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Tasting Notes for Smooth Jazz

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White - Sweet/Dessert
1/23/2023 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
90 points
Not sure I get the hype or the prices but have had consistent tasting notes from three bottles - very muted nose but with nice flavors of apricots and nectarines in a simple and sweet package - limited complexity and very short - could evolve and gain more oomph but imho would never meet the exalted ratings critics for whatever reason are awarding

So many other wines I would rather have at this price point
Red
12/18/2022 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
87 points
Started off well enough as a normal Alzero with considerably greater burn than the 14.5% ABV would imply but 10 minutes in took on a very pronounced spicy ginger beer note possibly with the pyrazines coming to the forefront that dominated the palate and not in a positive way

Was really looking forward to this but just wasn’t enjoyable

Overall, wine still has considerable stuffing and life ahead of it and could well keep for another 10-15 years
Red
12/5/2022 - Smooth Jazz Does not like this wine:
87 points
Incredibly boring wine

Muted nose with little fruit and a palate that doesn’t promise much for the future either

Watery, medium weight with a short finish

Do not understand some of the high scores here - it’s a different wine or just hype

Do not see this ugly duckling develop into a swan
Red
11/26/2022 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
88 points
Muted nose, crushed stone and green olive on the palate which still feels tight even after several hours of decanting, little to any perceptible fruit, drying tannins, no mid palate and short finish - may well have an upside to the score but it’s pretty joyless at present - revisit after another decade at least
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Red
11/22/2022 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
90 points
Very ripe fruit - almost pruney with strong cherry flavors but deliciously so. Short finish. Not sure this improves with further age.
Red
11/22/2022 - Smooth Jazz Likes this wine:
94 points
I’ve previously not been a fan of Rhys Pinots - finding many of the wines to be quite reticent. Gorgeous nose and kaleidoscopic on the palate with mouth watering red fruits with almost a eucalyptus undertone. Lacks a bit of mid-palate depth to be truly world-class - but now I am nit-picking. Fun wine.
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Red
11/14/2022 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
91 points
Extremely backward with a short stunted finish for now - needs at least another 5+ years to reveal much of the promise and may merit an upside to this score at that time - hold
Red
11/8/2022 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
82 points
Wine equivalent of drinking a glass of water

Super light, soft with no real flavor profile or tension or finish

All the biodynamic techniques aren’t worth much if there isn’t much in the glass

It’s not bad - it’s nothing

Had I tasted blind, would have guessed this to be water with some slightly sour and not sweet juice mixed in

Terrible QPR
Red
10/7/2022 - Smooth Jazz Likes this wine:
92 points
First of two bottles I found hiding in the cellar - I remember hating these when I opened one upon release but this bottle was singing.

Still very much alive and with no bricking and copious amount of red fruits and sandalwood on the palate. Could very well keep for another 10+ years based on this performance.
White - Sparkling
10/2/2022 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
89 points
Have had and really enjoyed these wines - second bottle in the last little bit and neither was happening - little remaining carbonization - no real length and muted profile - past it’s prime - drink up
White
9/20/2022 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
Going through a dumb phase? Not unusual in my experience with Valentini especially in the past. Youthful, with no signs of aging, but not very expressive vs numerous previous bottles I've had of this wine (although this is the first one I've opened since the pandemic). Will wait 3-5 years before opening another one
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Red
5/5/2022 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
88 points
Simple, smooth, fruit forward with no real structure or length - pleasant enough but nothing special
Red
11/28/2021 - Smooth Jazz Likes this wine:
95 points
Have had this wine many times and despite the purity of the fruit it always seemed somewhat flabby - well it’s shed it’s baby fat and is light on its feet while still retaining some tannic grip. Superb! At its very peak now and will probably stay there the next five years at a minimum…

Well worth seeking out

RIP Laurent - never met you except through your wines - you’ve left an amazing legacy
Red
11/4/2021 - Smooth Jazz Likes this wine:
95 points
I’ve had this wine 10-15 times since it’s release - immediately upon release the wine was slightly rustic, fruit forward and the texture was fuller, more Bordeaux like with the Cab Franc character somewhat muted

Then the bottles I had the past couple years seemed somewhat disjointed - going through an awkward phase?

But this last bottle was quite simply superb with all the textbook Cab Franc aromatics to the fore - the wine has shed all its baby fat and the texture is supremely elegant more like a Burgundy - drank over two days and there was no real change

I honestly think this drank better the first couple years post release but on this last showing is still an awesome wine that’s well worth seeking out
White
8/6/2021 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
90 points
The purity one has come to expect from this wine seems to be obscured in this vintage by the prevalence of botrytis - a bit too much in my view. May well develop in interesting ways over time but is less interesting to drink than other vintages of the same wine and the Ongles. Fans of Hirtzberger etc. rejoice - this is your vintage!
Red
3/31/2021 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
88 points
Really disappointing showing - reticent on the nose, definite bricking and the fruit is gone and what remains is drying tannins - really not much going on of any interest - pass
Red
2/23/2021 - Smooth Jazz Does not like this wine:
50 points
As noted for the 2018, remarkable consistency vintage to vintage - unfortunately smells like cow dung and isn’t much better on the palate - the barnyard aromas don’t blow away and make deciphering any other characteristics moot as the gag reflex kicks in - total pass
Red
2/23/2021 - Smooth Jazz Does not like this wine:
50 points
Strong aromas of cow dung that are replicated on the palate - not sure what Finare Vinare saw in note below but this wine is representative of the worst aspects of “natural wine” - should not be sold to paying consumers without a warning - had the 2019 version side by side - remarkably consistent on the nose and palate to what I noted above - PASS
Red
3/25/2020 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
Closed for business so hard to judge where this is headed - quite closed even 24 hours after opening

Will revisit post 2025
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White
1/25/2020 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
90 points
Current release - oxidative style with some RS and color is deep and brownish - expected more but not very expressive on the nose and light and somewhat flat and one dimensional on the palate - will hold on to my other bottles for a bit before opening
Red
12/13/2019 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
90 points
A lesser Le Bourg??? Wonderful aromatics but very thin and watery on the palate - May gain some elegance with age but doubt this would ever give the 2005-10 Bourg’s a run for the money
White
Lot going on here but borderline undrinkable as the botrytis flavors don’t really mesh well with the wine - OZ May have been better off picking a bit earlier and fermenting to a lower alcohol level or just making all SGN

Pass
Red
4/30/2019 - Smooth Jazz Likes this wine:
93 points
Fantastic wine - drank more like an orange wine than a red

Needed about an hour to open up - was singing thereafter

Not very food friendly - but outstanding by itself
Red
1/31/2018 - Smooth Jazz Likes this wine:
92 points
What’s better than one magnum of Rougeard - why two magnums of Rougeard of course!

Consistent notes to my earlier note. Fantastic wine that is akin to being in a tranquil Japanese garden amongst a sea of Parker and Suckling inspired boorishness. Impeccable balance - extremely elegant and 12.5% alcohol.

After the richer 2009 and 2010 vintages and the greener and leaner 2011 - 2012 is a perfect vintage for early drinking across the board for Rougeard. Hope the new owners respect and maintain the high standards established by the Foucault brothers.

Could drink this wine every day and not tire of it - so glad I got to try the magnums!
Red
1/25/2018 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
92 points
Not as closed as last time - definite bricking but the oak is not fully integrated yet

Wonderful mix of bright red berries, cherries, spices, minerality and approachable fine tannins - more on the palate at this point than the nose

Long finish but lacks the breadth on the palate

Could offer some upside with greater age but I am not completely sure of that

Fine wine just not profound in the context of the vintage and the producer
Red
1/5/2018 - Smooth Jazz Likes this wine:
92 points
Out of a Magnum!!!

Fantastic wine with classic cab franc flavor and approachable grainy tannins

Leaner than the 2012 bourg and considerably more rustic than the 2012 Poyeux

Can drink now or hold

Needs a short decant if drinking now

Enjoy!
Red
5/22/2017 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
90 points
Light and feminine with fine tannins that ends with an elegant and medium long finish

There isn't that much complexity here though - pretty wine if one is paying careful attention

Ruby red with some browning on the rim - no reason to wait - I would drink up
White
5/18/2017 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
90 points
Had the 2005 and 2007 side by side. Honestly, the hype on these wines is out of control. I'm not sure on what basis wine pundits, including several on this forum, are prognosticating that these wines will live forever and improve. There's no history much past the 2001 vintage and all through this period, Keller has been learning. Good marketing job at a minimum.

The 2007 is a bit heavier on the note and on the palate than the 2005 with more pronounced tropical fruit notes. Overall wine comes across as less attractive and flat on the palate than the 2005 and suffers similarly vs the 2009 vintage in terms of the acid structure, attack and length. Wine was decanted over 12 hours.

Overall, a lesser G-Max which at current pricing levels should be a straight pass.
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White
5/18/2017 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
92 points
Had the 2005 and 2007 side by side. Honestly, the hype on these wines is out of control. I'm not sure on what basis wine pundits, including several on this forum, are prognosticating that these wines will live forever and improve. There's no history much past the 2001 vintage and all through this period, Keller has been "learning". Good marketing job at a minimum.

The 2005 has a pretty but somewhat weak floral nose with a faint streak of pleasant petrol. On the palate, despite being decanted for several hours the wine lacks the attack or the length of the 2009 vintage. Interestingly, just like the 2006 vintage, the wine has no legs on the glass and seems to form some droplets that disappear soon enough.

Overall, a pleasant enough wine but there are countless dry rieslings that offer significantly more pleasure and intellectual stimulation.
Red
4/10/2017 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
flawed
Second bottle completely unlike the first

First looked quite young for a 1994 - this was lighter and brown at edges with a very muted nose but some of the orange zest on the palate

Maderized - maybe not completely but enough to render it utterly unenjoyable
Red
3/22/2017 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
92 points
Perfectly fine as an easy quaffing red with say burger and fries but isn't really a sophisticated Syrah as the Jeb Dunnuck / WA scores would suggest

Fruit forward with smooth as silk tannin profile with no real depth or breadth on the palate

Fun wine to drink but say for $30-40 and not the nearly $350+ current retail

Doesn't have anything to do with a sophisticated northern rhone Syrah

More like a generic modern napa red

Wouldn't have guessed this was Syrah in a blind taste test
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White
3/9/2017 - Smooth Jazz Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow!!! Incredibly well put together for a young Valentini

Supremely balanced on the palate with lemony flavors balanced with an increasing amount of roundness with air and as the wine warmed up from cellar temperature

Lacks a bit of length in terms of finish and depth

But oh so much fun!!!
Red
2/17/2017 - Smooth Jazz Likes this wine:
96 points
Fantastic wine

Had it a day after I had the Gonon VV 2009

The backstory is that Trollat sold the vineyard he used to make his VVs to the Gonon brothers and still lives in the same area and is an informal consultant

The wine was denser and more structured than the Gonon despite an extra 15 years of age and opened with a gorgeous nose of dry orange rind to add to the floral and spice characteristics of the Gonon wine - good minerality as well

It was almost like a really good aged petit manseng crossed with a Noel Verset Cornas!

Not sure if/when I may encounter this unicorn again
Red
2/16/2017 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
94 points
Fantastic wine

Complex floral aromas lead to a gorgeous palate with fine grainy tannins, berry, spice and a healthy dose of minerality with no heaviness

Became a touch less open with air for now

Would think this is a wine that will evolve and be fun to follow for a couple decades

On the Noel Verset to Sine Qua Non Syrah spectrum, this is most definitely towards Verset - low alcohol (drinks lighter than the 13% noted), gorgeous nose, balanced and incredibly light on its feet and is NOT overripe, overextracted, flabby or high alcohol

The score may well be conservative in time
Red
1/29/2017 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
86 points
Interesting enough wine

Complex if light nose

On the palate it's very dusty with fine tannins that provide some grip with little fruit to buffer them

Good with food but lacks midpalate depth or length to be interesting on its own

Have little experience with this wine but get the feeling this could last a while and maybe develop some more secondary and tertiary characteristics

Perfect with neapolitan pizza - tougher food match with richer and more flavorful food
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White
Wow! While overall notes of oranges standout on the nose (think a grand marnier cent centenaire minus the alcohol crossed with a Kracher scheurebe minus any residual sugar), the palate is a near perfect amalgam of nuances and acid that keeps you wanting to taste the wine just a bit more.

Very food friendly. Had never heard of this till I ordered it off a restaurant wine list - count me as a fan now.
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Red
10/13/2016 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
90 points
From the list at La Tour d'Argent

Definitely quite advanced and I'm not sure I agree with some of the recent notes below

Dusty and somewhat one dimensional

Will not improve
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Red
10/13/2016 - Smooth Jazz Likes this wine:
95 points
$165 on a restaurant wine list! Please don't ask - I'm not telling where I got this :)

Definitely greener with more pronounced bell pepper notes than either the 2010, 2009, 2007 and 2002

Other than that has all the classic Rougeard hallmarks of great length and persistence in a calm, serene package

This is not an overextracted fruit bomb with 15+% alcohol - it's a contemplative wine with 12.5% alcohol that just doesn't need to scream to be noticed that will probably last another 10+ years but will be considerably shorter lived in my opinion than say the riper and slightly less typical (but in no way less enjoyable) 2010
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White
9/20/2016 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
89 points
I can only confirm Soyhead's review below in every way

Worked reasonably well with a light, no added fat, multi-course tasting menu but would never drink by itself

Wine is billed as low sulphur - but there's some reduction on the palate possibly due to the ouille (i.e., non oxidative style of winemaking that's counter to what's typical for the Jura) style of winemaking?
Red
9/12/2016 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
88 points
Lovely nose of berries and vanilla leads to a rich wallop on the palate with some prune flavors added in - but not much complexity or persistence culminating in a short unsatisfactory finish

For the record, there is not much perceptible heat from the 14.9% alcohol

Overall, this comes across as a touch too ripe and uninteresting for a nearly $300 wine retail

An easy drinking, not particularly complex or long, fruit forward red that might be a good accompaniment to a juicy burger that you are grilling should just plain not cost that much

Definitely not one for idle quaffing and contemplation
Red
9/6/2016 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
93 points
Tart cherry, white pepper, leather and a touch of brett

Just a touch ripe and overextracted - balance improved considerably with air

Believe this needs a bit more time to show its best

Has plenty of stuffing to keep 10+ years
Red
8/12/2016 - Smooth Jazz Likes this wine:
90 points
From a half bottle

Popped and poured

Somewhat reticent nose but good depth on the palate with dark cherry and some spiciness

Lacks the breadth to be a really great wine but quite adequate as a simple quaffing wine especially with salumi
Red
Simple, ripe, sweet and with little persistence or breadth to the strawberry, spice and cola flavors

Why bother?

Way too expensive for what it is
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Red
8/8/2016 - Smooth Jazz Likes this wine:
93 points
I've struggled with this tasting note more than most

From a half bottle - somewhat retrained nose leads to one of the most gorgeous rich palate of dark red fruits - and for once I agree with Parker - white chocolate, cool spices and vanilla

The only drawbacks - very short flavors you only sense at the very front of your tounge and no length at all

No experience with this wine and no idea if it will develop some of these characteristics

But in the meantime it remains a fun wine and one that despite the alcohol level remains food friendly
White
7/21/2016 - Smooth Jazz Does not like this wine:
85 points
Some wines don't really make an impression!

Forgot how much I disliked it last time and ordered off a restaurant wine list

For all the positives that several reviewers have gone through, there is a streak of bitterness that permeates this wine and gets more prominent with air that renders it quite unenjoyable

Seems more like stem (I thought Rougeard wines were always 100% destemmed) than oak to me
Red
7/16/2016 - Smooth Jazz Does not like this wine:
85 points
Honestly don't know what the fuss is about

Drank over 12 hours

Very simple flavor profile with some fruit and spice but not expansive or expressive on the palate and very short on the finish

Fine as a generic red with say hamburgers - not really anything special
Red
6/28/2016 - Smooth Jazz Likes this wine:
90 points
Possibly the best red Burgundy village being made in the US!

Popped and poured - good structure and grip - clear red fruits coming through on the palate along with some spice and minerality

Not overly complex but enjoyable nonetheless

May keep for a while - but no reason to hold in my opinion - it's utterly drinkable and fresh now and doubt very much it improves much or gains more complexity
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Red
6/14/2016 - Smooth Jazz wrote:
90 points
One of the very few unexciting wines from Clos Rougeard

Nice berry favors but there's a heavy load of sweetness (not overripe) that suggests there's some residual sugar which comes across as downright wierd in a red wine

Very different than either the Clos or Bourg bottlings
Red
6/8/2016 - Smooth Jazz Likes this wine:
96 points
Greener and with more prominent bell pepper notes than the riper 2010 vintage

12.5% alcohol and incredibly well balanced and food friendly

Prices, though, have gone completely out of control
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