Damn, It's Cold Out (Rocknroller's (Kevin & Vicki's Place)): Light gold color. Drank 2 glasses over 45 minutes. I had intended to open my last bottle of the '02 Millesime tonight, and did not realize it until I went to look at the bottle. I kept thinking to myself. This sure seems very much like the Brut N/V's we've been drinking lately, and the house style seems consistent. Went over to look at the bottle, and sure enough, I'd grabbed the N/V by mistake. The bottles are virtually identical, save for the giant writing that says 2002 and the gold foil top vs. silver - LOL. So I see two upsides here. First, maybe I'm not totally going crazy given it seemed too similar to me, and second, I still have one bottle of '02 left now :). Not surprisingly, quite consistent with recent bottles, apple, medium yeast, good acidity, fresh cut apple, clean and fresh.
Party on Little Green Lake; 7/9/2015-7/12/2015 (Little Green Lake, WI): Light gold color. Drank 1+ glass over and hour. Shared this with a group of high school friends at our annual gathering at a lake cabin. Toasted a friend who had left us far too soon. I think even Karl would have liked this; the rest of the group sure did. The ambience around the fire on a gorgeous Wisconsin night didn't hurt one bit either. Very bright nose with red apples and fresh yeasty aromas. Crisp and fresh with nice acidity, red apple, citrus, a good dose of minerality, yeast, and a clean finish. A very fine bottle.
Magnum night with the neighbors (Somewhere on E. 4th street): Good not great. IIRC, 80% pinot and 20% Chardonnay. From Magnum. Light golden in color. Lots of fairly small bubbles. The nose has a lot of toast and a bit of copper. Nice if not great. On the palate, this is a good starter. Some light strawberries with a bit of lemon and smoke. Nothing super special but a fun way to begin the evening and certainly way better than average.
Good solid Champagne. full bodied, light fiz, opened up as the wine warmed up, nice fruit but good acid, so,me complexity; drank with scallops and baked oysters, good value,enjoyed the bottle; will drink again.
Shared a couple of bottles with a group of friends. Everyone loved it. Some of the best bottles to date, notes are consistent with previous bottles. Had again on 7/26/14 with similar notes overall but added some nuttiness on the nose. 91 to 91+pts.
Pale gold color. Drank 2 glasses over 60 minutes. Apple, pear, lemon with mineral on the nose. Palate is consistent with good minerality, slight chalk, bread dough and medium finish. Followed this bottle up with another on 4/25/14 that was equally good and maybe a smidge better yet. 90+pts.
Volcanic mousse after pouring, becomes a little flat in the glass. Not from lack of bubbles. Nose is very toasty, yeasty, fresh dough. Seems oxidized, apple cider, ripe pear, with slight underlying citrus. Not a wine I would revisit even given the price. Average
Very nice, from magnum. Really wish I had bought 6 instead of 2 magnums. Really nice apples, pears white florals, tasty brioche, yeasty bread dough, a touch sweet with loads of bubbles pouring out from everywhere. Nice mousse. Nice medium finish. Very enjoyable to all and so easily slid down the throat. Crisp enough acids and mineral to make this a super hot deal @$50 for a mag, delivered.
I really enjoyed this. Nice brilliant acidity. Had a nice crisp note to it. I really picked up on the lemon and more yellow citrus notes. Little crushed rock on the midpalate. Nice finish and decent structure.
Nicely balanced Champagne, with a decent amount of yeast mixed in with lemon and pineapple. Small bubbles up front lead to a long finish. Contains some complexity, but drink it because of it's refreshing characteristics. Excellent value too.
This bottle was different than prior bottles. Purchased at the same time as the others. This was a bit tired and oxidized. Bone dry. Not much flavor. Not much mousse. Interestingly the cork didn't fully expand at the base. Pinched in nearly half way around. Maybe that was it. Will report back on the next bottle.
PnP from refrigerator - this improved as it warmed a bit. Light yellow in color with aromas and flavors of apple, mineral, nut, and peach. Very dry with crisp acidity -- this is not a champagne for everyone, but it's up my wheelhouse, with just (barely) enough fruit yet plenty of yeasty nuttiness. Excellent QPR at the WTSO price and quite tasty. However, I quite simply grew tired of drinking it after awhile due to the acidity. Not an ager, drink now.
I liked this bottle even more than the last one, perhaps because this one was very well chilled. Lovely, although not delicate mousse. Crisp acidity. Tended towards citrus and apple. Served with crab in wonton cup and also a smoked salmon with thinly sliced cucumber and a dill dressing. Great match for both.
Brisk and mostly dry, fragrant of citrus and straw. Mouth feel was beautiful and lush with a slightly sweet finish. Tiny bubbles and gorgeous straw color. Paired nicely with a very rich peppercorn pate.
I would be hard pressed to recommend this at full "Champagne" price, but at $23, it is worth a purchase as a serviceable, utility, sparkiling wine. A bit on the yeasty, wooded, oxidative side, which woul work wonderfully if it had more finesse, but it is a bit jagged and rough around the edges. A decent bargain, but not something I would pop for special occaision drinking.
Mixed Wines Mini-offline (Tilia, Mpls): Light gold color. Drank 2 glasses over 30 minutes. Nose is showing pure red delicious apples, hints of citrus show through, along with subtle quince notes, and good minerality along with bread dough. The palate is light with tart apples, citrus, mineral, and mild yeast. Medium finish. Solid N/V.
pale gold; med developing, brioche, nuts, bitter, cream, yellow apple; dry, high acid, creamy mousse, med+ body, med alcohol, med intensity, med+ finish, crisp apple, almond bread, lemon; good- fresh, good balance but somewhat simple
Apple at first, with hints of yeast and the oxidation that others have mentioned. The oxidation was very faint, and probably by design, to provide some complexity; I hardly noticed it. Mouthfeel was pretty good, with fine bubbles. Definitely on the tart side of the scale, so probably better with food than without. Great QPR, since it compares well with the well-known names at $30-$40.
St. Emilion Grand Cru-ing (Our House): Light-medium gold color. I found this to be really quite good, nose displays apple, yeast, pear. The comes across with consistent fruit, mineral, yeast, hints of citrus peels, quite clean and fairly fresh. I did not find this bottle oxidative as some others have mentioned. Ridiculous value.
As others have noted, the wine comes off as being somewhat evolved and perhaps a tad oxidated. It's like drinking a really nice aged NV champagne without having to wait the 5 years. An excellent mousse with bread dough and toast flavors.
Popped and poured. Light straw/gold, steady bead. Somewhat complex aromas of mild citrus, citrus zest, yeast/dough, hazelnut, subtle florals, shaved fennel, and a hint of toast...perhaps even a touch of coffee as this warms. Actually, with further aeration the aromas are really quite nice (an extremely poor man's version of NV Krug, at least on the nose??). Light body. On the palate, this shows a more green fruited character that combines nicely with a similar zesty citrus quality as on the nose. Moderate to moderate-plus acidity keeps this quenching and helps assuage the somewhat cloying sweetness. Moderate close.
Quick commentary: As other tasters have mentioned, this does indeed possess an oxidative quality. However, it's quite mild and really adds a nice degrees of complexity to what might otherwise might be a somewhat blasé experience for some. But regardless, and more subjectively speaking, this is a pretty killer bottle of Champagne for the WTSO pricing. I would drink this now and over the short term.
An evolved yellow color was consistent with the slightly oxidized (in a good way) taste. Biscuits, nuts and citrus. While I enjoyed the masculine flavors, it was presented in a less refined manner, being a bit aggressive and the bubbles a bit chunky. Overall, a lot of Champagne for the money, if you like the style.
Light, fresh aromas of pear and a bit of yeast. Clean citrus apple flavors, yeasty finish. Balanced, classically styled champagne. At normal champagne prices I would call this solid, at $23 I call it spectacular.
Blind Champagne and sparkling wines at Matt and Ori's (The new Pink Dolphin): Nice nose here, fresh fruit flavors with hints of lychee, some tasty yeasty and mineral notes. The flavor on the palate is apple-fruit first with again some nice yeast coming in on the finish. Fairly straight-forward on the palate. The acidity has a bit of roughness around the edges, but the overall feel is elegant and gentle. Tasted blind, guessed Champagne.
Disappointing. There's more oxidation going on here than what I like. This would have been very good otherwise--nice fine bubbles, pleasant fresh yeastiness, apple/pear fruit, and a creamy yet crisp texture. I hope this was an off bottle.
Aromas of cinnamon-dusted apple, pastry crust, fresh cut flowes, add up to a surprisingly complex nose. Creamy and smooth on the palate, with just a hint of acidity around the edges that serve to restrain ripe apples and pears. Slightly roasted nuts compete with a yeasty finish to create a deliciously fun mouthfeel. Wish I'd bought more of this.
Very impressive bouquet, notes of green apple, pear, and some hints of nutty notes. Probably a bit oxidative. Balanced on the palate with a rich mouthfeel. More of the green apple and pear, brioche, and a touch of roasted nut. I'm glad I bought four bottles.
Had before dinner with Dee and Willy, Ted and Ray after Jeff and Ted's concert with Charlotte. At first sip I thought it was a little too apple-y, like sparkling cider, but then it had a nice pleasant flavor. Not the best champagne we've had, but tasty and a bargain at the price!
I've opened three bottles of this wine that I bought on WTSO. Two out of three were quite oxidized and had little sparkle left. This is a good case for discouragement dates on the bottle. I think they were trying to move inventory that had been sitting with the distributor too long.