Tasting Notes for smorris291

(421 notes on 351 wines)

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Red
12/6/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
89 points
Definitely on the lighter side, with bright red fruits, and a floral note. Med + acid. So light, in fact, it is reminiscent of a Pinot Noir. Enjoyable, if not that complex or deep.
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Red
11/26/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
88 points
Definitely on the hedonistic end of Sangiovese. Pretty ripe, with flavors tending toward darker fruits…plus a bit of spice and some oak is present (though thankfully not overwhelming). I didn’t dislike it, but it’s not the expression of Sangiovese that I gravitate to. This is ideal when you have friends over who like CA Cabs and want something crowd pleasing at a decent price point.
Red
11/25/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
89 points
Slight bricking around rim. Med + acid, medium + tannins. Dusty red fruits, earth. Didn’t have as much fruit as I expected, so while nice it was missing something. More for intellectual enjoyment than anything else.
Red
11/20/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
90 points
Agree with @TWARD on this one. Good varietal character, easy drinking and crowd pleasing. At a time when most Rossos have passed this price point and many interesting Chiantis are also above $20, I’d happily pick this up for $19.99.
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Red
11/13/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
89 points
Not as complex as the Barbaresco bottling, but still varietally correct and enjoyable, and at a nice discount.
Red
11/8/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
90 points
I drink a decent amount of Grenache-based wines from France and Spain, so it’s fascinating to see what the grape is like from a cooler location. It had many of the same notes, but more acidity and less concentration than Grenache from those areas. Maybe because of the lack of ripeness there was a slight astringency that I didn’t find off putting, though others might.

So from an intellectual perspective, this is fun (appreciate Halcon’s Mourvèdre for the same reason)…but it’s also an enjoyable wine that’s good with food.

Will be interesting to see how this develops over the next few years.
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Red
10/23/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
91 points
Really interesting stuff. Dark red fruits. Just enough acidity to keep it from being too heavy.
Red
10/31/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
90 points
Maybe not as complex as some higher end CA Syrahs…but still delicious and interesting, great value for $20.
Red
10/23/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
91 points
Really liked this—hit all the CC high notes for me. Would definitely purchase again.
Red
10/17/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
89 points
Didn’t close up like the first bottle. Besides that, consistent with previous note. Enjoyable and interesting, not every day can you find a 2013 in the store…
Red
2018 Castello di Querceto / Querceto Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
10/3/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
87 points
Varietally correct but nothing too interesting. Easy drinking every day Chianti.
Red
2018 Azienda Agricola Montesecondo Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
9/18/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
90 points
Very light, clear garnet. Classic bright red fruits, medium tannins, good acidity. Really nice.

Note to self: lots of sediment, so be slow with the pour on the last glass.
Red
9/18/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
88 points
Nice barbera. Darker fruited, good acidity.
Red
9/6/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
88 points
This was a tale of two nights:
-Night 1, PnP. Lovely translucent light ruby. Aroma was light and bright red fruits. On the palate, same nice strawberry and cranberry notes. (Not sure if the lightness is from some Pinot Noir in the blend, or just what Tempranillo is like without much age or oak.) But aside from the fruit, this was a little disjointed—almost had a touch of VA and the fruit seemed disconnected from the rest of the wine. Very primary with a short finish. Frankly disappointing given the other Enfield stuff I’ve had (I liked the 2017 vintage). Shoved the cork back in and decided to give it another try the following day. 86 pts.
-Night 2: Completely different wine. VA had dissipated, and the structure was much more complete. Long finish, some secondary spicy notes, very enjoyable. Maybe this means I need to decant the next bottle of this? 90 pts for night 2, so we’ll average those out to an 88.
Red
8/28/2021 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
90 points
Drank with steaks. This was nice, if underwhelming. Didn’t decant long and it just never seemed to fully open up. The fruit seemed a bit cloaked behind the oak and a hint of sweetness. Probably would be better with a little more age.
Red
8/22/2021 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
92 points
Definitely RRV fruit but not over the top in any way. Extremely aromatic and simply delicious. Drank with brisket and it was a decent match, with medium acidity cutting the fat of the brisket well.
Red
7/31/2021 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
89 points
Drank two glasses each of two nights. Very light ruby. Pretty classic Nebbiolo flavors, maybe a bit lighter than some other wines—interesting notes of orange maybe?

Most interesting thing was that on both nights upon opening it was very soft and approachable, with very little tannins…but as it sat, the wine actually seemed to tighten up a lot, and became more tannic. Very enjoyable still, but I wonder what will give in first, the fruit or the tannin?
White
7/17/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
90 points
Super delicious summer wine. Almost effervescent, high acidity, lemon and minerality.
Red
6/26/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
90 points
First taste of any of the 2019 Black Slate wines. I really like these and think they are a great value.

I generally prefer the Escaladei and Porrera wines to the ones from Gratallops, but this was excellent, especially considering how young the wine was. While very Priorat in character (ripe black fruits, floral elements, a grilled note) it wasn’t too concentrated and the acidity kept it in balance. Long finish with a nice spicy note. Really enjoyable.
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Red
6/20/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
92 points
Decanted 2 hrs before drinking. Glad I did as there was a lot of sediment.

Dark, almost impenetrable purple in color. Dark blue fruits, a bit of a floral note on the nose.

Wine was dense but open at the same time—concentrated blue fruit flavors but good acidity lifts everything and keeps it from being too heavy. Loooong finish. As others have noted, this may not be as savory as some other vintages, but the balance is there and this is simply a delicious wine.
Red
5/22/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
91 points
I’m pretty sure this was my first 100% Mourvèdre wine. I guess I wasn’t sure what to expect. Really interesting wine. Red fruits, earth and minerality on the palate. Not as heavy as I expected…maybe because of the elevation? This is a fairly taut wine—high acidity and a lip smacking quality that made it really delicious.
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Red
5/13/2021 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
90 points
Initially very shy, but opened up over an hour. Bright and clear, with an brick orange rim. Cherry and ripe red fruits, with a bit of balsamic and spice. Still good acidity and surprisingly tannic. Really enjoyable.
Red
5/1/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
91 points
Dark, almost opaque purple in the glass. Started out more primary with dark berry fruits, but over the evening more smoke and pepper came out. Not as savory as the 2012 version, but still delicious. (Convinced my friend who generally dislikes CA wines, too!) Will hold on to the other two bottles and see how they develop.
Red
2019 G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso Langhe DOC Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo (view label images)
4/29/2021 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
87 points
Light, clear ruby in color. Bright red fruits on the palate with lots of acidity and even seemingly a spritz of CO2 when it finishes. This is nothing super complex, but a fun wine that’s perfect for an aperitif.
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Red
4/24/2021 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
91 points
Brought by a friend to dinner at a local steakhouse. Opened for an hour before pouring, but not decanted.

This is still a big wine with a lot of life left. Dark red fruits, coffee, tobacco, herbs, maybe some dark chocolate. I enjoyed this, but the fruit was slightly sweet and it’s a little low in acidity.

Pretty long finish, but this is still very tannic at this point.
Red
2019 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
4/11/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
89 points
Agree that this is primary and not that complex, but strawberry and bright red fruits plus good acidity make this a nice cocktail hour wine or with lighter meals.
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Red
4/6/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
89 points
Black cherry, violets and a little earthiness. But what sets this apart is good acidity and a juicy, lip smacking quality that brings you back for sip after enjoyable sip. Great value.
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Red
3/21/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
88 points
Well, this was a very interesting bottle.

Night 1: Opened and poured a glass about 30 mins before trying a bit. Nose was huge and very perfumed, but not in a way I was expecting...it was almost cognac or brandy like—very alcoholic and sweet smelling. Not corked, but just strange. It was better on the palate, if a bit primary.

Night 2: Nose was much more restrained, and what I expected. Flavors had developed a bit—black cherry and some tea. But finish was a bit short.

I noticed that there’s quite a bit of variability in the recent scores on this one. Is it in a strange spot? Is there a lot of bottle variation? Regardless, this wasn’t terrible, but not what I expected and a bit odd and underwhelming.
Red
3/7/2021 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
90 points
Medium, clear ruby with a bit of lightness at the rim. Red fruits, a little tea and an herbal/minty note. Med + acidity, with tannins that are present, but not overpowering. Clearly not as complex as some other Baroli, but simply delicious and a good value.
Red
2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
3/4/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
This was interesting. Usually a Chianti that I really like, but this bottle was not characteristic of a CC in any respect—it wasn’t bad, really, but tasted more like a CA Pinot. Again, not terrible, but so atypical that I won’t rate it.
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Red
2/21/2021 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
90 points
Similar to the last bottle, this was slightly better, with more fruit. In combination with drying tannins and med + acidity this was great with food, and always a hit.
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Red
2/13/2021 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
92 points
Nice blend of California fruit with N Rhone savory notes. Med + acidity keeps this from being too heavy. Really delicious.
Red
1/24/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
90 points
Really great value—juicy and approachable now, med + acid makes this great with food.
Red
1/18/2021 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank over two nights. Night one I’d give it a 91–bright red fruits, with a floral note and a hint of pepper. On night two it seemed darker, with more brambly and savory notes, and I bumped it up to 92. Really delicious—looking forward to trying the other 3 I have over the next few years (if I can wait that long).
Red
1/7/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
88 points
Nice wine. For my money, though, I’d spend a couple more bucks and get a Black Slate Priorat, which is a step up in complexity.
Red
1/7/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
87 points
Decent, but a touch too much oak, a touch too sweet and a little light on the acid.
White - Sparkling
2016 Raventós i Blanc Blanc de Blancs Spain Macabeo-Xarello-Parellada Blend (view label images)
1/2/2021 - smorris291 wrote:
91 points
Gold with hint of green in the glass. Beautifully made wine--maybe lacking some of the depth and yeastiness of a good champagne, but it's simply delicious--and at this price point it's a killer value.
Red
2017 Azienda Agricola Montesecondo Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
1/2/2021 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
91 points
Similar notes to my first bottle, but it's just singing at this point.
Red
11/26/2020 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
88 points
Characteristic of Sangiovese, but a little light on the palate. Enjoyable but not my favorite Brunello—I think there are Chiantis half the price that are as good.
Red
11/5/2020 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
89 points
Interesting wine. Bright red fruits (cherry and cranberry). A mix of both spiciness and some green notes. Not as “warm” or as earthy as a Spanish Tempranillo, but enjoyable and nice with dinner.
Red
10/25/2020 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow, great wine. PnP, and obviously should have decanted, as it was super tight when I took the first sip—it was very funky with a bit of a metallic taste. But that blew off during the first glass, and what was underneath was delicious and complex. Would have thought this was northern Rhone over CA all day—olives, red meat, and maybe lavender? Very savory, but there was blue fruit in there, too. Pretty concentrated, but just enough acid to keep it from being too heavy. I loved it, and am sad I didn’t buy more—on top of everything, this is a great value...I would have thought it was 2x the price.
Red
2017 Azienda Agricola Montesecondo Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
10/18/2020 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
90 points
Really liked this. Compared to the 2017 Felsina, this had brighter fruit and was a little less tannic. Overall it delivered everything I’d want from a CC...have a couple more remaining and will try to hold of for a while to see how this develops.
Red
10/4/2020 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
89 points
Classic Chianti, with drying, dusty tannins, red fruits and a little leather. A tiny of brick color at the rim hints that maybe this is aging more quickly than other vintages? Not sure, but it tasted a bit more earthy and a little less fruity than I would expect at this point. Still very nice and always my favorite Classico producer.
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Red
9/25/2020 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
92 points
First bottle of six...know it’s a baby but I couldn’t help trying it. Decanted for an hour.

Medium clear ruby throughout. Floral and red notes on the nose. Then more red fruits on the palate. Quite tannic, which wasn’t a surprise. But there was enough fruit and acidity to make it enjoyable even at this stage. Will be interesting to see how this develops over time...certainly has all the makings of a great wine (and at a really good price, too!).
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Red
9/26/2020 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
92 points
Second bottle of this. Hard to tell as many details as the last one, as we had this at a restaurant and the glassware was not ideal...but it was delicious.
Red
9/27/2020 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
91 points
Decanted for about 90 mins. Dark ruby core with just a hint of lightness at the rim. Tobacco, spice and red fruits on the palate. Maybe even a raisiny note that was reminiscent of an amarone. Enjoyable.
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Red
9/16/2020 - smorris291 wrote:
89 points
I don’t drink much CA cabernet these days...generally I find them too oaky and not a great QPR. This is an exception for me. No tricks or manipulation, just a fresh, well-made wine. Great for the price and just an enjoyable glass of wine.
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Red
9/13/2020 - smorris291 wrote:
89 points
The initial aroma and color suggested more Syrah than I was anticipating, though Zin revealed itself on the palate with lots of blue fruit and some spice. Tannins weren’t overpowering, and had settled down when I had the final glass on night two.

While not super jammy, this is intense stuff—viscous and pretty low in acid. I enjoyed it, but it’s not really my favorite style.
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White
8/15/2020 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
90 points
I really enjoyed this...not oaky like some other CA SBs, and more restrained than ones from NZ.
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