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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC)

La Tâche Pinot Noir 2016

No. 4 in the Vosne Romanee Grand Cru bracket. Tasted blind. As I mentioned earlier some tasters picked the 2 x DRC wines at #1 and #4 and this was indeed La Tache. My notes:- “Stalky peppery spicy nuances - more peppery than I recall from these previous tastings. On the palate earthy sweet black cherry but not as opulent as in prior years. Savoury. Brilliant - lives up to its reputation. “ — 20 hours ago

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Amphorae

Rhyton Red Blend 2015

party @ a friend's house wine #1

when they wanna mock Israeli wine they say: date juice.
this is date juice. sweet and concentrated 💣


i didn't like it.
and it's not really cheap (about 100 nis)
— 4 days ago

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Sharon B

Sharon B

That’s too bad. The Israeli wine I’ve had was delicious ☹️

Kim Crawford

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Quantum of the seas tasting #1 — a month ago

Dry River

Martinborough Pinot Gris 2012

Intoxicating aromas of apricot peach honey and nutty notes. An absolute mouthful of flavour of profound intensity also with a silky texture. This wine is irresistibly delicious and is #1 of 141 Pinot Gris tasted according to Bob Campbell MW, a New Zealand Master of Wine. I don’t drink a lot of Pinot Gris but after this gem from Martinborough I should rectify that and compare with some Alsatian versions. — a month ago

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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC)

Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2016

The commune we have all been waiting for - Vosne Romanee. The first of 6 Grand Crus tasted blind. In 2 of the 3 previous tastings the first wine in this group has been the DRC RC and when I sampled the breathtaking quality of this wine I was thinking they have done it again. A couple of experts in the group felt the 2 DRC wines were at #1 and #4 This proved to be correct. My notes - Perfume of violets, pepper and Asian Spices. A perfect palate of both feminine charm and latent power ... unbelievable. The La Tache usually shows as more voluptuous in these tastings but not in 2016. I normally don’t have this much left in my glass after the wine has been identified so this was quite a luxury. Just wonderful. As Clive Coates MW said - the yardstick with which to judge all other Burgundies. It is easy to think with the 1000 year history, and the stone cross that there is something spiritual and other worldly about this wine. The consensus from all 12 tasters was that this was the best of the Vosne Romanee tasting and therefore of the whole 34 Grand Crus tasted. Only 440 dozen produced for the world. — 2 days ago

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Descendientes de José Palacios

Pétalos Bierzo Mencía 2017

MICHAEL COOPER
8.8

I don’t believe this is a 93 according to #luisgutierrez at the #wineadvocate This is a very good wine for the price which is exactly the marketing strategy of #alvaropalacios for this wine and for Camins Del Priorat. He’s on very good terms and relations with the critics, so he gets a very generous score on ALL of his wines including the introductory wine at the lowest price (La Montesa also for example) he then sells those at a somewhat elevated price (when compared to neighboring wineries), and then the next wines up in the chain double, then quadruple and then 8x as much and so on and so forth. So the consumer, having tried the first wine, seeing the scores and having some extra cash in their pocket, launches to try some of the more expensive wines and that’s when this formula really pays off, because when you pay $30, $60 or $120 for a wine, you are already predisposed to like it because you paid handsomely for it. So you try these wines (again they are very well made) and you have the scores and price in mind, most people value them beyond their actual quality. Alvaro Palacios is a brand and in the same way that Moët and Veuve Cliquot are overpriced and you know they are overpriced (or maybe you don’t) you don’t care because you want the brand and the brand has performed it’s marketing sorcery on you. There are some suspicious aspects of this wine: #1 it sells for the same price or less expensive in the US than in Spain? #2 Nowhere on the label does it say that it is made with #mencia grapes, not even on the PDO back label? #3 I don’t have the exact sales figure but I believe that this wine sells a quantity of at least six figures (volume) when you go to Bierzo, even if you include the valley floor, there doesn’t seem to be enough grapes to go around for all of the Pétalos that is sold? I think it is a very good wine, but a 9.3 for many Napa wineries or even Bordeaux wineries is a very high score and a score that in those areas guarantees a quality that this wine does not achieve. A small caveat, I am jealous of how well Palacios markets his wines and the scores he is able to achieve, I only wish I was as wise and clever in marketing. — 13 days ago

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I won’t try to disabuse you of that notion save to say that the Pétalos has never been sold at an elevated price in the market I’m familiar with. Personally I think the wine itself is excellent and amazingly consistent.
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@Jordan Wardlaw agreed the price isn’t high, so to speak, it’s very calculated to seem the exact opposite. Under $20 and in some parts of the US under $15 for a 93 point wine!!! That’s almost a giveaway. I agree that the wine is very consistent from one vintage to the next but that’s also partially what makes me doubt in part it’s authenticity, because the weather in Bierzo is not consistent year in year out. That’s why it makes sense as well that nowhere on the label does it put Mencia, because the same vineyards of Mencia from one vintage to the next should give you some variation. I apologize for my rant, I was tasting it alongside 6/7 other Mencia from Bierzo and I started with Pétalos and when there was no comparison, it seemed much better than when I tried it in comparison and that is when I wrote the note. I have since edited the note. I appreciate the comment and it has made me look deeper into this wine and what I wrote. Thank you

Lucien Le Moine

Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2016

No. 2 in the Chambolle Musigny, Vougeot and Flagey Echezeaux bracket. Tasted blind. Deeper than #1 Purple tinges to the mid to deep Ruby. Raspberry notes again. Latent power. Great length on the palate. There will be much to give after a long stint in the cellar. Very good. After revealing its identity I can agree that Grands Echezeaux is considered a slightly better block than Echezeaux. My highest pointed wine in this bracket just pipping the Mortet Bonnes Mares which was wine #4 — 3 days ago

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Hubert Bouzereau-Gruère et Filles

Les Chaumées Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Chardonnay

AEL
9.0

A lean, classy wine. Not plush; chalk, green grapes, and an underlying funky odor on the nose. Light on the palate, just short of the nose. Unmistakably burgundy. Bottle #1 at Asta with Dan, Julie, Ken and Shay. — 6 days ago

Paul-Henri Thillardon

Les Blemonts Chénas Gamay 2016

Domestique wine club highlight #1 — 20 days ago