Tasting Notes for RockinCabs

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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.
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.
Red
1995 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/13/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
92 points
Nose: Right from the get go there was a beautiful truffle, floral, earth and Plum perfume. Grew, and evolved showing embers, cocoa and herb notes. Palate: Enters with great plum/cherry fruit that is very soft, midpalate elements of mineral and truffle linger in the background. Finish: Powdery tannin and a nice lifted mouthfeel yields a fairly rich finish with plum and mineral. Touch of coconut oak.

Good wine that was evoloved out of the gate, but held in place mostly. Fatter fruit advanced nicely during lunch.
Red
1995 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/13/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
91 points
Nose: sweet red fruit, cherry, cedar, tobacco and oak. Palate: Nicely balaced but still showing a decent amount of dry tannin. Blackberry, cherry, cedar, spice and oak notes. Finish: tight initially, but was wide open by the end. Detailed finish of cherry, cedar, graphite and a touch of toasted oak.

Tight upon opening, and felt like it never really got going. Expected more fuit to unfurl. Elements of a classic Lynch profile, but oaky and dry notes at times worry me.
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White
12/10/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
92 points
Nose: Flinty orchard fruit, florals, saline and lemon curd. Touch of toasty oak. Palate: Ripe and roundish, but has tense acidity to balance. Well balance and saline palate with mineral, honeycrisp apple and some sweet toasty mallo notes. Finish: Good acidity. Excellent with stone crab and mustard sauce tonight.

New producer for me, and I will seek out this Vaudesir again.
Red
1985 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/10/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
93 points
Another gorgeous black cherry, red fruit, cedar, cigar and thyme driven classic 85 Barton. Less black fruited notes, some olive tapenade, but this was still quite strong tonight. A hair off the best in this case.
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Red
11/17/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
88 points
Good QPR for sure. Crowd pleasing mocha, cherry and jammy fruit notes. Finishes with dry tannin. Cocktail party wine.
Red
11/24/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
92 points
Beautiful nose is loaded with cassis, blackberry, eucalyptus and bell pepper notes. Very classic. Layered palate with black fruit, mocha, loamy earth and grilled herb notes. Finished with rounded tannins and dried black fruit notes.

Another really well made 2011 Napa. What a great value in Napa Cab!
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White
11/23/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
83 points
Deeply extracted apple, brioche, roasted pineapple and almost an oxidized fruit note. Viscous on the palate with a near sacharine sweetness. Not sure there is enough acidity to handle the extract and malo here. Very californinan approach.
Red
11/26/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
92 points
Nice sappy dark cherry fruit, sasparilla, glycerin, bitter chocolate and anise notes. Well balanced for a large scaled pinot.
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Red
11/19/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
88 points
Solid wine. Black cherry,, raspberry, sous bois and mushroom notes. Bit of florals a wood. Palate is balanced and not at all hollow, but lacks complexity. Well paired with Char Belly, Quail and Uni Pasta at Waypoint.
Red
2015 Manoir de Gay Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/14/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
91 points
Quite a nice entry level Pomerol that delivers dense plum, black cherry and fig notes with chocolate, clay and spice notes. Decent levels of glycerin and this really does evolve nicely throughout the evening. So young, but very tasty.
Red
11/11/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
91 points
Coravin pours about a month ago, and finished this bottle. Remains so fresh and vibrant in its blackberry, cassis and berry notes, slight florals, pencil and sexy oak treatment. Let this sleep for minimum 5-years. Tannin is not harsh, but definitely has teeth. Pretty serious for a second wine.
White
2009 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
11/3/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
91 points
Nose: Perfumed nose of ripe citrus, floral notes, melon fruit and a bees wax note. Palate: waxy palate feel with lanolin, honey, meyer lemon, tangerine and some lychee fruit. Finish: dense and sweet with some mineral notes.
White - Sparkling
11/3/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
94 points
Nose: Sweet nose of apricot, sweet almond, brioche, uncooked mushrooms, and baked apple. Palate: entry is nicely creamy, stately and aged. Fruit still nicely together showing baked apple, apricot and lemon oil. Still crisp and mouthwatering. Lovely aged Champagne to start the night.

I have really woken up to aged champagne recently. Something to keep exploring for sure.
Red
1970 Pétrus Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/3/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
95 points
Nose: Raspberry sauce, ganache, cigar, cedar, Black Cherry, Toffee and Fig notes. Palate: Impossibly rich yet somehow balanced this gives layers of glycerin, coconut, roasted cherries, raspberry, ganache, truffles, vanilla bean and smokey cedar. Finish: Powerful, palate drenching fruit that does not give up.

Seemed 15-years younger than vintage, and while not as nuanced or sensual as the 70 Trotanoy served alongside it was sensational.

A total hedonist.
Red
11/3/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
95 points
Added into the Trotanoy vertical blind.

Nose: Lit cuban cigar, tobacco, blackberry, black cherry and some roasted herb notes. Obviously not Trotanoy, but gorgeous nonetheless. Palate: Dark fruited personality with gorgeous mineral tones. Such a different style to the Trots, but seductive.

I guessed 82 and was correct, but this had me leaning towards St. Emilion with the mineral and herb notes. Lovely pomerol in a completely different style than the Troty.
Red
1970 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/3/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
96 points
Nose: Red and black fruit, pencil, spice and cigar notes. Bits of black truffle and malty roasted cherries. Palate: Very round in the mouth delivering a wide array of roasted cherry, sweet blueberry, cassis, tobacco, malt, toffee and coffee. Finish: Extremely complete and detailed never letting up. Beautiful smokey malty finish.

We had the unique opportunity to taste this from both 750 and Magnum. More dark fruit and ripe tannin in magnum and you had more time to see the exotic personalty develop. The 750 showed up right from the get go with a payload of plummy cigar, pencil, truffle, cedar and malt tones. Both gorgeous, but the completeness in bottle give it the nod (97+).
Red
1971 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/3/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
96 points
Nose: Explosive nose of dense red cherry, sweet plum, vanilla bean, spices and burnt embers. Just giving and giving layers of creamy fruit and truffle. Palate: Completely exotic. Delivers a broad and deep wine with lots of glycerin, bright red fruit, creamy palate feel and all of the ganache drenched cherries you might want. Finish: Lovely creamy finish, with more notes of cedar and cigar embers.

How I love the 71's in St. Emillion and Pomerol. This was a complete pleasure bomb just dripping with sweet red merlot fruit, cocoa and toffee. Wow.
Red
1975 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/3/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
flawed
Oxidative and definately off tonight. From Magnum.

Looking closely there is a beautiful red/black fruited wine underneath with toffee, roasted cherry and smoke notes. Just not quite right tonight.
Red
1981 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/3/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
93 points
Nose: Beautiful mint, floral and red fruit notes that are perfumed and lively right now. Does not grab you, but rather gently leads you by the hand in showing its charm. Palate: Still full and nicely red fruited with a prominent mint/eucalyptus streak and then cigar, green tobacco and tea notes. Finish: Red fruited with more herbs, vanilla and a bit of acid poking out.

This was the surprise of the night. Exceptional freshness, herb garden notes and lots of nuance. Showing a lighter side of Pomerol.
Red
1982 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/3/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
95 points
Nose: Black Plum, Blackberry, Cedar, Cigar and spice notes. Tougher to read than the older wines, but many layers are there waiting to unfurl. Palate: Slightly stern at the start with inky density and ripe tannin, but began to show layers of blue fruit, cigar, cocoa, spice and even some of the red fruit and toffee notes as the night wore on. Finish: delightful silky and penetrating finish.

Very 82, and a wine that still needs time. This was decanted from magnum, and continued to improve throughout the 4+ hours we followed it.
Red
1986 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/3/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
flawed
Very strong barnyard and brettanomyces notes on top, and the fruit was a bit figgy / cooked in character. Might be the character of the 86 right bankers to some degree, but more likely this was off.
Red
1990 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/3/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
92 points
Nose: Jubilant raspberry, red cherry fruit, cocoa powder, spice and sandalwood notes. Sweet fragrance to this one, and much lighter in profile than the 98 along side. Palate: More middle weighted, but complete. Silky with modest levels of glycerin and bright blackberry, raspberry, spice and coffee notes. Finish: Moderate with dryer tannin than the 98.

Really nice and likely drinking close to peak. Seems to lack the stuffing of other vintages, but in a great place right now.
Red
1998 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/3/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
95 points
Nose: Beautiful deep plum fruit, blueberry, charcoal embers, truffle, cedar and slight caramel tones. Palate: Enters dense, but still tight showing a frame of ripe dark tannin right now with plump black cherry, plum and coffee/spice notes. Very youthful as expected. Finish: Exceptional length.

This has an extremely promising future. As we got into the older vintages you could really see how the layers might unfold as it develops a softer palate feel.
White - Sparkling
10/21/2018 - RockinCabs wrote:
96 points
Beautifully crafted pinot/chard blend from top Grand Cru vineyards that has body, depth and nuance in creamy apple, peach, nectarine, floral, jasmine, brioche and almond notes. Fills the mouth with pleasing rounded fruit, and breaks it up with nervy acidity, mineral and toast notes.

What a stunning wine. There is not much to add to the other superlatives that have been bestowed upon this vintage special cuvee. Popped to celebrate my brother's engagement.
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