Tasting Notes for YQUEM90

(104 notes on 91 wines)

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Red
9/8/2019 - YQUEM90 wrote:
99 points
Just stunning. 80% CabSauv, 20% Sang... one of the finest SuperTuscans from one of the 20th century finest vintages.
Lightly decanted, took 10+ minute to open even with vigorous aeration (i.e. swishing around the glasses). Integrated, backbone but with generous fruit.
Paired wonderfully w/Rigatoni primavera in heavy spicy red sauce, plus Osso Buco, plus grilled peppers.
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Red
7/8/2019 - YQUEM90 wrote:
99 points
Yup, still awesome. Decanted and swirled ~5 min.
Dark red cherries (but not cherry cola like Williams-Selyem), plums. Paired quite well with Papardelle with mushrooms and cream sauce.
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Red
11/18/2018 - YQUEM90 Likes this wine:
96 points
Still going strong at 21!
Decanted ~20 mins (not enough but we were at a restaurant). As is typical, a bit of bottle "earth/dirt" which dissipated and left behind a delightful balance of fruit and muscular tannin. Stood up quite well to stewed tomatoes, brussel sprouts, mushrooms.
I'm not concerned about this wine lasting another 5+ years. But it's delicious so I'll look for more excuses to open it.
Red - Fortified
Fully decanted. Tons of sediment. Delicious and powerful. Caramel, smooth raisin. Not at all harsh or medicinal, well integrated. Just delightful. No signs of being over the hill at 47.
Fantastic pairing with pecans tart.
Red
3/24/2017 - YQUEM90 wrote:
95 points
Strong at 15. Simple decant. Give it 30+ minutes and it will be lovely. Paired nicely w/burgers and beef chili.
Red
2012 Quilceda Creek Palengat Red Wine Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/24/2016 - YQUEM90 Likes this wine:
97 points
Yum. Smoooooth. Plenty of structure to stand up to food. Paired nicely with mushrooms, grilled shishito peppers, and other foods. Will age for several years.
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Red
Very nice. Clearly young. Not special-seeming upon opening, but after 2 hours in a decanter the potential become more obvious. Cellar for 1-3 years and try again.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1990 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
Just lovely. Dark burnt-copper-coin orange/gold. No sediment. Harmonized flavors, well integrated. Even my non-Sauternes-loving friends loved this one. Not faded at all; I'd imagine 5+ years remain.
Red
12/15/2014 - YQUEM90 Likes this wine:
95 points
Still going strong. Dark dark purple... teeth staining. Not earthy/tannin in your face, a bit more dusty. Definitely a wine to enjoy with food. Without food, perhaps a bit too astringent/mouth pucker. But with food, yum! Stood up well to chicken parm, grilled burgers, heavier cheese, guacamole. Plenty of time left to enjoy this, assuming proper cellaring. Give it 5 minutes after opening for any residual bottle-funk to blow off, then another 10 minutes in the glass or a decanter. Still delicious!!
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White
Classic California Chard profile. Buttery, smooth. Enjoyed with cheeses and grilled vegetables. Lovely wine.
Red
2/20/2014 - YQUEM90 Likes this wine:
97 points
Just delightful. Not vegetal/green initially (some other 1997 Super Tuscans and big Sangiovese wines can be). Fruit and spice right off the bat. Lovely balance.
Red
9/2/2013 - YQUEM90 Likes this wine:
97 points
Decanted, but minimal sediment. Delicious. Opened up after 20 mins to complex, fun, multi-layered berry, cherry, some licorice undertones. Awesome wine.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1988 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
5/25/2013 - YQUEM90 Likes this wine:
97 points
Absolutely lovely. Plenty of depth but refined. Even casual wine-drinkers recognized it as special. Certainly another 5+ years of aging potential. Parker called this "immortal" and wine window to 2035. I understand why he would say that.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
1970 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
Served from 375ml. Stunning to look at... dark orange/copper color. Cork broke off but the bottom half came right up in 1 piece with gentle coaxing. Lovely nose, very delicious. Not much power on the finish. I'm inclined to agree with prior posters who suggested drinking now. In contrast to more powerful cousins from the vintage (Yquem et al.), this appeared mono-chromatic, not as richly layered.
White
11/22/2012 - YQUEM90 wrote:
98 points
Fantastic wine. Plenty of body, plenty of structure. Not at all a clobber-you-over-the-head oakiness, unlike many of its California brethren.
Red
1994 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/22/2012 - YQUEM90 wrote:
Delightful w/Thanksgiving meal. Decanted, meaningful sediment. Just lovely. Powerful, stood up to that turkey!
Certainly enjoyable now but plenty of structure to keep for another few years, if you've got any.
Red
9/24/2012 - YQUEM90 wrote:
I like this for an everyday PN. Paired nicely with foods. No vegetal single-note garbage, as is a risk w/less expensive California PN (i.e. no puckered-up, "ewwww, what IS that?" reaction). I would buy more of this, as I think it's a good QPR. Nobody would think it profound, but unlikely to bother anyone either.
Red
9/22/2012 - YQUEM90 wrote:
very nice indeed. opened and decanted about 5 mins. Paired very nicely with heaver italian food -- gnocchi w/short ribs, chicken paillard, pizzas w/heavy cheese. Balanced palate. More earth than fruit but very nice overall. Drinking well now.
Red
7/28/2012 - YQUEM90 wrote:
An interesting blend of Merlot/CabSauv and 2 other grapes. Popped and poured. I think this is a cold-weather wine, meaning it would pair much better with heavier foods than lighter ones. Not enjoyable on its own, but much more so with food. Would probably benefit from another 1-2 years in bottle, plus some air time after opening. I'm not running back to buy more, but the wine is not flawed in its construction and needs to be thoughtfully paired with food to be properly appreciated.
Red
7/26/2012 - YQUEM90 wrote:
Opened and decanted for about 15 mins. I'd respect the opinion of others who would advise longer, but this was at a restaurant. The wine was immediately apparent to all (even the non-oenophiles) that this was not your ordinary bottle. Very smooth up front, then BAM! hits you in the face mid-palate and strong finish. The first 5 minutes, this was not entirely pleasant. Then things calmed down a bit, and everything integrated in a beautiful way. Paired delightfully with food (buratta, eggplant, red sauce etc). After 2 hours it was profound and (again), much calmer, in a good way. I see no reason to rush to open this wine -- plenty of power and I imagine it will be much better in ~2 years, when the power is the same but the finesse/integration is more advanced. A tour de force and an exceptional wine.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
5/24/2012 - YQUEM90 wrote:
delicious. opened and consumed. smooth and definitely a cut above. drinking nicely now, and no signs of becoming tired. floral, peach, smooth honey.
Red
5/22/2012 - YQUEM90 wrote:
Perfectly lovely. Opened, simple decanted for about 30 mins.
Paired exceptionally well with grilled chicken/lamb/beef and other delightful Lebanese food.
Red
5/13/2012 - YQUEM90 wrote:
Laugh all you want about the marketing angle -- this was tasty juice for $10. If you don't overthink it, you'll enjoy it even more. Nothing standout exciting, nothing standout deficient either. Snobs won't like it, but most people will.
Red
5/13/2012 - YQUEM90 wrote:
Very enjoyable, popped and poured with dinner. Maybe 10-15 minutes vigorous glass swishing.
Very good. Cherry/cola flavors throughout, nice small red fruit. My wife got it right, I think, when she described the wine as good enough for you to notice it was an above-average wine, but not so in-your-face that it distracted you from the meal. Certainly a cut above, I think the price is ~$60, which I think would be excellent QPR. You spend more, you get more, you feel good. I'd imagine this would benefit from another 2-3 years of bottle aging, but that's personal preference.
Rosé - Sparkling
5/13/2012 - YQUEM90 wrote:
Not sure how this qualifies as wine. Maybe barely.
Red
5/5/2012 - YQUEM90 wrote:
Powerful indeed. Opened at the restaurant, no prior prep. Wasn't decanted, just poured into large glasses. At first, some bottle funk that made me wonder if this was going to be an unpleasant experience. Sipped without food, the wine wasn't appealing -- too harsh, too aggressive. We gave it 10-15 minutes and it opened nicely. Once the earth/barn notes dissipated, the fruit took over and it was much better. Then paired with food (burratta, polenta, mushrooms), it got MUCH better. Then with entrees (rigatoni w/red sauce, chicken, etc) better still. Then by end of meal silky smooth. Sadly this was my last bottle so you can learn from my experience. Definitely should be decanted. Plenty of power remains here. Give this beast some air. Then you'll get a beautiful wine.
Red
3/11/2012 - YQUEM90 wrote:
Open & enjoyed over 90 mins. More earth than fruit, paired nicely w/casual Italian food (eggplant parm, pizza w/burratta & arugula etc). Very muscular at first, then calmed down after 30 mins. Very enjoyable.
Red
12/8/2011 - YQUEM90 wrote:
Delicious but clearly very young. Give this at least 3 years.
Opened, decanted 30 mins. Aggressive, balanced. Even amateurs at the table commented that this was something special. After 1 hour tannins softened, fragrance improved. Will be very special. Patience will be rewarded.
Red
11/13/2011 - YQUEM90 wrote:
97 points
Still going strong. Opened, decanted. Minor sediment, nothing conspicuous. After 3-5 minutes of bottle-ness blew off the wine was a superb mix of power (no confusing with a Chianti Classico) and grace (no earth/cellar floor smell or taste). Paired very nicely with heavier truffled pasta dishes. Certainly should be fine at least through 2012/2013 and probably longer.
Red
10/23/2011 - YQUEM90 wrote:
Open, decanted, and poured. Initial impressions weren't so good - obviously maderized, very chunky at first. Then over 60-90 minutes opened up, more fruit and less funk. Actually quite good after 90 mins or so. I'd agree with the 12-8-10 TN. If you have any of this, suggest you drink now. Give it at least 30 minutes opened, before tasting, so your first impressions aren't too negatively colored.
Red
1994 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/5/2011 - YQUEM90 wrote:
heavy sediment. opened, decanted briefly, and enjoyed. delicious! Licorice on the finish. A palpably superior wine.
Red
8/21/2011 - YQUEM90 wrote:
96 points
really good. will improve with time. Aggressively decanted 15-30 minutes (we didn't quite put it into a blender, a la Nathan Myhrvold, but gave it a big decanter and plenty of shaking, after we had removed the sediment). Very California-style to us. Delicious. Plenty of fruit, clearly an aggressive sit-up-and-notice-me wine, but not harshly tannic. Changed character mid-palate and into the long finish - blackberries, plums. Big fan. Will try another in a year.
Red
6/9/2011 - YQUEM90 wrote:
Just delightful. Definitely not over the hill. Vibrant, evolved nicely over the evening. Popped and poured. Lovely aromatics. I'd generally agree with others - florals, perfumey. Not aggressively tannic - nobody would confuse this with a left-bank bordeaux blind, for example. Paired superbly with a heavy sauce-drenched eggplant parm and chicken parm, plus penne & cherry tomatoes. I believe this wine has at least 3-5 years, and possibly a lot more.
Red
5/24/2011 - YQUEM90 wrote:
drink now. a bit disjointed, aggressive, not smooth.
I think this is past prime.
Red
4/18/2011 - YQUEM90 wrote:
Very nice. Light, tasty. Small pet peeve - the bottle is very squat and wide - it doesn't fit into standard-height tight racking.
Red
4/18/2011 - YQUEM90 wrote:
Opened and served. Not decanted. Heavy, aggressive. This wine needs to be paired w/food.
Mellowed at room temp, and a few hours later was much nicer.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1979 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
4/16/2011 - YQUEM90 wrote:
41st bday,
Red
4/3/2011 - YQUEM90 wrote:
Quite good. Small grainy sediment (not a lot). Took about 30 minutes to lose bottle-harshness, and another 1 hour to smooth, but then was a lovely Barolo indeed. Paired nicely with truffled mushroom soup & chitarra w/basil & tomato sauce. REALLY good with hazelnut/chocolate dessert. Quite aromatic - plums and blackberries. I'm guessing this has fully matured.
Red
3/9/2011 - YQUEM90 wrote:
Sadly, my last bottle.
No sediment, which was surprising. Superb. Faded slightly but plenty of body, finesse. After 15 mins in glass, smooth smooth smooth.
Enjoy now.
Red
1994 Carruades de Lafite Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/9/2011 - YQUEM90 wrote:
Quite good. Decanted and served immediately.
Power with finesse. Plums, dark red berries. Aggressive initially (still tannic) but settled nicely and very enjoyable overall.
Red
11/14/2010 - YQUEM90 wrote:
99 points
paired very well with salmon and penne w/rich mushroom sauce.
just stellar. cherries and lovely bright fruit. not aggressive, just multi-layered.
Red
10/21/2010 - YQUEM90 wrote:
95 points
Very good with hearty Italian food. Aggressive upon opening (all the Cabernet dominates), then settled down in 20 mins. High amounts of fine sediment.
Red
10/9/2010 - YQUEM90 wrote:
Very nice. A bit of initial mustiness upon opening, which quickly went away. Cherries, a bit of earth. Paired nicely with Persian food incl grilled meats and chicken stew.
Red
5/17/2010 - YQUEM90 wrote:
99 points
just delicious
a little hot upon opening, then immediately subsided into something beautiful. paired well with middle eastern food.....
Red - Fortified
5/13/2010 - YQUEM90 wrote:
smooth and tasty. burnt caramel, syrupy. no harshness or hotness. cork wasn't in the best shape but the wine was viscous, thick and lovely
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White - Sweet/Dessert
1988 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
4/25/2010 - YQUEM90 wrote:
99 points
Consumed with friends (BY/MY) -- all 10 of us loved this wine. It is ready now and will improve with time. A beautiful burnt-orange color. Paired superbly with caramel fudge, cookies, candied oranges (thanks BY!)
Red
2006 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/31/2010 - YQUEM90 wrote:
99 points
Just ridiculous. Superb. Aggressive and will need time to calm down.
Red
3/5/2010 - YQUEM90 wrote:
Very earthy upon opening, not particularly pleasant. After a good 1-2 hours after opening, the funk moved away and what was left was much smoother. I would recommend decanting.
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