Tasting Notes for Dan M

(60 notes on 57 wines)

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Red
7/23/2014 - Dan M wrote:
Opened with the staff at Ridge. Deep garnet moving towards burgundy in color. The nose was a little port like with dark fruits and a bit of rasin. On first sip, it was a bit muddled without some dark fruits but not the rasiny flavor I was expecting from the nose. Over a half hour, this wine really bloomed. The flavors became a bit more precise with more distinct red fruits. At one hour, it was heading downhill. Past prime but aging gracefully.
Red
7/23/2014 - Dan M wrote:
Opened with the staff at Ridge. An amazing wine. Not just alive at 30 years of age but a trememdous expression of zin. On first pour, the wine was a beautiful deep garnet color. Nose was red fruits and plum. On first taste, it was bright and focused with rasperry and pleasing acidity. No tannins at all. Over the course of an hour it held its own without much change. I would have pegged its age as far younger.
Red
Too much of evrything. It remains a huge fruit bomb. Just not to my tastes.
Red
11/22/2012 - Dan M wrote:
Shockingly young and vibrant for its age. This was a great wine. Deep burgundy in color. Really well balanced with decent acidity, bright redfruits and a lingering finish. At peak perhaps but at no risk of an early decline. Should hold for quite a bit.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1964 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
11/22/2012 - Dan M wrote:
Shared with my brother after Thanksgiving as a birth year wine for him. Saturated and crumbly cork. I managed to get 3/4 out before it broke. The wine is deep amber in color. Sweet, honeyed almost liquor like nose. The first tase was honey, caramel, toffee and an oxidative note. The oxidative note blew off after a few minutes leaving a pure sweet, honey infused wine with a long finish. Lovely old sauterne.
Red
10/5/2012 - Dan M wrote:
Immediately after opening, the smell was alcoholic like a raspberry liqueur. Taste was too hot with the alcohol being the most pronounced aspect. Back in the fridge until the following day. A little better, but there is still alcohol on the nose with perceptible heat covering up soem nice dark fruits, brighter red fruits and spice. Out of balance. I have a bottle left and will let it sit for another year or two in hopes that this comes into shape but I am not optimistic.
Red
12/24/2011 - Dan M wrote:
Tannins are fully resolved. Great, pure, smooth wine with a surprising amount of rich fruit. Initially, just a little tarry on the finish which cleared after sitting in the glass. At peak, I think but likely will be able to hold for a while.
Red
2001 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
10/16/2011 - Dan M wrote:
Great stuff. Tannins resolved. Great dark fruits with a smooth entrance and finish. At peak and likely to hold for quite a while. Last of bottles sadly.
Red
8/13/2011 - Dan M wrote:
Sweet! Seriously, this comes of with slightly over the top sweet, jammy dark fruits. There is some cedar and cassis in the background with a little tannin but overall, the rich, sweet fruit dominates. Might work with some bbq ( think zin). A big wine and a little too much for me.
Red
4/30/2011 - Dan M wrote:
Deep, dark purple in color. Strong nose of wood / oak. On first taste, lots of wood and dense, cocentrated dark fruits. Modest tannin. Let it sit in the fridge for a couple days and the tannins softend a bit. I am not great at young wines, but I will drink my next bottle after at least another three years to let the oak integrate in.
Red
2/12/2011 - Dan M wrote:
Drinking very nicely. Rich, dark fruits, very smooth and elegant. Tannins near completely resolved with slightly drying tannins present on the finish.
White
2004 Turley The White Coat California White Rhone Blend (view label images)
1/8/2011 - Dan M wrote:
Pale golden color with some sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Opened it a fridge temp and it was not giving much of a nose with butterscotch on the finish. As it warmed up, it a more classic rhone white blend appeared. It was definitely more restrained than other younger bottles I have had. Nice full mouth feel. Not bad considering I had thought this long gone over the hill.
Red
1/8/2011 - Dan M wrote:
Slight bricking on the edges. The nose and palate initially were raisins. It did open up a bit over an hour with the raisin flavor diminishing and a mix of dark fruits coming forward. A little drying tannins at the finish. Probably past prime drinking but gracefully so. Drink up if you have any.
Red
12/20/2010 - Dan M wrote:
We got caught in traffic this summer and pulled off the road into a Family Wineries tasting room. It featured Mietz, Dashe, Philip Staley and some others I do not recall. Opened this up and it was a nice medium ruby color. Good nose and tasted of nice bright red fruits balanced with decent acidity. Nice, well balanced pinot at a fair price.
Red
12/20/2010 - Dan M wrote:
Not sure what to expect here. Bought from supposedly good storage. Still a deep purple color. Nice mature Cali cab. A bit of cedar and some dark fruits. Slight drying tannin on the finish. Opened up a bit in the first 30 minutes and stayed at a plateau for the next hour or so and then the bottle was empty! Quite nice. A bit past prime but in a good place right now. Last had this wine 10 years ago and it was mind blowingly good. Drink up if you have any.
Red
2007 Core Elevation Sensation Alta Mesa Vineyard Santa Barbara County Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
11/15/2010 - Dan M wrote:
83 points
Better than last weeks bottle. Tart red fruits, somewhat austere compared to past vintages. I gave it an hour in the glass and it did open up a little with some meaty taste now becoming apparent. Not really to my liking. I saved some in the fridge to try tomorrow and see if it improves
Red
2007 Core Elevation Sensation Alta Mesa Vineyard Santa Barbara County Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
11/6/2010 - Dan M wrote:
This came across as somewhat tart, lean and austere compared to my prior experiences with other vintages of this wine. Something seemed off that I could not quite place so I'LL reserve judgment and try another bottle next week.
Red
9/14/2010 - Dan M wrote:
Surprisingly dark and primary after quite a few years in the bottle. Good but very intense Oz shiraz flavors. A bit over the top for me. Sit on my last bottle for at least 5 years. Well, on day two it has not budged much but there is a slight alcohol burn on the finish.
Red
7/14/2010 - Dan M wrote:
Overall, a good zin but not up to my memory of Biale. Had not had one in a couple years. Soft, plush and jammy with some spice and pepper. Tasty, but not worth the price in my opinion. Lacked the power that I remember from older vintages. I had higher hopes for an '07.
Red
6/11/2010 - Dan M wrote:
Easy to drink. This is a soft, plush wine with notes of plum and just a little tannin on the finish Full of flavor and goes down easy. A great wine for fifteen dollars. Too bad I spent thirty... Might improve a bit in the near term but I do not see it still improving 10 years down the road.
Red
5/15/2010 - Dan M wrote:
Well, this cork came out with a pop and was barely stained on the bottom 1/4 inch. A deeper red than I expected for a ten plus year old pinot. Initially a bit tart with the fruit lurking in the background. It opened up in short order with nice flavors of cranberry, cherry and a bit of earthiness. A great match with some beet risotto I had made. Over an hour and a half it tasted great but started to fade towards the end of the bottle. I think this is just making the downhill turn so drink up if you have any left.
Red
4/14/2010 - Dan M wrote:
Very good wine. Tannins had near completely resolved with just a little drying tannins on the finish. Taste of dark fruits. Has lost a lot of the rough, rustic quality I recall from its youth (for the better). Threw off a lot of fine sediment, so a quick decant is suggested.
Red
1/16/2010 - Dan M wrote:
Inky purple. Big dark fruits with a strong vanilla flavor from oak, I suspect. Clamps down a bit with tannins on the finish. I'll revisit this wine in another year or so to let the tannins mellow.
Red
12/31/2009 - Dan M wrote:
Interesting bottle. Funky raisiny late harvest character. Soft with no tannins left but Draper's back label note suggested drinking before early 2006. On its own, a bit too much. With spicy jambalaya it worked pretty well.
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Red
2007 Folie à Deux Ménage à Trois Red California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
5/2/2009 - Dan M wrote:
Very soft (flabby) and plush with lots of dark fruits. Sweet with some obvious residual sugar to me (not just pronounced fruit). SImple and easy to drink. Reasonable wine for the price and would probably benefit from some grilled spice rubbed meats to take the edge of the sweetness.
Red
4/25/2009 - Dan M wrote:
Drinking very nicely. Definitely a bit lighter in style but not shy on the fruit by any stretch. Some tannins on the finish which integrate nicely. My last bottle but there is no need to rush to consume this.
Red
7/6/2008 - Dan M wrote:
Awesome mature California cab. Smooth with little residual tannin, cedar/cigarbox flavors and dark fruits.
Red
5/2/2008 - Dan M wrote:
flawed
From magnum. Corked; damn it. Musty upon opening. I let it sit 30 minutes and rechecked. Did not blow off but only got worse. FWIW, the fruit was clearly emerging in the background. I would guess this might be drinking nicely but really no way to assess.
Red - Fortified
5/3/2008 - Dan M wrote:
Interesting wine. Not as sweet as most late harvest zins. Very much a nice zin with bramble, spice and some tannin. There is sweetness but at much milder level than many dessert zins I have had. OK, but not great.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
2004 Core Candy Core Santa Barbara County Grenache Blend, Grenache
5/3/2008 - Dan M wrote:
flawed
Upon opening, my mother-in-law who was six feet away wrinkled her nose. First tast was of nail polish remover and nothing else. No fruit, no sweetness just overwhelming VA. Too bad, I love his wines.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château de Myrat Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
5/3/2008 - Dan M wrote:
Wow! Great bottle. Amazingly unctuous wines with strong flavors of honey and apricot. The finish just kept going. May not be a long ager but it sure tastes great now.
Red
5/3/2008 - Dan M wrote:
Electrifying bottle. Need only 30 minutes in the decanter to strut its stuff. Incredible fruit with raspberries and plum. Well balanced with no perceptible alcohol and a great finish. Fabulous stuff.
Red
5/3/2008 - Dan M wrote:
Last of a twelve bottle case bought at release. It is now on the downward slope. Initially, strong nose and flavor of asphalt. This blew off to cedary flavor with tannins over ruling the fruit. Over 30-45 minutes the fruit came out but the tannins persisted. After an hour total, fruit was beginning to fade. Drink up if you have any.
Red
5/3/2008 - Dan M wrote:
Initially tight with bramble, a little fruit and tannin. Not the blockbuster of previous vintages. After 45 minutes or so the fruit was really starting to come out with some a predominant flavor of juicy raspberries. Alas, the bottle was all but gone at that point.
Red
5/3/2008 - Dan M wrote:
Closed and tight with a promise fo fruit upon opening. After 3 hours in the decanter it clearly was showing more fruit with some impenetrable tannins clampbing down own the finish. Needs a lot more time in the bottle.
Red
5/3/2008 - Dan M wrote:
Initially a bit closed showing tannin and a little fruit. It open up nicely over the next 45 minutes or so. Well balanced. Not a blockbuster. At peak, I think.
Red
2006 Mollydooker Two Left Feet South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
7/23/2007 - Dan M wrote:
Big, jammy wine. Quite monlithic; tasting more like shiraz than cabernet. No tannins to speak of. Easy to drink if you like that style.
Red
7/3/2007 - Dan M wrote:
Excellent wine. It had a slight amber edge showing a bit of its age. Tannins are mostly resolved with a wonderful taste of cherries, smoky notes and spice.
Red
5/24/2007 - Dan M wrote:
Pristine looking label with low neck fill. Spur of the moment so no time to let the sediment settle. Aside from that, an absolutely beautiful bottle of wine to share with friends.

Dark ruby in color. Unmistakeably Californian with a surprising amount of fruit and sweet cassis. Tannins essentially resolved with a nice lingering finish. A great surprise from a bottle I expected little from.
White
4/26/2007 - Dan M wrote:
Very nice wine. Citrus and honeysuckle on the nose. Crisp acidity with lemon, melon and stone. Held nicely over 3 days in the fridge.
Red
4/2/2007 - Dan M wrote:
11th bottle from my case. Either there is a little bottle variation or this is just beginning a graceful downhill slide. Initially a bit tart with a strong asphalt / road tar thing going on (which I have typically encountered in this bottle) Over an hour it opens up into a graceful aged Cali cab. Still very rich, lush california dark fruit, cedar and tobacco as before. Now the finish is a bit clipped and just a little more tart than my last bottle (2 years ago). Still an excellent bottle; but not quite as good as the last.
Red
3/31/2007 - Dan M wrote:
Initially taste of raspberries and mineral notes. Over an hour it really opened up into a more expansive red fruit profile with spice and minerals becoming more pronounced. Good level of acidity and a lingering finish. Excellent wine.
Red
3/25/2007 - Dan M wrote:
Smoking bottle which reminds me why I love a good zin on occasion. Intense dark fruit, raspberries, briar, black pepper and spice. Great nose and a long finish. No perceptible heat or sweetness just rich fruit and spice.
Red
3/17/2007 - Dan M wrote:
Ruby colored and just a bit lighter than most zins these days. While there is plenty of fruit present, the taste is dominated by black pepper, bramble and spice. Very characteristic of Howell Mountain zin to me. No residual sugar that I could detect. I liked this a lot and it would be in the more food friendly style of zin. Very different from their wines of the late nineties that I last had.
Red
2/24/2007 - Dan M wrote:
Damn good wine. Velvety zin with great mouth feel. So harmonious and balanced it is difficult to pull out individual flavors. Juicy wine with dark fruit, spice and a little pepper. Fair amount of tannin and structure sugests it has the stuffing to age but frankly, why wait?
Red
2/22/2007 - Dan M wrote:
Initially, cedar predominates on the nose. At first, dark fruits with cedar and some tannins that clamp down on the finish. Wine really opened up over the next hour. Classic cali cab with lots of dark fruit, and cedar / leather. Slightly drying tannins on the finish are only minimally detracting. Excellent wine that has aged well.
Red
2/9/2007 - Dan M wrote:
Popped and poured. Big fruity, brambly nose. Upon initial taste, dark fruit, spice and mineral with completely resolved tannins. Just a little tight. Over next half hour opened up quite a bit gaining complexity with additional spice notesmand some sweet (?tannin) flavors coming through. Fared far better over the years than I anticipated.
Rosé - Sparkling
2/4/2007 - Dan M wrote:
Really nice Rose. Yeasty, biscuity bubbly with strong strawberry and cherry flavors. Nice acidic backbone. Drank this with a meal (Coq au Vin made with white wine) and it reall complemented it nicely. A good value for around $30.
Red
1/24/2007 - Dan M wrote:
Dark wine. Initially vanilla and dark fruit with quite a bit of tannins. As it opens, fruit becomes more apparent and a band of leather is present in the midpalate. Tannins remain firm on the finish. Nice but it needs a few more years.
Red
1/21/2007 - Dan M wrote:
Drinking very nicely. Cherries, dark fruits and a little leather with a spicy mid palate and finish. Very smooth with mild tannins on the finish.
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