Tasting Notes for MaineMark

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White
Pale yellow, floral notes and lots of apple and citrus flavors. The tart acidity and fruity flavors give it an almost Jolly Rancher-like feeling (but not sweet!). Very fun, and easy to drink with it relatively low alcohol (12%).
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White
5/5/2019 - MaineMark wrote:
97 points
A blind taste-off between Aubert and Kistler, the Aubert was the clear winner tonight. Slightly hazy and pale yellow, there is still a lot of oak and strong buttery notes, with a nice mineral and acidic core. Yet, even at this young age, very well balanced. Decanted 4 hours prior to serving, I imagine this only has upside for the next 10+ years.
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Red
4/28/2019 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
95 points
Drinking great at 20+ years. Fruit, acids, tannins and alcohol all so well integrated, it is easy to drink and delicious. Some stewed fruits, but also cinnamon and red fruits. Decanted and served immediately. Followed over 1.5+ hours. Very good on its own, even better with food (Italian, red sauce). Wonderful now, and had to believe it won't last another 5+ years.
Red
4/26/2019 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
89 points
Dark fruits punctuated by sharp acidity. Relatively high alcohol content is not fully integrated yet. This was great with food, but a little challenging today stand-alone. We wanted to try a bottle now, but will leave the rest for 2-4 years and see how things have come together.
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White
4/14/2019 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
93 points
Engaging nose of pineapple and tropical fruits, with a soft buttery backbone. Drank very well as a young wine.
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Red
3/31/2019 - MaineMark wrote:
Raspberry Raspberry Raspberry.

Super concentrated bright red-raspberry color. Surprised to read other's notes saying there was not a lot of fruit or the nose was muted. For us, the nose was super-strong smelling like a raspberry tart just out of the oven--raspberries, cinnamon. The pallet was more raspberries, but then being overtaken by earthier flavors like lavender, mint, and maybe even some gamey-ness.

Tart acids left a lasting impression, and for us, maybe too much.

We were completely wowed with the first smells and sips, and then had hard time reaching for a second glass. We have three bottles left, and will stage them out over the next 8-10 years. I am thinking/hoping that the almost off-putting tartness and finish here will tame with time. But, only time will tell!
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Red
3/24/2019 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
91 points
An expressive, perfume-like nose hints that this is going to be great with time. But, for our pallet it certainly needs time. Easier to drink and enjoy after a two-hour decant now, we look forward to trying again in 5-10 years. 91 now, potential for much more in a few years.
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White
3/22/2019 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
94 points
As others have noted, a particularly reserved Kistler on the nose. But, super balanced and smooth. Light tropical fruits on the pallet give way to a lingering butterscotch finish. Easy and fun to drink now. Not sure there is a whole lot to be gained with more age. Delicious.
White
3/17/2019 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
92 points
Explosive nose of apricots and tropical fruits. Really enjoyed this over two nights--it did not lose much at all the second night. We loved this now, but have one more bottle, and we will save it for a couple of more years.
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Red
3/17/2019 - MaineMark wrote:
88 points
An energizing and intriguing bouquet and initial taste on the pallet gave way to... nothing. It was an odd experience, with such an interesting nose of red fruits and spices, and then to have it hit pallet and the flavors just stop. Nothing at all after that initial burst. Then, sharp acidity. We were sipping this, but likely it would have been better with food of some kind. We have one more bottle. We will save it for a few years.
Red
3/11/2019 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
95 points
Loved this. Bright red fruits on the nose, and jammy on the pallet, but perfectly balanced with more earthy-flavors and aromas like lavender and juniper. This is drinking great now, but we will cellar our remaining bottles for a few more years to track the progress.
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Red
3/9/2019 - MaineMark wrote:
Definitely a fascinating wine, but not one I will seek out again.

Stephen Tanzer (Vinous) described this has having aromas of "liquefied lamb tartare." About as strange a description as I have seen (you can tell the difference in the smell between liquified and solid lamb tartare!?), but somehow apt. Insanely meaty, with a lot of iodine and salt. The first night, it was so unusual and challenging to drink, we decided to just leave it in the decanter and try again the next night.

It was better the second night with some fruit coming through, and the gamey-ness still there (which is fine) but calming down. If this is your cup of tea, I would recommend waiting another 5+ years, and then only drinking with something very meaty.

For me, drinking this is a bit like going to a very high-end restaurant, where all of the food is foamed and jelled. It is trying too hard for my tastes. I get that that is interesting, and unique, and I understand that some like it, but it is not for me.

If we were to rate it, the score would be sub-90. Lots of people love this. I won't leave a score to distort the average.
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Red
Another really nice bottle from Ridge. The soft tanins and overall integration suggest this just about at its maximum enjoyment level. We decanted, and served right away; drank over 1.5 hours. The pallet opened up with increasing dark berry fruits. Very enjoyable.
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White
3/1/2019 - MaineMark wrote:
87 points
Liked it, but did not love it. Fascinating wine. Very oily texture. Dark yellow color. Honeysuckle, yellow fruits. The Noble Rot adds an interesting element. I will cellar remaining bottles for 2-5 years.
Red
2/24/2019 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
93 points
Our first Rancia, and it won't be our last. Very nicely balanced right now. There are fruit, earth, and savory flavors, and no overpowering alcohol. I understand this is a somewhat weaker Tuscany/Rancia vintage. If that is is the case, we are really looking forward to trying some from other more acclaimed years. Thoroughly enjoyed.
White - Sparkling
2/15/2019 - MaineMark wrote:
I always feel a little over matched when tasting Champagne; we just don't drink enough of it to have the proper perspective. What I can say: we liked it and it was easy to finish the bottle, but it was nothing I would run out to buy more of. The things you expect in Champagne were there: brioche and almond flavors, and very nice light crisp bubbles. Given the lack of experience, I won't put in a score to skew the results, but if I did, I would go with 89.
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White
2/9/2019 - MaineMark Does not like this wine:
82 points
Very light straw color, aromas of apple and lemon. Very high acid adds to the overall unbalanced feel. This was drinkable, but as bland and boring a wine of a wine as I have had. I see others seem to like it, so maybe just not my style, but we could not finish the bottle, which rarely happens.
Red
2/3/2019 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
95 points
What a difference a year makes. A year ago we described it as a watermelon Jolly Rancher candy. Today, it is almost perfectly balanced with fruit, acidity, tannins and alcohol are melding together wonderfully. Plum and cola on the nose and pallet, soft mouthfeel and incredibly smooth. There is still a tiny bit of heat from the alcohol on the finish.
Red
1/26/2019 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautiful wine and great value. An expressive, fruity nose and very fun to drink. Drank over two nights, and enjoyed it a little more the first night. Will save remaining bottles for a couple of more years.
Red
1/20/2019 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
92 points
Way too young, I know, but we wanted to try this to get a sense of it, and to help inform future buying decisions.

Our conclusion: this was very, very good today, with loads of potential. Decanted for about 30 minutes, and drank over 2 hours. Wonderful mouthfeel aromas, but the alcohol is not well integrated yet.

Unless you a just curious, I can't really recommend opening this today, but I can highly recommend buying more, and cellaring for a few years. That is what we will be doing! For a Napa Cab, a very decent QPR.
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Red
1/3/2019 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
91 points
De.Lic.Ious. This will be even better in 3-5++ years, but lots of fruit tonight and very fun to drink. Ridge does not disappoint with another great QPR wine.
Red
12/29/2018 - MaineMark wrote:
92 points
Beautiful aromas, deep rich flavors, and soft tannins with just enough bite left to suggest this can go a few more years in your cellar. We found the nose to be much more expressive on pop-and-pour, than after a brief decant. We certainly enjoyed this, but having recently purchased this from WineBid, we did not feel it was a great QPR.
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Red
12/25/2018 - MaineMark wrote:
87 points
A truly wonderful nose gives way to a tannic monster. The harsh tannins make it a little hard to drink more than a glass over the evening. We will save our other bottles for a few more years to let it mellow a bit more, but unclear if there is enough fruit to see it really improve.
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Red
12/16/2018 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
95 points
Simply wonderful. An eye-popping nose gave way to a soft supple pallet. This is drinking so well now, but it is not hard to imagine in continuing to evolve and improve (?!?) for another 5+ years. Thrilled to have drunk this now, but we will hold our other two bottles for a few more years.
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Red
12/8/2018 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
91 points
Big fruity Napa-like nose. One deep smell, led to a smile, and an "Ahhhh...." On the pallet, cherries and big red fruits give way to a licorice and black pepper flavor that left me with a furrowed brow. Not really my favorite finish. But, the complexity and flavor profile overall is really nice, with a quite a good QPR relative to Napa cabs.
Edit: Much better on the first night than on the second night.
Red
2000 Château Giscours Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/17/2018 - MaineMark wrote:
92 points
A very serious wine meant for drinking in an oak paneled room and contemplating the world. (Don't get me wrong, we drank it on the couch, watching TV.) A fascinating nose just after decant eventually subsided, so personally I would prefer to drink soon after pouring. Complex and deep, with a strong earthy-olive finish.
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Red
2016 Delmas Syrah SJR Vineyard The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater (view label images)
11/12/2018 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
91 points
Strong red floral notes on the nose. The palate was deep and long, highlighted by an iodine and cedar finish that almost gave the wine a sweet medicinal feeling, but somehow in a good way. It was soft and buttery (one taster described it like a mouth full of whipped cream). We cracked this open because we had never had Delmas before, but we definitely leave the others in the cellar for several years. I am sure it will only improve on an an already strong showing.
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Red
1996 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/4/2018 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
92 points
Aged Bordeaux!

I am probably going about this all wrong... I have bought Bordeaux, I have it aging in my cellar, but this is the first time I have had a very nicely aged Bordeaux. Wow. We loved it.

Some bricking starting to happen with this bottle. Earthy, meaty flavors (bacon?) balanced with residual fruit. Smooth mouthfeel, but tannins are still certainly present, and even abundant.

If this is only pretty good" wine from a "pretty good" vintage, we are in for some really good stuff down the road. My future-self is going to thank me for the Bordeaux I have aging in my cellar now. What a treat.
White
11/4/2018 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
96 points
Apricot and honeysuckle at the forefront with so many delicious layers. Hints of buttery oak materialize as it sits in the glass. Excellent!
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White
10/27/2018 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
92 points
At +/- $17, this is a real winner. Tasted blind against 3 other Chardonnays. One was a high-priced ringer (Kistler) which won the night. However, this was a close second, and had a similar flavor profile. Really enjoyed, and great QPR at these discounted prices.
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White
10/27/2018 - MaineMark wrote:
86 points
Blind tasted against three other Chardonnays. The other three were all California. One was a high-priced ringer (which did win the night). This was the least favorite. Very drinkable, but nothing special. Very light yellow in color, flat on the palate and not terribly memorable.
White
10/27/2018 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
93 points
Deep straw yellow, this bottle was very good, but starting to show signs of age. Blind tasted against 3 other lesser chardonnays, this easily won the night. Still, not our favorite Kistler at this time.
Red
10/20/2018 - MaineMark wrote:
Coffee, chocolate, and... honey. A wonderful wine with a soft mouthfeel, drinking great right now. I am sure it has years of life left in it, but if you like a little fruit with your aged wine, this is right in the sweet spot.
Red
10/5/2018 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
94 points
Everything we heard about--blackberry and violets and stony salinity makes it feel like you are drinking blackberry juice from a volcanic stone mug. The finish is very long, with layers building on layers. This was great now, but we will stick our other bottles in the cellar for 2-4 years. Can't wait to try it then!
Red
9/14/2018 - MaineMark wrote:
92 points
Delicious and so easy to drink. Noticeable minerality, the wine is extremely well integrated--the 15.8% alcohol is barely noticeable. This was my only bottle, but I will seek this particular Turley out again in future releases.
Red
9/9/2018 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
91 points
I should have listened to some of the other reviews more closely. We decanted about 45 minutes, and it was not enough. There was a hot, off nose at first. With some time in the glass and some swirls, a wonderful blueberry juice, cherry, then some violets. Tannins were soft and and smooth. Starting to get some tertiary aging notes like raisin.
Give it plenty of air, and will drink great now.
Red
8/26/2018 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
92 points
Four years since we drank our last bottle, and I am glad we waited. Wonderful signature-Barolo nose of rose petals and cigar box. Starting to get some raisin on the finish. The alcohol can still come off as a little harsh but given the raisiny finish, I am not sure how much integrating to expect. I would suggest drinking now, or within the next 1-3 years.
Rosé
8/26/2018 - MaineMark wrote:
87 points
A perfectly good rose, perfect for when you just want to sip a pink wine, and not think too much about it. Low alcohol, pleasant, and all-together not terribly memorable.
Red
8/12/2018 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
96 points
A soft, almost buttery wine that is beautifully integrated. So many layers of flavors, one taster said it was like being in a day spa, surrounded by soft woods and aromas of rose petals and lavender. A delicious wine, and a real treat!
Red
7/26/2018 - MaineMark wrote:
flawed
I soooo wanted to like this. Clearly, there was something good underneath, but overall the bottle was just not right. It was a WineBid purchase, so I am not sure if it was cooked (poor storage) or just past its prime.
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Red
7/9/2018 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
92 points
Light rose color. Bright cranberries, oranges and maybe even clove on the pallet. First time trying this, and we really enjoyed it. It was great with cheese, but with that flavor profile I can see it being a perfect accompaniment to Thanksgiving dinner. We will definitely seek this out again. I am curious to know how it will age, but will probably end up drinking what we have before we can find out!
Red
6/24/2018 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
95 points
So delicious and a joy to drink today. Soft mouthfeel and nuanced flavors lefts us reaching for another sip to explore the wine more. Today, it lacks tertiary flavors that might put this into the other-worldly category, but those may develop over time.
White
6/10/2018 - MaineMark Does not like this wine:
86 points
Really not for me. A somewhat intriguing nose, but the pallet and finish are harsh, and we were left not really wanting to drink any more. Put a cork in it, stuck it in the fridge, and opened something else we knew we would like.

Is this terrible? Absolutely not. It would be a perfectly acceptable daily-drinker, or a fun wine to bring to a party (cool, Hungarian wine!), but it really is not something we will seek out again.
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White
6/10/2018 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
98 points
A simply outstanding Chardonnay. Everything I want in a white wine. Layers and layers of depth. Movie-popcorn buttery mouthfeel. So soft and alluring, but an intensity that goes on and on. We have one more bottle. I will try to keep my hands off it for a couple of years to see how this evolves.
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Red
6/9/2018 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
92 points
A soft nose of blueberries and mocha gave way to a strong palate of blackberries and wood (cedar?). Strong grippy tannins and moderate acidity of typical of a petite sirah, but the lower alcohol level (13.4%) made this quite different compared to other Petites. Really a fascinating wine with a lot of depth that shows the care of the winemaker. Decanted and let stand for about 20 minutes. Drank over 2+ hours.
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Red
4/28/2018 - MaineMark wrote:
88 points
Continues to be smooth and soft tannins, and a very solid QPR. The real sweet spot for this wine is serving to folks who do not really care about wine, when you (or others) do. It is good. But, it is also a bit harsh. We find that we really enjoy the first several drinks or glass. Comes across as quite sophisticated. But, it becomes harsh on the finish, and as the night goes on. We just don't want to drink it after a while.

Your wine-chugging friends will think this is great. Your wine-loving friends will think it is very drinkable. When you are home alone with your significant other, you won't be reaching for it.
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Red
4/21/2018 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
92 points
A relatively recent member of the mailing list, we wanted to try an older vintage to see how we liked it. Purchased this one one Winebid. Wine was in good condition. Remarkably, this still seemed quite young. Tannins were soft, but plenty of acidity . Dark fruit and saline notes. We could not help but think this would be even better in 5+ years. Good to know for aging our newer bottles.
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White
4/8/2018 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
94 points
Nose and pallet were predominately apricot and honeysuckle, but this wine is not really about the fruit. It is more about the mouthfeel, which is incredibly soft (buttery?) at this point, and a long and complex finish. I don't see it getting any better with more age, so drink up!
Red
3/31/2018 - MaineMark wrote:
88 points
Toasted cocoa and coffee, rich and dark. Great nose and mid-pallet, but the finish is a bit harsh. Starting to see some light bricking. Exciting and fun wine with some great age on it, but did not really leave us wanting for more. You won't regret owning this, you will enjoy drinking it, but you may not be pining for more.
Red
3/31/2018 - MaineMark Likes this wine:
94 points
Deep dark bold rich red color, but bouquet of blackberries and summer berries. Spellbinding nose, this is drinking so well right now, but clearly has many years left to evolve. Drank over two nights, and was great on pop-and-pour, and 24 hours later. Really special.
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