Tasting Notes for rayq

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Red
10/11/2020 - rayq wrote:
91 points
Mature looking brick red colour. Nose is rich and warm, mature red fruit hinting at that old rioja christmas cake richness. It's not there yet but is certainly heading that way, there's a hint of citrus already. There's also a touch of roasted almost pruney fruit but not stewed.
So much better than my experience last year. Acidity lower than previous bottles, still a nice tartness on the finish.
There's certainly bottle variation in this wine and in this vintage. This is one of the good ones.
This has the potental to increase a lot if this develops like wines such as the '70.
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Red
2003 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/20/2020 - rayq wrote:
88 points
Nice cherry red colour, lighter at the rim.
On the nose there's some typical pencil lead but not much fruit.
On the palate it's quite dilute. Considering the year it's remarkably spirit free. Checking the label I see it claims to be 12.5%.
I certainly can't taste any trace of the heat of the vintage but at the same time this is a disappointing HB, this bottle at least.
Red
1998 Château Kirwan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/4/2020 - rayq wrote:
89 points
Blind it’s obviously Bordeaux blend but not necessarily Bordeaux.
Colour is still on the purple spectrum, secondary development. Black fruit and still some oak which is sadly too obvious.
The palate is muddled, it’s the taste equivalent of cloudy. It’s a tad soupy (I’m not selling it am I) it’s a pleasant enough drink and the remaining couple of bottles can wait in the hope that the oak fades.
Red
6/17/2020 - rayq wrote:
92 points
Almost identical to my last note 8 years ago.
Oak has integrated and tannins are resolved, very drinkable rioja. Still quite primary, I'll keep the remaining couple of bottles for longer to see if a more developed aged profile develops.
Red
6/7/2020 - rayq wrote:
92 points
Red and black fruits on the nose. Quite a glossy mouthfeel. Certainly more modern styled. Quite primary for a 10year old wine. Has years (decades) left. No harm drinking now but this will reward cellaring.
92pts for how it is now.
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Red
5/31/2020 - rayq wrote:
90 points
Light, red fruited, less enjoyable than the last bottle, seemed to lack the fruit profile I found before. Seemed more austere.
Could well have been me.
Red
5/4/2020 - rayq wrote:
91 points
light red/brick red colour, initial ripe fruit lightly coats the tongue. The finish is savoury but not overly acidic. Tasted quite rustic, old wood, traditional. I'm not a huge Sangiovese fan but was quite taken by this. From reading the other notes I'm not sure if this bottle was typical or not.
Red
5/1/2020 - rayq wrote:
91 points
Hint of lift/spirit on the nose. Alcohol noticeable on the palate (feels more than 13.5%) Nice sweet aged fruit, tertiary phase. It's pretty much what I expected and it's an enjoyable aged Chateauneuf but let down by being a bit disjointed with that spikey alcohol note.
Red
4/29/2020 - rayq wrote:
91 points
This bottle similar to the tasting note back in 2015, much better than the bottle from 2019. Polished wood nose, old fruit. Red fruited on the palate with tertiary characteristics, touch of tart fruit. No great length and still doesn't feel like the finished article. A good bottle but not hitting the hights of this wonderful Bodega. More time I reckon.
Red
4/20/2020 - rayq wrote:
92 points
This is vastly improved from my last bottle.
Balsamic and leather notes on the nose. Oak has integrated thankfully. Tertiary but aged sweet fruit notes. Not great length but a lovely mature RdelD that's in a lovely place for my tastes right now.
Age works wonders.
Red
4/12/2020 - rayq wrote:
92 points
In a lovely place right now. Fruit still evident but certainly some secondary development as well. On the more modern side of Rioja but not overdone and oak has integrated nicely. Drinking well at the moment but no need to drink up, life ahead.
Red
1999 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
3/4/2020 - rayq wrote:
93 points
Relatively clean Musar. Sweet fruit note, not as sickly as some of the more funky bottles can taste. Nicely aged profile, tertiary notes.
Interesting. Consistent with other 99's I've tasted.
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Red
2008 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
12/10/2019 - rayq wrote:
Hmm. Un Musar clean nose. Not much there at all. Hint of dirty old barrel. Alcohol peeking through as well. Also quite insipid on the palate. I'm wondering if there is low level tca. Not a very interesting bottle.
I think all is not well.
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Red
11/24/2019 - rayq wrote:
91 points
This is a very modern winery with an emphasis on cleanliness.
They put tissues around the bung on the barrels to catch drips.
However at 19 years this wine tastes anything but modern. It's obviously Rioja, but the new oak has integrated very well and theres'a a nicely aged savoury wine under the cork. It's, perhaps, slightly dilute on the mid palate but that's most likely a vintage characteristic.
I don't drink a lot of this winery but what I have tried I've enjoyed.
Age helps.
Red
10/24/2019 - rayq wrote:
Not a pristine bottle of Prado Enea but it was pleasant. Hints of orange peel and winter spice enveloped in quite a thick, rich wine.
This was a richer mouthfeel than usual, good, not great.
Red
10/24/2019 - rayq wrote:
First time having a Cubillo this old.
I think this is a case of drinking a specific bottle rather than assessing the merits of the vintage.
The colour was quite dense and on opening the wine was similar, quite monolithic. With time in the glass a sweet note developed on the finish and while this never really hit the heights it was a relatively pleasant drink.
Red
10/20/2019 - rayq wrote:
91 points
Initially I thought this was past it but with air it opened to display mature cab sauv character with a new world accent. Time to drink up but give it some time in glass.
Red
10/5/2019 - rayq wrote:
87 points
I love this wine and this winery but this bottle was disappointing.
Very sharp acidity with quite a bitter/sour mouthfeel.
09 was a ripe vintage and at this stage of its evolution I had expected a more rounded fruit forward profile. I know Ardanza is never a fruit bomb, obviously, but there was neither the orange peel quality of aged Ardanzas nor the vanilla oak and fruit of younger releases.
It's a large production wine so hopefully this is just a ringer.
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Red
9/27/2019 - rayq wrote:
93 points
No sign of ageing, the colour still a light cherry red.
Hint of alcohol on the nose but it's certainly not dominant on the palate.
There's lovely sweet fruit on the palate. Black fruit profile. Tannins smooth as silk. In a great place right now and in no way tired so drink or keep I'd say.
Red
9/21/2019 - rayq wrote:
94 points
Lovely pure and delicate. Light and incredibly moreish.
Red fruits on the nose with a hint of smoke(mineral)
Refreshing.
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Red
7/13/2019 - rayq wrote:
91 points
Nice fruit on the palate with a degree of sweetness. The fruit is on the red fruit spectrum. There's some nice refreshing tartness on the finish which balances the sweetness and keeps this refreshing. I like this but it may be too sweet for some Burgundy lovers.
Red
2004 Glaetzer Godolphin Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
6/30/2019 - rayq wrote:
92 points
Deep purple colour. Cork was hardly stained. Big wine for sure but you don't open it expecting anything else. An excellent example of the style. The abv is 15.5 but there's no way you would know. I have experienced more 'spirity' flavours on wines (supposedly) lower than this. There's still some rich fruit (maybe a tad too sweet) it's a big but balanced drop. I liked this much more than I expected to.
Just like some C9 there are moments when only a wine like this really hits the spot.
Red
6/5/2019 - rayq wrote:
93 points
First couple of glasses were quite tightly wound and monolithic but returning to this wine later it had opened up beautifully to reveal an fragrant and evolved wine. Nice aromatics with a rich but not heavy palate and a nice sweetness to the fruit. A great example of Chateauneuf.
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Red
5/4/2019 - rayq wrote:
91 points
I love Pagau, nice southern rhone garrique aromas and flavour.
This bottle showing a little less well than a previous one as the rich viscous nature of grenache seems more dominant. Tastes more like a riper vintage like 2007.
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Red
4/10/2019 - rayq wrote:
87 points
I tried this soon after release but found the acidity off putting. All these years later there's still a bracing line to it. Not my styls as there isn't much complexity to be found behind the acid.
Red
3/26/2019 - rayq wrote:
92 points
Really lovely N Rhone syrah. Touch of smoke/mineral on nose. Bright fruit, resolved, savoury palate. Quite broad. Very nice right now but more life left.
Red
1/27/2019 - rayq wrote:
89 points
I opened a 2001 Tondonia Reserva today to check its progress.
On opening all I got from the nose was a wet mouldy wood note. Not corked I think, more mouldy and dirty. Like I'd fallen while running in the woods in December.
(I'm really selling it here!) Palate was also quite muted. With time open some red fruit flavours appeared but accompanied by a sour cherry acidic flavour.
Not unexpected in a traditional Rioja. The issue is there isn't anything else. None of the complexity I'd expect. No real evolution.
I'm leaving the remainder for a while. The wonderful history of this bodega suggests this will improve considerably.
Point rating relates to how it tasted today.
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Red
2000 Clos du Marquis St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/8/2018 - rayq wrote:
91 points
Still quite dense and concentrated. Fruit and graphite nose. Rich and concentrated on the palate. Still young. Needs more time to unfurl.
Best years ahead I think.
Red
1999 Henschke Cyril Henschke Eden Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/12/2018 - rayq wrote:
89 points
Fairly short and drying on the palate. Comes over a touch simple. Still some black fruit. 14.5% alcohol is not obvious. Not a bad wine but less than what I expected from this winery. Perhaps held too long?
Red
10/13/2018 - rayq wrote:
93 points
Lovely light red colour. Some lifted notes on the nose but with time this gives way to some green capiscum.
On the palate it is red fruited and refreshing. Nice acidity, the 14.5% alcohol is masked. Savory,stemmy. Lovely bottle.
(once I posted this note on CT I saw my previous TN, reassured by my consistency! and how this wine has held up. No rush to finish by the way)
Red
10/1/2018 - rayq wrote:
92 points
This has certainly evolved since my last bottle about 7 years ago.
Colour now showing some bricking. Tobacco, wood smoke on the nose with a hint of orange peel. Tuch of furniture polish. Red fruited tones on the palate with some typical LRA acidity, old oak also. Very enjoyable, no rush to drink up.
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Red
3/25/2018 - rayq wrote:
93 points
On opening the nose was restrained and there was a touch of alcohol heat on the palate. The label states 15%. With time open the alcohol blew off and a nicely mature and restrained Chateauneuf blossomed. There was some swet cherry notes interwoven with garrique. A very nice example of C9.
Much improved on a bottle from the same case opened 7 years ago.
Red
1997 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
1/10/2018 - rayq wrote:
Couldn't be more different to my previous bottle. Pretty clean nose for a Musar, red fruited on the palate, asian spice with a gentle sweetness on the finish. Very enjoyable bottle, and while obviously Musar it avoids the flaws that often plague this wine.
Red
1986 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/1/2018 - rayq wrote:
Tightly wound. With time the nose has classic bordeaux aromas. On the palate though it remains austere.
Red
11/10/2017 - rayq wrote:
92 points
This isn't the most regal old Rioja but it has a nice lifted aroma with some typical old Rioja notes in the background. On the palate there is red fruit and a zippy acidity that makes for a very refreshing drink.
It doesn't have the layers of complexity of the best wines but it's an impressive 47 year old!
Red
11/11/2017 - rayq wrote:
95 points
Another great bottle of this wine. The 73 and 76 at VR are lovely wines.
This 73 was in really good condition and ran an outstanding 75 really close as wotd. Like the best Vina Real's this had a richness and opulence to it. Really distinguished wine.
Red
11/10/2017 - rayq wrote:
94 points
Amazing colour for such an old wine but these CVNE's do age well!
Telltale Rioja notes on the nose, christmas cake and hints of orange peel. Quite rich on the palate, really glides over the tongue, great length.
Really good wine.
Red
10/29/2017 - rayq wrote:
93 points
Quite a herby, mineral nose, reminiscient of northern rhone. On the palate ist red fruited and fresh in the style of a Foillard Morgon. I have very little experience with these wines. I know this is an entry level wine presumably designed for early consumption but age has not diminished its freshness. There is a mouth coating richness to this which reminds me of more fresh styled granache. It's a truly lovely wine. Very enjoyable and exceptional value.
Red
9/24/2017 - rayq wrote:
92 points
Some wines from this vintage can be slightly pruney and hot but this is just a lovely expression of C9.
Quite a leathery/forest floor note on the nose with a hint of ripe cherry. Notes of mineral and blood. Classic Chateauneuf. In the mouth there is a rich sweet fruit texture, quite grenache like. Perhaps lacks a touch of acidity. This is drinking well right now and while there's no rush I don't think this is for the long haul. I'll finish my remaining bottles in the short term.
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Red
2009 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
9/16/2017 - rayq wrote:
91 points
(from 375ml) Unusually clean and fault free Musar. Drinking nicely right now though a touch short and dry on the finish. Will probably reward keeping. Perhaps those divisive Musar characteristics will emerge?
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White - Fortified
N.V. Equipo Navazos La Bota de Manzanilla Nº 71 Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda Palomino Fino (view label images)
9/3/2017 - rayq wrote:
92 points
Gorgeous, easy to drink. EN complexity but not intensity.
Straw coloured. Saline, oxidative, richness. Yum.
Red
8/31/2017 - rayq wrote:
90 points
This has improved a lot since my last bottle in 2010. There is still a tart note on the finish but it has softened considerably. It's nicely rustic, bloody and meaty though not as feral as the 2007. Red fruited, medium body. Will probably improve further and hopefully become more rounded.
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Red
8/8/2017 - rayq wrote:
92 points
I remember tasting this wine before it was released. The vintage was 'Atlantic', slightly cooler and more challenging than is normal in Toro. I recall liking it back then and 13 years later it doesn't disappoint. I tried this wine over two days and it was, in fact, better on day two. It took on a nicely aged character and proves that these wines age very well indeed. The colour wasn't at all brick/tawney and there was still some nice fruit in there. No rush to drink up so long as you like the taste of mature wines.
Red
8/13/2017 - rayq wrote:
93 points
Great example of how well Ribera del Duero can age. Full on fruit profile has taken a back seat to secondary flavours and aromas. Just enough dark fruit to complement the leather and woody spice notes. I have found a bretty/leather note to some vintages and bought the wine because I like this slightly 'rustic' style. This was a very clean example. I stopped buying from this winery because of rude and corporate treatment at the bodega some years ago. I never bought another bottle.
Red
7/25/2017 - rayq wrote:
93 points
A relatively new wine (2011) produced from the Laguardia region of Rioja. It's a blend of Tempranillo (92%) with Graciano making up the rest. The colour is a deep cherry red. On the nose there is a hint of caramel with red fruit notes to the fore. On the palate there is some good quality fruit, on the red fruit spectrum, and a pleasantly rounded mouthfeel, however it avoids being too rich and has a refreshing acidity. It's restrained and refreshing. Will be interesting to see how this develops as it certainly has the ability to age for some time.
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Red
1999 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
6/25/2017 - rayq wrote:
93 points
Lovely mature and clean Musar. There was a thin spirit/alcohol note but it was very much in the backfround. Very enjoyable bottle.
(from half)
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Red
6/24/2017 - rayq wrote:
94 points
Rioja meets California. This is a very well made wine. Not one of Rioja's strongest vintages but this is a really good. It's certainly on the modern end of the spectrum but it is a very satisfying, lush and rich wine but, crucially, not over done in its alcohol or oak treatment. I have no doubt that this wine will last for many years (and will evolve) however I couldn't resist.
Red
5/2/2017 - rayq wrote:
Another poor bottle. Glue on the nose, insipid palate, faulty.
Red
4/15/2017 - rayq wrote:
87 points
Garnet colour, no bricking at the edge. No sign of age in the colour or on the nose. Nose is correct, no flaws, on the palate there's faded fruit and secondary development but no sign of the lovely aged Rioja taste profile. There's some sour/tart cherry notes which would be ok if there was something else there in the attack but sadly there is not. It is, in fact, rather dull and boring. Not convinced more time will do anything for this.
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Red
2/19/2017 - rayq wrote:
86 points
(from 37.5cl) The fill was to low shoulder. Colour was promising, pale ruby/garnet.
Nose isn't giving up much. Old musty wood with a hint of traditional rioja in the background. On the palate it's equally dilute. No faults but this is certainly past its best. Interesting but not exciting.
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