Tasting Notes for CRAUBER4242

(532 notes on 379 wines)

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Red
3/29/2019 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
94 points
No formal notes but agree with Schiffy’s assessment. This wine is drinking really well now and I’d say it’s at peak.
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Red
2/19/2019 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
94 points
I thoroughly enjoyed this and feel it is in a great phase right now. Pretty much ready to go upon opening, but got better with air. Great mix of dark/red fruits, earth and tannin/palate balance.
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Red
1/28/2019 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
95 points
No formal notes, but agree with Radboy and the other CTs, this wine is drinking great right now! We gave it a few hours and enjoyed it over the next few hours. It changed and evolved over that time with really cool notes of brett/funk, animal, soy, pepper and dark savory fruits leading to a balanced, complex and smooth palate.
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Red
1/24/2019 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
94 points
No formal note but this wine is definitely drinking in a really good place, as the winery suggests in their vintage chart. It was pretty much PnP ready and showed great funk, spice and blue & black fruits on the nose leading to a smooth nice palate.
Red
1/21/2019 - CRAUBER4242 wrote:
I enjoyed this wine over two nights with hours of air each time and the wine never really came around. It showed mainly secondary notes on night one and was similar on night 2. I could tell the fruit was waiting behind those notes, but they never came through. The last bottle I had of this a few years back was really good, so maybe the bad was off or the wine is in a weird place.
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Red
12/24/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
95 points
No formal notes but this is a killer Syrah and not in the closed phase. It showed great notes of raspberry, meat juices and pepper with great intensity and a balanced palate. An awesome wine!
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Red
12/24/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
95 points
No formal notes but this was screaming good. I agree with CADomer’s assessment.
Red
12/17/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
93 points
I concur with CADomer's assessment. This wine is drinking great right now and darn good upon opening. It only got better with air and showed a nice mix of darker red fruits, earth and savory notes, leading to an elegant palate.
Red
11/2/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
92 points
This mirrored my experience with my previous bottle of this wine. A really good wine!
Red
10/29/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
96 points
This wine has really improved since my last bottles! A wonderful Barolo that is drinking fantastic now! It needed 1+ hours of air. An amazing nose of ripe red fruit, sweet flowers and spices, with hints of graphite, leading to a lush smooth mouth.

Enjoyed at Barbusa in San Diego.
Red
10/9/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
95 points
A killer pinot that did not disappoint! My last of my 2009s and it was great! Wonderful fruit purity as mentioned by previous CTs, with the wine showing raspberry, cherry, spice and some mineral.

Enjoyed at PortaBella in Carmel.
Red
10/9/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
96 points
A smokin' good Cab!!! No formal notes but this showed wonderful purity of fruit with notes of blueberry, blackberries and spice. A really plush and tasty palate. Enjoyed at The Table.
Red
9/30/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
93 points
My experience mirrored the one Cadomer had a few months ago. It drank at its best after about an hour of air and also included cassis notes.
Red
9/24/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
96 points
I agree with La Turque, this wine was terrific! Singing on all cylinders! With air it got better, but it showed well upon opening too. Dark berry, black raspberry, cherry, vanilla and spice leading to a medium bodied smooth full flavored wine. I'm sure this wine will hold for some time, but I can't imagine waiting on it if I had more bottles of it. It drank too good to wait.
Red
9/18/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
93 points
A darn good wine for $26?! What a QPR! The wine got better with air and really came together on night 2. Deep notes of dark berries, earth, meat juices and graphite leading to a medium bodied full flavored palate.
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Red
8/27/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted for 1+ hours and enjoyed over the evening. The cork broke apart upon opening but the wine shined through. A really balanced wine exhibiting notes of meat juices, cooked cherries and pepper leading to a smooth palate. No signs of the 17.5% alcohol at all.
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Red
8/21/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
95 points
I agree with the other CTs as this wine drinks great. It gets better with air and shows nice black and blue fruit notes, coupled with minerality and spice. A great syrah!
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Red
8/5/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
95 points
No formal notes but I agree with Jeb and Eric Guido on this one. This wine was great and really complex.
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Red
7/30/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
96 points
No formal note, but this wine was rocking! It was decanted for a few hours and enjoyed over a few hours. Amazing fruit purity, complexity and weight.
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Red
2009 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/30/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
95 points
No formal note, but this was a great wine! Decanted and enjoyed over a few hours. It showed great fruit purity, balance and weight. I can't wait to enjoy my other bottle!
Red
7/30/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
95 points
No formal note, but this was a fabulous wine! Great concentration, complexity and weight. Can't wait to enjoy my other bottle!
Red
7/30/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
94 points
No formal note but this wine was decanted for 2 hours and enjoyed after that at the Plumed Horse. Great concentration and fruit purity, but I think it either needed a longer decant or more time in cellar.
Red
7/27/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
94 points
No formal notes but this wine was great after about 2 hours of air.
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Red
7/2/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
92 points
I agree with MATTSTOLZ11's assessment. This wine is ready to go and drinks well now. I can't see my other two bottles of this wine lasting in my cellar more than a year. A tasty wine from a warm vintage.
White
6/25/2018 - CRAUBER4242 wrote:
Decanted and enjoyed over a few hours. I agree with fellow CT KEITHSURG on this one. I've had a lot of Aubert chards over the years and while this was enjoyable, it seemed off on the palate.
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Red
6/19/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
91 points
Needed air to shine and showed notes of earth, mushroom and dark fruits. Definitely different than any other vintage of this wine I’ve had. It sounds weird, but it seemed more like an earthy Pinot.
Red
5/4/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
94 points
I agree with Jeb, this wine rocks. Awesome QPR that was at its best on day 2.
Red
4/15/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
93 points
I concur with the assessment by CSIMM1161. A great pinot that is PnP ready.
Red
3/23/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
96 points
Awesome CdP!! No formal notes. Enjoyed at Bistro Elan in Palo Alto with friends and family.
Red
3/13/2018 - CRAUBER4242 wrote:
This wine seems to be in a weird place, so I'm not scoring it. I enjoyed it over 2 days with lots of air. It started out closed down and then with hours of air it showed glimpses of greatness but would close down minutes later.
Red
3/13/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
93 points
No formal notes but this wine showed great. It had mushroom and slate notes intermixed with dark berries. A really nice wine.
White - Off-dry
3/9/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
92 points
Enjoyed with Thai dishes at Golden Triangle. The wine paired perfectly.
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Red
2/23/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
93 points
I agree with Cal-Rhone's note. This wine was very enjoyable as usual and drinks above it's price. It just got better with air. Enjoyed over a few hours with Thai yellow curry and chicken satay.
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Red
2/20/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
93 points
I also had bumpy experience with this bottle at first as it was completely mute for almost an hour as it decanted. I thought it was corked and then after 2-3+ hours of air it came around piece by piece to show some really nice Grenache notes. It ended up being a good wine but I had my doubts most of the experience.
Red
2/16/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
94 points
A concur with my previous note. This wine rocked!
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Red
2/12/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
95 points
This wine was smokin' good, no way around it. Opened and enjoyed over 2 days and it changed throughout the time and showed the many notes that Jeb called out....cassis, chocolate, graphite, spices leading to a round mouth with nice tannin/acidity.
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Red
2/6/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
93 points
Enjoyed over two days . Night 1 it was decanted for several hours and enjoyed after that. It never really came together that night but it sure did on night 2 after pumping out the air. It showed nice dark berry, earth and slate notes with a lush round mouth. A nice wine!
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Red
1/23/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
94 points
A really good wine that showed best on day 1. Early on the nose was like "walking through an open air market in Provence" with notes of fresh herbs, flowers, fresh dark berries and earth. It shut down for a period after that and came back after 2 hours to show more kirsch liqueur and dark berries and earth.
Red
1/11/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
94 points
Pretty much PnPed although it sat in the decanter while we enjoyed it over dinner. It got better with air but this wine was darn good upon opening. For my palate, I'd say this is at peak and will hold for several years. A really good wine that gave me all what I want/need from Brunello.
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Red
1/6/2018 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
93 points
No formal note but this wine took 3 hours in a decanter to come around. A really nice wine!
Red
12/29/2017 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
94 points
A stunning wine with many years of life left! We thoroughly enjoyed this wine and its magnum format so it didn't disappear too quickly. It showed oak influence but I enjoyed it along with the dark berry, spice and mineral notes. It also had really nice mouth-feel and tannin and went well with our Christmas apps and dinner.
Red
12/29/2017 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
93 points
No formal notes, but this is a super dense wine that took some coaxing to come around. It showed lots of darkness and mineral with feisty tannin. A really nice Grenache that didn't show like any Grenache I've ever had and I drink them from all over the world.
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Red
12/29/2017 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
93 points
No formal notes, but this wined showed its best after 1-2 hours of air. It didn't have the intense purity of fruit as it did in late 2016, but was quite enjoyable.
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Red
12/29/2017 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
92 points
This was a nice wine after the bottle funk blew off. It was what I akin to a "celery type nose" that coaxed its way out by day 2. After that, the wine showed nicely with luscious feel and nice cherry notes.
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Red
12/4/2017 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
95 points
A killer Barolo which was at its best after about 1 hour of decant time. Fabulous notes of fresh cut flowers, spice, along with a nice mix of red and dark fruits leading to a full palate with nice balanced tannin. I plan on enjoying my other bottles over the next year as I don't see the value in waiting longer than that.
Red
11/27/2017 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
94 points
I concur with my previous note, albeit it didn't seem to need as much air as that bottle. This wine is in a good place right now as it showed a melange of dark berries, spice, sweet licorice and exotic spice. I really enjoyed it.
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Red
11/6/2017 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
93 points
This needed 30+ minutes to fully come around as the nose was mute at first. The essence of Grenache as it showed classic black cherry, raspberry, spice and pepper notes leading to a luscious but balanced palate. It did not show the 16% alcohol at all.
Red
10/23/2017 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
94 points
A dynamite pinot that was rocking and rolling! Liqueur intense notes of black cherry, raspberry and blackberry with sublte notes of mineral and herb showing after more air.

Opened to celebrate Notre Dame's dismantling of the USC football team.
Red
10/14/2017 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
92 points
An amazing QPR. You’d swear you are drinking a $40 CdP. This was $13
Red
8/28/2017 - CRAUBER4242 Likes this wine:
94 points
No formal notes but this was a great Brunello with deep and rich dark berries, cherry, spice and licorice leading to a full, round and velvety palate. A really good wine!
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