Tasting Notes for danielk168

(960 notes on 755 wines)

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White - Sparkling
4/20/2019 - danielk168 wrote:
89 points
right after a bottle of AYALA, probably a matter of taste preference, I prefer crisp high acidity and not too creamy, which this one is. Tasted blind, would likely guessed champagne, a well made and very good bottle but not my style.
Red
4/7/2019 - danielk168 Likes this wine:
90 points
quite mature and drinking well, fine tannins and very old world feel, tasted blind by 10 wine lovers and 9 guessed BDX. This is my first napa single variety can fanc wine. very interesting indeed.
White
3/2/2019 - danielk168 Likes this wine:
89 points
Very interesting winr using some late harvest or even boytritis grapes, quite nutty and slightly oxidized but with a charming touch. The 15% alcohol is probably the highest of any white wine that I ever drank but not much heat was felt, highly recommended if you wanted something REALLY interesting!
Red
3/2/2019 - danielk168 Likes this wine:
91 points
Tasted blind and very difficult to place, the tannins were really ripe and soft, nose a bit plummy but not over done. Color was beautiful ruby with a hint of garnet. A great pleasure to drink with some roasted pork!
White - Sweet/Dessert
need more acidity to balance it in my opinion, better not rate this as I was not impressed by this style.
Red
1988 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/20/2019 - danielk168 Likes this wine:
92 points
Surprisingly youthful, and what silky tannins, tasted blind, Bordeaux for sure but got the vintage all wrong, thought it was less than 20 years but the silky tannins should have point me in the other direction. A real classic and what a joy to drink this with friends who appreciate aged Bordeaux! Bravo!
White
2/20/2019 - danielk168 Likes this wine:
93 points
tasted blind, after using different wine glasses, the of the wine emerged and was able to point to chablis, very good acidity, almost Sancere like, the oak was not obvious, unlike when this was young, which was tasted about 3 years ago. Great balance and full of character, good expression of the GC terrior too I think.
Red
2/20/2019 - danielk168 Does not like this wine:
89 points
a rather oaky presentation which was a bit too much for me, perhaps a modern style BDM. Tannins seem to be softening but more aging might help. Seemed not well integrated yet, not really my kind of BDM.
White - Sparkling
2/20/2019 - danielk168 Likes this wine:
89 points
a lively and energetic sparkling which tasted blind would seem like a NV champagne on the light body style. Not much yeasty and toasty which is fine for me, I prefer some but not too obvious. A good starter for the evening!
White
2/9/2019 - danielk168 Likes this wine:
88 points
almost a golden yellow now, rather full bodied or perhaps of the long sur lie effect. The sediments were obvious and make a beautiful mist in the glass, a great pleasure to enjoy this wine indeed. Very salty with the minerals and very much terrior driven. Loved it!
Red
1/20/2019 - danielk168 Likes this wine:
93 points
Surprised by how good a showing this gave us. Was expecting a very fruit driven and big wine but instead quite elegant and quiet for a new style syrah. Had many cabs before but first time to try their Syrah. Great effort, recommended.
Red
1/21/2019 - danielk168 wrote:
90 points
Not impressed at all, must be the weather, or something. Had 3 da capo tonight and felt the Reserve was a better wine given how much these cost. I would recommend to focus on great vintages of the Reserve and cautious to collect da capo.
Red
not rated as I tasted a hint of TCA, in any case the aroma is off for this bottle, which is the 2nd time, the last bottled about 2 years ago was exactly the same, not sure what is the problem but not appealing at all to me.
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Red
2001 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
1/21/2019 - danielk168 wrote:
93 points
the rating is given with the condition of more cellaring, for me at least. Has power but lacked finesse of the 88.
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Red
1988 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
1/20/2019 - danielk168 Likes this wine:
95 points
drank with the 87, liked this one better, it still has power and everything else, probably would age a bit more but no need to wait, very good now and gave it a rare 95 rating. It was voted WOTN too, amongst SQN, da capo etc.
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Red
1987 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
1/20/2019 - danielk168 wrote:
93 points
fully matured and perhaps even going down, but in perfect balance now and you can sip all night and want more of this one. drank with 88 which outshone this vintage by a wide margin.
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White - Sparkling
12/25/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
94 points
bit worried as not much pop during opening, but bottle was fine and plenty of very fine bubbles, at a great place with perfect balance of acidity and flavors, yeasty toasty but not too much, this bottle would please all kinds of champagne lovers!
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White
2003 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières-Coulée de Serrant Chenin Blanc (view label images)
12/19/2018 - danielk168 Likes this wine:
93 points
quite a surprise to myself that I actually liked and enjoyed this wine very much. Have been staying off what I thought could be on the sweet side of things but turned out wonderfully balanced, good acidity and layers of fruit. Can be enjoyed neat or with food, we had chinese which worked very well, bravo! Tempting to get more bottles of this.
Red
12/18/2018 - danielk168 Likes this wine:
93 points
last bottle, even more elegant than last time, at peak or perhaps even on the edge of decline, round and fine tannin, well balanced but a bit more fruit would be perfect, oh well, cannot complain as this bottle was so enjoyable, a rare elegant CDP, no heat at all despite the high alcohol.
White - Sparkling
11/24/2018 - danielk168 Likes this wine:
90 points
not too teasty, just about the right amount of zest balanced with complex aromas. drank over a period of few days and lasted till the very end.
Red
2011 Poupille Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/1/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
86 points
entering drinking window, somewhat lacking fruit, some notes of plum but little blacj fruit. medium acidity and rather light bodied even at 13%. Was having higher expectations, perhaps bottle variations?
Red
10/15/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
90 points
somewhat early at this stage and lots of aging potenial aheead, but quite approachable if you can pair it with food to tame the tannins. a classic winr with od world charms. Not North Rhone classic but good enough.
Red
10/15/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
89 points
should be drinking now, seem a bit on the downward already as dominated by spices and earth, very classic but seem littel fruit left. Tannins very soft.
Red
2015 Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
10/11/2018 - danielk168 Likes this wine:
88 points
quite drinkable already, more aromas will likely develop but for the price, probably not worth the wait. A great food wine, medium acidity and already quite round tannins.
Rosé - Sparkling
9/21/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
86 points
same as before, maybe I just don't like this house style, nothing remarkable and could easily get better bubbles at better price.
White - Sparkling
9/21/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
90 points
very well integrated and well balanced bottle, apple, pears, not too yeasty and just the right amount of dosage makes this a great bottle to enjoy on its own or with food, I probably prefer to enjoy on tis own. Long finish and very fine mousse. Cellaring could ad more complexity but already very drinkable and so refreshing.
Red
2010 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/21/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
88 points
developing and already fine tannins, however body was quite weak, surprised, storage problems?? Fruit also clearly lacking, lots of woody spicy aromas but not living up to a great vintage. Bottle variation??
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Red
2000 Château Nenin Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/10/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
91 points
soft and fine tanins, spicy and balanced with fruit and minerals, not a classic left bank I would say, more like a CDP to start but eventually became more BDX like. a pleasure to drink this wine!
White - Sparkling
6/29/2018 - danielk168 Likes this wine:
90 points
great value for the money, classic NV but well balanced with the right amount of acidity, fruit and other stuff that makes you want to sip again and ahain.
White
6/14/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
88 points
still hardly developed and very basic, yes, you have the honey and petro( a bit ) and sweet fruits but came across rather simple although balanced.
Red
2004 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/14/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
89 points
tasted blind, very oaky at first and even steered me towards napa but eventually settled down to a more classic profile. very different from the 06 which I drank couple years back. Would guess need more cellar time?
Red
6/14/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
92 points
ripe and silky tannins, complex aromatics with enough fruit left to make this very interesting and enjoyable. Bravo!
White
6/14/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
85 points
past the prime and a bit oxidized, very little aromatics left, still drinkable but should probably drank this 2 years earlier.
Red
1996 Château Lestage-Simon Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/25/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
89 points
bottle was in great shape, cork near perfect. Somewhat lacking fruit at first but after 2 hours a nice plumy fruit emerged and surprised us all. A classic merlot based aged Bordeaux. Great value for the money, get some!
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White
5/25/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
86 points
Rather average but for the price, no complain.
Red
5/18/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
91 points
classic CDP, aging very well and ready to drink, great balance of herbs, fruit and minerals.
Red
1999 Torbreck RunRig Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
2/11/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
91 points
cork broke but condition still OK, a bit of bret at first but blew off eventually, saved half for tmw. Very elegant for an aussie shiraz, even a hint of Rhone, but although did not lacked fruit or finesse, lacked terrior feel of classic north Rhone, for the price, I stick with Cote Rotie.
Red
2/8/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
90 points
classic stuff, while pleasing lacks complexity in my opinion, and quite expensive for what you get, many other choices for the same price.
Red
2/8/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
91 points
fully matured, cork already disintegrating, but the perfume is still there, and very fine tannins. what a pleasure!
Red
2007 Nicolas Potel Bonnes Mares Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/3/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
91 points
great aromatics and starting to mature a bit, still a baby, but good already. very classic but the fruits were somewhat hidding, a few more years would benefit this wine.
White
2003 Pierre Morey Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
1/4/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
90 points
a bit too fat and lacked finesse, likely due to lower acidity, the oak came across as a bit too strong and not balanced. However, great if matched with appropiate food, we had raw sea urchins, perfect!
Red
1/3/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
90 points
beautiful deep red, slightly browning but full of life, fruit somewhat lacking but emerges much later, could be on the decline but a delightful
experience. Silky tannins and loads of complex aromas.
Red
12/29/2017 - danielk168 wrote:
91 points
probably peaking now? losing some fruit as this the 5th bottle drank, but still tremendously satisfying and loads of dried flora scent, so lovely!
White - Sparkling
10/26/2017 - danielk168 wrote:
89 points
a classic, quite yeasty now, would love a tad more acidity
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White - Sparkling
10/6/2017 - danielk168 Likes this wine:
90 points
if tasted blind, drank almost like a blanc de blanc, very elegant with good yeasty feeland lots of apples. Refreshing and great apperitive drink.
Red
2005 Château La Garde Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/2/2017 - danielk168 wrote:
88 points
last bottle, very fine tannns, still firm but does not bother you too much. fruit seem a bit lacking, many layers of aroma, lasted about 3 hours.
Red
2011 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
7/31/2017 - danielk168 wrote:
88 points
classic chianti, good QPR, great food wine
Red
2002 Château Clos St. Martin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/4/2017 - danielk168 wrote:
90 points
drinking very well now, soft tannins, herbs and spices, plum. fully matured.
White - Sparkling
7/4/2017 - danielk168 wrote:
91 points
blind tasted and all guessed vintage champagne, I thought more like a blanc de blanc and the pinots were not obvious. Nevertheless, a delight to drink.
Red
6/12/2017 - danielk168 wrote:
89 points
still quite tannic, too bad, last bottle. aromas much developed and lots of spices, herds and leather, smells really good, need food to tame the tannins.
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