Tasting Notes for markcat

(15 notes on 15 wines)

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White
4/19/2011 - markcat wrote:
80 points
Had the Marcassin at a Chardonnay blind tasting along with 7 other wines. Unfortunately, this was the most disappointing wine of the evening. It actually came in last in the blind taste and was even beat out by a Chardonnay for $6.99. I actually expected more from a Turley cult wine. The wine didn't seem corked, but will try at least one more 2006. However, if the wine was not corked, this is one of the worst values in California Chardonnay @ $75 a bottle. I remember a blah nose, metallic taste and too much oak.
Red
2/21/2011 - markcat wrote:
92 points
Very nice, a touch of cedar and olive on the nose. Fruit forward and toasty oak, smooth, sweet tannins. I really like this wine in the $40 range.
Red
2/14/2011 - markcat wrote:
80 points
Hmmm. Not sure about all the great reviews here. I love Pride wines, but this one just wasn't that good. It was tasted blind at a party amongst 6 other Napa /Sonoma Merlots. It scored last and there were a few $5 wines added to the mix for fun. I was quite disappointed by this wine because my expectations were high after barrel tasting the 2009 Merlot at the Winery. The unreleased 09 was delicious straight from the barrel. I was not the only one to score this one down, it was pretty much unanimous at our party, except for one fellow who had it 4th out of 7 wines. The nose wasn't there and the finish fairly weak. I am not sure if this one just needs a few more years in the bottle.
Red
11/29/2010 - markcat wrote:
89 points
I typically am not a big Merlot fan, but I enjoyed this one. The nose was faint and not very complex, but the wine had nice red fruit flavors and a nice finish. I would agree with the others and thought it was a bit more complex than a typical Merlot. It was a nice surprised from K & L 's Kalinda label.
Red
9/29/2010 - markcat wrote:
80 points
We blind tasted this wine against 4 other Napa Valley Cabernets. Unfortunately, it scored the lowest - even against the $7 Sutter Home Cab. Maybe, it was too young or needed more air. The flavors seem muted and the wine was too tannic. Unfortunately, it was not a hit at the party.
Red
9/29/2010 - markcat wrote:
87 points
Blind tasting with more expensive Napa Valley wines. Even though this wine was a much more light, less tannic Cabernet that the ones we blind tasted against, it held up well. One taster said too light for a Cabernet and another taster said Pinot Noir like. Overall, this wine actually scored pretty well against the more expensive wines and even was better than the 2006 Clos Pegase Cabernet. It is not a complex, full bodied-wine, but a light pleasant drinker. Recommended for every day drinking.
Red
1982 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/29/2010 - markcat wrote:
79 points
We blind tasted this 1982 Opus One with 5 friends. It was definitely on it's way downhill and as I recall 1982 was not a great vintage in Napa Valley. Surprisingly the wine was still drinkable and had a decent nose. However, the flavors were very muted and the color had started to turn brown. The fruit components were lacking, most likely do to it's older age. If you have any Opus One left from the early to mid 80s, I would suggest opening them as soon as possible.
Red
4/19/2010 - markcat wrote:
89 points
I have to disagree with the former review. I also received mine from a recommendation from Wine Thieves. I liked it very much, nice full bodied, strong scents on the nose and a nice rich viscous wine showing legs. Definitely, could tell it had some age on it. 2003 wasn't the best year in Napa for reds, but this still was a very nice wine and I recommend if you can still find it.
Red
4/13/2009 - markcat wrote:
86 points
I decanted for 2 hours which was probably not enough. This fruit seems very muted on this wine and I agree with the others that it is a bit closed. This one will definitely benefit from several more years in the cellar. However I am not convinced that this bottle is worthy of its 1855 classification status. I prefer the $20 2001 or 2003 Chateau Cantelys. I drank the following day and still wasn't as open as I would expect.
Red
1/17/2009 - markcat wrote:
88 points
This wine was rich and textured and had a very nice nose and great legs. However the fruit wasn't that apparent on the pallette. It was definitely restrained and Bourdeaux like. Even though this wine was 10 years old, it seemed to open up after sitting in my glass for 45 minutes. A very nice, but not great wine. Drink it now if you still own one. It won't last that much longer.
Red
1/10/2009 - markcat wrote:
81 points
I am not sure what the hype at K&L wines was over this Bordeaux. Liked most 05's I decanted this one for 2 hours to give it time to breathe and release those concentrated 05 Bordeaux characteristics. However, this wine didn't really open up, it seemed flat and the nose seemed to have faded. This was more earthy and less fruit forward than described by K&L. Maybe this 05 was not as special as some of the others and the fruit faded quickly. Hard to say, but a dissapointment in my book.
Red
1/3/2009 - markcat wrote:
86 points
This wine would be rated about a 90 one year ago, but when I just opened one now, I noticed it was past it's prime. The nose had evaporated and the gorgeous flavors that I noticed a year earlier where no where to be seen. This was one of the weaker vintages in Napa Valley, so this wine did not keep as long as some of the other stuff from Juslyn. If you still own one drink it soon.
Red
2005 Château Mille-Roses Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/3/2009 - markcat wrote:
87 points
Picked up 2 bottles from K&L wines. This one was decent after decanting for about 1 hour, however I think it could have probaly used another hour in the decanter. Not a bad value in Bordeaux. I will save the other 05' for a later date.

Update - Drank the other half of the bottle the following day and it tasted much better. I think the wine opened up and the fruit flavors came through. I am definitely excited about the potential of many of the lesser growth 05s.
Red
12/22/2008 - markcat wrote:
82 points
I loved the 2001 Rutherford which I recently drank and was looking forward to the 2000. Unfortunately the 2000 was no where near the 2001 version. This wine had a decent nose, but lacked the expressive flavors of the 2001 and other BV Rutherford vintages. I think 2000 was truly not a very good year in Napa Cabernets. I would not recommend this wine, it is definitely past it's prime. I do not think the 2000 Napa Cabs were that age worthy. Check out the 1999 or 2001 version instead.
Red
2003 Château Cantelys Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/22/2008 - markcat wrote:
92 points
Outstanding value in Bordeaux! This has a wonderful full nose and a nice long finish. The berry flavors come through, though it still has that old world feel. This is a good cross between old world extravagance and new world full-bodied fruit flavors. Highly recommended!
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