Tasting Notes for tomoem

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Red
3/24/2019 - tomoem wrote:
This was PnP so no real decant or air. Aromatics of a pure and fairly pedestrian Cabernet. Young and fresh pressed berry with a red plum mid palette. Viscous mouth feel and spice driven finish. Likely way to young to fully evaluate. I liked it and I think this may represent very good value.
Red
3/23/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Third bottle. Bright, fresh acidity, fruit laden. This wine needs lot of time but is delicious today. Medium body
Red
3/22/2019 - tomoem Does not like this wine:
85 points
Wow is this below par. Sharp, spicy and almost sour. I get the attempt at a spicy driven zinfandel that you are known for but this is way over the top and to top that off it is a sour and acidic finish. Avoid
White - Off-dry
3/22/2019 - tomoem Does not like this wine:
86 points
While not a fan of Pinot Grigio I thought this was an ok wine. Sharp, mineral driven and all lemon on the palette. These are the high points. On the low points it is unbalanced and acidic driven which can be unpleasant and a little too sharp. I have had better.
Red
3/22/2019 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
Fabulous value driven Italian Cabernet. Well balanced, spice driven and emersive blackberry experience. Find some as this is as close to one of the better QPR's of the year.
Red
3/22/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
The greatest Calluna I have had. Aromas of tea leaf, and some cranberry. On the palette it is immediate blackberry with tobacco leaf and slight cranberry. On the finish it is all "Cedar" wood and a small amount of tight tannic driven fruit which is totally restrained.

This is built to age and improve. I commend David and his team as this is totally better than all recent vintages.
Red
3/21/2019 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
Hmmm. On the nose it is so restrained almost saying ..... gee thanks for opening me, did you check the year?

I don’t think it is wrong for opening this at 4 years but wow do i regret it. Restrained notes in mouth. Light and almost watery. No evident or present acidity to match the restraint. Virtually no tannin. So why do I think this would improve ? I dont know. I have just dropped my membership. The wine needs some backbone. A real let down
Red
3/19/2019 - tomoem wrote:
87 points
A Poor showing for a wine which I think is better than most. I do think these are served too young. (Not unusual for a high volume producer).

Red berries both on the nose and in mouth. Palette is slightly muddled with a sourness of rotted berries, which I kind of like in a wine. In this case however I think this wine comes across slightly spoiled as there is a background fizzy quality.
Red
3/17/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
91 points
Similar note to my last tasting. Wonderful and aged Pinot Noir.
Red
3/17/2019 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
Brief note. Better than a month ago immediately out of the bottle. Rich and berry driven, viscous, the right amount of peppery tannin. Makes me wonder more about this vintage. I think in an hour this wine will increase in its acidic profile. This wine will not last and drinks better quickly and not decanted nor laid for hours opened.
White
3/11/2019 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
A find this wine well integrated for what it is. More Burgundian than new world. Flavors include apricot, slight amount of pear and cedar wood.
Red
3/9/2019 - tomoem wrote:
92 points
Had this during the weekend of the Concours D'Elegance in Amelia Island.
Drank over 3 days from a magnum. This has aged well and is just so melancholy. Aromas and in mouth flavor of black cherry, raspberry, earth, and spice. The viscosity is thinner but the wine is well balanced.
Red
2015 he-li-an-thus Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/9/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Drank from a magnum at dinner after the Saturday event of the Concours D'Elegnace at Amelia Island. I could agree more at add better color than CT member BABIK. Bravo to those notes for filling in my impressions on the wine and to the wonderful guests I was with tonight.
White - Sweet/Dessert
3/14/2019 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
Lots built up for this but I found it slightly lacking in viscosity. Certainly apricot, tangerine, mango, and some pineapple but the wine is thinner than I would have expected.
Red
3/14/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
Way to young to be trying this puppy. Quite perfumed of lavender and aged leather. Young tasting and seems like this is built to age. Flavors of fresh berry, cedar wood, and aged leather.

This could have used 4-6 hours of decant but trust me it is well structured and built to benefit from age. Finishes with vanilla lingering flavor.
Red
3/14/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
91 points
A lovely and elegant Pinot Noir. Less about the fruit and more about the acidic presence which produced such a counter to the youthful fruit on this wine. Flavors of light raspberry, and strawberry enveloped by a bright mouthfeel.
White
3/14/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
An elegant and stunning Chardonnay. I was told it is 100% new French Oak and I was totally blindsided by its refined in mouth presence. More pear than butterscotch with vibrant and present acidity which serves a great role of balancing the cream. A very well produced Chardonnay.
Red
2015 Ruffino Chianti Classico Aziano Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
3/7/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
90 points
I must say I was shocked. Really thought this to be a cheaper tasting wine in both viscosity, flavor and balance. Found that it is medium body and not watery, the flavors are all very much present mainly fresh cherry and some bramble, and the balance was pretty good. Not overly acidic nor tannin driven.
Red
2/28/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
91 points
I felt it appropriate to taste and post on this tonight.

Today I read that she has sold the winery.

To Merry Edwards: Congratulations to you and your husband.

Having had many of her wines and also my wife meeting her in 2018 at CBCC made me feel that I was as close to the royalty in the wine industry as one could get. I wish I could have met her.

Good luck in you in your next chapter Merry, you have left the industry better than you found it. This is the highest achievement in wine making.

Now for the wine. It is still just so fresh for a Pinot. Not at all cloudy or melancholy in presence. Lively acidity which quickly evolves in mouth to bramble and dark fruit. Still too young and worth holding 3-5 years.
White
2/28/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
91 points
I felt it appropriate to taste and post on this tonight.

Today I read that she has sold the winery.

To Merry Edwards: Congratulations to you and your husband.

Having had many of her wines and also my wife meeting her in 2018 at CBCC made me feel that I was as close to the royalty in the wine industry as one could get. I wish I could have met her.

Good luck in you in your next chapter Merry, you have left the industry better than you found it. This is the highest achievement in wine making.

Now for the wine. I have held this bottle for almost 2 years and I must say I think it has improved. Slightly chalky but a present lemon fruit followed by kiwi, some mango, and apple. Sharp at the start, creamy mid palette and worth finding.
White
2/28/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
91 points
I felt it appropriate to taste and post on this tonight.

Today I read that she has sold the winery.

To Merry Edwards: Congratulations to you and your husband.

Having had many of her wines and also my wife meeting her in 2018 at CBCC made me feel that I was as close to the royalty in the wine industry as one could get. I wish I could have met her.

Good luck in you in your next chapter Merry, you have left the industry better than you found it. This is the highest achievement in wine making.

Now for the wine. It is still just so fresh with white fruit, flowers and great presence. Bright acidity which quickly evolves in mouth because of the presence of cream likely by way of some wood. The wine is not intended to be aged but I believe it will improve over the next 1-2 years.
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Red
2012 Denner The Ditch Digger (Concrete) Paso Robles Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
2/28/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
An aromatically strong presence with strawberry dominant notes. In mouth all berries and a rather pure expression of Grenache. Lingering flavors which are more like forest floor and mushroom than berries. Strong tannic presence still and that tells me this could age further.
White
2/27/2019 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
Pear on the nose but on the palette this is crisp apple, a little bit of melon, and some lemon rind. More crisp than creamy for sure but this wine seems to lack any conviction one way or another.

This wine seems like somebody took every opened bottle at the end of the night and mixed them together. The flavors are muddled and polluted. Quite frankly the wine is simply "Just OK". Hard to really dislike but also hard to really like.
White
2/27/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
94 points
Cloudy in glass and viscous. The aromas are all golden yellow apple like a Lodi Apple. The in mouth feel is dried, crisp and with flavors which are far more lemon citrus than I would ever imagined. Palette starts as lemon and initially tangy and then quickly sweet golden yellow apple emerges.

The finish goes on and on and lingers with lemon, more apple, some dried mango and then again lemon peel.

An awesome expression of a new modern Chardonnay. Less butter, less creamy and doses of minerality which are very much present. The most French styled white Bordeaux I have found in Napa.
Red
2/22/2019 - tomoem wrote:
91 points
From a magnum. Didn't quite get this wine but appreciate the effort. Inky and viscous wine. It tasted better after 24 hours opened. Cherry, mulberry, iron, earthy and raw. Huge tannins at the start which Required hours if not days to ease. Started to after many hours. This wine is built to age.
Rosé
2/22/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
90 points
Had at Ocean Reef Club with friends. A wonderful and fruit driven rose. There are bright fruit notes on the nose with a strawberry dominated flavor. Clearly well produced and worth finding for "rose" people.
White
2/23/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
95 points
Similar note to my last tasting. Required 2 hours of decant and it's worth it. The warner it got the better it tasted.
Red
2/23/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
From a magnum at The Ocean Reef Club. Awesome and fruit forward wine. Clearly Thomas Rivers Brown influence. Blackberry, some sulpher like the flavor of fresh asphalt on the nose and clearly fruit driven.
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Red
2/20/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
91 points
Let me start by saying that I love older wine. I love their unique, aged and melancholy flavors. I appreciate fresh and younger wine as much as anyone but for a change of pace ....... older wine is it.

This one has an aromatic start of stewed berries, moves on to muted kirsch liquor and then ends with just a balanced sweet prune lingering flavor. Great to see the changing nature of PN. Take my advise and try some.
White
2/19/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
I loved it. It exceeded the 15' i terms of fruit and mouth feel. Less woody and more acidic. I believe this will set the bar for the recent releases.
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White
2/19/2019 - tomoem Does not like this wine:
88 points
Not really my style of Chardonnay. Crisper and more mineral driven than the buttery style I prefer. Crisp wine with some tropical notes.
Red
2/19/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
94 points
Immediately out of the bottle the wine has enormous aromatics of grape jelly, and freshly laid pavement of asphalt. On the palette there is an immediate grape jelly flavor and a vegetable background. Tobacco leaf comes through at mid pallete and the finish is long and with acidic core that allows the fruit to linger for literally 30 seconds.

Thick and viscous mouthfeel. Color is deep and dark with a cloudy in glass appearance.
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Red
2/16/2019 - tomoem wrote:
94 points
Repeating recent notes.

OMG is this a big wine. Soft tannins with over the top fruit. Blackberry, black cherry, some tobacco, cigar ash, I mean all of the players of a great Cabernet. Finish disappoints which is why this is not perfect. Slightly unbalanced tannin and acidity which lingered for nearly 30 seconds, but just ohhhh so velvety.
White
2/16/2019 - tomoem wrote:
91 points
Tonight this wine did not shine. More citrus than the Chalk Hill Estate chard 15' and Beringer PR chard 15'. The wine had a dominant acidic mouthfeel which simply failed against the others. Still ..... one of the great value chard's in Napa.
White
2/16/2019 - tomoem wrote:
91 points
Another great evening with the wine. Balanced and creamy textured which frankly stood tall against Berlinger PR chard 15' and Rombauer chard 16'.

Less wood than Berlinger and less citrus fruit than Rombauer. Yet.... this holds its own.
Red
2/18/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Immediately..... it is strikingly bright, and then at mid palette it becomes creamier and just so much more in mouth texture. Fruits are reserved and this wine is much more defined by by complex flavors of bramble and forest floor. It has a lively acidity which needs more time to resolve. Hold another 1-2 years.
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Red
2/18/2019 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
Here is a wine which has all of the tools for a great wine. The Viscosity, color and mouthfeel are awesome. At the mid palette a tinge of bright and tinny fruit appear. On the finish this wine begins to be dominated by sour fruits and even more sour acidity which makes me wonder if they picked rotted berries.

I then think .... no way! Thomas R Brown is far more selective than that.

That said I want to believe it just a bad year. Avoid this vintage.
Red
2/18/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
94 points
A terrific and balanced wine. Totally resolved and balanced acidity and tannins. Fruit emerges from the glass nearly immediately without encumbrance. The fruit starts with black cherry, some currant, then licorice and then vanilla. Touch of citrus held in check by the iron at the finish. This puppy is in its mid life fruit wise, and it's infancy for complex notes like tobacco, iron and vegetable. It is just a puppy and will continue to improve.
Red
2/16/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Absolutely fresh crushed berries all over the nose. On the palette there is immediate spice driven mulberry, some eucalyptus, and a heat laden finish. This is clearly young and ageable but oh my god is this tempting right now. Viscous and balanced mouthfeel.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1/21/2019 - tomoem wrote:
94 points
OMG did this stand out tonight among the sauternes . Tropical & exotic fruits. Mango, then pear, then kiwi, then tangerine, then honey and butter. Tremendous.
White
2/14/2019 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
Valentines dinner with 3 other couples.

Similar notes to previous tastings. Tonight better than recent but then again this could be the wine speaking.
Red
2/14/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
91 points
Valentines dinner with 3 other couples.

A fabulous wine which showed so well against a tough group. Lavender aromatics with purple fruit on the palette. Slightly sweet(ish). Nothing special but for $20 wow. For me the best wine this year for the cost.
Red
2/14/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
99 points
Valentines dinner with 3 other couples. One of the greatest wines that I have had recently. Reviewing my recent notes I suggest that I have been giddy in the past over this wine. Tonight .......... wow even better. This is the real deal on Napa Cabernet wine. Initially this showed 2nd to the Spottswood 09' but then again at the end of the night this wine only accelerated its showing. Did not give this the time it needed tonight.

All that said the wine is top notch if you have the dough.
Red
2/14/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
95 points
Valentines dinner with 3 other couples. A wonderful wine tonight. Aromas with floral notes and lavendar. On the palette the wine starts with blueberry fruit and then morphs to add smokey dark cherry and then tobacco leaf. The wine is deep dark colored with a long finish with resolved tannins.
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Red
2/13/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
I reiterate my last tasting notes. Opened again tonight's gut and those notes were spot on.

Nose of crushed berries with some floral background character added. In mouth the wine delivers strawberry, black cherry and a cedar wood finish. This is a fabulous wine which is Cali Pinot thick and through. Fresh is the word that stands out.
Red
2/10/2019 - tomoem wrote:
91 points
A finely produced and great quality wine. It is smokey, vividly acidic and just laden with cherry kirsch. Simply a beautiful expression of a wine and worth finding. $ 20 something .... really ?
White - Sparkling
2/9/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
Had this on the party bus ride up for dinner at Latour Restaurant @ Crystal Springs Resort with CBCC wine group.

A close rival to the 09' Dom Perignon that I challenge anyone to tell the difference. Crisp with a sweeter mid palette of lemon and brioche and hazelnut and apricot. Clearly this is world class production despite the sheer size of this production. I almost prefer this tonight to the DP.

Literally 1/4 the price.
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White - Sparkling
2/9/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Had this on route tonight on the Party bus for dinner at Latour Restaurant @ Crystal Springs Resort with CBCC wine group.

So young and honestly a close rival to the next champagne the Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV that I challenge anyone to notice. I am sure that in the long run life the DP clearly ages better given its astringent body. Tonight however it is a mere pedestrian bubbly which is quite approachable. Mainly flavors of brioche, apricot, some hazelnut with a finish which is elegant.
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Red - Sweet/Dessert
2/9/2019 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
Latour Restaurant @ Crystal Springs Resort with CBCC wine group.

Forth wine of the night. Big viscous and light cherry liquor. Mostly an after dinner drink with a light alcohol essence to it. Resembles a sweet port except made with cherries.
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