Tasting Notes for JJL

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White - Sparkling
10/24/2010 - JJL wrote:
85 points
Just ok, no where near as good as the '83 I had from mag a few weeks before. Lot's of coffee and caramel and a bit flat.
White - Sparkling
11/23/2010 - JJL wrote:
93 points
Really impressed again. Great body up front, followed by white and then yellow peach and finishes with a zesty cherry sweet tarts finish. Vibrant acidity and a real easy drinker with no rough spots. Bested a few bottles of '97 Salon and an '02 DP for current consumption. Left the bottle open in the fridge with just enough for one more glass with dinner the following night and it was still spot on.
White - Sparkling
10/2/2010 - JJL wrote:
92 points
This was good but a bit muted to compared to other bottles of this I have had in the past few months. When it is on, it is damn good.
White - Sparkling
10/2/2010 - JJL wrote:
93 points
Progressing nicely. Still not near potential, but that will come with time.
Red
10/2/2010 - JJL wrote:
94 points
Really enjoyed this tonight. Paired against a '74 Louis martini. Great fruit and acidity, plenty of time to go with this but drinks great now. This is a classic American wine, not one of those new-age fruit bombs.
Red
10/2/2010 - JJL wrote:
93 points
Still drinking great. Great balance, long finish, no heat.
White - Sparkling
6/26/2010 - JJL wrote:
96 points
From magnum, another great bottle. Has great acidity still, but not as angy as '90 sometimes can be. Citrus and apple, creamy texture, smoke, minerality, great stuff.
White
6/26/2010 - JJL wrote:
94 points
Similar to the last bottle - oily, lanolin, peach, smoke, etc. The only problem is it was served along with the '06 which is just so much better.
White
6/26/2010 - JJL wrote:
96 points
This is a big white. As usual, I gave it a good decant and served it closer to red wine temp. Big and oily, spicy, with some honey and a touch of wood. Great body and long finish. Served with cedar plank wild king salmon, perfect match.
Red
5/4/2010 - JJL wrote:
95 points
Just like the bottle from 12/09. Still needs time.
White - Sparkling
5/2/2010 - JJL wrote:
91 points
First non-spectacular bottle of this, but still good. Missing the acidity of the better bottles. Decent caramel flavors up front, but burnt, old coffee grounds on finish.
Red
4/25/2010 - JJL wrote:
89 points
Completely closed when first decanted - just bitter and green on palate and nose. After about 2 hours it starts to reveal some fruit and floral on the nose, but still never lost that green streak on the palate. Very much like a young Burg. At $250/btl, not worth it, so many other wines I would rather drink. Would gladly trade a glass for 1/2 glass of the '00.
Red
4/24/2010 - JJL wrote:
94 points
Drank at Roots. Nice surprise. Not a big fan of the '03's, except for St. Julien. Well-balanced, which is not a term I associate with this vintage. No hint of over-ripeness, bright cherry fruit, nice tannins up-front, good acidity on the finish. Floral nose with some leather and lead mixed in. Drank well now, but will age nicely.
Red
4/24/2010 - JJL wrote:
88 points
Drank at Roots - dark, brooding, forest floor, anise. More like Sambuca or port - overdone. Actually did not go well with steak. Would drink this with cheese.
Red
1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/24/2010 - JJL wrote:
94 points
Brought to dinner at Roots. Perfect steak wine, but not-overdone. Good fruit, balance, finish. Bit sweet when opened, but a couple of hours of decanting got it to the right spot.
White - Sparkling
4/23/2010 - JJL wrote:
94 points
Like the '96 Krug, this has started to put on a little weight. Don't get me wrong, still very acidic, but the green apple of previous bottles is starting to soften a little bit and turn into a red apple. Long finish with a touch of brown sweetness (not bitterness of previous bottles). Will improve with age I am sure.
Red
1989 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/14/2010 - JJL wrote:
97 points
Brought to Acker auction at Cru - another great bottle. Ash and cherry on the nose. Lots of tar, burnt earth, blackberry, plum on palate. Long, long finish. Contemplative wine. I prefer to drink this without food.
White - Sparkling
4/14/2010 - JJL wrote:
94 points
Tasted at Acker auction at Cru. Bought a DM from the King and he graciously brought one of his own bottles to the auction. No notes to be found, so we were both interested to see how this was drinking. Pleasantly surprised. Much darker in color than the '85 DP even though this was from a larger format. Lot's of tiny bubbles. A bit woody on the nose, more orange flavors on the palate, with some brown tones too, very smooth, great mouthfeel. Ready to drink, but not past prime.
White - Sparkling
4/14/2010 - JJL wrote:
98 points
Brought to Acker auction at Cru - This bottle made up for the bad bottle of Clos St. Hilaire. A little more advanced than usual, but still very lively. Great mouthfeel, acidity, fruit, and finish. Best Champagne of the night.
White - Sparkling
4/14/2010 - JJL wrote:
flawed
Nothing like last week's bottle. Brought to Acker auction at Cru - just sour and bitter, devoid of any fruit. Unfortunately just like the bottle I brought with me to LA in November. Sounds like 'sdr' had the same issue.
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Red
4/8/2010 - JJL wrote:
88 points
Spicy, acidity, sour cherry palate. Finish is short.
Red
4/8/2010 - JJL wrote:
88 points
Great nose of truffle, chocolate and cinnamon. Not much on the palate - all nose points.
Red
4/8/2010 - JJL wrote:
94 points
Great nose with brett, vanilla and sweet cherries. Great body, tea and cherry on palate. Only negative was a metallic finish.
Red
4/8/2010 - JJL wrote:
85 points
Acidity, beets, cherry, no nose. A few years past prime.
Red
4/8/2010 - JJL wrote:
94 points
Tied for wine of the night. Slight brett and cedar on nose. Well balance, soy, tea on palate. Great finish.
Red
4/8/2010 - JJL wrote:
flawed
Oxidized.
Red
4/8/2010 - JJL wrote:
93 points
Similar to the Scavino, with good balance, and tea flavors. More tar and less fruit than the Scavino. Much less fragrant on nose.
Red
4/8/2010 - JJL wrote:
94 points
Tied for wine of the night. Good acidity, tea, blackberry, long finish, big tannins, quite fragrant.
Red
4/8/2010 - JJL wrote:
87 points
Real let-down compared to the last bottle I tried. Tomato, prunes, soy, falls off a cliff and end with a metallic finish
White
4/8/2010 - JJL wrote:
90 points
Spicy, mineral, oily chalky, slightly oily - Rhone-like but lighter. Good summer drinker, but told does not age.
White - Off-dry
4/10/2010 - JJL wrote:
93 points
Nice wine, a bit sweet for an '07, expected more acidity. Good match with crab cakes. Kind of a no-man's land at $50/bottle. Not that much better than some $25 bottles, but there are some great Rieslings for a few bucks more.
Red
1996 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/11/2010 - JJL wrote:
90 points
Drank like the last bottle. Was better with food (filet mignon).
White - Sparkling
4/11/2010 - JJL wrote:
86 points
Strange for a Krug NV. Color was right, but no citrus/lemon, lots of red apple on nose, more on palate as well as caramel and brown sugar. Very sweet. Missing the minerality and acidity. Drank lot a BdN with high dosage. Others liked it more than me.
Red
4/4/2010 - JJL wrote:
89 points
From magnum - too young, bit austere and hot, lots of spice.
White - Off-dry
3/31/2010 - JJL wrote:
96 points
Drank at Brooklyn Fare, great fruit with decent acidity, works perfectly with fish/seafood.
Red
1994 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/31/2010 - JJL wrote:
88 points
Mature, enjoyable even though just secondary flavors at this point, no fruit, drink up.
White - Sparkling
4/5/2010 - JJL wrote:
97 points
Nothing new to say - great as always.
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Red
4/2/2010 - JJL wrote:
90 points
Rather thin on the body, not the velvety feel of the Janasse VV or Clos des Papes. Sweet strawberry, white pepper palate with a white pepper and garrigue nose. Would rather drink the '04.
Red
3/18/2010 - JJL wrote:
93 points
Can't go wrong with this. Great drinker, versatile, great value. Only problem - it keeps disappearing from my cellar.
Red
3/21/2010 - JJL wrote:
90 points
Strong dark berry/cherry, coffee, chocolate flavors on palate. Nose was oaky and hot, which was a distraction. This is clearly better than when I had it on release, but it will take more time to come around for my taste - hold.
White - Sparkling
3/19/2010 - JJL wrote:
88 points
Drank next to the '02 Pehu and this was much better. Classic biscuit and yeast on nose, citrus and apple palate with nutty finish.
White - Sparkling
3/19/2010 - JJL wrote:
85 points
Just ok and not worth the price. Overly gaseous with real bubble burn and not from the acidity. Plenty of lemon and strawberry flavors, but drinks more like a soda than a classy Champagne.
Red
3/2/2010 - JJL wrote:
85 points
Very, very mature and from magnum. No fruit, all secondary flavors.
White - Sparkling
3/20/2010 - JJL wrote:
92 points
Very good, nutmeg, apple, great mouthfeel.
Red
1961 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/13/2010 - JJL wrote:
This was the WOTN for me, and we had it with dessert. Cedar nose, rounded palate with plums and sage, resolved tannins, great finish.
Red
1964 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/13/2010 - JJL wrote:
Very nice bottle. Silky smooth, white chocolate palate. Great mouthfeel and balance. Nose was closed.
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