Tasting Notes for nsellen

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Red
Quite serious sippin’ wine. Rich, packed with fruit and tar. Prunes and above all, pepper. This is one to dwell on as the waves wash over you.
Red
Developing into a good rioja. Still bags of fruit, fine but full tannins, good acidity and plenty of depth beyond the vanilla. Some graphite, aniseed and tobacco going on. Very good and bags of time in hand.
White
I kept this to see how it aged. Colour light gold but seems to be deepening. Nose is at the savoury end, animal and vegetable with a trace of honey/caramel. This seems to have evolved quite considerably. In the mouth the fruit, once precise now offers a more subordinate role to the richer apple and lemon sherbet melange. There’s also something a bit.. intimate about the profile. It has a trace of sweat, along with a very faint brassica note. It also has a lovely saline edge and a cleansing acidity. I don’t want to give the impression this is over the hill, it’s very much going and has lots of interest. I loved it and would sum it up as an evolved wine which held my interest, gave me pleasure and made me want more.
Red
3/2/2020 - nsellen wrote:
Deep ruby. Looks young. Nose medicinal and black fruit. Also a touch of cocoa. In the mouth this is fresh tasting, precise, blackcurrant and plum. Smoke, some herb, medium tannins (fine) and a cab franc-ish bite. Very clean, each mouthful ends with a zing from the acid. This is better than I’m describing it.
Rosé - Sparkling
2/14/2020 - nsellen Likes this wine:
92 points
Light salmon/copper colour. Brief mousse before the wine settled into a sustained fine perle. Chilled to around 12c. Nose, earthy, savoury notes with fresh red fruit, trace of the bakery. In the mouth we had good red fruit, strawberry, cherry. Seemed like a low sugar wine where the fruit was the star. Very well balanced acidity, some biscuit notes at the back. Still fresh and very, very easy to drink even though it gave me a lot to think about. Probably the best vintage rosé I’ve had.
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White
1/28/2020 - nsellen wrote:
flawed
Good colour, light gold. No discernible varietal characteristics. Intense sweetness, caramel. Nothing more. Oxidised or just OTH.
Red
1/20/2020 - nsellen Likes this wine:
90 points
This was a lovely surprise. Poured medium ruby with some browning. Nose of black fruit and medicine chest. Medium bodied, lithe, good black stone fruit, balanced acidity, some earthy and umami notes all in harmony for a very refreshing drink. My expectations of a dark, brooding, rustic fruit bomb were not met and this wine was all the better for that. Encore, I say. Encore.
Red
1/20/2020 - nsellen Does not like this wine:
84 points
Medium ruby with browning evident. Mute nose of, at best blackberry jam and tar. Medium bodied, fruit present in echoes only, alcohol sticks out making this 14.5%er seem overly spriritous. This does have some savoury development but overall, disappointingly thin, unbalanced and most damagingly, uninteresting. I’d say this was past it. Or shall I put it down to having been scalped by TCA? There’s certainly no trace on the nose but other reviews suggest far better experiences than this.
White - Sparkling
12/28/2019 - nsellen wrote:
flawed
Left this far too long. Still had fizz and medium sweetness but the wonderful grapiness had been replaced with a cloying caramel. Ugh. Lesson learned.
Red
1997 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
12/9/2019 - nsellen wrote:
92 points
From Mag, cork dry and crumbling. Great deal of sediment. Decanted 4 hours into two decanters. Initially bit whiffy and thin on the palate. After waking up this was pretty much pristine. Definitely tertiary but still masses of dark fruit, spice and earth and a good streak of acidity. On the lighter side of Musar but still plenty of time in hand. My chum said “It’s dead, Mate” and proceeded to make sure he had more than his share. He knows his wine.
Red
12/9/2019 - nsellen wrote:
90 points
Rich, spice, dark fruit. Fully resolved tannins, creamy. Unmistakeable. Delicious.
White
12/8/2019 - nsellen wrote:
Powerful. Cream, toast and peach. Long.
White - Off-dry
11/10/2019 - nsellen wrote:
94 points
I was lucky enough to have been offered a glass of this wine from a generous fellow student on our WSET3. Arriving without label but a cellar tag gave the details, confirmed on the cork, which was in reasonable condition. Deep gold and crystal clear. Nose of wet wool, petrol, honey, apricot, orange peel, blossom and tropical fruit, perhaps lychee and pineapple. In the mouth this was sweet, tropical fruit, peach and barley sugar. Following on came a marmalade tang and the honey. The acidity was perfectly in balance, giving a sense of purity and focus, cleansing each mouthful and highlighting the ripe fruit and tertiary flavours. This felt so light and yet complex and persistent. Finish was long. Sheer joy in a glass. I would have placed this at peak and with plenty in hand if stored well.
White - Sparkling
5/25/2019 - nsellen wrote:
93 points
Pristine, joyful, life-affirming wine. So pure, it was almost indecent, the haste with which we despatched it..
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White
5/25/2019 - nsellen wrote:
94 points
BYO at Galvin LC. Opened -45mins and quite reductive. Somm assured me it would blow off and he decanted immediately prior to serving. What a relief to get it into the glass with no brassica notes. This showed light/medium gold and carried with it honeyed, tropical notes along with green apple and greengage. In the mouth this had medium ++ weight a slightly viscous mouth feel and was redolent of a good apple crumble but with a good sharp blast of acidity to balance the sweetness. And then, blimey, where is that floral/tropical fruit note coming from? And caramel? Oh this is good. This wine grew and evolved throughout the evening, layered, complex, adult. Good acidity, well preserved fruit, unctious mouthfeel, secondary nut and honey notes and clean as a whistle. Extraordinary what a few years can do to these wines. I’ve rarely given a wine this score before but it deserves it.
Red
2003 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/25/2019 - nsellen wrote:
93 points
Opened -2 hrs and decanted prior to serving. This showed clear, medium density and just the mildest touch of bricking. Nose of savoury, herb and black fruit of medium intensity. In the mouth this was very a clean, well balanced wine, no heat, no greenness but pure mid weight black fruit supplemented by herb and fennel notes. At the back was a touch of aromatic wood, maybe unlit cigar. Tannins very fine and integrated with the wine. All kept in marvellous order by a necessary but unobtrusive acidity. I think i was expecting something a bit unbalanced, hot maybe but it was a very fine medium weight Wine with a long and pleasing finish. Wine evolved over 90 mins to become more savoury, less fruity. I think this was at or close to peak. A triumph.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Taittinger Prelude Champagne Grand Cru Champagne Blend (view label images)
12/8/2018 - nsellen wrote:
Light to mid gold. Mousse a little perfunctory. Nose of nut cracknell yeast and baked pastry. Looked and smelled a bit tired. In the mouth this still had plenty of zing to keep the rather apple crumble profile in line. This developed a touch of suavity as it pulled itself together. Yes, plenty of development, maybe a little whiff of sherry but also a rather confident frame of white fruit and citrus and a clean finish. I like Taittinger NV, can sort of see how this Prelude relates to the house style and approve of it. All that said, I’m unsure what the point of it is. I’ll probably rather keep the NV and save up for the Comtes from time to time.
White
12/1/2018 - nsellen Likes this wine:
90 points
Still young to the eye. Nose has a saline, citric edge with a bit of toastiness. In the mouth this is fresh, apple/citrus and focussed. Opening out with the vanilla adding some restrained creaminess. Good use of oak. Finish is a bit one dimensional and no trace of evolution. I like this, it’s clean, fresh and great with grilled Sole.
White
11/20/2018 - nsellen wrote:
Youthful appearance, honeyed fruit nose with just a suggestion of nut. In the mouth, lithe, poised. Fruit is present but not dominant, nor tropical, good acidity, maybe a smidge of vanilla and a clean line to a medium finish. Not much sign of age and plenty of balance to see this into old-ish age.

I’m trying not to rave too much about this but like its siblings this really could be a burg from a not bad address
White
11/17/2018 - nsellen Likes this wine:
92 points
This is astonishing. As per my last note but with just a touch of manzanilla on the nose and an extra honeyed dimension. Delicious. Sad to see this vintage pass from my cellar.
Red
2006 Domaine Maume Mazis-Chambertin Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
10/22/2018 - nsellen wrote:
95 points
Decanted 2 hours and drunk over following 2 hours. Clear, light coloured with minimal bricking. Nose of violet and rose, together with strawberry and something which reminded me of bubblegum. With more air the savoury elements of earth and meat stock came to the fore. In the mouth, sweet fruit, superfine tannins and a spine of medium acidity formed the initial structure. The secondary wave brought porcini stock, sous bois and meaty notes. This started medium intensity and fruity but as it developed the savoury elements came to the fore and the wine gained weight, complexity and intensity. This evolved throughout the evening. A delightful wine which I hope I caught at or near peak and which was a joy to savour. Better than the Maume 2006 Charmes and possibly the most enjoyable GC I’ve tasted.
Red
10/20/2018 - nsellen wrote:
Still holding up pretty well. Good structure and sufficient fruit. Slight trace of bandaid on day 2.
Red
10/11/2018 - nsellen wrote:
Still looking young. Nose of pond water initially, which blew off to provide wood, brassica and wet earth. In the mouth creamy entry with dark fruits, smoke, vanilla and a savoury element. Meaty, big, strong spine of acidity acting as a framework for a medium long finish. This has got ages left. Very nice wine.
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Red
Intensely dark, clear, no sign of age. Nose at the black fruit end, tarry, muddled. In the mouth this was brutal. An unprovoked assault on tongue and teeth. Tannin fine but intense, fruit profile was dark and jammy, a bit of burnt sugar, smoke, herb and tar. Acidity a bit prominent on the finish but not where it might have done some good, on entry. An absolute beast of a wine. Quite tiring and to my mind not worth the effort. Others may say it’s not ready yet but I really don’t think this has got any potential.
Red
9/21/2018 - nsellen wrote:
Poured clear and dark. Still little sign of aging. The nose showed some blood/iron tang followed by dark fruit. In the mouth this seemed a little more angular than previous bottles, the fruit less to the fore and acidity higher. There was less to like about this wine at this stage in its development. On day 2 the nose was dominated by pond water and the fruit a bit lacking. I begsn to wonder if this bottle was off in some way. Either scalped or oit of condition. Maybe it’s just closed at the moment? Day 3, last glass, delicious; balanced, subtle yet complex flavours, pepper, black fruits and stewed rhubarb. What a journey.
Red
2006 Domaine Maume Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
7/3/2018 - nsellen wrote:
91 points
Clear, browning edge. Heady aromas. Savoury, rose, strawberries, earth, forest air and a tiny touch of manure. In the mouth, still has good pinot fruit, medium acidity and fine/medium tannins. More rustic in the mouth than the nose suggests. This is one to sniff, swirl, sniff again and drink with food.
Red
5/27/2018 - nsellen Does not like this wine:
75 points
Cork in good condition. Red tea colour makes this look very well developed. On the nose black olive, treacle, tea, clove and curry leaf. Quite appealing aroma all in all. In the mouth this started with some echoes of fruit memories but quickly settled into savoury, tertiary flavours. The absence of fruit left a space for the cold tea, spices, balsamic notes to do their thing, which they did; bitterly and without charm. I desperately wanted to like this, to say gosh, yeah, aging brunello is where it’s at.... But to be frank, I felt like I was way too late with this one. Perhaps if I’d just kept this bottle another 10 years it would have turned into an ethereally beautiful experience but based on this, it’s dead already.
White - Off-dry
3/18/2018 - nsellen wrote:
91 points
Pale gold. Nose of honey and kerosene. Mouth is creamy, tropical fruit, honey, some spice notes. Rich but not tiring because the zip of acidity keeps the RS in balance. This is not profound but very easy to like.
Red
2/7/2018 - nsellen wrote:
Surprised to find one of these in the rack and decided it had to be finished off. This is still dark garnet to light ruby. Nose of ripe black fruit and spice. I noticed that a lot of sediment has adhered to the side of the bottle so was expecting the tannins to have softened completely and so it proved. In the mouth this was still fruit led, alcohol now not standing out and there was just enough acidity to provide a pleasing structure. Not overwhelming or jammy this had good balance and was a pleasure to drink. Took its time getting there but this is in a good place.
Red
1/17/2018 - nsellen Likes this wine:
93 points
Cork crumbled but came out successfully. Brown-red. Clear with some solid sediment. Nose extremely promising, cold tea, spice, red fruit (cherry) and an earthiness I associate with red burgundy of some age. In the mouth this showed plenty of sweet red fruit, earthy/porcini notes (in a good way) a slight pithy or black tea bitterness and a floral perfume on the exhale. This was in tremendous shape for its age and size (375ml). I found it quite substantial enough for roast lamb and had a medium weight, medium acidity, and a good finish. That aside, I was quite beguiled by its complex mid palate and aroma on exhale. Splendid, historic.
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Red
2013 Stéphane Ogier Syrah La Rosine Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes (view label images)
1/17/2018 - nsellen wrote:
Bright, light but full of peppery black fruit flavour. The syrah characteristics are all there in a medium bodied package. Good.
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Red
1/17/2018 - nsellen wrote:
This is at last giving pleasure. Still youthful appearance, nose of tea, black fruits and wood. In the mouth this has a good balance between black fruit and secondary character. The tannins, once so prominent ae now tamed and a welcome structural frame for the sweet fruit and the cab secondaries. A pleasure to drink
Red
1/16/2018 - nsellen wrote:
No sign of maturity in colour. This is a simple, cherry tart, leafy wine with some spice and smoke. Finishes clean and short. Great with pizza although that’s not a very high bar. I think we enjoyed our time together but if I’d paid current prices for it, i’d be much more critical.
Red
1/15/2018 - nsellen wrote:
There’s been some development since my last bt. This wine is starting to brown at the edge and the nose is a mix of savoury and red fruit notes. In the mouth it’s still assertive, proud and earthy but there’s been a softening of the profile, some perfume/floral notes mixed within the vegetal/savoury base. I really liked the earlier bottle and love the effects of a bit more age. I wonder where this wine will end up?
Red
1/14/2018 - nsellen wrote:
Dark. Cab dominant nose. In the mouth this had firm tannins and a rough mouthfeel. Fruit felt a bit soupy, good acidity. Huge amount of sediment. Not really my thing.
Red
1/10/2018 - nsellen Likes this wine:
89 points
Looks clear and mid garnet. Nose of mature bdx, leaf, black currant and smoke. Mouth is medium plus intensity, clean from the acid spine, well fruited and secondary notes. Very SA. Very good.
White
12/11/2017 - nsellen Likes this wine:
92 points
Light gold. Delicious nose of peach, pineapple and (?) lemon. In the mouth a whoosh of pure citrus fruit, then apple and honey all kept in check by a cleansing acidity before the resolution of a slightly nutty, spicy apple crumble finish. Rich but not fat and quite long. Delicious
Red
2005 Bodega O. Fournier Alfa Crux Blend Valle de Uco Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
Ruby, young. Nose cherries, smoke, vanilla, spice. In the mouth this is recognisably tempranillo on the red fruit spectrum and plenty of rioja qualities. What sets it apart is the impact of the Cab Sauv. This really fills out the background and the blackberry and pencil case notes works really well. This is a big wine, to be sipped. Food is essential but this is one of the most interesting reds I’ve had in ages.
Red
9/26/2017 - nsellen Likes this wine:
91 points
Becoming darker and more concentrated. Meaty, fruity, complex. Good acidity to prevent flab and tastes lighter on its feet than the mouthfeel. No sense it's over the hill yet. Delicious
Red
2001 Henschke Cyril Henschke Eden Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/26/2017 - nsellen Likes this wine:
90 points
My first experience of this wine. Appearance still dark and youthful. Thick. Nose a little indistinct, I'd hazard dark fruits, some plum, rich cassis, chocolate. In the mouth I'm into the Rhone here, syrah, maybe a bit CNdP-ish. Very well fruited although indistinct. Tannins are fine but still very much in evidence. Nothing whatsoever to remind me of a bordeaux blend. Perhaps I'd liken it somewhat to a Cheval des Andes in its rich, fruity, smooth (that word again) profile. But hang on, here come some blackcurrant notes and a touch of pencil case- but only a touch. No danger of this attenuating any time soon but I suspect it's becoming a bit imprecise. Whatever, I'm quibbling because I've looked on the back of the label and am expecting a Bordeaux. On its own merits I have to say it's an extremely nice bottle of wine, warm, fruitful, comforting, unchallenging but definitely repaying time spent with it.
White
9/20/2017 - nsellen Likes this wine:
86 points
Pretty simple but pretty pleasing wine. None of the intensity of even a Kabinett but for a quaffer this is just right. Id put it at about 2.75 on the sweetness scale, short finish but clean and refreshing. i like it.
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Red
Last bt. Light colour with just a hint of browning. Mute nose. Served too cold. First impression was of light, sweet fruit. Delicate but persistent. As this warmed up it rounded out with raspberry, a creamy mid palate and a touch of strawberry on the end. It added weight over the evening and was developing a tail of some secondary notes. Very little acidity but the purity of the fruit prevented flabbiness. Eaten with, of course, pizza. Such a lovely (little) wine.
White
8/22/2017 - nsellen Likes this wine:
88 points
Like a Vouvray although with controlled acidity, some more floral notes and more pronounced bouquet and a bit of weight to the finish. New variety for us so no expectations.
This was better day 2 and a grower.
White
8/18/2017 - nsellen wrote:
Very good, clean viognier. At the lighter end without too much perfume. Disappeared with indecent haste.
White
8/18/2017 - nsellen wrote:
90 points
Light gold. Nose of blossom, honey and a touch of butterscotch.seems to be showing some development. In the mouth this is a mid-weight gewürz without blowsiness but with a sense of age, expressed by a touch of glycerol. Absolutely delightful.
Red
4/12/2017 - nsellen wrote:
Full of sweet, ripe fruit. Plummy, rich, rounded. Not enough acidity to straighten this up. An undemanding drink with few points of interest. Perhaps in time secondaries will transform this.
Red
4/7/2017 - nsellen wrote:
Dark and clear. ripe rich fruity and yes, modern but recognisably Rioja. I feel like this had little finesse or evolution and could go on to make older bones. It stood up well on day 2 but the final glass on D3 was soupy and imprecise. Having established that I like my Rioja classic and attenuated by age, I have to say this was good in a Baron De Ley Reserva 2010 or CUNE reserva 2012 kind of way. Both wines far cheaper than this. Have I done it a disservice drinking too soon?
White - Sparkling
4/5/2017 - nsellen wrote:
As previous bottles. This is both an exuberant celebration and a serious wine. Joy
White - Off-dry
3/20/2017 - nsellen wrote:
89 points
Rich straw colour with a viscous character. The Gewürztraminer character immediately apparent on the nose. The floral leading note was quite heady and noticeable some way from the glass. Behind it came the mango and "tropical" fruit salad. In the mouth this was unctuous, sweeter than medium and again strongly floral/blossom led. Too overpowering for Mrs S who asked for a back up wine. To me, this was a real treat, always leaving me with a hankering for another sip. Flavour profile was long and but not very complex. At 13%, this caused me some problems the next morning. Still drinking well as an aperitif over the next three days. Not enough experience of wines of this nature to offer any views on quality or age but I'm happy to have had the experience. That said, I
probably won't seek any more. Now wondering what the Pinot Gris will offer.
Red
1999 Château Clerc Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/17/2017 - nsellen wrote:
92 points
Savoury. Plenty of secondary characteristics in a mid-weight package. Fruit and vegetal notes, wood and a burnt treacle bitterness all combine with fine tannins and a lick of acid. This is absolutely in my sweet spot for claret. Can't see any upside to keeping any longer. Restores my faith in the value of Bdx.
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