Tasting Notes for yarnon

(315 notes on 292 wines)

1 - 50 of 315 Sort order
Red - Fortified
6/13/2020 - yarnon wrote:
96 points
Excellent bottle, belying its age.
Cork was in excellent shape, could be new bottling. Fresh nose, no obvious old-wine aromas, fruity and rich, with chocolate undertones.
Good long finish.
Red
3/25/2020 - yarnon Likes this wine:
91 points
Deep red.
Fruity, earthy and spicy nose. Very distinctly Pinot Noir.
Juicy palate, dark fruit, medium body, somewhat hot.
medium-long finish, follows the palate, developing pithy notes.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
3/22/2020 - yarnon Likes this wine:
94 points
deep ruby with pink rim.
Red fruit and spice on the nose, typical of CA Pinot.
Rich and fruity, balanced, medium tannins and acid.
Medium long, clean finish.
Red
3/18/2020 - yarnon Likes this wine:
91 points
deep crimson, with narrow red rim.
Beautiful nose, floral and sweet, loaded with red fruit.
Palate is fruity, hints of RS, balanced, medium tannins.
Medium finish, developing pithy notes.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
3/16/2020 - yarnon Likes this wine:
92 points
Color of a dark Bordeaux.
Nose is cool, intense mineral in a South Rhone sense, and fruity.
Quite tannic still, started out harsh but mellowed after 15 minutes in glass, fruit forward with mineral complexity, balanced and smooth.
Medium long, smooth finish - no harsh edges.
White
3/8/2020 - yarnon Does not like this wine:
82 points
quite intense nose, lime, flowers, hints of detergent
Palette leads with grapefruit pith, and is generally bland. The pith continues into the medium length finish.
Red
2013 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
1/17/2020 - yarnon Likes this wine:
91 points
Dark red with a pink rim.
Intense nose, fruity, dark fruit, some wood notes.
Quite hot, lightly tannic and medium high acid. Balanced.
Medium long finish.
2 people found this helpful Comment
White
1/8/2020 - yarnon wrote:
87 points
beautiful nose. fresh, with intensity from limited oak aging. peach, ripe apple, full and rich.
the palette follows the nose, but adds a bitter note, which becomes more pronounces over time, and leads into the finish.
White
10/8/2019 - yarnon Does not like this wine:
83 points
quite intense nose. ripe apple, a hint of wet cardboard, suggesting cork taint, although it's Stelvin closure.
light, fruity palate, dominated by grapefruit and pith.
pithy finish, medium length.
Red
10/4/2019 - yarnon wrote:
88 points
An atypical pinot. Very extracted.
Bordeaux color, rich nose, extracted on the palate.
Quite long, pleasant finish.
White
9/21/2019 - yarnon Likes this wine:
91 points
Great for the price.
Good nose, clean, unoaked chardonnay.
Simple, but nice. Quite typical. Apple, Grapefruit. Good length.
Started somewhat bitter, possibly reduction, but improved after 30-60 minutes.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1961 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
Cork was damp all the way through, but came out clean with a butler's friend corkscrew.
light brown.
rich nose, fresh, with dried apricot, botrytis, and notable age.
Sweet, full, rich, mouth watering, following the dried fruit nose, adding some citrus and zest. Very fresh for its age.
Long zesty finish
White - Sweet/Dessert
6/9/2019 - yarnon Likes this wine:
96 points
Yellow, tending to orange.
Intense botrytized nose full of dried fruit, honey, hints of perfume and spice.
Full body, actually viscous, very sweet, yet fresh due to high acidity.
Long finish, very clean.
White
3/31/2019 - yarnon wrote:
Importer's notes: "The Champalou family farms twenty-one hectares of vineyards on clay, limestone, and siliceous soils. They embrace sustainable farming while also integrating the use of the lunar calendar more traditionally associated with organic viticulture. The soils in their vineyards are rich, deep, and aerated though regular plowing. Cover crops are planted in between vineyard rows to help with excess water absorption and to encourage microbiotic activity in the soil. The Champalou house style produces wines of great elegance and tenderness, highly aromatic with impeccable balance. No one comes close to copying their distinct style... Like the Vouvray, harvest happens early in the morning for the Fondraux and the grapes are immediately pressed. The juice in then transferred into 500 L wooden barrels for a slow fermentation. The wine is aged in the same vessel on its lees for eleven months before bottling." Didier and Catherine's Cuvée des Fondraux is sourced from 4 hectares of vines planted on a mix of clay and silex and averaging 45 years of age
White
3/9/2019 - yarnon wrote:
87 points
Good, rich nose, mostly fruit with a bit of oak, burgundian.
Rich on the palate, starting fruity, yellow apple, slightly chemical, evolving bitter notes, pithy. Continues to a similar, medium long finish.
White - Off-dry
2/9/2019 - yarnon Likes this wine:
94 points
smooth, clean, light sweetness, very tasty, typical and versatile; would work very well with food, and by itself.
White - Off-dry
2/9/2019 - yarnon Likes this wine:
93 points
unique wine. Notes of butter add to the floral and citrusy aroma, typical of riesling.
quite sweet, with notes of cheese(!) and smoke(!).
Finishes long and clean
White - Sweet/Dessert
2016 Mas Karolina Muscat de Rivesaltes Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, Muscat
1/20/2019 - yarnon wrote:
87 points
interesting, complex nose, driven by fruit - very ripe pear and some tropical fruit, with some spicy, medicinal notes.
Full bodied, medium sweet, accompanied by bitter notes, with a long bittersweet finish.
Red
1/12/2019 - yarnon wrote:
91 points
nice deep red color, nice fruity nose, with a bit of spice, quite typical for a zin.
good mouthfeel, power on the palate, with the spice taking a more dominant role.
Medium long finish.
1 person found this helpful Comment
White
1/6/2019 - yarnon Likes this wine:
90 points
Good nose, better on the second day.
Tart apple, overlaid with rocky minerality, peach and notes of oak.
Medium long finish, adding grapefruit pith.
White - Off-dry
12/16/2018 - yarnon wrote:
96 points
intense nose; sweet, dried apricots, botrytis, citrus, slate, and clearly Riesling.
Sweet and rich, with a long finish.
Excellent.
Red
11/30/2018 - yarnon wrote:
88 points
light red, clear and bright.
Light bodied, herbal and spicy, with notes of clove, oregano and other herbs I can't put my finger on.
Low on tannins, medium acid, medium length finish.
Red
2012 Izadi Rioja Selección Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
11/27/2018 - yarnon Likes this wine:
89 points
opaque red. looks unfiltered
complex nose, dark fruit and some herbs.
on the harsh side - tannic and acidic. Rich and flavorful with a medium finish.
Red
11/25/2018 - yarnon Likes this wine:
90 points
shows some age.
The nose is still fresh and fruity, but has developed some complexity that I can't pinpoint.
The palate is balanced, tannins are smooth, full bodied, fruity, tart, with some age-derived overtones.
finish is substantial and quite long.
Red
11/13/2018 - yarnon Does not like this wine:
85 points
deep red
Distinct barnyard on the nose, accompanied by fruit and minerals.
Balanced, medium body, fairly generic.
Finish trends towards bitter, medium length.
2 people found this helpful Comment
White - Sweet/Dessert
11/11/2018 - yarnon Likes this wine:
95 points
Orange - very dark honey or light apricot in color.
Smells like flowers, dried fruit, and a touch of alcohol.
Very sweet, dried apricot, thick texture and a long finish.
White
11/8/2018 - yarnon wrote:
94 points
Light hay
Intense fruity nose. Mostly citrus, some apple, slight rocky mineralogy.
Nose carries over to the palate, augmented by pith.
Medium long finish, reflecting the palate
Red
11/3/2018 - yarnon Likes this wine:
90 points
Bottle says "Meritage", but this is very unlike any Bordeaux I've ever tasted, more like port.
Intense nose, stewed fruit, chalk, mocha, chemical notes.
Lots of residual sugar. Full body, intense, high tannins, high acid, high alcohol. Like port, but different.
Medium long, tart finish.
Red
10/21/2018 - yarnon wrote:
88 points
bright, fruity, rich nose, with palate to match.
Dark, ripe fruit, probably has quite a bit of zinfandel in the blend. Powerful and very nice. So far it over delivers.
The finish is disappointing, becoming off and bitter about 10 seconds after swallowing.
Could work well with food, not so much on its own.
White - Sweet/Dessert
9/29/2018 - yarnon Likes this wine:
95 points
A nice cross between a Sauternes and a Riesling.
Strongly honeyed, with citrus and flower notes replacing Sauternes' dried fruit.
Very sweet on the palate, more sweet than acid, reversing itself on the finish with the acid taking over. The finish is long and very pleasant.
White
9/19/2018 - yarnon Does not like this wine:
82 points
quite unusual, for a riesling, with earthy, barn notes, in addition to more usual lemon notes. Unusual, but not unappealing, once you get used to it.
light body and light intensity of flavor.
Medium length finish that doesn't beg for more.
White
9/17/2018 - yarnon wrote:
89 points
Lemon curd and slightly earthy nose.
Straightforward palate. Light body, high acid, lemony, some pith, dry, fruity.
Medium long finish, lemon and pith.
Better at cold room temperature than at refrigerator temperature.
White
9/3/2018 - yarnon Likes this wine:
89 points
bright nose, lime and flint, straightforward.
clean palate, notable acid and minerals.
medium length finish, going from apple to grapefruit.
Red
8/30/2018 - yarnon wrote:
86 points
muted nose, fruity.
over extracted, heavy, leaning to bitter tones.
Medium length finish, leaning bitter
Red
8/22/2018 - yarnon Likes this wine:
91 points
Intense, typical nose
typical on the palate too. Rich, fruity and earthy, balanced.
Medium long finish with no rough edges.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
8/9/2018 - yarnon wrote:
90 points
A Cabernet based blend.
Intense nose, mostly fruity, mostly Cabernet.
On the tart side, medium tannins, rich flavor.
Finish tends to bitter.
Two days later, sealed with Vacuvin at room temperature, it's still going strong, better than at opening. Palate and finish both softened, and the wine is now pleasant with a medium long finish.
I rated it 87 at opening, now it's a 91.
White - Off-dry
7/30/2018 - yarnon Likes this wine:
93 points
Very nice riesling.
deep yellow, very slightly effervescent.
Citrus, flowers and a bit of flint on the nose.
Rich on the palate, medium sweet, medium long finish.
White - Sparkling
7/28/2018 - yarnon Likes this wine:
91 points
slightly effervescent.
subtle nose, fairly typical muscat d'asti, fruity and floral. light earthy notes.
very sweet, balanced, low alcohol. pleasant beverage on a warm day.
medium length finish, sweet, pleasant and smooth.
A good example of the style.
White - Off-dry
6/25/2018 - yarnon Likes this wine:
95 points
fresh and alive.
Typical Mosel Kabinett, with flowers, citrus, flint.
Medium dry.
Good, medium long finish.
White
6/14/2018 - yarnon wrote:
88 points
clear bright hay color.
Good nose, bright, fruity, with a touch of oak.
tending to the bitter on the palate, offering good acid and balance.
medium long finish, also pithy.
White
6/6/2018 - yarnon Likes this wine:
90 points
Pale gold.
Very rich and intense nose, with honey, lychee and spices. Good, typical Gewurz.
Less sweet than most Gewurz are. Could use a bit more sweetness. Has none of the cloying, sickening sweetness that often plagues Gewurz. Smooth, clean, hard to describe specific flavors.
Rather bitter finish.
White - Sweet/Dessert
5/21/2018 - yarnon wrote:
90 points
an OK Sauternes lookalike.
Good value for the money.
Red
5/16/2018 - yarnon Likes this wine:
90 points
medium dark, opaque bordeaux. 5
rich nose. ripe fruit, savory, pickle and barnyard notes. 12
rich on the palate, high acid, tannins, alcohol. more tart than tannic. Full body. 15
good, medium length finish. 8
Red
5/13/2018 - yarnon wrote:
89 points
day 1: Good nose, bright, fruity, intense, pleasant. Good balance palate. Finish quickly displays bitter notes, spoiling the party.
day 2: Nose unchanged, palate is a bit richer, and the bitter finish is gone. Yay. Very nice.
day 4: vacuvin has its limits too. Wine is dull, displaying notable oxidation, and light on nose and palate.
White - Off-dry
4/18/2018 - yarnon Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent riesling for the cost.
Intense riesling nose, with lemon, spice and peach.
off dry. fruity, lemony, tart and sweet. strikes a good balance. Very pleasing.
Nice finish, with good length
Red
2015 David Coffaro Aca Modot Dry Creek Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/17/2018 - yarnon Likes this wine:
91 points
dark purple, opaque; thick legs.
dark fruit on the nose, with warmness and spice.
rich on the palate, flavorful, tannins, alcohol, lots of everything.
finish has power, but also some bitterness
Red
4/11/2018 - yarnon Does not like this wine:
83 points
bright ruby
Nose has strong sous bois, accompanied by tart red fruit.
Quite tart on the palate with a bitter finish.
Possibly a bad bottle
Red
3/20/2018 - yarnon Likes this wine:
91 points
medium ruby color.
mostly fruity on the nose, with some hints of stems and of sous bois. Raspberry, red fruit.
smooth palate. medium body, balanced. Tannins, acid and alcohol are all there, in balance. No sharp edges.
smooth, medium long finish.
White
3/17/2018 - yarnon wrote:
89 points
hey color.
Intense grassy citrusy nose, reminiscent of Sauv Blanc.
Grapefruit on the palate.
medium long finish.
Red
3/15/2018 - yarnon wrote:
88 points
Dark, opaque ruby.
Armoas of dark fruit, with meaty overtones.
Full body, somewhat tart, medium finish.
1 person found this helpful Comment
1 - 50 of 315
More results
  • Tasting Notes: 315 notes on 292 wines
© 2003-20 CellarTracker! LLC.

Report a Problem

Close