Tasting Notes for swigna

(81 notes on 78 wines)

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Red
5/9/2022 - swigna Likes this wine:
95 points
So balanced you could hardly even taste the alcohol. At %16 I had to check the bottle. Ink dark heavy but lovely lovely. One of my favorite wines.
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2011 M. Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem Côtes du Roussillon Villages Latour Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
4/21/2022 - swigna Likes this wine:
90 points
Leather with long finish. Tartness but balanced. Like a very fresh strawberry but without the sweetness.
Red
4/11/2022 - swigna Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent wine. Dry but balanced. Leather.
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Red
9/29/2021 - swigna wrote:
93 points
30 min decant. Only a little sediment apparent. What an easy drinker. Red currents, cranberry but with none of the tartness. Alcohol flavor perfectly waits patiently until the other flavors have had a turn and then presents itself in an orderly fashion. Smooth. Like rubbing your hand on freshly finely sanded wood. Think 220 grit. Med to short finish.
Red
6/28/2021 - swigna Likes this wine:
98 points
Comes out swinging and doesn't stop! Flavors roll over each other with some polte jostling for attention. Then they line up and present. Dark plum, ripe strawberry, tobaco notes. Long finish means your friend finishes his story before the flavor has left your tougue on a single sip. Must have been minutes on the finish.
Red
5/30/2021 - swigna Likes this wine:
93 points
Amazing wine. Lovely richness.
Red
5/30/2021 - swigna Likes this wine:
92 points
Classically Pinot but the wife liked it. Light and floral.
Red
5/30/2021 - swigna wrote:
93 points
2hr decant. Lost of love, prune, on the nose. On the sweet side of heavy but not cloying or jammy. Lovely finish balanced and long.
Red
4/24/2021 - swigna Likes this wine:
92 points
Perfectly balanced lovely wine. On the sweet side but not overly so.
Red
2/3/2021 - swigna Likes this wine:
90 points
Great wine. quick decant and drink. Was still too cold when we first started but as it warmed up everybody liked it.
Red
1/23/2021 - swigna wrote:
93 points
Decanted 30 mins temp was probably 65. Very fruity almost sweat nose. Fantastically easy drinker. Balanced with a long finish. Loved this wine.
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Red
12/31/2020 - swigna wrote:
90 points
They served it a little warm but that did not dampen this wines spirits. Long finish, balanced flavors of tobacco and currents. One in the party felt it was too bitter.
Red
12/28/2020 - swigna wrote:
92 points
It was good but it had a sharpish taste to it. I think I served it too cold and too soon. brought up from 55 cellar, deacanted an served within 30 mins or less. Or its way too young. Some sediment.
Red
11/26/2020 - swigna Likes this wine:
93 points
Fantastic. Nice and tasty. Well balanced. Long finish.
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White
11/7/2020 - swigna Likes this wine:
90 points
Everybody liked it. They expected a sugar bomb but it’s minerality won them over.
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Red
8/29/2020 - swigna Likes this wine:
93 points
This bottle is the personification of why i buy bedrock wine. Under $50 and punches way above its “class”. Pepper notes, well balanced, long finish, complex flavors. Just wow. Decanted for 30mins drank over 2 hrs.
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Red
5/8/2020 - swigna wrote:
94 points
The wine was amazing! 1hr upright 1 hr decant. Tart strawberry on the nose. Chocolate bites with bitter start but but oh so soft finish. Like bitting into an apple and at first you feel it will be so tart but suddenly the taste softens. Long long finish. I was reading and could 5 mins past and the taste was still in my mouth.
Red
3/30/2020 - swigna Likes this wine:
92 points
2 hr decant. No observed sediment. Light color, heavy leather on the nose. Light fruit, more of a hint. Acidic but balanced.
Red
2/22/2020 - swigna Likes this wine:
91 points
Licorice on the nose. Light body taste. Light bright red color. Sweet raspberry but balanced. Medium long finish. 20 secs?
Red
2011 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/27/2020 - swigna Likes this wine:
93 points
What a great wine. 30 min decant long finish. Held uo great against an 01 Caymus and a cakebread.
Red
2014 David Arthur Meritaggio Napa Valley SuperTuscan Blend (view label images)
1/10/2020 - swigna wrote:
92 points
Drank at La Grotta in Atlanta. 10 min decant. Fruity on the nose. Soft and tasty with a perfect balanced finish. It disagreed with my fillet with Gorgonzola but was happy with all other items that were served.
Red
12/25/2019 - swigna Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow. Christmas wine that does not disappoint. Complex enough that people thought they were drinking several wines. One guest actually asked if I had changed to a new wine. Balanced and long finish.
Red
11/15/2019 - swigna Likes this wine:
93 points
15 min decant. Some residue in remainder. This was balanced with a long finish. Kept having to go back and try another sip. Berry with licorice. This was excellent I’m now mad that I only bought one. Should’ve bought a case.
Red
10/5/2019 - swigna wrote:
93 points
Fruit expression with great mouthfeel. 20 min decant served at 65f. Very pleasant.
Red
6/4/2019 - swigna Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine is so good. dark red fruits without being sweet. Long finish. Balanced. everybody liked this wine.
Red
6/3/2019 - swigna Likes this wine:
92 points
Very lovely wine. heavy sweet fruit on the nose followed by that nice dry Pinot taste. Light but with lots going on. Long finish
Red
2011 Ravine Vineyard Meritage Red Niagara-on-the-Lake VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/3/2019 - swigna Likes this wine:
90 points
Light and balanced. delicate hints of red berries. short finish.
Red
2014 Bedrock Wine Co. The Bedrock Heritage Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
4/22/2019 - swigna Likes this wine:
93 points
2 hr decant 68f. light fruit taste with some pepper. less mouthfeel than CNDP we served. (clos du papes 13).
Red
4/22/2019 - swigna Likes this wine:
92 points
The wine star of Easter Dinner. 2 hr decant 68F. pepper notes not overpowering. Well balanced easy drinker. Long finish. Most of the table preferred it over bedrock Zinfandel.
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Red
3/1/2019 - swigna Likes this wine:
90 points
Cellared for 5 years. No sediment. Very light tasting well balanced and easy drinker.
Red
2014 Mollydooker Enchanted Path McLaren Vale Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
12/26/2018 - swigna Likes this wine:
92 points
1 hr decant served a little cold, 65F ish. Needed more time to breath. First impressions were a forceful flavor profile a little unbalanced. 20 mins later was better but still a needed time. The Shiraz was heavy. I think that if it had been a little warmer and a longer decant it would be great.
Red
2008 Clos Dubreuil St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/26/2018 - swigna Likes this wine:
92 points
1 hr decant estimated temp 65-68. overall balanced flavor. mouth feel was pleasant and long lasting. muted fruit flavor. Christmas Dinner.
Red
2012 Torbreck The Factor Barossa Valley Shiraz, Syrah (view label images)
11/26/2018 - swigna wrote:
flawed
Possibly flawed. I don't know what it was missing. It was full of flavors but kind of out of balance. The Ladies at the table did not finish. Bottle had sediment but also looked like a film of sediment spread evenly over the whole bottle. that's why I put the possibly flawed. I bought this a total wine and the price was $10-20 lower than market at the time. I suspect it got left out in a heated truck or something. Just a guess though.
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Red
3/10/2018 - swigna Likes this wine:
93 points
velvety with great balance. Licorice on the nose. still sweet. hardly any residue in bottle.
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Red
1/22/2018 - swigna Likes this wine:
92 points
Second to the CNDP 2012 Pegau. 2 hr decant. Less "sweet" than the CNDP it still went down noticeably smooth and flavorful. Served with tenderloin and salmon roast potatoes and leaks. Great wine.
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Red
1/22/2018 - swigna wrote:
93 points
2 hr decant served with tenderloin, salmon potatoes and leak in a vinaigrette. Balanced and easy to drink with a long finish. Guests around me loved it and preferred it to the 2008 Casanova brunello. Don't know what rest of table though.
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Red
12/27/2017 - swigna wrote:
95 points
Simply amazing. pleasing all at the Christmas dinner table.
Red
6/19/2017 - swigna wrote:
93 points
Decanted 30 mins. In the decanter smelled like well he's grape juice. Not apparent in glass. Perfectly balanced even on first sip. Obviously a fantastic wine. Black berries that gives way to easy mouth feel. Amazing wine.
Red
5/15/2017 - swigna Likes this wine:
94 points
How can this wine improve? decanted for 40 minutes and served with rack of lamb. it might have been a slight too cold as it came from cellar and I did not give it a ton of time to warm up etc. Tannins and mouthfeel were present but in perfect balance. so much so that the fruit comes almost unannounced by any alcohol or acidity. Fantastic Fantastic wine. I'm now officially jealous of anybody who has any Cayuse. If this is any indication it must be fabulous.
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Red
5/11/2017 - swigna Likes this wine:
89 points
Drank 2 glasses over an hour. Used Venturi. Definitely needs the hour. Last sips of first glass vegetative bitter gone. Left with long lingering very drinkable cab. Some complexity and was a pleasure to drink each sip.
Red
2002 Lewis Cellars Alec's Blend Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
11/22/2016 - swigna Likes this wine:
92 points
Tasted fantastic with French onion soup and tourtiere with a delicate salad with vinaigrette.
Red
5/17/2016 - swigna Likes this wine:
93 points
leather and dark fruit on nose. near perfect balance. had with Spanish Tapas. nice finish as well
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Red
5/17/2016 - swigna Likes this wine:
92 points
Fantastic. Not as finished as the 2001. still acidic but lovely.
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Red
2010 Castello Banfi Excelsus Sant' Antimo Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/23/2016 - swigna wrote:
92 points
Served at palo on Disney Dream. (Cruise). Paired with short ribs. Earth on nose with some fruit/vegetable. Roasted prune with slight mineral taste. Very well balanced with 20 second (counted) finish. Loved this.
Red
3/6/2016 - swigna Likes this wine:
91 points
6 of wife's girlfriends drank this. They loved it.
Red
1/19/2016 - swigna Likes this wine:
93 points
1-1/2 hr decant served at 68 f. (estimation) with Baked Salmon. Fantastic. so light bodied and flavorful. long finish. easy easy drinker. all were impressed. in Harrison ski weekend.
Red
1/4/2016 - swigna Likes this wine:
95 points
My first Bordeaux Prm Crus. Dark, almost brown, in color. silky smooth mouth-feel very little detectable fruit. It blossoms to leathery mineral flavors that last minutes in mouth. It was the first P. Crus for 6 others at table. all liked it, but where not blown away until we compared with Meomi pinot noire 2013. The meomi went from a dependable go-to-wine to extremely harsh and unbalanced when compared right sipping side by side.
Red
1/4/2016 - swigna Likes this wine:
94 points
Very nicely balanced, with slight plum on first sip that turns to dusty leather and tobacco. forgot to note finish length.
White
11/16/2015 - swigna Likes this wine:
93 points
Best white wine I've had this year. Ordered at club chase et peche in Montreal. Paired with octopus apatizer. Smoky fruit on the nose that blends into a nutty flavor on the palate. Not too acidic more mellow. Very pleased with it.
Red
2006 Castello di Querceto / Querceto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
11/10/2015 - swigna Likes this wine:
89 points
I had one glass, very balanced and smooth. one friend was really taken with it. First wine of the evening served with cheese and crackers.
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