Tasting Notes for wmccone54

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Red
12/13/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
92 points
I have throughly enjoyed a number of this producer’s Burgundies in the past, so it was no surprise as to how good this was tonight. Clear, bright medium ruby color and medium body. Very intoxicating, savory, spicy, and flowery aromatics and flavors leading with beautiful fresh red flowers; and red mineral laden earth with tart cherry, spicy raspberry, ripe strawberry, cola, and black tea. Velvety and smooth in the mouth. Great intensity, and wonderful complexity and nuance, with excellent balance; plenty of acidity to support at least another 5-7 years in the cellar. Finished long. Just as good as the Patrice Rion Les Cras Premier Cru enjoyed earlier in the evening.
Red
12/13/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
92 points
At ten years, this seems to be in the latter stages of development. Clear medium ruby, still needs a decant for the aromatics to start showing through. Medium body and alcohol. Well balanced, and complex: upfront, dirty earth laden forest floor, herbal tea, ripe cherry, raspberry, and strawberry, all underscored with a nicely integrated tannic and acidic structure. Smooth and elegant mouthfeel. Long, dry intense finish. Enjoyed with a baked chicken pot pie. Should continue to evolve and cellar for another 5-7+ years.
Red
12/12/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
87 points
It’s a coin toss with some of these Garagiste Mystery Wines. When first opened this smelled very barnyardy, funky, and bretty. Poured into a decanter, after which it showed some improvement. Seems to be fully mature with the funkiness and earthiness leading the way, raspberry, cherry, and strawberry coming across as stewed and cooked. Still shows some fading acidity with a medium finish. Recommend drinking within the next year. Not sure how this could have originally sold at $60, fair priced at about $14.
Red
12/8/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
88 points
First time with Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir). Clear, pale ruby color, very light body and low alcohol. Medium aromas and flavors of tart raspberry, crushed cherry, and ripe strawberry with forest floor and rocky minerals. Medium finish. Ready to drink now, and unlikely to improve with further cellaring. Enjoyed with a pepper smoked, salmon salad. Due to the delicate texture of this wine, recommend caution with food choices. Heavy or hearty fare will most likely overwhelm this wine; salads, fish and lighter fare highly recommended when paring.
Red
12/7/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
89 points
Good, but a hard act to follow, after the 2012 Rudius Knockmore Cabernet enjoyed earlier. Seems to me to be pretty ordinary without much in the way of differentiation; nothing about this stands out to me.
Red
12/7/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
95 points
Lots of legitimate reasons for why this is rated so highly: silky and smooth mouthfeel, highly aromatic, balanced black fruits and well integrated structure, developing complexity, and an intense long finish. After lots of early disappointment in being blown away with overwhelming over the top fruits, I’ve held back on many 2012’s. After seven years, they seemed to have shed much of their youthfulness, and are hitting on all cylinders! This is an impressive wine; hard to gauge its longevity, but I’m guessing, it’s good for at least another 4-5 years. Excellent!
White
12/7/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
89 points
Somewhat improved over the last two plus years, much more demonstrative than I previously remember with wonderful complexity in terms of balance between minerality and yellow fruits and citrus. Poured into a chilling carafe, displays a deep lemon color. Aromatic and flavorful profile yields drying lemon peel, tart lemon juice, salty sea spray, crushed white stone, quince, and some herbaceousness. Mostly mineral driven, wrapped around an acidic core. Long finish focused on the mineral overtones with the lemon rind showing some slight bitterness. This should drink well for at least another if stored properly.
Red
12/6/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
90 points
Seems to finally be coming together and has shown significant improvement over the last year. Decanted. Clear, medium ruby. Beyond youthful and starting into the development phase. Medium plus aromas of wet leaves mixed with stinky barnyard funk, sour cherry, tangy red berry, tart green plum, cigar box, and leather jacket. Medium alcohol, and medium body. Medium plus flavors mimic the aromatics with the fruits leading. Solid structural foundation supports a long finish. Can enjoy now, but additional cellaring will reward the patient.
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Red
12/6/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
92 points
When I last enjoyed this eight years ago, it was obvious this wine had lots of potential. Wine is now fully mature, displaying a deep garnet color. Leads with floral and iron like aromas, followed with tertiary notes of old leather, dried tobacco, day old coffee, powered cocoa and dusty dirt with dried red cherry, dehydrated red berry, crushed raspberry, and shriveled plums playing more of a supporting role. Quite complex. Balanced acidity and tannin support a very, long drying finish. Seems to have enough “left in the tank” to go a couple more years; however, the fruits are starting to decline slightly.
White
12/5/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
90 points
Significant improvement and development over the last eighteen months. Clear, deep lemon color. Developing aromatics and flavors reflecting medium plus aromas of mineralality, honey, tropical fruit, tart citrus and some underlying gooseberry and herbaceousness. Subtle, but improving acidity, mostly showing roundness on the palate. Medium plus body and medium alcohol. Medium finish. Worked well with broiled scallops with Mac and cheese. Cellaring seems to have helped this.
Red
2005 Château Fontenil Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/1/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
92 points
One of the better 2005 Bordeaux’s enjoyed over the last few years. This seems be now entering its prime drinking window. Fresh aromatics with red flowers, spicy red currant, peppermint, sandalwood, barnyard funk, and dry mulchy earth. Raspberries, red berries, cherries, plums, chocolate, tobacco, spice and dirty cedar mulch in the flavor profile. Tannins are slightly drying and gritty, but solid acidly provides balance and further cellaring potential. Long finish. Enjoyed with orange duck. Should drink well for another 5-7 years.
Red
11/30/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
91 points
Youthful and very powerful. Still early to drink and decanting is highly recommended for the foreseeable future. Full bodied, medium purple color. Aromatics and flavors are still mostly primary: floral violets, smokey blackberry, chewy black olive, black cherry, black pepper with some early hints of black licorice, and cedar compost. Big, brawny, gritty tannic core with a solid dose of acidity provides structural foundation for further cellaring and development. Ends with a long powerful finish. Far superior to the 2016 Vincent Paris Crozes Hermitage Selection drank earlier in the evening. Drink 2021-2029
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Red
11/30/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
87 points
Initially very disappointing when first poured into the decanter; it took a good 45 minutes for this to show any character at all. Youthful. Eventually it displays primary fruit characteristics of black olive, black raspberry, smokey black cherry and some faint loamy earth. Structural components are subtle and masked by the fruit. No match for a chargrilled NY strip. Based on prior experience with this producer, I guessing there is potential here with additional cellaring. I will hold my remaining inventory for another few years to see if this improves.
Red
11/29/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
95 points
Displays a deep ruby color with dark purple influence. Although the producer spec sheet lists all thirteen allowed varietals, the smokey Syrah and dark Mourvèdre seem to be at the forefront providing texture and power with smokey ripe black fruit, black cherry, black raspberry, plum, black licorice, herbal spice, taunt leather, dark chocolate, and dark earth and granite mineral undertones. Still developing, round and powerful, excellent balance between tannins body, and acidity with evolving notes of red fruit at about the three hour mark. Drinking wonderfully at thirteen years, but has the stuffing to last another 10-12 if cellared properly.
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White
11/29/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
90 points
Pale gold color, and rich texture with ripe aromas and flavors of yellow orchid fruits: spicy apple, poached pear, juicy melon and butter cream, along with some faint hints of mixed citrus and slightly salty minerals. Better with food than without. Residual acid offsets the ripe fruit and provides great balance. Solid finish. An improvement over the 2012 bottling enjoyed back in 2014.
Beer
11/29/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
91 points
A very good, amber colored, medium plus bodied Ale. Frothy with pronounced malty, yeasty, and carmelized aromas and flavors. Long, lively ending.
Red - Fortified
11/28/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
Similar to my experience back in May 2019. Very impressive and quite complex. Worked with a range of Thanksgiving deserts.
White - Sparkling
11/28/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
90 points
Fresh clean, aromatic, and zippy. A bit light on the effervescence and slightly heavy on the texture, but quite flavorful and satisfying.
Red
11/27/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
90 points
Surprisingly good and still very viable at eleven years; close to maturity, but still has a couple of years of enjoyment. Decanted and enjoyed with the remainder of a grilled NY strip. Aromas and flavors show smokey, cooked red berries, stewed plums, drying raspberries, leafy currant, mocha, and decaying forest floor. Acid and well integrated tannin support a solid finish. Strong, clean finish. Should drink well for another 1-2 years.
Red
11/24/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
84 points
First time with this producer; bought from Garagiste at less than $15. Aromas and flavors present a wine which seems to be very extracted, concocted, “doctored”, and manipulated. Had I not known the AVA, I would have guessed a CA Syrah given the black and blue flavor profile and the medium plus body. This completely overwhelmed the roasted chicken entree. Rather simplistic in presentation, will offer the remaining bottles as gifts to the uninitiated! :-(
Rosé
This is a wonderful Provençal style rose. Poured into a chilling decanter; recommend not drinking to cold as you will be rewarded with a fantastic bouquet of peach blossom, watermelon patch, and ripe strawberry if enjoyed slightly chilled. Primary fruits, but balanced with zingy acidity and a long finish. I’m a bit surprised there’s not more community activity and comment on this?
Red
11/23/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
92 points
Fully mature as exhibited by a dull ruby color, with tinges of garnet at the rim; predominantly tertiary aromatics and flavors; lots of sediment when poured into the decanter; and waning fruit. Aromas and flavors display dried tobacco, decaying leaves, old dried celery, stewed cherry and plum, stale blackberry preserves, and dried cedar. Very complex. Tannin and acid still in the mix and support a long finish. Unlikely to improve with further cellaring and may be starting to decline. Still was able to stand up to a chargrilled NY sirloin. Recommend drinking sooner rather than later and certainly by late 2020. Great example of a mature Napa Cabernet although the 1997 BV Georges Latour was better at the same age.
Beer
11/23/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
84 points
Nutty, malty, spicy, and frothy but a bit light in the body. It would be much better if it were fuller.
Spirits
11/22/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
84 points
Tastes mostly of grain without much malt or intensity. Not bad if you enjoy the style, just not showing any characteristic differentiation..
Red
11/22/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
92 points
First time with this producer; seems to be hitting full stride, but still in development. Wonderful mix of red fruits: tart and ripe plums, cherries, and berries; powdered cocoa, taunt leather, dried herbs; and dusty earth. Solid balance of fruit, acid, and tannin, all of which support a long finish. Should easily cellar for another 5-7 years.
Red
11/22/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
92 points
I did a very detailed note on this wine back in May 2018. This has blossomed into an extremely nice wine. Just starting to enter its prime drinking window. Shows a wonderful range of red fruits, some evolving complexity and enough structure to support cellaring for another 7-10 years. 100% Sangiovese from the Chianti Classico region, thus the IGT labeling. Enjoyed with sausage Bolognese and pasta. Needs food.
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Red
11/21/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
91 points
Like a lot of these P&H Pinots and California Pinot Noirs in general, there’s always considerable fruit extraction, body, and color created during the wine making process. Nothing offensive, if you like the style: powerful, rich, dark, and fruity; however, if you’re looking for an elegant, lighter bodied, nuanced, or Burgundian Pinot Noir, this is not what you’re seeking. Decant and enjoy with food for maximum enjoyment.
Red
11/17/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
87 points
I purchased this only because I had enjoyed one of this producer’s single vineyard Malbecs. This is good but made in a “drink now” style: nice upfront black fruit with some greenness, but little in the way of tannin or acid required to cellar long term. Nothing offensive but nothing unique nor memorable. Pass in the future.
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Rosé
11/17/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
As pointed out this past June, this is a great Rose if you’re daring enough to try something different from the popular “Provençal” style. Dark color, great flavor, nice balance, and strong finish. I wouldn’t hold this too far into 2020.
Red
11/16/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
92 points
Fully developed with aromas and flavors of spicy red currant, dried cherries, smokey dried plum, dehydrated red berries, cigar box, old leather, brittle chocolate, and dried forest floor. Structure still noticeable which supports a long finish.
Red
2013 Orin Swift Papillon Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/16/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
93 points
Decanted and enjoyed with a grilled NY sirloin. Although I was somewhat expecting that this might be an over extracted “fruit bomb”, I was pleasantly surprised to find a wine that exhibited aromatic and flavor complexity (smokey rubber, bitter dark chocolate, dark moist loam, chewy tobacco, and wet forest floor), developing fruits (blackberry, cassis, black cherry, and black plum), and a tannic and acidic structure to reward further cellaring. Stood up to the food and finished long and satisfying. I regret only having purchased a single bottle.
White - Sparkling
11/16/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
92 points
Highly complex, mineral driven, effervescent and very dry. Lots of development over the last four years and seems to be drinking at or close to peak. Very nice.
White
11/15/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
89 points
Different style than the 2016 Patz & Hall Hyde enjoyed earlier with dinner. Pale gold color with aromatics which indicate some slight oak treatment. Medium aromas and flavors of tropical fruits: pineapple, melon, and guava, with some juicy yellow apple, and white poached pear. Fresh medium acidity which makes me believe this has seen only partial Malolactic fermentation. Medium finish. At five years this seems to still be in development, should safely cellar for another two plus years.
White
11/15/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
92 points
Not sure the initial low score as there was no note; however, my presumption is the taster has stylistic differences as to what they like and this is not their preferred style.

IMHO many of California’s best Chardonnay’s come from this vineyard. As expected the vintage of this Patz & Hall Hyde doesn’t disappoint. I’ve enjoyed five previous vintages of this wine. The flavor profile seems consistent from vintage to vintage with the last few vintages having a more judicious use of new oak. Clear, pale gold color. Pronounced, complex, and developing aromas and flavors of sour apple, juicy pineapple, tart lemon, poached pear, ripe melon, spiced oak, light butter, and some chalky minerals. Smooth, elegant and balanced with both creamy and tart sensations in the mouth. Medium plus body. Persistent acidity supports a very long finish. Really hits all the high notes and could easily cellar another 3-4 years. Enjoyed with garlic lemon butter with shrimp and capers over wheat penne pasta.
Red
11/14/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
86 points
Fully mature and probably slightly past peak. Fading acidity as evidenced by the lack of freshness with stewed plums and cooked cherries. Still noticeable chewy tannin, which does support a grainy finish. Much better with food than without. Needs to be consumed.
Red
11/11/2019 - wmccone54 Likes this wine:
93 points
Deep ruby colored with a medium body. Pronounced and developing aromatics of spicy red currant, sweet cherries, dark plum, mixed berries, and very loamy earth tones. Much more developed than it was nearly six years ago. Lush and balanced mouthfeel. Oak and tannin are both in synch. Long smooth finish.
Red
11/10/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
94 points
Not sure why and how some of the community determines “drink by”, but this is far from fading and hitting on all cylinders. Clear medium ruby, no noticeable signs of bricking. Fully mature. Very pronounced, and typical aged Bordeaux red florals and red fruit aromas and flavors: spicy red currant, drying red berries, crushed cherries, stewed plums, dried cocoa, cigar box, dried earth, and crunchy forest floor. Structure is integrated, showing a wine that still has lots of life. Worked and finishes well with roasted rack of lamb. Complex, balanced, elegant and very classy...very, very good.
White
11/10/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
91 points
As pointed out in my detailed note six months ago this is very good and very well balanced. Definitely a high QPR at $15.
Red
2009 Château Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/9/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
91 points
Elegance, class, balance, and subtlety are probably the best descriptors for this wine. Clear medium ruby color, medium body and medium alcohol. Decanted and enjoyed with a thick, grilled NY sirloin strip. Displays subtle and complex aromatics and flavors of red currant, plums, cherries, and raspberries with tobacco, forest floor, cedar mulch, and herbal tea starting to show. Tannin and acidity are there but well integrated and more in the background. Very long finish with more than enough stuffing to stand up to the grilled meat. Not what I would consider a “powerful” wine, but definitely balanced and complex. Should have enough staying power to last another 8-10 years.
Beer
11/9/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
80 points
Medium, cloudy lemon color, very light body with 4.8 % alcohol. Refreshing, but not much in the way of flavor, maybe some slightly light citrus and bread, generally weak and non-descript. Short finish
Beer
11/9/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
90 points
Medium amber color, full body, 7.3% alcohol. Pronounced aromas and flavors of tangy grapefruit, bitter hops, sour citrus rind, and decaying pine forest. Big mouthfeel and a strong lingering finish.
Red
11/8/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
89 points
Seems to be drinking well (but still early) and very much under development. Sweet, smokey, spicy and floral aromas and flavors displaying black cherry, plum and berry, purple flowers, graphite, dried underbrush, forest floor, and red minerals. Although the nose seems sweet the flavor profile is very dry. Chewy tannins and medium plus acidity. Needs decanting or more cellar time. Upside potential with additional cellaring.
Red
11/8/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
88 points
The cedar spice aromas and flavors from the oak are overshadowing and masking the cherries, berries, and plums. I was expecting more in the way of development and complexity.
White
11/8/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
2013 Ken Wright Chardonnay Celilo Vineyard
Red
11/7/2019 - wmccone54 Likes this wine:
92 points
More tamed and better integrated than it was five years ago. Developing complexity, showing medium plus aromas and flavors of crushed black raspberry and blueberries, licorice, garrigue, briary sagebrush, and herbal tea. Fruits and spice dominate but the secondary and tertiary notes are evolving. Structured with a strong finish. Hasn’t reached peak and should cellar for another 4-5 years. Very good, smooth, and enjoyable with food.
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White - Fortified
11/3/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
90 points
Very good, highly complex, and very balanced. Displays a clear, medium ruby color with some garnet at the edges. Notes of roasted nuts, chocolate, dried cherries, raspberry compote, cooked plum, dried earth, and a bit of funk. Made in an elegant, smooth, and approachable style. Worked well with pecan pie desert. The 17% alcohol was not an issue and there was still a faint vestige of structure. Very good, but I was expecting a bit more.
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Red
11/3/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
91 points
Enjoyed from magnum at a family dinner party with grilled ribeye steaks, grilled asparagus, garden salad and baked potato. Lots of evolution since I last enjoyed this six years ago: tannins are much softer and better integrated, dark fruits seem more mature, and the acidity is starting to fall off. Not as powerful as I remember, but certainly more elegant. Excellent wine but should be consumed within the next 12-18 months.
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White
11/3/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
88 points
I think the 2017 version was better, in that it seemed fresher, more mineral driven and interesting than this vintage. This showed more riper, richer tropical fruits and lacked the zippiness of the 2017 version.
White
11/3/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
90 points
Very similar to my experience back in July. Quite nice for a sunny fall day, balanced, mineral driven, crisp, and fresh.
Red
11/2/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
87 points
Decanted with lots of sediment in the neck of the bottle. Just seems to be disjointed or an attempt to meld Old World and New styles. Slightly extracted medium aromatics and flavors of black currant, black plum, iron ore, dark moist earth, ripe blackberry, dried cedar, and crushed cherry. Lacks focus. Might improve with additional cellaring, but rather disappointing right now given he vintage and Appellation.
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