Tasting Notes for gtilley

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White
6/21/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Consistent with previous note
White
6/18/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Loads of fatty apricot, almond and marshmallow character, but on the right side of fresh.
White
6/17/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Consistent with previous note. Smoky, creamy, with good weight.
White - Sweet/Dessert
6/13/2021 - gtilley wrote:
This has an arresting densely golden colour, and a palate with loads of powerful nectar-like apricot and peach, furry texture, evident streaks of botrytis. These old sweet chenins really can live forever. Fresh as a daisy, not frail in the slightest.
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Red
6/13/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Translucent plum red, with distinct browning and orange tinges. Nose is distinctly porty (one of my guests asked if it was in fact port), on the palate it benefits from both air and food, and then shows mature plum and dried flower notes that temper the rather heady sweet dried fruit of the nose. The acid is fresh (rather cutting on its own) and the tannins resolved. Showing well as a mature Barolo, I'm not sure it will improve from here.
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White
6/13/2021 - gtilley wrote:
No note taken but this is definitely open for business. Ripe and zesty; powerful.
White
6/13/2021 - gtilley wrote:
This was surprising and interesting. Lightly gold and It has lost pretty much all of that fizz and bracing tartness you get on Txacoli, but replaced with the sort of peachiness you might get on a riper riesling. It remains really lean. A really excellent aperitif. I definitely would't say it was beyond its drinking window.
Red
2008 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/10/2021 - gtilley wrote:
On opening it has an immediate heady cigar box and cedar nose - an intersection between secondary and tertiary characters. On the palate it’s very structured - wet rocks and bell peppers - you can tell it lacks the full fruit of a ripe vintage, but has firm four square acid and tannins. That said it’s entirely classical and the fruit, muted though it is, is still silky. For lovers of old fashioned claret perhaps. No hurry to drink.
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White
6/5/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Straw colour with light pink tinge. Good dry Pinot gris. Highly biscuity with cinder toffee, pear, quince, orange rind, sweat. About as dry as it gets for a fat Pinot gris. Classic.
White
6/4/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Delicious. Bright and light with green flashes. Smoky, lemony, creamy, intensity builds on the palate with a bit of cattiness and then it finishes with nervy acidity. A lovely complete wine.
White
6/3/2021 - gtilley wrote:
This is very good indeed. More layers of complexity than you might expect from a vinho verde - quince, passion fruit, apple, lemon curd. Zesty, even a touch creamy. Very pleasant indeed.
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Red
2010 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/2/2021 - gtilley wrote:
On opening it’s so minty and laden with bell pepper that you’d be forgiven for thinking it was from Western Australia. As it settles down it shows more classic cedar, along with raspberry, plum and chocolate. The tannins are rather untamed and wild. Still, definitely approachable and within its window, although I strongly suspect it will improve.
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White
5/31/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Very pale. Light and clean, lemony, begins rather neutral but builds towards the finish with more creaminess and layers of almond and hay. I enjoyed it enough but I can’t say I’m in a mad rush to go out and buy more of it.
White
5/30/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Classic Chablis but really quite ripe and full, with Granny Smith apples, peaches and cream layered on wet hay and really quite a lot of persistent acidity. No need to wait but will improve I think.
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Red
5/28/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Pretty good! Lots of stuffing, and rustic coffee and tar character. Good value.
White
5/28/2021 - gtilley wrote:
This is exactly what I think of when I think of Alsace Riesling. Fresh lime and a touch of lemon sherbet, utterly dry, chalky streaks across the palate and persistent acid on the finish. It’s delicate and a touch creamy at the end but ever so slightly vacant at the end of the mid palate before the acid finish kicks in. Impossible not to like.
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Red
5/27/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Classic Bandol with a lovely seam of rich, dark fruit balanced with savouriness and garrigue. Nose was a little reticent on opening but got better with air. Acid was crisp and refreshing. Very well made. Not burly or tiring. A bit surprised to see how much I paid for it but I suppose quality red Bandol is not cheap.
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Red
5/26/2021 - gtilley wrote:
As well as characteristic black jelly bean character and general dark smooth fruit, this has a welcome layer of complexity to it with rose, rosemary and pepper notes. The attack is slightly fizzy and the palate has an opulent fruitiness to it - a wine for a nation of Coke drinkers - nevertheless I quite enjoyed it. My husband said it reminded him of sangria.
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White
5/23/2021 - gtilley wrote:
No note taken, but impressively rich.
Red
2009 Château du Tertre Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/20/2021 - gtilley wrote:
I love this. So many layers of luxurious fruit, chocolate, wafts of mint and violet...silky. Only just getting going, development wise. Can be enjoyed on its own too, which is a plus.
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White
5/20/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Cloudy light gold. Perhaps not as funky and weird as the appearance would suggest. It's lightly cidery and lighter than it looks like it would be. Ultimately rather uneventful but that's a mercy in my book when it comes to these low intervention wines.
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Red
5/19/2021 - gtilley wrote:
This is really something! Translucent ruby red with definite orange/brown hues - looks markedly old. Nose is delightfully characterful - macerated red cherries, leather, spicy wood/whisky cask - this may sound esoteric but I used to sneak sips from my grandfather’s miniature liqueurs on the shelf in his billiard room, which had a particular smell of of wood and furniture polish and it reminds me of that. The tannins are super sandy and rustic, but tamed with both food and air. Such immense character!
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Red
2013 Yarra Yering Dry Red N°2 Yarra Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
5/16/2021 - gtilley wrote:
A healthy garnet colour. Bright. Even on opening the nose shows a riot of ripe dark fruits, but with freshness and energy - not jammy and treacly. The palate is smooth and sweet in that Australian way, with peach skins coming through. Charming and understated, given where it’s from, but perhaps a bit straightforwardly fruity.
White
5/15/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Classic vouvray. Light straw colour, upfront baked and dried apple nose along with dried apricot. Not aggressively cheniny, acid is pleasant and creamy and the wine isn’t doggy or smelly.
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White
5/14/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Pretty ordinary. Veers between a sweaty orchid character and a dilute flat lager.
Red
5/13/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Remains in excellent shape indeed. Colour is dark matt red, still opaque at the core, brick red at the rim. A touch smudgy. On opening it was a bit unsettled but quickly settled down on decanting. Completely integrated claret nose that seamlessly stitches together cassis and oak, plum, cherry, mint, the slightest whiff of wet coal. The palate still has a surprisingly fruity core - surprising both for the age and vintage. It's polished and glides across the palate. Tannins are fully resolved. Perhaps a touch of mocha on the finish but what marks it for me today is just how integrated all the flavours are - nothing sticks out as identifiable. Hugely enjoyable.
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White
5/9/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Has a pleasant roundness to it and a range of flavours - caramel, peach, strawberry, rock melon, even some tropical fruit flavours.
White
Hated it. Hope it wasn’t a faulty bottle but you never know with these natural wines. Oxidative and yeasty in the worst possible way. As far away from the Alsatian Riesling paradigm as you could possibly imagine. Hugely disappointing.
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White
5/7/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Mm, really delicious. A lively bright light gold colour. Elegant nose of grapefruit, white flowers, orange zest. This all follows through onto the palate, which has a powerful acidic backbone but still seems somewhat relaxed. Drinking well, with plenty of time ahead of it.
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Red
5/7/2021 - gtilley wrote:
I was apprehensive reading some negative comments from others and sadly these were confirmed when I tasted this. Mid to dark red with evident fine sediment. The nose shows characteristic white pepper crozes character but then on entry the acid was really weird, almost fizzy, like chewing rhubarb. This settled down considerably over several hours but it never shook this quite aggressive acidic entry, even though this was followed by attractive ripe red fruit character. I doubt it will ever shed this character. Shame.
White
5/7/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Very pleasant - offers you everything you want in a New World Chardonnay - buttery fruit and body - but in a crisp and fresh style. You would be happy to have this served to you anywhere.
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Red
5/4/2021 - gtilley wrote:
For me this was just the wrong side of ripe - it has a bitter orange pith and sappy character to it that it struggled to shake, albeit with plenty of vibrant fruity stuffing underneath. Not for me.
White
5/4/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Perfectly fine - clean and light as you would expect Muscadet to be, with a particularly persistent chalky finish and a lightly salty tang to it - appetising, but I'm not sure I'm all that blown away by it as some others are.
White
5/2/2021 - gtilley wrote:
I blind tasted a different vintage of this wine some years ago and thought it was White Bordeaux, and tasting this it has a similar character - cut grass, passionfruit, gooseberry, vanilla custard. And amazingly light and fresh for an 11 year old wine - you would swear it's only 2 or 3 years old.
White
5/1/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Light gold. Rather autumnal in style, with notes of honeycomb, wet hay, biscuits. Pinot blanc-like at times. It could do with a bit more fruit and length.
Red
4/29/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Mid cherry red. Settles down with air to reveal solid red and black cherry and tingly slightly sherbet texture. There’s something a bit grubby about it that is the wrong side of ‘forest floor’ for me. But has freshness of acidity that is attractive. Perhaps not a Chianti rival but shows promise for this variety in Australia.
White
4/23/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Absolutely delicious. Surprising nose of sugared strawberries and honeydew melon, peaches and cream. The palate shows a tiny spritzy entry but then immediately it’s sharp, lean, muscular, acidic - if I didn’t know it was German I might have thought it was from the Clare Valley. Just such lovely balanced between ripeness and firm acidity. Bravo!
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Red
4/22/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Delicious! Very pale ruby. Nose is delicate, musky, floral, with a hint of orange zest. Palate has sweet cherry fruit with a hint of musky confect, but it finishes decidedly dry, with a white pepper streak. So cheerful and moreish.
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White
4/21/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Very smoky. Not petrol smoke, but reductive struck match. Hot wet stones. Fat palate of peach skins and red apple. As fat and broad as a Riesling can be. Very distinctive.
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White
4/18/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Rather dull and bland but inoffensive.
White
4/18/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Sharp, fresh, accessible summery white wine.
White
4/14/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Not much on the nose, but the palate is really distinctive, sherbety entry with loads of crushed hazelnuts, roast peaches and peach skin, red apple, caramel. Dry.
White
4/12/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Recognisable lychee nose; straight forward sweetish palate, no bitterness on the finish. You’d be happy if your local Chinese restaurant had this on the menu.
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Red
4/10/2021 - gtilley wrote:
This shows everything you might want from a WA Cabernet. It’s a dark red with bricking, when you swirl it it looks distinctly browning but still dark. The nose and palate are constantly changing, showing mint, cassis, roasted bell pepper, clove, cedar - initially fruity it then turns vegetal, then to more mature dried fruits. Glossy, plenty of interest. I wish I had more of it, it’s by no means past it. The only negative is that occasionally the tannins hint towards greenness - far less so than when it was younger, but still there. Unnoticeable with food though.
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White
2019 Más Buscados Te Quiero White Field Blend Vino de la Tierra de Castilla White Blend (view label images)
4/9/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Fine. A bit bland but for the price it has decent character - soft melon, apricot and a decent saline river water streak. Fresh.
White
4/9/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Horrid. Sickly sweet and simple, with cloying overripe tropical fruit, exactly the sort of thing that puts people off German riesling. I couldn't finish the glass.
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Red
4/8/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Dark red. Nose rather restrained but showing dark hedgerow fruits and a touch of clove. Palate has a dense but balanced character, plenty of dark fruit, concentration, freshness. Well-balanced. A good bistro steak wine.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2017 Umathum Beerenauslese Neusiedlersee Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
4/4/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Very very sweet. Pineapple, custard, tinned fruit juice. Rather tooth-tingling.
Red
2005 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/4/2021 - gtilley wrote:
Didn’t take note but this is everything you hope a Pauillac will be, and at a really good place in its evolution. Perfect with Easter slow roast hogget.
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