Tasting Notes for JLeader

(247 notes on 240 wines)

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White
1/19/2019 - JLeader wrote:
92 points
A good bottle. Not the best example I have had. Some initially guessed old white burg. Definitely had the telltale oxidation and oak (not obtrusive here) along with a minty and heavily mineral character. Always a fascinating wine.
Red
1947 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/19/2019 - JLeader wrote:
92 points
Very much alive. Pretty bretty at first, hiding red berries, tobacco, and herbal notes; lush and rich on the palate, with plenty of power. Should get extra points for longevity. Would never guess the age blind.
Red
2006 Domaine Leroy Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
12/26/2018 - JLeader Likes this wine:
95 points
Nose full of roses and pomegranate; super intense fruit; crunchy berries, with a long saline finish. Terrific.
White - Sparkling
12/26/2018 - JLeader Likes this wine:
91 points
Fascinating to drink a Champagne that is almost 100 years old. No apparent bubbles left, but very expressive. Floral and particularly wild flower honey aromas; starts out with lots of fruit (apple/pear) in the palate, then turns honeyed there too, and finishes with a very nutty, long, dry sherry/madeira quality.
Red
1971 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Brolio Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
7/18/2016 - JLeader wrote:
91 points
Great showing for the 71. Fleshes out with air and really evolves into something very pretty. Dessicated red flowers, balsamic notes, earthy spices. Very interesting.
Red
1/9/2016 - JLeader wrote:
93 points
Would definitely give it a higher score adjusted for the age of the wine, which showed remarkably youthful. Never would have thought it was a 90 year old wine. Very interesting, funky literally old school Rioja. Still a very ripe core of red fruit, held together by a strong but clearly weathered structure. I think the cabernet in this (I think there has always been some amount of cab in this wine) probably really helped keep the structure intact, but it has been polished by the age and is very rounded and softened in the palate. A little brett that blew off with some air, this held up for more than an hour after being poured. Impressive stuff!
Red
6/27/2015 - JLeader wrote:
Still primary and young. Not sure if this is just too young or is just monolithic in structure. Either way, this is pretty ungiving right now, although there is a richness to the fruit and a velvety texture.
Red
2/20/2015 - JLeader wrote:
Really interesting wine. Showed its age on the nose - slightly oxidized but deeply fruited. On the palate, great texture, density, and richness. Aged tobacco, espresso and very rich, layered fruit.
Red
1/25/2015 - JLeader wrote:
86 points
Quite interesting. Lots of VA and pine resin at first. With several hours open, the VA dissipated and some fruit and structure emerged, but this is well past it prime. Dark cherry, pine, blood/iron, and leathery notes emerge and ultimately, the leathery quality starts to dominate. More for historical interest at this point than pure pleasure, but pleased to have had a chance to try this.
Red
1/25/2015 - JLeader wrote:
96 points
Terrific! Purchased in Alba. This was in great shape. Still firing on all cylinders but definitely past peak at this point. Earthy, iron, desiccated flowers, truffles. Loads of character and nuance going on here. Great balance of acidity, structure and fruit. Walks the tightrope and performs admirably. Great length but it is starting to show its age. A real treat and one of the truly great bottles of Barolo.
White - Sparkling
1/25/2015 - JLeader wrote:
93 points
In great condition. Showing its age, but still fresh from the acidity. Loads of tertiary character. Nutty, oxidative, smoky and complex. Very long, but certainly on the downside of the curve. Fascinating stuff.
Red
Quite nice in a remembrance of things past, echo of Nebbiolo kind of way. Really pretty and delicate. Elegance and grace in a glass.
Red
11/8/2014 - JLeader wrote:
Wow. This is in a great place. Still terrific fruit and structure. Charcoal, creosote, blue fruit, great concentration and length. Purchased at the winery years ago.
Red
1928 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/30/2014 - JLeader wrote:
92 points
Ancient Wine Dinner (Nice Matin). Mid-shoulder fill but the wine was in excellent condition. Still dark, rich, almost ripe fruit at the core; plush and velvety. Long. Notes of damp earth and iron but shows much younger than expected. Great bottle.
Red
5/23/2013 - JLeader wrote:
93 points
Fully mature with a leathery, dried red fruit nose; still some tannic structure; very earthy, porcini characteristics; a little bretty but in a pleasant, complex way. Very good.
Red
5/23/2013 - JLeader wrote:
92 points
Smokey nose; a little match stick/sulfur quality; still quite tannic on the palate; chewy texture; fruit has progressed well into secondary and tertiary characteristics; lots of black tea and earthy overtones covering what is left of the red and black fruit.
Red
5/23/2013 - JLeader wrote:
92 points
Complex nose of coffee, spices, and leather; deep and plush palate; richly fruited; long finish.
Red
5/23/2013 - JLeader wrote:
88 points
Similar nose to the 82; hints of cola; palate a little better than the 82 as well; a bit more complexity and structure here.
Red
5/22/2013 - JLeader wrote:
85 points
Classic Rioja nose, coffee, spices; a little fleshy on the palate; not bad, but not that interesting.
Red
3/24/2014 - JLeader wrote:
95 points
Great, powerfully fruited nose; a little bretty but not in a bad way; very expressive; licorice and wood spice; intense and very long; powerful stuff and still quite alive.
Red
1949 Seguin-Manuel Musigny Musigny Grand Cru Pinot Noir
3/24/2014 - JLeader wrote:
97 points
Lovely nose; beautiful fruit; complex, textured, silky; still some serious structure; intense but with an almost weightless quality; really elegant and amazingly persistent.
Red
1949 Raoul Clerget Bonnes Mares Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir
3/24/2014 - JLeader wrote:
92 points
More textured; another smokey, sulfury nose; nice body and texture; darker fruits with a bit of an herbal, grassy tone.
Red
1949 Seguin-Manuel Clos St. Denis Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir
3/24/2014 - JLeader wrote:
90 points
Smokey; chocolate and toasted wheat aromas give way to a creamy, full palate; nice complexity here if a little hint of roasted fruits.
Red
3/24/2014 - JLeader wrote:
95 points
Out of magnum - remarkably fresh red fruit; balanced and focused; a ripe core but surrounded by dense dark fruit. Never would guess this was 65 years old.
Red
3/24/2014 - JLeader wrote:
84 points
A bit madeirized on the nose; fruit less oxidized on the palate with much more persistence; mineral core with dark fruit and still some tannin; licorice notes start to dominate with air.
Red
1949 Moillard Corton-Bressandes Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
3/24/2014 - JLeader wrote:
88 points
Some VA and shoe polish notes; still quite a bit of stuffing with some ripe fruit present but well on the decline; flavors are a bit simple here with a ripe red apple/apple juice quality.
Red
3/24/2014 - JLeader wrote:
86 points
Dark fruited and earthy nose; a little dirty and rustic; not much of a finish, but some interesting minerality in the palate.
Red
3/24/2014 - JLeader wrote:
93 points
Smoky, dried fruit, and spicy nose; densely fruited palate; dried cherries; sweet and spicy; intense and rich; a very layered palate presence; really quite pretty.
Red
3/24/2014 - JLeader wrote:
Somewhat madeirized nose; high acid on palate; not a lot of fruit left here, with a nutty finish; well past prime.
Red
1/10/2014 - JLeader Likes this wine:
93 points
Huge, dense, and loaded with minerals, ash, and resinous, chewy fruit. Incredibly youthful, powerful, and relatively unevolved. A bit on the rustic side. Not monolithic, but still quite primary, which at 45 is pretty remarkable. In 68, Mastroberardino seemed to have found the fountain of youth. This is really good stuff, but not sure what to make of the glacial pace at which this has developed.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Substance Champagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
1/4/2014 - JLeader Likes this wine:
92 points
Both super-rich and fresh at the same time. Tremendously complex and layered. In a blind tasting, most found this hard to believe this is a Blanc de Blancs, though that must be due to the wealth of vintages blended here. Really excellent stuff.
White - Sparkling
1/4/2014 - JLeader Likes this wine:
90 points
Slightly disjointed, with the nose showing more age than the palate, but still quite nice, resting more on its depth and complexity of flavor at this stage. Lush and long.
Red
1966 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/4/2014 - JLeader wrote:
95 points
Terrific! Was really singing. Classic Bordeaux in perfect shape and seemingly at peak. Loads of dark fruit with many layers of mineral, lead pencil, violets. Both silky and structured but in beautiful balance. Wish I had more...
Red
1/4/2014 - JLeader Likes this wine:
88 points
Some debate about whether there may have been some slight heat damage here, but I thought it showed pretty classic old Nebbiolo character. I don't think I've ever had a Nebbiolo from 1969 before and never a Barbaresco from Cantina Mascarello. Lots of iron, blood, and truffle on the nose, more mineral driven than fruit driven in the palate. Still nicely structured and knit together.
Red
1/4/2014 - JLeader wrote:
More interesting as a glimpse of history than anything else. The wine changed tremendously in the glass over the course of 5 hours. It started out very dark, looking shockingly youthful, with a wet basement (some thought corked) note, but pretty closed down and unyielding. After about an hour, it had taken on a very sweet fruit character with some VA, something of a cross between amarone and madeira. With more air, the color lightened and started to show more of its age, while the palate evened out into a more stable place. Although still alive, it certainly was showing its age, with nearly all secondary and tertiary characteristics. Soft but rustic, the fruit now really only a remembrance. Not really sure what to make of this other than an interesting old wine. Fun to try as an archaeological experiment, but only of limited enjoyment.
Red
11/9/2013 - JLeader Likes this wine:
90 points
Still quite power. Solid complexity, but showing a slightly roasted quality. Packed with dark cherries, and a tarry mineral-driven chewy density. Very good, but perhaps lacking just a little acidity to provide some brightness.
Red
11/9/2013 - JLeader Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful, lacy, traditional Barolo. All secondary characteristics now, but so weightless and yet powerful at the same time. Very minty on top of the floral nose. Red cherries along with iron and vitamins in the palate, which is completely resolved today.
Red
11/9/2013 - JLeader Likes this wine:
91 points
Very good. Required a fair amount of air to flesh out and come around but proved to be pretty classic old school Barolo. Loads of tar and iron, even a little cool menthol and herbal notes. A little on the rustic side and showing oxidation at this point, but still very enjoyable.
Red
4/11/2013 - JLeader wrote:
96 points
Remarkably fresh and seamless; great clarity, precise, focused; cherries, leather, dill, exotic spice; loads of character; seems as though there is plenty of life here with the impeccable balance this has. More on the high acid end of the spectrum but I think that's what really imparts the vitality.
Red
2/2/2013 - JLeader wrote:
87 points
Earth, tar, menthol, and a bit of smoke. Still quite chewy and tannic but has a lush mouthfeel and a fairly complex finish. Excellent quality at this level.
Red
2/2/2013 - JLeader wrote:
86 points
Not all that interesting. Fair amount of mineral there but the fruit is a bit underwhelming and the texture a bit thin and watery.
Red
1/26/2013 - JLeader wrote:
90 points
Really pretty stunning considering the age of this wine. The bottle was in excellent condition and the wine was still rich and chewy, seemingly having reached a level of maturity and then placed in suspended animation. A real piece of history.
White - Fortified
1/12/2013 - JLeader wrote:
84 points
Dr. Pepper and lots of VA on the nose; plenty of viscosity and acidity in palate but pretty simple; definite notes of molasses and roasted coffee beans but there's a strange buttered rum quality that isn't too appealing.
Red
1/12/2013 - JLeader wrote:
92 points
Great nose; almost Graves-like. Earthy and mineral-driven; a little funk. Leaner style from the vintage but with a fair amount of stuffing and long mineral/iron finish. Quite nice.
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Red
1/6/2013 - JLeader Likes this wine:
89 points
Classic old school Cali cab nose; cedar and pencil lead, menthol, and predominantly dark fruits; really earthy, mineral focused palate and silky mouthfeel. A little tart on the finish, but there is plenty of length. In a pretty nice place right now.
Red
12/2/2012 - JLeader wrote:
82 points
Mostly just showing in the generic old red wine spectrum. Although a little air wakened the fruit a bit, and there is a modest amount of complexity to the earthy, underbrush quality on the palate, it was a bit dilute and uninteresting. Some balsamic and oxidized notes round out the experience. Not a bad wine, but rather disappointing overall.
Red
12/1/2012 - JLeader Likes this wine:
92 points
Starting to show a little bricking but still quite powerful and chewy at the core. Aromas of dark berries and underbrush give way to black olive and pine resin and then the classic rose and tar ultimately shows through. On the palate this initially seems lean but it puts on weight in the glass. Still structured, the black cherry fruit has started to evolve into secondary characteristics of truffle, smoke, and mineral elements with a little cool menthol to give this a very understated quality. A very nice wine with quite a few years left.
Red
12/1/2012 - JLeader Likes this wine:
92 points
Still pretty youthful. Great showing with loads of ripe black cherry fruit, tar, and earthy mushroom notes. The palate is dense and structured and just starting to show some more secondary character, with tobacco smoke and just a hint of roasted quality on the fruit.
White - Sweet/Dessert
11/29/2012 - JLeader wrote:
83 points
Interesting, but over the hill. Some fruit still present; on the sweet citrus side but also a bitter, decayed note to it as well at this point. Probably was pretty decent 10 years ago.
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Red
10/23/2012 - JLeader wrote:
97 points
Like the 54 Murrieta, this really transformed in the glass. At first all dark and brooding with minerallity and even a Pauillac graphite quality. Plenty of acid and more focused than the Murrieta or Tondonia. Extremely long finish. After some time in the glass, this got much brighter, more complex, and more polished with cherry-tinged minerality. Amazingly well preserved with plenty of time left as the fruit/structure balance is really quite impeccable. Thanks Brad.
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