Tasting Notes for pinotage1972

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Red
12/8/2012 - pinotage1972 wrote:
95 points
Very soft cork that came apart as pulled. Slightly opaque and cloudy, brown tinged ruby. Very soft cherry and cola aromas. Remarkably lovely and soft cherry fruit. Good acidity, this wine is still fresh and alive. Just a touch of earth and spice to round out the wine. Delicious.
Red
10/17/2012 - pinotage1972 wrote:
87 points
Deep colored wine. Bouquet was intensely sweet - overwhelmingly coconut. Lots of black fruit on the tongue, mixed with sweet candy. Heavily oaked wine lacks structure but is redeemed by a nice acidity.
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Red
3/15/2012 - pinotage1972 wrote:
A non-traditional wine for this varietal in my opinion. Very light bodied, pleasant aroma with nicely balanced oak and vanilla notes. Too sweet for me, lacking in real fruit flavors - and a very short finish. Does have a little nice tingly acidity which is a redeeming factor. An okay wine at the price point (less than $5 in a sale) but not what I'd want in a Tempranillo - especially from a Spanish version of this wine. I recommend Longoria Tempranillo for a great California version of this variety.
Red
9/25/2011 - pinotage1972 wrote:
Stunningly delicious. Fantastic balance of fruit. Dark colour. Lovely warm mouthfeel.
Red
2008 Rhone Gang hold-up Vin de Table Français Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
9/10/2011 - pinotage1972 wrote:
Wow - very interesting wine. Not what I expected at all. Bought on a whim (good price point) and because it is a French wine that breaks the rules, and well, we're in (and half of us is from) California and we like to break wine rules. This blend is 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Granache. Pouring into the glass it looks like a light bodied Pinot, slightly more brown in color like a French Burgundy, rather than a redder, fruitier colored California Pinot. Interestingly you can smell both the two grape variatals on the nose. The Grenache has this slight balsamic smell, the pinot is black berry fruit. Its' tight on the palate, could probably use another year or two to open up and develop further, though its light in its tannins so its a small window where it will peak. A little less berry in the mouth than the nose. There is a light peppery finish at the front of the palate and a more fuller, softer mouthfeel than a straight Pinot Noir. It's a interesting little wine for the price point although it might be a little thin for some. This wine was un-oaked but I actually think could probably have benefited from some time in low toast American style oak. Nice. Different. Interesting.
Red
2009 Beckmen Vineyards Cuvée Le Bec Santa Ynez Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
9/5/2011 - pinotage1972 wrote:
Firtstly, if you've had Beckman Cuvee Le Bec, this 2009 vintage is different than previous years. This Cuvee has a different blend of fruit... 45% Granache, 34% Syrah, 14% Mouvedre and interestingly, 7% Counoise. Dark but clear Ruby color. Beautiful soft Rhone smell, not overpowering like some. Licorice and soft dark fruits. Nice balanced acidity and mouthfeel, taste of blackberries and cherry and a little spice, green apple on the back of the palate during the finish. Paired this Italian sausage infused with truffle oil, sage and fennel, and sauteed green beans with garlic and lemon, all strong flavors, and this wine complimented them, didnt overpower or get lost. Drank more during a picnic with chicken and lighter flavors yesterday at Beckman with friends and it fit in equally well. Erin is a Beckman fan! Matthew not so much, but this wine, the Block 6 Syrah, and the Estate Sauvignon Blanc are changing his opinion.
Red
8/29/2011 - pinotage1972 wrote:
Lovely ruby red despite the fact that its a lighter Pinot in color. Very light oak with raspberry and slight asparagus bouquet, perhaps even a little earth. Plain, little fruit, what there is is almost dried apricot, good acidity but a little thin overall on the palate. Nice wine though not amongst out favorites from the region.
White
8/26/2011 - pinotage1972 wrote:
70 points
Oz Clarke once said that the beauty of the new world is that they're not constrained by the old French rules of wine, they can mix Rhone varieties with Bordeaux and Burgundy grapes. However - this wine is anything but a beauty. Sauvignon Blanc & Chardonnay with Muscat, Viognier and Semillon all combine for this blend. Thick golden color, HUGE fruit on the nose, peaches and cream, that continue onto the palate. This was like drinking unfermented grape juice - all sweetness and no acidity. Yuck. If you like your whites in the desert or overly sweet Riesling range maybe you'll enjoy this.
White
8/25/2011 - pinotage1972 wrote:
92 points
I'm not a big white wine fan - that said this is my favorite Sauv Blanc from Southern California. Lovely light color. Melon with light mango and slight citrus notes. Perfect wine for a hot summer day - refreshing and delightful. Don't' refrigerate for too long (48 hours max) as the textures and flavors are subtle and will be destroyed by over refrigeration.
Red
8/25/2011 - pinotage1972 wrote:
Drank as part of an ongoing wine education tilt. Lovely dark purple color that really shines through. Nice nose, very fruity. I can understand though why Petit Verdot is used to blend but harder to find as a single variatal. Tons of sweet fruit but little depth or acidity. Wouldn't recommend to drink without food - and even then - this seems to me to be a grape best mixed with the other Bordeauxs...
Red
8/25/2011 - pinotage1972 wrote:
A very French Bordeaux blend. Merlot and Cabernet Sauv. Good dark red color. A little berry Fruit on the nose and palate - but unlike a California bordeaux, its softer and less fruity. Nice minerality and stoniness. Not much tannins and probably won't keep for long. Sediment in the bottle - old school and delicious. Drinks like a much more expensive bottle, we're excited about the next vintages.
Red
2009 Beckmen Vineyards Cuvée Le Bec Santa Ynez Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
8/25/2011 - pinotage1972 wrote:
Nice wine at the price point. Good color and fruit on the nose. Its a good wine with food - especially pork and heavier fish like salmon. Lots of typical Rhone notes -- good table wine.
Red
Thin red color typical of lots of Pinot Noir - lots of nice legs. Delicate oaky vanilla initially on the nose followed by blackberry. Notes of cherry and raspberry on the tongue - neither are overwhelming. The thinness of the color continues onto the palate. Dried cranberry and cherry even. Nice Pinot - perhaps drinking it a little too chilled as it seems to lack some structure and acidity.
Rosé
8/25/2011 - pinotage1972 wrote:
Beautiful light orange pinkish tone. Bouquet of strawberries which carries onto the palate - but not overly fruitish - there is a nice balance of mineral in this wine. Really soft mouthfeel that adds to the deliciousness of this wine. This makes me want to make my own "white" syrah....
Red
8/19/2011 - pinotage1972 wrote:
87 points
Erin thought this wine tasted like "communion" wine. Dark purple with good legs. Heavy Oak bouquet with blackberry. This is a wine with lots of mineral and earthy taste, good tannins and medium acidity on the front of the palate. Quite a bit of fruit for a Pinotage, hints of blackberries. That probably comes from the 13% Cabernet Sauvignon. Little bit of spice. Matthew liked this wine a lot more than Erin.. its the African blood.
Rosé
8/19/2011 - pinotage1972 Likes this wine:
87 points
Darker pink color, lots of structure. Fresh nose, lots of strawberries. Smooth on the palate, maybe lacking a little acidity. Nice bright wine to drink with lighter foods - as it won't overpower them.
Red
8/11/2011 - pinotage1972 wrote:
75 points
Nice dark cherry color Heavy fruit on the nose and equally sweet to drink All ripe fruit with little to no acidity on the palate. This Syrah could easily have been a Merlot, and a bad one at that. Someone recently referred to sweet, flat Merlot's as a "granny wine" and I would say that this Syrah qualifies as one as well.
White
8/4/2011 - pinotage1972 wrote:
87 points
This was my first taste of an Albarino variatel. Really I bought it because I'm a big fan of the Longoria Tempranillo and they do grow this variatel as well. Unable to get my hands on the Longoria, I wanted to continue my education - right now I'm fascinated by the lesser known grapes of Portugal and Spain. Albarino is Spanish. This bottle comes from the Salnes Valley (Rias Biaxas) Very straw like color - which is easy to spot in the clear bottle. Although I don't think they usually ferment in oak, the nose was lots of oak and citrus off the top. Strong acidity, not as crisp though as I'd expected, on the tongue but it quickly dissipates to a nice mellow mouthfeel. Its has a strong, ripe fruit taste - it doesn't linger and it doesn't take long before you want another sip. To be honest I'm not the biggest white wine fan - I prefer a SB to a Chardonnay - and I quite liked this wine - I could see it going well with stronger fish flavors... I will be trying this again.
Red
7/30/2011 - pinotage1972 wrote:
80 points
Big huge fruit nose but this bottle was really unbalanced - leaving only alcohol and acidity on the tongue.
Red
N.V. Babcock Red Table Wine Santa Barbara County Red Blend (view label images)
7/29/2011 - pinotage1972 wrote:
84 points
Bananas and tobacco on the nose. Black tar red colour - slightly cloudy even. Nice, inexpensive wine thats good with lighter foods like chicken but will be overpowered by anything spicy or dense like steak. Finish the bottle after opening as it really doesnt keep, it will lose its texture and acidity even stored properly after opening.
Red
7/29/2011 - pinotage1972 wrote:
90 points
One of my favorite Cabs from Oz and something used to drink on a regular basis. Medium body. Acidity levels out and becomes smooth as its exposed to air amd the end of the bottle is mellow without losing its complexity.
Red
7/27/2011 - pinotage1972 wrote:
85 points
This is a wine that needs some air. Decant before drinking. If you get it by the glass be patient, it takes some time to open up. It's not a particularly heavy bodied cabernet, as others have noted. It's too heavy on some of the notes I don't like as much, licorice especially. Lots of fruit forward though that faded as it opened up and it became a much smoother wine. It's an expensive bottle and others might find better value but this wine will have its fans.
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