Tasting Notes for tomoem

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Red
4/3/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
The best of my recent tastings. Immediate strawberry sweetness also sweet black cherries. The nose is black cherry and a small amount of asphalt sulpher. The mouthfeel is quite acidic and alive. Lively acidity at the mid palette which totally suppports the fruit. An awesome fruit laden experience worth finding and drinking in the next 1-2 years.
Red
4/3/2020 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
Opened another tonight and found similar notes to prior initial tastings. Am going to wait till 24 hours and post notes then. For now good but closed still.
Red
4/2/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
96 points
Such a rich and restrained nose. You can sense the power in the bouquet. Crushed blackberry, blueberry and a ton of violet. Mid pallete of mulberry fruit with a tinge of freshly paved asphalt moves on with mid palette of cassis, sweet prune, mulberry, and iron delivered with a velvet mouthfeel. Lots of heat in the back end.

Tremendous wine which is worth finding and a real value compared to the quality of this juice. This ranks up there against some of the better modern Napa Cabernet wine. Reminds of Futo SLD Cabernet which is double the price.
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White
4/2/2020 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
Tough to write on this after 2 Aubert's last night. It is rich, but flat, fruit filled but lacking that layered expression. Better than just ok.
White
4/1/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
95 points
Outstanding but given tonight's Aubert Lauren Vineyard 12' & 15' I must say this one did not live up to the the high bar set by the Lauren's.

Probably beginning to decline. So drink up.
White
4/1/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
96 points
Tasted this against the 2015 Lauren.

Winner winner !! But truthfully both are awesome. Immediate viscous and cream textured wine with lemon, tropical fruits and mascarpone cream mouthfeel.

The Aubert Lauren ages beautifully. My style and my fav of the 2 tonight.
Rich, layered and oak driven. More restrained acidity than the 15' but also more butterscotch and balanced.
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White
4/1/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
95 points
Tasting this tonight versus the 2012 Lauren.

This one has a definite acidity presence larger than the 2012. I think that Aubert - particularly Lauren Vineyard age better because of this acidity. Tonight I find strong presence of citric fruits. Immediate lemon and grapefruit sweetness and orange with a finish of lingering tangerines. Background of wood ever present in Aubert's exist here. Layered and simply Rich !!!
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Red
3/30/2020 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
Similar initial notes to recent tastings. I will add that the wine declines significantly after about an hour. I would drink now.
Red
2016 Flora Springs Trilogy Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/29/2020 - tomoem wrote:
91 points
Similar to past tasting. I am going to add that sour cherry fruit dominates early and mid palette experience.
Red
3/29/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Best after several hours opened. At first this was closed and rather acidic.

Cherry nose dominated though some background notes of raspberry and compote are her as well. On the palette the wine reveals cedar wood, tobacco leaf, and cherry. At the mid pallete the wine added boysenberry and once agin more cherry fruit. Finish is definitely acidic and this is the downfall of the wine right now. That said I would sit on this for another Few years.
Red
3/29/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
91 points
Tonight is the best of the recent tastings. So light bodied and yet so powerful and fruit laden. Slight nose of cherries but in mouth the cherries come forward along with some blue berry. Lowering my score tonight given my restraint.
Red
3/26/2020 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
PnP and I must say for a sub $25 Felsina it seems so alive and laden with fruit. The aroma of bright cherry fruit however leads to nothing more. Seems thin in appearance. The in mouth flavors are immediate unripened fruit of strawberry, somewhat unripened cherry, and unripened plum. This is at first a light bodied but after 60 minutes the wine turns noticibly acidic and sour. Mediocre and yet enjoyable. Best under $20
Red
3/26/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
So melancholy tonight. I love older wine. No where can you find such unique and distinct flavors .... no where else !

Fruit, acidity and tannin in great balance again. Aside from that, this wine reminds me of my last tasting notes.
Red
3/26/2020 - tomoem wrote:
Tonight it's day 2 and reiterate my notes from yesterday except as ammended below:

Bigger acidity in the mid palette oddly.
Huge globs of residual sugar and sediment left in my glass.
Red
3/24/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
Tonight as before this a really awesome fruit forward PN.

It remains viscous, and rich with spices laden in the mid palette and finish. Flavors on those benchmarks are of strawberry (maybe over-ripened) and a large amount of heat. In the glass it remains cloudy and sports a vivid acidity. The finish is lingering strawberry and spices.
White
3/23/2020 - tomoem wrote:
Definitely it is a drinakable $10 Chardonnay. Don't look for this wine to impress but for all of its thin viscosity, and lack of depth it is also well balanced with its acidity and delivers Chardonnay (albeit ... watered down) with a buttery flavor.
Red
3/23/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
I reiterate my recent tastings. Dinks much bigger than PN. The cork tonight was dark purple (unusual for a PN) Rich and slightly decadent for a Pinot. More forest floor notes with mushroom emerging. All this among a background of bright cherry, plum and some black fruit.
Red
3/23/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
Adding to my note.... Blueberry pie at the mid palette emerges tonight while I get no leather, cassis or what deem classic notes of a big Napa Cab. More medium bodied than full bodied. An interesting complexity which is not what I remember from my first tasting. I am lowering my score slightly and I still like it.
Red
3/22/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
97 points
After being open for 24 hours (uncorked, unrefrigerated and open on the counter) this wine was singing on day 2. Balanced (unlike the first hour), deeply fruit laden (unlike the first hour), viscous and filled with blackberry, cassis, and tobacco flavors (similar to initial notes). Mid palette has vanilla and cigar ash. The finish is velvety and the fruit just simply doesn't go away.

A powerful Thomas Rivers Brown production. Worth having now with a 2 day decant or waiting for another 3-5 years.
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Red
3/20/2020 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
I can't post better notes than those of CT member ANDROURSE He is spot on ..... bravo!!
Red
3/20/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
91 points
An awesome lighter bodied wine which checks many of my "daily drinker" boxes on wine evaluation. It is under $20, it is balanced, rich on fruit, a juicy mid palette and a terrific back end with lively acidity. Deserves better CT scores.
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Red
3/19/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
91 points
Adding to prior scores. 1 year later .... this wine has really become more balanced, and to highlight the improvements, it delivers more fruit amidst some serious acidity and tannin. Spicy still and very much laden with tannin the wine continues to improve. I am quite taken with the improvement and I thought no this wine needs more time.

I originally posted notes mildly criticizing the wine quality for the price but reversing some of those accusations here now with this posting. Worth finding if this year is still out there.
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Red
3/18/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
Once again this wine began with sulpher and strong berry aroma. This led to an in mouth fruit bomb of blueberry pie and a distinct vanilla and cedar mid pallete. The finish is so balanced with acidity and tannin that it is simply creamy on the finish. Hint of mulberry on the lingering flavor.
Red
3/18/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Just so fresh and fruit laden that I wonder (briefly) if this is an aged port with all of its melancholy and thin mouthfeel. After just 1-2 seconds emerges it's tannins and so does its acidity. This is a wonderful and enjoyable Brunello. Fabulous aromatic bouquet of fresh berries. On the palette once again strawberry and more fresh black berries. Wonderful finish with balanced tannin and acidity. Hard to imagine that this particular wine could get too much better as I fear it's active fruits will work against aging.
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Red
3/14/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
90 points
I reiterate my 12/19/19 notes. A really good wine worth finding and tasting
Red
3/14/2020 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
Let me start by saying that I love the wines of the Honig's. I met Michael at our CC several years ago at a tasting event. I have grown to love the wines from Bartolucci vineyards and tonight had the pleasure of tasting Rafael Vineyard.

This wine is just OK tonight. There are balanced flavors, tannins and acidity. It is at worst, melancholy, smooth and youthful right now, and at best hugely benefited by bottle age with fruit emerging from a current restrained state.

Hard to believe that I am advocating for more age given the 8 years since bottling but then again I love old wines. This has all the beneficial potential qualities present in old wine.
Red
3/14/2020 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
An ok Cali Cabernet with mild tannins, mild acidity And mild fruit. Hard to say that I dislike and also hard to sa that I like. Very PEDESTRIAN in nature. So it is just ...... ok. Actually it might be good for the price.
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Red
3/14/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
Again this is an awesome Cabernet. That said from a winemaker who swore not to make a Cabernet (supposedly) years ago. The wine is just so elegant with fresh squeezed blueberry fruit nose in combination with a touch of sulphur. In mouth the juice is forward and definitely blue fruits influenced which leads to its elegant and mild acidic mouthfeel. Overall medium weight with balanced tannins. Feels about ready right now to drink.
Red
3/13/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
I met Frank & Julie Husic at Canoe Brook CC and have grown in my appreciation and love of the wines. Bought this at Ma(i)sonry in Napa before I met them (maybe 2014) and opened this tonight.

Blueberry fruit dominant and a creamy texture in mouth. Long lingering blueberry fruit flavors with clearly present wood in the process of aging.
Red
3/12/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
I met Frank & Julie Husic at Canoe Brook CC and have grown in my appreciation and love of the wines. Bought this at Ma(i)sonry in Napa before I met them (maybe 2014) and opened this tonight.

Blueberry fruit dominant and a creamy texture in mouth. Long lingering blueberry fruit flavors with clearly present wood in the process of aging.
Red
3/12/2020 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
Once again let me state that I love old wine. I love it's complexity, melancholy resolution (most of the time) and certainly unique flavors which are undiscoverable anywhere.

Like my last tasting the wine has a presence of berry, aromas right from the start. Still quite acidic but.... a slightly rotted strawberry flavor and blueberry present the majority of the flavors. While I continue to believe it's past its best days the wine is unique and melancholy.
Red
3/10/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
91 points
I think I paid under $10 for these and I must say ..... WOW !

Beautifully aged Syrah at near peak drinking window. Creamy, viscous and well balanced.
Red
2008 Château de Mole Puisseguin-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/8/2020 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
A modestly produced St. Emillion. Nothing special but aged and filled with aged fruit flavors. Tannic and mildly acidic (still) the wine has bright cherry flavors set within an aged fruit backdrop. Melancholy and thoroughly enjoyable.
Red
3/6/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
95 points
The wine is approaching perfection. After an hour of being opened the wine is singing with aromatics of crushed blueberry, cherry fruit and a distinct sulphuric aroma. On the palette the wine is enveloping on the tongue with a creamy mouthfeel, balanced acidic reaction in mouth, viscous texture, and round fruits. Finish is long and lingering with black olive flavors and mulberry dominating.
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Red
Amazing wine but seriously in need of age and decant. Opening this (as I had) did no justice to this wine. It is built to age and was so un-impressive tonight right now. Unavailable fruit given the tannic bomb that it was. Not lacking structure the wine is triumphant and proud.

I recommend decanting this for 12-24 hours or better yet ... don't open for 5-10 years. This is a big time wine. Cannot rate ... but likely 95+
Red
3/6/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
The wine shows beautiful with a 3+ hour decant.
- In the first hour, Tight w/ firm (no .....very firm) Tannins. Almost no fruit
- In the third hour it was oh so viscous and creamy.

Blackberry fruit, iron, tobacco leaf and peppery on the palette. Mid palette reveals more of the same with emergence of mouth enveloping viscosity and some sulpher.

The finish is layered with flavors of shifting black fruits and cigar ash, and pepper and then back to cassis. Clearly acidic laden, the wine is built to age and at that give it 5 more years.
Red
3/6/2020 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
Among the various and more pricey Rudd's I thought this showed 2nd best to the "Samantha's" tonight. Ready to drink with blackberry fruit, some interesting iron flavor and bell pepper. A fairly well produced complex mix of vineyards.
White
3/6/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
95 points
A stunning and rich Chardonnay. Where do start... layered with creamy texture, pieces of mineral in the mix and that oh so fruit filled finish of melon, tropical fruit and finish of butterscotch. I loved every it.

It is a "Beast" of a Chardonnay.
White
3/6/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Rich freshly squeezed lemons my cedar with creamy pear and what I thought had be wood aging. Awesome and worth finding the wine is round, viscous and fruit lingering in mouth. Some kiwi, some peach vanilla, cedar and tropical fruit. I was correct on the wood.
White
3/6/2020 - tomoem wrote:
88 points
It's just ok and honestly a little pricy for the quality of the juice. Lemon with a tart and mineral stone mid palette. Finish is flat and a little unbalanced with the dry character taking over.
Red
3/4/2020 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
My favorite of the lot though not any type of breakthrough. Tannins are present but do allow the fruit to emerge. Cherry with a strawberry pop tart mid palette, turning more muted on the finish which closed up the fruit to only allow a lingering dry and sour mouthfeel.
Red
3/4/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
Quite aromatic and just filled with crushed red fruits. In mouth red berries with dried cherries, some vanilla nut, and certainly mulberry. Quite well balanced and worth finding. Finish includes cinnamon spices, black olive, and sweet prune.
Red
3/4/2020 - tomoem wrote:
88 points
A little unbalanced on the palette with drying dominant tannin. Caused me to literally seek more to counter the tannin. I think built to age and a wine which needs significantly more time to be evaluated. Barely present fruit because of the damn tannins.
White
3/4/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
My style of a chard based wine. Definitely old world Burgundian style wine which really is terrific. Vegetable like start with slightly unripened apple and limestone mid palette. The finish is balanced with lemon rind and pineapple.
White
3/4/2020 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
While I am generally not a huge fan of this style white, I must say that it was surprisingly enjoyable. Refreshing with a distinct lemon appearance and for that matter flavor. Light and mineral dominant with a finish of pineapple nose
Red
3/2/2020 - tomoem wrote:
92 points
A huge and generous wine. Hints of mint set among the dust driven tannins. Still enjoyable and big. Ready now, and I don't thInk it will get much better than now.
Red
2/29/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
ORC

From a magnum. Such a great follow up to the Colgin Cariad 99' magnum. It is simply fruit forward and balanced compared to the Colgin. Enjoyable and preferred by most tonight. Initial palette is all crushed berry with some cherry, and some plum. At mid palette the wine is more acidic with lively flavors of bright sweet plum and young cherry fruit. Well made.
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Red
1999 Colgin Cariad Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/29/2020 - tomoem Likes this wine:
94 points
ORC

From a magnum. An awesome and large Cabernet which is likely at it s peak. Amazing nose of flowers for the age (21 years) quite a nose. On the palate the wine has wond faul acidity, in check tannin and overall good balance.
Red
2/29/2020 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
ORC thanks to CC

It is all blueberry fruit with a slight amount of cedar wood. On the nose it is alluring and layered but that is its greatest achievement (right now) as it is non-dimensional beyond that. Now, with that critique said, it has slight nuances which I think simply need more years to emerge. Tannins shut down most of the real depth flavors right now.
Red
2/28/2020 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
ORC ...The Islander

The fan favorite with its fruit forward character and hard to dislike balance. Made for this day and this will not age well. I suppose enjoy now !

Cherry cola, sweet prunes and brown sugar.
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