Tasting Notes for bobbubbabs

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Red
3/29/2019 - bobbubbabs wrote:
95 points
Beautiful bouquet upon opening-knew the wine was in excellent form. Color mature but neither browning nor watery. Elegant, not powerful. A tremendous treat and very pleasant surprise on its condition. So different to New World syrah blends...
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Red
7/26/2018 - bobbubbabs wrote:
93 points
From magnum. Enjoyed at new Burke restaurant in Nomad. Aged beautifully. Tannins shed, but dense, chewy mouthfeel. Gamey and delicious. Love the way aging in mags gets extended!
Red
1995 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/23/2018 - bobbubbabs wrote:
89 points
First from OWC purchased on release from then in NYC Sokolin wine merchant. Cork barely stained on the bottom, yet faint smell of cork (taint?) in the wine from beginning to end. Open an hour before tasting, the wine was one dimensional to start, but became more robust over several hours in a decanter. Uninspiring, as our experience with the 1995 bordeaux vintage usually is.
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Red
12/23/2017 - bobbubbabs wrote:
90 points
Enjoyed at Keen’s Chophouse (or is it Steakhouse?). From magnum. In my cellar storage for 20 yrs. Quite Bordeaux like nose, very smooth and mature mouthfeel. Strongly question the recommended drinking window-best soon!
Red
1994 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/5/2017 - bobbubbabs wrote:
94 points
First bottle from previously unopened 6-pack. Also drank a 1990 Haut Brion. The Opus was, if anything, the more enjoyable tonight. Dead ringer for a bordeaux. Smooth, balanced and fragrant. Well stored bottles still have numerous years of pleasurable drinking ahead.
Red
4/12/2017 - bobbubbabs wrote:
61 points
Just flat out shot. Over the hill. In contrast to the '92 Dominus (93 points), which was still in fine form, with years of good drinking still ahead. Disappointing to open bottles well stored for over 20 years and find them undrinkable.
Red
3/11/2017 - bobbubbabs wrote:
92 points
From magnum. Purchased so many years ago at Wine Library, when Gary just a teenager. Thx Sasha. Enjoyed w/C Fitz. And rib roast. A bit reluctant at first, nose evolved nicely over several hours. Characteristic SO oakiness emerged in the mouth, too. Overall a very pleasant experience and in surpringly youthful form. Ah, early/mid '90s Silver Oak!
Red
2005 Château Faugères St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/6/2017 - bobbubbabs wrote:
92 points
First bottle of case. Most teeth-staining red I've had in a long, long time. Huge fruit w/o typical Bordeaux barn yard smell (not a plus in my view). Still youthful. No hurry to consume. Likely to continue to improve. Less developed and more concentrated than the 2000, even adjusting for the 5 year difference.
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Red
1994 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/6/2017 - bobbubbabs wrote:
94 points
Enjoyed w/strip steaks at RW's Hilton Head home. Tough cork, but wine was in fine form. Color still dark crimson w/no sign of browning. Traditional Insignia nose w/a hint of cloves. Smooth, lovely juice.
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Red
11/6/2016 - bobbubbabs wrote:
75 points
Third bottle 'consumed' (mostly poured down the sink!) over the last several months. Each smelled 'off', sweet and turned. Far beyond the flower petal nose that many fine brunellos offer. All came from same, now defunct retailer..poorly stored? Or typical of this producer, as experienced and described in a prior tasting note of the 2001? Very worried about the balance of 2006s in the cellar, as well as the 2007.
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Red
10/31/2015 - bobbubbabs wrote:
96 points
My favorite wine from a 20 vintage (1989-2008), two day vertical tasting of Chris Ringland's glorious Barossa shiraz. Despite its 17.5% alcohol level, the wine is a balanced powerhouse of fruit (but without the 'jammy' quality evident in so many young Aussie shirazes) and gripping (in the loveliest sense) tannins. Other favorites were: 1993, 2004, 1990, 2001, 1991, 1996 and 1998. Among the ones I found of less interest were: 1994, 2000, 2003 and 2006.
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Red
6/21/2015 - bobbubbabs wrote:
92 points
Enjoyed several 1995 vintage wines this weekend. In addition to the Caymus SS, also drank a Silver Oak Napa and Pichon Baron. The Caymus was fine, with dusty tannins evident shortly after opening softening over the course of dinner. Having never tried the '95, but with the '90 being among my favorite Cali cabs ever, hopes were high. The bottle didn't disappoint! The Silver Oak has aged well, too, and this vintage is arguably ageing more slowly than several of its immediate predecessors, particularly the '94s. It was also very encouraging to find the '95 Bordeaux tasting this good; is the time finally approaching when this vintage is going to shine?
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Red
2000 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/1/2015 - bobbubbabs wrote:
91 points
enjoying w/chicken from Eataly pre Eric Clapton concert at the Garden. In an excellent spot right now! Classic Bordeaux nose of herbs. Smooth taste, but still robust. So looking forward to beginning to hit the '95s and '00s w/regularity.
Red
2/15/2015 - bobbubbabs wrote:
92 points
Bummer-last bottle. Still a pleasure to drink. Lovely mature cab, holding well at age 24. I've always had a slight preference for her one year older sibling, but both are wonderful examples of terrific winemaking at Caymus during the late '80s and early '90s.
Red
1/15/2015 - bobbubbabs wrote:
95 points
From magnum. Shared w/S&C S and DH and SR in NJ. Decanted 2 hours before dinner, and wine continued to improve over course of evening. Not as powerful a nose as many Rhones, a bit nearer some Aussie shirazes. Smooth and totally integrated, despite 16.7% alcohol level. I enjoyed this far better than the 2004 Bone Rock consumed Thanksgiving Day.
Red
9/13/2014 - bobbubbabs wrote:
94 points
Thx to SES for this bottle as birthday gift. Drank w/wife to celebrate our anniversary (married in 1987) before attending Eagles concert at MSG. The vino is terrific! So rare to find a cab where the tannins are gone where the wine is still dense, fruit robust and nose alluring. A more than worthy substitute for our usual anniversary fare, '86 Haut Brion.
White
8/31/2014 - bobbubbabs wrote:
87 points
Tres ordinaire....'resting' at the moment?
Red
8/5/2014 - bobbubbabs wrote:
94 points
Tried three tasty Tuscan treats ('99 Riservas all) in recent weeks. The Poggio di Sotto was by far the freshest and has the longest remaining useful life. Pertiimali next best, then Ciacci, which was approaching 'over-age'.
White
7/22/2014 - bobbubbabs wrote:
91 points
A wonderful surprise from a long forgotten bottle. Unctuous, with a bit of a mineral streak. Oak long gone. In contrast to what I imagine this was like when a youngster, this is now elegant, and burgundy like.
Red
7/20/2014 - bobbubbabs wrote:
87 points
It would be, in my opinion, impossible to argue this wine was still improving. Or that it wasn't better 5 years ago. Not yet quite gone, but not going anywhere. My family members liked it better than I.
White
7/10/2014 - bobbubbabs wrote:
75 points
Flat out too old! Drinkable, but just. Disappointed-hardly drink chard, and thought this would be in a fine spot....

Was a gift, so not sure about storage.
Red
6/22/2014 - bobbubbabs wrote:
92 points
Going strong! Evolved, but not faded. Both the '90 and '91 consistently provide a wonderful experience. Superior to the Dalla Valle of the same vintage tasted last night, which was many years past its best.
Red
5/4/2014 - bobbubbabs wrote:
75 points
Disappointed! When young, one of the most interesting brunellos I had ever tasted. But tonight, two bottles both 'off', sweet smelling the major complaint. Will try them again tomorrow to confirm. Reaffirmation of view that BdM is best quaffed w/in 10 yrs of vintage.
Red
5/3/2014 - bobbubbabs wrote:
92 points
Enjoyed at Red Cat in NYC w/T&L visiting from Melbourne. Also drank '91 Penfolds Grange. The latter was a bit less robust than previous experiences, and the Command the better of the two.
Red
11/7/2013 - bobbubbabs wrote:
90 points
Better than either of my previous experiences. Dark crimson (no browning), smooth and surprisingly young. Very erratic drink?
Red
10/21/2013 - bobbubbabs wrote:
91 points
Very tasty w/duck 2 ways at The Black Duck in NYC. Long, dry finish that exemplifies mature Barolo. In its prime....
Red
1990 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
7/17/2013 - bobbubbabs wrote:
92 points
Started out a bit slowly, with reluctant nose (most un-Grange like!) and fruit seeming a bit overwhelmed by nice, slightly dry tannins in the mouth. Fortunately, tasted more in balance after an hour or so. As always, drinking Grange is an honor.

The question is whether this was a bit more enjoyable a couple of years ago, and whether the same question will be answered in the affirmative a couple of years from now? I personally plan to wait and see....
Red
1996 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
7/17/2013 - bobbubbabs wrote:
94 points
Enjoyed at Gramercy Tavern in NYC with JS and his folks, and RS and MS. Also had a '90 Grange (92 points), 2007 Mollydooker Velvet Glove (93 points) and 2009 Glaetzer's Amon-Ra (90 points).

This evening, the '96 Grange was more enjoyable than the '90, though the latter closed the gap after breathing for several hours. The younger wine is in a very nice spot at the moment, displaying the classic Grange nose of jammy fruit and sweetness, with the tannins apparent but ever so friendly. For those fortunate enough to have a stash (sadly, mine is gone), the question to hold or drink is simply a matter of whether it is likely to improve further, because it is lovely now. My guess is that it will.....

There is a separate note on the '90 Grange.

The younger two were very enjoyable, but a severe contrast to the aged Penfolds', and surely will get better with a few more years of rest.
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Red
3/10/2013 - bobbubbabs wrote:
75 points
Bought 10 bottles at auction through K&L. Of the 8 consumed, 3 were clearly tired and well past their prime. The others were decent (no 'off' odors or browning like the 3 referred to earlier), but no real structure and I assume the fruit used to be much more vibrant. Very disappointing lot and a firm reminder of the risks of buying wine whose storage history is not really known.
Red
9/5/2012 - bobbubbabs wrote:
92 points
Pre-dinner w/SES on Cape. Very good fill. Color good-no sign of browning at edges or 'wateriness'. Tannins shed but fruit still concentrated. A very nice surprise; expected to be well past prime
Red
1995 Château Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/6/2012 - bobbubbabs wrote:
90 points
Floral nose....a bit reminiscent of the other St., Emilion. More lush mouthfeel than previous bottles. Slightly vegetal aftertaste. Fourth of six bottles originally purchased, and the best yet. Have found most '95s drunk the last several years to be disappointing; are they beginning to show more positively? Quality of this vintage still uncertain, and possibly overestimated, in my view....hope to be proven wrong.
Red
4/15/2012 - bobbubbabs wrote:
92 points
Enjoyed many really nice vinos celebrating HS's 50th and RS's 60th w/wives and D&B R. Dinner at SD26 in NYC. Extremely reasonable corkage fee and good menu, too. Lineup was:

2007 Williams Selyem Flax
1992 Dalla Valle
1998 Chris Ringland Shiraz Dry Grown
1982 Lynch Bages
1999 Salicutti Brunello
2009 Outpost True

The Ringland Shiraz was a smooth, concentrated drink, not as flamboyant as Grange. Tannins shed, can't see any point in waiting much longer to consume. Salicutti still has long life ahead, and Outpost is a tasty youngster.
Red
4/11/2012 - bobbubbabs wrote:
92 points
One of the better '94s I've tasted in recent years, a vintage that hasn't aged well. Nice mature cab nose and tastes w/o vegetal flavors apparent in so many other '94s. Still a bit tannic, in a positive way.
Red
2/2/2012 - bobbubbabs wrote:
90 points
Color still crimson/neither browning nor watery. Quite floral nose. Tannins shed, but good mouthfeel and not past its prime. Fine spot to consume.
Red
1998 Château Faugères St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/29/2011 - bobbubbabs wrote:
87 points
Modest nose. A bit dry and vegetal in the mouth. Tannin outliving fruit? Remember this being better a few year's back.....
Red
1989 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/25/2011 - bobbubbabs wrote:
91 points
Smooth, mature Bordeaux. Neither racy nor a powerhouse, like some of its better known brethren from Graves from this vintage. A bit disappointing in this respect, but probably asking too much. Subtle nose, but no barnyard. Ready to go; would not wait much longer.
Red
2000 Château La Fleur de Jaugue St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/12/2011 - bobbubbabs wrote:
91 points
From magnum. Dinner at Les Halles in NYC. Subtle nose; no barnyard. Light crimson color, but neither browning nor watery. Smooth, mild flavors. Not a blockbuster, but great w/bistro cuisine. A nice drink now but no risk of immediate decline.
Red
1986 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/7/2011 - bobbubbabs wrote:
95 points
Another anniversary celebrated w/HB. Opened four hours before drinking, then decanted at restaurant. Dined at L'Ecole in NYC. This wine is on a beautiful plateau, if it isn't still improving! Powerful nose of wet soil and smoke. Asphalt/tar too (in a positive sense)? Color still dark red. Still a bit of lovely, gritty tannin within the earthy flavors. Can't wait to drink again to celebrate 25th.
Red
2001 Gracia St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/11/2011 - bobbubbabs wrote:
88 points
VERY floral nose....lilacs? Reminds me a bit of L'Arrosee. Not a powerful mouthfeel, though not watery. If ever tannic, it is no longer. Not bad, but not interesting either. Hoping the '05 is much better!?!
Red
1990 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/8/2011 - bobbubbabs wrote:
94 points
Opened bottle 90 minutes before drinking. Enjoyed at C-mark Tavern. Reticent at first, but a beautiful, earthy fragrance then began to rise from the glass. Powerful nose sustained throughout. Classic mature Bordeaux flavors. Color still deep. Certainly plenty of life remains....
Red
8/7/2011 - bobbubbabs wrote:
93 points
What better place to quaff Heitz MV than at State Road restaurant on MV! Dinner w/ A&S H and R&L K. From magnum. Purchased (I think) from Park Ave. Liquors in NYC in mid-90s. Color nice ruby, neither browning nor watery. Smooth, mature cab flavors, but fresh and not at all vegetal like some older cabs. Surprisingly, no hint of mint or eucalyptus-was that a 90's thing? Certainly NOT too old, though perhaps attributable to larger format. Far more age worthy than most of my experience w/Cali cabs.
Red
7/6/2011 - bobbubbabs wrote:
flawed
Big disappointment! Purchased recently from well regarded, Italian wine focused merchant in NYC. Sweet, overpowering smell immediately upon opening that never diminished. No better on night 2. Tastes like insipid, weak port. Hope the bottle of 2000 isn't off also. Just unlucky, or poor storage?
Red
1994 Robert Craig Affinity Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/9/2011 - bobbubbabs wrote:
79 points
'Off' smelling and off-putting. Tastes stale. Unwilling to serve to guests. Still a few bottles remaining-hoping this is not representative of the rest. Have come to understand (sadly, from repeated experience) how un-age worthy most Cali cabs are, with 1994s being the leading culprit.
Red
6/8/2011 - bobbubbabs wrote:
94 points
Enjoyed at Le Zie restaurant in NY city. Great price, too ($150). Wonderful, powerful nose of soil and smoke. Concentrated fruit with lots of grip still. Wine was served too warm, but flavors became sharper when chilled in ice for a few minutes and alcohol influence subsided. Why wait to enjoy? If akin to the 1990 brunellos, will be better at age 10 than 15....
Red
5/28/2011 - bobbubbabs wrote:
91 points
Enjoyed w/duck at Square Meal in NY city. Don't drink merlot very often; wine was pleasant surprise, and drinking nicely now. Oak scent less overt than I recall in Leonettis from the early-mid '90s.
Red
12/11/2010 - bobbubbabs wrote:
93 points
Dinner at State Road (MV). AH brought this vino (also had '05 Pisoni and '95 Lynch Bages). Best of evening. Have tasted very few Cali cabs post 1997, and no Heitz post replanted vineyards. Tannins shed, rich, smooth flavors. Nice nose too. In a great place to consume now.....
Red
1995 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/11/2010 - bobbubbabs wrote:
88 points
Disappointing! Nice, classic barnyard nose, but persistant and lingering whiff of cork (slightly off bottle?). Color slightly diluted crimson. Mouthfeel much less dense than my experience with older LB; not the chewy flavor one expects. Just beginning to delve into '95 bordeaux...consumed too few bottles to make strong statement, but could this vintage be over-rated? Or is it just too early....
Red
12/11/2010 - bobbubbabs wrote:
90 points
Drank w/A&S H at State Road. Took oldesst pinot to dinner. Kudos to 'drinking window' projection; wine took several hours to open up, by which time it was nearly consumed. Dense mouth feel, dark color. Not so fruit bomb as many 'Southern Cali' pinots. Expect to be much improved in a few years...
Red
11/30/2010 - bobbubbabs wrote:
89 points
Nice nose and still youthful. A bit too medicinal tasting (think cough medicine) for my taste....though not dissimilar to some other Santa Barbara pinots
Red
1999 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva Coltassala Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
10/20/2010 - bobbubbabs wrote:
91 points
Took about an hour for the nose to develop...classic sangio smells. Mature but not too old. Nice dry, but not tannic finish. To my palate, more interesting and attractive than a recently consumed Balifico of the same vintage. In no immediate danger of going over the hill, but also not clear why one would wait any longer.....
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