Tasting Notes for Cooky474

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Red
2001 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/11/2019 - Cooky474 wrote:
92 points
Small glass at C&B Bordeaux La Paulee - beautiful now, but it is evident that it is still so young and has so much potential to improve further. Would have loved to sit with a bottle of this over an evening, or better yet, in 10 years time...
Red
2003 Clonakilla Shiraz - Viognier Canberra District Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
9/22/2019 - Cooky474 wrote:
93 points
Cork in superb condition and very high fill levels.

Initial very prominent red fruits/floral aromas dissipated during its time in the decanter and were replaced with more tertiary elements. Very balanced, medium-plus length and gloriously drinkable. Shame it was my only bottle really...
Red
8/8/2019 - Cooky474 wrote:
95 points
Decanted for about 30 minutes. This wine is in a cracking place at the moment.

Full-bodied, just entering its secondary phase, with red fruits, pepper and provencal garrigue. Very long, silky smooth finish of more than 30 seconds.
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Rosé
3/30/2019 - Cooky474 wrote:
90 points
Still lovely and fresh - helped no doubt by being under a glass stopper. Only issue I have with this wine is that it is far too drinkable & the bottle seemed to just disappear...
Red
1/5/2019 - Cooky474 wrote:
Not going to rate it at this stage as it is clearly still going through a (very) closed phase. Agree with the suggestions of the previous two posts - hold off on approaching this for another couple of years at least.
Red
11/19/2018 - Cooky474 wrote:
89 points
Lovely old-school Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon. Now fully mature, medium bodied with a very green nose. Pure enjoyment if not the most complex of wines.
Red
9/1/2018 - Cooky474 wrote:
90 points
I struggled to understand this wine. The bouquet is a heady melange of black fruits, licorice and spices from which it is very difficult to discern any one facet as your senses are almost assaulted by wave after wave of aromas rolling from the glass. In the mouth, it was full bodied, dense, smooth but concentrated and had a long length but to me it felt fat or as though it couldn't quite contain the alcohol.

Drinking this reminded me of Top Gear's description of a Holden Monaro as "a fat lazy Australian" as it was idling along at 2k revs doing 70MPH as this wine never seemed to get into gear either.

Reading other reviews, I can see why some of the high scores have been awarded and it is undoubtedly a "fine wine" but for me it didn't have the balance that I'd like to see, although my other half loved it. Maybe it was because it was PnP when it really needs a decent decant. Something to remember for the next one...
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White - Sparkling
8/20/2018 - Cooky474 wrote:
91 points
Hawksmoor wine club (Hawksmoor London Bridge): This was another 2008 base wine which was disgorged in 2014.

Certainly showing the benefits of another couple of years in the cellar now, this is no longer as pale coloured or subdued on the nose as back in 2016.

Now showing notes of toast and honey (although not to the extent shown in the other wines this evening) along with apples and pear. Medium-plus body and medium-plus length.

Drinking beautifully now and I'm yet to find a wine that comes anywhere near this on a QPR basis - a consistent performer and I look forward to getting my next 6-pack from bond.
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Red
8/20/2018 - Cooky474 wrote:
89 points
Hawksmoor wine club (Hawksmoor London Bridge): Very interesting wine. Had seen this before but never tasted it. If this had been served blind, I would have been in Oregon although others thought maybe Marlborough, which is to say that this comes across as a new world Pinot.

Nose of red cherries, not overly complex, high acidity and medium length.

A curiosity and a very interesting experience certainly, but I wouldn't look to acquire any for my cellar.
White - Sparkling
8/20/2018 - Cooky474 Likes this wine:
94 points
Hawksmoor wine club (Hawksmoor London Bridge): Appearance is still rather pale (certainly when compared next to the '95 Dom which was served just before). Lots of very fine bubbles and wonderful texture in the mouth. This is a ripe vintage certainly, but it is not flabby or fat and the wine still possesses a wonderful streak of acidity. There are now hints of toast and honey on the nose but remains very primary in the mouth with green apples prominent still (!!).

What a wonderful wine - wish I owned some of this.
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Red - Sparkling
8/20/2018 - Cooky474 wrote:
90 points
Hawksmoor wine club (Hawksmoor London Bridge): Not your typical sparkling wine. Crown seal rather than cork. Completely opaque, deep purple in colour with almost frothy bubbles (not sure if this was from travel shock). Served cool from the fridge.

On the nose, it's all black fruits (blackberries and cherries). Full bodied with medium plus length.

Final wine of the evening and not only was it not outshone, it paired remarkably well with cheese. One to look out for!
White - Sparkling
8/20/2018 - Cooky474 wrote:
94 points
Hawksmoor wine club (Hawksmoor London Bridge): Golden colour. Initially muted nose, but after 15 minutes or so in the glass blossomed into a quite wonderful champagne.

This has most definitely entered a mature plateau, with nose and palate tending toward toast, lees, caramel/treacle although there was still a streak of acidity and the wine hung together beautifully. Minimal bubbles - mousse very restrained - this was possibly closer to drinking a Grand Cru Burg (was served in wine glasses rather than champagne flutes). Long length.

Exceptional wine (sadly my second and final bottle) but would most definitely buy again.
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White
8/19/2018 - Cooky474 Likes this wine:
91 points
Don't often drink whites from Rhone, but not sure why as I really enjoyed this.

Still fresh, but no longer lean, this was full-bodied, waxy/oily in feel, tending towards ripe melons, peaches and tropical fruits. So wonderfully balanced that the high alcohol was not noticeable at all. really opened up over the course of the night and probably should have spent some time in a decanter. Would definitely buy again.
Red
1993 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
8/18/2018 - Cooky474 Likes this wine:
90 points
Really enjoyed this wine which is at peak maturity. Much maligned vintage but this is such a consistent wine that this was very good/excellent 25 years later!

No great depth or length to the wine, but still remnants of fruit, lovely tertiary development and will drink for years to come, although not sure it will be more pleasurable.
Red
8/9/2018 - Cooky474 Likes this wine:
92 points
Drunk at 67PM alongside an '06 Ermitage Pavillon which was an interesting way to drink them.

The Le Meal was a more masculine rendition of Syrah, with an abundance of black fruits and a touch of beef and leather. Silky tannins and good finish. Very well made wine and all too drinkable even if it has much more potential.

Split decision in the end as to which was the better wine, although the consensus was that this one needed more time to hit its peak than the Pavillon...
Red
8/7/2018 - Cooky474 wrote:
flawed
Taken from cellar to 67PM after reading a thread on Vinous.

KPB's note is bang on with this wine until he reaches the end of the appearance, then the VA took over.

This bottle was completely undrinkable sadly as it appears that there is a wine in there which is trying desperately hard to come out. Tried again the following day and whilst the VA had blown off a bit, it was still evident and the fruit beneath had faded to an extent. 2/3 of the bottle still sitting on the shelf looking at me, but I suspect it is for the sink...
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White
7/22/2018 - Cooky474 wrote:
flawed
Opened the last two of the case over the weekend, and these were both oxidised. One far worse than the other, but both undrinkable. Check in on these if you still have them.
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Red
6/5/2018 - Cooky474 wrote:
93 points
Well stored bottles will keep for years, but this wine is not going to get any better than this. Classic Australian Cabernet Sauvignon - still a deep purple colour, albeit with bricking around the rims, explosive nose of blackcurrants and silky smooth in the mouth, all of the elements now completely integrated. Cork fell apart on extraction and this requires decanting as there was significant sediment.
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Red
2007 Lake's Folly Cabernets Hunter Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/25/2018 - Cooky474 wrote:
89 points
P'n'P a 1/2 bottle with a pizza.

Have wanted to try a Lake's Folly for decades and this was a bit of a let down.

Nothing technically wrong with it - nose and taste very typical for a Bordeaux blend, medium bodied and medium length, but just not the special bottle which I had been hoping for.
Red
1995 Lindeman's Pyrus Coonawarra Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/24/2018 - Cooky474 wrote:
92 points
Pop and poured during the CL semi-final.

Appearance is still excellent and completely belies its age - completely opaque with very little bricking around the rims.

Nose gives off eucalyptus and buckets of black currants. Medium bodied, this was not an Aussie bruiser but rather showed that Australia can do a sophisticated take of a classic Bordeaux-blend. Medium-plus length and now completely integrated and with super smooth tannins.

Still a lovely wine drinking amazingly.
White
4/6/2018 - Cooky474 wrote:
92 points
Seriously lovely wine. Initially served too cold, but as it warmed up, the wine became completely different - beginning to become richer, more luscious and honeyed. Certainly developing nicely - shame it was my last bottle.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Château de Fargues Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/18/2018 - Cooky474 wrote:
91 points
Medium golden in colour, honey and marmalade on nose and in the mouth along with a lovely viscosity/creaminess. Medium length.

Missing a bit of acidity to take it to the next level for me, but fun drinking and without doubt a very well made wine.
Red
3/18/2018 - Cooky474 wrote:
89 points
Classically Pessac.

Given a brief decant before the lunch. Exhibiting some bricking at rims, nose of tobacco and black fruits, tannins becoming integrated, some tertiary development in mouth, medium bodied and medium-ish length.

Not the most complex or profound Bordeaux, but was liked by everyone at lunch.
White - Sparkling
3/18/2018 - Cooky474 wrote:
93 points
Last of my case and nearly 3 years since my last bottle, but this champagne remains in a fantastic place. No sense that this was declining in any way.

Golden in colour, fine and persistent beading. Nose of bread/yeast, with citrus fruits. Medium-plus length, good body.

Wish I had more, but looking forward to trying the 2008 now...
Red
12/25/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
91 points
Christmas 2017: No formal note as drunk with Christmas lunch.

From magnum, and still showing very young for a wine this old although I would drink up as even in magnum this is getting towards the end now. Probably served a degree too warm and could have done with a brief decant.
Red
12/25/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
93 points
Christmas 2017: No formal note as drunk with Christmas lunch.

This was to my mind, still showing far younger than you would expect from a second wine 17 years in age. Lovely match with the roast turkey although the wine was probably served a degree too warm. This has years left in it, although can be enjoyed now with a decant.

My favourite wine of the day.
White
12/25/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
90 points
Christmas 2017: No formal note as drunk with Christmas lunch.

This was golden in colour and had developed nutty, tertiary flavours as you would expect from a white 17 years in age. Lovely match with the roast turkey.
White
12/25/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
89 points
Christmas 2017: Still ridiculously young and showing no signs of developing that lovely classic oily Hunter Valley semillon traits - not sure if that is because it is under stelvin or whether it is just ageing at a glacial place. Still crisp, clean and young.

I really liked this and it was absolutely fantastic with the BBQ'd prawns for the first course.
Red
12/22/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
92 points
Dinner with old friends (Thai Pothong restaurant, Newtown, Sydney): I hadn't revisited one of these for a couple of years what with the remainder being stored, somewhat inconveniently, on the other side of the world.

A textbook Australian cabernet with menthol and eucalyptus. medium bodied and medium-plus length. No noticeable tannins or alcohol and whilst the wine is well into the tertiary development phase it still has some fruit.

This continues to hold up very well, although would recommend that these are either given a brief decant at home, or consumed at home as the journey to a restaurant did rather muddle the wine with very fine sediment.

My favourite of the wines at the dinner.
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Red
12/22/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
91 points
Dinner with old friends (Thai Pothong restaurant, Newtown, Sydney): Deep ruby with significant bricking. Very restrained nose showing tertiary development in the bottle. Lovely, elegant wine of medium body and medium length. Classic Coonawarra cabernet with notes of eucalyptus.
Red
12/1/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
91 points
This is a very well made wine which is certainly in the window, but no rush to finish up. Second half of the bottle drunk a couple of days later was probably better. So smooth, fresh, and a lovely blend of fruit and tertiary characteristics. Long length.
Red
9/28/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
94 points
Drunk at Noble Rot, London.

Clear appearance, slight bricking at the rims. Nose of red fruits, bacon fat, spices and leather. I could have sat smelling it for hours. Developed in the glass over the course of the evening and has years ahead of it. Only medium bodied, but long, long length.

A genuinely amazing bottle of wine, and one I am unlikely to surpass this year and am gutted that I don't own any more.
Red
10/16/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
92 points
Taken to Hawksmoor for the Monday £5 corkage offer.

Decanted for 90 minutes or so by the time we got to it. Clean appearance, still a deep purple colour with lavender and black fruits predominant on the nose. Silky-smooth in the mouth, and completely balanced given its 15% alcohol. Very good indeed.
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Red
10/14/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
91 points
Lovely, fresh, understated Australian Shiraz. Clear appearance, deep colour, black fruits on the nose. Impressive length.
White - Sparkling
9/15/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
91 points
Not sure how old this was, but believe it had the old style label and no number to look up. Drunk from Zalto universal glasses rather than champagne flutes. Fine mousse and beads. Rich, deep golden in colour, bread, yeast, honey and a little green apple. First experience of Krug and a rather lovely end to a shit week of work.
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Red
9/22/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
89 points
Opened the night before for a glass and stored in the fridge overnight. Decanted a couple of hours before drinking.

Lovely dark fruits on the nose. Consistent taste with velvety smooth tannins. Really enjoyable with a steak.
Red
8/27/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
91 points
Hadn't drunk one of these for 2 1/2 years but that's it for my case now. Really enjoyable bottle that screams southern France and Languedoc - lavender, olives black fruits. Don't think I've had a more enjoyable case of daily drinkers - shame the price has moved on...
Red
8/19/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
89 points
Thought I'd better do another note as this is bottle No.#12 and it has been two years since the last note.

Sadly, not much has changed. This wine is still not very complex, although has settled down a little (especially since the first of the bottles I opened). This is a decently made, big, bold wine, albeit with some balance. Medium length and decent daily drinker, but I just don't get a sense of joy that I get with other wines - no sense of place or terroir maybe? It tastes like a mass produced wine that could be from anywhere hot sadly...
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Red
2008 Camus Pere & Fils Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
8/19/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
89 points
Over 4.5 years since I had my other bottle of this and this one was far, far better. Textbook burgundy, albeit without much complexity. Medium bodied, short-medium length. red fruits on the palate and nose. Quite enjoyable, but not my normal wine of choice.
Red
8/5/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
90 points
Lovely bottle. Cork was in a bit of a state and looked to have some minor seepage, but the wine was fabulous.
Red
7/22/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
89 points
Still completely opaque. Inky-purple with very minimal rim. Somewhat muted nose (pnp sadly), very closed on the palate and medium plus length. Fantastic with steak but no need to rush to drink these as they've barely budged.
White
7/26/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
90 points
Still very mineral for those that like that in their white Burgundies. Medium plus length. Very enjoyable and in a fantastic place at the moment.
Red
5/15/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
91 points
My last bottle, taken to Hammer & Tongs. Reasonable amount of (very fine) sediment so would not recommend taking too far before opening.

Bricking around the rim, very typical Chateauneuf nose, of provencal herbs, lavender, and a little dark fruit. Silky smooth in the mouth and medium plus length. Completely assimilated tannins. Very enjoyable bottle of wine.

Don't think this is going to get any better - went wonderfully well with a great steak.
Red
2/26/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
- Purple color and aromas of blackberry and has flavours of blackberry. Round texture with a short finish - Very drinkable albeit without presenting anything thought provoking. Simple, rustic and enjoyable.
Red
2/12/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
89 points
Really enjoyable, easy drinking wine on this showing. By far the most I have enjoyed a bottle from this case. Medium-plus body, medium length, still an abundance of fruit and just a touch of the Rioja dust I love...
Red
2/6/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
91 points
Textbook Malbec which I thought was bang in the window. Smooth in the mouth with very silky tannins, and med-plus length. Serious acidity still noted keeping this very fresh indeed.

Not out of place next to some quite serious Bordeaux opened the same evening.
Red
2001 Château Larmande St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/14/2017 - Cooky474 wrote:
flawed
Corked
Red
8/27/2016 - Cooky474 wrote:
92 points
This appears to be fully mature, with a noticeable rim and ruby core. Clear nose and clean appearance. Nose of spices, leather, blackcurrant, smoke and meat. Completely integrated tannins, lovely, sensual feel in the mouth with long-length.

My first Chave experience and was taken to Medlar where it paired wonderfully well with grouse.
Red
2000 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/24/2016 - Cooky474 wrote:
93 points
First visit to 67PM (67 Pall Mall, London): Taken to 67 Pall Mall by a friend and it was served blind (in a flight of two). Picked it as Bordeaux straight up, but initially confusing wine as the nose said left-bank, but everything about the taste/mouthfeel screamed right.

This is still very young, a deep saturated red in colour, dark berries and chocolate on the nose, full-bodied, with noticeable tannins still, albeit they are smooth. Long, long length.

Powerful wine with years and years ahead of it, but quite wonderful with a bit of a decant and the last glass was the best...
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