Tasting Notes for Spl232

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White - Sweet/Dessert
10/9/2018 - Spl232 wrote:
95 points
Drinking beautifully. Still plenty of acid to balance out the rich SGN flavors.
Red
3/22/2017 - Spl232 wrote:
94 points
Started a little muted, and needed a couple of hours to open up (did not decant), but eventually became a very enjoyable experience. Still very much a fruit driven wine... surprised that the white pepper note wasn't very prominent.
Red
10/22/2016 - Spl232 wrote:
86 points
Kind of disappointing. From a Magnum, the wine was much more reticent than expected from other tasting notes. Might have needed more time to open up, but after 3 hours, it still lacked much depth or expression.
Red
5/23/2016 - Spl232 Likes this wine:
88 points
Definitely a drink now. The tannins are gone and the acid is almost gone... the wine isn't flabby but it's close. The flavors are rich and deep (dried red and black fruit, organic earth, leather, rose petals) but structurally this wine wasn't made to live much longer.
Red
3/14/2016 - Spl232 Likes this wine:
91 points
From a Magnum, I was very worried about this one once I removed it from the cellar and realized the cork was completely soaked thru. However, I was able to remove it in one piece (thanks Durand), and the wine seemed to be okay. After about 2 hours, the funk blew off and a very lovely mature Napa cab emerged. Dark fruits (blackberry, black currant), cocoa powder, some earthy notes (leather and forest floor). The tannins are gone and the wine doesn't have too much acid left, but it held up well over the entire night (about 6 hours... I didn't decant and there was minimum sediment so I was glad I didn't).
Red
1989 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/30/2016 - Spl232 wrote:
flawed
Corked
Red
11/2/2015 - Spl232 wrote:
81 points
Over the hill, but drinkable. Needed about an hour of air for the funk and balsamic notes to blow off, but what was left was just raisinated fruit notes that lacked any acid or tannic structure. A little flabby in its old age, drink as soon as you can.
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Red
2000 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/9/2015 - Spl232 Likes this wine:
91 points
Still very young. Slow ox-ed for 8 hours and was still a little tight when we poured the first glass (was drinking well after another hour left open in the bottle). Dark black fruit, organic earth, a soy-sauce-like umami note. The oak and tannins are starting to resolve, but this will benefit from more time.
Red
11/18/2015 - Spl232 wrote:
84 points
Opened with a combination of strong forest floor and sweet stewed fruit notes. Decanted for 2 hours and the wine balanced out. Not a particularly impressive wine considering the vintage and bottle age, but the cork also showed signs of potential improper storage (although nothing off on the palate except maybe a slightly more oxidative than I'd expect). Probably won't improve much, but no hurry to drink either.
Red
10/16/2015 - Spl232 wrote:
91 points
This wine is shutting down a bit. Still has some lively oregon pinot notes and complexity, but not as expressive as the couple bottles open upon release. There is energy in this wine, but I'm going to wait a year+ on all of my remaining bottles.
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Red
10/29/2015 - Spl232 Likes this wine:
93 points
What a fun wine... definitely has the sangio body (elevated acid and tannins) and fruit profile (red fruit and dried flower petals), but had a new world boldness. I have had plenty of New world sangio that just doesn't maximize on the varietal, but this one is very smartly made. The tannins have softened and this is ready to drink, but there is absolutely no hurry and will likely continue to improve for at least another 3-5 years.
Red
1998 Château Bahans Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/6/2015 - Spl232 Likes this wine:
86 points
I stupidly opened this one without reading my own note. I don't agree with the folks that say this one is ready to go. Three hours open and this is still super super tight. The tannins have softened, but seems like a lot of energy in this wine that still needs another couple years. Wish I had buried this bottle in my cellar, because I think this will be a very elegant yet powerful wine... Just not mature yet.
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Red
2009 Château Dauzac Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/17/2015 - Spl232 wrote:
87 points
From a 375. Still needs a lot more time... the new oak on this one is still very front and center. Vanilla, baking spice are primary on the nose with earthy, coffee and dark fruit notes lingering behind. Drinking fine after 2 hours in the decanter, but for my taste preference, I'd wait another 5 years minimum on this one.
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Red
4/11/2015 - Spl232 wrote:
86 points
Probably shouldn't have double decanted. NExt bottle I'll slow-ox for ~2-4 hours. Upon opening this one was a little tight but definitely had core of dark black fruit. Not super complex but a fun birth-year wine that still has plenty of life left.
Red
4/8/2015 - Spl232 wrote:
88 points
Pretty little wine from a good vintage. Will improve but not an overly complex wine, and likely never will be. Good QPR.
Red
3/28/2015 - Spl232 wrote:
94 points
Wow, I've had bottles of La Mission that weren't nearly as good as this second wine. In a very pretty place, core of dark/black fruit. Still felt youthful, but if you have a few bottles, you won't be disappointed that you opened one (or more) now.
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Red
3/28/2015 - Spl232 Likes this wine:
92 points
Pretty good cork considering the age. Opened 2 hours prior to consuming and continued to improve until around hour 3/4. Still had lots of life left. The tannins are still very present but in a pleasant way. The wine still had a core of red fruit and blackberry. Some brett and earthy, forest floor notes. A very fun 45 year old wine.
Red
3/28/2015 - Spl232 wrote:
flawed
Bad Cork, totally oxidized. Rested a few hours in a decanter to be sure, but this one wasn't salvageable.
Red
1997 Merryvale Profile Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/23/2015 - Spl232 wrote:
92 points
Big wine. A little over ripe for my preference, but needed about an hour and then paired well with a fatty steak.
Red
12/17/2014 - Spl232 wrote:
91 points
Lovely mature Pommard 1er cru. Needed a few hours to open up. Bright red fruits, still pretty present structure/tannins. A nice expression of pommard from a small Domaine.
Red
3/22/2015 - Spl232 wrote:
89 points
From a Magnum. Very lovely mature, new world pinot. Black cherry and cola notes with hints of cinnamon and some stewed fruit. Plenty of acidity left in this one to keep it lively, but not going to improve anymore.
Red
1/26/2015 - Spl232 wrote:
82 points
Still don't understand the high ratings for this wine. I will admit that I prefer Oregon pinots that lean more Burgundian style than New world/California, but this wine just won't balance out. For this bottle, we opens about an hour and a half before drinking and the first thing on the nose was alcohol. On teh palate, the heat was much less noticable and the wine had some typical RedHills notes, black cherry, red cherry, blackberry, cola, bacon fat, but certainly not worth the price and I don't expect marked improvement with time.
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Red
12/6/2014 - Spl232 wrote:
83 points
needed about an hour to open us, but never developed enough fruit characteristics to balance the earth notes. Very brutish cornas.
Red
1991 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/5/2015 - Spl232 wrote:
90 points
Not the world's greatest La Mission, but given the price due to the poor vintage, I very much enjoyed this wine. Feels like the shadow or echo of a great LMHB, but just lacking the power and depth. Nice easy drinking claret.
Rosé
12/23/2014 - Spl232 Likes this wine:
86 points
A little too acidic (washes out the fruit a bit too early), but refreshing and easy drinking for a hot day at the beach.
Red
2003 Château de Fieuzal Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/5/2015 - Spl232 wrote:
82 points
Sort of unpleasant upon opening and for the first few hours (brett, stemmy notes, lacking fruit, body and depth), so I opened another bottle for dinner, but when I revisited at the end of the night it was much more approachable (if not great). Probably not for the long term, but I would warn others not to give up to early after opening this one either.
Red - Fortified
1/5/2015 - Spl232 wrote:
87 points
Solid vintage port for the price. Lot and lots of sediment, but held up well over multiple days, though without any marked improvement.
Red
1/5/2015 - Spl232 wrote:
87 points
Nice QPR. I've always enjoyed this wine. Haven't noticed much drop off on this one over the last few bottles (last couple years), but it's not getting any better either.
Red
1/5/2015 - Spl232 wrote:
88 points
A little flat at this point. Needs a little more structure to hold up the fruit. Fine now, but probably past.
Red
1985 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/12/2014 - Spl232 Likes this wine:
91 points
What a difference... not sure if it's bottle variation or more patience, but the wine we enjoyed tonight was significantly more interesting and exciting than our last. Definitely had concerns upon opening and given our last bottle, but after ~2 hours this opened up to be a lovely stereotypical mature St Julien. A little drying on the finish and probably slightly over the hill from a complexity standpoint, but I would buy this bottle again (and I wouldn't have said that after our prior bottle)
Red
11/18/2014 - Spl232 Likes this wine:
93 points
Still very young, but very nicely made. Seems to have some definite whole cluster (green pepper on the nose), which I am not always a fan of, but given the rich vintage and powerful black fruits, the whole cluster helps even out the wine and keep it from being too giving. Very nice now and hopefully this one balances out and integrates with some additional time in bottle.
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Red
11/18/2014 - Spl232 Likes this wine:
91 points
Needed about an hour to open up, but a very pleasant surprise. Had nice dark cherry, cassis and cocoa notes. Finish - medium length with mature/soft tannins.
Red
11/16/2014 - Spl232 wrote:
84 points
Opened about an hour to hour&half before serving. This wine felt a little out of balance. Too much heat and not enough finish to cover the higher alc. Still plenty of fruit on the front end, but not sure this is a wine for aging.
Red - Fortified
11/16/2014 - Spl232 Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent bottle. Still plenty of richness and depth... a little heat on the finish, but all in all a great value. Served for a large group, so no leftovers to test out on day 2, will want to test the longevity on this one on the next bottle.
Red
2004 Château Hosanna Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/13/2014 - Spl232 Likes this wine:
91 points
Not really ready, but shared at a CdB rightbank/CabFranc dinner. Need wait another 3-5 years on this one for sure.
Red
11/14/2014 - Spl232 Likes this wine:
94 points
Just a very lovely mature shiraz. Dark rich fruit with a pleasing herbacious note on the midpalate (sage) and a long finish. Popped and pours and was really best after the first hour.
Red
1987 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/7/2014 - Spl232 Likes this wine:
91 points
Big fan of this wine. Some of the best values/QPR in bordeaux right now are wines from premier houses in "off" vintages.
Red
11/7/2014 - Spl232 Likes this wine:
92 points
Lots of life ahead. Not the blockbuster of a more robust vintage, but elegant and refined
Red
9/20/2014 - Spl232 Likes this wine:
94 points
From a magnum. Beautiful wine, but consumed alongside the '02 Insignia and lacked some of the depth and complexity by comparison. No hurry on this one. Opened about 3 hours before dinner and was drinking nicely in the glass at dinner.
White - Off-dry
7/13/2014 - Spl232 wrote:
85 points
Enjoyed to celebrate the Germany World Cup victory. Fittingly a bottle of the vintage of the year they won their last cup.
White
10/25/2014 - Spl232 wrote:
93 points
Definitely a favorite of mine. This is what I what I wish all Oregon producers would try to acheive with with their Chardonnay. It has definitively expressive fruit notes, but mostly stone fruits (pear, green apple and some apricot) but still maintains a racy mineral backbone with a slate quality.
Red
10/25/2014 - Spl232 wrote:
93 points
Drank alongside the 2007 and the vinetage quality of 2008 clearly shone thru. Dark cherry, Cola, and hints of blueberry. Suprisingly needed little time after opening to be very approachable.
Red
10/25/2014 - Spl232 wrote:
91 points
I would recommend drinking this soon. It's very pretty but not made for the long haul.
Red
10/25/2014 - Spl232 wrote:
84 points
About what I've grown to expect from Archery Summit wines with some age on them. The wine making is a little heavy handed, but you can tell they start with special fruit. In a year like 2007, when winemaking restraint seems to have produced the best wines, it's a little out of balance. Had the 2008 in the same siting, which shone much brighter.
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Red
2012 Adobe Guadalupe Serafiel Valle de Guadalupe Red Blend (view label images)
10/16/2014 - Spl232 wrote:
81 points
All mexican wines have a definitive saline quality that I find a little distracting. Some wines find the right way to incorporate it in the rich body of the wine and in others it sticky out abrasively. I find Adobe wines, in general, showcase this quality; which makes it tough for me. I am normally all about terroir, but in the case of most mexican wines, the sense of terrior needs to be balanced. Not buying this one again.
White
8/13/2014 - Spl232 wrote:
flawed
Completely oxidized. Bought at auction so might have been improperly stored.
Red
6/20/2014 - Spl232 Likes this wine:
88 points
Definitely past it's peak, but still beautiful. Lovely very mature pichon.
White - Sparkling
6/6/2014 - Spl232 wrote:
90 points
Pleasant bottle with nice acidity, but a weird note that felt out of place, sort of a vegetal tonic note.
Red
6/6/2014 - Spl232 wrote:
flawed
badly baked. avoid this bottle at vinoteca
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