Tasting Notes for pepper

(101 notes on 94 wines)

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Red
2/13/2010 - pepper wrote:
85 points
This falls somewhere between a table wine and port. The extraction and alcohol are over the top. I'd rather drink port and get what I expect. Glad it was my only bottle.
Red
11/8/2009 - pepper wrote:
89 points
I've read all the hype about the 07 southern Rhones and think it's warranted, but here's the rub. This is a good wine but they all seem about the same to me a this stage. I think that's because they're just too young. I've been drinking my various 2007 Grands Bois cuvees, Dom de la Garrigue, Nicolet, etc., because they are inexpensive ($12-$18 for the most part) while letting all the 'good stuff' in my cellar age. The problem I think is that the 07 CdRs and village wines have the potential to be so much better, and way more distinctive, in a couple more years. Right now this, like the others, is a decent wine but it doesn't stand out in the least and hasn't come close to reaching its potential. I've decided that I need to find other QPR wines to hold me over until the 'good stuff' matures, and resist consuming all my 07 CdRs for another year or two at least. In the past I've found that a good CdR can age well and make the wait well worthwhile. So I plan to ignore the "drink now" recommendations and hold onto these for a couple more years at least, hard as it will be to resist drinking a 2007 CdR over an older bordeaux for example. Anyway, this wine is decent now but I have no doubt it will be much better as it evolves.
Red
11/8/2009 - pepper wrote:
85 points
I agree with other posters who note pinot characteristics in this wine. However, I bought this hoping for a nice round zin with some bottle age. It has indeed held up well and still seems young. On opening, though, the first taste is kind of like fruitcake. Whenever we got those at Christmas, they ended up in the garbage...too sweet ad too candied. This wine won't go down the drain but it does have a candied aftertaste and a bit of sour pie cherry flavor that I sometimes detect in new world pinots, and lacks the boldness and rusticity of a good zin. This wine is an enigma to me...it's too soft and candied for a zin and lacks the subtlty and elegance of a good pinot. While not a bad wine by any means, it misses the mark.
Red
11/8/2009 - pepper wrote:
92 points
My first aglianico and I'm a fan. From what I read I was expecting searing tannins that need years to resolve and a dusty volcanic dryness, but this was not at all the case. This wine has a really nice structure and fruit/tannin/acid balance. Great with hearty (and spicy) foods. I think this has years to go...and will satisfy at every stage along the way.
Red
10/28/2009 - pepper wrote:
92 points
Sumptuous, hedonistic, fruity, and delicious. Grenache, cab, and syrah...nothing subtle but a very rich, ripe blend without being hot or overdone. Savored this as much as Phillies Game 1 win over the Yankees.
Red
2005 John Duval Wines Plexus Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
10/23/2009 - pepper wrote:
93 points
Juicy and delicious. This wine has layers of fruit and texture without being heavy or overripe. I'd have to say Duval got it just about right. Excellent!
Red
10/4/2009 - pepper wrote:
93 points
Lke Muhammad Ali...a heavyweight but nimble and light on its feet. Dense fruit and spice but not heavy or overpowering. Carries its 15% alcohol effortlessly. Very nice and complex grenche.
Red
9/30/2009 - pepper wrote:
91 points
Consistently good. Medium body, nice balance of fruit and spice...a wine for all seasons.
Red
2003 Château Dassault St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/30/2009 - pepper wrote:
85 points
Initial taste of oak/vanilla but lacks depth ad length. Seems a bit diluted. Somewhat disappointing for an 03 St. Emilion P.C
Red
2003 Nicholas Cole Cellars Camille Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/26/2009 - pepper wrote:
This is a 'Braveheart' sort of wine, fairly disjointed and average a couple of years ago. But wait, wait, wait...it's a worthy match for most any right bank warrior.
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Red
9/26/2009 - pepper wrote:
91 points
This is a solid wine, sort of light weight compared to many CdPs but nice flavors, depth, and purity. It's kind of a chimera...with each of the three bottles I've had showing differently but all good in their own way. I'm looking forward to 9 more variations on a theme.
Red
9/26/2009 - pepper wrote:
91 points
Beautiful purity and balance. This is probably as good as it gets for a pinot around $20.
Red
9/26/2009 - pepper wrote:
83 points
Day 1--ordinary but drinkable; Day 2--down the drain in favor of a 2007 S. Rhone CdR. Feels like an upgrade to business class.
Red
11/11/2007 - pepper wrote:
89 points
An enjoyable if not remarkable syrah...a bit restrained initially, developing more depth and complexity with air. Classic syrah berry and spice notes, with a clean and crisp balance.
Red
11/11/2007 - pepper wrote:
92 points
I've had one of these a year for 3 years and this is hands down the best of them. The wine is succulent and juicy with a great nose, black cherry flavors, rich tannins, and a long finish. It has really opened up is finally realizing its potential. I recall reading some comments questioning its aging potential, but if this bottle is any indication, it's only getting better and I'll look forward to next year's tasting.
Red
10/23/2007 - pepper wrote:
93 points
Lush, round, and delicious.
Red
10/23/2007 - pepper wrote:
86 points
Kind of medicinal with fading fruit. Not nearly as round and rich as previous bottle a year or so ago, which was quite good. This vintage is probably past its peak. Drink up.
White
10/23/2007 - pepper wrote:
87 points
Dry, mineral, grapefruit flavors. Tasty, inexpensive chenin blanc. A very good value.
Red
10/23/2007 - pepper wrote:
92 points
Unfortunately my last bottle of this delicious Oregon pinot from the Eugene area. Still nice fruit and an easy elegance about this wine...just right for a pinot. I think this is a fairly young winery but they are doing it right. This wine would hold its own against many of the much pricier single vineyard OR bottlings.
Red
2003 Château Fombrauge St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/3/2007 - pepper wrote:
91 points
Decanted for an hour or so. First impression was its distinctively rich, earthy, and intense nose. Dominant flavors of plum and black cherry but very well balanced tannic structure and earthiness. This wine was enjoyable on its own but would be a knockout with hearty food. Compared with most other merlot-based wines I’ve had, this wine is more concentrated and multidimensional. If I had a case, I’d drink one or two a year and enjoy its evolution.
Red
1/1/2007 - pepper wrote:
92 points
This wine gave me a new perspective on cab franc as a varietal. It was rich and smoky with dark fruit nicely balanced with earth and tobacco notes, along with a very pleasing nose and finish. A well-made, highly enjoyable wine.
Red
12/29/2006 - pepper wrote:
91 points
This has a really nice balance of fruit, tannins, spice, and terroir and is distinctly French and distinctly syrah. A couple of tasting notes refer to jammy flavors but I don’t get that at all. This is even better than the bottle I had about a year ago and I think it is drinking really well now. If you like French syrah, you should like this.
Red
12/25/2006 - pepper wrote:
84 points
Somewhat light bodied, bright cherry fruit, tasty at first and enjoyable with a basic meal on opening. However, I found this to be too acidic to enjoy further on its own and it seemed to fade a bit as well.
Red
2003 Achával-Ferrer Quimera Lujan de Cuyo Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/25/2006 - pepper wrote:
94 points
Held this for a year and well worth the wait. Lush red fruit, smooth tannins, great structure, and long finish. Everything comes together harmoniously to make a delicious wine.
Red
12/23/2006 - pepper wrote:
80 points
Prune, raisins, and more prunes and raisins. Not easy to drink and definitely not food friendly. Not for me.
Red
12/22/2006 - pepper wrote:
84 points
Medium weight, somewhat tannic, but lacking fruit or richness I would have expected in an 03. I doubt it will improve. Disappointing overall.
Red
12/12/2006 - pepper wrote:
88 points
100% tempranillo. I don't have much experience with this variety but I could easily become a fan based on this. This wine has vibrant fruit with raspberry and red currant notes, a kind of lightness but not thinness, and still tastes young and fresh. A delicious wine on its own.
Red
12/12/2006 - pepper wrote:
88 points
What a nice find. Vibrant fruit, modest alcohol, medium weight, gentle tannins, and no oak. It's not big or complex but is an easy drinking, tasty, food friendly, and very enjoyable wine, especially for $8.
Red
12/12/2006 - pepper wrote:
91 points
A fairly big syrah, dark, rich black cherry fruit with chocolate notes and a really nice finish. This is a delicious, well-made wine.
Red
12/2/2006 - pepper wrote:
88 points
A fairly robust, fruit-forward wine. Good everyday drinker while the better stuff puts on some bottle age.
Red
12/2/2006 - pepper wrote:
86 points
A bit oaky at first but otherwise pleasant red blend.
Red
12/2/2006 - pepper wrote:
87 points
A well balanced syrah for the price...good fruit, soft tannins, a little spice, food friendly. Excellent everyday sort of wine.
Red
11/27/2006 - pepper wrote:
84 points
Like other Colvin wines I've had, the oak overwhelms. It has the smokiness and spice of a good syrah but lacks the fruit. Nothing to write home about.
Red
11/19/2006 - pepper wrote:
89 points
Bright and juicy, with a nice balance of dark berry fruit and mintiness. A very enjoyable wine.
Red
11/17/2006 - pepper wrote:
88 points
Ripe and rich with plum and dark cherry fruit. Enjoyable by itself.
Red
2002 Foxen Syrah Santa Barbara County (view label images)
11/17/2006 - pepper wrote:
89 points
Auspicious timing since other Foxen syrah notes just posted and I just uncorked a bottle. Dark, blueberry dominant fruit, nice acidity, some minerals and hint of spice. This syrah is ready to enjoy and enjoyable it is.
Red
11/9/2006 - pepper wrote:
91 points
Consistently good bordeaux style red.
Red
11/9/2006 - pepper wrote:
86 points
This wine is okay but is missing something for me. It's dark and seems like it should have more depth and body but comes across a bit light. The most distinctive flavor note I get is a leathery, earthy aftertaste. Has some light fruit flavors also. I read one review that described licorice and I get that too. It's a decent wine but and I am not inclined to go out and stock up, even though the locally available price is right.
Red
11/9/2006 - pepper wrote:
89 points
This wine hit the sweet spot for me. A really nice bottle of reasonably priced Southern Rhone wine.
Red
11/4/2006 - pepper wrote:
90 points
I don't have much experience with this varietal but definitely plan to try more after this. It's medium weight with a fragrant nose and flavor of cherry and red currant. Fresh, brisk, and pure. Good stuff.
Red
11/4/2006 - pepper wrote:
88 points
Dark and full-bodied, ripe dark fruit but not sweet or jammy. Quite enjoyable and a good QPR.
Red
10/31/2006 - pepper wrote:
87 points
Oaky on opening. Resolved into a wine with dark plum fruit and creamy texture. A very decent, though not memorable, $10 Aussie shiraz.
Red
10/30/2006 - pepper wrote:
88 points
I think this is a decent but uninspring wine. It's sort of soft and plummy, and lacks distinct tannin, spice, minerality, or grip. That's the problem...it's a safe, pleasant, but indistinct red. Should be quite compatible with basic foods, and probably appealing to occasional red wine drinkers. I'm thinking it's a characteristic of the grape varieties of the Douro...so well suited for port but somewhat benign for table wine. I'm not complaining, just not raving.
Red
10/30/2006 - pepper wrote:
81 points
On opening this wine had an earthy taste, unpleasant nose, and was all but unpalatable. I didn't think the bottle was flawed because it had characteristics I've tasted and smelled before in Rhone wines. So I put it aside for an hour or two and some of the funkiness was gone but it still wasn't quite right. So corked it and called it a night, so to speak. Day two was a different story. The earthy, gaminess had mostly dissipated and it was a much better, enjoyable wine. Still, I'd prefer a wine that is drinkable when opened, or soon thereafter. I don't understand the chemistry but this one was weird. Maybe it was better young and the bottle age actually deteriorated the wine. My rating is an average of day one (75) and day two (86).
Red
10/27/2006 - pepper wrote:
85 points
A little better than the reviews I've read would suggest. Spicy, more tart than sweet, maybe the fruit was not quite ripe enough. I find it enjoyable anyway.
Red
10/27/2006 - pepper wrote:
88 points
Good underlying fruit and structure but somewhat overwhelmed by oak and tannins on day one. The oak dissipated by day two and the fruit emerged. This is a decent blend of cab, merlot, cab franc and malbec.
Red
10/27/2006 - pepper wrote:
88 points
Good underlying fruit and structure but somewhat overwhelmed by oak and tannins on day one. The oak dissipated by day two and the fruit emerged. This is a pretty decent, well made winr.
Red
10/25/2006 - pepper wrote:
87 points
A bit simple and jammy, hint of spice, and a surprisingly long finish. Not a complex wine but full-bodied, tasty, and enjoyable, especially for the price. This is a very decent everyday sort of bottle.
Red
10/23/2006 - pepper wrote:
88 points
I had no idea what to expect from this relatively inexpensive burgundy and it turned out to be a really pleasant surprise. It's a 2002...that's good. It's also from the Mercurey appelation, which I haven't had before. Had two bottles in the cellar for about a year and decided it was time to give one a try. It's hardly complex but has a real purity of fruit and a soft, almost creamy texture and mouthfeel. Medium weight and great color in the glass. I didn't detect any obvious Burgundy terroir and easily could have mistaken this for a good Oregon pinot, with which I'm more familiar Nonetheless it's a very enjoyable basic burgundy and I will look forward to the second bottle in a year or so.
Red
10/21/2006 - pepper wrote:
92 points
I haven't had a Langi shiraz before and I loved this wine instantly. It has beautiful dark berry fruit, a silky texture with just a hint of wood, and the delicacy of age. Great with spicy food and just 13% alcohol. A really nice wine.
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