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Tasting Notes for David_K

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Red
1/17/2022 - David_K wrote:
93 points
Incredibly refined and polished. Seamless. A very fine Burgundy.
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Red
1/12/2022 - David_K wrote:
92 points
Superb on the first night. Dense but balanced, creamy, smooth tannins, just great. Second night, alcohol comes to the fore, balance turns wobbly. These Etna wines can be great but are always on a knife's edge between fruit, tannins, and alcohol.
White
1/4/2022 - David_K wrote:
A bit flat and neutral. One-dimensional. Lowish acid. No flaws, just not a lot going on.
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White - Off-dry
1/1/2022 - David_K wrote:
92 points
My tasting of 2020 Rieslings have been limited to date, but what I have had have been up and down. This was an up. Excellent wine.
White
12/29/2021 - David_K wrote:
89 points
My first Chidaine from the 2019 vintage, and I had high hopes given just how stunning the 2019 Huets are. I thought this was fine, but underperformed against the Huet sec cuvees. It's not quite an apples-to-apples comparison as the Habert is a sec tendre falling somewhere between Huet's sec and demi-sec cuvees in terms of sweetness, but it's close enough. This was perfectly pleasant but lacked the fireworks of the Huet wines, as well as the 2015 Clos Habert, which was just dazzling on release. While not flabby by any means, it just lacked the cut and definition to take it to the next level.
Red
12/17/2021 - David_K wrote:
88 points
Workmanlike.
Red
11/25/2021 - David_K wrote:
90 points
Very good raw materials, though a bit young and raw right now. Needs a few years to settle in.
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Red
11/22/2021 - David_K wrote:
93 points
Gets better every time I have it - in 2015 on release, in 2018, and today. In a great spot right now and probably for the next few years. A cool profile despite the warm year, this is just very well-balanced. Too bad it's my last one!
White
11/19/2021 - David_K wrote:
89 points
Not bad - I mean, Lauer is never bad - but it seems to lack the intensity and follow-through of other recent vintages. A little loose in structure.
Red
11/16/2021 - David_K wrote:
90 points
Can't ask for much more at this level.
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Red
11/15/2021 - David_K wrote:
93 points
Excellent, every bit the Pinot made under the Hamilton Russell label. Burgundian. Balanced. Class all the way down.
Red
10/27/2021 - David_K wrote:
Past prime. Few tannins, low acidity, nothing of any real interest left. Just kind of "there."
White - Sparkling
10/25/2021 - David_K wrote:
92 points
Purchased four years ago, so it was probably disgorged 5 or 6 years ago (wish the label said). Still very fresh and very good.
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Red
10/13/2021 - David_K wrote:
90 points
As a big fan of the '15 of this wine, I was left slightly underwhelmed by this. It was good, don't get me wrong, but lacked the sweet red-fruited brightness, minerality, and finesse that the '15 demonstrated. This was slightly darker in tone and a bit plumper. Correct and certainly well-balanced, but not exciting.
Red
10/11/2021 - David_K wrote:
91 points
Ramey is one of the only Californian producers I buy, particularly the Syrah. But the Syrahs are not small wines, so when I bought this to see what he'd do with Pinot I expected a much bigger wine than I got. This was much more delicate and refined than anticipated, and all the better for it. Light in color, medium-bodied with nice body and aromatics. I expected a Syrah-like Pinot but this was very much a real Pinot.
White - Sparkling
10/7/2021 - David_K wrote:
93 points
Blancs de Noirs Champagnes can sometimes be a bit clunky and blowsy to my tastes. Not this one. This is a finely-etched, extremely well-balanced and classy wine in all respects. Impressive.
White
10/6/2021 - David_K wrote:
92 points
Terrific Kabinett. Sleek and vibrant. A little reduction. Salty. Better balanced at this early stage than the BJS Spatlese. But glad to have both.
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Red
9/27/2021 - David_K wrote:
90 points
Good raw materials, a lot of oak. Needs time.
Red
9/21/2021 - David_K wrote:
94 points
What a beautiful Morgon. Light to medium-bodied with a lightish color, a touch cloudy. That might make you think it's funkier than it is. A bit of CO2 that needs blowing off but once it does you're left with the purest nose of Beaujolais you can imagine. Crunchy, cranberryish red fruit but there's substance there too. Drinking superbly now and in no danger of falling off. My only bottle but I see no reason why this won't continue to drink well.
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Red
9/5/2021 - David_K wrote:
93 points
Time to check in on my '12 Pavelots. This Gravains is fantastic right now but still has a lot left in the tank.
White - Sparkling
9/3/2021 - David_K wrote:
91 points
This seems a bit richer than the Brut Premier, but not drastically different. But it's very good, just like that Brut Premier was.
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White
8/31/2021 - David_K wrote:
90 points
A perfectly serviceable white Burgundy but you expect more than that from 1er Perrieres. Yellow fruit, lowish acid. Not flabby per se but not a ton going on. Don't see this getting much better; drink now.
Red
2009 Domaine Tempier Bandol Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre (view label images)
8/23/2021 - David_K wrote:
91 points
Young, spicy, still tannic. Dark red fruits but not black. Touch of warmth. Needs 3-5 more years.
Rosé
8/17/2021 - David_K wrote:
93 points
A great vintage for this wine.
Red
8/9/2021 - David_K wrote:
92 points
Third of four. This is starting to open up and hit its stride. Medium-bodied, darker than red fruit but not as dark as black fruit. Some oak but not obtrusive. A really nice value at $50 from Premier Cru (no comment...).
White
7/7/2021 - David_K wrote:
94 points
Intense, youthful, bracing wine. Almost reminiscent of Peter Lauer in terms of sweetness level - just off-dry - but unmistakably Grunhaus. My only mistake was opening this now, as it was my only one. It tastes like it was released yesterday. Would give this at least another 10 years.
Rosé
6/28/2021 - David_K wrote:
89 points
A good rosé but not exciting, at least not this vintage. A bit soft.
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White
6/22/2021 - David_K Likes this wine:
93 points
I'm fairly skeptical of the new-wave Loire Chenins, which I find to have too much acid, too little fruit, and too high a price tag (cough Guiberteau cough). This, though, is really convincing. It's not just about acid, there's real fruit and savory interest. I loved it.
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Red
5/25/2021 - David_K wrote:
89 points
The regular 2015 Thivin CdB blew me away recently so when I found some Cuvee Godefroy I had to pick some up. Gosh, this is so primary it feels like it could have been released yesterday. Very concentrated, and at least at this point, not as seamless as the standard CdB. A bit raw and tannic still. One to hold for several more years as it was a bit grumpy today.
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White
5/17/2021 - David_K wrote:
93 points
Really good. A rare Forest that doesn't need decanting. Similar in weight to the '16 and '18 but a bit fresher. A nick behind the '17 still but excellent in its own right.
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White
5/6/2021 - David_K wrote:
88 points
Medium to light-bodied, a little on the lean side. Pleasant, but too neutral to be better than that.
Red
5/3/2021 - David_K wrote:
93 points
Bize is the real deal. This comes screaming out of the gate on the nose with awesome bloody, meaty aromatics, showing some secondary development. The palate is on-point too - concentrated, definitely some development but with sticky tannins still. Black fruits. No harm in holding but I loved this now.
White - Off-dry
4/30/2021 - David_K wrote:
93 points
I decided to pass on the 19s due to the price premium bit realized I still needed more Schaefer (no such thing as too much Schaefer) so bought these instead. And while I'm sure the 19s are great given how good this is I don't feel like I missed out. Medium-bodied, fruity, fleshy but bright with good acidity. Nothing soft here. Willi often performs well in these types of vintages.
Rosé - Sparkling
4/28/2021 - David_K wrote:
94 points
Pretty much a perfect Champagne. Makes me wonder why I ever spend more than what this costs.
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Red
4/26/2021 - David_K wrote:
This is a really pretty, red-fruited and delicate wine that is a dead-ringer for a $40 Oregon Pinot Noir. If that's what this was, I'd be pleased. But it's not. It's a near-$100 bottle of Gevrey Chambertin. And there is just not the stuffing or structure to justify that kind of price point.
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Red
4/22/2021 - David_K wrote:
88 points
A decent amount of browning evidences its age. The nose is rather unexpressive. On the palate, the fruit is chunky and unrefined, lacking focus and detail. This improves with air, but it's time to drink. It is okay, but a letdown given the pedigree, and will not improve further from here.
White
4/20/2021 - David_K wrote:
92 points
Nice. Showing a little evolution but still very fresh, if not quite as electric as in youth. While some may prefer to hold longer and there is no harm in doing so, this was in a great spot for my taste.
White - Off-dry
4/15/2021 - David_K wrote:
96 points
A tour de force. By the color alone, it looked like it could have been just a few years old. Just the smallest bit of evolution. Bright, loaded with detail, stony, mineral, razor sharp. I haven't had the '01 but it's hard to imagine it being a whole lot better than this.
Red
4/12/2021 - David_K wrote:
88 points
Meh. This doesn't really know what it wants to be. Kinda savory, but also kinda tutti-frutti, without a lot of backbone or depth. It's just kind of...there. Fairly inoffensive but I don't understand the praise.
Red
3/18/2021 - David_K wrote:
89 points
Very tight, almost clipped. Good materials, needs time.
White
3/15/2021 - David_K wrote:
93 points
Fourth of six, this might be the best yet. This is now showing a little development and nutty complexity but remains completely in balance. Really good stuff here.
White - Sparkling
3/8/2021 - David_K wrote:
93 points
First Glavier, and it just happens to be what I believe is their top wine because I found a good deal. This is serious stuff - focused and intense, on the fuller-side of medium bodied but still showing true Côte des Blancs character. Impressive.
Red
3/1/2021 - David_K wrote:
Light, without a lot of structure remaining. Fine, but time to drink this.
White - Off-dry
3/1/2021 - David_K wrote:
93 points
As much a solid as it is a liquid. Really good stuff here.
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White
2/23/2021 - David_K wrote:
92 points
Very good. Showing a little evolution but continuing to drink well.
Red
2/19/2021 - David_K wrote:
90 points
This tastes exactly what I'd expect Givry from a warm vintage to taste like, and I mean that in the best possible way. Lots of dark, purplish fruit but balanced and fresh. A great crowd-pleasing, affordable Burgundy.
Red
2/17/2021 - David_K wrote:
92 points
As a long time fan of Castellare's Chianti Classico Il Poggiale Riserva but having never had the I Sodi flagship, I was excited to try this. I thought it was really good. I'm not sure it's *qualitatively* better than the Poggiale, but its profile is different - the fruit is quite a bit darker on the palate than the Poggiale, with perhaps some more oak influence. But this still retains Castellare's signature freshness and energy. It also definitely needs more time to loosen up. Will sit on the couple remaining of mine for a while probably.
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Red
2/16/2021 - David_K wrote:
flawed
Corked.
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