Tasting Notes for Shrages

(279 notes on 260 wines)

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Red
2/9/2020 - Shrages wrote:
91 points
This wine is super now. 3 years ago I actually disliked it as a short, iron-heavy French bistro wine. Tonight my wife presented it to me blind and I guessed a medium-high-end California Pinot with high extraction. I’m really enjoying it with airplane-cut pan roasted chicken. It’s pure and clear ruby red. Mostly high-pitched red-fruited nose, but also with some tar/asphalt and cinnamon. Deep flavors with a touch of deft oak, I think. Long with low tannin. Really tasty. A steal.
Red
2015 Château Vrai Canon Bouché Canon-Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/29/2020 - Shrages wrote:
90 points
Polished, clean, and tightly knit. Balsa and plum on nose. Very good legs and fantastic mouthfeel. Mostly dark fruits on palate, but definitely needs some time. Blackberry and sage after 2hrs. Will be really very fine in 4-6 years.
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Red
1/24/2020 - Shrages wrote:
92 points
This wine screams “Armpit of a beautiful woman.” Awesome.
Red
2015 Château Clerc Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/22/2020 - Shrages wrote:
90 points
Totally unexpected. From a Demi. Smells and Tastes like a Chinon or even an old-vines Beaujolais to me. Overwhelmingly red-fruited nose and flavors, with strawberry and even some cranberry. Very little dark fruits or wood tones. Fine grained, tight, but not tough, tannins. Will become easier but not a ton better over time. Hard to believe it’s a Pauillac.
Red
1/22/2020 - Shrages wrote:
92 points
This bottle has minor seepage due to storage in a warming closet, so may have been (beneficially) 3-4 years ahead of the expected aging curve. However, it is delicious. Nose of grilled balsa, warm (not hot), rich dark fruit flavors. Long and generous.
Red
1/10/2020 - Shrages wrote:
88 points
Has a more mature-feeling, bass-note, deeper, component to it than a typical 4 year old chianti - particularly in its impressive nose. Does, however, still have substantial drying tannins. The minor Bret note works well in this wine. Probably best after 2023.
Red
1/8/2020 - Shrages wrote:
90 points
Purple with brown hints. No legs = Light-medium bodied. Very natural, earthy palate and finish. An honest, naturalistic Beaujolais— less fruit than iron/sand character. This is less of a crowd-pleaser than other reviews suggest. I wouldn’t serve it to the casual wine drinking friend who loves rich Cali cabs; save it for a broader-minded, wine-knowledgeable friend who will appreciate it.
Red
1/7/2020 - Shrages wrote:
92 points
I just don’t get many of the prior reviews. This is a highly perfumed, delicious, mouth coating, warm, balanced Cabernet. Very fine. Best non-vineyard-designate wine I’ve had in a long while.
Red
2015 Château Puygueraud Bordeaux Côtes de Francs Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/3/2020 - Shrages wrote:
90 points
Enjoyed this wine. Has a bit of good funk in the nose. Flavorful and moderately rich, with a nice mouthfeel. Dark fruit and saddle leather and sweat. Like a baby Lynch Bages. Gentle but present tannins. Probably 2-4 years from peak but quite nice with dinner now.
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White
12/29/2019 - Shrages wrote:
flawed
Corked=Bret/premox. No number. Yuk.
Red
2015 Bibbiano Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
12/25/2019 - Shrages wrote:
90 points
There’s a bit more sweetness and fruit in the nose here than in your average Chianti, and that must account for the 93 WS score. Because apart from that minor elevation, this is pretty standard fare for even a non-riserva Classico. Clean, sleek, pretty, and high-acid and short.
Red
12/24/2019 - Shrages wrote:
92 points
Confirmed prior impression with another try of this excellent wine.
Red
12/24/2019 - Shrages wrote:
93 points
A great wine. Even better than last review. Still has 4-6 years of improvement in it, at least.
Red
12/16/2019 - Shrages wrote:
89 points
Nice bright cherry nose and opening flavors, with a bit more red fruit depth than a middling chianti Classico. Proper, low density body. Still, however, quite acidic, and a bit of cough-drop on the finish. Nice, like most chianti, with food. Will improve for 2-4 more years.
Red
2015 Château Haut-Brisson St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/24/2019 - Shrages wrote:
91 points
Impressive, deep nose of black fruit and oak. Nice acid balance on the palate, with less dark notes and less viscosity than you’d anticipate based on nose. Very fine, but I don’t expect a particularly long life. Peak in 3-6 years
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Red
11/13/2019 - Shrages wrote:
86 points
Retried (I unfortunately have a few). Flawed. A little Bret and a little VA. This winery charges a lot and never seems to get it quite right. Agree also with others’ mention of “petroleum” (great for Riesling- not so much here) and “medicinal” qualities.
Red
11/6/2019 - Shrages wrote:
87 points
A little too much American oak, a little clumsy, a little too much Almond-skin bitterness. But wudduyuwant for $12??? Not baaaad.
Red
2006 Château Labégorce Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/2/2019 - Shrages wrote:
87 points
This wine is still nothing special, but I agree with the reviewer who said it is becoming more integrated finally and improving. Very nice robe and nose, reasonable fruit. The acid has faded but it’s STILL quite strong, creating a short, tight finish. I think there’s enough fruit for 3-4 more years in the cellar, over which time the acid will further integrate. Best in 2023. Maybe an 88 by then.
Red
10/27/2019 - Shrages wrote:
91 points
We tasted just about every 2015 and most 2016 SG reds at a visit to the winery. The lineup is incredibly strong, with a consistent house style of clean, stylish, balanced wines which are fruity yet not overripe or overoaked. For my money, the “basic” Napa bottling is the one to take home. As good as the single vineyard offerings for almost half the price. I was surprised that the American oak used here (vs French in the higher-priced wines) didn’t put me off at all and actually added a little touch of spice that I enjoy.
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White - Sparkling
10/27/2019 - Shrages wrote:
90 points
An elegant combination of elevated lemony zest and less obvious, yeasty bass notes. Moderately high acidity in the house’s style. Nothing to complain about here, for sure, if not mind-blowing. Will improve over next 2-4 years.
Red
10/25/2019 - Shrages wrote:
91 points
Love it. Essence of armpit of a beautiful woman. Deep and rich too. At peak.
Red
10/21/2019 - Shrages wrote:
94 points
Rich, generous and earthy, yet with enough tannic and acid lift to last 2 decades at least. We drank it over 3 days and it got better every day. A great wine created as a side-personal project from the great former winemaker of Dominus and Caymus.
Red
10/11/2019 - Shrages wrote:
88 points
Very purple, meaty, and sanguine, but also with some lift from something rose-petaly on both nose and palate. Pretty tasty, but a bit hollow in the middle, and too acidless as, in my experience, ripassos typically are.
Red
2015 Château Malescasse Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/10/2019 - Shrages wrote:
90 points
Ripe and rich in appearance. Solid and extracted. Nice, cool nose of mint, eucalyptus, black fruit, and graphite. Tight on palate, as you’d expect at this point; some green herb on a moderately tannic finish. Best part of this wine currently is the nose, which should be beautiful in a few years. Overall, well-made and should have a good future in the 91ish range. I will not try again until 2022.
Red
9/16/2019 - Shrages wrote:
91 points
Very fragrant with light to medium frame, more French than Cali in that and most respects. A bit of musty smell blows off quickly with decant leaving good fruit, but this is by no means a bomb. At peak with regard to acid and tannic structure, which is now gentle. I really enjoyed it.
Red
8/29/2019 - Shrages wrote:
91 points
Fragrant, rich, and dark for even a Cru-level Beaujolais. But it still has the characteristic strong acid backbone and little tannin. Truly mouthwatering and delicious.
White - Sparkling
8/18/2019 - Shrages wrote:
88 points
On the sweet side, but also a bit simple and faded, with a wet-wooly character which I don’t love in champagne. Just so-so.
Red
8/10/2019 - Shrages wrote:
92 points
Love it. Dark, fleshy, granite-y, charcoaly, hint of funk. Great cab franc.
Red
7/24/2019 - Shrages wrote:
92 points
Just awesome, as you’d expect. Big and beautiful. What a sediment! And with just the perfect tiny touch of French funk.
Red
2009 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/18/2019 - Shrages wrote:
91 points
Has broadened out and sweetened considerably since my last taste 3 years ago. Quite fruity and generous now, but still traditional frame. I’d estimate 1-3 years from peak.
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Red
7/18/2019 - Shrages wrote:
90 points
Black as tar, as well it should be! Nose of dark, dark fruit and a wall of slate. Feels from the nose like it’s mature, but the mouth, after first pouring, meets a wall of plush and broad, but massive tannins. These fade substantially after just a few sips, however (maybe my taste buds were pummeled into submission). Long firm finish. SO - this is good now. But it may be great in 3-6 years.
White
7/12/2019 - Shrages wrote:
91 points
Pale gold. Medium body, no legs. Nose pure acacia. Flavors of honey, lemon, and hint of wet wool. Classic and charming.
Red
7/12/2019 - Shrages wrote:
88 points
Solid. No major flaws. Dark berry. Not much in the way of elegance or nose. Good for a bbq with non-wine friends.
Red
2014 Château Les Ormes de Pez St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/2/2019 - Shrages wrote:
90 points
Closing up a bit. Not as enjoyable as last taste. I’m leaving these alone for about 2 1/2 years.
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Red
5/27/2019 - Shrages wrote:
92 points
Excellent. Decanted, and it needed it! Left a substantial sediment — certainly unfiltered. Very dark, with a brilliant surface sheen. Med-full bodied. Smells of crank-case oil, lead pencil, mint. Just the tiniest bit of VA. Flavors feel like a second growth pauillac — from a warm year. Black fruit, lead, licorice, rock. Perfect acid balance. Still moderate, but plushy, tannins. Long and naturalistic. Big, but in an old fashioned way. Feels like the real deal. Reminds me of a Realm Beckstoffer cab I loved a few years back. peak 3-8 years.
Rosé
5/24/2019 - Shrages wrote:
90 points
Very nice. Pale orange-pink. Grapefruit nose. Fruity yet fresh and not a hint of sugar. Finishes with orange rind and a substantial saline, acid, and tannic personality.
Red
2014 Château Giscours Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/15/2019 - Shrages wrote:
92 points
My first of 4. Only a touch of sediment in the bottle. A beautiful purple/black —sheeny surface, but not reflective the way a Cali cab typically is. Little to no legs, so not very viscous. Nose reticent (as you’d expect st this stage) and pure. Some graphite, charcoal, crushed stone. Flavors follow in same key: pencil lead and eucalyptus, black fruit in background. Perfect acid balance, plenty of tannins of the softer variety. A serious wine, good now but made to age. 92 with a great future. I’ll try it next in 3 years but expect 8-10 more to peak.
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Red
4/24/2019 - Shrages wrote:
90 points
Strawberry and rhubarb with a hint in nose and flavors of something deeper, but that something never quite arrives. Proper for a solid Beaujolais.
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Red
4/15/2019 - Shrages wrote:
90 points
Very vinous. Fruit and earth. Nicely balanced. Peak in 1-4 years
Rosé
4/13/2019 - Shrages wrote:
91 points
Beautiful salmon pink. Unusually tangy and grapefruity for a rose — in a good way. Also with watermelon, strawberry, and a touch of kiwi on both nose and flavors. Nice mouthfeel/softness beyond what you’d expect for a wine that obviously never saw wood. I love the great balance between strong fruit and good acidity. I guess by power of suggestion (this being a Sancerre), I wondered if it might have a little bit of Sauvignon blanc in it. But no, this is a pure Pinot noir wine.
Red
2010 Château Lalande-Borie St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/6/2019 - Shrages wrote:
90 points
From a Demi. Solid. Tasty. Medium body. Spice dominant. A bit of vanilla a sweetish core. Minor green element on finish. 3-5 years to peak.
White
2/4/2019 - Shrages wrote:
90 points
Fruity and elegant. A tad overoaked. At peak.
Red
1/31/2019 - Shrages wrote:
91 points
Nicely balanced. Characteristically Italian, but with less acid and more heft than that may imply for some. Old World but flavorful. It saved the day (night, actually) after I opened and tasted a horribly sweet, near-undrinkable, highly-rated “modern” wine from Barbanera — and promptly dumped it in the sink.
Red
1/23/2019 - Shrages wrote:
90 points
Solid, well-made, nothing memorable or distinctive.
White - Sparkling
1/13/2019 - Shrages wrote:
90 points
Mostly citrus, a bit of brioche. Not notably concentrated. A nice wine but no 95. I DID however, discover a great pairing today: champagne and potato chips! (and football)
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Red
1/12/2019 - Shrages wrote:
85 points
Green, greener, and tough as nails.

Day 2- no argon, just recorked - 88 now. A certain flat sweetness has emerged in the wine’s core, and the toughness and acid faded quite a bit. I’m actually enjoying this today, so I guess it has some future in 3-4 years.
Red
2015 Clos du Clocher Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/4/2019 - Shrages wrote:
92 points
A real crowd pleaser (even at this young age). Very, very dark. The wine is so rich that it pours like 100% glycerine (if you’ve ever been in a lab) or half-and-half, rather than like something with a density near that of water. Creamy on the nose and mouthfeel too. Full, fruity, opulent, and classy. It’s just delicious — a true hedonist. I don’t get this wine as tannic as others do. It’s perfect nowand will be great for 5 or 7 more years, but I don’t see it as a long ager. Overall, strikes me as similar to a high end California cab, at about 1/4 the price. In fact, I remember a Pride Cabernet franc that was very similar to this.
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Red
12/20/2018 - Shrages wrote:
86 points
Still super high acid. Like a Nebbiolo you wished you’d waited 10 more years to open, but with 80% less fruit
Red
12/16/2018 - Shrages wrote:
93 points
Pinot heaven. Rich, warm, silky, and complex. Just reaching peak but will be a beauty for at least 5 more years. Just a touch of Brett, but in a good “this came from a very French, antique cellar” kind of way. This is my idea of what great Burgundy would taste like (if I had ever had a Burgundy I actually thought was great). This placed first by a long shot at a blind tasting by some serious wine folk of 10 2005 pinots from US and France (at a biweekly event I call the “geek wine tasting” in Palo Alto CA).
Red
2005 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/8/2018 - Shrages wrote:
95 points
Beautiful. Just coming into its sweet spot — it has dramatically opened up vs 2 years ago. On nose and flavors, it’s as though pencil lead was freshly crushed with the richest blue fruits you could conjure. Big but also highly perfumed and elegant. Very long, but of course still with moderately strong tannins, now moving towards the plusher end of the tannin spectrum. If you love fairly primary left bank Bordeaux, this wine will put you in your happy place. Will be great for another 20 years, depending on at what stage you prefer your wines.
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