Tasting Notes for tyvoodoo

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White - Sparkling
7/1/2016 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Disgorged January 2014. Still very large framed with nice depth and breadth. Acid is running high with years later from the vintage date and will probably need a bit more time to integrate. Lots of stuffing with some decent richness to help offset the acidity. Cellar time should reward those who wait, if give it a few more years.
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White - Sparkling
5/27/2016 - tyvoodoo wrote:
90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot, open for 2hrs and served from Zalto universal. Full and rich nose, lemon cream, biscuit, dense and layered but fresh and a touch airy at the same time. Lovely mouth, pillowy and soft with tart lemon acid on the rear. Holds up to food well, a bit angular on its own, probably needs some bottle time as it seems unintegrated. Over time I'd like to see the acid rounded out a bit and integrated some more, lots of promise here.
White - Sparkling
11/21/2015 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Wow, this is ridiculously good. Lovely round and rich nose with lemon curd, powerful with touches of ginger and pastry dough. Lots of breadth and density in the mouth, rich and full with great power for Chardonnay. Gimonnet killed this in 2005, great effort for such a tough vintage, drink or hold. Better with air.
White - Sparkling
11/21/2015 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Disgorged March 2013. These pierre peters bottlings are usually pretty rough and angular less than 6 months after disgorgement. It usually takes a few years to shake out and this one is just starting to enter the zone. Rounding out and picking up some richness. Great body and length, excellent acid and cut. Nice verve and energy but has great body that works with food, very versatile.
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Red
11/19/2015 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Very dense, structured and built for some cellar time, it wasn't until after a couple of ours of air that this started to pay dividends. Nose was pretty floral and decently open but the mouth was locked up. Hold!
Red
11/15/2015 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Zalto universal stem, tn after two hours in a decanter, Wow, incredible nose that jumps out of the glass. Gorgeous rich nose, of deep berry fruit, cedar, herbaceous perfume elements, graphite and pure class. One of those noses that is hard to put into works, sexy, powerful and intoxicating. Palate is a gorgeously rolled package of tannin, glossy red fruit, oak, acid and power. Great balance, more of the herbal and cedar qualities in the mouth that layers with the fruit nicely.

This is a tremendous wine with nothing but upside potential. Pure class, fruit, power with complexity and balance to die for. Tastes much younger than its vintage date and much younger when compared to standard LG bottlings of similar age. Very worth of the three time used reserve designation from Laurel Glen.
White - Sparkling
11/15/2015 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Straw color in the glass with a yellow tinge. Lovely full and rich nose with baked pear, fresh pastry dough, lovely yeastiness and rich power. Pinot fruit coming through on the nose with some red apple skin, touch of graham cracker pie crust. Full bodied in the mouth with great palate presence, large framed and an absolute food wine. Starting to pick up a small touch of honeyed and an aged character. Enjoyable now and should continue to drink well for some time.
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Red
3/22/2015 - tyvoodoo wrote:
It really is great, especially with a couple hours of air. Two hours in the decanter at cellar temp really helped this wine. You can almost smell the energy in the nose. Electric scents, floral and perfume like elements. I'd say it is nice and ripe, represents the 09 vintage well. Lots of transparency in the mouth, more tannin, spice, vibrant acid and almost a gritty minerality like element. Nose is super expressive but the palate seems coiled up and not giving much. I can only think that this will improve with age, excited to have 4 bottles left in the cellar.
Red
12/3/2014 - tyvoodoo wrote:
1980s Ridge Jimsomare Vertical: Medium red color, lots of bricking. Leather and soy on the nose with the smallest hint of red fruit, old dusty and musty cellar scents. Light herbal, dried cherry notes. A tad tired when compared to the others, more old than anything else. A hint of sweetness in the mouth. by itself this would be a decent bottle but when compared to the others it lacks freshness and vibrancy.
Red
12/3/2014 - tyvoodoo wrote:
1980s Ridge Jimsomare Vertical: Blood red color with slight bricking. Almost a chalky like cherry tums aroma, mineral nose. Herbal red pepper, expanding nose, deep ad rich fruit. More of the intense vegetal elements in the mouth, red pepper like, less greenness. Even some game like characteristics, the most complex of the bunch, just didn't have the fruit or balance to support the other elements.
Red
12/3/2014 - tyvoodoo wrote:
1980s Ridge Jimsomare Vertical: Color darkens up compared to the 82/83. Big aromas of red fruit, cigar box, maybe a touch of oak, glycerol. Big in the mouth, tannic, dry, big rich fruit. Seemed a bit simple compared to others, not as complex but has some promise. Almost seems a bit clumsy, not sure if time will calm this one down.
Red
12/3/2014 - tyvoodoo wrote:
1980s Ridge Jimsomare Vertical: Super pretty nose, round and rich with lots of dense chewy fruit. Lovely balance in the mouth, fresh acid, tons of integration with fruit and all aspects in the mouth. Balance and freshness are the hallmarks of this wine. Nose lifts with sweetness and tobacco, cedar, baking spice and some herbal elements, seems the most bdx to me when compared to others in the flight.
Red
12/3/2014 - tyvoodoo wrote:
1980s Ridge Jimsomare Vertical: Color starting to darken up compared to others in the flight. Lovely spice elements, cedar, perfume like red fruits, floral elements. Gentle in the mouth, great balance of tannin and acid. A touch dry with tannins firming up a bit, great concentration and a wine that could maybe use a few more years to unwind just a touch more.
Red
12/3/2014 - tyvoodoo wrote:
1980s Ridge Jimsomare Vertical: Lots of sweet red fruit, lacking some finesse and complexity. Heady tannins, decent balance and length, doesn't quite yet seem like its ready to go, needs a few more years.
Red
9/21/2014 - tyvoodoo wrote:
This wine seemed to go through a few phases but has finally settled down after 3 hours of air at cellar temp. A very pure and pretty nose laced with cool blue fruits, bit of tobacco spice, sweet smoked meats, dark red fruits and dried herbs. Lean red fruits in the mouth with a lovely mouthfeel. Dark red fruit, nice integration of acid and tannins. Drinking great with some air time but has the stuffing for more sideways time. I've had this wine a number of times over the past 4 years and it seems to be developing nicely, no harm in holding for further development.
Red
9/1/2014 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Decanted 2.5 hours at cellar temp prior to this note, served in zalto universal. Cool blue and red fruited nose, with tons of fresh cut herbs, sage, Italian seasoning. Layers into cedar, sweet cigar smoke, graphite and sweet red fruits. Silky mouthfeel, velvet like, a touch glossy. Wine builds front to back with a spicy entry sliding to a nice full mid palate and transitioning to a complex finish. Really nice acid in the mouth, fresh and bright, tannins are present but integrated nicely. Its all about complexity, spicy oak, black tea, more of the cedar, very Bordeaux like. To me it tastes like a 15yr old left banker. This is some really good stuff, lots fruit, great balance and drinking nicely with some air. If I were a guessing man I'd say this has at least 5-7 to peak and should drink nicely through its 25th birthday. A classic Cali cab in every way possible.
Red
3/24/2014 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Zalto burg glass after 1.5 hours of air. Wine started out very floral and dark with pronounced perfume scents. Over the course of the bottle, the nose shifted to a very red fruited and ripe nose. Almost smells like a ripe California Pinot. It's lost a lot of the early complexity and reverted back to the flashy 09 bojo I remember from a few years ago. The palate is a bit more classic with some gaminess, earth with dark red fruits. Plentiful spice and acidity, good mouthfeel with decent tension.
White
3/19/2014 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Upon opening it's pretty creamy and larger framed. After some air time it fleshes out and the palate gains some tension. Acid picks up in the middle with the creaminess leaning out. Definitely domestic but well made, decant or serve after a couple hours of air.
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Red
1/26/2014 - tyvoodoo wrote:
500ml bottle, zalto universal stem, glass poured off then decanted. Nose is super primary, mostly ripe red fruit, bit of sweet cigar smokiness. Palate seems a bit darker, a bit simple but with integrated tannins and lovely acidity. After a few hours in the decanter it really starts to blossom. Nose is lovely and almost feminine with great floral notes which carry the fruit effortlessly. Palate is crazy vibrant, incredible tension and energy. Bright and energentic, almost an electric mouthfeel with incredible freshness. Not a hard edge to be found, tannins play with the acidity perfectly. Dense and concentrated, not heavy in any which way, it's all about the balance here. Plenty of fruit , and acid/tannin harmony to let these age, excited to see what these do with some cellar time.
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Red
12/17/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Big ripe rich nose, cherry cola, baking spice, inherent warmth and spice with a small medicinal quality. Ripe cherry in the mouth, lingering warmth, decent mouthfeel and even adequate acidity. Warmth picks up on the finish, this tastes more like a RRV Pinot to me, very disappointing and a big departure from the wonderful 2010.
White
12/13/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
First bottle out of a case. Was really disappointed a first, roasted marshmallow nose, oak and richness. Fat and thick in the mouth with a round and rich texture. After some air time in the bottle, this started to come around. Palate fleshed out a bit, tension picked up, richness shed and overall texture evened out. It seems like this has the stuffing for cellar time.
White - Sparkling
9/28/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Probably one of the better 02s that I've had so far. Big and muscular, dense, rich, great supporting acid. Seems tight up front but does unwind with a bit of air. This seems to me like its coiled up at the moment and needs some age. Lots of promise here, should not have any trouble ageing.
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Red
2011 Carlisle Three Birds Sonoma County Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
8/25/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Was expecting something dense, rich and heavy but it was polar opposite. Light colored, decent balance, nice richness but not heavy or overbearing. It did get a bit dumb towards the end of the bottle but overall it was very drinkable. Not a whole lot of definition, structure or complexity but its a solid bottle.
Red
8/15/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Floral and perfumed red fruited nose, plenty of spice. Great purity and concentration in the mouth, sappy Pinot fruit, more profound spice notes, balanced, nice weight and length. An absolute pleasure to drink now.
Red
8/4/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Boring! Flat and round, lacking acid, bit of cocoa and mocha, red fruits, possesses nothing to keep me interested. Even at $30 it has no real value for me....plain and boring.
Red
7/22/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Opened for 2.5 hours prior to this note. Cool blue fruited nose, graphite, sweet baking spice, vanilla oak and a touch of black licorice. Balanced profile in the mouth with lovely blue and red fruit, decent amount of oak toast, sweet glossy tannins, decent acid and overall it's polished. Screaming value, great wine for the money!
Red
7/19/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Very similar to my last note on 4/17/13. Needs a bit of air to unwind on the nose and in the mouth. Once it does it reveals a lovely bouquet of red berry fruit, dried herb, slight menthol tinge and fresh tobacco. Lovely mouthfeel, classic cedar, red fruit, firm and integrated tannins, classic mouthfeel with great acid. Well built and drinking close to peak but will probably loosen up nicely over the next few years. Drink now with air or give it a few more years.
Red
7/5/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Decanted for three hours. Very gritty and sharp upon opening, a few hours of air helps smooth things out a bit. Savory and sweet fruited nose, inherent steeliness with loads of pepper and baking spice. Super primary all rolled in with plentiful dark berry fruit. Great density and concentration with medium weight. Tannins aren't overly obtrusive, acid is fresh and the wine has great harmony within all of these elements. Less of the opulent fruit in the mouth, more of the mineral laden dark earth, creosote tobacco. Lovely wine, great value.
White
7/1/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Had high hopes for this one but it just seemed a bit off. Color was far more advanced than what I was expecting, dark golden hue. Nose was decently fresh when chilled properly but when it warmed up a bit the honeyed tropical fruits came through with a noticeable amount of vanilla oak. The palate had more of the honey fruit and even a bit of sherried notes. Noticeable oak, didn't have the lift and acidity that I've come to expect from Rhys chards. I'm guessing this was an off bottle, at least I hope so.
Red
6/25/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Even after a bit of air time its still large framed, dense, a bit gritty and very concentrated. It took some extended air at cellar temp, 3+ hours to unwind a bit. It started to flash the classic arcadian palate texture with round and integrated tannins, soft oak and ample acid. Seems like out of the last few vintages of SH pinot, this is the one to lay down and age for quite some time now. Last glass was the best, I'd hold off for a few more years.
Red
2004 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/29/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
2004 Bordeaux Tasting: Glossy and creamy red fruited nose. Bit of sweet floral elements, strawberry and cherry. Nice even and balanced entry giving way to fruit and ample acidity. Powerful tannins, firm and upfront oak, a bit disjointed, tannins are a touch rough. Nose picks up a bit of chalkiness. Nice and dry with an even red fruited profile, tons of fruit there, very concentrated but not over extracted. Even with more air in the glass the tannins don't calm down, a bit clumsy now but will age effortlessly. Tons of fruit to outlive the tannins, excited to see this come together with some more cellar time.
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Red
5/29/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
2004 Bordeaux Tasting: Cool floral nose filled with red roses, menthol, some blue fruit and some perfume scents. Palate has some nice blue and red fruit mix, spice, touch hollow in the middle, more round and a tad unfocused when compared to the others. Glossy mouth feel with round tannins and very easy to drink. Id like some more definition in the middle and better concentration, this seemed a bit to simple for my tastes but others seemed to like it. Still raw and primary but I'm not sure it has the structure to warrant deep aging.
Red
2004 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/29/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
2004 Bordeaux Tasting: Deeply pitched nose with sweet black cherry, sexy and opulent. Flinty mineral aromas, mixed with a purity of fruit that is hard to put into words. Baking spices, bit of oak toast, forward and holding nothing back. Powerful and masculine in the mouth, dense and layered but not heavy. Great acidity carries the fruit and oak, tannins round out on the finish. Bright and lengthy, seductive and drinking great now. It will be hard to keep my hands off the others.
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Red
2004 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/29/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
2004 Bordeaux Tasting: More of a dark savory red fruited nose, much more classic with cedar, finite oak, some dense dark fruit and sweet cigar smoke. Lovely entry, dark red fruits, purse, seductive and balanced. One of the more balanced wines on the table with perfect integration of fruit, tannin, oak and acid. Good length on the back end, firm tannins but integrated and not hard. Bit of tobacco, black tea, fruit for days, stuffed and stacked for some aging. No harm in popping one now with a few hours of air but this does deserve some more cellar time.
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Red
5/29/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
2004 Bordeaux Tasting: Sweet vanilla and coffee oak nose, creamy red fruits. Lots of sweet baking cocoa and toast, smells like a coffee milkshake. Bit of spice pokes out on the nose with some masked red fruits. More coffee, coffee and coffee, its hard to get past it. Dense and rich mouth feel with more of the cocoa and coffee milkshake thing going on. Dark and chewy, hard time finding fruit underneath all of this wood. After a bit of air the fruit seems to emerge but I am not sure there is enough fruit to soak up all of this new wood. Very disappointing and very modern in style, surprising given the vintage.
Red
2004 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/29/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
2004 Bordeaux Tasting: Back to the lovely classic nose, gentle red fruits, oak spice, bottle sweetness, pretty and concentrated but not heavy. Sweet glossy red fruit, noticeable oak in the mouth but decently integrated. Tannins are ripe and round, not a hard edge to be found. Picking up come dark coca and coffee on the nose after some more air time. Toast comes to the forefront and masks the pretty fruit that was once there. Its got good depth and concentration of fruit to soak up all the oak at some point, lovely mouth feel, good acid, round and rich but interesting. Could use a touch more in the mid palate but its a minor flaw.
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Red
5/12/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Decanted 3+ hours at cellar temp prior to this note. At opening its very flashy, creamy, fat and luscious. After three hours of air this wine unwinds and starts to show that its serious and built for some sideways time. Very savory nose with beef drippings, sweet smoke, high toned pepper and toast. Underneath all of the meat and smoke is a blue fruited wine, round and rich with some sweetness on the nose. Palate is linear, red fruited, rich yet balanced. Entry starts with some dark red fruit, oak char and spice. Through the middle it transitions to some dark black fruit, road tar, more pepper, gritty tannins and balanced acid. I wouldn't call it modern but its domestic and wears its style proudly but it's got enough complexity and structure to keep me interested. My last bottle was January and it hasn't budget since, still drinking great and holding up perfectly, hands down best Carlisle I've had.
Red
5/10/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Very round, open and made in an easy drinking forward style. Lovely soft red fruited and delicate nose. Spice, touch floral and hint of richness. Palate is very balanced, not a whole lot of tannin that needs resolving. Great to drink now, very even from the pull of the cork to the last glass three hours later. Doesn't really seem like something that will age but I'm sure it will keep for some time now. Killer value!
Red
4/27/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Deep and dark, tightly wound and rich. Fleshes out with some air time but still dense and enjoyable but needs time.
Red
4/21/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Delicious napa cab just starting to enter its maturity window. Lovely dark mountain fruit on the nose along with cedar and plentiful spice. Palate is long and dense with chewy tannins and polished fruit. Balanced, bit of bottle sweetness, firm but glossy. Great value, complex and still has plenty of life ahead.
Red
2010 Château Barde-Haut St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/19/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Decanted half of the bottle for 2 hours and the other half is reserved for night two.

Night 1: Luscious creamy red fruited nose, graphite, hints of cool blue fruits, bit of oak toast, cedar box and some woody spice. Nose keeps rolling with coffee, baking cocoa rolled up with a backbone of dark red fruit. While the nose is probably considered modern its very seductive and inviting. Palate was very rough at first, like drinking a glass full of nails. Softened a bit with air but still tannic and dry. Dark fruit profile in the mouth, black cherries, more of the coffee and baking cocoa. Tannins are sweet and integrated with the fruit and oak but just a touch rough on th back end. Palate is a little gritty with some tar/asphalt notes. Not to heavy or overbearing, linear in the mouth with some good acid and relative balance. Bit of plumpness starts to emerge in the middle and maybe the smallest hint of warmth on the finish.

Night 2: Nose is picking up some darker fruit, spice and cedar seem to be a bit more integrated. Round and rich nose with some striking graphite and road tar scents. Dark chocolate, espresso bean and barrel toast. In the mouth the wine has come together overnight. Smoother texture, fruit, oak and spice seem to work together in better balance. The gritty tannins give way to a bit more polish and grace. Still very drying but it's nice to see the tannins integrating.

The wine seems to hold its blend well. While merlot was riper than CS in 10' this doesn't seem over the top or too much for my tastes, well done.
Red
4/11/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Decanted 2+ hours prior to this note. Lovely dark berry nose, Vosne spice, deep and dark with some dense richness on the nose. Bittersweet coca, dark spice and maybe a touch of toast. Fruit profile on the nose matches the mouth. Dark mountain fruit, more of the lively backing spice with a bit of toast. Deep fruit flavors and lovely richness, a wine that can stratle the line of density and elegance. While it has great richness and density, it also possesses perfect texture and mouthfeel. Great acidity, nice tannic punch on the back end. This seems like something tht is stacked for some cellar time. An outstanding wine that shows its flashiness in its youth but also showcases its potential for future development.
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Red
4/7/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Decanted 3+ hours prior to this note. Super fresh nose full of cedar, red berry, creamy raspberries, dried herbs and some toast. An inherent coolness and freshness to the wine, bit of blue fruit, bottle sweetness and some pure glossy Cabernet fruit. Nose seems to have layers upon layers, sweet and sexy, very perfume like and mouth watering. Dark berry fruit on the entry with some drying tannins and ample acidity. Very fresh and polished, medium body, nice and even with a drying tannic finish. Nice oak toast and baking spice on th finish. At 23 years old its still a baby and shedding its fat. I'd like to see the tannins resolve a bit further but this is still great stuff with a nice long decant. I'd say the fruit and tannins are there to warrant further aging. If I were drinking this blind I'd say its more around the 15yr mark and very similar in age profile to the 97. Amazing that its drinking so young, great stuff. This is textbook CA Cabernet, up and down, classic.
Red
4/2/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
A lot of toast and dark coffee aromas right upon opening. The wine seemed awkward and big, air seemed to settle it down. After some time aromas of sweet red berry, pepper and some creaminess. Kinda modern on the nose with more of the Syrah poking through with some chocolate Grenache notes. Palate brings it back to the old world with plenty of garigue, dark bloody Mourvèdre notes, iron and minerals. Bit of warmth, firm tannins and some really nice acid. Well balanced and in need of some sideways time.
Red
3/31/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Even after a 3+ hour slow ox this seemed tight and a bit unyielding. A touch thin in the middle, hopes this fills out with time. Only mags were bottled in 07 and I'm hoping this only needs some time.
Red
3/29/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Pretty nose full of perfume, dark cranberry, clove spice and some light strawberry. Palate has nice tension, acidity and balance but is a bit tart and a touch hollow in the middle. Hoping this ramps up some concentration for the long haul and fills out a bit. Bottle had been open for 3+ hours and while it did liven up it still might be going through a really young dumb phase. Lovely style, the material is there and needs some time to shake itself out.
Red
3/20/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Decanted 3+ hours prior to this note. Nice is very expressive filled with dark berries, cool blue fruit, exotics baking spice, oak toast, bit of framboise with a creamy texture. Decently round in the mouth with some gritty tannins on the back end. A bit drying but still has some nice fruit and concentration. At 12 years old it seems nicely integrated and starting to show some complexity. Still needs time though to develop a bit more and integrate fully with the tannins. Long life ahead, plenty of stuffing for the long haul.
Red
3/17/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
Dark red fruited nose, ripe and rich with some noticeable toast. More density and richness in the mouth with some nice balance, the fruit is ripe and oak noticeable but the wine doesn't come across as heavy or tiring. Long finish, bright acidity and more oak on the finish. I think this saw 100% new wood and still need some time for the fruit to soak up the wood. Very young and primary but a fun sneak peak. I'm excited to see what this does with some bottle age.
White - Sparkling
3/17/2013 - tyvoodoo wrote:
The most disappointing large house producer in champagne. Just doesn't have the depth, complexity and power that other large house cuvées possess.
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