Tasting Notes for granikmw

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Red
2004 John Duval Wines Plexus Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
9/27/2019 - granikmw Likes this wine:
93 points
At peak. Beautiful wine. Needed 3.5 hours to show its glory. Breadth, complexity, depth, freshness and harmony: fully integrated tannins, sweet fruit complimented with savory notes. Full palate coverage with a mid palate center of gravity, and considerable length. Quite impressive. Showed best in a Riedel Syrah glass (compared to the new Jancis/Richard glass (exaggerated the alcohol), the Spieglau red glass (didn't show the wine's depth and fullness), and Zalto (made the wine angular).
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White
6/1/2019 - granikmw wrote:
In fine dotage! honeyed, properly oxidized, still with beautiful delicacy and refinement - poise - of PM. Over the hill for many, not for those who wait for the beauties of time. Decent length. Respect! A sense of place.
White
4/23/2019 - granikmw wrote:
93 points
So impressive. 18 years old and still vibrant: honeyed, ripe yellow fruits, of course oxidative (not pre-mox!) notes. Full, open, rich, harmonious, long. All that it should be.
Red
1/10/2019 - granikmw wrote:
INTENSE! firm and concentrated. Needed several hours decanting. Still youthful, virile, concentrated. Integrated, streamlined, elegant but powerful without being overbearing. Very Australian - pure, uber-clean, almost glossy. Needed much time before it showed itself and its finish lengthened. Drinkable but could take more time. Very impressive. Supple tannins, integrated acidity, lots of forest fruits, tobacco, cedar wood (this does not mean the wine is woody). Very well done.
Red
1999 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/2/2018 - granikmw wrote:
Showing very nicely. Classic aged Bordeaux of its class. At first tight and hard, but an hour's decanting allowed the wine to bloom and show its stuff.
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Red
8/6/2018 - granikmw wrote:
Lovely wine. Opened up very well. Still fresh and with silky tannins. Ripe, not green. Elegant and refined.
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Red
1996 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/29/2018 - granikmw wrote:
Very pretty wine. Took a little time to open and bloom, but very pretty, à point, just what it should be. Classic and quite fine.
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Red
1/13/2018 - granikmw wrote:
intense: concentrated; stacked tannins, but crisp and clean, not overweight or overwrought. 2003 if you thought / felt about it. Opened well; firmly structured and well contained. More definite, mid-palate definition/ tension
and delineation than a fine (unnamed) 2008 Old Vine Zin. Shows breed
Red
1998 Château Fontenil Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/27/2017 - granikmw wrote:
Lovely bottle. Totally in form. Beautifully integrated, still with freshness of fruit and a bit light on its feet. elegant, poised, soft fruit and lovely complexity. Very satisfying finish. Dark berries, pencil lead and smoke, tobacco.
Red
12/27/2017 - granikmw wrote:
Seems maderized. Still had life in it, but no joy. Put it down as a flawed bottle, though I know the storage was good.
Red
12/24/2017 - granikmw wrote:
Lovely wine. Opened with initial obvious American oak, but immediately integrated. Medium-bodied, fully mature but still showing lovely notes of red fruits - cherries, strawberries. Fully integrated tannin, elegant in the mouth leading to a pretty, satisfying finish with light mocha and mineral notes.
Red
12/2/2017 - granikmw wrote:
Lovely. Totally holding its own. Fully integrated, fresh raspberry/cherry fruits, earth, spice, with a gentle ballast on the midpalate. Crisp finish: fruit holding on, but mineral/stony/smoky character edging forward, hovering over the crisp, delicate finish. Medium finish. Sorry it's my last one.
Red
12/2/2017 - granikmw wrote:
Great bottle. Medium crimson; nose still fresh and spicy. Totally ready to drink, still with freshness of fruit throughout, and again through the back palate. Fully integrated, crisp; not overblown at all. Vibrant flavors of spice, baked fruits with medium+ persistence on the palate through the finish. Full palate coverage; integrated tannins and acidity meld together; generous alcohol the wine's nod to rusticity. Clean, crisp, finishing on a mineral, stony note. Quite fine!
Red
Deep berried, layered nose with raisin notes. Decidedly alcoholic, clocking in at 16%, and feeling it, too. Hedonistic and pleasurable.
White
4/10/2017 - granikmw wrote:
Classic, relatively deep amber. Intensely fruity nose with lots of dried apricots and stone fruit. Massively tannic. Mouthfilling, quite aggressive and rustic; undrinkable.
White
4/8/2017 - granikmw wrote:
Tight. Still very fresh. Considerable tension, focus and length.
Red
2001 Mommessin Romanée St. Vivant Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
4/4/2017 - granikmw wrote:
Gorgeous wine showing its provenance. Many layered, still fresh and lifted, with deep, elegant red fruits, supple tannins, energy and long length. On a beautiful, complex plateau showing a still vibrant past and a colorful future. Long finish.
White
3/28/2017 - granikmw wrote:
Lovely wine in peak position. Still fresh and firm, with steely frame and plenty of tension. Bright, chalky, citric and long.
Red
3/18/2017 - granikmw wrote:
Less interesting this time. A bit four-square and still hard after decanting. Deep fruit, still ripe but developing, with firm acidity and integrated tannic structure, but no real joy - closed in on itself, as it were. Drinkable but no real fun.
Red
3/12/2017 - granikmw wrote:
Time to drink. Fully developed with resolved tannins, though with both evolved and fresh fruit qualities. Not a knock-out, but with more depth (as it should) than Chanson's Savigny-Dominode of the same vintage. Lots of underbrush and savory notes. A bit four-square but a pleasant poultry companion.
White
3/11/2017 - granikmw wrote:
Lovely wine. Barrel fermented blend of Chenin 74; Viognier 23, Roussanne 3%. Fresh, creamy attack with fully integrated flavors of yellow fruits and hint of mineral. Full-bodied but not zaftig, with full palate coverage and a fresh, appetizing finish. Holds its 14% abv quite well.
Red
1/15/2017 - granikmw wrote:
Still youthful and showing classic raisined, overripe character. Alcohol balanced; the wine is powerful but not overwhelming, with integrated balanced acidity. Not especially dynamic or complex but solid, a good fit for a cold night and a hearty meal. Medium finish. Ready to drink.
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Red
1/15/2017 - granikmw wrote:
Disappointing. Tremendous amount of sediment; decanted, but remained murky garnet; not especially attractive. Sweet fruit but overripe elements dominated. Disjointed. Slightly astringent on the finish. Earthy, but clean. Possibly a bad bottle?
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Red
12/12/2016 - granikmw wrote:
Initially juicy, developed but harmonious and still with lots of fresh, ripe fruit. Complex leather, fruit and smoke character. Integrated acidity. After an hour, however, the vintage really showed through, with bunched-up, stacked tannins - a constricted, rather than supple, character to the structure. Medium finish.
Red
12/12/2016 - granikmw wrote:
Benefitted from 2 hours decanting. Initially, a bright, relatively intense fresh juicy nose: very attractive. Opening up on the palate (was very tight and closed upon release) - fresh berried fruit, mineral backbone, crisp finish. Quite lovely, well-knit and firmly structured. Got silkier, more harmonious and seductive after 2 hours.
Red
1999 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/1/2016 - granikmw wrote:
Lovely wine. Integrated and developed but still with fresh fruit character. Harmonious tannic/acid structure; elegant if not concentrated; seamless segue to subtle, satisfying finish.
White
12/1/2016 - granikmw wrote:
Beautiful. Pure, integrated, textured and nuance. Well balanced and seamless. Long finish, still with plenty of freshness.
White
10/18/2016 - granikmw wrote:
Delicious wine. Fresh, balanced, poised and elegant. Pure, with juicy citrus, pear, melon and floral notes, laced with a mineral thread. Delightfully unoaked, with a fresh vibrant structure.
Red
10/13/2016 - granikmw wrote:
Lovely wine near the end of its peak: truffly fruit, leather and dusty tannins - pure Tuscany. Elegant and not glossy, but integrated, harmonious, delicious.
Red
10/13/2016 - granikmw wrote:
Good bottle, if not a great one. Definitely time to drink: lean upon opening, but opened out nicely, still with firm acidity and defined, developed red fruit character superimposed on earthy, tarry notes. After breathing, it opened up, then shut down, then (after 2 hours) opened out again. Pretty.
White
8/8/2016 - granikmw wrote:
Dense and packed. Very complex, alive and very long. Yeasty, 'sherried,' layered, with floral, mineral, and dried citrus character. Lemon zest. Stunning wine.
White
5/14/2016 - granikmw wrote:
Medium lemon - fully developed. Very tight and lean upon opening. Needed decanting for an hour, plus closer to room temperature to open up and fill out. Broad but crisp, still with freshness even if fully mature, without the concentration or structure to support positive future development. Not especially textured on the midpalate, nor showing great sense of place or present. Focus to the finish if angular, not energetic. Citrus, honey, yeast, toast ... nothing particularly distinctive.
Red
2/16/2016 - granikmw wrote:
Tight and lean upon opening, but opened up to show purity of fruit, loose-knit, totally integrated tannins, and moderate acidity. A lovely wine without structure or concentration to improve, but drinking nicely now. Pure to its origins.
Red
1996 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/16/2016 - granikmw wrote:
middling bottle. fully developed, still with noticeable acidity that preserved its vibrancy. complex, reasonably long
White - Off-dry
2/1/2016 - granikmw wrote:
Ripe and remarkably advanced. Soft and succulent, but with decided oxidative character: ripe apple, creme brûlée, lots of caramel, sweetish apricot pie; graham cracker . . . but lacking acidity. Medium finish. Suspect inferior storage before my purchase. Disappointing. Lacks edge, nerve and vibrancy.
Red
2000 Fery-Meunier Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/10/2016 - granikmw wrote:
Fully integrated, still with freshness and purity. Not especially dynamic but elegant and pretty. An underachiever in tune with its origins.
White - Sparkling
1/10/2016 - granikmw wrote:
Fully mature but retaining freshness. Elegant, layered, long. In a beautiful place right now.
White
1/10/2016 - granikmw wrote:
Medium yellow- nose initially quite advanced, dominated by oxidative notes. With decanting, the fresh fruit began to emerge, with quince and apples mingled with layers of saffron amid the nuttiness. Long length and finish. Surprising match with a saffron-based pasta dish. Time to drink as loss of fruit, and integrated acidity won't reward longer bottle aging.
Red
1/2/2016 - granikmw wrote:
Deep ruby color; remarkably youthful. Elegant nose, with ripe berry/cherry character, touch of sandalwood and dried herbs.
Elegant, seamless palate: medium-bodied, lightly sinewy and layered, with moderate acidity and moderate tannins - which, while integrated on the palate, seem to be drying out on the finish. The fruit still has freshness and flesh. Lovely wine, holding on, but if you've got any, drink it up. This wine was well stored. Medium finish.
Red
12/26/2015 - granikmw wrote:
Deep garnet ruby with lots of floating sediment. Medium-intense über-ripe nose with development of wet leaves, light earthiness and savory hints; sweet meats. Full-bodied, with full palate coverage and crisp acidity - not very persistent on the palate; medium finish. 15% alcohol not terribly intrusive, but the fruit lacks freshness. Integrated tannins, though they peek out with an edgy grip on the finish, almost brittle -- feels like the wine is cracking up. Average? Suspect the lack of freshness a result of the hot vintage.
White
11/14/2015 - granikmw wrote:
Needed some time aeration before fruit and mineral emerged - initially seemed pre-mox like the 1st of the set, but opened up well. As noted before, showing lovely maturity and integration, with delicacy, complexity, length and poise, but time to drink the rest of the collection.
White
10/24/2015 - granikmw wrote:
Fully developed, almost dry, petrolly but still with dried apricot, peach, grilled nectarine character. Clean, with full palate coverage. Well balanced.
White
10/25/2015 - granikmw wrote:
Obviously a much better bottle than the last: developed but fully harmonious and not oxidative. Still had elements for freshness. Firm acidity and mineral core, with notes of citrus, honey, brioche, nuttiness. Good length.
Red
10/17/2015 - granikmw wrote:
A bit mean and tart at opening. Needed 2 hours breathing. Then fleshed out: had freshness, quite pretty, with definition, firm acidity, fully integrated tennis; bright blue and blackberry fruits. Poised, with earthy underpinning and subtle overtones. Not over the moon, but well defined and true to type. Medium finish. Honest and not overreaching.
Red
7/23/2015 - granikmw wrote:
Pretty, still with vibrant red/blue fruits and crisp acidity. Fully resolved tannins. Delightful, elegant, holding up for its age, but no room for improvement. Not very layered, even if some complexity comes from bottle age. Short on the finish. Declines and becomes bitter near the bottle's end. Enjoyable but simple, sadly empty on the middle..
Red
7/23/2015 - granikmw wrote:
End of life. Needed to warm up from cellar temp, and open up a bit. An elegant, gentle, frail old lady, but still with a refreshing freshness and vigor as she holds on.
White
7/12/2015 - granikmw wrote:
beautiful condition - three dimensional, still fresh, elegant, textured, open. Medium + finish. Lots of fresh wet pebbles.
White
7/11/2015 - granikmw wrote:
Better than last night's bottle. Well stored, but very developed. Has complexity, but time to drink. More tension than the last bottle. But disappointing.
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