Tasting Notes for amateur62

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Red
2015 Château Peybonhomme-les Tours Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/2/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
89 points
70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, from a small bottle (0.375 l). PnP.
Nicely evolved within the last 2 years, black berries and leather, fresh and elegant, medium+ bodied and long finish. In a good spot now, drink within the next 4 years. Basic Bordeaux at its best.
White - Sparkling
11/29/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
89 points
Blending: 2015-2016; Disgorging: Juli 2018, dosage 9g/l.
Shy bubbles and starts shy on the nose, improves in the glass. Brioche, lemon and apple, clean, dry and fresh, nice bitter note, medium length. Good for the price and everybody liked it (as always when I open a blanc de blanc).
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White
11/29/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
Decanted 30 minutes before dinner. Starts very shy, improves with additional air. Flinty, lemon and a hint of hazelnut, good acidity, very dry and a medium finish with a slightly salty after taste. Hard to see where it goes to, just too young, but for sure not bad (89 or more), will wait 1 to 2 years for the next bottle.
White
11/27/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP. Requires time and air to show its beauty. First mature Riesling notes with dried apricot and citrous, good mouth feeling with a sweet touch, mouth watering acidity and a long finish. Was perfect with Flammkuchen, no hurry to drink, it's still not fully developped, good price to quality relation.
Red
11/22/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
90 points
Decanted 3 hours before dinner. Typical Grenache nose with red fruits, alcohol is now better integrated than 4 years ago, on the palate smooth, concentrated and long, it's good to not wait much longer for the last bottles as the fruit is fading slowly.
White
11/22/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
90 points
PnP, needs some time to come together. Great mature riesling nose with dried apricot, on the palate it gives a much younger impression, very fresh and dry, nice bitter note, medium length, drink now or within the next 2 to 4 years.
Red
11/21/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
89 points
Decanted 2 hours before dinner. Red berries and earthy notes, fresh, dry and linear, medium finish. Perfect with food, not very spectacular, though very enjoyable, the glasses went empty faster than I could refill, superb price to quality relation, drink now with a decant or up to 2027.
White
11/19/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
87 points
Crisp and clean, lemon and apple, mouth watering, medium length. Rather simple but enjoyable, for early drinking.
Red
11/19/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
88 points
Clean and simple, red berries, high acidity, light bodied and medium length, nevertheless, highly enjoyable, for early drinking.
Red
11/14/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
Decanted an hour before dinner and served slightly cooled (14 to 16°C). Starts with raspberry bonbons, gets earthy and ethereal notes and a hint of funk in the background, on the palate clean and fresh with good structure, medium slightly drying finish. Way too young, needs some more years to show its potential, but I think its worth to wait, could get great.
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Red
11/7/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
89 points
Nebbiolo (85%) Vespolina (10%) and Uva Rara (5%), 30 years old vines.
Slow ox'ed over some hours. Starts with red berries and gets a hint of funk with additional air, on the palate good acidity, medium bodied and length. Has everything of a wine from northern Pidemont, just missing the extra bite of the best represents of these wines. Drink now or within the next 2 or 4 years.
Red
11/6/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
84 points
50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre. PnP. Plum and VA that covers the secondary notes, on the palate dry with smooth tannin, good acidity, full bodied, medium length, quite simple.
White
11/5/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
PnP and consumed over more than 4 hours in big glasses to get more air. Clear, light golden appearance, slightly sparkling when pouring. On the nose fresh apples, a funky note and with air a hint of dried apricot, on the palate fresh and airy, thin at beginning but improves a lot with time, nice bitter note, medium to long finish. Very youthful and gives a fragile impression at this stage, not sure how to rate and how it will develop over the years, will it gain in complexity or does it turn to this cider taste that I don't favour, let's wait and see.
Red
11/1/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
90 points
Last bottle of 6, PnP. Similar to last note, red berries, fresh and elegant with good persistents, not as overextracted as other Ripassos, therefore very good with food. Important to have an eye on the temperature, best at 16°C, else it looses its balance. Enjoyed a lot with our Pizza.
Red
10/30/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted an hours before the dinner and it still improved in the glass. Great Pommard, intense nose with dark fruits, earthy notes and ethereal, concentrated, good acidity and smooth tannin, long finish. At its peak now but can go on for additional 6 to 8 years, unfortunately my last of 6 bottles.
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Red
10/30/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted an hours before the dinner. Typical Pommard representative, dark fruited, earthy notes, concentrated, good acidity and smooth tannin, long finish. In a nice spot now and can go on for additional 6 to 8 years.
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White
10/30/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted an hour before dinner. On the nose great and intense with lemon, pineapple and a sea breeze, on the palate again this mineral taste, medium acidity, nice bitter note that cries for food, good concentration and mouth feel, long finish, was superb with porcini and bread. Requires time and air and do not drink it out of the fridge, needs 12°C or more to show its quality (92+). Beginning drinking window, made for additional 10 years at least.
Red
10/27/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
91 points
From a 3/8 bottle. Not much more developed than 4 years ago and needs a lot of air to open and to soften a bit. Dark fruits, licorice and a hint of leather, elegant though quite dense, good acidity, remarkable tannins, long finish. Best to decant for some hours if drinking now, else leave it for some more years in the cellar, 91+.
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White
10/25/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
Casino, Bern. Very linear, fresh and mineral with a hint of apple, on the palate fresh, needs attention to feel the concentration. Think it has enough structure to age and to show its nature, would be interesting to taste it in about 6 years.
Red
10/25/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
90 points
Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Pinot Noir.
Casino, Bern. PnP. Starts quite herbal with fresh fruit (dark berries), gets earthy notes and lot of gamey with time and air. On the palate fresh, medium bodied and long finish. Ready to drink with potential for additional 4 to 6 years.
Red
Decanted 2 hours before dinner and it still improved in the glass. Red berries with earthy notes and ethereal in the background, fresh and elegant with long finish, the oak is well balanced and will support further development, but does not dominate.
It's not the first vintage of this wine I am tasting, but it's very different to the others, less primary fruit and less expressive than usually in this stage but there is an elegance and balance that is very promising, while already very good, I think that this wine will honour the one having enough patience, should be great in 5 to 10 years. Superb price to quality relation.
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Red
10/20/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
Decanted an hour before dinner (more would have been better). Very primary with dark fruit that covers the earthy notes and tobacco, medium to full bodied, good freshness and medium+ finish. Not as focussed as the best vintages of this wine, ok now (88 points), will improve with further cellaring and will peak in 5 to 7 years with a potential of 90+ points.
Red
10/16/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
90 points
Decanted 1.5 hours before dinner, longer would have been better. Plum and cherries with a hint of earth and tobacco, good acidity and concentration with long finish. Still a bit tart on its own and better with food, did not evolve a lot since my last bottle 4 years ago. Very good (90+) but not great, has not the high level of the 07 vintage, will hold for many years but I don't think that it will improve a lot.
White
10/16/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
90 points
PnP. Crisp and clean, mineral, a touch of lemon and herbs, somehow light bodied but shows an unexpected tension and a good mouth feeling, medium+ finish. Already very good and will further improve within the next few years (90+), drink now or within the next 6 years, superb price to quality relation, will buy more.
White
PnP and enjoyed over 2 hours. Nose like a Spätlese with apricot and sweet flowers, high acidity, a bit sweeter than you would expect from a Kabinett but in good balance with the acidity, good concentration and mouth feel, medium+ finish. Already very good now but it is worth to cellar it for some years before opening the next bottle, 90 points now but can easily get 92 points in 6 or more years.
Red
10/12/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
91 points
Decanted an hour before dinner. Starts quit shy, needs additional time in the glass, red berries and roses, elegant, fresh and light (but not thin with its 13.5 % alc, just not over extracted), sustainable and delightful finish, was perfect with tagliatelle and mushrooms. In a very nice spot now, drink now or within the next 3 to 5 years, 91+.
Red
10/11/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
91 points
Tasted after 7 hours in the decanter. Superb, intense nose with black currant, leather and ethereal notes, on the palate still quite tart, medium to full bodied and long finish, needs food to soften the tannins, beginning drinking window, 91+.
White
10/10/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
Tastes like cider, not really bad but I would prefer a real cider.
Red
10/10/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
86 points
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 6% Sangiovese, 4% Petit Verdot. Ringgenberg, PnP.
Prune, tobacco and a hint of VA, smooth tannin, medium bodied and medium+ finish. A bit simple but a good match to the excellent traditional Swiss deer meal we had.
Red - Fortified
10/7/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
92 points
85% Grenache Noir, 15% Syrah, Rimage type (non oxidative), 115g/l sugar. Enjoyed over several days.
Very young appearance, shows mainly black berries, tobacco and cedar, on the palate lot of substance, moderate sweetness, fine tannin and long balanced finish, matched very good with “mousse au chocolat”. Made for a very long life, already very good now but not much developed yet with 92 points today and with the potential for 93-94 points.
Red
2002 Château Duhart-Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/1/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP, was there from the first moment, much better than the bottle last year. On the nose quite expressive with black currant, tobacco and leather, on the palate elegant and persistent. Classical Pauillac, typical for the vintage with high acidity that cries for food (was perfect with bread and cheese), for my taste at its peak, but can hold some more years if you have a good bottle and a good cellar.
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White
9/28/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
90 points
Indigenous grapes (70% Carricante, 20% Catarratto, 5% Grecanico, 5% Minnella) grown on volcanic soil at 600 to 900 m altitude.
PnP. Starts very shy, nice nose with lemon and melon, on the palate, clean, high acidity and good minerality, light bodied, medium+ length, was very nice with smoked salmon.
Not very developed yet, but shows good potential (90+), will only improve with age, superb price to quality relation, I wonder how the single-vineyard wines of this vintage will look if the basic wine shows already this high level.
Red
9/26/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP. Red and dark berries, earthy notes, fresh with medium+ body and long finish, rather elegant style. Still very young, but already very good with food, was a perfect with red deer. Drink now or within the next 6 to 8 years.
Red
9/25/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted 2 hours before dinner. Classical Sangiovese Riserva, less expressive than Rancia. Red fruits, earth and a hint of balsamic notes, good acidity, medium to full bodied, long finish. Improved a lot within the last two years and very good now (91-92), but there is no hurry for the next bottle, it will easily survive the next 5 to 8 years.
White
Last bottle. The fruit has gone, the tertiary notes are very shy, mineral notes are present, still with high acidity and very precise, needs air and time to warm up to show its potential, would be interesting to taste another bottle in 5 years or so.
Red
9/20/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
92 points
A bit rustic at opening, much better after a double decant and additional 4 hours at around 16°C (don't serve it too warm). Superb nose with gamey, musk, earthy notes and dark berries, on the palate still a bit rough, but with enough acidity to be interesting, long finish, 91-93+. Already very good with enough air, but better to wait a few more years for the next bottle.
White
9/20/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP. Needs some air and to warm up to show its potential. This bottle is again on the mineral side with nice salinity, fresh, medium bodied and a long, slightly drying finish, still not at its peak. Seems that there are very different bottles, we bought two cases, one is like this, the other is more on the sweet flowering side, this one is more Chablis and the kind of wine I like.
White
Decanted and enjoyed over the next two hours. Does a big evolution in this two hours. Starts tight and very dry with high acidity, dominated by lemon and a mineral touch, rounds up with time and as it get warmer, on the nose it adds first melon and with the last glass eucalyptus and a hint of sweet flowers but stays dry on the palate, medium to long finish. For sure very young if not too young, but it shows superb ageing potential and gives the certainty of a big pleasure in some years, will be best between 2025 and 2035, superb.
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White
9/13/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
92 points
The first sip after opening was quite disappointing, a bit thin, but after decanting and an hour it improved a lot and it turned to be great. Oxidative notes with almond, curry and a good freshness, on the palate just the right acidity, mouth filling and long. For my surprise it matched to the fish and the risotto. Perhaps it's not from the best vintage, nevertheless, it will age nicely and it has a superb quality to price relation, 92+.
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White
9/12/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
84 points
Very sweet and a bit simple, lacks on acidity.
Red
9/12/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
88 points
PnP. Already quite developed for a six year old Riserva, on the nose plum and cherry with a hint of mocha, on the palate medium+ bodied, good freshness, present but smooth tannin, medium+ finish, did not further improve in the glass. Rather rustic than elegant, good for the price level but a bit basic for a Riserva and not a must buy. Drink now or within the next 4 years.
Red
9/5/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
89 points
Ristorante Vicania, Morcote.
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Magnum, PnP. On the nose red fruits (plum) with a touch of herbs, smooth tannin, medium acidity and medium+ length. Very young, may profit from an addition couple of years but it's not for the very long run, drink now till 2024 or 2026.
White
9/5/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
91 points
Ristorante Vicania, Morcote.
90% Merlot, 10% Chardonnay. Magnum, PnP. Much different to the 2019 we had the day before, the oak is less dominant and there is no baby fat left, mineral taste with a shy fruit in the background, high acidity and a nice bitter note, medium length, needs one or two additional years to show its full potential, 91+.
White
9/4/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
91 points
Relais Castello di Morcote.
90% Merlot, 10% Chardonnay. PnP. Young with a lot of baby fat, white fruits and present notes from the oak, nevertheless, quite fresh, finish is long and harmonious, 91+.
White
9/3/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
90 points
PnP. More expressive than the glass I had last winter. Shows the typical Müller Thurgau notes with a sweet touch, though still crisp and clean, airy and nonetheless sustainable. Perfect expression of Müller Thurgau, drink now or within the next two years.
Red
8/31/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
Last bottle. Decanted an hour before dinner. Much more expressive than two years ago. Lots of tertiary notes underlayered with red stone fruits, on the palate smooth, medium+ bodied, medium acidity and long finish. Still very good but it has now past its peak, so better to drink the last bottles within the next few years.
Red
2002 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/30/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
92 points
Last of 12 bottles. Decanted for an hour before dinner. Still going strong without any decline within the last 2 years. Lots of tertiary notes but still with present fruit, good acidity, medium bodied and long finish, in line with the vintage. Will most probably not improve with time but there is also no hurry to drink the last bottles.
White
8/29/2020 - amateur62 Likes this wine:
91 points
Last and best bottle. On the nose very expressive with lemon, yellow fruits and some herbs, on the palate very clean, mouth watering high acidity and long finish, superb Albariño at its peak.
White
8/25/2020 - amateur62 wrote:
90 points
70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Assyrtiko.

Schwarzer Hahn, Ulm. PnP. Starts a bit dull, gets better with every minute. On the nose honey and herbs, very appealing, on the palate full and round, medium acidity nice bitter note, long finish. very good but would be even better with more acidity and less oak, 90+.
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