Tasting Notes for Dale M

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Red
2016 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/14/2019 - Dale M wrote:
Decanted 6hrs. A good dose of new oak held court early but faded with an hour so in the decanter - good earthy - dark plum aromatics. Nice. The palate was really in no mood to play, a brick wall of tannin and structure, I just couldn't get this to play ball last night. Probably a really good wine, but needs time. Lots of time.
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White
10/13/2019 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
If you would have told me that I would have come home from a great day of tasting at Kelley Fox, Brick House, and J. Christopher, and one of the top three wines tasted was a $45 Sav Blanc, I think you could have won a sizable wager. Bought one and had it last night, dead ringer for a high end Sancerre. Lightest color imaginable, slightest tint of straw, this had no discernible fruit such as lime or gooseberry. Instead, this was gravel and earth, great palate coverage, intense but not from over done acidity but a constant mineral themed tenacity that extended throughout the wine. Loved this and worth the tariff.
Red
2015 Castello della Paneretta Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
10/12/2019 - Dale M wrote:
90 points
Still on point. Textbook CC.
Red
10/8/2019 - Dale M wrote:
94 points
Like the 16, this SoB aromatics just soared - pure essence of mountain strawberries (as opposed to valley strawberries which must be terrible ;) - anyway, very young but still hinting as to what will come in time. Texture is satin smooth, as always, probably best to hold. Decanted 6 hrs.
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White
10/6/2019 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Kelley Fox makes a Chard? Yes Please! While very, very young, I was suprised at the early accessibility. An immediate impact of richness hits the palate, but being 100% in neutral French oak and a KF creation, it perfectly hits my wine brain. With air time and 2.5 glasses later, the back half was very smart and tactile, with a cleansing mineral wake. Priced well enough to pull the cork now, but I bet 5 years will really see this develop. Well done.
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White
10/5/2019 - Dale M wrote:
Every person I have served this to who has not had a Savoie before, gets the same reaction, wow, this is so good! Indeed.
Red
10/5/2019 - Dale M wrote:
Decanted 6 hrs. The first thing that jumped out to me was the contrast between the dark, intense looking deep red ‘ to the actual palate impact - it was light, almost buoyant, very fresh, and tasty! In fact, if served this in a black glass blind, I’m pretty sure I might have guessed this was a white. Delicate strawberry tones, gentle touch of spice, elegant, great ratio of acidity to fruit. Loved the unique experience - loved the wine.
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Red
9/29/2019 - Dale M wrote:
91 points
Decanted 3 hrs. First Thomas in quite some time, and was really curious to see how this fared. All in all, very good Pinot, somewhat odd, slightly funky nose that at times distracted other times worked just fine, I think age will smooth this out. The palate was surprisingly forward, o maybe not since its a 14, very generous with dark fruits and spices, good structure. From the other notes of more experienced Thomas tasters, this is a bit of an outlier, but still very good stuff.
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Red
9/25/2019 - Dale M wrote:
94 points
Delayed TN - So a little hazy, but this was flat out good. At 12.5 % this carried a surprisingly forward, even generous core of pinot fruit, it more a red apple feel, but a lovely spice overlay and impeccably crafty and precision. Surely to age well, but I just couldn’t resist giving this a go.
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Red
9/21/2019 - Dale M wrote:
90 points
Decanted 6 hrs. In this early look, this wine really all about its central core of fruit; with neutral or little new oak (my guess is 20 to 30%) this comes across as a lovely raspberry taste, pure and clean. By the second glass, elements of mineral and pepper crept in and sound acidity. Think Gramercy Syrah. Excellent and upside for sure.
Red
9/14/2019 - Dale M wrote:
92 points
Very similar to my note on 7-22 though this took alot of air to get my saying yes, this is old school Rioja - the first glass I could have swore I was drinking a Produttori or the like (not bad a thing) - give this lots of time to pen up and you will be rewarded.
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Red
2014 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Papera Ranch Russian River Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
9/8/2019 - Dale M wrote:
94 points
Decanted 2 hrs. With my sincerest apologies to the Bedrock Dolinsek Ranch (which I love too) , but for my palate, The Bedrock Papera is the champion of the early drinking Heritage wines. This bottle was just cruising last night, incredibly generous fruit, I’d say in the red spectrum, but in the darker hue – so we’ll call it black raspberry and be good with it. But it was the incredible energy and focus on display that had me writing the first sentence on this TN, so driven and pure, yikes! Great throughout, and concludes with some tasty mint-esque things on the finish. Drink this now – its in the zone.
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White
9/8/2019 - Dale M wrote:
90 points
Initial aroma and flavors of hay and citrus, slight bitter edge. With aeration, additional complexities of minerals and almond paste – super versatile – love me a good Greco!
Red
2015 Castello della Paneretta Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
9/7/2019 - Dale M wrote:
91 points
Ditto.
Red
9/5/2019 - Dale M wrote:
92 points
Terrific core of dark fruit on this one - but lively and fresh. I think this is my favorite of the heavily discounted Scott Paul wines but I havent had the 11 Audrey yet which I'm sure is more the type of wine that Kelly Fox prefers to make.
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Red
9/1/2019 - Dale M wrote:
95 points
Opened for 6 hrs but not decanted. My expectations were for a fun wine but not anything profound, and this was a real surprise how well this showed. The key was all in the fruit profile, it wasn’t roasted, jammy, overdone, or any other descriptor that would be a distraction. Christmas spiced plums, so delicious and fresh, bits of kirsch, and just all in all, very balanced and great to drink. I would consume over the next 3 to 5 years to capture this current state.
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Red
8/31/2019 - Dale M wrote:
94 points
Decanted 2hrs. A real chameleon of nose and in constant motion, changing from dark fruits and spice in one moment, to earthy and wood touches the next. I think additional air would have helped, but it was great nonetheless. Fairly open ands accessible, a most impressive core of dark raspberry that was pure and carried an almost crystalline like edge. While seductive, no shortage of Pommard muscle, and the combo of the two was very appealing. Excellent.
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White
8/31/2019 - Dale M wrote:
94 points
As many have noted, the nose carries a bot of sulfery reduction with traces of matchstick. Give this air if you can. Pristine and chiseled, this hits with an immediate attack of powerful citrus rind, powdery stone, and a classy back end of minerals and flint. A little wood is detected, and quite frankly, I think it is a necessary binding agent in this case. This is worth a shot drinking now, but loaded with potential in 5 years +
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Red
8/29/2019 - Dale M wrote:
91 points
Again, great interplay of dark cassis, tobacco, and just a slight juicy edge.
White
8/25/2019 - Dale M wrote:
My first R. Lopez H Blanco. With much excitement and anticipation, and at worst case, this was a new wine experience that had my absolute attention and challenged me as to what I consider desirable qualities in a wine. I dont really get into oxidative traits, never really enjoyed a Jura, and this nose unapologetically so. My SO tapped out right away, “Dale, love ya, not for me’’. But once beyond this point, the wine had the most beautifully dry, powerful chiseled qualities, reminding me of a strong vintage of Les Clos. I realize decanting would have been helpful, but I spent a lot of time merging the two personalities, and ultimatlety, came away impressed and ready to try an 05 Tondonia Blanco soon. Oh, drank out of a Riedel Chardonnay Extreme and this had the most beautiful golden color.
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White
8/23/2019 - Dale M wrote:
89 points
Agree with both earlier notes on this wine, a lovely white full of personality and charm.
Red
2017 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
8/23/2019 - Dale M wrote:
90 points
Agree with David, this was very tannic on the finish but had just enough pulpy strawberry fruit to be drinkable today. Savory herbs add that unique Sicilian touch.
Red
2013 Syncline Cuvée Elena Columbia Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
8/23/2019 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
For a fruit forward WA State GSM blend, this was a real treat. While ripe, the fruit carried a raspberry quality that maintained both juiciness yet very focused. Rounding out with some Syrah and Mourvèdre structure and the package as a whole was a complete delight. Exceeded expectations. Drink now though, capture this while the fruit is still prime and fresh.
Red
8/22/2019 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Decanted 5 hrs. Lots of old school Rioja here, somewhat strong coconut notes from the American oak, but nothing distracting. Dark cherry liqueur and pipe tobacco make for a solid core, that is tightly wound, and needs time. The biggest takeaway was this was served right alongside the 09 Ygay, and it seemed to match it step for step, perhaps the Ygay will pull away in 15 years, but still.
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White
8/19/2019 - Dale M wrote:
90 points
I like jmcmchi's description of 'briny' as this is exactly what this tasted like. I was looking for a descriptor other than saline, as it also had a slight sour edge, briny perfect. Oh yes, add some powerful lemon notes and some green fruits and you have the most versatile shellfish wine ever. Very good!
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White
8/17/2019 - Dale M wrote:
89 points
Again, just so consistent, bright Alpine flowers with Provencal herbs, lemony, just great. I do prefer the 16 though, but just a touch more.
Red
8/11/2019 - Dale M wrote:
92 points
Decanted 7 hrs. Once this hit my glass, I was pleasantly surprised how open the 14 Chavaroche seemed to be, quite the contrast with the 13 and its ‘I dare you to find a molecule of fruit persona’ (which I really loved by the way). Starting with the aromatics, lots of primary dark berry fruit for the first 4 hrs or so in the decanter, then slowly unfurled elements of the savory. Consistent on the palate as well, though this was pretty easy to peg as a Northern Rhone Syrah, perhaps not as easy to identify as a Levet. Anyway, this was lovely, more than ample structure, generous amounts of blackberry fruit and a touch of the blue too. Jungle Juice (insect repellent that has a very musky scent) and tire rubber join the fray later on, as does a distinct saline, blood like, edge on the finish. Lots of happy days ahead but certainly no regrets for the test drive last night.
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White
8/11/2019 - Dale M wrote:
91 points
Continues to impress - so good.
Red
8/10/2019 - Dale M wrote:
88 points
Purchased on a lark, I was feeling the itch for a Barossa Shiraz and this fit the bill nicely. Typical floral Shiraz fruit, deep colored and very purple. Respectable freshness. I enjoyed. Good for a while.
Red
8/10/2019 - Dale M wrote:
88 points
A little out of balance at first, this came together nicely in the nd. Modern, with some polish but a nice wine at $15. Drink now.
White
8/10/2019 - Dale M wrote:
88 points
Interesting white that was discounted from 425 to $15, and good thing, it needs to be drunk know. Seems like this has seen some oak, which makes for an unusual wine, and not unpleasant.
Red
8/4/2019 - Dale M wrote:
92 points
Oopsy - so much for waiting 3 to 5 years :) Excellent wine.
White
8/4/2019 - Dale M wrote:
90 points
Surprisingly unique white, much deeper color than I expected, imparted a slight sulfur scent that was not out out of place with the baked apple and spice flavors. Versatile and enjoyable Tuscan white.
Red
2015 Castello della Paneretta Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
8/4/2019 - Dale M wrote:
91 points
Again pure Sangiovese delight. Lovely transparency of perfectly sweet and sour cherry fruit. At Total Wine, so distribution should be broad and this easy to find.
Red
8/2/2019 - Dale M wrote:
91 points
Reminder to myself: “Yes, Carlisle Zins are great right out of the gate, but the Rhone reds need time Dale!” So true here as well. Varietally correct notes of dark cherry wrapped in tree bark, a little wood polish, and a snappy, spicy finish. Its all there, just have patience. 2 to 3 points in 5 to 10 years.
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White
7/30/2019 - Dale M wrote:
91 points
Lovely Chablis, the classical nature of the 2014 vintage with just a touch of wood spice, sweet, but with good focus and cut. Very good!
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White
7/30/2019 - Dale M wrote:
92 points
Dominated by its fruit - pure green apple - almost Riesling like but with a heavier palate weight. Floral with a slight edge of salinity. At this point, its vastly superior to the 17 Le Mont, but its still early.
Red
7/29/2019 - Dale M wrote:
94 points
Decanted 6 hrs. As many others have noted, the freshnes here is the star of the show, chiseled dark cherry fruit, dusty, and just plain amazing. I loved this.
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Red
7/28/2019 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Even better than my bottle from may of 18 - great ripeness that is fresh and complex. Well done Mr O.
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Red
7/28/2019 - Dale M wrote:
87 points
Solid and workman like effort, pleasing cherry notes that convey a round and spherical experience. Still, given the quality of the 16 vintage and if you did a little homework, you find something a little better and for a few dollars less.
Red
7/24/2019 - Dale M wrote:
95 points
Although a sliver below the Almighty 2007 Armada, this was right there as the best that is made in the US. While I still love me some BF, the slightly understated tone of an Armada allows it to shine with cellering while I think the frog mostly settles in and then holds the fort (very nicely too). Just outstanding.
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Red
7/21/2019 - Dale M wrote:
90 points
Never would have guessed this as a 15 - Spicy Grenache that carries an uncommon tannic edge, event better on day 2. Great Bistro styled southern red. Nice rec from Eric @ Sec Wines in PDX.
Red
2015 Castello della Paneretta Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
7/21/2019 - Dale M wrote:
91 points
What a delight this was. I was all set to buy he Felsina CC for an impromptu pizza wine, and noticed a strong pitch on the price tag from the wine steward, and this was $7 cheaper. Glad I did. Textbook, and I mean text book Chianti Classico here, the perfect hue of sour cherry fruit that both salivates and refreshes the palate and a tiny bit of leather as well. Bright and energetic from end to end, by this by the case.
White
7/20/2019 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Very much looking forward to A GC from this producer, and a 14 Les Clos no less. Lemony and bright, this has impressive coverage and depth, with stony quality emerging on the respectably long finish. Perfect use of wood here as a slight richness frames but doesn’t distract the exceptional fruit from 2014.
Red
7/19/2019 - Dale M wrote:
91 points
Decanted 5 hrs. Oh man, this was tight and very tannic, but a very high quality Syrah is lurking underneath. I couldn’t really tell if it was red or black fruit, but it was pure and grippy. Hold!!!!
Red
7/18/2019 - Dale M wrote:
95 points
Brief Vacation note - this far exceeding my expectations - see Erics note on 5-19, very accurate.
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Rosé
7/15/2019 - Dale M wrote:
Quick Vacation Note - Pretty complex and serious Rose - wild strawberry and great acidic structure.
Red
7/14/2019 - Dale M wrote:
91 points
Perfectly good Syrah, but I think my palate is leaning more toward CA for new World renditions and Northern Rhône is the completely taken over as my Syrah go to region of choice. Still, this was pretty and floral, will enjoy my last bottle for sure.
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White
7/14/2019 - Dale M wrote:
91 points
Splendid white that makes such good use of Gewurtz - but paired with all the other whites its creates such a diverse and flexible beverage. Well freaking done.
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