Tasting Notes for Omar Khayyam

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White
2/11/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
93 points
Same dark golden color as the MesDemoizelles (the Pouilly-Vinzelles which the appellation did not allow in 2014) but more a mix of green/red apples as opposed to the MesDemoizelles mix of yellow/red/browned-by-air-contact apples. Some nice complexity but more pure in its expression. On the palate its like a lemon wedge and all about green apples and saline expression. Loved it. Ready to drink but can easily go for several more years and keep getting better. Glad I bought more. Currently, I'd prefer this to the MesDemoizelles '14. Also more classic Macon to my mind.
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Red
2012 Yalumba FDR1A Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
2/9/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
89 points
Very Barossa but also very good. At first it’s tight and sour sweet and not so aromatic, then evolves into more luscious blackberry, black currant, candied violets, white pepper and a minty/eucalyptus freshness. Good freshness, not too big or clumsy in style, if slightly one dimensional at first. Should perhaps stay cellared a few more years to draw out some more complexity.
Red
2/9/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
92 points
Black currants, black cherry, quite lean and structured with good acidity, some grip but great texture and fruit intensity. Black pepper, white chocolate. After a few hours in adecanter it’s simply delish. Will be even better in five years time.
White
2/9/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
93 points
Spicy yellow apple cider on the nose; quite some body on this, which I guess is equal parts lees, ripe fruit and alcohol; some spice from the oak and a slight bite from the alcohol, but rather fresh and linear despite this.

This wine was declassified due to longer élèvage time than the appellation Pouilly-Vinzennes allows for. Strikes me as such an oddity. As I understand it this has been raised 24 months in old oak barrels and then an additional 12 months on steel tank.

I had been expecting something more akin to a lean Jura chard with a more reductive style - this feels more like a richer brew made for long time cellaring. Maybe give this 3-5 years, but for sure it may keep twice as long if properly cellared. 91 points

Edit: two days later, half the bottle left an re-corked in the fridge, the yellow apples have become less spicy and the elegance has come to the fore. upping the score. 93 points but needs to be cellared a couple of years.
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Red
2016 Ruggabellus Efferus Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/9/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
90 points
At first this is just as tight as the Archaeus (the main difference being that this is predominantly mataro). Lots of air necessary. day two it is expressing a deep and wild aromatics, with good dark leather tinted sloeberry infused fruit and structure that is present but on the elegant silky side. Does not reach up to the level of the Syrah and Grenache based wines currently, but my guess is that this has even more need for age. Some kinship to the Leon Barral Valiniere. Rest for 5-10 years maybe?
Red
2015 Ruggabellus Archaeus Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/7/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
94 points
At first it is almost bubbly with suppressed CO2, tight as a nut. Lean, austere, not pleasant at all. Then some reductive notes appear. A little more aromatics but not so very pleasant either.. Day 2 the reduction has faded, the CO2 evaporated and the wine has taken on a really gorgeous lean, savory feel. Great Syrah. Feels like a really good Arnot Roberts, but perhaps with slightly more fruit. Nice find!
White
2/6/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
89 points
Yep - there's plenty of quality material here. Lots of apple fruit on the nose and palate, some wet stones and grilled lemon halves, good texture that is driven by great acidity and also some body from the fruit, which is richer than what I would have imagined, having only tried the 2012 En Remilly from this producer before. Needs some time I think to tone down the apple juice concentrate.
Red
2/5/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
94 points
Deep earthy pinot nose with spice and smoke mixed with black and red berries. A green note that feels stemmy on the palate and like freshly cut flowers on the nose. Some wet forest floor. Oaky but lean and elegantly texturized. A little dry on the grippy finish but the freshness lasts for a long while and is beautifully tangy. Lovely wine. Easily one of the best Spätburgunder I've had. Some CO2 and slightly reductive but guessing this will surface on the other side with more elegance still - but also a possibility this was even greater a year or so earlier on the fruit. Time will tell. I have high expectations for this one.
Red
2/3/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
89 points
Very good Syrah. Falls squarely in the middle between meaty/tapenade style Syrah and more blackberry fruity style. It's lean and elegant but has good fruit with a hint of sweetness to it, some herbal/floral qualities that add nuance. A little drying tannic grip at the end. I think this will evolve very well over the next 5-7 years and I would absolutely try it again given the chance. 89+ Nice find.
White
2/3/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
87 points
Tasted this side by side with the Langmeil 2016 Spring Fever Chardonnay, which has a lot less acidity although it's a full year younger than the Chromy.

In Sweden, the Chromy is only about 3 A$ more, while the Australian prices for the Chromy, that pops up when I google, are about twice the price if not more than the Langmeil. The Chromy is several notches better and offers quite a value for chardonnay in the oaked and fruity style, here in Sweden.

Very charming nose with butter, toasted hazelnuts, Nivea hand cream, almond milk, lime juice, some orange rind preserve. Good acidity, quite some weight on this wine, a little sting from the alcohol and/or oak on the finish, which is decent and tangy.

Perhaps I lack some complexity, and it's a little full on while the mid palate is largely missing in action, but the nose is really charming and the finish tangy so if you are not averse to new oak in your chardonnay, you could do much worse than this, and certainly pay a lot more for equal quality from say California (once again, looking at it from a QPR based on Swedish prices).
White
2/3/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
81 points
Already on the nose one can tell the heavy oak régime this wine has been treated to. On the palate very tropical fruit, impossible to mistake this for chablis is my first reaction. Nose is shockful of buttered toast, heavily toasted nuts and almonds. Pineapple, peaches. Oily texture. Has some acidity but day two it's almost all gone. Drank this side by side with a Tasmanian Chardonnay from Josef Chromy, and the difference is striking although the Chromy has quite a lot of new oak as well, and is almost equally leesy and weighty from the batônnage I presume has been exercised with both these wines. Not low in alcohol.
White - Fortified
1/29/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent deep and complex amontillado that is really well balanced now but feels like it could go for a long while.
Red
BYOB "High Altitude wines" - blind tasting (Sollentuna): Such fine perfume! Singing on all notes - raspberry licorice and elegant and lovely. Sweet fruit but dry palate. Highly recommended. My wine.
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Red
1/26/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
BYOB "High Altitude wines" - blind tasting (Sollentuna): At first this was exhibiting that weird combo of asphalt and roses, bitter from kernels chewed. Then with several hours of air more red berries and licorice tea and suddenly the wine that I first thought about as structure without fruit had it all going. Intellectually challenging and not for everyone but there is quality here. Needs to rest ten years I think.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
BYOB "High Altitude wines" - blind tasting (Sollentuna): I really like this one, fresh and juicy like a macvin. Has structure and complexity and just great stuff. Highly recommended.
Red
1/26/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
BYOB "High Altitude wines" - blind tasting (Sollentuna): Very green, like unripe cab franc with some sweet oak. Not bad.
Red
1/26/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
BYOB "High Altitude wines" - blind tasting (Sollentuna): Dense, bitter chocolate and some blueberry jam. Bitter. Has acidity and all components just not my cup of tea. Guessed Malbec or cabernet from Catena or as second guess a Chateau Montus.
Red
1/26/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
BYOB "High Altitude wines" - blind tasting (Sollentuna): Really lovely perfume on this one had a bit of alcohol on the end but I am ok with that and the oak. Really liked this one. I guessed Shiraz, Mencia or a modern style Nebbiolo. Recommended.
Red
1/26/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
BYOB "High Altitude wines" - blind tasting (Sollentuna): Blue fruit, very fiery from the alcohol, elegant body, oaked, felt young. I had this down as an expensive Malbec from Argentina. Slightly unbalanced. I usually like Forman. Not sure about this one.
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Red
BYOB "High Altitude wines" - blind tasting (Sollentuna): Clearly an oaked pinot noir with a lot of luxurious oak, blackberries, some vanilla, sweet berry driven. complex and charming. After a few hours this was even better, as the vanilla had calmed down and also a slightly grassy note surfaced. Highly recommended.
Red
BYOB "High Altitude wines" - blind tasting (Sollentuna): Violets, saddle bag leather, licorice, some sweet fruit. Like Garnacha with some age. I guessed Priorat. Highly Recommended.
Red
BYOB "High Altitude wines" - blind tasting (Sollentuna): dark cherry liquor and dark chocolate, power, structure, licorice. I wrote down: extremely luxurious. Had this pinned down as a cali cab of high pedigree or perhaps the Arianna from Catena or the V.I.K. from Chile. Highly recommended.
White
BYOB "High Altitude wines" - blind tasting (Sollentuna): Nicely baked and nutty perfume on this one, a bit low on acidity but the texture which is on the richer side and the nose keeps my interest up. To my own surprise I managed to nail this as a Musar Blanc 2006 double blind. Just luck but still fun. Recommended.
White
1/26/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
BYOB "High Altitude wines" - blind tasting (Sollentuna): Lovely oaky chardonnay nose, so very charming and lovely, when more cold, this was a tad bit bitter on the finish but then the acidity was also more fresh. A bit short finish, but I like it. I would drink it now though and not save for several years. Recommended.
White
1/26/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
BYOB "High Altitude wines" - blind tasting (Sollentuna): Lovely nose! fine with some oak that is just so lovely. On the palate this is more thin and with sharp acidity - does not really live up to the promise of the enticing nose.
White
1997 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières-Coulée de Serrant Chenin Blanc (view label images)
1/26/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
BYOB "High Altitude wines" - blind tasting (Sollentuna): Oxidized, nutty, fiery, and herbal. Great freshness on the body. Very good but only recommended if you're really into natural wine and oxidized stuff. A bit over the hill.
White
1/26/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
BYOB "High Altitude wines" - blind tasting (Sollentuna): At first some Tomme de Montagne on the nose, blows away, green and stemmy, good fruit good acidity, fat body. Very good if you like Sauvignon blanc.
White - Sparkling
BYOB "High Altitude wines" - blind tasting (Sollentuna): Sour dough, creamy, energetic mousse that needs to calm down, but this is lovely stuff.
Highly recommended.
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Red
1/22/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
89 points
Very good wine, has good dense texture but not heavy at all, rather fresh, sandpapered tannins but still a grip.
Red
2015 Grosset Gaia Clare Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/20/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
92 points
Good ripe fruit on the nose (black currant). Fresh, elegant, dry style, not too heavy body, but excellent silky palate with fine-grained tannins that adds a real grip at the end. Some mocha notes but the oak is really well integrated.

Mix of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with some Cabernet Franc (hard to tell, could easily have passed for pure cabernet Sauvignon) from the vineyard that is the highest elevation in the Clare Valley. There is sweet fruit and some oak for sure, but it's balanced and elegant.

Really easy to drink now, although I suspect it will improve over next ten years.
Red
2015 Ruggabellus Fluus Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
1/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
94 points
Yeah, I am not in the Barossa when smelling the first glass on this the first bottle from Ruggabellus that I try, that's for sure.

Pale ruby red, transparent expression, with all sorts of raspberry punch fragrances on the nose, at the same time as there is this tangy, slightly grippy acidity which is seamlessly combined on the palate, paired with very good freshness and silky texture that makes me think of high end Californian Grenaches from A Tribute to Grace, Jolie-Laide, Two Shepherds, and the old Wind Gap Grenaches, as well as some Jura reds and better Beaujolais and possibly some German Pinot Noir. Mind blowing that you can do something this elegant (early picked grapes) and still so very expressive in the Barossa.

55 % Grenache, 26 % Mataro, 15 % Syrah, 4 % Cinsault. This is supposedly their lighter style early drinking wine. Can't wait to try more wine from this producer.

Day 2: even better. raising the score to 94. This is really how I'd like my Grenache based wines.
White
1/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
91 points
Great wine and fun discovery. Lovely shaped bottle. Has tell tale warm climate Chenin blanc tropical fruit expression, some little spice on the back end, a really weighty body with a lot of unctuous texture, good freshness and balance that makes it all really easy to drink and still with that almost over the top baked Rhone white yumminess. This is not for those palates trained on crispy unoaked chablis. It's more like a full meal. Body is big without being heavy and the fragrance is shock full of something best described in terms of a spoonful of apple pie and vanilla ice cream. Oddly enough this was better when not so chilled (at around 13-14 degrees it showed at its best I think).
Red - Fortified
1/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
90 points
Really good, my firs Macvin as I can recall. Unfermented grape juice is boiled and then spiked by a brandy to 16 % alcohol, put in oak casks for some years. This exhibited very lively red fruit and berries, nice balance between sweet and fresh. Perfect pairing with a lighter chocolate mousse type dessert.
Red
2001 Barranco Oscuro Cerro Las Monjas 1368 Vino de la Tierra Contraviesa Alpujarra Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
1/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
93 points
This one hit out of the ball park! What a fantastic nose, still has fruit (darker colored spectrum with plum and cassis) but mostly dominated by the most wonderful secondary aromas such as leather, bright chocolate (Manjari), some licorice root tea, and just a heap of molten leaves. Paired great with baked onions, wild mushrooms, truffle, deer. Lovely lovely. At peak now, while there is still some fruit left and the whole orchestra playing that autumnal forest floor symphony.
White
1/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
89 points
Fresh, saline, not too heavy or spicy as the more oaked albarinos can sometimes be weighed down by, I like the minerality and acidity. Clean fruit and good texture. I'd say that this would be a better choice compared to simpler Muscadets or Sauvignon Blanc wines most of the nights and would pair well with all sorts of seafood.
White
1/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
86 points
this was the very last of the bottle served at Fotografiska by the glass and it went down easily but had lost some of the precision. Nice marriage of sweet hazelnut chardonnay expression and more citrusy esters, but does not hold up terribly well to warmer temperature.
White - Sparkling
1/19/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
84 points
Fun stuff, very cider like, yeasty, dry, fresh, has that lemony bite that makes it a good aperitif. Very Vin Nature in style, i.e. if you like a creamy not so offensive champagne as a before dinner drink, this is not for you...
White
1/13/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
91 points
this time all the pieces came together and it showed really well: rich body that felt less leery and more glycerin/natural rich fruit. Lovely nose, and that energetic lift of tangy zesty brilliant acidity at the back end of the palate. Loved this and should develop further down the road.
Red
1/13/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
92 points
This is what a Crozes should strive for: aromatic complexity that bridges the two poles of Syrah: blackberry, black pepper fruit and briny, meaty black olives, licorice, herbal notes. With great acidity, fine-grained tannins and still an elegant medium bodied wine with lift and energy rather than brutal power. Will evolve for a long time, certainly, but also great now, on the fruit.
Red
1/12/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
87 points
A steady Syrah with a light body, good freshness but also aromatic with a lot of berries. On the palate furthermore, some licorice, some black pepper, more fruit, sweet, some alcoholic sting at the end, some grapeskin bitter notes, overall it feels quite ok, like a decent cross-hermitage. Would not buy again but was fun to try.
Red
Time to try bottle number 2: and I can report that compared to previous bottle, this has shut down and is now mainly expressing structure and freshness. Lovely still, but a completely different animal. in 2017 it was all about fruit, oak, soft texture and some earthy complexity, i.e. a very generous wine in all aspects. Now this is all about fresh red berries, and it has this finish that just goes on and on. The nose is to die for but more toned down and more cool climate pinot fruit aromatics. I think I will hold off for several more years before bottle number 3 is opened. (93-95)
Red
1/7/2019 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
91 points
A real favorite of mine; has good fruit, structure, but more elegant and fresh than some of the Taurasi Aglianico that feel like they have spent more time in barrel. This has energy, and a peppery/spicy kind of black fruit expression. Highly recommended.
White
1/6/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow! this is hitting on all cylinders. So complex, there's some shredded apples, lightly browned by the air, some raw hazelnuts, slight luxurious oak trace but no vanilla more just truffle complexity. And still a very crisp chardonnay. Great things.
Red
2015 Clos Saron Kind of Blue Sierra Foothills Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
1/6/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
92 points
Very odd but lovely combination of pure racy cinsault [edit: no cinsault, although that's how the restaurant listed it, it's a mix of Syrah, carignan and cabernet, see note from winemaker as comment to this tasting note] fruit that does not bear much trace of oak or anything but a streak of sweaty horse saddle and some VA. Some similarities to a young Musar. we liked it just fine!
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Red
1/4/2019 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
90 points
my last bottle; and just as good as the previous ones. Fresh, fruity, peppery and with a black currant juice nose. a little structure so will be good in the next few years as well, but drinking so nicely now.
Red
1995 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
DBYOB 3.0 The Rise of the Eternal Return (@swedish home): Drinking really well right now. Beautiful expression. Excellent!
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Red
2005 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
DBYOB 3.0 The Rise of the Eternal Return (@swedish home): Really lovely, did not take notes so will refrain from scoring other than saying it was excellent and drinking really well. Clearly, has potential to develop and will drink well for many more years.
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Red
DBYOB 3.0 The Rise of the Eternal Return (@swedish home): no notes but was very fruity cabernet nose on this with a lot of structure. Very good.
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