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Red
2015 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
1/29/2019 - xScottx wrote:
Not a good bottle of wine. Shocking that this retails for $75+. The nose is completely fucked. Sweet, jammy, prune, raisin, peachy apricot nose. The palate is off-dry, very sweet and soft, peach, prune, chocolate. We tested the wine and it has 8.1 g/L of residual sugar.
  • xScottx commented:

    5/19/19, 9:05 PM - Thank you for the interesting comment. If the 2016 has 8g/l of sugar then this looks to be the new house style.

Red
2017 Ca‘ Rozzeria Langhe Nebbiolo Langhe DOC
5/5/2019 - xScottx wrote:
Good weeknight nebbiolo.
  • xScottx commented:

    5/9/19, 10:10 PM - Yes it can be. The grapes going into this Langhe Nebbiolo are not as structured as the grapes going into top Barolo or Barbaresco so Langhe Nebbiolo wines will (generally) be much more approachable in their youth.

White - Sparkling
1995 Dom Pérignon Champagne P2 Champagne Blend
12/28/2017 - xScottx wrote:
Nutty, roasted nut, baked apple, mushroom, dried flowers, deep brioche notes, chalky, mineral. Amazing wine, tastes like mushrooms and butterscotch, but not strange. Fantastic.
  • xScottx commented:

    5/19/18, 9:42 PM - Yes! I think so! It really depends on how you like your wine though. I think this wine can age easily for another 5-8 years before any real detrimental impacts from age. I find that I like my white wines on the younger side and this wine was perfect right now, really an amazing wine. But I know other palates really like the developed aspect of white wines, and I think this is a wine that can absolutely age longer and improve with greater tertiary notes. Consider yourself lucky if you have this in your cellar!

White
2015 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
1/25/2018 - John Dunlap Likes this wine:
95 points
UGC Bordeaux Tasting (2015 Vintage) (San Francisco): Domaine de Chevalier (blanc) - A lovely wine and above all other whites tasted this evening - except for the Smith-Haut-Laffite blanc. An ensemble of 70 percent Sauvignon Blanc and 30 percent Semillon. The DdC has a more typical profile dominated by grapefruit flavors on the nose and palate. Detected a lovely lime element and just touch of clove – the latter of which - I am not sure where it comes from. Maybe the barrels used or perhaps the Semillon varietal? Sometimes I detect a bit of forest flavors in this producer, but not this time. Still, very complex and is one of the best dry whites tried this evening.
  • xScottx commented:

    4/12/18, 7:30 PM - The wine was fermented in barrel and spent 18 months in barrel, 35% of which were new. That is definitely where your clove note is coming from.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Gruet Winery Brut New Mexico Champagne Blend
12/1/2017 - xScottx wrote:
Really quite bitter - and it's not like a high acid bitter/tartness, the wine is almost tannic in its phenolic bitterness. Not very nice.
  • xScottx commented:

    12/26/17, 2:56 PM - Then consider yourself lucky; more Gruet for you.

Red
2011 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
9/3/2017 - xScottx wrote:
Really dense and tight. Still really young. Showing real quality. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates, has a spicy syrah finish. Really nice.

Day two: Opened up very nicely. Lots of black olive, cedar, mint, black currant jam, black pepper.
  • xScottx commented:

    9/4/17, 10:04 PM - I just added some day two notes. It really opened up. I have another bottle and I think another 5-7 years would do it fine.

Red
1966 Manuel d'Almeida & Filhos Lda 21º Aniversário Garrafeira Beira Atlântico Red Blend
8/19/2017 - Claw Dee Puss Likes this wine:
92 points
12%. Harvested in 1966 (varieties: João Santarém, Malvasia, Tinta Miúda, Trincadeira), bottled March 23rd 1985 at Azenhas do Mar. The single 5000 litre barrel produced 6666 bottles.
What a gem - pale red/pink with no real signs of bricking - flowery nose - subtle mouth flavours around, well, it's really hard to say - almost perfumy taste - gentle grip - long finish - very nice wine.
  • xScottx commented:

    8/28/17, 10:37 PM - Great note on a fascinating wine!

Red
1996 Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato Nebbiolo
7/29/2017 - xScottx wrote:
Superb, really nice bottle. Drinking perfectly now, would have liked to have waited longer but occasion called and I have no regrets.
Really nice notes of, pure red fruits, juicy, ripe and dried, preserved cherry, red plum, strawberry. Cinnamon, clove, cedar, rose, violets, chocolate, coffee, truffle.
Endless.. Fantastic bottle of wine, will only get better over the next 10-15 years.
  • xScottx commented:

    8/17/17, 7:57 PM - Hi! No, I did not properly decant - only because I did not have a decanter on hand, otherwise I would have. I passed it through a funnel with a mesh screen to take out some sediment back and passed it back forth between two bottles to air it a bit, but nothing more.

Red
2009 Herdade Monte do Outeiro Alentejo Monte Cruz Syrah
8/9/2017 - Claw Dee Puss Likes this wine:
89 points
4 hour decant.
No signs of age - deeply purple - tight nose - deep, full, rich, but not exactly classic Syrah - hints of sour - pretty good finish - nice wine.
  • xScottx commented:

    8/10/17, 9:01 PM - I didn't know they produce a wine of this name, what is the price point?

Red
2003 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Washington
Overly alcoholic and flawed
  • xScottx commented:

    5/18/17, 2:03 PM - It is flawed because it is overly alcoholic? Or was the bottle flawed and overly alcoholic?

White - Sparkling
2009 Jenkyn Place Brut Hampshire Champagne Blend
5/12/2017 - xScottx wrote:
Nearly flat, almost no carbonation.

Like biting into a green apple. The wine is exceptionally tart and lacking character.

Allegedly 35 months on the lees but I get none of that on nose or palate. Very tart and fresh.

Very simple wine.

According to the producer website the residual sugar is 11.3 g/l, which is JUST considered Brut. I think if the dosage was bumped up on the wine to Extra-Sec (12-17 g/l) territory the wine would just come off as a well balanced (sugar/acid) Brut and not a enamel stripping level of tartness that feels like a Brut Nature from a challenging vintage.

Alcohol listed as 12% ABV. I would like to know how much sugar was tipped into the vats to achieve that ABV and also account for the 11.3 g/l of residual...
  • xScottx commented:

    5/13/17, 6:43 AM - The wine was definitely not oxidised. I had more of a problem with the greenness/tartness than the wine being nearly flat. I really found it tough going. It is almost like they over chaptalization the base but under dosed the sugar in the liqueur de tirage.

Red
N.V. Antonio Bernardino Paulo da Silva Vinho Regional Lisboa Garrafeira Reserva Particular Red Blend
3/23/2017 - Claw Dee Puss Likes this wine:
90 points
3 hour decant. 12.5% other wise no information at all. Strange tall bottle. Stinky moldy cork, but the wine is OK.
Some hints of coffee at the rim - pretty sure this is Ramisco - some cherry in the nose - quite lightweight in the mouth - more cherries - nice edges - goof finish - nice wine.
  • xScottx commented:

    3/27/17, 2:51 AM - Looks like a really interesting bottle. Where did you find this?

    I wonder why it was not bottled as Colares. Did you take either of the label photos that are on the site here? One reads Vinho da Mesa and the other is just Vinho Tinto. Very interesting!

Red
2015 Bodega Henry LaGarde Malbec Altas Cumbres Lujan de Cuyo
5/8/2016 - xScottx wrote:
Soft and simple.
Way too sweet, way too soft, way too blah.
  • xScottx commented:

    12/26/16, 3:21 PM - Excellent.

Red
2013 De Forville Barbaresco Nebbiolo
4/5/2016 - xScottx wrote:
Notes of red cherry, fresh plum, floral, violets, slight minty aspect that is interesting. High chalky tannins, bright fresh red fruits on palate, strawberry, cranberry, sweet spice, smoke, licorice. Really nice value
  • xScottx commented:

    12/7/16, 4:38 AM - No idea about score, I don't really do scores.

    It is a pleasing bottle of wine. $34 sounds expensive for what I remember it delivering but wine-searcher says that is around the prevailing price. I tasted it at my friend's shop in London where the retail price at current exchange rate is around $18 - Which is a really good value indeed.

Red
2005 Clarendon Hills Syrah Moritz
12/14/2015 - Rob_Sutherland wrote:
91 points
Still a bit of a big bruiser with significant plumy/pruney notes. Stored very well since release so it's not heat damaged in anyway, just a lot of plum pudding. Fine, but not as good as hoped. Interesting that the back label had 14.5% alc while there was a sticker put on after LCBO testing that has it at 16.8%!
  • xScottx commented:

    9/25/16, 1:20 PM - Excellent info on the ABV %. Does the LCBO do independent analysis of this type for all their wines they buy?

Red - Sparkling
N.V. Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco di Sorbara Vecchia Modena Premium Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC
7/3/2016 - xScottx wrote:
Not what I was expecting. It is a rose lambrusco. The short extraction necessary has robbed it of most of the fruit. Vague red fruit notes, but it's causing me to stretch.
  • xScottx commented:

    7/5/16, 11:28 AM - Yes, bone dry.

Red - Fortified
2008 Monte Seis Reis Alentejo Vinho Licoroso Red Blend
6/22/2016 - Claw Dee Puss wrote:
88 points
20%. Syrah and Touriga Nacional.
I visited these people recently, and basically bought one of everything (red) - and this sounded particularly interesting - and not just because the labels says "Fortificated". For 24 hours this was almost too hot to drink, but it calmed down - rich and flavoursome - somewhat simple, but slides easily down the throat with a decent finish - I'd expected something at least a little similar to Port, but this really isn't, well, it is, but it isn't. Next time I'm there I'll probably buy another couple of bottles to see how this develops.
  • xScottx commented:

    6/26/16, 12:27 PM - How sweet vs port?

Red
1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
8/8/2015 - xScottx wrote:
Mostly tertiary at this point, notes of earth, mushroom, leather, prune, fig. Quite musky on the palate with licorice notes.
  • xScottx commented:

    6/22/16, 12:16 PM - Yes, 750ml and from an Enomatic machine (for what its worth).

White
2013 Terras d'Alter Alvarinho Terra d'Alter Vinho Regional Alentejano
(Wine testing with B&A)
I don't drink whites, so I have no baseline on which to rate them - not nasty.
  • xScottx commented:

    6/21/16, 12:29 PM - It never occurred to me that all your notes are for red wines..

  • xScottx commented:

    6/21/16, 2:09 PM - Some of my notes are a complete joke too.

    What is your aversion to white wine? There are some mind blowing white wines... if I had to live my life without reds or white it would be a tough tough decision..

White - Fortified
1880 D'Oliveiras Madeira Terrantez
1/17/2013 - hsacks Likes this wine:
95 points
Medium brown color. Complex yet youthful aromas of coffee, roasted nuts, caramel and sweet tea. Rich, incredibly intense, complex fruit in the mouth with outstanding depth, profound acidity and a long, lingering, bittersweet finish. Outstanding now but should improve with another 6-12 months of gradual aeration!
  • xScottx commented:

    4/29/16, 2:04 PM - Amazing tasting note, this is what we live for: "Outstanding now but should improve with another 6-12 months of gradual aeration!"
    Thank you

Red
2011 Herdade do Esporão Vinho Regional Alentejano Monte Velho Red Blend
3/18/2016 - Claw Dee Puss wrote:
83 points
3 hour decant.
In Portugal, this, and the various Borba flavours, are everywhere you look, so it's harder to approach it with an open mind, but I will try.
This just reminds me, really, of "generic wine" - a little better than you might get from a box (although some boxes are quite expensive and decent now) - but, even though it's a cheapie, there are better to be had at this price - that said, if it's the one on the wine list at a cheap eaterie, it's an OK drop that's not getting in the way of anything.
  • xScottx commented:

    4/2/16, 2:55 PM - This is an excellent note for one of the most ubiquitous wines in Portugal.

Red
1985 António Augusto Nunes Maia Bairrada Quinta Nunes Maia Garrafeira Red Blend
11/11/2015 - Claw Dee Puss Likes this wine:
89 points
2 hour decant. 11.5% - Bairrada. Bottle 4384.
Once in a while I see these lonely, old, barely labelled bottles in the corner of a shop, so I buy them to put them out of their misery - and you never know.
Red with a little bricking - thin, elegant legs - not much in the nose, maybe some blackcurrant - thin and light and lively - surprisingly youthful - somewhat acid, but a nice background note of cherries - edgy - long finish.
On the back above the signature of Snr Maia there's talk (I translate) of "making a wine of which we can be proud for its authenticity and quality" - mission accomplished!
  • xScottx commented:

    11/11/15, 1:42 PM - Awesome tasting note, did you get this from Dom Julio?

Red
2006 Clarendon Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Hickinbotham
9/2/2015 - rubipy wrote:
Kind of a train wreck of green stem and very extracted dark purple jam. Give it 20 years?
  • xScottx commented:

    10/29/15, 3:11 PM - One of the better tasting notes I have read on cellartracker.
    Thank you

Red
2013 Mollydooker Shiraz Carnival of Love McLaren Vale
5/18/2015 - xScottx wrote:
50 points
16.5% ABV.
It's like they are trying to make a Banyuls without fortification. What is the fucking point?
Nose - blackberry jam, black fruit sugar syrup, clove.
Palate - jam, chocolate, mon cheri, so sweet, chocolate ganache, blueberry sugar syrup, liquid popsicle.

Nasty. Go melt a fucking popsicle, way cheaper.

LWF, London
  • xScottx commented:

    8/28/15, 9:00 AM - Sure thing.

Red
2011 Casa Ferreirinha Douro Quinta da Leda Red Blend
4/27/2015 - xScottx wrote:
45% Touriga Franca, 40% Touriga Nacional , 15% Tinta Roriz

Robert Parker/Mark Squires 95 points seems a excessive.

This is a good, concentrated Douro blend, I was expecting much more complexity. Kinda feels like the Touriga Nacional is dominating at the moment, will probably gain complexity with age.
High acid, med+ tannin, black fruits, spice, ripe fruits, floral, plum, chocolate, vanilla, oak, licorice. Stiff tannins, could age for some years yet.
  • xScottx commented:

    6/24/15, 10:54 AM - I mean, it's a good wine right now, perfectly enjoyable at this moment in time. I think it will probably be better at around 10 years old, no idea when it will be at its best, but certainty will age for many years. I actually really need to try this wine again, I just remember it being so plain when I was expecting something super expressive, mainly because of all the hype of 2011.

    It was my first time drinking Qta da Leda, so I really don't know *how good* it normally is.

    I have had the Duas Quintas Reserva 2012 twice within the past few months and I remember that being much more interesting. Would fun to try the 2011.

  • xScottx commented:

    6/24/15, 11:02 AM - I should also add, I don't know if you subscribe to Jancisrobinson.com, but she and her main Portugal reviewer seemed to disagree a bit over the wine. Jancis saying drink between 2015-2019 (15.5+ pts) and Julia Harding, with a much more positive review said 2017-2030 (17+ pts).

  • xScottx commented:

    6/28/15, 1:07 PM - What wines have you recently been disappointed by? I read your comments on Pera Manca, which I thought was pretty interesting. I have never tasted it but would love to do it blind with some other Alentejo wines mixed in.
    I find somewhat difficult to get excited about the few "icon" wines that exist here in Portugal - Particularly Barca Velha and Pera Manca. I cannot understand how Barca Velha is even relevant these days (indeed, perhaps it isn't). Sogrape released a new "icon" wine (really just a brand) a few vintages ago called Legado, which is ambitiously priced at 150-250 euro, not sure if you are familiar with it. It seems to merit this price simply because Sogrape says so. I really think they should try harder, and actually build something into an icon, somewhat like what is perhaps happening with Qta Vale Meao and Chryseia (Massive boost from 2011 reviews, lets see if this is sustained over the next ~5 years!)

  • xScottx commented:

    7/12/15, 9:00 AM - I had this wine again the other night.

    It is a really good wine. Very enjoyable. Would not mind putting away a number of bottles.

    Super dense, super concentrated. I still think the dominant aspect of this wine right now is the overt Touriga Nacional notes, which is fine, but can get tiresome.

Red
2011 Amareleza Vinhos Alentejo Monte Do Amante Colheita Red Blend
3/18/2015 - Claw Dee Puss wrote:
83 points
This had what I can only describe as a background smell of "fishtanks". Aside from that, it's OK, but not worthy of any more keystrokes.
  • xScottx commented:

    3/25/15, 11:03 AM - Excellent tasting note.

Red
2012 Herdade da Maroteira Alentejo Cem Reis Reserva Syrah
1/28/2015 - xScottx wrote:
Modern syrah, fairly concentrated, but not super complex. Notes of ripe black fruits, black and white pepper. 15% alcohol is a bit hot.
  • xScottx commented:

    1/29/15, 7:42 AM - Yes! I took a weekend trip out to Marvão and Castelo de Vide with a stop in Portalegre. Dom Julio is a very interesting shop, lots of interesting wines. I bought a bottle of the Adega Coop. Portalegre "Portalegre" DOC wine, 2000 vintage. Really superb wine, very surprising.

    About the Cem Reis, I think holding it could certainly benefit the wine, hopefully further integrating the alcohol and building some tertiary complexity and general finesse.

Red - Fortified
1985 Warre Porto Vintage Port Blend
12/25/2014 - Claw Dee Puss wrote:
90 points
Well. I can't help but say I was somewhat disappointing with this. Of course, it's a decent enough drink, but I was expecting more - more style, more finesse, more panache, more finish. For 30 years old, intellectually, it's amazing how red and fruity it still is, but I get a lot more enjoyment from what happens in my nose and mouth than in my brain. I don't regret having it, and it's not a bad price, but 3 bottles of crusted are better value than this.
  • xScottx commented:

    1/10/15, 2:44 PM - A week in the decanter sounds insane.

  • xScottx commented:

    1/12/15, 1:40 PM - Do you find this to be an improvement for all vintage ports or particularly aged ones?

Red
1990 Fundação Abreu Callado Vinho Regional Alentejano Red Blend
9/27/2014 - Claw Dee Puss Likes this wine:
89 points
A deep, full wine still youthful after 24 years - cherries with the odd blackcurrant.
  • xScottx commented:

    9/30/14, 1:03 AM - Did you have this 'cellared' or did you purchase it recently? (and if so, where?)

  • xScottx commented:

    10/2/14, 7:23 AM - Very interesting! Thanks for investigating that and reporting back.
    Maybe this calls for a trip out to Portalegre to investigate?

White
2011 Herdade do Esporão Verdelho V Vinho Regional Alentejano
So yeah. I love verdelho/verdejo as a general rule. Nothing like a great Rueda. And this is nothing like a great Rueda. Very modern (smells like inoculated aromatic yeasts, added acid and cold fermentation), noticeably high ABV on the aroma & palate (nail polish, even, though no VA). Not offensively fruited (green apple, herbs, apricot), but just not delicious and vivacious like I wanted. A good try, but not a re-buy. Maybe the Alentejo is not suited to growing verdelho.
  • xScottx commented:

    1/29/14, 11:09 AM - You understand that verdelho and verdejo are completely different grapes? So no wonder this is nothing like Rueda.

White
2011 Bodegas Ximenez-Spinola Exceptional Harvest Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Pedro Ximénez
I've had my share of weird wines over the last couple of years, primarily to expand my 'taste-database'. However this time I'm lost for words to describe this Ximenez. Therefore I'd call this a one-hit-surprise for the average (non-Jerez) wine consumer. No rating.
  • xScottx commented:

    11/25/13, 10:09 PM - Any tasting notes?

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