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2005 Domaine Henri Boillot Beaune 1er Cru Epenottes is such a delicious wine that is in “the zone” right now. Still has beautiful red cherry fruit, laser focused acidity, a full midpalate that shows underbrush and tobacco leaf and a long sappy finish. Stunner.
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2002 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) is a very fine wine. Going on being 16 years old, this still comes out of the bottle black and angry, and with bold vanilla and coffee notes which indicates this saw oodles of new oak…but as I followed this for two days and gave it air, it kept changing and coming into balance. It mellowed and became more focused with beef blood, black currant, tobacco, and a pepper/salt note on the finish. For those of you who have not been buying Bordeaux for long…I purchased three bottles of this in 2005 for $26 each. Insane value even considering I have stored it for over a decade.
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2004 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the kind of CdP I love. It is all raspberry, licorice and dried herbs. It has fantastic length on the midpalate and finish, amazing freshness and a total balance, screaming with elegance and finesse. Even though this is from a less heralded vintage, I find this extremely seductive and fun to drink. The fact that this is mostly old vine Grenache defines this wine. A+ effort.
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2015 Château La Fleur Montagne-St. Émilion is a decent mid-week wine to drink with grilled meats, poultry or barbeque. This is from an excellent vintage which really helps because it has surprisingly lush plum and berry fruit on an otherwise awkward structure. Also shows some really rustic, dusty, dirty, earthy flavors and plenty of acid. All-in-all, it is a real and honest wine that is not spoofed, and it has managed to retain the site characteristics one would expect. This is exactly the kind of inexpensive Bordeaux that we drank years ago at uncomplicated restaurants in Bordeaux with good, simple, local cuisine. Certainly a good value at $15 per bottle, but it won’t wow you like the Grand Crus from the same vintage (or even lesser vintages) do.
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2014 Carro Yecla followed the disappointing Gourgonnier and slayed it. It supposedly never saw oak, but has a pronounced vanilla note on the nose and creamy palate that I would usually associate with use of new oak barrels. After a little while, that dissipates and what is left is a velvety red that delivers black fruit, licorice and some dark chocolate. For less than $10, this is as good of a wine as one can buy at a grocery store and one that can be consumed by novices and wine geeks over a grilled piece of meat or an uncomplicated dinner like tacos or pizza.
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2015 Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux-de-Provence is a disappointing wine. I really wanted to like this…but for a bottle that’s North of $20, this fell flat. One-dimensional, flabby raspberry fruit with a peppery and tobacco leaf note on the finish after a fairly hollow midpalate. Maybe I don’t get this, but it just isn’t even close to where a $20 bottle should be to be worth it. And that is WITH me having fond memories of visiting Les Beaux-de-Provence many years ago. Made organically, but that is no factor in a wine this mediocre. Stay away.
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2012 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Crozes-Hermitage Domaine Raymond Roure is a fantastic bottle of wine. Red and black fruit with olive tapenade and a pronounced dried herb/garrigue note that seems slightly unconventional for Crozes. That said, this has a soaring structure, plenty of acid and is both clean and complex. If you are expecting rusticity from this, you will be disappointed because it really drinks more like an Hermitage than a Crozes-Hermitage. And that, I believe, is the “secret” to this wine. The more time in bottle you can give this, the better. If you open one now, it needs a decant of several hours to show well. Treat it like an Hermitage and in another 5-10 years it will begin paying dividends.
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2005 Château Gazin Pomerol is my Superbowl wine tonight. What a beautiful young bruiser this is. Bing cherry, mint, eucalyptus, fruit cake and salted dark chocolate. This is easy to like but really 10 years away from maturity. While it is incredible to drink now, in 10 years this will be a near religious wine experience. Whoa.
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2009 Domaine Charles Audoin Marsannay Champs Salomon is such a delicious wine. Raspberry and strawberry, tree bark minerality, salt and all spice. Sappy and fresh as can be. I have had many wines costing twice as much as this, deliver half the flavor and complexity. This shows just how good Marsannay can be in the hands of the right vigneron in the right kind of vintage.
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2014 Sven Klundt Birkweiler Kastanienbusch Pinot Noir just blows me away. Sven Klundt is such a genius. The wine is incredibly fragrant with earthy mushroom and raspberry notes and a palate that screams sour cherry, spices like cardamom and cinnamon and a sappy finish for days. This isn’t just great Spätburgunder, this is an emotional rollercoaster. Fass Selections sells a lot of Spätburgunder but this might be one of my very favorites. More nuanced than Möbitz, more powerful than Enderle Moll or Josef Walter and more complex than Ziereisen. In terms of balance, only Juliane Eller is in the same category among the Fass Selection wines for me. Mind. Boggled.
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2008 Später-Veit Spätburgunder “P” is a brilliant wine. If I served this blind and told people it was Chambolle, they would buy it…that’s how good this is. It has beautiful red fruit, minerality and laser focused acidity and spice on the finish. At age 9, this is firing on all cylinders. After trying this, I have to agree with @grapeylyle that the Mosel is prime real Estate for the future great Spätburgunders of Germany. Stunning.
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2015 Joan D’Anguera Montsant Altaroses is one of my very best recent and local finds…100% Grenache grown biodynamically from vines between the age of 10 and 35 years old. It is a very soft wine that is all about the strawberry bomb that goes off in the glass along with clove and rosemary. The nose is initially reminiscent of rose champagne but mellows into something closer to a Pinot Noir in weight. Lovely, elegant and silky and $18 before case discount…silly good value. While this is definitely no Rayas or even Pignan in complexity…if you enjoy the lighter style of Grenache, you will love this.
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2006 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino is singing like you wouldn’t believe. Explosive nose of black cherry, eucalyptus and tar. On the palate, this shows powerfully tannic with layers of fruit, leather, tobacco and even some St. Julien-like pencil shavings. This is so incredibly good.
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2012 Sella & Mosca Carignano del Sulcis Riserva Terre Rare is such an amazing wine foe the money. 100% Carignano from the coastal southwestern part of Sardinia, this shows both forceful and pretty with cherry, spice and a certain sandy/limestone/charcoal quality that I can’t quite explain. It also has a savory note on the finish that I love. $16 at Central Market here in Austin before case discounts…this is a case purchase if there ever was one.
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