Tasting Notes for gouldcampbell77

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Red
3/27/2020 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
90 points
Very pretty cherry red. Absolutely classic nose of menthol and rose petals. Drinks very well straight out of the bottle. Some tannins yet to be resolved but what do you expect? Welcome to barbaresco! Clearly made to be enjoyed young I don't think there's a huge amount of upside from here (perhaps another year or two) so just enjoy it for what it is - a throughly nice bottle of nebbiolo which is drinking really well right now. Only gripe? 15% alcohol.

https://uncorkedinitaly.com/roccalini-new-generation-making-old-barbaresco/
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Red
3/25/2020 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
93 points
Fully mature cabernet and at its peak now. Real concentration and stuffing but just so mellow and rich - like a comfy pair of slippers - and a nose that reminds me of one of those old fashioned button back leather armchairs. Absolutely no regrets about drinking my last bottle. Delicious.
Red
2010 Château d'Angludet Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Dark, serious, brooding, delicious
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Red
2009 Château Capbern-Gasqueton St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Dark and savoury, good concentration but quite hard work. The quality is undeniable but just not much fun. Reminds me in that respect of Leoville Barton - almost determined to be stern and old fashioned. The Professor Yaffle of 2009.
White - Sparkling
3/10/2020 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
92 points
167eme edition based on 2011 with 191 different wines in the blend across 13 vintages - oldest 1995. Made in that slightly oxidative style (ie. hint of wet wool/cardboard) as say Bollinger or Selosse which isn't my personal favourite but I know many will love it. Rich and full but with an absolutely pinpoint mousse and laser like acidity, this is certainly drinkable now but will benefit from a couple more years in your cellar. Serious champagne and not really an aperitif, but I can't think of a better wine to go with say cottage pie or a hot sausage roll. "
Red
3/3/2020 - gouldcampbell77 wrote:
89 points
Coming around. Sweet fruit but a bit tight still. Benefits from an hour in the decanter suggesting to me that another year or two should do it.
Red
2/25/2020 - gouldcampbell77 wrote:
91 points
A much more reticent bottle. A deep ruby red and looks very youthful. Mid weight and a bit tight with some peppery oak on the finish. This seems to have lost the exuberant fruit of youth and entering a different phase of life. I will leave my last couple of bottles for a few years.
Red
2/24/2020 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
93 points
Day one: Thin and a bit dilute dilute. What's going on? A bad year or is my palate getting jaded?

Day two: Cathy, how can I have doubted you. This is a symphony in a glass from the maestro of cabernet. Gorgeous concentration while remaining fresh and cool - this house's trademark. A masterpiece. Delicious now but many, many years ahead.
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Red
2/21/2020 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
89 points
Struggling to see what all the fuss is about. Pretty unremarkable in fact and at this stage at least, the 904 is a much better bet. Certainly not worth the price tag, for now anyway. Maybe better tomorrow?
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White
2/21/2020 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
92 points
Pale green/yellow. Nose of lemon peel and oyster shells - something very maritime going on. Clean citrus fruit on the palate, mineral and salty with oyster shells again. Spicy oak on the finish. Round but no unnecessary fatness. Clean crisp and powerful. Agree with Jancis's long drinking window of 2017 - 2030. Really good but getting expensive
Red
2/17/2020 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
91 points
Very pretty cherry red with no sign of age. Looks very young. Leafy raspberry and cherry nose and again, fresh cherries on the palate framed by some spicy but not obtrusive oak and a hint of stems? Has that light ethereal quality that reminds me of Dom de la Cote (praise indeed). At £25 on the table in Berry's sale, this is great value. And it's delicious. I think this will improve with a few more years so yes, a definite rebuy at that price.
Red
2/14/2020 - gouldcampbell77 wrote:
89 points
Decanted 3hrs, this looks very young in the glass - a dark ruby crimson with no sign of age. Not much on the nose - just a hint of some spicy red fruit. And to taste, not much there either. Just some clean red fruit and quite formidable tannins. Yes this is clearly well made from top quality fruit but so are a lot of other Aussie cabs. And at >£60 on the table per bottle there are better choices out there for the money - anything by Cullen and Wynns Black Label Cabernet spring to mind. Maybe I caught this on an off day or it's simply in a closed phase but I doubt there's anything wrong with the wine itself as it's screw capped. I know Jancis loved this but I have to admit I'm struggling to see what all the fuss is about. Based on this showing, not a rebuy.
White - Sparkling
2/11/2020 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
90 points
Small bubbles. Very delicate structure but beautifully defined, like the finest bone china or lace. Quite acidic still - a reflection of the base material and year perhaps? Needs some years to chill out and mellow.

55% Chard/45% PN - Disgorged Oct 2018 - 10yrs on lees - 60% 2007, 20% 2006, 20% 2004
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Red
2/11/2020 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
89 points
Decanted 4 hours - dark cloudy purple. Absolutely killer nose or dried mushrooms, hedgerow fruits and crushed raspberries. Bit of a country cousin - quite beefy and brawny and lacking a bit of polish but no less enjoyable for it. Rustic but good concentration and well made. A hint of toast on the finish to liven things up. Good honest Burg.
Red
2/11/2020 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
91 points
Deep dark dusky red with just a hint of rust in there. Rich dark smoky fruit. A slight cab franc leafy hint and good cut and bite still despite the obvious maturity. Very well balanced wine and absolutely a point right now. Delicious
White
Pale green. Nervy and fresh but slight hint of wet wool despite the Diam cork. Slight fault or Fevre style?
Red
2007 Cullen Wines Diana Madeline Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/6/2020 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
94 points
Dark ruby garnet with a brown core - definite signs of age. The nose is sensational - imagine pan fried mushrooms in cassis if you can. On the palate this is all about texture. A perfect balance between smooth dark fruit and savoury dryness, it reminds me of Clinet 2008. Liquid cashmere. Obviously has years to go but this is superb now. I cannot imagine a better Bordeaux or Napa blend. Wow.
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White
2/6/2020 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
94 points
This is drop dead gorgeous. Tinned peaches, tropical fruit, toast, coconut and lemon peel framed by good acid and spicy oak. Round but frsesh. Easy drinking and dangerously moreish. One of the nicest chardonnay I have ever had - possibly the nicest. Better to my palate than the Monte Bello chard and half the price. A definite rebuy.
Red
2/3/2020 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
91 points
Decanted 6hrs. Dark ruby purple - looks very young in the glass and not much on the nose either - some ash from the fire and hint of stems. On the palate, medium weight with good concentration of dark, wild fruit. Clean and refreshing but with a slightly wild side that I think will show itself with more age. Drinkable now, but gives the impression there'll be so much more to enjoy in 5 yrs time.
White
2/3/2020 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
90 points
Needs and hour out of the fridge to warm up and breathe after which it's just a delicious glass of wine. Nice round fruit, dry but no sour - made for drinking pretty soon I'd say and really delivering in Jan 2020. I can;t see much point keeping this - it's delicious right now. Definite rebuy.
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Red
12/29/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
92 points
This is exquisite. The colour is a very pale ruby and the nose is lovely - rhubarb, cranberry and cherries. On the palate, light weight - delicate even - but has an ethereal quality to it and a stemmy freshness that I really enjoy. It reminds me of Domaine de la Cote. There's no mistaking this for Burgundy, it's got cool climate New World written all over it and I think this is just the sort of wine Miles may have had in his glass in Sideways when waxing lyrical about pinot to Maya. The aroma and flavours are simply captivating. Of course it's no Chambertin but then neither is it trying to be. Just a lovely expression of all that pinot has to offer when it is unforced and left to do it's own thing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCS1Gnwbtp0
Red
2005 Château Clinet Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/27/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
92 points
There seems to come a time in the life of many merlots where the tannins and acidity have softened, the oak has integrated and you are left with rich sweet plummy fruit, blood and minerals. This is where this wine is right now.

There is some acid and spice on a finish that is still grippy, but I sense that this is right in the middle of its prime drinking window. There is good structure here but it is evolving fast and my sense is that this could be a bit sweet and flabby in five years time. So enjoy now and over the next couple of years.
Red
12/27/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
91 points
JDEE below has just about nailed it. Needs three hour decant to soften some of the tannin after which this is an absolute pleasure to drink now. Delicious cassis aroma and flavours which build in the mouth. I personally didn't get any cigar box but there's graphite and minerals aplenty. I don't have much experience of Las Cases and I know they can be very long lived but I don't see this improving much in the future. Delicious for current drinking and 5yrs into the future.
White - Sparkling
12/27/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
91 points
Drinking really well now with a bit of air. Light and creamy and not that fizzy (I'm sure there's a more technical term for this but you know what I mean). Refreshing and delicious and just the job with a plate of smoked salmon on Christmas morning. Probably not a re-buy as I don't think this will improve much so drink now and enjoy.
Red
12/18/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
90 points
As others have said, this is open for business but still needs many years to reach its peak. There's all the classic aromas, flavours and concentration you'd expect from a top drawer left bank wine in a perfect vintage but at the moment, it's a little stolid and dry with savoury inky flavours. Leoville Barton rather than Leoville Poyferre. St Julien fans will no what I mean. By all means open one now with a long decant otherwise move to the back of the cellar for at least another five years.
Red - Fortified
12/16/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
93 points
Lovely dark foxy red in the glass. Smells good too. All the tawny flavours you'd expect such as nuts, caramel, stewed plums and toast but there's something more here - a delicious spicy kick on the mid-palate giving this colheita an extra dimension of depth and interest. What I also like is the freshness and lift of this wine. Yes it's rich and full bodied as you'd expect but there's absolutely nothing cloying about it and it finishes almost dry. Served cool, this is actually refreshing which is not a descriptor I would normally associate with port. Absolutely delicious.
Red
12/13/2019 - gouldcampbell77 wrote:
90 points
Really satisfying savoury claret. Better than a couple of years ago. Drinking perfectly now. Delicious
Red - Fortified
12/4/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
93 points
A rock solid bottle from ex Opporto stock delivered to the UK October 2017. Everything about this wine exudes class - from the lovely cristal clear ruby purple, to the beautiful nose of fresh roses and violets all the way through to that lingering little hit of spice on the almost dry finish. Masterful balance and understated power. So fresh and lifted, this is just gorgeous now but has decades ahead. Other 85s I have tried are just not in the same class. For a wine with 32 yrs bottle age and perfect provenance, £62.50 on the table is also great value.
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Red
12/2/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted 4 hrs. Very dark crimson purple - intriguing nose of sweet red licorice mixed with 'Tesco's Finest sweet and fiery beetroot'. On the palate there is dark black fruit, sappy and fresh, like fresh cherries. At the moment just not that expressive so perhaps a bit young. By no means a wasted bottle but will be better in a year or two.

Day 2. Filled out and more rounded although still young. This is really excellent and will only get better. Yum!
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Red
11/6/2019 - gouldcampbell77 wrote:
90 points
Third from a case. Delicious but still a bit young. Really good rosso which will be a point in 2022.
Red
11/5/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
92 points
Bought a couple of bottles to see what all the fuss is about. Decanted one hour. Longest cork I've ever seen.

As others have said, an incredibly dark and youthful colour for nebbiolo let alone one that is 23yrs old - just a hint of garnet visible in its rich smoky depths. A little bit stinky on the nose at first then comes the menthol, roses and tar you'd expect. Very concentrated fruit but still tannic and acidic - this must have been one ferocious angry beast in its youth. Despite being only middle weight, there's a richness and depth to the fruit that is difficult to describe and some good old drying tannins on the finish. Will hold on this plateau for many years yet.

On the whole a good but not a great wine which didn't blow me out of my socks. I'll leave my remaining bottle another five years.
Red
10/17/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
91 points
My first wine from this producer. Decanted three hours.

This is a very approachable style of Barbaresco and is clearly made to be accessible young. There's plenty of the classic red cherry fruit, roses and tar that you'd hope to find in this corner of Piedmont along with some grippy tannin and well managed acidity. In Barbaresco terms, the wine is relatively soft and approachable and I don't think this has the structure for long-term aging, but whatever. It is what it is which is a good quality, good value accessible Barbaresco which is delicious today. Enjoy it over the next few years while waiting for your other 2014s to come around.
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Red
10/15/2019 - gouldcampbell77 wrote:
91 points
As others have said, the Sunbasket 2014 is much more at the red fruit end of the spectrum than the Kronos 2014 which as usual is darker and more brooding. This wine is all about exuberance and bright summer fruit. I'm reminded of a rich summer fruit compote which is heavy on the raspberries and brimming with goodness and vitality. Perhaps a bit too exuberant at the moment, like a 12 week old puppy wanting to play with everyone at once but a pedigree puppy nonetheless which just needs a few years to calm down and integrate to show its breeding and class.
Red
10/15/2019 - gouldcampbell77 wrote:
93 points
Decanted 3 hrs. Rich dark purple with a fabulous nose of dark fruit, fresh blackberries and a hint of coffee grounds.

Obviously this wine is still young, so tasting is subjective but the overall impression is of that elusive balance between concentration and freshness - two of Corison's hallmarks. I prefer this to the Sunbasket 2014 by some margin at this stage but then again, who knows what a few more years in the cellar will bring. Today the 2014 is not quite at the dizzy heights of the magnificent 2011 Kronos but as I say, it's early days.
Red
10/7/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
91 points
Good concentration and overall flavour profile but at the moment, the oak is still a little charred and bitter. Maybe this will resolve with time but I'll never know because this was my one and only bottle.
Red - Fortified
10/3/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
89 points
Beautiful mahogany colour, great aromatics and flavour profile but just a bit too sweet for my palate.
Red
2005 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/3/2019 - gouldcampbell77 wrote:
91 points
Decanted 2 hrs. Heavy sediment. Very dark rich colour which resembles a young vintage port in the decanter.

A heady nose of stewed plums, prunes, licorice, as well as something leafy - fresh pine needles? On the palate this is massive and rich but not too sweet. Amazing concentration of dark plummy fruit, like liquid Christmas pudding. Still quite a tannic charge and the wine opened out nicely over the course of an evening suggesting this has a ways to go yet. Perhaps not quite my style but fans of the super-concentrated idiom will love this.
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Red - Fortified
9/29/2019 - gouldcampbell77 wrote:
88 points
A bottle from a batch purchased duty paid. A bit hot and spirity. Lacking balance. Obviously great material but I wonder if storage has been an issue here.
White
9/28/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
90 points
Very minerally, almost salty in a crushed oyster shell kind of way. Only just drinking now. Years to go.

Much better by day three. Has fattened up quite a bit and a lot more fun to drink.
Red
2012 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/23/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted 12hrs.

Yes I know it's only Tuesday and this wine needs years to reach full maturity but WTH. The Monte Bello monster will not be denied.

Black, almost out to the rim with a heavy oak toast still on the nose. Dark sweet and very concentrated fruit all mixed up with a healthy tannic charge and some spiky acidity. A bit of a jumble at the moment but this is clearly of first growth quality and all it needs is time. At least five years before the next one.

I must buy some more of this before it disappears from the market.
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Red
2007 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
This was nice on day one with sweet round fruit and gentle tannins but now on day two it's turned woody and harsh. The char from the barrels is to the fore and while the fruit it still sweet and ripe, the main flavour is burnt toast.

This is the third from a case of six and I'm seeing a lot of bottle variation. Maybe still needs time. I hope so.
Red
8/8/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
92 points
Opened morning for the evening. Dark smoky crimson. Very little nose. On the palate, dark concentrated smoky damson and cherry fruit. Concentrated but unlike some of the other heavyweight Cali pinots I have tried absolutely no hint of confected over-ripe fruit. Just drinking now but with years left to run. SK does it again.
Red
7/29/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
90 points
Open 24hrs. very dark crimson. Strong cherry and raspberry fruit nose with a hint of something green (not stems, more like leafy gamay). Rich, deep and powerful wine. Smokey with dark fruits and concentrated cherry flavours at the core. A plush concentrated style that I like very much. Needs a few years for the oak to integrate.
White
7/29/2019 - gouldcampbell77 wrote:
86 points
Mid gold. A complex nose of pineapple cubes, honey comb, fresh almonds and peach kernel. Midweight slightly waxy texture - this is full rich and spicy with a savoury aftertaste. Quite an acidic punch on the finish. Lots going on in the glass. Definately a food wine. Risotto?

Not sure I really like this. The flavours are very strong and while there's no doubt it's good quality, to be honest I'd prefer a glass of chardonnay. Perhaps a few more years will do something.
Red
7/19/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
89 points
Dark smudgy cmimson. Leafy herbal gamay like nose. Not stemmy or green, just a bit Beaujolais like. Fat round and smooth on the palate. Some coffe and bitter chocolate (oak) but all round pleasant. No one coild object to this. A solid 89 bug not a rebuy.

Much better day two. Richer and rounder but perhaps a bit too sweet. Confected. Still an 89.
Red
7/19/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
92 points
Exquisite pinot. Light to medium bodied but at the same time dark and serious. Fantastic nose and mouthfeel. This still has plenty of spicy oak protruding so isn't quite there yet but I'm confident enough at this stage to invest in a six pack which I will revisit around 2022/23. Good day 1. Singing day 2.
Red
7/7/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
88 points
Stems, stems and more stems. Bright red just ripe cherry fruit but the stemminess is the main feature. Drinking now.
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Red
7/4/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
96 points
I was looking for a Cali cab in the cellar and this just jumped out of the rack into my hands.

Another great wine from Cathy Corison. Fabulous concentration of warm ripe fruit but with that cut and balance that few Napa producers seem to have mastered. This is an exuberant wine with something of right bank Bordeaux about it and as such, perhaps lacking the coolness and restraint as the fabulous 2011 Kronos but whatever - this is a seriously good wine by any measure that is drinking really well right now.

Along with Paul Draper, surely this producer has one of the highest home run to hit ratios in the state.
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Red
6/10/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
91 points
Third bottle from my case and the best yet. Much more precision than previous bottles which were a bit flabby and almost porty. Again, it does have that sweet ripe black currant jam fruit but this time without feeling overripe. In fact there's a dark slightly wild side to the fruit which is topped off with a nice cedary finish. Absolutely delicious.
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Red
6/7/2019 - gouldcampbell77 Likes this wine:
89 points
Very pretty dark maroon purple. Smells like a bowl of fresh cherries. On the palate, leafy, stemmy crunchy red cherry fruit. Light and earthy with a certain glycerin richness. Much better on day 2 suggesting this has a ways to go.A solid 89 and good midweek fare.
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