Tasting Notes for vinhslee

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Red
2/7/2020 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
Bright flavours of strawberries, red berries, red cherries with some earthiness and minerality. Reasonably complex, very lively and well balanced when PnP. But flavours start to fall apart after 2 hours of aeration in the wine glasses.
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Red
2017 Clonakilla Shiraz - Viognier Canberra District Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
1/28/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
98 points
Wonderfully floral bouquet, with white pepper, dark fruits, slightly meaty flavours and minerality. With a bit of air, it gains a lot more density and candied fruits / dried rose petal flavours. Layers of complex flavours. Masses of energy, but also elegant. It has old world charm, but also the flashy characters of new world wines. Immediate crowd pleaser.
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Red
1/26/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
92 points
Rich and ripe fruity flavours. Lively acidity with well-judged oak. Quite a bit of salinity and earthiness. Very good value for money
Red
1/25/2020 - vinhslee Does not like this wine:
90 points
Initially very closed. After an hour in wineglasses, it started to gain a lot of weight and depth. Lots of dark fruits, liquorice, spices, dried herbs, a bit of smokey oak and salinity. It's complex, but a bit more rustic than expected.
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Red
1/24/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
When PnP, it has rather sweaty flavours. With about 30 minutes of aeration, layers of red fruits start revealing themselves, along with lively acid and spices. The flavours are complex and ethereal, and keep gaining more depth and weight throughout the night. Wonderful stuff
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Red
1/18/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
Masses of dried rose pedals, red cherries, strawberries, some earthiness and mushroom. Great density of fruity flavours, balanced by refreshing acidities. The structure is clearly of Grand Cru level, but it will take years for the flavours to harmonise.
Red
2018 Domaine Denis Mortet Mazoyères-Chambertin Mazoyères-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/8/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
Great nose of raspberries, red cherries and spices. The palate is full of red cherries, lots of red fruits, minerality with a touch of salinity. Long and pleasant finish. It has obvious grand cru qualities.
Red
1/8/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
94 points
Great nose of raspberries, red cherries and spices. When PnP, the palate is full of intense raspberries, red cherries, lots of red fruits, rhubarb, minerality and a touch of earthiness. Long and powerful finish. It shows great consistency with the previous few vintages.
Red
1/8/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
94 points
Great balance of power and finess. On the nose it is quite attractive. It has the classic Vosne Romanee flavours (cherry, earthiness, spices etc...) with ethereal qualities. Great effort for a village level wine.
Red
1/8/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
Great balance of power and complexity. Fully delivers classic Vosne Romanee flavours (cherry, earthiness, spices etc...) without being over-the-top.
Red
1/8/2020 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
Super smooth on palate. Flavours are well balanced and nuanced. Long pleasant finish. But it is not as complex as expected. The Grand Cru qualities are rather subtle and not obvious.
Red
12/19/2019 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
92 points
Good drive and intensity of all the classic left bank flavours. Finish is shorter than expected. Very good effort for a weak vintage. Just passed the peak, and on the way down.
Red
12/19/2019 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
92 points
Rich and complex flavours of cassis, leather, cedarwood, mixed berries. It is floral as usual, followed by gentle dose of menthol, earthiness and oak. The tannins are more grippy than expected, but very smooth and fine. The finish is rather long and sweet. Very good effort for an overshadowed vintage. This can be cellared for another 5-10 years.
Red
12/16/2019 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
92 points
Lots of freshly crushed cranberry, red cherry flavours, followed by some minerality, menthol and earthiness. Very high energy and transparent. The bubblegum notes recede to the background. Perfect for casual drinking.

Best served in Gabriel-Glas if you wish to intensify the aromas and flavours; otherwise serving it in Zalto Burgundy glass will tame the flavours nicely.
Red
12/13/2019 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
92 points
When PnP, tones of dark and red fruits fighting for attention on the palate. After 30 mintues in glass, the flavours start to harmonise, revealing layers of strawberries, rapsberries, blueberries, white pepper, plum, cassis, licorice, well-judged oak/vanilla, dark olives, dried herbs and spices. More complex than most other Cote du Rhone wines at this price point. Finish is reasonably long and complex. But flavours start to recede and deteriorate after 3 hours.

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Red
2016 Clonakilla Shiraz - Viognier Canberra District Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
12/2/2019 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
92 points
Full of spices, with a very distinctive rhubarb, mixed peppers (especially Sansho, a Japanese pepper), candied dark fruits/berries. The flavours and the nose keep evolving throughout the night. Not hard edges at all. Good intensity of flavours balanced by refreshing acid. The only let-down is the medium/short finish.
Red
11/23/2019 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
92 points
Fresh strawberries, rapsberries, blueberries, white pepper, plum, cassis, licorice, vanilla and well judged oak. Sometimes straight forward and refreshing flavours is all you need.
Red
1990 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/18/2019 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
94 points
When PnP, intense notes of plum and barnyard leaped out of the glass. It has high acidity, matched with intense flavours of plum, cassis, vanilla and earthiness. After 3 hours of aeration, flavours become very harmonised. The high acidity is well balanced by sweet spice, cassis, smoke, meat, salinity, vanilla and cedar notes. The tannins are completely resolved. Finish is long and sweet. Not the most complete or complex Pessac Leognan, but quite good considering the price.

Best served in a medium sized bordeaux glass (or even white wine glass), and bottle-breathe (instead of large decanter)
Red
1999 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/5/2019 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
Unlike the 1st bottle that I had (which was perfectly mature to drink), this bottle is surprisingly young. The flavour profile and structure are broadly consistent, but at very different stages of development. Bottle variation?
Red
10/31/2019 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
92 points
When PnP, banana/bubble gum notes were only briefly apparent. With sufficient aeration, the flavours became red-fruit driven, followed by some spices, mineral and earthy notes. Only had a slight hint of barnyard. Quite well-balanced.

The flavours are more intense, riper and richer than 2017, 2016, 2014 , but of course not as rich as the atypical 2015. Less mineral than 2017.
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Red
2009 Château Poujeaux Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/19/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Rich flavours of cassis, cedar, dark fruits, earthiness, game when PnP. These flavours only last for 15-30 minutes. Flavour profile is quite secondary, suggesting the wine won't last for long. Appallingly low level of acidity, complete lack of backbone/structure. Flavours are not simple, but not exactly complex. Drink up now.
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White
10/14/2019 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
92 points
Pineapple/exotic fruit, yeasty, orangy/zesty notes, followed by slightly nutty flavours with well-judged oak. Flavours are reasonably harmonised now.
Red
9/29/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
93 points
Plenty of cassis, blackcurrant and cigar box notes, with a good dose of vanilla (from oak?) and smokey flavours. Plenty of life ahead. Needs decanting and 2 hour aeration for flavours to open up properly.
Red
9/29/2019 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
94 points
Lots of rich (but restrained) fruity flavours. Good mix of earthy, floral and graphite, meaty/gamey notes. Complex with long sweet finish. Surprisingly young. Needs lots of air. Better still, try not to open another for another 5+ years.
Red
1985 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/7/2019 - vinhslee Does not like this wine:
90 points
Fill level is base of neck. Perfectly soaked cork.

Very healthy deep ruby colour.

When PnP, a rush of cassis, graphite and cedar notes leaped out of the bottle. After 1 hour of decant, primary fruit flavours (cassis, blackberry) and sour plum are still prominent. The flavours did not evolve much in the following 2 hours. Quite a bit of alcoholic heat in the finish.

Not as refined, complex nor balanced as I expected.
Red
9/6/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Quite dirty and intense red fruits, earthy, wet leaves, mushroom and almost barnyard flavours. It's reasonably complex, but far from balanced. Lacks acidity. A far cry from Burgundian pinots, but better than most new world pinots.
White
8/20/2019 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
Masses of acidity to support intense flavours of lemon tart, ginger, with a hint of waxy, honey, wool, oak, smokey, metallic/steely flavours with good dose of minerality. The structure is here, ideal for further ageing.
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White
8/20/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
94 points
Masses of acidity to support intense flavours of lemon tart, ginger, metallic/steely flavours with good dose of minerality. Once the flavours harmonise, it will become a good example of dry Chenin Blanc.
White
7/24/2019 - vinhslee Does not like this wine:
88 points
Great initial matchstick reductive nose and flavours. But these notes recede quickly to reveal sweat-like flavours. But this is not without some complex undertone of lemon, lime, well judged oak, pear and some minerality. It's not dull, but just not interesting nor refreshing enough.
White
7/24/2019 - vinhslee Does not like this wine:
80 points
Initially, it tastes like pure lime juice. With some aeration, it starts to taste like apple juice with sickly sweetness. A far cry from the usual high standards exemplified by most other Markus Molitor rieslings.
White
7/24/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
85 points
Slightly reductive, tastes like sweat (with marked salinity and unpleasant flavours), muddled lemon, apple and oatmeal flavours. Not refreshing at all. I don't understand why people keep raving about Kumeu River Chardonnays.
Red
7/20/2019 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
94 points
Great nose of raspberries, red cherries and spices. When PnP, the palate is full of intense raspberries, red cherries, lots of red fruits, rhubarb, minerality and a touch of earthiness. Long and powerful finish. It's very young but shows great potential for ageing. Wonderful village level Gevrey Chambertin
White
7/12/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Tastes of sweat. Quite a bit of salinity, chalk, minerality, lemon, lemon peel and apple. It is not as fresh as I hope.
Red
7/4/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
95 points
When PnP, lots of sweet red fruits on the nose and palate but quite closed. But after 2 hours of aeration, the flavours become harmonised with complex notes of red fruits, spices, red and dark fruits ,mushroom, truffle and some earthiness. The complexity is astounding. Lots of potential.
White
2001 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
7/4/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
99 points
When Pnp, lots of buttery/oaky/gasoline notes. After another 1-2 hours, classic BM notes start to fill the palate. It has lingering nutty, honey, seared sesame notes. Best with Zalto Burgundy glass, served at room temperature.
Red
7/4/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
Lots of peppermint, meaty and red fruit notes. It tastes almost like lamb shack served with peppermint jelly. Best with Zalto Burgundy glass.
Red
1990 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/25/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
94 points
Mähler-Besse bottled.

Double decanted, then bottle-breathe for 4 hours before serving. Generous violet and cassis nose. Deep cassis, blueberry, cedar, sandelwood, leather, violet flavours. Very silky and mouth-coating. Long and dense finish.
White - Off-dry
6/25/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
Very pleasant and easy-going. Must allow it to aerate for 30 minutes to reveal its true glory. Perfect for parties
Red
2003 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
6/20/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Deep flavours of plum, earth, lots of spices, orange/citrus peel, olives, sandlewood, leather and tar. Good acidity, good length. Lots of sediments (as usual). Long bitter finish. It is certainly complex and interesting. But I find the flavours rather rustic and "dirty". I am sure it's popular among some drinkers for its high QPR. Some like to think of this as a cheaper alternative to old Bordeaux red. Unfortunately this is just not my cup of tea.
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Red
6/12/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Quite pleasant and reasonably complex. It's certainly more interesting than most other Fleurie, but noticeably inferior to Abbaye Road in all aspects.
Red
6/12/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
88 points
Reasonably complex and quite satisfying. Better than most other Fleurie.
Rosé
6/12/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
85 points
Simple, super easy going. There is nothing remarkable about it
Red
6/12/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
80 points
Quite stemmy and has some bitterness to it. Prominent cinnamon and banana notes.
Red
6/12/2019 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
98 points
This is not an ordinary Beaujolais. This has really good complexity of flavours (cranberries, earthiness, raspberries, smoke, spices). The cinnamon and banana notes are there, but very restrained and almost concealed. It's in between Vosne Romanee and ordinary Fleurie in terms of complexity and richness of flavours. The finish is long but reveals more of cinnamon and banana notes.

Do allow this wine to breathe for at least 90 minutes to reveal its true glory.
White - Sparkling
6/12/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
96 points
Nose is very expressive.

Wonderful flavours of green apple, lemon curd, minerality, with some nutty flavours. Flavours become more expressive after 15-30 minutes of aeration. Very enjoyable now, will certainly get better.
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White
6/2/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Masses of minerality, with noticeable salinity, lemon and some floral and jasmine notes. Very distinctive and good value for money.
White - Sparkling
6/2/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
94 points
When PnP, it tastes of apple juice with some zesty edge. After 30 minutes in the glass, masses of bready, ripe red apple, toasty, brioche notes start revealing themselves. Still have a long way to go. No astringencies at all. Long satisfying finish.
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Red
2005 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/13/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
When PnP, very lush cassis and blackberry notes, followed by some pencil lead, leather and tobacco notes. Very dusty and powdery tannins. Long cassis and sweeter than usual finish. Very enjoyable now.

But the fruity flavours recede in a matter of minutes.

Drink up now.
White
1995 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières-Coulée de Serrant Chenin Blanc (view label images)
5/4/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
96 points
The flavours are very well balanced. Lots of future cellaring is needed to reveal the true glory
White
1986 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières-Coulée de Serrant Chenin Blanc (view label images)
5/4/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
96 points
Initially, the flavours are super intense, smoky, mineral, metallic and saline. But after 1-2 hours of aeration, the flavours start to harmonise, and what a great dry Chenin Blanc!
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