Tasting Notes for wineman73

(108 notes on 99 wines)

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Red
5/11/2019 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
93 points
Dark garnet red in color. The nose presents smell of dark red fruits, chocolate and hint of coffee. The mouth feel is rich and lasting with medium tannins. Decanted and tasted at opening, 3hr and 24 hours. Tasted the majority at the 24 hour mark and it was fantastic! Intense flavors of black cherry jam, huckleberry, milk chocolate, bitter chocolate and slight hint of lavender. A fantastic wine that could age another 10 years. score 93
Red
4/20/2019 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
94 points
Garnet red in color with no bricking. Very aromatic with notes of cherry, huckleberry and black jelly bean. Medium tannins with medium acidity. Tasting revealed notes of cheery, boysenberry, dark fruits wit subtle hint of dark chocolate and leather. Still young and should age another 10 years. Score 94
Red
3/10/2019 - wineman73 wrote:
92 points
Very young looking in the glass. really opened up nicely after 6 hours of air. Nice scents and tastes of cherry, other red fruits and rose petal. delicious
Red
3/10/2019 - wineman73 wrote:
93 points
Very nice wine that looks young win the glass. Nice aroma of red fruits, game and pepper. The taste was silky offering flavors of red fruit, game meat and pepper.
Red
7/14/2018 - wineman73 wrote:
94 points
excellent. Full of chocolate and cherry
Red
3/14/2018 - wineman73 wrote:
94 points
Delicious! Dark garnet color. Lots of licorice and dark fruits on the nose. Taste was rich with black jelly bean, dark cherry, vanilla and other dark fruits. Score 94
Red
3/14/2018 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
92 points
Nice garnet red color with little to no bricking. The nose provided scents of olive, game meat, and dark fruit and subtle violet note. The feel in mouth was medium with no tannins with flavors of red and dark fruits, game meat, and tapenade. Solid wine drink now until 2028. Score 92
Red
3/11/2018 - wineman73 wrote:
93 points
red garnet color with some bricking. tremendous amount of coffee on the nose with rose pedal and red fruits. The taste is silky smooth with minor tannins. flavors of milf chocolate, cherry, expresso. drink now score 93
White
3/9/2018 - wineman73 wrote:
93 points
Wow... this is a legitimate mind freak! The color is a beautiful vibrant gold. No sign of oxidation. The nose has very subtle hints of citrus fruit primarily dried pineapple and dried pear and wood. Most of the nose present elucidates smell of minerals and fresh cashews. Medium to full body in the mouth. The taste provides flavors of oak, minerals, dried pineapple, subtle hint of butterscotch and warm cashews. A nice finish that provides the aforementioned flavors with a hint of lemon zest. This wine is delicious! If I were tasting blind, I would have guessed 10 year old US California Chardonnay with partial malo fermentation. Hard to believe this is a 20 year old Pinot Blanc from California! Drink now Score 93 points
Red
2009 Maison Champy Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
3/4/2018 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
93 points
dark garnet red color. decanted for 3 hours. tremendous amounts of truffle and white pepper on the nose with hints of cranberry. The mouth feel was medium but full of flavor which consisted of white pepper, truffle, dried cranberry wet stone. A very nice wine with great complexity. Drink now til 2028. Score 93
Red
3/4/2018 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful red color with very subtle bricking. A nice smell of warmed strawberries jam, rose water, and other red fruits. The mouth feel was rich with a nice finish. Very good acidity and nice finish. The taste consisted of rich red fruits heavily weighted with strawberry and cherry. Drink now. Score 93
Red
3/4/2018 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
92 points
a nice garnet red color. Lots of red fruits and earth on the nose. rich mouth feel with taste of red fruits especially cherry and some forest floor. structured well with a nice finish. decant for at least 3 hours. drink now through 2028. Score 92
White
3/2/2018 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautiful straw color. An aroma consisting of honeysuckle, grapefruit, cantaloupe and hint of apricot. light to medium feel in the mouth with some acidity. The taste provides flavors of cantaloupe, grapefruit, worthers candy and a subtle hint of oak. Nice finish. Great with roasted beets and goat cheese. Drink now-2019. Score 91
Red
2/24/2018 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted for 4 hours. The 2009 Reynolds Family Cab Franc is a black cherry red color. The nose provides scents of blueberry, cherry, chocolate and cola. The taste is rich and luscious, mild tannins with flavors of sweet cherry, bitter chocolate, pie crust, dark fruits, with a light medicinal component. Nice finish Drinking nicely. Decant for at least 3 hours. Drink now to 2023. Score 93
White
2/23/2018 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
92 points
A straw yellow color with medium viscosity. The nose smells of dried pineapple, toasted coconut, butterscotch and a hint of lemon curd and mango. The mouth feel is medium and rich. delicious! The taste provided flavors of minerals, wet rock, butterscotch, candied pineapple, toasted coconut, and slight taste of tart apple. very nice acidity. Drinking well now. Drink now until 2024. Score 92
Red
2/23/2018 - wineman73 wrote:
92 points
Dark cherry in color. Nose elucidated scents of black fruit and vanilla. Medium acidy and medium mouth feel. Not overly extracted. Nice taste of vanilla, boysenberry and blackberry. No signs of age here. Decant for at least 3 hours. Drink now - 2030. Score 92
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White
2/23/2018 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
93 points
An awesome chardonnay! a beautiful yellow color with a pronounced nose of green fruits and candied pineapple. The taste was similar in profile with a nice finish. Score 93
Red
2/23/2018 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful garnet color with very little bricking. The nose and taste were similar, which was composed of dark chocolate covered cherry, espresso, and tobacco leaf. A wonderful mouth feel and finish. Drink now through 2020. Score 94
White
1/7/2018 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautiful gold color with smell of tart pear, apple and honeysuckle. Taste provided flavors of pear, mineral and a slight taste of white peach. Very nice acidity and body. Can age another 10 years. Score 92
Red
The 1989 Forman was a medium garnet red that had very little bricking. The nose after decanting for 2 hrs provided a wonderful smell of leather, cherry and chocolate. The mouth feel was soft with flavors of lavender, cherry, tobacco, some vanilla and other red fruits. The wine should be had over the next 2-3 years. A wonderful wine to smell and drink. score 93
Red
9/22/2017 - wineman73 wrote:
93 points
Beautiful garnet red color with medium viscosity. Nose offering chocolate and cherry. The taste provided a velvety medium-heavy feel wth flavors of chocolate cherry and other red fruits. A nice round silky finish. A very nice wine! Drink over the next 5 years. Score 93.
Red
9/4/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
94 points
Not as good as the last one I had months back but still exceptional! Beautiful garnet red with very minor bricking. After 3 hours in the decanter, the nose provided scents of red fruits, forest floor, chocolate. The taste provided flavors of dark cherries, tobacco, leather, and chocolate. Drink now. Score 94
White
8/25/2017 - wineman73 wrote:
89 points
A beautiful light gold color. The nose has scents of candied grapefruit, passion fruit, and honey. The mouth feel is light with decent acidity. Flavors of dried grapefruit, wet stone and honey. Not a big finish. This wine is at peak and on the back end of peak. It has held up well for being ten years old! Very nice with avocado, sun dried tomatoes and crab or langoustine with grapefruit reduction. Score 89
Red
8/24/2017 - wineman73 wrote:
91 points
Decanted for 2 hours . A black red color with good viscosity. The nose presents scents of cola, olive, blackberry, black currants, and vanilla. The taste provided medium mouth feel, average acidity, and medium tannins. The flavors on the palate were blackberry, cherry cola, and vanilla. This wine is best with salty and fatty food. Still had very good life, which I suspect at least 10 more years. Score 91
White
8/12/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
95 points
Hanzell Visit and Tasting (Hanzell Estate Sonoma California): A pale yellow colored wine, which was made from chardonnay planted in 1972. Only 25% malolactic fermentation. A single vineyard offering that is spectacular on the nose and the palate! A very fragrant nose that provided scents of peach, pear, and minerals. A beautiful nose! The taste provided a wonderful balance of acidity and mouth feel. Very pronounced flavors of peach, pear, other green fruits, some minerality. A long finish! Awesome wine that can age another 10 years. Very impressionable! Score 95
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Red
8/12/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
92 points
Hanzell Visit and Tasting (Hanzell Estate Sonoma California): A translucent red color with medium viscosity. The smell provided scents of tobacco, leather, cranberry, and cherry. The mouth feel was light to medium. Not overly extracted like most California Pinot Noir, which is nice! Burgundy style! Very nice flavors of tart cherry, vanilla, earth and minerals. Has opportunity to get really nice over the next 7-10 years. Score 92
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White
8/12/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
92 points
Hanzell Visit and Tasting (Hanzell Estate Sonoma California): A pale yellow colored wine. The nose presented aromas of lemon curd, tropical fruits and a hint of honeysuckle. The mouth feel was light to medium with very good acidity. Very nice flavors of kumquat, slight note of pineapple and a finish which tasted like toasted marshmallow. Not overly creamy and well balanced! A wine that can age another 10 years. Score 92
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White
8/12/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
90 points
Hanzell Visit and Tasting (Hanzell Estate Sonoma California): Our first tasting at the winery. The Sebella is from new chardonnay vines planted just next to the Ambassador Vineyard. A light straw colored wine that provides aroma of green apple, candied lime, and other tropical notes. The wine does not go through malolactic fermentation, so the taste provides refreshing, crisp flavors of green pear, green fruits with some light mineral notes. Very nice acidity! A solid wine, which should be enjoyed over the next 3 years. Score 90
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Red
8/11/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
94 points
Reynolds Family Visit and Tasting (Reynolds Family Winery Napa California): Wow - A nice wine! A dark deep red colored wine with a fragrant nose of chocolate, cherry, raspberry, with a hint of herbaceous notes. The mouth feel was medium to heavy with very nice tannins. This wine is nicely balanced with good acidity and tannins. Very delicious flavors of black cherries, vanilla, chocolate and a very nice finish with a hint of expresso and mint. This should age another 10-15 years. Score 94
Red
8/11/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
94 points
Reynolds Family Visit and Tasting (Reynolds Family Winery Napa California): 100% French oaked. A dark red color lacking translucency. A very fragrant wine. A beautiful nose of cherry and other dark red fruits. The mouth feel was medium to heavy with light to medium tannins and subtle acidity. Wonderful flavors on the palate of dark cherry, vanilla, and pencil lead. Not sure this one will age more than 10 years. Very approachable now. Score 94
Red
8/11/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
93 points
Reynolds Family Visit and Tasting (Reynolds Family Winery Napa California): Another nice wine from Reynolds. 80% French oak aged. a garnet red color cab with a nose providing scents of cassis, cocoa, and licorice. a silky medium mouth feel. Very approachable with light tannins and decent acidity. The taste provided flavors of cherry, tart blueberry, blackberry and a hint of eucalyptus. The wine had a subtle medicinal undertone. Very nice! Drink now and over next 10 years. Score 93
Red
8/11/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
92 points
Reynolds Family Visit and Tasting (Reynolds Family Winery Napa California): Dark garnet red. Fragrant nose of coffee, lavender, cocoa and dark fruits. Very good tannins and structure. The taste provide flavors of cherry, raspberry, lavender, and cocoa. A silky medium mouth feel with good acidity. Should age well over the next 10 years. Score 92
Red
8/11/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
90 points
Reynolds Family Visit and Tasting (Reynolds Family Winery Napa California): Black-red in color. A nice nose with scents of magnolia, rose petal, plum and chocolate. Robust tannins which must be a product of a nice vintage. Medium weight in the mouth with flavors of rose water, plum, red fruits and wet stone. A good wine. Score 90
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Red
8/11/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
92 points
Reynolds Family Visit and Tasting (Reynolds Family Winery Napa California): A translucent garnet red with a pronounced nose of strawberry and cranberry. The taste was nicely balanced- not a fruit bomb- with flavors of cranberry, cedar, graphite and strawberry. Very good acidity. should age nicely over the next 5-7 years. Score 92
Red
8/20/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
89 points
Dark brick red color with light bricking on the edge. Medium viscosity. a swirl of the glass provided scents of over right plum, coffee and chocolate. The taste provided a light to medium mouth feel with medium tannins. Favors of plum, tart cherry, leather, expresso and bitter chocolate. Not a very long finish. The nose was also some what muted. This a wine at the end of its life. Drink now. Score 89
Red
2013 Signorello Estate Padrone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
8/11/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
94 points
Signorello Estate (5 course lunch food and wine pairing) (Signorello Estate): Dark garnet red in color. The 2013 Padrone Estate is a blend of 92% cabernet sauvignon, 5% merlot, and 3% cab franc. Medium to heavy viscosity. The nose was a mixture of rose petal, black currant, blackberry and earth. The taste provided flavors of dark fruits, vanilla and a hint of black cherry. A nice luscious finish. The wine was structure well and had very nice tannins, which paired well with the Wagyu grilled meat. This wine is built to age. A nice wine from a great vintage. Age another 20-25 years. Score 94.
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Red
8/11/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
92 points
Signorello Estate (5 course lunch food and wine pairing) (Signorello Estate): A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cab Franc, and 6% merlot and is aged in French oak. The color was a dark ruby red with very nice viscosity. A nice nose of lavender, leather, and red dark fruits. The taste provided flavors of cherries, raspberry, and a hint of dark chocolate. Score 92.
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Red
8/11/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
92 points
Signorello Estate (5 course lunch food and wine pairing) (Signorello Estate): A translucent garnet red and did not appear to be overly extracted like most California Pinot Noir. The nose presented scents of warm cherry jam, orange zest, and a little wet stone. The taste provided nice acidity and paired well with the salmon in bacon sauce. The wine flavors on the palate consisted of cranberry, strawberry and minerals. This wine had a Burgundy vibe on the nose and palate. Drink over the next 5-7 years. Score 92
White
8/11/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
94 points
Signorello Estate (5 course lunch food and wine pairing) (Signorello Estate): A very nice chardonnay that was a beautiful gold color. A wonderful aroma of apple crisp and white peach. The taste was fantastic with flavors of caramelized apple and peach. The wine had a really nice silky finish. A very well made Chardonnay with only partial malolactic fermentation. Very good structure and acidity. This wine can age another 10 years. Score 94
White
2014 Signorello Estate Seta Napa Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/11/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
91 points
Signorello Estate (5 course lunch food and wine pairing) (Signorello Estate): A blend of 58% Sauvignon Blanc and 42% Semillon. A yellow straw color with scents of candied orange, honey suckle and grape fruit. Nice crisp acidity and flavors of crème fraiche, grape fruit, tropical fruits and some mineral notes. The wine complimented the dish, which was a pan seared jumbo prawn with fennel, lemon and capers. The dish really made the wines tropical notes and acidity pop. Score 91
White
8/11/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
92 points
Signorello Estate (5 course lunch food and wine pairing) (Signorello Estate): A really interesting white blend, which is a yellow straw color. Uvaggio Estate contains 4 different varietals, which include Semilon, Chardonnay, Viognier, and Sauvignon Blanc. The nose has nice aromas of pear, almonds, lemon grass and additional floral notes. The wine has very nice acidity and is light to medium in the mouth. A nice crisp flavor of pineapple, pear, minerals, and tart apple. A very nice finish. This was a really interesting wine! A wine that was enjoyed by everyone in our group. A nice surprise! I would drink this over the next 5 years. Score 92
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Red
8/10/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
97 points
Fairchild Wine Tasting (St Helena California): The last wine of our tasting with Lawrence Fairchild was the 2015 Stone 3. Lawrence was very generous to let us try his newest offering from Fairchild wine. The Stone 3 is a wine that is made with fruit from the famous Tenche vineyard. This is another incredible offering from Fairchild! The nose was very pronounced with beautiful red and dark fruits. It also had very good acidity. It was not overly extracted, which allowed for an exposure to many different flavors of dark fruit and hints of leather and spice. This one is also one that will evolve wonderfully over time. These are wines that will age well compared to many other small production Napa cabs. Another great wine! Score 97
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Red
8/10/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
98 points
Fairchild Wine Tasting (St Helena California): Wow, Wow, Wow! This has to be in the top 5 of all the wines I have had in my life. I would not normally be that over the top with a young cab, but this one made a lasting impression. I have had the opportunity to drink a lot of very nice “cult” cabs and prestigious first growth Bordeaux with many scoring 100 points. I recently did a double blind tasting of 10 different 95+ Napa cabs from the epic 2013 vintage. Although this one is from 2014, it was above and beyond any of those 2013 95+ Napa cabs. The wine was a dark, deep garnet red with a nose that was subtle compared to what it had to offer inside of the mouth. The taste was an explosion of flavors with nice gripping tannins. The fruit did not overwhelm like the other young cult cabs I have tried in the past. Flavors of ripe blueberries, blackberries, milk chocolate and a hint of leather tantalized the taste buds. On the nose and palate, the wine did not give the impression that it was overly extracted. The presentation of flavors seemed to be diverse and perfect! This is fruit from prestigious Pritchard Hill vines and it did not disappoint! Awesome acidity and structure that had a lasting finish. A finish that seemed like 2 minutes. This is a wine that will be amazing with 10 years of age. I would not be surprised if this is scored 100 points down the road! I can only imagine the layers of secondary flavors that will evolve from this one! Too bad we have no time machine to 2024. Nevertheless, patience will be highly rewarded. Incredible!! Score 98
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Red
8/10/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
95 points
Fairchild Wine Tasting (St Helena California): Tasted this wine with the other Fairchild wines from 2014. This is another exceptional wine from the Fairchild line up. Awesome color and nose. Very bright red fruit flavors expressed on the nose. The color was dark red and lacked translucency. The taste was fantastic with medium tannins and nice balanced acidity. The deep rich taste provided flavors of tobacco, cherry, and cassis berry. Score 95
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Red
8/10/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
94 points
Fairchild Wine Tasting (St Helena California): After tasting the Sigaro, I was expecting a more masculine wine. I was pleasantly surprised by its "dandy" characteristics. It was neither masculine or feminine. After seeing, smelling and tasting, the wine seemed to take on characteristics of both, which was awesome! The color was a dark ruby red with medium viscosity. The nose was filled with scents of violets, boysenberry, blueberry and other dark fruits. The taste provided a balance of acidity and mouth feel, which was not heavy and overly extracted. The tannins were neutral. I would describe as a 3 on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being strong tannins. You were able to taste fruit in a way, which allowed you to appreciate the other characteristics of the wine. There were significant layers of rich chocolate covered cherries, graphite, and blackberry. A nice finish as well! This is a very good wine! If drinking now, I would decant for at least 3 hours. Delicious! Score 94
Red
8/10/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
93 points
Fairchild Wine Tasting (St Helena California): A beautiful ruby red color that had very good viscosity. The smell of the wine was wonderful with scents of dark berries. The taste was not overpowering for a young cab, which was surprising considering that the wine lacked transparency in the glass with a very pronounced nose. The acidity was on target and the mouth feel was medium to heavy. Flavors of dark fruits exploded on the palate with a nice finish of blackberry, dark cherries and chocolate. This is a very nice wine and can age another 20 years. Score 93
Red
8/10/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
93 points
Corison Winery Tasting (St Helena California): This is Corison’s featured cabernet. It is a wonderful wine that has proper balance and structure. The color was a dark red. The smell of this wine offered pencil lead, cherry and black currants. The mouth feel was soft with rich layers of licorice, vanilla and other dark fruits. Very nice finish as well. Score 93
Red
8/10/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
94 points
Corison Winery Tasting (St Helena California): This wine had a more purplish hue to its visual presentation. I was excited to try the 2013 because it was such a great vintage. I have also tasted many 2013 California cabs that were really nice. This one did not disappoint! The nose contained flavors of vanilla, wet stone and rich dark fruits. Awesome acidity and structure. The taste provided flavors of vanilla, cherry and bitter chocolate. This is one that will age well and I suspect will have more flavors once aged. Also, the wine was decanted only for 2 hours prior to our tasting. I am very happy that I have some of these to rest in my cellar for the next 6 years plus. Score 94
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Red
8/10/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
92 points
Corison Winery Tasting (St Helena California): A beautiful red garnet color with a nose full of leather, lavender, cherry and other dark red fruits. The taste was very balanced. The age on this wine allowed it to present with multiple layers of flavor. The wine was soft and elegant on the palate with mild tannins and some acidity. The flavors consisted of dark red fruits (cherry) and other fruits like blueberry and plum. I also found that there were some medicinal undertones on the finish, which was quite nice. This wine should be had over the next 5 years. Very nice! Score 92
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White
8/10/2017 - wineman73 Likes this wine:
92 points
Corison Winery Tasting (St Helena California): The wine has very little color, which was a very light pale yellow. It had a very vibrant nose, which expressed flavors of violet, hibiscus, honey suckle and rose petal. The wine aroma was very floral. This is a dry wine that should be appreciated with food. I had the opportunity to taste with and without food. It is amazing how different this wine is with the right food. The acidity profile compliments it greatly with food. The taste provides nice acidity with crisp floral flavors of lavender, hibiscus, and passion fruit. A very nice wine! Score 92
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