Tasting Notes for M. Anthony Lee

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Red
3/22/2015 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
92 points
This is the first of several magnums. I drank all the 750 ml bottles and enjoyed them immensely. This wine is deep, dark and rich. Aromas of dark fruit, tar, and espresso burst out of the glass. This is now 10 years old and is smoothing out. The tannins are much more integrated, but still present. This could continue to drink well for another five years or more. The attack is straight forward with blackberry, currant, cocoa, and hint of tree bark. All in balance and nuanced subtly different on the front, mid palate, and finish. Full bodied and smooth, it finishes nicely. I will continue to drink over the next few days and update remarks as appropriate.
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Red
3/19/2015 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
91 points
This vintage is hitting it's stride. Very enjoyable. Glad I have a few left and a dozen more coming!
Red
2/26/2015 - M. Anthony Lee wrote:
flawed
This was the last of 4 bottles. Unfortunately, it was defective. The other three were quite enjoyable, as I remember, and would have rated them a 90.
Red
2/12/2015 - M. Anthony Lee wrote:
86 points
Nice, light, everyday drinker. Goes well with many different dishes from burgers to pasta to pizza to ribs. Seemed to improve with exposure.
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Red
2/25/2015 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
92 points
This is the first of 5 bottles. Very fragrant nose of dark fruit and chocolate. Smoooooooth! Very complex flavors of blackberry, espresso, pencil shavings, tar, and pulverized stone that support each other without any one overpowering the others. Medium bodied. Delicious. Drinking well. I'm not sure that this will continue to develop much more.
Red
2004 Rubissow Les Trompettes Mt. Veeder Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/18/2015 - M. Anthony Lee wrote:
90 points
This is the first of 11 bottles. Nice aroma for red and blue fruit with a hint of green peppers and floral bouquet. Very nice wine, predominately cabernet franc and merlot. Medium bodied with flavors of blueberry, raspberry, and chocolate. Smooth, structured and still slightly tannic after 10 years. This can continue to develop for a few more years.
Red
I'm not sure why I bought these, but the first one wasn't very notable. A typical $10 to $20 bottle of one dimensional adult grape juice similar to so many high volume, mass marketed, entry level wines. To be fair, by the third day it had smoothed out somewhat and was tolerable.
The general public may like this and it may be OK as a wine to serve at a party for people who don't drink much wine, but I don't look forward to the other 3 bottles.
Red
1/17/2015 - M. Anthony Lee wrote:
89 points
I have now had a couple bottles of both the estate grown and the reserve. Based on these, I've decided that at this point, I'm not a fan. I still have 5 bottles in the cellar, but they will either be gifts or opened for parties. They will not be something I seek to drink alone.
It isn't that the wine is bad, it just isn't much beyond fair. For the price point, there are many, much better wines on the market.
The nose is nice enough; dark red and blue berries with a hint of forest floor. The issue is with the flavor. It just seems disjointed, it doesn't really meld. Tannins indicate several more years of development and maybe that's what this needs to come together. For the time being, I leave the others to rest for a few more years and see if the results change.
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Red
1/13/2015 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
88 points
Not as enjoyable as I remember the last bottle. Nose seemed muted, even after the second day. Flavors of dark cherry, sandalwood, and herbs were very faint.
Red
1/10/2015 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
91 points
Sterling's reserve wines are smooth, mouth coating deliciousness at a great price...if you wait, watch, and can pounce. I bought a case of the 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon a few years back and have slowly begun enjoying them. At seven years, they are in a nice place. The wine is dark and fragrant in the glass. Aromas of boysenberry, blackberry, chocolate, and a hint of graphite waft from the bottle and glass. Tannins are soft and supple but present. Black and blue fruit, tar, and coffee coat the tongue. As I was enjoying this last night, I received an email from Sterling with an offer for this same wine at 60 % off and free shipping. I picked up another case to enjoy over the next few years.
Red
1/2/2015 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
91 points
Took this to dinner with our friends, because I knew they enjoyed Tempranillo. However, when I found out it was to be paired with empanadas, manchego cheese, pate de canard, and French bread, I thought I had the wrong bottle. I was pleasantly surprised that the wine blended perfectly with all.
White - Sparkling
1/1/2015 - M. Anthony Lee wrote:
90 points
My New Year's Eve champagne selection. This is a nice champagne. Smooth and creamy with light citrus flavors and a hint of toasted bread. Very fine mousse. It was an interesting contrast to the 2004 Pahlmeyer Merlot I had earlier. A tasty finish to end the evening (morning).
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Red
12/31/2014 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
94 points
Merlot? I would have sworn it was a great Cabernet Sauvignon. This was an incredible bottle of wine! Wow!
I drank this on New Year's Eve while nibbling on dark chocolate with roasted almonds.
Dark inky purple to the rim, thick, and viscous. Fragrant, with notes of dark berries, chocolate, and coffee. Lush, full mouthfeel. Nice acidity and silky smooth tannins. The tongue followed the nose and was treated to a rich, long lasting, taste of mulberries, blueberries, blackberries, mocha, tobacco, and espresso woven into a seamless explosion of flavor.
Red
12/16/2014 - M. Anthony Lee wrote:
92 points
This is from a magnum kept under vacuum between pours:
Day 1: Fragrant nose of lush black and blue fruit. Nice dark color. Full body, lots of blueberry, blackberry, and currant. Touches of mocha and espresso. Good structure, silky tannins, medium finish.
Day 2: Essentially the same. The nose may be a bit more pronounced and the tannins slightly softer. Yummy.
Red
1/4/2014 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
90 points
This is very early to drink. I'd suggest at least 2 more years, if not 4 or 5, of cellaring. Then it could move up a point or two. That being said, with air and time, it opened up to a delightful black and red fruit nose with a hint of licorice and pencil shavings. THe palate was focused red fruit with a touch of tar, licorice, and cigar box. Tannins were well integrated and with the acidity provided a nice structure for the fruit. Quite enjoyable.
Red
12/13/2013 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
91 points
This needs more time in the bottle. I'll not try anymore for at least two more years. 1st night: Red fruit; raspberries and cherries, forest floor, and a hint of ground coffee on the nose. Tart cherry, mocha, and sweet herbs on the palate. Medium length and very tannic, even after two hours of decanting. Vacuum sealed. 2nd night: I poured a glass and resealed the bottle. I was distracted with the kids, and didn't find my glass until four hours later. The wine had opened up and the nose from the previous evening was there, but more pronounced. Additionally, I detected dark fruit and a bit of vanilla. The tannins had calmed down significantly making this glass much more enjoyable. I drank with dark chocolate.
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Red
12/7/2013 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
91 points
This wine is just hitting its sweet spot. Opens up with cassis, blackberry, tar, pencil shavings and just a hint of expresso. Smooth and silky, it fills the mouth with layers of dark fruit, coffee, and vanilla.
Red
2008 Quintessa Rutherford Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/28/2013 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
94 points
Deep purple to the rim. A nose of sweet vanilla, blueberry jam, blackberries, pencil shavings, and cocoa. Full mouth feel, bursting with blueberries, blackberries, milk chocolate, and tar. This wine has a lot of life yet.
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White
12/5/2013 - M. Anthony Lee wrote:
86 points
Fresh citrus nose, grapefruit and quince on the tongue. Good accompaniment to camarones ala diabla.
Red
12/1/2013 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
88 points
The first bottle I had back in August was much better. This bottle was similar, however the nose was mustier. It was debatable whether or not the cork was compromised.
It was still nice and smooth, the tannins still sufficiently strong enough to give this wine a few more years of life. Same dark fruit with cigar box, coffee, a hint of dark chocolate, and a bit of the mustiness. Good finish.
Red
12/5/2013 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice bouquet of dark fruit with a hint of vanilla and espresso. Medium weight, blackberry and currants, dark chocolate, and toasted oak on the attack. Tannins are firm with bright acidity. This can improve with age for several more years. Yum!
Red
11/26/2013 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
93 points
WOW! I really enjoyed this. Beautiful nose of dark fruit, espresso, pencil shavings and tar. Smooth and silky with lots of potential aging left in it. Layer upon layer of nuanced flavors make this a great wine.
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Red
10/31/2013 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
90 points
Opened by accident (is that possible?), anyway, very similar to my previous notes. This is a nice wine that is too young to drink now. It has blue and red fruit that comes out with coffee grinds, tobacco, tar, and a hint of vanilla. Tannins are prominent and need time (or air) to take a back seat. My remaining six bottles will rest for at least four more years before I open the next bottle.
Red
2007 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
10/30/2013 - M. Anthony Lee wrote:
87 points
Not what I expected from a reserve chianti. It was light to medium bodied. Sour cherries and oak seemed the prominent flavors. Highly tannic. This might have been better in 5 to 10 years
Red
10/30/2013 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
93 points
I had a bottle of Hestan's Stephanie earlier this year. I absolutely loved it! Full bodied, dark fruits, expresso, dark chocolate, with subtle hints of dried meats and herbs. Tannins were silky, yet prominent. This second bottle was the same. This is a superb wine at this price.
Red
I didn't like this at all. The bottle may have been flawed, but there were no obvious indicators. I'll leave the others to rest for a long time.
Red
10/18/2013 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice, but still way too young. Nice structure. In a few years this will be a 92+
Red
8/23/2013 - M. Anthony Lee wrote:
92 points
The seven previous bottles were OK and I rated them lower, however, since I left the remaining 4 to rest a bit longer, I found it to improve greatly. The bouquet is full of fruit, mocha, and tar. A full mouth feel of blackberries, currant, dark chocolate, and pencil shavings with just a hint of forest floor. Nice length, very enjoyable.
Red
9/17/2013 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
91 points
Although smoother and softer, the tannins are still sufficiently strong to make this wine go a few more years. Nice dark fruit with cigar box, coffee, and a hint of dark chocolate. Good finish. So glad I have more.
Red
The wine is garnet colored. On the nose there are aromas of prune, raisin, and tree bark. The body is Light/Medium with a bright texture and a short finish On the tongue it tastes like raspberry, red currant, and an overabundance of oak.
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Red
4/27/2013 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
94 points
EXCELLENT
This wine is deep purple with long, slow legs. A room filling bouquet of black and blue fruit , espresso, and herbs. Flavors of plum, blackberry, black currant (cassis), blueberry, and coffee fill the mouth. The wine is silky smooth, medium to full bodied, with a long finish. I wish I had alot more of this!
Red
8/13/2012 - M. Anthony Lee wrote:
90 points
This was a jeroboam I purchased last December. Cork was perfect. Since I was the only drinker, I used a clean magnum and 750ml bottle to store the excess under vacuum.
Day 1 - Nice nose, still some dark fruit, spice, and tobacco. Fruit was abundant, the taste was dominated by sour cherry with blueberry, cassis, and a hint of cigar box. Slightly tannic. I was wondering if it was past its prime, and concerned that oxidation would render it undrinkable.
Day 2 - Nose was essentially the same. The palate softened the sour cherry flavor, somewhat, and the dark fruit came up to match it. Tannins also softened.
Day 3 - Nose began to fade, yet displayed the same qualities. At this point, the palate lost all the sour cherry flavor and dark fruit and earth dominated. Velvety tannins.
Day 4 - Same as Day 3. Matched well with filet mignon.
Day 5 and beyond - Same as Day 3.
Red
7/26/2012 - M. Anthony Lee wrote:
88 points
This was the last of four bottles.
1st night- Nice fruity nose. PAP. It was drunk without food and seemed disjointed.
2nd night, the nose seemed to have diminshed slightly. Consumed with a NY strip and was an excellent complement. Here, it seemed rounder and better balanced.
Red
7/24/2012 - M. Anthony Lee wrote:
88 points
Nose of grassy field, smooth, not much fruit.
Red
7/19/2012 - M. Anthony Lee wrote:
88 points
Nice, one dimensional wine, slight nose, good fruit.
Red
7/24/2012 - M. Anthony Lee wrote:
92 points
This was the fourth of six magnums I purchased last year. Excellent, immediately drinkable with nice fruit and smooth, well integrated tannins. Still, lots of life left. Very enjoyable.
Red
6/14/2012 - M. Anthony Lee wrote:
93 points
2 hour decant, could have used more. Fragrant nose of dark fruit and briarwood. Full bodied and lush flavors of cassis and dark cherry with subtle layers of cigar box and dark chocolate. Long finish. Contiinued to improve with time and should cellar well for quite a few more years.
Red
1996 Dominus Napanook Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/22/2012 - M. Anthony Lee wrote:
This bottle was definitely off. No rating.
Red
4/21/2012 - M. Anthony Lee wrote:
92 points
Smooth, supple, and delicious.
Red
4/3/2012 - M. Anthony Lee wrote:
91 points
First Night: The cork broke during removal which made me a bit nervous about the bottle. However, upon successful extraction, I was greeted with an aroma of dark fruit, mocha, and forest floor that filled the immediate area. In the glass, it shone a dark maroon. Lush blackberry, currant and cocoa on the tongue. Tannins were evident, but well integrated and supple. Delicious. This is a wonderful cabernet, especially for the price, at an excellent point in its development. I wish I had more. I vacuum sealed the bottle and left it on the counter.
Second Night: No noticeable difference from Night One. I'm really enjoying this, wishing I had more in the cellar.
Red
3/20/2012 - M. Anthony Lee wrote:
89 points
Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauviginon Napa Valley has been one of my everyday, on hand, wines for a few years now. The 2005 does not disappoint. The nose is mostly dark fruit with a touch of smoke. On the tongue it is smooth with dark fruit present and a slight tobacco and cocoa nuance. Not as complex as other more expensive cabs, but always a great $20 bottle.
Red
3/16/2012 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
90 points
This was my second bottle of 1989 Raymond Vineyard and Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve. The cork was intact, however, seepage was at the 2/3's mark . Reddish brown color. Musty, earthy nose with a hint of maraschino cherry. Subtle tart cherry, leather, cocoa, and earth flavors. Very different than what I remember from the first bottle.
Red
3/5/2012 - M. Anthony Lee Likes this wine:
91 points
This was the second of six magnums purchased late last year. I didn't note the first bottle, however I recall it being the same as this one. Fragrant and very smooth right out of the bottle. Tannins are well integrated with lots of fruit remaining. Medium length finish. Enjoyable with and without food.
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