Tasting Notes for BBencz

(297 notes on 267 wines)

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Red
2001 Château Clos de Sarpe St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Black fruit, forest floor, spice, and maybe a bit of tar. Tannins well integrated, but still evident. Drinking great after an hour in the decanter. Another five years to go, minimum. Very nice.
Red
Red cherries and herbs. Elegant and lithe, with great balance and nice finish. Just a lovely CdP.
Red
Heavier and more concentrated than the 2014 SLH. Cherry cola, raspberry, and spice notes. Still slightly hot on the finish. Followed the better balanced, less concentrated SLH, and definitely prefer the SLH right now. This one seems better equipped for the long haul and needs a little more bottle time for max enjoyment.
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Red
Raspberry and blackberry fruits with spicy notes. Quite rich, but not over-the-top or hot. Almost restrained by KB standards, and drinking just great.
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Red
In a great spot. Floral nose, lots of ripe, juicy black fruit, and black pepper. Still sporting evident tannins and acid, but in balance. Finish is persistent and tasty. A restrained yet elegant CA syrah. Lots of life left in this beauty.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
4/21/2019 - BBencz wrote:
From 375ml. Cork slightly loose and wine a bit oxidized. Honey and overripe peach on the attack, with grapefruit and almonds on the back end. Finish falls a bit flat. A little bit flabby and tired, this bottle was definitely hitting the end of its shelf life.
Red
Short decant. Spicy, meaty nose. Black fruit and cocoa notes. Initial dense, port-like mouthfeel gives way to granite, followed by a smoky finish. A fantastic, interesting, wild wine.
Red
Lots of red raspberries and strawberries, along with light herbs. Huge fruit, light tannins. Fantastic grenache.
Red
Short decant. Blackberry and ash nose jumps from the glass. Black fruit, licorice, ash, and a bit of cocoa at the end. Moderate tannins. This bottle was drinking great tonight. A decade at least to go, but very enjoyable now.
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Red
1/5/2019 - BBencz wrote:
Floral and raspberry nose. Pomegranate and sour cherry candy notes. Surprisingly thin, with light tannins and not much of a finish. Wondering whether this bottle was flawed.
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Red
30 minute decant. Deep ruby-purple, with a fantastic nose of blue/black fruit, with floral notes. Mouth coating tannins carry thick, concentrated black fruit and pencil lead, with a slight minty/camphor edge. Way too young right now, but still amazing. Expect this to be a stunner in 10-15 years.
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Red
12/22/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
95 points
Short decant and then poured through a Vinturi. Spicy red fruit on the nose, with a bit of smoky ash and barnyard. Tons of black fruit and minerals up front with acidity adding freshness, followed by ash and then moderately grippy tannins. A really interesting wine that continues to evolve as the night goes on. Easily the most accessible Galardi I've had to date. Was ready to give up on these, as the 2004, 2005, and 2006 were impenetrable and impossible for me to grasp or appreciate.
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Red
12/15/2018 - BBencz wrote:
84 points
Nice nose of sweet black fruit, cedar, and pencil lead. Cassis and herbs upfront, but turns oaky and rough on the finish. Not my favorite WA cab.
Red
2011 Woodward Canyon Estate Reserve Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/1/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
92 points
Blackberries and spice box. Tannins still providing moderate grip. Tasty effort. Five more years to go.
Red
11/23/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
92 points
PNP. Agree with previous reviews- getting a lot of juicy black raspberry and pomegranate notes. Acidity predominates. Tannins are very light. None of the usual green or black pepper, olive tapenade, or chocolate notes associated with New World syrah -- but that's OK. A zippy, refreshing, fruit-driven effort. Will let last bottle sit another couple of years.
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Red
2010 Tenor 1:1 Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/11/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
90 points
More than two years since the last bottle. Short decant. Nose of blackberry, herbs, pencil shavings, and light forest floor. Red cherries, pomegranate, cassis, and vanilla flavors. Still quite acidic, but not as sour as last bottle. Tannins grow with air time. Can't tell if this will continue to improve.
Red
10/14/2018 - BBencz wrote:
Waited too long; past its prime. Too bad.
Red
9/18/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
89 points
PNP. Same soft and ripe style up front. Lots of sweet cassis. Closed down after about an hour and became quite tannic and dry.
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Red
2000 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/15/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
95 points
One hour decant. Massive wine with tremendous depth and structure. Licorice, blackberry, underbrush, spice box, and vanilla. Initial barnyard nose has dissipated, leaving behind pine needles and black fruit aromas. Still tannic, but not overwhelmingly so. Drinking well now, but will reward further patience. Have one bottle remaining, which I'll let sit for at least another decade.
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Red
2000 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/2/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
94 points
Perfect cork. Decanted and poured off one glass to taste. Deep garnet with a slight bit of bricking at the edges. Initial impressions of tar, forest floor, and tobacco. No discernible fruit. Super tight. Will come back to it in an hour.

One hour in: camphor notes dominate, with mint and dark fruit starting to emerge. Very little acidity, and moderate tannins. Tobacco and tar starting to fade. Long ride; great wine. Has another 15-20 years in it.
Red
2014 Clos Larcis St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/1/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
89 points
100 percent St. Emilion merlot. Decanted for an hour. Mineral and floral nose. Red fruit, with lightly grippy tannins and plenty of acidity. A nice, middle-of-the-road Right Bank sipper. Not worth more than five years in the cellar.
Red
8/26/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
90 points
PNP. Cherry Jolly Rancher up front, followed by bitter chocolate on the back end. Acid outpaces the light tannins. Plenty of time left to go.
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Red
2000 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/26/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted for two hours. Medium purple color. Nice aromas of sweet dark fruit and pencil lead. Secondary characteristics starting to peek through, but tannins still very evident in this bottle. Another 20 years plus, but very enjoyable at this stage too.
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Red
8/25/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
95 points
PNP. Outstanding Central Coast syrah. Black olives and dark fruit, with loamy aromas. Really thick, and alcohol is quite big too. Will be even better in another 5 years.
Red
8/18/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
92 points
Cherry, chocolate, and baking spice notes. Dense wine with a long finish. Tannins still going strong. Another decade to go, easy. Excellent stuff.
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Red
8/17/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
92 points
Classic SLH syrah, with blackberry, licorice and pepper notes. Alcohol is a bit big, but doesn't get in the way. Solid effort. Love these wines.
Red
8/12/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
88 points
Lots of ripe raspberry and strawberry. Round and sweet on the finish. Drinking pretty well now. Doesn't have the depth to last long in the cellar.
White
8/10/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
98 points
Popped, waited an hour, and consumed over two hours. Off-the-charts good. Aromas of flowers, ripe orange, and buttered popcorn. Super thick with long legs and a lengthy finish. A bit of oaky vanilla at the end.
Red
8/8/2018 - BBencz wrote:
85 points
Cork was dry and crumbled. Decanted for 30 minutes. Crushed stone and flowers on the nose. Blackberries and licorice flavors. Still slightly tannic and a bit sour and thin, but drinkable. Didn't love it, but I probably waited too long.
Red
1989 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/5/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
96 points
Huge and still going strong. Big tannins. Long finish driven by leather, forest floor, tar, and dark red fruit.
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Red
8/4/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
96 points
Definitely well into its secondary phase. Two hour decant at cellar temp. Great gamy nose full of black fruit and earthy tones, with pencil shavings and licorice too. A small amount of brett, but not at all off-putting and it actually adds to the appeal. Medium bodied, but super complex and with a finish that goes on for hours. Could still taste the wine this morning after two glasses last night. Based on this bottle, the wine has another decade to go, but it's darn good right now.
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Red
7/27/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
93 points
Inky purple with nose of dark fruit, cassis, and herbs. Massive blackberry, tar, and licorice flavors. Loads of acid and fine-grained tannins, so this may keep going for another 5-10 years. Solid wine.
Red
2015 Château Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/24/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
93 points
Black fruit, tar, and lots of herbs. Tannic, with nice depth and finish. Love the potential here, but won't open another one for at least 3-4 years. This will go for 15-20 years.
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Red
7/22/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
96 points
From a bottle re-corked at Ducru in 2011. Decanted for two hours. A bit of musty funk blew off after about an hour, leaving behind forest floor, tobacco, and blackberry aromas. Wine showed only slight secondary characteristics, with blackberry and currant flavors dominating. Tannins are fully integrated. Could not believe this was a 32-year-old wine. Just fantastic, and still going strong.
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White
7/13/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
91 points
Butter and almond nose. Green pear, apple skin and light oak. Lively acidity. Light finish. Tasty and well made.
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Red
7/8/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
90 points
Wine dinner at San Lorenzo in DC. Uncorked for an hour; no decant. Initial barnyard nose, followed by aromas of dark fruits, ash, and licorice. Not as tannic as I remembered, but tannins still fairly heavy. Went well with tuscan steak. Others enjoyed it more than I. Recommend holding at least another 5 years minimum to give tannins maximum time to resolve.
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Red
7/7/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted for an hour. Ruby red with a slight amount of bricking at the edges. Huge, flowery nose that just jumped from the decanter and glass. Tannins still present, but plenty of fruit, with a bit of pencil lead and sage. Tasted next to an '82 Ducru (which was stunning, but not as full bodied) and it more than held its own. A bottle in this shape has another 10-15 years, but it's not getting any better for me. Great stuff.
Red
6/3/2018 - BBencz wrote:
flawed
Moderately bretty. Never blew off. Calling this one corked.
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Red
4/23/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
95 points
Wonderful nose of dark fruit and pencil lead. Big blackberry fruit, sweet cassis and light oak. Really tasty.
Red
4/18/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
92 points
One hour decant. Round and fat. Loads of dark fruit with a slight oaky twist at the end. Can feel the alcohol, but tannins well integrated. This isn't getting any better. Drink now. Bring food.
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Red
4/8/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
93 points
One hour decant. Nose of blue fruit, forest floor, and pencil shavings. Palate coating dark fruit and cocoa, with a lengthy finish. Moderate tannins and acidity in balance; another decade to go easy. Superb example of a pedigreed Napa cab. Will crack the next one in 2020.
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Red
4/8/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
90 points
Popped and let ox for 30 mins. Started with a floral nose and evolved to black fruit. Loads of dark fruit flavors with a nice chalky/mineral component and just a hint of stem. Tannins still evident, telling me this could go another 2-3 years, but a nice bottle well worth drinking now. Quite enjoyable.
Red
3/28/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
90 points
Great nose, w spicy red and black fruit, tobacco, and herbs. Sharp flavor profile with tobacco, vanilla, mint and some blue-black fruit. A bit too oaky right now for my taste. Moderate tannins and bright acidity. Needs time to come together and hopefully will improve w bottle age. Will give it another 2-3 years and try again.
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Red
3/22/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
98 points
Intense and wonderful. Powerful nose of red cherry, blueberry and forest floor. Very concentrated with a long finish. A bit sweet up front. One of the very best 2014 CA pinots I've had so far. Could go another 10-15 years, but hard to resist now.
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Red
3/18/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
95 points
Stole two glasses via Coravin out of the first of 3 bottles. Agree completely with previous review. Fantastic nose of spice, leather, and dark red fruit. All of that plus licorice notes carried by fine, sweet tannins with a bit of a sour cherry finish. Really nice wine now. Will be a stunner in 5-8 years.
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Red
3/13/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
92 points
Grenache dominates. Deep garnet, almost purple color. Blackberry, roasted meat, leather, anise. Big wine. Drinking great, but has another decade to go.
Red
3/4/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
92 points
Short decant. Deep garnet color. After initial funk blew off, not giving a ton on the nose. Light ash, flowers, and red fruit. Loads of red fruit on the palate - red cherries and raspberry. Tannins really starting to soften. Acid more in the forefront now. This is continuing to work itself out, but starting to show amazing promise. Give it another three to five years and it could be a real stunner.
Red
3/3/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
90 points
PNP. Dark cherries, herbs, and minty nose. Same flavors. Medium tannins and nice brightness. Oddly, I could easily mistake this for a younger, Old World pinot. Which isn't a bad thing, at all.
White
2013 Orin Swift Mannequin Napa Valley Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
3/1/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
92 points
Pineapple, lychee, and saline notes. Light oak and light acidity. Fades after an hour of air. Still drinking well, but definitely starting to hit the back end. Drink up.
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Red
2/19/2018 - BBencz Likes this wine:
93 points
Short 20 minute decant. Black fruit and light cedar notes on the nose. Cassis, blackberry and a bit of vanilla across a long finish. Tannins have settled down, but still there along with a bit of acidic tang. Not as syrupy as last bottle 2 years ago. I think this is in a sweet spot now, but will continue to go for next 5 years. Tasty WA blend.
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