Tasting Notes for ggolec

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Red
6/29/2013 - ggolec wrote:
91 points
Dark, tart brambly fruits with just a touch of oak present. Carries its weight really well...coats the mouth without being overbearing. Nice long finish. Fantastic wine, especially considering the price.
Red
1/19/2013 - ggolec wrote:
Pop and pour. A bit of spritz blew off pretty fast. This was still deep and dark and somewhat primary. Blue fruits, mocha, brown sugar. The boldest of some older (2000-2004) Turley's I've had lately. Has another year or two of good life ahead of it.
White
12/28/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Drank a glass on pop and pour then left the rest of the bottle in the fridge and came back to it three days later. This was good on the P&P but excellent after the air. It softened but retained the spicy honey flavor found on P&P and enhanced the long finish. Brought out wonderful elements of almonds and a touch of vanilla. Give it some air if you're able and you won't be disappointed.
Red
12/13/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Pop and pour and followed over a few hours. Initially, nose was pretty tight. In the mouth, some strawberries and gamey, earthy mushroom notes. Silky tannins at the onset. Needs some air to unwind. After 90 minutes of air, fresh red fruits, edgy spice, and a touch of brown sugar. Don't think it's built to age too terribly long but it's still on the upswing.
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Red
Pop and pour, open for business from the start. Nice red raspberry, a bit of tart cherry, and some cinnamon and baking spice. For an RRV pinot, I'd call this light with great acidity. Drinking great right now.
Red
11/22/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Took about 6 hours to come around but when it did...wow. Fairly subtle red fruits, cedar, baking chocolate. A nice subtle richness once this opens up. I'll wait another 2+ years for my next one. If drinking now, give it a long decant.
White - Sparkling
11/22/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Dead as a doornail.
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Red
11/17/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Very much alive. Pop and pour, spicy cherry nose with some evergreen. Loads of red berries in the mouth with a bit of an herbal presence. Some tannin still present with a short-medium finish. Surprised at how alive this is.
White - Sparkling
2005 Iron Horse Vineyards Ocean Reserve Green Valley of Russian River Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
11/10/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Really nice domestic sparkler. Yeasty nose immediately upon opening with subtle green apple notes. Minerally up front with some toast notes. Tart green apple on the fairly short finish. All help together by plenty of acidity.
Red
10/31/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Pop and pour, bright raspberry, toast, peppery spice, refreshing acidity. Lots of flavor but remains fairly light on its feet. Great QPR drinking much better than it was a year ago.
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Red
2007 Château Monbousquet La Réserve St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/28/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Pop and pour. Deep maroon color, some olive and cedar on the nose. Lots going on in the mouth. Iron, dark fruits, olive juice, and definitely a solid green note. This is a big, modern-styled wine. The tannins are strong but not obtrusive. Drinking pretty well now but can definitely age for quite a while longer.
White
6/26/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Tropical nose with some pineapple, somewhat reminiscent of Viognier. Really interesting in the mouth. Cracked black pepper combined with some tropical fruits and ginger. Medium weight with moderate to light acidity. Really fun wine that definitely makes you appreciate what MTP is doing with field blends. Great deal at $24.
Red
6/9/2012 - ggolec wrote:
89 points
Big olive nose out of the gate, which softened with time. Definitely modern but not over the top. Nice dark fruits and earthy undertones with a strong line of minerality and a refreshing acidic finish. Decanted for 3 hours and that helped, though I don't think it's mandatory. Plenty of life ahead.
White
6/8/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Really liked this last year but it's going down hill. Drink soon.
Rosé
5/19/2012 - ggolec wrote:
88 points
Funky nose that was initially a bit off-putting. That blew over to reveal grapefruit and a bit of melon. Light in the mouth with lots of citrus fruits and good, strong acidity. On the lighter end of the rose spectrum.
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Red
4/28/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Giggs pretty much nails it. Lots of oak, nose similar to coconut oil. Sweet berries in the mouth without being heavy. Also a touch of interesting clove/ash. Nice wine if you don't mind the oak.
White - Sparkling
4/28/2012 - ggolec wrote:
From 375. Big yeasty nose with some green notes. A bit tight in the mouth at first but opens to show tart green apples, bread dough, and some spice. Fairly long finish, and a very nice QPR.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
4/22/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Had an intoxicating nose of peach and tangerines. Lots of apricot and citrus fruits on the palate. Incredible balance of rich fruit with light acidity that kept the flavors in check. The finish was quite long and kept light, unlike the riesling icewine we had beside it. Highly recommended.
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/22/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Nose was overwhelming with petrol, to the point of being distracting. Honey up front with some grapefruit and a bit of mango on the finish. Quite heavy and over-bearing. The finish was long but missing the acidity it needed to keep it fresh.
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/22/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Lighter in body than many icewines. Honey up front, lots of tart granny smith apple on the finish. Finish was somewhat short.
Red
4/17/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Pop and pour, a bit of a musty nose. Lots of cherries on the palate with a bit of leather and tannins that are quite firm. A nice wine to try if you're curious about the region as I was.
Red
4/5/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Pretty tight nose with a bit of fresh herb and a touch of bacon. I found it to be quite thin in the mouth with some tobacco and a lot of acid. Almost tastes like it is aged on on its down curve. Just not much going on.
Red
4/5/2012 - ggolec wrote:
93 points
What a nose - Currant, white pepper, blueberry cobbler. No doubt this is a big wine with obvious blue fruits but there's nothing heavy about it. There are notes of iron and spicy pepper to complement the fruit, and fantastic understated acidity keeps things in line. Tannins might be a bit in the way, but that's a very minor complaint. People that think Carlisle makes overstated fruit bombs need to try this.
Red
3/23/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Was a wall of tannin when opened but that lessened after about an hour. Classic earthy cab franc nose. A touch hot even after an hour and the tannins are still a bit obtrusive but tobacco and leather shine through along with some mushroom and cherry. Definitely a "big", modern cab franc with some vanilla and little of the green notes that are so polarizing in cab franc. I'd hold for another couple years or give it plenty of air before drinking.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
3/18/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Deep red but surprisingly transparent, the nose was a gamey aroma dominated by iodine and smoky bacon, which increases the longer it's open. Tart, briny grapes with the meat flavor shining through. Certainly not overly sweet or cloying, with the meaty elements being the most obvious characteristic. Not what you think of when you think dessert wine but I really enjoyed it. Light ant meaty to sum it up.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
3/18/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Fruit concentrate nose, almost like Welch's grape juice. Not terribly viscous but extremely juicy. Fruit plays second-fiddle here to some earthy elements, which isn't s surprise given it's a cab franc. This gives it a layer of complexity that's fun, though the sweet finish toes the line between dessert and being over the top. Might benefit from some more time in bottle.
White
3/18/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Popped and poured and this definitely improved with some air. Nose is pretty tight but shows some grapefruit and other citrus. Tight in the mouth as well but after some air the fruit is the star. Showed nice, crisp grapefruit and lime, and a touch of minerality. I'd definitely recommend at least 45 minutes of air.
White
3/3/2012 - ggolec wrote:
I had trouble getting past the nose of this bottle. Initially all I could identify was sulfur though that dissipated with some time to reveal citrus fruits. In the mouth this straddles the line between new and old world. It has pretty heavy fruits with lots of pineapple and lemon but the crispness of the SRH appelation shines through along with a bit of salinity. Fun wine.
Red
3/2/2012 - ggolec wrote:
90 points
Popped, poured, and let breath for 30 minutes. Great nose of baking spices, oranges, and raspberries. Unabashedly new world but you won't mistake it for jam. Wonderful apple up front with raspberries and cranberries following it up. I agree that the fruit is that prominent players, though held in check by great acidity. Wonderful food wine.
Red
2/18/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Really benefited from an hour in the decanter. Smooth blue fruits up front with an interesting nutty note. The oak is present and lends a bit of sweetness at the mid-palate. The tannins are a bit too heavy on the finish. Could use another year or two but good now with a decant.
Red
2/16/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Deep purple, soy, iodine, and blue fruit nose. Really hits you in the mouth w/ black fruits, soy sauce, raw meat, and some charred meat elements. A bit of a sweet finish. Tannins are big out of the gate but mellow a bit after only ~30 mins. Should really come in to its own over the next few years and provide excellent value.
Red
2/11/2012 - ggolec wrote:
90 points
Blue fruits and briar patch on the nose. Blue berries spiced with white pepper and a hint of sweet vanilla on the finish. Definitely a full-throttle zin but surprisingly smooth and balanced.
Red
2/7/2012 - ggolec wrote:
88 points
Popped and poured. Blueberry and brown sugar nose, which is much heavier than what's found in the mouth. Nice dark fruits but they're restrained and give way to some smoky, earthy cherry flavors. Strong acidity and tannins are there but they do well to bring the wine together. I disagree with those that say this needs 4+ years. It's enjoyable now.
Red
2/4/2012 - ggolec wrote:
92 points
A pleasant surprise. Popped and poured. Dark red bordering on brown in color, nose is all mature notes - leather and cedar. In the mouth, I'm surprised by how much fruit is left. Dark fruits give way to an awesome grilled meat note with some clove and baking spice on the finish. Fully alive, tannins resolved, great acidity. My expectations were low but this is a very nice wine and I'd dare to say it's nowhere near falling off a cliff, which is what I expected.
White - Off-dry
2/4/2012 - ggolec wrote:
92 points
Great nose of melon and apple skin. Tart green apples in the mouth with some lime, great minerality, a bit of honeydew (some sweetness) and perfect acidity. Nice long, smooth finish. Should continue to develop for quite a few years.
Rosé - Sparkling
2/4/2012 - ggolec wrote:
87 points
Great QPR. Quite a bit of red fruit up front with some serious peppery bite. As others note, the fruit carries through the fairly long finish.
Red
1/29/2012 - ggolec wrote:
89 points
Decanted for an hour and drank over two. Lots of licorice on the nose. Not terribly heavy but there's blackberries and blue fruits with nice undertones of cedar, tobacco, and licorice. Finish is a bit clipped but otherwise a very nice wine. Agree with others that fruit dominates but in a nice, restrained way.
Red
2004 Château Sansonnet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/24/2012 - ggolec wrote:
88 points
Plenty of funk on the mature nose. Tart red cherries in the mouth with really nice mushroom and tobacco notes. Some baking spice after the wine opened up. The tannins are alive and well and the finish is a touch thin. I think this is still on the up curve and should improve for another couple years.
Red
1/21/2012 - ggolec wrote:
89 points
Pop and pour, nice cherry nose with some spice. Smooth raspberry so typical with RRV pinot transitions to tart cherries, cinnamon, and black pepper. Loads of acidity on a nice finish that is just a bit hot.
Red
1/13/2012 - ggolec wrote:
89 points
Popped and poured. Ruby in the glass. Smoky/cinnamon nose gives it away as Virginia in a heartbeat. Nice red fruit and some black cherries with the earthy elements I look for in a VA wine. Great tobacco and vanilla notes. Nicely balanced with a medium finish. Drinking very well right now.
White
1/11/2012 - ggolec wrote:
Somewhat subdued nose, tart apples, lime, and a touch of sweet melon. Very short finish. Likely over the hill in my opinion.
Red
1/2/2012 - ggolec wrote:
90 points
Popped and poured. Loads of blueberry with a touch of smoked meat on the nose. Lots of dark fruit in the mouth with nice secondary notes of blood and some stems. Nice acidity but it's a touch hot. I think it needs a year or two before it's at peak, although it's really enjoyable now.
Red
2003 Medlock Ames Bell Mountain Alexander Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/25/2011 - ggolec wrote:
84 points
Nothing happening here. Popped and poured and followed for 12 hours. A touch of raspberry and sage on the nose but there's just nothing left in the mouth. Maybe a hint of the sage (in a good way) but other than that it's all acid and nothing else. Very disappointing.
White - Fortified
12/21/2011 - ggolec wrote:
Toffee colored, wonderful raisin and maple flavors with some nuttiness on the finish. Medium-bodied and better after a day of air. Good stuff!
Red
12/16/2011 - ggolec wrote:
89 points
Decanted two hours and followed over another three hours. Needed all that time and more. Clearly new world cab on the nose with dark fruits and toasty oak. Even after a couple hours in the decanter this is would tight but shows blackberries and a heavy dose of vanilla. Has a nice smoky, peppery finish that goes on and on. Enjoyeable if you like a wine that packs some punch. I'd recommend holding for another two years at least then drinking over the next 5+ years.
White
12/16/2011 - ggolec wrote:
89 points
Muted nose doesn't show much more than some lemon. Grapefruit and lime flavors remind me why I love viognier. Some tart green apple and stone in the mid-palate. Wonderful acidity make this a wine that gets your attention, although the finish is a touch short. Very enjoyable, especially with food.
Red
12/15/2011 - ggolec wrote:
89 points
After being disappointed by older Burgess vintages this bottle is a pleasant surprise. Nose isn't overly expressive but shows itself as an aged cab with pencil shaving notes. Popped and poured and found nice cedar, clove, and subdued sour cherries. In a great place and accessible upon opening. Not overly complex but has aged gracefully and is a great buy for $25.
Red
2005 Château La Gravière Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/10/2011 - ggolec wrote:
88 points
Deep maroon color. Drank a half bottle with an hour of air and finished the bottle the next day (24 hours later). Much better on day 2. Proved to be a great value Bordeaux with wonderfully subtle blue fruits shining through cassis, leather, and a touch of charred meat. Nice wine at a sub-$20 price.
Red
11/26/2011 - ggolec wrote:
90 points
Popped and let air for an hour. Needed a bit more air but huge nose akin to big new world wine as others noted. Rich blackberry on the palate with touches of vanilla and some rose petal. It's a big wine, no doubt, but kept in balance with wonderful acidity. Does well now with 2+ hours air but should improve over the next few years. Great QPR.
Red
11/25/2011 - ggolec wrote:
88 points
Pop and pour, dark fruits with a nice touch of olives and soy sauce. Still a touch of heat that dissipates with air although I think this will improve with a couple more years in bottle. Considering the price, this is fantastic juice.
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