Tasting Notes for chcook

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Red
brief note - restaurant purchase. PNP. color dark. fruit is ripe and rich. despite the alcohol that peeks out a little this is pretty well balanced. the fruit really buries the structure. i think that this will hang in there for quite awhile.
Red
PNP. cork perfect.color is light ruby. nose with ripe strawberry and and cherry. swishing shows solid acidity and tannin most evident on finish. sipping shows good polish and bright cherry fruit. this benefits from air and given its structure i think will be fine for several years in the cellar, and in fact will probably improve. i love what they are doing.
Red
PNP.
cork perfect. color shows no age. the alcohol tells of warm climate. swishing shows mostly acid structure with the tannin buried under fruit peeking out in finish. tannin seems to be fruit based and not oak. sipping shows polish. this was delish tonight with a salmon dish. i think drinking very well and not sure that there is upside to waiting.
Red
2015 Ampeleia Ampeleia Costa Toscana SuperTuscan Blend (view label images)
PNP. Cork perfect. color dark ruby. there is telltale cab franc here with tobacco and roasted bell pepper. agree with previous tasters that this smells heavy but tastes light. great acidity and mellow tannin structure. bright fruit. delish
Red
PNP. cork perfect. color ruby. i am recovering from a cold so my sniffer is a little off. this seems a little on the alcoholic side but there is ample fruit and glycerin with a smooth finish. swishing shows mostly alcohol (I think that this is me). i like this but need to retaste with better senses.
White
straw colored. a little oaky but two nights later was delicious.
White
This is very nice. there is very good balance between the remaining RS and acidity. will age nicely but drinking well now
White - Off-dry
This is like a dessert wine in sweetness.
there is some acidity but it is overwhelmed by RS.
Red
this was superb tonight with seared duck breast. mostly tannin structure and fruit more rich than i was expecting. showing some signs of age and not sure how this will hold up so will drink last bottle soon
Red
PNP. cork perfect. color garnet with a hint of purple edges. nose has ripe bright red fruits and a little pepper. swishing shows great fruit and mostly tannin structure that lingers on the finish. sipping shows more polish and more length than expected. blind would never have guessed this to be 4 years old. i like it tonight and if i had more would drink near term.
Red
PNP. cork perfect. nose has dusty fruit tinged with green epper and tobacco. on second night the fruit was more dominant but the secondaries were still present. swishing shows polished red fruit with both acid and sprite tannin. sipping shows the polish and balance. the tannin lingers but keeps the fruit lively. i like this wine, and prefer it to the pinot from same vintage. would drink youngish
Red
PNP. cork perfect.color light ruby. nose shows earthy cherry and some aclohol. swishing shows acid and zippy tannins. sipping shows some polished bright red fruit with glycerin and modest finish.
White
nope. too much sulfite and acidity. i think that it is the closure - if the sulfur could escape this would probably be good. with air barely tolerable. even after a night i am not interested
Red
brief note. this is light and bright, but a little boozy. great with food, and the cherry fruit dominated palate when enjoyed with duck. fun.
White
brief note. cork was perfect. this is chalky and dense. drinking well now, and won't wait to see if this improves with time. very good now
White
brief note. this is light and lively, great acidity and just a hint of RS that smooths it out. n reason to wait - this is good near termandnot sure how it will progress
Red
PNP. cork wet almost to top but intact. color browning. nose dominated by five spice and some rhubarb and vague fruit. swishing shows persistent acid with some tannin bringing up the rear. there is also some alcohol in here that shines on the finish. really delicious tonight with duck legs. i think will drink remaining '07 cristom wines near term as they seem on the verge
White - Off-dry
PNP. cork intact. color gold. nose has pineapple, citrus peel and some green spice i can't nail down. some ginger too. swishing shows good acid spine that persists on the finish. sipping shows RS but tonight it is not as prominent as it was last summer. shows better lightly chilled. good but stick by my prev conclusion that this will deteriorate before it esterifies . will continue to drink these with spicy food near term.
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Red
tasty. light and bright cherry predominates. there is the telltale german spiciness. polished finish that suggests RS but designated "trocken". quite nice
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Rosé - Sparkling
they no longer show disgorgement date. purchased this in 2017. is at peak and will not wait to drink its stablemate.
Rosé
8/25/2019 - chcook wrote:
flawed
sadly this one was corked
White
love this wine. served with haddock topped with olives and lemon. matched it stride for stride.
White
just goes to show that even an amazing producer can't convince me to like Sauvignon blanc. if you like SB this one is textbook.
White
PNP. cork perfect. this is another good vintage. nose showing candied citrus. sipping has solid creamy acidity - super clean with terse fruity finish that is moderately lenghty. sipping shows a little more fat and great blanace. reminds me of 2014. perfect match for paella.
Rosé - Sparkling
Disgorged 5/15 -last bottle of this disgorgement. this one is showing a little age. softer and creamier than at first release. if yu hav this bottling would recommend drinking near term
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Red
PNP. cork perfect. color garnet with just a hint of brick at edge. nose tonight reminiscent of cru beaujolais w some fruit and a whiff of bandaid. guessing that this has seen carbonic maceration (at least some of it). when i swish i get good acid structure and then the bell pepper defines the wine. there is cherry and nice polish when sipping, and a glycerin laden finish with interlaced tannin brining up the rear.
this still has plenty left in the tank but is drinking very well now. improved with air and time i think so would decant of drinking again near term but alas my last bottle so not my opportunity :(.
White
light and dry and easy. great solution looking for a hot porch
Red
starts out a little stinky but then the reduction blows off and this is just good old fashioned cherry fruit with earthy background. delish for everynight drinker
Red
Brief note. this is earthy but has bright fruit and great lift on the palate. i think in a more delicate style than arnot roberts but frankly there aren't too many of these around to be making side by side comparisons. very tasty
Red
Very good. still showing some reduction but much less than before. drinking well bu can hold
Red
PNP. cork perfect. This was something special. Fully resolved structure and still with fruit to spare. was a little funky at first but that blew right off and what was left was classic aged syrah. this is drinking beautifully but will hold a while longer.
Red
2004 Domaine Arlaud Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
PNP. Cork perfect. color showing age. CC mistook this for new world with some age, and i must admit that blind i wold agree. definitely missing the green quality that plagues 2004. even if i had guessed old world i would have never guessed the vintage. delicious
Red
Cork wet 3/4th way up but intact. tonight this seemed more primary than my notes indicate last time. dark fruit and pencil shavings dominate the nose. on the palate there is stil considerable tannin, but integrating and nt nearly as fierce as on release. i am thinking another 5-10 yrs will be good for this one.
Rosé
This is delicious. Light fruity and good acidity
White - Off-dry
PNP. color is light gold. nose has lemon pineapple and vanilla. swishing this show stern acidity and pineapples with peaches. sipping allows the RS which is equally dense to show. this has really very good balance and will take a long time to resolve. characteristic of the vintage with searing acidity and dense RS, but this seems graceful in composition.
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Red
light color, but despite this there is density of flavor and great balance. super value....burgundy substitute but also fulfills its italian role
White - Sparkling
N.V. Cruse Wine Company Tradition Mendocino County Champagne Blend (view label images)
PNP. this is not champagne, but i must say this is probably my favorite sparkler from CA at the moment. light, well balanced and clean while the pinot (i think) adds a certain earthy element that i like.
White - Off-dry
this is drinking well...can hold but will drink remaining bottles near term
Red
this was lighter styled than i was expecting. great balance and accompanied our salmon preparation beautifully
Rosé
showing its age with hints of oxidation. good flavor but fruit is gone.
drink up soon!
Red
this is a little vegetal but despite its simplicity is a good match with grilled chicken. non-memorable but quaffable table wine
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White
this is rough. lots of CO2 that needs decant and even benefits from being open overnight. still this remains sharp and one dimensional. no thanks
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White
nope. this smells like raw potato, jalapeno and peanut butter on the nose. flavor has the jalapeno note predominating and no other fruit. stubborn acid. i bought this for the novelty of place and producer but after a taste we poured this out. swing and a miss for egon in my opinion
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White
i like this producer a lot, but not a huge fan of this wine. i get the chinon, and the palomino brings good acid, but the oak to me is too strong (even if "neutral"). this is good wine, but there are lots of alternatives that blow me away at this price point.
Rosé
2018 G.D. Vajra Rosabella Vino da Tavola Rosé Blend (view label images)
even better now than a few months ago. my favorite rose so far this season
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Red
this is just dynamite tonight. great balance between fruit and structure and that telltale spiciness of cristom. will hold too i think
White
I really like this wine.....just enough oxidation to give it some flair, but the creamy acidity and fruit are at the fore.
Red
showing more age than i expected but to my tastes this is in a nice drinking window. will drink remaining bottles near term
Red
This was wonderful. clean, perfectly balanced and soft cherry fruit. showing its age and would drink now. The village wines from 05 seem to be pretty charming lately.
Red
Drinking beautifully with barbecue. mature with rich fruit and not a rough edge to be found. drink
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