Tasting Notes for Al Ehrhardt

(451 notes on 389 wines)

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Red
7/25/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
An awesome, classic Summa, my favorite R-M vineyard. Raspberry, tart cherry, orange peel, apple, pine. Cloudy ruby red. Loved it.
Red
7/18/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
A nice, easy drinking bottle. Fresh, light, red cherries, raspberries, a touch of floral notes. Not complex, but picked a few up for a discounted price of $16.14. Hard to find a pinot that I care to drink at that price.
Red
7/15/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Another beautiful, and unfortunately my last Puffeney. I had been rationing what was left, but based on cork issues on my last few bottles, knew it was time.

Soft translucent red, delicious lighter red fruits, perfect balance, nice nose, everything is right in my wheelhouse.
Red
7/3/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
flawed
Unfortunately, a bad cork. Broke off removing and it was crumbly which let to brown 'wine'.
Red
6/29/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Just a lovely wine... Not much more to say about a mature, balanced pinot. Wish I had more. Only had one other bottle and drank a few years ago. I'm not sure I would hold any if you have them.
Red
6/13/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Very nice bottle. All of us really enjoyed it and better than a bottle of 208 Vajra Albe Barolo the previous night.
Red
6/12/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
This bottle didn't seem as complex as my last bottle and the licorice was very pronounced.
Red
6/13/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Not as good as a bottle opened two years ago.
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Red
6/9/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
While not as complex when comparing this single vineyard wine to a single vineyard Barolo or Barbaresco, even though it was priced similarly upon release, it's comparable to a good nebbiolo or maybe an inexpensive, entry level B/B. That said at the $9 blow out, not sure there is anything out there close to being this good. Sad that mine are gone and wish I went long on this...
Red
6/6/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Last bottle of this stash and last of any vintage of Puffeney's pinots, which makes me sad. Drank with a great lunch on our patio and while not the finest pinot I've ever drank, it was perfect for the occasion. Similar to my last note on 6/2/18, but this one was in fine shape, won't get any better, but wasn't tired in the least.
Red
5/21/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
I really enjoyed this. I hate to say modern in style, but definitely more fruit forward that a Loire Franc. I would usually say this is faint praise, but it was really good and would buy again. Dark berries and no green bell pepper which I'm not a fan of. But didn't really have the complexity of a Loire Franc.
Red
5/16/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
This bottle is one of the last few from a case. One of my last purchases from Michael Alberty before he closed his StoryTeller Wines, which I so dearly miss. I also miss being able to get Cameron Wines since IL changed their shipping laws. I bought several cases of whatever of John Paul's pinots I could get my hands on for more than a decade.

What a bottle for $20! It's a rare wine that after a sip, my wife grabs the bottle to look at the label. It's in a beautiful place right now, but no rush is needed. Dark cherries, spice, some pine, orange peel, a bit of floral notes. Nice acidity. It's in a beautiful place right now, but sure to hold for a bit.
Red
5/16/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Deep, dark purple. Thought I would not care for it just looking at it. Fot $9.99, I liked it. Have another bottle to try.
Red
5/15/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Love Carignan, but this was a big, nondescript Languedoc rhone varietal wine. Have bought here and there in previous vintages, and glad I only bought one bottle.
Red
5/10/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Raspberry, blueberry, blackberries, thyme, earth, no green bell pepper. I'm a Baudry fan and it was a nice value.
Red
5/10/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
No real notes. Had a short pour while cooking. In fairness, I rarely drink cab, and this didn't want me to buy more. Quite a bit of green.
Red
5/3/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Really delicious pinot. Well balanced, mellow fruit, acid, tannins. In a really nice place. Great job, Todd!
Red
5/3/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
We all really enjoyed this last night. PnP. Bigger than what I would usually look for in pinot, it was plush, smooth, dark red fruits, pine/fir/evergreen, spice, orange peel. Loved it.
Red
5/2/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Not sure if I've had a Perricone before. Ripe and juicy. Fun, but not very complex. Decent for $16.
Red
5/3/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Didn't really spend much time thinking about it, but much more ready than the bottle I opened two years ago.
Red
4/26/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Took a flier on this since it was $13 and I enjoy some frappato's and most nerello's. Not my cup of tea. Overripe fruit bomb. Raspberry/black cherry juice. Will not re-buy, which considering the price is a bummer.
Red
4/18/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Black fruits, spice, and some pepper. I rarely drink zinfandel, but Dashe is one that I'm not opposed to. This was OK, but not memorable. For $20, there is other things I would rather drink.
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Red
4/19/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
While lacking complexity, an awesome midweek bottle at $13. I haven't been finding many bottles this enjoyable for the price, extremely drinkable. Dark cherries, earth, minerals, a bit of tar.
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Red
4/17/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
I don't see many D&G wines at retail in Chicago, and now I understand why this was out on the shelf a few months ago.

Used to drink the occasional cooler climate CA syrahs, but haven't in years. I think you can get pretty good $30 CA syrahs nowadays, but that wouldn't be the case here. This was boring wine. None of feral syrah characteristics, no meat, olives, smoke, etc. Dark fruited (blackberry, plums, black cherry) are dominant and missing any complexity. Bummer, I was really looking forward to opening this bottle.
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Red
4/12/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Lovely! What a pretty wine. Red cherries, strawberries, spice, herbs, just hint of floral notes. Glad to have one more left, but won't hold it long, was awesome now.
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Red
4/6/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Not my style. Very modern, new world, juicy, very bright red fruits, no complexity. Based on the price, really wanted to enjoy it, but it's an easy pass for me, for additional purchases.
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Red
4/8/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
This wine really evolved over time with air. Started looking very mature, went from amber to deep red and gained weight. Red/sour cherries, strawberry, raspberry, spice, menthol, leather, mushroom. Not lacking acidity or tannins.
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Red
4/7/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Really enjoyed this and glad I went kind of long on this, even better than a bottle I opened about 4 years ago. Darker than most nebbiolos I drink, but not obnoxious. Medium, leaning to full bodied. Dark cherries, raspberries, black currants, fennel/licorice, leather, thyme, spice,a bit of rose. Youthful. Looking forward to the remaining half case.
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Red
4/5/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Not my style, too Californian and not much complexity.
Red
4/4/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
A beautiful bottle, not corked like the last 01 I opened a few years ago. Not sure I would hold much longer, IMO on it's downward slope. Nice red cherry, red currants, menthol, leather, earth, pleasurable tannins.
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Red
4/3/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Wish I bought a few of these... Still pretty youthful, big, blackberries, black cherries, smooth tannins, and a hint of mint/menthol. Very enjoyable.
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Red
3/30/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
It's a shame that it's so difficult to find an $11 mid-wwek Chianti any more. Decent for the price.
Red
3/29/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Half priced at a local retailer. Red cherries, red currants, dried herbs. Good wine, but I would have been disappointed if I paid full price.
Red
3/27/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
A bigger styled pinot than I prefer. Black fruits vs. red. Not very complex.
Red
3/22/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Picked this up at a strong recommendation from a local shop. Since it was inexpensive, was hoping I'd dig it. Just not my flavor profile, lots of overripe plums. I usually dig funky wines, but will pass on more.
Red
3/21/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Unfortunately, consistent with the last bottle I had on 2/20/2020. Good, but I usually feel their normale's are always really good to excellent, year in, year out. Very mature for it's age. I usually buy quite a bit of this wine, every vintage. Glad I didn't go long, as I usually do.
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Red
3/2/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Bricking at the edges, medium ruby. PnP. Red cherries, earth, minerals, leather, dried herbs/thyme, licorice/fennel. First bottle of a half case, no rush to drink if you have other older nebbiolos. My guess is there is still upside. Was a good buy at $32 on release for a single vineyard Asili.
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Red
3/11/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Deep, dark, and very youthful. Very full bodied and rich for Barolo. Black cherries, raspberries, herbs, fennel/licorice. Smooth tannins.
Red
3/6/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Should have decanted and given it some air. Closed and tight. Dark fruits and just not showing much. Have another bottle that I'll sit on at least a couple of years.
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Rosé
3/1/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
I've really enjoyed all the Kelley Fox wines that I've had. This came highly recommended and didn't disappoint. Beautiful coppery salmon color. Delicate strawberry, cherry, minerals, herbs, roses. A lovely wine and a pleasure to drink. Wish I grabbed more than one.
Red
2/21/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
The second bottle that I've had of this. I really enjoyed it. Pretty wine, not over the top. Red fruits, pretty complex. Nice value.
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Red
2/22/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Good, lots of secondary characteristics already, seems mature, no youth still showing, at least in this bottle. I'm not sure I would hold a lot longer., it's in a good point now. I think I have one 09 left, that I need to look for.
Red
1/31/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
I really enjoyed this more than the 2014, which I thought in hindsight was a pass. I thought it was a really nice bottle for $13. My guess is the additional time in bottle helped vs. some of the earlier notes.
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Red
2/2/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Rather nice for $13, wish I bought more than a couple.
Red
1/7/2020 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Really enjoyed this. Blackberries, Black cherries, black plums, spice, earth, and leather. Drinking well now.
Red
12/31/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Really nice and $8.96? I screwed up only buying four, but thought the Wind Gap grenaches that Jon blew out were just OK, so was even more hesitant with loading up on the nebbiolo.
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Red
12/14/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
For $20, I liked it after finishing up a different open very tannic bottle. Soft, probably due to 70% barrique vs 30% tonneau. Good value, would try it again. Enjoyed it more than a bottle of the 2015 Salchetto Obvius which was only $1 less.
Red
12/10/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
In a nice place, really enjoyed this.
Red
11/29/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Very similar to the last bottle I opened on 12/24/18. Popped and poured at a restaurant and it really opened up over 2.5 hours. One left to enjoy in the next year or two.
Red
11/27/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Didn't like this bottle nearly as much as the last. This was too big and one dimensional. Way too modern.
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