Tasting Notes for ctwomey

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Red
2000 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/28/2017 - ctwomey wrote:
I have been holding off trying a second bottle of this for many years. Previously tasted in 2008 when it was way too young to approach. It's just beautiful now, with classic Pauillac lead pencil nose. Great balance between the fruit, acidity and tannins. The tannins have really mellowed and softened. Looking forward to trying other bottles of this in the future.
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Red
10/28/2017 - ctwomey wrote:
This has been the best showing of this vintage I have tasted. A perfectly mature Beaucastel that probably won't improve. It will be interesting how the other bottles drink over the coming years.
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White
10/28/2017 - ctwomey wrote:
Previously tasted in 2011 at a Wine-Pages Offline in Dublin. My previous description was great precision, balance and acidity with a long life ahead.

This bottle was opened about 2hrs before serving and double decanted. Wine has changed quite a bit since the previous note and has put on some weight, the wine is much more full bodied and the oak is appears a little more pronounced. Great finish that goes on for ages. Loved it.
Red
2000 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/31/2017 - ctwomey wrote:
93 points
Significant improvement from 2008. Not decanted. Poured straight from the bottle, but starting to show some form after a couple of hours.

The wine looks crimson coloured. The legs are medium. There is moderate sediment in the bottle. It smells like red currant, cherry, violet, light toast and marzipan. The body is medium. The wine has satin-like texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has medium acidity.
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Red
2000 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/24/2012 - ctwomey wrote:
Garnet red colour. Tannins have melted away. Starting to show secondary nuances such as balsamic and tomato. After 12 years it's staring to reach its sweet spot.
Red
2/10/2012 - ctwomey wrote:
Decanted and left for three hours. Sediment in the bottle. 15.5% alcohol. Black berries, black currants and Christmas cake. Still quite tannic with well balanced acidity. Still very closed and would not recommend opening for at least 3-5 years. Not giving up much. Typically 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 15% rest.

Retasted after 24 hours where the tannins have mellowed.
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Red
2/2/2012 - ctwomey wrote:
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tasting in Ely Wine Bar with Simon Tyrrell (Ely Wine Bar and Brasserie): 70% Grenache, 10%/10%/10% Syrah, Mourvedre ... 1st vintage of Laurence. Barnyard and lots of horse hair but not in an over powering way. Light tannins and drinking perfectly.
Red
2/2/2012 - ctwomey wrote:
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tasting in Ely Wine Bar with Simon Tyrrell (Ely Wine Bar and Brasserie): 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre. No oak, no destemming, peppery, spicy, red fruits, cherries. 15% alcohol. Very fine for the vintage.
Red
2/2/2012 - ctwomey wrote:
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tasting in Ely Wine Bar with Simon Tyrrell (Ely Wine Bar and Brasserie): From land holdings on the far side of the N7. Blackberries, kirsch, slight volatile alcohol, good/medium acidity. One third equal proportions of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. 15% alcohol.
White
2/2/2012 - ctwomey wrote:
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tasting in Ely Wine Bar with Simon Tyrrell (Ely Wine Bar and Brasserie): Oily, floral with fennel. Very young looking, medium-full body, no oak, ripe apple, long finish with hints of aniseed and medium acidity. 14.5% alcohol. Loved it.
Red
9/10/2011 - ctwomey wrote:
Originally bought 3 bottles in 2006 in Portland, Oregon. The last two bottles were a bit primary and not showing much, but at 10 years I was hoping this would be better. It didn't disappoint. Blood red in colour with a light orange tinge at the rim. Super smell of rasberries and balsamic vinegar. Tannins have melted away and the wine is definitely on it's plateau. It is not going to improve but it's wonderful at present. Delighted to have the opportunity to taste it as it is not normally available on this side of the the Atlantic. Cheers brother!
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White
9/10/2011 - ctwomey wrote:
Chilled and decanted for 4 hours before serving. Allowed to stand in the decanter at room temperature for 45 mins before serving. Nose has a slight wiff of oak, sea shells etc. On the palate beautiful integration of oak, great acidity and decent finish. Served with salmon and lobster brule with fish cakes as starter and pan seared scallops with Clonakilty black pudding main course with a cauliflower and scallops roe puree and Champagne and cream sauce. Great company too...the brother!
White - Off-dry
3/11/2011 - ctwomey wrote:
Wine-Pages Dublin Offline (Ely CHQ, Dublin, Ireland): Petrol on then nose and not too much. Quite a light colour compared to a Huet Vouvray of the same vintage. Served with decadent chocolate fondant and nougat ice-cream.
White - Sweet/Dessert
3/11/2011 - ctwomey wrote:
Wine-Pages Dublin Offline (Ely CHQ, Dublin, Ireland): Super yellow colour. Was hoping to get that decadance you get from a great Sauternes but it didn't deliver. The last of 5 flights and the 13th of 14 wines on the night. My palate was a little tired at this stage.
Red
1989 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/11/2011 - ctwomey wrote:
Wine-Pages Dublin Offline (Ely CHQ, Dublin, Ireland): I have had the '88 Cos before about 10 years ago and it was super. I was really looking forward to this, however I had three other flights before this one, (1 Champagne flight, 1 White and 1 Red Burgundy Flight). I struggled a little to differentiate between the '88 Haut Brion and this.
Red
1988 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/11/2011 - ctwomey wrote:
Wine-Pages Dublin Offline (Ely CHQ, Dublin, Ireland): This was my first time having a First Growth, I was really looking forward to it, however I had three other flights before this one, (1 Champagne flight, 1 White and 1 Red Burgundy Flight). I struggled a little to differentiate between the '89 Cos and this. Maybe next time on it's own I might have more time to enjoy.
Red
3/11/2011 - ctwomey wrote:
Wine-Pages Dublin Offline (Ely CHQ, Dublin, Ireland): This was my favourite red of the night. So young for a 21 year old Burgundy. Lovely acidity and super concentration, very un-Burgundy like?
Red
3/11/2011 - ctwomey wrote:
Wine-Pages Dublin Offline (Ely CHQ, Dublin, Ireland): This had been standing up all week unfortunately it was a little cloudy. Lots of tomato/bloody mary on the nose. This is either at its peak or on the way down. Probably has seen better days, or just not the best bottle?
White
3/11/2011 - ctwomey wrote:
Wine-Pages Dublin Offline (Ely CHQ, Dublin, Ireland): Opened and decanted. Served a little cold. Took a while to open up, this is a classy wine. Fantastic precision, acidity and balance. Would love to have a case of this tooked away. Long life ahead of it. If you have a good few of these open one up and enjoy, other wise wait. Served with John Dory with tea-smoked duck, fondant potato, fennel puree and bordelaise sauce.
White
1998 Château Pape Clément Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/11/2011 - ctwomey wrote:
Wine-Pages Dublin Offline (Ely CHQ, Dublin, Ireland): Super wine on the nose, love the Semilion but it doesn't deliver on the palate, I think it is a touch flabby. A touch more acidity and it would be super. Lovely yellow colour.
White
3/11/2011 - ctwomey wrote:
Wine-Pages Dublin Offline (Ely CHQ, Dublin, Ireland): This was served blind. It was originally a little cold which muted the nose. However the touch of oak was beautiful integrated. Initially mistaken for a white Burgundy however as it warmed up it started giving off its classic Sauvignon Blanc nose and was first thought to be a Didier Dagueneau but transpired to be a Dog Point SB. A very nice wine and atypical NZ SB. My first quess was Greywacke Wild Sauvignon but I went the Burgundy route after that and got it wrong.
White - Sparkling
3/11/2011 - ctwomey wrote:
Wine-Pages Dublin Offline (Ely CHQ, Dublin, Ireland): Beautiful balance and acidity, slight tomato/bloody mary on the nose which seemed to blow off after a while. Super with the open lasagne of queen scallops & yellow chanterelles, wild mushrooms foam and truffle oil.
Red
2005 Château Laujac Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/28/2010 - ctwomey wrote:
Cracking little bottle of wine. Decanted fro 24 hours only because it was a reserve for a dinner that wasn't used. This is one to seek out as an every day drinker if the price is right.
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Red
8/27/2010 - ctwomey wrote:
Everywhere says it should be drunk up or its over the hill, well it's not. It's really mature with all those lovely secondary aromas associated with aged wine e.g. Balsmatic. It has just peaked. Very interesting to drink a 20 year old zin.
White
8/27/2010 - ctwomey wrote:
I thought this could be over the hill and it wasn't. Lovely integration of oak and good balance of acidity. A pleasent surprise. Light gold in colour.
Red
7/31/2010 - ctwomey wrote:
Served along side 2005 Clos des Papes. While the Les Origines is a wonderful wine, in this esteemed company it seemed clunky, forced, slightly overextracted and relatively closed. Both wines had a 10 hour decant. This wine needs age, I wouldn't touch any for 5+ years.
Red
7/31/2010 - ctwomey wrote:
Had high hopes for this and was not disappointed. Decanted for 10 hours beforehand. Served along side 2006 Les Origines. The Clos des Papes seemed so much better balanced. It's nose was fantastic this wine was in full swing. So glad I have a case stashed away :-)
Red
2000 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/24/2010 - ctwomey wrote:
Garnet in colour. Still a little tannic and quite drying. Lost all the primary fruit nose. If you have a few bottles of this try one just to see it in its current stage of evolution.
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White
6/5/2010 - ctwomey wrote:
Lots of great pineapple and grapefruit with a lovely touch of oak with decent acidity. I have forgotten how good this can be, must have been drinking too much New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
White
2005 Château de l'Estang Blanc Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
This knocked the socks of two white bordeaux's I had at the weekend (2005 Château Brown Blanc and 2001 Château La Louvière). Great concentration and fruit, maybe a little simple but just fabulous to drink for the summer. Definitely will improve over the next few years. A little crystaline sediment in the bottle.
White
2005 Château Brown Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
5/28/2010 - ctwomey wrote:
Wine Pages Belfast Offline (Deanes Restaurant, Belfast, Northern Ireland): Totally disjointed. The nose was very over powering and extremely difficult to ignore. Way too much oak?
Red
1986 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Wine Pages Belfast Offline (Deanes Restaurant, Belfast, Northern Ireland): Much younger than the 1985. This is only hitting its stride now at the age of 24! Decent enough concentration of fruit and tannins with good acidity.
Red
Wine Pages Dublin Offline (Ely CHQ, Dublin, Ireland): Closed down. Solid wine with plenty of backbone for the medium haul. Probably not young or old enough to be opened at this stage of its development.
Red
Wine Pages Dublin Offline (Ely CHQ, Dublin, Ireland): A little closed, probably should have decanted the wine even though it was opened early enough. No sign of any stinkyness here! A solid wine but no blockbuster tonight.
Red
1985 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Wine Pages Belfast Offline (Deanes Restaurant, Belfast, Northern Ireland): No way as youthful as the 1986 Batailley drank on the same night. Light ruby red. Drinking beautiful. Drink up soon.
White - Sweet/Dessert
Wine Pages Belfast Offline (Deanes Restaurant, Belfast, Northern Ireland): Served blind. Light brown in colour. Viscous and super sweet. I have drunk Tokaji before but this was the sweetest ever - a Esszencia?, the only other clue was that a winemaker from Pomerol was involved? Oldest great vintage after the Soviet block collapsed was 1993. So a 1993 Tokaji Esszencia.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
Wine Pages Belfast Offline (Deanes Restaurant, Belfast, Northern Ireland): Yellow gold in colour. Thick, concentrated, sweet yet great balance from the acidity. A hugh life ahead of it. Showed better than the last bottle. I need to forget about the other bottles now for at least 10 years!
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Red - Fortified
Wine Pages Dublin Offline (Ely CHQ, Dublin, Ireland): Very pink in colour and sweet. I wonder if this was flawed or just aged prematurely?
White - Sparkling
Wine Pages Belfast Offline (Deanes Restaurant, Belfast, Northern Ireland): Excellent smooth mousse. Very muted at first not giving up much. Acidity was very high and slightly over powered the food. After about 45 minutes lovely aromas of biscuites and the acidity toned down significantly.
White
2005 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
Wine Pages Dublin Offline (Ely CHQ, Dublin, Ireland): Tight and restrained. Showing really well. Great balance with super acidity for a great year like 2005. Just a touch of oak. I need to forget about my other bottle for at least 5 years.
Red
Wine Pages Dublin Offline (Ely CHQ, Dublin, Ireland): Probably opened about 8-10 hours before serving. Quite concentrated for an 2004. Just goes to say that for Burgundy it's Producer, Producer, Producer. Opened up after about 45 mins in the glass.
Red
1982 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Wine Pages Belfast Offline (Deanes Restaurant, Belfast, Northern Ireland): So young for a 28 year old wine and with plenty of stuffing for at least another 15 years. It could easily have been mistook for a wine 15 years younger. This was my first 1982 Bordeaux and I have just realised that my 2000 and 2005 Bordeaux are not going to be ready until about 2030 :-)
White - Sparkling
Wine Pages Belfast Offline (Deanes Restaurant, Belfast, Northern Ireland): Raisin on the nose, very rich full bodied and super long. Changed my opinion of Lanson.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
Wine Pages Dublin Offline (Ely CHQ, Dublin, Ireland): Tasted blind, a ringer for a Sauternes and I wasn't the only person at our table that thought that.
White
5/29/2010 - ctwomey wrote:
Wine Pages Dublin Offline (Ely CHQ, Dublin, Ireland): For a 2002 you would have expected a decent amount of acidity, yet this was slighly flabby. Blind you might think it could be a 2003 given the heat wave that year. Alot of oak that is slightly overpowering. Mellowed a good bit after 1 hour in the glass.
Rosé
5/15/2010 - ctwomey wrote:
Pretty wine, lacks acidity, probably due to the very hot vintage that 2007 was. I would be interested in trying the 2006 for comparison. The low acidity causes it to lose a certain freshness that you would expect.
Red
4/4/2010 - ctwomey wrote:
Last bottle from a case I bought in 1997 En-Primeur from Oddbins. Probably drank all the others too young. Anyway blood red core with a clear rim with a light orange edge. All the primary aromas are gone and it is clear the wine has come to maturity. Balsamic and pepper on the nose. Lovely texture and good acidity and a medium finish.
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