Tasting Notes for jamesdoeser

(155 notes on 151 wines)

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Red
5/1/2019 - jamesdoeser wrote:
89 points
Drank at La Trompette. Still a little fruit there. Remember it still being a bit muted. Pleasant though.
Red
3/8/2019 - jamesdoeser wrote:
90 points
This was delicious. Still lots of primary fruit - black cheery, bramble, etc. Proudly "New World", if such a thing still exists. Nothing like being in the leather fetish cigar smokers club.
White
3/8/2019 - jamesdoeser wrote:
91 points
Clearly full of potential. Deep and complex aromas. Fading memory of the dinner means that's all I've got for you.
White - Off-dry
1/13/2019 - jamesdoeser wrote:
85 points
Very easy going Riesling. Perfect with fish tacos etc. Nothing special but nothing problematic either
Red
12/28/2018 - jamesdoeser wrote:
90 points
Was not expecting this to be as good as it was. Velvet smooth and full of depth.
Red
12/9/2018 - jamesdoeser wrote:
93 points
Drank this at Chez Bruce with S&P. One of the best village burgundies I've ever tasted. Silky smooth and pitch perfect red berry fruit. The time is right to start popping corks people.
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White - Off-dry
12/9/2018 - jamesdoeser wrote:
86 points
This was a good wine by any standard, a bit disappointing given age and producer. Every element was muted. Had a lovely balance, but just didn't shine. Did not give it any air and the glassware was a bit imperfect. Let's see what happens next time.
Red
12/9/2018 - jamesdoeser wrote:
89 points
Drank over a few nights. Lovely S Rhone. Threw a bit more sediment than was expecting.
White
11/24/2018 - jamesdoeser wrote:
90 points
Wide open enveloping semillon. Dive in. Or alternatively let it grab your ankles and drag you to the depths. Just a little citrus tang setting off the beeswax mainframe.
Red
11/24/2018 - jamesdoeser wrote:
92 points
Decanted for a couple of hours. Quite a phenol/alcohol pong at first. Soon dissipated in the carafe. Not a huge amount of fruit left, but residual was plenty to match the delicate acidity and tannin. Perfect with roast lamb. One bottle all gone in one night. Such is the fleeting nature of life's pleasures, as we and the lamb would attest.
White
11/24/2018 - jamesdoeser wrote:
91 points
Found this quite floral for a Chablis but very clean cut for Burg white of the vintage. Loved it.
Red
11/24/2018 - jamesdoeser wrote:
90 points
Lovely full and rounded Cab. Some mint and eucalyptus. Old enough to enjoy now.
Red
9/13/2018 - jamesdoeser wrote:
90 points
This was truly excellent. Decant and drink now without regret. I seem to remember dark plum and bramble, and something a little sappy too, but in a good way.
Red
2009 Château La Bridane St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/26/2018 - jamesdoeser wrote:
88 points
Very nice benchmark bdx. All the expected fruit roster were present and correct. There is something a bit junior though. Felt to me like a paddling pool of a wine when I know there are oceans out there. But at this price...?
Red
2010 Mac Forbes Hugh Yarra Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/26/2018 - jamesdoeser wrote:
91 points
Not as full-flavoured as I recall from my last bottle of the same. Acid a little higher in the mix? But still a very fine accompaniment for any type of savoury indulgence.
Red
8/11/2018 - jamesdoeser wrote:
88 points
Pleasant and somewhat muted dark fruit flavours. Lots of acid in the mix, suggesting ageing potential. Will investigate again in 2020.
Red
5/6/2018 - jamesdoeser wrote:
90 points
Looking to be everything that was promised. Looking forward to the next in 2020
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Red
3/8/2018 - jamesdoeser wrote:
75 points
subtle flavour nothing special - let's see what becomes of it - cheapie (relatively) from Majestic
White
3/8/2018 - jamesdoeser wrote:
75 points
tasty but nothing special
White
11/7/2017 - jamesdoeser wrote:
88 points
Stone fruit and clear clean tart structure
Red
2010 Mac Forbes Hugh Yarra Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/8/2017 - jamesdoeser wrote:
94 points
Drank at Kitchen W8 with all sorts of expensive old world competitors. This was the star by far. Full of flavour and depth. Decanted for a bit but not too long. I heard the vineyard has phylloxera and Mac has shut it down.
White
8/5/2017 - jamesdoeser wrote:
91 points
Just a little oak, just a little butter, this was the first of my three bottles and was a delight. Crisp and lively with plenty to think about. Ate with crab. Just a little sediment in the bottom?
Red
8/5/2017 - jamesdoeser wrote:
88 points
Really tasty but relatively straightforward Syrah based Rhone. Lots of pepper and spice and after an hour or so of decantation time enough fruit to balance the palate. This was the last of my stash.
Red
8/4/2017 - jamesdoeser wrote:
89 points
Plenty of acid which makes it a good foil to fatty pork or lamb dishes. Didn't get much more complex fruit than a stewed plum or two. Still delish tho.
White
5/9/2017 - jamesdoeser wrote:
86 points
Huge amount of bottle variation in these. Very tart on opening. Next day was better. Nothing like the waxy honeycomb I expected. 2 more to go.
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Red
5/9/2017 - jamesdoeser wrote:
91 points
Cannot remember much other than it was very dark and a deep plummy liquorice quality to it. Decanted for 2hrs. Ready to drink but will leave rest for another year.
Red
2000 Château Poujeaux Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/11/2017 - jamesdoeser Likes this wine:
88 points
Deep aroma. Stewed prunes and blackcurrant on the palate. Drank alongside 04, above which it was a clear winner. Ready now, after a couple of hours decant, just in time to toast the forthcoming apocalypse.
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Red
1/22/2017 - jamesdoeser wrote:
84 points
Not too complicated. Solid middleweight bdx, not touching another until 2020, assuming nuclear apocalypse has not yet occurred.
Red
1/12/2017 - jamesdoeser wrote:
88 points
tasty - worth a decant for >2hrs as the acid and tannins can be a bit astringent straight out of the bottle
Red
1/12/2017 - jamesdoeser wrote:
70 points
what is spanish for meh?
Red
2008 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
1/1/2017 - jamesdoeser wrote:
89 points
Was delicious, but a little bit overcooked in my view - too much jam and alcohol whereas I was expecting a little more elegance. Decanted for a couple of hours and tasted same next day.
Red
12/26/2016 - jamesdoeser wrote:
78 points
Tasty, but rather lightweight. Little fruit, little tannin and yep, you guessed, little acid. Will lock away for a couple of years but not hugely optimistic. Was super cheap anyway.
Red
12/26/2016 - jamesdoeser wrote:
88 points
raw crunchy cherry and raspberry with enveloping but not voluptuous aroma - balanced tannins.
White
12/26/2016 - jamesdoeser wrote:
90 points
Light and delicate with muted citrus. Tiny touch of honeycomb.
Red
8/23/2016 - jamesdoeser Likes this wine:
88 points
Deep dark (almost caramel-y) cherries on the nose. Well balanced and lightweight red berry fruits on the palate. Good acidity throughout. Very ready to drink now. Good, but not blown away by this one. Have 2011 in the cellar still.
Red
8/20/2016 - jamesdoeser wrote:
85 points
Browning a little in colour. Deep dark (almost caramel) cherry aroma. A bit muted on the palate. Delicious, but with lacking a little something. Decanted for 2hrs. Needs another couple of years in the cellar.
Red
5/4/2016 - jamesdoeser wrote:
88 points
deliciously super-fruity, a little depth but not much, a little sediment.
White - Off-dry
3/19/2014 - jamesdoeser wrote:
87 points
Not as exciting as other mature Rieslings I've had lately. Medium-sweet. Went well with punchy flavours.
Red
3/19/2014 - jamesdoeser wrote:
flawed
Something had gone awry here. Acid was overriding everything else. Still drank it because I was thirsty. Judge me.
White - Sweet/Dessert
3/19/2014 - jamesdoeser wrote:
91 points
Drank at Kitchen W8. Sumptuous and complex. Delish.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2/21/2014 - jamesdoeser wrote:
tried to pair with fennel ice cream. fail.
Red
10/5/2013 - jamesdoeser wrote:
88 points
Powerful and fruity - was expecting something more structured and perfumed, worth a try.
White
10/5/2013 - jamesdoeser wrote:
82 points
Nice enough but no the best example of the grape. Dare I say a little cloying?
Red
10/5/2013 - jamesdoeser wrote:
89 points
Drank w Sub & Paul w roast shoulder lamb - complex deep raisin fruit and herbs and spices. Subtler than expected.
Red
2011 Meerlust Red Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/24/2013 - jamesdoeser wrote:
84 points
Not a lot of fruit up front. Warrants decantation. Rubicon grapes went into this vintage.
Red
8/4/2013 - jamesdoeser wrote:
95 points
drank at kitchen w8 - beautiful, balanced, mature enough.
Red
8/4/2013 - jamesdoeser Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent refined nebbiolo, beat langhe example in our play-off
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