Initial De Desmirail

Jacques Selosse

Initial Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay

The three of us from Omaha were presented this wine upon arrival, double-blind fashion in large burgundy-style glasses. The appearance was a burnished gold color with slight visual signs of gas only when agitated. On the nose, there are signs of oxidization with a slightly cheesy and nutty thing on the nose along with some bruised apple and pear. The palate was like fireworks. Layers of fruits, nuts, spices and the creamiest of textures. At first, based on the smell and the appearance, I thought this might be a vintage Champagne, 1996 or even possibly 1990. However, after tasting it, I was compelled to shift direction as it reminded me of some of the more remarkable NV wines made in a solera-style like Bereche “Reflan d’Antan” or Selosse “Initial”. Welp…basically nailed it. How I wish this wine could be in my life more often. — 9 days ago

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Tyrrell's Wines

Vat 1 Hunter Valley Semillon 2014


Pale yellow with relatively intense nose of green apple, lime, beeswax, cantaloup melon and whiteflower. The medium body has less intensity than the nose and there's almost an effervescence in the front of the mouth, with a good acidity that is not overwhelming. Notes of apple, lime, apricot, melon and ginger on the palate with minerality. The finish is quite short and carries some spicy ginger. Nice wine but I was expecting more, especially after the initial wonderful nose. — 9 months ago


Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Decanted. Big Aroma of berries. Smooth initial taste of berries and cherries and plums. Then notes of vanilla and chocolate in the palate. Another winner from Arnie, we will miss you. — 2 years ago

Morlet Family Vineyards

Ma Princesse Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2019

Pure decadence! Initial impressions of lemon custard rippled heavily with pure sweet vanilla eventually give way to flavors of baked apricots and peaches.

Luc Morlet, the previous wine maker from Peter Michael, certainly knows how to make a good wine. A few of you that have posted other wines from their portfolio can vouch on the increasing difficulty to find their allocations. Definitely buy when you find!
— a month ago

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Aston Estate

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014

Red garnet in color with brown hues showing signs of bricking. Nose - Savory and perfume vanilla aromas pop from the glass. Raspberry, forest floor and cedar notes follow. Taste: creamy and elegant and flavors well integrated; smoke plum-blueberry flavors are the initial taste. The minerals and spice of the wine are noted with flavors of vanilla and cedar following. A medium and juicy finish. A nice wine for a Sat evening. — 8 months ago

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Jacques Selosse

V.O. Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay

2019 Disg- Rich, intense and with riveting energy. Selosse VO to me is a huge step up from Initial. It’s ultra complex and layered with candied citrus, rum barrels, caramel and salted nuts. There is massive structure with a simultaneous purity and weightlessness. Infinite finish. Decanted and served in Zalto Bordeaux. Fantastic. — 2 years ago

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Domini de la Cartoixa

Clos Galena Priorat Grenache Blend

A surprisingly big wine that did not emerge until after about 40minutes in the decanter. Deep ripe fruit on the nose with plenty of initial tannin up front on the palate that softened into deep, ripe cherry and then into a smoky dark fruit.
This 2004 has held up well and should be enjoyed now. This is a luscious wine..
— 2 years ago

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1985

1985. Synth laden moment. Depeche mode. Tears for fears. But I digress. Just opened this. It’s quite a structured wine. The nose is a little muddled right now but that’s because I didn’t decant. That said, after 15 minutes of opening in the glass the nose is indeed tannic cherry skin. Musty and such, but that fruit profile is obvs right up front. I would say that the same is true on the front palate. Cherries with immediacy and extremely full fruit. That is what drives my initial rating here. So rich and definitive fruit. Finish not real refined but it’s only been 15 minutes and this wine has just had the wires jacked out of it Matrix style. It doesn’t know itself yet. Will post some notes in a few hours to see if the landscape has changed. Cheers! — 2 months ago

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Château Desmirail

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2011

Ample aroma makes me expect it is matured. And oak and black currant. Quite smooth. Silky tanning. Gentle. Now is a peak? It also has elegancy. CP very high Margaux’s. One hour drinkable. Somebody mentioned it is matured around 10 years. It is better to drink it up within 4 hours. 2011 @1665, xiaduo -, 211228-220203 — 9 months ago


Grange South Australia Shiraz 2001

An absolute monster of a wine. Hits you with waves and waves of layered flavors and with an incredibly regal texture and mouthfeel. It’s hard to believe this wine is 20 years old. An original 3 hour decant did not suffice, but an additional 2 did the trick, subsiding an initial whiff of VA to reveal blackberry pie, Christmas spice, kirsch cherry liquor and hints of mocha. There is superb depth and concentration that leads to a long and palate caressing finish. A well stored bottle of this wine is no where near full maturity. Majestic is the word for this. — 2 years ago

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Curious the menu from Per Se that this paired with...
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@Vino Joe it wasn’t a wine pairing