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I went to the James A. Michener Art Museum’s Art of Wine Dinner and Auction.  Most of the items we ...

Oct 20, 2019

I went to the James A. Michener Art Museum’s Art of Wine Dinner and Auction. Most of the items were in the Silent Auction seen in these photos, including the 2000 Margaux and 1988 Lynch Bages that I donated. Some very nice wines there, but the highlight was the magnum of 1982 Latour in the live auction. I wound up as the underbidder. As I recall it sold for a still reasonable $3500. The Ragoauctions husband and wife team were the auctioneers for this event and did a great job. The event raised about $300,000 from the auction for a generator for the museum, including a donation bid of $120,000 just from one couple. My donation bid was a much more modest $1,000. The michenerart is my local museum, and it is quite a good regional museum that you should visit if you are here in Bucks County, PA. I also bid unsuccessfully on a large, nice group of Burgundy Gevrey-Chambertin village wines donated and selected by ablanchon , who was also there pouring a selection of wines that he represents. A very nice man, whom I chatted with about wines for a bit. He’s almost convinced me that I can find some Burgundy for not too outrageous a price. 😊 All in all, it was a fun night and met some very interesting and nice people, including americanidol finalist justinguarini , who was the host announcer for the evening and also sat at our table. #charityevent #wineevent #winedinner wine redwine chateau_latour #latour #chateaulatour #1982vintage #2000vintage #margaux chateaumargaux #bordeaux #novakwinenotes #frenchwine #wineporn #winetasting #winereview #redwines #pauillac #chateaumargaux #americanidol

1988 Castello di Gabbiani Chianti Classico Reserva.  I kind of forgot this bottle, so I decided to o ...

Oct 16, 2019

1988 Castello di Gabbiani Chianti Classico Reserva. I kind of forgot this bottle, so I decided to open it tonight to have it with some goat cheese and tomato pasta. I really wasn’t sure it didn’t give up the ghost. But the cork looked good. The wine color is brick red. A nose of cooked plum. 30 second length. Lots of lively acidity and quite nice actually. Gave it 90 points. #chianticlassico #chianti #novakwinenotes #italianwine #wineporn #wine tasting #winereview #1988vintage #redwines #castellodigabbiano #chianticlassicoriserva

2011 Morlet Family Vineyards La Proportion Doree, Sonoma White Wine. This is a Sémillon-Sauvignon B ...

Oct 11, 2019

2011 Morlet Family Vineyards La Proportion Doree, Sonoma White Wine. This is a Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend, but it sure tasted like a Mersault more than a Bordeaux. Weird that since that would make it Chardonnay instead of mostly Semillon. A touch of citrus, lemon, melon and even smokiness. Sharp acidity and a certain amount of power. This has gotten some high ratings but I think Vinous rating of 90 points is closer to the mark. Personally I gave it 91 points and I think it’s time to drink up, although no real rush. It will hold up for at least the next few years. I used my Coravin to see how this will hold up. #sémillon #sauvignonblanc #morletfamilyvineyards #winetasting #wine #🍷 #californiawine #novakwinenotes #whitewine #winedinner #wineporn #sonomawine #coravin morletfamilyvineyards coravin

So excited, just got my 2016 Sassicaia’s in.  @wineonsale , thanks so much for the great service a ...

Oct 10, 2019

So excited, just got my 2016 Sassicaia’s in. wineonsale , thanks so much for the great service and very reasonable price. Loved by the likes of LeBron James and former President Obama, it’s the sixth most popular wine worldwide. It’s always been one of my favorite Italian wines. So happy to nab two six packs of this fabulous wine, which got 100 points from Wine Advocate. Let me know if any of you have tried this yet and what you thought of it. #novakwinenotes #italianwine #wineporn #wine tasting #winereview #2016vintage #redwines #sassicaia #supertuscan #cabernet #cabernetsavignon #cabernetfranc sassicaiawinery

Still in Kansas City. Last night we ate at Rye.  This is the wine that accompanied the dinner with m ...

Oct 6, 2019

Still in Kansas City. Last night we ate at Rye. This is the wine that accompanied the dinner with more good friends: a 2017 Sea Smoke Ten Pinot Noir. Restaurant priced at $175. A scarce one, this is a luscious wine that got better and better, of course. Great nose and such a lovely palate. This kills most of the Burgundies selling for three to four times the price. I gave it 94 points easily. #winetasting #pinotnoir #seasmoke #seasmoketen #wine #🍷 #californiawine #novakwinenotes #redwine #winedinner #wineporn #2017vintage #ryerestaurant seasmokewines

While away in Kansas City at the Daguerreian Society Meeting and Show, I had to switch off of the 20 ...

Oct 4, 2019

While away in Kansas City at the Daguerreian Society Meeting and Show, I had to switch off of the 2016 Bordeaux. But it was a pretty nice bottle of 2014 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellar’s Artemis out of Magnum. What a fine and elegant bottle! The bouquet just came up at you like San Francisco fog. Beautiful. Yes, this deserves about an hour and a half decant, but oh lovely on the palate with a bit of tannin on the afterburners. I gave it 94 points. I am asking myself if I should be buying those tough 2016 Bordeaux and expensive Cult wines now after this stunner. Restaurant price was $210 at the very good Gram & Dun. Sorry, too tired for food pics, etc. But we had a great group of photo people, including Jeff Rosenheim from the Met, who told the most amazing and romantic story about three simple initials in the famed Walker Evans’s 1938 book, American Photography. We were all floored by it. #winetasting #cabernetsauvignon #merlot #cabernetfranc #wine #🍷 #californiawine #novakwinenotes #redwine #winedinner #wineporn #jeffrosenheim #stagsleapwinecellars #gramanddun #artemis #stagsleapartemis gramanddun

The fourth 2016 Bordeaux, one of my favorites, Pichon Lalande.  The Comtesse is one seductive and el ...

Sep 29, 2019

The fourth 2016 Bordeaux, one of my favorites, Pichon Lalande. The Comtesse is one seductive and elegant lady. From a bouquet that pulls your nose into the glass to a lingering kiss that lasts for nearly a minute. This is the most balanced and lovely of the four 2016 that I have experienced to date. 97 points and easy possibility of a higher score in 15-20 years. Rounded tannins, balanced acidity and great fruit. Could be drunk with pleasure now with a few hours decanting. #bordeaux #pichonlongueville #contessedelalande #pichonlalande #pichoncontesse #novakwinenotes #frenchwine #wineporn #winetasting #winereview #2016vintage #redwines #pauillac

Another 2016 Bordeaux and switching banks.  The 2016 Pavie Macquin, a premier grand cru Saint Emilio ...

Sep 27, 2019

Another 2016 Bordeaux and switching banks. The 2016 Pavie Macquin, a premier grand cru Saint Emilion, is a first rate wine. Great nose with floral, cherry and a touch of menthol notes. Great deep plum color with good texture. Length of about a minute. I could see this one closing down soon. Tons of everything, but needs to come more together. The chewy tannins and acidity are balanced with the fruit. This will be long lived. It has a certain kind of elegance. I gave it 93 points with plenty of upside possible with about 20+ years more age. More classic than I expected, especially after the flamboyant Smith Haut Lafitte. #paviemacquin #bordeaux #saintemilion #novakwinenotes #frenchwine #wineporn #winetasting #winereview #2016vintage #redwines

Continuing on my 2016 Bordeaux tastings: 2016 Smith Haut Lafitte.  After being disappointed big time ...

Sep 23, 2019

Continuing on my 2016 Bordeaux tastings: 2016 Smith Haut Lafitte. After being disappointed big time with the 2016 Lynch Bages, and not understanding the critics’ high point scores, I needed to see if this was an aberration or is the 2016 Bordeaux just overhyped nonsense. Well, surprise! This one was more what I was expecting! Of course it isn’t ready, but this clearly has great potential and is still a real kick to taste now. Color is intense from plum to nearly black, clear at the rim. The nose, contrary to a couple of critics, isn’t shy at all. Menthol, cola, cassis, earth and a bit of bacon. The taste is intense, rich and jammy. But why does this remind me of Malbec? The length is a minute plus. This is fun, but serious stuff. Worth the 97-98 point ratings it has gotten. Despite being over the top, it’s ironically in balance. The best SHL that I have had. #smithhautlafitte #bordeaux #pessac #novakwinenotes #frenchwine #wineporn #wine tasting #winereview #2016vintage #redwines

Three wines that I am donating to the James A. Michener wine auction include a 2000 Margaux, a 1988  ...

Sep 18, 2019

Three wines that I am donating to the James A. Michener wine auction include a 2000 Margaux, a 1988 Lynch Bages and a case of 2013 Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay. #bordeaux #lynchbages #novakwinenotes #frenchwine #wineporn #wine tasting #winereview #2000vintage #redwines #margaux #thomasfogartywine thomasfogartywinery #chardonnay

2009 Cartha Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.  A decent, sound wine, very typical of better California Pinots ...

Sep 16, 2019

2009 Cartha Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. A decent, sound wine, very typical of better California Pinots. Give it 90 points. Quite pleasant. #carthawines #winetasting #pinotnoir #wine #🍷 #californiawine #novakwinenotes #redwine #winedinner #wineporn #sonomawine

Fritz Henle: Wine Harvest, Loire, France. Silver print, 7-7/8 x 7-7/8 in. (200 x 200 mm), 1950s/1970 ...

Sep 16, 2019

Fritz Henle: Wine Harvest, Loire, France. Silver print, 7-7/8 x 7-7/8 in. (200 x 200 mm), 1950s/1970s, unmounted. 8996. Signed in ink on recto in lower right margin. With photographer's penciled caption and credit stamp on verso. The owner of this small vineyard carries grapes on his back to his buggy, where he has a hand press and a big barrel installed. The horse seems to enjoy the procedure. Fritz Henle was born on June 9, 1909 in Dortmund, Germany. About 1928 he took up photography. Henle immigrated to New York City and the United States in 1936 and became a naturalized citizen in 1942. He was a founding member and trustee of the American Society of Magazine Photographers (ASMP). He worked as a photographer for Life magazine from 1937 to 1942. Henle was also a member of the New York Photo League and worked for the Farm Security Administration as a photographer. Later in life he lived in Christiansted, Virgin Islands, but traveled extensively, including the U.S., Europe, Israel, India, Mexico, Japan and other locales. He died on January 31, 1993 in Christiansted, Virgin Islands.

I am trying to reorganize my cellar now that I have sold off so many cases to Heritage Auctions, whi ...

Sep 15, 2019

I am trying to reorganize my cellar now that I have sold off so many cases to Heritage Auctions, which will be featured in Heritage’s upcoming September catalog sale. Contact mikemadrigale here on IG for details. I have started to put wines by type and vintage where possible. For example, all the 1982 Bordeaux together, all the 1985 California Cabs together, etc. I am wondering how other people organize their cellars. Any ideas? Thanks 🙏 #bordeaux #winecellars #novakwinenotes #frenchwine #wineporn #wine tasting #winecellar #redwines #californiawine

Benjamin J. Ochsner: Vintage. Carbon print, 15-1/2 x 13-1/2 in. (394 x 343 mm), 1930s/1930s, on orig ...

Sep 14, 2019

Benjamin J. Ochsner: Vintage. Carbon print, 15-1/2 x 13-1/2 in. (394 x 343 mm), 1930s/1930s, on original mount. 12894. Signed and titled in pencil on recto and verso of the mount. Benjamin James Ochsner was a Durango, CO, medical doctor whose photos were exhibited in England, France, Canada and the United States. He pioneered the use of color in photography. Born in Prairie-du-Sac, WI, on January 10, 1869, Dr. Ochsner graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree. At college he studied music. After college the doctor attended Rush Medical College. He studied in Europe for a year and in 1902 came to Telluride, CO, to practice. His interest in music led him to play nightly with a string ensemble in the mining town's Sheridan hotel. In 1903 he came to Durango. Shortly thereafter he started the first of three hospitals he administered there. He was apparently a champion pistol shot, winning Austria's national pistol championship while there on a trip abroad. He put on an exhibition of pistol shooting for the King and Queen of Belgium. Later he numbered the American National Pistol trophy among his many national and international awards for both rifle and handgun shooting. Considered one of the world's most consistent contributors to national and international photography salons, the doctor became one of the few Americans honored with a fellowship in the Royal Photography Society of London. His work appeared consistently in the American Annual of Photography from 1933 to 1951, and he was also a member of the Photographic Society of America.

1993 Andrew Will Merlot R.  I believe the R stands for Reserve, but I will let @washingtonwineblog c ...

Sep 12, 2019

1993 Andrew Will Merlot R. I believe the R stands for Reserve, but I will let washingtonwineblog correct me if I am wrong. Had this lovely wine last night. Great nose of plum and black cherry and leafy underbrush. Something else hiding in there too, but I am enjoying it too much to push for the answer. But a complex nose complimented by a plush, long and caressing palate. It’s drinking perfectly, and I gave it 94 points, and that may be stingy. I love Washington state wines and also, despite the idiotic Sideways movie, I love a good merlot. And this one is fine indeed. It’s one of those long distance champions that is in the lead from start to finish. It washes out the taste of that just average bottle of 2016 Lynch Bages right out. This is primo stuff, and along with Quilceda Creek and Leonetti, have been long-time favorites from this state. They always seem ready to go, but also get better and better with time. So what are your Washington state favorites with a track record? #washintonstatewine #winetasting #merlot #wine #🍷 #andrewwill #novakwinenotes #redwine #winedinner #wineporn #andrewwillwinery andrewwillwinery

My first 2016 Bordeaux, the Lynch Bages. Okay, so I am sitting in a local Italian favorite, Cafe Lom ...

Sep 9, 2019

My first 2016 Bordeaux, the Lynch Bages. Okay, so I am sitting in a local Italian favorite, Cafe Lombardi, here in Horsham. I just finished shopping for more wine (yes, I know, insane). So I fished out one of the 2016 half bottles to taste with my lasagna (they make the best here). Of course the glasses have rims thicker than jelly glasses. So what do I think besides this is WAY too young for grape juice like this? It has impressive length,45-60 seconds, black fruit, cranberries, and slight chocolate undertones. It really needs to settle down and get some age to it, but it should be a decent one. I hadn’t bought any on futures, but I might consider a bottle or two to stash away. Don’t touch for at least six or seven years unless you want to be charged as a child molester. Plenty of the components: fruit, acidity and tannins that try to hide under that fruit and acidity. Give it 90 points now, but with potential to be up to three points higher in ten plus years. But honestly it didn’t blow me away. Okay, this did get better the second night after slow oxing in the recorked bottle. And the riedelusa glasses helped a lot. More depth, more what I would expect from a Lynch Bages. Plum and other dark fruits. Acidity in a bit better balance. Give it 91 points with potential for a few more points. It’s still not 97 points but it’s much better than last night. #bordeaux #lynchbages #novakwinenotes #frenchwine #wineporn #wine tasting #winereview #2016vintage #redwines cafelombardis #cafelombardis #oauillac

2016 @felsina_wines Rancia is a dense rich and unbudging Chianti Classico that is definitely not—t ...

Sep 5, 2019

2016 felsina_wines Rancia is a dense rich and unbudging Chianti Classico that is definitely not—to steal a car advertisement tag line—your father’s old Chianti. I had this wine with a light dinner last night. Some of you may recall that I posted up a photo of the 2015 and 2016 of this one a few months ago with a mixed review of the 2015 that changed hugely several times and in several directions over time. That one just punched you in the nose with an astounding bouquet and then receded in just minutes in the glass. It came back a bit over the several days that I tasted it, but never to the wine of the first two or three minutes in the glass. If it ever returns to those first few minutes, it will be fabulous. Well the 2016 was totally different in style. A massive, brooding, dark potential masterpiece that could be in the making, if only the bouquet develops, which I think it might. This got 97 and 96 points across the board from the critics. And 94+ points from me with considerable upside possible. The best one of the critics to describe this wine was antoniogalloni in my opinion. He nailed its stubborn and closed qualities while pointing out that it will “offer superb drinking pleasure” for the patient. Don’t touch this one for at least seven years, or give it hours of decanting, unlike me who tasted it poured directly into the glass from my new coravin 2 Elite Pro. The nose really took coaxing to get much at all, but the palate. Oh my god! Length was about 30 seconds, but everything else was insane. Deep black fruits and a bit of spice with subtle tannins and an attack that left you gasping. Quite amazing stuff, but I am not sure I will still be around when it’s truly ready to drink, but a pleasure to taste this now. This probably sounds strange but it reminded me a bit of the 1990s Harlan (but with that Italian spicy quality) that I had early on, only better. It’s a classic in the making. I bought a case this morning. #felsina #rancia #felsinarancia #chianticlassico #chianti #novakwinenotes #italianwine #wineporn #winetasting #winereview #2016vintage #redwines

2012 Hyland Estates Pinot Noir.  Lovely Oregon beauty. Great nose and good length. 92 points, althou ...

Sep 2, 2019

2012 Hyland Estates Pinot Noir. Lovely Oregon beauty. Great nose and good length. 92 points, although I almost gave it point less and maybe should have. #hylandsestate #winetasting #pinotnoir #wine #🍷 #oregonwine #novakwinenotes #redwine #winedinner #wineporn

Just a little light shopping today. 😊 #wine. #bordeaux #burgundy #tignanello  #wineshopping #wine ...

Sep 1, 2019

Just a little light shopping today. 😊 #wine. #bordeaux #burgundy #tignanello #wineshopping #wineporn #novakwinenotes

2001 Dönnhoff Schloßböckelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Spätlese trocken.

I thought that I would s ...

Aug 26, 2019

2001 Dönnhoff Schloßböckelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Spätlese trocken. I thought that I would switch up and do a Riesling since heroesofriesling has taken a break from his normal coverage to switch over to some reds. Seems fair 😂😂😂. This is a golden colored, dry nectar with a richness uncommon with many Trocken wines. I did drink it fairly cold out of the refrigerator. The lemon scents on the nose were most of what I got. But the length and richness were clearly typical Donnoff. It’s open for business and quite impressive on the palate, if not so much on the nose. Give it 91+ points. With a bit more on the nose, this would warrant a couple more points easily. In this instance, Spatlese simply means fully ripe. This is not a sweet wine. #winetasting #novakwinenotes #riesling #germanwine #germanwines #trocken #donnoff #spatlesetrocken

1985 Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru La Combe Aux Moines. 
Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru La Combe ...

Aug 25, 2019

1985 Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru La Combe Aux Moines. Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru La Combe aux Moines refers to the valley to which the monks of Cluny came to meditate during the construction of the Château de Gevrey. It’s been under the control of the Faiveley family since 1825. I stood the bottle up the day before, but then opened and poured directly into the glass. The color is lovely and deep with just the slightest touch of amber at the edge. Wonderful clarity, the legs of a swimsuit model and texture to boot. A bit of barnyard funk on the nose, which blew off after a minute or two. Initially a bit of strawberry cotton candy and petrol on the nose, but this changed and developed into a more typical burgundy nose. The length was quite long, probably a minute plus. Good acidity, with fruit and silky tannins to balance. Not exactly delicate, but not exactly plush. It continues to develop in the glass. More sweetness creeps out, but that acidity keeps it in check. A hard wine to rate in terms of points, but I will give it 91+. It could certainly get more bottle age. Believe it or not, probably no rush. The cork was fully engorged, but it didn’t seem to affect the wine. #faiveley #gevreychambertin #burgundy #burgundywine #1985vintage #redwine #🍷 #winetasting #novakwinenotes

1985 Joseph Phelps Insignia. 
The hell, I say, with Pinot Noir Day. They already got too much attent ...

Aug 19, 2019

1985 Joseph Phelps Insignia. The hell, I say, with Pinot Noir Day. They already got too much attention with the film Sideways. So I decided to open up this old bottle that’s been sitting in my cellar since release. Bought it from a defunct wine store in SF (The Wine Shoppe) back in the day. I haven’t been the biggest fan of 1980s Napa Cabs, although strictly speaking this one is only 60% Cabernet Sauvignon with 25% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. The color is astoundingly dark and deep. Very good clarity. Great legs and texture. Nose comes out and bites your own. This is serious stuff. Reminds me of a great Right Bank wine. A bit of cherry cough drops under floral scents. Earthy, spring forest on that nose, bringing back long forgotten hikes. A touch of iodine. The length and penetration is extreme (so extreme that I would need my friend baron_von_scallywagg to provide the description, because it is almost sexual in its assault on the senses 😂). Acidity and fruit in balance. Lively and lush in the mouth. It goes on for well over a minute for each swallow, virtually never fading, because it’s hard to wait between swallows. This is hedonistic mind-bending stuff. Oddly I was going to open a 2000 Angelus tonight, but chose this one instead. I haven’t had that supposedly perfect Angelus yet, but I imagine that this might be what it tastes like in 15 more years, if I am lucky. This is not at all tired or fading. But it’s at a perfect drinking plateau. All I can say over and over, like an old hippie that I am, Wow! Give it 97+ points. But I don’t really know why I took any points off at all frankly. #winetasting #cabernetsauvignon #merlot #cabernetfranc #pinotnoir #wine #🍷 #californiawine #novakwinenotes #redwine #winedinner #wineporn #josephphelps #josephphelpsinsignia #josephphelpswinery josephphelpsvineyards #chateauangelus #insigniawine

1990 Paolo Scavino Cannubi Barolo.  Many of my wine friends know that I am not a fan of Barolos. Too ...

Aug 17, 2019

1990 Paolo Scavino Cannubi Barolo. Many of my wine friends know that I am not a fan of Barolos. Too much tannin and acidity, and not enough fruit left by the time the tannins resolve. My Barolo freak friends always tell me that the Barolos that I think are reasonably balanced, like Paolo Scavino, Sandrone and Bruno Giacosa aren’t REAL Barolos. Well, I guess I don’t like those “real” Barolos that are unbalanced and have too much acidity and rough tannins that outlast all their fruit. Here’s one though that still has enough fruit when its tannins finally resolve. It’s elegant, not something I can say about most Barolos. Yes, the acidity is still a touch too high for my taste, but there is fruit to balance. The nose is of cherries, roses and just a bit of road tar. A little short on the length. Good clarity and color. This is by no means past prime. It has a good decade or more to go, but it is fine drinking now. I gave it 91 points. #barolo #paoloscavino #novakwinenotes #winetasting #cannubi #italianwines #redwines #🍷

2007 William Knuttel Pinot Noir Clone 777 Russian River.

William Knuttel is a family-run Sonoma Vin ...

Aug 17, 2019

2007 William Knuttel Pinot Noir Clone 777 Russian River. William Knuttel is a family-run Sonoma Vineyard producer that’s pretty dependable, especially on their Pinot Noirs. I have had this one over several nights. It’s lovely with vanilla notes on top of the dark fruits with even a little bit of peach hiding in there on the bouquet. maybe a little over-oaked. Medium length, good texture and color. Plush in the mouth with reasonable complexity. I rated it 90 points. William Knuttel is a dependable producer. This bottle has a little age on it, but it doesn’t feel like it’s anywhere close to breathing hard or having to take a knee like our Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackles in the Jaguar preseason opener on Thursday night. Thank god the Jags didn’t play our former Eagles QB and Patron Saint Nick Foles. Otherwise I would have needed another bottle. #williamknuttel #sonomawine #pinotnoir #californiawine #redwine #🍷 #winetasting #novakwinenotes

Here’s just three of the wines that I am bringing to our little IG wine dinner in November:. 2000  ...

Aug 7, 2019

Here’s just three of the wines that I am bringing to our little IG wine dinner in November:. 2000 Margaux, 1966 Haut Brion and 1991 Ridge Monte Bello. Of course, with this possible group there should be a lot of other interesting bottles. 😊 Looking forward to seeing many of my IG wine friends. I just had it pointed out to me that I posted a 1982 Margaux while saying that I was bringing a 2000 Margaux. Guess I will have bring both. 😂 #winedinner #winedinners #winefriends #chateaumargaux #ridgemontebello #hautbrion #pariswine #novakwinenotes #bordeaux #🍷 #winetasting

Anyone have the 1982 #chateautalbot lately? Any reports on how it’s doing?  Have four bottles left ...

Aug 6, 2019

Anyone have the 1982 #chateautalbot lately? Any reports on how it’s doing? Have four bottles left in my cellar. I want to do a 1982 Bordeaux tasting at some point if I can get enough interest here in the Philadelphia area. #bordeaux #wine #novakwinenotes #saintjulian #winetasting #winedinner. #1982vintage #🍷 #chateautalbot

I have just been reading and re-reading some of @nealmartin123 ՚s articles on the @vinousmedia webs ...

Aug 3, 2019

I have just been reading and re-reading some of nealmartin123 ՚s articles on the vinousmedia website. I have to admit that I think he is both the most literary and articulate of our current wine writers and perhaps the most perceptive. It’s rare that I find that I disagree with his analysis, even when I would occasionally like to 😂. If Brian Enos is his hero, Neal Martin is mine. I am so glad that we have him back after his surgery, and I wish him many years of writing such wonderful wine prose for the rest of us struggling to understand and write about wine, while enjoying it so much. And while I am giving out plaudits for excellence in wine writing, I have to mention baron_von_scallywagg , who writes some of the most interesting, funny and on-target wine reviews here on IG. His generosity in sharing them directly is much appreciated. You guys make wine that much more enjoyable. If either of you are in the Philly area, it would be my pleasure to open a few good bottles to share with you. I may have somewhat depleted my cellar, but there is still plenty here of interest. 😊 Cheers! 🍷 So who is your favorite wine writer? #wine #burgundy #bordeaux #napawines #winetasting #winenerd #novakwinenotes #vinous #🍷 #winereport #winearticles #winefreak #wineporn #winewriting #wineandwriting #writingaboutwine

1989 Franc-Mayne.  My wine with dinner tonight. Good color and glycerin. A bit of leather and tobacc ...

Jul 31, 2019

1989 Franc-Mayne. My wine with dinner tonight. Good color and glycerin. A bit of leather and tobacco and just a touch of Bret. Length in the mouth is at least 30 seconds, but a little still lingers well after a minute. Still acidity and tannins and red fruits, but still seems like it is peak drinking, even if it can hold for a few years. I gave it 90 points. I do think that this drank better early on. But this does make a point: often we wait too long to see if we get that final bit of magic, and wind up losing it in the process. #wine #bordeaux #francmayne #saintemilion #chateaufrancmayne #winetasting #🍷 #redwine. #frenchwine #bordeauxwine #novakwinenotes

Ahh, California Pinot Noir. I know I will get a lot of flack from my wine friends in Burgundy and Or ...

Jul 26, 2019

Ahh, California Pinot Noir. I know I will get a lot of flack from my wine friends in Burgundy and Oregon, but there is nothing quite as attractive as a good California Pinot Noir. And there are so many to choose from, plus most won’t set you back the price of a car. I actually first fell in love with Burgundies, but that was when us common folk could afford one of the top ones there. I have my last 1978 DRC La Tache in my cellar. It cost me $125. Today it’s about 50 times that. But you can still buy great California Pinot Noirs for under $50 a bottle. And I mean great, even though it may be a different style. There’s even wines, like Calera that age extremely well and would screw up Burgundy aficionados in a blind tasting. And while I originally preferred Oregon Pinots, I find a certain sparkle to the better Californians that I often miss with the Oregon versions. And for those who think these wines can’t age, i’ve had many of them well over 25 years old that were still gorgeous. In fact most could use at least 10-15 years to lose a little of their baby fat, but they are also usually wonderful to drink young. This 12-year-old Ojai Clos Pepe Vineyard is beautiful, but just entering its drinking plateau. Could it go 20 more years? Possibly, but it’s lovely tonight. Lilacs and black cherry on the exuberant nose. A beautiful color clear at the rim with lots of glycerin. Plush in the mouth with good acidity and good length of about 45 seconds. Lovely, give it 92 points. #ojaiwine #ojaiwinery #winetasting #pinotnoir #wine #🍷 #californiawine #novakwinenotes #redwine #winedinner #wineporn

I am getting a little sad.  Packing up about 160 cases of wine, which will go to Heritage Auctions.  ...

Jul 24, 2019

I am getting a little sad. Packing up about 160 cases of wine, which will go to Heritage Auctions. From first growths like Petrus, Mouton, Lafite, Latour, Cheval Blanc and Margaux to Napa gems, like a nearly every vintage of Dominus in big bottles and cases. But I will console myself with about 350 cases that are still left. Keep finding new things as I am packing. I will continue drinking well. 😂😂🍷. #wine. #wineauction #bordeauxwine #napawine #burgundywines #chateauneufdupape #brunellomontalcino #wineporn. #novakwinenotes. mikemadrigale

We had a great early Napa Cabernet and Blend tasting last Sunday with @wineamateur , @hansc008 and w ...

Jul 15, 2019

We had a great early Napa Cabernet and Blend tasting last Sunday with wineamateur , hansc008 and wife Carly, mikemadrigale , Pedro Moreno and rodigun . For the full lineup, check my IG page or #novakwinenotes, and follow me there. Dominus Estate 1992 In the late 1960s, while attending UC at Davis, Christian Moueix fell in love with Napa Valley and its wines. Moueix returned home in 1970 to manage the family vineyards, including Chateaux Petrus, La Fleur-Petrus, Trotanoy in Pomerol and Magdelaine in Saint Emilion. His love of Napa Valley lingered and in 1981, he discovered the historic Napanook vineyard, a 124-acre site west of Yountville that had been the source of fruit for some of the finest Napa Valley wines of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1982, Moueix entered into a partnership to develop the vineyard and, in 1995, became its sole owner. He chose the name 'Dominus' or 'Lord of the Estate' in Latin to underscore his longstanding commitment to stewardship of the land. Winemaker’s notes: “The 1992 Dominus has a deeply saturated color and a forward, ripe, fruity nose, with a touch of violets. Typically Dominus in style, this vintage is round, lush and elegant, with a soft, fleshy texture.” Parker says, “Production from the 124-acre Napanook Vineyard reached 6,500 cases in 1992. The 1992 Dominus is similar in style to the 1990. It exhibits an open knit, opulent, rich, easy-going character with gorgeous levels of earthy, cassis fruit intertwined with scents of herbs, coffee, and chocolate/mocha ice cream. Rich and full-bodied, with thick, viscous flavors and low acidity, this is a forward, exceptionally concentrated, easy to understand Dominus that should drink well for 20 years. It appears that Christian Moueix has settled into an identifiable Dominus style (the lavish ripeness routinely achieved in northern California, with the texture of a great Pomerol) since the 1990 vintage.” Another great wine from our early Napa tasting dinner. Usually I prefer Dominus over Caymus SS, but this time the Caymus edged this one out. I still gave it 95 points. Simply a wonderful wine to end our tasting dinner.

We had a great early Napa Cabernet and Blend tasting last Sunday with @wineamateur , @hansc008 and w ...

Jul 15, 2019

We had a great early Napa Cabernet and Blend tasting last Sunday with wineamateur , hansc008 and wife Carly, mikemadrigale , Pedro Moreno and rodigun . For the full lineup, check my IG page or #novakwinenotes, and follow me there to get the rest of the tasting notes from that evening. Dalla Valle Maya 1992 This jewel in the crown of the Dalle Valle Vineyards originates in the remarkable vineyard that shares its name. A proprietary blend aged in primarily new French oak, Maya showcases the site’s exceptional Cabernet Franc; it is graceful and alluring with an unmistakable pedigree. Fewer than 500 cases are produced each year. It is nearly impossible to get at retail. Robert Parker gave this wine a perfect 100 and said: “The awesome 1992 Maya is performing better than the 1991 did at a similar stage. It reveals a saturated purple color, as well as an intense fragrance of black-raspberries, cassis, flowers, and minerals. The wine possesses great fruit, superb density, wonderful purity and balance, and a compelling extra dimension both aromatically and texturally. It is destined to be one of California's legendary wines.” Other wine critics gave it lessor scores ranging from Tanzer’s 91 points up to 95 points from Gallioni at Vinous, who tasted the wine in June 2014. I was stunned by how good this wine was. WOW! The length in the mouth went on for well over a minute. Everything was there in spades, and with great balance and elegance. The fruit was intense. You got the feeling that this wine could go on forever. I gave it the most points that I have ever given a wine: 99 points. Truly a legend. #napawine #winetasting #cabernetsauvignon #wine #🍷 #californiawine #novakwinenotes #redwine #winedinner #wineporn #dallavallemaya #dallavallevineyards #dallavalle

We had a great early Napa Cabernet and Blend tasting last Sunday with @wineamateur , @hansc008 and w ...

Jul 15, 2019

We had a great early Napa Cabernet and Blend tasting last Sunday with wineamateur , hansc008 and wife Carly, mikemadrigale , Pedro Moreno and rodigun . For the full lineup, check my IG page or #novakwinenotes, and follow me there to get the rest of the tasting notes from that evening. Caymus Special Selection 1992 This is a wine that drank very well early on, getting 94 points from Robert Parker. Wine Spectator gave it only 90 points a bit later. Here’s Parker’s notes: “The 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection (a February, 1996 release) is superior to the 1991 and 1990. The 1992 displays an opaque ruby/purple color, followed by huge, full-throttle aromatics offering a blast of sweet, toasty new oak combined with exceptional red and black fruits. Full-bodied, rich, and concentrated, with not a hard edge to be found, this low acid, fat, delicious Cabernet will be drinkable upon its release; it will last for 12-15 years.” Well this bottle was fabulous. It was drinking extremely well, so lush and powerful. What a beautiful wine! I gave it 96 points. #napawine #winetasting #cabernetsauvignon #wine #🍷 #californiawine #novakwinenotes #redwine #winedinner #wineporn #caymusspecialselection #caymus #caymusvineyards

Harlan Reserve 1991

With the founding of Harlan Estate in 1984, the winery embarked upon its missio ...

Jul 15, 2019

Harlan Reserve 1991 With the founding of Harlan Estate in 1984, the winery embarked upon its mission of creating a “first growth” of California. The estate’s early vineyard development began with just six acres. Today planting is essentially complete, with nearly 40 acres under vine to the classic varietals: cabernet sauvignon (70%), merlot (20%), cabernet franc (8%), and petit verdot (2%). Invariably, the finished wine is predominately cabernet sauvignon, which is blended with varying amounts of the other three varietals as the winery seeks “to express faithfully the unique and distinctive character of the site”. Modest quantities of wine were produced in 1987, 1988, and 1989 from grapes that represented the second, third, and fourth leaf of the estate vineyard. In each of those years a small number of barrels were produced in the hope of gaining a prescient glimpse into what the character of the land—never before cultivated—might have to offer. The wines were blended, bottled, and labeled with a special designation. Though charming in their own way, these first wines fell short of the winery’s standards and aspirations, so were never released. The winter rainfall in 1991was slightly below average and came late, mostly in March. Bud break began on April 7, with flowering on May 23. Temperatures through the end of July rarely broke 80°, apart from one short spike of 100°+ in early July. August and September brought continued, even heat, with several days topping 90°. Harvest began on September 23 and finished on October 18. The yields across all blocks averaged 2.1 tons per acre. This 1991 was part of Harlan’s first release, made at the same time as their 1990. It has had hugely diverse ratings from Stephen Tanzer’s 90 points to Robert Parker’s 98 points. I must admit that Harlan’s wines have done better than my initial impressions on their release. In April, the 1992 showed remarkably well in our group.

We had a great early Napa Cabernet and Blend tasting last Sunday with @wineamateur , @hansc008 and w ...

Jul 15, 2019

We had a great early Napa Cabernet and Blend tasting last Sunday with wineamateur , hansc008 and wife Carly, mikemadrigale , Pedro Moreno and rodigun . For the full lineup, check my IG page or #novakwinenotes, and follow me there to get the rest of the tasting notes from that evening. Groth Reserve 1991, Oakville The Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes that make up Groth's Oakville Cabernet blend are grown on estate vineyards grown in the Oakville AVA, in the heart of the Napa Valley. Dennis Groth bought the 121 acres in 1981. It is still family owned. Wine Spectator’s James Laube gave it 93 points in 2002 and said, “Racy, curious, yet highly individualized style. Strong herbaceous streak, but there are currant, mint, black cherry and bell pepper flavors that are long, complex and concentrated on the finish.” Most of Cellar Trackers’ notes seem to agree with that rating. A recent 1992 from my cellar that I had in April; 2019 was a wonderful, balanced wine that I would have rated 94 points. Well, the 1991 was even a shade better. It was an excellent bottle with great fruit and length. I detected a tiny bit of bret. I gave this one 95 points myself. It was just the first of five in the second flight of early 1990s Napa Cabernet blends. And the rest were equally superb to my taste, even better on two of them and equal on one. #napawine #winetasting #cabernetsauvignon #wine #🍷 #californiawine #novakwinenotes #redwine #winedinner #wineporn #grothwines #grothreserve

We had a great early Napa Cabernet and Blend tasting last Sunday with @wineamateur , @hansc008 and w ...

Jul 15, 2019

We had a great early Napa Cabernet and Blend tasting last Sunday with wineamateur , hansc008 and wife Carly, mikemadrigale , Pedro Moreno and rodigun . The wine lineup had some very rare bottles, with this one being one of the earliest. For the full lineup, check my IG page or #novakwinenotes, and follow me there to get the rest of the tasting notes from that evening. Heitz Martha’s Vineyard 1970 From K&L’s notes: “Heitz's Martha's Vineyard Cabernet is a Napa Valley classic from one of the great decades of Napa Valley history, the 1970s. From a time when Napa Valley had yet to break into the international spotlight, the wines were cryptically tannic upon release, but a '70 vintage Martha's in good condition is the kind of wine that entered this world with a long life ahead of it. It will just keep evolving with much to offer the connoisseur throughout all stages of its life. Expect telltale Martha's menthol and cassis aromas and flavors, with excellent flavor concentration and a lingering finish. Don't underestimate the power of good 1970 Napa Cab!” Again, the ratings are all over the map on this one, from Parker’s 95 points down to 89 points by Wine Spectator. Well, I had concerns when I poked the cork with corkscrew and it fell in the bottle. And, yes, I was using a Durand. Oddly the bottle had not leaked at all. We carefully decanted this one about an hour before the tasting. It actually drank very well, coming out second in the older flight of three bottles, although the 1968/1969 Spring Mountain (see my earlier post) demolished it. But it was still well liked in our group with a lot more length, depth and fruit than the 1968 BV George de Latour Reserve. I gave it 91 points. The notes on the great 1991s and 1992s are to come. So watch for my posts and follow me here or #novakwinenotes #heitzvineyard #heitzmarthasvineysrd #napawine #winetasting #cabernetsauvignon #wine #🍷 #californiawine #novakwinenotes #redwine #winedinner #wineporn

We had a great early Napa Cabernet and Blend tasting last Sunday with @wineamateur , @hansc008 and w ...

Jul 14, 2019

We had a great early Napa Cabernet and Blend tasting last Sunday with wineamateur , hansc008 and wife Carly, mikemadrigale , Pedro Moreno and rodigun . The wine lineup had some very rare bottles, with this one being the earliest and one of the rarest. For the full lineup, check my IG page or #novakwinenotes, and follow me there to get the rest of the tasting notes from that evening. Beaulieu Vineyard BV George de Latour Private Reserve 1968 Founded by Georges de Latour in 1904, Beaulieu Vineyard is one of the original grand Napa Valley estates. Andre Tchelistchef was the guiding light behind BVs glory days. The Russian-born winemaker came to BV in 1938 and almost immediately left a profound and lasting mark on California wine. There’s little debating that he’s one of the most influential California winemakers of all time. At his urging, they released the first vintage of their top bottling, Georges de Latour Private Reserve. The 1968 was the last vintage brought in before the winery was sold to beverage giant, Heublin. 12.5% alcohol. When I opened the bottle, I took a little taste, and it seemed a bit tired. But later after decanting and some air, it seemed to revive a bit. While it was clearly well past its prime, the wine drank well enough with bright red fruits and a bit of acidity to be pleasant to drink. The tannins were fully resolved. But this old lady still held your interest. A touch of anise on the nose and about a 30 second length in the mouth. I would give it 90 points on this tasting. I have had better bottles, but many years ago. #beaulieuvineyard #bvgeorgedelatour #napawine #winetasting #cabernetsauvignon #wine #🍷 #californiawine #novakwinenotes #redwine

So one of the Napa wines that I pulled out of our early tasting because we just had too many bottles ...

Jul 14, 2019

So one of the Napa wines that I pulled out of our early tasting because we just had too many bottles and not enough people was the 1994 Dominus, which has been my favorite go-to Napa producer. I have always thought it was a great winery, although it is mostly its wines from the 1990s that I am most familiar with. So last night I checked in with the 1994. It’s been a few years since I last had this wine, which ranks with the 1991 and 1997, as being one of Dominus՚s best. It didn’t disappoint. Still lovely and full of dark red fruit and balanced tannins and acidity. Great mouthfeel, as always. Give it 94-95 points. #dominus #napawine #winetasting #cabernetsauvignon #wine #🍷 #californiawine #novakwinenotes #redwine #dominusestate

We had an early Napa Cabernet and Blend tasting last Sunday with @wineamateur , @hansc008 and wife C ...

Jul 13, 2019

We had an early Napa Cabernet and Blend tasting last Sunday with wineamateur , hansc008 and wife Carly, mikemadrigale , Pedro Moreno and rodigun . The wine lineup had some very rare bottles, with this one being the rarest. For the full lineup, check my IG page or #novakwinenotes, and follow me to get the rest of the tasting notes from that evening. Spring Mountain Vineyard 1968/69 Here’s some information about this fascinating nectar: This is a great mythic rarity with half 1968 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard and the other half maybe 1969 Spring Mountain, its first vintage, which was made in Heitz barrels and with Joe Heitz’s guidance and help. It is listed as Lot H68.69-LN. I have seen only one other bottle come to market and that was in Barry Rhodes collection sold in 2010. This Cabernet has few tasting notes, unlike its later versions from the 1970s onward. One of its Cabernet blocks is over 60 years old, and the Spring Mountain half in this wine primarily comes from that block. The winery was featured in the 1976 Paris Tasting, and their 1973 Chardonnay took 4th place, which is a bit ironic, given that their Cabernet Sauvignon are generally considered their best grape variety.

Had a great wine get together here in NYC to taste early Napa legends, some over 50 years old. Will  ...

Jul 8, 2019

Had a great wine get together here in NYC to taste early Napa legends, some over 50 years old. Will post up the tasting notes on all these soon. But it was the great company that made the night. wineamateur , hansc008 and his lovely wife, mikemadrigale , and my two new friends and South American NYC transplants rodigun and Pedro Moreno. We did get to drink the following wines: Follow me here to make sure that you don’t miss them or at #novakwinenotes FLIGHT 1 #SpringMountain 1968/69, #beaulieuvineyard BV Reserve 1968, #heitzcellar #marthasvineyard 1970 FLIGHT 2 #grothwines Reserve 1991, #harlanestate 1991, #caymusvineyards SS 1992, #dallavallemaya Maya 1992, #dominusestate 1992. Plus a 2001 #SchlossGobelsburg #grunerveltliner by #Renner which Mike brought. Other great bottles were also kindly brought but frankly put forward to future dinners. And thanks to kiliwine for all the great help. He’s a great sommelier elistable_nyc . My thanks to Angel for setting up the location of the dinner. Angel has another wine dinner set up for tomorrow night. I hope we all survive. 🙄😂🍷 #napa #napawines #californiawine #winetasting #cabernetsauvignon #austrianwine #winefriends.

1989 Pesquera Reserva.  I don’t know why but Pesquera corks, at least from the 1980-90s, leak like ...

Jul 4, 2019

1989 Pesquera Reserva. I don’t know why but Pesquera corks, at least from the 1980-90s, leak like no other wines that I have bought. But despite that disturbing situation, I have never had a bad wine from this winery. In fact, this one leaked down to the upper shoulder, but you wouldn’t know from drinking it. Had the same issue and yet fabulous results from their 1991 and 1994 wines. Great deep color and a nose of smoke, tobacco and dark ripe cherries. Drinking spectacularly. Those dark cherries extend to the palate. A finish that goes on and on for well over a minute. Just fabulous. 96 points...at least. I love these wines whether simple Crianza or Reserva. And what great values. I LOVE these wines! #pesquera #spanishwines #wine #winetasting #novakwinenotes #🍷 #riberadelduero

We are getting ready for when @hans008 and family gets to NYC.  Two dinners planned, although there ...

Jul 3, 2019

We are getting ready for when hans008 and family gets to NYC. Two dinners planned, although there’s enough wine for three dinners easy. Guess we need to compete with those crazies out there on the other coast. So I don’t know all the details on the Monday night since Angel wineamateur is heading up that night. But Sunday night will be on my watch, which will be an all #Napa affair. Here’s the current planned list: #Harlan Res. 1991 Spring Mountain 1968/69 (a great mythic rarity with half 1968 #HeitzMarthasVineyard and the other half 1969 Spring Mountain, its first vintage, which was made by Joe Heitz for them. #BVRes. 1968 #Groth Res. 1991 #Caymus SS 1987 #Heitz MV 1970 #Dominus 1994 #DallaValleMaya 1992 #OrionRossi Syrah 1994 #Mayacamus 1985 And maybe the #SpringMountain Les Trois Cuvée (1974-1975-1976). Okay, California, what do you got? 😂😂😂 baron_von_scallywagg winecatla. lawinecru #novakwinenotes

So my local Pennsylvania State store had a tasting of wines from Chile: two whites and a red.  I rem ...

Jul 2, 2019

So my local Pennsylvania State store had a tasting of wines from Chile: two whites and a red. I remember from back in the mid-1980s the bottle of white from Chile that Robert Parker had rated 89 points that I threw down the sink in disgust. But their often tasty reds always struck me as good bargains. But so much for history lessons. Here’s the wines: 2016 Chilensis Sauvignon Blanc Resrve, Maule Valley Chile, a bit of sweetness, apple and melon, and maybe a little over the hill, but quite drinkable, and for less than $9 a bottle, certainly a summer bargain. Not much of a nose, but... I gave it about 85 points. 2016 Matetic Corralillo Sauvignon Blanc, San Antonio Valley. Okay, if you want to screw with your friends, throw this one into a blind tasting, and they will swear that it comes from New Zealand. The grapefruit on the palate and the sharp acidity help make this wine a perfect ringer for a decent Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc. At under $13 a bottle, I would rate this one a buy, and give it 89 points. 2015 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley, Chile. James Suckling gave this under $20 a bottle wine a whopping 92 points, and called it “a beautiful and balanced wine". He just has to stop smoking those cigars. They’re ruining his palate. The winery claims it is 90% Cabernet and 10% Merlot. I will eat my hat if it deserves much more than 88 points and there’s not a ton of another grape variety in this one. I suspect Carmenere and maybe even a little Malbec. Maybe it՚s just not ready, but it comes across as green and jagged, with high tannins, dark fruits and a touch of menthol. Not a pleasant drink for me, although it did seem to soften over the hour I was there. If you have any, maybe put it away for ten more years plus, pray, and then see if a miracle happens. It’s possible, I guess. Otherwise, decant the day before drinking—seriously. Only wine of the group that I could recommend whole-heartedly would be the Matetic Corralillo Sauvignon Blanc. It’s not an experience, but it’s a decent every-day wine, and a great ringer in a tasting. #wine #chilewines #sauvignonblanc #montesalpha #cabernetsauvignon #🍷 #winetasting #novakwinenotes

Have to catch up on my wine posts.  This was a 1991 Sandrone Cannubi Boschis Barolo.  On the nose li ...

Jun 26, 2019

Have to catch up on my wine posts. This was a 1991 Sandrone Cannubi Boschis Barolo. On the nose licorice and a touch of smokiness. Lighter fruit. It has great texture with lots of glycerin to coat the glass. Lighter red plum color. In the mouth lovely and tasty with a length of nearly a minute. A mix of strawberries and blackberry. It is good, but not worthy of more than about 91 points. I think I will always prefer my Barolos young, although Sandrone is one of the few that can still age somewhat elegantly. #wine #barolo #novakwinenotes #🍷 #sandrone #winetasting #italianwines

Another recent tasting at my local Pennsylvania State Wine store.  A real mix: two Italians and one  ...

Jun 21, 2019

Another recent tasting at my local Pennsylvania State Wine store. A real mix: two Italians and one French. But all were interesting, especially for the prices. First up, the 2017 Suavia Soave Classico from the Veneto, Italy. At under $15, this is a pleasant summer white. One with lots of apple, light citrus and other fruits and even a bit of melon. Good value. About 89 points, and quite drinkable. winespectator gave it 90 points in fact. The next was the 2016 Les Darons by Jeff Carrel, a red Languedoc that was perfectly typical of the region in a good way. At under $13 a very good buy indeed. jebdunnuck gave it 91 points. I might give it 90, but who’s quibbling. 😊 Mostly Grenache with some Syrah and a little Carignan tossed in for good measure. An easy drinking wine with some interesting notes and great body. It’s a mouthful. Lots of fruit, herbs and a pinch of pepper. The third bottle was the 2017 Colterenzio Pfefferer Moscato Giallo from Alto Adige, Italy. The most expensive bottle at a mere $16.99, but also my least favorite, despite being still an interesting wine. It must have been what the wine manager called Elderflower, which to me was more medicinal in its tones than floral. But the palate was a lot better than the nose. Enough balance to make me forget about that strange bouquet. Still 89 points, because the palate delivered like Domino’s Pizza. But I’d rather be drinking the Soave if I had to drink one of these two whites. #wine #novakwinenotes #soaveclassico #soave #languedoc #venetowine #moscato #altoadige #italianwines #frenchwines #grenache #summerwines #winetasting #🍷 #🍷🍷

Dutton Goldfield is a dependable California Pinot Noir for me.  And so are my dear friends Santa Ban ...

Jun 18, 2019

Dutton Goldfield is a dependable California Pinot Noir for me. And so are my dear friends Santa Bannon, her husband Tom Shillea, and Paula Chamlee. Combining my love of friends, wine and, yes, photography. Both Tom and Paula are wonderful artists, and Santa owns a great gallery in Bethlehem, PA. And, yes the wine and food were terrific.

1992 Ch. Montelena.  I usually like this wine, but this one isn’t my favorite, at least not yet.   ...

Jun 18, 2019

1992 Ch. Montelena. I usually like this wine, but this one isn’t my favorite, at least not yet. It’s not bad, but I know this going to sound strange, but I think it’s too young and needs more time. The color is deep plum with clear edge. Lots of glycerin, texture. The nose is at first reticent. After a bit more than 15 minutes in the glass, the nose opened up to a bit of plum, floral notes, tobacco and menthol. Okay, so why isn’t this doing it for me. Too much acidity. But there is fruit, and this might come back into balance eventually. It is also a bit short in length. For now this “Anniversary” wine only gets 88 points from me. But I can see it getting into the low 90 point range. I am going to be drinking this over several days to see how it comes around. I have some optimism, and will post up the daily report here. #wine #montelena #chateaumontelena #novakwinenotes #napawines #cabernetsauvigon #winetastingnotes New follow up post on how this wine did the next day, etc. below in comments. Briefly, improved slight, but still too acidic for my taste.

So what do you think of the 2018s, like the Lafite? If you’ve had the opportunity to taste any of  ...

Jun 15, 2019

So what do you think of the 2018s, like the Lafite? If you’ve had the opportunity to taste any of the 2018s, what are your favorites? #wine #novakwinenotes #bordeauxenprimeur #bordeauxwine

I was hoping to drink and write up this normally dependable Corton Charlemagne, but I wound up pouri ...

Jun 3, 2019

I was hoping to drink and write up this normally dependable Corton Charlemagne, but I wound up pouring it down the sink. White burgundy really has to get its act together. I have had to pour thousands of dollars down the sink with their oxidation problems. They never offered to make their customers whole, so I am no longer a buyer of these wines. It’s too much of a low percentage to get a good one with a little age. I will stick to red and go outside of Burgundy for my white wines. So what do the rest of my wine friends think? #winetasting #premox #whiteburgundy #cortoncharlemagne #wineoxidation

Okay, the 2018 Bordeaux en primeur race has been on for a while now.  After all the hoopla with the  ...

Jun 1, 2019

Okay, the 2018 Bordeaux en primeur race has been on for a while now. After all the hoopla with the 2015 and 2016 vintages, are any of my wine friends buying any of the hype on the newest vintage, the 2018s? I have been picking up a few wines, but noticed a few things: 1. for the first time that I can recall, most are coming in six packs instead of the full dozen in wood. Some are even coming in three packs! Inflationary prices and demand/rarety are certainly making it harder to buy quantity anymore. 2. More controversy on this vintage than on the past three vintages with high alcohol being the primary cause of the debate (when there is one). These are either going to be legends, California wannabes, unbalanced, or too hot to handle. Have you tasted any barrel samples? Are you buying or not, or waiting? What about the 2015s and 2016s still on the market? What’s your thoughts on these and the entire en primeur system this year? Some of the top rated are also the most controversial. Wines like Calon Segur, Figeac, Pontet Canet, Rauzan-Segla, Carmes Haut Brion, not to mention the insanely priced Palmer, Angelus, Lafleur, Petrus, and other first growths. #wine #bordeaux #enprimeur #2018bordeaux #2018vintage #2018wine #barreltasting #barreltasting2018 srbudnyk burgnut88 burgnick ljk.wine drinkbordeaux

So what wine goes with pizza?  I think any one that is drinking well!  How about this 1989 Cos d’E ...

May 31, 2019

So what wine goes with pizza? I think any one that is drinking well! How about this 1989 Cos d’Estournel? 😊. Will post up tasting notes later, probably tonight or tomorrow, depending how long this needs to breathe. I expect that I will give it mouth to mouth resuscitation if it doesn’t look like it’s breathing soon though 😂. #bordeaux #novakwinenotes #cosdestournel #winetasting #🍷 #1989vintage #saintestephe

My wine with my pizza tonight is the 2001 Calera Jensen Pinot Noir.  Yes, some California Pinot Noir ...

May 27, 2019

My wine with my pizza tonight is the 2001 Calera Jensen Pinot Noir. Yes, some California Pinot Noir can not only last but develop into a wonderful wine. This is one of my old favorites. A wonderful wine with a beautiful bouquet of plum and dark fruit, anise and cotton candy that floated easily from the glass. The color is deep red-purple with just the slightest edge of amber. Great clarity with legs of glycerine and a solid mouth feel of dark cherries and cranberries. A 40 second length. This is between premier and grand cru level. I gave it 93 points. It is drinking perfectly well but could go another five years plus. A powerful and lovely wine. #wine #calerawine #jensenvineyard #californiawines #pinotnoir #🍷 calerawinery #novakwinenotes #winetasting

Some more tasting notes from the Pennsylvania state store here in Chalfont.  Here’s today’s all- ...

May 24, 2019

Some more tasting notes from the Pennsylvania state store here in Chalfont. Here’s today’s all-Australian lineup: 2017 6 foot 6 Pinot Gris, Geelong. Nothing to see here. Just move along. Not worth the $20 price tag. Just came across as mediocre and flat. The notes on a nice California Chenin Blanc that I posted up earlier from a tasting here two weeks ago was lots better and more interesting at half the price. Giving wine like this any points is useless (my spell check just tried to change points to poops, probably more accurate). It is drinkable but why bother? The next two wines were Shiraz. Australia can either hit it out of the park or get a side out to mix cricket and baseball metaphors. Early on Australia made a lot of over-the-top Shiraz, so jammy that not all the peanut butter in the world would suffice. The 2017 Mollydocker, the Boxer, Shiraz, was one of those on the nose, at least. Another airplane wine, I thought, but it was better in the mouth. It was drinkable and about 87 points or so for a $25 bottle. Like a blackberry jam compote with a dose of pepper in the nose. The second Shiraz came from one of my favorite Australian producers, Two Hands Wines. It cost the same as the Mollydocker, but that’s where the comparison stopped. Their 2017 Fields of Gold was a polar opposite of the Mollydocker Boxer. It was elegant with everything in place. Think blueberry. I gave this one 91+ points. I bought three bottles. Sometimes names mean nothing but these two Shirazes were like comparing an elegant woman in an evening dress with her hair done and up to an over-the-hill pugilist making up with his loud mouth for his lack of talent. Two Hands wins hands down. 😂 #wine #shiraz #australianwine #pinotgris #twohandswine #mollydockerwine #novakwinenotes #🍷 #winetasting #🍷🍷 #6foot6wines

Some more tasting notes from the Pennsylvania state store here in Chalfont. Their Thursday and occas ...

May 23, 2019

Some more tasting notes from the Pennsylvania state store here in Chalfont. Their Thursday and occasionally Friday tastings give me a little exposure to less expensive wines that I probably wouldn’t have tasted any other way. And there are always surprises, both good and not so good. 2015 Pacific Rim Chenin Blanc Hahn Hill. From Yakima Valley, CA. At under $10 this is a buy. Nothing extraordinary, but it’s actually a fun drink with lots of apple, pear and a bit of lemon. Honeysuckle on the end too. Not too dry, not too sweet. Just the perfect summer white. Would work with pork or chicken or even Chinese food. I actually bought a bottle myself. Give it 88 points. 2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Horse Heaven Hill. From Conoe Ridge, CA. Good value at under $20. A nice every-day red. Rating 88 points. But I have too many great reds myself, but you won’t be disappointed if you try it. Good #PVR On the other hand, I was disappointed in the 2017 Rombauer Chardonnay from Caneros, CA. Usually they aren’t a bad producer. But this bottle just didn’t do it for me and at about $40 a bottle it was no bargain. About 85 points. #wine #californiawine #chenenblanc #merlot #chardonnay #novakwinenotes #winetasting #🍷 #🍷🍷

1988 Calon Segur, a beautiful glass of wine. Nose of pomegranate, leather, roses and a light note of ...

May 20, 2019

1988 Calon Segur, a beautiful glass of wine. Nose of pomegranate, leather, roses and a light note of menthol in the background. In the mouth lush and deep. Dark fruit, good acidity and some light tannins. Over 45 seconds in length. 2nd growth class and better than many first growth in other years. I gave this 93 points, two more than Parker did at release. Color deep purple with amber at the edge. One might call this great traditional Bordeaux. Only 12.5% alcohol. And it got better and better over time. 35 minutes in the glass and the tannins smoothed out and disappeared. Lovely. I just bought some 2018 of this wine, and now very happy, although I worry about the high alcohol level in those. Glad I still have a few bottles of this 1988 in the cellar. It’s lovely now, but no worries for at least 5 plus years. #calonsegur #saintestephe #winetasting #medocwines #bordeaux #1988vintage #wine #novakwinenotes

Tonight’s wine with friends was a 2006 Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro from Portugal. At $30 a bottle I ...

May 6, 2019

Tonight’s wine with friends was a 2006 Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro from Portugal. At $30 a bottle I can’t say it’s a steal, but it is a very good bottle with bright acidity and a color like fresh blood for the vampires among you. Nice nose of cherry chocolate. Medium weight in the mouth and a decent length. I gave it 91 points. Quite pleasant to drink. Even went well with the chocolate chip cookies we had for dessert. Even better with the cheese, bread and soup. #wine #🍷 #portuguesewine . #duoro #novakwinenotes #🍷🍷 #wineandchocolate

Last night’s dinner wine was an Italian Barolo, 1990 Parusso Mariondino. It was perfectly fine. Ni ...

Apr 29, 2019

Last night’s dinner wine was an Italian Barolo, 1990 Parusso Mariondino. It was perfectly fine. Nice menthol and leather on the nose. Cherries and even a bit of floral notes. Rich and even still with a tannic backbone. Length nearly a minute. Good, lively acidity. Clear deep brick with amber color at the edge. But after the initial impression seemed to fade a bit in the glass. Despite the overall description I found I could “only” give this a 92 points. And it was one of the better Barolos that I have had recently. I have just never found a truly magical Barolo, like I have in almost every other wine region. I have tried. Gaja just strikes me as overhyped and overrated. Other hyped Barolos like Conterno and Vietti just never have turned me on. I even prefer the Barbarescas to their bigger brother. With age the Barolos really don’t seem to gain much in the way of elegance. Their fruit seems to rarely outlast their tannins and acidity. Scavino and Giacosa are the two that come the closest. They can be more complete, complex and elegant. And they are wines that I love to drink. Am I being too picky or have I missed something? #barolo #italianwine #wine #🍷 #🍷🍷 #redwine #novakwinenotes #winetasting

As I noted in my other post, which caught Natalia with her eyes closed, I got to taste the 2017 La F ...

Apr 28, 2019

As I noted in my other post, which caught Natalia with her eyes closed, I got to taste the 2017 La Fiorita Rosso, which is a tremendous value at just under $20 a bottle. Here's how good it was. One of the buyers, an attorney seen in this photo with Natalie, at the tasting decided to open up a 2015 Biondi Santi Rosso to compare it to the 2017 La Fiorita Rosso. Damn if they weren't very competitive. I gave a slight nod to the $100+ Biondi, which had a bit more complexity and smoothness, but I think that could have been the extra two years in the bottle to be honest. But it does go to show that La Fiorita is no slouch either, with a great PVR. I gave 91-92 points for the La Fiorita Rosso. I bought a case of this wine. It’s a REAL bargain, and will age for at least another five years or more. By the way we all thought he opened the bottle to get his picture taken with Natalie. Sorry that I didn’t think of doing it first 😂😂😂. See my other post for my notes on tasting the Brunellos. natalie_lafiorita rcipresso la_fiorita #lafiorita #brunello #brunellodimontalcino #rossobrunello #brunellowines #wine #winetasting #centralwinemerchants #redwine #italianwine #novakwinenotes. #🍷 #🍷🍷 centralwinemerchants

I went to Central Wine Merchants in Flemington, NJ yesterday for a tasting of some wines from Montal ...

Apr 28, 2019

I went to Central Wine Merchants in Flemington, NJ yesterday for a tasting of some wines from Montalcino that I had not had before, and, in fact, had not even know about. But I did a little digging. Fattoria La Fiorita was established in 1992 by Roberto Cipresso. Cipresso had already made a name for himself in Montalcino at Case Basse, Poggio Antico and Ciacci Piccolomini, but he was also making headlines as the winemaker at one of Argentina’s top wineries, Achaval Ferrer. At La Fiorita, he started with only a 1⁄2 hectare of vineyard, but soon spotted and bought what was considered some of the best land for Sangiovese in Montalcino. In 2011, actress and wine fanatic Natalie Oliveros joined forces with Cipresso at the winery. The vineyards are made of two major parts. The first one, which is called Poggio, is of 3 .5 Ha, and it faces southeast and is at 200 meters above sea level. The soil is partially clay and tufo (a white chalky soil). The second one, Pian Bossolino, is on the east side of the Brunello production area, and it has an exceptional position. The vineyard extends for about 3 Ha and has a galestro (stony) soil. centralwinemerchants

Okay, I picked out the last wine for Easter dinner, which will be the main wine served.  It is the 1 ...

Apr 20, 2019

Okay, I picked out the last wine for Easter dinner, which will be the main wine served. It is the 1990 Leoville Barton, which should provide the perfect accompaniment to the lamb roast. What do you think? I will post up wine tasting notes on all of these wines (see my other Easter wine post) after Easter. #leovillebarton. #bordeaux #bordeauxwine #winedinner #easter #easterwines #🍷 #🍷🍷 #saintjulien ljk.wine

Getting ready for Easter, and this year I am in charge of the wines.  Starting off with a Diebolt-Va ...

Apr 19, 2019

Getting ready for Easter, and this year I am in charge of the wines. Starting off with a Diebolt-Vallois Blanc de Blancs Brut a cramant (Wine & Spirits 93 points and 91 points from Tanzer and Wine Spectator). Still working on the main dinner wine, which I suspect may be a lightly aged Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, or an aged Ch.de Pape to go with the lamb. For the dessert wine, going with the 1989 Ch. Raymond-Lafon (only 91 points from Parker, but by now I think higher). For the next meal (always two at my cousin’s), it will be a 2009 Morgon Cote de Py from Jean Foillard in magnums (rating 93 by Josh Reynolds at Vinous). There will be Kielbasa and Novak’s Potato Salad. Hey, we’re Polish, so what do you expect? So what are you serving up this Sunday? #dieboltvallois #champagne #winedinner #novakwinenotes #wine #Beaujolais #Morgon #Beaujolaiswine #sauterne #raymondlafon #stephentanzer #vinous #Kielbasa #blancdeblancs #winedinner #easter #easterwines #🍷. #🍷🍷

AIPAD has come to a close but you can still find so many great photos, like one of the rare Kertesz  ...

Apr 8, 2019

AIPAD has come to a close but you can still find so many great photos, like one of the rare Kertesz images like this one (Au Bon Coin) from the Concerned Photographers exhibit from the 1960s on our websites: vintageworks.net or iPhotoCentral.com. We always guarantee your satisfaction. #vintagephotography #vintagephotograph #vintagephotographforsale #photographforsale #photoforsale #vintagephotosforsale #collectingphotography #photographycollector #vintageworksltd #20thcenturyphotography #silverprint #iphotocentral

We will have a special project booth at AIPAD in April on Kertesz (#1015), as well as having a large ...

Mar 30, 2019

We will have a special project booth at AIPAD in April on Kertesz ( #1015), as well as having a large selection of his work in our regular booth ( #808). Come by so that you can own an original photograph from one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. Or contact us now for pricing. André Kertész: Rue Des Ursins, Paris. Silver print, 30-1/8 x 23-1/2 in. (765 x 597 mm), 1931/1973c, on original Masonite mount. 15966. A huge print used by the artist as a part of his exhibitions. Annotated in pencil on mount verso with Estate number P1691. Provenance: Estate of André Kertész. See: J'aime Paris, p.141. #andrekertesz #Paris #photosofParis #hungarianphotographer #frenchphotographer #vintagephotography #vintagephotograph #vintagephotographforsale #photographforsale #photoforsale #vintagephotosforsale #collectingphotography #photographycollector #vintageworksltd #20thcenturyphotography #silverprint #iphotocentral #modernist #modernistphotography #kertesz #aipad2019 #aipad

Looking forward to a great wine tasting dinner with Angel @wineamateur snd friends.  These are just  ...

Mar 26, 2019

Looking forward to a great wine tasting dinner with Angel wineamateur snd friends. These are just a few of the wines that we will be drinking. 1990 La Mission Haut Brion, 1989 Tertre Roteboef, 1983 Lafite Rothschild and for the fun of it a 1991 Harlan Estate. Plus Barry’s two 2016 Singer Cellars, which should be terrific. Also a Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec 2016. And a few from the other side like 1982 La Conseillante, for one.👍 Should be a fun evening, even if I do have to get up the next morning. 😂 #winetasting #wine #🍷Bordeaux #harlan #lafiterothschild #lamissionhautbrion #huet #viuvray #californiacabernet. #winedinner

This and other wine and champagne images that I will be posting are for the pleasure of my photo and ...

Dec 6, 2018

This and other wine and champagne images that I will be posting are for the pleasure of my photo and wine friend followers. They are part of a large collection of nearly 300 images from the 1840s until now. This important photograph collection contains images relating to the growing of the grapes, the harvesting, the production of wine, the distribution and sale of wine, the drinking of it and even it’s aftermath. The collection is museum level in quality and importance with many major photographers included in the collection. I do wish to sell the entire collection to a company, organization or individual lover of wine. Contact me at info vintageworks.net for a complete inventory and information. Price is in six figures. Anonymous: A Wine Bottler. Ambrotype (1/4 plate), 1860c/1860c, in mat with no case. Shows a man corking magnum-size bottles in a cork press. #ambrotype #winephotograph #wineimage #vintagephotography #vintagephotograph #winephotography #cork

This and other wine and champagne images that I will be posting are for the pleasure of my photo and ...

Nov 27, 2018

This and other wine and champagne images that I will be posting are for the pleasure of my photo and wine friend followers. They are part of a large collection of nearly 300 images from the 1840s until now. This important photograph collection contains images relating to the growing of the grapes, the harvesting, the production of wine, the distribution and sale of wine, the drinking of it and even it’s aftermath. The collection is museum level in quality and importance with many major photographers included in the collection. I do wish to sell the entire collection to a company, organization or individual lover of wine. Contact me at info vintageworks.net for a complete inventory and information. Price is in six figures. Michele Bovi (attributed to): Little Bacchus with Grapevines. Albumen print, 9 x 6-5/8 in. (229 x 168 mm), 1880s/1880s, on original mount. See: Columbo and Sontag, Italy: One Hundred Years of Photography, p.40 for a very similar study with what appears to be the same model. #wine #wineimage #Vintagephotosforsale #vintagephotography #19thcenturyphotography #winephotographycollection

This and other wine and champagne images that I will be posting are for the pleasure of my photo and ...

Nov 27, 2018

This and other wine and champagne images that I will be posting are for the pleasure of my photo and wine friend followers. They are part of a large collection of nearly 300 images from the 1840s until now. This important photograph collection contains images relating to the growing of the grapes, the harvesting, the production of wine, the distribution and sale of wine, the drinking of it and even it’s aftermath. The collection is museum level in quality and importance with many major photographers included in the collection. I do wish to sell the entire collection to a company, organization or individual lover of wine. Contact me at info vintageworks.net for a complete inventory and information. Price is in six figures. Brassai (Gyula Halasz): La Femme au Monocle, Montparnasse, Paris . Silver print, 11-5/8 x 9 in. (295 x 229 mm), 1933/1950s, unmounted. In red ink: "PP. 431." Provenance: Jean-Marie Drot collection. See: Tucker, Brassai:The Eye of Paris, pl. ; Brassai, The Secret Paris of the 30s, u.p.; Sayag and Lionel-Marie, Brassai: The Monograph, p. 88; Durrell, Brassai (MOMA), p.47. #wine #Vintagephotosforsale #Brassai #winephotographycollection #vintagephotography #photography #FrenchPhotogtaphy

This and other wine and champagne images that I will be posting are for the pleasure of my photo and ...

Nov 27, 2018

This and other wine and champagne images that I will be posting are for the pleasure of my photo and wine friend followers. They are part of a large collection of nearly 300 images from the 1840s until now. This important photograph collection contains images relating to the growing of the grapes, the harvesting, the production of wine, the distribution and sale of wine, the drinking of it and even it’s aftermath. The collection is museum level in quality and importance with many major photographers included in the collection. I do wish to sell the entire collection to a company, organization or individual lover of wine. Contact me at info vintageworks.net for a complete inventory and information. Price is in six figures. Horst Paul Horst: New York Still Life with Grapes I. Silver print, 18-1/8 x 14-3/8 in. (460 x 365 mm), 1946/1980s, unmounted. Signed in pencil at lower right recto of the print. Printed on 16 x 20 in. paper. In September 2014, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, presented a retrospective of Horst P. Horst's work.

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