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Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  12 Wines  from  10 Producers 

Henschke 1992 Hill of Grace  aus perfekter Lagerung war absolut großartig und erinnerte blind etwas an Heitz Martha´s Vineyard. Noch so jung und frisch mit großartiger, süßer, dunkler Frucht, sehr ätherisch mit reichlich Minze und Eukalyptus, exzellente Struktur mit guter Säure und toller Länge, aber auch weich und in perfekter Balance, in der alle Elemente zusammenpassten – WT99.

1d 1h ago

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

Despite the small sample bottle sizes, a compact virtual wine tasting concept organized by Wine Institute of California and CAPSTONE gave a nice overview in California.

3d 42min ago

Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  had a tasting of  20 Wines  from  16 Producers 

Salon Oenothèque 1961 / 99 points / If I was close to crying in disappointment over the 66' on the Tidelius tasting, the tears really came in the next flight when this bottle disgorged at the same time and with exactly the same low dosage was so lovely that the emotions overflowed. In fact, this wonderfully youthful champagne is the bottle that most reminded me of the world's best wine 1928 Pol Roger Grauves. Here was the same unlikely contrast between youthfulness and nicely mature notes. The scent is so unreal with its euphoric pheromone-like perfume uplifted by linden, geranium, lily of the valley, acacia, ginger, fresh tarragon, mint, lime peel and Sorrento lemon. Glass-clear brilliance and laser-sharp sharpness and precision. Caressing with faint undertones of vanilla, brioche and roasting. Pure flint mineral finesse and swirling little pearl necklace bubbles that dance ballet in the palate. What is missing in relation to 28' Grauves is a well thickened oiliness that may come in twenty years or so. Imagine that a 51-year-old can personify snowmelt, spring winter and the rebirth of life.

4d 52min ago

Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  had a tasting of  6 Wines  from  1 Producers 

2016 Henschke Hill of Grace, Eden Valley – South Australia / Medium deep crimson. Intense and fragrant blackberry pastille, dark plum, herb garden, sage aromas, underlying vanilla, roasted chestnut notes and hints of star anise. Complex and pure-fruited with blackberry, dark plum, mulberry flavours, integrated vanilla, roasted chestnut (oak) notes, some chinotto nuances and fine supple and vigorous velvetine/ al-dente tannins, lovely buoyancy/mid-palate viscosity and fresh long mineral acidity. Finishes claret-firm with plentiful sweet and savoury notes. A seductive yet elegant wine with superb vinosity, complexity and resonance. Unmistakably Hill of Grace. A beautiful “sotto-voce” vintage. 14.5% Alc. Screwcap. Drink 2024-2040+ 99 points
 
Matured in 85% French and 15% American oak hogsheads for 18 months. (Around 29% new oak)

6d 18h ago

Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  18 Wines  from  5 Producers 

Penfolds Bin 144 Yattarna 2018 / Launched in 1998 with the 1995 vintage, Yattarna is the result of one of the most comprehensive, focused and highly publicised wine development projects ever conducted in Australia. The aspiration and independence of mind across generations of Penfolds winemakers inspired the ambition to create a white wine that would set the standard for ultra-fine Australian Chardonnay, a sortof 'White Grange'. They aim to source and select only the very best Chardonnay fruit from cool-climate regions, in this case Tasmania, Tumbarumba, Adelaide Hills. The name Yattarna is drawn from local indigenous language, meaning ‘little by little, gradually’. Acidity 7.3 g/l, pH 3.12. Aged for eight months in French oak barriques (60% new). All three regions enjoyed a relatively wet winter and spring, setting the vines up with healthy soil moisture profiles for the ensuing growing season. Tasmania experienced clear and generally warm conditions from January onwards, with no extreme heat spells leading into harvest. The temperature breached 35 °C only once in January, resulting in optimal conditions for ripening. Tumbarumba had plentiful rainfall right up to December, when a dry spell set in. In February, temperatures were generally cool allowing for slow, consistent ripening. The Adelaide Hills fruit set was slightly above average. The region experienced a warm finish to the growing season, but well-developed canopies shielded the fruit from adversity and ensured the berries ripened evenly. Harvest was an orderly affair across the three regions. 


Fine, complex, really rather burgundian nose and great crystalline fruit and grip without austerity. The acidity level is really quite high compared with many other Chardonnays. Pretty smart. You would be very happy with this if labelled Puligny-Montrachet actually. Good stuff and it should have a long life but could be broached already.

8d 4h ago

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  24 Wines  from  22 Producers 

Gaja Sori Tildin 2017 / Coming from a warmer, south-facing site, the 2016 Barbaresco Sori Tildin is a more concentrated, vibrant wine compared to the straight Barbaresco and has vivid notes of bright cherry fruits, rose petals, road tar, violets and even a hint of orange blossom. Incredible on the palate, with medium to full body, an incredible, seamless texture, ultra-fine tannins, and a monster finish. The tannins here are unquestionably on another level and are perfectly ripe, and this just about off-the-charts 2016 has a Grand Cru Red Burgundy-like texture, elegance, and stature. This bottle didn't hit prime time until the second day, so either give bottles a healthy decant or, even better, 5-7 years in a cold cellar.

8d 14h 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

9d 23h ago

Neal Martin, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  16 Wines  from  10 Producers 

Domaine Dugat-Py Chambertin Grand Cru 2019/ 
The 2019 Chambertin Grand Cru is the usual solitary barrel this year, incorporating 80–90% whole-bunch fruit. It does have difficulty following the stellar Mazis-Chambertin, coming across a little straightlaced by comparison, though attractive pressed flower and marine scents emerge with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with bold, firm tannins. This is where the wine steps up a gear, offering intense red and black fruit laced with white pepper and clove, and delivering a crescendo that brings to mind the thunderous piano chord that finishes the Beatles' "A Day in the Life." Very persistent and grandiose, this deserves several years in bottle. 95-97p

10d 13h ago

Michel Bettane, Wine Writer (France)  had a tasting of  13 Wines  from  13 Producers 

Petrus 2018 / A Petrus of great dimension with a structure that gains in finesse with the passing weeks and an aromatic scope delivering spices, pepper, iris, marshmallow, violet. Alluring and shining tannins. A legendary vintage for the cru.

99 points

12d 19h ago

Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  had a Blind tasting of  4 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Beside his prestigious vineyards "Paradies", Martin Korrell had the chance to acquire new vineyards on a grand cru level in Norheim and Niederhausen. The wines will be bottled soon and the cask samples were showing up extremely promising. In addition, the 2018 Étape of his XXIII vintage was showing the skills of this talented vintner. 

12d 20h ago

Jasper Morris MW, Pro (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  20 Wines  from  2 Producers 

Bouchard Père & Fils / 2019 Chambertin Grand Cru Domaine / Not so dark in colour as the Bèze, but then these are their own grapes. Near the forest and Latricières so this spot doesn’t get overheated. Sweetly oaked, massive at first sight, yet with a welcome strictness alongside, waves of fruit, not delicate, but with delicacy nonetheless. Amazing persistence really shows the quality of the terroir. Tasted: November 2020

13d 21h ago

Essi Avellan MW , Wine Writer (Finland)  had a tasting of  14 Wines  from  4 Producers 

Roederer Cristal Rosé 2012 / “Already upon launch this rosé shows rare harmony and seamlessness. It is opulently fruity and exuberantly Pinot-packed yet at the same time seductively silky-textured. The voluminous palate is perfectly integrated to the wine’s superb freshness that carries it to a great length. Structured whilst soft and comes with Cristal Rosé’s hallmark elegance and radiance. Highly enjoyable already but with great long-term ageing capacity. A perfect reflection of the vintage’s best qualities.”

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