Tasting Notes for mschauber

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White - Sparkling
2007 Iron Horse Vineyards Fairy Tale Cuvée Green Valley of Russian River Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
12/31/2018 - mschauber Likes this wine:
90 points
I was worried this was past it's prime, but was pleasantly surprised.

Salmon in color, lots of tight bubbles which did diminish quicker than I would have liked. Nice citrus scents with grapefruit, lemon & strawberry flavors. Not a true brut, but no real sweetness either.. A refreshing and clean taste... on a cold NYE, bundled up in coats and watching fireworks... a great bottle for a perfect night.
Red
11/4/2018 - mschauber wrote:
84 points
Was worried I'd let this sit too long, but all it needed was some time and aeration. let sit for 20 mins... first few sips had me thinking it had begun to turn. But some swirling and the fruity smells were coming through. Tastes of black currant, leather, cherry starting coming through. Over the course of 3 hours, it kept improving. Look forward to enjoying the 2 bottles I have remaining.
Red
7/23/2016 - mschauber Likes this wine:
92 points
Deep garnet coloring, strong tobacco/ripe plum smell, black fruit flavors, subtle spice increasing with time. Very good.
White
5/27/2013 - mschauber Does not like this wine:
84 points
Maybe too old or simply not my taste. Pleasant melon fruit on the nose. Taste varied and changed as it warmed, became sweeter but the fruit tastes diminished and a soury taste permeated.
Red - Sparkling
3/29/2013 - mschauber wrote:
50 points
Some of the worst liquid I have ever tasted. It's so awful I won't even give it away. Just throwing all my bottles out.
White
3/9/2013 - mschauber wrote:
84 points
Less than I expected from all the hype, but a nice white to have with some Italian food and cheese & crackers.
Red
2/13/2013 - mschauber Likes this wine:
94 points
Deep dark color. Muted aroma after opening, opening up after some air time. Had this bottle at a steak house with some great food. I didn't take specific notes, but it was without a doubt in my top 5 bottles, to date. Wishing I had bought a couple more. The finish is currently quite nice, a little creamy with tannins still holding up. Not sure this wine will hold up for too much longer. Would recommend drinking within the next 2 to 4 years, 2024 would really be pushing it.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2/1/2013 - mschauber Likes this wine:
88 points
I didn't right down tasting notes, but I remember liking it very much. Some lemon and honey tastes. That's about all I remember. But will continue to buy more if I can get it for a good price.
White
2/5/2013 - mschauber wrote:
89 points
A bottle of this lovely Viognier magically appeared right next to my sushi dinner tonight. What a lovely pair. This wine can easily be over powered, just take a clump of wasabi in your mouth and you'll see what I mean. But it's compliments sushi, pieces, probably not most rolls, very well.

It's very light in color; tanish with a touch of yellow, leaves a thin coating around the glass. The aroma is pleasant; clean with some melon. I don't know the specs, but would guess this has low alcohol, high acidity and a little RS, maybe 1 or 2%. There's definitely a sweet flavor. It had a nice feel in the mouth and a short finish. Flavors included a touch of vanilla, citrus and the sushi enhanced the flavor with some pineapple and watermelon.

I've had a few Viogniers that have been all over the place. This one feels like it was very well crafted and is a pleasure to drink with or without food, but the food should be fish or chicken without many spices. I'm not good at pricing wine, but at $15 to $20/bottle, I'd say this is a very good buy. I just wish I had some room for it. I have a feeling this wine was truly made to drink now and may stand up for a couple of years, but I wouldn't cellar this for long.

Final comment: I really enjoyed this wine. You can tell because I had 3 glasses when usually one glass is my max.

(EDIT: I ordered 2 more bottles even at the higher price.)
White - Sparkling
12/31/2012 - mschauber wrote:
flawed
Simply too old. Stored properly, but was pretty flat, no pop when uncorked. Color: urine yellow. Aroma: vinegar with a little apple. Taste: colored rubbing alcohol. One sip poured bottle down the drain.
Red
12/28/2012 - mschauber Likes this wine:
92 points
Was taking this to a steak restaurant for a double date, my half of which was a blind date. I had been saving it to drink with good friends, the other half of the double date. I opened and decanted for 30 minutes. Returned back to bottle.

Dark Garnet color
High alcohol coming from decanter. Some dark cherry, licorice, vanilla and chocolate aromas, once past the alcohol.

Love the glass stopper, although I thought it would have been a little longer. Took to steak house, payed small corking fee and started with a calamari dish which really enhanced the wine.

I had a rare rib-eye which went very well with this wine. Blackberry, leather, a little tobacco and amazingly some Belgian chocolate, over roasted coffee and long finish with a french aok appeal.

Overall everyone really enjoyed the wine. I chose this wine because I thought I would be good for both more and less sophisticated tastes and please those who like both dry and slightly sweet wine. I was right on the money (surprise since I know so little.) I plan to buy more of this if it's offered again, despite it's high price.

I suspect this wine will continue to improve and become more complex with another couple of years of cellaring. That's where my two other bottles will remain for now.
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Red - Fortified
12/23/2012 - mschauber Likes this wine:
89 points
Thinner than I remembered and a bit more acidic as well. Still a very nice port/forte. The wine looks Crimson colored. The legs are Slow. It smells like a little floral and chocolate covered Blackberry. It tastes like Alcohol/Hot, and Chocolate plus some nondescript spice. The body is Full. The wine has Silky texture. The wine finishes Medium. I'm thinking some air will do this wine good. This glass was right after popping the cork. I'll probably keep my remaining bottles for at least a year or two.
Red
12/2/2012 - mschauber Likes this wine:
91 points
This needs time to breath. Ran through Soire into decanter. Then into glass where I took a quick sip. Still very closed up. Some bottle bouquet including chocolate and dark cherry. After sitting in glass for 20 minutes could get a sense of red berries, spice, dulled chocolate (almost amaretto.) Taste has opened up as well. Cherries, mocha, some blackberries, leather, a little woody flavor and soft tannins. None of the dust/chalk/sand type flavor in many aged cabs. I have poured the remainder of the bottle back in from the decanter, closed with vacutainer and will have a glass each of the next 4 or so days. I'll try to remember and update these notes. I have another 4 bottles left and am very happy that I do. This is a tasty, smooth, medium bodied wine at this age with enough tannins and heat that it still needs some air and like with the last bottle a month ago, I'm sure will easily last a week and only get better.
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Red
11/1/2012 - mschauber wrote:
94 points
Improved after 1 week in fridge (having used vacutainer. Detailed notes to follow.
White
10/22/2012 - mschauber wrote:
A friend drank this and she really enjoyed it. Feels it's the best non-German Riesling she's ever had. Didn't have any further tasting notes.
Red - Fortified
9/8/2012 - mschauber wrote:
92 points
This will continue to improve over the next 10+ years. Many subtle flavors and really complimented some Brix choclolate.
Red
10/13/2012 - mschauber wrote:
85 points
A light easy to drink Merlot, perfect for when you want a tasty glass of wine without the guilt of opening a bottle and only having one glass. Stored with vacuvin and was as good, if not better the 2nd day. As SH would say, it really spoke to me. Unfortunately it speaks a different language than I do. Glad I bought a case and even bought a second as a gift for my parents.
White - Sparkling
8/27/2012 - mschauber wrote:
Don't remember as this was a while ago, but definitely a buy again if it comes up. Prefer the Brut, but this is not too sweet and still quite tasty.
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White - Sparkling
8/27/2012 - mschauber wrote:
Don't remember as this was a while ago, but definitely a buy again if it comes up.
Red - Sparkling
8/24/2012 - mschauber wrote:
59 points
Definitely not great. Mistake to buy, will not buy again. Drinkable with food. Tastes like a cheap house wine, fruit is hard to pick up. Wondering how/when I'll finish this bottle and the other 5 that I have (maybe gift them to someone who has BBQs, which I don't.)
White - Sweet/Dessert
7/15/2012 - mschauber wrote:
93 points
This is just too easy to drink. Definitely will be ordering more.
White
7/18/2012 - mschauber wrote:
88 points
Pleasantly surprised. Crystals forming on cork, strong 'spoiled milk' smell upon opening. Light tan in color, pours like it's very thin, aroma from glass is good, nose a little too stuffed to pick out specifics though. Refreshing is a good way to describe aroma and taste. Has enough acid to hold it's own while still having a nice sweetness. Apple peel like finish. Glad I have more left to enjoy this and next summer. Stored at 52 degrees, served at about the same, which seems just about right for this wine.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
6/26/2012 - mschauber wrote:
84 points
Sweet, not really jammy, but somewhat thick. Tastes good, but very simple. Nothing complex or interesting, but a nice glass to have when getting into bed. Woot Cellars has somewhat decent offerings, but I haven't had one that was complex or tastes like the vintner was a very skilled individual. But still drinkable: Good.
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Red
5/31/2012 - mschauber wrote:
83 points
Very tight upon opening; minimal if any aroma and acidic feel during entire first sip. Had in large bowl stemware. Extensive swirling exposed a chocolate & floral aroma. Flavors improved as well exposing a bold blueberry, touch of chocolate, a bit of tar and leather as well. Overall relatively thin wine. 20 or so mins after pouring, what remained in the glasses was undrinkable (vinegar.) Pouring from bottle started the process all over again. Makes a good table red at the sub $10 price point.
Red
6/4/2012 - mschauber wrote:
87 points
Tasting at winery in West Halifax. Full bodied, a dark purple in color, aromas of red rasberry, light oak, tar. Chewy. Flavors included red berries, slight leather, somewhat earthy. Tannins need time to open up. Bought one bottle and will open in 2 to 4 years. Expect it to mellow and flavor profile to expand. The 2008 syrah was pretty awful as were the other wines we tasted.
White
5/29/2012 - mschauber wrote:
87 points
Drank with dinner (pecan Dijon crusted tilapia, spinach cheese tortellini with a little truffle butter and basic mixed steamed veggies.) Nice solid wine, I'd say dry-medium, aromas of melon, vanilla, and peach. Tastes included vanilla, citrus (mandarin orange,) and was very smooth. Didn't overwhelm nor was overwhelemd by the food. Finished the bottle off after dinner and while on the dry side, made for a very nice aperitif. At the wine club price, not too bad. Retail though a bit high. Will let remaining bottle sit in cellar for a few years and will probably buy a couple of more to age.
Red
2005 Jana Winery Cathedral Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
5/22/2012 - mschauber wrote:
90 points
The lower score reflects poor preparation on my part, I hope. Didn't decide to open until last minute. Poured through vinturi into decanter. First sip was quite closed and other than some acidity, had no taste. Opened up with some swirling in the glass, but not fully until I finished the bottle 48 hrs later (sealed with vacutainer.) All that said, I am still really looking forward to drinking this wine over time. Will be opening a bottle next week that I gave to my parents a few weeks ago, but learned my lesson, will make sure they open it plenty early. Interested to see what their reaction is.
White
5/9/2012 - mschauber wrote:
86 points
Found some crystallization on the cork. Very light and even color with slight yellow tint, leaving a clear coating on the glass. It didn't take long for this wine to open up. Aromatically, nondescript at first, but soon turned floral, some pear, and dare I say a little leather. Taste is good, not great. The sweetness hits you first but mellows with through the pallet, probably due to the acid. Nice balance after the first couple of sips. Quick finish, but goes well with veggie pizza. Not on my list to definitely buy again, but also not one to avoid.
Rosé
4/9/2012 - mschauber wrote:
84 points
Nice simple basic wine with decent QPR. Not complex at all and smell/taste that is pleasant but having not taken notes, nothing sticks in my mind. Hoping wine will show some additional complexity over the next 12 to 18 months.
Red
4/28/2012 - mschauber wrote:
87 points
Tight upon opening. Aromatically, hard to pull out anything specific. Deep dark burgundy coloring and clearly coated the glass. Ran through venturi which opened it up a bit with some dark cherry now on the nose. First sip was non-descript & warm/hot on the finish. 10 mins later the minimal port starts to show through both aromatically and taste. It has mellowed out, showing more full body with a distinc begin/middle/end. Tannins strong and need a bit longer to open up. Will decant remainder of bottle and celler the rest of the bottles for at least a year.
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Red
3/17/2012 - mschauber wrote:
84 points
Decent PN, probably didn't give it enough time to air. Very high acid levels. Gave remainder of bottle to my guest as I hadn't been over impressed with the first bottle either. I think as a rule of thumb, I'll avoid woot cellar wines. Based on other reviews another year or two may improve this wine.
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Red
1998 Château Larose-Trintaudon Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/21/2012 - mschauber wrote:
flawed
Dirty brown color with hint of red around the edges. Immediate vinegar smell. Moved too many times and hit with changing temps over the years. Was one of two bottles I had, the first of which I drank about 8 years ago and was a nice table wine, nothing special. Poured down the drain.
Red
2005 Jana Winery Cathedral Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
3/17/2012 - mschauber wrote:
92 points
Decant: 2hrs

Appearance: VERY dark burgundy, cork soaked about 1cm up and looked syrupy, very light/clear around the edge

Aromatics: Slight vanilla, cocoa, oak and strong black cherry

Flavor: Cherry, blackberry, blueberry and black pepper. Nothing over powering and damn close to perfection (very untrained tongue, so take it as you like.)

Feel: Medium body, smooth from start to finish. Low acidity and well balanced including fine tannins.

I could have had the whole bottle myself, but always filled my glass last, stupid, stupid me ;)
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