Tasting Notes for Wamrod

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Red
5/24/2019 - Wamrod Likes this wine:
89 points
On re-reading, my first note was full of enthusiasm for this wine. Was very excited for such a reasonable bottle. Tonight I pulled another one, 5 years later. It is still dark purple to the eye, big legs, the nose slightly pruney. On the palate, very mineraly, with blackberry and black cherry, quite acidic. The powdery tannins of its youth have subsided Drank quite well, tho the nose started to carry a slight metallic hint after a few minutes. Still a great value, and would seem to be still improving.
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Red
4/1/2019 - Wamrod Likes this wine:
91 points
As part of my continuing experiment into what happens to good but inexpensive wines with extended cellaring in ideal conditions lol. This one again cellared since a baby. Dense ruby to the eye. Pale pinkish ruby at edges. Fresher on the nose that the Pelissero just before it, black cherries and guava, hint of thyme. Initial taste, big smooth fruit, then an instant later a surge of fresh bright acidity, that carries though a couple of phases over the next 10 seconds, ending in woody tannins 20 seconds after. Soft medium tannins. Hits a lot of notes around the palate, and nothing unexpected spoiling it. Definitely showing well.
Red
4/1/2019 - Wamrod wrote:
91 points
Cellared from release. Cork excellent, no staining, 0 to 2 mm seepage. Dark ruby on pour, ruby edges. Perplexing mix of blueberries, raisins and barnyard on the nose, hint of cardamom. Vibrant black cherries on the palette, again with barnyard note (terroir?). Medium tannins, slightly chalky. Well integrated. Medium long finish, ending with oaky note. This may be peaking, but has the acid to go further, and the fruit - but don’t know whether the barnyard May start to dominate. Still have plenty bottles tho - so we will find out.
Red
4/1/2019 - Wamrod wrote:
80 points
Cellared from the start. However, this wine was really over the hill. Has not aged gracefully at all, rotten fruit dominated, which I’ve found common in lesser pinots
Red
4/1/2019 - Wamrod Likes this wine:
92 points
Cellared from release. Cork shows a couple mm of seepage, but otherwise intact. Dark inky red, only a trace of brick at edges. Peppercorn and pimento on the nose, with blackberry and vanilla extract. Really amazing on the palette - rich but tangy dark fruit, moderately fine tannins, looong finish, well over 30 seconds, with distinct Ribena at the end. Only two more of this fox left in the cellar!
Red
4/1/2019 - Wamrod Likes this wine:
90 points
Cellared since purchase. Starting to develop a slight brick tone, tho still dark. Black cherry, licorice, lavender, chocolate on the nose. After a few minutes the nose developed a slightly distracting metallic note. With more air, the metallic note morphed into a stemmy or floral tone. Smooth and fine on the palate with some sharp red cherry or cranberry acids. Would go very nicely with a juicy, fatty steak. Medium finish, smooth, ending with hint of oak. This would seem to have the goods to go another couple years, but likely is peaking now. Continued to improve over half an hour. Might be a point more, perhaps 91
Red
6/19/2018 - Wamrod wrote:
90 points
Absolutely gorgeous, yet unexpected. Didn't expect a mencia to age this spectacularly - however, this is a bigger version of a mencia than most. blueberry and other dark fruits, light cherry on the end. Superfine soft tannins. Amazing performance for its class. Has been cellared since purchase in early 2013
Red
1/3/2019 - Wamrod Likes this wine:
92 points
Cellared for several years, decided to try one. Drinking really well, straight out of the bottle, and held together during the hour we sampled it. Excellent bottle.
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Red
6/26/2015 - Wamrod wrote:
91 points
Dark purple, medium legs. Orange peel. Still fruity, medium fine grainy tannins. High acidity. Not as balanced as when it was younger, but still good potential to soften.
Red
1/19/2015 - Wamrod wrote:
93 points
Big but also rich, meaty and savory - liked it a lot.
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Red
2/3/2015 - Wamrod wrote:
90 points
Perfect cork. Always a gorgeous wine - however, it has peaked and is looking down the other side of the hill. No bricking of course, however, just a tad thinner than the last time. Went down super smooth.
White
1/31/2015 - Wamrod wrote:
89 points
Love this wine
Red
7/17/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
flawed
Definitely spoiled. Bright and explosive.
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Red
7/17/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
flawed
Bought this at auction at 2014 Camillus house dinner in Miami. Unfortunately the cork on this bottle is loose, and air has been seeping in, and wine seeping out - only saw it upon removing capsule. A lesser wine would have been completely ruined, however this one only partially ruined. I hope the other 5 bottles don't have the same cork issue.
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Red
7/12/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
91 points
Great Rhone blend, made quite unique by the addition of Cinsault to the Syrah, Grenache and Carignan
Red
7/12/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
92 points
Fabulous Italian Bordeaux blend - tempted to give higher score, which it will certainly earn with more time in bottle.

Inky black. Juicy, tarry, smooth - alcohol completely masked by body, which is delicious
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Red
6/27/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
92 points
Delicious

This is just entering its window now - and has a long way to go

Count me in for the ride
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Red
6/27/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
88 points
Not mind blowing, however, there is some staying power, and hopefully this will become a little more elegant over time
White - Sparkling
6/27/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
87 points
not as good as the Thorigny Petillant, which I am accustomed to, and is lovely

This wine suffers from a slightly rotten nose, as tho some of the grapes had already been departed from this world for a few days before fermentation

A shame, as Chenin Blanc sparklers are one of my favs
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Red
6/21/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
93 points
A really fantastic example of Amarone
Red
6/21/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
90 points
Paired very well with tenderloin steak and mushrooms
Red
6/20/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
93 points
So good! As usual! Went beautifully with lamb chops with rosemary
White
6/21/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
91 points
Excellent - paired very well with shrimp and scallops with garlic
White
6/20/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
92 points
Absolutely superb. Loved this. Rich fruit, good acid, dynamite - had with Salpicon de Calamar
White - Sparkling
6/20/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
91 points
love this stuff - went perfectly with seared tuna
Red
6/14/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
91 points
Still young
White
5/25/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
91 points
A winner of the weekend - an excellent value Sav Blanc / Semillon blend - baby white Bordeaux

Straw to the eye - Nice fresh nose

Great fruit all around palate, with excellent acidity
Red
5/25/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
86 points
Consistent with last tasting note, except for nose being less attractive than before
Red
5/25/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
90 points
Dark purple, nice nose, good fruit, complementary acid. A nice glass for a late Sunday lunch
Red
5/25/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
87 points
Saline, yet fresh and fruity - however just a bit too light
White
5/17/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
90 points
I like this a lot - found it to be very different.
Red
5/4/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
89 points
has hit its best - time to drink up I think, beginning to thin a bit
Red
5/1/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
93 points
What a fantastic "entry level" wine from Caymus

Midnight core, deep dark purple, with the slimmest of meniscus, just barely allowing a hint of purple red at the edge

Nose is rich and clean, yet savory. Blackberry, blackcurrants, pipe tobacco, vanilla and soy

Palate is wonderful, just as savory, with meat, soy sauce, umami, all carried on cool blue fruit - a huge vanilla appears midway, and carries all the way through the long finish..

Super fine tannins melt in your mouth and are almost indiscernible.

I can't believe I didn't buy more of these - down to only two bottles, which I am determined to save for many more years
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White - Sparkling
4/30/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
95 points
Wow..

This was a fantastic bottle of champagne - loved every minute. Drank socially, so impressions from memory

Main points - beautiful nose, rich and complex, with everything from brioche and caramel, to apples and pears. The palate is big and muscular, very rich, and very creamy, all with an excellent, well-balanced acidity that keeps the wine lively on it's feet, while delivering gorgeous knockout punches to the taste buds. Deft and focused, yet broad and rich.

Only 5 bottles left - I'm really keen to follow this over the next few years - fabulous
Red
5/1/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
94 points
Absolutely lovely bottle. Gave half hour of air before starting - opened beautifully

Dark purple, nose of vanilla, blueberries and black and red fruit. Very balanced on palate, with very fine tannins. Excellent finish.

Only 4 of us at dinner tonight, but this bottle disappeared rapidly - far quicker than the champagne which preceded it.
Red
4/29/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
93 points
This wine still flaunts it's youth. Thick, black, purple to the light, only grudgingly yielding to a dark garnet at the very edge.

The nose has morphed significantly since my last tasting, being more open, and showing off more candied red and black fruits now, some black tea, red meat, and some spices and eucalyptus.

On the palate, definitely getting some rare Kobe beef, soy sauce, spices, umami, and dark chocolate, all accompanied by exciting acidity. The acidity was very prominent in my last tasting, but is starting to fall in line nicely now, providing a better balance.

The finish is delightful - the initial taste rocks hard, which is then upstaged by mouth watering mandarin and red fruit notes, which then settle into fruity tannins that are incredibly fine. Medium to long.

The wine is starting to develop some sediment now, and is not as thick as before. My guess it will reach its best in the next 3 to 5 years. I'm going to revise my window a little, as I'm not sure it'll hold till 2027. But I'll still save some to the very end just out of curiosity.
Red
3/25/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
93 points
Deep dark ruby, slight to moderate legs

On the nose - dark chocolate, Pastilled or candied red and black berries, moist tobacco, soy sauce, hint of cedar..

On palate, big attack, heavy on woody tannins, but also with lots of fruit, and bright acid. Slightly intimidating at first, although rather enjoyable! Tannins are smooth and caramelly, with a slight woodsy bitterness on the long finish.

Nicely balanced! Will only improve from here!

I'll try the next bottle in another three years minimum, if not longer. I think this is going to be fantastic
Red
3/25/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
88 points
Bricked light ruby to the eye, with marmalade at the edges

Nose is floral and minty, with orange peel and, yes, raw meat and saddle leather

So far so good..

However the palate is mostly undrinkable. Seriously harsh, bitter, tannic - GAWD..

So, I will give it an hour in the glass before deciding what to do with it next... After 45 mins, it starts to soften and develop something that could be likened to elegance.. The tannins start to have a sweeter impression, although it now starts to develop a bit of barnyard floor.. But it's enough for me to raise my initial 85 to 88

At least it is drinkable now - I can see certain aspects of this wine being appreciated on their own in isolation, but as a package it Is struggling to come together due to its astringency..

But I can at least recommend that you decant for up to an hour to get the best from it
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Red
3/18/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
87 points
Deep and dark ruby

Absolutely fabulous nose, rich and complex, with hint of blueberries even

However, on the palate, didn't match up - somewhat spoilt by a sense of rust on the finish

With air, this hid itself better and it became more enjoyable, but to be honest I didn't drink much of it after that
Red
3/14/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
91 points
This wine typifies the 2010 Bordeaux vintage

Serious dark purple to the eye - big legs - 15% plus

Lovely nose, though a little closed - cranberry and blackberry

On the palate, still young and less approachable than the 2009. Excellent big fruit, but with chalky, finely grained tannins, coating the teeth, due to its youth. Same cranberry and blackberry, but also with hint of vanillin and menthol. Very mineral, with tannins and pleasing, persistent acid competing for first place over the fruit.

Finish is excellent - long and bright.

I'd try another in 3 years, then in 5 years.. Looks very promising.
White - Sparkling
3/10/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
91 points
Medium golden

Very attractive nose, with everything from peach to Seville orange marmalade

Bully of a palate. Big tangy fruit that grabs you by the taste buds and won't let go. Apples and pears. Slight residual sweetness. Long finish
Red
2007 Palazzo Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/28/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
92 points
Medium dark ruby

Absolutely delightful nose. Menthol, eucalyptus, vanilla and dark fruit

On palate, you can tell that this is nowhere near its peak yet, at least 3 years off, based on the slight edginess still present in the tannins, but delicious even now

There is a sense of heat, but mostly contained

Good finish, and pretty long
Red
2005 Château Charmail Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/28/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
91 points
Definitely in its window. Dark and rich to the eye. Nose of blackberry, plums, earth, tobacco. Smooth, plush, easy drinking on palate. Has shed rough edges and is integrating nicely.
Red
2/26/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
93 points
This wine still very young - very nice, but has not yet budged much from my last tasting 19 months ago

Will continue to evolve
White
2/25/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
92 points
Lovely as usual - love this wine
Red
2/25/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
91 points
Lighter and clearer than expected - medium garnet like a claret

Nose of currants, blackberry, vanilla, scorched earth

Palate is dry, firm, earthy - tannins are softening, and the vanilla helps give a nice experience - good fruit still

Good finish despite tannins, tho not very long
Red
2/21/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
89 points
Give this a couple years

Label says 65/35 Syrah/Grenache - but the Grenache dominates, Syrah not as big as expected

Medium body garnet to the eye

Nose reticent at first, opening quickly with air

Good bright entry, solid meaty tannins mid palate, short medium finish

Went well with beef - no formal notes taken. Next time.

I think this will improve
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Red
2/14/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
92 points
Drinking well right now, but I feel can improve more (assuming cellared properly - YMMV)

Improved with air

Tannins not as ripe as 2007 of course, but a very nice bottle
White
2/14/2014 - Wamrod wrote:
93 points
Now this is what most CA Chardonnays aspire to be. Wow - really loved the oak in this one, as it seamlessly added to the richness of the wine. That's not the normal reaction for me. Beautiful.
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