Tasting Notes for lizeneca

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White - Off-dry
6/22/2012 - lizeneca wrote:
94 points
Color of a golden sunset. Leather, honey, hammering cold metal teeth ringing acidity, herbs, old books, dried apricot. Crazy acidity and liveliness for a 17 year old wine.
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Red
6/22/2012 - lizeneca wrote:
92 points
Rich and delicious, with dark, perfumed, unctuous smoke. Well integrated acidity and tannin.
White
3/26/2012 - lizeneca wrote:
89 points
Nose of cantaloupe, honey, and grapefruit. Well-bodied, tasting of lemon curd and peaches. Finish is long but not cloying. Would have been better with fish than with the pasta with mint pesto we drank it with.
Red
2/19/2012 - lizeneca wrote:
90 points
Delicious the first night. Great smoky fruit, and good structure. The second night, the smoke and fruit fell off, and the nose was dominated by kalamata olive - which I found unpleasant.
Red
12/3/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
91 points
Good stuff. Nice smoky, funky nose. Good power on the palate, with balanced tannins and acid.
Red
10/30/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
90 points
Medium bodied. Nose of dark fruits, salty sea smoke, leather. Palate has nice acidity, extracted fruit, and dusty tannins - with the chalk of the tannins and a slight sweetness riding out on the finish. Everything is kept at a moderate volume, making this a comfortable, easy wine to drink.
White
2008 Gino Pedrotti Nosiola Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT (view label images)
10/30/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
91 points
Rich, vibrant white - minerals, slight caramel.
Red
9/18/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
90 points
Resplendent fruit, certain vivacity, subtle deliciousity.
White
9/17/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
89 points
Nicely balanced and well-oaked chardonnay.
Red
9/17/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
90 points
Suave tannins, measured dark fruit - enjoyable and luxurious. Not enough in the way of secondary characteristics to be particularly distinctive.
Red
9/11/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
93 points
Tremendous, great tannins and acidity, smoky, earthy, chypre, bacon, herbs. Delicious wine.
Red
9/11/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
89 points
Decanted for a few hours before drinking. Got a sort of intense mounds bar nose of coconut and chocolate, followed by a very rich mouthfeel. I didn't notice the complexity or acidity that was mentioned in other TNs, and I missed both. The wine was delicious in its way, but I got bored with it quickly. The next day, the acidity was more prevalent, and that helped balance the richness more - but, still didn't have the tannins or acidity I think it needed to support everything else that was there.
Red
9/11/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
87 points
Drinkable - has tannin, acid, fruit - but too hot, and not all that much interesting going on with the palate.
White
8/6/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
90 points
Some spritziness. Smelling malt flour, intense minerality. Bit more acidity than I'd like, nice saltiness - nice grip. Interested to see how the acidity hits me after the bottle has been open for a couple of days.
Red
2009 Château Blanchon Lussac-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/29/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
Bland and tasteless - not ready to drink now, if ever.
Red
7/24/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
90 points
Drank over the course of about four hours, but didn't decant. At the start, just felt sort of weightless: it was showing fruit, tannin, etc, on the outside, but just felt empty in the mouth. By the last glass, all of those external characteristics - particularly the intense, dark fruit - were deeply amplified - but that helium-like weightlessness was still there. I guess it's just the mouth feel - similar to other Aussie shirazes I've had - that kills it for me. The velvety softness of it seems incongruous with the blast of fruit and tannin. Not my style. Although I liked this better than the 2002 Elderton Command I had last night, that wine seemed to have a better sense of self - the Command was languid, soft, and lazily volutuous to its core - while the Bellas Garden seems intense and vibrant on its face, with no core or heart to back that up.
Red
7/24/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
93 points
Gave it an hour or two of decanting before drinking. Just a delicious, luxurious wine. Nothing quirky or particularly intriguing about it, outside of just how intensely tasty it was.
Red
7/23/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
90 points
Decanted for a couple of hours and gave it a 20 minute session in the refrigerator to cool it off. Nice nose, chocolaty, dark fruits. Extremely velvety and weightless in the mouse, luxurious. There was this underlying salt-licorice flavor to the wine that I didn't particularly like - but, at the right temperature, not too warm or cool, with food, there was enough else going on to prevent that salt-licorice flavor from dominating. Didn't come together enough for me to really enjoy it - comfortable, luxurious, but not enough unique character to keep things interesting.
Red
7/20/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
89 points
Tasty wine - not stunning, but good. Rich, smooth, balanced tannins, and some enjoyable funkiness - like new sneakers, BBQ smoke, and metallic sweat. An hour in, though, it seems like it's decomposing, starting to fade quickly
Red
7/13/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
88 points
Beguiling smell of toasted vanilla, leather, and apricot. Medium-light body, sort of weightless. In the mouth, it has a sort of wafting, easy viscosity, like paper-thin leather...the tannins and acidity haven't quite resolved, and the finish is brief. With that, it seems like it has potential.
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Red
7/11/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
88 points
good serviceable cabernet, a little hot with strong notes of green olive. great with food. This is a good value for a cab.
White - Off-dry
7/8/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
94 points
Epic - waves of flavor, incredible complexity.
White
7/8/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
90 points
Aromas of cedar, creme brulee, and coconut. Strong minerality and grapefruit, with buttery highlights. A bit acidic on the finish.
Red
7/2/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
88 points
Nice smoky chocolate nose - mellow tannins, not a lot on the palate. Enjoyable - I liked that it was only 13.5%.
White
6/28/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
92 points
Fresh floral scent and faint hint of ripe banana. Full mouthfeel with layers of delicate flavors. Wine opened up after an hour and revealed notes of lilac, burnt orange. Could definitely taste something similar to a fino sherry in the finish, but this wine is so much more than that.
White
6/26/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
92 points
Pear, cotton candy, saline, honey, very dry, rich, beautiful viscosity, savory roundness on the finish, perfect array of acidity, sweetness, and bitterness on the finish. A sort of a mentholated quality on the smell as it warms up - really came into its own once it had opened up and warmed up a bit.
Red
6/13/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
90 points
Smells of fireplaces, plums, and licorice. Nice reddish-purple color, medium body, some clarity on the meniscus. Tastes jammy, with currants and blackberries. Solid tannins and acidity, not too much on the finish.
Red
6/1/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
82 points
Not offensive, just boring.
Red
2007 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
6/1/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
90 points
Smells of cigar box, lilac, rasPberries, dried cranberries, nutmeg, cinnAMON, toasted marshmallow, bubble gum. Spicy palate, mellow tannins, balanced acidity.
Red
5/29/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
94 points
Decanted for about 3 hours. Thought this wine was incredible. Smelled liicorice, chocolate, floral, perfume, lavender, leather, just an intense depth of smell. Balanced, pear, chocolate and cedar taste. The tannins were soft initially but more noticeable on the finish - want a few more bottles of this so I can see how it evolves.
Red
5/29/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
92 points
Rich, beguiling nose of hickory smoke, oregano, meat. Medium body, nice tannins, acidic, juicy, but the taste was a bit hollow. Really tasty, but might be epic in time.
Red
5/29/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
86 points
mediocre smooth full bodied wine
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White
5/22/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
91 points
Drank at a tasting with 3 other Loire wines - favorite of the night. Well balanced minerality and acidity, nice finish.
White
5/22/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
90 points
Really enjoyed this, smelled banana and jasmine, would like to try more wines from Musar.
White
5/20/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
89 points
Greenish-gold color, moderate viscosity. Smells of honey, creme brulee, and lemon curd. Sort of has a marshmallow-campfire thing going on, with caramel, and lemongrass on the finish. Pleasant and drinkable, nice with food, but doesn't really stand up on its own.
Red
5/14/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
90 points
Similar notes as the first bottle I drank - peppers, caramel, and earth on the nose, balanced tannins and acidity - but more muted than the other bottle. Maybe it's fading away.
White
5/13/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
93 points
Limpid gold color. Nose of caramel, lemon chiffon, corn, and canned pear. Thick meniscus, velvety but light texture. Palate initially reads sweet, but turns to dry and minerally, with a long finish. Delicious, suave wine.
Red
5/11/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
89 points
Big, sort of stupid chocolate black-pepper blueberry jam smell. Creamy. Reminds me of hot chocolate in a way. These wines are growing on me.
Red
5/10/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
Smoky, cinnamon, caramel, licorice nose. Medium bodied. Mild plum and blueberry flavors, some toasted almond - solid tannins, maybe a bit too much acidity.
White
5/8/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
94 points
Light golden color. Citric fruit, apple, and gasoline aroma. Great balance on the palate - silky texture, refreshing acidity. Terrific food wine.
Red
4/13/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
88 points
Not a whole lot on the nose. Chocolate-coffee-fruit, super tannic. Not that complex, but I like it.
Red
4/12/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
92 points
Ripe aromas of plum, grass, prunes, and caramel. Full bodied texture, with nice tannins and fruit - definitely dry tannins on the finish. Maybe a bit too much oak on the finish, but the wine was delicious.
Red
4/10/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
Very tannic and a bit flat to drink alone. Would have been a much better along with a good steak or another rich meal. Would definitely try again and let it breath a bit before drinking.
Red
4/8/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
92 points
Complex aromas of beef fat, woodiness, and plum. Smooth, thick, fleshy mouthfeel, with intense but balanced fruit, sweetness, acid, tannin, and pepper. There was a rum-coffee character to the long but clean finish. Demands attention.
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Red
4/3/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
Intense smell of caramelized meat, nice tannins. Not exactly balanced, could use some more acidity and additional complexity with the smell. Still, a tasty wine.
White
4/3/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
Fine greenish straw color, with a refined, velvety texture. Smells of baked green and red applesauce and minerals. Taste of juicy apples and salty-not-sweet cornbread, with a long finish.
Red
3/27/2011 - lizeneca wrote:
90 points
Dark purple color. Smells of peppers, earth, and caramel. Satisfying taste, with well balanced acidity and tannins. Great wine, I'd like to buy more.
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