Tasting Notes for Omar Khayyam

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Red
10/20/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
94 points
Drinking perfectly right now but could keep for many more years. Lovely dark berry aromatics with some milk chocolate duds thrown in. A hint of black pepper. Silky texture, great great balance, there is grip but nowhere near the oaky tannic style when I tried a younger Roda. Here it's all very integrated and lovely. Some leather oil complexity starting to show, which is just nice.
Red
10/20/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
92 points
Absolutely classic style and very fresh and food friendly; but there's also all sorts of berries and a lovely aromatic that does not feel like wet drift wood but more like saddle bags and a thistle perhaps. I really liked this. Best after 12 hours of air. Suggest to hold or drink now with food.
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White
10/20/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent stuff with cool climate Sonoma style, and still some musky raw hazelnut complexity that comes the fore after a lot of air. Lovely and very fresh. Lioco style but a couple of notches better than the entry level chard.
White
10/20/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
89 points
Soapy, spicy but toned down and elegant sauvignon blanc with good freshness and some body. Complexity might come with some cellaring. Excellent but maybe a bit pricy. Future will tell for those that have the patience.
White - Fortified
10/20/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
92 points
lovely amontillado, but perhaps a bit four square in the sene that there is amped up sweetness, spice, caramel rather than nuts and some heat on the finish. But there is complexity, salinity, a coarse almost fino quality that makes this good with some spicy tacos with lime and cilantro. recommended for sure.
Red
2016 Clonakilla Shiraz - Viognier Canberra District Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
10/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
91 points
Aromatic (white pepper, bramble, chocolate), thinnish middle, good freshness, velvety attack, nice grip. A little disjointed and tight. Needs years.
Red
10/17/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
93 points
Blackberries, bitter chocolate, sloe berries, currants, silky texture, excellent freshness and with some slight grip on the end. High class!
Red
2015 Ruggabellus Fluus Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
10/15/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
94 points
Confirmed and brilliant. grew over 24 hours. much better when chilled. a lot of darker Syrah depth but then all the elegance and softly spoken fresh face of Grenache impersonating pinot noir (Morey? Dundee Hills?). I love it.
Red
10/6/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
89 points
Pure red berries, clean fruit, see through color, elegant, freshness more than anything else. straight as an arrow from start to finish. IN style, akin to high elevation modern garnacha from Dani Jimenez-Landi/comando g but even more Burgundian perhaps. Light but stylish. I have no idea of where a wine like this will g over time, but it's nice now, perhaps with a grilled chicken salad?

I have tried the Elpidio and the Aristargos and really really liked those blends, whereas I felt the pinotage was a little too anemic. This falls somewhere in between and is absolutely recommended but more as a substitute for a Bourgogne Rouge or a Beaujolais.
Red
10/5/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
94 points
Ja, ja, ja! This is a style of syrah that I really like and they do it so well; dark fruited and with some hints of vanilla from the oak - but, importantly, it is all in the background; most of all it's meaty, fresh and medium bodied with a minerality and elegance that does not go anywhere near briny or tapenade or kalamata. Hint of smoke and chocolate mole with plums. This is great now but my guess is that it will come out on the other side in five years with even more magic. Highly recommended.
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Red
10/5/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
86 points
early days and while it's easy enough to drink there is no real complexity or depth to speak off. It was nice enough to drink a glass as the rest of the bottle went into the meat and pork casserole with forest mushrooms, onions, chipotle and swedes (yellow turnips). Will have to see what happens to these bottles. A little over priced was my impression right now.
Red
10/5/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
95 points
Great cali pinot! Has a lovely pinot perfume with sweet red fruit, some Christmas spice, forest floor and just a lot of oomph in general. Mouth is velvety - a big wine but perfectly balanced with very good structure and length. The wine deepens in aromatics and palate over the course of an evening, expressing more darker fruit and earth, in an equally balanced and lovely style. Reminds me of high end Vosne Romanee from warm vintage like 2009. Really really good now, and will last for a while I presume. Love this producer.
Red
10/4/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
94 points
Lovely nose, blue/dark berries, nice oaky style that is not in your face but adds warm Christmas spices; soft palate - quite similar to montevetrano in texture, with the difference that this is 100 % Aglianico as I understand it. This is felt at the end, where the tannic grip firms up and some licorice tea bitter notes add complexity without making the feel of the wine too rustic.

Absolutely modern (sweet fruit/new oak/not so low in alcohol) and absolutely a style of Aglianico that I like very much - where the sometimes overly dominating tannins are tamed and the fruit retained.

Drinks excellent already - the perfume is absolutely intoxicating - but a decant is useful, and lastly, this needs beef to deal with all the finely grained tannins.
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Red
9/24/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
89 points
After some air, This is really beautiful with some roses on the nose, berries, some rusty cast iron and a sweet fragrance that is more deeply felt and floral rather than in your face chocolate or candy like. The attack on the palate is silky and crafted. The late palate and finish is not fully integrated and feel slightly thin and coarse, which detracts a bit right now but that might mellow with time I guess?
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White
9/22/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
89 points
Fresh and fine, perhaps not bracing but still a rather powerful acidic thrust with green apples and lemon soap. Really nice balance point here.
White
9/22/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
89 points
A bit timid - more elegance than old yellow apples, so with a sort of quiet and understated beauty to it, this is more a wine to sip on its own than to pair with powerful food. I really like it. Balance is very good.
White
9/22/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful, deep, complex nose; body and fruit like a Chenin from South Africa, elegance and freshness like a Burgundy that has seen only old oak. Lovely thing and highly recommended. From the Douro valley, eh?!
Red
9/15/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
90 points
I really like this, not so complicated but juicy and with some acidic core and structure at the same time. A hint of sloeberry, leather, spice. Savoury and fruity at the same time. Recommended.
White
9/15/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
92 points
Crisp but not without body, lemony and sharp acidity but more ripe fruit than many other Laget chardonnays. Full on and very fine at the same time. Needs food.
White - Sparkling
9/15/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
91 points
Very lovely, dry, fresh, and powerful with some old apple peel and oak. Very good!
White
9/15/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
91 points
Agree with previous tracker - lovely jura sharp acidity with steely edges and grilled lemon complexity. Excellent. Reminds me a little bit of the Ganevat style. Razor sharp and elegant but also with some body. This is chardonnay from a vineyard in Chateau Chalon, which is supposed to be planted only to Savagnin. These grapes remain so to say "en sursis" - i.e. "on borrowed time", hence the name. No immediate need to replant if you ask me!
Red
9/15/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
85 points
Nice perfume, more red fruited than a previous vintage I tried as I remember. Quite light and not so deep. Short finish. Should not be served with to heavy food. Enjoyable but not as special as the previous vintage. Perhaps it will gain from some months or even a year's storage.
White - Sweet/Dessert
9/15/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
90 points
A proof of how well these old Mosel Auslese wines will age if properly stored. Lovely aromatics and balanced mouthfeel that blind would have me guess a Kabinett rather than an Auslese due to less sweet intensity in the fruit than I would expect from an Auslese, but also rather like something from the mid 1990s as opposed to the mid 1970s. This was the perfect match with a simple foie gras de canard poêlée served on toast with a onion-apple compote with just a pinch of moscovado sugar (i.e. not an overly sweet dish). Recommended if you can get your hands on it. According to my friend P. who brought this and had been gifted it by another friend, it was bought recently at the domain.
White - Sparkling
9/15/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
91 points
Tight on the nose compared to the 2012 Lacourte Godbillon tasted side by side. Elegant, has power and body but it's still very much in one place and rather long finish. Will be great, but no hurry to drink these bottles.
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White - Sparkling
9/15/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
92 points
Expressive, charming, rich fruit, oak, energetic mousse, full on power Champagne that still feels really nice to drink without and with food - no problems standing up to a foie gras de canard poêlée. Great buy. Guessing this will be better in a couple of years when the mousse is slightly calmer, but perhaps not a champagne to save for decades?
Red
9/15/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
92 points
The last bottle. On release this was exuberant and full of sweet joyous pinot power. a couple of years later it had retreated into a tighter knit package with an uncertain future. Now it has emerged and some sort of synthesis is achieved.

The nose is to die for, that full on earthy, forest floor pinot noir nose from the Willamette that is borderline funky and truffle like. Greatness. The palate is more dry in its expression but also with some ripe fruit and more monolithic than the nose, but soft and lovely texture, suggesting this is the opportune moment to drink this wine.

The finish is starting to fall apart a little with some alcohol notes that you can sense at the end, as the wine is warming in the glass over the course of a meal.

This was my last bottle and I am glad I had the privilege to follow this wine over the years.

Drinking very well right now. but absolutely an Oregon pinot that probably was picked rather ripe and that did see quite a bit of new oak during élèvage. Went really well with a mushroom risotto and some grilled pork belly.
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White
9/15/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
92 points
A lovely wine and a great discovery!

This is a Chignin Bergeron (Roussanne) that has been raised mostly in steel tanks but 20 % has been raised for 9 months in oak barrels. The alcohol is quite elevated at 15 %, but the wine is so balanced you don't feel it. I actually think I prefer this expression to many of the northern rhone whites from the same grape, as this wine has a really nice acidic core that balances all the ripe lovely aromas and richness.

The color is deep dark golden, on the nose, both fresh sage and dry chervil herbs. Apricots and (acacia) honey as well. On the palate it's a dry expression but with a rich velvety texture, good acidity and -as indicated by the name - a saline streak to the finish which just adds complexity and personality.
White
9/15/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
82 points
A very grassy, highly aromatic nose, followed by a rather fat mouthfeel (alcohol, fruit sugar?) that is more neutral in flavor - quite nice actually. Finish is slightly bitter as in chewing on (black currant) leaves and falls apart at the end. Serve chilled. I have tried steel tanked Solaris based Swedish wines before and this fits the description rather well.

A good effort from the Swedes! Hats off, or perhaps, Climate change indicator?
White
2016 Strekov 1075 Veltlin Južnoslovenská Grüner Veltliner (view label images)
8/31/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
91 points
Old oak barrels give complexity, as does the slightly oxidized old apples. Some grip, a lot of tangy, jura-like zest. fresh, and much more smooth to drink than I expected. recommended.
Rosé
2018 Frank Cornelissen Susucaru Terre Siciliane Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
8/30/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
89 points
The book club goes asado and tries South African reds (At a backyard somewhere near Telefonplan): very good stuff, felt even better than the last bottle we tried a month ago. Fresh, mouthwatering tangy acidity and some swagger that was even more apparent when tried side by side with the two other more mainstream (but good) rosés.
Rosé
8/30/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
89 points
The book club goes asado and tries South African reds (At a backyard somewhere near Telefonplan): One of the better showings of this wine - herbal but with some fruit notes as well, and not bitter. Very good with some simple snacks (olives, chips) that took the edge off it somewhat. Serious wine for sure.
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Rosé
8/30/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
87 points
The book club goes asado and tries South African reds (At a backyard somewhere near Telefonplan): very...innocuous wine with good sweet fruit and sweet vanilla infusion, fresh but soft on the palate, short finish but the ball stays on the fairway the whole time. Really perfect as a thirst quencher and aperitif on a hot summer's evening, well chilled. however, in the company of the Domaine Tempier Bandol rosé and the Frank Cornelissen Susucaru, this was too much like a super market wine cooler to even stand a chance. Don't save this.
Red
8/30/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
93 points
The book club goes asado and tries South African reds (At a backyard somewhere near Telefonplan): Very interesting, complex aroma, sniffer wine with elegant body. Loved it.
Red
2015 Kanonkop Paul Sauer Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/30/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
94 points
The book club goes asado and tries South African reds (At a backyard somewhere near Telefonplan): agree with Rossi.wine's note. This is really good stuff. But obviously in the smooth, oaky and fruity genre. Great with our asado from the get go, but stayed the course and I think this has the stuffings to keep (although why would you when it's this darn good right now?).
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Red
2015 Savage Wines Red Blend Western Cape Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/30/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
95 points
The book club goes asado and tries South African reds (At a backyard somewhere near Telefonplan): no notes taken, this was pure enjoyment with lots and lots of complexity and great balance and some power to stand up to an asado. this came out on top of the other three South African reds tried at the same dinner. Needed a lot of air to unfurl itself.
Red
8/30/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
92 points
The book club goes asado and tries South African reds (At a backyard somewhere near Telefonplan): red fruited and spicy - tight and with curled up elegance waiting to be unleashed. Best is to save for a couple of years, I assume, and otherwise decant well in advance of dinner. Lovely and pure.
White - Sparkling
8/24/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
90 points
Fantastic bubbly from Spain with a deep and complex apple aroma and excellent freshness and balance. There is some sweetness and spice but the acidity and energetic mousse creates the feel of dry, elegant and narrow crémant from Jura rather than sweet Prosecco or robust cava. I have tried the regular bubbly which sells for usd 11 in Sweden, this was more like usd 17 and price to value is unbeatable, that’s how good this is.
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Red
8/24/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
91 points
Light in style, with some raspberries and plums on the nose but more of a lingonberry, cranberry palate. Oak is not noticeable and the lift is of energy, minerality, acidity rather than complex aromas or earth or tannic muscles. I like it fine now, as is, but there is definitely a question as to whether this will fill out over next five years and gain in complexity and depth.
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Red
8/24/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
90 points
Nice well rounded Pinot nose with sweet raspberry, cola nut, vanilla, nutmeg, plums. Soft attack on the palate but great balance and mouthfeel. Not for long term, but drinking really well right now. Good value Oregon Pinot noir in the more fruit driven and approachable style of Pinot noir.
Red
8/24/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
87 points
NB: this was the 10 Anni Museum Release Version.

Food wine with serious structure, both tannins and acidity and grippy finish with some heat that deserves some bbq, grilled meats or as in our case, lasagna. On the nose, a real sniffer with sweet berries, wood spice, some well integrated oak. On the palate, blackberries, plum as in darker sour&sweet berries, some spicy and woody notes that feel very fine, though finish is starting to fall apart with some astringency, hard tannins from oak, heat from alcohol. Drink up over next couple of years is my feeling.
Red
8/22/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
85 points
At warmer temperature this was way too soft. Chilled it had nice darker fruit spectrum, some spice and licorice but not too much, quite easy to like in fact.
Red - Sparkling
8/22/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
91 points
Raspberry, minerality, dry, good energetic mousse, fresh and fine. Easy to drink and enjoy, not without body and soul.
White
8/18/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
85 points
Maybe another couple of years will do the trick, right now it wasn't showing as great as I would have hoped. Some almond milk soap on the nose, good body, some interesting mineral notes and luxurious soft attack on the palate, while still managing to be more elegant than many other white northern rhone wines these days and with more than decent freshness.

But the finish is dominated by a bitter note. It was drinking much better at room temperature, which brought up the score for me.

Even at cellar temperature (i.e. a couple of degrees warmer than chilled) it was too bitter and felt not completely together. I am guessing they picked a little too early?
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White - Sparkling
8/18/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
91 points
In a perfect drinking window right now! Was gifted this a week ago from a friend who picked it up at the Swedish state retail monopoly liquor store same day. Served as aperitif and with a meal of chicken breasts, braised in butter, tarragon and garlic, some cous cous, fried whole cauliflower and a salad of polka beet roots with feta cheese and a simple vinaigrette.

Toasty, creamy, perhaps even some milk chocolate; quite big and more robust than elegant, but all in one place and with a nice but short finish. Our French guest really liked this and thought it had a lot of fruit. I guess the dosage is not zero but what does it matter when the freshness and the lemon zing is there to balance things out. You could do a lot worse for a champagne in this price class!
White
8/18/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
89 points
Very much what I expected, from having tasted the 2015 version of this. The perfume is there, but somehow this time it only feels intriguing, rather than slightly too much; with almond, roses, honeysuckle, jasmin flowers. Nicely rounded and soft palate with a real nice feel to it, balanced by medium acidity that makes it feel just right to drink now.

The freshness builds towards the finish in a nice way and in the end there is some almond bitter notes.

If anything, perhaps you feel the edges of the finish not all polished with some heat and bitter, but its a minor thing and with food it's not noticeable.

Recommended if you have not tried anything from this producer, which is a great address.
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White
8/17/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
91 points
yeah, this has a lot going on the nose with roses, vanilla, white floral tones, herbal note, green apple, green berries, some musk perhaps. On the palate there's a lot of body but balanced with decent acidity and finish. A spicy note but still under control. Great with food (in this case, home made fried rice with chicken with fresh basil, chili, black pepper, rice wine vinegar, and some carrot/coleslaw. Has more to give for the patient.
White - Fortified
8/11/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
90 points
Nice Madeira that feels balanced and easy to drink and like: has a characteristic nutty nose, on the palate it is medium sweet with more of an orange rind preserve feel to it, ie some fresh and bitter and dry notes rather than opulent sweetness. Salinity as well as burnt caramel notes are rather toned down. Good freshness. I like it fine and we drank this over 3-4 days. I suspect it would hold for much longer.
White
8/10/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted and was not served to cold, this showed both energy and freshness as was expected but also a complex, more nuanced bouquet of aromas that included some spice notes, herbal notes and of course some apples and lemons but more in the earl grey sense (on the nose that is). Palate was more creamy than I remember but would I have to choose one word to describe it would still be fresh. It has changed quite a bit in only a couple of years, and was equally good now as then, just different expression and showing.

Great stuff on its own and with some tarragon and butter and garlic braised chicken.
White
8/10/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
93 points
Lemony, crispy, fresh and fine. Has that Jura borderline identity that could be either savagnin or chardonnay and ouillé but with a hint of oxidation. There's some body on this which I guess will be noticeable when the acidity cools down in a couple of years, but for now you only sense it as an intensity in the fruit on the palate.
Red
8/10/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
94 points
Fantastic wine. Absolutely not a pinot that I would have ever guessed Volnay blind, but nevertheless fabulous. It is a big Pinot with dark fruited profile, but the size and shoulders does not have much to do with oak, nor sweetness or for that matter tannins.

It shares some wild and deep qualities that you sometimes find in natural wine made out of gamay, or cinsault or Syrah. The freshness is perfect, tannins sandpaper fine and well integrated by now so this is a good time to start drinking these, but I imagine these bottles will continue to develop complexity over the next decade. It is for sure a completely dry wine with a strict and intellectual quality to it. Reminded me about some of the best Pommard wines I have tried. A little robust/rustic as previous tracker noted, but for me it is all in one place nevertheless.
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