Tasting Notes for borneman

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Red
Not up to my expectations of Washington merlot
Red
4/25/2020 - borneman wrote:
89 points
Cork crumbled upon opening. Color still fresh purple not bricking. Wine has secondary notes of dusty leather overriding a little fruit. Somehow still showing some tannin and alcohol. Not bad but can’t imagine it getting better.
Red
2008 Domaine Debray Corton Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
4/17/2020 - borneman Does not like this wine:
75 points
Still bad. Fortunately last bottle.
Red
3/28/2020 - borneman wrote:
93 points
Fresh acidity. Bright berry flavor. Full bodied. Long finish.
Red
2/12/2020 - borneman wrote:
89 points
This has improved in the 10+ years since my last note. Initially the nose has a little funk. Palate still surprisingly gritty with tannin. On the good side, More flavor than I recalled and acidity has taken a back seat. Still wouldn’t know it’s Pinot if tasted blind.
Red
6/7/2019 - borneman wrote:
92 points
Brownish out of the bottle contrasts with the fresh floral flavors and still silky tannins. Nice complexity.
Red
2004 Château Clerc Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/27/2019 - borneman wrote:
Completely tertiary at this point. All saddle leather and a touch of brett. Not my thing.
Red
12/21/2018 - borneman wrote:
92 points
Purchased at winery 10 yrs ago. Stored properly. PnP. Delicious from first pour. Round fruit. Surprisingly fresh.
Red
2008 Domaine Debray Corton Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
8/11/2018 - borneman Does not like this wine:
77 points
Nothing there. A little oak. That’s about it. First opened of 3 bottles purchased from garagiste that I’ve been holding for several years. Very disappointing.
Red
2/14/2018 - borneman wrote:
flawed
Another brett filled bottle
Red
1/17/2018 - borneman wrote:
Opened a second bottle because detected strong taste/odor of barnyard or Bret on the first one. Second bottle not nearly as noticeable.
Red
12/21/2017 - borneman wrote:
flawed
Ever so slightly corked. Second Bergstrom like this in last couple of years. Shipped winery direct and cellared at 55 degrees. Not happy.
Red
9/22/2017 - borneman wrote:
94 points
Almost 2 years to the day since last bottle opened. Still fresh but loaded with same bacon fat. Huge, chewy wine.
Red
10/25/2016 - borneman Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautifully balanced. Silky tannins. Long finish.
Red
9/24/2016 - borneman wrote:
94 points
Drinking beautifully now. Balanced, silky texture. Long finish. PnP. Tasted side by side with my last 1995 version of same wine which was very drinkable and port-like.
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Red
4/17/2016 - borneman wrote:
Cork disintegrated but once decanted and allowed to breath for 30 minutes it really opened up to a very interesting Pinot with plum and zin notes. Very light brickish color.
Red
3/11/2016 - borneman wrote:
89 points
Still not offering much on nose and tight on the palate. The heat is a little more muted than a few years ago. Tannins are integrated well. Will hold remaining bottles at least 2-4 yrs.
Red
10/10/2015 - borneman wrote:
94 points
Smokey nose. Lots of bacon fat flavor.
Red
9/2/2015 - borneman wrote:
Wow, what difference 5 years makes since last tasted. Properly cellared since 2009 purchase. "Fresh" Grenache primary flavors and spice have all given way to loads of over-ripe plum and leather. Way too young to drink this old. I'd expect this more from the '03 vintage.
Red
8/21/2015 - borneman wrote:
Agree with Ed B. Dry to the point of almost bitter. Not drinking well right now. Might as well hold and see what happens.
Red
8/20/2015 - borneman wrote:
93 points
Finally figuring out that I need to wait and wait on these Quilceda reds. Has really matured into a fine wine offering still fresh but mellowed out notes of cassis, a little licorice. The heat is better integrated as well but still noticeable. Best Quilceda Red Wine I've opened yet as the others were simply too soon.
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Red
6/28/2015 - borneman Does not like this wine:
86 points
plum, raisans, almost cooked. Color was Amber and too much so for a 2007. I have to think this was the affect of the wine traveling from Rhone to Seattle to Chicago and sitting in shipping containers in between.
Red
6/27/2015 - borneman wrote:
93 points
Drinking really well right now. Mature, well integrated. Wish I had more of these
Red
It smells like plum and prune and tastes like plum. Silky texture. The wine finishes long. High alcohol and am little tannin.
White
1/11/2014 - borneman wrote:
- Light gold color and has flavours of lemon and black pepper with a light/medium body. Polished texture with a medium finish - Excellent with shrimp and basil pesto flatbread.
Red
10/20/2013 - borneman wrote:
87 points
Compared to other Larkmead's I've had in the last couple of years this came across as washed out, yet still tannic. Fruit is there but muted by Larkmead standards.
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Red
9/27/2013 - borneman wrote:
Very smokey. Dark. Delicious.
Red
5/18/2013 - borneman wrote:
91 points
Very good but still all primary favors and nose, so to me, still young.
Red
2/24/2013 - borneman wrote:
92 points
Velvety texture. Long finish. Drinking very well right now.
Red
12/15/2012 - borneman wrote:
93 points
Outstanding. Popped and poured from cellar.. Really showing some secondary aromas and complexity. Eucalyptus, leather and fresh fruit. Aged really well.
Red
11/25/2012 - borneman wrote:
Very tight, fresh. Drinking window said 2012 but I'd give it another few years in the cellar.
Red
7/21/2012 - borneman wrote:
Nice favors of tar and pencil shavings
White
6/30/2012 - borneman wrote:
flawed
unfortunately this was slightly corked
Red
5/2/2012 - borneman wrote:
89 points
Last bottle of six pack fortunately is like the first ones. Fresh, berry flavors, though now with a little more maturity. No raisans like the last one.
White
4/27/2012 - borneman wrote:
92 points
Medium-bodied. Complex and well-balanced. Lots of tropical fruit without being cloying. Just the right amount acidity. One of the better Cali Sauvignon Blancs.
Red
4/21/2012 - borneman wrote:
95 points
Gave it 90 minutes, then Silky, smooth, still young. Can't believe how youthful. Enough backbone to go another 3-4 years. Amazing length. Nobody makes a Napa merlot like this anymore. Amazing.
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Red
4/19/2012 - borneman wrote:
91 points
Transparent garnet in color. Still a lot of fruit but also elegant secondary favors starting to make an appearance. Nose is somewhat muted but the palate combines purple plum, with sage notes, wrapped in a surprisingly long finish. Seems like it is entering a phase where it will stay for a couple years, but not much longer. Better to drink now.
White
4/8/2012 - borneman wrote:
89 points
Based on all all the other ratings, I really had high expectations but sorry to say I don't get it. Well balanced but the floral notes I expected were muted and the finish on the shorter side. Maybe I should have opened it a couple years ago or waited a couple more years until it transformed into something else. This was properly cellared and purchased direct.
White
4/6/2012 - borneman wrote:
90 points
For a winery that tries to not take themselves very seriously, this is a seriously good chard. Well balanced, minerals, citrus and just a hint of oak, if any. Great finish. Really opened up after 30 minutes.
White
4/6/2012 - borneman wrote:
89 points
Mature, with citrus, buttery notes and a little hint of thyme. Medium-long finish. Hoping for a little more.
Red
2/18/2012 - borneman wrote:
90 points
PnP. Chalky black Cherry. Not oakey. Medium long finish. This is a Napa county wine and refreshingly not your typical Napa cab. Drink in next 1-2 years.
Red
2/18/2012 - borneman wrote:
90 points
Very ripe and fruit forward style but not over ripe to the point of raisiny as have been many '03's. This one has some balance to it even if more new world in style. Drinking well now and hard to imagine it'll get much better.
White
2/18/2012 - borneman wrote:
89 points
Well-balanced, very approachable chard. Shortish finish but a decent QPR for a quality Carneros chard.
Red
1/31/2012 - borneman wrote:
Surprisingly raisiny since last bottle. Hopefully just bottle variation.
Red
11/3/2011 - borneman wrote:
90 points
Holding up surprisingly well and better than the previous bottle. Mature saddle leather, plums with a even little heat initially. Finish is longer than I remembered before.
White
10/27/2011 - borneman wrote:
93 points
Poured right from the cellar at 56 degrees. Reticent nose. On the palate, elegant, not over done. The buttery notes are well-balanced with lemony, citrus marzipan notes. Spiciness, creamy. Impressively long finish. Gaining complexity and length as it opens up. Would stand its own against a premier cru burg. Will hold next bottle a couple of years.
White - Sparkling
N.V. J Vineyards & Winery Cuvée 20 Russian River Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
10/22/2011 - borneman wrote:
flawed
really off tasting
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