Tasting Notes for Fielding

(241 notes on 203 wines)

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Red
5/5/2012 - Fielding wrote:
95 points
Decanted one hour. Deep rust color in glass with light bricking. Powerful, expressive nose of red fruits, leather and fines herbes. Red fruits an the palate, with coffee, roasted meats and garrigue. Long finish. Drinking beautifully at 15 years, seamless and lusty.
Red
1/21/2012 - Fielding wrote:
94 points
Decanted five hours. Youthful ruby in glass, with no signs of bricking. Nose of tart cherries, with raisins, pie crust, vanilla and eucalyptus. Red fruits on the palate, with espresso, vanilla and cedar. Reminiscent of aged Bordeaux. Rich, with balance and finesse and a long finish. Started to decline after seven hours out of bottle.
Red
1/6/2012 - Fielding wrote:
95 points
Decanted for an hour and consumed over two. Youthful dark violet in glass. Nose of dark berries, espresso and cedar. Currants and blackberries on the palate, with cocoa, graphite, smoke and vanilla. Lush mouthfeel and long finish. The only thing wrong with this bottle is that it isn't a magnum.
Red
11/15/2011 - Fielding wrote:
92 points
Decanted one hour. Youthful ruby red in glass. Nose of plums and cassis, with oak, vanilla and leather. Lush red fruit on the palate, with pipe tobacco, leather and chocolate. Great reasonably priced cali cabernet.
Red
1982 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/29/2011 - Fielding wrote:
92 points
Consistent with note from 5/22/11. Lots of fruit left, with strong tobacco / leather profile.
Red
10/10/2011 - Fielding wrote:
98 points
Drank from magnum. Decanted one hour. Shockingly youthful in glass, with no bricking. Nose of dark fruits, with tobacco, smoke and truffles. Black cherries on the palate, with tobbaco leaf, plums, currants, smoke, cedar and espresso. Long, long finish. Elegant and balanced, with a velvety mouthfeel. Can a wine be sexy? Thank you, Peter, for the surprise of a lifetime.
Red
9/29/2011 - Fielding wrote:
91 points
Decanted two hours. Inky purple in the glass, coating the sides of the glass purple like an Aussie Shiraz. Black fruits on the nose, with some heat. Blackberries and dark fruits on the palate, with chocolate, mocha, earth and chewy tannins. Not much complexity, but plush and built to last.
Red
9/25/2011 - Fielding wrote:
91 points
Decanted two hours. Youthful in glass. Nose of typical Don Melchor mulberry funk, with notes of cedar and menthol. Currants and mulberries on the palate, with coffee, mint, pencil lead and bay leaf. Still young.
Red
9/23/2011 - Fielding wrote:
87 points
Popped and poured, drank over the course of two hours. Nose of red fruits and root beer. Cranberries on the palate, with notes of smoke and burnt plastic. Not a profound wine, but a nice partner to a cheeseburger.
Red
9/22/2011 - Fielding wrote:
93 points
Decanted two hours. Ruby with a little bricking at the edges. Nose of plums and currants, with garrigue, brambles, coffee and horsey Pegau funk. Red fruits on the palate, especially plums, with blood, iron, leather, burnt toast and white pepper. In the zone.
Red
9/8/2011 - Fielding wrote:
92 points
Popped and poured. Pale red in the glass. Nose of red fruits, with earth, baking spices, anise, forest floor and eucalyptus. Strawberries and sour cherries on the palate, with licorice, iron, and traces of both cranberry and blackberry. Luscious mouthfeel. In the zone. Best 2005 Calera yet.
White
9/3/2011 - Fielding wrote:
91 points
Somewhat muted nose of citrus and tropical fruits. Grapefruit and lemon peel on the palate with nice minerality and richness. Great QPR.
Red
8/27/2011 - Fielding wrote:
94 points
Decanted one hour. Youthful ruby red in glass. Nose of black fruits, with cedar, menthol and vanilla. Currants and boysenberries on the palate, with flourishes of espresso, vanilla, star anise, mint, tobacco and graphite. Long finish. Starting to hit the zone.
Red
8/27/2011 - Fielding wrote:
91 points
Welcoming the hurricane. Decanted three hours, and needed all three. Dark red in glass with bricking. Nose of red fruits, with eucalyptus, barnyard and a touch of mint. Sour cherries and strawberries on the palate, with licorice, granite, star anise, black pepper and peppermint. Drink up. #Irene
Red
2000 Château Rouget Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/11/2011 - Fielding wrote:
90 points
Dinner at the Golds. Popped and poured. Youthful purple in glass. Nose of dark fruits and espresso. Currants and mocha on the palate, with dark chocolate and tobacco. Medium finish.
Red
6/21/2011 - Fielding wrote:
92 points
Decanted and poured. Consumed over two hours. Youthful purple in glass. Expressive nose of roasted meats, with plums and red fruits, herbs de provence, lavender and brambles. Raspberry and cherry kirsch on the palate, with some earth, game, spice and blood. A little toughness on the finish. Delicious now, but with a long and varied life ahead.
White - Sweet/Dessert
6/7/2011 - Fielding wrote:
95 points
Dark amber in glass. Typical powerful Kracher nose of apricots, peaches, orange peel, creme brulee and honey. Rich, syrupy palate with stone fruits, burnt sugar and honey. Great balance of sugar and acidity. 45 second + finish. Crowd pleaser every time.
Red
6/7/2011 - Fielding wrote:
94 points
Decanted and poured. Consumed over 45 minutes. Dark red in glass, with browning at the edge. Nose of red fruits, with tobacco, menthol and wet leaves. Plenty of red fruits on the palate, led by sour cherries, raspberries, cedar and earth, with some notes of mushroom and saddle leather. Still going strong.
Red
6/7/2011 - Fielding wrote:
93 points
Decanted one hour, consumed over one hour. Youthful ruby red in glass, with faintest touch of brown at rim. Expressive nose of cassis and boysenberry, with coffee, tar, rose, dark chocolate and cedar. Dark berries on the palate, with graphite, pencil shavings and mocha. Still showing lots of tannin and alcohol. Nice wine, but should still get better.
Red
5/31/2011 - Fielding wrote:
92 points
What an amazing wine for $30!
Red
5/30/2011 - Fielding wrote:
87 points
Decanted two hours, then consumed over two hours. Nose of strawberries, cloves and menthol. Thin on the palate, with berries and earth. Nice acid, but not very complex. Disappointing.
Red
5/24/2011 - Fielding wrote:
91 points
Decanted one hour, consumed over three. Youthful red with very little bricking. Nose of red fruits and cassis, with mint, forest floor and eucalyptus. Cherries and cassis on the palate, with notes of tobacco, mountain herbs and a little bit of graphite. Long finish. Drink or hold. Great QPR.
White
5/23/2011 - Fielding wrote:
92 points
Popped and poured. Nose of lemon curd, wet stones and hyacinths. Citrus palate, with grapefruit peel, pineapple, minerals and quince.
Red
1982 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/22/2011 - Fielding wrote:
93 points
Decanted and poured. Consumed over two hours. Red in glass with amber rim. Nose of sour cherries, with cigar box, cedar and star anise. Lots of fruit left on the palate, with leather, black olives and blood. Fully integrated. Showed very well for 90 minutes or so, before declining.
Red
5/19/2011 - Fielding wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured, and consumed over two hours. Nose of cherries and dark berries, with the trademark Dehlinger baking spices. Red cherries on the palate, with pie crust, earth and a touch of creme brulee. Long finish. My glass seems to empty too quickly.
Red
5/15/2011 - Fielding wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured, consumed over three hours. Youthful red in the glass with purple and the first signs of brown. Nose of blue fruits, with oregano, mint, violets and leather. Boysenberries and blue fruits on the palate, with pipe tobacco, lavender and smoke. Still pretty tannic. Right now, the fruit is holding steady with the tannins. Terrific QPR.
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Red
1995 Château L'Arrosée St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/13/2011 - Fielding wrote:
91 points
Decanted one hour, consumed over three. Dark ruby in the glass, with browning at the rim. Strong barnyard nose at the beginning which disappeared after 45 minutes. After it settled down, nose of red fruits and leather, with some mint and herbs. Not much fruit on the palate, but nice structure, with dark berries, chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Lots of tannin left, which will outlast the fruit. Drink up.
Red
2000 Ca' Marcanda (Gaja) Magari Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/10/2011 - Fielding wrote:
93 points
Decanted one hour, consumed over two. Youthful cherry red in glass. Expressive nose of red fruits and roasted meats, with earth, licorice and dried flowers. Cherries and plums on the palate, with wet earth, graphite, vanilla, cloves and some coffee. Great complexity, long finish, nobility in the glass. A long life ahead, hopefully I can restrain myself.
Red
5/9/2011 - Fielding wrote:
93 points
Decanted one hour, drank over two. Garnet in glass. Powerful nose of red fruits, with vanilla and lavender. Sweet cherry liqueur on the palate, with brambles, figs, licorice and stones. Medium finish. Singing right now.
Red
1962 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/8/2011 - Fielding wrote:
94 points
I took this out of the wine unit yesterday and stood it upright to settle the sediment. High fill, moist intact cork. Poured into decanter and served immediately. Light, almost clear in glass, reddish brown, like tea. Nose of red fruits, with earth, licorice and cinnamon. Plenty of red fruit left, cassis and red berries with streaks of tobacco, star anise and leather. Tannins almost completely integrated, long finish. After 49 years, plenty of power and intensity left. Plenty to look forward to. Happy.
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Red
5/6/2011 - Fielding wrote:
93 points
Decanted one hour. Consumed quickly. Youthful ruby red in the glass. Soft nose of plums and cassis, with some dark chocolate and a weird note of popcorn. Rich red fruit on the palate, with intense cuban cigars, espresso and white pepper. Long finish. Still very tannic, with a long, happy life ahead. Seavey always delivers.
Red
5/3/2011 - Fielding wrote:
92 points
Decanted for one hour, consumed over two. Cherry red in glass. Nose of cherries and stones. Bright cherries on the palate, with cranberries, earth and licorice. Lots of tannins. Drink or hold, you can't lose either way.
Red
5/2/2011 - Fielding wrote:
90 points
Decanted one hour. Typical Ozzie fruit bomb, nose of blue fruits, licorice and star anise. Red fruits on the palate, with heavy tannins overpowering everything else. Not my thing.
Red
5/1/2011 - Fielding wrote:
90 points
Nice concentrated merlot. Still pretty tannic, but secondary flavors starting to come on. Red fruits on the palate, with tobacco and forest floor.
Red
4/27/2011 - Fielding wrote:
94 points
Decanted one hour, consumed over four. Purple in the glass with some brown at the rim. Expressive nose of dark fruits, roasted meats and spice. Cherries and red fruits on the palate, with cocoa and licorice. Singing beautifully right now, with more to come.
Red
4/24/2011 - Fielding wrote:
Decanted for an hour, and drank over the next three hours. For the first three hours the tannins dominated. Just when I was about to give up hope, the wine opened up beautifully. Plums, cassis and dark chocolate, with the eucalyptus and bay leaf. This probably needs several more years in the cellar.

No rating, the first three hours would get an 88, after that a 92.
Red
4/13/2011 - Fielding wrote:
91 points
Decanted one hour and consumed over three. Bright red in the glass. Nose of cherries, with vanilla, cocoa and mint. Sweet cherries on the palate, with tannins and oak on the finish. More hedonistic than profound.
Red
4/12/2011 - Fielding wrote:
89 points
Decanted on hour, consumed over three. Dark purple in the glass, the color of the modern style. Nose of black fruits, with some dark chocolate and tobacco leaf. Some lush dark fruit on the palate, but the fruit is overwhelmed by oak and especially tannin. This might integrate in several years, but I'm not inclined to find out.
Red
4/11/2011 - Fielding wrote:
91 points
Decanted for one hour. Nose of blackberries, with pipe tobacco, leather and mint. Blackberries and mulberries on the palate, with tobacco and burnt toast. A little too tannic on the finish.
Red
4/10/2011 - Fielding wrote:
91 points
Decanted for one hour and consumed over three. Expressive nose of cherries and berries, with nutmeg, roses and earth. Black cherries on the palate with licorice and star anise. Medium finish.
Red
4/7/2011 - Fielding wrote:
91 points
Decanted for sediment and drank over three hours. Rust hue in the glass with bricking. Nose of red berries, with plums, smoke and leather. Smooth red fruits on the palate, with blood, leather, and black pepper. The fruit lasted about an hour before thinning out. Time to drink up.
Red
4/6/2011 - Fielding wrote:
92 points
Popped and poured and drank over two hours. Inky dark purple in the glass. Nose of plums, with tobacco, currants, mint and eucalyptus. Mixed red fruits on the palate, with pipe tobacco, spice box, cocoa and the hint of cola I often get from Washington State wines. Medium plus finish. Drinking well, with better days (and higher scores) ahead.
Red
4/5/2011 - Fielding wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured and drank over three hours. Ruby red in glass. Nose of pomegranates and cranberries, with nutmeg and baking spices. Ripe cherries on the palate, with berries and pie crust. Medium finish. Dehlinger always delivers.
Red
3/24/2011 - Fielding wrote:
88 points
Popped and poured and drank over three hours. Nose of berries, sour cherry and forest floor. Cherries and cigarette on the palate. Some green and petrol notes. Long finish with some bitter edge. Wine has potential but needs time.
Red
3/23/2011 - Fielding wrote:
92 points
Lovely California pinot. Rich cherry berry, with earth and baking spices. Balanced and complex. Dehlinger pinots always always deliver.
White - Sweet/Dessert
3/22/2011 - Fielding wrote:
95 points
Dark amber hue. Nose of apricots and pears, with the trademark Kracher note of creme brulee. Apricot puree on the palate, with pears, peaches, melon, brown sugar and cloves. Great balance of sweetness and acidity. Few things are more consistently wonderful than Kracher wines.
Red
3/21/2011 - Fielding wrote:
94 points
Decanted one hour. The bottle was gone in 15 minutes. Youthful deep red in glass. Nose of cherries and dark fruits, with cigar, smoke and peppermint. Lots of black cherry fruit on the palate, with cedar, tobacco and wet earth. Long finish. Drinking beautifully, but built to go the distance.
Red
3/17/2011 - Fielding wrote:
91 points
Decanted for one hour, consumed over next three. Dark youthful ruby in the glass. Nose of raisins, with plums, coffee and soy sauce notes. Dark fruits on the palate, with cassis, dried fruits, star anise and dark chocolate. A little bit of roasted flavor throughout. Tannic finish. Hold.
Red
3/13/2011 - Fielding wrote:
89 points
Popped and poured. For about an hour, it had an off taste of petrol and sea funk. Eventually, it settled down. Tart cranberries with lots of acid. I plan to wait before opening another.
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