Tasting Notes for rooman

(103 notes on 95 wines)

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White - Off-dry
2/17/2020 - rooman Likes this wine:
92 points
More dry than off dry but a superbly balanced wine, well into its drinking window. Good weight though I was interested to see it’s dry style coming through.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/6/2019 - rooman Likes this wine:
93 points
Developing nicely. Sadly too late in the evening to truly appreciate but all parts coming together
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Red
2005 Clos du Marquis St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/6/2019 - rooman Likes this wine:
92 points
The tannins have softened but the wine remains in a dormant state with very little secondary development coming through. Leave another five years and then try again
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Red
2005 Cullen Wines Diana Madeline Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/1/2019 - rooman Likes this wine:
94 points
First bottle from the case. A superb wine. Just starting to emerge. In another 5-10 years it will be exemplary. Medium bodied for a cab sav, robust yet silky fine tannins wrapped Bordeaux like fruit. Hard to believe it’s not old world from somewhere like St Julien.
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Red
3/2/2019 - rooman Likes this wine:
89 points
Sweet fruit nose. Soft velvet tannins but not the legs to go any distance. Again slightly sweet fruit on a warm night in Sydney. Considering the cheap discounted price not bad value but definitely not going to be anything special.
Red
2010 Fontodi Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese (view label images)
2/19/2019 - rooman Likes this wine:
92 points
Compared to a very tannic Ch Gazin at the same meal, the Fontodi was a thing of joy. The tannins have softened over time and the wine is now rich and approachable. Will it get better. possibly, it is enjoyable to drink now, definitely!
The wine looks garnet colored. The legs are medium. There is light sediment in the bottle. The body is medium. The wine has round texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has medium acidity.
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Red
2/19/2019 - rooman Likes this wine:
91 points
Grabbed it out of the cellar just before leaving for friends for dinner and opened it immediately on arrival and decanted it. So in fairness, not an ideal way to approach the wine. Normally i like to stand up decent bottles the day before to let them settle. Sadly compared to a 2010 Chianti, the Gazin was notably more tannic and i will try really hard not to open another for at least another five years or so. In its present condition it is just a waste of money.
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Red
12/9/2018 - rooman Likes this wine:
92 points
Lovely aged burgundy. Drinking well now. Smooth tannins, some brown bricking, dark cherries, forest floor. Reasonable length.
Red
12/3/2018 - rooman Likes this wine:
93 points
a big burgundy, massive bouquet which may have been the best thing about the wine at present. I suspect in another 10 years it will be an impressive wine but for now it’s still fairly tightly coiled though definitely not unpleasant- just dormant.
Red
2005 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/11/2018 - rooman wrote:
93 points
Still somewhat dormant but the tannins are becoming softer and the wine medium bodied. Another 5 years and it should be a cracker.
Red
9/27/2018 - rooman wrote:
93 points
Definitely coming into its drinking window now. The tannins have softened and integrated with the dark red fruit to produce a highly enjoyable wine. Secondary developing is starting to come through with a long finish. Still a long, long life ahead of it.
White
5/26/2018 - rooman wrote:
93 points
This will be an excellent wine but not now. Far too young. Pale green colour with an acid and fruit structure that resembles young Australian riesling. Lemon, pineapple and white nectarine fruit. It is just throwing money away drinking this wine now. In 3-5 years however it should be superb
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White
5/26/2018 - rooman wrote:
91 points
Sunflower yellow, fruit is now giving way to secondary development and greater complexity. Went superbly with roast pork, the refreshing acid cutting through the pork fat.
Red
5/5/2018 - rooman Likes this wine:
93 points
This will be a superb wine but just not yet. At present it’s more like a dark brooding monster. It has filled out since the first bottle from the case 4 years ago but the dark red fruit has yet to develop those secondary flavours one can see lurking in the distance. I will try the next bottle in around five years. In ten years it will be superb.
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Red
2002 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
4/7/2018 - rooman wrote:
93 points
The 2002 has finally started to come around nicely. Earlier bottles were a little two dimensional but now it has started to secondary flavours with soft tannins. Medium bodied, with dark red fruit. Cassie and the beginnings of cedar box fruit. Good length.
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White
3/31/2018 - rooman wrote:
93 points
Excellent crisp chardonnay with refreshing acidity. Developing a golden hue. Pineapples and yellow nectarines on the palate. Will develop greater depth but definitely moorish now.
White
2/23/2018 - rooman Likes this wine:
93 points
An excellent Clare Valley riesling from a great vintage. Just starting to show a yellow hue and taking on additional weight. Typical lemons and limes fruit and an excellent bit not over powering acid structure to make it a refreshing summer wine. Fantastic value
Red
2007 Lake's Folly Cabernets Hunter Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/23/2018 - rooman Likes this wine:
91 points
Possibly caught in between stages but this bottle showed green and herbaceous. Drinkable but no real wow factor. I probably won’t touch any more for another 5 years or so and see if it develops more complexity.
Red
2005 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/24/2018 - rooman Likes this wine:
93 points
Still a massive wine. Took it to Colorado with us from Sydney. Gave it a week or two standing up and it was still impenetrable. I doubt I will try another for 5 years min. Eventually though it should be an imposing wine with true Paulliac strength inside a velvet glove
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Red
12/5/2017 - rooman wrote:
93 points
Lush big fruit. Silky tannins. Still very primary but most enjoyable.
Red
10/12/2017 - rooman Likes this wine:
93 points
Lovely Hunter Valley Shiraz, medium bottled, savoury leather fruit, a tad sweet but moreish neartheless. Well into drinking window the HV Shiraz are quite different in structure and fruit to the SA Shiraz and for my money infinitely preferable.
Red
2004 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
10/2/2017 - rooman Likes this wine:
91 points
Sort of into the solid and dependable phase. Tannins have softened and integrated but there is still little secondary development showing with this full bodied wine. I do suspect however in another 5-6 years as the wine takes on more complexity that it will be more interesting. It’s just not quite there yet. I will try and not open another bottle this decade.
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Red
9/23/2017 - rooman wrote:
89 points
At 13 years there is some secondary flavour development but it will never be a great CNdP unless some of the 2005. I have a few left but will probably drink them over the next couple of years.
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Red
7/25/2017 - rooman Likes this wine:
95 points
Just an absolutely superb wine. It has taken time for all the elements to come together and sadly some out of the case were drunk to early but this wine has been one of the highlights this year.

Medium to full bodied, darkish fruit and a long, long finish that goes on for ages. Wonder multi layered complexity through the mid palate.
Red
7/3/2017 - rooman Likes this wine:
91 points
At 16 years this wine is drinking beautifully and is right in the middle of its optimal drinking window. Medium bodied, red fruit, Margauxish like in a feminine style yet with silky smooth tannins and blackberry red fruit finishing with earthy cedar and hint of tobacco on a decent finish.
Red
6/14/2017 - rooman Likes this wine:
91 points
In a nice place at present. Some secondary flavour coming through. Brownish rim around the edges. Medium bodied, savory, nothing especially complex butopened up over the space of 3-4 hours in a decanter. In its comfort zone at present not sure it go onto another level.
Red
5/17/2017 - rooman wrote:
92 points
Still far too young and like many of the 2004 vintage hanging onto its robust tannins. Needs min 5 years otherwise it's just a waste. Time will tell if a butterfly emerges or not.
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Red
2006 Clonakilla Shiraz - Viognier Canberra District Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
5/17/2017 - rooman wrote:
93 points
A superb wine. Right in the middle of its drinking window. Drank over two night. It took at least 2/3 hours to open up on the first night in Riedel XL Vinum Cab Sav glasses. Even more moorish the second evening.
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Red
2010 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/29/2017 - rooman Likes this wine:
91 points
Tannic, unyielding, the 2010 vintage is not just not one to try early unlike the 2009 which is far more fruit drive and lush. It could easily go 15-20 years with not problem. I won't waste opening another for at least a decade.
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Red
It seems all cab sav from Coonawarra 2004 vintage are taking an eternity to open up. I won't bother opening another for at least 5 years if well cellared.
Red
4/29/2017 - rooman Likes this wine:
94 points
Lovely balance. After some notes I've read I was expecting more of a robust tannic monster but this wine is anything but that. Still not much secondary development going on but excellent balance and medium bodied, dark red fruit. Still has years to go.
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Red
3/24/2017 - rooman Likes this wine:
94 points
There's been a lot of bottle variation out of this case of wines sealed under cork but this bottle was just drop dead gorgeous. Flush, fully bodied, savoury/velvety tannins, dark fruit with a long finish.
Red
3/15/2017 - rooman Likes this wine:
93 points
At 14 years old the wine is starting to show secondary development but the last couple of glasses were definitely the best so there is still another decade of development ahead. Medium bodied, dark red fruit.
White
1/25/2017 - rooman wrote:
94 points
I don't get it. Why do people drink this wine when it's so young. These wines are not meant to be drunk now, they're meant to be cellared for at least a decade before drinking. If you want to drink young riesling don't waste you money on this wine.
White
1/25/2017 - rooman Likes this wine:
92 points
Developing in a lovely balanced riesling. The acid has settled down, the colour has taken on sunflower yellow and the fruit a refreshing combination of stone, green apples and limes and a long finish. Will develop well over the next 5-10 years.
White
1/22/2017 - rooman Likes this wine:
94 points
Ridiculously tight and unforgiving at present. The Polish Hills really are made to be after 15 years and this wine is no different. it has all the ingredients to be a superb win in another 10 years, tightly coiled fruit around a steely acid structure but not for the faith of heart at this time. it is possible being left open in the fridge overnight before drinking might begrudgingly coax the wine to come out and play but why bother at this time. Like a taciturn teenager it just wants to be left along at present.
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White
1/22/2017 - rooman Likes this wine:
94 points
Many Aussie rieslings start out so tight they are unpleasant to dry young - not this wine. Whilst it has the acid structure to last and develop, there is a superb array of flavours even at this very young age, white nectarines and limes with just a hint of honeysuckle far in the distance. Purchased directly from the vineyard, I see myself buying more in the future.
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White
1/22/2017 - rooman Likes this wine:
92 points
purchased as a museum release from DM is well into its drinking window. Looking at the other Leo Buring 2005 I purchased on release, I remain convinced that (a) wines develop more slowly in my cellar and (b) DM isn't keeping their museum release wines at a comparable low temp.
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White
1/22/2017 - rooman wrote:
91 points
Its really a nothing wine at present - no flavour development, minimal acid structure, just sort of dead. I am not sure if perhaps its in a hole or just won't develop into anything much better. The acid level is low so I am not convinced it has the bones to last a long time. Perhaps I will leave the case alone for awhile
White
1/21/2017 - rooman Likes this wine:
93 points
Still incredibly young at 10 years. Some colour development but minimal secondary flavour development. Wait another 5 years.
White
1/5/2017 - rooman Likes this wine:
93 points
Superb Eden Valley Riesling, the colour is starting to develop a cornflower yellow, acid is slowly softening and the fruit is opening up. A good decade still ahead of this wine.
Red
1/5/2017 - rooman Likes this wine:
90 points
Whilst it is Vieux Telegraphes entry level wine and based on last night tasting won't last another decade, it is bloody nice drinking now. The Grenache has taken on a savoury mulberry flavour. With brown bricking around the edge, I will be drinking the last of these up over the next year or so. No point holding much longer.
Red
12/26/2016 - rooman Likes this wine:
93 points
Still a puppy, robust tannins that are still at least five to ten years away from being approachable. It will be good but frankly it's a waste of a good bottle opening one this decade.
Red
12/26/2016 - rooman Likes this wine:
93 points
Sexy wee wine. velvety tannins wrap themselves around you in an indecent manner, seducing you to the dark side of Yarra Valley Cabernets.
Red
2003 Château Potensac Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/22/2016 - rooman Likes this wine:
91 points
Right in its drinking window. Soft velvety tannins, classic cedar cigar box red fruit, medium body and good finish. Early on with this case, I was disappointed but now I am very glad a few bottles survived.
Red
12/16/2016 - rooman Likes this wine:
93 points
Still young though I suspect my cool regulated cellar definitely slows down the progression of wines in my cellar. It was just starting to drink beautifully by the last drop.
White
11/19/2016 - rooman Likes this wine:
93 points
Superb wild fermented Riesling. Red and green apples on the nose, full flavour on the palate with greater complexity than one normally sees from such young Clare Valley Rieslings. A great Australian classic in the making.
Red
11/18/2016 - rooman Likes this wine:
94 points
Superb Australian Pinot, probably up there in the top half dozen. Hint of forest floor on the nose, dark cherry fruit, long length with emerging complexity. Can only get better from here.
Red
11/18/2016 - rooman Likes this wine:
93 points
Emerging from its lumber. Dark fruit and gentle tannins. Classic cool climate Victorian terroir, pencil shavings and cassis flavours. Years ahead of it. Limited tertiary flavours starting to develop.
Red
10/8/2016 - rooman wrote:
89 points
Medium bodied. Light structure and lacking a complexity one would normally seek in a MSD. Short finish.
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