Tasting Notes for cseanb1

(171 notes on 165 wines)

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Red
10/12/2020 - cseanb1 wrote:
93 points
Decanted 3 hours on Thursday, put the cork back in, and then drank Friday night. Light bodied, elegant with strawberries, rhubarb, cinnamon, and Xmas spices lingering into a long finish with earthy notes.
Red
I have nothing positive to say about this wine. I decanted it, tasted it along the way over 5 hours, and then poured it down the drain.
Red
7/23/2014 - cseanb1 wrote:
90 points
Decanted 1 hour prior to consumption, but it needed another hour for the finish to extend across the palate and to fully integrate.
Red
2/5/2014 - cseanb1 wrote:
91 points
Magnum and decanted 8 hours prior to consumption. Needed every minute to open and express itself. Consumed during the second half of the Super Bowl. It was vastly more interesting than the game at that point and all in the room were thankful it was a magnum as sorrows needed drowning. Classic CdP. Enjoy!
Red
1/17/2014 - cseanb1 wrote:
94 points
Decanted 4 hours then placed back in bottle with cork off for another four. Insanely good and complex. Don't buy it. Don't look for it. I want all for me. If you buy it, please pop and pour, you'll hate it.
Red
12/10/2013 - cseanb1 wrote:
91 points
Started to sing after about four hours in the decanter. Would buy again.
Red
11/29/2013 - cseanb1 wrote:
Decanted 3 hours. The wine showed no Pinot characteristics, nor Oregon profile. Reminded me of an aging new world styled CdP from a warm vintage. Stewed fruits and a rich full bodied palate. The previous bottle a few years back was much better. After a glass, I moved on to something else.
Red
11/2/2013 - cseanb1 Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted two hours and returned to the bottle for 4 hours. Should have given it three hours, but it was a fine showing none the less. Highlights were a medicinal herbal component much like a fine Amaro and a rich savory earthiness that hinted on Tahini sauce. It was still changing in the bottle up to the last glass. Magical.
Red
10/26/2013 - cseanb1 wrote:
94 points
Decanted four hours, placed back in bottle sealed for another four, and then decanted for another two at the restaurant. The last two hours integrated the finish and added warmth to the fruit. Mmmmm, Barolo.
Red
10/17/2013 - cseanb1 wrote:
90 points
Pop and pour. Expected little based upon other's notes, but got much more. Every now and then bottle variation is in your favor.
Red
9/15/2013 - cseanb1 Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted at 2:30 and consumed from 7:30 to 9. Beautifully integrated and expansive. From first to last glass, a pleasure, but the last 1/3 of the bottle showed another level.
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Red
6/1/2013 - cseanb1 wrote:
PnP was a mistake. Either decant for at least an hour or better yet cellar 2-4 years. Just too young right now.
White
10/25/2012 - cseanb1 wrote:
80 points
Decanted with hopes of improvement. None observed. Dumped the second half of the bottle down the drain, no point. Life is too short.
Red
Decanted 3 hours prior to the start of consumption and the wine was just beginning to show. By the end of the fourth hour in the decanter, the finish was beginning to show the potential of the wine. Lesson learned. Sadly, this was a single bottle purchase, but I would buy again if I can find the vintage.
Red
3/11/2012 - cseanb1 Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted 3 hours prior to consumption. Tasted after 1.5 hours in the decanter, there was minimal fruit and the finish was still tight with a tannic grip. With the extra 1.5 hours of air, the fruit emerged, nuances appeared, and the tannins melted into a long finish. Ahh, the power of cool climate Pinot, biodynamically farmed and spontaneously fermented!
White
2/19/2012 - cseanb1 wrote:
80 points
Venturi'd into the decanter and then decanted 45 minutes prior to serving. Now I enjoy elegance and subtlety in my wines, but this wine needs an amplifier. I even let the wine warm up to just slightly chilled and the flavors and finish are still muted. The folks at the Wine House SF were big on this one, don't know why; they must be trying to get rid of it. Not sure I'm even going to finish this bottle as life is too short and there are other wines in the house. $24 not well spent.
Red
Smoke Tainted. If you can look past this aspect, the underlying wine is quite nice. For me, I wish they had told me so at the winery when I asked as I would have purchased the 09 instead and cellared it.
Red
9/5/2011 - cseanb1 wrote:
Decanted 30 minutes. I needed a 1/2 bottle on labor day and whole foods was the only wine shop open. I figured was 07 good vinatge. It had some bottle age. I normally enjoy the profile of Sonoma Coast Pinots and the sign said dry and earthy. Not exactly what I was hoping to find. Wino Tim and BruceB nail it and are perhaps a tad kind. Over-priced and underdelivering.
Red
8/27/2011 - cseanb1 wrote:
92 points
Decanted 2 hours prior to the start of consumption and should have decanted 4 more. Not to say that the wine wasn't drinking well after two, but the last glass showed a a whole new level of the finish. Glad there is more and will certainly look to buy again.
Red
8/26/2011 - cseanb1 wrote:
82 points
Decanted 2 hours prior to deciding that if this were Tuesday and I was having pizza this wine would have sufficed. Since it was Thursday and I was heading to Dopo, I put this wine back in the bottle and opened a Quintarelli instead. Day Two, downhill even farther and down the drain.
Red
7/24/2011 - cseanb1 wrote:
88 points
Decanted 1 hour. This wine never found itself even after several hours in the decanter. Still youthful with fruit, it just never managed to find a cohesive palate. Described best as an awkward teenager, hopefully, this wine will do something down the road. Will forget the other bottle for good long while.
Red
6/3/2011 - cseanb1 wrote:
flawed
TBD if Benchmark will accept a return of a corked bottle.
Red
5/29/2011 - cseanb1 Likes this wine:
91 points
Decanted 1.5 hours prior to consumption. The more air it gained the less French it became. Strangely it was earthier, funkier and less fruit foward after 1.5 hours after being decanted then 2 hours. As the night grew on, it became more fruit foward and cherry driven. A very lively wine. Enjoy!
White
5/29/2011 - cseanb1 Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted 1 hour before consumption and cumsumed over 1 hour. Upon entry to the palate the fruit is lively and fresh before the wine settles into what one would expect from a 10 year old Rayas blanc. Plenty of life left here. I think I'll shop for an older vintage to see what a fully mature Rayas blanc has to offer.
Red
5/29/2011 - cseanb1 wrote:
93 points
Decanted 4 hours prior to consumption and cosumed over 1.5. Two hours into decanting the first taste is disjointed between the fruit and acidity and frankly disappointing. Wondering almost if the bottle is off. 2 hours later, the wine has integrated and is all that I expected it to be. As Tim put it, the Rayas footprint all over the nose and palate. The last sip was the best of the bottle which leaves me to regret not decanting more like 7-8 hours.
Red
5/7/2011 - cseanb1 wrote:
89 points
Opened and decanted. Much improved from the last bottle. Fruit forward CdP which improved as the night progressed showing dark fruits, minerality and a touch of tar.
Red
3/20/2011 - cseanb1 wrote:
92 points
Opened and not decanted. Direct from the cellars of Bertani, the bottle had been recorked and tasted as if it had been topped off with a more recent vintage. Needed about 20 minutes to really open up and show the full range of complexity.
Red
3/20/2011 - cseanb1 wrote:
91 points
Decanted 3 hours prior to consumption. International styled fruit is kept in check by the fine grained tannic structure. Dark fruits, earth, funk and hints of leather follow through in long finish.
Red
3/18/2011 - cseanb1 wrote:
88 points
Decanted 1/2 for 1 hour and then consumed the second 1/2 the next day. Nice CdP with a full fruit component and a medium finish.
Red
3/5/2011 - cseanb1 wrote:
92 points
Decanted 3 hours and then poured back in the bottle for another 4 hours and then decanted at the restaurant for another 45 minutes before consuming and still this wine needed more air. Still beautiful with dinner as the fat of the pasta al funghi and steak melded with the remaining tannins, but the last glass of the bottle was to die for. Glad there is still one left.
White
1998 Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2/27/2011 - cseanb1 wrote:
93 points
Still drinking just as the others have described it.
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Red
2/26/2011 - cseanb1 wrote:
91 points
Decanted 45 minutes and could have used more. Will wait another year or two before popping another. Tasty though.
Red
2/12/2011 - cseanb1 wrote:
92 points
Decanted 30 minutes prior to consuming, but it needed 1.5hrs as the last glass was when this wine really started to show everything it has to offer. A wonderful bottle none the less.
Red
2/5/2011 - cseanb1 wrote:
92 points
Opened and not decanted. Still singing. If you find it, buy, drink it and enjoy.
Red
1/26/2011 - cseanb1 wrote:
86 points
Decanted 30 miutes prior to consmption. Was hoping for more given year, region, producer. Soft supple tanninns with and earthy cherry palate. Muted nose. Didn't open much during the night. @20/btl unless second night shows improvement, I wouldn't purchase again.
Red
1/15/2011 - cseanb1 wrote:
91 points
Opened and decanted 3 hours. Beautiful nose and a Bordeaux palate. Still took a couple hours after the 3 hour decant for all the tannins to melt into the palate.
Red
1/9/2011 - cseanb1 wrote:
85 points
Decanted 30 minutes prior to consumption. Although the wine didn't show much complexity, I think it has the fruit and components remaining to improve in a couple years.
White
12/11/2010 - cseanb1 wrote:
92 points
Opened, Decanted, Consumed. A beautiful honey orange in the decanter. Vinomarcus describes this wine nicely.
Red
12/4/2010 - cseanb1 wrote:
91 points
Decanted 13 hours (with tastes at various time points) and then consumed over 2 hours. 8AM-11AM in the decanter, nose is shutdown as is palate. At noon, upon vigorous shaking, the first wafts of "Amarone" arising from the decanter while palate begins to show promise, but is quite short. 3PM complexity begins to waft from the decanter along with the finish begining to strech out as well. 5PM the first sign of fruit appears upfront on the palate while the nose is nothing short of intoxicating. 9PM-11PM tastes poured for all in attendance. Descriptions of the palate include: almond paste used in desert patries, dark chocolate, petrol, leather, spice notes, and a warm plum fruit which greets you upon first entry to the palate. All agreed a lovely wine.
Red
11/25/2010 - cseanb1 wrote:
90 points
Decanted 30 minutes. Who says CA Pinot doesn't age?
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Red
11/25/2010 - cseanb1 wrote:
93 points
Decanted 2 hours and consumed over 3 hours. After 2 hours in the decanter, the nose was still shutdown. Early on, the wine had a longer more complex finish than it did an entry on to the palate, but as the night grew on the wine opened beatifully. The nose began to develop as did the fruit upon entry to the palate. A glass into the bottle this wines was singing from the nose all the way through the long finish. Each glass offering a new expression of the wine until the bottle was empty. If 02 was a poor vintage in the Veneto, I can't wait to taste a great one from this producer!
Red
11/11/2010 - cseanb1 wrote:
80 points
Opened and Decanted 2.5 hours. Little Pinot character makes it through the taste of the smoke. Certainly disappointing.
Red
10/29/2010 - cseanb1 wrote:
79 points
Opened and decanted 30 minutes. One dimensional, lacking Rhone character, short finish and somewhat drying tannins. Hoping it is just bottle variation as there is another in the cellar.
Red
9/25/2010 - cseanb1 wrote:
93 points
Opened and decanted 2.5 hours. Out of the bottle the wine was thin, slightly tannin and acidic with little nose of which to speak. 2.5 hours later with dinner, there was a world of difference. The wine gained weight, the fruit emerged, the nose was beautiful and the palate all that you would expect of such a wine.
Red
8/14/2010 - cseanb1 wrote:
92 points
Opened and decanted 30 minutes. Had a hint of tar/petrol in a really good way along with notes of sandalwood and spice that did it for me. The remaining fruit is nicely over shadowed by the flavors of the secondary maturation.
Red
7/24/2010 - cseanb1 wrote:
90 points
Opened and decanted. This one needs air and plenty of it. After about 3 hours, the finish lengthened out all the way and the wine was showing great. The next day it even had more depth to show. A 90 now with room to grow. I'll wait 2-3 before popping another.
White
7/20/2010 - cseanb1 wrote:
88 points
Bright acid with a clean mineral driven wet stone core followed by toasted oak. Quite enjoyable for $21.
Red
7/20/2010 - cseanb1 wrote:
92 points
Opened and decanted. Given 30+ minutes of air the fruit emerges to show a CA version of Vosne Romanee.
Red
6/12/2010 - cseanb1 wrote:
91 points
Decanted 45 minutes and double Venturied and it still took about another 1.5 hours to sing. Consumed at Baywolf with Mac.
Red
2/12/2010 - cseanb1 wrote:
93 points
Decanted and consumed at Nopa. Decided to decant based upon the amount of tannins present in the first pour from the bottle. Some sediment thrown. Beautifully aged CA cabernet still showing fruit with a longer finish at 25 years old. A Bordeaux profile in a CA frame.
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