Tasting Notes for ddamron

(94 notes on 87 wines)

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Red
2015 Seña Aconcagua Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/27/2020 - ddamron Likes this wine:
97 points
Paired with a danish blue cheese steak salad this wine is tighter than a dolphin’s butt right now but has an intensity of fruit (blueberry) that’s sharper than the pointy end of a chefs knife.
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Red
2014 Hammell Wine Alliance True Believer Santa Maria Valley Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
4/8/2020 - ddamron wrote:
93 points
Dried herbs, blueberry/blackberry, dark fruits. Agree with JD with the “light on the feet” reference. The Viognier amd Rousanne addition really makes a difference on the finish that is quite pleasant. Needs a couple hour decant to really shine. Great pairing with grilled ribeyes tonight. A bottle of this will keep the Covid away for sure.
White - Off-dry
4/5/2020 - ddamron wrote:
95 points
Petrol, honey, vanilla. Wonderful mouthfeeel and paired perfectly with Thai food but transcended that to a Thai massage with a very happy finish. Wonderful wine.
Red
3/29/2020 - ddamron wrote:
98 points
Ground pepper on the nose with vanilla extract. Dark fruit, rich only wine, typical Saxum concentrated fruit. Rich complete mouthfeel makes you seem immune to the coronavirus.
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Red
3/18/2020 - ddamron wrote:
96 points
Lots of dark fruit, cherries, blackberry, cedar, tobacco. Pnp and paired with a Dominoe’s pizza. Perfect combo for a quarantine in DC. This wine will her better with age and I’ll try to open the next in 5 years. The structure is there.
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Red
3/15/2020 - ddamron wrote:
99 points
Huge concentrated wine. Velvety mouth feel, milk chocolate, hay, black currant, blueberry. 60 second finish.
Red
3/14/2020 - ddamron wrote:
99 points
Intense dark fruit, licorice, star anise, woodsy, blueberry. The wine spreads across your palate like a crazy woman’s quilt. 2 hour decant.
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Red
2014 Saxum James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles Willow Creek District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/7/2020 - ddamron wrote:
96 points
Beautiful perfumes Grenache blend. Vanilla, woodsy, star anise, patchouli oil. Decanted for 2 hours. Strawberry, raspberry and chocolate notes on the finish. Great mouthfeel and 60 second finish. This wine will calm your anxiety better than Monica Lewinsky ever will.
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Red
2/29/2020 - ddamron wrote:
90 points
Leather, cured meat, campfire smoke, chocolate and cherry. Light simple mouthfeel but the finish is long and very good friendly. Great wine for $20.
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Red
2017 Realm Cellars The Bard Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/29/2020 - ddamron wrote:
93 points
Popped and poured. Bell pepper on nose and palate. Soft velvety mouth feel. Needs more time to round out but a really good wine right now.
Red
2/26/2020 - ddamron wrote:
92 points
Honey, clover, cherry and caramel notes with strawberry, peach and plums thrown in. Edges need to round out and needs more time in the bottle.
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Red
2/26/2020 - ddamron wrote:
89 points
Very green bell pepper, tight tannins, tobacco, light mouthfeel simple short finish.
Red
2/19/2020 - ddamron wrote:
93 points
Dark fruit, plum, raisin, raspberries, tart cherries. Crisp young mouthfeel with long finish. More time in the bottle needed to round out the edges.
Red
2/18/2020 - ddamron wrote:
83 points
Strong note of honeysuckle and vanilla. Perfume. Light bodied finish that lacks good mouthfeel. Musty. Glad I only bought two bottles of this.
Red
2/17/2020 - ddamron wrote:
93 points
Elegant wine. Chalky, gravel, cured meat mushroom, forest floor, moss and vanilla notes.
Red
2/17/2020 - ddamron wrote:
89 points
Red pepper, velvety chocolate, raspberry. A light easy drinking QPR with no complexity. Swiss chard bitterness on finish.
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Red
2/16/2020 - ddamron wrote:
92 points
Great structure, mouthfeel, spice notes, soapstone, granite, cured meat, and pepper. Some nice herbal notes. Great QPR and wish I had bought more.
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Red
9/1/2018 - ddamron wrote:
Over the hill.
White
9/1/2018 - ddamron wrote:
94 points
Found a bottle in my cellar last night I forgot I had. It was singing. Not over the hill at all.
White - Sweet/Dessert
11/24/2017 - ddamron wrote:
98 points
Amazing wine. Beautiful amber color, creme brulee, honey layers and layers of complexity. Sipped on this all day and paired beautifully with a pumpkin cheesecake in the evening.
Red
6/17/2017 - ddamron wrote:
90 points
Opened a magnum of this and like others was excited based on over the top WA reviews. Good value CDP but too much alcohol on the nose at this point. Otherwise smooth drinking CDP with good fruit.
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Red
3/5/2017 - ddamron wrote:
91 points
Great old Brunello. Very dry, great fruit, mouthfeel and long finish. Was worried when the last note from 2010 was concerned about holding it. 7 years later I think this wine has at least five more to go. 30 second finish.
Red
11/27/2016 - ddamron Likes this wine:
90 points
Drinks like an inexpensive cote rotie. Lots of white pepper and light bodied.
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Red
4/16/2016 - ddamron Does not like this wine:
85 points
Unbalanced disjointed and acidic - notes from below I completely concur with. This was a horrible disappointment.
Red
11/19/2010 - ddamron wrote:
93 points
Big, leathery, rustic cdp in typical Pegau style.. Barnyard on this wine is more than I usually prefer, but this wine is still so layered. Fruit is falling off though.
Red
9/19/2009 - ddamron wrote:
93 points
This wine is a bruiser.. Everything is there -just needs more time in the bottle. Huge fruit, very complex - this wine is a keeper. May not open my others for another four years. I don't have much experience with Amarone - but I think this would confuse some in a tasting.
Red
9/8/2008 - ddamron wrote:
92 points
I have had several bottles of this wine and they all have seepage. Consistent with other users. However, the wine was beautiful - well balanced CDP with a lot of upfront fruit and delicious perfume. Very silky.
Red
3/29/2008 - ddamron wrote:
98 points
young but rich and complex - a wow bottle - opened up beautifully after a couple hours in the decanter.
Red
6/30/2007 - ddamron wrote:
96 points
Drinking beautifully right now. First beau in a while with no barnyard or brett.
Red
6/2/2007 - ddamron wrote:
89 points
Brett never blew off... "horse poop" for my guests. Die hard CDP lover to like this wine.. I did.
Red
5/26/2007 - ddamron wrote:
96 points
Last night at party at RJ's - no specific notes - but unbelievable nose - tons of fruit great balance and finish. Blew away the 2003 Mas Doix I paired it with for fun. Both still babies but this is drinking beautifully right now. I don't know if i'll be able to hold on to my other two.
Red
4/8/2007 - ddamron wrote:
94 points
Wow - Intense Blackberry and forward fruit. Well balanced too.
Red
3/30/2007 - ddamron wrote:
88 points
Too young - disjointed at this time.
Red
2/19/2007 - ddamron wrote:
92 points
Great fruit - mild tannins - drinking beautifully right now.
Red
2/19/2007 - ddamron wrote:
93 points
Stunning bottle of 96 Peyre Rose Coteaux du Languedoc... Notes of cocoa on ths finish and great fruit. evolved in the decanter for a couple of hours.
Red
12/25/2006 - ddamron wrote:
88 points
Disappointing structure. Nice aromas of prunes and dark fruit.
Red
11/27/2006 - ddamron wrote:
92 points
Scored 92 for funk factor. This wine scores extra points for its unique taste and finish. Heavy Cocoa on the nose - chocholate truffles... and cedar as well. Can't remember the finish too much but it had a great mouthfeel.
Red
11/26/2006 - ddamron wrote:
94 points
This is one of the most underrated wines I've had in a long time. This is one outstanding pinot - had a couple days ago so the notes escape me - but wow - add me to the list!
Red
11/19/2006 - ddamron wrote:
93 points
Opened after an hour in the decanter. Not a 96 but a great value with chocholate, vanilla and blueberry.
Red
10/23/2006 - ddamron wrote:
99 points
Purchased at Bin 36 Celebration dinner after the Chicago Marathon. I was surprised to find this at $250 on the wine list - and after hearing that the restaurant was giving a 20% discount to all Marathon finishers it was a no brainer! Wonderful syrah - great nose - but spectacular finish that wouldn't end. One of the best Syrahs I've ever had. Perfectly balanced.
Red
10/3/2006 - ddamron wrote:
89 points
Nice little $10 Minervois. Integrated tannis, nice mouthfeel. Great nose of kirsch, some noticeable glycerin on the finish.
Red
9/24/2006 - ddamron wrote:
89 points
Stuff nose, great mouthfeel, nice finish. some cocoa on the finish.
Red
9/24/2006 - ddamron wrote:
91 points
magnum at Ellen Herman's cooking party - showed very well
Red
2001 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
9/23/2006 - ddamron wrote:
93 points
Opened for a Syrah's of the World tasting - Infanticide.
Red
9/23/2006 - ddamron wrote:
94 points
Wow- great wine! Powerful nose - silky smooth tannins - strong fruit and finish. high alcohol - probably 18%!
Red
9/11/2006 - ddamron wrote:
82 points
Nose of rotten milk and flat fruit.
Red
9/4/2006 - ddamron wrote:
94 points
Full bodied wine - the nose immediately jumps out at you - powerful sweet cherry/garrigue. Infanticide to a degree - let it decant an hour A lot of tannin that needs a few years to soften but worth tryng a bottle now if you have a case.
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