2021 The Penfolds Collection
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BORDEAUX 2020 - 800 wines tasted!
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Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  21 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Batàr is a wine unique among Italian whites, let alone Tuscan whites. It manages to be both rich and fresh and seems capable of evolving virtually forever.

4h 32min ago

Allen Meadows, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  17 Wines  from  3 Producers 

Minots in Chablis is generally considered to be the warmest of all of the climats within Vaillons yet curiously the wines always seem to retain good acidity.

14h 48min ago

Joshua Raynolds, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  13 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Domaine Lionnet Cornas Terre Brulée 2018 – Precise, mineral-accented scents of blackberry, cassis and exotic spices are accompanied by a slowly emerging floral nuance. Sappy and energetic on the palate, displaying sharp delineation to its concentrated black/blue fruit, floral pastille, olive and allspice flavors. Finishes extremely long and spicy, with intense mineral thrust, a hint of candied violet and subtly chewy, harmonious tannins that make a late appearance.

1d 4h ago

Antonio Galloni, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  22 Wines  from  17 Producers 

Rioja has always held a special place in my heart. I started getting into wine seriously in my early 20s, when I waited tables in a number of Boston and Cambridge-area restaurants. There were no sommeliers back then, and that opened a lot of avenues for waiters to learn about wine. I discovered pretty early on that l liked reds with bottle age, but I could hardly afford any of the established heavy hitters of that time. Rioja was the happy exception, as the wines were very much under the radar. Any time I needed a wine with a bit of age for a special occasion, it was always Rioja.

1d 16h ago

Jamie Goode, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  29 Wines  from  16 Producers 

Suntory Shiojiri Winery Iwadahara Merlot 2015 Shiojiri, Kikyogahara, Nagano / Floral, aromatic nose of sweet cherries. The palate is supple, fresh and shows pure red fruits with nice texture and a bit of grainy tannin. But the emphasis here is on lovely pure fleshy fruit. Really expressive and pure. 92/100

2d 6h ago

Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  had a tasting of  18 Wines  from  8 Producers 

Latour vertical 1934 - 2005 in Copenhagen / Latour 1961 was, as expected, a monumental wine. Sixty years old wine and not ready yet. Still young and vigorous. Oceans of fruit and tannin perfectly supported by underlying acidity.  Enormous potential! 99-100p.

3d 8h ago

Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  had a tasting of  53 Wines  from  31 Producers 

2017 Opus One / Ruby. Cassis, blueberries, anise, spices, vanilla, liquorice, some coffee, layered nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, dark fruits, juicy, spices, liquorice, detailed and layered, nuanced, intense and superb length. 96

5d 1h ago

Château Ausone 2018, Château Ausone
Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs 2012, Nicolas Feuillatte
Rosso di Montalcino 2018, Biondi Santi
Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia 2019, Ornellaia
Chapoutier Cornas Les Arènes 2018, M. Chapoutier
La Bernardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2018, M. Chapoutier
Hermitage La Sizeranne 2016, M. Chapoutier
Crozes-Hermitage La Petite Ruche 2019, M. Chapoutier
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes 2015, Louis Jadot
Opus One 2017, Opus One
Opus One 2013, Opus One
Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2009, Bodegas Marques de Murrieta
Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2014, Quintarelli Giuseppe
Trittenheimer Riesling Kabinett 2016, Weingut Grans-Fassian
Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Spätlese 2017, Weingut Grans-Fassian
Coste Rubin Barbaresco 2018, Fontanafredda
Barolo Centosessanta Anni Riserva 2010, Fontanafredda
Barbera d'Alba 2020, Borgogno
‘The Hermit Crab’ McLaren Vale Viognier Marsanne 2020, d'Arenberg
Feral Fox Pinot Noir 2019, d'Arenberg
McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon The High Trellis 2018, d'Arenberg
McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon Copper Mine Road 2017, d'Arenberg
The Innocent Weed GSM 2020, d'Arenberg
The Witches Berry Chardonnay 2019, d'Arenberg
The Dead Arm Shiraz 2017, d'Arenberg
Roda Reserva 2017, Bodegas Roda
Don Melchor 2018, Concha y Toro
Branco Vinhas Velhas 2020, Luis Pato
Barolo Cannubi 2016, Marchesi di Barolo
Chryseia 2018, Prats & Symington
Viña Pedrosa La Navilla Reserva 2016, Bodegas Hnos Pérez Pascuas
Viña Pedrosa Crianza 2018, Bodegas Hnos Pérez Pascuas
Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Black Stallion Estate Winery
Chäteau La Clotte 2018, Château La Clotte
Château Moulin-Saint-Georges 2018, Château Moulin-Saint-Georges
Château Fonbel 2018, Château Fonbel
Maboroshi Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018, DeLoach Vineyards
Pinot Noir 2018, DeLoach Vineyards
Van der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017, DeLoach Vineyards
Green Valley Pinot Noir 2017, DeLoach Vineyards
Gran Reserva 2014, Bodega Protos
Lions Tooth Chardonnay 2019, Pyramid Valley
Château Liot 2015, Chateau Liot
Cornerstone 2019, Reyneke
Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2016, Sybille Kuntz
Riesling Spätlese trocken 2015, Sybille Kuntz
Barolo Buon Padre 2017, Giovanni Viberti
Barolo Bricco delle Viole 2015, Giovanni Viberti
Barbaresco Bric Micca 2016, Dante Rivetti
Barbaresco Riserva Bricco de Neueis 1990, Dante Rivetti
Barbaresco Riserva Bricco di Neive 2010, Dante Rivetti
Barbaresco Riserva Bricco de Neueis 1996, Dante Rivetti
Barbaresco Riserva Micca 2001, Dante Rivetti

Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  had a tasting of  16 Wines  from  3 Producers 

Robert Otaley Finisterre Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 – From the Pedestal and Batley vineyards in the famed Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River. Two to three weeks post fermentation maceration and then 18 months in new and older French barriques. Just 400 six-packs. 

Very dark red. This is tight, youthful and really needs time. Has seriously good balance. Dry herbs, blackberries, hints of bell pepper and tobacco leaf. This is quintessential cabernet. Balance and concentration, yet light on its feet. Very fine tannins. It will do ten years standing on its head. Great stuff. My pick of the entire release for this year. 96.

6d 19h ago

Erin Larkin, Wine Writer (Australia)  had a tasting of  14 Wines  from  14 Producers 

CHATEAU MARGAUX 2017 / 89% cabernet sauvignon, 8% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, 1% petit verdot/ 100% new oak. Red currants, succulent and intense, also sweet… great harmony and choral resonance… I realise I’ve drifted off in my own thoughts with this wine… the flavour lingers so. This is BDX, it is the best wine we’ve had today (this week/month etc) and it is the reason why we seek to make and drink better wine. Holy crapola.

7d 17h ago

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  17 Wines  from  11 Producers 

2020 Smith Haut Lafitte/ A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot aging in 60% new barriques, the very deep purple-black colored 2020 Smith Haut Lafitte makes an impactful entrance, opening with flamboyant notes of blackcurrant pastilles, chocolate-covered cherries and molten licorice, leading to nuances of ground cloves, woodsmoke, crushed rocks and dusty soil. The medium to full-bodied palate bursts with opulent black fruit preserves and shimmering mineral sparks, framed by exquisitely ripe and fantastically firm tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with epically long-lasting earthy and savory layers. This is the singular voice of Smith Haut Lafitte at its finest, and wow-oh-wow is it worth a listen. This 2020 has an alcohol of 14.5% with a pH of 3.65. The tannins this year were a little higher than 2018 and 2019. A little less than a third of production went into this grand vin. 98-100p

8d 22h ago

Higgo Jacobs, Sommelier (South Africa)  had a tasting of  19 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Meerlust Rubicon 2017 / Pure Cabernet expression, with leafy spice interest from Cab F and Merlot. Super balance and purity here, with volume that unfolds with time in the glass. Very promising for future Rubicon. 95/100

11d 2h ago

Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  had a Blind tasting of  8 Wines  from  8 Producers 

It's truly amazing how big Napa cabs can deliver full enjoyment at their very young stage. In a blind tasting I was sure that the wines were from late 2000s, not late 2010s! So smooth and well-integrated and harmonous. Pure pleasure!    

11d 16h ago





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