Tasting Notes for M&D24

(58 notes on 54 wines)

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White
9/30/2017 - Anonymous wrote:
95 points
Delicious wine but I did not get the oakiness and tropical flavors that others have mentioned. This bottle still showed rather young with excellent acidity and verve. Definite apple flavor and a surprisingly good match with fresh oysters.
White
6/2/2017 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Classic Chablis.....showed the richness of the vineyard yet maintained crisp minerality. Very enjoyable with grilled Spanish octopus and still has a future although I would suggest drinking one now. Personally, I think the wine is close to a peak but will hold for a couple of more years.
White
4/7/2017 - Anonymous wrote:
Tried my last bottle.....still sweet and this is not what i expected upon purchase. Very disappointed as Cotat is one of my go to references for Sancerre. Tough to give it "points" as it is a pleasant wine but should not be sweet.
White
10/28/2016 - Anonymous wrote:
This was my 4th, and thankfully last bottle of this wine. Others seem to have gotten different batches and have enjoyed this wine. Mine were all acetic, devoid of fruit and marred by large amounts of overly charred wood. I really cannot explain these discrepancies but I am glad others enjoyed it. I tried this wine over a three year period and there was no improvement.
Since these were uniformly poor, I do not even know if I should consider them flawed but I certainly cannot give it a "points" rating.
Red
5/3/2016 - Anonymous wrote:
94 points
Decanted for about a hour. Delicious wine showing a dark fruited, almost blackberry quality. Bottle actually showed some sediment on the sides. Beautiful balance, drinking well but can certainly age. Excellent match with porcini dusted pork tenderloin.
Red
2/14/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
We had this again with pan grilled veal chops. Much better bottle with notes of spice and a far silkier mouth feel. Diana still gets a touch of green stemminess but much less pronounced .An earlier bottle might have been a bit flawed as the green notes overwhelmed the other aspects. This is almost 10 years old and has finally reached a nice (personal) drinking window. I feel I may have consumed some Arcadian pinots a bit too young as most seem to need a minimum of ten years.
Red
12/23/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
95 points
Absolutely beautiful showing for my last bottle of this vintage. Purchased on release from Kermit Lynch and perfectly stored. Fully mature,"old school" Chateauneuf...It could last longer but I would not keep them as they seem to be showing extremely well right now. Excellent mouth feel, in beautiful balance with no elements out of place. Slightly "animal" with briary, dark fruit. A touch of Provencal spice, showing rosemary, pine and even lavender . To me, everything in its' proper place.
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Red
7/23/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
87 points
Although I know the usual style/goal of the Arcadian bottlings, I was still a bit underwhelmed with this particular attempt. Even with about 10 years of age, it was still a bit shrill and austere. I fully realize that Arcadian does not make "fruit bombs" and has a Burgundian bent, nonetheless, this wine seemed a bit acetic and lacking in fruit. I was hoping it would improve served with a pork tenderloin but it was still a bit tart. Certainly, not a bad wine, but I have had many better offerings from this producer.
White
10/21/2013 - Anonymous wrote:
flawed
This was strange and very disappointing. I guess you would have to call it "flawed." I opened this at dinner with a few of my Wino friends and lo, and behold, it was noticeably sweet! This has never happened to me with a Cotat bottling and was totally unexpected. I was expecting the usual, mineral, citric qualities that I love in Sancerre and this was a total surprise. I have a few left so we shall see if this is a strange outlier or a totally weird bottling.
White
1/27/2013 - Anonymous wrote:
94 points
Brilliant showing with seared sea scallops. Notes of apples and vanilla with nice cut and minerality . The oak is well integrated and not at all intrusive. This wine is still young and should age beautifully.
Red
1/14/2013 - Anonymous wrote:
94 points
This wine has really come together. Unfortunately, this was my my last bottle. Opened two hours prior but no decant. Very nice mouthfeel with notes of dark fruit and spice. The wood has really subsided and melded well and the relatively high alcohol was not readily apparent. An excellent partner for Flannery pork chops..cast iron seared and finished in the oven. Marcassin is always a controversial producer but this bottle showed why, to me at least, they need at least ten years of age.
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Red
12/23/2012 - Anonymous wrote:
Showed very well....a bit of must in nose that blows off... Taste much better than nose would indicate.
Red
12/6/2012 - Anonymous wrote:
95 points
Served from magnum...This wine was simply outstanding. I am always amazed how little credit Arrowood receives a Cabernet producer....maybe it is due to the Sonoma appellation. This wine was redolent with cassis, blackberries and a touch of smoke. Long, lingering finish with outstanding balance. This wine was (sorry) almost Bordeaux like from an age when Bordeaux WAS Bordeaux and not a California look a like. This might have been WOTN among a serious field and still was young. Wish I had more!
Red
6/4/2012 - Anonymous wrote:
95 points
Lots of surprised looks around the table as this was poured blind ....mature pinot nose, excellent color. People started guessing early 90's and when I said "nope", the guesses moved to the 80's. Still lively, a bit of mushroom in the nose, smokey fruit very much in evidence. A bit murky near the bottom as I did not decant the bottle since I did not expect it to be so vibrant. Lots of "wows" and head shaking around the table as I revealed it to be a 1977! Unfortunately, my only bottle but a revelation.
White
8/13/2011 - Anonymous wrote:
91 points
Extremely oaky ay first pour...oak not integrated.As it sat in glass and bottle,it seemed to open up and improve. The wine showed a nice minerality and a touch of citrus.......but the oak was still predominate. Personally, I would wait about six months before trying another bottle.
Red
7/2/2011 - Anonymous wrote:
91 points
Me again.. Why is this producer so under appreciated? Beautiful Spring Mountain fruit redolent of cassis. This wine is about 17 years old and showing no signs of decline. Color is still vibrant with no bricking at all. And, TA DA ....12.7% alcohol.
I am glad I still have various vintages of this wine available (including some mags) but have been equally guilty of not purchasing for quite awhile.
White - Sweet/Dessert
N.V. Jonata Winery La Miel de Jonata Santa Ynez Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
6/30/2011 - Anonymous wrote:
88 points
Granted this is three years later, but Nowak and Stoddard are still right on. The wine is very sweet and pleasant but lacks the acidity to make it truly special. As the name implies, honey and dried fruit predominate, but it lacks the "snap" to elevate the wine to a higher level.
White
6/22/2011 - Anonymous wrote:
flawed
Hmmmmmmmm. I am an outlier. I love RM but this chard was disappointing......yellow gold, seemingly oxidized and not very pleasant. I hope my remaining bottle is better.
Red
6/17/2011 - Anonymous wrote:
This wine seems to be one of the most controversial on CT and rightfully so. I opened one after reading all the notes and had no idea what to expect. As of now, I am falling into the slightly "weird" camp. Very unusual flavor profile that I simply could not grasp....started off with deep, black fruits and turned tart with air. Did not seem to be well balanced and finish was short.....Judgement reserved but , truthfully, I do not see this wine improving.
Red
3/14/2011 - Anonymous wrote:
OK; so this is bound to be controversial.........Burgundy it ain't but this was a wonderful bottle of California pinot noir. Very ripe but NOT over the top, full bodied with a rich, full mouthfeel.
Sweet kirsch like fruit with hints of strawberry and even a touch of blueberry. Excellent balance, improved in the glass and did not show any heat from the alcohol. This wine is in a great place right now and I would pop one if you got it!
Red
2/28/2011 - Anonymous wrote:
Terrific showing at home with rack of lamb. In a perfect spot right now.. Excellent balance with just the right balance of fruit (dried cherries & leather) and acidity. This, to me, is what Chateauneuf should be; Not an over -extracted point chasing style but rather a well balanced, food friendly wine that truly exemplifies its' origin. Very glad that I have a few left.
Red
12/2/2010 - Anonymous wrote:
97 points
Beautiful showing for my last bottle with J&J in Scottsdale. Extremely well balanced showing gorgeous blueberry flavors with just a hint of the telltale Colgin "dill/herbal note. Lingering, sensuous finish. I couldn't think of a better time to share my last bottle.
White
4/13/2010 - Anonymous wrote:
95 points
First of our bottles opened. Delicious sauvignon blanc with amazing viscosity on the palate. Possibly the richest California SB I have ever enjoyed. Not at all grassy or herbaceous but seemed to show a pear like flavor. Nonetheless, perfectly balanced and with a lengthy finish.
So rich you almost expect it to be a touch sweet yet feels totally dry.
Red
2/27/2010 - Anonymous wrote:
Brilliant dark garnet color all the way to rim with no lightening or bricking. After decanting, first taste showed a touch of drying fruit..After awhile in glass and especially with the rack of lamb, the fruit came alive. It was now showing dried cherries with a bit of plum. With the food, the wine totally fattened up and fleshed out....all aspects of the dry, astringent quality were gone.
Rosé
1/26/2010 - Anonymous wrote:
Interesting oxidative notes.......fascinating to drink recently released 12 year old rose. This is not a "sipper" type of Rose and certainly needs food to shine. On its' own it was not terribly impressive but it blossomed with an assortment of cheeses.
White
9/19/2009 - Anonymous wrote:
This bottle was very disappointing.. My last bottle, all purchased on release and stored perfectly.
Darkish, almost golden color...obviously oxidized in the nose and confirmed in the taste. Not undrinkable but clearly a shadow of what this wine (has been)
and should be. NR
Red
8/22/2009 - Anonymous wrote:
We had this bottle with Dave at the Jamesport Manor.........showed beautifully especially considering that it had been overnighted from California 2 weeks prior.
Please reference earlier note.
Red
7/26/2009 - Anonymous wrote:
Opened about one hour prior to pouring..still exhibiting a medium dark garnet robe. The first whiff is strawberry with a hint of smoke and cola. As it sat in the glass, a bit of earth and almost "garrigue" emerged. Very different from most Sonoma pinots.
Well balanced and round in the mouth...the finish still shows a nice touch of acidity and lingers on. Overall, the wine improved in the glass and was a perfect match for planked Wild Alaskan salmon with a mustard, bourbon glaze.
The wine was quite drinkable but the balance and acidity bode well for a bit more aging.
White
7/25/2009 - Anonymous wrote:
I wrote this note over 3 years ago and it is amazingly still true. "3/27/2006 rated 94 points: This is to me , what white burgundy is all about. Impeccable balance, a long lingering finish and a long life ahead. it showed absolutely NO signs of oxidation and was a joy to drink. The wine showed impressive minerality, beautiful overtones of hazelnuts, and a slight citric quality on the finish. This was the first Roulot '99 that I opened and I will leave my others, especially the more famous vineyards to rest. I feel these wines will be long lived and have a very interesting journey to maturity. It was a perfect match to a lightly seared sea bass and I just wish I owned far more of this wine. Unfortunately, Roulot has become increasingly expensive and relatively hard to find. This wine was simply a joy to drink and got better and better in the glass over the course of the evening. (610 views)".
The wine is still amazing with no signs of premox whatsoever. ...rich, perfectly balanced hazel nut flavors with a citric backbone. The only difference is it was matched with perfectly seared day boat scallops rather than sea bass. Once again, impeccable. I still have not yet opened the "big boys" and as I opened this wine; I was slightly apprehensive that I had missed the boat...Not in the least; I am now willing to take the chance and let the others continue their uninterrupted slumber.
Red
4/3/2009 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
This seems to be a winery that doesn't get too much attention on Wine Boards. The 1992 was the first vintage of the Lewis cabernet and it is aging very well.
Still quite dark and in no danger of fading; tremendous impression of black cherry on both the nose and palate. The oak is there but is definitely in check. As it sits in the glass the wine develops some minty
notes...Overall, an extremely well balanced and well made cabernet.
Red
11/10/2008 - Anonymous wrote:
Still going at 20 years of age...still dark red, no sign of bricking or fading. Well delineated, dark black cherry fruit, with just a touch of mocha on finish.
As wine evolved in glass a minerally , gravelly note began to emerge. This wine is extremely well balanced and still is evolving; a beautiful wine nearing its' peak.
A testament to the skill Of Randy Dunn in a "difficult" vintage.
Red
9/11/2008 - Anonymous wrote:
81 points
Wine showed a bit of green olive fruit upon entry with very little depth. Maybe it was due to the vintage but this wine was not thrilling. The wine was decanted and finished over dinner w/o much improvement.
A bit lacking in fruit and the finish was a bit short and astringent....I do not believe this bottle to be flawed; just not very exciting.
Red
1999 Harlan Estate The Maiden Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/3/2008 - Anonymous wrote:
Opened and decanted for one hour prior to drinking. The nose was dark fruit with a hint of chocolate. The first taste emphasized the blackberry fruit on front and mid palate with a viscousness that coated the mouth. However, the finish on the back palate seemed a bit short. I believe that it still needs more time to develop the nuances that will affect the back palate. As it sat in the glass the bitter chocolate aspects of the wine came out. Overall, the wine seemed relatively young. This was the first bottle we opened and we will wait at least a year before opening another. We recorked a small amount of the wine and will retaste again this evening.
Red
3/26/2008 - Anonymous wrote:
Sometimes you just need a mid-week pickmeup. This was one of those nights. We served this with pan grilled lamb loins.
This was quite a surprise as the expected drinking window elapsed a couple of years ago. However, this bottle was surprisingly dark with only a slight browning along the edges. It was still medium rich on the palate with a
slightly spicy and leathery quality. On the finish you could still pick up a caramel/toffee quality with the slightest hint of chocolate. A very pleasant surprise and I am glad i still have a couple of bottles left.
Red
11/27/2007 - Anonymous wrote:
Terrific surprise from an underrated producer !! One of the most expansive noses we have encountered in a California cabernet. Explosive cedar with hints of tobacco...almost "Bordeaux-like." Perfectly mature yet with no signs of decline for the near future. The mouth feel was full and round and featured dark cherry fruit with hints of tobacco and anise. The finish was very long, extremely well balanced yet elegant.
White
8/4/2007 - Anonymous wrote:
95 points
I was stunned at how well this wine showed. It is a shame that Marcassin no longer gets this fruit. Beautiful balance with apples and pear tones and a long, lingering lemon custard finish. Despite all the richness, this wine remained light and balanced .
The combination of richness and minerality is very rare. I was thrilled with how this wine balances such power, density and integrated acidity. This particular bottle showed better than any of my previous bottles and I am tempted to hold my last one for a while.
White
7/24/2007 - Anonymous wrote:
84 points
I am beginning to believe these wines should be drunk up at a younger age. This wine was a deep gold, bordering on oxidized.
I am truly beginning to feel that this wine is no longer a style I enjoy and will seriously consider no longer ordering. It seemed overripe, overoaked and kind of simple.
I am not sure it is worth the price in todays' market; pleasant enough but...... $75???
White
7/17/2007 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
This particular bottle showed very well with no signs of oxidation.The nose had aromas of citrus, maybe lime along with hints of white flowers. The wine still showed excellent texture with nice viscosity and a lush mouth feel. The still apparent acidity cut through the richness and the oak was very well integrated. The finish was long and well balanced.
Red
12/12/2006 - Anonymous wrote:
flawed
This is the second straight bottle that showed poorly. It is "slightly" fizzy as if undergoing a secondary fermentation.
Red
10/14/2006 - Anonymous wrote:
96 points
Sometimes you just want a great bottle for no "special" reason...Saturday was one of those days and this bottle delivered!! Simple grilled porterhouses over a mesquite fire; salt, pepper, a few leaves of sage on the grill. Upon opening, the telltale Colgin dill; obvious but not overpowering. This is a unique wine and I can see how this nose could possibly be a bit offputting to some. Very shortly the blueberries emerged....gorgeous!!At almost 12 years of age this bottle was showing some secondary development but I still feel it's future holds even more treasure.It was beautifully balanced yet caressed the entire mouth and tongue. The finish went on and on....As the bottle sat in thhe decanter (originally just popped and poured), it developed notes of roses. It even seemed to thicken in the glass and develop a hint of licorice and chocolate on the finish. Thoroughly enjoyable now and if you are lucky enough to have more than one, the structure promises further evolution. I am not usually a "points" guy but this is an outstanding bottle of wine.
Red
9/20/2006 - Anonymous wrote:
Bottle showed very well and quite lively. Seemed quite young.
White
9/3/2006 - Anonymous wrote:
91 points
It is always good to find a "surprise" lurking in your cellar or vinoteque. I was moving around some 375s when I discovered this bottle hiding in the back. I was not sure what to expect but I was very pleasantly surprised. The wine was a deep gold and oxidation was expected!!! Nope!! Vibrant tropical complex flavors featuring butterscotch and baked apples. This is certainly a mature California Chard and would not be mistaken for anything else. It might not be everyone's cup of tea but it was a wonderful Labor Day surprise!!
Cheers!!!
Marshall
White
8/3/2006 - Anonymous wrote:
83 points
Bottle showed oxidation...not really thrilling ; try another soon. Not flawed but not what it should have been. Actually improved a touch in the glass and was a decent match for lobster risotto.
Red
5/28/2006 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
This wine drank beautifully. Completely ready to go but will hold for a few years ...should you wish.Very nice mouth feel, quite full, well balanced and with that telltale "blueberry" signature. Since it was served with a lamb loin with blueberry reduction, that might have helped!!! Overall an excellent showing from a "weaker" vintage.
White
5/27/2006 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Wine showed beautifully..hazelnuts, lime,"crushed Lifesaver"..long, rich finish. Great match with first soft -shelled crab of the season.
Red
5/14/2006 - Anonymous wrote:
95 points
It was a tough weekend and we felt like opening something special. I choose the 1994 Colgin "Herb Lamb" and it certainly delivered. Gorgeous color with notes of blueberry, black fruits and cocoa with a slight tinge of herbs.It was mouthfilling yet elegant and silky on the tongue. At this moment it is an elegant, complex and multi-dimensional wine. It is certainly ready to drink but I believe will hold at this nice plateau for a few more years. The finish has the complex feel of a fine Bordeaux with hints of licorice and cloves. This wine was purchased on release and cellared at 58 degrees ever since. I am thrilled to have a few more of these to drink over the next few years.
White
4/16/2006 - Anonymous wrote:
98 points
All you could ask for in a California Chard. Beautiful balance, great weight and mouth feel. Actually gained richness as it sat in glass. As it sat in glass....hazelnuts,earth and peaches started to emerge. If you are lucky enough to own a few; then the balance and acidity beg for a couple of years of age but if you wish to drink it now you will not be disappointed. This note might be slightly jaundiced as it was drunk at a memorial lunch to a recently departed dear friend,(with whom I was hoping to share this bottle) however, it was a wonderful bottle in its' own right and a fitting tribute.
White
3/27/2006 - Anonymous wrote:
94 points
This is to me , what white burgundy is all about. Impeccable balance, a long lingering finish and a long life ahead. it showed absolutely NO signs of oxidation and was a joy to drink. The wine showed impressive minerality, beautiful overtones of hazelnuts, and a slight citric quality on the finish. This was the first Roulot '99 that I opened and I will leave my others, especially the more famous vineyards to rest. I feel these wines will be long lived and have a very interesting journey to maturity. It was a perfect match to a lightly seared sea bass and I just wish I owned far more of this wine. Unfortunately, Roulot has become increasingly expensive and relatively hard to find. This wine was simply a joy to drink and got better and better in the glass over the course of the evening.
Red
1982 Château Magdelaine St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/4/2006 - Anonymous wrote:
This wine was in beautiful condition. Purchased on release and cellared at 58 since. Magdelaine, according to RP has one of the highest proportions of merlot in all of St. Emilion. This might cause you to think it would age quickly. Not so with this bottle....it actually seemed to grow and expand in the glass. Tremendous richness mixed with a beautifully subtle nose.. this wine still has considerable evolution ahead of it. Still have a couple left but really wish I had purchased more. A fabulous wine!!!
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