Tasting Notes for idc2001

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Red
11/13/2021 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
92 points
The more I drink my Gramercy wines the more I like them....kudos to my wine pusher at the time (Joe, at the Vineking) for recommending them to me way back when.

I used to think I preferred the Cabs, but this bottle might have swung things back. Was just in the perfect spot...fully resolved tannins, lovely mature Syrah bouquet and so smooth.

And most surprising of all, there was 1/2 glass left out overnight (don't wash fragile wine glasses last thing) and I took a sip out of curiosity before washing up and ended up drinking the whole lot...it was singing. Anything good enough to get me drinking breakfast wine is something I want more of...wish I had another 6 as I think these will last a little longer based on that overnight showing.
Red
6/28/2020 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
94 points
Silky aged Pomerol drinking perfectly for us....looked quite evolved when 1st test pour upon opening (with some tawny hints at the rim, garnet otherwise) but nose was singing after 5 minutes in the glass and just as good in the mouth. It held up through 3 hours we drank it.
Red
9/5/2019 - idc2001 wrote:
85 points
Needed a lot of time to open up - to start with even with 2 hrs to breathe in bottle was akin to supermarket jammy-wine. 2 more hrs in glass allowed it to open a little show that there was a bit more to it than that, but am hoping it will be better on day 2.
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Red
9/4/2019 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
90 points
Have had a fair bit of bottle variation with these over the last 4 years...but the good ones have been great, and luckily this was in that category, Showing age in the now tawny-tinged colour, but the fruit remains still with a lovely bouquet and very harmonious finish. only 1 left, will drink sooner rather than later.
White
4/17/2016 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
90 points
Shocked those of us that hadn't tried before.....real freshness and food friendly zip combined with enough oomph and depth to keep you coming back for more. Lemon, white flowers and a good dose of oak....yum.
Red
1996 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/10/2015 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
93 points
Bit stinky when first opened, and test pour had a green/stalky streak through it and not much fruit. With a couple of hours air though it was all changed - great mature claret which to our tastes was right in the perfect spot...breathing had let it put on flesh and brought the fruit back...perfectly running through leathery cedar goodness that we so like. This was a singleton, wish I had another 5 for the next few special Sunday roasts.
Red
3/8/2015 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
94 points
This is the first Amon Ra for us, and the first bottle of a case of 6. We couldn't resist trying a bottle even though given our household preference for some tertiary development the notes here suggest that this will almost certainly get better (for us) with more time

Not disappointed at all though.....this is a wine that demands your full attention...a wine for a quiet evening where you have the time and space to follow the bottle over the course of the evening. Great straight out of the bottle, better still after 5+ hours of air. Big and slightly brooding, yes, but not at all over the top, and although the fruit (and oak) are still dominant they are also delicious and there are already more savoury layers underneath that keep you sipping the moment the (extremely long) finish from the prior taste is finally fading. Nice acidity and tannin balance (esp with a bit more air)...not ferocious, more a gentle giant, ultimately more cuddly than I expected.

Can't wait to see what happens to this over the years ahead.
Red
2/7/2015 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
91 points
Consistent with previous note - perfect mid-week pasta or pizza wine, and a veritable bargain. No hurry to drink up, but conversely not sure there is any point holding off either (except for research purposes).
Red
2/14/2015 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
89 points
Not there yet for us - still a lovely young wine, but we prefer some more tertiary development in our pinots so will wait at least another year before the next bottle. Wonder if the screwcap closure is slowing the development down?
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White
2/28/2015 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
90 points
Couldn't resist trying a bottle (have 2 left to follow), drank over a few days via the Coravin & no noticeable degradation noted (I am still a bit cautious using it for our few better bottles).

Lovely wine - we weren't sure what to expect (our 1st ever Grillet), but the white floral notes layered with citrus and some oak was intriguing, and kept us nosing this a long time before taking a 1st sip. Waxy and unctuous mouth feel, but with a core minerality and acid that stopped it getting heavy or cloying, and then with a long, long finish...but with just a slight metallic tang right at the end that took a point or two off for me.
White
2/21/2015 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
85 points
Easy drinking, good quaffable wine with a bit of interest and complexity (touch of petrol for those that like it, not so much as to scare those that don't. Served and enjoyed as an aperitif, definitely better than last bottle.
Red
2/28/2015 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
95 points
We bought this as a special treat from a private cellar-sale, so have never been entirely sure how well it had been treated, so didn't want to leave this too long. However never quite found the right time to open it either, and so last night (after reading about it in the Forum) drank as part of OTBN.

Opened about 2.5 hrs before the meal, and as per some good advice from this community poured a half glass and left in the bottle to see how much air/time seemed to be required. Looked so young, would never ever guess that this was 24 yrs old. And from the first sniff this was very much open for business, plums, cherry, blackberrys and other lush, ripe sweet fruits with just a touch of sweet vanilla oak, but then with a bit more air this developed further to show some fabulous complimentary savoury notes of spice, grilled meat and leather....delicious bouquet that kept evolving all evening.

Same on the palate...the first taste (just after pouring) was surprisingly fruity, and there was a bit of acid standing out in the finish, but after an hour or so it seemed to come together...the most silky, luxurious of wines, but with good acidity that livened up the finish (which was long and fabulous). Hard not to hold on to the glass and keep sipping....was going to try and save a half glass overnight (for investigative purposes), alas our willpower failed us all too easily.

Life affirming wine that I wish I could buy a case of and follow it for several years to come, but we are very happy and privileged to enjoy this snapshot of loveliness for OTBN....we'll be joining this tradition every year - great idea.
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Red
11/23/2014 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
91 points
Delicious - drank with a simple tomato & pasta dish, quick decant with only 5 mins to breathe.....everyone thought this was the perfect wine with the food. Surprisingly un-evolved given the age....purple/violet coloured and very little bricking at the rim. Nose was splendid - cherry and clean fruit...followed through on the palette, smooth and supple, but with enough acidity and tannin to give it life. So much better than my expectations given the price....this might get better, but delicious now.
Red
8/14/2014 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
91 points
Just lovely....this bottle seemed a whole lot less developed than last couple, not a lot of the tertiary bouquet, just a hint but laid over ever so slightly sweet singing red fruit with real lift. Though not desperately complex so very very drinkable and utterly delicious. Only 2 bottles left..will be sad to see them finished.
Red
2005 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
3/28/2014 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
93 points
Lovely, lovely wine - we bought this after trying it at the Ridge tasting in Lytton Springs last autumn. Who knew that zinfandel could age so delightfully, a completely different proposition than the young primary wines I've tried in restaurants that represent my exposure to this variety- why isn't there more of this in the UK?

Sweet fruit still to the fore, but now a delightful and complex bouquet rather than primary fruit.....I could have sniffed this all night and been happy...but on the palate this was so smooth (and reasonably long) that would have been a waste.

Will be buying more Ridge zins to lay down if this is what happens with a bit of bottle age.
Red
9/12/2013 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
89 points
Have been itching to try a bottle since taking delivery of a mixed dozen of Mark's 2011 wines and finally succumbed. Glad I did....fabulous early drinking clean and fresh Bourgogne....bright raspberries and red cherries on the nose, zippy acidity lifts the palate. Great QPR.....going to struggle not to open some other better bottles far too early at this rate.
Red
6/4/2013 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
92 points
Bought on a whim from a new soon-to-be-local winestore following a house purchase we fancied an aged Barolo and this was on the shelf. Very dissapointed after 3 hours in the decanter - tight and closed on the nose and not a lot more in the mouth either...tannin followed by a bit of heat. Nearly threw it away after 2 glasses, but left it overnight just in case & very happy we did so - a different wine a day later....lovely classic Barolo that was exactly what we'd been looking for the day before. Wish we'd read the other TN's before just now....all in line with other reviews (score reflects second day..that is the potential of the wine & we were just drinking too soon on the 1st day).
White - Fortified
4/21/2013 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
90 points
Liked this a lot - treacle / molasses with a good kick of marmalade and a nutty finish....maybe just lacking a bit of acidity for my taste, but great value sticky.
Red
2/22/2013 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
92 points
Lots of rich, ripe fruit still, together with a touch of leather, spice and mineralson the nose. Open on the palate - so smooth and veryu elegant...such an easy sipper. Great value for an 18 year old wine....very nice.
White
1/11/2013 - idc2001 wrote:
This was medium sweet to me, with some underlying acidity that cuts through at the end, but maybe not quite enough. Some slight effervescence...aroma was a lovely petrol note mixed with tropical fruit and pear drops - in the mouth more of the same, but finish a bit short. Good-time wine rather than a thinker - goes well with vietnamese food.
White
12/25/2012 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
92 points
Christmas day pre-dinner treat (didn't feel like bubbles) - very easy drinking, but further reflection was well rewarded with a real zip running through the richness on the palate....long and incredibly more-ish.
Red
12/18/2012 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
87 points
Very drinkable new world pinot - little hot on the finish, but good black cherry fruit depth until then.
Red
2000 Château Labégorce Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/16/2012 - idc2001 wrote:
flawed
Purchased on a whim at Majestic (part of a mixed 6-pack) - thin, acidic, no fruit....almost threw it away on day 1 but gave it 24 hours to check - was a bit better but not great but used in a stew. How long had it been stood in the store?
Red
12/16/2012 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
90 points
Big fruity cuddle in a glass.....nice plum and damson on the nose and in the mouth, with a hint of spice and just a touch of pepper at the finish. Nice.
Red
11/25/2012 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
92 points
1st bottle we tried of this (a year ago) was flawed, and that put me off trying the next...which was in one way a shame (as this is drinking beautifully right now) but in another way a blessing as I only have 1 more bottle, and I think this may even get slightly better....

Poured directly from the bottle after an hour open in the fridge (as it had warmed up too much in the kitchen). Fabulously clean, pure pinot, with red fruit forward (not overly so) and some darker fruit notes and spice in there too - all offset with just enough acidity and tannin for me. Finish was very, very moreish (with great length too) and polished off nearly the whole bottle without realising it (just a glass left for today). Very refreshing indeed - yum.
Red
8/12/2012 - idc2001 wrote:
82 points
Not a bad wine, but drank alongside the cheaper Vintage Widow from the same estate there was nothing to justify the extra price for us...
Red
8/1/2012 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
85 points
Nice enough new world PN - very drinkable and we enjoyed it. Was fruit-driven and maybe lacking a little acidity for me. Not sure this would cut the mustard with game for example, though I would be happy enough to have this served to me on a summer evening.
Red
8/12/2012 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted and left for 4 hours....very dark inky purple colour, looked like it could stain the glass. Nose of violets and dark, ripe fruits carried into the palate - very ripe and mouth-filling, but with some acidity to counter the richness and integrated oak and smooth tannin. Almost port-like in mouth-feel, the finish was epic - so long and no offnotes throughout. Normally I get at least 2/3 of a given bottle (as my better half simply does not drink as much as I do) but with the RWT I was fighting to get my fair share...really very good indeed.
Red
8/12/2012 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
87 points
Surprised how much I enjoyed this...I am sure I rembered having very average bottles of this in the past, but this was v pleasant indeed.
Red
2001 Château Roland La Garde Prestige Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/28/2012 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
87 points
Trying to drink up some old (odd) bottles....no idea where this was from but was perfectly drinkable if a little thin on the palate with no real length. Nose was the real surprise....real cassis and black fruit core with cedar and vanilla notes....worth 85 without a sip.
White
6/17/2012 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
90 points
This is lasting better than I expected based on previous notes. Medium-to-dark straw colour, the nose is buttery with vanilla and citrus notes. Palete follows on from there, but with some sweeter melon as well. Finish a little sharp, but otherwise very nice sunday wine.
Red
1999 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
5/7/2012 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
91 points
Fabulous. Drank after the 2004 and an absolute pleasure after that. Decanted for an hour, colour was muted ruby, and not completely translucent (maybe not enough of a wait after shipping?). Nose was rich, primarily dense red fruit with a bit of savoury funk mixed in, but with an amazing topnote that i kept trying to isolate and could never quite pin down all evening. In the mouth it was clean and fresh, red fruit continuing with cherries and some floral hints offset by a clean acidity and fine tannin structure. Finish maybe slightly shorter than expected. Think this will get better yet, but hard to leave alone in the meantime.
Red
2004 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
5/7/2012 - idc2001 wrote:
84 points
Tannic monster of a wine at the moment, and lacking fruit in nose or mouth as well. Really dont know whether this will get better or a dubious bottle, but will stay with the 1999 for now.
Red
4/21/2012 - idc2001 wrote:
flawed
1st off bottle of this wine - no aroma at all after an hour in decanter and was acid and unpleasant to drink. Opened a second that was fine. Hope this was a 1-off.
White
4/22/2012 - idc2001 wrote:
flawed
Very unpleasant metallic aftertaste that lasted and lasted in the mouth....down the sink & hope last one is better.
White
4/21/2012 - idc2001 wrote:
85 points
Described by my sister as "cheap local restaurant house white" I thought it was a bit better, but only just. Floral and mouth-filling, but not very refreshing at the end.
Red
4/17/2012 - idc2001 wrote:
89 points
Very nice, but no "wow" moment. Doesn't feel like a long term keeper either.
Red
4/1/2012 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
85 points
Perfectly respectable workaday pinot. Dark clear ruby, just a hint of purple even, thinning at the rim. Nose has red fruit forward with a hint of undergrowth under the cherry. Medium weight mouthfeel with fine tannin and integrated oak.
White
3/12/2012 - idc2001 wrote:
84 points
Not really as good as remembered from the Christmas tasting - I think that by iteslf this wine is just too much (wheras at the tasting jaded tastebuds probably helped flatter this wine). Not well integrated, the perfumes and interesting fruit aromas were there, but so too was a certain bitterness on the finish. It was interesting, but not an easy sip.
Red
3/12/2012 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
93 points
Goodness me, but we like this wine. A lot. From previous bottles we have learned that it seems to prefer decanting and an hour or two relaxing to show at its best, so we gave it exactly that. Colour is still a fresh light red, but just starting to fade at the rim. Aroma was splendid - fresh red fruits and cherry, but with savoury twig/undergrowth notes that makes each inhalation a pleasure. Backed up on the palette with really smooth finish and good length. Loved it.
Red - Fortified
3/12/2012 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
86 points
Decanted through fine steel mesh. Consumed over 2 evenings. Very dark purple colour, viscous looking in the glass, V sweet, jammy almost... damson jam? Lots of fruit there, especially on the nose, but there was slightly coarse alcohol too, especially on the finish.

Good value, but not a wow wine.
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