Tasting Notes for AJCM

(69 notes on 66 wines)

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Red
8/13/2020 - AJCM wrote:
92 points
Needs another 5 years
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Red
6/18/2020 - AJCM Likes this wine:
93 points
Needs another 5 years
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Red
6/12/2020 - AJCM Likes this wine:
93 points
Great now but probably better in a few years. 2025?
Red
3/7/2020 - AJCM Likes this wine:
93 points
Needs at least 5 years - 2025
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Red
2/22/2020 - AJCM Likes this wine:
92 points
Drink 2025
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Red
2015 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/4/2020 - AJCM Likes this wine:
92 points
Maybe ready by 2025
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Red
8/30/2019 - AJCM wrote:
88 points
Possibly bad cork...
Red
2005 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/12/2019 - AJCM Likes this wine:
92 points
It opened up after about 2h decant. It was pretty good but how log do I have to wait until I can fully taste a French wine? It’s a 14 year old bottle!!
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Red
2/22/2019 - AJCM Likes this wine:
90 points
I am going to give it the benefit of the doubt. Even after 3h, it still was pretty tight, but with hints of a great wine. I will try not to open another one until 2020.
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Red
1/31/2019 - AJCM Likes this wine:
92 points
Great wine, decanted it about 3 hours...it’ll be even better in a few years.
Red
1/25/2019 - AJCM Likes this wine:
93 points
Needs another 5 years, but already spectacular
Red
1/17/2019 - AJCM Likes this wine:
95 points
CATA CUATES ENERO 2019
Red
12/22/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted it for 2h before trying it.

Dark colored, dense, full bodied wine.

Spicy, fruity aromas. Hints of strawberry, spices and vanilla.

Medium to low acidity ant tannins. Tends to be a sweeter wine, and even though it has 15% alc., after the 2h decant one can taste the alcohol level.

Definitely an important plum, and violet flavor with a nice spicy finish.
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Red
12/8/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
93 points
Within the 2 hour decant it started showing its colors. Rich and floral bouquet. Beautiful violet, rose petals, and sweet spice notes.
Red
12/5/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
93 points
It needs at least 2hrs to soften the alcohol content.

A blend of 82% Syrah, 13% Mourvedre, and 5% Grenache

Once the alcohol has dissipated, one can feel the abundant aromas of blue and black fruits, acacia flowers, spice, pepper, and earth. Notes of minerals, pepper, violet....creamy feeling.
Red
2010 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/3/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
91 points
79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot

After 2.5h decanting it started showing its colors. Still, it had powerful tannins that blinded the flavors that had started to show up. At this point the wine wasn’t great, but it should be great to drink in 3-5 years.
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Red
10/26/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
90 points
80% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec, & 10% Petit Verdot, yielding 2.2 tons/acre, & grown in varied soils @ 3000-5000 ft; Fermented for 22 days in oak barrels @ 84.2 °F, punched down & delestage 30 days; Aged in 225 L FR & AM oak barrels (35% new) for 18 mos, then 12 mos in bottle.
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Red
2005 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/29/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
90 points
75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot, 13% alcohol
Before drinking, decanted for 1h
Medium red, full body.
Started with high acidity, difficult to approach, intense.
After 3-4h decant it got a little more palatable, but still to intense. I really don’t see its potential...it’s already been 13 years and it really isn’t showing much. Maybe it needs another 10 years to soften up...
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Red
9/27/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
91 points
Tastes like Caymus Cab...must be its aging methods and oak barrels
Red
9/20/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
91 points
Interesting that WS and WE give this wine an 87 and 86 rating while CT users give it a 91, usually we are more critical. This wine is great, specially for the price.

This is a dark colored big body wine. Aromas of berry jam, vanilla, plum and currant. Notes of chocolate, plum, and vanilla. Great wine, ready to drink now.
Red
9/15/2018 - AJCM wrote:
62% CS, 18% Merlot, 18% CF, 2% PV

Needs a few years to open up, but like others are saying, it has all the right stuff in it. Dark color, cassis and fruit aromas, dark fruit, cedar and dark chocolate. Smooth silky tannins. Another 3-5 years before ready.
Red
9/8/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
93 points
Great now, spectacular 5 years from now
Red
9/5/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
90 points
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cab Franc
Red
8/2/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
92 points
Great potential, needs another 5 years.
Red
7/27/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
90 points
To much acidity and alcohol, maybe I’ll try it in another 5 years.
Red
7/8/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
91 points
Notes of plum and cassis, great Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon Blend!! 91-92
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Red
6/30/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
92 points
It needed at least 2h to open up. Cassis and vanilla aromas. Tobacco, cocoa, cedar and vanilla notes.
Red
6/29/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
92 points
Needs another five years to polish its edges, great potential though.
Red
2015 Château Belair-Monange St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/15/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
92 points
As per other reviews it’ll be ready on 2020. Spectacular aromas, still a harsh but potentially great floral, blackberry and cassis notes. Different than other St. Emillion wines that also have Cab., this one has Cab Franc.
Red
6/14/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
91 points
Great potential, once the alcohol level and tannins soften down and let the typical boudeaux blend notes open up it’ll be a spectacular wine. I’ll try the next one in 2020.
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Red
2005 Château La Gomerie St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/1/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
91 points
100% Merlot. Dense dark purple. Black cherry, plum and Indian spices aromas and flavors. A touch of dark chocolate, tobacco and cedar. It essentially tastes like a milk chocolate covered cherry. Higher acidity than expected, but still smooth and nice finish.
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Red
5/12/2018 - AJCM wrote:
94 points
Great wine, needs another 3-5 years.
Red
5/12/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
94 points
Spectacular wine, 2015... still at least 5 years until it shows it’s true colors. Better that Dr Crane. Should be ready to go by 2025.
Red
5/10/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
93 points
Spectacular wine but still the tannins are to intense. Wait at least another 3-5 years. 2023
Red
5/5/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
92 points
Weds another 2- 3 years. Would be ready to drink in 2020-2021
Red
2012 Château Hosanna Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/23/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
92 points
Probably best until 2020. Decanted it for 2h and after drinking for 1h it started opening up and showing its potential.
Red
2011 Château L'Evangile Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/23/2018 - AJCM Does not like this wine:
88 points
For the price and the name, I expected a much better wine; a wine that at least competed vs a good US Bordeaux blend. I understand the wine maybe has several years to mature and reach its peak, but still, after 7 years you expect a good hint of what it will become. The level of acidity and tannins doesn’t let you taste what’s behind.
Red
2/16/2018 - AJCM Likes this wine:
93 points
Notes from the winery: Cabernet Sauvignon: 67%; Merlot: 29%; Petit Verdot: 4%: these proportions ensure a certain classicism of style although there is exceptional tannic power, even greater than that of Pavillon Rouge 2005. The high proportion of Cabernet has helped preserve a moderate alcoholic degree – barely 13.4. The real greatness of the 2009 however, is in how those concentrated tannins have been given amazing softness and delicacy. We have never known such wonderful balance. (September 2010)

Classic Bordeaux blend,
Red
12/29/2017 - AJCM Likes this wine:
93 points
Another one of those wines that need to age before really appreciating it. Big tannins with floral notes and specially a tobacco pipe like finish that will be spectacular in another 5 years (2022).
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Red
12/30/2017 - AJCM Likes this wine:
92 points
I agree with the other’s notes, really big tannins, spicy, licorice and dark cherry notes that will come through more noticeably in ~5 years (2022).
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Red
11/18/2017 - AJCM Likes this wine:
93 points
Dark color, deep purple and med to heavy body. Floral, fig and raisin aromas. Some barn flavors within 30 min of opening. The wine opened up and got better after about 1h decanting.
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Red
11/18/2017 - AJCM Likes this wine:
92 points
Med body and med to dark color. Plum, dark chocolate and spice notes. Smooth tannins. Needed at least 1h decanting.
Red
10/8/2017 - AJCM Likes this wine:
94 points
The "Pagani Ranch Heritage" blend is predominantly Zinfandel with more off-the-beaten path grapes such as Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir de la Calmette, Petite Sirah and Lenoir.

Definitely needs at least 1hr decanting, or store it for another 5 years. Licorice, creme broule, plum, vanilla and cassis notes. Balanced finish, it definitely shows great potential.
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Red
9/25/2017 - AJCM wrote:
These bottles never arrived from Amazing Grapes. Instead, they sent three bottles of another wine.
Red
9/2/2017 - AJCM Likes this wine:
92 points
Light and fruity. Cream notes, dry strawberry, chocolate, clove and tobacco flavors.
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