Tasting Notes for stassivo

(299 notes on 287 wines)

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White
Green apple and blossoms at the nose. Deep and lengthy palate showing a nice balance of fruit, delicious acids and minerality. Texture is slightly velvety, however barely any signs of evolution at this point in time. The overall appearance is just stunning. I wonder how even more delicious this one might become in a few/many years.
Red
Funky nose right after opening, cleared up after couple of hours and even better on second day. Vibrant oak-free medium bodied tempranillo. The palate is well integrated, with deep berries and finely grained tannins. Reasonable length. No reason to cellar any longer. Excellent QPR at < €8.
Red
1/15/2018 - stassivo Likes this wine:
89 points
Black cherries, red berries, chocolate and subtle vanilla at the nose. Some jam and bell pepper. Full bodied; loads of fruit on the palate, smooth and creamy texture complemented with chewy tannins and everpresent fresh acids. Finish builds towards sweet hint of alcohol (expressive of 15.5% indicated on bottle). Really enjoyed it. Would buy again without hesitation ($10).
Red
12/26/2017 - stassivo Likes this wine:
94 points
Drank over two days. Expressive nose with layers of berries, plum; some hay and cabbage notes. Very well balanced on the palate; velvety texture, juicy tart fruit, excellent structure and good length as well. Love it. Posesses all attributes to age into something even more beautiful.
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Red
10/22/2016 - stassivo wrote:
94 points
Deep focused nose, cooked fruit, brambles, blueberries, chocolate, liquorice, orange peel and smoke. Velvety mouth-filling texture on the palate, spicy and deep layers of fruit. Excellent balance and length. Big and complex, evolved a lot in the glass. Needs at least a few hours of air before showing its true quality. Supple to drink now, a lot of potential left for further aging.
White
10/16/2016 - stassivo Likes this wine:
90 points
Intense oakiness, vanilla, butterscotch, rich yellow fruit. Buttery and multi-layered on the full-bodied palate, ripe pear, apricot, a little hot but not unbalanced. Long spicy finish. Powerful style.
Red
7/2/2016 - stassivo Likes this wine:
90 points
Seductive nose with lots of cherries, plum, beef jerky, cedar and vanilla. Well-balanced and nicely structured on the palate. Layered depth, medium-to-full body, chewy mid-palate, smooth tannins at the finish. Mellow, but without signs of evolution; structured to survive and possibly improve for many more years. Excellent.
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White
6/28/2016 - stassivo wrote:
91 points
Pure and focused at the nose: floral notes, apricot, gooseberry, and some smoke. Depth and complexity on the palate. Yellow fruit, spices, minerality, silky texture and some grip towards the finish. Delicious.
White
6/5/2016 - stassivo Likes this wine:
90 points
Peach, citrus, elderflower at the clean and focused nose. Tropical fruit on the palate, medium body velvety texture, minerality and crisp towards the finish. Just excellent. Multilayered and well-balanced, promising for aging.
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Red
2009 Château Paloumey Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/10/2016 - stassivo Likes this wine:
90 points
Needs several hours of air. Deep cassis, black cherries and plum at the nose, liquorice, cedar and some toast. Concentrated ripe fruit on the palate, medium-full texture, balanced acids, very seductive but also earthy and fresh. Smooth tannins at the savory finish. Very good wine, excellent QPR. Limited signs of evolution, can improve over many more years.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
1989 Château Doisy-Daëne Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2/28/2016 - stassivo wrote:
94 points
Elegant nose with abundant apricot, crème brûlée, butter, orange jam, saffron and some fresh mint. At first also some chemical notes (acetone) but beautiful after opening up for some time. Rich and balanced on the palate: butterscotch, vanilla, exotic fruit and abundant crisp acids. Deep and layered, with some bitter orange peel notes towards the finish. Delicious; liveliness and complexity at this age is impressive, it will last for many more years (decades).
White - Sweet/Dessert
2/15/2016 - stassivo Likes this wine:
91 points
Rather closed at the nose on the first day, elderberry blossom, honeysuckle and green apple after swirling. Expressive on the second day, a lot of lemon zest; focus and purity. Sweet on the palate, with many layers of crisp delicious acid providing a lot of tension; passion fruit and kiwi. Long exotic finish with more zest. Needs some time to settle, a lot of potential for long bottle aging.
Red
2/13/2016 - stassivo wrote:
87 points
Blackberries and plum at the nose, lots of cabbage and a hint of cedar. Medium textured on the palate, quite a lot of savory secondary notes, balanced by fruit, acids and a touch of alcohol. The grainy tannins are quite abundant; overal impression is rustic, nicely made. Will improve over the next years, no signs of evolution except for the fruit that has faded a little in comparison to previous tastings (in 2012). Quality is amazing for this price range and style (€ 5-8).
Red
2/5/2016 - stassivo wrote:
89 points
Needed a lot of air. Blackberries, meat, pepper, not very expressive but pure. Concentrated on the palate, sweet berries, lots of pepper, bacon, cinnamon, clove. Smooth structure, seductive finish. Very good.
Red
1/2/2016 - stassivo Likes this wine:
91 points
Double decanted and subsequently slow-ox for 6 h. Ripe cherries, toast and vanilla at the nose. Deep and multilayered, but still appearing young and rather closed. Chewy on the palate, dark red fruit, a touch of acids and spicy secondary impressions that need more time to fully integrate. Savory, medium-full bodied, ending with lots of round tannins. Great balance and there definitely is a lot of depth and aging potential. Excellent wine. Looking forward to trying this again in 5-10 years.
Red
1/2/2016 - stassivo Likes this wine:
86 points
Light nose with fresh strawberries, yoghurt and cherries. Nice play of crisp acids, red fruit and some light spices on the palate. Medium-light texture. Good wine, missing some depth, very nice structure for 'red' pairing with lighter foods.
Red
12/14/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
93 points
Delicious fresh oak and spice at the nose. Purity is extraordinary; brambles, leather and and tobacco. Medium intense but very volatile. Well-balanced and fresh on the palate, nice attack of acids and sweet fruit, spices and toast poping in towards the finish. Seductive, dark and chewy. Lots of finely grained tannins at the long finish. Will age well for a long long time. Quality for price is awesome (17 EUR), Spain!
White
12/13/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
89 points
Focused nose with elderflower, dried apricot, rose water and melon. Medium texture on the palate, nice acids and yellow fruit, ending in smoky spiciness. Medium rich and bone dry. Good tension and purity, a well-balanced Gewurztraminer.
White
11/7/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
89 points
Pear, elderberry blossom, lime and a touch of eucalyptus. Pure and medium intense. White and yellow fruit on the palate, nicely balanced acids and a mineral smoky touch. Medium body with an exotic touch. Small notes of bitter at the finish. This is a convincing example of the potential of dry furmint, a nice combination of delicate fruit, smokiness, an exotic note and great acids.
Red
2007 Château Gloria St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/5/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
92 points
Complex mix of distinct paprika, blueberry, earth, plum, some cedar and cabage at the nose. Abundant and nicely focused. Concentrated on the palate, nice balance of fruit and secondary aromas, medium-full body, some earth and dust. Strong impression on the mid-palate, vibrant but with mellowed tannins and great freshness. Impressive wine, delicious.
Red
10/21/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
91 points
Deep cassis, cherries, graphite, roasted herbs and some game. Fleshy on the palate. Full bodied with rich fruit, lots of pepper, spices and smooth tannins. Seductive. Blockbuster style and a nice one.
Red
4/8/2015 - stassivo wrote:
70 points
No fruit, no balance, horrible. Appeared flawed so sampled a second bottle immediately. I couldn't believe how bad both were. This is especially disappointing considering previous good experiences with this bodega. Remaining bottles returned to seller.
Red
10/18/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
91 points
Perfumed nose with strawberry, raspberry, bell pepper, gingerbread close and hay. Medium-full body on the palate, nice balance of rich and ripe fruit, acids and spices. Seductive but with a good grip. Mineral impressions such as earth and fresh cut stones. Incredible quality for the price (<€10).
Red
2009 Château Vincent Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/21/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
88 points
Cherries, plum, tabacco and violets at the light but elegant nose. Soft and silky on the palate, dark fruit, lots of ripe tannins and spicy oak starting kicking in on the mid-palate. Ripe, concentrated and nicely fresh. Perfect to drink now, no clear signs of evolution, it will keep for many more years.
White
7/5/2015 - stassivo wrote:
92 points
Gold color. Exotic fruit at the nose, honey and orange peel. Complex but not super abundant. Rich yellow fruit, medium body, sensual silky texture, notes of smoke, fresh acids and long buttery finish. Excellent wine, nice evolution.
Red
7/5/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
91 points
Perfumed nose with toast, cabbage, cassis, plum. Deep and pure. Velvety texture on the palate, some oak, medium body, berries, decent mid palate and grainy tannins. Very good, nicely evolved but missing some finesse, great for the price though.
Red
6/15/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
92 points
Complex nose with red fruit, spices and fresh herbs, some smoke, poached peaches and tobacco. Juicy with a good grip on the palate. Dark red berries and spices, leaving a concentrated impression. Finely grained tannins and a long aftertaste. Packed with fresh acids. This wine rocks and has a bright future over the next couple of years.
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Red
6/15/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
89 points
Vibrant fruity nose with red berries, raspberries and notes of banana. Round and juicy on the palate, medium weight, deep on the mid palate, some tension from the great acids. Full and silky.
White
5/25/2015 - stassivo wrote:
90 points
Pear, pineapple, honey, banana and blossoms at the nose. Expressive and quite complex. Medium-full texture on the palate, an explosion of ripe fruit. Deep and balanced, with soft acids. Finish is medium-long, bone dry. Easy drinking but delicate at the same time.
Red
2007 Château Montaiguillon Montagne-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/25/2015 - stassivo wrote:
89 points
Pure and focused at the nose. Tart cherries, cassis and cedar. Juicy and velvety on the palate, subtle signs of evolution, integrated oak and dustiness. Nicely balanced but lacking some intensity on the fruit side, falls short on the mid palate. Deep, savory finish with soft tannins. The nose and finish are tremendous, some minor issues on the palate which might relate to the difficult vintage.
White
5/25/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
92 points
Complex nose: apricot, peach and other stone fruit, hint of petrol, lime zest, mineral note. Exotic fruit on the palate, crisp acids (green apple), nice and full on the mid-palate with some tension between the fruit and the acids. Great structure for aging and delicious right now.
Red
5/4/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
91 points
Expressive dark nose with dried fruit, leather, liquorice, red meat, fig and integrated oak. Similar impressions on the palate, touch of alcohol and finely grained tannins over the mid palette towards the finish. Spices and subtle acids don't fail to add some tension. Lingering, savory aftertaste. Complex full bodied wine.
White
5/4/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
91 points
Pear and peach at the nose. Pineapple after swirling. Notes of gravel and flowers, very elegant. Outstanding blend of mouthwatering fruit and supple acids. Vibrant mid palette and decent smooth finish. Medium-light style, very well made. Drink now.
White
4/26/2015 - stassivo wrote:
90 points
Not overly expressive at the nose, some apricot, peach and cream. Completely different experience on the palate: a lot of juicy fruit and a light mineral touch. Medium texture and a very deep mid-palate. Beautiful acids provide a firm backbone. Long elegant finish. Might cellar very well for some more years; great to drink now too.
Red
2006 Château Gloria St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/20/2015 - stassivo wrote:
89 points
Integrated nose, a subtle mixture of aromas such as smoke, berries, dried paprika, others difficult to pinpoint. Juicy fruit and rather firm structure with a decent dose of oak on the palate. Classic Bdx pofile, leaving a youthfull, dusty overal impression. Clearly not at the end of its life, not that many signs of evolution yet.
White
4/12/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
90 points
Intense at the nose; blossoms, grapefruit, apple and flint. Elegant on the palata, giving a very mineral impression, medium texture and nicely balanced. Acids are perfectly integrated. Gets more silky towards the finish, showing ripe yellow fruit. Bottle was finished way too early.
Red
4/11/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
92 points
Smoke, brambles, chocolate, plum and fresh herbs at the nose. Pure and elegant. Medium-full bodied on the palate, silky textured with ripe fruit, balanced acids and chewy tannins and nice spicy flavours. Refined rich style. The long finish shows smoky herbs and well integrated oak influences. Outstanding.
White
4/6/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
91 points
Expressive nose with peach, passion fruit and some smoke. Clean and focused. Rather full, velvety texture and well-balanced on the palate. Deep yellow fruit on the mid-palate with a hint of honey. Long bone dry finish. Great wine.
Red
2009 Château Lestruelle Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/6/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
89 points
Plum, liquorice, berries and vanilla at the delicate nose. Not overly expressive but quite pure. Very ripe on the palate: cooked fruit and prunes, cabbage and some earth. Seductive texture, slight note of alcohol compensated by nice acids and round tannins and a nice length. Modern style. Lacking some depth and a solid backbone, but still very high value for money. Ready to drink over the next few years, not sure about long-term aging potential.
White
3/31/2015 - stassivo wrote:
89 points
Focused nose with yellow stone fruit , pear, blossoms and wet stones. White fruit on the palate and medium-light texture. A lot of tension from the crisp acids, even slightly fizzy but this disappaered with a few hours of air. Lime zest on the long and elegant finish.
Red
1989 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/23/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
92 points
Delicate bouquet at the nose: truffles, earth, leather and poached cherries. Medium bodied on the palate, silky texture, fine forrest fruit and a decent dose of round tannins. Longlasting complex finish. While aromatically and structurally the wine is clearly in an advanced stage of aging, it will last for many more years, which is also suggested by the opaque ruby color with only a slight orange rim.
Red
2008 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/23/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
92 points
Intense and complex at the nose; dried paprika powder, cabbage and cassis. Pure and focused. Medium full on the palate, grainy texture with integrated spicy oak influences. Well-balanced and rich: a nice harmony of fine acids and fruit supported by a touch of alcohol and chewy tannins, resulting in a long finish. Outstanding, no signs of aging yet so a bright future awaits.
White
2/15/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
90 points
Honey, apricot and elderflower on the reserved nose. Lime zest at the onset, medium textured with a clear vegetative and mineral touch. Well-balanced acidity, quite complex but at the same time also quite tight. Needs a lot of air to open up. Great cellaring potential for the next decade.
White
2/10/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
89 points
Peach and honey on the vibrant nose. Medium-full bodied and silky texture; delicate acids and sweet exotic fruit. Concentrated, seductive and well-balanced. Very good wine; it lacks some elegance and focus, otherwise it would have been exceptional.
White
1/31/2015 - stassivo Likes this wine:
88 points
Green apple, pear, blossoms and gravel at the nose; nice and elegant. Fresh and playful at the onset, medium- bodied, cleanly balanced structure with crisp acids and sweet almost exotic fruit. Excellent match with sushi. Very good wine.
Red
3/28/2014 - stassivo wrote:
88 points
Brambles, garrigue, chocolate and some alcohol at the nose; deep but missing complexity. Well-structured on the palate: concentrated ripe fruit, firm spicy tannins and a touch of acids; medium-full bodied with a silky texture. Rich finish and overall a rich and balanced wine. Nothing really remarkable but good at this price (< €8).
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Red
3/18/2014 - stassivo wrote:
84 points
Not very deep at the nose: red berries, hay and some spices. Sweet blackberries on the palate, concentrated but medium-light bodied with fresh acids; chewy tannins at the finish. Fresh, OK with food but lacking focus and substance.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2/7/2014 - stassivo Likes this wine:
88 points
Oranges, syrup and ripe tropical fruit at the nose. Fresh onset with yellow fruit and crisp acids; silky texture on the mid-palate with subtle notes of syrup; sweet and medium concentrated towards the finish. Compared to the 5 puttonyos, this is fresher but slightly less concentrated and less deep at the nose. I really like the fresh style though, it matches well with food. May also age well for many more years. Very good wine.
Red
2003 Château Puygueraud Francs Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/25/2014 - stassivo Likes this wine:
89 points
Red berries, cherries, cabbage and coffee at the nose; quite pure and focused. Concentrated dark berries on the palate; dusty, with some bell pepper and earthy notes. Grainy tannins on the medium-short finish. Balanced and nicely evolved, still fresh and lively; very good wine. Drink now but no need to hurry.
Red
1/25/2014 - stassivo Likes this wine:
87 points
Plum, cherries and some subtle cedar at the nose. Well-balanced on the palate; sweet fruit and fresh acids; medium bodied with a creamy texture, nicely persisting on the mid-palate. Slightly dry tannins towards the finish but not overpowering. Very good QP, especially for the vintage. In its ideal drinking window at the moment and it will easily last for many more years.
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