Tasting Notes for knelsfk

(215 notes on 187 wines)

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Red
3/31/2021 - knelsfk wrote:
95 points
Dark, inky purple color. Aromas of dark berry fruit and smokey oak. Full body with rich flavors and smooth balanced tannins. Finishes long. A great effort. This wine has gotten better with some bottle age and I am happy to see that Russell made it again in 2018. Drink now and over the next 5-7 years.
Red
2000 Château du Tertre Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/26/2021 - knelsfk wrote:
92 points
Drinking beautifully, this wine is fully mature and in retrospect a great value purchased on release. Dark purple color, with aromas of earth, mushrooms and cigar box. Medium body with great structure. Dark berry fruits in nice balance with the restrained tannins. Finishes long and elegant. Fully mature but should drink well for several more years.
Red
1989 Château Clerc Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/27/2021 - knelsfk wrote:
95 points
I haven't had this wine in over a decade and my notes from that bottle reveal a badly seaping cork but a surprisingly great wine. This bottle also had a leaking cork but the wine was fresh with no signs of oxidation. Dark purple color with nose of leather, tar and tobacco.
Medium body with restrained tannins and elegant finish. A very nice Bordeaux with 30 years of bottle age and looks like it has more years ahead; although, I can't imagine it getting any better. I will drink my remaining two bottles from a case over the next 5-7 years. Quite a treat!
Red
2/6/2021 - knelsfk Likes this wine:
95 points
Dark purple color with subtle nose of earth, toast and hint of tar. Full body with complex dark berry fruit flavors; finishes long. A great value and nearly as good as the Reva. Drinking great already with plenty of cellar life. Very enjoyable.
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Red
11/13/2020 - knelsfk wrote:
92 points
Still drinking great; no signs of oxidation; fresh bold fruit with hints of earth and spice on the nose; long finish; an excellent California Pinot Noir aging gracefully. Should easily last several more years and be very enjoyable.
Red
2/18/2020 - knelsfk wrote:
86 points
Decanted for two hours. Excessive minerality on the nose that blew off somewhat with time. A completely disjoined wine with ripe berry fruits and awkward finish. Tannins were restrained but a wine that has not aged gracefully. Two bottles - both drank the same. A big disappointment.
Red
2/15/2020 - knelsfk Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted for two hours. Two bottles with no variation. The wine is drinking perfectly right now. Great color with no sign of oxidation; restrained but fresh dark berry fruit with smooth tannins and a long elegant finish. Impressive for an 18 year old California Cabernet.
Red
2014 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/1/2020 - knelsfk wrote:
96 points
Opened and decanted about two hours. Dark purple inky color; aromas of ripe berries and spice; full bodied with great structure and long finish; a beauty already and should last many more years.
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Red
12/31/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
88 points
Dark purple color with dark fruit and oak aromas. Medium body with ripe jammy fruit dominating the palate. Oak present but out of balance with the fruit. A little flabby with and medium finish. Retasted after open for 24 hours and was much more in balance and enjoyable. Not sure what will happen with more bottle age.
Red
12/31/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
94 points
Deep purple color with no signs of oxidation. Nose with hints of mushroom and dark berry fruit. Medium to full body with elegance and polish. Flavors of black currant, licorice and minerality. It finished long. An impressive wine with years of life left.
Red
9/29/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
93 points
Aromas of explosive dark berry fruit, spice and toast. Full body, very fruit dominated with bold oak and strong but balanced tannins. Should evolve nicely for several more years.
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Red
8/17/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
93 points
Dark purple color; nose of cedar, tobacco and smoke; full bodied with soft balanced tannins; finishes long; drinking beautifully now with no signs of fading.
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Red
8/7/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
87 points
Opened and drank over 24 hours. Restrained nose and big on the palate but with disappointing fruit; finishes long with some heat. Maybe going through an awkward stage but disappointing.
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White
2016 Château Lafont Menaut Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sauvignon Blanc (view label images)
5/19/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
87 points
Unspiring nose; bright acidity with restrained fruit; a disapointment.
White
2016 Château Lespault Martillac Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
5/18/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
92 points
Nose of tropical fruit and maple syrup; medium body with bright fruit and balanced acidity; finishes beautifully.
Red
5/1/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
92 points
Dark purple color. Complex nose of violets, leather, and some hints of earth; full bodied with impressive dark berry fruit flavors; bold but balanced tannins; finishes long; drinking very well.
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Red
3/30/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
92 points
Restrained nose of liquor and spice; medium body with silky smooth tannins; finishes elegantly; not a big fan of Tempranillo and this blend but a well made wine drinking perfectly.
Red
2000 Haut-Carles Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/27/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
88 points
Restrained nose with hints of earth and saddle leather; medium body with soft tannins; finishes long and rather elegant; likely at its peak and should be consumed over 1-2 years.
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Red
3/24/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
92 points
Dark purple color; aromas of earth, tar and leather; great fruit with some secondary flavors; balanced with smooth tannins; probably at its peak with no sign of decline.
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Red
2000 Château Bellefont-Belcier St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/11/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
92 points
Dark purple color with no sign of oxidation; aromas of cedar, spice and tobacco; lovely secondary flavors with balanced tannins; long finish; drinking very nicely and probably at its peak.
Red
3/10/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
85 points
A wine on rapid decline; when first opened had aromas of ripe fruit; tertiary flavors dominate; fell apart in the glass over 2 hours and became unpleasant to drink; I hope that this was a bad bottle; have a few more and will try another one soon.
Red
3/1/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
92 points
Drinking perfectly; after 30 minute decant displayed aromas of leather, earthy loam and cedar; full body with smooth tannins and elegant finish.
Red
2000 Château Charmail Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/25/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
92 points
Retains it's dark purple color; nose of earthy loam and leather; full body with soft tannins; secondary flavors of ripe dark berry fruit; elegant finish; have been drinking through a case of this wine purchased when released; has lasted much longer than expected; drinking at its peak but several more years of life.
Red
2/14/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
92 points
An aged California Cabernet that is drinking very well; dark purple color with some hints of bricking; aromas of leather, earth and moss; medium body with restrained fruit and smooth tannin. At it's peak and probably best to consume over the next 1-2 years. One of the best KL vintages.
Red
2014 Caliza Winery Azimuth Paso Robles Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
2/12/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
93 points
Dark purple color; earthy nose with outstanding balance of dark berry fruit and restrained tannins. Drinking very nicely already and should last many more years.
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Red
1/23/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
93 points
Dark ruby purple color with no signs of bricking; aromas of tobacco and leather; full body with mature jammy fruit and balanced soft tannins; a lovely aged Aussie Cabernet that has several more years left.
Red
1/11/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
93 points
To dark to evaluate color; aromas of chocolate, cigar and cedar; full body; incredible fruit with balanced tannins; long finish; very enjoyable already.
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Red
1/4/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
91 points
Earth and ripe fruit aromas; restrained fruit with soft tannins; an aged cabernet ready to drink.
Red
1/4/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
93 points
Popped and poured; drinking very well; earthy nose of grilled meat and cigars; full body with abundance of fruit and balanced tannins; long finish; very enjoyable.
Red
1/3/2019 - knelsfk wrote:
83 points
Sadly this wine was far beyond its optimal drinking window; consistent with what appears to be accelerated aging for this vintage of Karl Lawrence - clearly an off year for this producer. Dark purple color with hints of brown. Nose of over ripe fruit with earthy tones. Nothing interesting on the palate with a funky vegetable finish. I have a mag left which I will open soon hoping that I caught it before it is gone.
Red
12/27/2018 - knelsfk wrote:
94 points
Dark purple color with aromas of tobacco and spice; full-bodied with long smooth finish; should easily last 5-7 years. Very nice.
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Red
6/17/2018 - knelsfk Likes this wine:
95 points
Pulled right from cellar and drank over two hours; evolution was fantastic; great extraction and long finish; a very nice wine drinking fabulously right now with years left.
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Red
4/11/2017 - knelsfk wrote:
93 points
This wine is still going strong although the cork was very brittle. Deep ruby purple color; spice, hints of earth and cedar aromas; medium body with great balance; subtle tannins and nice finish; should drink well for several more years. I have been drinking this vintage of Karl Lawrence since release and it has never disappointed like some of the others have.
Red
3/22/2017 - knelsfk wrote:
94 points
Still going strong after almost two decades. A great traditional California cabernet with balance and elegance. Hints of smoke and cedar, smooth tannins with a long finish. No signs of fading. Should drink well for another 5 years.
Red
2000 Château Barde-Haut St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/1/2017 - knelsfk Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark purple color; aromas of earth, licorice and spice. Great balance with ripe fruit and smooth tannins; finishes long. Many more years of drinking pleasure.
Red
12/14/2016 - knelsfk wrote:
94 points
Wow, I have had many bottles of Karl Lawrence from every vintage through 2008 over the last 10 years and this bottle stands out from all others. Not sure if the 2006 has evolved in general to a wonderful wine or if this was just a situational misread for me. The wine had a dark purple color with restrained aromas of ripe fruit. On the palate it had incredible balance and silky smooth tannins that finished long. Drank over two hours and stayed wonderful. I am looking forward to trying another 2006 soon. I hope this was not a fluke.
Red
1989 Château Grand Mayne St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/13/2016 - knelsfk wrote:
89 points
Dark ruby purple color; nose of ripe fruit with earthy scents; medium body, still with great purity for a 20+ year old wine; long finish with smooth tannins; drinking great with at least several more years of drinking pleasure. Bottle was stored perfectly since release.
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Red
1999 Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/30/2015 - knelsfk wrote:
94 points
Opened and poured; dark purple color with no signs of oxidation; aromas of dark berry fruit, hints of earth and tobacco; full bodied with smooth tannins and long finish; still going strong; should last several more years easily.
Red
5/30/2015 - knelsfk wrote:
84 points
Opened and poured; dark purple color with reddish brown hues at the edges; nose was almost non-existent with only faint aromas of ripe fruit, loam and clay; a disappointment on the palate with fading fruit and little finish. After 2 hours in the glass little change in nose or taste. A shadow of what this wine once was; now of little interest.
Red
2/13/2015 - knelsfk Likes this wine:
93 points
Cleaning out my old dead dogs. Expected this wine to be way over the hill. What a surprise! Cork was perfect. Deep ruby red color. Smoke, toasty oak and vanilla aromas. Medium body with smooth tannins, elegant, dark berry fruit, hints of chocolate and minerals. Finishes long and classy. Last bottle from a case that was purchased over 20 years ago probably for $20/bottle. Will the $100+ bottles of California Cabs dominating the market even come close to this kind of drinking window. I have my doubts. Looking forward to drinking my next "dead dog".
Red
3/13/2014 - knelsfk Likes this wine:
93 points
Still drinking well; earthy aromas; flavors of dried fruit and minerals; full bodied with excellent balance and long finish. Much better than what I expected based on my experience with other Anniversary La Jotas from the 90's.
Red
3/2/2011 - knelsfk wrote:
87 points
Reddish brown purple color; nose of ripe fruit with hints of leather and spice; not very pleasurable to drink; a mature California cabernet that is fading toward its final days; this wine was once a strong performere but it is now well past its prime.
Red
1990 Château Phélan Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/11/2010 - knelsfk wrote:
93 points
Dark purple color; nose of earth, leather, ripe fruit and tar; full body with mellow tannins; complex dark berrry fruit flavors and a long finish; problably at its peak but still performing very well; a pleasant surprise since most commercial tasing notes indicate this wine is past its prime.
Red
1988 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/28/2010 - knelsfk wrote:
92 points
Dark ruby purple color with just a hint of bricking; loamy earth, leather, tobacco and ripe dark berry fruit on the nose; mediium body with soft tannins; nice secondary flavors of coffee, vanilla, minerals and anise; finishes long; this elegant wine has aged very well and continues to drink impressively; unlikely to improve further but should easily last another 3-5 years.
Red
2/22/2010 - knelsfk wrote:
90 points
Dark purple color; nose of smoke, cigar box, oak and dark berry fruits; medium body with soft tannins nicely balanced by the rich fruit flavors; finishes quickly; tasted young with no signs of bottle age; not a complex wine but still drinking very well.
Red
1986 Château Poujeaux Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/20/2010 - knelsfk wrote:
91 points
Color still dark purple with no signs of oxidation; nose of tobacco, minerals, coffe and a hint of smoke; on the palate this wine is beginning to show its age; the tannins are soft with some pleasant secondary flavors but the ripe fruit dominates; a very good aged Bordeaux that still has several years of life left but unlikely to improve. I have one bottle left and will plan on consuming sometime over the next 24 months
Red
1/28/2010 - knelsfk wrote:
92 points
Still drinking well; nose of smoke and tobacco; full body with smooth tannins; starting to exhibit some secondary flavors; long finish.
Red
1/15/2010 - knelsfk wrote:
92 points
Aromas of cherries and spice; great balance with good acidity; finishes long
Red
1993 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/15/2010 - knelsfk wrote:
95 points
This wine continues to show no signs of fading; clearly at its peak but reasonably youthful for its age; aromas of dark fruit, coffee, toast and tobacco; voluptuous mouth-feel, with rich mouth-feel; silky smooth tannins; finishes long; impressive mature California cabernet.
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