Tasting Notes for randyjc

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Red
3/28/2020 - randyjc wrote:
93 points
Still quite young but starting to open up and be a bit welcoming. The nose is not effusive but is lovely - black fruit and granite. A bit of iron and sweet charred meat. Vanilla - must be some new oak in there. The mouth is an explosion of acid, tannin, black fruit but mostly bright red fruit. Pomegranate. Tart cherry - more tart black cherry. The tannins are exceedingly fine, the acidity is medium plus. Long finish. Light bodied but pretty big everything else. Five years, or more, when the tannins calm this wine is going to be so seductive. Impressive. Second night update - the wine is really masculine but magical. Heavy dose of iron, bit of iodine. The fruit is so black with no sweetness . Tonight the finish is explosive - high acid along with quick-drying tannins, then the acid returns to carry the finish long. Second night proves the genius of this wine.
Red
3/28/2020 - randyjc wrote:
91 points
Much better second day even though was pretty good on opening. Very un-Napa like - firm and earthy, subtle fruit. Good depth with black fruit, gravel and a touch of menthol. A little more heat day two but not distracting. A solid Costco purchase.
Red
3/24/2020 - randyjc wrote:
92 points
This is a really good wine from one of the better Washington cabernet producers. I echo the comments in the note from Griswold. The only thing about Adams Bench is that its wines are slow to develop - yummy when young though often a little hot, but divine when older. Feet firmly planted in the Andrew Will style, the wines are impeccably balanced, lush and racy. This wine is all of that - rich, deeply flavored, cassis and smooth tannins with that bit of bakers chocolate near the end and on the finish. Wines like this I wish I could taste them ten years from now right now.
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Red
3/21/2020 - randyjc wrote:
92 points
This is aging quickly but quite nicely. Looking back on my tasting notes I noted early aging two years ago and bricking a year ago and it is the same in that regard. The acidity is not quite as snappy and vivid and the leather and earthiness are much further developed. The wine is engaging with depth and a very long finish. It really needs air - I was unimpressed when I first opened it, but 90 minutes later it is everything you could expect and more. Adding in notes from night two - tasted blind this is a warm vintage Brunello. Exceptional depth, lush mouth feel, incredible finish.
Remarkable wine.
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Red
3/19/2020 - randyjc wrote:
92 points
Quite an exceptional Beaujolais. Bright ruby, spicy with a strong streak of minerality. Cherry - ripe, warm cherry both on the nose and in the mouth. Prominent and lovely acidity that just carries the finish. Lovely. Second night notes - the wine is really gone. No charm, oddly disjointed. Not bad but just weird. So the lesson is clear - drink it all night one.
Red
3/18/2020 - randyjc wrote:
95 points
This wine is spectacular. Followed it over six hours when, sadly, it was gone. Shared it with a friend and we did a Skype tasting. The way of the New World.
The aromatics are so elegant - pine, black cherry. Spice box or Christmas spice - never been sure what those meant but it seemed that way. In the mouth, it’s tart cherry, black cherry, exceptionally fine-grained sweet tannins. Exceptionally lengthy finish during which the tannins follow a bell curve and at the end, when dropping off, the tannins give way to lingering acidity. Lush, light-bodied mouth feel. Undertone of earthiness late in the evening. Truly an excellent wine.
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Red
3/17/2020 - randyjc wrote:
90 points
This is just right except for some slightly off funkiness, though that faded away as the wine warmed and was open a couple hours. Overwhelming dusty green pepper but the fruit is cherry and the acids are moderate. Just lovely. Goes great with pandemics.
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Red
3/15/2020 - randyjc wrote:
88 points
A little too black and tarry - muted aromatics, soft mouthfeel (which is nice), black fruit but barely fruited. Soft tannins and moderate/light acidity. Overall pleasant with food and not that good of a sipping wine. I’m in no hurry to drink the remaining bottles but I don’t think there is much room for improvement. Integrated though maybe a little primary.
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Red
3/14/2020 - randyjc wrote:
89 points
Pretty much all about flavor - the barbera of the CDP. Lush and rich without much structure or tannin. Enjoyable, with that grenache sweetness that can be so appealing along with the band of bright red, ripe fruit. Acids are tame. Nice sipping wine.
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White
3/5/2020 - randyjc wrote:
91 points
This wine’s appeal increased as it was open. Drank at cellar temp (52) and at first it had subtly pretty aromatics but a bit of hollowness on the mid-palate. After 30 minutes in the glass, though, that filled in and this was a very pretty wine - white tree fruit nose, crisp but not overly acidic or citrus flavor palate. The wine has an appealing elegance - no clunky oak or distracting vanilla. Nice wine at a nice price point.
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Red
2/27/2020 - randyjc wrote:
This is all over the place disjointed. It is going to be fine in a couple of years (or more) but right now it’s like tasting barrel samples.
Red
2/24/2020 - randyjc wrote:
89 points
Ordered off restaurant wine list. Strong primary smells and flavors of kirsch, menthol and baker’s chocolate. A little clunky which I expected to have dropped away by now - I think this wine will be substantially better in 5 years. Too much new oak so some resulting vanilla, which was unwelcome. Nice mouth feel. Just seems to be promising a better life ahead. If I owned any of these I would ignore for quite a while. Pleasant enough today.
Red
2/22/2020 - randyjc wrote:
92 points
This is a very good Barolo - still young but with substantial promise. The aromatics are the most remarkable thing about the wine - pine needles just leap from the glass. In the mouth the tannins are softening and are fine-grained. Bright acidity start to finish. Surprisingly feminine for a Serralunga wine.
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Red
2/22/2020 - randyjc wrote:
92 points
Calmed down a little and starting to integrate. Lush, ripe black fruit flavors, medium-high acidity that carries the wine start to lengthy finish. Nice wine.
Red
2000 Château Haut-Bergey Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/14/2020 - randyjc wrote:
90 points
An understated showing but mature with no hard edges, no flaws. Seemed only to be lacking vitality which, given its age, seems no surprise. Understated nose and diminishing fruit, yielding to classic aged Bordeaux flavors of earth, pipe tobacco and a bit of leather. A nice match with grilled NY steak.
White
2/14/2020 - randyjc wrote:
89 points
A bright, mostly clean, unusual white from Veneto. Surprisingly good for the modest cost. Compelling nose - better than the wine. The nose is soft melon and white pear. White flower and beautifully fragrant. Very light-bodied, almost thin in the mouth. The melon from the nose runs through the flavor profile but is lifted by bright acidity and a smokiness that seems slightly out of place. Strong minerality mid-palate. Lengthy finish that builds on citrus and acid for several seconds before starting to decline. Quite nice. Well worth the fare.
Red
2/11/2020 - randyjc wrote:
I was way underwhelmed by this - and I am a big fan of Reynvaan wines generally and, in particular, the Crush syrah wines. But this was just weird - flat and funky like it had at least 50% rocks syrah mixed in with cabernet. I ended up pouring it out. And, no, it was not flawed. It just wasn't very good. I’ll wait a bit and check the other bottles - Reynvaan is too good a producer to make this wine so I’m hoping it’s bottle variation.
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Red
2/5/2020 - randyjc wrote:
89 points
This wine seems to be in between - past primary, not yet developing tertiary flavors and, thus, a bit more subdued than I expected. My last bottle was 4 years ago and it was so tight and young. This was open all day and decanted for 2 hours just before dinner. Not showing much fruit though a bit of red currant. Earth and saddle leather, again just a bit. Austere. Another four or five years and I think the wine will be substantially improved.
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Red
2/4/2020 - randyjc wrote:
93 points
The best showing and, naturally, my last bottle. A svelte and beautifully deep wine showing cassis, brambles and eucalyptus. Great mouth feel, lengthy finish. Drank alongside a 2006 Grand-Puy Lacoste which was fun but the wines are not even remotely similar.
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White - Sparkling
2/2/2020 - randyjc wrote:
87 points
For the $11 tariff this is first-rate stuff. I would likely have called it a blanc de noir more than BdB - soft, a bit lush. A little bit hollow mid-palate but, a reminder - it was $11. A seriously impressive QPR.
Red
1/20/2020 - randyjc wrote:
93 points
This wine is just so good in such a straightforward “love me” way. Bright red fruit, vibrant acidity and a prominent streak of granitic minerality from start to its lengthy finish of ripe quince and pie cherry. Just an exceptional bottle of wine.
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Red
12/22/2019 - randyjc wrote:
89 points
Exceptionally old world. Earthy and funky and deep. A little bit of spoiled hay flavor. Still an excellent wine.
Red
12/22/2019 - randyjc wrote:
91 points
still relatively fresh and vibrant. Better than 7 years ago but I probably missed it’s best showing somewhere between those dates. Still, an enjoyable and engaging wine. It needed about an hour in the decanter to shake off an unpleasant bit of astringency. But the it was subtle and balanced. Reticent nose, red and blue fruits, a bit of earth and a lovely acidic finish. The astringency remained though. The only imperfect part of the wine but it really detracted. Last bottle of 4 several years ago. And it is time. The arc is now downward. To be expected at this age.
Red
12/14/2019 - randyjc wrote:
92 points
This is still primary but surprisingly open. Great depth of flavor, prominent acidity but not out of balance. The nose is classic - menthol, tart cherry, rocks and a hint of tar. The mouth-feel is excellent - a bit lush even though the wine is light-bodied. Darker flavors - an appealing earthiness, black raspberry, menthol and tar. Good minerality and a long finish. The wine had been decanted 3 hours and after 2 hours out on the table it had tightened up a little bit near the end.
White
12/8/2019 - randyjc wrote:
86 points
Not bad - better once it had been open 45 minutes or so. Kind of an odd, bitter flavor at the end but otherwise it's soft white tree fruit with good acidity. It's a large summer party kind of wine if you can get a good price on it.
Red
12/8/2019 - randyjc wrote:
92 points
Surprisingly mature at this point - quite orange all the way through, not just bricking. Soft tannins, medium acidity, dark and earthy flavors as an underlay with black cherry as the primary fruit. Quite enjoyable both alone and with food but I think this is now headed downhill unless the bottle was just aberationally aged.
Red
12/7/2019 - randyjc wrote:
91 points
Clean, bright red, crunchy minerality. Pretty much everything you could ask for in Rossese. Fun sipping but also a good food wine - perhaps not enough acidity to stand up to the most tomato-saucy of foods. A good match-up with bolognese.
Red
12/7/2019 - randyjc wrote:
92 points
Quite excellent - sharp and intense flavors of bright cherry and spice. A decent dose of minerality and acid. A superb match with a roasted chicken - it drew out the saltiness and fat and smoothed everything away. A truly lovely wine.
White - Sparkling
12/7/2019 - randyjc wrote:
89 points
So a famous name making Italian pinot noir sparkling wine. Turned out fine. There are a handful of champagne producers making wine this good at this price point and I prefer those, but this is pretty darn good stuff. Crisp, citrusy but with some depth that lingers into a ten-second or so finish. A bit yeasty, though not much. Mostly clean citrus and minerals. Nothing out of whack. Good stuff.
Red
12/5/2019 - randyjc wrote:
90 points
Immediately on opening this was earthy and smelling strongly of soft, aging green pepper. Earth and black and red plums and dark herbs. The slightly spoiled green pepper flavor became stronger and moved the wine out of balance after it was in the glass about 30 minutes. Half a bottle remaining so I'm looking to evaluate it at the one-day-open mark. I love the Raffault les picasses wine but this one felt a bit off. Updated 24 hours later: The wine is soft and full and even a bit voluptuous. The green pepper is barely there but the thick earthiness is exceptional. Really a lovely wine - and the lesson is to decant all day.
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White
11/28/2019 - randyjc wrote:
89 points
I adore the Richard’s Cuvee 2017 but this Durant is SO sulfuric and match stick. There should be a warning label for those of us that find that reductive flavor/smell completely intolerable. Beyond that, the wine is solidly good. Grassy, green apple, bracing acidity. Young wine. I understand that some people like reduction - I wish I did because it would take the guesswork out of buying Oregon Chardonnay. Tried to rate this without taking my personal preferences as to reduction into account. Hard to do.
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Red
11/27/2019 - randyjc wrote:
85 points
This is just supermarket wine. Maybe top shelf supermarket wine but still - hot, one-dimensional. Not unpleasant, just nothing.
Red
11/26/2019 - randyjc wrote:
88 points
For a California cabernet, this was a good price - $30. It's a decent wine with no unpleasant characteristics. Sweet oak, soft tannin. A little flat mid-palate. Still, a nice wine for sipping or with something like roast beef or beef stew. As California goes, this is a QPR champ but that's not saying much.
Red
11/20/2019 - randyjc wrote:
92 points
Spectacular chianti nose - spice, black tea, plums, cherries and menthol. Initial attack is vivid acidity, cherries, strawberries and maybe black plum. Some black fruit. As the wine blossoms in the mouth the acidity carries lovely tart pie cherry sensation with bright red cherry and black cherry (there’s a lot of cherry in here) flavors along with what, to me, remains the signature for sangiovese which is black tea. Wonderful finish - long, resolving tannins, grippy acidity that just stays and affects the mouth. This is way better than I thought it would be.
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Red
11/17/2019 - randyjc wrote:
93 points
One year since my last bottle - it remains rich and deep. A powerful rendition of Sangiovese. Layered black and blue fruit, tobacco, black tea. Fine tannins, good acidity and a long finish. The only flaw is not really a flaw - pretty much just a bit of heat near the end. All in all, this is a lovely wine, matured a little earlier than I anticipated though will age gracefully for several years yet.
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Red
11/17/2019 - randyjc wrote:
90 points
Youthful but both drinking well and holding promise of better days. Black fruit, charred meat, fine-grained tannin and strong granitic minerality. Not much more one can ask for sub-$30. Well done.
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Red
11/10/2019 - randyjc wrote:
90 points
Some really good things about this wine - lovely mouth feel, fine-grained tannins, blackberry and chocolate. What isn’t great about the wine should resolve over the next 5 years - heat, port-like alcohol, and aggressive acidity and tannin. The wine has great potential but right now it’s just too untamed. I’m looking forward to it in 3 -5 years.
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White - Sparkling
11/10/2019 - randyjc wrote:
88 points
Nice though subtle flavors. For the price this is pretty much impossible to beat. White tree fruit. Smells of citrus but doesn’t taste it.
Red
10/31/2019 - randyjc wrote:
93 points
The smell jumped out of the bottle as soon as the cork was pulled. Vibrant cherry menthol. Dark and brooding in flavor - earth and cherries with a little black tea - it still has sufficient fresh acidity to make it feel lively in the mouth. Lush and altogether an excellent wine. One note, however, is that on tasting 12 hours later the freshness was gone leaving behind a bit of a heavy port-like alcoholic mess. No left-overs next time.
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White
10/29/2019 - randyjc wrote:
87 points
Nice flavors - soft white tree fruit with good acidity. But maybe because of its youth, the wine is unbalanced. The minerality is not prominent though I don’t think it has much anyway. Acidity tramples the soft and delicate flavors and then it seems so weird to have the wine be a bit sweet. Strange stuff. Still - fun to drink something for which I have no frame of reference. Altesse? Fun!!
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Red
10/12/2019 - randyjc wrote:
95 points
Not quite a year since my last bottle. Also, lots of sediment, like every one I have had. But - this is a wonderful Barolo in a difficult year. Sensual and elegant and even sexy. Soft scents of menthol and rose and tart cherry. We opened and drank almost right away and it was wonderful. Two hours later the wine blossomed with more prominent tannins and acidity but the underlying flavors are deep and even a little brooding. Dark over-ripe raspberry, black tea, menthol. Really a beautiful wine. To take Cannubi vineyard grapes and turn them into a wine of this subtlety and complexity in 2009 in a testament to the skills of Chiara Boschis and her team. Fabulously well done. We drank this bottle with vegetarian lasagna and super-tender filet on a crisp early fall evening. Could not have been more perfect. Magnifico.
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Red
10/4/2019 - randyjc wrote:
95 points
This wine is so brilliant - more Margaux than Napa. Incredible depth both on the nose and in the mouth, all elements pulled together. Soft tannins, subtle flavors, lengthy finish. More mature than anticipated.
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White
9/26/2019 - randyjc wrote:
88 points
Exceptionally pleasant wine - soft white tree fruit flavors, modest acidity. Drank on a cool early fall evening surrounded by beauty so may be overestimating the wine. My third bottle of this and I find it intriguing and, for the price, difficult to beat.
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Red
9/18/2019 - randyjc wrote:
88 points
This was $20 well spent. Soft mouth feel, bright red fruit, moderate acidity and a mish-mash of pleasant flavors. Tastes a bit like Nebbiolo without the high acids and puckering tannins. All in a low-alcohol package. Surprisingly good.
Red
9/11/2019 - randyjc wrote:
93 points
This surprised me with how good it is. Black, black, black fruit and earth along with charcoal, a bit of tar, a hint of blue flower. But really a dark, rich wine. High alcohol but it doesn’t show it much. I had it over 2 hours decanting only at the beginning of that time and it softened only slightly. Years ahead of it but quite compelling now.
Red
9/10/2019 - randyjc wrote:
85 points
This was a hot, tarry mess. Three prior bottles had been fine though always big and never nuanced. This was a sledgehammer bottle. It did not seem flawed, just too much.
White - Sparkling
9/8/2019 - randyjc wrote:
93 points
This wine remains a beauty - soft and elegant with just the right bit of crisp acidity. Excellent depth of flavor, lengthy finish. Warmed ten degrees from refrigerator temperature it was truly gorgeous. One of those wines I was sorry to be sharing because it was so good but glad to share because it was so good.
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Red
9/8/2019 - randyjc wrote:
93 points
Had to add a couple of experience points just because it was so fun to drink a 30-year-old Barolo. Quite smooth, lush even. Some bricking but not what I anticipated. Plum and menthol nose but subtle. The mouth feel was exceptional - so silky. Soft tannins nearly gone. Dark plum flavors predominate, some cherry and a little spice and earth. A wonderful experience, and thanks to my daughter and son-in-law for giving that to me a few years ago. At the time I made the decision to hold to age 30 and it was a good choice. Fun!!
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Red
9/2/2019 - randyjc wrote:
90 points
Quite a lovely wine, though it needed a couple hours air and chilling to about 62 degrees. It then showed beautifully - vivid acidity, gorgeous soft beaujolais dusty, round red fruit. Super soft tannins. Just the perfect early fall evening wine.
Red
9/2/2019 - randyjc wrote:
88 points
Best showing of 4 bottles over 6 years but still earns its status as a “don’t buy again” bottle. It seems to have put on some weight but it’s still a light-bodied wine without anything likable to grab onto. Decent though muted aromatics of blackberries and menthol, smooth mouthfeel and a balanced if unmemorable flavors. I should know better than to buy wine named using rock music lyrics.
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