Tasting Notes for smorris291

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Red
10/14/2019 - smorris291 wrote:
89 points
Very light in color. Not as “big” as some CA pinots (which isn’t bad). But though nice, it seemed a bit disjointed and just didn’t fully come together.
Red
6/22/2019 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
91 points
Definitely on the old world side of the spectrum...gorgeous dark fruit flavors and secondary aromas. Long finish. Delicious.
White
3/9/2019 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
91 points
This was delicious. Some floral notes (like a white Rhône) along with the acidity and minerality of a Chablis. Glad I have a couple more of these. Great QPR.
Red
3/11/2019 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
90 points
Almost opaque dark ruby/purple. Pepper and spice on the palate. Not a terribly long finish, but still nice. Med + acidity made this quite good with osso bucco.
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Red
2000 Château Barde-Haut St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/30/2018 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
91 points
First time I've had this vintage in a decade. Holding up well, though fruit flavors were muted and this was definitely at the point where the tertiary elements were coming through. Lots of cedar, tobacco, eucalyptus. Really enjoyable.
Red
12/25/2018 - smorris291 wrote:
87 points
Drank with Christmas dinner (porchetta and corn casserole).

Unfortunately, this was fairly disappointing. Seemed a bit thin and lacked much of a finish despite being decanted for an hour. I would have enjoyed a decent Chianti Classico more (at about half the price, too).
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Red
12/14/2018 - smorris291 wrote:
90 points
Medium red fruits, good acidity keeps it fresh.
Red
12/12/2018 - smorris291 wrote:
91 points
Classic cab franc, with savory herbal and green pepper notes. Very enjoyable.
Red
6/26/2018 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
91 points
I didn’t think the oak was as prominent as a previous taster, possibly because we decanted the bottle for around 60 mins before drinking. This is clearly young, and almost certainly not at its peak, but the combination of red fruits and spice were delicious now and holds promise for the future.
Red
6/30/2017 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
91 points
Just a super Morgon. Great acidity and delicious red fruits made this excellent with dinner. And as another pointed out, a really surprising amount of sediment.
Red
4/16/2017 - smorris291 wrote:
86 points
Pleasant, but slightly disappointing. Not much complexity...seemed lighter and without some of the tertiary notes I'd hope for in a Gran Reserva.
Red
4/16/2017 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
91 points
Drank with Easter dinner (short ribs and celery root puree). Dense, grippy wine with lots of life. Dark red fruits and cassis on the palate. Dusty tannins with cedar and tobacco notes. Long, long finish. Very good.
Red
2011 Castellani Chianti Classico Riserva Campomaggio Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
4/12/2017 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
90 points
Quality Chianti Classico. The Sangiovese tannins are there, but with even more bright red fruit than I expect expected. Delicious.
Rosé
6/21/2016 - smorris291 wrote:
80 points
Very strange wine. Upon my first sip, it hits you with a burst of watermelon flavors unlike anything I've ever tried. It was bizarre. But after a few more sips, I could see a place for this by the beach or pool on a hot day. It's a true patio pounder, but not a serious wine.
Red
2012 Cullen Wines Diana Madeline Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/15/2016 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
91 points
Dark, almost opaque reddish purple. Aroma of eucalyptus, tobacco and dark red fruits. On the palate, pretty tight...tobacco and herbs ride over a core of sweet fruit. Tannic, but not terribly so. Overall, this was enjoyable, but not a blockbuster for me. No flaws, really, but a little too sweet on the fruit, and a little low on acid for my taste. Probably could have benefitted from decanting.
Red
3/17/2015 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
88 points
Slightly disappointing, since I generally love this producer. But it was pretty closed up, and even on the second glass seemed a little disjointed. Not nearly as good as a 2006 Il Marroneto tried a week ago. Hopefully time will help it improve...will wait a long time before opening my other bottle, and when I do open it I will definitely decant for a while.
Red
3/8/2015 - smorris291 wrote:
91 points
Consistent with previous note. Delicious, and a great value at the price I paid.
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Red
3/16/2015 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
92 points
Really delicious. Dark red fruits with a hint of sweetness, but still earthy and real.
Red
2/14/2015 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
92 points
Less oaky and more delicate than previous years. Not really burgundy, but yet much more restrained than most CA pinots. Delicious.
Red
1/24/2015 - smorris291 wrote:
87 points
Enjoyable, but nothing special. Not over-ripe like some Toros I've had, and good representation of tempranillo...but not a great QPR.
White
1/4/2015 - smorris291 wrote:
92 points
Just really great. Not too puckery and grassy, but still had the stone fruit and citrus I love without too much oak (like many CA SBs).
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White
1/2/2015 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
90 points
Enjoyable, but maybe not a great value.
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Red
12/25/2014 - smorris291 wrote:
90 points
Decanted for about three hours prior to drinking with grilled rack of lamb for Christmas dinner. Dark fruits, not too much oak. Despite the decanting time, it just never opened up fully. It was decent, but you just got the sense that there was more below the surface...
Red
11/30/2014 - smorris291 wrote:
87 points
Good entry level Rioja. Very fruit forward, but enjoyable.
Red
11/21/2014 - smorris291 wrote:
88 points
Interesting rhone blend. Good value.
Red
2012 Chappellet Mountain Cuvée Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/22/2014 - smorris291 wrote:
89 points
Definitely a little twist on a blend given the inclusion of Syrah and Malbec. Enjoyable, but not a wonderful value.
Red
11/27/2014 - smorris291 wrote:
95 points
Drank with Thanksgiving dinner. Light to medium ruby with just a hint of purple. Aromas of red fruits really jumped out of the glass. On the palate, red fruits and floral notes, with what I'd describe as a slight cola note (which I see in CA vs Burgundy pinots). Best new world PN I've had. Really spectacular.
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Red
2010 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
11/30/2014 - smorris291 wrote:
91 points
Really liked this. Pretty traditional rioja.
Red
9/6/2014 - smorris291 wrote:
91 points
Young, but promising. Restrained version of Brunello. Enjoyable, and will see how the other bottles I purchased develop.
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Red
10/4/2014 - smorris291 wrote:
90 points
Definitely old school rioja. Very nice and a good value.
Red
10/12/2014 - smorris291 wrote:
90 points
Don't usually drink that much zinfandel, as the wines can be a little too much for me. This, though, was lovely. Bright red fruits, not too much spice, and enough acidity to keep if from being cloying. Very enjoyable.
Red
9/27/2014 - smorris291 wrote:
93 points
Decanted 3 hours. Color was a little lighter than I expected. Nose was very expressive...some classic N Rhone notes along with smoke and floral elements. Delicious flavor of dark red and black fruits along with an olive tapenade. Concentrated...not overwhelmingly so, but maybe slightly lacking in acidity, which is the only reason I didn't have this 95+.
Red
9/25/2014 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
89 points
More floral and expressive than most wines from this area. Great value.
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Red
9/18/2014 - smorris291 wrote:
90 points
Definitely a cool-weather wine. Best comparison is a syrah, minus the peppery notes, and with a distinctive minerality and acidity which made this really good with food. Good value.
Red
9/14/2014 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
89 points
Still vibrant after 11 years, though starting to show more and more secondary aromas and flavors. Lovely, and an extremely good value, but I probably prefer to 2006 Nona Petit.
Red
2009 McPrice Myers Altas Vinas Santa Barbara County Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
5/15/2014 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
90 points
Almost purple in the glass. Fruit forward, but not jammy, yet there was a smoky, charred note in the background. Med minus acidity. Initially thought this could be 91-92 pts, but ended up keeping it lower because of the lack of acidity and the fact that is just never fully opened up like I thought it would.
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Red
2011 Castello Banfi Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
4/24/2014 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
87 points
Tasted on point with chianti classico...I will echo the comment that it's easy to dismiss this producer, but this is a solid, varietally-correct product that delivers really good value at a time when the prices of Chianti Classicos are creeping up.
Red
4/20/2014 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
90 points
This was interesting. This was dark, teeth-staining purple coming out of the bottle. Yet what was tasted in the glass was not overpowering. This was Cote Rotie in a more feminine version. Still very delicious, but not what I expected. Lovely with grilled rack of lamb.
Red
4/16/2014 - smorris291 wrote:
87 points
Definitely on the austere side for CA cabs. A little lacking in fruit, this is all herbs, menthol and leather. Not overtly oaky, which is good. Pleasant, but it gets knocked down for me with the lack of fruit and the price. I can spend $17 in other ways...
Red
3/8/2014 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
90 points
Earthy, dusty tannins. Sour cherry notes with pretty good acidity. I liked this, though I am not sure it is a great value.
Red
2008 Worthy Sophia's Cuvée Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/26/2013 - smorris291 wrote:
89 points
Classic cab profile, but not over the top. Nice.
Red
1/4/2014 - smorris291 wrote:
89 points
My least favorite of the 3 bottles. Great on the nose, but it just seemed like something was missing in the glass.
Red
12/25/2013 - smorris291 wrote:
92 points
Drank with Christmas dinner of duck, stuffing and salad. Light, translucent purple-ruby. Black fruits with minerality and great acidity. A "lighter" wine that still possesses great intensity and weight. Wonderful.
Red
12/27/2013 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
90 points
Just a really interesting wine. Almost sweet red fruits, soy sauce, herbs, and little oak and spice. Delicious.
Red
12/15/2013 - smorris291 wrote:
92 points
3 hour decant. Medium translucent ruby, without any fading toward the rim. Red fruits with a savory soy sauce/pepper/herbal element. Oak is present, but not overpowering. Long finish. This has years to go. Reminiscent of a Northern Rhone wine in appearance and taste...not your classic Barolo by any means, but still very enjoyable and well made.
Red
12/12/2013 - smorris291 wrote:
92 points
Delicious, even better than last bottle.
Red
12/6/2013 - smorris291 wrote:
83 points
Drinkable, but nothing noteworthy.
Red
11/4/2013 - smorris291 wrote:
85 points
Didn't like this as much as the last time. Seemed a little sharp on the finish, like there was a hint of VA. I've got 2 more bottles, hopefully those are better.
Red
11/10/2013 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
89 points
A little primary compared to a more aged and structured nebbiolo based wine, but lovely and a nice QPR. Really good with short ribs.
White - Off-dry
10/11/2013 - smorris291 Likes this wine:
95 points
Pure, translucent gold. White-fleshed fruits with a hint of petrol on the nose. Pear, apple and honeysuckle on the palate, which was delicious. But the most striking think was the texture...it starts out with a viscosity almost like that of a Sauternes, yet swiftly dissipates without being cloying or syrupy. Great wine.
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