Tasting Notes for MK62

(98 notes on 88 wines)

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White
8/16/2020 - MK62 Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautiful bright yellow green almost like Sauvignon Blanc-ish. Wonder herb with a little spice but the flavors at onset and through the palate are pear, honey and something herbal....thyme?
Red
8/1/2020 - MK62 wrote:
93 points
Dark ruby, older amber color than expected. Great nose, deep - dark - red fruit with some leather, chocolate, and some earth notes. Palate is a smidge tart but balance with good length.....this tasting was fresh out of the bottle, no aeration.
Red
7/9/2020 - MK62 wrote:
94 points
This is Burgundian styled pinot (which I typically find in OR v. CA) and shows up with soft amber rose color herb, mineral and menthol combined with the expected cola, cherry and red fruit. The balance of this wine creates a lovely first impression and lasting finish and noticeable oak. Not overwhelming and I think wine will last in very similar form for years.
Red
4/19/2020 - MK62 wrote:
95 points
Color is deep purple, hint of burnt orange on the rim with medium tearing; nose is clean and strong, cooked meats, deep fruit and jammy, mushrooms (?), minerality is there....on the palate, consistent black/red fruit, peppery spice, not a ton of oak, medium tannin and smooth across the palate.

Greek Easter with Lamb, Christos Anesti!!
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Red
4/11/2020 - MK62 wrote:
92 points
Tart cherry, more than I would have thought with an 2008 opened for 2 hours, wine has medium alcohol, balanced fruit, not heavy on the oak, medium tannins.
Red
4/11/2020 - MK62 wrote:
94 points
First, I am a fan of Aaron Pott and Pott wines and I really enjoyed this as well.

After decanting (90 minutes+) it opens with mild alcohol, deep cherry nose, moderate leather and earth. On the palate, I tasted cherry/raspberry, mild mocha notes and mild oak. The body is medium, less than many from Pott. Medium+ density color and good finish.

A terrific California cabernet with plenty of life and years to go.
Red
4/7/2020 - MK62 wrote:
92 points
What you would expect from the terroir. Solid pinot with strong Russian River characteristics of red fruit, cherry, cherry cola with not much to create conflict with a Burgundian style. Fruit and forward flavor was consistent and built upon opening. I will finish bottle tomorrow and will expect a solid response.
White
4/7/2020 - MK62 wrote:
91 points
I enjoyed the non-tasting elements of the wine out of the bottle, color, nose.....first taste took me to where I wanted to be with the wine, crisp, balanced, enough citrus from the sauvignon blanc but the dryness and balance brought by the semillon took me to a couple trips to Italy and white wines from the past whose memories were easy to conjure up.
The wine looks light gold colored.
Red
2/15/2020 - MK62 wrote:
98 points
Out of the bottle (Coravin), this is a great wine. Deep beet red ruby color, with a nose of heavy red fruit, some wood....and you know the chocolate/mocha is coming with the taste which it does.....balanced tannins....going to give it 30-45 minutes, surprised it head slapped me out of the bottle.
The wine held up, the balance and tannins, the exquisite red fruit...
Red
2013 Kongsgaard Fimasaurus Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/26/2020 - MK62 wrote:
95 points
Enjoyed this wine, first time for me with this Cab/Merlot blend. Silky, balanced and not overpowering. Dark chocolate, cassis, deep & dark red fruit without strong tannins. I will enjoy going down the path with other vintages and this one over time....5/6 left!
Red
2013 Cayuse God Only Knows Walla Walla Valley Grenache (view label images)
1/26/2020 - MK62 wrote:
93 points
First, I enjoy the Cayuse wines any chance I can and am patiently awaiting my call on their wait list. I also am a Grenache fan and have been digging in on that varietal for past 2-3 years. This wine has the power or lack of power as a pinot to me (and I like pinot), balanced....light earth memory hint of Bordeaux, red fruit, leather, light spice/pepper.........I could enjoy many bottles of this wine.
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White
12/31/2019 - MK62 wrote:
92 points
I have not had a bottle of this in several year from my cellar but have fond memories that were not disappointed. I had read about pairing stone crabs with Assyrtiko (Santorini-Greek white) which I am very familiar with having been to the island but more importantly, having being married to a Greek for 30+ years. I was going to purchase such a wine but thought I have to have something that can work and this wine came to mind. As I cracked my stone crabs (delivered from Joes-Miami!), I poured a glass and was thrilled with my choice. Herbs, minerality, floral scents with a deep golden hue......
Red
7/27/2019 - MK62 wrote:
93 points
This came out of the bottle with power.....great nose and ripe fruit, Burgundian color. Bing cherry, spice..... 9 years and still with seemingly plenty of life & legs left.
Red
2013 Crocker & Starr Casali Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/17/2018 - MK62 wrote:
96 points
This is a lovely, balanced wine. Malbec leading with plum, dark cherry, cocoa & leather with the balance of what I assume is the right amount of oak. Easy, balanced, great on the palate. Malbec dominated nose but enough questioning that you go forward with excitement to find what you find in the glass.
Red
6/21/2017 - MK62 wrote:
94 points
From one of my favorite winemakers, Aaron Pott working on the top of Spring Mtn.....this wine is characterized by balanced fruit from start to finish. This is a pleasing cabernet sauvignon which will stand the test of time. Enjoy now, love later.
Red
4/30/2017 - MK62 wrote:
87 points
Confusing wine.....not sure if a storage issue....cola is overwhelming, not the brightness of fruit expected with a P & H pinot as I am a fan. Has not aged well....6 years....
Red
4/29/2017 - MK62 wrote:
92 points
A fan of the wine as my experience appreciates the consistency. 2009 is not the best vintage of Tignanello I have had but solid. Strong & pleasing nose on opening that excites the taste buds, nose is cherry, black licorice with forward flavors of tart cherry, minerality, Italian terroir.
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Red
1/2/2017 - MK62 wrote:
92 points
Good out of the bottle and with a nose of the expected cola with leather and front end with bing cherry & raspberry. Medium body, easily satisfying and smoooooth. Low alchohol and tannins.
Red
2010 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
9/3/2016 - MK62 wrote:
94 points
Half bottle yesterday, the rest today. Even better today. Dark sweet fruit, balanced spice with the fruit and long lingering finish of almost a minute.
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Red
5/7/2016 - MK62 Likes this wine:
92 points
The wine comes out of the bottle with a fair amount of acidity and a nice initial profile that welcomes you in. Lite cola, ripe cherry, red rasberry with an earthy overtone with the nose. The flavors are similar with an interesting earthy taste that reminds me of a bakery. I would welcome this wine with salmon, casual italian food, chicken, light BBQ, T-giving and most any starters. This particular pinot improves out of the bottle and remains balanced & intensifying acid and flavors.
Red
1/8/2015 - MK62 wrote:
Less deep purple color on first impression which brought my nose to the glass to check for any irregularities. None. Nose of layered yeast-blueberry and blackberry with some floral type scent as well. Big opening on the palate but not overpowering and one that was easy with food (Greek meatballs with sriracha ketchup, sweet potato, cauliflower and brussel sprout medley). Felt like right time for this wine to enter the world for tasting.
Red
7/13/2014 - MK62 wrote:
90 points
I am enjoying this wine & looking forward to serving with a BBQ combo (grass fed London broil and grilled chicken). I enjoy most Zins, especially in for summer BBQs. This one reminds me of a Barbaresco, a bit lighter, balanced. So far, so good.
Red
7/8/2014 - MK62 wrote:
93 points
First time and am impressed. I find the wine balanced, start to finish pleasure with a bold nose and welcoming pleasure of dry sangiovese with purple-blue fruit, earth notes, maybe leather. This would hold up with any northern Italian meal.
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Red
5/26/2014 - MK62 wrote:
92 points
Just finished a meal with BBQ ribs/chicken, almost reached for a Zin and decided to get the 'lesser' (as compared to The Beast) Shiraz out of the cellar. Terrific. Smooth start to finish, great fruit with no overabundance, not tart but rich and balanced. Enjoyed it. Committed to doing a taste off with the Beast.
Red
12/15/2013 - MK62 wrote:
94 points
This cabernet deserves serious attention. It is balanced, tasted immediately, 3 & 18 hours after decanting and holds up wonderfully in the cellar. Tannins are manageable and appropriate and typical flavors of a great cab combined with a softness for a wine 4 years old. Will save and think this hold up for many more years.
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Red
11/3/2013 - MK62 wrote:
92 points
I have always enjoyed this wine and therefore have high expectations when opening.....slightly more tart (malbec majority) with its excellent color and initial taste of barely ripe berry, slate/flint combine with oak layers & tannins. The balance is what got me the first time secondary to the blend. For the $60 range probably x2 in restaurant, a solid choice for steady, easy drinking enjoyment.
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Red
10/27/2013 - MK62 wrote:
Enjoyed this dark berried, dry red wine which is reminds me of what I enjoy about most good Italian wines. Not overpowering, easy to dance to and not too sweet. The fruit is more than adequate combined with right amount of tannins and balance creates easy enjoyment.
Red
9/8/2013 - MK62 wrote:
90 points
This wine could be in the every day red rotation. Darker in color, bordeaux-ish yet light enough in taste, fruit to not overwhelm most foods. Nose is pleasant, good mix of wood/earth and light berry, cherry. Taste is consistent with this, low acid and easy to enjoy.
Red
6/16/2013 - MK62 wrote:
88 points
This wine takes some time. It is an okay Italian upon opening and after an hour or so turns into a good Italian. There is an imbalance with the sangiovese that I want more from and it stays there as the wine opens up.
Red
4/15/2013 - MK62 wrote:
89 points
Strong nose, metallic flint, decanted a long while (60+) from experience. Deep, dark fruit, even tannins and balance. I would prefer less merlot and more cab with this combination with sangiovese. Color matches taste in that is deep, complex. Steady wine with Italian food. I enjoyed with home made, roasted vegetable lasagna.
Red
3/31/2013 - MK62 wrote:
90 points
Decanted and aerated brings out tart cherries, red fruit, oaky finish and smooth. Okay and will taste in 30 minutes and 60 minutes with dinner (roasted root vegetables, rainbow trout and peppered yukon and sweet potatoes).

Tart fruit, oak throughout, attractive nose.

Wine develops nicely, a bit too tart and oak becomes less subtle.
Red
2/15/2013 - MK62 wrote:
91 points
Color is nice, not great. Nose is deep pinot without overbearing alcohol. Balanced taste across palate with strawberry, cherry, earthy AND I cannot get to the soul of this wine. I want it to be worse or better not standing still. I would have no problem ordering this at a restaurant and I may lean towards trying something new.
Red
1/30/2013 - MK62 wrote:
93 points
Deep purple color, smooth, not too spicy and right amount of 'pepper' with deep, smooth dark cherry/berry with consistent fruit with consensual seamless finish.
Red
1/27/2013 - MK62 Likes this wine:
91 points
Enjoying with salmon, root vegetables, etc...Prune juice coloring, nice nose, solid pinot, could easily be an every day pinot with no surprises always pleasing.
Red
1/26/2013 - MK62 Likes this wine:
92 points
Deep ruby color, nose of black liquorice, bing cherry, bit heavy on the tannins which keeps the score from going higher for me but this is a balanced, well-done wine.
Red
1/25/2013 - MK62 Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent color of deep ruby, garnet in color, nose of black cherry and ripe rasberry. Taste brings a strong pinot with rich black cherry and tart, pleasing cranberry flavors. I want to watch this wine develop in coming years.
Red
1/20/2013 - MK62 wrote:
90 points
A worrisome cork (not alot of experience with bad corks) led to a nice experience. Translucent red fading to amber brown color, nose of port wine, dark candy and apricot. Initial tast of berries (red rasberries), smooth.
Red
1/7/2013 - MK62 wrote:
May need more time as this pinot tastes like it will benefit from more time. It is solid as it stands today and I feel it will mature, smooth out its edges and become a 93-96 compared to a 88-92 that it is right now. I will place it at 90. It is a bit tart on the onset but stays smooths and hangs in there. Color is spectacular and pure pinot. Burgundy. That may be where it goes for me, a young French burgundy.
White
12/24/2012 - MK62 wrote:
93 points
Terrific and surprising as it held up so well with an add on to our Christmas dinner. Sweet pear and cardamon, hint of cider and good balance to enjoy start to finish.
Red
12/9/2012 - MK62 wrote:
92 points
Wonderful pinot with very pleasing and natural color, great fruit on the onset and with follow through that is smooth. I taste deeper red fruit of cherry, hint of mint/mineral, bing cherry preserves. Opens well after an hour +
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Red
11/29/2012 - MK62 wrote:
90 points
This is an interesting pinot, with emboldened expected flavors of ripe cherry, spice and some earth tones. I think the wine may need a bit more time or I need to let it open up a little longer to improve the consistency and balance. I will continue to play with this wine.
Red
11/27/2012 - MK62 wrote:
93 points
This is a good pinot! I enjoyed it the same night I had an Auteur 2009 and ranked it higher, with a better nose, better balance and terrific red fruit, creme de cassis, rasberry, strawberry..
Red
11/24/2012 - MK62 wrote:
92 points
Terrific nose of ripe dark cherry, spice with color of brownish purple; immediate, consistent and balanced fruit of the pinot grape. Solid, smooth pinot of controlled acidity and alcohol. I think it holds up very well to most.
Red
11/4/2012 - MK62 wrote:
92 points
First timer with George and I like this wine, Sonoma Coma....this is a solid pinot, possibly not as bold but willing to go the distance, fruit is balanced and consistent through the palate with red rasberry, bing cherry and spice (?)...will look forward to more tastings from Sonoma Coma and George.
Red
10/14/2012 - MK62 wrote:
93 points
This is a good wine. Right from the start, vanilla, spice with dark berries. Color is deep and sustained. Good fruit, nothing detracts from it and nothing overwhelming, well-balanced. No problem with pricing it up.
Red
10/13/2012 - MK62 wrote:
95 points
Great out of the bottle. First time with this wine. Looking forward to allowing it to open up. Nose is minty fruit, front is smooth, balanced pinot, smooth,spicey.....apple?
Old fruit, tasty, very tasty!
Red
10/13/2012 - MK62 wrote:
91 points
Good first day, jammy consistent fruit with right amount of peppery follow through. Second day, decanted in cellar was even better, strong fruit with dark chocolate.
Red
10/6/2012 - MK62 wrote:
88 points
Give it time to open, 1-2 hours minimum. Color of preserved bing cherries, strong oak, musky in nature. Fruit is mild to medium body and okay but leaves me wanting more from the wine.
Red
9/27/2012 - MK62 wrote:
88 points
Spain comes through....grenache...cherry, rasberry...unusual finish, not bad...unusual.
Red
9/23/2012 - MK62 wrote:
92 points
A solid pinot in every way. Out of the bottle with great color, terrific and consistently smooth fruit (sweet/ripe berry) with smooth oak finish. I enjoy this wine and would go to it and a stable friend on any wine list.
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