Tasting Notes for alpsjourney

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White
2005 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
3/25/2016 - alpsjourney wrote:
95 points
Popped and poured, gorgeous ruddy gold in the glass. Hot nose. Butterscotch, honey, medium thick, high acid. Balanced, yummy finish.
Red
3/20/2016 - alpsjourney wrote:
94 points
As French as can be without being from France. Washington state wine in a classic Bordeaux blend, well executed and high value. Deep purple, heavy nose of plum and alcohol, black currant & berry flavor with tannin that goes on and on. At 10 years old this has a lot of miles left to go. Long, lovely finish.
White
12/12/2015 - alpsjourney wrote:
91 points
Very appealing Montrachet, above its peers. Medium yellow in the glass with white rims.. Nose full of flowers and mineral. Subdued pallet with generous honey and toasty notes, oaky Burgundy finish.
Red
12/8/2015 - alpsjourney wrote:
91 points
Very approachable, easy drinking Oregon pinot. This is better than most other Oregon & Washington pinots I've tried. Light red color with light red rims, vibrant, fruity, low tannin, medium high acid.
Red
12/8/2015 - alpsjourney Likes this wine:
85 points
Over the hill. Cool and a wonderful experience drinking wine. A little tangy, not flat but also not smooth.
Red
12/8/2015 - alpsjourney Likes this wine:
95 points
Really delicious, very strong, dark flavors. Detected a little bit of corkage that burned off within about an hour, but it makes me nervous for aging it much further. Very dark ruby color with deep red rims. Nose of flowers and garden soil. Pallet - tannin dissolve into fruit bomb, still a little chalk left and a tangy two minute finish. Spicy, heady, quite earthy and lots of cool secondary notes.
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Red
6/19/2015 - alpsjourney Likes this wine:
93 points
A superb Burgundy from a perfect bottle. Light ruby in the glass with ruby rims. Nose of honey and blackberries; Tastes like raspberries with heady astringent tang. Deep roasted coffee notes, tannin at the medium finish.
Compares favorably to Beaune 1er cru and Gevrey-Chambertin.
White
6/13/2015 - alpsjourney Likes this wine:
93 points
No nose, but awesome palate of well done toast, honey, earthy minerality. Medium finish.
White
6/13/2015 - alpsjourney Does not like this wine:
80 points
I dont see it. It tastes like Franzia to me. No nose, palate of sour vinegar, unpleasant after taste of the same. Sad, I enjoy all the Roche de Bellene wines I've had but not this one.
Red
1982 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/12/2015 - alpsjourney Likes this wine:
96 points
Bottle in good condition, dirty but no obvious leaks or other problems. A little crusty on the nozzle, scraped off, super long cork came out in basically one piece. Poured one glass & decanted the rest.
Deep purple, nearly black in the glass with amber rims. Strong black currant / cherry nose. With a sip, deep layers of vibrant cherries, mineral Earth, black coffee. Long finish, very port-like character without the sting. This is how a Bordeaux is supposed to be.
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White
6/11/2015 - alpsjourney Likes this wine:
94 points
Yum. Decanted for 15 minutes; Bright yellow with light yellow rims; floral, caramel nose; and an awesome buttery honey flavor. Short finish. Excellent balance, not sweet, not sour, just right.
Red
2003 Domaine Henri Richard Mazoyères-Chambertin Mazoyères-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
6/11/2015 - alpsjourney Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent example of Chambertin. A little strong, very robust and fruity. Ruby in the glass with pink rims. Nose of rose petals, palate of classic black currant. Well integrated, hard tannins and a satisfying finish. Will get better with age.
Red
6/11/2015 - alpsjourney Likes this wine:
90 points
I was reluctant to rate this one because Rhone wines are apparently not really my thing. As they go, though this one was extremely pleasant. Very rich, strong floral bouquet; nicely integrated tannins, not overpowering the delicious ripe fruit; surprisingly long finish. A little heavy duty for my tastes, but an excellent and well balanced wine.
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Red
1986 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/9/2015 - alpsjourney Likes this wine:
94 points
I was very worried as the bottle showed signs of seepage - stained label, and the cork broke in half on removal, but I was able to get it out without wine contact. Small crystals on the bottom of the cork - a good sign.
And this wine was a treat, very mellow and fascinating. Beautiful nose, lovely taste with all the tannins integrated, amplifying the really robust fruit. Almost a nutty finish.
Red
1982 Château du Cauze St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/9/2015 - alpsjourney wrote:
flawed
So sad. Though the bottle looked perfect, this bottle acquired from winebid was badly corked and basically undrinkable. Decanted 5 hours. The light fruity notes were completely overpowered by dank, musty newspaper.
Red
6/4/2015 - alpsjourney Likes this wine:
87 points
This wine compares favorably to village level Burgundies I've tried. Nice and smooth, low tannins and plenty of acid, medium fruit.
In the glass - deep ruby with light maroon around the rim
Nose - not terribly strong and not flawed either, simply fruity
Palate - bright and round, not overwhelming fruit and nicely balanced
Finish - short and sweet.
Red
I wanted to like it so bad. I am a big fan of Kendall-Jackson's Pinot Noir Vintner's Reserve. What could be better than a California, Bordeaux style blend for less than $20. Maybe with some age it will get better but I really have my doubts. Even after several hours in the decanter it had its problems.

It had a promising nose - a pungent array of fruits, dark cherry, licorice, and of course fermented grape juice.
On the palate though - very sour, tannic, angular, and with a surprisingly artificial flavor.
The finish - sour, lingering, dry.

Ultimately, it does not compare to Bordeaux blends, even the cheap lesser known wines. The varietals in the bottle simply do not ever seem to harmonize.
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Red
It has this very weird, sweet, dessert cupcake flavor that really rubs me the wrong way. At times I had my doubts it was even made from grapes. Not appalling, it was certainly drinkable, but I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again. It just, tastes like its been adulterated in some way.
In the glass - very dark ruby color
Nose - promising and interesting black currant fruit
Taste - very strange angular, sweet, too sweet cupcake with frosting
Finish - sweet tarts
yuck!
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Red
5/26/2015 - alpsjourney Likes this wine:
95 points
In its class, It's beaten everything I could think of to throw against it. Like others have said, it is a great advertisement for French Burgundy: A preview of coming attractions, and an every day wine to enjoy.
Not an overwhelming nose, and believe me I tried. But no flaws, definitely not a lot of SO2. Maybe a hint of rose petals.
Vibrant, acidic fruit palate of cherries that definitely wakes you up. A little hot. A very easy drinking wine, lively finish. Not tannic at all, I wouldn't expect this one to improve so much with age.
Definitely from old vines, which makes it interesting. Interesting for $22 is awesome.
Red
5/26/2015 - alpsjourney Likes this wine:
90 points
There was quite an alarming amount of black smudge under the capsule, on the cork, which I scraped off with a knife & cleaned up the end of the bottle with a paper towel. Cork came out without any problems though, and managed to not get any black smudge into the wine. It was definitely slightly corked, and had a nose of wet newspaper, but the quality of the wine overcame the fault and made for an interesting experience that definitely reminded me I was drinking 37 year old Burgundy.
The wine was a beautiful amber color in the glass with a serious if slightly tainted nose of rose petals.
Tasted very distinctly of honey and blackberries, kind of like a sherry or port with a hint of unwound tannin at the finish.

The wine looks amber colored. The legs are slow. There is light sediment in the bottle. It smells like flint, alcohol/hot, sherry, wet wool and blackberry. It tastes like blackberry, cherry, flint, acetic acid, wet wool, sherry, alcohol/hot and honey. The body is medium. The wine has silky texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has high acidity.
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