Tasting Notes for AllRed

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Red
2/17/2019 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
Second Sunday Group: 2014 v 2015 Bordeaux (Barb's): Double blind. A touch vegetal, perhaps some rhubarb too, then black currants and dark fruit. Another that is rather tannic and firm with a dark fruit profile on the palate. Has a slightly Napa-esque chocolate quality in the bouquet, along with mixed berry fruit.

My #5, Domino's #3
Group #4, 40 pts
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Red
2/17/2019 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
Second Sunday Group: 2014 v 2015 Bordeaux (Barb's): Double blind. Initially a bit subdued- dark fruit and dusty/earthy elements. Tannic and austere with dark berry fruit underneath. Adds a pretty violet note as it opens. I like it, but again somewhat tight. 90-91 pts.

My #4, Domino's #2
Group #6, 47 pts
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Red
2/17/2019 - AllRed wrote:
89 points
Second Sunday Group: 2014 v 2015 Bordeaux (Barb's): Double blind. Opens with dark fruit on the nose and palate. Tannic and structured- tight. Doesn't open much in the glass, remaining one-dimensional. I like the raw materials, but it's just not giving up much. Mixed berry fruit, spice and earth behind the structure. Clearly in need of time...though a steak would help this a bit too. 89-90 pts.

My #6, Domino's #4
Group #1, 32 pts
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Red
2/17/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Second Sunday Group: 2014 v 2015 Bordeaux (Barb's): Double blind. Opens with a terrific bouquet of earth, plum, currants and florals. Flavors of red plum, raspberry and dark fruit. Becomes more perfumed and elegant as it sits, with mixed berry fruit and forest floor notes. Well-balanced. Mixed berry fruit and a long finish. Gorgeous. 93+ pts.

My #2, Domino's #6
Group #7, 52 pts
Red
2015 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/17/2019 - AllRed wrote:
89 points
Second Sunday Group: 2014 v 2015 Bordeaux (Barb's): Double blind. Opens with notes of dark fruit and hints of spice. Firm tannin. Flavors of black and blue fruits with a slightly velvety feel. Doesn't change too much in the glass, adding a subtle floral element in the bouquet, but becoming more tannic and structured on the palate, yet there is a plushness to it that is appealing. Dark fruit carries the palate. 89+ pts.

My #7, Domino's #7
Group #3, 38 pts
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Red
2014 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/17/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Second Sunday Group: 2014 v 2015 Bordeaux (Barb's): Double blind. Notes of dark fruit, blackberry and currants- has almost a syrupy sweetness to the fruit at first. Medium tannins. Flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, currants and raspberry. Less sweet as it sits, turning more earthy and perhaps even a slight austerity too. Raspberry and plum on the finish. Seems more like Bordeaux the longer it sits in the glass. 93- pts.

My #3, Domino's #5
Group #5, 40 pts
Red
2015 Echo de Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/17/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Second Sunday Group: 2014 v 2015 Bordeaux (Barb's): Double blind. Plummy dark fruit, black raspberry and perfume notes. Firm, but not overly so, with flavors of dark fruit, spice and plum. Has a plush, merlot-like feel to it on the first few sips. More perfumed qualities as it opens further in the glass, along with mixed red and black fruits. Well-balanced, with a lengthy finish. Really lovely stuff. 93-94 pts.

My #1, Domino's #1
Group #2, 35 pts
Red
2014 Echo de Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/17/2019 - AllRed wrote:
flawed
Second Sunday Group: 2014 v 2015 Bordeaux (Barb's): Double blind. Corked. Not completely obvious at first, but it is definitely there.

My #8, Domino's #8
Group #8, 76 pts
White
2/17/2019 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
Second Sunday Group: 2014 v 2015 Bordeaux (Barb's): Double blind. Pale color, opening with a cottony/billowy quality, followed by apple/orchard fruit. Light and airy. Apple, white fruit and spice notes on the palate. The cottony note should have clued me in as that's almost always my indicator for chenin. Most guesses centered on pinot blanc or riesling.
Rosé - Sparkling
2/17/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Second Sunday Group: 2014 v 2015 Bordeaux (Barb's): Nonblind starter, courtesy of our host. Light salmon pink color with a lingering mousse. Cherry and red berry fruit, along with vanilla cream and wet dough. Red fruit dominates the palate, with a fine bead. Gorgeous. 93+ for me, 94+ for Domino. Absolutely worth seeking out, even in this price range.
Red
2/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
89 points
Chinese New Year (Gen Hoe): CNY. Cherry, mineral and spice notes. Cherry and rhubarb flavors. Good.
Red
2/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
Chinese New Year (Gen Hoe): CNY, courtesy of R&D. Dark fruit- cassis and currants- along with a dominant green streak- the unripe sauvignon kind. Normally I don't mind this as much as others but tonight, with this wine, I found it distracting. Dark fruit on the palate with a green streak. Tannins are a bit chalky. Medium finish.
Red - Fortified
2/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
Chinese New Year (Gen Hoe): CNY. Courtesy of R. Cassis and dark fruit along with raspberry jam and chocolate elements. Full-bodied. Flavors of kirsch, cassis, chocolate and plum liqueur. Lengthy finish. Excellent.
White
2014 Stefania Viognier San Benito County
2/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
89 points
Chinese New Year (Gen Hoe): CNY. Not that we needed another bottle but I brought this for the double happiness and it paired nicely. Peach and stone elements though quite subtle and understated overall. Very nice.
Red
2/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
Chinese New Year (Gen Hoe): Courtesy of J&K. Decanted. Cassis and dark berry fruit notes on the nose and palate. Vanilla and oak spice flavors in the finish. Young and tight, this has some potential but needs time. Hold until 2023+.
Red
2/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
Chinese New Year (Gen Hoe): CNY. Clearly too young, but curiosity got the best of me and so we pulled the cork and decanted this for a short while before leaving for the dinner. Deep color. Dark fruit and spice elements with a subtle mineral/rocky component. Tannins are firm but fine. Mixed fruit, herbs, earth and spice tones. Very young, but the fruit is very nice and it's already nicely balanced. This will be a fun one to follow over the coming years. 91-92 pts now, with plenty of upside. Hold until 2026+.
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Red
2/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
Chinese New Year (Gen Hoe): CNY. Courtesy of AB and showing nicely but has plenty in reserve. Cherry and earth with a nice minerality. I suspect this will be even better with a few more years in the cellar.
Red
2/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Chinese New Year (Gen Hoe): CNY, courtesy of R&D, popped and poured. Cassis, loamy earth, herbs and dark plummy fruit. More of the same on the palate. Has some tannin to shed, but is certainly approachable now with a healthy decant.
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White
2/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
Chinese New Year (Gen Hoe): CNY. Courtesy of JB. For my palate, this is well over the hill. Candly apple, sherry, butterscotch and more sherry. I suspect only bottles in very cold cellars will still be showing well at this point.
Red
2014 Château Vieux Cardinal Lafaurie Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
85 points
Chinese New Year (Gen Hoe): CNY. Another sample courtesy of JB. Earth amd red fruit qualities on the nose and palate. Red plum, earth and spice. Simple, but good.
Red
2014 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
2/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
89 points
Chinese New Year (Gen Hoe): CNY. Courtesy of JB, a sample that had been open for a couple of days. Licorice and herbal overtones with abundant dark fruit. There's a nice spice element in the finish. Very nice. 89-90 pts.
White - Sparkling
2/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
Chinese New Year (Gen Hoe): CNY. Short mousse. Notes of apple and marshmallow. Medium bead. The palate follows the bouquet, adding citrus, dough and cashew notes. Excellent value.
Red
2/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
Chinese New Year (Gen Hoe): CNY. Courtesy of J&K, decanted prior to their arrival. Perfumed dark fruit has an appealing feminine edge. Still fairly tannic, though with nice underlying fruit. What's here is very nice, and it pairs nicely with the steak course. I might give these a few years yet though, as there's definitely some upside.
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Red
1998 Paloma Syrah Spring Mountain District (view label images)
2/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
Chinese New Year (Gen Hoe): CNY. Our last bottle, decanted off its sediment and taken to dinner. Currants, game and pepper, with a peppery garrigue quality on the palate. There's a subtle aroma in the bouquet suggesting this is past its prime, and it is, but there's still some sweet fat fruit on the palate. Tired, yes, but definitely not dead, and still has enough going on to be interesting. I have no doubt a bottle here and there may show very well for the next few years but those will likely be the exception to the rule. Drink 'em up. 88+ pts.
Red
2/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
89 points
Chinese New Year (Gen Hoe): CNY. Dark color. Peppery spice and ripe plummy pinot fruit along with ripe black cherry and more spice. Cherry and spice - on the riper side. If blind I'd have guessed CA pinot. Shows more cherry and red plum as it opens over the course of the evening, but remains a slightly "bigger" pinot than I expected it to be.
Rosé
2/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
Chinese New Year (Gen Hoe): CNY. Rose and cherry notes; sweeter than the d'Esclans by a good margin. Mineral and white currants on the palate. A nice contrast in styles between the two. 88-89 pts.
Rosé
2/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
Chinese New Year (Gen Hoe): CNY. Courtesy of Al, this shows a soft pink color with notes of rose, strawberry, melon and florals. nice acidity. Cherry, rose and mineral notes on the palate. 88-89 pts.
White - Sparkling
2/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
Chinese New Year (Gen Hoe): CNY. Orchard fruit with nice toasty undertones. Medium bead.
Red
2/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
Chinese New Year (Gen Hoe): CNY. Cassis and dark fruit with vanilla accents.
Red
1/16/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
Retailer tasting. Aromas of dark fruit, pepper and roasted game. Full-bodied and firm. Flavors of black fruit, pepper and spices.
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Red
1/16/2019 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
Retailer tasting. Red fruit dominates the bouquet and palate. Nice spice-tinged finish.
Red
1/16/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
Retailer tasting. Dark color. Cassis and violet notes. Firm tannins; structured. Cassis and black fruit, hint of violet and vanilla. Excellent. Young and needs time in the cellar. Hold to 2024+.
Red
1/16/2019 - AllRed wrote:
89 points
Retailer tasting. Cherry, florals and dusty earth in the bouquet. Cherry and red berry fruit on the palate with good acidity. Nice tannins. 89-90 pts.
Red
1/16/2019 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
Retailer tasting. Deep ruby color. Cinnamon and cherry notes. Cherry compote, cinnamon and baked rhubarb on the palate.
White
1/16/2019 - AllRed wrote:
89 points
Retailer tasting. Pale color. Floral and stone elements. Orchard fruit and stone flavors with a nice finish. Crisp, bright and minerally. I like this quite a bit.
White
1/16/2019 - AllRed wrote:
89 points
Retailer tasting. Floral and apple notes with good underlying acidity. Very nice.
White
1/16/2019 - AllRed wrote:
87 points
Retailer tasting. Pale color. Nice fruit and balancing acidity. Bright and citrusy; orchard fruit finish.
Red
2/8/2019 - AllRed wrote:
Decanted for 20 minutes or so. Initially a little stray/tomatoey but that blew off in the decanter. Spice, garrigue and florals with currant and ripe wild strawberry notes. Medium tannin. Red plum and peppery spice palate. Domino picked up some anise on the palate as well. 92 pts for both of us.
White
2/6/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
Ordered some earlier in the day and then found a stash at my lws so had to get one to try right away. Light color. Peach, apple, pear and mineral aromas. Very well-balanced across the palate. Unripe peach, stone and pear flavors with a nice mineral tone on the finish. Domino and I are in agreement- 92+ pts.
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Red
2/2/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
Decanted and followed over ninety minutes or so. Cassis and dark fruit, chocolate, blue fruit and white pepper aromas. Nice complexity despite its youth. Flavors of cassis and dark fruit, with a good bit of vanilla and oak spice in the finish. Still youthfully tannic, give this a few years to settle down and integrate. Paired nicely with duck breast and strip steak entrees. 92 for me, 91-92 for Domino.
White - Sparkling
2/2/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
An extra brut, from 375ml, this is the 2011 base, a 60/40 blend of pinot/card, disgorged July 2017 with 3.5g/l dosage. Paired with a tuna tartar appetizer during a casual dinner at the club. Nice golden color with a lengthy mousse and bead. Aromas of Granny Smith apple and apple skins, with an underlying wet dough note. Flavors of apple, stone and cashew. Very nice. 92 pts for both Domino and I.
Red
1/26/2019 - AllRed wrote:
89 points
4th Saturday Group (M/M thelostverse): Nonblind with dinner. Lovely elegant bouquet featuring strawberry and cherry with a subtle underlying minerality. The palate follows the bouquet. Medium+ finish with nice acidity. 89-90 pts.
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Red
1/26/2019 - AllRed wrote:
84 points
4th Saturday Group (M/M thelostverse): Nonblind with dinner following the tasting. Meh, not a style of wine I enjoy. Ripe- bordering on prunes and raisin, along with brown sugar and blueberry notes. Shows quite hot too.
Red
1/26/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
4th Saturday Group (M/M thelostverse): Blind. Black fruit and tapenade with peppery spice underneath. Full-bodied with firm tannins and flavors of brine, dark fruit and pepper. Long finish. Easy to pick out as the Cornas in this flight. A couple of us really enjoyed this, others not as much. 92-93 pts.
Red
1/26/2019 - AllRed wrote:
86 points
4th Saturday Group (M/M thelostverse): Double blind. Aromas of dark fruit and brown sugar. Simple; tannic. Flavors of plum, dark fruit and vanilla. Adds a chocolate note as it it opens in the glass. Guessed Napa cab sauv. 86-87 pts.
Red
1/26/2019 - AllRed wrote:
87 points
4th Saturday Group (M/M thelostverse): Double blind. Dark fruit- currants and plum- along with a strong bouillon note. Plummy dark fruit on the palate with medium tannins and a medium finish. Guessed cab sauv.
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Red
1/26/2019 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
4th Saturday Group (M/M thelostverse): Double blind. Clay and dark fruit. The palate follows the bouquet. Nice herbal edge. Guessed cab franc.
Red
1/26/2019 - AllRed wrote:
87 points
4th Saturday Group (M/M thelostverse): Double blind. Dark fruit with a dominant herbal note. Tannic. Dark fruit underneath. Guessed cab franc.
Red
1/26/2019 - AllRed wrote:
85 points
4th Saturday Group (M/M thelostverse): Double blind. Shows a bit of age. Spice and pepper with red fruit underneath. Jammy red fruit on the palate along with a bit of spice. Guessed old zinfandel.
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