Tasting Notes for gbm

(277 notes on 235 wines)

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Red
8/20/2017 - gbm wrote:
Free bottle at the hotel. Should have known, but I tried it. Sweet grapey garbage. It's what you drank in college from a 4L jar.
White
4/22/2016 - gbm wrote:
Second bottle with secondary fermentation. Leave it in the fridge for a day after opening and the fizz will subside - if the fizz bothers you, that is.
Red
2/29/2016 - gbm Likes this wine:
89 points
Plum colored. Clear. Relatively light. Moderately fruity. Soft, slightly musty nose with licorice and leather. . Popped and poured. Aired in the glass for 15-30 min. Still probably has a year or so of life. but still drinking very well right now. Drink em if you got em.
Red
3/13/2014 - gbm wrote:
Dark garnet. Funky nose - leather, brett. Cola and fizz which blew off somewhat over an hour, but left behind a funky taste. Black fruit and leather still came through, but again not what I was hoping for and not the esprit de Beaucastel. Reminded more of a Pinot noir than a CdP. Will let it sit for a day and see how it goes.
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Red
9/26/2013 - gbm wrote:
Cork fell apart and had to be pushed into the bottle. Decanted solely to filter out some of the particles. Fantastic. If you have one, drink it now.
Red
6/10/2013 - gbm wrote:
Wow! Totally different wine than the last bottle and way different than the 2009. Dark, but translucent purple. Funky nose - brett, cola. Spritzy on the palate. Cola, coffee, leather. Not what I expected and not 100% sure I like it. (It's not what I was after tonight.) It is interesting though.
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Red
6/2/2013 - gbm wrote:
Last bottle and sorry to see it go. No formal notes, but very nice well balanced wine. I don't see it getting better, so if you've got some left, I would enjoy them in the next 12 months or so.
Rosé
6/2/2013 - gbm wrote:
flawed
Blech. This is why you drink rosé when it's young.

Pinkish-orange-brown. It was never very pink to begin with and may have been heat damaged or otherwise tainted before I ever bought it.

No nose. Green apple and something else tart on the palate. Bitter finish. This may have been good when it was young, but it's over the hill now.

(2+11+12+4) - 79
Red
5/11/2013 - gbm wrote:
97 points
Wow. That's really all there is to say. This was fantastic. Deep, rich, well balanced. Would have paired nicely with the roast beef if it lasted that long. (5+14+19+9)
Red
2006 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/1/2013 - gbm wrote:
Definitely better after some aeration (in my case - two nights in the fridge) to loosen up the tannins.
Red
4/17/2013 - gbm wrote:
Deep purple with a little burnt orange around the edge. Nose was very expressive with blackberries, prunes, figs and some pine needles which was fantastic. After that it was all down hill. Very little fruit. None of the raisiny goodness I was expecting. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't something I will buy again. I have a half bottle left. I'll update this TN if it gets any better. But for now - (4+14+16+6).

(FWIW - not posting a sum score rating. This was more of an 85-89 point wine, but the nose lifted it to 90 points. I don't want to be misleading.)
White
4/12/2013 - gbm Likes this wine:
95 points
Crystal clear (which is a change from prior vintages where it was a bit cloudy) and the color of apple juice. Very aromatic - lots of citrus, pineapple and hints of vanilla and honey(?). Tropical fruit dominates on the palate. Butter and oak are low level background and make for a nice balance. Really a great wine and probably my favorite white. (5+14+17+9)
White
4/12/2013 - gbm wrote:
89 points
H/btl. Bought on a flyer from the LastBottle marathon. Crystal clear, very light yellow. Nose was a bit closed. Palate was dominated by minerality - the word 'austere' came to mind. A little green apple. Nice, but nothing special for me. Finish was short and crisp. Overall, nice wine. (5+11+16+7)
Red
3/8/2013 - gbm Likes this wine:
88 points
Nice light pinot. Beautiful rich purple. Not much nose. Lots of cherry on the palate. Medium acid, but this fades quickly leaving a nice smooth finish. (5+10+16+7)
Red - Fortified
3/3/2013 - gbm Likes this wine:
94 points
Charity Auction Dinner (The Farm): Fantastic. Beautiful pale nut brown. Nose was nuts, toffee, figs. Palate was smooth with hazelnut and some creme brulee. Smooth finish without the alcohol I was expecting at the end. This will be gone in days. Need to find more. (4+14+18+8)

(I realize that I'm way above other scorers - maybe I don't drink enough VP, but in comparison to 20 year tawnys, I found this to be outstanding).
White - Sweet/Dessert
2007 Château de Cosse Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/3/2013 - gbm wrote:
87 points
Charity Auction Dinner (The Farm): Light yellow color. Honey and apricot nose. Palate was similar and not very complex. Relatively simple. Nice, but nothing special. (3+13+16+5)
Red
1998 Château Grand Mayne St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/3/2013 - gbm Likes this wine:
91 points
Charity Auction Dinner (The Farm): Somehow, I can best remember this wine in comparison to the other two we drank at the same time ('07 Sorella and '05 Croix du Beaucaillou). It was lighter and smoother than the Beaucaillou, but far less floral and expressive than the Sorella.

The color was still dark, opaque and with minimal bricking. Nose was a little muted, but showed some coffee and tobacco. Palate was smooth and medium bodied with plums and other black fruit. Smooth medium finish. (4+13+17+7)
Red
2007 Andrew Will Sorella Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/3/2013 - gbm Likes this wine:
95 points
Charity Auction Dinner (The Farm): Amazing wine. Dark, inky purple with a very complex, floral nose. Possibly too much. Some chocolate notes. Palate was rich and smooth. Very well balanced. Dark red and black fruits. Long, smooth finish. Really great wine. (5+14+18+8)
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Red
3/3/2013 - gbm Likes this wine:
90 points
Charity Auction Dinner (The Farm): This was a serious wine. Probably could have used more time in a decanter, but it definitely improved in the glass over 20-30 minutes. Deep, dark opaque purple. Inky. Nose was somewhat closed. Some funky, earthy scents which carried over to the palate but were kind of lost in the leather and oak. Still, very good wine and exactly what I was expecting. Actually, I little better than I was expecting. Long, smooth finish. (4+12+17+7)
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Red
3/3/2013 - gbm Likes this wine:
88 points
Charity Auction Dinner (The Farm): Very nice burgundy. Translucent, deep reddish purple with a hint of orange along the edge. Nose was not very memorable. Palate was smooth. Moderate acidity. Medium finish. If I had more, I would drink it now. (4+11+16+7).

Not sure if this really deserves an 88 or 89. It was good, but not a standout. I would buy it again. Good value at about $40.
White - Sparkling
3/3/2013 - gbm Likes this wine:
95 points
Charity Auction Dinner (The Farm): I finally get it! I am not a big champagne fan, but vintage champagne - wow! This was fantastic. Beautiful golden color in the glass. Almost no visible bubbles. The nose was brioche, vanilla, and yeast, but the yeast was moderate - not overpowering. Faint soft bubbles on the palate. Smooth and sharp. All around terrific. I could have had the whole bottle by myself. (5+14+18+8)
White
3/3/2013 - gbm wrote:
Charity Auction Dinner (The Farm): Light yellow or straw colored. Nose of fruits and minimal petrol. Sweeter and less acidic than I was hoping for, but the fruits were very nice. Apple in the kabocha squash soup really brought out the apple flavors in the wine.
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Red
2/24/2013 - gbm Likes this wine:
Agree with AIB. Very nice pinot. Sour cherry predominates with some cola and spice.
Red
2009 San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
2/22/2013 - gbm Likes this wine:
Light purple, clear. Not much nose to speak of, but what's there is light and fruity. Palate is thin, tart cherries with a slightly bitter finish. Nice wine - enjoyable daily drinker.
Red - Fortified
1/27/2013 - gbm Does not like this wine:
85 points
Dark purple. Thin. There was no nose to speak of. The palate was rather one note - some black fruit compote and that's it. Need to find a recipe that calls for a port reduction. This was disappointing. (4+10+15+6)
Red
1/14/2013 - gbm wrote:
90 points
Book Club - Italian Night (Bar Sugo): Very nice. Nose was expressive - cherries, floral scents. Smooth and medium bodied without the excess acidity you usually find in mid-level Brunellos. Finish was smooth and clean as well. (4+13+16+7)
Red
1/14/2013 - gbm wrote:
89 points
Book Club - Italian Night (Bar Sugo): Straight forward Barolo. Nose was fairly closed. Cherries, subtle leather. Moderate tannins and body. Slightly acidic on the finish. Good, but nothing to write home about. (4+12+16+7)
Red
2000 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
1/14/2013 - gbm Likes this wine:
90 points
Book Club - Italian Night (Bar Sugo): Nose was a little funky. Blew off quickly. Dried cherries, pencil shavings, hint of vanilla. Medium body and tannins. Very drinkable. Excellent chianti. (4+12+17+7)
Red
1/14/2013 - gbm wrote:
94 points
Book Club - Italian Night (Bar Sugo): Fantastic wine. Nose of spice, chocolate, and a background of cedar. Hints of amarone. Medium bodied with fine tannins. Cherries and other red/black fruit. Drying on the finish. My note does not do it justice. (5+14+17+8)
White - Sparkling
1/14/2013 - gbm Likes this wine:
90 points
Book Club - Italian Night (Bar Sugo): Pale golden color. A few bubbles. Clean, fresh nose. Sweet (but not cloying), crisp, and refreshing. Very nice way to end a meal. (4+12+17+7)
White
1/14/2013 - gbm wrote:
91 points
Book Club - Italian Night (Bar Sugo): Pale yellow. Flowers, apple and pear on the nose. Good acidity and a hint of minerality. Medium finish. Really very enjoyable. Did not do much for the bland tuna crudo it was paired with and might do better against something with a little kick. (4+13+17+7)
Red
1/5/2013 - gbm Likes this wine:
95 points
Fantastic. Deep dark purple. The nose was a little muted, but opened up over two hours. Cherries, mocha, leather - but all subdued and integrated. Very nice. On the palate the wine was fantastic. Lots of sharp, clean red and black fruits. Tannins were smooth and balanced with the acidity. Medium body, and a smooth long finish. (5+13+18+9)
Red
1/5/2013 - gbm wrote:
94 points
Cloudy. reddish purple with a little browning around the edge. Nose was incredibly expressive - floral and fruity with cherries and strawberries. Palate was similar with lots of bright red fruit, medium acidity. A light bodied wine with a smooth medium finish. If this is an average burg at 10+ years, I'm saving the rest of mine for 20! (4+15+17+8)
Red
1/4/2013 - gbm wrote:
88 points
Clear purple. Not much on the nose - maybe a little barnyard. Taste was tart cherries, strawberry, raspberry. Short, sharp finish. Enjoyable, but nothing special. Decent for the price range, but again, there is better available at this level. (5+11+16+6)
Red
12/31/2012 - gbm wrote:
Two hour decant. Not much to add since last time. Big red cab with lots of black and red fruits and firm tannins. Great with steak, OK by itself. Good $40 wine, but don't think I'll be buying again.
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Red
12/25/2012 - gbm wrote:
90 points
Not much to add since the last bottle. The sweetness was not as noticeable. Used two cups to braise a brisket, then drank the rest with the finished product. Went very nicely. Still drinking well. (4+13+16+7)
Red
12/24/2012 - gbm wrote:
93 points
Very intense wine. Dark red color. Lots of aromas, but mostly ripe red fruit and spice. On the palate this is very rich. Cola, cherries, and spice dominate. Short finish. Not quite my style and very different (I think) from the Moulin Rouge. Still, will give this a couple of years to see what happens. (5+14+17+7)
Red
12/14/2012 - gbm Likes this wine:
94 points
Fantastic wine. Deep dark red-violet. Nose was difficult in a small restaurant - might have been a bit closed as well. Palate was rich with black cherries and raspberries. A little baking spice and very well balanced acidity. (5+12+18+9)
White
12/8/2012 - gbm Likes this wine:
89 points
Really surprised by this wine. My first Arneis. Very pale gold or straw. Not much on the nose that I can remember. Minerals, pear, a little lemon, acid. Apparently some people find the acid a bit too much, but I really enjoyed it. (4+12+16+7)
Red
Light purple or violet in color. Nose was cherry, but pretty closed. The wine seemed very thin. Cherry, cola and acid predominate. Short, tart finish.
White
12/5/2012 - gbm Likes this wine:
93 points
Great wine! Buttered popcorn and minerals on the nose - a little closed, but still very nice. I lose the minerals a little on the palate, but lots of sharp citrus with medium acidity. Thought there might be some ginger or spice at the finish. (5+13+17+8)
Red
11/24/2012 - gbm wrote:
Dark red, not much brown or bricking. Nose was very strange. Some funk, some balsamic. Just odd and not enjoyable. Palate was similar - balsamic notes, acid, no fruit left whatsoever but still medium acid and some old dusty tannnins. Left it in a decanter and it improved slightly after an hour, but no one drank it. Very sorry I have another one. SkeBum hit the nail on the head - over the hill. Dead.
Red
11/22/2012 - gbm wrote:
Thanksgiving 2012 (The Old Homestead): Thanksgiving - WOTN. Opened up and compared with the Paul Hobbs. Bright garnet color. Fruit forward with cherry and other red fruits. Medium acidity. Short, clean finish. Didn't last long enough to pair up with the turkey, but probably would have done fine. Very typical Savigny-les-Beaune, in my limited experience, and something I plan to revisit. I like this style and this region.
Red
11/22/2012 - gbm wrote:
Thanksgiving 2012 (The Old Homestead): Thanksgiving - Still think it's overrated. Dark garnet, almost purple. Plum, black cherry and cedar on the nose. Still opens with a fizz. Tastes like cherry cola for the first half hour. That bubbles off and you are left with a (dark red) fruit forward wine. It's a little too much for me - almost syrah-like. Blind I might think it was an Aussie shiraz, but I would wonder where the tannins went. Anyway, medium to full bodied, moderate acidity and a medium to long finish. General consensus was that it improved over time, went well with the bird, but never rose above numer 2 for the night.
Red
11/22/2012 - gbm wrote:
Thanksgiving 2012 (The Old Homestead): Thanksgiving - OK - ruby colored. A little close to grape juice when we opened it, but it settled in after a few hours. Bright, fruity, cherries. Medium acid. Wouldn't know a tannin if it hit it on the head. Good for turkey.
Red
11/21/2012 - gbm wrote:
Much more well integrated than I expected. Still pretty tannic, but...deep rich red...currants, vanilla, a little flowery...moderate acid and tannins, tart, but not mouth puckering - still, you would do well to eat with this wine - lots of bright red fruit...medium finish.
Red
10/16/2012 - gbm wrote:
94 points
Why have I never tried Turley before? This was a revelation for me. Dark red or garnet, opaque. Nose of red fruit, cinnamon and spice. Smooth and balanced palate with cherries, raspberries - a hint of darker fruits, like plums or even raisins or figs - spice and a little pepper. Really fantastic. Medium long finish. I can't believe the alcohol was 16%. I did not taste it at all. (4+14+18+8)
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Red
10/8/2012 - gbm wrote:
Deep dark red - similar to their other cabs and blends. Heavy oak. Tannins were moderate. There was still some fruit - not sure if it was fading or obscured by the oak - plums, cherries. Maybe some coffee or cocoa too. Smooth, medium finish. Very nice wine.
Red
10/8/2012 - gbm wrote:
Still an awesome wine. Down to three bottles and not sure what to do when I run out.
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