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Tasting Notes for Jyri Tynkkynen

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White
My go-to Chardonnay at the moment. So glad I bought a whole case.
Red
4/21/2021 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
91 points
Two bottles. One scored 88 and the other 91. Nice match to Helmeted guineafowl with garlic polenta by Nicolas Gunslay.
Red
4/7/2021 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
89 points
Delicious paired with lamb sous vide and lightly pan fried green vegetables with reindeer-vegetable stock reduction sauce
Red
5/10/2020 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
89 points
Lovely wine paired with garlic potatoes, partridge and gravy.
Red
1/12/2020 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
95 points
Last time it was an off bottle (to say the least), probably due to bacterial activity.
This time it shone like a star. Well balanced, well integrated tannins, delicious and complex. Of the two bottles one was slightly more fine-structured and the other slightly more powerful, yet the differences were very subtle.
Perfect match with quail and onion sauce.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/12/2020 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
96 points
Even better than last time (April 2017). Half a bottle (375 ml). So well integrated, delicious and succulant. Hard to beat this from a challenging vintage like 2008.
Red
2005 Château La Fleur Morange St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/11/2019 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice bouquet. Round yet powerful tannins. Will get better still.
Red - Fortified
4/5/2019 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
96 points
Oh my! A wonderful duo of Fonseca 1963 and 1970. Pure bliss.

FONSECA VINTAGE PORT 1970: Initially more vibrant than the 1963 but didn't fly as high.
Nose: Initially leather, oaky barn, spicy cherries, black currant jam, berry of the rowan, pine cones. Later dark berry jelly, spicy cherries, "berry of the rowan toffee", dry flowers, dry fruits.
Palate: Mature, strong, long, strong, slightly "alcoholic" (22% alc.), sweeter than 1963. Later oaky toffee, spicy dry fruits.
Finally: A wonderful bouquet and fruitier taste than the 1963 --- yet a tiny little bit less complex and exciting.
Worked really well with Italian Cantuccini biscuits.
96 points.

FONSECA VINTAGE PORT 1963: Initially slightly shy, eventually wonderfully mature and complex.
Nose: Initially nice tertiary aromas, dry straws, dry flowers, rose pedals. Later more fruity, aromatic dark red berries, black currants, dark cherries.
Palate: Mature, strong, long, rather full-bodied, spicy, silky with fully integrated silky tannins, dark (dry) fruits and berries.
Finally: Wonderful, fully developed bouquet and a taste that can only be described as "hedonistic". In Finnish this would be called "Bird's milk".
All but as good as the virtually perfect Graham's 1963 I tasted a while ago. Worked well with goat milk -based Brie.
98 points.
Red - Fortified
4/5/2019 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
98 points
Oh my! A wonderful duo of Fonseca 1963 and 1970. Pure bliss.

FONSECA VINTAGE PORT 1963: Initially slightly shy, eventually wonderfully mature and complex.
Nose: Initially nice tertiary aromas, dry straws, dry flowers, rose pedals. Later more fruity, aromatic dark red berries, black currants, dark cherries.
Palate: Mature, strong, long, rather full-bodied, spicy, silky with fully integrated silky tannins, dark (dry) fruits and berries.
Finally: Wonderful, fully developed bouquet and a taste that can only be described as "hedonistic". In Finnish this would be called "Bird's milk".
All but as good as the virtually perfect Graham's 1963 I tasted a while ago. Worked well with goat milk -based Brie.
98 points.

FONSECA VINTAGE PORT 1970: Initially more vibrant than the 1963 but didn't fly as high.
Nose: Initially leather, oaky barn, spicy cherries, black currant jam, berry of the rowan, pine cones. Later dark berry jelly, spicy cherries, "berry of the rowan toffee", dry flowers, dry fruits.
Palate: Mature, strong, long, strong, slightly "alcoholic" (22% alc.), sweeter than 1963. Later oaky toffee, spicy dry fruits.
Finally: A wonderful bouquet and fruitier taste than the 1963 --- yet a tiny little bit less complex and exciting.
Worked really well with Italian Cantuccini biscuits.
96 points.
White
3/26/2019 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
92 points
Too young for my taste. Will be even better in 3-5 years.
Red
2/28/2019 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
93 points
Two 1990's side by side, Cos d'Estournel and Mouton Rotschild. Cos was slightly better with 95 points to 93. Another disappointing Mouton, albeit much less so than the pallid 2004.
Red
1990 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/28/2019 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
95 points
Two 1990's side by side, Cos d'Estournel and Mouton Rotschild. Cos was slightly better with 95 points to 93. Another disappointing Mouton, albeit less so than the pallid 2004.
Red
1/20/2019 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
90 points
As enjoyable as last time. No rush to drink up.
Red
1982 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/14/2019 - Jyri Tynkkynen wrote:
89 points
An off bottle, since the wine level was just up to the shoulder and the cork was all but dry. Initially dry and light, after 5 hours of air in the caraffe it evolved into a nice, velvety, mature Bordeaux.

Will look forward to tasting the other bottles of mine as they look healthier.
White
11/4/2018 - Jyri Tynkkynen wrote:
85 points
The least appealing of the three old vintages tasted vertically (1999+2000+2001). Nose: fino sherry and red winter apples. Palate: overtly mature with low acidity, red apples, mushroom. Interesting yet over the hill.
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White
11/4/2018 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
92 points
The best of the three old vintages tasted vertically (1999+2000+2001). Nose: succulant winter apples, a nice apple-like bouquet. Palate: luscious, with ripe apple-y fruit, a bit of honey, long. Still very much alive (once you let it breathe a little).
White
11/4/2018 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
90 points
Nose: initially (P'N'P) slightly oxidized like a fino sherry, later mature and luscious. Palate very mature, oily, fino-sherry-, red-apple-cider- and old-white-port-wine-like.
Red
10/15/2018 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
91 points
In a horizontal tasting of 2004 we had four great wines:

2004 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri (95 p): Nose: Truly fine and aromatic with olive oil, flower field, lavender, bell pepper jam (!), gravel and a bit of dark currants. Palate: Full-bodied and pleasantly tannic with jam-ripe luscious dark fruits.

2004 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (93 p): Nose: A bit dry and fine with a dry-flower-y bouquet, lavender, gravel, sedar tree, white pepper, overripe cranberry and a bit of smoke and autumn earth. Palate: Semi-fullbodied, ripe, slightly dry and long with round tannins and lively acidity.

2004 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (93 p): Nose: Fine and aromatic with jam-like fruit, cherry and a bit of leather and liquorice. Palate: Semi-fullbodied and semi-tannic with ripe and luscious dark fruit.

2004 Château Mouton Rothschild (91 p): A disappointment for a 1er cru. Nose: Fine with notes of luscious fruit, mocha and chocolate and a little bit of farm stable. Palate (did not reach the levels of the truly fine nose): mid-fullbodied, pleasantly round tannins, drier (fruit) than Ornellaia, with mature Bordeaux-style leather.
Red
10/15/2018 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
95 points
In a horizontal tasting of 2004 we had four great wines:

2004 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri (95 p): Nose: Truly fine and aromatic with olive oil, flower field, lavender, bell pepper jam (!), gravel and a bit of dark currants. Palate: Full-bodied and pleasantly tannic with jam-ripe luscious dark fruits.

2004 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (93 p): Nose: A bit dry and fine with a dry-flower-y bouquet, lavender, gravel, sedar tree, white pepper, overripe cranberry and a bit of smoke and autumn earth. Palate: Semi-fullbodied, ripe, slightly dry and long with round tannins and lively acidity.

2004 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (93 p): Nose: Fine and aromatic with jam-like fruit, cherry and a bit of leather and liquorice. Palate: Semi-fullbodied and semi-tannic with ripe and luscious dark fruit.

2004 Château Mouton Rothschild (91 p): A disappointment for a 1er cru. Nose: Fine with notes of luscious fruit, mocha and chocolate and a little bit of farm stable. Palate (did not reach the levels of the truly fine nose): mid-fullbodied, pleasantly round tannins, drier (fruit) than Ornellaia, with mature Bordeaux-style leather.
Red
10/15/2018 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
93 points
In a horizontal tasting of 2004 we had four great wines:

2004 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri (95 p): Nose: Truly fine and aromatic with olive oil, flower field, lavender, bell pepper jam (!), gravel and a bit of dark currants. Palate: Full-bodied and pleasantly tannic with jam-ripe luscious dark fruits.

2004 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (93 p): Nose: A bit dry and fine with a dry-flower-y bouquet, lavender, gravel, sedar tree, white pepper, overripe cranberry and a bit of smoke and autumn earth. Palate: Semi-fullbodied, ripe, slightly dry and long with round tannins and lively acidity.

2004 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (93 p): Nose: Fine and aromatic with jam-like fruit, cherry and a bit of leather and liquorice. Palate: Semi-fullbodied and semi-tannic with ripe and luscious dark fruit.

2004 Château Mouton Rothschild (91 p): A disappointment for a 1er cru. Nose: Fine with notes of luscious fruit, mocha and chocolate and a little bit of farm stable. Palate (did not reach the levels of the truly fine nose): mid-fullbodied, pleasantly round tannins, drier (fruit) than Ornellaia, with mature Bordeaux-style leather.
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Red
10/15/2018 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
93 points
In a horizontal tasting of 2004 we had four great wines:

2004 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri (95 p): Nose: Truly fine and aromatic with olive oil, flower field, lavender, bell pepper jam (!), gravel and a bit of dark currants. Palate: Full-bodied and pleasantly tannic with jam-ripe luscious dark fruits.

2004 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (93 p): Nose: A bit dry and fine with a dry-flower-y bouquet, lavender, gravel, sedar tree, white pepper, overripe cranberry and a bit of smoke and autumn earth. Palate: Semi-fullbodied, ripe, slightly dry and long with round tannins and lively acidity.

2004 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (93 p): Nose: Fine and aromatic with jam-like fruit, cherry and a bit of leather and liquorice. Palate: Semi-fullbodied and semi-tannic with ripe and luscious dark fruit.

2004 Château Mouton Rothschild (91 p): A disappointment for a 1er cru. Nose: Fine with notes of luscious fruit, mocha and chocolate and a little bit of farm stable. Palate (did not reach the levels of the truly fine nose): mid-fullbodied, pleasantly round tannins, drier (fruit) than Ornellaia, with mature Bordeaux-style leather.
White
9/22/2018 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow! Like no other Chardonnay I've tasted so far. This has a unique character of its own. Long, complex, succulent taste with exotic yellow fruits (exotic as Jura, not the tropics).

Paired superbly with Gruyère and Morbier Jura cheeses. Esp. the combination of the wine and the Gruyère was the perfection! Strongly recommended.
Red
5/5/2018 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
91 points
First impression after two hours in decanter: is there something wrong? Wet cardboard on the nose.

Later it blossomed in the glass: even some cherry jam/liquor on the nose and a classy, mature Bordeaux on the palate. Nice!
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Red
2005 Château Trotte Vieille St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/5/2018 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
91 points
An interesting wine: it changed a lot in glass after two hours in decanter. Lovely wine once it opens up.
Red
2005 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/5/2018 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted two hours prior to tasting but it took another hour to open fully up. Initially nice but a bit shy. A sub-par bottle, perhaps?

Later it produced some wonderful bouquet-like aromas on the nose.
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Red
5/5/2018 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted for 2 hours but it took one more hour to open up. Brilliant on the nose. Delicious on the palate. Lovely wine.
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White
4/29/2018 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
93 points
Two bottles opened. Decanted for an hour before the dinner.

The first one was delicious on the nose but lacked vigor on the palate. Not quite there. 89 points.

The second one was better --- livelier and more powerful on the palate. Olive oil colour with a hint of green. Oily texture. White ripe fruits and acacia flowers on top of Chablis-style Chardonnay on the nose. Long, delicious, oaked, chardonney'y taste. Would have benefited from a little bit more acidity, yet not flat by any means. 93 points. The star of the night. Served with King crab meat and artichokes with truffel juice sauce. Perfect match.
Red
4/29/2018 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
90 points
Better than last time. Wonderful balance. Elegant.
Will still age well.
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Red
2/17/2018 - Jyri Tynkkynen wrote:
87 points
A bit disappointing. Soft and jaded. Would need more grip or edge to be interesting. Hope it's just this bottle as I have another in the cellar.
White
2/5/2018 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
90 points
Clean, focused, young not-too-ripe-lemon-like Chardonnay'esque fruit, some minerality, good acidity. Some toast/oak on the after taste. Good text-book Chablis which will age well at least a little bit longer. Me likes.
Red
1/27/2018 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
90 points
Very drinkable at the moment. Nicely balanced and serene. Smooth tannins. Some leather on the palate, which I like personally. Still some bite if you overdo the pepper.

Served with duck and dark wine sauce. Did the duck breast fillets first 'sous vide' at 58 degrees C for 90 minutes and then quickly browned the skin side in a frying pan. Added some salt and pepper --- delicious! And a perfect match with this wine.
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Red
11/25/2017 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
89 points
Opened 2 bottles at a Thanksgiving dinner (turkey and the works). One pristine (89 points), the other corked and not consumed nor rated. I like this concept of "red wine with a sweet-dry-fruit twist" and it goes well with light meat and creamy gravy/sauce.
White
4/14/2017 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
91 points
Lovely, well-balanced Chardonnay with ripe lemons and cream on the nose and the taste. Not overtly powerful but the balance is on the money.
It doesn't get much better than this at this age. Probably could have gained more complexity with age but, unfortunately, this was my only bottle.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
4/14/2017 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow! Powerful, intense, well balanced, sweet, delicious taste. Fine, aromatic, strong nose. The best Sauternes I have had so far.
It (half bottle, 375 ml) could have aged well some more. The whole bottles way more.
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Red
4/14/2017 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
92 points
Opened two bottles.
First one wonderful, pristine, lovely old-school Syrah with dark cherry-like fruit and a hint of leather, complex nose, succulent, well balanced, long after taste.
The other one slightly off balance (a bit too much jam-like fruit) and not quite as charming and elegant as #1.
The better one was truly awesome with lamb. It could have aged well quite a bit more.
Red
4/8/2017 - Jyri Tynkkynen wrote:
88 points
Got two bottles recently from Systembolaget in Sweden.
One was a disappointment: faulty by oxidization.
The other one was a mixed bag. The nose was very beautifully mature with bouquet-like complexity. The taste was nicely matured Margaux, but a bit on the soft side. A bit 2003-ish. Even with just a little bit more zest or edge in the taste it would have got more points.
Drink up. Soon.
White
1/28/2017 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
90 points
Nose: Pleasant honey and bee wax-like tones with ripe lemons and fresh mineralilty. Not a hint of petroleum.
Taste: Not too dry, slightly matured, fruity, ripe Riesling-like-lemons with pronounced acidity and some minerality. The fruityness/sweetness balances the acids in a near-perfect harmony. Initially some "toasted birch tree leave"-like* bitterness, which fades away when the wine warms up a bit.
Pleasant, no-nonsense wine. Slightly old school in a nice way. Might age well a little bit longer.

*) If you've ever been to a real Finnish sauna, you know what I mean. ;)
Red
1/21/2017 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
90 points
Nose: Relatively strong and appealing. Initially dark cherries and some leather. Later delicious dried, dark cherry-like fruits and less leather.
Taste: Relatively strong and medium-full bodied. Initially dark cherries, a hint of leather, 'tarry' and 'oaky' tannins, slightly bitter after-taste. Later 'mature' dark fruit, slightly pronounced acidity, rounder (yet still slightly 'tarry') tannins.
Well made, delicious, very drinkable and appealing. Will wait 2-5 years before I open the other bottle I have.
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Red - Fortified
1/15/2017 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
92 points
Half a bottle (375 ml). Cork crumbled up completely while opening. Right after decanting the wine was marvellously approachable. Nothing like the bottle I had about a year ago which was a bit dried up and dull.
The nose was strong, very aromatic, had very pleasant tertiery ether-like aromas.
The taste was surprisingly fruity and youthful (esp. compared to the disappointing bottle earlier), though there was complexity, too.
After a while in the glass it flattened a bit. I still have some left in the decanter that I intend to taste tomorrow to see how it handles oxygen.
I would drink up the ½'s soon but could still keep the whole bottles in the cellar if I had some.
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Red
12/17/2016 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
89 points
Typical 2008 Bordeaux: not overtly powerful but rather fine. Drinkable already, but not quite completely integrated tannins as yet. Has gained some complexity and I presume will gain some more in time. Will open next bottles in 3 years from now and see if it has a stronger, more complex bouquet then.
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Red - Fortified
12/17/2016 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted 24 hours prior the tasting. Nothing boombastic yet a very drinkable wine. Well integrated tannins, sugars and alcohol. Nice spicey aromas, dried fruits and very ripe black berries. Will benefit from further cellaring, so no rush to consume.
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Red - Fortified
9/3/2016 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
90 points
Very pleasantly fruity, nicely mature and relatively light compared to the fullest vintage ports. Being only moderately sweet it was a perfect match with the salty hard Parmigiano cheese. Would struggle with sweet desserts.
Hopefully it will still develop and gain some complexity since I have three more of this wine. To say the least there is no hurry to drink it up right now.
Red
1996 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/3/2016 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
90 points
Very pleasant mature Bordeaux style wine. Balanced, with elegant tannins and surprisingly fruity for this age. Not too funky --- contrary to what some one stated --- and not very powerful but a very drinkable wine with a long finish. Mature yet not yet very complex bouquet. Would benefit from further ageing but this was my only bottle.
Purchased in May in Bordeaux at the L'Intendant Grands Vins de Bordeaux. Drank with roasted lamb, vegetables and mustard sauce --- pleasant match.
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Red
2009 Château Grange-Neuve Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/17/2016 - Jyri Tynkkynen Likes this wine:
88 points
Opened two bottles, one pristine and the other slightly corked. Excellent match with ptarmigan, morels and dark sauce. Very drinkable with dusty tannins yet no rush to drink up. Glad to have two more bottles to open in, say, 2-5 years time.
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