Tasting Notes for Dale M

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White
2/22/2020 - Dale M wrote:
91 points
2nd bottle and man does this deliver again! As all notes on CT indicate, this has the most delicious aroma and flavor of spiced, baked apples. Mildly viscous with low acidity shapes up for a white that might be veering towards flabiness; but the back half is loaded with dry mineral-sequel material that just slams this home. So unique. At 17 bucks, buy this without reservation if you see it.
Red
2/21/2020 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Decanted 6 hrs. Hits the black olive angle early and hard, settles down some, starts to drink well. It’s inevitable that I will judge this against my favorite red in WA St, the Cayuse Impulsivo. It favors well, a lighter, leaner version, more red fruit than black, some smoke, verify easy to drink. Should age well.
White
2/20/2020 - Dale M wrote:
This bottle did not get the benefit of a 3 day drinking window unlike my last one in June. So please take that into acct. Still a fine wine, slightly oily, very dry and floral, but the real fruit takes some air to come out and play.
White
2/18/2020 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Humming along nicely, filling with a bit more stuffing from last bottle in Jan 2017, this still carrier all the classic Chablis traits one would hope for with some added punch in the middle.
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Red
2/16/2020 - Dale M wrote:
96 points
Decanted 6 hrs. From the moment of the first scents hit, it was clear this was going to be one special bottle. Deep, soaring notes of roses and soy gave such a nice mix of floral and saltiness. Dark cherries provide all the requisite fruit one would want, and like the nose, very floral, lavender-esque, good driving acid and basalmic tones on the back half. The real pay off was the buoyancy and lightness of the palate, so much material delivered With such nimbleness and grace. Decade(s) of good drinking but showing early greatness. I think Brunate is my favorite Cru and nothing to change that opinion here.
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Red
2/14/2020 - Dale M wrote:
90 points
Decanted 6 hrs and still this was tight! Solid for sure, but really needs some time sideways, I think 1 to 3 years will do wonders.
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Red
2/9/2020 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Like many, 07 is often a bit OTT for my taste, but the 07 Beau was really solid when I had it last in 2012. That being said I was actually surprised at just how much I enjoyed this last night. Ripe and flamboyant for sure, and while it veered towards baked or stewed fruit, it never crossed over, in fact it was remarkably fresh for such a large scaled Beau. Just starting to hit some secondary notes, you had to look for them, but they are coming round. Really hard for me to think what to do with my last bottle, if it drinks like this one, I’d say enjoy it now, and wait on the 05’s and 10’s for long distance runners.
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White
2/9/2020 - Dale M wrote:
91 points
Basically, what we have here is a white that checks all the boxes: classically dry but with just a touch of lemony sweetness, (a sugar snap pea kind of reminded of a Gruner) cool label, and well priced at $20.
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Red
2/8/2020 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Dumping on the praise here, this continues to be perhaps in the top 5 of the no brainer 425ish reds on Earth. This one is brimming with both tension and freshness, all of the good gamay traits (sweet pommegranite / dark cherry a bit of earth) without the bad (banana flavors etc). Should be fun to watch this develop.
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Red
2/4/2020 - Dale M wrote:
90 points
Fun and easy going cab sav, priced well too. Crowd pleaser.
White
2/1/2020 - Dale M wrote:
85 points
Decent, certainly drinkable. But for $20. I would be much happier drinking a Savoie or Muscadet.
White
2017 Cameron Blanc Clos Electrique Oregon Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
2/1/2020 - Dale M wrote:
94 points
While the last 4 or 5 vintages of CEB have always been terrific, they have displayed a bit of youthful chubbiness, playful, even perhaps slightly exotic. The 17 however, is a much more serious specimen. Riding a firm, almost taut wave of citrusy pear that splashes on a firm mineral backbone making this immediately obvious this is a superb rendition of this top shelf OR Chard. Still accessible enough to reward early enjoyment, but be sure to lay down at least a couple for 5 to 8 years, perhaps longer. The 17 Clos Electrique is Electric for sure!
Red
1/26/2020 - Dale M wrote:
92 points
Decanted 3 hrs. Huge difference on this one pre and post food. Pre was thin, dilute and just not that interesting, a few slices of a pancetta pizza (mozz, parsely and mint) and this was so much better. Really unique fruit profile, I could quite place it. Certainly not in the dark berry spectrum, red for sure, but it didn't have the spiciness one gets no was it strawberry either. It was darn good, I guess thats all that counts. I should look to getting more Rossi Ranch next go around!
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Red
2013 Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/25/2020 - Dale M wrote:
92 points
Decanted 30 min (would have loved 2 to 3 hrs. I really think 13 was a strong vintage in WA for Bordeaux inspired wines, and this is no exception. Sporting the combo of cab sav and franc, this creates a fairly structured and somewhat spicy profile, black cherry, with ample acidity, and a closing earth note. Still showing a little oak around the edges, so give this a few more years to round into prime time. Love Champoux fruit, lovely wine.
White - Off-dry
1/20/2020 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Such a light, practically clear color hints at how incredibly featherweight this felt on the palate. Yet the delivery of the Graacher goods was in full effect, a lovechild of honeydew melon and floral, white jasmine. Add some exotic Szechuan pepper (yes it really did as I grabbed some from the kitchen to compare) and well balanced acidity throughout. Pure. Delightful. JJ Prum.
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Red
1/19/2020 - Dale M wrote:
What a fantastic Nebbiolo wine for $20, pretty sweet black cherry with lots of snap and verve, terrific use of a twenty spot.
Red
1/19/2020 - Dale M wrote:
Decanted 2 hrs. While showing a decent amount of aromatics on the nose, this simply wasn’t ready to play last night. While I have been drinking my Produttoris on the younger side, I do agree with the general take that the 08’s are structured built for the long haul, and needs a lot of time. I suspect there is a pretty good wine here, patience required.
Red
1/18/2020 - Dale M wrote:
89 points
Decanted 1 hr. Bright loamy cherry fruit tart has a slight bitter edge on the finish, some late arriving tannin on the back end. Versatile. Solid.
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Red
2016 Château Nicot Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/11/2020 - Dale M wrote:
86 points
Perfectly nice, easy going Bord for a rainy weeknight. A bit of oak at first but blew off with 20 min of air.
Red
1/5/2020 - Dale M wrote:
94 points
Decanted 6hrs. At 15 or 16 years in, this is still a beast of a Barolo, with a huge tannic structure. That being said, there is gorgeous core of very dark plums and roses, tar and iron shavings, great persistence and grip. Perhaps a touch dry on the finish is the only slight I can think of, and its a small one. Should have another 20 years in it, no question.
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Red
1/4/2020 - Dale M wrote:
88 points
Tannic but with enough fruit to buffer, bistro wine, decant if possible.
White
1/4/2020 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
According to Tanner, this Valmur is from young vines of 14 and a 7 years of age. Perhaps this leads to a forward drinking and very open GC, loaded with sweet fruit of whites peaches and mirabelle and an extremely well timed burst of lemony citrus acid. Rich and expansive, while not a classical Chablis by any means, this still derived the goods. Looking to get some 17’s from Droin.
White
2015 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc Columbia Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/2/2020 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Gorgeous again. What was remarkable is how the character of the wine changed when drinking it first with a crab cake salad and then a glass after the main coarse of a NY with the 03 Pichon Baron. With the appetizer, the profile was very dry, lemony, acidity more present, crisp. The after dinner glass was a lot more rich and almost sweet - tasting of poached pears in Drambuie - but still full of tension and verve. One of my favorite WA whites.
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Red
1/2/2020 - Dale M wrote:
94 points
Decanted 4 hrs. Looking at my last note on this was in Dec of 06, and I recall distinctly how the forward, ripe fruit dominated its youthful profile. 13 years later, this is like a chunky adolescence going through a growth spurt, and shaping out to its proper adult size. While still carrying a good deal of rich cassis goodness, there is a lot more apparent structure present, making for a more satisfying whole. Very classy and my guess is this has some years yet before it really hits it stride.
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Red
12/29/2019 - Dale M wrote:
90 points
Decanted 1.5 hrs. I thought this drink fairly well right out of the gate, dark fruits with a little wood influence, a bit of iron and olive. Drink or hold.
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Red
12/27/2019 - Dale M wrote:
My father had never had a Vosne Romanee so we had to fix that. Exceptionally good.
Red
2017 Saxum Paderewski Vineyard Paso Robles Willow Creek District Red Blend (view label images)
12/27/2019 - Dale M wrote:
94 points
Decanted a good 8rs. My first 'Rewski' and what an impressive bottle it was (as always) from Saxum. Mostly Syrah and Mataro, with a sprinkling of Zin and what not, this has great drive and energy for a such a large powerful wine. Brief note, but this was a so so good.
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White - Off-dry
12/24/2019 - Dale M wrote:
91 points
I loved this - such a clear hue that is deceptive as to the intensity of the bright peach and floral tones. Excellent.
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Red
2017 Saxum Gratias Paso Robles Red Blend (view label images)
12/24/2019 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Agree with others that it doesnt quite have the same pounch as a regular Saxum bottling, but this was still damn tasty and very generous of the good folks at Saxum.
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Red
2015 Zorzal Eggo Franco Tupungato Cabernet Franc (view label images)
12/24/2019 - Dale M wrote:
90 points
Brief Holiday Note: I believe this was in 100% Amphore- hence 'Eggo" great character of Cab Franc Spice while just a touch of modern polish.
Red
12/24/2019 - Dale M wrote:
91 points
Still drinking very well, a little less primary fruit than my bottle 18 mos ago and perhaps more interesting. Excellent value.
Red
12/19/2019 - Dale M wrote:
94 points
Decanted 7 hrs and then drank over 3 days. As with most users on CT, this was showing a lot of primary fruit from the get go, mostly in the dark plum realm with a little black currant showing near the finish. Elegant though, and light on its feet, very fresh too. Changed relatively little over three days so the softness of tannin, or at least perceived, should be of little concern. Excellent RS.
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White - Sparkling
12/18/2019 - Dale M wrote:
quistz note is pretty close to our experience last night with this, tight but energetic and loaded with potential.
Red
2018 Bedrock Wine Co. Old Hill Ranch Heritage Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
12/18/2019 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Quick holiday note - Impressive, great purity of dark cherry fruit that caresses the palate - a little back and structure, enjoy this anytime.
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White
12/15/2019 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Almost as good as my bottle from last year, though it had a slight oxidative down that would blow off completely after about 5 minutes of airtime. Decanting might have been the way to go. Otherwise, lovely precision that just caresses the palate with piercing white peach notes and very long.
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Red
12/14/2019 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Decanted 6 hrs. All the trademark Cadence aromatics are well represented, violets, cocoa, sweet black cherry and a little earthy tones for balance. Unlike the 15 CdC, this is drinking very well out of the gate. Even better, I’m not sure if its vine age or Ben is just honing in on his craft, but there was a buoyancy that I haven’t felt in past vintages that really impresses. Yet, plenty of accessible fruit and other hedonistic qualities that made this shine with a bacon cheeseburger. As always, many good years ahead.
White
12/13/2019 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Like the Old Irish Spring Soap Commercials - “Clean as a whistle”. Beautiful and very classic Preuses nose that combines the best of oceanic traits with a wonderful delicate floral nose. “Linear” is what was described at the table and I agree, this B lined a very specific path on the palate, and with great coverage and depth. This tasted young. Enjoy this (if sound) for at least another decade.
Red
12/13/2019 - Dale M wrote:
90 points
Fun to finally try one of Maynards’s wines, and out was a solid Sangiovese / Super Tuscan effort. Good cherry and spice, solid acidity, no complaints. A tad over priced but no regrets with the purchase.
Red
12/7/2019 - Dale M wrote:
Decanted 3 hrs. Up against some stiff internal Carlisle completion as this was served side by side against the 16 Alicante Bouchet Pagani. No completion on the nose, the AB was miles ahead in terms of expressiveness and complexities. Yet, on the palate, this covered some ground. While tight and slightly tannic, this still had some real depth and gorgeous core of black currant sprinkled with a little pepper. Good grip, but accessible. No harm to open one now if multiple bottles, if just 1, hold.
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White
12/7/2019 - Dale M wrote:
Basically this came across as the vinious translation of a hard cider in wine form. Very apple-esque, pleasant and straightforward.
Red
2007 Château La Fleur Morange St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/7/2019 - Dale M wrote:
My first and probably only 07 Bordeaux as almost none was sold in the US. That being said, this was a nice surprise with a plummy entry and nose, but gains in zip and verve on the finish. Great buy at JJ for $30.
Red
12/1/2019 - Dale M wrote:
ditto my prev note. Excellent uncomplicated Dolcetto.
White
12/1/2019 - Dale M wrote:
90 points
Piercingly dry with just the right amount of a ever so slight oily texture, a great value at $20.
Red
12/1/2019 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Decanted 6 hrs. A little funky earth notes initially on the nose faded to dark cherry and spice notes even a little smoky edge. Powerful, this hits immediately with a burst of sweet dark fruits that accomplish upfront enjoyment as well as laying the foundation for where this wine may be in a decade plus. Delightfully tactile on the tongue, this carries just the right balance of structure and verve, and again with a gorgeous purity of fruit. I put the whole bottle down myself in about 3 hrs. in which this just kept gaining traction and momentum. Absolutely worth seeking this out or don’t hesitate if you see in on the shelf or on an online merchant.
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White
11/30/2019 - Dale M wrote:
90 points
With Chanterelle soup, divine pairing. Dry and focused, a tad spendy but does bring out the unique character that Gewurtz can deliver.
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Red
11/22/2019 - Dale M wrote:
Decanted 2 hrs. Having tasted a lot of Kelley Fox Pinot s over the last two years, this really seems like the first Scott Paul wine that bears a strong resemblance to wines under her own namesake. Starting with the nose, great scents of wild raspberry and spice, I suspect some percentage of whole clusters is at play here, maybe 25%? Would have liked to see a little more grip mid palate, but still highly enjoyable for sure. I do think better er drinking in the next 1 to 4 years.
Red
11/18/2019 - Dale M wrote:
Very enjoyable but I think this bottle is in a stubborn phase compared to my first bottle in May 2107. Hold.
White
11/17/2019 - Dale M wrote:
Good, solid bottle of Chablis, might not have guessed it as a 14, but no matter
Red
11/16/2019 - Dale M wrote:
94 points
Decanted 1 hr. A monster is a pretty apt description, and I’m saying this in a positive context. powerful of notes of French oak dominate initially, but give way to dark currant but still retains its Italian identity. A little lazy TN, needs 5 plus, should / is great wine.
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White
11/16/2019 - Dale M wrote:
94 points
Oh yes, this was good! I’ve had very little Mosel proper dry Riesling, and like the 15 version of this wine and past bottles, usually good not great. This was great. Perfectly marries richness and a powerful quartz traits with citrus cut around the edges. Beyond the sheer strength, this had a most elegant palate coverage that made it oh so easy to enjoy. Each sip imparted a lasting impression on the finish. So good, grab this of you see it.
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