Tasting Notes for joraesque

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Red
9/24/2021 - joraesque wrote:
91 points
This got better with every new sip, showcasing a strong component reminiscent of some California mountain fruit with a little age to it... 13.7% ABV.
90-91
Red
9/24/2021 - joraesque wrote:
89 points
Akin to a Rosato that pairs well with American Chinese food. 13% ABV.
Red
9/22/2021 - joraesque wrote:
Didn't have enough acidity to complement a spicy linguica sausage. Outstanding on its own otherwise.
Red
2015 Château L'Etoile de Clotte St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/21/2021 - joraesque wrote:
89 points
85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 14.5% ABV.
88-89
Update: Drinking equally well 24 hours later. 89+
Red
9/19/2021 - joraesque wrote:
88 points
There's quite a bit of bottle variation with these.
87-88
Red
9/13/2021 - joraesque wrote:
90 points
Worked well with jalapeño spice with rosemary, shiitake and king Trumpet mushrooms, and Tamari soy sauce.
Red
9/13/2021 - joraesque wrote:
89 points
More feminine and fine tannin-wise than the first bottle.
Red
9/13/2021 - joraesque wrote:
89 points
Got more interesting with air.
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Red
9/13/2021 - joraesque wrote:
87 points
Acid a bit out of bounds this time around.
Red
2016 Château La Grâce Dieu St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/7/2021 - joraesque wrote:
89 points
Started breaking down after 90 minutes. 14.5% ABV.
89-90
Red
9/5/2021 - joraesque wrote:
90 points
Bottle No. 01898. 100% Grenache I believe, and seemingly losing vibrancy. 14.5% ABV, and seamless.
Red
9/3/2021 - joraesque wrote:
90 points
Tasty f—g Aussie @15% ABV, and slightly hot.
90-91
Red
9/2/2021 - joraesque wrote:
91 points
Drinking unexpectedly well for a 2018; full-bodied, with no hard edges whatsoever and a garrigue undercurrent that finishes slightly peppery. Not overly complex, but an outstanding value. 15% ABV, and while the common, extracted CdP cherry liquor notes are present, there's no heat to be found!
90-91+
White
8/30/2021 - joraesque wrote:
87 points
Quite understated. Serve chilled. 13% ABV.
87-88
White
8/29/2021 - joraesque wrote:
89 points
An easy-peasy drinking Chablis. Acidity not as high as expected. 13% ABV.
White
8/29/2021 - joraesque wrote:
88 points
Serve slightly chilled. 13.5% ABV
88-89
Red
8/29/2021 - joraesque wrote:
90 points
Funkiness blew off on the next day.
Red
8/28/2021 - joraesque wrote:
90 points
A bit turbid. Could use at least another year. 14.5% ABV.
Red
8/26/2021 - joraesque wrote:
90 points
One of the most intriguing bouquets I've come across, some sort of a feminine, sophisticated Indian incense. The palate then draws on a slightly different cord that hints of native yeast and perfectly ripened grapes. Medium+ bodied. 13% ABV.
(For what it's worth, my one issue is with the shape of the bottle, which seems to have a penchant for sliding through your fingers.)
89-90+
White
8/25/2021 - joraesque wrote:
84 points
Possibly the most cloyingly sweet wine I've ever had. The only thing I can see pairing it with is a mandarin cake. Certified organic. 14% ABV, and shocking to find out.
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White
8/25/2021 - joraesque wrote:
89 points
Understated, pleasantly grassy. 13% ABV.
Red
8/25/2021 - joraesque wrote:
89 points
Some well mannered cola one hour in. 12.5% ABV.
White
8/21/2021 - joraesque wrote:
89 points
Better after a 60-minute decant, when vanilla begins emerging underneath the sour lemons. 12.5% ABV.
Red
8/19/2021 - joraesque wrote:
87 points
I can't believe I'm saying this, but the acid is just too much in these 2017 bottlings...
87-88
Red
8/17/2021 - joraesque wrote:
Starting to look fatigued, so drink soon?
White - Sweet/Dessert
8/17/2021 - joraesque wrote:
91 points
Really good, but this dessert wine should come in half bottles. No tertiary notes yet. Paired well with a spicy fish curry (and I was glad to be the only one drinking it, so I drank it all!). 11.5% ABV.
Red
8/17/2021 - joraesque wrote:
87 points
A bit ripe, but it paired well with duck. 14.7% ABV.
Red
8/16/2021 - joraesque wrote:
89 points
A bit riper than the 2016, though seemingly exhibiting more razor-sharp acidity as well.
88-89
Red
8/8/2021 - joraesque wrote:
88 points
Underwhelming.
White
8/6/2021 - joraesque wrote:
90 points
Great showing tonight. Salty, limestoney, dry citrus. 13.5% ABV.
90-91
Red
8/2/2021 - joraesque wrote:
89 points
This seemed to be fabulous the first 10 minutes after opening, then it just went south... Was easy-drinking for 5 hours, but rather flat, lacking magic and oomph. 13.5% ABV.
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Red
8/1/2021 - joraesque wrote:
Drinking better on the next day. Not much typicity, though. 14.5% ABV.
89-90
White
7/30/2021 - joraesque wrote:
Just broke my last bottle; couldn't taste it, but the concrete floor smels of lots of new French oak...
Red
7/30/2021 - joraesque wrote:
Alcohol was at the forefront upon opening, then it blew off. Big tannins, chalky texture. Dormant? 88
Update: Much better showing after being vacuum corked for 30 hours. This needs 5+ years, or a long decant. 90-92+
Final update: Started to exhibit some heat again 40 hours in.
Red
7/29/2021 - joraesque wrote:
89 points
Upon opening, it smelled corked—but it's got a plastic cork! It turns out it needed to breathe for about an hour; medium-full bodied, and the biggest St. Joseph I've had to date; marked by damp wood and bitter cherry liquor; the more oxidation it got, the more minerality it revealed, as well as some gunpowder on the finish. PH appears to be relatively high. Overall, I'd say this is a St. Joseph for the Robert Parker palate. 13.5% ABV.
89-91
Update: Not drinking so well 30 hours later.
89
Red
7/24/2021 - joraesque wrote:
84 points
Quite a bit musty upon opening—"dead arm" (see back label) mustiness? 🤔
With a little air, this begins resembling a hot climate (e.g. Sierra Foothills) old-vine Zinfandel, that is, without the pruniness; the out of balance heat is also there, though not as bad as the 14.6% ABV would suggest.
With 30 more minutes of air, I can finally start sensing some of that Aussie fruit underneath the rot.
Certainly an oddball (and not in an endearing way) of a McLaren Vale Syrah, in my book.
81-84
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PS. The Garagiste/Jon Rimmerman's coattailing off Harlan when offloading this bottling that's bordering on swill is quite deplorable: "With a 20 year record of 90pt or more accolades from the WA (from various reviewers, not just Bob), it’s safe to say that d’Arenberg’s The Dead Arm Shiraz is one of the most consistent examples in all of Australia. Think about that for a moment – 20 years without a sub 90pt vintage? As far as the New World is concerned, that’s as Old Guard as it gets (there are top wineries in the US that haven’t been around for 20 years, let alone with that score record. Harlan, yes, but that’s $400+/bottle!" 🤦🏼‍♂️
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24 hours later this is exhibiting less rot, though it's still there, quite noticeably on the finish. Acidity now seems to be at the forefront.
83-85
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Red
7/20/2021 - joraesque wrote:
93 points
100% whole cluster; 85% Grenache, 5% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Vaccarèse.
My first encounter with this producer. Upon opening it, my initial thought was: "this tastes like a Bedrock/Morgan Twain-Peterson wine!" A couple minutes of air, and the 60+ YO Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Vaccarèse vines began revealing their character, particularly on the nose—savory, herbaceous, and a little green. On the palate, fresh barrel oak also began emerging. 10 minutes in the profile shifted from bright fruit to dark cherries in a style more reminiscent of Northern Rhone. 20 minutes in, and the whole-cluster treatment moves to the front. 30 minutes in it became clear that the wine is too young and still trying to find itself.
On the next day, the oak treatment seemed to be coming to the forefront.
A wonderful bottling overall, or, to quote Jancis Robinson, a "grown-up wine," truly.
14.5% ABV.
Red
7/20/2021 - joraesque wrote:
89 points
Light-to-medium-bodied, with bright, crunchy fruit (still!). Drank well over 3 days. 14.2% ABV.
88-89
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White
7/19/2021 - joraesque wrote:
87 points
Drinking a bit too hot at room temperature. 13.5% ABV.
White
7/19/2021 - joraesque wrote:
89 points
10% new oak, and it works well. 13.5% ABV.
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