Tasting Notes for Matt Scott

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Red
10/20/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
94 points
This is absolutely awesome. A nice full body, with layered, silky tannins and staying power. Long and flowing. Red currant, ripe raspberry, mineral, flower shop and white pepper. Drinking very well today, this will age. Decanted for two hours.
Red
2014 Trinity Hill The Gimblett Gimblett Gravels Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/19/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
91 points
Plum, red pepper, black pepper, cranberry and white flowers. Nicely concentrated, with a medium finish and cottony tannins with grip. This seems ready and of its own style. Quite clean. Drink now - 2029.
Red
10/18/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
95 points
Cranberry, sous bois, pine pitch, clam shell, blackberry, dried shiitake mushroom and red plum. With the myriad of nuances, there’s also many fine layers. Silky tannins and a long, stately finish of savory fruit. Evidently enjoyable, but some more time in the bottle will help the harmony even more. Truly evocative. Drink 2022 - 2037.
Red
10/14/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
99 points
Decanted for two hours. Turkish coffee, créme de cassis, caramel, blueberry, bacon fat, freesia and Kiawe wood. Exceptionally endowed, yet so finely tuned, with a very long finish and a steady roundness. Exotic and velvety, with so much vitality. This is still quite primary and will age for many years. Masculine. Even though this Leviathan is a monster, it remains very elegant and extremely balanced, with a fine acidity. I love the hybrid of cool tendencies, merged with warm. Drink 2022 -.
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Red
10/5/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
93 points
This is delicious! The finish is long, with a layered, well-framed body. There’s tension and depth. Plum, bakers’ spice, rooibos tea and stone, with a little saline. Drinking well, this has enough backbone to age. Fine tannins. Bravo! Drink now - 2029.
Red
10/5/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
90 points
Sappy, yet light on its feet, with a medium finish and a ton of red fruit and a little spice. Not very complex, but a very attractive nose and quite food friendly. I see no reason to wait. Drink now - 2024.
Red
9/28/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
95 points
Plum, roasted garlic, black cherry, hope chest, black walnut shell, pine and Indian spice. Purity is the first word that comes to mind in regards to the palate, and the supple, fine tannins are delightful. Long and focused, with a medium body and a feminine presence. Drinking very well and has a long life ahead. I love the quenching, and seductive qualities this possesses. Drink now - 2032
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Red
2016 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/26/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted for an hour. Blackberry, black currant, Chinese five spice, cassis and pau d’arco tea. Forceful, with tension and a medium to full body, yet linear, with polished tannins and a primary presence. Better than the ‘14, ‘15, ‘05 and even the gorgeous ‘86. The finish sails on and this has a little tobacco throughout. This will age gracefully for many years. Drink 2024 -.
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Red
9/21/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted for three hours. Slightly tart bramble berry, violets, lavender, baked thyme, black walnut and gravel pit. An expansive palate, with a succulent middle and a sailing finish. Very elegant, with microfiber tannins and, layer upon layer of sumptuously infused fruit. Medium-bodied...however, this gains welcomed weight over time. A hybrid of 2000 and 2005. Decant or wait a few years, as this will age very well. Drink 2025 -.
Red
9/20/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
94 points
Porcini and button mushrooms, with fresh leather, wild blackberry, fresh cranberry and French onion soup. Long in the mouth, with a very Burgundian aftertaste. A fine frame, along with a lot of persona. Delectable, refined and age worthy. Throughout there’s a toasted almond quality. Drink now - 2029.
Red
9/14/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
93 points
Stewed blueberry, cherry wood, plum, bbq pit and lava rock. The palate is succulent and round, with focus and lengthy. Modern in style with individuality. The finish sails on and the fruit is sublime, with depth and style. Still primary, yet such a joy. Drink now - 2030.
Red
9/14/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
95 points
Rhubarb pie, sarsaparilla, melted raspberry, plum, black licorice and hot stone. There’s a rush of energy during the entry, with a mounting middle and a sailing finish. Gripping, yet fine tannins and surrounding red fruit essence. Throughout there’s a rosemary and mineral note. Worthy of a long slumber, yet delectable at the current moment. Just as stunning as the epic ‘15, with its own persona. Drink 2022 -.
Red
9/14/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
91 points
Red-fruited, with leather, red spice and white pepper. Juicy to the core, with a fruity aftertaste and a medium-long finish. The body gains weight over time. Grainy tannins. Drink 2022 - 2032.
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Red
9/13/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
93 points
Sous bois, cherry, oak undertones, Szechuan sauce and mineral. A plush body, and a medium-long finish with gorgeous red fruit. Microfiber tannins give way to a stern yet felxabke palate. After an hour in the decanter, this has opened up well. A hybrid of modern and treasured. Friendly, with welcomed depth. Drink 2022 - 2032.
Red
9/13/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted for two hours, served between 60 and 64 degrees Fahrenheit. Dried raspberry, dried shiitake, dried earth, cranberry and rose petal. Quite pure and very layered, with staying power and whips poised fineness. The finish glides along a polished marble, with welcomed tension and slight grip. A Medium-bodied delight. This is total infanticide. The noticed complexity takes hours to truly “notice”. Give this bottle a few years and study for many. At first the tannins gave a green note (as one would expect), however, after four hours of proper breathing, they turn silky. Drink 2024 - 2039.
Red
9/8/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted for an hour. Deep strawberry notes, with anise, clove, cherry, plum and leather. Full-bodied and red-fruited throughout, this has a strong staying-power and a sailing finish. Mostly Sangiovese and some Merlot, this is a stellar value and a marvelous food friendly wonder. Elastic tannins. Drink 2020 - 2032.
Red
9/6/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
98 points
See previous notes. This is such a joy to revisit. Just starting to open up, the concentration and texture are epic. The dark berry, tobacco, cannabis, tea and stone notes still prevail, along with secondary notes of balsamic vinegar reduction and leather. I thoroughly love this and appreciate how well she is developing. Adorable and velvety. A warm vintage, where this bottling made out like a bandit. One of my favorite vintages for this particular bottling. A wine designed for anthology. Drink now - 2036.
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Red
9/6/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
96 points
Decanted for two hours. Dried porcini mushroom, dried cherry, sandy earth, coffee liquor and fresh lilies. Full-bodied and nicely layered, with a linear, focused and long finish; the tannins are silky. I love the evident depth and sexiness that this vintage, like many others, possesses. Wait a couple of years and study for many. Drink 2022 -.
Red
9/5/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
94 points
Black cherry, menthol, saddle leather, white pepper, and mossy earth. A medium body, yet there’s a complete roundness and a percolating, long finish. Aging very well, this is just starting to hit its stride. Decanted for an hour. Soft, grainy tannins. Drink now - 2034.
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Red
2016 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/1/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted for two hours. Black lava, plum, ripe black cherry, hot brick, truffle butter and sous bois. Long and almost rustic, with a purity at the same time. Structured and designed for the long haul, with a vibrant persona. Fine tannins and an emanating roundness. Such a fun and engaging study. One of the most age worthy wines from here and after a couple of hours it shows a few meridians of depth. Drink 2024 -.
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Red
2016 Château Belgrave Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/1/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted for an hour. In regards to the nose there’s blackberry, anise, cherries jubilee, oolong tea and mineral-like stone. Full-bodied and very elegant, with affectionately fine tannins and a sailing finish of pure bliss. There’s a latent quality and this age quite well. A true chanteuse and worthy of a long slumber. Much better than expected, there are many layers that must be pulled away. Quite androgynous. Drink 2023 -.
Red
2016 Château Carbonnieux Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/1/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted for two hours. Black cherry, granite, slate, green tobacco leaf, cloves and beef brisket. A full frame, with juicy, polished tannins, along with a solid middle. Long and old school, with a refined modernism. Dark berry flavor throughout the decently complex palate. Drink 2021 - 2036.
Red
2016 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/1/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
91 points
Consumed over two days. Blackberry, pencil lead, bbq pit, oak cask and mineral. A medium finish and a full body, with a fine acidity and sleek plum undertones. Give this a couple of years and enjoy for many. Linear and old school. Drink 2021 - 2036.
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Red
2016 Château Gloria St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/30/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted for three hours. Depth on both mouth and nose. Plum, blackberry, pipe tobacco, flower shop and a fine beam of pencil lead. So lush, yet still retrains, with silky tannins and a full body. The finish skates along a polished rink. A building middle palate. Possibly the best Gloria yet, she will age for decades, and possesses all of the powerful DNA of what a Saint-Julien vin should be: striking power and elegance. There’s a welcomed thickness that will gain weight over the next few years. Drink 2025 -.
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Red
2016 Château Serilhan St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/30/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted for an hour. Medium to full in terms of body, with a long, sailing finish of blackberry and Jamaican spice. The nose shows blackberry, oolong tea, sweet cherry, leather, garlic and crushed lava. Still an infant, this demands cellar time. What a smoking value...one that beckons you to buy a case and study over many years. Starting to settle down, I could see this being a primary monster in its very early stages. Starchy tannins. Vibrant. Drink 2022 - 2037.
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White - Sparkling
8/25/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
97 points
Almond cookie, Gravenstein apple, creme brûlée, plumeria, brioche and orange. Long and delineated, with beads of lovely bubbles and poise. The body is full and every millimeter of your palate is ensconced with brilliance. Drinking well today, this will age very well. So much style. Drink now -.
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Red
2014 Caduceus Cellars Anubis Cochise County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/17/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
93 points
A stunning meritage of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc and 20% Petite Sirah. There’s gossamer tannins and grip, with a medium-long finish and plush entry. Plum cake, flower shop, blueberry, cayenne pepper and gravel. Sophisticated and unique, with its own persona and a full body. This reminds me of high elevation Argentina meets Washington Columbia Valley. There’s so much berry throughout. Decanted for an hour. Drink 2020 - 2030
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Red
8/17/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
90 points
A Chianti Classico nose of ripe cherry, leather, spice and black top. Very food friendly and open for business, this has a silky palate and a medium finish, along with a fine acidity and a feminine body. 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. A world class wine from...Arizona. Drink now - 2025.
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Red
8/16/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
94 points
Cranberry, raspberry, anise bush, sun-drenched hay, saline laced plum, porcini mushrooms, sous bois, and braised ham. Long and quite elegant, with tiers of flavor and subtlety at the same time. So much persona and spirit, with pose and style. There is evident backbone. Drink now - 2030.
Red
8/16/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
93 points
The nose is almost decadent with ripe strawberries, some cola spice, rhubarb pie, river rock and white chocolate. A long finish and an almost cashmere texture, with a savory aftertaste. Decant or wait a year, and follow for at least seven. There’s almost a touch of pine at the very end. Drink 2020 - 2027.
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Red
8/16/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark and almost meaty, with plums, rock and quite floral. There’s a round, plush middle and front palate, with a medium-long finish of Pinot fruit. Fine tannins, and the approachability and full body are all there. Drink now - 2026.
Red
8/12/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted for an hour. Very persistent, the body is full, and remains seamless, with silky tannins. Blackberry, anise, chiseled rock, iodine, dried lilies and black cherry. Exceptionally long with a stunning aftertaste of dark fruit. Very young, a decant is a must, or, wait at least a couple more years and then study for many. Close to old school Sonoma meets Bordeaux, yet with a very distinct persona. Drink 2022 - 2037.
Red
8/10/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
93 points
Blackberry, chalk, pomegranate, matchbox and earthy elements. A medium body, and a frame that suggests the old world, in a Bordeaux manner. The finish is long and quite supple, and all throughout this remains quite pretty. Feminine and so enjoyable. Drink now - 2029.
Red
8/10/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
92 points
Tight and densely structured, there’s blackberries, cranberries, tart cherry, gravel, mocha and salty rock. A medium finish and the layered, fine tannins are persisting to be felt. Fruity, yet structured with noticeable depth. Drink 2020 - 2032.
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Red
8/10/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
94 points
The finish cascades with dried rose petals and plum, the nose shows that as well, along with smoked meat, truffles and leather. Full-bodied and just starting to show secondary nuances, and also is just beginning to be open for business. Such solid fruit and will age for many more years. Drink now - 2033.
Red
8/3/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted for two hours. Black cherry, purple basil, flower shop, blonde coffee, wet earth and blackberry. The tannins are very fine and grainy, with the middle being nicely supple, and the body being medium and layered. The finish is medium-long in length, ending with a savory aspect. More akin to a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Santa Cruz Mountains in style and finesse, this proves that the Russian River Valley can produce world class, elegant Cabernet. This will slumber well and could use at least two more years of bottle age. Quite classy. Drink 2022 - 2037.
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Red
8/2/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
97 points
Fresh cranberry, lilacs, lavender, smokey meat, rooibos tea and granite. This goddess was decanted for two hours. I must start off with the most riveting aftertaste of red fruit, sage and thyme; the finish is long and savory. Depth and layers of fine silk, there’s the ideal combination of jubilant fruit and a lot of backbone. Such a treat, and almost meaty, this age very well. Through the myriad of nuances, there is this dark fruit underbelly throughout. Stunning. Drink 2022 -.
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Red
7/27/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
94 points
Peppery, with plums, leather, red fruit, loam and cardamon. Becoming more secondary, this still has a lovely freshness and life ahead. There’s a striking acidity and a flowing, long finish. I see no reason to wait. Has there ever been a lesser Papera bottling from Carlisle? Not at all. Drink now - 2022.
Red
7/26/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
96 points
Decanted for an hour and smitten. Boysenberry liqueur, bakers’ chocolate, plum, black olive and dried cherry. Satin and crushed velvet during every phase of the luxurious palate, as the finish echoes on. So enjoyable today. So enjoyable tomorrow. So enjoyable twenty years from now. There’s a lift of acidity that adds freshness and a little oak, with vanilla at the very end. The body is voluptuous, with a steady backbone. Drink now -.
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Red
7/20/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
96 points
Decanted for an hour. Is this infanticide? Yes. Is the glorious? Undoubtedly...YES! The palate cascades with warm, stunning fruit and a wide, long finish. More forward than the ‘16, yet less concentrated than the ‘15, this is polished and still has a full body. The nuances are quite primary, being black raspberry, green tobacco leaf, sun-drenched earth, mineral, anise and ripe pomegranate. This will age quite gracefully and should not be touched for another three years at a minimum. The higher percentage of Mourvèdre presents a little different character that needs some time in the cellar. Drink 2023 - 2038.
Red
7/19/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted for three hours. This is still quite primary. Blueberry, braised duck skin, used coffee grounds, white pepper and char siu pork. Exquisite acidity, with a medium-to full-bodied persona. The finish sails and there’s a lavender aftertaste that adds another fathom. The fruit is absolutely stunning, and when the secondary nuances kick in (another eight years or so...), this will be worshiped. Polished, cottony tannins, this reminds me of a ‘15 Côte Rotie, with a California kiss. Drink 2022 - 2034.
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Red
7/18/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
94 points
Popped and consumed... Cranberry, treacle tart, warm stone, canned jalapeño, spring rain with earth, and bramble berry. Very silky and there’s a seamlessness that just glides along. So much persona and is a waif with mite. Very enjoyable at the current moment; I would, however, be remised if I did not write down the apparent cellar potential as well. Medium-bodied. Drink 2020 - 2030.
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Red
2015 Château La Tour-Martillac Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/13/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted for an hour. Black cherry, blackberry, Macadamia nut, hope chest and braised steak. Full-bodied and luscious, with fine, layered tannins and a meaty, juicy core. The finish is medium in length. Showing well, yet is a little shutdown. Drink 2023 -.
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Red
7/12/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
99 points
Decanted for two hours. The nose is absolute perfection, with dark, ripe cherry, leather, blackberry, granite, flower shop and freshly sliced plum. Sumptuous, polished tannins with a full body, and in an attempt to not seem overtly platitudinous, but this achieves exceptional balance. Designed to age for many years, with a chiseled backbone, and yet I am still loving how mesmerizing this is as of today. An astonishing palate, and an all encompassing nose. The finish carries on with so much echo and a little rose petal with tobacco. Just outside of Bolgheri, this Bordeaux blend is beyond riveting. Legendary. Drink 2023 -.
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Red
7/6/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
95 points
Very sultry and multidimensional, this possesses a panoply of nuances, such as dark raspberry, wild plum, porcini mushroom, fried duck skin, cranberry and camphor. Exquisitely long and full-bodied, this offers a forward manner, with lots of layers and a solid backbone. Even better on day two. Drink 2021 - 2031.
Red
7/5/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
94 points
This alluring Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is delicious, with a medium-to full-bodied texture, and gorgeous nuances of red fruit medley, wet earth, white pepper and nutmeg. A long and impactful finish, with some bay leaf. Delightful today, this could still use a couple more years of bottle age. Drink 2021 - 2030.
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White
7/5/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
92 points
Pineapple, lemon zest, marshmallow, mineral and fresh fig. A medium finish, with a fine focus and vitality. Such an old world profile and texture, with some forward nuances and a fuller body. Drink now - 2025.
Red
7/2/2019 - Matt Scott wrote:
94 points
Black berry, fresh leather, dried earth, hot brick and flower shop. Medium-to full-bodied, with a long, red fruit finish. Vast and cottony tannins. Fleshy as well. Drink now - 2033.
Red
7/2/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
95 points
Fresh plum, olive tapenade, gravel, roobios tea and braised duck. So plush and full-bodied, with an extravagant finish and floral composure. Decadent layers and a fine beam of acidity. There’s a little cinnamon during the lengthy aftertaste. This reminds me of Massetto. Drink 2020 - 2032.
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Red
6/28/2019 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
98 points
Decanted for two hours. Blueberry liqueur, flower shop, blonde coffee, chow mein, lilacs and sun-drenched rock. Indicative of Manfred’s style, the depth and intrigue are all there, with a savory, percolating acidity. Such an astonishing finish that echoes for more than a minute, there’s a composed element and a welcomed lecherous quality. Is this infanticide? Yes. Is she a diva? Undoubtedly. An amalgam of the ‘05 Atlantis Syrah, with the ‘14 Piranha Waterdance. This will age very well and is starting to close down. Drink 2023 -.
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