Tasting Notes for SmoothPalate

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Red
3/23/2020 - SmoothPalate wrote:
88 points
Dark garnet colour. Quite intense on the nose, first some vanilla, then plums, dark berries, earthiness, and beautiful minerals. On the palate, it's fresh, easy drinking, medium+ bodied, with a smooth attack and tannins that get a little firmer toward the finish. Overall, a good wine that seems ready to drink, but can age for at least another 5-7 years. Very little Margaux typicity in my view, but good wine nonetheless, especielly for the price point. Drink with a steak or hearty dish.
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White
2/20/2020 - SmoothPalate wrote:
77 points
Overly aromatic, varietal, not really enough acidity, feels a bit heavy. Totally uninspiring. Won't bother again.
Red
2/19/2020 - SmoothPalate wrote:
88 points
Pretty good and quite classic. Relatively complex, open, mature nose with gravel minerality, tobacco, cedar, blackcurrant. Palate is a little thin after opening but fleshes out with air. Tannins are fine-grained and give a nice structure but also a good drinkability. Some leafiness. Aromatically mature but has the structure to last. Drink now - 2030
Red
2007 Château Magdelaine St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/25/2019 - SmoothPalate wrote:
91 points
Elegant and classy. Mature, earthy and smoky with beautiful minerality, humus, blackcurrant, plums, coffee. Good intensity on the nose and palate. Very quaffable with smooth tannins, at the same time showing class. Should drink beautifully for another decade.
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Red
2006 Nicolas Potel Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
11/16/2019 - SmoothPalate wrote:
90 points
A little bricking. Still very fresh and youthful, I was expecting more aged flavours. Sour cherries, wild berries, forest floor, earthiness, a hint of prune and dried fruit, a hint of aniseed, fresh gravel minerality. Medium bodied, Pinot driven acidity and freshness, very soft through the attack and mid palate, gets a little tighter on the finish. But overall the tannins are quite mellowed. A very good wine, but you are entitled to expect more of a Grand Cru. This is more like a Village level to me. However the youthfulness at 13 years of age is a sign of quality. If you're looking for the really mature Bourgogne, you should cellar this one for longer. Can probably be very fine for another 8 years.
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Red
8/18/2019 - SmoothPalate wrote:
92 points
Outstanding. Deep ruby colour. Complex flavours of plum, blackberries, roasted herbs, spices, pistachio, cocoa, minerality. Hints of vanilla and a savory feeling. Fully bodied with an outstanding smoothness on the the mid-palate, with a firm, fine-grained tannic finish. Very long. Excellent freshness. This seems still young and dynamic, with no real sign of ageing. Drinking very well now after 1 hour decant. Good for another 10 years.
Red
8/18/2019 - SmoothPalate wrote:
87 points
This wine has matured quite a bit. Now fully mature. Very atypical Pinot Noir, with dark colour and high alcohol. What first comes to attention is a plummy, very mature flavour, followed by blackberry, raspberry, lots of spices, some hints of cocoa and minerals. This drink more like a Syrah than a Pinot Noir. Some oaky hints on the finish and a very ripe feeling. Slightly oxidative. Tannins pretty mellow. A very interesting experience. Needs food. Seems fully mature by now, probably time to drink up soon.
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Red
7/23/2019 - SmoothPalate wrote:
85 points
Garnet colour. Nose opens and gains intensity with air. Very smoky at first, then revealing plums, kirsch, pepper, sage, a little leather. Medium bodied, high acidity, still firm tannins. A strong structure here and we can expect a rather long life ahead. Drinking well now, but I find it a little rustic in style.
Red
7/22/2019 - SmoothPalate wrote:
81 points
Good bottle, very top shoulder fill. Initially weak, the wine took about 3 hours to open up. Earthy, with tones of raisin, prune, licorice, sour cherries, rose hip, toffee. Medium bodied with high acidity. Drinkable, but clearly over the hill. Best with food, for example a hearty dish of white meat with mushrooms. Drink up!
Red
7/15/2019 - SmoothPalate wrote:
93 points
Outstanding. Lovely deep garnet colour with bricking. Very nice nose, opening up after a few swirls in the glass. Leather, tobacco, liquorice, cocoa, earth, cherries. The palate is intense, silky, fresh, intensely spicy, with hints of salty liquorice, cocoa and brown sugar. Medium- to fully bodied with excellent acidity. In my view this has just improved over the years and is now drinking at peak. This kind of QPR just don't exist any longer. This is an insane QPR!
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Red
1982 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/5/2019 - SmoothPalate wrote:
93 points
Outstanding. Intense colour. Complex, lots of cedar, earth, cigar box, graphite, cassis. The palate is very smooth, fresh, still with a little bite giving perfect firmness. Very elegant and long. Drinking perfectly now.
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Red
5/11/2019 - SmoothPalate wrote:
85 points
Seems in a good spot. Powerful, high alcohol, spicy, peppery, roasted coffee, nutmeg, some blue berries. The oak is well integrated and gives just an echo of vanilla. Smooth tannins, very decent acidity, overall good grip on the palate. Medium length. Drinking well. Good with grilled meats.
Red
4/10/2019 - SmoothPalate wrote:
82 points
Bricking, almost brown colour. At first: nice complexity, leather, earthiness, a hint of vanilla, red berries. Well balanced in the mouth, good structure, still fresh. Unfortunately it faded quite fast and lost most of its intensity within a couple of hours. Drink up!
Red
2/18/2019 - SmoothPalate wrote:
88 points
A bit restrained at this point. Nice spices, herbs, pepper, and red fruit. Slight vanilla. The body feels light and fresh with moderate tannins. Easy early drinking, but will certainly gain from further cellaring. A lighter style nonetheless.
Red
1/1/2019 - SmoothPalate wrote:
93 points
Outstanding. Has improved considerably over time and now seems finally ready for business. Big, velvety, voluptous and long. The nose is classy, full of havana, leather, plums, roasted coffee, intense berries, some humus. The palate is round, fully bodied, with a velvety texture and ripe tannins, very flavorful and echoing the flavors of the nose. The length is impressive, well over 40 seconds. A very positive surprise from this lesser-known estate. Good vintage, for sure. Drink now or in the next 6-7 years.
White
12/30/2018 - SmoothPalate wrote:
85 points
Golden colour. With air the wine develops a pleasant bouquet of ripe lemon, quince and flinty tones. The palate is clean, fresh, medium-bodied with a little buttery richness and medium acidity. Good everyday wine. Seems in a good spot right now.
Red
12/30/2018 - SmoothPalate wrote:
90 points
This was quite surprising and outstanding. Light in colour. Elegant flavours of red berries, cherries, floral tones, a hint of orange zest, a little spice. It is medium-bodied with lots of fresh red berries, with fine grained tannin och a nice acidity. Reminds of a Pinot Noir in terms of colour and structure, but really has its own style. Alcohol is rather high at 14,5% but you wouldn’t guess it. Very glad to find such a wine in Turkey. Perfect with white meats, sausages, game birds. Very good now, but can certainly age a few years.
Red
12/26/2018 - SmoothPalate wrote:
89 points
The wine has clearly improved over the past few years, in a good spot now. Vibrant colour showing some evolution. Fine nose, lots of plum, cassis, liquorice, hints of gunpowder. Palate is smooth, round, with elegant tannins still providing firmness. The ripeness of the vintage is quite evident. Good luncheon claret. Drink now and in the coming 2-3 years. Give it some air after opening.
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Red
12/23/2018 - SmoothPalate wrote:
84 points
Vibrant ruby color. Liquory, loads of plums and dried fruit, fig, prune, a hint of bitter chocolate. Pretty fully bodied, powerful, good grip on the palate. Needs food. Good now but might improve further in the next 2-4 years.
Red
4/1/2018 - SmoothPalate wrote:
93 points
Pulled cork for 4 hours, then aerated in decanter for another 40 minutes. Nose very restrained at first, but blossomed with air. It started off with gravel minerality, then came a lot of funk, earth and barnyard, and a very beautiful leathery tone. Some fruit surfaces, red and black currants, then comes an extremely classy havana aroma. Some roasted capsicum as well. The wine is truly complex, in an elegant, delicate manner. The palate is soft and smooth, medium to fully bodied and fully mature by now; it fleshes out with air.This is a wine full of subtleties, showing its class. Don't expect a blockbuster, rather a refined, elegant wine.
Red
12/12/2018 - SmoothPalate wrote:
84 points
Time to drink up. Good, relatively complex, some red fruit, prune, iron, ash and minerals. Medium bodied with initially firm tannins, mellowing during the evening. Medium length. A somewhat rustic style that needs food. Became slightly oxidized at the end of the night. Overall a pretty good experience. Drink up!
White
10/29/2018 - SmoothPalate wrote:
86 points
Definitely mature by now. Dark golden colour. Some oxidation on the nose, but when the aromas come to life it’s fine. It’s nutty, with hints of toffee, marzipan, coconut, fried banana. The palate is quite full and rich in taste with medium-low acidity. Works well with mushrooms. Time to drink up.
White
7/22/2018 - SmoothPalate wrote:
89 points
Drinking very well right now, probably at peak. Open, big fruit on the nose, ripe citrus, peach, pineapple. Concentrated on the palate, very fruity with a very ripe feeling, long. Feels fresh enough despite rather low acidity, in a way that reminds of well made whites from southern France. Excellent with grilled fish.
Rosé
2017 Urlice Rosé Ege Bölgesi Rosé Blend
7/19/2018 - SmoothPalate wrote:
84 points
100% Syrah. Medium pink with an orange tinge. Open, fruity nose with red berries, hints of violet and spice. Medium-bodied on the palate, more "meaty" and more concentrated than an average rosé, round and slightly oily. Acidity is below medium but the wine feels fresh enough. Slight bitterness on the finish reminding of blood orange. A somewhat "weird" rose, an original style, perhaps not my cup of tea. Better with food. I started liking it more 2 days after opening.
White
7/17/2018 - SmoothPalate wrote:
88 points
Open, with good purity on the nose, lots of citrus and stone fruit. Medium-bodied with a soft creamy texture, good freshness though relatively low acidity. Clearly a hot climate Chardonnay. Seems unoaked. Drink young.
Red
2008 Marcel Deiss Burlenberg Alsace Pinot Blend, Pinot Noir (view label images)
7/15/2018 - SmoothPalate wrote:
89 points
Great nose showing red fruit, along with exotic spices, earthiness, tobacco and leather. Palate is medium-bodied, tannins have smoothened. Overal the palate shows less intensity than the nose, but it is remarkably fresh and still fruity. Very good.
Red
2006 Kayra Buzbağ Rezerv Southeastern Anatolia Red Blend (view label images)
7/14/2018 - SmoothPalate wrote:
85 points
Quite nice. Nose is open, earthy, with some tobacco, sour cherry and plums. Has smoothened with age, but there is still a tannic bite. A small vanilla note towards the finish. Medium+ bodied. I don't think it will improve much further. Good with spicy dishes.
Red
7/11/2018 - SmoothPalate wrote:
89 points
Good. Still youthful colour. Earthiness, red and dark berries, leather. Palate is medium to fully bodied, powerful but more settled than a few years back. The wine seems to have reached a good drinking window now. Some complexity. Drinking easily. Some intense red berries push through and gives a youthful experience. This could be cellared longer, for those who want.
Red
7/10/2018 - SmoothPalate wrote:
80 points
Less convinced this time. While the nose was nice, with a complex mix of earthiness, tobacco and prune, the palate felt unbalanced, overly rustic, with bitterness on the end. Over-extracted? Good body and length but too bitter for my taste.
Red
2006 Château de Seguin Cuvée Prestige Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/15/2018 - SmoothPalate wrote:
88 points
Drinking well, I guess this is the peak. Slightly evolved colour but vibrant. Intense bouquet with loads of forest floor, plums, damson, with a pleasant toastiness, a mere hint of capsicum. In fact this wine was aged in new oak, the oak is felt most just after opening, then it perfectly settles into the bouquet. With a little air the wine fleshes out beautifully, the tannins become rounder, even if they retain some firmness on the finish. Medium-bodied, in a style that is somewhere between "traditional" and "modern". Probably can last another few years, but I would drink now. Overall, a pleasant surprise.
Red
2010 L'Esprit de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/20/2018 - SmoothPalate wrote:
91 points
Truly excellent. Full of flavors, fully bodied and probably at peak now. The wine is in an intermediate stage, somewhere between young and mature. The initial oak flavour settles down with aeration. There is dark ripe fruit, tobacco, leather, gravel minerality. The wine starts off a little robust on the palate, then slowly smoothens and becomes perfectly elegant. Still has sturdy tannins. Give it plenty of air. Great now, could age further but I would drink within the next 2-4 years to be sure that we are still on this great drinking plateau. Great QPR at 16€.
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Red
2007 Château D'Aiguilhe Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/31/2018 - SmoothPalate wrote:
88 points
Fleshy and ripe for the vintage. Earthy, plummy with lots of cocoa, leather and some minerality. Pretty fully-bodied. For some reason, it's not my favorite style. But it is objectively good, it has a lot of substance and some complexity. Probably this is the peak and it won't improve much further.
Red
3/6/2018 - SmoothPalate wrote:
87 points
Youthful colour. Nose of barnyard, cow dung, dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate, gravel minerality. Medium bodied with very firm tannins and lifting acidity. Feels not ready, too young. Try again in 3-4 years.
Red
12/23/2017 - SmoothPalate wrote:
90 points
After reading the negative reviews by critics I didn't know what to expect. In my personal opinion, it turned out to be a very good wine. Fully mature by now, mature in colour and in flavour. Opened the cork 9 hours before serving. Quite a smoky nose, first earthy and leathery, slightly leafy, then showing a very distinctive tone of Havana cigar. There is some fruit left, cassis and strawberry. There's also a nice minerality reminding of gravel. On the palate it is medium to fully bodied, fleshy and smooth. The tannins are mellow. Not very long, but medium length. I understand the critics might not have found in it the full qualities that a First Growth can deliver. But it's a good wine, still... Drink now, seems to be at peak and fully mature.
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Red
1/3/2018 - SmoothPalate wrote:
88 points
Decanted about 1 hour. Nice nose, dark berries, beef blood, some earth and cocoa, mineral hints. Generous on the palate, medium-bodied, well balanced. Probably drinking at peak. No signs of weakness. Very good, solid wine.
Red
10/14/2017 - SmoothPalate wrote:
85 points
Dark garnet colour. Rather evolved already. Fine bouquet of cassis, plums, clove, nettle, earthiness, leather. Medium-bodied with smoothened tannins at this stage. I guess it's drinking at peak now, with an evolved character that I personally find pleasant. Quite traditional and classic, for a weekday lunch. Drink now, not for long-term cellaring.
Red
2012 Château Macquin St. Georges-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/12/2017 - SmoothPalate wrote:
88 points
Cassis, plums against an earthy background. Very easy going. Medium-bodied, smooth tannin, ripe but with some herbal component. Very supple and quaffable. Seems at peak now. Drink now or within 2-3 years.
Red
10/9/2017 - SmoothPalate wrote:
89 points
Evolved colour, dark brick. Lovely nose where everything seems to have come together. Some fruit still there, but it's rather evolved now with prune, roasted coffee, cocoa, leather, a mineral touch... On the palate it's a bit rustic and harsh at first but smoothens with air. A robust, fully-bodied, well made wine with personality. Good experience. Should pair well with a hearty dish from South-Western France, Duck Confit for example. Based on how well this showed I think it can age at least 3-4 more years.
Red
9/3/2017 - SmoothPalate wrote:
75 points
Some oxidation on the nose, does not feel "clean". Better on the palate, but quite evolved, simple flavours, peppery, light fruit. Some drying tannin on the end. Not sure how to rate this wine, if it is flawed or not? Based on this bottle, a disappointment.
Red
8/21/2017 - SmoothPalate wrote:
88 points
Deep ruby colour. Nose of wild berries and red cherries, some oak, powdery minerality. Medium + bodied with high acidity and fine grained tannins. Good length with very obious red cherries lingering on the palate. Improved on Day 2. Drink now and in the next 2-3 years.
Red
4/16/2017 - SmoothPalate wrote:
92 points
Opened after long aeration. Complex, smoky, cedar, leather, plum, cassis cream, cacao, gravel minerality. Very smooth in the mouth, elegant style, concentrated, long finish. Truly high class.
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White
7/11/2017 - SmoothPalate wrote:
82 points
Despite some obvious oxidation, it still performs decently. Behind the flat cider apple aroma, there is some buttery marzipan, beeswax and hints of chalk. Pretty round and full on the palate, with a fresh finish. Was kept in ideal conditions, but that didn't help the oxidation. Drink up!
Red
2003 Château Camensac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/20/2017 - SmoothPalate wrote:
84 points
Rather dark colour. Good nose with some complexity, leather, roasted coffee, black fruit. Palate is medium bodied, less vibrant than the nose. Drinkable, not very exciting.
White
12/28/2016 - SmoothPalate wrote:
93 points
Drank over 3 days. Improved markedly and really showed wonderfully on third day. Complex and intense, a superb mix of ripe citrus, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, honey and deep minerality. On the palate, it is rich and creamy with very good acidity for the vintage. Combines power and elegance. This wine is just emerging and should age well. Truly high class.
Red
2007 Château de Valois Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/28/2016 - SmoothPalate wrote:
87 points
Intense flavour after opening, but subsided a little bit with air. Mature with balsamic tones, cedar, earthiness, prune. Medium bodied with softened tannins. Time to drink, but no big hurry.
White
12/3/2016 - SmoothPalate wrote:
90 points
From half bottle. Still youthful. Light golden colour. Lots of butter, vanilla, ripe citrus, a rich and creamy style. For me this has not yet peaked. But it is pretty good now.
Red
11/18/2016 - SmoothPalate wrote:
89 points
Took time to open, about 4 hours. Drinking very well, full body, still has a tannic bite, earthy, licorice, some dark plums. Excellent with strong cheeses.
White
11/18/2016 - SmoothPalate wrote:
85 points
Light golden colour. Intensive on the nose, packed with ripe citrus, pear, yellow apple. Apparently unoaked. Round on the the palate, oily, lacking in acidity, with a feeling of overripeness. Good length. Good wine overall but slightly disappointing based on claimed quality and the price point. I prefer more tension in a white wine.
Red
11/17/2016 - SmoothPalate wrote:
87 points
Garnet colour. Typical Bordeaux nose of cassis, bell pepper, graphite, iron, earth, barnyard, hint of vanilla. On the palate it is quite supple with mellow tannins. Decently concentrated, medium intensity. Nice earthiness on the finish. Good everyday Bordeaux.
Red
11/16/2016 - SmoothPalate wrote:
90 points
Dark ruby, showing very little evolution. Good depth on the nose. Dark berries, herbs, earth, prune and cocoa. Fully-bodied on the palate, still some tannic grip, excellent balance. Pretty long. Probably drinking at peak. Excellent!
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