Tasting Notes for maxfischer

(194 notes on 185 wines)

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White
12/20/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
flawed
More than slightly pox'd. Ugh.
Red
6/3/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
91 points
Still very young and tannic, but wonderful intensity and depth. Brooding medium red fruit, ripe but tempered with earthy notes. Strong backbone and lingering finish. 91 now, with lots of upside potential.
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Red
5/30/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
91 points
I think this is drinking at its apogee. It walks that fine but beautiful line between mature, and momentarily disorienting complexity, and fresh, vibrant lushness of a young, primary wine. Over the three hours this was open, it became a more distilled version of itself, increasing in intensity, weight, and saturation. It begins and ends in balance with medium red fruit, lush and sweet tannins, and tart acidity. While it's not the most complicated affair, it delivers everything it was ever possessed to offer, and, in that, there is beauty. A wine, much like that golf shot that keeps us brimming with hope and coming back for more suffering, that reminds us burgundy drinkers why we pursue such fleeting and rare moments, particularly in "value" wines.
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Red
5/29/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
91 points
Medium dark and ripe red fruit swirls up on the nose upon open. This is still quit primary, but there is already wonderful depth in the palate of earthy and tangy fruit and vibrant acidity. Great balance, and a long, penetrating finish. Terrific.
Red
5/27/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
Out of a 375. Super mature nose on open, which blew off after about three hours in the decanter. Extracted plum on the palate, good acidity, and fully integrated tannins make this extremely pleasant. Wonderful ripe fruit without all of the hot mess of the last decade of Napa shows what all the fuss was about 20 years ago.
Red
5/25/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
91 points
Essentially the same as the last bottle, except no VA on the nose.
Rosé - Sparkling
5/22/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
flawed
Slightly flat and presumed flawed. Brioche on the nose, beautiful salmon color and good persistence on the palate of tart strawberries with citrus notes. Just not very fizzy....
Red
5/22/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
93 points
93-94. This was fabulous. Brilliant red with purple hues. Slow ox'd for two hours before consumption. Very lush, ripe nose out of the bottle. Dark fruits with cherry overtones on the palate, with softer notes of graphite and menthol. All of the stuffing is still present, including firm but sweet tannins and long, lovely finish. Hard to imagine it any better, and no signs of decline in this bottle.
Red
5/21/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
93 points
Muted nose on open. Deep ruby color, very little if any noticeable bricking. Decanted. Dark, ripe red fruit with a touch of syrupy cassis, menthol, and sweet tannins gave this amazing depth and persistence. Acids were in check and beautiful balance and gave a sense of virility to this 22 year old wine. Reached apex after approximately four hours but didn't show signs of fading. Everything I love in California cabs and wish there were more wines like this being produced today.
Red
5/17/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
90 points
Muted nose on open, bright ruby color, no bricking. After an hour, bright, ripe medium red fruit emerges with a little earthy funk. Very strong tannic backbone and bright acids on the palate suggests this is just beginning to (or has yet to) enter its window. Long, puckery finish. This is a wine that one might use to introduce new world pinot lovers to some of the subtleties of finer red burgs without overwhelming them. Excellent and enjoyable, particularly at this price.
Red
2005 Château Magrez Fombrauge St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/15/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
91 points
Crushed rocks and medium fruit on the nose on open. Very tightly wound on the palate. Slow ox'd for four hours, consumed over the following three. By the end, the nose remained the same, but a rich palate of earthy cassis emerged. Excellent purity and very long finish, but has while to go before it will enter its prime time.
Red
5/8/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
89 points
89-90. Out of a 375. Very tight on open with a muted nose and a bit thin on the palate. After about 90 minutes, right red fruit emerges with dark undertones. Vibrant acidity and freshness. Hints of complexity that you might find in a premier cru. Opened and filled in and became quite pleasurable. Long dusty finish. Excellent value.
White
5/8/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
91 points
91-92. Out of a 375. Penetrating Lemon zest on the nose up on open. Strong chalky, mineral streak. Wonderful persistence in the mid-palate, fully energized without being over ripe. Very precise and delineated citrus flavors, with a long lingering finish. Entering its window, with a good long life ahead.
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White
5/5/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
89 points
Intense, lemon zest and mineral inflected nose out of the bottle. Very well integrated on the palate with citrus and undertones of green apple. Vibrant, young, but drinking very well. Not the depth or complexity you might expect from a 1er cru, but a great value and a wonderful, if slightly generic, expression of Chablis. Will definitely buy again and enjoy.
Red
5/4/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
91 points
Rich, earthy, and almost medicinal red fruit on the nose upon open. Great balance as well, with tannins integrated, and clear secondary flavors emerging. Good acid keeps it fresh. Lingering finish. After a few hours, fruit softens, wet stone emerges on the nose and finish, and the whole experience becomes... well, very burgundian. Intensity without weight. Excellent.
Red
5/3/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
89 points
Rich, fully developed cassis on the nose upon open. A tad thin on the palate, but it filled in with graphite, mature dark red fruit, and silky tannins and acid still intact. Although my bottle appeared to be in pristine condition, it also suggested this should be consumed in the short term.
Red
5/3/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
91 points
Muted nose upon open, but really came alive after a few hours. Very tightly wound, and definitely needs air. Once it relaxes, shows vibrant red fruit with hints of secondary notes and complexity and great balance with firm tannins and fresh acidity. Leaves a lingering impression on the palate. 91-92.
Red
5/3/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
Super mature nose upon open. Diffused over the several hours we tasted but never fully went away. Very muted fruit, but acid and tannins still intact. Not particularly pleasurable in light of the nose, but perhaps, as others have suggested, extended aeration would bring this into focus.
White
4/30/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
91 points
Vibrant and delicious. Strong, flinty nose upon open, the mineral core softened a bit over the few hours consumed. Tart, lemon curd on the palate with typical PM intensity. Lingering wet stones on the finish.
White
5/2/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
flawed
Premoxed. Sad, as the underlying stuffing was clearly there.
White
4/29/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
90 points
Muted nose on open that expanded over the hour we consumed it at the restaurant. A bit new world in style, with a lush, and slightly fat, palate of lemon curd, but great balance and a definite mineral streak that pulls it together. Good persistence on the finish.
Red
2003 Château La Gomerie St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/29/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
91 points
Soft and muted nose upon open. Fully resolved tannins, and medium to dark red fruit on the palate, good balance with enough acidity to bring some freshness to the overall sensation. Lingering finish. No sense that this is going to get to a more evolved place, but no rush either.
Red
4/28/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
91 points
A bit of VA on the nose upon open. Blew off and settled down after about 30 minutes. Wonderfully fresh, high-toned, fragrant light red fruit, strong and persistent mid palate with lively tannins, obviously still young but with well integrated wood, and long lingering mineral finish. Excellent.
Red
4/27/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
91 points
High toned, sweeping nose of savory cherries upon open. This is clearly very young, but, on the palate there are nascent, secondary notes forming of sage and deep medium red fruit. A strong tannic backbone carries it down to an extended finish. Good stuffing with lots of room to improve.
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White
4/27/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
87 points
A slight note of VA on open which blew off and softened after about 15-20 mins. Soft, green apple notes on the palate but enough mineral bite to let you know where it's from. Very good for the price.
White
4/24/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
91 points
Explosive citrus on the nose upon open. Strong thread of minerality as well. The tart, lemon fruit is still very primary, but all of the stuffing is here. Excellent balance (if a bit heady at the moment). Piercing and long finish.
Red
4/22/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
88 points
Highly extracted, ripe and flower scented nose. Still very primary, and tasting a bit hot (14.7%), muting freshness. This has the potential to come together in a bit more balance, but right now, each component is straining for its own attention. These types of wines are not usually my thing, so perhaps they fit another's palate better than mine.
Red
2007 Culler La Palette Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
4/21/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
91 points
Perfumed cassis and dark blue fruit on the nose along with an earthiness. Lush blue fruit on the palate with strong tannic backbone and freshness to carry it through. It's still very young, but it's moving into a less primary state, and everything is in very good balance.
White
4/18/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
91 points
Extraordinary straw green color. Chalky, sweet and mature apple notes on the nose with soft mineral underpinning. On the palate, mature, but by no means declining, with a rich, smooth honeyed layer. It finishes much the same way. Very good California chard drinking at its peak.
White
4/12/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
89 points
Intense stoney citrus on the nose. Concentrated, slightly honeyed lemon on the palate, which became more ripe after a few hours. Penetrating, lingering finish. Very good, particularly on a QPR basis.
Red
4/11/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
90 points
Very ripe and wooded on the nose. This is still tasting a bit primary, but all of the stuffing is there. Concentrated medium red fruit with a bit of earthiness girding the mid palate. Balanced, lush, and lingering on the finish. Enjoyable now if you like them youthful, but has a long life ahead.
Red
4/9/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
91 points
Plummy, freshness on the nose. Great concentration and silk on the mid palate. Tannins are well integrated but alive and well to carry it home on the finish. Excellent.
Red
4/3/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
92 points
92-93. Energized medium/dark red fruit, ripe and expressive out of the bottle with a subtle earthy undertone. Concentrated, but not in a cloying way. Solid tannic backbone allows the lush fruit and vibrancy to hang together in wonderful balance. Long, penetrating finish. This is in its adolescence (I think their second vintage ever), and I wonder if it will ever behave as a grown up. This one, I'll enjoy in its eternal youth.
Red
4/1/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
90 points
Darker red fruit, brooding with tannic bite out of the bottle. Licorice and lush, lighter fruit emerge on the palate. Mood lightens and harmony arrives after about three hours in the bottle. Excellent balance with fresh acidity.
Red
3/27/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
92 points
Explosive, gamey nose upon open. Settled down after about 45 minutes. Great intensity, med/dark red fruit, clove, and a hint of brown sugar. Robust, brooding, but also vibrant. 20 sec finish that leaves you pondering. Excellent.
Red
3/27/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
89 points
Surprisingly mature nose, which mostly blew off after about 30 minutes. After that, lush, medium red fruit, very good vibrancy, and excellent balance that held together over about 4 hours. Good tension and long finish.
Red
2007 Brancaia Ilatraia Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/27/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
89 points
Muted nose upon open. Very primary on the palate with a new world polish of dark red fruit with some cherry notes. Well made and satisfying, but missing the savory and earthy qualities that I typically like in Italian wines. A touch of wood also suggests that this hasn't entered its window yet.
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White
3/26/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
90 points
Diam Cork. Fresh, wet, flinty stone on the nose. Ripe grapefruit, good persistence on the mid palate. Long, classic Chablis finish. In its window, and all is alive and well.
White
3/25/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
91 points
Beautiful deep gold color. Crushed flowers and rocks on the nose. Vibrant, rich and fresh on the palate, honey flecked, soft and rounded (without any buttery fat) on the palate with still a brace of good minerality slips down, refreshing and lingering. Balanced, very good example of Cali Chard.
Red
3/24/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
90 points
Ripe cherries on the nose from the bottle upon open. In the glass, a bit of must (thought at first it might have a bit of TCA), which blew off over a two hour meal. All the stuffing is there, just a tad faded, but still enjoyable. Not quite as vibrant as some of the other Forman wines I've enjoyed from the 90s but still a pleasure.
White
3/24/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
Super mature nose ruined any remaining virtue. Nonetheless, golden hue (appropriate for the age) and saline, sweet flinty citrus palate remained. Just too long in the tooth to be enjoyable.
Red
3/23/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
91 points
Wicked good. Lush vibrant red fruit on the nose. Good sous bois and secondary notes emerging after about 30 mins. Everything is alive and well in this bottle. Great persistence and punchy finish make for a very satisfying bottle.
Red
3/17/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
90 points
Dried medium red fruit on the nose upon open. Pale red in color. In the first hour, a bit subdued on the palate, but very pleasant with good acidity and tannic balance. Fills in very nicely after two hours with a rich mid palate of strawberries and finishes strong with a warm, masculine tannic bite and plenty of minerality. In its window but can go another couple of years without much concern.
Red
3/13/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
91 points
Muted nose on opening. Within the first hour, ripe red berries and a slight gamey note emerge. Concentrated, ripe and forceful on the mid palate. Brambly with a hint of minerals on the finish. All of the stuffing is there. Just still very young.
Red
3/11/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
92 points
Lush cherries emerged from the bottle as soon as the cork was removed. Incredible mix of savory, ripe red fruit, and vibrancy made this exquisite out of the bottle. Over the following three hours, everything came into even more harmonious focus. Delicious and drinking at peak, but has the stuffing to last for another 5 years.
Red
3/11/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
89 points
Very musty nose that mostly blew off after 90 mins or so. All the raw material still alive and well. Medium/dark red fruit with still present acid and enough tannin to create a very nice harmony. The musty nose didn't affect the experience once in the mouth, but it never completely went away (or maybe I just kept think I smelled it).
Red
3/9/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
92 points
Medium red fruit and game, but still a bit muted on open. Tense and wound on the palate. After about an hour, lushness starts to emerge and the wine starts to reveal itself. After three hours, it finds itself -- and, boy is it good. Vibrant, fresh acidity and intense strawberry/raspberry fruit, but all the while maintains balance. Lingering finish with a touch of wet stone.
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Red
3/1/2016 - maxfischer wrote:
92 points
Muted nose upon open (at restaurant). After 30 minutes in a decanter, cassis/rasberry emerge on the nose. Fresh vibrancy upon entry. Plush, integrated, rich, and soft tannins on the mid palate. Lingering smooth and dusty finish. Delicious and special.
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