Tasting Notes for Zo65

(146 notes on 138 wines)

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Red
6/11/2021 - Zo65 Does not like this wine:
80 points
Agree with prior tasting note. An over-Oaked disaster. By far the worst wine I’ve purchased from De Negoce.

Thing is, I’ve loved Cougar Crest Reserve in the past. 🤔
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Red
12/17/2020 - Zo65 Likes this wine:
91 points
Opened practically off the truck. Nose a little muted at first but then opened with big, classic Napa bouquet. Rich cassis with just enough oak. This is great now and should get even better. Best De Negoce purchase to date
Red
11/21/2020 - Zo65 wrote:
83 points
Nose smells cheap. Palate not much better. Tasted like $9 Josh Cab.

Fell for the WTSO hype. NOT worth $30, much less $65😂
Red
6/7/2019 - Zo65 Likes this wine:
91 points
Amazing nose; Big Sangiovese but not overly ripe. Modest tannin. Definitely leans new world but a really delicious, well done wine.
Red
2009 Château La Croix St. Jacques Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/28/2019 - Zo65 wrote:
Not a fan. Would expect more fruit given the vintage.
Red
4/28/2019 - Zo65 wrote:
90 points
Really nice new-world Syrah. Solid
Red
4/28/2019 - Zo65 wrote:
Decent Rioja. Good, not great. Medium weight, not over-oaked. True to classic Rioja style.

Good for $14
Red
4/28/2019 - Zo65 wrote:
88 points
A bit of a "meh" wine. Not much to remark.

OK but not great. One can do much better for price point.
Red
4/28/2019 - Zo65 wrote:
92 points
Excellent mid-weight Napa Cab-blend. Really in a nice place right now. Just the correct amount of oak and fruit. Very nice wine.
Red
4/28/2019 - Zo65 wrote:
87 points
Solid pizza wine. Much better on day 2 and 3 suggesting that it will last for a while.
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Red
4/5/2019 - Zo65 Likes this wine:
92 points
Great fruit. American oak not overdone. Even better on day 2-3. One of the best QPRs I've had in a long time.

Will buy more.
Red
2/20/2019 - Zo65 wrote:
79 points
Oxidized crap. Cork crumbled to nothing when removed. Bummer
Red
12/29/2018 - Zo65 wrote:
84 points
Maybe will improve with age but still overwhelmingly bitter; thin with little nuance on the palate. Not pleasant to drink at this stage.
Red
11/11/2018 - Zo65 Does not like this wine:
84 points
A sloppy, gloppy mess. Per other’s notes, actually reminiscent of that Caymus anniversary abomination.

Had with a big steak anticipating a huge wine.

Tastes like liquid jam mixed with oak chips.

I like big wines but can’t figure this one out.
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Red
10/21/2018 - Zo65 Likes this wine:
91 points
Really nice nose. Perfect steak wine. Big, firm tannins slice through the richness of the New York strip.

Tannins indicate a long life.
Red
2009 Ampeleia Ampeleia Costa Toscana SuperTuscan Blend (view label images)
5/22/2018 - Zo65 Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine is really hitting its stride. Superb balance, just enough fruit with that unique Tuscan twist on the Bordeaux varietals. Wish I had bought a lot more.
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Red
5/14/2018 - Zo65 Likes this wine:
90 points
Simple, to be sure but actually quite good. Smooth as silk and blows away most domestic offerings in the same price range. May return to Costco for 6 more.
Red
5/13/2018 - Zo65 wrote:
89 points
Good, not great. Simple. Disappointed actually given pedigree.
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Red
4/22/2018 - Zo65 Likes this wine:
91 points
Superb wine. Fantastic nose, smooth mid-palate, tannins resolved.

For my money FAR better value than Rancia bottling.

Wonderful complement to many Italian dishes. My go-to CC.
Red
4/2/2018 - Zo65 Likes this wine:
89 points
Amazing bouquet; very Napa. One could enjoy smelling this wine all night. A bit thin in the mid-palate with a surprisingly tannic finish.

Good, not great. Not sure if the tannin will go before the fruit does.
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Red
2004 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/31/2018 - Zo65 wrote:
89 points
Nice nose of classic, aged Bordeaux. Mid-palate hollow and finish quite tannic. A bit of a let down.
Red
2005 Château Bellefont-Belcier St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/29/2018 - Zo65 wrote:
90 points
Beginning to taste a little stewed...Hopefully just an off bottle.
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Red
3/13/2018 - Zo65 wrote:
83 points
Still a really poor effort; fruit is totally overwhelmed by oak. I don't this can integrate even if one waits forever.

I have one more from the Woot offer that I will not touch for at least 5 years.

Cant figure out what everyone on Woot loved so much.
Red
2006 Balthus La Réserve Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/23/2017 - Zo65 wrote:
84 points
Really nice bouquet but brutal tannins; don't think fruit enough to compensate.

Not one of my better wine buying choices.

Gary V hype strikes again
Red
1996 Château Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/14/2017 - Zo65 wrote:
84 points
This bottle was well past prime. No fruit, no tannin. Bummer..
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Red
10/14/2017 - Zo65 wrote:
91 points
Really good, early drinking Barolo
Red
1997 Terreno Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
10/14/2017 - Zo65 wrote:
76 points
Waaay past prime.
Red
9/20/2017 - Zo65 Does not like this wine:
81 points
Wow; tasted like $8 grocery store Chianti. No bold Aglianico tannins, just bland, insipid plonk.

Hope this is just a bad bottle cuz WTSO sold me 4
Red
8/17/2017 - Zo65 Does not like this wine:
83 points
Wow. What a crappy wine. Light, poor, simple candy bouquet. Medium body. Virtually no Napa character. An extraordinarily poor effort. Took a flyer for $45 at Costco. One can do better with $15 from Chile.
Red
5/19/2017 - Zo65 Does not like this wine:
80 points
Hoped the Reserve bottling would use a little less oak then the standard cab; No such luck.

Not quite "Vile oak juice" as others have described but not far off.

Tough to get down.
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Red
4/30/2017 - Zo65 wrote:
86 points
Candy and not much else
Red
2005 Blankiet Estate Rive Droite Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/21/2017 - Zo65 wrote:
82 points
Thin and overly acidic; nothing like a decent right bank wine. Really disappointing.
Red
4/16/2017 - Zo65 wrote:
78 points
Not very good. Too much oak. Clumsy without any semblance of finesse. Barely drinkable
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Red
3/23/2017 - Zo65 wrote:
85 points
muted nose; medium body. Better on day 2 but still outclassed by Felsina CCR.
Red
1998 Château Dassault St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/12/2017 - Zo65 wrote:
92 points
Smooth as silk. Still very youthful with plenty of tannin left. Wish I had bought more. Superb
Red
2/2/2017 - Zo65 wrote:
81 points
Too much oak; a bit like $9 Chilean Cab. Very disappointing.
Red
11/27/2016 - Zo65 Does not like this wine:
78 points
I have no idea what wine the rest of the reviewers were drinking. This wine is thin, astringent and not pleasant at all to drink.

It tastes like bad homemade wine.

Given heft of bottle, 97 point score and Winelibrary hype I expected much, much more.

Glad I only bought 2 bottles as it is literally the worst bottle of wine I've had in some time.
White
9/7/2016 - Zo65 wrote:
85 points
Certainly barnyard but actually quite bland. Little fruit and even less character. ? Bad bottle
Red
7/22/2016 - Zo65 Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine was always good but has really come into its own. Classic Napa Cab bouquet, full mouthfeel, long finish. Superb.
Red
5/9/2016 - Zo65 wrote:
85 points
Holy sheep-butt Batman! New world it is NOT. Gamey but quite structured. Interesting but far from delicious to my palate.
Red
3/28/2016 - Zo65 wrote:
90 points
Initially funky bouquet gave way to subtle floral aroma. Smooth as silk. A very nice wine.
Red
2/8/2016 - Zo65 Does not like this wine:
80 points
Holy sheep-butt...no fruit, just, dirt, rot, funk, funk, and more funk.

I do like a bit of earthiness in my wines but this was undrinkable. Not my cup of tea.
Red
1/20/2016 - Zo65 Does not like this wine:
85 points
Flowery bouquet; medium mouthfeel. Short astringent finish. Not a fan. Bought cheaply through lastbottle and not worth that discounted price.

At full retail, much worse. Hopefully just a bad bottle?
Red
1/1/2016 - Zo65 wrote:
91 points
Pretty nose; really opened up
Red
12/6/2015 - Zo65 wrote:
75 points
Not sure how one could produce such bad wine in a superb year. Horribly overoaked unimpressive fruit. $8 Grocery store wine is better. Avoid.
Red
2010 Château Piney St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/29/2015 - Zo65 wrote:
90 points
Excellent, easy drinking bordeaux; drinking quite well right now. Not complex but delicious and quite a find for <$20.
Red
2012 Château Chatard Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/21/2015 - Zo65 wrote:
79 points
Tastes like $8 Chilean wine. Drinkable but not much more. A profound disappointment after Winelibrary hype.
Red
9/19/2015 - Zo65 wrote:
82 points
WAY too much oak. Not enough fruit to support. Still pulling splinters out of my tongue. Bummed because Wooters really talked it up and I bought 6... Hope it improves...
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