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Tasting Notes for Mimesis

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White
1/25/2023 - Mimesis Does not like this wine:
86 points
Tart. A little chalk. Not flawed, but not to my taste. Added some to the fish stew, and opened something else.
White
1/25/2023 - Mimesis wrote:
88 points
Great for the price, and still holding up well. Fruit and body of a Macon, but more acid. Slices right through rich foods.
Red
1/23/2023 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
89 points
A very pure expression of Cannonau (Grenache). No oak. Crowd pleasing, but also precise. Pop and pour.
Red
1/21/2023 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
88 points
Friendly downmarket grenache-syrah blend from Pichon. It's not Cote Rotie, but well worth the $15 I paid for it. After about an hour of air, it was warm, round, and mouthfilling. No further aging required.
Red
1/14/2023 - Mimesis wrote:
87 points
3-hour decant. About what you'd expect for a middle-aged Fronsac. Age seems to be buffering rather than integrating the flavors. I much preferred the youthful liveliness of the 2018.
Red
1/3/2023 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
88 points
When I originally bought half a case of these, I drank a couple of bottles, but buried the remaining ones in the hope that they'd lose their rough edges. I finally opened one again last night, and my gamble paid off. Definitely improved, with a couple of years of life left.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2022 - Mimesis wrote:
86 points
Champagne it ain’t, but at least it’s dry with a little yeast, and relatively inexpensive. 2022 really didn’t deserve any better.
Red
12/31/2022 - Mimesis wrote:
flawed
Alas, I left this last bottle way too long.
Red
1/1/2023 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
88 points
Easy drinking. Plenty of black current fruit. Seems to have a lot of life left.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Château Guiraud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/24/2022 - Mimesis wrote:
90 points
Served with baked apples after Christmas Eve dinner. Rich caramel color. Very good, of course, but for my taste, there wasn't enough acid to balance the sugar.
I agree with the comments that this is at a mid-life stage. I didn't feel like we were drinking the bottle too soon, but I could also see holding it several more years.
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Red
12/14/2022 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
89 points
Last bottle, and by far the best. Black pepper notes, medium body, no rough edges.
Red
2003 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
12/17/2022 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
90 points
Showing its age, but still robust and harmonious. Drink up.
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White
8/27/2022 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
92 points
Rich, dry, sherry-like white granacha that everyone loved. Rose gold color. A rare, memorable white.
White
4/2/2022 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
91 points
Sierra de Gredos Tasting (Concord, MA): The "post wine" of our Sierra de Gredos tasting. Among the best Albillos I've tried. Rich, aromatic; apricot and floral.
Red
4/2/2022 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
91 points
Sierra de Gredos Tasting (Concord, MA): Another spicy strawberry treat. My #2, the group's #4 of the six Sierra de Gredos granachas in the flight, but no firsts or lasts. For $20, you can't go wrong with this subtle, balanced, uniquely flavored wine.
Red
4/2/2022 - Mimesis wrote:
88 points
Sierra de Gredos Tasting (Concord, MA): Most conventionally "Spanish" of the six Sierra de Gredos granachas in the flight. Full bodied; a bit overripe. Was one person's favorite, and another's second place, but with several last-place votes (including mine), ended up #5.
Red
4/2/2022 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
92 points
Sierra de Gredos Tasting (Concord, MA): Pretty, pale and translucent. Most mineral and contemplative of the six Sierra de Gredos granachas in the flight. Group's #2, my #4, but I think I may have underestimated it when surrounded so many more extraverted wines. It's also easy to imagine that this wine is light based on its appearance, when it's actually quite rich.
Red
4/2/2022 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
92 points
Sierra de Gredos Tasting (Concord, MA): Group's #1 (my #3) of six Sierra de Gredos granachas in the flight. Really gets your attention with a spicy strawberry flavor. Perfectly balanced, medium body. Pretty unique, and an excellent value at $25.
Red
2015 Comando G Rozas 1er Cru Vinos de Madrid Garnacha, Grenache (view label images)
4/2/2022 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
91 points
Sierra de Gredos Tasting (Concord, MA): Initially my favorite (group's #3) of six Sierra de Gredos granachas in the flight. More tannic than the others. Could perhaps do with some more age, but plenty enjoyable now. I knocked the score down a point because the leftover glass I had the next day after a night in the fridge had a bitter finish that made me less sure about where this was headed.
Red
2015 Comando G La Bruja de Rozas Vinos de Madrid Garnacha, Grenache (view label images)
4/2/2022 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
88 points
Sierra de Gredos Tasting (Concord, MA): Group's least favorite (by a slim margin) and my #5 of the six Sierra de Gredos granachas in the flight. There's really nothing wrong here; it's just that all the other wines offered more distinctive flavors, while this was just straight down the middle: round, strawberry to sweet cherry; pleasant, but not memorable. Definitely not as interesting as the 2014.
Red
2014 Comando G La Bruja de Rozas Vinos de Madrid Garnacha, Grenache (view label images)
3/20/2022 - Mimesis wrote:
91 points
Plenty of spice (reminding me of a Gewurztaminer), but on a bed of wild strawberries. Very round, balanced and crowd-pleasing.
Red
12/31/2021 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
91 points
Smooth, rich, crowd pleasing. Ready to go now.
Red
1990 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/24/2021 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
92 points
What all Bordeaux wants to be when it grows up. Fully mature, with all the rough edges polished to a light sheen: some bricking, yet plenty of remaining color. Flavor first seemed faded, but opened over the next hour to a warm, sustained glow.

The style is balanced - neither showy nor austere. I admit that I've added a couple of points in homage to this wine's perseverance. It's a rare pleasure to drink a thoroughly aged claret in good condition. If you have any, I wouldn't wait. Like a fine sunset, I doubt it will last much longer.
Red
2015 Château Tour Saint-Christophe St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/27/2021 - Mimesis wrote:
Still tasted like a barrel sample. Primary fruit flavors, iron, blood. Quite dense. Overall, fairly unpleasant, but at the same time, formidable and impressive. Not much evolution the second day, either. I assume that someday - ten years hence? - it will be great, but withholding a rating for now.
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Red
12/19/2021 - Mimesis wrote:
88 points
Such a relief to be able to serve an inexpensive California Cab that I don't hate.
Red
12/19/2021 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
89 points
I had always turned my nose up at this "starter" Bernabeleva made for the US market, but I recently bought a couple of bottles online by mistake thinking they were the "regular" Navaherreros. Either the 2019 Camino is way better than usual, or I've been an idiot all these years. It's a delight. Really clean, pure grenache; a perfect house wine that will guard the single-vineyard wines as they age.
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Red
11/19/2021 - Mimesis wrote:
89 points
Shock and amaze your friends! Tasted blind, no one would believe that the 2016 Chateau La Vielle Cure is a Bordeaux. It tastes like it came from the Central Valley of California: 15% alcohol, lots of wood, masses of fruit all fighting with one another for attention.

Is it good? Not really. But it’s entertaining: kind of a “cask strength” Bordeaux. In fact, I suspect that it would taste better if you added 10% water, but I was having too much fun stumping people with it.

It did settle down the second day to become a more “ordinary” but still extremely dense Merlot-dominant wine.
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Red
8/26/2021 - Mimesis Does not like this wine:
85 points
A blunt instrument- coarse fruit, aggressive oak, hot finish. Even at $15, it’s expensive.
White
3/14/2021 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
91 points
Supple and round;nearly transparent. Becomes richer as it approaches table wine temperature. Aging beautifully, could easily last another 3 years, but alas, this was my last bottle.
Red
1/24/2021 - Mimesis wrote:
Not ready yet. Hard to tell whether this will be a very good vintage (like 2010, which is drinking well now) or merely OK. Withholding judgment for now. I'm going to wait a couple of years before opening the next bottle.
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Red
1/24/2021 - Mimesis Does not like this wine:
87 points
Flat vanilla coke with a splash of Bacardi 151. Overly oaked, with some heat on the finish. Was a little more integrated the second day, but still disappointing. Biale and Stag's Leap do a much better job with Petite Sirah.
Red
9/11/2020 - Mimesis wrote:
87 points
Reminds me of a Turkish Okuzgozu. Very juicy, with a bitter finish. Plenty of body. Maybe its rough edges would soften with some aging, but I don't think this blend was really intended to be laid down for long.
Red
2000 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
1/11/2020 - Mimesis wrote:
flawed
Chateau Musar 1999-2004 vertical blind tasting: Finishing last among the six vintages in the tasting, and mustering only a single vote above 4th place, the 2000 Musar seems like one to forget. The brett never burns off, and the persistent tannins don’t make room for whatever fruit remains. Did this bottle suffer from poor storage somewhere over the years? I purchased it in the same lot as the 1999 (also suspect), but along with the 2001, which was in perfect condition. The cork was fine. Whatever the case, I won’t be seeking out more bottles of the 2000 soon.
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Red
1999 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
1/11/2020 - Mimesis wrote:
flawed
Chateau Musar 1999-2004 vertical blind tasting: The big disappointment of the night. I got to sample the 1999 eight years ago, and then it was a robust red, even if it wasn’t my favorite. Now it’s noticeably over the hill, even if it’s not dead yet. The color is a little lighter and more orange than the others, but still quite dark, and not transparent at the rim. Meanwhile, the nose is more mineral, with wet stone and cassis. Brett is dominant at first, but eventually yields to fading, faintly overripe fruit. Was this bottle flawed? It’s hard to tell. The cork was fine. One taster still rated the 1999 first among the six vintages, while another gave it second place, but most (like me) gave it 5th place. Drink up.
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Red
2002 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
1/11/2020 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
90 points
Chateau Musar 1999-2004 vertical blind tasting: A Musar drinker’s Musar, the 2002 starts with noticeable brett, which eventually blows off to reveal the most savory – even tangy – wine of the evening. The nose varies from morel mushrooms to Morello cherries, complementing the equally changeable palate. At times that featured stewed fruit, at others, salted caramel. Truly iconoclastic, and very entertaining, this wine is not for the faint of heart. While I rated the 2002 4th out of six for the evening along with about half the tasters, I ended up having the most emotional attachment to this vintage out of them all. It’s very hard to say how further aging will affect such a wine, but it seems ready to go to me.
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Red
2004 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
1/11/2020 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
91 points
Chateau Musar 1999-2004 vertical blind tasting: The most “modern” tasting of the 1999-2004 vintages in the flight, this is the closest that Chateau Musar ever comes to a “pop and pour” wine. Only about an hour after opening, the 2004 becomes fragrant, with cedar and cinnamon on the nose. It also delivers a steady soft, black currant fruit flavor. It’s much less volatile than the others, except perhaps the 2001. It’s also more open and accessible, and a little less interesting, but still quite fine. Tasters rated it 3rd out of the six vintages. The 2004 is just entering its drinking window, so while there’s no need to wait, there’s no need to hurry, either.
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Red
2001 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
1/11/2020 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
92 points
Chateau Musar 1999-2004 vertical blind tasting: Initially darker and a little more closed than the other wines in the flight, the 2001 vintage opens into very fine table wine that’s less immediately identifiable as a Musar than most of the others in the flight. The fruit perfectly balances the tannins, even if the flavor occasionally veers into overripe territory. Fortunately, with the next sip, it steps back from the brink just in time.

Perhaps because it’s a more conventional wine, tasters were better able to keep their bearings with the 2001, and they rewarded it with a 2nd place rating out of the six vintages on offer. If nothing else, this suggests that Musar can be very, very good even when it’s not extraverted. This is also the only wine in the flight that I believe would really benefit from more aging.
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Red
2003 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
1/11/2020 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
94 points
Chateau Musar 1999-2004 vertical blind tasting: Wine of the night, with half the tasters rating it 1st, and only one rating it below 2nd place in the flight.

The 2003 replaces the usual Musar funk with a dollop of ripe fruit, which expands the savory foundation in multiple dimensions. Fig, date, and dark cherry flavors, along with a racy spiciness evolved over time in the glass to keep it entertaining. Even traditionalists were taken by this big, friendly, complex wine. Definitely in its prime right now, I’d recommend drinking remaining bottles over the next couple of years while the fruit’s still fresh.
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Red
10/29/2019 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
92 points
"Nothing stands out," I thought, as I took a sip 1/2 hour after opening this bottle. But then, over the course of the evening, my appreciation grew, as I realized how this Rioja rolled right down the middle of everything: fruit, tannin, weight, oak. length... It was even right in the center of its drinking window. Eventually I realized I was drinking a benchmark table wine.

While most of us are looking for a glass that knocks it out of the park in some way, this is an all-rounder: perfectly integrated and an excellent complement to the braised lamb shanks that I cooked for dinner. In a world of aspiring, but frequently disappointing leads, I'm glad to have found this best supporting actor.
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Red
10/14/2019 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
89 points
80% of the pleasure of a good Barolo at 1/3 the cost, and without the 10-year wait. Nice varietal character, and weightier than most declassified Nebbiolos. Warm and open after just a few minutes in the glass.
Red
9/28/2019 - Mimesis wrote:
87 points
Harsh and overbearing; softened a little over the course of the evening, but still fairly coarse. Maybe several years of age would help it settle down, but I'm not going to wait around and hope with this one.
Red
9/28/2019 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
92 points
Delicious, plummy, mouth-filling, crowd-pleasing, easy to drink.
Red
3/22/2019 - Mimesis wrote:
88 points
Generic, fruit-driven, with a little oak. Not as good the second day, which doesn’t bode well for aging. A nice party wine, I guess, but not worth the Napa cab premium.
Red
1/11/2019 - Mimesis wrote:
86 points
It's 1949, and Carlos Alvarez is working at A.H. Robins in Richmond, Virginia. The boss says he wants his new cough syrup to be grape flavored, so Carlos conjures up memories of Monastrell from his native Jumilla. Though he had to flee 10 years before during the Spanish Civil War, he still longs for the strong, fruity wines he quaffed in the republican cafes of his youth.

Blending some saccharin, glycerin, sorbitol and flavor essences with alcohol, Carlos produces his magnum opus: a flavor that generations of Americans afterwards will immediately recognize. The product is a runaway success, and finds its way into virtually every medicine cabinet.

And that's how, through no fault of their own, the wines of Carlos's home town ended up being associated with the taste of cough syrup.

Or at least that's how the story goes in my imagination. Because in every other respect, Casa Castillo Monastrell is a serious, well-made wine. But it's impossible to ignore this unpleasant over-the-counter association.

What if it had been Paul Martin of Bordeaux, fleeing from Vichy France, who had formulated the famous cough syrup instead? Would we now be paying $9.99 for Pauillac because it made us want to reach for a box of tissues, and $59.99 for bold, fruity, tannic Jumilla Montastrell? I guess we'll never know.
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Red
1/1/2019 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
92 points
I have a weakness for both Nebbiolo and Amarone, so Sforzato is a double-whammy. This is an excellent example: ripe, tangy and rich. The raisins soften the tannic edges and tame the high alcohol, without boiling over into stewed fruit. It's drinking perfectly now, but it will certainly keep much longer.
Red
1/4/2019 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
89 points
Decidedly a table wine, with medium body and more refinement than the Russian River Valley usually offers. I detected a subtle, unusual Morello cherry flavor at one point, though it finishes dry. Great entertainment for one night, but I don’t feel any compulsion to run out and buy more.
Red
12/28/2018 - Mimesis wrote:
87 points
Overoaked, hot, unintegrated. Impressive at first, but almost unbearable by the second glass.
Red
2015 Castello di Radda Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
11/3/2018 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
89 points
Excellent flavor profile - very round and satisfying, if a little thin. A great everyday Chianti. Excellent quality/price ratio.
Red
2015 Lamole di Lamole Chianti Classico Etichetta Blu Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
11/3/2018 - Mimesis wrote:
87 points
Ordered a bottle to go with the starters at Ristoro di Lamole. Sangiovese with some Cabernet and Merlot added, which distinguishes it from the white label. Could use some more age - still a little sharp around the edges.
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