Tasting Notes for Karsko

(182 notes on 172 wines)

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Red
9/24/2021 - Karsko Likes this wine:
86 points
Fruity with a smooth finish. I like this wine but a few more years in the bottle and it could be fantastic. Allow to breathe or decant for an hour.
Red
9/4/2021 - Karsko Likes this wine:
96 points
Meyer is my all time favorite cabernet sauvignon. Always consistent and ages very well. This is a bottle to impress. Deep fruit with a spectacular finish. Paired perfectly with an eclectic meal.
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White - Sparkling
9/12/2021 - Karsko Likes this wine:
88 points
Nice light amber color with an array of bubbles. Hints of apple and lemon. Nice even finish. Bubbles still holding on 3rd day.
White
9/4/2020 - Karsko Likes this wine:
88 points
A semi-sweet white that impresses. Drink very cold. Hints of cantaloupe and pear with a nice smooth finish. It really is very good and semi-sweet wines are usually not my favorites.
White
8/14/2020 - Karsko Likes this wine:
85 points
A very nice wine that just sat in my wine cellar. I opened it to use for cooking and then finished drinking the rest. It is very smooth and the aging seems to have enhanced it. Oaky with floral and apple flavors.

This winery may not be operating any longer. I cannot find any reference to Hill Haven.
White
2013 Stella Bella Skuttlebutt Margaret River Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
7/1/2020 - Karsko Likes this wine:
88 points
My whites in my wine cellar have been neglected. I was very surprised that this one aged so well. Even the bottle says to drink within 2 years. It was fruity, acidic and oaky. The finish was great and very smooth. Probably one of my favorite Sauvignon Blanc. Will be buying more.
Rosé - Sparkling
7/1/2020 - Karsko wrote:
80 points
I purchased this as a nice summer selection for guests. They liked it but I thought it was very average. The bouquet was nice but the fruity taste was mostly blackcurrant and it has an acidic finish. Paired well with spicy food. Not a great selection in this price point.
White - Sparkling
2/2/2020 - Karsko Does not like this wine:
80 points
It was okay. Acidic finish that ended with an off taste. Good color but not as many bubbles. Just not my preference.
White - Sparkling
12/24/2019 - Karsko Likes this wine:
87 points
A good NV Champagne but really not worth the price. Others are much better in this range.

Not as many bubbles but good flavor.
White - Sparkling
12/21/2019 - Karsko Likes this wine:
86 points
A sweeter Asti. Drink very cold. Was excellent in a cranberry cocktail.
White
12/2/2019 - Karsko Likes this wine:
88 points
Crisp and fruity. A hit at the party.
White - Sparkling
11/28/2019 - Karsko Likes this wine:
89 points
This wine really surprised me. Reviews are lower but I think this is a great Champagne. It has beautiful color and very tiny bubbles. On the dry side of Brut. Very crisp with a nice finish.

Paired with Thanksgiving foods, mac and cheese and other pasta and it held up to everything. This could be a weekly Champagne.
White - Sparkling
11/16/2019 - Karsko Likes this wine:
95 points
Beautiful bottle and the Champagne is just as beautiful. Tiny bubbles with great color and a dry finish with hints of apple (?).

It held up to a variety of dishes including spicy pizza and chicken.

A great special occasion Champagne.
Red
10/25/2019 - Karsko Likes this wine:
88 points
Past it's prime but still good. I am not going to fault the wine because I stored it too long. This is an awesome Merlot. One of my favorites.
Red
8/31/2019 - Karsko Likes this wine:
93 points
This bottle has aged well. It has a fruity nose and a beautiful color. The taste is smooth and after it has been exposed to air for an hour (decanted or just in a glass) it is even more wonderful. The finish is nice. Every time I serve this wine (and most years are fabulous) everyone raves. Always the first to be finished.
White
2010 Château de Chantegrive Blanc Graves Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2/10/2019 - Karsko Likes this wine:
85 points
This was nice. It had a light, fruity bouquet with a nice finish. But there are better in this price range.
Red
12/31/2018 - Karsko Likes this wine:
95 points
Amazing wine. Hestan is one of my favorite wineries although I usually just drink their Meyer line. But I splurged and this was worth the price. All who tasted it on New Year's eve were wowed.

Deep fruit with a smooth finish. This would also be great aged longer but was near perfect tonight.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2018 - Karsko Likes this wine:
95 points
This was an amazing Champagne. The bubbles were small and the color was an amber. I had been saving this bottle and was happy that it aged so well. Very nice fruity notes and a beautiful finish.
Spirits
9/27/2018 - Karsko Likes this wine:
85 points
I typically don't like creamy type drinks. But I sampled this in store and it is very good.

It could be added to coffee, poured over ice or I am considering using it as the liquid for brownies.
White - Sparkling
9/24/2018 - Karsko Likes this wine:
88 points
At first sip it was a little bitter. Then after about 20 minutes it was very good. Nice bubbles and beautiful color. Went great with multiple cheeses.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
9/16/2018 - Karsko Likes this wine:
85 points
For a bottled Sangria this is very good. It has several fruit juices and you can taste summer in every sip. Best served very cold.
White - Sparkling
9/5/2018 - Karsko Likes this wine:
86 points
Wendy's favorite. A little sweet with light bubbles.
White - Sparkling
7/18/2018 - Karsko Likes this wine:
87 points
Very nice Cava. Goes with just about anything. Crisp finish.
White
5/27/2018 - Karsko Likes this wine:
89 points
Clean, crisp oaky Chardonnay. Great for summer.
White - Sparkling
3/17/2018 - Karsko Does not like this wine:
82 points
Dry with a mineral aftertaste. Not my favorite. It was okay but even at this price point you can do better.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2017 - Karsko Likes this wine:
91 points
I purchased this 3 years ago. Last year I drank from the same vintage and it was very good but I think the aging helped. This really is an exceptional Champagne for this price point.

You can taste hints of yeast, minerals and fruit. I think I detected some oak as well. None of those are prominent as it blends very well with a slightly sweet (very slight) finish.

Nice color with very small bubbles.
White - Sparkling
12/26/2017 - Karsko Likes this wine:
86 points
Beautiful bottle. Nice color and small bubbles. It was a little above average.
White - Sparkling
12/25/2017 - Karsko Likes this wine:
88 points
Great flavor - used for making Champagne Gelee.
Red
12/25/2017 - Karsko Likes this wine:
86 points
This wine tasted much better after it had been aerated. Fruity with a bold finish.
Red
11/14/2017 - Karsko wrote:
79 points
The Hestan Meyer Cabernets are favorites and always wonderful. The Staphanie line is subpar. Both my neighbor and I agreed this tasted off and had a horrible aftertaste. I even tried it again the next at different temps and decanted.
Red
8/28/2017 - Karsko Likes this wine:
94 points
The Hestan Meyer Cabs are consistently phenomenal. This wine is excellent served colder, warmer, with almost any food, decanted or not. Long time fan. It is fruity with a smooth finish. My all time favorite cabernet.
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Red
8/26/2017 - Karsko Likes this wine:
87 points
This was a very nice wine with a lingering fruity aftertaste that was just right. Paired well with chocolate chip cookies and girl talk.
Red
8/20/2017 - Karsko Does not like this wine:
79 points
Normally I love Hestan wines and Malbecs but I really didn't like this one. The most prominent taste was pepper but it was the lingering aftertaste that ruined it for me. I tried this cold, serving temperature and room temperature. I also tried it aerated, decanted and any other way I could think of. Then I tried it the next day and with a neighbor and still a hearty thumbs down from the both of us. Even tried with different food combos. It just was one of the worst wines I have tried in years.
White - Sparkling
5/27/2017 - Karsko Likes this wine:
88 points
Very nice sparkling for this price point. I chilled it extra cold and the tiny bubbles were very active. Nice color and creamy taste. Pairs well with just about everything.
Red
N.V. Plum Creek Palisade Red Grand Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/10/2017 - Karsko wrote:
83 points
The previous bottle was slightly better. This one was more acidic with a slightly sour finish.
White - Sparkling
2/27/2017 - Karsko wrote:
87 points
I really enjoyed this. Both with tacos and calzones. It has a crisp, fruity taste with a nice finish. Great for a regular dinner.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Clairette de Die Depréville France Muscat Petit Grain-Clairette Blend (view label images)
2/4/2017 - Karsko wrote:
85 points
It tastes like a glass of sweet sunshine. Feels thick and fruity on the tongue. Drink very cold or it becomes super sweet as it warms. Nice fruity finish. Would be a great for a summer meal.
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White - Sparkling
12/31/2016 - Karsko Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent. Plentiful bubbles and a beautiful color. Dry but with a hint of sweetness. Nice finish. #1 this year at our New Year's Eve party.
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Red
12/25/2016 - Karsko Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent wine. Fruity with a very smooth finish. Decant for an hour.
White
10/29/2016 - Karsko wrote:
86 points
Serve very cold. Light bubbles and sweet fruity flavor - liked by all at my bubbles party.
Red
9/28/2016 - Karsko Likes this wine:
85 points
A sweeter wine with fruity blackberry notes and a slight peppery finish. It was very good, especially for a wine that I normally wouldn't have selected.
Red
7/23/2016 - Karsko Likes this wine:
87 points
Prominent taste of blackberries. Nice finish and very fruity.
Red
6/1/2016 - Karsko Likes this wine:
87 points
Good everyday red wine. Nice semi dry finish.

I upped my rating as this is much better when it has a chance to breathe. Nice oak flavor with prominent berry flavor.
White - Sparkling
6/1/2016 - Karsko Likes this wine:
83 points
Great bottle for making peach bellinis. Average on its own.
White
5/21/2016 - Karsko wrote:
80 points
Previous years were slightly dry and this was much sweeter. Not bad but not as good as it used to be.
Red
3/14/2016 - Karsko Likes this wine:
84 points
Smooth wine but needs more aging. Slightly sour until it was decanted for an hour and then it opened up. Paired well with rancheras.
White - Sweet/Dessert
3/11/2016 - Karsko wrote:
81 points
This wasn't my favorite as it is very sweet. Drink cold and in small amounts. Pinot Gris with pear and honey. Smooth finish.

Full disclosure - it probably clouded my judgement that I purchased this in person at the winery and the tasting room lady was rude to us. The owner later contacted us and apologized. Wish he would have been there for our tasting.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2015 - Karsko Likes this wine:
91 points
Very nice and fruity with lots of small bubbles. Rated higher than the 2004 Dom we also drank. The bottle is also beautiful and they put some thought into this Champagne. Paired well with all of our buffet foods.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2015 - Karsko Likes this wine:
89 points
Beautiful small bubbles and smooth finish. But I was disappointed compared to other Doms I have tasted. This may have been an off year for the grapes but I expect much better in this price range.
Rosé
1/2/2016 - Karsko wrote:
86 points
A mix of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache, this wine delivers a fruity punch. There are notes of cranberry and strawberry with bold acidity. I was pleasantly surprised.
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