Tasting Notes for RockinCabs

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Red
1995 Viader Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/8/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
93 points
As before this continues to be a beautfully balanced napa cab showing blackberry, sweet cherry, violet, cedar and pencil notes. Howell mountain meets the left bank. Continues to be one of my favorite vintages from this producer.
Red
9/6/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
92 points
Nose: Blueberry, sweet cassis, smoke and black pepper notes. Palate: Blackberry jam, spice, clove, chocolate and cherry preserve. Broad and dense. Finish: More dense black/blue fruit, chocolate and smoke notes.

Continues to be a rich large scaled wine that easily hides its 15.5% alc. Switchback really nails this style of cab.
Red
8/2/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
94 points
Quite possibly one of the nicest corks that I have pulled from a 50-year old wine. Not in a way that makes you suspect of provenence, but there was very little staining up the sides and a nice deposit of sediment on the shoulder.

Nose: Beautiful perfumed nose of blackberry, leather, rutherford dust and cedar. Palate: Fresh with no signs of overipeness, or flaw. Just moderate palate weight with cassis, cherry, cedar, tobacco and loamy earth. Layered and nuanced with thyme and sight eucalyptus notes showing the herbal side of cabernet. Finish: Fades a bit in the finish with cocoa, cedar and some sweet cherry notes.

This really felt like a St. Julien of similar age with more ripe sun kissed fruit. Very nice. Felt very lucky to get a bottle in this shape from a one-owner cellar.
Red
10/27/2018 - RockinCabs Likes this wine:
88 points
A large scaled effort that is black fruited and very ripe. Ultimately hot and unwieldy. I just dont see the big reviews this wine gets.
Red
1989 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/1/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
95 points
Nose: Blackberry, cedar, cherry, sweet pencil and floral notes. Quite the classic charmer here. Palate: Just a bit closed, but as it opened the wine gained weight and the red/black fruit balance showed up. Mineral, tobacco and cedar support a beautifully precise wine. Finish: Well knit and elegant. This is a balanced Lynch with pauillac classicism.
Red
1990 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/1/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
97 points
Wow, wow, wow! This is a special Lynch, but you already know that. Such a different animal than the classic and linear 89.

Nose: Exotic nose of cassis, plum, damson, clove, espresso, cedar, tobacco and just a hint of coconut. Evolves for hours on the nose revealing more and more. Palate: So much push and pull happening between black fruit, blueberry, mineral, earth and smokey tobacco notes. Supported by layers of cedar, herb and espresso. Finish: Complex, complete and beguiling at times. This impresses for its power, authority and exotic charm.
Red
7/9/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
93 points
This was just a few steps behind the last bottle which bordered on sensational. Still loaded with the Cassis, Plum, Walnut, Tobacco and rich earth notes. Elegant approach for the vintage and in a great place now.

This showed a bit less balanced than the last bottle, but i would still add to the cellar for near term enjoyment.
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Rosé
6/22/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
90 points
Great berries, watermelon, basil and thyme notes. Typical strong palate weight. Another great Simone Rose.
Red
2008 Château La Tour-Martillac Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/22/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
89 points
Nose: plum, gravel, tar and cherry pit. Ripe and rich nose with smokey expressive undertones. Polished. Palate: Good bit of gylcerine carries along the black fruit. Blackberry, cassis, black cherry and herbs. Finish: slightly drying and lacking precision. The hollowness in some 08s shows up here, but this will be very enjoyable for the mid-term.
Red
1983 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/14/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
95 points
Nose: Black cherry, kirsch, graphite, baked brick and embers. Palate: Deeply textured and full of weighty black cherry, stone, brick, tobacco, smoke and thyme. Such a beautiful example of Pessac terroir. Finish: red and black fruit notes with beautiful cedar, tobacco and stone.

Terroir shines in this wine and it is unmistakable as LMHB. Never overlook vintages that are not considered 'epics' at LMHB this is every bit as good as the 86, 79 and 94. Very satisfying.
Red
5/5/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
94 points
Ducru Beaucaillou - 90 year Retrospective (Boston Harbor Hotel): Started out with volatile acidity and some oxidative notes, but as these blew off it gave way to a light fine and powdery palate of a wine in its twilight. Nose: Raspberry, sweet orange peel, spice, sous-bois and bits of cherry. Palate: Just light and acid driven with powdery tannin delivering the nuances of fruit, spice and tertiary wood.
Red
5/5/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
96 points
Ducru Beaucaillou - 90 year Retrospective (Boston Harbor Hotel): WOW outstanding. This really is a wine that knocked me out of my chair. Served from magnum, and at total testament to the quality of these bottles when properly stored over the long haul. In this flight the color was so much deeper than the 29. Nose of beef blood, plum, ginger, spice, lavender and black cherry stem. Plate was delicate yet vigorous with blackberry, raspberry and thyme. Cedar, biscut and violet notes rippled through the edges of the palate.
Red
5/5/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
97 points
Ducru Beaucaillou - 90 year Retrospective (Boston Harbor Hotel): Good god, does Bordeaux get better than this? In a flight of all-star performances the 55 seemed to be the consensus favorite at the table for its sensual aromas and silky, finely integrated palate. Absolute fireworks on the palate here with currant, lilly, ginger, spices and caramelized cherry. Incredibly long perfumed finish that fills the nasal cavity for minutes.
Red
5/5/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
98 points
Ducru Beaucaillou - 90 year Retrospective (Boston Harbor Hotel): The muscular date tonight for the sensual and lithe 55. The 1959 was equally off the charts in its expression of terroir and the vintage. Dried black fruits, spice, smoke and candied cherry notes. Supported by beautiful spice and cigar box.
Red
5/5/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
96 points
Ducru Beaucaillou - 90 year Retrospective (Boston Harbor Hotel): Cedary tobacco, red cherry, black currants, and wild berry notes that build and build. Another example of why Magnum is the ultimate format for aging wine. The 62 really strutted and showed a full throttle cedar, cigar and stone. Exhibited classic ginger spice and black fruit in the finish.
Red
5/5/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
95 points
Ducru Beaucaillou - 90 year Retrospective (Boston Harbor Hotel): The only reason this did not land in the top three tonight was that the 34 and the final flight were so extraordinary. Silky black fruit of blackberry, currant and cassis and wrapped with loamy earth, sweet sandalwood and ginger spice. Powerful yet giving from magnum, and focused in by restrained balance.
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Red
5/5/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
94 points
Ducru Beaucaillou - 90 year Retrospective (Boston Harbor Hotel): Smokey brooding and a bit tight at the outset, but as it opened in glass the 82 showed why this vintage has such a big reputation. Layered black fruit, cedar and tobacco in perfect harmony. Evolution could be long as the more nuanced spice, truffle and red fruited characteristics in other vintages here have not yet emerged.
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Red
5/5/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
92 points
Ducru Beaucaillou - 90 year Retrospective (Boston Harbor Hotel): Although there were no "dogs" at this table, the 2000 was perhaps the one wine that underwhelmed a bit. Cut from a different approach than the wines in flight #2 the blackberry fruit is layered with mineral, truffle and oak at the moment. On the palate herbal characteristics of the cabernet were on display above the fruit, masking the beautiful gingerbread spice, morello cherry and cocoa powder notes in this wine.
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Red
5/5/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
92 points
Ducru Beaucaillou - 90 year Retrospective (Boston Harbor Hotel): Likely one of the freshest 2003 left bankers that you will find. No notes of excessive extraction or reductive VA. Fresh blackberry, black cherry preserves and jammyness you might expect, but this is balanced by marks of acidity and the terroir of Ducru. Bruno's first vintage leading the estate, and he explained how he made the risky decision to leave the canopy heavy when valuable warm days marched on. I have had other bottles of the 2003 that did not live up to this one, but ex-chateau clearly this is a great wine regardless of vintage.
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Red
5/5/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
95 points
Ducru Beaucaillou - 90 year Retrospective (Boston Harbor Hotel): Precision sums up the 2005 at Ducru Beaucaillu. The nose sharply delivers black cherry, cassis, rose petal, cedar and spice notes. More of these appear on the palate and it is a refreshing break from the riper larger scaled wines on either side. Precise black fruited notes on the palate accented by cedar, spice and earthy notes hold promise for a very successful future.
Red
5/5/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
96 points
Ducru Beaucaillou - 90 year Retrospective (Boston Harbor Hotel): Incredible for its depth and black fruited profile. Ducru absolutely tattooed this one with penetrating black tannin and then surrounded it with soft fat Plum and Black cherry fruit while notes of truffle, cocoa, licorice thyme and spice play supporting parts to lend complexity. A deep black pool of a wine right now that is brimming with potential.
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Red
1994 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/28/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
91 points
Nose: Beautiful Cherry, Blackberry and Thyme with leather and cedar notes. Palate: Well resolved with excellent dark red fruit, but the palate does show the vintage getting a bit lean at times. Good herb, licorice, spice, and cedar notes. Finish: Quite strong and hangs in with a good dose of black fruit and biting acidity.

91+ Having had the 94 LLC recently this was nearly as good. Well made wine that is great for the dinner table as others have noted. At current prices chase the 1995 and 1996 for just a bit more money.
Red
4/23/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
91 points
Another beautiful bottle of this. Elegant topicity of Margaux with nice blackberry, plum, toasted oak, violet, and dark floral aromas. Palate is well resolved and delivers layers of silky black/blue fruit, cedar and floral perfume. Quite well developed, but has years to go.
Red
1985 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/26/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
flawed
Maderized. Seepage above cork, but not into foil.

Balsamic, faded fruit. No recovery.
Red
4/10/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
91 points
As others have noted this is positively execeptional in the world of Bourgogne. Ripe cherry, raspberry tart, leather, wood smoke, racy acidity and polished tannins.

Delicious now, but cellar and revisit in a decade for real rewards.
White
4/22/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
90 points
Nose: very nice flinty mineral nose with white peach, lemon and spice. Palate: Great balance of acidity, mineral and fat. Lemon, peach and a touch of spiced pear. Matchstick and flintly seashell notes. Finish: Light, fresh and composed.

Strong wine for the money in Chablis. Site as noted by Oldwines below shows through. I am a bit more positive on this than others here.
Red
1990 Château L'Evangile Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/18/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
96 points
Right upon PNP you could tell that this was going to be special. Sweet truffle, leather and plum aromas wafted off the neck of the bottle. I allowed it to open for approximately 40-minutes in the decanter

Nose: Perfumed, huge nose of Cherry, truffle, cedar, plum, chocolate, woodsmoke and roasted berry notes. Precise and expressive of Pomerol in a very indulgent way. Palate: Broad and layered in the mouth giving cherry, plum skin, shaved truffles, chocolate and cedar. Touches of raspberry sauce and floral notes as well. Complex and multi-dimensional to the final sip. Finish: remains resonant bringing back many mid-palate notes for well over 45-seconds on the finish.

This was consumed from 375 and had spent much of its life in an excellent cellar. These have years ahead.
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Red
2000 Château Quinault L'Enclos St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/6/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
91 points
Previous notes hold. This has been fabulous for its entire life. Hard to say where peak is, but it remains one of my favorite 2000's in early window.
Red
3/27/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
90 points
This is really nice after an hour in the decanter. Black cherry, licorice, coffee, blueberry and sage. However, the wine is beginning a decline I believe. Once open too long it grows a bit porty and drying woody notes emerge in the finish. Enjoy these over the next handful of years.
Red
3/27/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
93 points
Classic GPL in a great vintage, and just getting into window from 375. I disagree with recent notes that this is an underperformer. Honestly it feels like the wine is still young and just beginning to show the pencil, gravel, cedar and cassis notes that everyone wants here. They are there, and I expect the amplitude to grow in the coming years.
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Red
3/23/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
94 points
From 375 this was just rocking, and beginning to show the signs of a mid-maturity Pomerol that make me fall in love. Plum, truffles, violets, black cherries, clay and pencil shavings. Mouthfeel is silky and dense. Gorgeous wine.
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Red
2/21/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
92 points
Continues on its later maturity plateau. Great black cherry and plum with cedary tobacco and sweet floral notes. Drink over the next few years.

For me NM seems to have been a bit light in scoring this during his recent chateau retrospective.
Red
2/14/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
88 points
Solid pairing with a homemade bolognese. Ripe fruit, truffle, sandalwood and herbs. Quite savory. Good table wine.
Red
2/21/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
89 points
Another great showing for this bourgogne rouge. Well balanced crunchy red fruit, sappy cherry and floral notes delivered with high acidity.
Red
1982 Château Duhart-Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/15/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
93 points
Nose: Beautiful cassis, blackberry, black cherry preserve, tobacco and sweet floral aromas just roll off this in waves. Palate: Has developed well in the bottle with a silky fine palate of cassis, blackberry, graphite, leather and cedary tobacco notes. Perhaps not a pronounced as the nose would suggest but this is in great shape on the palate. Finish: Not super complete in the finish, but dried black fruits, cedar and leather are prominent. Hint of acetone from time to time.

A really nice bottle, and makes me hopeful for what modern classics from Duhart like 05, 09, 10 and 15 might do in the cellar.
Red
2/3/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
91 points
Red/blue fruited with cherry, blueberry and fruit leather notes. Creamy in the mouth and loaded with chocolate, spice and leather. Some herbs, bell pepper and loamy earth round out the palate. This was in a great place, and feels like it is in the sweet spot for drinking now.

Outperformed some of the more expensive wines in the Beau Vigne line up from 2011 in the cellar.
Red
1997 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/28/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
92 points
Nose: Nice plum, boysenberry, violet and cedar nose that is classic palmer. Unmistakable really. Palate: Thinner than the top vintages, but all of the nice dark fruited notes, precise acidity and nuance of leather, herbs, cedar and violet. Finish: Falls short on lenght, but surely a great effort.

For the vintage this is a really nice wine. As with all things Palmer prices are on the rise, so not sure I would pay current market prices. However, where I found it a few years ago it was a good buy
Red
2015 Château Larcis Ducasse St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/28/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
90 points
Nose: Black Cherry, Cocoa, Thyme, Spice, Blueberry and Coffee notes. Quite sweet on the nose, yet never extacted. Fresh layered red/blue fruit is there but showing heat. Palate: Enters with swaths of fruit, clay notes and then a wall of tannin. Wood notes of mocha and smoke here and there. Finish: Somewhat unremarkable and hard to evaluate.

Same bottle as EC, and I do not have much to add. I had high expectations based on CT reviews, and critical reviews. However this is either getting tight very quickly, or the balance just is not there. Very enjoyable in a new world with restraint kind of way, but I had higher hopes.
Red
1/18/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
93 points
Nose: Classic Pomerol expressions of plum, damson, black cherry, leather, wood smoke, sweet berries and clay. A very engaging nose. Palate: Surprising vigor in the Black Plum, raspberry, ponzu and tobacco on the palate. Great density that has elements of mocha, toffee and spice in the plum fruit. Finish: Good length yet not exceptionally detailed.

This was a two owner bottle held since the mid 1980s and cellared well. Showed right in the profile of Jeff Leve's 2009 notes. The vintage gave this outstanding life.
White
1/20/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
93 points
Nose: Kiwi, melon, lemon zest and almonds. Just a bit of oxidative notes, but shockingly fresh. Palate: Incredibly smooth, easy going and detailed palate of lime, melon and basil notes. Finish: Easy going finish that has nice citrus acidity, but adds some herbal and flint notes.

I was surprised to find this in such great shape. A testament to quality wine making and storage for this Araujo Sauvignon Blanc.
Red
1991 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
1/13/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
93 points
The first two of these that I opened were horribly disappointing, full of VA and Balsamic Vinegar notes. However tonight I got a real treat with a perfectly "on" bottle.

Nose: Very intense dark fruited nose with leather, game and herb notes. Does not fully show its age, as the wine remains dark and somewhat brooding. Palate: Plum, blackberry sauce, rosemary, raspberry, peppercorns, leather and siopce. Just a hint of sherry notes, but really just a pleasant integration. Finish: Resonant black fruit, raspberry, tobacco, sea salt, olives and herbs.
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Red
1/12/2019 - RockinCabs wrote:
92 points
Nose: Raspberry, cracked pepper, florals, blackberry, sweet oak and leather / garigue notes. Palate: Lighter weighted, almost burgundian as others have noted. Red berries, tea, florals and black pepper. Quite gamey, but supported by fruit and acidity that make this very lively on the palate. Finish: Tannic at this time but two glasses aired overnight smoothed out nicely.

This is my style of Pegau. QPR is outstanding, and I do see improvement for this over time.
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Red
12/25/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
93 points
Nose: Gorgeous nose of red fruit, game, iron, mineral, sweet cherry, oak and florals. Very complex and a lot of depth. Palate: Extremely impressive silky palate feel that has just enought tannin in reserve to bite a but. Rusticity in an elegant presentation. Layers of fruit, earth, game, mushroom and burnt embers. Finish: Great length and a lasting impression of a great Gevery.

Slow ox for about 12 hours and enjoyed thoughout Christmas day. Very enjoyable wine entering early window. Wish I had more.
Red
12/24/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
92 points
Another great bottle of this that really encapsulates the HM earth and deep cassis driven profile right now. Black fruit is balanced with loamy earth, pine and a velvety palate feel. Few tannins now, but elements of leather, cedar and eucalyptus give it finishing strength.

This will drink really well for another decade as it is made in a very classic HM style. I had a the 84 a year or so ago and that was still going strong. Definately a site in its early evolution that will please bordeaux lovers today.
Red
2012 Château d'Angludet Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/31/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
89 points
Another beautiful bottle that delivered complex aromatics of cherry, cassis, violets, wild flowers, cedar and loamy earth. Lot of.margaux typicity here. Great length and just missing the palate feel snd complexity to warrant higher score. Strong entry level offering.
White - Sparkling
12/16/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
92 points
Nose: Slightly oxidative orchard fruit and raspberry notes, creme and some brioche. Palate: very nice balance on the palate with good amount of bubbles and creamy lemon, berrry and almond notes. Good weight with a streak of fresh acidity.

This had slightly more advanced almond, tangerine notes than I was expecting, but it is in a good window. Another very nice Coulon blanc de noirs
Red
12/12/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
91 points
Very nicely balanced wine with well resloved tannin, ample acidity and great complexity. Nice black cherry, kirsch, mushroom, spice and peppery game notes. VinoVino's note really nails where this wine is right now.
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Red
2000 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/13/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
93 points
Pitch black in the glass and the nose confirms black fruit, licorice, cassis and graphite are all there. Chisled wine that is deeply structured inky and mineral. Layers of black fruit, spice and anise on the palate.

Long way to go and a really enjoyable wine that is so powerful. Impresses with sheer force.
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White
12/13/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
93 points
Color is a beautiful deep yellow/gold. Sauturnes like in appearance. Nose is an explosive melange of almond paste, marmalade, orange peel and tropical fruit. Nice amount of oxidization. Palate is viscous but well balanced delivering layers of dried peach, apple, brioche and almond. Dry and acid driven, but has a nose that suggests sweetness. Really interesting wine.
Red
12/13/2018 - RockinCabs Likes this wine:
92 points
I really enjoyed this for the raspberry, musky cheese (comte), mushroom, mineral and beef blood notes. Taught with acidity, nice red fruit and minerality. Suggests lots of time left for this wine.
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