Tasting Notes for azzah

(712 notes on 685 wines)

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Red
8/26/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Quite beautiful. Red fruits, boysenberry, herbs, pepper, a stony acidity and tannins. Subdued aromatics at this time. Silky palate and good length. Needs time and food to be at its best.
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Red
8/26/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Still so young, but so enjoyable. Red fruited - almost with a hint of confection - florals, blueberry, district pepper and spice. Certainly a cooler climate Syrah. Lively acidity- almost a bit spiky - but this should settle down with time. Length is good, as is the enjoyment. Certainly stood up well against a number of highly regarded syrahs of similar cost and quality.
Red
8/26/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Plush and silky with hearty red and darker fruits, but without being at all heavy. Not confectionery - the opposite in fact. Quite serious and probably needs a few more years to fully unwind. Still, very enjoyable drinking.
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Red
8/26/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
An interesting Pinot - more twigs and stems and spice than fruit driven. There’s certain red fruits in there but they feel slightly dilute and playing second fiddle. Nice acidity. Time will probably be kind. Still very nice and has point of difference. Needs food.
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Red
8/26/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
Dusty on the nose, with dark fruits and spice. Dense and intense with black and blueberry fruit, vanilla, graphite, herbs and spices. Good length but just lacks a bit of balance. Time will be kind. Enjoyable.
Red
8/10/2019 - azzah wrote:
91 points
Tightly coiled, tobacco tannins, blackberry, anise, hay, vanilla, earth. Very reticent. Definite liquorice. Just not enough depth of fruit, length or complexity for a higher score.
Red
8/5/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine is as much a product of the Barossa Valley as it is Cabernet, and it’s a beauty that’s in the zone right now. It’s arguably a bit juicy and lacks some structure, but it’s light and energetic on the palate and the flavours are long and delicious- blackberry jubes, Ribena, plums, licorice, Clove, vanilla. Drink up and enjoy.
Red
8/5/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Young and unevolved - tightly coiled even. Spicy and almost peppery, herbs, brambles, earth. Flowers on the nose - rose? Really needs a few more years to settle but should be a real beauty then.
Red
8/5/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Structured, tannic, complex and long. Aussie bush in the morning, red fruits and cherries, spice, cedar, young and unevolved. Just needs a bit of time and should be a beauty. Could be an extra point.
Red
8/5/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Great wine here - love the fine tannin structure here, which Central Otago Pinot can sometimes seem to lack. This comes across as serious, and it’s nicely structured. Savoury, spicy, stems, cherries dipped in chocolate. Long and balanced and complex. A really good wine and so enjoyable.
Red
8/5/2019 - azzah Does not like this wine:
86 points
This seems to have fallen apart a bit, with a lemony acidity seeming to dominate the fruit. Cherry, cranberry, custard, lemons and Aussie bush. But that lemon acidity is too overwhelming and really distracts.
White
8/5/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
A bit of a curio here - only made once it appears. They should have made more as it’s a very nice Riesling at 10 years old - stonefruits, lemon, honey, hay, petrol, a hint of bitterness like lemon zest. Just slightly off dry, but the acidity keeps it in check. Really enjoyable!
White
8/5/2019 - azzah wrote:
86 points
An unusual Riesling that feels a little out of whack - it’s sweet on the front palate but bitter on the back, with stone and tropical fruits, cream, petrol. It just lacks the required acidity to offset the sweetness and comes across a bit fruit juicey and flabby.
White
8/5/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
91 points
Flowers, stone fruit, pineapple, mandarin. Just off dry but with good acidity to offset any residual sugar. Nice complexity and juicy, tasty flavours. Right in the zone now.
White
8/5/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Flowers, citrus and grapefruit, stones, hints of honey and petrol. Tightly coiled still, energetic and long flavours. Feels like it’s going somewhere. Yum.
White
8/5/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
Lemon, Granny Smith apples, fennel, grapefruit, spritely, stoney acidity. Light and mineral but with good density of fruit. Just showing hints of honey from age. Very smashable!
Red
8/5/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
90 points
Pretty good, approachable wine here, without hitting the stars. Nice fine tannic structure with red fruits, darker cherry, forest floor and supporting oak. My only concern is a hint of Brett which was more noticeable the next day, but which might become more prominent with time. Other than that, very enjoyable.
Red
8/5/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
91 points
Right in the drinking zone but with plenty of life left. Perhaps just a bit simple for a higher score, and lacks some length, but the deliciousness is high - black cherry and berries, hints of eucalyptus, bay leaf, earth and mocha. A real pleasure.
Red
8/5/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Dark, dense, inky colour. Palate staining. Superb depth of fruit and stunning length. Violets, Cassis, earth, graphite, tobacco, chocolate, custard. Love the structure and persistence. Approachable now but should be a beauty in another 5!
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Red
2010 Château Les Ormes de Pez St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/5/2019 - azzah Does not like this wine:
87 points
Not a great showing - volatile acidity, egg and chemicals, sit alongside some blackcurrant and red fruits. Feels a bit soft and flabby and lacking line or length. Disappointing.
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Red
8/5/2019 - azzah Does not like this wine:
85 points
Not a great showing today - definite Brett on the nose, along with distracting egg and chemicals. The palate is an improvement with simple flavours of cassis, bandage, gravel and hints of vanilla. One to miss.
Red
8/5/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Bold, imposing Cabernet - structured and long with still assertive but resolving tannins, and flavours of blackberry, plums, aniseed, chocolate, vanilla, earth and cedar. Pretty full bodied but certainly not flabby or over the top. Just delicious.
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White
6/29/2019 - azzah wrote:
90 points
Had over two nights but it’s quite lean with unripe melon and herbs. Quite spiky acid with not enough body or fruit depth. 90 for me.
White
6/29/2019 - azzah wrote:
90 points
There’s some decent stone and grapefruit, but it’s getting a bit of petrol on the nose and the acidity is a bit spiky for me. The fruit is certainly subsiding- probably quicker than I would expect. Drink up.
White
6/28/2019 - azzah wrote:
91 points
Nice Chardonnay but a bit pedestrian - certainly not up with the best vintages. Lime, herbs, melon, spicy/nutty oak. Acidity is just a bit spiky and it lacks a bit of cohesion and lusciousness. Not sure it will get any better than now.
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White
6/25/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Peach, melon, lime, honey, vanilla, cashew. Creamy, buttery texture but with a fine line of acidity underneath. Oak is prominent but not distracting. A beautiful Chardonnay of some complexity.
Red
6/24/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Really good. Lots of gritty tannin, black fruits, olive, meats, graphite. Just delicious and will go a lifetime.
Red
6/24/2019 - azzah wrote:
91 points
Lots of red fruit flavours - cherries and berries, with hints of liquorice and vanilla. Unfortunately there was also band aid and barnyard aromas that are just starting to distract from the fruit and will probably worsen over time.
Red
6/24/2019 - azzah wrote:
92 points
This came across a bit sweet and raisined, although not porty. Certainly some minty/herbal characteristics, along with darker fruits and pronounced fennel. Enjoyable enough but this vintage certainly didn’t hit the high notes of other vintages- esp 04 and 05 for me.
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Red
6/24/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Blackberries and currants, meat, blood, pepper, graphite. Tannins slowly resolving into the wine. Good length. Just a smashing drink.
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Red
6/24/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
95 points
This was pretty sensational. Never would have picked it blind as Hunter, but who cares - it’s a beautiful wine and reminds you why we bother cellaring bottles. Deep red colour - not the usual vibrant purple I’m used to. Lots of dark berries, liquorice, cocoa, earth, spice. Feels stronger than 13.4% but it’s not distracting. Just a middle age, tasty, balanced wine of some beauty and interest.
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Red
2010 Clonakilla Shiraz - Viognier Canberra District Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
6/24/2019 - azzah wrote:
92 points
I think this was better a few years ago. It seems the fruit has faded somewhat and a green, stalky aspect has become more prevalent, which is a bit distracting. Still a good wine - red fruits, pepper, spice, leather, but drink up.
Red
6/24/2019 - azzah wrote:
91 points
Quite amazing structure to the wine - certainly built to last and probably drunk too young. I did find it a bit hot and confectionary though, but i did enjoy its flavour profile - lots of forest berries, fennel, chocolate. It certainly divided the room on its quality and drinkability. It’s a wine id like to try with 10 years+ on it, but that I don’t necessarily want to invest in.
White
6/24/2019 - azzah wrote:
90 points
Ok – I like a bit of winemaker influence in Chardonnay, but this was pushed to extremes and I can’t say was at all enjoyable. I do like to smell other things in my wine besides burnt match and smoke. And, yes, I did decant for a few hours. There some reductive flavours too, along with peach, melon, honey, nuts and vanilla. I’m not convinced this is ever going to come together in a cohesive whole, like great wines should.
White
6/24/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
90 points
This was pretty good with white peach, nectarine and grapefruit flavours, with creamy vanilla and nutty spice in the background. Pretty full bodied with good length and intensity of fruit. Was perhaps more developed than what I expected - it was quite a deep yellow colour - and the soft acid makes me suspect it’s more one for the short to medium term.
White
6/24/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
It is very good and very approachable already. Their best release in some time I think. Had me swooning. White peach and nectarine, with some supporting grapefruit acidity and lovely nutty, vanilla oak. Almost looks like water when poured. Balance and length.
White
6/24/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Bloody wonderful but perhaps lacking a little complexity of the greats. No alcohol issues from me. Just luxurious, full bodied but not overblown Chardonnay. Looking very youthful at 10 years and will certainly go 10 years more. Grapefruit, peach, hints of tropical fruit, honey, cashew and vanilla. Great length. The type of wine I love to drink!
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White
6/24/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Really intensity of fruit here - lemon, green apple, hints of peach and honey. Floral on the nose. But it’s the driving, minerally, refreshing acid that makes its mark here. Long flavours. Delicious now but certainly a good future ahead for the next five to ten years.
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White
6/4/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Loved this. Intensity with lightness and texture. White peach, grapefruit, oats and vanilla. Maybe a little fennel even. Just feels balanced and whole and completely delicious.
Red
5/30/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
This really ticked all my boxes. Medium bodied with almost a minerally acidity, with red fruits predominantly but also some darker, earth, herbs, licorice, and some more spicy, savoury, deli meats. Love that savoury aspect. Medium to long flavour with fine tannins. All good.
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Red
5/22/2019 - azzah Does not like this wine:
86 points
Red cherry and perhaps strawberry fruit but it’s somewhat distracted by burnt rubber and medicinal aromas and somewhat bitter tannins. Lacking a purity of fruit and length in flavour. Not for me.
Red
5/13/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Great wine - at it's peak I think but will continue ageing slowly and gracefully. Pretty full bodied, with blackcurrant, chocolate, bay leaf, vanilla. Maybe lacks some freshness and complexity but the drinkability and enjoyment is high.
White
4/20/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Great, beautiful, developed Chardonnay. Creamy peach and lemon, honeyed nuts, vanilla and spice. Good length and acidity, though it’s pretty full bodied. Drink up.
White
4/18/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
It’s always great when you cellar a bottle and it rewards you for doing so. This was tremendous. Even my partner was taken aback. Quite stone fruity on the nose - even apricot - though mainly peach/nectarine, but the full bodied palate was more citrusy, with honey, vanilla, spice, and a savoury, almost charcuterie backdrop. It’s not the most balanced or linear Chardonnay but length, complexity and deliciousness all outstanding. This and the Bindi Block 5 made for a good night out.
Red
4/18/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
95 points
A pretty great example of aged Australian Pinot noir - at 9 years old, still fresh but with wonderful texture and building complexity. Could go another 10 I reckon. Tannins are still there but taking a back seat now. Darker cherries, chocolate, spice, aniseed, earth. Just love the texture - still feels slightly coiled and full of energy - like its yet to fully relax. The best length I can remember in an Aussie Pinot. A bit of an eye opener for me. Wish I had another bottle!
White
4/18/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
90 points
I thought this was ok, but it seemed to lack a bit of body and fruit - it felt like it was thinning out rather than filling in. I’m not sure about the oak treatment either - it seemed a bit obtrusive for the style. Good aromas - lending to citrus and stone fruit, but certainly more in the lemon/grapefruit zone on the palate, with long acids and vanilla oak. Definitely needs a few more years but difficult to pick where this is going.
Red
3/21/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
Pretty approachable already, especially for a 2010. Vibrant nose with lots going on - flowers, darker cherries and berries, and some herb bush (im assuming from some whole bunch ferment). Spice on the palate too. Needed a few hours to come together and certainly improved over time. Good length and highly enjoyable.
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Red
3/4/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Just beautiful. This has aged fantastically - right in a younger drinking zone with plenty of fruit but some nice complexity and spice coming through. Red berries and cherries, plums, flowers, hints of game and leather. Nice balance and medium plus length. Will live but no Prova consuming now.
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Red
3/4/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
Jeez I enjoyed this. Great Burgundy at a relatively reasonable price and already pretty approachable. Bursting with red berries and dark cherry fruit. There’s almost some plummy jammess. Good acid and length and balance all round. Slurpable.
White
3/4/2019 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Really enjoyed this. It’s ripe without being overripe, with classic lemon flavours edging into peach and tropical fruit flavours. Flowers too on the nose, with hints of vanilla from some good oak (but far from overbearing). Minerally acid with medium plus length. Highly enjoyable.
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