Tasting Notes for T.E.D.

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Red
2017 Château Hosanna Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/28/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
92 points
onsumed over two days. Very pure berry nose, perfumed with violet followed by mountain herbs, some minty notes. The palate is still very taught with tannins at the forefront. With some coaxing some chalky and loamy cassis and currant come through, followed by coco nib, tar, dry tea leaves. Very pointless to drink now. Will clearly improve however the weakness of the vintage shows.
Red
11/27/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
92 points
My first experience with a high quality Australian Cab. As expected inky purple, with a rim of cherry fruit. Upon initial pour, the nose is very pronounced and multi dimensional. Starting with black fruit compote, blueberry and minty cassis, followed with air by hints of dusty coco, herbs, forest and perhaps some tar. On the palate there is a hefty nature as expected that blunts some of the refinement I found in the nose. More boysenberry, fruit compotes, chalky and loamy mouth feel which I found to be unique. Some hints of lead, clay and tea leaves as well. Overall shows a unique form of cab sauv with good terroir of the region. Stylistically however lacks refinement and structure.
White - Sparkling
11/24/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
92 points
Tinted coppper color. Crispy apple cider nose. Palate is chalky with more Spanish cider notes, with a touch of brioche on the finish. Medium to full bodied with a hint ox. Very well made.
Red
11/20/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
89 points
DarkCrimson color. Relatively muted nose, elements of iron, ash, hard red cherry. Palette leans very taught. Dark fruits, spices, tea leave, ash and some dry clay. Still quite young and tight however lacking aromatics and complexity. Very singular and rustic for a chambolle
Rosé - Sparkling
11/17/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
92 points
Off the cocktail menu hotel bar. Better then I expected. Quite a dark rose in color. Nose is muted. A touch medicinal. Hints of stone and green fruit. Palate shows more typical strawberry, melon, touches of rich brioche, some sweetness on the back palate. Of all the big house base level champagnes moet delivers one of the best qualities for price.
Red
11/14/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
91 points
Very forward and vibrant nose of fresh spring berries, hints of rose followed by herbs and some spice. The palate is rich and minerally, yet still approachable. More stringent cherry fruit with ash and herb notes. Short finish as I noted in previous review. Nicely made yet I question the qpr.
Red
11/13/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
94 points
Inky black color, opaque and heavy coat. Vibrant nose, rich and ripe wild berry and black fruit with a hint of mountain forest after a spring rain, touch of menthol. Still showing freshness and raw power. Palate is lush with dusty quality that is pure Napa. Dusty berry, blue berry pie and compote. Hints of ash, tar in the back palate. Well integrated through and through.
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White - Sparkling
10/30/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
91 points
2020 discorgement. Loamy, white sand, seashell, chalky nose. Palette is very taught and quite minerally and steely. The finish gives off oyster juice, with mignette. Hints of lemon rind as well. Very different then most champagnes with 100% Pinot meunier.
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White - Sparkling
10/23/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
92 points
I always buy a couple of these at the airport in Norway. For around $70 this delivers a solid a performance. Matchstick and flint dominan the nose. Palate is tart with a good mousse, toasty on the finish with charred wood and brioche. Good length with Meyer lemon on the aftertaste. Roederer always delivers.
White - Sparkling
10/23/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
89 points
A straight forward and unassuming champagne. Hints of citrus and tropical fruits. Very little back bone.
Red
10/23/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
93 points
Beautiful and expressive for a young barolo. This producer continues to really impress.
White - Sparkling
10/21/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
91 points
Ended the night with this. Limited note. Aromatic and quite fresh, very juicy and mouth watering.
Red
10/20/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
94 points
Pale ruby color. Snuff box nose, floral, dried earth, cherries and spice, secondary elements coming through. Elegant and delicate palate, very burgundy like. Dried forest with spice, hints of iron, lead and kirsch. Can’t see this improving much more.
Red
10/20/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
93 points
Deep purple youthful color. Good aromatics, with violets, flowers and black and blue fruits. Supple and smooth palate, somewhat rich. More fresh beery fruit, some spice box, woodsy noes. Very approachable today.
White - Sparkling
10/16/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
91 points
2n bottle in less than 2 years. Somewhat straight forward and pedestrian. Nose is relatively muted, showing ripe fruit, juicy fruit gum. Palate lends sweet, and lush, apple orchard, Granny Smith. Pleasing but lacking some structure and back bone.
White - Sparkling
10/15/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
92 points
U Club NYC Selection. Minerally and chalky, the body was full and there was some good length on the finish.
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Red
2009 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/15/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
94 points
U Club NY selection. Limited note. Very dark and milky in color. Rich and dense nose of black berry, ash, tar, earth, hints of shaved pencil. Palate is still very taught, yet quite chalky and chewy showing the quality of this wine as noted by many. With air this seized up, but over the first hour a Milky Way of black fruit, cassis, chewy clay. Still enjoyable and showing depth and great length and structure.
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White
10/15/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
94 points
U Club NYC Selection. Pale golden color, starting to show some age. Nose is full of white stone, chalk, schist and mineral, some white flower as well, if anything a bit muted. The palate is still quite structured for its age. Very linear with more Stoney notes, hints of almond and nuts, nuances of oak. A more acid driven meursault, not fat and unctuous.
Red
10/13/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
91 points
Random auction bottle. Quite nice and open upon pour. Dark fruit and spice on the nose. Palate shows more of the same coupled with crushed rocks and gravel. Hints of pomegranates. Easy drinking with typical Gevery muscularity.
Red
10/10/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
91 points
4th bottle in a few years. This one showed more promise. Still very hard nosed and rustic in nature. Quite gravelly, with crushed grey stones, hints of anise and spice coming through. More open and showing the typicity of corton.
White - Sparkling
10/10/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
95 points
My 3rd bottle from a direct purchase ex-chateau. Slight pressure in release. A deeper golden orangy hue than a remember. Good effervescence which held up through out the bottle. As expected the nose is very unctuous with rich orange, marmalade, honey notes, almond paste. Palate continues along the same path with hints of old minerals and sea shells. Amazing complexity and still showing structure.
White - Sparkling
10/6/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
93 points
375 bottle. One of the zingyer and zippier grande cuvee Krugs I can recall. Very concentrated lemon, rinds, peels and verbena, followed by an almost over the top minerality. Very expressive and pleasing.
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Red
10/4/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
94 points
Pale ruby color, with good clarity. Opening the nose was over the top muscular and animalistic, with farm house aroma and fungi elements, after some air more nuanced floral, herbal and wild strawberry came through. On the palate the power and quality shine immediately, with a chewyness that was distinctive. Spice box coupled with fresh picked berry fruit were dominating follow up by rose and violet garden, herbal essences, black tar, ash and clay. Consumed over 3 hours with improvement over time. Hard to question the distinctiveness and quality of this producer.
Red
9/29/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
91 points
Consistent with other reviews. Rich berry fruits with a broading undertones of clay, iron, wet tobacco on the palate which is intriguing. The body and weight is a bit light and watery.
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Red
9/25/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
92 points
Highly Aromatic nose. Spicy, herbal, reductive, muscular. Hints of green vegetables, and Christmas spice. Palate is lean and taught. Herbal, dried fruits, more spices berry, fernet like. A full bodied wine with some funk and depth. A sleeper producer to me. Quite nice
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Red
2003 Château Pavie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/22/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
93 points
U Club selection. Limited note. This was still fresh and showing youth. Classic profile of chalky fruits, clay, tobacco and pipe. Hints of coco. Smooth and silky.
Rosé - Sparkling
9/22/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
95 points
19th edition. U Club selection. Pale salmon color. Nose is rich and fat, spring time fruit, orchard fruits and dough. Palate is almost over the top with mouth feel. More rich and opulent melon fruit, berry, hint of citrus, fresh bread and yeast round out the palate. This really improved over the course of 3 hours. One of the more opulent rose wines I can remember.
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Orange
2015 Paolo Bea Arboreus Umbria Trebbiano Spoletino (view label images)
9/18/2021 - T.E.D. Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark amber color. Esoteric to say the least. Hard to describe the nose here - beeswax, quince, some tropical notes, dried apricot. Palate is somewhat taught, with a woodsy, worm wood, funky profile. Hints of orange rind and marmalade, and clove. Interesting and more enjoyable than one would think. Seems tough to find.
Red
9/18/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
93 points
A year and a half since my last bottle. Consumed over two days. Color is dark, opaque with rich purple. Initial nose gives off typical Schrader concentrated black and blue, dense fruit. Overt time forest, evergreen, herbal elements come through, hints of lead. On the palate dense and rich, still showing a fresh berry fruit component, the purity of the black fruits is outstanding, even if it could be deemed a bit cloying for some. Hints of oak and coco also show initially. With time and air more nuance comes through, touches of violet, loamy tobacco, and fig. The finish is shorter than one would expect, lingering berry fruit compote dominates. Still showing quite fresh, and at nearly 10 years note much deviation in terms of secondar notes showing.
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White - Sparkling
9/15/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
92 points
By the glass, bottle was open but full. Flinty nose, matchstick, reduction, rich and toasty in typical DP style. Palate shows some candied fruit on top of the yeastyness. Long flinty finish.
White - Sparkling
9/12/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
92 points
Rich golden color, showing age. A more wide open nose than my last bottle, with sweet ginger, ripe golden apple, touches of flower and honey. Palate is showing some oxidative elements. Pastry and toasty bread, vanilla bean and savory apply butter. Quiet full bodied, bordering on sweet. Finish is long, with subtle secondary notes of over ripe apples, touches of funk. A unique and full bodied champagne, will be curious to see how this evolves.
Red
9/10/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
92 points
Second bottle in less then a year. Still quite young and tightly wound. This really needs time to development. The nose shows well, flower box, crushed rocks. Palate is limited, high tannin structure, dark fruit, herbal, tea, gravel.
Red
2001 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/4/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
91 points
My third bottle, last tasted in 2017. Still showing a Dark and youthful color. Nose shows prominent herbal, cool mint and vegetable notes with hints ash and lead. A taught front palate shows, touches of cherry herring, more herb, cigar box, some rosemary and sage. Tannins are still showing. The mid palate drops off quickly, with a limited finish at this stage. High quality and aromatic nose with a weaker palate. Still have a few bottles, will revisit in 2/3 years.
Red
8/28/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
93 points
Tough to review this one. So young and tightly knit. Nose gives off a solid aromatic profile, violet, green berry, spice box, forest and evergreen. Palate is very tight, firm red cherry followed by grey stones and gravel. There is considerable acid and structure here. However to young to unwind.
White - Sparkling
8/27/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
91 points
A super rich and lush champagne. Can see why this is a crowd pleaser. Dom P like on the nose and palate with rich toasty, brioche and yeast notes. Hints of marzipan, quince on the palate. Not finding the acidity as noted by others which lowers my score here. Still satiating and satisfying.
White
8/26/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
92 points
Structured and layered. Flinty nose, citrus rinds. Palate shows a taughtness, more citrus, flinty, some reduction with hints of fat. Quite nice.
Red
8/19/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
93 points
My second experience with a Cogno Ravera wine. Again this producer and cru are showing some serious depth and elegance. The nose here is ponounced, with stone fruits meshed with eucalyptus, tar, herbs, and violets with coaxing. The palate is still very tight and with tannin. More dark cherry and stone fruits, coupled with herbal elements, tar, bark and crushed stones. Still quite tight and tannic. Clearly built for 15-20 years of aging. Can this producer becoming highly desirable.
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Red
8/16/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
90 points
A new world style burgundy. Rich cherry fruits, hints of oak, sappy in some ways and also muscular. Lacking some depth and nuance.
Red
8/14/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
96 points
My first experience with Elvio Cogno, and as noted by others this wine is quite spectacular, one of the best representations of Nebbiolo I can remember. The nose is dizzying with great aromatics. Initially showing violet, perfume, lavender, rose, spice and tea, followed by hints of tar, star anise, even fennel and other herbs. It’s unique and representative of the terroir I suspect. The layers are intoxicating. On the palate the wine is both lithe yet structured. Gravelly with crush stones, hints of cherry fruit, clove and other savory herbs are present. Back palate shows clay and loam. Touches of orange peel. While young it’s hard to say this wine isn’t in a great place. Bottle was decanted, two day consumption.
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White - Sparkling
8/13/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
92 points
Meyer lemon and seashell nose. Palate is balance, leaning toward brioche and toast with hints of salinity and salt. A great cuvee from roederer.
Red
8/8/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
91 points
Consumed over two days. Cherry, plum, violet, rose and orange peel on the nose. Palate is chalky with refined tannin, dusty cherry, some leather notes, tea leaf. Bing cherry on the finish. Well made. Perhaps a bit too typical a profile for my liking at this price point.
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Red
8/6/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
91 points
Bright and youthful color. Consumed bottle over two days. A fresh and bright berry start on the nose, black and red fruits, followed by some nuanced floral and spiced character. Palate is juicy and fresh with more ripe and fresh berry and cherry notes, touches of clay and minerals, green herbs on the back palate. Quite lively and approachable at this stage. Very well made at $60 price point.
Red
7/31/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
91 points
Nose is Floral, with cherries and spices, medicinal and herbal with air some barn and funk. Palate is lean and linear, with hints of stringent cherry, and flower box, some iron notes. Quite muscular for a chambolle.
White
7/28/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
93 points
My first experience with Latour/Giraud. Quite fresh and lively on nose and palate. Flinty at first followed by acute citrus and peels. Palate shows some oak and butter initially leading to more citrus fruit, schist and mineral, finish of soft vanilla. Integrated and well structured.
White - Sparkling
7/27/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
93 points
Ulysses delivers again as hands down one of my favorite grower producers. This wine is exquisite in its depth and complexity. It’s completely atypical from the big houses.
Red
7/25/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
94 points
Consumed over 3-4 hours. Herbal, mineral nose with good cherry fruit, and violets. Palate is lithe and lean with a tight structure, tones of iron, blood, tar, followed green cherry and more beautiful herbal notes. Hints anise, clove. Young but really drinking well and integrated. Quintessentiall brunello.
Red
7/16/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
92 points
My first bottle of this in 5 years. Quite surprised by the expressiveness and structure still holding out. Rich and velvety, with mountain black fruits, pine and evergeen forest, hints of rich oak. Even at 15% abv this doesn’t drink port like. A pleasant surprise.
White - Sparkling
7/14/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
93 points
Dark yellow color. Still good fizz. Very rich and unctuous, with a rich and viscous nose and mouth feel. Very creamy, and toasty, with a burnt caramel feel, hints of acid still there, stringent at times. Evolves over time to show a rich and full bodied flora of vanilla bean and perhaps ginger. A unique wine and worth seeking out.
White
2010 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
7/10/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
90 points
Similar to my previous bottle back in 2019. Relatively muted abs flat to a degree. With air time showing good minerality and citrus. Velvety but in a flat way. Lacking acid as noted by others.
White - Sparkling
7/8/2021 - T.E.D. wrote:
93 points
A smooth sailing 93 pts. Highly structured from start to finish with an ever present mineral core followed By a long finish of citrus fruits. Dusty chalk shows from start to end. Full bodied without the toasty notes of a typical blanc de blanc
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