Tasting Notes for Mattshank

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White
10/15/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
89 points
Nose: Ripe lemon aromas. Palate: Almost candied lemons buttressed by very bright acidity providing balance. Finish is clean and bright. Super drinker for $14/bottle. I would choose this any day versus an equivalent priced Chard from the new world. Solid Macon.
Red
10/12/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
Nose: Black and blue fruits in abundance with traces of bacon fat. Palate: Just like last bottle (notes on 10/29/17) very evolved tannins and the black and blue fruits. Still a solid 91 points for me but the least interesting of all the Papa’s vintages I’ve had. Last bottle of this and in my view it’s totally ready on a pop and pour basis. Drink up.
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White
10/8/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
Nose: Intriguing aromas of fresh, unripe apples and flint. Palate: Solid acid levels with the unripe apples showing and good mineral presence. While yes this is not the same level as the great Gruners of Wachau it is still quite representative of the varietal even though from the new world. Yet another success from the Officer/Maddox team. 91+ points.
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Red
2009 Château Duhart-Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/5/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
92 points
1 1/2 hour decant. Nose: Nice pencil lead qualities with black fruit aromas. Palate: Very black fruited with soft tannins and an elegant finish. Great anniversary wine.
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Red
2005 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/5/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
flawed
As others have noted this wine can be off and sadly this was the case here. Had the stewed qualities others have noted but unlike others I’m calling this as non representative.
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Red
9/29/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
90 points
Day 3 note. Nose: Black fruit and spice aromas. Fair amount of oak. Palate: Black fruits, earth, solid tannins and fairly lengthy finish. Pretty solid. 90+ points.
Rosé
9/19/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
92 points
Copper colored with still a lot of vivacity for a 3 year old Rose. A touch more savory than last bottle (notes on 9/1/18). Good time to open this last bottle.
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Red
2005 Château Bourgneuf Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/15/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
92 points
Nose: Iron, blood and minerals with red fruits underneath. Great aromatics. Palate: Cherries with the minerals and iron present. Super elegant and suave with evolved yet still a bit grippy tannins and good acid giving just the right amount of tension. Last bottle of this and the best of all three. Now 92 points and great to go out on a high note.
Rosé
9/14/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
89 points
Nose: Fresh air with cherries. Palate: Fresh and vivacious with cherries, good acidity and a clean finish. Good value at $10/bottle.
Red
2012 Arbor Bench Meritage Dry Creek Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/12/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
flawed
Odd musty aromas but there was some fruit. Very odd.
Red
9/6/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
92 points
Nose: Crushed rock and fresh raspberries and cherries. Hints of moss and minerals. Palate: Good richness with the raspberries and cherries showing. While similar to last bottle (notes 1/12/17) this has softened and integrated well. Still 92 points.
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Rosé
9/4/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
Drinking similar to last bottle (on 6/8/18). Last bottle and still 91 points.
Red
9/1/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
93 points
Nose: Still the perfumy florals, cinnamin and Christmas spice as with the last bottle (notes on 10/14/17). There is also a stony minerality that is unique. Just a fabulous nose. Palate: Almost sweet cherries and raspberries in abundance with very tame tannins yet good acid levels. Finish is medium and super elegant. Good to have one more bottle left but given how soft the tannins are I think 1 to 1 1/2 years max for consumption.
Red
2014 Château La Croix Saint Christophe St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/24/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
89 points
2 1/2 hour slow ox. Nose: Fresh air aromas with the same earthy red fruited hints of past bottles. Palate: Still the same solid acid profile with the red fruits and an elegant finish. Remains a simple yet solid value Bdx drinker. Last notes on 9/19/18 and one bottle remaining. Still 89+ points.
Red
8/17/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
Nose: Complex aromas of funk, celery, assorted flowers, iodine and fall leaves. All the aromas are somewhat understated in terms of intensity. Palate: Light and lithe with soft cherries and iron underneath. Good acidity levels. Was a bit concerned about this one as the cork was almost all saturated but it drinks fine. A very solid value 1er Cru Volnay at only $35/bottle. Glad to have one more left but it will have a short time horizon sideways before consumption.
White
7/26/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
Nose: Nice toasty oak and some shell aromas. Palate: Solid richness w/ contrasting acidity and a long finish. Flavors of pineapple and lemon hints. Glad I waited over 3 years to open my first bottle of this. Drinking well but in true Gaunoux fashion still quite young. Next bottle will sleep for at least another 2 years.
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White
6/29/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
89 points
Nose: Somewhat ripe lemons and oak hints. Palate: Lemons at the forefront but less ripe than what the nose would indicate. Mid and back palate show a bit of a yeasty quality and oak. Overall quite solid for the price point ($17). Good value drinker and like the low, 13.8% alc level. 89+ points.
White
6/25/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
Similar to last notes (on 1/18/18) but more integrated in terms of the acids. Still a solid 91+ points.
Red
6/22/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
87 points
2 hour slow ox. Nose: Some light Burg funk present. Palate: Quite acidic at first with some very light red fruits. As others have noted this wine is quite simple and pedestrian but has some limited appeal. Just ok.
White
6/12/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
Very similar to notes on 12/5/17 but more of a pear emphasis this time out and greater integration of the acidity components. Just a fabulous wine for only $23. Like a mini Puligny M.
Red
6/10/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
Nose: Complex aromas of soil, lime and damp earth. Palate: Quite acidic and bright (the lime quality showing) with subtle blackberry and assorted minerals. Enjoyable but quite different than other St. Joseph's I've had in that this is so high toned and not as dark. Breaks through to 91 points but at $60 I had hoped for a bit more.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
6/5/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
92 points
Chill Wines at Kevin's (Kevin's (Rocknroller) House): Nose: Almost sherried with a subtle nuttiness. Palate: Ripe apricot with honied qualities substrate. Good acid levels with a long, lively finish. Very unique wine and a great way to cap off the afternoon.
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White
6/5/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
92 points
Chill Wines at Kevin's (Kevin's (Rocknroller) House): Nose: Light toast with some vanilla hints. Palate: Very balanced with the light toast and lemons. Very elegant. Good effort and 92+ points.
Red
6/5/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
90 points
Chill Wines at Kevin's (Kevin's (Rocknroller) House): Nose: Cherry cola and sandalwood aromas. Palate: Black cherry and an elegant finish. Somewhat simple but enjoyable.
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Rosé
6/5/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
92 points
Chill Wines at Kevin's (Kevin's (Rocknroller) House): Nose: Peach and apricots in abundance with a saline minerality that takes you to the south of France. Fabulous. Palate: This shows off peaches with apricots and a firm mineral and acidic spine. As always...summer in a glass.
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White
6/5/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
90 points
Chill Wines at Kevin's (Kevin's (Rocknroller) House): Nose: Pineapple, soft lemon and mint hints. Palate: While older this still holds up well. Well integrated lemon and pineapples with a fairly lengthy finish.
White
6/5/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
92 points
Chill Wines at Kevin's (Kevin's (Rocknroller) House): Nose: Present but judicious oak with ripe lemons. Palate: Just the right amount of toast with lemons showing in perfect proportions. On par with notes from last June.
Rosé - Sparkling
6/5/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
93 points
Chill Wines at Kevin's (Kevin's (Rocknroller) House): Nose: Great up front minerality with ocean saline and fresh air aromas. Palate: Wonderful acidity with somewhat unripe red fruits with a very long elegant finish. Superb and my wine of the day.
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Rosé
6/3/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
89 points
Nose: Earthy aromas with some faint rose petals. Palate: Some traces of alcohol heat but that is largely mitigated by the red fruits. Quite substantive for a Rose (very dark in color it almost qualifies as a red) with the red fruits, an almost sweet middle palate, and a medium long, dry finish. Quite interesting but not a lot of nuance and at $40/bottle one would expect a bit more. Nonetheless a very unique and hard to find Rose that is enjoyable. Day 2 notes could reveal more. For now 89 points.
Red
5/31/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
89 points
Nose: Pleasant Gevry funk, subtle herbs and perfumy aromas. Palate: A bit thin on the palate this shows the funk flavors, soft cherries, average acid levels, and very little in tannins. Finish is nice and feminine. For a $30 Gevry not too bad.
Red
5/25/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
Nose: Fresh air aromas with plum and minerals. Palate: Soft tannins and beautiful, sweet plums and blue fruits. Finish is medium long and suave. This is a super nice effort by Nick Goldschmidt and a good value drinker.
Red
5/19/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
Nose: Very earthy and almost musty. Palate: Very black fruited with the earth showing. No other nuances and some heat showing. Not sure if this is fully representative so no score given.
Red
5/18/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
This wine tasted ok but really had stewed aromas. Was nothing like the last bottle so no score (judgement reserved).
White
5/15/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
92 points
Nose: Lemony with perfume and mineral aromas. Palate: Very mature yet still has good acid structure. The lemon qualities are somewhat ripe but just enough. Color is still youthful. Guess is maybe another couple years but why wait? Drink up if you have any. My last Sauzet PM (2007 Les Refers) will be drunk up soon.
Red
5/11/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
This bottle is much more representative and akin to the tasting notes on 4/11/19.
Red
5/11/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
flawed
Mildly corked. Bummer.
Red
2014 Château Saint-Michel Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/8/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
88 points
2 1/2 hour decant (mag decanter). Nose: Good funky Bdx earthy aromas with some red fruits. Palate: Soft styled with minimal acids and tannins and a light finish. For a cheapie at $14/bottle it's ok but I liked the 2012 better. Still decent for a mid week drinker.
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Red
2015 Château Cap de Faugeres Mouleyre Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/4/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
3 hour decant (mag decanter). Nose: Aromas of graphite, roasted nuts and earth. Palate: Quite modern for a Bdx with big fruit profile (some of which could be attributed to the ripe 2015 vintage) with black fruits, some tar hints, solid tannins and a long finish. Good value but Bordeaux purists might opt for other selections.
White
2016 Château Haut Rian Blanc Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
4/28/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
88 points
Much more rounded with melon showing on this last bottle. Drink up if you have any left.
Red
4/25/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
89 points
2+ hour decant (mag decanter). Nose: Interesting soil notes with some minerals, faint cherry and cranberries. Palate: Good acidity and tannins that really need a 2 hour or more decant. Faint cherries and cranberry underneath the mineral inflected front palate. For a cheapie at $22 from EFW this is a nice QPR play. I can understand why some score this lower than me but give it tons of air and you will be rewarded.
Red
4/23/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
92 points
2 hour slow ox. Nose: Very Spring Mountain with the typical red berried sweet, perfumy dustiness and floral attributes. Fantastic nose! Palate: Still quite youthful at nearly 12 years old with soft yet very present tannins, good acidity, red currant, cherries and a long yet elegant finish. Even the color is youthful with virtually no bricking around the outer rim. OMG why I didn't go bigger than a 3 bottle purchase I don't know but this wine rocks the house with good typicity of the AVA. Great effort!
Red
4/19/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
93 points
1 1/2 hour decant (mag decanter). Last bottle of this and it's outstanding! Many similarities to the bottle last year (notes on 2/3/18) but even more integrated. Super plush and extracted but with a firm mineral, tannic and acidic spine that gives tons of lift and makes you want another sip. My God what a wine and great to leave on a high note! Now 93+ points.
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White
4/14/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
92 points
Nose: Somewhat muted aromas of faint lemon. Palate: Quite mature with all acidity integrated with the fruit yet the latter is still present. Soft lemon qualities and still the subtle petrol like minerality of the previous bottles (last notes on 3/27/17). Drinking very well this wine is now at it's apex (or slightly past peak depending on one's definition). Drink up now if you have any. Still 92+ points.
Red
4/11/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
1 1/2 hour slow ox. Nose: Complex aromas of soil minerals and tar. Over time the tar aspects minimized and aromas of cinnamon and cherry took center stage. Palate: Very good acidity with soft tannins and cherries. While not the most complex wine this is quite well made with no flaws and high finesse levels. 91 points largely due to the expressive aromas.
Rosé
4/6/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
89 points
Nose: Fresh strawberries, cherry hints and a subtle earthy quality. Palate: Very good acidity with high toned minerality and subtle strawberry notes. This was surprisingly good for the money. Really like the acidic cut to this wine. 89+ points.
Red
4/5/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
Last notes on 5/24/18. This bottle was a pop & pour and I must say it was way better than last bottle where I did a 3 hour decant. This one had much more vivacity, acidity and tannic backbone (albeit very soft tannins) versus the previous. It's still a 91 pointer for me but if you open one no need for air prep. Just pop and enjoy.
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Red
2005 Château Quinault L'Enclos St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/30/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
Much more integrated than last bottle (notes on 6/22/13) but that bottle had much more complexity in both nose and palate. Ultimately it’s a push in score. Last bottle and good time to drink up.
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White
3/27/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
90 points
More integrated and less apple emphasis than the last bottle (notes on 11/16/18). More minerality too. Now 90 points.
Red
3/18/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
Nose: Crushed black cherries and cassis in abundance. Palate: Black cherries and raspberry with good minerality, and a medium long finish. Much better than last bottle (notes on 11/13/18) but still not the rock star bottle that was the first one (notes on 8/4/17). Good to leave on a fairly high note. Agree with other reviewers that if you have any of this drink up as the relative lack of tannins call for consumption.
Red
1997 Cardinale Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
3/16/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
92 points
Nose: Fresh mint and eucalyptus hints. Palate: Still very youthful with dark fruits soft tannins and a magnificent elegant finish. Fantastic.
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