Tasting Notes for PeterL

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2008 Soos Creek Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/4/2012 - PeterL wrote:
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc and 6% Merlot

Black-red. Initially, there is a surplus of oak on the nose, which blows off and does not come across on the palate. Concentrated & focussed classic cabernet sauvignon, with substantial integrated tannin and acid supporting the ripe fruit. Very lively in the mouth, maybe due to the Cabernet Franc. Black cherry, dark chocolate tannins, and long finish. Outstanding, complex, thought provoking wine.
White
8/25/2012 - PeterL wrote:
92 points
Generally, I no longer use numerical ratings, but I wanted to convey my very good impression of this wine. Incredibly well balanced. Sweet? Yes, and with all the other components to make this a wine worthy of drinking, aging, and repeating. I've tasted several sweet Vouvrays, and this definitely tops the list. How can sweetish wine be thirst quenching??
Red
5/20/2012 - PeterL wrote:
90 points
Too good to be true, especially food-wise. Equally at home with tomato sauce or broiled salmon. Smooth and light on its feet, but very flavorful. Very rewarding before, with, or after the meal. Repeated several times, and it's always generous.
White
5/14/2012 - PeterL wrote:
2nd bottle - first try was when this vintage was first released. By now it has picked up some good intensity. Nose is quiet - wet stones and a distant floral note. On the palate much more concentrated than in the nose: more body than expected, good fruit, lightly mineral, strong sense of white flowers, great acid. Very good value for a solid Loire SB if you can get it...by now the 2010 is out (at least). My experience over four or five vintages of this wine is that a year of bottle age definitely helps.
Red
5/14/2012 - PeterL wrote:
When first opened, similar to last tasting note. But it became a little soft and simple later and into day 2. Drink up.
Red
2/11/2012 - PeterL wrote:
88 points
Nice light red. Nose reveals red fruits and classic Pinot Noir aromas, slowly. Flavor is gentle and bright, not really fruity at first. After 1.5 hours, some light lush fruit emerges. This wine whispers, not shouts. Gentle, clear, excellent acidity and energy. A bit light on the fruit.
Red
12/12/2011 - PeterL wrote:
Deep red-black to edge. Cork was soft at bottom, separated, and 1/4 of it fell in. After an initial taste, which was very vibrant and fresh, I decanted the wine off the cork remains. Nose was rich berry & dark fruit, a little oak and tobacco. Very vibrant tart fruit flavors with a hint of oak, distant chocolate. Amazingly well preserved for its age, medium-full body, med-long finish. VERY good. A few of us consumed it over three hours, and despite its age and decanting, it remained remarkably consistent.
Red
11/30/2011 - PeterL wrote:
Fragrant, actually pungent when first opened - in a good way. The nose is slightly exotic. Tart fruit, black fruit, and a little earthy and minerally on the palette at first. Starts with good intensity but a little simple, and gains complexity and longer finish while open. Captivating, exotic, transporting in a way. Incredible value.
Red
8/20/2011 - PeterL wrote:
Slightly over the hill. It was drinkable and OK, but had no particular character. Perhaps it never did.
Red
11/26/2011 - PeterL wrote:
Dark red to purple; earth / mineral / floral / acid add up to a very lively fully engaging beaujolais. Slightly floral and cherry nose with similar flavors plus mineral. Great energy. I want more.
White
11/24/2011 - PeterL wrote:
Upon opening pale yellow, oak nose. Very toasty/oaky flavors up front, matched by other excesses during the taste, with a cleaner mineral finish. Slightly over the top at first, but a good match for our uber-earthy Thanksgiving meal. Two hours into it, the oak subdued , and the fruit/mineral components increased into a better overall balance. Still great with the food.

Vacuvin & chill for 48 hours, so the next taste was on day three. Surprisingly, a bit darker and slightly oxidized, but still appealing. But it "aged" quickly for a '08. Z said (on day three) that it was piney. I would say slightly resinous.

Odd but good.
Red
5/23/2011 - PeterL wrote:
Inky red. Nose: a slight funk which blows off soon, then some wild herb and dark berry. Flavor: Concentrated without being heavy. Very good, high resolution wine. Nice acid balance, and tannins which gain while open. Tannins remain refined and integrated, but a major midpalate component. Am I drinking Chateauneuf du Pape?? Oh, no, there's no grenache here and it's from Spain. Very refined, but with a wild streak. I think the name means "The Gravel", or something like that, and there's a definite stony component here. Ripe without being too juicy.

Day 2 - the impression of CdP is even stronger, but just a little bit wilder because of predominance of monastrell (mourvedre) rather than grenache . Candy and herb nose, and intense dark fruit flavor with strong structure. Drinks like $40.00.

WOW
White
12/22/2010 - PeterL wrote:
85 points
Mild wet mineral aromas. Watery and weak, (that's different than subtle and delicate). Either past its prime or currently dumb.
Red
12/18/2010 - PeterL wrote:
88 points
Zingy, fresh, medium bodied, slightly lean, very tasty as would be expected from this appellation. Our interest lasted way past the end of the bottle, wishing we had more.
Red
2003 Château Fonbadet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/31/2010 - PeterL wrote:
90 points
Nose of dried dark fruit, cranberries, and leather. Medium weight and well balanced, medium finish. Tannins nicely integrated but definitely still enough to sustain. Still very fresh. Very good.
White
11/26/2010 - PeterL wrote:
89 points
Much bigger than I remember at the initial tasting. A bit rich for my taste when warmed a bit, but really good at the right temperature. Did not find the oakiness mentioned by other tasters. In fact, the restraint with oak, especially on the palate, is what kept it from going over the top. Definitely had Burgundian profile, minus some of the overt toastiness sometimes in Burgundy. Long finish.
Rosé
11/21/2010 - PeterL wrote:
85 points
A little muted, both in aroma and flavor. Got better as bottle was consumed over 2.5 hours. A little too silky/full mouthfeel for my taste in rosés. A light/medium bodied red disguising as a rose. Good with food.
Red
2001 Melini Chianti Classico Riserva Laborel Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
11/8/2010 - PeterL wrote:
Consumed over two days. Day 1: medium body, a little mineral-y, a little cherry on nose and palate, still some tanin & decent acid. Not a lot of personality. Day 2: seemed worse without food, and much better with. Altogether, somewhat forgettable.
Red
9/20/2010 - PeterL wrote:
flawed
Over the hill.
Red
9/23/2010 - PeterL wrote:
84 points
I don't totally understand the numerical rating system. I think a 55 dollar wine at 90 should be lots better than a 15 dollar wine at 90. Perhaps I'm wrong. I also think that generally, we pay more for a longer, more interesting finish.

This wine has a big, nice taste at first, but quits quickly. Interestingly, it's better with food, but still has a very quick ending. I don't understand the $32+ price for a relatively simple (though initially tasty) wine.
Red
9/22/2010 - PeterL wrote:
90 points
Great Loire Cabernet Franc. Amazing value for serious hand-made wine. Concentrated with dark fruits and cocoa-like tannins which are substantial, but in balance. Savory, a little earthy, cocoa. Nice changes through the bottle. This is my 3rd of this vintage - quite sure it will be improving for awhile yet.
Red
7/26/2010 - PeterL wrote:
88 points
Excellent value for a true burgundy. Honest, traditional wine. Color: pale red with a touch of orange or gold. Aroma and taste: delicate with plenty berries, a little spice, some dried flower petal.
Red
5/30/2010 - PeterL wrote:
89 points
UPON OPENING - nose totally closed. Surprisingly dark - purple/black.
Taste was primarily of tannin with some dark berry, cocoa.
DAY 1 CONTINUED: opened up in an hour or so, with more aroma and lots more flavor - good. Add a little dried herb and dusty mineral, with more fruit.
DAY 2: drank the best on this day - richer, more fruit, still loads of tannin and seems plenty of acid structure too. Very nice. Medium body.
DAY 3: as day 2 with a little less freshness.
Will definitely buy a few.
White
4/23/2010 - PeterL wrote:
88 points
First tasted at cellar temperature - for a "dry" vouvray it had a heavy hint of sweetness. Opened awhile and colder, it was slightly lighter-bodied, more complex, dryer, and very agreeable. Good structure, medium finish; a food wine.
Red
4/21/2010 - PeterL wrote:
86 points
It smells ripe and even sweet. Deep black/blue-red. The flavor is a little ripe for my taste on day one, plump and full. Many people will really like this wine. Is it Rhone? California? It's good, but a bit too easy. Day two, and with a slight chlll, is different. It is firmer and much more interesting.
Red
4/21/2010 - PeterL wrote:
87 points
Held these a long time - finally drinking the last two in the recent couple weeks. Visually they were showing their age, especially on day two. A touch opaque, and browning slightly on day two. Flavors were well preserved - a sweetness came out that I didn't notice when the wine was young. Acid fading? Very nice integration, VERY smooth, and still decently structured. Plum, earth, a little spice. Rich, deep and still a hint of gaminess.
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Red
2/8/2010 - PeterL wrote:
89 points
I am reviewing this a couple months after consuming it, so I'll leave out the visual assessment which I don't recall.
This wine seemed slightly fragile tasting, which only added to its appeal. Even so, it held up just fine during the few hours it was open while we consumed it. Stately and smooth with totally integrated flavors; leather, earth and oak. The perception of oak diminished slightly while open. A real treat; had it with lamb, brown rice pilaf and sauteed greens.
White
4/7/2010 - PeterL wrote:
90 points
Straw to pale-straw appearance. Mineral and fruit aroma, with a floral and herbal hint. Flavor is dazzling and elegant - intense minerality and fruit, with acid in a nice taut balance. As the bottle remains open, there is a bit more volume in the mouth. And it is further transformed by food. Either way, a brilliant and concentrated wine, without any of the wateriness that so many SB's can exhibit. I have not tasted the '08 yet, but I will, and this vintage is disappearing.
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