Tasting Notes for guribh

(447 notes on 281 wines)

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Red
10/10/2019 - guribh Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted. At a good place now...more resolved than previous tasting (decanting helped)...
Red
10/6/2019 - guribh wrote:
88 points
Excellent QPR Cab. Dark berries, cocoa, with just a hint of herbal note. Medium length. At around $14 - a restock.
White
9/27/2019 - guribh wrote:
flawed
Bottle 6/6 - premoxed again. Overall 3/6 enjoyable bottles and 3/6 premoxed. So considering the cost being x2 for a drinkable bottle - pass on this experiment and pick a bottle with higher batting average. Unacceptable...!
Red
1993 Domaine de Trévallon Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Les Baux Red Blend (view label images)
9/26/2019 - guribh wrote:
92 points
Still vibrant. Drink in the next 5 years.
Red
1986 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/24/2019 - guribh Likes this wine:
92 points
Mature, dense and rather closed initially. After an hour, it showed beutifully: leather stewed fruits, bramble with classy finish. Drank along the 1989 which was more lovable from the get-go (a 94-96 to me)....
Red
8/10/2019 - guribh Likes this wine:
90 points
Still going... Smoothed out entirely, yet fruit is still there. In a good place now. Drink 'em up.
Red
8/4/2019 - guribh wrote:
83 points
Not a good showing. A bit too austere, with a bit of cough medicine note aftertaste. I would be surprised to see this one evolve into something I'd want to reorder. Possible bottle variation, but too much to worry about at this price point with sooooo many alternatives...
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Red
7/29/2019 - guribh wrote:
89 points
Still pitch dark. High octane, yet not brute . Has a bit of "blood" note (just lost 50 percent of my readers...). Good but not outstanding.
Red
7/5/2019 - guribh wrote:
88 points
Best showing to date for me. gained a bit of complexity and held well over two days (vacu-vin)
Red
6/28/2019 - guribh wrote:
90 points
I can easily see why I am the first 90/90+ ratervof this. Not your grandfather'sCali Syrah. The whole cluster fermentation takes time to show all it's potential. Done right, it'll result in a more interesting, complex expression of the grape. This one showed it's potential after a good hour of aeration. Can't wait to seeing a few over the next 5-10 years.
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Red
6/22/2019 - guribh Likes this wine:
88 points
A fantastic value (Costco $9.89 in ATL). Dark colored, spicy notes of cassis and a hint of sagebrush. Rather full bodied for a Medoc/2014. While not overly complex, still punches waaaaay above it's price. Stock up if you can find.
Red
6/17/2019 - guribh Likes this wine:
90 points
Crazy value at <$15 from WTSO. Big-bodied for a Fleurie, yet not over the top. Drak, brooding with ripe (yet, importantly, not over-ripe) cherries and a hint of clove or similar. Fantastic wine with elevated Bistro fair. Can't wait for either the 2016 offering and/or a Prestige Cuvee from this house ("Tradition" usually indicates workhorse level...).
Red
6/10/2019 - guribh Likes this wine:
89 points
A bit more aromatic refinement with the time passed in bottle. May hit the 90 points marker when the half-case is all said and done. Can stand the suspense?
Red
6/8/2019 - guribh Likes this wine:
91 points
I reiterate my own notes of 11-2018 and many others who praised this one. It is a joke of a value at around $15. A distinct wine, loaded with character quite uncommon at this Supermarket-level pricing. The rating is based on QPR and revelation factor for the grape/terroir factor. Not complex, but very enjoyable... If I was to fall into the an inevitable comparison trap with other "local heroes" (Carmanere, Malbec, Pinotage, etc) - this sample does well as an ambassador for the price point and possibly quite a bit above it. Restock!
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Red
1989 Mas de Daumas Gassac Vin de Pays de l'Hérault Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/4/2019 - guribh wrote:
92 points
Great showing. slight bricking, medium-full bodied, floral spicy cherries and cassis. Great length.
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Red
6/3/2019 - guribh Likes this wine:
91 points
This is serious Bojo..! Combines extracted spices with the fun, easy going nature of Gamay. Medium bodied, super interesting flavor-set both sniffing and sipping.. I know that as I matured (maybe not as gracefully as a 1961 Latour), I tend to gravitate towards more aromatic, less boxing-match type wines. But still, I'd challenge most experienced( code word for well, you know..) to show me a better wine for the $$ ($15 from WTSO )
Red
5/25/2019 - guribh Likes this wine:
91 points
Holding on well. Evolved slightly, but my TN pf 2015 still hold true, with drinking range probably shorter, of course.
White
4/13/2019 - guribh wrote:
87 points
Finally got around to uncorking this one. Scotch whisky color, mature, slightly oxidized nose of medium length. Full bodied white, now rather simple, yet utterly drinkable. All in all, I missed this one's peak...
Red
2000 Château Cantenac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/10/2019 - guribh Likes this wine:
91 points
Confirming and repeating my notes from (almost exactly) a year ago. Lovely. Shows its mettle almost immediately upon decanting.
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Red
4/8/2019 - guribh Likes this wine:
89 points
Seems to have fleshed out a bit. Nice, medium intensity with a kick at the end. Great with mild, (ugraded and updated) plain fare (French version of Mac N Cheese , Breaded Chicken breast...)
Red
1999 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/1/2019 - guribh wrote:
89 points
More evolved now (compared to my 2016 TN below). Solid, classy Bdx at the peak of it's power. A tad short on complexity to be excellent, but definitely an enjoyable bottle.
White
3/20/2019 - guribh wrote:
90 points
I'm baaaa'ck.. Bottle 5/6. Now THIS is what I was expecting when I bought the wine. Nice fresh lemon notes, balanced, long, classy.
Red
3/14/2019 - guribh wrote:
90 points
Why the heck I did not buy more when I had the opportunity?
Red
2/28/2019 - guribh wrote:
88 points
I largely concur with @OAKTOWNRUS. A bit of wet leaves/cardboard intertwined with orange peel, cranberry and tea. Lacks a bit of spine (No, I am not looking for Syrah-like jammy core, but rather in the context of PN). At retail price it'll be a no-go. At closeout/discount of $14-18 - I don't feel cheated.
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Red
2/11/2019 - guribh wrote:
88 points
Tasted alongside the 1985 vintage of same. Slight bricking color. Mature, nicely evolved nose. A bit leaner and higher acidity than the 85, but still nice. Not great. Could very well be on the decline. Drink up...
Red
2/11/2019 - guribh Likes this wine:
92 points
Tasted alongside the 1986 vintage of same. Surprisingly fresh, vivid colored, nicely perfumed. Classy. Medium-full, nicely matured but not declined. Good length. Impressive showing. Will hold for a few more years if kept well, but I would go ahead and plan on drinking soon. (1986 was much more evolved, higher acidity and slightly bricking. Not bad, but the 1985 outshone it...).
White
2/8/2019 - guribh wrote:
81 points
A half case of this one must be the proverbial "box of Chocolates ". Bottle 4/6. Now we are back on this almost premoxed note. Still interesting, not dead. An "aquairied taste" thing. For those who prefer a predictable wine - go elsewhere. I am also hesitant to rrload on future vintages. Interestingly, the Pinot Noir version of same producer and vintage had, thus far, no variation. Consistently good.
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Red
1/29/2019 - guribh wrote:
87 points
Last bottle of 6. Smoothed out and lost the bitter edge I referenced in previous reviews. Fleshy and true to Gamay's flavor set. However, quite simple (by Morgon Cote du Py standards not DRC's...) all said and done. OK if you come across in a Bistro at $25-$30 but not worth seeking out.
Red
12/27/2018 - guribh Does not like this wine:
78 points
Unpleasant. Stewed black cherry with hard funk.
Red
12/22/2018 - guribh wrote:
86 points
A bit coarse and simplistic. A notch above supermarket Syrah/Shiraz with some savory notes. Serves as a decent foil for spicy foods that otherwise would be accompanied by Zin or (god no..) Malbec: BBQ, Soy braised beef, etc.
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Red
12/19/2018 - guribh wrote:
88 points
Nice... Complex Nebiollo nose of roses, slight tar packaged elegantly. Rather tight , and just as I think it might never fully resolve, about 2 hours after opening and pouring intermittently, the last few sips (never could relate to those of you who drink a bottle over 3 nights....), it shows that there might still be some minor relief to our teeth enaml with more time in the bottle. I foresee no great improvement in overall flavor set though. Nice as it is. Just accompany it with a nicely crusted steak.
Red
12/3/2018 - guribh wrote:
86 points
I concur with @KLEZMAN note. On the savory side of American PN. On the positive side - I could mistake it for a Cru Beaujolais (which I love...). On the negative side - I could mistake it for a Cru Beaujolais (which it should NOT be, and MSRP is double). Nothing to re-stock on, unless magic happens and it emerges 3 years from now as a White swan. My search for stateside PN that could offer comparable QPR to a good $20-25 Burg will continue, with my usual pessimism (realism?)
Red
11/23/2018 - guribh wrote:
88 points
Part of my ongoing project to broaden my Italian horizons (not a novice at it, just gravitate towards France). I fully concur with JS1056's comments. On the merit, it would be a solid buy at $15, but as it does have the luxury of riding Sassicaia's coattails at the register...
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Red
11/22/2018 - guribh wrote:
88 points
Dark, mildly spicy nose of cassis and herbs. Mid weight and complexity. May smooth out and gain complexity, but quite nice now as well at around $17.
Red
11/20/2018 - guribh wrote:
87 points
At this point, my second stab at this (10 to go...), I fail to discern the merits others are finding. I get the color and promising nose, but I am deterred by rather aggressive, drying tannin/acid combo onslaught. Hopes for a swan down the road are not high, as I do not detect enough fruit to balance. Not bad, but definitely not a stand alone sipper.
Red
11/8/2018 - guribh wrote:
87 points
Serviceable cru Beaujo but rather drying finish tapers off. Not up to the classy packaging...
Red
11/6/2018 - guribh wrote:
88 points
Solid. Similar notes to 7/29/2016's, which leads to me conclude that this is it for this wine. Well made in a big, extracted way.
Red
11/1/2018 - guribh Likes this wine:
91 points
Punches above its weight. Very elegant. A class above most ND in this price point (at least those I had to date).
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Red
10/29/2018 - guribh Likes this wine:
90 points
Classic, holding well.
Red
10/29/2018 - guribh Likes this wine:
93 points
Re-corked at the Chateau in 1993. Great showing for this bottle. Youthful, classic Lalande femininity of the Pauillac side. Healthy color and outstanding length. Outshone 1983 Lalande (90 pts) and surprisingly, 1986 Las Cases (smelled a bit funky, possible bottle variation or corked) on the Bdx flight of the night.
Red
1989 Domaine de Trévallon Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Les Baux Red Blend (view label images)
10/11/2018 - guribh Likes this wine:
91 points
Very similar to my 1/30/2016 notes. Pretty mix of aged Cab sophistication and some terroir-driven syrah (or simply Brett - IDK..). Delivers a sense of place. Nice length. Drinks well now and should hold (but not improve) for several more years.
Red
9/26/2018 - guribh wrote:
90 points
Very solid performance. Dark, bricking color. Aromas of dark fruit confit, with a hint of brush/spice. Well balanced and long. At peak.
Red
9/26/2018 - guribh wrote:
90 points
Surprisingly good (given the vintage). Still dark with only a hint of brick. Quite dense color. Classic refined nose of lead pencil and faint fruit, almost tertiary aromas. Medium bodied (lighter than top vintages, of course) and very decent length. Classy!
Red
9/18/2018 - guribh wrote:
85 points
The over extraction shows it's lesser side at this point in time.
Red
9/9/2018 - guribh Likes this wine:
90 points
Perfectly mature, classic CdP. Confit of chrries, plums, strawberry and some spice. Beautifully aromatic and silky on the palate. NBW cuvee unique.
White
8/13/2018 - guribh wrote:
89 points
Slightly better than last tasting. Delicate saline notes, a hint of lemon verbena. Pretty wine.
Red
8/12/2018 - guribh wrote:
89 points
Thoroughly respectable showing. Deep, dark color. Aromas combine the usual cassis and vanilla, but add a pretty herbal tinge. Middle class I n a positive sense. Drink now - 2025
Red
7/22/2018 - guribh Does not like this wine:
87 points
On the down slope, possibly over. Possible bottle variation, as the same bottle showed beautifully a couple of years back (see my TN).
Red
7/22/2018 - guribh Likes this wine:
92 points
Quoting GM: Anise, dark cherries, balsamic, and a whiff of smoke, with serious deep black and red fruits, and a lingering finish. Good stuffing and grip.
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