Tasting Notes for Paco55

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Red
4/20/2019 - Paco55 wrote:
94 points
Needs some time in the decanter to open up but when it does you will not be disappointed. The structure and balance is there - but frankly it’s just a moreish glass of wine that keeps me coming back for another taste. Will last another decade - but it’s drinking beautifully now. Enjoy.
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Red
4/18/2019 - Paco55 wrote:
92 points
The wine is coming into its drinking window now and is streets ahead of the last bottle I had in 15. It has filled out and lost some of its sourness - quite a nice bottle of Syrah with plenty of life in front of it. Suggest it is allowed to breath for 2 hours minimum.
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Red
2004 Torbreck RunRig Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
4/12/2019 - Paco55 wrote:
94 points
What an unusual wine for an Australian shiraz. Has always had a terroir driven palate to it which never ceases to intrigue and keep me coming back for another taste. Drinking very well at the moment - a 2 hour decant opened it up nicely - but in no danger of declining anytime soon. A thought provoking and classy wine.
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White - Sparkling
2/2/2019 - Paco55 wrote:
96 points
This is in a stunning place right now. Bundles of complexity with small perfectly formed persistent bubbles - this is a show stopper. Plenty of acidity will keep this fresh for years to come but if the occasion presents itself by wait.
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Red
1/31/2019 - Paco55 wrote:
85 points
Lovely floral nose followed by striking astringent acid on the palate. The wine did not improve in the glass over the 3 hours at dinner and in fact became undrinkable towards the end and we ended up leaving half the bottle. Not sure if representative but very concerning.
Red
12/12/2018 - Paco55 wrote:
91 points
Initial decant blew off some VA and the wine was singing in the first 30min. Lovely aged classical Bordeaux with soft tertiary flavours enhancing the experience of a wine from a lesser vintage that is still drinking well. Note however that after the first hour of being open and double decanted the wine fell off a cliff. Good drinking but time to finish the remaining bottles off.
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Red
11/30/2018 - Paco55 wrote:
93 points
Tasted at United cellars chairman’s lunch - nose of black fruit and Forrest floor. Richer than the 15 tasted beside it (from a slightly cooler vintage) but equally impressive with balance, structure and a long finish. A large portion of the fruit is sourced from the original vineyard that went into Torbreck runrig and this wine shows good value against other much more expensive wines being served today.
Red
11/25/2018 - Paco55 wrote:
92 points
Lovely harmonised burgundy drinking close to its peak. Perhaps lacking the complexity of the better 1er crus and a question mark over its longevity - but a nice wine nonetheless. Drink up.
Red
11/11/2018 - Paco55 wrote:
93 points
Lovely kiwi Pinot - Fruit driven style with plenty of stuffing. Structure is there but it’s not overt and the wine is now drinking at its peak for the next couple of years.
Red
2007 Te Mata Estate Coleraine Hawke's Bay Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/8/2018 - Paco55 wrote:
93 points
Youthful showing of this great NZ wine with plenty of years left in it. Well structured and good fruit coming through. Will be interesting to see how the tertiary characteristics develop over the next 5 years. Great value here.
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Red
1990 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
11/2/2018 - Paco55 wrote:
79 points
Opened to compare it against a 90 Hill of Grace with some friends. The bottle had been taken through a r corking clinic in 2016, stored perfectly at 14degrees and should have been in spotless condition. However that was unfortunately not the case. The wine was double decanted and very muted on opening but became astringent in the glass and was not enjoyable. Very strange behaviour for what should have been an outstanding wine. I’m now wondering whether the recorking might have contributed to this issue.
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Red
11/2/2018 - Paco55 wrote:
93 points
Complex animale nose that some love for its intrigue and others might consider a Brett fault. For my part it was just on the edge of being too funky but did not detract from the wine in a significant way. The juice itself is balanced and medium bodied and holds up well after 20 years in the bottle. Drink now.
Red
6/14/2018 - Paco55 wrote:
95 points
Beautiful complex bouquet translates to a wonderful compote of dark fruit and leather on the palate. Silky fully integrated fine tannins frame the structure of this well balanced wine that continues to show earthy power into its 20s. Really lovely wine that is drinking brilliantly now and for a few years more.
Red
1998 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
6/1/2018 - Paco55 wrote:
95 points
First bottle of an unopened case of 6, cellared perfectly from the start. What a difference good provenance makes to this wine. Well integrated and, whilst quite wooded in style, the components have come together beautifully after 20 years. Seems to be drinking at peak although there is life left in it yet. Drink or hold.
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Red
3/29/2018 - Paco55 wrote:
90 points
Hot!!!!! Not sure if this will mellow over time but the heat is prominent and detracts from the whole st present.
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Red
3/22/2018 - Paco55 wrote:
91 points
Drinking well now. Floral and balanced. Lovely wine for what it is with probably a year or 2 left at its peak.
Red
2/22/2018 - Paco55 wrote:
93 points
Massive shiraz. Full throttle all the way and just a total baby in development. The fruit is dark and plentiful and the wood is trying to balance but is frankly struggling. Try again in 5 years time and hope for the best.
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Red
2/17/2018 - Paco55 wrote:
95 points
Very impressive showing. The nose is complex with cedar overtones. The wine is in a great place at the moment but there is no rush to consume these bottles. It built presence in the glass as it was swirled with no sign of early deterioration throughout the evening. Classic penfolds with plenty of class.
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Red
1/9/2018 - Paco55 wrote:
94 points
Consistent with my earlier notes. Lovely wine.
Red
2008 Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
1/6/2018 - Paco55 wrote:
92 points
Sweet cherry kirsch aromas flood the nose. This has seriousness written on it from the first sniff. The palate is all rich dark fruit and wood with a nice long finish. There’s something on the nose that says this only has 3 or 4 years left in it. But its in good form st the moment.
Red
11/5/2017 - Paco55 wrote:
93 points
The extra couple of years have added an extra point or 2 to this wine. Mellow, smooth, silky, powerful, are all words to describe this rhone style. Very very nice indeed and will improve further from here.
Red
8/31/2017 - Paco55 wrote:
94 points
Superb Pinot drinking beautifully now. Very impressive juice here that is expertly handled. One of the best Australian Pinots I've tried.
Red
8/18/2017 - Paco55 wrote:
94 points
Nose is mildly peppery with good dark fruit. The palate is well balanced with fined boned tannins running through the excellent fruit and the length is prodigious. At 10 years old this wine is a baby but is drinking beautifully all the same.
Red
7/14/2017 - Paco55 wrote:
92 points
Nose opens up nicely with an hour of air. Palate is nicely balanced with good structure and nice fruit. Tannins need to soften with some cellar time but its very impressive for a village and seriously good qpr. Give it another 2-3 years.
Red
7/9/2017 - Paco55 wrote:
92 points
Cherry and plum On the nose. Silky texture with balanced savoury and sweet fruit and fine structured tannins. This is lovely wine and surprises hugely on the upside. Plenty of time to enjoy over the next 4 or five years.
Red
7/6/2017 - Paco55 wrote:
90 points
Decanted for 30 mins and it was essential. Wine opened up well and held for a further 30 min before declining - but it was great during that period. Smooth classic australian aged Shiraz - should have been drunk 5 years ago but interesting nonetheless.
Red
6/23/2017 - Paco55 wrote:
92 points
Beautiful nose - cherry and kirsch. The 8 years of age have brought this wine together in a lovely way. It has depth of flavour and it's grown in stature over time. The palate is fuller than in its youth and it coats the mouth and persists with a long finish. Has a few years left in it without a doubt.
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Red
6/18/2017 - Paco55 wrote:
91 points
2 hour decant - which seems very worthwhile for this wine (yes I Know the general objection to decanting burgundy). But boy does this one change with a bit of air. From sour and astringent to savoury and interesting. Cannot see what the future holds for this wine but its drinking well now as long as you give it time to develop in the glass.
Red
6/11/2017 - Paco55 wrote:
96 points
Decanted for 2 hours. Beautiful Nose of dark fruits, cassis and plum - early but starting to yield. On the palate its stunning - sweet and savoury like a great Cabernet should be with so much going on that it's visceral appeal is amazing. This is impressive stuff and in 20 years it wil be going strong and blowing all and sundry away.
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Red
6/10/2017 - Paco55 wrote:
95 points
Nose of dark sweet fruit with a lingering sense of terroir on the nose. Yes it might be a touch of brett but it is enhancing rather than detracting at the moment. The palate follows through with well balanced juicy red fruits structured with tanin. A lovely wine that is drinking very well already. May improve for another 10 years but it's hard to resist now. And did I mention the loooong finish. I like this a lot.
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Red
4/1/2017 - Paco55 wrote:
94 points
Needs more time - but will be great when it gets there.
Red
3/9/2017 - Paco55 wrote:
91 points
Still very youthful with lush fruit with cherry overtones hitting the palate. Worth holding and sampling progressively over the next 10 years. I'm expecting all upside from here.
Red
2/8/2017 - Paco55 wrote:
96 points
Elegant and luscious Barolo. Sandrone nails the juice from this vineyard with stunning results in a great vintage. Give this another 10 years and then you will have something incredibly special.
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Red
1/29/2017 - Paco55 wrote:
91 points
Drinking beautifully now. Disagree with some previous tasters - I think this has excellent balance and a good 4 or 5 years of life. The fruit is savoury sweet and the wood treatment is there and holds structure very well. Excellent wine making from Farr.
Red
12/29/2016 - Paco55 wrote:
91 points
Brett hits the nose but is not that prominent on the palate. Good structure and lovely fruit with plenty of ageing potential - if the Brett doesn't kill its future first. A few issues but very enjoyable wine.
Red
11/19/2016 - Paco55 wrote:
95 points
Beautiful balanced fruit and oak. Exceptional juice here with another 10 years in front of it at least.
Rosé - Sparkling
11/14/2016 - Paco55 wrote:
93 points
Drinking beautifully at the moment. Fuller bodied style with good complexity and balance. Drank this bottle on the birth of my son today (14th). Special day indeed and the Dom was a lovely complement to the occasion.
Red
10/14/2016 - Paco55 wrote:
92 points
Beautiful balanced wine. Great fruit and fine tannins - plays way above its price point. At the cape mentelle international Cabernet tasting it was placed in the final flight against Bordeaux and Californian wine many times it's price and yet shone extremely brightly. Drinking beautifully now and for the next ten or more years.
Red
2006 Mount Mary Quintet Yarra Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/30/2016 - Paco55 wrote:
93 points
Decanted, poured glass and left balance in decanter for 2 hours. It's an understatement to say this wine needs time. The improvement over the full 3 to 4 hours was very significant. Subtle, complex, elegant, classy, balanced - all come to mind - but only after this has been given plenty of air time. It's amazing to track how the wine evolves and builds in body (medium), complexity and length (prodigious) over the evening. Very impressive.
Red
9/22/2016 - Paco55 wrote:
90 points
Good QPR here. Softening nicely into a good value Cabernet that is easy to drink. Hard to complain about this one really.
Red
8/16/2016 - Paco55 wrote:
91 points
Purchased at Athens airport on a whim to have whilst in the islands. Chilled to 18 degrees to enjoy in the heat of mid August. Sweet blackcurrant and cherry with some oak is introduced on the nose. The aroma is subtle, moorish and excellent - is this really a Greek red?? On the palate it does not disappoint and if anything is better than the nose. It has well integrated tannin structure surrounding a core of savoury fruit that tends to a long slightly sweet finish with no hint of bitterness. I've had plenty of good Greek red but this stands head and shoulders above everything that has gone before it. It is subtle, balanced, good savoury fruit and high quality oak without any astringency, overuse of oak or bitterness on the finish. What a pleasant surprise - I will be looking for this again in the future.
Red
8/11/2016 - Paco55 wrote:
92 points
Purchased at the cellar door in CdP at the recommendation of the locals. Nose of kirsch and sweet red fruits with a touch of oak. Palate is full and balanced with good persistence. Classic high quality CdP profile and no doubt about the quality of the fruit here with the 2007 vintage conditions shining through. Drinking well and seems pretty complete currently - not sure I would wait too much longer to drink these bottles but an excellent wine drinking at the top of its curve.
Red
7/30/2016 - Paco55 wrote:
90 points
Purchased in a small boutique wine retailer in Les Halles de Lyons who kept wines in a temperature controlled cellar. On the nose it is exhibiting the sweet raisiny kirsch aromas of a typical CdP in the back end of its life. Colour is brick red turning to orange. The palate is holding together somewhat although the wine has plenty of heat and the fruit is in decline. A good example of CdP however it's best years seem behind it. Enjoyable nonetheless but drink up soon.
Red
2009 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/28/2016 - Paco55 wrote:
95 points
Still quite a muted nose although yielding some subtle sweet dark fruit, liquorice, cranberry and wood. Great length and persistence, fine tannin that provides excellent structure, and superb quality of fruit complete the palate. Perhaps a little too much of everything at the moment and obviously way too young but it's still supple and creates an impression of balance and impressive quality. Try again in 5 years to check development but this is a 20-30 year wine. Outstanding.
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Red
7/8/2016 - Paco55 wrote:
91 points
Menthol and cherry on the nose but fairly unyielding at this stage. Massive palate of dark fruit, cassis and tannin. Very long finish with a slight herbal bitterness on the aftertaste. Good Cabernet but needs years to integrate and gain complexity. Drink next bottle in 5 years but should improve over next 10.
Red
2006 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
11/26/2015 - Paco55 wrote:
93 points
The nose is yielding up some great cedar, savoury and plum notes. The palate is building complexity as it ages and it is beautifully in balance with the quality of the fruit, the quality of the tannins and the oak treatment. Seems to be a good exponent of an excellent vintage and has some years in front of it for further improvement although it is starting to drink well already. If you like this style of wine you will be impressed - particularly for the price point it was at, back then.
White
11/8/2015 - Paco55 wrote:
91 points
Lovely floral buttery notes balanced with nice purity. Drinking well at 5 years old and sufficient acidity present for another couple of years but probably not much longer.
Red
11/8/2015 - Paco55 wrote:
94 points
Sweet berry nose follows up with really delicious flavours on the palate. Not a way that I would ever describe corton at this age but the wine kept me coming back to the glass muttering to myself that I was loving the taste in front of me. Kept half the bottle for 24 hours and it had developed and improved significantly - the soft tannin and bright fruit working in perfect harmony. This is going to be phenomenal in a few years time and I'm glad I have a case of it tucked away to see it through its long years of life. Excellent!
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Red
1996 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
9/19/2015 - Paco55 wrote:
97 points
Double decanted and drank over the course of the evening. Liquorice, kirsch and plum with beautiful cedar wafting from the glass. The length is extreme and the wine matches the nose and evolves from hour to hour in its complexity. For a 19 year old wine it never looks like fading throughout the 4 hour period and it's clearly at the top of its game with no rush to consume. A sparkling example of one of the worlds great wines - just superb.
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Red
9/12/2015 - Paco55 wrote:
96 points
This wine continue to blow my expectations of it away. Decanted for an hour and then drunk over the next 4 hours. Every time I take a sip the nose lifts out of the glass and the sweetness of fruit, complexity and integration with the tannins improves and improves. This will peak well into the future but it's drinking just superbly at the moment - extremely impressive drop of red.
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