Tasting Notes for strickt01

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Red
12/29/2018 - strickt01 wrote:
84 points
Bottle 10 of 12 from a case and no less disappointing than those that have preceded it. Absolutely nothing about this wine excites me. Yes it is a mere village but the overriding sensation is one of perpetual anticipation. I have waited nigh on ten years so describing this wine as shy would merely be a kindly euphemism for characterless. It is dilute rather than mineral, anodyne as opposed to understated and as limp as it is limpid. I have never wished for a 2009 to be more typical of its vintage.
Red
12/2/2016 - strickt01 wrote:
94 points
Poured and left to breathe in a burgundy glass for two hours. Whilst I waited I polished off a bottle of Dry River Pinot Noir 2008 that I had opened a couple of nights earlier; thus attempting an informal, unscientific, possibly unrepresentative comparison of new and old world pinots. Initially reticent on the nose, the Barthod went through a period of 90 minutes when it almost smelt like a gamay, with that scent of bananas that I've never been a fan of. The polished, silky, rich flavours of the Dry River were accompanied by a fine aroma of mulberries and plums which at that stage put the Chambolle to shame. But once the first sip of the burgundy touched my lips the comparison ended as a competition.

As mentioned by other tasters, and unsurprisingly given the vintage and vineyard, this is a relatively forward, fruit-laden Chambolle, yet there is no sense of heaviness whatsoever thanks to some brisk acidity. The tannins, velvety at first, recede to silkiness over the course of the evening. Yet where this bottle, and great burgundy in general, sets itself apart from so many other pinots is in the constantly shifting form of its myriad flavours. Each glass presented a different facet. Starting with the classic red fruits of Chambolle, whilst it accompanied the fish we ate it took on a saline quality that made it taste rather like I imagine a red chablis would(!). A new flavour profile on me but an utterly beguiling one nonetheless. Finally it morphed again into a magnificent mature burgundy, with some darker fruits set off by sous bois and a briary complexity. A magical bottle.
White
11/28/2015 - strickt01 wrote:
84 points
I love Pieropan Soave's normally so this was a major disappointment. The fruit just doesn't appear to have reached sufficient ripeness in this cool vintage in Italy. Whilst it is pleasant enough the dominant impression is of a rather insipid wine. The almond notes I adore in their Soave's are muted and to describe it as "mineral" would in this instance be a euphemism for tasteless. It certainly doesn't come close to previous vintages of Calvarino that I have enjoyed enormously. Last bottle of a case of 6. I will not be restocking - with this vintage anyway.
White
11/21/2015 - strickt01 wrote:
I agree entirely with Lordswood on this (sadly having just taken delivery of a case as I thought it might be broachable now). Very tight on the nose and the palate is dominated by rather tart, zesty lemon flavours. Drank it over two days and it wasn't giving much more on the second day. I shall be finding somewhere for the remaining eleven bottles to offend my wife's minimalist tendencies for at least two years.
White
11/23/2015 - strickt01 wrote:
94 points
Popped and poured after a 2010 Meursault Genevrieres and a Jackie Blot chenin blanc and this absolutely blew them away. Honeyed, great acidity, lovely mouthfeel. Plenty of complexity provided by some beery/yeasty flavours and discernible volcanic slate as well as a reductive struck-match quality: this is a stunning, engrossing and unique wine. Predictably, given this showing, the last of a case.
White
7/7/2015 - strickt01 wrote:
Not Kumeu's best showing. Reasonably expressive and impressive nose but the acidity that provides great excitement upon its first introduction to one's palate is inadequately matched by the fruit. Some florality makes an appearance with air but overall it feels slightly thin when judged by the highest standards.
White
6/9/2015 - strickt01 wrote:
95 points
Stunning wine. The key here is impeccable balance. Being the most powerful of Kumeu's chardonnays the oak is noticeable on nose and palate but performs the tasks that the wood should: supporting the fruit while adding complexity and textural refinement. Such an intense wine could risk being rather brash but it carries its flavours in such an effortless fashion that I sit here finding it impossible not to describe a full bodied chardonnay as "moreish". At eight years old it is still in perfect condition, its refreshing acidity and richness of fruit in total harmony. Much has been written of late about Kumeu's favourable performance in blind tastings with white burgundies. There is no need to close one's eyes: this is better than anything I have tasted from the Cote de Beaune for some time.
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Red
6/4/2015 - strickt01 wrote:
86 points
Very restrained on the nose to begin with, and never really blossomed. Sadly the same was true for the palate which only hinted at some spice-laden flavours. I could generously describe this as elegant but it would more accurately be described as unfulfilling.
Red
5/24/2015 - strickt01 wrote:
90 points
Decanted three hours. Dark, uncompromisingly so on both nose and palate, with slightly grainy tannins and a currently rather unapproachable demeanour. There are aspects of it that are undeniably impressive but I found nothing to really love about this as it stands. Clearly not everyone wants to swoon over their Pauillac but where is the joy when wine is this structured and monolithic? Leave 5 years.
White - Off-dry
5/19/2015 - strickt01 wrote:
95 points
In terms of pure deliciousness this has to be the best wine I have drunk this year. I use this rather puerile description because it engenders a child-like sense of excitement about the prospect of another sip. It seems to sparkle rather than fizz upon entry such is the energising effect of its acidity. Then, just as one expects some form of vinous sherbet fountain, it glides over the tongue with the weightlessness I love in great Auslese. Before I get too carried away, which of course I am, it may lack something in the midpalate, but then, once more, wow! A never-ending finsh of lemon curd, star anise, stone fruits and, er, pastry. A pudding in a glass, but a fantastically light, delicate palate cleanser worthy of the finest patissier.
Red
2003 Château Duhart-Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/30/2015 - strickt01 wrote:
92 points
First bottle of a case. Bought on the basis of some glowing recent CT notes (and consequent 3 hour decant) and Parker's 2014 assessment. I was worried about other professional reviews hinting at some heat and atypical spice. During my first sip (and presumably their only) both these aspects were admittedly slightly noticeable - if one was looking as hard as I was. Even so I couldn't stop a smile spreading across my face as I simultaneously realised that I was absolutely delighted with my purchase. The subsequent glasses only reaffirmed my initial opinion: this is a fantastic claret which cannot fail to disappoint all but the most ardent classicists. The alcohol is almost completely disguised after the first mouthful (and I am particularly sensitive to heat) and the tannins are managed as smoothly as one would hope for in a good cru classé. If one were to pick holes then perhaps it does not completely coat one's tongue but for me this is another example of the wonderful stage some of the 2003 clarets are currently at. I would say though that the last glass was certainly no better than the first, so future improvements seem unlikely. Enjoy, enormously, over the next few years.
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White
3/17/2015 - strickt01 wrote:
Rather dumb on the nose initially, a situation remedied to some extent later as a hint of fruit is perceptible amongst a mass of stony minerality. The palate is for the time being a replica of the nose: restrained, elegant, intellectual. For me it definitely needs time. Time for the signature 2010 acidity to soften and the fruits to become more extrovert. Currently it is impressive for its glacial composition rather than any hint of enticing exuberance. Some may of course enjoy this diffidence but I shall tuck the rest of my case away whilst I continue to drink the 2010 Keller Kirchspiel and the utterly seductive Emrich Schonleber Fruhlingsplatzchen of the same year.
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White
2/22/2015 - strickt01 wrote:
89 points
Reductive notes to start with but once it has opened out this steely wine has some impressive but wonderfully restrained fruit. This is refined and elegant and a long way from the Chilean archetype of seemingly not that long ago. If I was a French wine producer tasting this I would be very worried as this is fantastic value for the quality.
White
2/10/2015 - strickt01 wrote:
First bottle of a three-bottle bin-end purchase. It's obvious immediately why they are getting rid of it. There is abundant acidity but it is the tangy acidity of old age rather than the mouth watering version of youth. Not always a bad thing and the remnants of a potentially very good wine remain but it's now slightly too oxidised for me. Not sure about storage prior to my purchase so the other two bottles may be in better shape.
Red
1/30/2015 - strickt01 wrote:
94 points
Decanted two hours. Seems fairly evolved for its relative youth. However this is not a criticism in so much as it drank wonderfully this evening. Stunning nose of raspberry, barnyard, roses, meat and earth that presented ever-shifting nuances with each new sniff, let alone glass. The palate was equally impressive with some powerful layers of fruit and savour cosetted beautifully by the soft mouthfeel that age confers. Up to now I had been fairly bewildered by the scores given here as the nose had never presented so much complexity and the barnyard aspect seemed overly prominent. Much the most enjoyable of the three bottles I bought and, need I even say it, my last.
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Red - Fortified
12/27/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
90 points
Very smooth, elegant, some complexity, nice tang at the the end. Not going to disappoint but lacks real excitement. The packaging is more impressive than the contents.
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Red
12/27/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
87 points
Light but not lightweight, silky, decent fruit for its level. Good lunchtime drinker. Not great value on that basis but it is burgundy...
White
12/18/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
92 points
Low acid vintage and consequently a slightly low acid wine. Thus not perhaps for the purists. But so good in every other respect! Decant it for an hour and the oyster shells of classic chablis are joined by a fantastic array of fruits, all delivered amidst a luxuriant mouthfeel. It's so drinkable that it will be very difficult to age the rest of my case, especially with Christmas beckoning...
Red
12/17/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
85 points
Fourth or fifth bottle of twenty four... A restaurant glugger. There are some impressive aspects given the price but it smells little better than a supermarket Chilean. There is quality desperately trying to escape from mediocrity here but despite a smooth entry and decent mouth-filling mid-palate it is betrayed by a slightly uncouth finish including rather noticeable alcohol. After a few glasses I began to sense improvement but when don't standards slip after half a bottle of red?
Red
1990 Château Clerc Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/13/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
94 points
From Imperial and consequently tasting remarkably youthful as it approached its quarter century. Still full of gorgeous fruit so perhaps not as haughtily aristocratic as some but this is no flighty beauty. The cedar and sandalwood of classic Pauillac lend it a serious edge and the wood has integrated so well that the wine just slips down beautifully. No rough edges. Wonderful claret.
Red
12/9/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
92 points
Pure, plump, luscious fruit which never threatens to become too sweet. There is acidity, there are savoury notes, there is everything that is required to fashion an almost perfect village wine. Just unadulterated enjoyment. I am currently staring ruefully at an empty bottle.
Red
1993 Domaine Louis Remy Latricières-Chambertin Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
12/3/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
91 points
Drunk alongside its 1990 counterpart this was initially more enticing on the nose: deep and earthy and promising layers of flavour. The first sip was exciting, the acidity setting my palate tingling and the juices flowing. From then on though it rather suffered in comparison with its older brother. The 1990 was palpably more complex and elegant and was still delivering an exceptional experience by the last glass. Conversely, by the end of the bottle the fruit of the '93 was failing to support the fierce acidity. On this showing, I'm not sure how much life is left in this, although what there is is undeniably impressive.
Red
12/8/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
84 points
I loved the 2009 vintage of this wine but sadly this has very little of its charm. Acidic and coming across as quite thin without the generous fruit of 2009, it's not the gluggable quaffer its younger counterpart was.
Red
1990 Domaine Louis Remy Latricières-Chambertin Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
12/3/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
96 points
Drunk alongside a 1993 version of the same wine the nose was incredibly fruity in comparison, leading me to worry that this would be rather simple and suffer from some of 1990's perceived faults: namely overripeness. I was delighted to discover that this couldn't have been further from the truth. This was a red burgundy grand cru in a perfect place in its ageing cycle. It delivered layers of complexity as it floated over the palate with tertiary notes being complemented by the remnants of some marvellous fruit. A gorgeous wine.
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Red
11/28/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
Definitely not in a good place right now. As mentioned below the acidity totally dominates and the abundant, clamping tannins do nothing to make this any more enjoyable currently.

However...on day three I had the final couple of glasses and they were much more enjoyable. Some good fruit made itself apparent and transformed the whole experience. Leave at least three years or else decant, possibly days in advance.
White
11/24/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
91 points
Wines so often seem to taste better in expensive restaurants. Maybe they are stored or served better. Maybe it's the food. Maybe the fact that you are being charged a 300% mark up somehow makes one's senses more acute. In any event, this was a minor revelation. Great nose of spiced honey and white flowers that immediately revived my senses on a Monday night. The palate is medium to full bodied with some real textural sophistication and an impressive array of flavours that complemented the nose with the addition of some stone fruits. A balanced wine of real elegance and charm that has the added benefit of being absolutely delicious.
Red
11/15/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
87 points
For me, this is not ready yet. It needs a few more years for the oak to integrate. There is definitely some good fruit; indeed it does a valiant job in struggling to the surface after a while. However currently it is being drowned by some solid wooden boots, something my favourite Volnays would not be seen dead in.
Red
10/10/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
flawed
At Michael Wignall at the Latymer. Very oxidised on the nose. The palate displayed less of this and was perfectly drinkable, if lacking any remnants of perceptible fruit. Over the hill and the nose made it a struggle. Should have been sent back and would have been had I not been in such reveries over the Emrich Schonleber GG drank beforehand.
White
10/10/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
96 points
Utterly bewitching. Smelt like an auslese - petrol, lots of sweet fruit. Then definitely dry on the palate but absolutely packed with the gorgeous fruit that the nose promised. And yet very, very elegant too. Even my wife, whose resistance to German Riesling has at times verged on the doctrinal, absolutely loved this; and I only had to press her for an opinion twice during our anniversary dinner. One of the best wines I've ever had.
Red
1999 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/17/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
Amazing amount of beautiful red fruit on the nose. Then a luscious mouthful of juicy fruit on the palate. Impossibly smooth, luxurious even. Undeniably delicious but is that depth or complexity I find myself missing: or both? Opulent in the extreme but one expects more than just beauty at this level.
White
9/26/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
94 points
Incredibly elegant, impeccably balanced wine that was a wonderful start to a dinner at the Glasshouse, Kew. Very memorable on reflection but at the time I remember thinking it a bit light and lacking real wow factor. Possibly the "grand cru" moniker had me expecting weight when what I got was class. In any event, it has lingered long in the minds of all those present.
White
10/3/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
I drank this circumstantially as an aperitif. It needs food. This has big, honeyed flavours that are difficult to fully appreciate on an unadorned palate despite the lovely acidity and palpable quality.
Red
10/5/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
88 points
The Ronseal of Barolo. Does what it says on the bottle. Ticks all the boxes for typicity without ever trying to be something that it is not. Complex, layered or exciting for example. Conversely there is nothing wrong with it and I would happily drink more bottles of it. A bin-end purchase that I'm perfectly contented to have made.
White
9/6/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
79 points
Fairly impressive concentration for a Petit Chablis. However, that isn't necessarily a good thing as this pulls off the unwanted trick of starting off too sweet and finishing rather sour. Not for me. A very long way off Les Clos quality whatever the location of the vineyard.
Red
9/4/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
87 points
Rather muted but classic northern Rhone nose. It's not exactly a compliment to suggest that the palate is a perfect complement to this acceptable but sightly underwhelming first impression. It's not lean but I can't help yearning for something more Rubenesque in this case. All one is left with soon after swallowing is a slight pepperiness on the tip of the tongue. The overall sensation is fleeting rather than ethereal. My wife enjoyed it for its lack of alcohol and punch which could be construed as elegance. I can't help thinking that a Guigal Cote du Rhone from a better vintage would have been just as satisfying for us both.
Red
2011 Riecine Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
8/31/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
92 points
Much the best Chianti I've had recently. Incredibly well balanced with juicy cherry-led fruit, a very refined, smooth palate entry and then real zip on the finish. I've raced through the case I've had of this and am going back for more. However, I will have to use a different merchant as I'm clearly not the only person to be buying this in bulk.
Red
8/9/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
93 points
I've seen this wine described by professional reviewers as "classic" and "animal" so I expected a lot of leather, cedar, cigar box and so forth but not a great deal of fruit. Yet whilst my expectations were met on the first count this far exceeded it on the second. Sweet fruit, with blueberries to the fore, wafted enticingly from the glass to the extent that I fully expected it to be an olfactory mirage: that the palate would contain no hint of something so "modern" as luscious ripe fruit. Wrong again. This is an absolutely delicious wine.
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White
6/28/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
94 points
Just a brilliant GG. Lots of juicy white fruits and flowers but it is lent real elegance by a wall of stone that cuts short the explosion of sweetness just as it threatens to be overbearing. Then the acidity cleanses the palate ready for the next mouthful of this extraordinary nectar. I wasted two bottles of it on a family lunch in which I sat in disbelief as those around me knocked it back without so much as a murmur of approval. Blossom Hill all round next time...
Red
6/20/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
84 points
I didn't particularly like the nose on this from the start. The vanilla and banana became slightly less sickly over time but this was barely any better two days later. By then it was dominated by confected fruits aromas - boiled sweets as my wife pointed out. The palate is much better though with light strawberry flavours and silky tannins. A perfectly acceptable summer drinker but I'm not rushing out to stock up.
Red
6/7/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
89 points
A lot of wood on the nose initially but a few hours in a decanter did a power of good. A great advert for Uruguayan wine subsequently emerged with high quality oak married to ripe, but not over-ripe, fruit. This is a smooth, lush, yet relatively elegant wine that is impressive on the nose and palate. The only issues were the initial prominence of the oak and the fact that there was noticeable oxidisation on the second night. I'm therefore not sure this will necessarily age for a great deal of time but with enough air (although not too much!) there is no need to wait anyway.
White
6/3/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
87 points
This is really quite good value. Sometimes Albarino's natural fruitiness can seem rather blowsy but the tropical sweetness of some of the flavours was in this case offset well by a sour touch of grapefruit - not my favourite fruit by any means but a fine compliment here. An extremely pleasant surprise as a restaurant purchase.
White
5/22/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
89 points
Slightly cheesy nose to start with but this soon blows away to be replaced with typically clean Chablis aromas. Good acidity and some fruit, the latter of which recedes as the hazelnuts that one more regularly associates with its southern neighbours become more prominent. A fine Chablis that may lack real excitement but is still in very good health.
White
5/18/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
88 points
Clean and mineral on the nose and palate. Lovely soft entry and then a decent dose of acidity for balance. Rather distinctive flavour profile with the only thing detracting from it in my book being the bitter quinine notes. However, that is very much a matter of personal taste and this is certainly a wine performing well above its station.
Red
2007 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/1/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
87 points
Lovely classic Margaux nose. Delightful weightlessness on the palate. No finish at all. Half a very good wine.
White
4/26/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
91 points
Extraordinarily powerful nose, possibly the most pungent in terms of pure fruits I have ever come across. Given the reputation of this wine I was therefore really rather excited. And thus slightly disappointed. There was much of course to recommend it. The initial burst of fruits was cut short with almost rude abruptness by a wall of stone and slate that is undeniably impressive. However, this impression of mineral-based purity was rather diluted by considerable effervescence that took some time to subside (i.e. better on day two). Once it did the fruits rather dominated the other elements and detracted from the hint of austerity that I find so appealing. This seemed to need a fair few years more in bottle for everything to come together. Taken in isolation each aspect of this wine is absolutely first class so I have no doubt that the future holds great things for it. My score however is for the wine as it stands today.
Red
4/27/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
93 points
From the first sniff I was utterly sold on this. Lovely savoury nose with balsamic and pomegranate notes that really fill the olfactory senses. I was therefore expecting such powerful aromatics to be accompanied by a forceful palate entry. However, this glides across the tongue and down the throat, leaving delicious layers of dark fruits, tar and tobacco. The tannins do clamp down somewhat over the course of the bottle, but these are not particularly drying; instead they only act to coat the tongue with the same wonderful flavours the wine imparted on its first pass through the mouth.

On a related note, my last Barolo having been a 2005, this was a demonstration of why generalisations regarding vintages have to be treated with extreme caution. I would definitely have got the two the wrong way round in a blind tasting.
Red
4/23/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
90 points
Day One: I only had time to decant this for an hour or so and it could clearly have done with much longer. Cherry liqueur on the nose (my desperately unimpressed wife went for straight brandy) and no little alcohol present on both the nose and palate. More like a 2003 than a 2005. The tannins, always so prominent in relatively young Barolo, were rather drying too. Really very raw and a bit of struggle for me. Consequently I only had two glasses: my own and my wife's...

Day two: What a difference a day can make! The rough edges had been almost completely smoothed away, the alcohol and wood had receded and the flavours had darkened with plenty of tar and a touch of barnyard in evidence. What remained was a deep, powerful wine whose muscularity was cosseted by a layer of silk.

This can clearly be left and relied upon to improve for many a year. For the time being though a lengthy decant is a must. Not a restaurant wine for now.
Red
4/19/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
84 points
Bought in a bin end sale so I can't be sure of storage but having had two bottles I can be sure I won't be purchasing this again. Aromatically interesting with some florality and noticeable viognier influences that go some of, but by no means all of, the way to masking the oak. The palate however is a huge disappointment. Thin, attenuated, dominated by acidity and dry tannins, this is now little short of vin de table. Definitely on its way downhill, the oak sheen is even now struggling to hide the paucity of fruit.
Red
4/15/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
89 points
Given its price (for a pinot) and relatively humble origin I was not expecting a great deal from this. How wrong I was! The nose may have been slightly muddled initially, but avoided the cardinal sin in my books of being confected and totally dominated by sweet fruit or oak. Instead the red fruits intermingled with some earth and wood that may not have been seamlessly integrated but were certainly complementary. The first mouthful really caught my attention though. Such weightlessness! You can pay a LOT more money to deliver so many different flavours with such ethereal grace. It does lack depth if one were to judge it to the highest standards but this is a wonderful drinker that I will be re-purchasing immediately.
Red
3/21/2014 - strickt01 wrote:
93 points
Really wonderful young Barolo with such an immense sense of place. There is an earthy, truffly flavour to it initially that transports one straight to northern Italy. The roses and tar come later as it morphs into a more floral, plumper wine. The finish is full and silky and the overall impression is of a wine of huge class that is the essence of Piedmont. I opened this to have a glass over dinner with my wife. We finished the bottle. So pleased that I've only just broached my case.
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