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Red
2017 Château Siran Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
6/14/2021 - J. Jedema Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark garnet red colour. Some sediment in the bottle. Nose with ripe black and blueberries. Intense fruit flavours of largely black fruits with some complexity of cedar and spices. Velvety tannins very polished with balanced acidity and medium to long finish. Its really a joy to drink this already, and has a good future ahead. I am really happy I bought a full case of this.
  • J. Jedema commented:

    6/15/21, 12:46 PM - Hello Mark, I drank it over two days. After opening the bottle I let it breathe for approx. 4 hours. No explicit decanting. 2nd day the wine was still very smooth and perhaps even softer.

Red
2016 Azienda Agricola Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Sangiovese
5/18/2020 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
Ok so I will reduce my prior score. With that excitement restrained I still don't get some CT folks looking at this in the context of an 85 score. Punishing and inconsistent especially without any backup notes.

I find this wine an exceptional value with notes of plum and compote. Aromatics focused around blueberry. Nothing exceptional but I challenge wine lovers to find a similar $20. Bottle.
  • J. Jedema commented:

    5/19/20, 3:25 AM - 91, 90, 89, its not a very big difference to me. These scores will average out the unmotivated 85 score. I do agree with you this is a very nice wine! I’m glad to have a bought a case of 6, and still have 5 to go!

Red
2014 Château Prieuré-Lichine Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
2/4/2017 - Jeff Leve wrote:
92 points
Boysenberry, espresso, black cherry and licorice scents kick off the nose. Medium bodied, with a touch of too much oak at the moment, this needs time to develop, and integrate. While this is already better in bottle, than it was in barrel, in time, this should be an even better wine, as it continues to come together.
  • J. Jedema commented:

    1/10/19, 2:12 PM - Thanks for the review. One question: "While this is already better in barrel than in bottle" - did you really mean it like this, or is it the other way around?

Red
2015 Le Marquis de Calon Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/26/2018 - Francois Le Mouel Likes this wine:
92 points
I was tempted to use the tasting note assistant, just to see the outcome. So here we go...ok, this wasn't a great experience and I feel the assistant is quite incomplete, so I'm only going to rely on my tasting experience...no assistant:)

The wine is showing a young purple colour and a nose very typical of St-Estèphe's wines (blackberries, leather, spices). Blind, I would have called a Pagodes de Cos or even a Cos d'Estournel. Well structured, balanced and showcasing the typical austerity of the appellation, this wine will benefit from 5-7 years in the cellar. Length is medium+. Excellent QPR in my opinion, I'm very surprised to see scores under 90 points by other tasters.
  • J. Jedema commented:

    12/30/18, 7:33 AM - Great tasting note!

Red
2016 Kaiken Malbec Ultra Mendoza
Took a chance and got a case of the 2016 vintage, after being consistently wowed by the stellar 2013 vintage. Had the first 2016 bottle tonight. Wifey and I agreed that the 2016 was not nearly as fruit forward and intense as the 2013 vintage. Only mild acidity here (completely disagree with a prior poster that there this mod-high acidity - how many bottles of Italian and other old world wines have they had?). Finish smooth, moderate in length. Although I was not as impressed, compared to the 2013 vintage, it was a very drinkable wine, very BALANCED, and completely reasonable for the price. I do not regret having eleven more of these in the wine cabinet.

Addendum/Comment on jjedema's comment to this review:
Wine Folly lists the acidity of Malbec as low to medium. Acidity is generally something I have not cared for in wines, and in my experience, many other people share that perspective. But with gradual and consistent consumption of European wines (I live in the U.S.), and Italian wine specifically, I have acclimated to acidity in wine. (I hated feta and kalamata olives as a kid, but then acclimated and now love 'em.) As we all experience the taste of wine differently, jjedema's assessment is valid for him. But I fear his assessment would scare away potential tasters who don't like acid. I have to wonder how jjedema experiences the mod-high acidity in Sangioveses for example. So in this case, with my having experienced so many more moderate to highly acidic wines, I would rate the acidity on this particular wine as low.
The debate is now open for others. That's why we subscribe to this crowd-sourced review site, with reviews by real people. Time to chime in!
  • J. Jedema commented:

    11/4/18, 6:30 AM - I think you might be referring to my comment about the medium+ acidity. Actually it is what I tasted, and which is not a bad thing at all for a Malbec. I wonder though why you are referring to old-world and Italian wines in specific? What has this to do with Argentinian Malbec?

  • J. Jedema commented:

    11/4/18, 1:16 PM - Thanks for your update. A small addition from my side as well. I don’t feel acidity as something bad that would scare people away. To me it’s the ‘refreshing’ sensation that you get when the wine touches the tip of your tongue. Some of the most acidic drinks like cola are not perceived as sour at all. It’s all about the balance with the fruits, which in this case is absolutely there. The quality of a better wine. Enjoy your other bottles!

Red
2014 Paolo Manzone Barolo Meriame Nebbiolo
10/17/2018 - SommJourney05 Likes this wine:
90 points
Medium garnet. Cherry, raspberry, sage and tar with leather, anise and eucalyptus. Firm tannins and medium body. On the palate black tea with some earthiness. Lovely Barolo.
  • J. Jedema commented:

    11/1/18, 12:14 PM - Good tasting note!

Red
2000 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
6/19/2018 - J. Jedema Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful aromas on the nose with cassis, black currant, cedar and cigar box. On the palate it’s medium bodied and quite light in style. The tannins have almost entirely resolved in the wine, which result in a perfectly balanced wine. It probably lost some of its fruit, but it is still outstanding, with a fabulous finish. Absolutely recommended!
  • J. Jedema commented:

    10/21/18, 9:39 AM - Thanks for your compliment. Your note is very informative too. I see you liked the wine just as much as I did!

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