Tasting Notes for mr_swirl

(116 notes on 115 wines)

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Red
9/27/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
95 points
Superb Margaux, showing all the charm of Ch. Margaux with open nose of bright red fruits, violets and cedar. On the palate it displays lush chewy fruits with a velvety texture, round beautiful and long length with lingering fruits and violets
White
9/23/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
90 points
Expressive riesling nose of citrus, white peaches, rose, and hints of minerals. On the palate nice ripe fruits with some concentration, yet fresh. Round texture with acidity and minerals pushing the length with crisp. Nice balance
White
9/23/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
89 points
Much better on the nose: white peach, lime coconut, caramel, mint and hints of minerality. Slightly sweet on the nose but dry on the palate, ripe and nice white peaches. Lacks some weight and grip, would be interesting to compare with the VT.
White
9/23/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
90 points
Citrus and white peach on the nose. Bright acidity, Good concentration, some chalk, and grip. Beautiful wine that will age, and showing some character already
White
9/23/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
91 points
Good surprise from Niagara Canada for my first Canadian riesling outside of ice wine. Round and fresh, rich ripe fruits nose with candied orange peel, honeysuckle and hints of petrol. Round creamy palate, crisp citrus finish and good weight with some residual sugar from this ‘kabinett-like’ style.
White
9/23/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice dry style riesling with crisp acidity, good freshness and minerality. Upfront seems almost off dry, Balanced with a some hints of petrol. Dry finish, very fine balanced and light bodied
Red
9/23/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
87 points
Didn’t enjoy this much. Quite dusty, not very clean fruits and overly developed aromas. On the palate the tannins were quite soft and nice
Red
9/23/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
86 points
Disappointing Lagrange. Overly ripe fruits, quite hollow mid palate, quite short length and leather and dusty aromas. On the come down
Red
9/23/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
89 points
Nice round Pinot from California. Medium body with, ripe red fruits, and flowers. Perhaps lacking a little freshness and acidity to me
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Red
1999 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/23/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
90 points
Enjoyable Bordeaux typical Saint Julien with some violets, black cherries, cedar, leather. Medium body, round and some length to it. Drink now
Red
9/23/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice smooth Saint Joseph. Juicy wine with good oak, concentrated red chewy and ripe fruits, some complexity and chocolate sweet finish
White
9/21/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
87 points
Fruits on the nose are a bit shut but hints of citrus, apples and typical Leroy match stick. On the palate ripe and quite simple, lacking acidity, concentration. Short length
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Red
9/23/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
89 points
Beautiful ripe and concentrated fruits on this village wine, well integrated oak. Some spice to it as well, perhaps lacking a bit of acidity to balance the ripeness. Drinking well now
White
9/21/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
90 points
Citrus, lime, green apples, mineral notes. High acidity with fine fruits. Fine and long mineral finish. Refreshing and sharp
White
9/17/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
87 points
Good Nose of citrus grapefruits,white flowers, gun powder and minerals. On the palate some signs of greeness, some sulfur. Disappointed after the open nose
White
9/17/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
87 points
Réductive on the nose. Not very well balanced, high acidity, alcohol and oak are evident
White
9/17/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
90 points
There was a good balance between richness and elegance for this wine. Bright fruits, sharp acidity and minerals.
White
9/17/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
87 points
Ripe fruit nose. Palate is disappointing with medium - acidity which is strange for vintage and not much richeness or any charmes character. Short length
White
9/17/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
86 points
Not much on the nose and on the palate quite watery and flat. Bad bottle ?
White
9/17/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
87 points
Very ripe notes of tropical fruits on the nose, pineapple. Well integrated oak and interesting complexity, just seemed slightly out of balance to me. Lacking acidity and minerality, not much length, even if some power of perrieres was showing
White
9/17/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
90 points
Ripe fruits and minerals with flint. High acidity, but rich and ripe with some salinity. Oaky but well managed, probably just needs some time
White
9/17/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
90 points
Some reduction and shut nose. Concentrated ripe fruits on the palate, nice acidity and balance. Impressed by the intensity
White
9/17/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
89 points
Citrus, toasted nuts and hints of minerals. Impressive by its fine balance but I prefer more richness and opulent meursault. Drinking well
Red
2004 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/19/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
89 points
Fruity nose but much more earthy and a bit austere on the palate. Showing quite some development already with secondary aromas.
White
9/19/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
87 points
Straight and mineral meursault, short on the length and lacking some weight and fruit intensity
White
9/17/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
91 points
Round, buttery and rich style Meursault. Ripe exotic fruits. Some nutty and minerals coming through the persistent length. The style I like in Meursault.
Red
10/20/2017 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
93 points
Sweet ripe red fruits, Roche minerality. Balanced and fine texture with spice, herbs, flowers and a long length. Great drinking pleasure
Red
2005 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2016 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
94 points
Cos vertical with Aymeric de Gironde. Great vintage here for Cos. Top wine of the appelation. Layered wine with complex structure and aromas. Great density and length
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Red
2000 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2016 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
91 points
Cos vertical with Aymeric de Gironde. Already mature for this vintage ! Not much texture complexity or concentration for the vintage. Herbal, sweet ripe fruits, elegant but lacking something. Nice sweet finish
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Red
1989 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2016 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
87 points
Cos vertical with Aymeric de Gironde. Good Cos, but not very seductive or intriguing. Not much concentration, quite green nose. Disappointing for 89. Dry tannins and finish
Red
9/27/2017 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
93 points
Fresh nose of bright red fruits, cherry, wild raspberries, with spice, earth. On the palate intense and bright fruits, spice and elegance. Long finish with some mineral aspect. Very fine balance
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White - Sweet/Dessert
1988 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
9/14/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
93 points
Very good Yquem. Mandarine jam, pineapple, grapefruit, coconut and honey. Very nice finish
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Red
1995 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/14/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice dense fruits, big wine with a lot of tannins. Complex but a bit of dry finish
Red
2006 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/14/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
92 points
Quite sweet Palmer, toasty, licorice, leather, ripe black cherries. Good richness, quite tannic and sweet length
Red
9/14/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
93 points
Classic mouton, quite deep. Plum, cassis, toffee, licorice, spice. Lovely richness, and length
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White - Sparkling
9/14/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
91 points
Old grand cuvée bottle with 96 base. Taiwan bottle. Enjoying this but it’s not great. Loosing freshness, more on the complexity side
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Red
10/12/2017 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
94 points
Still so much power and one of the greatest 82 Bordeaux ever. Amazing wine aging gracefully, beautiful complexity of fruits, spice, sous bois and a lot of freshness with cedar and mint. Great length and concentration, round silky texture. Not austere at all like lafite can sometimes be
Red
1982 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2016 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
93 points
Cos vertical with Aymeric de Gironde. Deep purple, intense nose of blueberries and dark fruits, plum, black cherries. Violet, spices, leather. Sweet tannins, and nice finish. Drink
Red
12/25/2015 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
90 points
Opened much too young. Good weight and fruit ripeness, chewy fruits but too tannic and oaky at this stage...
Red
2008 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
12/25/2015 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
91 points
Huge fruit bomb. The concentration certainly impresses, with rich ripe red and dark fruits, spice, herbs. However too big for me to enjoy, despite the 100 points received, too big and young
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Red
1/13/2016 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
92 points
Very good value CDLR. Ripe red fruits yet elegant nose. Rich, full bodied wine, chewy fruits and mineral. Still young
White
3/7/2016 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
93 points
Amazing complexity with notes of nuts, caramel and curry. Good balance, Medium body, high acidity-extra dry, great length and development. Pairs greatly with aged Parmesan cheese
Red
2/21/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
90 points
Quite big style Napa, very bright red and black fruits, some sweet spice, hints of VA on the nose. Full bodied wine with very concentrated fruits. A bit too big for my taste
Red
1994 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/9/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
92 points
Quite Pauillac like. Complex and elegant
Red
9/13/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
90 points
Expressive Lush red fruits, dark cherries, and spice on the nose. On the palate, chewy fruits and tannins, chalk. Great middle weight flavors, Good length. Seductive at this stage but still young
Red
1999 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
12/28/2017 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
92 points
Good Musar vintage. Drinking nicely. Bordeaux like, full bodied wine with concentrated rich aromas: ripe red fruits, leather, licorice, sweet spice, and herbal scents. Nice smooth tannins and sweet finish
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Red
2/9/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
91 points
Smooth Saint Joseph, drinking well. Noble aromas, forest leaves, spice, wild berries, olive and game. Quite concentrated. Modern and elegant in style
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Red
1/5/2017 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
95 points
Damn this wine was great ! Beautiful complexity with noble aromas of pine sap, game, truffles and the fruit was beautiful too! Dark spices and black cherries in moist earth. Smooth structure taking on the sap/wax feeling. reminiscing the aroma ? Anyhow, pleased to support a passionate winemaker I visited, creating something quite unique in the region. Certainly amongst the best southern Rhone wines. Adopts some aspects of the Biodynamic philosophy, uses natural volcanic sulfur. 70% Grenache, and a balance of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault and local varieties Counoise, Vaccarese and Terret Noir. Aged in casks and demi-muids, concrete vats between 25-36 months. Unfined and unfiltered, fleur de liege corks. Aging potential 15-20 years. Chalky clay marl terroir and yield is 10-15 hl/ha. Vines between 30-100 years old in gobelet method. Vines come from selected cuttings through masal selection. The quest for quality here is constant and phenomenal
Red
7/26/2018 - mr_swirl Likes this wine:
90 points
Very pure, great freshness. Red cherries, flowers. Mouth feel has a bit of weight, and good concentration. Modern style with little oak, terrific village wine with some depth. Outstanding lieu dit Bourgogne, with whole cluster harvest giving some nice spicy kick. Impressive to think he does not use any sulfur but it doesn’t have the vin nature character i often dont like
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