Tasting Notes for fine137

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Red
7/17/2019 - fine137 wrote:
100 points
Simply the finest example of California Cab I have had the pleasure of drinking. It’s greatness is obvious even at such a young age.
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White
5/12/2019 - fine137 wrote:
89 points
This has not aged well. Dark yellow, oxidative, burned butter and green oak.
Red
5/12/2019 - fine137 wrote:
93 points
It was good, nothing exceptional though and the sludge and I don’t mean sediment, I mean sludge is just off the charts.
Red
5/5/2019 - fine137 wrote:
92 points
Near or at peak.
Red
These are done, at least to my taste.
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Red
2000 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/17/2018 - fine137 wrote:
92 points
This wine is a bit frustrating. Nose is good, not great, right off the bat, but it just doesn't progress much with air and was basically the same, as was the palate, during the 3 hours over which it was consumed. I still think it is going places, but not for a while.
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Red
6/2/2018 - fine137 wrote:
95 points
Drinking it at peak, although it may have further positive development. Personally I wouldn’t wait. A bit of bitterness that fully resolved after a 1 hour decant. Super elegant and restrained, for Napa, I didn’t get a ton of the Rutherford dust, but instead a distinct floral note which really stood out from the typical cab flavors, which are there as well. Fruit is more in the red spectrum than black or purple. I don’t sense any manipulation in this wine, there is an overwhelming sense of purity. Sadly this is my last bottle, would love to have shared it with my wine snob friends as a shining example of what Cali can do.
Red
5/18/2018 - fine137 wrote:
88 points
Bit concerned about these. Drinks well for the first hour or so but falls off the table after that.
Red
1990 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/16/2018 - fine137 wrote:
flawed
Corked
Red
1990 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/2/2018 - fine137 wrote:
flawed
Corked
Red
4/2/2018 - fine137 wrote:
96 points
This is surprisingly lean for the vintage but it really works for this wine. It is Margaux-like in nose and on the palate, at least for the first hour or so, then it begins to reveal its California roots, but never in an over the top way. The wine is ruby in color and red and black fruit in profile, violets graphite, cassis and embers, long finish.
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Red
4/2/2018 - fine137 wrote:
95 points
Really drinking well, but still a good way to go before peak. Scorched earth and black fruit, deep and powerful, but still primary. This should be amazing with additional age. I'm waiting 10 more years, God willing.
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Red
10/29/2017 - fine137 wrote:
A complete mess that resolved a bit after 24 hours. The nose was sickening, literally. Don't touch for 5 more years and hope something changes or this was an off bottle
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White
5/27/2017 - fine137 wrote:
93 points
Drinking great at the moment, will go at least 5 more years. Nose could take me to Burgundy, but palate is definitely new world. Nice minerality, flinty, bit of gunpowder, orchard fruit profile, but a bit of pineapple sneaks in as well. Oak is there but well integrated. Still very fresh unlike most of the older Rhys chards I have had, which have come off as highly oxidized.
Red
5/20/2017 - fine137 wrote:
93 points
2 hour decant, cool red fruit, cassis, cedar, nice note of embers, cherry, even a bit of cranberry. Everything is in balance here. Accessible now for sure, but has a long life in front of it.
Red
4/2/2017 - fine137 wrote:
flawed
Corked
Red
1996 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/19/2017 - fine137 wrote:
flawed
Mildly corked, giving a sense of what it might have been. Quite optimistic for the remaining bottles.
Red
2/19/2017 - fine137 wrote:
98 points
Tobacco, blackberry, black cherry, cedar, cassis, bit of licorice. Very well made wine, coats the palate, 60 second plus finish. Sexy and plush after 6 hour slow ox + 1 hour in decanter. Love this producer.
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Red
1/30/2017 - fine137 Does not like this wine:
80 points
Basically bad port. These Lewelling wines all have the same flavor profile hot, sweet alcoholic mess.
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Red
1996 Château Clerc Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/17/2017 - fine137 wrote:
flawed
Corked
Red
1/15/2017 - fine137 wrote:
92 points
Fully mature, maybe just past. Tannins are fully resolved, not much fruit at this point, but lots of secondary and tertiary flavors which constantly change as it sits in the glass. This was probably never a blockbuster and I don't think it's going there either. Update, after 2 hours in the decanter, the wine has really opened up, more fruit, more Syrah character, lovely. Raising the score a bit.
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Red
1/8/2017 - fine137 wrote:
89 points
Pnp, nose reticent at first, slowly opening to some dust, sour cherry and some herbs. More time yields some fig and leather. Nice cut, not flabby like some 07's can be. Short finish. Might evolve from here, 2 more years max for me. Overall unremarkable.
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Red
1/8/2017 - fine137 wrote:
91 points
Didn't enjoy this as much as my last bottle consumed 5 years ago, little less fruit forward which I would normally consider a good thing, but it wasn't replaced with any additional complexity, pretty much four square oakville cab, cedar, black currant, vanilla, cassis and overt oak. Unpleasant alcohol on the nose, need to drink this on the cooler side. It's also throwing decent amount of sediment so would suggest standing up for 24-48 hours before decanting. I will try again in 3 years, but I'm not optimistic that this will ever get to where I had hoped it would.
Red
12/29/2016 - fine137 wrote:
Cork disintegrated, poured off one glass through coffee filter. Was going to be a nice bottle.
Red
12/25/2016 - fine137 wrote:
94 points
In a great place.
Red
11/6/2016 - fine137 wrote:
flawed
Corked and cooked
Red
10/20/2016 - fine137 Likes this wine:
98 points
TBD, but wait 7+ years for the next one.
Red
10/16/2016 - fine137 wrote:
89 points
Red with a bit of bricking, nose has an element of a semi-sweet pastry and some yeast, odd, confectionary, maybe some green pepper lurking underneath, complex, but not in a good way. Does not follow through to the palate thankfully. This is a restrained CDP, good acid and minerality, no heat at all, but I wouldn't want to let it warm up too much. I'm not sure this gets better from here.
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Red
10/16/2016 - fine137 wrote:
92 points
Red/Brownish in color, nose is initially baby diaper (blows off after a few minutes), cranberry, mushroom sous bois. Black fruited, good mineral and acidity, fresh for its age. Certainly more burgundy that Cali pinot, but there is a tiny tick of candy that is a tell. It could definitely go a few more years, but near peak now in my opinion.
Red
10/16/2016 - fine137 wrote:
93 points
Starting to show a bit of age with some discoloration at the edges. Ruby red in color. Bit of funk on the nose, may be some bret, but just a touch, not distracting in the least. Bit of pepper on the nose, some cranberry, salami, olive tapenade. Bit thin on the fruit initially, lean with some tartness, loads on mineral. Reminds be a bit of a northern rhone in need of age. Would never guess California syrah and that is a good thing. 30 second finish, very nice.
Red
10/14/2016 - fine137 wrote:
94 points
This is special, red fruited, structured, accessible now, but built for the long haul. Cassis, cardamon, black olive, black cherry, currants, dust, sandalwood, violet, medium body, long finish.
White
5/23/2016 - fine137 wrote:
93 points
Still going strong, golden, but not oxidized at all. Good acidity.
Red
4/15/2016 - fine137 wrote:
A bit high in alcohol, but delicious.
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Red
4/6/2016 - fine137 wrote:
88 points
Very pleasant on the palate, but the nose is just too reticent. Black cherry, some menthol.
Red
3/11/2016 - fine137 wrote:
95 points
Just stunning, leather, dried fruit, resolved tannins, just incredible energy for a 50 year old wine. Finish last for 2 minutes and is etched in my brain. A real classic.
Red
3/3/2016 - fine137 wrote:
80 points
Dead, but not as dead as the last one.
Red
2/27/2016 - fine137 wrote:
92 points
Just the faintest bit of reduction, blowing off quickly to reveal a very red fruited wine, cherry, cranberry are there, but it is raspberry that sails though on the surprisingly long finish, 30+ seconds. It is weightless and fine, but oh so concentrated and focused. There is a bit of dried flower and maybe just a shade of cinnamon as well. This is very complex for a bourgogne and indeed the finest I have had. If this were still available, I would be buying it by the case as I believe it will age quite well.
Red
2/11/2016 - fine137 wrote:
Herbal, green pepper, not good
Red
2/2/2016 - fine137 wrote:
90 points
On the back side of the hill, do not decant for more than just a bit or you will be sorry. Pop and pour should be pretty good.
Red
1/23/2016 - fine137 wrote:
99 points
Brief note for now, embers, charcoal, cigar, crazy distinctive nose. Certainly drinking well but will last many, many years. Very impressed.
Red
12/13/2015 - fine137 wrote:
96 points
Deep ruby-purple, concentrated, nose of burnt embers/lead pencil/violet. Cassis, coffee and rich on the palate, maybe a bit of cocoa. This will live for decades. Is any winery killing it as much as this one?
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White
12/12/2015 - fine137 wrote:
88 points
Simple, but good. Has some spiciness, but not quite enough for this grape. Has a waxy component as well.
Red
2012 Fattoria Poggiopiano Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
12/12/2015 - fine137 wrote:
89 points
This actually has some nice structure to it and is somewhat closed at the moment. Should be better in a few years.
Red
12/6/2015 - fine137 wrote:
Impenetrable. Probably going to be great in 5+ years, but impossible for me to tell at the moment.
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