Tasting Notes for BradboBaggins

(318 notes on 283 wines)

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White
5/12/2019 - BradboBaggins wrote:
Possibly past prime, as full level was excellent but Wine was highly advanced.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1983 Château Guiraud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
Pretty darn tasty. Still singing.
Red - Fortified
5/26/2017 - BradboBaggins wrote:
89 points
Surprisingly mature.
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Red
5/16/2017 - BradboBaggins wrote:
88 points
Delicious, though a bit simple, old school Rioja.
Rosé
5/16/2017 - BradboBaggins wrote:
92 points
Such a strong, delicious rose. Could even use a year or two of additional age. So good.
White
5/8/2017 - BradboBaggins wrote:
87 points
Good, straightforward flinty and citrusy Alsatian example. Could improve a point or two over the next few years.
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Red
2007 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
5/1/2017 - BradboBaggins wrote:
91 points
Nose of sour cherry, mild barnyard and hint of VA.

The slightly underwhelming nose gives way to a much more vibrant palate of fresh fruit, some herbs de provonce in the middle and a good drying fruit leathery strawberry close. Lacking my more descriptor laden verbiage for this one, but it's a reasonably clean and nicely attractive Musar. A unique blend from a unique terroir
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Red
4/20/2017 - BradboBaggins Likes this wine:
93 points
In a great place, definitely lighter bodied and cool climate, but with wonderful ripeness and floral notes. Came alive with just an hour or so decant. Delicious.
White
4/3/2017 - BradboBaggins wrote:
85 points
Simple, zesty citrus and some minerality to the light effervescence. Perfect summer fish wine.
White
4/2/2017 - BradboBaggins wrote:
88 points
Solid bigger body white with good acidity, mostly creamy citrus.
Red - Fortified
4/1/2017 - BradboBaggins wrote:
93 points
1985 Kopke Colheita

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Red
3/26/2017 - BradboBaggins wrote:
92 points
Rich nose of warm apple, raspberry, bramble and pie spice.

Solidly structured palate of brambles, berries and fresh berry jam. This is a great wine with years ahead. As good as zin gets.
Red
2014 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
3/26/2017 - BradboBaggins Likes this wine:
90 points
Nose of all sorts of brambles and blackberries.

Palate of brambles, blackberries, a hint of jam and plenty of structure. This needs another 5-10 year to show its best, but has plenty of potential. A future 93+ point wine.
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Red
3/26/2017 - BradboBaggins wrote:
89 points
Clean cork, deep color with mildly bricked rim.

Nose of kalamata olive, raspberry and bruised apple. Actually smells pretty attractive, despite the odd sounding mix of descriptors.

Palate is full of velvety raspberry and bruised apple, with some flavor of cinnamon and clove at close. Medium body with a bit of grainy tannin left. Drink up!
Red - Fortified
3/24/2017 - BradboBaggins wrote:
86 points
Nose of strawberry, a bit of cashew butter and raspberry.

Palate of some strawberry jam and biscuit on entry, settling into a fresher strawberry and a bit of brown sugar that carries over to close. Sweeter than average Port, but not on the weighty side. Solid stuff, but not special.
Red - Fortified
3/22/2017 - BradboBaggins wrote:
87 points
Almond orange and lemon peel on the nose. Palate is rich oranges, curaçao, and roasted pine and peanuts. Slightly one Dimensional, but very yummy. Good Tawny value.
Red
3/20/2017 - BradboBaggins wrote:
88 points
Good Dark Colour,

This has a jammy nose of balckberry and strawberry, with a relatively light (considering the grapes) palate of rich fruit, lots of dark jams and balancing structure. Easy to drink and ready to roll with heavier fare. Drink now, not built to age.
Rosé - Sparkling
4/24/2016 - BradboBaggins Likes this wine:
88 points
Limited nose of brioche and fresh raspberries.

A full bubbly, with open knit strawberry, lemon curd and French bread flavors and a larger bead. Not complex, but bright and easy to like, and at sub $20 for a champagne method bubbly, an excellent value.
White
4/23/2016 - BradboBaggins wrote:
89 points
Nose of light spring flowers, with a touch of peach and honey. Palate is similar, with lightly off dry flowers and peaches up front, a minerally center and finish with a hint of honey and a touch of tannin. This is a reasonably subtle wine at this point, with good minerality and decent acidity. In a nice place now, probably won't improve a ton.
Red
3/27/2016 - BradboBaggins wrote:
88 points
A surprisingly dark 11y/o Pinot from NY, owing partly to the hot vintage. Tart Raspberries and warm brambles on the nose, with a fresh, slightly grippy and raspberry/cranberry palate. This wine is in a great place and I'd snap up more if I still lived anywhere close for well under $30.
Red
3/27/2016 - BradboBaggins wrote:
87 points
A nose with tart cranberry and forest floor, with a fresh and tart cranberry and raspberry palate. Still alive and well, with good color despite resolved tannins. Proof that NY Pinot can age nicely in warm years, even if unspectacularly. I'd expect a similar effort from Burgundy to cost as much or more.
Red
3/26/2016 - BradboBaggins wrote:
86 points
Fresh and barnyardy nose, with hints of cherry hiding behind the funkiness.

Palate is equally fresh, with minor tannic grip and substantially more barnyard, fresh earth and damp forest floor. Too much funk and lack of fruit for a young wine IMHO. Not unpleasant though, and at $10, reasonable if you're a fan of less fruit.
Red
3/16/2016 - BradboBaggins wrote:
90 points
Nose of Violets, a bit of bacon and raspberries after 2 hour decant.

Surprisingly not showing as well as other bottles. Thinner raspberries, bacon and grippy tannins. The light body makes me wonder if it's just a bit closed and needed more air time. This wine can be better.
Red
2/15/2016 - BradboBaggins wrote:
91 points
In a wonderful place, still plenty of fruit but a wonderful place and probably not getting better.
Red
This score is partially reflective of my own preferences, which don't at all match the Booker style, apparently.

Decanted 3 hours, this wine is inky inky black, putting many young Vintage Ports to shame, even.

Nose is rich sweet pie filling black fruits, with the palate being more of the same, with a decided sweetness of fruit, to the point where there was obviously a later harvest style. One can't knock the overwhelming level of black and red fruits on the palate, but this is entirely a one trick pony. As I've noticed with other Booker wines, there is so much extraction and fruit that you're not really able to let it decant for more than 12-24 hrs, considering the psychological circuits

The wine is definitely. Cut above super market wines, but still doesn't reach the mid tier of quality, due to the monochromatic E base of operations.
Red
3/7/2015 - BradboBaggins wrote:
91 points
sleek and sexy, this wine showed very well with about 1 hour of decant. Full of fruit with great smooth and modern, but not oaky or gloopy, mouthfeel, this also had enough acidity to remain fresh and food friendly. Not a wine to make old bones, but at 9 years this is in a great spot. Drink up and buy more if you can find it <$30.
Red
7/13/2013 - BradboBaggins wrote:
93 points
Showed very well, rich, tannic and still a bit young. give this a couple hours decant or another couple years. Restores my faith in Merlot (a bit).
White
1/15/2013 - BradboBaggins Likes this wine:
88 points
Average Chardonnay, average california oak.
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Red
12/10/2012 - BradboBaggins wrote:
88 points
Not bad, a bit over the hill, but still noticeably nebiollo, with whiffs of tar and earth coming through with the fading fruit and still very grippy tannins.
Red
12/2/2012 - BradboBaggins Likes this wine:
88 points
Good acid and fruit, very food friendly for a ripe California pinot. A bit simple at this point as the fruit is starting to fade a bit and nothing it really taking over.
White
11/29/2012 - BradboBaggins Likes this wine:
90 points
Even, balanced with integrated and apple tart levels of oak influence and apple, delicious.
Red
11/26/2012 - BradboBaggins wrote:
90 points
Rich, and much more open than this was a year ago. This is definitely big enough to be clearly Cali pinot, but the fruit and bits of herb coming in with age are delicious, if you're not looking for a hiher acid style. Yummy.
White
11/25/2012 - BradboBaggins wrote:
flawed
Oxidized into oblivion. Bummer, considering how good the last one was.
White
7/22/2012 - BradboBaggins Likes this wine:
89 points
Opened a bit soft, but with a touch of air time this came alive with good citrus and mineral verve, and a gentle hint of oak and malo to keep it from being a one trick pony. Complete and tasty.
Red
Pretty simple, slightly too oaky and too fake fruity to be anything worth expounding on. Negligible structure in both tannin and acidity. A shame, because their other wines are usually first rate.
Red
7/10/2012 - BradboBaggins Likes this wine:
90 points
This bottle is indeed nearing the end of its peak, but its some delicious stuff. Deep cherry and chocolate flavors with a minimum of oak mix with just a hint of forest and some still semi-dense structure.
Red
7/3/2012 - BradboBaggins Likes this wine:
90 points
REALLY easy to like, but not slutty or overdone. This is a ripe California Pinot that checks every box you'd want from the category at a very fair price.
White
7/3/2012 - BradboBaggins wrote:
flawed
Kinda awkward, with an almost malolactic-y note. Unclear whether it was flawed or just disjointed and awkward.
White - Off-dry
6/11/2012 - BradboBaggins Likes this wine:
91 points
A sweeter style of spatlese, with great balance, apple and lemongrass flavors mingling very well.
White - Sweet/Dessert
6/11/2012 - BradboBaggins Likes this wine:
89 points
Delicious, but somewhat one dimensional in its dried apricot and smoky golden raisin flavors. The balance was reasonable, erring on the sweet side. In all, tasty, but somewhat underwhelming for the price and age.
Red
6/11/2012 - BradboBaggins Likes this wine:
90 points
This guy needed the couple hour decant and probably could have used a few more. Tight, rich and oaky, this has everything you'd want from a powerhouse syrah from Washington, other than a few more years to tone this guy down. It really needs them.
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Red
6/11/2012 - BradboBaggins Likes this wine:
91 points
I don't know what people are talking about when they suggest this wine is over the hill. Yes, it has matured past the fruity, oaky explosion that was its younger self, but it has toned into a well balanced, rich expression of syrah that is nicely structured by some firm tannin and good acidity. This still has some room to improve over the next few years... if you're looking for something other than a fruit/oak bomb.
White
6/10/2012 - BradboBaggins Likes this wine:
90 points
Minerals, stone fruits and moss abound in this well balanced and zippy Muller. Delicious.
Red - Fortified
6/10/2012 - BradboBaggins Likes this wine:
90 points
Decant 4 hours:

Cork is a mess, showing seepage and the bottom half is very crumbly.

The wine is full of soft tannin, sweet fruit and sweet fruit in a pretty light frame, which seems to really help balance the berry, citrus and coffee notes. The finish is quite long, with a grand marnier-esque character. Delicious and in its prime.
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