Tasting Notes for Iaijutsu

(25 notes on 23 wines)

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Red
4/14/2013 - Iaijutsu Likes this wine:
91 points
Consistent with the last bottle, meaning the first I tried was simply a case of a bad bottle.
Red
10/27/2012 - Iaijutsu Likes this wine:
91 points
This bottle is showing much more exciting than the last and in a side by side comparison with the 98 has much more interest. Hunter leather, berry, some caramel, hint of funk and earth, and a good finish. This is in just the right place where I like to see Hunter Shiraz.
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Red
6/13/2012 - Iaijutsu wrote:
87 points
Rich dark fruit, some sweet oak, violets, a little licorice. Plenty of tannins & acid. Finishes a little short. Developed in the glass into a little bit of pepper and parsley. A decently made if uninspiring wine.
White
6/12/2012 - Iaijutsu wrote:
91 points
Soft nutty characters and seashell minerality and very attractive acidity. Went very well cutting through all the fat of Takoyaki and Karaage w/ Japanese Mayo and Bonito. Might have to make some seafood Okonomiyaki for the next bottle.
Red - Fortified
6/10/2012 - Iaijutsu wrote:
82 points
Decent enough light tawny almost borders on a vintage port in its lightness. Not very complex although quite good for adding a decent port flavour to cooking.
Red
3/25/2012 - Iaijutsu wrote:
79 points
Spicy and alcoholic, a little jarring. A pretty average cheap BBQ wine, not terrible but not great.
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Red
6/10/2012 - Iaijutsu wrote:
79 points
Not a fan of this, too alcoholic, unripe and a little jarring. I was worried when they released this that it would be using up good fruit from the Black Label. I needn't have worried - I think removing this fruit from the Black Label could only have improved it.
Red
6/10/2012 - Iaijutsu wrote:
77 points
Not a particularly good wine. Quite alcoholic, dry and spicy, they have tried to hide it behind the Penfolds signature palate but in all it is an average wine from a poor vintage for Coonawarra, and it shows.
Red
6/10/2012 - Iaijutsu Likes this wine:
89 points
Savoury and light, the fruit is starting to fade a little leaving some dried red fruit, hunter leather and tea. A lovely wine, I'm not sure that this bottle is representative but it is starting to get on in age a little compared to the fresher juicier 1998s. Drink now.
Red
6/10/2012 - Iaijutsu wrote:
88 points
Spicy, juicy red fruit, a great quaffer
White - Sparkling
2001 Freycinet Vineyard Radenti Freycinet Coast Champagne Blend (view label images)
6/10/2012 - Iaijutsu wrote:
91 points
Really quite impressed with this. Youthful, a really nice moderate lees (still fresh despite its 8 years on lees) just showing enough toastiness on the nose, juicy lemon acidity with maybe a hint of sherbet on warming up. Very well balanced between the two (acidity and lees).
Red
6/10/2012 - Iaijutsu wrote:
93 points
A rich complex red-fruit basket, juicy fresh red berries, the mildest hint of oak, and a little earthiness. Very attractive, as good as the top NZ pinots and not dissimilar to them, in fact.
Red
2003 Tyrrell's Vat 8 Hunter Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
6/10/2012 - Iaijutsu wrote:
89 points
Quite a juicy wine, some noticable oak but enough fruit to stand up to it. Very enjoyable.
Red
6/10/2012 - Iaijutsu wrote:
91 points
A velvety soft cool climate shiraz with fresh red fruit and a little spice. To quote a pinot loving friend who tasted this with us "it has a real pinosity to it". I look forward to seeing these develop over the years.
Red
6/10/2012 - Iaijutsu wrote:
93 points
As always a beautiful, generous wine with a clean fresh cherry palate. I wish I could hold on to these but they are impossible not to drink. Unfortunately it slightly suffered being served after a 20 year old shiraz cabernet but still a stunning wine.
White
6/10/2012 - Iaijutsu wrote:
90 points
(from magnum) Still very youthful at 12 years with a lot of lemon zest, this is just barely showing a hint of secondary characters. Only a hint of the grassiness mentioned in some other tasting notes, perhaps a tiny bit of oiliness but not enough to detract from the freshness of the wine. A very youthful Semillon that looks like it could easily age in this format for another 10 years.
White
6/10/2012 - Iaijutsu wrote:
90 points
Surprisingly sweetly aromatic with passionfruit and some sherbet. This is vastly different to the last time I tasted it and edges on a kind of sauvignon blanc fruitiness at the moment. Overpowered by the bigger, buttery styles at the tasting.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Villa Jolanda Glera Prosecco di Valdobbiadene (view label images)
4/25/2011 - Iaijutsu wrote:
Simple, a little pear with a yeasty finish but tastes overtly like ethanol as if somebody spiked it with a shot of tequila.
White
3/29/2010 - Iaijutsu wrote:
89 points
Be careful not to serve this too cold. After warming to about 14-15 degrees it flourished into a classic Elizabeth, very nicely balanced, still a fair bit of lemon but faintly developing toast and a whiff of waxiness. Developing a bit of colour too. Nice mouthfeel and acidity. A lesson for myself in serving temperature for Semillons - upon initial opening this was far too cold (probably about 6 degrees), astringently acidic with considerable spritzer and an unfriendly amount of burnt toast lurching out.
Red
3/24/2010 - Iaijutsu wrote:
88 points
Ripened berry fruit with a touch of spice, oak complements the fruit without overpowering.
Red
3/24/2010 - Iaijutsu wrote:
86 points
A decent organic wine, tiny bit of sulfur blew off quickly, spicy fruit and moderate oak. A touch of heat but not as much as a previous bottle of this 6 months ago.
Red
3/24/2010 - Iaijutsu wrote:
89 points
Classic hunter earthiness and leather, a solid more-ish wine.
Red
3/23/2010 - Iaijutsu wrote:
82 points
Quite translucent red rose with maroon edges. Initially sour cherries on the nose and palate, with air tartness gave way a little to faint sweetness and raspberry which made it more palatable but still simple.
White
3/4/2010 - Iaijutsu wrote:
70 points
Holy mother of wine. Somebody whacked me over the head with a 2-by-4 which gave me a headache after half a glass. And I have a high oak tolerance so that's saying something.
Red
3/4/2010 - Iaijutsu wrote:
83 points
Very berry. Simple but actually quite likeable. Acids and tannins have gone to sulk in the corner whilst the pretty, if ditzy, berries socialise. Drink now.
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