Tasting Notes for lvjohn

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Red
12/5/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
95 points
Terrific! Wow! This was a beautiful wine. Lots of pinot flavor of dark red fruits (dark cherry, black raspberry) and spices that evolved in the glass and the bottle. It held up for three nights before the second pour. Nearly perfect in every detail.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/5/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
95 points
Very dark golden brown (amber). It has aged well. This is still a terrific wine and we are lucky to have some bottles left. Sweet, but not cloying or off-putting. Flavors of honey, caramel, and a hint of citrus.
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Red
12/4/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
95 points
Stunning! Decanted and poured into large bowl glasses and waited a bit. This wine has arrived. There was no discoloration on the edges. It was nearly perfect. Very full with great balance and wonderful fruit and spice notes. Beautiful nose. Great aftertaste as well. What a joy and privilege to taste this wine.
Red
12/4/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
94 points
Outstanding! Decanted and filtered to remove solids and then about an hour and a half rest. Wonderful balance and proportionality between the tannins, fruit, and spice. Great mouthfeel and complexity which should over the course of the evening. Clean and very pure all the way through. Lots of life in this one.
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Red
12/1/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
93 points
Needs lots of air to really open and develop, but when it does, it is a beauty. Plenty of Grenache (Connonau) sweetness and flavors. The other grapes in the blend provide some spice and aromatic complexity. There is lots to love in this wine.
White - Off-dry
11/27/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
94 points
Everyone's favorite at the table with our Thanksgiving Day feast. Delicious with lots of white fruits and excellent acidity. Lots of life let in this one.
Red
11/27/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
91 points
This needs a longer decant than minutes long one we gave it. It seems like it might be turning although there was no browning of the wine. It eventually opened up to reveal lots of wood and fruit. Didn't seem very complex. Just might be a little bottle variation.
Red
11/27/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
93 points
This was a fine companion to our Thanksgiving Day meal including the turkey. Lots of fruit and modest complexity. Decanted for at least 2 hours prior to drinking. It lasted well into Saturday in good shape. The cab. franc will fool no one that it's French!
White - Sparkling
11/25/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
93 points
TADAMS66 described this wine very aptly. This wine is dry and crisp in the mouth, but not excessively so. I agree that this is a relative bargain.
Red
11/24/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
94 points
This is still a wonderful and beautiful wine. It retains a youthful energy while delivering great red and dark red fruit flavors. There is a special depth to this wine that I think of as distinctly DuMOL. There is a great future for this one for those lucky enough to have some on hand. We drank our bottle over several evenings and it retained its freshness and flavors throughout.
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White
11/22/2021 - lvjohn wrote:
89 points
I'm undecided about this one. It tastes an awful lot like less expensive versions of similar blends, but with much better purity and the presence of grapes that were harvested on time. It was a good companion to my wife's squash soup and her tuna salad with cannellini beans. Don't drink it too cold. Pull it out of the fridge about 30 minutes before consuming.
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Red
11/22/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
95 points
Seems to have lots just a bit of the freshness of the first bottle, but it is still a fantastic wine. There is lots of life left and great pleasure.
Red
11/19/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
94 points
Terrific! Reminds me of the late 2000’s Gap’s Crown that got high scores in the wine press. Great red fruit flavors with complexity, spice, mouthfeel and purity.
Red
11/19/2021 - lvjohn wrote:
92 points
What it lacks in complexity, it makes up for with solid fruit flavors of dark fruit, purity, and a fine finish.
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White
11/15/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
92 points
Very nice wine with typical Bevan SB flavors and lots of solids in the bottle.
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Red
11/15/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
93 points
A very fine bottle. No decant, but consumed most of the bottle in one evening with my wife. Gorgeous deep red fruits on the nose and in the mouth. Very clean and very active in the mouth. Aftertaste caresses the mouth. Drinking extremely well now and much better than our first bottle.
Red
11/12/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
93 points
This is drinking very nicely right now. We decanted it and let it rest for a while, but it didn't really open much. The next day it was ready. It display a great balance between the soft, almost fruit of the Grenache and the peppery nature of the Syrah. Very, very clean with a really nice mouthfeel. The nose was that of the Grenache with a red fruit sweetness. The aftertaste was modestly long.
Red
11/8/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
90 points
Quite tasty. Good dark red fruit with a bit of spice. Nothing very complex, but very satisfying and well worth the price. Could turn out to be a super bargain.
White
11/8/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
95 points
One of the finest Chardonnays of the vintage for us. Drank over three days with ever increasing intensity and beauty. This is a terrific wine that delivers a great drinking experience.Great nose with citrus notes and a great tasting experience of citrus, some pear, and tropical fruit. Great purity.
Red
11/8/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
94 points
This is a very fine California cabernet for sure. Decanted and left to open for several hours. Initially the red fruit was bright and satisfying but after four hours after the initial taste, it started to fade. In between it was terrific.
Red
11/8/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
99 points
Easily the best Brunello we've drunk! We wanted something really different with our grilled flank steak and this proved a winner all the way around. Decanted and let rest for several hours. Great floral and fruit nose. Intense flavor and complexity on the pallet. Long lovely enduring aftertaste such that rarely happens like this wine offers. Drinking superbly now.
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Red
11/8/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
93 points
Delicious deep red cherry and other red fruits combined with a bit of spice made this a big winner for us. Great mouthfeel and some acidic brightness really helped. As things go with K-B, this is an expensive bargain. It's drinking well now and may just get better.
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Red
11/6/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
93 points
Oh so delicious with generous red fruit and Zinfadel spice. Gained intensity and a bit more complexity through out the evening and into the next day. Great mouthfeel and purity also. A great wine bargain if ever I tasted one.
Red
11/2/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
93 points
What an improvement some time in the cellar makes. This was an amazingly good wine for a relative pittance in cost. Lots of cherry and other red fruits in the mouth, some complexity, and a very clean and pure framework.
Red
11/2/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
92 points
Very tasty and fresh tasting. No notes.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
11/2/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
95 points
Outstanding in its mature form. No notes.
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Red
2006 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/26/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
92 points
Gave it a 5 hour decant. Even then, it was a bit closed and tannic with little fruit showing, but eventually as we ate our dinner dark fruits showed up along with the pencil lead others have commented on. Overall, it is very clean, understated, and a good companion to food. I'm hoping this is a temporary stage in its evolution.
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White
10/25/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
98 points
It is a practically perfect wine with incredible purity, depth of flavor, mouthfeel, aftertaste/persistence, and perfect balance between the acidity and the fruit. Tastes of citrus and tropical fruits. This is an amazing wine.
Red
10/25/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
94 points
Really outstanding south Rhone wine that matured into something very special. Deep and complex flavors of dark red and black fruit. Amazing mouth feel and excellent persistence. This really became a very special wine.
Red
10/24/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
92 points
Very fine wine with lots of red fruit and vibrancy. Excellent mouthfeel, aftertaste, and the quality we've come to expect from DuMol.
Red
10/21/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
93 points
Very fine wine with the best aspects of the Sonoma county vineyards KB draws upon to fashion this wine. Lots of red fruit including strawberry and a bit of raspberry in the mouth. Pleasant nose also.
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White
10/19/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
91 points
Very delicious wine that is typical of the winery's past efforts with this grape. If you like a slightly sweet style of SB you will love this wine.
White
10/19/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank over three days with the third one the most interesting. The wine developed a slightly spicy aspect with the Bosc pear character. Quite understated for DuMol, but very delicious.
Rosé
10/19/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
91 points
We learned with this bottle that it can last more than one day after opening. The fruit was still there and the wine enjoyable. No obvious defects.
Red
10/11/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
90 points
A very good everyday pinot that hints a better days ahead. It has typical pinot fruit of strawberry, a bit of cherry, and a bit of raspberry. Very well made also.
White
10/11/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
93 points
We are impressed with the quality and purity of this wine. It's a gem. Great acid to fruit balance. The fruit is a bit citrusy and pear with notes of a tart apple. What a fine wine for the money.
Red
2007 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/9/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
98 points
This wine is so close to perfection, I wonder why I don't just give it 100 points. Lots of wow factors here with great mouthfeel, great aftertaste, great body and presence. Decanted for about 1.5 hours. What a great wine!
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Red
10/6/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
92 points
Better than the first bottle, but still needs more time in the bottle! It's almost ready. Got more complexity and fruit this time with nice acidity. Very clean and pure. Probably the best Beaujolais we've had in a long long time.
White
10/5/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
91 points
An old favorite that still is a delicious treat. We love the clone used to make this wine. It produces a slightly sweeter wine than the typical CA S.B. It went down so easily I don't quite know what to write other than if you have some, enjoy it now!
Red
9/27/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
92 points
This vintage is definitely inky, deeply flavored (i.e. intense) and delicious. I am amazed that this wine can deliver so much pleasure for such a small price. Clean and pure. It needs decanting because there are some solids to be careful with. Very pleasant aftertaste as well.
White
9/26/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
92 points
Very nice wine, but it's not a competitor to the French versions of viognier. A bit on the sweeter side, but not sweet. Very well made with not defects or off flavors.
Red
9/26/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
90 points
Still very tasty, but not a rock star. One dimensional as I recall.
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Red
2011 Fattoria Petrolo Boggina Val d'Arno di Sopra Sangiovese (view label images)
9/25/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
94 points
Lots of delicious red fruit with great purity and refinement from prolonged bottle ageing. Definitely a great companion to food. Decanted and found on a trace amount of solids. Lots of deep red fruits, excellent mouthfeel and clean aftertaste.
Rosé
9/25/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice but not as good as the last bottle. It seemed to be missing so acid tartness and liveliness.
White
9/21/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
93 points
As usual, we found this wine outstanding because we love the clone it's made from and because to the Dry Stack soil that grape is grown in. This bottle may have been a bit better than previous ones because any rough edges have smoothed out.
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White
9/21/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
93 points
Considerably better than our first bottle. Subtle and smooth with wonderful fine sense of integration. No defects or off flavors. Excellent mouthfeel and aftertaste.
Red
9/21/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
98 points
This is the finest cabs I have ever tasted and one of the finest wines I've ever tasted. Decant this wine to remove the plentiful solids from the bottle and let it have several hours of air to help it open. It was quite tight at first but eventually started a wonderful transformation from very fine to extraordinary. Lots of great cab fruit but always in balance with the tannins and acids. The mouthfeel and sense of purity are great. The finish lingers in the mouth for many minutes. The wine lasted several days with little degradation.
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White - Sparkling
9/18/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
91 points
Tasty and light on its feet. For the price, I think it's hard to beat. Good mousse, nice bread flavors, somewhat one dimensional. Very clean and pure.
Red
9/13/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
89 points
This was the weakest K-B pinot I've tasted. It was pleasant enough, but lacking the special verve that comes with this label. The basic elements were all there, but nothing special can be said about this bottle. Drank over two days with the second one not showing much at all.
Red
9/11/2021 - lvjohn Likes this wine:
95 points
So much better than I remembered the previous bottle. Lots of residua solids in the bottle, but careful decanting avoided most of them. Rich fruit and powerful fragrant nose in every glass. Mouth filling and pure. Great effort. Drank over two days with similar impressions.
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