Tasting Notes for JonnyG

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Red
4/19/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
Two years since my last of these, and the difference is marked and impressive. Sweet black and blue fruit, well balanced by acid and spice, mainly pepper. A textured wine, with the rough edges adding interest and keeping the wine’s ripe fruit in balance.
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/17/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
94 points
The standout among 18 Chenin Blancs, 6 of which were from Domaine Huet. Decanted for 6 hours and served just a bit warmer than cellar temperature, which I think really benefited the wine. Nose of honeyed citrus and fig. Sweet but balanced palate, well balanced by a prominent salinity as well as a touch of ginger. Impressive complexity, even in its (relative) youth. A great complement to food of all sorts. Can't wait to see how this develops.
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Red
2003 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/17/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
Very much a product of its vintage, enjoyable but straightforward and not one I would expect to show complexity with more age. Dark red and blue fruit on the nose. A creamy, soft mouthfeel with good acidity complementing the fruit. A touch of herbs. Medium+ finish. Sweet tannins. Outclassed by its 1970 sibling though I wouldn't hesitate to reach for one of these on any given night.
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Red
1970 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/17/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
A stellar showing, really more secondary than tertiary, with a decade+ of life left. All the Graves signature notes: cherries, muted green pepper, tobacco, ash and a fine acidity which added energy to this beauty. Fully integrated tannins. Easily outclassed its enjoyable but straightforward sibling from 2003.
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Red
4/14/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
An instance where the vintage serves the wine well. Precise, delineated and balanced, with a nice earthiness complementing the restrained, tart fruit. A touch herbal.
Red
4/13/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
99 points
My second of two bottles. Whereas the prior one was flawed, marred by some sort of mold, this was a very different story, notwithstanding a terrifyingly low fill. Opened 6 hours in advance to allow to slow-ox. The ancient-looking cork came out relatively whole, but for a stub bit that tumbled into the wine. No signs of seepage, but the edges were crusted with a fine dusting that I think may have been a sort of deterioration of the metal seal. I could tell we were in luck from the sweet fruit aromas that quickly emerged, and was not to be disappointed when I returned to the cellar that evening. My friend and I started with a small pour, remarking on how light-colored, almost translucent the wine was in the glass. From a single sip, he said he sensed a touch of madeirization, but I didn't detect any such aspect. Maybe he was trying to dampen expectations? The fruit was very present for me, backed up by a rich, glycerined texture, presumably from long-ago new oak. In any case, we topped up our pours and set the glasses aside for thirty minutes or so. Upon returning, it was indisputable that the wine had gained density in appearance, something we had not noticed any time before. And the wine was singing! Sweet and tart red fruit: cranberries, rhubarb, orange oil and something more exotic we couldn't identify exactly (he said cola at one point but I didn't agree). The wine continued to change throughout the evening, showing smoked meat, bacon fat, exotic spice and that awesome viscosity. My friend had been with me a week before when I gave two wines (1964 Ausone and 1990 Cailloux Centenaire) 100 points each -- he gleefully pronounced these better! For me, this Richebourg fell fractionally below perfection, but when emotion is taken into account it ranks as amongst my most unforgettable wines.
Red
4/13/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
flawed
A taste from a bottle opened by a friend the night before, but the additional aeration caused too much oxidation to make this enjoyable for me: raisiny and a touch sherried.
White
4/13/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
90 points
Straightforward but not particularly impressive, with notes of tart apple, pear and lime, a bit too ripe and without a mineral backbone to balance it out.
White
4/13/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
Still pretty primary, in fact, to me came off as a bit simple. Muted lemon and mineral notes veering towards saline. A touch of mint. Precise lines, but never came together for me, am hopeful that further patience will be rewarded.
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Red - Fortified
4/7/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s) (Santa Monica, CA): My first Quinta do Noval, a birthyear indulgence that showed beautifully. Fresh and vibrant, with dried red fruit, a touch tart, along with mild spice some tea notes. I don't see the drinking window closing anytime soon. A touch too acidic on the finish. I have two bottles of the Nacional from 1963, but this "normale" did not disappoint.
Red
1964 Château Ausone St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/7/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
100 points
The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s) (Santa Monica, CA): Sheer class. Only my second 100-point score (with the first being given earlier this same evening!), as I cannot imagine any way to improve on this extraordinary performance. Benefited from a 2-hour decant. No sediment. Fresh, energetic, complex and powerful. I would have been fully satisfied just to smell this wine. Hypnotic nose of red and black fruit, balsam and black olives. A weighty wine on the palate, with a stunning and complex array of additional flavors that complement the pure, clean fruit: wood smoke, forest floor, chalk, sweet orange peel, even some tea, along with mineral notes. Long, concentrated finish, with amazing grip.
Red
1964 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/7/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
95 points
The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s) (Santa Monica, CA): A stunning performance, far exceeding expectations. Candied red fruit accented by a bit of orange oil. Very precise, almost seamless. The palate is medium-bodied, somewhat feminine (by which I tend to mean somewhat floral and nuanced rather than dense and powerful), but still intense in flavor and texture, with lovely balance. Some chemical notes (iodine?) on the finish did distract a bit.
Red
4/7/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
96 points
The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s) (Santa Monica, CA): Another amazing, fresh and gorgeous bottle from a case I have been working through for a few years now. Dark cherry flavor profile, alongside smoke, game, bacon, herbs and mineral notes. Fine acidity. Excellent weight and complexity.
Red
4/7/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
100 points
The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s) (Santa Monica, CA): My first perfect score (little did I know that I would give a second 100-point score later this same evening!). I cannot imagine any way to improve on what this beauty delivered. It sang from the moment opened, and did not seem to need the decant it got. Irresistible aromas of flowers, kirsch, mint, fennel, lavender and other Provencal spices. On the palate, muted strawberry, fig, plum and spice notes blended perfectly with a smoky earthiness and depth of flavor that I found irresistible. Can a wine be both weighty and weightless at the same time?
Red
4/7/2019 - JonnyG Does not like this wine:
75 points
Syrupy and unidentifiable by varietal. Manufactured goop.
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Rosé
2017 Tyler Rose of Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County Rosé Blend (view label images)
4/7/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
85 points
Too sweet for my palate, really lingers in a cloying way
Red
3/30/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
My favorite Tribute to Grace, a bit weightier than most, which to my palate is a good thing. White pepper and fennel nuances complement the spicy red fruit.
White
3/30/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
My first of four. Slow-oxed for six hours then nursed all evening. I found this young and in need of a few more years, even though it benefited immensely from air and definitely needs a long decant today. Petrol on the nose and palate. Some stone fruit and citrus perfume as well. Strong acidity that threatens to overwhelm the fruit. Dry and structured.
Red
1998 Torbreck RunRig Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
3/30/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
94 points
Similar to my last bottle: a touch of heat and jamminess, but still pure, fruit driven pleasure. Now I’m down to my last bottle.
Red
3/26/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
flawed
Unlike others from this case, the barnyard never blew off, and wine was oddly tart and a bit minty, cannot figure this one out.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1975 Château de Rayne-Vigneau Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/25/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
90 points
1995 Bordeaux (Beautiful Solvang, CA): An interesting style of Sauternes, more elegant than many, with a very thick, glycerined texture and similarly dense flavor profile. Muted marzipan and almonds. Plenty of acid. A touch herbal on the finish, with just a hint of astringency.
Red
3/25/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
97 points
1995 Bordeaux (Beautiful Solvang, CA): Slow-ox'ed for four hours then decanted for three. An outstanding showing, exceeding the fine performance of a bottle I had popped and poured a few weeks back. Classic Pauillac aromatics of dark berries, leather and forest floor, along with some orange rind. Well-integrated tannins, black fruit, licorice and leather on the palate. Concentrated and pure. Very long, expansive finish. Such a classy, memorable wine.
Red
1995 Château Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/25/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
1995 Bordeaux (Beautiful Solvang, CA): Slow-ox'ed for four hours then decanted for three. Even then, another 6 hours would have served the wine well. Tightly structured, with fine balance and concentration. Notes of black cherry, currants, vanilla and pencil shavings. Moderate tannins. A precise wine that showed well, even if it paled in comparison to the 1995 Latour alongside which it was served.
Red
1995 Château Lafleur Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/25/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
95 points
1995 Bordeaux (Beautiful Solvang, CA): Slow-ox'ed for four hours then decanted for three. Undeniably primary, would benefit from a good decade or so of additional cellar time. Nonetheless a fascinating and highly enjoyable Lafleur, with the Cab. Franc dominating, especially on the nose. Over time, its green pepper and coffee grounds bouquet gave way to full-on jalapeno notes. A creamy mouthfeel, seamless, with more green pepper, bitter mocha and some black fruit. The signature gravel was there, but no truffled elements. Fine tannins, pretty well integrated, balancing the wine's acidity very nicely. A much appreciated introduction to Lafleur for my friends, and I expect the wine they'll think about most often from the evening's line-up.
Red
1995 Château Ausone St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/25/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
1995 Bordeaux (Beautiful Solvang, CA): Slow-ox'ed for four hours then decanted for three. I can't say this wine budged much. The nose was enticing, a complex mélange of floral, earthy and black fruit notes. Medium bodied and drinking in fine balance, but not a very generous showing. Eventually, some black cherry notes emerged along with a dominant green aspect (tomato vines?) and some tobacco. Very firm tannins. Honestly, this needed a 24-hour decant (or at least a decade more, or both).
Red
1995 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/25/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
1995 Bordeaux (Beautiful Solvang, CA): Slow-ox'ed for six hours. Not the best bottle, but still fascinating to me. Signs of seepage, and a brittle cork which broke on extraction. It took a while for some bretty funk to blow off. I found the aromatics fascinating: layered black fruit with some mocha. More of the same on the palate, plus some evident minerality. More restrained than extracted, so maybe the poor storage muted the wine's reputed excesses?
Red
1995 Château Monbousquet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/25/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
90 points
1995 Bordeaux (Beautiful Solvang, CA): Slow-ox'ed for 6 hours. An instance where the nose set expectations which the palate could not meet. Beautiful aromatics of spice, violets and black fruit. Less ripe than expected, with loads of dusty tannins. Not sure this budges for many years, if ever.
White - Off-dry
3/25/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
1995 Bordeaux (Beautiful Solvang, CA): Youthful, fresh and really fun to drink. Just enough acidity to hold the sugars in check. What it lacks in complexity is made up for by an exuberance that helps this go down easy.
White
3/25/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
1995 Bordeaux (Beautiful Solvang, CA): From a magnum. Not the best of my three of these, but closer to the best than the worst. Really blossomed with air, taking on weight and balance. By the end of the evening, mild oxidation was less evident, with acidity and fruit in beautiful harmony. Notes of chiffon and caramel, with good depth of flavors. Medium+ finish
Red
2009 Château Haut-Bergey Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/16/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
Tart currants and cedar. Concentrated and dense. Firm tannins. Not that complex (nor should it be) but seems to be holding very well.
Red
2001 Château Péby Faugères St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/15/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
When I had this from a magnum, I derided the wine's simplicity. This 750, my first of 6, gives me hope, as the wine blossomed and took on some much needed nuance with air. Rich and concentrated black cherry, mocha and mild herb flavors. Fully integrated tannins. A bit simple at first, but with air some structure and complexity emerged, starting to round out what had been a bit of a dry finish.
Red
3/15/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
94 points
In great shape despite a fair amount of sludge adhering to the bottle neck. Sweet, restrained red fruit, smoky, sort of a cigar box/tobacco kind of smokiness. Good acidity and concentration. A friend detected a touch of TCA, but acknowledged it seemed to blow off so presumably was not TCA. In any case, this has aged gracefully and drank really well.
Red
2009 Keplinger Lithic Amador County Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
3/15/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
My second to last of these beauties, and this 10-year old is as fresh and energetic as I recall my first bottle being. Signature notes of integrated black fruit, some smoke, iron and lavender. Irresistible.
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White
3/9/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
flawed
My second somewhat oxidized bottle, am think this bottling well along on its decline, unlike prior, long-lasting vintages.
Red
3/7/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
Already quite approachable, with leather and spice complementing the juicy cassis core. More textured than smooth. A touch astringent on the finish, which presents upside if that rounds out over time.
Red
3/7/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
Fully evolved, seamless and delicious, with juicy, fruit forward cassis and blueberry notes alongside a touch of mocha. No edges. Not the most complex, but a fine example of a balanced Napa Cab. that doesn’t overwhelm.
Red
2000 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/5/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
88 points
Disappointed relative to expectations. The herbaceousness presents itself as more of a lack of ripeness than a classic note, to me anyway, and I am not sure time will bring things in better balance. Additional notes of pepper and leather.
Red
2008 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/5/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
90 points
Like many 2008s, this is drinking well right now. What it lacks in complexity is offset by its fine-grained texture and fruit-driven flavors.
Red
2010 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/5/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
Sheer class, a great version of this wine, with just enough classic green alongside the blue and purple fruit to make it very interesting even at this early stage. Concentrated, balanced, with a nice spice profile. Patience will be rewarded as this is just flashing its wares right now, even with air.
Red
2012 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/5/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
88 points
An easy drinker, chunky and tart but there's enough fruit there. Won't likely go more than 5 years IMO.
Red
2013 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/5/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
86 points
A victim of a tough vintage, dominated by harsh green notes. Whereas I quite like some green in other Cab-dominated Beychevelle vintage, this is an early drinker at best, to be paired with strongly flavored food.
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Red
3/2/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
The mole sauce of wine, a lot of good wrapped in such intensity that it tends to overwhelm. Nose of oak, intense coffee and smoked meat, plenty of heat too. Massive mouthfeel, rich flavor notes: cream, toffee, leather, soy. Too much of a good thing?
Red
2/27/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
90 points
Dense, intense, powerful. Blue fruit, polished and glycerined, with enough bramble to make it interesting. Should improve with age.
Red
2/25/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
90 points
Sadly, this has seen better days, with a the telltale herbal and fennel notes coming off as dried out, almost astringent. There’s enough fruit to tease with hints of past glories, though.
White
2/25/2019 - JonnyG Does not like this wine:
86 points
Lean bordering on austere, with a dominant acidity that time won’t cure. Not for me.
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Red
1985 Château Lafleur Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/24/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
97 points
So fresh and complex, I couldn’t pay proper attention to the Masseto we drank alongside this, and that is saying something. Dense and layered, with fig and red fruit flavors dancing in turn. Layers of spice, herbs and crushed flowers. Listing the other components, we would run out of space. Just a beautiful, harmonious and fascinating specimen.
Red
2/24/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
Not a perfect specimen. Lighter bodied than I expected, with a thinness of texture that didn’t serve the wine well. Missing some depth and some lift. Notes of licorice, leather, smoke and some mint. The alcohol was apparent on the margin, nothing obtrusive though.
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Red
2/23/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
Wow, has timed served this Bien Nacido beauty well, far better in fact than I could have possibly imagined. A bit austere and simple when first opened, I followed the wine for another 48 hours, and found it nuanced, generous and downright delicious. Tawny in color, with a shy nose of muted raspberry and bramble, a touch acrid. Round and expansive in the mouth, with the red berry notes complemented by an array of herbal, leather, forest floor and candied notes. 45-second finish. Would seem to have plenty of life left.
Red
2/21/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
94 points
In superb form. Concentrated yet fresh. Benefited from a two hour decant. Rapsberries, licorice and some eucalyptus. Pure class. Took on weight as it aired. Hollowed our a bit on the finish. Many years ahead of it.
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Red
2/21/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
So many oxymorons, fascinating. Really approachable, yet barely budged over a few hours. Something of a quandary: old school, but not typical. A textured wine, chewy and structured even though light-bodied. Sweet herbs and a bit of acidic sting. Offers plenty of pleasure at this early stage. I look forward to monitoring this wine’s development.
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