Tasting Notes for Claudio161

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Red
4/20/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
89 points
Nose: Earthy with a lot of dark red and black cherries combined with some wood notes

Palate: At bit a little more harsh than I would like, but it opened up just fine and was a real treat.

Overall: I have 2 more bottles and I can't wait to explore more of them. 89 points. May be worth more points with some additional aging.
Red
4/10/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
92 points
Sight: bricking starting to edge in on this wine evidenced by hints of orange amongst the red tones towards the edges of the glass along with some some semi cloudiness

Nose: The best aspect of the wine. Elegant and seductive this included notes of florals with a strong hint towards roses combined with cherries, spice box notes with a strong leaning towards cloves and and some allspice. Charred earth notes also made an appearance with some tobacco leaf.

Taste: excellent taste with plenty of acids inidicating this wine has at least 5 years left with potential for 10. Good through the attack, mid, and finish.

Overall: This wine would pair excellent with duck liver pate as well as some stronger flavored fish like salmon or even a baccala stew.
Rosé - Sparkling
7/15/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
89 points
Champagne and Sushi BYOB Dinner (2045 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL‎ - (773) 235-5775‎): Nose: Red bush fruits

Palate: Scrunchy-esque berries in a decent champagne. Citrus peel on the palate in the general direction of lime.

Overall: Not a Rose that I would seek out, but decent. 89 Points.
White - Sparkling
7/15/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
91 points
Champagne and Sushi BYOB Dinner (2045 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL‎ - (773) 235-5775‎): Nose: yeasty notes accompanied by some candied citrus and some floral wisps

Palate: Textbook and classic Dom profile champagne. A very sexy and alluring champagne that is solid all the way across the palate - very rich and creamy texture.

Overall: I liked the 1998 better this evening. Yes, I know - I can hear the boos and hissing. For whatever reason the 1998 struck me as more interesting this evening. 91 points.
White - Sparkling
7/15/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
92 points
Champagne and Sushi BYOB Dinner (2045 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL‎ - (773) 235-5775‎): Nose: Minerally type of aspect accompanied by more florals than I am used to on a Dom Perignon backed up by some vanilla notes

Palate: Very nice and elegant - well balanced. Some coffee notes starting to emerge - stuff that I love and have experience with Henriot champagnes. Acidity is there with a very subtle tweak of sweetness that prevents this from being too dry.

Overall: It's in between - age showing, but yet still youthful and zesty - for me this aspect worked wonderful this evening. Very elegant and nice! 92-93 points
White - Sparkling
7/15/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
89 points
Champagne and Sushi BYOB Dinner (2045 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL‎ - (773) 235-5775‎): Nose: Lemon zest notes accompanied by some faint supporting citrus chorus. Lilly flowers - more specifically star gazer lillies (as stated by a female attendee of the event)

Palate: One of the first things I noticed was how frothy and creamy the mouthfeel presented itself.

Overall: The person that brought the champagne thought is was largely unremarkable, but I tend to disagree and think that it was ok - 87 point spectator vintage and I felt it was fine to serve. 89 points
White - Sparkling
7/15/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
91 points
Champagne and Sushi BYOB Dinner (2045 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL‎ - (773) 235-5775‎): Sight: Yellow straw color gave indication of some bottle aging

Nose: Nice chard dominated champagne notes such as white fleshed tree fruits with green apple dominating supported by some nice spicebox notes like anise and ginger (of course please keep in mind these are subtleties)

Taste: Wet bakers yeast and bakery shop notes accompanied by some diacetyl creaminess. Wisps of vermouth and a passing fancy at cloves.

Overall: This champagne was paired with some americanized sushi roles meaning they had plenty of mayonaise and I found that the chard-based crispness and tarty aspect cut perfectly through and paired superbly with the rolls. 91 points.
White - Sparkling
7/15/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
92 points
Champagne and Sushi BYOB Dinner (2045 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL‎ - (773) 235-5775‎): Nose: Yeastiness of a wet bakers yeast varietal accompanied by granny smith apples.

Palate: Crisp came to mind. Acidic but the acidity was definitely not overpowering. Smooth overall.

Overall: The nose initially led many of the attendees to think that this champagne had significantly more age than it actually did. Another aspect from a sight perspective was that this Champagne had great pearl strands - very tiny and tightly wound. 92-93 points.
White - Sparkling
7/15/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
90 points
Champagne and Sushi BYOB Dinner (2045 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL‎ - (773) 235-5775‎): Nose: Pinot dominated champagne nose with "crisp" notes on the nose with some aspirin pungency

Palate: Nice, not acidic. Alomonds with a very slight floral aspect.

Overall: Good value when compared to other industrial champagnes. 90 points
Red
3/18/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
88 points
Sight: Slightly cloufy with a mild rose color, bricking was there but far less than I would have expected for a wine of this age.

Nose: Sour fruits with some straw, raspberry, and earth notes. As the wine opened in the glass, a pleasant amount of fruits emerged forward. Some in-and-out wisps of strawberries and cream.

Palate: Initial taste was slightly "off" in nature. Fruit dying down. Plummy aspects in a soft and plush wine. Virtually not tannins at this point. Blackberries made a strong presence here. Some supporting acid structure was realized and then the wine began to evolve. Dried fruits and some more minor notes of dried herbs. Some oak notes were still viable and very old leather notes emerged. Also coming in the home stretch was some spice box notes with peppery aspects. For some reason - the tannins seemed to strengthen a little in the glass making the wine more enoyable.

Overall: I think that having a bottle of wine this old is somewhat ceremonial and a special event - even if the wine is not great, as long as it is intact and good. This bottle was consumed at a restaurant with no prior decanting. The reason for this is that the wine was so old, the thought was that it would fall apart if decanted. Upon removing the lead capsule, one could notice the mold on top of the cork. The cork did not disintegrate, but it was thoroughly soaked and basically came out in pieces. The fill of the bottle was very impressive - better than base neck - almost mid neck. The wine is past its prime, but yet still very enjoyable and quite a novelty at the table in a restaurant. 88 points.
Red
3/18/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
91 points
Nose: Intial impressions were perfume, white and red florals, red and black tree fruits with a background of oak-nuttiness performing with the leached vanillins. As time went on, the florals just kept on coming back for more and more waves of olfactory pleasure.

Palate: Plenty of red fruits with an oaky structure. Can not only smell, but also taste the vanillins. As the night when on, I became convined that there was quite a bit of toasted oak vanillins in this wine. In terms of tree fruits, I tasted cherries and lots of dark plums.

Overall: Soft, balanced, integrated. Still a brawny wine and by all accounts should be considered a young wine. I think additional suppleness and smooth characteristics will eventually take up more of a formal presencein this wine. 91 poinits.
White
2/17/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
91 points
House of Glunz - A Fine Tasting of Burgundy (Old Town, Chicago, IL. Near the Northwest corner of Wells and Division Streets): Nose: Slight amounts of sulphur initially on the nose with some white truffles and sllight earthiness. White peaches as well with citrus zest undertones and yellow cling fruits.

Taste: Very pleasant, balanced and mouth-coating. Just the smallest hint at sweetness.

Overall: Very enjoyable - 91-92 points.
White
2/17/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
88 points
House of Glunz - A Fine Tasting of Burgundy (Old Town, Chicago, IL. Near the Northwest corner of Wells and Division Streets): Nose: Slight amounts of florals and yellow tree fruits and minerals.

Taste: A slightly tart finish, but mouth coating. Overall good balance with ample fruits.

Overall: 88 points - likely better with 5 more years sideways.
White
2/17/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
87 points
House of Glunz - A Fine Tasting of Burgundy (Old Town, Chicago, IL. Near the Northwest corner of Wells and Division Streets): Nose: Good white tree fruits, but something kept me wanting

Taste: good mouth coast and good attack/mid palate/finish presentation.

Overall: not too important to me. 86-87 points.
White
2/17/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
87 points
House of Glunz - A Fine Tasting of Burgundy (Old Town, Chicago, IL. Near the Northwest corner of Wells and Division Streets): Nose: Fruits and florals were really really nice.

Taste: Great mouth coating. Slight acidity paired with a good amount of minerality.

Overall: 88-87 points
White
2/17/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
87 points
House of Glunz - A Fine Tasting of Burgundy (Old Town, Chicago, IL. Near the Northwest corner of Wells and Division Streets): Nose: White peaches, oak, stone and a host of other minerals

Taste: Crisp - but very Chablisian on the palate.

Overall: If want Chablis, I will go buy it. 88-87 points
Red
2/17/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
90 points
House of Glunz - A Fine Tasting of Burgundy (Old Town, Chicago, IL. Near the Northwest corner of Wells and Division Streets): Nose: Initial presentation included some burgundian funk notes with some earthiness. More cherry notes than other burgs this evening - but there still is ample raspberry as well. Some sap/wood notes as well.

Taste: Great on and accross the palate, the one major fault was that it was slightly too dry on the finish for my taste - otherwise a nice show.

Overall: 89-91 points.
Red
2/17/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
89 points
House of Glunz - A Fine Tasting of Burgundy (Old Town, Chicago, IL. Near the Northwest corner of Wells and Division Streets): Nose: Nice burgundian funk on the nose with some earth notes. Strawberry and raspberry come out to play as well. Possibly some truffle notes as well with some herbaciousness.

Taste: Little bit heavier than what I was expecting, still pretty nice across the entire palate - hence balanced and showing in its youth the integration and quality of the grapes.

Overall: 90-89 points.
Red
2/17/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
89 points
House of Glunz - A Fine Tasting of Burgundy (Old Town, Chicago, IL. Near the Northwest corner of Wells and Division Streets): Sight: Murkiness struck me

Nose: Florals, red fruits, great presentation of cherry and raspberries

Taste: Good presentation of fruit and well balanced with wood and tannins. Good overall coating mouth-feel.

Overall: Bettter than average finish. But I think it needs more sideways time. 89 Points.
Red
2/17/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
90 points
House of Glunz - A Fine Tasting of Burgundy (Old Town, Chicago, IL. Near the Northwest corner of Wells and Division Streets): Nose: Initial impression is that plenty of aromatics were going on here and some earth notes accompanied the initial olfactory presentation

Tatse: I think its a great Burgundy with great fruits - especially strawberry and cherries (but not in a cali way).

Overall: Good stuff and I really like this vintage. 90-91 points
Red
2/17/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
88 points
House of Glunz - A Fine Tasting of Burgundy (Old Town, Chicago, IL. Near the Northwest corner of Wells and Division Streets): Nose: A light, somewhat feminine nose that strikes one as "beautiful"

Taste: Great amounts of strawberry, but not new-world-ish, light notes of wood.

Overall: A very light wine that would pair great with white-fleshed fish. 88-89 Points.
Red
2/17/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
89 points
House of Glunz - A Fine Tasting of Burgundy (Old Town, Chicago, IL. Near the Northwest corner of Wells and Division Streets): Nose: Perfume heavy with strawberries and raspberries. Toasted nuts make an appearance as well.

Taste: Great fruit with great presentation across the attach/mid palate/finish.

Overall: The acidity was still pretty high and therefore I believe it needs more time.... 89-90 points
Red
2/17/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
89 points
House of Glunz - A Fine Tasting of Burgundy (Old Town, Chicago, IL. Near the Northwest corner of Wells and Division Streets): Nose: A little bit acetone with raspberries - good fruit structure though.

Taste: Lots of raspberries with some strawberries. Iron and minerals with some toasted aspects. Acidity is still there on the palate and this will need some time.

Overall: 89 points
Red
2/17/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
88 points
House of Glunz - A Fine Tasting of Burgundy (Old Town, Chicago, IL. Near the Northwest corner of Wells and Division Streets): Nose: Nice light bodied wine that struck me as easy going and relaxed. Raspberry and strawberry take center stage.

Taste: Acidic; Wood notes; Good fruit.

Overall: Nose was better than the taste. 87-88 Points.
Red
2/17/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
89 points
House of Glunz - A Fine Tasting of Burgundy (Old Town, Chicago, IL. Near the Northwest corner of Wells and Division Streets): Nose: Dark cherries; raspberries; but a slight (minor) off note of wet wool socks

Taste: I thought the taste was very nice. Good spice component with fruits.

Overall: I think this is a good value wine. 89 Points.
Red
2/17/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
86 points
House of Glunz - A Fine Tasting of Burgundy (Old Town, Chicago, IL. Near the Northwest corner of Wells and Division Streets): Nose: First impression was that this was an "off nose". Typical (IMO) to other Bourgogne's that I have had in the past.

Taste: Red fruits were making a good stand buty they seemed to be splashed with some water that merged with a dash of acetone. Not a serious finish in my opinion.

Overall: Not a big fan. 86-87 points.
Red
2/17/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
92 points
House of Glunz - A Fine Tasting of Burgundy (Old Town, Chicago, IL. Near the Northwest corner of Wells and Division Streets): Nose: Screams perfume/florals with some in-step raspberry notes. Some pungency in the way of truffles along with some nuttiness.

Taste: Good amount of minerals and acid to balance off the fruit. Great attack/mid/finish - all around looking good, balanced, and is set for better times with age.

Overall: Give me some! Really enjoyed and would buy more. 91-93 Points.
Red
2/17/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
89 points
House of Glunz - A Fine Tasting of Burgundy (Old Town, Chicago, IL. Near the Northwest corner of Wells and Division Streets): Nose: Killer nose. My initial reaction was "it's great!". Also a excellent balance of fruit and wood

Taste: Brief flash of tarragon; Slightly dry on the finish; Acidity was a little astringent for my liking.

Overall: Needs some more time on its side. A little concerned over the retail price of 64.80 - not sure the quality was there for the price. 89 Points.
Red
2/17/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
86 points
House of Glunz - A Fine Tasting of Burgundy (Old Town, Chicago, IL. Near the Northwest corner of Wells and Division Streets): Overall: Nice tart taste with some slight acetone notes; raspberry dodging around somewhere. Not a big fan. 85-87 points.
White
2/17/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
92 points
House of Glunz - A Fine Tasting of Burgundy (Old Town, Chicago, IL. Near the Northwest corner of Wells and Division Streets): Nose: Honeysuckle accompanied by lemon peel and citrus. Later some white peaches makiing an entrance with some lychee in tow. Minerals, stones. Very very nice nose.

Taste: Fresh and refreshing. Nice chard notes with meyer lemon as a standout. Mouthfeel was glyceral and coating.

Overall: 92 points Tasting good now.
White
10/26/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
87 points
Edward Roberts International Pre-Auction Tasting (Union League Club, Chicago, IL): Nose: Some sort of sherry notes came to me on initial presentation

Taste: Kind of empty. Kind of hard to decifer - as if looking for clues - it was somewhat benign. Roasted hazelnut notes were somewhere in there....

Oveerall: 87 Points. Don't be impressed by labels alone - there is much better white burgundy out there
White
10/26/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
91 points
Edward Roberts International Pre-Auction Tasting (Union League Club, Chicago, IL): Nose: Pears, Honeydew, Grapefruit, and some butter notes from the malo no doubt. Overall great fruits - white flesh and exotic fruits.

Taste: A very nice taste indeed, however I found that the acidity was still a little bit high/bracing for my tastes - therefore I feel this still needs some more sideways time

Overall: 91 Points - note that as it sat in the glass it started to open and reveal greatness. I suggest decanting and/or some additional sideways time. Kistler is one of the all time great USA Chard producers
Red
10/26/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
92 points
Edward Roberts International Pre-Auction Tasting (Union League Club, Chicago, IL): Nose: Reall good initial presentation of fruits, if not somewhat muted; Black cherries especially; Brimming fruits and "new car" smells

Taste: Initial impression was simply "very nice". Noticed a large presence of vanillins. The fruits were very nice - darkest red fruits. Fruits were nicely integrated and balanced with the acid/tannins.

Overall: This was a very smooth wine and to be honest, I think it will be better in 5 years. 92 Points
Red
10/26/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
87 points
Edward Roberts International Pre-Auction Tasting (Union League Club, Chicago, IL): Nose: Some volatile acids on the initial presentation.

Palate: Some notice of Volatile Acids; Fruits; the V.A.'s again; upon final few tastes, I was able to pull out some decent fruits

Overall: 86-88 Points
Red
10/26/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
92 points
Edward Roberts International Pre-Auction Tasting (Union League Club, Chicago, IL): Nose: Lots of wood notes; phenols; creme de cassis; some perfume notes

Palate: Really nice black fruits / oak / vanillins.

Overall: Some bricking going on; well integrated and lovely. 92 points
Red
10/26/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
89 points
Edward Roberts International Pre-Auction Tasting (Union League Club, Chicago, IL): Nose: Dark fruits, roasted meats (slight amount of this on the nose), pencil shavings and cedar notes

Taste: Lighter than the nose would suggest. Very good overall but a little bit hollow on the mid palate

Overall: 88-90 points
Red
1986 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/26/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
92 points
Edward Roberts International Pre-Auction Tasting (Union League Club, Chicago, IL): Sight: Some bricking going on.

Nose: A big cali wine was my first impression. Impressions of sumptiousness. Darkest red fruits and of course oakity oak oak. Some tellicherry black pepper and good old toasted oak vanillins.

Taste: Surprisingly smooth. The nose would have let me to expect a tougher wine. Still has grip and the power for aging longer. A little bit of florals on the finish.

Overall: 92-93 points.
Red
10/26/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
91 points
Edward Roberts International Pre-Auction Tasting (Union League Club, Chicago, IL): Sight: Looks like an older wine with some bricking going on

Nose: Burnt leaves, very interesting char/oak combination. some mid-tier reds (middle of the road - not too light/dark in smell; e.g. raspberries.

Taste: Very nice was the first impression that I registered. Lots of finish. The mid palate is quite nice as well. Lots of medium bodied red fruits. Somewhat of a new world style, but I like that!

Overall: 91-92 points
Red
10/25/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
87 points
Nose: Hair perm solution initially hit my olfactory senses. Fruit was in hiding, but there was minor rumblings of raspberry.

Taste: OK - med to medium light body. Still holds plenty of acid. Good attack, but a somewhat hollow mid/finish. 87-88 Points.
Red
10/26/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
91 points
Edward Roberts International Pre-Auction Tasting (Union League Club, Chicago, IL): Sight: Medium to light red; floaters in the glass

Nose: Initially J&J Band-aids. Dark fruits and somehwat backward (austere).

Taste: Young, grippy, good amount of tannin still in the glass. Fruits are there but it needs to relax - or stay sideways longer. Somewhat of an astringent component on the tongue.

Overall: a good one. 91-92 points
Red
10/26/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
92 points
Edward Roberts International Pre-Auction Tasting (Union League Club, Chicago, IL): Nose: Super Tuscan oriented nose of bright tree fruits along with some wood shavings and toast oak vanillins. Just lots of red fruits; oak; and earth notes.

Taste: Excellent - soft, pillowy on the mouth feel, integrated, awesome fruit and still a big grippy.

Overall: I would buy some. 92-93 points.
Red
10/26/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
93 points
Edward Roberts International Pre-Auction Tasting (Union League Club, Chicago, IL): Nose: A little bit shy on the nose accompanied by earthy tones and dark fruits - mostly black fruits. Some hints of charcoal embers and cherry licorice.

Taste: Typical Italo profile. Some standouts were prunes, figs, and a still tannic backbone. Blackberries. On the revisit after a while in the glass the wine began to open and the florals emerged and the wine smoothed out further.

Overall: Impressive wine that will not disappoint.
Red
2/20/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
91 points
No time to jot down notes - but it was impressive on the nose and good finish. I would buy again---- 91 pts.
Red
2/15/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
91 points
Drank pop and pour.... very impressive nose and great wine. Bacon fat, smokey, and wood notes. Fruit comes forward enough to avoid the wood from taking over. Great finish and good attack/mid palate. Seducitve and sexy wine that you just want to smell over and over. Dark, Inky and Brooding. Give me more! 91-91 points.
Red
2/15/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
89 points
Good, if not decent, califonia cabernet. The usual suspects arive at the table from a flavor perspective...what struck me the most was the chocolate notes along with deep dark fruits and a supporting cast of woodtones. This is a big boy and is somewhat astringent---- serve with fatty food e.g. ribeye steaks or short ribs. Probably could benefit from some additional aging.
Red
2/13/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
90 points
Excellent wine.... did not have time to take notes, but very woodsy and strong fruit flavors combined with an overall smooth approach, mid palate, and finish. Finish lasts a while too! 90-91 points.
Red
1/3/2009 - Claudio161 wrote:
84 points
Sight: Still has a youthful appearance, medium density with some sediment

Smell: This was the best part. Earthy tones with dark tree fruit and a good amount of wood

Taste: A little harsh. Not as good as the nose would suggest. Decent attack, mid palate somewhat simple and finish was lacking and a little harsh.

Overall: A good wine for mid week or other non special occasion. Keep you expectations low and you'll be fine. 84 points still means good wine.
Red
12/30/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
91 points
Sight: Dark purple hue with no signs of aging; medium body; looked to be non-filtered excellent cork condition.

Nose: Dark and alluring fruits with some toast notes and an awesome fruity aspect. Plenty of black bush berry notes - mainly blackberries and cassis.

Palate: Lush mouth coating wine. Really enjoyable.

Overall: Excellent first pass at Cornas. 91 Points.
Red
12/25/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
92 points
Sight: Dark ruby and plum colors, medium density and medium to low viscosity.

Nose: Large amounts of dark fruits in the form of black cherries and black bush fruits like cassis and blackberries. Some intermittent notes of other red berries were present as well. Layered notes that allowed me to examine it for a while - quite enjoyable. Chocolate notes were present as well along with a roasted aspect possibly coffee....

Palate: Very enjoyable. Easy to dismiss is swallowed quickly. Spending some time chewing the wine revealed the full complexity. Nice on the attack through the finish. Fruits and chocolate come through on the palate as well accompanied by some herb/vegetative notes as well. I really enjoy the fun that merlot brings through on this blend.

Overall: Too bad B&H is no more -- good wine and talent in the making of this. Consumed this wine with a dinner of grilled rib eye and lobster and drank from a Schott Zwiesel Bordeaux glass. 92 points.
White - Off-dry
12/26/2008 - Claudio161 wrote:
89 points
Overall my notes were very similar as previously posted - with the addition of some spritz factor which was very pleasing. It just seemed a little more simple than the last time I tasted it. 89 Points.
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