Tasting Notes for MindMuse

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Red
3/19/2020 - MindMuse Likes this wine:
95 points
Wow, this is really terrific stuff, albeit still drinking quite young.
Dense garnet, with cherry, red plum, tobacco, creosote, menthol, cocoa, crushed rock. This really blossoms with a decant or time in glass. Powerful yet lively, with considerable tannic framework surrounding it. This is under evolution to become a profound CCR. 94 easy today with upside to 96+ in a few years.
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Red
3/13/2020 - MindMuse wrote:
95 points
Took to an event. Big, deep and solid. Unfolded very nicely with decanting. Great nose, and packed palate. Can certainly hold.
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Red
3/8/2020 - MindMuse wrote:
Bricking garnet with a fair amount of sediment, both fine and chunky, in the glass. Nose is earthy, smoky (sweet cigar ash), cherry tart. On the palate tart cherry, somewhat dried rather than fresh, loads of volcanic minerality, some floral violet retronasal effects. At one point a touch of fennel seed, at another Fletcher's Castoria. Over the course of the evening it did become increasingly acerbic and decreasingly fruit-giving. Started a solid 91, but I had to play with it temperature-wise way to much to get it in a good zone, so scoring it a 90 and would suggest it can easily drop in quality experience if the temp is too cold or too warm. It's a finicky wine, but if you get it in the right spot with your temp and glass it's quite enjoyable.
White
2/28/2020 - MindMuse wrote:
Nice minerality and texture, with some floral and saline features. This was well received by a wine group, and excellent with blackened tilapia fish tacos.
And a highly unusual variety, Albilla.
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White
2/13/2020 - MindMuse wrote:
91 points
A very pleasant Chardonnay that is more of a food Chard than a "porch sipper", with ripe but tart apple, minerality, vanilla cream, and soft floral overlay.
Red
2/11/2020 - MindMuse wrote:
91 points
Nice drinking bottle, with rich blueberry and cassis aromas, sous bois, menthol. Still good fruit density and richness. After open a while started leaning too acidic, otherwise would have rated a point higher.
Red
1/2/2020 - MindMuse wrote:
90 points
Ready to go Pnp, smooth, tasty and juicy Cab without any particular distinction. 89-90. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt as the two of us (to wit, 75% me) consumed it entirely the first night.
Red
12/21/2019 - MindMuse wrote:
100 points
Wow, what a profound wine!
Black cherry, black raspberry, pencil lead, herbs, green tobacco, bay leaf, tomato leaf, violets, mineral, coriander, anise; it just unfolds layers and layers of goodness.
So lithe on the palate, but with great power and structure. A beautiful seamless finish. Cerebral rather than hedonistic.
With prime ribeye steaks. Thanks for bringing this, Gary!
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Red
12/21/2019 - MindMuse wrote:
96 points
Rich and hedonistic wine with loads of cassis, black raspberry, plum, charcoal, camphor, herbs. Tannins are quite gentle and this is drinking absolutely great right now. Enjoyed with prime ribeyes. Lunch on day two it even seemed a bit more polished. 96+
White
12/9/2019 - MindMuse wrote:
88 points
Light gold with lime pith, acacia, petrichor aromas. Light body at 12.5%, dry, with nice flavor intensity of grapefruit, mineral wash, and, well, lots more grapefruit.
I would recommend this.
Red
11/22/2019 - MindMuse wrote:
Took to a Bien Nacido wine dinner event.
Drink up, but will still profit from some decanting or air over pop-and-pour.
Red
10/15/2019 - MindMuse Likes this wine:
95 points
My first First Things First, this impressed right away with exotic and complex aromatics. Black and red fruit mix, kirsch, herbs, garrigue, lavender, licorice, tomato leaf, black pepper, minerals. Supple bodied with plenty of energy and fine grained tannin. Like a lithe CdP with both fresh spiciness and hefty depth. Lovely stuff. Likely to improve a bit too over next couple of years. 95+
Red
Plush and polished with really good quality of fruit. This over-delivers for the price.
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Red
2009 Château Kirwan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/14/2019 - MindMuse wrote:
93 points
Deep ruby with an immediately redolent nose of dark florals and blackberry, as if framed on a cedar chest. A low range of charcoal smoke emerges. Palate is rich, concentrated blackberry, raspberry, which conveys a really delicious mid palate and persists with an ever-so-slight tannic pull. Lovely with steak au poivre.
Red
6/29/2019 - MindMuse Likes this wine:
92 points
Although this played second fiddle to a lovely 2012 aMaurice Artist blend yesterday, it opened a more complex palate on day 2 and was drinking nicely. I tend to like the Pedestals with more age on them as I think of them as American versions of Pomerol. Day 1 a 91, Day 2 a 92. Ultimately I'm not sure, but if I owned this vintage I'd bet on 10-13 years maturity paying better dividends.
Red
6/29/2019 - MindMuse Likes this wine:
92 points
Took this to a wine lunch and it was very well received though none of the six of us had had an aMaurice before. It even outshined a 2012 Long Shadows Pedestal, a wine I am very fond of.

A pretty, bright ruby in glass, the aromatics were immediately appealin, led by polished French Oak spice on top of ripe cherry, red plum, sweet blossoms, and hint of fresh-tilled topsoil. It's medium bodied, round and evinced a touch of RS on the tongue, delivering cherry, soft plum, cocoa powder and dust, notions of blistered shishitos (at least that's what I wish I had to complement it). While it drinks very smoothly, after a bit evidence of very soft tannins reveals itself. The retronasal perfume of this blend is quite outstanding. A wine of finesse, not power. It can go a couple more years but I'd only wait if you don't like French oak perfume (not the texture) to be so prominent. Me, I love how it's a floral frame right now, and think I drank this at peak for me. I'd be afraid the touch of residual sugar would stick out more as fruit and tannins diminish.
Red
4/23/2019 - MindMuse Does not like this wine:
75 points
If a strawberry could be as hard, dry, and rough as a brick, and you dipped it in balsamic vinegar, that would be this wine right now.

In case you weren't sure, I wasn't burying a compliment in there.
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Red
4/12/2019 - MindMuse wrote:
A very savory showing on this bottle, almost tertiary aromatics. Tasty.
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Red
4/11/2019 - MindMuse wrote:
91 points
A very nice ER, if somewhat a steep tariff at $50. Complex nose and palate with dried strawberry and cherry, dried bubble gum, camphor, beef, sweet topsoil. Improved consistently with time in glass. Still has some backbone. Very much a food wine. 90-91
White - Sweet/Dessert
3/9/2019 - MindMuse wrote:
97 points
Orangish amber color, all kinds of Chenin smells. Layers of dried candied fruits and flowers, candied ginger, beeswax, slight wooliness. Evolves with air and warmth. Perceived sweetness varied at different times, good no matter how sweet it came across though it was never highly sweet to me. As good or better day two, showing some fall off third day but it was only a couple of ounces so was getting a lot of oxygen. This is a top tier wine, a beauty at 30 years, and I'm glad I have another for down the road (plus a Clos du Bourg sister wine). 97-98
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Red
2/9/2019 - MindMuse wrote:
93 points
Drank exactly 7 years after first bottle, and drinking great.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2007 Château de Myrat Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/12/2019 - MindMuse wrote:
75 points
Not a good showing at all. Rich tropical fruits, drying a bit, but with an almost chemical bitterness and not much acidity support. Never finished it over three days and it was going further from drinkability over that time.
Red
3/14/2019 - MindMuse wrote:
Dense and muscular with some garrigue lift to it. Over-delivering for its price point right now.
Red
3/4/2019 - MindMuse wrote:
Very good, especially after a little bit of air, but surprisingly did not seem to speak distinctly of terroir or even necessarily as Syrah. The vineyard site is so remarkable and distinctive that this is a bit of a conundrum.
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Red
2/5/2019 - MindMuse Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow, this was startlingly good. Premier cru Burgundy good, and quite reminiscent of same. Good delineation, earthy depth, fruit purity, and structure. Drink or hold. I will keep an eye out for more.
Red
2/23/2019 - MindMuse wrote:
A nice find on the list at Bread-and-Butterfly. Soft earthy fruit with a suitable layer of Brett for our liking.
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Red
2004 Calabretta Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
1/30/2019 - MindMuse wrote:
I really like these wines. Just pops after about 20 minutes with exotic aromatics. Minerally, soil-inflected, and soft juiciness. 91-92
Red
2/9/2019 - MindMuse wrote:
flawed
Minty plum/prune. Serviceable, not inspiring. Provenance may have been too warm too long. I'll call this one flawed, your mileage may vary, but this was about 85-86.
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White
2/9/2019 - MindMuse wrote:
87 points
Although this does not deliver the depth, intensity, or focus of most 1er Cru Chablis, it does perform like an excellent AOC level Chablis, and given that Costco's price is easily less than most producers' AOC Chablis this I consider this good value and a fine early drinker. Flinty mineral profile more than citrus or saline. 87-88
Red
1999 Urbina Rioja Selección Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
2/9/2019 - MindMuse wrote:
90 points
Okay, this is a nice find, as I just bought a bottle of this retail a few weeks ago as a test bottle. Ruby with still dense core and pale just beginning to brick rim. Relaxed soft vanillins and dill lead the nose, and in a pleasing way, with tobacco leaf, dried cherry, tomato leaf, herbs, kidskin leather. Medium minus body with dried cherry/strawberry/cranberry flavors and marinara notions, still some soft tannins and acid, low alcohol. Hope I can get more of this nicely aged wine as it was a steal at $20. 89-90, drink or hold a couple of years.
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White
12/31/2018 - MindMuse wrote:
92 points
Bright lemony, minerally purity and freshness. Terrific. 92+
Red
10/27/2018 - MindMuse wrote:
I had only had this from Coravined samples previously, and that quite a long time ago when I decided to sit on them a long while. But I grabbed a bottle and pulled the cork several days ago and had this over two days. I don't have specific notes from memory a week later, but this was big, robust, and super tasty. Certainly it leads with a punch, but what I really enjoyed was the complexity and depth of flavor it was bringing. This is developing very, very positively and I'll probably open another first half of 2019.
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Red
10/25/2018 - MindMuse wrote:
83 points
Faded, but not flat or gone, this Cab Pfeffer at 18 years still has some menthol, mixed tart berries, violets, and a nice herbal quality. It was enjoyable with a supreme pizza. RIP Parks Redwine.
Red
9/10/2018 - MindMuse wrote:
There was an initial layer of barnyard funk on night one which colored everything, but on night two it had entirely dissipated, and seemed to be replaced out of the blue with a volatile acidity strain. Actually, night two I would have probably called this as a Chateau Musar as it was very reminiscent of some aged bottles of Musar.
A complex and evolving melange of earth, mineral, fruit, herbs, tobacco, and what not. (At one point my mind said "This now tastes like tomato-ash beetroot." I have NO idea what that means, but this wine is certainly unusual and intriguing.)
Ultimately this lives up to its price tag on the cerebral level, but not on the hedonism level.
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Red
9/8/2018 - MindMuse wrote:
75 points
How is it even possible to have bottle variation in acidity level? But that's all I can imagine given this was an absolute acid Bomb yet others have not commented negatively on acidity. And I am not sensitive to acid - I was just considering buying six Brut Nature sparklers. But this was better suited for the drain wash it ultimately became than a Rioja with food.
White
9/4/2018 - MindMuse Likes this wine:
93 points
This was really delicious and complex. Straw yellow with top layer aromas of cut hardwoods, buttressed with layers of minerals, orange and lemon oils, green pear, white flowers, light vanilla pods. These fill out the palate generously and finish long and energetic. 92-93+
Red
9/1/2018 - MindMuse wrote:
86 points
Good Bdx style, drinking fine.
Red
6/9/2018 - MindMuse wrote:
flawed
Corked. Sorry Malcom!
Too bad, as it had plenty of rich fruit available.
White
5/6/2018 - MindMuse wrote:
87 points
Pretty much same experience as FC1910. Clean and fresh, grass, lemongrass, not aggressive pyrazines. Varietally fine, refreshing, though not really very interesting.
Red
4/23/2018 - MindMuse wrote:
87 points
Dark and dense red. Hefty aromas with bing cherry, camphor, chocolate, some high tone spice. Full bodied, dark cherry/raspberry syrup with nice ripe fruit. Big and modern, tasty but over-glycerolly.
Gift from son, and drunk with Hungarian goulash dinner.
White
3/29/2018 - MindMuse wrote:
Took to Somm Guild dinner at a Spanish restaurant as an off-program offering, and this was getting raised glass salutes for bringing it from multiple people as it worked its way around the gathering. Just what you want from a LdH blanco, it arrests your attention, makes you keep coming back to it, pairs amazingly with the tapas, lingers on your tongue and in your mind.
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White
3/29/2018 - MindMuse wrote:
88 points
Given I rated this a 93 in 2011 I'd say I should have drunk the second bottle about, oh, five years ago, since this was a remnant of its best days. It was still better Chardonnay than the vast majority of people drink, but I wouldn't take it to a CT Offline.
Red
2007 Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/4/2018 - MindMuse wrote:
93 points
Funny, but this was the third time I took this magnum to an event before it finally got popped. Since there were about 60 other bottles at this Paulée event, it was only a bit over half consumed, which was fine by me as I got to share it AND bring it home and enjoy again. Black tea, black cherries, pencil lead, cassis, herbs - going from memory here, but a lovely wine with depth and cohesion. From 1.5L.
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Red
3/31/2018 - MindMuse wrote:
91 points
This was very solid. The nose outperforms the palate by a good bit, which isn't because the palate disappointed so much as that the bouquet was a chorus of Margaux goodness. Classic, and in it's window with time to be there for a while yet. Still good day two, but diffuse by day three. I didn't know, but a friend (who was a professional wine buyer for 45 years) present at the luncheon said he bought a case after tasting it from barrel in Bordeaux and considering it to be outstanding for the vintage for the price, and he was wondering if it was time to start drinking, which he concluded it was from this bottle. 91 (I believe my friend would put it higher.)
Red
4/4/2018 - MindMuse wrote:
88 points
Quite dark reddish in color, with initial nose mostly more of woody spices, twigs, tree bark. Ultimately some Assam tea, faintly some cherry cough drop, allspice. It has a lot of viscosity, but doesn't seem to carry much fruit flavor with it, so it is something of a mismatch to me. Not particularly an RRV profile at all: I can experience some cherry cola-ness if I keep thinking about it, which means it is as likely my own mind as what the juice is giving me.

Maybe their were some must adjustments which just aren't working any more. Been sipping it for five hours now, but still wanting to like it more than I do without it getting to a better place. I'll score it as an 88, but it's really an 88-. I give a + if I think there is upside, but this one may have more downside than upside.
Rosé
3/20/2018 - MindMuse wrote:
85 points
Although I'd say Bandols are my favorite rosés, Côtes de Provence are my value rosé faves, and for the price I was hoping this might be a quantity buy of one for the year. Well, it won't be. Though pleasant and with enough heft to leave a nice linger, this just doesn't have that pure prettiness, don't-want-to-put-it-down quality I love in a really good CdProvence. Good (and frankly even better subsequent days), just not special.
Red
3/23/2018 - MindMuse wrote:
87 points
We drank this nice present from a dear friend over three nights. Why did it take three nights when it should have been gone the first night as it was the only wine with dinner? Because it was not giving a lot, and I just hoped it was because it was tight or closed down, and would bloom the 2nd (or as it were, even the 3rd) day. But not to be. Neither did it get worse if it was a case of subtle, mild TCA. Actually pretty much the same night 3 as night 1, with fresh tilled loam, modest high-toned oak spice, and blood/fresh meat aromas. One the palate there is mostly a stems quality, which in the presence of some fruit layers would be a plus, but we found only traces of true red fruit quality - maybe cranberry or pomegranate, but honestly even that may be an imaginative grasp as this bottle really never revealed any depth of fruit substrate, nor textural intrigue. I really am sad, because I would have loved to have told the person who gave it to me, and told Raj P, whom I quite unexpectedly found myself standing and talking with the day after first opening, how I enjoyed it. Well, sometimes it just isn't going to be the magic moment.
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White - Off-dry
3/11/2018 - MindMuse Likes this wine:
93 points
Light golden. This exudes lovely peach and orange peel aromas with lush florality. The flavors are deep, rich, pure fruits with a mineral substrate. Long and lovely finish. From 375ml. 7.5% alc.
White - Off-dry
3/11/2018 - MindMuse Likes this wine:
90 points
Dark golden and bright. White peaches, cherry blossoms, cocoa powder, and after a long while a touch of petrol. Adds tangerine snappiness on the palate sweet tensile palate. From 375ml. 7.5% alc. 90-91
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