Tasting Notes for RichardP

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Red
10/19/2021 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
Dark fruit and truffle on the nose; on the palate, black cherry, currant, and plum, with notes of violet and earth on the medium to long finish, with moderate tannins and strong acidity. 2009 was a light vintage for most Italian wines, but this is powerful and complex, and although the tannins are not as pronounced as in some years it doesn't change the overall quality. This was a very good value at about $80. The Cellartracker drinking window looks a little short; this should last for 10+ years.
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Red
10/19/2021 - RichardP wrote:
94 points
Plum, cherry, and something earthy on the nose; on the palate, cassis, black cherry, and notes of plum and earthy spices, with moderate tannins on the long finish. This is excellent, and it will improve further as the tannins integrate.
Red
10/14/2021 - RichardP wrote:
92 points
Plum and camphor on the nose. On the palate, black cherry, raspberry, and notes of savory herbs, black pepper, strong minerality, and strong tannins on the medium to long finish, with strong acidity. This is excellent, and it was a very good to excellent value at under $60. Drink now if you like your Chateauneuf young, or hold for five years.
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Red
10/14/2021 - RichardP wrote:
92 points
Plum and camphor on the nose. On the palate, black cherry, plum, and notes of ash and earthy spice on the medium to long finish, with strong tannins and strong acidity. This was a good to very good value at under $50.
Red
10/4/2021 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
Blackberry and pen ink on the nose. On the palate, black cherry, currant, and notes of bitter ash and earth, with moderate to strong tannins on the medium finish, and just enough acidity to stay in balance. Although this is beautiful wine, it's lacking in both power and length, and at $120+ it's a below-average value. The tannins will carry this for several more years, but I don't think this will improve much. The Cellartracker drinking window looks about right.
Red
9/27/2021 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
Strawberry and menthol on the nose. On the palate, black cherry, blackberry, and currant, with notes of earthy spice and black pepper on the medium to long finish, with strong tannins and strong acidity. This is an excellent Supertuscan that should improve over several years, and it's an excellent value at under $40.
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Red
9/27/2021 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
Cherry and blackberry on the nose. On the palate, black cherry with notes of plum, red berries, and earthy spices, with strong tannins and strong acidity on the medium to long finish. This is already excellent, although it's very young and will improve. As it is now, this was an average to good value at about $75.
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Red
9/22/2021 - RichardP wrote:
90 points
This is a classic Barbera with no flaws, although there's nothing distinctive about it either. It was an average to good value at about $20.
White
9/22/2021 - RichardP wrote:
91 points
Lemon and something floral on the nose. On the palate, pear, white peach, grapefruit, and notes of vanilla oak and mineral acid, with moderate to strong acidity on the medium to long finish. This was an average to good value at about $60.
Red
9/22/2021 - RichardP wrote:
flawed
Plum, strawberry, and a light earthy note on the nose. On the palate, black cherry, plum, and something earthy on the medium finish, with light tannins and good acidity. This is so far from the usual standard that I suspect it is lightly corked, so not rated - disappointing in any case.
White - Sparkling
9/14/2021 - RichardP wrote:
89 points
Lemon and yellow apple with a light yeasty note, a fine bubble, and strong acidity.
Red
9/14/2021 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
From a 500 ml bottle. Cherry, plum, and camphor on the nose. On the palate, black cherry, raspberry, and currant, with notes of plum and black pepper, with a mineral element and moderate tannins on the medium to long finish, and strong acidity. This was was slightly closed at first, but it opened up quickly, and there was no detectable Brett. At under $70 this was a very good to excellent value.
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White - Off-dry
9/14/2021 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
This bottle had a distinct note of lime that wasn't present in a previous bottle. After 25+ years some bottle variation is not surprising, and this was still excellent.
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Red
9/6/2021 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
Plum and pen ink on the nose. On the palate, black cherry, currant, and notes of earthy spice and cocoa on the medium to long finish, with moderate tannins and good acidity. This is excellent, and it was a good value at about $90. At the $170+ it is going for now it would be a below average value. Tuscan Merlot seems to have jumped dramatically in price; too bad.
Red
9/6/2021 - RichardP wrote:
94 points
Plum and camphor on the nose. On the palate, black cherry, currant, plum, and notes of strawberry, cocoa, and earthy spice on the long finish, with light to moderate tannins and strong acidity. Although this is outstanding, it was only an average to good value for $120; at the $170+ I see it going for now it would be a below average value. This is one of the best wines I have had this year, but the price premium for the reputation is beyond what I am willing to support. The Cellartracker drinking window looks about right.
Red
2018 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
8/28/2021 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
Although this is still young enough to show some oak, it's starting to integrate. This is excellent, and it's a bargain at under $40.
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Red
2014 Gulfi Etna Reseca Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
8/26/2021 - RichardP wrote:
90 points
Strawberry and prune on the nose; on the palate, pomegranate, prune, and notes of cinnamon and other earthy spices on the medium finish, with strong tannins and strong acidity. This is a good match for rich food. It was an average to good value at about $30.
Red
8/26/2021 - RichardP wrote:
91 points
Strawberry and tar on the nose. On the palate, black cherry, blackberry, and red berries, with notes of leather and tar on the medium to long finish, with moderate tannins and strong acidity. Good as this was, I was hoping for more. This seems younger than it is, with most of its potential still in the future; the Cellartracker drinking window looks too short. As it is, this was an average value at about $100.
Red
8/22/2021 - RichardP wrote:
91 points
Cherry cough drop and camphor on the nose. On the palate, black cherry, cranberry, and notes of strawberry and something citrusy on the medium finish, with light tannins and strong acidity. This was an average value at about $40.
Red
2018 Ridge Geyserville Alexander Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
8/22/2021 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
These are definitely improving over time. The Cellartracker drinking window may be a little short.
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Red
8/19/2021 - RichardP wrote:
91 points
Strawberry and faint earth on the nose. On the palate, cherry, raspberry, and notes of savory spice and earth on the medium finish, with light to moderate tannins and fairly strong acidity. This was a good value at a little under $50.
Red
8/19/2021 - RichardP wrote:
94 points
Strawberry and earth on the nose; on the palate, black cherry, blackberry, and notes of leather, lemon citrus, and earthy spices on the medium to long finish, with moderate tannins and strong acidity. This is somewhere near its peak, although the Cellartracker drinking window looks several years too short.
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Red
8/11/2021 - RichardP wrote:
92 points
Plum and camphor on the nose. On the palate, currant, black cherry, plum, and notes of white pepper and earth, with moderate acidity on the medium finish. This is relatively restrained for a Turley, but it doesn't suffer for that. This was an average to good value at about $40.
White
8/11/2021 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
This is excellent as always. I never buy as many as I should.
White
8/11/2021 - RichardP wrote:
91 points
Pear compote and a hint of lemon on the nose. On the palate, pineapple, pear, and notes of lemon and lime citrus and vanilla, with a pleasant saline/mineral element and a hint of sweetness on the medium finish, with moderate acidity. When first opened, this had an odd bitter note on the finish that quickly faded. This was an average to good value at a little under $60.
Red
8/11/2021 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
Strawberry jam and earth on the nose. On the palate, black cherry, cassis, and notes of plum and leather on the medium to long finish, with well-balanced acidity. Although the 2006 vintage took a long time to open up, it gets full marks for quality now that it's mature. This is about at its peak, though with at least a few good years left; it was an excellent value at under $50.
White - Off-dry
8/11/2021 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
Beautiful nose of marmalade and apple cider. On the palate, peach, orange marmalade, pineapple, and notes of ginger and apricot on the medium to long finish, with good acidity that almost balances out noticeable sweetness. This is clearly affected by botrytis, but it isn't so sweet that it's just a dessert wine. This was a very good to excellent value at about $45.
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Red
8/7/2021 - RichardP wrote:
90 points
Tar and plum on the nose. On the palate, cherry, rusty iron, and notes of currant, tar, and earth on the medium finish, with moderate tannins and good acidity. The Cellartracker drinking window is too short by several years. This was a good value at about $40.
Red
8/5/2021 - RichardP wrote:
89 points
Light strawberry on the nose. On the palate, cherry, currant, and notes of vanilla and earthy spice, with no noticeable tannins and moderate to strong acidity on the medium finish. This was a good value at about $35.
Red
8/5/2021 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
Lilac and strawberry on the nose - beautiful. On the palate, blueberry, black cherry, currant, and notes of cocoa and cranberry on the medium to long finish, with light tannins and strong acidity. This is excellent, and it was a bargain at about $40. It's ready to drink, although it may improve with time. I will buy more of this if I find it.
Red
8/3/2021 - RichardP wrote:
92 points
Strawberry and plum on the nose. On the palate, blackberry, black cherry, and notes of plum, anise, and black pepper, with moderate to strong tannins and strong acidity on the medium to long finish. This was an excellent value at a little over $40.
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Red
8/1/2021 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
Plum and soy sauce on the nose. On the palate, black cherry, plum, currant, and notes of cocoa and savory herbs on the medium to long finish, with moderate tannins and moderate acidity. This is excellent, and it was an excellent value at about $65. At the $95 I see it going for now, it would be an average value. The Cellartracker drinking window looks about right.
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White
7/25/2021 - RichardP wrote:
91 points
No specific notes; this is classic Chablis, and it's a very good value at under $30.
Red
7/25/2021 - RichardP wrote:
91 points
Plum and camphor on the nose. On the palate, black cherry, currant, and plum with notes of olive tapenade and earthy spice, with strong tannins on the medium to long finish. This was better the second day after the tannins had integrated somewhat; it's probably too early to drink these - hold for three to five years. Based on the second day, this was a very good to excellent value at under $25.
Red
7/19/2021 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
This was better than a bottle drunk a few months ago, so bottle variation is in play, although the drinking window is not a factor at this point; this will be good for five to ten more years.
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Red
7/19/2021 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
Plum and earth on the nose. On the palate, blackberry, plum, and notes of olive tapenade, beef blood, and savory herbs on the medium to long finish, with moderate tannins and strong acidity. This was an average to good value at about $75.
Red
7/13/2021 - RichardP wrote:
92 points
I thought I had drunk all of these in the last year, but one more turned up. This is still excellent - classic cherry and red berries with savory spice and earthy notes on the medium to long finish, with light tannins and good acidity. This is good for five to ten more years. It was an excellent value at about $40; it would be an average value at the $70+ I see it going for now.
White
7/13/2021 - RichardP wrote:
92 points
Lemon and apple on the nose; lemon, yellow apple, pear, and notes of lime and salinity on the medium finish, with strong acidity. This was an excellent value at about $30.
Red
7/13/2021 - RichardP wrote:
90 points
Strawberry and menthol on the nose. On the palate, cranberry, currant, and notes of lime, lemon peel, and sharp minerality/salinity, with light tannins and powerful acidity on the medium finish. This was better on the second day. The intense acidity dominates, making it a good match for rich food. This was an average to good value at a little over $30.
Red
7/10/2021 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
Cherry, blueberry, and pen ink on the nose. On the palate, black cherry, blackberry, currant, and notes of mint, vanilla, and earthy spice on the long finish, with moderate to strong tannins and strong acidity. This is early in its drinking window, and it will probably improve for several years.
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Red
7/7/2021 - RichardP wrote:
92 points
This was similar to a previous bottle, but without the touch of bitterness that I found before. It's still a very good value at under $60.
Red
7/5/2021 - RichardP wrote:
92 points
Blackberry on the nose. On the palate, blackberry, plum, and notes of cherry and earthy spice on the medium to long finish, with moderate tannins and good acidity on the medium finish. This was an average to good value at about $60. The Cellartracker drinking window is too short by several years.
Red
7/5/2021 - RichardP wrote:
91 points
Strawberry and pen ink on the nose. On the palate, cherry, cranberry, and notes of orange peel and light earthy spice on the medium to long finish, with strong acidity. This was a very good value at about $35.
Red
7/3/2021 - RichardP wrote:
91 points
Rose petal and strawberry on the nose. On the palate, cherry and red berries with notes of tar and rose petal on the medium to long finish, with light tannins and moderate acidity. This shows the lightness of the 2009 vintage, and it's too old to be drunk young, and too young to be drunk old; it was better several years ago, and it may be better again in five years or more. At the $200+ I see this going for now this is a poor value.
White - Sparkling
6/30/2021 - RichardP wrote:
90 points
Yeast on the nose; on the palate, pear, yellow apple, and notes of gingerbread and lemon peel, with a fine bubble and good acidity. This is an oxidative style, with a mineral note that works well with rich food. This is a good to very good value at about $30.
White - Sparkling
6/28/2021 - RichardP wrote:
89 points
Light yeast on the nose. On the palate, pear, lemon, and mild nutty/yeasty notes on the medium finish, with a medium to fine bubble and good acidity. This was an average to good value at about $20.
Red
6/25/2021 - RichardP wrote:
92 points
Rose petal, cherry, and plum on the nose. On the palate, black cherry, raspberry, and notes of blueberry, lemon citrus, earthy spice, and some salinity on the medium to long finish, with moderate tannins and fairly strong acidity. This is obviously going to improve, and it was a bargain at under $30.
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Red
6/25/2021 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
Drunk young for the sake of science, this showed classic Sangiovese cherry and earth on the nose. On the palate, cherry, red berries, and notes of orange peel, anise, and earth, with moderate tannins on the medium to long finish. Although this is beautiful wine, at $100+ it's only a fair to average value at this point in its evolution. It should improve over several years.
Red
6/25/2021 - RichardP wrote:
90 points
Standard high-octane Turley without the complexity of the more expensive bottlings. At about $20 a bottle it's still an excellent value.
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Red
6/24/2021 - RichardP wrote:
91 points
Strawberry and something earthy on the nose. On the palate, raspberry, red cherry, and notes of pomegranate, cola, and vanilla on the medium to long finish, with light tannins and moderate acidity; a slight bitterness shows on the finish that I usually associate with European wines. The Cellartracker drinking window may be a few years too short. This was a good value at a little under $60.
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