Tasting Notes for DukeDrew

(300 notes on 229 wines)

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Red
4/10/2011 - DukeDrew wrote:
84 points
Thin, rather tart and acidic. Tasted over 3 hours, hoping it would evolve. Picked up for $25 at Safeway, I get why it was $8 off.
Red
8/1/2010 - DukeDrew wrote:
93 points
No formal notes - drank w/Drazi and it was great. Needed an hour of air in the decanter to really start opening up.
Red
7/2/2010 - DukeDrew wrote:
Keithgg hit it spot on. 2006 Rochioli pinots have been thinner and a bit more on the tart/sour side than the 2005's, which were spectacular. It's good, but after a 60-90 min decant.
Red
4/30/2010 - DukeDrew wrote:
Ken nailed it, at least at the 30 minute mark. Will reserve rating, as notes from people I trust below recommend decanting for several hours. Vinturi'd into a decanter, then poured 30 mins later. Very, very tannic. Kinda sour/tart, too. Night and day difference from the Butterdragon, which has oodles more finesse.
Red
4/8/2010 - DukeDrew wrote:
92 points
Not at all consistent with previous bottles I've had. Wine was anything but thin. No formal notes from dinner, but I had brought this specific bottle because I expected it to be a bit of a clunker like the previous two. Don't know if the others were off, or if it just evolved slowly, or what, but this was much, much better.
Red
4/5/2010 - DukeDrew wrote:
90 points
Consistent with previous bottle - chalky tanins, exceedingly hot and required lots of time in the decanter.
White
3/14/2010 - DukeDrew wrote:
91 points
Could not be happier with this wine, given the $18 price point. Did not notice the oak anywhere near as much as the others, and I'm not a huge fan of oak in my chards.
Red
2/21/2010 - DukeDrew wrote:
Brown tinge, bit of reduction when I pulled the cork. A little on the tart side, with alcohol clearly showing through. I'll bet this was fantastic young; it feels like it's falling apart now. I've got the opp to buy another one at $35 and I'm going to pass.
Red
11/8/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
89 points
Previous comment stands - thin, tart, disappointing for Rochioli, ok for a $30 pinot.
White
10/4/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
At $8.50, a nice cellar defender. Currently on sale in the PacNW at QFC, marked down from $19.95.
Red
8/29/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
Have to say, I was incredibly surprised. No browning/bricking, the wine looked like it was bottled yesterday. A bit tart out of the gates, it gave off a brown sugar nose (Kistler-esque?) for a bit and then mellowed out to a more sweet, raspberry profile. Great stuff
Red
2005 Bressler Young Vines St. Helena Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/27/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
91 points
Great stuff. Not common to see a pop and pour Napa cab (blend) that's just singing. This one was. ~$110 on a restaurant wine list, what a blessing to drink at home on our anniversary.
Red
8/22/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
93 points
This is ridiculously good right now. No formal note, but really, really enjoyed the bottle.
Red
2005 Château Haut-Canteloup Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/14/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
87 points
Consistent with Badfishess note, but I'd ratchet down the points. Not bad for Costco.
Red
8/14/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
92 points
Great stuff at the price point.
Red
8/2/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
Decidedly mediocre. Wine was hot on the nose, unbalanced and tannic. Decanted for 2 hrs, poured back into bottle and brough to restaurant. Maybe this needs 5 years, but this wine was a mess and pushed me to pass on the 06.
Red
7/17/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
90 points
consistent with previous notes - old faitful. Man this is good with a grilled salmon that's been "Rubbed With Love" (smoked paprika, brown sugar, thyme).
Red
7/15/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
88 points
Opened for a friend last night who really wanted to try it. Would have been better to wait... this is in a much better place than it was right at release, and continued to benefit from a long decant over the course of the night. No formal note, aside from "it goes well with pork chops." Wait.
Red
7/12/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
87 points
Decent bottle of pinot, had with sockeye salmon that was seasoned with smoked paprika, brown sugar, thyme and rosemary. Good, but not great. At $14.50, you could do much worse.
White
6/14/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
92 points
I clearly had a different bottle of wine than the ones listed below. This was pure honeycomb, some baked pear, some apple and a little bit of oak. Great finish, just an amazing find at $23.99. Paired PERFECTLY with linguini and clams. Just a steal from the shelves at Whole Foods.
White
6/13/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
89 points
Love the nose. Over and over and over, love the nose. Grapefruit, grass, citrus - Kim Crawfod sauv blancs always have a fantastic nose. Little more acid than I care for.
Red
6/6/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
89 points
Didn't get the white pepper this time. The wine was... uninspired? Hard to explain, but somewhat hot on the nose, evolving over time into a nice bottle of wine, but nothing that knocked my socks off. Good, but not great?
Red
2006 Oreana ? Santa Barbara County Red Blend (view label images)
5/31/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
$5.99 from Trader Joes. You were expecting? I had no reduction (burnt rubber) smells, but I'm guessing they used oak chips vs. barrell and it was clearly hot on the finish. Meh. It's $5.99, what are you going to say?
Red
5/17/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
Initial reductive smell on the nose, similar to DougLee's note after 30 mins. Always love drinking Eyrie, as it's a refreshing change from some of the bigger CA guns I usually drink :-D
White
5/9/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
Was incredibly surprised with this. CSM usually makes good QPR wines and at $10, this was no exception.
Non-alcoholic
5/10/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
Great freaking stuff for a non-alcoholic "wine." The non-wine drinkers in the crowd were in heaven and I thought it was some great stuff. Very VERY sweet, but enjoyable, especially with honey/brown sugar glazed pork ribs. Got robbed on the price, based on the other 4 bottles listed here, but then again, i bought it by accident :-D
Red
5/3/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
93 points
Leaps and bounds over the 06 Little Hill. Medium body with bright red fruit, especially strawberry/cherry, some pinot spice, nice finish.
White
4/30/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
87 points
Rating is targeted at price point on this one. There is A LOT of oak in this, almost to the point of overpowering the fruit. If you're looking for a mid-week, after work quaffer for the back porch, this is your bottle of wine. It's smooth, enjoyable and goes down really easy. At $13.99, you could do a lot worse.
White
4/12/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
85 points
At $5.39, I suppose you could do worse, but this wasn't all that exciting.
Red
4/12/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
88 points
Labeled 15.9%, but didn't pick up any heat at all. Wine was very simple with dark berry flavors and a little bit of spice.
White
4/8/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
90 points
1:1 with the last experience in January. Butter and lots of oak. I needed a chard with a roast chicken dinner and the oak played off the salt/pepper on the chicken but man you have to like oak with this one. Blows me away how different this is from the Sweetwater.
Red
4/4/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
95 points
Great juice! Infanticide, for sure, but this bottle was an intoxicating mix of coffee, blackberry syrup, black cherry and hints of blueberry and a little blueberry. I LOVED this bottle of wine for it's in-your-face-fruit and strongly considered opening a 2nd bottle just because I have zero self-discipline.
White
3/28/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
89 points
Similar to other notes - very pale color, nose of heavy pink grapefruit, citrus and some peach. Little more acid than I'd expect. Year in, year out, great warm weather wine. It's 35 degrees and raining, so Kim Crawford... take me away.
Red
3/14/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
Smelled funny, little hot. I'm usually a fan of CSM wine, this was not good. Possibly cooked?
Red
3/14/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
Meh. Somewhat harsh and tannic- clearly NOT smooth. I'd sooner spend the same money on an Argentinean malbec, but what do you expect for a $20 Napa cab from Safeway?
White
3/3/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
91 points
Nice bottle, not overly exciting and bordering a bit on "flat," if that makes sense. Oak not as heavy handed/fairly well integrated at this point. Air time really helped this bottle (drank over 5 hours).
Red
2/27/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
80 points
I did not enjoy this. Tannic, hot with a bit of a flat/vinegar aftertaste. I considered checking "flawed/defective," but I'm half-confinced this is how it's supposed to taste.
Red
2/15/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
85 points
Simple, tart, strawberry, possibly a little cran. Light bodied, not my thing. It's going in French Onion soup. In all honesty, this would make a fantastic sangria wine.
Red
2/9/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
88 points
At $16.99, this is my new cellar defender.
Red
2/7/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
Not bad. Served a little on the warm side (office wine down), so there was a little noticeable heat.
Red
1/25/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
87 points
Nice QBR, needs some time in the decanter, as it's a little tight.
Red
1/23/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
90 points
Nose of strawberry, cherry and sweet tarts. Palate did not match the nose and the table commented it seemed a little thin.
Red
1/18/2009 - DukeDrew wrote:
88 points
Great juice at $16.99. Dark, rich fruit with somewhat of a tannic finish (more in tjib's camp then the rest). Not overly complex, but a nice bottle of wine at the price to go with steaks.
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