Tasting Notes for pgb67

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White - Off-dry
8/19/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
94 points
Summer of 2021 Cornucopia of Wines (Dogwood Grove, Garezers, HHI): I have had mixed results with ageing my Rieslings – some come out to be a syrupy mess that you might consider putting on pancakes (but don’t!), but this time we had a majestic experience and our most sophisticated tasters were entranced by it. Yellow with a green glint, with a cornucopia of apple, peach, and orange aromas and flavors. But the real star here is probably the texture - thick, oily, so interesting.
White
8/19/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
90 points
Summer of 2021 Cornucopia of Wines (Dogwood Grove, Garezers, HHI): Super floral nose which really wows you. Love these dry and still vinho verdes – so unexpected to get a serious wine from this region and one that lacks effervescence. Nice flavors of honeydew, cantaloupe and honey.
Red
8/19/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
90 points
Summer of 2021 Cornucopia of Wines (Dogwood Grove, Garezers, HHI): Outstanding value (the cheapest wine on this board), medium-bodied with clove and cinnamon notes surrounding plum and dark cherry flavors. Aromatic and expressive, with charming character.
Red
8/19/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
92 points
Summer of 2021 Cornucopia of Wines (Dogwood Grove, Garezers, HHI): A solid Spanish red, evincing blueberry and blackberry aromas and flavors of purple fruit, walnuts and dust. Medium-bodied with tight tannins and a fresh, vivid finish. This producer has never made a bad wine for me and I’m always a buyer for their products.
Red
8/19/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
92 points
Summer of 2021 Cornucopia of Wines (Dogwood Grove, Garezers, HHI): Fruity, generous wine that almost tastes new world, but also has Rhone roots. Notes of wild strawberry, wild herbs and a touch of savory with black olives and roasted meats. Sleek, firm tannins. Seemed to wow some entry-level wine drinking friends.
Red
2008 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/19/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
88 points
Summer of 2021 Cornucopia of Wines (Dogwood Grove, Garezers, HHI): I prefer Talbot and Bordeaux in general in riper vintages (I’m an American!), and this seemed just a bit too muted for me on the palate with too much chalk and cedar. Similarly the nose featured a woodier element that didn't impress.
White
8/19/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
92 points
Summer of 2021 Cornucopia of Wines (Dogwood Grove, Garezers, HHI): Petit Chablis is another wine for which I have a soft spot because when I discovered it I assumed this was a Chablis made with lesser grapes or something, when in fact it’s simply a region and a fine wine region at that, providing many of the pleasures of Chablis at a more “petit” price point. Classic nose of the sea and seashells with more of the same on the palate, together with pleasing lemon and lime elements as well.
White
8/19/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
89 points
Summer of 2021 Cornucopia of Wines (Dogwood Grove, Garezers, HHI): I have a soft spot for Chinon Blanc, having discovered and enjoyed it in France (not actually in Chinon, but Chinon is definitely worth checking out). This is a strong wine, with an anise element to it on the palate along with dried apricot notes that show on the palate and on the nose. Versatile, and could stand up to red meats or briny oysters.
Red
8/19/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
89 points
Summer of 2021 Cornucopia of Wines (Dogwood Grove, Garezers, HHI): Not every R-M hits, although most do. A little weightier and more full-bodied than I like my R-M pinots. This showed flavors and aromas of boysenberry, currants and mocha.
Red
8/19/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
88 points
Summer of 2021 Cornucopia of Wines (Dogwood Grove, Garezers, HHI): Not every Carlisle hits, although most do. This showed crushed berries, spice and had a floral nose, but it also had a dusty element that gave it an overly dry finish which I didn’t like. Also, the finish just wasn't that long, especially compared to some other bottles on the table. But my guests seemed to like it a lot so maybe I was just in a tough rating phase.
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Red
8/19/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
94 points
Summer of 2021 Cornucopia of Wines (Dogwood Grove, Garezers, HHI): This had been gifted to me (along with a bottle of Red Burgundy) with instructions to hold it for 20 years and for some crazy reason I complied. Immediately reminded me of the last 20-year old Napa cab I had a couple years ago because of its wonderful raspberry sherbet mystique – creamy, poignant raspberry notes. So interesting how Napa cabs can age. Oh, and that red burg that I held for 20 years was a dud. Napa>Burg.
Red
8/19/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
93 points
Summer of 2021 Cornucopia of Wines (Dogwood Grove, Garezers, HHI): Wow was this a pleasant surprise since I am generally unfamiliar with this maker and this appellation. But a trusted salesman turned me onto it many years ago and some ageing really did wonders for it. A bit like the Beaulieu Cab above, this has developed a bit of a raspberry mousse or pastry element to it which was intoxicating. In addition, there are elements of forest and game and it’s all just a nice package and evolves in the glass as well.
Red
8/19/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
88 points
Summer of 2021 Cornucopia of Wines (Dogwood Grove, Garezers, HHI): This surprised me a bit because I thought I had Terlo figured out and that 10 years was the sweet spot for drinking, so not sure what happened here since it was closed or maybe just not that good. Maybe 2010s should still sit in the cellar for a while.
Red
2009 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/19/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
91 points
Summer of 2021 Cornucopia of Wines (Dogwood Grove, Garezers, HHI): A pretty classic Bordeaux, showing red plum, cedar, and berries on a stony edge. Elegant and charming with a long finish. This is the sort of wine that shines best when it is on its own and not served as part of a broader lineup of wines. Next to a Rhone or a California cab, it tends to get shy and unfairly outshined, which is what maybe happened to it at a summer party where I popped it. But that's okay, more for me to sip.
Red
8/19/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
93 points
Summer of 2021 Cornucopia of Wines (Dogwood Grove, Garezers, HHI): Delivered exactly what I love about Barolo, deep and sophisticated nebbiolo notes of tar, rose petal and dried cherries. Brooding tannins balance well against the lithe fruit notes on the palate. For me, this in a perfect drinking window at about 10 years. The fact it's not from a top-rated vintage just means more value and inventory for us.
Red
8/19/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
95 points
Summer of 2021 Cornucopia of Wines (Dogwood Grove, Garezers, HHI): I just loved this, so much fruit and texture. Notes of raspberry jam, blackberry, and hints of mocha. Tannins are silky and fine. Balanced and easy to drink while at the same time delivering a serious experience. I can only imagine what big brother Odette delivers. Everybody liked it and it was gone too soon.
Red
8/19/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
91 points
Summer of 2021 Cornucopia of Wines (Dogwood Grove, Garezers, HHI): A very cool wine, which I suppose might fall into the glou glou category if I understood what that is. Fruity, tangy, sour, floral, crunchy, it has a bit of everything.
Red
8/18/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
89 points
Pleasant bourgogne and showed me enough to want to try more from this producer (connected to, or took over from (?) Alex Gambal, which is now out of business I understand).
Red
8/18/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
90 points
Flavorful with savory elements of meats, green pepper, and cooked cherries. Nice acidity and overall it is well balanced and easy to sip.
Red
8/6/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
90 points
Top notch value CdR vintage-to-vintage.
Red
7/22/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
This fell flat for me especially considering the price and the 7 years of storage. It was either in a closed phase, over the hill or spoiled - not sure which. But the flavor profile was dull and and dusty.
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Red
7/22/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
91 points
Impressive, dense, concentrated ripe gamay. Not sure I love the style because i was expecting something more lithe, but the flavors of blackcurrant, berry jam and spicebox were undeniably pleasing.
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Red
7/22/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
91 points
Impressed with this bottle which was gifted to me. I initially thought I was opening Quivira's entry level zin but this is a vineyard designate and the pedigree shows. Complex, long, delicious. Aromas and flavors of blackberry jam, red berry preserves and dried leaves.
White
7/22/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
89 points
This "holy water" delivered a good if not majestic experience. Pleasant flavors of pear and hints of tropical pineapple and guava but it was not overtly sweet and satisfied the feinherb off-dry tradition. The acidity and freshness level was where I wanted it and made for a cool summer drink. As a previous taster suggested, it actually may have been too dry and could have been a bit sweeter and fruitier.
Red
7/22/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
90 points
Fresh with bright red fruit notes and zesty acidity. Approachable and shows Burgundy pinot character.
Red
2016 Vina Jaraba Reserva La Mancha Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
7/12/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
89 points
One of these wines where the label actually describes it very well - smoky aromas of pipe tobacco and Mediterranean herbs, silky tannins on the palate. Enjoyable.
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Red
6/15/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
91 points
Really impressive wine considering how inexpensive it was (~$12). Savory, dusty tannins, vibrant berry fruit with some sophisticated cassis notes, velvet mouthfeel.
Red
6/15/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
A bit over the hill and quite acidic with the fruit fading. But it's possible that it rallied, but we drank this at a large event and I lost track of the bottle.
Red
6/15/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
90 points
Successfully deployed my "buy based on the importer" strategy and was rewarded by another savory Rosenthal Rhone. Delicious blend of fruit, herb, and meat characteristics.
Red
4/30/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
90 points
I always grab a Rosso Conero when I see it on the store shelf. Smoky, leather qualities intermingle with cherry fruit. Easy to drink. Pairs well with rustic italian food.
Red
4/30/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
91 points
Elegant but robust and masculine barbera. Red fruit and spice profile, medium-bodied, accessible.
Red
4/30/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
93 points
Love the Burgundian qualities of this bottling. Finessed, lithe, smooth, flavorful (cherry jam, sour cherry), superb acidity. Aromas of lavender and baked berries. This wine delivers for me every vintage.
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White - Sparkling
4/28/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
93 points
Loved this one - great flavor profile that almost had a rose-like character with soft strawberry notes coupled with the traditional creamy mousse you might expect from champagne. Nice amount of bubbles and the acidity level was perfect for me.
Red
4/28/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
88 points
I enjoy grignolinos, but usually haven't aged them. This picked up a lot of weight over the years and almost drank like a nebbiolo with some tannic structure and cigarbox complexity. That being said, I was looking for a fresher, more vibrant drinking experience that I didn't get.
Red
4/28/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
88 points
Seemed a bit over the hill to me. Drink up (or sell!).
White
4/28/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
88 points
Best served ice cold when it shows its Loire characteristics of seashells and citrus - as it warmed up, it picked up a tinny nature.
Red
4/5/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
93 points
My first Rhys and now I am on the hunt for more. One of those pinots that tastes delicate on the entry palate, but then the long, mouth-coating finish really grabs your attention. Nose and flavors of ripe cherry, strawberry, Asian spices. Finessed and voluptuous.
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Red
4/5/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
93 points
This was recommended by the NYT and stocked by my favorite wine shop, so those were good signs and this did not disappoint. Amazing that such old vintages are available at retail (I bought this 2 years ago). The wine opens with a great nose of dark berries and baking spice. The palate boasts deep red cherry, earthy minerals, and black pepper in a dense mix that you only can achieve with age. The mouthfeel is textured with a touch of tannin and medium acidity. Long, spice-infused finish completes the package.
Red
4/5/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
88 points
This one didn't work for me, although usually I am a big fan of Carlisle zins. The fruit was dense and bordered on cloying, while the balance was a bit off and just tired the palate with a syrupy quality. Usually I hold onto these bottles for several years, so I would counsel "hold" on this one, although I see lots of people on CT are popping them now.
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Red
4/5/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
91 points
Such an interesting wine at the 15-year mark and much better than when I consumed some closer to release. With age it has developed a dusty quality with dry tannins and a more concentrated palate with more piercing flavors of cherry and spice.
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Red
4/5/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
92 points
Delicious Carneros pinot, with textbook loam notes and even some bramble complimenting the sour cherry and strawberry flavor profile. Well balanced, with an acidic intensity that makes you reach for more.
Red
4/5/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
91 points
This drank like a good Super Tuscan for me, at half the price. Vibrant acidity, balanced tannins, smoky cherry flavors, spicy herbal finish.
White
4/5/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
90 points
Macon at its finest - value French chardonnay - lively acidity, floral aromas, long flavors of citrus.
White
4/5/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
90 points
What a wonderful wine, transporting you to Italy with evocations of grilled lemon, sea air, shells.
Red
2009 Château Capbern-Gasqueton St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/5/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
90 points
A good value and I'm glad I hung on to it for almost 10 years. Black currants with hints of chocolate on a mature, but lively palate.
Red
4/5/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
90 points
Can it be that this wine was too young? On day 2, it was absolutely lovely with gobs of fruit and complexity although for the first several hours on the first night, it came across as ungiving and too earthy. (although some guests loved it from the start).
Red
4/5/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
91 points
I think I need to be drinking more South African wines. Really enjoyed the smoky, earthiness of this wine, along with the aged notes of cherry on the palate. At the 10 year mark, it is absolutely in a great spot. I wouldn't liken it to a Bordeaux as it was uniquely South African - maybe a Cali syrah is the best comp?
Red
4/5/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
90 points
Sweet smoke, spice, and bramble fill the nose. The palate is medium weight and cool, with tinging acidity, and flavors of dark raspberries, with rich, licorice-inflected earth. Brooding yet fresh.
Red
4/5/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
88 points
I'm the outlier on this one, as most of the CT tasters seem to be giving it great reviews. Maybe I've been drinking too much California juice lately, but this lacked open knit fruit (even for Oregon) and didn't offset that with any interesting acidity, earthiness or forest notes. It was fine.
Red
4/5/2021 - pgb67 wrote:
89 points
Ventoux is a real go-to for me for inexpensive wines that outperform their price points. Dried cherries, herbs, acidity, earthiness - it's all there.
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