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2019 Madame Veuve Point Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes Pinot Noir
9/27/2021 - Psdycp wrote:
92 points
Fragrant and beautiful nose of ripe blue fruits and plums, black chocolate and toasty coconut with rose petals, spice box and leather. More blue than red fruits, showing deeper and denser nuances compared to the village wines. On the palate, there are sweet fruits, warm spices and toasty bread on a fresh, smooth and extended finish. Rich but clean and layered. Seamless transition from entry to finish with supportive fine tannins. Polished medium-bodied structure. Surprisingly poised for such a young wine. This opened up almost immediately after the cork is pulled. A bit of savouriness developed after an hour in the decanter, but no barnyard and rustic notes. Young but very promising given the balance. A fine Burgundy that many new world wine drinkers will appreciate. 92-93 pts.
  • Psdycp commented:

    10/1/22, 7:30 AM - Easily 10-15 years aging potential

Red
2009 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
8/9/2022 - Psdycp wrote:
92 points
Fresh and ripe plums,
mulberries, leather and toasted cumin on the nose. Spicy palate, the fruity and dried herbs dominated the medium-bodied mid-palate. Finish is velvety and slightly bitter. Still evolving, try again in 3-5 years.
  • Psdycp commented:

    8/9/22, 9:41 PM - I think so. My tasting was done from a magnum bottle, it probably would take a while longer than a standard bottle. This is a good value wine. Enjoy!

Red
2012 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Our 40th Harvest Sangiovese
5/21/2021 - Psdycp wrote:
91 points
Forward and rustic bouquet of concentrated fermented bean paste, black berries, clove, star anise and old leather. Rich and almost oily palate with earthy spices and old leather furniture from entry to finish which has some chewy tannins. Intense and balanced structure. The mid-palate could open up more with a few more years of aging.
  • Psdycp commented:

    6/6/21, 4:45 PM - Thanks for the updated infor. A good Brunello doesn’t really need much oak influence to make it shine. In fact sometime I find it is very difficult to appreciate when it is aged in too much new oak.

  • Psdycp commented:

    6/7/21, 6:18 PM - Yes, many wine makers use the large and relatively neutral oak barrels for the purposes of aging only.

Red
2006 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
1/1/2021 - Psdycp wrote:
92 points
A big and full bouquet of black fruits, tobacco, undergrowth, dark chocolate and smoked cedar. This needs at least 3 hours of decanting. The palate is still rather closed, a structured full-bodied mid-palate with velvety tannins to ensure longevity. Texture is rounded though. Compared to the best vintage, it lacks the ultimate complexity and depth. Transitions to finish is seamless and deep. Keep for another 3 years before opening one. 92-93 pts.
  • Psdycp commented:

    1/2/21, 5:45 PM - When first opened, all the elements were hiding behind the huge structure. Decanted for 2 hrs in a small decanter and then poured back into the bottle and drank slowly over 4 hours. The wine opens up more after an hour in the bottle and it was at its peak. By the 3rd hour in the bottle, the finish was fading quickly. My sense is that if we are going to drink it over a period of 3-4 hrs slowly, it is better not to decant at all, just drink from the bottle and let the decanting happens in the bottle. This would probably sustain the finish of the wine better.

Red
2016 Miguel Torres Carignan Vigno Vignadores de Carignan Old Vines Dry Farmed Maule Valley
5/22/2020 - Psdycp wrote:
89 points
Nose is quite shy even after an hour in the decanter. Interesting craneberries and mulberries compote with some toasted cumin and foxy barnyard aroma can be found on the nose. This is certainly not the typical notes we are used to as it almost smell like the wine is not clean. Palate on the other hand has nice depth and strength from entry to finish. Flavours on the palate are not that different from the nose. Quite a powerful structure for a shy nose. The old vines clearly have done their magic here. The full bodied mid-palate displayed lots of salty minerals with very fine tannins and soft acidity as the support. This reminds me of some of the red wines from Valencia Spain. If you are an old world wine drinker, you will probably find this an interesting wine. New world wine drinks who prefer fresh and ripe fruits with delicious notes, this is not for you. Ready to drink now with some decanting and given its concentration, it will last for another 5-8 years.
  • Psdycp commented:

    9/30/20, 3:36 PM - Thanks for your comments. Good to know you like it.

Red
2016 Château Ormes de Pez St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/22/2019 - Psdycp wrote:
90 points
A touch close initially. When it opens up, the elegant bouquet has smoked ham, tobacco, blackberries and a touch of cedar. Palate echoed the nose, already quite balanced, just the fine tannins which tell you that it is still young. Medium to full bodied with structure that is hiding many of the finer details. Finish is rounded with velvety tannins. Wait for at least 5 more years to appreciate the fine details. This will last for 15- 20 years. 90-92 pts.
  • Psdycp commented:

    12/22/19, 5:05 PM - After letting the wine sitting sometime in the glass, I detected that hints of salty, smoked and savoury meaty note which can be best described as smoked ham��. This is a familiar note I get with a good St Estephe.

Red
2015 Marks & Spencer Shiraz Ebenezer & Seppeltsfield Barossa Valley
1/3/2019 - Psdycp wrote:
87 points
Quite a subtle personality for a Barossa Shiraz. It has a quiet confident trait of spicy blue and black fruits with undertones of vanilla beans and eucalyptus in the nose. Some dark chocolate emerged after sometime in the glass. Not big, bold and super ripe aromatics. More like Shiraz from cooler climate. The palate is also much drier and less fruity compared to many Barrosa Shiraz. There are lean blue fruits, some minerals and spicy notes in the medium bodied mid-palate. It is fairly balanced nonetheless. Tight structure but rounded edges with firm tannins to stretch the finish. A bit more freshness and fruit would make this wine more interesting.
  • Psdycp commented:

    1/29/19, 7:01 PM - Hi, I decanted for 30 mins only in a small decanter. I think the structure would open up more if you decant it for a longer period like an hour to two. However, given that it is not a powerful and intense wine, I won’t recommend that you do it in a big decanter as it could flatten the flavours too quickly. Cheers!

Red
1998 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend
8/8/2018 - Psdycp wrote:
90 points
Nose is the most elegant and delicate compared to 2000 and 1999, sour cherries, hints of smoked fennel, toasted figs and seasoned leather. Need very little decanting to open up the nose. Palate is soft and balanced with ripe red fruits, licorice and dash of refreshing acidity as the core structure. Although it is light to medium-bodied in the mid-palate, it is not thin or sharp. Surprisingly, the finish has some degree of attack and lingers for a while. Tannins are so fine and well integrated. At its peak now, will probably hold for another 2-3 years if stored well.
  • Psdycp commented:

    8/27/18, 5:40 AM - Hi, thanks for your sharing. Good to know that it keeps getting better even on the second day. I still have a few bottles of the 1998, will open one every 2 yrs to check it’s progress. Btw, I did a mini vertical of 1998-2000, found the 1999 the best among the three. Cheers!

Red
2013 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label
10/25/2017 - Psdycp wrote:
85 points
Compared to the 2014, this nose is darker, dried plums, earthy but more subtle with little leafy and veggie nuances. Overall nose is less expressive, even after two hrs in the decanter. Palate is of dry black-fruits, some licorice and leathery notes in the mid-palate. Finish is fresh but somewhat watery and short. Not interesting, may be too restrained. Like the nose, the palate is a few levels down compared to the 2014 vintage.
  • Psdycp commented:

    10/25/17, 8:25 PM - You are probably right that the wine has gone to sleep for now. Hopefully when it wakes up a few years later, it is as good as the 2014.

Red
2005 Irvine Merlot Grand Merlot Eden Valley
8/9/2017 - Psdycp Likes this wine:
97 points
A complex bouquet of ultra ripe plum, cigar box and earthy truffles. Very seductive nose, very special for a Merlot. The nose keeps coming through, almost like a sweet plummy savory marmite note. You can even smell it away from the glass! Super intense flavors of baked tomato, cinnamon and sweet black fruits from entry to finish. But the wine is well balanced. Ultra rich yet with the the right lift of acidity in the middle, couple with a silky deep lingering finish. After 2 hrs, some hints of curry spices emerged in the mid-palate. Probably the best Merlot anywhere else, aim at challenging the king of Merlot, Chateau Petrus, extremely good value.

Tasted in 2015/2016/2017/2018 with consistent notes. At its peak now but will probably continue to hold for another 5-8 yrs given its robust structure and intense fruit.

Retasted in Sep 2020, the rich fruits, toasted spices with aged balsamic aromatics were deep and dense. Less sweet fruits than before, a touch more earthy nuance developed in the glass.
  • Psdycp commented:

    8/25/17, 8:46 PM - Don't think you will get bored with the Grand Merlot. That day, I had a 2005 Moss Wood Cabernet, this was a very good Cabernet from Margaret River but when I switched to the Grand Merlot, it simply blew the Moss Wood away with its intensity and depth. And it was a Merlot not a Cabernet! I also had the 2005 Merlot Royale before, will post the notes shortly.

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