Tasting Notes for cadams

(218 notes on 202 wines)

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Red
3/28/2020 - cadams Likes this wine:
93 points
Still fantastic as it's always been. Wish I had a lot more of these. Tasty from the first sniff to the last sip. Round red fruits, very polished and elegant. It's so elegant it almost borders on Pinot noir characteristics. Just fantastic!
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Red
4/10/2019 - cadams wrote:
92 points
Wow this is still amazing. Just a polished wine screaming with ripe red fruits. I think this wine has another 3 years in it at least! Such a treat. 92+
Red
10/27/2018 - cadams wrote:
93 points
Very youthful. Wound up very tight. As rich as it is on the nose it's leaning towards the red fruits. Black pepper, leather, ultra high acid, graphite.
I'd recommend a huge decant or at least 5 more years in the bottle.
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Red
8/17/2018 - cadams wrote:
94 points
Purple color, blackberry, cinnamon, cherry, extremely pleasant!
Red
2010 Flora Springs Trilogy Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/16/2018 - cadams wrote:
92 points
Chalk, blackberries, high acid, med tannin.
Probably has a solid 3-5 years.
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White - Off-dry
1/16/2018 - cadams Likes this wine:
92 points
Zesty, tropical fruits, med sweetness, opened with white fish but might be better on it's own or with dessert.
It's pretty gorgeous right now so I'd say drink now, really don't see it getting better.
Red
2013 Saxum James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles Willow Creek District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
12/23/2017 - cadams wrote:
97 points
Pencil lead, blackberry, crushed stone, touch of anise, laser focused acidity, high tannins. Needs 5 years
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Red
11/13/2017 - cadams wrote:
95 points
Just a rockstar wine! WOTN
Red
10/23/2017 - cadams wrote:
88 points
So different than the all so similar fruit bombs most wineries are trying to produce.

Old world funk, restrained, tart cranberry, bitter tannin.
Draws you back for more.
Might be a perfect Thanksgiving wine.
Red
10/12/2017 - cadams Likes this wine:
91 points
Tobacco leaf, very chalk driven, mellow, med tannin, still drinking awesome.
Red
10/10/2017 - cadams wrote:
91 points
Dark purple color, purple vanilla pie nose, in the mouth it's hanging tight still with med tannin/acidity, a lot smoother than 7 years ago still not silky smooth though, plum, black pepper, pencil lead. Solid Tue night wine!
Red
2013 Chappellet Mountain Cuvée Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/5/2016 - cadams Likes this wine:
91 points
Great dark cabernet. Drinking fabulous already and I think was built for the short term. Not complex but extremely tasty. Blackberry vanilla pie, dash of fresh cracked pepper, spicy.
Red
1/30/2016 - cadams wrote:
93 points
Dark color
Deep nose of black fruits, black licorice, touch of alcohol
Fine tannin but grippy, high acidity that really adds some zing to the palate and delivers the fruit on this laser like precision.
Interesting to see where this will be in a few years, should drink well for many years.
Red
1/15/2016 - cadams Likes this wine:
92 points
Just gorgeous merlot
Blue fruits all day, boisenberry and cherry compote with this fine grained tannin that delivers the smooth fruit, balanced acidity, and elegant power.
Really don't get how merlot ever got a bad name.
Great QPR
92
Red
12/26/2015 - cadams Likes this wine:
92 points
Great can franc, very floral with high acid, Jasmine flowers, blackberry, anise, black pepper.
Different than your typical varietal. Just a great treat.
Red
12/23/2015 - cadams wrote:
89 points
Very old world styled wine here.
A bit restrained on the nose, little cherry/prune juice smell.
Food wine here, smooth and balanced with good fruit but I don't think fruit is the driving force in this wine. Medium bodied wine, savory, nice high acid and med tannin.
Leather, cherry, coffee, cardamom
Red
12/15/2015 - cadams wrote:
88 points
From 375:
Smells very faintly like cough syrup, which had me thinking it might be a bit fake.
On the palate though it delivers.
Round, chewy, voluptuous merlot fruit, cherry, touch of burnt toast, smooth, med tannin. Very approachable right now.
Don't see these splits needing bottle age but should drink well for 5 years.
Red
2009 Château Fontenil Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/11/2015 - cadams Likes this wine:
90 points
Nose of black pepper, purple fruit, saddle leather, alcohol
Fine tannin, violets, fruit still very tight, blue/black fruit, med acid.
Better in 3-5 years
Red
1995 Château Potensac Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/11/2015 - cadams wrote:
87 points
Muted nose of cherry and saddle leather.
Slightly green on the palate with some medium tannin. Showing it's age with little fruit left.
White
11/8/2015 - cadams wrote:
92 points
Smells of fresh citrus, yellow apple, apricot.

Initial attack is right on point, so amazing it's almost effervescent, lively and fruity.
What follows is a great fruity, clean, fresh apple, slightly tart riesling. High acid and long finish. Leaves you wanting another glass.
Hits on all chords just slightly chilled below cellar temp.
Wish I had more of these
92+
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White - Fortified
11/6/2015 - cadams wrote:
98 points
Dark black with dark orange rim
On the nose it smells like an aged tawny port, still smells youthful and vibrant though.
Initial attack is viscous and racy all at the same time, ultra rich, toffee, raisins, fig, hazelnut. Truly amazing that is has acidity and structure to balance out the powerhouse of ripe raisined fruits.
Still has a long long life ahead of it, so tasty though not sure it's worth waiting.
Red
10/5/2015 - cadams wrote:
90 points
Deep dark purple color
Very rich nose, backberry pie, clay, vanilla, hint of alcohol.
Fine grained tannins, still a little tight and youthful, pretty high acid as well.
Good wine that should have a few years of life ahead.
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Red
9/7/2015 - cadams wrote:
91 points
Still drinking beautifully.
Cork had minor seepage.
Leather, mushroom, pomegranate, pencil lead, very smooth.
Low acid, medium tannin.
Red
7/26/2015 - cadams Likes this wine:
92 points
Still drinking perfectly.
nose almost amarone rich, smooth and just gorgeous Rivera, rich red fruits perfectly showing their age.
Still good acidity and tannin.
Red
7/20/2015 - cadams wrote:
89 points
Nose of blackberry jam, clay, whiff of alcohol, seems a bit muted maybe at this stage.
Very fruit driven at this young age, boysenberry, chalk, cherry, pencil lead.
Medium acid
Red
6/28/2015 - cadams wrote:
93 points
Great classic style pinot
Bucket of different types of cherries never getting too rich. Floral nose. Bright on the palate with great balance of acidity and fruit.
92+
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Red
5/27/2015 - cadams wrote:
87 points
Muted nose
Rich berry, velvety feel, pencil lead, chalk, vanilla
Med-high acidity, med tannin
Red
2009 Château de Macard Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/20/2015 - cadams wrote:
87 points
Still pretty basic but great acidity that makes it awesome with food.
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Red
5/9/2015 - cadams Likes this wine:
93 points
Great cab that has aged quite gracefully. Dark plum, spice, black raspberry, high acid but still round. Paired perfectly with with the venison tenderloin and garlic mashed potatoes. Still has a lot of life in it yet, fruit dominated yet.
Red
2/1/2015 - cadams wrote:
91 points
Maybe losing a little bit of it's power now but still great.
Very smooth malbec with tannins, vanilla nuances, fruit and alcohol all integrated very well.
Drink now
Red
2/1/2015 - cadams wrote:
93 points
Huge nose, dark fruits, vanilla, maybe a little heat from the alcohol but with enough going on to be playing second fiddle.
Voluptuous on the palate, confirming what you can smell before the first sip.
Like black fruit pie, blackberry, boisenberry, fig, spice box.
High acidity, grippy tannins, medium plus finish, touch of heat.
93+
Red
2/1/2015 - cadams wrote:
85 points
Past prime, very mellow and easy drinking
Red
2/1/2015 - cadams wrote:
91 points
Blackberry, pepper, spice, bacon, smooth, medium acid, medium finish.
Red
2/1/2015 - cadams wrote:
88 points
Still drinking really well but has lost that spicy malbec fruit.
Rich cherry, a little moss, mushroom, forest floor, tobacco, muted nose
Red
2/1/2015 - cadams wrote:
84 points
Very muted nose
Palate followed suit, very flat, a touch of vanilla, short finish
Red
2/1/2015 - cadams wrote:
85 points
PnP before malbec tasting
Pretty generic tasting. Some dark fruit, but low acid and tannin.
Maybe needs a bit of oxygen yet, but not up to expectation
White - Sparkling
1/27/2015 - cadams wrote:
84 points
Not much for bubbles left in this bottle.
Seemed tired, little fruit, medium acid, just meh.
Red
1989 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/27/2015 - cadams wrote:
88 points
Seems like it's lost most of it's power.
Very smooth and drinkable just not that interesting anymore.
White - Sparkling
1/27/2015 - cadams wrote:
92 points
Drinking great right now.
Lot's of tiny bubbles adding a great mouthfeel to the wine.
Yeast, green apples, great acidity
Red
1979 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/19/2014 - cadams wrote:
89 points
Medium red color very light on the edge
Nose: wet earth, slight heat, black tea
Palate: low tannin, tea leaves, mushroom, high acid, pretty thin though, med finish but slightly bitter
Red
10/14/2014 - cadams wrote:
90 points
Another great bottle similar to last note
Red
10/10/2014 - cadams wrote:
87 points
Slightly stewed red fruits on the nose
Integrated tannins, pencil lead, ripe red fruit, sort of one dimensional
Red
10/9/2014 - cadams wrote:
94 points
Dark purple color
Nose: purple fruits, a little hot, raspberry, blackberry, slight earth and soil
Palate: Lively and young, boysenberry, earth pepper
Red
10/9/2014 - cadams wrote:
93 points
sour cherry, freshly turned soil, earth and carmel notes, freshly cracked pepper, soft and supple, low tannin, med+ finish
Red
10/9/2014 - cadams wrote:
93 points
deep red slight bricking at the edge
red fruits, raisin, still holding strong, very smooth, light red fruit profile, long finish
White - Sparkling
10/9/2014 - cadams wrote:
91 points
Deep golden color
Apricot, peach, lemon peel, fine bubbles, mellow, yeasty, high acid, med finish, good mouthfeel
Red
1966 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/9/2014 - cadams wrote:
91 points
Medium brick red
Cherry, hint of oak
Bright acidity, lively on the palate, soft tannin, some red cherries, earth, cellar floor, dust
Red
1966 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/9/2014 - cadams wrote:
92 points
Youthful purple color
Muted nose
Still a bit restrained, high acid, youthful and dark
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