Tasting Notes for jonnyoro

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White
5/26/2019 - jonnyoro wrote:
94 points
My goodness this was alive. No oxidation, bracing acidity, citrus, almost a saline minerality with limestone. Chablis like and a touch austere. My cellar is pretty cold and this was purchased in 1999- $46; last bottle and a really nice surprise.
Red
4/19/2019 - jonnyoro wrote:
94 points
I’ve been drinking some older bottles in the cellar that primarily came from my in-law cellar that were purchased in the 70s and early 80s. This was one of those bottles- the fill did not inspire confidence just above mid shoulder and the cork was soaked and a bit crumbly. But the wine smelled good and has a nice ruby red color lightening at the rim but no brown or anything. This is all about the fruit - the tannins are pretty much resolved and it is smooth. Raspberry, black tea, a little forest and earth with a really long finish. Don’t judge a book by its cover- taste it first! Other recent examples of this were a somewhat decrepit looking 1978 DRC Richebourg (WOW) and a 1977 Mondavi reserve (different zip code but still good in its own right)
Red
11/18/2018 - jonnyoro wrote:
95 points
What a great wine but still 5-7 years away from entering the window coming out of the cold cellar- probably 12-15 years away from entering the perfect plateau. Chewy tannins and all raspberry, meat, blood and pepper everywhere. Throw in a little soy and a dash of balsamic too. Definitely a bit shutdown at this point.
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Red
10/16/2018 - jonnyoro wrote:
98 points
Unbelievable 45 years old? Perfect fill, great cork, dark burgundy, menthol, cassis, tar, cigar, good viscosity, sweet tannins. How can this be 45 years old?? Delicious and should be great for a long time to come.
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Red
10/6/2018 - jonnyoro wrote:
100 points
A perfect bottle... kirsch, soy, garrigue, sage, dash of tarragon, and full of texture and complexity with an ultra long finish. Still firing on all cylinders and one of the best bottles I’ve had of this wine (almost 3 cases and counting). A damn fine wine.
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Red
8/31/2018 - jonnyoro wrote:
98 points
A big wine that is relatively light on its feet... I haven’t had saxum in quite some time and this was really delicious. Definitely could use a few more years in the bottle as the tannins, though sweet, are somewhat searing. But you can tell this wine is coming together beautifully. Starting with the end, the finish lasts 70-80 seconds; solid mid palate with deft weight... and the flavors range from raspberry coulis, ganache, sage, licorice, beef, etc. This is a very bright Syrah that will get better and better. And it’s already 98 points or so!
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Red
8/11/2018 - jonnyoro wrote:
Last bottle at age 15... a savory cool climate Syrah... lots of pastrami, pepper, black and boysenberry with lovely tannins and lively acidity providing a mouthwatering, long finish. Absolutely wonderful and would be interesting to taste this 15 years from now.
Red
7/17/2018 - jonnyoro Likes this wine:
99 points
Still very young with even more potential- this is a complete napa cabernet - let’s start with the finish- sweet tannins, super long finish that goes on forever; lots of black fruit with tar, coal, and molten rock... absolutely lovely- a wow wine that should age very gracefully; one of the best young Cabernets I’ve had in quite a while- YUM
Red
7/3/2018 - jonnyoro wrote:
97 points
This wine is over delivering on so many levels... one of my top 2003s and on par with a Pegau and deus ex machina. Certainly full bodied but with good acid and tannins to balance the big fruit. Also, typical garrigue, herbs, white pepper and a hint of pastrami (!)... balanced and at its peak with a super long finish. Really a lovely and somewhat surprising 2003 chateauneuf...
Red
5/22/2018 - jonnyoro wrote:
95 points
The same as last year (coincidentally in May almost to the day); great fill, great cork, identical note...
Red
5/18/2018 - jonnyoro wrote:
96 points
A wine full of potential but WAY too young. Much better on day two but still not giving much. Reduced for sure... violets, licorice, truffle, and plums reach out looking for freedom... from the big giant tannins... all the pieces will come together but not for another 10-12 years best guess especially if your cellar is a bit too cool. The stuffing of a great wine but the score is all about its potential. Don’t open one for a while- it’s shut down pretty tight.
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Red
4/23/2018 - jonnyoro wrote:
98 points
Getting better and better... notes of root beer/cola, strawberry, tar, a little salt, with sweet and savory cherry... this may be 100 pts pretty soon. Finish lasts forever... world class.
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Red
4/6/2018 - jonnyoro wrote:
99 points
I completely understand how this can be a 100 point wine. Brought up from the cellar, opened and poured- too cold and should be decanted. Starts off a bit of a brett bomb but once it warms up and settles down, it really shines- the flavors of roast beef, lavender, pepper, tarragon, and ripe berries come through- there is a bit of VA which adds a bit of a balsamic note so this is not a “clean” wine but that’s what gives it a certain charm that adds to its terroir. I love this wine... and it will only get better- 2020-2040 I’ve no doubt...
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Red
2005 Château Pipeau St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/31/2018 - jonnyoro wrote:
94 points
And five years later... only a couple bottles left from the owc and still the best $19 bottle of bordeaux ever. More integrated and very pretty. More full bodied than I recall nice mid palate... great!
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Red
1/24/2018 - jonnyoro Likes this wine:
95 points
Perfect bottle
Plum licorice a little black licorice tar... savory herb as well...full bodied long finish-
White
12/4/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
96 points
One bottle badly oxidized, this one consistent with previous great bottles. When on, this is peerless.
White
12/4/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
flawed
Opened 2
One badly oxidized, the other perfect. Same case, etc.
Red
9/6/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
96 points
Great day one, better day two... consistent with previous note... tar turned more toward anise, full bodied, great fruit, hedonistic... aging well under screw cap, central coast syrah at its best...
Red
9/6/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
97 points
Seriously... put this wine in a blind lineup of 2010 bordeaux and I would double dog dare you to pick this out as the napa/sonoma ringer, especially with a good decant for all the wines. Great fruit... cassis, black cherry, medium to full bodied, great structure, sweet tannins with a touch of rusticity and a bit of toast... this wine is all about balance. Drinking young but firing on all cylinders- nice to check in on it now but will get even better.
Red
9/3/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
90 points
Hmmm not bad like the last one but not right either. Great nose, very light ruby color. Overly acidic with balsamic notes but good viscosity. A fairly contradictory bottle, my last one which is a good thing. Overall impressions from half a case? Not so much.
Red
8/26/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
96 points
Same as before... same menu, better wine- underrated and getting better... no crumbly cork this time, really medium to full bodied belying label stating 13.3% alcohol... a huge wine with great mid palate and huge but sweet tannin... old school and outstanding.
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Red
8/23/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
94 points
From the winery's cellar... fill in to the neck... fully mature, deep Garnet color, recpsolved tannins, sweet raspberry and cassis fruit.. all I know is that at 43 years old, this is a bottle by bottle experience... storage, etc, becomes all important. This bottle delivered... when this was made, did anyone think someone would be drinking and enjoying this over 40 years later? I kinda doubt it!
Red
8/23/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
99 points
Damn near perfect...
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Red
8/20/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
96 points
Purchased on release and buried in the back of a crowded cellar- up from the basement and in great shape. I drank the others 2007-2008 so this wine 10 years on is finally (almost) mature. Pastrami, iron, blood, a bit of pine tar, blackberries, and a touch of herbs and spice (cloves, sage and cinnamon)... cool climate syrah at its best- still slightly too much acid, big tannins tempered somewhat by time, this is a real winner...
Red
7/30/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
99 points
Perfectly stored by a restaurant purchased on release; my experience is somewhat limited but this is the best Barolo I've ever had at any price point. The nose alone is worth the price of admission! White truffles, acacia flowers and other floral notes tbd, earth, tar... etc. and it just gets better... great texture and mid palate, supple sweet tannins and a finish that lingers for well over a minute. I know this is pushing 13 years old but it's a baby... integrating all of the complexity has begun but don't let the lush nature of the fruit fool you... thiscwolf in sheeps clothing will get better and better...
White
2013 Château de Fieuzal Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
5/21/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
92 points
Lotsa grapefruit juice, young, a little almond on the nose... will get better-
Red
5/19/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
95 points
Strangely fresh with 2+ hours of air... iron, blood, meat, licorice, integrated black, brooding fruit, ultra long mouthwatering finish... can this possibly be this old? Yes, and quite surprising... from an owc I think direct from winery... lovely in all respects.
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Red
5/17/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
97 points
Last bottle from a case - perfect drinking at ten years old. No decant and with a bryans 40 day dry aged sirloin strip. All coming together with blackberry, boysenberry, maturing, sweet tannins, tar, and big long finish. Classic diamond mountain cabernet - really a brilliant wine at what today passes for a good price point given its style, complexity, and pedigree.
White
1998 Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
5/11/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
98 points
Well, the last one was brown and oxidized, victim of premox I guess... this bottle? Nearly perfect in every respect... how to describe this? Beautiful nose of citrus, gooseberries, marmalade... a certain minerality, an almost lollipop character, beautiful acidity, great viscosity, ultralong finish... definitely more temperate than tropical... absolutely complete.
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White
5/10/2017 - jonnyoro Likes this wine:
95 points
A great bottle; I think at this point close to half are oxidized but this was a nice light straw color (tell tale sign that it's a good one)- this wine has a lot going on. Lime and apricot, honeysuckle, and a little butterscotch; mouthwatering acidity and salty minerality- this is full bodied with excellent viscosity too- a unique wine- not sure what to compare it too... with fried chicken (perfect pairing), corn on the cob, and Asian influenced bok choy...(we've gone through nearly 2 cases of thus).
Red
4/26/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
96 points
From .375- no decant, and wow. Very open and approachable... deceptively so. Very fragrant, black fruit, mocha, crushed dried herbs. Medium bodied, full of lead, tar, blackberry, and sneaky, sweet big tannins. I've tasted a lot of '05 left bank wines and this is the most drinkable now; that said, it's going to get better and better- the very first time I had this was at the chateau barrel tasting in 2007. It's a great wine.
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Red
2005 Clos de l'Oratoire St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/22/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
95 points
Finishing off the last of 6- I think this is one of the best value st. Emilions out there (purchased from Binny's @ $38)- starting with the 1998s. The 2005 is a beauty... nose of blackberry, charcoal, and soy... medium to full bodied it has a great mid palate... dark fruit, ripe, more charcoal and sage, silky sweet tannins and a long finish- just starting to mature, it still has some bite... a beautiful wine.
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Red
1995 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/21/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
95 points
Still a baby but slowly evolving... black cherry, gravelly, lead, coaxing out the flavors after a two hour decant... tannins rustic and string but starting to be tamed by fruit... old style- will live forever. Purchased on release stored in a cool cellar.
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Red
4/18/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
95 points
Crumbly cork but wine not impacted. I didn't decant but really should've...classic Dunn HM. Brambleberry dusty nose, dark in color, big dark fruit, blackberry, black tart cherry, a little touch of granite/stone, full bodied, complete with BIG sweet tannins and an ultra long mouthwatering finish. Like any of these wines, its youthfulness belies nothing of it's age. At 18 years old, it's a youngster. Enjoyable, savory, tasty but if you drank it 10'years from now, you'd be happy too. Perfect with a dry rubbed grilled tri tip...
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Red
2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/16/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
96 points
Evolving nicely... again, nose perfumed of lavender, cedar, anise, coffee... integrated now more than ever... plum, blueberry, anise, a little bittersweet chocolate... full bodied, sweet ripe tannins. Not overly ripe nor cloying. Ultra long on the finish. Just delicious.
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White
1998 Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
4/1/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
flawed
Completely oxidized and maderized. Expensive waste of time.
Red
2003 Château Péby Faugères St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/24/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
86 points
Seven and half years since the last one? And guess what- no better. My previous note is spot on but the wine,which starts out somewhat promising, gets worse with more air... disjointed, too ripe and sweet, too woody, and now it seems to have developed some relatively harsh tannins. Will it ever integrate, mellow out, and lose those harsh edges? I didn't think so then and don't think so now. I'll check back in another 7 years...
Red
3/17/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
96 points
Too young. Still. Black fruit BIG tannins. This bruiser needs another 5-7 years to smooth out those tannins but it's a classic.
Red
3/15/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
95 points
Metamorphosis! What a change in just over ten months. From half a case purchased on release @ $36/bottle... last bottle was a bit thin, charitably too structured (tannins a bit green, a bit too much acid)- and now? Integrated, viscosity, tannins sweeter, lots of black fruit and plumb with a bit of charcoal and chocolate... a butterfly has emerged... continuing on... the alchemy of wine- did I underrate this?
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Red
3/10/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
88 points
From a perfectly stored bottle. Just a bit thin... not a lot of body or midpalate... somewhat clipped. Nice nose of black cherry and cedar... tannins are resolving but the acidity is still a bit too high toned and present for me- not "smooth"; it's pretty good certainly not great... comparatively speaking a nice Paso Robles cabernet- so clearly not worth the price.
Red
2/1/2017 - jonnyoro wrote:
95 points
Still great, but definitely time to drink up!
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White
12/23/2016 - jonnyoro wrote:
95 points
Dynamite, young, pale yellow green, clearly perfectly stored. Classic Chardonnay...
Red
2001 Château Clos St. Martin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/26/2016 - jonnyoro wrote:
flawed
Corked... again. Seems that more bottles are corked than not of this wine. Most unfortunate.
Red
2012 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/11/2016 - jonnyoro wrote:
98 points
Damn fine in every way ... much more integrated and balanced than last tasted in 2014. Wow.
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Red
10/7/2016 - jonnyoro wrote:
97 points
Raspberry coulis, licorice, savory herbs, slight balsamic character, a certain coal like minerality, thick full bodied on the palate, sweet tannins, ultra long finish integrated nicely... much better than the bottle previously from four years ago...
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White
8/21/2016 - jonnyoro wrote:
97 points
Aging gracefully and in this case glacially... Consistent withe previous great bottles... Mouthwatering acidity, dense mid palate, gooseberries, melon and citrus notes, ultra long finish... Outstanding.
Red
8/9/2016 - jonnyoro wrote:
99 points
Better than ever; I noted a small raisin flavor on the finish but didn't detract but there it is...
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White
5/19/2016 - jonnyoro wrote:
97 points
Pale straw yellow... Wow. Singular concentration... Liquid smoke, citrus, butterscotch... Great balance of acidity, fruit, unctuosity (I like that word for this)... Complexity... Better than all previous bottles I've had. Spectacular- a Sonoma grand cru. Still has 5-7 years at this peak...
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Red
2003 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/17/2016 - jonnyoro wrote:
95 points
Five years since the last one. A great Bordeaux for $50. A lot of oak at first glass right after opening. 90 minutes later, wow. The note from 2011 still works just fine; it's just more integrated and a bit (tiny really) more mature. Lovely Bordeaux; new world character, old world bones.
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