Tasting Notes for jonphillips

(241 notes on 203 wines)

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2005 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/26/2021 - jonphillips wrote:
92 points
This was really nice and surprisingly drinkable.
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Red
2/12/2021 - jonphillips wrote:
91 points
Bell pepper note on night one, though nicely sized in the mouth. We will see what night 2 brings.
Red
1/22/2021 - jonphillips Likes this wine:
94 points
Quite liked this and bigger than I thought. Then I saw 16% alcohol and thought: “I didn’t realize it was that big!”
Red
2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Papera Ranch Russian River Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
1/3/2021 - jonphillips Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank this too young. Nice berry flavor but still acidic and angular.
Red
11/14/2020 - jonphillips wrote:
91 points
I enjoy the weight of it ... nice depth though a bit stemmy.
Red
2008 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/31/2020 - jonphillips wrote:
90 points
Needs another 5 years
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Red
9/21/2020 - jonphillips wrote:
89 points
Strong acidity, still slight tannin, and still some fruit. Open with a good pizza
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Red
9/19/2020 - jonphillips wrote:
93 points
Opened up and is still drinking great 3 hours in, nice acidity, long finish.
Red
8/23/2020 - jonphillips Likes this wine:
91 points
Bright clear red fruit, no steaminess, medium length. Not complex, but nice.
Red
8/22/2020 - jonphillips Likes this wine:
93 points
Last bottle ... thought this was really nice; opened up after about an hour. No opinion on how long it will go, but drinking well now.
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Red
4/10/2020 - jonphillips wrote:
90 points
The wine that killed my love of Larkmead and captured their cynicism. Dramatic raising of prices across the board, even for wines that were pedestrian. Sorry for the political tasting note. The wine is fine. 90 points is accurate.
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Red
12/14/2019 - jonphillips wrote:
88 points
No one is saying smoke taint so I will say it.
Red
2002 Joseph Drouhin Musigny Musigny Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
11/29/2019 - jonphillips wrote:
91 points
The magic of Burgundy still lost on me, as this felt simple on the palate. Maybe it needs more time? Maybe?
Red
7/1/2019 - jonphillips Likes this wine:
93 points
Craziness. I put this in the freezer. Forgot it, froze solid, cork almost out. Let it defrost on the counter for two days. Drinking tonight ... lovely.
Red
8/25/2017 - jonphillips wrote:
90 points
Loved the 2001, but 2004 still hard-edged, tannic, angular
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Red
8/28/2016 - jonphillips Likes this wine:
91 points
A little overripe note that blew off after about 60-90 minutes.
Red
3/22/2015 - jonphillips wrote:
90 points
Enjoying these. Still better on day 2 than 1
Red
11/27/2013 - jonphillips wrote:
94 points
I really like this wine ... let my other one site 5 years.
Red
2001 Michel Magnien Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
5/26/2013 - jonphillips wrote:
91 points
I don't have as much experience with Burgundy. This was nice, more herbal and wood(?) than fruit right now. Nice lift in the mouth after about an hour or so. Still young?
Red
1/30/2013 - jonphillips wrote:
88 points
Plenty of tannins ... Some upside potential
Red
2003 Robert Foley Claret Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/20/2013 - jonphillips wrote:
92 points
Good, but I think time to drink up. An acidic edge to this that felt like it wasn't going to age well.
Red
12/2/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
86 points
Carmelization creeping in and very little on the palate.
Red
11/21/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
93 points
Great pure flavor. Totally drinkable, but could sit for a little bit.
Red
11/20/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
91 points
Eh. Look, this is totally pleasant. But, we have to be honest.Pax has yet to deliver, right?
Red
11/17/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
94 points
Really enjoyed this.
Red
11/17/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
92 points
this felt a bit tannic and reserved. Very good, but let sit another year or two.
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Red
11/17/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
90 points
black olive, black olive. Never achieves lift-off.
Red
2005 Château Haut-Gardère Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/15/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
87 points
Thin and a strange ripe note
Red
2001 Arietta Variation One Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
10/26/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
91 points
Tight, but not sure of potential. Tannic ... Yet the acid seems to be building and the Syrah drowning out the merlot.
Red
10/20/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
92 points
Yeah, I guess this is still young. Primary, certainly. Entertaining, but not interesting. Let em sleep in hopes they become so.
Red
2006 Betz Family Clos de Betz Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/13/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
91 points
Still a bit strong and thick
Red
9/8/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
92 points
Took an hour to open up. This can sleep a little while. 2 years?
Red
9/1/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
90 points
This won't get any better.
Red
9/1/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
93 points
Really enjoyed this. Could easily go another few years.
Red
8/11/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
91 points
Young. Minerally.
Red
8/5/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
91 points
Nice, but never took off. A bit light ... ready to drink?
Red
8/3/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
89 points
Sigh, want to be a believer here ... but in terms of enjoyment, that's where I am points-wise.
Red
7/6/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
85 points
Fading fast. Drink!
Red
7/6/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
90 points
A bit reductive at this point. Drink up?
Red
6/12/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
91 points
Well made, still tannic ... Yet not totall yummy.
Red
2005 Clos Les Lunelles Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/6/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
90 points
These can wait 3 years at least
Red
2003 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/31/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
94 points
Lovely to drink, a well-made Cab, but not worth the price. Obviously.
Red
5/27/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
90 points
A tad artificial in its quest for size and sweetness
Red
5/20/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
92 points
My opinion: drink up.
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Red
4/5/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
95 points
Beautiful, great lift
Red
3/23/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
Sigh, what to think, what to think. Too much for me? Or nice and different.
Red
1/31/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
91 points
Much better on Day 2 ... thin and boring on Day 1. So ... needs more time!
Red
1/8/2012 - jonphillips wrote:
91 points
If nothing else, this wine is still young!
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