Tasting Notes for p2002

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Red
6/8/2018 - p2002 Likes this wine:
88 points
Last of the set I bought on Woot after the close-out of the vineyard. It seems I saved the best for last, wonderfully deep and darkly complex after a night on the shelf.
Striking is the depth of color, opaque deep dark delicious purple. Also striking is the nose, mostly floral; blueberry, blackberry, raspberry petals. A great deal of promise of something light fun and frivolous. I mentioned the notion of something akin to a painted lady, my friend laughed and dismissed this offering, suggesting instead the notion of a hostess from a Tolstoy novel. Recognising the brilliance of this insight I immediately offered up Anna Pavlovna. He demurred, saying he had in mind a younger, more exuberant and carefree persona, then mentioned Helene Kuragina. Smiling, I saw his wisdom, and we laughed riotous laughter together. Hemingway then punched us each in the nose.
88 points is about right. If you happen upon this in friends wine fridge encourage the exploration. Pop it open early in the evening, decant it fully, and a few hours of patience will likely be well rewarded.
Red
6/2/2018 - p2002 wrote:
flawed
Just is tasting off, mostly getting cherry cough syrup. Not at all enjoyable, hope for better on the next PnP.
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Red
4/27/2018 - p2002 Likes this wine:
88 points
This is the last of the three bottles I held. The heading would be more aligned to true reading: 'p2002 liked this wine.' Far past its prime, this wine is still holding structure and balance, but any vivaciousness is long gone. The nose is faint with only a hint remaining of dark fruit and oak. The mouth feel is pleasantly full, the tannin still present and drying, there is some heat from light etoh and while the acid dominates I would not call this unbalanced, but I do recall the prior two bottles as being better integrated.
Worth noting the cork dismantled on opening, however it did not show an indication on seepage, and the color of the wine is not showing signs of oxidation; deep, near opaque, garnet with a sliver thin rim.
Red
4/14/2018 - p2002 Likes this wine:
89 points
This wine is holding up nicely, well balanced with the acid carrying the red fruit notes. It is translucent with the slightest hint of brick and a wide meniscus. Legs are thin slow and plentiful.
Very pleased to find this in the cellar, even more pleased to still be holding one more bottle. Paired it with prime rib, may be better with a rich pasta (thoughtfully planning my near term future....)
Red
2005 Red Zeppelin Black Zeppelin Paso Robles Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
4/11/2018 - p2002 wrote:
82 points
Getting past it's prime. Pop and pour was off - tasting a little of vinegar. After having been left on the shelf for an hour or so, the wine integrated nicely. Though nothing on the nose and without much in the way of fruit, it opened up to an interesting complexity; mineral, floral, faint non-discernable fruit. A definite improvement in hour two and three over PnP.
That said, a day on the shelf with just over a half bottle left did not do this wine any favor, the second day tasting was frankly flat and lifeless, even a little sweet and flabby. Not all together unpleasant, but not at all improved, and maybe even degraded (working with food pairing to improve the experience.)
Based on this I am suggesting this wine is past and I am sorry I held this in the cellar for so long. I have one bottle left that I will open sooner rather than later and will approach the 2009 set I hold within the year.
White
1/26/2018 - p2002 wrote:
87 points
Very nice nose, just plant your face deep in the rim and take it all in. Wonderful value at $11, I found a steal at $6. Great pairing with lemon pepper white fish.
Red - Fortified
1/2/2018 - p2002 Likes this wine:
85 points
Consumed over a period of many months, this wine has held up very well. On its last pour it is still only showing a light ruddy\rusty tone with some loss of clarity and leaving to the gods some two tablespoons for the sake of sediment. The flavor was nice, not overly complex but pleasant, with a subtle sweetness, nothing cloying here. It had a round, full mouth feel, it drank very silken - in every positive way. I may have given this wine a higher score had I consumed it sooner (and younger.)
Red
12/10/2017 - p2002 Likes this wine:
91 points
One of the better experiences I have had randomly selecting a wine based a label reading. Having sat on this for longer than expected (6+ years) I was concerned it was past its prime, I am pleased to say this wine is still holding its own.
Big fruit on the nose. Pleasingly jammy on the pallet with a big mouth feel and a satisfying long finish. On appearance the wine is slightly translucent with only the slightest hint of rustiness at the lip of the meniscus, else-wise showing as a healthy ruddied wine with a number of years of life left.
Red
4/29/2017 - p2002 Likes this wine:
86 points
A conservative 87 as this wine seems to have held well with only a slight brick\rust tint in color showing its age. The wine is more robust in body than I would expect from a Pinot Noir, and maybe presents with a little more ETOH than I would expect too (the bottle label was warn off where the alc.% is listed, so I didn't know what to expect.) Otherwise this is still showing a pleasantly pronounced nose, with tasting notes recalling some red berry, a little earth, but nothing overly complex. All in, this was a nice find in the back of my cellar, a bottle that I firmly believe would not benefit from further aging and perhaps is beginning to fade.
Red
8/17/2016 - p2002 wrote:
87 points
Very good bottle craft, nice presentation. Opaque at its core, garnet in color, clear but not crystalline. Nose was nice and as expected of a fresh Cali cab, black fruits and cherry, with some interesting, if subtle complexity.
On PnP the nose did not transfer to the palate. The wine was clean, astringent, slightly acidic, there was some heat from alcohol (this surprised me), and nothing particularly vivid in flavor.
After a few hours the wine warmed up and opened up, notes of cherry were more recognizable, a little black current and greenness began to appear. Overall my nose liked this wine much better than my palate. With a little coaxing of time, decanting, maybe a Venturi, this wine may become much more impressive then my experience and first impression.
Red
11/25/2015 - p2002 wrote:
83 points
I found this as a bottom shelf special at the local grocers store, using it to compare bottom tier merlot to something somewhat more above average. For my $7 I got what I paid for and a little more. This maybe reflective of 2013 as being a better year than others but I think it held to the variital fairly well, good color, fairly deep, consistent rim, medium bodied - not the full-on mouth feel you would find in power merlot - but it had structure. The flavors I found were subdued and that was the primary fault I found in this wine; some fresh berries, subtle earthy (woodsy) undertones but nothing stood out and nothing here really memorable. I paired this with a homemade pizza and it went well. I spared the better bottle for another day as I do not see this wine holding up well beyond a two day window.
Red
11/11/2015 - p2002 Likes this wine:
87 points
87 (+) points seems about right. A pleasant well made wine, very enjoyable.
Red
2/21/2015 - p2002 wrote:
85 points
This wine is a thin translucent garnet in color, with a nice initial nose of spice, red fruit and sweet cherry. I wonder if it makes sense to say that this has a 'flat mid-palate'? That is my impression, in any case. Strong on Zinfandel and Syrah flavors, and I would have hoped for a CS-Merlot dominance. As always I will reflect more on day two, but for now I am left with the impression of this as being a somewhat better than average table wine.
I see WE rated this as an 80 point wine, noting the wine impresses as sugary (they add Porty), this too was my first impression . Though I feel the 80 point mark would be inconsistently harsh for me to abide to given my prior scoring on lessor wine (it is after all amateur review), I will acknowledge that a score of 85 seems generous on reflection.
Red
2/9/2015 - p2002 wrote:
82 points
Certainly neutral on this first glass - maybe this will be better over some time, but my hopes are not high. This is a very thin, very translucent, light ruby red pinot. pnp with a nice nose of spice and red berry, but some surprising heat from the alcohol - surprising at 13% abv. The etoh blew off quickly (`10min in the glass) but still impressed me as a little hot for the abv. This is a very thin wine. Holding a nice bright red berry note at first, but a somewhat off-putting aftertaste. Not really to my liking at this point.
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Red
5/9/2014 - p2002 wrote:
86 points
Still holding its own, this is a pleasant, if now over the hill, fair quality California Zinfandel.
Brick red in color, showing some significant age. From first taste to day two this wine shows a very smooth tannin with low alcohol heat\presence (as opposed to what I expect from a young Cali Zin), and a distinct (if one note) red berry flavor profile.
Overall a happy find in the cellar.
White
5/3/2014 - p2002 wrote:
86 points
On opening I noted subdued melon and citrus aromas. Flavors are primarily those of white tree fruit, and not very complex. The mouth-feel is slightly thin for a California Chardonnay, backed by bright bracing acidity. Perhaps to a fault, as the acid dominates and makes the wine slightly out of balance.
This is a fair showing from a shelf wine. TH's 'Barrel Reserve' was a seemingly short lived effort designed to be an upper tier select wine with a SRP tag of $29.00. I bought mine at $9.99. I had purchased a case of this when they were clearing out inventory, and I feel I found a very good QPR wine. For a low end price point Cali Chard, this was a great find and drank well over the course of the three years or so I held onto my 12 bottles. This is the last of that lot.
Red
2009 Bodegas Tritón Tempranillo Tridente Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León (view label images)
5/1/2014 - p2002 wrote:
82 points
On the positive side this wine is very pretty in the glass, showing as a slightly translucent, but deep ruby red . This drinks with a very full mouth feel, and a lingering finish. The lingering finish is not necessarily a positive trait however, as the dominate fruit is that of stewed prune. This is not a fruit profile I desire. The aroma is strong with VA, and this did not 'blow off' with time as I would have hoped.
There is some complexity here, but it is overwhelmed by undesirable traits. Worse, this wine did not improve on day two. I have 3 bottles left, I will keep an open mind as time passes and these bottles have the chance to evolve.
(edit) On day three I had the last two glasses of this bottle. To be fair I have to note the VA seemed to have quieted, and the stewed fruit presence slipped into the background. This is a better wine on day three over what I had found on day one and two. My next bottle I will give a fair decanting for an hour or two to see if this helps. My other two bottles I will hold for a time and see how they fare with age.
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Red
4/23/2014 - p2002 wrote:
87 points
I stole these bottles while Sams was closing out inventory. At $10 a bottle this is a great table wine. This 2006 is starting to show some age with the cork starting to saturate. However the color is still vibrant and inky black and the aromatics promise cherries with a hint of heat. The wines age shows in it's very soft tannins, and (as noted) slightly syrupy mouth feel. This held up well to some well marbled strip steak and proved better matched with food then alone. Overall a great value table wine. This vintage is likely in decline, and therefore a drink now wine.
White
3/31/2014 - p2002 Does not like this wine:
80 points
Nothing much to write here. Pale yellow, almost watery appearance. More promise in the floral aromas and hints of citrus (tangerine) then what was delivered on the palate. Worse, there was a faint though inescapable chemical scent aroma that was very off putting. Unbalanced, low intensity, short finish, not what I would expect from a Napa Valley offering.
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White
3/31/2014 - p2002 Does not like this wine:
82 points
Underdeveloped aromas dominated by oak. Fairly well balanced acid but this did nothing to enhance the severely muted flavor profiles. I am not as much a fan of chardonnay as I once was, and this wine certainly did nothing to bring me back into the fold. Here, I will argue, this is more the fault of the wine and not the varietal. 82pts perhaps on the generous side.
Red
3/30/2014 - p2002 wrote:
80 points
Some fruit left, soft thin tannins. Not a great wine, but not a bad wine either. I would suspect that it was much more interesting about 10 years back.
Red
3/22/2014 - p2002 wrote:
flawed
Plastic cork. Nothing on the nose except vinegar immediately on opening. On the palate; PnP = vinegar, 15min-1hr = heat - pepper, >1hr = plum. This wine, as suggested below, needed decantation (~1hr) but only held its flavour and complexity (what little was left) for hour or so, then it just became a flat flabby plum bomb.
I found this bottle lurking about and long forgotten in my basement a few years back, I probably should have opened it then and there as a reward for finding it. Time has offered this wine no favor and this bottle seemed way past its prime. I am noting 35 bottles still cellared here, I am curious to see if any notes will pop up in the future with positive reviews.
Red
2009 Cameron Hughes Lot 304 Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/19/2014 - p2002 wrote:
86 points
I still like this wine very much. It holds a scent strong with berries and cherry promise, with a nice touch of oak. But on the palate it is a little hot, the acid dominates, and the oak presence is very strong. So, not a perfectly balanced wine, yet it paired well strip steak and mash. 86pts on the promise of day two.
Red
3/14/2014 - p2002 wrote:
flawed
Thin, flat, and lifeless, a subtle not-pleasant underlying cherry-candy aftertaste, and without much improvement on day two. I had opened a bottle about a year prior, this not as I remember my first bottle. It is an ok wine given the QPR, but not the best showing by CH.
(edit) I believe this bottle to be flawed. I opened my last bottle of this lot and found this fresh opening to be much more 'cab' like; better body (though still thin), black berry and herbaceous. Still, not the best expression of a NV cab in my (very limited) experience. Not a wine I can recommend to hold onto for the cellar, best to drink now. To be fair, I bought this as a drink now wine - I got just what I asked for.
Red
3/2/2014 - p2002 wrote:
84 points
The cork tore in two and seemed a bit fragile from age, but I'll cop to using a rabbit type pull and not giving due respect to a 10yr old bottle. Once I fished out the remains and filtered out the cork bits all was well with no indication of oxidation.
On the pour the wine showed transparent and brownish brick in color as would be consistent with it's age.
On the nose it was riotous barnyard funk and earth. I wrote down that I found a faint scent of strawberry and noted this on the first tasting impression, but in truth I suspect I am just trying to justify the price of admission here. With the first taste and onto day two this wine is tannin laden and dusty dry, and as I said, the berry notes are subtle if existent at all. I found this to be a wine meant to be paired with food and in fact it faired well when doing so; in this case braised pork rib, but not a wine to be had enjoyably on it's own.
Red
3/2/2014 - p2002 Likes this wine:
88 points
This seems to be still be holding up well, and I hold to my earlier notes; bright berries and spice with decent acidity, nice color consistent to the varietal, and a nose consistent with the experience of the palate. Overall I find this is to be a wine I would serve to a friend with never a worry to be embarrassed. My rating might be generous but I have a glass and a half in me now, I am in good spirit, and I've no mind to change. Cheers to you Dan Tudor, job well done.
Red
2/26/2014 - p2002 wrote:
84 points
Pop: Cork intact, well preserved with the tip evenly stained. This appears to be above average bottle craft. There was a Notable vinegar aroma on opening, this dissipated almost immediately.
Color is dark garnet, opaque below the thin meniscus.
Pour: strong plum and red berry notes on the nose. After 15min in the glass red berry scent is more subdued, heat is more noticeable. Fruit notes do not transfer to the palate, primary taste is mineral and (white?) pepper. After some time in the glass the heat blew off and I look forward to trying this on day two. I matched this with a rib eye and it worked well, but this is not a wine to drink on it's own.
Overall first impression; this is a wine that needs to be paired with food. Drink now, I think this wine may be edging past it's prime.
Red
2/23/2014 - p2002 wrote:
82 points
My actual cost on this bottle was $2.00 after Amex rebate, so it was a very good QPR. The wine was thin for a Merlot and I found truly nothing special here save the bottle label (which is kind of special - I've saved the empty bottle).
Red
11/21/2012 - p2002 wrote:
88 points
I liked this very much. Bright red berries on the nose and to the immediate palate. This followed with a pleasant earthiness and subtle spice on the mid palate and finish. Somewhat thin in both color and body, but not unduly so or in any way inconsistent of the varietal. This bottle held up well overnight and was as enjoyable on day two as day one. High marks for a good wine and I am looking forward to the next bottle to mark consistency.
White
9/4/2012 - p2002 wrote:
83 points
Average any-day drinker, absolutely nothing special here. Fair QPR for a $9.00 bottle. (Revised rating from 85 to 83 on reflection of notes)
Red
2010 Cameron Hughes Lot 313 California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
7/26/2012 - p2002 wrote:
88 points
Solid 88pt wine. Enjoyable right upon opening, obvious black fruit mixed with pepper/spice fruit on the nose. A little hot on both the nose and palate on opening. I look forward to seeing how this wine develops over the next day or so.
I only bought two bottles of this wine, for 11+ a bottle I may have to pick up another half a case.
Red
2009 Cameron Hughes Lot 278 Meritage Spring Mountain District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/21/2012 - p2002 wrote:
89 points
I find this to be a 'drink now' wine. Simi opaque garnet in color. Black fruit and tar on the nose, primarily cab on the palate. The most pleasent component of this wine is the soft, silky smooth tannins. Overall a very pleasant wine, great with burgers or rib eye. I paired it with lamb this evening and found it to be overpowering.
White
7/21/2012 - p2002 wrote:
91 points
Cork pulled intact (did not crumble), this is not my common experience with these older Chalk Hill vintages. Honey melon, vanilla\oak on the nose. Big and fruitful on opening with a full mouth feel. Some subtle citrus with more minerallity on day two and three. Held up well three days in the bottle. This is a very good chardonnay that cellared very well over the past decade.
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