Tasting Notes for Al Ehrhardt

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Red
9/22/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Never saw this wine before and really enjoyed it. Red & White recommended serving it with some chill. Well balanced, good structure, nice red/tart fruit. Would purchase again.
Red
9/21/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Really enjoyed this. Dark fruits (cherries, plums, currants), black pepper, earth, and fresh green herbs. Smooth and well balanced. Delicious with dinner at Althea in Chicago.
Red
9/15/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Decent for $8.99. Black cherry, blackcurrant, blackberry, pepper, herb, evergreens. Not complex, but enjoyable enough when you just need something decent for mid-week leftovers.
Red
9/13/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
A recommendation at a local shop from someone who I trust his palate. Years ago I thought one of the most enjoyable wines, and good value, Yalumba made, but haven't had it in many years. I have to admit I like it for the money and not Australian in style. Maybe the first Australian wine I've had in years.
Red
9/15/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Decent for $9. Tannins are a bit drying. My guess is it would be better in a few years.
Red
9/8/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
OK at a $16.99 sale price, but not at full retail. Plums, black cherry, some spice, earthy, med bodied. First Armenian wine I've had.
Red
9/8/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
I guess I would say it was good, just not my style of pinot, but it was a gift. Black fruits, big, not very pinot like.
Red
2016 Domaine Bories-Jefferies Jus de Caillou Languedoc Roussillon Red Blend
PnP, really enjoyed this. Carignan 45%, Grenache Noir 45%, Cinsault 10%. Nice dark red fruit, fresh vibrant, and fun with Nepalese vegetable mono’s.
Red
2018 Domaine Rimbert Cousin Oscar Vin de Table Français Red Blend (view label images)
9/2/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Very enjoyable and quaffable, fun red. Enjoyed it at a family BBQ.
Red
7/27/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Beautiful nose. Nice tart red fruits, well balanced, delicious. Glad to have another bottle. Not sure you need to hold much longer, was great now.
Red
7/18/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
PnP at a Thai restaurant and I didn't have my Riedel O's with me, had to use a small bell shaped, POS stem. Due to this, I may have impacted it's less than stellar showing, but I doubt it.

Was looking forward to this, but at $29, just meh. I felt it more like an inexpensive, nothing special CdR than a CdP.
Red
7/7/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Nice CdR, decent enough weekday wine with CdR character.
White - Sparkling
2014 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
6/30/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
A nice bottle for the price. Apple, pear, a bit of yeasty dough.
Red
2015 Neyers Sage Canyon California Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
6/18/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Really enjoyed this fuller bodied CA Rhone varietal. Neyers is always solid.
Red
6/19/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Dark red cherries, blackberries, black plums, pepper, minerals, and garrigue. A a nice point, still a bit youthful. Very enjoyable.
Red
6/1/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Unfortunately, my last of a half case. Beautiful nose, barely any funk. Nice red fruits, smooth, and well balanced. Just love Cameron.
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Red
5/25/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
While I prefer a more traditional Brunello, it was still enjoyable with a dinner of roasted vegetables on the patio on a beautiful evening. Very dark, not really showing age visually. Any new wood has integrated. Not very complex.
Red
5/24/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
A beautiful wine. Faded red color, you can stick your nose in the glass and get lost. Sad to only have one left.
Red
5/3/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Last bottle of several and it was gorgeous, old school Barolo.
Red
4/13/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Beautiful bottle of moderately mature Barolo. Only one left, wish I bought more when they were relative values.
Red
4/19/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Loved this bottle and glad to have a few more.
Red
4/23/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Not really a malbec fan, but have had some Cahors that I liked. Enjoy Coutale, but couldn't get into this.
Red
3/30/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Beautiful. Loved it. When I saw that beautiful pale ruby color, I just knew it would be good. Another hit from John and glad to have several more.
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Red
3/30/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
One of the best CDR's I've had in awhile.
Red
3/23/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Last bottle of a half case, that I held too long. Good, but fading, didn't live up to previous bottles. Drink 'em, if you have 'em.
Red
2/23/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Damn... last bottle of my case of 08's. Just lovely as every other bottle was. Awesome value.
Red
2/9/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Haven't had this is several years. Grabbed a bottle with special pricing of $12.99. A nice Rhone-style wine, dark fruits, herbs, minerals.
Red
2/1/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
An enthusiastic recommendation at a local shop. Nice funky nose. Cranberries, red cherries, strawberries, raspberries, earth, fresh herbs, black pepper, and spice. Nice acidity and good structure. I usually like wines where cinsault is the primary grape and not a very minor role player. Would buy again.
Red
1/18/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Shy nose. Clear ruby. Bright, cherry and strawberry, some herbs, not complex at all. I felt too tannic for the fruit. Would have been disappointed at $36, OK at $14 from JR, but could probably get a better French grenache at $14. At $36, no contest with a French grenache based wine I was really excited to try this, and really wanted to like it, but underwhelmed.
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Red
1/11/2019 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Very nice funky nose. Crisp, tangy red fruits. A good Garagiste pick-up, but wish I bought more than two, and now gone.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2018 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Really enjoyed this bottle. I used to buy Pol Roger's when I could find them and was a big fan of their roses, but haven't had one in several years.
Red
12/28/2018 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
I hadn't opened any 2014's or newer until this. I love Summa and OV Summa. First smell and sip, wow, delicious. Tart red fruits, orange peel, spice, pine, corriander. Glad to have a couple more.
Red
12/24/2018 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Balsamico, black cherry, plum, earthy, dusty soil, herbs, tobacco. Don't think you have to run to drink these up, but not sure if it will improve a lot.

You can sense the heat of the vintage in comparisons to cooler vintages, but this is still a very enjoyable bottle. As the old story goes, great winemakers and great vineyards produce excellent wines in mediocre vintages. I bought quite a bit at $49 ten years ago, enjoyed many bottles and unfortunately only two left.
Red
12/25/2018 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Big, full bodied, round, ample fruit, red cherry, violets/rose, earth. Really enjoyable, glad to have several more.
Red
12/26/2018 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
My mistake was to PnP without any decent decanting. Good, especially for $20, but very tight, not giving much.
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Red
12/22/2018 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
I hate when I cellar a wine for 11 years and it is disappointing. First off, not sure I have ever had such a difficult time with a cork. Even with the Coutale double pulltap, I thought it would never come out, like it was crazy glued, Finally, the top half snapped off, but the bottom still seemed glued in... Ugh...

Not sure if the shitty cork affected the overall outcome, but extremely drying tannins and no fruit to balance the green, astringent tannins. not better when I came back to it a few hours later. Very one dimensional.
Red
12/21/2018 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Another delicious bottle. This one had a soft, velvety texture that I don't think I have noticed before.
Red
12/6/2018 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
I usually dislike green bell peppers, and didn't really notice it here. I really got a lot of funk on the nose, that I love. PnP at a BYO, while great at opening, it got better. Glad to have three more.
Red
12/2/2018 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Very good bottle. It was very accessible with PnP. Blackberries, black cherries, black currants, violets, earth/gravel/tar, meat, garrigue. I liked this bottling much better than the basic Bandols that I have had from them.
Red
11/30/2018 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Bright, good fruit, nice acidity, nice with our dinner at Cellar Door Provisions. 90% sangiovese and 10% montepulciano.
White - Sparkling
11/30/2018 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Really enjoyed this fun alternative to a champagne before we went out for dinner. Did like a previous rose vintage a bit better, but would still buy again.
Red
11/22/2018 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Really enjoyed this. Earth/minerals/stone, smoked meats, dark black fruits/black currants, spice. Was in a really nice place.
Red
11/22/2018 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Wow, what a treat. Complex. Meat/bacon, smoke, black pepper, black olives, blackberries, black currants, smoke, earth, and violets. My last of the 2010's, darn...
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Red
11/16/2018 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Didn't take notes, but really liked this. Would buy again.
Red - Sparkling
10/27/2018 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Good, but have had other pet nat's that I enjoyed more. Minimal fizz. Wouldn't buy again.
Red
10/20/2018 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Very drinkable and food friendly Rhone. If it wasn't $22 for a CdR, I would be buying more of it.
Red
10/19/2018 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Bought a bottle on an end of bin deal. PnP. Still tight upon opening, but opened nicely. Dark fruited, deep, nice minerals, earth, garrique.
Red
2017 Foradori Lezèr Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT Teroldego (view label images)
10/12/2018 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Opened with a fried who also loves Foradori wines. We both really enjoyed this and felt it was really different from their other Teroldego's. Pretty lighter ruby, nice tart red fruits, some rose/floral. Good acidity. Would buy again.
Red
10/12/2018 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
Still going strong. Another awesome bottle. Introduced another geek to Puffeney and he loved it. Very pretty wine.
Red
10/10/2018 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
I get this in most vintages, whenever I find some. Always enjoy it. Love the beautifully funky nose. A bit candied, which I don't recall from earlier vintages. Fresh cut flowers, raspberries, red cherries, strawberry, stone/minerals, earthy, pencil, and some green vegetables. Nice acidity.
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