Tasting Notes for Harry Cantrell

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Red
2000 Château Potensac Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/16/2017 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
90 points
Garnet. Floral nose with some anise. Taste was medium weight, even slightly thin, quick to leave evidence it was in you mouth. Nose 93-Taste 86 overall 90
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White
4/16/2017 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
94 points
Yes, I know, very young. I used to let Peter Michael settle for at least a year but I feel the winemaking has settled down the oak a bit. Green-Yellow. Nose initially shy, not surprising, but opened over the next hour to have citrus, cream. Taste was a nice young mix of citrus and vanilla. Very good and will get better with some time-6 months to 3+ years.
White - Off-dry
4/16/2017 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
94 points
Golden yellow. Nose of Citron and lemon cream. taste also of nose, but smooth, medium rich. Delish.
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Red
4/16/2017 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
93 points
Deep garnet. Nose of dark chocolate, winter spices like allspice. Taste was still slightly tannic, mouth filling, rich, good.
White
4/8/2017 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
92 points
Yellow. Nose of minerals and lemon. Taste was still strong with acid, lemony, fresh oregano.
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Red
4/8/2017 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
97 points
Garnet, deep. Nose was a more mellow Pride than I am used to. Anise and a puff of tobacco with a plum finish. Taste was the most mellow Pride Reserve I have had to date. Drinking beautifully now.
Red - Fortified
1/14/2017 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
93 points
Deep purple. Nose of black cherry and nuts. Moderate sweetness. Drinking now. Can age 5 years more+
Red
2001 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/3/2016 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
93 points
Garnet. Drinks like the little brother of Shafer Hillside. Nose of berries and cinnamon, taste similar. Still young, delish.
Red
2/27/2016 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
94 points
Deep garnet. Nose of a rich cab with berry and cinnamon flavors. Taste was rich, mouth filling, very good. But I have had even better from this producer.
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White
2/27/2016 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
93 points
Pale yellow. Nose a mellow mix of vanilla, clove, a hint of minerals. Taste was smooth, easy to sip.
White
2/27/2016 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
93 points
This was the first Parker 100 pointer that was white, IIRC. Light amber color. Older Gewurz nose, clove, dried rose petals. Taste was medium oily, mouthfilling, still going strong, but not for people who like their Gewurz young. I had this soon after release in the 1990s and it rated higher.
Red
2/13/2016 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
94 points
Deep garnet. Various reviews have raved about this, including someone giving a 100 points. Not for me. Mellow nose and mouth, nose lovely with rich, sweet, cherries, blueberries. Mouth was a little subdued, slightly disappointing. Perhaps a closed phase? Nose 96, mouth 92 overall 94
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Red
2000 Château Cambon La Pelouse Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/29/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
91 points
Medium garnet. Nose of a medium Bordeaux-licorice, black fruits, tobacco. Taste was black fruits, anise. Very good for a 'lesser' maker
Red
2003 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/29/2015 - Harry Cantrell wrote:
89 points
garnet. Nose was shy, initially not giving much, with swirling and airing some licorice, lead pencil. Taste had some acid, black fruits. Clearly in a closed phase, let it rest 3-5 years.
White
2013 Y de Yquem Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
11/17/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
93 points
let it air and warm slightly
White
2013 Y de Yquem Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
11/17/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
92 points
Pale yellow. Very Sauvignon blanc in nature, only with aging/airing does the Semillon come out. Nose of vanilla, orange peel, cream, citrus. Mouth was smooth, medium weight, lip smacking.
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Red
11/17/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
95 points
Wonderful for 51 yo. Garnet with orange rim. Nose opened with bottle stink, then opened with airing. Nose of forest floor, black fruits, cornucopia, lasting all night. Taste was smooth, fruits, rich, lingering. What a surprise!
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Guiraud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
11/17/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
93 points
Deep yellow. Nose was breaking out of adolescence, but not quite there yet. Nose of orange peel, hints of caramel and citrus. Taste smooth, similar, citrus peel with a hint of bitterness on the end.
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Red
2005 Château du Tertre Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/15/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
93 points
Black Garnet. The surprise of the 2005 Bordeaux tasting. Nose was rich, coffee, black fruits, hint of oak. Taste was smooth, young, full of potential.
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Red
2005 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/15/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
96 points
Black. Nose opened to show black and red fruits, hint of anise. Taste was young, tannins are not intrusive, but present. Mouthfilling young Bordeaux. All you want it to be and just a hint of what it will. Won by acclaim a 10 year tasting of 2005 Bordeaux.
White
11/15/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
93 points
First of this bottling for me. I suppose it is like a second wine. Pale yellow. Nose was typical Aubert, balanced oak treatment, but still evident, medium to big weight, vanilla, lemon, orange cream. Taste was similar, very good.
Red
11/15/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
95 points
Deep garnet. Nose was initially roasted coffee, but with airing black fruits, richness, nose filling, young still. Taste was a bit smoother than the last tim, suggesting it is just entering its drinkability window. Nice.
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Red
11/7/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
85 points
Pale amber. Nose was surprising mix of a medium weight sherry, some sweet fruits hinted at,some slight caramel. Taste was very good, fruits hanging on, smooth, mellow, very good overall and a great surprise as 1968 wasn't the best year. 47 yo!
Red
10/23/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
96 points
Black garnet. Nose needed a little airing but my oh my when it did open, perfume of Cabernet. Taste was rich , young, black fruits, anise. Yum!
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Red
7/25/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
89 points
Garnet, Nose a mellow mix of tertiary flavors, nothing out of place, just not enough of there there. Taste morrored the nose with some licorice, black fruits, seasoned salt.
White
7/25/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
93 points
Yellow gold. Nose of vanilla, pear, butter, cream. Taste was smooth, rich, vanilla, pear in cream. Wonderful
Red
2001 Bond Melbury Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/25/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
94 points
Deep garnet. Nose of plum, asian spices. Taste was mouth filling, black fruits, licorice. Very nice, but some how wanted more.
White - Sweet/Dessert
7/25/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
93 points
Amber gold. Nose was mellow, apricot cream, touch of pineapple. Taste was medium sweet, mouth filling, caramel, apricot. Delish.
White
7/25/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
96 points
Pale gold. Yes I just had this the day before, but this was for a tasting group. Lovely mix a flowers, pear and mango. Mouth was smooth, mouthcoating with vanillins, pear, mango in cream. Wonderful and my last bottle.
Red
7/25/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
93 points
Deep garnet. Nose has mellowed out a bit but still quite youthful. Hints of blueberries, cinnamon. Taste was like a 3 year old wine. Blueberries, blackberries, cinnamon. Very good, but 100 points?? Don't think so.
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White
7/25/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
94 points
Pale gold. Nose initially shy but kept opening throughout the night to reveal pear, mango, cloves and a kick of licorice at the end. Taste was smooth throughout. A lingering licorice finish. I will try to remember to decant the next one.
White
7/18/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
96 points
Yellow with a hint of green. Nose blew away the most recent bottle, with mango, pineapple, cinnamon, vanilla. Taste was smooth, all of the nose with a licorice hint at the end of the long finish. Wonderful.
Red
1996 Château Ferrand Lartigue St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/15/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
90 points
garnet with orange rim. Nose all tertiary, forest floor, dried herbs, licorice. Taste medium weight, a hair thin, short but pleasant finish.
Red
7/15/2015 - Harry Cantrell wrote:
flawed
corked=who said the corked issue is lessening-2 corked Prides in 1 week
White
7/4/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
93 points
Pale gold. Nose of milk and cream, pear and mango. Taste also has a creamy sense to it, pears and vanilla hinted at. Nice.
Red
7/4/2015 - Harry Cantrell wrote:
88 points
Dark garnet. Nose of blueberry jam. Taste of fresh blueberries. Did I say blueberries? I found somewhat tiring to drink.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1987 Château Coutet Barsac Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
6/28/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
89 points
Caramel color. Nose of an older dessert wine with just a hint of coal. Taste was moderately sweet, very good mouth filling caramel, vanilla. A surprise and very good for an off year.
White
6/28/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
90 points
Pale gold. Nose of pear, some apple, aged wine, mellow. Taste was also smooth, caramelized apples, minimal sweetness. Good.
White
6/28/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
95 points
Gold. Nose was smooth, rich, opened and changed over the airing/warming. Pear, mango, hints of citrus. Mouth was similar, touch oily, long lasting. Delish. I was concerned about the color, but needn't have been.
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White
6/28/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
90 points
Pale yellow. Nose was Sauvignon blanc but less acidic, citrus in the nose. Taste was smoother than anticipated, citrus in the taste. Good.
White
6/28/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
94 points
Pale gold. Nose was a smooth mix of herbs, caramel and cloves. Taste was smooth spicy, caramel taste, not sweet, mouth filling. A joy at 8 years old.
Red
6/20/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
90 points
Deep garnet. All Pride, all the time. Syrah that reminded of a bigger Ozzie syrah. But with a Foley hand. Taste was big in the mouth, reminded of a much younger wine. But it opened with airing. Good.
Red
6/20/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
90 points
Deep garnet. Nose smelled like a new spicy syrah. Initially drank like a barrel sample, all plums, pepper, blackberries. But this was one that changes with a few hours' airing to a more complex, secondary scents, more pepper and fresh herbs.
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White
2010 Morlet Family Vineyards La Proportion Doree Sonoma Coast Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
6/20/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
91 points
Pale gold. Nose mostly Sauvignon blanc with a mellowing effect of the Semillon. Taste was crisp, medium weight in the mouth, citrus, fresh herbs hinted at. Very good.
Red
6/20/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
93 points
Garnet with a hint of orange at the rim. Nose is older but balanced, herbs, hint of plum, spices. Taste was smooth, medium weight, suprisingly lively for this old a bottle. Surprise of the night.
Red
6/14/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
92 points
Garnet. Nose much less Strawberry, more herbal. Taste was good, a touch hotness on the end.
White
6/14/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
95 points
Pale gold. Nose was middle aged, less fruits more spices. Taste was coating, mouthfilling, touch oily, rich. Delish in a challenging year for Cali Chards.
Red
6/14/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
92 points
Garnet with orange rim. Nose was of the roasted meat variety. taste was of an aged Syrah/Cote Rotie. Very good show from an unknown-to me-producer.
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