Tasting Notes for Daniel Cecavac

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2016 Vina Gašpar Vergolas Cuvée Vinogorje Vrgorac Srednja i južna Dalmacija Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
9/7/2019 - Daniel Cecavac Likes this wine:
92 points
VERGOLAS Cuvée is a Bordeaux blend of 60% of Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot with a dash of local Plavka (10%). The wine comes from the outstanding 2016 vintage and has been aged for 16 months in 100% new oak. Unfined and unfiltered. 150 cases produced. 14,1% abv.

Deep ruby with dense tears. The nose delivers loads of dark fruits (blackberries, bramble, plums), cocoa beans, burning embers with roasted coffee and marzipan notes. The wine is medium (+) bodied with medium (+) acidity and firm but silky texture. Again dark fruits, toast and tobacco. The palate is well balanced with fine-grained ripe tannins and chocolaty notes on the finish.

Still primary with some tertiary presence of deliberate oxidation (chocolate, marzipan, walnuts). Lovely. Drink now - 2025. 92+
8/28/2019 - Daniel Cecavac Likes this wine:
91 points
Gaspar's Plavka (Plavina) is indigenous grape variety from central Dalmatia in Croatia. The vineyard is located in Vrgorac area in a picturesque village of Umčani distant only 6 km from the beautiful Adriatic coastline. The vineyard was planted in 1952. Organic approach is used, green harvest is common and the grapes are hand harvested.

The wine is deeply-inky coloured with oily legs, 14,5 % abv. and pH of 3,25. Concentrated with plush ripe black cherries, plums and figs. There's some bacon fat followed by the kick of wild flowers and liquorice. The palate is vibrant with medium (+) acidity, medium (+) body and medium (+) flavour intensity. The tannins are medium with a velvet texture. Nicely integrated oak with some cloves and chocolate notes. The finish is medium.

Well balanced and juicy. Very good wine. Will improve with additional ageing. Drink from 2021. cca 2000 bottles made. 91+
1/15/2016 - Daniel Cecavac wrote:
88 points
Light, ruby colour. On the nose, lots of cherry, sweet spices, baked cake, vanilla, toasted oak, chocolate, red fruits, almonds, undergrowth. Cedar, red fruits, chewy and chalky. Tannic and austere, lacks in depth and disappoints in finish. Drink now - 2018
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2010 Château Potensac Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/11/2016 - Daniel Cecavac wrote:
89 points
Decanted for 3 hours. Ruby red/purple colour, quite youthful appearance. Loads of fruits, blueberries, blackberries, then cherry, kirsch, graphite, mint, olive tapenade. On the palate, very backward, medium bodied with firm tannins, cedar, toast, medium acidity, very dry finish with some heat. Needs time. Will try another bottle in 3-4 years.
1/8/2016 - Daniel Cecavac Likes this wine:
91 points
13,5% abv, unfiltered. Plenty of stone fruits on the nose, apricots & pears, then, vanilla, green banana and pineapple followed by yeast and breadcrumbs. Buttery, nice freshness, crisp acid, red apple, full body and citrusy, pleasant orange notes on the medium+ finish. Lovely wine. Still full of life!
2003 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/4/2016 - Daniel Cecavac Likes this wine:
91 points
Decanted for a few hours. Deep purple colour with no sign of ageing. A lots of sediment. On the nose, mostly herbal aromas of green bell pepper and asparagus, then cherry, red fruits, tobacco, and liquorice very Cabernet bouquet. Nice mouthfeel, lovely balance and clarity, juicy, cedar, blackberry, velvety tannins, medium acidity, full body, medium+ aftertaste. Very good wine with nice future ahead. This will improve. Drink 2017 - 2020
1/3/2016 - Daniel Cecavac Likes this wine:
91 points
Intense deep purple colour, very inky, paints your hole glass. Decanted for 3+ hours. Lovely seductive aromas of mulberry, creme de cassis, toasted oak and marzipan. Very nice barrel, suppose better percentage of new oak used. On the palate, pleasant freshness, nice mouthfeel, juicy, chewy and meaty tannins, medium acidy. Round and spicy. Medium finish. Still a baby. Drink 2018 - 2025
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1998 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Decanted for 2 hours. Ruby red, slight discolouration. Very closed on the nose, subtle. Forest floor, tobacco, fruit cake. Thin on the mid palate, grippy tannins, low acidity, very short finish. This is not going to be better, so drink up.
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2001 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/1/2016 - Daniel Cecavac wrote:
91 points
Great cork. Decanted for 3-4 hours. Dark garnet with minimal bricking on the rim. Earthy, heavy aromas of tobacco, cedar, pencil shavings, then dark fruits, blackcurrant, blackberries, some herbal note in the background (green bell pepper, dry herbs). Grippy austere tannins, medium acidity, some bitterness on the finish. Drink now - 2018
1999 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/30/2015 - Daniel Cecavac wrote:
90 points
Perfect cork. Decanted for 1h. Deep garnet, dark cherry core, slight discolouration around the rim. On the nose, heavy barnyard, violets at first. After 2 more hours in decanter, aromas of coffee beans, beef blood, iron, casis with a hint of tomato leaf and green pepper. On the palate, resolved dusty tannins, higher acidity, deep flavours of casis, leather, cigar box, black pepper spice. A bit thin on the mid palate, lacking persistence. Finish medium+ A good wine from not so good vintage. Fully mature. At its peak. Drink now or hold another 2-3 years.
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