Tasting Notes for Oenecnist

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Red
11/25/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought 2b from Costco for 10/b; this is #1. No decant, none needed. Dark purple; fragrant berry fruits; nose promises more fruit than palate delivers, good mouthfeel. Nothing wrong, simple, ok for everyday. Held some for 24h under vacuvin without noticeable decline. Serviceable, probably competitive. Quality, age, price: Notable.
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2019 Cafaggio Chianti Classico Basilica Cafaggio Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
11/26/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought 2b for 10/b from Costco just now; this is #1. Medium purple; fragrant black cherry nose; mature red fruit, esp some cherry; good mouthfeel. Modest bottle (almost no punt), tasty wine. Held some for 24h under vacuvin, and it fell off considerably. Good everyday CC, competitive. Quality, price, age: Notable+.
Red
2000 Laibach Pinotage Simonsberg-Stellenbosch (view label images)
12/4/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Records not handy. Bought 4b many years ago (15+?) and doubt it was more than 15/b; this is #1. Crumbly cork. Decanted with normal sediment for its age. Medium purple; mature red fruits, sweet tar that follow on the palate, some dark chocolate, good mouthfeel. Almost delicious. Held some for 24h under vacuvin: bit of oxidation but still surprisingly tasty. Probably the oldest Pinotage I've tasted, and I like how age has tamed the bright bitterness of many young Pinotages. Some of Thomas D's note on this wine resonates with me (and, perhaps consistent with that, my wife was not a fan). Stored horizontally in a cool, dark basement since purchase. Quality, price, age: Notable+.
White
12/3/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought a 12b case for 7/b 6+ years ago from a local chain of shops; this may be the last bottle. Medium gold; mature stone fruits, esp white peach, some honey that follow on the palate; good mouthfeel. Pleasant surprise that this was so good, given its modest pedigree. It has been consistently enjoyable over the years. Winemaker notes say that this is 55% semillon; I think that helps explain the long life. Stored horizontally in a cool, dark basement since purchase. Quality, price, age: Notable+.
Red
11/24/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought 2b for 10/b from Costco just now; this is #2. Dark purple; grapey, black fruit nose, restrained fruit--rich and dark but simple. Held some for 24h under vacuvin with no improvement. Disappointing now, perhaps more promising for the future, but I don't see it. CT shows only this vintage, and ViVino shows only notes for 3-4 years past vintage (my note here is 3 years past vintage); so I see no evidence that that this improves with age. Vinous 94 is a puzzle. Not a re-buy. Quality, age, price: Notable-.
Red
5/7/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Further to my Note of June 12, '20; this is #2. Consistent notes: good cork, normal sediment, fragrant blackcurrant and some graphite, good mouthfeel, bit of decline after an hour. Glad to have more. Solid Notable+.
Red
6/2/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought one recently for 20 from a local eclectic independent shop. Decanted with light sediment for its age. Beautiful dark purple; simple red fruit nose and body that never evolved: looks deceived. W&S92 is a puzzle. Doubt that it needed even more time. Disappointing; Quality, age, price: Drinkable.
Red
11/28/2021 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought one just now for 7 from a local eclectic independent shop. Dark purple; simple red fruit nose, some forest floor that follow on the palate, rustic; good mouthfeel. Held for 24h and 48h under vacuvin, with no improvement, thought it held well. Don't know if that's par for Descorchados 90. Better to spend a bit more for something markedly better. Quality, age, price: Drinkable+.
Red
12/1/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Further to my Note of Sept 7, '18; this is #6. Solid cork. Decanted with normal sediment for its age. Medium purple; mature red plum, some baking spice, hint of cremini mushroom; mature fruit, some garrigue, held well over 2-hour dinner, good mouthfeel. Holding well, certainly tasty and enjoyable. Consistent with notes from another bottle from last year. At least Notable.
Red
11/29/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Further to my Note of Sept 9, '22: this is #9. Decanted with normal sediment for its age. Medium ruby with amber edge; mature red berry fruit, hint of caramel after an hour; mature red fruits, dried fruit notes, good mouthfeel; good persistence. Overall consistent notes and delicious.
White
6/12/2021 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought for 40-ish at a new local farm-to-table restaurant (they now charge 64--best US Searcher PRO is about 15!). Pale gold; reticent nose and body, stony, held well for 48h with vacuvin. Might buy at retail, no plans to return to the restaurant. Quality, restaurant price, age: Notable-.
Rosé
2017 Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Rosé Vino de la Tierra de Castilla Rosé Blend (view label images)
7/8/2021 - Oenecnist wrote:
After enjoying this in the past, bought 2b for 6+/b from a local gourmet produce market last spring; this is #1. Screwcap. Medium pink; simple nose and palate with bit of strawberry, good mouthfeel. Overall simple and past prime--better when fresh but still enjoyable for everyday. Stored vertically in a cool, dark basement since purchase. Quality, price, age: Notable.
Red
7/9/2021 - Oenecnist wrote:
Gift from a neighbor after selling out at a local eclectic independent shop for 7/b. Medium purple; mature red plum nose, other ripe red fruit that follows on the palate, good mouthfeel. Big mature fruit, simple, good for everyday--perhaps close to past prime. Quality, price, age: Notable.
Red
3/10/2021 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought one just now for 20 from a local eclectic independent shop. Screwcap. Dark ruby; modest nose and body, good mouthfeel. Overall simple. Not a re-buy. Quality, price, age: Notable-.
White
6/3/2021 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought one for 48 at a new local farm-to-table restaurant (they now charge 72!). Light gold; no detailed notes but fragrant, somewhat restrained. Saved enough under vacuvin to drink 24h and 72h later, and it held well. Quality, price, age: Notable.
White
5/11/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought for 15-ish on a closeout list at a neighborhood bistro, served with sidewalk dining (Searcher PRO shows best US retail at 7-9/b). Screwcap. Light gold; fragrant white fruit, some petrol that follows on the body, good mouthfeel. Simple, tasty. Took some home, and it held well under vacuvin for 24h. Quality, price, age: Notable.
Rosé
4/18/2021 - Oenecnist wrote:
Gift from a neighbor, bought from a local eclectic independent shop for 5-7. Medium pink; modest fruit, good mouthfeel--perhaps past prime and best drunk much closer to current vintage. Quality, price, age: Notable.
Red
11/27/2021 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought one just now for 15 from a local eclectic shop. Dark purple; odd tarry, reticent nose and body--not corked, not brett. Some emergence of ripe black fruits after 24h under vacuvin but no real improvement. Bottle variation? Quality, price, age: Drinkable.
White
11/29/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought 6b for 7/b from a local eclectic independent shop 6 months ago; this is #2. Screwcap. Medium gold; mature stone fruits; good body and stone fruit flavors, good mouthfeel. Tasty and held well for 24h under vacuvin, but some decline with 48h. Glad to have for everyday. Stored vertically in a cool, dark basement since purchase. Quality, price, age: Notable+.
White
6/8/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought one just now for 7 from a local eclectic independent shop. Light gold; fragrant, some savory herbs, some citrus; mature fruit, green herbs, good mouthfeel. Tasty, good for everyday and drinking young. Quality, price, age: Notable+.
White
6/16/2021 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought one just now from TJ for 7. Light green-gold; fragrant nose, some citrus; fresh white fruit, good mouthfeel. Tasty, good for everyday, competitive among everyday Bdx blanc. Quality, price, age: Notable+.
Red
2016 Château Viramière St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/20/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought one for 14 from Costco just now. Natural cork. Dark purple; reticent nose and body with no improvement over 2-hour meal or an additional 24h under vacuvin. At 5+ years from vintage and a WE92 plus plenty of time to breathe, I expected more. Not a re-buy--and another non-restaurant wine. Quality, price, age: Drinkable+.
White
5/31/2021 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought at a local restaurant for 40-ish--offensively expensive for someone who knows the market (as was the entire list), but choice was limited (it was selling for 7/b at the sommelier's nearby retail shop). Medium gold; dried grass, nuttiness, some honey that followed on the palate, good mouthfeel. Tasty and worth a re-buy--but only at the shop. Quality, price, age: Notable+ at the shop (skip the restaurant).
Red
7/16/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought one just now for 13 from a local eclectic independent shop. Rich, dark purple; dark fruits but overall reticent nose and body. Gave it another 24h with no clear improvement. Difficult to see the WE93 "Cellar Selection"; but, to be fair, WE (Roger Voss?) writes "Drink from 2025". I can't tell where this will be in three years. Definitely not what I would call a "restaurant wine". Quality, price, age: too soon to tell?
White
5/25/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought at a neighborhood restaurant for mid-30s--pleasant evening, sidewalk dining; best Searcher PRO for the US is 14 so reasonable wine list price by local standards. Agglomerate cork. Light gold; light fruity nose that follows on the palate, good mouthfeel. Served too cold so better expression as it warmed a bit. Simple, tasty, good enough to buy again at the restaurant but nothing special. Quality, price, age: Notable.
Red
11/26/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought 2b for 4/b from a national chain supermarket on closeout last summer, wondering what the watchful shopper can get at the low end (best current Searcher PRO is 10/b); this is #2. Screwcap. No decant, though there was some sediment. Dark purple; ripe purple fruits--blackcurrants, black plums; mature fruit forward, good mouthfeel. Tasty and held well for another 24h under vacuvin. Likely at peak but holding well. Consistent notes with #1 a month ago. Stored vertically in a cool, dark basement since purchase. Quality, price, age: Notable.
Red
6/11/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought 12b case for 30/b from a local eclectic independent shop almost two years ago; this is #4. No decant, none needed. Dark purple; fragrant, black fruit nose, some oak; rich fruit, integrated oak, broad flavors, very good mouthfeel; good persistence. Delicious, glad to have more, and would buy more. Stored horizontally in a cool, dark basement since purchase. Quality, price, age: Outstanding-.
White
4/10/2021 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought one for 7 from a local eclectic independent shop just now. Screwcap. Light green-gold; simple, fresh nose that follows on the palate, good mouthfeel. Overall simple, nothing special in a crowded field. Not a re-buy. Quality, price, age: Notable-.
Red
11/22/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought 4b for 12/b from WTSO a year ago; this is #1. Dark purple; fragrant mature purple fruit, some tartness; mature fruit, briary, some richness, good mouthfeel. Held some for 24h under vacuvin with no loss of enjoyment. Very good everyday Zin, glad to have more. Stored horizontally in a cool, dark basement since purchase. Quality, price, age: Notable+.
White
11/20/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Further to my Note of April 6, '22; this is #5. Consistent notes: straw colored, fragrant and tasty, dried grass, some honey, good mouthfeel. Held well for 24h under vacuvin, but pushing to 48h was too much as fruit faded some.
Red
2003 La Massa Giorgio Primo Toscana IGT Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
4/7/2021 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought 4b for 27/b from Garagiste 13 years ago; this is #2. Beautiful, dark purple; reticent dark berry nose, reticent body, good mouthfeel. Held some for 24h under vacuvin, and fruit emerged along with a hint of oxidation. Worth another try. Stored horizontally in a cool, dark basement since purchase. Quality, price, age: Notable-.
White
11/16/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought from the list at a local Italian family restaurant for 32--reasonable, given that best US Searcher Pro price is 13. (Note: Only a handful of the 58 Searcher listings are non-US--this might be a wine made for the US market--wonder what the Italians get.) Screwcap. Difficult to judge color with the dimmed lights--likely fine--with light, uncomplicated flavor. Might have been too cold. Would settle for it again at the restaurant, wish they'd offer more interesting choices available at similar cost to them.
White
11/18/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Further to my Note of Feb 8, '22: this is #4 or 5. Taken as BYO to a local Sicilian restaurant--good richness of fruit, bit of tanginess, good mouthfeel. Overall consistent notes, though difficult to read color with the dimmed lighting. Glad to have more for the next year or so.
Red
11/18/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Further to my Note of April 21, '21: this is #3 or 4. No decant, none needed. Taken as BYO to a local Sicilian restaurant and enjoyed by all--good match for all the sugo dishes and the bean soup. Too dark to evaluate color, too busy and chatty to give it careful attention, but it was good fruit, briary, good mouthfeel, and a good pairing. Solid Notable+.
Red
4/12/2021 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought 4b for 15+/b from the original (?) wine.com 21 years ago; this is #2 or 3. Decanted with normal sediment for its age. Dark purple with bit of amber edge; savory nose with very mature fruit; red fruits, some beef bouillon, good mouthfeel. Interesting, some enjoyment, but past prime after delicious early years--interesting contrast with the still tasty '99 that I've held under the same conditions. Will try again. Stored horizontally in a cool, dark basement since purchase. Quality, price, age: Notable.
Red
2002 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/13/2020 - Oenecnist wrote:
Records not handy. From Chicago importer so likely this 12b OWC from Sam's or Binny's 15+ years ago for less than 30/b. Solid cork. Decanted with normal sediment for its age. Dark purple; some tart red fruit; tartness that mellowed within an hour or so, good mouthfeel; some persistence. Enjoyable step up from everyday Bdx. Unlikely to improve, glad to have more. Stored horizontally in a cool, dark basement since purchase. Quality, price, age: Notable.
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Red
11/9/2020 - Oenecnist wrote:
Records not handy. I think I bought a 12b case from Costco for 10/b or less3-4 years ago; this is #2-3. No decant, none needed. Purple; fresh blackcurrant nose; black and red fruits, somewhat tannic; good mouthfeel. Seems solid--simple but young. Let's see if it will evolve. Stored horizontally in a cool, dark basement since purchase. Quality, price, age: Notable+.
Red
4/22/2021 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought 10b for 9/b (+ fees, taxes, etc) during a Morrell NYC auction 16 years ago; this is halfway through the lot. Solid cork. Decanted with light sediment for its age. Darker purple; spicy red fruit, bit of black pepper; mature tart red fruits, some pepper; good mouthfeel. Tasty and holding well for its age--no longer at its best but glad to have more. Perhaps its inaugural vintage? Stored horizontally in a cool, dark basement since purchase. Quality, price, age: Notable+.
Red
2/6/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought 6b for 10/b from a local independent shop 6-7 years ago; this is #5-6. Solid cork. Decanted with light sediment for its age. Medium rose; mature red fruits, some cherry, some baking spice; mature fruits, some fade relative to earlier bottles; good mouthfeel. Tasty but past prime and never Burgundian. Enjoyed these bottles. Stored horizontally in a cool, dark basement since purchase. Quality, price, age: Notable+.
Red
4/26/2021 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought 3b for 14/b from Garagiste 18 months ago; this is #1. Solid cork. Decanted with heavy sediment for its age. Dark ruby; fragrant mature red fruit nose, cranberry, some cherry; cranberry and cherry on the palate, somewhat tart; good mouthfeel. Tasty and interesting, glad to have two more. Stored horizontally in a cool, dark basement since purchase. Quality, price, age: Notable+.
Rosé
11/17/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought 5b for 10/b from a local gourmet grocery chain three months ago; this is #2. Screwcap. Medium pink; semi-rich red fruits, bit of red cherry, that follows on the palate, good mouthfeel. Tasty but may have been served a bit too cold. Watch that on the next bottle. Also, Languedoc fruit, not Burg, so Bouchard quality may be lacking. Stored vertically in a cool, dark basement since purchase. Quality, price, age: Notable.
Red
2006 Gain Bay Cabernet Family Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/11/2021 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought 8b for 10/b on closeout from a local independent gourmet grocer about seven years ago; this is #3or 4. Solid cork. Decanted with somewhat light sediment for its age. Dark purple; mature Napa meritage nose, some oak that follow on the palate; good mouthfeel. This is holding well and enjoyable, but I recall richer fruit when I bought this--not surprising. Stored horizontally in a cool, dark basement since purchase. Quality, price, age: Notable+.
Red
4/9/2021 - Oenecnist wrote:
Further to my Note of Nov 21, '20. Sediment seems light for its age. Otherwise, consistent notes: delicious WA Bdx blend.
Red
7/26/2021 - Oenecnist wrote:
Further to my Note of Aug 27, '20. No decant, none needed. Consistent notes. This is a tasty, simple everyday Bdx that continues to please. Label says that composition is Merlot (70%), CF (20%), and CS (10%); but the CF seems more prominent than that. I'm not complaining.
Red
2010 Château La Branne Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/20/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought 6b for 13/b from LB eight years ago; this is #1. Solid cork. Decanted with normal sediment for its age. Dark purple; earthy black fruit nose; mature blackcurrant, bit of loam, good mouthfeel. Held well after 24h with vacuvin but no improvement. Rich, traditional style everyday Medoc. Unlikely to improve but glad to have more. Stored horizontally in a cool, dark basement since purchase. Quality, price, age: Notable+.
Red
9/20/2021 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought this from WL 9+ years ago for 10+. Solid cork. Decanted with normal sediment for its age. Dark purple; spicy red fruit nose, some garrigue; juicy red fruits, some barnyard, some baking spice; some persistence. Delicious and would like more. Stored horizontally in a cool, dark basement since purchase. Quality, price, age: Notable+.
Red
11/21/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought 2b for 6/b from Costco eight months ago; this is #2. Dark purple; fragrant, some mature red cherry; mature red fruits, some cherry, some forest floor, good mouthfeel. Fully tasty and would like more. Different impression from first bottle in early March which seemed simple and reticent, even after 72 hours. Second bottle is consistent with WS91. Stored horizontally in a cool, dark basement since purchase. Quality, price, age: Notable+.
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Red
11/16/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Further to my Note of Aug 5, '21. Decanted with normal sediment for its age. Dark purple; fragrant mature red fruit nose; mouth-filling flavor, bit of SA spice, very good mouthfeel. Delicious blend that held well for 2-hour meal. No sign of decline and glad to have more. Solid Notable+.
White
11/14/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Further to my Note of Nov 1, '20; this is #2. Light green-gold; juicy, green herbs, some honey; mature white fruit, some honey but very crisp mouthfeel. "Crisp honey" is interesting and tasty. At least as good with 24 hours under vacuvin. I'm more impressed this time and raise this to Notable+.
White
11/6/2020 - Oenecnist wrote:
Initially bought 2-3b of this for 7/b from a local independent eclectic shop two years ago and then bought 4b more when price fell to 5/b; this is #2. Light green-gold; light white tree fruits, bit of citrus; light, young white tree fruits, maybe bit of kiwi, good mouthfeel. Good restrained fruit, fully dry (no hint of petrol). Tasty and held well for 24 hours with vacuvin. Glad to have more. Stored horizontally in a cool, dark basement since purchase. Quality, age, price (5/b): Notable+.
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