Tasting Notes for StageOneRacing

(357 notes on 344 wines)

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Red
7/2/2018 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
91 points
This was an excellent bottle from the first sip to the last. Sadly it was my only one.
Red
8/7/2017 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
89 points
This was one of of the better bottles of Chimney Rock I've had lately. Plum, dark cherry, earth and a hint of sage with a medium finish of soft finely grained tannins. Really enjoyed it and wish I had more.
Red
5/21/2017 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
91 points
Solid cab with blackberry, dark fruit, hint of licorice and chewy tannins.
Red
5/2/2017 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
88 points
Solid cab franc, bright fruit and very aromatic. Smooth with a light tannic finish.
Red
2013 Halter Ranch Ancestor Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Blend (view label images)
4/3/2017 - StageOneRacing wrote:
88 points
Loads of fruit. That's the biggest impression I'm left with. On the nose there is light floral, fruit and a hint ofunderlying smoke. Fruit dominates on the palate and goes just over my threshold for "sweetness". I'm torn, it's a solid wine but just a little too fruit forward for me.
Red
2/19/2017 - StageOneRacing wrote:
86 points
This has aromas and flavors of a wine much older. Dried fruits and herbs mingle with leather and tobacco. It's not getting any better, drink now.
Red
2/6/2017 - StageOneRacing wrote:
88 points
Deep ruby color, soft nose of dark fruit with noticeable heat. On the palate, dark fruit with white pepper and finishes with stringent oak. Not the best from Hall especially at this price. It's disjointed and I don't think it'll improve much. If the fruit fades it may become quite harsh.
Red
1/24/2017 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
91 points
On the nose, plum and red raspberry continue to the palate with vanilla and cherry cola. Nice long finish and very enjoyable. Turley continues to impress with great wines at a reasonable price point.
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Red
1/23/2017 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
88 points
Solid wine, nice dark color, herb and tea leaf notes on the nose followed with plum, red berry, medium tannins and tea leaves on the palate. Enjoyable!
Red
10/31/2016 - StageOneRacing wrote:
88 points
Solid dark fruit, but a short finish that doesn't live up to Chimney Rock expectations.
Red
2012 Agricola Casa al Vento Chianti Classico Foho Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
8/15/2016 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
88 points
Six months later and this has really improved, fuller bodied with flavors of plum, cherry and black tea. This finish is dry with fine grained tannins and much smoother than the previous tasting. I'm enjoying this and can easily see it holding or improving for a few more years.
Rosé
2015 Denner Rosé Paso Robles Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
6/21/2016 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
91 points
A beautiful Provencal style rose with just the right balance of tartness and minerals. My favorite rose of the year so far.
Red
5/27/2016 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
89 points
Simple cherry and red fruit with a pleasant oak flavor, easy to drink.
Red
Tastes of heavy cedar, dried herbs and minimal fruit with big grainy tannins. Not the best, especially for the price.
Red
Let it breathe for over 2 hours but it never came around. Dried berries, earth and herbs were overshadowed by a bitter tannic finish. Disappointed and not worth the high price.
Red
3/7/2016 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
90 points
Still showing fresh, vibrant dark fruit with a hint of mocha on the finish. Lovely.
Red
3/4/2016 - StageOneRacing wrote:
86 points
I would not have guessed this was a cab, it's big, jammy and smokey with caramel undertones/aromas. It has a manufactured tasted but I can see this as a "crowd pleaser." After the initial burst of flavors, it fades out quick. You could do worse for $11
Red
2/29/2016 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
92 points
Cherry, leather, spice box dominate with subtle undertones of tobacco and herb. Drinking well now and should be fantastic in a few years.
Red
2/20/2016 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
90 points
Accessible right after opening, but does improve with a little air time. Lovely and light and not too powerful, very easy drinking. Overall fantastic, wish I had more.
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Red
2012 Agricola Casa al Vento Chianti Classico Foho Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
2/17/2016 - StageOneRacing wrote:
86 points
Thin with a strong tannic finish. I was hoping for a bit more body, but this was lacking. Hoping it was just this bottle.
Red
Minimal fruit, very dry, the first half of a sip is decent. But the finish tastes like you are chewing on grape stems, bitter and astringent.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2010 Dolce Winery Late Harvest Napa Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/2/2016 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
89 points
Grassy notes with a moderate balanced sweetness.
Red
12/26/2015 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
91 points
Great dark fruit, rich and smooth, finish ends with delicious chocolate notes.
Red
Not a fan, green pepper dominated the nose and flavor profile.
Red
12/2/2015 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
87 points
Easy drinking Zin. A 30 minute decant damps the sweetness and reveals cherry and spice.
Red
11/5/2015 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
91 points
Rich Blackberry and plum drive this with dusty earth and cedar undertones.
Red
2010 Enclos de Viaud Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/4/2015 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
88 points
Blackberry and cherry blend with light herbal notes layered with a hint of mocha and minerals. Solid wine for the price.
Red
10/19/2015 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
89 points
Big and jammy with soft tannins. A zin influenced cabernet. Solid and priced appropriately.
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Red
10/17/2015 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
92 points
Inky black with dark fruit and smoked game meat on the nose. Follows with blackberry, dried herbs and game meat on the palate. Excellent and becomes more harmonious with 1 hr of air time. Paired wonderfully with a smoked brisket.
Red
This is a mess, and I hope it's limited to this particular bottle. It tasted of chemicals on the first sip and while that blew off, it was very bitter and unpalatable.
Red
9/14/2015 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
87 points
Deep opaque color, herb, game meat and menthol on the nose. Blackberry, plum, with oak and a light tannic finish.
Red
Decent fruit but the mid to finish was too bitter for my tastes.
Red
9/8/2015 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
89 points
Was quite oaky and lacking fruit after opening, but that changed about 2 hours in. Much bigger, smoother, tons of fruit, spice and pepper and the oak was more integrated. Very nice, but let it breathe.
Red
8/28/2015 - StageOneRacing wrote:
86 points
Nose of spice, cedar fallow through to mix with dark plum and oak. Dry and tannic finish. Decent but there are better in the same price range.
Red
8/26/2015 - StageOneRacing wrote:
This may have peaked, fruit is dried and oak, leather, earth dominate the flavor profile. Dry, astringent and harsh tannic finish. Not nearly as good as I remember.
Red
8/25/2015 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
89 points
Very nice wine, juicy, mouth-watering that opens to bright raspberry, blackberry and finishes with smooth tannins.
Red
8/21/2015 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
92 points
Needs some time to open and show the true flavors of the mountain fruit. Wait and it's just delicious. Rich, full with a touch of tartness, smooth and velvety tannins
Red
8/24/2015 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
95 points
Smooth, rich and dense. Very dark color, flavors of blackberry, anise, game meat, and cola. Excellent right after it's popped but gets smoother with some air time. Fantastic!
Red
8/21/2015 - StageOneRacing wrote:
86 points
Dark fruit, dried herbs and a little earth.
White
8/22/2015 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
88 points
Crisp, bright lemon, with a soft creaminess and nice acidity.
Red
8/18/2015 - StageOneRacing wrote:
87 points
Slightly disappointed, I had high hopes but this just didn't deliver. Blackberry, dark fruit, leather and earth but the finish was just short and the alcohol came across higher than it's listed percentage.
White
2012 Turley The White Coat California White Rhone Blend (view label images)
8/16/2015 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
88 points
Creamy tropical fruit and floral on the nose and palate. Refreshing with light acidity.
Red
8/16/2015 - StageOneRacing wrote:
85 points
Bursts with bright cherry and raspberry, then fades to a light finish. Good, but no great.
Red
8/15/2015 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
92 points
Black fruit, spice and earth with great structure and finish.
White - Sparkling
8/12/2015 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
91 points
Loved this champagne, yeast, baked and fresh apple, brioche and later lemon squares.
Red
2011 Château de Belcier Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/13/2015 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
87 points
Full flavors of plum, cherry, cedar and earth. Not in perfect balance, but very enjoyable.
Red
8/10/2015 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
90 points
Approachable right away, but entered an ackward phase after an hour, then recovered about the two hour mark. Rich, full bodied with dark fruit, mocha and earth flavors.
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Red
8/6/2015 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
90 points
This was probably the best merlot I've had, full flavored, soft with cherries and a hint of pomegranate to give it some character.
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White
8/5/2015 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
87 points
Floral, minerals and creamy citrus with notes of peach, grapefruit, lemons
Red
8/4/2015 - StageOneRacing Likes this wine:
91 points
Juicy dark fruit and plum with a big long tannic finish.
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