Tasting Notes for Atwellian

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Red
9/30/2019 - Atwellian wrote:
83 points
Dark crimson red. Very strong brambly red fruit nose with a funky rhubarb element. Tart, simple, raspberry, somewhat unpleasant metallic aftertaste.
Red
9/11/2019 - Atwellian wrote:
90 points
Clear dark purple red. Mellow nose with blackberry predominate. Very smooth, sweet, moderate backbone. Slightly lacking in balancing acidity but very pleasant. Northern Rhone aspirations are largely attained.
Red
8/21/2019 - Atwellian wrote:
90 points
Dark Ruby-purple. Cherry and pencil box nose. Vibrant and lively. Cherry and blackberry with some depth and complexity. Lovely tannins that give it a smooth finish. Drinking very well right now. Age has been kind.
Red
8/19/2019 - Atwellian wrote:
91 points
Deep Crimson. Rich nose, black cherry, cassis, alcohol. Smooth, strong savory elements. Spice. Rich mouthfeel, slightly lacking sweet fruit balance but very good.
White
8/11/2019 - Atwellian wrote:
flawed
First taste hinted at a wonderful wine. Immediately fell apart on exposure to air. Oxidized, flat.
Red
6/10/2019 - Atwellian wrote:
91 points
Deep red. Black cherry, raspberry. Very rich and full. Smooth, black fruits, drinking very well now.
White
6/1/2019 - Atwellian wrote:
89 points
Pale gold. Grapefruit and lemon nose. Oak, citrus, pleasant mouthfeel. Drinking well, more time should soften
White
5/20/2019 - Atwellian wrote:
88 points
Light brass. Green apple nose. Lemon, lime, apple. Slight bitter edge at finish. Some mid-palate weakness. Nice mouthfeel and complexity. Could use a little more acidity at finish. Bargain for a nice aged Oregon Pinot gris.
White
5/14/2019 - Atwellian wrote:
87 points
Clear, light brass. Mild grapefruit nose. Green apple, smooth, simple. Some grapefruit elements on the finish, pleasant.
Red
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4/21/2019 - Atwellian wrote:
93 points
Decanted for one hour. Deep crimson red, fair amount of sediment. Rich nose, pencil box, black currant. Nicely complex with black fruit, tobacco, cassis. Very smooth with a balanced acidity. Delicious and in a prime window right now.
Red
4/11/2019 - Atwellian wrote:
90 points
Light garnet with a hint of browning. Strawberry nose. Red fruit, good tannins. Raspberry, black cherry, tartness predominate. Full mouthfeel, medium long finish.
Red
4/2/2019 - Atwellian wrote:
89 points
Deep purple - red with crimson rim. Floral nose, pencil box, tobacco. Smooth, slightly sweet, decent fruit. Little tertiary development. Medium long finish with strong tannins.
Red
2/16/2019 - Atwellian wrote:
91 points
Clear crimson. Bit of funk, strawberry nose. Raspberry, tart first impression. Some depth and complexity. Nice balance and finish. Drinking well right now. Ei - delicious.
Red
2/11/2019 - Atwellian wrote:
85 points
Dark reddish purple with slight bricking. Strong raspberry nose. Tight, red fruit dominated, tannic. Somewhat unpleasantly lacking any sweetness. Very different bottle than 2 years ago.
White
1/30/2019 - Atwellian wrote:
90 points
Light gold. Slate, light citrus nose. Clean and simple flavor profile. Grapefruit, stony, minerals dominant. Very good balance. Excellent with fresh Dungeness crab cakes.
Red
1/28/2019 - Atwellian wrote:
92 points
Rich deep crimson. Plum, cherry, blackberry nose. Very smooth, layered flavors of black cherry and bitter cherry. Nicely integrated. Ei - very good
Red
1/13/2019 - Atwellian wrote:
91 points
Drinking very well right now, as are most of the 2010's I have sampled in late 2018/early 2019.
Red
12/25/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
91 points
Garnet with a hint of brown. Decanted a half hour before notes. Black cherry, blackberry, liquor nose. Rich mouthfeel, slight bitter edge, good balance. This is open and approachable right now with the decanting. Good drinking window. With ham, potatoes, rutabaga Christmas dinner. Julia liked, Ei - delicious, tastes like cherries.
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Red
12/6/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
94 points
Very rich sweet cherry and cassis nose. Tarry blackberry color with moderate bricking. Wow, what development since 2015! Concentrated but elegant, velvety, wonderful bitter edge and great finish. "Amazing" "Delicious" were the comments. This was the year that Laura did not have enough production to make her Jacob, St. James, etc. Very last bottle. Enjoy this now if you are lucky enough to have one.
Red
11/22/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
92 points
Thanksgiving dinner 2018. Deep garnet with a hint of opacity. Rich strawberry and cassis nose. Sweet red fruit initially, followed by raspberry, sweet cherry, oaky tannins that are nice and not overpowering. A very nice bottle drinking perfectly now.
White - Off-dry
11/22/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
90 points
Clear brassy gold. Tropical fruit, petrol nose. Lush mouthfeel, pineapple, lime, smooth and rich. Very sweet, nice underlying acidity, but a touch lacking in finish.
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Red
10/13/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
89 points
Dark purple. Licorice, pencil box, cassis nose. Meaty mouthfeel, flinty edge, nice balance of cry raspberry and cherry. Nice medium finish. Excellent value.
White
9/15/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
87 points
Clear brass. Sherry and pear nose. Rich, sweet apple, custard, lemon. Complex and deep with a definite oxidative side. Strong acidity and long finish. Ei did not like. I found this interesting and slightly unbalanced, sherry and tartness did not integrate for me.
Red
8/21/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
93 points
Blackish red with moderate bricking. Cassis and plum nose. Complex, primarily strawberry but also black currant undertone. Absolutely prime and delicious.
White
8/21/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
89 points
Beautiful rich gold. Caramel and brown sugar nose. Complex, but lacks fruit, and balancing acidity lacking. Past prime. Drink now
White
8/1/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
89 points
Light brass. Grapefruit nose. Pleasant, balanced, lemon-lime, smooth. Tasty and a good value.
White
6/16/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
89 points
Clear brass. Minerally lemon nose. Rich and full mouthfeel, grapefruit, slate, bitter edge. Nice full mid palate. Slight let down on finish. Very good
Red
6/14/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
84 points
Semi Opaque strawberry color. Mildly skunky nose. Bright, red fruit, somewhat unpleasant and bitter after taste.
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Red
5/7/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
83 points
Crimson purple. Plum, cassis, alcohol. Somewhat astringent, raspberry - red fruit predominate. Simple, rustic.
White
5/6/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
81 points
Clear brass. Sherry nose. Soft, slightly oxidized, grapefruit, an unpleasant sort of bitterness, then a medium finish. Ei did not like.
Red
5/5/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
89 points
Notes from day 2. Deep purple black. Black currant nose. Smooth, pencil box, bitter cherry, blackberry. Some softness in the middle but quite pleasant. Medium finish89
White
5/1/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
90 points
Light clear brass. Juicy nose, lemon and grapefruit. Rich and full, nicely oaked. Smooth, fruit forward, well balanced chard. Ei liked. Excellent.
Red
4/24/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
90 points
Crimson purple. Raspberry nose. Dry, Crisp, focused. Elegant. Black cherry, medium tannins, lots of time left with this one. Day 2 - secondary elements appearing, savory elements, hint of licorice, but still a somewhat austere core. I would wait if you have a bottle.
Red
4/18/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
86 points
Dark, opaque purple. Nice caramelized sugar nose. Tart, rustic, bitter edge. Hint of raspberry, pencil box. somewhat weak palate and finish. Fruit lacking, no depth.
Red
4/13/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
83 points
Deep ruby. Currant nose. Rustic, tart, red fruit. Simple, pleasant, food wine.
White - Sparkling
4/9/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
88 points
Brassy gold, slight spritz. Lemon nose.Sweet, pleasant, grapefruit and lime. Nice finish. Very enjoyable in a simple spring wine.
Red
4/8/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
90 points
Pale cherry red with very slight bricking. Cola and cherry nose, some funk. Full, rustic mouthfeel. Forward and pleasant raspberry fruit. Lively, tasty, nice finish.
Red
4/8/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
80 points
Solid cork. Brickish, tomato red. Strong nose, cassis, cherry, a bit of funk. Lacks acidity, flat finish. Front end has moderately pleasant cherry fruit. Past it's prime.
White
4/8/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
88 points
Light brass. Dusty nose. Very nice mouthfeel, sweetish notes, grapefruit, lime. A little flat in the mid-palate. Medium finish.
White
3/21/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
flawed
Mildly oxidized. Still has a touch of acidity and backbone but going fast. Drink now.
Red
3/4/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
86 points
Rich garnet color. Dusty blackberry-cherry nose. Cranberry, red fruit, sweet with a nice tannic edge. Quite pleasant. Medium finish.
Red
2/10/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
85 points
Deep crimson-purple. Sweet plum nose. Mild, integrated blend. Some pencil box, black fruit, cherry. A little vegetal, weak finish. Pleasant but unremarkable. Ei did not like.
White
1/6/2018 - Atwellian wrote:
93 points
Light gold. Lemon, butter, and oak nose. Lush, sweet grapefruit, lemon. Smooth, extremely well balanced acidity with a long, delicious finish!
Red
12/29/2017 - Atwellian wrote:
86 points
Bright, clear garnet. Cherry Kool-Aid nose. Sweet, some structured tannins, cranberry, some raspberry, definitely light, red fruit. Light and effervescent on the tongue. Unique.
White
11/25/2017 - Atwellian wrote:
89 points
Brassy gold. Very rich and aromatic nose of oak and brown sugar. Buttery, oaky, classic California chardonnay. No criticisms for that. It is almost overpowering, wonder what age does to this wine?
Rosé
11/25/2017 - Atwellian wrote:
90 points
Interesting gold - peach - delicate pink color. Sweet strawberry with a hint of dust on the nose. Smooth, mild, strawberry and stone fruit, nice balance and really good rose.
Red
11/23/2017 - Atwellian wrote:
88 points
Opaque purple crimson. Meaty nose. Full mouthfeel. Nice flavor profile, stoney, black cherry, weak mid-palate, good finish.
White
11/3/2017 - Atwellian wrote:
85 points
Clear straw. Mild lemon nose. Full, smooth, grapefruit tang. Simple and pleasant, nice with a chicken pomodoro.
Red
11/2/2017 - Atwellian wrote:
88 points
Pale clear cranberry color. Strong raspberry, strong mid palate tannins, some sweetness and strawberry on medium finish. Interesting
White
10/30/2017 - Atwellian wrote:
82 points
Clear brass. Musty nose on opening. Grapefruit, hint of slate, decent finish. Slightly disjointed in mid-palate. Decent daily drinker.
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