Tasting Notes for grossie

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Red
4/17/2019 - grossie Likes this wine:
91 points
A lovely bottle of CdP. Some very ripe notes, a few times it tasted a bit on the pruney side, but generally I found this typical of the region with garrigue and sweet fruit, a little steely at times, and a nice long finish. Might improve with a bit more time, but I'm not certain, this might be all there is.
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Red
4/8/2019 - grossie Likes this wine:
91 points
Expressive nose. A bit of leather. Blue/black fruits on the palate. Fairly tight at first, it softened with time. By the second night the ripeness of the fruit was apparent, but this is still brunello, it's not overly sweet or obvious. Worth trying now, drink over the next few years, it might end up too leathery/woody after that.
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Red
3/26/2019 - grossie Likes this wine:
92 points
I always confuse my vintages of this wine! This one is superb. Rich, luscious, and structured. Still has several years left I'm sure.
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Red
3/24/2019 - grossie Likes this wine:
90 points
Drinking nicely. Slightly brown color. Earthy nose, maybe a bit of mineral. Muted fruit, not a powerhouse but with food the charm of this wine really shows. Lovely finish, easy to drink. Drink now.
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Red
2000 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Ready now. A lot of sediment. Nice value from an excellent vintage.
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Red
2000 Château Yon-Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/22/2019 - grossie Likes this wine:
92 points
Took some time to soften and really come alive. It was a little astringent immediately after opening, then the next night was a beautiful floral soft wine with a lot of character and good length. Last bottle and I have no regrets. If I had more I would drink or hold, I bet this wine has another decade in it, another very strong small wine from 2000.
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Red
2000 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/19/2019 - grossie Likes this wine:
92 points
In Breck before dinner. Very powerful, a little toasty oak, good fruit core, but could use a few more years to lose the pucker. Much more firm than the 2000 Pichon Baron, I think this needs another 5 years.
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Red
3/19/2019 - grossie Likes this wine:
95 points
In Breck, before dinner. A wonderful wine. Has structure, sweet fruit, fine tannin. Elegance, class, finesse, and power. It's ready to roll and I think will likely stay on a plateau for a bunch of years before aging out.
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Red
1996 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/3/2019 - grossie Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking great right now. Sweet but still has structure. Long finish, tending, no bite. Nothing vegetal, just pure sweet fruit.
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Red
2/26/2019 - grossie Likes this wine:
90 points
Interesting experience. On the first night I started to get a stewed fruit sort of thing, it wasn't pleasant after a while. On the second night it came around as a really nice mellow rhone wine with garrigue, and licorice. It was very pleasurable on the second night. I have no idea what this all means.
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Red
2/14/2019 - grossie Likes this wine:
89 points
Very solid wine. Powerful fruit, strong body. Perhaps a little over-ripe, I think that's a vintage characteristic. Drinks well now, might improve, but I have little experience with this type of wine to know that.
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Red
2/11/2019 - grossie wrote:
Sadly I think this bottle had passed. A little stewed, not lively in any way. I don't think this is a reflection on this wine, I think it's just what happens to some bottles after 20 years.
Red
2/11/2019 - grossie Likes this wine:
92 points
Really gorgeous round Barolo. Ready now but not old in any way.
Red
2/8/2019 - grossie wrote:
A little oxidized, I hope it's just a rogue bottle but I'm afraid it might just be over the hill.
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Red
1/22/2019 - grossie Likes this wine:
91 points
Rich and gorgeous again. Really great powerful wine.
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Red
1/18/2019 - grossie wrote:
92 points
Not even sure where/when I got this one. Pulled it out tonight to go with some pizza. Very clear, light ruby red. Intoxicating floral nose with licorice, bright fruit, and maybe a bit of leather or bitter chocolate. Lovely in the mouth, relatively light with really nice acidity. Finishes nicely, medium length. Really good effort for this maker.
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Red
1/5/2019 - grossie Likes this wine:
92 points
At peak! Don't wait! Sweet cedar and dark fruit on the nose. Fantastic fruit in the mouth. Tannins are soft. By the second night this had faded a bit. Absolutely gorgeous now. I'm sad it's gone but at least I'm not under any pressure to finish more bottles since this was my last.
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Red
12/20/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
92 points
Still my favorite malbec of all time. Really lovely fun wine, and I don't like Malbec!
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Red
2000 Château La Fleur de Boüard Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/8/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
92 points
Just great and at peak. Stupendous value. Rich and ripe, not overdone. Ready to go. Drink now. Second night wasn't quite as good. Anyone have a connection to get me a wine of this quality for $32 today??
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Red
11/25/2018 - grossie wrote:
Drunk at my 50th. Not sure what happened here, it never really came alive. I think it's an off bottle, I hope it's not reflective of my others.
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Red
2003 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/25/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
91 points
Drunk at my 50th. My first impression was that it's over-ripe. After a bit of air this showed really nicely, sweet fruit, a little plummy. Drinking well now, probably can start running through my case liberally.
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Red
11/25/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
93 points
Drunk at my 50th. Drinking so well right now, tannins are fine, fruit is sweet. Really great. Drink now or over the next decade.
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Red
11/25/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking very well. Soft, round, good fruit. Might be starting to fade.
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Red
1995 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/25/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
93 points
Drank at my 50th. Cedar, forest floor, sweet fruit. Resolved tannin, great finish. Very popular drink, enjoyed by all. Cork fell apart, need an Ah-so.
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Red
2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/25/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking great. No over-ripe characteristics despite being a 2003 wine. Lovely and will improve
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Red
2005 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/25/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
95 points
Drunk at my 50th. Huge, took a long decant and continued to expand over the night. Great wine with a gorgeous finish. Will be even better in another 5-10 years.
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Red
11/25/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
98 points
Drunk at my 50th party. Absolutely stunning wine. It's full of fruit but not over-ripe. Rounded, classy and classic. Worthy of a score in the upper 90s
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Red
11/22/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
92 points
Really great bottle of syrah. I think it needs a bit of time to settle down and lose some of its overt fruitiness. This wine has a ton of ripe fruit and a shady forest quality that is really really nice. Very enjoyable.
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Red
11/22/2018 - grossie wrote:
87 points
Somewhat dead. It's there but the fruit seems to have gone away. Nothing wrong per se, just nothing exciting. Maybe it's just too late or maybe this was an off bottle. I'm disappointed.
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Red
11/20/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
88 points
Quite good, I wouldn't peg it as malbec necessarily, which might be why I like it. Good fruit, leaning on malbec rustic qualities without being too rustic. The body is firm, I think it's acid rather than tannin. It goes down easily, good finish but not mind-blowing. A solid wine that might improve once I let the glue dry. My initial impression is that it's a notch below the 2014, which I really love.
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Red
10/24/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
90 points
I bet the ratings on CT suffer from negative bias. I drink a lot of rhone reds, and I look for the inexpensive gems, I think the Southern Rhone represents some of the best $15-$25 values around. This one hits that mark well. Unmistakably Grenache based with a candied quality but it has a serious side as well. Mourvedre provides some amazing forest scents, like exotic wet pine with a truffle hidden somewhere. It drinks so easily- grenache candy, Syrah depth. Maybe a bit hot overall, but it's still so young, I bet it will mellow. If there's any left I'm buying a bunch at Costco, I'll stash a few for fun and drink the rest in the near term. A great value. I'm not sure who made this, but it's well made, a proper Village wine.
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Red
10/15/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
95 points
Absolutely gorgeous wine. Some forest, licorice, a touch of mint, and blackberries on the nose. In the mouth there is amazingly concentrated fruit with a dark side, darker than what I'm used to in Brunello. Long finish, good acidity and some fine tannin. I would have a hard time naming this as a brunello if I were to taste it blind, perhaps because I'm not use to this style. In any case it's amazing and I wish I had bought more.
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Red
10/9/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
92 points
Really nice wine, drank over 24 hours. On opening it was a little reticent, but good graphite with some cassis and a minty side. Slightly hot nose. 24 hours later it's about the fruit- deep and dark but not Napa sweet, more Bordeaux, talking fruit but with a mineral stony side, slightly charred, some oak. The finish is long and perplexing, it's hard to know if I actually like the finish, but I keep reaching for more wine. Still some tannin. I quite enjoy this as a classic. I think I would buy more if I could get it at the same price (low $40s)
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Red
9/27/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
89 points
Unmistakably Chilean- dark, brambly, with characteristic cactus qualities on the nose. Some burnt tar too. Nice in the mouth but there's a bit of a bite. I think the structure might have out-survived the sweet fruit, I found this lacking charm. It's not that the fruit tastes tired, it's just a little lacking in anything sweet.
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Red
9/27/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
93 points
My last bottle. It's really gorgeous- powerful and burly, long finish. Ready to go. Quite a bit of sediment. I wish I had more.
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Red
2001 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/27/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
94 points
Drunk with Stu. This is beautiful pure Napa cab. It has sweet Phelps insignia fruit a long lead in and a long finish. It is fantastic but perhaps slightly inferior to the sublime 97. Still has years left
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Red
2000 Château La Fleur de Boüard Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/16/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow! This is fighting way above its class. Not decanted. The nose is gorgeous and room-filling- A slight spice, but I'm completely hung up on the dark chocolate powder character and ripe rich fruit. In the mouth there is a bit of bite from the tannin but so much rich mouth-filling goodness. The finish is gorgeous, but I think it might benefit from 2-5 more years in the cellar. Right now there is nothing wrong with drinking this. It might even improve with a few more years. This is a stunning wine.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/28/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
93 points
The darkest of the three (Suduiraut and Rieussec are the other two). A little nutty flavor profile, a little heavy overall while still having great acidity. Not clumsy on its own but compared to the other 2 it seemed a bit that way. Very enjoyable, very refined, long finish. 93 points.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/28/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
95 points
This is a serious Sauternes. Honey, waxy, a bit of almond, and some weight to this wine. Sweet, but nothing out of balance, terrific acidity. The waxy and almond side can weigh a bit. Lingers in the mouth. I prefer slightly lighter Sauternes. 95 points. Drink now or in the next 40 years.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/28/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
98 points
So light in the mouth, not quite as serious as the Rieussec, but still profound. It dances across the tongue, with honey , orange peel, and marshmallow notes. The high acidity kept it so light that I'm not even sure the wine ever touched my tongue. Finishes for about 2 weeks. Gorgeous, maybe my favorite Sauternes ever.
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Red
1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/28/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
97 points
Still going strong, each bottle is as good or better than the last. Luscious and flamboyant sweet Napa fruit. Long finish, not an edge to be found. Drink now, but I don't think this is on the decline, I feel like it could still go a while
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Red
2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/28/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
96 points
Gorgeous wine that needs a little more time for full maturity. Opened up in the glass over the course of a couple of hours. Luscious fruit, rich and round. The tannin will mellow out I'm sure. Drink now with a short decant or wait a few more years.
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Red
8/20/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
92 points
Really nice mature Napa mountain fruit. A little spicy and super ripe. Could be more complex, but I don't think this has much to gain, I think it's at peak now. Drink soon- next 2-4 years for sure.
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Red
2004 Château Monbousquet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/13/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
90 points
Charming on the first night. Somewhat sweet fruit with a bit of a tart side, perhaps some cocoa. Tannins soft. By night 2 (24 hours later) it had become too soft, tasted a little too aged with a bit of a brown color. Nothing wrong per se, but this is ready now and might be starting to slide downhill. Drink up!
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Red
2000 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/5/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautiful claret. Medium bodied, more charm than power. Graphite and red fruit nose. Cassis/cherry palate. Great mellow finish. Nothing wrong with drinking now, I think it doesn't get too much better but I'm not in a great hurry to finish these off.
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Red
7/28/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
93 points
My first thought was that this can go a lot longer. Very rich and round, complex, deep. Still a little tannic, but not pucker worthy. I think this might improve with a few more years, but it is mighty delicious right now, a good foil for grilled marinated skirt steak.
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Red
7/28/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
90 points
Finally a not-corked 2003 Numanthia! This one had really great fruit, but still had a bit of a hard edge to it. I'm sure it can go many more years, but I'm not positive it will improve, the vintage was just a bit of a harsh one I suspect, being part of a heat wave that year.
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Red
7/28/2018 - grossie wrote:
flawed
Another corked one of these, what a shame. I opened the last in the series while this bottle was still going, the contrast was remarkable.
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Red
2005 Château Haut-Bergey Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/16/2018 - grossie Likes this wine:
91 points
This one drank very well. Still room to improve, but the fruit is strong, the tannin is balanced and there is nothing harsh on the finish. Ready now, but no rush.
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