Tasting Notes for Tyler_at_WWD

(508 notes on 504 wines)

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Red
3/1/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD wrote:
89 points
Cherries, crushed red berries, and dark flower petals define this wine’s nose. A spin in the glass opens up some interesting notes of rose bush and a delicate menthol quality.

Soft, supple, velvety and dusty all at once, this wine shows a nice integration from the very start. An almost juicy acidity is countered nicely by faintly tacky tannins giving it a well balanced mouthfeel. Dried berries, cherries, and dried flower petals mix with cacao power and earth to create a fairly interesting and enjoyable Barbaresco for the price.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/03/01/post-208-bargain-barbaresco-no-nonsense-nebbiolo-dasti/
Red
3/1/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD wrote:
88 points
Raspberry and mocha notes with soft potpourri and kitchen spice tones show initially on the nose. Plump red cherry and a very faintly mossy quality hinting of forest floor and mushrooms shows in the background.

Ripe red cherry and raspberry with plenty of kitchen spice introduce the palate. Very subtle tar undertones and hints of earth and moss give the fruit some additional depth. Ripe and fresh with very pure juicy acidity and a soft spiciness, this is a somewhat downplayed, but pretty and enjoyable Barbaresco.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/03/01/post-208-bargain-barbaresco-no-nonsense-nebbiolo-dasti/
Red
3/1/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
90 points
Cherry, strawberry, and pomegranate drive the nose of this wine with notes of vanilla, coffee beans, and burnt caramel showing in the background. A spin in the glass also reveals a light menthol and floral tone as well.

Ripe and driven by red fruit, this is a very approachable, easy to enjoy Nebbiolo, soft, and generally free of the traditional tannic grip of this varietal. Strawberry and cherry mix with vanilla, light coffee and caramel notes show at the core with a subtle floral quality lingering in the background. This is not one of the big, bold powerhouse Nebbiolo wines of Barolo or Barbaresco, but its intense red fruit, bright acidity, and exceptional balance make it a wine that should absolutely not be missed for the price.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/03/01/post-208-bargain-barbaresco-no-nonsense-nebbiolo-dasti/
Red
3/1/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD wrote:
88 points
This wine’s aroma is surprisingly interesting, perfumed with red rose petal, dark chocolate covered cherries, and cigar wrapper. A spin in the glass opens up a subtle earthiness as well hinting of vineyard dust, barn tones, and a lightly herbal quality.

Lots of bright, red fruit-like acidity introduces the palate. Cherries and red currants show at the core, with cacao powder, suede, and dried rose petals emerging on the edges. Very clean, precise, and dusty with firm tannins this is a nicely balanced wine that brings a surprising amount of quality for the price.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/03/01/post-208-bargain-barbaresco-no-nonsense-nebbiolo-dasti/
Red
2/28/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD wrote:
87 points
Dark notes of ripe cherry and berry give way to a yeastiness on the nose. A streak of green tea, dark stone, and rose bush also make an appearance with some tar and asphalt coming through with a spin in the glass.

Initially ripe but dusty, this wine is loaded with dark stone and asphalt tones. Blackberry, not entirely ripe black plum, and vanilla also show on the palate. A somewhat unusual wine, with lots of earthiness and an almost green acidity, if you’re looking for something different, this could be a wine worth trying.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/02/28/post-207-a-taste-of-tannat/
Red
2/28/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD wrote:
87 points
Gamey and earthy on the nose, this wine shows notes of saddle leather, vineyard dust, and black pepper with dried pomegranate and dried black currant.

Red fruit drives the palate, showing notes of red currants and dried pomegranate combined with leather and a very clear stone and soil quality. Dusty with plenty of gripping tannins, this is a very food friendly wine that would be a great match for a steak on the grill.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/02/28/post-207-a-taste-of-tannat/
White
2/22/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
91 points
This wine’s aroma reveals notes of white peach, lively tones of lime, and a light hint of cut green pear. Small white flowers and roses make an appearance as well, with notes of green tea, rubber, and wet stone showing through as well.

As the name suggests this wine truly is dry allowing its fresh acidity and crisp palate really to shine through fully. This is a refined wine that offers a wonderful balance between refreshing structure and fully developed fruit flavors. Notes of ripe peaches and pears combine with a floral element at the core and are framed beautifully by a wet stone and petrol edge, giving this wine an impressive amount of layering.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/02/22/post-206-exploring-riesling-from-the-southern-hemisphere/
White
2/22/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD wrote:
88 points
White peach, sliced Asian pear, and lime peel show immediately on the nose with a faint hint of jasmine, petrol, and beeswax coming through shortly after. A pleasant minerality that suggests notes of wet stone also opens up with a spin in the glass.

Endearingly off dry, this wine introduces itself with an enjoyable sweetness that is tempered by a fresh, bright acidity. Lovely floral tones frame a core of citrus fruit in syrup, petrol, and beeswax with a firm stony undertone showing in the background. This is an easy to love wine with nice balance and a lasting finish, a solid effort.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/02/22/post-206-exploring-riesling-from-the-southern-hemisphere/
White
2010 Porta Riesling Reserva Bío-Bío Valley
2/22/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD wrote:
86 points
Crisp notes of pear, green apple, and hard white peaches introduce this wine’s nose. Lots of lime and lemon tones show through as well with faint hints of white flowers, a very subtle petrol note, and a bit of crushed stone.

Completely dry and crisp on the palate, there is a sharpness to this wine, almost reminiscent of not fully ripe stone fruit. A biting acidity and intense minerality bring the region’s cold climate center stage and offer an incredibly lean take on the varietal that is rarely found. Notes of lime and lemon are the dominant players in this one’s flavor profile, with a subtle streak of very hard white peach showing through toward the end. Clearly not your typical Riesling, but something possibly worth looking into for fans of the crisp, minerally style.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/02/22/post-206-exploring-riesling-from-the-southern-hemisphere/
White - Sweet/Dessert
2/20/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
93 points
Very dense floral tones of white roses and gardenias drive this wine’s aroma. Coming through almost as strongly are tones of apple jelly, peaches, pears, tangerines, and subtle hint of citrus blossoms. A spin in the glass reveals some honey and a light touch of beeswax.

The palate is just as deep and concentrated as the nose leads you to expect. Tones of honey and beeswax seem to appear in both the flavor profile and the mouthfeel, giving this wine a wonderful richness. The same complex cocktail of fresh fruit and floral tones that was found on the nose makes its way to the palate, showing through in an ever changing evolution of flavors that lasts long into the finish. This is a very impressive, action packed wine that truly delivers.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/02/20/post-205-sip-of-the-day-9-austrian-nectar-kracher-trockenbeerenauslese/
White
2/17/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
90 points
Inviting yet reserved, wet granite and delicate notes of peach introduce this wine’s aroma. Hints of sweet tea, rose hips, and a complex mixture of fresh fruits also appear, adding a greater sense of dimension and complexity.

Fresh and balanced on the palate, this wine is defined by pure, luminous fruit. Notes of kumquats, oranges, and peaches unfold on top of a firm mineral base of crushed stone. This wine is juicy and clean with a crisp finish, making it a great aperitif or an ideal match for salads and light dishes.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/02/17/post-204-furmint-whats-happening-in-hungary/
White
2/17/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD wrote:
87 points
Very crisp and fresh on the nose, this wine shows strong intonations of green and golden apples, sliced oranges, and intense mineral notes of chalk and crushed limestone.

There is an interesting balance of crisp minerality, fresh, tangy fruit, and a waxy roundness to this wine’s palate. Notes of sliced oranges, green apples and pears, and an element of crushed stone define this wine, with a fresh spritz of lemon coming through toward the finish. Fresh and pleasant, this would be a great wine to explore for those Pinot Grigio drinkers who are looking to try something new.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/02/17/post-204-furmint-whats-happening-in-hungary/
Red
2/13/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
91 points
Crushed raspberries and ripe strawberries define the aroma. Juicy notes of pomegranate and a faint tone of blueberry juice also show through with a deep floral quality and an edge of kitchen spice appearing as well.

Ripe, refined, soft, and elegant, this wine shows an incredibly bright and plush core of red fruit. A delicate spiciness and a juicy acidity give it a liveliness from the very first sip. Light bakery notes, hints of ground coffee, and white pepper then come together with red currant, red plum, and strawberry, creating a very enjoyable and captivating drinking experience. An elegant and silky wine with extremely subtle dusty tannins, this is an attractively demure Gamay that keeps your palate constantly moving and your mind thinking.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/02/13/post-203-valentines-day-wine-cru-beaujolais/
Red
2/13/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD wrote:
87 points
Sweet smelling notes of plump ripe strawberries and raspberries show initially on the nose. Red rose petals and violets seem to bloom out of the glass, with notes of Concord grapes and a subtle hint of limestone showing on the edges.

Ripe, soft and supple with a fresh acidity on the palate, this wine is defined by red fruit and flower petals. A hint of limestone along with its dusty tannins add some additional depth, which is further developed as notes of leather, mushrooms, and beet peels make an appearance toward the finish. This is an interesting wine with a surprising earthiness, offering a somewhat different departure from what most might expect from a Beaujolais.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/02/13/post-203-valentines-day-wine-cru-beaujolais/
Red
2/13/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
90 points
This wine’s aroma is soft and somehow almost powdery. It shows a complex array of delicate red raspberries, crushed blueberries, violet petals, fresh orange peel, and a very faint hint of white pepper and vanilla.

The palate is silky and smooth with persistent dusty tannins. Driven by dried raspberry and blueberries, it also shows some interesting notes of cacao powder, white pepper, and fresh orange peel. Medium bodied, but with a certain ripe richness, this wine’s bright acidity and delicate tannins give it great depth and a very refined feel.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/02/13/post-203-valentines-day-wine-cru-beaujolais/
Red
2/8/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
90 points
Pomegranate and cherry pits show initially on the nose with thin coffee tones showing through and some very light notes of mushroom hiding in the background. Hints of crushed raspberries and wet stone open up with a spin in the glass, adding a nice little bit of subtlety.

Ripe but soft, clean but gentle, this wine has everything very nicely in order, with the flavor and mouthfeel in perfect balance. Crushed raspberry, pomegranate, and cherry pit drive the palate with tones of coffee grounds and subtle notes of forest moss adding some depth. There is also a very delicate hint of wild strawberries lingering on the edges and into a lengthy finish. This is a very pleasant and nicely integrated Pinot Noir that is true to the subtle German style. Well done.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/02/08/post-202-sip-of-the-day-8-spatburgunder-a-taste-of-german-pinot-noir/
White - Off-dry
2/3/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD wrote:
88 points
Crisp notes of cut pear, cucumber, and white peach show on the aroma, with tones of honeysuckle, beeswax, and a very delicate petrol-like edge opening up with a spin in the glass.

Showing a subtle sweetness on the palate, this wine is loaded with notes of honeyed peach and pear on top of a pumice mineral undertone. Lots of fruit, stone, and floral tones drive this one, bringing everything together nicely and making it an easy to enjoy pour that would be a perfect match for salads, spicy dishes, or on its own.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/02/03/post-201-beyond-riesling-exploring-german-scheurebe/
White
2/3/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
91 points
Ripe, sweet smelling white peach and nectarine notes introduce the nose of this wine, with faint hints of melon, gardenia, and apricot showing in the background, all on top of a pumice and sea stone minerality.

The minerality and ripe fruit that show so clearly on the nose appear just as strongly on the palate. Luminous tones of white nectarine, golden apple, and crisp, spritzy notes of crushed sea stone unfold at first. Notes of Mandarin orange, kumquat, and gardenia then give another layer of complexity and last into the finish. This is an impressively multi-dimensional wine with great depth and freshness.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/02/03/post-201-beyond-riesling-exploring-german-scheurebe/
White - Sparkling
N.V. Jaillance Clairette de Die Muscat Petit Grain-Clairette Blend (view label images)
1/27/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
93 points
Floral and fruity on the nose, this wine has an impressive balancing minerality too. Orange leaves and flowers, canned Mandarin oranges and peaches in syrup and a hint of crushed stone all show at once aromatically.

This wine is just as balanced and impressive on the palate as it was on the nose. It’s sweet and fruity, ripe and delicious, and drenched in honeyed floral tones. Deep, multidimensional, and juicy, notes of sliced golden apples, oranges, and tangerines mix with an interesting minerality reminiscent of crushed stone and quinine. It’s sweet but very nicely layered and crisp with a refreshing finish.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/01/27/post-200-sip-of-the-day-7-clairette-de-die-a-sparkling-sip-of-history/
Red
1/24/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
90 points
Tart wild cherry tones, a deep dark forest berry note, and a violet-like floral streak introduce and drive the nose. There is also a firm wet stone and forest air quality at the core of this wine that gives it a great sense of place.

The palate shows the classically reserved, tight, and minerally quality that’s so easy to love about red Loire wines. Wild cherries, forest berries, black tea leaves, tart cherries, blackberry leaves, and layers and layers of stone unfold one after another. Striking a great balance between just ripe berry fruit and a tart juiciness, this is a fresh, smooth, and nicely integrated pour that would be great with a variety of dishes, especially from the grill.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/01/24/post-199-loire-valley-cabernet-franc-saumur-champigny-chinon/
Red
1/24/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
91 points
Intriguing, almost smoky notes of black pepper, violet candies, and black currant bush introduce the aroma. Black olive, dark red rose petals, and a faint dark chocolate and crunchy caramel tone open up too, making this wine very inviting.

Silky, smooth, and supple on the palate, it’s got a great intensity, precise acidity, and an ever present minerality. Black stone, deep black currant notes, and a combination of dried forest berries and dried black currant leaves come together with a subtly peppery edge. This is a very solid wine with great complexity and expression of place.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/01/24/post-199-loire-valley-cabernet-franc-saumur-champigny-chinon/
Red
1/24/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD wrote:
88 points
This wine’s nose is defined by an enticing combination of red fruit and bakery tones. Frosted cinnamon buns, cherries, and plums drive the aroma, while very subtle notes of stone and dried leaves open up with a spin in the glass.

Juicy and fresh on the palate, this wine has lots of cherry and berry tones with a strong, wet stone minerality that supports the fruit. Subtle forest notes and hint of berry leaves also appear around the edges. This is a nicely balanced, clean, and fresh example of the varietal.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/01/24/post-199-loire-valley-cabernet-franc-saumur-champigny-chinon/
Red
2008 Bacalhoa Tinto da Ânfora Vinho Regional Alentejano Red Blend (view label images)
1/17/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
91 points
Deep and inky dark aromatically, this wine wells up with black plum skin, black currant, and small, tart blackberries on the nose. Notes of smoke, a faint dark chocolate undertone, and hints of cigar wrapper show as well, with blackberry leaves and vanilla appearing with a spin in the glass.

The palate is an electric explosion of acidity, tannins, and subtle bitterness. Everything is well controlled and integrated, but also quite lively. Black currant, black plum skin, and cherry pits show at first, leading into notes of leather, wood, cigar wrapper, and stone. A very unique and intense wine with great balance.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/01/17/post-198-sip-of-the-day-6-exploring-a-portuguese-red-blend/
Red - Fortified
1/11/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
91 points
A rich blend of black plums and cherries, concord grape preserves, and deep, red rose petals shows initially on the nose. A spin in the glass reveals a more subtle combination of nuances, all defined by dark fruit and delicate floral tones.

The palate is ripe, dense, and smooth, with a balancing crispness that elevates its weight. Dried herbal notes of basil and thyme accent deep notes of black plum and berry preserves, supported by a thick undertone of black stone. Sweet, rich, and very nicely integrated, this is a very solid dessert wine.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/01/11/post-197-sip-of-the-day-5-doing-dessert-with-french-banyuls/
Red
1/9/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
92 points
A gorgeous combination of leather, kitchen spices, vanilla cream, and dried plum show initially on the nose. Toasted coconut macaroons, sage, blackberry, honey, and licorice all make an appearance, creating a beautifully complex aroma.

Prune and poached black plum introduce the palate, quickly giving way to vanilla, creamed honey, sage, and leather. Toasty coconut tones and tart black cherry notes show around the edges and into the finish. This is a plush, deliciously complex, and wonderfully unique wine.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/01/09/post-196-sip-of-the-day-4-going-all-american-with-missouri-norton/
Red
1/6/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
92 points
Blueberry and tons of kitchen spice notes burst from the glass aromatically. Cardamom, allspice, cinnamon, and ginger show immediately afterward, giving way to wild clover honey and earthy tones of chocolate, suede and smoke. Very complex and extremely unique on the nose, this is a very inviting wine.

The palate is defined by a bright acidity initially with a smooth, soft mouthfeel. Refined and delicate with lots of kitchen spice, soft tones of molasses, wild clover honey, and plenty of plush red fruit show at the core. Interesting notes of chocolate, caramel, and tobacco also make an appearance, just before a honeyed, pleasantly bitter, and lasting finish. Truly something different, this is also a very well made wine and one that every true wine lover should try to seek out.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/01/06/post-195-tasting-unknown-grapes-from-the-lone-star-state/
White
1/6/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD wrote:
88 points
This wine has a very interesting combination of aromatics, showing a rich core of fruit, with a subtle creaminess and a light mineral streak. Honeyed peaches, golden apples, and quince mix with a faint hint of melon, crushed stone, and a vague minty quality open with some exploration.

Honeyed and fruity on the palate, this wine shows a smooth, round, mouthfeel, a faintly bitter minerality, and a balanced acidity. Lots of peach and quince in nectar show initially, giving way to a floral tone, and an orange zest finish. Nicely round, smooth, and balanced, this is a solid representation of an unknown varietal.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/01/06/post-195-tasting-unknown-grapes-from-the-lone-star-state/
White - Sparkling
1/5/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD wrote:
88 points
Golden apples, white flowers, and a very faint kitchen spice quality introduce this wine’s aroma, while a spin in the glass reveals vanilla, something slightly musty, and a very faint note of wet stone.

A lush mouthfeel with a rich, full mousse introduce the palate. Golden apple, kitchen spices, and white flowers define the core flavors, while a delicate acidity and a very faint sweetness come together to create a very easy to enjoy, well integrated and fun sparkler.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/01/05/post-194-sip-of-the-day-3-marcato-iprandi-nv-lessini-durello/
Red
1/4/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
91 points
Dark chocolate and saddle leather appear at first on the nose with a rich smoky quality emerging afterward. Smelling roasted and robust, there is also a deep briar fruit quality to this wine that is appealingly ripe and nicely complex.

An impressive ripeness shows on the palate, accenting deep fruit and berry tones. Burnt caramel, chocolate, coffee beans, and vanilla mingle with lots of stone and earth tones at the core. With great intensity and a juicy plumpness to the fruit, this is an interesting and very enjoyable pour.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/01/04/post-193-monastrell-a-spanish-secret-weapon/
Red
1/4/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
90 points
This wine’s aroma is an intriguing patchwork of red and black tones. Dark chocolate seems to enrobe bright notes of cranberry and goji berries, with deep dark notes of plum and wild strawberry showing in the background. Subtle hints of leather and pine nuts appear with a spin in the glass.

Juicy and full of fruit on the palate, this wine is further accented by notes of leather and vineyard dust. Pine nuts, cacao powder, plums, and strawberries all show up before a lasting finish.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/01/04/post-193-monastrell-a-spanish-secret-weapon/
White - Sparkling
1/3/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
90 points
A mix of green and golden apples introduce the nose, with crushed stone, hard white peaches, and a faintly floral tone appearing as well. Orange and lemon pith open up with a spin in the glass.

This wine is full impact at first, greeting the palate with a rush of effervesce. Flavors of gold apple and crushed stone dominate the core, with notes of peach, something vaguely floral, and a combination of citrus zests and oils showing in the background. This wine has a good amount of complexity, an impressive balance of flavors and textures, and brings a great amount of value for the price.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/01/03/sip-of-the-day-2-savoring-a-spanish-sparkler-juve-y-camps-gran-reserva-cava/
Red
1/2/2012 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
90 points
Oaky vanilla-like tones introduce this wines aroma with deep berry notes emerging immediately after. Sweet smelling kitchen spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg appear, giving way to a subtle foresty undertone, notes of blackberry bush, and a hint of black pepper.

Bright, rich, and incredibly ripe on the palate, this wine is loaded with deep fruit tones. Forest berries, plump blackberries, and tea leaves show at first, with black stone, espresso, and black pepper also making an appearance. This wine is very full bodied and velvety, almost faintly creamy, with a great balancing acidity. A great wine even at twice the price, this is easily worth buying.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2012/01/02/sip-of-the-day-1-chateau-vaissiere-2008-minervois/
White
12/19/2011 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
95 points
An incredibly layered and multidimensional aroma defines this wine from the very beginning. Perfectly ripe, sliced apples, pears, and peaches drizzled with caramel sauce on top of a bed of airy whipped cream all seem to materialize on top of a firm base note of cold stone.

The palate is remarkably smooth, plush, and soft feeling, showing a distinct creamy richness that artfully presents all the complex flavors of the fruit, rather than covering them up. The flavor profile is a constantly evolving journey for the senses, moving between almost luminously ripe fruit tones of apple and peach to subtle notes of cream and honey, all the while showing a distinct mineral undertone. This is a gorgeous wine, truly a tapestry of beautifully interwoven flavors and textures, and a stunning example of the subtly and harmoniousness possible in artfully crafted Chardonnay. Offering a deliciously hedonistic drinking experience this wine is an absolute steal at the price.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2011/12/19/post-190-greatest-hits-center-of-effort/
Red
12/19/2011 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
94 points
Incredibly deep and concentrated, this wine’s aroma is a tightly woven tangle of complexity. Showing rich notes of cherries dipped in dark chocolate, kitchen spices, coffee, caramel, and stone, there is a lot going on here.

Opening with dark raspberries, the palate moves to the fresh acidic tang of black plum skin, and unfolds into a core of freshly picked blueberries. Cinnamon and floral tones give additional definition, while a streak of orange peel seems to put this wine’s fresh acidity on a pedestal. Delicious now, this is a hearty wine that will hold up over many years of cellaring.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2011/12/19/post-190-greatest-hits-center-of-effort/
Red
12/19/2011 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
93 points
Chocolate covered cherries, campfire smoke, and forest berry tones introduce this wine’s aroma. Mulberry, plum, blueberry, and acai berry mix with subtle notes of vanilla cream, leather, and kitchen spices.

This wine bursts on the palate with dark red fruit flavors of plums and forest berries. Creamed honey mixes with cinnamon spice and caramel on the edges, with light herbal notes and a subtle hint of blueberries appearing in the background. Rich, plump, and juicy, this wine wells up with fruit, while its lightly dusty tannins provide excellent balance.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2011/12/19/post-190-greatest-hits-center-of-effort/
Red
12/9/2011 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
95 points
Old World tones of tar and cracked black pepper show initially on the nose, while notes of herbs and violets seem to grow out of a solid core of black stone.

Amazingly deep and multidimensional on the palate, this wine spins with a constantly evolving flavor profile of dark fruits like pomegranate and blueberry, dark stone mineral notes, subtle dried floral tones, and a variety of earthy notes that appear and disappear playfully around the edges. This is a bold wine with lots of body and concentration, and although it’s fantastic now, it could cellar beautifully for many years into the future.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2011/12/09/post-189-greatest-hits-maison-bleue/
Red
12/9/2011 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
93 points
The aroma of this wine is incredibly dark and dense, showing notes of ripe black plum, cold stones, plump blackberries, and violets.

The palate is just as rich and powerful as the nose leads you to expect it to be. Incredibly deep and smooth, this wine is like dark purple velvet. Black plums, a stony undertone, and deep notes of dark chocolate make up the core of the palate, while notes of pepper, leather, and caramel show on the edges. A complex, silky, and hedonistic wine, Maison Bleue’s Grenache combines classic elegance with a ripe and supple mouthfeel.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2011/12/09/post-189-greatest-hits-maison-bleue/
White
12/9/2011 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
94 points
The unique spiced citrus aroma of Maison Bleue’s Viognier reminds me almost exactly of Grand Marnier, while I am struck just as strongly by their Marsanne, except in this case, I am reminded of amaretto. Rich notes of almonds and marzipan endlessly unfold on the nose, while subtle stone fruit tones and expansive aromas of flower fields appear as well.

Amaretto, sliced almonds, and tones of peach and apricot introduce the palate. Although this wine is extraordinarily driven nutty tones, it is not the same nuttiness found in aged wines. This wine is incredibly fresh and youthful, and it is simply the signature characteristics of the Marsanne varietal that gives this wine its flavors. Complex and endlessly unique, balancing stone fruit, melon, and citrus tones with mounds and mounds of almond notes, this is an artistic take on the varietal and an experience that should not be missed.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2011/12/09/post-189-greatest-hits-maison-bleue/
White
12/9/2011 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
92 points
Beeswax, mixed spices, and creamed honey introduce this wine’s aroma, while a spin in the glass reveals notes of vanilla custard and apples.

The palate has an impressive creamy richness about it that manages to still remain fresh and clean with a mouthwatering acidity. Dense notes of mixed citrus, orange particularly, peach, and crushed stones appear and last into a lengthy finish. A classic and refined take on the varietal.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2011/12/09/post-189-greatest-hits-maison-bleue/
White
12/9/2011 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
94 points
Fascinating aromas of spiced orange rinds, almost reminiscent of Grand Marnier leap out of the glass. A little further exploration opens up notes of river stones, ripe peaches, and lemon zest, creating an extremely intriguing combination that makes this wine incredibly inviting.

Rich and supple at once, this wine shows the same spiced orange rind that appeared so prevalently on the aroma firmly at its core. Notes of lemon rind tossed in honey and brown sugar appear shortly after, leading into notes of peach and stone. A complex and refined wine with wonderful richness balanced by a fresh juiciness, this is a classic example of Viognier.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2011/12/09/post-189-greatest-hits-maison-bleue/
Red
2001 Moraga Vineyards Bel-Air Los Angeles County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/5/2011 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
94 points
Classic Bordeaux-like aromas introduce this wine, showing notes of cigar wrapper and pipe tobacco, black pepper, and dark stones. Tones of partially dried black plum and black currant show at the core, with singed rose wood, and saddle leather creating a deep earthiness.

Equally deep, dark, and dense on the palate, this wine artfully captures the Bordeaux style. Black plums and blackberries mix with notes of small black currants and dried forest berries at first. Earthy tones of suede and saddle leather, black pepper, tobacco and vineyard dust then make themselves known and blend seamlessly with the fruit into a lasting finish.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2011/12/05/post-188-greatest-hits-week-moraga-vineyards/
Red
2006 Moraga Vineyards Bel-Air Los Angeles County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/5/2011 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
94 points
Blackcurrants, blackberries, and black plums are the first to show aromatically from this wine. However, a spin in the glass opens up fascinatingly subtle tones of anise, and dark chocolate. There is also an intriguing earthiness to this wine’s nose, hinting at a distant note of smoke and grass growing up out of black stone.

Just as deep and rich as the aroma leads you to expect, blackcurrants and blackberries appear at first, giving way to a rich minerality and notes of dusty leather and suede. Combining power and grace, this wine balances its firm tannin and structure with plush fruit and rich floral tones. A classic example of New World winemaking with an Old World inspiration and style.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2011/12/05/post-188-greatest-hits-week-moraga-vineyards/
Red
2007 Moraga Vineyards Bel-Air Los Angeles County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/5/2011 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
94 points
A firm base of crushed dark stone, cracked black pepper, and ripe blackberries introduces this wine’s aroma, while a plethora of subtleties make appearances around the edges. Rich notes of shaved dark chocolate, pencil shavings, and black plums show at first, with hints of black cherries, cedar, and cigar box opening up with a spin in the glass.

Refined, dark, and absolutely mineral driven, this wine has a very clear Old World influence. Black cherry, blackberry and black currant seem to grow out of a core of solid stone, with subtle notes of vanilla and cream appearing on the edges. Cracked black pepper and hints of leather and wood give this wine a classic rustic quality that almost makes you think, “is this truly a Californian wine or does Moraga have a secret chateau in Bordeaux somewhere that they aren’t telling us about?”

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2011/12/05/post-188-greatest-hits-week-moraga-vineyards/
White
12/5/2011 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
95 points
Very grassy and herbal on the nose, this wine’s aroma is the epitome of the seductively green side of Sauvignon Blanc. Showing notes of freshly picked oregano, mint, and thyme, this wine also unfolds gorgeous hints of lemon grass, green peppercorns, and lime leaves, all atop a refined mineral base.

Crisp and flawlessly balanced, this wine rushes onto the palate with striking complexity. Lemon peel, lime leaves, white flowers, and orange custard combine with layers upon layers of green bell peppers and peppercorns. With crushed stone minerals that hint at an Old World inspiration, tons of complexity that descends upon the palate simultaneously, and a constantly evolving flavor profile that leads into an nearly never ending finish, this is truly Sauvignon Blanc taken to the level of artistry.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2011/12/05/post-188-greatest-hits-week-moraga-vineyards/
White
12/5/2011 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine’s aroma is a complex canvas of green and yellows, showing brilliant herbal notes of fresh basil, oregano, and lemon grass, with bright citrus tones of lemon peel. Notes of beach stone and sliced green pear also make an appearance, making this wine incredibly inviting.

The palate is remarkably clean and fresh, showing similar herbal and citrus notes to the ones found on the nose. Citrus leaves and lemon grass show at first, moving immediately into an enticing mix of fresh picked herbs. Very delicate creamy tones mix with citrus pith and crushed stones, giving this wine incredible structure and a lasting finish.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2011/12/05/post-188-greatest-hits-week-moraga-vineyards/
White
12/5/2011 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
92 points
Incredibly fresh and subtle on the nose, this is exactly what good Californian Sauvignon Blanc is all about. Driven by notes of sliced green melon and lemon confit dusted with powdered sugar, soft hints of cut grass and honey show lightly in the background. A spin in the glass opens up floral and mineral notes that conjure up images of small white wildflowers growing out of crushed sea stone.

Ripe and balanced on the palate with a subtle acidity, this is a refined and elegant wine with beautiful layering of flavors. Lots of fresh acidity and minerality create a firm backbone, which supports the ripe melon and citrus tones found at the core. Smooth and almost velvety with excellent balance, this wine is incredibly subtle with a wonderfully minerally finish.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2011/12/05/post-188-greatest-hits-week-moraga-vineyards/
Red
11/29/2011 - Tyler_at_WWD wrote:
88 points
Showing an interesting combination of aromatics, this wine opens with notes of black plum, black cherry, and a very subtle gamey note. Crushed berries come together with subtle forest floor tones, as well as some light hints of moss and peppercorns.

Ripe, dark red berries rolled in crushed black pepper show initially on the palate. Notes of vanilla, honey, and tarragon appear, while tones of forest floor, black stone, and wildflowers show lightly in the background. This is a unique wine with medium body and fresh acidity that make it an easy match for a variety of foods, particularly hearty dishes.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2011/11/29/post-187-discovering-zweigelt-austrias-hidden-gem/
Red
11/29/2011 - Tyler_at_WWD wrote:
87 points
Deep black plum tones combine with grapey notes of Concord. Black raspberries, faint tones of brown sugar and baking spice combine with light notes of vanilla and pepper.

The palate confirms the black plum, pepper, and raspberry on the nose. Faint notes of cacao powder ride on the back of this wine’s dusty tannins, with brown sugar and vanilla bean giving a baked good-like quality to the finish. Completely dry, but ripe and kitchen spice toned, this is an interesting wine that would be a good match to dry rub barbecue or a variety of roasted dishes.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2011/11/29/post-187-discovering-zweigelt-austrias-hidden-gem/
White
11/21/2011 - Tyler_at_WWD Likes this wine:
90 points
An interesting combination of fruit and minerals shows immediately on the nose. Further investigation reveals white peach, quince, and cucumber slices rolled in an intriguing blend of crushed beach stone and white pepper.

The palate is ripe, crisp, and almost savory. A briny, cracked white pepper and crushed beach stone component shows at first, giving way to cucumber and melon notes. This is a fascinatingly unique wine with an impressive mouth feel and acidity.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2011/11/21/post-186-getting-to-know-gruner-veltliner/
White
11/21/2011 - Tyler_at_WWD wrote:
89 points
Aromas of crisp green pear, freshly cut apple, and lime define this wine. White flowers and crushed sea stones also make an appearance.

White pepper and crushed sea stone introduce the palate, while cut green apple and hard green gooseberries play supporting roles. Wildflower stems and a spritz of lime make this a fascinatingly green, incredibly fresh wine. With persistent acidity and a smooth mouth feel, this is a very appealing wine that could match a variety of seafood and poultry dishes, as well as vegetable sautés.

Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2011/11/21/post-186-getting-to-know-gruner-veltliner/
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