Tasting Notes for fclarity

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Red
2/22/2020 - fclarity wrote:
92 points
This wine had a deep red center and very light red rims. The medium intensity nose generated rhubarb, sour cherry, tan spices, and some mineral notes.

This wine was a bit disjointed when first poured with some prickly acidity. After 8 hours of decanting, the wine was rich and ripe with a nice texture and substantial (for a pinot) rounded tannin. It had good length.

This is a nice little pinot that is still a few years away from its ideal drinking zone. I don't think it is going to get a lot better but age could release some additional complexity.
Red
2/19/2020 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a purple/red center and redish rims. The medium+ intensity nose displayed cherries, plums, cola, some minerals, and a hint of VA.

In the mouth, this wine was rich and ripe with zingy acidity, rounded tannin, good acidity, and tons of fruit. This wine looked and tasted like a powerful, rich, and somewhat rustic young Burgundy. The tannins were light and buried in the fruit.

Based on this bottle, this wine was just coming into its drinking zone. It was impressive and has the chance to pick up a point or two if additional complexity develops with time.
Red
1961 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/18/2020 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep red/purple center orange/clear rims. The medium+ intensity noce emanated black cherries, black spices, violets, and minerals.

In the mouth, this wine was refined with light tannin, beautiful integration, solid acidity, and very good length.

This bottle was in great shape and showing quite well in a refined style. I have had this wine numerous times and it has shown noteworthy bottle variation. However, when you get a good one it can be excellent in a refined, well integrated way.
Red
2/18/2020 - fclarity wrote:
98 points
Tasted blind again, this was the last (and best) magnum from a 3 magnum lot. It had a red/purple center with red/tawny rims. The medium+ intensity nose offered up cherries, lavender, roasted meat, dark chocolate, and loamy soil.

In the mouth, this wine was refined and ripe with lovely integrated acidity and light, rounded tannin. It had great length and flavor persistence despite being refined.

Wow, this was killer. Based on my experience, and those of others, I would say this vintage has significant bottle variation. However, if you come across one of the good bottles, it can be extraordinary!
Red
2/17/2020 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep red center and light tawny rims. The medium intensity nose showed cola, anise, black cherries, and violets.

In the mouth, this wine was ripe with lovely richness, fine tannin, and good acidity. Was the texture slightly less integrated than the best?

While this in more high end Premier Cru quality than Grand Cru quality, it is a very enjoyable bottle that is in the middle of its drinking window.
Red
2/16/2020 - fclarity wrote:
96 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep red center and red/tawny rims. The medium+ intensity nose emanated black cherries, minerals, cola, and some rhubarb.

In the mouth, this wine was rich and ripe with good acidity and rounded tannin. As the wine aired the well integrated structure emerged from under the rich young fruit.

This was very impressive and probably drinking at a 95 point level right now with extended aeration. The underlying complexity will need time to emerge. However, this wine is pretty much a no brainer to pick up a couple points with time, I will give it a 96 for now.
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White
1996 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
2/16/2020 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep yellow center and clear rims. The medium intensity nose put forth marzipan, pear, apple, and minerals.

In the mouth, this wine (from magnum) was ripe a d rich and yet still refined at the same time. The acidity was solid but buried deep in the fruit. It certainly improved with air.

This bottle seemed quite young. Assuming your bottle is not poxed, I would give it 5-10 years in the cellar. At that time, my score could improve.
White - Sparkling
2/16/2020 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
This wine had a nice light color and an attractive mousse. It showed good minerality and length. While not stunning, it was very nice.
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Rosé - Sparkling
2/16/2020 - fclarity wrote:
92 points
This wine had a nice mousse and some attractive subtle complexity. However, I found it to be a bit lighter and less mineral oriented that I was hoping for. Does it need more air or cellar time?
White - Sweet/Dessert
2/15/2020 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
From a virtually perfect bottle, this wine had a deep gold center and clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose generated dried apricot, marzipan, pear tart, mineral, and some butterscotch notes.

In the mouth, this wine was rich and ripe but back by lovely well integrated acidity. The long finish had a stoney quality was very impressive.

I feel confident that this wine is at, or slightly past, its zenith. Enjoy!
Red
2/15/2020 - fclarity wrote:
96 points
From a nice looking bottle with a bottom neck fill, this wine had a light tawny/red center with clear rims. The medium intensity nose showed black cherries, brown sugar, roses, and minerals.

In the mouth, this wine was silky smooth with noteworthy but well integrated tannins. It had crisp acidity and a long finish.

While the texture of this wine is like a middle-aged Burgundy, there was no mistaking the Nebbiolo nature of this wine. This is the way Barolo was meant to be. Awesome!
White
2/15/2020 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
After 5+ hours of air, the medium intensity nose put forth pear, lemon custard, minerals, and a touch of honey.

In the mouth, this wine was ripe and round with firm acids and good length. The lemony notes increased with air. While it doesn't have the minerality of a Grand Cru, it is an impressive CA chard.

While this is drinking, it might get a touch better. Only time will tell given the lack of a track record here.
White
1999 Etienne Sauzet Montrachet Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
2/8/2020 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
From a virtually perfect bottle, this wine had a yellow center and clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose offered up quince, lemons, almond paste, and white stone.

In the mouth, this wine was ripe but with strong, integrated acidity. The texture of this wine was exquisite. This bottle came across as clearly too young but it developed nicely with 5+ hours in a decanter.

This bottle didn't taste like either of the other two I had. They were all very good. This bottle would have improved for at least 10 years and may have even picked up some points as it gained complexity.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2/8/2020 - fclarity wrote:
90 points
This wine had a deep yellow center and clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose put forth dried peach, pears, lemon zest, and some minerals.

In the mouth, this wine was rich and ripe with beerenauslese weight. However, it had sneaky fine grained acidity underneath all that fruit. The length was excellent at first. Oddly, it seemed to lose a little vigour with air.

I agree with other tasters that there was a lot of Botrytis in this wine. It was so ripe that it was a touch monotoned. I was thinking that the acidity would become a bit stronger with extended air but even after 6+ hours there was no noticeable improvement.

This was a little disappointing versus my expectations.
Red
2/1/2020 - fclarity wrote:
91 points
Please see my other note as the visual and olfactory elements of this wine were identical to that bottle.

In the mouth, this wine had an intense core of fruit that was attractive and supported by form acidity. I did not tastes any excess alcohol this time.

However, i would say this wine doesn't seem to show a lot of terroir. It is more fruit driven with attractive acidity. It is pretty nice to drink now but it is anyones guess where it goes from here.
White - Off-dry
2/1/2020 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
From a perfect looking bottle, this wine had a very deep yellow center and clear rims. The medium intensity nose generated kiwi, lemon, petroleum jelly, and mineral notes.

In the mouth, this wine was attractive and crisp but with a bit of a hole in it for the first couple hours. After 5+ hours of decanter time, this wine was lovely with great integration and stoney length.

While this may have been close to Auslese weight the crisp acidity made it seem more like a Spatlese. An attractive wine that is in the early part of its drinking zone (with adequate air). Enjoy!
White
1989 Faiveley Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
1/25/2020 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
From a literary perfect bottle, this wine had a light gold center and clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose showed lemons, egg custard, white stone, and some toasty oak.

In the mouth, this was crisp with nice richness and great length.

This was a nice wine that had just a touch too much oak got my taste. If you like toast, you might score this a point or two higher.
Red
1/18/2020 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
This wine had a red center and oranging rims. The lovely medium+ intensity nose put forth coco, cherries, soil and Provençal herbs.

In the mouth, this wine was refined and very well balanced. It had firm acidity and very light rounded tannin.

Is wine was at its best about an hour after decanting and then it started loosing power. It doesn’t have the gorgeous rounded tannic “spine” it to have, so drink up.
White - Sparkling
1/17/2020 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
Very consistent wine! Refined, subtle, and complex. Please see my prior notes.
White - Sparkling
1/11/2020 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
This wine had a light yellow color and vigorous small bubbles. The medium intensity nose put forth lemon, baguette, white stone, and pear.

In the mouth, this wine was attractive at first and then became very attractive with air. It was refined but with a lot of flavor and outstanding balance and length.

There was no hint of oxidation here. This bottle was fresh and would have lasted for a decade. Excellent!
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Red
12/31/2019 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
Tasted blind, this wine was very impressive. It has incredible balance, mineral extract, and great length. While not as classy as some bottles, this was shockingly good.
Red
12/31/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
This wine was very quite and watery at first. However, it developed significantly to be impressive, balanced, and quite attractive.

Developed roasted meat, violets, plums, and minerals. It took quite a while to show itself. Refined and outstanding!
White - Sparkling
12/31/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
Tasted blind, this bottle was very much like my last bottle but with a bit more effervescence. It was light but with with great acidity and length. This will evolve a bit but I doubt it will be more powerful. Drink over the next 10 years.
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Red
12/31/2019 - fclarity wrote:
97 points
From a good looking bottle with a 4 cm fill, this wine had a red center and tawny/clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose put forth rhubarb, roses, tan spices, plums, and minerals.

This was a little soft at first bur quickly filled out to show light rounded tannin and firm acidity. It was super light weight in the mouth but the palate presence was huge. The flavors lingered in my mouth for 60+ seconds!

This is clearly fully mature but, wow, what a wine! It is not for those who favor young, sappy juice. However, tasters favoring old bones should love it!
White
12/31/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
From a virtually perfect looking bottle with a firm cork, this wine had a deep yellow center and clear rims. The medium intensity nose offered up lemon zest, pear, white stone, honey and some dried apricot.

In the mouth, this wine was ripe but very crisp with outstanding length. It was so balanced and integrated that it was hard to tell which flavor was in the lead.

This bottle needed quite a bit of air to show its best. If you get one in great shape, do not hesitate to give it 2+ hours of decanter time before you start drinking.
Red
1985 Château L'Evangile Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/25/2019 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
From a nice looking bottle, this wine had a deep red center with orange/tan rims. The medium+ intensity nose put forth mocha, clay soil, and plums.

In the mouth, this wine was silky with light tannins and solid acidity. This wine was pretty good right off the bat (91) but improved noticeably with 3+ hours of air. While not particularly complex, this was an attractive, drinkable wine.

This wine appeared to be at its peak where it will stay for at least 5 years. Drink up.
Red
12/24/2019 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
I opened two bottles for this tasting. Both bottles were in excellent condition but the cork looked essentially brand new on one (both authentic). This wine had a deep red center and tawny rims. The medium+ intensity nose showed black cherries, anise, soil, and plums.

In the mouth, the first bottle was nice but a bit firm. The bottle with the better cork was sweeter and better integrated. Both bottles had a reasonably long finish.

If you have read my other reviews, you know that I favor relatively long decants. This wine seemed to do a bit better with a shorter decant, say maybe and hour or so. There was clearly bottle variation here and, in general, it is time to drink up.
White
1993 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
12/24/2019 - fclarity wrote:
92 points
From an excellent looking bottle, this wine had a deep yellow center and clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose offered up over-ripe apples, pear, almond paste, and white stone.

In the mouth, this wine very rich but with very firm acidity. It had excellent length. It was best after 3 hours of air facilitated more integration.

The touch of over-ripeness leaves this wine a bit one-diimensional. However, it was dramatic and entertaining. While it will last 5-10 years, I would be inclined to drink this up.
White - Off-dry
12/24/2019 - fclarity wrote:
92 points
From a virtually perfect bottle with a firm cork, this wine had a deep gold center and yellow/clear rims. The nose was muted and a touch funky at first. Was it mildly corked? It didn't seem that way and the nose did improve with air. However, something was a bit off. The nose improved with 2 hours of air. I got dried apricots, pear, honey, and minerals.

In the mouth, this wine was stunning with ripe fruit, integrated acidity, and a long finish.

This was an impressive wine with a bit of a funky nose. Drink up with a couple hours of air.
White - Sparkling
12/14/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
This bottle was from a different source than the last bottle. This wine had a deep yellow/gold center and a lovely mousse. The nose was light at fist but grew dramatically with an hour of air.

In the mouth, this wine was somewhat over-ripe/oxidized with some length. After an hour the wine became fresher with crisp acidity and huge length.

This Champagne has old vine intensity and certainly needed air to show well. A special wine.
Red
12/10/2019 - fclarity wrote:
flawed
Not bad but a bit of acetone made me hold off on rating this.
Red
12/10/2019 - fclarity wrote:
96 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep red/purple center and red rims. The medium+ intensity nose put forth high-toned violets, black cherries, vitamins, minerals, and some clay soil notes.

In the mouth, this wine was medium bodied with light tannin, firm acidity, and excellent length. It had a gorgeous fine-grained texture, nice richness, and fantastic balance.

In my book, this was about as fine as Hermitage can be. This was still a bit young so it may improve a point or two with time.
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Red
12/10/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a very deep red center and tan rims. The medium+ intensity nose exhibited black cherries, tan spices, plums, and minerals.

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

This wine was very good. It was sweet and attractive. However, I believe I have had even better bottles. It is a bit variable but almost always pretty darn good.
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Red
12/10/2019 - fclarity wrote:
92 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a light red center and tan/clear rims. The medium intensity nose put forth maraschino cherries, lemons, tan spices, apples, and a slightly oxidized note.

In the mouth, this wine was ripe and rich with good balance. It developed a hint of coffee and had good length. However, it had a slight stewed quality that I have found in many 64s.

Based on other CT notes, this bottle may not have been stored as well as it should have been. However, I have no doubt that owners of this wine should be looking for excuses to pull the cork ASAP.
Red
12/10/2019 - fclarity wrote:
96 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep red/purple center with oranging rims. The medium+ intensity nose showed black cherries, plums, sage, and black spices.

In the mouth, this was medium bodied with rounded tannin, light acidity, and good length. It improved nicely in the glass to show additional nuances of mocha and clay soil. It had gorgeous balance and length.

While at its peak, this appeared likely to hold at this level for at least 5 years. Enjoy!
Red
1990 Domaine Dujac Clos St. Denis Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
12/10/2019 - fclarity wrote:
96 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep red center and tan rims. The high- intensity nose put forth rhubarb, sour cherries, violets, and tan spices.

In the mouth, this wine was medium bodied with excellent balance. It was ripe with light, integrated tannin, crisp acidity, and excellent length.

Unlike some vintages of CSD, the palate here was as good as the nose which was saying a lot. While this is at its peak, it should hold at this level for years. Enjoy!
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Red
12/9/2019 - fclarity wrote:
98 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a red/purple center and light red rims. The high intensity nose blasted violets, chocolate, plums, roasted meat, and tan spices.

In the mouth, this wine was rich and ripe with firm acidity and outstanding length. It had a fine grained texture and made the wine feel three dimensional in my mouth.

This wine was coming into its drinking zone and was dramatic and great. It is unclear if it will get better but I wouldn't bet against it. It will also clearly perform, at least, at this level for a decade. A tour de force!
Red
12/9/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
Tasted blind, this wine had medium red center with tawny rims. The medium+ intensity nose offered up black cherries, wax, violets, and anise.

In the mouth, this wine was masculine with notable rounded tannin, great richness, and great length. I gave this bottle about 7 hours of air and this wine was still pretty tannic. Thus, I would advise PNP or decant for a full 12+ hours.

Clearly, this wine will last for decades. It was very impressive and if the tannins mellow further it may pick up points.
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Red
12/8/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep red center and red/orange rims. The medium+ intensity nose offered up black cherries, roses, and mineral dust.

I have consistently found that Rayas really needs air to show itself. This was true here again even with a 35 year old wine. It was rich and intense in the mouth with ripe tannins, crips acidity, and excellent length.

While this wine, to my taste, showed clay soil notes and didn't have the class of a truly great Burgundy or Bordeaux, the winemaking was awesome. While at its peak, this will last at this level for 10 years easy.
White
2002 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
12/8/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
Tasted blind from a bottle purchased on release, this wine had a medium yellow center and clear rims. The medium intensity, while still clearly a bit tight and undeveloped, displayed lemon, acacia flowers, vanilla, minerals, and some petroleum jelly.

In the mouth, this was restrained but showing a clear sense of its great potential. The subtle richness and integrated acidity left one in awe of the balance despite the restraint. It is this light touch that may cause some to feel this wine is peaking. However, this is just classic Chevalier.

If bottles are not premoxed, this is a great wine that needs about 10 years in the cellar so the flavors can blossom and put the vanilla into the background. Assuming that occurs, this wine has 1-3 points of upside.
White
12/8/2019 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep gold center and clear rims. The medium intensity nose had a butterscotch, apple, and mineral inflected nose at first. I was told this wine appeared flesher when first opened. Then, after an hour+ of air, the wine became fresher. It showed much less butterscotch and added lemons and pears.

In the mouth, this wine had crisp acidity which gave the impression it was a touch sweet and sour. It had decent balance and good length.

Clearly this bottle was a bit long in the tooth and I would be willing to bet most of them are. Drink up by either P&P or give it a couple hours in a decanter.
White
12/7/2019 - fclarity wrote:
97 points
From a great looking bottle with a 2 cm fill (other than the label had been roughed-up), this wine had a deep yellow center and clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose put forth white stone, marzipan, pear tart, and apples.

In the mouth, this wine was rich and ripe but gorgeously balanced by firm and integrated acidity. This wine had a very serious flavor profile that featured tons of calcious soil. The finish was spectacular.

While this is at its peak, it should last at this level for at least 5 years
(if well stored).
Red
12/3/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
This wine had a very deep red center and red/orange rims. The medium+ intensity nose put forth black currants, mocha, dark minerals, and raspberries.

In the mouth, this wine was gorgeously textured with rounded tannin and integrated acidity. It was quite lovely and had a long finish. It was best after 4+ hours in a decanter.

This wine is in the zone but should continue to drink at this level for at least a decade, and maybe more. Could it get better?
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Red
1997 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/3/2019 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
Unfortunately, I did not have time to take formal notes. This wine had a medium+ intensity nose of cherries, mocha, red dust, and some asparagus.

In the mouth, this wine was relatively light bodied with gorgeous integration and balance. It had very good length.

While the asparagus note brought this wine’s score down for me, it was otherwise quite enjoyable. Drink up!
Red
12/2/2019 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
Deep red center and light red rims, I have wanted to taste this for a while. The medium intensity nose showed anise, black cherries, red dust, and a slight green note. The longer the wine aired, the less I noticed the green.

In the mouth, this was rich and ripe with great balance and length. It really need air to show its best.

Cellar or give extended aeration.
Red
1947 Château Trotte Vieille St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/2/2019 - fclarity wrote:
90 points
From a decent looking magnum with a mid-shoulder fill, this wine had a spectacular deep center with red/tan rims. Unfortunately, the nose should some oxidation on top of black cherries, fennel, anise, and soil.

In the mouth, this wine had a luxurious texture with light rounded tannin and decent length. Oddly, there was very little hint of oxidation in the mouth, only in the nose. It added some nice milk chocolate notes to the above flavors.

I can’t say much about this wine from a predictive standpoint given this experience. My guess would be that bottles in pristine condition would be pretty nice.
White
12/2/2019 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
From a great looking magnum, this wine came through again. It had a great medium+ intensity nose of lemon, apples, white soil, and vanilla.

In the mouth, this wine was crisp with great richness and length. While not wildly complex, this is textbook Chablis.

I had this open for 8 hours and it consistently got better. It will easily last for years.
Red
12/1/2019 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
From a magnum, this wine is still lovely and has nice balance and rounded tannin. However, I see a clear trend here where it is losing its red fruit and becoming a touch more rustic.

I love aged wine and this wine has been excellent in the past. However, I now believe this is headed in the wrong direction. Drink up.
White
12/1/2019 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
From magnum with great color. As is so often the case, this wine didn't show much until after 3+ hours of air. Prior to that it was crisp but relatively unyielding. Afterward, I got nice notes of lemon, honey, and white stone.

This had lovely balance in the mouth with great acidity and length. It also had an excellent stoney character in the mid-palate and the finish.

This was a nice bottle in peak form. Drink over the next 5-10 years.
White - Sweet/Dessert
11/30/2019 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
Deep yellow center with clear rims. Medium intensity nose of pear tart, lemons, dried apricot, and some minerals.

In the mouth, this is sublime with great richness balanced by strong, lacy acidity. Huge length.

This wine will go for many decades. It is certainly not going to get worse, and it might even get better over the next couple decades. It clearly has the balance to make it.

Drink after several hours of air if you must.
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