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Tasting Notes for MarkinBaltimore

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Red
A delicious bottle with the refinement that marks the Tempier Domaine. Tannins still evident, even after a thorough decant and an hour in a decanter. Color still ruby, suggesting this wine has significant evolution in front of it. Delicious bouquet of herbs and small red fruit, but not yet the distinct tertiary aromas that come with a fully aged Bandol. I would guess this wine would be better in 5-10 years.
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Red
If you are going to open this wine right now, I suggest decanting it and letting it breathe for a minimum of two hours. It has passed its youthful, grapey phase and moved into a place where it is leaner with fairly prominent, though not hard, tannins. After two hours it begins to knit together and express its kaleidoscope of flavors. Fabulous bottle, but needs time to breathe.
Red
From memory – this wine has an extraordinarily complex bouquet: acetone, sweat, bacon fat along with the expected red fruit and floral notes. Tannins are only lightly evident. Truly an astonishing bottle.
White
This continues to be simply fabulous. A juicy, well-balanced Kabinett with a spine of mouth-watering acidity that keeps it from being heavy or cloying. A provocative and distinct herbal note along with the expected floral, citrus, and mineral notes. Long finish. Delicious.
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Red
This is extremely impressive. I was going to write h a tasting note then I read Short and Confused's note just below. Read that. He does a great job. This wine has fabulous nuance. It has evolved beautifully. If you see this on a restaurant wine list, order it. Great wine for roast beef or just about anything. Ready to drink but slight tannins in the background suggest it will keep for a while.
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Red
Still going strong. The color is bright ruby red. Very good.
Red
Rather saturated ruby red. Bouquet of red fruit with hints of bacon fat and herbs. Mouthfilling and pleasing on the palate. No sense of over extraction or excessive oak. Acidity is high. A very enjoyable Gevrey. I wouldn’t pair this with something highly flavored. It would be exceptional with a simple roast beef.
Rosé
At fours years past vintage, this wine has really come around. Very enjoyable and, as the British say, moreish. Bouquet of red berries and flower petals. Pleasing and mouthfilling with a long harmonious finish. When this was young, I found this rather unyielding but now it is rounder, fuller, and very satisfying.
Red
Rather light bodied. The color is dark and fairly saturated but when you drink this the acidy is prominent. The bouquet is fabulous – a delicious melange of cigar box, manure, and red fruit – all well-integrated as one would expect for a wine of this age. On the palate the wine is mouthfilling with a long, pleasing finish. This showed unexpectedly well. A completely delicious bottle of wine. It shows no hint of tiring and will last for many more years but is delicious today.
Red
Whatever awkward phase this wine was going through (or perhaps my last was a bad bottle), it is now going strong. Dense ruby red. No sign of bricking or aging. Bouquet: cherry liquor with enticing overtones of herbs, olives, and raw meat. Rich mouthfeel. More like a California than Oregon pinot, if that makes sense. Wonderful wine to drink with a range of foods.
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Red
Not yet come together. The wood treatment is prominent, tannins are noticeable. This could be great, but it needs more time.
Red
Time has been very kind to this wine. Dense dark red, very little bricking. Explosive, and I mean explosive, bouquet of tar, raw meat, chocolate, rosemary, and fall tree fruits. Mouthfilling. Tannins are still quite pronounced but not objectionable. Nothing hard or unyielding here. Me like very much.
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White
Wow! Extraordinary complexity and concentration. A finish that persists for seemingly ever, yet still comes across as light and not exhausting or heavy. Pale yellow robe. Complex, enticing bouquet of lemon, tropical fruits, cherries, herbs, and wet stones. In the mouth, there is a pleasing spicy quality. The finish is extraordinarily long without any bitterness. This is an amazing wine. When you look at the price, it is unbelievable. For some reason it is taking me back to a nostalgic memory of the first time I whiffed a fine Riesling. It is that good. (And completely ready for consumption.)
Red
2005 Orin Swift Papillon Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
From memory. A friend brought this over last night. It’s not my usual fare but I definitely enjoyed it. We decanted and let it sit about an hour before consuming. The wine has a delicious, complex bouquet contrasted somewhat by a simpler, dense red fruit flavor in the mouth. I found that the tannins were still evident, though slight. They were fine-grained and unobtrusive. This bottle was definitely well-cellared since purchase which might be the reason other notes suggest it is more advanced. We enjoyed it very much – a good example of a heavier CA Bordeaux blend. But given the lack of fit between the bouquet and the taste in the mouth, I’d anticipate that this will hold for many additional years and perhaps evolve in a further positive direction.
Red
In a word, fabulous. Complex bouquet w. bacon fat, minerals, and herbs. Long and mouthfilling with noticeable tannins still present. I’d be really surprised if this didn’t continue to evolve in fabulousness for quite some time. (Although not for me, as this is my only bottle.)
Red
From memory – this wine has definitely come out from its awkward phase and is drinking quite well. Once decanted it was immediately enjoyable. Rather high-toned with prominent acidity. Not the most complex wine in the world but a very classy, delicious Gevry. I'm sure it will evolve well for several years, but since there were no noticeable tannins, I don't know how long it will hold for.
Red
Wonderful. Make sure it let it breathe for 45 minutes or so.
Red
This is drinking beautifully. Takes about 15 minutes after decant for the rough tannins to resolve. Beautiful typical Nebbiolo aromas. Excellent value.
Red
Wowsers! This is really good. Classic bouquet of cherry liquor, herbs, and minerals. Really explosive in the mouth. Full of flavor. The long finish has a slight wood-inflected bitterness. But definitely a very, very enjoyable bottle.
Red
Bouquet with lots of tertiary aromas – meat, blueberry liquor, minerals, mint, smoke. Bright acidity. Long and mouthfilling. Good balance. Tannins faintly prominent suggesting structure to hold for many years. This is a wonderful wine experience. Those folks on CT who own these bottles are lucky.
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Red
Right now the concentration of this wine comes to the fore. Dense red. Bouquet of cherry liquor, lavender, herbs, and beef fat. Mouth filling. Good balance. There’s what presents as a hint of sur-maturité that is not pleasant. Awkward. Don’t know if it can become elegant or expressing tipicity.
Red
Whatever hardness was there is gone. Drinking beautifully. Red fruit, menthol, thyme and rosemary. Very enjoyable.
Red
For now I like this better than the more expensive Les Picaudieres bottling. More fruit, juicy, but with typical Rhône notes of olives, herbs, noticeable but not off-putting tannins. Long finish with no bitterness. Really good.
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Red
Dark, saturated ruby robe. Kirsch, red berry, pepper, vanilla, and herb bouquet. Long and mouthfilling. To me, the concentration of this wine surprised me. The tannins, which come in part from a fairly prominent oak treatment take nearly an hour to resolve. Very enjoyable but will clearly last and evolve for several more years. There is an underlying simplicity to the fruit that I would associate with a simple Bourgogne rouge but this wine is intense and crafted. Quite enjoyable.
Red
Consumed over two nights. Tannins are well integrated; this is drinking well right out of the gate. Effusive nose of creme de cassis, bacon fat, and herbs. Oak treatment is not obtrusive. Long pleasing finished. Excellent bottle.
Red
Good density but over-oaked to my taste. Oak spice notes evident in the bouquet and the finish is long but rather bitter. The tannins are not pronounced so this is on one level ready to drink but it’s not to my liking at this point in its evolution. There is a good deal of material there so perhaps it will evolve in a few years into something more pleasing.
White
Moderately deep, straw yellow. Bouquet leaps from the glass – tropical fruits, minerals, and a hint of petrol. The palate is mouthfilling, not particularly dry or austere, and not at all bitter on the finish which ends with a red berry note. This wine is open and ready for business. Very, very enjoyable.
Red
Ruby robe. Inviting bouquet of red berries, hints of vanilla, cinnamon, and ripe meat. Sweet and mouth filling. Long, pleasing finish with no hint of bitterness. It took approximately one hour after opening for the tannins to integrate. I'm thinking this wine is in a very good spot, more integrated, juicy, and mouth filling than the prior notes on Cellar Tracker suggest. Delicious now but given its underlying structure there's no rush. Yum.
Red
Saturated, deep ruby robe. Lifted, mouth-watering bouquet of red fruits, violets, and a hint of bacon fat. Mouthfilling. No discernable tannins. Marred by a long, bitter finish. I have enjoyed other wines in her line more.
Red
(From memory) This was my first experience with a Le Moine Burgundy and I see what all the fuss is about. Complex bouquet. Wonderful concentration with a finish that goes on and on but no bitterness or sense of over extraction whatsoever. Is it worth the high price? I don't know. But it is certainly an exquisite bottle of wine.
Rosé
This is another data point in the ongoing question about the agability of Rose’s. At four years past the vintage this is fabulous. Evolved nose combining underbrush and pleasing barnyard scents with red fruit. Simply great on the palate. Long and mouthfilling it with no harshness on the finish.
Red
This doesn’t seem to be in such a great place right now. Tannins have faded. It takes 15 minutes upon opening to come together. The wine is still succulent and rich, but fairly one-dimensional with a bitter finish. I’m inclined to let my remaining bottles sit, hoping for a little emergence of tertiary flavors.
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Red
Quite enjoyable but still a baby. Tannins suggest a long life. It’s going to be delicious for quite a long while.
Red
Sorry to see this one go. In a great place. Bursting with juicy fruit. Excellent.
Red
The other tasting notes give the wrong impression. This is a solid, enjoyable wine. Color is dense and shimmering orange-tinged red. No bricking at the rim. Effusive Nebbiolo bouquet – flowers, red fruit, and tar. The tannins are still pronounced and drying although they by no means outweigh the delicious mouth filling flavors. For me, this does what a Barolo should do – offers a delicious, albeit somewhat unruly, accompaniment to heavy meats and game. Although the level of tannin suggest this will persist I suspect it is in a good place now and ready to drink.
Red
Upon opening, soaring bouquet. Cherry, dark fruits, tobacco, broth, and a pleasing fresh green note as well. Mouthfilling upon entry, just a slight bitterness in the long finish. Showing a great deal of complexity. Delicious. I assume a fairly long, promising life.
Red
Medium saturated ruby red. Perhaps not as dense looking as a heavy Burgundy but not as light as an Oregon Pinot either. Bouquet is intoxicating – cherry liquor, candied lavender. But note, although this wine is far from heavy, it drinks best when it has breathed for an hour. Long and mouthfilling flavors, a slight bitterness on the finish that is not objectionable. I say, drink now and enjoy. But let it breathe. Would be great with Stilton, mild or straightforward flavors. I would not pair this with anything sweet or Oriental. It’s too delicious on its own.
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White
Full, deep gold robe. Bouquet is expressive interplay of green herbal notes, mint, lemon, and lanolin. Upon entry, it fills the mouth with flavor. Sweet but not overly so. Spicy, complex, with a long ++ finish. Cheers to the recent posters who wrote that this wine is in a good place. It absolutely is. Would go with a wide range of foods, but cries out for something like chicken in cream that would play off the many dimensions of the wine.
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Red
Deep saturated red. Bouquet includes berry and cherry and spice aromas. Long and mouthfilling with soft, integrated tannins. A sophisticated and well integrated flavor. Very enjoyable.
White
Right now this is awkward. The bouquet is captivating and wonderful: citrus, red fruit, and a wonderful candied note. But on the pallet the wine is challenging. Sweet upon entry, a bit closed and unforgiving, with strong acidity in the finish. As the professional reviewers said, this needs time to integrate.
Rosé - Sparkling
I consumed my last two bottles at a festive holiday dinner. I'm not sure of the disgorgement date, but they had been sitting in my cellar for at least a decade. For that, both bottles were amazingly fresh and lively. Flavors integrated but not tired or out of sorts at all. Really fabulous showing for this n.v. rose.
Red
1994 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
I could just cut and paste Redder's review below. Still youthful deep red with no bricking. Tannins pronounced upon opening. After a two-hour decant tannins are less prominent but still noticeable. Complex, nuanced aromas. Delicious and easy to drink. Shows no sign of fading. I would guess this would easily cellar well for the next ten years if not twenty.
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Red
This has evolved from its youthful stage. Quite well-balanced. Just evident tannins suggest it will last, and indeed, I would bet against those who believe this is an early-drinker. I think its will surprise. Currently it's extremely juicy with an enticing red-fruit quality, good acidity, and long, slightly tannic but not bitter finish. Great balance and poise. Not a Burgundy, a Loire pinot noir, so simpler, but very enjoyable and delicious. Not heavy enough for steak or stew. More suited to roast chicken, rabbit, or salmon, with which it would be outstanding.
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White
Very well-made and enjoyable. Herbs, citrus, and stone scents. Lemon oil, grapefruit on the palate. Extra long finish with no harsh or bitter notes. Great wine with food. A very pleasing dry German riesling, albeit different from rieslings from other regions. Very easy to drink. This doesn't have the challenging extraction of some GG dry rieslings. It's ready to drink now.
White
Upon opening I don't find this as easy-drinking as other notes suggest. Bouquet is enticing and complex: red fruit, pineapple, hint of petrol, and herbs. In the mouth, strong but mouthwatering acidity at play with a great deal of dense extract. Long, pleasing finish. I think I like my Kabinetts on the lighter and more open side.
Red
Dense, saturated red. Candied, red fruit bouquet with spice and earthy notes. The flavors are intense and mouth filling. Tannins are not obtrusive or interfere with enjoyment. This is a very good, sophisticated Burgundy that I imagine might evolve into something really impressive in a few years but is enjoyable today.
Red
Earthy, almost gunflint note on nose and palate. Over-oaked? Tonight this bottle seems disjointed.
White
I think this wine really shines as an accompaniment to food. On its own it is delicious but, at least for now, the acidity is pronounced giving it a tart quality. But that same tartness is mouthclearing. Very long pleasing finish. Nothing harsh or out of place. Sweet, red fruit aroma. Lots of fun and for the price, wonderful. i can hardly imagine a better accompaniment for Asian food, but it would pair with a wide range of dishes.
White
Having consumed most of this at dinner, I'm not in the best position for writing a detailed note, but suffice it to say this is damn near perfect and deserves all the praise it receives. Six months ago, it was still tights, but now it has expanded a bit. It is poised, elegant, mouthfilling, intensely long, featuring brothy tertiary aromas, virtually no cat-piss or typical SB notes. Wonderful, wonderful bottle.
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White - Sparkling
Disgorged June 2011. Really enjoying this. The aromas show a good deal of evolution - brothy, meaty notes. Delicious and mouthfilling but poised in the mouth. Long, lemony finish . Very enjoyable bottle.
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