Tasting Notes for JonnyG

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Red
2000 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/11/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
flawed
Brett-marred, in stark contrast to a bottle I enjoyed at a different restaurant several months ago.
Red
10/11/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
I was super impressed with this beauty. Ripe dark fruit, some evident oak but in balance with the lush flavors and spice profile. Not the most complex, but plenty of pleasure on offer here.
Red
2016 Sadie Family Columella Swartland Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
10/8/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
Medium-bodied, with notes of blue fruit, smoked meat and pepper, a touch earthy. The finish is a bit ungenerous but I suspect this will improve with time. Fine tannins, nearly fully integrated.
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Red
10/6/2019 - JonnyG Does not like this wine:
84 points
From a half-bottle. Extracted and hot, with thin cherry flavors clashing with a bitter astringency.
Red
10/5/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
96 points
Despite a stuck cork end that ultimately crumbled and had to be filtered out, it was clear from the bouquet alone that the wine was in very fine shape. Young, fresh and (at first) energetic, with a vibrancy that eventually dissipated as the wine took on weight with air. Loads of sweet red fruit, harmonious and pure, complemented by layers of eucalyptus and fennel. Great persistence on the finish. My second best of these 1991s I've had, out of two -- no complaints! Love, love, love aged Wendouree.
White
10/5/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
flawed
Just ever so slightly corked, which dumbed down the wine and removed all nuance. Still, this was more fresh than oxidative, with aromas of citrus, mild honey and lanolin. It was the palate that suffered, not offensive but not showing much either. Too bad.
Red
10/4/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
86 points
Not to my liking, with evident heat, and a monolithic profile lacking in nuance. Standard flavor profile but nothing memorable.
White
9/26/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
I have to say I was underwhelmed. Tasty enough, with rich, concentrated notes of stone fruit and butter, a touch honeyed, but that concentration came off as heavy and dense, lacking in nuance to my palate, relative to expectations anyway. Maybe a dumb phase?
Red
9/26/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
86 points
A wine so unoffensive that it offended me. Overly polished, generic, showing no sense of place -- why bother? I wouldn't turn it down if offered on a domestic flight, but that's about it, for me.
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Red
9/26/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
96 points
WOTN amongst some stiff competitions, including lovely 1999s from Cathiard and Girardin. Rich, robust flavors where the red fruit notes were accentuated by a glycerined layer of bacon fat. Very impressive showing for this beauty, outperforming all expectations.
Red
9/26/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
A vexing wine, though ultimately very satisfying. High-toned and at times appearing to be flawed, with off aromas alternatively asserting themselves then receding. Not flawed, but hard to pin down. It "best self" was quite interesting, with tasty sweet red fruit, violets and other floral notes and some minerality.
Red
9/26/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
94 points
Another tremendous showing as this beautifully crafted bottling starts to enter its prime drinking window. The muted red fruit is well complemented by its spice profile and an appealing earthiness that I have observed before.
Red
9/26/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
96 points
Just crushed it, so delicious. In the early stages of its maturity, fresh but still a touch primary. A weighty Pinot, with sweet cherry, mocha and sous-bois notes and fine acidity. In contrast to others' notes, the wine does not show extraction at this point, and the oak is well-integrated.
Red
9/26/2019 - JonnyG Does not like this wine:
84 points
Flabby, dull and undistinguished, with a level of polish that comes across as heavy-handed.
Red
9/26/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
Too young, of course, but really outperforms, with fine structure and length.
Red
9/26/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
Medium-bodied, somewhat opulent, with the oak evident at this early age. Notes of cherry, orange rind and spice. Borders on heavy-handed in its youth. In time I could see this really performing beautifully if the oak integrates.
Red
9/26/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
An impressive showing, very fresh and robust, with impressive purity and seamless mouthfeel. Ripe and tart cherry notes and some leather, with a smokiness and some minerality that provided grip. A light wine with depth, if that makes sense.
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White - Sparkling
9/26/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
Advanced but not oxidized. The effervescence was muted at best and faded quickly, but there were nice caramel, brioche and citrus notes beneath the almond, marzipan and ginger notes that betrayed the wine's age. Good persistence. A fascinating bottle.
White - Sparkling
9/26/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
My first encounter with this bottling, and I really liked it. Energetic and fresh despite ten years in the bottle. The apple, apricot and soft honey notes were complemented by a fine minerality and some earthy chalkiness that provided nice lift.
White - Sparkling
9/26/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
86 points
A bit clumsy and dense, not flawed but not a style I'd look for in bubbly, with a sweet apple flavor profile and not much nuance.
Red
9/22/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
88 points
I wasn't crazy about this bottle. I'm not oak-averse as such, but here the prominent French oak overwhelmed the fruit for me. I wonder (oddly) if this might have come off as more balanced in its youth, contrary to the norms I know but how else to reconcile the TNs from well-qualified CT members?
Red
9/22/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
94 points
In fine form, with impressive density and purity. Note of violet, mocha and spice alongside black and blue fruit. A rounded, lush finish. No rush.
White
9/23/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
88 points
My last of three, probably held too long as the component parts seemed to clash with one another for this bottle. The same lemon curd on the nose as experienced before, without the buttery richness, and the flavor profile was more apple and stone fruit than previously, with the prominent acid causing some bitterness on the back palate. Drink up.
Red
9/21/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
Presumably from a reconditioned bottle. Good density, with muted red fruit, some cinnamon and soy. Nice persistence on the finish. A fine 50-year treat!
Red
9/19/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
94 points
Confessing an admitted fondness for this producer, I was thrilled with how this bottle performed, as were the others who enjoyed it. Black and green pepper, crunchy red and black fruit, and a textured savoriness that pulled everything together seamlessly. Delicious stuff, and a great representation of a cold-climate Syrah. No rush whatsoever.
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Red
9/17/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
88 points
Undeniably interesting, if not provocative, but to my palate a bit too much animal/barnyard going on. Dense and weighty, somewhat unyielding. I can see this improving with time, but only at the margin, despite the fascination with such a compelling cuvée.
Red
9/17/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
90 points
A bit young, showing some heat, but one can easily see a glowing road ahead, with dense, concentrated red fruit with some menthol, a healthy dose of earthiness and a solid backbone of fine grained tannins. Really classy, will revisit with pleasure in two years or so.
Red
9/10/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
Medium bodied, fresh and velvety, with plum, leather and chocolate notes balanced by a nice set of herbal and spice notes. Easy drinking, rich but not over the top. Upside from here.
Red
2005 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/9/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
In fine form despite a short decant (would have benefited from more air), with lush dark fruit and robust tannins. Still somewhat primary, but the structure and class bode well.
Red
9/6/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
Age has served this very well, as I found this to be an elegant, well balanced and rewarding wine, with classic notes of rich cassis and black fruit being nicely complemented by a set of spice notes. Lush, round finish. No rush. I look forward to comparing this to the Estate release too.
Red
9/5/2019 - JonnyG Does not like this wine:
88 points
Drinkable, but just, wth minimal typicity and no nuance or complexity whatsoever. Heavy, concentrated cherry and green pepper flavors, wrapped in dominant oak, showing a lot of heat. No evident room for improvement, sorry to say.
White
2007 Pierre Morey Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
9/5/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
flawed
Clearly premoxed. Not the worst example I’ve had (a sad statement) but a mere shadow of what it should be.
Red
8/30/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
Less balanced than a prior bottle, with both oak and heat more evident than I recall before. Nonetheless, a tasty, if straightforward, example of Malbec, held up very well to an array of roasted and grilled meats.
White
8/31/2019 - JonnyG Does not like this wine:
84 points
A big disappointment for me, especially given the recent hype, but I found my bottle very out of balance, with a hardened acidity dwarfing the fruit, making the wine quite austere to my palate. Reminded me of a young Semillon, before they soften, but should one expect the same evolution from a Chenin Blanc?
White - Sweet/Dessert
8/27/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
90 points
My first encounter, and I quite enjoyed it. Clean and easy drinking, well balanced if a bit straightforward, paired beautifully with some soft Chevre.
Red
8/27/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
96 points
I really could not have been more pleased with this. Pop & pour, mixing in a lot of fine sediment, but the wine showed beautifully nonetheless: energetic, fresh and delineated, with loads of dried cherry and tobacco notes, along with the expected earthiness, some pepper, leather and muted herbs.
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White
8/27/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
90 points
A solid performance, with some tropical fruit notes spicing things up alongside the stone fruit and fine minerality, but it was a bit "anonymous" to me, and I also felt the acidity was a bit too high. Given the age, I'd like to think it will settle and round out nicely in ~2 years or so.
Red
8/20/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
Showing very well already, and quite approachable after a quick decant. Earthy notes and herbs complement the balanced, crunchy red fruit. A touch smokey. Compact and harmonious. Of course will improve from here.
Red
2014 Quilceda Creek Palengat Red Wine Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/20/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
A bramble, textured expression of a fruit-driven new world blend, one that took on nice complexity as a result, with fine grained tannins and a lingering finish. A touch overripe for me. Give it time to settle down.
Red
8/20/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
flawed
This time, my go-to choice at Wally’s didn’t pan out. An off bottle, marred by brett in form of an animal-type funk that never blew off.
Red
2006 Cain Vineyard & Winery Cain Five Spring Mountain District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/19/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
flawed
Enough unexpected VA in this well stored bottle that I deem this flawed, though not to the point where it couldn’t provide some modest pleasure when consumed. A touch sour, not tired though, with muted red fruit and a lengthy finish.
Red
2015 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/19/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
90 points
A hedonistic, dare I say bombastic, wine dominated by toasted oak that for me was so omnipresent I couldn’t get past it. Somewhere beneath the overwhelming mocha was some dark red and black fruit and leather.
Red
8/19/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
89 points
Pleasant enough, with notes of muted red fruit, some orange peel and soft spice, but a lack of acidity left this feeling flabby and a bit tired even though the flavors would suggest a wine that was well within its drinking window.
Red
8/16/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
Less jammy and extracted than I recall from a few years ago, still full of life though starting to dry out on the finish. Dark cherries, plum, Asian spice and some heat, with evident oak and sweet tannins.
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Red
8/15/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
90 points
OK, I get the quality here. Well-made, light-touch Grenache as per Angela's style, and some meatier Syrah, but is the whole any more than the sum of its parts? Not to me in this instance. To the contrary, this struck me as a wine in search of an identity. Note of licorice, raspberry and a mintiness I found distracting. Not sure I get this, would much rather have had the unblended versions.
Red
8/7/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
Ripe red berries and a fine spice palate, with ample structure and concentration. Fine-grained tannins. I liked the vibrancy of the wine. Took on complexity with air.
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White
8/7/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
I have to say that while I very much enjoyed this straightforward specimen, I had higher expectations given the vintage. Notes of tart apple and candied lemon rind, crisp and clean, just not terribly complex.
Red
8/6/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
In fine form, with lush raspberry and plum notes and some floral lift. No upside from here, nor a need to wait.
White
8/6/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
90 points
Delicious as always, but my first reaction to the 2017s are that the relatively heavy oak and sweet finish won’t moderate with time.
White
8/3/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
In superb form, with precise notes of apple and chiffon alongside a saline thread that provided fine balance. Very good length. Delicious stuff. Would like to taste this alongside the designated vineyard crus.
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