Tasting Notes for thewineoceros

(508 notes on 427 wines)

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2006 Château Clinet Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/30/2018 - thewineoceros Likes this wine:
93 points
Slight browning to edge. Lovely depth of nose, plum, luxurious, sweet flowers, and maybe a little black cherry. Mouthfeel is just right, good weight, tannins are healthy and provide a good bit of structure, plus a touch of acidity keeps it tight. Dark fruits, earthy, pencil lead, dry (but in a good way), strong finish. Drinking well, but will certainly go on and mellow with age. In a good place for my palate, but I will be keen to monitor progress over the next few years. Sure this could do another 10 at least.
White
3/16/2018 - thewineoceros Likes this wine:
94 points
Textbook unctuous peaches and honeysuckle. A touch of acidity and dash of bitterness on the finish keep it all together. Lots going on. Big fan.
Red
1/27/2018 - thewineoceros Likes this wine:
90 points
Finally dived in to this 98, having wondered if it would hold out. 20 years of age, you can tell the breeding. However the vintage was not super charming on the left bank and I think this wine is probably reflective of that. Decent structure, muted and understated nose with tertiary flavours appearing after a good bit of glass swilling. Delicate, earthyness, a touch of fruit, leather, and a bit of spice, all build to a slightly dry astringent medium finish. I certainly prefer the more ripe vintages of LP on this showing, as the wine feels a bit out of place. You may get more complexity with further bottle age, however you cant override nature.
Red
1999 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/8/2016 - thewineoceros wrote:
95 points
Powerful nose, really leaps out of the glass. So deep, complex and filled with exotic spices. Red and blue berries, and super silky tannins. Really like this, and especially the sweet finish. Bang into Phase 2, and is drinking beautifully
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1993 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/8/2016 - thewineoceros wrote:
Tertiary flavours, good depth, this wine has an enticing delicacy. Starting to get a bit of the tertre exotic sweet spices that are so typical of the style. Nice mouth feel, bit of fruit hanging about. Super interesting- good stuff and in a good place right now. As good as the 89, but at a diiferent stage of evolution. I prefer the slightly younger wine 93
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1989 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/8/2016 - thewineoceros wrote:
93 points
More gloss and depth of colour than 85. Not as pale. Hints of menthol, still fresh, liquorice, bit of mushroom, dusty almost. Dry tannins, has more life ahead. More enjoyable than 85. Lots going on if you dig mature wines.
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1985 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/8/2016 - thewineoceros wrote:
92 points
Browning rim, with a very tertiary dominated nose. Leather, wild mushroom, gamey nose, slightly earthy. This is definitely drink up time. Still got the structure, but not going any further now. Interesting.
Red
2006 Château Malescasse Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/6/2016 - thewineoceros wrote:
88 points
Solid drinkable and approachable.
Red
2007 Château D'Aiguilhe Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/23/2016 - thewineoceros wrote:
Starting to brick, with a very interesting nose. Complex, fruit driven , but with tinges of sweet vanilla and a touch of exotic opulence and maybe menthol? Vibrant palate of red berries with great structure. Tannins are grippy in a confident way, with a good dash of acidity. Had this open for 3 days and it gets more interesting each time i revisit. Great QPR. Very enjoyable. Have enjoyed a few of the proprietor's wines over the years and they do have s certain style - vibrant, rich and a kind of eagerness. In a great place right now.
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Red
11/18/2016 - thewineoceros wrote:
90 points
Deep dark young wine. Exotic lush luxurious nose, lovely texture ripe plum tannins, good finish. Very nice. Always wonder how these Malbecs would age. Problem is they are too drinkable...
White
11/18/2016 - thewineoceros Likes this wine:
93 points
Still relatively young, pale looking juice. Initially muted nose but soon opens up and reveals honey blossom, acacia, and wild flowers. Instantly transported back to a warm spring day. Palate is fresh, tangy and is not overblown, but has a clear start, mid and long finish. Slightly bitter end, but in a lipsmacking moreish way, that fans out with a sweet tinge of ripe fruit. Makes you want to chew it. Really good wine. 93
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2013 Bodegas Mauro Tempranillo Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León (view label images)
11/16/2016 - thewineoceros wrote:
Polished, vibrant drinking well now. This has lots more to give but hard to resist. No score as was consumed as a test before buying a few more. V good
Red
2001 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/16/2016 - thewineoceros wrote:
87 points
Muted nose, difficult to get a lot from. Subtle, dark flavours, not overly complex and a little bit subdued all round. Balance is fine, just lacking in charm and depth. 2001 is starting to open up, but is quite tough on the left bank on this showing. Right bank wines have been significantly more fun for me in this vintage
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Red
11/15/2016 - thewineoceros wrote:
Luxurious nose. In a good place. Plenty of structure and still has a way to go. Needs air. 92+
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White
4/23/2016 - thewineoceros wrote:
92 points
Big nose, viscous oily lemon and peaches. Creamy, and full of clout. Not the most subtle, but complex and just about keeping in check. I like this. A lot.
Red
2005 Château Fombrauge St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/7/2016 - thewineoceros wrote:
92 points
Thought I would dip in and try one of these. Opened on a Friday, and initially was a tad muted on the nose. Nice colour, silky looking, with a paling rim. Palate was was not overly complex, but the fruit is there, with the structure probably masking at present. Day 2, this is opening up now. Quality starting to shine, wasnt able to touch again until Sunday evning, and boy what a transformation. This is fine, elegant St E! Luxurious nose, delicate, but a lot more depth. Red fruits, exotic spices, cedar, and wonderful perfume. Literally finding it hard to do anything more than sniff it. Palate is also elevated. Gorgeous tannins, nice medium mouth fill. Tasty fruit and berries. Makes me wonder how often I drink a wine too young and quickly. Note to self - 2005 needs time in bottle or if opening, give plenty of air. It really pays dividends. Probably shifting from an 88 to a Day 3 score of 92+
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Red
2/19/2016 - thewineoceros Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted and drank this over 3 days. Colour still deep, slight lightening at the rim. Nose seems confident, has clear direction and is maturing nicely. Hints of pepper, blood, meat, a touch of black olive. Lots to think about. The palate delivers and the balance is right, nothing out of place and a wine that is coming together nicely. Has a good few years left in it, but is a lovely companion for a few nights vinous pleasure. Must seek out more Hermitage!
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Red
12/26/2015 - thewineoceros wrote:
94 points
Paling red, hints of tawny, this wine really swirls out of the glass. Elegant, delicate flavours that seem to almost wisp' such is the lightness. Sweet red fruits, but beautiful in a way that is addictive and you keep going back each tme for more. The palate is full of complexity and still has a touch of grip, with juicy flavours, but again without any overbearing heavy aspect. I always remember the reputation of CdP as being a brute of intensity and power, however this producer has always sung at a different gig to that. Take your time with this wine - get the temperature right, get your palate warmed up and take time to enjoy it. Not to be missed. 94+
Red
12/7/2015 - thewineoceros wrote:
92 points
Game, fur, autumn in a glass. At its peak, and enjoyed immensely by all. Amazing what Crozes can do with a little patience. Unlike any other place in the world. Great stuff.
Red
12/7/2015 - thewineoceros wrote:
92 points
This made perfect sense. Delicious fruit, subtle flavours, deft touches of tannin and seamless acidity. Need to get more Brunello in my life. Drinking great right now, but will no doubt improve. Relaitively good value too. 92+
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Red
12/7/2015 - thewineoceros wrote:
92 points
black olives, pepper, spice. Beautifully balanced and worth seeking out on release for storing.
Red
12/7/2015 - thewineoceros wrote:
92 points
My last and best bottle. Have followed this wine over 10 years and it really was worth the wait. Sunny hillsides and black herby fruit, have turned into something a lot more complex over time. Not overblown. Just right.
Red
12/7/2015 - thewineoceros wrote:
91 points
dark fruits, hints of oak, and plenty of fruit power. Acodity is good, but feels a tad young, and needs something strong to pair up with. Wild boar?!
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White
7/14/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
87 points
Clean, pure, unoaked and bone dry. Refreshing and mineral.
Red
6/23/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
90 points
Juicy, nicely textured pinot. Interesting aromas, with cherry and a hint of pepper and spice. Classy, delicate and precise.
White
6/18/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
90 points
Pale yellow, with a nose of wax and lanolin, with a hint of sulphur and gun flint. Lifted and fresh, the palate is full with a clean honeyed finish. Good weight considering this is 11.5 alc. Definately worth seeking out.
White
6/17/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
92 points
Honey, marmalade and waxy, nutty tones. Impressive lush honeyed fruit, with a great lick of acidity that just manages to keep the balance. This is wow stuff. Sweet fruits, but a dry wine. Had with Fresh Crab, and this deserved it. Truly lovely wine. Delicious.92-94
Red
6/17/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
91 points
Super reliable and classy. Always pleasurable and a treat.
White
6/17/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
89 points
Good value with some merchants. Very burgundian.
Red
6/17/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
90 points
Drank on Fathers day with In laws and bbq. Perfect foil. Didnt get a chance to really taste, but was certainly balanced, with a little warm finish, but non the worse for it.
Red
6/17/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
90 points
Well made Malbec, purple fruit, creaminess, lovely texture. Maybe a little pricey compared to others.
Red
2009 Château Capbern-Gasqueton St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/17/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
91 points
Punchy, weighty and full of St.Estephe. Trying to save these but prooving difficult. Great tobacco box finish. Tasty
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Red
6/17/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
90 points
Good quality - not massively complex. Enjoyable.
Red
4/5/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
91 points
Drank at the Lido. Blueberry violets and swirls of olive, seem to wisp out of the glass. Delicate flavour that has a hint of bacon meatiness and black fruits. An extremely enjoyable St. joseph. Good stuff.
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White
3/27/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
92 points
Lovely mature nose, golden in colour, tropical fruit, citrus and minerality. Great texture, and a long finish. Delicious stuff.
Red
1/27/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
91 points
Blueberry and plums on the nose, fresh, lifted fruit. Palate is classy, with a juicy plummy smooth long finish. Really spikes at the finish with a burst of mint. Balanced and cool. Classic Aussie Shiraz.
Red
1/26/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
91 points
Classy exotic nose, good dose of french oak, spices and creamy fruit. Lovely texture, ripe tannins, blue and black fruits. Didnt last long, therefore think that is a good sign. Delicious now.
Red
1/24/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
89 points
Organic wine with an iInteresting nose, light cherry touch, fresh and lively, quite bright. Subtle tannins, not overly acidic, nice mouthfeel that has the cherry, hints of tobacco maybe, and medium finish. Has that slightly tarry, black fruit tinge that accompanies Nero, although I find this a really nice interpretation of that. Not at all overbearing like some Sicilian Nero wines that I have tried.Very easy to drink and a well made wine. Think this is the entry level label, and points to good things from Gulfi. Worth seeking out. Oh, and the labels are colourful and bold, quite Moorish (ahem)
Red
1/24/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
88 points
Very young and not really approachable on opening. 2 days in this starts to reveal its charms. Plenty of structure and potential here, ripe fruits and a touch of tobacco leaf. Certainly leave this for a few years and watch how this unravels. 88+
Red
1/18/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
91 points
Lovely juicy example of Malbec, really must seek out the Unus if this is any indication of quality. Very drinkable.
Red
1/15/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
89 points
Cornas tasting @ Jeroboam Club (Bristol): Totally different to other wines on the night, distinct notes of tomato, blood, with hints of mint and black fruit. Others comment on its lieness to Hermitage rather than Cornas. I like it, but does feels like it isnt from the same place as the others tonight.
Red
1/15/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
92 points
Cornas tasting @ Jeroboam Club (Bristol): Really unique nose on the night, touches of sulphur and smoke, reminds me of Cote Rotie. Fully mature and a bit of treat considering this wine is no longer made. Slightly dry finish, but enjoyable.
Red
1/15/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
95 points
Cornas tasting @ Jeroboam Club (Bristol): Grilled bread, complex, mature notes of leather, spice, this is at another level of maturity and all the better for it. Full, mouthfilling, classy and very burgundian with a long finish. On returning to this wine over the hour it evolves, changes and is super interesting. Wow.
Red
1/15/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
93 points
Cornas tasting @ Jeroboam Club (Bristol): Incredible depth on the nose, still fresh and hugely complex. Layer upon layer of game, meat, spice, grilled bread, flowers. Acidity is still there keeping this bright, but tannins have melted to make this a powerful yet light touch wine. Evolves all evening. Magical
Red
1/15/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
96 points
Cornas tasting @ Jeroboam Club (Bristol): Mint, leather, minerals, game, beef, bacon and smokey spice. This is incredible and in an amazing place right now. It literally dances across the palate, somehow full of power yet light and delicate. Structure is perfect, and seamless. Very long finish. Top quality.
Red
1/15/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
92 points
Cornas tasting @ Jeroboam Club (Bristol): Impressive nose, focus, complexity, gamey, violets, and spice. This is really text book Syrah, with crushed peppercorn, white pepper, and spices. Slightly drying on the long finish. Will go on for a few years yet.
Red
1/15/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
93 points
Cornas tasting @ Jeroboam Club (Bristol): First thing to note is how dark this wine is even compared to some of the younger wines on show tonight. Very prominent nose with black fruits, almost a pastille component. Uber complex with a myriad of layered fruit. Plenty of verve and vitality, great balance, really enjoyable to drink at this point. Will clearly age, so certainly one to keep an eye on.
Red
1/15/2014 - thewineoceros wrote:
92 points
Cornas tasting @ Jeroboam Club (Bristol): Barnyard nose, certainly showing more age than the 2007, and also showing a lot more focus. Very grown up and enticing. Acidity is quite prominent, with supporting dry tannins, a touch herbaceous but no bad thing. Lots of complexity and a long finish. I am preferring the younger wine without food, however suspect that this bottle would prefer a good meal.
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