Tasting Notes for PDavisMarble

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Red
2010 Mollydooker Enchanted Path McLaren Vale Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
2/20/2020 - PDavisMarble wrote:
92 points
Consistent with last bottle. Nice, but huge wine. Nothing particularly subtle or delicate about this, but enjoyable. Much more closed than a '10 CofL tasted the same night.
Red
2/20/2020 - PDavisMarble wrote:
93 points
Becoming better & better. This showed as fruitier, more delicate and closer to its peak than the '10 Enchanted Path the same evening.
White
2/20/2020 - PDavisMarble wrote:
I don't know Riesling well so for me this was an unusual wine. Deep yellow. Musty nose that needed to blow off. The wine needed time in the glass. Lightly sweet. Some fruit - mango, kumquat, a touch of licorice, petrol notes, beeswax. Will be interesting to see how the other bottles show.
Red
2/22/2020 - PDavisMarble wrote:
93 points
Pretty pink-crimson. Beautiful, perfumed nose of roses, cranberries, sweet notes of watermelon and burnt sugar. This started out wonderful and improved from there. Having visited the winery this past fall, this is a bittersweet reminder of how great Flowers once was, versus what it has become.
Red
2/13/2020 - PDavisMarble wrote:
93 points
This showed beautifully. No visible signs of age, bright, sweet nose. Fresh acidity that adds liveliness to a broad fruity palate - plums, sweet cherries, roses, cinnamon, nutmeg. A delightful wine that is years from its peak
Red
2012 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/31/2020 - PDavisMarble wrote:
94 points
Fresh, fruity and young. Sweet plums, currants and some moist earth on the finish. Nose starts with cedar and plum, and moved on to a bit of tobacco. This is a great young wine. It probably would have benefited from a decant -- it improved and gained weight after a couple of hours.
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Red
1/25/2020 - PDavisMarble wrote:
92 points
Best bottle to date. Not a huge wine, and benefited from opening about 20 minutes before drinking. Improved for the next few hours but then began to dissipate. Medium finish. Most Bordeaux-like of their wines I've had.
White
1/19/2020 - PDavisMarble wrote:
93 points
Consistent with last several bottles
Red
1/18/2020 - PDavisMarble wrote:
93 points
This has meaningfully evolved over teh past few years. Drunk out of a 1/2 bottle. Beautiful round, red fruits. elongated finish. Sweet nose. Baking spices and cedar are secondary notes as the wine opens. Beautiful.
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Red
1/15/2020 - PDavisMarble wrote:
94 points
Slightly less than the last bottle. A very slight tinge of stewing.
Red
1/11/2020 - PDavisMarble wrote:
92 points
Consistent with last bottle.
White
1/11/2020 - PDavisMarble wrote:
88 points
Much better than prior bottle. More complex palate, with some tropical fruit notes, a bit of sweetness, with candied chestnuts, lemon zest and wet stones.
Red
1/9/2020 - PDavisMarble wrote:
92 points
Smoky and dense nose that carried through on teh palate. This was a surprisingly big version of the wine. Excellent, and just coming into its own. Next bottle in no less than 3 years
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White
1/9/2020 - PDavisMarble wrote:
93 points
This was beautiful. Complex, floral, delicate, elegant. The powerful tropical and stone fruit notes that initially dominated both the nose and the palate, gave way to more subtle mown grass, wet stones, lemon zest, and gardenias. This si a knockout vintage of a great wine that is just starting to come into its own.
Red
1/5/2020 - PDavisMarble wrote:
95 points
Out of a half bottle. Well in stride.
Red
1/4/2020 - PDavisMarble wrote:
90 points
Let it open over 5 hours. Evolved beautifully. Nutmeg raspberries, loam, some sour plum, cinnamon. A lovely wine and a great value.
Red
12/31/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
92 points
Out of magnum. Decanted for 20 minutes, moderate amount of sediment. Needed the air. A good, but not great bottle. Soft and silky, with an elegance that is sometimes lacking in SO. That said, only modest complexity, and lacking in freshness. This is a very nice older Napa cab, but I expected more youth given the magnum format. Probably time to drink these.
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White - Sparkling
12/19/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
91 points
Some age on this NV magnum. Deepening gold, finer mousse. Some secondary notes of lemon curd, candied lime zest, toasted brioche, wet stones and cream soda. Truly a fine effort from an NV. Out of magnum.
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Red
11/30/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
94 points
A couple of more years has meaningfully benefited the wine. Still deep crimson. Decanted for 45 minutes -- needed the time to open and continued to evolve for the following 3 hours. Licorice, camphor, plums and raspberry nose. Loads of fruit in this big wine. Currants, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, some licorice and ripe peach underneath. A long finish with a touch of alcoholic heat at the end. A bit astringent during the first couple of hours, but that resolved more pleasantly after a time. This huge wine has needed time. Like many of these big CA cabs, they are well too much of a fruit bomb to be drunk in the middle years. Without the time, the wines are unbalanced and unpleasant. This one is no different. If you've been patient, you'll be happy.
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Red
11/28/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
93 points
Decanted. Derp purple crimson. Smoky Dusty nose. Camphor, cedar and wet Earth. More delicate palate than nose. Floral notes - Rose and raspberries, Earth and tobacco. Soft and delightful.
Red
1995 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/27/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
92 points
A somewhat better bottle. A bit more subtlety and complexity than past bottles. Less stringent, with good fruit.
White
11/8/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
91 points
Delightful and bright.
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Red
11/2/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
94 points
1 hour decant. Consistent with last bottle. Hitting a good place, but many years to go.
White
10/20/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
92 points
Hitting its stride. From 1/2 bottle.
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Red
10/19/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
92 points
Consistent with prior bottles
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Red
10/19/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
92 points
The additional years certainly helped this wine. Much more balanced, nuanced with age. Plenty of fruit, but not over-extracted. Still showing plums and blackberries, with cedar, tobacco, sweet cherries, currants and a bit of camphor. The finish was long and complemented the lush and silky mouthfeel. This is probably at plateau, but definitely not on the downslope.
White
10/15/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
92 points
There is a sweetness and depth that has emerged here. This is a beautiful wine that is starting to hit its stride.
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Red
2009 The Mascot Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/15/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
91 points
Exactly what The Mascot delivers. Despite being released when it can be drunk, it always improves with some bottle age.
Red
10/15/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
97 points
Where there were short-comings 2 years ago, they have largely been eliminated. My regret is that the other bottles were drunk far too early. The wine has deepened in weight, complexity, length and pure pleasure. Secondary notes give interest to the fruit, and there is a lifted feel to the explosion in your mouth. Silky mouthfeel is extended through the long finish. If you don't like this one, you, you just don't like Bordeaux.
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White
10/13/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
95 points
This is all coming together. Great structure, fresh acid and beautiful complexity with a long finish. Many more years of improvement likely.
White
10/13/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
96 points
Light straw, fresh nose -- apples, tropical fruits, kiwi, lemons, gardenias and grass. This positively exploded in the mouth. A rich almost viscous mouthfeel, with mango, granny smith apples, grass, a hint of pineapple and a finish that went on and on. Wow. The strong scaffolding suggests a number of years of improvement.
Red
10/15/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
91 points
While still a fairly big version of this wine, it has benefited from age. Much more balanced, showing secondary notes of herbs and baking spices, that provided a lightness that had been lacking in prior bottles.
Red
10/15/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
92 points
Age has helped this in almost all respects.
Red
10/13/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
93 points
Needed air, opened into a beautiful wine. Out of magnum. Not near peak.
Red
10/9/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
90 points
Pretty red. Fairly stright-forward nose. A relatively simple wine, but balanced, plenty of fruit, but not over-ripe. A bit of acid and tannins are resolved. Drink up.
Red
10/5/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
91 points
Crimson, cherry, baking spices, rosemary, a bit alcoholic on the nose. Initially a much lighter, more delicate wine than the nose. Some raspberries, a little blueberry, sour plum. Bright and fresh, with some secondary notes of tobacco. Medium finish.
Red
9/25/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
91 points
A rich and meaty wine. Cedar, camphor, glycerine nose. Herbal and spice attack, some astringency and unbalanced acidity on the mid palate, but a very enjoyable wine.
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Red
9/25/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
91 points
Blood red. Delicate and floral nose. Like a more subtle, but complex Napa cab.
Red
9/21/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
91 points
Blood red. Decanted for 45 minutes. Smoky, cedar and plum nose. Tobacco, cedar, currants, plums, Blackberries and some licorice. Has developed into a more mellow, though still muscular wine.
White
9/20/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
93 points
This was a delight from start to finish. Pretty color, delicate, slightly floral and citrus bouquet, some wet stone. The initial impression was of the clean minerality of the wine. Oysters and then a hint of lemon curd with lemon grass and stone. Everyone loved this wine. Happy we waited to have the first bottle. Not yet reached a peak.
White
9/16/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
91 points
Really hitting it's stride, but with many years before peak
Red
9/13/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
92 points
Deep crimson, with minimal bricking. Cherry, cedar, phenol nose. PNP because concerned about age. First sip was a bit tight, but this opened up well for the next hour. What a difference 11 years has made since the last bottle. Camphor, tobacco, currants, some cherry and fresh sawn wood. A hint of mineral ITG, but this is still a fruit-driven wine. It’s probably towards the end of peak, but I would guess it can last for at least 5 years from here. So glad that this was “lost” in the cellar for so many years.
Red
8/31/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
95 points
A beautiful, mature Cali Cab. Tasted opposite the 96. In a vacuum, this is an outstanding bottle, but opposite the '96, it paled a bit. A little less fruit, more muted, a bit hotter and more alcoholic -- more chocolate notes, cigar-box, moss, earth and camphor. A nice medium finish. It is all working well together and is likely to stay here for a little while before the decline.
Red
8/31/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
97 points
Opened 3 hours prior to drinking. No decant. Blood red with no sign of bricking. I seem to have gotten a great case, because we saw no sign of the age and frailty that others have seen. This was a rich luxurious wine. Silky mouthfeel, a rich, almost baroque nose, that was fully supported by the red and blue fruits, hints of milk chocolate, currants and finishes with smoke and tobacco, cedar, forest floor. a long finish. This is not a delicate or subtle wine: 23 years have been very good to it.
Rosé
8/31/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
91 points
Not the best Price-Value, but an excellent wine. The year since the last bottle has made this even better.
White
8/31/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
86 points
Pleasant, refreshing summer wine. Some unusual notes in here.
Red
8/31/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
93 points
Consistent with past bottles. Aggressively decanted for 30 minutes and the wine benefited greatly. Beautiful now and will be so for at least another 5 years.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1988 Château Coutet Cuvée Madame Barsac Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/27/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
97 points
With the preface that I am not an experienced sweet Bdx drinker, this was spectacular. Tasted vs. the '88 D'Yquem, this was the consensus winner. Tropical fruits and coconut, a precise acid backbone that kept the wine form being cloying, a finish that went on for 2 minutes. This had it all. CdeBdx Dinner
White
2009 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/27/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
93 points
Tasted twice from the same magnum -- 8/22 & 26. Light straw. More citrus, straight-forward Sauvignon Blanc-driven wine. Tasted vs. '09 La Clarte de HB. After several days in bottle, the wine deepened, became more complex, added floral notes to the nose (gardenias) and took on an elegant, long paraffin and vanilla finish. This bottle could have used a full decanting for a few hours to open up. Still youthful. CdeBdx Dinner
Red
2005 Bond Matriarch Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/24/2019 - PDavisMarble wrote:
94 points
Still big and bold with consistent notes as with other bottles, but a little more integrated and softer. I am not sure this gets a lot better, but that's just fine.

We finished the last bit about 3 hours later -- I spoke too soon. This wine got much better with more time in the glass. Needs a 2-4 hour decant. A more subtle, complex wine than on first blush.
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