Sharon Weeks

Château Léoville-Las Cases

Grand Vin de Leoville du Marquis de las Cases Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1982

Delectable Wine

The bottle of 1982 Léoville Las-Cases was sadly out of condition, though fortunately I tasted another example at a private dinner in Bordeaux a few weeks later. To be honest, I have always preferred the 1985 or 1986 to this vintage, and this gives me no reason to change my mind. It has a surliness on the nose that is uncharacteristic of this vintage, tightly wound tertiary scents, melted tar and pencil shavings. The palate is full-bodied with fine grip, dense and quite powerful, yet it is more impressive than pleasurable. The aforementioned vintages have pulled away from the 1982 in recent years, though it remains a very fine Saint-Julien. It just needs to turn its frown upside down. Tasted at the 1982 Dinner at Hatched. (Neal Martin, Vinous, September 2022)
— 2 days ago


Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013

Alder Yarrow

After our little vacation (what a pleasure and luxury after the year we’ve all had) it’s back to home cooking and drinking, and this bottle was sitting aside in the cellar because I was too lazy to reshelve it after pulling it out a few weeks ago and not getting around to drinking it. It smells of dusty dried sage and other herbs with a touch of cedar and red fruits beneath. Exceedingly silky, with dashi and miso notes mixing with raspberry and dried herbs that have this lovely aromatic sweetness that lingers with the herbs in the finish. Very pretty. — a year ago

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Château Palmer

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2000

This was stubbornly closed and unyielding. I think a lot of 2000 BDX are in the same “quiet” spot right now. The normal Palmer bouquet was very muted here that was far more pronounced in the 2004 I opened a few weeks ago. I think this is a sleeping giant though as there is a dense velvety tannin structure that sits heavy on the tongue. I’m holding off opening the the rest of my bottles for a few more years. I think this has 9.7+ potential... — 2 years ago

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Enderle & Moll

Muschelkalk Pinot Noir 2012

Pocked with a Coravin weeks ago. I thought the 12’ was risky. But when you ‘think you know Enderle & Moll you actually don’t’. Dark cherries, lots of lift and freshness, orange zest, touch resinous, crushed rocks, lime, hint kaffir lime, Japanese cypress. Needs more time but shows now much better. After being disturbed and retried. Definitely wait! 13%. So! So little color - elegant. E&M’s Pinot’s are the most unique and most challenging to taste on the planet. World Class. — 5 months ago

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Shaw and Smith

M3 Vineyard Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2015

Similar to notes of 31 weeks ago here on Delectable. Very pale lemon in colour for a 6 year old Chardonnay. Sulphidic notes on the nose with Citrus and Grapefruit. In the lean style. Next day still plenty of citric acid. It remains a classy modern Australian Chardonnay but I have had better examples. — a year ago

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Arianna Occhipinti

SP68 Bianco Terre Siciliane Albanello Muscat of Alexandria 2017

Similar notes to 118 weeks ago. A dirty mid Orange/Tangerine in colour - a little cloudy. Aromas of apricot and mouldy orange. Skinnsy apricot flavours with mild acid. A skins contact white wine fermented in clay amphora in the ground. We visited there a few years ago in Sicily. Finishes with a trace of bitterness from the skins. Natural wines - when they get them right they can be quite good but having just done a week of vintage in Coonawarra at Bellwether - you need to take risks with natural wine. — a year ago

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Domaine A

Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Consistent notes as 3 previous tastings over 66 weeks. Mid to dark Ruby in colour. Lovely perfume of mature Cabernet with Geranium, mint and berries. Just a medium weight palate (but good intensity) from a cooler climate in the Coal River Tasmania. Beautifully made and drinking at its peak. My last one of 6. It’s a struggle sometimes in Tasmania to ripen Cabernet grapes sufficiently but Domaine A nearly always shows well. — 2 years ago

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David T

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A nice surprise coming from what is notably a very cool climate for Cabernet.

Enderle & Moll

Buntsandstein Pinot Noir 2009

Beautiful wine even better than the 09 Muschelkalk. Cigar box, bark, cherry, thyme, hint cardamom, black tea and bark. Needs food. Drink now with 30 min of decanting. At its peak. Continues to evolve under Argon (I build my own system at home) weeks later (an incredible wine). — 9 months ago

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Are these '09's the eldest of your E&M collection?

Produttori del Barbaresco

Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2014

A great match with homemade Pasta last night (Friday). Aromas of red berry, dark cherry, menthol and balsamic notes. As you would expect finishes with powdery tannins to the medium weight palate. Muted acid. I must admit I find it inconsistent the way experts write off the 2014 Barolos yet Galloni describes this 2014 Produttori Barbaresco as “fabulous “. I found it straight forward and enjoyable of no great complexity and not likely to change greatly with further cellaring. Opened another bottle 11 weeks later on 14th December with consistent notes. Very savoury rather than fruit driven. Very dry powdery tannins. Tried this again 11 weeks later on 14th December 2021 with consistent notes. Fine very dry tannins. — a year ago

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Tolpuddle Vineyard

Tasmania Chardonnay 2014

Having a bit of a Tolpuddle time......have had worse weekends.....! If I have miscued on the irony these are very good wines! Pale Lemon in colour. Nutty almond and grapefruit notes with white citrus flowers with some funk - lees stirring? Light to medium weight palate with medium acid. Could go a couple more years if desired. This is a great example of cool climate Tasmanian Chardonnay. More Chablis than Meursault in style. The following day a little more tart. Tasted again 46 weeks later in Toowoomba on 21st January 2022 with consistent notes. Leesy funk. Citrus: Orange and Lime. Excellent. I will have the last one in at least a year’s time. — 2 years ago

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