Tasting Notes for robertgoulet

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2012 Château Le Grand Faurie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/17/2018 - robertgoulet wrote:
91 points
Been drinking the '09 of this...vintage schmintage, the '12 is better....the beauty of the cab franc excel's here...plum fruits, soap and leather, medium body.
Tannins are very mild. Juicy and easy to drink, a case buy for the tariff...u can find it at Trader Joe's $17.99 for grand cru bordeaux
Red
7/28/2018 - robertgoulet wrote:
Second bottle this month...first bottle was very nice...but this one was absolutely killing...game and banana peel on the nose...palate: nice Xtra crisp acid and cool tart juicy red fruits, herbal notes....dare I say this is Breton franc de pied'ish.... except this is $16.99...say what????
Red
Is there a red wine you can drink in the a.m.?
Hell yes there is...and this is the sucker calling your name.
This wine is your early morning bordeaux style grape
Bloody Mary. A veritable cornucopia of earth and vegetables

The nose is a salted celery stick dipped in peppered tomato juice and tobacco leaf. Ultra crisp acids cut thru your palate, snappy red fruits, tomato paste, hints of wet leaves and earth.

This is your new weekend eye opener, your hair of the dog wine. So when u wake up that one morning and say.......
"I shoulda had a V8!" Look no further.
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Red
5/20/2015 - robertgoulet wrote:
The nose comes out swinging olive, bacon fat, iron, seaweed, cured meat, crushed forest leaves, powdered pepper. I do not think I can get my nose any further into this wine glass!!!!

On the palate, oh yes plenty of acid here, earthy, rustic, tangy blue and red fruits, tapenade, juicy acid in the finish....this is killing
Red
Aromas of rusitc earthy truffle, heavy strawberryy, sous bois
Palate: good zip of acid, very primary strawberry and mushroom notes, minimal ccomplexity as of yet, shortened finish...though still enjoyable...this was purely academia
Red
2003 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/3/2015 - robertgoulet wrote:
High toned fruit, hint of acetone, tart acid, fairly ripe fruit, red fruit driven, cedar, fresh cut green tobacco and leather.....this wine has a ton of character, loving this right here....feels like I am drinking a little cab franc action from Loire
Red
1999 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/18/2015 - robertgoulet wrote:
Tasted blind...i nailed pauillac but guessed mid nineties...thought it was '95 pontet. .. crunchy red fruits...sweet leather...pencil shavings....truffle....coffee....minerals....earth....this is fuqn dreamy pauillac heaven
Red
3/3/2015 - robertgoulet wrote:
86 points
Purchased from Walmart for $6.99....yep I just typed that...I thought maybe good cooking wine.....hell no this stuff if pretty damn solid....tasted like a glass of fresh pinot...good pinot profile...good acidity....a bit harsh on the finish but not too harsh....I went out and bought a case...I am enjoying this wine....2012 is good to...like '13 but more of a riper fruit forward version....2013 seems a bit more classic which fits me
Red
1/16/2015 - robertgoulet wrote:
Soft, elegant subtle classic expression, slight sweetness.....absolutely brilliant
Red
12/9/2014 - robertgoulet wrote:
Sample at my supermarket, some wine rep who was there to look good more than sell wine, holy crap...this is Pinot! S.O.B...it's good!
Red
2005 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/26/2014 - robertgoulet wrote:
91 points
A great drink, a nice blend of new and old world...price is right also...some jammy dark currants, leather, earthy some spice box...drinking quite well, but this easily has a long career in the biz!! Anything under $40, buy all u can
Red
2003 René Bouvier Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
4/30/2014 - robertgoulet wrote:
93 points
Brought this wine to a tasting with heavy hitters including an '88 lynch bages....this was showing beautifully...these r not long agers so feel free to pop one now...dusty earthy with some great exotic slice across the palate...clips a bit short on the finish bjt the charm was out...all of the geeks were very pleased
Red
2000 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
1/18/2014 - robertgoulet wrote:
Massive!!!wtf does petit sirah not age?....deep dark purple, hedonistic on the palate...a freak of nature, open next bottle in 8-10 years
Red
2008 Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/22/2013 - robertgoulet wrote:
91 points
Open 4 business!!...looking for all vacant palates so it can occupy them with velvety fruit, stoney minerality, some sweet funk, bits of leather...fairly sexy...this definitely straddles the new world/old world line like and break dancer doin' the quick step...for $32...all kinds of pleasure
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Red
11/17/2013 - robertgoulet wrote:
90 points
The nose is a clear display of a classy estate, high toned fruit, graphite, spice box and shells...cool-polished black raspberries, pencil shavings, crisp acids, generous minerality, saline notes, tannins are still a bit tight on the finish, would never guess '05 vintage... very enjoyable 90-92
Red
1995 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/9/2013 - robertgoulet wrote:
95 points
Tasted blind...this sucker is right in my wheel house....wafting aromas of leather and cigar ash, hints of bell pepper and asparagus...I declared bordeaux...though with such soft fruit I thought right bank initially...then soon the tobacco leaf and graphite took the stage...juicy cherries lifted by the acidity was a welcomed addition...once told (its left) I immediately went pauillac (all in)...I said clerc milon or d'armailhac....its pontet....a total treat..rockin juice 95 points
Red
2002 René Bouvier Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
10/10/2013 - robertgoulet wrote:
92 points
Great initial spice wafting from the glass, some underlying hints of egg whites and ash, nice bitter sweet cherry on the palate, some disjointed tartness bridging mid palate-finish, short-medium finish...still some tannin. structure...very enjoyable
Red
7/31/2013 - robertgoulet wrote:
87 points
This is just fine...very good/excellent for the price...stays true to the Tempranillo grape...many of Rioja is lathered in American oak.. especially a lot of the gran reservas...faustino does a good good keeping this in check...nice earthy notes, fig, dark cherry...alot of wine for the money...actually remarkable...bravo to them...their gran reserva '99 on the market now is one of the best buys ever in the $30 range
Red
6/14/2013 - robertgoulet wrote:
87 points
a very nice burgundy experience at a fair tariff... this wine was not stored correctly so it was a bit more developed...had a great roasted nose, hints of game, spice(fantastic)...on the palate, firm acids,nice earth and minerality coming, tart cran/strawberry and dark cherry, picked up some mushroom and graphite...hits the burgundy spot!!!
Red
4/17/2013 - robertgoulet wrote:
87 points
There is some bottle variation with this wine, but usually never bad, just a bit less expressive...a fun little bottle...classic burg nose...a little funk, a little spice...light carbonic maceration on the palate channeling Beaujolais...crisp tangy strawberry, light mushroom, bright acid....a quality burg for the price...this is a case buy and a good choice as a house wine for the burg lover...enjoy...until next wine
Red
1982 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/4/2013 - robertgoulet wrote:
An absolute epic bottle of Bordeaux. An earthy beast loaded with seconary and tertiery notes. Initially, I'm getting slapped in the mouth by an old worn cat of nine tails, very nice...followed by earth, smoke, dusty red fruits.

On the palate, a nice gaminess, hints of (complimentary) bell pepper, tobacco, graphite, a dab of mushroom, great earthy finish, medium to full body. This is putting on an absolute clinic on what old world should taste like. Incredible showing, a poster of off the charts Bordeaux.
Red
1/8/2013 - robertgoulet Likes this wine:
93 points
I tasted the '64 this year and found it charming, open and more youthful than its label suggested, really enjoyable.

The '99 is nice follow up. Wow, you can hold your nose well outside the rim of glass and still enjoy the wonderful pungent aroma's, plenty of leather, bike tire, egg yolk, roasted root beer and fig notes. Just enjoying these interesting scents.

The palate is open with earthy cherry, dates, tabacco, hazelnut and sweet spices through the front half and then laser blasts of acidity the latter. The acidity clearly builds here over time shielding some of the palate flavor. A nice lingering aftertaste leaving you craving more.

At $33 bucks this is rocking my face off.

I doubt this has the superior longevity of the '64 I would drink these now, it's plenty ready

and in a frosted glass bottle, how could you deny it!!! lol
FROST'INO!!
Red
12/23/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
Oh this is going to be fantastic, but its a baby, let this sleep. Its a bit sleepy, but it's all here in a subtle package. The balance on this wine is so finely tuned. This appeared fairly elegant, nothing exaggerated or flamboyant. I'll open the next bottle in 5-10 years
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2001 Château Pavie Decesse St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/23/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
I could not take my nose out of the glass, it's almost as if you just stepped into one of those band new cedar lined closets...very inticing...the palate is still a bit primary...big fruit, but not offer the top or pruney, smooth tannins...I wanted more of this
White
12/23/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
95 points
Absolute monster white burgundy...sick sick nose...meaty, smokiness, complex minerality...gorgeous...rich, pure, clean tropical fruits on the palate...could use a tad more palate complexity...but this bottle right here is sexed up.
Red
12/14/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
87 points
Tasted again...still not the level as the first bottle, but has some nice burgundy charm...this time a tad tart, good punchy red fruits and mushroom, light spices...this can hit the spot if you need a quick burgundy fix
Red
12/7/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
Friday, December 07, 2012 - Good lord this is lathered in American oak. This wine absolutely wears it on its sleeve...total pickle juice, coconut, watered down vanilla, some rubber tire, fairly high acidity...years ago I would probably love this, but the oak hides all of the Tempranillo grape...I like this house, but it appears they over did it in '01...the oak will always dominate the grape characteristics in this wine...a shame
Red
12/7/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
Ahhh foooey, after a great performance the other night I had to crack another bottle....def. variation...that's why it's so difficult to objectively score/rate wines...this wine was much simpler, lacking the spice, the concentration, the charm, the complexity...wasn't bad by any means...but nowhere like the previous experience...very primary and a bit watered down...I have another to open...fingers crossed, I want this to work!
Red
12/5/2012 - robertgoulet Likes this wine:
91 points
A bit skeptical with the screw top on my burgundy...but no worry...Great burg nose here, lots of sweet spice, truffle, hints of leather, sea shells....continues on the palate, crunchy ripe cran-raspberry, porcini dust, light exotic spice, laser-like acidity, substantial finish...very charming wine, wonderful balance...open for consumption now...@$25, don't walk...run
Red
2008 Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/16/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
92 points
Oh hell yes!!!
Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie

great nose, mushrooms, sea shells, bright red fruits
the palate continues the fun, cedar, truffle, leather notes, soft barnyard, sweet saline, minerals, fresh cherries. This is a tremendous bordeaux for the $$ and a solid repesentation of the Pessac Leognan terroir. I will be adding some to the cellar.

Loving this, I might lick this off the floor
Red
2001 Sarget de Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/27/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
A bit tight out of the gate, but u can clearly see great potential. 30-45 minutes in the decanter and Wa'la. Some soft leathery barn notes with violets in the background. Fully resolved tannins in this graceful wine, smooth palate, mild flavors on the palate consisting of earth, leathery cassis and hints of graphite. But once you introduce the filet mignon to this wine is where all the fireworks commence. It's like magic, the combination draws a smokey component into the mix that does not exist with either alone. This was an incredible marriage of wine and cuisine. Experiences like this is why we're all in this game!
Red
9/1/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
90 points
After some heavy high alcohol cabs with the boys this was exactly the detour I needed....some fresh cut floral notes, hints of earth, soft red fruits and some game...on the palate, great shiitake dipped earthy strawberries and spice, the acidity is assertive carrying all the flavor on its shoulders...very classic...a beautiful drink...a great entry level intro to Montille $30
Red
8/26/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
Like licking your grandfather old dusty cardigan from the back of the closet...a teaspoon of sheetrock and a chaser of some cheap oceanspray cranberry juice...not recommended...i've tasted $15 bourgognes that dismantle this wine, tasted on two separate occasions.
Red
2004 Château La Clare Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/15/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
91 points
'0 frigin 4 Bordeaux strikes again!!!! The Englishman's vintage, because the wines r so classic ...right?...fooey...this is everymans vintage! These wines are so delicious and for the price, this is the vintage to buy in the 2000's. The La Clare is the cousin to Rollan de by and there r some similarities btwn the two. This wine is what I look for in Bordeaux...so anti-cali...so classic...so tasty. The Clare puts on an absolute clinic...with earth, sweet truffle, leather, hints of funk, the red fruits pay more of a cameo role which is just fine with me...if I wanted fruit I'd meet u in napa. The succulent smooth finish on this continued to linger throughout the evening, tempting me for another pour. $29 brilliant.
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Red
7/7/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
91 points
If you want a ' look out, I am all up in your business' merlot, then open one of these bottles. This wine screams 'holy crap, i'm lathered in American Oak'!!!! Vlasic pickles for days, huge coconut juice, vanilla extract, willd, unruly and slightly incorrigible behavior. Tasted nexted to Kiona Reserve Cab. Both were similar in profile, but the Kiona was the more reserved bottling. Until next wine...
Red
7/7/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
90 points
if your in the mood for new world and your pocket book is tight, grab one of these babies. Its a definite crowd pleaser minus the huge tariff, it will also hang with the big boys so you can take it to a higher end tasting..i would recommend (blind) to avoid any pre-bias...I guess the winery holds these back for a few years since they are just hitting the market here in Orlando (or we're just so behind)...either way this wine is jam packed with black currant, black cherry, hints of dill, coconut and drops of vanilla. Fun stuff if your in the mood and already has the aged on it. Tasted next to another Washington wine the '05 Dunham Reserve Merlot, twice the price of the Kiona, but similar in profile. Until next wine...
Red
6/30/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
88 points
I've tasted this wine on a few occasions now and only on once did it really shine. Though, still a young wine so I must keep that in mind. This is a hillside planting on extremely rocky soil, which lends a hand to structure and minerality. I am sure a few years on this wine will make it blossom. The nose is a flurry of porcini dust with bits of pine and earth. You can really get a sense of the minerality here, where you can taste it in spades, earthy notes, fresh acidity, red berries are present, like a splash of strawberry-cran (sounds like I'm pitching something new to Ocean Spray :) and some dry lemon peel. Finish is it a tad short, here is where you get a sense of the firm tannins. Though the Sarrazin 'Champs Lalot' bottling has won my heart with beautiful elegance, the 'Sous la Roche' is like it's bodyguard....nice wine
Red
2003 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/16/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
92 points
Whoa, this wine completely comes out swinging...this is total nose candy...so sexy...an absolute provocative intoxicating perfume of lushious red fruits and velvety smooth coconut oil. The palate is total margaux-berries...supple, smooth. elegant, soft tannins. An absolute pleasure to drink and another reason why I keep Margaux on the top of the list of favorite communes.
Red
6/12/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
Hmmmm....'03vintage......Hmmmm......ripe or overripe?....I'll saaaaay......ripe!!! That was the topic of the discussion within our group. The labels states 13.5% which we felt was a bit of a fib. This is surely a big wine, but in no way one dimensional nor overripe. On the nose this is lush, yowsa!? Did I really just type 'yowza'?....yikes....The palate is definitley full bodiy, big round mouthfull, fig/date action, mixed black fruit, muskiness, hints of iron with polished tannins. I detected a smidge of heat in the beginning whcih resloved over the course of the evening...it's good I say...This sucker has a ton of scores...mine is not needed here
White
1998 Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/27/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
From a blend Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and a touch of Muscadelle. . It's rare that I get to taste a $100 white bordeaux so I was excited to taste the infamous top blanc from Graves. The nose is pure dry dates, cat pee and walnuts, The palate is extremely balanced. I find no over the top flavors. Plenty nutty flavor is front center followed by citus and lemon peel notes. All the flavors a held up a firm dose of acidity. The finish is quite dry. Not recommended for my new world friends
Red
3/24/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
87 points
Some nice funky truffle, seductive spice, underlying chalky earth, menthol hints and ripe red berries. This is easy to spot as a ripe vintage, fruit borders new world, maybe a tad heavy and lacking the proper acidity to offer a fresh lift. Though their is plenty of the old world to lend a helping hand hint to its true origin. The finish leaves some heat, but overall for $16 a regional bourgogne there is plenty burg pleasing power. Enjoy 87+
Red
3/17/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
A huge massive beast of a napa cab. I was leaning towards '07 since the wine tastes so young. The D V is quite primary, displays a deep hue and some thrashing tannins(after a quick palate swish) good lord I had to look in the mirror to see if my gums were bleeding!! If you enjoy some fairly aggressive luxurious oak treatment and gobs of black currant then pop it now. Extremely good if your a napa cab fan with plenty of life left.
Red
3/4/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
90 points
After tasting the beautiful 'champs lalot' I had to try the bigger brother. The sous la rouche is located next to a premier cru vineyard in givry and I must say, do we need an upgrade? After tasting a rather tiiiight bottle of the la roche recently I decided to go another round...glad I did...The nose offers up notes of sous bois and pretty floral notes which are both upstaged by a punch of sweet asian spice...this is sexed up perfume...The tannins are smooth up until the finish where they display some youthful grip. On the palate sweet earthy shiitake meet fresh cherry and strawberry notes. The fruit gets a nice lift from the acidity. Is this the most complex bottle of wine?...no...but for a village wine...this is no joke.
Red
1/21/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
95 points
This wine was pure infamil!!!! Such a baaaaby. Deeeeep infant color and tiiiiiight out of the gate.
I never would have guessed the age.
This wine is like spooning a canadian elk on a cool moonlit night nestled closely as your nose burrows down deep into fur on the back of its neck. Yes the nose on this wine is just that animalistic!! This is a furly burly gamey glass of meaty mammalian muscle. After about an hour in the decanter and we begin to get a peek at the true potential of the palate as the lazer-like acidity delivers a stun blast of red currants. In the background we find some complimentary herb garden action. The drying tannins are present on the finish and lead to the Dunn's only (current) flaw....a shortened finish. Clearly mountain fruit on display here.
This was an amazing freakish beautiful beast, an absolute tour de force' in winemaking and one of the most brilliant displays of true napa terroir potential. This is all of 95pts, no question...Bravo
Red
2006 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/19/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
92 points
Huge potential, Granted this is already quite nice and a clear upgrade over the highly rated '05 I tasted recently. This is soooo sexy, old world bordeaux meets some new world flair. Gorgeous nose of minced mushrooms dipped in cherries, tarragon and spice box and oak. On the palate gorgeous tannins, like lightly dipped velvety vanilla cherries gliding over your tongue finishing with truffle notes. The fruit is quite ripe here though thats not usually what I require in my bordeaux. Ok, now for the downside......too much oak!!!!!! Damn u oak...but when this integrates we will be in for a real treat!
Red
1/15/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
92 points
sliight correction 'not' made in the new world flabby style of today
Red
1/15/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
92 points
FINALLY, something from South Africa outside of DeToren and Eventide syrah that I can click with...this is not characteristic So. Africa...no herbal notes found(eg. bell pepper) common with this area...no formal notes because this was tasted amongst a host of other wines and this was more of a social tasting...from memory, new world style but made in the common flabby overextracted style of today....plenty of sweetness from the cocoa powder....but no spoof here....plenty of acidity so it has a refreshing quality that keeps you drinking without experiencing palate fatigue.....black cherries...black raspberries...interesting polish scents on the nose. Well priced at $25...a current new world favorite
Red
1/15/2012 - robertgoulet wrote:
91 points
$37 for1st cru burgundy?? Oh hell yes!! Served chilled...Scents of wet leaves, truffles, sea shells and cranberries...great punch of fruit from the front, midpalate leading to pleasant finish...plenty of strawberry and cran...nice lift from the acidity gives the fruit a sense of coolness, touches of earth rounds out the palate. Young but drinking very well.
Red
12/29/2011 - robertgoulet wrote:
92 points
What I love about the Forman is everytime I taste this wine it's a little different and not in a bad way, but now it has evolved into a beauty. This is not big napa over extraction, even though I think the alcohol level is considerably high. On the nose you get tapenade, currants and chalk board. On the palate smooth cassis, black raspberries and black olives, the midpalate really shines on this wine, though maybe a tad of heat on the finish. Don't let that stop you this is drinking very well, enjoy. Goooulet!!
Red
12/24/2011 - robertgoulet wrote:
92 points
A bit tight and closed upon opening, splash decant and sent into the frig for approx. 1hr.
The zede responded accordingly, the nose opened up a blend of walnut, polished cherry leather reduction and hints of oak. Overtime I picked up some light vicks vapor rub action and oyster shell. On the palate the margaux berriers were at attention. BTW what the hell are margaux-berries? I often think the same of zinberries. I guess when I think of the term margaux-berries I think of velvety-like black raspberries. I noticed light textures of earthy gravel and oak. The finish shows some tightness, no rush on this wine. Overall a real nice margaux.
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