Tasting Notes for adehoop

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Red
12/8/2012 - adehoop Likes this wine:
89 points
Smells true to Syrah, nice pepper, smokiness and ripe cherries coming through. The pepper comes through on the pallet quite strongly with red ripe fruit, cherries and raspberries, a little smoke and charcoal, also a medium amount of acidity and a good tannin structure. It lacks a little roundness for me, quite piercing the way it attacks my mid pallet And the finish lingers but feels one dimensional. I have never been a great Syrah fan, but wanted to try this one because the claret was delicious. This was still a good wine, but not worth the price.
Red
11/30/2012 - adehoop wrote:
flawed
Decided to crack up another bottle, I enjoy one of these per month and share a few bottles with friends. This wine needs to be drunk, most bottles have been great, but all are showing their age. The one I opened today is dying quickly, even as I sit here writing this I can tell how it's changing. Upon opening it was really smooth, earthy with a little fruit remaining, but the air is causing the volatile aromas to evaporate and it's starting to smell and taste sour. So I better drink fast! It's amazing to see it change so quickly but obviously it is understandable.
Red
2007 Château Phélan Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/18/2012 - adehoop wrote:
88 points
color- clear dark ruby. Nose- green and herbal with more mineral and vegetative notes than fruit. Can't say it is the most enticing nose but it is fairly typical of a rustic Bordeaux. Same greenness comes through on the palate, lots of herbs, and some nice acidity. It is lacking a bit of fullness and mouth feel. Great with food because of the acidity and the herbaceousness.
Red
10/21/2012 - adehoop wrote:
88 points
Interesting little wine. Reminds me of old world pinot bulked up with a little french merlot. Nose has hints of herbs/green vegetables, eukalyptus comes to mind, and red fruit raspberries and tart cherries. Good acidity on the pallet, firm tannin structure and nice spices, the raspberries are coming through strongly. A little funkiness too. Simple wine, old world style that holds back on overpowering fruit. It's a nice change from the big bold wines out there.
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Red
2009 Luce della Vite Lucente Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend (view label images)
10/14/2012 - adehoop wrote:
92 points
solid super tuscan! I've had this wine twice and its been a hit both times. Nice dark cherry, mocha, and spice on the nose. Firm tannin structure, big mouth feel but nice balance but does have more fruit and cocoa then earthiness.
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Red
10/1/2012 - adehoop wrote:
94 points
Beautiful! Favorit wine of the night. Delicious nose of ride plum and red fruits, nicely intregrated spices, and a little earthiness. Also get a little greeness from the cab franc. Big mouthfeel and chewy with well rounded tannins.Big fruit, lots of cab coming through, and almost a little sweet. Little acidity. Long finish, well balanced.
Red
8/21/2012 - adehoop wrote:
84 points
Red hot candies on the nose with cedar and some pepper is a very good description, also get some crushed gravel mixed in there. This is not a fruit forward wine. On the pallet it is aggressive, some good tannins even though I found them a little bitter. Probably would do well to decant for 1hr+. Some dark fruit like stewed sour cherries are coming through on the initial attack, then the spices and the acidity hit, medium acidity and medium finish. A pretty basic wine, but great with food. For $8 it is a great weekday medicine!
Red
2003 Rocca delle Macìe Chianti Classico Riserva di Fizzano Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
8/14/2012 - adehoop wrote:
82 points
Clean raspberry and cherry on the nose with a little cherry cordial undertone. Same red fruit on the initial taste, transitions into a hollow mid pallet and it finished a little bit flat. Subdued tannins. I did appreciate the freshness of the wine from the acidity. It is definitely showing its age and probably would have been better 1-2 years ago. Not a good qpr, but wanted to try it
Red
1988 Château Montaiguillon Montagne-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/8/2012 - adehoop wrote:
87 points
Still has a nice color, other bottles that I have opened of the same have been more copper colored. Typical merlot fruit on the nose, lots of red fruits, but his wine is showing its age. It is starting to smell a little rusty and a fruit is losing its strength. Nice clean raspberry, tart cherry, and strawberry with a clean minerality throughout. I like that this wine is clean, not over powered with ripe fruit and still has some tartness. I would say this has peaked about two years ago, but it’s still nice to drink and such a contrast to modern wines.
Red
8/2/2012 - adehoop wrote:
78 points
Fresh raspberry and cherry on the nose but otherwise it was very closed and this was day two, expected a lot more. Same raspberry/cherry fruit on pallet, but it disappeared quickly and transitioned to a hallow mid palette and a bitter finish. Medium tannins, mid-low acidity, wine was thin and lacked interest. No complexity and not simple and clean enough to appreciate it for that style. It didn't overpower our meal which was nice but for the price I have had much better merlot.
Red
7/29/2012 - adehoop wrote:
92 points
Dark garnet red, very vibrant. Powerful nose, dark chocolate, cigar box, and spice with an underlying dark sweet stewed cherry. Could smell the wine all over the kitchen as it was decanting. Left out for 1.5 hrs. Dark cocoa and sweet cherries on pallet, the oak comes through. It has a gentle acidity and tannis are smooth. Full body and long finish. Did notice the alcohol, it was much more subdued on day two, burt at15% it's a big wine. Definitely better than the celeste, but can't beat the perpetual. Oh some yummy, one of my favorite Miguel Torres wines.
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Red
2005 De Bortoli Shiraz - Viognier Yarra Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
7/23/2012 - adehoop wrote:
88 points
Pleasantly surprised. Nice deep garnet color. Violets, blackberry, blueberry, cassis on the nose with some pepper and leather notes from the Shiraz. It opens up with some airing and I actually drank this over three days, it was best on day two-three (for me). Nice black fruit and dark cherries for me on the pallet, toasty oak coming through but well balanced. A little acidity and soft tannins with a med to long finish, overall a medium bodied wine that is not over the top and is great to sip with food. My only issue was that the alcohol did come through on the finish, a tad hot. But solid wine nevertheless
Red
2006 Zaca Mesa Z Cuvée Santa Ynez Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
7/19/2012 - adehoop wrote:
86 points
Leather, cherries, smoky coals, little cedar smoke on the nose. Cherries and pepper coming through, smoky coals on the finish, good acidity on the pallet. Blend and balance of old world plus new. I can appreciate the style but didn't hit a note for me. Pepper was a little too heavy. But still a nice wine, great with food. Elegant. Medium body and medium finish
White
7/15/2012 - adehoop wrote:
86 points
My first vinho verde. Very sour citrus, green grapes on the nose, lemon peel, and a hint of kiwi. Could see the bubbles in my glass while I poured it. Very tart, lemon zest coming through on the pallet and I really got the finish of sour kiwi. Try sour kiwi sometime and note the finish, this wine gives me a similar finish. A little thin for my taste, would like a little more fullness, but it was definitely refreshing and great on a hot day.
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Red
7/15/2012 - adehoop wrote:
85 points
Nice wine, nice dark fruit on the nose with a little pepper and milk chocolate. It did need some time to open up and let some of the alcohol blow off. Dark cherries, blackberries, a little stewed plum, mixed with some pepper notes and cocoa on the pallet. Easy drinking and not too much of an Australian fruit bomb. Tannins were sweet and subdued. Not a conversation starter but great for a little glass while writing papers.
Red
7/8/2012 - adehoop wrote:
90 points
Inky Deep red. Typical nose for this veriatal. Tar, green sulfurous vegetables, some dark Choco, and a little clove. Tar and black fruit on the pallet, dark cocoa, nice earthiness and spices. Well balanced and interesting. Med to long finish great structure and mouthfeel, nice and round. Big fan of carmenere
White - Sparkling
7/6/2012 - adehoop wrote:
88 points
Golden color. Very toasty, yeasty nose, crisp and a little lemon zest. Not much fruit otherwise. Lemon zest and bitter sour grapefruit follows through on the pallet, toasty and a little yeasty, not a lot of fruit here. There is actually quite a bit of bitterness not just on the finish but on the mid pallet too. Med dry on the finish. Medium finish. Low residual sugar. This is well made and excellent quality but you pay for the brand. It tastes better in a big wine glass compared to a champagne flute. I think this needs to age to fully bloom, would love to try this again in five, ten, fifteen years. Too young now.
Red
7/6/2012 - adehoop wrote:
82 points
Light in color. Sour cherries. Clear cherry nose with some hints of bitterness and sour black currant. Sour cherries resonant on the pallet. Very clear cut wine. I am not the biggest fan, this just doesn't do it for my pallet at this point. The acidity is too high and I would like more earthy and funky flavors. The body is medium light and the finish is fairly dry and med-long. I would have a hard time pairing this with food since the acidity is high, but it may work well with any tart berry based sauce or a sweet soy based dish?
White
7/6/2012 - adehoop wrote:
92 points
Buttered popcorn on the nose with tart green apples and firm stone fruits. Nice limestone minerals. Crisp stone fruit on the initial attack followed with a little butter from the 25% oak treatment. Fairly dry, little residual sugar. Medium body, but still feels weightless, not heavy in anyway, very balanced and clean. Well made and layered with nice flavors that transition beautifully from start to finish. Great to pair with fish such as swordfish or halibut, lobster, crab and scallops.
Red
7/4/2012 - adehoop wrote:
It does open up a little more on day two, a little more tart cheery fruit comes through but the tar is still strong. Still I like this style of wine, just lacks some balance. It's interesting and different. I would say it is better on day two 86
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Red
7/3/2012 - adehoop wrote:
91 points
Nice dark rich garnet color. Gorgeous nose of dried raisins and spices, some dark ripe blackberries, plums, and figs, stewed with a little tobacco and clove. Pallet: Nice spice with dark ripe fruit that is very well balanced with some sweet tannins and some soft oak. Very smooth mouth feel and med to full body. This is one of my favorite wines for a great price. Most people I serve and do wine pairings for will choose this 100% Monastrell over any other wine we serve by the glass at Zinc restaurant. It has never ceased to impress.
Rosé - Sparkling
7/3/2012 - adehoop wrote:
88 points
tart grapfruit on the nose, limestone minerals and sour stone fruit. Low residual sugar, tart and crisp, clean taste, pairs nicely with seafood. Enjoyable 88+
Red
6/29/2012 - adehoop wrote:
80 points
So much fruit! On the nose it is splashing with ripe sweet fruit, lots of blackberries, blueberries, sweet raspberries, dark plums. A little oak, but overall it smells like a fruit bomb. On the pallet it is thick and goopy with fruit, fruit and more fruit. There is really little of anything else going on. Big thick mouth feel, but so one dimensional. It's not my style, hard to drink with food and simply not interesting. The finish is med and it ends fairly abruptly.
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Red
7/3/2012 - adehoop wrote:
85 points
On day one...smells of Tar and wet cement, lots of minerality and some dark cherries and sour berries. I love carmenere for the tar smell. I also get some dark bitter cocoa and spices. On the pallet the fresh tar comes through (so typical for carmenere), along with dark cherries, peppers, some green vegetable, pepper and cocoa mass. Nice tartness. The body is medium, no sweetness, the length is medium and somewhat short and it ends a little dry. I like dry wines but it would need to be drier to make it notable. It was a little thin for me on the mouth feel and off balance. If I could add a shot of stewed fruit it would help, it just needs a little more body, a little more fullness. But after drinking too many Napa valley cabs or Australian Shiraz, it is nice to have something more tart. Camanere drinks nicely with food and especially goat/sheep cheese.

This wine can use some age, I think the fruit would come to the forground more with some time.
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Red
6/13/2012 - adehoop wrote:
88 points
On the nose I get a little green pepper and dark berries, blackberry, dark raspberry, and a little plum. I was expecting a little more green vegetable and earthiness, but I would say this is more new world Bordeaux style. The taste reveals initial red fruit like cherry, and raspberry. It is really well rounded and I thought well balanced with a good little tannin structure to support the fruit. A little cigar box and cocoa but, again, nicely integrated. Nice med to full body and medium to long finish. Yummy wine. I can see this with many dishes even something fairly rich; I would love to have this with a basil pesto sauce or a rague with thyme and rosemary.
Red
6/13/2012 - adehoop wrote:
86 points
On the nose I was a little disappointed, thought I would get a little more out of it. Picked up lots of strawberry fruit mixed with a little flower petal, but not sweet flower petals more sour/tart smelling. Also get a little wet brick..funny enough and a little muskiness. The strawberry comes through on the pallet, lots and lots of tart strawberry, even a little rhubarb stew, with a touch of pepper. Medium body, a little dryness on the mid-pallet. The finish is medium, and a little abrupt. Solid wine overall, not as rich as some other Grenache I have had, but nice drinking.
On the second day it actually rounded out a bit and I get a little more sweetness on the nose, but also more ground pepper, and a little more lush on the pallet, fruit has come through nicely. Love Grenache with dark chocolate, but this one was to thin to stand up to it and a little too tart. Better with something sweet and savory like a teryaki sauce and duck.
Red
2008 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
6/13/2012 - adehoop wrote:
92 points
Really simply delicious. On the nose it smells of syrupy dark fruit that have been stewed and mixed with
Cocoa powder. Also a little hint of pepper and melted down cranberry jolly rancher. In the pallet it was smooth and silky, med full body and beautiful fruit. Not over the top fruit, I found it well balanced and it had a great mouthfeel. A little mocha coffee as well. Really nice wine, wanted to eat it with a rich Demi glaze sauce on beef or veal or a sweet honey five spice roast chicken!
Red
6/9/2012 - adehoop wrote:
88 points
Good concentrated fruit on nose a little tar and a little coffee. Nice current on the nose, med to long finish, nice tannins, not to astringent. Like the spice
Red
6/9/2012 - adehoop wrote:
88 points
Nice raspberry Jam on the nose and a little oak but well rounded red berries. Nice complexity on the pallet beautiful fruit shining trough and good depth.
Red
6/8/2012 - adehoop wrote:
85 points
Nice sour cherry and raspberry on the nose with a little earth and bacon fat. Quite light and light body. Fresh and tart on the pallet the sour cherry and a little cranberry shone through. A little one sided, wanted a little more earthiness to add depth.
Red
6/5/2012 - adehoop wrote:
89 points
Great little spicy Portuguese wine! On the nose: nice spice, a little cigar box mixed with clove which reminds me of the spicy tempranillo I have had. But a little more to the medium side compared to those big Spanish wines. Also get some nice dark fruit and cherry on the nose. On the palate, nice tannin structure, well balanced with the fruit and the spice. Wish the finish was a little longer but really a nice well rounded wine! Goes wonderfully well with a roast or some deer meat.
Red
6/5/2012 - adehoop wrote:
89 points
Decided to break the case! It is old, but has held up well. Surprised by the fruit still in this wine. On the nose: nice clean fruit of cherry, raspberry, and minerality. Very clean. On the palate: fruit came through especially with a little time. Tasted some nice tart cherries and strawberries, a little barnyard..just a hint, still some backbone and nice medium body. It is definitely time to drink this, fruit will only diminish from now on, it was probably at its peak two years ago. Nevertheless, a classic French Bordeaux that withstood the test of time. Probably was a beast in its day!
Red
6/5/2012 - adehoop wrote:
84 points
Nice colour, deep red. On the nose:interesting herbasciousness mixed with tar, definitly smells like fresh tar, and a little cruciferous vegatable but with underlying fruit of dark cherry, raspberry, and a little old dried plum. Palate: medium to full bodied, nice acidity, a little dryness, again there is a nice herbacious componenet, a little woodiness, but the fruit does not come out as much as I would like, a little tart cherry rounded with a little dark fruit, but not very clear. Not a vivacous finish, but still enjoyed the wine, really helped me understand the tar smell. Had it with cheese and it went really well with a nice firm goat cheese (Drunken Goat) which mellowed out the alcohol and tar component of this wine.
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