Tasting Notes for CWang

(712 notes on 568 wines)

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Red
11/27/2021 - CWang wrote:
93 points
Very intense and perfumed in the nose, lots of summer flowers first, followed by fresh red berries and white cherries, animal furs, caramel, chalk, graphite, white pepper, and dry forest floors; complex, concentrated, creamy, and still tannic and tight on the palate, berries, cherries, dark chocolate, tobacco leaves, gripping tannins, and wood spices; long finish; overall, 93-94 points at this stage; still far away from maturity but rather enjoyable already to me.
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Red
11/25/2021 - CWang wrote:
88 points
Berries, cherries, mints, lavenders, roses, caramel, and sandalwood in the lightly perfumed nose; cherries, licorices, dark chocolate, and wood spices on the creamy and simple palate; somewhat short finish; overall, 88-89 points for this simple yet rather enjoyable Australian cabernet sauvignon at this stage.
Spirits
11/11/2021 - CWang wrote:
92 points
Citrus fruits, heather, fresh chestnuts, chocolate, honey, toffees, and white peppers in the floral and fruity nose; caramel, roasted nuts, stewed fruits, and white peppers on the savory palate; long finish; overall all, 91 points for this rather enjoyable whisky.
Red
11/7/2021 - CWang wrote:
92 points
Complex and floral in the nose, cherries, honey, mints, lavenders, lilies, roses, strawberries, and popcorns; creamy, fruity, and somewhat jammy on the palate, berries, dark chocolate, tannins, whipped cream, and precious wood spices; long finish; overall, a very enjoyable mencía quite to my liking, 91-92 points at this stage; a good buy at this price point, would stock a few more bottles.
Red
2008 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/30/2021 - CWang wrote:
92 points
Performed in the nose, berries, cherries, lavenders, black truffles, and precious wood; still somewhat tight on the palate, berries, dark chocolate, plums, partially resolved tannins, and wood spices; long finish; overall, 92-93 points at this still somewhat young stage.
Red
10/15/2021 - CWang wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured; perfumed in the nose with more berries, plums, and popcorns in the nose than the previous bottle in early 2020; still acidic and juicy and less tannic on the palate with lots of ripe berries; creamy and long finish; overall, 91-92 points at this age; more mature and approachable for sure but not close to its peak yet to me.
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Red
10/11/2021 - CWang wrote:
89 points
Just checking on this wine's ageability; still fragrant in the nose and acidic and fruity on the plate with a longer finish; overall, 89-90 points again with no sign of noticeable aging; will try the next bottle in a couple of years.
Red
2010 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/18/2021 - CWang wrote:
94 points
Intensely perfumed in the nose, berries, cherries, coffee beans, mints, lavenders, roses, pencil shavings, and pinewood; very creamy, concentrated, and meaty on the plate, berries, cherries, bell peppers, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and wood spices, also still acidic and tight; long long finish; overall, 93-94 points at this stage, surprisingly still in its youth; will wait for another 5-6 years at least before the next bottle.
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Spirits
9/17/2021 - CWang wrote:
88 points
Served on the rock; caramel, smoked bacon, tropical fruits, and some peat in the nose; caramel, honey, roasted nuts, stewed tropical fruits, and sweet peat on the palate; medium-long finish; overall, 87-88 points for this rather enjoyable whisky at this price point.
White - Sparkling
8/27/2021 - CWang wrote:
89 points
Elegant and perfumed in the nose, cantaloupes, watermelons, peaches, pears, grapefruits, and white flowers; acidic, creamy, and fruity, but on the light side, citrus fruits and peels, toasts, rock salts, and yeasts; medium-long finish; overall, 89-90 points at this stage; enjoyable with its own unique characteristics.
Red
2009 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/14/2021 - CWang wrote:
93 points
No formal note; very enjoyable in the nose and on the palate to pair with fusion cuisine, plus a lingering long and savory finish; however, probably getting close to if not past full maturity as the structure seemed to decline slightly in 2-3 hours; overall, 92-93 points.
White - Sparkling
8/7/2021 - CWang wrote:
92 points
Lots of mixed flower honey, grapefruits, and wild flowers in the nose; citrus fruits, honey, toasts, and a touch of rock salts on the palate, but still somewhat acidic and tight; long finish; overall, 91-92 points at this stage; should perform better given a few more years of aging.
Red
7/8/2021 - CWang wrote:
92 points
Much more approachable upon opening than the bottle in 2019; berries, cherries, plums, caramel, mints, roses, and sandalwood in the perfumed and rich nose; quite complex and structured on the fruity palate, berries, cherries, coffee beans, peach cobblers, rock salt, and wood spices, with just the right acidity; long finish with more savory wood spices; overall, 92 points at this stage; probably at its peak already.
White - Sparkling
2020 Obikwa Cuvée Brut Western Cape White Blend (view label images)
6/19/2021 - CWang wrote:
91 points
Quite similar to the 2019 vintage but with more real French champagne characters on the palate, and a creamier, fruiter, and longer finish; overall, very enjoyable, so 91-92 points at this stage; would stock a few more bottles.
Spirits
6/16/2021 - CWang wrote:
92 points
Still very enjoyable on the rocks, with more tropical fruits and whipped cream on the palate; so 92 points again.
White
6/15/2021 - CWang wrote:
91 points
Still very enjoyable with more savory peach flavors for this 2nd bottle; so 90-91 points again.
White
6/12/2021 - CWang wrote:
92 points
Much more enjoyable than the bottle in 2016; limes, pink grapefruits, pears, caramel, vanilla, and yellow flowers in the nose; citrus fruits, candied gingers, and mellow wood spices on the creamy and fruity palate; long finish; overall, 91-92 points at this stage.
Red
6/5/2021 - CWang wrote:
93 points
Complex, elegant, and perfumed in the nose, berries, cherries, animal fur, incense, lavenders, mints, black truffles, and wet forest floor, classic Margaux style; creamy and fruity with a solid structure on the palate, dark berries, green peppers, tobacco leaves, wood spices, and unsolved tannins; creamy and long finish; overall, 93-94 points for this creamy or perhaps fatty Margaux wine at this stage; still young and should evolve further in a few more years.
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White - Sparkling
6/4/2021 - CWang wrote:
89 points
Lightly perfumed in the nose, honey, apricots, grapefruits, pears, and straws; creamy, fruity, and refreshing on the palate, citrus fruits and peels, lemon zests, rock salt, yeasts, and a tad of sandalwood; medium-long finish; overall, quite enjoyable though a bit light, 88-89 points at this stage.
White
6/1/2021 - CWang wrote:
90 points
Quite different from the previous bottle; still fragrant and fruity in the nose, but more balanced and savory on the palate with a creamier and longer finish; overall, 89-90 points.
Red
2010 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/29/2021 - CWang wrote:
92 points
Dark berries, black cherries, caramel, mints, lavenders, roses, and wet forrest floors in the rich and elegant nose; lots of berries and cherries again, honey-coated tannins, and wood spices on the complex and fruity palate; long finish; overall, 92-93 points at this stage; some potential to evolve further in a few more years.
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White
5/28/2021 - CWang wrote:
91 points
Fruity and elegant in the nose, apricots, cantaloupes, grapefruits, pears, honey, and yellow flowers; creamy, fruity, and structured on the palate, citrus fruits an peels, pineapples, honey, and a touch of acidic saltness; long finish; overall, 90-91 points for this young Chilean white wine; a very pleasant and savory surprise at this price point; recommended, would stock a few more bottles.
White
5/21/2021 - CWang wrote:
90 points
Fragrant and fruity in the nose, grapefruits, cantaloupes, pears, honey, popcorns, and yellow flowers; creamy, fruity, and simple with a touch of bitterness on the palate, limes, oranges, sea salts, and wood spices; medium-long finish; overall, 89-90 points.
White
5/21/2021 - CWang wrote:
80 points
Fruity in the nose, apricots, pears, honey, and lemon peels; also fruity and simple on the palate, apricots, citrus fruits, pears, sugarcanes, and sea salts, short finish; overall, 80+ points for this simple fruity wine.
White
2013 Clos des Lunes Lune d'Argent Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
5/18/2021 - CWang wrote:
92 points
More mature and enjoyable than the bottle tasted in 2016; nose, apricots, grapefruits, lemons, pineapples, popcorns, and yellow flowers; palate, much reduced acidity but still quite noticeable, honey, grapefruits, orange peels, minerals, whipped cream, and some precious wood spices; finish, fruity and long; overall, 92-93 points at this stage; still some more years to go before its peak.
White - Sparkling
5/16/2021 - CWang wrote:
90 points
Much more enjoyable than the previous bottle tasted 3 months ago; also elegant and fragrant in the nose, but creamier and fruitier on the palate with much reduced bitter oranges on the palate; medium-long finish; overall, 89-90 points for this bottle.
Red
5/14/2021 - CWang wrote:
92 points
No formal note; fragrant and elegant in the nose, citrus fruits, honey, and yellow flowers; creamy, fruity, and savory with some honey-coated tannins on the palate; long and refreshing finish; overall, 92-93 points at this stage.
White
5/12/2021 - CWang wrote:
90 points
Fragrant in the nose, cantaloupes, grapefruits, guavas, peaches, honey, and yellow roses; creamy and fruity with a solid structure on the palate, honey, lemon zests, orange peels, rock salts, and wood spices; long finish with a nice kick of bitterness; overall, 89-90 points at this stage; very good value, would stock a few bottles.
White
5/9/2021 - CWang wrote:
88 points
Fruity and sweet in the nose, cantaloups, guavas, pears, sugarcanes, minerals, and yellow flowers; also fruity and sweet on the palate, perhaps a bit too sweet, caramel, guavas, lemon zests, and rock salts; short finish; overall, 87-88 points for this quite simple Australian Moscato.
White
5/2/2021 - CWang wrote:
89 points
Refreshing in the nose, citrus fruits, green apples, pears, caramel, minerals, oyster shells, white flowers, and a hint of diesel fuel; creamy, fruity, and complex on the palate, grapefruits, licorice, orange peels, and light wood spices; simple but pleasant finish; overall, 89-90 points for this Alsace Riesling at this stage.
Spirits
4/29/2021 - CWang wrote:
86 points
Butter, honey, oranges, pears, vanilla, and walnuts in the clean nose; dried fruits, malts, toffees, and whipped cream on the creamy and fruity palate; long finish; overall, 86-87 points, a bit too simple for my taste, nevertheless, still an enjoyable dram.
White
4/28/2021 - CWang wrote:
88 points
Nose: elegant, fragrant, and fruity, grapefruits, lemons, watermelons, sugarcanes, and white roses; Palate: creamy and fruity yet simple, lemon tarts, gingers, pears, and some sea salt; Finish: medium-long with a distinct citrus kick; overall, 88-89 points at this stage; another easy-drinking and enjoyable hot summer treat from Bordeaux.
White
4/23/2021 - CWang wrote:
89 points
Fragrant in the nose, cantaloupes, pears, honey, roses, and white daisies; creamy, fruity, and structured on the palate, apricots, grapefruits, light wood spices, and a touch of light bitterness; short yet pleasant finish; overall, 88-89 points, another treat for the hot summer with some elegant French characteristics.
White
4/21/2021 - CWang wrote:
88 points
Refreshing perfumes in the nose, cantaloupes, grapefruits, orange peels, caramel, honey, gardenia, and sea breeze; fruity and light-bodied with a touch of bitterness on the palate, citrus fruits and peels, lychees, rock salt, and wood spices; short finish; overall, 87-88 points; a simple treat for the hot summer.
Red
2008 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/17/2021 - CWang wrote:
93 points
More mature and enjoyable than the bottle tasted in 2015, with much reduced tannins; however, a bit thin on the palate, so 93 points at this stage for this bottle.
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White
4/13/2021 - CWang wrote:
89 points
Elegant, fruity, and floral in the nose; more approachable and enjoyable on the palate, however, still tight on the first day; overall, 89-90 points at this stage; would wait 2-3 more years at least before popping the next bottle.
Red
2015 Château Labat Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/11/2021 - CWang wrote:
91 points
Compared to the bottle tasted in 2019, more mature in the nose, berries, cherries, black truffles, caramel, lavenders, mints, violets, and roses; still somewhat tight on the palate, berries, cherries, dark chocolate, peppers, tannins, and light wood spices; long finish; overall, 91-92 points, still young.
White - Sparkling
4/7/2021 - CWang wrote:
87 points
Lightly perfumed in the nose, caramel, cantaloupes, pears, clam shells, and white daises; crisp, fruity, and sweet on the palate, guavas, lemon zests, orange peels, and honey; short finish; overall, refreshing but not much to my liking, so 87-88 points.
Red
4/2/2021 - CWang wrote:
89 points
Lovely nose, berries, cherries, caramel, mints, rosemaries, and roses; creamy, fruity, and a bit dry and tight on the palate, cherries, dates, dark chocolate, young tannins, and wood spices; medium-long finish; overall, 88-89 points at this still young stage.
White
3/30/2021 - CWang wrote:
88 points
Fruity and sweet in the nose, caramel, grapefruits, apricots, pears, oyster shells, and sea salts; creamy, fruity, and sweet on the palate, perhaps overly sweet without food pairing, guavas, honeydews, pineapples, sugarcanes, and sea salts; somewhat short finish; overall, simple yet enjoyable, 88-89 points.
Red
2005 Château Giscours Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/26/2021 - CWang wrote:
93 points
Intense aromas of lavenders, roses, violets, black truffles, berries, cherries, tomatoes, mints, animal fur, leather, and pencil shavings in the nose; concentrated, juicy, and well structured on the palate, berries, cherries, dark chocolate, green peppers, tannins, and wood spices; long finish; overall, 93-94 points at this age; still far away from maturity and should benefit from a few more years of aging in the cellar.
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Red
3/19/2021 - CWang wrote:
92 points
Aromatic and floral in the nose, cherries, black berries, strawberries, mints, plums, roses, and dry forest floor; concentrated, juicy, and tight on the palate, berries, cherries, coffee beans, dry earth, rustic tannins, and light wood spices; medium-long finish with a sweet touch; overall, 91-92 points at this stage; still young but enjoyable.
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Red
3/17/2021 - CWang wrote:
90 points
Nose: fresh berries and cherries, caramel, mints, popcorns, and purple flowers in an aromatic and elegant way; Palate: creamy, juicy, and structured, berries, cherries, dark chocolate, honey, tobacco leaves, tannins, and wood spices; Finish: juicy and long, more dark chocolate and young tannins; overall, 90-91 points for this enjoyable Syrah at this price point and this stage.
Red
3/12/2021 - CWang wrote:
89 points
Quite fragrant in the nose, caramel, cherries, prunes, strawberries, mints, roses, violets, and white chalk; acidic, creamy, and fruity on the palate, berries, cherries, dark chocolate, tannins, and wood spices; medium-long finish; overall, 89-90 points for this easy drinking and enjoyable Spanish Syrah.
White
3/6/2021 - CWang wrote:
93 points
Candied and perfumed in the nose, tropical fruits, brown sugar, honey, and yellow flowers; fruity, mellow, and sweet on the palate, with much reduced acidity and more enjoyable flavors; long and sweet finish with ripe tropical fruits; overall, 93-94 points after these years of aging since 2015.
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Red
3/5/2021 - CWang wrote:
89 points
Cherries, blueberries, strawberries, mints, gardenias, roses, and dry forest floor in the aromatic nose; cherries, raspberries, strawberries, caramel, white chocolate, dry wood spices, and young tannins on the fruity palate; medium-long finish; overall, a simple, easy drinking, yet enjoyable mencia, 89-90 points at this stage.
Red
2/27/2021 - CWang wrote:
89 points
Berries, cherries, mint, rosemary, and forest floor on the perfumed nose; berries, cherries, dark chocolate, and exotic spices on the juicy palate; medium-long finish with young tannins and a touch of bitterness; overall, simple yet enjoyable, 88-89 points.
White - Sparkling
2/26/2021 - CWang wrote:
87 points
Green apples, grapefruits, pears, honey, and white flowers in the elegant nose; acidic, fruity, and light bodied on the palate, citrus fruits and peels, bitter oranges, toasts, and yeasts; somewhat short finish; overall, 87-88 points for this simple sparkling wine.
Red
2011 Château Fleur Cardinale St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/25/2021 - CWang wrote:
93 points
Elegant and fragrant in the nose, apples, berries, cherries, mints, lavenders, roses, and forest floor; creamy, fruity, and juicy on the palate, berries, cherries, green peppers, white chocolate, half-resolved tannins, and light wood spices; long finish; quite approachable and enjoyable, so 92-93 points at this stage.
Spirits
2/19/2021 - CWang wrote:
96 points
Addictive, complex, and fragrant in the nose, peaches, strawberries, mints, vanilla, honey, raisins, incenses, and sandalwood; creamy, fruity, sweet, and structured on the palate, layers and layers of apricots, caramel, corn flakes, peach cobblers, prunes, dark chocolate, toffee, walnuts, and wood spices; extremely long finish; overall, 95-96 points for this enjoyable and unforgettable Japanese sherry monster.
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