Tasting Notes for Jimmy_D

(376 notes on 359 wines)

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Red
2/26/2020 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
91 points
The nose throws raspberries and a lovely streak of whole bunch steminess. You’d be forgiven for saying Pinot blind. There’s a suppleness and silkiness to the palate but the fruit has started to recede into the background. Generous, soft and approachable were how I described it.
Red
2010 Lake's Folly Cabernets Hunter Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/14/2020 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
92 points
Took a few hours decant for the funk to blow off and settle down, but when it did, a very nicely balanced wine appeared. Loving the smoky nose with graphite, cassis and blueberry. Add a dose of hunter earth and tertiary development to the palate. Impressive to see this come out of the below par vintage. Start to drink up now.
Red
2/8/2020 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
93 points
This is lovely. Screams Brokenwood to me. This being at fuller bodied end of the spectrum but no worse for it. Very good balance. Solid dose of plush purple berries, ash and tobacco. The oak was more prominent on night one. Second day it dissipated and a lovely streak of ripe blueberry has come forward in the mix. In a good spot right now, close to peak, but not looking like it’ll fade any time soon.
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White
2/2/2020 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
90 points
Golden colour forming and starting to see secondary come through. Everything where it should be. Well balanced and set for the future. Come back in another 2-3 years.
White
1/27/2020 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
92 points
The nose is saying it’s more developed than it actually is. Toasty brioche notes starting to bleed into the racy fruit. Some of it comes through on the palate but not nearly as much as you’d expect. Fairly dry finish. Still plenty of years ahead of this. Would like to come back in another 3-4 years.
White
1/24/2020 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
90 points
Extremely pale in colour. Super dry. Racy acidity and it’s borderline austere at the moment. Reminds me of a young Vat 1. Structures shows a heap of promise. Needs several years.
Red
1/12/2020 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
90 points
Still has a youthful, glossy sheen. Dark plums, blackcurrant, pepper and a good dose of red hunter earth. The vintage packages it up in a fuller bodied frame than usual but very clearly shows off place. Could well do with another decade in bottle.
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White
1/7/2020 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
90 points
Fresh and lively. Liking the profile young. Moreish. My pick of the Tyrrell’s 2018 sems as the best drink now proposition.
Red - Sparkling
12/22/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
92 points
My short note was - very nice but not as good as the last bottle of ‘04. Flavour profile balances black and red fruits, hints of Xmas pudding (maybe that was the actual pudding on the table?) to match the occasion. Bubbles very fine to the point of being a bit flat in this bottle. Finish a bit shorter than previous vintages too.
Red
12/22/2019 - Jimmy_D wrote:
91 points
From magnum and 2 hour decant. Typical dark colour and fading red edge. This shows as deep and brooding as it smells. The large percentage new oak is still forward in the mix, too much so for my tastes, and not sure if/when it will ever shake out to give the fruit more room on the stage. But still, plenty of people will still love this as is.
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Red
12/22/2019 - Jimmy_D wrote:
89 points
Popped and poured, only spending time with one glass, so impressions a bit limited. Still fairly primary and a solid dose of oak initially. Fruit on the darker end of the spectrum. Seems to have a fair bit packed in for the longer term, though unconvinced at the price point compared to the black label.
Red
12/10/2019 - Jimmy_D wrote:
88 points
This vintage feels a bit disjointed at the moment. The weight is ok and tannins a touch green and the 4 x varietal components are wresting with each other. Time will tell if it comes together.
White
12/1/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
89 points
This is a bit tighter than the Henschke Julius last night. It’s an Eden Valley-Clare Valley blend. Granny Smith apple adds a touch of sweetness to the mix alongside drying lime, citrus core. Very Watervale.
White
11/30/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP and I liked this from the off. Zesty lime ahead of a long medium-plus bodied frame. Some fruit richness but overall good balance. Very enjoyable now and with upside for later.
White
11/23/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
89 points
Doesn’t look or taste it’s age. Feels only a couple of years old. Fresh acidity. Slight sourness/bitterness to the finish the only criticism. Would happily stash a few away at the sub-$20 estate price. But at more than double for the aged release, will give this a miss.
Red
11/13/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
93 points
Rich and luscious. This is an elegant Barossan Shiraz. Smooth and silky. Surprising so at a young age. Rich and smokey. Very nice.
Red
11/10/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
93 points
Was really curious to try this after reading a few reviews. Can confirm that it is a big style of pinot. Sees quite a bit of oak that transfers into a fairly prominent part of the mix. Suits the style though. Being a huge fan of Domaine A Cabernet, this feels like a sibling, has a similar streak of earthiness that reinforces the sense of place.
Red
11/4/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
90 points
Popped and poured out of a half bottle. Very approachable out of the gates. Some tarty cranberry sitting behind the initial sweet red cherries. Supported by a touch of vanilla and grip from the oak. Easy drinking right now and some upside for the short/medium term.
Red
10/31/2019 - Jimmy_D Does not like this wine:
84 points
Not a great deal to like about this. The nose has a funky streak through it. Foreshadows the extremely confected red currant/cherry palate. On the way to cough syrup. Do I want another glass... nah
White
10/31/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
91 points
Oh my this is good. Picked up at the cellar door a few months back after a very quick taste and it hitting my QPR mark. Glad I did. This has a pretty full bodied frame and mouth coating acidity. The initial prickle fades into a depth of citrus and mineral flavours. Solid finish that has me reaching for more a little too quickly, such is the appeal. Dangerously drinkable.
White
10/27/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
90 points
Interesting to see this blend coming out of the hunter. This is done well. Bright and lively. Fleshy yellow peaches. Time in barrel has given this a long, creamy finish. Nice.
White
10/26/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
90 points
Very good showing tonight. Bright and a touch of toastiness. Overall balance good. Plenty of time for this.
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White
10/20/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
93 points
Has a golden colour forming. Made me expect it to be further developed than it is. Doesn’t feel like a 12 y/o. A fair bit of prickle upon opening give it a hint to its expected longevity. Some lemon rind and steeliness to go with the early zip, followed by slight toasty, brioche notes which linger on. Very good length. No rush on these.
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Red
10/19/2019 - Jimmy_D wrote:
92 points
It’s only early doors but this is big in almost every way. Hue is a bright, almost fluro purple. Looks as young as it is. It’s packing some serious flavour. I’m liking the depth and savoury profile. Showing promise at this point.
Red
10/11/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
90 points
Surprising to see it throwing sediment so young, which is very obvious in the light, burnt orange hue. Potpourri elements on the nose. Medium bodied at most. I like the structure of this, it’s got depth but still light on its feet. Nice match with a mushroom and truffle risotto.
Red
10/7/2019 - Jimmy_D wrote:
87 points
Smoky, rustic nose. Tannic and tight. Not a great deal of fruit on show. A bit short too. Not sure the future holds much more for it.
Red
10/5/2019 - Jimmy_D wrote:
89 points
This was a speculation auction bottle at its age. Still holding up ok, though doesn’t show much more than ‘typical aged’ notes. Happy enough with the experience.
Red
9/28/2019 - Jimmy_D wrote:
89 points
A bit dull at the moment. Oak and tannins seem ok, fruit muted and feels a bit out of balance. Some sharper acidic piercing in places. Hopefully it’s just working through adolescence
Red
2017 Lake's Folly Cabernets Hunter Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/21/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
93 points
A timely reminder to always try a LF cabernets when young. This has a glossy crimson colour. It’s a nice and savoury vintage. The shiraz component is only 12% but throwing some pepper and spice to an overall earthy mix. High expectations from here
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Red
9/18/2019 - Jimmy_D wrote:
88 points
Young. Primary. Tart strawberry and glacé cherries. A bit early. Hard to get a read on it at this point.
White
9/16/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
89 points
Nice textural marsanne blend. I like the contrast between its light body, toasty oak richness and the edge of acidity. Melon, waxiness and a touch of citrus. Great gift, would happily pick up a few.
Red
9/11/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
97 points
Wow is the word that describes this for me. Plenty of stories on bottle variation had me concerned, but this bottle is in ace condition. The nose is seductive, the palate complex and finish long, the tannins svelt. Smokey, raspberry, plum, blackberry. A heap of fruit still in the mix with gentle tertiary notes building in the background. Some hunter earth and leather showing through as you’d expect. Plenty to get your head around in the glass. Pure enjoyment from start to finish. This nearly as good as it gets for hunter Shiraz.
Red
9/5/2019 - Jimmy_D wrote:
89 points
At ~$20 The Aunts always punches above its weight. This vintage no different. It’s an approachable, juicy mid-weeker that never lets you down.
Red
9/1/2019 - Jimmy_D wrote:
90 points
This is all plums. Rich, dense and smokey. Tannins are soft and powdery. Only criticism is that it’s a bit one dimensional right now.
Red
2004 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/31/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
95 points
30 minute decant and consumed over 2 hours. Still very young in the grand scheme. So could/should have been given more air ahead of serving. Loads of depth and complexity to smell and taste, would like to revisit in 10-15 years when it hits its stride. An array of purple and red berries, cola, cinnamon, clove and spice. 95+ for development potential
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Red
8/31/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
95 points
Checking in on this after last bottle 4-5 years back. Still much the same profile with some added complexity building. Still several years of development ahead of it. I’m inclined to hold but those who drink now won’t be disappointed.
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Red
2014 Lake's Folly Cabernets Hunter Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/30/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
94 points
It’s taken a while but getting around to trying the first of my 14s. Caught the back end of it’s primary youth. The nose is still fresh and with a touch of Folly funk. Blueberries, dark cherries and blackberries on a fairly light palate. I can really get around the ABV of 12.5%. Nice.
Red
8/27/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
90 points
This was a surprise packet. Couldn’t help but begin with the Barolo comparison. And the nose offers up some musky rose characters that make it true to the varietal lineage. The palate is medium bodied at most and has a nice streak of savouriness through it. A hint of cherry and strawberry add some ever so slight sweet highlights. It has won me over. Nice.
Red
8/27/2019 - Jimmy_D wrote:
91 points
This is light on its feet. Very nice. Redcurrant and raspberry. The splash of vioginer and marsanne adds depth. Is in a good place right now. Had alongside ‘15 Yeringberg cab blend and this is my pick of the two.
Red
2015 Yeringberg Yarra Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/27/2019 - Jimmy_D wrote:
90 points
Restaurant purchase so only a quick decant before drinking. Haven’t had many Yarra cab blends to compare against but I enjoyed the weight of this. Much too young and not enough air to get a good feel for it. Pedigree is obvious, though the ‘14 Yeringberg Shiraz next to it was much more approachable at this point.
Red
8/17/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
91 points
Contemporary style and clean palate that Kiss is famous for. Lovely balance with a spiciness that adds depth and character. Has somewhat of a creaminess to it too. Still young.
Red
2017 Ravensworth Estate Shiraz Viognier Canberra District Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/11/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
91 points
I like the new label. What’s in the bottle follows on from previous vintages. Nose throws some nice floral notes from the viognier. Not quite as expressive as the 2015 at this point. Lovely weight on the palate. Only critique the oak feeling a little forward in the mix right now. But she is super young, plenty of excitement to develop down the track.
Red
7/28/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
92 points
Smelled blind I would have said new world. Made me think of NZ, or maybe it’s the quality coming out of NZ making me think of Burgundy? Anyway, I digress. Post nose, everything hit typical NSG notes. This being less floral than it’s NSG 1er counterparts that I’ve had of late. Previous notes of earthy, rustic charm are on point
Red
7/28/2019 - Jimmy_D wrote:
88 points
While this is easily approachable and ticks both region and varietal boxes, it’s just a bit middle of the road. Sitting next to a bolshie Lascombes probably didn’t help, but it's a bit anonymous right now.
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Red
2009 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/28/2019 - Jimmy_D wrote:
91 points
Deep purple colour. Blackberry nose. The nose translates onto the palate where it is joined by more intense cassis, dark berries and (strangely?) a streak of olive tapenade. This is big and luscious with a lot of primary fruit still in the mix. Not bad, I was just expecting a more refined experience.
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Red
7/10/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
91 points
I’m a big fan of this Portuguese varietal. And this is one of a few Aussie producers that are making some fantastic medium bodied wines from it. This carries an earthy, savoury streak against an interesting red-purple berry profile. Very food friendly too. Would seek out again.
Red
7/3/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
90 points
Several years ago I bought a few random bottles from the cellar door at Coolangatta Estate. Mainly because they outsource their semillon winemaking to Tyrrell’s and I was curious. This was one of them and it’s turned out to be a very good purchase. Chambo out of Shoalhaven, who would’ve thought! What a revelation. This is a ripper. Bright red berries and a twist of kirsch cherry to finish. Nice balance all up. Great effort that I’ll seek out next time I’m down that way.
Red
6/29/2019 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
91 points
This is always an interesting blend. And good value from the Henschke stable. Asian five spice, cola and milk chocolate. Starting to build complexity at 10 years of age. Can still see a fair bit of development ahead of it.
Red
6/23/2019 - Jimmy_D wrote:
90 points
First time on Hart & Hunter Shiraz and this was purchased sight unseen. Considering this a win for an untasted pick up. This is packed with fruit right now. Vibrant and bright red liquorice and plums. The only criticism is the oak feeling slightly heavy handed right now. Though it’s still a pup, time likely to shake it into balance.
White
6/22/2019 - Jimmy_D wrote:
88 points
Very easy going and not a bad result from an average year. Has a bit of initial zip followed by a juicy, richness to it that reinforces the drink now proposition. Decent value at sub $20
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