Tasting Notes for Wineist05

(18 notes on 16 wines)

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Red
11/2/2019 - Wineist05 Likes this wine:
90 points
Tight, closed, and one dimensional upon opening. After a 2 hour double decant, sung with more SMV typicality, though Not as well integrated as other, stronger vintages. Not as much ashy component as other vintages. Overall Solid wine but prefer other years (e.g. 06, 07, 10, 12 even the younger 14)
Red
10/20/2019 - Wineist05 wrote:
89 points
Dark garnet. Earth and savory dominant. Initially not much fruit. Took 2-3 hours of double decant to start opening. Then dark blackberry, cherry fruit mostly overpowered by deep earth. A general lack of freshness. Acidity lower than would have expected. Perhaps more time needed on this but not sure how long it will last as the tannins were balanced and integrated.
Red
1998 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/13/2019 - Wineist05 Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautiful deep garnet color. Right from Uncorking an exquisite nose of leather, cedar, subtle herb and baking spice evolving to show dark yet light weighted fruit. Palate shows much of the same with a deep concentration and integration of all its parts. A classic in every sense. Wines with such evolution with age is why Bordeaux has always been the quintessential illustration of Cabernet based blends. In 2016 Englishman’s Claret review below predicted a peak drinking in three years. I’ve had several of these 98 Langoas over that time and I couldn’t agree more! Cheers
Red
7/27/2019 - Wineist05 Likes this wine:
91 points
Incredible Syrah! Perfect drinking window. At best 30-60 mins from opening. You would never guess this is a CA Syrah, drinks like a fine northern Rhône. Old world dust and earth on top of beautiful dark red fruit with hint of spice. Really well done. Wine access write up said this fooled many sommeliers in blind tasting and I don’t doubt it. Cheers!
Red
5/3/2019 - Wineist05 Likes this wine:
91 points
Initial opening red fruit and spice bouquet. Palate with juicy (not jammy) fruit and hint of some earth undertones, although overall a bit one dimensional. Think of an above average Napa cab made in a slightly more structured/Bordeaux fashion. After two nights in 55F fridge, beautiful bright fruit but with leather, forest floor. The tertiary notes are even more noticeable on the palate. Medium to full bodied. Long finish. Still some tannin in background but polished. Now, think of a well aged Bordeaux made in a slightly new world fashion. Very fun
Red
1/5/2019 - Wineist05 Likes this wine:
91 points
Dark garnet red. No decant. Nose of red fruits: raspberry, red cherry, red plum, hint of mocha and dust. High alcohol. Palate is a lot of the same red fruit with almost ancandied aspect. Definitely fruit forward. Only small amount of earth. Medium finish. After 1-2 hours, opened beautifully showing more tertiary notes such as dusty earth/clay, hint of graphite and wonderful floral, perfumed notes. Winemaker is first generation French now living/working in CA. After much aeration, you start to pick up on a more “French” style aspect of this wine, though subtle. Should improve some but would drink in next 4-5 years.
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Red
2009 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/15/2018 - Wineist05 Likes this wine:
95 points
Broke open an OWC to sample for celebrating an major life accomplishment. Dark and inky with slight bricking. Splendid nose of creme de cassis, vanilla, dark fruits and suggestion of typical Pauillac earth. Palate is Medium to full bodied. Full in the mouth. Lots of dark fruit with oak influence but at this stage hard to dissect the fruit. Somewhat disjointed palate. Finish was long and slightly sweet (in a good way). Precise freshness. Firm tannins. Overall this wine is young and immature in areas but it will no doubt develop over the years and likely become the 100 point wine RP and company have claimed. For now, if you decant for a few hours it is fun to drink but if you only have 1 or 2 I would wait many years. Of note, we blind tasted this initially with the 2014 PC which was not really fair to the 14. There was NO question which was the 09. The 14 is far from approachable imo.
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Red
12/10/2018 - Wineist05 Likes this wine:
96 points
Incredible wine! Cherry fruit with some baking spice and slight peppery notes. Background of earth. Palate shows phenomenal fruit and earth balance and is incredibly juicy yet dry all in perfect harmony. Long finish. Very well done. Relative to its piers in this tier, a good QPR. Drank for a special occasion to celebrate some great news. Wish I had more!
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Red
2004 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/8/2018 - Wineist05 Likes this wine:
92 points
Similar to previous tasting May ‘18. Slightly more balanced and really ready for business after a short decant. Suspect drinking window will continue. Simply stated, this is what a balanced, well integrated red wine should be. It may not have the complexity and power of some more “prominent” chateau, but I would put it against many high end CA cabs any day.
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Red
2004 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/11/2018 - Wineist05 Likes this wine:
91 points
Typical left bank Bordeaux nose of dark fruit, earth, pencil shavings. Palate shows red plums, rich currant, some creme de cassis and slight suggestion of red berry. Balanced oak. Some forest floor. Still present but Integrated tannins. Medium bodied. Was best after an hour decent. Drinking well with decanting but enough structure to suggest further maturation and a long drinking window.
Red
4/28/2018 - Wineist05 Likes this wine:
91 points
Much better Than previous bottles. Very elegant and balanced nose and palate. Classic Bordeaux nose but perhaps lighter than some powerhouse left banks. Red fresh fruit on the palate with medium acidity. Tannin barely noticeable with only minimum air exposure. Overall a fantastic bottle of St Julien that is drinking great right now. This is definitely a much leaner and more approachable version of the first wine. Suspect it will continue to evolve some but likely a more near term Wine with 5-8 years ahead.
Red
2005 Château D'Aiguilhe Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/3/2018 - Wineist05 Likes this wine:
93 points
Enjoyed over a few hours of decanting and a final glass day 2. At its best after popping cork: beautiful bouquet of red fruit, earth, and a subtle hint of baking spices including anise. Tons of murky sediment. The mid palate has incredible depth and concentration of dark red fruit, cassis, and some forest floor. Medium to long finish. Cannot emphasize enough the palate’s density. Also finished with a pleasant grip and spice, suggesting tannins still holding on but polished. A few hours after decanting, nose not as bright, palate with a slight port/raisin note. Day two no improvement, strange funk. Overall, phenomenal value wine way outperforming its weight class. My recommendation: pop and pour, decant for sediment only and enjoy over the next few years.
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Red
2000 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/20/2017 - Wineist05 Likes this wine:
93 points
Showing middle age. Slight bricking color. Nose shows green element followed by deep red fruit and some damp earth. Palate has green bell pepper, some flint, leather and vibrant currant. Smooth but still noticeable tannins. Really a nice balance between youth and refined age. People who prefer either style should find pleasure in this wine right now. Will continue to evolve a few more years and likely drink well for many more. Overall a very enjoyable right bank wine.
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Red
8/25/2017 - Wineist05 Likes this wine:
94 points
Incredible nose of old leather, forest floor, wet earth and underlying dark fruit. Palate shows more of the dark fruit expression including blackberry all atop a massive bed of old world charm. Long finish. Spot on. Drink up if you have it or can find it!
Red
8/6/2017 - Wineist05 Likes this wine:
91 points
Pop and pour it was rather tight, green and muted nose. Double decant and a short 30 mins later a beautiful nose of red fruit and subtle leather. Palate showed more bright red and fresh fruit (departure from the first wine of Leoville Barton), prominent was red plum. Decent finish. Improved further in subsequent hours. Went great with grilled NY strip and aged cheddar mashed potato. For a second wine at near $30, very enjoyable and drinking well right now.
Red
2008 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/8/2017 - Wineist05 Likes this wine:
92 points
All the pieces of a magnificent super wine are present in individual parts: dark fruit, wood, forest floor and earth, mushroom, slight floral note, green pepper, long finish, medium body, fine but very present tannin. However, currently very disjointed even after decant. Individual parts Theoretically spot on, just not dancing together, not showing emotion yet, typical of its region/origin at only 9 years. Will hold for 5-10+ years and should be an incredible wine. 90 points on its actual drinking today, 92+ for its potential once better integrated.
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Red
9/27/2014 - Wineist05 Likes this wine:
91 points
1 liter bottle. Initially only faint dark fruit muted by alcohol and tannin and oak. Following 1 hour double decant, wonderful notes of dark black fruit, currant, and vanilla. More of the same on the palate with prominent black cherry. Tannins mellowed more than enough to enjoy. Overall a fruit forward cab, fairy typical Caymus. Drink now with decant or hold for 3-5 years.
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Red
3/15/2013 - Wineist05 wrote:
89 points
Great QPR 12yo Bordeaux. Initially still somewhat tannic but only took 30 minutes to open. Drinking well. Nose showed dark fruits, even plum with subtle tobacco and hint of spice. Palate still shows same dark fruit notes with a fairly juicy finish. Drank well over course of 2-4 hours and went well with truffled mac and cheese with seared sirloin. Should hold well for another year or two but not much longer. Worth $30 for an entry level 12yo Fronsac.
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