Tasting Notes for LorenGrossman

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Red
I loved this wine. Even though this is Jean Paul's more modern cuvee, it felt wonderfully old school to me. Balanced, black fruited, leather, olive tapenade, lavender. Almost elegant with good energy and focus front to back. This style, with the more even keeled 2006 vintage make for a winning combo. Drink or hold. Winner.
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White
5/22/2013 - LorenGrossman wrote:
93 points
uber indeed. Like squeezing a pink grapefruit on to a piece of slate sitting in a bed of jasmine. Great verve and intensity. Ultra crisp and refreshing. Begged for food. Loved it.
Red
5/3/2013 - LorenGrossman wrote:
93 points
Deep garnet. Perfumed raspberry, bakers chocolate, freshly butchered meat, iron, nicoise olive and lavender. Racy red fruited palate, white pepper and minerals. Long, spicy finish. Lovely, elegant cabernet with deft balance and nuance. Acids make this a perfect match with a grilled steak. No hurry, but drinking great right now.
Red
4/24/2013 - LorenGrossman wrote:
90 points
Dark, ruddy color. Notes of cherry liquor, camphor, bacon fat, tobacco and lavender soap. The palate is a bit more fruit driven, with cherry and currant flavors and an underpinning of minerals. Juicy acidity and integrated tannins. Rustic. I kind of wish the individual elements added up to a more knitted together whole. More interesting than fun.
Red
4/22/2013 - LorenGrossman wrote:
93 points
Definitely a food wine. Light, ruby color with good clarity. A little tight, needs to unwind in the glass a bit. Notes of rhubarb, white strawberry, citrus pith and gun flint. Palate is light bordering on thin, but broadens with food. Medium, mineral finish.

EDIT: 7 days (yes 7 days) later the wine has blossomed. Perfumed, elegant, fleshed out and really lovely. Wonderful balance and seamless. Significantly more pleasurable with time and lots of air. A 4 point surge for this wine.
Red
4/5/2013 - LorenGrossman wrote:
88 points
On first opening, black cherry, vanilla ice cream sundae, with no mid palate and a middling finish. A bit of an oaky mess. With over an hour in the decanter the wine settles down, fleshes out and starts to show a bit more nuance with licorice root and some minerals. In the end a better than average new styled Napa cabernet and certainly at its price point a terrible value.
Red
Generous, velvety wine. Black raspberry, black cherry, sasparilla, vanilla notes. menthol and a creosote. Full, broad palate with more fruit and baker's chocolate. Coating, fine finish. Nice with some grilled rib eye.
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Red
1/29/2013 - LorenGrossman wrote:
91 points
A serendipitous cellar pull. In a word, yummy. Dried cherry, plum, sage, mesquite. Lip smacking cherries, white pepper, good depth and a gliding palate. Medium plus, spicy finish with some trailing minerals. Great with some spicy pasta with peppers and sausages. Delicious.
Orange
11/11/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
93 points
Oxidized and murky orange in color, I found the wine to be lithe and gorgeous in a fine boned, exotic kind of way. It requires time in the glass and aggressive air. But with that, high toned notes of cardamom, cinnamon stick, orange marmalade, baked apple, lavender and perfumed oleander swirl from the glass. A bit flat on the palate but in no way dead. More mulling spices and apple. Mineral finish. I loved it.
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Red
10/19/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
95 points
Polished, perfectly structured cabernet, with everything in its place. Elements of black fruit, black licorice, lead pencil and violets. A trailing note of mint. Wonderful integration and balance, with superb depth and lots of minerals. Long, fine detailed finish. While clearly young, the balance allows this to be enjoyed right now with sufficient air. To me this is the perfect mixture of old and new world styles, right up my alley. killer stuff.
Red
8/1/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
94 points
Wow. Really impressed with this wine. Even at 16+% abv this wine is balanced and even nuanced. Pronounced notes of black raspberry, mulling spices, licorice, cardamom, violets and minerals. Brown sugar, espresso, blue and black fruit on the palate. The palate is huge but not thick or obvious, more coating and still in fine focus. Long peppery finish. I bet this will age effortlessly even with the high abv. Well done!
White
7/31/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
92 points
Even better than the last bottle. Crisp, refreshing, watermelon, star fruit, rhubarb, slate, underripe strawberries. Touch of celery. Lots of minerals, salinity and tart cherry on the palate. Throwing off some serious precipitate in the bottle...downright cloudy. Wonderful complement to steamed sole stuffed with mango/ginger/chives. Really delicious.
Red
7/13/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
91 points
Bright juicy notes of Queen Anne cherry, cranberry, rhubarb and blood orange. To me, this is a dead ringer for Cru Beaujolais. Palate has great intensity, bright acids and balance, picking up some cardamom and pepper to go with the zingy fruit. A youthful, exuberant wine that can be enjoyed now as a romp with food or layed down for awhile to add some complexity and nuance. A real pleasure.
Red
7/13/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
90 points
Notes of black cherry, licorice root, tisane and rose hip. More of a masculine, big boned, four square pinot. The palate is firm, red and black fruit, cardamom and Asia's spice driven. The finish is pronounced. Lovely now, this wine will certainly benefit from time in the cellar.
Red
7/13/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
92 points
The proverbial meal in a glass. I am not a huge domestic tempranillo fan but this wine delivers in spades. Initially fairly straight forward plum, spicy Mexican chocolate and cracked pepper, with time in the glass this wine morphs. Intense dried cherry, fruit compote, leather and cigar tobacco create a nuanced, old world mélange. Even with all of these elements, the wine shows great integration. Great structure and balanced acids front to back, the palate picks up the racy red fruit, tobacco and spices to a long, teeth coating finish. This wine will do well with food and will develop complexity with time in the cellar. Love it.
Red
7/13/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
92 points
Notes of forest floor, cigar smoke, morels and freshly butchered meat. With time in the glass the wine expands adding dusty baker's chocolate and provencal herbs. The palate is velvety, black-fruited, perfectly balanced and generous. Coating, furry tannic finish. Another outstanding wine from the under appreciated 2007 vintage.
White
7/13/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
91 points
Crisp notes of Bosc pear, white stone fruit, Meyer lemon zest and honeysuckle. Deftly balanced . Gliding palate picks up some spice to the finish. Just a pleasure. One of the better domestic viogniers I have ever had and at $20 an amazing value.
Red
1970 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/22/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
91 points
I have had several of these all from the same stash...and this is easily the best of the bunch. Wonderfully mature but very expressive melange of raw tobacco leaf, leather, espresso grinds, plum and a tinge of green. The palate offers a hint of red fruit, more tobacco,minerals and a long surpringly firm but very fine finish that coats the teeth. As I said, perhaps an outlier...but at this age only good bottles, right? These are the experiences that make the duds seem worthwhile. delicious.
Red
6/16/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
89 points
Delicious and well made wine. Notes of cherry licorice, apricot and citrus. Good weight, nice lively peppery palate, fine furry finish. On sale these days for around $20 and at that price a huge value.
Red
6/16/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
92 points
Wow. This may be the first 07 that I have really enjoyed. Definitely a big, velvety wine but it offers plenty of interest and nuance with black olive, tandoori spices, espresso grounds and plummy fruit. Coating, full but not out of balance or flabby at all. Very enjoyable and fresh in fact, with some fig and molasses and baking spices toward the finish. No noticeable heat. Yummy.
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Red
6/16/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
93 points
Deep, vibrant focused and pure. Notes of raspberry, plum, chocolate mint, minerals. The palate is deep and elegant, offering great minerals and wonderful balance that is the one element that really impresses me with this wine. Really a pleasure.
Red
6/16/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
93 points
The more modern cuvée for Jean Paul Versino, aged in new oak barriques. Really a delicious wine, with raspberry, plumb, chocolate, chalky minerals and sugar-coated violets. Full, coating, deep palate with lovely balance and integration, front to back. Great length. I love this wine, but enjoy the more rustic mélange that the base cuvée delivers just as much.
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Red
6/16/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
92 points
A more traditional CNDP, with tagine spices and a pronounced baked, peach cobbler nose. Palate is also a little rustic but beautifully integrated and balanced with a long, fine spicy finish. No hurry, but delicious now.
Red
6/16/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
90 points
Thick, raspberry ganache and plum that has pruned from the warm vintage. Palate is a little flat and muted with plum, cracked pepper and a little bit of heat. Long, spicy, fine finish. Yummy, but probably better earlier on, when the wine had more freshness.
White
6/10/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
93 points
Wow. I didn't want to like this wine. Heavy bottle, a punt that could house a small family of boat people, silly price...instead it was gorgeous. More white Graves than typical Cali Sauvignon blanc. Vibrant notes of citrus zest, white grapefruit, tobacco, clover honey, flint. Gliding, oily nicely balanced palate with a long, spicy finish. Blind I'm going Domaine de Chevalier same vintage (thus, i guess justifying the price!). Not many new world sauvignon blancs can hold on this long, let alone be this vibrant and delicious. Very impressive.
Red
6/8/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
91 points
Old time Spring Mountain Cabernet. Notes of plum, cassis, minerals, some briar, mint and herbs. Palate is fresh and focused, deep, a little racy, with more minerals and black fruit. Very good balance and the tannic edge integrates front to back. Fine, long finish. The wine cries out for a grilled lamb chop and will benefit from cellar time. I wish more modern cabs from Spring Mountain expressed their place of origin this well. Warning, if you are a fan of big, thick, velvety Napa cab this will not float your boat. But if you miss the napa cabs of the late eighties to early-mid nineties like I do, this will be a pleasant and welcomed surprise.
White
2004 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
6/3/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
93 points
A beauty. Notes of lemon cream, beeswax, linseed and white flowers. Oily palate with more citrus, marzipan and minerals. Really nice, baking spice laced lingering finish. A wonderful start to the evening. Huge fan of ths wine in seemingly every vintage.
Red
1999 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/3/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
93 points
Definitive Margaux. A melange of perfumed red fruit, plum, earth, cassis, tobacco and freshly butchered meat. At least tonight, this wine embodies elegance. Velvety red fruited mid palate with some licorice root, deftly integrated and balanced front to back. Long, fine finish. No hurry here, but drinking great right now.
Red
6/1/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
87 points
Effuive if slightly shrill notes of cranberry, burnt orange peel, rusted iron, blackberry paste and earth. Some initial heat that integrates with air. Kind of Campari-esque. Palate is bracingly acidic, more tart red fruit and a medium, spicy finish. Did well with grilled fare...I would not think this would do well without food.
White
5/30/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
91 points
LOVE this wine. Slightly underripe Crenshaw melon, rhubarb, chalk dust, sea air. Palate is light, with provençal herbs, white strawberry and bright acids. Wonderful with food (we served it with sesame encrusted ahi tuna steaks). In fact, the wine has a way of not only complementing but enhancing the food with which it is served and vice versa. Great change up from the usual choices but much better with food than by itself.
Red
5/25/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
92 points
Delicious! Deep black fruit, licorice, minerals, violets and mint. Firm palate with more black fruit and minerals, some sweetness and heat, but not off putting at all. Good balance. Long, fine finish. Super wine. Loved it with grilled lamb chops. No hurry to drink.
Red
2007 Bedell musee North Fork Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/19/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
88 points
Clearly a wine going for a specific style. Reminiscent of a Plumpjack or Husic cab. Overripe plum, treacle, panforte and Ratatouille aromas. The palate is lush with more ripe fruit and a slight sweetnes but it lacks an underlying structure to really pull it off. The finish is medium short in length with a pretty abrupt fall off. Not unpleasant by any means but not a style I prefer.
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White
4/1/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
91 points
So young. Lovely green gold hue. Bright notes of lime and Meyer lemon, Crenshaw melon and wet slate. Bright, bracing palate with more citrus, brine, crushed rocks and minerals. Lithe mineral finish. Delicious in a very Chablis like way. Easy to drink and great with food. I wish more Cali chard were made like this, especially at this price point.
Red
3/17/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
90 points
Splash decant. Seductive nose of espresso grounds, green peppercorn, bell pepper, milk chocolate and plum. Palate somehow is not as impressive, with more plum but a lack of richness and volume. Finish is medium length but lacks complexity. Delicious wine, but it leaves me wanting more...
Red
3/17/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
93 points
Big, extracted Napa cab. Blackberry, licorice, prune Danish. Coating, velvety Christmas pudding palate with depth and texture. Furry, long, integrated baking spice and mineral driven finish. A big wine that impresses all by itself but would pair well with a grilled piece of beef or with a chocolate dessert. Yummy.
Red
3/17/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
91 points
Flavorful, intense Pinot. Deep, powerful aromas of blood orange, charcoal, aloe, sour cherry, allspice and white pepper. Bright, full palate with pomegranate, bing cherry, more pepper and significant structure. Long, drying, slightly bitter finish. A wine that actually will benefit from some cellar time. Very nice and at a $10 close out a screaming, back up the truck buy.
Red
3/17/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
92 points
Wow. Lovely wine. Bricking at edges. Nuanced notes of loam, tobacco, cassis, lavender, sage. Gliding, red fruited, spicy palate. Really struck by the balance and elegance of the wine. Integrated, furry finish. Quintessential St. Julien. 11% abv.
Rosé - Sparkling
2006 Soter Brut Rosé Yamhill County Champagne Blend (view label images)
3/16/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
93 points
What an over achiever! delicate rose petal, strawberry and star fruit, with marzipan and toast. Nice verve on entry and lovely integration, with some baking spice on the mineral finish. Glad I have more.
Red
3/16/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
92 points
Delicious. Chewy, concentrated Napa cab. Blackberry, baker's chocolate, cedar and violets. Coating and velvety. Somehow this wine has become a bit more primary than last I had it. Maybe just softer.
Red
3/4/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
89 points
Ruby/garnet hue. Spicy, slightly dusty red fruit, green olive, sage. Medium weight, gliding palate, more red fruit, minerals and cracked pepper. Nice balance and good integration of flavors and back end tannins. Medium length. Nice food wine.
Red
2/24/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
92 points
Garnet to the rim with good clarity. Nuanced nose of oolong tea, fresh earth, ripe cherry, wintergreen. Gliding, fresh palate. Surprisingly juicy currant and cherry fruit. Resolving finish. Lovely.
Red
2/21/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
89 points
Very nice, middle weight cabernet, made by Josh Krupp. Telltale, black cherry, blackberry, baking spices and cracked pepper notes I associate with Stagecoach/Krupp vineyards. Savory sage element. Hint of vanilla. With time in the glass, violets. Medium weight, coating, blackberry and black licorice. Nice balance, good acids. Firm tannins on the long, peppery finish. Well made and hitting its stride.
Red
2/12/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
91 points
Youthful, opaque color. Notes of clove, mulled citrus, red currant, sugar plum and lavender. Red fruits, cracked pepper, citrus pith on the racy, intense palate. Furry, fine tannins. Long, peppery finish. Will reward more time in the cellar. Very Crozes Hermitage to me. Good food wine.
Red
2/10/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
91 points
Old School Napa Cabernet. Mature plum and black fruit, loamy earth, grilled green pepper. Lovely balance of sweet and savory. Rich and concentrated. Coating palate with firm, slightly bitter tannins. Great with grilled steaks. Very solid.
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Red
2004 Agricola Punica Barrua Isola dei Nuraghi IGT Carignan Blend, Carignan (view label images)
2/2/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
91 points
Inky with violet highlights at the rim. With coaxing, aromas of boysenberry, sugarplum, violet pastilles and slate. Muscular, dense palate picks up cracked pepper, more minerals, dusty red and black berry fruit. Firm, puckering, long finish. Nice wine that will absolutely benefit from more time in the cellar. Made by Giacomo Tachis, of Sassicaia fame.
Red
1/7/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
92 points
Great news! This wine and PP's other 2004s had up until recently been shrill, angular, angry wines. Well, cellar time has rounded this one out and added some depth and texture, making it very pleasing indeed. Deep, tart cherry, peppermint, blood orange and pink peppercorn nose. Some cinnamon and clove. On the palate, more citrus peel, red currant and some baking spice. Lively but integrated acids and full mouth feel, offering a balanced composition and a touch of creaminess that holds it together front to back. Finish is long and fine. This wine has hit its stride after a somewhat awkward youth. A pleasant surprise, to me at least.
Red
1995 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/2/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
96 points
From magnum. Having recently had a 91 Insignia that was tired at best, I was completely taken by surprise at this wine's youthfulness, depth, layered nuances and balance. Served blind I guessed the vintage correctly but thought this was Mouton instead of Insignia. It is a dead ringer for that wine. Gorgeous, polished, deep red and black fruit, lead pencil, touch of tobacco/leather, black olive and a pronounced minty note. Very youthful, packed palate with more black fruit, minerals, baker's chocolate. Amazingly deep, with superb balance and integration to a fine, long finish. A very special wine and about 180 degrees from the 91 we opened just a few weeks ago.
Red
1/1/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
93 points
Lovely aged Barolo. Beautifully integrated, somewhat rustic notes of red fruit, rose hip, tar, smoke and leather. Gliding palate shows firm acidity, red fruit, minerals and licorice root. Fine, long finish. Delicious now with a truffled risotto but in no danger of fading anytime soon.
Red
2005 Realm Cellars The Tempest Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/1/2012 - LorenGrossman wrote:
91 points
Pretty much the definition of Napa cab/merlot based wines these days. Huge, black cherry syrup, vanilla, chocolate milkshake. Velvety, coating, juicy palate with more black cherry and plum fruit and noticeable, though well integrated new oak. Furry, long finish. Giant crowd pleaser, probably the table's wine of the night, but I personally find it a bit over the top. I do appreciate the fun factor, though.
White
12/30/2011 - LorenGrossman wrote:
91 points
Flamboyant notes of orange oil, clove honey, lemon custard, marzipan and iris. A spritz of carbonation on the oily, full palate and then more citrus and custard and minerals. Medium plus, spicy finish. Perhaps another year in the cellar? Yummy, but seems it might benefit from some sorting out.
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