Tasting Notes for Nosey Nose

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White
7/5/2022 - Nosey Nose wrote:
Pretty light gold color. I want to say this is a really pure wine but it definitely has some really appealing, lifted, oxidative notes of corruption that make it more interesting. Curry, citrus, nuts, salty consomme, and silage with underlying just-ripe pit, verging on tropical, fruit. Exotic spice cabinet. Full and rich on entry with bright, fresh, citrusy acidity carrying it through to a very long finish. There is a concentration to this wine that makes it pleasurable if not exciting. Certainly memorable and fun with food. Lentil soup tonight, although I would love to have this with Comte.
Red
5/7/2020 - Nosey Nose wrote:
92 points
In a blind tasting. Tasted on day 1 and 2. Well made. Pretty and seamless as you would expect. Is it special? Does it speak of a place? I would say no. We guessed Napa, but mostly because of the fruit at mid and the alcohol stands out a bit on the finish. Good length but there is not a lot of complexity here.
Red
5/7/2020 - Nosey Nose wrote:
95 points
We had this in a blind tasting. It showed as reduced, black olive tapenade, and a little feral. It was clearly leaner from an alcohol standpoint than the CA and WA wines but not as expressive than we expected. Day 2 is a different story. The oak subsides and incredible red fruits (cherry, red currant) show with purity on nose and palate. So long today with great acidity and drive. Incredible what a day does. 92 yesterday. 95 today
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White
2/2/2020 - Nosey Nose wrote:
90 points
Presented blind: Lightly gold color shows age, along with initial aromas of lanolin and wax. Meyer lemon and seashells. The palate shows lean and pure with early pick white grape notes and vibrant, long acidity. This is a high acid wine but holds it well. Subtle thyme/tarragon and hints of spice on the long lasting finish.
White - Sparkling
1/4/2020 - Nosey Nose wrote:
90 points
Tight, mineral and smoke nose with deeply toasted almond, meyer lemon, oyster shell, cherry and subtle herbs (thyme?). The entry is bright and fresh leading to a medium-bodied mid with sweet cherry combined with bitter pit fruit skin. The medium-length finish is almost a bit salty. This may improve with time in the bottle, maybe 2 years. Nice now and perhaps suited to pair with brie or triple cream to mellow the finish.
Red
6/1/2015 - Nosey Nose wrote:
90 points
Fragrant, dark fruit, dried black cherry, porty walnut notes, cinnamon and an animal/blood, mineral side that gives balance and interest. The palate is richly fruited with dates and dried sour cherries but with really lovely vibrancy that keeps the fruit fresh rather than over-born. Moderate tannins and lovely juice on the moderately long finish. I like this wine; it is extremely interesting while maintaining finesse and balance.
White
5/31/2015 - Nosey Nose wrote:
87 points
Brown Apple, unident. Flowers, almond, and roasted wheat. Medium body with soft, silky feel. Apple and lemon. Good length and balance.
Red
5/27/2015 - Nosey Nose wrote:
88 points
Dark, spicy, dried cherry and playdough nose. Medium full with acidity showing slightly out on the finish. This comes off a little warm, but I think it is due to slightly elevated VA rather than alcohol. Medium length with tightly knit but moderate tannins.
Rosé - Sparkling
5/22/2015 - Nosey Nose wrote:
90 points
Yeasty, sourdough, lemon and kirsch nose. Youthful and bright with a lithe feel as the cherry mid turns to lemon on the finish. Very pure but maybe a little simple right now.
White
4/19/2015 - Nosey Nose wrote:
86 points
Really fragrant nose with fresh pea shoot, crisp green pepper, grass, and gooseberry. Sweet touch on entry with wonderful, rich tropical fruit at mid. Soft feel throughout with only moderate length on the finish. Some stony tones at mid. I'm not sure why this wine has gotten so many poor reviews. The aroma is classic and not overdone. It would be a wonderful example of kiwi SB if the palate had some length and drive.
White
4/19/2015 - Nosey Nose wrote:
87 points
Slightly high-toned, smoke, wax, and sour apple. Medium-bodied with brown apple tones at mid, turning bright with lemon juice on the finish. Fresh, somewhat simple, food wine.
White
4/19/2015 - Nosey Nose wrote:
89 points
Beeswax, lemon, yellow flowers, and leather. Bright and fresh with a Savagnin-like tart yellow plum note. This is vibrant with some subtle stony notes on the finish. Nice wine. Good balance. Just lacks complexity.
Red
4/11/2015 - Nosey Nose wrote:
91 points
Pure, high-toned, floral, fruit cup...classic Beaujolais nose. Medium-light body with fresh red fruit:cherry and cranberry. Good length and persistence with a little spice and plenty of floral tones on the finish. Really lovely, pure wine.
Red
4/7/2015 - Nosey Nose wrote:
90 points
Really dense muddy blue purple color with ruby rims. Dusty, earthy, licorice, forest floor, black cherry, fig, and subtle smoke. Medium body with surprising elegance for the density of color and nose. The finish is fresh even though it centers on dried fruits (cherry, fig and maybe a little cranberry-or something red). Tannins are nicely wrapped in the fruit. Good length, especially for the money. Easy to drink and has breed well beyond its price.
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White
4/6/2015 - Nosey Nose wrote:
90 points
Reticent, lemon verbena, vanilla, and Sauternes-like apricot skin on the nose. Soft and very smooth with green apple and subtle herbs on the mid. Sweet mid that turns to lemon on the moderately long finish. Nice balance here.
White
4/5/2015 - Nosey Nose wrote:
87 points
Bright, lemon, floral, slightly high-toned like lemon dish soap. A stony side too. Medium body. Turns tropical at mid with strong pineapple that really pops. The acid is a little high for the concentration, making the finish seem a little simple, although it does have drive.
Red
5/11/2014 - Nosey Nose wrote:
89 points
Open, oxidative nose with date, almond, cherry and vanilla. Vibrant entry. Sweet sour cherry notes with bitter almond at mid, then vanilla/bourbon notes at mid. The finish is red with very bright acidity that keeps it fresh and easy to drink. I didn't like this wine as well as others at the table but respect many its lithe feel.
White
5/11/2014 - Nosey Nose wrote:
94 points
Lifted, frangrant nose with lime, stone, mint, pear and hazelnet. Lovely nose. Silky entry that turns to racy lime and lemon at mid that stains the palate with razor sharp acidity. Crazy fresh for its age. I would guess this as 5 years old at most, except for the fragrant bouquet. Beautiful. Finish goes on and on with citrus and mineral notes. Very electric.
Red
3/24/2014 - Nosey Nose wrote:
91 points
Beautiful, fragrant black/white pepper nose with lovely animal, iron/blood Brett notes. Funky, feral and fun to smell. The palate is fresh with racy, almost Riesling like acidity keeping it taut. Under-ripe raspberry, mineral and steely. Medium length. This still has great life in it. Nice food wine with lots of soul.
White - Sparkling
3/23/2014 - Nosey Nose wrote:
89 points
A bit Jura-like on the nose. Apple, almond, toasted brioche, yellow flowers and subtle honey. Medium body with a rich mid-palate that shows honey and apple. A little like an apple streudel. Good persistence but perhaps a little too sweet for balance. Refreshing though and ultimately may not handle lower sugar bc of the high acidity. Good spice.
Red
2/11/2014 - Nosey Nose wrote:
88 points
This has a very unique nose: somewhere between Blaufankisch and Mouvedre, maybe. Iron, blood, cherry and pepper. Maybe it is the Grenache showing through. Medium to light body with red fruit that flows like a light white wine. Long with a gentle warmth and good sweetness. A bit of spritz.
White
2/7/2014 - Nosey Nose wrote:
89 points
Dusty, floral, lime and apple nose. Medium body with nice flow and quite nice length. Yellow flowers and green/yellow apple on the palate with nice balance. A bit of RS but nicely set within the wine. Nice deal and very easy to drink. I'd give this wine a higher score if it were more complex.
White
2/4/2014 - Nosey Nose wrote:
91 points
This wine has a great deal more breed than its price reflects. The nose reminds me of premier cru Burgundy: flinty, mineral, grilled peach, oakdust and keylime. Medium body with great flow and vibrancy centered around a lovely core of citrus (orange?). While this lacks the intensity and depth of higher end Burgundy, it is irresistable and hard to stop drinking. This is what wine should taste like.
Red
12/22/2013 - Nosey Nose wrote:
V. deep color. Ripe, spicy, black cherry, currant, mace, star anise and grilled meat. Sweet on entry with subtle vanilla turning to vibrant red cherry and spice at mid. Medium length but the flavors and spice sustain for a long time on the front and mid. This could use more length but is a fun, deeply flavored wine that falls somewhere between the Rhone and Tuscany in style.
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/13/2013 - Nosey Nose wrote:
Grilled pineapple, banana and spice. Cream, pear, luscious caramel and floral honey on the palate are cut by fresh acidity that drives the finish long. The acidity is a bit separate now but ultimately lends freshness to the rich, sugary fruit in the wine. This will need a long time in bottle to develop secondary nut and spice notes. Still very young now.
White
3/20/2013 - Nosey Nose wrote:
91 points
Fragrant, spicy, yellow flowers, plum skin, smoke and oxidative, macadamia nut and resin notes. The nose has a lot of depth. On the palate, this wine is very bright, creating drive and length with sweet, resonating yellow plum and citrus notes leading to a long, saline finish. My first time to use this descriptor: pomelo, including a bit of pith. This is a wine that would be easy to dismiss at first glance but has wonderful depth, nuance and individuality that make it fun.
White
3/14/2013 - Nosey Nose Likes this wine:
93 points
Guessed blind. This has that Evening Land smoke and iodine on the nose with amazingly vibrant acidity and a lighter feel than previous vintages. Lime, gunpowder, apple and charred pineapple (maybe?). There is a lot hidden on the nose, ready to open with time in bottle. The palate is lacy and delicate, like a non-dosage Champagne but powers through to a really, long citrus finish. There is a lot of pop here and I can really feel this wine's potential. The length and finish are really what define this wine's quality. Nicely done. This should be fun in 8-10 years.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/10/2013 - Nosey Nose wrote:
97 points
Fresh, youthful, floral aromas filled with baking spice, fermented apricot, crushed stone, and hay. Bright and lively on entry with a sort of under-ripe citrus note that adds levity to the deep, golden caramel notes of the mid. Great density of flavor and wonderful length that shows ridiculous generosity of fruit on the finish: pit fruit and pineapple. Really hard to stop drinking. Yummy juice.
White
1/6/2013 - Nosey Nose wrote:
No real notes. This is pretty gorgeous now but has some life ahead of it. Lovely balance.
White
No real notes. Has this on New Year's Eve. Rich, stony and perhaps a little waxy with lots of pretty intricate spice. Nice length. Fun wine.
White - Fortified
12/25/2012 - Nosey Nose wrote:
88 points
The peanut oil comment is right on. What ever you do, don't think of peanut oil when you taste this...it will ruin the wine. Don't think of it. I had lots of notes before reading that and, now, I can't think of any...just peanut oil. Truly, though, this is fun to drink, although a little hard to figure out. It has some burnt notes, perhaps overly browned butter with a bitter edge that lasts on the back of the palate. VERY dry and saline at mid with some burnt veggie at mid. Even so, interesting.
White
12/24/2012 - Nosey Nose wrote:
87 points
Really floral nose, almost Gewurz-like. Roses, orange oil, Apple Jax and Fruit Loops. Medium body with sweet apple, yellow plum and stones at mid. Moderate length and good, slightly RS heft.
Red
12/24/2012 - Nosey Nose wrote:
90 points
Deeply aromatic with androgenous black and blue fruits, licorice, minerals and a VERY subtle Brett note that adds old-world leather and menthol notes that make the nose that much more complex and appealing. Medium body with lots of red fruit and crushed old cellar brick. While there is some sweetness of cherry and licorice on the palate, it is not at all candied and stays lively and enjoyable with big tannins that dry the mid but leave a melting impression of earth at the same time. How do they do that?
White
12/24/2012 - Nosey Nose wrote:
86 points
Christmas eve with Shrimp. Piney, tropical, higher alcohol notes. Floral with bruised apple/white grape notes. Medium body with alcohol notes showing through the savory, mineral palate. This shows some oxidative notes that have been cleaned up by heavy SO2. Long on the palate but lacks th freshness, fruit or expression that I'd like to see.
White
12/24/2012 - Nosey Nose wrote:
92 points
Christmas eve with scallops. Fragrant with peach, tropical notes, and mineral, stony elements. Creamy entry with creamed corn notes on the mid palate that are really enjoyable and work well as a savory counterpoint in food pairing. Great length and drive. This was my favorite wine of a long night of wine. I'm just impressed that this is made in the US; this has a lot of soul.
White
12/8/2012 - Nosey Nose wrote:
92 points
No real notes. This is really lovely stuff. Aromatically leesy and a bit briney with lemon, oats and subtle honey. Reminded me of an Italian white in its oxidative elements. The palate tells a different story with fresh lemon and pure, vibrant/driving acidity that is fresh and long. This has such beautiful breed for its price. Intellectually my favorite wine of a long night full of very nice wines.
White
12/8/2012 - Nosey Nose wrote:
92 points
Tasted blind with a group. Guessed by all as white Burgundy, although there are some honeyed, herbal notes that made the guess slightly confusing. Spice on the nose suggested oak in an aged white but the color is still fresh. Chablis came up but the lack of seashell and our interpretation of the aromatics as being oak related led us to guess an older Puligny with moderate to low oak from 2006. We were wrong and, in fact, this has no oak at all. Admirable spice for a wine made in tank. We all enjoyed this a great deal. Excellent QPR.
Red
12/8/2012 - Nosey Nose wrote:
93 points
No formal notes. Tasted blind by a group of four. Texturally very burgundian but I was confused by the strongly licorice and meaty notes of the nose, which suggested northern Italy rather than Burgundy. Beautiful red fruit and balance on the palate with great length. Still youthful with no color at the edges, leading the group to guess 6 years old at the most. A little Brett on the nose added a little extra confusion but the group eventually went with Burgundy. Nice wine.
Red
11/25/2012 - Nosey Nose wrote:
89 points
Guessed blind as Beaujolais. High-toned, volatile, Brett notes with sweaty horse, vinyl, strawberry, mineral, "granite," cinnamin/spice and subtle herbs. Bright, fresh and light with cranberry, tart cherry and perhaps raspberry on the palate with moderate length. Very fruity up front with lovely mineral notes at mid. The level of Brett is fine (although unfortunate because it masks the expression of the wine). Mostly this is dissapointing for having less length than the reviews suggest.
Red
9/12/2012 - Nosey Nose wrote:
90 points
Brown, spicy, mulchy aromas with yellow lentils, bay and ethereal old Pinot notes of veggie stock, menthol and sweat. The palate is sweetly fruited with raspberry at mid and lemony acidity at mid to long. There is a bit of hard, citrus zest bitterness on the finish that is not unappealing. This is lovely and silky but has a cloying character at mid that makes it hard to drink much. Good length.
White - Sparkling
9/10/2012 - Nosey Nose wrote:
91 points
Light straw color. Nutty, dried hay nose with mineral, peach and biscuit. A little Jura like. The palate combines sweet, rich mousse with vibrant acidity leading to a gorgeously long finish. I wish there was more complexity in this wine but the structure and length are extremely admirable.
White
2000 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
9/10/2012 - Nosey Nose wrote:
flawed
Corked. Bummer because this bottle is fresh, lovely and extremely well balanced.
Red
7/19/2012 - Nosey Nose wrote:
88 points
Given to me blind. This is a really bipolar wine. My first thought was Gamay because it reminded me of a gamay we made a couple years ago that sat on the skins for too long. High-toned with surface culture notes, licorice, cinnamon, bing cherry, earth (perhaps a little Brett), and dusty minerals. The palate is extremely bright, light, floral and red-fruited. Under-ripe cherry, cran-cherry and violets. The finish shows a bit of volatility and some very nice earthy, mineral notes. Very long. I ended up guessing it was either a Beaujolais or a Barbera (because of the licorice and high acidity). I'm surprised by the acid in the wine, considering that this vintage was relatively warm and the gang of four typically pick ripe; I find this wine to be on the moderate end of the spectrum and perhaps a little simple. The tannins, too, are much lower than I've seen in 2009 Beaujolais. As for notes, z_willis_D is not only entertaining but slightly genius.
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White - Sparkling
7/11/2012 - Nosey Nose wrote:
92 points
Great nose on this wine. Floral, slightly smoky, lovely yeasty tones open to white chocolate macadamia cookie as the aldehydes gain with time in the glass. Great balance if not a bit on the sweet side with a rich mouthfeel combined with deep yeasty notes combined with apple and macadamia/almond. Good spice and lemon on the finish.
White
6/2/2012 - Nosey Nose wrote:
86 points
I have to admit up front that I don't love this wine. I get that it is weird and different but it is a bit too oxidative and sweetly fruited: a combination that reminds me of rotten fruit rather than really interesting dry sherry. Oysters, asian pear, clove, and aldehydic pit fruits (these are what make it seem sweet). The palate comes across fat and a little sweet...and appears hot on the finish, which I think is due to the volatility of the wine. This is likely a very interesting wine with food and could be fun to pair with grilled pork.
White
6/2/2012 - Nosey Nose wrote:
87 points
Seashells, apple, musk melon, peach, and cashew on the nose. The palate is surprisingly sweet but has good drive with peachy, melon flavor and a saltiness that brings to mind proscuitto and melon. This lacks any mineral activity or lemon/lime...the characteristics that I typically love in Chablis.
Red
5/29/2012 - Nosey Nose wrote:
90 points
Mellow nose with leather, plum, a little red currant, licorice, tarragon, and mace. The palate has melting, granular tannins with raspberry and cherry at mid and blackberry and vanilla on the finish. The bright acidity combines with the tannins to be a bit drying but lovely with the old-world leather and cellar notes.
White - Sparkling
4/23/2012 - Nosey Nose wrote:
90 points
I like this wine. The nose shows lots of apple and, perhaps, guava along with subtle hints of smoke, crumbled stone, and tarragon. Medium body with sweet fruit at mid and really nice earthy, stony elements. Good length and balance.
Red
4/7/2012 - Nosey Nose wrote:
94 points
Great, old-world Italian style with new world softness. Old cellar/dusty crushed brick, plum and feral, earthy notes. Deep fennel notes. Soft, plush entry while remaining fresh and lively at mid. It's light on its feet but texturally dense with sweet fruit at mid leading to dusty, earthy notes on the finish. I know it's been said before, but this has all the best of Nebbiolo earth and depth along with the elegance of a great Burgundy. This is a really fun wine, very classic.
White
4/7/2012 - Nosey Nose wrote:
90 points
Light gold color. Floral, slightly sappy nose reminds me of something somewhere between a Rhone white and a older Loire Chenin. Waxy, sll. stony, almond, dried apricot and dried yellow flowers. The palate is rich with a sweet pit-fruit mid that has a savory component that reflects the savory notes that I can't describe on the nose. Perhaps an interesting honey? The acidity is very pretty and the palate is long. I love the lenghth. This is interesting and well-made, if not a bit oxidative on the nose. I think I would rate it higher if I personally liked the aromatic profile. The palate is very nice and goes well with food.
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