Tasting Notes for dave747400

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Red
4/1/2020 - dave747400 wrote:
92 points
P&P. Delicious, still some grainy tannins, broad & fresh.
White
3/31/2020 - dave747400 wrote:
92 points
Clean, weighty, utterly delicious.
Red
3/5/2020 - dave747400 wrote:
90 points
At an awkward age, I think - full of guts & fruit, but needs time to develop that lovely Burgundy nuance.
Red
12/31/2019 - dave747400 wrote:
91 points
P&P. With pasta bolognaise. Have had these in the cellar for around 8 years, they were overly sweet & ripe in their youth. Age has been very kind indeed, though. Dirty dirty dirty on the nose on opening, even more so with a swirl around the glass. Barnyard & sweaty socks turned up to 11.. This transfigured to beautiful sour cherry complexity in the mouth, though - fresh & round, correct acidity & gentle tannin, in the very best burgundian tradition. I'm amazed and underscoring this wine, if anything. Sometimes dirty is good.
Red
1998 Château La Clémence Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/27/2019 - dave747400 wrote:
92 points
In Bangkok. Classic Bordeaux nose. Palate opened up after an hour or so of air, Medium weight but all the better for it - lots of soil & plummy goodness. Absolutely delicious. Still some tail end tannins. Another 1998 right-bank legend.
Red
7/8/2019 - dave747400 wrote:
90 points
Well, this is nice. Earthy cherry & strawberry, still nicely tannic, missing a little acidity perhaps. After a supermarket Chilean Cabernet, this tasted like a First Growth, a genuine baby Brunello.
Red
6/12/2019 - dave747400 wrote:
90 points
Still young & tannic for my palate - good complexity & balance
Red
2013 Warwick Estate Trilogy Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/11/2019 - dave747400 wrote:
92 points
With pasta bolognaise. Decanted 1 hour. Young purple colour. Wow, this is packed & stacked, very Cabernet Franc, no complaints here on that front. This improved and came into balance over three or four hours. Surprisingly enjoyable, only opened as a marker. 92 tonight, but plenty of scope to improve.
White - Sparkling
4/17/2019 - dave747400 wrote:
92 points
At Hope Cove. Deliciously round & fresh with Hake and asparagus. Plenty of time in hand.
Red
2001 Meerlust Rubicon Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/15/2019 - dave747400 wrote:
92 points
Double decanted for sediment. At Hope Cove, with rare rib-eye. Room filling cabernet nose on decanting. Broad palate, round flavours, still a little tannin to prop it all up. Classic old world meets new SA blend, still with several years until any decline.
Red
4/2/2019 - dave747400 wrote:
92 points
With almonds & various cheeses night one, Steak & chip-shop chips night two.
Night one.... Poured one glass & ploughed through it with masochistic determination. Almost no nose and the very definition of 'tannic' in the mouth. Just a wall of dry tannin with something behind it, that no amount of swirling would penetrate. Cork replaced, in the fridge for 12hrs, then removed at midday the next day to come up to temperature.
Night two.... Enter stage left, miraculously transformed wine. Enticing sweet cherry & herb nose on pouring. Palate unrecognizable from yesterday. Full & sweet, cherries & red fruits all over the place but with burgundian lightness of touch as it glides over the taste buds. Tannins are present & correct, but part of the balanced whole. Gorgeous.
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Red
3/1/2019 - dave747400 wrote:
88 points
In Abu Dhabi, with chicken satay and other unsuitable accompaniments. Still very good for the price of admission, especially on day 2 after a night in the fridge.
White - Sparkling
2/25/2019 - dave747400 wrote:
92 points
With roast chicken et al, P&P, consumed over 2 hours. Wow. Mildly bready nose & palate upon opening, but developing intensity with air & as the temperature increased over the two hours the bottle survived. Last glass at nearly room temperature was wonderfully round, full of bakery elements and fresh acidity. Sadly this wasn't a magnum!
Red
2006 Meerlust Rubicon Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/31/2019 - dave747400 wrote:
92 points
With roast chicken dinner. P&P. This bottle better than the last - big cabernet nose, big in the mouth too, lovely cab franc herbaceousness. Long finish with a tannic bite. Fresh acidity. In its prime but no hurry to drink.
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White
1/8/2019 - dave747400 wrote:
93 points
With tortellini's in chicken broth. Simply exquisite.
Red
2004 Château Haut-Bergey Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/2/2018 - dave747400 wrote:
90 points
After a blowsy modern 'sexy' pomerol, this was classic, savory and completely delicious.
Red - Fortified
11/22/2018 - dave747400 wrote:
95 points
Opened 24hrs previously. With a roaring fire on a cold night. Fairly restrained nose, but massive black palate - every black fruit you can shake a stick at plus the expected spice & cigar box. Only sweet when you think about it. Still very young & primary, but already magnificent. No spririty or alcoholic notes whatsoever. My best wine of the year so far.
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Red
9/24/2018 - dave747400 wrote:
91 points
Double decanted. In line with previous note. New world bombast in a smart suit. Excellent.
Red
9/24/2018 - dave747400 wrote:
91 points
P&P from magnum on the first autumnal evening of the year, with roast chicken & all the trimmings. Very pale colour, translucent. Next to no nose, but lovely aged mellifluous palate, warming & soothing in true good-for-the-soul Burgundy fashion. Mushrooms & angel's tears. No show stopper but exactly what I had hoped for.
Red
8/18/2018 - dave747400 wrote:
92 points
With cold cuts of roast pork. Audouzed 2hrs. Purchased in France in 2005, this has been lurking in my cellar for quite some time now. Very Pommard initially, firm structure to the fore, fruit in a distant second place. Over the course of the evening, while the wine was never less than 'tannic', it came much more into balance - the last glass being best & beautiful. A Burgundy for Barolo lovers.
Red
8/17/2018 - dave747400 wrote:
92 points
With roast pork. Audouzed 1hr then poured through aerating device. Lovely nose with a little swirling, those typical loamy, mushroomy notes that elicit an involuntary 'Ummmm'. Same on the palate - still fairly primary fruit, plodding slowly towards maturity. Moderate acid, just enough to control the fruit, which completely smothers the tannin until 2 or 3 hours into the bottle. When Burgundy's good it's oh so good. Punching way above its modest village classification.
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Red
8/6/2018 - dave747400 wrote:
92 points
With grilled chicken salad. P&P. In line with previous notes, this is a lovely mellifluous old NSG. Mature scents on the nose, full, round, long & spicey in the mouth. On song.
Red
6/17/2018 - dave747400 wrote:
93 points
Audouzed 3hrs, one glass poured, remainder refrigerated 24hrs before drinking the next night. With The-Whole-9-Yards-Chicken-Dinner. Wow - first glass was nice, but +24hrsput this wine in a great place. Deep and masculine, chocolate notes, baskets of dark fruits. No shortcomings in the tannin department either, and not even the slightest hint of flab. What a fabulous bottle of wine.
White
6/11/2018 - dave747400 wrote:
92 points
With lightly smoked salmon fillets & Jersey Royal potatoes. Completely different to Hunting Hill - classy oak treatment with minerals woven into the texture. Weighty & long. Very good.
Red
5/1/2018 - dave747400 wrote:
91 points
Decanted 1hr. With beefsteak & sweet potato. 9 years since the previous bottle & this has really come on beautifully. Big & bold in true Aussie style, but no overt oak to spoil the party and a really lovely acidic spine to keep everything fresh & moorish. I thought I was over Australian Shiraz but this was delicious.
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Red
4/29/2018 - dave747400 wrote:
88 points
Decanted 1hr. With roasted, brined chicken. Deep & CndP’esque. Still going strong, very 2007.
Red
2007 Meerlust Rubicon Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/20/2018 - dave747400 wrote:
93 points
P&P in YYZ. Massive perfumed Cabernet Franc nose, properly eyebrow raising, with an immediate return for a second hit. Juicy and intense in the mouth, big cassis fruit, but not even a hint of jaminess. Perfectly pitched acidity and a gently grainy, tannic, mouth-watering tail. Pauillac meets Loire, with added sunshine. Wonderful.
Red
2003 Meerlust Rubicon Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/17/2018 - dave747400 wrote:
93 points
With beef brisket at Hope Cove. Audouzed 2hrs. From magnum. Great Cabernet nose, long & balanced in the mouth, and a nice long finish. In a perfect place now, but certainly no rush to drink.
Red
4/8/2018 - dave747400 wrote:
93 points
With peppered steak at Hope Cove. Audouzed 2hrs. From a weak vintage, this was excellent. Still full of life, classic St Julien profile.
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Red
1998 Château La Clémence Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/18/2018 - dave747400 wrote:
92 points
Audouzed 1hr, with PIZZA! Delicious, round - but no hint of flab. Still a nice tannic element to add some savoury goodness. Love this wine.
White
3/16/2018 - dave747400 wrote:
91 points
P&P with smoked salmon steaks. In line with previous experiences, round and delicious. Not even a hint of flab. A baby meursault.
Red
2006 Meerlust Rubicon Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/9/2018 - dave747400 wrote:
90 points
Still leading with primary fruit, tannins fully integrated, nice zing of acidity. This bottle lacking the usual smokey/tobacco complexity sadly.
Red
2/24/2018 - dave747400 wrote:
92 points
Audouzed 1hr, with lasagne. The very definition of a Nebbiolo nose - wow. Smokey, spicey, perfumed, absolutely beautiful. Sweet on the palate initially, good cut and a long dry, tannic finish, just as you would expect. Flavours are a slightly muted version of the nose, but still fresh & delicious. Bottle finished far too quickly. One of my first 2004 Barolo's & super impressed.
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Red
2/24/2018 - dave747400 wrote:
90 points
P&P, with pasta & meatballs. Dusty cherries, reasonable weight of fruit with a nice dry, gently tannic tail. Exactly what I was looking for with the food, and excellent QPR.
White - Sparkling
2/4/2018 - dave747400 wrote:
92 points
From a Balthazar, cellared for around 10 years. At 50th birthday celebrations. Difficult to assess objectively under the circumstances, but was a huge hit with the guests - a really gigantic bottle of champagne is a great talking point! Wine was round & satisfying, still plenty of bubbles, extremely satisfying. Must locate another for the 60th....
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Red
2015 Rutini Cabernet Malbec La Consulta Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/21/2017 - dave747400 wrote:
80 points
P&P. Outrageously sweet, fruit forward, with almost no discernible tannic structure, but it might just have been buried under all that sweet, confected fruit. Not my cup of tea.
Red - Fortified
12/4/2017 - dave747400 wrote:
94 points
Rested vertical for 3 days, double decanted, audouzed 1 hour. This years port to enjoy while decorating the christmas tree. Cork removed with extreme caution with Ah-So, emerged complete, hurrah! Extremely tawny in colour, almost no nose initially but developed over the evening, gaining complexity & intensity. Light in colour & light on the palate, nebulous tobacco & cherry with a little heat on the finish. Again, developed positively over the evening. Mellifluous and an impression of increasing viscosity. Delicious.
Red
2004 Vergelegen Vergelegen Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/29/2017 - dave747400 wrote:
93 points
Audouzed 3hrs for first night, then refrigerated before second night. Open & delicious on both nights. Fabulous cigar-box perfume & detailed Bordeaux-esque palate. Excellent.
Red
11/29/2017 - dave747400 wrote:
85 points
Audouzed 3hrs, with brined roast chicken. Light nose once again, palate still tough & tannic with the previously mitigating fruit now faded & insubstantial (nebbioulous?!). Still have a few of these but not very optimistic..
Red
2004 Château Haut-Bergey Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/8/2017 - dave747400 wrote:
89 points
From memory. P&P. Towards the lighter end of the spectrum, nice gentle complexity.
Red
11/6/2017 - dave747400 wrote:
92 points
Audouzed 3hrs, with sirloin steak & sweet potato. Dark heart with the merest glimmer of translucence at the edges. Sweet fruit on entry, mouth filling & broad. Still a memory of vanilla haunting it's passage, tannins & an almost citrus acidity cavorting over my grateful tastebuds en-route to a lingering finish. Best Aussie Shiraz I can recall. Delicious.
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White
9/19/2017 - dave747400 wrote:
91 points
P&P. Clean and refreshing. If Carlsberg made rieslings...
Red
2014 Mulderbosch Faithful Hound Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/15/2017 - dave747400 wrote:
91 points
With roast chicken, P&P. From memory. Herbaceous on the nose, following through on the palate - very Cabernet Franc. Lots of grip and moderate finish. Classic Old World/New World South African combo.
Red
2003 Château Potensac Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/16/2017 - dave747400 wrote:
89 points
P&P with almonds and the F1. Still with those dry & grippy 2003 tannins, but combined with the juicy cassis goodness this worked very well tonight. Shame Vettels's Ferrari didn't!
Red
8/15/2017 - dave747400 wrote:
91 points
P&P, with Indian food. Very berry, round, very much a Chateauneuf in all but name. Very good.
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Red
8/9/2017 - dave747400 wrote:
93 points
At The Cottage, Hope Cove. With Lobster risotto (Sal) & Duck confit (me). P&P, consumed over 3hrs. Caught this wine in a lovely place. Old mature mushroom & cherries on the nose, much fuller in the mouth than anticipated, but beautifully balanced & spicy with moderate length. No decline over the course of the meal. Wonderful.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1990 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/9/2017 - dave747400 wrote:
95 points
At The Cottage, Hope Cove. With lemon tart, then stilton. As my daughter might say, OMG. Good with dessert, but absolutely spectacular with the stilton. One of the best wine/cheese combinations I can recall.
Red
2005 Vergelegen Vergelegen Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/9/2017 - dave747400 wrote:
91 points
At The Cottage, Hope Cove. With Duck terrine then sirloin steak. A little subdued tonight. Still young & tight on this showing, lots of material bound up in there though.
Red
2001 Château La Chenade Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/27/2017 - dave747400 wrote:
91 points
Performed the usual routine with this wine - poured one glass, recorked & refridgerated. With the usual result too. Puts on weight & width overnight, loamy flavours & lingering finish. Enough acidity to cut through the fatty roast pork, a very few tannins still loitering around in the dying echoes.
Red
7/21/2017 - dave747400 wrote:
90 points
With roast sirloin, audouzed 1hr. In line with my previous note, earthy baked cherries with a juicy line of acidity. Great typicity, good QPR at £12.
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