Tasting Notes for Badfish

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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.
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.
Red
First time with this producer, simply brilliant from a modest site and vintage. Tremendously elegant with floral and mineral aromas including musk rose, thyme, wet clay, wild berries, and strawberries. The palate is crunchy yet approachable with earthy red fruit, bright acidity, and firm tannins. The old dense vines certainly show here as this wine shows great complexity for such a young wine. Definitely a domaine that is now on my radar.
Red
Surprisingly great for such a modest wine although those looking for the typical big Cabernet will be disappointed. This is a throwback to the wines of yesteryear from Napa. There is deftly ripened purple fruit, haunting complexity of graphite, cedar, tobacco, and an elegant balance throughout. Slightly hollow in the middle but the extended earthy finish makes up for it. The tannins are quite resolved and put this wine is in peak drinking form. I hope wines like this are still made in Napa Valley.
Red
Surprised this wine has turned out so well balanced and approachable for my palate. Still a rich wine but fragrant, vibrant, juicy, and complex. Deep ruby core with a violet brick edge. Super perfumed with aromas of lavender, violet, cassis, olive tapenade, slate, wild berry. Purple fruit flavors with soft tannins, crunchy acidity, and ample density. I believe this wine was crafted as a homage to Hermitage, I think they have succeeded in that goal. Tremendously interesting wine that I wasn't expecting to be a success.
Red
Opaque ruby core to a dark violet rim. Super dark and inky in appearance, aroma, and flavor. Definitely what you would expect from a fifteen year old Petite Sirah. Blackberry, cassis, liquefied slate, lavender, violets. Like a Hermitage on steroids ala 2003 Chapoutier. Ripe dense fruit, tannins starting to resolve but still firm, just enough acidity. Certainly a bruiser but starting to show signs of coming into balance. Give this at least another ten years.
Red
More restrained and backward than the 2006 Aria’s I had recently. These wines seems to be aging like a dream. Dark ruby core with a violet rim, no signs of bricking. Blackberry, wet asphalt, bacon, lavender. Beautiful fruit and acidity with the tannins still firm. Will probably age my last bottle for at least another ten years.
Red
2000 Château Bernadotte Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
From one of the first lots of wine I purchased, so close to 15 years in the cellar. Showing very well for what it is, a sub $20 Bordeaux from a great vintage. Deep dark ruby core with slight bricking. Cedar, violets, blackberry, cassis, earth. Tremendous balance with crunchy dark fruits and subtle tannins. Punching above the expected density for a wine in this category. Quite a charming wine that showcases why you want to age value Bordeaux from classic vintages.
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Red
This wine performs just as you would expect for a modest Brunello. Initial funk and brett that blows off leading to aromas of blackberry, violets, matchstick, forest floor, tar. The tannins are still firm and the acidity is pronounced but the fruit hangs in well and I think this could bloom a little more with age. Slightly edgy still but plenty of complex character and a good foil to rich pasta dishes. I plan to drink my last bottle in about ten years.
Red
These wines are so good, I should have been purchasing more Cabot wines over the years. Certainly ripe but obviously from a cooler climate. Purple fruits with complicating notes of violets, olive tampenade, spices. Great balance at this stage with the tannins beginning to resolve and the fruit and acid matching well. No signs of slowing down at age 12, I would not hesitate to age these wines substantially longer.
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Red
First bottle of six, this is aging nicely, great color, dark with a strong ruby core, no bricking as of yet. Beautiful aromas of raspberries, roses, slate, cedar, and forest floor. Flavors are certainly more earth driven with fresh acidity and firm tannins. I think this may be in a closed phase and would recommend holding for another five years before trying again.
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Red
10/19/2018 - Badfish wrote:
This bottle was seeping with a bottom neck fill so I figured I should open it. Hard to tell if this wine is slightly off or if it is just an average wine, probably a combination. Bricking at the rim with a ruby core and fine sediments. Earthy woody aromas off the bat with crushed stones, raw oak, slate, iodine, black cherry. Drying out slightly on the palate with purple fruits, soft tannins, good acidity. Just average as I was certainly hoping for more from this wine. I have one more bottle so it will be interesting to see if the defective cork had an impact on this bottle.
Red
Definitely serviceable for a fifteen dollar 2000 Bordeaux. Still a deep ruby core with certain bricking at the edge. Pretty much all forest floor, mushrooms, cedar, and violets on the nose with subtle hints of wild berries. The palate is crunchy with subdued fruit, ample minerality, supple tannins, and decent complexity. Avoid if you primarily look for fruit in your wines.
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Red
This tasting compounds on my last note, this wine is now falling off the edge with the fruit, structure, and alcohol all out of balance. Prunes, vegetal tannins, and bourbon are rearing their ugly heads. There is a possibility my palate has not changed as much as I think and this wine was much sexier in youth. Probably a combination of both factors. Certainly gives credence to the theory that these type of wines should be drank young. I clearly had hope for this wine (and siblings), but it is now sadly relegated to cooking and quaffing duty.
Red
This is a great wine, drinking quite approachable for a Barolo of this age. Raspberry, red currant, slate, underbrush, musk rose, lavender. Beautiful aromatics. Flavors tend towards red and purple fruits with notes of raspberry, licorice, and forest floor. The balance is still a bit towards tannin but the fruit and acidity are prominent. Should age further effortlessly. Surpisingly solid call by Suckling.
Red
This is just beautiful, no signs of slowing down, exuberant yet deft aromatics, dense crunchy fruit, supple yet structured mouthfeel. Super complex on the nose: crushed stones, cranberries, game, violets, blood oranges. The flavors are red fruit driven with beautiful complicating mineral, herbal, and game tones. Haunting Pinot from a great vineyard and producer who in this wine has let the terroir shine. Once again staggering aromatics.
Red
So this has definitely improved from my last tasting 8 years ago. Still has that olive astringency but the structure has subsided and both combine well with the dark minerally fruit. Maybe this has just needed time all along. Purchased winery direct and stored properly. The stained cork and bottle are concerns but I plan to save my last bottle for sometime long down the road.
Red
Amazing value on this wine. Holding up so well. Love the cooler climate notes just oozing: wild berries, slate, forest floor, violets. A beautiful wine from an underrated producer and region. With ample tannins and no signs of fading this wine should age effortlessly for another decade.
Red
Charming little Chateauneuf from a seemingly great vintage. Drinking beautifully today with cherry, licorice, herbs, and tremendous balance. A welcome style with today’s super ripe wines from this region. Slight bricking, red fruits for days, complicating earth, a long somewhat coarse finish. This is showing quite well for a $25 bottle close to 20 years old. Still has some tannins so surprisingly lively.
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White
Still great with that lean yellow fruit and mineral compote. Floral, herbal, even vegetal, this has certainly shed the baby fat and all signs of sweet fruit. Bone dry and showing more French this time with delicate fruit and shredding acidity. Going strong at 10+ years old. I have one bottle remaining and will probably give it another 10+, why not, there are no signs of oxidation.
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Red
Beautiful aromas with this wine, crystalline and savory with red fruits, earth, spices. Very pure and bright in style with crisp mineral driven flavors. Modest density as expected for the village level but well balanced with the nose showcasing the potential. An excellent wine that speaks of the appellation and the quality of this producer.
Red
Beautiful prototypical Napa Cabernet Sauvignon from a ripe yet balanced vintage. Blackberry, currant leaf, cigar box, dark chocolate, slate, simply put this checks all the boxes. Softening somewhat but still well structured with firm tannins and plenty of density. Drinking amazingly well at age 15, hard to believe I have had this wine for that long and it is still so vibrant. Will not hestitate to age my remaining bottles for several more years.
Red
My first experience with Dirty+Rowdy and this offering certainly delivers. Like Robert Parker waking up from his worst nightmare in a concrete vat of cool vintage Rayas. Gorgeous perfumed aromas like the kind you would encounter while foraging for wild herbs and berries in a rock laden landscape. The palate feels like it could use some time to unwind but there is clear stuffing lingering alongside the succinct tannins and acidity. A bit of haunting wineyness I really enjoy on the finish. Certainly a refreshing expression of California wine for my palate. Place this next to a bottle of SQN and witness their mutual annhilation.
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Red
Certainly rich and ripe with sweet dark flavors such as blackberry, currant, plums, herbs, and cedar. This still has ample structure but it is definitely made in a more exhuberant over the top style. I am surprised at how youthful these 2002 Napa Cabs are showing. Although no longer in my wheelhouse I can appreciate the quality here.
Red
Man this is still so rich and structured, surprising for a sub $20 Napa Cab of this stature and age. Loaded with blackberry, current leaf, cedar, sweet tannins, and adequate acidity. Still have a couple bottles so I'm thinking at least five years until the next one.
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Red
9/30/2017 - Badfish Likes this wine:
92 points
The cork just rips to shreds on this bottle, I seem to remember this issue with older Alesias. Strained the wine into glass, the color is ruby salmon and the nose is awesome with raspberries, garden roses, and slate. The palate is supple with minerally red fruit, oak spices, and an herbal stemmy finish. With plenty of life left this wine bodes very well for the ageability of wines in the Rhys' stable. Thanks for setting up the virtual offline Frank.
Red
9/10/2017 - Badfish Likes this wine:
92 points
This is a very good Central Coast Syrah, undeniably dark and ripe but also savory and balanced. The notes lean towards blackberries, violets, crushed stones and olives, while the tannins are still rich yielding ample structure. Maybe a bit extracted and chewy for my ideal but this is very well done.
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