Tasting Notes for JonnyG

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Red
2010 Ségla Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/8/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
90 points
In fine form, well developed, with cassis and black fruit notes meshing well with a bramble and green pepper component I enjoyed. Not that complex, but the polish works well in this case.
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Red
1/31/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
89 points
2006 Retrospective (Central Coast, CA): Others liked this more than I did. I found the oak too dominant. Rich plum and fig notes, overly ripe, a clumsy sort of richness. Let’s call it a fine steakhouse wine...
Red
2006 Agharta Wines Exhibit B North Coast Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/31/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
88 points
2006 Retrospective (Central Coast, CA): Showed significant heat, enough to distract from the wine. Not something I’d seek out.
Red
1/31/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
2006 Retrospective (Central Coast, CA): Popped and poured. Somewhat elusive on night one: green pepper, some sweet oak, a touch of garrique. Really came into balance on the next day, with more black than green pepper, less pronounced oak and a sort of candied fig aspect I quite liked.
Red
1/31/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
flawed
2006 Retrospective (Central Coast, CA): A wine I’ve loved in the past, but this bottle bore no resemblance. Whereas before I found freshness and power, with layers of texture dark fruit, tonight the wine was dense and impenetrable. I can’t imagine even a lengthy decant would have changed it so I’ll call it flawed. No rating for this one in any case.
Red
1/31/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
88 points
2006 Retrospective (Central Coast, CA): Disappointingly simple, with loads of oak and no distinction of note. Maybe a better early drinker, but not much of interest going on here.
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Red
1/31/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
90 points
2006 Retrospective (Central Coast, CA): Evident oak and heat, each somewhat at odds with most CT notes. Some interesting spice and smoke going on, and good lift, but presented itself as one-dimensional.
Red
1/31/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
88 points
2006 Retrospective (Central Coast, CA): Dense, monolithic and a bit lifeless. Notes of kirsch and mocha. Surely not still developing at this age, so an unsatisfying wine for me.
Red
1/31/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
94 points
2006 Retrospective (Central Coast, CA): My first of these in more than five years. This bottle was just singing. Floral notes and bright red fruit, some leather and charred meats, delineated and perfectly balanced. Explosive finish, which bodes well for the future.
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Red
1/31/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
2006 Retrospective (Central Coast, CA): Very impressive. Blue fruit, lavender and fennel. Sweet but not sappy.
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Red
1/31/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
90 points
2006 Retrospective (Central Coast, CA): Part of a killer CdP flight, which didn’t serve this wine well in that the others outperformed. Good typicity, with tart red fruit, some smokiness and game. Somewhat lightweight, and dried out on the finish.
Red
1/31/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
2006 Retrospective (Central Coast, CA): My first of the vintage. Not a very representative Turriga, but super-interesting in its own right, and delicious. Nose of herbs and mild menthol. More of the same on the palate, chewy and spice-driven. Additional notes of sage, rosemary and cherry. Very long, expansive finish. Real upside from here.
Red
1/31/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
89 points
2006 Retrospective (Central Coast, CA): Slow-ox’ed for six hours. The last, and least interesting, of my stash. Monolithic, dense and unyielding, with no typicity. A decant would have helped, but would not have transformed it I’m sure. Smoke, mocha, some candied fruit, but all subordinated to a density that made this a difficult wine to enjoy.
Red
1/31/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
2006 Retrospective (Central Coast, CA): A tremendous showing, at peak but with years of life left. A weightier expression of the varietal, with dark cherry notes and a spice backbone that energized the wine. Fine tannins. Expansive finish.
White
1/31/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
90 points
2006 Retrospective (Central Coast, CA): Fresh and showing plenty of energy, with a petrol-dominated, slightly floral nose (it was served bling alongside some Rieslings) and honeyed pears on the palate. Good tension.
Red
1/31/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
90 points
2006 Retrospective (Central Coast, CA): Outperformed the KB Russian River of the same vintage, with an enjoyable mix of strawberry and framboise notes. Nothing memorable though...
Red
1/31/2019 - JonnyG Does not like this wine:
84 points
2006 Retrospective (Central Coast, CA): My second encounter with this wine, and the prior tasting (from a 375) was much more enjoyable. Flabby and undistinguished, with a clashing array of flavors: smoke, cherry cola and leather.
Red
1/31/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
88 points
2006 Retrospective (Central Coast, CA): Plenty of life, but also plenty of oak. Decent typicity, straightforward and lacking in structure. Dark cherry notes, not much nuance.
White
1/31/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
90 points
2006 Retrospective (Central Coast, CA): Fresh and energetic, with a neat combo of lanolin and anise notes alongside some honeyed apple and ginger. At this age, the acidity is outweighed by the fruit, making it a touch flabby. An easy drinker with lots of life left, if lacking in the complexity department.
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White
1/31/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
flawed
2006 Retrospective (Central Coast, CA): Badly (and sadly) advanced, shame on me for being disappointed rather than expecting it at this point...
White
1/31/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
94 points
2006 Retrospective (Central Coast, CA): Defying the odds, this bottle showed superbly at 13 years of age. It also defied expectations, insofar as maturity took this bottle closer to Beaune than Chablis. Rather than flint, steel, saline and minerality, we found a mature Burgundy of the Côte d’Or variety, with a savory, creamy texture and a hazelnut dominated palate, with touches of light citrus and marzipan. A real treat, and my white WOTN.
Red
2010 La Dame de Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/30/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
flawed
Chosen at a restaurant, but mildly corked, the kind of corked where the wines turns inward and reveals little fruit.
Red
1/30/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
A spice-driven Pinot, needed more air but I liked its energy and structure.
Rosé - Sparkling
1/22/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
94 points
A big improvement from my last taste a year ago, with more balance and dimension. Raspberry and sweet cassis notes with a touch of cinnamon. Good persistence. Clean and lovely.
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Red
1975 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/22/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
At a restaurant in Paris, no decant. The bottle looked pristine, as did the cork. Sure enough, the wine was amazingly energetic and compact after nearly 45 years. More mineral than fruit driven. Dominant notes of iron, iodine and dried black cherry. Some VA. Fine grained tannins. A touch astringent on the finish.
Red
2007 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/22/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
95 points
Enormously exceeded expectations for the vintage, as well as what others have noted here. I was stunned. Notes of smoke, charred earth, cherries and blackberry. Layers of juicy red fruit and tobacco magnify on the generous finish. Fine grained tannins.
Red
2003 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/21/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
A bit more variable than prior bottles, with restrained cherry notes, somewhat astringent and showing VA despite a 4-hour decant. Not flawed, just an off bottle amongst many I have enjoyed so thoroughly (and still a pleasure, even against tough company).
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Red
1996 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/21/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
97 points
A superb showing. Benefited from a 4-hour decant. Familiar, enticing nose of currants and, leather, less earthy than prior bottles and without that barnyard aspect this time. Perfectly balanced and harmonious, with red currants, dried spice and a touch of black olives. A superior bottle.
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Red
1/21/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
98 points
An enormous improvement over the only other 1993 I had, with much more weight and structure. No decant, though it did show improvement with air. Gorgeous layers of sweet red fruit, along with a touch of smoke, mint and tea. Spellbinding, wanted to nurse it along all evening, but gave in too easily to my enthusiastic thirst for it.
Red
1/20/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
87 points
A reasonably interesting effort once the oak blew off, with notes of cassis, green and white pepper and mild herbs. A touch of VA, which actually helps in this case. Too polished to recommend but not a bad Napa intro wine.
White
1/20/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
88 points
Very drinkable for an airport lounge selection. Muted lemon chiffon and honey notes. Light oak. Just enough acidity to keep it interesting.
Red
2012 Booker Vineyard RLF Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
1/19/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
Showing better balance and complexity than the 2013 Fulldraw tasted alongside it, with a depth of flavor that was more in harmony. Notes of black and red fruit, a touch floral. Not a shy wine, nor was it over the top.
Red
1/19/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
89 points
Too concentrated and sappy for my taste. Maybe in 5 years?
White
1/18/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
From a 375. A really enticing, forward drinking young Chassagne, loaded with lemon and ripe apple note in perfect harmony, a touch savory and with an herbal backbone to make it especially interesting. Note: the bottle is labeled "En Cailleret"< not "Les Caillerets," and the former is what the winery website denotes, but I didn't bother to create a new CT wine as there are well over a decade of this labeled Les Caillerets. Does anyone have any insights on this?
Red
2010 La Dame de Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/17/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
My first of 6, nursed over two days. Took on depth with air, though not complexity. Shows great typicity for a Cab/Merlot Bordeaux, with dark red and black fruit notes, heavily textured, which build to a round, expansive finish. Firm, dry tannins, distinctively Old World. A touch of astringency takes away from the impressive structure.
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Red
1/13/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
Very much open for business. Cassis, cinnamon, graphite and coffee notes, decent weight. Odd that the Dunn style outperformed in the vintage, but outperform it did.
Red
2015 Continuum Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/12/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
Not a wine I’m drawn. I want to attribute my disappointment to lack of age. TBH though, that dominant oak doesn’t seem temporary to me, nor did I pick up on the precision others have noted. Time will tell...
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Red
1/12/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
89 points
Unmistakably Italian, and not in a good way. All pyrazines and VA, never blew off. An astringency marred it further. Not sure time heals these wounds.
Red
2012 Dalla Valle Maya Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/12/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
95 points
Pure class. Intense, concentrated yet balanced, with that Cab Franc green streak playing second chair to an enticing mix of red cherry, mint, lavender and mocha. Lots of upside from here.
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Red
2001 Quintessa Rutherford Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/10/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
Crunchy plum, truffle and cedar notes, fresh and energetic, not coming off as having 18 years of age. More savory than sweet. Well done.
Red
2005 La Dame de Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/9/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
89 points
Dominant brett profile, masking some black cherry and herbal notes. Not a criticism, as the wine worked more or less, just not a lot to love here.
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Red
1/9/2019 - JonnyG wrote:
flawed
Green and VA-dominated
Red
2012 Château Plince Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/7/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
90 points
A really good showing in my view, with a rusticity I quite liked. Notes of mint, smoke, fennel and roasted meat. What it lacked in typicity was made up for by the vibrancy of the wine. Good QPR.
Red
Herbal and energetic, with good acidity, but somewhat thin in texture, hard to see this needing to be held until 2025 as per the CT drinking window.
Red
1/7/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
A really fun wine to taste at this early age, with that typical "dirtiness" I associate with the bottling (and like), along with notes of tobacco and dill, a touch astringent though.
Red
1/7/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
This is the 3rd bottle tried, and showed that disappointing green streak that the first bottle displayed, yet was evident from the 2nd bottle (which I rated 93 pts.). A bit disturbing...
Red
1/6/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
90 points
Unmistakably Northern Rhône from the aromatics alone, and similar signature notes on the palate: baked red berries, baking spice and loads of pepper, pretty harmonious in this case. My first of the 2016s and, it seems, a promising harbinger of things to come.
White
1/6/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
89 points
Tasted by the glass. Well made and enjoyable enough, but lacked the typicity I was craving. Loads of tart acidity, and no honeyed nuance. Matched well with food, and developed some attractive aromatics as it warmed.
Red
1/5/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
98 points
Slow-ox'ed for about 4 hours. Doubt it needed it, though. A tremendous showing: dense, pure, ripe but not cloying, with good structure and power. Notes of smoke, anise, game and bramble. Evident minerality. Great lift. Loved the texture, too. The last bottle I opened was about 5 years ago, and this represented a big step up.
Red
2000 Dominique Laurent Bonnes Mares Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/5/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
91 points
Slow-ox'ed for 4 hours and nursed throughout the evening. A somewhat vexing wine, as it displayed a varying diversity of flavor and structure aspects without ever settling into a signature profile. Most evident was a gaminess, along with strawberry and pepper notes, some astringency and a touch of jamminess. Don't see this improving further. Drink or hold 2-3 more years.
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