Tasting Notes for g & t

(912 notes on 699 wines)

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White
6/8/2021 - g & t wrote:
94 points
Yes! Dan’s back! This SB is rocking. Full throttle out the gate with bright tropical fruit that quickly turns to lip smacking citrus on its way to a neck snapping lemon. Gone is the vanilla and “roundness” of the ‘19 - hooray! Love this SB.
Red
5/31/2021 - g & t wrote:
92 points
Thick, rich, explosive Cab Franc. Nicely balanced hint of oak. Perhaps a bit too high octane for my taste. Hold for a while to see if nuance exposes itself over the years.
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Red
5/22/2021 - g & t wrote:
91 points
Dark velvet pinot, with clear CA new-world style.
Red
5/15/2021 - g & t wrote:
91 points
Great light-hearted red. For when you want something a smidge better than weeknite usual, but not breaking the bank.
Red
5/2/2021 - g & t wrote:
91 points
Definitely lighter and less velvet boredom that most CA merlots have. Higher acid, some blueberry and tart cranberry/raspberry/cherry. Some herb notes. Medium length. Overall it’s a fun wine, but I think an AG 93 is wishful thinking. It might be a fun wine for wine nerds, but ultimately has a limited audience (the best wines can appease the nerds and the crowd).
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Red
5/1/2021 - g & t wrote:
91 points
A franc with the franc-ness dialed up to 11. Tons of the bell pepper, dried herbs, etc that franc is known for. No hard edges with balanced alcohol, acid, and tannin. Medium finish with savory flavors overtaking any of the dark fruit that was in the background. A solid wine if you want someone to be clubbed over the head with franc flavors; but I’ve had more exciting francs from Detert and Joregensen.
White
2019 Massican Annia Napa Valley White Blend (view label images)
4/26/2021 - g & t wrote:
Rockin cabs note nails it. (below)
Red
4/26/2021 - g & t wrote:
95 points
Yes this wine rocks. My first Brittan syrah was a taste of something complete different. Imagine a syrah with its meaty flavors and spice, but done in a lighter pinot noir style that favors acidity and balance over palate-coating fruit. Eager for more bottles of the same as well as other vintages for comparison.
White
4/24/2021 - g & t wrote:
95 points
This humble white wine still knocks my socks off. Every time. It is singular in its unique flavor profile (which is part of the reason why I score it so highly). Grab a bottle if you can (I prefer the ‘18 to the ‘19) and geek out.
White
4/19/2021 - g & t wrote:
93 points
Pineapple and granny smith, with a twist of petrol. Tongue-numbing acidity followed by saline minerality. Some peach joined the party later. An unparalleled CA SB experience for this pricepoint.
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Red
4/17/2021 - g & t wrote:
92 points
Bright and acidic - a juvenile Brittan but with a good amount of funk according to my wife (she was quite turned off by it - I enjoyed it). Very enjoyable although brutally young. Give it at least a year before opening your first one. (This was my first non-gestalt/basalt estate bottling so I was curious).
Red
4/17/2021 - g & t wrote:
93 points
A painfully young wine with a vibrancy of fruit and acid - it needs some time to integrate - but very excited to wait.
White
Over the hill, lacking any desirable flavors. Maybe it was a bad bottle (although it didn’t taste funky or oxidized and the cork was fine), so I’ll omit a score.
Red
4/11/2021 - g & t wrote:
93 points
The wine that totally ruins Beaujolais Nouveau. This gamay is light and “fun” with its cranberry and fresh cherries, but at the same time has a refreshing dose of salinity, acidity, and a smidge of OR dirt on a surprisingly long (medium) finish that’s really attractive. I’d drink this every weekday night if I could. I’m tempted to give it an even higher score because it drinks so far beyond expectation (which, to be honest, was low).
White
4/11/2021 - g & t wrote:
90 points
Lemon and petrol. Slight amount of honey to offset the lemon. Would have preferred a little more clean minerality that they’ve done in the past - will see how it does this summer.
Rosé
3/30/2021 - g & t wrote:
91 points
Lean summer sipper. Can cut through whatever you’re eating with acidity and minerality. Missed the watermelon notes it has had in the past
White
3/30/2021 - g & t wrote:
90 points
Not quite as saline/mineral as past blue slate. Not offensive but not particularly remarkable either. Just another solid offering.
White
3/24/2021 - g & t wrote:
92 points
Mouth-watering tingle that feels effervescent (it’s not!) followed by a nice lemon lime twist and crystalline finish with a smidge of apricot-honey for balance. Enjoyable.
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White
3/20/2021 - g & t wrote:
91 points
Standard classic Kabinet Riesling with a good dose of mineral. A bit overpriced at $28.
White
3/17/2021 - g & t wrote:
92 points
a great trocken riesling. only a smidge of sweetness to balance the long-lasting citrus and mineral palate with a stiff pithy finish that’s surprisingly seductive. $30 is probably what it’s worth - I’d back up the truck for mid-$20
White
3/7/2021 - g & t wrote:
91 points
Roses and sweet clementine on the nose, and a fat dose of lemon lime sprite on both nose and palate. Pleasant sweetness and salinity. Not as bracing with the acidity as I think it needs to balance the flavors of 7-up. On day 2, began to show a longer finish with a nice bitter lemon pith. It reminds me of the baseline Dr L bottling but a smidge more grown up. It’d be a steal at $20, appropriate at $24; but the $28 I paid is a bit too much - won’t be backing up the truck for this one.
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Red
3/1/2021 - g & t wrote:
94 points
It's still way too young. It only just entered the drinkability window, as the super-aggressive bursting fruit flavors are now [slightly] tamed and balanced against acidity and tannins. I'd put it away for another several years - so much growth left.
Red
3/1/2021 - g & t wrote:
95 points
One bottle was compromised (dried cork).

But the second bottle killed it. An acidic dagger through a bowl of cranberries that's oh-so-lively and inviting, with a spritz of citrus lightning. Still so young that there aren't as many savory flavors - but they feel right around the corner. It'll cut through lean turkey as easily as wagyu beef.
Red
1/17/2021 - g & t wrote:
90 points
Probably the most disappointing Detert I’ve had in a long time. It just really lacked the typicity of Detert’s CF that I’m used to - instead it was only weakly reminiscent of franc, with a palate otherwise more like a non-specific cab-merlot blend. I’ll have to crack another bottle to see if it’s also muted.
White
11/27/2020 - g & t wrote:
90 points
Well done riesling. Not particularly special, but not a single drawback, either.
White
11/27/2020 - g & t wrote:
90 points
A reasonable sample of picpoul. Not my favorite, as it's a bit heavier into floral than I want (I'm more a salty citrus fan), but still delivers a fairly mineral-driven wine that's great with lighter fare.
Red
11/27/2020 - g & t wrote:
96 points
Yes. This wine is the way Malbec should taste. Gone is the new world, heavy, unctuous, fruity wine that everyone is trying to "balance" with aggressive secondary flavors or acidity or tannin. Instead, enter a more medium-weighted wine that is wonderfully balanced from the get-go! Savory sage, good acidity, and just enough tannic spine to keep things interesting. Yes, LJ's Cab Franc are quite good ... but the Malbec is her red that surprises me the most!
White
11/27/2020 - g & t wrote:
89 points
Quaffable Dr. L as in past years. 7UP in flavor profile. Would prefer a little less sweet and a bit longer length as in past years.
Red
11/27/2020 - g & t wrote:
90 points
Solid well-balanced (truly Matthiasson in style) cabernet. Not for fruit bomb lovers.
Red
11/27/2020 - g & t wrote:
94 points
LJL's note below hits it RIGHT on the head with every single flavor and overall impression. I happened to nab a bottle a $75 at my LWS which was a steal. It's in the league of Luscher Ballard for me.
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Red
11/27/2020 - g & t wrote:
96 points
Shockingly bright for 13 years of bottle age, but I like where it is for its overall age. A good dollop of cranberry and sour cherry, with the OR dirt taking a bit more of a backseat. Tongue-numbing acidity (not alcohol!). A bit more fruit weighted than the recent '09 I had, but the length on this is incredible, as that addictive, aggressive acidity just keeps the mouth watering for over a minute. Porcelain tannin. This is not a "food wine" as in "it only goes well with food" (i.e. it's missing something so you need food to balance it out), but on the Thanksgiving table it just sang between those heavier bites of gravy-laden stuffing, the milder turkey, and the sweeter dishes of sweet potato and cranberry sauce. I'd invite this wine back every year if I could get more.
Red
11/27/2020 - g & t wrote:
96 points
Bought this from the library offering, and it was very alive and well. Could easily spend more time in the cellar. On the first day, a bit muted. Had the trademark Brittan acidity, but couldn't feel the OR dirt or fruit. However, on day two, knocked my socks off with perfect balance of bright cherry and ripe strawberry, OR underbrush, a bit of herby oregano, and great minerality. Probably would have been fine on day 1 with a more aggressive decant upon opening.
Red
11/27/2020 - g & t wrote:
94 points
Drinking wonderfully, but could easily use more time with more savory evolution. Still with bright cherries on palate, and cedar, tobacco and leather notes. A smidge more new world than I'm used to in Tondonia bottlings.
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Red
11/27/2020 - g & t wrote:
84 points
Wow - a definite miss for Borsao's grenache bottling this year. Tasting very medicinal, over-extracted.
White
11/27/2020 - g & t wrote:
91 points
minerally, a bit floral and on the lighter side. a good saline note.
Red
9/14/2020 - g & t wrote:
91 points
Erath puts up a great OR profile to pinot at this price point. Perhaps not as long as in previous years, but this is unmistakably Oregon.
White
2019 Massican Annia Napa Valley White Blend (view label images)
9/14/2020 - g & t wrote:
90 points
Tasting a little more rounded with a dose of creamy ?oak? that’s a bit more present than in past vintages. Not my favorite Massican. Still delightful and happy to drink it, but not having the fear of “what if I run out?”
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Rosé
9/14/2020 - g & t wrote:
92 points
A VERY solid rose at this price point. The wine rides the line of being a quaffable summer rose while still giving a crystalline strawberried finish.
White
9/14/2020 - g & t wrote:
94 points
An incredibly intriguing white wine. A very faint scent of green bell pepper on the palate, otherwise with bright stone fruits, a citrus zip, and something “else” which I can only imagine is the acacia? Will gladly bring this to any wine night and make folks scratch their heads.
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White
9/14/2020 - g & t wrote:
91 points
Still a delightful white wine, but lacks the depth of flavor/personality of the ‘18.
Rosé
9/14/2020 - g & t wrote:
95 points
The best rose we’ve ever had at this price point. Such a beautiful blend of being Ranier cherries and watermelon, with inciting acidity and salinity. Amazing!
Red
7/15/2020 - g & t wrote:
96 points
A youthful wine, with a good amount of depth of dark and red fruits, a few savory accents, and a good amount of spine. Not overoaked or overly unctuous. Big but well balanced for being a new world CA cab from a warm vintage like '12. That said, it didn't do anything to really take my breath away: it was a prototypical, expensive CA cab that was deftly done, but without any thought-provoking flavors or length. Maybe I drank it too young?
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Red
2009 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/15/2020 - g & t wrote:
94 points
a delightful mix of youthful red fruits and acidity with some savory notes making an appearance. the usual medicine streak in Dominus wines appears to be tame at this point. could go another five years with ease.
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Red
3/6/2020 - g & t wrote:
91 points
Well-done “cheaper” geographical designate rioja from Telmo at Remelluri. A bit darker and extracted than I was hoping, with blackberry and plum jam dominating the palate. Didn’t quite have the finesse of Remelluri’s usual rioja.
Red
2/18/2020 - g & t wrote:
93 points
Interesting blend of PV and CF primarily. Tor kept it smooth and luscious but still had good dried herb. Not a very complex wine despite the blend, but fun to nerd out on in terms of composition. Would give it a few years.
Red
2/18/2020 - g & t wrote:
94 points
Vinous nailed it. Dark deep cherry with a healthy dose of earthy loam. Smooth tannins and good acidity. Drinks a bit in the younger side right now, but why wait if things are balanced right now?
White
2/9/2020 - g & t wrote:
92 points
One part classic Massican SB, with the chalk and lemon-line citrus notes, but perhaps a bit of malolactic fermentation on the back end? Or oak? It tastes a bit more plush and a little more creamy than in past vintages which always have a bracing, lightning acidity on the finish that I prefer. It’s still a great wine from a great producer but a step away from the neck-snapping intensity that I crave from Massican. Hoping future vintages bring back that kick.
White
2/9/2020 - g & t wrote:
90 points
A fine standard kabinett. Missing some of the salinity/minerality of previous vintages, and a bit short on the palate. Doesn’t offer much above the standard Dr L bottling. Hopefully 2019 will be better.
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Red
1/5/2020 - g & t wrote:
94 points
Some of the up-front fruit has calmed down, leaving a blast of acidity on the finish. I can see why some might call this "astringent". As it stands right now, the wine needs a lot of aeration fort his to calm - however, I think that cellaring would be most useful to achieve the balance it once had. Still a very good wine, but not the kind you're going to want to sip on its own without food or in a line-up of other cabs (the acidity would be a welcome feature for this wine).
Red
2016 Leviathan California Red Blend (view label images)
1/3/2020 - g & t wrote:
88 points
Overdone, short on the finish, and generally underperforming for a Napa cab at this price point.
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