Tasting Notes for Haggis

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Red
8/18/2019 - Haggis Likes this wine:
92 points
This has come around considerably since my last bottle, about 3 years ago. Right in its sweet spot now. Full of crushed dark cherries, hints of leather, provencal herbs, and something like iodine. I drank it over two days, with day 2 being outstanding. Give it a good decant if you must open a bottle now; otherwise, I would hold from another 3-5 yrs. An outstanding QPR.
Red
7/19/2019 - Haggis wrote:
89 points
Drank over two days. I actually preferred day 1, as it was less lean. However, both days showed an acidic/tart core, along with thin palate (raspberry, sour cherry, steminess) that did not particularly appeal to me. I prefer more earthiness and less lithe, high-note, pinots. But, this is well-made (as Copain always are). I much prefer Wells' syrahs.
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Red
7/5/2019 - Haggis Likes this wine:
92 points
Loads of plum, cherry, and some acidity. This is a more lush wine than I was anticipating. This is an incredible QPR, and should be even more enjoyable in another 5-10 years.
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Red
6/29/2019 - Haggis Likes this wine:
90 points
I drank this over two days. I think it better on day 1, although the rather forward fruitiness was a bit too much for my liking. I prefer pinot that are a bit more graceful and earthy. But, it is very well made (no surprise there). On day 2, some of the fruitiness had abated, but a good bit of alcoholic heat poked through. A good wine. Not a great one.
Red
5/26/2019 - Haggis Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautifully balanced fruit, tannin, and acidity. Secondary elements are now emerging: leather, graphite, dark plum and cherry. This is just now entering its peak phase. As much as I enjoyed this, I regret not holding for at least another 5 years.
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Red
5/23/2019 - Haggis Likes this wine:
93 points
A beautiful fragrant bottle (rose, violet, licorice). I took no formal notes, but this continued to open up during the course of 3 days. This has a good 5-8 (or more) years to go before REALLY hitting it on all cylinders, but there is no reason not to enjoy these now.
Red
2/28/2019 - Haggis Likes this wine:
94 points
This is beautiful; in a very good place. I think Loren Sonkin summed it up nicely in his several notes. I will just add that this has a lot of lovely aged character now. It's in its sweet spot and will be even better in another few years. Unfortunately for me, this was my last bottle. Very memorable and one of the best wines I have had in the past several months.
White
2/14/2019 - Haggis Does not like this wine:
83 points
I was quite disappointed in this wine, given the pretty good press that Bright Leaf has been receiving in the region. However, this bottling is insipid, flabby, over-oaked, and with a touch of brett. The fruit is muted and pale. This is similar to other bottles, and from other vintages. I'm not a fan.
White
7/6/2018 - Haggis Likes this wine:
92 points
Crisp, clean, slight acidity, and modest oak. Palate = apple, peach, and touch of honey. Delightful. Should age nicely for another 3 yrs.
Red
6/16/2018 - Haggis Likes this wine:
92 points
Opened #2 tonight with some winemakers and wine enthusiasts in the Finger Lakes (my new home after moving from Hawaii...a long story for another time). This is in a really good place now. As I stated in an earlier note, this is loaded with dark fruit (cherry'ish); darker than I was anticipating, blended with some licorice, tar, Provencal herbs, and really smooth tannins. An outstanding wine. Drink or hold. Drinking window 2018-2022
White
5/29/2018 - Haggis Does not like this wine:
85 points
This is a very light wine, with a bit of spritz. There are hints of grapefruit, guava, passionfruit. But, there is no substance. No "there" there. As a long-time customer of Bedrock, I'm very disappointed. I have had several bottles of this wine (I bought 6) and other of their whites, but none have really impressed me. I think Bedrock should stick with what they know best (excellent reds) and skip the whites and roses. I suppose if you want a cold summer sipper, this might be ok, I can find some other decent Rieslings and chardonnays at a lower cost that better fit that bill.
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Red - Sparkling
5/29/2018 - Haggis Does not like this wine:
80 points
One of the worst wines I have ever had from a "major producer" in the class of Domaine Chandon. There is very little fruit here; rather, there is sweetness (and artificial tasting at that), along with a talcum aftertaste that coats my teeth with a nasty layer. I can't find anything redeeming about this wine. I drank 1/2 glass and poured the rest down the sink. 80 points is generous. If I were the winemaker, I'd be embarrassed to release this. Awful.
White
I have tried and tried to give sauvignon blancs their due. However, other than some Loire Valley SBs, I guess these wines just do not appeal to me. A nice Sancerre...yes. But, anything from the US or NZ...no. Too acidic, lemony, grassy, grapefruity. I'm sure, given how much I love Bedrock, that this is a well-made wine, but it is not my style. Thus, I won't give it a numeric rating. I'll leave that to others who appreciate these wines more than I do.
White
4/30/2018 - Haggis Likes this wine:
89 points
A delicious chardonnay. Some light plum (maybe more like damson plum), quince, allspice, and good acidity. Well made wine, with very nice balance.
Red
4/28/2018 - Haggis Likes this wine:
90 points
A bit long in the tooth. Upon opening, a bit tart and austere. But, with time, some nice earthy notes with dark cherry, and hint of spice. Drink up!
Red
2/12/2018 - Haggis Likes this wine:
94 points
This is in a great place now. Loaded with plum, dark cherry, dark roast coffee, and spice. The tannins are very soft, almost velvety. This is NOT an over-the-top Aussie shiraz; rather, it is restrained and elegant. A real stunner now and will only improve with age. Drink now with great pleasure, but can hold for another 10 years.
Red
2006 Rubicon Estate Rubicon Rutherford Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/3/2017 - Haggis Likes this wine:
92 points
I have had some Rubicon over the years and found them to be a bit over-rated and "over heated." This one, however, was fantastic. A very heady Napa cab, but with very pleasant plum, prune (not objectionable at all), smooth tannins, vanilla, and modest oak. Jammy for sure, but well integrated.
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Red
10/22/2017 - Haggis Likes this wine:
89 points
This is a lovely fragrant Chinon, as is typically the case with Pallus. This is a great example of what the Loire Valley has to offer, demonstrating that cab franc is a grape that can stand on its own. Although I don't score this as high as James Molesworth, it is a lovely wine that is light, lithe, and displays notes of herbs and tea. A lot of upside to this wine.
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White - Sparkling
10/21/2017 - Haggis Likes this wine:
88 points
Decent for a California sparkler. Hints of crisp apple, honeysuckle, yeast. Nothing spectacular, but a good easy drink.
White
9/25/2017 - Haggis Likes this wine:
91 points
I opened this only because Mrs. H did not like the riesling that I opened earlier. This is a very nice chardonnay, with some noticeble Burgundian character, including firm fruit, earthiness, honeysuckle flowers, and a certain steeliness. A bit of oak shows up, but on day 2, was more muted. A very fine wine and one that will improve from another 2 or so years in the cellar.
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White
9/25/2017 - Haggis Likes this wine:
88 points
I am not a big fan of US rieslings, althogh there are some decent ones from the west coast and the Finger Lakes. This dry riesling from Bedrock has some nice riesling character, with the stoniness and spice that appeals to me. Despite good acidity, this is rather "thin" and does not have the depth and layers of flavor that appeal to me. For an inexpensive summer quaffer, it's fine. Perhaps, as the vines mature and more expertise is brought to bear, the wines will excel. For now, very nice, but not great.
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Red
9/3/2017 - Haggis Likes this wine:
92 points
It's been 4.5 years since I opened one of these. I was not planning to, but some visiting fellow wine enthusiasts from Canada had never had one. So, pop it, we did. Just as in January 2013, this is still youthful. Dark plum with herbs, hints of tobacco, and now fully integrated tannins. Not at all rough like earlier. Still "jammy" (which some people like). I would recommend holding for another 5 yrs, but certainly eminently drinkable now.
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Red
8/5/2017 - Haggis Likes this wine:
94 points
On opening, I was worried and disappointed, as this was thin, flat, and lacking in any character. I had invited some Finger Lakes luminaries to dinner and was a bit embarrassed, esp as one of my guests brought a 2001 DRC La Landonne (which was amazing!). This Gambal was a disappointment, in comparison. However...ta dah...after being opened for 5 hours, it was AMAZING. So much depth, earthiness, dill, herbs (esp sage)... I'm astonished. If you have some, decant it for 3-5 hours before serving. But, take a taste upon opening so that you can see for yourself the miraculous transformation. I hope your experience is as magical as mine.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/5/2017 - Haggis Likes this wine:
98 points
Amazing. There are few adjectives in the English language that can capture the elegance, complexity, vibrancy, and delicacy of this sauternes. One of the finest wines I've ever had. Oranges, creme brulee, figs, almonds, honey...whatever, it was there. And a beautiful beam of acidity that pulls it all together. I can't imagine what this will be like in another 20 years. Earth shattering, no doubt.
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Red
8/5/2017 - Haggis Does not like this wine:
70 points
WAY over the hill. No stuffing left in this bottle, although mine might not be representative. I gave the opened bottle to a prominent Finger Lakes winemaker who was at my house for dinner and who craved it to make vinegar, which will come back to me. So, not all is lost! Isn't reincarnation wonderful?! That said, we all agreed that we could tell that there was some historical elegance in this wine. It's just way past it's prime.
Red
6/4/2017 - Haggis Likes this wine:
92 points
This is still in its drinking window, but definitely on the downslope. Good fruit is there: ripe cherry, milk chocolate, plum, and very slight hint of dill. Not much in the way of tannin, making the bottle a bit flabby. But, still a fine wine. Very well made. Wish I had opened it a few years ago. I did hold on to some for day 2. Interestingly, it was a tad richer/deeper, but also a bit oxidized, it seemed. Drink now!
Red
5/20/2017 - Haggis Likes this wine:
90 points
I had rather low expectations for this wine, given the producer and it's age. To some extent, my expectations were justified, as this is certainly past peak. Well past, actually. However, there is still a lot to recommend this wine. Here's the story. I stood this for two day to let the sediment settle. The cork was wet only to about 1/4", which really surprised me. The cork was solid, but did show a couple of cracks; otherwise, it was intact. Immediately upon pulling the cork, an obvious "funk" (hint of rubber, vinyl) was evident. After decanting, I let it sit for a couple of hours, by which time much of that had blown off. Color was definitely "brick." To make a long story short, after about 3 hrs, this was wonderful. Loads of dark, but muted, fruit, with something that I can only describe as a dried herb mix. A bit raisiny, but not too much. It was so delicious that I drained the bottle (ok, the decanter) in less than 2 hours. I wish I had another. I suspect that this would have been a good 93/94 pointer about 15 yrs ago. Overall, given its age, my expectations were actually exceeded.
Red
4/20/2017 - Haggis Likes this wine:
90 points
I have 4 of these sitting around, so I decided to open one to see how they are progressing. Very well, I would say! Great dark fruit (cherry'ish); darker than I was anticipating, blended with some licorice, tar, Provencal herbs, and pretty smooth tannins. Based on some earlier reviews, I was expected more tannic grip, but this bottle was quite smooth and very nicely integrated. Sure, it is in a good place now, but I think this will cellar nicely for at least another 5yrs.
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Red
4/15/2017 - Haggis Likes this wine:
93 points
I brought my sole remaining bottle of this to dinner at our favorite restaurant last weekend. This is in a really good place now. The balance among the fruit, acidity, and tannin (muted, but there) is fantastic.

This bottle had a bit of funk that blew off after about 15 minutes. The dark fruit was there from the outset, but the deeper "umami" of licorice and other flavors that are hard to describe, came alive after about an hour. This is a fantastic wine. I'm convinced that this has a lot of life left and could certainly attain a mark as high as 95pts, if not higher, in another 5-10yrs. No rush to open this if you have any sitting around.
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Red
4/2/2017 - Haggis Likes this wine:
91 points
I decided to give one of these a whirl just to see where it is now, the idea being to hold off on the others for several years. I tasted this over two days. As of now, this is filled with red fruit (raspberry, red currant) and lacking, thankfully, the red swizzler flavors that wreck too many CA pinots. Day 1 showed the above fruit along with a bit of a green streak and a hint of earthiness. Day 2 was much fuller, with more weight and something that I can only describe as iodine. That sounds nasty, but it's not! Regardless, this is a VERY nice wine and one that should be left untouched for at least 7-10 years. I can only imagine what this will reveal by then.
White
10/29/2016 - Haggis Likes this wine:
91 points
Very nicely made. Rich, almost unctuous, with vanilla (form the oak barrels), honeysuckle, orange peel. A bit too oaky for my tastes, but it did settle down after an hour. Best to hold, or decant for an hour or two. Great aging potential, but very pricey.
Red
10/2/2016 - Haggis Likes this wine:
92 points
Young, but lovely. In its youth, with some austerity and minerality, it paired beautifully with grilled ribeye rubbed with fresh herbs (sage, thyme, rosemary). I will hold remaining bottles for a few more years.
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White
8/19/2016 - Haggis Likes this wine:
89 points
Lovely fruit (tart apple, hints of citrus), pear, peach. Flinty and dry, but complex with good acidity.
White
8/17/2016 - Haggis Likes this wine:
88 points
Very pleasant off-dry. A tad floral with hints of spice. Not particularly complex and certainly not on a par with Mann's higher end wines (which can be stunning). But, a nice lively wine to accompany a meas on a warm summer day.
Red
7/30/2016 - Haggis Likes this wine:
93 points
I was hesitant to open this, as I was pretty sure it was not really at peak. But, I have more, so what the hell. Not disappointed in the least, but I do wish I had decanted it longer (3 hrs was not nearly sufficient). That said, this did have great herb, tea, and oaky/spicy notes layered over dark cherry and leather. The tannins are in lovely balance, giving this great depth and, I believe, great aging potential. I would hold for 5+ yr before touching this.
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White
7/30/2016 - Haggis Likes this wine:
93 points
This screams Anderson Valley; green apple and pear, with some austerity/viscosity and stoniness. I love the way that Wells Guthrie unfolds his wines and releases them to soar. Beautifully done. This undergoes some partial malo, giving it that lush touch without being over done. Drink or hold (2-3 yr).
Red
5/15/2016 - Haggis Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful cab. The nose of crushed, stewed (NOT cooked) fruit explodes from the bottle. This is chock-full of currant, cedar, blackberry, leather. Almost no tannin here, but just enough to keep it all together. Even on day 2, this was still full of life, although a little leaner. Thus, this should hold nicely for another 4-5 yrs.
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Red
4/27/2016 - Haggis Likes this wine:
94 points
Took to dinner when Mr. and Mrs. bman (from the WS boards) visited. Amazing nose, very Bordeaux-like; however, the palate was loaded with dark plum, dark chocolate, (hell, dark everything!), licorice, minerality/graphite. Opened up as the evening wore on. Singing. Drink or hold.
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Red
3/26/2016 - Haggis Likes this wine:
90 points
Very fruity, with velvety tannins. Almost creamy. Although loaded with dark fruit, the oak was a bit too heavy for my tastes. A well-constructed wine, but not the best K-L vintage.
Red - Fortified
2/15/2016 - Haggis Likes this wine:
93 points
I opened a bottle of this last Friday and drank it over four days. The color is beautiful, like what we used to, in the day, call "burgundy." Remember those "burgundy" colored cars? (I had such a Toyota Camry at one time). So, this is definitely bricking, if not "bricked," and translucent. Palate is amazingly rich, with fig, chocolate (more milk than dark), sweet cherry. It's rather viscous and very lush. Some heat, too, but nicely balanced. Not much in the way of "grip," but there is a "dryness" that someone on the WS boards noted. There is still a long life ahead for this fine Port.
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Red
2009 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/12/2016 - Haggis Likes this wine:
92 points
Still youthful (obviously), but lovely, silky and elegant. Loads of crushed currants, plum, dark cocoa, and even a tiny, lurking hint of rosemary (not sure where that comes from...maybe just my palate last night). I was expecting this to be tighter, with heavier tannins, but not so. We drank this over two days, with not much difference day to day. Hold until 2020.
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Red
1/8/2016 - Haggis Likes this wine:
93 points
There is not much to add to my 9/26/15 note. However, for the first 15 min or so, this had a quite noticeable acidic, tangy bite. This blew off, leaving a delicious, fruit-laden, lightly tannic/oaky wine. Fantastic. Well-structured.
Red - Fortified
1/3/2016 - Haggis Likes this wine:
95 points
Fantastic. Loads of dark cherry, plum, dark chocolate, vanilla. Very smooth and "silky". Drink or hold.
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Red
1/5/2016 - Haggis Likes this wine:
94 points
Popped and poured. Considerable bricking, as might be expected, but lovely scarlet/orange glow. Nose gives mostly spice (hints of nutmeg, sandalwood, cedar). The palate is fantastic. Soft tannins, velvety. There is still good fruit and other flavors: dark cherry (almost like chocolate covered cherries...what do you call them? cherry cordials?), stewed prunes, cinnamon, leather, and cedar box (like opening my humidor). Delicious.

I'm a bit perplexed by some other reviews, including those by some colleagues here on CT, but more so by the "professional" reviews (Gilman's 78 pts makes no sense whatsoever, nor does Suckling's 87; but, "consider the source," as some might say). Perhaps what might be judged as slight bottle variation in a wine's youth or midlife, becomes accentuated in later years?? Regardless, this particular bottle is beautiful. Drink or hold (5-10yr).
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Red
9/26/2015 - Haggis Likes this wine:
93 points
Opened first bottle of my 6-pack after reading some comments on the WS forums. This is in a beautiful place. Complex nose a la Bordeaux (which had Mrs. Haggis exultant), with dark cherry, blackberry, hints of licorice, leather, and menthol. Elegant and powerful, yet restrained.
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Red
9/25/2015 - Haggis Likes this wine:
94 points
Last bottle of this vintage. This is in a beautiful place right now. See previous notes for more detail.
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Red
8/12/2015 - Haggis Likes this wine:
94 points
Fantastic old style gran reserva Rioja. Just as I like it: well-aged, loaded with dark cherries, leather, pencil lead, cedar, and a tinge of acidity. Aroma is just beautiful. Tannins and oak are beautifully integrated. On day 1, this was amazing. I held back about 1/3 bottle (recorked and stuck in the fridge) and tried the remainder the next day. Still nice, but seems to have lost something. A bit thinner, but still glorious. I would suggest finishing a bottle in one sitting. The drinking window is probably a bit tighter than some reviews would suggest. I'd drink up by 2020 at the latest.
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White
8/1/2015 - Haggis Likes this wine:
91 points
Not much to add to my previous note, other than to note that this bottle seemed oakier than others. Distinct pencil shavings, along with the great and luscious fruit. I will TRY to hold of on the other 2 for a year or more. Easier said than done!
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Red
7/9/2015 - Haggis Likes this wine:
92 points
In a great place now. Chock full of blackberry, blueberry, cedar, and some herb thing (think Provence herbs). I like the 07 and 09 a bit more, but this is singing. I don't know why D-P is not better known or appreciated, but that leaves more for me! Love this wine, but will save what I have left for another couple of years.
White
6/13/2015 - Haggis Likes this wine:
92 points
I agree very much with TLV and JMULL on this. It's fantastic. I prefer a more austere chardonnay and am not a fan of the honey/lanolin and buttery qualities that this shows. However, those are in check and beautifully balanced with the minerally fruit and tropical notes. Very fine, and should hold nicely for another year or two.
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