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Tasting Notes for Macdog

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White
1/18/2022 - Macdog wrote:
Very nice; perfect for drinking now. Better with a bit of air. Time to buy a joey decanter. Drank alongside the Les Pitangets of the same year and slightly edged it (though both very good). Has some chassagne qualities to it.
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White
1/14/2022 - Macdog wrote:
Nice enough but this didn’t do it for me like it seems to have done for others / I expected more based on the notes below
Red
1/12/2022 - Macdog wrote:
Red fruit, light, excellent. Barolo lite on the N and P. Great qpr. Drink now, not sure if this is made to age but the note below is interesting re the wine on day 3.
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White
1/11/2022 - Macdog wrote:
Slight change of style to the usual white burgs I drink from the cote d or at this price point. Comparable to those wines; Good qpr. Would buy again. Can see some more age may help (even 1 yr on from review below that notes this), but I don’t think I’d wait and I’ll buy some more of this vintage of this wine to drink this year.
White
1/11/2022 - Macdog wrote:
Great QPR drinking nicely now
White - Sweet/Dessert
2007 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
Wonderful balance. Everything is in the right place and it’s perfectly poised / complete as per Yquem vs any other desert wine. But: Not the mind blowing experience I was expecting. Didn’t have the energy, verve, complexity, or length of the 03. Delicious but didn’t hit the dizzy heights that Yquem often does. So, hold!
(With brioche and foie gras from half bottle, not decanted but left in glass and bottle and drank over 45 mins. Chilled not cold.)
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Red
Decanted 3.5 hours and drank over 1.5. Didn’t show much evolution whilst drinking.
Not as much on the nose as the 94 drank alongside but nonetheless classic claret and some clear finesse and pedigree to the perfume. On the P was really lovely - excellent balance and very linear from start to finish. Graphite / pencil and dark fruit with hint of sweet red fruits. Some hints of violet and a little leather and cigar box. Elegant.
Really enjoyed it, but this was a treat and isn’t my price point / didn’t give me the bang for my buck that I was expecting.
I can see why others would wait on this for development but was delicious now and I don’t regret drinking it!
Red
Amazing nose - classic claret. Tannin big, dusty on first taste (which became less apparent with time/ over 3-5 hours in decanter). On p fruit leans toward light red, sweet cigar box, but some tomato leaf/vegetable (perhaps a sign of an average, possibly wet year). Reminded me of St Julien in some ways. It lacked some energy and complexity. Nice/good but inferior to ‘95 drank alongside. And sadly I expected more than just ‘nice/good’… difficult to reconcile with the other recent tasting notes below.
Red
2016 Le Baron de Brane Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Decanted an hour, but not enormous development so could happily pnp. Margaux - and Brane - on the n and p. Quite light and lacks a bit of density but for a second wine is a great representation of the grand vin. The year shows… will buy.
Red
YDROY sums it up well.
PnP straight from cellar. After 30 mins was where it needed to be. Nice on nose. High acid/fresh. Red and some blue fruit. Low tannin but nonetheless nicely balanced. Slightly tart.
Well made without being too messed around with. Will buy again.
Day 2 after night in Ford he with cork in- has lost it. Tart manifests as bitter. Note: open and drink, don’t try to keep!
Drink but no rush.
Red
2/6 - drinking nicely. Drink or hold. Consistent with last note. Having looked up pro notes on night 1 it was surprisingly consistent with ML’s note and her appraisal of the vintage (she gave 93points). Better on night 2 having sat in bottle in fridge with cork in.
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White
Good value. Interesting and very Piedmont . Notes below very accurate and a good spread of views. Would buy again. I was happy with the whole case of these and we drank them quite quick.
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Red
10/3/2021 - Macdog wrote:
Good and well made. Can p n p but best with a bit of air. Beware: very scavino - lots of oak causing dark, coffee, espresso notes. Compact. Good value. But having got into Piedmont more and tasted more widely I now know that this is not the style I like.
Red
Initially nice on N and P, but quite tannic. Needed some time ina decanter. Wonderful after 2 hours in cellar.
Poised and elegant. Great by itself but paired wonderfully with porchetta, roast potatoes gravy. Liked the acidity and balance of this. Excellent QPR. Will buy more from DJFW. Not out of place alongside a Roagna, much better than an over oaked scavino.
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Red
I struggled to work out from the notes below if this needed a short decant or 8-12 hours. So based on the base barolo Roagna I have had from 09 and 10 I decided on: Decanted 2.5 hrs in cellar before drinking but showed best 3.5-4 hours after decanting (last hour in decanter on a cold window sill)
Clearly this wine will last much longer - I knew that before I opened it but this was a taster given the vintage. Drinks wonderfully now… Drink or hold.
Initially not much length or complexity but really began to sing in the glass. Went superbly with steak with truffle butter and rosemary and garlic new potatoes.
Characteristic Roagna delicacy, elegance, balance, rose petals, and tar. Very moreish. Natural, honest and likeable.
Like with others I have had it was a bit of an adventure drinking it - different sips showed different things. Quite beguiling.
Looking at other vintage scores this seems quite unloved!
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Red
What a treat to try such an old barolo.
On opening the N was subtle but clearly rose petals. The cork pretty much disintegrated, but actually smelled of rose petals too!
Poured into a decanter to remove sediment. There was quite a lot and it was not really possible to separate from the liquid (had been stood up in cellar for 3 days…). Drunk immediately.
On P it was smooth and light on its feet. It had length and complexity. Characteristic notes of rose petal, licquorice and tar. Sweet tannin. Obviously old and trying to hold it together just long enough to give us a drink!
The food we had with it (steak with truffle butter) knocked it over so it was better on its own.
After 40 mins or so the structure had collapsed. The wine still tasted nice but it was falling apart. Smooth and sweet tannin but losing it.
An experience - very interesting to try this to see how barolo can age.
This was apparently the centenary year for the winery.
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White
9/18/2021 - Macdog wrote:
Quite good. Bought off the back of enjoying the ‘15. I won’t buy more of this vintage.
Red
2013 Ségla Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Jeff Leve uncharacteristically harsh! This was - unexpectedly - well structured and elegant. A little bit tart on the finish. Not too complex or long. I liked it and was impressed by it - though I had low expectations . Drink now. I have had segla once before and it was silken but uninteresting - this was different. I thought I’d never seen it out but given this bottle I might.
Red
Hold. Young. Massive potential. Decanted 4 hours and drank over further 2. Not ‘new world’ or ‘fruit forward’, just great wine that is very young.
Red
2011 La Petite Eglise Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Delicious drinking now
Red
Good and drinking now. Reasonably aromatic. Bit of concentration and interest on P.
Red
Very aromatic on opening. Double decanted 2 hours. Still aromatic in the glass. Savoury on P. Tannic. Not long or complex. Has Roagna character and honesty about it.
Red
Great value. At the lighter end of the medium body spectrum. Red fruit (a bit tart). Nice interest and complexity. Some length. Good acidity - went v well with roast pork and gravy. Nice to drink by itself too. Will buy more. Hopefully this is fairly consistent vintage to vintage. Pnp but improved in glass.
Red
V good and great to have in the top of the cellar for quick opening splash decanting and also to go with food thanks to the Sangiovese / cab blend. No rush to drink remaining bottles.
Red
2000 Château Potensac Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
I thought this was great. Initially I was underwhelmed but I think this was because we drank some with roast pork and gravy etc. Decanted 2 hours but best after 3.5. Bramble almost pomerol like fruit. Good length and complexity. Excellent QPR if you have your own cellar to have kept it in for 10-15 years.
Red
2011 La Petite Eglise Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Delicious and liked by the whole dinner party. Great QPR. Voluptuous and quite creamy with nice sweet fruit. Good with or without food especially with slight cellar chill. Decanted 2 hours.
Red
2003 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
I enjoyed this. Has the presence of a grand vin and the haut bailly signature balance. My 2nd bottle of 6. I will drink the next 4 over the next c.5 years. Good price compared to other vintages that are drinking now.
Red
Delicious. Much better than the last bottle. 2 hour decant at cellar temp. Drinking now but I will try to hold the last 6 for another 5-10 years.
White
I enjoyed this but the two notes below are fair reflections. It was/is a crowd pleasing wine via the fairly rich/quite sweet style. Not what I look for in a white burg.
Red
At Sir Charles Napier from 1/2 bottle. Served a bit warm for my liking even for a Brunello (which pisses me off but not as much as me complaining pisses my wife off so i said nothing). Quite light and nicely balanced. A fair whack of tannin at the moment that I presume will integrate as this ages. I enjoyed it and will look to buy some for the cellar. Eric Guido's note is accurate (i would only add a herbaceous note and my point re tannin at the mo) and i would say so is his score of 94 which is pretty close to the current CT average of 93.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/20/2021 - Macdog Likes this wine:
97 points
Astonishingly complex and zings and dances on the P. Long. Exotic fruit. Needed some air to get to its very high heights. Not as dense or as lush as the Climens 03 - it is a more nimble wine. Delicious. I agree with the comment below about the ever so slight lack of some acidity in 03 but frankly I like the vintage. At Sir Charles Napier from Coravin.
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Red
2011 La Petite Eglise Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Good straight out of the bottle and got better after 40 mins in glass. Bramble fruit on nose and p plus some cherry and vanilla. Creamy tannins. Drying finish. I like it and is a little reminder of the grand vin. Drink but I don’t see any rush to finish the case. Excellent value.
Red
8/8/2021 - Macdog Likes this wine:
92 points
Violet and tar on n. P is red fruit and cherry. Nice balance between acidity and tannin. Some length. Quite tart and Drying - characteristics I don’t particularly like. Good. Nice Ovello lightness and loft. I preferred the 2011. (Drunk half from coravin and other half from bottle)
Red
8/8/2021 - Macdog Likes this wine:
90 points
Last bottle and my last taste. Needs food. Very dark. Neb character on n and p. Dark blue and black fruit on P not delineated or pixelated - mushed up doesn’t do it justice but that’s what it’s like. Chocolate liqueur on the P. Not much length. Good wine but needs food and won’t be to everyone’s taste. I’d buy ovello cru ahead of this from this producer. I would try other vintages of this cru as a comparison and also this cru from Roagna and other producers in due course.
Red
8/6/2021 - Macdog Likes this wine:
92 points
Very dark fruit on n and p. Classic nose beneath the darkness of violet and tar. Not much delineation on P. Med/high acidity and big tannin with some creaminess. Quite long with drying finish. Nebbiolo at the darker end of the spectrum. Nicely balanced and well put together. Some sweetness. I was a bit harsh on this last time. Good wine from a good producer. Will look forward to the next one.
Red
8/5/2021 - Macdog Likes this wine:
93 points
I was really impressed by this and will look forward to the next bottle. Ready, but no rush to drink; it’s maturing nicely. Started showing very well after an hour or so and I will decant the next bottle for c2 hours before drinking.
Red
(Magnum) drinking nicely. No rush at all to drink. Mature merlot evident but the wine still has a good back bone and pleasant richness and sweet, dark blue and red fruit (a little reminder that it’s haut bailly).
Red
Delicious and excellent qpr
Red
Rich and dark. Likeable and enjoyable. Drank the whole bottle by mistake… (quite sugary)
Red
2005 Sarget de Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/30/2021 - Macdog Likes this wine:
92 points
Good St Julien typicity shown in a great year. Drinking now. I don’t see much potential for upside if you hold because I don’t think this is going to develop any more complexity and/or length. It’s smooth and well put together. Very likeable and and shows a few glimmers of the grand vin on the P. On opening fresh and energetic, 2-4 hours in a decanter and it all came together.
Red
1996 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/30/2021 - Macdog Likes this wine:
94 points
Really enjoyed this 2nd bottle. Shows Pauillac hallmarks on the n and p. Lots of graphite, pencil and plenty of cigar box. Dark fruits. Length and complexity. Amazing with roast beef. Stellar at the price point. We decanted for 4plus hours and drank over 1-2.
Red
7/29/2021 - Macdog wrote:
Dark fruit and colour. Fruit driven. Red and blue fruits. Hints of choc liqueur on end. Pretty good but not my style. Is it also a bit expensive for what it is..?
White
67pm sample. Big N. Excellent but expensive (and thus I won’t be buying any). Nice balance - plenty of body but light nonetheless. Sweet and slight citrus turns into butterscotch finish.
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Red
7/29/2021 - Macdog wrote:
Nice nose. Fine, balanced, smooth, lightly silken. Tannin. Long, vibrant finish. Black olives (which I don’t esp like). Bit tart and sour on P for me (which is a shame because it’s otherwise excellent and great qpr)
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Red
67pm sample. Dark fruits, gentle warmth. Balanced. Good length. V good and would buy.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
7/29/2021 - Macdog wrote:
67 pm sample. V interesting. Tasted fortified but is apparently not! V complex and energetic. Mouth filling length. Would buy a btl if I could get hold of it.
Red
2013 Querciabella Camartina Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend (view label images)
67 pm sample. n and p so obviously Tuscan ! Lovely solid fruit at core. Balanced. Some warmth noticeable on the fruit. V nice. Based on this taster will seek out more.
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