Tasting Notes for stevetimko

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Red
CellarTracker! lists dozens of bottles of this in inventories. The good news is that despite a couple of gloomy reviews, this wine is still good. Probably past its peak, but still enjoyable. I took this to a dinner for six of us, including two others in the Wine Berserkers board.
Darke fruit on the nose and dark cherry and dark raspberry on the palate. The acid is distinct, suggesting that some of the fruit has faded. Tasted a little smokey at first but that disappeared after a half hour or so. Oerall it has aged elegantly and the finish is good. So the 13.2 percent wine held up.
Wine Enthusiast wrote: "Doesn't seem like an ager, but could surprise." It did surprise.
It's no getting any better, so drink now.
Red
4/10/2021 - stevetimko wrote:
Showed wonderfully. Complex. Both red and black fruits. A little bit sweet on the attack, more acidic in the midpalate, but balanced. A nice finish. This is a good food wine. I don't recall having a wine from Liguria before. I picked this up from the Kermit Lynch discount bin and it was a steal.
Red
2005 Core Hard Core Santa Barbara County Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre (view label images)
Congratulations to Dave Corey. This wine is still showing well, although I think it may be past its peak. Black fruits and some cedar. The tannins are still evident but smooth. It has aged well and is smooth from the attack through the finish. Still big. Quite popular with a co-worker who said red wine usually gives him a headache.
White
4/10/2021 - stevetimko wrote:
Over the hill, in an elegant way. Not oxidized and no alcohol was showing. It's like someone took the bottle, emptied out a quarter of it and replaced it with distilled water. Some floral notes and white stone fruit. It didn't evolve in the two hours it was opened. Purchased at Kermit Lynch in Berkeley. I wish I had not buried it in my locker and I had opened it five years ago.
Red
Still in good shape. Glenn noted that despite the 15.6 percent alcohol, it was a balanced wine. No flare of alcohol. I loved the spicy, peppery nose. The wine seemed darker than the typical zin. Full body and mostly black fruits on the palate. Good finish but not especially long. I have one more bottle and I think it will last another couple of years, at least.
Red
Still good, but maybe it’s lost some intensity because it’s on a downward slope. On the nose, I got a little bit of tobacco and tea. The red fruits seem darker than I remember. Silky texture. Gentle on the attack but a nice finish. I didn’t detect oak. This went better with Glen’s Super Bowl tri-tip than my Carlisle zin. A Bon Vivant import.
White - Off-dry
This is one of those Premier Cru John Joseph Christoffel ausleses that sold dollar-wise in the teens. Still in great shape. The streak of acid is noticeable to offset the sweetness. Glenn, who supplied the wine, thought it was close to a BA. Strong tropical notes. Golden-amber color. Nice finish. This has years to go. A Premier Cru import.
Red
2/7/2021 - stevetimko wrote:
In good shape. Dark fruit. A little bit of anise. Smooth from the attack to the midpalate to the finish. No flaws. Still has years to go.
White
In great shape. Maybe a tad sweeter than the classical kabinett but it gives a lot. A nice spine of acidity. Petrol, apple and some spices on the nose. Nice, long finish. Imported by Winesellers, Ltd.
White
This wine finally turned a corner. It's the best showing of any of the bottles I opened. Others have been tight and needed coaxing to show anything, and even then maybe did not show much. This was good from the start. Very much like a standard white Rhone. Unctuous in a good way. Some elements of marzipan and honey. Good finish. I liked it a lot.
Red
This is the third one I’ve opened and it’s the worst showing by far. Lots of oak after it was opened and it took a lot of swirling to get it to go away. This is disappointing because the first one I opened, back in 2015, had an Old World nose and reached all parts of the nose. I hope that as the fruit ages the oak does not become more prominent.
Dark fruits on both the nose and palate and a little bit of charcoal. The finish was still good.
Still a good bottle of wine but not as good as others.
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White
From a 375ml. This is why we age wine. This surprised me how good it was. Smooth from the attack to the finish. Slightly off dry. Good acidity but not too strong. Aging may have mellowed the sweetness. Of course lychee on the nose but also some other perfume notes, like a little bit of rose. Also some nice spice and honey on the nose and on the palate. Not a remarkedly long finish but it was elegant. I’ve had better gewürztraminer. A friend from San Francisco would dig out Weinbach gewurz from the late 1980s from a forgotten corner of his cellar and I’d want to take the bottle and go huff it in the corner. Those were also much sweeter. The ZH is showing great right now. I don’t think it’s going to get better. A Premier Cru import.
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Red
Needed to be decanted a second time and have the sediment collected in the neck filtered out. Some tar on the nose but the roses never showed up for me. This reminds of the description of Barolo being like a ballerina's legs: Feminine but powerful. Good attack and mid palate but just average finish.
Red
Kicking ass and taking names. We had wagyu-buffalo burgers with truffles and the earthiness of this went well with the truffles. Savory and more dark fruit than red fruit. Loved the nose but hard to describe. I think of roots in a dry gravel streambed. Glen liked it quite a bit. He thought he detected green stems but I didn't find that. Jim Cowan said this wine needed eight to 10 years in a cellar to come around. It's drinking well now. Jim Cowan said it was Hellenthal fruit.
Red
2/9/2020 - stevetimko wrote:
Still going strong. It continued to develop over the 2.5 hours I had it open. But it was a disappointment. It tasted much better at the winery. It didn't even taste like an Oregon pinot for the first two hours. Eventually, it tasted like Oregon but not the Ribbon Ridge flavors I remember from the winery. Just bright red fruit and no earthy notes. I left it at Glen's house and he said it didn't improve the next day. The ripeness didn't show that much when I tasted it at the winery but that was pretty much all I tasted. I would still buy Ayres again.
Red
Not overly ripe but definitely California. Enough cola you can tell it's from the Russian River Valley or is Russian River Valley adjacent. It starts with lots of funk on the nose. Glenn thought it was more spice. Although it tends to ripeness the fruit is mostly dark. Decent acidity. I think it is still evolving. While this was a nice bottle of wine, it didn't wow me.
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Red
2007 Carlisle Two Acres Russian River Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
6/16/2019 - stevetimko wrote:
Still drinking well.
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White
This was a surprise. I took this to a dinner a few years ago and didn't need it, so I brought it home and put it in the refrigerator. It promptly got pushed to the back and lost. I opened it today hoping it hadn't turned to vinegar so I could use it for cooking and it was still alive. White flowers and apples. Nice finish. Probably past its prime. It makes me wish I tried it in its prime. Imported by Vinalia Imports Inc.
White
Still tight. Takes time to open. Some controversy about the oxidation. Glenn seemed to feel it was more pronounced than I did, although not a fatal flaw. It's there, but it's basically a Rhone. What do you expect? It's nothing like say a Rioja blanco, which I also love. It showed some white fruit. it has a nice finish. Imported by Beaune Imports.
Red
Still in tremendous shape. It has several years to go. Again, none of that Russian River Valley tell-tale cola. Earthy and mushroomy. It has a lot of elegance and a long finish.
Red
In great shape. No rush to drink it.
Dark fruits on the nose and palate. Nice acid. Had a great floral nose, although wasn't quite the match for the Rhys pinot noir. Went great with the duck papperdelle and would match a wide variety of foods.
Red
Dark fruit mostly with a little bit of spice. Some tannins. Did not reveal much. More on the attack than mid palate. It seems riper than I expected for a Santa Cruz Mountains syrah. Decant, which we did not do, or let it age another couple of years. I think it is still improving.
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Red
Nice showing of a CalItal. No tar, but otherwise it tastes like nebbiolo. Dark fruit, some rose petals. Earthy. The tannins have resolved. Elegant. You would never guess it is Paso Robles Fruit (from Luna Matta Vineyard).
Red
Good. Not exceptional. It may have benefited from more air. I got dark plum on the nose and palate. Maybe a hint of cinnamon. The finish was just okay. It was balanced and smooth with no flaws but nothing to make it stand out, either. This has a few years to go. It could be on the beginning of the down slope.
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Red
This was showing well. Fred called it sharp, meaning it was still youthful. It’s still got five to 10 years to go. It needed air to open up. But it was also smooth as silk and elegant. I got dark red fruit on the nose and the palate, plus maybe a little forest floor. Long fisish. A pleasure to drink.
Red
Placed fifth out of six in a blind tasting. Odd nose. Muted dark fruit on the palate. Not much going on.
Red
11/18/2016 - stevetimko wrote:
Had this S couple of years ago and it was wonderful. Elegant and dark fruit. Today, it's over the hill. Oxidized nose. Imported by Grape Expectations.
Rosé
It's a second label from Pradeaux, but with an association with Pradeaux and Neal Rosenthal I expected more. Little body. I got some citrus. Balanced but boring. I marked on CellarTracker! I liked it, but I wish now I had tried one of the wine store's other roses.
White
This showed good but not great. That was likley my fault as I took it straight from the wine storage locker to the dinner with no chance to air. It probably needed to be decanted.
I got green apple and flowers on the nose. That was quite pleasant. The palate was a little bit nutty and maybe had a little bit more apple. It didn't show that zingy acidity and verve that I like in Chablis, especially from Fourchaume.
It also seemed riper than the typical Chablis. It still had a great midpalate and finish, but the flavors were a little bigger than normal.
Red
This is still holding up well. It tastes similar to my last note. It's light and showing lots of depth and elegance. One change is that I got dill this time I didn't get last time. Is that American oak? If so, you'd think it would be resolved by now. Red fruit on the nose and palate and a nice earthiness too.
White
Fred thought it was over the hill. Andy, Glenn and I liked it. It seems to be in decline, though. It is turning amber but it's not deeply colored yet. It has a nutty nose and a little bit of oxidation. On the palate I got some citrus and a little bit of butterscotch but none of the oxidation that showed on the nose. It has a smooth, elegant finish. Still good, but drink up.
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White
This is a tasty white and almost perfect for a summer sipper at 11.5 percent alcohol. It is 40 percent xarel·lo, one of the grapes commonly used in cava, and 30 percent each of viura and muscat. The nose is white flowers and some fruit, although not quite the fruit cocktail associated with muscat. On the palate there is some stone fruit and nice acidity. There's a little bit of depth. I like the texture. It shows it has seen neutral oak. I detected no oak. I think the texture will make it a better match for a wider variety of food. The finish is short, but it still punches above its weight for the $11 retail price. There's a few bubbles but nothing like Tkakoli. Imported by Sierra Nevada Imports.
White
Wonderful nose but the palate didn't seem to match it.
I got sea breeze and minerals on the nose. It was wonderful to smell.
The palate didn't have the zing I want from a Chablis. There were some pleasant nutty flavors, some sharp citrus but nothing very complex. I still enjoyed it. I brought this to a dinner of Mediterranean food where I had nothing in my wine cellar to match the meze. I just brought a wine I would like. I blew up my palate when I ate some pharmaceutical-grade mint so I couldn't follow how the wine evolved. A Kermit Lynch import.
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Red
This showed much riper than the last one I had. In fact, I gave a glass to the host of the dinner and he commented that he liked it because he doesn't like dry red wine. This was intense red fruit. Balanced and a decent finish. It would be hard to place it as a Cornas.
Red
This showed well. Black fruits on the nose and palate and a streak of violets on the nose. Good balance. It seems like a terrific food wine, but I brought it as a bonus bottle to the wine tasting. Everyone seemed to like it. A Louis/Dressner import.
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Red
2002 Calabretta Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
4/10/2015 - stevetimko wrote:
Slightly off. I couldn't tell what was wrong. Others detected it. It was drinkable and people generally liked it, but there was something like a mild charcoal flavor to the wine. No one thought it was corked. I brought it as one of two bonus bottles to the wine tasting.
Red
Nice wine in good shape. I wished I had snagged more of it. Wonderful nose. Floral. Mostly bright red fruit. Good balance and long finish. It has a velvety texture that stands out. It seemed quite popular at dinner.
White
2010 Frostwatch Kismet Bennett Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
Delicious. This is an endorsement from someone who doesn’t normally like sauvignon blanc. White fruit and flowers plus some green apple. Nice length. Fred noticed the slight effervescence. I think it’s time to drink this, though. I brought to try to cheer Robin after she suffered a dog attack. Sauvignon blanc is her favorite white. It was the last sauvignon blanc in my cellar. I like this, the Grey Stack from Bennett Valley and St. Bris from Burgundy, all cooler climate sauvignon blancs.
Red
Showing well but needs some age. It was my second favorite wine of the night at the tasting the group's favorite. We had several niebbiolo wines but this was the only one to show rose petals and tar. A little big but it still has elegance. Good finish. I would like to try this wine again in six years. Imported by Small Vineyards.
Red
2010 Washoe Pines Gayla Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
4/10/2015 - stevetimko wrote:
This is a wine from an unbonded winery. The grapes are from Dry Creek Valley but the wine is made just south of Reno.
Not quite a fruit bomb but the wine is on the riper side of the taste spectrum. Mostly dark fruits. The flavor is most intense on the attack. Short finish.
It is made in a style preferred by the late Eric McClary, the guy who created Nevada's most famous beer, Great Basin Brewing Co. Icky.
It was a bonus wine at the wine tasting.
Red
Well, this is why we taste wines blind. This is a wine from a vineyard owned by Sting. It turned out to be my favorite wine of the tasting among seven wines, including the warm up, and it was the group's second favorite. I would have probably been a little biased going in knowing a celebrity was attached to a vineyard. A couple of months ago I tried a shot of Haig Scotch done with affiliation with David Beckham and British music producer Simon Fuller it was definitely DNPIM (do not put in mouth). So I was surprised to find out it has ties to Sting.
This isn't a profound wine. It's not a wine to cellar. But it has nice balance and elegance like a good Beaujolais Village. It's a good food wine.
It's mostly black fruits and some cedar. There's a little bit of a tannic spine I don't usually notice in sangiovese. It may be from the syrah blended in. Good but not great finish. It seems like it was made for restaurant wine lists. Imported by Maritime Wine Trading Collective.
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Red
Our bottle must have been a bad bottle. At our tasting everyone hated it and when the $50 price, one of the most expensive wines of the night, was announced, everyone groaned. The nose was terrible. Strong VA plus some odd chemical smell. It didn't show much on the palate. It seemed more modern. This was only opened about an hour or two before we drank it, so maybe it needs a good decant to show well young. I was surprised to see so many enthusiastic notes on CellarTracker! Imported by The Piedmont Guy.
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White
Crisp wine. Nice acidity. An excellent food wine. Nice lime and sea salt on the nose and more citrus on the palate. Maybe just a touch of honey. Good finish. Very European.
I was surprised to find this in Reno. It's at the West Street Wine Bar.
Red
Some smokiness and earthiness on the nose. Dark red fruit on the palate. Good finish. Elegant. I think it's the first Bergstrom I've had that I've liked. This is showing well now and I'm sure it's got at least a few years to go.
Red
A little monolithic. Some oak, but not overwhelming. Mostly dark fruits. Nice balance. I think it could be a good food wine. I suspect it will be better in a year or two. It doesn't seem like a long-term ager, though. Imported by Opici Wines.
Red
Quite tart on the palate to the point of being out of balance. This may change with age and I might like it better in a few years. Mostly dark fruit on the palate. Some blue fruit on the nose. It seems like if this is going to show well it's going to take a decade in the cellar. I can't read it.
Red
This was quite nice and impressive for a Bordeaux dude. Balanced and subdued. Earth, flint and red fruit on the nose. The red fruit carries over to the palate. It's nice on the attack and midpalate with a good finish. There's some subtle spices, maybe clove. I think this is showing well now but seems like it could improve.
Red
Great nose. Mushroom, forest floor. A streak of bright red fruit. Alas, the palate didn't live up to the nose. Kind of flat. Balanced and light but not very interesting. Medium finish. This could age into something much nicer.
Red
Pretty much a one note wine. I got blue fruit but nothing else that said syrah. Short finish. The tannins have resolved. I may have caught it in the dumb phase. I opened it a half hour before we started watching "Boyhood" and I checked in after the movie ended. So the bottle was open for more than three hours and the only noticeable change was mild VA turned into moderate VA. Burch Hall had a reputation as one of the better Grass Valley wineries but I've had mixed luck with the wines.
In talking to the salesman when I bought this at the winery, I have a vague recollection that this all came from one vineyard, even if it didn't say so on the bottle. I think adding fruit from another vineyard might have added depth.
White
2/20/2015 - stevetimko wrote:
Mostly the sweetness showed. So much so I'd call it out of balance, Some white fruits on the nose and palate. No petrol. Probably should have been consumed two years ago. A Terry Thiese import.
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