Tasting Notes for JimmyV

(108 notes on 95 wines)

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Red
5/7/2013 - JimmyV wrote:
92 points
This bottle embodies why I will not be sorry to see Antonio Galloni take leave of his California Pinot Noir duties at The Wine Advocate. He seems to capture the flavors and style of this wine quite well in his written notes wherein he writes: “bursts from the glass with super-ripe red fruit, pomegranate, cola, flowers and spices. A juicy, forward Pinot,…” but then he assigns it a score of 86 points. Does his description sound like an 86 point wine? Clearly he has a bias against juicy Pinots that burst from the glass. I do not. Greg Walters describes the same flavor profile, and awards a score of 93. Josh Raynolds likewise admires this style in general and this wine in particular as evidenced by his score of 92 points. I would add a note of flowery prose, except that I really have nothing more to add to Walters’ note. I think he nailed it, though I agree with Raynold’s numerical assessment. Regardless, somewhere in the 91-93 range is about right. 86 points is insultingly low.
White - Sparkling
6/19/2012 - JimmyV Does not like this wine:
82 points
Falls below what I would want in even an "entry level" Champagne. More akin to a Proseco. Too sweet with no yeasty complexity. Maybe good for a quick toast at a wedding of non-winos. But that's about it.
Rosé
11/19/2011 - JimmyV Does not like this wine:
80 points
The rest of the Mondavi clan should sue to get its good name back. This is a soul-less wine that shows off none of the varietal's core characteristics. Personally, I do not think that Cabernet makes a good foundation for rose, and this did nothing to change that opinion.
White
2010 Mackenzie Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley
11/19/2011 - JimmyV Does not like this wine:
78 points
Pretty much everything that is wrong with low end Sauvignon Blanc. Smelled of cat pee, if the cat had just eaten asparagus. A lazy effort.
Rosé - Sparkling
11/19/2011 - JimmyV Does not like this wine:
78 points
Barely discernable as "wine". More like a wine cooler made from Strawberry Jolly Rancher candy. Only useful as diversion to serve to those who put ice in their wine while you drink the good stuff.
Red
5/26/2011 - JimmyV wrote:
89 points
As with the previous bottle, a bit thin and lacking the excitement one would hope for from a luxury producer. Not a bad wine, but one that drinks like a wine that should sell for half the price.
Red
10/6/2010 - JimmyV wrote:
89 points
While I was impressed by the <14% alcohol, I found this to be rather thin. Not off-tasting in any way. But certainly not as concentrated and vibrant as I would want a wine at this price point to be. Reminded me of a well made commercial effort like Sterling, Silverado or Raymond.
Red
7/12/2010 - JimmyV wrote:
Probably should not have been released. I knew of the smoke taint before buying and opening, and was looking at this as a learning experience. I did not tell my wife about any of this as I wanted her unblemished opinion. After two glasses, she said: "I don't usually say this about wines that you buy, but I really don't like this at all." I asked her to describe what she didn't like and she nailed it. Charred, smokey, bitter and really lacking in fruit.
Red
11/11/2009 - JimmyV wrote:
80 points
Miserable wine. Not flawed, thus the score exceeds the 70's range. But unrecognizable as a Cabernet blend. Harsh and one dimensional. Reminds me of a failed attempt at home wine making.
Red
11/4/2008 - JimmyV wrote:
95 points
A brilliant showing. Lots of red fruit, vanilla and burnt sugar.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Pascual Toso Toso Brut Mendoza Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
9/20/2008 - JimmyV wrote:
78 points
I found this to be undrinkable. As a sparkling wine, this was varietally incorrect. Served blind, I would have sworn this was a Bellini, or that some fruit syrup had been added to the wine. This had the complexity of a wine cooler.
White
8/18/2008 - JimmyV wrote:
94 points
A stunning combination of crisp apple and tropical fruit. Really stradling the line of both, making for a refreshing New World white. Serve this to folks who protest that they do not like California Chardonnay and see what happens.
Red
7/30/2008 - JimmyV wrote:
95 points
A New World Pinot all the way. And a great example of one at that. Gobs of ripe fruit, brown sugar, cinammon and smoked maple.
Red
5/28/2008 - JimmyV wrote:
86 points
Very little going on here. Muted nose and muted flavors. Either this is closed down, or simply boring.
Red
5/7/2008 - JimmyV wrote:
90 points
While bottle variation is possible, this bottle performed very well last night. Lots of sweet red fruit and enough acid to pair well with rustic pasta dish. A value wine.
White
3/3/2008 - JimmyV wrote:
82 points
Light, watery color and texture that followed through on the palate. Boring. Nothing there to speak of. Remainder of bottle will be used for cooking.
Red
2/8/2008 - JimmyV wrote:
92 points
Opens with a nice Pinot funk, which alone differentiates it from most newcomers. Cherry cola, strawberry, roses and tea bring layers of complexity to a wine that is more than just fruit and oak. Very well made and a screaming bargain.
White
2/5/2008 - JimmyV wrote:
92 points
A terrific bottling from a very reliable producer. Round without being fat. Big tropical fruits and moderate oak. An unmistakable California Chardonnay, but not over the top. Can use 6 more months in the bottle.
Red
1/7/2008 - JimmyV wrote:
88 points
Very impressed with the value here. Abundant ripe cherry and raspberry flavors unincumbered by heat. A lovely wine to sip with a meal that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Red
12/8/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
88 points
Needs significant time, but will never become a wine worthy of the price.
Red
9/20/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
92 points
A lovely wine that is not worth the price. Glad I had the chance to try it, but no more for me.
Red
8/28/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
91 points
A wonderful value. Opened up nicely after 30 minutes. Lots of red fruit and layers of herbs and baking spice.
Red
8/26/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
93 points
Still youthful. No bricking, and still a nice backbone. Both red and dark fruit, and pronounced espresso and chocolate notes. Drink or hold for up to 7 years.
White
8/20/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
88 points
A bit lemony and sour for my taste. Loads of minerals. Very much in the Chablis style for those that prefer that to, say, a Montrachet. Not my thing. Well made, nevertheless.
Red
8/2/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
93 points
Getting better. Really enjoyed my previous bottle, but this was a step up from that. Pinot the way Pinot is supposed to be. Red fruit, balanced acidity. Not cloying or syrupy in the least. A wonderful style and a far cry from too many new blueberry syrup Pinot wannabes.
White
7/25/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
81 points
75% Columbard, 25% Sauvignon Blanc. The only flavor that came through was the SB, and it wasn't all that pleasant. Grassy, herbal and one-dimensional. Best served iced cold.
White
7/17/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
93 points
This just might be the best sub-$30 chardonnay I have had in years. Plenty of fruit, but perfectly balanced with steely minerality as well. Very well layered and put together. Will hunt out more, especially if I can replicate my earlier price of $28.
Red
7/14/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
95 points
Drinking very well for such a powerful wine with so litttle age. Best wine from this producer in quite some time. Outstanding fruit coupled with secondary notes of graphite and leather. Very complex and layered. Drink or hold.
Red
7/14/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
94 points
Another superb bottle.
Red
7/14/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
89 points
Young, or course, and a bit simple and primary, but with no off-putting bitterness or tartness. Made from high-quality fruit with black raspberry and cassis showing the highest concentration. Predictably tannic but that should resolve itself. Shared among 6 wine drinkers, most of whom would be a perfect target audience for this wine price-wise. All agreed that this would be a buy at $25-30.
Red
6/7/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
93 points
Still dark and brilliant. No signs of age. Will last for many more years. Drinks well now, but can be held for 10 more years. One of the best Siduris to come off the bottling line.
Red
5/31/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
84 points
Utterly flavorless. Not off-putting. But absolutely nothing going on.
White
5/4/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
95 points
At its peak, I believe. Great dark gold color. Decanted 30 minutes. Seamless.
Red
2002 Jones Family The Sisters Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/27/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
90 points
Very enjoyable at this price point. Could stand an hour of air, but performed fine right out of the bottle. Nice complex nose of tobacco and dark fruit.
Red
3/3/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
92 points
Wow. With the Appelaation wine being this good, I can't wait for the single vineyard wines. Rich red fruit, deft oak treatment and a lingering finish.
Red
3/4/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
95 points
Terrific wine. Bursting with black fruit and layers of cigar box and licorice. Really lived up to the price.
White
1/29/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
93 points
Elegant and subdued in a good way. Lemon and citrus with excellent balance. A touch of tropical fruit, but not so much as to make it incompatable with food. Deft oak treatment.
Red
1/29/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
Tight and tannic. Good backbone for future development, but this was not very enjoyable right now. Teeth stripping afterburn. Not uncommon for the vintage. Let them sit and develop.
Red
2001 Harlan Estate The Maiden Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/27/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
93 points
Big and powerful, but certainly within the early stages of its drinking range. Deep dark chocolate, plum and cassis. Decanted 3 hours. Drink or hold.
Red
1/27/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
93 points
Big fruit on this one, but not in a cloying way. Not overpowering or syrupy. Just very well extracted. Raspberry, strawberry and cherry cola. Very nice sipper.
Red
1/25/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
91 points
Decanted 30 minutes. Served in Lenox Burgundy stems.
Red and black cherries, Christmas spices and a nice strawberry and tea finish. A bit softer and smoother than some of the vineyard bottlings. Good acidity for aging, and a big side-step away from many syrupy newcomers. Well done. 91 pts.
Red
1/23/2007 - JimmyV wrote:
93 points
Drinking very well, and is in no danger of fading. Abundant red fruit, and not at all cloying, as so many newcomers tend to be. Very well done..
Red
12/15/2006 - JimmyV wrote:
94 points
Huge fruit, but not in a cloying way. This is simply superb stuff.
Red
12/13/2006 - JimmyV wrote:
90 points
A perfectly fine bottle of wine with nice dark fruit concentration and the stuffing for aging. That said, this bottle in no way merits the price demanded by the winery. It holds its own against $35-$50 bottles, but certainly can't compete with the big boys.
Red
1999 Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/3/2006 - JimmyV wrote:
94 points
Decanted 2 hours. Consumed from Riedel Grand Cru Somms.
Delicious wine with the backbone to last for many years. Terrific blueberry pie and plum notes with a touch of earthiness that adds complexity and provides the nuances to prevent this from being a Parker fruit bomb. Thoroughly enjoyable now. Will continue to improve, and will drink well for at least 8 more years.
Red
11/19/2006 - JimmyV wrote:
94 points
Hard to believe that this is getting better, but it is. Very smooth and creamy with tremendous fruit and balance. The most Burgundian wine that I have had from the Rosella's Vineyard.
Red
11/18/2006 - JimmyV wrote:
92 points
Possesses the telltale nose and finesse of a WesMar Pinot. Very floral nose of lavender. Ripe strawberry notes with excellent balance. Quite a contrast to many overblown California Pinots that defy varietal typicity.
Red
11/17/2006 - JimmyV wrote:
86 points
Not much going on here on day one. Acidic, with grapefruit notes. Better on day two, but still nothing to get excited about.
Red
11/17/2006 - JimmyV wrote:
92 points
Drinking very nicely, but can easily hold and benefit from up to 5 more years in the cellar.
White
11/15/2006 - JimmyV wrote:
96 points
From Riedel "Wine Series" stems.
The gold coloring in this wine was much more pronounced than most Chardonnays. I don't know if it was the candel light or the Fall flower arrangement on the table, but the wine almost had an orange hue.
The nose was vanilla and honeysuckle, and in no way over oaked, which was a relief. Kongsgaard is not shy with the oak treatment, and I was a bit concerned that "The Judge" would be the "Napa" bottling on steroids. Not so. This was more elegant. It personifies the concept of seamlessness. A vibrant effort that is not overpowering in either the fruit or oak components. A terrific wine, but one must address the question of value. By no means would I say that this wine is worth the extra $$$ over the Napa bottling, or any Aubert, Peter Michael or Kistler costing much less. Still it was a wonderful experience to see what the folks at Kongsgaard can do when they go an extra mile beyond their already impressive efforts.
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