Tasting Notes for eric@cwm

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Red
12/31/2018 - eric@cwm wrote:
93 points
Opened on New Year’s Eve with slow cooked rib roast. Super aromatic with notes of blueberry, anise, and sweet tobacco. On the palate, the wine is defined by firm tannins and ultra-concentrated dark bramble fruit. Classic Serralunga power. Finishes long and sweet. Drink now through 2029.
Red
2015 Lamole di Lamole Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
12/28/2018 - eric@cwm wrote:
91 points
Beautiful and expressive. Aromas of olive, rosemary and plum reveal a quintessential Tuscan sense of place. On the palate, tart dark cherry and leather. Great lift on the finish with a backbone of minerality. Drink over the next few years.
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Red
2014 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
12/27/2018 - eric@cwm Likes this wine:
91 points
Menthol and blackberry jam aromas give way to umami and spice on the palate. This is salty, bitter and savory all at once. Just enough sweet fruit and juicy acidity to keep everything together. Perfect for a tapas crawl in San Sebastián.
Red
12/25/2018 - eric@cwm Likes this wine:
95 points
Full bodied and layered with dark cherry, anise and minerals. I love the way the oak melts away as it finishes revealing a surprising, more subtle and nuanced version of itself. Really good stuff.
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Red
2014 La Gravette de Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/8/2018 - eric@cwm Likes this wine:
93 points
A fantastic Gravette de Certan filled with ripe and juicy blue and black fruits. This really opened up after an hour, showing off the purity and focus that one comes to expect from this estate. Beautiful depth and length. Over-delivers at this price. Drink through 2023.
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Red
6/22/2018 - eric@cwm Likes this wine:
93 points
Sweet spot. Well made for the vintage. Bright and textured. Packed with red fruits and wild berry. Soft tannins. Drink 2018-2028.
Red
9/24/2017 - eric@cwm wrote:
93 points
Love this. So balanced and bright. Packed with mixed red fruit and mineral.
Red
2011 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/22/2017 - eric@cwm Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking great after 30 minutes. Full bodied but not heavy. Classic perfumed aromas. Layers of spice, anise, and black cherry and currant. A very good showing for the vintage.
Red
1/19/2017 - eric@cwm wrote:
88 points
Backward. Has potential with another year in bottle. Some explosive red and black currant and blackberry fruit, as well as graphite and licorice. However, the tannins are overpowering at this stage. Revisit in 2018.
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Red
1986 Inglenook Vineyards Reunion Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/16/2016 - eric@cwm wrote:
93 points
This was a complete surprise. It's color implied a much younger wine. Fresh strawberry and raspberry aromas. On the palate, cherry, cassis and cedar framed by beautiful acidity. Nicely balanced and very much alive. Shows its pedigree. Seems to fade in the glass a bit but it was a real pleasure to drink. Drink now.
Red
2009 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/14/2016 - eric@cwm wrote:
97 points
A potential classic in the works. Big and broad, with soft layers of black currant, soy and graphite. Some aggressive swirling revealed more freshness and beautiful red fruit. This is one of the most fascinating versions of Dominus I've had in terms of guessing at its potential. Drink in 2020 and it may be a candidate for a perfect score. I recently spent time with Christian Moieux who said that he often decants Dominus for 10 hours. He may be onto something, as this bottle seemed to need it. +++
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Red
4/23/2016 - eric@cwm wrote:
93 points
This really opened up in the glass to display a beautiful expression of Margaux. Expressive floral and red fruit aromatics, and loads of fruit and earth on the palate. Such a great example of the vintage and appellation. ++
Red
1/27/2016 - eric@cwm wrote:
93 points
A powerhouse. Still wrapped up in a blanket of firm tannins, this is only just starting to reveal dense, dark berry fruit with layers of licorice, kirsch, and creme de cassis. The finish is savory. Tons of grip. Drink until 2021.
Red
11/26/2015 - eric@cwm wrote:
Full and layered with strawberry, black cherry iron and spicecake, backed by soft tannins. Still has a lot of grip. Drink over the next few years. A nice, complex showing. Has aged well. ++
Red
2006 Château Bernadotte Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/30/2014 - eric@cwm wrote:
88 points
Bold notes of dark chocolate and cherry liquor. Big, dense and juicy on the palate, with dark cherry, blackberry, cocoa and nutmeg. Drinking well now. Nice value. +
Red
1975 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/19/2014 - eric@cwm wrote:
94 points
Very dark opaque color. Very powerful aromas of plum, rhubarb and graphite. Firm tannins with bracing acidity. Flavors of graphite, soy, spice and plum. This drinks like an exotic cocktail. This has at least a few years left on it. Outstanding. ++
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Red
4/26/2014 - eric@cwm wrote:
96 points
Showing a very youthful dark garnet color, with only slight thinning around the edges. Explosive aromas of dark cherry, cocoa, and spice. This looks and tastes like a wine half its age. Juicy black cherry on the palate gives way to layers of ginger, cocoa and spice. This has broad tannic structure, but mostly integrated. Many years left. It is a revelation. Reminds me of a much younger Dominus.
Red
1986 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/26/2014 - eric@cwm wrote:
Decanted for one hour. Expressive raspberry and cherry aromas.
Red
1999 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/26/2014 - eric@cwm wrote:
Meaty aromas. Not showing much right now. Revisit this in 3-5 years ago.
Red
1978 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/26/2014 - eric@cwm wrote:
93 points
Still opaque with brick edges. Smoke and scorched earth and black licorice aromas. This is really great to swirl and sniff. Earth, licorice, blackberry and herbs. There is an elegance to this wine, and a freshness. Very long finish.
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White
4/19/2014 - eric@cwm wrote:
Very balanced, with notes of lemon cream, apple, butter and nutmeg. Medium-bodied with bright acidity. Drink through 2016. Excellent with smoked salmon.
Red
4/19/2014 - eric@cwm wrote:
89 points
This took 30 minutes to open up. A rich style, the oak somewhat overtakes the other characteristics. Dark red fruits and spice on the palate. Overall, it is a tasty effort. Paired well with grilled Berkshire pork chop.
Red
3/29/2014 - eric@cwm wrote:
flawed
A disappointing bottle. I won't devote much time here as I believe the bottle was slightly flawed. This was very tart and wasn't showing any of the complex components typical of Tondonia GR. Very linear and acidic. I've had other bottles of the vintage that would indicate that it should drink well until 2030.
Red
3/29/2014 - eric@cwm Likes this wine:
92 points
This has a brilliant life ahead of it. For now, it is a fresh and long wine, with cherry liquor and chocolate aromas leading to chocolate, espresso, cherry and herbs on the palate. Incredibly refined and cohesive now, but this will really shine in 8-10 years. A classic Unico that is approachable young!
Red
1993 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/29/2014 - eric@cwm wrote:
93 points
Big and bold. This evolved over the course of two hours, ultimately showing incredible scorched earth and licorice. Good balance. It's a blockbuster wine and should drink well for the next decade.
Red
1999 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/29/2014 - eric@cwm Likes this wine:
95 points
The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc components really shine here. Dried cherry, licorice, leather and spice aromas and flavors mingle lively. This still has some undeveloped tannin structure, and should age nicely for another 10-20 years. A beautiful wine. Opened for 1 hour before tasting.
Red
2000 Amiral de Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/28/2014 - eric@cwm wrote:
92 points
This showed really excellent balance and structure. Layers of cassis, blueberry, tobacco and a touch of vanilla. There is a really nice texture to this, and the fruit was singing. Moderately long finish. This bottle delivered a lot more than I expected from this label. It is a real testament to the vintage. It will appeal for sure to those who love classic, traditional St. Julien. It's in a sweet spot now, and should drink well over the next 5-10 years.
Red
8/31/2013 - eric@cwm wrote:
90 points
An excellent structured Dolcetto. This should continue to drink nicely over the next 5 years.
Rosé - Sparkling
8/16/2013 - eric@cwm wrote:
92 points
The most bone-dry Champagne I've ever had. Fruit very closed down. Very small intense bubbles. Very, very long finish. Wait on it if you can as it should drink very well over the next 5-15 years.
Red
8/10/2013 - eric@cwm wrote:
94 points
Thinning out a bit but otherwise spectacular.
Red
8/9/2013 - eric@cwm wrote:
91 points
Wow still kicking. Completely surprised me. Good fruit, texture, acidity and a pretty minerality.
Red
1/26/2013 - eric@cwm wrote:
98 points
Pure red fruit, super long and a ton of elegance. Decanted for an hour and absolutely beautiful. One of the best wines I have tasted from this great vintage. Wish I had another bottle to open in 12 months.
Red
2001 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/31/2012 - eric@cwm wrote:
93 points
Outstanding, classic Pauillac character. This has improved considerably over the past 3 years. I would like to see a bit more fruit out of this, and would decant the next bottle. On par, very balanced and enjoyable, with nice weight, dark berry, tobacco, cigar box and soft tannins.
Red
1985 Château Lafleur Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/1/2012 - eric@cwm wrote:
97 points
An absolutely beautiful, powerful wine, still showing a deep garnet color. This exhibited aromas of figs, blackberries, licorice and leather. At the start, it reminded me of great Merlot from Italy - almost more like Masseto than Pomerol. After a few minutes in the glass, a dark cherry and mineral character took over. On the palate, it showed tremendous lift for a wine with this much weight. Layers of black and red fruit, figs, licorice and plum all follow through to an extremely long finish. There is something intriguing about this wine that made me want to hold the glass up to my nose again and again. Outstanding.
Red
7/22/2012 - eric@cwm wrote:
94 points
Outstanding. Almost seamless. This is showing great purity at this point with loads of dark black cherry fruit, stone and layers of baking spice. Great acidity (much brighter than most other wines tasted from this vintage). Near-perfect balance. If this wine is going to get better, look out! It should drink at least this good over the next 5-7 years. One of the top Oregon Pinots I have ever tasted.
Red
7/21/2012 - eric@cwm wrote:
91 points
This is very alive and far better than a previous bottle opened a few months ago. Has a nose reminiscent of sweet sherry. There is a lot of fruit here. Cherry, fig, clove and stone flavors all come out in layers. Good medium weight, and nice length on the finish. Fill level was very good. Dark, caramel color.
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Red
6/2/2012 - eric@cwm wrote:
94 points
Very pure dark fruit. Tons of stone on the finish. In a great spot right now. Classic Cahors Malbec.
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Red
4/7/2012 - eric@cwm wrote:
94 points
Super dark color with a bit of brown tint. Aromas of tar, blackberry, clove and black peppercorn. A little closed aromatically right now. On the palate, this appears to be entering its sweet spot. Tar and dark berry fruit coats the mouth and it has well-integrated, chalky tannins. This is more elegant than most Aglianico, which is typically more dense and chewy. It finishes long and pure, with a great mineral character, and fruit that holds on until the very end. I'd love to revisit this in 2 or 3 years. It should be singing.
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Red
3/31/2012 - eric@cwm wrote:
97 points
Very dark black color. From a frosted bottle. Incredible nose of sweet oak, quince, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cherry. This is very Bordeaux-like. Reminds me of Pomerol. I could smell this wine all day. On the palate the sweet oak frames tons of dark berry fruit, cigar box, plum and fig. Incredibly balanced. Very fine tannins and bright acidity. This is the best Vega I've ever had. It should drive in well for 3 decades and offers plenty of reward if you want to pop it open now.
Red
2/21/2012 - eric@cwm wrote:
89 points
Nice dark cherry fruit, cola, and a little spice. It is a nice wine, if a bit one-dimensional. While this was enjoyable, I don't believe it has much life left on it. I've come to expect more from top Oregon Pinot Noir.
White
2/21/2012 - eric@cwm wrote:
79 points
This was entirely lacking fruit and is really just a mountain of oak now. I would be surprised if there is much bottle variation with this vintage. It appears to be completely shot.
Red
2/10/2012 - eric@cwm wrote:
91 points
It has often been said that if Piedmont had a Grand Cru classification similar to Burgundy, the Cannubi vineyard – which covers a total of 15 hectares in the municipality of Barolo – would surely be considered one of the few true Grand Cru vineyards in Barolo. The Cannubi cru is one of the oldest in Italy, and the oldest known bottle in existence with Cannubi on the label is dated 1752. This 2004 edition continues a long line of delicious wines I've tasted from the vineyard. Damilano now makes more than 60% of the Barolo from this vineyard, so it makes sense to use this wine as the real measuring stick for all wines from Cannubi. We had this in the decanter for an hour and then back into the bottle for another hour before tasting. It had a really pretty medium red color, and pretty aromas of blackberry, mineral and licorice. The licorice turned more menthol as I swirled this in the glass. It is a beautiful wine to smell! On the palate, the tannins were fine grained and a bit dominating, but not so much that the fruit couldn't leap out of the glass. This has some great cherry pit and plum flavors. It is long and polished, and it should fully come together over the next year or two. Overall, this is a Barolo of medium body and good structure. There is a lot to like here, and it should remain a beautiful wine for the next 7-10 years at least.
Red
2/10/2012 - eric@cwm wrote:
92 points
This is very well-priced blockbuster Sagrantino. Colpetrone is one of the most important wine producers in the Montefalco DOCG area and the tannin-rich Sagrantino grape is one of the most ancient varieties in Italy. This is strong and concentrated with an almost impenetrable ruby color, and an intense, ample perfume of wild berries and espresso. Red and black fruit, spices and vanilla really explode on the palate here, but it is the big, broad tannins that stand out most; this wine begs to be paired with food. It's a steak wine. This is just so big and structured, it should drink well for the next decade or more if the fruit can hold on. Even if it doesn't, this is a treat over the next few years. It has both a rustic charm and a big modern forward character.
Red
2/10/2012 - eric@cwm wrote:
93 points
Fossacolle is a little family run estate owned by Sergio Marchetti. Along with this family, they take care of all the viticultural tasks throughout the tiny five acre vineyards and Marchetti's son-in-law, Adriano Bambagioni, is the winemaker. They literally consider the vineyard just an extension of their family garden! The small estate sits in a little Village called Tavernelle, in the south of Montalcino, where the vines are influenced by the sun and breezes from the Maremma coast to the west. This was the first real experiment of the night, because I hadn't tasted too much 2004 Brunello over the past year, opting to let this vintage evolve a bit more in the bottle, and instead enjoy the more pretty and approachable wines from 2005 and 2006 After about two hours in a decanter, this wine started singing. Fine tannins were present but starting to give way to flavors of cherry and cranberry fruit and wild mushroom. This is a very focused and polished wine, especially considering its young age, and is both powerful and elegant. This wine was aged for a year each in large oak casks, smaller barrique and concrete tank, and I think the balanced method has created a wine that is very well integrated and put together. This seems to be entering a sweet spot, and it should stay there and continue to get better over the next 5 to 10 years. The tannins are already very fine and polished. This may turn out to be one of the best surprises of the vintage.
White
2/8/2012 - eric@cwm wrote:
92 points
Excellent richness and a touch of wax and honey, reminiscent of a good Graves or a Condrieu with slightly less sweetness and honey. Very balanced. One of the best CDP Blanc values I've had. This should drink well over the next 5 years and I expect it to put on a little weight and texture over time.
Red
10/8/2011 - eric@cwm wrote:
90 points
This was opened and left to breathe in bottle for one hour. Very dark color. Aromas of cherry jump out of the glass with some leather notes hanging in the background. The Cabernet is very forward right now, and although production indicate otherwise, this tastes like it has some Sangiovese. It is unmistakably Italian. It shows flavors of dark berries, leather, cedar, and truffles with a backbone of minerality. This was paired with red wine braised short ribs, and it was not a very good pairing. This came as a surprise given how food-friendly this wine typically is. Needs a little more time. Probably best after 2012.
Red
8/21/2011 - eric@cwm wrote:
85 points
Possibly a flawed bottle. Tasted a bit jumbled, with some very strange herbal components. Wasn't the worst bottle of Amarone I've ever had, but I expect better from this producer
Red
8/1/2011 - eric@cwm wrote:
96 points
Very good fill level. Very dark burgundy color with only hints of brick around the edges. Very ripe fruit aromas with a bit of menthol. Tons of fruit on the palate with plum, strawberry, and blueberry in the foreground. Develops some floral and tea character in the glass. This is a really youthful, fruit-forward wine with great acidity and balance that should continue to drink well for at least another decade. This is like a Lamborghini 350 GT from the same year: muscular and austere on an elegant frame. Much more fruit than '66 Montrose but the same elegance and opulence.
Red
6/4/2011 - eric@cwm wrote:
91 points
Dark purple color. Almost Pinot-like aromas with a salty meat component. Fresh black cherry on the palate. Probably doesn't have the acidity to last another 10 years, but this is in a nice sweet spot right now.
Red
1966 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/30/2011 - eric@cwm wrote:
95 points
Opulent aromas of black cherry, cedar and rose petal lead to rich wild berry flavors with secondary floral favors of tea and tar. This has an incredible forest floor and scorched earth character to it. It is still a rich wine, with nice acidity and big, rich tannins. Lots of life left on it.
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