Tasting Notes for JackLynch

(117 notes on 106 wines)

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Red
2005 Château Dassault St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/7/2020 - JackLynch wrote:
91 points
Classic aged Bordeaux. Drinking very well now.
Red
11/27/2019 - JackLynch wrote:
82 points
Alas, past its prime. Very raisiny now.
White - Off-dry
8/25/2019 - JackLynch wrote:
91 points
In very good shape in 2019. High acidity, with classic middle-aged Riesling notes, including petrol and candied ginger.
Red
7/28/2019 - JackLynch wrote:
95 points
Very well made, and drinking beautifully now. Obviously New World with all the bigness that implies, but impeccably balanced.
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Red
6/2/2019 - JackLynch wrote:
91 points
A very well-made wine: powerful and well balanced, and drinking well now. But it lacked the distinctiveness I look for in Paolo Bea's wines. Very good, but not as memorable as I was hoping for.
White
6/2/2019 - JackLynch wrote:
93 points
A powerful and impressive wine. A good mix of fruity and floral qualities; off-dry, but it's not easy to determine how much is residual sugar and how much is fruitiness passing for sweetness. A bruiser at 14.5% ABV, but I found it balanced and food-friendly.
White - Off-dry
5/22/2019 - JackLynch wrote:
91 points
Doing very well at thirteen years old. Sweet but balanced, and able to stand up to Indian food.
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White
3/1/2019 - JackLynch wrote:
95 points
Excellent. Unusual without being weird: a really pure wine. Started out good right out of the bottle, and grew more complex with time. Baked pineapple, honey, stone fruits including peaches and apricots, and a bit of spice on a long finish.
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Red
2/6/2019 - JackLynch wrote:
92 points
In a modern international style, not something I usually go for, but this is very smooth and balanced, with a good finish. Works very well with a few-hour decant.
White
1/6/2019 - JackLynch wrote:
89 points
Intensely fruity and funky, becoming more complex as it warmed up. High acidity. Long finish. Unmistakably in the Scholium mold, with all the wackiness that implies, though not my favorite of the Scholium offerings. Still, an experience, like everything from Scholium.
Red
1/1/2019 - JackLynch wrote:
91 points
A very pretty wine. Medium-bodied, pretty good acidity, well balanced. Lots of black fruits and olive tapenade on the palate.
Red
12/31/2018 - JackLynch wrote:
92 points
High acidity, medium body, and doing remarkably well after twenty-three years. Still plenty of fruit, with menthol notes coming through.
White
2004 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
12/23/2018 - JackLynch wrote:
91 points
Solid. Not a lot of complexity, but decent acidity and concentration. A little more oak than I usually like, but well integrated. Showing some oxidation, which was enough to put off my friend a bit, but I was happy.
Red
10/2/2018 - JackLynch wrote:
90 points
Medium- to full-bodied, with a lot of black fruit and garrigue. Medium finish. No great complexity, but well balanced, and drinking well now.
White
9/30/2018 - JackLynch wrote:
93 points
Intense and very extracted Chardonnay, without being at all unbalanced. A lot of apple cider and tropical fruit on the palate. Another winner from Scholium.
Red
9/30/2018 - JackLynch wrote:
93 points
Very pretty. Dark purple; black cherry and violets on the palate. Classic and well-made Rioja, with sweet fruit and well-integrated oak.
Red
9/9/2018 - JackLynch wrote:
92 points
Classic Pauillac, now showing very well.
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Red
8/28/2018 - JackLynch wrote:
89 points
Simple but lovely. Dark fruits, lively acidity, still tannic but not overwhelming. Long finish.
White
8/12/2018 - JackLynch wrote:
86 points
Simple but pleasant. High acidity and citrus notes, still youthful after a decade.
Red
7/15/2018 - JackLynch wrote:
93 points
Inky black. Now mature and full-bodied, but still light on its feet. Black fruit, figs, cocoa, and tar. It benefited from exposure to air. I would have been happier with a little more acidity, but this is well made.
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Red
12/11/2017 - JackLynch wrote:
89 points
Pure and intense fruit; it's sweet black fruits more than cherries. At this point, virtually none of the savory notes that sometimes come with Pinot -- no mushroom, no forest floor. And while one tasting note says the acidity is too pronounced, if anything it was too muted for my taste.

This may well develop into something really interesting. At this point, it lacks the complexity I like in a Burg.
Red
10/24/2017 - JackLynch wrote:
92 points
Very fine. Well balanced, with acidity enough to make it well-suited to food. A serious, but crowd-pleasing, wine, now suitably mature.
Red
2005 Château Dassault St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/21/2017 - JackLynch Likes this wine:
90 points
A fine and mature, if otherwise not especially memorable, right-bank Bordeaux. A crowd-pleaser.
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Red
9/21/2017 - JackLynch Likes this wine:
91 points
Classic right-bank claret, very good in all the usual ways, but not otherwise noteworthy. Drinking very well in 2017; I gave it a two-hour decant.
Red
5/17/2017 - JackLynch Likes this wine:
92 points
I was nervous about whether this would still be in good shape, but it was showing perfectly. Still a decent amount of fruit, and plenty of acidity, but showing tertiary notes from age. Distinctively Oregonian -- I wouldn't confuse this with either Burgundy or California.
White - Off-dry
3/22/2017 - JackLynch wrote:
92 points
Haven't had one of these in a few years. In the interim it turned from an adequate cheap Riesling into an aged wine with real complexity. Who knew?
Red
1/20/2017 - JackLynch wrote:
86 points
Hmm. This just didn't do much for me. It's not flawed; it's well balanced; it hits all the right southern Rhone notes. But there was very little depth and no real clarity of flavor. Very little on the nose, and a short finish. It did open up a bit over the course of two hours, so maybe a long decant will help. And maybe it will improve with bottle age. As it stands now, though, it's a B wine aspiring to reach B+.
Red
1995 Château Dauzac Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/20/2016 - JackLynch wrote:
91 points
Classic Margaux. Not especially complex, but has all the right notes for a 20-year-old claret.
Red
12/13/2016 - JackLynch wrote:
84 points
Bottle variation? Slightly corked? Not actively bad, but dull and one-dimensional. It's drinkable but certainly not the 90+ wine described in others' notes. I'll assume the problem, whatever it is, afflicts just this bottle. Pity.
Red
1982 Château Lafon Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/6/2016 - JackLynch wrote:
91 points
In pretty good shape for a mid-level claret after thirty-four years. The fruit is gone, but the secondary and tertiary flavors are lovely. Not a great wine by any means, but it shows how old-school clarets were built to last.
White
11/12/2015 - JackLynch wrote:
91 points
I love this wine -- one of my go-to whites. I'm won over my the acidity, the mouthfeel, and especially the minerality, and tell friends "It tastes like volcanoes."
Red
10/23/2015 - JackLynch wrote:
89 points
Still young. A crowd pleaser. Pleasant, and really smooth and pure, but so far lacking depth and complexity. Maybe age will deepen it.
White
8/22/2015 - JackLynch Likes this wine:
93 points
Everything a Meursault should be. Good balance and acidity, and drinking perfectly now.
Red
8/2/2015 - JackLynch wrote:
92 points
Surprisingly young and fruity. Other notes speak of "classic" Rioja, but my friend and I were struck by its New World ethos. Very good, though not what we expected.

Very fruity nose. Medium-bodied. Very good acidity and well-integrated tannins. On the palate, sour cherries, some tobacco, and other savory notes. Probably has many years left in it.
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Red
2007 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
3/28/2015 - JackLynch Likes this wine:
91 points
Very pleasant. Well balanced, with sour cherry up front, and a decent amount of leather and tobacco in the follow-through. Others note strong tannins, but I didn't experience that. Drinking very well now, I thought.
Red
9/13/2014 - JackLynch wrote:
Just a ghost of what was probably once a very good wine.
White
9/14/2014 - JackLynch Likes this wine:
92 points
Sherry-like oxidation, with powerful acidity. Not for everyone, but a fine example of the type.
White
1/18/2014 - JackLynch Likes this wine:
91 points
Doing surprisingly well for a village wine a dozen years out. Not a trace of premox. Intense palate, with green apples predominating. Good mouthfeel.
Red
10/26/2013 - JackLynch Does not like this wine:
74 points
Ick. I think I can see what they were going for -- bright red fruits, minerality -- but they missed. It comes across as thin and reedy but jammy at the same time, sweet like Concord grapes, with an unpleasant aftertaste. Couldn't finish the first glass, but I let it sit, and tried it again the next day -- no better. Not a flawed bottle, at least not in any traditional sense of the word; it wasn't corked, it wasn't oxidized. But it seems to me seriously misconceived. I'll be curious to hear whether others find anything in it I don't.
Red
5/18/2013 - JackLynch wrote:
89 points
A disappointing bottle -- not bad by any means, but just a decent villages-level Burgundy, with a lot of sour red cherries, without any of the complexity I've had from Rion before. I'll chalk it up to bottle variation.
Red
3/14/2013 - JackLynch Likes this wine:
91 points
Aggressively in-your-face American winemaking -- big, a bit sweet, alcoholic. That's not usually my thing, but this is a good example of the type, and the others in my party loved it. Black fruit, integrated tannins, and a lot of chocolate and menthol notes.
Red
3/14/2013 - JackLynch wrote:
89 points
Good but not great. Dark fruit, full body, and (in 2013) well integrated tannins. But it would have benefited from more complexity and a better nose.
White
1/11/2013 - JackLynch Likes this wine:
93 points
Very fine. A fresh and floral nose, with endless citrus blossoms. Citrus on the palate, too, and hints of melon and minerals, with a bitter almond finish. Light-bodied, but the crispness and acidity were able to stand up to food with a bit of spice. A great mouthfeel and a long finish.
Red
12/13/2012 - JackLynch wrote:
90 points
Charming. Great nose. Drinking well even when young, with the tannins and acidity in balance. It's fairly light-bodied and food-friendly.
Red
12/14/2012 - JackLynch wrote:
85 points
Bottle variation? This, my last bottle, was only so-so after several very good ones. Nothing actively wrong, but lacking character.
White
12/13/2012 - JackLynch wrote:
88 points
Nothing to add to the other notes -- they're all spot-on.
Red
11/29/2012 - JackLynch wrote:
88 points
Red fruit, spice, and earth, with good acidity and a long finish. Recognizably New World, but restrained; it's not jammy, hot, or sweet, as Ozzie wines are too often. Likely to be a crowd-pleaser.
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White
11/26/2012 - JackLynch wrote:
87 points
A simple and typical California Chardonnay. There's oak, but it's not out of control; there's enough acidity to keep it interesting.
White
10/31/2012 - JackLynch Likes this wine:
90 points
No complexity, but it has typicity out the yin-yang -- a classic American Sauvignon. Light-bodied, with lots of tangy citrus and hay. A crowd-pleaser -- but, as some have pointed out, you can do just as well at half the price.
White
10/26/2012 - JackLynch Likes this wine:
91 points
Complex and food-friendly. Great acidity, with lots of citrus; plenty of minerality and hints of spice. Great mouthfeel.
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