Tasting Notes for Eric

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White
12/26/2019 - Eric wrote:
White pepper, rose petal and peach jelly. A bit heavier than I hoped for but still quite enjoyable.
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Red
1959 Pétrus Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/20/2019 - Eric wrote:
100 points
Eastside Tasting Group End of Year Extravaganza (Newcastle, WA): Deep, plummy, cassis. Wowza Merlot. A silky blast of chocolate and black cherry. Perfection.
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Red
12/20/2019 - Eric wrote:
Eastside Tasting Group End of Year Extravaganza (Newcastle, WA): Spiny, tobacco, Pauillac time! Lots of leaf and mint with surprising structure.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
12/20/2019 - Eric wrote:
Eastside Tasting Group End of Year Extravaganza (Newcastle, WA): Thick and intense with botrytis and apricot. I think I prefer these in their youth.
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Red - Fortified
12/20/2019 - Eric wrote:
Eastside Tasting Group End of Year Extravaganza (Newcastle, WA): A beautifully aged vintage port, although for me it was marred a bit by intense spirit, overwhelming actually.
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Red
12/20/2019 - Eric wrote:
Eastside Tasting Group End of Year Extravaganza (Newcastle, WA): Lovely. Liqueur of Cabernet. But just way, way too much alcohol and oomph, especially following incredible flights of Bordeaux.
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Red
1959 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/20/2019 - Eric wrote:
99 points
Eastside Tasting Group End of Year Extravaganza (Newcastle, WA): Wow, the nose is reminiscent of the 55, but the palate is deeper and dustier, heavier. There is maybe a little muddiness or the hint of some salt marsh. Wow what a palate. Deep and plummy with fruitcake. Explosive fruit. Alas, this just wowed on first pour, but it tired just a hint in the glass whereas the 55 gained in intensity.
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Red
1955 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/20/2019 - Eric wrote:
100 points
Eastside Tasting Group End of Year Extravaganza (Newcastle, WA): Graves explosion. Roasty, toasty and smoky. The smell of a hot pine forest with some resin notes. Pure cherry palate. This is really the essence of Graves and everything I hope to find in Haut Brion. Wow!
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Red
1989 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/20/2019 - Eric wrote:
100 points
Eastside Tasting Group End of Year Extravaganza (Newcastle, WA): Holy s**t. I have had this wine a number of times and always been impressed, but this one finally broke through. Just next level. Truffle, red fruit, coffee, mineral. Luscious. Incredible depth and balance. This is a baby.
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Red
12/20/2019 - Eric wrote:
96 points
Eastside Tasting Group End of Year Extravaganza (Newcastle, WA): This was decanted for 12 hours and needed it. Dense, powerful, brooding and smoldering with black fruit and intensity. This is remarkable, a freak of a wine.
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Red
12/20/2019 - Eric wrote:
98 points
Eastside Tasting Group End of Year Extravaganza (Newcastle, WA): A terrific example of this wine. Incredible spine and mineral. My notes were thin, but the wine was not.
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Red
12/20/2019 - Eric wrote:
Eastside Tasting Group End of Year Extravaganza (Newcastle, WA): From magnum, booyah! Crazily fresh, black fruit, plum and spirit. Loads of chocolate. Really hedonistic.
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Red
12/20/2019 - Eric wrote:
flawed
Eastside Tasting Group End of Year Extravaganza (Newcastle, WA): There was considerable debate as to whether this was slightly corked. A pretty nose. Palate is dilute and definitely shows a little musty/moldy edge. In the end, after I left it sit, I do indeed think this was a little corked. Shame.
Red
12/20/2019 - Eric wrote:
Eastside Tasting Group End of Year Extravaganza (Newcastle, WA): Mmm, the leafiness of the Cab Franc shows up. The palate moves to lush black cherry and cocoa. Some sur-maturite and a hint of soy creep into the glass, showing the (over)ripeness of 1990. A lovely way to start off the Bordeaux!
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Red
12/20/2019 - Eric wrote:
Eastside Tasting Group End of Year Extravaganza (Newcastle, WA): A real step up from the CSM Cab tasted before. Also quite edgy, vinous, some black fruit, cedar, still dusty tannins. This was lovely.
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Red
12/20/2019 - Eric wrote:
Eastside Tasting Group End of Year Extravaganza (Newcastle, WA): Leafy, bell pepper, quite edgy. A bit thin but pure Cabernet with veggies, if you like that. (I do!)
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White
12/20/2019 - Eric wrote:
Eastside Tasting Group End of Year Extravaganza (Newcastle, WA): No one seemed to grab this in their pictures. I would have thought this was Rose from the color. Quite oxidative. Someone said it was a proper example and typical. This deserved more mindshare than I could give it.
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White
12/20/2019 - Eric wrote:
Eastside Tasting Group End of Year Extravaganza (Newcastle, WA): Oh wow, this baby was a beast. Explosively flinty, tightly wound, this just leaps all over your palate. I wish I could have lingered with this for much longer.
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White - Sparkling
12/20/2019 - Eric wrote:
Eastside Tasting Group End of Year Extravaganza (Newcastle, WA): Well this is a heck of a way to start an epic tasting. Apart from a paucity of bubbles, there was very little showing the age of this wine. Surprisingly gentle, mineral, the obligatory toasty brioche notes. Quite delicate and subtle.
Red
11/22/2019 - Eric wrote:
90 points
This is exceptionally delicious. Dark and brooding on the nose with a juicy, fresh palate loaded with blackberry and black pepper. There is a spirit/kirsch note on the finish that detracts, but this still manages to be very pleasurable in a more hedonistic mold.
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Red
1969 Maison Leroy Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
11/8/2019 - Eric wrote:
50th birthday birth year wine. Very brown, like iced tea. Forest floor, cinnamon, and some rose petal on the nose. With time the more spicy elements come to the forefront. The palate is delicate, a little tired, but with nice red fruit and acidity. I should have had this for my 40th birthday rather than my 50th, but it was interesting and enjoyable nonetheless.
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Red
10/21/2019 - Eric wrote:
90 points
This still shows a sweet core of pure fruit, red tinged, hints of cranberry, some tar and coffee at the finish. Largely resolved with silky, fine tannins. It is not over the hill at all but also seems like it to time to drink while still fresh.
Red
1990 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/18/2019 - Eric wrote:
Really nice example. Strong iron, blood, and some of the usual horse. Deep and powerful on the palate with generous, still plump, brooding and dark fruit. Long, mineral driven finish.
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Red
9/23/2019 - Eric wrote:
On the one hand, this has a wonderfully spicy and intense core of fruit. Peppery and sauvage, this seizes your attention. On the other hand, even at cellar temperature, this has searing alcohol. It's over the top and spoils and otherwise interesting wine.
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Red
1999 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/12/2019 - Eric wrote:
89 points
Beautiful notes of red fruit, fresh, mineral, lots of graphite, hints of tobacco. I love the flavor profile and acidity here. This is pretty light yet features pure, sweet fruit and a very classic profile. Absolutely pleasurable.
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Red
2005 Cadence Bel Canto Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/1/2019 - Eric wrote:
90 points
Leafy aromas with blackberry and a touch of campfire. Sappy and spicy, very spicy, savory, and quite expansive on the palate with waves of black fruit. The finish is surprisingly tannic after 15 years, dusty, nice acidity, but just a little coarse. Quite enjoyable.
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Red
6/30/2019 - Eric wrote:
90 points
Mmm, peppery and light. Well proportioned. This is delicious and pure, not profound, but clean, proper, a very nice wine.
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Red
6/6/2019 - Eric wrote:
91 points
This is improving. Classic Pauillac. Tobacco. Vine. Spicy bell pepper. Spicy plum. Smoke. Mineral. Wonderful tannins. Balanced, faintly austere, just delicious.
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Red
5/19/2019 - Eric wrote:
97 points
I just had the 2003 Pegau Cuvée da Capo the other day, so it made me want to check in on the Cuvée Réservée.

While these were quite similar in their youth, they have diverged considerably over the past 10 years. The Cuvée da Capo is freakishly intense and seemingly getting bigger, more structured, and even more powerful. In contrast, this Cuvée Réservée is getting more classic, more garrigue laden, very spicy and peppery, clearly a product of a ripe vintage, but far from over the top. The nose shows grilled, ripe plums and a bloody note, but the palate is utterly classic, screaming of dried Herbes de Provence, pepper, pine, cherry, a hint of soy, but really all of the flavors and food groups I expect from CDP. It is delicious. There is more sweetness and more raspberry than many vintages, but it is generous, powerful and aging exceptionally well.

It does remind me more and more of the 1990 in profile, although this is even bigger and more ripe.
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Red
5/16/2019 - Eric wrote:
99 points
Robert Parker retired today, so what better way to honor him than to drink one of his perfect wines?

This is a baby. Screaming, sappy Grenache, white pepper, pine, raspberry, and garrigue. The longer this is open the sharper it gets. It is so rich, incredibly spicy and peppery. The amount of tannin still on display is almost shocking. I have never encountered a more structured Grenache.

Is it absolutely perfect? For me, there is a bit of alcohol poking through that detracts just a little bit. Also, to be clear, this is not a wine I would to drink that often. Whereas in its youth it was hard to distinguish from the Cuvée Réservée, now it is an entirely different animal. Huge. Powerful. Freakish. One of the spiciest wines I have ever tasted. It is quite monumental. Quite eclectic. Incredibly assertive.

Can one imagine a more fitting wine for Robert Parker? Thank you Bob.
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Red
1989 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/15/2019 - Eric Likes this wine:
97 points
THIS is why we drink Bordeaux. It doesn't get much better. After one hour decanting the nose was exploding with tobacco, mint and spicy leaf aromas. The palate is dark, brooding, still structured, but quite deep and generous. With a nicely cooked steak, it is hard to imagine a more enjoyable wine. This was an apex example of Montrose and St. Estephe. Very sad this was my last bottle. :-(
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Red
5/12/2019 - Eric wrote:
93 points
This was lovely. Balsa, cedar, pine and cherry. Vivid acidity, pure, and surprisingly fresh. Not a hint of oxidation to be found. Certainly dry, bordering on austerity, but a very proper Brunello. Lovely.
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Red
4/25/2019 - Eric Likes this wine:
97 points
Celebrating CellarTracker's Fifteenth Anniversary (Seattle, WA): Wow. Wow. Wow. I don't have a lot of Rayas in the cellar, and I don't often open them, but they are such a treat. Light in color, almost pale, and faintly cloudy, this is a surprisingly powerful wine that is far more intense than the color would suggest. Screaming of white pepper, pine needle and cherry. Hyper-cherry. This is such a joyous and pure expression of Grenache, faintly sweet on the approach but more spicy and savory as you sit with it. Just haunting. This is still extremely primary. Very pure.
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Red
4/25/2019 - Eric Likes this wine:
94 points
Celebrating CellarTracker's Fifteenth Anniversary (Seattle, WA): This has always been one of my favorite vintages of Pegau, and this opens up as an exceptionally meaty and vibrant bottle. Absolutely screaming of garrigue yet with a different energy than many other vintages. As I recall, in this vintage the entire white production went into this red wine. The only troubling note was some funkiness and a hint of oxidation that crept in as we sat with the bottle. I have every reason to believe it was a proper example (I have been drinking bottles from this same case for years and the cork was perfect), but there was just a hint of tiredness that started to show up in the wine. No matter, it is always a treat, but I am going to start drinking up my last ones while this is still a background note.
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White - Sparkling
4/25/2019 - Eric Likes this wine:
95 points
Celebrating CellarTracker's Fifteenth Anniversary (Seattle, WA): Simply lovely bottle of Dom. Broader shouldered than many vintages, bubbles relaxing with some age, this reminds me a bit of the 1996, sort of a white Burgundy with some bubbles. It drank well and unfolded beautifully for hours.
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Red
3/21/2019 - Eric wrote:
92 points
Wow this is drinking nicely. It is a lighter vintage of Pegau, peppery and spicy, loaded with garrigue. Clean and pure, deliciously balanced and really entering its prime.
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Red
2000 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/23/2019 - Eric wrote:
95 points
This is drinking surprisingly well. (I had 2000 Lynch Bages and 2000 Ducru last week, and they are very tough sledding right now.)

Tobacco, graphite, black fruit, utterly classic. Tannins are considerable but very fine, fruit is still generous, and the secondaries are just barely forming. This is an adolescent, but it will be majestic as it ages. Very balanced, clean and powerful. Absolutely delicious!
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Red
2/11/2019 - Eric wrote:
91 points
Gorgeously smoky and meaty with nice undertones of cherry.
Beer
2/9/2019 - Eric wrote:
Awesome stout. Chocolate, coffee, and malt but nicely balanced and bitter with a dark finish. I find most of these micro-Stouts to be far, far too sweet. However, this was wonderfully balanced.
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Red
1/2/2019 - Eric wrote:
96 points
My goodness this is drinking well, assuming you enjoy a super-ripe, hot vintage exemplar. Smoky, cocoa-laden, and screaming of right bank Merlot. This is truly delicious without the least hint of dried fruit or overripeness. It is surprisingly fresh with just a touch of green, spicy tobacco. Mostly this, this screams of really lovely Merlot. Really, surprisingly delicious. If you have some, pop one now.
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Red
12/9/2018 - Eric wrote:
91 points
This was much lighter and more elegant than I expected from other reviews. Varietally correct. No overripeness. Quite fresh with good weight. Seems to want a few more years.
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Red
11/27/2018 - Eric wrote:
88 points
Disappointing. Perfect provenance. Perfect cork. Opened up very oxidatively, tired smelling, with a very heavy dose of pickle juice. The palate was decent, so my hope was that with some further aeration this would blow off and improve which it did. Marginally. However I expected more.
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Red
11/27/2018 - Eric wrote:
95 points
Wow, this is screamingly good right now. Still young but so fresh, balancing the cherry and shoe leather of a Chianti with the deeper tobacco and depth reminiscent of a Brunello or even a great Bordeaux. This didn't stand a chance, just drinking perfectly.
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White - Sparkling
11/27/2018 - Eric wrote:
93 points
This is drinking exceptionally well right now. Brioche and cherry. Very fresh but soft with nice maturity. Really quite ready to go.
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Red
2003 Château Péby Faugères St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/5/2018 - Eric wrote:
92 points
Well this is delicious, albeit quite modern, and drinking very well right now. Grilled plum, cocoa, menthol and espresso on the nose. There is a touch of heat and a wafting nose of raisin from the super-hot 2003 vintage. The palate is rich and opulent, smoky, loaded with raspberry and chocolate, hints of tobacco, just bursting with juicy fruit, yet finishing with salty, savory minerality. The acid is very present albeit feeling a little artificial, but what do I know. This is just a fun, pleasurable, delicious wine.
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Red
11/1/2018 - Eric wrote:
90 points
I haven't been drinking enough Cabot. This wine was tough sledding in its youth, but now it is smoky and sultry with blackberry and bacon while still showing the red fruit and acid of its youth. It could still use some more time to unwind even a little more, but I suspect it is close to apogee. It features more and acid and a little less stuffing than some other vintages.
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White
9/9/2018 - Eric wrote:
Interesting and surprisingly herbal nose. Franc! Somewhat heavy, slightly spicy, but low in acid.
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Rosé - Sparkling
8/7/2018 - Eric wrote:
Disgorged June 2016. 100% Meunier. Delicious. A slightly savage edge on the nose with nice weight and texture on a frothy, almost creamy palate.
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Red
2003 Cadence Bel Canto Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/23/2018 - Eric Likes this wine:
92 points
Ben was over recently for a wine tasting and suggested it might be time to drink this up. Absolutely lovely, resolved, excellent acidity and freshness, dark, faintly herbal, tobacco, dark fruit. This is indeed ready. No overt tannin. Nothing tired or fading. Just at peak, soft, expressive, and mature. Really enjoyable.
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White
6/14/2018 - Eric wrote:
87 points
Savory and dry with excellent minerality. Medium weight. Quite clean and pleasing.
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