Tasting Notes for jamscreator

(347 notes on 266 wines)

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Red
11/27/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
Good Pinot but nothing memorable here. Not bad, just not worth telling about.
Red
11/27/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
94 points
Stunning and smooth as silk. Oak, charcoal and currant come together beautifully in this wine. Previous tastes were not as delicious but this bottle was just exceptional and lingered in the mouth for moments. Wow.
Red
11/27/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
88 points
Quite tasty and earthy. Thinner than anticipated but well balanced and drinking well right now. Anxious to see what a few more years does for this one.
Red
11/22/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
86 points
A tinge thin in appearance but a great nose on this one - cranberry, sour cherry and lead primarily. On the tongue was more of the same and a brightness that came through to the end. Very good stuff.
Red
11/2/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
86 points
Very good daily drinker. Absolutely fantastic value and a steal for under $4 a bottle! Initially a little too fruity and sweet, but after some time in the glass this mellowed out. Smooth, bright red fruit but in check with some mocha and a pleasant finish.
Red
10/18/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
86 points
Plum, dark berry and wet stone. This would be a great daily drinker. Nothing wrong with this one.
Red
10/17/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
flawed
What a pisser. Corked beyond belief. Ugh.
Red
10/9/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
88 points
This bottle in particular was pretty bold up front. Lots of spice, mocha and black cherry on top of a lovely boquet. My only complaint would be a little too oaky, but not lousy by any means. I like them bold, but the finish fell a little short. Still very solid.
Red
9/12/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
87 points
The only wine club bottle of wine I've ever enjoyed. Much better than the previous bottles by a long shot. Forward fruit of cranberry and raspberry. Mocha, smoke and pepper jump on board and a medium smooth finish completes this. I really enjoy this stuff, especially for the $6.99 price tag. Very good indeed.
White - Off-dry
9/12/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
Very sweet with brown sugar, pear and apricot. If you have a sweet tooth this is your wine. The low alcohol content easily makes this a solo drinker. Very refreshing and not over complex. Very tasty.
Red
9/11/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
93 points
Even better than the previous bottle. Strong nose of bold dark red fruit. Wonderful integration of raspberry, soy sauce, tobacco, wet earth and spice. A lot of tannin on the tongue and pretty tight but finishes beautifully. A fantastic wine!
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Sake
9/11/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
My first attempt at Sake. And while I had no idea what to expect, I found that I don't have a palate for the stuff. There were some tropical flavors, albeit very very soft and almost flavorless.
Red
9/9/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
84 points
Forgot I had this after a tasting a year ago. Purchased on a whim, but was pretty impressed from the initial nose and forward fruit as I recall. Popped and poured and found lots of forward fruit still, mainly raspberry and some strawberry, which totally throws me for a Pinot Noir. I'd say this is a "good" wine and I wouldn't have any problem serving this to guests.
Red
1970 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/30/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
92 points
Decanted properly by candle into a Riedel duck decanter. The cork was saturated with no capsule compromise and it came out mostly in two large pieces. Wonderful nose right after the pop of rich red fruits, cedar and damp earth. The color had become a medium red with some fading on the edge, but much more pleasant than I actually expected. The sediment was minimal for a 40 year old bottle and with swirling and time this wine is gaining in complexity. Lots of mineral and dark fruit on the palate with a touch of menthol and leather mixed in. A tinge thin, but overall a wonderful wine to celebrate a mutual 40th birthday with. Short finish but very smooth. Unless you know without a doubt that a bottle has been stored properly for the past several decades, I would advise to drink this one soon.
White - Fortified
7/29/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
94 points
Every glass is more delicious than the previous. I've had this bottle open for about a week now and it is the perfect nightcap. Wonderful flavors and incredibly smooth.
Red
7/1/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
92 points
Stark contrast from the first. While still pretty tight, absolutely delicious! I know the note is vague at best, but it's just how I'm feeling today!
Red
4/5/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
89 points
Took awhile to open up. This last 375 bottle is very tasty, but possibly going through a little funky period right now. The nose is closed down, but the flavors are well layered and the finish is tight. Cherry pipe tobacco, fig and just the slightest hint of mocha. Much different than previous bottles but still overall very very good.
Red
2002 Yalumba The Signature Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
3/15/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
95 points
Continues to be an outstanding and shining example of a fine wine from Yalumba. Dark purple and a wonderfully layered combination of burnt oak, leather, blackberry and wet stone. Lingers in the mouth quite long and just tastes so darn good.
Red
3/10/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
83 points
Color of pickled beets in the glass. Very fragrant nose of raspberry, candied apple and slate. The palate was a middle-of-the-road uneventful dark fruity wine with a bitter but long finish. Good, but not particularly memorable.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/4/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
94 points
Initially a strong nose of Sauvignon Blanc which threw me. Gorgeous golden color - I mean very very golden. Pineapple, mango and some tropical notes with a sugary thick syrup. Finish was long and delicious. Drank from a 375ml bottle. Will be anxious to try this one again in a few years.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Cristalino Cava Brut Macabeo-Xarello-Parellada Blend (view label images)
3/1/2010 - jamscreator Likes this wine:
85 points
GREAT stuff for the price! Sweet but not a ton of life left most likely. Pear, yellow apple and strawberry in the throat. Quite tasty.
Red
2006 Continuum Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/27/2010 - jamscreator Likes this wine:
92 points
Tight as heck, but great plum and fig on the nose at pop and pour. After a 90 minute decant, the fruit flavors came through with a bit of leather. Very tanic, as expected, but will be just fantastic in another couple of years.
Red
2/23/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
91 points
Great plum flavor and dark fruit nose with some damp earth and tons of mocha and chocolate layered in. Some might find the mocha overwhelming but I thought it was a nice change of pace and not a pepper bomb as some from can be. This Shiraz has a wonderful finish and is drinking beautifully.
Red
2/7/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
90 points
Blackberry, cinnamon, blueberry and tons of spice. Settles down a bit after sitting in the glass. Great juicy jammy stuff. Another great selection from my favorite Aussies.
Red
2005 Glaetzer Godolphin Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
2/5/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
92 points
This is really an amazing bottle of wine. Deep deep dark purple in the glass and a mouth-watering nose of black ripe fruit. Beautiful blend of Shiraz and Cab with multiple layers of fruit - blackberry, blueberry, cherry. Add in the smoothness of the leather and touch of pencil lead and you have this darling. The finish was well rounded and left you wanting more, albeit a bit shorter than I thought it would be. Wish I had more!
Red
1/30/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
88 points
This last bottle is a stark contrast in fullness compared to the previous. The nose was almost an overwhelming fruit explosion, but it checked in about an hour after opening. Strong cherry and blackberry flavor and again, smoke and leather at the finish. The finish was still short, but the taste of the juice was quite good. Pleasantly surprised.
Red
1/23/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
89 points
Good red bricking throughout and a lovely spice with some damp earth on the nose and palate. Medium body finish. This wine is tight, tight, tight right now. If you can hold off you'll benefit more. Very tasty.
Red
1/8/2010 - jamscreator wrote:
92 points
Absolutely better than the previous bottle. Viognier added to this wine creates a mellowness to this fantastic wine that will keep you back. Sweeter than a 100% Shiraz, this wine is prime with blackberry, tobacco and sweet cherry flavors. I just love this wine. Love it!!
White - Sparkling
12/23/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
88 points
Still a favorite. Sweet mango, burnt toast, honey butter and ripe pear. Well within the drinking window......delicious!
Red
2002 Yalumba The Signature Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
12/21/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
94 points
This wine is consistently a winner. Very dark in the glass, almost stoic. Big fruit on the nose and palate, with very mild leather and pepper following behind. Very reminiscant of a old world Bordeaux at times. I just get so darned excited every time I drink this gorgeous wine! One of my all time favorites.
Red
2005 Marquis de Calon St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/13/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
The oak overwhelmed the fruit terribly. Maybe it's just too young yet because it seems that there is potential here. Will try again in a couple of years.
Red
12/13/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
This wine from Turkey??? Well, the only turkey here is me for drinking it. No fruit, no tanin, no flavors - just 750ml of very faint purple wetness poured down the drain.
Red
11/9/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
89 points
Strangely, the best of the bottles. Gorgeous black/dark purple in the glass to the rim. Loads of licorice, dark fruit, spice and pepper. The palate presented much of the same and the finish lingered for minutes. I love this.
Red
1978 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/6/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
93 points
I have been waiting for over a year to drink this wine and I'm doing it the way I like best - all for myself!

Upon opening, there was a definite 'funk' about the cork and a lot of wine about 3/4 up the cork, but no seapage. This bottle was actually in very good condition and had an upper shoulder fill. Decanted properly by candlelight into a Riedel decanter for 4 hours. Poured a glass into a Riedel Bordeaux glass and let it sit out. The color at first was auburn red with some gold hue, which made me nervous as I do not have much experience with wine of this age. I could hardly stand the excitement of drinking this first growth wine and as it was being poured into the decanter there was a lovely clarity about her. A lot of swirling went into the first glass and I was very pleasantly surprised how much the purple color came back after some oxygen got to her. The nose still had plenty of fruit, all of it dark and in check. There was a surprising sweetness with the first few sips, and the palate presented wonderful herbacious earthiness, mushroom, and a polished saddle leather. In the mouth this wine still had a lot of life but the hands of time had reduced it little from what it likely was 10 years ago. The finish in the throat was flittering but still very fine. This wine is surely near the end of its life at a peak drinking period. I am going to enjoy drinking this entire bottle...........by myself. Cheers! (Sorry for the rambling note).
White
11/1/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
I wasn't expecting a lot from this wine, and that's what I got. Well, I should say that I actually got a lot of flavors - bicycle innertube/rubber, fuel oil and Band Aid - none of which I would want in my wine glass or on the tongue. This stuff nearly made my eyeballs fall out. Wow, it was horrible. Avoid it like your ex wife.
White
11/1/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
Very pretty in the glass. And that's about it. Wow, this stuff was bad. Actually poured most of it out. Odor of cat urine. Tasted of pure aluminum/metallic hell. Extremely disappointed as I am a big Penfolds fan.
Red
11/1/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
90 points
Almost too much fruit on the front end on this one. Just bursting with fruit which almost muted the other elements of burnt cedar, beef and...........well, that was all I could get because of the sweet fruit. Great bricking and a finish that lingered quite long. Tasty, but not fabulous.
Red
2006 Razor's Edge Shiraz South Australia
11/1/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
86 points
For the closeout price this was a bargain for sure. Not as full and spicy as is expected in a Shiraz, but the dark color was beautiful and the bouquet was dark fruit and earthy. Tasted like a Shiraz/Cab/Merlot blend. Very good but lacked finish.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
11/1/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
85 points
Tasty and sweet. Not as sweet as a port and didn't have that full mouth feel, but pleasant nonetheless. Easily drinkable if you're flying solo and have a sweet tooth.
Red
10/31/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
95 points
What an incredibly gorgeous beast. This is a thick, hearty tasty wine that exemplifies what a Napa Valley Cab should be. Screams of hearty thriving red fruit, gorgeous oak and a peppery-tobacco-leather combo that knocked my socks off. Yes, it sure is young. I'll have to get more to see what this will be doing in a couple of years. I LOVE this stuff.
Red
10/31/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
50 points
Thought it would be fun to finally drink this wine from Transylvania on Halloween. Barf. Sick. I mean, someone actually takes the time to bottle this stuff? Did not even remotely resemble a Cabernet at all. Had the appearance of watered down black cherry Kool-Aid and could barely keep this in my mouth. Never again. Ever.
White
10/9/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
92 points
Consistent with 3 months ago. Still a wonderful wine!
Red
10/7/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
91 points
Thinner in appearance than the 2006 but this is delicious juice. Not too tanic as some have been hit and miss, and the flavors are all in check. Mocha, black raspberry, cherry pipe tobacco and asparagus - beautiful integration and a medium finish. Loving this.
White
10/5/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
82 points
I have almost no experiece with Vouvray, but found this particular one to be good. Sweet, white chocolate, cantelope, grassy melon blend with very very little finish. Not great, but refreshing nonetheless.
White
10/2/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
91 points
Quite possibly the best bottle of Sokol Blosser Evolution I've ever tasted. The 11th edition has been my favorite thus far, and I was thrilled when we were served it this evening instead of the 12th. Crisp apple, tart pear, brown sugar and floral essence blend wonderfully and provide a lasting and memorable finish. Couldn't be more pleased!
Red
10/1/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
90 points
Medium color bricking to the rim. Red raspberry, aspraragus, very mild tobacco and a drop of Wrochestershire sauce all blend wonderfully in this beauty. Love it!
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Red
9/7/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured the last of three bottles and what a great afternoon wine. Strong concentration of mocha, dark chocolate, raspberry and pipe tobacco, which all blended wonderfully. Nice long finish and by far the best of the three we drank over time.
Red
9/7/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
94 points
Can't really expand on this anymore from the previous tasting about 7 weeks ago. Beeeeeeeauuuuuutifulllll!
Red
8/23/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
93 points
Dark as midnight in the glass. Absolutely as smooth as silk on the throat with a nice memorable finish. Earth and bold, but in check and well balanced by the dark chocolate, cedar, raspberry and wet stone flavors. I really love this young wine and will look for more. Great stuff and not over-powering on the fruit.
White
2005 Jezebel Blanc Willamette Valley White Blend (view label images)
8/23/2009 - jamscreator wrote:
89 points
Consistently good with lemon, lime, pineapple and passion fruit blending well. When consumed at the proper temperature the citrus really comes through, along with some brown sugar and a touch of nuttiness. Crisp and floral finish.
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