Tasting Notes for g-mango

(39 notes on 38 wines)

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1989 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/20/2019 - g-mango Likes this wine:
97 points
Absolutely sublime. Upon popping the cork the bouquet filled the room with notes of sweet black fruit, cigar box, and truffle. Decanted for 3 hours. The palate was exquisite...texturally so elegant, and flavours are so complex with plenty of dark fruit, but also those tertiary earth elements. At 30 years, this has so much life to it...will drink well for many years. This shows why it pays to let fine bordeaux reach maturity...nectar of the Gods here.
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Red
10/18/2017 - g-mango Likes this wine:
91 points
Very nice pinot. Delightful bouquet, silky mouthfeel on the palate...waves of subtle fruit with good length to finish. Each sip makes you crave another. This producer has not disappointed me to date.
Red
6/10/2017 - g-mango Likes this wine:
93 points
Sampled a glass from Coravin...initially somewhat closed, but really came to life over the next 45 minutes. Bouquet is moderately expressive, but palate is a delight...silky mouthfeel, beautiful red fruit profile, with some underlying rusticity typical for this climat. A wine of subtlety and elegance. Can easily go another 5 - 8 years.
Red
6/10/2017 - g-mango Likes this wine:
91 points
With an hour decant, really drinking nicely at present. Will show better in 3+ years though
Red
2005 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/11/2017 - g-mango Likes this wine:
94 points
Really exceeded my expectations. Given a 4 hour decant, and showed beautifully. Palate showcases dark fruit, earth notes, with a firm minerality underpinning..beautifully balanced with really elegnant mouthfeel. The 2005's are as good as advertised...this one promises to drink well for many years.
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Red
4/11/2017 - g-mango Likes this wine:
92 points
3 hour decant. Captivating bouquet...really drinking well now with the tannins nicely resolved. Persistent on the finish. Very enjoyable with grilled lamb.
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Red
8/20/2016 - g-mango Likes this wine:
91 points
Absolutely captivating bouquet exploded from the decanter when wine was first poured in, and remained so for approx an hour, before closing down. Wine was eventually drank after a 3 hour decant and while enjoyable, was fairly tight, refusing to reveal its real potential. Seems still too young at this 15-year mark...will leave my other bottle alone for 5 years. When its ready, i think this will be quite a special wine.
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Red
6/27/2016 - g-mango Likes this wine:
92 points
Consumed over two days...pleasanat, but still fairly primary on day 1 (with a 2 hour decant). After a full 24 hours in the decanter, the wine is really strutting its stuff on day 2. Floral bouquet with hints of leather, and palate displays gorgeous red fruit with seamlessly integrated tannins. Wonderfully made traditional barolo. Still a young wine...92 now but will improve over the next 5 years.
Red
5/14/2016 - g-mango wrote:
87 points
Quite polished and refined, but a bit too 'international' in its style for my liking...there is loads of dark fruit on the palate however not enough acidity to balance things out., The wine really lumbers across the palate. Not to my taste...i'd take a nice brunello over this anyday
Red
3/28/2016 - g-mango wrote:
88 points
Lots of ripe fruit, but not much else. The high alcohol content, combined with the real lack of acidity fatigues the palate. Lots of power here, but not much in the way of elegance or nuance...went well enough with braised short ribs, but really not very interesting.
Red
3/26/2016 - g-mango Likes this wine:
92 points
Gave a 3 hour decant. Definately open for business on the bouquet..captivating aromas of violet, lilac and rose petals. Hard to take your nose out of the glass. The palate doesn't disapoint..waves of lovely red fruit, with some earth and brown sugar notes. Elegant mouth feel, but still firm tannins which are integrating nicely. Good acidity which keeps the palate refreshed. Likely a good 3-5 years from optimal drinking window, but very enjoyable now with a good decant. My wife's favourite wine is Barbaresco, and she loved this bottle for her birthday dinner paired with Filet Mignon.
Red
4/26/2015 - g-mango Likes this wine:
91 points
Nose is a little reticent at this point. On the palate there is ample bright red fruit, and the finesse and polish one hopes for in a premier cru Volnay are present. Still somewhat primary, however an enjoyable wine already. Will undoubtedly blossom into a more refined and complex wine with 3 - 5 more years in the cellar.
Red
2/3/2014 - g-mango wrote:
94 points
Really quite exceptional. Bouquet is intoxicating, and the palate is complex, loaded with dark fruit, mocha, and glycerin. Lovely balance and length...will be better in 5+ years.
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Red
2009 Château Haut Selve Graves Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/30/2013 - g-mango Likes this wine:
91 points
A great example of the value that can be found in Bordeaux. This wine certainly punches above its weight. Refined and well-balanced...very pleasant to drink now, but has the tannic structure, and acidity to lay down for 5+ years. Excellent QPR.
Red
12/30/2013 - g-mango wrote:
85 points
Underwhelmed. Decanted for 3 hours...didn't have the refinement, complexity, or floral notes that one hopes to see in a good barolo. The wine was serviceable, but nothing more unfortunately. Not much changed on Day 2.
Red
5/18/2013 - g-mango Likes this wine:
93 points
This is incredibly good now, but will be an absolute stunner in 5 - 15 years. Gave it a 3 hour decant. The bouquet alone was worth the price of admission....on the palate this is Sangiovese at its best, and it is evident that this is a wine made by a real artisan. Medium to full bodied, yet absolutely silky mouthfeel, with impeccable balance between the red fruit and the earth components. Excellent length. Tannins are definately there but quite well integrated, and lend wonderful structure. A hauntingly beautiful wine that is just emerging into its drinking window...a monument to Tuscany.
Red
4/23/2013 - g-mango wrote:
95 points
Very, very good. I have been a Tig fan for a long time, and this is the best vintage i have tasted. Elegant and polished, with vibrant acidity and impressive length. An excellent effort...should drink well over the next decade.
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Red
12/31/2012 - g-mango Likes this wine:
90 points
My tastes are decidedly old-world, so i wasn't expecting to really like this, but was pleasantly suprised. Was not high-octande or over the top, but rather well balanced. Definately is an abundance of fruit, but still remains refined, and the oak is not too overt. Enjoyed this.
Red
2000 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/17/2012 - g-mango Likes this wine:
92 points
Not the most expressive nose, but in the mouth this fans out nicely on the palate. Tannins are well integrated, and fruit is still quite subtle. Good balance at present, but still drinking very young right now. Enjoyable, with its best years ahead of it.
Red
2000 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/10/2012 - g-mango wrote:
96 points
Absolutely intoxicating bouquet. In the mouth this a heady fusion of ripe, dripping dark fruit with elegant, silky tannins. The balance is stunning, and the finish is so long and polished. Very enjoyable at present, yet the wine is obviously a youngster...scary to imagine how good this will be in 10 - 15 years.
Red
12/28/2011 - g-mango wrote:
92 points
Drinking very nicely, with a 2 hour decant.
Red
8/12/2011 - g-mango wrote:
93 points
Decanted for 1.5 hrs prior...lovely wine, with more dark fruit character than you find in the typical supertuscan. Smooth polished tannins, with a lush, long finish. Drinking beautifully now, but this has the stuffing to be good for 7ral more years easily.
Red
7/16/2011 - g-mango wrote:
91 points
Not the most complex pinot, butl very enjoyable. Abundant fruit, but still very well balanced, and nice overall elegance. Incredible QPR for this quality of wine...would recommend buying a bunch. Perfect to drink while your high end stuff matures in the cellar.
Red
7/16/2011 - g-mango wrote:
91 points
I really like Barbi's style of brunello. With just a 30 minute decant this was lovely, and it continued to open as the meal progressed. Nice floral nose with a touch of cigar box, mouthfeel is silky smooth. A medium body brunello, with sweet dusty tannins, and quite good acidic grip on the back end. Should drink well for the next 3-5 years.
Red
2005 Château La Clémence Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/28/2011 - g-mango wrote:
96 points
A stunner...so fragrant, so silky...full bodied but yet so light on its feet...incredible balance and laser-like focus....this is what one hopes for when they crack open a bottle of bordeaux.
Red
2/21/2011 - g-mango wrote:
85 points
Bought on the strength of the WS rating, and i am also a big fan of the Il Blu wines. This wine was absolutely forgetable...both my girlfriend and I were quite underwhelmed. Nose was restrained, and even with a 2 hour decant the fruit was quite muted. The wine lacks depth and complexity, and there is no strong tannic backbone to suggest this will improve significantly with age. This is the second bottle of this i've drank in the past 3 months and my impression is unchanged. This is a wine to pass on...even though it is reasonably priced, the top #10 Wine Spectator designation is laughable.
Red
2006 Dominus Napanook Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/8/2010 - g-mango wrote:
91 points
Very nice Napa Valley cab, with an impressive QPR. Lots of ripe fruit on the palate, but not overdone or jammy. Good complexity...should evolve nicely over the next several years.
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Red
2003 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/7/2010 - g-mango wrote:
92 points
A nice example of left-bank bordeaux. Very expressive and floral nose, and the palate is wonderfully balanced with plenty of dark fruit, notes of mocha, and that nice, characteristic St Julien minerality. Incredibly silky mouthfeel...a really lovely wine.
Red
4/4/2010 - g-mango wrote:
88 points
Not much on the nose. Palate has plum, blackberry, and dark chocolate..tannins have become quite soft and the mouthfeel is lush. The fruit does seem to be fading a bit though...doesn't seem like this has much time left.
Red
4/4/2010 - g-mango wrote:
90 points
Exceeded my expectations...nice bouquet of roses, leather, and red licorice. Fruit is well-integrated on the palate and not over-the-top at all. Nice structure, good complexity, dusty tannins on the finish. Look forward to seeing how this evolves over the next 3-5 years.
Red
4/1/2010 - g-mango wrote:
78 points
Utterly forgetable. An example of burgundy at its worst.
Red
3/11/2010 - g-mango wrote:
92 points
Lovely wine. Very expressive bouquet revealing lots of cherries and lilac, and the palate has a nice silky mouthfeel while preserving the sangiovese acidity to confer the necessary structure. Plenty of bright red fruit character, yet the wine is wonderfully balanced. Long lingering finish...paired beautifully with lamb loin.
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Red
2/16/2010 - g-mango wrote:
93 points
Decanted for an hour first...nose is not overly expressive, but does have distinct notes of plum, mulberry, and dark chocolate. The palate pays off in spades however...lush velvety smooth mouthfeel, and there is plenty
of dark fruit flavour which culminates in a nice 1-2 minute finish. The wine is certainly made in a modern style, however the oak is not excessive. Tannins are extremely refined, and made beautiful music when paired with a medium rare 16-Oz
rib steak. This wine has the structure to last several more years, but is already drinking wonderfully now.
Red
12/29/2008 - g-mango wrote:
88 points
In a young, backward stage at the present time...a bit of a hedonistic beast at present. Needs 3-5 years more bottle age before it will really show its stuff and develop the elegance and secondary notes of a great CdP. Has definite potenial. Looking forward to revisiting my other bottles after some more time spent sideways.
Red
12/29/2008 - g-mango wrote:
92 points
Initial nose quite restrained however opened up nicely after 3 hours in the decanter revealing rich bouquet of black cherry, leather, and raspberry. The palate does not disappoint. A very muscular and focused wine, with a very nice central beam of red fruit, that finishes with a brilliant dark brooding polish. The finish is easily 2 minutes. When paired with poulty the tannins were overpowering, however with camembert cheese they became buttersoft. This is definately not a wine for tasting, but rather is built for gamey meats or rich cheeses.
Red
9/12/2008 - g-mango wrote:
93 points
Beautiful aromas of pomegranate, cherry, anise and mulberry on the nose...filled the room as soon as the wine was poured into the decanter. Let decant for approx 2 hours. Upon drinking one is impressed right away with the velvety smooth mouthfeel. Unlike some super-tuscans, this definately tastes like an Italian wine...wonderful sangiovese character with plenty of bright red fruit emerging in the mid-palate, and firm, but well integrated tannins to provide the requisite structure. Finish lasts for a cool minute. This is a very well-made wine, and is in full-stride now....drink 'em if you got 'em.
Red
7/14/2008 - g-mango wrote:
92 points
Beautiful nose of cherries, pomengranate, and limestone. Very delicate mouthfeel, with ample fruit that is subtly introduced but builds to a gentle crescendo. Quite Burgundian in its structure.. more elegant than the Village Reserve (which is also very good). An extremely well made wine.
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