A. P. Birks

Bodegas Hermanos Peciña

Reserva Señorío de P. Peciña Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2013

Presented double-blind at Tasting Group. The wine pours a deep ruby color with a near opaque core; medium viscosity with moderate staining of the tears. On the nose, the wine is developing with notes of dark cherry, brambles, fig, toasted coconut, dill, cedar, olives, leather, earth and baking spices. There seemed to be quite a bit of wood. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium+ tannin and medium+ acid. Confirming the notes from the nose. The finish was long, delicious. Initial conclusions: this could be Cabernet Sauvignon (or a blend with other Bordeaux varieties), Syrah (or a blend with other Rhone varieties), Zinfandel, or Tempranillo from France, Italy, the United States, Australia or Spain. However, the amount of coconut and dill suggested this was American oak which had me rule out France, Italy and Australia and while this had some very lovely fruit, I felt this leaned more towards its non-fruit characteristics. So, final conclusion: this is Tempranillo, from Spain, from Rioja, Reserva 2011 from a high-quality, traditional producer like Lopez de Heredia. Ohhhh so close! I love this producer. The wines have so much character. Drink now and through 2033. — 3 days ago

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Bob McDonald

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A great note as usual. The use of American Oak in Australia is more prevalent than you might think. Penfolds use it in some of their Red Cuvées.
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@Bob McDonald thanks Bob! You bring up a good point about the American oak. I thought about that…but I’m trying to think of a scenario when I drank an Australian wine that screamed American oak the same way. I’ll admit that I haven’t drank as much Aussie Shiraz in the last 15 years as I probably should.

Domaine A. et P. de Villaine

Rabource Rully 1er Cru Chardonnay 2018

Guessed this as a 2018 white burg. A successful blind by all accounts! Ripe, lush Chardy fruit (even a touch of pineapples) and excellent quality oak, all wrapped in a lively, saline package. Deceptively light at the start, but air does bring out quite a bit of texture and power. For me, certainly a wine of its soil (white clay on limestone) and vintage, once revealed. Delicious, although I did find it a tad heavy at the end of the night. — 6 months ago

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Domaine A. et P. de Villaine

Les Clous Aimé Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise Chardonnay 2018

2022/8. As I’ve noted lately, it feels like the de Villaine whites have added another level in the last several years - deeper, more complex and more satisfying, without sacrificing any joyousness and without trying to be Meursault or anything like that. — a year ago

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Domaine A. et P. de Villaine

Bouzeron Aligoté 2021

Yellow apple nose, crisp, with sharp grassy notes, apricot, white flower, walnut and a prominent minerality and a slight creamy undertone. Gold-Yellow color, though not amber, with hints of green towards the edges. Sharp acidity and minerality on the palate, dry, with prominent apricots, Meyer lemon, slight vegetal notes, with a lingering, nutty finish. — 9 days ago

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A. P. Birks

Wendouree Cabernet Malbec 2009

Brief notes. Family dinner at my brothers house - sister and her hubby visiting from England. This selection from Mike’s Wall of Wendouree “. This was more black fruit plummy opulence than usual for Wendouree. Rich and intense which is par for the course with this producer. Consumed a little young at only 14 years of age. This is the Cabernet Malbec not the Shiraz Mataro. — 4 months ago

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Severn Goodwin

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We got finally some Malbec... I'm excited!
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Good on you Severn. Very long lived.


A.P. Birks Clare Valley Malbec 2011

I’ve been a long time buyer of Wendouree but have not had many of their 100% Malbec. They are only offered to club members occasionally. Often used to blend with Cabernet or Shiraz. Exhibiting plum flesh and plum skins and that often present menthol note (eucalyptus) which is detectable in many of the Wendouree Cuvées. Medium plus palate weight with medium plus intensity verging on profound intensity. Their Malbec vines date back to the 1920s. Will have the next one in a couple of years. — 8 months ago

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Domaine A. et P. de Villaine

La Fortune Côte Chalonnaise Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2020

2023 fall. Prices are creeping up and up, but this still is worth it for me — 2 months ago

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Domaine A. et P. de Villaine

Les Montots Mercurey Pinot Noir 2015

Cherry liqueur, mineral spine. Vibrant acidity. You can smell the stem inclusion here. Quite nice. The cork smelled of TCA, but the wine was sound. Whew! Got lucky! — 2 months ago

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Domaine A. et P. de Villaine

La Digoine Côte Chalonnaise Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2010

I agree w/ @Alan Weinberg - a great bottle, especially for the price. 2010 still drinking great with years to go. — 5 months ago

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A. P. Birks

Wendouree Clare Valley Shiraz Malbec 2002

Always delectable. Th Gidley. # — 9 months ago