Tasting Notes for dbay

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Red
11/30/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
86 points
Medium ruby. On the nose the wine has medium intensity aromas of red plum, red cherries, black pepper, black olives, salami, charred wood. On the palate the wine is dry with medium plus acidity, medium plus ripe grippy tannins, high alcohol, medium plus body with a medium flavor intensity with flavors of red plum, red cherries, black pepper, black olives, salami, charred wood. The finish is medium. The wine is good demonstrating complexity with red fruits, spice, oak, and some savory notes. The alcohol , tannins and fruit nature are in balance. However, the wine lacks intensity on the palate and the finish was a disappointing medium . However a decent QPR.
Red
11/28/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
86 points
medium ruby. on the nose the wine has medium intensity aromas of red cherries, kirsch, violets, raspberries, simple. On the palette, the wine is dry with med (+) acidity, medium fine ripe tannins, medium alcohol, medium body. The flavor intensity on the palate is med + with red cherries, kirsch, violets, raspberries, simple. The finish is medium + with red cherries. The wine is good demonstrating medium intensity on the nose rising to medium + on the palate. The wine is balanced with the medium + acidity balanced by the fruit nature, alcohol and tannins. The wine lack complexity and the finish while medium + is simple. The wine is ready to drink now, would not age further. The primary fruits are fresh and the wine is a nice every night wine.
Red
11/27/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
88 points
Medium ruby. On the nose medium intensity aroma of licorice, black and red cherries, dried oregano, menthol. On the palate the wine is dry with medium (+) acidity and medium (+) medium grained tannins, high alcohol, medium body with medium intensity flavors on the palate of red cherries, red plums, licorice, dried oregano. The finish is medium plus with lingering red fruits but also some bitterness. The wine is good demonstrating complexity on the nose and the palate with some fresh fruit still apparent, but tertiary aromas dominating. The wine is balanced with the acidity, tannins and fruit nature in balance. The finish while lingering was bitter on the end, and the wine was of medium intensity. The wine requires decanting and several hours before opening up.
White
11/25/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
Pale gold. On the nose aromas of medium intensity - citron, lemon, golden apple, lanolin, wet stones. On the palate the wine is dry with medium + acidity, high alcohol, medium + body, and medium + flavors of citron, lemon, golden apple, lanolin, wet stones, white peach, peach pit. The finish is medium + with some phenolic bitterness. There is a waxy texture to the wine. The wine is very good demonstrating medium intensity on the nose rising to medium plus on the palate. There is complexity with tree fruit, stone fruit, citrus, mineral and lanolin. The fruit nature is balanced by the acidity and alcohol. However, the phenolic bitterness on the finish is a bit offputting. A lovely rich wine for this holiday weekend.
Red
11/23/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
89 points
medium ruby. On the nose medium intensity aromas of red cherries, red plums, sweet black cherry, vanilla, dried tarragon, cinnamon, sandalwood, damp earth. On the palate the wine is dry with medium plus acidity, medium fine ripe tannins, high alcohol, medium plus body and medium plus flavor intensity of red cherries, red plums, sweet black cherry, vanilla, dried tarragon, cinnamon, sandalwood, damp earth. Finish is medium plus layered fruits and spice. The wine is very good demonstrating complexity, intensity and length, however the high alcohol is out of balance with the tannins and fruit nature.
White
11/1/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
87 points
The wine is pale lemon. On the nose the wine has medium intensity aromas of acacia blossom, lemon, white peach, wet stones. On the palate the wine is dry with medium + acidity, medium alcohol and medium body. The flavor intensity is medium plus with flavors of acacia blossom, lemon, white peach, wet stones, salinity, almond skin. The finish is medium (-) with a bitter phenolic note. A good vermentino- perfect for salad with shellfish.
Red
10/27/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
90 points
Medium Ruby. On the nose medium intensity red cherries, raspberries, red plums, violets, cheese, clove, dried tarragon, dried red cherries. The wine is dry with high acidity, medium (-) tannins, high alcohol and medium body. Flavor intensity is medium plus with ed cherries, raspberries, red plums, violets, cheese, clove, dried tarragon, dried red cherries. The finish is medium plus with red fruits lingering on the palate. The wine is very good demonstrating complexity, intensity and length. This was a delight with our meal of Penne alla arabiata with the fruit really showing. Drink now.
White - Sparkling
10/24/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
87 points
Pale lemon. the nose has light aromas of lemon, apple, bread dough. Dry with high acidity medium alcohol, and medium minus body. The flavor intensity is medium with lemon, apple, pear, bread dough, baked apple/caramel. The finish is medium The wine is good and refreshing.
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White
10/22/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
93 points
pale lemon On the nose the wine has medium aromas of white blossom, wet stones, cut grass, lemon, green apple. On the palate the wine is dry with high acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, and medium plus intensity of flavors of white blossom, wet stones, cut grass, lemon, green apple, ripe pear. the finish is medium with fresh fruits. The wine is very good with balance of the high acidity with the fruit nature and alcohol, complexity on the nose and palate and intensity of medium on the nose rising to medium plus on teh palate. This is a great QPR especially if you want a Sancerre but do not like the higher price. This one is particularly elegant
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Red
10/21/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
92 points
Deep purple. On the nose aromas of medium plus intensity of blackberries, dried black cherries, red cherries, black currants, black tea, vanilla, cinnamon, wet earth, toast, violets. On the palate the wine is dry with medium plus acidity, full body, high alcohol, medium plus soft ripe silky tannins The flavor intensity in pronounced with flavors of blackberries, dried black cherries, red cherries, black currants, black tea, vanilla, cinnamon, wet earth, toast, violets. The finish is medium plus but with an alcohol burn. The wine is very good, demonstrating balance, intensity, and complexity. However the finish is marred by the high alcohol on the palate and in the finish. Suitable for aging further. The wine will develop further tertiary notes- but this is close to peak so would drink now to the next 3-5 yrs.
Red
10/16/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
88 points
Pale ruby. On the nose medium aromas of red cherries, raspberries, dusty earth, violets. On the palate the wine is dry with medium + acidity, medium - tannins, soft and ripe, medium alcohol, medium body and medium intensity flavors of red cherries, raspberries, dusty earth, violets. The finish is medium and pleasant with red fruits. The wine is good. Would drink now. Not suitable for aging.
Red
2016 Petit Manou Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/12/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
87 points
Medium ruby. On the nose medium aromas of red plums, red cherries, vanilla, cinnamon, toast. On the palate the wine is dry with medium plus acidity, high ripe tannins , med alcohol. Flavor intensity medium with flavors red plums, red cherries, vanilla, cinnamon, toast. The finish is medium with vanilla and spices. The wine is good demonstrating balance of acidity, fruit nature, and tannins and maintains intensity from the nose to the palate. However, the wine does not demonstrate complexity and the finish is medium with primarily oak notes.
White
10/7/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
86 points
Pale Gold. Medium minus aromas of yellow apple, white nectarine, butterscotch, bread dough, caramel, blossom. On the palate the wine is dry with medium plus acidity, medium body, medium alcohol and medium flavor intensity with yellow apple, white nectarine, butterscotch, bread dough, caramel, blossom. The finish is medium minus, disappointingly short. Other: creamy texture. The wine is good with aromas of tree fruit, stone fruit, aromas of lees aging and also some tertiary aromas (butterscotch, caramel). The intensity rises on the palate to medium. However, the acidity is not balanced by the fruit nature and the finish is disappointingly short. Tasty now, and should be fine in the cellar another 2-3 yrs with more complex aromas.
Red - Sparkling
10/5/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
86 points
Medium ruby. Strawberries, cherries, light dry sparkling. High acid, medium body and med to low alcohol. The lambrusco was a pleasant, lovely dry sparkling that paired well with our quiche/cabbage steak dinner.
Red
9/29/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
86 points
Medium ruby. On the nose medium + intensity of toast, smoke, red cherries, strawberries. On the palate the wine is dry with medium plus acidity, medium fine ripe tannins, high alcohol, medium body and medium plus flavor intensity of toast, smoke, red cherries, strawberries. The finish is medium plus and pleasing but not layered. The wine is good demonstrating intensity and some length on the finish. However, the wine lacks balance and complexity. It is an obviously oaked Pinot with ripe fruit, easy drinking style.
Red
9/28/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
89 points
Medium ruby. The wine has medium intensity aromas of red cherries, toast, vanilla, sweet black tea, sandalwood, black plums, smoke. On the palate the wine is dry with medium plus acidity, medium plus fine ripe tannins, high alcohol, medium plus body and a medium plus pleasing finish. The flavors on the palate are of medium plus intensity of red cherries, toast, vanilla, sweet black tea, sandalwood, black plums, smoke. The wine is very good and excellent quality for price.
Red
2009 Château Fonbadet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/13/2020 - dbay wrote:
89 points
past peak, losing fruit, seems a bit tired. Drink soon
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Red
9/12/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
89 points
Medium ruby. Nose of medium intensity with black plums, blackcurrants, mint, black tea, savory meaty notes, and violets. On the palate the wine is dry with medium acidity, medium fine ripe tannins, medium alcohol, and medium plus intensity of flavors of black plums, blackcurrants, mint, black tea, vanilla. Body is of medium intensity and finish is medium plus with blackcurrants. The wine is very good demonstrating balance of acidity, tannins, alcohol with the fruit nature, complexity, length on the finish and medium intensity on the nose rising to medium plus on the palate. The wine is a typical California fruit intense wine suggesting a hot growing season.
Red
8/30/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
87 points
Medium ruby. On the nose aromas of medium intensity with sour red cherries, cranberries, dried oregano, dried purnes, forrest floor, violets. on the palate the wine is dry with medium + acidity, medium tannins smooth, medium alcohol, body is medium and flavor intensity medium with sour red cherries, cranberries, dried oregano, dried prunes, forrest floor, violets. The length on the finish is medium plus with some fresh cherries lingering. This is a very good wine demonstrating complexity with red fruit, dried fruit herbs, tertiary aromas, floral aromas. The medium + acidity is balanced by the fruit nature and alcohol and tannins well integrated. The finish is medium plus and pleasant. This is an excellent example of ripasso and more pleasing than most.
Red
8/27/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
87 points
Pale ruby. Nose: medium intensity red cherries, cranberries, red currants, violets. On the palate the wine is dry with high acidity, high fine ripe tannins, high alcohol, medium plus body, and medium plus intensity red cherries, cranberries, red currants, violets. The finish is medium. this is a good wine, early drinking, fresh fruit demonstrating balance and intensity on the palate. Good QPR for an everynight wine.
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Red
2009 Château Siaurac Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/24/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
93 points
Deep ruby. On the nose the aromas are medium intensity with vanilla, sandalwood, red cherries, red plums, blackcurrant leaf, cinnamon, clove, truffle oil. On the palate the wine is dry with medium + acidity, medium + fine ripe tannins, high alcohol, and medium + body. The flavor intensity is medium plus and surprisingly has much fresh fruit - red and black cherries, red plums, along with toast, vanilla and cinnamon, black currant leaf, truffle oil. The finish is medium plus and primarily plum and earthy notes, pleasant. This is and very good wine and particularly good QPR- based on the other notes, I think it just needed time. The wine demonstrates medium intensity aromas on the nose rising to medium plus on the palate. The nose and palate demonstrate complexity and the finish is medium plus. The wine is not outstanding as the high alcohol is out of balance with the medium acidity and fruit nature and an observed alcohol burn is noted on the palate. Lovely wine, would drink now but it could also hold another 5-7 years.
White
8/21/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
Pale lemon. On the nose the wine has medium aromas of lemon, green apple, pear, white blossom, wet stone. On the palate the wine is dry with medium + acidity, medium alcohol, medium flavor intensity of lemon, green apple, pear, white nectarine, white blossom, wet stone. The finish is medium. The wine is good demonstrating balance of acidity with fruit nature and alcohol. The wine also demonstrates complexity on the nose and palate with green fruits, floral notes, mineral and stone fruit.
White
8/9/2020 - dbay wrote:
83 points
Pale lemon. On the nose medium (-) intensity aromas of lemon and rubber. On the palate the wine is dry with high acidity, low alcohol, and medium (-) intensity of lemon pith, a mid palate bitterness, a tinny taste and petillance. The wine is simple. The finish is short. Not one of my favorites. Acceptable.
Red
8/9/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
93 points
Deep garnet. Aromas of medium + intensity on the nose of earth, compost, blackberries, black currant, vanilla, sandalwood, nutmeg, violets. On the palate the wine was dry wtih medium + acidity, medium + fine silky tannins, high alcohol and pronounced flavors of earth, compost, fresh and dried blackberries, black currant, vanilla, sandalwood, nutmeg, violets. Finish lingered, lovely with vanilla and spice. We drank this at one of our Spain regional tastings and it was fabulous. Drink now but can also hold another few years.
Red
8/8/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
90 points
Medium ruby. The nose has medium intensity aromas of red currants, red cherries, dusty earth, toast, smoke, oregano. On the palate the wine is dry with medium + acidity, medium alcohol, medium + fine tannins, and medium intensity flavors of red currants, red cherries, dusty earth, toast, smoke, oregano, savory notes. The finish is medium plus. The wine is very good demonstrating balance of acidity and tanins with the fruit nature. There is complexity on the palate and length on the finish. This is a very good Rioja, suitable for aging fruther.
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White
Pale lemon. On the nose aromas are of medium (-) intensity of lime, ripe pear, minerality, green apple, grahoneysuckle. On the palate the wine is off dry with high acidity low alcohol, medium (-) body and medium (+) intensity on the palate of lime, ripe pear, green apple, wet stones, honeysuckle. The finish is long and with lingering citrus notes. There is petillance in the mouth. The wine is outstanding. The high acidity balances the residual sugar and fruit nature. There is complexity on the palate and nose along with intensity on the palate and the finish is long. This is a great QPR, easy food pairing wine-
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Red
2016 Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore Corvina Blend, Corvina (view label images)
8/3/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
89 points
medium ruby. Aromas are of medium intensity and of red cherries, red plums, light toast. On the palate the wine is dry with medium + acidity, medium fine tannins, medium alcohol, medium body wtih medium intensity of red cherries, red plums, light toast, red currants, and light oak notes. The fruit is fresh, and the wine pairs well with food. Drink now or hold up to 3 yrs
White - Sparkling
8/1/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
85 points
pale gold. Medium minus aromas on the nose- lemon, brioche. On the palate the wine is dry with high acidity, light body, med alcohol, short finish and flavors of green apple, lemon, apple turnovers, toasted almonds of medium intensity. The wine is good, easy, light. Paired well with an noodle/dashi soup.
White
7/29/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
90 points
Pale lemon. On the nose medium intensity aromas of lemons, vanilla, butter croissant, jasmine flowers, sweet cream. On the palate the wine is dry with medium plus acidity, medium alcohol, medium body and medium intensity of flavors of lemons, vanilla, butter croissant, jasmine flowers, sweet cream. The finish is medium plus, pleasant with lingering vanilla. The aromas on this wine are redolent of French oak, almost burgundian in style. Tasted blind, it would be difficult to discern this was a Sauvignon Blanc.
Red
7/26/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
88 points
Medium Ruby. On the nose the aromas are medium intensity of dusty rose, red cherries and plums, toast, cinnamon. On the palate the wine is dry with medium plus acidity, medium fine ripe soft tannins, medium alcohol, medium body and medium plus intensity flavors of dusty rose, red cherries and plums, toast, cinnamon. The finish is medium plus and pleasing. The wine is well balanced and demonstrates medium intensity on the nose rising to medium plus on the palate with a lingering finish. This is an old world medium weight cool climate styled Pinot, and a delight. Drink now or hold for another 3-5 yrs.
Red
7/24/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
92 points
deep ruby. On the nose medium plus aromas of blackberry, bramble, black cherries, green bell pepper, cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, toast. On the palate the wine is dry with medium plus acidity, medium plus fine ripe tannins, velvety in texture, medium plus alcohol and a medium plus pleasing finish of baking spices and toast. On the palate the flavors are of medium plus intensity of blackberry, bramble, black cherries, green bell pepper, cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, toast. This is another outstanding cab from A. Rafanelli. Drinking well now but has the structure to hold another 5-7 years.
White
7/19/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
93 points
Golden color. on the nose aromas of medium intensity-candied lemon peel, golden apple, baked peaches, wet stones, hint of petrol. On the palate the wine is off dry with high acidity, medium alcohol and medium body with medium (+) intensity flavors on the palate of candied lemon peel, golden apple, baked peaches, pineapple. The finish is long with pineapple and kiwi. The wine is outstanding demonstrating balance of the acidity with the fruit nature, complexity with green fruit, citrus, stone fruit, tropical fruit, intensity on the palate and a long finish. Excellent QPR. The
Red
7/16/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
87 points
Medium ruby. On the nose medium intensity red and black cherries, red plums, decaying leaves. on the palate the wine is dry with medium acidity and ripe tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium +intensity aromas of red and black cherries, chocolate, red plums and a medium finish. The wine is good. The wine demonstrates balance of acidity and tannins and intensity on the nose increasing on the palate. Pleasant light red.
Red
7/13/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
87 points
Deep ruby. Aromas of medium + intensity of blackberry, bramble, black plums, toast, vanilla, decaying leaves. On the palate the wine is dry with medium acidity, medium + tannins somewhat green, medium alcohol, medium + body, and medium + intensity flavors on the palate of blackberry, bramble, black plums, toast, vanilla and cinnamon. The finish is short. The wine demonstrates intensity on the nose and palate as well as complexity. The wine is good and would drink now. Not suitable for aging further
White
7/12/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
87 points
Pale lemon. On the nose medium (-) aromas of lemon, granny smith apple, grapefruit, minerality, stone fruit. On the palate the wine is dry with med (+) acidity, medium (-) body, medium alcohol and medium intensity flavors on the palate of lemon, grapefruit, white peaches, minerality, granny smith apple, ripe pear. The finish is medium (+) with lingering stone fruit. The wine demonstrates complexity and length. Very interesting and pleasant white pairing well with seafood and lighter dishes.
Rosé
7/9/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
87 points
Pale pink/orange. Mediium intensity aromas of freshly picked strawberries, red cherries, red currants. On the palate the wine is dry with medium plus acidity, medium minus body, medium alcohol and medium intensity flavors of strawberries, red cherries, cranberry and red currants and smoky note on the finish. The finish is medium plus. The wine is perfect for a warm summer evening.
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White
7/5/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
87 points
Pale lemon. On the nose medium minus intensity of citrus, green apple, stone fruit, minerality, hint of petrol. On the palate the wine is dry with medium plus acidity, medium alcohol, medium minus body and medium intensity of lemon, ripe green apple, peach, minerality. The finish is medium minus. The wine is a light and pleasant, lovely for the summer and paired well with Asian meal.
Red
Deep ruby. Aromas of medium plus intensity raisin, red and black cherries, black plums, tamarind, cedar. On the palate the wine is dry with medium plus acidity, medium plus fine ripe tannins, medium alcohol, medium plus body and a medium plus finish of spice and cedar. The flavors are of pronounced intensity with ripe jimmy fruit, raisin, red and black cherries, black plums, tamarind, cedar. The wine is very good demonstrating complexity on the palate with fresh and dried berries, stone fruit, spice, oak. There is intensity on the nose and palate and the finish is medium plus and pleasant. However the wine is not outstanding because although there is balance of the acidity with tannins and alcohol the fruit intensity is very intense out of proportion to the acidity. This is a good QPR.
Red
7/2/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
87 points
Medium ruby. Aromas of medium intensity, red cherries, strawberry yogurt, milk chocolate, barnyard. On the palate the wine is dry with medium acidity, medium minus soft tannins medium alcohol and medium body. Flavors are of medium plus intensity red cherries, red currants, strawberry yogurt, milk chocolate. The finish is medium This is a well balanced wine that demonstrates medium intensity on the nose rising to medium plus on the palate. This Pinot Noir like red is a pleasant light red, perfect for summer and paired well with an Asian meal. Great QPR
Red
2015 Château Kirwan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/29/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
93 points
Medium Ruby. Pronounced aromas of black currants, black cherries, violets, sweet black tea, red plums, damp leaves, vanilla. On the palate the wine is dry with medium (+) acidity, medium (+) plush silky ripe tannins, medium alcohol and med (+) body. The flavors are pronounced with fresh fruit- black currants, black cherries, red plums, floral/herbal-violets, sweet black tea, warm toast, anise. The finish is long with spice. The wine is outstanding, demonstrating balance of the acidity, fruit nature and tannins. There is complexity on the nose and palate, and intensity on both. The finish is long. The wine while pleasant to drink is still so young and will be better in another 10+ years.
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White
6/27/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
92 points
Pale gold. On the nose medium intensity aromas of lemon, tangerine, hay, wet grass, citrus peel. On the palate the wine is dry with medium plus acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, and medium plus intensity flavors of lemon, tangerine, minerality, salinity, citrus peel. The finish is long. This is an outstanding wine demonstrating balanced between the acidity and fruit intensity. There is medium intensity on the nose rising to medium plus on the palate. The aromas and flavors are complex with citrus fruit, citrus peel, salinity, minerality, and pleasant herbal notes. The finish is long and pleasing. This wine could age another 5 years but is just beautiful now.
Red
6/26/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
91 points
Deep purple. Aromas are of medium (+) intensity with blueberries, black cherries, black currant, black tea, vanilla, violets. On the palate the wine is dry with medium acidity, medium fine ripe tannins, high alcohol, and pronounced flavors of just ripe blueberry, black cherries, black currant, Dried blueberries, black tea, vanilla. The finish is medium plus with a pleasant fruity finish but also with some heat. The wine is very good demonstrating intensity on the palate and nose. There is some complexity with black fruit, tea, floral notes, vanilla. The finish is medium plus and pleasant. The fruit on the wine represents both- just ripe and dried fruit flavors reflecting the uneven ripening of zin. However, here it contributes to the complexity of the palate. However, the wine is out of balance with the high alcohol and heat on the finish.
Rosé
6/24/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
87 points
Medium pink-orange color. Aromas of medium intensity- red cherries, strawberries. On the palate the wine is dry with medium + acidity, high alcohol, medium body, and medium intensity flavors or red cherries, candied cherries, strawberries, orange rind, a hint of caramel. The finish is medium but with some heat on the finish . The wine is good but lacks complexity and the alcohol is out of balance with the acidity and fruit nature.
Red
2013 Glen Manor Vineyards Hodder Hill Shenandoah Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/20/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
87 points
medium garnet. Aromas of medium plus intensity of blackberry, bramble, toast, compost, char, violets. On the palate the wine is dry with medium plus acidity and fine ripe tannins, medium alcohol and medium plus body. The flavors are of medium plus intensity with blackberry, bramble, black cherry, violets, toast, with a medium finish. The wine seems to be just over its peak, losing the fresh fruit- it is there but far in the background. Would drink now and not age further.
White
6/19/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
86 points
pale gold. Aromas of med (+) intensity lychee, pear, peach, jasmine. On the palate the wine is off dry, high acidity, medium alcohol, medium body and medium (+) flavors of lychee, pear, peach, jasmine. The finish is short. The wine is good demonstrating intensity on the palate and the high acidity nicely balances the off dry sugar so that the wine is fresh. The lychee does overpower the other notes in the wine, better on day 2.
Rosé
2017 Va La Vineyards Silk Chester County Rosé Blend (view label images)
6/14/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
88 points
Vibrant rich salmon color. On the nose the aromas are of medium intensity of ripe red cherries, strawberries, plums. On the palate the wine is dry, high acidity, high alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity of flavors of red cherries, strawberries, plums but also savory earthy note and phenolic bitterness and a hint of tannin that brings structure to this most unique rose. The wine is well balanced with the acidity balancing the alcohol. This rose has intensity on the palate and complexity and surprises at every turn. Finish is medium Overall a very good wine.
Red
6/13/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
93 points
Deep ruby. On the nose medium (+) intensity aromas of blackberries, black cherries, black currant, vanilla, black pepper, coffee grounds. On the palate the wine is dry with medium (+) acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body and pronounced flavors of blackberries, black cherries, black currant, vanilla, black pepper, coffee, dark chocolate. The finish is long and lingering. The wine is beautifully balanced with intensity on the nose and palate. The wine is redolent of black fruit, oak notes and some spice. The finish is long with black cherries on the tongue minutes later. This is an outstanding example of a zinfandel.
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White
6/10/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
91 points
Pale gold. On the nose the wine has medium intensity aromas of jasmine, honeysuckle, ripe lemon, yellow apple, brioche, vanilla. On the palate the wine is dry with medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium body and medium intensity of flavors of jasmine, ripe lemon, yellow apple, vanilla, brioche, honeysuckle. The finish is medium (+) and pleasant. The wine demonstrates balance of acidity and fruit nature, complexity on the nose and palate and length on the finish. This wine is very good, classic Burgundian Chard.
Red
6/7/2020 - dbay Likes this wine:
93 points
Medium Ruby. On the nose aromas of medium intensity- red cherries, red plums, vanilla, toast, mushroom, violets. On the palate the wine is dry with med (+) acidity, medium fine tannins, medium alcohol, medium body. The palate demonstrates medium intensity flavors of red cherries, red plums, vanilla, toast, mushroom, violets but also some green notes, and some pyrazines. The finish is medium (+) and pleasant, primarily red fruit. The wine is very good demonstrating balance of the alcohol and tannins, complexity (red fruits, floral, oak notes, savory) and length on the finish. The wine is drinking well now but can also sit another 3-5 yrs. A favorite.
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Red
6/3/2020 - dbay wrote:
85 points
Medium ruby. Upon opening aromas of red cherries and old shoes. This cleared up to have more red fruit (plum, cherry), clay, wet stone, graphite and charcoal notes- of medium (+) intensity. On the palate the wine is dry with medium acidity, medium fine soft tannins, medium alcohol, medium body. The flavors are of medium intensity, primarily red fruit, with hints of charcoal and graphite. The finish is medium. The wine is good demonstrating balance and offers some interesting aroma/flavor palate by way of amphora and blend however it feels washed out on the palate and lacking intensity and finish. Would not age but drink now.
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