Tasting Notes for vinole

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Red
10/5/2019 - vinole wrote:
91 points
PnP at a restaurant and was fully ready within 15-20 mins. The traditional style was quite evident here, which I greatly enjoy. Plenty of earth, dust, and leather that paired well with our Italian dishes. Medium body and acidity. The 2005 vintage is not a blockbuster, but I always enjoy wines that integrate well with a meal rather than be their own show.
Red
10/13/2019 - vinole wrote:
91 points
Similar to my last bottle in 2017, but with a bit more complexity. Still holding nicely, and retains the lighter body/higher acidity profile that Stefania normally provides and that I enjoy so much. Nicely structured and should drink well for another 3-5 years.
Red
9/7/2019 - vinole wrote:
92 points
PnP at a restaurant and just a few minutes needed to fully open. This was better than expected. Drinking very well now, with a velvety, lithe texture, but still with enough dark fruit, tannin, and acidity to provide excellent structure. Not particularly complex, layered, or concentrated, but just a beautiful mature Bordeaux that pairs so well with food (lamb loin in my case). My first bottle, so don't have a prior perspective, but will drink my other within the next 1-2 years as I really like where this is at.
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Red
8/29/2019 - vinole wrote:
93 points
PnP at a restaurant with no decanting needed, though there is some sediment. This is such a refreshing style for Napa as it has bright acidity and a light texture while still delivering plenty of (dark red) fruit. I like where this is at right now and will drink my remaining bottle in the near term.
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Red
8/17/2019 - vinole wrote:
92 points
PnP at a restaurant and was ready to go right away. I found this has improved since my last bottle in 2014. It had a rounder, lusher texture and was an absolute pleasure to drink. Medium body and acidity, with a dark red fruit profile and nice balance. My impression is that it is at peak right now, so I would enjoy soon.
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Red
7/28/2019 - vinole wrote:
92 points
Decanted for about 20 mins just to warm and open and was fully ready to go. Loved the nose on this which came across as much darker fruit than on the palate. Initial red cherry and raspberry fruit that finishes with a darker profile. Medium plus acidity gives it a lift and brightness that works well with the texture and balance of the wine along with the lower alcohol level. The tannins are resolved but still provide good structure. A wine made for food that paired very well with pork tenderloin. For me, the extra tariff over the Alberdi is worth it.
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Red
7/27/2019 - vinole wrote:
90 points
PnP at a restaurant and ready to go without decanting. Still fruit forward, but not as much as earlier bottles, and the structure is fading as the tannic backbone has receded more. Agree this is on the downhill slope now, so I would drink fairly soon. Being 100% Grenache, this is higher in alcohol and fruit than I like, and prefer more typical cuvees with syrah, mouvedre, etc.
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Red
2003 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/11/2019 - vinole wrote:
91 points
Decanted for over a half hour before serving. Tannins are resolved and quite smooth and there is ample acidity to provide good balance to the rather dense dark fruit. This is a fairly straight forward wine, without a lot on the nose or much complexity, but it is quite tasty and nicely balanced. Similar to other 03's I have had that display less structure and nuance, but has good fruit concentration and comes across lighter on the finish as the tannins have lost their firmness. Probably at peak now and doubt further aging will improve.
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Red
2004 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/2/2019 - vinole wrote:
92 points
PnP at a restaurant, and was ready after a few minutes in the glass. Very dark fruit profile, the tannins are resolved, and has medium body and acidity. It's fairly lean in texture, and the fruit has a bit of hardness (like I find in 05's), but has excellent structure and balance. Plenty of graphite notes typical of St Estephe, with a little leather as well. Overall, a fine example of mature claret, sophisticated, but not intense. Drinking well now or over the next 5 years.
Red
6/1/2019 - vinole wrote:
92 points
PnP at a restaurant and needed 15-20 mins in the glass to open up. A feminine, nuanced wine displaying excellent balance and complexity, with medium body and acidity. Thought this might be near the end of its window, but should go another five years, and drinking splendidly now. 92+
Red
5/17/2019 - vinole wrote:
91 points
Decanted to warm up, but not really needed to open, the tannins are resolved, and no sediment. Dark fruit that is still ripe and full, but with some complexity from the aging, and hides its 15% abv very well with ample structure and acidity, unlike some other 07 CdP's I have had. Not as much pepper and garrigue as I would like, but still a nice CdP. Would agree with others that this is likely in its prime right now, so open and enjoy.
Red
2003 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/12/2019 - vinole wrote:
92 points
This was ready to go right after opening, as the tannins are fully resolved and silky. The fruit is fairly forward for Bordeaux and it did not have much power or structure, but it is still well balanced and quite enjoyable to drink. This follows my experience with other 03's. Probably in its sweet spot right now.
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Red
4/25/2019 - vinole wrote:
92 points
Consistent with my note from 8/10/18. Still drinking nicely with no decanting needed.
Red
4/13/2019 - vinole wrote:
91 points
PnP at a restaurant, ready to go at opening, no decanting required. Resolved tannins, rich, brambly dark fruit and medium plus body. Forward and crowd pleasing at this stage and punching above its class for CdR.
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Red
3/2/2019 - vinole wrote:
91 points
Pnp at a restaurant and just needed a few minutes in the glass to open up. Fairly lush, dark red fruit that benefits from the 20% or so cab in the standard blend of Carmignano wine (the rest being sangiovese). Good balance of acidity (medium), and ample but smooth tannins. Nice value at $19.
Red
2/14/2019 - vinole wrote:
When choosing a wine to celebrate love on Valentine's Day, this one came to mind, as it is a project that embodies the concept of love. Has nice acidity, low alcohol, and "lovely" dark red fruit. Nice balance and elegance not often found in CA syrah. A classy wine, just like the person who brought it together. Kudos Jorge!
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Red
1/1/2019 - vinole wrote:
89 points
Decanted about a half hour and needed another 30 mins in the glass before it was totally open. Good CdR typicity, with Grenache dominant. Nice smoothness and lighter texture for such a young wine. Paired nicely with pork chops and is a solid value for the $15 paid.
Red
2001 Château Giscours Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/15/2018 - vinole wrote:
90 points
PnP at a restaurant, needed about 15 mins to open, no sediment. This has started its downhill trek as the fruit is receding and was not as good as my last bottle in 2016. Prominent graphite notes, very dark fruit, lean texture. Drink up.
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Red
12/14/2018 - vinole Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted, but only needed to warm up as the tannins were resolved and the fruit quite open. Surprisingly lush at this stage, with dark red fruit, but would have liked a little more acidity. Really enjoyed both alone and with food (ribeyes in this case). Will probably last a number of years longer, but i would drink fairly soon given the lower levels of tannin and acidity right now.
Red
12/8/2018 - vinole wrote:
91 points
PnP at a restaurant and was ready to go after just a little time in the glass with just a bit of sediment at the end. Tannins are completely resolved and the acidity was was less prominent this time and the dark fruit was soft and even got a hint of sweetness on the finish. The fruit is more forward than I expected at this stage, without much complexity, but retains a nice profile and structure. Drinking well now, but at latter stage of peak, so I would drink these within 2-3 years.
Red
2005 Epicurea de Château Martinat Côtes de Bourg Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/29/2018 - vinole wrote:
89 points
A little funk on the nose and the palate that lingers, but only enough to tell you it is Bordeaux. Tannins are resolved, but the very dark fruit is a bit hard and a little over extracted by my palate. Don't see this getting much better, but drinking nicely and no complaints for the $17 I paid (only one is low end 05's took a long time to soften and mature).
Red
11/15/2018 - vinole wrote:
89 points
Consistent with my note from 9/16/17.
Red
Decanted, though did not change much after warming and initial air and had zero sediment. Starts out fine with dark red currant fruit, resolved tannins, and soft profile, but I found the finish quite unpleasant, from stemmy bitter green notes. Likely picked too early. Don't see this getting better.
Red
2004 Château Faugères St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/28/2018 - vinole wrote:
89 points
Tried right after pouring in the decanter and it was good to go. Opens quickly, tannins resolved and drinking quite nicely now. The fruit is not hard or green as often encountered in 04 Bordeaux, particularly when young. Better than expected, time has indeed paid off with this one.
Red
2003 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/19/2018 - vinole wrote:
92 points
Consistent with my note from 11/22/14, but the wine is more mature now, with less forward fruit and intensity. Still not much complexity, but has a nice profile in the modern Bordeaux camp. PnP at a lovely restaurant in Montreal, and needed no decanting and had little sediment. At the latter stage of prime drinking window, but should still drink well for a number of years.
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Red
2000 Clos du Marquis St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/8/2018 - vinole wrote:
92 points
Needed about a half hour in the decanter to warm, open, and let some funk disipate. This is old school Bordeaux, with graphite, earth, and very dark muted fruit. CT says 18 is the end of its window, but is good for another 2 to 4 years, as it still has the structure and stuffing to go longer.
Red
2000 Château Faugères St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/30/2018 - vinole wrote:
91 points
Just needed to warm up in the decanter with some sediment to avoid on the last bit. Still has nice currant and plum fruit in a soft, mature state right now and was better than expected. Not very complex or layered, but has an elegant and tasty profile that I really enjoyed.
Red
9/20/2018 - vinole wrote:
91 points
PnP at a restaurant, just needed a few minutes in the glass to open up and had very little sediment. Lush blackberry fruit backed up with good structure with some light tar notes on the finish. Thought the true syrah profile comes through nicely. Drinking well now, and should continue for at least 3 more years.
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Red
9/16/2018 - vinole wrote:
89 points
Needed just to warm up in a decanter as the tannins are resolved, and actually bordering on flabby at this point. Nice fruit profile, but a bit too forward for my palate and lacking the structure and complexity I prefer. I am probably an outlier here, as most seem to enjoy more than me, but I have not been fond of the 07 Napa vintage in general, as I tend to gravitate towards cooler less fruit forward vintages. Paired nicely with a thick NY Strip that was cooked perfectly.
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Red
9/12/2018 - vinole Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP at a restaurant, and only needed a few minutes to open as the tannins are resolved. There is also some sediment, but only the final pour needs attention. Focused dark red fruit that has some sweetness on the finish. Fairly forward, as I have found common with 07 CdP, but still has enough acidity and tannin to support. Has a savoriness, but not much pepper or earthiness. Overall, a very nice wine, but not as complex or layered as the best CdP.
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White
8/27/2018 - vinole wrote:
89 points
One of my favorite <$15 whites. Crisp and bright, but still plenty of fruit with a hint of sweetness.
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Red
8/24/2018 - vinole wrote:
91 points
A fairly dense and concentrated wine, but the tannins are now fully resolved. Rich dark fruit that is more open than before and is now well balanced. A bit monolithic, but still quite pleasurable. Needed a half hour of decanting and should hold for another 2-3 years in its sweet spot. Last of 4 bottles.
Red
8/15/2018 - vinole wrote:
91 points
Only needed to warm up in the decanter as it was ready to go almost immediately. A bit of fine sediment. Brighter, redder fruit than expected, and also higher acidity and lighter in body. Not a lot of complexity or nuance, but still has lovely fruit and is well balanced and not flabby. Very enjoyable with a rib cap.
Red
8/10/2018 - vinole Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP at a restaurant and was immediately ready to go. Vibrant dark red fruit on the palate, nicely balanced with medium acidity and resolved tannins. Drinking very well and in its sweet spot right now. Better than expected and glad I have more.
Red
8/4/2018 - vinole Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP at a restaurant, and ready to go right away with no decanting needed (also no sediment). Dark fruit, medium plus body, with resolved, but noticeably present, tannins. In more of a modern style, lacking earthiness or pepper, with the fruit still fairly lush and balances the tannins well. I would tend to drink these sooner rather than later, before the fruit begins to fade.
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Red
7/14/2018 - vinole wrote:
92 points
Consistent with previous TN from 2/8/15. Drinking well now with just a bit of air and should drink well for a few more years.
White - Sparkling
7/3/2018 - vinole wrote:
91 points
Drank in celebration of our daughter's MCAT score.
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Red
7/2/2018 - vinole wrote:
92 points
Similar to my last bottle in 2011, but the fruit is more reserved and has a very mature profile now. Still nicely structured and drinking well now, though no need to age any further and I would drink these soon.
Red
6/24/2018 - vinole wrote:
86 points
Fruit has faded, leaving tannin more prominent, so somewhat unbalanced, and bitter on the finish. This even after 1 or 2 hours of air. Don't see this getting any better.
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Red
6/17/2018 - vinole wrote:
91 points
A fairly full bodied wine that is now mature and a bit softer, but still has plenty of dark fruit in a nicely balanced package that hides its 15% alcohol well and is true to its grape variety. This should drink well for few a more years, but is in a really good spot right now.
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Red
2005 Andrew Will Sheridan Vineyard Yakima Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/4/2018 - vinole wrote:
90 points
Needed about 20 min of decanting to fully open. The dark fruit was still rather shy and the tannins were resolved but still prominent. Don't think this will get any better and the fruit will likely recede further so I would drink up.
Red
6/2/2018 - vinole wrote:
90 points
PnP at restaurant. No decanting needed and no sediment. Tannins are soft, but stand out more from the reticent fruit. Probably a few years beyond peak, and I would drink soon.
Red
5/10/2018 - vinole wrote:
90 points
Soft medium bodied profile with resolved tannins but still nice structure. Brambly dark red fruit with nice litheness and elegance. Drinking very well now with just a little air and should continue at least 5 or 6 years.
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Red
5/5/2018 - vinole wrote:
91 points
A soft resolved wine, with much less barnyard and funk than I normally get from this producer, with a fairly forward dark red fruit profile and even a hint of sweetness on the finish. Well rounded and very nice to drink (especially with rack of lamb that I paired with), but lacking some of the structure and garrigue I usually get from Pegau. I would not hold these a lot longer, but will drink fine for a few more years.
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Red
5/4/2018 - vinole wrote:
87 points
This is over the hill to me, although the fruit is still lush and full, even a bit sweet. The wine is unbalanced by the lack of any tannic structure and high alcohol. Was much better years ago.
Red
2010 Stefania Nueva Casa de los Padres Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
4/15/2018 - vinole wrote:
85 points
Cloudy with some fine sediment. Red fruit of mostly cherry and raspberry on a light plus bodied frame. High acidity that is fairly tart and does not alter with air, nor do the tannins, which are soft and resolved at this point. Don't think this will get any better.
Red
4/7/2018 - vinole wrote:
90 points
Consistent with my prior note of 6/10/17. PnP at a restaurant, and ready to go right away. Tannins are resolved, but still provide a firm backbone. Wait if you like softer claret, or now if you prefer well rounded structure.
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Red
3/30/2018 - vinole wrote:
89 points
After about an hour decant, this was the smoothest yet, tannins are actually silky, and no hardness often encountered with lower end 05 Bordeaux. I would say this is at peak right now, as fruit is still lively.
Red
1998 Château Monbousquet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/1/2018 - vinole wrote:
92 points
Needed about a half hour of decanting to soften and open. Then displayed soft plum and dark berry fruit with some leather and earth notes on the finish. Medium body and medium minus acidity, in a nice place now probably at or near peak.
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White
2015 Domaine Lafage Cuvée Centenaire Côtes du Roussillon Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
1/15/2018 - vinole wrote:
88 points
Nice palate of pear fruit and minerals, but less acidity than I would have expected, and is more on the creamy side in texture.
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