Tasting Notes for michael_cooke

(167 notes on 154 wines)

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Red
6/15/2019 - michael_cooke wrote:
92 points
Another class act
Structure & balance
Oak is prominent, needs some time to integrate.
Hold - 4-5 years, longer?
Red
2006 Wolf Blass Black Label South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
11/24/2018 - michael_cooke wrote:
90 points
Big, dark & dense.
A bit of heat on the finish which was distracting.
Oak still very prominent.
Has potential, needs more time - hold.
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Red
9/30/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
91 points
Took two days to really open & shine.
But when it did, oh my!
Needs time but the potential is all there.
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Red
9/22/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
92 points
Wooh! Just kept unfurling as the night went on.
Lovely perfume, I could smell it in the decanter from the other side of the room.
Tannins present but starting to soften suggesting it's entering it's window. But certainly no rush, plenty of upside.
Red
9/22/2018 - michael_cooke wrote:
88 points
Dark & concentrated, slightly overripe?
Seemed lacking in acidity
Lots of oak?
Enjoyable with food but nothing spectacular
Red
9/15/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
92 points
Just lovely
Opened & evolved with time
Red fruits, fennel, fine tannins
Very approachable now but certainly no rush
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Red
7/2/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
94 points
A perfect bottle, still going strong.
Slight alcohol heat & the capsicum note did stand out.
But overall a lovely experience & possibly a little more to come.
Red
2012 Higher Plane The Messenger Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/28/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
90 points
Clear, deep ruby
Clean, medium intensity. Violets, cassis, blackberry, black plum, olives, bay leaf.
Medium body, filled out with some time in the decanter.
Fine, dusty, persistent tannins.
Judicious use of oak, structured but certainly not overdone, elegant.
A lovely blend, just starting to develop some complexity.
Time will be kind, hold.
White
4/19/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
89 points
Lovely & crisp
OK balance
Slight spritz
OMG these go down so easy
Red
2016 Clonakilla Shiraz - Viognier Canberra District Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
4/15/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
91 points
Far too early.
Depth of flavour, textural, slippery.
Chocolate & coffee flavours to the fore.
Spices, cinnamon, white pepper, cardamon.
Intense but still elegant, complex.
Oodles of potential, hands off (for a long time)
Red
2015 Azienda Agricola Crasà SRC Etna Rivaggi Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
4/15/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow, what a wine.
Day one had me wondering but over three days it just kept blossoming.
Wet slate, smoky campfire & ash, savoury.
Tannins are deceptively light at first but then they grab & assert themselves.
Mouth filling, long.
Lovely, glad I stocked up.
Excited to see how these develop.
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Red
4/15/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
91 points
Wow, lovely wine. Elegance personified.
Gorgeous nose - cassis, pencil shavings, gravel, olives, bit of capsicum & eucalypt.
Black fruits, fine tannins, great length.
Certainly in the zone now but I think another 4-5 years will be beneficial.
Red
2015 Azienda Agricola Crasà SRC Etna Alberello Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
4/8/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
89 points
My first experience with this cru
Lots of smoke, slate & wet stone
Took a few hours to unfurl & gain some weight
Deceptive tannins, seemed light at first but then held on & lingered.
A lovely wine, certainly potential for development.
Not as memorable as the Rivaggi for me though.
Red
4/8/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
88 points
Quite dark in appearance
Oak evident, overshadows the fruit somewhat.
Very chewy tannins.
Nice, & good value.
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Red
4/4/2018 - michael_cooke wrote:
88 points
Quite dark in appearance.
Rich, chewy - oak?
Nice drop but pretty forgettable.
Red
4/4/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
90 points
Lovely wine
Sleek, spicy.
Outstanding value.
Red
4/4/2018 - michael_cooke wrote:
87 points
As before, the nose promises the world & the palate is a let down.
Not bad but certainly not worthy of the asking price IMO
May gain some complexity with time but at this stage I can't see it.
Red
4/4/2018 - michael_cooke wrote:
88 points
Dark, youthful
Quite rich, polished tannins.
Doesn't have the structure or acid to really grab me & say hey I'm a top tier WA cab.
Hope I'm wrong.
Not sure if it says more about the pricing for this particular wine or how good the value is for the lower tier reserve.
Red
3/20/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
92 points
Better than my previous bottle.
Lovely example of MR cab.
Right in the slot now.
Red
3/20/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
90 points
Day one I was not so convinced. Nice yes, but seemed somewhat thin & one dimensional.
Left for a couple of days & it had fleshed out beautifully.
Upside is definitely there but still not the best example of '15 Yarra for me. As with the estate though, there's no arguing with the value.
Red
3/20/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
89 points
Lovely & fresh & vibrant.
Great with food.
Went down oh so easy.
Red
3/15/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
92 points
Day one was all about the nose & the palate didn't quite live up to the promise.
Day three had fleshed out amazingly well.
Earth, meat, spice - cinnamon & cloves, cranberry.
Perfect balance, long, complex, savoury.
Amazing wine, big thumbs up.
Red
3/10/2018 - michael_cooke wrote:
88 points
Nice, easy to drink.
Hints of cherry, leather, spices, tobacco.
Came up with air, will probably benefit from a few more years.
Red
3/10/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
91 points
Auction purchase - cork was soaked about halfway up but had done its job well.
Vanilla, coffee, tobacco, leather.
Good acid & tannic structure still.
A gorgeous wine - intense, complex & long.
Note to self - buy more Brunello!
Red
3/10/2018 - michael_cooke wrote:
89 points
Loads of creamy oak, vanilla, coffee.
Opulent to the point of being over done. Rum & raisin chocolate, coffee. Underlying leafy note.
I guess time will do it's thing but this seemed a bit too syrupy & flabby for mine, not enough acid or structure. Certainly my expectations are high with this producer so that could have played a part. That & the comparison to a 2005 consumed recently that was sublime.
We will see.
Red
2004 Howard Park Cabernet Merlot Western Australia Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/7/2018 - michael_cooke wrote:
88 points
Very stinky on opening.
Oak dominant with faded fruit.
Fleshed out on day two into a reasonably nice cab blend.
Based on this bottle I'd say just on the downward slop, drink up.
Red
3/3/2018 - michael_cooke wrote:
89 points
Fresh, crisp acidity.
Well balanced.
Struggled with the level of pepper!
Hopefully time will settle it down a bit.
Red
3/2/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
90 points
Consistent with previous notes
great wine, fantastic value
Hard to leave alone!
Red
3/2/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
91 points
Dark purple, youthful
Cassis, mint, black currant.
Medium bodied, tannins still grippy
Archetypal Coonawarra Cab
Will definitely benefit from more time but fantastic to drink now as well
Good stuff
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Red
2017 Ravensworth Garnacha Tinto y Cinq-Sao Canberra District Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
2/25/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
89 points
Clear, deep ruby
Red fruits, cherry, raspberry spices.
medium body / medium acid / low tannin
Fresh & fruity, easy to drink.
Red
2/24/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
89 points
Fresh, fruity.
Spice
Lovely wine, went down very easy.
A couple more years will be kind
Red
2/24/2018 - michael_cooke wrote:
92 points
Deep dark purple, inky
Decanted 2-3 hours prior
Medium nose, dark chocolate, spices, boysenberry, leather
Dry, medium bodied, good acidity in perfect balance.
Well judged oak.
Red & blue fruits, raspberry.
Good length
Cracking wine with lots of upside. Hold!
Red
2/24/2018 - michael_cooke wrote:
88 points
Dark purple, youthful
Pronounced nose of coffee, spices, Bonnox, stewed fruits
Medium bodied with good acidity, plums, cherries, black currants
Alcohol seemed somewhat out of balance at first but time in the decanter settled things down
Decent length
Red
2/18/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow, what a cracker of a wine.
Deep dark purple, reflective. No bricking or fading.
Rich, powerful.
Cassis, currants, blueberry.
Oak integrating well, tannins still very evident but just starting to turn.
Certainly in a good spot right now, but try to hold off. Plenty of upside with patience. Hold 6-7 years.
Red
2/18/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark ruby, youthful.
Oak still evident, cloves, spices, game.
Perfect balance.
Twigs, brambles, earth, game, long.
Needs more time, 3-4 years.
Red
2/14/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
90 points
Served slightly chilled
Savoury, spice, pepper, raspberry
Dry & bony with gentle tannin
Very nice
Red
2/11/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
90 points
Opened 3-4 hours prior & decanted upon serving.
Quite dark in appearance
Herbs, menthol, roses
Red fruits, hints of anise, fennel, raspberry
Quite a full mouthfeel
Tannins seemed to recede with time & then re-appeared
Very very nice.
More approachable than the '12 for now.
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Red
2/11/2018 - michael_cooke wrote:
87 points
Dark appearance
Leather, herbs, cherry nose
Bitter cherry on the palate with a slightly hot medicinal finish
Quite soft, not a lot of tannic structure left.
Good with food, nothing special.
Drink now.
Red
2/8/2018 - michael_cooke wrote:
88 points
Clear, pale ruby.
Crisp acidic line, cranberry, sour cherry, slight earthiness, twigs
Reasonable length, slight bitterness to the aftertaste
Still young but fell apart on day two suggesting a more short term prospect - 2-4 years.
Good value
Red
2/2/2018 - michael_cooke wrote:
86 points
Twiggy, brambles, earthy element suggesting a fair bit of bunch inclusion
Sour cherry, cranberry
Opened up with time in the decanter but never really scaled any great heights
A bit short and washy for mine
Decent value I suppose but there is better out there
Red
2/2/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
91 points
Enjoyed this much more than my last bottle six months ago.
Dark, youthful appearance.
Capsicum, bay leaf, olive, camphor, dark chocolate, graphite
Medium bodied, acid present but well balanced
Tannin are still very grippy but have a nice polish
Drink now or hold
Good stuff
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Red
2/2/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
91 points
Plums, red fruits, gentle spiciness
Viognier gives it a freshness & lift, adds interest
Lovely full mouthfeel, plush without being heavy or overbearing
Didn't show quite so well on day two which makes me think that its more a medium term prospect, which is not a bad thing
Just lovely, don't think mine will last long!
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Red
1/30/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
90 points
Seemed a bit edgy at first with jangly acid
Around 2 hours and it had settled down, day two even better
Dark in appearance
Beetroot, earth
Slight herbal note, pepper, spice
A lovely feminine, cool climate expression
Needs time to develop, but a very nice wine
Looking forward to the 2017
Red
1/27/2018 - michael_cooke wrote:
Purchased direct from the winery.
Cork seal, no travel.
Very dark in appearance.
Stinky & reductive upon opening.
The rubber smell never really went away & was quite distracting.
Plums, sour cherry, cranberry.
Oak still very evident.
Acid seemed high but still balanced.
A nice full mouthfeel with decent length to the finish.
Not sure about this one
Maybe just needs more time but seemed quite tough going at the moment.
Red
1/27/2018 - michael_cooke wrote:
88 points
Wanted to try one just to get a gauge & compare to the 12
Dark, youthful appearance
Musk, cherry, tar
Acid high
Powdery, raspy tannins
Obviously young but the potential is there
Not as approachable as the 12 at this point (to be expected)
Needs time
Red
2000 Wendouree Cabernet-Malbec Clare Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/27/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
94 points
Auction purchase
Perfect cork, 1mm travel at most
Opened for Australia day celebrations
Menthol, mint, eucalyptus - all present & distinctive but not off putting (could be a my patriotism kicking in there!)
Dark in appearance, quite youthful.
Cassis, malbec pluminess.
Secondary characteristics starting to develop but still a long way from ready.
I'd hold for another 5-7 or more, corks permitting.
Just lovely, fabulous drink.
Red
1/27/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
93 points
Auction purchase
Cork soaked through but had held on
Maroon appearance, slight browning on the edges.
A little stinky upon opening but blew off
Pencil shaving, leather & tobacco
Black currants, black berries
Lovely & soft, tannins have completely resolved themselves.
In a good spot right now but can't see a huge amount of upside from here.
Drink up.
Red
1/20/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
91 points
First of six, wanted to get a gauge on this cru from this producer not having tried before.
Opened 3-4 hours prior to consumption / decanted about an hour before
Fairly dark in appearance, very youthful
Reticent nose, did not give much
Red fruits, fennel, spices
Superfine tannin, silky smooth but still had grip
Quite fruit forward, yes almost succulent but without being overipe
Very approachable now, time will be kind though.
Lovely, a keeper!
Red
1/13/2018 - michael_cooke wrote:
89 points
Seems to have settled down a bit since my last bottle.
Still pretty big & gruff, blocky tannins.
Nice stuff
Good value
Red
1/6/2018 - michael_cooke Likes this wine:
90 points
Dark youthful appearance
Mid weight, fresh
Blueberry & blackberry
Oak is present but supportive & not overpowering
Not sure it will age long term but certainly no rush
Lovely drinking, glad I have more
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