Tasting Notes for cmiller

(105 notes on 101 wines)

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Red
11/6/2021 - cmiller Likes this wine:
92 points
Oh my goodness, this was delicious!
White
10/28/2021 - cmiller Likes this wine:
93 points
Delicious! Last bottle of this vintage.
Red
10/17/2021 - cmiller Likes this wine:
89 points
Drank with pan roasted pork chops and an apple compote. Good fit.
White
10/20/2021 - cmiller Likes this wine:
90 points
Lemon-themed meal with grilled salmon, spaghetti a la limone and asparagus with feta and lemon zest. This chardonnay went perfectly with just the right combination of weight and acidity. Delicious!
Rosé
10/13/2021 - cmiller Does not like this wine:
85 points
Very little on the nose. Faint taste of strawberry. Weak finish. Will not purchase again.
Red
10/1/2021 - cmiller Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine was purchased 7 years ago and hidden away in the cellar and was way off the radar. I prepped for disappointment (given the drinking window) but was pleasantly surprised to find the wine remained vibrant. Went very well with a marinated flank steak. Not surprisingly, it was very well integrated. If you are lucky enough to still have a bottle, drink up!
Red
9/4/2021 - cmiller Likes this wine:
91 points
Perfect with grilled lamb chops (slightly thicker cut). Even defeated the tsatziki sauce that we served it with. I have gotten by for years avoiding Australian wines; now I have to re-think that as well?!!
Red
7/27/2021 - cmiller Does not like this wine:
82 points
Thought I would try something new on half priced wine night at our local French bistro. Paired it with the trout fillet. Ugh. Would not have known it was a Pinot if tasted blind. Harsh, fairly acidic. No real finish. You win some, you lose some but at least I didn't pay full price.
White
7/21/2021 - cmiller Likes this wine:
91 points
Seemed much better than the first bottle I had; maybe the food pairing? The nose was delightful with fresh fruit, predominately citrus. The body was medium with a delightful acidity. Lemon and grapefruit flavors were pronounced. The finish was medium to long. It was perfect with grilled chicken breast and a pasta with homemade pesto (love that plentiful summer basil!). Already ordered another half case!
Red
6/19/2021 - cmiller Likes this wine:
90 points
On the light side but delicious! Pared with a bottle of the Caparzo and found it much more drinkable.
Red
2015 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
2/23/2021 - cmiller Likes this wine:
92 points
Color: garnet, clear.
Nose: muted; red berries.
Palate: Fresh, surprisingly integrated. Cherries, some spice.
Finish: medium, somewhat restrained.

Delicious; already disappointed that I didn't buy more. A steal at less than $28.
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Red
2/20/2021 - cmiller Does not like this wine:
87 points
Menthol! Not the aroma I want in a pinot noir!
Red
2010 Podere il Palazzino Chianti Classico Grosso Sanese Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
2/14/2021 - cmiller Likes this wine:
88 points
Past its prime
Red
12/25/2020 - cmiller Likes this wine:
90 points
Was a really nice match for our roast leg of lamb
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White
12/26/2020 - cmiller Likes this wine:
90 points
Pretty nose; fair amount of lemony goodness on the palate. All that and a decent finish made this a good buy.
Red
12/16/2020 - cmiller Does not like this wine:
86 points
Bitter, almost syrupy. Not my cup of wine.
Red
2018 Artiste Vino e Sole Santa Barbara County Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
12/8/2020 - cmiller Likes this wine:
90 points
Quite delicious. Not a lot of weight but very tasty with bright red fruit and a passable finish. Went well with a pizza with sun-dried tomatoes.
Red
10/4/2020 - cmiller Likes this wine:
92 points
Delicious; a great pairing with a N.Y. strip.
Red
10/18/2020 - cmiller Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank as part of a three vintner tasting of Brunelli (others were the Argiano and Caparzo). I thought this was the best of the three.
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Red
5/3/2020 - cmiller Likes this wine:
93 points
You live for a night like this; a perfectly grilled ribeye, a nicely dressed salad and grilled asparagus, accompanied by this beautiful wine!
Color: reddish brown, clear. Good legs.
Nose: herbaceous with a good amount of spice (? anise).
Palate: Vegetation with spicy notes; tannins well integrated.
Finish: medium long. Altogether, a lovely wine.
Red
3/15/2020 - cmiller Likes this wine:
89 points
This wine was a complete surprise! Very nice expression of the grape and an absolutely great QPR. Does anyone know where any more of it can be found?
Red
1/25/2020 - cmiller Does not like this wine:
87 points
What is with the menthol!?
Red
12/24/2019 - cmiller Likes this wine:
92 points
Last bottle. Christmas eve dinner with the family; fitting end to a great wine.
Red
12/22/2019 - cmiller Likes this wine:
89 points
See my note from 2014; still going strong!
Red
9/15/2019 - cmiller Likes this wine:
89 points
Inky purple in color, clear
Nose: Chocolate, leather
Round, medium acidity, some tannins; a bit bitter on the palate.
Reasonable restaurant wine for the price.
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Red
8/18/2019 - cmiller Likes this wine:
92 points
Color: Clear, ruby
Nose: Medium intensity, herbal. Earthy, some bramble.
Palate: Medium body, acidity. Well integrated tannins. Herbal notes, with some leather; ? of some vanilla on the (medium-long) finish.

Won't get any better; drink up!
Red
8/1/2019 - cmiller Likes this wine:
92 points
Color: Clear, Red/Purple
Nose: Medium intensity, Red fruit (raspberry, some violet notes
Palate: Full bodied wine, with medium acidity and little tannins; primarily red fruit (again raspberries.
Finish: Medium
Altogether, a delightful wine; went very well with a simple tuna steak
White
2015 tenshen White Santa Barbara County White Blend (view label images)
7/7/2019 - cmiller wrote:
89 points
Went beautifully as the backbone of a pear infused sangria!
White
12/19/2018 - cmiller Likes this wine:
90 points
Went very well with homemade Avgolemona soup.
Red
2015 Harvest Moon Malbec Sonoma County
12/21/2018 - cmiller wrote:
86 points
Perhaps I don't know enough about this varietal but it put me in mind of my college days with Mateus; potable but nothing you would go searching for.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Joan rovira baques Spain Pinot Noir
12/10/2018 - cmiller Does not like this wine:
82 points
Sweet, almost sappy
White
11/17/2018 - cmiller Likes this wine:
89 points
Our House Chardonnay.
Red
10/11/2018 - cmiller Likes this wine:
93 points
Not a huge Cab drinker but man do I like this wine. Only 2 left in my cellar (sob).
Red
10/11/2018 - cmiller Does not like this wine:
85 points
Way past its prime
White
7/14/2018 - cmiller Likes this wine:
92 points
Appearance: Clear, pale gold in color.
Aroma: Medium intensity, stone fruit with hints of lemon and tropical fruit.
Palate: Medium body/acidity; Flavors of pear and lemon. Long finish with melon notes.
Very enjoyable wine.
Red
2011 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
8/10/2018 - cmiller Likes this wine:
91 points
An immensely drinkable wine! I love this wine!
Red
6/1/2018 - cmiller Likes this wine:
91 points
Flash sale at our local wine store; a great buy at this price. Beautiful nose. Soar cherry on the palate. Smooth, very well integrated. Drinking well right now.
Red
1/28/2018 - cmiller Likes this wine:
88 points
A bit thin; not as well balanced as the last bottle?
Red
2009 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
1/28/2018 - cmiller wrote:
91 points
Delicious; drink up!
Red
12/24/2017 - cmiller Likes this wine:
92 points
Delicious; wish I had more!
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White
2014 tenshen White Santa Barbara County White Blend (view label images)
5/27/2017 - cmiller Likes this wine:
90 points
Clear, lemon/green in color. Medium intensity on the nose, with notes of pear. Medium body with some acidity and flavors of pear and orange. Nice long finish. Drink now.
Red
5/15/2017 - cmiller Likes this wine:
91 points
Went very well with flank steak with rosemary balsamic marinade
Red
2009 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
5/10/2017 - cmiller Likes this wine:
91 points
Really coming into its own; just bought a case of the 2012!
Red
4/8/2017 - cmiller wrote:
85 points
Weak and flabby; obviously waited too long for this one.
Red
2/22/2017 - cmiller Likes this wine:
90 points
Had it with a plate of veal Bolognese at the Brasserie; felt like it was drinking fine right now.
Red
2011 Villa a Sesta Chianti Classico Il Palei Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
2/19/2017 - cmiller Likes this wine:
90 points
Clear, garnet colored in the glass. The nose was medium in intensity, with subtle hints of red berries and spice. It was well integrated on the palate, with medium tannins and some acidity. Flavors of red berry and bright cherry. Medium finish. Quite nice.
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