Tasting Notes for Mattshank

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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.
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.
White
3/16/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
Nose: Earthy, lemony aromas with an almost Chablis-like minerality. Palate: Very good acidity with lemon and minerals in good balance. Nice elegant finish.
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Red
3/9/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
92 points
2 hour slow ox. Nose: Very brambly red fruited aromas with wet cement traces. Palate: Decent acid and tannin levels but this wine is ready now if you have some. Red fruited and perfumy with juicy fruit flavors and a light to medium finish. Still 92 points on this last bottle. Not a big Zin fan generally but Carlisle is not like any other Zin producer. Good stuff.
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Red
2015 Château D'Aiguilhe Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/6/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
92 points
3 1/2 hour decant (mag decanter). Nose: Deep sweet cassis, cedar and some pencil lead hints. Palate: Surprisingly soft styled in tannins given the youth with good mineral and acidic presence, blackberries in abundance, cassis and a medium long finish. While some may argue a modern component to this wine for me it stays true to it's old bones. I would agree with one reviewer who stated this might not be a long term ager. Enjoy now with a medium to long decant or give it 3-5 years if you wish to do a pop and pour. Really well made and a steal at only $23/bottle.
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Red
3/4/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
92 points
2 hour slow ox. Nose: Wonderful violets and assorted florals, mint, Indian spices with earth underneath. Palate: Very soft styled at almost 12 years old with black fruits, assorted spices and earth. Just fantastic and my best bottle of the 3 (last bottle). If you have some enjoy it now with some air as it is rocking now but no need to decant. A slow ox is just fine. Now 92 points. Always love it when my last bottle is the best (that's the objective). A steal at only $23/bottle.
Red
2014 Château Gloria St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/23/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
3 hour decant (mag decanter). Nose: Cassis with minerals, earth and subtle perfume. Palate: Soft tannins, black fruits and the mineral showing. Very good acidity with lots of lift. Finish is medium and elegant. While quite young this is drinking well now with a big decant. This is a classic wine with good life ahead but let it breath if you have it now.
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Red
2015 Château La Fleur de Boüard Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/21/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
89 points
2 hour decant (mag decanter). Nose: Earth and funk aromas with dark fruits underneath. Palate: Dark fruited with lean minerality and the fruit being a touch ripe giving credence to those who would consider this modern. For me I stop short of that and feel this is pretty typical for a Lalande de Pomerol. Tannins and acidity are pretty proportional with a medium long finish. For $29 a fairly decent QPR even though somewhat unremarkable. Good weekday Bordeaux.
Red
2/17/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
92 points
Nose: Lots of underbrush and moss aromas like the last bottle (notes on 5/6/17) with hints of cassis and beets. Very cool nose. Palate: Soft and well integrated with still present tannins, cherries and some strawberry. Elegant medium length finish. Last bottle had all the elements siloed but this bottle is much better in integration. Alc is only 13.7% which is quite low by Cali standards. Still has plenty of life so my last bottle will sit 1-2 more years. Now 92 points.
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Rosé
2/12/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
92 points
My first Domaine Ott Rose (have heard such good things for years). Nose: Very minerally with faint strawberry aromas underneath. Palate: Very elegant with firm acids, somewhat ripe strawberries, watermelon and traces of the minerality. Very balanced yet lengthy finish. Best Cotes de Provence Rose I've had. Just superb.
Red
2/7/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
90 points
1 hour decant (mag decanter). Similar to last notes on 5/25/17, but more integrated. Still 90+ points.
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Red
2/2/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
93 points
Nose: Still some of the Stargazer Lilly qualities of years ago (last notes on 9/17/14) but not nearly as complex. Palate: Very soft and evolved with red fruits, sauvage/meaty qualities and a long finish. This is drinking great right now and while I wish I had drunk a bottle a year or so sooner, this is in a good place.
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Red
1/31/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
Nose: Same dusty, perfumy red fruited aromas as last bottle (notes on 4/11/16). Palate: Soft tannins and red currant abound with cherries and a medium length, elegant finish. Last bottle of this and it was fantastic on a pop and pour basis. Wish I had a few more bottles. Insane QPR at only $18/bottle on sale.
Red
1/28/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
92 points
Last and best bottle of the 3 (last notes on 5/7/18). Super balanced and now cassis and moss show on both nose and palate. Now 92 points.
Red
1/23/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
2 1/2 hour decant (mag decanter). Nose: Faint milk chocolate aromas with Damson plum and earthy floral nuances substrate. Palate: Pretty firm acidity with soft tannins and the plum showing. Finish is very elegant and feminine and moderate in length. I get how some feel this isn't the best Promis but remember it is young and needs lots of air. Went great with an Eggplant Parmesan and baguette.
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Red
1/19/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
89 points
3 hour decant (mag decanter). Nose: Initially ripe red fruit driven soon after opening. Currently shows red fruits with a slight dusty quality but not giving up a whole lot. Palate: Quite modern in style with cherries and some mineral aspects and not much else. The modern aspects are quite surprising given Cannalicchio's Brunellos are more traditional. While somewhat enjoyable don't think I'll be buying more of this as I prefer Rossos that have much more secondary qualities and I don't think age will necessarily bring that out given the style now. In an absolute sense this could be 90 points but given the lack of typicity it garners an 89.
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Red
1/17/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
2 hour slow ox. Nose: Initially big cherry aromas like Ludens cough drops which was interesting. After some glass air aromas of soft cherry, minerals and a bit of meaty/sauvage qualities show. Great nose for a village level Burg. Palate: Still good and present acids and soft evolved tannins with the cherry in the background and subtle minerals. Last bottle of this and drinks great now. Very elegant and went great with duck medallions. 91+ points.
Red
1/15/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
90 points
None of the musty qualities on the nose like last bottle (notes on 11/14/18). Now 90+ points. Perhaps last bottle was not quite representative.
Red
2014 Château Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/11/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
90 points
3 hour decant (mag decant). Nose: Aromas of black fruits, moss, and graphite. Palate: Very youthful even after the big decant with almost astringent tannins, very present acidity and a linear finish. With that said this does provide some early enjoyment with flavors of red and some dark fruits, subtle earthy flavors and an elegant, feminine finish. My next bottle will sit for at least another 2 years and probably face a bigger decant at that time (5+ hours). 90+ points.
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Rosé
1/4/2019 - Mattshank wrote:
90 points
From a magnum. Still holding up well for a basic Provence Rose. A touch more savory due to the age. Yum.
Red
12/31/2018 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
3 hour decant (mag decanter). Wow is this bottle so different than the last and not in a good way. While it is pretty, floral and has backbone it has none of the utterly profound qualities of the last bottle opened a little over 1 1/2 years ago. This bottle came from a different provider than my usual JJ Buckley. Makes me wonder about authenticity or provenance. Perhaps the wine is just now in a dumb phase.
Red
12/27/2018 - Mattshank wrote:
90 points
1 hour decant (mag decanter). Very similar to last notes on 10/17/18 but a bit more open. Still 90 points.
Red
12/15/2018 - Mattshank wrote:
90 points
Nose: Dark fruits with some creosote. Palate: Very soft and evolved this is at or slightly past peak. Tannins are still there but acid is subtle. Drink up if you have any left. Last bottle of mine and good time to leave.
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Red
2010 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/12/2018 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
2 1/2 hour decant (mag decanter). Nose: Complex aromas of black fruits, graphite, cedar and traces of tar and fennel. Palate: Very black fruited with the graphite showing along with very primary yet supple tannins. This wine is dychotomous in that the previous reviewers illustrate that old adage that “two things can be true at once”. While there are aspects of approachability in the soft tannins there is also a very primary quality to the fruit. Enjoyable now with a big decant, but the real vexing question is when to open the next one? Depending on its evolution this could be 92 points or higher. We shall see.
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Red - Fortified
12/8/2018 - Mattshank wrote:
90 points
Similar qualities to last bottle in December 2009 but more evolved. Drinking very well now. 90+ points.
Red
12/9/2018 - Mattshank wrote:
88 points
1 hour slow ox. Nose: Fragrant and floral aromas of cherry. Palate: Soft styled and red fruited this cheapie Montepulciano d’Abruzzo hits the spot. Always good QPR if purchased for $11 or less a bottle. 88+ points.
Red
12/2/2018 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
Nose: Quite briary with subtle forest floor attributes and cherry aromas. Palate: Really balanced with good acid levels and flavors of cherries with a medium length, elegant finish. Very solid cellar defender at only $16/bottle on sale. Alc level is only 13.8% which is fairly rare in new world Pinot.

Addendum: After more air time (last glass) this exhibited fresh mint and more expressive forest floor on the nose. Next bottle will see an hour or longer decant verus the slow ox on this one. Score now 91 points.
Red
11/26/2018 - Mattshank wrote:
88 points
A decent Pinot if you can steal it like I did for $12/bottle. Otherwise at the normal street retail of $18 there are way better options out there.
White
11/23/2018 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
Nose: Floral aromas with spicy undertones. Palate: Great richness with good acid levels, sweet melon flavors and a spicy finish. Finish is medium long. Very cool Viognier that hides its big 15.5% alc levels very well.
Red
2012 Jonata Winery Todos Ballard Canyon Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
11/18/2018 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
Notes after 1 hour slow ox. Similar to last notes on 2/28/17 but with less secondary qualities and more evolved tannins. Also a hint of fresh mint on the nose. Really solid stuff and in a good drinking window now even on a pop and pour. Still 91 points.
White
11/16/2018 - Mattshank wrote:
89 points
Nose: Minerals, funk and apple aromas. Palate: Crisp acids with fairly ripe apple flavors and a mineral spine. Finish is medium and elegant. Reminds me of a riper Pouilly-Fuisse. Good QPR for only $15. 89+ points.
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Red
11/14/2018 - Mattshank wrote:
90 points
Nose: A bit musty but dark fruits present with some tar, spice and earth. Palate: Nice tannins with black fruits, good acid levels and a medium long finish. One of the rare times when the palate is better than the nose.
Red
11/13/2018 - Mattshank wrote:
90 points
Nose: Cassis and some of the other secondary nuances of last bottle but not nearly to the same degree (notes on 8/4/17). Palate: Somewhat astringent with the red fruits, pretty firm tannins and a medium length finish. Like the nose not as nuanced as last bottle. Wonder if this bottle is fully representative. Will be interesting to see how my last bottle will show.
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