Tasting Notes for skifree

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Red
5/19/2019 - skifree wrote:
91 points
Very nice, lots of dark red fruit, just a wee bit hot on the nose. Lacks the distinction that great terroir gives Merlot however.
Red
5/17/2019 - skifree wrote:
94 points
My score is based first and foremost on how great this was to drink with the peasant food I had for dinner over two nights. On the nose, sweet cherry, garrigue, lavender, and some alcohol. Supple in the mouth, moderately sweet, then some spicy tannins and a touch of garrigue linger on the long finish. Think this has hit a peak.
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Red
5/14/2019 - skifree wrote:
Tasted dead and over the hill, tossed most of it. Did not pick up on any obvious flaw.
Red
5/15/2019 - skifree wrote:
94 points
My WOTN at Seattle tasting group's Old World Merlot tasting, tied for group's #1. Medium garnet in color, cedar and sweet fruit on the nose. Had that black tea component I love in the mouth, as well as a good amount of black fruit. Minerality and more cedar at the finish, with tannins still lurking. Certainly this is at it's peak.
Red
2001 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/15/2019 - skifree wrote:
flawed
First La Mission that was flawed, such a bummer
Red
2010 La Petite Eglise Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/13/2019 - skifree wrote:
93 points
I am sobbing into my Sauternes that this was my last bottle. Decanted, it was immediately so smooth and silky, with lovely black fruits, a saline note, and an elegance I don't expect from a second wine. This has a great QPR, not often said about 2010 Bordeaux.
Red
5/12/2019 - skifree wrote:
90 points
Mostly anise and earth on the nose, some ripe black fruit behind it. Very saline and herbal in the mouth, then lots of green leaf tobacco with tartness and tannins that feel a bit out of joint. No hurry, this feels like it is young, but not sure it will improve.
White
5/12/2019 - skifree wrote:
91 points
This Hermana tasted like an LF chard (the last one I opened was weird). Stone fruit and a touch of spice and heat on the nose. Mostly apple and citrus (lemon and orange zest) with a nice creaminess in the mouth, with good acidity at the end. I like this style.
White - Sweet/Dessert
5/12/2019 - skifree wrote:
93 points
Fantastic, full-throttle bottle of Climens. Lots of tropical fruit with big sweet flavors, but not cloying at all due to good acidity and a noticeable minerality on the finish.
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Red
5/9/2019 - skifree wrote:
89 points
On opening, this was quite unforgiving and tight - lots of tart cranberry but not much else. After sitting in the cellar for 2 nights, this was much better - sweet red fruit and spice on the nose, with an earthiness matching the acidity in the mouth. Left with a mouth of fuzzy tannins.
Red
5/8/2019 - skifree wrote:
91 points
This was remarkably dark with a tiny meniscus for a 14 year old wine. Decanted and then drank over following 3 hours. Still seemed primary, but was excellent. Cherry, earth, touch of bitter orange, good acidity, some tannins lurking at the finish. Think this has oodles of time in front of it; wish I had more.
Rosé
5/4/2019 - skifree wrote:
73 points
This bottle was nothing but tart cranberry and citrus, not worth drinking. Tossed most of it.
Red
5/4/2019 - skifree wrote:
83 points
This has not aged well. A lot of stewed fruit on the nose and at the initial onset, then some nice fruit, violet, and herb behind it. I am not a fan of the stewed fruit notes.
Red
5/1/2019 - skifree wrote:
88 points
Very good version of Washington merlot, lots of sweet black cherry fruit with solid tannins behind it.
Red
4/28/2019 - skifree wrote:
89 points
Lovely nose of earth and black cherry on the nose, almost thought there was some violet upon opening. More like tart cherry in the mouth, good acidity, some tannins present as well, with the tart cherry dominating the finish. Enjoyed with some grilled salmon with an apricot/ginger teriyaki glaze this evening.
Red
2004 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/25/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
Very nice wine, opened to toast Eric & team and CellarTracker's 15th anniversary. Beautiful tobacco and fruit rouge mixed on the nose. Lots of green leaf tobacco in the mouth, quite delicate, almost too delicate for the initial tastes. Left with a mouth salivating and some tingle from residual tannins. No hurry on this, I think. Vive CellarTracker!
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Red
4/23/2019 - skifree wrote:
87 points
Very acceptable but neither thrilling nor excellent. In the red fruit spectrum, quite sweet, some saline notes at the end, with tannins that are quite firm. This seemed better right after opening.
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Red
4/21/2019 - skifree wrote:
93 points
Think this is in a nice place right now. Black fruit, cassis, well integrated tannins, just a touch of spicy oak on the finish. Nice job with the cooler growing season all around.
White - Sparkling
4/21/2019 - skifree wrote:
Very toasty with a bit of oxidation that brought out a lot of nuttiness. Excellent, but not what I expected so no score (slightly flawed?). Still, a wonderful drink to accompany the Easter egg hunt in the yard.
Red
2010 Quilceda Creek Palengat Red Wine Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/19/2019 - skifree wrote:
94 points
This was a yum from the first taste. Very dark in the glass. Nose of black tea and menthol, black fruit behind that as well and then just a touch of alcohol. Very plush in the mouth, more black tea, brambleberry, and some tannins at the finish (so no hurry). So sorry I was only allocated one bottle of this, but sure did enjoy this one!
Red
2000 Château Chasse-Spleen Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/18/2019 - skifree wrote:
90 points
Decanted. This was attractive right out of the gate, tannins are resolved and still has nice fruit to match the secondary flavors. This is not a blockbuster, but everything is in the right place.
White
4/14/2019 - skifree wrote:
87 points
Was excited to try this, but ended a touch disappointed. Felt very much like a new world Chard, good white tree fruit and a touch of minerality but then a touch too sweet at the end for me (I noticed one taster said "circus peanuts", that may have been spot on). Score may be high.
Red
4/15/2019 - skifree wrote:
93 points
Beautiful and definitely Napa Cab. Nose has menthol, olive brine, and dark fruit with a touch of heat (darn). Very plush in the mouth, with black cherry, currant, and olive. Tannins seem well integrated.
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Red
2015 Château les Cruzelles Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/12/2019 - skifree wrote:
88 points
Brought to "Old World Wines off the Beaten Path" tasting with Seattle group. Finished tied for 4th/5th out of 8 wines (wines 2 through 5 scored essentially the same). Did not like this bottle as much as last one, came across as too young and a bit simplistic.
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Red
2003 Château Clerc Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/12/2019 - skifree wrote:
91 points
Was relieved this was so solid, with classic red and black fruit, cassis, and that Pauillac cedar and leather.
White
4/10/2019 - skifree wrote:
86 points
Pale golden color in the glass. Rich nose of ripe orchard fruit and some butterscotch, the latter takes over in the mouth and then some spice & mineral comes out on the finish. I was disappointed; this is not my style of Chard though I think it is well made. There was a lot of sediment in the last glass. Will not buy again.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
4/8/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
From a 375. Deep, rich nose of honey-coated apricot, though a touch of heat detracts. In the mouth that same richness, honey, and apricot dominate, though a real mineral note comes through. Finish remains the same though the tongue tingles with some underlying acidity. This is unctuous and very satisfying.
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Red
4/8/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
This has improved dramatically since my last bottle (or this was a better bottle). The fruit is more integrated with hard, herbal edges receding on the first night and gone on the second. There is a lot of spice and pepper to add interest at the finish.
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Red
4/5/2019 - skifree wrote:
94 points
I felt this was quite elegant for a Medoc, especially as it gained air. Felt the Cab dominated, with lots of dark berry, some cassis, some tobacco, and perhaps herb - but woven together in a way with no harsh edges. One of 5 wines (!) at our dinner at Whitehouse-Crawford in WW during Cayuse release weekend. Was wonderful to compare to the '95 Quilceda Creek and others that we had that night.
Red
4/3/2019 - skifree wrote:
91 points
This came across for me as a gigantic wine that was putting its best foot forward. The tannins, alcohol, and oak are all integrated, so there was intense, beautiful fruit that dominated. Have no idea what 20 years will do for this wine.
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Red
4/2/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
This bottle felt very elegant, all the same flavors were there (dark cherry, cassis, leather, mineral) but it was softer and more rounded than I remembered. It caressed.
Red
2000 Château Meylet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/31/2019 - skifree wrote:
88 points
This wine was best after getting some air in it. Comes across as tight and with a bit of under-ripeness, which is surprising for a St. Emilion. I think there is no hurry on this, but it will never be outstanding.
Red
2015 Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/28/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
Comes across as very elegant with fruit and minerality in just the right proportion. Not a knock-out or "wow", but very sophisticated. This is what a $40 wine should be.
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Red
2009 Château Les Vallées Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/26/2019 - skifree wrote:
84 points
Very simple but competent, lots of berry, what you would expect for $10
White
3/26/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
First LF Four, deeper and richer than the other LF chards I have had. Nose of tropical fruit and a touch of heat, mid-palate and finish had the lemon curd and coconut others have noted with good balance. Finish is attractively long. Flamboyant and enjoyable.
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Red
2011 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/19/2019 - skifree wrote:
90 points
From a 375ml. Noticed a distinct herbal note to this wine along with sweet black fruit, anise, and cedar on the finish. Agree, this should be held a few more years.
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Red
2007 Betz Family Clos de Betz Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/17/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
Still very dark in the glass, no signs of bricking. Black tea and black olive on the nose. Lots of black fruit, some espresso, some black tea in the mouth. Tannins were quite smooth. Agree that this is in its prime drinking window.
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Red
3/15/2019 - skifree wrote:
93 points
Full of ripe berry and plum in a very 2003 kind of way, but as it gets air there were very attractive cedar and saline notes on the long finish. As others have noted, this comes across as full throttled but not over the top, which makes it very enjoyable.
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Red
2003 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/14/2019 - skifree wrote:
91 points
Punched way above its weight, and it is in a very good place right now. Good fruit, noticeable herb or green veggie, balanced finish, built to match with food.
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White
3/11/2019 - skifree wrote:
85 points
Thought this had some nice white fruit flavors, but lacked precision and cut. Perhaps this has faded?
Red
2011 Château de Pressac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/12/2019 - skifree wrote:
90 points
Liked this at the winery, and liked the first bottle I opened at home. Lots of dark fruit and some herbs, good acidity, good depth. Touch of wood and drying tannins on the finish limit the score, but this is an enjoyable, food-friendly Bdx.
White
3/9/2019 - skifree wrote:
87 points
It's normal tasty self, good acidity, lemon-lime, felt a touch more in balance on day 2.
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Red
3/6/2019 - skifree wrote:
93 points
Way beyond what I expected, real depth to it. Lots of cherry with oak and tannins behind it, no hurry at all on this.
Red
3/5/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
This bottle seemed unique in its taste profile - bright red fruits, good acidity, well-integrated tannins, even a touch of mint. Drank very well of course but not what I remembered from past bottles.
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White
2011 Château Rahoul Blanc Graves Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/5/2019 - skifree wrote:
I was surprised how this changed overnight - became much better. Who would have guessed this needed a decant?
Red
3/2/2019 - skifree wrote:
91 points
Competent but unexceptional BdM, not much of a step up from a Chianti Riserva.
Red
3/1/2019 - skifree wrote:
93 points
Ah, The Frog. Such a great nose. Ocean mist, blood, sweet cherry and wild strawberry, and something a bit gamey with herbs all mix together. I noticed the sweet fruit at first in the mouth, then the iodine, minerality, and salinity all mix together through a very long finish. There is enough acidity for me so that I can enjoy with food, then the flavors soften and come more into balance.
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White
2/22/2019 - skifree wrote:
86 points
Lovely nose, that aroma that lets you know the wine is from Alsace and nowhere else. A bit simple in the mouth and on the finish, but still enjoyable and an excellent value. Purchased in December from items for sale in the Garagiste "store" in their warehouse.l
White - Sweet/Dessert
2/20/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
Drank over the better course of a week from a 750ml. Lots of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, touch of fresh coconut) in a big wine with solid acidity behind it. Full-fleshed. Had to try one.
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