Tasting Notes for wilypod

(939 notes on 680 wines)

1 - 50 of 939 Sort order
White
4/2/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
90 points
Oops. After reserving half the bottle in a sterilized 375 screw cap, I retasted this wine a few days later. Much improved, with a richer and more textured palate that had good hang time, addressing the earlier complaint.

Sometimes a wine seems old when it is consumed the same day only to taste "refreshed" with more exposure to air. I guess you never know. Some wines are kind of like singers who can sound off-voice and past their prime early in the concert but by mid concert have recovered and are in glorious voice.
2 people found this helpful Comment
White
3/31/2020 - wilypod wrote:
86 points
Soft, soft, palate, not flabby but textured nicely. Yet it lacks a linear, forward dimension. Chilling it firms it up somewhat. I liked it more on release. Inclined to drink up.
2 people found this helpful Comment
White
3/31/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
92 points
In Paso Robles three relatively unheralded white varieties have shown they can flourish and even outperform their European brethren: Vermentino, Fiano, and Marsanne.

Now a fourth, Ugni Blanc, as exemplified in this release from Paix sur Terre. This is love at first sight, beautiful and precise winemaking, so a big thank you to winemaker Ryan Pease. Light gold, linear, zingy and tart balanced by a juicy lemon sweetness and sculpted by minty perfume and mineral drive. Just outstanding.
Red
2013 Andrew Murray Roasted Slope Santa Barbara County Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
3/29/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
93 points
I saved half the wine tasted on 3/20 in sterilized airtight 375 ml screw cap. After letting it breathe a full day the wine emerged as a beauty. Syrah is often a beast that only time can tame, that seems to be what happened here. Supple, lush savory aromas backed by youthful blackberry fruit, dark/milk chocolate and a long saturated palate. Wish I had another bottle. If you open one now, let it breathe 24 hours.
Red
2013 Andrew Murray Roasted Slope Santa Barbara County Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
3/20/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
90 points
Black with blood red edges. Lots of blackberry, iron, olive, bay leaf, a touch of new oak, and smoked meat. The rich savory flavors and puréed texture are quite a mouthful but not quite integrated into a harmonious whole. This needs time to shed tannic edges and some stemmy notes, and if I had another bottle I would wait until 2023. It seems to have the fruit and acidity to age longer. 90-92
White
2018 Tablas Creek Picardan Paso Robles Adelaida District (view label images)
3/19/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
91 points
Green gold. 13%. Whiffs of lemon, mint, clean wet mineral, light daisy, and fennel. This variety has a bit more focus than some other southern Rhone whites -- at least as presented by Tablas Creek's pristine winemaking. All TCV whites show vivid fruit and freshness, but the Picardan has a defining linear thrust. Like Clairette Blanche, the palate does not lack in a ripe mouth-filling flavor, but it is less plump and fleshy than Picpoul, Roussanne, and Grenache Blanc.

Not sure how Picardan would hold up with aging but in theory both Picardan and Clairette Blanche would seem to be a wonderful complement to the Esprit Blanc blend based on Roussanne. It'll be some years before we know.
White
3/12/2020 - wilypod wrote:
flawed
Lacks the verve and brightness I associate with both old and new world Vermentino, as well as other vintages Giornata Vermentinos. Decent enough but in a place between fresh and vivacious and old and oxidized, and closer to the latter. Perhaps a bad bottle?
White
3/12/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
94 points
Fabulous Fiano, this thoroughbred is in full stride and as good as any Fiano I have had from Italy. Marries the pear and honeysuckle-hazelnut character of Fiano from the vineyards of Alta Irpinia in Campania with the intensity and saline minerality of west Paso Robles vineyards.

Healthy gold tints. Solid structure augurs well for a deepening maturity. Medium to full bodied in the mouth, and a lifted saturated finish. Brilliant wine, a mouthful of fruit and complexity, blows most CA Chardonnays out of the water.
White
2016 Tablas Creek Roussanne Paso Robles Adelaida District (view label images)
3/10/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
91 points
Greenish gold. 2016 was the last year of the 5 year coastal California drought. Compared to the 2014 it is tighter and less evolved with a less obvious classic aromatic Roussanne profile (12.7% abv). The fruit is orchard generic along the lines of barely ripe peach/nectarine. The more interesting flavor aspect is a rich texture of a spice/mineral nature.

It was served alongside the riper 2014 Roussanne and two Chardonnays from Foxen, the prized 2014 and 2015 Bien Nacido UU block Chardonnays grafted onto older Riesling vines. These Foxen Chardonnays are not ponderous buttery Chardonnays and are known for their lemony, bright acidity and verve.

All wines were delicious on opening but the Chardonnays evolved rapidly in the glass. The Foxen 2014 began to decline and cloy after a few hours, with the oak tones coarsening. The Roussannes actually grew fresher and brighter over the evening. The 2016 Roussanne had less of the salted caramel than the 2014 and more cut and thrust at the finish.

With regard to these old world varieties in California, Roussanne seems a much better white wine to cellar than Chardonnay.
2 people found this helpful Comment
White
2014 Tablas Creek Roussanne Paso Robles Adelaida District (view label images)
3/10/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
92 points
Golden, voluptuous edition of Roussanne. 2014 has been a forward and approachable vintage for TCV wines. Here are already to be enjoyed the rich and honeyed, caramel flavors which established Roussanne's reputation as one of the Rhone's glories. In California, Roussanne seems a much better white wine to cellar than Chardonnay.

This a big and somewhat weighty wine, lifted by ginger spice, mineral and moderate alcohol (13%) such that it is not cloying. It was served alongside the 2016 Roussanne and two Chardonnays from Foxen, the prized 2014 and 2015 Bien Nacido UU block Chardonnays grafted onto older Riesling vines. These Foxen Chardonnays are not ponderous buttery Chardonnays and are known for their lemony, bright acidity and verve.

All wines were delicious on opening but the Chardonnays evolved rapidly in the glass. The Foxen 2014 began to decline and cloy after a few hours. The Roussannes actually grew fresher and brighter over the evening. The 2016 Roussanne had less of the salted caramel than the 2014 and more cut and thrust at the finish.
White
Golden. In comparison to the 2015 Block UU, on opening this was riper and quite beautiful expression of cool climate Chardonnay: lemon citrus and yellow apple and some apple pie spice. 91

By day 2 it had lost its lean edge and developed an over-ripe sweetness with a dessert like character, and a bit too much of dairy fat, custard, and vanilla. 88
White
3/9/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
90 points
More Chardonnay like than before, was a real crowd-pleaser at our dinner party.
Red
2015 Tablas Creek En Gobelet Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/6/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
94 points
Slightly darker than the sensual 2014 En Gobelet and less plush but with a stronger, more athletic profile. This is an exciting and complex En Gobelet of mixed black and red fruits: tart cherry, violet pastille, dark chocolate wrapped around sweet cherry, iron and cracked black pepper, and a youthful Cotes de Nuits animality. The tannins have an exciting Cote Rotie focus and assertiveness. Overall, concentrated and crystalline in profile, still tight but beginning to open. Like a baby La Turque.

Impossible to hold off opening another bottle over the next year. Like other 2015 TCV reds, stellar for the cellar.
3 people found this helpful Comment
Red
2014 Tablas Creek En Gobelet Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/6/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
93 points
The 2014 Tablas Creek reds display a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon-like ripeness and character. The tannins of this En Gobelet are a bit chalkier than typical for this estate, and the red-fruitedness is also deeper than typical, but do not really resemble a black-fruit blackberry, cassis, dark plum character. The high percentage of Grenache definitely provides some tart morello snap up front. What is beautiful is the way the other components (Syrah and Tannat especially) sustain the bold red beginning without altering that red-fruitedness, adding length and tannin.

Having tasted a number of vintages of En Gobelet, I would guess that 2014 is at its youthful peak, like the 2012, whereas the 2013 and 2015 are taking their time. For my palate at least, the 2014 is in an ideal drinking window. If you have 55 F controlled storage this window might go another 3--4 years.
4 people found this helpful Comment
Red
2017 Tablas Creek Panoplie Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/6/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
97 points
Opens with high-toned incense and sandalwood. After 30 minutes licorice, cassis, black raspberry, cedar, and mulberry spice expand and fill out the nose. The mouth is ultra smooth and seamless from beginning to end -- and the end lingers with liqueur-like essences of Chambord and the like.

Approachable, ready, and drinkable now. In fact even if one had just one bottle, the sheer deliciousness and creme de la creme quality of this wine are so seductive, one should be tempted to splurge immediately. No doubt it will age fabulously, but the sheer volume of fruit essence now is worth experiencing.
2 people found this helpful Comments (2)
White
2018 Ronan Blanc Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/1/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
88 points
Bright, clean and assertive SB/Semillon 65/35 blend. Like it but would like it more if it the percentages were reversed.
White
2/27/2020 - wilypod wrote:
Big, bold flavored GB, 13.9% abv. Lots of Ginger, ripe peach and some quinine on the back end. Good winter-weight white.

I prefer GBs with lower alcohol and frankly with a more graceful character. Possibly I would have enjoyed it more 2017-2018. A coarse alcohol note is prominent.
Red
2/21/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
94 points
Essence of cool climate Zinfandel, without any heaviness or jamminess. Carlisle Zinfandels and Rhone blends are among the most reliably flavorful, distinctive, and beautifully made wines in California. This 2014 Saitone Zinfandel was note-perfect when I first barrel-sampled it in 2015, and still is. ( It has thrown some sediment, so to enjoy its color do decant.)

I do love Zins at the 3-4 year old youthful stage. This is a little past that but have no fear, it's still great.
2 people found this helpful Comment
Red
2/20/2020 - wilypod wrote:
88 points
I wanted to see if California Cinsault would improve with age.

Blood red rather like a Cabernet Sauvignon with a nose of smoke, earth, garrigue, and bing cherry. Very promising. The mouth is front-loaded with more of the smoky and savory dark cherry character and some initial grip. But then it lacks mid-palate backbone and substance and there is no focus on the abrupt, slightly bitter finish. Sort of like Zinfandel with garrigue but no bramble berry sweetness. (14.1%)

This was much better in 2017. However, it is still enjoyable and should pair well with whatever pairs with quality Zinfandel.
White
2/16/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
93 points
In a beautiful spot. For a Roussanne based wine, remarkably light on its feet, has a refreshing verve and a soulful complexity.
White
2/13/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice showing for this Roussanne from a prestigious vineyard. Yellow gold in color, golden apple, faint apricot, faint honey, with a mouth of orchard fruit, caramel and marconi almond, and citrus pith followed by mineral notes on the finish. Medium body with reasonable acidity and good structure. Drink now to 2024.
Red
2/11/2020 - wilypod wrote:
15.7% alcohol but did not appear especially hot on the palate. Less brambly Zinny in style than most of Carlisle's Zinfandels, which tend to have very polished fruit and fruit essences. The aromas and mouthfeel are more rustic and structured but less refined than is the wont of Carlisle. Wine was more approachable on Day 2 with healthy acidity. Black cherry and pronounced influence of mixed blacks like Alicante Bouschet or Petite Sirah (?), so tannins are sturdy. The fruit is plentiful but somewhat "stewed" or cooked in character. Drink up.
2 people found this helpful Comments (2)
Red
2/1/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
91 points
Dark mixed with bright red lights. Balanced with puréed red and black berry fruits, ripe plum, lifted acidity and mild tannins. Mouthful of fruit. Paired well both with wife's crab entree and my steak/frites.
Red
1/28/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
90 points
Blood red, but with clarity. Wild cherry fruit aromatics combine with oak and tasty leafy notes. Tannins are tight and stemmy. The mouth is quite intense with depth of flavor and satisfying, definitely calling for a robust pasta or roasted meat. The finish is long but ends with some bitter notes. At almost 6 years structure, perhaps over-extracted, still seems to overwhelm the pretty fruit.

Day 2. Far better. Air brings out layers of lush fruit and gentler textures.
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.
2 people found this helpful Comment
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.
2 people found this helpful Comment
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
4 people found this helpful Comment
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
1 person found this helpful Comments (2)
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.
1 person found this helpful Comment
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.
1 person found this helpful Comment
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
2 people found this helpful Comment
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.
2 people found this helpful Comment
1 - 50 of 939
More results
  • Tasting Notes: 939 notes on 680 wines
© 2003-20 CellarTracker! LLC.

Report a Problem

Close