Tasting Notes for bendid

(143 notes on 141 wines)

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Red
6/20/2015 - bendid wrote:
flawed
Corked
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White
3/21/2015 - bendid wrote:
94 points
Drinking really well now, still a touch more forward than I would have liked, but power and intensity is still a joy.
Red
1/12/2015 - bendid wrote:
93 points
Last of the batch and thankfully the best of them too. Still lovely blackcurrant fruit with cedar and smoke, graphite and earth mixed in.
White
2/8/2015 - bendid wrote:
93 points
Miles from being ready, great fruit intensity and freshness for a 6 year old, obvious barrel work as is the house style. Good wine but hold for a couple more years yet.
White
1/26/2015 - bendid wrote:
88 points
Very light and elegant, touch of sea spray over lemon and grapefruit. Not a powerful wine. Fresh, drink sooner rather than later.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1988 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/27/2014 - bendid wrote:
95 points
Really hitting the sweet spot now, perfectly evolved, rich but never cloying, length is top shelf. Can't see it getting much better, but will hold for many years yet.
Rosé - Sparkling
12/31/2014 - bendid wrote:
93 points
Quite expressive initially, yeast and toast mixing with fresh red cherries and red apples. Full bodied, and tightens up with air, becoming quite savoury. A food Champagne if there ever was one. Great power here too, vintage no doubt giving a little extra fruit depth.
Red
5/26/2013 - bendid wrote:
91 points
A big wine from Heathcote. Not perhaps in alcohol, but in fruit presence and oak handling. This will need some time to calm down and find itself. No doubt the components are there, but even after 6 hours in the decanter this was rather confronting.
Red
5/29/2013 - bendid wrote:
91 points
As the back label indicates, a pointer to the vintage at hand. Expect good things from Head (and Barossa in general) from 2012. This was lovely, bright, rich but restrained fruit, with hints of cooking spice and pan juices. Crowd pleasing, but lovely complexity for a young, entry level wine.
Red
5/30/2013 - bendid Likes this wine:
92 points
Still showing rather young. Should perhaps have had a splash in the decanter. Intense, dark, mulberry fruit, lovely tannins, decent length. Just needs a little more time to come together as acid stood out a touch. Well integrated oak. Good wine.
White - Sparkling
3/15/2013 - bendid Likes this wine:
91 points
A very young disgorgement, mid last year I believe. Tight and finer than usual, builds but needs a few years to flesh out.
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Red
3/15/2013 - bendid Likes this wine:
93 points
This really took some time to express itself. A lovely, mature hermitage, and quite a delicate style. Medium body at best, perfect luncheon wine. Amazing length, will hold for a while yet, but plenty of joy right now. Had along side '75 Grange and more than held its own.
Red - Fortified
2/7/2013 - bendid wrote:
90 points
Three Barolo traditionalists: G. Rinaldi, B. Mascarello, Cappellano (Scopri): Only the second Barolo Chinato I've encountered, but a very good one. Herbs and spices leap from the glass, takes over the room. Lovely full fruit and herbs on the palate, with good sense of weight, not heavy or cloying. Perfect end to this meal.
Red
2/7/2013 - bendid wrote:
94 points
Three Barolo traditionalists: G. Rinaldi, B. Mascarello, Cappellano (Scopri): These Piè Franco wines from Cappellano showed super well tonight. Love the style, very open and expressive nose, serious structure with perfectly judged ripeness. To me this and the '04 scream Nebbiolo. Great acidity on this too, very fresh. A long pleasant journey ahead.
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Red
2/7/2013 - bendid wrote:
92 points
Three Barolo traditionalists: G. Rinaldi, B. Mascarello, Cappellano (Scopri): Shock and horror, this was just a baby. In saying that it was much more open on the nose than the '07 next to it. Seems a bit bigger on the palate too, riper. Not hugely complex either, but no doubting the quality here, revisit many years down the track.
Red
2/7/2013 - bendid wrote:
92 points
Three Barolo traditionalists: G. Rinaldi, B. Mascarello, Cappellano (Scopri): From magnum. The format probably exacerbated the problem, but this showed incredibly youthful, like barrel sample youth. Lovely fruit profile, flowers and red fruit, not hugely complex at this stage. Good solid structure, will be fine in 10+ years.
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Red
2/7/2013 - bendid wrote:
92 points
Three Barolo traditionalists: G. Rinaldi, B. Mascarello, Cappellano (Scopri): This is large, ripe, and approachable, seemingly a trait of 2007. Showed very well tonight without standing out. Very long and refined finish.
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Red
2/7/2013 - bendid wrote:
93 points
Three Barolo traditionalists: G. Rinaldi, B. Mascarello, Cappellano (Scopri): From magnum. Another wine that despite its size and youth is quite approachable. Strong typical Barolo profile, cherry and raspberry, tar, violets. Aromatically this is a stunner. A big wine though, will live for many years.
Red
2/7/2013 - bendid wrote:
93 points
Three Barolo traditionalists: G. Rinaldi, B. Mascarello, Cappellano (Scopri): Quite tight initially, perhaps some VA lift. Quite a monster on the palate though, serious tannins and waves of flavour. A young wine that needs a few more years yet, but all signs are good. Again, beautiful mouth feel with these Rinaldi wines. Seductive.
Red
2/7/2013 - bendid wrote:
92 points
Three Barolo traditionalists: G. Rinaldi, B. Mascarello, Cappellano (Scopri): Quite a big wine in the context of others on the night, serious tannins that are just starting to become approachable. Great fruit that is quite ripe, perhaps even a little warmth on the finish. Big length.
Red
2/7/2013 - bendid wrote:
92 points
Three Barolo traditionalists: G. Rinaldi, B. Mascarello, Cappellano (Scopri): Incredibly fresh, silky tannins, proves very approachable for such a young wine. Could use a bit more length on the finish which hopefully will build with time.
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Red
2/7/2013 - bendid wrote:
95 points
Three Barolo traditionalists: G. Rinaldi, B. Mascarello, Cappellano (Scopri): Beautiful nose of tar and roses, perfectly capturing the essence of Barolo. Very young, but so well balanced, it is drinking well today. A classic, and my wine of the night.
Red
2/7/2013 - bendid wrote:
94 points
Three Barolo traditionalists: G. Rinaldi, B. Mascarello, Cappellano (Scopri): Step up with this wine. Big, bold and beautiful. Hugely aromatic and inviting, but taking no prisoners on the palate. Desnse and very well structured, set for the long haul. Again lovely mouth feel, pick of the Rinaldi wines tonight.
Red
2/7/2013 - bendid wrote:
91 points
Three Barolo traditionalists: G. Rinaldi, B. Mascarello, Cappellano (Scopri): This bottle is ready to go, drinking well now. Some suggestions that this has advanced prematurely, and while I can see that, there is no way it's going to fall over any time soon. Hints of orange peel on the nose, along with cherries and leather, spice. Silky tannins, great mouth feel in all the Rinaldi wines actually.
Red
2/7/2013 - bendid wrote:
92 points
Three Barolo traditionalists: G. Rinaldi, B. Mascarello, Cappellano (Scopri): Beautiful expressive nose of flowers and earth, red fruit. Again a very bright and high toned wine from Mascarello, very well balanced though. Ripe fruit, impressive length. Surprised at the attention to fruit purity. Stylistically this sticks out tonight, but a good wine none the less.
Red
2/7/2013 - bendid wrote:
90 points
Three Barolo traditionalists: G. Rinaldi, B. Mascarello, Cappellano (Scopri): Nose is closed tight, and it's not giving up much more on the palate. Serious tannins at this young age too. With time you get a peek at some decent fruit, and it's definitely a good wine, just not sure if it has the stuffing to last until the tannins soften.
Red
2/7/2013 - bendid wrote:
89 points
Three Barolo traditionalists: G. Rinaldi, B. Mascarello, Cappellano (Scopri): Perhaps it was the company it kept tonight, but this was another of the Mascarello wines that looked very bright with a strong fruit focus. Raspberry and licorice, even a little sweet, high acid. Super young really.
Red
2/7/2013 - bendid wrote:
91 points
Three Barolo traditionalists: G. Rinaldi, B. Mascarello, Cappellano (Scopri): Enjoyed this a lot, sticking with the theme it's a very traditional style. Red fruit, cherry, leather, herbs, complex. Thought the tannins needed some time to integrate, had super length.
Red
2/7/2013 - bendid wrote:
84 points
Three Barolo traditionalists: G. Rinaldi, B. Mascarello, Cappellano (Scopri): Wow, wild. Earthy, funky, but still very bright fruited. Light to medium body, but with serious tannins too. Hard to wrap my head around this one.
White - Sparkling
2/7/2013 - bendid wrote:
90 points
Three Barolo traditionalists: G. Rinaldi, B. Mascarello, Cappellano (Scopri): Very fresh, white flowers, floral. Love the sweetness and acid balance, cleans up very nicely. Sherbet on the finish, lovely.
Red
1/13/2013 - bendid wrote:
86 points
Bit tart and slightly herbaceaus tonight, stern. Smells great, but little hard going. Did go better with food.
Red
1/6/2013 - bendid wrote:
89 points
Pleasant, but not showing a huge amount of pinotosity tonight. Rich, dark fruit, just a bit more dry red than what I was after.
Red
1/1/2013 - bendid wrote:
90 points
Young, tight, and a little surly at this stage. It's certainly ripe and a bit atypical for Chambolle, but the fruit is delicious and tannins silky, decent acidity too. A good wine that needs another 5-7 years to evolve and show its potential.
White
12/27/2012 - bendid wrote:
88 points
Still incredibly youthful, piercing acidity, lemon and green apple profile. Needs years to soften and develop, just a little too intense to be enjoyable today.
Red
11/22/2012 - bendid wrote:
90 points
2004 Brunello di Montalcino (Scopri): Served double blind. Bit of a polarizing wine this. Opened with a slight metallic streak which continued on the palate. Generally well balanced and elegant wine, but didn’t standout. Some handled the Brett better than others.
Red
2004 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
11/22/2012 - bendid wrote:
89 points
2004 Brunello di Montalcino (Scopri): Served double blind. A round and expressive wine, it showed a little simple compared to the other wines on the night. A few guessed at Chianti, and it did seem an obvious step down.
Red
11/22/2012 - bendid wrote:
2004 Brunello di Montalcino (Scopri): Lou brought this along as a curio for the group. Tasted blind, most were thinking this was from somewhere in the late 80’s or early 90’s. Showed some browning, but generally quite solid colour. Stinky, and while it suggested being corked, did open up and blow off and was fine, if a little tired. Great to see an aged BdM amongst all the young wines, and although this one would be been better 10 years ago, it was a rare treat.
Red
11/22/2012 - bendid wrote:
90 points
2004 Brunello di Montalcino (Scopri): Bit of a disappointment considering the label and vintage. Shows quite bright, with tart fruit, tar and minerality. Mouth feel is fantastic, but is a little short on the palate. A little scalped perhaps?
Red
11/22/2012 - bendid wrote:
90 points
2004 Brunello di Montalcino (Scopri): Really inviting on the nose, but not quite matched on the palate. Could use just a bit more fruit and length. Still, not bad value and a nice wine.
Red
11/22/2012 - bendid wrote:
flawed
2004 Brunello di Montalcino (Scopri): Funky nose, a little cheesy, but also Brett affected? Doesn’t follow through to the palate completely, but still a little off. Seems like some really good, ripe fruit, decent length. Benefit of the doubt, not showing its best.
Red
11/22/2012 - bendid wrote:
92 points
2004 Brunello di Montalcino (Scopri): Good traditional style, solid structure, but also pint point fruit profile. Rather delicious really, enjoyable.
Red
11/22/2012 - bendid wrote:
90 points
2004 Brunello di Montalcino (Scopri): This was slipped in to contrast the ‘04 vintages on show. Amazingly fresh and inviting nose, and it is a lovely wine. Serious structure, with a slightly astringent finish taking away slightly. Not quite as polished as others on the night, but decent value.
Red
11/22/2012 - bendid wrote:
95 points
2004 Brunello di Montalcino (Scopri): Showing very young, similar profile to the regular bottling, but with more of everything, including elegance. Bright cherry, tar, herbal spice, again some oak showing but not distracting. Super complex and interesting, one of the few riservas to warrant the step up in price. Far and away my favourite of the night.
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Red
11/22/2012 - bendid wrote:
91 points
2004 Brunello di Montalcino (Scopri): Really enjoyed this Fuligni pair. This standard BdM was more open and inviting, drinking very well now. There is some oak that needs to integrate, but doesn’t detract from a great drinking wine.
Red
11/22/2012 - bendid wrote:
92 points
2004 Brunello di Montalcino (Scopri): Initially wound quite tight, but did flesh out with some air. Loved the aromatics here, red fruit and spice, inviting. Really this is about structure though, built for the long haul, solid tannins take hold after time. Solid wine but not for now.
Red
11/22/2012 - bendid wrote:
93 points
2004 Brunello di Montalcino (Scopri): A standout wine that hinted modern approach, the fruit is intense yet refined, and has amazing length and persistence. A little hard to discern all its complexities, I’m sure they will reveal them selves with time. It has it on its side.
Red
11/22/2012 - bendid wrote:
93 points
2004 Brunello di Montalcino (Scopri): Another in the modern style, but pulls it off better than the Valdicava next to it. A big wine, but really well balanced. Gorgeous silky fruit, fine tannins and good acidity. Came across very young, and very good.
Red
11/22/2012 - bendid wrote:
91 points
2004 Brunello di Montalcino (Scopri): The first of a pair of big, bold BdM. Deep ruby colour, and deep intense palate. Quite intense, tight, with oak prominent, but huge fruit to back it up. There is still decent complexity, but it needs time, and you do have to like this style.
Red
11/22/2012 - bendid wrote:
91 points
2004 Brunello di Montalcino (Scopri): Initially this seemed a little advanced, fruit forward and bit boring. However does come together with air, revealing some pleasing mint and herbs, rich fruit. Benefit of the doubt, perhaps not 100% clean bottle (hint of Brett).
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