Tasting Notes for WillSka

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White
2011 Rôtie Cellars Southern White Columbia Valley White Rhone Blend (view label images)
Striking mineral and exotic floral notes on the nose. Both carry through to the palate along with pear and some tropical fruit. There is a zing of acidity with each sip that opens to a full-body. 50% Viognier, 30% Roussanne, and 20% Marsanne. If I dig further, I bet there is no malolactic fermentation used. This rates as a very good to outstanding wine. Well done, Sean Boyd!
White
Wonderfully off-dry with aromas of pears, dried yellow plums, minerals, and sweet hay. The acidity is mouth watering with the nose coming through on the palate. The finish is medium, but the acidity begs for another sip. Overall this is a very good to outstanding riesling.
Red
2011 offers excellent balance. Still a ripe wine, but it offers fine tannins, and medium acidity.
White
Showing well after some time in bottle. This was a big hit at David White's (terroirist.com) America's Hipster Wines tasting.
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Red
Clear with a purplish ruby color, but what stands out is the nose of exotic spices and black and white pepper. Loads of black and white pepper. The balance is terrific with a medium body, mouth watering acidity, and the aromas coming through on the palate along with pomegranate, kirsch, and dried cranberries. The finish is medium-plus.
White
A clear, pale lemon color presents a nose of medium intensity. One can smell the ocean in this wine! Crushed oyster shells and a slight brine note accompany a lovely floral aroma. The nose carries through to the palate with a healthy dose of a racy medium-plus acidity. The body is medium-minusand the finish is medium. The wine paired perfectly with Maryland crab cakes. Overall, this is a very good to outstanding wine. Off to purchase more! Cheers!
Red
The 2009 is a blend of 85% Syrah and 15% Grenache and pours to a clear deep ruby with a clear purplish tone. The nose is clean with a medium intensity showing ripe blackberries, firm red plums, smoke and some sweet spice. They carry through the palate withe the same medium intensity and a surprisingly refreshing medium acidity. The tannins are medium-minus. The wine is balanced, has a mediu-plus finish, is full bodied and is quite delicious. This is versatile wine that will pair with a variety of dishes. Overall, a very good wine.
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Red
Clear medium-plus ruby color with a lavender rim. The nose is clean with medium-plus intensity and reveals sweet blackberries and dark cherries. Their is a fine mineral note, too, that rides along hints of licorice. The aromas carry through to the palate with a dash of fresh black pepper.the acidity is medium and the tannins are low, but overall this is a refreshing Syrah with a medium-plus finish. Certainly a very good wine.
White
Consistent with previous tasting notes. Terrific!
White
A superb rendering of Viognier! The clear, medium yellow-gold is loaded with apricots, yellow peaches, honeysuckle, and a fine minerality on the nose. Medium-bodied with medium acidity, the fruit carries through on the palate along with a slight yogurt tang and a pleasant steeliness on the finish. The finish is medium-plus in length and allows this balanced wine to linger to the next sip. Well done!
Red
This is a clear, deep ruby wine that is going to stain the teeth and tongue. The nose is clean with developing aromas of medium intensity revealing a definite jamminess to the nose of blackberries and black cherries and a lavender floral note. The palate is dry, yet the high alcohol gives the fruit a sweet quality. This has low acid, medium-minus tannins, and medium-plus body and length. Black fruits leap out as though a ton were squeezed directly into the glass. Smoke, kirsch, liquorice, ginger, clove, and cinnamon follow through to the finish. One knows that The Boxer is a shiraz fruit bomb. It is concistent year in and year out. This rates as a very good wine at a mid-range price.
Red
Clear deep ruby, with a light ruby rim. The nose reveals a developing wine with medium-plus intensity and loads of black and white pepper and some dark fruits and dried sultana. The palate is dry with medium-plus tannins, medium acid, alcohol, body, and length. The pepper remains strong and tastey alongside cedar, smoke and a meaty quality. This is a very good northern rhone that is ready to drink or will fill out with some aging.
Red
Clear, pale garnet color with slow legs is followed by a clean nose of medium intensity showing a fully developed wine. Aromas of red fruits, dried fruit, wet tobacco, and a medicinal iodine quality is quite pleasant. The palate is dry with medium acidity, and medium-plus, body, tannins, alcohol, flavor intensity, and length. The aromas follow through to the palate along with some tar. This is a very good nebbiolo that is drinking well now and not likely to change through additional aging.
Red
6/27/2012 - WillSka wrote:
A clear, medium ruby with a light purple rim and slow forming thin, even legs. The nose is clean with medium intensity and aromas of red cherries, strawberries, and cinnamon. The palate is dry with medium-minus acidity, tannins, alcohol, flavor intensity and body. The medium-minus finish follows red fruit, forest floor, and some earthiness. Cru Beaujolais can be a terrific buy, but this is not one I would choose. Although it rates as a good wine that one needs to drink now, I would recommend looking to other gamays for roughly the same price.
Red
2009 Lyeth Meritage Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Clear deep ruby that goes from the core to the meniscus before fading. This is a developing wine with a clean nose of medium-plus intensity. Ripe cherries, smokey cinnamon, and a strong meatiness come to the fore. The palate is dry with medium-minus acidity, and medium-plus tannins, alcohol, and flavors. The full body is loaded with jammy black fruit, black pepper, cinnamon, and eucalyptus that linger on the long finish. This is a very good meritage and is ready to drink now, but will certainly develop with aging. This is a mid-priced bargain at ~$18.
Red
2007 Château Bois Martin Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
A clear, deep ruby core with a lighter ruby rim and fast even legs. The nose is clean with medium-plus intensity and developing aromas. Black currants, black cherries, eucalyptus, black pepper, vanilla, leather and some cedar. The wine is dry with high tannins, medium alcohol, and medium-plus body and intensity. Black fruits, led by a lot of blackberry, are followed closely by black pepper and some cedar and carried on a medium-plus finish. This a a very good Graves and a good buy in the mid-$30s that is ready to drink or age in the cellar.
White
6/27/2012 - WillSka wrote:
Clear, medium lemon with a slight watery rim. Clean nose with medium-minus intensity and youthful fruits of apricot, pear, elderflower some petrol, and a steely medicinal quality. The palate is dry with high acidity, medium-minus alcohol, a light body, and medium intense flavors. Kafir lime, pear, white pepper, and steely minerals are followed by a solid, medium finish. This is a good to very good Alsatian Riesling that is ready to drink now, but has aging potential.
White
A clear, pale lemon-green with a wide watery rim. The nose is clean and pronounced with plenty of developing aromas. Peach, lime zest, a bit of orange blossom, tomato leaf white pepper, steely minerals, and tons of petrol rise before the glass is even brought up to the nose. This is sweet with low alcohol (9%) and medium acidity and body. Pronounced flavors of peaches, apple, sweet melon, and some ginger and petrol are carried through on the medium-plus finish. This Mosel Kabinett is very good and ready to drink now or spend time in the cellar.
White
6/27/2012 - WillSka wrote:
This is a clear, medium lemon wine with a pale rim and thick legs. The nose is clean and pronounced with developed fruit showing some baked apple, yellow peach, simple oak, toast, cream and some smoke. I get a tad bit of residual sugar, but just enough to call this off-dry with medium minus acidity, high alcohol, a full body, and medium-plus flavor intensity. The long finish carries flavors of yellow peach, vanilla, butter, sweet spice, and a yogurty tang. The finish is long and this certainly rates as a good to very good wine. I suggest drinking now as this will not benefit from further aging.
White
6/27/2012 - WillSka wrote:
A clear and bright pale lemon-green wine with a clear rim. The nose is clean and of medium intensity that is still developing and showing green apple, lemon, and wet stone. Dry with high acidity, medium minus alcohol and body, and medium intense flavors of lemon and green apple. The finish is of medium length. This is a good to very good Chablis and can be consumed now or held for aging.
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White
Clear, pale gold color with a pronounced nose of vanilla bean, honeysuckle and orange peel. The palate is ever so slightly off-dry as though a sugar cube was dropped into the bottle. The nose carries through to the palate along with peaches, apricots, and a bit of yeast, but lacking any minerality. Medium-minus acidity is a negative as there is a lack of balance between the parts. The body has medium weight and the finish is also medium. Overall, this is a good wine that in some years is very good.
Red
Bright, medium ruby color with a medium intense nose of red cherries, strawberries, rose water, smokey minerals, and a sandy dune brush note. Smooth medium tannins and acidity carry plenty of red fruit, including a distinct bitter cherry, through the palate and carry on with a medium-plus finisih. This is definitely a very good wine with a few more years to give.
White
6/6/2012 - WillSka wrote:
Clear, medium gold color with a nose of medium intensity that is dominated by charred oak. Hints of a savory note and pineapple carry through to the palate. The oak integrates well enough to give this a supple, round full body. The acidity is a solid medium and also carries some peach and orange peel. The finish has some length and overall this is a very good and balanced wine.
Red
Clear medium garnet with a medium intensity nose of oriental carpet, candied cherries and cranberries, sweet spice and cedar. The body has medium weight and medium tannins. More candied red fruits follow on the palate along with some ginger, sweet spice and capsicum. I'm surprised by the medium acidity at the listed 15% alcohol. Overall this is a good primitivo.
White
William Allen's wines are proving addictive to me. I try one and then I'm anxious for another of his wines. This has a medium yellow color and medium-plus nose showing grapefruit, dusty kafir lime, lemon zest, a hint of oat tea cookies, and a wonderful white blossom and Mediterranean brush note. The body is medium-plus and the nose carries through to the palate along with some lees and slate. The marvelous acidity truly dances around one's tongue without being too sharp and the finish has surprisingly long length. This is a masterful effort and my addiction is growing to try my other Two Shepherds' wine. Unfortunately, I'll have to wait to get my hands on the next vintage of grenache blanc; and that date can't come too soon. This is a very good to outstanding wine!
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White
Kevin Judd is a fantastic talent in NZ. He is a gifted winemaker and he pushes to produce the highest quality wines at all price points. This endeavor has a clear, pale straw color and a pronounced nose of cut grass, melon rind, and a strong steely chalk nose. The palate presents a clear, medium body with mouth watering acidity that seems just right for this wine. The long finish shows grapefruit, dusty kafir lime, guava, and chalk. This has a bit of a Gallic flair to it, and I do mean that in a positive sense. Judd's wines balance the finest qualities of the old world and new. This rates as a very good to outstanding wine.
Red
Give this time to open up for a real treat. Clear medium ruby color with a terrific mineral laden nose of dried cranberry and other dried red fruits followed by a dusting of dried petals. This wine shines on the palate with a clean, medium body and finely grained medium-plus tannins. Tart cherries, pomegranate, and cranberries carry through on medium-minus acidity. Throw in a medium-plus finish and this wine is showing remarkable balance and will only improve with time in the cellar. This is a very good wine and producing good bang for the buck.
White
5/15/2012 - WillSka wrote:
This is a clear, pale gold with a nose of medium-plus intensity. There is a prevalent waxy note with nuts, chalky minerals, melon rind and a background of pleasant herbs. The palate shows a medium acidity with much of the nose carrying through along with white blossoms. This is all drawn up in a full, round body and a medium-plus finish. Overall, this is a good to very good semillon.
Red
This is hitting a turning point, but I still found this wine interesting. Clear, medium garnet in color, this has an interesting nose of medium intensity. Aromas of prunes, spice, pumpkin spicebox, mincemeat, black licorice, danish pastry and a red fruit compote. The wine has very smooth and round medium-low tannins and a medium body. Flavors of red raspberry, bing cherries, watermelon, and some red currants are the only fruits left. The finish is of medium-plus length. I suspect this is starting to shut down. Perhaps the wine has another year or two left. This is an enjoyable zin and and is a very good example of this variety. I wish more zin producers did a field blend ten-plus years ago, because I think these grapes would blend well.
Rosé
Wonderful! A clear, medium salmon color with a medium intense nose of white flowers, cranberries, dried raspberries and strawberries. Clean, medium body with high acidity that dances around the tongue and flavors of aniseed and light red fruits. The finish is of medium-plus length and this rates as an very good wine. For a truly outstanding bang for the buck, I recommend the domaine's Cote du Rhone.
White
This white is one of the best bargains available! Clear, medium straw color with a clean, medium-plus nose. A wonderful dry white with a medium body and medium-plus acidity, this wine has a nose of white peaches, white blossoms, and honeydew melon that carry on to the palate. Additional flavors of grapefruit, pear, and pineapple are found with a bit of a clean mineral note. The finish is of medium length and this is a very good wine! Should be found for about $10 a bottle.
Red
The Pixie is a clear, deep purple with a medium-plus intensity to the nose. Aromas of deep saddle leather, mocha, and dark fruit are most prominent. This is a full-bodied red that is still youthful and bold. The tannins are medium and finely grained and accompany concentrated blackberries and black plum flavors, earth, and a deep mocha. The acid is medium-minus, but enough for the wine to not come across as a one dimensional fruit bomb. This is young and will benefit from another couple of years in the cellar.
Red
This is a super Central Coast Syrah. The wine is a clear medium purple-ruby with a nose of medium intensity. Red and dark cherries, violets, earth and smokey game are predominant aromas. The palate reveals a medium-plus body with fine tannins and flavors of red currants, reduced blackberries, and clean mineral notes. The finish is long and there is a pleasant acidity that draws one to another sip.
Red
2004 Vérité Archipel Napa / Sonoma Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/27/2012 - WillSka wrote:
Clear medium ruby color and a nose of medium intensity. The nose reveals strong cedar that initially overpowers the other aromas, but eventually dark cherries, dark plums, cocoa, menthol come through. The palate is clean and shows a medium-plus body. The dark fruits carry on from the nose and the medium-plus tannins are still fairly strong and gritty. The finish is lenghty and throws off a good deal of sediment. Having tasted two bottles recently, I find the tasting notes consistent and there is a need to let this breath for an hour before drinking. This is a good cab-based Bordeaux blend.
White
Clear, pale lemon-green color with a nose of medium-plus intensity, this NZ SB delivers classic notes of freshly cut hay, snap peas, kafir lime, and melon alongside strong NZ SB notes of lychee fruit, honeysuckle, and some white peach. A pleasant chalk note underlines the nose. The palate is clean with a medium body, high acidity, and a surprising light astringency that might show the presence of some tannins. (Does the wine maker use whole-bunch fermentation?) Initially, the acidity is a little too tangy, but calms down rather quickly to allow the palate to come through. The flavor profile is a bit of a let down, yet notes of cool slate, kafir lime, and grapefruit do come through. The finish is medium in length and this rates as a Good to Very Good wine.
White
A clear, pale straw color with a nose of medium intensity and a wonderful minerality underscoring apricots, green apple, pears, and melon. The palate is clean and the nose carries through along with orange blossoms and citrus oil. The medium-plus body and mouth watering medium-plus acidity lead to a pleasant and long finish. This is such an enjoyable white Rhone blend. Bravo, William Allen!
White
This SB is from North Canterbury. Clear, medium lemon with a medium-plus nose of guava, grapefruit, white blossoms, kafir limes, straw, and dusty minerals. The acidity is high, mouthwatering, and well balanced with the fruit and medium-plus body. The guava, kafir limes, grapefruit, and fine chalky minerals carry through on the palate, as do hints of mango. The finish is long. I think this will be a wonderful house white over the summer. This is definitely a very good NZ sauvignon blanc.
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Red
4/1/2012 - WillSka wrote:
Clear, deep garnet with plenty of purple at the rim. This took plenty of air before the oak influences subsided enough for the zinfandel notes to come through. The nose has medium intensity, and it was a bit one dimensional with strong black fruit and cedar notes. The palate shows a clean, dry zin with medium-plus tannins, medium acidity, and medium-plus body. The tannins resolved over a couple of hours to reveal a palate of blackberries, cherry cola, and definitely red liquorice. I'm reminded a bit of the Italian roots the name implies when I drink this wine. The lower ABV isn't that big a deal, but the oak influence is probably a tad to great. Overall, this is a generally a very good zinfandel.
White
This 60% marsanne and 40% rousanne blend is clear, deep lemon in color and a nose of medium intensity. Nectarines, chalk, and a clear hint of tonic bound out of the glass. Honeysuckles, lemon zest, and pears are carried on high acidity and a medium-plus body. The finish has a slight waxiness and is long. This is definitely a white Rhone to seek out.
White
Clear pale gold with a nose of medium intensity, this is a chardonnay begging for food to accompany it. Aromas of white peaches, pears, ginger, dried lemon skins, vanilla bean, and a cool minerality meld together well. A clean, dry chardonnay with a medium body and a relatively high acidity. The ginger, pears, and white peaches also carry on through the palate along with pleasant oak-induced qualities of toasted vanilla and finishing with a nice chalkiness and citrus notes. The finish is medium-plus. I had wild caught salmon with this wine and this helped cut down the acid and brought the flavors to the forefront. This is a very good wine and usually found at a reasonable price.
White
Clear, medium lemon, with a nose nose of medium-plus intensity that shows chalky minerals, star fruit and lemon zest. Mouth watering high acidity and a medium body carry the aroma profile on the palate along with nectarines. This is a refreshing NZ white with a pleasant medium finish.
Red
2009 Orin Swift The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
Listed at 15.2% ABV, I served this at cellar temperature and experienced no heat on the nose or in the mouth. A clear, deep garnet with a bluish-purple rim, the wine is dry with a full body, medium-plus acidity, and a medium tannins. The nose has medium-plus intensity and runs the gamut of blue, red, and dark fruits with spice box and forest floor. The tannins are smooth and carry blackberry liqueur, baking spice, red and dark cherries, and a dash of lime zest flavors. The finish is long and this vintage is, again, a very good wine. In fact, I think the balance to 2009 is better than the previous two vintages. I'll be curious to taste the 2010.
White - Sparkling
David White was interviewing Peter Weygandt for the Terroirist blog and recommended this sparkler. My wife and I are very glad that he did! This is a clear, pale lemon with a medium intense nose. Green apples, dried apricots, kafir lime zest, and a dry biscuit aromas bound off the fine bubbles. A wonderfully dry Cremant de Jura with a lithe body of mouth watering high acidity. The kafir lime and green apples carry on from the the nose to the palate along with a fine mineral element. The finish is medium-plus and my mouth is still watering! The balance is superb and this can compete with Champagnes costing 2 to 3 times as much. This is a very good example of a sparkling Juras.
Red
Another enjoyable blaufrankisch from Uwe Schiefer. Clear, medium ruby color and a medium insense nose. Dried flowers, cranberries, and raspberries with a bit of a mineral note build from the glass. A clean, dry wine with medium plus acidity and medium tannins punctuated by white pepper and brambly raspberries with dusty minerals. The finish is of medium length and this is certainly a very good blaufrankisch.
Red
Clear, medium ruby with a nose of medium intensity. Notes of mushrooms, earth, red currants, and cherries. The palate reveals a clear, dry wine with medium-plus acidity and medium tannins. The medium-plus body carries flavors of red currants, red and black cherries, cranberries, and some toasty character. This rates as a very good wine.
White
This is an outstanding Chardonnay with a French style. Clear, deep lemon color with a clean, medium intensity nose. Minerals, fresh stone fruit, citrus oil, and blossoms meld together well. The palate reveals a dry wine with a medium-plus body and a keen medium-plus acidity. The higher acidity carries fresh apricot, pineapple, iodine, vanilla, minerals, and blossoms beautifully to a long finish. All the grapes for this wine are sourced, therefore this keeps the costs down and makes this chardonnay a RRV knockout at a reasonable price.
Red
Clear, medium ruby with a clean nose of medium intensity that offers aromas of sweet red fruits, minerals, mocha, and toasty vanilla. The palate reveals a merlot with a medium-plus body, medium-plus silky tannins, and medium acidity. The dry red fruits at carnberry, pomegranate, sherries, and red plums with hints of cocoa and toasty oak accents. The finish is of medium-plus length. This is a very good wine that has time to spare in the cellar and will likely take on some darker fruits as it ages.
Red
This rates as an outstanding syrah that is currently full of youthful exuberance. A clear, deep ruby wine with a clean nose of medium intensity. Wonderfully complex notes of mixed peppercorns, warm cherry pie, dates, and black plums. Excellent balance on the palate between the medium-plus acidity and tannins and a full body. The nose follows through on the palate along with liquorice, root beer, and fatty meats. The finish is long and coats the mouth and teeth. This rates as an outstanding wine that is certain to develop in the cellar for the next 6-8 years.
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Red - Fortified
Clear, deep amber with a clean, medium intensity nose of kafir lime zest, orange liqueur, and glazed caramel. Tasting shows a medium-plus body with low tannins and medium acidity, and a fine medium sweet port. Orange liqueur, cloves, kafir lime zest, black pepper, benedicitine, and bread crust are carried by a long finish. This rates as a very good 20-year tawny port.
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