Bat Gara

Jean Francois Jacouton

Saint-Joseph Blanc Souvenirs d'André 2017

Lyle Fass
9.2

I drink a lot of White Rhone and that’s been one of my favorite things about the past 9+ years of Fass Selections. I didn’t before and now I realize that I have a passion for them. Nice to find a new wine category late in your wine drinking life one loves. Anyway this is beautiful. Nose is ripe yellow fruits, beeswax, gorgeous compactness and minerals. It’s really refined as well. Palate is ripe, unctuous and juicy but I’ll admit off the bat it’s showing it’s alcohol but it will integrate. It’s only 13% but that’s why you let white Rhone breathe. For the alcohol to integrate. Luscious and juicy. Deep but I’ll be back for when it’s integrated. It’s a solid 9.0 now but the finish, texture and depth suggest this will be wonderful in an hour.

9.0 to 9.2. Alcohol almost fully integrated in 10 minutes. Custardy now. Great length and terrific minerals.
— a month ago

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@Lyle Fass what types of grapes are used to make this wine?
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Marsanne and Roussanne

Storm Wines

Presqu'ile Vineyard Pinot Noir

Amazing right off the bat...fruit-forward, balanced acid and the right amount of structure to hold up to Spicy Thai food and on it's own. It's ripe and juicy with tons of strawberries and cherries. Red fruit almost like Red Vines but nothing sweet. Truly incredible!! — 3 months ago

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Fernand & Laurent Pillot

Chassagne-Montrachet Chardonnay 2006

JKT
9.1

What a nice classic Burg of balance, finesse and unassuming power. Medium straw color, blast of white flowered minerals and acids right off the bat and good texture and length. A relief from previous oxidized white burg. Great with Evan’s honey garlic shrimp, Sandeep visit. Held up well in Cali bottles. Last one for Amahs CNY dinner 2/1/22. — 5 months ago

Iter

California Chardonnay

Holy good golly this is amazing. Bright, citrusy with that vanilla hook - bold right off the bat. Tart, lingering finish. Bold Californian chard that brings it with a full body and mouth feel! Outstanding alone - take care to pair with something to compliment this big flavored. — a month ago

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L’Archiviste

Rivesaltes 1979

Shay A
9.2

One of the wines I opened for my annual WWC hosting.

Very unique. Mostly Grenache based. Came across as a tawny port and Sherry combo. Fairly light ruby in the glass, with a whiff of Sherry/oxidized notes right off the bat. Lots of old fig, graham cracker, cinnamon and crème brûlée. Not heavy or rich on the palate…there is a floral aspect to it, with candied red fruits too. Doesn’t have the depth or complexity of a great vintage port, but it showed extremely well for its age and still paired well with Stilton cheese and candied oranges!
— 2 months ago

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@Shay A I assume this is a fortified style Shay?
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@Bob McDonald : Yes, you are correct. My first Rivesaltes, and I enjoyed it.
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Stilton. Yuk. I can’t handle it.

Martin Woods

Bednarik Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Lyle Fass
9.4

Gorgeous herbaceous nose. Beguiling mid to late cherry and a top note of an 18th century German Apotheke. Really fragrant, clear and vivid. Cola, cherry flower and loads of intense minerality. Really firing on all cylinders. Tree bark. Undergrowth. Just so complex. Palate is stuffed with structure, sappy vivid fruit and a banging long finish. Really long. Superb purity and density. But remains elegant and nimble. Wow this is long. Great inner mouth aromas and so juicy. This will get better with air but 9.4 off the bat. This ramps up the finesse as it gets air. Sweeter fruit as well but not too sweet. — 3 months ago

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Ziereisen

Lügle Baden Weissburgunder 2018

Lyle Fass
9.4

Such a terrific Weissburgunder. The Z man strikes again. Nose is a bit quiet off the bat. Maybe it’s a bit cold. But there is apple, mineral and some smoke. I’ll update once it gets a bit warmer. Palate is just immaculate. Ripe and rich but so precise and the limestone tingles throughout. Nose starting to get fresh cut almond slices. Such a great combo of ripe and round juxtaposed with intense jagged limestone and terrific acid structure. Such a serious wine. I sell for like $25. Just an absurd value here. Really concentrated, complex and structured. Tonight this reminds me of the 18 Brisset Cuvee Cassaneas. Out of this world. Nose has such an insane stank after 20 minutes and warning up. Sweet spices. Ocean air. Salt. This is a stunning wine. — 2 months ago

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Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Le Petit Haut Lafitte Red Bordeaux Blend 2018

Again, not a wine that passed the drinkability test for me, but there are things that I liked about it, and some that I didn't. Right off the bat, it was way too heavy for me, both on the nose and palate. Heaps of oak aromas covering some sweet black fruits. The palate also came off as being quite sweet, almost syrupy, but here's where the balancing act comes in - just the right amount of acidity to keep it juicy. It's like biting into a very sweet, ripe, juicy plum with a peppering of cinnamon and vanilla. I enjoyed the tannins most, fine and directional, starting at the tip of the tongue, then swinging under before traveling down the inner walls of the gum. What a cool structure! And then there's the underlying minerality with air, which was pleasantly surprising. The finish took a turn for the worse - medium, rich, and oaky, yet bitter with hints of scorched earth character which I dislike. Also quite warm. Generally, more finessed than the 2011 Troplong Mondot, but less stacked and more stumbling blocks. Has potential. — 2 months ago

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Roberto Sarotto

Nativo Langhe Nebbiolo

If the label said Barolo I wouldn’t bat an eyelid. It’s fresher than a Barolo should be, but there’s just so much quality in this bottle. What a solid pick. — 3 months ago

Cameron Winery

Dundee Hills Nebbiolo 2015

Just a baby. Hard to get through tannins off the bat — 6 months ago

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