Tasting Notes for Nanda

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Red
2/12/2019 - Nanda wrote:
92 points
Off the list at Troquet. PnP out of the rather cold cellar. This is a more austere and rustic rendition of Allemand, but none the less has all of the DNA that makes Allemand Cornas great. Huge old-school N. Rhone nose, that starts a bit stinky but has loads of green olive, game, and savory dried black fruit. The palate is fairly taut and stern, but provides plenty of savory, olivey pleasure.
Red
1985 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/12/2019 - Nanda wrote:
93 points
Off the list at Troquet. PnP out of the rather cold cellar. Takes 15 minutes to warm up/open up in the glass, but when it does the nose absolutely pops with intense cigar ash, bell pepper and dried fruit notes. The palate is fully mature, and on the leaner side to be sure, but full of pleasure. More tertiary notes than fresh fruit, but there is still plenty of dried, mature fruit to hold this together. Agree with the notes to drink sooner than later.
Red
2/10/2019 - Nanda wrote:
94 points
This vintage is drinking so well young. Intense nose of olive brine, smoked meat and savory black fruit. The palate has good concentration though the fruit is well-restrained and refined. Good length. Killer Syrah.
White
2/10/2019 - Nanda wrote:
92 points
Impressively packed with flavor and concentration in a lighter alcohol package. Citrus and ripe orchard fruit for days, with mineral accents. Delicious now, but has the balance to age.
White
2/3/2019 - Nanda wrote:
92 points
Best bottle of a 4-pack. Youthful, bright, with great pure, rich fruit and zingy acidity.
Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
Blind N. Italian at Chevalier: Fairly pale and translucent in appearance -- clearly a wine with some serious age. Attractive nose of dried red fruit and smoke/tar. The palate has lighter concentration, but the fruit is still bright. Plenty of balsam, old leather, dried florals and tar. Classic.
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Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
94 points
Blind N. Italian at Chevalier: Gorgeous traditional Barolo nose of red cherry, musk, herb and dried florals. The palate is round with good ripeness and richness to the well-behaved and restrained fruit. Tannins are fine but still youthful. Elegant and long. Excellent. Showing surprisingly accessible now. Upside from here.
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Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
Blind N. Italian at Chevalier: The nose shows a bit tight with notions of mature cherry and herb. The palate has rich fruit and still firm structure. Still brooding and rustic now. Should improve with time.
Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
92 points
Blind N. Italian at Chevalier: Gorgeous full nose shows mature sour cherry, herbs, balsamico and musk. The palate is very good concentration to the mature and layered cherry fruit. Medium-grain tannins are well melded to the fruit. In a very good spot now.
Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
94 points
Blind N. Italian at Chevalier: Served blind to the group. Quite clearly a traditional producer. The palate is so intensely aromatic with bright red cherry, florals, stem and spice. The palate is pure and lifted. Great intensity of flavor without heaviness. Terrific length. Barolo of the vintage candidate, I'd guess.
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Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
Blind N. Italian at Chevalier: A riper fruit profile that shows mature with pronounced balsamico notes. Good concentration of mature cherry fruit, that again shows maturity/age with balsamico and some earth. Probably more mature than it should be at this point.
Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
93 points
Blind N. Italian at Chevalier: Gorgeous nose of musky red cherry, rose pedals, herbs and spice. The palate has excellent concentration of sweet red cherry. So smooth and elegant. Long fine, finish. This is excellent now with upside. My favorite of the modern-leaning producers.
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Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
Blind N. Italian at Chevalier: As opposed to the '12 Cogno Barbera tasted earlier, this is pretty uninteresting and shows a soft fruit profile with too much heat.
Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
Blind N. Italian at Chevalier: Full, dense and rich nose is showing some age/maturity to the red cherry with an intense herbal note. Palate is quite dry with huge tannins that make themselves known right away. Nice brightness to the maturing, complex fruit. Needs time to come into balance.
Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
92 points
Blind N. Italian at Chevalier: Attractive, full nose of smoky, musky black cherry. The plate has good concentration of plump cherry and plum. Silky tannins and fresh, juicy acids. Very nice.
Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
90 points
Blind N. Italian at Chevalier: Served blind, I immediately felt this was a modernist Barolo. Full nose of sleek red and black cheery with a notable wood impression. The palate rich, plush and round. Good fruit and tar notes. Tannins are suave and well integrated. Approachable, but clearly with a modern bent.
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Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
Blind N. Italian at Chevalier: Big smoky ripe black fruit and toast on the nose. The palate is ripe, rich and sweet-flavored. So much ripeness and oak. Wow, not my cup of team.
Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
Blind N. Italian at Chevalier: Generous nose is young, ripe and rich with a clear modernist flare, including some new oak that is obvious but not overly obtrusive. Rich and decadent with plenty of firm tannin that is smoothed out by the wood. Fun enough now. Not sure where this goes and not my preferred style, so hard to say.
Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
90 points
Blind N. Italian at Chevalier: Gorgeous aromatics are full of strawberry, red cherry and raspberry with intense florals. The palate is still quite young and showing lighter. Tight. This will be very good with more time. Upside from here.
Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
Blind N. Italian at Chevalier: Big nose or roasted, ripe and rich black cherry. Amaro like with lots of exotic, herbal spice. Round and plush. I'd like this if it was Amaro. Not what I look for in wine.
Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
Blind N. Italian at Chevalier: This is so far outside of my strike zone -- very hard to understand and enjoy. Big nose of roasted, raisin-y black fruit. Palate is sweet, ripe and port-like.
Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
Blind N. Italian at Chevalier: Roasted red cherry on the nose. Palate isn't showing much fruit at the moment - more mineral, leather and earth. Still tons of structure here. Needs time or an extended decant -- this bottle only saw an hour or two of slow-o. Upside from here.
Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
Blind N. Italian at Chevalier: Rustic and thin aromas. Very light and dilute. Past peak.
Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
89 points
Blind N. Italian at Chevalier: On the rustic side of things, with earthy cherry and violets on the nose. Palate has good concentration with still firm tannin. Should soften, but I don't see this getting markedly better.
White - Sparkling
2/1/2019 - Nanda wrote:
94 points
A great bottle. So much stuffing with toasty orchard fruit and brioche. Great concentration and energy on the palate, with a long flavor-packed finish.
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Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
92 points
Similar to Chablis28, this far exceeded my low expectations and validated an impulse purchase a few years ago. Very classic Burgundy with good fruit and a surprisingly elegant feel. Good now, and should hold.
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Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
91 points
Very young and primary. Fun now, but will be better with age as the fruit recedes and the oak integrates. A bit brutish now, and not showing the classic Lalande elegance.
Red
2/2/2019 - Nanda wrote:
95 points
Pop n' pour. Towering nose of smoke, plum, cherry, cedar and dried bell peppers. Palate is still quite fresh and fruit forward. Good fine tannin is melded to the fruit. Terrific now. What a monument to classic Cali Cab.
Red
1/28/2019 - Nanda wrote:
Decanted for ~3 hours. A fairly muddled and heavy Nebbiolo. Nose was non-delineated with some black fruit, licorice and tar. Palate was pretty heavy and brooding. Not all that generous or interesting. All and all, a disappointing bottle from a producer I don't often drink.
Red
1/27/2019 - Nanda wrote:
91 points
I haven't come across the Boulder Block cuvee before. This is so pure, bright and elegant. Nose of elevated red cherry with spice. The palate is above all else, silky. Medium weight red fruits have intense fruit flavor and just glide across the palate. Still very youthful with plenty of structure. Some upside from here.
White
1/27/2019 - Nanda wrote:
92 points
Terrific bottle and just what you want in 10+ year-old Meursault. Full nose with loads of rich white fruit, some florals, some nuts, some spice. Palate is round and rich with a chewy structure. Good, powerful finish.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1/26/2019 - Nanda wrote:
91 points
3rd Annual Jadot with Frederic Barnier (Booth One - Chicago, IL): And now for something completely different ... Botrytisized sweet wine from Burgundy!? Served blind, I was leaning towards Chenin given the flavor profile and acid brightness. Plenty of honey and sweet white fruits, with good lift. Very nicely done.
Red
1/26/2019 - Nanda wrote:
91 points
3rd Annual Jadot with Frederic Barnier (Booth One - Chicago, IL): Initially fairly aromatically closed, but with 30 minutes in the glass it opens to reveal fairly brooding candied and ripe black cherry. The palate is rich and packed with riper cherry fruit, spice and notions of meatiness but its a bit muddled and not precise. Good and fun, but not up to the likes of the 2002 tasted in the same flight. Probably at peak.
Red
1/26/2019 - Nanda wrote:
93 points
3rd Annual Jadot with Frederic Barnier (Booth One - Chicago, IL): A wine that is really delivering right now. Lifted, alluring nose of ripe black cherry with a great sweet and savory (meat, spice) interplay. That palate shows Grand Cru-like concentration with deep, detailed flavors. Lush, but with plenty of acid lift. Excellent now.
Red
1/26/2019 - Nanda wrote:
91 points
3rd Annual Jadot with Frederic Barnier (Booth One - Chicago, IL): Full nose of non-delineated black cherry, meat and spice. This is awfully young with chewy structure and Grand Cru-like concentration. Still brooding and needs time. Upside from here.
Red
1997 Louis Jadot Musigny Musigny Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/26/2019 - Nanda wrote:
flawed
3rd Annual Jadot with Frederic Barnier (Booth One - Chicago, IL): Sadly, corked. Would've made a wonderful addition to an amazing Jadot 1997 flight.
Red
1997 Louis Jadot Chapelle-Chambertin Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/26/2019 - Nanda wrote:
95 points
3rd Annual Jadot with Frederic Barnier (Booth One - Chicago, IL): Another amazing 1997 from Jadot with deep, rich and intense aromatics of red and black cherry, with iron and spice. The palate is so concentrated and powerfully flavorful. Densely packed while showing precise, complex flavors. Fantastic. Blind, I slightly preferred this to the Beze.
Red
1/26/2019 - Nanda wrote:
95 points
3rd Annual Jadot with Frederic Barnier (Booth One - Chicago, IL): Third time with this wine in the last few years, and it is consistently a marvel. The nose is deep and sultry with so much intense black cherry, meat and spice. I immediately guessed Gevrey. Grand Cru concentration and terrific power, while showing precise detailing. Long, delicious.
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Red
1/26/2019 - Nanda wrote:
94 points
3rd Annual Jadot with Frederic Barnier (Booth One - Chicago, IL): Intense and full nose of red and black cherry with spice and earth. The palate is round and seamless with medium-to-full concentration in an effortless and ethereal frame. Goes on and on.
White
1/26/2019 - Nanda wrote:
89 points
3rd Annual Jadot with Frederic Barnier (Booth One - Chicago, IL): Not giving much on the nose. The palate round with fairly ripe tasting and sweet fruit. Pear and orange rind. Okay, but I think the vintage is showing through here.
White
1/26/2019 - Nanda wrote:
93 points
3rd Annual Jadot with Frederic Barnier (Booth One - Chicago, IL): A terrific bottle with full, intense aromas that include youthful white fruit, florals and spice. The palate has excellent Grand Cru concentration. Rich, lively, fresh and long.
White
1/26/2019 - Nanda wrote:
90 points
3rd Annual Jadot with Frederic Barnier (Booth One - Chicago, IL): Alluring mature nose with aged white fruit, mushroom and earth. Good structure with mature, tiring fruit. Light-to-moderate concentration in the finish. Best in the first 20 minutes of being poured.
White
1/20/2019 - Nanda wrote:
90 points
Drank over two days. Definitely more accessible and approachable on night two. Night one was fairly closed in, but on night two much more fleshy with ripe orchard and tropical fruit and minerals with strong acidic cut. Quite good - but not sure it delivers the BH score, yet anyway.
Red
1/21/2019 - Nanda wrote:
92 points
More traditional than the reputation. Bright nose filled with mature red cherry, earth, old leather and earth. Palate is smooth and balance with everything in check. A real refinement and elegance in the finish.
Red
1/21/2019 - Nanda wrote:
92 points
Full and intense nose of ripe black fruit that is soaked with North Rhone aromatics including smoked meat, savory spice, black olives, toasted herb and cracked pepper. The palate is rich but with terrific lift and tension. Lots of nuance that echos the nose. Should age nicely. Perhaps even some upside from here.
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Red
1/17/2019 - Nanda wrote:
93 points
A very impressive young Brunello. I don't drink a lot of Brunello but this was really pleasure-filled -- full of sour cherry, spice and new leather. Concentrated yet lively and fine. Delicious. Will add some to the cellar.
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