Tasting Notes for BarneyBuzz

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Red
4/11/2020 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
It was clearly going downhill, not how I remembered it years ago. Acidity still high and fruits were present but a little more muted than before. Still drank well and went very well with our dinner.

Nose: was still quite perfume.
Red
4/2/2013 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
Swet cherries nose. Floweral notes. Brick light color.
Plate: sweet cheerries. There is a slight tartness as the wine gets warmer. Has the aged sweetness of a 10+ year old wine. But nothing to shout about. Not a multi dimensional wine. Its drinks like an ave aged premier cru.
Red
11/17/2012 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
90 points
Deep violet in color, lovely nose of cherries, raspberries and some earth. light frangrance.freshing acidity and low alcohol, lingering acid on the finish. It would be good for food or on a warm day on its own cold! One of the better gamay's I have had. it is what it is, a very good quaffer that is instantly enjoyable without having to wait on it.
Red
11/17/2012 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
Popped and poured, it was a crowd favorite with those who did not really know their wine. It was easy drinking, juicy, pleasurable. Good balance of acid and fruit
Red
6/5/2010 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
89 points
reaching its end point in life, i would drink now! Integrated wine with secondary notes of stew fruit sweetish showing.
Red
3/5/2010 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
87 points
Faint fragrances of Black Berry nose, Gentle soft velvety texture of cab franc and little structure of cab sauvigon, gentle tannins, juicy light acidity, Medium finish. Good easy drinking wine.
Red
1/22/2010 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
Pop and poured, light elegant Raspberries nose. Eventually evolving into dark cherry nose ending off with a hint of orange peel zest. On the palate, the wine is spritzy with a cherry cola taste like Paul mentioned in his TN. Good long cherrish finish.
Red
12/22/2009 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
89 points
The bottle is really unique, taller than most bottles. The initial nose gave me medicated black cherries notes. That medicinal nose blew off with time and it gave way to a fruity black berry and mulberry nose, lovely aroma.
On the initiate palate, the wine gave a bitter dark cocoa taste, with a notes of bitter raw coffee bean characteristics, unusual wine for me. Again with time, the wine started to show smooth velvety tannins, hints of vanilla, fruity yet not sweet plummy taste. Medium bodied, well balanced wine. 87pts in the start - 89pts later. Drinking well now, do not seem to have tannins or structure for aging. Would recommend this wine for those who wants to try something new that is immediate gratification without hurting the wallet.
Red
2005 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/25/2009 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
91 points
tasted at the WFA 09. Elegant, smooth on the palate. lighter than the other bords on show.
Red
9/11/2009 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
89 points
Great quaffing bottle of wine. Plums, stewed cherry, menthol nose. Light tannins, medium bodied wine. Great with food and good QPR for $38 Singapore dollars
Red
3/9/2009 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
80 points
Woody nose with a slight sweet plums scent. On the palate, plum notes with a high acidity taste that make the wine almost sourish on the finish, very short finish. medium - bodied and smooth. Cheap Quaffer, drink it for what it is, dont expect much.
Red
6/27/2009 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
89 points
Dark cherry color core that fades to light pink on the rims. A fragrant flinty cherry scent,sour cherries, pitted dark cherries with a little sour taste to it. Smooth tannins, elegant drink but short finish.
Red
6/4/2009 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
88 points
Popped and poured straight from the wine chiller, it was very smooth, with hints of vanilla. Tannins were soft and wine though simple was balanced. As the temperature went up, so did the alcoholic heat and taste of this wine, best served below 26c. Medium-light bodied wine that when well with my pasta of tomato based beef sauce. Great QPR wine.
Red
5/31/2009 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
89 points
Funky barnyard nose, a little mushroom. Rich and elegant with good substance, pepper spice and nutmeg and capsicum and a sweetness to it that reminded me of sweet candied cherries. Good length with the right amount of acid. Disappointing for a Suchots for a vintage like 2002, expected more.
Red
5/22/2009 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
88 points
Very Decent wine. Fresh fruity cherries with a hint of fresh leaves and earth on the nose. Medium- light bodied wine with soft tannins. More earth than fruit was found on the palate in contrast to the nose. A completely easy drinking wine for light meats. Finish was short but very enjoyable. This was a well-balanced wine, nothing felt out of place. Very good quaffing wine, had mine with a sirloin beef burger infused with cheese!
Red
5/19/2009 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
89 points
Taken on the 2nd Day after it was opened the night before. Serving temperature played a huge part.
Straight out from the bottle, chilled - Nose: Stewed Plums, light Blueberries and Black currant. On the Palate, it was juicy berries with a hint of bitter chocolate on the finish. The Wine represented good weight and structure.
15 mins later - Nose: Blueberries and Black currant were more dominate. On the Palate, the Black currants were bigger and yummier, tobacco, leather and bitter chocolate was more dominate.
30 mins later at 28c room temp - Nose was an Attack of sweet berry fruit, was less refine, more in your face impression. On the palate: the fruits were starting to fade and the bitterness of the wine was overpowering all the other flavours:
Overall, a very good QPR but one would need to watch the serving temperature of this very wine. Served slightly chilled.
Red
2002 White Rock Vineyards Claret Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/9/2009 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
90 points
Huge Black currants and blue berries on the nose. A little smell of smoke. Ripe Black berry and dark cherries on the entry, with a long finish of bitter chocolate. The wine later evolved when the phenolic fumes blew off when we chilled the wine slighted and decanted for 3 hrs. Tobacco smoke on the nose started to be more obvious, the wine was no longer tannin and hot on the finish. Medium acid, with a spice tobacco mid-plate. Heavy bodied wine. All in all, this wine needed to be drank at a cool temp, as my country's climate is about 30c, we had to chill it significantly to get removal the hot alcohol taste and bring out the best in the wine.
Red
1996 Château du Courlat Lussac-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/11/2009 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
88 points
Basic wine, expected a little more with the age on this. Its was refined, smooth. But not much layers on the nose. Nothing to shout about.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Floreal Maury Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
2/10/2009 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
87 points
light style 'port', bitter chocolate prune, black currant, dried red dates, raisin after taste. Good cheaper alternative to port. Mum loves it.
White
2/9/2009 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
88 points
First experience with a Swiss white wine and the grape varietal Chasselas. Very impressed with the quality and food pairing with seafood. On the nose there was a hint of vanilla, pear and white floral notes, with a hint of minerals. On the palate, the wine was citrus lime, acid was a little sharp and the mid-plate was a little hollow, with a mineral finish that some at teh dinner table felt there was an almost bitter finish. But I though the minerals of chalk and limestone were good characters that help pair the wine with shell fish. A good food wine. Delicious.
Red
2/9/2009 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured with Cantonese cuisine of a fortune pot with stewed duck, sea cucumber, oysters, mushroom, black moss. abalone. Color was dark red, surprised at the rich dense color. The nose was initially full of black pitted cherries, followed by earthiness and a hint of oak spice and cherry cola. The initial attack was of black cherry fruit, mid-plate was that of oak spice and earthy goodness, finish was decent and medium length. Well integrated wine, medium body, good acid to balance the weight and fruit of the wine. Felt that maybe the wine was a little too extracted. Nevertheless, a drinking good now.
White
2/8/2009 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
Seems to have evolved! Lychee notes and a odd honeyed smell. Seems like an off bottle, perhaps it wasn't cold enough
Red
1/24/2009 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
89 points
Fresh open bottle of grape & Washington apple juice on the nose, also high toned cherries. Notes of sweet wild flowers buds as the wine opened up. Black current attack on the fore, high toned cherries slightly disguised by the black fruit attack.
Juicy on the mid-palate, and just a little tart on the short finish. Despite the disappointing finish, a great balance of acid and sweetness. Almost like drinking juice with alcohol so greatly infused it almost went unnoticed! Easy drinking and very good QPR! Case purchase type of wine!!!
Red
1/16/2009 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
91 points
It was a strong nose of dark crushed black berries, brown sugar and slight hint of toffee. Deep dark color, blackish blue! The initial attack was one of fruits and a little candied sweetness i would associate with secondary development. The plate also revealed a little complexity in the wine, dusty tannins, spice and hint of vanilla. Finish was medium long without any phenolic hotness i often get with Aussie wines. This was a well balanced wine that was a little on the sweet side, a pity I caught it in transition. It seemed to have started to develop from it youthful character to take on secondary notes. I can only imagine how good it will be give another 2-3 years! If you have it, keep it, you will be rewarded!
Red
12/24/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
90 points
Solid QPR, elegant Syrah and sweetish fruit, coffee notes, little spicy. smokey, prunes!
White - Sweet/Dessert
2002 Carmes de Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/3/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
83 points
I don't know if my bottle was corked, but this was awful. I drank a sip and gave the rest up even though i brought the bottle. Little sweetness on the back end, orange peel nose and a somewhat burnt oak, or as Alex might have said it, burnt honey. To be fair, it's acidity did balance well with the sweetness and the crowd liked the wine as it was the perfect finish to dinner. However,I really didn't like this.
Red
10/13/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
90 points
Color: Dark ruby red core with color fading towards the other rim towards a light color. Nose: Light Barnyard Funk,smoke red fruit, phenolic heat.light gentle vanilla notes,bell peppers. light Cedar notes. Palate:Surprising light bodied for a Cabernet, as its only a medium-light bodied wine. High acid, juicy fruit,mellowed and tamed tannins, flavors black current berries, little heat showing, aged Cabernet drink, smooth and elegant, lingering finish ending with a touch of smoky aftertaste. Drink now or keep for another few years. The Acid would make this a good food wine. On the 2nd night, nose was 50% gone, palate still displayed heat and a little spice was detected. Fruit still showed but a tad less impressive. I wouldn't keep the wine for more than 2 days. 87pts
Red
9/24/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
89 points
perfumed nose of red fruits and vanilla. On the palate there was a short acidic mouthful, good structure, dusty tannins, short finish of sour cherries.
Red
2001 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/12/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
91 points
Decanted for 2 hours, Black fruit, licorice, old leather and tar nose, still tight on the nose. Lots going on the palate, very concentrated and complex. Explosion on the tongue, lead pencil, cassis and little austere, good structure, vanilla notes, acidic mouth fill, good lengthy finish. Needs more time to develop, but still my WOTN on the palate. 91pts
Red
2000 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/12/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
88 points
Alcoholic fumes of tar, dark fruits and herbal tea leaves. Medium bodied. Muted dark fruits and cedar, medium -light weight feel on the palate with a short finish. Disappointing, expected more from a 2000 Bord. 88pts
Red
1997 Château Monbousquet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/12/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
90 points
Decanted for an hour. On the nose, there were rich notes of black fruits, pleasant tobacco and perfumed wood. Medium bodied with good weight and acid on the palate, tobacco, mushroom, forest floor, dark coffee/mocha-like and well-integrated earthiness, a very satisfying wine. I guess I am bias as I like right bank wines. 90.5pts
Red
8/12/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
90 points
This was the only blind of the night, with no one guessing it. I loved this wine, my kind of style. The best food WOTN in my opinion went well with the meat, sausage and mushroom pizza we had and spicy chicken wings! Yummy….
Popped and poured. Dark Ruby Red in color. On the nose, sweet black fruits, licorice, bitter chocolate. On the palate, this wine was medium-bodied, ripe and firm acidity with sweetish raisiny sweetness. Great food wine with some guessing this was an Amorone Valpolicella. Although, the alcohol could be felt on the nose initially, with about 1 hour in, the alcoholic fumes disappeared and the wine tasted smoother. A modern old world wine. One of my favorite wines of the night. 90pts
Red
8/12/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
90 points
On the nose, notes of vanilla. Dark colored wine, medium-bodied. Smooth tannins with good fruits in the juice. After 2 hours, the wine tasted like sweetish cherries but not cloying sweet, but delightful and the tannins were silkier as the wine aired.
White - Sparkling
8/12/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
89 points
Golden in color with good bubbles. The first whiff gave notes of lemon zest, sweetish honey and some floral notes. On the palate, this wine was sweet, medium bodied and decent length in the finish. Not your typical yeasty bread notes you would expect in your Champagne. This was a brut, but I would think it’s an extra-dry based on the sweetness in the finish. This was an enjoyable wine a QPR for a 1996 vintage champagne! Good aperitif for our dinner. 89-90 pts
Red
8/6/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
91 points
Freshness on the nose of tea leaves, leather, very Pauillac on the nose the guest reflected. Well integrated palate, smooth tannins, definitely ready for drinking. My wine of the night.
Red
8/6/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
90 points
Popped and poured. Stemmy, greenness on the nose like that of some 2004 burgs. Hints of candied cherries on nose and palate. This was a medium - heavy bodied wine for a pinot, rich in texture and weighty for a pinot on the palate. Opened up after 1.5 hrs. Strawberries and candied cherries were to the fore on the nose and palate. The finish got much sweeter, a little too much for my liking, thought it lacked complexity and was a little too sweet. Lacking elegance that i was looking for. As this was my first Kooyong, I was a little disappointed. The finish was big, fruity and sweet.
White - Sparkling
8/6/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
90 points
Pear, apple, lychee on the nose. Sweet and just enough acid for the crispness to make this a great ending to a night. little bubbles from this Moscato. Tasted much better than i last remember, probably because of the chilled temp.
Red
6/8/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
89 points
Dark red in color. A little tight on the nose, but with about an hr decanting opened up a little to dark fruits. On the palate, there was heavy bodied mouth feel, with tannic fruits, notes of chocolate, bitter plum and a slight level complexity and a 10 sec plus finish. A satisfying wine for the price. QPR.
Red
6/4/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
90 points
Floral with red berry fruit. Medium-bodied, showing good structure with cherry and mineral. Balanced and easy to drink. Light acidity and finish. elegant but with enough mid-palate. Drink from 2008 to 2010
Red
6/4/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
90 points
very juicy and fruity. Dark red, heavy bodied. Almost sweet fruit on the palate.
Red
6/4/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
91 points
Nose: fruity with a little tea leafs smell. Palate: juicy, smooth tannins, good fruit, a little greenness. though , Notes of tea leafs was more obvious as time went on, got more lush as time when on!
Red
6/1/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
90 points
Day 1: Nose of fruits, palate seemed a bit closed at first. Opened up with an 1 hr or so of air. Good juice from the wine grapes! Dark red colored wine. Medium - heavy bodied. smooth tannins. Good fruit.
Day 2: Fruit notes less apparent, a little tar and cigar box. Tannins were silkier on the 2nd day. Tar and earthiness more apparent on the 2nd day. Probably best after 2-3 hrs decant. Slight bitter/tar notes on the mid palate. Interesting complexity
Red
5/29/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
87 points
A little closed on the nose intially, but after 30 mins, tar, faint cherries. Palate- TAR, OAK! Faint cheries with smooth tannins. very inky.
Red
5/26/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
91 points
Perfumed nose of earth, little mint. Medium-bodied. Dark fruit with a hint of vanilla on the palate, silky tannins showing great balance of weight and acidity. I think it was my wine of the night in an assorted blind tasting.
Red
5/26/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
88 points
A fragrant nose of spice and bing cherries with a hint of smoke. Nose evolved to black tea after an hour or so, feels like it was drank too young. Tart on the palate with strong tannins, medium bodied. This is definitely a good wine, but a little wasted as we opened it too soon. Needs a few years of aging. Now a 88pts for the disappointing palate, but should go up a few points when potential is fulfilled.
Red
5/23/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
90 points
This was my 2nd blind tasting of the night! It had a stinky/herbal nose of cherries that had me guessing New Zealand pinot noir, but on the palate, it tasted like a familiar earthy matured Faugeres from the regional French Coteaux du Languedoc village. There were notes of black cherries. Its smooth tannins were somewhat mellow that I would never have guessed it was a CDP. An enjoyable CDP for drinking even now. Surprising. No Decanting, straight from bottle.
Red
5/26/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
89 points
Dusty, Earthy nose with a hint of cherries. Surprised at the smooth tannins for a young burgundy. Medium bodied, juicy with earthy notes. Easy drinking with decent finish to it. It is a very enjoyable wine now.
Red
5/24/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
91 points
Cherries and plumy on the nose. Smooth tannins, plums, sweet almost port-like in character fruit without the concentration. Comments at a blind tasting was that it smells and drinks like a new world wine, but yet still had the rustic character of an old world! A superb wild card if doing a blind tasting party!
Red
5/24/2008 - BarneyBuzz wrote:
88 points
If you like fruit bombs, this wine can be one of your top 3 wines to drink at a very decent price. Tasted blind with 7 other bottles. This wine had a fruit forward nose with hints of vanilla tones.
The sweet fruit notes hits you as you first drink it, then the vanilla notes, with very slight white pepper spice. Medium Bodied, lovely mouthfill of smooth tannins. By no means is it an elegant wine, but it is a very satisfying quaffer for fruit bomb lovers! It is in my opinion a little one dimensionally, but I LOVE IT! I know what wine to serve my friends who don't know how to appreciate wines and the ladies who love sweet wines! This is going to my fruit bomb choice wine to serve. Excellent QPR!
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