘19 vintage, and the Produttori edged out one of my fave under the radar barolistas this early on. Maybe because it released sooner? Both red fruited with sour cherries and elegant tamed tannin/acid, but the Produttori had another gear of sweet incense and hard candy. The vintage does remind me of a more approachable’13 from a tannin perspective. — 3 months ago

Lyle, Serge and 17 others liked this
Jay Kline

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I feel like Giacomo Fenocchio’s single vineyard Barolos need a lot of time (although Villero is usually a bit more approachable young)
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@Jay Kline yep, agree 100%. I have a few to lay down but I usually open one at release to see how many I want to buy.

Dolce Winery

Late Harvest Napa Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2016

A blend of mostly Semillon and about 10% Sauv Blanc, fermented 6 months in oak, aged for 3 years. Medium amber color with aromas of ripe sweet fruits and orange honey botrytis notes. On the palate rich flavors of ripe peaches and figs with vanilla notes. Long finish ending with sweet fruit notes. Tasting well now, Nice! Had this with a blueberry tart! — 6 months ago

Tom and Daniel P. liked this

Rivers-Marie

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2021

Showing dark ruby. Ton of structure. Overpowered by tannin on first open. Will revisit rating in a few hours. — 2 months ago

Scott@Mister, Ed and 2 others liked this

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1989

1989 vintage. Tasted 5.5.23 (9.5), 4.4.23 (6 different btls-avg 9.4) and 12.9.22 (9.6). Above average fill for the age and impressive cork (about 70% saturated). Decanted and tasted over the course of two hours. Threw a decent amount of powdery sed. Medium nose slightly muted for the first 10 minutes or so but then came roaring to life. Yes, still the hallmark blueberries and cocoa powder along with a dash of raspberry but bigg graphite with this bottle. Drank consistently great for 1.75 hours, then seemed to lose a little steam at the very end. Not improving but still think cellar dwellers need to be popped in the next five years to enjoy the magic before it fades. 3.28.24. — 3 months ago

Andrew, Paul and 16 others liked this

Opus One

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1999

1999 Opus- this 25 year old Napa wine was superb. The longer the decanting the more flavorful it became. Spicy at first sip with bursts of flavor from dark berries, leathery tannins, currant, earth and strong blackberry. Gains intensity and shows its depth and concentration on the finish, which is long and detailed. — 5 months ago

Daniel CammarataMichael Cammarata
with Daniel and Michael