Tasting Notes for pilot360

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White
5/18/2020 - pilot360 wrote:
93 points
Opened and the nose was a bit hazy and wooly. Really enjoyed that phase, With air precision set in with the fruit.

This was a beautifully precise wine.
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Red
4/21/2020 - pilot360 wrote:
92 points
this bottle had dill pouring from the nose, vanilla, cherries. Young, and should improve with age. Light bodied, but complete palate.
I can’t keep from drinking these!
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Red
4/21/2020 - pilot360 wrote:
88 points
Was ID by a friend as Northern Rhône. Deep fruit, b fat, massive black olive, Smokey BBQ.
The nose seemed subtly, and faded a bit after an hour in decanter. Full bodied with hidden tannins, noticed on the sides of your teeth.
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Red
4/20/2020 - pilot360 wrote:
95 points
Upon opening, easily aiD as a left bank Bordeaux. Beautiful bouquet, red fruits , cedar, leather, decaying leaves. The palate was just as good. No weak spots here.
Utterly enjoyable. This bottle was full of life

Opened by Mark - from a WB purchase.
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Red
3/21/2020 - pilot360 wrote:
86 points
Mid bodied wine, carried itself well. Raspberry fruit driven, cloves and smokiness. A little angular. I feel with time, a few years, it’ll meld.
86= I really liked the wine.
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Red
1983 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/27/2020 - pilot360 wrote:
These 2 bottles were tired and one dimensional. Got a little C- funk on the 2nd bottle. On the palate, no tannins left, everything was distant.
Fills were bottom neck, cork on one was soaked to the top.

Purchased 2 bottles from Flickenger retail. Drank a few weeks apart.
Nothing like the beautiful, energetic 83 Talbot from last year. That was probably purchased on release and stored properly.
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Red
1/19/2020 - pilot360 wrote:
94 points
Fantastic half bottle. So structured, tannins are fierce, but does have excellent fruit profile.
Needs and will last for many a moon.
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Red
12/12/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
93 points
Strawberry, red currant, very floral, pure lilac 6 hours in. Strawberries macerated with vanilla and whipped cream. Red plums fill out the base notes. The fruits seem pure , and you can really focus on the wine and smell the spectrum. Has a dusty smokiness tapestry.
After several hours in the decanter, some of the creaminess subsided, presenting a well structured wine with all the fruit described, in a more precise presentation. White pepper throughout.

Developed increasing elegance over the night. Changes over the hours. This seems like a wine for now and in 20 years. The oak is present, and I’ll wait a while longer before revisiting because of this, but I like what’s in the bottle. Or decant over hours. 2nd case to be acquired. I see enjoying this wine over a few decades. Benefits from braised short ribs. Great food wine.

Drank from open decanter over 6 hours.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
11/22/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
82 points
Seems to have lost its acidity , leaving open the door to a blousy house front sweet sensation. Had this many times , and those were the best days. Mid 80’s score . Feeling like a flat craft sweet beer at this point.

I’ve liked this much more in the past years.
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Red
11/8/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
flawed
Both bottles were bad. One severely corked, the other smelled and tasted of “chicken shit”. Yum.
Down the drain x 2
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Red
11/8/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
flawed
Unbelievable bad luck. This was one of 3 corked Barolo bottles opened by me last night.
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Red - Fortified
11/5/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
Was opened on a whim, a few serving placed in decanter, and allowed to breathe for about an hour.
Pure clean fresh fruit - blueberries, depth, length excellent. Stunningly fantastic at this early stage. No sin to drink. Is if you’ve some bottles for the long haul. One of the best young ports I’ve had and holds a promising future.

Bottle picked out by a friend “ why does that one have dust , let’s drink that!”
I would have left these alone for another 10 years, but glad to have tried this at an early stage. Gave the rest to Brad, says it getting better every day.
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Red
1985 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/5/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
Opened and poured in decanter - Heavy notes of dates, chalk, mint for the first hour or so.
This wine opened up to a beautiful bright structured cherry and tobacco driven claret.
Was a spontaneous open and decant, opened for a non wine friend. He was amazed by the transformation of this wine over 2 hours.
From a .375
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Red
1998 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/22/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
92 points
Strict, tannic and structured. Open and decanted for an hour or so.
This wine really shone with beef tenderloin. This added so much to the food, the food to the wine. This is the way it should be.
White - Off-dry
10/20/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
93 points
Beautiful wine full of apricot and honey. Alive and vibrant. Only lacked a touch of lift from lower acidity. Recognized as a classically great wine.
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White - Sparkling
10/8/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
At cellar temp, 60 deg, overwhelmingly bruised red delicious apple. Flabby.
An hour or two in the fridge and the wine redeemed itself, and showed very well. The previous bottles didn’t require the lower temp.

4th of 6th bottles.
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Red
10/8/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
flawed
Corked. Not subtle.
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Red
10/5/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
70 points
This wine really felt one dimensional. Had no bones to support or provide structure. This bottle could not have been what the ginger was going for.
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Red
9/7/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
92 points
After an hour the fruit started to present beautifully. Leather and fig, non obtrusive oak and a waft is vanilla.
I’m going to look for older vintages to see how this evolves. Great structure.

Double decant for transport, the. Poured about an hour later. Really started to wake up 30 min in the glass.
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Red
9/2/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
A distinctive funk on the nose that I did not appreciate. Poured in the decanter and improved greatly. I get dense sap, a little sickly sweet, and chalky mint. Takes a while but a whaft or pureness comes through, but you e got to. E looking for it.
Drank over two hours and did improve, but not a wine I’d purchase again at any price.

Consumed 2 bottles and each showed the same. Had an offering for the 16 at 50$. I’d pass based on my experience with this wine.
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White - Sparkling
8/18/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
93 points
Mmmm, great wine!
Has the purity of confectioners sugar wafting intermittently on the nose. Nice to catch it. This one aroma reminds me of a 71 Filhot creme de tete.
This has a fruity and savory side. The fruit is pure green grape , neutral in acidity. With star fruit. The lemon tartness sits in the upper mouth and lingers on and on. Nice biscuit and cranberries on the nose .
Ive had another recent Meunière that was just as exciting just 3 weeks ago.
Not sure of the disgorgement date, but I’ve held onto it for 5 years.

Reading Champaign Warriors #’ had me worried. I’m restocking on this one.
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White - Sparkling
8/18/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
84 points
Bruised red apple, heavy on the yeast. Overall seemed a little OTH, although mousse was vigorous. Cork sealed tightly. Has a touch of unbalanced sweetness. This was purchased 5 years ago.
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Red
8/14/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
88 points
White pepper all day long g, bright cherry fruit back drop. Remains fairly tannic , elegant.
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White - Sparkling
8/11/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
Really refreshing Champagne. Great balance of body, sweetness with tart citrus and acidity. Best about 20 min out of fridge.
Perfect on a hot August day.
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White
8/10/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
90 points
Showed a bit fatter and lush than expected, however was a really nice contrast to the previous excellent lively champagne served before this. I really enjoyed this.
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Red
8/5/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
90 points
No Decant - ahd plenty of depth with a lush very long finis and was very enjoyable over its short 1 hour life. I was thirsty.
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Red
8/4/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
88 points
needs a few hours to open _ wild strawberries , floral- -roses- - and faint leather, pretty tight,. A structured wine, good acidity, with tart raspberry. Serviceable with a nice Italian meal. Very good at 14$
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Red
7/23/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
Wine tasted a past peak- Plums and a grapey quality.
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Red
7/7/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
The oak and ethanol were the main players here. Hard to find any balance.
This does drink very young. I seemed to have liked this 8 years ago, according to a note, but way out of my wheelhouse these days.

Now I’m going to rent a forklift to dispose of this bottle.
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Red
6/18/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
82 points
This wine seems over extracted, intense sap, and one dimensional.
It’s Sickly sweet.
I don’t drink much California Pinot noir anymore ( but did have friends bring high end Cali Pinot for tastings for a few years) and this is reminiscent of those in style.
Definitely not my cup of wine.
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White
6/16/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
92 points
This wine has held up well over the past 3 years since I first opened a bottle.
Herbal overtones, ripe white peach, citrus notes.
You can really understand the waxy/oily description here. There is areally high toned honey aroma.
The glass offers many levels of enjoyment.
An outstanding N Rhône value.
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Red
1998 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/29/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
92 points
Delicious bottle of mature Bordeaux. Integrated, nose is the remarkable factor. This bottle would have lasted another decade, to develop the tertiary components
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White
5/26/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
94 points
Excellent when allowed to warm up from fridge temp. The acidity was in fine proportion to the minerality and Meyer lemon/ lime flavors. The saline nose went on forever, invoking ocean images.
The finish was a little clipped to an otherwise thoroughly enjoyed bottle.
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Red
2015 Château Malescasse Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/20/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
flawed
Corked as hell.
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Red
1989 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/17/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
Bought from auction. Opened at an ‘89 tasting, this bottle felt tired and faded.
Red
5/2/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
90 points
Wine starting to show some age with the color. A little browning at the edges.

Complex nose of charred wood, cherries, mint , kirsch.
Very pretty.
Cool mouthfeel, acidic, cranberry, cherries tannins seem integrated, mouthfeel Is driven by the bright cherry acidity. Not as complex on the palate. Seems Burgundian on the palate.
Not a knockout, but would seem like an old friend
Drank the bottle over 8 hours and without food. Look forward to the next bottles in a few years, but no harm in opening one now
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Red
2008 Sanguis Polly-Anne Santa Barbara County Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
3/3/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
84 points
A little herby, medium bodied, nice and cool in the mouth. I don’t receive complexity . This was the best Sanguis I’ve had.
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White
2/23/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
92 points
once the wine warmed a bit ( from a quick chill in the fridge) this was really good. Pineapple, quince, butterscotch, with a very long satisfying finish. Mouth coating, lots of oily fatness that held it together well.

Bottle from2013 was shut down, drinking nicely now and should for many years more.
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White
2/17/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
85 points
Saline citrus and oyster shell, but in a subtle way. Has a murky ocean smell to it.
The palate is light mango, but with a good long finish.
No oxidizatoln.
Everything is muted, and this wine does not shine.
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Red
2005 Château Labégorce Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/15/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
88 points
Earthy, loamy, bright Cherries. Has a present sweetness behind the aromas.
Excrellent!
Palate a little astringent, tart, mouthwatering red cherries. Pretty quick finish.
Opened and drank over 3 days.

Not much complexity, but the nose is worth the price. Overall a good purchase from a friend that sold it for his original cost around 30$.
Have some ‘16 in the pipeline.
Nice intro to wine with character.
Current 2005 prices are in the 50$ range of CT. I’d invest elsewhere.
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Red
2/12/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
82 points
This wine showed charred oak, vanilla and mild blue fruit undertones. Chai tea, potpourri.
Was structured well, not flabby. Palate ended in a strong mineral note.

Too much oak char to be enjoyable. This was not sickly sweet, but sickly savory/. You get hints of this in good Rhône ( north and south) but this is all she held.
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White
2/6/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
This bottle smells of over ripe peach and mango, just gone a day too far. Has a pasty glue like aroma. Underneath a cucumber / green melon streak.
Palate is oxidative. Thick and coating, lots of browned red apples.

Have had three better bottles of this in the last year , this one seems off.
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Red
1995 Château Les Ormes de Pez St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/6/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
88 points
Cool to the nose. Dark ruby, opaque.

Nose varied first hour then settles down. Autumnal, leaves, bright ripe cherry, earthy and fungal. This nose is clean, and allows for individual scents to be noted. That bright cherry shines through. Chalky.

Palate is a little flat, slightly sour, touches of tart cranberry, low tannins on side of the mouth. Missing it’s mid palate, does have a savory saline finish that lasts. After a few hours in the decanter, mouth becomes lush, drenched cherry, soil.

Great nose, ok palate. I’ll see if it changed over the next 4 hours. ( in a wide mouth decanter)
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Red
2011 Château Capbern-Gasqueton St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/6/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
90 points
This wine was a total joy to drink. Took an hour or two for the nose to settle to blackfruits , clay and tobacco. Lifted nose. Tannins to last a few years, palate was well balanced and alive. Does have a present oak and vanilla streak.

Bought a case of the 16, this may be a wine to look out for past vintages to explore.
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Red
2/5/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
91 points
Tar, cherries, pomegranate and lavender. The mouth is cherry dominated, bitter stone fruit, the structure is immense and strict, with very grippy tannins. Opening this, I knew it would be young. I think it would drink well over the next decade. This was fantastic.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2/2/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
92 points
So many times ( almost always) ones headspace, ability to let go, and the skill to let go allows one to really focus on the wine in front of you.
Dark amber in color. Nose is of orange marmalade, freahly baked bread, ripe apricot . A little bit of oxidative apple cider. Full and open. Smells like a baked pie. The nose delivers, minus just a slight bit of acid to lift.
Wine is viscous, mouth coating with loads of glycerin. That alone seals the deal.
Greasy lively cut red apple, apricot, with very appealing sweetness, this bottle gives a good oral acidic lift
Beautiful complex bottle.
Markedly bettter not than last bottle. Tasted in the first few hours of opening, but will try again over the next few days.
Didn’t know I had this bottle , CT said I was all out. A random dessert wine pick from the celllar tonight.
Going to make a habit out of this. Keep an open dessert wine in fridge at all times.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
1995 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2/2/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
94 points
I’ve noticed d’yquem wine, there is always such an elegant dance on the palate that is so decreasing, such balance. Never heavy or cloying. The intensity of the fruit was somewhat lighter in relation to other vintages(my favorite - the ‘90)

Definitely tasted like d’Yquem, in my limited experience. Lovely!
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Red
2/1/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
87 points
Seemed fruit driven, I don’t recall this having great depth or complexity, and had a distinct dose of oak.
Drank a while back - From memory
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Red
1/29/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
This was difficult to drink. Lacked the tannic or acidic structure to hold the fruit together.
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White
1/29/2019 - pilot360 wrote:
Dark brass in color. The wine had apricot on the palate and nose, but mid and end palate were clipped. Did have an oxidative quality. Seemed past is prime.
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