Tasting Notes for Guzzzler

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Red
9/28/2019 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
96 points
1 hour decant.
Great colour. No significantl bricking. Tight on the nose. A bit of brine, oyster shell, some beetroot and earthy notes. Just a touch of baked bread. Maritime influence?
On the palate, chocolate orange. Bright attack of acidity. Sour cherry, yellow plums, greengage, fresh orange juice. A touch of spice and tannin, but mainly acidity to keep the fruit in check.
Very young!!! None of the big fruit or regional diesel about it.
One of the more sophisticated two hands top wines I have had. Not at all overblown or fruit bomby. Plenty of life left in it.
Definitely a food wine. Well balanced, and set up beautifully for food with a bit of grease.
After 2 hours, tannins start to emerge - very fine, and really nicely integrated. Brilliantly balanced.
Not much more Evolution over the following couple of hours.
Red
2/20/2019 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
96 points
Decanted. 1/2 hour. On the nose plums, olive, splash of black fruits and anis. Quite tight. On the palate, immediate acidity. Slightly bitter fruits. Tense, but full of potential. Closed and fruit submerged, but there. This is in its closed phase.
After an hour and a half the bitterness recedes and red apple skin emerges. Extracted, but will balance given time. All the elements are there. Tastes like the place where the 2008 vieux chateau certan is, but with more extraction. Couple more years in bottle should do it.
Some of the extracted nose disappears after 2 hours. As it does on the palate.
2.5 hours, acidity recedes, and real tannins emerge. Bit more fruit and uuumphh to the mid palate. Still a little bitterness on the finish.
Red
2009 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/9/2019 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
97 points
Decanted for 11 hours.
Fabulous nose. Summer fruits, summer pudding, fruit licqueur.
Massive on the palate. Brilliant attack of fruit and acidity. Tannins smothered by the fruit. Almost an element of vanilla custard on the nose. Bit of charcoal and smoke. Cinnamon and clove on the nose.
Very long finish. Slightly saline and bitter fruits.
After 13 hours in decanter the bitterness subsides. The fruit keeps on coming. Beautiful. Finer tannins emerge, and if anything, this gets more balanced.
Still a blockbuster on the fruit. Just wonderful.
Obviously still too young, and suggest future bottles are opened the night before.
This will obviously keep getting better.
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Red
2005 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/23/2018 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
96 points
This still needs time. Decanted for 12 hours, and only just coming round by the time we drank it. After 9 Hours in the decanter it was still extremely tannic, had hardly any nose, and seemed a bit unbalanced. It’s also had a bitterness about the fruit. By 12 hours, this had transformed, but I think there are years to go on this, and at least another five before it is really ready for drinking.
The nose was still rather subdued, but the wind had balanced out, and the fruit came to the fore eventually. Absolutely beautiful, but put it back in the cellar for awhile.
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Red
2006 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/23/2018 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
97 points
Sensational.
Decanted and left for 12 hours. Slow evolution, but eventually snapped to attention after about nine hours. By 12, it is absolutely singing.
Pomerol through and through. More red fruit than black fruit, but perfect, perfect balance of tannins, acidity, and beautiful fruit. Medium to heavy weight.
I can see is and he is ahead of this, but I can’t see how this can get much better. Fantastic right now.
Red
11/17/2018 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
97 points
Magenta coloured. Plummy nose. Quite perfumed immediately upon opening. Touch of dark licorice on the nose. Quite dark fruit and a hint of tobacco.
Also quite dark on the palate. Not particularly tannic, but nicely balanced. Dark fruits. A bit Briary. Slight bitter note as well. Long finish. Decanted.
Absolutely no change over 3 1/2 hours in decanter.
Finally after 4 1/2 hours the wine starts to soften a bit. The bitter note lessens, and the sweetness increases.
24 hours in evacuated bottle.
Retasted.
Lovely nose. Bramble and cherry liqueur. Sloe gin. Better balance. Baking spices and cinnamon.
Excellent - leave for 3 or 4 more years or be prepared to open a day early.
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Red
11/17/2018 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
99 points
Smells lightly gamey, tight on the nose. Anis. Asian spice. Smells dark. Bacon fat. Meaty.
On the palate, just magic. Drinkable, but young. Dark and bitter fruit. Length just keeps on and on. Integrated tannins. Not drying.
Tannins arrive after about two hours in the decanter. Beautifully balanced. Tannins and fruit just coat the mouth. I am sure this has got years to go, but it is brilliant now.
I can’t help imagining a flame grilled ribeye steak while drinking this.
Better than the Zippy’s block 2005 and My Hands 2005. That’s saying something.
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Red
2003 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/8/2018 - Guzzzler wrote:
89 points
Great nose, but fairly disappointing palate. Has surprising acidity for an ‘03, but lacking tannic structure. A bit gutless.
I probably should not have decanted this on reflection.
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Red
1998 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/7/2018 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
100 points
Perfection. WOTN (from a list including Lafite ‘02, Ausone ‘98, Haut Brion ‘03).
Perfect balance, cab franc shining through layers of comforting plummy merlot.
Full bodied, but light on its feet. This is as good as this will get, but it still has plenty of life yet. + 10years.
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Red
1998 Château Ausone St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/7/2018 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
95 points
Beautiful but still too young. Decant for at least a couple of hours.
Taught, muscular, but mineral and more red than dark fruits. Give it longer in the cellar. Stellar wine which will improve.
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Red
10/16/2018 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
94 points
Opened and decanted. Very dark in colour. Initially very muted on the nose. After half an hour, a bit of red apple peel starts to emerge on the nose.
tasted after half an hour in decanter. Slightly mineral, and some red apple skin notes on the palate. An element of wax and soap on the nose. Quite muted as with the nose. Good balance, and integrated and fine tannins.
After one hour in the decanter, the nose is even more red apple peel. Also something like pear drops. So is the palate. Beautiful perfume. The tannins start to emerge, and they are fine but bitter. Could already drink with food.
After a couple of hours in the decanter, the nose hasn’t changed much, but some more merlot characteristics appear on the palate, and graphitic on the nose. The wine takes on a bit of body.
After 3 hours, a bit more evolution. Slightly bitter but long,long finish. Typically merlot now on the palate.
Really starts to sing at about 3.5 hours.
Running out of time and wine.
Loads of life left in this. Only just at the start of its window. Drinkable, but better in a couple of years time.
Red
10/6/2018 - Guzzzler Does not like this wine:
88 points
Overly extracted. Cabernet equivalent of a tarry barossa shiraz. Element of burnt garlic. Bitter note. Good tannins. Long finish.
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Red
10/6/2018 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted one hour. Plums on the nose as well a liqueur notes and a distinct mineral flintiness and a touch of game. Also a herbal green note that I can’t place. And some oak. Nice fruit, but also immediate fine tannins on the palate and good acidity. Nice and grippy without being rough. Fruit is more raspberry than strawberry, but predominantly compote like red fruits. Without being jammy. The finish is not particularly long, but seems to be more mineral than tannic.
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Red
2008 Château Hosanna Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/6/2018 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
96 points
On opening, decanted. Great colour. Very glossy. Slightly subdued nose, but with a definite fresh mushroom note and a hint of truffle. Not barnyard, but definitely mushroom. On the palate, rather subdued and a bit hollow to start, and not easily identifiable as predominantly merlot.
Decanted for one hour, and more notes of typical merlot start emerging. Plums. The mushrooms recede. A bit of briary dark fruit. On the palate, rather subtle limestone and mineral notes. Really great balance. Seems to get bigger on the length than on the attack.
After 2.5 hours, the nose is typical merlot, red apple peel. On the palate, fine tannins, dry middle, mineral, sour cherry. Long finish.
Three hours. Some baking spices and Chinese spices start to show through on the nose. Still red apple nose.
4 hours, a little mushroom returns to the nose. Otherwise, the red apple peel remains.
Five hours. More of the same, but tannins getting more pronounced, finer, and more persistent. Dry finish. Very long.
This will be stunning years to come.
Throw it back in the cellar and wait until 2020.
Red
7/29/2018 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
94 points
If only I had more luggage allowance!
A high quality, great value Riserva. 90 days on skins, forever in barrel. Great result. The long maceration is very gentle - only punching down at the start of the process. Leads to a beautiful, subtle wine, with ethereal notes on the nose, and a surprisingly low extraction - just the good stuff!
Finish goes on until next week. Great wine.
White
7/29/2018 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
93 points
The most interesting Arneis I have drunk. Wonderful grip (yes - grip), and zippy apple peel and apple notes. Typical almost-effervescent palate which just cries out for everyone to put down that crappy Chablis and pick up this great value, high quality summer white.
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Red
7/29/2018 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautiful wine. Ethereal nose of vanilla and roses, but with some obvious mint as well. Robust palate which is well balanced and fruit forward. A very well made 2014.
A more humble, passionate and competent winemaker you could not wish to meet.
Red
7/29/2018 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
92 points
More medium bodied than the 2011 or 2013. The usual wonderful perfumed nose of roses, vanilla and some subtle herbs. The palate is strawberries and cream sweets. The tannins are quite linear and mouth filling, but dusty and fine. Nothing here is too grippy. It is however persistently grippy. So representative of the terroir and the food culture here. Just slots right in with Langhe! Lovely.
Red
7/29/2018 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
90 points
Big, big wine. Instant strawberry jam on the nose. Thick and unctuous on the palate. Tannins and acidity are there, but the fruit is dominating. Great wine to introduce sceptics to Barolo. Very accessible but representative of the wine.
Red
7/29/2018 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
95 points
Epic Barolo. Just starting to show it’s potential. Ethereal nose, fine persistent tannins and acidity, all beautifully balanced. Put this away for 10 years and amaze your friends and children in due course.
Red
7/29/2018 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
91 points
Loved this. Classic old vine barolo. Good tannins, still great fruit. More red than black. Grippy but fine.
Red
7/29/2018 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
92 points
Not showing much sign of being a hot year. Both tannins and acidity present. Nose slightly more muted than the 2005 Riserva. More evolution and a bit more herbaceous. Some leather, balsam, cherry compote, dried rose and sage notes on the nose.
Mouth filling but fine dusty tannins on the palate. Fruit more on the red side. Wild strawberry and dried strawberries. Tannins persistent but not intrusive. Just keeps holding on and on. Very good.
Red
7/29/2018 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
95 points
Fabulous riserva. Open, but with superb tannins. Beautiful perfume on the nose. Sour Cherries, bit of leather, and tabacco on the palate, and some cold cut cured meats. Good gob of glycerol. Finish is forever. Still going throughout the whole of this typing...
Red
3/14/2016 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
92 points
Upon opening, not much nose, but what there is, is sweet and slightly barn yardy. Slightly sweeter than expected on the palate, still plenty of fruit, and remarkably some tannins. Start to get notes of tobacco and leather on the nose after 15 minutes. Just beautiful bottle of wine. Medium bodied, but really good colour. Typical of this wonderful producer.
Red
3/13/2016 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
95 points
Tasted this a couple of years ago, and it was still extraordinarily young. Almost a candle wax nose upon opening, and closed palate. This time round, decanted for five hours. Sensational cassis liqueur on the nose. Like a powerhouse Bordeaux. Quite old world in style, but with rich fruit, dark cherries, blackcurrants. Has some real bite, spice and acidity, which is immaculately balanced. One of the better cabs I have had from Australia. This improved even further after eight hours in the decanter. This should go for another 10 years at least.
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Red
10/4/2015 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent bottle. Not quite up to the 2005 vintage, but still excellent value from the wonderful Two Hands Stable. This cuvée always seems dependable And is always typically Barossa. Not over the top for an SA Shiraz.
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Red
10/4/2015 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice bottle. Holding together well. Good fruit, sensible oak. Should go for a while yet.
Red
9/24/2015 - Guzzzler wrote:
89 points
Decent enough, but not as good as the Coach House Block from the same producer. Big, bold, even brash and possibly beastly - like Merv Hughes dragged through a bramble patch. Ultimately unrefined and lacking the pace and wit of yester year. Bit too much wood as well!!
Red
9/24/2015 - Guzzzler wrote:
85 points
Going downhill faster than the South African rugby team - and tasting about as old! Drink up or throw out. Pruned and some bitter notes revealed by the passing of the primary fruit. Thankfully my last bottle.
Red
6/10/2014 - Guzzzler wrote:
90 points
Lots of deposit. Decanted. 30 mins. Nose like Shiraz - blackberry, oak, plum. Bit of alcohol and sweet nose. On palate, good fruit and acidity. Not particularly complex. Bit of tannin. Not a great finish - bit thin. Better after 1.5 hours. Acidity reduces, but tannins increase. Nice dry palate, with dark red fruit up front. Would be good with duck, lamb or pigeon. 3hrs in decanter - just keeps getting better. More fruit, more mid-palate. Dry tannic finish now impressive. Few more years left in it.
Red
5/28/2014 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
94 points
Immediate cherries, blackberries and anis on the sweet nose. Aromas of jammy stewed dark fruits. Similar palate - jammy and brambley. Seems a bit more Maclaren vale than Eden Valley. Sweet fruit and long finish with sour cherry. Finish lasts over a minute. Very crowd pleasing if a touch sweet. Maybe could use a few more tannins, although the balancing acidity is there under the fruit. Should last a few more years, but I don't think it will evolve much. No real evolution in the decanter except that some of the sweetness disappears and a bit more sour fruit occurs after ca. 3 hours.
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Red
5/28/2014 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
95 points
Garnet. Typical Barossa Shiraz nose on opening. Sweet oak. Decanted. Medium sediment. Not much fruit nose initially. Palate, still tannic and fairly closed. After 1 hour, starts to open a little. Blackberry and kirsch. Really starts to open after 2 hours. Still great acidity, but fruit really starts to show. Alcohol on nose - more so than on opening. bit strange. thought this would have blown off. Bit of fennel and licorice on nose. More reminiscant of old world than new. Very layered and complex. Long, long finish. Restrained, but powerful. Will get much better with time. Drink now-2020.
Red
5/28/2014 - Guzzzler Likes this wine:
96 points
Initial oak and bramble on the nose - hint if cherries. Not much alcohol on nose. Dark cherry colour. Palate. Grippy tannins and great acidity balanced with lots of fruit. Plums and blackberry. Great finish carried by the acidity. Decanted. Not excessive sediment. 2 hours
Plummy nose. Any hint of alcohol disappeared. Vague hint of anis. More blackberries on the palate. Touch of cherry menthol. Tannins disappearing slightly, but acidity keeps it very bright and fresh. Difficult to believe this is 12 years old. Acidity should provide backbone for many years to come. Finish still going after 1 min. 3 hours. Just keeps getting better. Tannins still there, but perfectly grippy. Fruit fantastic. Recommend 3 hour decant minimum. Still improving at 4. Plenty of years to run. Drink now-2025
Red
5/28/2014 - Guzzzler wrote:
95 points
On opening, very little nose. Candle wax aromas. Decanted. Bit of sediment. Very dark colour with practically no bricking. Takes 4 hours to open up. Definitely in closed phase. After 3 hours a bit of anise on the nose. After 5 hours cassis, black fruit and tannins finally arrive. Will be awesome in a few years time. Don't touch for another 5 years. A future star.
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Red
5/28/2014 - Guzzzler wrote:
flawed
On the one hand, it would be unfair to rate this as it is a flawed bottle. On the other hand, it is yet another flawed bottle from this notoriously cork unfriendly bottling. Why can't they get this stuff right? I have had leakers and extremely striated corks from 2 separate cases of this vintage. What once just seemed a little unfair is now becoming irritatingly expensive!
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