Tasting Notes for JavaMonkey

(848 notes on 435 wines)

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Red
2000 Château Bellefont-Belcier St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/4/2015 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautiful bottle. Cassis, a little sour cherry, tobacco, loam, earthy. Showing age nicely. Understated, but nice fruit. Medium-light palate, great balance. Showing some nice complexity.
Red
2008 Stolpman Angeli Santa Ynez Valley Syrah (view label images)
6/5/2015 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
91 points
Very nice. Dark ruby red. Good fruit, cherry and plum, lots of underlying notes, asphalt, smoke, loam. Medium-full bodied. Great balance.
Red
Must be a bad bottle. A rare disappointing bottle of Carlisle. Lean and mostly herbal.
Red
6/5/2015 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice, and drinking beautifully right now. Dark purple-red. Raspberry, a little strawberry twizzler, some basil, smoke. Full bodied, not too heavy, nice balance. Delicious.
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White
3/7/2015 - JavaMonkey wrote:
84 points
Golden yellow color. Sweet nose with kiwi, citrus, and honey. Very full bodied. A little too heavy for my taste.
White - Off-dry
Pale straw color. Sweet melon and a little floral scent. Much too sweet. No acidity to speak of.
Red
3/7/2015 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
91 points
Dark, ruby-purple color. Beautiful Rhone bombshell. Big blackberry, with some bright strawberry fruit, a little herbal character. Great balance, with plenty of acidity. Medium-heavy palate, very full. Delicious.
Red
3/7/2015 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
90 points
Another good bottle: Very nice wine. Ruby red, with a slight purple tinge. Cassis, raspberry, a little tar, herbs. Medium-full weight. Firm tannins, but no sharp edges. Delicious fruit, great balance.
Red
3/7/2015 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
88 points
Good, nice fruit, raspberry, a little smoke. Medium-full bodied.
Red
3/7/2015 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
90 points
Dark red-purple color. Nice nose with raspberry, charcoal, black pepper. Full bodied, not a delicate wine. Great fruit. Lots of backbone left, should age nicely.
Red
Another bad bottle.
Red
1/6/2015 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
92 points
From screwcap. Very similar to my first bottle: A dark purple-ruby color. Beautiful nose of blueberry, raspberry, leather, smoke, and black pepper. Lush, mouthfilling fruit. The fruit is very clean, the balance is perfect. The spiciness and oak blend perfectly. Long, delicious finish.
White - Off-dry
1/6/2015 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
86 points
Same as the first bottle: Medium yellow golden color. The nose has tropical fruit and just a hint of slate. This bottle had a ton of crystals precipitated out of it. I don't know if it's related, but I found the palate to be very soft, missing the acidity it needed to balance the sweet fruit. Nice long finish, but again not enough backbone for the sweetness.
Red
1/6/2015 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
90 points
Another good bottle. Similar profile: Lots of bright strawberry granache fruit. There's a little leather and floral aroma. Lots of concentration, still plenty of tannins, lacking a little acidity to be really balanced. Excellent.
Red
1/6/2015 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
91 points
Medium ruby red color. Nose has cherry, strawberry, toast. This aged very nicely. Medium bodied, but it developed a really nice character. Lots of secondary notes on the palate, hints of cedar and tobacco. Turned into a very handsome wine.
Red
2003 Château Monbousquet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/6/2015 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
88 points
My least favorite bottle so far. Medium garnet color. Currant and cherry fruit. Not as deep as the previous bottle, lots of oak. Medium bodied. Good balance and nice fruit, but missing the richness of the previous bottles.
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Red
1/6/2015 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
91 points
Really excellent. Dark ruby purple color. Dark nose with plum, dark berries, some rhubarb. Full bodied, lots of complexity to the palate. Great backbone holding everything up. Delicious.
White - Off-dry
1/6/2015 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
92 points
Better than the last bottle. Pale straw color. A little deeper, more tropical than the last bottle. Still some floral and petrol notes, with some pineapple and citrus. Good acidity, not as spritzy as the last bottle.
Red
12/20/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice bottle, and a bargain at $20. Raspberry, blueberry, and smoke. Medium-full bodied, nice balance.
Red
12/20/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice. Great fruit, blackberry, raspberry, a little bit of smoke in the background. Full bodied. A little soft, and not a lot of depth, but so delicious.
Red
12/20/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
90 points
Another good bottle. Dark ruby red with a slight purple tinge. Nice plum, raspberry fruit. Charcoal, a little herbal quality. Full bodied, delicious fruit.
White - Off-dry
12/20/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
92 points
Medium straw color. Nice nose of pineapple, citrus, with a stoney quality. Gorgeous fruit, very lively. I could drink this all day.
Red
2008 Carlisle Three Birds Sonoma County Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
12/20/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
86 points
Dark ruby red. Nice fruit, blackberry, cherry, a little charcoal. Not a lot of depth. A little rough around the edges. Nice fruit, though, enjoyable.
Red
12/20/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
88 points
Medium ruby red. Cherry, loam, tar, basil. Medium-full palate. Very nice balance, good backbone. Restrained, very good with food.
Red
11/29/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
90 points
Liked this a little more than the previous bottles, might be integrating. Similar profile: Lots of bright strawberry granache fruit. There's a little leather and floral aroma. Lots of concentration, still plenty of tannins, lacking a little acidity to be really balanced. Excellent.
Red
11/29/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
90 points
Similar to the last bottle: Dark ruby red. Aromas of raspberry, sweet tobacco, spice, and some herbal notes. Medium bodied, long finish. This was a great bottle of wine. Delicious fruit, nice body, some good depth. The fruit was held up by firm tannins, and had a nice freshness.
Red
11/29/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
90 points
Consistent with other bottles: Aired for 1 hour. Dark ruby red. Mellow nose with leather, tobacco, cassis, a slight meaty component as well. The palate is medium-full, nicely integrated. Great, mellow fruit, nice complexity. Long, interesting finish. Really excellent, probably towards the end of it's drinking window.
Red
11/29/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
88 points
One of the better bottles: Sweet raspberry, a little bit of smoke. Medium-full palate. Nice balance, very enjoyable.
Red
11/29/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
90 points
Dark red-purple color. Nice nose with raspberry, charcoal, black pepper. Full bodied, not a delicate wine. Great fruit. Lots of backbone left, should age nicely.
Red
11/29/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
88 points
Medium-light ruby red color. Sweet nose with raspberry, cherry, a little herbal component. Medium palate, nice fruit, a little soft. Not a lot of complexity. Enjoyable, probably shouldn't hold too much longer.
Red
11/29/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent bottle. Cherry, cassis, cedar, a little oregano. Medium weight palate, nicely integrated, great balance. Probably at it's best now. Still very nice fruit, some nice complexity now.
Red
11/9/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
88 points
Still really like this wine. A little simple, but nice fruit, good balance. Fairly medium bodied at this point. Easy to drink.
Red
11/9/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
88 points
Same as the last bottle: Medium ruby red. Cherry, spice, a little bit of sandalwood. Medium palate. Not incredibly Pinot-like, but delicious and well-balanced.
Red
11/9/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice. Ruby - purple color. Blueberry, smoke, a little licorice. Still medium-full palate. No rough edges now, very easy to drink.
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Red
11/9/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
89 points
Dark purple-red color. Raspberry, white pepper, a little bit of burnt rubber. This may actually soften and improve with a few more years. Still pretty big, lots of fruit.
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Red
11/9/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
88 points
Nice bottle. Rasberry fruit with a little bit of charcoal in the back. Very enjoyable, plenty of fruit. A little simple, but a good drinker.
Red
11/9/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice bottle. Blueberry, smoke, a little bit of cherry Twizzler. Full bodied, nice balance. Very enjoyable.
Red
11/9/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice, cherry fruit, sandalwood, herbs. Medium bodied. Some nice background notes that I can't quite place.
Red
11/9/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
90 points
Still nice cherry, cranberry fruit, with some earthy tones. Medium bodied, nice balance.
Red
10/4/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
90 points
One of the better bottles: Dark ruby red color. The nose has plum, raspberry, and leather. The tannins have settled, but there's still a nice backbone. Great balance, nice depth. Probably at it's peak now.
Red
10/4/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent bottle. Dark purple color, big nose of blackberry, sassafras, a little strawberry. Big full palate, gorgeous fruit, nice backbone.
Red
10/4/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
92 points
Same as the last bottle: This is drinking beautifully right now. The fruit has blossomed. Dark, plummy fruit, with some tobacco, loam, a hint of pine. The fruit is delicious, you could almost mistake it for a Zinfandel, but it's a little more angular. Tannins are still present, it's nicely balanced, although slightly on the fruity side. Very full palate, delicious, wonderful stuff. Probably best to drink soon.
Red
2009 Cameron Hughes Meritage California Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/4/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
86 points
Better than the last bottle. The vanilla oak has faded, there's still some nice fruit, mostly raspberry. Has a little backbone left. Very pleasant.
Red
2005 Château Petit Bocq St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/4/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
88 points
Drinking nicely now. Medium ruby red. The oak is still there, with raspberry, cassis, some loam, a little pine. Picking up some nice nuances. Medium bodied at this point.
Red
2005 Clos Puy Arnaud Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/4/2014 - JavaMonkey wrote:
88 points
I think still too early. Medium ruby read. Some fruit coming out, cassis and cherry, but still very lean. Hopefully this will improve.
Red
10/4/2014 - JavaMonkey wrote:
86 points
Not thrilled with this bottle. Thin and herbal. Maybe flawed.
Red
10/4/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
91 points
Excellent bottle. Dark purple color. Big nose with blackberry, fig, herbs. Full bodied, great balance. Big, delicious wine.
Red
10/4/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
90 points
Similar to the last bottle, maybe fading a little: Excellent. Lots of dark fruit, blueberry, blackberry, along with some dried flowers, roast beef, and basil , and a little black pepper spiciness. Medium-full bodied. Fairly well balanced, it flirts with being overly fruity, but it's got good backbone. Delicious fruit. Very clean and well defined. Long, delicious finish.
Red
8/20/2014 - JavaMonkey Likes this wine:
92 points
What a difference from the last bottle. This is drinking beautifully right now. The fruit has blossomed. Dark, plummy fruit, with some tobacco, loam, a hint of pine. The fruit is delicious, you could almost mistake it for a Zinfandel, but it's a little more angular. Tannins are still present, it's nicely balanced, although slightly on the fruity side. Very full palate, delicious, wonderful stuff. Probably best to drink soon.
Red
8/2/2014 - JavaMonkey wrote:
90 points
Same as last bottle: Dark ruby color. Plum, tobacco, smoke, a little incense. Medium-full bodied. Beautiful fruit, great balance. Great wine.
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