Tasting Notes for GGinSF

(633 notes on 547 wines)

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Red
11/28/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
88 points
Not a big Pinot. Some might consider it thin, but I feel it's just a soft style that avoids over-extraction and doesn't fall into the trap of those trying to compete with big Cabernets. Balanced acidity and some secondary cola flavors come out in addition to the cherry fruit notes. We've always enjoyed Pinot Noir with salmon, but many modern PN can overwhelm it. This is a very food-friendly Pinot Noir. Age-wise, I'd say this is at peak and should hold a couple more years but I'd drink it sooner rather than later.
Sake
11/3/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
90 points
Lightly dry, but not bone dry. Subtle melon flavors.. Rich body.
Red
10/27/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
89 points
A very sophisticated and well-made Pinot Noir. Great fruit, smooth tannins, good body.
Red
10/25/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
90 points
Lots of blackberry, great balance between acidity and soft but present tannins. Sweet, but not jammy or over-extracted. I think it’s at peak but should remain there for several more years.
Rosé
2019 Louis Jadot Rosé Coteaux Bourguignons Gamay (view label images)
9/28/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
86 points
Good value French rosé. Not super dry, but not sugary either.
Sake
9/19/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
90 points
Pear & melon. Good body and balanced, light sweetness. Good value.
White - Sparkling
9/10/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
88 points
Similar to prior tasting notes. Bright, good body and richness. Acidity makes it crisp, but not too much. I do think this will round out with about 1 year in the cellar.
Red
8/17/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
93 points
Still fresh and vibrant at 22 years old. Classic Howell Mountain.
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White - Sparkling
8/12/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
89 points
Very enjoyable and refreshing. Bright citrus notes, crisp acidity, fine carbonation. Probably not worth the price, but a fun splurge for a change of pace. Food friendly.
Red
8/5/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
90 points
Wow, this was delicious. Perfectly aged so that there's big Mt. Veeder fruit, but balanced tannin. Blackberry.
Red
8/4/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
89 points
Drinking well at 11 years old. Tannins are very smooth and the wine has plenty of fruit without being jammy. A balance between old-school and modern CdP.
Rosé
7/13/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
84 points
A fine picnic wine or warm afternoon sipper. This wine was light and a bit sweeter than the Provincial roses we usually drink. Fine for the price, but not a style we prefer.
Red
6/2/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
90 points
Very nice for a more modern-style CdP. More black fruit, less garrigue and minerals. Tannins are soft, acidity is lively. I don't think this will improve, but it should hold for a good number of years more.
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Red
2006 Château Monbousquet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/23/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
92 points
Very smooth tannins, with plenty of fruit. Cocoa and espresso.
Sake
5/18/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
88 points
Clean, light and floral. Not much melon/fruit note as some other sake I’ve enjoyed. On the drier side, which is great for food pairing. Very good, but not a favorite.
Red
5/15/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
88 points
Still one of the best Zinfandels out there. If you like them young and fresh, this is a 90 point wine already. This wine has great aging potential, however, and I think it's just getting started. Potential of 91-92.
White - Sparkling
5/1/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
91 points
Rich, classy. Very fine mousse.
White - Sparkling
4/28/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
90 points
A year in the barrel produces a richness and smoothness that makes this a cut above many other good Champagnes in the Trudon line. Meunier is dominant, and pairs well with the Chardonnay (50/50). Soft and drinking well now.
Red
4/21/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
89 points
Herbs, minerals and a good balance of dark fruit and tannins.
Rosé
3/26/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
89 points
Fresh and vibrant. Semi-dry, with just a touch of sweetness to balance out the acidity and minerals. A favorite CA rose.
White
3/16/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
90 points
I'm not usually a fan of California Chardonnay, but this wine is an exception. Great fruit, good balance between creaminess and acidity. No oak aging really lets the fruit shine through.
Rosé - Sparkling
2/27/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
88 points
Good Pinot Noir expression. With this bottle I noticed intense acidity that didn't jump out at me with the last bottle I had. I'm going to let my last bottle sit in the cellar for a bit.
Rosé - Sparkling
2/23/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
89 points
Strong Pinot Noir flavors, creamy body with enough reserves to allow for great drinking now.
White - Sparkling
2/6/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
86 points
Nice, basic Champagne. Well balanced, but nothing stands out. Dosage seems a bit higher than what I normally drink, but it's not too sweet.
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Red
2/1/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
90 points
Seghesio never disappoints and the Old Vine is a benchmark for them. While jammy is accurate, it often described over-extracted, flabby fruit bombs. Not the case here. There's tannin and balance to the blackberry fruit and it's just a wonderful wine. I prefer it with age, and at 6 years old it's just getting to the nicer stage IMO.
White
1/26/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
91 points
Rich, textured and amazing tropical fruit.
Rosé - Sparkling
1/19/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
90 points
Very nice Pinot Noir-driven rosé.
Red
1/14/2021 - GGinSF wrote:
90 points
Very classy Pinot Noir, this was from a small 3-barrel lot. Fruit-forward, but balanced and not "jammy." A hint of earth and cola.
Red
11/21/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
89 points
Big body, great fruit. Full-throttle Russian River, some cola. Very smooth but with a touch of tannin to give it strength. A few years in the cellar would definitely allow the secondary flavors to come out more. This should certainly be a 90+ wine in a few years.
White
11/5/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
90 points
Excellent SB, with some passion fruit. Not overly tart citrus or grassy like many SBs.
White - Sparkling
11/5/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
90 points
Good body, well balanced. Not overly dry despite only 5 grams per liter dosage. Pinot Noir is at the forefront.
Rosé - Sparkling
11/3/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
89 points
No tasting notes, but it was very enjoyable. Buy again.
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White - Sparkling
11/1/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
89 points
Balanced, apple flavor is prominent. Both wife & I enjoyed it and feel it's a good value under $40.
Red
11/2/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
92 points
Never disappoints, and it ages very well. Still fresh and lively.
Rosé
10/27/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
87 points
More body and tannin than a typical rose. Dry. Very good with food, not one I'd choose to sip on its own.
Rosé
10/26/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
87 points
Nothing fancy or complex, but a nice summer sipper. Good body for a rosé.
White - Sparkling
10/24/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
92 points
Last of my 1997 vintage bottles (not declared on the bottle), purchased in 2013. Still in great shape and wonderfully balanced. Masculine style, barrel fermented. Carbonation was still quite nice despite its age.
White - Sparkling
10/13/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
92 points
Purchased in 2014 and cellared for another six years. Still plenty of bubbles and freshness. Rich and round, good full body. Delicious.
White
10/12/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
89 points
csimm1161 was spot-on regarding flavors: "Unripe banana, white melon, white peach, cantaloupe, and orchard fruit." I didn't find the finish dry, though. I do like the overall body and viscosity. Very enjoyable.
White - Sparkling
10/10/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
91 points
Best Cava I've tasted. Extremely complex, brut but not austere. We paired with Spanish cheese, almonds and other tapas. Dollar for dollar, I'd go with a grower-producer Champagne but if you want Spanish flavor and class, this is my pick.
Red
9/18/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
91 points
A little thin on body, but wonderful flavors. Grenache glycerine, silky smooth, a little anise. A great value, and this bottle I cellared for 10 years from purchase is showing well.
Red
9/16/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
70 points
Too old, or maybe never that good? Rough and not enjoyable. It got a little better with an hour in the glass, but not good enough.
Rosé
9/11/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
88 points
A refreshing Provençal rosé. Not to sweet, but not bone dry either.
Sake
9/8/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
87 points
Wonderful body, slightly creamy. On the dry side, which I liked, but there was an herbal edge that was unusual. It was better as it warmed, but was a bit strange on palate entry.
Sake
9/4/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
87 points
Simple, but clean with hints of melon. A good value. SMV = +3.
Red
9/2/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
87 points
Dry, but fruit shows up when paired with fruit. Herbal notes add a bit of complexity. Not a high-end Brunello, but representative of the region and style.
Red
8/31/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
88 points
Good fruit, but not a fruit bomb. Some cola and earthy secondary flavors. Good body.
Red
8/30/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
90 points
Still showing great fruit, balanced tannins. Delicious.
White - Fortified
8/15/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
90 points
My favorite dry vermouth. Excellent in martinis, but also tasty enough to drink on its own or 50/50 with Dolin sweet vermouth over ice with an orange wheel. It's also a star when I'm cooking, used to deglaze a pan or any time a dry white wine is needed in a recipe.
Sake
7/15/2020 - GGinSF wrote:
86 points
A perfectly fine sake, but rather straightforward and not worth the $45 price tag IMO. Clean, smooth, a touch more sweetness than average
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