Tasting Notes for Armando B

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1999 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/30/2018 - Armando B wrote:
Donated to Open Hand benefit.
Red
7/13/2018 - Armando B wrote:
82 points
Odd experience. Disliked a lot upon opening. Just sweetness and flab.

The next 3 nights, it was much better. A generic red wine but without the overt sweetness and with a reasonable amount of balance. Not great, but serviceable.
Red
2003 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/5/2018 - Armando B wrote:
Not a great bottle. A whole lot of vanilla and not much in the way of bdx earthiness. Usual Lanessan restrained fruit--odd in a 2003.
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Red
5/28/2018 - Armando B wrote:
89 points
Much like my previous notes for this wine.
Red
5/26/2018 - Armando B wrote:
91 points
A note on a wine that has been in my cellar for a while and which I have not seen on store shelves in a long time.

Did not know what to expect from an Argentinian nebbiolo at 14 years. What we got was very interesting and pretty darn good.

Mature fruit and a bunch of tar. Good acid. Good balance. Different from a Piedmont wine for sure, but very charming. Fantastic match with dinner of local pork/rosemary/fennel sausage, corn, and swiss chard.

I would definitely buy this wine again (in the unlikely event I ever see it), and would be inclined not to open it before its 10th birthday (which is my general rule of thumb with its Italian cousins).
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Red
2011 Fontodi Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese (view label images)
3/24/2018 - Armando B wrote:
92 points
I seem to like this wine a bit more than most of the other folks who have written notes. 92 is an unusally high score on my scale.

Dark and red fruited with a bit of tobacco. Definitely a modern approach. Medium-full body. A bit of tannin, but certainly in the drinking window. Likely. Delicious.
Red
1/10/2018 - Armando B wrote:
79 points
I really disliked this bottle. Really sweet and flabby. It could cause diabetes.
Red
12/12/2017 - Armando B wrote:
Erock's note below pretty much mirrors my experience. Craptastic.
Red
10/12/2017 - Armando B wrote:
88 points
DJARCARA's note is spot on for this bottle.
Red
10/1/2017 - Armando B wrote:
Boring. But much better than awful, which is what a $16 Cali cab usually is. So, score one for Mendoza, sorta.
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Red
8/27/2017 - Armando B wrote:
92 points
Seems to be in prime drinking window. Very good.
Red
8/15/2017 - Armando B wrote:
93 points
wow. At peak, I think. One of the best southern rhone bottles that I have had the pleasure to drink. Everything in harmony. Red fruit and garrigue.
Red
6/27/2017 - Armando B wrote:
92 points
Pretty much what Mr. T said in the note below. There is enough acid and balance to keep it from going to far. Yet, this one really is about the fruit. Very nice and exceeded my expectations.
Red
2008 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
5/20/2017 - Armando B wrote:
91 points
Much better than the bottles I drank in 2013. Red fruit, medium body, good acid, nice balance, surprisingly long finish, good texture. Very enjoyable bottle.
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Red
4/26/2017 - Armando B wrote:
85 points
Better than my previous bottle, but not by a lot. Slight spritz on opening. Simple and soft. Eventhough this is the entry level Copain pinot, I am disappointed.
Red
3/4/2017 - Armando B wrote:
85 points
Boring. Dark soft fruit. Bit of heat. Not much else. Could have been a generic cab/merlot/malbec from anywhere/nowhere. Not offensive but totally uninteresting.
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Red
1/22/2017 - Armando B wrote:
92 points
Very nice. Red cherry fruit with tobacco notes. Tannins are resolved. Still has good acid and nice balance. Very good with food. I think it is time to drink in the next year or so.
Red
10/12/2016 - Armando B wrote:
93 points
Wow. This bottle was really something. Very fresh, well balanced cab with a long life still ahead. Really got better and better over the course of a 3 hour dinner with friends. If drinking soon, I would suggest a couple of hour decant. Drank along side a 1984 bottle of this same wine that was outstanding (although it did begin to fade a little toward the end of the night). Certainly in my top 5 wines this year.
Red
9/30/2016 - Armando B wrote:
86 points
Consistent with my 7/14/16 note.
Red
9/30/2016 - Armando B wrote:
Dark fruit with vanilla/oak elements. Plush style. Pretty much what you would expect of a Napa cab of the style aimed to please what most Napa cab buyers. Good QPR at $28 closeout price. Much less so (for me, anyway) at full retail.
Red
2008 Fontodi Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese (view label images)
9/22/2016 - Armando B wrote:
91 points
consistent with my 6/7/16 notes. Excellent.
Red
9/11/2016 - Armando B wrote:
89 points
My first experience with this wine. I would describe as in between an old world style Cali or a modern style Right Banker. Dark fruit, moderately tannic, bit of earth. Closer to full bodied than to medium. Good wine. Good QPR at close out price. Not so much at full retail.
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Red
2009 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
9/2/2016 - Armando B wrote:
90 points
Consistent with my 2 previous 2016 bottles of this wine. Very good wine. Remarkable QPR.
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Red
8/20/2016 - Armando B wrote:
Consistent with my 10/17/2015 notes.
Red
8/14/2016 - Armando B wrote:
90 points
I seem to like this wine more than other folks. Very similar to my first bottle in October 2015. Tart red fruit (cranberry) with saline and mineral notes. Nice texture.
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Red
2007 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/14/2016 - Armando B wrote:
89 points
Traditional winemaking + hot vintage works pretty well. Dark fruit (but not overdone) with a bit of earth. Good QPR.
Red
7/14/2016 - Armando B wrote:
86 points
big wine. Lots of blackberry fruit. Not much else. I seem to be less of a fan than other folks.
Red
6/22/2016 - Armando B wrote:
87 points
Bigger than a typical Oregon pinot. Red and dark fruit, not a lot else. Slight oxidation. Time to drink up. Fair value for $19 sale price. More in the style of a RRV pinot.
Red
2013 Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines Côtes du Roussillon Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
6/18/2016 - Armando B wrote:
86 points
Well made, basic GSM blend for everyday drinking. Certainly does the job, but not in anyway mind-blowing. I have not idea what RP was drinking, but it was not the wine my bottle.
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Red
2008 Fontodi Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese (view label images)
6/7/2016 - Armando B wrote:
91 points
Excellent bottle. Better than my previous bottles from this vintage.
Red fruit with good acid and medium tannins. Good balance. Very nice for $20.
Red
2009 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
6/4/2016 - Armando B wrote:
91 points
Very similar to bottle of a few months age. Remarkable wine for $20-ish.
Red
5/20/2016 - Armando B wrote:
Dark fruit with mineral/iron notes. No tannins. Would have like a touch more acid. Nice texture. Folks who are bigger fans of gamay wines will like this more than I did.
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Red
5/20/2016 - Armando B wrote:
Very nice. Dark and red (cranberry) fruit with some rustic funk. Good acid. Good balance. Seems to be in a very good place. Well done.
Red
5/15/2016 - Armando B wrote:
Oh yeah. This is really in a good place. Red fruit and little tar and a little leather. Great texture. Great balance. Really nice.
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Red
5/12/2016 - Armando B wrote:
83 points
Not a fan. Although it is not a large sample, I have yet to taste a wine from this maker that I care for. Just does not work for me at all--a lot of dill nd some chocolate along with dark fruit.
Red
3/12/2016 - Armando B wrote:
91 points
Excellent bottle (and very different experience than a bottle I drank 2 years ago). Wonderful nose of red fruit and spices. Very traditional rioja with restrained red fruit and oak and dill accents. The texture was the best thing about the wine--reminiscent of a good burgundy with some age.

Based on the community notes and my experience, it does seem that there is some pretty significant variance between bottles.
Red
3/12/2016 - Armando B wrote:
91 points
Certainly a more modernist style of Rioja. Darker fruit, creamier texture, more like a left bank bdx. Very good with a long life ahead. Would be very interested to try again in 5-10 years.
Red
2009 le haut medoc de lascombes Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/10/2016 - Armando B wrote:
87 points
Feminine bdx with soft dark fruit. Medium weight. Certainly pleasant but unremarkable. Seems to be in a good drinking window. I would suggest a short decant; this wine was a bit disjointed at first blush, but came together after about an hour. Fair value at $20-25, but certainly not more than that.
Red
2/28/2016 - Armando B wrote:
82 points
This is a wine to serve to your friends who are (1) beavers or (2) lumberjacks who are very enthusiastic about there work. On the palate, I got oak and oak and some more oak. There were hints of fruit and maybe a bit of coffee to add some complexity.

My experience with this wine is very different from most (if not all) of the folks who have posted notes on this wine, but I really did not care for it.
Red
2/8/2016 - Armando B wrote:
87 points
My 3d bottle of this wine. My bottles of this wine have been darker-fruited and less acidic and grippy than I expected. Not a bad wine, just not one to grab when you are in a more traditional Tuscan red fruit/leather/rustic sort of mood.
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Red
2/8/2016 - Armando B wrote:
91 points
Drank with John and Jeanne. Very aromatic wine with all sorts of red fruit on the nose. Bigger than I expected on the palate, where it was again all abut red fruit. Acid was good, but I guess I was anticipating that the wine would have more in the way of non-fruit elements. Still, very good.
Red
1/29/2016 - Armando B wrote:
84 points
Simialr to my previous bottle. Unpleasant bit of spritz on open. Bigger problem is that this seems to me to be a weird hybrid of styles. Definitely big and dark for a pinot. At same time, the wine had pronounced stemmy notes that suggest use of whole clusters. Did not work for me at all.
Red
1/17/2016 - Armando B wrote:
84 points
A bit disappointing. Red cherry fruit with some earthy notes (as expected) but lacking acid and too soft. OK for party wine, but better options in same price range for everyday sangio.
Red
2009 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
1/15/2016 - Armando B wrote:
90 points
Very typical of this wine in so many other vintages. Medium+ body, dark and red fruits, good acid, definitely some grip, nicely balanced. As always, good QPR. Big fan of this winery and this wine.
Red
1/8/2016 - Armando B wrote:
83 points
Liked even less than the previous bottle. I have no idea what Robert Parker was drinking (smoking?) when he scored this wine, but it bears not resemblance to the bottles I drank.
Red
2007 Château Cambon La Pelouse Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/3/2016 - Armando B wrote:
84 points
Disappointing for this producer. Fruit is fading, and not much in the way of additional mineral and clay notes, which I usually get in this wine.
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Red
12/24/2015 - Armando B wrote:
Pretty much exactly the same wine described in my 8-7-14 note.
Red
11/28/2015 - Armando B wrote:
85 points
This was fine, but nothing more. Pleasant red wine with just a little sangio character. Red fruit, not a lot else. But not flabby or spoofalated. Just ordinary. Ordinary QPR for $20.
Red
2008 Fontodi Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese (view label images)
11/16/2015 - Armando B wrote:
87 points
Pretty similar to the bottle I drank in 2013. Typical CC red fruit with earth and leather notes. The depth of the fruit lacks in comparison to this wine (which I am very much a fan of) in better vintages. A perfectly fine CC, but still below par for this maker.
Red
11/10/2015 - Armando B wrote:
87 points
Fair value for $20. Medium-to-full bodied. Dark fruit with olive notes. Not particulary focused, but certainly well-balanced and not flabby or hot or overdone. Kind of a little brother to boss wine.
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