Tasting Notes for ajeeja

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2008 Château du Tertre Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/8/2020 - ajeeja wrote:
PnP. Fruit has completely faded and what remains is crisp acidity paired with a linear, centered body. It’s not a bad drop, but it also brings no joy. Maybe this bottle didn’t age well, but in all cases I’d not wait more to pop the cork.
Red
1/25/2020 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP. This has soften a lot since my last bottle in 2017 and it’s now in a nice place. To be honest, I do miss a bit of tension and so I’m thinking I should have re-tasted this 6-12 months earlier, but it’s nevertheless a very pleasurable drop (whilst, a bit too simple). I lack experience with BdM to say if it will improve with further aging, but my instinct says it won’t (though, I sure do hope to be proven wrong).
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Red
1/19/2020 - ajeeja wrote:
PnP. No visible sign of age, red fruit nose paired with a stony/mineral flavor, and a warm note due to the alcohol marked its presence. Palate is consistent, centered, well integrated but could use a few more years to integrate further and hopefully develop some aromatic complexity. A bit muted tonight, it’s probably in a silly phase and I’m really not a fan of this wine at the moment. Try in 2023.
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Red
2015 Château Fleur Cardinale St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
PnP. Quite dense and meaty. Focused. Surprisingly smooth and very balanced, good for the future but closed down at the moment. Monolithic. Wait 3-5 years.

EDIT: Got better on day-2 and 3, so I've no doubt this will improve and be a great QPR.
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Red
11/10/2019 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
94 points
This Saffredi reminded me of Leoville Poyferre. It’s so darn sexy and well managed. Silky and clearly a crowd pleaser. It lacks a sense of place (I’ve been a huge fun of pre-2010 vintages), but it’s so good that I can hardly complain. Dense, lots of pepper in the mouth, very balanced with no hard edge, and no sediment at all. This is in a great spot for me.
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Red
11/8/2019 - ajeeja wrote:
Good structure but smelled and tasted a bit muted. IMO, way too early. give it at least another 2-3 years.
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Red
11/2/2019 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
94 points
Dead gorgeous drop. Regardless of the vintage, you simply can’t go wrong with LP. Sensual and with great aromatic complexity. Developed and right in its early drinking window. To my taste (and I like younger rather than older), I’m not convinced the palate will improve much from here, but it will easily hold itself for another 5 years.

(Good amount of sediments left on last glasses)
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Red
2015 Clos Fourtet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
This came after a Leoville Poyferre 2012, which is some really tough competition, as the LP is such a gorgeous easy drinker. But it standed on his feet: serious, polished, and balanced. Controlled power. Surprisingly, the tannins are already mellowed and there’s is no hard edge. It sure needs time to evolve, as at the moment it is very primary, but all ingredients are there, ready for the journey. 91-92 today but surely 94+ with time.
Red
10/19/2019 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking beautifully now.
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Red
10/18/2019 - ajeeja wrote:
Aristocratic Sangiovese, reminiscent of a Brunello, in a style that is close to the Cepparello 2013 I tasted recently, but on the lighter side. Solid, but way overpriced to me.
Red
10/16/2019 - ajeeja wrote:
Had this at “L’ebrezza di Noé” in Naples. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to our expectations. I’m not going to rate it because I’m convinced this was an off bottle, not cellared properly and very likely flawed, as it smelled and tasted a bit maderized (the owner didn’t agree though). Definitely drinkable, but pretty flat and not at all that exciting to my senses. Hope I’ll have a chance to re-taste it!
Red
9/27/2019 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
92 points
Agree with the other reviewers, this is very classy and has upward potential. Today you get to appreciate its fruit core and the backbone acidity, but it’s a bit simple on the palate. Though, the nose is a thrill and already aromatically complex. At a $40 price point this is pretty darn good QPR. I really like how these 2014 Bordeaux are shaping up!

Today 91, but I’m convinced this will get to 93 with a handful years in the bottle.
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Red
2012 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/22/2019 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
94 points
This beauty is really hard to resist!

PnP. The purity of the fruit is mesmerizing from the start, and with air it only got better. Has a long life ahead, but it’s going to be hard not to revisit this sooner than later. So pure and silky, a long lingering aftertaste, refined and balanced. I just love Haut Bailly. Cheers!
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Red
9/15/2019 - ajeeja wrote:
Very smooth and silky, but somewhat unexciting. I’m rather puzzled as I can’t say why I didn’t enjoyed this as much as I should and wanted to. Worth revisiting and I wouldn’t let this sit in the cellar for too long (drink before 2023)
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Red
2011 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/13/2019 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
91 points
Incredible what a year can do. This is definitely not ready yet, but finally the oak has integrated (not fully but mostly) and the red fruit paired with a tangy acidity is finally marking its presence. It sill misses the opulence of the best vintages, but all it might need is a few more years in the cellar. 91+
Red
It really doesn’t get much better than this. Still has a long life ahead but don’t hesitate to pull the cork!
White
7/20/2019 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
92 points
Very surprising “Chasselas”. It drinks as a Chardonnay grew on a stony soil, but there is something about it that tells you it’s not a Chardonnay (but I can’t pinpoint what that is!). Very good acidity, mineral and citrus, it tastes as if lemons have been squeezed in it. Definitely a food wine, it would pair awesomely with fatty, spicy, or even strong cheese plates. 92-93
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Red
7/19/2019 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
92 points
Rather restrained on opening, it gained depth after 30-60 min breathing. Very pretty and stil feels and taste young. Drink or hold.

On a personal note, I liked the 2010 more.
Red
7/16/2019 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
88 points
Easy to drink, though lacking structure. But not every wine has to be a first-lady to be enjoyed. Very pleasurable minerality and elegant black fruit. Was served at around 16 degrees, was better on day 2.
Red
5/23/2019 - ajeeja wrote:
90 points
Big and bold, good acidity and still very primary, but I wouldn’t wait longer to drink it unless you enjoy wines with a stewed fruit. To my taste, it lacks elegance and it’s way too fruit forward.
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Red
5/21/2019 - ajeeja wrote:
87 points
The fruit has faded and the Pinot earthiness is finally coming out on the nose, which is great. Right after opening, medium acidity but on the palate is a bit thin and angular, with the alcohol taking a high pitch and a drying end. It gained weight with time and the drying finished faded, but the warmness due to the alcohol was always present. Though, you forget about it quickly as you drink and eat.
Red
5/18/2019 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
96 points
Same as last note. Pure juice. Marvelous.
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Red
5/8/2019 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
95 points
From the moment we pulled the cork we knew we were in for a thrill. Poised fruit and earthiness, good acidity, focused. Fine tannins, integrated, 14.5% alcohol but it’s never felt. I can’t help it, I love the balance.

In perfect form today and very much on the young side, despite a good amount of sediment left on the last glass. Impossible to resist.
Red
2011 Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/4/2019 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
93 points
Good fruit, “noble” oak, paired with just the right acidity. Balance is the word and this is singing today. I feel there is no rush and this will keep being an awesome wine for many years, but I like young more than old so this is in a great spot for me.
Red
2011 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Oak, oak, and more oak. Especially on the palate. As it was really not what we expected from this producer, we opened a second bottle right away, and it was pretty much the same. Disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I love a gentle touch of luxurious oak when is well managed, but here it’s rough and without class. I hope this will improve down the line, but I’m not too convinced, as the fruit was completely overshadowed by the oak. And it’s a real pity, because I love other vintages of this producer!

I’m not giving a score because it’d be too low and considering the other tasters notes maybe we were truly unlucky with our bottles.
Rosé - Sparkling
4/26/2019 - ajeeja wrote:
Underwhelming. Not bad at all, but it lacks personality.
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White
4/22/2019 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
90 points
Blind tasted. Nose of tropical fruit, on the mouth again tropical fruit, but also a good minerality. Slightly warm and not very long, but very pleasurable and would be a great pairing for pasta fish dishes. Based on the aromatics I’d guessed a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, turns out I was utterly wrong and this is made with a blend of mostly Ansonica (a.k.a, Inzolia) and some other (unspecified) grapes. Interesting tasting!
Red
4/17/2019 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice but not great. More balanced than a couple of years ago, opulent, fresh, with enough fruit, but it lacks depth. Quite simply, it doesn’t get me as excited as other vintages. It might need another year or two to peak.
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Red
4/10/2019 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
94 points
Ready to rock. Smooth and with enough acidity to give it lift, elegant and complex. Definitely passses the “one-bottle test” for me. Really lovely pinard.

Note to myself: drink the remaining bottles over the next 2-3 years.
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Red
4/5/2019 - ajeeja wrote:
92 points
Luxurious oak and luscious fruit. An excellent crowd pleaser missing that little bit of extra complexity to set it apart. But this a great success for the estate considering the vintage.
Red
2005 Château Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/11/2019 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
92 points
After breathing for 1h this is drinking really well. Good drop.
Red
Mute on the nose but beautiful on the mouth. Based on the current tasting experience I’d rate this around 90: very we’ll made, good grip and acidity, but lacking complexity - no wow factor. But because I’m not a Brunello drinker I trust the other tasters and cross fingers this will gain depth with years. Worth waiting another 2-3 years before the next bottle.
Red
12/12/2018 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
93 points
This is drinking beautifully now. All components are in balance, it misses just a little bit of acidity, but frankly I could be drinking this all night long.
Red
2015 Château du Tertre Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/7/2018 - ajeeja wrote:
Not a great vintage al the moment. Closed down and flat from start to finish, despite a 2h decant. Dense, but lacks acidity, so it's very monolithic. Hopefully, it just needs a few years, but I would not open a bottle ATM if given a chance. 87
Red
2013 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/20/2018 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
91 points
Here I found a beautiful bottle with all the traits of a Médoc Bordeaux. Maybe not particularly complex, but a clear crowd pleaser. Great QPR.
White
10/17/2018 - ajeeja wrote:
93 points
Reminiscent of a great Burgundy, without the pedigree and obvious high price. I love it!
Red
10/10/2018 - ajeeja wrote:
Well made, but it lacks a soul. Oak is not yet integrated, so it will improve over the next 2-3 years.
Red
9/27/2018 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
92 points
Opened and let it slowly oxidate from the bottle for 3+ hours. Very good but still in it's early drinking window.
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Red
This is truly excellent, and it's good right from the start. Sure it needs more time to develop, but it's so smooth already that it's hard to resist. Controlled power. Will be really interesting to see how this develops and if it can stand against a great Bourgogne. 91+
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Red
8/24/2018 - ajeeja wrote:
Nose of “sous-bois”. Mouth display an intense red fruit marmellate paired with a good acidity that keeps it in balance. Decanted 3+ hours and it was well integrated, though still clearly too young. The finish is relatively short. It’s a well made wine, but simply not in the style I like. Would pair well with strong cheese.
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Red
7/25/2018 - ajeeja wrote:
Finally opening up after a short sleeping phase (or maybe my last was an off bottle?). Enjoyed right out of the bottle, primary, concentrated, focused, still some gripping tannin but overall already well integrated. Needs 3-5 years to add layers and be more interesting, but don’t feel bad to pop one.

EDIT: left half-bottle in the fridge corked and 24h after the tasting experience was still extremely consistent, just a little bit more opulence and less acidity. Also, no sediments, at all. Quite a testament on the quality of this vintage.
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Red
7/11/2018 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
94 points
Perfect cork, looked like the bottle was sealed months ago. Decanted 1h and drunk over 4h. Right after poppping, smelled cloves and violet, the body was a bit thin but refined. Lovely overall. After about 3h the body gained weight and precision. Overall, it felt very young, but also integrated and smooth. I'd expect this to develop nicely over the next years and add layers of complexity. (Only question is: will I have the patience to wait?)
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Red
Too young to be judged, but I like the potential. Mouthwatering, restrained, focused. A noble merlot but it needs 3+ years.
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Red
Popped and poured, and just wow. Luxurious oak, exuberant, lush, fresh, but somehow in balance (hard to believe, I know!). I love it, but I'll refrain from scoring this again to avoid bias in the overall score. Though, it's a 95-96 for me, and I'm going to buy more of this fantastic vintage!
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Red
3/23/2018 - ajeeja wrote:
87 points
Pretty simple but well made. Got better after a couple of hours opened.
Red
3/14/2018 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
91 points
Right after opening a fantastic blueberry flavor filled up the air and made me super excited about what I was about to taste. However, on the palate the oak got the better and completely overshadowed the fruit. After 4h slow oxidation from the bottle the oak is now integrated, letting the fruit coming through. Lovely today after a good decant, but I’d wait another 2 years before trying the next one. 91-92
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Red
3/3/2018 - ajeeja wrote:
Oak from French barrique both on the nose and on the palate, way to prominent for me. I like when roasted/peppery/cinnamon notes from the barrique add layers to the tasting, but here the oak firmly shadows the grape. It's a love/hate affair, but frankly there are other Merlot from Ticino that are very much worth exploring.
Red
2/20/2018 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
92 points
After a short decanting, mineral palate (iron / crushed rocks) with a hint of smoke. Refined is the word that comes to mind, but initially tight with a relatively short aftertaste. However, it got better with time, the mineral notes faded away and the texture became more velvety, displaying high class. A very good showing and I can definitely see this aging extremely well in the many years to come. Though, considering the price, Sassicaia is not a bottle I'd put my money on.
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Red
2/8/2018 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
93 points
Right after opening still gripping tannins. Slow oxidation for 2h and drunk over 2h. Elegant, refined, balanced. It definitely lost the exuberance it had in its childhood, and it’s not quite the blockbuster I thought it could be, but I very much loved the elegance and it was a true delight to drink without food. Also, I had the impression that this is waking up after a dumb sleep phase, so it might still need a year or so to be at its best, and then it will drink very well for another 3-5 years.
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