Tasting Notes for MartyL

(541 notes on 476 wines)

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Red
7/24/2020 - MartyL Likes this wine:
93 points
Consistent with prior note, but seems like the wine has added just a bit of weight with some more time in the cellar. Drinking beautifully now.
Red
7/21/2020 - MartyL wrote:
93 points
Consistent with last note, this is drinking beautifully and yet shows no sign of going downhill. I don’t know if these are intended to be long agers, but I think these Arnot-Roberts Trousseaus really hit their stride 5-7 years after the vintage when they’ve shed some of the puppy fat and settle into something softer and more subtle. Sad I don’t have more of this 2013.
Red
6/23/2020 - MartyL Likes this wine:
92 points
Consistent with Finare Vinare's notes. Love this stuff, and the kind of red wine I want to drink all the time, but especially in the summer.
Red
6/22/2020 - MartyL Likes this wine:
93 points
Great vintage for the Grezeaux. Some puppy fat showing now but there is also very smooth tannin and just a hint of pyrazines underneath a fairly intense core of fruit. Great now and I bet will have a long life in the cellar too. My first time with a Baudry new release since the 2014 Guillot where on the first sip sends an unmistakeable "back up the truck" message.
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Red
6/13/2020 - MartyL wrote:
93 points
Reminds me of the 2009 CRB Cot. Maybe a little thicker in body and inkier in color. Soft pyrazines and tannin, black and red fruit, some pencil lead. Drinking beautifully now and also has legs for the cellar. Would like to find some more of this.
Rosé
6/14/2020 - MartyL Likes this wine:
92 points
Loved this unusual little thing. 40% Chardonnay, the rest is Gamay and Mondeuse. (Note this is actually VdF and not Vin du Bugey, but it comes from the Bugey area). Hot pink fruit punch color. Cross between rose and a light red. Clearly dry but snappy and fruity and bright. Intensely drinkable. Hall of fame level summer drinking.
Red
5/29/2020 - MartyL wrote:
91 points
Nice red-fruited thing. Old vine sappiness gives this some character but fundamentally it’s a glou-glou bottle. Good for summer drinking.
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Red
5/25/2020 - MartyL Likes this wine:
93 points
Great bottle. Feels like the “terre” that “parle” here is somewhere in the vicinity of Ampuis. The smoky/savory aromas pair very nicely with grilled burgers.
White
5/24/2020 - MartyL wrote:
92 points
Consistent with my prior note.

Not sure there is any point to buying Rosé if this is available. On day 2 the floral/peach perfume really comes out. Ideal summer quaffer.
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White - Off-dry
5/25/2020 - MartyL wrote:
92 points
Still glad I bought a lot of 2001 Donnhoff and still sad I didn’t buy more.
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Red
5/17/2020 - MartyL Likes this wine:
94 points
Not possible to top this with a NY Strip on the grill. Sedate and suave black cassis fruit with just a hint of herby/eucalyptus. Soft tannin, and drinking beautifully right now. Brava.
Red
5/17/2020 - MartyL Likes this wine:
93 points
Love this stuff. Different cepage this year but same joyful feeling and energy of all the great Especials of past vintages. If this is spritzy and/or reductive on opening, just give this a good shake or pour back and forth between a couple of decanters or glasses 20 times or so. Best served with a slight chill, and even better on day 2. Otherworldly with fried chicken. Pretty great with cheese too.
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White
5/15/2020 - MartyL Likes this wine:
92 points
I liked this a lot. Exotic florals (is that the viognier? the marsanne?) and spice on the nose with good acidity, juiciness, and brightness on the palate. Gets more expressive as it warms up in the glass. Low alcohol and intensely drinkable. Versatile with food (equally great with burritos, rice and beans, burgers, and roast chicken).
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Red
5/12/2020 - MartyL Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking beautifully right now. Forward and generous without being overblown. What I want from a CA pinot.
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Red
5/8/2020 - MartyL wrote:
92 points
Wait a second... Do I like Grenache now? OK, well I guess I like Grenache now.

Kidding aside, this strikes me as more like D&R and less like Grenache, but maybe everyone else is just growing/making Grenache wrong. Tart red fruits, spice, light on its feet, low in alchohol. A very little spritz on opening, which blows off with some air. More integrated and smooth on day 2. Easy to drain this bottle, wish it was a magnum.
Red
4/23/2020 - MartyL wrote:
89 points
Okay. Some bottle stink, which mostly blows off after a day open. Then reasonably quaffable with a little scent of the stables coupled with berry fruit. Not sure I would buy again but had no trouble finishing the bottle over a couple of days.
White
4/22/2020 - MartyL Likes this wine:
94 points
Yowzers was this good. Beautiful floral aromas and a honeyed texture play off a minerally, mouth-watering acidity. Makes a compelling case for Grauburgunder's potential as a world-class wine and worth every penny of the tarrif.
White
4/16/2020 - MartyL Likes this wine:
94 points
Honeyed and steely at once. Drinking well now but no rush. Love this bottling.
Red
4/5/2020 - MartyL wrote:
93 points
A great bottle. A little more body and tannin and darkness to the fruit than a typical Shake Ridge (weighs in at 14.0% alcohol), but that spice from the stems and the juicy fresh whole cluster aroma is still definitely there in the nose, so despite the slightly elevated structure and body, i think a D&R fan would be able to identity this as a D&R wine with just one sniff. Really pretty on the palate, almost cab-like in terms of structure, but the acidity hits you on the mid-palate and the wine remains fresh and lively. So comforting to have something to drink that seems so familiar and yet at the same time surprising with a couple of dinners at home over a pretty bleak weekend in NYC. Makes me think of better days in the past and hope for better ones in the future too.
Red
4/1/2020 - MartyL wrote:
92 points
Drinking well. Aromatics have become more feral and savory.
Red
3/29/2020 - MartyL wrote:
87 points
Not my Cuppa Tea. Jill finds it too jammy, and I get some alcoholic heat on the nose, which for me overwhelms the fruit. It’s weird (in a good way) in that the wine has sufficient acidity to not come off as flabby or unbalanced on the palate, despite having really big fruit, but again on the finish to me the alcohol is just too much.
Red
3/29/2020 - MartyL wrote:
92 points
Enjoyed this over 3 days. Was most expressive 24 hours after being opened. Bright red fruit and spicy whole-cluster / stems on the nose. Tart acidity and the tannins make themselves felt on the finish. Liked this a lot and it was great with a tomato-based braised brisket. (Much preferred this to the hotter Outer Limits bottling).
White - Off-dry
3/22/2020 - MartyL wrote:
91 points
Nice balance between fruit/sweetness and acidity. On the crisper side—good food wine, particularly with anything spicy.
Red
3/13/2020 - MartyL Likes this wine:
93 points
Consistent with prior note. Really sang on day 3.
White - Off-dry
2/28/2020 - MartyL wrote:
94 points
I bought 9 half bottles of this. Not sure that was enough. See prior note.
Red
2/28/2020 - MartyL wrote:
93 points
In the zone. Olives, some smoke, black fruit. Suave tannins. Drinking beautifully but no danger of this going downhill any time soon. Took a couple of hours of air for the aromas to really emerge.
Red
1970 Château Magdelaine St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/28/2020 - MartyL Likes this wine:
92 points
A lovely mature Magdelaine. On opening there is a whiff of VA, but that blows off after an hour in the decanter. Mature aromas, cigar wrappers /complex mix of herbs, some mature black fruit. Savory finish. Compelling.
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White
2/12/2020 - MartyL Likes this wine:
93 points
Great great Kabinet. Approaching spatlese level sweetness/fruit but laser-like acidity keeps the wine light on the palate. Crystal purity and minerality. Might be my favorite 2018 Falkenstein in a lineup that includes some real stars.
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Red
2/1/2020 - MartyL Likes this wine:
95 points
Consistent with prior note. No shame in drinking this now as the wine is in a beautiful phase, but decant carefully (and if you can, stand up the bottle for a few days) as this bottle had a ton of fine grained sediment at the bottom, and it also wouldn’t be a shame to wait a few years because it really takes a couple of hours in the decanter before the wine really unfurls. Compared to my last note this bottle was blacker in its fruit profile, with the olive aromas dominating the savory aspect of the nose. Great balance of fruit/savory and body/acidity. Wish you could still buy this for less than a C-note.
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Red
1990 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/1/2020 - MartyL wrote:
94 points
Still at peak. On this bottle the eucalyptus and pyrazines were really prominent, with the fruit playing a much more secondary role. Elegant medium bodied mouthfeel. Really compelling and interesting but too drinkable for us to get to spend too much time with it. I don’t usually like Cal Cabs but I love this.
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Red
1/28/2020 - MartyL wrote:
91 points
Still very much ticking, but much of the youthful exuberance has worn off. Now it’s a lovely soft thing, still bright and light on the palate, but the red fruit is more muted, especially on day 1. By day 3 the fruit is more expressive, but still not what it was in the first couple of years past release. Could be bottle variation at work, but this one is also noticeably softer and more delicate than my note on another bottle tasted around 6 months ago. This was more along the lines of a Baden Spatburgunder or Jura Trousseau than the juicy Beaujolais character of the wine’s youth. It’s still a lovely tipple, but Hardy recommends drinking these in the first year or two after release and I think that’s probably the right approach.
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White
1/19/2020 - MartyL wrote:
90 points
The darkest of the E&M orange spectrum, this bottle is darker and redder than most roses. There’s a lot going on here, some of which is great (the perfumed ethereal floral and complex aromas) and some of which is less so, to my taste at least (a slightly yeasty/lambic thing). So color me ambivalent on this one.
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Red
1/13/2020 - MartyL wrote:
91 points
Mostly Pinot Noir with a little Gewurz and even less Tannat in the blend. Mostly Athis registers as a light and very glou glou cool climate Pinot; and maybe could pass for a Loire Gamay. 12.66% alcohol. This was very aromatic, fresh and sprightly. Super drinkable—I liked this a lot and would buy this again.
Red
1/4/2020 - MartyL wrote:
89 points
Just ok. Drinkable and pleasant but not particularly memorable.
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White - Sparkling
1/1/2020 - MartyL wrote:
92 points
Rich, chocolate-y, plus a very clear sense of the solera style. Haven't detected that in this bottling before. This was an 09 bottling disgorged on 12-12-2011 (kudos to V&S for clear and informative labeling), and it strikes me as fully mature.
White - Sparkling
1/1/2020 - MartyL wrote:
92 points
The quality and balance between yeast/minerality/fruit/richness/acidity is undeniable here but the power of each element is almost too much at this stage. I think this is really very young and ought to rest in the cellar for a few years so it all can come together.
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White - Sparkling
12/31/2019 - MartyL Likes this wine:
93 points
Mature, rich and powerful. Very Pinot-dominated. This turned heads. Opinion was divided as to whether this or the 08 Dom was the better wine. I think the latter will probably have a longer life, but for right now the Goisses is the winner. Contra to my last note from three years ago, I'm not sure this is going to get much better over time so I plan to drink my remaining bottles over the next couple of years. (NB Jill loved this).
White - Off-dry
1/1/2020 - MartyL Likes this wine:
95 points
Yes. Just yes. Even better than the last two times paired with 2-year old Comte and Vacherin at midnight on NYE.
Red
Consistent with prior note. Feels like this has a lot in reserve too, which bodes well for the cellar.
White
12/29/2019 - MartyL wrote:
92 points
Ordered this off the list at Zahav in Philly. The color was the palest of all of the various E&M skin contact whites that I’ve had. Here the skin contact gives the wine an ethereal/exotic/floral personality. Litchi comes to mind, but it’s paired with a grapefruity zing. Brilliant and refreshing with the aggressively spiced cuisine. As the wine warms in the glass the litchi/floral/tropical aromas really begin to dominate and I find this to be totally beguiling. Still great (maybe better) on day 2. I can imagine this being awesome as a summer quaffed. At around $60 off the restaurant wine list this was a good value. At around $20 from Lyle Fass it’s a crazy bargain.
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Red
12/21/2019 - MartyL Likes this wine:
93 points
Great vintage that is drinking beautifully now. Cool cassis fruit, medium bodied and elegant on the palate. A very subtle herbal/eucalyptus note comes through too. Really liked this.
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Red
12/20/2019 - MartyL Likes this wine:
91 points
Consistent with prior note except that now an intriguing herbal note has started to emerge. With air the fruit concentration deepens. Really nice.
Red
12/18/2019 - MartyL Likes this wine:
90 points
Very glou glou. Benefits a lot from vigorous aeration though as this showed quite a bit of reduction on opening.
Red
12/13/2019 - MartyL wrote:
94 points
Beautiful showing. This is mature and firmly in tertiary stage. Tea and spice notes dominate with a sweet and soft reddish fruit underneath. Glides beautifully on the palate. Just a slight note of bitterness on the finish. Jill takes one sip blind and says “ooh, *this* is good!”
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Red
12/4/2019 - MartyL wrote:
92 points
Singing right now. Beautiful crunchy fresh red fruit on the nose. On the palate it’s a dance alternating between tart cranberry and sweet red fruits. Impeccable balance. Long on the finish. Really great and in a great place. If you have any, open one up.
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White
12/4/2019 - MartyL wrote:
90 points
Beeswax and lanolin on the nose, but light and fresh and minerally on the palate with good acidity. Smells like it’s going to be heavy but it isn’t at all. Nicely done.
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Red
11/26/2019 - MartyL Likes this wine:
93 points
Amazing stuff. Has the diaphanous purity and clarity so characteristic of E&M, but this vintage has a bit more stuffing, weight, and intensity. Aromas are all cherries, beetroot, and woodsy spices. Beautiful palate presence. Really delicious. No danger of this going downhill anytime soon, but it’s also in a lovely place to drink (it became more expressive after a 2 hour decant). Great vintage for the Buntsandstein.
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Red
11/17/2019 - MartyL wrote:
88 points
Eh. A little ripe for my taste. Probably the vintage showing its colors. The finish is a little astringent too.
Red
11/16/2019 - MartyL wrote:
92 points
Largely consistent with my note from last year. There’s an intriguing olive note that has started to emerge. This wowed everyone around the table. Jill sniffed the glass and asked if this was Dirty & Rowdy. There’s something of a kinship in the freshness of the fruit and lively acidity. The negative chatter about this wine in some corners of the internet completely baffles me, as both bottles I’ve had have been basically incontrovertibly delicious. Couple of serving notes: The wine did well with an hour in the decanter. Also, the intensity of flavors in this wine made it a good match for a very garlicky braised chicken dish.
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