Tasting Notes for wordsofglass

(29 notes on 29 wines)

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Red
2/10/2012 - wordsofglass wrote:
87 points
(Next day review from memory.) This wine takes some time to open up. When it does, it sure packs a wallop. Complex structure built on top of a gorgeous tannin backbone. Bright red and blue fruit flavors.
Red
9/28/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
79 points
This wine confuses the hell out of me. When I first bought and opened it, it tasted exactly like a grape jolly rancher. The only problem was that it was SOURER than a normal jolly rancher. My hopes are not usually super high for red wines from North Carolina, but this was beyond terrible (although pretty interesting). I would probably rate this wine as a 60 up to 70 if you really like jolly ranchers (I'm not used to rating anything below 80, so take what you will from this review).
After letting this sit open with the original natural cork for 3 days, the sourness is still present, but settles into the background a little bit. Now there's a gamey/jerky component and it tastes like someone tried to cover up the jolly rancher flavor with currant juice from the asian store. Now, I'm thinking I could rate this wine around 82. For $9, I might buy it again...I don't know.
The blend breakdown is 62% Chambourcin 38% Cynthiana
Red
8/25/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
91 points
This wine is simple, elegant, and cohesive. Great nose, like cherry fruit leather and pemmican with a hint of lavender. Taste matches the nose, with lots of cherry up front. Hint of pomegranate and blueberry, and a subtle spice. Rich, and a little dry. Wish I had another bottle.
White
6/23/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
84 points
I think surfer.prof is right on with his review. This $5 bottle tastes like a $9 bottle. Chenin blanc is an intriguing variety even when it is cheap. The hint of minerality and decently balanced wine is a great value and would probably make amazing white sangria.
Red
5/29/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
84 points
Very good light drinking blend. Had at a wedding with black beans and chicken. The cab doesn't come though at all. Had some good black pepper and ruby red fruits.
Red
5/29/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
89 points
This wine was a relatively light easy drinking red zinfandel. Incredibly smoky, this wine also had some good red fruit flavors. I love the 2007 Zinfandels. At $9, this wine is a steal for smoke-lovers.
Red
2006 Bleasdale Langhorne Crossing Langhorne Creek Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
4/18/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
87 points
Not really sure what happened with this wine. It smelled/tasted stinky/vinegary upon pouring, but this seemed to blow off after a minute or two. Not sure what the shelf life is, but I'm drinking a couple years later than most reviewers. Once it did, this was a pretty good wine, but I'm not convince it tasted like it was supposed to. Relatively complex: notes of tar, mulberry, blackberry are all good. A decent little backbone and structure. A little heat in the back of my throat after a sip. Good lingering finish. It also has a hint of stinky petit verdot stuff that I really like. Went decently with a salami and cheese sandwich, but as with most anything it was a little overpowered by the salami. It goes *amazingly* with caramel chocolate truffles...
Red
2007 Laurel Glen Reds Lodi Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
4/16/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
89 points
This wine tastes like a combination of my two favorite wines: Buehler 2002 Zinfandel and Lioco Indica Red blend. It is full of blueberry and a little bit of blackberry flavor, with some spicy finish provided by the Zinfandel. This "wine for the people" does not skimp on flavor, but is lighter bodied than the more distinguished company it brings to mind. At $8.99/bottle, this wine is a brilliant combination of flavors, especially after the first round of heat blows off.
Red
3/14/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
80 points
Pretty good for $9.99/bottle magnum. I buy this mostly to cook with, but if you're hosting a big party with some not super discriminating wine drinkers, it does the trick. If it had a little more spice, it'd move up 3-6 points pretty quickly. Decently full-bodied, good fruit. Definitely nothing offensive here.
Red
3/14/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
86 points
Bouquet was nothing overly impressive, but this was a great Grenache, Carignan, Syrah Blend. For $7.99/bottle (in Colorado) it was pretty damn good cooking wine. Great spicy, full bodied flavor. Tannic backbone is a little weak, but at $8 that's a nit-pick. It still holds up pretty well to a variety of food.
Red
2/2/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
90 points
Had this wine a while back, so I can't report too accurately. One of the best balanced malbecs I've had.
Red
2/2/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
88 points
Great red fruit, blackberry. Good sweetness while still being pretty dry.(Second tasting (another new bottle), I notice a little more spicy heat.) Drank this while watching the Giants beat the Phillies in game 1 of the NLCS. Great food wine. I've seen this online for ~$6/bottle and it is a steal. Had it Saturday or my Review would be a little more detailed...
White
2/2/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
88 points
Definite apple peel aroma, maybe just a hint of red fruit. My fiancee suggests hints of new band-aid or the rubber bands found on vegetables. Anyone else pick that up? I could maybe see some rubber band smell. Great Citrus-y Fruit-y wine. Maybe a tad too sweet, but I like it. Definitely not a box wine that has to be choked down. It's one to savor and if I had only tasted pinot grigios in the price range, this would be mid-90's easily. (Anyone ever sort a cork'd search by ratings? Major score inflation everywhere. Stop giving wine's 100s! Please!) On my starving student budget, this is the new go-to white and I'm recommending it to family and friends.
Red
2/2/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
92 points
Luscious tannic backbone, some oak. Amazing old world flavor. This wine has some serious complexity and balance that I haven't experienced from a Montepulciano. There's all sorts of detritus as the bottom of the empty bottle and glass sitting next to me. Not sure what that stuff is. This is a "Small Vineyards Discovery" that my partner bought down the street from my house here in Colorado. While the partner was picking this up, she learned that we should spend more time looking at distributors that we like and ignore ratings we get from the East Coast, because we'll almost never find those wines. Hopefully this will help improve my ability to find some good stuff.
Red
2/2/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
90 points
Big, bold, juicy. A little fruity, not too spicy, good balance of oak.
Red
2007 Bodegas Luzon Jumilla Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre (view label images)
2/2/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
88 points
Compared to Altos de la Hoya 2006 Monastrell http://tinyurl.com/dd3y2q this wine is much much fruitier. It has a little less tannins/tar flavor going on. Much more drinkable to me. Went great with cajun red beans and rice actually. Lots of red fruit, cranberries, cherries, blackberries on the nose, with a little less earth, but still notable. Good balance on fruit/tannins, not as much of a kick in the face of fruit as I'd expect with the nose. Maybe a little awkward going into the finish, but overall a great wine. I'm going to have to keep checking out this region based on my recent experiences and the value present here.
Red
2007 Lioco Indica Mendocino County Red Blend (view label images)
2/2/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
94 points
Amazing wine. Beatiful luscious dark fruits. Better structure than the Buehler Zin which I had the same weekend. Best wine I've had this year.
Red
2/2/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
86 points
Interesting...Much earthier than other Monastrell's I've tried. Earthy with lots of cherries. I prefer a slightly fruitier punch up front. Not my favorite, but builds interesting throughout the glass. I was watching it throughout a viewing of David Lynch's Dune (1984), which I had never seen. FYI, any alcoholic beverage can improve a viewing of this movie.
Red
2006 Greener Planet Rioja Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
2/2/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
79 points
Unbalanced, overoaked. Tasted shortly after the Campo Viejo 2005 Reserva, which I thought was amazing.
Red
2/2/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
65 points
Note: This is my first review, I watch the show occasionally, but disliked this wine enough to join and vent. Nose: Seems rather absent to me. Maybe a hint of cranberry & cherry? All I can taste really is the bitter. No sweet component, no interesting flavors really. Nice dryness, but nothing to redeem it in my view. I'll still drink, but probably put it in the fridge and drink it cold. It's inexpensive, but not worth it. The other vintages must be a lot better to get the ratings they've gotten.
Red
2006 Curtis Heritage Cuvée Santa Barbara County Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/2/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
90 points
Great QPR, maybe the best wine I've had under $15. Great body & balance. Ripe red fruit, no major tannins coming out. This is a Southern Rhone inspired blend: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre & Cinsault. Need to buy some nice Chateauneuf du Pape soon to get a better sense of this style & judge the category fairly.
Red
2/2/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
91 points
This wine is excellent. Note:I'm writing the review two weeks after the fact because it was a great wine. Great round flavor, good oak/pepper component, almost Cabernet-like character. Excellent value at ~$15 for a 2004.
Red
2/2/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
60 points
A little plum front end. Long harsh finish. Tastes like it was over sulfured maybe? Paid about 5.99 and this is not only the worst Tempranillo I've ever had, it's probably the worst wine I've ever had. Nothing value about this cheap crappy wine.
Red
2/2/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
90 points
I loved this wine, but it's been two weeks since I had it! I remember it was juicy and delicious, maybe not too complex, but just enough oak/spice to hold it together.
Red
2/2/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
92 points
This wine was ridiculous. Monstrous strawberries & some cherry and maybe tobacco...tenuously (and delicately) held together by good tannin structure. I could tell it was a good thing this was an older wine. I imagine these grapes were a tad over-ripe, there was a hint of raisin out of this wine. The fiancee LOVED this wine. At $15 (and on up to 25), this is a great wine.
Red
2/2/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
91 points
Been a while since I had this, but I would rank it up there with my favorite Spanish wines. The combination of dry & complex fruit flavors was awesome.
Red
2/2/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
89 points
Alright, GV. I tracked this sucker down for $26/bottle x3 bottles. It is good, but not >90+. Great, well balanced wine, but I was kinda looking for a tad more 'oomph,' this is the kind of wine that might really benefit from some cellaring, but at 25 and about to finish grad school, this isn't an easy option. So: Tasting notes: This wine has some good tannin structure balanced out with the sense that I'm biting into a plum. The mouthfeel is luscious, but not overly dense or velvety. Beyond those notes, this is mostly a really good balanced effort that has some different 'terroir' than most Cabs. I also guess I'm looking for a little more 'french' cote du rhone feel & earth, spice, fruit or something at this price point. Good solid wine, but if you can't find it (which I had a hard time doing), and you're like me, a good spanish or italian wine will bring more thunder, especially around $20.
Red
2/2/2011 - wordsofglass wrote:
86 points
Cost about $10 at the store. Good fruit, held up by some decent tannins. I really liked this wine and think 87 is reasonable. Good blackberry, oak, black cherry flavors. My first monastrell wine. Seems a good value. I was indeed grilling out as wcmwineguy suggested.
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