Tasting Notes for dwhit

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Red
4/8/2020 - dwhit wrote:
87 points
Oh, c'mon; I can't believe I'm drinking the same wine as the other reviewers describe. Are they influenced by the $40 they paid, or Rimmerman's accolades? My take was of a pleasant, simple, light bodied Beaujolais redolent of strawberry. Tasted blind, no way I'd have pegged this as pinot noir, never mind Chambole, Vosges, etc. What gives?
White
2/9/2020 - dwhit wrote:
Cork was loose, and wet about halfway up. Very oxidized (as was my only other bottle from Array), and with a strange, hard-to-identify finish. Down the drain and on to something else.
Red
10/6/2019 - dwhit wrote:
80 points
Strictly for the 'cerebral' wine geek. Smells exactly like a Chinese herbal tincture, tastes only slightly more vinous. At 14%, fairly hot for this thin a wine. I guess any experience can be classified as 'educational', but really...
Red
3/19/2019 - dwhit wrote:
3-19-19 Weird; it took 15 minutes and a glass of wine to figure out I don't like this. There is a fresh, light berry taste floating on top of, but seemingly disconnected from, a much more substantial 'meaty' (?) not smokey, under layer. The two just do not come together into a coherent whole, with air, food, whatever. There is not distinct flaw in the wine, and either element considered alone speaks to a well made, even elegant wine. But we stopped drinking this, and opened another bottle, instead.
Four hours later, there is some integration, and I think I'll hold my second bottle for 2-3 more years and see what develops.
White - Sparkling
6/22/2018 - dwhit wrote:
What Garagiste shipped me was the 2012 - not the 2014 - and it was quite oxidized without being much developed otherwise. We dumped it and opened something else. Check your labels and, if you have the '12, get to it right away, fingers crossed.
Red
7/4/2016 - dwhit wrote:
88 points
7-4-16 Had this for lunch, very slightly chilled, on the 4th under the grape arbor. As noted, this is not Brunello, and if you think Garagiste was selling you Brunello for $12, well, c'mon. If you can enjoy a fresh, impeccably made, light bodied and low alcohol red with a lovely nose of roses and cherries, and maybe a little bit of raspberry in the mouth, this is currently a nice summer quaffer. I'm curious to see what happens to the rest of the bottle by tomorrow.
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Red
5/31/2015 - dwhit Likes this wine:
90 points
5-31-15 Nice, aged burg. Pale garnet with hints of orange at the edges, a wonderful nose that says 'old burgundy', and a mid-weight mouth feel and palate. Not over the hill, but ready to drink and very food-friendly; if you like Burgundy and are not after a California pinot experience (I will refrain from pejoratives here) you will be pleased with this, esp. if you got it from Garagiste for under $19. Do not be dissuaded by notes to the contrary.
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Red
11/24/2014 - dwhit wrote:
86 points
Beautiful deep garnet robe with no bricking, nice nose of red fruits and garrigue, but in the mouth just a blast of rather uninteresting sweet red fruit ( one man's 'Kirsch' is another man's 'syrupy' ) without any nuance or secondary flavors, followed by too much heat. This would not stand out as a CdeP in a blind tasting of California Rhone wines. I'll wait for a few years to try the next bottle, hoping for some interesting complexity to develop, but that heat will never go away. Way too expensive for what it is.
Red
11/22/2014 - dwhit wrote:
11-22-14 A sulphur off-smell took a while to blow off; even so this was a fresh, fruity, gluggable wine that is ready to drink, and very enjoyable with goat cheese, rabbit terrine, etc., and will hold for a couple of years. decant and wait 30-60 min., ideally.
Red
2011 Château Lamery Autrement Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/12/2014 - dwhit Likes this wine:
89 points
All the approachability of a Beaujolais village somehow packaged in a classic claret; a delightful wine good on its own and complimenting a wide variety of food. Delicious, fresh fruit with just enough acid and soft tannins, best now and next 2-3 years. (No whiff of brett.)
Red
4/27/2014 - dwhit wrote:
90 points
Dark, almost opaque, with a garnet rim; lovely cab nose; dark and deep fruits which, together with the fine but firm tannins, make the wine seem younger than 9+ years. Not yet complex, but this wine could go many more years and surprise anyone who thought it simple or boring. As it is now, an enjoyable wine, especially with food, without the drying, dusty tannins I expect with Italian reds. A good deal @ $23.
Red
6/14/2013 - dwhit wrote:
88 points
Lots of dark fruit and some oak on the nose; the same fruit, rich and ripe, in the mouth, with a bit of heat on the finish. While I generally don't much like Calif. pinots, I was pleased enough with this one until I had a $14 '08 Beaune at the same meal. The French wine had much less heft and fruit, but more nuance and interest, and it's acidity made it more lively in the mouth and better with food. Going back to the Peay then, it seemed syrupy - too heavy and simple - by comparison. Four of us finished the Beaune, and left half a bottle of Peay by the end of lunch.
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White - Sparkling
6/5/2013 - dwhit wrote:
flawed
Now I see what Rimmerman meant when he expressed surprise that so many of us liked this oxidized style. I hadn't any idea what he was talking about, as my fist 5 bottles were rich and toasty, sure, but not at all oxidized; this last one was, to the extent that we just consigned it to the vinegar barrel after our first glass, and opened something else. Well, at this price, 5 out of 6 wasn't bad...
White - Sparkling
2009 Ridgeview Cavendish West Sussex Champagne Blend (view label images)
5/12/2013 - dwhit wrote:
5-12-13 No great shakes; Ok sparkler, but not as good as the cava we had alongside it at 1/3 the price.
Red
5/2/2013 - dwhit wrote:
5-2-13 Lovely nose, and as light and delicate as this wine was, a full-on Burg. experience - very Pinot perfume and elegance. Don't hurry the other '05s from this producer; they will be great with time.
Red
2/24/2013 - dwhit wrote:
89 points
2-19-13 Had at Pat and Linda's after 30-90 minutes of air. At this point, it needs the air, and was a lilting, elegant (at this price level) light bodied wine with fragrant fruit and a charming gentleness which was jarred by its acidity. Give it another year or two to come together, and this will be a handy little go-to burg.
Red
I'm not giving a point score on this wine, as perhaps the problem was opening it too soon (2 months) after Garagiste shipped it, but my experience was very similar to Ucbeau's; the wine was beautiful - deep, rich, and nicely balanced - on opening, but by 30 minutes later, it had taken on a disjointed, almost harsh charactor that seemed to have a metallic taste here, truncated fruit there, out of balance acidity here, etc. My wife and I both quit drinking it, recorked it, and tried it the next day, but no improvement or reintegration. I would let this sit several months after arrival, and then plan to drink it quickly.
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Red
1/23/2011 - dwhit wrote:
delightful; a light, fresh, and elegant little quaffer that went well with a little goat cheese and a hanger steak. (Drank within 3 days of shipping from Garagiste; past experience would suggest this might be better still in a couple months.)
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White - Sparkling
12/25/2010 - dwhit wrote:
Much more oxidized than previous bottles I've enjoyed, this was a little flat as well. I think this was a varient bottle, as two others consumed this year, while showing obvious, honeyed, aged tastes, were nowhere near as oxidized, and were consistent with other notes below. I won't score this bottle, but generally would give previous bottles 91 pts. I'm not a fan of sherried tastes in champagne.
White
12/19/2010 - dwhit wrote:
Rich, evolved but not overly oxidized chardonnay fruit nicely balanced by refreshing acidity. Absolutely delightful last night with Julia Child/Jacques Pepin's pate compagne. Maybe Chablis purists would say this was more like Mersault, but how bad is that?
White
12/9/2010 - dwhit wrote:
88 points
a lovely, if not terribly nuanced, white burg that beautifully complimented a wild rice gratin (nutty aged gryere, a touch of allspice...) and was delightful on its own as an aperitif before dinner. At its peak, or slightly beyond, I'll drink my last bottle soon, and look forward to it.
Red
12/6/2010 - dwhit wrote:
modestly generous nose, but even after 2 hrs, acidic and alcoholic in the mouth, so overall the restrained fruit was not enough to make this enjoyable. Wait a few years and hope this softens , or cook with it.
White - Sparkling
12/3/2010 - dwhit wrote:
93 points
a junior Krug, and a fantastic bargain at $40; I wish I'd bought much more
Red
12/3/2010 - dwhit wrote:
89 points
deep-toned and elegant, more fruit than a lot of Garagiste wines but still very balanced and capable of lasting several more years, a real bargain at $14
Red
12/3/2010 - dwhit wrote:
88 points
classy, lithe, transparent, with fine tannins but reticent fruit. A little cherry taste; maybe more fruit will be evident with a bit more time? A very nice bottle for the price.
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