Tasting Notes for bongos

(60 notes on 57 wines)

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Red
9/16/2019 - bongos Likes this wine:
96 points
From Magnum. Great fill on the bottle. Wine was a delicious and pure expression of cabernet fruit. Only got better with time in the bottle. Delicious!
Red
9/12/2019 - bongos wrote:
97 points
Starts out a touch rustic, but unfurls into a beautiful wine with a few minutes in the glass. Beautifully pure red fruit. Pairs rusticity with elegance. Not sure what more you could want out of cornas.
Rosé
Purchased off the list at the Deck in Laguna Beach. Best domestic rose I've had by a country mile! Zippy 12% alcohol. Fruit is from Sangiacomo vineyard. Drinks like a great white wine, not one that you want drink ice cold to cover flaws. I suggest pulling it from the ice bucket and setting it on the table. Tiny red berries, white flowers, a refreshing mineral salinity. A killer summer wine.
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Red
11/12/2017 - bongos Likes this wine:
98 points
Strong first effort from Mike Smith and his partners. From Oakville fruit. Their idea is to source the best fruit that they can each year, so the fruit sources will evolve over time. This wine is really nice. Cool expression of black and red fruits on the nose. Hints of cacao, leather and spice box. It is long yet subtle on the finish. Almost too easy to drink. The bottle was gone all too quickly.
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Red
Textbook Northern rhone nose. Rare roasted lamb with rosemary, dark fruits, sagebrush and earth. The palate is drying out a touch and would have been better with food, but I could smell this glass all day long.
Red
I only had a small taste of this since I had to drive home. Still very young with a nice grenache like nose of black raspberry and cherry. A little sweet on the palate. Great density and lenth. For my palate, I'd wait 10+ years.
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Red
Great nose that blends primary and secondary characteristics. Red and black fruit with deep incense on the nose. Dark fruit with earth and intense minerality. Tannins are a little rough. I'd give well stored bottles a few more years.
White
It doesn't get any better than this. Mind expanding stuff. So intense and rich yet perfectly balanced and crisp. Starts with notes of red wine poached pear with clove and star anise. With time notes of butter appear with green and yellow fruits. Undulating waves of rich fruit and crisp acidity was over the palate. After hours in the glass, butterscotch notes show on the nose, but the palate is still so fresh. My second time with this wine. It is perfect.
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Rosé - Sparkling
Mostly copper color that turned pale salmon with time in the glass. Extremely deep, complex and powerful. Strawberries, pastry, earth and deep complex minerality. Very long finish. Killer stuff.
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Rosé - Sparkling
5/10/2013 - bongos wrote:
This bottle seemed a little tired. Nose of mascerated strawberries, white mushroom and cherries. Palate didn't live up to the nose and was a bit maderized.
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Rosé - Sparkling
Just a baby. Gorgeous nose of wild strawberry. Almost fools you into thinking it is ready to drink....until you take a sip and get smacked around by the tremendous spine of acid and chalky minerality. Give it time.
White - Sparkling
Fantastic wine for what I consider to be an "off" vintage. Yellow fruits, roasted nuts, and bread. Plenty of acidity to balance the ripeness. Top class champagne that is a bargin at current pricing.
Red
1969 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
Decidedly lighter and more easy going than the 68. Leans more on the red fruit spectrum and is well balanced by lively acidity. Burgundy lovers at the table prefered this while the bordeaux fans gave the nod to the 68.
Red
1968 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
Gorgeous layered dark fruits with hints of eculyptus and licorice. Serious brooding bordeaux like structure. Will easily hold for another decade.
Red
Wow! Truely impressive wine with seemingly endless layers of dense dark fruit. Also an umami component here that reminds me of kelp along with the chinese herb store smell that I find so often in young drc richebourg. Not ready for prime time drinking, but just incredible.
Red
High toned and airy nose filled with dark red fuit, smoke, earth, and iron. It is a touch closed on the palate, but leaves little doubt that it is a great wine in the making. I believe that with time more fruit will show on the palate and balance the acidity.
White
5/10/2013 - bongos wrote:
Started out very strong with pear, baked apple, and plenty of baking spice from the oak. Honey and nuts. Deep gold color. Drank well for an hour, but quickly fell apart after that. Missing a bit of acidity.
White
Not premoxed! Delicious tropical leaning fruit with a firm spine of mineral and acid. Great bottle.
Red
I'm really enjoying the top wines from this underrated vintage. Typically expressive leroy nose. Spice, cranberry, pomegranate, and raspberry. Medium in body and length, but just delicious right now.
White - Sparkling
Drinking great right now. Ripe, powerful, and creamy in texture. Coffee and pastry notes with a mix of red and yellow fruits. Killer stuff.
Red
Unreal. One of the best wines I've ever had. All of the flavors of the Northern Rhone and perfectly integrated in this wine. Beef, blood, bacon, black olive, grilled bread, plum, black berries....you name it. In the mouth I can only describe it and "spherical" like a great musigny. This should have only been bottled in magnum, because 750ml is just not enough.
Red
1990 Christophe Roumier Ruchottes-Chambertin Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
Really nice nose a brambly red and black fruit. Undertones of earth and iron. Good density on the mid palate and a long finish. Great structure of tannin and acid, but it is nicely hidden by rich fruit.
White
Very light in color. Airy nose of flint, stones, lemon and pear. Felt tight and acidic next to the 92 lafon charmes. Great wine, but this bottle needs more time to strut its stuff.
White
Notes of sulfur blow off quickly revealing ripe yellow fruits, roasted hazelnuts, and truffle honey notes. In a perfect place. Perhaps missing a touch of acidity, but drinking very well.
White - Sparkling
Light gold in color. Fine assertive mousse. Espresso, lemon, and light toffee notes. Crisp, refreshing acidity. Persistent finish. Great wine.
Red
Still dark in color and showing quite young. Nose of campfire, roasted meat, iodine, and a savory herb note. Red and blue fruits. Still a bit young for me. I would give well stored bottles more time.
White
Absolutely killer. Super rich for chablis, but this had a beautiful range of yellow and green fruits, notes of honey, roasted almonds, and truffle. Super complex and complete.
Rosé - Sparkling
1/28/2013 - bongos wrote:
When this was poured, I was wondering if they accidentally put the regular brut in the rose bottle. There was no color to it at all. With time/air, the wine became salmon in color. Strawberries, cream, pastry. Fairly powerful and it has good length, but I prefer the more developed flavors of the regular cuvee at the moment.
White
From magnum. This is already drinking very well. It was a disservice drinking it next to the perrieres, but the charmes is great in it's own right. Hazelnut, butter and yellow fruits. Fine mineral and rich pear and apple on the palate. Delicious wine.
White
Structurally perfect. It need some time to flesh out and fatten up, but if there are no premox issues, it will be perfect meursault.
Red
1991 Domaine Leroy Chambertin Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
This also took a while to open out. When it did, it was impressive. Briary dark fruit, herbs, iron, and power. This would have likely continued to improve, but the bottle was gone too soon.
Rosé - Sparkling
This is very young and needs time. It started out with a medicinal menthol like note which dominated the fruit. With time, wild strawberry and raspberry creme developed on the nose. About 3 hours in, it was firing on all cylinders showing some blood orange and tremendous power. Great wine. Amazing considering the vintage.
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White - Sparkling
This started out very disjointed. The nose was more mature notes of coffee while the palate was just raw acid. I almost wrote it off. Coming back to it 2 hrs later, it had integrated beautifully. It smelled as if you had an espresso and a freshly baked lemon bar in front of you. Fine coffee, buttery pastry, lemon curd, and custard on both the nose and palate. Really nice wine. Give it time.
White - Sparkling
12/13/2012 - bongos wrote:
Very pleasant and complete wine. Fine mineral and fresh red fruits. Delicious and easy to drink. I wish there was a bit more power and acidity. Very good, but the price is insane.
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Red
11/15/2012 - bongos wrote:
This has tremendous depth and complexity. The fruit leans more toward the black spectrum and there is an intriguing smokey incense like quality to the nose. Really strong on the palate too with plenty of dry extract, mid palate density, and a lengthy finish. I could have spent hours with it.... alas it was gone too soon.
Red
11/15/2012 - bongos wrote:
Took about 30 min to open up, but when it did, it shined. Still very fresh with crushed red cherries. Fruit forward, but very well balanced. The silky and subtle texture stood out. It was the last wine of the night and I was driving, so I only had a small taste. I'd love to get another shot at it.
Red
11/15/2012 - bongos wrote:
Perfectly mature burgundy. Fully developed flavors, no hard edges. Notes of soy and hoisin. Smoke, dark cherries, and iron. Great stuff.
Red
1993 Domaine Leroy Musigny Musigny Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
10/5/2012 - bongos wrote:
Surprisingly this was nearing maturity and showed beautifully. A smokey nose led to incredibly pure fruit. Not hugely powerful, but perfectly balanced. Not a hair out of place. Velvety and spherical on the palate. A very complete wine that leaves you wanting for nothing.
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Red
10/5/2012 - bongos wrote:
This started out very promising with an explosive nose of red and black fruit. Within 15 min, the wine had shut down hard revealing nothing but acetone on the nose. There was still fruit on the palate, but the wine was not enjoyable. One guy at dinner swore up and down that is was just shut down and needed more time. I think it was a VA issue. The wine opened a touch at the end of dinner but never kicked the acetone smell.
White
10/5/2012 - bongos wrote:
Killer. This still has a bit of sulfur on the nose, but it displays itself as a smokey, gunflint like character. It quickly dissipated and revealed an abundance of yellow fruit, custard, and flowers. There was a touch of a yeasty component that made the wine smell like cream cheese danish. All of these wonderful rich flavors were supported by an impressive spine of acidity and a fine minerality. Just spectacular wine. It was surprising to my that the acid was so good in such a ripe vintage.
White - Sparkling
10/5/2012 - bongos wrote:
Great bottle of oenotheque. Refined mousse. Very complete and seamless while retaining great power. Starting to pick up the more mature notes of coffee and toffee, but still has a youthful exuberance.
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Red
9/30/2012 - bongos wrote:
Most 97's are very open right now. That was not the case here. It took 2hrs minimum to come around. When it did, it drank as much like a cote rotie as it did burgundy. Bury your bottles for several more years.
Red
9/30/2012 - bongos wrote:
Tremendously expressive red fruit and vosne spice on the nose. At first it was light cranberry in color and a bit spritzy on the palate. This blew off quickly. The wine actually darkened in color with a bit of time in the glass while smoothing out and becoming more powerful on the palate. An exceedingly pretty middle weight wine with aromatics to die for. This probably won't get any better, but will hold for several years.
White
9/30/2012 - bongos wrote:
This had a similar flavor profile to the charmes. Butterscotch, yellow fruits, and a hint of smoke. Unlike the charmes, this had a wonderful fine minerality on the palate and great drive/power. Spectacular wine.
White
9/30/2012 - bongos wrote:
Beautiful mature meursault. Honey, butterscotch, yellow apple, and pear. Seamless and full on the palate. A touch light on acid, but that just enhance luxurious feeling of this wine. This was the first bottle out of a well stored ocb.
Red
7/14/2012 - bongos wrote:
Wow. Airy and expansive red fruited nose. You can literally smell this from across the table. Explosive leroy like aromatics. On the palate however, it is all rousseau. Just a tightly wound bundle of energy that explodes across the palate with almost painful intensity. Legendary.
White
7/14/2012 - bongos wrote:
flawed
Weird flaw. The wine had heavy VA notes on the nose. The palate was great and exactly what it should be, but the nose was so foul that I could not drink it.
White
7/14/2012 - bongos wrote:
Redemption for the pre-moxed 99. The was just a perfect bottle of montrachet. Clove and star anise on the nose alone with spun sugar, pudding, and yellow fruit. The balance between the hugely rich fruit and acid is perfect. Killer wine.
Rosé - Sparkling
7/14/2012 - bongos wrote:
At its peak and spectacular. Freshly cut white mushrooms, rose, and wild strawberries on the nose. Round fat fruit on the palate with a nice cut of acidity on the finish. Gorgeous wine.
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