Tasting Notes for spineguy

(543 notes on 340 wines)

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Red
10/19/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
91 points
Last bottle of a 6 pack and best of all. Several years ago I thought it was waning and loosing its limited integration and limited complexity. Now nicely integrated darker red fruit with a hint of pleasant bret. Balanced tannins. Not super complex but considering it's price point I wish I had more and saved the others for now (but who would have known...).
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Red
2005 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Much tighter then my last 3 bottles. Perhaps flawed. Better second night but still bit off balance. Good dark stuff, as expected, going on here. Will not rate as this did not replicate what my other 3 represented.
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Red
9/11/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
92 points
Agree with darker red fruits and brambles. Bit austere initially that quickly gave way to a well balanced wine with a solid backbone. Still has plenty of time left. Wish I had more.
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Red
2010 Château Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/7/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
92 points
Graphite and a hint of anise on nose and palate. Fairly big, dense, and nicely layered. Out of a 375ml ready to go but has plenty of staying power.
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White
9/6/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
90 points
Overall good all around. Lacked some complexity. Perhaps getting past its peak. Solid mid palate and would be great with some foods. Had with raw oysters and lacked the citrus and acidity I was looking for. Probably my error in pairing decision.
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White
8/28/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice all around and well balanced acidity. In a good place now. Went well with both raw and fried oyster appetizer! Perhaps lacked a bit of complexity but at this price point, wish I had more.
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Red
8/22/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
91 points
Lots of dark stuff going on here. From the nose to the palate and finish. Cassis with a bit of pepper and spice. Medium plus bodied. Holds up to meat well. Some refinement. Evolution was very slow in the decanter. Plenty of staying power. Drink now or later.
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White
8/8/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
91 points
Solid. Agree with my previous and others tasting notes. Quite good and drinking well now.
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Red
2004 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/8/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Huge bret bomb early on (definitely not corked) but after 30-60 minutes in the decanter it began to really come around. Lots and lots of great dark crushed fruit in secondary phase with a bit of anise and cedar on the nose. After about 2 more hours, remaining fruit was starting to fade. Just complimented a charred ribeye perfectly.
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Red
8/8/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Coming of age. Early secondary phase. Needed an hour in the decanter then it really came around!
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White
7/27/2021 - spineguy wrote:
Balanced super clean minerality with a hint of acid and touch of integrated citrus. Showing very well now. Curious what a few years will bring.
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Red
1990 Clos Des Menuts St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/18/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
91 points
Still going strong!. Decant but not for long. Bit of bret but blew off quickly then very good all around. Still has 5-10 years. Now in late secondary phase.
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Red
6/20/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
91 points
Still has plenty of staying power. Had along side an '04 which was actually showing better (more integration) and it even has some good life left (it was cellared well). I will give my remaining bottles at least a few years. Perhaps lacking a bit in character but no flaws. Considering where the '04 was, perhaps there is more to come from this wine.
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Red
6/1/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
87 points
Not a lot going on here but pleasant. Perhaps too old for this village wine? Still have a couple more so curious to see where this goes.
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Red
5/22/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
94 points
Much better then previous bottle. Suspect the age difference. Dark core of integrated fruit and now tannins are integrating and softening.
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Red
2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/22/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
94 points
Definitely needs a good hour in decanter.
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Red
5/22/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
91 points
Brought to a dinner and many tasted. 45 minute decant did not do it justice. Suspect there is a lot more going on here.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Château Guiraud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
5/16/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
92 points
Solid all around. Still primordial. Expect even better things to come. Great viscosity and fruit/acid balance.
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White - Off-dry
5/16/2021 - spineguy wrote:
95 points
The balance of acidity and sweetness is great! Citrus fruits (more so grapefruit than orange but a hint of the later also) and minerality structure come through. Great viscosity and a finish that goes on! However, when compared to the 2005, which I gave one higher point, this bottle was a tiny bit cloying. Perhaps will be even better in the future. Still primordial.
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Red
2003 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/16/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
96 points
Decanted for 1 hour. Secondary phase with great fruit/tannin balance. Very Graves. Crushed dark fruit, graphite, with a hint of cedar nicely integrated into medium plus body. Just singing. Better then last bottle several years ago. Just singing now.
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White
4/25/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
91 points
Unctuous and good all around. Probably at its best now. Nicely balanced. Wood notes pleasant. Perhaps lacked a bit of complexity. Unsure how this bottle was stored.
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Red
4/1/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
90 points
Wish I had more. Great QPR and ready to go.
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Red
3/24/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
92 points
Nicely integrated darker fruit with fading but well balanced tannins present. Still has a few good years. Do not decant for aeration as there won't be much left.
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Red
3/15/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Has come a long way since I last tasted almost 3 years ago. Sour notes dissipated and backbone still very present. In a really nice place. Now with darker red fruit, touch of barnyard, and present but mellowed tannins. Probable will be in this secondary phase for 3-5 years.
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White - Sparkling
2/21/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
92 points
Hint of acid and citrus balanced on a structured backbone. Drinking well now but probably even better over the next few years.
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Red
2/21/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice nose with a pleasant hint of bret. Tannins still present and balanced. Drinking well and still has a few years left.
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Red
2014 Château Duhart-Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
92 points
In prime window now.
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Red
2010 Château Faugères St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
91 points
Prime window.
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Red
1/31/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
92 points
PNP. Hint of old world initially but disapates quickly. Early on solid components. Balance of red fruit, brambles and integrated tannins with some backbone. However within 45 minutes, most of the good stuff is gone. Open with many people and drink up.
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Red
1/31/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
91 points
Juicy but not overdone. Agree with blue fruit. Good all around and enjoyable, with or without food. No major flaws but relatively simple.
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White
1/22/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Unctuous and balanced. Ready to go.
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Red
1/10/2021 - spineguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Same tasting notes as previous. Gave an extra point for QPR.
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Red
1/2/2021 - spineguy wrote:
90 points
Prime drinking window and probably will be for at least another five years. Did not evolve much over a couple hours. Held up on night two but a bit muted then. Solid overall. Lots of dark stuff going on. Somewhat mono dimensional. Very consistent.
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Red
12/9/2020 - spineguy Likes this wine:
96 points
Great things going on here. Early to mid secondary phase. 1 hour in decanter then drank over next 3 hours at a dinner (rabbit with brown butter and sage). Integration of fruit and tannins is very apparent and easy to understand why this is a first growth. Agree with my last tasting note. Wish I had many more. Great sleeper vintage.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2006 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/9/2020 - spineguy Likes this wine:
96 points
Had next to a 2005. The '06 is far more approachable and well rounded at this time. Much deeper and more mature color. Both from same cellar. Great balance and finish.
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Red
2005 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Great Graves nose. Drank at an outside restaurant during pandemic and ambient temperature was too cold. Tight tannins but probably due to temperature. Pleasing all around but will hold off on rating b/c of conditions.
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Red
11/28/2020 - spineguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Significant change for the better since last taste 3 years ago. Entered into secondary phase and probably be for 5-8 more years. Integration is becoming apparent. Anise, darker red fruit, (agree with) tar and tobacco. Really in a nice place.
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Red
2005 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/22/2020 - spineguy Likes this wine:
92 points
Last time tasted was 3 years ago. What a metamorphosis. Now it's clearly in its secondary phase. Nicely complex with integration. In a very good place. Very dark fruit with smoke and anise. Calls for steak. Definitely a food wine. Rich and dark.
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Red
11/7/2020 - spineguy Likes this wine:
95 points
In a wonderful place. Nicely in secondary phase (where I really enjoy these wines) and probably will be for 5 to 8 years. 1 hour decant. Supple tannins and darker red fruit with all the tar, tobacco, and integrated wood that makes these wines special. Wish I had more.
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Red
Impressed with the dark fruit/tannin balance after an hour in the decanter. Cassis, hint of sweetness, and some complexity made it a winner. Still plenty of time left.
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Red
10/11/2020 - spineguy Likes this wine:
90 points
Pleasant bret. Reserved red fruit still present. Not going to get much better. Solid all around but limited complexity.
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Red
Great darker cherries predominate the fruit and show through nicely. Balanced acidity. Fine now but only going to improve over time. Wish I had more.
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White - Sparkling
9/27/2020 - spineguy Likes this wine:
91 points
Ready to go. Great QPR.
Red
2010 Château Faugères St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/13/2020 - spineguy Likes this wine:
91 points
Ready to go out of a 375 ml.
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Red
8/16/2020 - spineguy Likes this wine:
92 points
Plenty going on here and fruit still present. Last one I tasted was 6 years ago and did not expect this longevity. In a really nice place with integration and balance of the elements.
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Red
Still plenty going on! Solid.
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White
8/10/2020 - spineguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Wonderful acidity with minerality that is beautifully integrated and balanced. Citrus (mostly grapefruit) is apparent. Tasted second night (stored with inert gas) and very little left.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Guiraud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/8/2020 - spineguy Likes this wine:
96 points
Color is beautiful. In a very nice place with balance of sweetness and acidity.

Addendum: Re-tasted after put on inert gas and in refrigerator for 2 days (750 ml). Changed the score from 93 to 96. Luxurious honeysuckle, hint of sweet citrus (mostly orange with a touch of lemon), and spot on integration of acidity, fruit, and sweetness.
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Red
8/8/2020 - spineguy Likes this wine:
91 points
Still plenty going on. Took a good 20-30 minutes to open up then nicely balanced and well rounded. Not profoundly complex but very good and quite enjoyably.
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Red
8/8/2020 - spineguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Right where I thought it would be. Spot on in early to early-mid drinking window after short decant. Nicely balanced and darker fruit with graphite going on. Pleasant mild cigar box. Very nice.
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