Tasting Notes for benny-g

(148 notes on 143 wines)

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Red
9/15/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
92 points
In restaurant La Sciara in Keerbergen, Belgium. This is a lovely primitivo. Yes, there is a sweet side to it, but it is beautifully integrated in floral and fruity flavours. Very modest in tannins, it presents itself as a really smooth and friendly compagnon to my veal involtini in tomato sauce. Another great example of the Gioia del Colle area in Puglia.
White - Sparkling
9/2/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
87 points
Amazingly neutral. Very gentle and cautious in its taste. Not a lot to like, but certainly nothing to dislike. Is this the style of the house? Where is the brioche/caramel/vanilla? Too much of those, like in some champagnes I tasted recently, I do dislike, but something should be there, right? Moreover, also the fruit is modest and limited to white/yellow, nothing more. Acidity? Hardly any. Maybe "neat" is the right word here.
White
9/1/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
85 points
Lemon and lime freshness. That is basically it. Pleasant for a warm summer evening with seafood bites. Simple, dry, nice and refreshing. Exactly what it is supposed to be.
White
9/1/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
91 points
I had the 2017 before. The 2018 is vibrant in its fruitiness as well. Lovely intensely zesty acidity is quite obvious, but is balanced by a sweet undertone and floral notes. The mouthfeel is pleasantly oily. Minerality is present as well towards the end, even if it is a touch less than in the previous vintage. This shows again how lovely a bianco di nero can be. One to follow in the coming vintages.
White - Sparkling
8/24/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
89 points
Yellow colour, yellow taste. Lovely fruits, nectarine, peach, yellow plum and apple dominate the taste, which also gives pleasant lemony acidity. It is, however, not very dry. It is quite different from and better than the apple sauce like 2014 that I had before. Only one bottle of this Gambero Rosso awarded vintage seemed to be available at the time of purchase, leaving me now with a couple of bottles of the lesser 2014.
White
8/20/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
86 points
Fresh, zesty and dry are the keywords for this basque wine often accompanying the typical pintxos in the bars of San Sebastian, Bilbao and others. That is also where I got to know this refreshing wine. A light sparkle is normal for this type of white. Lime zest and green apple can be tasted, but no grassy tones. Do I detect a hint of honey? Really nice for the the price of less than 10 euros I paid in a supermarket in Hondarribia.
Red
7/29/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
85 points
An obvious pinot nero with the typical translucent red colour in the glass and the scent of a variety of red fruits going from cherry to raspberry. Tasting it brings you the red fruit and some vanilla with a correct balance between acids and sweetness. This is light bodied and playful. Not a great depth and complexity, so I am not rating it very highly but since I do enjoy the typical flavours of a pinot wine, I am giving it the thumbs up.
It does remind me of a particular red Sancerre I had many years ago and that did, unexpectedly, age very well in the bottle. Should I purchase some extra bottles and shelve them for 5 years or longer?
Red
7/28/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
89 points
New tasting note, because my impressions from this bottle are somewhat different from the previous one.
This time the nose gives plenty of wet forest and ripe berries. On the palate the mature black berries dominate together with obvious tannins. Towards the end some liquorice and orange acidity come forward. Forward is the right word because it all stays in the front and there's nothing much on the back of the palate, as if there is a gap. Be assured I really do like this barbera, but there is something missing to get a 90 or 90+ rating.
White - Sparkling
7/22/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
90 points
This bubbly immediately gives of a lovely citrus aroma. The taste is all very subtle and refined, expressing itself in a variety of citrus fruits together with vanilla and a light touch of caramel. The very juicy, succulent character make it ideal, if adequately cooled, for a warm summer evening.
Red
7/10/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
88 points
Not an evening sipper, this one. It needs food! Fruitiness is mixed with scorched earth and ash when I open the bottle. The black fruit that I taste is partly greenish unripe and is certainly not overwhelming in depth. Bitterness is coming through towards the end leading to a cleansing and very dry finish, accompanied by spicy pepper. Definitely a good companion for salty, strong cheeses. Feta and soft, salty goats cheese were good partners to this uncomplicated, vibrant red southern Italian.
White
7/6/2019 - benny-g wrote:
91 points
The dominant flavour to me is that of just ripe gooseberries: lovely sweet and mellow fruit still with good zesty acidity. But there's more: great depth and spices, undoubtedly from the old vines that the grapes are harvested from (75 years). This wine rightfully bears the name 'vigneto storico'! In the finish a slight almond bitterness is noticeable, adding to the complexity.
Red
7/3/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
91 points
Floral, fruity, fresh describe the taste of this southern italian. Earthy tones are present in the nose, but on the palate the dark ripe fruit dominates accompanied by floral flavours. A hint of earth with cloves is there as well with nicely integrated tannins resulting in a dry finish. This is a great illustration of the potential of the aglianico grape.
White
7/2/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
88 points
The ripe fruity nose of this almost colourless pinot grigio is reflected in the flavours of fruits like ripe apple and cantaloupe, preceded by sweet honey and faint acidity. The finish tends towards stony minerality. It is nicely integrated, but on the whole the balance is leaning towards the sweet side and would have benefited from some more acidity.
Red
6/17/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
90 points
Quite sharp fruity smell. But tasting it, it starts quite soft and round with different kinds of red fruits (think strawberry, raspberry). This is followed by a sudden, short presence of sweet cuberdon to finish with clear acidity and some tannins. Same style as the 2015 Rosso of the house I had a few days ago, but there is clearly more complexity.
Red
6/14/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
87 points
Somewhat unripe fruit in nose and palate. Crispy and fruity with liquorice and a touch of leather towards the end. This is a juicy barbera with a clear tannic finish.
Red
6/10/2019 - benny-g wrote:
86 points
Sour cherry with a bite. That's basically it. Complexity, depth, sangiovese forrest flavours are all almost completely absent. The acidity is dominant, but it is still a juicy red, amazingly light in colour and with a tannic ending. Avoid partnering with food that has a sweet component. It might go well with a somewhat sour tomato sauce.
White - Sparkling
6/1/2019 - benny-g wrote:
90 points
Vanilla and fruit dominate the nose. This is clearly a full Chardonnay with crispy yellow fruit with zesty acidity. Some hints of toast are present as well. Lovely.
Red
5/25/2019 - benny-g wrote:
84 points
Dark fruity, quite intense, pleasant and slightly on the sweet side. It is not really complex and the finish is rather short. Nothing disturbing can be found, but 2 glasses are more than enough. I just did not fancy a third one. This may go well with braised beef.
White - Sparkling
5/21/2019 - benny-g wrote:
85 points
Pleasant sparkler with mainly fruity acidity, with lemon and crispy apple. Simple without complexity. It is juicy, bright and fresh. Nice like a good prosecco.
White
5/18/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
91 points
Impression of yellow plum on the nose accompanied by spices. On the palate it starts with a sweet touch and the said fruit. The mouth feel is rather silky. The balance benefits from fruity acids adding some yellow and green apple. A hint of spices (nutmeg, cinnamon like) completes the picture.
Red
5/9/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
93 points
Dinner in a Trieste restaurant; quick note from memory a couple of days later. Amazingly austere with deep evolved fruit. I never had a schioppettino like this one. Not that I have had dozens, but still... This varietal does have real potential, so it seems.
Scored it even if the excellent dinner and atmosphere in Il Bagatto may have biased my opinion. The papardelle con la salsa d'anatra are really excellent and the wine paired wonderfully well with the dish.
Red
5/2/2019 - benny-g wrote:
84 points
This is the result of a laudable effort to produce a pinot noir red from grapes grown in an area relatively far north for this type of viticulture. This does show in nose and palate as somewhat unripe notes with primary acidity and a bit of green, sauvignon blanc type of fragrance. This being a 2016, a weak vintage in the area, I am looking forward to the 2018 which was for Belgium a more friendly wine growing year.
White - Sparkling
5/1/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
88 points
Fruity sparkler with mainly citrus like acidity accompanied by a touch of vanilla. Even if it's missing the typical bready and caramel tones, this Belgian can rival some champagnes and shows that a nice classic method sparkling wine based on chardonnay and pinot noir does not have to come from the Champagne area, Franciacorta or Trento.
White - Sparkling
4/30/2019 - benny-g wrote:
89 points
Decent champagne with a clear pinot noir presence. It's not modest in its taste, but it lacks refinement for me. Somehow it's shouting: I'm champagne and not just a simple sparkler!
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Red
4/4/2019 - benny-g wrote:
86 points
A decent daily drinker. Nothing extraordinary , but quite pleasant, certainly seen the modest price I paid, 10 euro. Typically a wine one would find in the cheaper range of reds in an Italian restaurant in Belgium, meaning in the range of 25 to 35 euros. Yes, they are quite expensive in Belgium.
Black fruit, dried herbs, alcoholic warmth are all clearly found, but tannins are very modest and it isn't overly complex. Very agreeable with a nice finish of cherry.
Red
4/3/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
89 points
An earthy nose is the first thing I notice after opening. The nicely integrated taste displays black, evolved fruit and dry herbs including pepper. Firm tannins are clearly present and give it a backbone. There is no outspoken sweet or acidic touch resulting in a nice balance. This is a serious wine, just lacking some depth, making it in the end just fall short of my 90 or more scoring tier.
Red
3/25/2019 - benny-g wrote:
80 points
This goes in all kinds of directions. Mellow, mature and sweet, but acids and tannins are certainly not absent. It totally lacks integration and while all these different tastes are present, it's not pleasantly balanced. Luckily I purchased just one bottle out of curiosity.
White
3/16/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
92 points
Wow, this paired amazingly well with the pesce spada in restaurant 'Cuore Italiano', one of my 2 favourite places in Leuven, Belgium, for an authentic Italian dinner. Floral, aromatic, lemon and a honey like mouth feel without the sugary sweetness. Where can I buy some of this golden goodness?
White - Sparkling
3/3/2019 - benny-g wrote:
88 points
Fruitiness seems to have been the goal in making this champagne. I can understand why this would be some people's favourite, but for me it is lacking depth. The bubbles are certainly not overwhelming. There is a touch of nuttiness adding to the quality, but unfortunately it is on the sweet side for a brut.
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Red
2/12/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
93 points
Structure, balance, integration, maturity, Italian south, it's all there. A bit of oak, austere earth, evolved red and darker fruit, floral tones, a rustic note and a bit of a bite all contribute to the pleasure of savouring this juicy, smooth aglianico. This is an adult compared to many fruity, sweet, south Italian youngsters promoted nowadays.
To be honest, I tried it then with some Fourme d'Ambert, but that was not the best match, because of lack of aggressivity in this friendly red wine.
White
2/2/2019 - benny-g wrote:
88 points
This is filled with fruit, yellow and green. The ripe yellow fruit dominates the nose. On the palate it is preceded by a sweet start and followed by green tones, slightly herbal. The mouth feel is well rounded. Overall this friulano is good quality, but just a bit sweet for me.
White
1/27/2019 - benny-g wrote:
91 points
This is beautiful. Quite closed on the nose, except for some yeast and yellow fruit, and starting a bit sweet on the taste, it quickly evolves into mixed orchard fruits with the accompanying acidity. It is nice and juicy with a modestly round mouth feel and ends quite mouth drying.
White - Sparkling
1/25/2019 - benny-g wrote:
84 points
Apple sauce. That describes the taste of this Italian sparkler. I expected more of it. No toasted or bread notes to be found. It is all about the fruit with a latent sweet undertone, luckily not overdoing it, and a bit of citric acidity. I also notice a slight stale touch towards the end and that's a pitty. My guess is 2014 was not the best vintage for this.
Red
1/24/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
93 points
This is so smooth now, completely integrated and balanced. It has improved since my previous tasting. It is full of fruit and the acidity of oranges is quite prominent but in no way aggressive. The bite at the end has disappeared and is replaced by a very agreeable smooth finish.
I would no longer pair this with a beef roast or steak but rather with braised pork.
White
1/21/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
89 points
Green herbs and yellow fruits (like mirabelle) found in the nose. The taste is starting off quite sweet (but not overdoing it) and is indeed filled with green and yellow fruit, but does include herbs as well and also some citrus acidity and floral tones. The mouth feel is quite velvety and round. Towards the end it does give the impression of a pinot bianco. Plenty of complexity, but it could do with some better integration. So, starting like a sauvignon blanc and finishing like a pinot, that is my summary.
Red
1/20/2019 - benny-g wrote:
84 points
Simplicity is the keyword here. Red fruit and a decent balance are there, but it's all quite modest. Some chalkiness and dusty flavor seem to prevent this Friuli red to completely open up. Hence complexity and depth are missing. There is nothing really wrong, but it's just too introvert and simple.
Mind you, I ordered the Gambero Rosso 3 glasses 2014, but what I got was the 2016. Yes, I have complained to ViniDocFriuli that this is not what I ordered, but I should know by now only to trust the local, in my case Belgian, merchants.
Red
1/17/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
90 points
This takes a bit getting used to. This dark red gives somewhat sulfury green tones in smell and taste combined with mature black berry fruit. Floral tones and minty freshness also come through and the finish has quite some peppery sharpness. It is quite nice, but I am struggling when it comes to food pairing. Maybe stuffed peppers with tomato sauce? Or goulash might pair well too.
Edit 24hrs later: this improved significantly. The sulfury touch is gone and the taste is amazingly integrated now improving the balance. Rating corrected from 86 to 90.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Borgo Supremo (Metro) Franciacorta Satèn Brut Franciacorta DOCG Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
1/18/2019 - benny-g wrote:
84 points
This is a cuvée of chardonnay and pinot blanc. The pinot clearly dominates and that is what I am not looking for in a frianciacorta, certainly in a Saten. This sparkler lacks the typical chardonnay type of yellow fruits, while it does give some bready, yeasty smell/taste as it should. There is no depth or complexity to it. It is what it, I guess, pretends to be: a pleasant, easy drinking, uncomplicated sparkler.
I should note I do like pinot blanc wines, but not in this form.
Rosé - Sparkling
1/7/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
86 points
The colour is very pale pink, actually hardly noticeable. A quite floral, dry and fruity (strawberry type) sparkler this is. It does have a bready, yeasty touch, which I was not expecting. Pleasant.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Delapierre Cava Brut Macabeo-Xarello-Parellada Blend (view label images)
12/30/2018 - benny-g wrote:
80 points
This is sparkling wine indeed. Not much more to be said. It is not overly sweet or acidic, so it's OK. Some ripe apple towards the end?
Red
12/12/2018 - benny-g Likes this wine:
92 points
An austere nose, yet with a fruity touch, shows the serious side of this barbaresco. The fruit in the taste is quite evolved and complex with some clear red grapefruit coming out. Acidity is well balanced by a sweet residue. This is an elegant and refined wine with an underlying bitter tinge that to me is negative nor positive for the quality. Tannins are giving some bite towards the finish. Did go well with braised endives and entrecote. It does get better if given some air.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Ronco Calino Franciacorta Brut Franciacorta DOCG Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
12/9/2018 - benny-g Likes this wine:
90 points
This sparkler has all a chardonnay based metodo classico should offer: yellow and green fruit, a bit of brioche, some vanilla with a healthy foundation of ever present refreshing acidity. Somehow it is all there but not overwhelming, as if something is holding it back to give itself completely. The finish has a distinct touch of grapefruit. Another franciacorta showing this DOCG is a strong competitor, with Trento DOC, for the number one spot of Italian sparkling wines.
White
12/5/2018 - benny-g Likes this wine:
92 points
Yes, I know I have quite a few high ratings lately. The simple explanation is that I bought some different wines in a tasting and obviously one buys what one likes.
This bianco di nero is beautiful, to give you my conclusion immediately. Floral scents, zesty aroma and some must, but not animalic, are present in the perfume. And indeed "perfume" is the word here, because that is what it makes me think of. The mouthfeel is round and velvety with the gentle sweetness well balanced by citrus acidity. I am sure others will find all kinds of fruits in here and I would think pineapple would be mentioned quite often. Towards the finish a touch of minerality joins in. While it is the ideal companion for a pasta with pumpkin and pancetta, it is a nice evening sipper too.
Tasting this white wine made from nero d'avola, one wonders why there aren't more bianco di nero wines being made.
Red
12/2/2018 - benny-g wrote:
91 points
Lovely, juicy dolcetto. Already in the nose the excellent balance is obvious. The juiciness comes out immediately in the palate together with red fruit. It evolves from soft, velvety to nice fruity acidity and some green herbs and finishes with a gentle bite. One of the best dolcettos, if not the best, I have had.
Red
11/20/2018 - benny-g Likes this wine:
91 points
Lovely crispy red berry fruit dominate this fine rosso. But there is more to it: earthiness and rusticity give it more depth. Still it is clean and clear in the taste with even a touch of menthol towards the end. Obvious tannins contribute to a beautiful balance and sufficient complexity. This perfectly pairs with porcini and truffle pasta.
White
11/18/2018 - benny-g Likes this wine:
90 points
The onset is honeylike sweet, but that makes way quite fast for floral tones and citrus acidity and minerality with an oily mouth feel. Aftertaste is that of citrus fruits. Very clean and pleasant.
Red
11/10/2018 - benny-g wrote:
89 points
This is not a terribly deep and broad Chianti. Lovely fresh fruit is present in this very clean, smooth and well made wine, expressed in a near perfect balance. No deep complexity or symphony of forest like flavours here. Just a rustic touch. Really easy drinking and pleasing to many. Contrary to others here, I do not believe one should give this some more years, as it is enjoyable now and does not need further aging.
Red
11/7/2018 - benny-g Likes this wine:
93 points
This is serious. In the nose it is quite closed with some alcoholic, vinous and black fruit tones. But then the taste immediately gives intense fruit, black and red; not primary but quite evolved, resulting in a good complexity and balance. Plenty of acidity is accompanied by floral aromas, but at the same time there is an earthy minerality to it. This shows its completeness by finishing with a nice tannic bite. Yes, I do like this wine.
And another thing: it did pair quite well with chocolate. Really.
Red
11/5/2018 - benny-g Likes this wine:
91 points
This red from Valtellina is a good illustration that nebbiolo can also produce lighter wines. Red berries dominate in this one, but there 's a rustic side to it as well. The taste is very clean and fruity with limited tannins. The juicy finish completes it as a very pleasant experience.
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