Tasting Notes for rashcar

(97 notes on 87 wines)

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2009 Virginie de Valandraud St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/9/2019 - rashcar Likes this wine:
94 points
Had earlier tonight at a restaurant called True Food. One hour decanting but can use more air so I recommend three hours in the decanter. Very good wine for the money. A bit on the lighter side but in a good way. Last glass was the best. Good finish!
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Red
2/27/2019 - rashcar Likes this wine:
97 points
Sediments are present but fabulous wine! Nose of perfume and later black ripe cherries! Very slow legs on the glass. Very balanced with some heat present but manageable! Where this wine shines is in the finish! It lingers on for one minute. Highly recommend.
Red
2000 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/9/2019 - rashcar Likes this wine:
95 points
Amazing balance with 2 hours decanting! Velvety structure. Complex but smooth with dark fruit and earthiness nose. Good 30 second finish. Start to drinking well.
Red
1/30/2019 - rashcar Likes this wine:
97 points
What a wine! Young but complex and balanced. Old world with earthiness and dark ripe Berries. A great experience.
Red
2009 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/25/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
97 points
Very balanced and good structure wine. Dark ripe fruits nose. This 2009 Pontet Canet is coming together nicely. Highly recommended! Glad I have few extra bottle. 2 hours decanting.
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Red
11/25/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
97 points
Dark ruby almost black. Like syrup in the glass with healthy legs. Cork was 3/4 of the way wet. Great nose that kept developing in the glass and long delicious finish. This was my oldest wine that I drank that was still good.
Red
11/17/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
97 points
WS 2018 wine of the year and it deserves to be! Soooo smooth my goodness it's so good. Berries and perfume nose. Such an unbelievable balance at this early age! Love it. Great finish and delicious!
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Red
11/17/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
97 points
Wow wow... Where to begin? Unbelievable nose of perfume and petals. So balanced and a finish that lingers. Decanted for two hours and got better in the glass. The cork is so intact you can't help but think that this Solaia will last for decades.
Red
10/18/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
93 points
Well balanced at this point. Pnp and it's ready. Enjoy a good Brunello juice.
Red
1998 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/30/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted for two hours but needed more. Drank over next two hours and second glass it started to show its stuff. Ripe Berries and some earth tones. Well structured in the glass with slow legs
Good delicious finish. I am glad I have more.
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Red
8/13/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
92 points
Red fruits nose. Dark color. 2 hours decanting. Good taste and medium finish. Sediments in the bottle. Drink now with decant and in the next 5 years.
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Red
8/12/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted for 4 hours and it needs. Great wine overall. Lighter body but balanced and concentrated. Loved the aroma and the finish. Will last another 10 years and more.
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Red
8/11/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
94 points
My friend Johnny decanted for one hour. Great nose of lead pencil and earth to later become perfume. Great structure and well balanced. In drinking window right now.
Red
8/11/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
95 points
A winner! Just a good juice with so much action on the nose that you can smell it from across the table. Good balance as the heat is gone. Drink now with 30 minutes decanting.
Red
7/27/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
96 points
Had tonight at my friend's Johnny. I have to admit that I went in with low expectations since it's a second flight and some tasters gave it low 90s. Bottle went into decanter for 2 hours and we drank it slow. Very dark color. Nose changed from dark fruits and cinnamon to dark fruit, light spice and vanilla. The wine tasted pleasant and finish was good. Extremely slow legs in the glass. Overall good wine. It did calm down in the glass after a while which tells me if you have any bottles of this 2007 you want to drink up!
Red
7/14/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
96 points
Had at my friend Mike S. Last night. He decanted for 2 1/2 hours and we slowly drank over the next 4 hours. It kept developing until the third hour. Silky juice with nose that went from milk and dark berries on to earth and soil on to more fruits and then perfumes. The finish was long. Great wine overall. Starting to drink well but will benefit from more cellaring.
Red
7/1/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
92 points
Starting to drink well. No heat after 1 hour of decanting. Fruits and cassis nose. Medium finish. Coming together nicely. Drink now and up to five more years.
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Red
2011 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/22/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
92 points
Some tasters here CT trashed this wine. Ok so for the money you can do better but nevertheless it's still a decent wine. Had some action on the nose and some structure. I liked it. Decanted for 2 hours.
Red
5/8/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
91 points
Decanted for 3 hours. Good nose and nice texture. Short finish but good wine for the money.
Red
4/30/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
95 points
This wine keeps impressing. Excellent nose of earth, spices, chocolate and dark fruits. The finish is really good as it demands your attention after swallowing. Excellent wine for the money. Decanted for 3 hours and drank slowly and again it did not disappoint. Will even get better in the next 5 years.
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Red
4/28/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
95 points
A friend brought it to restaurant. He said he decanted for three hours. I liked it overall but I brought 2002 Axios which is half the money and it was as good. Good nose and structure. Would have rather to tried it in a quiet place and concentrated more on the wine.
Red
4/14/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
96 points
2 hours of decanting. Good CDP bottle. Lot of activities here with good balance and maturity. Nose of perfume and spices. Good finish it demands your attention after swallowing which is a trade mark of a good wine. Thick legs in the glass. Got better in the glass.
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Red
2002 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/7/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
93 points
Cork was 90% wet which means I gotta drink my other 3 bottles soon. Olives, spices and sour ripe fruits nose. Stings your mouth but not in a bad way. Taste a tiny bitter. Does have complexity though. Overall a good experience.
Red
2003 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/1/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
97 points
Had it at my friend's house last night. Well balanced bottle. Good nose of layers of perfumes, ripe dark fruits and herbs. Finish was mouth coating. Glad I have one bottle in my cellar.
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Red
3/13/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
91 points
Just light on its feet. Pleasant nose and finish. Little complexity just enough to enjoy. Will not knock you off your socks but you will not mind drinking it either. Needs couple of hours of decanting. Much better the next day! Perfume nose and good finish.
Red
3/13/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
96 points
Fabulous bottle. Cork fell apart on me but thank God the juice inside was still intact! 2 hours of slow ox and drank over next three hours. Great nose of ripe black cherry, hint of sweet cinnamon. Unbelievable taste and finish that stung my tongue in a delicious way for 45 seconds. It was my only bottle but I just located 5 more and I can't wait to revisit this wine.
Red
3/11/2018 - rashcar wrote:
96 points
Cork came apart however bottle was amazing! Nose of ripe and sour black cherry and hint of vanilla and cinnamon in the next layer. Unbelievable taste and a finish that stings you and stays for 45 seconds. Totally love it. A balance between modern and classic Napa.
Red
2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/10/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
94 points
Had it last night. 3 hours decanting and drank over next three hours. Great overall starting with nose of dark fruit and earth. Good texture and long coating finish. Will improve and drink well for next ten years.
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Red
2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/7/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
95 points
PNP and drank for next three hours. Dark ruby with good texture and slow very healthy legs! Traditional Bordeaux nose consists of ripe dark fruits, earth, wet stones and sexy spice. Unbelievable and satisfying taste it coats your mouth with delicious flavors for good 60 seconds. So glad I got few more bottles. Don't wait enjoy now and for next 10 years.
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Red
1/25/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
92 points
3 hours of decanting. Nose of Berries, spice, leather and liquorice. Dark ruby with medium finish of earth and mushrooms. Time to drink but will last few more years so no rush.
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Red
1/13/2018 - rashcar wrote:
96 points
My friend Johnny decanted this beautiful bottle for 7 hours. Nose of roses and bright fruits nose. Well balanced juice. Beautiful taste and medium finish. Smooth and balanced. Drink now with a long decant. Should hold up for 10+ years.
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Red
2005 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/13/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
95 points
Very young still. Slow ox for 3 hours into wide decanter for 2 hours which needed. Nose of perfume with dark fruit and earth. Last glass was the best and where finish was prominent. Best in 3 years to 10 years.
Red
1/10/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
92 points
Poured out of a Coravin. Decanted to equivalent of 3 hours using Wine Enthusiasts IFavine machine also know as smart Isommelier smart decanter. Nose of sour cherries and wet stones. Strong tannins which tells me it's still young. Good finish that lingers on for 30 seconds. Ruby red color, light texture with slow legs in the glass. I bet once this MastroJanni had more time to work out some heat and strong tannins it's going to be singing. I can see 94+ in 2020.
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Red
1/2/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
92 points
This is not ready just yet! It has potential to become a good juice. I think it needs 5 more years to start showing its stuff. Right now the nose is muted and it took one hour in my glass before I can smell some fruit and spices. Texture is good with slow developing legs in the glass. It's just a pup right now. If you must drink it now then wide decanter for 6 hours.
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Red
1/1/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
91 points
Good volume and chewy wine. Nose of vanilla and dark Berries with hint of dust. Medium finish. Overall a pleasant experience. A bit on the sweet side for me.
Red
2009 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/31/2017 - rashcar Likes this wine:
92 points
New Year's Eve a friend brought. Hint of cassis, vanilla and Berries nose but not profound. Maybe it should have been decanted for longer than an hour. Good texture and a finish of 15 seconds.
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Red
12/24/2017 - rashcar Likes this wine:
93 points
3 hours decanting. Nose of earth, spice but the finish what's impressive. A long minute finish. Good QPR.
Red
11/29/2017 - rashcar wrote:
99 points
Classy, elegant, well balanced with finesse! Nose of black ripe cherries then next layer or wave cedar. The color is black ruby and the finish is out of the world. So tasty and lingers on for 45 seconds but with purity. Beautiful experience. Decanted for 3 hours and drank over 4 hours. If you can afford it try it.
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Red
11/5/2017 - rashcar Likes this wine:
94 points
Very good wine. Nose of ripe Berries, spice and vanilla. Good structure and plenty of legs in the glass. Good 20 seconds finish. Overall it is a winner.
Red
11/4/2017 - rashcar Likes this wine:
96 points
My friend brought this beautiful bottle. Well balanced. Great nose of ripe Berries and spice. Silky structure and fulfilling taste and finish. Very good effort from Sonoma and Napa. My friend decanted it for 4 hours.
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Red
11/4/2017 - rashcar Likes this wine:
94 points
Nice showing. 4 hours decanting good nose of spice perfume and Berries. Medium finish that coats your mouth. Very smooth and well structured wine.
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Red
10/22/2017 - rashcar Likes this wine:
98 points
Wow... What an amazing and well structured juice! Comes together in a perfect way. The nose, the velvetty juice and the great finish all come together here.
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Red
10/21/2017 - rashcar Likes this wine:
98 points
The best wine I've had. Six hours decant but opened up more after a total of 8 hours in glass/decanter. It evolved from truffles, fruits and earth to perfumes. What a nose! But the story here is about the palate and the finish! So delicious and coats your mouth for more than one minute! The balance and the structure of this wine is second to none. What a bottle!
Red
10/12/2017 - rashcar Likes this wine:
94 points
Second time I drink this Brunello from the great vintage of 2010. Had few nights ago as I recall it had good balance. I remember nose being impressive. Fruity and earthy. Medium finish. 6 hours decanting.
Red
10/12/2017 - rashcar Likes this wine:
94 points
Very good Brunello. Amazing nose, good texture with slow thick legs and a medium finish. My friend decanted it for 6 hours.
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Red
10/11/2017 - rashcar Likes this wine:
96 points
It took about 8 hours in decanter before it started to show its potential. Nose of fruits and perfume. Good texture and a noticeable finish. It's a winner!
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Red
2009 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/14/2017 - rashcar wrote:
I am not sure what happened here. Decanted for 4 hours(maybe I should have not done that). No nose and taste. Totally shut down. I will try again in couple of years.
Red
9/13/2017 - rashcar Likes this wine:
95 points
Again. Air this juice out. 6 hours and perfume nose. Drink it slowly and nose turns to dark Berries and menthol. Very active on the nose. The texture is typical Brunello. The finish is where things pick up again where it lasts up to a minute. It just coats your mouth. Great value.
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Red
8/29/2017 - rashcar Likes this wine:
95 points
At Brooklyn Cafe in Sandy Springs Georgia Bryant wine tasting event. Decanted two hours and back into the bottle. Balance is the key here. Great wine and surprisingly drinking well young. Drink or hold.
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Red
8/22/2017 - rashcar Likes this wine:
96 points
Wow...Great wine. Going of memory here. Great nose, texture and finish.
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