Tasting Notes for dwmcubed

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Red
Last of a three-pack. Both prior bottles were damaged and this was sitting on the "it'll likely suck" shelf.

Pulling cork and it splits in half. Wine about half-way up the cork, but seal intact. Pull the second part and the aroma leaps out of the bottle. I'm in luck.

Currants, leather and a hint of mint leap from the glass. Waves of currants, purple sweet tarts, leather and tobacco consume the palate. A mouth-filling finish with bright acidity and sweet tannins make this a pleasure to drink. A wonderfully italian version of a 2-decade old pomerol - the best of both worlds if you will.
Red
1998 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/5/2012 - dwmcubed wrote:
Superbowl wine, served with ribs and chicken. Nose reminiscent of barrel-aged blackberry brandy. The initial impression is a burst of sweet fruits - black currants and cherries define the palate of this wine, with some well integrated notes of tar and cedar and some bracing acidity. The wine starts very soft \and strengthens through the finish, revealing the remaining tannins. Nice wine - in a nice place. I think I'll drink my remaining bottle soon.
White
12/30/2011 - dwmcubed wrote:
Pulled from the depths of the cellar to go alongside a dinner of salad and Cajun Shrimp. Almost effusive, lovely nose that reminds of Welch's White Grape Peach Juice and toasted cedar. Medium-weight chard that shows mouth-filling spice and fruit on the initial attack with nice acidity. The slightly hot finish leaves behind a good mouthful of oak.
Red
6/17/2011 - dwmcubed wrote:
Took about 30 minutes of air to coax this out of its shell. After a brief aeration this was ready to go. Floral nose of violets, mocha and cherry. Sweet red fruits are the primary impression on the palate and drive through the finish; the initial burst of fruit is bolstered by floral notes and hints of vanilla, tobacco, cedar, anise and soy. Wonderful finish of sour cherries, mocha and sweet tannins. In a great place right now.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
New Years' Eve (Pride, Pahlmeyer): Perhaps an off bottle - vibrant fizz in the glass when poured, then goes remarkably flat. Hints of flavor components are there (yeast, light citrus notes) - but overall lacking acidity and verve. No hints of TCA detected.
Red
1996 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/31/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
New Years' Eve (Pride, Pahlmeyer): Dark red - bright nose of creme de cassis, chocolate and tobacco
Sweet, ripe fruits (cherries, cassis) with waves of chocolate and coffee. Hints of spice, tobacco and a good dose of cedar. Dense mouthfeel - wine supported by nice acidity and very sweet tannins that have started to integrate. Very nice wine, although the sweetness factor makes it a bit monotone for my palate (but it is a heck of a note!).
Red
12/31/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
New Years' Eve (Pride, Pahlmeyer): Perfect bottle - hand carried back from a wonderful visit many years ago. Dark purple in the glass - and I swirl expecting a burst of ripe fruits - but to my surprise I discover a wonderfully balanced nose with hints of black fruit, some vegetal (green pepper) tones and just a hint of vanilla and tobacco.
Makes its case as a potential ringer with a lithe bordeaux-like mouthfeel, but it reveals its place of origin with ripe plum and black cherry fruit. Very nice balance with green pepper, tobacco, hints of vanilla and an acidity that keeps the wine vibrant and very food friendly. Quite the pleasant surprise - and quickly consumed (and enjoyed) by the NYE crowd.
Red
2007 Azienda Pier Langhe Asnas Langhe DOC Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo (view label images)
12/20/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Nose of ripe cherries, cedar and hints of melted tar. Delicious red fruits on the initial impression with ever present acidity that makes you think you just ate a few sweettarts. The wood reveals itself on the midpalate along with hints of black pepper and road tar. Culminates in a clean, bright fruit-driven finish with just a hint of spice, sweet tannins and a subtle burst of cocoa. Solid QPR and went well with our dinner of roasted chicken and vegetables.
Red
11/27/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Cork damp well over half way up (based on a quick CT scan - seems that most of the Garagiste bottles suffer from this condition).

Ruby red. Intense nose of melted tar, violets, red cherries, minerals (talc) and leather. Lean on the initial attack presenting red cherries, soy and tar (and flashing strong acidity) - flashes its muscle on the mid-palate showing strong spice, leather and soy notes - the acidity gives way as the wine culminates in a long, spicy finish where the wine shows a good bit of oak, plenty of fruit, violets and hints of game and tar with some evident sweet tannins.

This is in a good spot now - I'll drink my other bottle soon.
White - Off-dry
11/11/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Wonderful mouthfeel - bright citrus fruits (lemons/oranges), layered with peaches, honey, a couple of rocks and plenty of diesel. Mouth-puckering acidity made this a great food wine.
Red
11/3/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
72 points
Deep purple in the glass - nose of red cherries leaps out of the glass (no need to swirl this). Sweet red fruits up front followed by an intense spike of rubbing alcohol - some evidence of tannins amid the discombobulated, hot finish. I could stretch and say the initial red fruits have appeal, but there is nothing about his wine that I like.
Red
10/14/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Smell-it-across-the-room nose of Red Raspberry Jelly. Nice initial hit of raspberries and silky mouthfeel with a really interesting minerality/sea salt underpinning - shifts gears on you at the midpalate to drive to a mineral-laden finish with nice acidity and some sour fruit. The finish unveils some sour tannins and a flavor reminiscent of just having spit out a mouthful of ocean water.

Will revisit tomorrow and see if time helps this youngster open this up a bit.
Red
9/10/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Massive amounts of oak overwhelm everything else. Disappointing.
Red
6/6/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Somewhat subdued nose of sweet cherries, ripe strawberries, flowers and a touch of meat. Lithe mouthfeel and very subtle on the initial taste with hints of sweet strawberries - then intensifying through the mid-palate with hints of tar, layers of black pepper, black cherries, forest floor - driving to a spicy, long finish. Plenty to contemplate here with bracing acidity that made this a wonderful accomplice with food.
Red
5/12/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Mature Cabs in Philly; 5/11/2009-5/12/2009 (Conshohocken, PA - Blackfish): Dark red in the glass. Dark red/black fruits and licorice on the nose. Hints of black cherry and mouth-cleaning acidity on the palate. Vanilla/oak tones dominate the midpalate and the wine leaves hints of acetone on the abbreviated finish.
Red
5/12/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Mature Cabs in Philly; 5/11/2009-5/12/2009 (Conshohocken, PA - Blackfish): Dark red in the glass. Mature notes of plums and cherries on the nose. Fruit is still present on the initial attack - and plenty of acidity present. Imbalanced wine with plenty of oaky notes (vanilla) and off-putting high-tones reminiscent of lacquer.
Red
1985 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/12/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Mature Cabs in Philly; 5/11/2009-5/12/2009 (Conshohocken, PA - Blackfish): Ruby red with some bricking. Mature black cherry nose. Some hints of fruit left (primarly sour cherry/plum notes) and a faded note of mint. Some sweat in the background, plenty of acidity driving slightly imbalanced high-toned notes. While the wine was certainly enjoyable and showed some of the tell-tale Dominus features, I have had better bottles of this vintage.
Red
1989 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/12/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Mature Cabs in Philly; 5/11/2009-5/12/2009 (Conshohocken, PA - Blackfish): Dark red. Nose of barnyard, sweat and black cherries that didn't dissipate over the course of a few hours. A bit more substantial mouthfeel than the older wines of the evening - Black cherries, cough syrup and sweat - with waves of leather, black pepper and cigar box. Serious acidity and mouth cleaning tannins are still present. Great stuff! A mere baby compared to its peers. This can go for many more years, provided you like some funk with your fruit.
Red
5/12/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Mature Cabs in Philly; 5/11/2009-5/12/2009 (Conshohocken, PA - Blackfish): Pristine bottle (labels, fills). Darker colored than the '69, due to the sediment being slightly agitated. Initial notes of mature fruit (ripe plums). Sweet fruits on the palate (plums/cherries) with plenty of tar and tobacco notes in the background. Some slight steely notes in the mid-palate that were odd but not off-putting. Put on some weight with air - very nice acidity still evident in the wine, which drove to a very interesting zippy "sweet tart" finish. A wonderful exhibit of how CA wines can mature over 5 decades. (12.5% alcohol)
White
5/11/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Mature Cabs in Philly; 5/11/2009-5/12/2009 (Conshohocken, PA - Blackfish): Medium gold color - Strong and very present acidity helps with the sweetness of this wine. Hints of oranges and pears on the palate, but the fruit is in the background - unctuous mouthfeel. I have had the wine a few times (PLCB has a strong inventory) and have thought prior bottles have reached maturity a bit early - and think this bottle is further evidence to that theory.
White - Sweet/Dessert
5/11/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Mature Cabs in Philly; 5/11/2009-5/12/2009 (Conshohocken, PA - Blackfish): Held little hope for this one - crumbling cork and a dead ringer for Iced Tea (both with color and cloudiness). Tilt the bottle to pour into my glass and the nose screams Moscato right out of the gates. Spritzy acidity holds this together well - hits the palate with bees wax, a mouthful of flowers, honey and freshly mown grass. Great balance between sweetness and acidity - although it did get a bit tired the longer it sat in the glass. Fascinating stuff.
Red
5/11/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Mature Cabs in Philly; 5/11/2009-5/12/2009 (Conshohocken, PA - Blackfish): Ruby-red and clear with some bricking at the rim. Bright red cherries bolstered by acidity. Layers of spice, notes of black pepper and tobacco driving through to a bright/acidic cherry finish. Lithe mouthfeel belies the amount of material still left in this beauty - impressively clean. Would have been a killer ringer in a Bordeaux flight - a great bottle of wine.
White
5/11/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Mature Cabs in Philly; 5/11/2009-5/12/2009 (Conshohocken, PA - Blackfish): Tell tale "peaches and diesel" nose. Peaches, apples and tropical fruits on the palate with hints of slate and honey. Big lemony finish that makes you salivate - with bright acidity bolstering throughout. Noticably sweet for a Kabinett - should improve with some bottle age, but a nice wine now - went very well with the charcoal grilled octopus.
White
4/25/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Leftovers (Kongsgaard, Marcassin, Araujo, Bond, Merus, QC): Notes of lemon, fig, tropical fruits and oak. Flavors of figs, lemon zest and slate slathered in oak. Zippy acidity keeps this wine interesting - midpalate has some flashes of tropical fruits and flint - bright finish driven by the acidity with ripe fruit, oak and some buttery hints.
Red
4/25/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Leftovers (Kongsgaard, Marcassin, Araujo, Bond, Merus, QC): Fruity nose of black cherries, baking spice and cedar. Rich mouthfeel (a bit frizzante on opening) - Very fruit-forward with notes of glycerin coated black cherries and ripe blackberries. Very effusive spice is present (baking spice - some black pepper), some forest notes, hints of cedar and some slight hints of hazelnut - moderate acidity braces the wine - it is quite well in balance. Finish is quite spicy, with sweet fruit and tannins present.
Red
4/25/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Leftovers (Kongsgaard, Marcassin, Araujo, Bond, Merus, QC): Dark, dark purple. Intense nose of graphite, ripe cassis and tar. Huge mouthful of sweet cassis, glycerin, and a hint of red raspberries. Drives through an interesting mid-palate revealing layers of leather, gravel, road tar, black licorice, vanilla/oak and tobacco - very long finish with spicy notes, sweet fruit and mouth-drying tannins. Manages to be huge but with everything in balance - much better on day 2. Lovely drink - I'll look forward to revisiting in a decade or so!
Red
4/25/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Leftovers (Kongsgaard, Marcassin, Araujo, Bond, Merus, QC): Deep purple color in the glass. Very pure nose of fruits, spice and tar. Lovely sweet black currant and plums on the initial attack - the wine keeps the sweetness going through the mid-palate where it shows some pepper and tannins begin to build. Long, fruity finish with mouth-drying tannins to remind you of the power of this wine. Lovely balance and I think a more judicious use of oak than some other bottles this evening, which gives the wine a lovely balance, despite the very powerful fruit which is characteristic of the vintage.
Red
2001 Bond Melbury Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/25/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Leftovers (Kongsgaard, Marcassin, Araujo, Bond, Merus, QC): Dark Purple. Spicy nose of tar, plums and currants. Very silky mouthfeel - Plush black fruits on the initial attack, hints of sweet and spicy oak (black pepper) - culminate in a big tarry, spicy, tannic finish. The power in this wine is a slow build while in the mouth - but leaves little doubt about how much structure and fruit is here. Went well with the food (prime ribeyes) - I liked this.
Red
4/25/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Leftovers (Kongsgaard, Marcassin, Araujo, Bond, Merus, QC): Purple-black deep color. Nose of plum, currant, tar and a very interesting hint of perfume. This wine is unapologetically concentrated - jammy blackberries and plums hit the palate - with sweet oak, black pepper, a slight glimpse of alcohol leaving a mouthful of sweet tannins and fruits to culminate in a long, powerful finish. Silky mouthfeel. For a wine of such intensity - and very strong components - nothing stands out as being imbalanced.
Red
4/16/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Very dark. Wonderfully effusive nose of cloves, baking spice, violets, black plums and cherries. Silky mouthfeel with initial attach of ripe plums and kirsch across the palate, followed by hints of tar, forest floor and a nice acidic spine. Spicy finish braced by sweet tannins. A very nice, vivacious new-world pinot.
Red
3/28/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Initial burst of fruit and sweetness on the nose (macerated strawberries ?!) coupled with notes of melted tar and black pepper. Hits the palate with a burst of sweet, almost stewed fruit, noticeable "modern" oaking that is prevalent in the mid-palate - bursts of tar, soy and leather drive through the finish. Bracing acidity gives the wine a nice lift. Silky tannins are still present and may point to further rewards from cellaring a few more years.
Red
3/4/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
63 points
Horribly over-oaked and hot. Not close to being in balance and certainly not worth the decade waited to pull the plastic cork. Will use the last bottle to cook with.
Red
3/2/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Deep purple. Attention-getting nose of black fruits, meat and cedar. Plush mouthfeel - a surge of plums, blackberries and raw meat. Mid-palate reveals flashes of oak and alcohol along with waves of spice and tar - long, powerful finish leaving some heat, spice and tar to linger in your mouth for quite a while - acidity and tannins are evident and lead me to believe this might be worth a bit of patience - I'll let my remaining bottles rest for a few years.
Red
2/22/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
(from the bottle: 41% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec and 4% Cab Franc) ... Fruit-dominated nose of blueberries, tar and acetone. Great mouthfeel - very silky. Initial hit of plums and chocolate followed by some noticeable heat and oak (cedar notes are prevalent). Tannins are present and drive a finish that is spicy and a bit sour. I think I had this in a clumsy stage - certainly the components are there for this to improve and integrate with a bit of time - a worthy purchase at the recent PA blow-out price of $12.49.
Red
1998 Château La Fleur de Boüard Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/19/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Purple with a ruby rim. Ripe nose of cocoa, earth and some hints of green pepper. Silky mouthfeel - big fruit rush on first attach of cocoa-dusted plums - very nice balanced vegetal streak behind the fruit. Still some tannins left, but mostly integrated at this point. Good structure with earth and an interesting note of violets as well. I am moving my remaining bottles forward to consumption, as this is in a nice place.
Red
2/16/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
Drank over three nights. Wonderful aromas of red fruits and hints of camphor on the nose. Bright red fruit is the initial impression buoyed by ever-present acidity. Fruits get an interesting sour note on the midpalate - and this seemingly lithe drink fills your throat with fruit, tar and earth. Persistent finish defined by tannins and acidity. Mellowed over the three days a tad - this certainly can rest for a while.
Red
1/18/2009 - dwmcubed wrote:
tons of black fruit on the nose. blackberry jam - slight notes of vanilla - some spice and meat add interest. slight heat on the finish - but not off-putting. solid quaff of a $20 wine with promise to get better after a few years' rest.
Red
12/21/2008 - dwmcubed wrote:
Wines with Sunday Dinner: (from .375) Nose of road tar, soy, leather and black cherry. Hits the palate with sweet cherry fruit - transitions to a mouth-full of tar, tobacco, black pepper and some herbaciousness on the finish. Sweet tannins are evident - nice acidity and silky mouthfeel.
White
12/21/2008 - dwmcubed wrote:
Wines with Sunday Dinner: A very tight nose of wet stones, apple and petroleum. Wonderful bracing acidity throughout - hits the palate with hints of apples, pears, talc, lanolin and minerals. Dances on the palate with notes of sour, bitter and sweet - not exuberant or flashy, just a persistent wash of complex flavors. Lovely.
Red
12/10/2008 - dwmcubed wrote:
You bring 'em - we'll drink 'em (Fayette Street Grille): Nice nose of black cherry with hints of violets and tar from the sangiovese in the blend. Fleshy sweet fruit that belies its age. Refreshing acidity and structure with notes of tobacco and road tar with a liberal dose of oak. As I'm drinking through this odd flight - I can't help thinking this tastes like someone dumped the Pahlmeyer into a bottle of chianti and turbo-charged it.
Red
12/10/2008 - dwmcubed wrote:
You bring 'em - we'll drink 'em (Fayette Street Grille): Served blind with the hint "obscure quality" (I still don't know what that means)... Tight nose showing some fruit, green pepper and medicinal notes. Good initial presence of fruit with a slight green streak throughout - a kick of alcohol makes it a bit clumsy and screams new world (perhaps a victim of "pop and pour"). Tight and tannic, with an abbreviated finish. Has all of the components to come together - it just wasn't there tonight - if someone took the bottle home - please post, I'd bet it would show much better the next evening.
White
12/10/2008 - dwmcubed wrote:
You bring 'em - we'll drink 'em (Fayette Street Grille): Aromas of lemon and oak are the dominant scent. Initally very lean and fresh - not revealing much acidity with a nice lemony lift. With time (and an increase in temperature) this takes on some richness and revealed quite a bit of oak that some found off-putting. Thought it was nice quality and refreshing.
Red
12/10/2008 - dwmcubed wrote:
You bring 'em - we'll drink 'em (Fayette Street Grille): Nose of red fruits and tar. Initial impression of sour cherry, tar, tobacco and meat with a lovely finish of sweet mature fruit. Little tannin left - acidity still present - a lovely mature bottle of Bordeaux that showed well this evening (but is getting to be past its prime).
White
12/10/2008 - dwmcubed wrote:
You bring 'em - we'll drink 'em (Fayette Street Grille): The nose hits you with a burst of flowers and hints of honey - complex palate offers hints of apples, grass and flowers with fine acidity - the finish hits you with a burst of honey that has to be driven by some residual sugar. Pretty bottle of wine. (Austrian Pinot Blanc)
White
12/10/2008 - dwmcubed wrote:
You bring 'em - we'll drink 'em (Fayette Street Grille): Closed for business. After much effort to get anything out of this - slight notes of lemon and wax on the nose. Similarly closed on the palate - very light and somewhat lemony with hints of acidity showing and not much else happening right now.
White
12/10/2008 - dwmcubed wrote:
You bring 'em - we'll drink 'em (Fayette Street Grille): Served blind. Lemons, grass (perhaps lemongrass!) - quinine, bananas - lush and mouthfilling with evident alcohol that makes me think new world - WTF?... I've tasted this before - we all guess Sauv. Blanc.

Turns out to be a bottle I bought years ago and gave Neal. The warmer it got - the less I liked it.
Red
12/10/2008 - dwmcubed wrote:
You bring 'em - we'll drink 'em (Fayette Street Grille): Bob Hughes leaned across the table and said "graphite" when describing the nose - I agree. Mouth-filling flavors of red cherries, road tar and leaves with acidity and very present tannins - wonderfully lithe mouthfeel belies the obvious power of this. Just a great bottle of wine. When taking a few bottles out of my inventory after getting home - I noticed I brought this wine to the same venue a few years ago to a memorable dinner we had in honor of David's beloved dog, Atlas - it's wonderfully fitting that David would bring this same wine tonight and it showed so well. WOTN
Red
12/10/2008 - dwmcubed wrote:
You bring 'em - we'll drink 'em (Fayette Street Grille): Dark red - vibrant nose of cherry, meat and garrague. Inital sip makes me reach for the bottle and check the vintage and alcohol percentage. Showing remarkably young with vibrant fruit, hints of tar and game - nice spice (good kick of black pepper!) with a hot finish. Nice mouthfeel. 14% alc. - a Modern styled CdP that may yield more with patience. Star of the flight!
White - Sweet/Dessert
12/10/2008 - dwmcubed wrote:
You bring 'em - we'll drink 'em (Fayette Street Grille): Much more reserved sweetness compared to the younger generation in the flight - mature aromas of sultana raisins and pears. Delivers some tropical flavors and minerality lifted by nice acidity - interesting finish that I'd describe as flinty/steely with some slight bitter notes (orange zest perhaps). An enjoyable wine and interesting to play against some of the others on the table.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Doisy-Daëne Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/10/2008 - dwmcubed wrote:
You bring 'em - we'll drink 'em (Fayette Street Grille): Lovely aromas of peach and coconut leap from the glass. Overtly sweet on the initial attack with primary flavors of peaches, apricots and a hint of coconut that I'm guessing is oak-driven. I freely admit I'm dogmatic about acidity and structure in desert wines - and this doesn't have the acidity to balance the sweetness in my opinion.
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