Tasting Notes for wilypod

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Red
1/21/2020 - wilypod wrote:
81 points
Still inky with a murky depth. Translucent on the edges. Nose a pleasant waft of black cherry, incense, cardamom, dark licorice, slightly smokey on opening. After a few hours it coarsened somewhat into something dank and less appetizing. Still packed with flavor but lacks elegance. A remnant in the glass developed a film overnight. The short cork was a low grade one for a Premium wine. It came out in one piece but had zero springiness and almost looked like it was made of reconstituted cork pieces. While there was no liquid seepage, I speculate that it did not provide a high quality barrier.
White - Sparkling
1/12/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
94 points
Ripe pear and cream and yet far livelier than that sounds. Seamless, delicate effervescence, adding facets to the perfect fruit. What a treat!
Red
1/12/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
93 points
The blood red color has barely begun to lighten and brick. Fleshy and sensual but not overdone. Cherry tobacco and heady rose scents suggest some back end sweetness to the tannins. One is not disappointed. In the mouth smooth red fruit like red currants and Michigan cherries. Silky tannins provide a luxury feel and texture. In a perfect spot?
White
1/11/2020 - wilypod wrote:
89 points
Sweet hay and a nice viscous texture in a laid back unassertive style. Best when chilled at 40 F. The low acidity makes an easy quaff.
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Red
1/4/2020 - wilypod wrote:
87 points
Mature, notes of soft red fruits, pepper and Christmas spice, leather, and mellow garrigue accents. The palate still shows fine grained tannin and decent acidity, but also alcohol heat and iodine. Drink up
Red
2016 Castello di Albola Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
12/29/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
88 points
Delicious but not exciting Chianti from an exciting vintage. No faults, seems aimed at a mass market.
Red
12/27/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark crimson. Zinfandel of orange zest, raspberry liqueur, lollipop cherry, fragrant underbrush. Opulent aromas, a fat mulberry mouthfeel, finished with mild tannic austerity (Petite Sirah?). The fruit comes across better at 60 F than 70 F. At its peak for the next 2 years? 92-93

Rossi Ranch is more interesting than the sum of its parts, suggesting complexity, a quality not often associated with Zinfandel. Next need to open a Carlisle Rossi Grenache.
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White
12/26/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
85 points
Ripe tree fruit like yellow apples with some citrusy zing. Quite tasty but I would prefer a tauter racier version. Strictly for current consumption.
Red
2016 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
12/25/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
93 points
Delicious and quite drinkable now. These Esprits have the capacity to age and develop but I think the pleasure they deliver in their youth has been underemphasized. The 2016 is a boldly flavored Esprit (hence the high WS score), but it still conveys the estate terroir of smooth pure grapiness, red fruits like strawberry and raspberry, darker fruits like cherry and plum, orange zest, a dusting of chocolate, a scent of northern pine forest, a distant fragrant campfire on a rainy evening, and a kick of tastiness in the finish that is more umami than salty. Decant, decant, and aerate. It just gets better with time.

I really like the display of the fruit spectrum here. The acidity and tannin are ideal. The 2014 (my score 90-91) and 2015 (93-96, think Pinot Noir) are more red fruited. The 2017 (92-94) has a somewhat darker fruit profile, more spice and licorice, but the 2016 has better acidity and grip, and the balance is classic. 93-94
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White
2015 Tablas Creek Esprit Blanc de Tablas Paso Robles Adelaida District White Rhone Blend (view label images)
12/18/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
91 points
From a 375. This is still quite youthful Esprit Blanc with only 55% Roussanne. Given the high percentage of Grenache Blanc 28% and Picpoul Blanc 17%, and their bracing acidity and mineral character, this currently tastes best chilled, in contrast to other vintages of Esprit Blancs (for example 2012, 2014) that emphasize Roussanne's fat, nutty and lush qualities. It came into balance after about 4 hours, so decant and air.

Viscosity tells one that Roussanne is still a player and notes of raw almond, almost ripe peach, and delicate honey gradually emerge. The palate is light to medium but the finish is disproportionately long and inviting. Patience will be rewarded. 90 to 94.
White
12/18/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
88 points
Vivacious as before, full of sparkle and crisp acidity and nice minerality, and delicious chilled with a faint petillance-like character. Became somewhat thin as it approached room temperature. Drink over the next two years?
Red
12/18/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
91 points
Own rooted Zinfandel. Dark cherry juice color with soft and lifted aromas of red fruit: PN cherry pie filling, mulberry, pomegranate. Some smoke, caramel, iron, mulling spices, and dried fruit tones fill out the palate. An hour of aeration really freshened the wine. It is mature but not in decline and has improved and evolved nicely in the last 5 years. If in ideal storage conditions could go another 2 to 3 years. Impressive as in beguiling rather than an outright knock out. 90-92
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White
12/10/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
88 points
True varietal character and great palate texture from long lees contact, a rather lush Viognier that should appeal to those looking for a softer aromatic white. A billowing white to pair with French maritime fare.
Red
2016 Linden Hardscrabble Northern Virginia Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/8/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
92 points
Aromatic, balanced, and already very approachable blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Reminds me of a fine classed growth left bank Bordeaux (think Chateau Talbot). Aromas of griotte cherry, cocoa, licorice and cassis jump out of the glass. The medium bodied mouth is fleshy and round with dark chocolate, black cherry and notes of a fragrant pipe tobacco humidor. A sturdy Cabernet structure balances the easy appeal of Merlot. No green notes or bitterness in the well-gauged tannins, which impart a sensual mouthfeel. Aging partly in new French oak adds polish and a luxury feel to this outstanding wine, perhaps Linden's best Bordeaux bottling since 2009. 92-93

So delicious now but should keep and improve over the next decade.
White
12/8/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
86 points
9.5% alcohol, off dry, fresh, clean, light, does not display a strong Riesling character. I would characterize this effort as a bona fide success given it was wettest year on record in Northern Virginia. Pleasing and quaffable.
White
11/30/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
88 points
Solid Kabinett Riesling from a very good vintage. Fragrant in that peony, grapefruit way and lightly fresh, if a bit on the sweet side. Likely intended for current drinking. I do not sense it has the structure to remain as attractive as it is now over the medium or long haul.
White - Sweet/Dessert
11/30/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
93 points
Wonderful! Not cloying or syrupy, lovely apricot notes. There is plenty of fruity acidity to give the 18% residual sugar lift and verve.
Red
11/30/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
92 points
Classic cool climate RRV Zin, drinking at its peak. There remains a nice touch of youthful verve to go along with the generous and sybaritically luscious aromas and mouthfeel. I am giving it an objective 92 but subjectively it is even more enjoyable than that. BHRH's note is right on.
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White
11/29/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
86 points
Surprised at how well this modest Umbrian vino bianco has held up after 13 years. Far better than most new world Chardonnays. Beneath the butterscotch and roasted nuts there are ripe yellow apple fruits and a vibrant tautness on the palate and finish. Matched a heavy Thanksgiving meal and was particularly well matched with the red beet, roasted carrot and pesto melange, as well as the sweet potato extravaganza.
White
11/21/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
89 points
Screw Cap. Fresh, inviting, and easygoing. Delicious porch sipper with adequate tartness. Sweet hay, grapefruit, gooseberries. Hint of effervescence in the mouth. Less vegetal than most NZ SBs.
Red
11/10/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
92 points
Prunes and over-the-hill coarseness on opening. After an hour or so, the rest of the wine woke up like a resurrection, with tasty blackberry, dried cherry, cocoa, and hints of mom's pantry spices. Powerful and earthy, the finish got suppler and more appealing with air.
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Red
11/11/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
91 points
Inky with red tints. Brawny and robust, blackberries: fresh and preserves, cassis, iron, bay leaf. Aroma and palate tightly wound. After 2 hours became quite inviting revealing some sweeter red fruit and a less rough hewn finish. Probably best to hold a solid year, but can be coaxed now into an alluring state with air. 91 to 93
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White
11/9/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
90 points
This is still in great shape, bright, lean, lemony, fennel, mineral. Beautiful fruit and a purring elegance disguise the label's listed 14.2% abv. At four years the freshness is all there. I have one more bottle and will hold it longer.

Glad to see TCV using Clairette Blanche in the Esprit Blanc. Ever since I first tasted CB I have been attracted to its combination of poise, stature, and elegance. CB has a wonderful internal consistency wherein nose, palate, and finish are in utter harmony, without one element dominating the others. As good as it is in itself, its mild character suggests its potential in blends, adding flavor and texture without stealing the spotlight. A good team player!

It seems that grapes like Grenache Blanc and Clairette Blanche are producing in Paso Robles wines often superior to their French counterparts. (Paix Sur Terre is also doing wonders in Paso with the humble Ugni Blanc.)
Red
11/15/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
89 points
Much better at five years than it was in the year of release. The red fruit is nicely intact, making for a fragrant, smooth pour. A hint of garrigue and spice is also present, adding interest. Light weight but good attack in the mouth. Unlike Grenache, or Mourvedre, but offers a red fruit character like them.
White - Sparkling
11/15/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
88 points
Stylish extra brut, very clean and mineral, apparently low dosage. The acidity is a bit too penetrating at this point to be a crowd pleaser, but no doubt this is a beautifully made sparkler in the electric manner. 88-90?
White
2014 Tablas Creek Esprit Blanc de Tablas Paso Robles Adelaida District White Rhone Blend (view label images)
11/14/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
91 points
Most impressive showing yet for the 2014 vintage of Tablas Creek's big and often complex white wine. The ripe tree fruit flavors (pear, nectarine, peach), vanilla custard, and butterscotch characteristic of Roussanne can push this blend in a direction of heaviness that have not always appealed to me in older vintages.

However, since 2013 the Esprit Blanc has come across as fresher and less ponderous. At 13.5% abv the 2014 is the sole vintage since 2013 technically on the riper side (all the others are at 13.0% abv), but it still comes across more as a sleek yacht than the QE2, elegant but with some crisp fruit and mineral in play to refresh the palate. For my palate, the 2014 might be best in its youth, over the next few years.
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White
11/11/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
89 points
Very ripe, mature, medium weight. Light gold color. Melon, butterscotch, orchard fruits, viscous texture accented with lighter citrus and citrus pith. Not a porch sipper, its lushness comes across best with a full-flavored main course. Tasted best at a cool 55-60 F
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Red
2010 Château Dutruch Grand Poujeaux Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/10/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
92 points
Musty and drab on opening and thought to be perhaps over the hill. After 90 minutes it bloomed and bloomed. Greater than the sum of its parts. Spicy concentrated fruit with flavors of intense cherry, cassis, vanilla and cedar unfolding in layers on a medium long palate. What a treat! Served at about 60 F and was most revealing a bit warmer (65 F).
Red
11/10/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
88 points
Mature dark red. Generous and open black fruit on display, decent acidity, and moderate supporting tannins. A good Bordeaux in its prime window. Good by itself and with appetizers but did not really shine when paired with steak, as did the 2010 Chateau Dutruch Grand Poujeaux.
Red
11/9/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
90 points
Medium full bodied and on the dark side of ruby. Fleshy like a very good old world Spanish Garnacha with red licorice, cranberry, spice, and dried cherries. Very good sipper on a chilly evening by the fire with cheese and crackers. Serve cool.
Red
11/9/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
89 points
A beautiful polished light ruby color. Light medium body. Gentle red fruited scents, with some black pepper and a Mediterranean herbal haze. More assertive in the mouth with a sense of fresh concentrated red fruit and mild cracked pepper. Really came to life with dinner. Does not seem the least bit tired or ready to expire. Not heavy, jammy, or weighted with licorice.
Red
11/9/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
86 points
Past its prime. Good structure but the fruit has faded, One gets a fairly attractive nose of cinnamon, cedar, and currants, but an unshowy palate bearing little sensual appeal. This malbec was better than a grocery store generic red wine -- again the excellent structure -- but was in need of more flavor and mouthfeel.
Red
11/12/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
93 points
Sensational purity of fruit. Tannins are smooth. Deep color, still bluish dark red. The L-M team consistently achieve original and fresh takes on all varieties grown on their mountain estate, emphasizing beauty over oomph, roundness and depth over oak and forced extract. This take on Malbec has lots of blue fruit and English roses.
Red
11/2/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
93 points
Juicy acidity and great balance. Needed two hours of air to shine and then blossomed with Zindandel's signature bramble and spice. Since I drink a lot of Bedrock and Carlisle how does this wine compare? I would say closer to Bedrock in terms of moderation/balance/alcohol and closer to Carlisle in terms of polish and sheer beauty. L-M do not use new oak, so one gets a very pure expression of Mountain Zinfandel, with notes of black pepper, smoked paprika to go along with the Zinfandel raspberry bramble. Youthful maturity, likely can go longer but great right now!
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Red
11/2/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
93 points
Darkest red. Pours weighty into the glass, The density and purity and lushness of fruit is amazing, somewhat like Carlisle's Alicante Bouschet from Pagani in Sonoma. The 2012 and 2013 Mondeuse were earthier and have a more savory style. This 2014 approaches the fruity intensity of a liqueur, with boysenberry, roses, black raspberry and pepper. The tannin backbone is firm enough and counters the impression of a fruit bomb. Based on website notes, the 2015 and 2016 seem similar.
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Red
10/29/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
90 points
Dense dark red (70/20/10 Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre). Licorice, smoke, ripe black raspberry, cracked black pepper, and deep scents of garrigue, lavender. thyme. A mouthful of the above with a good but not extraordinary finish. Bottled sunshine. Neither jammy nor leathery. Would buy again at under $16.00
Red
10/28/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
90 points
Has shed the bubble gum of youth. The black cherry, spicy fruit is energetic, bright and precise. Was the perfect red with a light homemade tomato ragu with mushrooms and meatballs. Ideal drinking at 4 years, and makes me see anew why it is planted so widely in the Piedmont appellation. Drink 2019-2022
Red
10/22/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
91 points
In good shape with fine acidity backing a deeply flavored palate. Zinfandel blends strive for aromatic complexity and the Weill a Way has it: mulberry, blue fruits and some tarter, spicier notes of RRV Zins.
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White
10/18/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
87 points
This was one of the best Gwztr I tasted in the Finger lakes Still aromatic and delicious but the palate strikes me now on the thin side.
Red
10/18/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
91 points
Lively black raspberry, orange zest, zippy acidity, old vine intensity, smoothly integrated into a harmonious whole. A blend with 48 % RRV Zin and still tastes like it. The 20% Lodi Zin might be behind the bright red fruit character and structure that's emerged since last tasted in Jan 2018.
Red
10/15/2019 - wilypod wrote:
Has slipped past its prime window, at least this bottle. It is healthy but lacks tertiary elements of appeal. Leather, prune, cinnamon, old roses and some dried cherry, smooth tannin, but lacking in acidity and linearity, tastes decent but somewhat blowsy and hollowed out.
Red
10/15/2019 - wilypod wrote:
86 points
As per Danseng, waited too long, flat, tawny, the lively fruit is no more.
White
10/10/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
88 points
Silver gold, 13.9% abv, soft, delicious nevertheless, and was an excellent partner with Tilapia in a mustard sauce. Now more Gewürztraminer in profile than Riesling.
White
10/8/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
88 points
Well made, fresh and tart, somewhat saline Assyrtiko, a bit milder and fruitier than the Santorini versions. Drink now.
Red
10/4/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
90 points
This is the less expensive Aglianico from Giornata, from the French Camp Vineyard. Comes across much like an Aglianico from the Alta Irpinia region of Campania: it has the utterly alluring dark amarena cherry aromas of Taurasi and a savory, smooth palate without the over-extracted (and sometimes rough) tannins that often characterize the big wine/riserva approach to Taurasi.

There are also a number of bigger brawnier Aglianicos made in coastal California with high alcohol, hefty tannins, umami/balsamic qualities, ageability, at the expense of an alluring fruit. They fail to capture the sensual essence of this grape. Glad to learn that Giornata has found the Aglianico sweet spot. Vintners are still finding their way with this variety, not that easy to cultivate with success.

In a fine drinking window.
Red
10/4/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
85 points
Technically well made, healthy fresh fruit aromas, blue fruited, with red fruit spiciness, alcohol in balance, rather slender and short in the mouth but a good quality table wine.
Red
10/4/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
90 points
One of the best red wine grape varieties tried in Turkey over a two week visit. Nice red and dark berry fragrance, California fruit forward style, opulent, clean, not jammy. Good acidity, pleasing mild tannin, lacks significant length but tasty and delicious. Drank several wines from this producer, all were technically well made.
White
10/4/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
89 points
Notes of lemon, grapefruit, crushed rock, hay, with a surprisingly substantial texture for a light bodied wine (the 20% Semillon?). Paired nicely with Panko crusted Tilapia.
Red
9/7/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
90 points
Clear but deeply tinted red Pinot Noir from the great Fiddlestix vineyard just across the road from Sanford and Benedict property. I do not like to use the word "leather" to describe a beverage made from very sweet fruit, but it applies here along with cranberry, wild berries, and the sometimes non-vinifera pungency (foxiness) of Pinot Noir. Fine acidity and ripe tannin. The plus is how everything is impeccably balanced and all of a piece, scent, mouthfeel, flavor, finish. The leather note has sensory appeal but to my taste interferes a tad with the sheer deliciousness of the superb fruit. Otherwise I would have given the wine 91-92.

Cork emerged in one piece, barely.
White
2014 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas Blanc Paso Robles Adelaida District White Rhone Blend (view label images)
9/7/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
88 points
Pleasant, non-seismic food wine. Full flavored and shows mild evolution with honeysuckle Viognier somewhat faded and now playing second fiddle to the vibrant Grenache Blanc. However, I thought the 2014 straight Grenache Blanc the better of the two. On the other hand, this Cotes Blanc drank well over three nights and got better.
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