Tasting Notes for Crunge

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Red
6/22/2019 - Crunge wrote:
91 points
I agree with many others that this is past its prime. This bottle wasn’t bad, and had more funk than I’ve experienced in any previous Beaucastel (a good thing for me.) I probably would have guessed Pegau in a blind tasting. However, the fruit had faded and there was a hint of sourness underneath. If this bottle is typical, I’d drink up within the next 2-3 years.
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Red
5/10/2019 - Crunge Likes this wine:
92 points
Someday, I might have a Relic Petite Sirah Old Vines that matches the 2009. Until then, I'll continue to buy each vintage because they continue to deliver a bold, full-bodied wine without being over the top. Stands up to strong foods (even hot curry dishes) with the black fruits and touch of barnyard.
Red
1/11/2019 - Crunge Likes this wine:
91 points
Young, with a bit more sweet fruit than I expect in a PS. I don't feel this is made for long-term aging but I'll hold the other three bottles a while and see what happens. Sweet red and black fruits, not much spice, but certainly full-bodied. If you can find it at the average community price ($36) it's not a bad QPR. At the winery price of $48, you're better off spending more to get a Relic Petite Sirah.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
11/20/2018 - Crunge Likes this wine:
94 points
My fifth bottle of this and the first that didn't blow me away. Still excellent and highly recommended, but it lacked the depth and complexity of previous bottles. The nose is amazing: black walnuts, dark fruits, and alcohol. The flavors are much the same, but this bottle seemed a bit lighter and the finish was definitely shorter.
Red
11/20/2018 - Crunge wrote:
I've had the 2007 and 2010 GT-1 CdP's and enjoy them tremendously. This wine, however, is a bit flat and metallic, with a finish that is disappointing in both length and flavor. Not terrible, but there are better wines at this price.
Red
11/20/2018 - Crunge Likes this wine:
93 points
Better than the 2012. A nose of fruit, alcohol, and oak, but all in balance. Flavors of red and dark fruits: raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. A hint of oak ties it all together. Fairly fruit-forward without being over the top, this is a well-made and enjoyable wine.
Red
11/19/2018 - Crunge Likes this wine:
91 points
Straight-forward Napa cab. Slight oak with dark fruits. Medium-bodied, not much complexity, but enjoyable. Will try the 2013 tomorrow.

Edit: Both my wife and I preferred the 2013 over the 2012.
White
11/18/2018 - Crunge wrote:
I don’t drink a lot of white wines, but I love Grenache Noir so I thought I’d try a Grenache Blanc. A cloudy, rather flat wine. A bit of peach and honey, but some bitterness and slate. As a Southern Rhone fan, I’m glad I only bought two bottles. I will probably gift the remaining bottle.
Red
11/18/2018 - Crunge wrote:
Since 2009, I’ve been a fan of Relic’s Petite Sirah. When they said that this was the same grapes/winemaking, but that two barrels were ready, I decided to try. Young, and lacking the pepper and spice I normally find in Relic PS, but a nice, full-bodied wine. At the price, a nice QPR, and a good pairing with venison steaks or any other red meat.
Red
11/17/2018 - Crunge Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice mix of cherries and funk. Not as earthy as a Pegau but certainly not modern either. While I enjoyed this, there are numerous CdP's that I prefer over this.
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Red
2013 K Vintners The Creator Walla Walla Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
11/16/2018 - Crunge wrote:
86 points
Nothing impressive about this wine. Thin, Pinot Noir-like, and no complexity. I don't know how you blend Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah and get a thin, light wine, but this is it. At least the label is interesting.
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Red
11/10/2018 - Crunge Likes this wine:
92 points
I picked this up for $20 and it has a fantastic QPR at that price; I wish I'd bought a case. Consumed over four nights, this barely moved so feel free to drink now. With a fair amount of oak but plenty of cherries and other red berries on the palate, this is a nice straight-forward Grenache.
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Red
Almost three years after my previous bottle. My wife and I each took one sip and were done; not just done with this bottle, but done with wine for the rest of the night. Sour and musty. Not corked (I've had corked wine and this is different) but atrocious. I covered my glass with a paper towel and revisited 20 hours later. It was actually tolerable at that point, but still not good. My two bottles came from the same source and all I can think is that something happened to them. What a waste.
Red
6/1/2018 - Crunge Likes this wine:
95 points
YankeeRobio is right... this is a fantastic wine that is a bit of a mystery (in a good way.) My wife took one whiff and guessed Cabernet; I would have guessed the same based on the dark appearance. This is so full-bodied and complex it's hard to believe there's no Syrah mixed in. I was reluctant to open one this early and will let the others age, but it was definitely worth it. Helen and DJ got their hands on some amazing Grenache and have produced a stellar wine.
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Red
2/4/2018 - Crunge Likes this wine:
96 points
My second bottle and both have been fantastic. Blackberries, raspberries, and cherries mix with just the right amount of barnyard to create a fantastic CdP. Less funk than a Pegau but still enough to satisfy those looking for an earthy wine. Looking forward to seeing how this ages and comparing it to the 2015 in a few years.
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Red
2/4/2018 - Crunge Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted about an hour. Balanced wine with dark fruits and a bit of earthiness that was a perfect touch. Smooth, no noticeable oak, and a long finish. The three of us drinking all agreed it was excellent and has a long life ahead.
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Red
2013 Keplinger Mars Moon Mountain District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
12/28/2017 - Crunge Likes this wine:
93 points
As a fan of southern Rhone wines, I was curious to try this Rhone blend, and was rewarded. Plenty of CdP characteristics with dark fruits, some cherry from the Grenache, and just a touch of earth on the finish. DJ and Helen let the fruit shine and eschew the over-manipulation that plagues so many of today's wines.
Red
12/16/2017 - Crunge Likes this wine:
91 points
Better than the previous bottle. The odd smell was gone and what was left was a solid, straight-forward Syrah. Dark fruits, full but not distracting tannins, and enough backbone to last several more years. A slight amount of sediment was present. Not the best QPR, but a decent wine that I wouldn't hesitate to drink again.
Red
6/25/2017 - Crunge Likes this wine:
95 points
Beautiful, balanced wine. No oak to mask the dark fruits and a slightly earthy undertone to this wine. Blackberries and plum dominated a palate with alcohol and tannins in perfect harmony. Both my wife and I feel this is ready to drink, although age may reveal even more. Plenty of sediment so stand it up for a day or give it a nice decant. Truly enjoyable.
Red
6/10/2017 - Crunge Likes this wine:
94 points
Typical Grenache notes dominated by cherries, but plenty of blueberries and a bit of spice underneath make this a delicious wine. Strong but balanced, this stood up well to food, even an acidic tomato sauce. A two-hour decant seemed to help this open up and it got better over a couple of hours of consumption.
Red
6/9/2017 - Crunge Likes this wine:
95 points
If you want to experience different styles of Shiraz from Australia, try a Mollydooker Carnival of Love and an Astralis. I enjoy both, but while the Carnival of Love is a fruit-forward, full-throttle wine, Astralis is a restrained, balanced, even subtle wine. I prefer this by itself as opposed to paired with food. Beautiful dark fruits, layers of flavor, and a long finish highlight this wine, with no harshness on the nose or palate. It seems a little better integrated and a bit livelier than it was two years ago.
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Red
6/9/2017 - Crunge Likes this wine:
94 points
Despite being 85% Grenache, I found more dark fruits than the usual cherry and other red fruits I get from Grenache. Regardless, a dark, brooding wine full of fruit flavors and a bit of earth and spice. No bitterness as noted in my bottle from 1.5 years ago. Wonderful aromas, flavors, and structure.
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Red
2013 Dancing Hares Vineyard Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/8/2017 - Crunge Likes this wine:
95 points
A bit more alcohol than my first bottle, knocking a point off the score. Still, this is an excellent wine, full of blackberries, blueberries, and enough acid and structure to stand up to red meats and strong cheeses. Incredible depth and a very long finish. Highly recommended.
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Red
2011 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/7/2017 - Crunge wrote:
90 points
An off vintage, and it shows. Well-made, well-balanced wine that neither offends nor impresses. Dark fruits and an undertone of graphite on the palate. This wine is not a fruit bomb and is not over oaked, but is instead restrained and elegant. It simply falls short due to the difficult 2011 vintage. Not a good QPR.
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Red
6/7/2017 - Crunge Likes this wine:
92 points
A bit young, but still enjoyable. Typical Grenache profile with cherries, raspberries, and other red fruits. Just a hint of earth but without the funk of some other wines from CdP. While I enjoyed the wine, it lacked any kind of "wow" factor at this stage. I'll age the other bottles at least a year.
Red
6/6/2017 - Crunge wrote:
94 points
Excellent dark and red fruits in this full-bodied wine. Reminiscent of a modern CdP, this is well-balanced and not over oaked, with excellent structure. Torrin continues to impress me with the quality of their wines. Give it 1-2 hours in the decanter or wait another year. 94 now, with upside potential.
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Red
6/5/2017 - Crunge Likes this wine:
94 points
An impressive, sublime wine. No hard edges, no over-the-top oak; this isn't a Parkerized cab. Balanced dark fruits highlight this wine. Soft tannins, full bodied without being fruit forward, this wine is a delight to drink by itself or pair with foods that aren't too spicy. It's elegant and delicious. I prefer the 2012 at this point, but that's like choosing between filet mignon and prime rib.
Red - Fortified
6/4/2017 - Crunge Likes this wine:
96 points
Superb. The brown color makes it look like a scotch. The nose and flavor are black walnut mixed with a good vintage port. Cherry, plum, and raisin combine with the black walnut to make a wonderful experience. Perfectly balanced and I didn't notice the heat that Wetrock mentioned. My wife doesn't like port, but she absolutely loves this.

I also had the 1964 of this wine and would probably not be able to separate the two in a blind tasting. Both are excellent and highly recommended.
Red
2010 Torbreck RunRig Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
6/4/2017 - Crunge Likes this wine:
96 points
Dark purple in appearance. Aromas and flavors of blackberries, blueberries, and vanilla. Despite a fair amount of oak, this wine is impeccably balanced and the fruit stands up to the oak. Despite its youthful age, there's already a fair amount of sediment, and even with 2-3 hours in the decanter, I had to pour very carefully.

If you're looking for a full-bodied but not jammy Australian Shiraz, this one is worth seeking out.
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White
6/6/2017 - Crunge Likes this wine:
93 points
Aromas of pineapple, citrus, and cat urine (really.) Flavors of butter, lemon, and pineapple. That may sound like a bad combination, but it works well. Beautifully balanced, delicious wine. 93+
Red
6/3/2017 - Crunge wrote:
91 points
A decent, if unremarkable, wine. To me, this was a bit too heavy on the oak, masking the dark fruits a bit. My wife, however, loved this, commenting on its smooth tannins and lack of any hard edges. To its credit, the wine is without flaws (other than the oak, for me) but it's also without anything to celebrate. Not as good as the 2010, which is unsurprising given the weaker vintage.
Red
Disappointing. The front had some nice cherry and raspberry fruit, and the tannins and alcohol seemed to be in balance. The finish, however, was overly sweet, almost spoiled. I'll recork and put in the refrigerator overnight, but at this point the bottle may be poured out. It's my fourth bottle of this and while the others have been good, none have come close to the scores/notes of other CT users.
Red
5/27/2017 - Crunge Likes this wine:
92 points
There's nothing small about this wine. Inky black in appearance, with a nose bursting with red and black fruits, this wine says it's going to be full-bodied. Flavors of cherries, plum, blackberries are predominant, but there's a lot going on. Despite being extremely fruit-forward, it pulls it off well. An enjoyable wine that manages to handle its size. If you choose to pair it with food, go with red meat or some kind of curry dish. This wine will stand up to anything.
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Red
5/12/2017 - Crunge wrote:
96 points
Nothing jammy about this Syrah. Smooth and so well integrated. Delicious dark fruits, alcohol in balance, smooth tannins. It may improve with age, but I have no regrets about opening it now.
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Red
2002 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
6/6/2016 - Crunge Likes this wine:
94 points
Dark fruits on the nose and palate, with a purity I've rarely experienced in an Aussie Shiraz. Blueberries, dark cherries, and a hint of pepper, with the only knock being a slight metallic aftertaste that disappeared after half an hour in the glass. Not tannic at all, and my wife kept commenting on how smooth it was. We did try both dark chocolate and chocolate with sea salt, but both overpowered the wine. Given this, I'd be cautious about what food pairing to use; I'd recommend drinking it by itself.
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Red
4/29/2016 - Crunge Likes this wine:
90 points
Interesting. Pop and pour. A bit sweet at first, but that disappeared quickly. The wine has a strange odor; I thought tar, my fiancee thought cat urine (which makes me wonder....) On the palate, excellent flavors after the sweetness wore off. Dark fruits and earth. A touch of spice. Decant an hour or age another year.
Red
3/11/2016 - Crunge Likes this wine:
93 points
A nice way to finish the week. Quite refined and more subtle than expected, but delicious. Soft to medium tannins, dark fruits, and a hint of earth. Good finish. I'd enjoy this wine with a good book and Mahler in the background. My fiancee and I enjoyed while solving the world's problems.
Red
1/10/2016 - Crunge Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautiful aromas of red fruit mixed with herbs and pepper. The palate was cleaner and more modern than the nose, with just a hint of earth to go with the cherries and raspberries. Enjoyable, but the finish was a bit sour, knocking the score down a point or two. 92-93, perhaps higher with more age.
Red
12/25/2015 - Crunge Does not like this wine:
80 points
Extremely light in the glass, already mostly brown. Sour flavors hid most of the fruit. If I'd had this in a blind tasting, I would have picked it as an extremely old, over-the-hill wine, 10+ years past its peak.
Red
12/4/2015 - Crunge Likes this wine:
94 points
At first, there was an unpleasant aroma, but it blew off quickly. We started with a pop and pour and consumed over two hours. Once the unpleasant aroma was gone, the nose consisted of dark fruits, cocoa and licorice (a new one for me.) The flavors were dark fruits, with incredible depth. One odd thing about this wine is that when taking a drink, it seemed very modern. But, the aftertaste contained a lot of earth. Absolutely delicious and my fiancee and I both raved about it. I'd recommend an hour decant at this stage.
Red
12/5/2015 - Crunge Does not like this wine:
85 points
Hopefully this was an off bottle, but it wasn't corked. Musty aroma and the flavors of dark fruits were overpowered by a sour taste. The aftertaste was sour with a hint of vinegar. There was some fruit there, but I'm certainly not looking forward to my other bottle.
Red
10/30/2015 - Crunge Likes this wine:
93 points
On a pop and pour, it was slightly bitter. With air, the bitterness faded to just a bite on the cherry and raspberry flavors of the fruit. My fiancee and I both really enjoyed this. If opening now, give it an hour or two in the decanter.
Red
10/29/2015 - Crunge wrote:
85 points
Nose of raisins. Flavors of raisins and stewed plums. Took a while to blow off the harshness, but even then, not a good wine. I never would have picked this as a CdP in a blind tasting.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
10/16/2015 - Crunge Likes this wine:
98 points
Even better than my previous bottle. I shared with three friends and all four of us nursed our glasses, not wanting it to end. The aroma is full of fruit and earth and smells fantastic. The flavor is port-style sweetness and fruit and earth and... it just goes on and on. The flavor lingers for minutes. Truly special.
Red
10/10/2015 - Crunge wrote:
89 points
A big step down from my last bottle. This one was very muted fruit, with a hard, somewhat sour edge to it. Hopefully this was an off bottle because the one I had on 8/30/2015 was excellent (see note.)
Red
10/8/2015 - Crunge Likes this wine:
91 points
A bit sour on a pop and pour, but that disappeared with a little air. Well made, just not enough going on to warrant a higher score. Blueberries and blackberries on the palate, with a medium body and finish. A decent if unremarkable wine.
Red
10/4/2015 - Crunge Likes this wine:
90 points
This wine is a chameleon, with each glass being different. This is something I've never experienced, but the good news is that overall, it was a good wine. The first glass was a bit heavy, with dark fruits and some tobacco notes. The second glass, which I had with dinner, seemed muted and I didn't get much from it (I'm just assuming this doesn't have the backbone to stand up to the wasabi in the sushi I was eating.) The third glass, after dinner, was full of red fruit, mainly cherries, and had a touch of sweetness that was pleasant. Finally, the last glass was almost port-like, with a hint of raisin and black walnut. My fiancee tasted each glass and our notes were remarkably similar. She even said I could serve this and people would think each glass came from a different bottle.
Red
10/3/2015 - Crunge wrote:
90 points
On a pop and pour, both my fiancée and I found it to be a bit thick and muddled, with an almost tar-like flavor. We let the glasses sit for an hour and that made a huge difference. It turned into a wine dominated by red fruit with just a bit of a kick to it. Give it some more time in the bottle or decant.
Red
9/15/2015 - Crunge Likes this wine:
92 points
My second bottle and better than the first. Cherry flavors dominate and plenty of the Pegau funk. A bit sweet but not bad. Smooth feel and low acidity. Paired with lamb and was an excellent match. Certainly no 2003, 2009, or 2010, but still an enjoyable and well-made wine.
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Red
9/11/2015 - Crunge wrote:
70 points
Nose: Vanilla
Flavor: Vanilla
Finish: Vanilla

Thankfully, my last bottle of the 2012 Caymus Vanilla Extract.
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