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Tasting Notes for azzah

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Red
2/5/2023 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
A syrah with a bit of difference. It’s pretty dusty on the nose, with black fruits and spice coming through, but that old cupboard aroma is definitely there. Lots of dark berry fruits, but I reckon it does have some sweet sultana on the front and middle palate, but the back palate is savoury interest with tobacco and anise. Maybe lacks a bit of line if I were to be critical, but this wine is right up my alley. Delicious, flavoursome, complex and interesting. Impact without heaviness.
Red
2/5/2023 - azzah Likes this wine:
95 points
Impactful and memorable Shiraz here. Deeply flavoured with dark berry fruits but all held in check with some wonderfully gravelly tannins. Lots of meaty, pepper and clove spice to bringing interest. Some real length here and the acidity is perfectly pitched - this is not a heavy Shiraz in any way. Just great drinking.
Red
2/5/2023 - azzah Likes this wine:
97 points
Just outrageously grand. Up there with the Pinot greats. Balance, length, complexity, just beguiling aromas and flavours. Strawberry, red plums, stems, forest floor, mushroom, spice. Florals on the nose. Every sip a dream. What a wine.
Red
2/5/2023 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Thought this was superb for a young Bordeaux. Complete, complex, long, approachable but with ability to age, balanced, and an overall deliciousness. Lots of red berry, plum, cassis fruit, with gravel, spice and anise. All the components are there for a good stint in the cellar and to develop into a beautiful wine! I’m probably being a bit stingy with the score.
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Red
2/5/2023 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
Still a dark purple/red colour. A bit of a floral touch on the nose, but this is primarily about deep dark fruits - think blackcurrant and plums, maybe some dark berries too. Hints of eucalyptus but pretty restrained compared to some Coonawarra cabs. The depth of fruit and length of flavour are unquestionable. However, not a lot of tertiary development and a bit of stewed fruit coming through. Feels likes it’s just getting old rather than developing any real level of complexity.

So overall a very nice wine but lacking the complexity for a higher score, and I’m honestly unsure about whether this wine would develop in a positive way in the future.
Red
2019 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/27/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Florals on the nose. Medium bodied, but with long flavours. Dark plums and berries, almost a cranberry-like acidity, a hint of salinity, anise, maybe even a bit of leather and meaty complexity. I really like the minerally acidity - it’s been pick to maintain freshness - and the very fresh tannins. Should age a beauty but no problems decanting and drinking a bottle now.
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Red
11/23/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
High quality Eden Valley Shiraz - had that typical sage and herb thing streaking through the blackberry and cherry fruit, earth, pepper, chocolate. Good length but just a bit rugged for a higher score.
Red
2015 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/23/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
96 points
Thought this was pretty spectacular and worthy of the accolades and points it has received. Real depth and length of flavour with real sophistication and developing complexity. Red fruits- kinda cranberry-like, black and blueberry, graphite, herbs, tobacco, chocolate. There’s still some pretty assertive tannins in a positive sense, and there’s the structure there to live and evolve for a long time. But great drinking now.
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Red
11/23/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Ruby red colour. Red berries and darker cherries, earth, anise, almost a bit chocolatey. Some florals on the nose too. Tannins still pretty assertive and this took some decanting to open up. Probably needs another few years but highly enjoyable now. Decent length. Good.
Red
11/23/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
95 points
Very good and more to come - this feels it just at the beginning of a long, evolving life. Red berries, a hint of darker cherry, granitic acidity, white pepper, clove, earth, herbs. Just starting to develop some tertiary complexity. Long palate and fine but assertive tannins. Save for another five years and should be a beauty.
Red
10/31/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Glowing red/purple colour. Really structured - almost tea-like tannins - and in need of a decent decant to loosen up a bit. Then both dark and red fruits, herbs, meats, a hint of pepper, anise and earth. Really like the structure here and the length is a standout. From my read, not as good as some previous vintages - the fruit depth is not quite there - although this will need longer to come around. Still, a high quality wine with some individual personality.
Red
10/17/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
Really glossy, silky wine here - not a hair out of place. Perhaps a bit too neat and almost lacking in excitement? Lots of purple fruits here - almost grapey, with just a hint of red fruit confection. Some earth, vanilla and burnt rubber in the mix. Medium length. That burnt rubber flavour is just a bit off-putting. Still, overall a very good grenache.
Red
10/17/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Floral, berry nose. Deep red colour. Really starting to evolve at nine years - still fruit driven, with red and dark berries, plums - but also earth, leather and just a hint of game meat starting to come through. Good density of fruit, fine tannins and medium plus length. Honestly probably needs a few more years yet to soften up, gain complexity and become more expressive, but still very enjoyable right now.
Red
10/5/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Thought this was really good with a long life ahead. Love that stoney/minerally acidity. Blackberry and cherry, mineral, spice, dark cherry, florals. Real focus and line with medium plus length. Very enjoyable.
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Red
10/5/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Thought this was pretty outstanding. Real intensity of flavour here but without heaviness. A darker fruited Pinot - think red and black cherry, plum and chocolate, earth. Starting to develop some forest floor and meaty complexity. Still a long way to go but already pretty impressive.
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Red
9/26/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Jeez I really loved this wine - not something I’ve often said about a young Barbaresco. Still lots of crunchy tannins, but not so much that it’s difficult to enjoy. Just so much complexity and interest - a melange of bright red fruits, classic roses and tar, Italian herbs, earth, a hint of anise and vanilla. Well balanced for a stint in the cellar and medium plus length. A produce to watch with great price and quality.
White
9/13/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
95 points
Wow this has taken a few years to really hit its straps but it is singing now. I honestly thought it was a bit lean in its early years but it’s really filled out to something quite special. What sets it apart is the lively, crystalline acidity which really drives those flavours long and linear. It’s like it dances on the tongue - grapefruit, white pear, pear, nutty/biscuit oak. Some white flowers. A hint of honey. Seriously good and can’t help but think it might get better with a bit more age and complexity.
Red
9/13/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
Highly enjoyable. Not overly oak at all – which apparently Ratti wines have a reputation for. Pretty light on its feet and remarkably approachable for a Barolo of this age. Good, bright red fruits, Italian herbs, florals, vanilla, a hit of anise. It was about as close to a smashable Barolo as i think you could get.
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Red
9/9/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Very smart Grenache from very old vines. I must admit I’ve found a few previous vintages of this wine a bit hot and confectionery for my liking, but this is in the zone. There’s still lots of raspberry/strawberry flavours, but they tend to not edge into jamminess, with chocolate, herbs and some florals on the nose. It’s a big wine, no doubt, but it seems to have the acidity to keep it fresh. Good to go.
Red
9/9/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
95 points
This far exceeded my expectations for what was not a great vintage. Spice and pepper, herbs and berries, eucalyptus. Real balance and complexity in a cool climate syrah dress that really draws you back in again and again. It’s the structure here that really sets it apart. Really complex and beautiful.
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Red
9/8/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Interesting to try a ‘reserve’ Australian merlot. Not many of them around, or at least with any quality. This is good - lots of plum, boysenberry, orange rind, meaty flavours. Minerally, orange juice acid. Dips a bit in the mid palate bit lots of interesting front palate fruit and back palate savoury interest. Good depth and length and highly enjoyable.
Red
8/16/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
I really enjoyed this but I can see it being polarising. It’s a big, bold pinot - bold flavours, bold tannins, intense. Meat, blood, dark fruits, spice. I’d almost guess syrah, but it’s still identifiable as Pinot. Real structure to those tannins. Feels like the product of a hot vintage. It’s a quality wine although not for some.
Red
2010 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/16/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
A lovely, medium bodied Cabernet. Florals and fruit on the nose. Blackcurrant and berries, some red berry action too, stony acidity, spice. If I was to criticise, it would be that I found the vanilla/custard oak a bit too prominent, although it settled more into the wine the longer it was open. The tannins have already softened significantly, although real complexity yet to come. Maybe lacks a bit of fruit depth and length for a higher score. Still, a high class wine.
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Red
8/16/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Definitely one of the best RBPs in recent years. Real balance and deliciousness here. It’s more red fruited - berries and cherries, but blackberry and plum make an appearance too, with some salt bush, vanilla, spice and a hint of pepper. There’s Barossan fruit depth there, but it’s almost medium bodied in its approach. I like the cohesiveness here - I feel like there’s been a few vintages lately that have been a bit arms and legs, whether this feels more complete. So drinkable.
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Red
8/13/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
95 points
Powerful Shiraz. Old vine depth. Meat and blood. Black and boysenberry. Earth and pepper. Real depth of fruit but with stony acidity keeping things fresh. Good length. Very fine tannins. Drinkable now but probably better with a few more years to develop further complexity.
Red
8/13/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Took about an hour to open up. Quite tight and restrained. Drenched in hillside herbs and flowers, red fruits, bits of anise and pepper. Stony acidity. Medium plus length. Should be stunning in a few more years.
Red
8/4/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
This is a brilliant wine. I grabbed a few bottles as a bit of a curio as the Hunter Valley is a pretty warm region known for its shiraz, not pinot. It is much better than that - it is a genuinely outstanding wine.

It's not dry reddish at all - just a distinctly unique representation of pinot from very old vines (100+ years) and a rare terroir. Red cherry and red berries, a gentle earth and spiciness, some nutty biscuit oak. Delicious, engaging and compelling - definitely up there with my favourite wines this year.
Red
8/4/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
I've previously underscored this and time has been kind. Tannins are now largely resolved and this has blossomed with tertiary flavours of mushroom, forest floor and truffle, over more primary black cherry and plum fruits. Really complex but complete, with medium plus length. Very much towards the top tier of Australian pinot noir.
Red
2017 Ravensworth Estate Shiraz Viognier Canberra District Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
7/15/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Thought this was very good and right in the drinking zone. Black cherry, blueberry, anise, hints of pepper and spice, a hazelnut flavour, vanilla biscuit oak, a bit of black olive on the back palate. Lots of complexity but really comes together in a cohesive package. Good length. Almost a bit deceptive on the first sip as it doesn’t have the fruit depth of some, but it’s a wine to sip and appreciate the finer details.
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White - Sparkling
6/27/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
97 points
Had a number of top end 2008 Champagnes now, and for me this was up with the best of them. Florals, citrus fruit and rind, golden delicious apple, freshly cooked bread. Beautiful, zingy, refreshing acid that drives the dense flavours long. Just love the line and purity of this wine, and those fine beads are a thing of beauty. Great drinking now but will obviously live a long time.
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Red
6/14/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
Red cherries and berries, spice and earth. Hint of vanilla from oak. It’s pretty simple at this point in time, but has good concentration of fruit and medium length. A joyous wine to drink with gusto.
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Red
2004 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
6/14/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
98 points
Probably as good as South Australian Shiraz gets, and certainly up there with the best Australian Shiraz I have tried. It’s certainly intense and the depth of flavour is profound, but it’s still quite light on its feet with good acidity and resolved tannins. Certainly not gluey or syrupy in any way. Quite evolved now, but the power of the fruit means it will continue to age for many years to come, but in a perfect window of drinking for my tastes. Lots of complexity - blackberry, cassis, dark cherry, plums, soy, meat, charry vanilla, spice, anise, black olive. Layers of aromas and flavours. You can honestly still tasted the wine two or three minutes later. Fantastic and profound stuff.
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Red
6/14/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
All a bit muted today and stood up a bit by some German and French counterparts. Really muted aromas even after a good decant. There’s some red berries and plums, a hint of chocolate, spice, earth and vanilla. Just a bit four square. Medium length and silty tannins.
White
6/14/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Lots of interest here and nice to have something different. Smoky, vanilla oak, peach, minerals, gooseberry, maybe something like anise. Sparking acidity that really drives the long flavours. So good and sure to age a treat.
White
6/14/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
This bottle from magnum a lot better than last. Beautiful peach and nectarine stone fruits, a hint of citrus, creamy vanilla, caramel and butter in the background. Perfect age to drink - it’s has length and depth of flavour. Drink up and enjoy.
Red
6/14/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Enticing, complex aromas. Red berries, darker plums, anise, herbs, tobacco tannins, just a hint of vanilla oak. Even a bit earthy. Layers of flavour here, still wrapped in some pretty assertive tannins. Length is good. Lots of interest. Will live for a long time.
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Red
6/14/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
95 points
Just brilliant. Florals, Red fruits - berries and cherries, garrigue, stone fruit, vanilla and spice. Love the impression of creaminess the addition of some white varieties brings to the wine. It’s perfectly ripe and balanced - no heaviness or over-ripeness. Love it.
Red
6/14/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
96 points
What a wine. As good as some seriously good Grand Cru’s that I’ve had. The aroma just leaps from the bottle and fills the air. Flowers, red cherries and berries, stems, forest floor, anise, a hint of well integrated vanilla oak, spice. Real intensity on a the palate but without heaviness. The flavours roll on and on. A real star and a memorable wine. Shows why when Pinot is great, it really is the list enticing and interesting of all grape varieties.
Red
6/8/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
Took a few hours in the decanter to really strut its stuff. Felt a bit washy at the beginning – like the product of a wet vintage. Really meaty though – love a bit of meat in my Shiraz. Definitely gains body with air and lots of spicy dark fruits.
Red
6/8/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark cherry, plum, dark chocolate, earth, spice. Balanced with minerally acid but perhaps lacking a bit of depth and length for a higher score. Smells great. Good wine but a bit forgettable.
Red
6/8/2022 - azzah wrote:
90 points
Not sure why, but certainly not as good as a previous bottle. The fruit and bit muted and the acid and tannin a bit too prominent. All a bit out of balance.
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Red
2009 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend (view label images)
6/7/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Very nice Tig - right in the drinking zone. Black cherries, cassis, a hint of red fruits, cedar, espresso. Silky palate - it’s all very suave and seductive. The bottle went too quickly.
Red
5/22/2022 - azzah Does not like this wine:
82 points
Really not a great bottle. Farmyard, meat, rubber. It's even spritzy, which is very offputting. Enough said.
Red
5/22/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Very good shiraz here from a high quality vintage. Boysenberry, black berry, earth, leather, hints of anise and a slight meatiness. It's certainly developing some nice tertiary complexity well ahead of what I was suspecting, which was a bit of a surprise. Certainly in the drinking zone now. Seamless and long. It just doesn't have the amazing density of flavour some of the other great Hunter 2014 shiraz have.
Red
5/22/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Really enjoyed this, but not sure the quality to price ratio is there. Blueberry, black pepper, vanilla, a savoury vegemite-like flavour. Very smooth and seamless with a minerally acidity keeping things fresh and long. Love the Hawkes Bay pepper.
Red
5/22/2022 - azzah Does not like this wine:
87 points
There's some nice berry fruit under there somewhere, but the barnyard and metallic flavours overwhelm them all. The acid is pretty sharp and spiky too. Not a good Burgundy.
Red
5/22/2022 - azzah Does not like this wine:
86 points
I've had one bottle of this that was beautiful, but this one was brett infested and angular. Not pleasant at all.
Red
5/9/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Such good drinking now. Florals, red fruits, darker berries, anise, herbs. Lots of complexity and depth of flavour - its big but not overly heavy. A very good bottle of CdP.
White
5/9/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Wonderful chardonnay here. Hints of chablis but with a bit more body. Lemons, salinity, grapefruit, minerals, just a whisper of very integrated vanilla and nut oak. A bit of honey developing too. The flavours just roll on, the acid is lively and the flavours complex but harmonious. Just delicious and I wouldn't be surprised if this had another 10 years in it.
White
5/9/2022 - azzah Likes this wine:
95 points
Well my previous tasting note was right in that this wine needed more time, but I definitely underscored it. It's right in the zone now. The balance is impeccable and the length is outstanding. No rough edges here. Honey, peach, melon, grapefruit, nuts, hints of biscuits and vanilla. Real harmonious complexity. Each sip a real delight.
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