Tasting Notes for Jimywags

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Rosé
11/14/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
93 points
Gorgeous coppery color. Dried orange peel, peat, scotch, sherry, dehydrated strawberry, tobacco. Such a unique and interesting wine. Would love to slip it in a Rose lineup on Long island and watch the Hampton ladies freak the shit out! 93pts.
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White
11/14/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
94 points
Decanted for an hour. Just an exquisite bottle of Chablis. Dale and I each bought three of these at the same time about 10 years ago. Unfortunately for me, I drank all three within 6 months. Don't get me wrong as they were screamin' good then, but so happy this wine has matured and ended up so sophisticated and delicious. 94pts.
Red
11/14/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
95 points
Decanted for roughly 90 minutes. I could smell this wine a foot from the glass. Insane aromatics that brought me back to early Cayuse wines. It was essentially a 1970's Samuel L. Jackson saying, "Funk you, motherfunker!" Stone, earth, iron, sour cherry, strawberry. In other words, delightful! 95pts.
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Red
11/1/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
94 points
Decanted for roughly an hour. Another brilliant bottle of pinot from my new crush, Kelley Fox. Mirrors my previous note. 94pts.
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Red
10/30/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
94 points
Decanted for an hour. The first thing this wine shows you is a gorgeous transparent ruby color, so light. The second thing it reveals is the most pretty nose of any wine I've ever drank -- the absolute purest wild strawberries, rose petal, and earth. Red fruits galore on the palate. A stunner. 94pts.
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White
10/30/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
95 points
Popped, poured, and swirled for about 30 minutes. Love it when a wine does not disappoint and just shreds you as this puppy was on blast from the first sniff. Exhilarating aromas of lemon, apple, hazelnut, and a piercing stony minerality. The intensity continues in the mouth, where the stone and lively acidity lift the peach and baked apple spice notes. The mouthfeel is brilliant and the finish lingers for what seems like minutes. Top two or three domestic chardonnay, no doubt. 95pts.
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White
10/15/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
89 points
Popped and poured. Being that this was the coldest harvest in like 20 years, I was excited to drink this wine. After drinking it, I'm not sure if the fruit will ever catch up to the acidity and indifferent austerity. Normally I'm all for a wine that veers more toward those leanings but this baby just wasn't in perfect balance. Just a tad too much harshness, which was a bummer. 89pts.
White
10/14/2019 - Jimywags Likes this wine:
91 points
Popped and poured. Surprising bottle that had me thinking this is a really terrific qpr at $20. Gorgeous yellow out of the bottle and loaded with crisp orchard fruits on the nose. Plenty of acidity which paired nicely with the quince and apricot. Left me wanting to buy more. 91pts.
White
10/8/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
93 points
As the always great Robert Palmer once sang, this wine is simply irresistible! 93pts.
Red
10/8/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
91 points
Popped, poured, and let sit in the glass for 30 minutes. Really terrific bottle of beaujolais loaded with aromas of bright red fruits like cranberry, cherry, and huckleberry. Palate has some real grip which marries perfectly with the cherry and raspberry fruit. The finish has just enough acidity to keep you coming back to the glass. 91pts.
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Red
9/27/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
93 points
Essentially a pop and pour. Very enjoyable bottle of wine. Nice nose of pure fruit accented by some earthy and spice tones. The palate continues this theme and even adds a little acidity to keep your taste buds coming back for more. Kelley Fox wines continue to impress me and I can't wait to follow this bottling over the next 5-7 years. 93pts.
White
9/27/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
95 points
Popped, poured, and let sit in the glass for 20 minutes. The anticipation for this wine was high due to the fact that the winemaker stated that he prices this wine at $80 in hopes that no one will buy it so he can drink it himself! Blown away with the delicateness yet intensity. Interesting wine as it possessed an inherent prettiness and was lithe but also sported a nice core of ripe fruit which kept the wine in perfect balance. For me, Grand Cru Chablis quality. 95pts.
White
9/18/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
92 points
Popped and poured. Outstanding young bottle of Sancerre filled with citrus, rocks, gooseberry, salinity, cut, and even a touch of apple all the while medium-bodied and brimming with energy. 92pts
White
9/3/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
78 points
Popped and poured. Not a fan of this wine at all. My wife even made quite the face when I had her sample it. Strange and off-putting. 78pts.
White
9/3/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
92 points
Popped and poured. Mirrors my previous note. Such a tremendous value and comforting to drink. 92pts.
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Red
9/3/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
92 points
Popped and poured. Total mistake to try and drink on a pop and pour but the circumstance dictated it. So tight and painfully young for the first 45 minutes. Finally started to give up some goodies at about the hour mark like blackberry and other dark fruit. Possessing faint hints of the typical En Chamberlin wildness that I adore. Let sit another 2-3 years. 92+pts
White
9/3/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
90 points
Popped and poured. Very broad and rich from the outset. Lots of melon, honeysuckle, macadamia nut, and ripe peach. Maybe a hair too opulent for me at this stage but enjoyable, nonetheless. 90pts.
Red
9/3/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
93 points
Popped and poured. This bottle was a pleasant surprise as it outperformed my expectations. I think the 13's from the WWV have really come into their own and should be drinking well for the next few years. Lots of ripe cherries on the nose counter-balanced by soy and a little underbrush. The cherries continue their run on the palate alongside a nice undercurrent of minerals. Pop 'em if you got 'em. 93pts.
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Red
8/22/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
90 points
Delightful nose of smashed fruit leading to a palate of slightly crunchy red fruit and medium acidity. Not profound, but just a pleasure to drink on a Wednesday night. 90+pts
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White
7/29/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
93 points
Popped and poured. Continues to be a stunning bottle of PB. Could drink this everyday. 93pts.
Rosé
7/8/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
90 points
Popped and poured. Classic Muga Rosado with watermelon and a thirst quenching style. 90pts.
Red
2012 K Vintners Charlotte Walla Walla Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
6/26/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
93 points
Popped and poured. Such a delightful wine. I'm usually only around a 50% hit rate on K Vintners wines and this was most definitely a hit. Elegant, understated, and delicate with aromas of violets, mushrooms, earth, and blackberries. Light to medium-bodied in the mouth with a nice feminine quality of lavender and dark red fruit. Splendid bottle to share with my old man on Father's Day with Tuscan Chicken. 93pts.
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Red
5/22/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
95 points
Kelley Fox tasting. If anything in the world could transform me into Flavor Flav, this wine would be it as after each drink I was literally saying, "Boyyyyyyyyyy!" Gorgeous wine filled with strawberries, currants, hints of violet, and spices all in perfect balance. Supremely long finish. Kelley Fox wines have altered my perception of what I want in a wine. 95pts.
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White
5/21/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
93 points
Kelley Fox tasting. This is the other one from Kelley and this vintage is even better than the regular Freedom Hill bottling, which is saying something. Loaded with lively acidity while even being a little heavier in the mouth. Very floral as well and lingers on your tongue well after swallowing. Unique and world class. 93pts.
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White
5/21/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
92 points
Kelley Fox tasting. Every bit as terrific as the '17. Loaded with stone fruits, crushed rock, citrus zest, drops of honey. Not sure how a PB can be this pleasurable to drink. Wait, there's another one? 92pts.
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Red
5/16/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
94 points
Decanted for two hours. Classic Impulsivo, which means it's loaded with smoky plums and judicious funk. Of all the Cayuse bottlings year in and year out, the Impulsivo repeatedly lands in my top 3. 94pts.
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White
5/15/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
89 points
Popped and poured but then drank over a couple hours. This wine is particularly stingy at this point. Not giving up much at all aromatically unfortunately. A little closed on the palate as well, but after some time and aggressive swirling a few components poked their head out. Citrus and a little fruit. Needs a couple years to hopefully develop. Score now...89pts.
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White
4/23/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
93 points
Popped and poured. Mirrors my earlier bottle. Such a wonderfully gorgeous bottle of wine to drink. 93pts.
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Red
4/19/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
85 points
Popped and poured. Shouldn't complain too much as it was a $20 Costco purchase. Way too modern and polished with that creamy mouthfeel. 85pts.
White
4/16/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
92 points
Popped and poured. Glorious Chablis. Fresh, vibrant with accents of ripeness, sea mist, apples, chalk, flint, rocks, citrus. I dare you to find a bottle of white wine for $24 that is as good as this, let alone a Chablis. I feel like Robert Conrad from the Eveready commercials in the 70's with a bottle of Vocoret on my shoulder. Go ahead, knock it off. I dare you! 92pts.
Red
4/16/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
94 points
Slow ox'ed for about 4 hours and then left in the glass for another 45 minutes. 100% whole cluster and no new wood bottle of pure joy. After putting the glass to my nose for the fist time, all I could think about was...Strawberry fields forever. Those strawberries were buffeted by red cherry, roses, and freshly disturbed earth. I've written this several times in other notes but it has never been more apt in this case, I could smell this wine forever without taking a sip and be content. The palate is medium-weight with bright wild cherry, strawberry, mushroom, herbs, and a dose of minerality. The finish is long and lingers in waves on your tongue. Simply a gorgeous bottle of Pinot. 94pts.
White
4/9/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured. Tasty and lively. Grenache Blanc is never going to be the most expressive white Rhone varietal so it has to make up for that in other areas, which this wine does. A hint of funk on the nose which eventually morphed into lovely white stone fruit. The palate was laced with asian pear and fresh citrus zest followed by a noticeably healthy finish. 91pts.
Red
4/4/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
65 points
Popped and poured. One of the absolute worst bottles of wine I've had in a very long time. The antithesis of everything I like. Creamy, vanilla, ultra ripe fruit, cocktail-esque in its nose and finish. Just like any of the women from those Housewives shows on Bravo, nothing about this wine seemed real or authentic. Yuck! Points are irrelevant but...65pts.
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Red
2008 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/1/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
90 points
Decanted for two hours. Initial aromas were glorious with cherry, cassis, a little earth, rubbed leather. Everything you'd want in a 11 year old Bordeaux. Unfortunately, the 'gloriousness' ended there as the palate did not match the nose. There was a decent core of fruit and the tannins had resolved but was missing that extra gear. The finish was also essentially non-existent. Hard to see it improving at all. 90pts.
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White
3/25/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
90 points
Popped and poured. Really terrific 100% Semillon that was bright and lively with passion fruit and fresh fig. Big step up from the other 100% Semillon I've had from WA, the L'Ecole. 90pts.
White
3/25/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
89 points
Popped and poured. Pretty damn good for a $15 Sancerre. Nice typicity and lift. 89pts
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White
2/12/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
93 points
Popped and poured. Absolutely delicious bottle of PB that surprised and thrilled. Gorgeous color of honey-yellow that wowed with aromas of white peach, apricot, and pear. Palate was laced with an unmistakable minerality that gave structure to the exquisitely textured ripe fruit. To be honest, didn't know a domestic PB could be this complex and taste this good. 93pts.
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Red
2/5/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
90 points
Popped and poured. Fun to compare this to the 2011 which I had about a week ago. This was much more lush and fruit forward as you'd expect versus the colder vintage. No real tannins or overt acidity but still possesses enough underlying structure to balance out the fruit. Perfect Monday night wine. 90pts.
Red
2/5/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
96 points
Decanted a full six hours. Super excited to give my first Kelley Fox pinot a go (blown away by the 17 Freedom Hill PB) and in the immortal words of Robin, "Holy F#ck, Batman!" The first smell was such a blast of wild strawberry that it was akin to someone waking me up from a nap tickling my nose by dangling fresh wild strawberries in front of my face. That was followed by a nice bouquet of violets and cherry. Palate was lean and taut, coiled like a cobra ready to pounce on your taste buds. The finish was filled with spices, chalk, and an intense yet pure dose of strawberry. Water cooler wine. 96pts.
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Red
1/30/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
94 points
Popped and poured. Nose was almost every bit as good as the syrah. Much more red-fruited and even a tad muted. Opened up about an hour in to reveal wonderful grenache characteristics like kirsch, raspberry, garrigue, and the like. More feminine and restrained than the GOK, which for me right now, makes it a better fit for my palate. 94pts.
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Red
1/30/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
93 points
Popped and then let sit in the glass for 30 minutes. Dynamite nose! These No Girls wines are always loaded with anything and everything you want to smell. I could just swirl and sniff, swirl and sniff and be completely content. Soy, dried mushroom, blood, earth, iron, and even a touch of fruit. Unfortunately with this vintage (perfect growing conditions), the palate is just too loaded with everything and that detracts a bit from the experience. Give this wine another 5 years to settle and it's going to be spectacular. 93pts.
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Red
1/29/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured. Way too cold at the outset, I let this sit in the glass for about 30-45 minutes. Tight at first but then blossomed into a terrific wine and at $24, an absolute steal. Firm, with tart cranberry and strawberry which perfectly complimented the ever so slight caramel. Great QPR. 91pts.
White
1/14/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
92 points
Popped and poured. Easily the best $17 white one can buy. Very close to the '14 which, for me, was my favorite vintage of this wine. Rocks, ocean, lemon zest, chalk, and the precision of the 14. Terrific! 92pts.
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White
1/14/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
89 points
Popped and poured. Had moderate hopes for this wine so I'd say it performed as I expected. Rivaled pretty decent AOC Chablis but the $35 price tag gives me pause on purchasing anymore. Don't get me wrong, much better than 90% of domestic chardonnay. Apples, pears, a little citrus. Some wines do it for you and some are just wine. 89pts.
Rosé
1/10/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured. Totally agree with Baron Slick as this is much more complex and filled with warm spices than the majority of Roses. This is definitely not a summer Rose for me but one to thoroughly enjoy on a cold winter's evening. Perfect for NYE. 91pts
White
1/9/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
88 points
Popped and poured. Darn good $20 chardonnay with a little richness but not enough to take away from the nice crisp apple. 88pts
White
1/9/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured. Would have pegged this as a German riesling out of the gate as the nose was all petrol. Blew off about 15 minutes later and left you with aromas of white flowers. Very tightly coiled on the palate that reluctantly revealed some peach. Dominated by minerals and rocks which I quite liked. Leans more austere than exotic. 91pts
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Red
12/27/2018 - Jimywags wrote:
94 points
Popped and poured but let sit in the glass for 30 minutes. So young, but so good. Oh how I pledge my love for Cornas! Smoked meats, sous bois, Worcestershire, bacon fat, roasted fennel. Nuff said. 94pts.
White
12/27/2018 - Jimywags wrote:
90 points
Popped and poured. Really interesting Italian alpine white. Citrus, honey, white flowers. Intrigued enough to seek out more...90pts
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Red
12/11/2018 - Jimywags wrote:
90 points
Popped, poured, and then drank over 3 hours. Gorgeous translucent magenta out of the bottle, followed by a little funk on the nose which I always enjoy. Juicy red and dark ripe fruit that needed some acidity to counter balance. Not sure if it was just a product of the vintage, but no structure whatsoever to act as a foil to the fruit. Enjoyable wine nonetheless, but could have a been terrific with just a little zip. 90pts.
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