Tasting Notes for WhiskySomm

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White
10/25/2020 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
89 points
Rich and opulent style of Sauvignon Blanc; white and yellow florals, citrus, white fruit, and berries. Golden color and some sediment, showing its age, but the nutty mildly oxidized notes balanced well with the fruit and floral characteristics with plenty of zip and acidity remaining.
Rosé - Sparkling
1/25/2020 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
92 points
Rich Pinot Noir on the nose and palate, much fuller bodied than I would have anticipated for 3.5 g/L dosage. Strawberry and raspberry with green and red apple, meyer lemon, berry preserves on a buttered croissant. Plenty of acidity and overall delicious if perhaps a bit clipped on the finish.
Red
12/19/2019 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
95 points
On first opening the bottle intense aromatics of sour cherry, red fruits, savory herbs and a dusty mineral tone. Two hours of decanting and consumed slowly over another three hours. Already in an excellent place this wine was still very primary and fruit forward with a touch of secondary characteristics, and the structure to potentially improve a point or two with additional cellar time. Floral, fruit, savory herbs, leather, stony minerality, complex and hitting on every level. Ripe red cherry, candied cherry almost like cherry Starburst on the nose, black cherry, sour cherry, strawberry, raspberry, ripe tomato, basil, leather, tobacco, baking spice. High acid and highly tannic, but exceptionally well integrated and silky. Continues to be one of the finest examples of Sangiovese.
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White
10/10/2019 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
92 points
Extremely young, tight, and in need of multiple hours of decanting to blow off most (not all) of the reduction. More swirling and aeration in the glass is needed, but after that... wow!! An absolutely gorgeous wine. Crisp white orchard fruits, layers of apple and pear, creme brulee, minerality, herbs and baking spice, and layers of white florals. High acidity, rich body, long finish, and true depth and complexity on palate. Should get even better with another 5 to 10 years of age.
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Red
9/26/2019 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
92 points
Needed a lot of air to open up, it was acutually better the next day.
White - Off-dry
9/11/2019 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
85 points
Bottle funk for days and a lot of oxidative, tertiary notes; petrol, orange marmalade, marzipan, bruised red apple, forest floor. With air it becomes more honeyed, and a little tropical, particularly cantaloupe, but a touch of honeydew with white and yellow florals expressing themselves. Acidity is still ripping and the RS helps to add body. Likely on the wrong side of the bell curve, but still hanging on, and hell you only live once, and it was well worth a try.
White - Off-dry
9/6/2019 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
82 points
Pleasant tropical fruit, good acid level, and residual sugar is not too pronounced. Good, inexpensive bottle to pair with some stir fry and sushi at home.
Red
4/13/2019 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful example of Pinot Noir. Delicate, unobtrusive wine making that let's the varietal and terroir shine. And I am personally enamored with the use of local Oregon oak. Shows well while young, but needs air. Very excited to try this with age.
Red
6/14/2019 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
89 points
A very un California style PN while sipping in Napa.
Red
3/20/2019 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
93 points
Drank blind and would surely score a bit higher if given a decant. Better integration and balance of oak than I had expected; gamey, leather, peppered beef, herbs, waves of dark red and black fruit. Medium plus body, med+ smooth tannins, and great acidity. Wine of the night and tip of the cap (rib cap) to Jordan. This is what I love about Cote Rotie and I might prefer Guigal in these more restrained vintages.
White - Fortified
10/17/2018 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
91 points
Clear, bright, pale amber
Clean, full developed, medium plus aromatic intensity. Sweet caramelized sugars and roasted nuts on the nose; maple syrup, manuka honey, roasted chestnuts. I would not have called the 10 year Sercial “green” but when placed next to the Verdelho the Sercial is lighter and brighter with some lemongrass citrus pop. There is citrus on the nose and palate here too but richer and more in line with candied orange peel. Full bodied, medium dry, medium plus alcohol that is balanced, concentration of flavors with a long nutty, caramel finish.
White - Fortified
10/17/2018 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
91 points
Clear, bright, pale amber

Clean, full developed, medium plus aromatic intensity. Toasted almond, roasted hazelnut, strong scents of ocean spray and salinity, vanilla custard, butterscotch, dried pit fruit and dried florals.

Off-dry, medium plus alcohol, high acidity, medium plus body, medium minus tannin. Pronounced nuttiness and salinity, palate mimics the nose with the addition of candied citrus and more pronounced pit fruits than on the nose. Medium plus finish. This is a very good Sercial Madeira with concentration and balance of flavors, complexity, and length of finish. A pleasing mild bitterness and acidity on the finish to balance the slight sweetness.
White - Off-dry
9/10/2018 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
86 points
Pleasant enough, great acidity to balance out the sugar. First thought was it reminded me of drinking Lemonheads. With air and warmth some additional citiric complexity arose but nothing profound. Pleasant enough sipper to pair with some extra spicy Thai food.
Red
8/10/2018 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
87 points
Starting to show a bit of bricking towards the rim. Primary fruit and elegance though a bit too simple. Look forward to revisiting a bottle in a year or two.
Red
8/10/2018 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
88 points
Holding up still has primary fruit characteristics and structure but does not seem to have much aging potential.
Red
2008 Château La Croix de St. Georges St. Georges-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/10/2018 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
90 points
Magnificent nose after decanting; depth, complexity, promises of all sorts of merlot heavy St. Emilion goodness. Currants, red cherry, blackberry, bramble fruits, leather, cedar. Floral, fruit, herbs, earth, so much on the nose and then the palate was just "good." Tannins were well integrated, acidity was spot on, and balanced with the fruit, but the promised complexity of the nose was missing. Will cellar well for another decade or two but I have to hope that the flavors fall in line with the nose.
Rosé
2017 Triennes Rosé Mediterranée Rosé Blend (view label images)
9/2/2018 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
89 points
Slightly pink color, good minerality, opens quickly with a little air or perhaps just warming a little. Red apple, ripe orchard fruit, raspberry, tart strawberry, nice refreshing acidity. Excellent picnic wine.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1976 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
9/2/2018 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful amber color but seems a bit too oxidized, despite the age. Acidity was a bit more subtle than I would have liked but all of the dried, honeyed stone fruit, floral notes, and nuttiness that you would expect. Always a wonderful wine but does not quite hit the heights of a few other vintages.
White
6/6/2018 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
88 points
Floral, ripe apple and pear, lemon tart, plush and rounded. Could use a bit more acidity but a very pleasant apertif.
Red
5/28/2018 - WhiskySomm wrote:
Unexpectedly high spice levels, mild tannins, and oak extraction.
Red
5/28/2017 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
93 points
Earth, red cherry, cracked black peppper, great pop and pour.
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Red
Massive potential but far too young (stating the obvious), tannins, coffee grounds, and stems with balance out with with sanguine minerality and bold dark red and black fruits.
Red
1/21/2017 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
89 points
Young wine that needs a lot of air but drinking well enough now. Will improve and age gracefully. Exactly what I would except from a youthful Joguet.
Red
1/21/2017 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
90 points
Good young Saint Joseph, continued to improve with more air. Drinkable now but will continue to improve with age for years to come.
Red
1/22/2017 - WhiskySomm Does not like this wine:
72 points
Red fruit and coconut oil. Turn it into sangria.
Red
1/10/2017 - WhiskySomm wrote:
85 points
It is what it is supposed to be, but too ripe for what I like to consume.
White - Sparkling
12/30/2016 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
92 points
Red and yellow apple hint of citrus, intense brioche and biscuit with strong minerality.
White
9/16/2016 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
89 points
I believe the 2014 was a blend of 40% Clairette , 40% Bourboulenc , 10% Grenache Blancand 10% Roussanne. Medium body with high acidity and big upper register aromatics. Paired well and stood up to the richness and complexity of the lobster, bone marrow, and roasted roma tomato dish with which it was paired.
White
6/27/2015 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
94 points
Rich flaxen gold color, good aromatics, bright white fruits and a floral/ fruit blossom honey. Very silky medium body, showing brilliantly with age. We drinking white Rhones with the hope of finding examples that are this composed and delicious.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Substance Champagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
6/27/2015 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
95 points
Yeast, earth, funk. Medium high acid, beautiful bubbles for those that enjoy a truly old world style.
White - Sweet/Dessert
6/23/2015 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
90 points
Old gold straw color, very high acidity, tart key lime balancing the sugar and dried stone fruit flavors.
Red
6/2/2015 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
90 points
Ripe red berries and floral on the nose. Medium bodied, medium acid, with mild tannins. A pronounced fresh strawberry juice quality on the palate. A simple, go to, everyday drinking Rhone.
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Red
6/3/2015 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
84 points
Italian Red, nothing special and already fading/ mildly oxidized.
White
6/9/2015 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
87 points
Solid easy drinking wine for a warm summer evening by the grill.
Red
6/1/2015 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
93 points
Little bit of funk, acid and fruit in just about perfect balance. Excellent.
Red
5/28/2015 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
91 points
Big ripe red fruits, hints of tobacco, herbs, and a touch of oak. Fruit should come into better balance over time. One of two 2010's tasted that evening, and both were showing very well. A great buy that you can hang onto for a while.
Red
5/28/2015 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
89 points
Very dark rich crimson color, full bodied, medium plus acidity, touch of tar, dark red fruit, and sweet dried plums and dates, some floral notes (predominantly rose petal) persist on the nose.
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/28/2015 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
95 points
Superb. Toasted, candied nuts, dried white stone fruits, ripe pineapple, with very high crisp lemony acidity and a touch of spice. An excellent drink now or exciting bottle to open a few decades later.
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Red - Sweet/Dessert
5/28/2015 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
93 points
Started with a nose of slightly bitter cococa nibs, then eucalyptus, and then fresh herbs. Very complex and continued to develop on both the nose and the palate. Very well balance with ripe red fruits, tannins, and acid. It will be interesting to see how this wine changes in 5, 10, or 20 years, but was already one of the stars of the evening's tasting.
Red
5/28/2015 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
90 points
Fuller bodied and more fruit forward than the 1999, but an excellent bottle with a lot of potential for future drinking.
Red
5/28/2015 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
90 points
Still youthful and fresh with many years of potential. Perhaps a bit too subtle and medium plus levels of acid, bright strawberry and cherry juice on the nose and palate.
Red
5/28/2015 - WhiskySomm wrote:
flawed
The most clear example of wet cardboard I have ever nosed.
Red
5/28/2015 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
90 points
Slight browning at the rim, and something a bit odd on the nose mixed in with earthy funk, soy notes, and stewed fruits that were slightly vegetal. There is still a sweet ripe red fruit backbone. Acid and tannins are balanced but moving in to the background. Despite the age, this wine was still bold. Fading a bit if you like your wines fresh, but there are still a few years of life and development ahead of this wine.
White
5/17/2015 - WhiskySomm wrote:
87 points
Lacking the distinct mineral tones, higher acidity, and complexity that I enjoy with many Chablis. Definitely a wine to be consumed fairly young. What was lacking in depth was made up in round ripe white fruits and floral tones.
White - Off-dry
5/13/2015 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
92 points
Light white floral nose, lily of the valley, and fresh squeezed key lime. Not yet ripened peach, key lime, and Haardt mountain wild flower honey on the palate with a hint of roasted hazelnuts on the finish. Bright and youthful Auslese with significant potential to age; I will be interested to taste this again in 5 to 10 years.
Red
4/7/2015 - WhiskySomm Likes this wine:
84 points
Deep ruby to purple color, intense to the rim. Mild nose but sweet dark red and black fruit with some floral notes. Medium acid with little tannic influence, the nose is confirmed by the palate with some balsamic vinegar. Long in the tooth and lost in the cellar but good enough for a Tuesday evening with a pizza.
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