Tasting Notes for MarcS

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Red
2/26/2018 - MarcS wrote:
93 points
People seem to be tasting two different wines here or something. My bottle was excellent. Deep fruit cut by electric acidity. It had a pronounced tart/citric element to the finish, almost a sour note, that maybe turns some people off but I found refreshing. This is not a weak wine unless either the bottle is flawed or you are looking for the chocolate milkshake variety of California cab.
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Red
6/24/2017 - MarcS Likes this wine:
93 points
Concur with Jim Dixon below -- this is drinking terrific right now, and has much more to come I think. It is excellent verging on special. Feels light bodied but at the same time a mouth-filling expansiveness to the red cherry fruit. Not heavy at all, delicate and refined but with a sneaky power. Lots of floral rose petal type notes and a bit of green leafiness, nice complexity. Suspect this one will age very well despite the light touch, but it is at a very nice stage in its evolution right now.
Red
1/21/2017 - MarcS wrote:
I don't know if this was corked or what -- it might have been. But the fruit was very tired and faded. It did have a very smooth, very nice texture and a faint taste of mushrooms. But generally very flat and uninteresting. I think there's a good chance it was corked but no smell/taste of TCA. Just posting as a counterpoint to all the good reviews.
Red
3/31/2016 - MarcS wrote:
Found this wine totally shut down. A lot of coconut-type oak (tasted weirdly like American oak, probably a trick of youth), hollow midpalate, light finish. Very hard to judge at this point. A very different experience from other commenters apparently. Decanted for about an hour.
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Red
1/20/2016 - MarcS wrote:
90 points
Black-fruited, dense, heavy, a little alcoholic/awkward. Not light, not elegant. A competent wine but not at all what I expected of either Volnay, 2007, or D'Angerville. Maybe caught it at an odd time?
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Red
2003 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/12/2014 - MarcS Likes this wine:
93 points
Maybe lacks complexity, lacks herbal notes or nuances, but boy is this a sleek, beautiful, hedonistic wine. Chocolate, coffee, cassis, high quality oak, perfect for scratching your Bordeaux itch. Well structured and properly balanced, tannins are there but smooth, none of the clumsy or raspy tannins you sometimes get in 2003. Will open up more with age and perhaps add more secondary notes, but it's very ready to drink now.
Red
9/13/2014 - MarcS wrote:
95 points
The fourth bottle of this I have had and the other times, while it was good, the palate did not live up to the nose. But this time it hit on all cylinders and was spectacular. Has it all -- depth and lightness of touch, charming fruit and savory complexity.
Red
9/13/2014 - MarcS wrote:
89 points
A solid wine, smoothed out well by time, still nice and fruity and reasonably well balanced. But lacks subtlety/complexity.
Red
9/1/2014 - MarcS Likes this wine:
91 points
I am a Bordeaux freak and hard to impress, but this is a very nice wine! Full bodied and balanced, has a good depth of black fruit -- a strong chocolatey element and some leather, a little reminiscent of right bank Bordeaux. Tannins just a little rough at the end but not in a way that really detracts. I guess you could gain in complexity and soften the tannins by aging it further, but you wouldn't want to lose fruit, and this is in a nice place now. It isn't easy to ripen petit verdot fully, so I didn't have high expectations for a Virginia petit verdot but ended up quite impressed. No feel of excessive manipulation to create this depth, just solid and balanced. (BTW, bought on a suggestion from a wine clerk at Vinosity in Culpepper, VA who really knew her stuff -- good store!).
Red
7/4/2014 - MarcS wrote:
91 points
Will rewrite your conceptions of what you can expect from a sub-$20 Zin. Classic brambly raspberry-blackberry flavors, a bit jammy but in a happy and not offensive way (i.e. still has a backbone). Really remarkable complexity and depth for a wine at this price range. The alcohol pokes out a bit and it's just a touch rough on the finish, but that is to be expected for a powerful Cali wine like this.
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Red
7/4/2014 - MarcS wrote:
93 points
A clearly top-notch zin blend, smooth and layered with fantastic depth of fruit, but will give more complexity with aging. Packs a powerful punch with 15+ percent alcohol. Handles the alcohol well and maintains balance, but you can taste just a bit of ethanol lurking toward the finish.
Red
11/24/2013 - MarcS wrote:
88 points
Rather disappointed in this wine. I love GPL for its classical style, but this was clumsy and excessively alcoholic. Pitch black color. Rich and heady scent that lacks nuance. Flavors of fig paste, leather, sweet jammy fruit, and alcohol. Very thick and black-fruited. Lacks balance and elegance. Also, the alcohol level is way higher than the label figure of 13.5 -- got to be flirting with 15. Definitely goes to your head. Doesn't handle its alcohol or volume as well as even some of the 'fruit bomb' right bank wines from 2009 that normally work in this kind of style. Perhaps the year got away from them.

I'm not sure this is the kind of issue that works itself out with aging. GPL is normally a wine I go long on and I have over half a case of this left, maybe I need to work out a way to sell or trade it. If you like this style you will like it better than I did -- my partner enjoys Amarone and Port and she appreciated this wine a lot more than I. But don't come to it expecting a graceful left bank Bordeaux.
Red
2/21/2013 - MarcS wrote:
89 points
Way way way young. Serious tannins, this will give you cottonmouth. A solid dose of wood too. Evident fruit, especially on the nose, but the midpalate has not filled out yet. Settle in for at least a decade's wait before you open this...I may have bought too much given my age. If you do open it now make sure you're having it with some nice fatty meat to neutralize the tannin and let some of the complexities come out. The score is for today's performance...it's OK even now but clearly far from peak.
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