Tasting Notes for MC2 Wines

(7,386 notes on 6,009 wines)

1 - 50 of 7,386 Sort order
Red
Commanderie des Costes du Rhone - JM Gerin Dinner (Knickerbocker Club): Touch of brett on the nose although the wine itself was drinking well. Fun again to do the side by side with the younger vintage. Again here a bit of age seems to have added a touch more depth and nuance to the wine. Quite enjoyable. Will continue to keep an eye out for older ones of these.
Red
Commanderie des Costes du Rhone - JM Gerin Dinner (Knickerbocker Club): My WOTN but perhaps because I appreciate the extra depth that a wine can get with some age and this was the oldest we had by a bit. Interesting because the younger version of this wine came across to me as very fruit forward. This still had that fruit which I appreciated but much more in balance and the brine was just starting to come through more. Drinking very nicely.
Red
Commanderie des Costes du Rhone - JM Gerin Dinner (Knickerbocker Club): This was quite different than the other styles. Much more fruit forward and almost a hint of dark blackberry jam although without the sugar in the style. Very accessible but the fruit surprised me. I really liked the older version of this which had the same fruit but had mellowed into some more secondary notes as well.
Red
Commanderie des Costes du Rhone - JM Gerin Dinner (Knickerbocker Club): One of my favorites in the younger group. This is a wine from mostly old vines and one of the classics of the Gerin estate. 100% syrah from schiste soil. It's got the brooding and darker notes and the brine and a hint of the metallic and overall quite nice. Would like more age on it so that it can develop a touch more nuance to it (see it a bit with the '01 we had later). Nice wine though.
Red
Commanderie des Costes du Rhone - JM Gerin Dinner (Knickerbocker Club): Also quite vibrant and pretty. 2010 is definitely a great year and easy to see it in these wines. Aged in 500L all new oak barrels. The oak wasn't as much of a turnoff for me though as I worried it might be. Fairly well integrated into the wine. Again a touch of metallic and a bit of the brine and olives. And here perhaps a bit of dark fruits. Also quite enjoyable.
Red
Commanderie des Costes du Rhone - JM Gerin Dinner (Knickerbocker Club): Compelling wine and even more so for the price point. It's still quite young but good vibrancy. There's a perhaps even slightly more pronounced metallic note to the wine that I find interesting. Like sucking on nickels or similar. Darker in style. Fruit not quite as protruding, but that nice briney northern rhone style. Enjoyed.
White
Commanderie des Costes du Rhone - JM Gerin Dinner (Knickerbocker Club): The pre-dinner apertif. Drinking nicely. It's white and fleshy and floral and a bit more of a mouthful than some of these but not in a bad way. Nice and round and fits well with a winter white wine to start the night.
Red
For the price point this is a very nice Oregon Pinot. Drinks well even quite young. Not complex or too interesting, but it is nice fruit and still reasonable balance and the bottle went quite quickly.
Red
This was drinking just about perfectly. Usually I feel like there's more effort required to get Rioja to the right spot, but this was a pnp and it was drinking excellently from the beginning.
Red
Surprised at how well this was drinking given the age. We were a bit concerned that it might be over the hill, but actually was nice and kindof silky and touch of red velvet and drinking reasonably well.
White - Sparkling
This was just awesome. Very well aged. Still going strong. It's all caramelized and brightness and pretty. Went particularly well with all of the different cheese dishes.
1 person found this helpful Comment
White - Sparkling
This was drinking very nicely and also quite young (which became even more obvious with the '79 next to it). Still very fresh and quite nice. But I think can use some more years.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
Dinner w/New Friends (Their house): This was drinking pretty nicely. Pnp. I think perhaps the year or similar kept this in a nice spot. Still certainly the KB fruit, but it's got a touch more lightness than some that I've tried. Not the cherry cola at all. More muted. Enjoyed. Glad to see we have one.
Red
Dinner w/New Friends (Their house): This was my WOTN in terms of a wine that was in exactly the right spot for drinking. Well balanced and while there was still fruit, there was quite a bit secondary as well. Good.
Red
Dinner w/New Friends (Their house): We opened and decanted for prob 3-4 hours before rebottling and bringing to dinner. This was still opening up in the glass. Also a different style than most of the others which were new world. Drinking pretty well though and fun to get to check in.
Red
1997 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Dinner w/New Friends (Their house): Very young and surprised how you can't quite tell there's 23 years here. More old world style but still the new world fruit fairly dominant and it's a bit closed down. Would love to see it in some more years.
Red
1998 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
2/15/2020 - MC2 Wines wrote:
Dinner w/New Friends (Their house): Drank blind. This was opened and decanted. I was surprised at how very young this was. Grange is almost always my most favorite wine, but I do think it is a wine that requires a bit more contemplation and a bit less quick drinking. This was more of small pours trying throughout and I don't think I appreciated it enough.
1 person found this helpful Comments (3)
Red
2/15/2020 - MC2 Wines wrote:
Dinner w/New Friends (Their house): Didn't take detailed notes this night and for some reason this one I don't remember quite as well although I think it was good. Decanted. Still drinking relatively young as I remember and it was gone quite quickly.
Red
2001 Harlan Estate The Maiden Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/15/2020 - MC2 Wines wrote:
Dinner w/New Friends (Their house): Drinking quite like a baby but the decant certainly helped it along. Bright fruits. Touch of almost a bit of the woodsy and a kindof redwood spice. Got better in the glass. Will continue to hold on ours. I think this has many years left.
Red
2004 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Aquilon Campo de Borja Garnacha, Grenache (view label images)
Dinner w/New Friends (Their house): This was another favorite of mine from the night. Drinking very well. Had been decanted I think for a reasonable amount of time. The nice more red fruit style of grenache but also a bit more savory in style. I liked it.
Red
2/15/2020 - MC2 Wines wrote:
Dinner w/New Friends (Their house): Another young Napa with all of that fruit and oak and all of that. This was decanted but not sure how long that was for. Did feel like it didn't quite have the same evolution as the Sloan so I expect it was a shorter decant and we finished the wines up fairly quickly so didn't get to see the same evolution here.
Red
2008 Sloan Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Dinner w/New Friends (Their house): We opened and decanted this in the morning and let it hang out for prob 7 hours before rebottling and this was a wine that could have used more time. Which I guess we know was likely to be true as it is quite young. First impression is too much fruit, a bit too much oak, a bit too much of almost everything. But with some time it eases a bit and get some more secondary notes and I think this might be quite nice but we're prob looking at at least another ten years.
White - Sparkling
Dinner w/New Friends (Their house): This was drinking particularly well this evening which I think was even more obvious by the speed at which it went. Well aged and in that nice almost caramely style. Decent freshness. Tasty.
Rosé - Sparkling
Rose V-day dinner (Atera - 77 Worth Street in NYC): From a magnum and champagne pretty much always tastes better in magnum. Good rose bubbles. Easy end to the meal.
Rosé
2013 Antica Terra Angelicall Eola - Amity Hills Rosé Blend (view label images)
Rose V-day dinner (Atera - 77 Worth Street in NYC): While quite a bit more than the average rose this is a rose that I think functions more like a light red wine and so perhaps is worth it. In contrast to the Pradeaux there is a touch more elegance to this. It's dark fruits but with a higher acidity so it drinks a touch lighter. Very tasty.
Rosé
2/14/2020 - MC2 Wines wrote:
Rose V-day dinner (Atera - 77 Worth Street in NYC): Typical Bandol rose. Quite a bit bigger and you get the feeling this is just on the edge of being a red wine instead of a rose. Darker red fruits... getting a bit of dragonfruit as well. This is easily drinkable, but seems to lack a touch of finesse.
Rosé
Rose V-day dinner (Atera - 77 Worth Street in NYC): I wasn't aware this producer made a rose, but I will say it may have been one of the favorites for folks at the table. And overall quite nice. Light and easy and still good fruits and worked quite well with the food. I was surprised it was a Syrah - much more in that Provence lighter style.
Rosé
Rose V-day dinner (Atera - 77 Worth Street in NYC): Had never heard of this wine and kindof fun just because of the heritage (wine made in burgundy by some of the owners of DRC that used to be drunk poolside and now is shipped in small quantities as well to the US). It's a very quaffable rose and enjoyable to get to try, but not sure it quite lives up to the price point.
Rosé - Sparkling
Rose V-day dinner (Atera - 77 Worth Street in NYC): A bit more intense in style, this has just a touch of that oxidation and a hint of bitters along with some slightly sour red fruits. Very nice pairing with the fish and overall an enjoyable wine.
Rosé - Sparkling
Rose V-day dinner (Atera - 77 Worth Street in NYC): Bubbles to start the meal and pair with a number of the little bites. I very much used to appreciate this rose for the price point although I think the price point has increased as this producer has gotten more popular. It has always seemed a touch simple in style, but in this case I liked that as it worked as a good compliment to the food and played more of a background role rather than dominating. Also just fun to start with some pink bubbles and this was quite fresh with the red fruits still there (I think 2019 disgorgement).
White - Sparkling
This came across as much more standard set of bubbles which isn't necessarily a bad thing given the price, but didn't stand out quite as much. Paired with omakase sushi and I think the sharpness worked a touch less well in that instance than it does as kindof a pre-drinker.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
Celebrating 60 (The NoMad): Last wine of the night and overshadowed by the Clos Rougeard because it's rare to get to drink Clos Rougeard with any age. I remember thinking though that this was quite tasty and enjoyable.
Red
Celebrating 60 (The NoMad): My favorite of this flight and reminded me a touch of the Monvigliero from the previous flight in that very herbal and almost spicy character as the dominant flavor. Background of black fruits. One of my favorite wines.
Red
Celebrating 60 (The NoMad): Not sure why, but this came across as a bit less all over the place than some Chaves. Like the more rocks-style, brine, etc. that it has going on. Enjoyable.
Red
Celebrating 60 (The NoMad): Love love love this wine. It's got this more herbal and almost slightly green note which I suspect comes from the full cluster. Fruit in the background. Lovely brightness. A wine that just really stands out to me. So unique and so delicious at the same time.
Red
Celebrating 60 (The NoMad): Drinking very well. Still quite youthful and I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up going for many more years. Well balanced and integrated. This would have been a standout except it was right next to the Burlotto Monvigliero which just totally awes me every time.
Red
2/12/2020 - MC2 Wines wrote:
Celebrating 60 (The NoMad): This might have potentially been a tough off or if not off then it wasn't strutting it's stuff quite as well as the other two. Came across as a bit more tired. And while I love the traditional wine making I think sometimes the downside of old oak is there can be a touch of funk to it and this had some of that.
Red
Celebrating 60 (The NoMad): This producer is just pure consistency. Not the easiest birth year to buy for and I think when that is the case it's also almost always the case that Unico is a safe bet. In a nice drinking window where it's more open and spicy and red fruits and overall quite enjoyable.
White
2/12/2020 - MC2 Wines wrote:
Celebrating 60 (The NoMad): Probably the wine where I most tasted the age in the whites. This was a little bit more tired and perhaps a bit more funky with the age. Not a bad wine, but I didn't think stood out as much as some others in the flight.
White
Celebrating 60 (The NoMad): Was very unsure how this would show given the fairly significant age and the fact that I just haven't had a lot of viognier with a lot of age. I'm happy to report that the answer was quite well. Still very youthful. Honeysuckle and round white fruits. Enjoyable.
White
Celebrating 60 (The NoMad): Again that rounder style of wine (a theme in this group of whites). Very chave blanc which to me somehow seems more pulled together than the red version. More round white fruit and a nice heft to it.
White
2004 Y de Yquem Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2/12/2020 - MC2 Wines wrote:
Celebrating 60 (The NoMad): One of my favorites of the flight. It is the dry form of D'Yquem which means you get all of the complexity and interest without all of the sweet. That works pretty well for me. Again more of a bigger white and to me a white wine that is made for a red wine drinker's palate (more complex, more full bodied).
White
Celebrating 60 (The NoMad): Not a producer that we've gotten to have a ton of although I've always enjoyed the ones we've had. Rounder style although I think they keep enough acid to keep the wine interesting. We've got a bunch of these so looking forward to seeing how it does with age. My impression is the fatness might be a bit more in this year and so not sure how that will go. More white flower petals and almost a juicy white fleshy fruit note.
White - Sparkling
Celebrating 60 (The NoMad): WOTN for many people. This was just drinking perfectly. In that spot between having the age and the complexity that comes from that and more caramel and slightly toasty flavors to also still having all of the vibrancy. Love this wine.
1 person found this helpful Comment
White - Sparkling
Celebrating 60 (The NoMad): Just starting to tell that the age is coming here and this is a producer that I've always enjoyed with more age. Prob a touch more on the fresh side and touch less on the complex, but still quite tasty. And perfect for where it was in the evening where everyone was gathering and it was more on intros and catching up and less of a focus on the wine.
Rosé - Sparkling
Celebrating 60 (The NoMad): Who doesn't like pink bubbles as a way to start the meal. Compared to the other two in this flight these were more 'easy' and less complex but certainly also very tasty. Good red fruits and nice quality of bubble.
White - Sparkling
I remember this one a bit less well as last bottle of the night. From what I remember this was tasty. Not quite as enjoyable as the first Suenen we had, but also a lot cheaper. Easy drinking.
White - Sparkling
Off the Single Ladies list @ Air's Champagne bar. Lower dosage than the previous wine which took a bit to get adjusted to. Given the price this drank well though. Just a touch sharper, more mineral in style.
White - Sparkling
Third time with this producer in as many weeks. What I've liked about the other wines were a bit more spicy and interesting notes. This is the first bdb and it was much more standard in style. Drank nicely. Lower dosage but not so much as to be puckering. Softer bubbles. Drinking well though and I enjoyed it. Maybe my favorite of the evening.
White - Sparkling
Acker 200; 2/7/2020-2/8/2020 (The Pool & Cipriani): Wow - what a treat! This is the kindof wine that's bucket list for me. Favorite champagne and the oldest one of these that I've ever had I think. Just spectacular. Complex and interesting and vanilla and lemon and toast and drinking really lovely but of course with many years left.
1 - 50 of 7,386
More results
  • Tasting Notes: 7,386 notes on 6,009 wines
© 2003-20 CellarTracker! LLC.

Report a Problem

Close