Tasting Notes for blanquito

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White - Sparkling
10/19/2019 - blanquito wrote:
93 points
Delicious and classic. Big and layered, while remaining dry and minerally. This is a great combo in my book. The nose is restrained, all brioche and hazelnut with just a whiff of dried sultanas. The palate is super lively with great brightness, and a bone dry impact of dried lemons and smoked almonds, long and even savory. Overall, fully mature based on the flavors and slightly golden color, but has plenty in the tank it seems.
Red
10/1/2019 - blanquito wrote:
92 points
Man, this is good and much improved from a few years ago. This has deepened a lot, showing loads of spicy fruit. Bright and long, delicious. So easy to drink.
White
9/30/2019 - blanquito wrote:
87 points
Sound, decent, showing lime, fresh fennel and tarragon. Satisfactory density and intensity, and goes well with food, but comes across borderline generic.
White - Off-dry
9/29/2019 - blanquito wrote:
Wow, this is insanely good. I thought it was fully mature 4-5 years ago, but this bottle is even better as the elements are now perfectly integrated in an utter, silky seamlessness. A very intense glass of wine, spicy fireworks. Super fresh and citrusy despite all the honeyed notes, dry extract, and oily body, with that epic ‘01 finish, so bright and long, sweeping away all the sugar on the attack.
White - Off-dry
9/22/2019 - blanquito wrote:
Opened this tonight, enjoying it now. Quite glorious, really. Took a few minutes to blow off a little aged/oxidized note, and flowered in the glass. Man, that 2001 acidity, fantastic. Smooth and layered. Loads of ginger. Much of the sweetness and weight is now integrated, and while this has tons of depth, this doesn't seem heavy nor cloying in the remotest (all that acidity doesn't hurt). This is pretty much is a perfect spot for my palate preferences.
Red
1983 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/21/2019 - blanquito wrote:
From half bottle with a great fill and cork... cast from an old school mold, leaning light and bright. A smoky bouquet with baked earth and dried cherries and a touch of fresh herbs. The palate builds with air, giving loads of graphite, terrific midpalate intensity with enough midpalate sweetness for balance, and a long bright, ferric finish still marked with hard, dry, black-tea tannins. Terrific, austere, minerally, bright.
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Red
2016 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/14/2019 - blanquito wrote:
Day 1: Popped and poured. Out of the gate the bouquet was all Napa, borderline garish even. The nose shows a kiss of new oak, milky notes mingled with purple-grapey scents, and candied fruit like a concentrate of cassis. After the confected nose, the palate is more restrained with a dry, minerally attack. The midpalate seems light with flavors of cassis and iodine and the finish is very bitter despite smooth tannins. This not what I’d expect from our traditional, old standby chateau.
Fortunately with some time in the decanter this shaped up considerably. The nose remains ripe but starts to reveal fresh herbs and crushed black pepper with floral notes of violets and black rocks. There’s good brightness now giving the palate a juicy, fleshy impact, and the bitterness disappears. Still quite smooth and ready to go for a young Sociando, but I start to enjoy and think this will turn out just fine.
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Red
1996 Château Gloria St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/13/2019 - blanquito wrote:
90 points
Sipping on a lovely, cool fruited, minty-herbal, high toned 1996 Gloria with dinner. Quite Graves-y in profile and simply delicious. Fully mature to boot, but will hold here for a long while.
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Red
9/13/2019 - blanquito wrote:
93 points
Brilliant showing. Very Graves bouquet with smokey and stony notes and whiff of green. Beautiful palate, quite old school but with plenty of round fruit to provide ballast to the acids and earthy tones. Mayhap too green for some, but I seriously dig. A wonderful combo of rustic ripeness. At peak. 93+ pts.
Red
8/31/2019 - blanquito wrote:
94 points
This was in fantastic shape, showing complex, mature, classic Nebbiolo profile. Got better with a few hours of air blowing off a little VA and old cellar smells. Powerful, rustic, layered, long, I really dug this. 94-95 pts.
White
8/30/2019 - blanquito wrote:
I've waxed before about the brilliant chardonnays from this producer, but as I enjoy a 10 year-old bottling tonight, I have to beat my breast again on this -- these are terrific, balanced, Burgundian-styled wines, and given the pricing, amongst the world's best white wine QPRs (readily purchased at various times over the years for $18 to $30).

For a 10 year-old New World chardonnay (or Old World these days, given premox), this shows youthful and fresh, with just a touch of age on the finish. This is all lemon and fresh ginger, with white flowers and a hint of custard adding depth and complexity. Wonderful attack and mid palate concentration and texture, quickly washed away by big yet pitch perfect acids. Long, lingering delightfully tart finish. So easy to drink (12.8% alc) and ideally enjoyed with dinner. Honestly, this reminds me of the Niellon 2014 Chassagne Montrachet Clos St. Jean had recently...

It's hard not to get excited about this wine given the modest pedigree and pricing -- and to be sure, this is not the last word on depth, elegance and complexity in chardonnay -- but I'd love to place this blind in a good line up of white burgs. I bet it wildly over-performs. I haven't had any vintages post-2012, but I can vouch whole-heartedly for the 2008-2012 quintet.
Red
1982 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/23/2019 - blanquito wrote:
94 points
A lovely showing from an old friend. This charms mostly with its utter seamlessness, a lovely fresh herbal essence married with the deep, resplendent fruit of the 82 growing season. Still has a good core of color, but going a touch brown at the rim. I purchased this bottle a few years ago, but the fill was into the neck and the cork was perfect. Like many once glorious 82's, this is probably past peak as the fruit has faded from its apogee and it has begun its slow decline, but still a sensational wine.
Red
1990 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/23/2019 - blanquito wrote:
95 points
This is an incredible wine. Combines the glories of old school Bordeaux from a great terrior and a distinctive cepage with the rich, deep, ripeness of the 1990 vintage. Deep, seamless, distinctive, close to perfect. This is a wine that gives you tingles as you drink it. Tastes young still, this is probably just hitting prime time. 95 pts today but 98+ once fully mature? Pricey these days, but good bottles are worth the tariff. Man.
Red
2005 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/22/2019 - blanquito wrote:
93 points
From half bottle, had next to the 2005 GPL... Richer, more precocious wine than the Pauillac, with a spicy expressive nose. There's a pretty big wine here, that is refined on the backend with enough acid and structure to stand up the fruit. Really nothing cloying or garish at all, just a touch a candied fruit and a hint of caramel in the bouquet show any modernist vibe. I expected to dislike like this, but in 05 at least their approach worked, combining a classic young Bordeaux profile with a little extra oomph and jazz. Young, but fun to drink now. If these integrates more and displays some complexity with age, this will be killer, but excellent already.
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Red
8/22/2019 - blanquito wrote:
92 points
From half bottle... This is pretty textbook showing an earthy, cassis profile with good brightness and soft tannins. Shy on the nose, there's a rounded mouthfeel, good length. Very good stuff, but lacking in a little pizzazz for current drinking. Probably 92 pts tonight with a point or two upside. Wait 5 more years minimum.
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Red
1999 Château Monbousquet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/12/2019 - blanquito wrote:
A touch of browning at the rim. Exotic nose of lavender and eucalyptus mixed with classic Bordeaux scents of cedar, plums, pyrazines and soil. A whiff of caramel shows some oak. Sexy bouquet but nothing over the top and the oak is unobtrusive. The palate is showing its age, with the acids poking out. There’s black fruits and some torrefaction, but the attack is fine and at first there’s no heat. A touch oversweet on the finish and with an hour of air, a hint of heat develops on the finish. Overall, good and avoids the worst of modern wine making (more recent vintages are more new age), but a little bit heavy to drink much with ease. Better 5 years ago to be sure.

Ok, this is Napa meets Bordeaux, but it’s done in a way that I find fun and heady without going too far. But don’t sit on these, clearly these show better at 10-15 years than 20.
Red
2008 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/6/2019 - blanquito wrote:
Didn’t show much on day 1, so I froze the 2nd half of the bottle and drank the remainder a week or so later, which showed... A plummy nose with some earthy undertones and a minty topnote. Very nicely balanced with a round mouthfeel. The fruit is all plummy with some minerality and a spicy eucalyptus backend that might come from some barrel char. Nice brightness. The fruit is still primary, but the structure is wide open and there’s hardly any overt tannin left. Long very minty finish, which gives this real freshness. There could be just a hint of oak vanilla too.

Ok, I dig this a lot. There’s lots of substance combined with commendable restraint and balance. The main way this shows modern isn’t in fruit or alcohol or new oak, but in the tannins. Will undoubtedly improve and could transform into something even more lovely, but it’s easy drinking already.
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White
7/14/2019 - blanquito wrote:
Another terrific, clean, drinkable Sancerre. Fresh, minerally, deep, long, with florality to spare. Ideal for seafood. Drinks great now, but this seems quite young to me and it should hold for a long while. A-
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White - Off-dry
7/14/2019 - blanquito wrote:
In a great place, fully resolved with much of its sugar dissolved now, but still showing plenty of freshness. Delightful fruit and a great big ball of perfectly integrated acid. Great length and intensity, only missing some complexity to take it even higher. A-
Red
7/1/2019 - blanquito wrote:
Not had this before, but I bought a few of these after reading some enthusiastic notes which made it sound like my kinda old school claret. I gave it a few weeks in the cellar to settle down and then tried one.

I am a devout acolyte of old school Bordeaux, but my bottle of the BAMA 2000 was lacking much in the way of excitement. It showed a lot but not excessive green (which I like), and a dry earthy impression. There were a few fleeting, beguiling glimpses of strawberry, but they weren’t sustained. Not a bad wine at all (though lovers of modern wines would be aghast), but overall a little too austere to get jazzed about.

If served blind, I might have called it a leaner vintage of Sociando, which is fine praise in its own right, but Sociando can be readily found $30-$50 while BAMA routinely runs $65-$75 in the USA. Poor QPR if representative.

I gave this bottle lots of air and followed it over 24 hours, so aeration wasn’t it. Maybe it could use more cellar time, but it didn’t come off as closed up. Sounds like I got an off bottle (?), despite a perfect fill and cork.
White - Sweet/Dessert
7/1/2019 - blanquito wrote:
Just delicious and classic Tokaji with that zesty sweet’n’sour note that I find irresistible. Tangy, balanced, with an incredible note of overripe peaches. I say drink now before this loses any vitality and goes darker/oxidized. Joy in a glass, all it lacks is the complexity of the best dessert wines. A-
Red
7/1/2019 - blanquito wrote:
Served double blind initially, later we were told this was a 2002 Aussie shiraz!... This is terrific and in a great spot. Shows some minty scents at first, but otherwise this is all Tuscany with big Italian acids, a lovely smooth palate, generous fruit in a dry earthy vein, and long seamless finish. Not a hair out of place really. Impossible to believe this was Shiraz, we start peppering the owner with skepticism who doubles down saying, “see Aussie Shiraz can be elegant!”, but this screams classic Italian wine and either the pourer realized his error or was trying to send us up but he finally admits we’re right. At any rate, A-/A.
Red
7/1/2019 - blanquito wrote:
Very good. Showing a stern, firmer side of Nebbiolo especially in a year like 1990, but excellent depth and some emerging complexity. There’s plenty of barbaresco typicity with some tar and cherries, but not showing the older earthy side yet. Still fairly vigorous, probably close to peak. B+
Red
1986 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/1/2019 - blanquito wrote:
Served double blind. Very green, zesty bouquet. Quite bright with enough fruit, seems a little out of sorts, but has an epic finish. Clearly a mature Bordeaux, I ended up guessing 80’s Beychevelle. Based on the cork, this might have seen a bit of heat though the fill was excellent. Very good, but not as good as this can go. B+
Red
1982 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/1/2019 - blanquito wrote:
Brilliant showing after a few so-so bottles. Fully mature, maybe even just past peak, this is still complex, expressive, deep and lovely. Lots of bright red fruits to go with black tea tannin and a layered long mouthfeel. Earthy and smoky, with that unique Canon essence. My WOTN. A
Red
7/1/2019 - blanquito wrote:
Served double blind, except we were told the vintage. Huge, racy nose of black peppercorns, greenery and earthy leather. Mature and interesting. Lovely attack of dark fruits and earth, a little lean, good finish. I am immediately in Chinon with the bouquet, or maybe Bordeaux where a few wines there can show like this but with bigger body (80’s Beychevelle, Sociando). My heart says Chinon but my head said 80’s Bordeaux. Overall, very nice and distinctive. A-
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Red
6/26/2019 - blanquito wrote:
For lovers of old school claret, this has to be an all time QPR. Black cherry with earthy notes. Good brightness and grip, still showing some structure. See my prior notes for more details. Drinking well, but I’m guessing this is even better in 5 years (one Blanquito).
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Red
5/19/2019 - blanquito wrote:
83 points
Perfectly stored bottle, pristine cork, unfortunate wine. Seriously stewed, with tart and sour fruit. Drinkable (just) with some redeeming earthiness and a good core of hard candy, but at least at this stage, this is a shame.
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White
5/12/2019 - blanquito wrote:
Splendid. Burgundian nose, quite refined, floral with minerals. Lemons, a kiss of vanilla, dry but with lovely oily, dry extract. Bright and long. Drinking at pointe.
Red
5/6/2019 - blanquito wrote:
92 points
Tons of minty fruit, deep dark color, layered and deep, good acids, smooth and resolved, with just enough soil and mineral notes to keep it real. Ready to go, but will doubtless hold for a long while still. I doubt it will develop much complexity with more cellar time, but so much fun to drink. Not gonna make you forget Bordeaux (nor be confused with it blind), but surely a claret-lover's Napa cab.
Red
2003 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/30/2019 - blanquito wrote:
92 points
Cool, expressive nose with distinct notes of herbs, green peppercorns and brassica. Leafy, minty, swiss chard attack with a lovely sweeter finish. Shows a nice core of plummy fruit. Medium bodied with nice acids for an 03. Svelte and smooth by Sociando’s standards with a tangy citric finish. A touch of wood tannin still, but hard to see the new oak here despite the high amount employed. Definitely plusher than most vintages here, eschewing the austerity that this wine often shows. I really dig this, but not everyone’s cuppa to be sure. Summary: sweeter, richer and softer than many vintages of Sociando, but still showing that distinct greenery. Just past early maturity and drinking great, but with time to spare. 92-93+ pts.
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Red
4/24/2019 - blanquito wrote:
93 points
Delicious and youthful with a wonderfully plummy core. A little shy on the nose but showing minty, leafy, plummy notes, maybe even with a touch of merlot chocolate. The attack is mostly silly now and the layered palate is fully integrated with the ample acids. Good length and it really impresses most for its balance and equilibrium. Fully mature but going strong. [from a bottle with a perfect fill and almost no stain up the sides of the cork, so this bottle was stored exceptionally well by someone for 40 years]
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Red
4/25/2019 - blanquito wrote:
94 points
Fantastic. Fully mature yet retaining lots of vigor. Beautiful bouquet of cinnamon, mulling spices, ferrous parent materials, leather. The palate is suave with a layered, bright, sappy mouthfeel and a sensationally long and lingering finish. So good. 94-95 pts.
White
4/20/2019 - blanquito wrote:
92 points
A golden hue, showing its age. There’s a rich bouquet of chamomile, honey, almonds, and abundant Meyer lemon. The palate is fresher and brighter than the nose, steely and zippy. Terrific layered mouthfeel with dry extract and a long cool finish, balanced and on the drier end for a California chardonnay. There's a savory chicken-stock nuance on the palate. I might have preferred this younger, but it's still delicious in a semi-rich, semi-oxidative style. Drink now.
Red
2003 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/22/2019 - blanquito wrote:
87 points
From 375... Bouquet shows camphor, cassis reduction, and a touch of stewed fruit. The palate is quite roasted, even a touch burnt with more of that boiled-down cassis essence. On the good side, here’s plenty of juiciness and the palate impact isn’t heavy, but these grapes were (apparently) harvested much too late. Port-like notes (not something I want in my table wine) emerge with air. Not much to get excited about here, but quaffable.
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Red
4/4/2019 - blanquito wrote:
93 points
Sexy, silky, fully mature with some old basement smells to go with layers of sweet cherries. Just terrific and in a perfect place.
Red
3/30/2019 - blanquito wrote:
95 points
Beautiful bouquet of graphite and lead pencil, smoke, earth, leather, the quintessence of Pauillac. Silky, seamless, resolved, with brightness and a grippy finish still showing structure. Just serious, class-in-a-glass, one of my favorites. Ready but has a long life left to enjoy as well.
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Red
1989 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/30/2019 - blanquito wrote:
96 points
Uber smoky, Graves-y, minerally nose, very expressive. Smells fairly mature and delicious. The palate is silky and filled with smoky dark fruit, a savory attack and terrific brightness. Great depth but so smooth. Epic finish. This is in early maturity, but will likely go up-up-up over the next 10-30 years. A special treat. 96 pts today, 98 pts at peak?
Red
3/28/2019 - blanquito wrote:
93 points
Super expressive bouquet of mint and menthol, with a deeper undertone of coffee, leather and rubber. On the lighter, lifted end of the spectrum, but with plenty of cidery sweetness to hold the midpalate up to the acid and structure. Big, long, bright, sour, intense, eucalyptus finish. Terrific and intense with all the high acid verve we could want in a Nebbiolo.
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White
2016 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/25/2019 - blanquito wrote:
UGC San Francisco: the 2016 Bordeaux: Light, inscrutable at first, delicate with good raw materials, lovely finish. Hard to judge now, but shows promise.
White
2016 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/25/2019 - blanquito wrote:
UGC San Francisco: the 2016 Bordeaux: Another blanc I am a fan of. Lovely wine, with 85% Sauvignon blanc, good mouthfeel and texture, nice attack of yellow fruits and acids, balanced and moderately deep with some refreshing herbal touches.
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White
2016 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/25/2019 - blanquito wrote:
UGC San Francisco: the 2016 Bordeaux: Very light transparent color. Smells good, lean and floral at first, but too sweet on the backend with an oaky note of coconut oil. Not bad, but not my thang.
White
2016 Château Pape Clément Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/25/2019 - blanquito wrote:
UGC San Francisco: the 2016 Bordeaux: Light color and impression, not oaky at all, lean and intense, but this is surprisingly unsubstantial overall and could be easily missed with other wines on the table. But good Bordeaux blanc can deepen with age, and I bet this one will. Poor QPR.
White
2016 Château de Chantegrive Blanc Graves Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/25/2019 - blanquito wrote:
UGC San Francisco: the 2016 Bordeaux: Tasty, good sip, nice nose of butterscotch, bit simple, but good QPR.
White
2016 Château Carbonnieux Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/25/2019 - blanquito wrote:
UGC San Francisco: the 2016 Bordeaux: I always seem to like this house, and the 16 is no exception. Bigger than the Chantegrive with lovely fresh herbal notes on the bouquet, a litter bitter on the finish. Nice depth. I am buyer at $35.
Red
2016 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/25/2019 - blanquito wrote:
UGC San Francisco: the 2016 Bordeaux: Terrific, deep, dark fruited, and engaging with tons of fruit but plenty of acid and tannin to hold it up. I could drink this all night, but not if I was in the mood for "Bordeaux"... this was nothing like the great Canon of yesteryear and frankly it suffers from an international make-up that leaves behind any sense of place as a quaint anachronism. Still, really impressive in its own way.
Red
1/25/2019 - blanquito wrote:
UGC San Francisco: the 2016 Bordeaux: Impressive, excellent stuffing and length, but not heavy at all. Plenty of structure, this will probably need time. Not an old school Pomerol, but not an uber modern one either. One of my favorites.
Red
2016 Château Clinet Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/25/2019 - blanquito wrote:
UGC San Francisco: the 2016 Bordeaux: Also impressive, quite delicious. A bit more fruit forward than the Gazin, but still very balanced. Darker fruited than most Left Bankers with an inky color. Very yummy.
Red
1/25/2019 - blanquito wrote:
UGC San Francisco: the 2016 Bordeaux: Killer juice and my easily favorite of the Margaux. Elegance, poise, refinement, one of better wines at combining old school elegance with modern. Lots of well managed, pliant tannins.
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Red
2016 Château Kirwan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/25/2019 - blanquito wrote:
UGC San Francisco: the 2016 Bordeaux: Oops, this is pretty garish and napa-esque. Not my cuppa.
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