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Tasting Notes for pa1966stang

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Red
1986 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/20/2021 - pa1966stang wrote:
flawed
DOA. Raisin and balsamic vinegar on the nose. Cork broke in half on the way our, 3/4 of the way saturated. I had another '86 last year that was much much better. So goes life...
Red
11/20/2021 - pa1966stang Likes this wine:
93 points
Consumed as a trio with a Bdx and champagne, easily the winner of the night. After a two hour decant this wine is peaking out with classic Napa flavors and smoothed out tannins. Can easily go another 10-29 years. No signs of aging.
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Rosé - Sparkling
11/20/2021 - pa1966stang Likes this wine:
91 points
Drank as the starter to my wife’s birthday dinner. Fresh bread dough topped with strawberries. This didn’t disappoint. There was a weight to the wine that gave a substantial nought feel. Not that we had to chew the wine, but substance and girth. We will seek our more bottles as they become available. Definitely something. Worth having in the cellar.
White
Drinks like a spatlese. There is sweetness and weight to this wine but it is offset by a fine acidic streak through the mouth. This wine has stuffing to go on for the next set of years and years. I won't touch my last 5 bottles for another 5-10 years. This bottle again proves that 2019 is a vintage for the ages.
White - Sparkling
9/26/2021 - pa1966stang wrote:
A bit more residual sugar than we normally drink in champagne but this doesn’t stop smiles. More complex than it deserves to be at this price point. Great QPR.

Red apple and brioche. Aggressive bubbles that settle after an hour of being open. The acid balances the RS for a full mouthfeel and lingering finish. Each sips makes you want to take another.
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Red
9/24/2021 - pa1966stang wrote:
Decanted off the sediment, there was a sign if any amount. We lost maybe 1/3 of a glass to sludge, admittedly I manhandled the bottle from the cellar to the kitchen.

Pours a dark and brooding color. This is a big wine. High alcohol and lots of fruit stuffed in. There is a tannic streak that helps cut through the alcohol, but not much of an acidic backbone as I’d have hoped. On in the mouth, cherry, cocoa nibs, toasted earth, just an ever so slight hint of bacon fat. All in all a positive vibe from this wine.
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White
9/24/2021 - pa1966stang wrote:
I have to agree with earlier posts, this wine is a bit pedestrian. Whiffs of lemon and minerality on the nose, distinctly Riesling. In the mouth it’s a slamming of acid without anything else to balance the onslaught, and I like acid. Maybe it’s in a dumb phase. I have one more bottle that I’ll bury for 20 years and see what happens.
Red
9/19/2021 - pa1966stang wrote:
An early check in on these bottles. Like all the classic Barolo of 2016, this one is going to be a winner. Starting to shut down a little bit, but with some air it is wide open for business. Classic tar, sour berry, Barolo notes.
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Red
9/9/2021 - pa1966stang wrote:
92 points
From a technical perspective this wine is obviously a very high quality but is not my preferred style. Overly extracted and it feels like there is a tablespoon of residual sugar. Blueberry jam, silky mouth with little tannin. Missing any acidic contrast and balance. A point chaser. Serve this to impress clients at a steak house. Not wine geek friendly.
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White
9/5/2021 - pa1966stang Likes this wine:
90 points
An array of tropical fruit on the nose and palate. The anchor fruit is maybe guava or mango, it is hard to place. An ideal mix of sweetness and acidity that makes for a very drinkable wine. This is missing any hints of complexity though and I don’t see much upside to holding onto bottles for age. A highly versatile food wine which should be drank and enjoyed at face value. Not something I would drink over an evening while contemplating it’s nuances.
Red
9/5/2021 - pa1966stang Likes this wine:
91 points
Cranberry and clean earth. Nose was a bit muted, but that was more a function of temperature than anything. The last bottle of this I drank and like sticking your head into a tart cherry bin. This is not a heavy Pinot like many you see coming out of California. Light on its feet and a joy to drink. Not overly complex, but that is what I was looking for. A very gulpable wine with many years ahead of it.

I drank this near cellar temp and it could have used some more time to come up to room temperature and open up. +1-2 points when fully open for business. Saved 1/2 the bottle for tomorrow night.
Red
2013 Domaine Tempier Bandol Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre (view label images)
8/20/2021 - pa1966stang Likes this wine:
93 points
Spicy and complex notes on the nose. Plenty of plum, and dark fruits with tannins that are existent but not jarring. Drank from 375mL over the course of a dinner. Notably young, but to be expected from this producer. Still very primary notes throughout the whole bottle. Can easily go another 10-15years+ and is on the upward curve. I have one more left that will be buried for at least a decade.
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Red
7/2/2021 - pa1966stang Likes this wine:
93 points
Opened after work on a Friday with a quick decant (15 minutes) before we dove in. Tannins are moving to the background but there is still some oakiness that needs to integrate before this wine really starts to hit the high notes. Give it another few years and it will be in an incredible spot. Plenty of fruit left to keep going for a long time.

Not the most restrained CA wine I've had, but definitely more on the traditional style than a bombastic and over-the-top wine. It fits that sweet spot of a delicious and highly drinkable wine. I generally liked this more than the Sojourn Pinots we've had.
Red
7/2/2021 - pa1966stang Likes this wine:
92 points
dark fruit with a waft of leather. A little bit of spice, but missing the meat fat/blood notes that some syrah has. Interestingly, this wasn't a bombastic fruit laden bomb that I always assume CA wines are. Probably more my fault than the wines. There is enough acid to keep things interesting and the tannins are starting to recede. The wine felt adolescent, not young but surely not even close to peak and downfall. Sadly this was my last bottle as I had previously drank my other two so I won't see how this evolves any further.

At $70 from the winery direct some years ago this is a terrible QPR, drank like a good $40 N. Rhone.
White
6/11/2021 - pa1966stang wrote:
flawed
Oxidized or at a minimum super advanced. Down the drain.
Red
12/10/2020 - pa1966stang Likes this wine:
90 points
Opened an hour before dinner and decanted into our 2L erlenmeyer flask. I didn't touch the wine before the 1 hour mark but the nose was muted directly after decanting. Little to no sediment in the bottle. I let the wine come from cellar temp up to room temp hoping to ellicit some more nose. Nothing, nada. At the one hour mark I poured into a set of Grassl 1855's. The wine was good, but one dimensional and had a streak of bitterness on the mid palate that did not go away the entire evening.

Fast forward to three hours after opening. Wow, the nose is starting to come alive with dark cherry, licorice, cherry liquor, and a tinge of earth. In the mouth things are starting to open up but still falling short. A chewiness is present but fleeting with a short finish that I wish would linger just a little bit longer. Is it best to just smell this wine for the rest of the evening?

In conclusion, a fine and interesting wine, but not over contemplative or playful. It is tough to stomach with the price of entry and I definitely wouldn't call this a good QPR. Better than a weeknight quaffer, but won't hold it's own against the best of the best Barbarescos. I ask myself, is this closed down and should I have waited another decade+? I won't know as this was a single bottle.
Red
12/1/2020 - pa1966stang wrote:
89 points
Barnyard funk with a little bit of sour cherry. Not necessarily unenjoyable, but not gullible. My first intuition is that this wine need another 5 years, my second intuition is that this bottle needs to be tossed down the drain. Aroma and pallet did not improve over 90 minutes. I ma hoping this is just an off bottle
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Red
12/1/2020 - pa1966stang wrote:
86 points
funky nose on the bottle opening. Seems past its prime. Barnyard funk with earth and wet leaves, but not in a good way. Opened up with some time to a less than stellar aged wine. I could tell that it was 20 years old, but not in a good way, tired.
Red
2000 Château Camensac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/19/2020 - pa1966stang Likes this wine:
92 points
Purchased from WineBid. Perfectly preserved cork,pristine bottle condition. Medium heavy sediment, lost 3-4oz to decanting. Fully resolved tannin and unmistakeably a Bordeaux. Leather, earth, tobacco, tar. There isn’t much fruit left here. Weak nose and short finish, but to expected from this level wine. For a Thursday night bottle I couldn’t ask for more. Only one more left in the cellar. Will be consumed sooner rather than later, not much upside potential.
White
10/31/2020 - pa1966stang Likes this wine:
91 points
Pop and pour. Tasted at cellar temperature plus 15 minutes in the fridge. Average nose with unmistakable riesling aromatics. Light on its feet in your mouth, white peach, apricot, and a bit of saltiness/minerality. The acidity spars with the residual sugar to create a mouth watering finish that leaves you wanting another sip. Highly gulpable wine.

This is my first tasting of this particular Prum bottling, it seems to be missing some of the depth that the WS or GH kabinetts have. I don't know if this is a function of the bottle or the timing (2015's seem to be in a sleepy phase for me). I feel like if I check back in 2-3 hours this will probably be slightly closer to room temperature and gain some depth from the air.

Next check in will be in 5+ years.

for $25 to be able to back fill this in 2020 is a STRONG recommend.
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Red
1985 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/2/2020 - pa1966stang Likes this wine:
92 points
Used an ah-so to open the bottle, cork in pristine condition, soaked 3/4 of the way up and came out easily in one piece. Upon opening the bottle it gave a small puff of aroma that filled the room for 1-2 seconds with leather and cedar before dissipating. I decanted off the sediment (medium) and poured a glass. On the nose: cedar, earth, pipe tobacco, over ripe cherries (but in a good way), cherry jam, plum? With a taste: thin and slightly sour. Fully integrated tannins. Unfortunately not much happening. A bit of a disappointment compared to the nose. With a 1 hr decant: the body is filling in, it is no longer thin. Tertiary complexities start to arrive. Nose matches the flavor profile. A fully mature Bordeaux! Zero upside. Drink up before it falls off the ledge. Very solid wine; procured from Winebid; would buy again. I have 1 left; will drink on my next birthday in 1 year.
Red
2017 G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso Langhe DOC Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo (view label images)
12/29/2019 - pa1966stang Likes this wine:
89 points
Easy and early drinker. Fine QPR.

Notes of strawberry. Very primary red fruit. Not getting anything secondary or tertiary. Balanced wine, great weekday drinker. Buy more if you can.
Rosé
12/29/2019 - pa1966stang wrote:
flawed
muted nose and not much on the palate. I don't get fruit, acidity, or tannin. This is my third bottle, first two dumped down the drain, this one too.

Let me note, I LOVE Bedrock wines. I'm not sure if these are flawed bottles, something happened in transport, or if I just don't like it. Based on the glowing reviews otherwise, I think my bottles are flawed.
White
11/20/2019 - pa1966stang wrote:
88 points
Ripping acid. A bit out of balance as the acid hasn’t calmed down enough to let much if any fruit peek through. Citrus and stone. Food helped balance things out a bit. Not bad, but I’m not knocking down any doors to go get more.
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Red
2/17/2019 - pa1966stang Likes this wine:
91 points
This one is still going strong and has a few more years left in the bottle. The cork was surprisingly in great shape with wine only 5% up the length of the cork and the rest in wonderful condition. Some sediment on the cork and in the bottle, but nothing a quick decant didn't take care of.

As for the wine: Lots of fruit, currents and maybe some dark cherry balanced by secondary notes of earth and mushroom. There was a dustiness in the finish that took about an hour to go away, but wasn't necessarily unenjoyable when it was present. This tasted exactly like I want a 20 year old Napa wine to taste, not mind blowing, but a solid Saturday night wine.

Wine evolved for 3 hours in decanter and glass, years left in this one.
Red
2005 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/15/2019 - pa1966stang wrote:
89 points
30 minute decant. A bit of sediment in the bottle at this age. Dusty nose with a little bit of empty pencil box. Nose leaves a little to be desired. On the palate we have dark fruit and earth. Short finish, almost gone before it starts. Nothing astonishing, but a fine weeknight drinker. This was my last bottle but I would happily buy another 6 to drink over the next few years, if the price was right.
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Red
A little tannic at the front end, needed an hour or so to open up. Velvety mouth feel with a very ripe fruit flavor. Cherries, blackberries.
The wine looks violet colored. The legs are medium. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like cherry and plum. The body is medium. The wine has silky texture. The wine finishes short. The wine has medium acidity.
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