Tasting Notes for pjamaral

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Red
1/5/2013 - pjamaral Likes this wine:
89 points
Highly aromatic with blackcurrant and brambly fruit. Full, rich, and firm. Finishes well with a touch of minerality.
Red
2006 Château du Taillan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/5/2013 - pjamaral Likes this wine:
86 points
Subtle yet perfumed with spices and cedar. Medium body, angular, and characteristically ashy. Takes a good couple of hours to find its groove, but it never develops much concentration.
White
12/31/2012 - pjamaral Likes this wine:
89 points
Tart and perfumed. Medium body with angularity and loads of cleansing acidity. Excellent foil for rich, buttery seafood dishes. Long finish includes minerality and citrus. This wine is much better with food than without.
Red
2007 Château Taillefer Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/24/2012 - pjamaral Likes this wine:
90 points
Dense, rich, and floral. Fruit and violet give way to ash and satisfying tannins. Harmonious.
Red
12/13/2012 - pjamaral Likes this wine:
90 points
Deep cherry red. Brambles, spice, and vanilla. Med/full body, supple with chocolaty notes. Balanced wine with lengthy finish. Elegant.
Red
12/13/2012 - pjamaral Likes this wine:
88 points
Very dark. Mixture of black currant and brambles with subtle leathery bouquet. Juicy, round, and smooth. Enough acidity to refresh the palate and sustain the finish.
Red
11/12/2012 - pjamaral Likes this wine:
91 points
Deep ruby red color. Intense aroma of red currants and raspberries with subtle warming spices. Juicy and med/full-bodied with a round shape and hints of tannin. Long finish with fantastic acidity and mild gaminess. Harmonious.
White
11/8/2012 - pjamaral wrote:
86 points
Very pale straw with subtle floral bouquet. Neutral, medium body with clean minerality. Short finish/lack of acidity.
Red
11/6/2012 - pjamaral Likes this wine:
89 points
Dark plum red. Figs, cherries, and fresh herbs (thyme and mint). Med/full bodied with lively acidity and subtle tannins combining to form a spicy bitterness. Finish is medium with chocolaty notes. A complex and rich wine.
White
11/6/2012 - pjamaral Likes this wine:
86 points
Rich golden robe extending to a translucent edge. Honey and pears with a medium body and viscous texture. A bit hollow at mid-palate, but balanced enough to keep sweetness in check.
Red
11/6/2012 - pjamaral Likes this wine:
88 points
Light garnet color with ripe black fruits, subtle dried fruit, and cloves. Medium/full bodied with soft tannins, present acidity, and a thin texture. Understated and elegant with enough acidity to accompany a wide range of foods.
Red
10/5/2012 - pjamaral Likes this wine:
85 points
Nearly black with a dark purple rim. A nose of blackberries and wild herbs - maybe rosemary. The wine is full-bodied and round with herbal flavours. It finishes short and mildly tannic. Overall, this wine offers an nice daily red. But it is slightly disjointed between the shape, tannins, and flavours.
Red
10/3/2012 - pjamaral Likes this wine:
85 points
Brick red in colour with a plummy nose backed by warm spiciness. On the front of the palate, the wine is fruity, round, and soft. But mild tannins and pleasant bitterness arrive mid-palate. Sadly, this wine finishes very short and that is the only knock against it.
Red
9/26/2012 - pjamaral wrote:
85 points
This wine is very dark in the center and moves gradually towards a deep Bordeaux red.

It carries an aroma of juicy red fruits and plums with toasty, tobacco-like notes.

With a medium body and (too) thin texture, this wine did not fit the mold of a typical Jumilla. The most interesting element on the palate was definitely the moderate tannins that created a bitter tobacco flavor. Its balance was slightly upset by an acidity that is a bit too high for the body and texture.

The wine finishes medium and pleasantly bitter, and as such, demands food that also carries charred or bitter flavors. Anything with any sweetness will make this wine difficult to enjoy.
Red
9/24/2012 - pjamaral wrote:
87 points
The wine needed a good 45 minutes to find its harmony after opening. Initial impression was of overbearing sweetness.

Very dark, almost black in the center gradually giving way to a dark cherry color on the edge. Heavy, viscous legs on the glass.

Brambly aroma suggesting black fruits with subtle spicy overtones. Quite restrained for a California Zinfandel.

On the palate, full-bodied with enough acidity and tannin to balance the sweetness of the high alcohol content (14.5%). While the balance held, and the moderate tannins offered an interesting backdrop for the wine's fruitiness, this Zinfandel lacked shape on the palate. It tended towards a round, fleshy style, but never really delivered on that promise. The acidity of this wine helped ensure a long finish full of blackberry flavors.

Overall, this wine was both well-made and enjoyable. Stylistically, though, it was hard to pin down. In its aromatic restraint, the wine seemed to suggest an Old World style. However, it did not really challenge the palate nor hold our interest through the course of the bottle. The alcohol level also made this a slightly fatiguing red.

This is a solid bottle to have with a group of friends and a not-too-serious, full-flavored meal.
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