Tasting Notes for bzell

(417 notes on 379 wines)

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Red
11/22/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
94 points
Very delicate elegant pinot a great pairing with turkey and thanksgiving dinner. Deep aromas of berries, cola and leather on the nose. On the palate tart berries, cola with a long palate cleansing finish.
White
9/24/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
90 points
A really good all around chardonnay hits all the right notes a bit pricey though.
Red
9/18/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
96 points
Excellent pinot with a lot of complexity on all the senses. On the nose deep aromas of leather, tart berries, graphite with more coming forward as the wine sits. I don't know where to start on the palate so many different tastes come through over the 2 hours we consumed the wine. Some times cherries, sometimes cola then licorice then tart raspberries. It has a verylong clean finish.
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Red
8/20/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
97 points
Brilliant wine. Rich notes on the palate of cherries, prunes and sugar. As the wine sits layers and layers of fruit and spice appear with a finish that seems to never end. Just an incredible effort from Brooker.
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Red
8/16/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
98 points
I love this pinot. I had one 2 years ago and I think I was a bit disappointed but 2 more years in the bottle seemed to really add magic to this wine. There is nothing about it not to love except when the bottle is empty and there is no more.
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Red
8/15/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent great depth, good fruit, long finish.
White
8/13/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
94 points
I really like this chardonnay, it checks all the boxes. Not overwhelming oak, great notes on the nose of minerals, great notes on the palate of wet stone, tropical fruit with a long clean finish.
Red
7/26/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
93 points
Very good pinot. On the nose tart berries, on the palate tart cherries, cola with a long finish.
White
7/23/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
95 points
Gorgeous wine wet stone and wood on the nose. The palate exhibits wonderful depth with minerals, exotic fruit, and creamy texture and long finish.
Red
7/20/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent pinot berries on the nose and tart cherries with hints of cola on the palate. Long finish.
White
7/7/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
90 points
Very good chardonnay but not nearly up to the single vineyard or reserve dumols. Creamy on the mouth moderately long finish. Moderately priced when I bought it probably doubled now I don't know if it's worth $60 at this point.
Red
2011 Tablas Creek Panoplie Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
7/5/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
96 points
Just an excellent wine. On the nose sweet berries, leather, long legs in the glass. On the plate great fruit with notes of sweet cherries, leather and tobacco. Very long finish. Great wine will continue to mature very food friendly.
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White
5/14/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
93 points
Just a fabulous cheap summer white wine. Very rich notes on the nose of peach and tropical fruits. On the palate lemon, peach and sour apple. A very crisp wine with a long citrcy finish. A great wine for a hot lazy summer day.
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White
3/26/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
96 points
Just a wonderful chardonnay and I regret I was my last one. We consumed 6 bottles over 4 years and everyone was just an incredible experience. If you are into California chardonnay this is an great example. Wet stone burnt sugar on the nose some mineral and an underlying exotic fruityness on the palate with a very mouth watering long finish.
Red
3/21/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent pinot different from other California pinots, more delicate and less fruity. None the less excellent fruit very aromatic on the nose and on the palate cola, tart berries with more flavors emerging as the wine sat. Long finish.
Red
3/16/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
94 points
Another outstanding effort by Hartford great fruit long finish.
White
3/15/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
97 points
Just an exordinary chardonnay. Hits all the notes on the palate, tart, sweet, acidic, apples, pears, caramel, mineral, long finish outstanding.
Red
3/12/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
96 points
Just a fabulous wine but needs a little time to open up for the fun nuances. A little thin when I opened and sampled it but after 30 minutes the full breadth of it blossomed on the nose and palate. Rich fruit, great mouth feel and long finish with a nice balance of tannins. Booker Vineyard wines are always exordinary.
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White
2/25/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
91 points
Very good chardonnay nice balance with good acidity easy to drink.
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Red
2/24/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
90 points
My nice easy to drink pinot. Tart fruit notes on the nose and on the palate tart raspberries and cola good finish moderately long finish.
Red
2/17/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
94 points
Really nice wine really delivers. Great notes of fruit on both the nose and the palate, long finish with some subtle tannins.
Red
2/12/2018 - bzell Likes this wine:
93 points
Just another fabulous wine from Hartford. Rich notes on the nose and palate, very much a California pinot. I don't think this winery gets the recognition it deserves. Always well crafted and priced below market competition.
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White
11/25/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
93 points
Elegant rich chardonnay. On the nose oak and wet stone and a clean creamy exotic fruit notes on the palate. Rich long creamy finish. Excellent
Red
11/24/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
98 points
Just a fabulous wine rich,textured and deep. Notes of raspberries, licorice, and sweet fruit on both the nose and the palate. Incredible length to the finish a great wine.
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Red
11/24/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent pinot went great with thanksgiving turkey.
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Red
9/28/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
88 points
Very nice pinot. Good notes of berry on the nose and on the palate raspberries and spice. Good moderately long finish but a bit thin with light feel in the mouth.
Red
9/23/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
95 points
I have had several of these pinots and I think they are extraordinary. Food friendly but complex.
Red
9/10/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
96 points
A huge wine. Big notes on the nose, big notes on the palate, fruit forward, long finish with the longest legs I have seen in a wine. On top of all that I paid less than $40 for it. At 3 times the price the wine would be a value. Just a wow wine.
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Rosé
9/5/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
90 points
Great rose very strong notes on the nose of peaches and tropical fruit. Berries, mango nice finish.
Red
9/3/2017 - bzell wrote:
94 points
Great wine. Fabulous on the nose, berries, spice, wood. On the palate very fruit forward with spice and cedar notes long finish.
Red
8/21/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
96 points
Beautiful wine as good as any California pinot I have had. It is delicate yet a big wine with nothing over powering extremely well balanced. On the nose some raspberries with a little earthiness and musk. Great tart berry sugariness and a long lingering finish the gets sweeter the longer it stays in the palate. A memorable wine.
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Red
8/17/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
95 points
Fabulous wine rich, intense, and complex. Multiple layers on the nose, licorice, blackberries and oak. Wonderful mouth feel with layer upon layer of multiple tastes of berries, licorice, wood, fruit, sugar and long finish getting sweeter as it lingers.
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Red
7/31/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
94 points
Really nice moderately priced Bordeaux blend. Very strong notes on the nose of jam and leather and on the palate tart berries, leather, licorice with a long finish with some late finishing sweetness. Very fruit forward with almost 15% alcohol. Highly recommended.
White
7/24/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent chardonnay. Great notes of honey and wet stone on the nose delicious notes of honeysuckle, minerals and citrus on the palate. Great balance of acidity wonderful long finish.
Red
2013 Steltzner Vineyards Claret Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/21/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
90 points
Good inexpensive Bordeaux style California red. Nice notes on the nose of berries and candied cherries on the palate tart cherries. Good wine for under$16.
White
7/17/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent chardonnay and typical of Littorai understated, subtle and elegant. Very nice sweet notes on the nose and citrus, honeysuckle and candied fruit on the palate. Very nicely executed example of a California chardonnay.
Red
7/15/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
88 points
Nice wine very nice notes on the nose of tobacco, dark berries and on the palate tobacco, blackberry and some well integrated tannins. A bit thin on the mouth well made and reasonably priced.
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Red
7/9/2017 - bzell wrote:
flawed
Very good but a little under performing. I opened the bottle and I was immediately hit with some wonderful fruity notes on the nose. I tried a little and I was impressed with the wine overall all but felt it was still a bit tight and would open up in a while. I thought the wine had tremendous potential and would ultimately be a 97 point wine. After an hour I didn't think the wine measurably improved although still a very good wine but never showed the complexity and nuance I initially thought it would show.
Red
7/3/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent inexpensive wine it cost me $16. I got tobacco, leather and plums on the nose and on the palate cherries, licorice tobacco and some soft tannins. Good lengthy finish.
Red
7/2/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
95 points
Really rich and full cabernet. Strong notes of plum, berries and tobacco on the nose. On the palate sour cherries, prunes, tobacco licorice with really well integrated tannins and great mouth feel and very long finish. An exceptional wine and reasonably price for a cabernet this well made and of this caliber.
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Red
6/27/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
95 points
I haven't had a Radio Coteau for several years and I forgot how wonderful and underrated they are. A very elegant pinot and I don't think are typical California pinot. Rich notes on the nose of raspberries and earth. On the palate, tart berries, licorice and spice with an incredibly long finish that gets spicier as it lingers on the palate.
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Rosé
6/18/2017 - bzell wrote:
90 points
Great cheap rose. Strong notes of peach on the nose strong raspberries on the palate great clean finish. I could drink this all summer and at $8.50 for the bottle a great buy. Highly recommend.
Red
6/10/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
94 points
Great cab and even better considering its $30 price. Deep rich notes on the nose of jam, prunes, raisins. On the palate multiple layers of berries, cocoa and tobacco. Long finish great mouth feel. The wine has not reached its potential.
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White
6/1/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
91 points
Very pleasant wine on the nose aromas of cotton candy. There is an underlying sweetness on the pallet but it seems to add to the attractiveness of the wine, it adds to the complex of the wine. I wasn't attracted to the wine at first but it really grew on me as I continued to drink it. High alcohol content.
Rosé
5/27/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice rose with some aromas of pears and on the palate raspberries, pears. Great summer time rose.
White
5/26/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice chardonnay some notes of citrus and minerality on the palate good finish with some sugary undercurrents on the finish. Not sure if it is worth the extra money over the cheaper Catena chardonnay.
White
5/22/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
97 points
Wow what a chardonnay. The hits all of the senses with a finish to die for. I can still taste the under lying sweetness in the wine a half hour after we consumed. Morlet wines never disappoint and are the standard which other California wines should be judged against.
Red
5/21/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
91 points
Very nice zin. On the nose notes of raisin and licorice, good mouth feel and on the palate pruns and tart berries moderately long finish. Reasonably priced.
Red
2012 Tommaso Bussola Ca' del Laito Ripasso della Valpolicella Superiore Corvina Blend, Corvina (view label images)
5/8/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
89 points
Really nice reasonably priced. Good notes on the nose of tart cherries good mouth feel with notes of cherry, tobacco on the palate. Medium length finish.
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Red
4/16/2017 - bzell Likes this wine:
90 points
Very good inexpensive pinot. On the nose raisins, berries, plums. The wine opens up after sitting and on the palate, cola, tart cherries and some spice. A little things but has some nice long finish. Ate it with our easter ham and it was a good match. Thumps up from everyone on the wine.
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