Tasting Notes for Ajrod27

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Red
This wine is on the downhill but still drinking fairly well. Aroma of underipe strawberries, cassis, sage, dust, and vermouth. Tannin is completely resolved, flavors of plum, blackberry, and black tea. Nice acidity and finish lingers but is light. Drink them sooner than later!
White
This wine is still drinking fantastically! Aromas of dried apricot, lychee, blossom honey, and honeysuckle. Nice round tropical, slightly citrusy, flavors on the palate. Still a touch of unresolved tannin. Nice acidity. Paired well with a stone ground mustard salmon arugula salad.
White
Fantastic. Still fresh and clean with bright acidity and tropical/citrus flavors.
Rosé
Emma really liked this one.
Red
Plum, cassis, ripe raspberry, tobacco, tar, cedar, and sage. Intense aroma that my girlfriend noticed from across the room. It took a few minutes in the glass to open up, and it just keeps getting better. This has a good amount of acidity and tannin that makes me believe it could go another 5 years easily. It's in a good place now though, so wait if you want but don't feel the need to.
Red
This wine was absolutely phenomenal. At first glance, the color reminds me of overly ripe strawberries; deep red with a hint of violet, on it's way to rust along the edges. Sour cherry, blackberry, rose pedal, coriander seed, and cedar on the nose. Not as acidic on the palate as the nose would indicate. The flavors are of lush cherries, a touch of vanilla, and a creamy, velvety texture that coats the palate. The finish has a perceived sweetness, likey from the barrel treatment, and clean fruit and baking spice flavors that last and last. Tannin is still present, but nearly resolved. I'd say this will continue to improve for a couple more years, but if you have extra bottles, pop one now to see if it fits your fancy. I wish I had more to see how it will evolve!
Red
This is drinking wonderfully! There's still some unresolved tannin, but the fruit is fading, so I'm unsure which direction this wine is heading. I've been surprised by old Zins in the past, so I'm hoping my remaining bottles turn into a pleasant surprise.
Red
Balanced and flavorful! Bright fruit flavors, nice level of acidity, and very fine tannin. This wine is great now but will not decline in the next few years.
Red
This wine is in a good spot right now.
Red
Nice combination of nose and palate on this one. Very pretty nose; ripe black berry, vanilla, and citrus zest on the nose. Palate is earthy and soft buy has a nice touch of spice that makes it interesting.
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White
12/1/2017 - Ajrod27 wrote:
This is drinking well now. Nice acidity that is softened by a bit of age. Asian pear, orange blossom, and a bit of dried pineapple on the pallete.
Red
Seepage had made it's way all the way up the side of the cork and into the capsule. Mold was discovered under the capulse. I was expecting to dump the bottle, but I poured a glass and gave it a sniff. It smelled good! Ripe blackberry, plum, cedar, menthol, graphite, and coriander seed on the nose. Rich palate, but there are mild signs of oxidation present. Nice acidity. Still has a bit of tannin, but it's very fine, giving the palate a velvety texture. I am in no hurry to drink the rest of these, they are aging gracefully!
White - Off-dry
Nectarine, tropical fruit, and fruit blossoms on the nose. The nectarine and blossoms carry over to the palate, with the addition of wet stone. Nice level of acidity. The palate has a touch of perceived sweetness, but no actual RS. The finish is clean. Overall a fantastic wine that would pair well with seafood and light fare.
Red
10/29/2017 - Ajrod27 wrote:
Cherry, baking spice, lavender nose. Cherry and plum on the palate. Higher acidity than the estate. A bit of cola on the finish. A nice balance of power and finess.
Red
10/29/2017 - Ajrod27 wrote:
Ripe blackberry and black cherry flavor. Round mouthfeel. Medium tannin. Sweet oak and mission fig on the finish. Could hold for many more years but also pleasant right now. Would pair with hearty fare like coq au vin
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Rosé
This wine was doing surprisingly well after being tucked away (forgotten) in my closet for a couple of years. It's a full-bodied rosé with strawberry and watermelon notes, medium-low acidity, and a full mouthfeel. It's great on it's own, served slightly below cellar temp.
Red
10/18/2017 - Ajrod27 wrote:
91 points
The aroma on this one is complex. There is a mix of fresh fruit aromas and candied fruit; my thought is a compote of blackberries, bing cherries, and fruit leather, with hints of vanilla, licorice, and dust. The acidity is nice and bright, with a medium body, and flavors of cherry, cranberry, and blueberry. Finish is nice and long with a decent amount of very fine tannin remaining. If I had any remaining bottles of this, I would not worry about it going dull for a couple more years.
White
Amazing, as expected. It's incredible how unique the vintages are but the winemaker is able to build a character that is present across all vintages.
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Red
This wine is still doing well. Nice balance of acidity and body, with great structure. Structured to age a few more years.
Red
3/5/2015 - Ajrod27 wrote:
Dull and nearly lifeless upon pop and pour. Very different from my previous experiences with this wine; the nose was nearly mute. It's slowly building some aromas on the nose and flavors on the palate. Nose is on the edge of forest floor and perfume, palate is cherry cola with a finish that's more toward sour cherry with a slight bitterness.
Red
2/18/2015 - Ajrod27 Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine is in a great place right now. Color is deep red, not yet bricking. Big nose of fresh ripe blackberries, mission figs, fennel, sarsaparilla, leather, and hints of white pepper. Palate says blackberry and pepper, with a slightly bitter, long leathery finish. Still has plenty of tannin and will likely continue to improve over the next few years. A nice balance of fresh and secondary flavors. I'm ecstatic that I still have a bottle remaining! Hoping I can find more of this at a decent price.
White
2/15/2015 - Ajrod27 wrote:
flawed
This bottle was somewhat flawed, so I'm not going to give it a numerical rating. There was dissolved CO2 in the wine that I could have easily neutralized by pouring into a decanter and giving it a few good shakes, but I didn't bother. The slight fizziness didn't irritate me enough to make the effort. Nice bright citrus and tropical fruit flavors, medium richness, very clean finish.
Red
2/6/2015 - Ajrod27 wrote:
90 points
When first opened, this wine has a meaty nose that reminds me of peppered beef jerky. This slowly blows off, revealing the dark blackberry fruit and notes of cocoa and vanilla I noted a year ago; black pepper lingers. This has more bottle bouquet at this age though, I'm picking up a leather note and cedar dust. Tannins are extremely soft and fine, I believe they will be completely resolved in 2-3 years. Still a very balanced wine from the nose through the finish. Drinking extremely well now, but I think I'll hold my last bottle for at least another year just to see how this evolves.
Red
As expected, this wine is much different than a cab sauv you'd find in California. At first pour I noticed the color is a deep red, orange near the meniscus. Have you even had chili-chocolate from Central America? The aroma reminds me of that chocolate. Other aromas include pasilla pepper, cassis and menthol. Aromas carry to the palate. On the lower side of medium acidity. Tannins are very fine and also on the lower side of medium. This wine tells a story of it's home; it's different but I like it's uniqueness.
White
10/30/2014 - Ajrod27 Likes this wine:
92 points
Wow. This wine is everything I've come to expect from a Hawley Vio; white stone fruits and light trop fruits, some floral notes with a nice rich round palate balanced by pleasant acidity and light tannins. This one rivals the 2010. My second favorite Hawley Vio to-date.
White
This wine is made in a dry style that is very refreshing on a warm day. You get all the beautiful aromas of Muscato without the cloying sweetness. I will buy this again.
White
The aromatics on this wine are ridiculous; a flurry of white stone fruit and floral notes jump out of the glass and slap you in the face. The palate is light to medium bodied with acidity that gives it a nice crispness. An excellent warm weather wine.
Red
This one is doing great right now! Sadly, I have only one remaining. To drink or to hold, that is the question.
White
10/22/2014 - Ajrod27 wrote:
This wine is still holding up well. No sign of oxidation in the appearance or palate.
Red
10/15/2014 - Ajrod27 wrote:
This wine is still bright and fresh; same as previous tasting note.
Red
10/18/2014 - Ajrod27 wrote:
The tannin in this wine is almost completely resolved. It has a strawberry fruit-leather thing going on. The high-toned fruit component is no longer there, at least not in this bottle. I'd recommend drinking this soon rather than later, within the next couple years at the latest.
Spirits
9/15/2014 - Ajrod27 wrote:
Utilized mostly for old fashioned cocktails but also made a delicious cocktail with it from fresh ginger, lemon juice, lemon rind and mint simpler syrup; great for the later.
Red
5/20/2014 - Ajrod27 wrote:
I took this on a backpacking trip after transferring the wine to a stainless steel canteen. It held up well to being shaken up quite a bit during the days hike. Flavors were on par with my previous review. I need to acquire more of this juice! Good stuff.
Red
4/6/2014 - Ajrod27 wrote:
Predominately cherry with some floral and earthy aromas. Some forest floor, mushroom and hibiscus. Nice acidity on the initial attach. Juicy cherry on the palate with sweet oak. The finish is lingering of sweet tannins and hibiscus/berries. A sudden whiff of cinnamon is coming through. Very juicy and easy drinking

After airing out a bit, ripe strawberries come to mind on the nose along with all the other funky goodness! This is excellent juice
Red
3/5/2014 - Ajrod27 wrote:
PnP:
Dark for a zinfandel. A deep ruby color.

Notes of dark ripe berries were bombarding my senses as I poured the first glass; the aromas were intense. The initial nose is of ripe cherry and blackberry with hints of plum and rosemary or eucalyptus. There are also some barrel aromas that add to the character without overpowering the wine. Quite pleasant initial impression.

Very nice acidity on the initial attack. Crisp berry flavors; more of a raspberry and blackberry flavor rather than cherry. I'm picking up a hint of acetic acid; a little acetic acid can add complexity to the wine but this is tettering the point of being a flaw. The mid-palate is there but is lacking at this point; I want the flavors to be more forward. The mouth-feel is light and tannins are medium and very fine; I would have guessed the alcohol to be in the 13's rather than nearly 15. The finish has a bit of bitterness but carries the blackberry flavor for 10-15 seconds, which is pleasant. There is also a little bit of rosemary or eucalyptus on the finish; I still can't quite put my finger on it.

If you're a legs kinda guy, this wine has some nice ones ;). They're pronounced, slow moving and stick to the glass for a few minutes.

1 Hour:
The nose has morphed slightly. The rosemary/eucalyptus note I was getting earlier is now more of a sweet tobacco and the fruit aroma overall is more perfumed; the cherry note in particular is more candied. I'm also now getting a dusty/earthy aroma which adds to the complexity.

The flavors on the mid-palate are more intense which is a plus. The bitterness on the finish isn't diminishing.

I returned the cork to the bottle and will re-evaluate the wine tomorrow.

24 hours:
Being left in the bottle to slow ox overnight really helped the midpalate and finish of this wine. The flavors are more forward and the finish is more intense. The bitterness I was getting in the finish on day 1 has substancially declined. I wanted to try it with some food but all I had in the fridge was muenster cheese. The acidity in the wine cut through the fat of the cheese very well, clearing my palate of oils with each sip. Maybe tomorrow I'll have some more substancial food to pair with this wine; we'll have to wait to see.

48 hours:
The wine is still holding up great. I don't think it has improved from the 24 hour point but it certainly hasn't declined. I think this wine will hold up for many years in the bottle.
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Red
3/5/2014 - Ajrod27 wrote:
PnP:
Dark for a zinfandel. A deep ruby color.

Notes of dark ripe berries were bombarding my senses as I poured the first glass; the aromas were intense. The initial nose is of ripe cherry and blackberry with hints of plum and rosemary or eucalyptus. There are also some barrel aromas that add to the character without overpowering the wine. Quite pleasant initial impression.

Very nice acidity on the initial attack. Crisp berry flavors; more of a raspberry and blackberry flavor rather than cherry. I'm picking up a hint of acetic acid. The mid-palate is there but is lacking at this point; I want the flavors to be more forward. The mouth-feel is light and tannins are very fine; I would have guessed the alcohol to be in the 13's rather than nearly 15. The finish has a bit of bitterness but carries the blackberry flavor for 10-15 seconds, which is pleasant. There is also a little bit of rosemary or eucalyptus on the finish; I still can't quite put my finger on it.

If you're a legs kinda guy, this wine has some nice ones ;). They're pronounced, slow moving and stick to the glass for a few minutes.

1 Hour:
The nose has morphed slightly. The rosemary/eucalyptus note I was getting earlier is now more of a sweet tobacco and the fruit aroma overall is more perfumed; the cherry note in particular is more candied. I'm also now getting a dusty/earthy aroma which adds to the complexity.

The flavors on the mid-palate are more intense which is a plus. The bitterness on the finish isn't diminishing.

I returned the cork to the bottle and will re-evaluate the wine tomorrow.

24 hours:
Being left in the bottle to slow ox overnight really helped the midpalate and finish of this wine. The flavors are more forward and the finish is more intense. The bitterness I was getting in the finish on day 1 has substancially declined. I wanted to try it with some food but all I had in the fridge was muenster cheese. The acidity in the wine cut through the fat of the cheese very well, clearing my palate of oils with each sip. Maybe tomorrow I'll have some more substancial food to pair with this wine; we'll have to wait to see.
Red
The color is amazing for a Merlot of this age! Dark crimson; very little bricking. Nose is initially pretty closed on the PnP with just light fragrances of rosemary and dark fruit. As it begins to open, the aroma evolves into a dark cherry, eucalyptus, leather, forest floor profile. Nice acidity on the palate; flavors of blackberry and plum. Finish is long and lingering with saw dust, leather, stone and juniper berries. Still some tannins hanging on in the back end. Later on, the nose developed a noticeable amount of barnyard! That was quite bizarre and unexpected, but it made the wine that much more interesting.
Rosé
Still holding up; see previous notes. This was my last bottle and although I'd like more, I wouldn't push this one much longer.
Red
Same as previous bottles; see previous notes. Very consistent.
Red
This bottle was better than the last one I opened. Better balance, complexity and not nearly as much sediment.
Red
Without decanting, it's a nice wine on day 1 but much better on day 2. I didn't take detailed notes but I remember liking the funkiness of the nose and driving acidity on the palate. Would definitely buy again at the price paid.
Red
Very nice nose of cherry, strawberry, tar, licorice, cedar and something floral. Tart cherry on the palate with some tobacco and leather on the finish. Very refreshing acidity and slightly bitter tannins. I'm in no hurry to drink the remaining bottles; I think they'll hold for a few more years
Red
Still holding up well.
Red
5/8/2013 - Ajrod27 Likes this wine:
92 points
Very elegant and complex on day one; Cherry, leather, rose pedal, menthol, cedar, tar, earth, fennel. Moderate acidity, smooth tannin and a lingering finish. It was definitely downhill on day two. Therefore, I would suggest drinking this sooner than later.
Red
Fruit was almost non-existent. Second bad bottle; seems too young to be over the hill but I'm not sure what else to make of it.
Red
4/25/2013 - Ajrod27 wrote:
Has a few years left in it.
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Red
11/6/2012 - Ajrod27 wrote:
Color: Deep crimson with slight bricking.
Nose: Floral/capers, kalamata olive, cherry and tea.
Palate: The first couple sips had a viscous, palate coating feel which I did not enjoy. This did go away after breathing in the glass for about an hour. Black cherry, ripe plum and tea on the mid-palate which holds through the finish. Still has some tannins holding on.
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Red
Had this Cab a couple weeks ago with dinner at the Fig Cafe. I didn't take formal notes but I remember it going well with my meal of duck confit and lamb sausage. It still has a lot of fruit left and some secondary green characteristics poking through. I wouldn't say it's past peak, it is drinking rather well now; will probably continue to develop over the next 5 years. It is a definite buy!
Red
4/17/2013 - Ajrod27 Likes this wine:
91 points
Cork was in near perfect condition; about 1/4 inch of seepage up the side of the cork. I did notice some sediment in the shoulder of the bottle; which is expected from a wine with age on it.

Color: Very deep ruby; nearly opaque at the core but clear at the edges. It doesn't have brilliant clarity, but a very clean look.

Nose: Some heat on the nose, which I haven't noticed before with Ardente. Blueberries, blackberries, green olive, cedar, earth, black pepper, vanilla and coffee. This is an aromatic wine, the aromas jump out of the glass; a very nice complex assortment of aromas!

Palate: Nice acidic attack up front; would definitely be food friendly. Medium-full bodied. Blackberry and plum on the mid-palate with grippy tannin. Blackberry, espresso and a touch of pepper on the finish. The finish lingers for 15-20 seconds which is very nice.

I drank this glass over the course of a hour and it only improved over time. The heat disappeared rather quickly, <10 minutes. Menthol and rose pedal started poking through at this time. As time passed, the aromas and flavors integrated and gave this wine a nice finesse. A solid value!
Red
4/16/2013 - Ajrod27 Likes this wine:
92 points
Another excellent wine by Jon! Pale, ruby color. Medium color concentration (light for a Zin). Big nose of fresh picked strawberry, raspberry and blackberry, a cinnamon spice note as well as hints of tobacco and earth. There is some heat on the PnP, but it blew off within a few minutes in the glass. Very fresh acidity on the palate! Raspberry and blackberry carry over to the mid-palate and a licorice note is peaking through, cocoa on the finish. Medium tannin. Overall an excellent wine!
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