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Tasting Notes for Senso-beak

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Red
1/26/2023 - Senso-beak wrote:
92 points
Opened and poured on a snowy evening. Very dark with mild bricking on the rim. Very red and cherry forward. Acidic tart and bright cherry notes on the nose and palate. Also some dark blueberry/blackberry on the nose, with some mild secondaries kicking-in....leather, anise. Full bodied but not too heavy, plenty of acids to keep it lively. Comparing to my last note nearly 10 years ago, this has evolved quite well and mellowed out in a positive trajectory. Very cherry, and very nice for 22 years in bottle indeed. A steal at $20 this wine today could cost $100+
Red
1/7/2023 - Senso-beak wrote:
Opened and enjoyed with Turkey potted pie. Full bodied, classic Turley heat and size. Braised fruits, fairly resolved, some zin bramble. Will update more on day two.
Red
12/29/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
89 points
Opened and poured with a ragu. Full bodied, luscious deep purples and blacks. Fairly smooth....I can feel the octane, but it's not too overdone. A little lacking in bramble, spices and layers, but overall solid. Day two, continues its jammy ride, without being overt in any particular direction. Solid, nice, yummy.
Red
12/16/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
84 points
Opened and poured. Initially a very muted minty nose of menthol and glycerin. Opened to a ruddy purple to orange rim. Lots of citrus, acidic high notes on the nose. *** smacking boozy flavor profile with mostly resolved tannins and fruits, leaving it feeling like a candied fruit cake flavored high potency grain alcohol intended to get one heavily drunk. There are some good qualities here, but at this point in evolution it's past prime, and while interesting doesn't have enough fruit or nuance to keep one pondering...
Red
12/11/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
89 points
Enjoyed with fettuccine. Blue scented, pours a deep red with no real signs of oranging yet. ribbon candy and pink taffy nose, with some Tahitian vanilla and Zanzibaribbean Fuu fruit. Neutral-ish on the palate, yet full bodied with date pastes, leathery drying tannin, turbinado, black cherry and cigar box.
Red
12/11/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
Imbibed as part of a 4 year vertical of RR bottlings including 2006, 2011, 2016 and 2020. This was some folks favorite, including mine. Showed more fruit and identifiable as a younger vintage. A bit more briar and bramble, wilder spices and just a bit more intensity at this stage.
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Red
12/11/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
Imbibed as part of a 4 year vertical of RR bottlings including 2006, 2011, 2016 and 2020. This was a few folks favorite, and some guessed it as older than the '06. Showed a bit more fruit and liveliness compared to the '06Fresh raspberry nose, with some tartness.
Red
12/11/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
Imbibed as part of a 4 year vertical of RR bottlings including 2006, 2011, 2016 and 2020. Showing its age compared to the others, this had a glyceric shell coating the strawberry, reds and pomegranates. Most correctly identified it as an older vintage blind.
Red
12/1/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
87 points
Opened and poured - paired with sausage lasagna. Very dense, purple and full bodied. A bit tart at open. Full profile of purples, blues and inks - blueberry, blackberry, ethanol, creosote and varnish, and on the tongue, tangy fruit leathers, spice and zest. Continued to be tangy and pungent, with sour cherry notes and puckering fruits. I would prefer a bit more sweetness to offset the tang, and not sure if this will come around to that or not during its evolution.
Red
11/24/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
93 points
Thanksgiving 2022. Opened and decanted/let sit for 3 hours. Youthful to ready. Broad nose of toasted deep reds - pomegranate, grilled strawberry, hoisin, red cherry, vanilla, Full bodied, hiding the potency well. Luscious, rich, fruity and smooth. Yes it's a big pinot. Classy. Finished with expansive freshness and briars, cherry notes at the last sips. Agree with @rosenst1 that these have become too expensive and we've been priced out of the mailing list, and just flipping them doesn't seem ethical. Fortunately we have several bottlings in the cellar that will last a good long time.
Red
11/5/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
90 points
Opened and poured after MSA strings fest. Dark red with some clearing to the rim. Smooth, lush, thick and velvety. Definite black cherry, olive, dark chocolate notes. Glyceric and very smooth with no rough edges. Gains traction and bite with air, acidity lifting the palate revealing a little redder cherry element. Disappeared quickly, good - not great.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château Coutet Barsac Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/11/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
94 points
19th Anniversary pour. Thick and unctuous. Notes of caramel, butterscotch, apricot nectar, toffee, vanilla, quince and marmalade. Seemingly much more mature than the prior bottle consumed a year ago based on my review of that note. Quite delicious. 3 more. These grapes were likely harvested around the time or just before our marriage date.
Red
10/6/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
87 points
Glorious October: Opened and poured on a glorious October day. Glyceric, heady, humid and boozy boquet of very deep blacks and blues. On the palate, a little bitter chocolate, bramble, toast, char, wood. Opening with air, to reveal a dense resovrior of smooth dark jams - blackberry, plum, hoisin, etc.
Red
10/1/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
88 points
Opened and imbibed. Bramble, glycerin, rawhide, vanilla, some toast on the nose. Dark reds and blacks on the palate, heady, voluptuous, thick juice.
Red
2004 Glaetzer Godolphin Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
8/18/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
95 points
Opened and poured after a couple days out of the cellar to warm up. For our 23 year anny of meeting at Dominick's. Wow, what a fruit bomb. Hedonistic, humid rain forest of concentrated blackberry. Some licorice now, with black cherry, velveteen tannins. Exceptional fruit at this stage, with secondary notes just starting to come out. Massive body, smooth, big, voluptuous. A monster still. This is a tour de force aussie blockbuster. Superb.
Red
8/10/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
93 points
Opened for a special gathering of the river masters. Purchases and stored perfectly in the cellar since 2002. Cork was impeccable. A beautiful nose of florals, amaretto, licorice, cherries and clean bright reds. Smooth velvet that opened beautifully over 2 hours. Lush round reds, featuring cherry, vanilla, and terrior. Excellent.
Red
7/27/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
90 points
Opened and poured. Very jammy and roasty. Tannins resolved, thick and full bodied red. Toasty roasted grilled fruit paste notes, High ABV but hid it well. Blacks and dark reds of the briar/blackberry/ultra-ripe strawberry spectrum. Hoisin. Velvety, smooth texture. Solid Biale.
Red
7/16/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
89 points
Enjoyed with dinner at Mistral's....wanted to pick a selection out of the box and this was a nice offering for the dinner selections. Round, chocolaty and a little early oxidized, but got better with air. Not too tannic, some thick yet supple notes of cocoa, blacks, indian spices, and disappeared by the end of dinner.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Château Doisy-Daëne Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
7/13/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
89 points
Opened a half bottle to check in. On the lighter side, showing medium body. Butterscotch, marmalade, lychee notes. Good, not electric. Hoping this evolves further over time.
White
7/10/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
88 points
Chilled and poured. This one was a little lighter than previous vintages - not as intense or as perfumed. Steely, crisp and vibrant notes of quince and green apple, very light hay coloring. Quite enjoyable though I would have preferred a touch more sweetness.
Red
7/9/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
91 points
Opened and poured. Excellent. Earthy, fundamental, solid pinot here from one of Oregon's best vineyards. Plums, blacks, with some earthy characteristics. Medium to full bodied. Quite nice indeed.
White
7/5/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
90 points
Pale, crisp and steely. Quince and green apple notes, with hints of sweetness to make this enjoyable. Peach, melon, zingy acidity and overall class provided an enjoyable white experience.
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Red
2000 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
6/19/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
92 points
Opened after fiddle camp 2022. Yummy jammy inky goodness. thick, extracts of blackberry galore...smooth, velvety. Hints of chocolate, blueberry, plum and fig. Excellent at this stage. Interesting compared to last note...no tang on this bottle. Oops, I was supposed to save this for another 18 years....grabbed the 2000 instead of the 2002. Oh well.... I do believe this bottling will last much longer!
Red
6/12/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
91 points
Enjoyed with a gorgonzola/smoked bacon gnocchi dish.. The real deal....throwing a lot of sediment. Dark, full bodied, jammy with depth and layers of hoisin, toast, some blues and all manner of black fruits. Very classy and the pedigree of the vineyard is noticeable. Excellent.
Red
6/5/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
85 points
Enjoyed with herb & garlic lamb sausages and rosemary fries. Light to medium body, a little watery and muted. Rather neutral at this point, but went well with the food. Cherries, rhubarb, pomegranate.
White
5/14/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
89 points
Opened and poured, with Long grain thai. Pale hay coloring, cort was very tight. Brisk acidity and a green apple entrance, warming to acidic steely notes of quince, more green apple, lemon-lime, slight gooseberry. There was an odd note that blew off quickly, and I can't place it because it was so brief. Overall a very nice effort....not a heavy oak/butter bomb.
Red
5/6/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
89 points
Opened and poured. Full bodied and jammy....heady and potent. Gains flesh with air. Lots of reds and blacks. Bruised strawberry, black raspberry, boysenberry, boackberry, toasty oak and grained tannins. A pretty good offering on this night.
White - Off-dry
5/1/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
93 points
Opened for Josh's senior recital day and Chicken Tikka Masala. This wine can now drink itself at 21 years old. What a superb vintage the '01 continues to be. Nice light yellow. Mellow and pure - brilliant acidity with lemon chiffon, pear and peach. With more air and warming, the lusher flavors come out...more melons, round peach, honeydew. Quite lovely at this age.
White
4/30/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
92 points
Opened and poured. Nice light hay color. Expressive nose of quince and lemon, with a encapsulation of glyceric ice. Nice fruit sweetness, employing lemon curd, slight tart apple, honeydew and lime notes. Round but had nice acidity to keep it from being flabby....overall really nice.
Red
4/14/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
91 points
Opened and poured from a case bought at auction. Very thick, dark and full bodied. I can see some of the flabby comparisons, but this isn't over oxidized, and is a full dark brooding blue fruited cab. Modern yes, and lacking secondary's that may never develop, but certainly a fun wine and a joy to drink. Day two even fuller body, with ripe blue fruits - almost like blueberry juice. Could use just a hint more acidity. Definitely a thick, ripe style inching close to the flabby side, but stays just on the right side of that equation IMHO.
Red
4/9/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
90 points
Capsule bulging out, so I selected this one.....no seeming reason - no seeping, no mold or other issues....odd. Opened and poured....served with Turkey Korma. Expressive strawberry rhubarb essence, medium body, humid strawberry on the nose. I'm starting to see the cola references some reviewers note as well. Sweet cherry and fairly smooth at this point. Quite nice.
Red
4/2/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
flawed
Opened and poured....dark with deep orange to the rim. Sadly corked. Closed. There's some musty dusty blackberry zin on the nose, with corking masking much else. Neutral to bitter on the palate, woody, drying tannin with some fruit paste...dates, boysenberry. Corking may blow off after some air...will update. On day two + under vac-u-vin the corking was still there, but after a few minutes blew off and really fleshed out....fruit is sweeter, with blacks at the fore. Much better than the first day. If you can let the cork blow off, this is drinking fine.
Red
3/26/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
91 points
Opened and enjoyed in one evening to celebrate TM. Very dark, full bodied cab showing nice florals and tons of blue fruit. Blueberry, plum, black cherry frame, nice length (though have had better vintages of this wine before), nice balance and smooth. Much better than the 2010 we had last. Lovely wine.
Red
3/20/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
84 points
Opened and poured. Very dark, purples and deep reds. On the nose, very muted...not a lot going on, and this carries over to the palate as well. Very neutral, with no lively acidity or fruit to make this interesting. Tastes like a mediocre appellation blend of inferior fruit trying to masquerade as something else. Some fruit pastes, past their expiration dates. On day two, a little sweetness came out to make this a little more interesting. Overall ok, but definitely not my favorite Carlisle. On day two + under vac-u-vin this has turned to olive juice.
Red
3/13/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
89 points
Opened and poured. A full bodied, dark pinot, showing smoky notes of the 2008 harvest laced with wildfire essence. Toasty oak...lacking some acidity. A little flabby, but showing classic Kanzler fruits of fruit leather, plummy paste, dates, bruised strawberry, hoisin, boysenberry. Overall a very nice bottle.
Red
3/10/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
87 points
Opened and poured. Glyceric light ruby in the glass. Heady and smooth, with nice reds, strawberry, raspberry and some menthol notes. Not electric or expansive, and not the massive pinot that KB is known for. This was a little muted....very poor showing compared to the 2007 for instance.
Red
2/22/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
90 points
Opened and poured. Initially light bodied, light ruby to clear. Swirls of reds abound - strawberry, red cherries, raspberries. On the palate - more reds - nice attack and acids. This is the first zin from this vineyard and it's quite an interesting story to read. With air gained some heft and traction, getting darker and heavier with air. The blacks and pepper starting to join the party.
White
2/19/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
94 points
Opened and poured. Very lively and acidic, with citrus dominated notes. Bright and focused, excellent balance with a hint of sweetness. Quite lovely.
Red
2/16/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
91 points
Opened and poured. A very inky dark blue purple, thick and pure molten. Brooding style, with jammy thick blacks and blues. Some pucker power, but well integrated. Iodine, blueberry, iron, blackberry. All good.
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Red
2/8/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
93 points
Opened for Karen's birthday. Dark ruby with no signs of bricking. Lovely nose....dusty tannins, yes cigar box per PMJak11, cedar, black cherry, campfire embers, vanilla, Initially tart-ish, fleshes out with air, giving more sweetness. Very neutral palate at first, but gains traction. Elegant and classy wine.
Red - Fortified
1/29/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
92 points
Brought up from the cellar on a cold blizzard night. Pours ruby to oranging....musty notes of dark black fruits, with brambleberry and pie notes. Not overly powerful or extracted, just offering a smooth and nice experience. Some sweet fruits, fruitcake and holiday spice. Gaining with air....Solid, yummy and delicious. We had our first port on a trip to Portland, Oregon as 30 something dinks, and our waiter at the Heathman comp'ed us escargot and at the end a glass of port.....at the time we thought to ourselves what the hell is this nasty pruny rubbing alcohol? Funny how time, experience and perspective changes your tastes! I suppose an aging body too....
Red
1/21/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
87 points
Opened and enjoyed in one setting. Brambly nose. A bit acidic with some tartness smoothing out with air. Solid as all Biale's are - full bodied, plenty of reds and blacks.....no major nuances coming out, but holding fine at 10 years out.
Red
1/17/2022 - Senso-beak wrote:
90 points
Opened and poured. Jammy and purplish....a surprising amount of fruit still on this 20 year old...I would even say it's fruitier than many much younger wines. Plenty of blackberry and jammy grapey plum and sweet blueberry. Still has some acidity to keep it fresh, and almost puckering. Went quickly. Not sensational, but just darn good.
Red
12/30/2021 - Senso-beak wrote:
88 points
Opened and poured. Wifey says good. Smokey campfire charred embers. Braised hoisin notes. Neutral-ish palate with dark red notes and bruised strawberry notes. Fairly resolved at this point, but solid. Was expecting something more spectacular for the price point and special naming.
Red
12/29/2021 - Senso-beak wrote:
85 points
Opened with Pizza. Big brawny nose of bruised ripe strawberry and blue fruits. Oxblood red in the glass. Neutral-ish beyond that and some heat. Hefty neutral palate of hot liquid. Not a lot of jammy fun fruit, just kind of a hot mess...toasty oaky, glycerin, faint jam, and not a lot else. Will see if air helps.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château Coutet Barsac Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/25/2021 - Senso-beak wrote:
93 points
Imbibed as a Christmas aperitif. I purchased these at futures, and they have been stored in my cellar ever since. The cork on this and my prior bottle was perfectly fine. Fresh spring herbals with air, and the lemon chiffon. What a lively fresh nose this offers, with the slight hint of newly corked wine. A beautiful light yellow color, it’s a medium to full bodied sticky deploys rich pineapple, with some butterscotch, honey, and syrup notes. Coconut manna, apricot, melon, white peach, all on display. This is starting to develop some secondaries and will continue to evolve for several decades.
Red
12/20/2021 - Senso-beak wrote:
89 points
Quaffed over two nights. Lots of fine sediet on the bottle….clean, perfect cork. Bramble zin nose, with slightly madierized elements. Zin dark berries, toasty oak and some dark extracts. Solid….better on first day.
Red
12/18/2021 - Senso-beak wrote:
94 points
Opened and enjoyed. Certainly a KB clone, this was jammy and fruity and all kinds of yummy. Slight oxidization, but quite a full bodied, voluptuous and brawny style. Overall, the preferred bottling of all the MacPhail's we've tried. Boysenberry, blackberry, overripe strawberry, felt thick and dense.
Red
12/10/2021 - Senso-beak wrote:
85 points
The final bottle from a case bought at release. Cork completely crumbled at opening. For the tough '98 vintage, this wine was a much better than average bottling. Tart cherry with vibrant acidity at this stage - keeping it bright and lively. Mostly red fruits, tart and puckering.
Red
12/9/2021 - Senso-beak wrote:
93 points
Yes indeed, another one of these. Opened and poured. Medium body, we have a humid and deep profile on the nose. Braised fine tannins, deep leathery and woody notes, with black cherry, blackberry, licorice coming out. Florals as well erupt with swirling - wilting rose petal. Gaining sweetness, tannin and traction with air.....has lost a little in the length of intensity, but still some tannic grip to remember. Continues to be an excellent bottle of wine at 25 years in bottle.
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