Tasting Notes for BBinSC

(808 notes on 676 wines)

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White
4/8/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
87 points
This wine still hasn't developed. Still sharp, oaky, just not harmonious. It might improve give the pedigree, but it's been a disappointment overall.
Red
4/6/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
90 points
Very good - quite rich and deep in flavor. Purple hue and a fruit forward style that finishes long and smooth. Doesn't have the steeliness or mineral bite you find in some Mourvedre. Really nice - like it much more than Herold's Acha or some other reds in this range.
Red
4/4/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
92 points
90-92: giving this bottle the benefit of the doubt, it's smooth with a long finish. It screams Rutherford, fruit driven with earthy notes. Really nice with a long finish. Very good.
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White
4/4/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
90 points
89-90: surprisingly striking, zippy, expressive wine with nutty notes and a lingering finish. This wine is pretty, and unlike many picpoul, stands on its own well. Fine complement to food, but refreshing and delicious on its own. Very good.
Red
3/27/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
89 points
89-90: it's good, but honestly petite sirah is so odd. This wine on the PnP is almost like grape Kool Aid, then the tannins kick in and you're almost gasping for air. If you like big, burly, fruit monsters, this wine is for you. High alcohol and you can tell, but it's quite good.
White
3/27/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
89 points
Slightly sharper than my previous note, but still an outstanding value.
Red
3/21/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
91 points
Really nice zin, earthy and rustic, with chewy notes of raspberry and blueberry. Nice finish, great with food or on its own. Probably has a few years left.
Red
3/20/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
88 points
88-89: this Rioja is is right on point. It's heavy on the cherry, tart, earthy, and dry. It's a good value. Tasty.
Red
3/15/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
94 points
94-95: really stunning - it's a beautiful wine, still drinking great. Compared to the three Left Bank Bordeaux that preceded it, this wine is fruit forward, long, and layered. Cellar kept, the cork did disintegrate, but the wine drank beautifully. WOTN contender.
Red
2000 Clos du Marquis St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/14/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
92 points
91-92: followed the Latour, the Marquis stood between the preceding two Bordeaux giants. More generous than the Latour, but not as perumed as the Margaux, this bottle was a massive value. Las Cases always delivers. This wine has years left.

This wine has been cellar kept.
Red
2000 Les Forts de Latour Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/14/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
91 points
90-92: the nose was quite muted compared to the Margaux preceding it, with some graphite. The palate was rich, dense, full of graphite. The tannins were still fairly noticeable, the finish was longer than the Pavilion. It lacks the elegance and layers of the Margaux. I've never been a big fan of Latour, and it clearly finished third in this mini 2000 side by side.

This wine has been cellar kept.
Red
3/14/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
94 points
93-94: wow, this wine is gorgeous! Huge perfumed nose of ripe plum and Earth. Palate was a little tight I thought, tannins are still present, but the balance is wonderful. Finish is average+. Can't imagine how big and tight the first bottling is.

This wine has been cellar kept.
White
3/1/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
91 points
Haven't had MS in many years, but it's still buttery, oaky, and easy to drink. It's that classic early 21st century Cali style. Very enjoyable.
Red
2/29/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
93 points
92-94: feels fully resolved; really fine, surprised at the amount of red fruit I find; smooth, silky, quite tasty. Went fast - wish I had more!
Red
2/28/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
88 points
87-89: this wine has picked up some heft since my last note. The stemmy green notes are gone, but so is that wild, raw nose. Still good, a little more textbook and less volatile, slightly disappointing but still very good value. Some sediment in the first glass so filter or watch out.

Day 2: did revert a bit to form with more green hints, acid held up.
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Red
2/21/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
90 points
90-91: I would be better served to review this after day 2, but from the pop this has been big, spicy, grapey, and oh so smooth to drink. Not sure if it improves, at $15ish I really don't care. Very nice!
White
2/17/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
90 points
I am shocked this bottle is from Macôn. I might guess Languedoc, but this wine is soft and round. Not picking up the oak others noted, but this wine has a lot of layers, loads of creamy lemon notes, and a nice round finish that lingers. It lacks the bone crunching acidity you find in so many Macon. It's great with food, but quite nice on its own. It's a beautiful chard for the money.
Red
2/16/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
90 points
90-91: pleasantly surprised at the heft and purity this wine has 14 years in. It's still got gobs of black fruit, the wine is velvetty, rich, with really refined tannins. Where I'd expect to find some green or herby notes, this wine is still wonderfully rich and correct. It's really good, kudos to Sam Baxter for a great wine. This wine has NOT been cellar kept, so with proper storage I imagine it's got several years to go.
Red
2/16/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
90 points
90-91: may have underestimated this wine because of the vintage. Started out big and smooth, but a little muted. Improved with air, getting more secondary notes of olive and pepper. Still saying it's past peak, but it's very good. Drink up.
Rosé
2/9/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
89 points
Still quite good - solid, easy drinking, no sharp edges.
Red
2/9/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
89 points
This bottle is really outstanding for $11. It's varietally correct, really stands out as a true SLH Pinot. Easy drinking, delicious. Glad I snagged 6 more from Last Bottle.
White
2/7/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
87 points
87-88: Nice little sipper - leans towards the sweet side. It's on the fat side, missing that zippy freshness you want for balance. But it's fine for a change of pace, good value from WTSO.
Red
2/7/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
91 points
90-92: Well, this bottle was a very pleasant surprise. CSM is a good producer, but not one I'd expect to age so well. Powerful notes initially of blueberry, then went more to the classic garrigue and strawberry. This wine is still quite nice, although I'd guess it's near its peak. Decent finish, and great with food. NOTE: this wine was cellar kept. Very good.
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White
2/1/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
89 points
Much improved over the last bottle I had. Elegant, creamy, and with nice mineral notes. It's a good wine and seems to have another year or two left.
Red
2/1/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
89 points
88-90: well wasn't this wine a surprise. First night was kind of a typical New World Rhone blend, the mourvedre really standing out with a Steely backbone. On night 2 however, the wine opened up and went totally grapey on me. It was full flavored, velvetty, and had a long fruit-driven finish. Very good.
Red
1/25/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
90 points
89-91: a PnP, quite good from the pop, if not on the rustic side. Dark fruit, thick tannins, a long finish. It's not an exuberant fruit bomb, but not austere at all. It's quite good, not sure how long it will keep, but it's a gem.
Red
2013 Baer Winery Ursa Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/25/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
90 points
One of my last bottles - taking on a more savory quality with herbaceous notes and graphite. Fruit is still there but fading. Possibly just evolving, these bottles were not cellar kept so I'd say another year or two for sure under proper storage. This bottling has just been a phenomenal value.
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Red
1/19/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
88 points
Last bottle - still hanging around, but past peak for sure. Still a fair amount of acid, but the fruit is fading. Drink up.
White - Sparkling
1/16/2020 - BBinSC wrote:
87 points
I don't have much to add to the previous reviews. It's like the other Kirkland wines I've tried - decent for the money, but not memorable. I'd rather spend a few dollars more.

There's a hint of yeast, but not much. Bubbles are large, it's got a nice green apple aspect to it, but it lacks depth. It's marginally better than what I would expect from a $20 Champagne.
Rosé - Sparkling
12/28/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
88 points
87-89: not sure why, but I had it in my head this bottle was extra dry. Nope. It's bone dry, big bubbles, but decent fruit. Good with food, not as much fun solo, but a good value.
Red
12/25/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
92 points
91-92: I'm a big fan of Rudius, and I have to say this bottle fell just short of what I expect from them, which basically means it is a well made wine that is fairly priced. It's modern, there's still oak, but it's well put together with nice balance. It just lacks that "oomph" I expect from Rudius.
Red
2013 Durant and Booth Reserve Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/25/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
91 points
91-92: similar to previous notes, this wine is a big mouthful, silky, smooth, rich fruit with a decent finish. Very good - would buy again.
Red
12/22/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
90 points
90-91: the 2007 Napa bottling from Maroon is one of my all-time favorite recession wines. This bottle isn't as good, but it is very good and probably still has a little development left. It's rich and smooth, not overly fruity, but the tannins and acid seem to be almost fully resolved. Very good.
Red
12/20/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
87 points
86-88: a little leaner than last time, more graphite and varietal notes, but also thinner. It's a good value, wish it was a little fatter though.
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Red
12/20/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
89 points
88-89: this bottle is pleasant, modern, but varietally correct Pinot. It is fruity, full of cola and cherry notes, but has a nice acidic finish that makes it a great value at $11ish from Last Bottle. Very good.
Red
11/28/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
90 points
89-90: this wine seems to be fully resolved; it's deep, rich, spicy, silky smooth. Took a chance and served it with a traditional Thanksgiving turkey and all the sides. It played well with the sides, may have been a touch heavy for turkey but played really well all together. Very nice but probably at or past peak. Well done.
Red
2012 Jada Vineyard Malstria Paso Robles Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
11/17/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
91 points
91-92: so good - silky, powerful, deep flavors that linger on the long finish. One of those bottles you wish you bought by the case. Solid- can this improve? Excellent
Red
11/9/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
88 points
87-89: good, modern Cabernet with lots of oak and creamy notes. It's fruit forward with fine tannins and a decent finish. Good.
White
11/2/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
90 points
Very nice - a touch of sweetness, acid is receding, but lovely nose and long finish. Great with spicy Chinese tonight. From 375.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
11/1/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
94 points
Wow. Intense. Super-honeyed, deep rich, but still young with a long ways to go. From 750.
Red
11/1/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
96 points
Striking, unctuous, Uber-intense with deep fruit, blackberry mostly, but a spectacular pucker factor you wouldn't expect. There's a surprising balance here. A real wow wine.
Red
11/1/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
94 points
Sensational - notes to follow
Red
11/1/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
92 points
Really good, very modern - some garrigue. Deep and rich.
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Red
1998 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/1/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
96 points
95-96: Really interesting place - follows the Mouton - perfumed, plump, generous, dense, intense, still maturing. It's stunning. The finish is a bit shorter than the Mouton, but it's got more layers. Gorgeous, but will improve with a little more time.
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Red
11/1/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
95 points
95-96: Wow. Just incredible - this wine has it all, except the fruit is rather austere. Loads of secondary notes, graphite, smoke, mineral notes, with a finish that goes nearly a minute. It's lean, but damn, it's beautiful.
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Red
1995 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/1/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
94 points
94-95: interesting to follow the 94 Las Cases - this wine is vibrant, borderline luscious, tannins are fairly resolved, finish is long. Not quite ethereal, but dang close. Excellent.
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Red
11/1/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
93 points
93-94: slightly less than the bottle I had 6 years ago. It's mature, fruit is about gone, but there's still structure. Longer finish - old school and lovely.
White - Sparkling
11/1/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
94 points
94-95: stunning, powerful, yeasty, sharp finish that lingers. Amazing for the vintage.
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Red
10/14/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
88 points
87-88: Agree with the previous assessment - this wine is not terribly harmonious at this time. It's tasty enough, especially at the price, but I wish the parts played together a little better. Chewy, dark fruit, some tannin, it's good, but comes across a little clunky. Short cork, so I'm saying drink up. It may improve a little with time. Good.
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Red
10/11/2019 - BBinSC wrote:
91 points
90-91: really didn't know what to make of this wine - took a flyer on it during a Last Bottle marathon. It's very solid - loads of blue fruit, nose has a nice mix of earth and blueberry. The finish is average, the wine itself is smooth, there are still some tannins, but this was a PnP and it was great from the start. Might improve, might not. Solid, decently priced at $35ish I believe from LB.
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