Tasting Notes for tbabes

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White - Sparkling
8/11/2020 - tbabes wrote:
95 points
Notes of crushed seashell, cut apple; with air scents of toasted brioche. Quite crisp, structured, and tightly coiled, but with undeniable potential. Great depth and balance; perfectly delineated on the long finish. The '04 Krug evolved and improved considerably over the course of dinner (2 hours) which bodes well for long-term ageing. Should be chasing perfection circa 2030!
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Red
8/11/2020 - tbabes wrote:
97 points
The fill was top shoulder and the cork was soaked through, but sound. Opened an hour before dinner, no decant. Medium garnet turning to blood red at the rim. An expressive and complex boquet, with notes of dried plums, cedary casis, violets, roasted fennel, forest floor, and hints of tobacco leaf. Medium bodied, velvety texture, excellent delineation, impeccable balance, great depth, and a long, fresh and savory finish. Not a blockbuster or particularly powerful wine, this was regal and refined.

My first experience with the '90 Mouton, and I disagree strongly with Parker et al who have pilloried this wine over the years. For my taste, this bottle was equal to the '85 Mouton, and superior to the '88 and '94, all tasted within the last six months. The '90 seems to be at peak maturity, where I'm optimistic it will remain for another 10 years.
Red
8/8/2020 - tbabes wrote:
91 points
Vinous learn tasting with Antonio Galloni and Russel Bevan. Notes of black cherry, coffee, spice box, vanilla, and earth. Full bodied, waves of fleshy, jammy, ripe fruit, coffee flavors again; very modern in style. A bit out of balance for my tastes.
Red
8/8/2020 - tbabes wrote:
93 points
Vinous learn tasting with Antonio Galloni. Popped and poured for the tasting, and consumed the rest of the bottle that evening with dinner. Dark purple core, with heady notes of chocolate covered cherry, cassis, hints of tobacco, spice box, and earth. Medium to full bodied, fleshy texture, ripe tannins, and a long finish. Not as enjoyable as the Rhadamanthus.
Red
8/8/2020 - tbabes wrote:
99 points
Vinous tasting with Antonio and Nigel. Double decanted four hours before the tasting, and then consumed the remainder of the bottle with dinner. A mesmerizing bouquet, with notes of blackberry, briar patch, crushed stone, dried violets; hints of roasted fennel, and star anise. Medium bodied, with great concentration and layers of flavor; light on its feet for such a powerful and intense wine! Silky texture, good acidity, ripe but noticeable tannins. Well balanced and I dare say elegant for a young Diamond Mountain Cabernet. Long, focused, and incredibly well delineated finish. My favorite 2016 Napa tasted to date.

Nigel mentioned there were actually 4 barrels (from The old Reverie vineyard) but they only bottled two and sold the other two barrels in bulk, as they had to pay the bills! An amazing wine that will be very difficult and expensive to find on the open market! Should be fascinating to follow over the next twenty years.
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Red
2000 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/4/2020 - tbabes wrote:
94 points
Slow ox for an hour before service. Deep garnet with no bricking. Outgoing bouquet, with notes of cassis, dried plums, leather, black truffle, and spice box. Medium bodied, ripe and slightly rustic tannin, good structure and depth, and a long and focused finish. Good stuff indeed!
White - Sparkling
8/1/2020 - tbabes wrote:
94 points
Notes of brioche, toasted almonds, cut apples, hints of spice and herbs. Medium bodied, round texture, good freshness and acidity, long and structured finish.
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Rosé - Sparkling
8/1/2020 - tbabes wrote:
95 points
Notes of strawberry, brioche, hints of roasted nuts. A bit rounder and juicer on the palate than the “regular” Krug NV that we had with the preceding course. Went perfectly with the beef tartare, and also the grits and escargot.
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Red
8/1/2020 - tbabes wrote:
97 points
The fill was top shoulder and the cork was soaked through but sound. Slow ox for an hour before service, served in Grassl 1855’s. A very deep garnet core, turning to blood red at the rim. A complex and extroverted bouquet, with classic scents of dried plum, black truffle, forest floor, cigar box, and hints of flowers. Medium bodied, with a velvety texture, great depth and balance, classic structure, and a long and complex finish. Fully mature, but has not slipped at all since I lasted opened a bottle in 2008. I suspect this particular bottle would easily last another 10+ years!
Red
7/25/2020 - tbabes wrote:
94 points
Vinous Learn Howell Mountain with Antonio Galloni. Opened an hour before service. Purple core with no signs of age. Notes of black cherry, mocha, spice box, lavender, crushed stones and earth. Medium to full bodied, ripe and silky tannins, with a long and savory finish.
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Red
7/20/2020 - tbabes wrote:
90 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was sound; popped and poured. Notes of black cherry, cassis, anise, and earth. Medium bodied, ripe tannins, decent finish.
Red
2000 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/18/2020 - tbabes wrote:
93 points
Popped and poured. Medium garnet with no bricking. Notes of blackberry, roasted fennel, hints of star anise, earth, black truffle, and earth. Medium bodied, ripe tannins, velvety texture, and a long and savory finish. Impressive
Red
7/18/2020 - tbabes wrote:
93 points
Popped and poured. Notes of fresh strawberry, briar patch, hints of cranberry. Medium bodied, with impressive depth, balance, good freshness, long and savory finish.
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White - Sparkling
7/18/2020 - tbabes wrote:
90 points
Good QPR at $29. Notes of crisp white fruits, hints of honeysuckle and toast. Medium bodied, good concentration, fresh, a bit sweeter on the finish than I was expecting.
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Rosé - Sparkling
7/18/2020 - tbabes wrote:
95 points
Beautiful aromas of strawberry, rose petal, hints of toasted brioche and nuts. Medium bodied, creamy texture, good grip, impressive balance and length.
Red
7/10/2020 - tbabes wrote:
95 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was pristine; popped, poured and consumed over the course of several hours with dinner. Deep garnet with some bricking. Classic and noble bouquet, with initial notes of stewed plums evolving to include walnuts, black truffle, cigar box, roasted herbs, and hints of sous bois. Medium bodied, with a classic profile, dusty tannins, great depth and balance, with a long and savory finish.
Red
7/9/2020 - tbabes wrote:
96 points
Fill was into the neck and the cork was pristine; popped, poured and consumed over the course of three hours with dinner. Medium garnet with a hint of bricking. Complex and lively bouquet, with notes of blackberry, bramble, dried plums, violets, black truffle, roasted herbs, and forest floor. Medium bodied, with great depth, balance and length; classic structure, ripe tannins, and a long, savory finish. Another great showing for the ‘95 Pichon Lalande!
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Red
7/3/2020 - tbabes wrote:
96 points
Made in a modern, hedonistic and fruit forward style, with notes of black currants, black cherry, vanilla, with hints of chocolate and violets. Medium to full bodied, with highly extracted flavors, high glycerin, but amazing purity of fruit. Chewy and ripe tannins, with a long and heady finish. For lovers of this style, you will probably enjoy even more than I did. I won’t be purchasing this wine for my own cellar, but can respect and admire this beauty for what it is.

Vinous Napa Learn Tasting with Antonio Galloni, Yountville
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Red
7/3/2020 - tbabes wrote:
98 points
Much more refined and old world in style compared to the ‘09 Dominus and Blankiett. Notes of cedary black fruits, violets, black truffle, briar patch; hints of crushed stone and sautéed mushroom. Medium bodied, with an incredible sense of expansiveness, flavorful, but without being so ponderous and heavy as many of its Napa peers. Great depth, delineation and focus on the long and complex finish. Will certainly evolve and improve for many years to come. Bravo!

Vinous Napa Learn Tasting with Antonio Galloni, Yountville
Red
2009 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/3/2020 - tbabes wrote:
94 points
Notes of cassis, black cherry, mocha, and spice box. Medium bodied, ripe tannins, round texture, with good depth; almost elegant for a top flight Napa Cab. Long finish, prime drinking window.

Vinous Napa Learn Tasting with Antonio Galloni, Yountville
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White - Sparkling
7/8/2020 - tbabes wrote:
90 points
Pleasant enough, especially at $27. Notes of crisp white fruits, with hints of brioche and crushed shell. Medium bodied, round texture, good acidity, refreshing finish.
Red
1995 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/6/2020 - tbabes wrote:
96 points
Fill was into the neck and the cork was pristine; slow ox for three hours prior to dinner, then followed over the course of the evening. Deep garnet with a hint of bricking. Complex and extroverted bouquet, with heady notes of dried plums, blackberry, bramble, black truffle, with hints of cigar box. Medium bodied, classic profile, structured, with great depth and balance. The 1995 vintage character shines through, which for my tastes, is quite the compliment!
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Red - Fortified
7/6/2020 - tbabes wrote:
99 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was sound; consumed over the course of 4 hours. A translucent tawny color, clear and lively. A complex outgoing bouquet, with scents of fruitcake, baking spices, caramelized brown sugar, plums; hints of chocolate and flower. Rich, round and balanced, with warm fruits, incredible depth, and a long finish. A regal vintage port that is at the absolute peak of perfection!
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Red
6/30/2020 - tbabes wrote:
92 points
Purple core with no signs of age. A bit more jammy in character than the ‘14 Arrowhead vineyard, with notes of ripe black cherry, cassis, and hints of dark chocolate. Highly extracted in style, full bodied, with a creamy texture, noticeable tannins, and a long finish.
Red
6/28/2020 - tbabes wrote:
92 points
Youthful purple core, with notes of black cherry, mocha, ripe plums, with hints of spice box. Medium to full bodied, powerful, highly concentrated, impressive structure and delineation. Great stag’s leap character.
Red
6/28/2020 - tbabes wrote:
96 points
The fill was into the neck and cork was pristine; PnP and consumed over course of two hours with dinner. Deep garnet with some bricking at the rim. Extroverted and complex bouquet, with notes of cedar cassis, dried plums, black truffle, roasted fennel, briar patch and hints of earth and crushed stones. Medium bodied, velvety texture, good depth and grip, with a long and savory finish. The 96 GPL never fails to deliver the goods!
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Red
6/24/2020 - tbabes wrote:
92 points
Fill was into the neck, popped and poured, consumed over three hours. Notes of weedy black currants, dried plums, black truffle, briar patch; hints of earth. Medium bodied, classic structure, good depth and balance, nice grip and focus, with a long and savory finish.
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Red
6/21/2020 - tbabes wrote:
97 points
A healthy purple core, and seemed to fit right in the middle of the ‘17 S.L.V. and the ‘15 HSS, not just in terms of appearance, but in weight and style. Outgoing and complex bouquet, with notes of cassis, blackberry, blueberry; hints of tree bark, roasted fennel, crushed stone and earth. Medium to full bodied, with good balance and depth, ripe tannins, good delineation, good structure and grip; long, complex and savory finish. This was my favorite wine of the evening, and will no doubt evolve and improve over the next handful of years. Vinous Learn Stag’s Leap tasting with Antonio Galloni. I was surprised that Antonio found this a bit over extracted - I did not - and that he found the ‘15 HSS more approachable. Fascinating tasting!
Red
6/21/2020 - tbabes wrote:
95 points
Purple-black core, opaque and viscous. After some time in the glass, powerful notes of baked plums, cassis, blackberry, anise, and hints of mocha, tree bark and spice. The next evening, notes of crushed stones and briar patch. Full bodied, massive, and unctuous, with layers and layers of fruit, ripe tannins, great depth; this wine clearly goes to 11. Long and teeth staining finish. Clearly a remarkable wine, but at this point, seems a bit too extracted and overdone for my taste. No doubting the quality level though, hold for at least 5 years. Vinous Learn Stag’s Leap tasting with Antonio Galloni.
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Red
6/21/2020 - tbabes wrote:
94 points
Purple core, with no signs of age. Notes of blackberry, cassis, plums, with hints of lavender and spice. Medium bodied, expansive, good balance and depth. Long and savory finish. Vinous Learn Stag’s Leap session with Antonio Galloni.
Red
1995 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/18/2020 - tbabes wrote:
95 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was pristine; opened an hour before dinner (no decant) and consumed over the course of 3 hours. Deep garnet, with an extroverted and complex bouquet, offering up scents of dried plums, cassis, campfire, earth and hints of black truffle. Made in a classic / traditional style, medium bodied, great depth, focus and balance, with a long and savory finish. Drinking wonderfully at present!
Red
6/17/2020 - tbabes wrote:
90 points
Popped, poured and consumed over the course of dinner. Notes of raspberry and bing cherry; hints of earth and crushed rocks. Good balance and grip, although Lacking a bit in terms of freshness and depth compared to the ‘16 Lutum Sanford & Benedict.
Red
6/14/2020 - tbabes wrote:
92 points
Popped and poured into Grassl Cru stems. Notes of bing cherry, Raspberry, sous bois, and mushroom. Light to medium bodied, high toned, excellent balance, good freshness, with a hint of mineral on the finish. For Pinot Noir, this is good stuff indeed!
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Red
6/12/2020 - tbabes wrote:
89 points
Popped and poured. Murky purple core, with notes of black cherry, blackberry, vanilla; jammy, with some hints of sur maturite. Medium bodied, more jammy fruits, hints of prune, a bit out of balance, lacking freshness and focus on the finish. Ridiculously heavy bottle!
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Red
2000 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/10/2020 - tbabes wrote:
95 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was pristine; double decanted 1.5 hours before dinner. Threw a healthy amount of sediment. Deep garnet, with notes of dried plums, campfire, roasted fennel, and black truffle. Medium bodied, silky tannins, impressive depth, great balance, and a long and complex finish. Drinking wonderfully at present; I suspect this is fully mature, but will remain at this plateau for at least another 10 years.
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White - Sparkling
6/7/2020 - tbabes wrote:
94 points
Notes of crisp white fruits, flower, brioche, oyster. Medium bodied, with bracing acidity, good balance and depth, and a long finish. Just hinting at what this has to offer at present, I need to keep my hands off this until 2022 at the earliest!
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Red
2003 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/7/2020 - tbabes wrote:
88 points
Double decanted an hour before dinner, fill was into the neck and the cork pristine. Murky purple core turning towards garnet at the rim. Notes of black cherry, mocha, balsamic, and hints of smoke. Medium to full bodied, viscous, round texture, but lacking in freshness, delineation, and balance.
Red
6/3/2020 - tbabes wrote:
88 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was pristine; popped and poured into Grassl 1855 stems and consumed over the next two hours with dinner. Deep garnet with some bricking. Notes of jammy and bruised black fruits, a hint of soy, with some overdone notes that didn’t blow off. Medium to full bodied, round texture, a bit unfocused and a touch of heat on the finish. This bottle was several years past it’s best. I bought 4 bottles from the original owner, and they look in perfect condition, but this was disappointing.
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Red
5/30/2020 - tbabes wrote:
91 points
Popped, poured and consumed over the course of three hours; Grassl Cru stems. Purple-ruby core, with notes of bing cherry, cranberry; hints of mushroom and sous bois. Medium bodied, good depth and balance, with firm structure and good delineation on the long finish.
Red
5/30/2020 - tbabes wrote:
96 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was sound; double decanted an hour before dinner, and served in Grassl 1855 stems. Purple core, turning towards garnet at the rim. Notes of cassis, ripe plums, blackberry, forrest floor, graphite, crushed stone, and hints of roasted herbs. Medium bodied, rich, ripe and velvety tannins, but great balance, depth, and grip; long and well delineated finish. The 2000 Château Léoville Poyferré has evolved and improved considerably over the last decade, and promises even more delights in the years to come!
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Red
5/25/2020 - tbabes wrote:
90 points
Popped and poured into Grassl Cru stems. Notes of cranberry, cherry, strawberry, forrest floor. Medium bodied, ripe but tart fruit flavors, good depth and precision.
Red
5/24/2020 - tbabes wrote:
93 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was pristine. Popped and poured into Grassl 1855’s and consumed over dinner. Notes of cassis, blackberry, plums, hints of earth and spice box. Quite elegant on the palate, very balanced, and not overpowering...right up my alley! Good depth, silky texture, and a long finish. Not a blockbuster (a good thing in my book) and went exceptionally well with the steak.
Red
5/24/2020 - tbabes wrote:
64 points
Both bottles were DOA. Purchased 4 bottles at winebid auction, all had fills into the neck and sound corks. But all bottles have been completely shot and undrinkable. This was probably at peak in 2001.
White - Sparkling
5/22/2020 - tbabes wrote:
90 points
Good structure, zesty acidity, notes of cut ripe apple, crushed stone. Not as creamy in texture as NV Bollinger.
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Red
5/22/2020 - tbabes wrote:
95 points
Base neck fill, cork was sound; popped, poured and consumed over the course of dinner and subsequent two hours. Medium garnet with a touch of bricking. Notes of tobacco, scorched earth, dried plums, cut roses, cassis, and peppery herbs. Excellent depth, good balance, classically velvety texture, with good grip and delineation on the long finish. Drinking wonderfully now, but I don’t think this will improve. This is a wine for a classic dinner, and needs food to show best.
Red
5/19/2020 - tbabes wrote:
93 points
Popped, poured and consumed over the course of dinner and subsequent two hours; Grassl Cru stems. Notes of cranberry, red cherry, plum, with hints of flower and spice. Medium bodied, with layers of flavor, good depth, fresh acidity, and a long finish. This bottle presented much better than previous two bottles, which were more reserved. Probably a combination of the Grassl stems this time and bottle shock from recent shipping for the previous bottles.
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Red
5/18/2020 - tbabes wrote:
94 points
Opened about an hour before dinner; fill into the neck, pristine cork. Youthful purple core. Notes of cassis, blackberry, roasted fennel, with hints of cigar box and earth. Started off a bit reserved, but gradually opened up; curiously, bottles I had in 2018 and 2019 of this wine were singing from the moment I popped the cork. I will doble decant next time. Medium bodied, pleasnt mouthfeel, although a bit more stern than I was expecting. Good depth, noticeable but ripe tannins, with a long finish.
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Red
5/15/2020 - tbabes wrote:
93 points
Notes of cherry, cranberry, strawberry; very much on the red side of the fruit spectrum, with hints of spice. Medium bodied, with nice fruit, great balance - not overdone - with good acidity, impressive depth and a long finish. Really enjoyed this, and a great Pinot for the dinner table.
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Red
1994 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/12/2020 - tbabes wrote:
94 points
Last bottle from a brilliant auction purchase of mixed case 94 Bordeaux; all have been stunning! Popped and poured, fill was into neck and cork pristine. Medium garnet, with notes of plums, earth, sautéed mushrooms, roasted herbs. Medium bodied, with a silky texture, great depth and balance, good delineation and a long savory finish.
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Red
2014 Chimney Rock Elevage Stags Leap District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/12/2020 - tbabes wrote:
89 points
Popped and poured. Very dark color, notes of ripe black fruits, toasty oak. Full bodied, a bit overdone for my tastes, with no enough freshness or grip. Those who prefer fruit bombs in a heavy handed style will enjoy this one more than I did.
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