Tasting Notes for gmcconnell

(51 notes on 48 wines)

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Red
1998 Château Belair (Dubois-Challon) St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/7/2022 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
92 points
Lovely. Still significant fruit on the nose. Chocolate, blackberry and spices. Super round and complex on the pallet. Tannins melted down, barely perceivable . It was probably amazing a couple of years ago but was excellent this weekend. You should not wait much longer if you still have a bottle to open.
White - Sparkling
4/30/2022 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
92 points
This is one of the two best champagne bottles I’ve had So far. Beautiful deep gold colour showing age, and a surprising amount of fine bubbles still streaming out of the bottom of the glass like delicate pearl necklaces. On the palate we have a medium to full body white, showing hints of oak but also cooked apples and pear. Nice herbal, pastry and honey flavors complete the picture for a surprisingly round and gourmet wine experience. Would accompany well a meal. Had it with smoked salmon, avocados, smoked and maple glazed slamon cubes as well as mussels. Lovely.
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Red
1985 Château Clerc Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/21/2021 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
89 points
Decanted for 60 min. Nose: lots of red fruit still present after all these years. Palate: still some red fruit left but not nearly as much as on the nose. Not too many dimensions left in this wine. Tannins practically all gone. I usually like blended and subtle tannins in older wines but this one is starting to more than subtle. Som very light leather flavors perceived…but as light and subtle is this wine, it’s very very long…flavors stoking around in your pallet for a good minute if you allow it. Past it’s prime but still an enjoyable bottle.
Red
7/26/2021 - gmcconnell Does not like this wine:
79 points
Very disappointing. I was expecting more from Leo Courville with a varietal that does well in cold climates.
Red
1998 L'Abeille de Fieuzal Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/3/2021 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
90 points
Nose: strawberry jam, cigar box, leather, cardamom, pink peppercorn
Pallet:hackberry, herbes/grass, plum, surprising hints of watermelon. Leather and cocoa. Super length. Blended but surprisingly present tannins. This is great now but probably very good for another year.
Red
3/28/2021 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
88 points
Nice, nice dark fruit (like plum), vanilla and vegetal notes on the nose. Nice acidity and more vegetal, pepper and cooked plum on the palate. A little too much alcohol still felt on the palate even though we drank it below 18 C. Will give the next one another year or two.
Red
3/27/2021 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
90 points
Loved it! The Tinta de Toro varietal is all that I had read about. More fruit than its cousins the Tempranillo, this bottle was complex with blended in tanins and a medium body feel (probably normal after 13 years).
Red
3/4/2021 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
88 points
Belle découverte. Mon premier Fleurie. Un beau fruit au nez. Fruits rouges et épices en bouche. Corp similaire à certains Morgons mais il y a des meilleurs morgons à ce prix.
Red
1/31/2021 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
89 points
So much better than the bottles we had a few years ago. 10 year old. Much rounder than last time. Tannins blended in. Still showing good dark fruit both on the nose and palate.
White
1/17/2021 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
87 points
Not a bad wine but didn’t like it as much as I was expecting. Acidity is high with a slightly bitter aftertaste (like grapefruit peel). Nice and round on the pallet for the first second. Nice complexity on the nose.
Red
2014 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Brolio Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
12/25/2020 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
90 points
Nose: red fruit like cherry and cranberry, subtil vanilla, earthy aromas, Cedar and mushrooms.
Palate: soft tanins, clear and pleasant acidity, cigar (Tobacco). Amazing QPR.
White - Sweet/Dessert
12/25/2020 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
87 points
It has probably past it’s prime but it was still enjoyable. Upon opening, strong fossil fuels nose (diesel and natural gas). Ripe Apricot and plum (closer to confit that ripe actually), and caramel. Good but the lasting nose and pallet of fossil fuels may bother some.
White
12/22/2020 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
90 points
This is a very pleasant surprise. Beautiful Chardonay from NZ with a freshness, acidity and menerality similar to a Chablis but rounder, silkyer. Love it. Amazing QPR.
Red
2015 Château Doyac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/6/2020 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
88 points
Nose: nice ripe (or cooked) red fruit. Palate: red fruit, soft tanins, leather, light cocoa and pleasant acidity. Nothing spectacular but a good bottle.
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White
11/29/2020 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
89 points
Une bombe au nez. Nez herbacé, floral, un peu de citron, melon, même une touche de vanille. En bouche, rond, miel, encore des notes herbacées. Incroyable RQP.
Red
10/3/2020 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
87 points
Not a bad wine. It’s in a good drinking window. Too much vanilla for my liking. Otherwise many people will like it.
Red
2010 Alpha Omega Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/19/2020 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
91 points
Great American style Bordeau blend. Nose: chocolat, red ripe fruit. Mouth: Round (smooth), chocolate, ripe red berries, very light vanilla (which I don’t usually like). Great wine all around.
Red
1971 Château Pavie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/25/2020 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
95 points
Nous n’avions aucune attentes pour ce vin que je croyais sur son déclin depuis des années déjà. Aéré au décanteur environ 3 heures. Ce vin dégusté à l’automne 2019 nous a donné l’impression qu’il lui restait quelques années de beauté. Bien que généralement Fondus, ses tanins étaient toujours bien ressentis pour un vin de cet âge. Une robe généralement sombre et toujours opaque avec une auréole terra-cotta et translucides, fidèle à son âge. De belles longues jambes aussi. Un nez subtil de cuir, boîte à tabac (très léger) et café avec à peu près pas de fruits perceptibles. En bouche, à notre surprise, il lui restait de belles mais légères traces de fruit noirs mûrs. Surprenait par sa longueur en bouche. Je ne Sais pas bien d’écrire quoi d’autre mais il y avait autre chose en cette bouteille qui rendait le tout si bon et savoureux. Rien comme un vin en fin de course, éteint. Peut-être encore un peu d’acidité ressenti? Nous avons peut-être été surpris par le niveau de cette bouteille au point où il nous biaise, mais j’en garde un souvenir très agréable. Je lui donne donc une note à la hauteur.
Red
2009 Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/19/2020 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice and mature, bender tannins but still sharp enough to go another 2 to 5 years. Leather, nice black fruit and a little vanilla (under the level I dislike).
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White
7/5/2020 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
87 points
Didn’t like the after taste that was bitter almost fizzy. It disappeared the next day for the second half of the bottle. Let it air for a while.
White
7/5/2020 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
89 points
Nose: floral, citrus and lichee fruit and mint.
Mouth: mineral, fuit forward, a bit vegetal.
Amazing PQR. Great patio wine!
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White
12/27/2019 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
89 points
Clear Lychee and citrus on nose and lychee, honey and pear on palate.
Red
12/22/2019 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
88 points
Good for another year or two. Much better than the bottle I had in 2018
Red
11/3/2019 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
86 points
Should be better that this bottle but this one didn’t travel well across the Atlantic.
Red
9/21/2019 - gmcconnell wrote:
91 points
Beautiful wine. Silky tannins.
Red
8/17/2019 - gmcconnell Likes this wine:
88 points
Good to go for another 5 years at least
Red
8/14/2017 - gmcconnell wrote:
89 points
Lovely true Bordeaux blend. Will benefit from at least another couple of years but it's nice now. Also my first try from this winery but this is a great wine to start with.
Red
7/28/2017 - gmcconnell wrote:
90 points
Beautiful fruit on the nose, great acidity fine light tannins. Ready to drink now. Good without decanting, although decanting might reveal even more.
Red
7/14/2017 - gmcconnell wrote:
87 points
Decanted about an hour. Much nicer (tanins more blended-in) and rounder on the palet than last time for same vintage (probably 3-4 years ago). Was positively surprised.
Red
2009 Villa Cerna Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
5/28/2017 - gmcconnell wrote:
flawed
Victime de la chaleur lors du déménagement.
Red
8/2/2014 - gmcconnell wrote:
91 points
Lovely bottle. Nose: orange confit, cinnamon, Cloves and a bit of rhubarb. Palate: leather, graphite, and spices.
Red
2000 Château Soudars Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/8/2014 - gmcconnell wrote:
90 points
Gets better every time I open a new bottle. I also let it breath longer every time. 2.5 h this time. Everybody loved it. Before meal. So easy to drink.
Red
5/11/2014 - gmcconnell wrote:
90 points
Nose: plenty if spices (black pepper, vanilla, etc) and red fruit (cherry, Empire Apple, plum, etc). Presence of barley sugar also.
Palate: stronger presence (but lea complexity) of spices. Cherry, nice acidity and clear signs of being young relative to its aging potential. Have 6 bottles (5 now) and no doubt the score will go up with age.
Red
3/23/2014 - gmcconnell wrote:
80 points
Had tried all of their reds at the vineyard 1.5 years ago and did not like any of them. Tried this new one at a the Quebec International Wine fare/competition and liked it immediately. Had a full bottle yesterday with home made prosciutto pizza and it was a good match. It's big on red fruit (nose and palate) as most Quebec but with an interesting presence of smoke and barley sugar
Red
3/23/2014 - gmcconnell wrote:
90 points
Lovely surprise. Decanted 3 hours. Spicy nose of white pepper, light vanilla and cinnamon, graphite and pastry dough. Spicy and vegetal palate. Pepper, soft tannins and cherries in brandy (ray de vie)
Red
1/26/2014 - gmcconnell wrote:
87 points
Lovely bottle. I could smell the nicely fruity an spicy nose when poring it in the decanter, without trying. Fresh with nice acidity, red fruit, pepper, I don't remember the rest (from yesterday).
Red
2005 Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/3/2014 - gmcconnell wrote:
90 points
Great wine. Needs a good couple of hours of air before drinking.
Red
1/3/2014 - gmcconnell wrote:
91 points
Surprisingly complex wine. Don't remember all the details form last night but it has a beautifully balanced black fruit and spices palate. Medium body. Could still be drunk throughout 2014. Amazing price quality ratio.
Red
1/2/2014 - gmcconnell wrote:
89 points
Surprisingly still quite tannic with signs it could age a few more years.
Fruit/Vegetable Wine
11/17/2013 - gmcconnell wrote:
80 points
Although this is not a vintage, had this in my cellar for around 3 years. Had is with a few other people yesterday and everybody was surprised and expected something else. The quantity of bubbles was lower than a newer equivalent cider. It was darker/straw-yellow in colour, very dry in taste with yeast and light mushroom and dry leaves/almost truffles notes.
Red
11/17/2013 - gmcconnell wrote:
79 points
Ceci est le 2011, pas le 2007 que j'ai bu. N'arrive pas a le cheville du 2007 qui m'avais beaucoup surpris. Le 2011: nez de petit fruits rouges, de poivres et d'une touche de vanille. Saveurs de fumée, cerises a grappe, bois et graphite en finale. 2e moitié de Bouteille plus appréciée. Donc bénéficie de quelque heures d'aération.
White - Sparkling
11/10/2013 - gmcconnell wrote:
92 points
I personally love champagnes at this stage of their lives. Darker / straw shade of yellow. Bubbles still present a small/fine but not a lot of them left at this stage. Just enough for a nice effervescent feeling on the pallet. Cooked apples and a little yeast on the nose. Apples, honey, light spices and lemon taste. Great bottle.
Red
11/9/2013 - gmcconnell wrote:
75 points
Disappointing. The second half of the bottle was actually better the next days, so
Obviously needed more than the 2 hours I gave it.
Red
9/1/2013 - gmcconnell wrote:
90 points
Nice generous wine. Was the Grande Reserve 2005. A lot of deposit in the bottle. Was surprisingly quite astringent in the beginning but I let it breath for 2.5 h and it opened up beautifully. Flavors blending nicely into each other. Cantaloupe, black fruits and leather. Very little astringency left.
Red
8/18/2013 - gmcconnell wrote:
Light orange coloring showing its age. Otherwise this wine tastes like it could take another 2 or 3 years. Aired in decanter for 45 min. Tannins still present but melted together smoothly. Cooked cherry and black fruits on the nose with chocolate and leather. Mouth: cooked prunes, more chocolate with Tobacco and light spices. Lovely wine with equally lovely company.
Red
2000 Château Soudars Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/18/2013 - gmcconnell wrote:
87 points
Liked it better than the last time (8 months ago). Let
it breath in a decanter for 1.5 h as it felt rather closed last time around. It is not a very complex wine but it was certainly showing more yesterday. Would recommend to have this wine without a meal to allow discovering of subtle notes of tobacco and cherries on the mouth.
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