Tasting Notes for Plus Ultra

(44 notes on 42 wines)

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Red
4/5/2013 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
93 points
Very smooth, eloquent and expressive rich dark fruit and vanilla flavors. Will buy more of this.
Red
2007 Gemstone Facets Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/4/2013 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
93 points
Delicious. Very good quality wine. Nice balance of primary deep, rich, dark fruit, with secondary mild tar and earthy tones. Will definitely buy more, especially of this vintage.
Red
4/4/2013 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
92 points
When I first tried this after decanting for 3 hours, I thought the wine was just average, but by third day, it really developed into a delicious wine with smooth, rich, ripe dark fruit. Aftertaste has a somewhat medicinal tone. Will buy more and just hold for a few years or allow extended time for it to open up.
Red
3/10/2013 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
93 points
Very smooth with rich, dark berry flavors and vanilla undertones. Was glad I tried this based on other CT reviewers feedback.
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Red
3/9/2013 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
94 points
This is really good and taste delicious. Very smooth, medium weight. Nice dark fruit and finish. Will definitely look to buy more of this. Not sure how it compares to the 2010, or the Eloge version. Updated rating to 94.
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Red
3/6/2013 - Plus Ultra wrote:
90 points
I recently had the DuMol Eddie's Patch Syrah and RRV Pinot Noir and liked both of these very much, but the RRV Syrah, while good, was weaker than those. May be it will put on more weight with time.
Red
3/3/2013 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
91 points
A nice, smooth, good quality wine, but it does have a heavy tar component that overshadows the fruit and makes it hard to drink even a full glass. I also think it is overpriced.
Red
2/24/2013 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
93 points
Very rich and smooth. Aroma and taste of sweet blueberry and vanilla.
Red
2008 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/23/2013 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
92 points
I do think this is a high quality wine. Very dense black fruit and a little tannic and bitter / drying at this time. Even after three days, did not seem to evolve much.
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2009 Château Carignan Prima Premières Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/22/2013 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
91 points
This is a very nice wine, especially for price. Easy to drink. Nice berry taste with subtle vanilla. Has substance. I have seen this priced at $16.99 at one store which is great bargin. Will definitely buy more.
Red
2008 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/19/2013 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
91 points
Very good. A little rustic with rich dark fruit balanced with earthy component. Will not buy the 2009 because it is so expensive, so wanted to try the 2008 to get an idea of this producer. Also tried the La Petite 2009 version which was also very good and a lot less expensive. Will buy more of that.
Red
2/17/2013 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
92 points
Very smooth and creamy. Nice, tasty dark fruit with subtle earthy characteristic. Did not like this on day 1, but opened up and settled down on day 2 and even better on day 3. Very good quality and reasonably priced.
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2009 Château Poujeaux Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/1/2013 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
93 points
Very Delicious. Rich, sweet dark fruit with hint of oak/vanilla. Only decanted for about an hour. No reason to wait for this to age. A great value for $35-40.
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Red
1/25/2013 - Plus Ultra wrote:
89 points
This is a nicely crafted wine, but too intense for me. Did not enjoy this as much as prior vintages. Maybe it needs time to develop.
Red
1/20/2013 - Plus Ultra wrote:
90 points
A good quality wine, but kind of boring. Strong taste of dark fruit, but diid not notice other characteristics like spice or vanilla. I liked the de Villiers better as it had a nice fruit / vanilla balance and was more flavorful and enjoyable.
Red
1/4/2013 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
90 points
This is really a good wine for the price $16.99. My second bottle in last few months. Very smooth. Nice fruit. Medium weight. Had some higher priced wines recently that were not as good as this. So, will buy more to have on-hand if still available.
Red
1/2/2013 - Plus Ultra wrote:
88 points
A pretty good Malbec. Nice fruit. Lighter weight. A good everyday wine to have on-hand if price is right.
Red
2008 Château Clos St. Martin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/31/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
93 points
A very delicious, smooth and nicely balanced wine with substance. Wonderful dark berry fruit in foreground and vanilla spice in background. Enjoyed this very much. Will buy more of this and the 2009 which is suppose to be even better.
Red
2000 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/28/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
91 points
A good quality wine, but I thought I would enjoy this more. I thought it would have a more vibrant fruit profile, but it seemed like the fruit has faded somewhat. Maybe that is to be expected since it is 2000.
Red
12/24/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
94 points
I thought this was so delicious. Mouthwatering deep, dark, ripe red and black fruit. Very pleasant aroma. Will replace the one bottle I had and add another.
Red
2009 La Closerie de Fourtet St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/22/2012 - Plus Ultra wrote:
88 points
Was smooth and easy to drink, but aroma and fruit profile kind of light. Day 2 showed a little more substance. Day 3 seemed to have put on more weight and fruit more pronounced. Was actually pretty good then. Maybe it just needed time. Upped rating by a point. Not sure I would buy again though, would rather try something else.
Red
12/16/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
92 points
Very nice and reasonably priced. Bright cherry and mild vanilla fruit flavor. Did not notice much earthy tones. As another CT user noted, it does seem to have a slight vinyl plastic aroma. Just unusual. Not sure how else to describe it.
Red
12/10/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
92 points
My first Rioja. I liked it. Very rich and intense up front dark red fruit, slightly drying aftertaste (like dried red fruit). Wish I had a nice Spanish meal with it, but just had a burnt oven baked pizza. Went really well with the pizza though. A good quality wine.
Red
12/9/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
91 points
A very good wine and reasonably priced. Day 1 had an alcohol burn (young 2010), but day 2 this subsided and then started to really appreciate the quality of this wine. Previous CT user ratings and comments were right on.
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Red
12/8/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow, this is so good. Wonderfully balanced, delicious dark fruit, medium weight, mildly spicy, nice finish. Reasonable price point. Am so glad I was able to get some. Thanks to CT users who recommended this!!!
Red
12/4/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
92 points
Very smooth after decanting for 3 hours. Delicious. Full flavored. Aroma and taste of dark fruits and creamy vanilla. Mildly spicy. Enjoyed this. A good value. Will buy more and consider their Pinot Noir as well.
Red
12/2/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
92 points
This is really delicious. Heavy weight for a Pinot Noir. Very rich. Very smooth. Dark red cherry color and flavor prevails with more subtle herbs and spices in background. WA rating of 95 may be deserved. I took it down a couple points because it was almost too rich and dense to drink more than one glass a day. While this is good, I prefer DuMol Pinot Noir.
Red
11/30/2012 - Plus Ultra wrote:
88 points
My preference would be for stronger fruit profile as earthy aromatics and taste dominate. But this is a good quality Pinot Noir. Just not my style.
Red
11/30/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
90 points
A blend of Grenache and Syrah. Very smooth taste of dark fruit, herbs and spice. A very good wine for the price of $16.99. Not so well known. Upped rating a point on re-evaluation.
Red
11/27/2012 - Plus Ultra wrote:
88 points
A lighter weight Merlot. Nice cherry flavor. Alcohol burning taste ruined it for me. I was disappointed. For an everyday wine, prefer Markham Merlot for about half the price.
Red
11/17/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
88 points
Very good everyday wine and excellent value around $15. Medium weight, nice aroma and smooth taste of cherry and raspberry fruit and a little vanilla spice. Rather simple, but good. Updated note: Best after about 3 hours in open.
Red
11/16/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
93 points
This was so delicious now. A little heavier in body than average, but this style Pinot Noir appeals to me. Very rich and smooth with bright red cherry fruit. Mild earthiness in background. Lingering aftertaste. Very high quality producer. Just signed up for their pre-release mailing list. Will order everything - their Syrah, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Red
11/14/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow. Absolutely delicious Syrah. Just PNP. Very smooth, rich, ripe dark fruit/berry and spice. Well balanced. Nice aftertaste. Very impressed with this producer and highly satisfied with this wine. Memorable. Will definitely try to stock up on this and consider other DuMol wines like their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
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Red
11/10/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice, moderate aroma and taste of dark fruit and vanilla spice. Initially there was slight burning aftertaste, but next day that subsided. A good quality wine. Enjoyed it better on day 2. Would like to try their Liandra at same price point to compare.
Red
11/7/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
89 points
I liked this Malbec as an everyday wine and very reasonable priced at 14.97. Easy to drink. Nice, smooth aroma and flavor of dark fruit and vanilla spice. Simple, but has substance. Well balanced. Am pleasantly surprised.
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Red
10/29/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
90 points
I really like Shafer Merlot for everyday use. Very reasonably priced, especially if you can get it on discount. Rich aroma and taste of vanilla and dark fruit. Nicely balanced. I also like Shafer Relentless Syrah (same vintage) which has a somewhat weaker fruit profile, but rich vanilla and spice aftertaste.
Red
10/26/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
94 points
What a great Shiraz. Was so smooth, aromatic, tasteful. Nice dark fruit flavors, vanilla spices. Will definitely buy more. May be at it's peak. Not sure how it can get much better. My second bottle in last few weeks. Was even better than previous bottle which was obtained from a different source.
Red
2009 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
10/21/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
90 points
I liked this, but had some reservations. Easy to drink. Not sure how it will improve with age. Fruit profile on the light side, but nice vanilla, spicy, dry finish. Would have enjoyed this more if fruit was more prominent. Will not buy again at full price.
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Red
10/19/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
93 points
Final conclusion is this is a really good Shiraz. Day 1, decanted several hours, but did not seem to help much. Aroma not very expressive, tasted a little tart and alcohol noticeable. Day 2, decanted for 10 hours. Aroma still not very expressive, but soft, exquisite taste emerged of dark fruits and spices with nice vanilla aftertaste. Had with some Gouda cheese which helped take the edge off this young wine. Starting to enjoy this very much.
Red
10/17/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
94 points
Waited a few hours for wine to open up. Was not until second day that I started to appreciate the characteristics and quality of this wine. Even on second day had to test slowly, waiting for wine to reach best stage. Then soft and flavorful fruit and spices. Nicely balanced with alcohol. A very good Shiraz at that time.
Red
10/16/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
89 points
First Mollydooker I have had. Like drinking blueberry syrup which balances the high level of alcohol. I liked the first few sips each day, but then it seemed too much. Would like to try another Mollydooker at higher end to compare.
Red
10/12/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
90 points
First day did not like this much because strong alcohol dominated. Second day was much better as more balanced and flavorful. Think this is in same class as a Shafer, but has somewhat more character to it.
Red
10/12/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
94 points
This was delicious. My next favorite Merlot, not far behind Buccella. It was very smooth, full flavored with nice vanilla aftertaste. Enjoyed it very much. Hope 2010 release will be as good. The new release has a higher percent of Cabernet in mix.
Red
10/3/2012 - Plus Ultra Likes this wine:
95 points
Wonderful Merlot. Full-bodied, smooth and expressive with deep, dark, rich and ripe fruit. Tastes so good with Brie cheese. Read everyone's notes, but did not know how good this was until I tried it. This is my top Merlot right now. Went out and bought 2007, 2008 and more 2009, and even their Cabernet which must be good.
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