Tasting Notes for Motz

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Red
3/31/2020 - Motz wrote:
94 points
Another stellar showing! Wow! About as pure and substantive as Australian Shiraz gets. A touch flamboyant, strikingly balanced. Exceptional range and depth!
Red
3/31/2020 - Motz wrote:
86 points
Concentrated and bold. Good varietal character and sense of place. Light on acid and thus somewhat unbalanced.
White
3/31/2020 - Motz wrote:
91 points
Highly perfumed, fruit blossoms, pear, white peach, and honeysuckle. Knee-weakening! Expansive and bracing, noteworthy range and balance. Layered finish. 91-92.
Red
3/31/2020 - Motz wrote:
89 points
Prototypical bouquet of fruit, lumber, and earth. Concentrated, bold, and well rounded. It over delivers at the price point.
Red
3/31/2020 - Motz wrote:
86 points
Strong senses of variety and place. The bouquet through middle are quite appealing. The back and finish though fall of quickly, and are seemingly a touch green.
Red
3/31/2020 - Motz wrote:
89 points
Rustic, gritty, and earthy. Deep purple and black berries, black earth, metallic ore minerality. Solid! 88-89.
Red
3/31/2020 - Motz wrote:
87 points
Straightforward and pure. Suave, food-loving, well balanced, good length.
White
3/31/2020 - Motz wrote:
90 points
Well made and beautifully balanced. Graceful, caressing, and also quite bold. Much appreciated the 11.5 abv. Lovely.
White
3/31/2020 - Motz wrote:
86 points
Juicy and ripe tropical fruit notes on the bouquet and forward, quickly turning lean at the back. Wonky, but tasty nonetheless.
White
3/31/2020 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Lifted bouquet of citrus, herbs, essential oils, minerals. Juicy and compact. Unique! Interesting!
Red
3/31/2020 - Motz wrote:
84 points
Overdone, mass production quality, and generally boring. It does sport medium acid though, and is technically correct.
Rosé
3/31/2020 - Motz wrote:
86 points
Pretty color, good concentration and flavors, though not complex. Easy-drinking, and likely to pair well with shellfish.
Red
3/31/2020 - Motz wrote:
90 points
Fine quality, price, juicy, and concentrated. More purple fruits than red. Juicy and pleasantly bracing. Drinking well now. 90-91.
Red
3/31/2020 - Motz wrote:
91 points
Showing more lumber than expected. Too much. Will it integrate with the high quality juice? Probably. Well made, quite modern.
Red
3/31/2020 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Juicy and earthy Syrah. Pure. The bouquet and profile show pepper, olive barrel market, tobacco, pencil lead, thyme, sage, lavender, black earth, and solid minerality. A touch of brett. Impressively layered, bracing, and long. High QPR.
White
3/31/2020 - Motz wrote:
88 points
High-pitched pear and quince, white peach, a touch of citrus, and fairly herbaceous. Refreshing, crisp, pleasantly edgy.
Rosé - Sparkling
3/29/2020 - Motz wrote:
86 points
Fruit forward with interesting grip at the back. Nice bubbles, good acid. 85-86.
White - Sparkling
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Dry, light, and fresh. Small bubbles, high-pitched, zingy and lifted finish.
White
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Fruity and earthy, interesting richness, well balanced. Likely to stand up to a broad range of food.
White
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
89 points
Juicy, lively, and inviting. Great acid provides a structure and balance. A fine summer sipper and food-loving.
White
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
87 points
Light citrus notes, herbs, and minerals. A little lean, and food would likely help.
White
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
89 points
Herbaceous, edgy, mineral driven, and a little lean. Not particularly inviting, certainly interesting.
White
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Rock solid, fine typicity, and well made. This noted, equal or better examples can be had for a good deal less.
White
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
88 points
More restrained than one might think. A wine of the mineral earth, with fruit, herb, and maritime notes.
White
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
89 points
A lovely bottle of wine, true to place and variety, but overpriced for what it is. 89-90.
Red
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
89 points
Inviting freshness and vivacity. Very good range and depth, fine balance, and downright delicious!
Red
2019 Martoccia di Brunelli Luca Poggio Apricale Toscana IGT Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Fresh, lifted, and robust. Very well balanced. Likely to improve. It begs for food. 88-89.
Red
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
87 points
Fine bistro quality, lighter-fare-loving juice. Quaffable.
Red
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Pleasant fruit, quite precise, very good substance. A food wine to its core.
Red
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
86 points
A little rough around the edges, and showing some VA. Food would help.
Red
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Strong varietal markers, while also somewhat lean. Not at all bad, but lacking roundness.
Red
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
89 points
More compact and precise than one might expect for the place and varieties. Fruity and earthy, solid structure and balance.
Red
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
87 points
Either an uneven vintage, or slightly off. Not approaching the quality of previous vintages tasted.
Red
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
89 points
Not particularly pretty, and not as refined as other Etna blends based on Nerello Mascalese, but there is not a thing wrong with it. It needs food.
Red
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
89 points
Rock solid, if somewhat overdone. Oak has not yet integrated. Hold for another year or two and drink by 2025-2027.
Red
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
91 points
Reticent. There is quality here, but it needs another year or two to unwind and integrate.
White - Sparkling
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
89 points
Perfumed and classy. Small yet vivacious bubbles. Very good to excellent acid holds the light sweetness in balance.
White - Sparkling
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
Just a little wonky; a touch too oxidative perhaps. Will not score it.
White - Sparkling
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
97 points
The wine deities smiled on me, affording me a second opportunity to taste this transcendent offering. Generous and beautifully framed, notable saline elements, delightfully satisfying finish. Stately poise, impeccable precision! 97-98.
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Red
2010 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
98 points
Same bottle tasted in January, first from Coravin, then after pulling the cork, and on the following evening. Tantalizing bouquet of primarily ripe red fruits and berries (with purple berry accents), spring potpourri, and red fruit liqueurs, notably pomegranate and lingonberry. The indescribably complex middle saturates the palate with inflection-changing textural weights and perfect balance. Medium plus to high acid and subtle, medium powdery tannins provide a gracefully powerful frame.

The next evening revealed a truly elevated experience. All elements in perfect harmony. I will long remember taking in these last few ounces, from a mouth-blown Bordeaux stem. Striking purity, deeply satisfying. Left Bank Bordeaux does not get much better. Decant for 10 to 12 hours, or hold for 20+ years.
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Red
3/27/2020 - Motz wrote:
98 points
Coravin pour. Among the best wines I have ever tasted, and probably the best QPR. Out of 11,000 tasting notes I have entered here, only 20 carry scores of 98 points or higher, this the 21st, most of them a good deal more expensive. And, of several outstanding wines tasted on this evening, only the same vintage Cos d'Estournel kept pace with this.

While the remains strikingly robust and rugged, its infinite complexities have taken on seductive perfumes of mint, wintergreen, sweet pipe tobacco, essential oils, and berry liqueurs. Its range and depth pushed me to near sensory overload. Unsurpassed balance. This bottle had two or so decades of evolution ahead of it.

Worth seeking out!
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Red
3/27/2020 - Motz wrote:
96 points
Coravin pour, lingered over for some time. Holding form...showing light bricking only. This slabsided beast, in the most complimentary ways, will likely live just shy of forever. Its 'all elements at 11 decibels balance' is something of a wonder. While not a wine one would regard as subtle, all the boldness is not without nuance. The right food, robust and complex, will enhance the overall experience. Indeed, this palate, which has only ever encountered four or five wines that came off as 'unapproachable', and which usually prefers to experience, evaluate, and ponder great wine without food, would only drink (not taste) this complex monolith (oxymoronic, I know) with hearty fare. Drink with a long decant...or hold through 2050+.
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Red
3/27/2020 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Healthy Coravin pour, tasted double-blind. The bouquet featured the hallmarks of young Classed Growth Médoc, including noteworthy Cabernet Sauvignon markers (blackcurrant, pepper garden, graphite), oak, and aromatic, deep purple essences, typical of wines crafted with relatively high percentages of Petit Verdot (higher than three percent or so). The bouquet also featured the telltale marker of the (perplexingly over hyped) 2016 vintage, blackberry. The palate promptly confirmed all that the bouquet suggested, particularly regarding the vintage. Though bolder (perhaps more extracted, but more likely the result of six percent Petit Verdot) than others I have tasted, including a Second Growth or two, the wine lacks middle and deep substance. Put differently, this overstated vintage features effusive high tenor elements, but is all but devoid of baritone and bass. Great vintages require all three 'voices', if you will. Also noteworthy, the wine handles similarly to Pauillac, on account of its ruggedness.

All this noted, the wine struck me as one of the best offerings of the vintage, with the Petit Verdot delivering a reasonably good imitation of baritone substance. I guessed, if not Pontet-Canet, the best 2016 I have experienced, then 2016 Fourth Growth or higher, probably Pauillac, perhaps Saint-Julien. With age, this wine, like so many 2016s, will turn lean, on account of its medium plus acid, but will leave the imbiber wanting for range and depth. Drink by 2030. 92-93.
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Red
3/22/2020 - Motz wrote:
94 points
Very clean, perplexingly so. So clean, in fact, that it showed California-like sarsaparilla, typical of Rhone varieties and mixed blacks (including Zinfandel) grown there. If blind, I would have likely guessed Tablas Creek - Esprit de Tablas. Wow! Interesting! Also noteworthy, quite an elegant vintage of this offering, featuring more poise than power. For this reason, long-term aging seems questionable. It should evolve for another five to seven years, and hold form for a few more thereafter. Very pretty. 94-95.
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Red
3/22/2020 - Motz wrote:
96 points
Coravin pour. This wine of the earth features smoldering coals, ash, open barrel olive market (one must experience this first hand to understand its appeal), herbs, essential oils, smokehouse, evergreen forest umami, profound mineral depth, and much more. Layered and dense complexity, backed by tremendous structure, which should allow it to evolve for at least another decade, probably longer. Pound for pound, my preference runs to non-Viognier diluted north Rhone Syrah, but, DAMN!!!...this is good! If drinking now, a long decant will prove beneficial. 95-96.
Red
3/22/2020 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Tasted double-blind. The purple color and blackberry perfume stood out, along with a noticeable touch of modernity. Thought it might be Petit Verdot, but also noticed a South American character, notably Argentina and Uruguay. Do not recall my exact guess, other than New World Bordeaux tribute, but was unsurprised on the reveal. A very nice wine, with excellent depth, but not much complexity or range, which is typical of Malbec. It served as a fine lead-in to several spectacular wines enjoyed on this evening. The pro scores are incomprehensible. Drink by 2024-2027.
Red
3/22/2020 - Motz wrote:
91 points
There is some alcohol heat to it, especially at the back. Otherwise, pleasantly lean, showing strong varietal character and good sense of place. It would be the perfect cure for grilled beef.
White
3/22/2020 - Motz wrote:
89 points
Tasted over a few days. Quality Riesling for the price. Suave and satisfying. A touch higher acid would have put it over the top.
Red
3/21/2020 - Motz wrote:
88 points
There is, or was, substance to this, most of which is masked by heavy oak treatment, or excessive polish. Modernly styled.
Red
3/21/2020 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Polished, and seemingly, the rustic substance for which the variety is known stripped out. Otherwise, tasty. (Young vines?)
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