Tasting Notes for kevinpatrick

(52 notes on 48 wines)

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Red
11/21/2020 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
92 points
Popped the cork 90 minutes in advance (no decant). Big, beautiful, and smooth. Nice mouthfeel with notes of earthy cherries and spice. Resolved tannins. Enjoyable, lengthy finish. Wonderful wine almost certainly best when paired with food.
Red
11/14/2020 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted and the nose exploded -- Earthy, vegetal, and herbaceous out of the gate followed by light notes of cherries after the initial waft. One hour in, very light on the palate with soft tannins and rich cherries singing that layer into an extremely long and enjoyable finish. The complexity of the wine is drawn out when paired with spicy meats -- lush soft strawberries and plums linger lovingly in a finish that stretches for conservatively well over a minute. Soft, lightly sweet, and delicious more than overpowering this wine grows in stature at hour two. A real gem with many more years of life in the bottle
Red
10/17/2020 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
93 points
Needs a minimum of 45 minute decant but really begins to open at 90 minutes. Wonderfully aromatic bouquet of lilacs and raspberries on the nose resolves into a smooth mouthfeel of still youthful soft blueberries, apple, and strawberry. The finish lingers lovingly with a savory balance of these balanced fruits. An underrated aspect of “aged” Kutch Pinots is they display greater depth when paired with food. Snacking on brie before moving to a medium rare rib-eye and baked sweet potato turned a fine wine into a truly pleasurable experience. At 6 years, this wine has many years of life in it with a savory balance of strawberries, soft blueberries resolving into a lengthy enjoyable finish.
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Red
8/22/2020 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
94 points
Needs a 60 - 90 minute decant to reach its potential. Given time the wine releases a flavorful nose of dense black cherry with an earthy tone. Smooth and silky on the mouthfeel the wine glides into a full-bodied blackberry on the palate. Resolved tannins have this wine in a beautiful place right now. The long chewy finish makes this a fabulous meal wine. Big and beautiful on its own, this wine is a true joy paired with a hearty meal of medium rare filet mignon, roasted garlic, sweet potato and avocado drawing flavors out from all sides. Great today and really coming into its own at 13 years, there is no reason to think these won’t stay robust for at least another 10 years.
Red
5/16/2020 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
96 points
This is a special side project from brilliant winemaker Mike Smith of Myriad fame. The bottle was the remaining two-thirds from a Coravined bottle 23 days prior. When the cork popped dense, dark-fruit flavors burst out of the bottle signalling something special. The spectacular, rich notes of woodsy blackberry on the nose remained fragrant 90 minutes later when I poured the fulsome, inky juice into the first glass. On the palate this full-bodied wine sings of violets and black cherry with a earthiness that lingers lovingly into the long finish. At 3 hours the wine resolves into a smooth delicious joy. So much of this wine at every stage has a wonderful “dark” quality that reveals a wine with purpose. An absolutely brilliant undertaking worthy of Mike’s reputation.
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Red
Coravined one glass to pair with a medium rare rib eye. At the 30 min mark, an elegant nose of cherry and rich cola waft with an even strength portending a wine in mid-stride. The smooth mouthfeel melts into wonderful meaty notes of apple and dark cherries gliding into a long savory finish and full-body deliciously balancing the tasty rib-eye. As pairings go it is an enjoyable change of pace versus the more traditional Napa Cab. No question to it age-worthiness, this wine is in a great place right now with many more years to run. A wine in full.
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Red
5/1/2020 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
92 points
Coravined 2 glasses tonight. Aging wonderfully and really coming into its own right now. Bright youthful nose of violets and strawberries. Soft on the mouthfeel the vibrant flavors of raspberries and dark fruit emanate effortlessly. Nice long savory finish makes this incredibly enjoyable. Notably pairing aged Kutch Pinots with spicy, Latin foods really seems to be a great combination. It really draws out the diverse, rich flavors in the wine while also augmenting otherwise fine spicy meats.
Red
4/10/2020 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
92 points
Coravined 30 minutes before sampling. Lush nose of rich dark fruits -- blackberries and black cherry. A unique vibrancy on the nose even tossing off some heat ahead of the first taste. Smooth full-bodied wine of black currants and jam on the palate with a nice finish but lingering heat. Slightly acidic, those notes distract from an otherwise wonderful wine. Next pour I'll wait 60 minutes before drinking. EMH wines drink fine when young but, in my experience, aged 8 - 12 years really seems to be the right window before sampling these beauties. This ‘06 has plenty of legs in it and I’m greatly looking forward to the next pour.
Red
4/4/2020 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted and waited 90 minutes before first drink. The wine definitely benefited from the decant and held its fragrant nose for hours. Dark ruby color and a thick inky liquid filled the glass. Floral fragrance of blackberries emanate effortlessly but with a dense tone portending a meaty full-bodied wine. Soft on the mouthfeel, the wine shines of rich, dark raspberries and bramble. Brilliant in its simplicity, this is a meaty, delicious California Cabernet that doesn’t try to be anything else. Wonderful body and long finish make this a truly enjoyable wine. I had a personal bias in favor of the 2008 vintage but the 2007s of late have really come into their own and delivered consistent with the professional scores I previously took issue with. Drink now and for at least a decade to come.
Red
The 2010 was popped and poured immediately following the ‘11 Sonoma Coast and drank fabulously. Deep, rich black raspberry nose, meaty full-body mouthfeel with rich texture of dark fruit flavor. This wine showed a measured strength and structure that was a joy to drink. Everything about this wine was a joy to drink: a great bouquet on the nose, full-body and smooth enjoyment on the palate and a nice long savory finish. Fantastic at 10 years, there was so much in this pour that I would have no problem checking in on this beauty at another 5 or 10 year interval.
Red
This was a found bottle in the back of storage as I was moving the last of my wines from New York to North Carolina. I share that because I had no intention of letting this entry level Pinot Noir from Kutch age this long. Popped and poured this wine drank nicely with a vibrant sharp fruitty nose. Slightly tart apple on the palate the smallest critique was comparatively thin body versus prior tastings. The age didn’t show aggressive fading as much as a cresting turn past peak. However, when paired with our lunch the juice blended spectacularly with the generally spicy Salvadorean food (choizo patties, chicken, barbacoa, fried plantain, ceviche) we had with it. To a person we were exceedingly pleased with its showing. And turns out I have ~9 bottles of the 2012 Sonoma Coast to further test the aging and pairing for future notes. All in all a fabulous pairing wine with nice life on its own still left in the bottle.
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Red
2/28/2020 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
93 points
Coravined one glass. Brilliant nose out of the gate, opulent Napa dark fruits that evolved nicely given some time. At 60 minutes a wonderful diverse bouquet shined through of black currants over a mellow woodsy tone. Lushishly smooth on the mouthfeel (reminiscent of a Scarecrow wine) the juice effortlessly slides over your tongue forcing you to be patient to really enjoy this wine. An elegant though somewhat angular wine relative to the wonderful flowing bouquet. Stylistically this reminds me more of a youthful ‘94 Napa Cabernet than the modern Napa incarnations. Rich blackberries and earthy body coupled with a savory long finish make this a wonderful wine with many years left in the bottle.
Red
2/13/2020 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
97 points
Decanted 1.5 hours before sampling. Brilliant big Napa Cabernet nose, rich black cherries and opulent flavors pouring out of the decanter. This wine hit all the notes you hope from a 10+ year old To Kalon. Immense body, rich, dense dark fruit flavors with every sip. Long finish. Simply a top-of-the-line To Kalon Napa Cabernet from beginning to end. A wonderful wine to enjoy every sip and savor when it sings as this one did. This wine received universal praise among the attendees.
Red
2/13/2020 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
96 points
Minimal decant, this gem was a (very) late entrant from an attendee’s locker to keep the night rolling and we are all the better for it. Fragrant and full nose of red cherries evidencing its seeming youth. On the palate, notes of black currant and vanilla and were delivered in a wonderfully smooth and delicious manner. This wine was a “head-turner” forcing you to double-check the vintage, etc to seer into your brain the bottle that just deliver this joy. To quote the donor (whom I accidentally recorded giving this impromptu review): “that Mouton is amazing, that shit is good, that juice is way better than I was expecting.” Yep.
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Red
2/13/2020 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
97 points
Decanted ~1.5 hours before sampling. A brilliant vintage and a wine that hit on all the rights notes for vintage, pedigree and style. Immediately out of the glass the classic Bordeaux nose shined; rustic with wafts of fresh pencil shavings, at 30 years old there clearly was a lot of life packed into this bottle. Wonderfully mature notes of blackcurrant mixed with sprinkles of plum were divine, On the mouthfeel, this full-bodied wine has the softest of leather, gently resolved tannins and a woodsy signature Pauillac style. Just a joy of a wine in full today with plenty of life for years to come.
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Red
2/13/2020 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
97 points
I don’t know why I had mixed expectations going into this wine but boy did this one catch me off-guard. Exceptional Napa nose: fragrant and opulent dark fruits while restrained almost teasing what was to come. Smooth, rich full body on the palate, the blackberry and bramble notes were singing in all their glory with a lovely plush long finish. This wine was like a relief pitcher in baseball coming in and throwing 97 miles per hour right down the middle of the plate and striking the batter out on three pitches without breaking a sweat. This swan-like wine was beautiful while seaming effortless in its delivery.
Red
2/13/2020 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
94 points
Cork popped probably 1 hour (still in the bottle) prior to sampling. Classic in every way, shape, and form from this 42-year-old gem. Stylistically so different from today’s big bold Napa Cabs, the wonderfully rustic nose was deep and flavorful. Soft and smooth on the mouthfeel the wine showed plenty of body while the deliciously mature fruits showed enough gusto to savor the greatness of this era. There is no reason to wait with wines of this age but it was an incredible treat to shift eras so seamlessly when wines were performing so amazingly well.
Red
2/15/2020 - kevinpatrick wrote:
97 points
Decanted 3 hours prior to sampling. A brilliant gem of a wine. It was when I tasted this I knew it would be unfair to pick a wine of the night. So many top tier wines in full bloom on this evening. We had some discussion over primary and secondary notes with this wine but from start to finish this wine sang and danced (I should have recorded that, right?) from the glass, to the palate and with a fantastic long finish. Over and over the word “brilliant” came to mind on every aspect for a wine with decades more to run considering the power it showed on this night.
Red
2/13/2020 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted 6 hours before pouring back into the original bottle. Beautifully fragrant rustic nose when opened that stayed with the wine throughout the night. Regardless of age this wine was delicious. Excellent body on this wine with aged fruit and an earthen red clay feel. I haven’t had a cigar in many years but I would loved to have fired one up and sip this wine all night. You roll the dice with a 65 year old wine but we all came out winners with this one.
Red
2015 Kanonkop Paul Sauer Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/13/2020 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
95 points
Popped 45 minutes before pouring. Smooth and drinkable right out of the gate. Fragrant but not overpowering nose with a richness of raspberry and mocha. Solid body on the first drink demonstrating a depth of flavor confirming the black raspberry and soft hints of chocolate on the finish. A great wine on its own, the view on the wine exploded when paired with food (well-seasoned chicken, Brussels sprouts and string beans). With food the wine really showed its mettle becoming an exceptional wine. Plenty of age-worthiness in this bottle with probably another year or two before it really starts showing its wares. Today this is a monster QPR wine IMO.
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Red
Here is where Jamie begins to distinguish himself among the top winemakers. Hearty and meaty for a Pinot, this was a balanced wine best served with food. The fullness of the wine was obvious on the first taste and really called for a better pairing than the simple meats and cheeses we had out. Dark fruits with a brambly minerality suggested this was a more serious wine to be savored and enjoyed -- not the festive frivolity of casual drinking. A fabulous wine to be opened with a purpose.
Red
The "crowd pleaser" of the line-up. Lucious but not indulgent the Signal Ridge makes a strong argument to replace the Sonoma Coast as the "go to" Pinot with friends. The rich flavors came through nicely with a note of strawberry while maintaining that balance Kutch wines are known for. So easy to drink, the crowd went back for 2nds and finished the bottles before I had a chance to finish my 1st!
Red
This is my "go to" wine for all occasions. As I like to tell anyone who drinks with me I have never had a bad bottle of Kutch wine and I've been with Jamie since his first release! Today was no exception with the Sonoma Coast delivering smooth, balanced flavors to savor amongst friends. Soft plums and a note of raspberry make this both flavorful and enjoyable while appropriately restrained.
White
2/15/2020 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
93 points
Wonderful golden straw color. The nose lifts out gently with a bouquet of citrus flavors. Slightly tart on the mouthfeel, this wines eases into a lovely cream laced with notes of apple. The wine evolves wonderfully given a little time. Paired with a grilled pork loin this wine's versatility shines opening with notes of lemon and apricot. The wine really drew out the rosemary and ginger seasoning from the pork. Stylistically Burgundian through and through. A splendid wine by itself but an even better pairing wine with gently herbaceous foods/spices.
Red
1996 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/19/2019 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
96 points
Coravined one glass 2 hours in advance. Aromatic wonderful “Bordeaux” nose hitting the exact notes you come to expect -- blackcurrant with a rustic lead pencil scent just released from your open cigar box. My personal bias is a great nose on a wine and I wish I could savor this one for hours. Full-bodied dark fruits on the palate shaded ever so slightly to the tart side. Rich currants shine on the mid-palate and linger lightly with fully resolved tannins into a long finish. More leather than velvet on the texture this is a savory and elegant wine delivering the goods. A perfect wine to drink now but showing no signs of thinning and should continue to shine for years to come. I wish I could drink this every night!
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Red
12/18/2019 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
94 points
Coravined a single glass 1 hour prior. The nose sings out of the glass -- a floral though soft cassis balanced against a dense and lovely black cherry with a light inoffensive waft of acidity. On the palate you get the lush blackberry and traditional big Napa fruit finish. I saw below where this was said to be a food pairing wine rather than a stand alone and I heartily agree. While I found the wine exceedingly enjoyable, paired with my petite filet mignon the wine really expanded and the two brought out the best in each other. Lots of sediment so I will strain the remaining wine and serve with company at a later date. Bottom line: rich floral black cherry nose, lush dense blackberry on the palate with a long finish and a great meat pairing wine.
Red
12/17/2019 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
93 points
Single glass out of a coravin. After one hour in the glass, the nose is reserved but still has the classic woodsy, dusty chalk scent you expect from the vintage. On the palate the fruits are both vibrant and resolved. Soft on the mouthfeel lush red cherries shine out of the gate before easing into a crackling sage earthy finish. With some time the minerality begins to show itself with a layered gravelly texture. Excellent long savory finish caps of an exceedingly enjoyable wine that paired perfectly with a petite filet mignon. At 24 years old this wine holds together well but is a “drink now” bottle. The 1995 vintage remains my first love and this glass brought with it all the great memories. I’ll be sad when father time renders the vintage well past its prime but for now she remains a favorite.
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Red
12/14/2019 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
94 points
Bought on release, stored professionally. Decanted for 2 hours before the first pour. The nose was very floral from the start with with a full bodied aroma of classic dark blackberry and cassis. At 2 hours the nose softened while maintaining a richness hinting a quite robust but not overpowering wine to be savored. The first pour at 2 hours was excellent but not spectacular. The notes were all there but they hadn’t fully evolved. Everything about the wine was quite enjoyable (soft velvet on the mouthfeel, rich deep dark black cherry on the palate with a long finish) but not at the calibre you come to expect from a Schrader. At hour 3 she began to open up. Interestingly (for me) the nose never shined as bright later as it did out of the bottle and in the early hours. A great nose on a wine is my personal bias and the nose out of the gate was fabulous but dissipated and remained comparatively muted hours later. Regardless, the composition of the wine continued to grow by the hour achieving a rich taste, muscular body and long finish worthy of its reputation. The robustness of the wine with layered dark cherries that linger prominently really make this a wine to savor. Paired with a rib eye the wine’s soft leather finish added great texture to a wine that should hold together for 10 years (and beyond). The long decant really aided this wine tonight but I would wait 2-3 years before opening another 2009 Schrader unless you have plenty of time to decant well in advance.
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Red
10/26/2018 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
94 points
Poured through a freshly punctured Pungo into a Riedel Bordeaux stem to give it some air. Right out of the gate the nose is vibrant with rich cherries and plums combined with a soft minerality. First taste 15 minutes in and the wine is shining brightly with a smooth deep classic To Kalon plushness. 45 minutes later it is silky smooth. This wine is a joy to drink. Not a “wow” wine but a true pleasure to savor and enjoy with any meat or hearty cheese. In my case that means chorizo, pate, blue cheese and truffle tremor. As someone who continues to drink aged Karl Lawrence, I am confident this will keep for years but there is little reason (or need) to wait for this wine to improve. It's right in its wheelhouse now so why wait?
Red
1996 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/4/2018 - kevinpatrick Likes this wine:
94 points
Pulled from the Eurocave and stood up for 10 minutes before using my recently updated Pungo to pour a large glass before returning the bottle to the cellar. We'll see in a couple weeks how well the preservation pin works. Let it sit in the glass for 30+ minutes and the nose is fabulous -- classic rustic, woodsy Bordeaux laced with floral black currants. First taste is filled with wonderfully vibrant and balanced dark fruits and mildly astringent on the mouthfeel. A really "youthful" '96 with plenty of more mileage left on this bottle. Will see how it tastes in a couple weeks. Pairing nicely with the chorizo, triple creme brie and truffle mousse this evening.
Red
8/18/2012 - kevinpatrick wrote:
93 points
Rich dark nose and black-cherry color on the pour. A bit of alcohol/acid follows the fruit that I expect (hope?) will fade given some time. One hour in and the nose is muted but the wine reveals a soft grainy texture layered with rich black currant flavors. 90 minutes in and it is developing into a “wow” wine. Not fully there yet though. It lacks a bit of structure that would make the wine more interesting but it has a great depth of flavor making the juice shine. Dark currants fill the glass with a nice granularity and soft tannins at the 2 hour mark. Looks like 90 minute decant is the trick for this well crafted wine for anyone with a palate for aged Napa Cabs -- i.e. not KingCab Pobega :P
Red
8/4/2012 - kevinpatrick wrote:
87 points
An interesting contrast to the 2009 Kutch Savoy Vineyard I drank two days prior (91 pts). Not just the decade difference but the color, nose, construction and flavor. I actually tried the PNX wine in 2001 at the winery and it was a flavorful delight. Today it retains its dense burgundy color and has a nice, if muted, nose of minty dark berries. On the palate the 10 year old wine does not fade but also does not sing. Blackberries and currants emanate with a medium mouthfeel (neither thin nor showing great breadth). These wine should have been consumed young but it has held together better than you might think. The 99 PNX retains a great depth of flavor but lacks the punch and shine of younger peers. Still an enjoyable wine.
Red
8/1/2012 - kevinpatrick wrote:
91 points
Pop and pour. Crisp, clean and fruity on the nose. Nice dark currants climb effortlessly out of the glass showing incredibly tenderness. Incredible balance on the palate with a youthful tartness that should fade given any amount of time. Meaty berries and a delicate balance of rich fruits and measured flavor show through every taste. A 2009 that has many more years of enjoyment in the bottle. A truly enjoyable wine. I can’t say I’ve ever had a bad one from Jamie.
Red
5/5/2012 - kevinpatrick wrote:
92 points
Black cherries bursting out of the bottle on the decant revealing plenty of sediment to be filtered out. Rich dark fruits strongly emanate with a hinting of leafy greens evidencing the typically strong classic Mondavi nose. Despite my mixed impression on the 2001s, I expect good things to come based on the first impression. With the wine settling 30 minutes later the opulence has faded into a nicely broad and dense marbley blackberry and cassis nose begging for the first pour. First pour at the 60 minute mark (surprising myself) displays the signature Mondavi nose. If the color purple had a scent, this would be it. The first taste is a bit of a disappointment for my preferences as the angular alcohol flavor hides any structure or depth of flavor. By no means a bad wine – far from it -- but typical for my experiences with 2001s. I spend a lot of words on the nose of a wine because that facet is disproportionately important to me any usually is a sign of things to come. Thus far that is not the case as the nose remains rich and flavorful and the juice is more narrow and comparatively less interesting. Checked my previous note and that wine opened at the 2hr mark – so see you then! … Far better wine at the 2hr mark. Hint of caramel on the nose and a textured tannic complexity on the palate revealing far greater structure than the earlier samples. Lesson learned. Completely different wine than only 1 hour ago. Dense and granular texture, grapes popping on the palate, soft alcohol alters/disappoints on the finish. Much more pleasant wine after a few hours and fitting of its reputation.
Red
4/16/2012 - kevinpatrick wrote:
92 points
Checking in on a solid QPR. From the Eurocave and into the decanter. Wine needs to warm up a bit but the nose is already displaying deep blackberry, currents and spice. With some time the blackberries mature with a dusting of subtle cedar chips lacing the aromas. First tastes 45 minutes in are vibrant cherry plums with a slight charcoal astringency mid-palate followed by an inky dark fruit finish. Bold but not overpowering. Plenty of life in this quality wine. A great wine on its own but probably a better wine to pair with lamb or duck. Bordeaux drinkers should celebrate this QPR while Napa Cab drinkers (looking at you Pobega!) will shudder at the soft complexities that shine through this dark black cherry gem.
Red
2000 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/10/2012 - kevinpatrick wrote:
93 points
Pulled from the Eurocave still a bit chilly. Decant reveals nice dusty scent of subtle smokey wood chips. In the glass a nicely balanced nose reveals the complexities and structure you’d expect in a well-crafted Bordeaux. 30 minutes in and the tannins creep out from underneath the black cherry plum fruits. Both the nose and first tastes speak to the youth of this 12 year old wine. 75 minutes in and the rich dark plums sing with a gravely follow-through. The mouthfeel is slightly tart evidencing the as-yet-ready youthfulness. Cellar for another 5-10 years before popping or decant for a few hours before drinking this wonderful wine.
Red
4/6/2012 - kevinpatrick wrote:
84 points
Fragrant nose of rich currants burst from the bottle during the decant. First pour 10 minutes in reveals some power/alcohol that masks the original wonderfully fruity nose. First tastes have a grainy grape feel with an angular alcohol finish. Despite the great tease on the decant, a rather pedestrian wine on the palate. Hopefully the alcohol blows off and the fruit returns to bring some flavor back to the juice. Although the alcohol has softened with some time it remains overwhelming to any hopeful fruit. The wine remains hit or miss for me and despite its decent QPR standing, I don’t have a lot of affinity for this bottle.
Red
3/10/2012 - kevinpatrick wrote:
88 points
Popped, decanted and poured. The nose on the first pour was subtle with fragrant and balanced dark fruits. First taste was balanced and consistent with the dark fruit nose. Thus far a nice wine fir for any daily drinker and a solid QPR. An hour into the decant we see the nose gain complexity with a chalky layer mixing with the solid fruit base. Not overly fragrant but very pleasant. An interesting mouthfeel is developing with a minerality mixing with the sharpening currants and blackberry fruits. Interestingly the alcohol didn’t reveal itself until now and at 14.5% the fruit-forward reveal makes more sense. This is a wine that should be served with food as the flavors greatly balance the medium-rare petite filet I am eating with it. The food also helps balance the alcohol of which I am growing less and less a fan of. Overall, a fine wine, excellent dinner companion and fantastic QPR.
Red
3/1/2012 - kevinpatrick wrote:
91 points
Decanted to filter the expected sediment and surprised by the subdued nose on the open. Recent mid-90s Mondavis have exploded on the open and this bottle reveals a deep and concentrated though muted purple fruit nose. Rich cassis and currants are deep down in there but it will take some time. Clearly this is not a pop and pour wine and the first taste (~10-15 min after opening) confirms a nicely constructed though tight wine. Hopefully with some time the fruit will blossom through the readily evident alcohol (14.6% alcohol versus 13.5% for the 1995) on both the nose and palate. 30 min update: opening and showing signs of softening alcohol and ripening fruit. 90 min update: still slowly opening. Needs time. 120 min update: Here’s the wine we’re hoping for. Soft tannins, medium granularity, nice dark cherries. It has a certain angularity that reminds me of the 94 which for 94 fans is great, however, I am decidedly partial to the 95s versus the 94s. The nose never blossomed like the 95s but this is still a fine wine. Have been worried about the 01s (generally feel they are overrated) but given some time this wine has blossomed into a very nice wine. Not an overwhelming joy like the 94-97s but an excellent wine you can readily find in the $80 range.
Red
2/28/2012 - kevinpatrick wrote:
86 points
Popped the cork and bold dark fruits come screaming out of the bottle. A very interesting grape bomb continues to leap out of the decanter evidencing a very fun wine to come. I let the wine decant 90 minutes (both unusual for me and likely a mistake). The first taste displays a tannic and fading “fruit bomb” quality. You can sense the power (high alcohol? 14.3%) but the follow-through isn’t there. Angular and simple sweet dark black currants fight through the alcohol making this a fun wine for the masses and at ~$20 (or even less!) a nice bang for your buck wine. Consume away before the fun is all gone.
Red
2/25/2012 - kevinpatrick wrote:
92 points
Drank out of a 375ml. Following the 1995 Mondavi Stag’s Leap District earlier in the evening, the nose explodes of sweet caramel and the admitted fruit bomb. First taste confirms the caramel apple and wow is this wine a perfect contrast to the restrained 95 Mondavi SLD. Both bottles are “regular” bottlings and inspire greatly contrasting reactions. Do I love them both? Why yes I do. “Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contract myself. I am large. I contain multitudes.” – Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
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Red
2/25/2012 - kevinpatrick wrote:
91 points
Had to decant as the cork crumbled upon initial attempt to pop. Careful extraction led to the cork removal ~70% intact. Rich aromas of dark fruits emanate during the decant -- dense scents of deep currants and a hint of strawberries flow from the nose. Per usual when it comes to aged Mondavis, I have the patience of a child and pour the first glass 10 minutes into the decant. The nose evolves into an oddly appealing caramelized soft bourbon … yes, caramelized soft bourbon and I like it. Despite its age and expected simple craftsmanship, the first tastes retain a youthfulness that is very enjoyable. Red cherries splash out on the first taste with a grainy mouth-feel. The finish is lengthy leaving expectations for more to come from this nice bottle. This wine is fun to sample every 5-10 minutes as it is constantly changing in the glass. Now a leafy green nose gives way to a chalky maturity. An undeniably attractive wine suffers only from the absence of a more complex structure found in the Mondavi Reserves and similarly crafted wines. At half the price of the underrated (please keep them that way!) Reserves, this gift from a friend displays the attributes that made Mondavis a signature Napa Cab for decades.
Red
2/23/2012 - kevinpatrick wrote:
92 points
Aromas burst out of the bottle as the intact cork is carefully popped. Top-shoulder fill. Fragrant red flowers and a deep smoky nose instantly hits as I approach the bottle (no decant). Rich classic Bordeaux nose with the chalky lead pencil scent muscularly emanating from the first glass one hour after the bottle is opened. While the nose is splendidly fragrant, the first taste is rather thin. A very nice, agreeable wine with a balanced sweetness and a dusting of tart black cherries. A lovingly long finish greatly adds to the enjoyment of this bottle. Final verdict: Strong out of the gate with a wonderfully opulent nose, thin though flavorful in the body and a nice long finish. Excellent wine.
Red
2/14/2012 - kevinpatrick wrote:
89 points
Nice marbley jammy nose. Ripe fruits and red cherries spill out the nose on this youthful wine. Very smooth on the palate with a nice grainy texture that reflects a well-crafted though more simple wine. A straight-forward Napa Cab with lively deep black cherries on the palate. The wine remains a wonderful full-bodied cabernet that delivers with incredible consistency. Was introduced to the wine by the legendary Ben Sherwin and I remain grateful for his generosity as this wine remains my personal favorite from regular bottling through the majestic To Kalon joys.
Red
1970 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/13/2012 - kevinpatrick wrote:
94 points
Stood the bottle up for 30-45 minutes before working on the cork. Chipped and carved away at the outer edges of the cork which was slightly crowned. Used a two-prong corkpuller to wedge my way beneath the corroded outer layer. Once chipped away, the corked came out rather easily although I was admittedly delicate with its removal. Cork came out completely intact although it was thoroughly soaked.
No decant and first pour shortly after popping. Initial nose was jammy with a hint of tart cherries. Thankfully this wouldn’t last long. First tastes were consistent with the nose so I decided to give the wine its due and wait for the future pours. About 45 minutes later the wine began to show some Bordeaux life with the wonderful classic dark, woodsy nose with a light dusting of soft leather and Paulliac cigar box on the palate. This bottle retains everything you are looking for in a top-flight Bordeaux. Striking an excellent balance between the expected granularity and surprisingly rich flavor, this 42 year-old bottle with a crowned cork displays exceptional vibrancy. Maybe it was expectations based on age and cork condition, but I remain surprised by the flavor potency throughout the bottle consumption. It’s probably unfair to give the bottle a specific # score but it still scores on the mid- to low- 90s (94). I really love this wine and this was a wonderful bottle.
Red
10/15/2011 - kevinpatrick wrote:
92 points
The maiden offering from Steve Eisenhauer. Popped and poured because I have the patience of a child. The first pour blossoms with soft deep dark berries on the nose. Excellent balance on the palate with currants and black cherry flavors blending to form a rich fruit finish. Each taste displays a smooth and jammy flavor with a lushness that makes this bottle really enjoyable. Exceptionally integrated wine with the softest of tannins remaining subdued throughout. An exceptionally well- constructed wine that really sings one hour into its first pour. In a world of fruit bomb, high alcohol wines the 2007 Congruence is an oasis. Happy to be sitting on a few more of these as they should age quite well.
Red
9/23/2011 - kevinpatrick wrote:
94 points
Fragrant woodsy cedar nose revealing dark embers of a nicely aged Bordeaux. Ripe dark fruits that are slightly tight and tart on the palate on the first pour (I can never wait). Softens with time and continues to show great complexity with subtle minerality and hints of basil. Plenty of age left in this bottle as the structure wonderfully holds together the elegance of this wine. Wish I had more. I may get kicked out of CLONYC due to the affinity I am developing for well-aged Bordeaux.
Red
9/1/2011 - kevinpatrick wrote:
94 points
Popped and poured into the decanter with the first taste too tempting to pass up. Plenty of sediment in the bottle (probably should have stood her up for a bit). Great aromas per usual with this wine. The nose and first taste take me back to the tasting room in Napa as it always does – my first love never fails me ;) Very aromatic in the glass with a deep scent of blackberries and cedar. Rich, young (?) fruit on the first pour. Full-bodied and soft in the style of the best Napa Cabs of the mid-90s. The wine is wonderfully paired with a couple medium-rare petite filets which each complimenting the other nicely. For the 2nd straight time, one hour into the decant the wine really begins to blossom (must learn to wait). Still aromatic on the nose with rich dark fruits singing. On the palate the wine remains full bodied with currants and the softest of tannins revealing a delicately crafted wine with a subtle oak not found in modern Cabs. The finish remains full and rich which is a nice change from the bottle I opened two months ago that was both angular and thinning. As a 16 year old bottle, this wine continues to hold up well and remains a favorite. Cheers!
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Red
8/27/2011 - kevinpatrick wrote:
91 points
This 2003 came out of the gate firing. Very aromatic bouquet on the first pop and pour. The fruit remains quite ripe on the first taste but is settling in with an earthy finish. This could be an interesting wine if it holds together. The tartness of the first pour has softened and has been replaced by a nice jammy flavor. The finish continues to settle into a nice balanced wine. As a cabernet lover the taste buds keep waiting for the tannins to kick in, but no dice. I am a bit surprised at how smooth it is with a soft blackberry taste. This wine is settling into an excellently balanced Pinot with a great fruit feel and excellent balance. The pop and pour set the wrong tone for the wine because with a little bit of time this wine has matured into another quality offering from a well-aged Pinot. Happy to have at least another glass-and-a-half left in this bottle to enjoy this elegant Pinot. I’ve had great success with 8-10 year old Pinots lately and this one is no different.
Red
7/2/2011 - kevinpatrick wrote:
93 points
Wonderful deep cassis nose, opulent aromas right out of the bottle. If purple had an attractive scent, this would be it. Poured into the decanter and the wine continues to open. Probably won’t be able to give it a full hour+ to breath. Color is a deep burgundy that advertises the lushness of a well-aged cabernet. Rich warm aroma coming off the first pour. First taste brings me right back to the tasting room in Napa. Smooth on the mouthfeel, but deep ripe fruit with more of a sharp, angular finish. It’s quite nice but not explosive like the original nose hinted. Could be showing some age although we’ll see how it opens over the next hour since I popped, decanted and poured… sue me, I couldn’t wait. The sharp, angular finish has long since left and the plush, rich wine continues to show its mettle. The wonderful plum flavors give way to delicate herbal, basil hints that extend the wonderful though unfortunately thinning finish. It lacks the strength of the modern fruit bomb but displays an elegance and softness missing from the newest Napa Cabs. An exceptional wine still displaying all the ingredients that made her my first love 10+ years ago. 93+ points.
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