Tasting Notes for MartyL

(482 notes on 437 wines)

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Red
10/18/2019 - MartyL wrote:
90 points
Every bottle of this is seemingly different. This one was pyrazine city (bell pepper if you like it, weedy if you don’t). For me, tobacco leaf aromas dominate. There’s some fruit but it’s very very quiet and the wine is more vegetable than fruit if you know what I mean. Jill found this undrinkable but I liked it.
Red
10/18/2019 - MartyL wrote:
90 points
Showing very ripe and plummy but not hot or flabby at this stage. Give it some time to settle down and come together.
White - Off-dry
10/16/2019 - MartyL Likes this wine:
95 points
spectacular high wire act balancing between sweetness and acidity. Complex tropical aromas and lime in tension. Great on pop and pour and even better with time in the glass if you can resist guzzling it.
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Red
10/12/2019 - MartyL wrote:
92 points
Largely consistent with prior note. With a little more time in the bottle the wine has shed a bit of its ebullience. It’s still plenty bright, but a slightly spicier/darker aspect is showing more now. Interestingly the wine is super light and bright and red fruited, but there’s some tannin on the finish. You get the impression that these grape skins were full of flavor and intensity. Really like this and I’ll be a buyer next vintage too.
Red
10/11/2019 - MartyL wrote:
94 points
I’m not sure I should really be allowed to write notes on the D&R Especial. My enthusiasm for this wine is just beyond rational proportions at this point, so take this with a grain or three of salt.

Anyway, while my last bottle of this took some time to open up after opening, shining brightest on day 2, this one was singing from the outset. Immediately on popping the cork, you get effusive aromas of red fruit, mainly raspberry. Light red in the glass, and soft and light on the palate. Like my previous note, the phrase dangerously glou glou comes to mind. It’s just so juicy and joyful. I think Keith once called a previous vintage of this something like a “Happy Funball.” This bottle was very much in that mode.
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Red
10/7/2019 - MartyL wrote:
90 points
Soft complex Nebbiolo/rose aromas with plummy fruit and herbal tea. Mature, with maybe just a little touch of VA somewhat detracting from the experience. There's some tannin on the finish but it's relatively smooth.
Red
9/28/2019 - MartyL wrote:
91 points
Double decanted this 24 hours in advance. Aromas of reduction (rubber tires) dominated both on initially popping the cork and on revisiting the wine after the 24-hour double decant. So I turned to the old “pour the whole bottle of wine back and forth between 2 decanters about 20 times” technique to vigorously aerate it. This worked like a charm, and all traces of reductive stink were gone. What was left was a lovely juicy wine with interesting spicy whole cluster aromas. The fruit is just a little more towards the black as opposed to red side of the spectrum, but only when considered against the range of D&R single vineyard Mourvèdres. More Bandol and less Fleurie, if you know what I mean. That said, it’s still elegant and relatively light on its feet. Really good with chicken roasted on a sheet pan with lots of tarragon and onions.
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Red
9/26/2019 - MartyL wrote:
92 points
I liked this a lot. Very approachable, especially for a young Barolo—generous aromatically and also medium bodied and giving on the palate with unobtrusive tannins. Aromas are mostly cherries, some herbs and a whisper of something floral. One of the tastiest young Barolos I’ve had of late.
White - Off-dry
9/15/2019 - MartyL wrote:
93 points
I think Spatlese-Feinherb is where Falkenstein really sings (for me at least). This has that sweet-tart tension that just prolongs the impression of the wine on the palate. It’s also Uber-refreshing and clear and minerally. Fantastic at the table and somehow both gluggable and something more serious.
Red
9/15/2019 - MartyL wrote:
91 points
Really nice. High toned red fruit with earthy/herbal almost minty/pine aromas. Terrific freshness.
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Red
9/9/2019 - MartyL wrote:
93 points
This is a Gamay that makes a powerful impression. Kinda like a cross between a luxe Beaujolais Cuvée (like Cuvée Marcel) in terms of its rich concentration and a Touraine Gamay in terms of its crunchy red-fruited freshness. On opening it’s got a bit of a reductive stink. Vigorous aeration and some time gets rid of that, and then the red fruit aromas start soaring. On the palate it’s almost too much on day one. Better, and in fact pretty great on day two. Worth the tarrif, I think, and something I’ll be buying again for sure.
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White - Off-dry
9/9/2019 - MartyL wrote:
91 points
Sprightly acidity, lime and minerals. Nose gives an impression of sweetness but it’s just barely off dry on the palate. Clear and crisp.
Red
9/8/2019 - MartyL wrote:
flawed
I don’t know if it was VA or just oxidation but it was overwhelming on the nose and rendered the bottle undrinkable.
White
9/1/2019 - MartyL wrote:
91 points
Expressive tropical fruit aromas, giving the impression of sweetness on the nose. On the palate it’s completely dry though, crisp and refreshing, with an intriguing slightly bitter note. Think grapefruit pith. Nice stuff. Excellent complement to sushi.
Red
9/1/2019 - MartyL wrote:
97 points
God wine. Drinking beautifully and in a prime drinking window I think. Tannins are basically gone. Flavors and aromas are decidedly in secondary territory. Aromatically effusive and complex. Super smooth and elegant on the palate. Captivating. Kinda regret selling my other bottle of this even if I did clear something like 10x for it. Oh well.
Red
8/29/2019 - MartyL wrote:
90 points
Really nice. A little more subdued than the 2016. Light ruby/violet color, soft florals in the nose with red fruit and some spice. Good with food.
Red
Bullseye.

This is all fresh and crunchy red raspberry deliciousness on the nose, and it's light as a feather on the palate. This still has some spritz to it, so give this a vigorous shake or the 2-decanter swish back and forth 10-20x treatment if that sort of thing bothers you. I *think* there might still be a reason to buy and drink other, fancier, wines, but I'm really not sure since something this joyful and delicious is also available. Points simply can not capture how much this wine is in my wheelhouse.
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Red
8/2/2019 - MartyL wrote:
93 points
Glad I bought a bunch of this. It’s in a beautiful place right now, with that trademark olive thing strongly evident in the aromas along with slightly smoky black fruit. No real tannins, this is somehow both gluggable and complex, a crowd pleaser for wine geeks and neophytes alike.
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Red
8/4/2019 - MartyL Likes this wine:
92 points
Aromatically expressive—Lovely violet aromas mingle with the smoky meaty thing on the nose. Acidity gives the wine wonderful freshness and lift on the palate. It’s got a little fizz so recommend vigorous and repeat double decanting.
Red
8/2/2019 - MartyL wrote:
89 points
Closed on night one, with a mute nose and firm tannins. On day 2 you get some northern Rhône savory aromas but the palate is still firmly tannic. Revisit in a bunch of years maybe?
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White
8/3/2019 - MartyL wrote:
91 points
Floral perfumes. Apricot and other stone fruit waft from the glass. Richly aromatic but light bodied and bracing on the palate. A really lovely summer drink.
White
7/19/2019 - MartyL wrote:
85 points
My least favorite E&M white to date. The aromas here are to my taste marred by that beer-like yeasty thing you get with many orange wines.
Red
7/16/2019 - MartyL wrote:
92 points
Consistent with prior note. Wish I had more of this vintage as it’s drinking beautifully right now.
Red
7/2/2019 - MartyL wrote:
92 points
jammy sweet cherries and whole cluster spice on the nose. There’s such a sense of ripeness and sweetness in the aromas that you get nervous that the palate is going to be flabby or hot, but it isn’t. The acidity balances things and keeps the wine in check. It’s still on the sweet side though. I’ve gotta admit I kinda like it, but it’s more immediately delicious than particularly complex.
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White
6/29/2019 - MartyL wrote:
91 points
Grapefruit pith aromas. Zingy acidity and minerality. Dry. Solid.
Red
6/21/2019 - MartyL wrote:
92 points
Glorious (call it 95) on night one. Less so (89?) on night two. On opening the red fruit is incredibly expressive and perfumed with spice and sweet tiny wild berries. Light bodied with sprightly acidity on the palate. Freshly, crunchy, and joyful. Really great and among the best D&R bottles I’ve had. On night two the wine has sadly shut down. Aromas are much more muted and the wine seems darker and a little more stewed. Unusual given that D&R bottles often show better after being open for a day. Could have just been the muggy weather today. Oh well, should have finished the bottle on the first night.
White - Off-dry
6/18/2019 - MartyL wrote:
91 points
Consistent with prior note. Down the middle of the Feinherb strike zone.
White
6/17/2019 - MartyL wrote:
92 points
Rich and honeyed aromatics. With air it reveals some spice too. Plush texture. Opulent and very grand cru. Mature.
Red
6/12/2019 - MartyL wrote:
89 points
Mature. A little musty at first but that blows off with some air. Soft and earthy, a little tart.
White
6/10/2019 - MartyL wrote:
93 points
Maybe not quite as wacky, wild, and weird as the Grauburgunder, but this is wacky, wild, and weird nonetheless, and I love it. Exotic apricot, mango, peach, litchi, and floral perfumes waft from the glass, and the first impression the wine makes is really a question—Is this really made from grapes? Anyway, I’m not sure but I don’t care, because it’s $20 and it’s freakin delicious.
Red
6/7/2019 - MartyL Likes this wine:
94 points
This bottle really started to shine after 24 hours of air. Beautiful crunchy and fresh red fruit aromas, light as a feather on the palate. Dangerously glou glou. Jill says it reminds her of Clos Roche Blanche and there's something to that. High praise and well deserved. Love this stuff.
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Red
5/29/2019 - MartyL Likes this wine:
91 points
Lovely red fruit aromas---raspberry and sour cherry. On the palate it's got Spatburgunder levels of acidity. I liked this a lot.
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Red
1992 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
5/28/2019 - MartyL wrote:
89 points
Remarkably ageless and still wearing it's Zin-ness on its sleeve. Ripe blackberry fruit dominates the nose. On the palate the wine is plush and rich. A little too much heat on the finish (it's 14.9% alcohol) mars the experience for me though. Really weird that fruit shows no sign of maturity at age 27.
Red
5/25/2019 - MartyL wrote:
91 points
Mature, soft red fruit aromas with some tea notes too. On the palate it’s also soft, with cooling acidity and some dusty tannins on the finish. Drink up.
Red
5/22/2019 - MartyL wrote:
90 points
Pretty good. Some magenta tinge to the color here, and some puppy fat shows—it’s decidedly black fruit and not red with just a mild note of savory on the finish.
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Red
5/20/2019 - MartyL Likes this wine:
93 points
I liked this a lot. Very intense savory nose, aromas of roasted meat and olives. With air there’s an appealing sweetness that emerges—think meat juices, and then it takes on more of an exotic hoisin character. Dark fruits predominate and on the palate there is pronounced acidity with tannins buttressing the finish, but the structure doesn’t get in the way of the wine’s expressiveness and flavor. After a while open, it shows a bit of VA (or is that just a little oxidation). Anyway, seems like this is at a plateau if not peak.
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Red
5/19/2019 - MartyL Likes this wine:
91 points
2016 seems like a really fine vintage for the Liaison. (Though my data points just go back to 2012). On opening it shows some of the sprightly tart sour cherry/cranberry character of the great 2013, with strong notes of pine needles/forest. A brilliant match with Fesenjan, as the wine is echoes the pomegranate in the sauce. On day two the fruit really deepens—tart/sour cherry turns to a sweeter and deeper black cherry, and instead of pine needles there is more of a violet/floral character along with some earth. Great stuff.
Red
5/15/2019 - MartyL wrote:
94 points
Gorgeous aromas on opening, and then it blossoms further for the first couple of hours. Mature soft red fruit with some spice and tea notes. Elegant, medium-bodied and Chambolle-like on the palate. After a few hours open I thought this started to show a little tired/oxidized, but it was brilliant while it was shining.
Red
5/15/2019 - MartyL wrote:
92 points
Dark fruit and a whiff of something caramel-like on the nose, lots of stuffing for Spatburgunder in terms of body, but the tannins are rounded enough that they don't get in the way of enjoyment. More serious stuff than your average German pinot, debatable as to whether it is worth the rather hefty tarrif.
Red
5/14/2019 - MartyL Does not like this wine:
79 points
There are some interesting spicy red fruit aromas here. . . . . underneath a persistent top note of something vaguely skunky. It's a little fizzy too. Great label, but maybe having underwear appear on the label is a little too on the nose for this one.... How do you say "I don't want any more" in French?
Red
5/12/2019 - MartyL wrote:
93 points
This is one of those wines that confounds the 100 point scoring scale. Is it a 100 point wine? nah. There are wines, plenty of ‘me, that are more complex, more profound, more weighty, etc. But do I want anything more from a 14 year-old Fleurie than what is in this bottle? Hell no. There’s soft red fruit, some florals, velvety palate presence. Just great stuff that continues to drink beautifully and seems in no danger of decline anytime soon.
Red
5/10/2019 - MartyL wrote:
90 points
Ripe spiced cherry fruit on the nose but super tart and a little thin on the palate.
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Red
5/8/2019 - MartyL Likes this wine:
90 points
Showing smoky/meaty northern Rhone savory aromatics upon opening, that impression recedes after this gets some air. At that point there's a cool red fruit. A little astringent on the finish, I don't know if that's wood tannins showing or it's just young. I'd recommend letting this sleep for a few years.
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White
5/7/2019 - MartyL wrote:
91 points
Solid village Puligny. Not the same fireworks as the last bottle but very true to its origin nonetheless. Minerals, a little citrus, a bit of oak. Well balanced.
Red
5/5/2019 - MartyL wrote:
91 points
The ripeness has mellowed since the last time I checked on this. It’s now beautifully balanced and elegant. Lovely stuff.
Red
5/4/2019 - MartyL Likes this wine:
91 points
In a really nice place. On the first night, really aromatically expressive—showing red fruits and spice. On the palate there is some tannic structure, and the fruit seems to darken, with just a hint of bitterness on the finish, which recedes once paired with food. On night two the wine is less red-fruity and more dark fruited—less D&R and more Bandol, with earth and spice playing a stronger role. This has structure to support further aging but it’s pretty compelling right now too.
Red
5/2/2019 - MartyL Likes this wine:
92 points
Consistent with previous note. As it warms in the glass and gets some air, the tartness recedes a bit and more of the fruit and floral aromas emerge. I'd suggest giving this an hour or two in the decanter.
White - Off-dry
4/18/2019 - MartyL wrote:
90 points
This bottle was a little more on the weightier/sweeter side than the last one. Still good but the acidity is less apparent.
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