Tasting Notes for tomoem

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Red
5/18/2019 - tomoem wrote:
80 points
Interesting for its balance but flat. Flavors of cranberry blackberry and some anise. Very muted but balanced. More acidic finish than I expected. Not bad but also not great
Red
5/15/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Ditto my notes from January. Add viscous and rich to my notes.
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Red
5/14/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
91 points
Aromatic nose with a sulpher tinge to it. Dark color almost black in the glass. It is in mouth that this wine excels, with a terrific velvety mouthfeel. Soft feel continues through the mid palette but relinquishes on the finish to 30 + seconds of white pepper spice. Flavors in mouth include plum, mushroom, dark cherry.
Red
5/14/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
A fabulous Napa Cab. Dark fruits on the palette with such a balanced mouthfeel. Totally in balance. Tannin, fruit and acidity near perfect. Medium to large mouthfeel of fruit weight.
Red
5/9/2019 - tomoem wrote:
88 points
Solid and well balanced medium viscous Pinot. Flavors of darker red fruit with a mild acidic profile. Mid palette is a bit of a let down as the depth of the fruit did not exist and nor any nuances to speak of. Finish is good (not great) as it had a balanced profile. Finish is short and dominated by slightly sour berry fruits.
White
5/8/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
94 points
Lots and lots of acidity on the initial pallete. More fresh than aged fruits ........ and certainly more apricot & brioche than pear and cream on the initial palette. Make no mistake however that the finish is more smoothing and creamy than the initial and mid palette. It's just that the initial palette is so memory consuming.

That said the wine is light to medium weight and yet so strikingly crisp that it makes me wonder.... if blind tasted would I say that this is a young and lighter Chateau-Neuf du Pape red ?

On the finish the wine is so balanced. I was expecting to have an eye cringing sour reaction but none existed. Strong and ample amounts of apricot, apricot nut, and lemon, and then some papaya, and then kiwi fruit. WOW Just so many flavors. Fab wine !!!!
Red
5/7/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Fabulous aged wine. Nose of mild amounts of left bank graphite and aged black fruits. The mouthfeel is just so balanced with a tinge of acidity on the finish. What emerges on the palette is a wonderful and layered experience of flavors. Immediately a velvety mouthfeel, which gives way to subtle black cherry, small amounts of sweet sulphur, dried blueberry, then dried cherry and a mouth coating dusty earth.

The finish goes on and on for literally 30 seconds. The wine is so melancholy that it bursts with age and reaffirms my love for older wine.
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Red
5/7/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
90 points
Day 2 same wine

Left open and refrigerated overnight, the wine, is much more resolved tonight. Acidity has mellowed and allowed aged blackberry, some raisin, prune and cherry to emerge in a melancholy feel of a potpourri of aged juice.

Not great but good, unique and enjoyable.
Red
5/6/2019 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
Let me start by saying that I love old wine. I love it's unique and undeniable aroma and flavor.

That said this one has really gained depth from the age. Aromas of burnt orange, blackberry, some asphalt, and cherry. On the palette a slightly unbalanced mouthfeel where acidity dominates. The tannins are very much resolved but the acidity suggests that more life is left here.

Don't look for fresh juice and don't judge it that way. It is wonderful unique and an ok 20 year old. Doubt it gets much better but years are left.
Red
5/5/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
90 points
A vivid and lively expression of brighter red fruits like bing cherry, and cranberries. Lacks balance but still kicking at 22 years. Truly high acidity likely did keep this wine going. It is (as expected with high acidity) still acidic and represents the only large element keeping this wine from being better.

The nose is awesome and loaded with crushed cherries and a small amount of fresh asphalt and some tobacco leaf. The in mouth feel is a slightly different story as the acidity quickly takes over. It reveals a sour and tinged cherry fruit with lively "tart like" sourness.

All that said ..... I love older wine. I love its unique flavor and relish these opportunities. This wine is still good and worth discovering.
White
5/5/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
91 points
Neighborhood Kentucky Derby party

Once again awesome value modern Napa Chardonnay. Mostly fruit forward, oak driven and well balanced.
Red
5/5/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
Fresh and berry laiden fruit forward PN. Modern in style. On the palette the wine is strawberry, raspberry, and some cherry. Lingering notes include cinnamon, and vanilla on the finish. Beautiful wine. One of the better Pinot Noir wines I have had this year.
Red
5/5/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
90 points
Re-opened and updating my score. The wine is all about the balance. Medium to light weight viscous juice which works really really well due to this balance between acidity, fruit, and tannin.
White
5/5/2019 - tomoem Does not like this wine:
80 points
The neighborhood Kentucky Derby Party.

Terrible example of a Sauvignon Blanc. No mineral, no fruit, and a little watery.
White
5/5/2019 - tomoem Does not like this wine:
79 points
The neighborhood Kentucky Derby Party.

An awlful example of a Pinot Grigio. Where the hell is the fruit ? Is this a real Pinot Grigio ? In mouth there is a waxy nature to the mouthfeel. Muted and perhaps more sour than I could stand.
White
5/1/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
91 points
While I am not a huge white French fan I must say this dispelled my impressions about them greatly. The wine was a light straw golden color with a nose of similar straw and lemon grass. On the palette this is mineral driven and more acidic than I like but I totally respect this wine because it is on the finish that this wine shines.

Long lingering notes of lemon peel, grapefruit rind, cedar, and then dried grass straw finish.
White
5/1/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
A well produced and balanced Chardonnay. More French than modern Napa and just so much in balance. Slight amount of wood present with a mineral, slight grapefruit background. Medium creamy mouthfeel reminds me of a Montrachet.
White
4/30/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Ditto to my notes prior to the bad experience on day 3 which I posted in early April 19'. Great balanced expression with popcorn notes, butterscotch and apricot. Awesome !

Just don't let this sit for 3 days opened like I did in my last posting.
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White
4/30/2019 - tomoem wrote:
A more modern chardonnay with mild buttery flavors. Mild amount of oak,with some peach flavors but tainted by an unbalanced acidic finish. An unsettled wine that may need more time.
Red
4/26/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
94 points
2nd night. Simply put ..... great. Let sit at room temperature for 2 hours and man did this settle down. I urge any fan to sit on these wines for several more years. It is so much more tonight than last night. More Bordeaux like than Italian.

Tobacco, lead pencil dominate. Sorry for the analogy to French wine but my nose is the most memorable to that memory. This is a lovely wine where ch is better tonight than last.
Red
4/26/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Just got my allocation. I love the wines from Frank Husic and this Pinot is a good reason why. It is an elegant Pinot Noir. Very similar to my recent experience with the 15'. A largely acidic presence of a wine which produced such a lovely counter to the youthful fruit on this wine. Flavors of light raspberry, and strawberry. The mouthfeel is bright and fresh.
Red
4/25/2019 - tomoem wrote:
92 points
What a nose. I get an herbaceous, smokey cedarwood, and tobacco combo. Total left bank French but then I look and it says ITALY ! Wow is this some good stuff.

On the palette the acidity is dominant to the point where I hope the fruit can remain given this balance. Mid palette and finish is totally dominated by acidity. I want to believe that this wine is still just a puppy given the color. Color is deep dark with no signs of fading.

I am going to let this sit overnight. For tonight 92 and fingers crossed
Red
4/25/2019 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
Light body wine but impeccably balanced. Does not have the wears to really improve much as the acidity and tannin are weak, but today it is not bad. Barely present aromas of light cherry and some asphalt. In mouth weak acidity and nothing astringent here with the tannin either. Finish is mostly fresh cherries. Not bad and a pretty good value in a category which has mostly crap (the under $19) category.
Red
4/24/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
I kind of thought this succeeded in a year which was difficult. The wine is very much Napa Cabernet. Loved it and really liked the notes of CT user Somm David T. I thought he under-awarded the outcome.
Red
4/24/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
94 points
A fabulous rich and viscous Cabernet. Aromas of dark berry jumping out of the glass. Immediate muted fruit notes but what is striking is the mid palette which is layered with cassis, some smoked wood, and tobacco leaf. The finish is lingering flavors of dusty fruit, and some tobacco.
Red
4/24/2019 - tomoem wrote:
93 points
3rd day opened. This puppy is still singing and has settled a lot of its tannin and acidity into a more sedate and creamy juice. More sweet prunes than the first night along with a blackberry residue on the finish. Very raisin filled.

This wine likely needs another 3-5 years to fully develop
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Red
4/22/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
What made me open this ???? So dark and viscous and a core of tannin, acidity, spice and berry that it is awesome right now. The wine however is frankly still developing and should be NOT OPENED.

This is full bodied wine which needs years to mature. On the finish it is spiced and loaded with meaty flavor. This is a great Petit Sirah.
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Red
4/21/2019 - tomoem Does not like this wine:
87 points
I have these in the past and found them drinkable and value driven wines. Tonight this was a let down. More watered down fruit with a short finish than rich or berry laiden. Disappointing !
Red
4/21/2019 - tomoem Does not like this wine:
87 points
Similar notes to my last tasting.
White
4/21/2019 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
My first Pride Viognier. This is a respectable alternative to Chardonnay. Slightly more chalky and crisp than a chard. Best served at refrigerator temperature. Drink now.
Spirits
4/19/2019 - tomoem wrote:
88 points
Orange crushed fruit on the nose. Honey, smokey wood, and melancholy heat on the finish. Not great but also not bad.
Red
2013 Futo OV/SL Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/19/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
The nose is all violet flowers to start which then gave way to more Bordeaux-Like aromas. The in mouth feel is delicate and elegant. Not a modern fruit bomb at alll. Briefly hinted at modern Cabernet but the palette was all Bordeaux. While I know that it is built on a platform of Modern Napa, I sensed the Old World structure in the flavors of this wine.

Probably provided by the classic blend that this wine is a product of.

All that said this wine is still too young but I see the potential future greatness of this wine. The flavors included Wild berries, anise, and dried herb follow through. Aftertaste is medium in length and has distinct cigar box feel to it.

I would still HOLD for several more years
Red
4/18/2019 - tomoem wrote:
88 points
I was not expecting the spiced and unbalanced wine I found here. The aromas are certainly telling as I found a spice laden fruit overwhelming any subtle fruit. The in mouth experience is more harsh with tannin and spices dominating the fruit. The viscosity is dense and rich but so acidity laden that it rises to the level of being unpleasant.
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White
4/18/2019 - tomoem wrote:
I did not finish for the other night and kept refrigerated and corked.

The wine declined since first opening 2 days ago. Furthermore it Declined measurably. Not rating so as not to kill the score of a fine wine. It is far better than tonight's experience so shame on me for leaving it in the bottle for 3 days and expecting something better
White
4/16/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
94 points
Uping my last score. More initial notes in this tasting of cotton candy which morphed into apricot, honey and dried apricots. Quite sophisticated and can come across as a butter bomb to some but there is a tremendous level of balance into the finish. Acidity and fruit in harmony here.

Probably the best Chardonnay of 2016 for the money which I have had thus far. Getting to my Aubert's (yes more expensive) and Shafer Red shoulder's soon.
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Red
4/16/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Awesome wine !! Better than expected and great value as it drinks above its weight.
It is just so deep purple in color and yet has a velvety mouthfeel. On the nose it is ripe blackberry with a slight amount of vegetable. In mouth it has a medium weight viscosity and yet is so balanced. Flavors include cassis, some graphite and bell pepper. Finish is where the wine is weakest as it loses weight and fruit and finishes with chocolate.
White
4/16/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine is crisper than the standard Rombauer. There are more dried apricot and dried mango flavors at the start. The mid palette has a "paper" quality mouthfeel with less fruit expansion on the tongue and more cardboard mouthfeel and taste for that matter emerging. The finish is tight and crisp. There are lingering flavors of pineapple and mango.

Not as good as expected but none the less better than the normal Rombauer.
Red
2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Papera Ranch Russian River Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
4/15/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
I am reiterating my notes from December, and adding to it.

Bright red fruits and an acidic presence which immediately hits you on the tongue. At first there was a thin feel of more bright fruit but then the backend spice reminds you that this ain't no simple diagnosis of a thin wine. Quite complex.

Well produced and if I still better today than 4 months ago
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White
4/16/2019 - tomoem wrote:
88 points
So here we are a week later since I first opened this wine. I had it left out open for 24 hours and then recorked and refrigerated. The wine has improved. The wine is a little unbalanced with acidity dominating, but it is fresh, more approachable. Crisp, tangy, unique and probably designed for 10 years out.
Red
2015 Outpost Immigrant True Vineyard Howell Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/14/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
95 points
CBCC opening dinner. My wine

This stood out for its impeccable balance. This is dark and brooding. I love Outpost wines. I find them to be the greatest value among the Thomas Rivers Brown portfolio. Large crushed blackberry fruit on the nose. The in mouth feel is soft and velvety, however it is on the finish that this wine shines as the fruit and tannin are in near perfect balance with lingering texture that found me chewing.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
4/12/2019 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
CBCC opening dinner. Courtesy of Tom F.

A rich, lush, blackberry laden sweet wine. Kind of like a port wine. Raisin dominated with a welshes grape juice sweetness.
Red
4/14/2019 - tomoem wrote:
91 points
CBCC opening dinner Thanks Tom. T

Not as aromatic of the Mercury Head this followed. The wine is a reserved and quite well balanced Cab. Blackberry fruit with a slight bing cherry at the mid palette. The finish is acidic and the fruit shuts down early to reveal more dried cherry and abundant tannin. Still a good wine.
Red
4/12/2019 - tomoem wrote:
91 points
CBCC opening dinner. Courtesy of Chris C.

A very rich, clearly modern styled Cab. Aromatic nose of nothing both crushed berries. Slightly unbalanced mid-palate with much more dominant acidity, and now some plum coming through. Finish is harsh and frankly a little tart.
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Red
4/12/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
CBCC Opening dinner. Thanks Bob D.

The wine held well against the lineup. The oldest of the bunch. Starts with a nose of blackberry fruit with a slight amount of cedar. On the palette the wine is all Cassis, with some tobacco at the mid palette, and a finish which introduces a slight amount of lead.

This was the most tame of the bunch as it is not a fruit bomb, but rather a refined well structured Cabernet.
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White
4/11/2019 - tomoem wrote:
Not scored because this is way to young and green. It is underdeveloped in fruit, unbalanced in acidity and frankly raw in expression. I am going to leave this one out overnight opened and try in 24 hours.
Red
4/10/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
A great wine with tremendous potential. Today it is drinking fine. It improved over the 3 hours I and my wife had it.

Darker berry fruit, soft on the mouthfeel and yet rich and viscous. I think this wine has tremendous potential. Finish lingers for almost 30 sec. This is a great wine.
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Red
2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Bedrock Heritage Wine Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
4/10/2019 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
Racy rich and raw. The wine is worth holding and letting these elements resolve. I enjoyed it and found just a tad of effovescence in the mouthfeel.

Cherry & licorice on the nose, viscous mouthfeel with restrained fruit, some unresolved acidity and tannin which felt spice laden in the finish.
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White
4/8/2019 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
Ineresting and a wonderful expression of a Washington state white. It is more mineral driven than I expected with notes of lemon and citrus with a melon finish at the mid palette. The mouth feel is more very crisp than creamy. On the finish there is some pear but for the most part it is lemon.
White
4/8/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
91 points
An awesome value modern Napa Chardonnay. Are there shortcomings? .... yes but these are expected for a wine at this price point. I like this wine but it is just good, and not great. The price makes this wine near the top of my QPR for a white this year.

The wine feels slightly high in sugar, overly woody and quite acidic. For many this would be judged as a savory wine for a white and I would add .... hard to dislike.
White - Sparkling
4/7/2019 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
Mediocre but pleasant rose champagne. Some strawberry and peach notes on the palette with short and modest lingering acdic dominated mouthfeel. Might improve but I just don't think so. Suzy felt it was fine.
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