Tasting Notes for fclarity

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Red
10/23/2021 - fclarity wrote:
96 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a red center and tawny rims. The medium+ intensity nose offered up minerals, brown sugar, cherries, tan spices, and roses.

In the mouth, this wine was rich and ripe with good acidity and rounded tannin. It had great nuance and excellent length.

My view is that this wine is at its peak and will not get better from here. It is quite a lovely peak that will last for at least a decade.
Red
10/23/2021 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
From an excellent looking bottle, this wine had a red center and tawny rims. The medium intensity nose showed roses, raisins, tar, brown spices, and some menthol.

In the mouth, this was ripe with great balance, light tannin, firm acidity, and great length. After several hours the tannin became rounded and moderate.

This bottle is going strong and just coming into the zone. It should last 2 decades and may even get a touch better.
White - Sparkling
10/23/2021 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
Deep yellow, light mouse with small bubbles. Pear, cider, apple, and some vanilla.

In the mouth, the above flavors were joined by white stone. It firmed up nicely to show very good length and acidity.

This is at its peak for my taste. Enjoy!
White
1990 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
10/23/2021 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
From a god looking bottle with a 2.5 cm fill, this wine had a deep yellow center and clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose demonstrated creme brûlée, lemon, lime, and white stone.

In the mouth, this wine was extremely balanced great richness, strong integrated acidity, and huge stony length.

This took 4+ hours of air to open up. It was certainly at its peak but will last years. Outstanding!
Red
2013 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/23/2021 - fclarity wrote:
92 points
From a good looking 375, this wine had a red/purple center with red rims. The medium+ intensity nose put forth black currents, minerals, plum, and some high toned notes.

In the mouth, this wine was rich and ripe with notable rounded tannin and firm acidity. It had the raw, primary element of a very young wine mixed with a lot of emerging complexity.

This wine seemed to have a lot going for it other than it would need at least 20 years in the cellar to come around. It will almost certainly gain a couple points with time.

The main issue I had was that after hours 5-6 of air I really started tasting a slight excess of alcohol. This raises concerns about future balance based on this one data point. This is a very good wine with a lot of complexity. However, will it be good enough to justify the price being asked or the expectations of the critics that rated it 100?
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Red
10/23/2021 - fclarity wrote:
92 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep red center and orangish rims. The medium intensity nose put forth plum, anise, rhubarb, and some tan spices. It showed a bit of reduction at first.

In the mouth, this wine was rich and very ripe with rounded tannin, firm acidity, and good length.

This wine appeared to be from old vines. It had that slightly over-ripe, intense quality of old vines along with lots of dark fruit. This is a good wine but I don’t think it will be getting much better.

Drink over the next 10-15 years.
White
1986 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
10/22/2021 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
Another great looking bottle tasted blind, this wine was excellent and going strong. It was balanced, stony, and long. Top notch!
Rosé - Sparkling
10/22/2021 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
Tasted blind, this bottle started off slowly as it was a bit short on substance acidity and length. It was gone after 2 hours but it improved the entire time. This suggests it needs a lot more air or more time in the cellar. Still quite enjoyable toward the end.
Red
10/17/2021 - fclarity wrote:
Another lovely bottle. Top end 93
White - Sparkling
10/17/2021 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
This wine had a yellow center and clear rims. The effervescence was light but quite persistent.

This was a bit heavy with light acidity at first. Otherwise, the flavors and weight were lovely. After about an hour after being opened this wine grew in its acidity and stoney length. However, this bottle did not threaten elite levels.

I imagine this will be better with time but I don't think it will ever be fantastic.
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Red
10/16/2021 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep red center and red/orange rims. The medium intensity nose offered up blueberry, plum, coffee, minerals, menthol, and a leesy note.

In the mouth, this wine was medium bodied with light tannin at first. It developed with air to add weight and tannic punch. It had crisp acidity and very good length.

This bottle was clearly at its peak if not slightly past. Drink up!
Red
10/16/2021 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep purple center with a touch of red at the rims. It looked like a 5-10 year old wine! The medium intensity nose generated blackberry, wax, mineral, menthol, and some leesy notes.

In the mouth, this wine was ripe and rich and yet light on its feet. It displayed rounded tannin, firm acidity, and excellent length. It was ripe enough that it had a "jammy" texture but it did not come off as heavy.

This bottle still seemed quite young and would have showed exciting potential. However, the leesy note in the nose was troubling as this suggested a wine-making flaw that will probably not dissipate. Thus, I don't see upside here based on just this one bottle.
Red
10/16/2021 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a red center and tan/orange rims. The medium intensity nose showed red berries, Provencal herbs, spices, and minerals.

In the mouth, this wine was rich and ripe with light tannin and a silky mouthfeel. It had great balance and length.

This bottle was going strong and will last another decade or even two. Enjoy!
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Red
10/16/2021 - fclarity wrote:
flawed
Corked

It appeared to have a gorgeous mouth-feel. Too bad.
Red
1982 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/16/2021 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep red center and oranging rims. The medium+ intensity nose generated coffee, blackberry, plum, mocha, and clay soil notes.

In the mouth, this wine was medium bodied with light, rounded tannin, good acidity and very good length. It had a silky texture and wonderful integration.

The merlot fruit and clay soil elements made it clear this was a right bank wine. It appears to have a point or two of upside with 5-10 years in the cellar.
Red
10/16/2021 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
From an excellent looking bottle (pictured), this wine had a deep red center and tan rims. The medium+ intensity nose put forth coco, whiskey barrel, cherry, and red soil notes.

In the mouth, this wine was medium bodied with light rounded tannin, nice richness, and lovely integration. It showed a lot of complexity and very good length. The fruit was clearly quite ripe when picked.

While this wine had a lot going for it, it had a bit of a funky element to the fruit (whiskey barrel/cellar notes) that dragged it down a bit. This bottle was obviously stored perfectly so drinking ASAP is recommended.
Red
10/16/2021 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep red center and light orange rims. The medium+ intensity nose offered up blackberry, tan spice, mineral, and plum notes.

In the mouth, this wine was ripe with light rounded tannin, decent acidity, and very good length.

This wine would have needed a bit more mid-palate complexity to reach elite levels. However, it was an enjoyable, fully mature drink.
White
2002 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
10/15/2021 - fclarity wrote:
96 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a medium yellow center and clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose was a bit restrained and showed an excess of oak at first. Fortunately, the oak integrated with extended air and it ended up displaying pear, vanilla, lime, and white stone notes.

In the mouth, this wine was rich and ripe with great integration and balance. It had firm, fine grained acidity, a silky texture, and fantastic length.

While this bottle was still a bit too young, it was certainly a treat to consume. This wine certainly showed the potential for a couple points of upside with 5-10 more years in the cellar. Obviously, it will last well beyond that if not poxed.
White
1983 Louis Latour Montrachet Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
10/15/2021 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a medium gold center and clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose showed light butterscotch, creme brulee, lemon, vanilla, and minerals.

In the mouth, this wine was pretty strong in the beginning, went down hill and tasted somewhat oxidized, and then came back and was pretty strong again! It was medium bodied with good acidity and length.

While this bottle was a bit past its prime it had its moments and was rated for the best of those moments (low of 89 and high of 93).
White
1990 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières-Coulée de Serrant Chenin Blanc (view label images)
10/15/2021 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
From an excellent looking bottle, this wine had a deep yellow center and clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose generated apricot, apple, honey, and mineral notes.

In the mouth, this wine was quite ripe with crisp acidity and very good length. Several blind tasters guessed Burgundy. However, while the texture is somewhat like a white Burg, the flavor profile is not.

Amazingly, this took a couple hours to open up. While it would need a bit more complexity on the mid-palate to be elite, it was a special and enjoyable wine.
White - Off-dry
10/10/2021 - fclarity wrote:
92 points
Similar to last time but with a bit more weight and somewhat less acidity. This was more like an Auslese. However, it all still netted out to about the same score
White
1992 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
10/2/2021 - fclarity wrote:
97 points
From an excellent looking bottle with a 3 cm fill, this wine had a deep yellow center and clear rims. The high- intensity nose offered up pear, vanilla, citrus, and white stone.

In the mouth, this wine was explosive from the start. It was very rich and ripe but had huge acidity and length. I love the intensity and weighty balance of this wine.

If you want a dramatic White Burg, it is hard to beat this bottling when well stored. It should last that this level for 5-10 years but I see no reason to wait.
White - Sweet/Dessert
10/2/2021 - fclarity wrote:
96 points
From a great looking bottle, this wine had a deep tan center and yellow rims. The high intensity nose blasted out caramel, sauteed cognac, honey, lemon, and raisin scents.

In the mouth, this wine was as thick as motor oil. It was rich and ripe with great acidity and very good length.

This is great fun for the end of a dinner party! It will last an eternity in the cellar.
White - Sweet/Dessert
10/2/2021 - fclarity wrote:
98 points
From a perfect .375, this wine had a tan center and yellow rims. The high- intensity nose exhibited honey, blood orange, lemons, fig, and mineral notes.

In the mouth, this was super ripe with dramatic fruit, huge weight, beautifully integrated acidity, and fantastic length.

If you don't like this, your hedonist credential should come under scrutiny!
Red
10/2/2021 - fclarity wrote:
96 points
From a lovely looking bottle with a bottom neck fill, this wine had a red/purple center with light red rims and just a touch of orange. The medium+ intensity nose was riveting with its black cherry, orange vanilla, fig, plum, and mineral notes.

This wine was nice from the start but it took 6+ hours in a decanter for it to show what it could really do. It was rich and ripe in the mouth with incredible balance and great length. This wine was extremely seductive and yet young and powerful.

Given that the 59 and 61 need 4-5 hours to show their best, it was not surprising that this wine needed 8-10 hours of air. There was clearly an impressive future here. I would bet there will be a couple points of upside in 10-20 years.
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Red
10/2/2021 - fclarity wrote:
98 points
From a nice looking bottle with a HS fill, this wine had a red/purple center with orange/tawny just at the rim. The nose was dramatic at first, muted down a bit for a couple hours, and then came back on strong. It eventually showed black cherries, walnuts, allspice, minerals, and plums.

In the mouth, this wine was rich and ripe with great weight, crisp acidity, rounded tannin, and incredible length. Not surprisingly, it got better and better with air.

This is a top tier wine that can take on the 61 when in great condition.
Red
10/2/2021 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
From a nice looking bottle with a MTHS fill (see photo), this wine had a red center and tawny/clear rims. The medium intensity nose was dusty and musty at first. After an hour or so it showed sauteed black cherries, plums, raisins, cigar box, minerals and some brown sugar.

In the mouth, this wine was pretty refined and quiet at first. After the first hour, it was lean and refined with notable rounded tannin, firm acidity, and fantastic length. It hit another gear and was gorgeously balanced after 4 hours of air.

While obviously ready to drink, this was a classic example of the firm '28 vintage.
White - Off-dry
10/2/2021 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
From an outstanding looking bottle, this wine had a deep gold color and yellow/clear rims. The high intensity nose generated pear, apple, lime, croissant, and Cuban cigar notes.

In the mouth, this wine was medium bodied with some richness and soft, integrated acidity. While not particularly intense, this had great minerality in the long finish.

This bottle was certainly ready to roll.
White
10/2/2021 - fclarity wrote:
97 points
From a lovely looking bottle, this wine had a medium gold center and clear rims. The wine had an unfiltered look to it. The high- intensity nose was classic green apples, toasted hazelnuts, minerals, citrus, and some pear.

In the mouth, this wine was very rich and ripe but not in the least ponderous because of the fine grained, fully integrated acidity. The length weas stupendous. The toasted oak notes were a bit strong but I ended up enjoying them as they matched the wine's overall intensity.

While ready, this will last another decade if well stored.
White
10/2/2021 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
From an excellent looking bottle, this wine had a deep yellow center and clear rims. The nose was uncharacteristically low intensity at first. It gain a bit of volume with 5 hours of air and displayed light citrus, honey, and white stone.

In the mouth, this was lean and crisp with good weight, acidity, and length. It certainly gained weight and intensity with 6+ hours of air.

I am not sure why this bottle was somewhat muted. Was it the tiniest bit corked? If so it was so little I can't really say it was flawed. This was not a great bottle of this wine which can be stunning.

This wine seemed lean and underwhelming at first.
White
9/26/2021 - fclarity wrote:
91 points
From a flawless bottle purchased on release, I had high hopes for this wine as the color looked solid prior to opening. However, as I poured it in my glass, I noticed the gold center and clear rims. That was clearly more advanced looking than it should have been.

The nose and flavors were pretty solid at first. The medium+ intensity nose put forth lemon, apple, minerals, and toasty oak notes. However, the mouth quickly showed some flat/fat oxidative flavors behind those noted above.

Oddly enough, as this aired for several hours it freshened up and became less oxidative. The acidity was strong and the wine had very good length. This bottle was not substantially premoxed but it was not unaffected either.

This wine wasn't bad enough off to call it "flawed" but it wasn't quite right either. I believe the lesson here is even if your bottle looks good, you should probably be looking for excuses to pull the corks.
White - Sparkling
9/17/2021 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
Tasted again. This bottle performed exactly like my last bottle. Please see that note. Enjoy!
Red
9/13/2021 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
I had this bottle open for some 5+ hours and it very much resembled my last bottle. It was quite a solid showing and, after 3+ hours of air, was pushing the 94 point barrier.

A lovely bottle that will last at this level for at least 5 years.
Red
1990 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/11/2021 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
From an outstanding looking bottle purchased on release, this wine had a red/purple center with oranging rims. The medium+ intensity nose generated plum, blackberry, and mineral notes with a hint of sage and tobacco.

This was attractive when first opened but was at its best after 5+ hours in a decanter. It was ripe and rich but with gorgeously rounded tannin, solid acidity, and very good length.

This wine appears to be part of the way through its drinking window. Additional improvement would only be likely if you like your wines with more mature flavors. However, it should easily last at this level for 10-20 years. An excellent Merlot/Cab Franc experience!
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White - Sweet/Dessert
9/5/2021 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
Wow, this bottle was on fire. It had great fruit, lovely minerals, firm integrated acidity, and a monsterous finish. While certainly drinking, it will continue to evolve over the next 10 years. Too bad that was my last bottle....
Red
9/5/2021 - fclarity wrote:
flawed
Tasted blind, I was told this wine had a mid-shoulder fill. While is was not undrinkable, it was clear that it was not what it should be either. There was some high-toned VA and some oxidized flavors the compromised what otherwise might have been attractive characteristics. Thus, I will not rate this wine other than to say it can fantastic.
Red
9/5/2021 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
From a lovely looking bottle (pictured) with a bottom neck fill, this wine had light red/orange rims and a red center. The nose was low intensity at first but grew to medium intensity with notes of rhubarb, roses, tobacco, roasted meat, and some tar.

In the mouth, this wine was very light and rounded at first. several experienced tasters thought it was a Burgundy. However, as it aired the light rounded tannin became more and more firm and integrated.

This was a stunningly beautiful bottle that was best after 5 hours in a decanter. Top notch!
White - Sparkling
9/5/2021 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
Wow, this is good stuff right from the start but clearly even better with an hour or two of air. While drinking now, this might even get better. This bottling has been extremely consistent, so please see my prior notes for more information. Impressive!
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Rosé - Sparkling
8/30/2021 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
As an add on to my prior notes, this bottle had no hint of oxidation. It was juicy and firm but did not have a ton of depth/complexity. This bottle had the potential to get more interesting with time but I am not sure I would risk it.
White - Sparkling
8/14/2021 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
This bottle started of in the 90 point range with a bit of reduction. Even after 1.5 hours it never developed the energy and power of the other bottles. Much better at the end but not top notch.

This bottle was a drink ASAP bottle.
White
8/14/2021 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
From a bottle purchased on release, this wine had a gold center and clear rims. The nose was pretty mellow at first but after a few hours it showed pear, citrus, white stone, and some custard notes.

In the mouth, this wine was rich but did not show much flavor at first. After a few hours it really broadened out to display its crisp integrated acidity and stony finish.

This was a lovely wine that is pretty much at the peak of its charms. Enjoy over the next 5 years.
Red
8/7/2021 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
This wine had a deep red center and puce rims. The medium+ intensity nose offered up rhubarb, plum, sandalwood, and some minerals. It had more than a passing resemblance to a Dujac Pinot.

In the mouth, this wine was light bodied with very light tannin. It was a bit thin at first but firmed up to show solid acidity and very good length.

This wine developed nicely in the glass. While it lacked Burgundian complexity. It was a lovely drinker after 3+ hours in a decanter.
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White - Sparkling
8/6/2021 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
Another bottle that was very consistent with my prior experience. Quite enjoyable!
White - Sweet/Dessert
8/1/2021 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a medium gold center with yellow/clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose was very sauvignon oriented with its apricots, vanilla waffers, pears, citrus and minerals.

In the mouth, this was very rich and ripe with firm acidity and great length.

While this did not have the complexity of a great Barsac/Sauternes, it was very nice. I wonder how long it was open? Bottle variation?
Red
8/1/2021 - fclarity wrote:
96 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep red center with light orange rims. It high- intensity nose blasted figs, violets, smoked meat, and minerals from the glass.

In the mouth, this wine was fully ripe with firm rounded tannin, solid acidity, and great length. yet at the same time it was not heavy in any way.

This wine clearly benefited (like so many nebbiolo wines do) from a 7 hour decant. An impressive showing for a wine that can be variable.
Red
8/1/2021 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep red center and orange rims. The high- intensity nose showed anise, minerals, plums, and black cherries. Later on it added some mocha.

In the mouth, this wine was rich and ripe with great acidity and length. It had rounded tannin as well.

While I doubt this wine will improve, it will certainly last at this level for many years.
Red
1990 Domaine Ponsot Latricières-Chambertin Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
8/1/2021 - fclarity wrote:
97 points
This was a double blind horizontal tasting by Mike, across four bottlings. This wine had a deep red/purple center and red/orange rims. The medium+ intensity nose emanated cherry vanilla, black spices, minerals, plums, and anise.

This wine was once again very rich and ripe in the mouth but still gorgeously integrated with firm acidity, and rounded tannin. It had outstanding length.

Again, I would be very surprised, given the intensity of this wine, if it did not come from old vines. It was spectacular and will keep going strong for 10+ years.
Red
1990 Domaine Ponsot Griotte-Chambertin Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
8/1/2021 - fclarity wrote:
97 points
This was a double blind horizontal tasting by Mike, across four bottlings. This wine had a deep red/purple center with red/orange rims. The medium+ intensity nose offered up cherries, cola, minerals, and some plum.

In the mouth, while beautifully balanced, this was a rich, thick wine with firm acidity, rounded tannin, and great length. While the Griotte bottling list not listed as V.V., I would be shocked if it was not from old vines given the intensity of thewine.

I don't know why previous tasters did not see the majesty in this wine. Maybe those bottles did not receive enough air? Possible bottle variation? All I can say was that this bottle was stunning.
Red
8/1/2021 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
This was a double blind horizontal tasting by Mike, across four bottlings. This wine had a deep red/purple center with red/orange rims. The low intensity nose put forth plum, cherries, and some spices.

In the mouth, this wine had great richness, rounded tannin, solid acidity, and great length. It was clearly old vines material.

There did not seem to be any obvious problem that was causing the nose to be relatively mute. While this was impressive juice, this certainly held back the score.
Red
8/1/2021 - fclarity wrote:
96 points
This was a double blind horizontal tasting by Mike, across four bottlings. This wine had a deep red center with puce/orange rims. It was actually slightly lighter at the rim than other bottlings. The medium+ intensity nose was comprised of cherry cola, plum, brown spice, and mineral notes.

In the mouth, this wine was balanced with great weight, acidity, and length. It also sported attractively rounded tannin. It showed lovely fruit as well as mineral intensity.

While this wine will last at this level for 10 years or so, I don't see any reason to wait.
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