Tasting Notes for Brian1970

(431 notes on 354 wines)

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Red
2005 Château Montlau St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/19/2020 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
90 points
Still a wonderfully structured wine, showcases steaks beautifully.
Red
2005 Château Montlau St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/13/2019 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
91 points
Drank beautifully last night. Balanced, good cherry fruit, nice acidity and finish.
White - Sweet/Dessert
5/20/2019 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
92 points
Crowd pleaser. Sweet, with great acidity. Reminded me of a nice Tokaji.
Red
3/23/2019 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
92 points
Very smooth and balanced. Easy tannins, great mid-palate and finish. Crowd pleaser.
Red
2/17/2019 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
94 points
Opened up beautifully. Super balanced, deep stone and berry fruits, great structure, medium finish.
White - Sweet/Dessert
3/24/2018 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
94 points
Delicious. Green melon, honey, viscous but good acidity.
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Red
6/9/2017 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
90 points
Vibrant, bright red fruits, lush mouthfeel, long finish. Great after 4 years.
Red
6/9/2017 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice band-aid flavor and aroma, which blew off after a few minutes. This smoothed out nicely.
Red
4/22/2017 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
90 points
Muted nose at first, and thin bodied although it had nice legs. Eventually opened up nicely.
Red
2/4/2017 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
92 points
Opened up beautifully. Rich, deep fruits, well balanced, long finish.
Red
2005 Château D'Aiguilhe Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/6/2017 - Brian1970 wrote:
Good
Red
1/6/2017 - Brian1970 wrote:
Good
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Red
12/17/2016 - Brian1970 wrote:
flawed
Flawed. I think it was excessive VA.
Red
6/4/2016 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
89 points
Nicely restrained, cherry-strawberry with a hint of soil, nervy acidity. Good minerality and medium-long finish.
White
6/4/2016 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
90 points
Great acidity, white peach and lime citrus.
Red
2005 Glaetzer Godolphin Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
6/3/2016 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
91 points
A bit mellow, and a touch acidic, but overall balanced and still a spine of deep, dark fruit.
Red
5/20/2016 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
95 points
Dense, lush, relentless. Deep fruit, garrigue, wonderful structure, medium-long finish. Beautiful and fun, as it evolved over the course of an hour.
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Red
8/7/2015 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
93 points
Lush nose, deep cherry fruit, well balanced oak and acidity. Long finish, slightly hot but it's still fairly young.
Red
4/18/2015 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
90 points
Drinks like a $50 bottle of Napa Cab. Chalky tannins at first, settled out nicely after a half hour. Cassis, stone fruits, smooth finish.
Red
2005 Château Olivier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/25/2014 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
88 points
Thin, with an initial funk that blew off. Well-balanced, but a little too delicate for our mood.
Red
7/19/2014 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful cab. Beautiful.
Red
6/14/2014 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
90 points
Tremendous Cab value for the price. After sitting on this for several years, it's drinking beautifully.
Red
4/26/2014 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
92 points
Bright red color. Beautiful bright cherries, hint of spicy cola. Perfectly balanced, clean, and great acidity. Didn't need any decanting, but did get even better after 20-30 minutes.
White
4/20/2014 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautifully balanced. Lemon curd, citrus, a hint of tropical bronzed mango/pineapple. Great acidity, lengthy finish. Overall perfect for a hot April Sunday afternoon.
Red
2001 Meerlust Rubicon Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/18/2014 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
91 points
I last tasted this in 2007 and gave it a 91. Since then, the heavy tobacco and cedar have subsided and everything has mellowed and come into focus. Still has a lot of structure and would probably last at least 5 more years. Fruit is showing well. This SA wine is durable and delivers.
Red
2004 Château Haut-Brisson St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/7/2014 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
88 points
Mute upon opening. Blossomed a bit after an hour. Decent, but not remarkable.
Red
2009 Cypher Winery Peasant Paso Robles Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
2/14/2014 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
90 points
Muted nose, a little hot on the palate, low-medium acid, mild tannins. Deep red berries and dusty fruit, cedar, hint of cola. Santa Barbara pinot noir + Sonoma zinfandel = this wine. Medium length finish. Very pleasant with barbeque.
Rosé
2/8/2014 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
89 points
Clear, light salmon hue. Pale strawberry, white melon and a touch of pepper on the finish.
Red
2/8/2014 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
91 points
Crowd pleaser. Deep bomby fruit, but not obnoxiously jammy or syrpuy. A bit flabby, but that's what you get from some Aussie Shiraz.
Red
1/26/2014 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
90 points
Not revelatory, but held up perfectly for a 14 year old bottle of Shiraz. Understated, with a slightly vegetal nose, deep fruit and an herbal hint on the finish. This drank beautifully.
Red
1/12/2014 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
90 points
Pleasing, dark stone fruits on the palate (plummy?). Well-balanced, medium weight, good finish. We have enjoyed every bottle of this wine.
Red
1/11/2014 - Brian1970 wrote:
flawed
Flawed - either was cooked or a bit excessive VA. Dumped this bottle. Have enjoyed others in the past though, so perhaps forgivable.
White
1/3/2014 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
91 points
Clean fruit (apples, stone fruit, touch of citrus) with pure focused acidity. Hint of petrol/rubber. Very attractive and beautiful with sashimi dinner.
Red
2005 Glaetzer Godolphin Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
11/29/2013 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
91 points
Syrupy Shiraz, but nicely integrated and overall, just well done.
Red
11/28/2013 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
91 points
Drinking beautifully right now. Extremely well balanced, smooth and lingering finish.
White
2011 Jada Vineyard VIII VIII Paso Robles White Rhone Blend (view label images)
11/16/2013 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
90 points
Rich, fleshy and slightly brassy. A touch angular, but otherwise enjoyable. I think probably a better food wine than a sipper.
Red
11/9/2013 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
91 points
Great Amarone raisiny character, long finish, modest price.
Red
9/21/2013 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
93 points
Sumptuous, dark fruity nose; cherry and garrigue on the palate; linear, strong and refined with a powerful finish.
Red
8/2/2013 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
94 points
Rich, resonant fruit. Very well balanced, with a lingering finish. Beautifully made.
Red
1986 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/6/2013 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
93 points
Showing beautifully tonight. Well structured, tannins mostly receded and the fruit came to the front. Excellent finish.
Rosé
6/2/2013 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
90 points
Very pleasant, technically proficient Rose - all the "Brangelina" hype notwithstanding. No bold flavors, so somewhat forgettable afterwards, and overpriced. But a well-made Rose, no doubt.
Red
5/17/2013 - Brian1970 Likes this wine:
95 points
Amazing, beautiful and balanced. Such deep, crystal clear red fruit and harmonious finish. Wow.
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