Tasting Notes for Larry Brooks

(127 notes on 98 wines)

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Red
2005 Château Joanin Bécot Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/12/2020 - Larry Brooks Likes this wine:
90 points
Maturing, earth and minerals come across as bitter. Two days later softened and smoother. Originally 88, today 90.
Red
2003 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/15/2019 - Larry Brooks Likes this wine:
92 points
Great balance of acids, fruit and oxygen, ready and able. Not super complex, but very enjoyable. Tannins soft, ready now.
Red
1975 Château d'Angludet Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/27/2015 - Larry Brooks Likes this wine:
90 points
Still alive with fruit and in balance! Past its peak, still a great treat.
Red
3/6/2014 - Larry Brooks Likes this wine:
90 points
Came in third out of three in a blind tasting with two of my own California wines at a party, but I would be happy to have made this wine. Still in balance but a bit more simple comparatively. I surprisingly liked the younger 2011 Sonoma Chalk Hill Cab compared to the esteemed 2009 George III vineyard, Beckstoffer Cab, as did the group.
Red
12/7/2013 - Larry Brooks Likes this wine:
90 points
Fruity nose, high extraction that tastes a bit higher than 14.5% alcohol. Young, not a fruit bomb despite the big extraction, with darker fruit, good structure, with big but perhaps too bitter finish (oak?). Nice, but I paid $56 for it, more than it is worth to me.
Red
7/8/2013 - Larry Brooks Likes this wine:
90 points
Loads of fruit, not too complex but everything is working right now.
Red
2005 Château Pipeau St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/7/2013 - Larry Brooks wrote:
91 points
Smooth but present tannins, smooth flavor, no hurry to drink yet, but good now.
Red
2003 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/15/2012 - Larry Brooks wrote:
92 points
Very impressive, I would have probably guessed California except it had a bretty nose at first. More fruit forward than usual from France. Nice balance and some complexity too.
Red
1/16/2012 - Larry Brooks wrote:
90 points
Nice ripe fruit, and in balance with acid and tannins. A little less smooth than I would have liked at the finish.
Red
10/8/2011 - Larry Brooks wrote:
91 points
My Homemade wines were brought to our tennis party. Maybe 12 mostly men drinking it but some women tasted. 2007 merlot, 2008 Cab Merlot, and my 2008 Syrah/Cab. No one studying wine as much as I do, but all wine lovers spoke positively and a sweet only red wine drinkers also were impressed. Crappy red wine with sugar tastes better than crappy red wine, welcome to 5-10 dollar wine!.

This time this wine started slow (my palate or opening up??), seemed a bit oak missing at first, but was drinking quite nicely by the end of the bottle.

The 2008 Cab-Merlot got most of the top comments and I agree it's the best that I brought, so I guess some were paying attention. That is a 92+ wine, and has been given an estimate selling value of 35 dollars by a local high volume wine store owner. This Merlot predominant wine came in second a year ago in my wine tasting group event against other right bank blends in a blind.
Red
8/22/2011 - Larry Brooks wrote:
92 points
Very comparable to my wines, this one is really well balanced, with very nice fruit forward style, and good balance of acid and tannins. 20+ second finish. Nice.
Red
8/14/2011 - Larry Brooks wrote:
92 points
Solid as always.
Red
2003 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/14/2011 - Larry Brooks wrote:
90 points
While a very nice extraction, I think if the fruit holds out that still more time is required to get the best balance from this one.
Red
7/22/2011 - Larry Brooks wrote:
91 points
Strong and powerful, but much time really helped this wine. Over alcohol less noticeable than in the past. Too bad it was my last, as I drank it in the wrong years of it's life it seems.
Red
6/11/2011 - Larry Brooks wrote:
92 points
Needed an hour or so to become outstanding.
Red
3/2/2011 - Larry Brooks wrote:
95 points
What a mistake I made only producing 17 bottles of this! The nose JUMPS out of the glass, with dark fruity balance and finish that is perhaps the best I have made. Only two bottles left, save this to wow only the most discerning crowd.
Red
1/23/2011 - Larry Brooks wrote:
87 points
Will try rest tonight. Wasn't in the class of the 2005 Glaetzer Bishop on day 1 tasting.
Red
2005 Clos Des Moiselles Côtes de Bourg Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/9/2011 - Larry Brooks wrote:
86 points
Light bodies, light fruit and extraction.
Red
12/25/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
88 points
Agree with everyone else. pencil, earth, blood fruit, acid and tannin balance. Very Good.
Red
12/23/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
96 points
Bright Cherry and beautiful balance of acid, with ripe tannins. Tasted vs. 05 Amon Ra, this was WOTN. Yum!
Red
12/23/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
94 points
Tasted against 2005 Penfolds RWT - Darker fruit, very balanced and smooth. Not as bright as the RWT, but perhaps a little more depth and nuance. Most preferred the RWT, but this one is great too!
Red
12/19/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
89 points
Good Nose. Good balance of acid and tannins, some structure. fruit there at the beginning, not so much in the mid-palate and finish. Was better with food.
Red
11/25/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
87 points
Perhaps on the decline or at least in my too warm cellar. Fruit more muted than I remember.
Red
11/21/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
91 points
Great Nose, not typical Aussie as it was definitely structure forward rather than fruit forward. Black fruit, graphite, perhaps brown sugar(not sweet).
Red
2005 Château de Parenchère Cuvée Raphaël Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/11/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
86 points
Nothing distinctive
Red
8/28/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
90 points
Purchased in Australia a few years ago and flown home with me. Tasted vs. our homemades, a Silver Oak, an '04 clarendon hills hickenbotham, and a 2000 Leasingham Clare Valley, all cabs.

How is it that they get so much extraction down under? They were all just a bit too much for me.

Also get Briar, blackberry/rasberry flavors, nicely balanced, just a little green. I'm sure others will enjoy more.
White
7/31/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
86 points
Had real trouble liking this wine due to the alcoholic finish that it had. Out of balance due to that. Couldn't buy another at 14.5% alcohol. Maybe another vintage?
Red
4/24/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
91 points
Chocolate, Dark cherry, oak, tobacco.
Red
4/24/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
93 points
Bright Red California Fruit blast, great mid palate, long finish. Really nice.
Red
4/18/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
88 points
Red fruit and mild but available tannins, fairly bright fruit for a Maryland grape. Good acidity and balance, nice midpalate, and maybe a 10 second finish. One of the best MD wines I have tasted. Just a bit too simple to warrant a 90's score, but this still beats the cheap stuff.
Red
4/11/2010 - Larry Brooks Likes this wine:
93 points
Again, had to be day 2 before this wine was really kicking.
Red
4/5/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
90 points
Napa vs. Bordeaux (Rick's House): Certainly the worst of the tasting other than the flawed Troplong Mondot. I liked it, but in hindsight, that's a lot of money to pay!
Red
1989 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/5/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
flawed
Napa vs. Bordeaux (Rick's House): Wicked nose, something wrong. Perhaps oxidized, but not corked.
Red
1990 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/5/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
95 points
Napa vs. Bordeaux (Rick's House): Ended up being the best of the French offerings. I chose this among the top 3 on the first pass. Ended up third. Really nice mid palate and long finish.
Red
1991 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/5/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
94 points
Napa vs. Bordeaux (Rick's House): Compared to the others in the tasting, I thought this was one of the California wines.
Red
4/5/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
96 points
Napa vs. Bordeaux (Rick's House): Very intense, great mid palate and very long finish, more tart/acidity (I thought California). WOTN
Red
1990 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/5/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
95 points
Napa vs. Bordeaux (Rick's House): Great Mid Palate, long finish
Red
4/5/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
92 points
Napa vs. Bordeaux (Rick's House): less punch in the palate and finish then the top contenders on this night.
Red
2/27/2010 - Larry Brooks Likes this wine:
88 points
Popped and Poured. Much better on day 1 than prior note. Peppery, good acidity, medium finish.
Red
2/20/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
92 points
Parker's reported flavors of kirsch liqueur, herbes de Provence, and an oil of pepper-like character were right on for me.

Others thought it tasted a little oxydized. Since my cellar is simply a basement and not kept at 58 degrees, perhaps it is aging faster for me.

Very interesting.
Red
1/22/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
90 points
After reading Istaples review and recognizing my cellar is a bit dry, I chose this tonight. The cork was indeed dry and broke up on first attempt to open. With great care, I did extract it somehow managing to avoid cork floaties in the bottle.

The wine did not appear dead and I thought it was nice. Tawny red color. I found a nice complexity of grenache/syrah flavors, a good nose, and appeared to have a nice aged character. The finish was medium, however I did get a slight aftertaste that I usually associate with a bad/old oak aroma. I believe that Chateauneuf-Du-Pape is aged in neutral oak, so perhaps it was a little old. Or I suppose it could blow off with air time, if it does, I will modify this note. Update: It did blow off, just like my own syrah cab.

I suppose if I had any more I would say drink up. But as the cork may not survive much longer, it is at least near or just past prime.
Red
1/8/2010 - Larry Brooks wrote:
92 points
On opening, this wine has loads of plum fruit, good acid, but has what seems like a bad or old oak flavor. Initial rating, 87.

But on day 2, all of the bad flavors are gone, and this wine really is well balanced, with a very nice long finish as well. This was proven by opening a new bottle to compare to the 1 day old bottle, and it is very obviously better after a day. Not sure whether bottle aging will cure this, or that it will need a long decant each time. If planning to show friends, will need to open it a day ahead and decant or double decant.
Red
11/28/2009 - Larry Brooks wrote:
90 points
Day 1: Rough and bland on day 1, which is when I tried and finished the first bottle. Would have been 85 if measured on day 1
Day 2: Really smoothed out today, and very enjoyable. This needs air and time!!!
Red
2005 Château Charmail Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/24/2009 - Larry Brooks wrote:
89 points
Earthy Bordeaux, nice extraction, not in the same style as was tasted next to our California. More left, will taste again tonight to see how it evolved.
Red
10/19/2009 - Larry Brooks wrote:
87 points
Too young probably to taste. Did not compare well to Northern Rhones
Red
9/21/2009 - Larry Brooks wrote:
92 points
Tasted against 40-180 dollar Left Bank Bordeaux and California cab based bordeaux blends.

Among 6, came in tied for second, beating the others.

Note to self to look up competitors.
Red
9/9/2009 - Larry Brooks wrote:
86 points
Good, not great. My impression is that this is overripened or over-extracted. Don't rebuy based on this vintage. I make better wine for this price.
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