Tasting Notes for kerv22

(48 notes on 44 wines)

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Red
3/13/2020 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
95 points
This was everything perfect about Pauillac. Such a beautiful wine. Nose of dark berries, tobacco, leather, cedar. Amazingly silky and well balanced palate. Medium tannins, low-med alcohol. Drinking perfectly right now but will probably be nice for a few more years.
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Red
2008 Paraduxx (Duckhorn Vineyards) Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
1/1/2020 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
92 points
From 3L bought at winery many years ago. Drinking perfectly right now. Beautiful fruit on the nose and mouth. Perfectly balanced. Drinking at it's peak.
White
9/18/2019 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
94 points
What a sleeper of a wine! I'm going from memory so I do not remember the details of the wine, however upon opening, the wine was nondescript and boring in both the bouquet and taste. About 1 hour later [paired with a stew] it morphed into a beautiful corton. Holy cow. I'd say it's at the end of it's drinking window, but certainly not over the hill. Wishing I had more!
Red
2006 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/8/2019 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
93 points
This is in a great drinking window. After 0.5 hours of decanting the wine was singing. After about 2 hours we felt it fell off a little bit. Still has plenty of bottle time left, but it's in a good spot at this moment. Beautiful perfumy bouquet with the typical dark berries, graphite, tobacco, etc of a nice Pauillac. On the palate it's big, inky, silky, graphite, mineral, earthy....oh so beautifully integrated. Med-full bodied, still pretty tannic. Super long finish. Nice stuff.
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Red
6/19/2019 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
94 points
Very big wine. Similar to previous tasting notes. Still quite tannic, but it's drinking well now. Definitely a food wine. It drank as well the next day as it did that night, so take that for what it's worth. I don't know how much better it'll get with age. I think it's in a great place right now.
Red
4/3/2019 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
91 points
Surprisingly youthful CA Merlot. Mute upon pnp, however elegant and very French tasting/smelling about 2&3 hours in. The nose isn’t a huge in your face bouquet, but more of an elegant blackberries/blueberries/pencil shaving/leather. Palate is similar to the smell, but also some Hoison sauce notes in there. Medium+ body, medium alcohol, medium+ to high tannin. Long, 30-60 second finish. This is drinking very well now, but would also probably be great in 3-4 years. Well done Kelham. Always a favorite.
Red
1994 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/3/2019 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
90 points
Good wine, but drink up.
Red
4/3/2019 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
92 points
Very beautiful wine compared to the last bottle I had many years ago. At this point it's well integrated and drinking perfect. It could easily go 2-4 more years, but why wait?
Red
9/25/2018 - kerv22 wrote:
91 points
Decanted. Drank thin and subdued for the first 2-3 hours then finally got some weight to it. Fruity, earthy, sour cherry on the nose. Similar on palate. Still seems to be primary. I'll give it 3-4 more years before the next one.
Red
9/25/2018 - kerv22 wrote:
94 points
From a magnum. Decanted and first half-hour the wine was muted and over the hill. After that it was singing. We couldn't believe how beautiful and expressive the wine got with a little air. Definitely old and at the end of life, but not done yet. Great aged Paulliac on the nose: earthy, tobacco, graphite, cedar, maybe some herb and dark berries. In the mouth, medium bodied, still picking up nice dark fruit. Well balanced and moderate finish. Really nice wine, but I wouldn't hang on much longer.
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Red
8/10/2018 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
92 points
Spectacular. Big, inky, Napa Cab. Begs for a ribeye or a great pizza. I loved it.
Red
8/10/2018 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
91 points
I've had the Dead Arm many times and always enjoy it. This vintage was great a couple years ago, but I'm afraid it's getting over the hill. Don't get me wrong, it's still pleasant and very nice, but I think it's nearing the end of it's life. Time to drink up.
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Red
2003 Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/28/2018 - kerv22 wrote:
93 points
Beautiful, complex; notes of blueberry, eucalyptus(or herbs of some sort), perhaps cigar box. Tastes similar. It seemed to integrate better in the mouth with a giganto ribeye vs drinking alone. Furthermore it fell off pretty hard after about 2-3 hours in a decanter. Very nice wine, but drink up.
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Red
4/7/2018 - kerv22 wrote:
93 points
Spectacular!
Red
1998 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/27/2017 - kerv22 wrote:
92 points
Flat and lacking structure upon opening. Decanted and after one hour it blossomed into a beautiful Bordeaux. Earth, leather, tobacco, and hints of ripe dark berries. Good balance, medium tannin, moderate complexity. Medium long finish. Drinking very well now. Unsure of how much more aging it can handle.
Red
12/4/2016 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
89 points
Light brick in color, subtle pleasant notes of cherry, plum, strawberry jam. Low acidity, medium tannin, well balanced, slight hints of oak and vanilla. Drinking very nice for being a 21 year old Zin! Smells and tastes more like a pinot at this point.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1983 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/8/2016 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
90 points
I've had 2 bottles of the '83 Suduiraut in the last 6 months and both times it has had a semi-funky petrol smell to it. It's by no means bad or off-putting, it's just how the wine has progressed through its life. I don't think it will get much better from here, so if you have some in the cellar you may want to pop a bottle and see what you think.
Red
3/8/2016 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
93 points
50 years old and still a spectacular bottle. I was amazed to find out that this wine still has some life in it. I must say however, it's drinking beautifully today.
Red
2007 Jonas Cellars Napa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
2/3/2016 - kerv22 wrote:
90 points
From a magnum; the wine started off with beautiful aromatics of dark fruits, cassis, maybe some spice. On the palate, it drank well over the first hour. Medium body, medium tannins/alc, nice finish. However, after an hour or so the wine changed tremendously. It fell off badly and got an off taste to it. The last bottle we had a couple years ago held on to the last drop, but this one did not. I think it may be time to drink up.
Red
1/23/2016 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
94 points
Bottle re-corked by chateau in 2011. This was an amazing bottle. The wine was approachable immediately after pop and pour, however after roughly 30 minutes it was singing. On the nose the wine is surprisingly youthful. Notes of blackberries, blueberries, cassis, eucalyptus, and a hint of leather. On the palate the wine is again youthful and perfectly integrated. Low-med tannins, low alcohol, medium bodied with all of the typical St. Julien notes. I felt that it wasn't until the rear palate that you truly got a hint of how old this wine was. Excellent. A real treat.
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Red
1/12/2016 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
93 points
Dark purple color, big elegant bouquet of blackberry, fig, slight vanilla, cherry, maybe some prune (?), medium alcohol, medium tannins, well integrated, great mouth feel, long lingering finish. Certainly got better after a couple hours of being open. Drinking very well right now, but could certainly last some more time.
Red
12/5/2015 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
91 points
Dark garnet with a very thin clear ring, vibrant nose with hints of dark berries (black berry?), leather, pencil, eucalyptus, and mint, still holding big dark fruit in the mouth, medium high tannins, well balanced, long finish. Still drinking well and probably has a couple more years in the bottle. I double decanted and now 30 minutes open its still evolving in the glass.
Red
9/17/2015 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
94 points
This wine is drinking beautifully right now. Still holds a considerable amount of fruit blended in with that wonderful aged Pauilliac nose. Very well balanced, yet nearing the end of it's life. You'll likely get another couple years out of it, but I'd drink up now if you've got it.
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Red
2/7/2015 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
93 points
This was an impeccable bottle; I'm quite surprised by the previous lower ratings. We drank the bottle over a three hour period during which the wine evolved beautifully. I'm writing this from memory so I don't have a proper description, however I remember the wine was very French on the nose and palate. On the nose, quite earthy with big notes of dark berries transitioning into dried fruit. In the mouth very well balanced; slight tannins still remaining. Finish was 40+ seconds. Although I will agree that this wine is drinking perfectly right now, I wouldn't say it's finished. Very nice job guys. This reminds me why I like visiting Kelham so much. Drink over next two years?
Red
2000 Caldwell Proprietary Red Coombsville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/8/2014 - kerv22 wrote:
93 points
Exceptional wine. Slightly musty upon opening, however continued to build complexity over a two+ hour period. Dark eggplant in color, moderately viscous. Fruity on the nose with a melody of notes ranging from dark berries, dried cherries, fresh asparagus, and faint tobacco. Finish is long..easily one minute plus. Alcohol medium, acidity medium, well balanced through and through. Many years left in this wine.
Red
2007 Vérité Archipel Napa / Sonoma Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/23/2014 - kerv22 wrote:
92 points
- Crimsom color - Phenomenal wine. POP. Smells/tastes of old world, but it's not. Medium legs. Crimson to plum in color with a faint clear rim. Great bouquet; earthy with subdued fruit. Faint oak smell. Possible descriptors: black currant, black berry, slight tobacco, slight pencil shavings, maybe some cassis. In the mouth, moderately tannic, low alcohol, very well balanced. Long finish: easily 45 seconds. Plenty of life left in this one; I'd say easily 5 more years, if not more. Overall excellent wine; especially since I don't remember paying that much for it. Wish I had more!
Red
1974 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/9/2014 - kerv22 wrote:
89 points
Funky light brick color, but actually still quite good. Very surprising that it was as nice as it was.
Red
5/9/2014 - kerv22 wrote:
93 points
From a magnum: drinking beautifully right now. Picking up a bit of age, but still well rounded with enough fruit to wow the senses.
Red
3/23/2014 - kerv22 wrote:
92 points
Drinking very well right now. Beautiful cab.
Red
3/20/2014 - kerv22 wrote:
90 points
Nice wine at the price point. Drinking well now. Probably has a year or two left in it.
Red
3/20/2014 - kerv22 wrote:
94 points
Deep dark purple in color. Thick, lasting legs. Initially the nose was subdued and smelled of candle wax; however after an hour, it's morphed into a big, expressive wine. Distinct notes of chocolate, tobacco, cassis, espresso, and blue berries. On the palate the finish is long; easily lingering for 60 seconds (wonderful). Medium tannins, with medium viscosity, and distinct oak finish. You can almost taste terroir here; reminds me of Oakville. This wine has changed tremendously since the last bottle I had a year or two ago. Still tons of time left in this wine. Great value...wish I had more.
White
3/18/2014 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
94 points
I couldn't agree more with the review from mattmauldin; crisp, rich, and a beautiful finish. On the nose, notes of citrus, honeydew, and honey. After 2 hours of breathing this wine got better and better with each sniff and taste. The wine still seems to have quite a bit of life in it, but it's excellent right now.
Red
1998 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/15/2014 - kerv22 wrote:
92 points
Excellent bottle. Starting to get the taste of age to it. I'm sure you could get a few more years out of it, however it's drinking very well now.
Red
1/24/2014 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
91 points
Long Vineyards cabs have always been among my favorites and this bottle was no disappointment. After about an hour of sitting open, dark garnet in color with subtle notes of dark berries, tobacco, and pencil wood. Well balanced, low acidity, and a medium finish. The wine is drinking well right now and would probably still be nice in the next year or two.
Red
11/2/2013 - kerv22 wrote:
87 points
Very light and smooth, but really nothing else remaining on this one. A lack of fruit all the way around leaves you unfulfilled. I love Long Vineyards, but I think this one is past it's prime. Oddly enough though, it's slightly better the next morning.
Red
11/2/2013 - kerv22 wrote:
93 points
Excellent. Big inky wine with loads of fruit. Very impressive at this price point.
White - Sparkling
11/2/2013 - kerv22 wrote:
91 points
Light, delicate and crisp with small vibrant bubbles. Notes of citrus and apple. This one has certainly gotten better with age.
Red
10/19/2013 - kerv22 wrote:
95 points
Beautiful wine. Dark inky color, complex, with loads of fruit. Very tannic still. Needs much more time in the bottle.
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White
9/23/2013 - kerv22 wrote:
92 points
Beautiful semi-buttery wine. Full mouth feel. Drank very well with crab cakes and arugula salad.
White
9/15/2013 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
93 points
Notes of butterscotch, citrus, and flowers on the nose. On the palate, it's crisp like a Sauvignon Blanc, however full bodied and buttery like a great Chardonnay. The finish is long; very impressive for a white. Lower acidity levels lend this one to drinking solo without food. The wine opens up after about an hour, but its also great immediately after pulling the cork. Nonetheless, this is one of the most enjoyable whites I've had in a very long time. I look forward to the next bottle.
Red
6/8/2013 - kerv22 wrote:
94 points
Dark garnet color with a 1/8" opaque rim; wine was fragrant on opening, but a little bit flat. We decanted and let sit for an hour. Upon return the Newton popped with bouquet. Subtle earthy/vegetative notes mixed with sweet and spicy licorice, plum, leather, graphite, and crushed dark berries. Very sparse slow thin legs. In the mouth all is very well balanced; we paired with a simple burger and it was excellent both during and after dinner. Finish leaves a earthy,fruity, napa flavor in your mouth for easily one minute (I timed it). Definitely tastes and smells old, but I find it magnificent that it has retained this much fruit. I'd call this a fabulous wine that still has more bottle life to it (if your cork holds.... Mine had about 1/16" until soaked thru); however, I think you should probably drink it within the next 2-3 years. Excellent wine.
Red
5/28/2013 - kerv22 wrote:
88 points
- Brick color - Right out of the bottle the Bin 128 was subdued and lackluster; however, after an hour of breathing the wine became quite impressive (in comparison to an hour before). Dark ruby in color with a thin clear rim. Slight fruit bouquet with a touch of pencil/graphite smell....honestly that's a reach though. It smells like it has a little age to it which I really like. We paired it with a ribeye and it was quite pleasurable. In the mouth it's well balanced with a bit of fruit from the beginning to end. Honestly it was much better with food than on its own after dinner. I'd drink now or within the next year.
Red
3/8/2013 - kerv22 wrote:
92 points
Dark garnet to dark ruby in color. On the nose, subtle notes of dark berries, cassis, and perhaps a little tobacco. The legs are long, thin, and quick to form. Tannins are still hanging around to balance this wine to near perfection. Finish times out between 40-50 seconds. This wine has held up remarkably well and could easily make it another 3 or so years. Beautiful and only getting nicer over the last hour of breathing.
Red
2/24/2013 - kerv22 wrote:
89 points
We opened this bottle last night with dinner; definitely not a bad wine. I was amazed that the cork was in amazing shape..1/8" of bleed through up the cork. Nonetheless, out of 5 wine geeks we all assessed that it was very good (we expected it to be bad). It had a medium garnet color, slightly earthy, jammy, dark berries...all with a slight amount of French funk. Very nice wine, but at its end. Drink now if you have a bottle.
Red
2/15/2013 - kerv22 Likes this wine:
92 points
- Brick color. It's somewhat balanced with a medium body. Narrow texture with a medium finish - Dark garnet with a thin clear edge; very earthy/musty

(ie French smelling funk...yumm), notes of tobacco, cassis, pencil shavings, and almost a slight hint of floral smell. Still a touch of tannins on the mid pallet. I would've expected that to be gone by now. Very nice wine. It started off a bit harsh and acidic; however paired with a peppercorn and espresso encrusted filet mignon, the balance was perfect. The after dinner with about two hours of decanting the wine has really opened up. This is a beautiful wine, it just took a while. I'd suspect that its near the end of its life, but based on the balance its carrying right now you may be able to sneak another year or so out of it.
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Red
12/31/2012 - kerv22 wrote:
92 points
- Brick color with medium forming legs and aromas of black currant and blackberry. It's in total harmony with a full body. Polished texture with a medium finish - Awesome bottle. Still has lots of life in it.
Red
12/31/2012 - kerv22 wrote:
85 points
- Medium forming legs with a light/medium body. Silky texture with a short finish - Bottle was past its prime; jammy plum flavors, yet overall flat in the mouth. Slightly acidic as if its begun the conversion to vinegar. It's drinkable if your hard up, but not something to be excited about.
Red
8/31/2011 - kerv22 wrote:
90 points
Allowed to breath for about an hour before trying to a full glass. This is a respectable wine at this price point; dark ruby color with notes of dark fruits, a touch of spiciness, and perhaps even some tobacco and plum. As others have said below, the palate is concentrated with dark berry fruits and a spicy character; however, the finish still has quite a bite to it. Even after several hours the tannins were a bit much for my liking. On the contrary though, it did pair well with a bold beef stew that helped mellow out some of the mouth feel (there was a glass of it in the stew! yum). I think this wine has many more years left and I probably won't even open another bottle for a year or two.
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