Tasting Notes for brucef

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2003 Château Duhart-Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/30/2014 - brucef wrote:
90 points
Although this has been in my cellar for six years, there was not any sediment in the bottle. This is a modern claret, and is not much like the wines of fifty years ago.
Nose reminiscent of cigar box, but it is not very intense. Tannins fully resolved, some acid backbone, not fruit forward, no heat - doesn't show any effects of a hot year, but alcohol is evident. Medium finish, smooth, but nothing special. Color very deep garnet. no orange or brown. This bottle was opened two hours before dinner and was decanted with aerating, but that was unnecessary. I'm pretty much resigned to not finding any French clarets that are made the way they were made fifty years ago and produce such enjoyment. You had to decant a ten year old bottle from any halfway decent vintage because there would be a half inch of sediment in the bottle. And the nose and mouthfeel are practically gone. I still remember wines from '62 and '66 that had a nose that you could continue to enjoy after your glass was drained. When you opened the bottle, even a third growth's bouquet would be evident immediately. But, for such a decent vintage and chateaux, this was a disappointment. If you like the modern style bordeaux you may like this. I know why my son does not hold bordeaux in high regard. In my mind this bottle was worth maybe $15, definitely not $75.
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Red
8/25/2011 - brucef wrote:
85 points
Opened but did not decant. The reason for decanting used to be to separate the wine from the sediment. I can remember perhaps two bottles I drank in the past 10 years that had any sediment. Most of the wine produced nowadays is made to drink young but it removes some of the components that produce sediment and a wine that has tremendous bouquet, finish and body. I remember bordeaux from the 60's that had such a terrific nose that you could contine to enjoy it long after you had emptied the glass. And, these were not first or even second growths. Bordeaux, even those bottles with age, are now pleasant and innocuous, but often thin, and you can taste the fact that the complex tannins are missing. This bottle was one of those. Prieure-Lichine in the 60's like most of the wines in that era, were different. This bottle had some nose, and that telltale mouthfeel and taste that indicate too much fining, but little complexity and finish. Not even a trace of sediment, even though it was cellared for 4 years. I might as well drink California Cab - I get the same quality of wine at half the price.
Red
6/22/2010 - brucef wrote:
91 points
Nice Pomerol. Quite a bit of fruit for a bordeaux. Blackberries, maybe cherries. Fair nose, but difficult to describe. I've had many different wines from the other bank, but not much from Pomerol, so a more experienced person in this appelation tasting this would be more helpful. Tannins well integrated,medium finish. Closed upon opening, but after 2 hours there was a fair-to-good nose. On second night the nose reminded me of cognac or armagnac at first, quite distinct. Later on I smelled Port! But the wine is not hot or too alcoholic. Quite interesting and unusual in my experience, not at all unpleasant - quite the opposite. The wine has excellent body, sheets on the side of the glass, and the color is rich. It would be interesting to try tis again in 2 years, but it is definitely ready to drink now, and it drinks very well! Would be perfect with a rib roast. I wish I had more.
Red
2/12/2010 - brucef wrote:
88 points
Nice bottle. Cedar notes, fruit forward, cherry; tannins completely resolved. Finish short. Have had $15 bottles as good.Very good, but Not worth $38 IMO
White - Off-dry
12/28/2009 - brucef wrote:
90 points
This was a complete surprise. Tried to pick some wine to drink with Christmas ham last minute at the nearby store and got a bottle of Covey Run Gwertz and this one. Drank the Gwertz with the Christmas dinner and it was only fair. Tonight I opened the WV Reisling and was very pleased. More than a daily drinker! It was perfectly balanced with just the right amount of sweetness and acidity. The sweetness and fruit is first, and the acid gently comes on afterwards. Delicious fruit- melon and peaches- complex layers and then some typical nose. Medium finish. If I was blind tasting I would have thought it was German Spatlese. It was the last bottle in that store, but I'm looking for more. No one in Cellar Tracker has added this one until now.
Red
2003 Hauts de Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/30/2009 - brucef wrote:
83 points
I cellared this for over a year. Some paulliac nose right when bottle was opened. Let it sit for an hour. Drank with steak. Some vegetal notes, not much fruit. Plenty of acidity and tha tannins have been muted by the wine maker with sulfates, so they are there, but in the background. Very slight nose. I don't like this style of winemaking; I prefer the classic style, not this modern style which is made for drinking early. At six years old the tannins should have been still evident, but what I get is a smooth wine with no character or nose. Definitely not worth anything near the $32 I paid, and not worth keeping for the long haul.
White
7/22/2009 - brucef wrote:
88 points
Decent but not worth the price. Saw this recommended in a wine magazine. Fair bouquet & finish. Typical California Chard.
Red
7/22/2009 - brucef wrote:
85 points
Very average. I have had better for less money. Johnny-One-Note.
Red
5/14/2009 - brucef wrote:
90 points
I could tell this was a notch above the average run of the mill cab from the first taste. Some complexity, a bit of nose, good structure. Very pleasant. A good value if priced under $20.
Red
2000 Château Bouscaut Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/14/2009 - brucef wrote:
88 points
Opened 2 hours before dinner. Beautiful color, very dark. Faint nose, pencil shavings, not very complex. Smooth middle, modern style, moderate tannins not much fruit. Finish 15 sec. Could stand another 2 years in the cellar, but I doubt it will be much better, it doesnt have the body for it. Did go well with loin lamb chops.
Red
1/4/2009 - brucef wrote:
84 points
Decent nose, raspberry, cherry. But, lacking in body - it was made to drink early - som tannin on the palate, but unobtrousive. Finish lacks character. Smooth but thin. Hardly any pinot character. I have had better pinot for $10.
Red
10/8/2008 - brucef wrote:
91 points
Tried this in a wine store, new to me. I said to the owner, who was encouraging me to try a Spanish wine, that I never had one I really liked. So, he popped and poured a glass of this. I wasn't impressed at the first taste, but since he had poured more than a taste in an appropriate glass, I let it sit while I made up my mind about buying one of the nice selection of reasonably priced Cru classe bottles he had. Every one he had was a fine bottle that had been reported on in Cellar Tracker. So, it took me awhile. I finally decided on a bottle of Beychevelle, then went back to the Can Blau 06. Wow! Twenty minutes in the glass made all the difference. It reminded me of an exceptional chateau bottled Beaujolais from the late '60's, not like a French Rhone. That may sound strange because the grapes are completely different, and Beaujolais is made very differently today, so that may not help describe it unless you are familiar with what I'm talking about. Fruity, well balanced, with great structure and finish. I'll be back for a case of this.
Red
10/4/2008 - brucef wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured. Big mistake. Fruit forward, blackberry & cherry notes, some tannin. After 2 hours the typical cab nose developed. Very enjoyable
Red
2005 Château de Lugagnac Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/16/2008 - brucef wrote:
85 points
My first reaction was Oh! Not bad! Some fruit, but not much nose. Finish was OK. But, as time wore on the tannins began to predominate. The second night the tannins began to be even more obvious. Not a repeat, and I don't think it's a candidate for cellaring.
Red
1998 La Grange Neuve de Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/8/2008 - brucef wrote:
85 points
Characterized as "best bang for the buck" at Mt Carmel Wine and "ready to drink". it was ready, but I would only call it fair to middling. somewhat thin and uninteresting, Slight nose, tannins still there but integrated, practically no finish, I won't repeat this purchase.
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