Tasting Notes for RossM

(64 notes on 63 wines)

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Red
4/27/2010 - RossM wrote:
93 points
For me this was true Cabernet Sauvignon: minerals, graphite, leather, black and green olives with perfectly aged fruit. Mushrooms, earth with a hint of dried strawbery. The palate was balanced and fully integrated and really showing no signs of fading. The acid was present, but perhaps a bit soft. This wine was enjoyed over 2 hours and never seemed to slow down. If not for the palate, I don't know if I would peg this as California Cabernet. Probably one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon I've ever had. Would love to try again.
Red
4/27/2010 - RossM wrote:
91 points
A great wine. Poped and poured. Initial nose had a touch of oak, but was well integrated. With time and air the wine turned into an Italian meat shop: smoked salumi, procuitto and misc cured goods. This aroma continued to evolve and change (in a good way) over the next hour. The wine had great structure with Med+ tannin and good acidity. I would like to try this wine again.
White
4/27/2010 - RossM wrote:
95 points
I can't really begin to describe this wine because I've never had something like this before. Pale staw colow. Initial nose of candied bergamot (that wasn't candied if that makes sense), lemon and fresh marzapan. With time and air, there also were notes of fresh mushroom and earth that blended perfectly. The palate was balanced and crisp with incredible complexity. Delicious. I see why people suggest drinking a premier cru before grand cru - the difference is off the charts. I don't know if I've had a still wine this intense, yet balanced. Wow.
White - Sparkling
4/27/2010 - RossM wrote:
89 points
A pretty exciting bottle of wine to try and my first time with vintage Salon. Color was a medium straw and there were no visable bubbles. At first the wine presented a fairly oxidized nose, but with some good things hiding in the background. On the palate, the wine seemed a little disjointed and out of balance showing little more than extremely *bright* acidity. The wine was tasted out of a normal or larger glass over the course of 2 hours and what an impact that had. While the carbonic acid integrated, the oxidized, caramel and brown sugar notes blew off to reveal orange, ginger and hints of fresh melon. The wine was increasing in complexity, and I'm guessing would have continued had we not run out. Would like to try again.
Red
3/9/2010 - RossM Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautiful dark brick red coloring through to the edge. On day one, a very solid Pinot Noir, but lacking the edge to make it stand out. On day two, the nose really began to emerge: spice box, anise and black licorice with a sliver of sweetness. There's also a hint of smoked meat highlighted by pencil shavings and a touch of oak. The finish is a bit on the bitter chocolate side, but it's complementary to the overall wine. The acidity is quite bright and in need of taming. The palate also shows slightly dried cherries and currents. A very young wine, but delicious nonetheless. Would like the opportunity to try again in 5 years.
Red
1/8/2010 - RossM wrote:
89 points
Very closed at this point. I was able to pull some slightly volitile notes of Elmers Glue and aged balsamic, but that's about it. Like the Clos des Chenes, I think this wine is pretty shut down. I'm guessing it reopen in a year or so...?
Red
1/8/2010 - RossM wrote:
88 points
Med brick core. The nose took quite a bit of coaxing to show much of anything. The palate had really nice structure and again the seamless palate which has been true to all the Volnay wines of the night. Aromatically, the most I could pull at this point was some dark cherries and a whiff of Chocolate. A good wine, just seemingly shut down at this point.
Red
1/8/2010 - RossM wrote:
87 points
Coloring was in line with what you'd expect to see from a Pinot Noir of this age. Off the top this wine was different from the others in the line up: fresh bread and cured bacon were the dominating aromas. Over the next 20 minutes the nose turned to Balsa wood, hints of cotton candy and ultimately buttered and caramel popcord. The palate had good balance with no wood showing. A very interesting wine to be able to try.
Red
1/8/2010 - RossM wrote:
89 points
Medium brick core only fading slightly at the edges. At first I was concerned the wine was was corked, but if it were, it seemed to blow off. There was a strong Brett (band-aid) gamey component. Overall really nice balance with just enough acidity. With some time, the Brett opened into a much more complex and intriguing blend of sauteed mushrooms and a hint of soy. The palate seemed to have that seamless, silky texture that I've noticed form Volnay.
Red
1/8/2010 - RossM wrote:
90 points
Medium brick core only fading slightly at the edges, but definitely showing some age. Right off the bat was a meaty, Italian spice shop component. With some air, this flattend out in the glass a bit. Extremely bright acidity initially, but this was also the first wine of the night. There is a pretty complexity to this wine, and my Cabernet and Syrah driven palate really appreciates the exposure and finess. Morel mushrooms emerge and are complemented by a seamless and silky palate. The tannins are present but balanced. Toward the end of the glass the initially high acids began to integrate. A great wine.
Red
12/22/2009 - RossM wrote:
Deep garnet/purple coloring to the edge of the glass. After about 45 minutes in the decanter the wine really started to to open up. There is no mistaking that this wine is Syrah: A mix of smoked and butcher-fresh meat explod from the glass while hints of roasted blueberry, crushed blackberries and leather mingled in the background. With some coaxing, notes of flowers and blood orange emerge. On the palate, this wine shows the typical silkiness that the Boushey Vineyard is known for. It will be fun to follow this wine over the next 5 to 7 years. Note: I am the winemaker for this wine.
White
8/3/2009 - RossM wrote:
93 points
Beautiful pale straw coloring. Aromas of meyer lemon, candied lime peel, slate, wet galena. Fantastic acidity, but not as dry as I would've imagined prior to opening. Nice length. The mineral component continues to emerge as the wine warms. I'm getting 'pops' of savory mint (a la Austrian Muscat) and lanolin. Some more lime peel emerges on the finish.There's also the slightest presence of CO2 on the palate. Zero petrol notes at this point. Incredibly fresh, vibrant and balanced. Dare I say that we enjoyed the wine with flat iron steak?
White - Off-dry
2/15/2009 - RossM wrote:
93 points
Fabulous bottle of wine. Med gold/straw coloring. Initial aromatics of sweet, fresh wax were followed by fresh (slightly candied) apricots and Bosc pear. The wine was surprisingly light on the palate (in a great way) with just the right about of sweetness. Minerals, peaches and a hint of wet stone on the palate. Great wine. I have very little experience with Auslese, but after this one, will be enjoying more of the ones in my cellar.
Red
1/27/2009 - RossM wrote:
92 points
Delicious bottle of wine. Deep crimson/purple coloring to the edges. Rich aromatics of cassis, black olives and a host of black fruits. A hint of oak was present, but was very complimentary. On the palate the wine was balanced, long and focused. Excellent.
Red
12/24/2008 - RossM wrote:
70 points
I'm not sure if this one was flawed or not, but it was impressively bad. VA was over the top, very little fruit and not enjoyable at all. I've had these wines in the past and they were nothing like this one. Too bad.
White
1/8/2009 - RossM wrote:
88 points
Light straw/golden color. Wet minerals, dried apricots and a slight hint of pine. Medium acidity, with a pleasant savory finish. There was a hint of richness at the end of the palate. Nice white pepper and sublte cynar notes. Straight forward and very enjoyable. Would buy (and consume!) again.
White
12/24/2008 - RossM wrote:
90 points
(Decanted for 45 minutes prior to pouring) Beautiful med-straw coloring. Aromatically this wine is unmistakably Meursault: rich and creamy with a ton of fruit waiting to explode. Hints of creme brulee, candied white fruits, lilac, misc. white flowers. There was also a slight waxy component that added to the intrigue. The palate was rich and balanced (impressive structure from such a warm vintage). Incredible length. With time there was a hint of smoke that developed. Delicious.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Castelnau de Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/7/2008 - RossM wrote:
89 points
Med/gold straw coloring with beautiful clarity. Immediately aromas of roasted filberts drizzled in honey, roasted peaches and coconut emerge. This is complemented by other white fruits mixed with candied (but fresh) red currents. There are also some intermittent volatiles of Elmers Glue that add an interesting layer of complexity to the wine. The palate has rather zippy spice married with bright acidity that transitions to a 20+ second finish. In terms of overall mouth feel the wine starts out a bit thin on the front, but picks up weight on the mid and back palate. The finish is complemented by a hint of bitter bergamot. This wine is not nearly as viscous as you might expect from the flagship Suduiraut in this exceptional vintage, but still has very good mouth feel. A very good wine. I would buy this wine again.
Red
2002 Les Forts de Latour Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/4/2008 - RossM wrote:
Deep black/red coloring with the edge fading to a blood red. (Decanted for 60 minutes) The initial nose on this wine was very rustic and had an showed aromas of coffee and earth but that's about it. I was surprised at the lack of expression. With some swirling some alcohol and even ethyl acetate emerged, but would come and go, not showing with each smell. As the wine sat in the glass, aromas of creosote, wet stones, and typical Left bank minerals emerged, but it really took some coaxing. The mouthfeel was very cabernet-like with med+ length and nice structure. The fruit component of this wine is missing right now. Perhpas the wine has shut down? Or a bad bottle? The wine has been stored perfectly in my temp controlled cellar since purchase.
White
11/26/2007 - RossM wrote:
91 points
Beautiful slight golden straw coloring. Immediately from the glass rose aromatics of fresh oyster shells - absolutely incredible. With some time wet stones emerged. The palate was wonderful Chablis with a lean minerality capped with a hint of lime/citrus. Bright acid. Fantastic wine.
Red
7/31/2007 - RossM wrote:
87 points
For a wine of this age from CA, I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't dead. That said, there was a definite 'figgyness', an element of really ripe fruit or high pH. This pruney/fig note continued to blossom in the glass over the next 2o to 30 minutes. Beneath these older fruit notes were interesting elements of true cabernet sauvignon: still some tannin, good acid balance and length. I wouldn't wait on this one any longer.
Red
7/31/2007 - RossM wrote:
89 points
A wonderful bottle of wine. Upon opening the wine was immediately poured into glasses. The wine had little or no sediment (slightly surprising for a wine of this age) and a beautiful, yet transparent red coloring with noticable bricking at the edges. For the first 20 minutes the wine was extremely closed in the nose. The palate was showing wonderful old bdx notes. Often times I feel that old red wine becomes just that, old red wine, but in this case the wine definitely represented a sense of place, that being Pauillac. With some coaxing the nose began to emerge with older red fruits, cedar box and black olives. There was a leanness on the palate but it wasn't out of place. I only had a couple ounces of this wine, so it wasn't something that I was able to watch develop over the evening, but I would happily drink this wine again.
White
5/24/2006 - RossM wrote:
90 points
Beautiful pale straw coloring. The aromatics are wonderful cool climate SB: gooseberry dominates and carries through to light grassy notes (there is a complete absense of amonia). This is a wonderful wine. The palate is bright and crisp with decent weight and very good length. With time I"m finding crushed sea shells (a la Chablis) and hints of lemon with a marzapan kicker. I've had this vintage a few times and this is the best it has shown. This wine is drinking wonderfully and showing NO signs of aging.
White - Off-dry
5/22/2006 - RossM wrote:
92 points
Last Monday Tasting Group (Fisher Compound): Not sure why this Demi-Sec was in the Moelleux flight. The aromatics of this wine are off the chart: smoke, lime, egg shell, mocha...the list goes on. Black licorice and anise. Good weight on the palate, but not overly concentrated (see: balanced). Great acidity.I found a slight hint of O2 on the nose, but it seemed to go away the more I tasted (go figure). Fantastic.
White - Sweet/Dessert
5/22/2006 - RossM wrote:
87 points
Last Monday Tasting Group (Fisher Compound): Bright golden. Smoky lime and anise with a hint of alcohol showing. RS was present and quite noticable in this wine. Definitely more so than the first Moelleux.
White - Sweet/Dessert
5/22/2006 - RossM wrote:
92 points
Last Monday Tasting Group (Fisher Compound): Bright pale boardering on golden. Lime and egg shell complemented by lanolin and smoky spice. On the palate there is definitely some RS, but it must be on the low end for Moelleux. Wonderful balance. No noticable phenolics whatever. A truly great wine.
White - Off-dry
5/22/2006 - RossM wrote:
91 points
Last Monday Tasting Group (Fisher Compound): Light gold color. Subtle carmelized (not oxidized) popcorn. Smokey and hints of mocha. Very interesting green tea aromatics. At the high end of the RS scale and by far the sweetest of this flight, but the acidity is incredible and the balance, near perfection.
White
5/22/2006 - RossM wrote:
87 points
Last Monday Tasting Group (Fisher Compound): This wine ended up being the ringer of the tasting, but suprisingly it held it's own despite not being as expressive. Initially this wine had a pickle/dill thing going on, so I worked the wine in the glass and went on the other wine in this flight. The pickle note went away with the add'l time in the glass. This was the lightest wine of the entiire tasting - not surprising as this wine was probably bottled about 2 days ago. There were candied melon, and cardamom notes on the nose. This wine had great weight in the mouth - very round and long. Hints of pale grapefruit begin to emerge complemented by wihte peach. Simple, slightly lean finish. I would be happy drinking this wine - a very good quaffer.
White
5/22/2006 - RossM wrote:
88 points
Last Monday Tasting Group (Fisher Compound): Light pale. Not particularly aromatic initially. On the palate the wine was a little phenolic, but not out of line. The acidity seems almost bracing and hard to believe that is wine is a Demi-Sec. With some coaxing lanolin on top of wet stones emerge. While slightly shut down, this wine has a great deal of potential. One of my top wines of the night.
White
5/22/2006 - RossM wrote:
88 points
Last Monday Tasting Group (Fisher Compound): Light pale coloring, edging towards slight golden. Lighter lanolin aromatics that previous Sec wines, but very attractive. This wine is very focused, but has so much going on. On the palate there is a slight hint of RS, but there was wonderful balance between the RS and acidity. Nice weight. The finish was good +, but not great.
White
2002 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières-Coulée de Serrant Chenin Blanc (view label images)
5/22/2006 - RossM wrote:
87 points
Last Monday Tasting Group (Fisher Compound): Rich, golden coloring - somewhat surprising for a 2002, but given my inexperience with LV CB, I wasn't sure what this would mean. The initial nose was quite carmelized (slightly oxidized?), followed by slight volitile esters, but not VA. Lanolin and marzapan are also present. Pleasantly, there were no oxidized notes on the palate. This wine has great spice and lots of acidity - a little phenolic, but in line. Wonderful length and weight in the mouth; very round and complete. I enjoyed this wine but the coloring concerns me.
White
5/22/2006 - RossM wrote:
87 points
Last Monday Tasting Group (Fisher Compound): Light/Pale gold in color. Initially the nose comes across almost creamy, with a generic floral and mineral hint towards the end. With time this wines aromatics really begin to life; wow. Acacia flowers come to mind. On the palate the wines shows little weight, but nice acidity. I don't want to say 'lean', so how about less concentrated. The finish is decent. A good wine.
White
5/17/2006 - RossM wrote:
88 points
Tasted the morning after it was opened and kept in the fridge. Bright, rich, gold in color. At first smell this wine is definitely Meursault: rich, round and dense. With some movement this wine shows lots of white fruits accented by stone fruits and a slight hint of pineapple juice (not typically my favorite, but in this case it plays a minor role). With more time some alcohol does begin to emerge from the glass, which is a little dissappointing. I'm also finding crushed sea shells a la Chablis, but covered with the extra density of Meursault. Really nice mouthfeel: balance and length are impressive. The alcohol is carried quite favorably on the palate - not noticable save for lifting the MF. A solid wine.
Red
4/26/2006 - RossM wrote:
Med ruby coloring. Transparent, but red to the edges. Wonderful smoky nose at first opening. With some airing this wine opened up tremendously to expose sweet leather, iodine and thistle (one of my tell-tale markers for Pinot Noir). Minerals and earth emerged with more time. Aromatically this wine seems older than an 03. A great example of Pinot Noir. The wine showed no rough edges or youthfulness - this wine is showing wonderfully right now. I wish I had more of this in the cellar.
Red
1997 Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
11/11/2005 - RossM wrote:
92 points
Nice med red color with slight purple core. Transparent. Initial aromatics of brett - not the band-aid type, but more saddle leather. With some time (and work) the brett lessens and notes of spice and an italian meat shop emerge. Anise, lilorice and a hint of cassis contribute to this beautiful wine. Great spicy mouthfeel and balance. Medium tannin. Delicious.
White
11/9/2005 - RossM wrote:
87 points
More golden in color than the Russian River bottling. The nose suggests that this wine sees a little more oak or that the base wine isn't as complex as the Russian River. Hints of oak and tropical fruits lift from the glass. This is complemented by minerals and spice. On the palate there is a slight bitterness at the beginning, but that fades to a rich, creamy-textured mid-palate. There is a nice viscosity to the mouthfeel, but the wine finishes a bit lean/thin. A roller-coaster of a wine, but worth trying.
White
11/7/2005 - RossM wrote:
91 points
Pale golden straw coloring. Nose fairly muted at first, but with some coaxing and gentle warming the wine began to show hints of minerals, hazlenuts and crisp pear. The oak to me is well integrated and shows little. Crisp yet round on the palate with only a hint of alcohol on the mid-palate. Nice spice and structure. Wonderful length. A very enjoyable wine. Tasted out of a half bottle.
Red
1990 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/1/2005 - RossM wrote:
91 points
Light red in color with definite orange coloring at the edges - surprising for this wine. Aromatically this wine beautiful with lots of cola, coffee, older olives and mocha. The tannins were very soft and mature. Nice spicy length. I would defifntiely drink this wine again, but I think I would've preferred it two years ago.
Red
7/2/2005 - RossM wrote:
88 points
Claret red in color, with some slight, slight 'oranging' towards the edges. Aromatically the wine starts with a peaty, smoky nose that definitively old world terroir (vs. new world oak). Additionally, wild, bramble , rough notes emerge. There is also a dry biscuit note that is pretty interesting. On the palate the wine is very dry, but has fine tannins and nice balance - a definite food wine. Nice length. A very enjoyable wine.
Red
1998 Gracia St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/29/2005 - RossM wrote:
90 points
A little closed at this moment, but is hinting at something very interesting. Pure grapes, casses, blackberry, orange and chocolate. There is also a background of minerality, cedar, graphite and white flowers (acacia, calla lilly...) Very pleasant mouthfeel and length--merlot like (a good thing). I would drink this wine by 2011.
Red
3/29/2005 - RossM wrote:
91 points
Primary and rough right out of the glass. With some coaxing and time a very interesting bay leaf note emerges. Very Cabernet Sauvignon notes lift from the glass: black olives, cassis and earthy tones. After an hour some green olive notes are present, but they are not offensive--any more and I'd think the fruit was harvested too early. A hint of alcohol. Big palate, great length and structure. Med tannins. I would drink this wine by 2015.
Red
1999 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/29/2005 - RossM wrote:
88 points
An interesting wine. The nose doesn't suggest Bordeaux as it's very primary and rough. Aromatically I get red wine and not Cabernet Sauvignon. With some time in the glass spice and mineral begins to emerge. A bloody hint complemented with orange and pomegranate. This wine should be much better in 5 to 7 years.
Red
1996 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/29/2005 - RossM wrote:
89 points
The nose screams Bordeaux: brett, leather, black olives. Behind this you'll find dark fruits of casis and blackberry. In the mouth the wine shows less depth than the nose would suggest. But the spice, salt and mineral is attractive. With some time in the glass the brett notes blew off (some) to reveal a stronger fruit component. I would rate the nose much higher than my overall score. This wine seems to be at its best right now and I would drink it over the next three to five years.
White
1997 Château Lynch-Bages Blanc de Lynch-Bages Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/29/2005 - RossM wrote:
88 points
Hint of creaminess at first, but not overwhelming or unbalanced. Wonderful concentration of white fruit: peaches, apricots; carmelized apples (not in an oxydized sense, though). Honeyed notes of Semillon lift from the glass. Med+ acidity. This wine needs food. A little oak component emerges as the wine sits. Great length and structure. On the finish, there is a bitter hint (good). A wine to seek out.
Red
2/11/2005 - RossM wrote:
89 points
Med red clared in color with little color change at the edge. Aromatics of black pepper, anise and roasted meats (beef blood hints). This wine has aged nicely and seems to have hit its stride. Nice balance, but perhaps a bit low on acid. Wonderful length. Flavors continued to emerge as I drank my last sip.
White - Sparkling
2/11/2005 - RossM wrote:
91 points
Pale golden in color. Great bubble vibrancy. Yeast and minerals dominate the nose with hints of flowers and really dry white fruits (apricots, peach etc..) Hints of fresh almonds. Bone dry but not the searing acidity that I would expect from a wine with no dosage. Great mouthfeel and length. A very good champagne.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1997 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/22/2004 - RossM wrote:
94 points
Bright golden in color. At first whiff candied citrus peel vaults from the glass. This is followed by ripe candied apricot, honey and slight pear. Wow. The acid is right in balance if not slightly on the low side. With a little time, these candied notes blow off to express a greater purity of fruit. Seamless. This is a rare treat. The spicy mouthfeel last for 20+ seconds and is mouthcoating. On the finish I find hints of mild vanilla, sweet biscuits and the slightest hint of smoke.
Red - Fortified
12/18/2004 - RossM wrote:
91 points
Winemaker luncheon 2004 (Cafe Juanita): Not a big port drinker, I wasn't that excited to try this wine. But Wow: Dark red core. The floral, fruitcake, anise nose was incredibly intense. The finish was amazing with great shape. Orange, chocolate-raspberry. What a treat.
White - Sweet/Dessert
12/18/2004 - RossM wrote:
93 points
Winemaker luncheon 2004 (Cafe Juanita): Dark golden in color. Beautiful aromatics of bright fruit--almost reisling like. Subtle noble rot, bright stone fruits and candied peel. Beautiful mouth feel and length. Wow.
Red
12/18/2004 - RossM wrote:
87 points
Winemaker luncheon 2004 (Cafe Juanita): Big, dark, lush, sweet. A little choc and orange on the nose, but could be mistaken for syrah. Over-extracted and manipulated. It was fun to try a glass, but I don't know that I would want to drink an entire bottle over dinner.
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