Tasting Notes for alittle

(548 notes on 497 wines)

1 - 50 of 548 Sort order
White - Sparkling
7/18/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
94 points
Popped and poured, followed over the course of the evening. The darkest Champagne in the flight; deep golden and slightly opaque, similar to a hefeweizen. Very fine bead, which dissipates rapidly in the glass. On the nose, this is tremendously complex and unusual, perhaps the most interesting Champagne I've ever sampled. From the glass wafts notes of decaying red apple, beef broth, mushroom stock, damp earth, brown spice, aged cheese, roast nuts, honey, woodspice and a real gamey note. On the palate, quite rich and round, mirroring tastes from the nose, showing excellent concentration and depth of flavour. Acidity here is moderate and my only qualm is that the finish didn't match the intensity of the rest of the package.
White - Sparkling
7/18/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured, followed over the course of the evening. In terms of colour, this sits somewhere between the Giraud and the Vilmart. Medium gold in colour, with a fine bead that also dissipates rather quickly. This fully mature Champagne boasts notes of honey, lemon zest, toasted nuts, baked apple, burnt sugar, orange marmalade, brown spice, toast and a hint of sherry as this sits in the glass. On the palate, this is nice and round, with medium plus acidity. Decent length on the finish with tastes of lemon drop, baked apple, spice, roasted nuts and orange marmalade. For my tastes, this is in the drink now phase.
White - Sparkling
7/18/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
88 points
Popped and poured, followed over the course of the evening. This was by far the lightest in colour of the opening flight, with a light straw gold colour in the glass. Initial bead is quite fine, but dissipates rather quickly. Somewhat reticent to start and really never came around. A touch musty on the nose, with lemon zest, fresh herb, tequila, spice, and some damp earth aromas. On the palate, no malolactic fermentation here, so the acidity is just raging. Finish is moderate, with linger tastes of green apple, lemon/lime zest, and a touch of mineral. Even with my expectations being rather low on this bottle, it was still a disappointment.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1/17/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Popped and poured. Deep amber gold in the glass. On the nose, dried strawberry, marmalade, candied lemon, baked apple, crushed rock, honey, baking spice and burnt sugar. On the palate, this is quite round and rich, but sufficient countering acidity. This really lingers on the finish, with tastes of strawberry preserves, citrus zest, baked apple, honey, burnt sugar, mineral and spice. This was a real treat. I quite enjoyed this.
White
1/17/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured. Medium gold colour in the glass. On the nose, stone fruit, florals, red apple, crushed rock, lemon/lime zest, and fresh cut grass. With time, there is some oak on this wine that becomes more prominent as it sits in the glass. On the palate, very lively with medium plus acidity, some viscosity, and just a hint of sweetness. Finishes moderate with tastes of red apple, citrus zest, mineral, dried flowers and stone fruit, with a touch of that wood lingering on the finish. Really nice wine, with quite a bit of complexity. Certainly the best Muscadet I've ever had.
White - Sparkling
1/17/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
90 points
Popped and poured. Light gold colour in the glass, with a moderate sized bead. On the nose, baked apple, lemon zest, smoke, flint, baking spice, brioche, wet hay and perhaps a touch of wood poking out. On the palate, this is not as round as I was expecting from the rather luxurious nose, but still has quite a nice texture. Very brisk, medium plus acids, with low-ish apparent dosage. This finishes moderate with tastes of baked apple, citrus zest, spice, mineral, smoke and yeast. This was quite nice and certainly punches above it's price point for me.
Red - Fortified
5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
96 points
Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Decanted approximately 5 hours in advance. Followed approximately 1 hour in the glass. On the nose, this is a touch spirity, but has a lovely nose of pure cherry, dark fruit, baking spice, earth, brown sugar, dried fig and toasted nuts. On the palate, this really shines, showing impeccable balance. There is a real elegance to this Port, and tremendous depth of flavour on the palate. Finish is quite long and lingers in the mouth for ages. I could drink this and eat Stilton for hours.
Red
5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
90 points
Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed approximately 30 minutes. Garnet in the glass, with a slight brick. On the nose, this is similar to the '84, but takes on a slightly cooler tone; blackcurrant, black cherry, cedar, spice, bell pepper, mint and damp earth. On the palate, this is a bit fresher than the '84, with a slight uptick in acids, but showing a similar roundness and overall ripeness to the profile of the fruit. This finishes moderate with some light drying tannin. Fully mature; drink up.
Red
5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
89 points
Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed approximately 30 minutes. Garnet in the glass, with a slight brick. On the nose, this also has quite a ripe fruit profile, but a bit more restrained than the BV; ripe black fruit, plum, brown sugar, bell pepper, licorice, eucalyptus and earth. On the palate, this shows a reasonable balance, perhaps slightly less acidity than I would have hoped with the ripeness in fruit present. At this point, the tannin is fully resolved. Finishes moderate. No upside here. Drink up.
Red
5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed approximately 1 hour. Deep garnet in the glass, with a light brick. On the nose, this is the polar opposite of the BV; very classic nose, with notes of black currant, leafy foliage, undergrowth, fresh mushroom, mint leaves, pyrazine and lead pencil. On the palate, medium acidity, some unresolved fine grain tannin and a medium finish, with tastes of red/black currant, bell pepper, mint, spice and earth. Excellent showing for this bottle, and right in my wheelhouse for what I seek in a Bordeaux styled blend. This was the star of the mid 80s Napa Cabernet served this evening.
Red
5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
86 points
Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed approximately 30 minutes. Garnet in the glass, with bricking throughout. On the nose, this is generally what comes to mind when I think of when Napa; ripe black cherries, plum, vanilla, coconut, spice, pyrazine, caramel and a touch of graphite. On the palate, rich and round, with ripe red and black fruit, medium minus acidity, tannin mostly integrated, and actually finishes quite long, but lingers with sweet ripe fruit, vanilla and oak. Not my style and a bit disappointing for this legendary producer.
Red
5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
94 points
Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed approximately 2 hours. Garnet in the glass, with a very slight brick. On the nose, this takes on a slightly darker and more animal profile than the '85; a melange of black fruit; blackcurrant, blackberry, black cherry; black olive brine, wet dog fur, espresso roast coffee, leather, bacon fat and camp fire. On the palate, this shows a touch more depth and concentration than the '85, as well as a bit more structure present. There is still some unresolved tannin that ever so slightly dries the moderate plus finish. Fully mature; drink now.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed approximately 2 hours. In the glass, garnet in colour, with a very slight brick. On the nose, blackberry, spent coffee grinds, damp earth, olive brine, leather, campfire and a touch of creosote. On the palate, good concentration, with deep black fruit, pepper, olive brine, smoke and coffee. Acidity is as expected; brisk and fresh; tannins, almost fully resolved, but grip ever so slightly on the moderate length finish. Served next the the '88, this seemed a touch lighter on its feet. Fully mature; drink now.
Red
5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured as a substitute for the flawed 1970 Palmer. Ruby red in the glass, with no bricking. On the nose, this was very strange; orange marmalade, peach schnapps, apricot, fresh picked herbs and strawberry. The nose was really quite explosive. On the palate, this is a touch more reserved than the nose, with a reasonable balance. Finish is moderate, with tastes of light red fruit, citrus peel, mineral and a lingering tequila and pine sol note. A very strange wine, and not one that I am particularly keen on having again. The quality is definitely there, but there are some elements to it that remind me of being 13 and smashed off the ends of miscellaneous liquor sourced from the liquor cabinet of a friend's parents.
Red
1970 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
flawed
Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured. Light translucent ruby in the glass, with significant bricking at the rim. On the nose, again there is a metallic overlay that is distracting, with long distant memories of fruit; dried, decaying; still some pyrazine and earthy elements there, but overall, this is past it. On the palate, quite simple and tired. Lean and dry, with the acid totally taking over. Really unfortunate.
Red
1985 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
91 points
Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed approximately two hours. Deep garnet in colour, with a mild amber brick at the rim. Initially, the nose had a metallic overlay, however, with time in the glass, this seemed to blow off for the most part. On the nose, black cherry, stewed plum, licorice, blood, dried herb, spice, dried flowers, graphite and earth. This was a bit of a roller coaster in the glass. With further time, it takes on some brown sugar notes that weren't particularly appealing, but then a bit later, some mushroom stock and beet notes emerged that were rather appealing. On the palate, red currant, licorice, plum, iron, herbs and mineral. Acidity is medium plus and finishes with moderate length.
Red
5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): A pristine example, sourced ex-chateau, popped and poured, followed approximately two hours. Deep ruby in the glass, with a slight brick at the rim. A beautifully perfumed nose of cherry, baking spice, damp earth, coriander, dried herb, crushed rock, leather, beet root, florals, and a touch of horse stable. With further air time, this takes on a real meaty edge and adds notes of orange rind. On the palate, this falters a bit, with a leaner profile than one would expect from the glorious nose, with medium plus acidity and moderately drying finish, with lingering tastes of red fruit, baking spice, smoked beets, mineral and leather. Lovely wine.
White - Sparkling
5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
88 points
Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed approximately 30 minutes. Golden colour in the glass, with a fine bead that dissipates quickly. On the nose, this was advanced as expected; light cider, baked apple, burnt sugar, baking spice, toasted hazelnut, yeast, and crushed rock. With time in the glass, this gets quite sherried and takes on an earthy edge. On the palate, this is quite tart and lean, with medium plus acidity. Finishes moderate, but very dry, with tastes of bruised apple, baking spice, roast nuts, lemon zest and burnt sugar. Still a lot of interest here if you like very mature Champagne. For my tastes, however, if this example is correct, drink 5-8 years ago.
White - Sparkling
5/23/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
91 points
Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed approximately one hour. Light gold in colour, with persistent micro bubbles. On the nose, this is a touch tighter and less and less advanced than the example we had tried just a few weeks ago. With some coaxing, the nose provided aromas of fresh cut red apple, lemon zest, crushed rock, brioche, caramel and baking spice, with a light overlay of oak. On the palate, nice richness and concentration. Acidity is quite brisk providing freshness and the finish is medium plus, with lingering tastes of tart red apple, citrus zest, mineral, yeast, and spice. Definite room for improvement. Based on this bottle, I'd say hold, although there seems to be some variability.
Red
10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
flawed
Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Double decanted approximately 2 hours in advance, served blind. In the glass, garnet in colour with a moderate brick. This seemed very advanced, with notes of bruised apple, liquorice, spice and prune. On the palate, this is a mess. This was either flawed, or should have been consumed 5 years ago.
Red
10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Double decanted approximately 2 hours in advance, served blind. Translucent garnet in the glass. On the nose, this was showing a bit deeper in aromatics than some of the other wines, with seemingly more varietals here. Overall, quite clean aromas of blackberry, cherry, plum, dried herb, earth, spice and a touch of volatile acidity. On the palate, again, relatively clean, with tart red/black fruit, spice, earth, showing medium acidity, finishing moderate, with a bit of grip on the back end.
Red
10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Doubled decanted approximately 2 hours in advance, served blind. Translucent garnet in the glass. On the nose, crushed raspberry, strawberry, gooseberry, crushed rock, a touch of mint leaves, dried herbs and spice. On the palate, showing lovely balance, with a touch higher than medium acid and mild fine grained tannin. The finish is medium, framed with tastes of raspberry puree, red cherry, mineral, mint and spice. On reveal, this was a great surprise. Very nice showing.
Red
10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
89 points
Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Double decanted approximately 2 hours in advance, served blind. Garnet in colour, with a slick brick. On the nose, red/black fruit, gooseberry, spice, leather, dried herb and a touch of rubber, seemingly a touch reduced on opening, but over time, the rubber turned to tar and asphalt, blending in a bit better. On the palate, tastes of cherry liqueur, dried herb, tar, and caper brine frame the short finish, clipped by drying tannin and overall, showing a bit of astringency. There are some elements here that I like, but amongst the other wines tonight, this did not show well.
Red
5/30/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
89 points
Consumed over 2 days. Translucent garnet in the glass. On the nose, some red fruit notes, with crushed raspberry, pomegranate, and then leaning a bit darker with plum type aromas, accented with fresh herbs, menthol, coriander and wood spice. On the palate, the texture is plush; well polished; with tastes of pomegranate, cranberry, underripe plum, mint, and light herbal undertones. The finish is moderate, with a touch of tannic grip, with the medium acids lingering on the palate. There is a touch of bitterness on the back end that I've found common amongst the 2011s I've tried that holds this back from being more enjoyable.
Red
10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
85 points
Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Double decanted about 2 hours in advance, served blind. Deep garnet in colour, with a mild brick. On the nose, candied red and black fruits, lavender, soap, rubber, vanilla, alcohol, oak and custard. On the palate, purple drank; sweet dark fruit preserves, spice, dried herb and notable alcohol. Tannin is moderate, acidity is medium minus, and the finish is a bit clipped due to the tannin, with only the sense of alcohol lingering in the mouth. Overall rather simplistic and not in a style I enjoy.
Red
10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Double decanted about 2 hours in advance, served blind. Garnet in colour, with a moderate brick at the rim. On the nose, this is very true to the place in which it comes; red and black fruit, baking spice, undergrowth, incense, flowers and fresh picked herbs, leather and a touch of horse stable. On the palate, red/black fruit, mineral, earth, spice, dried herb and a touch of licorice. Lovely wine.
Red
10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
flawed
Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Double decanted about 2 hours in advance, served blind. Garnet in colour with a moderate brick. On the nose, sour candies, hairspray, alcohol. On the palate, like notes; tons of heat. I will give this the benefit of the doubt and call it flawed, although sadly consistent with some other "older" VTs we've had.
Red
10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Double decanted about 2 hours in advance, served blind. Garnet in colour, with a moderate brick at the rim. On the nose red berries, blackberry, incense, orange peel, dried herb, leather, soy, beef stock, dried mushroom, crushed rock and an overlay of horse stable. This screams traditional producer with a dirty cellar. On the palate, well balanced with excellent concentration, with tastes of red and black fruits, spice, pepper, orange rind and leather. There is perhaps a touch of heat on the finish which detracts slightly from the whole package. Guessed this as either the Pegau or the Donjon.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
85 points
Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Double decanted about 2 hours in advance, served blind. Bottled corked.

Second bottle pulled from cellar, popped and poured. Deep garnet in colour with a slight brick. On the nose, this was a touched reduced with a rubbery element noted, this blew off to some degree over time, revealing the underlying kirsch liqueur, baked blackberries, anise and a touch of wood. There is quite a bit of heat on the nose noted, making this rather unpleasant to take in. The palate is similar, with high ripeness and extraction, showing sweet black fruits, licorice, and spice. Finishes moderate and quite hot. Overall, not a pleasant drink and outclassed by a number of wines this evening.
Red
2/27/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured, followed approximately 2 hours. Deep garnet in the glass, with no brick. Red currant, blackberry, gravel, bell pepper, celery seed, fresh picked herb, smoked meat, and earth. On the palate, really well polished; structured, but moderate silky tannin, medium acidity; finishes just a touch dry, with tastes of cassis, bell pepper, herbs and earth. A lot of power and depth here, but needs about 5 years to really come in to its own.
2 people found this helpful Comment
White - Sparkling
2/14/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured, followed for approximately 3 hours. Light gold in the glass, with persistent micro bubbles. On the nose, tangerine, lemon zest, toasted nut, red apple, crushed rock, spice, brioche, and marzipan. On the palate, fine mouse, medium plus acidity, dosage is relatively low. Finishes moderate length, accentuated with tastes of red apple, tangerine peel, lemon zest, hazelnut, yeast, salted caramel and mineral.
2 people found this helpful Comment
White
2/11/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured, followed approximately 3 hours. Light straw gold in colour, with a slight green tinge. On the nose, lemon drop, lime zest, honeydew melon, fresh herb, crushed rock, slight vanillin oak and custard. On the palate, quite lean, with medium plus acidity. The finish is of moderate length, framed with tastes of lemon zest, mineral and herb. This is my fourth experience with this particular bottling, all consistent notes. Not sure what the future holds for this wine, as it is leaner and higher acid than both the 2009 and 2010 vintages, as well as lacking a bit of complexity and exuberance. While well made, and quite enjoyable, I'm not sure this will hit the same heights, even with further time in the bottle. My recommendation would be to hold and hope for the best.
2 people found this helpful Comment
Red
12/26/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
95 points
Popped and poured, followed approximately two hours. Deep garnet in the glass, with perhaps the faintest bricking at the rim. The nose was fairly expressive from the get go, with notes of currant, pencil lead, tobacco, cedar, fresh herb, earth and light florals. On the palate, still quite structured, but well polished and in near perfect balance. Moderate unresolved tannin, medium acidity, and a long finish, accentuated with tastes of currant, blackberry, graphite, cigar, earth and cedar. Lovely wine. Textbook Bordeaux, with a ton of potential. From a well stored bottle, I'd give this another 5-8 years before this hits full maturity.
Red
12/26/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
95 points
Popped and poured, followed approximately 2 hours. Deep purple, almost inky in colour, with no bricking noted. Condition of the bottle was immaculate and it showed. The nose was soaring straight out of the gate, with florals taking the forefront, accentuated with dark fruits; blackcurrant, blackberry; cedar, spice, and a touch of graphite. The nose is still relatively primary at this stage, but beautifully perfumed. On the palate, this wine shines; such beautiful structure, perfectly balanced, showing medium acidity, moderate silky tannin and a tremendous depth of flavour and purity. Finishes quite long, with tastes of flowers, dark fruits, earth, spice and a touch of cedar. Based on this tasting, I would wait another 10 years to open another. While this still gave immense pleasure today, its finest days are yet to come. Classic even today, but eventually, this will merit a near perfect score.
Red
1996 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/26/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Popped and poured, followed approximately 2 hours in the glass. Garnet with a light brick. This was just rocking right out the gate; textbook Bordeaux here. An expressive nose of black currant, earth, tobacco, undergrowth, leather, horse stable, cedar and mint. On the palate, medium acidity, mostly resolved tannin. Finish is moderate plus in length, framed by tastes of blackcurrant, plum, earth, leather and light pyrazine notes, showing just a touch of grip on the finish. This was lovely.
Red
1996 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/26/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
86 points
Popped and poured, followed approximately 2 hours. Garnet in the glass, with a slight brick. The nose on this was really strange. Heavy green notes were predominant; green tobacco, green chile, green beans, foliage; beyond that, ash, coriander, black currant, red bell pepper, crushed rock, soil and a touch of wood. On the palate, much of the nose carries through, with tastes of black currant, ash, pyrazine, and earth. Texturally, this feels a bit fat on entry, but the finish is significantly clipped with medium to medium plus acidity, and astringent tannin. Certainly interesting, but not much of a pleasant drink. Absolutely destroyed by the other 1996s.
Red
1/15/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
90 points
Bottled under screw cap. Popped and poured. Deep garnet in colour in the glass. Very traditionally styled, with notes of dark fruits; blueberry, blackberry; smouldering pine needles, smoked meat, black pepper, leather, black olive brine and horse stable. On the palate, more round than expected, with mild tannin, medium acidity. Finish is moderate, accentuated with notes of dark fruits, pepper, dried herb, smoke and olive. Not too much upside here, but a lovely low cost near term drinker with character.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
12/26/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Served blind. Translucent garnet in the glass with a moderate brick. On first sniff, I was blown away; black fruit, olive brine, pickle juice, baking spice, fennel, smoke, cured meat, anise and white pepper. Just one of those noses where there are a myriad of different aromas, and with each time you go to your glass, you pick out a few more. On the palate, the wine falters a bit; a touch lean, lacking some density/concentration, but still very well put together. The finish is moderate, ever so slightly clipped. I think this is in its graceful down slide, but still a lovely showing today. If this bottle is representative, drink now.
Red
12/26/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
90 points
Served blind. Inky dark purple in the glass, no bricking. On the nose, copious amounts of blueberry, powdered sugar, pen ink, florals, spice, overt alcohol, and a heavy overlay of oak, with notes of wood, coconut and vanilla. On the palate, quite structured; medium tannin, medium plus tannin; reasonably well balanced. Finishes moderate with the tastes of blueberry, oak, vanilla, spice and dried flowers. Quite rambunctious today, but may settle down with time. I would not be interested in aging this on my dime, however.
White - Sparkling
12/26/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
Light gold colour in the glass, with a fine, persistent bead. On the nose, lemon zest, crushed rock, grated ginger, apple, toast, tangerine and spice. On the palate, lovely balance; medium acidity and dosage just right. Finishes long with tastes of lemon peel, mineral, apple, ginger and tangerine. This has showed consistently well and punches above its weight.
White - Sparkling
12/26/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
89 points
Light gold colour in the glass, with a persistent moderate bead. On the nose, green apple, lemon zest, crushed rock, orange peel, toasted nuts, florals, and a touch of wood. On the palate, lemon zest, green apple, mineral, with medium plus acids, a moderate roundness, but finishes quite bitter with tastes of walnut skin. I was not really keen on this, but that put me in the minority.
White - Sparkling
12/26/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
91 points
Light gold in colour, with a moderate bead that dissipates rather quickly. On the nose, honey, lemon peel, tangerine, grated ginger, decaying red apple, toast, spice, and hint of mushroom, caramel and a touch of garbage juice. On the palate, this is round with moderate dosage (reportedly 12 g/L), medium plus acidity. The finish is relatively long, with tastes of lemon zest, mineral, baked apple, salted caramel, grapefruit, spice and yeast. This bottle seemed a touch advanced for its age, but if representative, I wouldn't age this for too long.
Red
10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
91 points
Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Double decanted about 2 hours in advance, served blind. Garnet in colour with the light brick. On the nose, perhaps the biggest wine so far; blackberry, crushed raspberries, kirsch, anise, crushed rock, garrigue, and a touch of tar. On the palate, clean fruit and fresh acidity, mostly resolved tannin, and medium acidity. Tastes of blackberry, kirsch, licorice, mineral, herbs and spice round out the moderate length finish. A well made fine for sure, but compared to the older Beaucastel that I've had, seemingly devoid of any distinctive character.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
flawed
Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Double decanted about 2 hours in advance, served blind. On first sniff we could tell something was amiss here; stewed, raisined and heavy notes of bruised apple. A second bottle was pulled fresh from the cellar with similar notes.
Red
10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
93 points
Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Double decanted about 2 hours in advance, served blind. Garnet in colour, with a light brick. On the nose, black fruits, olive tapenade, earth, mint, horse stable, beetroot, baking spice, smoke and leather. This is darker in nature than the Rayas Pignan that preceded it, but still showing lovely aromatics. On the palate, a rounded, slightly sweet entry, medium plus acidity, and some unresolved tannin. The finish is moderate, accentuated with tastes of black fruit, olive, earth, mineral, spice and smoke. A lovely showing from this wine, with plenty of traditional character. In a good spot for drinking now, but should hold for quite some time.
White
11/17/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
90 points
From a Corvined bottle. Almost clear in the glass, with a hint of light straw gold. Expressive nose of lemon zest, grapefruit peel, crushed rock, florals and fresh cut grass. On the palate, fresh pure fruit, with racy acidity. Finishes moderate with tastes of lemon/lime, mineral and a slight herbal tinge lingering on the back end. I quite enjoyed this.
Red
10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
94 points
Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Double decanted about 2 hours in advance, served blind. Garnet in colour, with a light brick. On first sniff, it was quite obvious as to what this was; the one we were all waiting for. Gorgeous red fruited nose of cranberry, pomegranate, fresh cut strawberry, crushed rock, incense, orange peel, white pepper, baking spice, smoke and a touch of leather. On the palate, good concentration and depth, with medium acidity. Finish is long, accentuated with tastes of red fruit, orange peel, smoke, and white pepper. There is a tiny bit of astringency on the back end of the palate that keeps me from pushing this up to a classic score.
White
10/4/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
91 points
Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Popped and poured, followed approximately 30 minutes. Light straw gold in the glass. On the nose, melon, florals, vanilla, honey, mineral, lemon/lime zest, with an herbal tinge and a kiss of oak. As it warms in the glass, the oak become a bit more prevalent. On the palate, rich and somewhat voluptuous, showing an oily texture. Based on the nose, I would have pegged this for being slightly deficient in acid, however, on tasting, there are sufficient acid to keep this fresh and counterbalance the richness. The finish is moderate, with tastes of melon, citrus, mineral, honey, vanilla, and a touch of wood. A tiny bit of heat stands out on the back end, but overall, a strong effort. I am not particularly fond of this producer, but this was better than expected.
Red
8/16/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
94 points
Popped and poured, followed approximately 2 hours. Garnet in colour, showing a moderate brick. Interesting having this alongside the 1996; showing a touch less fruit, but really similarly, just a few more years along the aging curve with more tertiary aromatics. The nose shows black currant, earth, dried tobacco, celery seed, leather, undergrowth, and mushroom. A truly classic nose. On the palate, this is where the wine falters a bit. Slightly less concentration than the 1996 and a shorter, slightly astringent finish. Still a lovely wine, but not at the level of the 1996. Optimal drinking now.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
8/16/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
96 points
Decanted for sediment, followed in the glass approximately 3 hours. Garnet in the glass with a very faint brick. Beautiful nose of black currant, black cherry, celery seed, graphite, tobacco, florals, earth and cedar. Surprisingly expressive at this juncture, as I was expecting this to be a little closed, but it was very open right from first pour. On the palate, this just screams class; incredible purity of fruit, medium acidity and silky tannin gripping slightly on the long finish, accentuated with tastes of black currant, cigar, bell pepper, mineral and cedar. While I think it is no crime to open this today, I think this will be even better in 5 years time.
1 person found this helpful Comment
1 - 50 of 548
More results
  • Tasting Notes: 548 notes on 497 wines
© 2003-20 CellarTracker! LLC.

Report a Problem

Close