Tasting Notes for ron m

(470 notes on 378 wines)

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White
5/22/2021 - ron m wrote:
A wonderful bottle kicking on all cylinders. Very pretty nose with orchard fruit, butter, toffee, Tonka bean. Beautiful. Medium weight, rich mouthfeel but light on its feet. Palate showing citrus and minerals that cut through the fat. Great balance. Good finish. Day 2 - still great. Will keep, but just so good right now.
White
1990 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
5/24/2021 - ron m wrote:
I have fond memories of this bottling as this was one of the first a-ha! moments in my wine journey many years ago. Today this was a little oxidized and somewhat fading but still good. Oxidized notes mostly blew off after 15 minutes and the wine was still fresh. The nose was kaleidoscopic - shifting between flowers, peach, and creme brulee. The palate was harmonious but did not leave a strong impression. Decent finish. This is all about the nose. Paired wonderfully (surprisingly well!) with La Bernardin black cod in ginger scallion nage. A treat at 20 years old.
Red
3/10/2021 - ron m wrote:
Good bottle, classic. Mature but will definitely be around for a while. Pretty nose full of herbs earth and dark fruit. Round and lush, ripe but nimble. Medium finish lacks a bit, but still a strong showing.
White
2012 Manni Nössing Kerner Valle Isarco / Eisacktaler (view label images)
2/22/2021 - ron m wrote:
Cork seeping a bit but bottle is still in good shape. Lime peel, grapefruit, slate. Dry with great acidity. Medium finish. Yummy. Amazing pairing with Le Bal Cafe's olive oil poached squid.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1/1/2021 - ron m wrote:
New Years TFL@Home dinner Corona special. Drinking great. Beautiful deep amber color, quince jam, honey, baked fruits. Solid acidity puts it in good balance. A great pairing with both the foie gras torchon and the Roquefort trifle. Grade: Extra Yum+.
Red
12/10/2020 - ron m wrote:
Very good. Classic nose of green peppers olives and herbs. Light on the palate with good depth. Long finish with plenty of fine grain tannins, this is very young. On day 2 some barnyard comes out which made it even more pleasant. Killer value.
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Red
11/26/2020 - ron m wrote:
Pandemic thanksgiving... this was lovely. Not giving much on the nose but the palate delivers - smooth, seamless, and elegant. Fruit forward with a lot of spice and good acidity. Excellent finish is long and refreshing. Still has many years to go. Would have loved some more complexity but it's definitely pleasurable and a good restrained example of WA Syrah.
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Red
11/2/2020 - ron m wrote:
This was pretty good. Spicy, red cherries, earth. Relatively rich. Showed well immediately after opening but faded quickly. Medium finish.
Red
9/20/2020 - ron m wrote:
Pretty good, spicy and earthy. Dark tones. Best right after opening, decant not needed. Premier level nuance. Med finish.
Red
2005 Pomum Cellars Shya Red Yakima Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/13/2020 - ron m wrote:
So good! Still going strong, what a successful vintage for this wine. Red plums, blackberry, full bodied, good extraction, not too big and quite harmonious.
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White
8/10/2020 - ron m wrote:
As good as advertised. Didn't take notes but the consensus opinion is accurate. Should have bought a case.
Red
2000 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/27/2020 - ron m wrote:
Great bottle. A classic textbook claret in its secondary development stage. Meat earth and great acidity. Fully resolved, this one had several more years in it. Solid finish. Just as good on day 2.
Rosé - Sparkling
7/15/2020 - ron m wrote:
Really good. Flowers, strawberries, pink grapefruit, yeast. Nice perfume, dry, refreshing, yum.
Red
7/21/2020 - ron m wrote:
Socially distanced happy half hour. Solid for a Cayuse (which is: good+). Meaty, savory, chewy. Not much funk on day 1. Good finish. Day 2 - funk came out, bottle as a whole was a bit flat.
White
6/16/2020 - ron m wrote:
Yum. Very good showing - apples and limes, good viscousity, a little on the sweet side but so good with the Sorrel soup with scallops.
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Red
6/10/2020 - ron m wrote:
Beautiful CDP. Elegant grenache fruit profile. Red plum, berry liquor, red licorice, hyssop. Full bodied but feels light on the palate. Great focus and freshness. Excellent finish. Well done!
White - Sweet/Dessert
6/1/2020 - ron m wrote:
Excellent. Honey, lime peel, lanolin. Great viscousity. Sweet of course but with strong acidity and very balanced overall. Long life ahead.
Red
2003 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/5/2020 - ron m wrote:
Solid. Ready to go, medium weight, classic nose, more on the red fruit side with cranberries, red cherries. Pretty fresh. Pleasant finish.
White
5/23/2020 - ron m wrote:
Good+. Lime peel, guava. Tight and fresh. Fruit driven, good acidity that balances it out. Some oak. Went great with homemade Taleggio ravioli.
Red
4/17/2020 - ron m wrote:
Good classically styled pommard. Earth, smoke, cedar, some spice, some cherry. Nice weight, flows seamlessly on the palate. Finishes savory and refreshing. Ready to drink with a little air, at the beginning of a long window.
White
4/13/2020 - ron m wrote:
Very good. Lime, grapefruit, tart apples, steel. Zingy acidity. Medium bodied, excellent focus and verve. Complex long mouthwatering finish. Young but drank well with a little air. Highly enjoyable.
Red
4/8/2020 - ron m wrote:
Lovely bottle. Not quite a wow experience but delivers what you'd expect - mature, resolved, cool, balanced. Opened this for the quarantine Zoom Seder. We don't usually have really good bottles for the ceremony part because the attention is not exactly on the wine, but this time was different, so we did. Pretty certain it is the first time a Rostaing was used for dipping fingers in it for the ten plagues. Oh well. It did go great with the brisket later, of course. Anyway back to the wine - it was very nice. Pretty shy nose, not giving too much. Smooth on the palate, good balance of everything - red fruit, soil, faintly meaty. The finish was really great, very long, savory, refreshing.
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White
4/4/2020 - ron m wrote:
Delicious. Outstanding nose full of funk, lime, smoke, and seashells. Solid palate with good acidity and salinity to balance out the ample citrus fruit. Good density. Long finish. Great showing.
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Red
3/29/2020 - ron m wrote:
Very nice, though perhaps more at a Premier level. Good nose showing pomegranate cranberries damp earth and meat. Palate is light smooth and seamless though a tad simple. Finish was very good - long and savory. Overall definitely enjoyable. If you have one, time to drink up.
White
3/22/2020 - ron m wrote:
Deep gold. Beautiful nose of honey and lime peel. Palate flat and simple. Sweetness has subsided and acidity is more in control but the wine is still on the sweet side. Nice finish. Good but drink up.
Red
3/11/2020 - ron m wrote:
Not as impressive as the previous bottle. Solid but pretty ho-hum and not much intrigue. Tannins mostly resolved.
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Red
3/8/2020 - ron m wrote:
Yum! Very nice bottle. Young but quite accessible. Good black+red fruit nose, excellent mouthfeel. Earthy and spicy. Black cherries. Med weight and packs a punch. Med finish.
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Red
3/7/2020 - ron m wrote:
Consistently very good. Dark fruit with a chunk of cedar and oriental spice. Coats the palate. Med finish.
White
2/10/2020 - ron m wrote:
Good bottle. Beautiful gold in the glass, honey apricots and lanolin, medium weight, oily and viscous. Lacks some verve but intriguing enough to keep it interesting. Medium finish. Awesome match with cassoulet.
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Red
2/1/2020 - ron m wrote:
This was just excellent, punching above its weight. Classic, rich yet light, not too complex but compensates with character. Fabulous with braised short ribs.
White - Off-dry
12/9/2019 - ron m wrote:
Fabulous Riesling. Apples, citrus, petrol. Round rich, on the sweet side but great balance and freshness.
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White
12/5/2019 - ron m wrote:
Outstanding. Splendid nose of citrus peel guava flowers and petrol, rich mouthfeel but quite light on the palate with great depth and balance. Medium+ length. High class.
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Red
10/17/2019 - ron m wrote:
This is an outstanding bourgogne. Beautiful translucent red, strawberries cranberries and fresh flowers on the nose, light and delicate with good minerals and acidity. Drank great on open, and just as great on day 2. Should have bought a case.
Red
10/11/2019 - ron m wrote:
Pretty good bottle of CDP (from 375). Deep red fruited nose, nice entry was surprisingly smooth, kirsch at first with barnyard coming strongly to the fore after an hour. Somewhat hollow on the mid palate. Very good finish is long with plenty of fine grain tannin.
White
10/7/2019 - ron m wrote:
Very nice. Completely mature but not fading. Subdued nose, creamy lemon and tons of minerals on the palate, excellent acidity, very good long finish.
Red
2016 Fedellos do Couto Bastarda Ribeira Sacra Bastardo, Trousseau (view label images)
9/27/2019 - ron m wrote:
Excellent wine. Great nose with forest floor, red fruit, musky animal notes, tobacco leaf. Palate is medium weight, bright and focused. Juicy and crunchy. The finish is long and minerally. A multi faceted and interesting wine, and great with food.
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White
9/30/2019 - ron m wrote:
Green apple, lime, and petrol on the nose. Apples, lime zest, and wet slate on the palate. Round and polished, very good acidity. Long flinty mouthwatering finish. Just as good on day 2. Excellent.
Red
9/13/2019 - ron m wrote:
Popped and poured, a mistake since it was ho-hum right out of the bottle. But on day 2 - much more like it. Ripe and intense, pure red/black fruit, iron, blood, subtle funk. Long finish. Excellent.
Red
9/3/2019 - ron m wrote:
Bought recently. Dry slightly depressed cork indicating not ideal storage. The wine was fine but simple. Mature, bricking. Sous bois, cherries, kirsch. Decent, drank more like a village. Medium finish. Drink up.
Red
8/26/2019 - ron m wrote:
Tom's note made me open one to check what's going on. This bottle was fine. It was as balanced as expected, which is to say not so much. But it was a decent bottle of high octane CDP. I guess you get what you expect with this one. Big, ripe, not much nuance, but works well with grilled meats.
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Red
8/10/2019 - ron m wrote:
Good classic CDP. Big but focused and not heavy. Kirsch and bouquet of herbs, crisp medium+ length finish.
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Red
7/30/2019 - ron m wrote:
Side by side 2012 Alpine and 2012 Bearwallow (from 375). These were the most successful vintages I have had to date. Both bottles popped and poured, and tasted over several hours as they opened up. Both showed purity and restraint, both have a bright future but are ready to go with a few hours of air. The Alpine was cooler and more brooding, somewhat snobbish but definitely classy. The Bearwallow more overtly fruity and brash, with crisp cherry fruit and some spice. Both wines showed excellent focus. Very good finish for the Alpine, persisting and delicate, excellent long mouthwatering finish on the Bearwallow with sweet kirsch notes. I've had may Rhys pinots and to me they are always pleasurable but seldom impressive, however these two really sang tonight.
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Red
7/30/2019 - ron m wrote:
Side by side 2012 Alpine and 2012 Bearwallow (from 375). These were the most successful vintages I have had to date. Both bottles popped and poured, and tasted over several hours as they opened up. Both showed purity and restraint, both have a bright future but are ready to go with a few hours of air. The Alpine was cooler and more brooding, somewhat snobbish but definitely classy. The Bearwallow more overtly fruity and brash, with crisp cherry fruit and some spice. Both wines showed excellent focus. Very good finish for the Alpine, persisting and delicate, excellent long mouthwatering finish on the Bearwallow with sweet kirsch notes. I've had may Rhys pinots and to me they are always pleasurable but seldom impressive, however these two really sang tonight.
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Red
11/15/2018 - ron m wrote:
Awesome - class in a glass. Had this at a team Asado meal (great!) and this was perfect. Opened nicely after a quick decant, elegant nose of cherries and musty earty, mature palate, cherries, blackberries, leather, tar, spice. Sweet fine grain tannins almost fully resolved. Can go for 10 more years if you must, but no reason not to enjoy this beauty now.
Red
10/1/2018 - ron m wrote:
Well this was a surprise. Fresh, nimble, full bodied yet dare I say it, elegant? I feared this would be a stewed mess but it was quite the opposite. CDP hallmarks all present - garrigue, spice, thyme, pepper. Medium finish. Nice!
White
12/3/2018 - ron m wrote:
Good showing. Shy nose. Good mouthfeel round and plush, perhaps a tad soft. Flavor wise, it leads with citrus and lime peel and just a little tropical fruit. Finish is med-long with nice minerality. Day 2 - same. Ready to go but can hold.
White
10/10/2018 - ron m wrote:
Nice wine. Citrusy, round, polished. Some more minerals would have been nice, but it is a good example of restrained Cali style. Ready to go.
Red
8/26/2018 - ron m wrote:
Very good. Dark fruited, relatively weighty, not that expressive on the nose but very good mouthfeel. Long savory finish with fine grain tannins, this will age for years.
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