Tasting Notes for ShadowIII

(427 notes on 404 wines)

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Red
5/9/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
92 points
dark color, dark fruit, currants, blackberry, firm structure, built to age, long finish
Red
5/8/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
93 points
Performed beyond expectations, ruby color with minimal bricking, beautiful, complex nose with cherry, forest floor, spice, mushrooms, very youthful in the mouth with bright, flavors, nice acidity, long finish
Red
5/3/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
92 points
very nice wine, forward currant, dark fruit, good structure, long finish, great QPR
Red
1990 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/30/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
93 points
nose had definite barnyard funk (individual bottles have varied from very clean to Brett dominated), but enough currants, cassis, pencil lead, cigar box to not let the funk overwhelm the other aromatics, solid wine good fruit, long finish
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White
4/30/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful expression of Chardonnay, very Burgundian, apples, lemons, hints of vanilla, elegant, structured, long finish
White
2010 Olivier Leflaive Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
4/30/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
95 points
gorgeous, elegant, focused, lemon, apples, brisk acidity, mouth coating, long finish
Red
4/30/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
98 points
Biggest, most powerful, intense Screaming Eagle I have ever had, deep, dark rich fruit, blackberries, blueberry, chocolate, incredibly youthful and unevolved, will take decades to develop secondary characteristics, I am sure this will be rated higher as it ages, a wine for the ages, I think in 10-20 years we will be placing this wine in a rare group with the 69 Chappellet, 74 Heitz and 92 Monte Bello. I will put my last bottle in my will for my son with certain stipulations, since I won't be around when it reaches a peak in another 40-50years.
Red
4/30/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
94 points
Stunning spice, thyme, floral and cherry aromatics, elegant, focused, long finish
Red
1986 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
4/29/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
94 points
Tasted blind, completely missed this wine as Grange, much more tannic structure than I am used to with Grange, great, dark fruit, cedar, no pepper (which I never get in Grange), big youthful wine with decades to go, the power and tannins are a little atypical for me. Another taster who had bought a case of the 1986, knew it immediately.
Red
1992 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/29/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
97 points
Aromatics were extraordinary, simply jumping out of the glass, dark fruit, blueberry, blackberry, pencil lead, cedar, lush, integrated tannins, long, long finish, just spectacular
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Red
2011 RdV Vineyards Lost Mountain Fauquier County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/25/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
92 points
dark fruit, blackberry, currants, mocha chocolate, long finish, developing very nicely
Red
1981 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
4/25/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
93 points
Tasted blind. Dark fruit, leather, spice, cedar, moderately firm tannins, long finish
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Red
4/25/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
92 points
medium ruby, bright cherry, elegant, brisk acidity, elegant, keeps you coming back for more
White
Big, rich Chardonnay, golden yellow, apples, brioche, very long finish, reminds one of a Chassagne
Red
4/25/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark ruby/purple, dark cherry, plum notes, more power than elegance, long finish
Red
4/25/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
92 points
Tasted bind, have had this wine many times, did two bottles from different cellars, one seemed 5 years younger than the other, with the typical currants and cedar of an older BV PR, the one bottle was a little tired (similar to the bottle I rated in 2019), the other was still doing well and more like the 1980s I have enjoyed so much in the past.
Red
4/25/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
94 points
Tasted blind, easily identified with the classic mint aromatics, still good color, dark fruits, cassis, cedar, well integrated tannins, long finish. Followed the 2007 which did not seem to have the typical mint aromas.
Red
4/25/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
100 points
Only wine I have ever rated 100. Tasted blind. Simply stunning dark color, very youthful (at 52 years old), elegant and powerful at the same time, very complex nose of dark fruits, currants, cassis, cedar, spice, cardamom, leather, pencil lead, just kept evolving, adding new layers of complexity, well integrated tannins, superb structure, very long finish. Last time I had this wine was 15 years ago at dinner with the 1974 Heitz Martha's, 1941 Simi, the wine is more youthful and complex than over a decade ago
Red
4/25/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
100 points
Only wine I have ever rated 100. Tasted blind. Simply stunning. dark color, very youthful (at 52 years old), elegant and powerful at the same time, very complex nose of dark fruits, currants, cassis, cedar, spice, cardamom, leather, pencil lead, just kept evolving, adding new layers of complexity, well integrated tannins, superb structure, very long finish. Last time I had this wine was 15 years ago at dinner with the 1974 Heitz Martha's, 1941 Simi, the wine is more youthful and complex than over a decade ago
Red
4/11/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
92 points
dark berry fruit, blackberry, plum, easy drinking, long finish
Red
4/11/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
92 points
Very nice Cab, excellent QPR, dark fruit, currants, blackberry on the nose, well integrated tannins, long finish, lacks a little on the backbone.
Red
4/11/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
93 points
Real crowd pleaser, cocoa and coconut, dark fruit on the nose, well integrated tannins, long finish, will buy more
Red
4/11/2022 - ShadowIII wrote:
85 points
did not show well, tired, lacking fruit ,more cedar notes than fruit, over the hill, and I usually love older wine and secondary character
Red
4/11/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
92 points
dark purple, nose of dark fruits, blackberries, well integrated tannins, long finish, served to weekly wine group, even people who don't like Malbec, enjoyed the wine
Red
4/4/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
92 points
Aromas of plum, blackberry and violets jump from the glass, well integrated tannins, long finish, elegant despite 15.2% ETOH well hidden, non obtrusive, a great value
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Red
4/4/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
92 points
Fill 5 mm into the neck, ruby with brick edges, nice core of cherry fruit, cedar and cigar box add complexity to the fruit aromas, good finish
White
4/1/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
94 points
Rich, lush, apples, pears, brioche, balanced acidity, very long finish, could easily be mistaken for a 1er Cru Chassagne
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White
3/14/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
91 points
lovely wine, apples, lemon, excellent acidity, balanced, elegant, long finish
Red
2010 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/14/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
93 points
cassis, black currants, blackberry, pencil lead, well integrated tannins, long finish
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Red
3/14/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
95 points
Wonderful wine, big, rich, vibrant, cherry, dark fruits, tar, structured, long finish, powerful and elegant at the same time, very youthful at this point in time, years to go
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Red
3/6/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark, deep rich, montmorency cherry, blackberry, long finish
Red
3/6/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
93 points
classic Cali cab, currants, cassis, blackberry, structured, moderate tannins, long finish
Red
2/20/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
90 points
Fill one inch into neck, brick edges, caramel and cedar on the nose, after 30 minutes fruit came forward, caramel faded, kept improving with cherry and cassis notes
Red
2/20/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
90 points
cherry, elegant, herbal notes faded over time, well integrated tannins, drink up
Red
2/20/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
93 points
Dark fruits and chocolate on the nose, full bodied bur not overblown, well integrated tannins, long finish
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Red
2/13/2022 - ShadowIII wrote:
89 points
youthful color, dark purple, solid fruit core, dark fruits, cherry, cedar, there was an off note on the nose (? Brett) that detracted from the score.
Red
2/13/2022 - ShadowIII wrote:
90 points
Would have rated higher, but over ripe fruit, big in your face wine without balance or elegance, definitely for those who like huge, extracted Cali Cabs.
Red
2/13/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
93 points
Great fruit, blackberry, cassis, well integrated tannins, long finish, drinking very well, still youthful, has not developed secondary character yet
Red
2/13/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
91 points
Rich, fruit forward with cassis, blackberry, well integrated tannins, vanilla, medium finish, great QPR
Red
2/7/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
93 points
vanilla, sweet cedar on the nose, backed with lush dark fruits, opulent, tasty, crowd pleaser, well integrated tannins, long finish, but balance and elegance are not a strong suit
Red
2/7/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
93 points
Big wine, dark fruits, blackberry, currants, toasty oak, tobacco, well integrated tannins, long finish
Red
2/3/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
90 points
Showing some age, cedar, tobacco, fruit still there but more in the background, suffered in drinking after the spectacular 1988 Clos du Val (a real surprise)
Red
2/3/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
94 points
What a pleasant surprise, fill in neck (still had $13.07 price tag), incredibly vibrant, ruby red with minimal bricking of edge, currants, cassis, cedar hints, but not much age character, very youthful, long finish, a real delight. Drank alongside the 1983, much more evolved but still very nice, $7.00 price tag, quite a lot of price inflation in just 5 years.
White
2/3/2022 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
94 points
Light golden color, big, rich, yet elegant, predominantly Marsanne, complex nose with floral notes, honey, long finish, years to go.
Red
1989 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/15/2021 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
93 points
I have always loved this wine, elegant, polished, currants, cassis, pencil lead, well integrated tannins, long finish. Tasted blind with the 1990, which overpowered the 1989.
Red
1990 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/15/2021 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
95 points
Tasted blind at dinner with the 1989, which was elegant, but the 1990 was a wow, much deeper, richer more complex, the group clearly preferred the 1990. Both bottles came from the same cellar.
Red
2013 Glen Manor Vineyards Hodder Hill Shenandoah Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/10/2021 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark fruits, currants, plum, blackberry, chocolate, well integrated tannins, long finish, drinking very young, many years to go
Red
12/10/2021 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
92 points
Still has a solid core of currant and cassis, with complex notes of pencil lead, cedar, cigar box, soft tannins, long finish, a crowd favorite.
White
11/23/2021 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
92 points
lovely wine, apples, brioche, vanilla, good structure, nice acidity, long finish
Red
11/23/2021 - ShadowIII Likes this wine:
92 points
dark fruits, blackberry, aromatic with spice, cedar, long finish, very attractive
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