Tasting Notes for urban_dk

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Red
3/8/2021 - urban_dk wrote:
89 points
Dense wine, garrigue notes taking a back seat to concentrated dark cherry and plum flavors. Quality CdP, no doubt, but needs time to see if the tertiary garrigue notes will become more prominent. Not sure if this vintage will enable a good expression of the balance between fruit and savory notes.
Red
3/8/2021 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
92 points
Expression is far younger than the last bottle, still displaying tart pomegranate/cranberry, but not much on tertiary notes. This bottle suggests at least another decade of potential before it hits its peak.
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Red
11/16/2020 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
90 points
In a clumsy phase right now. Shows the garrigue on the nose, but still coming together on the palate. Gave half the bottle some air and sampled a day later, and the cracked pepper/plum/black licorice flavors were more apparent, albeit with a brief, tannic finish. Save for at least 2-3 years.
Red
11/8/2020 - urban_dk wrote:
92 points
Pretty classic Zin aromas and flavors, notably showcasing peach preserves with some dark berry fruit. Secondary notes of vanilla very apparent at this stage, with a slight peppery finish. An excellent accompaniment with pizza.
Red
10/20/2020 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
91 points
Earthy aromas suggest it has matured more than the palate suggests. Loads of tart pomegranate/cranberry and still some noteworthy acidity. One bottle left and I don’t plan to open it for at least another five years.
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Red
This bodes well for the 2017 vintage in Tuscany - ideal to drink now, but with stuffing to last several years. Racy, vegetal front palate with a bit of meat jus, resolving to bright marasca cherry on the finish.
Red
4/25/2020 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
90 points
Shedding a fair bit of tannin, but still a deep garnet color. Notes of dark plum and licorice, with a meaty, savory backbone. Nicely integrated now.
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Red
3/9/2020 - urban_dk wrote:
88 points
Second bottle, resolving now into a deep cherry with a bit of tobacco. Don't see it developing further, but it is a decent mid-priced Brunello. Pleasant wine that was enjoyed by a table of Brunello fans.
Red
3/8/2020 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
89 points
Loaded with dark berry fruit, hint of baking spice as well. Not overly complex but a crowd pleaser. Good to drink now.
Red
3/8/2020 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
92 points
Reinforces tasting notes from my last bottle, with even more tertiary savory flavors coming out. This is ideal to drink now and I am not sure how much improvement it will get with further cellaring.
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Red
3/7/2020 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
91 points
Much bolder dark cherry and cassis profile with this bottle than the last. Started to fade a bit over the evening. Good to drink up now.
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Red
2/3/2020 - urban_dk wrote:
92 points
Decanted for an hour, which helped to open it up. Showing some tertiary tea-leaf and earthy notes, but primarily spicy raspberry with a hint of cranberry. Dusty tannins on the finish. Jury is out at this stage on how this will mature. Seems to have developed significantly since sampling the previous bottle. Drinking nicely now and a good pairing with sweet/savory pork or duck dishes.
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Red
11/12/2019 - urban_dk wrote:
89 points
I would dare to say this is in a dumb phase. Noteworthy acidity and muted fruit, not many tertiary notes at this point. Might hold my last bottle for quite a few years.
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Red
2007 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
11/1/2019 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
90 points
Truth in advertising. Intense plum and licorice flavors, acidity rounded out and tannins resolved enough to put it in an OK drinking window. That said, years ahead for this beast. Had it been a blind tasting, I would’ve guessed a top-tier Barossa Valley Shiraz. Recommend pairing with a hearty red meat dinner.
Red
7/23/2019 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
91 points
Strawberry Fields Forever. Lynmar took me there with this beauty.
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Red
7/5/2019 - urban_dk wrote:
91 points
Cedar and macerated berries on the nose. Still a firm tannic structure, many years ahead for this wine. Dark cherries, mocha and some savory bay leaf on the palate. Enjoyable wine.
Red
11/17/2018 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
95 points
Surprisingly fresh, with little noticeable bricking and virtually no sediment. People around the table thought it was decades younger. Slight note of sandalwood, prominent dill on the nose. Palate revealed smoke and light red berry, with a velvety finish. I think this could go at least a decade (or two) longer, if stored as well as this bottle.
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Red
10/1/2018 - urban_dk wrote:
93 points
The Tannat really shines in this blend. Drinks like a top-end CdR with a bolder, tannic layer, full of brambly dark fruit and a bit of licorice on the finish. I think this has the stuffing to develop further for at least a couple of additional years, but it is good to go now with an hour or two of decanting.
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Red
2014 Ridge Lytton East Hills Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
9/27/2018 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
90 points
Mocha and dark berries at first, but shuts down pretty fast. Petite Sirah is flexing its muscle in this blend. Give it at least five years.
Red
8/28/2018 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
90 points
Given my experience with the producer, should’ve never even looked at this wine right now. Completely in a dumb phase right now, with one-dimensional berry flavors. Hints - and really only hints - of umami characteristics coming through. Good to wait another 5-10 years before consuming future bottles.
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Red
8/21/2018 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
91 points
Loads of kirsch and macerated berries, as well as a healthy dose of dark chocolate. No sense in waiting with this one!
Red
2013 JC Cellars #PureYum California Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
8/20/2018 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
91 points
Truth in advertising. Hedonistic dark chocolate and berries galore, with a big dose of rare steak meat juice on the finish.
White
8/13/2018 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
91 points
Tropical fruit, honey and a developing note of beeswax. Still has room to grow, but in a great drinking window now.
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Red
7/18/2018 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
91 points
Quaffable wine that still displays some noteworthy structure, due to the high mix of Syrah. Spicy berry notes and a slight peppery finish. Made for a pleasant sipper by the river on a warm July day.
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Red
7/18/2018 - urban_dk wrote:
88 points
Has years ahead of it. Sampled over a week with a Coravin. Looks like squid ink in the glass, with blackberry/blueberry notes finally emerging on the nose. Fruit profile continues over in the palate, with a hint of baking spice and vanilla/mocha. Still really muted by a wall of tannin.
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Red
7/3/2018 - urban_dk wrote:
87 points
Gave it a 4-hour decant as i suspected it was being opened a bit early. Still had some tannic tightness, although it certainly did open to reveal some distinct black raspberry flavor. That said, this appears to be a rather one-dimensional, fruit-forward CdP.
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Red
5/28/2018 - urban_dk wrote:
87 points
Borderline taint on this one - enough to make me consider opening my other bottles very soon. Light tart cherry and solid umami notes at this point, but the taint on the nose is a bit of a downer.
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Red
4/1/2018 - urban_dk wrote:
91 points
Bright cherry fruit and big tobacco notes. Rounds out nicely on the palate with a 1-2 hour decant. Punching above its weight class for the 05 vintage.
White
3/7/2018 - urban_dk wrote:
94 points
My new fave California Chard. Full of the tropical fruit and Sandalwood scents I associate with premium Lynmar Chards, but this beauty veers more to classic old-world Chablis territory. Lemon-cream flavors up front, with an austere mineral finish.
Red
2/19/2018 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
91 points
Gave this bottle a bit of a longer decant. More tart ��, but overall notes consistent with last bottle.
White - Off-dry
2/17/2018 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
92 points
Slight petrol, clover honey and tart stone fruit. Really enjoyable right now.
Red
1/22/2018 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
91 points
Drinking well now. Raspberries and underbrush on the nose. Dried cherry on the palate, with secondary notes of smoked meat and blood orange zest. Very pleased with the QPR on this Brunello.
Red
1/14/2018 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
91 points
Still needed about 2 hours decanting. Loads of dark berry fruit, some tobacco and cocoa nibs near the finish. If you are looking a big, bold Cali red, this would do the trick.
Red
1/2/2018 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
90 points
I wouldn’t say it is in a dumb phase, but it is in an austere period. Fruit profile has diminished on the palate (less so on the nose), and there is a solid wall of tannin on the finish that suggests additional years of aging before the wine really reveals its secondary notes. Elements of smoke, leather and Herbs de Provence are starting to emerge. I’d wait a few years for this wine to develop further.
Red
12/17/2017 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
91 points
Displays the dark-berry compote flavors of the earlier bottle, but has also picked up a noteworthy savory note. In an ideal drinking window.
White - Off-dry
12/5/2017 - urban_dk wrote:
87 points
Straightforward tropical and stone fruit flavors, minimal petrol on the finish. Pleasant sipper, but not the wine I thought it should be at this point.
Red
11/13/2017 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
91 points
Recommend decanting 2-3 hours. Loads of cedar, cigar box and blackberry jam on the nose, blackcurrant and dark chocolate on the palate. Big, brawny Cab, nothing super complex but a good example of the varietal.
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Red
11/9/2017 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
91 points
Really nice classic RRV Pinot, with cherry cola and a fine, slightly savory finish. Decent acidity, would recommend pairing with salmon or duck confit. Good to drink now, but also fine to keep in the cellar for a few more years.
Red
11/6/2017 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
92 points
Hits you a wallop of plum and blackberry on the nose and palate. Dark chocolate emerges, resolving to some austere savory notes on the finish. Rich, opulent wine that rescued my taste buds from the horribly over-cooked NY strip loin that accompanied it.
Red
11/2/2017 - urban_dk wrote:
91 points
Interesting wine, entering into a good drinking window with years of life ahead. Cassis, earth and cedar on the nose. Somewhere between medium to full-bodied, with loads of blackberry and plum, and a touch of cocoa on the finish. Beautifully structured new world red, and a great example of the quality juice that comes from Margaret River.
Red
10/29/2017 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
92 points
Nicely balanced. Berry fruit with a hint of menthol/eucalyptus, plus a note of smoky bacon. In a good drinking window right now.
Red
10/11/2017 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
91 points
Typical for this label, from a warm vintage and in a good drinking window. Brett notes resolve to bold cherry flavor, with a meaty component to boot. Ideal for fans of the traditional Rhône style.
Red
10/7/2017 - urban_dk Likes this wine:
92 points
Serious Rhône-influenced wine, displaying bold red fruit and a decent dose of licorice. Drank a bit early, and I would expect savory notes to become more prominent over the next few years. That said, it's drinking nicely right now and could easily pass for a standard release CdP or top-line CdR.
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Red
10/6/2017 - urban_dk wrote:
88 points
Displays the savory herbs and meaty characteristics of a Mourvedre-dominant blend, but surprisingly austere on the fruit side. Understated finish. In a dumb phase? Significant letdown for the price.
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Red
10/5/2017 - urban_dk wrote:
90 points
As others have noted, this is far drier and more austere than expected. That said, I believe there is a good 5-10 years in this vintage for the tannins to relax and the wine to show its true colors. Holding on to my next bottle for a few years more.
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Red
2007 JC Cellars Time Capsule California Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
10/4/2017 - urban_dk wrote:
93 points
Notes and score consistent with last bottle. A winner with years of age left (if you can wait).
Red
10/2/2017 - urban_dk wrote:
flawed
Jammy dark berry flavor on the front palate, resolving to a raisin-pie finish. Classic Cali Zin profile, IMHO.
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Red
2012 JC Cellars Broken Compass California Carignane, Carignan (view label images)
9/30/2017 - urban_dk wrote:
89 points
Give it a decant for at least an hour if drinking now. Bold cherry liqueur and some plummy/brambly notes. Decent dose of acidity, good pairing with game meat.
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