Tasting Notes for andtheodor

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White
5/23/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Lime zest, bitters, immense texture. Satisfying and interesting.
Red
5/19/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
93 points
Wonderful nose of applewood smoke, violets, blackberries, and tar. Lifted, flowery, and elegant, almost perfumed despite the young age. Great energy and acidity nearly hides the tannin but some years will do for my tastes here. Some tar and black pepper shows up at the end but the fruit is fresh and youthful throughout.
Red
5/19/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
Hilariously green with a strong vein of campfire smoke. Not unwieldy on the palate which is still structured but has some tender currant fruit. Somewhat similar to a recent '78 Talbot. Monterey veggies indeed.
Red
5/18/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
84 points
Nice enough nose; licorice, sour cherry, mint, graphite, incense, but the palate has this heavy cooked fruit, plum pie, brandied pallor over everything. The finish is bitter and the alcohol is felt in the sinuses and chest. A try-hard wine with exceptional concentration and body but little balance or grace. Sell.
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Red
5/11/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
Dried strawberries and pressed flowers on the nose with a bit of tar. Rhubarb and cranberry tartness drives the palate over a scintillating acidity, fading tannin, and some resinous tarry cacao nib finish. Great with some braised meat and pasta.
Red
5/11/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Served "triple" blind to my group. Really pretty nose showing provencal herbs, black licorice, menthol, juniper, smoldering incense. Thick, sappy, powerful palate that's more like Amarone than Chateauneuf, but quite suave without obvious alcohol or raisiny fruit. I guessed CdP because of all the aromatic characters, but any amount of sweet or sugary fruit on the palate and I would've been sure this was Amarone. Good wine, but not really my thing. I'd take any number of the classics over this.
Red
5/7/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
Chocolate, tobacco, bell pepper, cherry, very green & herbal nose. Palate is less interesting, with some cherry cordial and a kind of flaccid sweetness. Great color, some tannin, plenty of acid, an unusual level of ripeness (especially for Merlot) that simply isn't done any more for better or worse. In very good shape and a decent match with braised beef over polenta and kale.
White - Sweet/Dessert
5/7/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Blisteringly acidic, poached pear, flowers, a little cleaner and sharper than these tend to be but still great.
Red
5/5/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
Cherry pie and baking spices. Shared with guests who seemed to like it.
Red
5/5/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
flawed
Good fill but soft cork; totally maderized.
Red
5/4/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
This seems to have all the structure and not so much of the charm as the more expensive Joguet wines. Somehow it improved over the course of a few days, whereas it began as one of the least enjoyable bottles I've had in some time, closer to a hostile Aglianico than Franc. I'll hang onto the others for a few more years since this certainly isn't going to come apart any time soon.
Red
5/4/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Surly, bretted, and compact fruit when opened but unfurled over a few hours before finishing with a sausage/kale/bean stew for which it was an ideal match. Sour pie cherries, marzipan, sweet soil tones, and spice. Really good and promise for more to come. One of the best inexpensive Chianti if you like that high-toned, aromatic Sangiovese style.
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Red
5/4/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
89 points
As before a bit sweetly oak & strawberry alone, but a marvelous match to the paprika and saffron in a paella.
Red
5/4/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
91 points
With a bit of air I think this is almost in the zone. Classic cherry, tobacco, leather, modest oak now. Guzzled with grilled pork pintxos.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2011 Château Guiraud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
4/27/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
flawed
Perhaps the corkiest young wine I've encountered.
Red
4/27/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
90 points
The only wine that benefitted from pairing with all the paprika and chorizo, soft and gently oxidized from a long stay in barrel. Mostly cherry and piquillo pepper, with a big, sweet, leathery nose. Pretty good but not up to my previous bottles.
Red
4/27/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Unanimous wine of the night. Shy nose of raspberry pastille and pressed roses, but what a palate! Despite all of the tannin having faded away, this is almost architectural in its structure, like it has chiseled shape and definition and mouthwatering acidity without having any particularly notable flavor. Really enjoyable.
White
4/8/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
91 points
Buttery, but lemon and a mineral cut gives some definition.
White
4/7/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
90 points
Warm, sunny demeanor with melon and pear type fruit, some flowers, discernible oak. Moderate acidity, good texture, not really mineral driven or recognizable as anything but Cali Chardonnay which is what everyone guessed.
Red
4/7/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
93 points
Served double blind from my cellar. Sturdy, with good structure and plenty of fruit to support it. Spicy, intense, cinnamon even, tart berry fruit. Kind of an idealized mature wine to me. I was pretty confident this was some earthy, sour, Italian wine and I don't think anybody even mentioned Cabernet. Really lovely if enigmatic.
Red
1989 Château Magdelaine St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/1/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
flawed
Perfect fill and good cork but suffering some oxidation and spiky volatility.
White - Fortified
3/22/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
93 points
A lot of rancio nutty type character, a bit tawny, but reasonable alcohol, dried orange, potpourri, orange marmalade, bruleed sugar. Great concentration and texture, cleans up after itself.
Red
3/19/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
91 points
Seriously funky stuff; diaper bin in the tomato garden. There a beam of acidity behind the cherry, soil, and herbal qualities. Better with air and certainly not an easy drinking, polished bottle of juice.
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White
3/19/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Lime juice, zest, hydrocarbon distillates filtered through pulverized rock.
Red
3/19/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
94 points
Beefy, iron, pie cherry, bouquet garni, so deep and savory, hardly like a wine at all. Perhaps more like a curative broth. There's certainly some vinegar here, but it's more like a balsamic reduction on the roasted meat and not spiky or volatile. Magnificent future ahead.
Red
3/13/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
The best old cork I've ever seen. Nose of sawn cedar, currants, sarsaparilla, like ribena and root beer spilled in a sauna. Palate has become a little diffuse but still shows some black cherry sweetness, cocoa, and a touch of acidity especially on the finish. Magnificent for what it is.
Red
3/4/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
My note from 2015 still works for me. Severely mineral, charred meat, scented markers, black licorice, dutch cocoa, sweet clean soil, great acidity, coarse tannin. If this ever manages to resolve some texture it would be great.
Red
2/25/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
Remarkably well-preserved with a vein of sweet but somewhat anonymous dark fruit, cola, tobacco, and cedar. That's about it. Hard to say if that's all this ever was or if age has faded some other characteristics, but tannin and acidity still present and in balance. 11.3% abv.
Red
2/24/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Love the nose here; all kinds of deep currant fruit, graphite, cedar, red bell pepper, herbs. Think top shelf Bordeaux with an exotic twist. Palate is less generous, coarsely tannic, and seemingly in need of more time to unwind but superb with roasted meat. Nothing jammy or roasted at all despite the vintage. Check in again in 5 years?
Red - Sweet/Dessert
2/24/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Raspberry, ganache, milk chocolate, damp tobacco, lots of coffee aromas, cinnamon, exotic and interesting. Great richness with attendant acidity and unburdened by oak, alcohol, or excess sugar, it finishes up with great bittersweet tang.
Red
2/15/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
93 points
Double decanted and taken out for paella on valentine's day. Aroma of dried fruits, old baseball mitt, damp tobacco, rusted metal. Actually improves over the course of 3 hours, getting satiny and very broad in the mouth, with a effortless sense of power and lightness. Seems initially like the delicate kind of old wine that floats rather than saturates, but with air it's got a tangerine sweetness and meaty depth, just fabulous.
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Red
2/9/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
91 points
Very dark color still. At first glance this is dominated by currant and sweet caramelly oak but there's actually quite a bit more of interest; lilac, cedar, campfire, a strong scorched earth type smell. Palate has tart cherry, a nice full texture, spices, soil, finishes with sweet fruit and good structure to give some detail to it all.
Red
2/6/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
91 points
From the oldest 1880s section of Geyserville. Nose is like herbal raspberry tea, cedar, cinnamon, leather, macerated berries. Palate nice sweet-tart acidity, good texture and persistence, gummy/herbal oversteeped tea, very clean and improving with air. My only complaint would be the rather linear character of the wine, still charming despite that.
Red
2/5/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
91 points
This is certainly among the greatest Cotes de Rhone I've ever had, and a great deal too. Packed with Syrah typicity; blackberry, smoky, meaty, olive, feral. Not funky, just more animale than fruit. A nice surprise and the kind of wine that keeps my interest up. Drinking well now.
Red
1973 Nino Negri Sfursat Sforzato di Valtellina Nebbiolo (view label images)
1/30/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
95 points
I popped the cork expecting to need some time to breathe life into a mature Nebbiolo, but what I got was an immediately perfumed and generous wine. Menthol, tea, cherry, worn leather, just a perfect old bouquet. Surely the palate will be awkward, dry, and acidic though? Nope! it's silken, supple, and warm with cherry, tobacco, and a raisiny kind of sweetness that gives body and depth without seeming sugary. Magnificent.
Red
1/26/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
85 points
Pruny, bruised fruit, cooked cherries, tar, leaden, low acid, and nearly dessert-like syrupy body. Not a bad wine, but showing the full maturity of a very ripe Chateauneuf, well beyond the herby/licorice/garrigue side I'd like to see.
Red
1/22/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
90 points
Dried strawberries, mint, clove, cinnamon, very sweet and incredibly spicy. No shortage of acidity or tannin here, and seems very low alcohol. Well preserved but nowhere else to go. Intensity is certainly there but I'd add a few points for more complexity.
White
1/22/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
85 points
Tasted blind. Bizarre color, smells sweet, smoky, citrus rind, apricot pit, dried flowers. Thinking old Alsace Riesling as I first taste it...nope! Fairly thin, low acid, totally dry. I'm guessing old Alsace Muscat now before someone mentions skin-contact white and I realize I missed that bitterness. Oh well, only 30 years off on my guess!
Red
1/21/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
Smoked meat, olives, brine, super stemmy and aggressive with sharp buzzing acidity. There's some blackberry fruit behind it but still absolutely requires time.
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Red
1/21/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
89 points
Sweet and juicy, very evocative of the house style. This is more enjoyable than the Gran Reserva at this point.
Red
1/21/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
90 points
Good again, enduring quite well.
Red
1/21/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
94 points
Bright, punchy fruit with good spiciness, some chocolate/cherry cordial sweetness, tangy acidity. An unusual oceanic kind of vibe like you might see in Chablis lends additional interest. Another perfectly mature old Cab - nowhere near decline. From a bottle with fill well into the neck and sound cork.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1/21/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
93 points
Like drinking a cinnamon clove spiced apple pie. Marvelous.
Red
1/21/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
95 points
Eucalyptus in the purest sense, this smelled so good I forgot to taste it at first. Somehow still so fresh and minty, developing an almost garrigue-like herbal sense after a while. Palate is broad, deep, and effortlessly powerful with plenty of fruit to support all the Vick's Vapo-rub. Unreal, and a singular experience, I've never had anything quite like this. From a single owner bottle purchased at the winery.
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Red
1/21/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
94 points
Wow, a perfectly mature old Cali Cab that needs no apologies. Tender, with exceptionally sweet fruit and pitch perfect acidity. Currant and cherry with some green/gummy herb edge, a seriously savory, meaty, cacao, mineral core. The first Montelena Cab released, made by Grgich.
Red
1/7/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
89 points
Same as my note from a year ago. Suggest rich, pungent foods to tame the overtly raisined fruit and bring out some of the more interesting nuance.
Red
1/7/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
90 points
Rustic and needs food to tame the wildness and structure.
White
1/7/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
Fat, custardy, oaky. Not decayed but time to drink any.
Red
12/19/2018 - andtheodor wrote:
91 points
Nice match for spicy lamb meatballs. Why can't every bottle of this be so pure and enjoyable?
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