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Tasting Notes for Cphofmann

(194 notes on 185 wines)

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2017 Zenato Contemporaneo Infinito Ripassa Ripasso della Valpolicella Superiore Corvina Blend, Corvina (view label images)
8/16/2022 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
88 points
Fruit forward, red cherries. Medium body. Smooth with a little heat on the finish.
Red
2/26/2020 - Cphofmann wrote:
90 points
Smokey, meaty, earthy. Day 2 kind of thin and flat.
Red
2/16/2020 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
90 points
Black ripe fruit, some meaty notes, smokiness was a bit overwhelming in this bottle.
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Red
2012 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/28/2019 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
92 points
Decent drinking now. A bit flat and thin on the fruit. Some spices. Medium body.
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Red
2005 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/9/2018 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
92 points
Full bodied, still rich in color and taste. Blackberry, cassis, tobacco and earthy notes. Well integrated with velvety tannins. Starting to soften but holding up beautifully.
Red
5/28/2018 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
90 points
Black fruit, pepper and spice, full bodied, smooth finish, drinking nicely now.
Red
2012 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/30/2018 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
89 points
Deep garnet color, lighter on the palate, well integrated, seemed to already have smooth tannin, easy drinking now.
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Red
3/24/2018 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
90 points
Deep garnet, nice spice, black fruit and oak. Seems pretty well integrated, medium to full bodied. Drinking really well, I liked it. It still has time but not sure its going to gain anything.
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Red
2006 Bond Matriarch Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/2/2018 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
91 points
Black fruit, spice, vanilla, anise. A little Hot when first opened, starting to integrate after about 45mins.
Red
12/30/2017 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
91 points
Still fresh, earthy, a bit rustic, great with wild boar bolognese!
Red
2008 Bond Matriarch Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/10/2017 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
92 points
Oak, spice, black fruit, tobacco. Still very fresh and lively, drinking beautifully.
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Red
11/24/2017 - Cphofmann wrote:
90 points
Meaty aromas upon opening. Tasted over 3 hours along with the '08 Landonne and similarly lacking in fruit. More reserved and a bit flat or dead on the mid-palate. Pepper, leather, earthy game notes, medium bodied. Not sure this is going to get better, I know it wasn't the best year, might be downhill from here. Preferred the Landonne.
Red
11/24/2017 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
91 points
Nose of smoke and white pepper, a lean palate with graphite and hidden fruit but some dark plummy notes. Silky, refined mouthfeel. Not at all what I expected. Subtle and classy but kind of underwhelming at the same time. Drank next to the '08 La Mouline. I preferred the Landonne over the Mouline.
Red
Big, black, meaty wine, more olive and smoke than fruit notes. Very savory and earthy. It reminded me of a meaty Cote Rotie or a Cornas. It was well integrated, alcohol, acid, tannin, but for me lacked a bit of fruit. I didn't expect it to be fruit forward but it was like the fruit was buried too deep in there somewhere.
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Red
7/4/2017 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
94 points
Big, bold and savory Syrah with pepper, black olive and spice. Seems too young even with 5 years on it. Full bodied, long finish.
White - Off-dry
3/16/2017 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
91 points
Golden color, apples, honey and some floral notes. Juicy, tart palate, slightly out of balance acidity to sweetness. Amazingly fresh and lively 14 year old Riesling!
Red
3/9/2017 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
91 points
Dark color, almost purple-black. Earth, spice and floral notes on the nose. Barely any fruit left, tannins were silky smooth. Drank like a fine wine that was fading, it couldn't stand up to beef rib pappardelle. Drink it now, before it completely fades.
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Red
2011 Couvent des Jacobins St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/14/2017 - Cphofmann wrote:
87 points
Licorice nose, cedar, black currants on palate but not enough fruit. Very tannic finish, better after it's been opened an hour but still out of balance.
Red
2/11/2017 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
92 points
Spice and pepper, earthy with black fruit. Not much nose at first. Fine tannins, smooth finish. Definitely reminded me of a Cote Rotie, not a big juicy Syrah but silky, sophisticated and a lovely wine.
Red
1/18/2017 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
90 points
Not much nose, fruit forward, ripe blackberry, spice, fleshy mouth feel with a touch of tannins on the finish, full bodied, enjoyable.
Red
4/5/2016 - Cphofmann wrote:
87 points
Not very expressive, closed and flat at first. Smokey and earthy with little fruit.
Red
7/21/2015 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
92 points
Juicy and bright, fresh red fruit. Red currant and cherries, medium body, good now and for the next 5 years easily.
Red
2010 Château Branas Grand-Poujeaux Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/24/2015 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
90 points
Black fruit with a velvety mouth feel. Juicy, fruity for a young Bordeaux, lacking tannin but enjoyable now.
Red
4/6/2015 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking beautifully. Nice nose of anise and spice. Really fresh and vibrant. Still peaking.
Red
3/20/2015 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
93 points
Young, big and fruity. Fresh acidity, tannin and alcohol, all well integrated. Very good, enjoyable now. Reminded me of Law and Booker....will give it some more time to see if some nuance and complexity evolves.
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Red
2011 Domaine Sorin Bandol Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre (view label images)
1/29/2015 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
89 points
First nose had a little funk on it. Smokey and earthy with mushrooms and spice.
Red
2009 K Vintners King Coal Washington Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
12/8/2014 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
93 points
This is a beautiful wine drinking very nicely right now. Dark purple in the glass, nose of vanilla and spice. Initially a bit green on the palate, the black fruit is there but reserved. At 15% you don't notice the alcohol, the wine is very well integrated, smooth. After 30 minutes its savory notes come out, earthy, meaty with blackberry and pepper. Sophisticated but new.
Red
12/2/2014 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
90 points
Young, fresh, red fruit, on the acidic site, but very enjoyable to drink now. Medium bodied. Good value.
Red
2007 Bond Matriarch Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/2/2014 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
92 points
Deep purple color, still a young looking wine. Nose and palate closed down a bit. Black fruit, earth, spice and a bit of oak in the first 30 minutes. Alcohol was prevalent at first, after 90 minutes it integrated to a much smoother wine. Was lacking somehow, not as complex as I was hoping for. Will give the other bottles more time.
Red
11/11/2014 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
93 points
Spicy, cherry cola nose and palate, nicely integrated acid and tannin. Drinking beautifully right now.
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Red
11/6/2014 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
89 points
The wine looks garnet colored. It smells like forest floor and mineral. It tastes like blackberry, forest floor, mineral, medium toast and clove. The body is medium. The wine finishes medium. The wine has medium acidity. Very good value, it opened up and smoothed out after 30 minutes.
Red
10/16/2014 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
93 points
Big full body wine, smokey and meaty at first opening - no decant. Dark purple in color, along with black fruit and olives on the palate. Unusual and interesting.
Red
10/1/2014 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
90 points
Needs more time, still wound very tightly. Slightly acidic, nice floral nose, silky mouth feel.
Red
10/1/2014 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking nicely now, well integrated tannins and alcohol. Black licorice and spice nose, has a rich, full spicy palate.
Red
9/3/2014 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
90 points
Nose of strawberry. Was smooth drinking but rather simple, might be shutdown at the moment. I expected more complexity, but really couldn't get any secondary or additional notes over the basic fruit. Well integrated tannins and alcohol.
Red
8/21/2014 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
91 points
Lovely, complex nose, spices and berries as well as some floral notes. This wine surprised me, it was better than I expected.
Red
8/13/2014 - Cphofmann wrote:
87 points
Nice earthy nose with red fruit, seemed unbalanced towards too acidic. Not what I expected.
Red
8/13/2014 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
92 points
Nose of strawberries and some mushroom, drinking pretty well now, nicely integrated tannins and alcohol. Lots of tart cherry on the palate. Delicious!
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Red
7/13/2014 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
93 points
Deep, rich garnet color, spice and violets on the nose. Big velvety tannins. Beautiful wine, not at its peak but delicious all the same.
Red
6/20/2014 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
93 points
Each bottle gets better, well integrated, nice tannins, still plenty of time
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Red
6/18/2014 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
91 points
Big and juicy red tart fruit right now. A little hot on the alcohol, needs 6-18 months to integrate. Has potential, very enjoyable.
Red
5/22/2014 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
88 points
Dark maroon, a little sour at first. After some air it smoothed out, leather, earth and some general berry. Not complex but great value.
Red
5/14/2014 - Cphofmann wrote:
It's closed right now and barely palatable. Wait 6 months, check the website. I wasted this bottle!
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White
5/14/2014 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
90 points
Ripe pear turns into minerals with a bitter grapefruit finish. Not highly complex but fully enjoyable now.
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White - Off-dry
3/29/2014 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
92 points
Nice weighty mouth feel, honey and a little bitter orange. Delicious!
Red
3/24/2014 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
90 points
Needs more time in the bottle to smooth out. Big drying tannins, has promise.
Red
3/24/2014 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking really well now. Spices and licorice on the nose. A firm, weighty mouthfeel.
Red
2/16/2014 - Cphofmann Likes this wine:
88 points
Garnet. Medium body with softer tannins. Dusty nose and palate, limited fruit, a little vanilla, oak and black earthy fruit. Tart finish. Better with some snacks. There is no reason to hold on, its not going to get better. Not impressive but nice for the price!
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