Tasting Notes for markjanes

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Red
3/27/2020 - markjanes wrote:
82 points
last couple bottles have been less impressive and more in the "good" range... bit more hollow and less palate weight
White
3/21/2020 - markjanes wrote:
90 points
pale yellow rim, pretty nose showing a nice mix of moderately ripe chardonnay fruit (stone fruit and ripe apple), malo and lees aromas, and a hint of baking spices. on the palate is dry, shows high acidity, moderate flesh, moderate alcohol... balanced wine with good length, very good intensity, good complexity. drinks well now and will hold a few years... agree with notes below that say it shows a nice, balanced, hands off approach and great QPR at 20.
Red
3/19/2020 - markjanes wrote:
I'll skip a detailed note but really want to emphasize what the taster below eluded to... this thing is super shut down... i got basically nothing enjoyable out of it all during the 6 hours I drank it... I'd let this sit 6 months and then try again
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Red
1998 Château L'Evangile Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/3/2020 - markjanes wrote:
95 points
3 Blind Pomerol (Reno, NV): #3 of 3 Pomerol blind... similar in color to #2, deeper and darker. on the nose this thing is just singing... wow... the best of both wines 1 and 2… tons of fruit and power, overt yet detailed exotic yet fine, exotic. loads of acids and tannins again.
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Red
1998 Château Clinet Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/3/2020 - markjanes wrote:
93 points
3 Blind Pomerol (Reno, NV): #2 or 3 blind 98 Pomerols... deeper color and darker fruits on nose. more full, more round... a bit more expressive initially and easier to get but maybe less sophistication and depth than wine 1? loads of acids and tannins. nose is really exotically spiced and exuberant.
Red
3/3/2020 - markjanes wrote:
92 points
3 Blind Pomerol (Reno, NV): 1st of 3 blind 98 Pomerols... lightest wine of three in color… red and beginning to brick. very fine typical red and dark fruited merlot aromas, less detail in fruit than other 3, exotically spiced, beginning to show tertiary earth notes. loads of acids and tannins. was slower to open up than others. less obvious
White
3/3/2020 - markjanes wrote:
92 points
3 Blind Pomerol (Reno, NV): another distinctive step up in quality... lighter color... wine is much less evolved... lemon and citrus, depth of aromatics. minimal new oak though influence is very fine. linear not fat and leesy. excellent really.
White
3/3/2020 - markjanes wrote:
87 points
3 Blind Pomerol (Reno, NV): similar note to previous though felt more evolved and mushroomy/tertiary... nice quality for appellation
White - Sparkling
3/3/2020 - markjanes wrote:
92 points
3 Blind Pomerol (Reno, NV): darker in color, finer mousse... wow soaring aromatics with lots of lees and oxidative notes from either oak or reserve wine contribution. tons of detail… notable step up in quality here from Bazin Unanime... again didn't guess this as a BdB.
White - Sparkling
3/3/2020 - markjanes wrote:
82 points
3 Blind Pomerol (Reno, NV): fine mousse, green and red apple, felt very PM to me on palate, min reserve, no oak… solid NV value... a fuller less focused style of BdB.
Red
2/5/2020 - markjanes wrote:
flawed
i continue to struggle with this wine... that volatile aroma is consistently there for me and while it isn't overpowering for most people i've poured it for, it is noticeable to all of them when i've asked them to focus. anxious to read more tasters' notes.
White
1/16/2020 - markjanes wrote:
87 points
very deeply colored, yellow gold rim. on the nose plenty of malo butter aromas and baking spice new oak smells... fruit wise on the riper side for chard with stone fruits. on the palate dry with high acids, weighty midpalate, high alcohol... has some bitterness in the early to middle palate. wine is technically balanced, ok length, excellent intensity, ok complexity. clearly a well made wine in a "traditionally" californian chard style. drink now
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Red
1/15/2020 - markjanes wrote:
84 points
very deeply colored, purple rim. nose is quite aromatic serving up a black fruited wine with a fair amount of old world funk, no new oak ... on the palate high acids, plenty of flesh and midpalate weight, finishes with a moderate amount of moderately firm grape tannins, moderate alcohol. very balanced wine with shortish length, very good intensity, average complexity. i haven't had this wine in a few vintages and while it is true to style as i remember, it was disappointing both in length and complexity. for me a solidly "good" old world syrah that you should drink now or next 1-3 years... feel like i'm raining on peoples' parade a bit but remember this being more impactful and serious.
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Red
1/15/2020 - markjanes wrote:
85 points
this bottle felt less "serious" in structure and more gulpable
White
1/13/2020 - markjanes wrote:
89 points
moderate to deep in color, yellowish gold hue. on the nose bruised apple, quince, honey, minerals... no new oak no malo. on the palate dry, very high acidity, lots of flesh on the midpalate, low alcohol. balnced wine with very good length and intesnity, good complexity. style wise closer to huet than guiberteau... really close to the "excellent" mark but not quite. at the $50 i paid this is not good qpr compared to either of those producers. drink now or hold 2-4.
White
1/4/2020 - markjanes wrote:
88 points
straw to yellow color. aromatic wine with honey, stone fruits, minerals. on the palate dry with high and very fine acids, firm midpalate, minimal phenolics, low alcohol. very well balanced wine, ok to shortish length, very good intensity and complexity. very nice riesling that lacks a bit in length but represents great value in low 20's. drink now or hold 3-5.
Red
1/4/2020 - markjanes wrote:
87 points
very deep color, purple rim. on the nose brambly black fruits, minerals, floral. on the palate dry with low to moderate acids, rustic midpalate of moderate weight, high amount of grape tannins, moderate alcohol. balanced wine with ok length, very good intensity, good complexity. overall a great traditional dolcetto to drink now.
Red
1/2/2020 - markjanes wrote:
89 points
very different wine than from my last note... much fleshier, more sappy, more balanced...
White - Sparkling
12/24/2019 - markjanes wrote:
86 points
light clear straw color, very fine mousse. on the nose minerals and subtle lime and stone fruits... minimal bisquit, reductive, clean. on the palate dry with very high acids, low body, finishes with a touch of salinity and low alcohol. balanced wine that is a bit firm, ok length, good intensity, some complexity. wow is this impressive for what it is. will throw it in a blind tasting with other method champenois wines and see what people think... for less than 14 this kills other sparkling wines from near and far, by a lot. drink now.
Red
12/19/2019 - markjanes wrote:
88 points
very low color depth, very light ruby rim. very aromatic style with cranberry, raspberry, flowers, minerals, no new barrique i can smell. on the palate high acids, moderate pinot flesh, moderate amount of tannins, low alcohol. balanced wine with ok to short length, very good intensity and complexity. compared to 2015 this has a shorter finish and feels much more young vine... what it lacks in finish it has in the fun or pleasure column. drink now... dont think this has the stuffing to get a whole lot better with time..
Red
12/15/2019 - markjanes wrote:
88 points
very deeply colored, rim is showing some hints of brick red. on the nose quite intense and ripe, lots of dark fruits, macerated cherries, prunes, licorice... plenty of new oak spices. on the palate dry with high acids, a very full midpalate, a high amount of very ripe but prominent and integrated tannins. wine on the balance scale is a bit big and soft to me, wine has very good length and complexity... excellent intensity. not my style of wine and hard for me to judge in the world of high end napa cabs as i don't really drink them... clearly this is a well made wine that for me doesn't have the balance to be "excellent" but is clearly a very good, well made wine, in a very particular style. i personally wouldn't age these as i believe as the firm elements of the wine fade it will become even softer and less balanced.
White - Sparkling
12/14/2019 - markjanes wrote:
92 points
been a while since i wrote a note on this wine which i drink a fair amount of... i think the older base wine style with a very fine bead is pretty easy to see in this wine... what stuck me this time is, having been drinking a lot of less expensive sparklers and grower champagnes, is the depth of flavor and long finish that really puts this firmly in the "excellent" area of Champagne.
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Red
12/12/2019 - markjanes wrote:
86 points
very deeply colored, purplish rim. on the nose ripe dark and red rustic and brambly fruits, mossy forest floor earth, licorice... no new oak. on the palate dry, high acids, moderate midpalate weight and depth, high amount of firm and chunky tannins, moderate alcohol. balanced wine that has shortish length, very good intensity and complexity. this is a great value, very true to place and varietal... loved it thought don't think it has the stuffing to be excellent or to improve with time.
Red
12/12/2019 - markjanes wrote:
89 points
deeply colored, purple rim. on the nose dark fruits, pyrazines, and bucket loads of vitamin-like minerality... no new oak, minimal brett. on the palate classic cab franc with high acidity and tannins and a moderate amount of palate weight... low to moderate alcohol. balanced wine with ok length, great intensity and complexity. style wise and price wise this is a big winner for me... don't think i can call it "excellent" technically as the finish is not persistent enough to merit such a score. this is drinking great now and will likely improve over a couple of years.
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White
12/12/2019 - markjanes wrote:
91 points
very low depth of color, straw yellow rim. on the nose quite aromatic with lemon fruits, new barrique baking spices, some malo aromas, minerality, and lees. on the palate dry, high acids, plenty of depth on the midpalate, moderate alcohol. balanced wine with very good length, great intensity, very good complexity. i haven't had high end cali chard in some time... this has every element of being an "excellent" wine and really impressed me. drink now or hold a couple of years.
White
12/5/2019 - markjanes wrote:
83 points
straw yellow, low depth of color. on the nose muted aromas of green apple, no strong malo or lees notes, no new barrique aromas. on the palate dry, high acids, moderate weight on the midpalate, low alcohol. this was more focused and crisp than i expected it to be... a very nice bourgogne level chard that is neutral in nature and crisp and fresh on the palate. drink now.
Red
12/4/2019 - markjanes wrote:
88 points
very deep color, ruby purple rim. huge, expansive, and very lifted (whole cluster) nose of red fruits and flowers, leathery brett, no new oak i can smell... on the palate high acids, moderate breadth in the midpalate, moderate amount of firm tannins of moderate ripeness, low alcohol. balanced wine with shortish length, excellent intensity, very good complexity. i really liked the style of this wine a lot though as you can see from the notes below it isn't for everyone. would not pay full retail price for this wine though. drink now.
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Red
12/2/2019 - markjanes wrote:
88 points
very deeply colored, red rim. on the nose moderate intensity with lactic prunish red and dark fruits, new barrque spice, hint of earthy brett. on the palate high acids, broad midpalate, high amount of firm tannins, moderate to high alcohol. balanced wine with very good length, great intensity, ok complexity. i can see why this wine doesn't score higher on CT... aromatically it feels a bit aged and a bit muddled... however it has great palate presence and length. i decanted this a couple of hours and it seemed adequate... drink now or hold a few years. don't pay full price for this.
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White
12/2/2019 - markjanes wrote:
86 points
deeply colored, bright yelow rim. aromatiic wine with citrus and some stone fruits, minimal new barrique or malo influence, strong leesy smell, some minerality. on the palate dry, high acids, fleshy midpalate, moderate alcohol. balanced wine with ok length, very good intesnity, ok complexity. oregon chard for me often has this simple fruit profile and minimal minerality... this wine doesn't have that and is more serious feeling... very good wine and good QPR if you like the style.
White
12/1/2019 - markjanes wrote:
87 points
low depth of color, straw rim. on the nose this is the kind of chenin that i always had trouble distinguishing from dry, minerally rieslings... the wine has little to none of the typical chenin notes, wet wool, quince, honey, nuttiness, etc... it is all minerals and neutral apple, some background nuttiness... no new oak or malo. on the palate dry, very high and fine acidity, moderate weight with a great core of minerals, low to moderate alcohol. balanced wine with good length and intensity, ok complexity... this is a very mineraly and cru like wine that may not be to everyones style. for it's style it is quite good, could use a little more length on the finish... very good wine and great QPR for this style of wine
White - Off-dry
11/25/2019 - markjanes wrote:
90 points
Dry German Riesling Tasting (Reno, NV): very deeply colored with honey’ed stone fruits and iodine, saffron, tree bark, exotic spices. on the palate, sweet, high acids very much integrated and softened, very broad mid palate with balancing phenolics. balance +1/2 length +++ intensity+++ complexity +++ wine seems to be at a mature plateau where it is holding on fine but not going to improve.
White
11/25/2019 - markjanes wrote:
87 points
Dry German Riesling Tasting (Reno, NV): lime and slate on the nose which is moderately intense. on the palate dry to off dry with high but very fine acids, quite linear on the mid palate with a less cru like feel. put it in the mosel. balance ++ length +1/2 intensity +1/2 complexity +
White
11/25/2019 - markjanes wrote:
88 points
Dry German Riesling Tasting (Reno, NV): deeper in color, older? distinctive aromatically with more earth, musk on the nose, yeasty lime and stone fruits, minerals. on the palate dry with high but less filigree acids than other wines, broad mid palate depth and extraction, cru in palate presence. i put this in nahe and was obviously wrong… a good ringer. balance +1/2 length ++ intensity ++1/2 complexity ++
White
11/25/2019 - markjanes wrote:
89 points
Dry German Riesling Tasting (Reno, NV): smelled off the first night, very muddled, oxidized. i couldn’t place it at all. we left this till the next day when it was much, much better. deeper in color, 5-10 years? on the nose honeyed lime and stone fruits with a yeasty natural wine aroma, lot of chalky stone aromas. dry, acids integrating, quite phenolic and structured. balance +1/2 length ++ intensity ++1/2 complexity ++
White
11/25/2019 - markjanes wrote:
86 points
Dry German Riesling Tasting (Reno, NV): aromatic again… floral pear and stoney minerality. dry on the palate, little less cru like, tense on the mid palate, some phenolic grip at the end than most of them. i put this in the hessen and was wrong. balance + length +1/2 intensity +1/2 complexity 1/2. this wine was a bit less serious and a bit less balanced than the other wines. this wine got one vote for wine of the night.
White
11/25/2019 - markjanes wrote:
92 points
Dry German Riesling Tasting (Reno, NV): another aromatic wine with stone fruits leading, lime, minerals, hint of petrol. on the palate dry with lots of extraction and weight on the palate, finishes with a hint of phenolic bitterness. balance ++ length ++1/2 intensity ++1/2, complexity ++. Put in the Nahe successfully and rated it my favorite of the night though the Juwel was probably better.
White - Off-dry
11/25/2019 - markjanes wrote:
87 points
Dry German Riesling Tasting (Reno, NV): another aromatic wine with floral and smoky limes, background stone fruits. on the palate dry, a less serious mid palate than the first two wines, less cru like, hint of phenolic bitterness at the end. balance +1/2 length + intensity +1/2 complexity +. Successfully put this in the Mosel… more enjoyable than serious
White
11/25/2019 - markjanes wrote:
93 points
Dry German Riesling Tasting (Reno, NV): aromatic wine with limes and petrol and hints of stone fruits… dry, very filigree acids, lot of mid palate extraction and tightness… put it in the Nahe (would have never guessed Hessen). balance ++ length ++ intensity +++ complexity ++ got two votes for wine of the night, impressed us all quite a bit.
White
11/25/2019 - markjanes wrote:
91 points
Dry German Riesling Tasting (Reno, NV): loads of minerals, hints of lime and greens… dry, yeasty and leesy on the palate that is quite broad for riesling… phenolic bitterness at end. balance +1/2 length ++ intensity +++ complexity +1/2… tough to place with lack of overt fruit aromas… I put it in the Pfalz. the most mineral driven wine of the night… has cru like mid palate breadth and intensity.
Rosé - Sparkling
11/25/2019 - markjanes wrote:
83 points
salmon pink, fine mousse. on the nose simple cherry and raspberry fruit... no autolysis. on the palate, dry, a bit grippy up front, tight and firm midpalate, low alcohol. ok balance, short length, good intensity, little complexity. a vinous method champagne wine that is pleasant and just fine.
Red
11/22/2019 - markjanes wrote:
flawed
low depth of color, ruby rim. after an hour or so in the decanter the wine opens up quite a bit and has very pure red cherry, florality, minerals, background barrique spices, the fruit flavors expand and begin to get very NSG for me with time (rustic forrest floor/meaty note to the fruit)... with time a note of ethyl acetate becomes evident. on the palate the wine has high acidity, has a strong bitter or lifted note up front, has low to moderate midpalate depth, firm but integrated oak tannins, low to moderate alcohol. wine is firm on the balance side, has good length, ok intensity, good complexity. Dug up my old notes from tastings at Australia Wine Research Institute for this one... clearly there is a big difference in a wine that has high VA from ascetic acid (all Barolo ie.) vs. ethyl acetate and this felt very EA to me. My wife tasted it and picked up the EA right away but it didn't bother her as much as it did me. The bitter note goes away with food but that volatile aroma remains. Be interested to hear what others think of this wine or if other bottles show similarly... think I'll call it "flawed" for now... apart from this issue the wine is clearly very well made.
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Red
11/16/2019 - markjanes wrote:
86 points
ruby rim, very deeply colored... very aromatic in the decanter but more subtle in the glass... dark fruits, flowers, background barrique spice. on the palate dry, high acids, firm midpalate, high amount of firm, moderately ripe tannins. balanced wine with ok length, good intensity, average complexity at this stage. this felt a bit tight to me but with good underlying density and structure. try again in 2-3 years.
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White
11/16/2019 - markjanes wrote:
87 points
clear, straw rim... very aromatic with apple and citrus, some stone fruits... background miernality, no oak or malo. on the palate dry, high acid with a bit of spritz, firmish midpalate, low alcohol. balanced wine with very good varietal intensity, ok length, very good intensity, ok complexity. really nice, dry, mierally, firm enjoyable wine, loved it.
Red
11/12/2019 - markjanes wrote:
89 points
aromatically this wine varies a bit, the last few bottles being more blue fruited and spicy... same structure and ridiculous qpr at under 15.
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Red
11/12/2019 - markjanes wrote:
86 points
ruby rim, moderate depth of color. moderately aromatic with red and blue fruits, definite mienrality, some sublte floral notes... minimal barrique. on the palate high acidity, less midpalate flesh than i expected, moderate to high amount of firm, square oak tannins, low to moderate alcohol. wine is a little on the hard side of the balance equation, ok length, good intensity and complexity. overall a very nice wine, clean and balanced in style with minimal new oak influence that is a bit firm.
Red
11/7/2019 - markjanes wrote:
86 points
half way through a case of this... consistent notes and impressions.
Red
2018 Château Capbern St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/7/2019 - markjanes wrote:
88 points
very deeply colored, purple rim. on the nose quite intense and tight with lots of dark fruits, background oak spice, very clean and fresh. on the palate again very compact with high acids, firm midpalate, high amount of crunchy, moderately ripe, drying tannins, moderate alcohol. balanced wine with very good balance, great intensity, good length, ok complexity at this stage. this is gonna be a very good wine in a few years... can drink now but this should improve over the next 2-4 years.
Red
11/4/2019 - markjanes wrote:
88 points
similar note... with some time in the decanter this opened up quite a bit and fleshed out... style wise this has both old and new world characteristics, is fruit driven, and of very good quality. i dont see the gonon in this... gonon would be less extracted and less fruit driven with more bretty funk. drink now with air or hold another year or two.
Red
10/26/2019 - markjanes wrote:
83 points
deeply colored... some bricking at the rim. aromatically dark fruits, oak spice, tertiary aromas of tea and mushroom. on the palate moderate acids, very full midpalte, resolved tannins on the backend, finishes with a flat metallic feel to it. balanced wine technically, ok length, good intensity, good complexity... this wine seemed past its prime to me and was a little dull. if you have these need to be drinking them.
Red
10/26/2019 - markjanes wrote:
86 points
low color intensity, ruby rim. aromatically reserved at first, needs time in decanter to really open up and show much. tart red cherry, earthy notes, background oak spice... on the palate high acids, some flesh in the midpalate, moderate amount of firm tannins that are very filigree. balanced wine with decent length, good intensity, ok complexity. drink now or hold a couple of years... very savigny and very solid QPR.
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