Tasting Notes for portman63

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Red
10/27/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
91 points
Deep brick red color, has forceful earthiness and plums on the nose and the same plums and blackberries on the palate with tar and iron underneath. Tannins are converted into prodigious sediment now so decanting is recommended unless one stood the bottle up for a couple of days. I think this can go for a while, but it is quite solid now.
White
10/25/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
91 points
Apples and minerality and razor sharp acidity. Very nice and bright. A lovely wine for light seafood pasta dishes.
Red
10/24/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
93 points
At this age it is ruby/brick in the center to amber/salmon/watery towards the edges. Nose of plums and some tar and balsamic notes. Had to make a short decant due to broken cork issues and considerable sediment (both expected). More tart cherry came out after 20-30 min of air and with the meal including seared wagyu tenderloin and truffle risotto in which it really shined as an ideal match. One of the better buys in the aged Barolo market to my mind.
Red
10/23/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
90 points
More on the delicate side of Barbera with more acid structure than burliness. A very nice wine in the traditional style which is tart cherry and a bit of fall leaves and nutmeg. Had fine grape tannins and decent length with ~30 second finish. Best with charcuterie or my favorite which is wagyu burgers with gorgonzola.
Red
9/26/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
92 points
Between ruby and garnet color and more towards the red current flavor profile and really nice balance with soft integrated tannins and delicate almost sweetish fruit in the long (45-60 second) finish. I have had really good luck with the right bank in this vintage so was glad to see it continue with this bottle. I think it has many more years in it for those still holding some in there cellar.
Red
9/23/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
91 points
Still has deep garnet with just a bit of translucence. Leather and cedar on the nose with mix of blackberry and current on the palate with some of the leather maturity showing. Very solid for the vintage which I have found to favor the right bank for the best buys. Quite enjoyable though and I believe it is ready to go now but surely won't fall off for a while.
Red
10/16/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
92 points
In a great place right from opening. Dark red cherry and asian five-spice on nose and on the palate. Has the balance and prettiness everyone desires in V-R but amazing how this is much more than a village wine by any comparison so worth the extra cost to me. Even though great tonight, it will be the same or possibly even better for years. Kudos to Anne for making great wine across her holdings since I can't afford them all.
White
10/20/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
95 points
Color of rich old gold was the first sign that this was in a good place for the age. Showed the rich apple tart on the nose with some marzipan. Has the concentration that I hoped for in a grand cru since I don't have white GC often. The apple and creamy butteriness came through in the mouth with well balanced acidity so that it was just perfect on the finish. An ideal match for lobster and lobster bisque. I think this is near perfect now but probably will hold on for several more years.
Red
9/29/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
91 points
A more clean version of a Cab Franc. I get more of the red plums and some of the bell peppers, but not the overly green type, more like subtle red peppers after roasting. Had good length and grippy grape tannins and not too much winemaker impact on the wine. One of the better values that seems like it will age 10-15 years or more.
White
10/3/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
91 points
Surprisingly more rich and closer to a Spätlese in weight and almost in off-dry sweetness. Shows the mineral and slate that I'd expect, but not any petrol to speak of. Not quite the raciness of a Mosel in acidity but enough to keep the finish clean and enjoyable with no flabbiness. A very well-made wine that works well with rich or mildly spicy fare.
White
10/2/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
89 points
This was a little less bright and juicy than I have experienced with my previous bottles, but I still give it the overall average representative for this vintage of this bottling. Strong apple and floral but not as rich on the palate as some of the other bottling's (Clos du Four and Vire-Clesse), but always cool fresh wine on a lovely warm evening and why these are my go to Macon wines worth the extra costs for being Lafon.
White
10/4/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
91 points
Clean and bright with fresh crisp apple flavors. Has more depth in the mid-palate than most of even the Lafon Macon wines. These are so enjoyable with a few years on them, but still maintain vigor in the finish.
Red
8/25/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
91 points
Shows better after two to three hours of air. Then the earthiness gives way to cherry fruit with some tobacco. Tannins are mostly integrated at this point and soft into the finish. Still showing well, but at a mature point.
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Red
8/26/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
91 points
This was a really great tasting wine. Didn't seem Italian at all, but I am not super-Tuscan guy. The first give-away was how it was so much less acidic than most traditional Tuscan Sangiovese-based wines. Given that, I still thought it was absolutely delicious and in the vein of a right bank Bordeaux in a luscious fruit-focused year, which it really was. None of this is a problem, but just that it is a different style. Based on other reviews, this is a well-made wine for such a hot year and will keep aging well for a while.
Red
8/9/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
93 points
Opened about 5 hours before serving as the short ribs start their simmer. These always start tight on the initial glass poured to follow it's opening-up progress. This gets more giving as it gets air and with the meal it is soft with luscious cherry flavors, a light floral touch on the nose and this great balance into a clean pretty finish. Lovely on it's own but really shines with the meat gravy of drippings, root veg, and a bottle of Nebbiolo all reduced to drizzle over the dish. Heaven. After 25 years this isn't going anywhere so drink when the spirit says open it.
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Red
8/16/2020 - portman63 wrote:
92 points
I really agree with DrWine2001's assessment. I love this wine in general which is why I wasn't surprised it was balanced and well-made in a hot and off standard vintage. Great texture and mouthfeel with the glycerine mentioned. Dark red berry fruited with some earthiness, but none of the green elements that I sometimes get on Cab Franc, exp if vinified whole cluster.
Red
8/22/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
92 points
Quite deep with meatiness and a wild element with intense iron and minerality. In the mid palate to finish it is black fruited and cleaner on the finish than I expected. Definitely a big intense wine, but not in any kind of modern sense of jammy Syrah, just intense deep meatiness.
Rosé
7/24/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
91 points
A lighter salmon color and a little lighter on the palate than I am used to with these. However, still with great minerality and strawberry on nose and in the mid-palate and the telling slight maderized quality that I like in these. Clean finish for a really nice summer evening wine.
Red
7/18/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
92 points
Some soft forest floor and floral elements showing. Still enough of the black cherry fruit, and the earthiness in the mid-palate through a long finish. So soft and integrated tannins. Hard to believe this is just the basic blend (although it has the riserva juice included this year). An amazing buy on the wine market. This is my last bottle, but this still has years ahead of it.
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White
7/16/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
91 points
A ripe peach syrup nose with and waxy golden apple elements on the palate, yet a little lighter on it's feet and more crisp and shorter finish than the Joly style. A very nice wine for the style and a good more serious summer wine and a good value for the price.
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Red
7/12/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
92 points
On the first bottle, In thought I got much more in the earthy black fruit side, but this one was just fresh red cherries, and oh so pretty and delicate all the way through the palate. It definitely is in the medium to light bodied, but stayed persistent for a nice long finish even so. Seems to have plenty of life in it to my palate.
White
7/9/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
92 points
I'm a believer that DD wines age much better than most folks. The minerality and creaminess is still there as well as a lime citrus backbone all the way into the finish. It certainly is mature at this point but showed well on a warm night with a goat cheese-accented salad. I understand why they get consumed younger though since I've never opened a bottle I thought that wasn't ready.
White
1990 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières-Coulée de Serrant Chenin Blanc (view label images)
6/30/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
93 points
Golden with some hints of amber, has a lush quince jelly nose an while showing some of that on the palate it much more dominant in the stony and mineral elements. Showed great freshness and not as much of the maderization as I would expect. The big surprise was it being much more ready to drink within 30 mins of getting air. Often with this wine it isn't ready on the first night and is only showing well on night two or even three. As always I kept about a third which was diminished slightly on the second night so we finished it. Still lovely if at cellar temperature, but not quite as fresh.
Red
5/25/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
96 points
I always follow the producer recommendations to open the bottle early in the day, pour off a small taste, then just let it open up by dinner time. They recommend not decanting as it rushes the aeration process and can shock the wine. Pretend you are in Tuscany and have nothing to do all day except have an espresso and sit in the shade on the veranda. The soft beauty of the wine is perfect with a tender marbled steak. Shows sweet cherry fruit with tannins completely integrated and sweet leaf between tobacco and tea. Finally has a long clean finish with a nice balance of acidity. I don't know how long these can go and improve, but probably as long as you want it to.
White - Sparkling
7/2/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
92 points
Just as BAGERHAT said and more, an amazingly rich and complex NV, basically my favorite one at this point. More than just the bake McIntosh apples and fresh bread, but some mature toasty-ness and plenty of chalky minerality in a long clean finish. If you see it, buy it.
Red
6/3/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
92 points
Color appears mature with a ruby center and browning on the edges, but has a lovely floral nose with bright raspberry and strawberry and bramble on the palate. Soft tannins and good acidity to stand up to acharcuterie and cheese plate, this is a really nice style that I enjoy. I think it is mature, but at 26 it won't be falling off too soon.
Red
6/26/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
93 points
Once again, this wine from the late 90's shows wonderfully - only the '99 was slightly better. Balances some earthiness with sweet red cherry and a mineral backbone. Improves over the whole evening by giving each glass proper air. I honored it with Grand Cru stems which is like decanting each glass through the evening. Lafon - not just for Meursault IMHO.
Red
6/25/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
91 points
Showing the about the best in a Italian red 2002 that I can recall, ripe luscious fruit from the ripasso, but has such great acidity that it finishes pretty and clean. In a good place, but will stay enjoyable for a few more years.
Red
2005 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/20/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
92 points
Nice color which was deep garnet, but not inky. Forest and earth on the nose with black fruit. A little tight to start which wasn't surprising, so allowed for a few hours of air and it really started showing well with the steaks. Always a really good buy and this is just starting to come into a drinking window which will last for probably double it's age now.
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White
6/12/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
91 points
An excellent clean light version of this vineyard. Tastes more like shells, citrus, and minerals with a succulent finish to me. I thought Forêts (Forest should be an easy translation), was generally a richer and lusher version in other producers, but while the style is different, I enjoyed it and thought it paired with the delicate flavored oysters better.
Red
5/22/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
92 points
A good Friday night wine. Has good body and medium weight with the leather, mild tobacco, and sour cherry. Not as serious and nuanced as the top cuvées, but was accessible right from the start and really good with charcuterie, cheese and dipping bread as well as holding up over several hours of enjoyment. Upped my score as it took on a "sweet" cherry and polished finish on the last glass. I think it is fully mature, but will hold there for a few more years.
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Red - Fortified
3/14/2020 - portman63 wrote:
flawed
Corked. Rare in a port for me.
Sake
5/18/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
90 points
Not as intense or floral as some, but quite creamy and present in the mid-palate. This really shows a lot of lychee all the way into the finish. Not quite as sweet, but the essence and mouthfeel. Very nice with some seared hake with a bit of minced mild herbs. A solid pairing during the warmer months.
White - Sweet/Dessert
5/8/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
93 points
Drank and used as vanilla gelato topping for a week. The most perfect companion to a cream dessert I can think of. They play against one another so perfectly. As a drink it is so intense it might overwhelm. I am used to these so the intensity doesn't usually get to me, but this one was really almost too much so I found it more enjoyable in small amounts to savor which is how a 375 lasts a week. The flavors are maple, pecans, figs & dates and a citrus note to cut it just a bit. However, the finish seems eternal so the small tastes are worth it.
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Red
5/9/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
90 points
Given this is "just a village wine" and it is from his personal label instead of the Comtes des Lafon, this was a pleasant surprise, especially for the price. Lovely balance, mouthfeel, and full of earthiness and red cherry fruit. Solid finish that lingers yet is clean. Drink now, but will certainly be lovely for a bit longer since it is at 12 years and showing nicely.
White
5/13/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
92 points
This was brighter and lighter on the palate that I expected. Golden colored with a floral and slightly honeyed nose. It carried over onto the palate, but not as richly as I thought it might. It did have decent persistence though, just not in a way that overwhelms the dish it is accompanying. I think the off hot vintage shows better for the CdP whites so far, but I'm not expert in them.
Red
5/17/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
92 points
Another really great bottle, rich and lush body not showing too much alcohol and nice fruit/acidic balance. Has held up extremely well and will be solid for many years it seems.
Red
5/5/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
91 points
A pretty, delicate wine with some complexity at the end. Shows black berry and currant fruit, but in a subtle way with soft and integrated tannins.
Red
4/28/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
92 points
Truly the soft tannins Burgundian style. Has the red cherry fruit and with some leather, but not overly so. Very supple and enjoyable with a tender steak.
Red
4/29/2020 - portman63 Does not like this wine:
85 points
This again showed extremely mature upon opening. Seemed cooked same as last bottle. Could be the source. Surprisingly as I was leaving it aside for another producer it became more palatable as some fruit came out some. Never great though. Definitely bottle variation here as I have had wonderful Sesti bottles as well.
Red - Fortified
4/24/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
92 points
Didn't decant, but took 5 days to watch this evolve. Given what I have experienced in the vintage I wasn't surprised it was more on the soft and elegant side. It gain some body after a few days, but still remained more on the feminine side of vintage port and struggled to hang with some robust Stilton from Neal's Yard. It was solid with dates and creamy medium-dark chocolates (can't handle high cocao bitter styles). Quite enjoyable though with a nice long finish. Has plenty of time left to enjoy, but will probably be the same throughout.
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Orange
Last bottle. Still holding up great and maintaining the characteristics of 3 years ago. A little more apricots this time with the florals and tea and not much maderization at all, just a clean simple finish. Nice with some pork schnitzel.
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White
4/16/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
92 points
Much more bright golden that the bronzed versions I am used to. Still has the spicy crystalized ginger and peach nose, but was so bright and fresh on the palate despite those same flavors coming through that it was delicious with an Asian-style caramelized sauce with dark meat chicken dish. A Gewurtz that is nice on it's own and pairs well without being overwhelming. Recommended and solid for 3+ years more.
Red
4/14/2020 - portman63 wrote:
88 points
In the realm of decent Barbera, this is definitely there, but I expect more from a Giacosa Falletto wine. It has the deep crimson color and black berry flavors with some mineral elements. It just comes off simple and grapey and doesn't really progress on the palate. Just a good foil for pizza and meat pastas and not really thinking about it.
Red
4/11/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
93 points
This was surprisingly a great wine. As most all Giacosa's started lean with tar and prunes, but in a few hours started to give black cherry and plum with subtle black earth elements then the rose-voilet floral aspects mostly on the nose, but so soft and integrated on the palate. Even not the greatest of Giacosa's wines rewards patience and just letting them open on their own. I never decant these (barring a rare cork problem) and they reward. I give this easily 10 more years of enjoyment, probably more.
White
4/9/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
91 points
Has bright golden color and clean mineral and light citrus nose with the same flavors coming through on the palate and some gooseberry and a bit more weight in the finish, especially with some air and paired with the Alsatian onion/potato/bacon tarte flambé.
Red
4/8/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
91 points
This is easy drinking - for a Brunello-ish wine (aged 2 years in barrel so it could qualify) - with light red cherries and juiciness with just a bit of tar and tobacco in the finish. In a really good enjoyable place at 10 years. Not as complex or needing of air as the Brunello normalé, but a well-made wine for relatively early drinking.
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Red
4/7/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
96 points
I guess I must be really lucky with Hubert bottles. This is absolutely wonderful, great black cherry and earthiness dominated on the nose and palate, but much more lift that I expected and delicate fruit and the crystalline quality I have experienced a few times with older Burgundies.Tannins so soft with just a tiny bit of fine sediment. I did not expect this experience in a Pommard, but Hubert is a master. This bottle was at peak, but I would guess that others will show well or decent depending on storage for 5-10 more years.
Red
4/5/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
92 points
A very good bottle compared to most except the 90's versions of this wine. Opened about 4-5 hours before serving and was showing little at that point as I have come to expect. Crystal ruby with only slight browning at edge. Pretty potent tar at first, but roses once it had opened up more. Black cherry and pith on the palate, but with lively acidity and integrated grape tannins on the finish. Didn't taste like a hot vintage wine at all. I was thinking this would be a drink soon wine, but this has many years left in it. Don't doubt the Bruno!
Red
4/1/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
90 points
This bottle was tawny into brick towards the center. I wish this experience was more like KEVINACOHN's, but this tended towards the rustic aspects and some anise with a bit of tobacco. There is a cherry element that came out as it opened up and relaxed. The tannins were fine and integrated and it left a decent bit of sediment. I think a good bottle with some time in the glass, but not the best Bea bottle I've had.
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