Tasting Notes for Gdubya

(96 notes on 80 wines)

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2015 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/21/2020 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
92 points
Decantered at 3pm. Drank over 2-5 hours later.

Big whack of cherry on the nose. A bit missing from the mid palate. Slightly drying tannins. Nice, but not spectacular. Probably needed a longer decant. 92+

Note to self. Don’t try another bottle until 2025
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2016 Woodlands Clementine Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/7/2020 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
92 points
Enjoyed this more second time around. Seems to be coming together nicely. 92+
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2016 Château Clinet Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/7/2020 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
94 points
Approachable now after a few hours of air.

Blackberries with a hint of coffee. Very slightly drying tannins. Really very nice. 94++
Red
3/1/2020 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
94 points
Checking in again on a 375ml. Nice, rich, smooth, yum. Upgrade to 94
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2010 Cape Mentelle Wilyabrup Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/29/2020 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice. Fruit receding, tannins still coat the tongue in a good way. At a peak, so I’d say drink up
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2015 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/23/2020 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
94 points
Decantered for 3 hours and then drunk over the following 3. Rich,dense, nice fruit (red berries), a little cola and coffee. Not overly tannic. Really quite approachable now
Lovely drop 93-94
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2011 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
2/22/2020 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
93 points
Good drop for a “bad year “. Close to peak maturity, but still a bit to go. Classic house style. Nice
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2014 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/9/2020 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
94 points
Almost violet in colour. Decent fruit, tannins there, but not overwhelmingly.

Good and with upside. 94-95

(Quite a lot of sediment for a wine only 6 years old)
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2/7/2020 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
92 points
Pretty good example of a reasonably priced Barossa Shiraz. Ticks the box with a few years ahead of it
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2014 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/2/2020 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
94 points
Young. Good fruit. Slightly drying tannins.

Double decantered and drunk after an hour or so and over the next 3h.

Lovely and upside. 93-94pts
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2010 Château Duhart-Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/25/2020 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
94 points
Dark, tannic, blackberry. Drunk after an hour in the decanter and over the following 4 hrs

Nice, with a touch of upside.
Red
1/12/2020 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
92 points
Pleasant enough Barossa Shiraz, if that’s your thing. 91-92pts
Red
1/11/2020 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
93 points
Drank really well off a PnP (contrary to my previous note). Perhaps a better temperature or glassware. Whatever, upgrade to 92-93
Red
1/8/2020 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
91 points
Drunk over 2 nights.

Night one: PnP - appeared quite disjointed, like someone had poured some Malbec in to your glass of Shiraz. Not particularly nice, but improved a little over the night. Was thinking of giving remaining bottles away as presents. 89pts

Night 2 it all came together. Pleasant, balanced and like it was meant to be, especially noting it’s young age. Much better. 91pts

Decanter or hold remaining bottles
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2012 Wendouree Cabernet Malbec Clare Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/4/2020 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
93 points
Decantered for an hour and drunk over the next 2
Approachable, but the best years are ahead (advise a longer decant). Dark, almost back in colour, blackberries with slightly drying tannins

Very nice. 93-94pts
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2010 Château Clerc Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/24/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
92 points
Opened. Decantered and wait an hour. Drunk over the next 3hrs
Dark colour, opens with some nice cassis and a dusty finish
Nice, but perhaps I expected more. Not sure this has the fruit for a better score
91-92pts. Since it’s Christmas I’ll go with the latter
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2010 Château Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/24/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
92 points
Nice. Very dark colour . A little (harsh?) spice on the finish. Good wine. Would guess it gets better from here. 92-93
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11/17/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
93 points
Keep adding points to this wine. Very nice
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2012 Cullen Wines Diana Madeline Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/17/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
95 points
Good. Beautiful, rich,smooth tannin. Would like to see the finish develop a little more. I’m about 94-5, so will rate with future in mind. Still plenty of years ahead
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2012 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
11/16/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
90 points
Ok, but still a bit underwhelming
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Red
11/10/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
94 points
Not much on the nose, but opened up nicely after a couple of hours in the decanter. Very nice. Will look to pick up more. 93-94pts
Red
11/2/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP. Opened a little tart. Needs a decanter really. Nice drop all the same
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10/27/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP this last night, but needs some air or more time in the cellar. Good wine all the same. 91-92pts with a little upside
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10/17/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
91 points
Young. Good, if unspectacular. Probably has best years ahead of it; nice now though. 90-91pts
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10/13/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
94 points
Checking in on this. In a good spot, really quite lovely. Glad I have more. 93-94
Red
10/4/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
91 points
Probably drunk too young and no decant. But pretty good nonetheless. Got better over the evening. 90-91
Red
9/29/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
94 points
Yep. Good stuff, but no more left...
Great QPR. 93-4
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9/27/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
94 points
Really beautiful wine. Just sad I don’t have anymore
Red
9/26/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
92 points
Nice. Still young and developing very well. As always with WBL awesome QPR. Glad I have more. 92-93pts
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9/15/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
91 points
Big barossary goodness. Everything in the right place after 2 hours of air. Possibly more to come in time. Perhaps a bit boring ?
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2016 Woodlands Margaret Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/31/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
94 points
Drank this over 2 nights to see whether I should buy more. Short answer - resounding yes.
First night this caught the back of the tongue but opened up nicely over the course of the weekend. Lovely wine, with further upside and good QPR in today’s market (IMO).
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Re-iterate 94(+). Had a super long decant. Very nice wine. Fruit and tannin starting to integrate nicely and the finish lengthening. Definite upside from here
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8/24/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
93 points
Probably drunk on the young side. Lacked a little excitement, but still lovely with potential upside. 93-94pts
Red
8/24/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
95 points
Refined, elegant and drinking well already. Very enjoyable
Red
8/24/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
94 points
Slight upgrade to score. Rather lovely. Still a few years from peak too
Red
At the risk of repeating myself, ridiculous QPR. load up when you can
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2011 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/18/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
92 points
Decantered for 3+ hours. Not sure at first; slight bite on the back of the throat. Anyway, a few sips in and quite lovely. Perhaps near peak ? Dont have enough experience to say. But lovely nonetheless. Touch and go for 93. So 92+ then :-)
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8/11/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
92 points
Hit of fruit, probably missing a little on the finish. Time should soften this out
Was enjoyable nonetheless
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2013 Tyrrell's Vat 8 Hunter Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
8/10/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
92 points
Nice wine. Needs air and probably another 5 years. But enjoyable nonetheless
Red
8/2/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
91 points
Pleasant. Needed some air to get going
Red
6/29/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank one of my 375’s. definitely improved with more noticeable tannins coating the back of the throat. Upgrade score to 92

Upside - yes. To 99 pts, I doubt it ...
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Red
Solid wine. Great QPR. Re-iterate my 93 score, but not bottles left now :-(
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6/23/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
91 points
Upgrading to a solid 91. Gave this more than 5 hours in the decanter and showed itself nicely. Very rich, almost opulent

Was my last ‘10. Note to self - drink other bottles at 12-15y mark
Red
6/21/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
92 points
Adding another point. Ridiculous QPR
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2015 Woodlands Margaret Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/20/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
92 points
Think CT folk are a bit mean on this one.

PnP this and was a good showing. Much less black tea / tannins coating the throat than older vintages I’ve tried.

Potential for 1-2 more points with age
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2016 Yarra Yering Dry Red N°1 Yarra Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/8/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
94 points
Obviously very young, but gave this a try. Great smell with some black cherry on the palate. Loads of potential for the future
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Red
6/7/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
93 points
1 hour decant. Drunk over the next 3 hours - but not sure it changed much
Nice, could use a little more mid palate (maybe) for a higher score
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6/5/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
94 points
PnP this, but deserves an hour or two in the decanter.
Rich flavours but no sweet jammy vibes
Good amount of sediment
100pts....nah... but very lovely nonetheless
Starting to get close to prime drinking zone
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Red
5/25/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
92 points
Nice. Still young. Has little sharpness on the finish. Hold 2-5y
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5/19/2019 - Gdubya Likes this wine:
91 points
Great value for money. Drinking well now after 2 hours of air
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