Tasting Notes for bmwcarl

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Red
I agree with the others here is that this is a light, floral zin that is grenache like in some respects. It is like on its feet but still a bit primary at this stage.
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Red
Wonderful well balanced mature cab. Subtle structure with restrained fruit and soy sauce notes.
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Red
2/25/2013 - bmwcarl wrote:
Fantastic meaty syrah. Lots of resinous, tarry notes that reminded me of a CdP. Drinking very well for such a young wine.
White
2/12/2013 - bmwcarl wrote:
Almost Auslese in its level of sweetness but lacking some of the complexity and acidity to make this a truly great riesling. Palate was dominated by lemon curd and pear flavors but was lacking some of the stony characteristics that I was hoping for.
Red
1/29/2013 - bmwcarl wrote:
Still very young and wound up. The first night it was all structure and tightly focused meaty favors with a distinct mineral streak. The second night it had opened up considerably with a dense core of dark berry fruit. Probably best in a year or two with many more years to enjoy after that. An excellent value at the release price.
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Red
1/27/2013 - bmwcarl wrote:
Drank over two nights. Thick and fairly dimensionless, dominated by cloying vanilla and oakiness which never really lessened with air time. On the plus side, this 'drink me now' profile has aged well for a 2005 WA syrah but it still tastes like a $10 bottle of grocery store wine.
Red
This is an extremely enjoyable, well balanced value. Remarkably balanced acidity and tannins couples with a terrific palate of bright cherry and strawberry fruit and baking spices. After being open for several hours a lot of tea leaf favors start to emerge which was my favorite part foe the entire package. A steal at $10 and something that should continue to be consistent or improve slightly over the next couple of years.
Red
9/11/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
Drank from magnum over two nights. An absolutely spectacular zin that is right in its prime. Bright, lively red fruit with just enought structure to keep this singing for several more years. No heat or oaky flabbiness so this is very much in the Schrader style of zin. Fantastic.
Red
7/31/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
Very different from the other bottle I had. All secondary with no fruit. Like drinking a leather shoe. Ack.
Red
7/3/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
Fantastic. Mellow dark fruit with lots of smoky, leathery secondary notes. Great structure with smooth tannins. Probably on the downslope but still very enjoyable without any noticeable deterioration.
Red
6/16/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
I'm a fan of big, new world wines but this is simply too much. Incredibly concentrated with just too much overwheling flavor. The only wine I remember that had an actual oily sheen on the surface when decanted. Drank over 3 nights but I just couldn't finish it. Make The Boxer look tame in comparison.
Red
6/10/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
Decanted about 6 hours. Floral nose with hints of licorice and a little baking spice. Vey well balanced with soft tannins and just a little touch of oak. This should age very nicely.
Red
5/29/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
Wonderful warm climate syrah. Tons of dense, layered spicy dark fruit with great structure. Not flabby or cloying in the least and not a trace of heat. Another knockout wine from the Larner Vineyard.
Red
3/23/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
Very enjoyable mature shiraz with a very old world style. Slight bricking but nothing funky or musty on the nose. Lively acidity and suble red fruit remineded me of an older northern rhone. No menthol/eucalyptus notes which was a little surprising.
Red
3/21/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
Splash decant. Overwhelming and unattractive oaky vanilla nose. Although this armoa stuck around, on the palate the wine was much tighter and focused. The fruit was a pretty one dimensional with very tart not quite ripe blackberry flavors. Tannins very very present but not overwhelming and the overall package was nicely structured.
Red
3/19/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
Consumed over two days. This wine is a strange bird. The palate was fairly flat and cloying with an overwhelming taste of cherry cola and currant syrup. There was adequate structure but the strange flavors really dominated the experience.
Red
3/18/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
A dead ringer for a SV Turley. Lots of extracted fruit with notes of currant, bramble, and pepper. No oakiness to speak of. Very enjoyable wine from a tough vintage.
Red
3/18/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
Very mature but still very enjoyable. Nose and palate were dominated by secondary characteristics of leather, resin, and earthiness. Surprising acidity keeps everything lively. This bottle was consumed quickly over the course of one evening and probably wouldn't leave much for a second day.
Red
3/15/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
A fantastic QPR for the asking price. Not bashful - this is a full throttled wine- but not a clumsy, cloying oak monster either. Bold but balanced with adequate structure to balance the extraction.
Red
3/15/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
Bight and lighter-bodied that a warmer climate zin - similar to Ridge. Tart red fruit, lots of acidity, and a little heat. I think this has the goods to last for many years.
Red
3/12/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
Nice, medium bodies syrah with some smoky mineral notes. A little too green and vegetal, especially on day 2, for me to really rave about it.
Red
2/16/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
A flabby oak bomb that lives up to all the bad New World stereotypes.
Red
2/10/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
Bright red fruit, lively acidity, and just a hint of oak and menthol. Light bodied and more classicly styled than most Aussie shiraz.
White
2/10/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
Lost between a traditional viognier and a dessert wine. Too sweet for the former and to thin and acidic for the latter.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Château Doisy-Védrines Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2/10/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
Enjoyable but not terribly complex. Lots of sweetness with elements of honey, peach, and jasmine. Restrained acidity probably contributed to a slightly cloying nature.
Red
2/10/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
Well balanced and ready to drink. Lucious, vibrant dark fruit and lively acidity. Definitely a bold syrah but very well made and a great QPR.
Red
2/3/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
Nice restrained cab but fairly unremarkable. Some oak showing but nothing outrageous.
Red
2/3/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
While not as good as the Cardiac Hill offerings from Carlisle, this was still very enjoyable. I agree with FMIII below that it picked up some charm on the second night have been a little tightly wound upon opening. I think a long decant could have resolved a lot of that initially. Lots of smoke and meat with some violet and a little resin.
Red
2/1/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
I don't get the dark, pruny characteristics that some of the other taster are getting. To me, this was a lighter bodied zin with lots of bright fruit and prominent tannins and reflected more of a cool climate approach compared to Paso zins.
Red
2/1/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
A little too much acidity and prominent secondary characteristics without enough fruit to really be memorable or very enjoyable for my palate. Tasted very old world and mature for a 2001 shiraz.
Red
1/29/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
Way different that my last tasting experience. Alluring nose of graphite, smoked meats, and resin but on the palate it was just a wound up acid monster that just wasn't enjoyable. I saved a glass for day two and it was even worse - whatever fruit was there to begin with was simply overwhelmed by that searing acidity.
Red
1/6/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
Beautiful well integrated syrah that is drinking very well without a hint of slowing down. Lots of cracked pepper and baking spice on the palate reminiscent of a zinfandel. Prominent structure that did not interfere with the primary elements. Really nice.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1/3/2012 - bmwcarl wrote:
I'm not feeling the CT lovefest that is happening for this wine. I really like Morgan's red offerings, but I've always had trouble with his whites. This was too sweet and one-dimensional for me to really enjoy and I don't see it getting better with age. Ripe D'anjou pear and honey on the palate but lacking acidity to balance the whole package. This was just too cloying for me to really compare with other late harvest semillons.
Red
12/27/2011 - bmwcarl wrote:
Disappointing wine given the storied producer and relatively young vintage. Fruit was almost completely gone. What was left was almost all secondary notes of forest floor, leather, and mushroom. Not much structure left with faint tannins and adequate acidity. Drink them up asap. Another over the hill offering from Last Bottle. Be careful folks....
Red
2004 Glaetzer Godolphin Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
12/22/2011 - bmwcarl wrote:
Good but not great. A little too much oak and flabby blueberry fruit without enough nuance to really stand up to the truly great Aussie wines. Some of this started to settle out as the wine got some air but you can't fix some things no matter how much decanting takes place.
Red
12/20/2011 - bmwcarl wrote:
Not the best Turley I've had. Big structure but the fruit was rather stewed and raisiny - not a great combination.
Red
12/18/2011 - bmwcarl wrote:
Drank over two days. Significantly better the second night with brighter, more focused fruit and not as much flab and oak. Probably the most restrained rosenblum zin I've had to date.
Red
12/18/2011 - bmwcarl wrote:
Incredible nose of graphite, tar, olives, and savory roasted meat. Spicy palate with tremendous mouthfeel and well integrated tannins and acidity. Very bold but well balanced. I hope copain doesn't stray too far from this winning formula.
Red
12/9/2011 - bmwcarl wrote:
Lovely floral nose with some flinty, metallic, meaty notes on the palate. Full mouthfeel that in no way cloying.
Red
12/9/2011 - bmwcarl wrote:
Disappointing. The more enjoyable aspects of this wine - the spicy dark fruits - were simply drowned in a sea of flabby vanilla oak. It's a shame that a well made wine has to get ruined in a new oak barrel when it could otherwise stand well on its own.
Red
12/9/2011 - bmwcarl wrote:
Very dense and spicy. Trememdous mouthfeel. Briary dark fruit with some resinous notes that are in no way oaky or flabby. Grippy tannins that are starting to settle down. Beautiful wine.
Red
12/6/2011 - bmwcarl wrote:
What a difference a year (and a few months) makes! This far exceeded my expectations and was similar to my last note. Decanted and consumed over the course of the night. Not bashful in its dark, rich fruit but also not an oak monster by any stretch. Alcohol was well hidden. Bold but well balanced Cab at a great price. I will let my recent CH Cabs rest for at lest a year before touching them.
Red
12/5/2011 - bmwcarl wrote:
A birthyear wine for me. Received as a gift from 20-20 in LA. Cork completely saturated but no signs of seepage and the capsule was very tight. I'm not sure if this was somehow flawed or just 20 years past prime. Very brickish in color. Wet leather, some rubber and band aid notes mixed in with the dried flowers and linen notes. Not very much fun to drink as it lacked any sort of fruit whatsoever and was somewhat chemically on the palate. Couldn't even finish one glass.
Red
12/5/2011 - bmwcarl wrote:
Very nice mature shiraz with lots of secondary characteristics but likely on the downslope. Leather, juniper, some earthiness, dried fruit. Overall a little tired and stale on the palate and was missing some of the lucious fruit I was hoping for from the vintage. This was likely a restrained shiraz to begin with but I expeceted it to be showing better than it is at this point.
Red
1998 Trey Marie Trutina Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/2/2011 - bmwcarl wrote:
Not particularly memorable. Lots of structure but fairly one dimensional red fruit.
White - Sweet/Dessert
12/1/2011 - bmwcarl wrote:
Good but not great. I found it fairly one dimensional compared to other dessert wines I've had lately. Adequate structure but the sweetness was lacking anthing beyond some honey and apple notes.
Red
11/28/2011 - bmwcarl wrote:
Decanted and drank over two nights. Incredibly tight and it never opened up. Hard to detect the lucious fruit that I know is hiding in there. These need major time to sleep as even an extended decant didn't do anything.
Red
11/20/2011 - bmwcarl wrote:
Very nice and mature with surprising acidity. Still lots of bright fruit with some smokiness and earth notes.
Red
11/15/2011 - bmwcarl wrote:
Ripe yet tight and focused. Lots of mineral and pencil shavings on the palate with ample acidity. Happily not a cool climate syrah that makes your jaw clench up.
Red
11/15/2011 - bmwcarl wrote:
Decanted for about half a day which I think did wonders. Nicely integrated at this point, if a bit simple. Big and rich with tar, cumin, and briary fruit.
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