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Red
4/24/2019 - Eric Guido Likes this wine:
93 points
The nose showed a stunning mix of mineral-infused black cherry fruit, layered with sweet herbal tones of sage and mint, as notes of licorice, smoke and a hint of savory game developed in the glass. On the palate, I found soft textures, which were quickly brought to life by zesty acids, delivering notes of spiced ripe cherry, along with minerals, cedar and inner florals. The finish was amazingly long, as saturating cherry and spice tugged at the senses assisted by sweet and sour acids, minerals and final hint of grippy tannin. The ‘17 Aves is fruit forward to be sure, but also balanced and incredibly easy to like.
Red
2016 Ridge Three Valleys Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
4/24/2019 - Teamcrev wrote:
84 points
Ridge is one of our favorite labels, esp their Zin blends. This was our first Three Valleys and unfortunately it was underwhelming.
Red
4/24/2019 - wineotim Likes this wine:
92 points
Very nice wine once again, deep and dark with good clarity. Structured.
Love the creme de cassis flavors and aromas. This is the poor man's Insignia. Last bottle, sad to see this go. A memorable value, I'll check out the '14 & '15 I think.
Red
4/24/2019 - Teamcrev wrote:
92 points
Wonderful. Better on day 2.
Red
4/24/2019 - melzar wrote:
92 points
Impeccably balanced. Very drinkable for a young wine from this appellation. Deep nose and fruit forward. Nice acidity and a long finish. Good value. Young Sangiovase doesn't get much better.
Red
4/24/2019 - LindsayM Likes this wine:
95 points
Quick note , med Ruby Colour , translucent, opened up with a lovely perfumed nose of cherries and roses, palate med bodied lovely mouthfeel excellent balance and complexity for a 4 yo wine, overall i haven’t had one for a while and this was impressive
White - Sparkling
8/30/2018 - Rob Hansult Likes this wine:
92 points
Big, elegant white fruit, classic Cote des Blancs nose, with white flowers, & lime/citrus minerality. Nice ripeness with touch of lime-cream. Dry, & this wine handles it. Excellent acidity. Med+ intensity.
Wish I saw more Champs with a balance like this (& sans the sugar).
This was the best QPR Bubbly @Skurnik Bubbles 2018 ... & better than vast majority of Champs of any price, period.
White
4/24/2019 - whiteburgjim wrote:
98 points
Best 12 pernot batard bottle yet. Banana cake, Sauternes like concentration and mouth feel. Big bad batard. This made up for the 95 pernot bienvenue that was a goner.
Red
4/24/2019 - Burgnick Likes this wine:
91 points
Spice, red fruit, coffee beans and stems. Precise and balanced with vibrant acidity. Enjoyed this along with the 2011 a lot more than the 2010. Cool and airy.
Red
4/24/2019 - Alc13%byvol Likes this wine:
90 points
Muted on the nose. Soft tannins, fully resolved. Cranberry. Full but a little drying on end. A good, aged, one-dimensional bordeaux from a difficult year. Drink up over next few months.
Red
4/24/2019 - Burgnick wrote:
90 points
Perhaps it was served in a slightly warm temperature, the wine was not as fresh as the 11 and 12. Barbecured meat, toast, dried flowers and candided fruit on the nose. Palate was sweet with savoury with roasted fruit.
Red
4/24/2019 - Burgnick Likes this wine:
91 points
In a small vertical of 10,11,12, contrary to the consensus, the group all preferred the 2011 as it was more structured and balanced. Coffee beans, toast, cured meat and smoked fruit on the nose. Palate was cool and airy with bright acidity.
Red
4/24/2019 - Pharmboy1973 Likes this wine:
90 points
Easy drinking, balanced, and with just little more complexity than one would expect for this price point and varietal. I continue to be pleasantly surprised as I explore some of the new world primitivo and barbera wines. I suspect the new world climate and use of oak are imparting a little more flavor and gravitas to these wines. I have already asked my wine store to set aside the remaining bottles for me.
Red
4/22/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
95 points
A little riper and darker than I remember, especially on the bouquet, but the range of delicious fruit is in completely harmony with the threads of herbs, coffee, and minerality. Beautifully drinkable; open knit and suave but still sophisticated. Opened for Liam's 14th birthday (he had lemonade). Drinking great right now with a quick decant and plenty of good years ahead.
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Red
4/24/2019 - allenadale wrote:
70 points
Unfortunately we waited too long before tasting this wine. We were in Napa at the winery in 1976 and tasted the 1975. It was wonderful. When I tasted this 1976, I recalled my grandmother's house...just a little musty. But deep down inside, there was that beautiful flavor I remembered from 1976, but unfortunately, the mustyness was just too much. I dumped the wine down the sink.
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Red
4/24/2019 - Michal A Likes this wine:
92 points
Enjoyed it a lot. Still some tannin but very drinkable already. Complex with good fruitiness as well.
White - Sparkling
8/30/2018 - Rob Hansult Likes this wine:
89 points
Nose > Nice balance between fruit & lees. Light green & yellow orchard fruit, citrus & red cherry.
Palate > Creamy/steely. Good balance. Drinks as if the dosage is on the med/lowish side.
Kinda classic. Excellent QPR Champs, as usual.
(75% Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir)
(89+)
White
4/23/2019 - Jim66 Likes this wine:
89 points
Unusual for us, as we drank this bottle over two different nights, about ten days apart. Not the best Viognier ever, but still quite nice. Some citrus on the nose, more of that and some green apple on the palate. I know, that seems odd, but it worked well enough
Red
4/24/2019 - ColinR wrote:
flawed
Corked.
Red
4/24/2019 - Tripowski Likes this wine:
90 points
Interesting and tasty - a fresh young wine that isn't fruit-driven. Shimmering ruby colour. Savoury nose, with a hint of tar at first, which dissipated with time. The scent of hot pine, like in a sauna. Dusky flowers, bitter orange, black tea, juicy and moreish. The tannins are still evident, but they're actually quite enjoyable already.
Rosé - Sparkling
4/24/2019 - DavilaDC Likes this wine:
90 points
Sparkling Anglianico that has some earth and Italian funk with a touch of strawberry. It's all in a slightly effervescent and light pink package that shows no amount of biscuit or toast. What a fun wine.
White
4/24/2019 - r.o.man Likes this wine:
92 points
Muller Thurgau on skin and Riesling. Both varieties keep their character, but also shine great together. More on the fruity and flowery side, with nutty touches from the skin contact. Very good.
Red
4/24/2019 - gailkend Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful color. Nose of dark fruit and Rutherford dust (once the alcohol flashed off some) decant needed. Perfect fruit and tannin profile for grilled meat.
Red
4/24/2019 - barrkel Likes this wine:
91 points
Very tasty oaky Tempranillo, with black fruit, very smooth, almost milky medium to strong tannins, and some depth, at times almost citrus, perhaps mandarin. Rich, smooth, easy drinking, can see it appealing to a broad cross-section of wine drinkers. Strong oak is not overdone, I don't think, it's a Rioja style but not a Rioja.
Red
4/24/2019 - Mobibas wrote:
93 points
Must drink till the next 2 y to get the best out of the wine. Best kosher wine and fabulous vintage.
Red
4/24/2019 - martinlopez Likes this wine:
86 points
Muy agradable en nariz, intenso y complejo.
En boca se muestra algo más estridente, pero sigue siendo agradable.
Red
4/22/2019 - CADomer Likes this wine:
92 points
In a good place right now. Bright red fruit and crushed flowers with a note of baking spice. Oak seems well integrated and tannins resolved nicely.
White
4/22/2019 - CADomer Likes this wine:
92 points
Similar note to previous bottle. Very enjoyable.
Red
4/20/2019 - srh Likes this wine:
2,000 cs made; 14.3% declared ABV

N: Slightly closed; Creamy vanilla slightly atop cherries with earth underneath

P: MF body; RNDISH entry with NICE, ALMOST swtish frt (approaching threshold R.S.?) met by astringent pucker which, while staying within hailing distance of the init frt, evolves into quite a LONG, BALANCED finish with an enticing tangy/swtness to the fairly innocuous, DUSTY tannins. DESERVES 12-18 mos, then drinking through '24. VERY nicely done! My EXC; [This vendor's $19.99 is $5 < wine-searcher's only current entry.]
Red
4/19/2019 - btock wrote:
88 points
Nicely layered/lacquered flavors. Boisenberry piquant purple fruit. Heat more evident on night two. Still, decent QPR and was happy to try it. Either a sipping solo kind of wine given how flavor forward or needs a steak on the barbie.
Red
4/24/2019 - W!neNot? Likes this wine:
94 points
Tannins still super firm. I guess this could be approachable with food, especially meat, but the firmness and tannins still dominate the fruit. I’d leave for a good 5 years before looking again. Huge potential here though.
White - Sparkling
4/24/2019 - marco-vini Likes this wine:
91 points
Blanc de Noirs "70 lune" Nicola Gatta - L'apertura è decisamente fragrante e minerale, poco dopo viene fuori il fruttato e un aroma di anice stellato che porta verso tonalità balsamiche. Coerente al gusto, la percezione del secco è limata da una cremosità strutturale. La sensazione di uva croccante che richiama il mosto è davvero insolita per un affinamento così lungo. Una chicca.
Red
4/24/2019 - Mdp01 wrote:
91 points
Soft, little tannin, fruity. Ready to drink.
White
4/24/2019 - rialla977 wrote:
85 points
Yellow color and vanilla on the nose as well as on the palate. This is a typical California style chardonnay with lots of butter and oak. There is some tropical fruit in there as well and a bit of acid but, to me, it isn't as much a food wine as it is a sipper - for people who really want butter and oak. It is a nice wine of this style for the price.
Red
Explore Pinot Noir - Presented by Toby Morrhall - The Wine Society - Glasgow (Glasgow): Quite dark in colour for a PN. Good ripe fruit. Black cherries, etc. Lovely finish. Lovely wine. I think Chilean PN always offer excellent value.
Red
4/24/2019 - M.Y. Chong wrote:
Explore Pinot Noir - Presented by Toby Morrhall - The Wine Society - Glasgow (Glasgow): Definitely could tell that this is from a warmer climate from the nose. More bodied. However I'd identified something funky on the nose and was not a fan of this wine.
Red
Explore Pinot Noir - Presented by Toby Morrhall - The Wine Society - Glasgow (Glasgow): Easy drinking. Expressive, cool bright strawberries. Jammy but not in an over-ripe or over-heated way. A bit of cold stone and something herby about this wine. Best finish in the under £15 category.
Rosé
2018 Arnot-Roberts Rosé California Touriga Nacional (view label images)
4/24/2019 - Ticker tape guy Likes this wine:
91 points
a bright tar strawberry melon taste..nice and light but with some body..great just to sip and watch the sunset
Red
Explore Pinot Noir - Presented by Toby Morrhall - The Wine Society - Glasgow (Glasgow): Something different with the typical red fruits but also an element of milky chocolate which made this wine stand out.
White
4/24/2019 - Ticker tape guy Likes this wine:
90 points
nice full wine..coated the mouth with a nice oily lemon taste..went well with a shrimp udon noodle dish
White - Off-dry
4/24/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
93 points
Opened my first bottle of 6. Judging by how the largest amount was consumed compared to 5 other wines tasted, this 2001 was the home run hit of the evening. Despite being an Auslese with a high residual sugar level, the combination of vivid high acidity and powerful lemon and lime fruit more than balanced the residual sugar, making the taste only lightly sweet. Overall, that vivid, lively, and delicious taste is the norm for Kinheimer Rosenberg vineyard made by Merkelbach, which also is one of the best bargains among German Rieslings.
Red
Explore Pinot Noir - Presented by Toby Morrhall - The Wine Society - Glasgow (Glasgow): Very sweet red fruit delightful to nose but not very complex. Good finish with pleasantly round tannins.
Red
Explore Pinot Noir - Presented by Toby Morrhall - The Wine Society - Glasgow (Glasgow): Ripe strawberries on the nose. Veering on the side of more full bodied. Best nose between £15 and £25 flight.
Red
Explore Pinot Noir - Presented by Toby Morrhall - The Wine Society - Glasgow (Glasgow): This one wow-ed me. Very pure fruit with floral elements. Perfect level of ripeness for me. Excellent bright finish! I would buy at this price point.
Red
Explore Pinot Noir - Presented by Toby Morrhall - The Wine Society - Glasgow (Glasgow): Restrained. Balance of good red fruit and earth. Some barnyard. Quiet tannic. Needs more time to integrate the tannins but can see that it will be a very enjoyable drink in the future.
Red
4/24/2019 - Tosti-Lane Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking very well with 2-3 hour decant. Held up and continued to develop over two more days - has more years left for sure, but is lovely now
White - Sparkling
An enjoyable sparkling wine, but oddly enough did not scream Riesling to me, and did not show all of the aged complexity one might expect of a wine its age. It did have bright acidity, clean fruit, and some fairly complex oxidative notes....but just not enough "oomph" to really impress. I also have a bottle of the '91 and hope for a bit better showing.
Red
Explore Pinot Noir - Presented by Toby Morrhall - The Wine Society - Glasgow (Glasgow): Sweet strawberries with some barnyard (not something I was expecting from this region). Oak was quite prominent but not really a bad thing.
Red
Explore Pinot Noir - Presented by Toby Morrhall - The Wine Society - Glasgow (Glasgow): First thing that stood out was how dark this wine was for a Pinot Noir. On the nose, black and red fruits with quite a lot of minerality and freshness. Not balanced enough on the nose. But when it came to the palate, this wine totally delivered. It had a very balanced palate and good persistent finish. Other than the nose, this wine can stand with the greats of Burgundy IMO. Serious wine.
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