Tasting Notes for Samuel Sze

(28 notes on 28 wines)

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Red
4/16/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
90 points
Deep blackcurrant colour, the nose is of oak, fragrant and perfumed; black fruit, truffle, violets and cigar box. Slight spicy finish. Medium plus body and finish.
Red
2009 Croix de Beaucaillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/16/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
93 points
Vanilla, earth, oak, blackberry and blueberries, with spices, follow through to a full body, and long finish with black fruits, tea, licorice, mineral, graphite and floral. Very good.
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Red
2009 Confidences Du Chateau Seguin Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/14/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
92 points
Kirsch, black currants, camphor, and tobacco aromas and flavors. Very concentrated. Made from Old Vines, bigger and bolder. Long finish. Need time in the decanter.
Red
4/14/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
91 points
Spicy red fruits and cherries aromas with herbs and aromatic flowers. Red berry flavors, blood orange and strawberries mouth feel . Finishes with slight sweetness, soft tannins and white pepper. Need some time in the decanter.
Red
1996 Château du Tertre Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/12/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
90 points
Random tasting with Nic and Bryan

Medium Garnet. Fragrant and fine Margaux; wonderfully mature and well developed nose of tobacco, oak, farmyard and savoury. Palate well balanced; tobacco, blackcurrants leaf, mint, and some plum and red fruits; nicely balanced with rounded tannins. Good and fully matured wine.
Red
2012 Dominus Napanook Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/12/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
90 points
Random Tasting and Drinking with Bryan and Nic

Decanted 30 minutes. Deep Purple, big, intense wine. Full body and long finish. Red cherry, plum, smoke, licorice, wild flower, cinnamon and spice . Jaminess. The tannins are silky and polished. Very concentrated. 14.5% Alc. Perhaps just a little over ripe and heat to it. But overall a good wine.
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Red
3/20/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
91 points
Afternoon Australian wine tasting.

Decanted 1 1/2 hours

The wine is clear with deep purple colour and legs.

On the nose it is clean with medium intensity with aroma of plum, prune, blackfruits, liquorice, pepper, spice, herbs, and leather.

On the palate it is dry with medium acidity, low tannin, medium plus body with medium to medium plus flavour intensity and characteristics of plum ,cocoa, mint. Medium plus finish. Good wine. Drink now.
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Red
3/20/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
93 points
Afternoon Australian wine tasting.

Decanted 2 hours.

The wine is clear with deep purple colour and legs.

On the nose it is clean with medium plus intensity and aroma characteristic of coffe, cocoa, liquorice, black fruits, pepper, herbs, leafiness, plum, prune, oak, and vanilin.

On the palate it is dry, low acidity, medium minus tannin, medium plus body, medium plus intensity with flavours of plum, stewed fruits, cocoa, coffee, mint eucalyptus, blackfruits. Medium plus finishing. Very good wine. Drink now with potential for aging.
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Red
3/21/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
94 points
Afternoon Australian wine tasting. Cracked capsule and sign of seepages from the bottle.

Decanted for 1 1/2 hours.

The wine is clear with deep purple colour and legs.

On the nose it is medium plus intensity, with aroma of plum, blackfruits, jaminess, cooked fruits, cassis and kirsch. Devloping? Perhaps not due to bottle condition. Too jaminess and cooked fruits, reminded me of a Languedoc Syrah.

On the palate it is dry, with medium minus acidity, medium tannin, high alcohol, full body, pronounced flavour intensity of red fruits, pepper, chocolate, eucalyptus, cooked fruits, mint, and liquorice. Finishes Long. Outstanding wine. Drink now with pontetial.
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Red
3/20/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
93 points
Afternoon Australian wine tasting.

Decanted for 1 1/2 hours.

The wine is clear with deep purple colour and legs.

On the nose it is clean, pronounced intensity, aroma characteristic of liquorice, dark cocoa, pepper, prune, kirsch, cassis, jaminess, vanilla, and oak.

On the palate it is dry with low acidity, medium tannin, 15% alcohol, full body and pronounced intensity and flavour of plum, spice, pepper, red fruits, vanilla, chocolate, eucalyptus, coffee. Finishes long. Very good wine on this ocassion as compared to tasting it 2 years ago which was outstanding. A little disappointing, fell flat in the end, and lack of fruit structure to hold. Maybe it is just going through a dumb phase. Only the future will tell. Keep first. Or perhaps drink it after decanting for a short while, too much air doesn't do it any good.
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Red
3/20/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
89 points
Afternoon Australian wine tasting. Bottle 08126

The wine is clear with medium plus garnet/tawny colour and legs.

On the nose it is clean medium flavour intensity of plum, oak, chocolate, tobacco, vanilla, and slight mint/eucalyptus.

On the palate it is dry with medium minus acidity, low tannin, 13.5% alcohol, medium body with medium flavour intensity with flavours of tobacco, oak, eucalyptus, spice(pepper), plum, leafiness, earth, leather, savoury, and meaty. Finishes medium. Good wine. Drink now and over the next 2-3 years not suitable for aging.
Red
3/19/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
flawed
Tasted at a wedding in Setia City Conventional Centre, KL
together with Chateau Senejac 2009, 2010, 2012

Somehow this Penfolds Bin 707 doesn't feel magical, perhaps has gone through a lot of heat stress.

Clean, medium garnet/tawny with legs.

Nose: Clear, Medium Intensity of Kirsh, oak, cocoa, raisiny and cooked fruits

Palate: Dry, Low Acid, and Tannin, No fruit structure, hollow, Medium intensity of cooked plum, raisiny, and sultana. Medium body and finish
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Red
2012 Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/19/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
86 points
Tasted at a wedding in Setia City Conventional Centre, KL
Part of a Mini Vertical of Chateau Senejac 2009, 2010, 2012 (Not decanted)

Clear, medium ruby with legs. On the nose it is clean with medium intensity of vanilla, oak, cocoa, red cherry and berry, and cassis.

On the palate it is dry with medium acidity, medium tannin, medium alcohol, medium body, and medium flavour intensity of plum, black fruits, graphite, oak, green leaf and astringency in the tannin. Medium minus finish. Acceptable wine, drink now to 2022
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Red
2010 Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/19/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
88 points
Tasted at a wedding in Setia City Conventional Centre, KL
Part of a Mini Vertical of Chateau Senejac 2009, 2010, 2012 (Not decanted)

The wine is clean with medium ruby colour and legs. On the nose it is clear with medium intensity and aroma of vanilla, oak, red/black cherry, and berry, leather, and tobacco.

On the palate it is dry with medium minus acidity, medium minus tannin, 13.5% alcohol, medium minus intensity of strawberry, black berry, chocolate, graphite, and herb, sort of stewed fruits and astringent tannin. Medium body, medium finish. Good wine, drink now over the next 5-6 years.
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Red
2009 Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/19/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
91 points
Tasted at a wedding in Setia City Conventional Centre, KL
Part of a Mini Vertical of Chateau Senejac 2009, 2010, 2012 (Not decanted)

The wine clear deep ruby with legs. On the nose it is clean with medium plus intensity of oak, liquorice, red fruits, forest floor, chocolate.

On the palate it is dry with medium minus acidity, medium minus tannin, 13.5% alcohol medium to medium plus body with medium to medium plus flavour intensity of red fruits, oak, forest floor, plum, chocolate, herbs, and savoury. the finish is medium to medium plus. Good wine. Drink now over the next 5 years
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White - Sweet/Dessert
3/16/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
Paired with Vanilla Mille Feuille, Apple Sorbet @ Mandarin Grill, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur, Torbreck Dinner

Sweet Wine

Accompanying dessert, the 2012 Bothie displays
beautifully fragrant aromas of fresh pine/lime, melon and lychee accompanied by extraordinary floral notes. The subtle, clean flavours of lemon sorbet, lemon tart and orange rind balance perfectly with the residual sugar creating a full, lush, round palate.
Red
2010 Torbreck RunRig Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
3/16/2016 - Samuel Sze Likes this wine:
99 points
Tasted at Torbreck Dinner @ Mandarin Grill, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

Wine of the Night: 2010 Run Rig Runner up: 2012 Old Vines GSM

Grilled Sher Wagyu Sirloin BMS 8

Decanted at 3pm and tasted at close to 1000pm

This is how a perfect or near perfect Shiraz should be made. By the way this has a 2.5% of Viognier blended into it.

Clear, deep purple colour. Clean and pronounced on the nose with aroma charaxteristic and complexity of raspberries, apricots and crème de cassis, hints of black olive and cherry.

Concertrated, full body, pronounced flavour intensity with characteristics of fruit cake, black fruits, star anise, dark chocolate, liquorice, plum, and pepper. Multi dimensional, constantly changing, and evolving. Long long finish at 15.5% Alcohol. Outstanding wine that needs time in both bottle and decanter. Savour the moment.
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Red
3/16/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
93 points
Tasted at Torbreck Dinner @ Mandarin Grill, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

Classic Duck Rillette

The wine is clear, with deep ruby colour and legs.

On the nose it is clean, with medium plus to pronounced intensity of aroma characteristic of jaminess, black fruits, cassis, spice, chocolate and bouquet flower.

On the palate it is dry, low acidity, medium minus tannin, 15% alcohol, full body, with flavours of black fruits, earth, chocolate, spice, pepper, and tar. Long finish. Very good quality wine that can drink now but has potential for aging.
Red
3/16/2016 - Samuel Sze Likes this wine:
93 points
Tasted at Torbreck Dinner @ Mandarin Grill, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

Mulwarra Lamb

The appearance of the wine is clear with medium to deep ruby colour and with legs

On the nose it is clean, with medium plus flavour intensity that is very aromatic supported by aroma characteristic of purple flower, perfume, cassis, plum, and cherries.

Dry, with low acidity, medium minus tannin, medium plus alcohol, medium body, with medium plus flavour intensity of cherries, red fruits, spice, herb, plum and earth. Finishes medium to medium plus. Overall quality is good, can drink now with aging potential. Technicality is good quality level, but favoritism it is very good as the nose is very attractive, high level of Grenache, very perfume like and mesmerizing.
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Red
2012 Torbreck The Steading Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/16/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
92 points
Tasted at Torbreck Dinner @ Mandarin Grill, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

Mulwarra Lamb

2012 The Steading (a blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro)

The wine is clear with medium garnet colour and legs.

On the nose, it is clean with medium intensity and aroma characteristics of kirsh, spice, pepper, liquorice, and black fruits.

On the palate it is dry, with medium minus acidity, medium minus tannin, 14.2% alcohol, medium plus body, with medium plus flavour intensity with characteristic of plum, black fruits, spice, pepper, and earthiness that finishes medium plus to long. Good quality and can drink now with potential for aging.
White
2013 Torbreck The Steading Blanc Barossa Valley White Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/16/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
89 points
Tasted at Torbreck Dinner @ Mandarin Grill, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

Salmon Brulee

61% Marsanne 27% Viognier 12% Roussanne

The wine is clear pale lemon in clour, with legs. On the nose it is clean with medium minus intensity and aroma characteristic of flower, lime, pear, and mineral. Youthful.

On the palate it is dry with medium acidity, low tannin, 14.2% alcohol, medium body with medium flavour intensity of mineral, flint, flower, and citrus fruit. Finishes medium.

Overall quality is goood. Drink now at over the next couple of years.
White
3/16/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
89 points
Tasted at Torbreck Dinner @ Mandarin Grill, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

The wine is clear with medium plus gold colour and legs. On the nose it is clean with green apple, citrus, lime, grass, asparagus, mineral, white flowers, and hint of nutmeg. On the palate it is dry, with medium acidity, low tannin, 14.5% alcohol. Medium body with medium flavour intensity citrus fruits, lime, and mineral. Medium minus finish. Overall quality is good, drink now and over the next 2-3 years.
Red
2012 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/15/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
91 points
Random afternoon tasting with glass ware provided by the store, convinced them to get us a decanter. Decanted for 45 minutes.

The wine is clear, deep purple colour, with legs.

On the nose it is clean with medium plus intensity of oak, vanilla, liquorice, black fruits, spice. It is dry on the palate, with medium minus acidity and tannin. At 13% alcohol, medium body with medium plus flavour intensity of oak, tobacco, black fruit, red fruit, plum, farmyard, forest floor, blackcurent leaf, and slight vegetal that finishes medium to medium plus. Overall quality is very good. Can drink now with decanting, but has ageing potential. 15 years
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Red
2012 Château du Tertre Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/15/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
90 points
Random afternoon tasting with glass ware, without decanting.

What do you expect from a random tasting without aeration? Nothing is exactly what you get. Initially it was light on the nose, without giving too much on the palate. After almost 2 hours of coaxing in the glass, the wine evolved.

The appearance of the wine is clear with medium ruby colour, and legs. On the nose it is clean with medium minus red fruits of cherry, berry, plum, mineral, and floral. On the palate it is dry with low acidity, medium minus tannin, at 13% alcohol, with a medium minus body and medium minus flavour intensity with characteristic of strawberry, red cherry and berry, plum, herb, black current leaf. The finish is medium. This is overall a good wine, can drink now with ageing potential. Aeration and decanting, is a must. 15 years wine.
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Red
3/14/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
88 points
Tasted at Home Party with Libbey Seamless
The appearance of the wine is clear, with medium garnet colour and legs. On the nose it is clean with medium minus intensity, flavours of red fruits, stewed fruits, oak, tobacco. The palate is dry, with low acidity, medium minus tannin, at 14% alcohol, with medium body and flavour intensity of red fruits, savoury, oak, slight herbaceous and mint. This is a fully developed wine with medium finish. Acceptable and drink now over the next 2 to 3 years.
Red
3/12/2016 - Samuel Sze Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautiful 6 months ago (96 Points), now? Perhaps closing down

Tasted at Oriental Food Restaurant, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur in Lucaris Ware.
The appearance of the wine is clear and deep purple in colour with legs. On the nose it is clean with pronounced intensity with character of vanilla, red fruits, leather, farmyard. Still developing. On the palate it is dry, with medium minus acidity, with medium plus tannin and a high alcohol of 14%. It is full body with pronounced flavour intensity. Flavours of plum, red and black fruits, farmyard, tobacco, medicinal, liquorice, pepper, savoury and finishes long. The tannin level had obviously gone up in this bottle which makes it less enjoyable now. This is a very good to outstanding wine which on this showing requires more time in the bottle, which is perhaps too young. Try again in 3 years. 91+ Points
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Red
3/12/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
88 points
Tasted at Oriental Food Restaurant, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur in Lucaris Ware.
The appearance of the wine is clear and medium ruby in colour with legs. On the nose it is clean with medium to medium plus intensity with character of vanilla, red fruits, liquorice, pepper, and slight jaminess. Still developing. On the palate it is dry, with medium acidity, with medium tannin and a high alcohol of 14.5%. It is medium plus body with medium plus flavour intensity. Flavours of plum, red and black fruits, farmyard, tobacco, olive and finishes spicy medium minus. 40th Anniversary Vintage. Overall quality of the wine is good, ready to drink now with decanting as there are still a little bit of tannin, best give it another 1-2 years in the bottle and drink it over the next 5 years
White
3/12/2016 - Samuel Sze wrote:
88 points
Tasted at Oriental Food Restaurant, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur in Lucaris Ware.
The appearance of the wine is clear and pale lemon-green in colour with slight legs. On the nose it is clean with medium minus to medium intensity with character of white flower, green apple, lime, and mineral. Still developing. On the palate it is dry, with medium plus acidity, with low tannin and at a alcohol of 12%. It is medium body with medium flavour intensity. Flavours of grass, lime, grapefruit, green apple, mineral and finishes medium minus with refreshing acidity, perhaps a little too acidic, as mentioned on the bottle. Cool climate style Sauvignon Blanc. Commendable effort. Overall quality of the wine is good, ready to drink now and over the next 2-3 years.
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