Tasting Notes for K is for Kate

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White
Very much enjoyed this and feel like it's something people should be making more of.
Red
2/15/2014 - K is for Kate wrote:
This went surprisingly well with potato dumplings with curry and siracha.
White
On the first night I opened this, it came across extremely acidic and fairly light bodied. It seemed like a summery white that could do with a chill. However, after being open a few days, it seemed to put on weight, richness and complexity. It has been open 6 days now and is still drinking well, though a little faded. The acidity has mellowed out a bit and I am drinking it at cool room temperature (64).
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Red
Bright and medium bodied. This isn't really a winter red, and I would suggest waiting for spring to open it, but I still enjoyed it. Lovely acidity and a completely gorgeous aroma that jumps out of the glass even in my cold living room. I would have liked to be able to serve this a bit warmer than the 64 degrees that my apartment allows in below freezing weather.
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White
I think I held on to this for too long and it was somewhat lackluster. The name was still a good conversation starter, though.
Red
Decent tannin structure and somewhat enjoyable but not that interesting to me. I prefer more vegetal characteristics in my Cab Franc. I took this to a party and that's probably what I will do with the second bottle as well as I think that's the right environment for it.
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Red
2008 Orin Swift The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
Overtones of cough syrup - too much syrupy sweetness and alcohol for me.
Red
The alcohol came through more than I liked, but others enjoyed it.
Red
2009 Owen Roe Sinister Hand Columbia Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
Tasty party wine. Doesn't require much attention, but bright fruit and decent acid.
Red
I had my first bottle of this several years ago and it seemed disjointed. Last night, I enjoyed my second bottle MUCH more. Everything had come together and it made for pleasant drinking, though nothing profound.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. L. Mawby Jadore Demi Sec Leelanau Peninsula White Blend (view label images)
I should always keep this on hand for pairing with desserts. It doesn't actually come across that sweet, just fruity with nice acid, and actually tastes fairly dry when paired with sweet things, but not harsh. Perfect for my dessert wine needs. This time, we had it with chocolate and caramel fondue.
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White - Sparkling
12/31/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
I enjoyed this a good bit more than my last bottle. It paired well with fondue. It did seem a bit sweet compared to the non-dosage Champagne that preceded it, but hit a reasonable balance. More on the rich end of the spectrum than the precise, but light on its feet.
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White - Sparkling
12/31/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
I think I might prefer sparkling Vouvray younger. This was nice enough, but the acid seemed subdued.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
I had my last bottle with fondue again and still found that warm and snuggly quality. This has a very rounded feeling to it and I find it quite likeable though the acid doesn't shine as much as I usually like in Champagne.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
I preferred this the second day and it retained its bubbles quite well with a good stopper, but there wasn't really anything about it that excited me.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
I did not take detailed notes, but remember being impressed with how refreshing and precise but not at all harsh this is. There is a magical sort of balance about it. It's a joy to drink and goes down easily, but there is a lot going on if you take the time to savour.
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Red
12/29/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
Perhaps I should have opened this sooner. Synthetic cork. I'm not sure whether this was faded due to this or just not very vibrant in the first place. Seems watered down and unripe.
Red
12/26/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
I enjoyed this with pizza. A bit round but just enough acidity and tannin to prevent it from being too flabby. Not terribly complex, but we popped and poured.
White - Sparkling
12/13/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
Intense stuff! Quite a distinctive Champagne that stood out in a night of sparkling wines but is not necessarily what I am usually looking for when I reach for Champagne. It's got a decent amount of acidity, which is not surprising, but it's not delicate or crystalline in feel at all. It's also not really primarily creamy or yeasty, just a lot of flavour coming through as if carried on the acid. If it's being served with others, probably best to leave it for last.
Rosé
12/23/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
Absolutely delicious. I don't usually think of rose much in the winter, but I could drink this all year round.
Red
12/23/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
Medium weight, pleasing acidity. Lovely with food.
Red
2009 Ridge Three Valleys Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
11/29/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
Much too big for Thanksgiving. Structured but juicy. Not sure what context this would work well in.
White
12/18/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
The acid is lovely and just a little sweetness shows through. I had kumquats earlier in the evening and this has a very similar sort of balance.
Red
12/10/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
This was enjoyable with food but the richness and juiciness got to be too much on its own.
Red
2006 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
11/28/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
Drank from a half bottle and there still seems to be plenty of structure to allow it to age gracefully. I preferred it the next day, so decanting could be beneficial.
Red
This is drinking beautifully right now. The acidity still shines, but the bitterness has faded and everything seems wonderfully integrated into a juicy-savoury deliciousness. There is some magic to this that I just can't articulate.
White
10/28/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
Tasty, but it didn't seem to have that special something I loved about a previous vintage. I will wait and see how it develops.
White
This was quite tasty for an under $10 interpretation of Chenin Blanc. I don't have a whole lot more to say about it, but I would pick it up again for that price.
White
A little like bobbing for the most tart apples imaginable in a bucket of mineral water. Lingering finish. This was better the second night and is definitely more enjoyable with food.
Red
Drank this around a blazing fire in the backyard on a chilly evening with grilled cheese and chicken brats and it was nothing short of perfect. Fruity and easy to drink, not a wine to contemplate, but something for a gathering of friends where you want to focus on the human company and the beauty of the night.
Red
5/31/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
Fruity wine with just enough structure to be decent for everyday occasions and with a variety of food. I drank it in a hotel room with terrible stemware over the course of several days.
Red
N.V. Frank Cornelissen Contadino 8 Sicilia Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
5/14/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
I loved this most the night it was opened, found it rather awkward on the second night and then it came back around on the third night. This could have had some relation to weather as well, though. It was perfect to drink on a sunny evening that turned stormy.
Red - Sparkling
N.V. M. Lawrence Redd 5 Brut Leelanau Peninsula Red Blend
4/27/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
This was enjoyable, but a little lacking in flavor and depth. A Lambrusco served the same evening was more to my taste.
White - Sparkling
N.V. L. Mawby Jadore Demi Sec Leelanau Peninsula White Blend (view label images)
4/27/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
We had this with chocolate orange carrot cake and they paired wonderfully with the wine drawing out the citrus flavors and tasting fresh and well balanced alongside it.
Red - Sparkling
4/27/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
I had tasted this previously and found it unremarkable, but last night I just wanted to keep coming back for more. Delicious and food-friendly (maybe it paired better with the food last night than when I had it previously). I didn't take notes since it was a party.
White
4/21/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
Tasty with Lao food and delicious with the leftovers the next day.
White - Off-dry
4/22/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
flawed
I didn't realize how long this had been on the store shelf when I bought it last summer. When I saw that it was bottled with a synthetic cork I figured it was probably too late. On pouring, the colour definitely looked oxidized and it was clearly past its prime.
White
4/19/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
I was concerned that I had held on to this too long, but it was still enjoyable, though it didn't have quite the freshness of earlier days. The acidity was still quite nice and I preferred it as it warmed to room temperature.
Red
4/19/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
I thought this might be flawed on the pop and pour, but after half an hour or so it was enjoyable. I took it to a social gathering, so didn't take notes.
Red
2007 Martellotto Rhône Blend Santa Ynez Valley Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
4/21/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
This needed a bit of time to open up. It seemed a little oaky to me, but that may have just been compared to the other wines with which it was poured. Enough acidity that it should be nice with a meal.
Red
This wine's appeal for me lies in its complexity and interest. At some points over the course of sharing the bottle with a friend it was outright weird and challenging, but it kept changing and came through to something more palatable. I found the refreshing note to the lingering finish notable and the intensity of flavour paired with a light touch. We frequently detected something that made us think of eating flowers. There were also several points where we were reminded of fruitcake due to a chewiness of the fruit (and I would say there is still definite fruit left to it) paired with beautiful spice. At another point, I wrote "weird + pickled but still somehow delightful." My last note says "coherent but multifarious" as it was constantly changing but throughout it all there was a particular cadence to the rise and fall of how it moved across the palate even though the flavours shifted. I loved experiencing this wine.
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White
I drank this almost a month ago and didn't take notes, but I recall it as delicious and lively. Fresh acidity, but enough richness to pair quite well with a pasta dish with alfredo sauce. I wish I had more.
Red
4/21/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
Synthetic cork and showing rather over the hill. Seems like it was a decent bottle at some stage in its life, though. Should be a good addition to my vinegar.
Red
4/21/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
flawed
The cork had wine a fair bit up the side and it tasted cooked or otherwise past its prime.
Red
4/21/2013 - K is for Kate wrote:
Light and tasty, a pleasure to drink on a Spring evening.
White
Definite petrol on the nose. More mineral than acid. I liked this more as it was open longer and warmed up a bit, but it still didn't excite me. Nice with food, but not something I would sit and contemplate. I don't think I quite "get" this producer's wines, though, as both times I have had them, others have enjoyed them more than I did.
White
Towards the drier end of Kabinett and the words "slender" and "old school" sprung to mind. This definitely has its own style, and it is charming in a way that reminds me of watching old movies in a theater that was actually around when they were first run.
White - Off-dry
Really different stuff. I don't think I would have guessed German Riesling if served it blind. Lighter bodied and reminiscent of mineral water, but with a distinct touch of vanilla yogurt on the finish.
White - Off-dry
Extremely balanced, but I might have preferred if it had tilted a bit more towards the acid. Delicious in any case. Quite dense and apple-tinged like walking through an overgrown orchard where the leaves have closed in overhead, but some light still shines through.
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