Tasting Notes for ssimpsonjr

(243 notes on 210 wines)

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Red
11/2/2019 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
Decided to try the final two of these. One shows a seriously raised cork - I can imagine the pressure under there. The other looked like it might be a good bet. Not so much ... very fizzy. That’s it for my 2010s.

Still have some 2012s and 2013s around.
Red
8/7/2016 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
flawed
Cork was depressed under the foil, and did not mushroom out of the neck as I feared it might. Aroma from the neck seemed odd, which a decant quickly explained. It was quite fizzy. Aromas showed that it was not worth saving and down the drain it went. I knew this was distinct possibility so was not upset. Just returned to the cellar to grab a 2011 CT Rutherford to enjoy with steak tips.
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Red
10/24/2015 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
87 points
A little disappointed in this one. A good bit of high-pitched red fruit but too much sweetness - the sweetness overpowers the red fruit that I like. Not sure that there is room for improvement as I fear the fruit will continue to fade relative to the sweetness.
Red
9/23/2015 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
Same notes as from November 2014. This is just drinking perfectly right now.
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Red
9/1/2015 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
91 points
Drinking in a perfect place now. It balances the right amount of red fruit with a slight undertone of earth. Perhaps a little more bitter on the finish then desired, but it does not take away from the overall enjoyment of it.
Rosé
8/17/2015 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
89 points
Lovely glass to accompany a roasted summer squash and peach salad with olives and feta cheese, and then perfectly grilled swordfish, asparagus and fingerling potatoes. Pale orange / salmon color. Strawberry and melon with a high level of acidity to make it a strong food accompaniment.
Red
5/16/2015 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
93 points
Decanted for an hour. Accompanying marinated sirloin steak tips for dinner. I thonk this is in a great place now. While the tannins are there they are in a complementary place. Lighter than I initially expected, it is very drinkable. I love this expression- not jammy or bigger than life. It's funny how I can almost sense where this is going to be in five years - light cedar overtones growing, and red fruits fading but still in balance. I would not give this a long life and think 2020 is a good back end of the best drinking window.
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Red
4/26/2015 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
Notes in comparison to 2013 Horseshoe - both from 375ml. A little bit tighter, spicier and even tarter than the Horseshoe. Good red fruit, not quite as sweet as the Horseshoe. I think this one has a longer life, and will also benefit more from additional time.
Red
4/5/2015 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
90 points
Tasty with nice dark red fruits. Enjoyable with roasted chicken but little acidity remaining. Cannot see any improvement from here. Drink up.
Red
3/31/2015 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
Popped and poured. Spicy red cherry with some pomegranate with some unfavorable bitterness.
Red
3/2/2015 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
93 points
From a 375ml. Balance, balance, balance. Spicy red fruits that just slide across the palate and keep going. Drinking very well now, perhaps a bit strong on the bitterness. I suspect that will integrate with a bit more time.
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Red
2/15/2015 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
I liked the black fruit profile upfront and the pepper, but felt as if the finish was a bit strong and overwhelming. It drowned out any subtleties before it. Perhaps it just needs more time.
Red
2/12/2015 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
88 points
Tasty light to medium red fruits with perhaps a hint of cinnamon lurking in the background. A very easy drinker
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Red
2/3/2015 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
91 points
Light red fruits that drinks very easily. Not complex but a solid wine.
Red
12/10/2014 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
Popped and poured was a mistake for this wine. It seemed disjointed though with strong fruit. Very bitter and tsnnic on the finish.

Day 2 has mellowed this wine very well. The fruit might have taken a very small step backward but now it is a rounded mouth filling wine without a bitter finish. Sure it's not complex, but the only negative is a feeling of heat on the finish. At 14.7% alcohol I would expect that.

One day had moved this from a mid to upper 80s wine. I have another that I will save for a couple years.
Red
11/28/2014 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
88 points
Disappointing all around. Did not seem to have any depth of red fruits. Nothing really through the mid palate, and then finished with a level of bitterness that I have seen in some 2010 Bourgognes but not in many 2009s.

Perhaps it is just in a weird place right now.

A completely different read than from the first bottle I had two years ago.

On night two, after vacuum corking this noticeably improved. Not much change in the red fruits but a large decrease in the bitterness on the finish. It just may be in a strange sot and need quite a bit of air.

Bumped my score to the high 80s.
Red
11/23/2014 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
92 points
I did not write the note when I should have last night ... but opened into a decanter for about 1.5 hours before first sip. Paired with a simple grilled steak. Red fruits with perhaps some blackberry hiding behind them. Well integrated modest tannins. This was drinking very nicely now (with the decant). It could see modest improvement over time, but I put its prime drinking window from now for another five years.
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Red
11/8/2014 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
92 points
Two hour decant. Smooth red fruits. Drinking very nicely now. Tannins are fully integrated. The one word that comes to mind is lovely. Glad I have more!
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Red
9/30/2014 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
Popped and poured. Clean red fruit with spice in the glass. Light fruited but the spice takes over in the mid-palate through a long finish with no tannins. The spice is almost overwhelming.

With some air the spice transitions towards nutmeg, but softer. There is some earth hiding underneath as well.
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White
8/21/2014 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
Popped and poured. Pale straw gold in the glass. Citrus and grass aromas in the background to crisp fruit - perhaps some apple. Perhaps even some smoke hiding underneath the grass.

Easily rolls across the mouth with a little alcohol on the finish.

See how it opens up this evening.
Red
7/20/2014 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
89 points
Popped and poured. Little or no funk to blow off. Dark red fruit aromas, muted but there. It rolls smoothly through the palate with soft dark red cherries. Just enough acidity left for burgers and corn. I do not see too much improvement from here.
Red
7/5/2014 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
91 points
Consumer over 2 days. The nose screams Chambolle - very aromatic with tons of violets. On the palate lots of soft red cherries with a little bit of earth beginning to show its head. Lower on the acidity side, but both nights it was consumed with red meat. I don't think this will improve much from here, but may hold on for a couple/few years. Still have 6 left, and I plan on drinking all but one in the next 12-18 months and then perhaps hold one to see what happens.
Red
2009 Dacalier De La Terre Lake County Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
5/28/2014 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
88 points
Light with strawberry and raspberry, and then a bit of light pepper spice throughout. With some air, it adds weight and a trace amount of funk. Good accompaniment to grilled lightly BBQd chicken and roasted mushrooms and eggplant on a cool, wet spring evening.
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White - Fortified
5/5/2014 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
Caramel color. Caramel coffee aromas at first, with some sweetness on the front of the palate. It transitions nicely to a nutty caramel blend that is supported by overall acidity.

This is my first Madeira - a bottle I will work on for several months.
Red
4/25/2014 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
88 points
This is very expressive of the vintage. Rip dark red fruits that remind me of Cru Beaujolais from the same vintage.

To be expected, there is not a high level of acidity which makes this a great wine on its own on a cool night or in front of a warming fire.

Some modest tannin on the finish add nicely to the package.

I only have a couple left from a sixer and would love to compare vs. a less ripe vintage.
Red
3/4/2014 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
89 points
Had with colleagues at The Palace in Cincinnati. Good pairing with the ribeye, kale and whipped potato dish from the tasting menu.

Soft with good earth notes. Fading dark fruits and little tannins on the finish.
Red
2/22/2014 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
91 points
Drank over two nights. First seemed a little disjointed with ok fruit be very bitter tannins.

Second night showed where this wine can be some more time as somebod the bitterness fades. Glad I have one more to try in a couple/few years.
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Red
2000 Lynsolence St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/12/2014 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
89 points
Still has some life to it. Nice soft coffee and fading cherry notes. The smoothness in the palate I associate with cab franc. Not much of a finish but definitely accompanies a red meat meal (save a burger) well.
Red
1/31/2014 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
90 points
Opened about 25 minutes before first pour. Aromas of sharp red fruits that transitioned to modest earthiness. It made me think that further air would round out the red fruits and add more earthiness but it never appeared. the wine did not really evolve with more time. Not sure what this means, but this wine never quite got to where I thought might go.

Enjoyable, yes, but I am glad to have had it now, and not waited longer with it taking up quickly vanishing space in my cellar.
Red
11/24/2013 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
Initial pour showed nice cherry and raspberry with some steminess. Next pour showed much tarter red fruits. Finally after about 90 minutes it seemed to settle down, but definitely think this needs more time to integrate.
Red
11/19/2013 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
87 points
Light red fruit but with a strong cranberry tart flavors.
Red
10/6/2013 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
90 points
Nothing like a year+ to mellow out the explosive cherry from my first bottle - it makes me consider drinking Loring PNs with a bit more age than I first thought. Deep lush red fruit without the in your face sweetness that has accompanied some of my recent single vineyard Loring bottles.

Perhaps it was aided by returning from cold and rainy day of watching kids soccer, but in any case it was nice and I am looking forward to enjoying my remaining singleton in a year or so.
White
8/30/2013 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
86 points
Popped and poured chilled after an afternoon on the beach. A nice easy drinker with lemon and other citrus in balance. No real minerality but it is not really missed in this daily quaffer.
Red
8/30/2013 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
88 points
Popped and poured. Paler red/purple in the glass than many other Loring PNs. Softer bouquet as well. All light red fruits to match the lighter body. Strawberries predominantly that give way to a sweet but not syrupy finish.
White
8/14/2013 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
87 points
Pale yellow with a slight green tinge in the glass. Aromas of lemon and orchard fruit. Tastes of flowers, some green apple and just a hint of citrus on the end. No real complexity or depth, just a solid white bourgogne.

After more time in the glass, I sense a greater level of grapefruit, including some more bitterness - in a less pleasing way.
Red
4/27/2012 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
89 points
Opened about 1/2 hour before first sip. Light fruit with an earthy background that blew off slightly, but still remains after an hour. Pretty, not too sweet red fruit through the mid-palate with just a bit of grip on the finish.

While there is nothing amazing about this wine, it is very approachable, very well made and very drinkable.
White
5/24/2013 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
Good minerality with a hint of grapefruit at first. The grapefruit expands and then a lemon twist finishes it off. Everything is in balance.
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Red
5/18/2013 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
Very consistent with previous notes. Light-bodied red fruits that make this a wonderful later afternoon warm weather wine.
Red
4/15/2013 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
60 points
At the Cape, just looking for a basic Malbec to share with my wife after dinner, and after the kids are bed. My 12-yr old would have described this bottle as "epic fail". The only difference between this and cough syrup is that cough syrup has more fruit and character. After forcing a sip, there might have been some representative toasty spice on the finish, but otherwise undrinkable.
Red
3/22/2013 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
88 points
Sweet red cherry and vanilla spice. Just a little air adds some depth, as the cherry extends into th mid-palate, blossoming into a mouth-filling dark cherry cake. Then it finishes with some complementary heat.
Red
3/20/2013 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
Popped and poured. There was a little funk that blew off at first. Floral and red cherry at first. It changed in the glass and in the bottle over the next two hours, incorporating more cranberry and tartness through the entier palate. It did not have as much earth undertones as I thought. Perhaps it is entering a weird phase right now. I will wait another couple years to pop another.
Red
2000 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/7/2013 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
88 points
An OK bottle. Not as nice as the one we enjoyed during the Christmas holidays last year. Initially, it showed the promise I recalled from a couple months ago, but it never seemed to fully blossom. My wife was very disappointed in it - perhaps also a remnant of her cold. After an initial scent of red and plum fruits, the mouthfeel seemed smooth without enough flavor. Hopefully this was a relatively bad bottle as I have several more to go.
Red
2/4/2013 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
87 points
Light red in the glass. Aromas of tart red fruit. Tart red cherry, and strawberry flavors that hang around. There is something underneath that hints of earthiness. Not a long finish, but very enjoyable as a daily drinker.
White
2/2/2013 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
87 points
Golden yellow color. Some citrus aromas with some mineral background. Tight flavors of lemon citrus. Some acidity that shows itself more on the lean finish. Just a little bit of sweetness mixed in with the tight flavors.

I don't really detect any oak. I cannot really describe it as round, nor as steely. It does not leave an impression - bad or good - but puts itself out there as a well-made expression of Russian River Valley chardonnay.
Red
1/31/2013 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
Very similar to notes from a year ago. Light red fruit dominates, less syrupy mouthfeel than the 2009 RRV that I finished before this. Any heat on the finish that was around a year ago has mellowed as well.
Red
1/30/2013 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
89 points
Dark cherry aromas all over the place. Mouthfeel is still syrupy, but not over the top. Not much heat on the finish though which contributes to a sense of balance. The intense flavors and mouthfeel pair well with each other.

No question that my preferences hae shifted away from these thich PNs, but this is a fine wine to return to when having a glass away from food.

Second night has less fruit, more smoke, but also s bitterness on the finish which takes something away from it.
Red
2007 Chappellet Mountain Cuvée Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/22/2013 - ssimpsonjr Likes this wine:
88 points
The last of a six pack drank since late 2010. Splash decanted and was concerned about overly sweet fruit aromas coming from the decanter. Poured off a small glass and first taste impression was the same.

After some air, though, there was more depth with some cedar lingering in the background. It never moved forward from there, but the sweeter dark colored fruit became much more integrated. Definitely not complex, and perhaps a little simple (by the numbers), but an enjoyable mid-week wine to accompany dinner.

While the wine opened up quickly, it also didn't fall off at the end of the bottle either. It will not improve much but still has a couple years to run before it starts falling off.
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Red
2003 Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/14/2013 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
A little bit more vegetal than my last one from a 375ml. Less fruit, but also less bitterness on the finish.
Red
1/12/2013 - ssimpsonjr wrote:
91 points
Twisted and poured. Tons of red fruit aromas. Strawberries and raspberries dominate the palate. Intense flavors but a lightness of body. Definitely feel some heat on the finish.

Second day ... very similar to day one, though the heat seems to have lessened on the finish.

I have three more of these, and will try them over next two years or so.
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