Tasting Notes for Badfish

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2005 Gemstone G Yountville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Opaque ruby garnet core with tinges of purple towards the rim. The nose is heady, pungent, and complex with notes of graphite, cigar box, currant leaf, blackberries, violets, and mushrooms. The palate is similarly powerful with rich expansive purple and black fruits, admirable earth and mineral complexities, good supporting acidity, and smooth sweet tannins. This wine has aged wonderfully and is a much better effort than the 2004 going off my memory of that wine. A very expensive wine and while decidedly not worth the coin it is has turned into a beautiful expression of aged Napa Cabernet. Should be able to handle another 10 years with ease.
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Red
Dark translucent purple garnet in the glass with delicate yet pungent aromas of forest floor, flint, currant leaf, and wild berry. The palate is crisp and spicy with rich earth and berry driven fruit, firm tannins, and good persistence. As usual these wines have gorgeous balance and complexity at such a young age and will continue to improve as the tannins mellow.
Rosé - Sparkling
This is pretty special stuff. Bronze salmon color with a fine subtle bead in the glass. Gorgeous aromas of berries, cherries, brioche, and macadamias. The palate is explosive with rich taut fruit and complex notes throughout. Has aged beautifully and shows no signs of slowing down.
Red
2001 Château Chasse-Spleen Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Decanted and consumed over two hours. Dark garnet red core with slight bricking at the rim. The nose is gorgeously aromatic with pencil shavings, licorice, camphor, black currants, wild berries, and campfire. The palate is similarly stunning with ripe earthy purple fruit, crisp acidity, and smooth sweet tannins. This wine is punching above its weight for sure with complex rich aromatics and flavors throughout. Such a surprising wine, this was an $18 purchase 15 years ago, a staggering value.
Red
Decanted for about four hours and followed over an additional two. Deep garnet red core with some bricking at the rim. The aromas are powerful and earth driven with notes of pencil shavings, currant leaf, cigar box, violets, and creme de cassis. The palate shows similar earthy brilliance with great balance between the supple tannins, restrained fruit density, and crisp acidity. This is drinking beautifully with complex character wafting out of the glass. I have to say this is in beautiful spot and should continue to drink well over the next five to ten years.
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Red
Clear dark garnet core with purple tinge at the rim. The nose is gorgeous with precise and correct aromas of black currant, licorice, pencil shavings, and forest floor. The palate is approachable yet structured with ripe purple fruit, ample supporting acidity, firm sweet tannins, and complicating earth tones. Certainly modern but much more balanced and complex than the typical example. Should evolve beautifully over the next ten years.
Red
Dark ruby purple core with great density to the rim. The aromas are earth, mineral, and berry infused with specific notes of forest floor, wet stones, blackberry, violets, and savory. The palate is crisp, juicy, and primary with purple fruits and firm tannins. I think this wine needs time as it is showing quite youthful but the components are all there. Saved about one third of a bottle to revisit tomorrow.
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Red
Decanted for about two hours and consumed over the following two. Quite dark in the glass with a garnet purple core and slight bricking at the rim. The aromas are dark and exuberant with notes of black cherry, wild berries, forest floor, slate, and mace. The palate is dense, ripe, and still well structured with interesting spice complexity on the back end. The flavors are rich, the tannins are stern yet sweet, and the acids are edgy. I am surprised with how ripe, structured, and youthful this is showing and I think another ten years is warranted before revisiting. Not the greatest Rhys I have had but also one of the more embryonic.
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Red
Clear yet deep core of ruby purple fading slightly at the rim. Beautiful spice and earth infused aromas of black cherry, forest floor, roses, and nutmeg. The palate is crisp, dense, and balanced with rich red and purple flavors, fresh acidity, and firm tannins. Certainly primary but already showing great balance and mineral complexity. A tremendous first experience with Kelley Fox Wines.
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Red
Beautiful pungent aromatics with notes of cherry blossoms, crushed stones, forest floor, graphite, and boysenberries. The palate is rich and sappy with tremendous balance between the purple fruit, firm tannins, and crisp acidity. I really like the balance and complexity this is offering at a young age. Sappy, exuberant, enticing, these wines are a dream, I have been seriously neglecting Oregon Pinot, PepeHands.
Red
A charming Pinot with brambly earth and mineral infused berry fruit, cola notes, supple ripe tannins, crispy acidity, and pomegranate density. The fruit is certainly rich and slightly over exuberant but the structure is a great foil and balances the wine well. My first foray into Patricia Green Cellars and certainly not my last, they seem to offer excitingly rich Pinots with tremendous balance and complexity.
Red
Opaque purple ruby core with an intense garnet pink rim. Rich and heady aromas of liquefied violets, creosote, plum blossoms, lavender, slate, and blackberry compote. This wine really explodes with extended air showcasing gorgeously complex aromas for such a young wine. The palate comes across as wonderfully restrained and not at all over the top with ripe fruit, firm dense tannin, and crisp acidity. Intensely structured but the fruit has enough punch and complexity to support the wine at a young age. This is how you execute a large scaled Mourvedre without making a gloopy soulless wine. Tremendous effort in this hauntingly beautiful wine.
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Red
While quite tart and crunchy this wine offers solid density and structure to pair well with rich foods. Delicate earthy aromas of rose petals, crushed stones, forest floor, and cherries. The palate is rigid, crisp, and earthy with lean fruit flavors and firm tannins. I actually think this wine could use some time but I do not know if there is enough fruit to hold up over time. Still this wine is quite good with food and aging admirably.
White
Pale platinum yellow in the glass with medium legs. The nose on this wine is absolutely gorgeous with honeysuckle, wet stones, hyacinth, chalk, celery, and flint. This wine treads a dazzling line between beautiful floral elements and crunchy mineral essence. The palate is precise, supple, yet crisp with subtle white fruit flavors and persistent underlying minerality. A wine that is all over my wheelhouse though it may come across as light to some.
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Red
2/8/2020 - Badfish wrote:
Solid though sort of boring with ripe purple fruits, edgy tannins, soft acidity, and touches of earth. This seems over extracted and surprisingly modern, I am not sure what the current style is in Brunello but this wine certainly harkens to what I recall about this era.
Red
Drinking beautifully with soft earthy red fruit throughout. Complicating notes of baking spice and slate with crisp acidity to balance the dense fruit and tannins. The nose is simply gorgeous with black cherry, boysenberry, violet, and flint. Those notes carry over to the beautifully elegant palate and give this wine a complete and complex profile. I feel this wine is a great indicator of what the single vineyard Rhys Pinots will deliver at maturity.
White - Sweet/Dessert
Drinking really well with a deep burnished gold color, honeyed fruit tones, and solid acidity. I paired this with Point Reyes Original Blue cheese and they were a great foil for each other with the sweet spicy fruit flavors of the wine settling the sharp pungent earthiness of the cheese. I am glad I have more of this wine in the cellar as it is drinking beautifully now and should continue to develop complexity with age.
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Red
Decanted and followed over a three hour period. Deep ruby core turning slightly pink at the rim. The nose is mainly earth driven with perfumed aromas of crushed stones, wet earth, black cherry, and violets. The palate is precise, inviting, and structured with earthy red fruit, chalky acidity, and firm peppery tannins. I am really happy with how this wine is showing right now. From all my recent experiences with middle aged Rhys Pinots I think they are just that, middle aged, appropriately structured, and showing some awkward tendencies. I think this wine needs at least another 10-15 years.
Red
Decanted and followed over 4 hours. Opaque garnet red core with some bricking at the rim. The nose is fairly restrained and attractive with aromas of garrigue, crushed stones, black cherry, and herbs de provence. This wine is surprisingly classic and structured for a 2003 with earthy red fruit driven flavors, firm tannins, and good supporting acidity. Started to show a bit more fruit towards the end so I think this wine will benefit from more time. I honestly think this could use another 10 years or decant for several hours if you want to pop a bottle now.
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Red
Decanted and followed over a four hour period. Sort of a muddied garnet purple color in the glass with thin legs. The nose is beautiful with rich pungent aromas of plum, forest floor, creosote, berry jam, lavender, and sweet tarts. The palate is similarly inviting with earth and stone laced berry compote in a soft yet well balanced style. Such an interesting wine with surprising balance for a one year old wine. This producer has a knack for crafting exceptionally unique wines that are complex and approachable from the start.
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Red
Dark ruby core with definite bricking through the rim. Attractive pungent aromas of black cherry, rust, musk, sous bous, and lavender. The palate is firm and generous with herbal tinged ripe red fruit flavors, good supporting acidity, and still edgy tannins. The finish is tangy and persistent with tremendous earthy complexity. This bottle was decanted and followed over four hours, while drinking beautifully the structure is still exuberant. I think this could use another ten to twenty years.
Red
Tasted both the regular and Tardive cuvees single blind over two days, bottles simply recorked and refrigerated. Day 1: Similar dark fuchsia maybe slightly more dense, also insanely vibrant. The nose is certainly primary with that Gamay grapiness but there is some complexity of blackberry, herbs, violets, and slate. The palate is a little more full and rich here with attractive purple fruit, stoney minerality, firm yet approachable tannins, and crisp acidity. Superb balance with ideal fruit density and lingering complexity. Initial impression is this wine has the stuffing and density to age beautifully. Day 2: Certainly more rich and savory today with the beautiful dark berry compote balanced by floral and herb nuances, chewy yet ripe tannins, and fresh acidity. Overall Impressions: I am leaning towards this wine being the Tardive because of the darker fruit and higher density and structure. This wine is simply gorgeous and I can only imagine it getting better with the tannins resolving and complexity popping with age. Yes this is the Tardive and the dark savory character is spellbinding. First experience with 2018 Beaujolais and Roilette has knocked it out of the park. The wines are rich yet elegant with fresh acidity, appropriate fruit density, fine tannins, and youthful complexity. I do not get an impression of overripe or sweet fruit at all with these wines. The amount of pleasure derived from the modest Gamay delivered by this estate is staggering.
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Red
Tasted both the regular and Tardive cuvees single blind over two days, bottles simply recorked and refrigerated. Day 1: Dark fuchsia purple throughout, love the vibrant color of these fresh Cru Beaujolais. Slightly more delicate on the nose with notes of red currant, lavender, and crushed stones. Crunchy and juicy on the palate with fresh red fruit, firm yet approachable tannins, and crisp acidity. This wine is more deft and lean than the other with a more minerally balance to the fruit. Initial impression is this wine will drink better with food at a young age. Day 2: The fruit is a little fuller today giving the impression of a more open and balanced wine. The extended air has opened this wine up a bit giving a glimpse of what will be delivered with age. Overall Impressions: I believe this is the regular Roilette because of the elegant juicy style. This is the regular Roilette and it is glorious, succulent, and effortless. First experience with 2018 Beaujolais and Roilette has knocked it out of the park. The wines are rich yet elegant with fresh acidity, appropriate fruit density, fine tannins, and youthful complexity. I do not get an impression of overripe or sweet fruit at all with these wines. The amount of pleasure derived from the modest Gamay delivered by this estate is staggering.
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Red
Decanted for about two hours, and followed over another two. Dark fuchsia garnet throughout, really vibrant, reminding me of a Cru Beaujolais. Pungent, heady, and complex aromas of wild berries, forest floor, lavender, and wet slate. The palate is rich, juicy, and earthy with purple fruit flavors, mineral laced acidity, and firm spice driven tannins. Near ideal balance for me with such an approachable yet complex style for a young wine. Drank absolutely gorgeous with a braised beef dish. Consume one now and revisit in five years.
Red
1999 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Deep dark garnet core with slight bricking at the rim. Initially this was a little funky but decanting with a couple hours of air cleared that up. Textbook left bank Bordeaux aromas with notes of red currant, forest floor, licorice, cigar box, and slate. The palate is classic in style with earthy red fruits, supple tannins, and supporting acidity. This wine is really quite charming in spite of the vintage with decently sweet fruit and a slightly drying finish. Great effort by this producer.
Red
Solid little wine that is great with food if a bit foursquare overall. Definite bricking throughout with a dark ruby core. The aromas are earthy and bright with notes of red berries, tar, smoked meat, and licorice. The palate is lean and expressive with crunchy red fruit, floral complications, and approachable tannins. Definitely could use more density but this is a good value if you like the style.
White
2004 Copain Les Copains Saralee's Vineyard Russian River Valley White Blend
Drinking surprisingly well, kind of a forgotten bottle at fifteen years old. Definitely showing age with hints of apple and honey but the wine is still edgy with notes of honeysuckle, flint, pear, and graham cracker. The structure is still crisp with fresh acidity, dense minerality, and a dry texture. I suggest drinking any remaining bottles up as the wine is on the verge of a downward slope.
Red
Showing just a touch of brett upon opening the bottle that mostly fades with decanting. Beautiful fresh ripe aromas of black cherry, wild berry, lavender, smoked meat, and oiled leather. The palate is edgy with earthy red fruit, crunchy acidity, and firm tannins. The complexity is building in this wine but it still has structure to age.
Red
9/7/2019 - Badfish wrote:
Decent wine if a bit awkward and boring for a Cote Rotie from a ripe vintage. Maybe this wine is closed as the aromas and flavors are reserved. Floral berry notes with a sour fruit character. The finish is flat and short. Not really sure what to expect from remaining bottles but will probably hold in hopes this wine opens at some point.
Red
This wine shows a nice compromise between modern and classic with ripe fruit yet admirable complexity and verve. The aromas are pure and rich with notes of blackberry, creosote, smoked meat, and lavender. The palate is so well balanced with juicy fruit, firm tannins, and great persistence. I think this is from a transitional period at Copain, the wine really works as a hybrid of styles.
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Red
1998 Château L'Arrosée St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Some bricking at the rim with a deep garnet core. The nose is brilliant with mineral and ripe fruit elements including notes of plum, slate, brown sugar, and forest floor. The palate is rich and balanced with seductive fruit, fresh acidity, and resolved tannins. Solid complexity with great persistence, at 20 years of age this wine offers a ton of value.
Red
Somehow this wine pulls off the vintage, despite how poor I have found the other offerings from this estate recently. The best terroir in the portfolio which makes this an interesting data point for the extreme 2007 vintage. Ripe red and purple fruits with fresh acidity, firm tannins, and admirable balance. Pushing the envelop on extraction which you can feel on the finish.
Red
This wine is really starting to shine with precise aromatics and flavors combining with a sultry texture. The nose is gorgeous with notes of black cherry, plum, lavender, and wet stones. The palate is quite expansive for the appellation with sweet red fruits, crisp acidity, and supple tannins. This is straightforward but so seductive, a true dream at a long lost price point.
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Red
This bottle is pushing twenty years old and I believe it saw poor storage conditions early in life. The cork showed a vein of seepage but was extracted with ease. There is some bricking at the rim but the core is still a deep dark ruby. This style is so foreign in the current context of California Cabernet, certainly old world in style with a complex, refreshing, crunchy style. Gorgeous aromas of blackberries, plums, forest floor, sandalwood, and wet stones. The palate builds in density with extended air, showing dark fruit, firm acidity, and sweet supple tannins. This bottle showed beautifully considering the provenance and I think this wine has plenty of life left, consider aging another 5-10 years.
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Red
This has started to settle down since my lasting tasting a couple years ago. Less exuberant with the ripe fruit receding and more of the structure and complexity showing. Beautiful aromas of black currants, forest floor, pencil shavings, violets, and dark chocolate. The balance is excellent with pure fruit, supple tannins, and crisp acidity. The bouquet is quite special and the fruit is much more palatable for me than when this wine was younger. An exceptional value from an era when Napa was still rational.
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Red
Brought this bottle to State Bird Provisions in SF and it paired perfectly with their fresh complex dishes. Decanted and consumed over a couple hours this was beautiful throughout with ripe fruit and fresh acidity. I still feel like these wines need more time to show complexity but this one is certainly entering a seductive phase.
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Red
Double decanted this bottle about four hours prior to consuming. 2011 is a vintage at Saxum I can really get behind. This wine is ripe yet edgy with a more savory driven style than you typically find from this estate. The nose is like a fall barbecue in the south of France. Intoxicating aromas of wild berries, creosote, lavender, charred meat, and cherry wood. The palate is so well balanced with vibrant ripe fruit, firm tannins, and tremendous complexity for such a young wine. I would like to see Saxum go more towards this style but I imagine the typical customer and usual vintage characteristics would clash with that premise.
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White - Sparkling
Undeniably young but still showing tremendous complexity, balance, and elegance. Very pure and focused on the nose with notes of flint, brioche, lemon curd, honeydew, and pear. The palate is supple yet precise with gorgeous citrus and stone fruit flavors. The immaturity of this wine shows as a spine of minerality that persists through the long finish. Just as great as the last time I had this, happy to have it in the cellar, and can’t wait to see what it shows at maturity.
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Red
Approaching fifteen years old this wine is an absolute stunner with a ripe yet elegant style. Subtle aromatics including notes of slate, wild berries, black cherries, and ruby grapefruit. The palate is so balanced and succulent with ripe yet bright fruits, supple tannins, and beautiful fruit complexity. I am surprised with the fruit in this wine, I think the stems and ripeness are a perfect foil for each other. An amazing wine from a transition period at Copain that truly delivers. One of the greatest new world Syrahs I have had.
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Red
This is an awesome wine that drinks well above the reputation of the vintage. Quintessential Pauillac with pencil shavings, currant, flowers, and earth. The fruit is in great balance with the resolved tannins and supporting acidity. A complex classic Bordeaux that for my palate would put many modern wines to shame. I purchased this bottle on a whim in my early wine buying days and am so glad I did.
Red
Initially a little rough but opens up nicely, this is slightly overextracted but holds itself together well. A complex heady nose with aromas of violets, lavender, olive tampenade, boysenberry compote, and slate. The palate is quite chewy with leafy wild berry fruit, still edgy tannins, and funky acidity. I think this is from an era when Copain was quite modern but you could still see the French influence.
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Red
This is pretty bad considering how good a wine of this caliber should be. Stewed, alcoholic, volatile, over-extracted, unpleasant, monolithic, etc. I believe time has only made this wine worse. Could be the vintage combined with a young winery but I am glad I did not commit beyond the initial release.
Red
Quite amazing considering the $30 price point circa 2005, this wine is from a long lost era when Larkmead was stunningly undervalued. An intricate bouquet of plum brandy, creme de cassis, pencil shavings, pure cacao, and lavender oil. The palate is so well balanced with a still firmly structured style including rich dark fruit, sturdy yet approachable tannins, and vine ripened acidity. Remarkably youthful, this seems to have a human like aging curve as it is just entering into adulthood, give this another ten years to reach a prime drinking window.
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Red
Super charming with a great balance between new world and old. Heady with tremendous aromas of lavender, pomegranate, and plum brandy. The palate is well resolved with crisp berry compote flavors, complicating floral notes, supple tannins, and a chalky sweet density. The type of wine that should be typical rather than atypical for California.
Red
This has blossomed significantly since my last tasting about two years ago. Beautiful floral earthy red and purple fruits such as pomegranate and boysenberry with complicating notes of forest floor, nutmeg, and violets. The palate is stunning with super seductive earthy fruit, caressing tannins, and tremendous persistence. This wine gives me a lot of confidence in all the Rhys I have aging in my cellar.
Red
Quite surprised with this wine, very strong for the price point. Beautiful aromas of violets, tar, pine, black cherry. The palate is quite approachable with savory berry tampenade flavors, supple tannins, and supporting acidity. An absolutely beautiful value Barolo from a great vintage. I need to own more of this type of wine.
Red
2003 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
This took awhile to open up so I think it seems to be in a slightly closed phase. After some air this is showing beautifully with complex earthy aromas of graphite, cedar, cassis, and lavender. The palate is approachable with good fruit density, fresh acidity, and firm tannins. There is some nice complexity to the finish. Will probably check in on another bottle in a couple of years.
Red
Carlisle once occupied a large portion of my cellar but that is no longer the case due to palate shift. This is one of the lone bottles from a case that survived the cull. These wines are not my style but they clearly occupy the apex of the big Zin pyramid. Overripe, heady, alcoholic, but so so seductive with creme de cassis, slate, creosote, olive tampenade, licorice, lavender. The palate is sweet with earthy spice driven berry compote, supple tannins, and crisp acidity. Carlisle has always structured their wines so well, this expression is no exception. Their wines are exceedingly ripe but they have always pulled off the style well.
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Red
2001 Rustenberg John X Merriman Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Charming little wine for sure. Was not expecting much from a South African Bordeaux blend pushing twenty years old but this delivers. Certainly has some Graves like character with earthy stoney scorched earth notes to the crisp red and purple fruits. The fruit is still rocking in this and combines with the soft tannins and bright acidity to deliver admirable balance. Not a ton of complexity but a pleasure to consume at this advanced age.
Red
3/13/2019 - Badfish wrote:
I am amazed at how much fruit this wine still has at age 17. This thing is loaded with ripe sweet purple fruit throughout. The heady nose is showing decent complexity with aromas of slate, cedar, creme de cassis, and creme brulee. The tannins are quite resolved which allow the fruit to just explode on the palate. This wine isn't my style but I can see how it would be attractive to people who like ripe wines. I think I will save my last bottle for another 5-10 years just to see what happens with the fruit.
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