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Pierre Brisset

Cuvee Cassaneas Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2019

Lyle Fass
9.5

Gorgeous nose. Haven’t had in 2 years. Lemon, lime, crushed rocks, framing oak that is so subtle and masterful. White flowers and saline. Just a stunningly expressive and pure nose. I like the laser focus of the 19’s aromas. Palate is stunning. Concentrated and super mineral. So juicy, pure and layered. The most mineral and concentrated of the 18/19/20 trio. Perfect balance. I think this is the best bottle I‘ve had of Cassaneas. It’s just so pure and focused. The nose, as it airs gets more broad but doesn’t lose any focus. More earthy elements now. So succulent. Like a perfect stream of BB on one’s palate and so saline. The saline and florals give you such a sense of Chassagne. Stunning.

After 4 hours this come alive (even more!) with gorgeous clear liquid minerals on the nose. Smoke and super complex. Palate is so saline and mineral. Luscious and gorgeously long.
— a day ago

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The craziest Bourgogne Blanc ever
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@Severn Goodwin ever. and remarkably consistent!!

Flora Springs

Soliloquy Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Light golden in color with a yellow tint.

Strong nose of gooseberry, limes, grapefruits, light earth, green apples, spices, grass and light sea salt.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, bitter herbs, light vegetables, light tropical fruits, spices, earth and white pepper.

Long finish with light almonds and spices.

This is a delicious Sauvignon Blanc based blend from Napa Valley.

Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. Has a light creamy feel, which is very enjoyable.

Nicely balanced and tangy, with a soft mouthfeel.

Showing nice complexity, which you don't usually see at this young age. I can see it getting even better in the next 3 years.

I had it all by itself by the pool.

A blend of 73% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Chardonnay and 13% Malvasia. Aged for 7 months in used French oak barrels. A small production of 600 cases.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.
— 8 days ago

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Kongsgaard

The Judge Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019

“Perfectly rounded” was what first came to mind when I drank this. Rich and opulent, yet incredibly seamless. Even in its youth, the mealy and creamy vanilla oak character did not feel out of place, especially against the preserve-like fruits ranging from lemons to apricots. Expectedly long with a dense glycerol-like texture, savoury finish, and energising acidity. Not typically a style that I’d rave about, but credit where credit’s due, the concentration, texture, and oak quality were all remarkable. CW even went so far to say that it was Monty-like, and I’m certain he isn’t the first nor last person to make such a claim. However, we too noted that the warmth and lack of verticality in structure was a dead giveaway of its Napa origin. A contemplative wine of great presence at this point, but probably needs another decade or more to be truly digestible. — 7 days ago

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Martin Woods

Yamhill Valley Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

Lyle Fass
9.5

Super mineral nose with discreet framing oak. Lemon flesh. Some rainer cherries. Saline and iodine. Subtle yet focused and incredibly complex nose. Such nice earth and mineral tones. Smells like Burgundy of yesteryear. Palate is so lean, salty and concentrated with a lingering hint of complex sweetness from the wood on the incredibly persistent finish. So juicy and leaning on the palate and just laser focused. So long. This has much more to give and has closed down a bit since I tasted it last. But a stunner. I’ll be back as it airs.

After 4 hours this is a wonder and has opened beautifully. Clear barely ripe granny smith apple, stunning mineral breadth and some white flowers. Palate is so juicy and saline. Luscious. It’s loosened up quite a bit. Long, structured finish. Super juicy. Fantastic.
— a day ago

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Saracina

Lolonis Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Nose has under-ripe peach, lemon zest, cold chalk and wet beach sand.

Palate has pineapple core, dried lemon, sea spray and dehydrated peach.

Nice balanced acidity, no real herbal notes to speak of, a different expression than the traditional style. This wine should have a long life ahead, drink 2024-31.

The inaugural, single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc for Saracina from the Lolonis Vineyard; possibly some of the oldest SB vines in the US, planted in 1942.

On the Lawn at Tanglewood this afternoon with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Our conductor Andris Nelsons and pianist Paul Lewis collaborate on the third of three concerts encompassing all five of Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano concertos in one weekend. Today's program includes OGONEK (Starling Variations, 2022; world premiere), FARRENC (Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Opus. 36) and BEETHOVEN (Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, Opus 73, Emperor). This weekend has been an auditory pleasure, enjoying all five of Beethoven's piano concerti, and what a finale today!
— 8 days ago

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Emperor Concerto 🥰
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@Douglas Braun @Andrew Schirmer Yes, a great weekend. But the most amazing footnote, Paul Lewis has played all 5 piano concertos this weekend without the benefit of sheet music, all memory! Plus I'm thinking might be the first soloist to perform with the BSO for 3 days continuously. We've not had a weekend of great music like this since we got all three acts of Wagner Die Walküre in one epic weekend several years back! (I had to take the next day off, we dedicated the weekend to a lot of Riesling.)
(I had to check my calendar to make sure which pieces were exhibited. 🤦‍♂️)
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What a delight!

Penfolds

Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2018

This is probably the value for money Chardonnay in the Penfolds selection. The 2022 Annual release of Penfolds happened earlier this week including the 100 point 2018 Grange. This wine showed the oak still has some integrating to do. Stone fruit and minerality. Barrel ferment characters, cashew, a slightly creamy texture. Good palate intensity M plus. First of 6. From the classic cool climate regions in Australia for Chardonnay of Tumbarumba, Adelaide Hills and Tasmania. — 3 days ago

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Thanks, all credible reviewers.
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Funny thing - Ken Gargett came to my place for a tasting once with an exceptional wine (which was given to him gratis to taste). A tough life but somebody has to do it.

Jérôme Prévost

Extra Brut Grand Cru Champagne Pinot Meunier

Disgorged in 2021, this new and ultra rare bottling from Prévost has debuted with the LC19 release comprised from grapes purchased “from sources that emphasize cultivated soils, low yields and full ripeness.” The base wine is a blend of equal parts Chardonnay from Le Mesnil and Pinot Noir from Puisieulx, at the northern end of the Montagne de Reims. Then, there is 20% reserve wine from 2018. While of course very young, it shows incredible depth and complexity today, and quite Burgundian and to no surprise, vinous in its expression. It flaunts a deep caramelized stone fruited profile with salted hazelnuts, curry leaf, gun smoke and lavender. The full bodied and satiny textured palate is just riveting with energy and it gives way to a mineral and saline driven finish that goes on and on. Wowza. — a day ago

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Vigneti del Vulture

Pipoli Basilicata Greco Fiano 2019

Basilicata is a mountainous region in southern Italy, where you’ll find the majestic Mount Vulture, an inactive volcano, which is home to some of Basilicata’s best-known wines made from the Aglianico variety, a dark, thick-skinned variety.

Yet here we have a luscious white wine made with 50% Greco and 50% Fiano varieties offering a concentrated intensity of floral, white blossom, guava, passion fruit, melon, and mango aromas and flavors that will knock your socks off.

This wine is refreshing and easy-drinking. It would be an excellent solo sipper or complementary pairing with a variety of seafood dishes.

Vigneti del Vulture was founded in 2009 with an aim of producing wines from indigenous varieties, made in an internationally-appealing and accessible style. This lovely wine hits the mark.

Vigneti del Vulture, Pipoli Basilicata Greco-Fiano (2019). ABV 12.5%.
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Martin Müllen

Trarbacher Huhnerberg trocken Riesling Spätlese* 2020

Lyle Fass
9.8

Wow. Martin’s signature wine in my opinion. Huge, complex and serene nose. So elegant and expansive. Airy, layered and ethereal. Stunning. 9.8 nose. Just has that extra. Confectionery. Grapefruit. Apricot. Wow. Smells like Riesling grown in chevalier montrachet. One of the most beautiful noses on a young Müllen ever. Genius. It’s so lifted, layered, complex and ethereal. Unreal minerality. Wow that palate is about as pure, elegant and lithely structured as one can imagine. Such structure on the mid and the finish. Amazing concentration and density. Round and full of citrus pith, grapefruit, apricot and peach skin and minor peach flesh. Finish keeps going and going. Astonishing length. Wow. This will be better in 10 years.

On day 2 this is so refined and so brilliant. One of the best TH Sp Trockens ever. The complexity and completeness is just unreal. 9.7 to 9.8 overnight and one of the wines of the vintage.
— 8 days ago

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Mayacamas Vineyards

Mt. Veeder Chardonnay 2019

My new Favorite white, just love mountain fruit! Named for mountain range dividing Napa & Sonoma, old stone winery dug into side of dormant volcano crater in 1889, remained in production ever since. Pale lemon with aromas of Tropical and stone fruit with complex spice and floral notes. On the palate flavors of apple, pear and citrus with light oak and nutty tones, fresh and vibrant, well integrated. Long finish ending with fruit and flinty mineral characteristics. Long aging potential. Nice! — 2 days ago

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John Bratincevic

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I have never had a white wine that really blew me away…I am going to try this.
John Bratincevic

John Bratincevic

Nuts, the 2019 is not available out here. Just 2020 and possibly 2018. Have you tried those?
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John, yes I have had several bottles of the ‘18 (actually bought a case) have none left but the ‘18 should be great with a bit of age on it. Wish I had one left.