Tasting Notes for blanquito

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Red
4/4/2020 - blanquito wrote:
Finished a great bottle of this last night. It is in a great place. Traditional stylings combined with tremendous freshness and a terrific core of unadulterated fruit. One of my favorite Tuscan wines and truly one of the world’s great QPRs at $25-30. If you enjoy chianti and never had this before, hunt down a bottle.
Red
2006 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
4/1/2020 - blanquito wrote:
Corked.
Red
2001 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
4/1/2020 - blanquito wrote:
Rich, roasted, jammy bouquet reminiscent of cocoa powder, cassis reduction, hot chocolate, black cherry compote, and minty-eucalyptic topnotes. There’s something a touch feral and foxy, with a meaty nuance and hints of stewed fruit to boot. The palate is fresher and has nice grip and acids to balance the rich, concentrated fruit. There’s a potent finish showing some spirit but with a good, bright, drying finish. Honestly, there’s almost an amarone quality too this, but with better brightness. I like it a lot but wouldn’t crave it everyday... with a few hours of air, the bouquet takes on even more late harvest character, showing raisins, anise, and iodine, but the balancing, freshening mintiness also amplifies. Intense, complex, rich.
Red
3/25/2020 - blanquito wrote:
70 points
DOA. Perfect fill, pristine cork, over the hill wine. Probably a good wine once, but totally cracked up today.
White - Off-dry
3/24/2020 - blanquito wrote:
Intensely aromatic nose of bruised yellow apples, honey, lime, crystallized ginger. Big sweet attack, but with decent brightness if served extra cold. This is very large-scaled, borderline heavily-honeyed on the palate and shows almost a viscous texture. Think honey drizzled apples with an incipient sherried note on the finish that helps ground things. Overall, not really my preferred style even for off-dry riesling, but I does much better with food. True to the weingut, there's great length and depth and no flaws, I am just surprised at the scale given the vintage and prädikat.
Red
1989 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/21/2020 - blanquito wrote:
Fully mature and holding nicely. This has something for everyone, fruit, body, bouquet, acids, earthy notes, and tertiary complexity. Oh, it’s on the juicy, bright, red fruited end of things to be sure, and that’s a good thing. Won’t make you forget the 86 Mouton, but still 93-94 pts. Delightful.
Red
1996 Château Duhart-Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/22/2020 - blanquito wrote:
A very nice showing, this 96 is starting to flesh out at last with nice depth and length. Still a little lean and green by ‘15-‘16 standards, but I approve of its classic streamlining and refreshing, elegant profile. Not showing any tertiary complexity yet, but well into the How drinking zone. Still, I’m holding off on my remaining 2 bottles for a blanquito or two.
White
2017 Château Carbonnieux Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/23/2020 - blanquito wrote:
A perennial QPR rockstar in the Bordeaux Blanc firmament, this vintage does not disappoint. Quite grassy with lime and white grapefruit, with a waxy and almost savory palate. Quite light and bright with good intensity at present, this is very good and a great match for seafood (akin to Chablis or Sancerre, but still distinct from from chardonnay). Nothing profound, but delish if you like a little freshly mown lawn in your bouquet. 90-91 pts.
Red
3/9/2020 - blanquito wrote:
92 points
Really delicious. This vintage has really blossomed since I last tried it. Gorgeous cherry fruit framed by big bight acids and a long dry finish. Still primary overall with little complexity, but just so drinkable as is. Classic. 92+ pts.
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White
2/29/2020 - blanquito wrote:
Really, really good. Floral bouquet of lemon, caraway, ginger and a kiss of vanilla from high quality oak I imagine. Lighter and brighter overall with electric acids, but still layered with ample dry extract and delicious candied ginger fruit. Seamless and integrated palate, this is really in the zone already, no reason to wait. Irresistible.
Red
2002 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/13/2020 - blanquito wrote:
Expressive, lovely, utterly classic bouquet of cedar, graphite, charcoal, and purple flowers. Overall, this is cool fruited and extra juicy. Nice mid-palate weight and punch. Tangy and savory finish, still showing some primary char and tar. Fully in the zone structurally and aromatically. With more time, more nuance and an inner sweetness could develop, taking this to another level, but drinking really well as is. A classic. 93-94 pts.
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Red
2/9/2020 - blanquito wrote:
92 points
Vivid, complex, herbal, detailed bouquet of black peppercorns, tomato leaf, sandalwood, capsicum/pyrazines, wood smoke, and notes of cinnamon-infused red cherries. Clean, bright, smooth, lean palate but with enough fruit and weight, quite delightful really, it's just so easy to drink. Shows some distinctive flavors of rhubard’n’raspberries with some pomegranate-black tea. Burgundy meets Bordeaux. Surely at peak, but holding. Not the last word in complexity nor depth, but so on point. I bought more, a great value at <$40.
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White - Sparkling
2/6/2020 - blanquito wrote:
95 points
Brilliant stuff, still fairly coiled but showing wonderful intensity and length. Super chalky nose with some yeasty notes and soil tones from the pinot noir. Great steely acids, no oxidative notes at all. Delicious now but probably even better in 10+ years.
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Red
2005 Château Joanin Bécot Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2020 - blanquito wrote:
Surprisingly decent, I expected to dislike. Some nice vinosity, sappy and cooler notes. The modern bits are there - hints of coconut, touches of roast, inky color — but they’re dialed down and under control. A pleasant quaff of simple, ripe, resolved fruit, but nothing OTT. A modern QPR bordeaux done right? Drink now or soon.
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White
1/28/2020 - blanquito wrote:
90 points
Lovely, zippy and minerally. Good depth and length. One note of lime mainly, but refreshing, dry and good with food.
White
1/27/2020 - blanquito wrote:
flawed
Absurdly, horribly corked. Unfortunately I took a sip before smelling (I was busy cooking) and I couldn’t get the taste out of my mouth for ages. I’m still getting involuntary shakes thinking about it.
White - Sparkling
1/26/2020 - blanquito wrote:
93 points
Took a test drive with one of these ITNOS. Scents of musk flowers, lime and ginger, quite fresh without any yeast or brioche. The palate is extra zesty and coiled, with layers and layers extract and a super long, mouth-coating finish. Quite dry. When you take a sip, this bubbly has a real impact on the taste buds, weighty and profound with a real presence, yet somehow it’s light and bright all the same. There’s also a flavor here akin to umami or maybe something like a caraway seed (from Pinot?), to go with all the kaffir lime. In many ways, this reminds me of a great Muscadet as much as a champagne. I’m really enjoying this tonight but this is way too young. Wonderful potential. Probably 93 pts today, but 95+ when at peak.
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Red
1983 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/24/2020 - blanquito wrote:
90 points
Lean, fresh and green, sour cranberry infused nose, and notes of cedar and mulling spices. Silky and fully resolved palate, light bodied, yet quite intense with brightness and savory-citric fruit, and a wonderful ferric note on the finish. Despite the maturity, this doesn't show much complexity. Good length, overall this is better than I expected. Very nice, a fading old school wine that still is a delight. 90-91 pts
Red
2005 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/22/2020 - blanquito wrote:
90 points
Sipping on an 05 Cantemerle tonight. Bought a bunch of this for $28 from WineX as futures. So I check in on it once or twice a year, and boy is this the best showing yet. Ok, for tasters like me with preference for tertiary wines, for this isn’t ready, nowhere near it. The profile is totally primary, heck the color is almost a Napa purple still (alright, not that purple). But the texture has opened up considerably and we can now see what this beauty has to offer.

What I liked about the 05 Cantemerle was its easy balance and savory, mineral-infused profile. It’s medium bodied with a distinctly tarry note from the soft, ripe tannins. Nothing forced or over extracted here. Restrained and classy, but too tannic for be full-on elegant. After a few hours of air the structure ramped up, and in the process closed down the fruit and aromatics. Probably around 90 pts today, but once mature this could go higher especially if there’s some more depth hiding behind the tannins. This is definitely in How territory still — I need to leave these alone for 10 years — but enjoyable now with a steak.

This struck me as very 2005, with its big yet soft tannins, which still dominate the wine. Lots of ripeness in a dark fruit profile but having good acidity, just like the pros said. An unusual (unique?) vintage signature to be sure.
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Red
1/19/2020 - blanquito wrote:
Really enjoyable, in a great place, lots of earthy fruit, straightforward but delicious.
White - Fortified
1/15/2020 - blanquito wrote:
93 points
This was the current release in 2011 when I was in Spain. Liquid sugar, with molasses and maple syrup. Exotic scents of licorice, incense, char. As always, super sweet and unctuous on the attack, yet hyper bright and fresh on the finish. A little goes a long way. Wonderful in its style.
Red
1/15/2020 - blanquito wrote:
FLAWED, fully maderized.
Red
1/15/2020 - blanquito wrote:
94 points
In the running for wine of the night. Wonderfully youthful, with great fruit and grip still. Seems to transcend the Rioja profile, with a bit more structure and fruit intensity than the others, showing just a timeless red wine magic. Darker colored than the other wines except perhaps the 42 Bosconia. Cherry fruit, licorice, herbs, cigarbox, big and bright. Balanced, fully mature, spicy yet buttoned-down.
Red
1/15/2020 - blanquito wrote:
93 points
Opened later on a whim,I was worried it would show too young after all the senior citizens we opened, but this is an outstanding Bosconia and already giving lots today. Again, quite Burgundian in texture. Clean, bright fruit, terrific depth and balance, fresher than some LdH wines and again shows very little if any new oak influences. Doesn't seem fruit but has all the fruit needed to balance the acids and structure. If you own, you are lucky and you will enjoy this wine for decades to come.
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Red
1/15/2020 - blanquito wrote:
91 points
I've had this wine several times before, and it shows very differently in this line up than other nights, seemingly exceedingly young and fruit-forward. It does come across as rich and layered with a high toned nose, lacking the integration and the elegance of the older wines. This makes it popular with one or two at the table who prefer a bigger, fruity wine. At any rate, this wine is quite intense with all that sour cherry Rioja fruit bound with lemon acids and notes of dill and some exotic spicy liqueur nuances. Excellent to be sure, and hard to believe that it really needs more time, but I am left little doubt that my remaining bottles will hold decades longer and hopefully gain a little more nuance in the process.
Red
1/15/2020 - blanquito wrote:
90 points
Very good, but not a complete as the 64 served next to it. This has a bruised fruit note, like smelling of sur-maturité, lacking the freshness of the 64 while seeming a bit bigger bodied. I'd still happily drink any time and I'd probably rate it higher if enjoyed by itself. 90-91 pts.
Red
1/15/2020 - blanquito wrote:
92 points
I like a lot, one of the most mature wines at the table, wood completely integrated, very fresh and bright, complex with citrusy acids and spicy fruit. Good depth and length, but nothing explosive. Rather it charms with aromatic expressivity and a silky resolved palate. Lovely. 92-93 pts.
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Red
1/15/2020 - blanquito wrote:
Sweet'n'sour palate again like most of these Rioja, with plenty of dill and lemony acids. This has a silky smooth attack, one of the most resolved palates of the night with great layers of spicy fruit to go with the terrific acidity. Stacked with fruit and flavor compared to some of the more delicate wines on the table. Would be my favorite perhaps, except that it still has a super oaky nose, borderline too woody for me. Hence, hard to rate: 94-95 pt palate, maybe 88-90 pt bouquet.
Red
1/15/2020 - blanquito wrote:
92 points
Terrific showing, if not quite as explosive as prior bottles. Quite Burgundian in profile, shy nose at first, lovely fresh rounded palate but still quiet. Has sneaky depth and everything is perfectly integrated, I like the fruit profile of sour cherries, but not too sour or acetic. Tasting this Lopez wines tonight makes me realize how much less new oak they (appear) to receive than the other wines, and I like this. 92-93 pts.
Red
1/15/2020 - blanquito wrote:
93 points
Incredibly dark color. Beautiful fruit still. Monolithic at first, but with air, starts to give dill and balsamic and scents of lime zest. Tart, lean, sour cherry fruit, classic Rioja. Gets much better with some air, fanning out on the palate and showing more complexity. Must have been a monster in its youth. Special to try such a museum piece. 93-94 pts.
Red
1/15/2020 - blanquito wrote:
89 points
Huge oak on the nose still, quite woody palate as well, super lemony acids, almost giving it a white wine profile. Nice midpalate weight, and quite rustic and intense with loads of sour-saison notes. Most at table think this is too young, I find it the oakiest wine of the night both aromatically and on the palate with lots of dry wood tannins. If oak integrates, could get better.
Red
1/15/2020 - blanquito wrote:
93 points
I was quite charmed by this, perhaps because it showed the most like claret. Sweet nose of tobacco and earthy, reminds me of a Graves, just lovely. High acid but good fruit too. Nice length, tart notes, some savory, still has some structure (someone notes that 73 was a big, tannic year in Rioja).
White
1/15/2020 - blanquito wrote:
90 points
Tastes like a bordeaux Blanc after the Tondonia. Shockingly light and fresh still. Dominated by flavors of fresh honeydew melon, wonderfully intact, a little honey on the attack, a bit light on the backend.
White
1/15/2020 - blanquito wrote:
92 points
Wow, really good. Smells of sherry, almonds, fresh ground ginger and unsweetened caramel. Attack seems sweet like caramel at first, yet this is actually quite dry with grapefruit and linseed. Good layered mouthfeel, long lingering acetic finish. In that oxidative style but still fresh and has enough fruit for balance. Not something for everyday, but special.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
1990 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/30/2019 - blanquito wrote:
94 points
Another glorious bottle... you know then smells, toffee, caramel, honey, molasses, grilled pineapple. All held together by terrific acids. Despite a luxurious nose, this is bright and almost lean by dessert wine standards. Just wonderful.
White
12/28/2019 - blanquito wrote:
91 points
This is in a good place, poised nicely between richness and austerity. Loads of Meyer lemon, a bit of white ginger, some honey and vanilla, and a balancing whiff of sea breezes. A big, engaging bouquet. The palate is bright with an attack of big acids and richness too with plenty of vanilla-infused fruit. Intense without being overly heavy, but in the end this isn’t an elegant, minerally white. A hint of bitterness is creeping in here, suggesting these should be enjoyed sooner than later. Won’t make you forget your Chassagne, but a very nice cali chard. Another lovely bottle.
Red
2015 Château du Tertre Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/2/2019 - blanquito wrote:
92 points
Man, this is good and still drinking well right now. Sexy levels of inky, blackberry fruit but well balanced with rhubarb, pomegranate juiciness and a compelling greener note of mint and wintergreen. Rounded and smooth, but without that spit-polished, tannin-managed vibe uber modern bordeaux have. Tangy, juicy finish, helping sweep up all the inky, iodine-infused fruit and glycerin. Might have to find more. 92+
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White - Sparkling
11/28/2019 - blanquito wrote:
92 points
Delightful bubbles. Gentle bouquet, showing a whiff of yeast and ginger. Lime flavors predominate, a touch on the sour side but plenty balanced by fruit. Excellent layered mouthfeel and acidic intensity. Smooth and fresh (no oxidative notes) with a long chalky finish. Classy, elegant, seamless and so easy to drink. A wonderful value.
Red
11/25/2019 - blanquito wrote:
92 points
Fresh, milky profile, dark and rounded. Must have a hefty dose of merlot. Nice depth for an 02, seamless and classy, lovely balance. Early maturity here, probably better in 5-10, but nice with a steak today.
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White
11/19/2019 - blanquito wrote:
Deep, golden hue. Whiffs of honey, crystallized ginger, and petrol. Frankly, huge for a kabinett with layers and layers of ginger, bruised yellow apples, and honeyed fruit. Must have considerable dry extract. Good acidity helps keep this real. Smooth and long. Quite a mature showing, but nothing over the hill. Delicious but a touch too heavy.
Red
11/9/2019 - blanquito wrote:
90 points
Crazy nose and attack here of tar, creosote, charcoal and anise. Black and charred. The midpalate is much more vinous with some nice fruit and a medium bodied, open-knit texture. The flavors are so unusual, I could see this being a love-hate wine for many. For me, it’s good, pleasurable.
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Red
10/23/2019 - blanquito wrote:
Just scored some 04 Seven Springs at auction, so I celebrated with this bottle. Showing so well, there’s a gorgeous core of dark cherry fruit here. Hard to resist the next sip. Great New World fruit, but well balanced with plenty of brightness and a tinge of herbal nuance keeping things button-downed. A touch of bitterness on the backend. The finish is all pinot noir, varietally speaking, reminding me of Burgundy. The only thing lacking is much complexity, but maybe these can improve still?
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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