Tasting Notes for Chrisinroch

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10/17/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Nice wine, great acidity, lovely tart raspberry. Great finish. Drink now.
Red
2008 Thread Santa Barbara County Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
10/6/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
nice wine, not at peak yet/
Red
1995 Château Monbousquet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/2/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Decanted for sediment. Nice almost immediately. Lovely nose. Garnet color, nice with a slight pucker on the finish. Aging beautifully. Drink now - good spot.
Red
9/7/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
bought direct, passive cellared since then

Decanted, but it really didn't need it except for a bit of sediment. Delicious; not shy but still very elegant.
Red
8/19/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
88 points
Lovely herbaceous nose. Very different from the very hedonistic 2006. Also less savory and more herbal in the mouth. But also happily missing is the vanilla-ish quality that I didn’t love in the 2005
White - Sweet/Dessert
8/18/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
fully mature and still drinking nicely. more toasted caramel rather than floral notes.
Red
8/18/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Nice wine. Hedonistic, but has some nice northern Rhone secondary flavors.
Red
8/5/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
88 points
PnP. Stored in temp controlled since purchase. On the elegant side. Spicy and cranberry. Very nice
Red
7/10/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
This has really progressed. Very modern. Drink up.
Red
7/10/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Give this a few years. Needs time to knit together and lose the edges. Passively stored since direct purchase.
Red
6/19/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Passive cellar, direct from winery. PnP, served predinner and w ribcap
Pretty delicious right from go. One of the better “ripe” syrahs I’ve tasted. Not jammy or overripe, nicely balanced and fully integrated. More saline than savory on the secondary flavors. Drinking at peak.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
4/15/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
From 375 passive cellared since purchase. Pineapple upside down cake in a glass. Lots of life ahead, still a baby.
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Red
Man this was just sooo big and vanilla-y and sweet. Not wearing its alcohol well at all. Bourbon. No thanks. I don’t always hate big wines, but on this night, this tasted like dessert.
Red
3/4/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Pretty much done. Still drinkable, but pretty tired
Red
2/24/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
.500 passive storage cool cellar direct from Rhys. Just singing right out of the bottle. The red fruit is generous but lovely and not at all overripe. A bit of baking spice maybe. Got better as it warmed, but sadly didn’t last long. These .500s are right in their early window.
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Red
2/6/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
87 points
750 stored passively tight cork. Faded nose, bit of cocoa. Fruit is fading, what’s left is antique bookstore, tannins and acid. It’s not bad, just a bit over the hill.
Red
2/2/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Really high toned, lovely pinot. Got better with some air.
Red
2005 Château Monbousquet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/2/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Nice enough. Modern, could be a ringer for a CA merlot. Poor QpR.
Red
2/2/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
nice enough on open, but much better day 2 and 3.
Red
2/2/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Wow a ton of Vanilla still on the nose.. like smelling vanilla extract. It's over the hill (stored passively) but still vinous.

Did not age well at all. The oak chips no bueno.
Red
1/5/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Really tasty new world Bordeaux. Cassis, cocoa, and a bit of herb. Drinking ing nicely out of the gate, but it softened a bit over 3 hours.
Red
12/28/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Pnp. Open almost immediately. It's a big wine, with generous fruit tempered by a bit of savory. Tannins are melding nicely but plenty of years ahead. Really nice wine that will appeal to a wide range of wine drinkers. Same or better on day 2
Red
2003 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/24/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
PnP. Singing. Great funky secondary notes.
Red
12/14/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
90 points
Pnp. Stored passively upright. Singing right out of the bottle. Wonderful mature wine; still plenty of fruit balanced with resolved tannins. As the wine opened up, you got a bit northern Rhône dry cured olive/savory character that I loved. Shockingly good.
Red
11/13/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Drinking well at this point. Nicely balanced with a bit of acidity.
Red
11/13/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
lovely nose, elegant wine but maybe a bit faded.
White
11/9/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
flawed
Oxidized. My fault for keeping it this long.
Red
11/2/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
88 points
Nice mature modernist Bordeaux. Juicy ripe red fruit with a bit of sous bois. Saved from being sappy by a nice acid streak.
White
10/31/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Lovely crisp medium bodied white. Food friendly. Daily drinker that punches above its price point.
Red
10/12/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
no notes, but it disappeared quickly
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Red
10/12/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Green pepper and maybe a bit of sage-iness. Not bad, not particularly great.
White
9/17/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Odd place. Acid is not as bright as typical and the wine seems oddly watered back. Just everything muted. Decent with food, but pretty forgettable.
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Red
2005 Les Forts de Latour Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/1/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
A little tight on opening, but you can see some quality. Really opened up on day 2 and showed nicely. It's on the "generous" end of the Bordeaux spectrum; with ripe darkish fruit, but the acid and tannins provide enough counterpoint. It's a nice wine. Not sure about the value proposition, but we'll see how it ages. To that end....

Passively stored since EP so it might be further along than yours, and it is still just starting to enter a drinkable phase. I'd wait a couple of years before popping the next one.
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Red
8/29/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Passive cellared since release. PnP with roasted salmon.

Medium garnet, nose of baking spice, dust and berries. Smooth entry explodes with sweet earthy red fruit. Finishes sweet and a bit hot.

Either this wine is in a bad place or it’s punching way below its weight. It reminds me of much warmer climate pinots watered back a bit.— Those same ripe characteristics but not as heavy. Maybe the acidity is just lacking for my palate???
Red
2011 Halcon Vineyards Esquisto Yorkville Highlands Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
8/23/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
92 points
Lovely mature Rhône blend. Restrained elegant fruit, herbaceous back end. Great effort
Red
8/14/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
No funk or barnyard, but it's a big juicy sucker. No acidity. Tastes like a cheap, modern cab.
Red
7/21/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
PnP. Light, almost old world Pinot noir body and color. Ready for business. Drinking nicely.
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Red
7/4/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Super light bodied, especially for an American Pinot Noir. A bit sleepy upon opening, but opened up a bit with air. Still Very light. Definitely an outlier stylistically. Enjoyable.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
1976 Château Coutet Barsac Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
7/2/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
If anything, it tasted a bit youngish. Odd.
Red
6/29/2018 - Chrisinroch Likes this wine:
90 points
Pale ruby color, beautiful nose of rose petals and spice. In the mouth it attacks with a effervescent bright red fruit. The mouthfeel makes me wonder if we are having some secondary fermentation, but the color is good, the clarity is good and there is no funk. Finishes with the hint of fruit that outlives the acid, almost tricking you into thinking it's sweet. Later as the bottle got more air, the frizzante faded and the wine became really wonderful. Highly recommend this interesting and tasty wine.
Red
Cassis and cocoa. Soft and unctuous. Lots of RS. Well made wine, super “yummy” but not at all my thing.
Red
6/9/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
passive cellar since auction in 2009. Cork was good. Decanted for sediment. First impression is a tired wine, over the hill with a bit of nutty Madeira. As it got a bit of air, it started to gain some of the fruit back but it retained the nuttiness so I don't know. It did turn into wine, however, so maybe the nuttiness was just secondary flavor and wasn't heat damage. Fully mature and then some.
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Red
5/18/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Very reductive, but thankfully no Brett like previous bottles. Opened up nicely with a lot of air. Hard to tell if these will end up in a good place, but at least this was drinkable. I count that a win at this point.
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Red
2004 Frédéric Magnien Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
5/18/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Mature. Tasty almost immediately. Nice find
Red
4/29/2018 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Lovely savory quality in this still young Syrah. N. Rhône style, but less tight maybe. Pnp passive cellared since purchase. W Asian flank steak. Nice wine.
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