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Tasting Notes for BobBachus

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White
4/18/2021 - BobBachus wrote:
93 points
Dark yellow with cloudiness like an interesting urine sample. Heavy passionfruit on nose. 30 second finish. My last bottle of his vintage - properly cellared and held up beautifully. My favorite wine of Abe's and testimony to my belief that he has a real touch with white wines. Thank you Abe!
Red
4/7/2021 - BobBachus Does not like this wine:
80 points
What a disaster! Unless you like bell pepper of course - which is dominant on the nose (and which to me is a flaw). Short finish, spoofilated and manipulated. I expect the Winemaker was happy to be able to dump this wine. Decanter rated this highly - why?? Winetext - did you actually taste this wine before offering it?? I’d rather drink soda with my pizza and I believe most of you would too! Please avoid!
Red
9/2/2019 - BobBachus wrote:
90 points
Do not be fooled by the Wine Advocate Score of 95 nor the flogging of this by the famous Wine Merchant of Scarsdale (At $25(!)).. At best this is an OK effort and is reflected in $20 that I paid for this. Not particularly fruit forward or interesting, medium finish. IMHO you would be better off with a low end Tensley Syrah or similar.
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Red
3/26/2019 - BobBachus wrote:
94 points
Drinking very well - cork a little troubling before opening - thought I might have had a bad bottle, with some funk which blew off quickly. This was excellent - as the previous poster noted the Sangiovese is coming through strongly. Leathery and floral quite similar to a good Brunello. Mid length finish - 40 seconds. A fair amount of sediment. Cellared since purchase in 2005, and unfortunately my only bottle.
Paired with excellent pizza from Frank Pepe.
Red
12/25/2016 - BobBachus Likes this wine:
95 points
This 33 year old was awesome, drunk from a double magnum which was purchased at the Napa Valley Wine auction back in 1985. Wonderfully pure fruit and long finish. Thank you to the generous original purchaser who opened this for Christmas day.
Red
6/8/2014 - BobBachus wrote:
89 points
After reading the many glowing references to this wine in the Winebeserkers Garagiste thread, I decided to open the first of my bottles.. Young, good fruit density but quite alcoholic to my palate - so much so that the wine seems harsh and out of balance. .Sampled over 2 days and not really improving much.. Now to be fair, I've been drinking many more higher end cabs, but to me this wine is not worth any more than the $30 I paid..

Another Garagiste mystery wine disappointment! There's a reason why Jon gets these wines cheap! Caveat Emptor!
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Red
5/24/2014 - BobBachus wrote:
94 points
Kept upright since purchase in 2004 due to the plastic cork, this B&H showed very well, with good fruit and a long finish, not showing the disjointed wine I had seen on previous showings.. strong 94.. and my last bottle.

Les Behrens told me last week that these wines were made for early consumption, so suggest drinking these up.
Red
11/24/2013 - BobBachus wrote:
92 points
Cellared since release 9 1/2 years ago, decanted 90 minutes prior.. Less tannic than I would have expected..this seems to be coming into its drinking window. nose a bit reticent, .good Barbaresco tar on the palate, 30 second finish, upside still I think in holding on to these for a few more years..92
Red
9/19/2013 - BobBachus wrote:
94 points
With the Short Hills Group...Bottle was mid shoulder with signs of past leakage, capsule was extremely corroded.. Durand Corkscrew saved the day and was able to extract the soaked through cork with only minor difficulty. Wine still seemed quite young with tannins still present. Sweet fruit was wonderful and WOTN for me and most of the others..It is time to start to finish these up.. 94
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Red
3/15/2013 - BobBachus wrote:
92 points
With A and H at Lorenas.. H oopped and poured, no decant.. Initially bottle stink blew off after about an hour.. Rich and smooth, with lots of coconut on the nose.. Significantly improved on the second day, with better integration and fruit. I'd recommend a 1-2 hour decant or waing a few more years.. 90 first day, 92 second day.
Red
2/12/2012 - BobBachus wrote:
94 points
I had waited on this and opened it as a backup bottle. This was awesome! Everything in place and oh so seamless.. Well worth the wait...
Red
12/26/2010 - BobBachus wrote:
92 points
This is the second bottle that I've consumed from my cellar. The first one, opened almost 6 years ago was tight, ungiving and rather unpleasant to drink. I hoped these would improve but dreaded opening another one, especially given the recent tasting notes. I was pleasantly surprised to find a delicious mature Oregon pinot, with lovely underbrush notes and nice and not over the top fruit. Still fairly alcoholic but not out of balance and not sweet... This is the way I like pinot!!
Red
12/24/2010 - BobBachus wrote:
94 points
On Christmas Eve paired with Individual Beef Wellington..The first bottle of the 2002 that I've opened..Still very young and tannic, despite a 1 hour decant.. Very Bordeaux like, with great fruit purity and a long finish. I'm going to wait at least 2-3 years before opening up another.
Red
10/21/2010 - BobBachus wrote:
flawed
Another Behrens & Hitchcock disaster! A complete mess - alcoholic, extremely harsh tannins and even after a day the fruit did not come out just slightly softer jagged tannins!

I wish that the winery would be open with the issues involving their use of the neocork synthetic corks and that many bottles have been spoiled due to these corks. I'd also like to see Robert Parker retaste and rescore these wines.

This bottle was stored upright for years once I learned that the B&H wines used neocork. If I could I would return every single one of these wines.

Decanted for 1 hour and consumed over 2 days.
Red
2/15/2010 - BobBachus wrote:
flawed
Unfortunately very corked. The second 2002 Turley I've had in the last few months that was corked..
Red
11/14/2009 - BobBachus wrote:
92 points
This was one of my best QPR wines to date.. Excellent fruit, good midpalate and finish, nicely in balance, not overpowering.. Drinks like a $25-$30 wine, $7 on closeout.
Red
11/24/2009 - BobBachus wrote:
90 points
Seems to have resolved nicely. Fruit is still very rich, nose and finish slightly "boozy", but excellent QPR for the $16 that I paid.
Red
4/20/2009 - BobBachus wrote:
85 points
Young, with medium tannins. Nothing special, not complex, with short finish..not good QPR. 85
Red
3/27/2009 - BobBachus wrote:
89 points
Very simple for the $$$. Not particularly spicy. Good with Pizza though..
Red
5/11/2008 - BobBachus wrote:
90 points
Very much like an older CDP, which has dropped it's fruit but where you still get a mouthfull of structure. Not bad QPR for the $27 I paid.
White
3/6/2008 - BobBachus wrote:
85 points
This was just OK - not particularly distinguished on the attack, not much midpalate, medium finish..Worth the $7.50 I paid but not more.
Red
12/23/2007 - BobBachus wrote:
94 points
Decanted for 3 hours.. Great nose and good fruit, long finish, bit still quite tannic. On the second day the fruit still held up but the tannins had not softened as much as expected. I'm not going to touch another bottle for 3 years.
White - Sweet/Dessert
10/24/2007 - BobBachus wrote:
86 points
Botryis on the nose, but finish was virtually non-existent - zero length.
Red
1999 Roc de Cambes Côtes de Bourg Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/15/2007 - BobBachus wrote:
87 points
Very green and weedy.. No fruit to speak of - just some wood. Glad it was the last bottle.
Red
2002 Torbreck Juveniles Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
9/26/2007 - BobBachus wrote:
92 points
This was surprisingly good. Has really smoothed out over the last few years. Very CDP like.
Red
3/3/2007 - BobBachus wrote:
82 points
Typical poor under $20 California cab - no fruit, very acidic. This is why I don't buy inexpensive california cabs - they are bad values.
Red
7/23/2006 - BobBachus wrote:
90 points
Good fruit, not over the top or oaky. Short finish. Excellent pairing with Lamb. My only bottle. At home with friends.
Red
8/31/2005 - BobBachus wrote:
94 points
Still lush bluebery notes but fruit has integrated with the oak and bcome more complex. Improved over time. Alas my only bottle.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Lamothe Guignard Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/30/2005 - BobBachus wrote:
90 points
Good balance of sweetness with Acidity. Not complex but not cloying either. Good QPR.
White
10/30/2005 - BobBachus wrote:
90 points
Fruit is starting to fade and the oak is becoming more dominant. Still great honeysuckle aroma, but more nose than palate now.
Red
10/17/2005 - BobBachus wrote:
80 points
In apartment. Very simple. Flavor fading.
Red
8/18/2005 - BobBachus wrote:
94 points
Excellent... Full of fruit, yet showing complex nuances. The high alcohol was concealed.
Red
7/24/2005 - BobBachus wrote:
85 points
Good nose, but on the palate a bit thin and watery. I think that this is over the hill.
White
7/17/2005 - BobBachus wrote:
90 points
This was rather strange.... Tight and grapefuity at first, with a long mineral finish. Smoothed out over time. The consensus was quite mixed on this one.
Red
6/26/2005 - BobBachus wrote:
90 points
A good bottle this time. Fruity and harmonious.
Red
6/25/2005 - BobBachus wrote:
70 points
This was very poor... Like a previous taster mentioned...Diluted grape juice.. The Cartlidge & Browne at $8 is a better wine. Would not get again.
Red
6/6/2005 - BobBachus wrote:
70 points
This was one of the worst bottles of wine I have tasted in the last few years. No aroma to speak of, no fruit, very insipid.
Red
4/10/2005 - BobBachus wrote:
85 points
This was an unusual one.. Second of two bottles, the first one was tried about 18 months ago and was corked. Opened this one and also SEEMED corked. Nose of wet cardboard, no fruit. Having read tasting notes, decided to put it aside for a day. After a day the stink had blown off, no corked aromas, and fruit appeared. Good, but not worth the hassle for a $12 wine.
Red
10/1/2004 - BobBachus wrote:
80 points
This was not good. Another reason not to trust the ratings of Wine Spectator.
Red
3/29/2005 - BobBachus wrote:
80 points
Not good.. nose of Dannon Vanilla Yogurt. Very simple.
Red
3/25/2005 - BobBachus wrote:
85 points
OK- Nothing Special. Good Berry flavors but somewhat simple.
Red
3/25/2005 - BobBachus wrote:
90 points
Much better than the last bottle, which was somehow cooked... On this one the cork was also a bit moldy and soaked through. Very rich multi-layered flavors. Quite a pleasant suprise, and my last bottle.
Red
3/9/2005 - BobBachus wrote:
90 points
Much better than I expected. Very "grapey" like the Domus Aurea 1996 Cab. Medium length finish. Would get again. Excellent QPR.
White
2/27/2005 - BobBachus wrote:
92 points
with HB at Aozora... "Vigourously decanted" per the label. Very full bodied, color of urine(!) with a botrytis nose. Long, extremely dry finish. No new oak. Worked well with Sushi
Red
2/17/2005 - BobBachus wrote:
90 points
with Ron. Seemed fresher and less minty/earthy than I would have expected. Should all be consumed in 2005.
White
2/1/2003 - BobBachus wrote:
Finish a little short. First Dinner with Amy & Chris.
White
1/9/2005 - BobBachus wrote:
87 points
Soft and round. Not too acidic.
Red
1/7/2005 - BobBachus wrote:
93 points
With the Wine Gang at Epernay 1/6/05. #2 WOTN after Caymus Special Selection 1987. Really opened up after 2 hours of decanting.
Red
12/15/2004 - BobBachus wrote:
Popped to see how it is aging. Surprisingly fruity after 2 years of cellaring. Lots of stuffing left.
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