Tasting Notes for peetee

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2004 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/30/2020 - peetee wrote:
92 points
Classic grand cru Bordeaux. If tastes blind I might have pitched it as a St Julian. Lean and graceful. Classic and elegant. Big on tannins, but cassis fruits and cigar box cedar intrude just before it gets too much. Perfect now if you like the true grittiness of classy medoc... maybe a little more length and purity of fruit (as with the 2005).. bit really satisfying!
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Red
2/17/2020 - peetee wrote:
90 points
Deeper ruby than some Nero d’avolas.. full aroma of chocolate pepper and blackberry. Really full and rounded on the palate with long flavours And noticeable smokey oak with still the characteristic “mineral” notes of the oceans and good acidity alongside. Great value. Intriguing.
Red
1/11/2020 - peetee Likes this wine:
90 points
Must be my 6th bottle and still a little confused. Such a glorious aroma. Earthy, exotic and complex. And the palate starts with gorgeous cherry raspberry and spicy notes with well integrated soft tannins. But then it seems to move to a more sour, cranberry like flavour that clashes and seems to exaggerate the tannins. Fontodi are without doubt my favourite Tuscan and probably Italian producer. Maybe I should have drunk these earlier.... but then I would have missed that incredible nose!... hey ho! The joys of fine wine!
Red
2007 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/3/2020 - peetee Likes this wine:
93 points
Tasted first on pouring on day one. But scored on day 2. The wine presents great elegance for the vintage. Beautifully resolved tannins and PC have managed to use the greenness of the vintage alongside lovely bright cherry and raspberry fruits to create a wine that gives length and complexity. Fantastic effort! Be sure to decant and air well to get this at its best. Very close to peak “in my humble opinion”
Red
10/14/2019 - peetee Likes this wine:
90 points
Bright nose of dark berries and earthy notes. Restrained, fresh and balanced on the palate. Fair bit of oak but fruit is of high quality. Would expect this to age well for 5+ years. Long. Love Casals del Bosque wines. They seem to be moving to fresher styles making most of cooler climate.
Red
1982 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/28/2012 - peetee Likes this wine:
92 points
Magnum. Decanted for two hours to go with roast sirloin of beef. I was worried at first from other notes that this had dried out. First sip immediately after decanting was disappointingly coarse and flavourless. But, after the two hours this came alive. Lovely dark black fruits, cassis and cedar on the nose (classic) which set up the palate of blackcurrant with hint of spiciness. A little restrained but elegant and went well with the beef.
Red - Fortified
12/28/2012 - peetee wrote:
95 points
Again this was lovely and (viewing my last note) this time much more harmonious. I still find a taste in there slightly dominant to the others.... is it the spice... or perhaps a bacon or meatiness. Any way this time I found it intriguing and classy. Classic christmas cake and brandy nose and intense black fruits and spice (cloves?) flavours.
Red
1990 Domaine Louis Remy Latricières-Chambertin Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
12/25/2012 - peetee Likes this wine:
95 points
I had 2 bottles. The first was decanted for 2 hours and consumed with christmas turkey. The first: Retrained, aged and beautifully textured - I would score this 92, but the second was popped and poured (guests were thirstier than I had expected) and was much more forthcoming: beautiful and intoxicating perfume of red fruits and spice with silky exotic palate. 95 is for the second - the lesson, don't decant 22 year old burgundy for very long if at all.
White
12/28/2012 - peetee wrote:
93 points
twisted and poured. Gorgeous clean floral nose evolving beautifully in the glass. I love the minerality and freshness. Yes it will keep but is fantastic right now, why wait?
White
7/8/2012 - peetee wrote:
88 points
elegant and balanced but not as intense as previous vintages. Good finish, but I don't get the length or the acidity (again in comparison with other vintages) that others have found. Good for drinking on its own. Good wine but not great.
Red
6/23/2012 - peetee wrote:
92 points
Excellent value Barolo. Still very young, but showing all the familiar Barolo characteristics of cherry, floral perfume and leather and herbs on the nose. Excellent tannins and grip, gorgeous mid palate and length. Real class. Prefer this to the 04 and 06 as the only other two vintages tasted (albeit without notes so from memory!). Beautifully balanced finish.
Red
6/17/2012 - peetee wrote:
95 points
Colour now showing maturity. Beautiful aromas of cherry and licorice and earth. Great structure and length combined with elegance. Drinking really well at the moment but with years still to go. Very classy indeed.
Red
1996 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/29/2012 - peetee wrote:
93 points
This is now developing some fantastic mature flavours. Some maturity now evident on the rim. After a 3 hour decant gave up glorious cedar and black fruits aromas. Beautiful balance on the palate with layers of cassis, smoke and herbs. Still very vibrant with good tannins - I expect this to keep for further 10 years and really looking forward to the remaining bottles over that time. I am glad I bought these as an ex chateau offer from BBR. 93+
Red
2003 Château Clerc Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/28/2011 - peetee wrote:
92 points
Classic Pauillac nose of cassis and cigar box with cherry and leather. Colour and nose suggest ready to drink but tannins are still bold and you feel there is still more flavours to evolve. But lovely silky mouthfeel nonetheless. great value for a very classy wine. Some exotic notes that remind one of the vintage, but more classic bordeaux than other wines of the same year. Moreish, wish I had more.
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Red
9/3/2011 - peetee wrote:
93 points
Definitely needs 2 hours+ decant. Agree that this is probably at peak but should remain there for 5 years or so. Somewhat closed on this occasion but still showing great class. Opened up through the evening. Touch of brick maturity now on the rim. Although slightly closed, nose and flavours blended blackcurrant and red fruits with cedar and earthy maturity. Very fine and preferring marginally to the 96 Leoville B
Red
8/11/2011 - peetee wrote:
91 points
I really enjoyed this wine. Particularly on the third day! Colour slightly garnet side of ruby, aromas of sour cherry oak and roasted coffee burst out of the glass. Perhaps a touch too much acidity on the palate? But I'm tasting this without food as I write and this is definitely a food wine. Very young will go for another 5 years at least. I agree with other tasters about the structure, S. Guiseppe's wines are fairly light, but in a burgundian good sort of way. Found some complexity but am sure more will develop over time. Great length!
White
3/28/2011 - peetee wrote:
92 points
Gorgeous rich golden colour with excellent balance of minerality and citrus fruit. It definitely benefited from exposure to air and after 2 to 3 hours showed great depth with buttery, soft white fruits combining excellently with the steely mineral and lemon notes. Will certainly improve over next 5 years.
Red
1/14/2011 - peetee wrote:
91 points
seems more depth and intensity than the last note. Beautiful balance of cherry fruit oak and tannins with hints of caramel. Great example of Tuscany and Sangiovese. Still young but very drinkable now - imagine this will improve even further over the next 2 to 3 years.
Red - Fortified
1/2/2011 - peetee wrote:
91 points
Lovely Port but somehow it didn't quite hang together as well as I would have liked on this occasion. Others seemed to really like it though. All the bits were there but not quite working well enough together. Cork was difficult to extract but in the end came out (albeit in two parts) ok. I agree with another comment - the alcohol seemed to dominate. But enjoyable nonetheless if a little disappointing. Perhaps should have decanted for longer than half an hour, but the rest of the family were getting impatient.
Red
1996 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/23/2010 - peetee wrote:
94 points
The 96s are certainly drinking really well now. This was classic Palmer with the perfumed nose around cassis, cedar and the lovely smokiness I've had before from Palmer. Flavours were just a bit subdued but this may be more to do with my red wine jus, accompanying the lamb, which was a bit more highly flavoured than planned.
White
12/29/2010 - peetee wrote:
89 points
I enjoyed this (particularly as I drank it on the day of the England retained the Ashes!!). I've not had much Aussie Riesling. This was surprisingly pale with powerful lemon, pineapple and grapefruit aromas and similar flavours. What was particularly noticeable was the minerality. This worked for me on the day as it was drunk on its own before food and provided much needed refreshment and mouth cleansing from days of rich Christmas foods.
Red
1/2/2011 - peetee wrote:
92 points
Imperial's always a favourite of mine, but this the first time I've had the 99 Gran Reserva. As earlier notes have indicated this was silky smooth in the mouth but with a great structure lurking there. Classic nose of raspberry and vanilla. Lovely long red fruit flavours supported by super fine tannins.
Red
12/26/2010 - peetee wrote:
91 points
Decanted for 2 hours and served with mixture of post Christmas cold meats. Probably not the best combination but the wine was great. More structure than other CDPs I've had great combination of rich red fruits and spiciness. I feel there's a fair way for this to go before it's really in its drinking window - perhaps a couple of years at least.
Red
1/2/2011 - peetee wrote:
97 points
Once in a while a wine just completely hits the spot. The 96 Le Vigne did on this night. Served with a fantastic sirloin steak from the local butcher, this was almost perfect. Medium ruby colour with classic Barolo nose with added herbs and leather. The palate - after decanting for 4 hours, showed medium bodied dark fruits flavours with super fine tannins and incredible length. I've had this before without the same perception of quality - maybe it's just opening up now.
Red
12/25/2010 - peetee wrote:
96 points
Served after the 97 for Christmas lunch (Turkey). Popped cork and decanted about an hour before serving. This was fabulous. The same purity of raspberry and red cherry fruit as the 97 but deeper, richer more intense and complex. Colour was a clear deep ruby, with the open red fruits nose with a hint of chocolate. It was great to taste these two together - the benefit of the vintage and the age was clear but it was great to see how well made the 97 was in a difficult vintage.
Red
12/25/2010 - peetee wrote:
92 points
First of 2 Les Rugiens (Montille) served with the Turkey for Christmas lunch. Vibrant redcurrant and cherry nose with precise and pure fruit flavours on the palate. Excellent start particularly for this 'difficult' vintage. It went perfectly with all the flavours of the lunch - lovely clean fruit flavours
Red
2005 Montes Purple Angel Colchagua Valley Carménère (view label images)
10/14/2010 - peetee wrote:
92 points
Still dark in colour but now more of a deep ruby red. Still that fantastic complex nose of black fruits smoke and leather but now developing much more a palate to match. Deep plum with spicy peppery notes and great length. Really coming together now and will probably last for a good 5 years hence. Very satisfying!
Red
10/9/2010 - peetee wrote:
89 points
Lighter colour and body than expected. This took a good four hours in the decanter for some strange chemical aromas to blow off, but it opened out into a really attractive and very approachable Nebbiolo. Delicate and restrained rather than powerful but still a delightful wine and clearly very well made. Great value and will probably improve over the next 5 years.
Red
10/3/2010 - peetee wrote:
88 points
very light in colour and body, but with attractive bright redcurrant and cherry fruit. Unusual for Sangiovese. This was not perfect with the roast beef but would be great with lighter dishes or on its own.
Red
9/26/2010 - peetee wrote:
88 points
Popped and poured - bright light ruby colour with fresh cherry and cranberry/ aromas. More time in the glass reveals nice depth from earth / leaves. Easy drinking with some structure but not massive tannins. Might last a couple of years but very enjoyable now.
Red
9/4/2010 - peetee wrote:
91 points
Medium ruby red colour with slight purplish rim. Decanted for on hour. Slightly subdued but fine aromas or red berry fruits, floral and caramel. Beautifully gentle initially on the palate but with plenty of ripe cherry and blackberry fruits. Slight bitterness in the mid palate which is not unpleasant. Overall very satisfying and classic Rosso di Montalcino.
Red
8/18/2010 - peetee wrote:
95 points
Opened on impulse to celebrate the birth yesterday of my first grandchild. Managed to decant for an hour (and it was difficult waiting that long). Immediately got beautiful deep cassis aromas on pouring. Colour did not show that maturity of 25 years - still a wonderfully clear ruby garnet colour. The nose was just sublime - exotic oriental spices intermingled with truffle, smoke cedar herbs and cassis - each sniff gave up something more. Wonderfully balanced on the palate with a hint of menthol carried on the tannins. I guess this might be at peak now, as 85s are so rich and opulent I never felt they were really long keepers, but feel it could plateau for at least another 6 or 8 years?? 95+
Red
8/15/2010 - peetee wrote:
95 points
Enjoying this more and more with each bottle. Still vibrant red colours with no real sign of age. Beautiful classic St J aromas of cassis and cedar with loads more going on now. Great clean black fruits on the palate intertwined with the complex earth, tobacco and now spicy flavours of middle maturity. This will go on improving for some considerable time, but really good now. Goes fantastically with simple roast beef (rare).
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White
8/14/2010 - peetee wrote:
88 points
light golden colour. deeper than I was expecting. Nose really powerful: asparagus, grass, some lemon and peach skin. Lots going on in the flavours, good balance. Would have marked higher but it lacked some freshness, which would have been ideal on this warn(ish) August evening
White
8/12/2010 - peetee wrote:
90 points
Great Sancerre. Crisp, minerally and still full of asparagus, celery (in a good way!) and pear flavours. Great length. Probably at peak now?
Red
7/20/2010 - peetee wrote:
88 points
Fairly light ruby colour. After an hour and a double decant the nose was fairly restrained but good black fruits and cedar. Drying tannins dominate the palate but with good structure and cranberry fruit behind. This should age for 5 years more. Good value
Red
7/18/2010 - peetee wrote:
88 points
Very unusual. Light and almost prematurely aged in colour and density, this had a very floral and exotic aroma. Some classic rioja strawberry and vanilla but also distinctive cherry. It reminded me oddly of a recent Chateau Musar 1998 (without quite so much sour cherry flavours). Medium to light bodied. Enjoyable, although I kept wondering if the bottle was faulty in some way - judging by the other comments, probably not.
Red
7/14/2010 - peetee wrote:
90 points
still young but with dark ruby colour and slight purple rim and after 2 hours in the decanter this gave great up front blackcurrant, mocha and cedar nose. I found the palate reasonably well balanced with classic st emillion flavours but with loads of depth and fantastic length. Nice bitterness and tannins to the fore.
White
7/9/2010 - peetee wrote:
89 points
Pale colour with green tint. Very fresh on the nose (I thought it may come across as maturing given that it is five years old). Classic french SB, perfect for a sultry summer evening. Incredibly 'zingy' on the palate lemons and limes to the fore with underpinning tropical pineapple / melon fruits. Really enjoyed this - will get more (assuming the summer keeps going!!!)
Red
7/3/2010 - peetee wrote:
92 points
decanted for one and a half hours and double decanted. Tough, dry tannic and lean. Couldn't find the fruit so I gave up and corked up until the next day. Tonight it has really blossomed. beautifully perfumed floral nose with expresso and herbs. Again something a bit odd (vegetal) lingering there, but it's not unpleasant. The palate is lean and slightly one dimensional but there's good sour cherry fruit. I'm glad I didn't persist last night - but feel that the 96 is going to be better.
Red
1996 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/14/2010 - peetee wrote:
93 points
Lean and Mean. I enjoyed this more than last time. Indications that it is finally developing some secondary flavours. Great length with a fascinating herby final taste. It needed the full two hours plus and double decant - and was even better the next day, although tiring right at the end - or maybe my palate was just 'tannined out'.
Red
6/12/2010 - peetee wrote:
95 points
This was gorgeous again last night. Needed a couple of hours in the decanter but is really drinking well now. Deep ruby with slight garnet rim - wonderfully expressive nose - a serious wine. Palate had great depth - as before violets red and black fruits, now even better integrated with the oak with fantastic length and structure.
Red
1989 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/29/2010 - peetee wrote:
95 points
Beautiful floral aromas as this was decanting. Left for 1 hour then couldn't resist. Matured mahogany tinted ruby colour. Gorgeous mix of blackcurrant, earth, smoke on the nose. Wonderful balance. Matured black fruit and tobacco with a very refined fruit layer throughout. Particularly noticed the fantastic fine tannins this time. No more of this left unfortunately, but hoping the 96 evolves like this.
Red
5/14/2010 - peetee wrote:
flawed
brown and vegetal. Completely lacking fruit. Oxidised. Great shame. Opened another (could be an expensive night), although with tawny rim colpur was much more vibrant. Fruit and floral notes to the nose completely lacking in the first bottle. Wonder what the merchant will have to say?
Red
1970 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/5/2010 - peetee wrote:
92 points
This was a surprise given the other notes. Yes it was at best at it's peak but I found good black fruit here with cedar, earth and smoke. Fully resolved tannins, good balance and I also found great length. Really good with roast sirloin of beef!
Red
3/21/2010 - peetee wrote:
90 points
Very fine and classic Barolo. Relatively deep colour. complex if slightly restrained nose. I understand the comments about corked here, there's something slightly unusual lingering there (may be the oak is a touch too dominant), but overall a very enjoyable wine. I suspect it's in a slightly closed phase right now and would want to revisit in a couple of years. It's not as impressive as the glass I had at a fantastic Piedmont dinner at BBR a year or so ago, but still showed great black cherry, tar and herbs.
Red
11/18/2009 - peetee wrote:
89 points
clear pale ruby colour with lovely bright nose of cherries, licorice with floral and earth notes coming through Burgundy but with a backbone of earthy or woodland notes. Front of palate is good with strong fruit, but the finish lets this down a bit with quite harsh and dry tannins. Still overall reasonably satisfying for the price.
Red
11/15/2009 - peetee wrote:
95 points
A quite extraordinary wine. Pale ruby with auburn tinted rim. Decanted for 2 hours. Explosive nose with some VA but this evolved into a very distinctive cherry, floral and smoke aromas. A touch 'spirity' or port-like. Incredible flavours that are hard to describe -mixture of red fruits and truffles and bacon fat. Mystifying in a way and really hard to score. 95 just reflects the immense pleasure in drinking it. I look forward to my other 5 bottles, to be drunk over the next 5 years.
Red
10/31/2009 - peetee wrote:
93 points
I was a bit concerned on opening as the cork showed no sign of the 24 years and the levels were well into the neck! So it was reassuring to get that wonderful matured and complex cedar and cassis nose with the (over used I know) opulence of the vintage. There was also a vibrant floral note that I remember from a previous bottle. This was decanted for 2 hours and drank over another 3 - the nose opened out even more in the glass and the palate displayed a beautiful red fruit entry and fantastic balance with added depth and harmony. Great length as before. Tannins perhaps (if I'm picky) slightly more drying that the previous bottle, but still wonderfully harmonious. Feel this is at peak now - will drink the next one soon.
Red
10/27/2009 - peetee wrote:
89 points
Bright, if not overly deep ruby colour. Gorgeous and upfront hedgerow fruits aroma with white pepper and floral notes. The flavours coat the palate with red and black fruits and and orange with great length. Good length but with slightly raw finish. Still very young, should develop well over the next 3 to 5 years. Great value alternative to more pricey Rhone classics.
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