Tasting Notes for Grape_ape

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Red
8/24/2021 - Grape_ape wrote:
88 points
Had my 1st bottle just about 12 years ago, and at the time called it a huge fruit and oak bomb. Surprisingly after 12 years this still has plenty of fruit and oak left, but not much structure left. A bit out of balance and with alcohol heat showing. I don't see this getting any better with further aging.
Red
8/18/2021 - Grape_ape Likes this wine:
93 points
drinking really well, dark cherry, minerals, earth, great acidity. all nicely balanced. in a really good spot, but also far from any state of decline. drink or hold.
White
8/15/2021 - Grape_ape wrote:
92 points
Drinking really well right now. Last bottle.
Red
8/11/2021 - Grape_ape wrote:
91 points
Still somewhat youthful and tannic but starting to develop. Very nice.
White
8/8/2021 - Grape_ape Likes this wine:
91 points
Elegant and balanced Sancerre. Get some peach and citrus, nice minerality and great acidity.
Red
8/8/2021 - Grape_ape Likes this wine:
91 points
Very nice, bright and fresh dark and red fruit flavors, a bit of pepper, and subtle earth. Slightly pinot-esque, but still unique. Not sure if peg for primarily Tempranillo, but delicious nonetheless
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Red
light, easy drinking but with just a touch of nice complexity great value
Red
2019 Clusel-Roch Rouge Serine Vin de France Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
great northern rhone syrah character, excellent value
Red
drinking well, but showing a bit more age (not necessarily in a bad way) than my last bottle. Will look to drink my remaining 3 bottles in the next 3-5 years
Red
2019 Monteraponi Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
7/25/2021 - Grape_ape Likes this wine:
91 points
Drinking surprisingly well. Just a bit tight on PnP but opened up to some nice cherry fruit, subtle earthy complexity. Delicious now but with definite upside
Red
7/12/2021 - Grape_ape Likes this wine:
93 points
this was drinking great. DEveloping some nice complexity, but still pretty structured, so no rush either
Red
7/9/2021 - Grape_ape Likes this wine:
93 points
Really quite good. Cork had a bit of seepage. Red fruit, tart cherry, leather, earth, some drying tannins. Very nice complexity. Glad to have another bottle.
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White
7/2/2021 - Grape_ape Likes this wine:
90 points
Really enjoyed this. Really nice acidity, citrus and stone fruit, but saline and savory at the same time. Slight age gives the slightest tinge of oxidation that adds more interest.
Red
2016 Château Maison Blanche Les Piliers Montagne-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/23/2021 - Grape_ape wrote:
A bit bigger and riper than expected, and 14.5% alc. However, drank pretty well (CA Cab fans will appreciate) with a steak, and is still a good value at ~$18.
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Red
6/4/2021 - Grape_ape Likes this wine:
91 points
Still quite fresh and youthful, red fruited, aromatic, subtle oak.
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White
Nose is definitely closed, not giving up the typical vibrant, citrusy notes I get from sancerre. Even palate is not typical, more mineral than fruit driven, at least on pop and pour. Quite different than my recollection of the non-Cuvee Buster bottle, but not necessarily in a bad way. 2nd half of bottle the next day opened up a bit more, showing more fruit, but still a more elegant, complex sancerre. Definitely ageworthy.
White
Rich S's note is spot on, really refreshing - almost crushable - if a wine could be called that. Paired very well with spicy food.
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Red
5/10/2021 - Grape_ape Likes this wine:
92 points
Loved this. Super pale, almost like a dark rose. Color belies the level of flavor and aroma. Bright and juicy, yet with some underlying subtle earthy complexity. Delicious
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Red
5/5/2021 - Grape_ape wrote:
Bit bigger and heavier than i look for in bojo.
Red
Light color, fragrant, strawberry and slightly floral notes and flavor. Bright and fresh, yet a bit simple. Only the second pelaverga I've had, but I did think the Castello di Verduno Basadone has more complexity and interest for slightly less. But this was still quite tasty.
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Red
4/12/2021 - Grape_ape Likes this wine:
91 points
Tomlee's note covers it very well. Fist thing that jumps out is the unique colr, a pale coppery hue, bordering on a darker rose. But despite its light color the wine packs in a lot of interesting flavor. Really nice wine.
Red
4/5/2021 - Grape_ape Likes this wine:
91 points
Consistent with my prior notes from over 1.5 years ago. Still lots of sneaky tannins and that savory / herbal / whole cluster profile. Wish I had the patience to see how this would taste the next day, but sadly my last bottle
White
3/29/2021 - Grape_ape Likes this wine:
92 points
Agree with some of the prior reviews here. This was really quite delicious. Definitely has some reduction on open, but not off-putting and blows off pretty quickly. It does resemble white burgundy, and went down way to fast. Great value, wish I bought more than 2.
Red
Agree with Rich S, I also found my second bottle showed better tonight. Solid barbera.
Red
drinking well, lots of olive on the nose on PnP.
Red
2019 Envinate Albahra Almansa Garnacha Tintorera, Alicante Bouschet (view label images)
3/15/2021 - Grape_ape wrote:
Nice fruit, but could use a little bit of time or good decant - definitely some tannis
Red
3/5/2021 - Grape_ape Likes this wine:
91 points
Drinking well and gets better with some air. Elevwine's note was spot on for me, but wished I could find for $16 - I'd back up the truck
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Red
solid if a tad on the riper side, but barely. good value
Red
Good, but in a style I crave less of these days at 15.1% alcohol.
Red
didn't listen to my advice in last note sadly... similar impressions. Good fruit, but basic and lacking something maybe structure or complexity.
Red
As others have noted, this definitely needs time to open. Limited aroma and tightly coiled on the pop n pour. Really started to just come around by the end of the bottle that went too quickly in a group setting.... next bottle will wait a couple years or get at least 1-2 hours in a decanter.
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White
2/1/2021 - Grape_ape Likes this wine:
89 points
great value, love the style relative to your typical cali chard. Lower abv, less overt oak. Delicious
Red
2/1/2021 - Grape_ape Likes this wine:
91 points
Love these appellation Syrahs, such a great value and brink lots of complexity and cool climate syrah character
Red
1/18/2021 - Grape_ape Likes this wine:
91 points
Far improved from the bottle I had a few years ago. Drinking really well right now, nice complexity.
Red
Delicious chianti. Bright, aromatic tart cherry fruit, great mouth watering acidity, earthy undertones. Such beautiful pure fruit that is pretty youthful and delicious right now, but suspect there is upside here, but it so delicious now it will be hard to resist.
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Red
1/10/2021 - Grape_ape Likes this wine:
92 points
what a difference from 7 years ago when I compared this more to a California pinot. Shed it fruit forward ripeness in favor of high toned red fruit, earthy, complex and layered flavors with bright acidity. Delicious with Coq au Vin.
Red
Really nice, pure, quality cabernet fruit. Not sure if it youth, but otherwise it was a bit basic/lacking complexity for a cabernet though. May wait on my second bottle for a year or two.
Red
Decent Cotes du Rhone, but perhaps a bit pricey for the style
Red
Last bottle of this, roughly eight years after the previous one. Paired well with lamb chops on Christmas Eve. Still quite youthful and fruity, but with nice roasted herbs and secondary characteristics showing. Great QPR, sorry to see it go.
Red
2016 Comando G Rozas 1er Cru Vinos de Madrid Garnacha, Grenache (view label images)
1/3/2021 - Grape_ape wrote:
Has not evolved for the better since my last bottle in Sept. 2018. Aromatics are not as prominent, and comes across as even more unbalanced, with sappy, glossy fruit and obtrusive alcohol heat. One left that I will bury for 5 years and hope for the best...
Red
2017 Château la Grolet Côtes de Bourg Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/1/2021 - Grape_ape Does not like this wine:
85 points
2nd and final bottle. Really quite a brett bomb. Could barely rinse the smell of bandaid out of the glass
Red
2016 Château Belregard-Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Really drinks quite well. Such a great value. Paired well with Christmas prime rib.
Red
12/21/2020 - Grape_ape wrote:
87 points
it's ok, but a big riper and bigger than expected. So far prefer the Dolcetto from this producer the best of the "little" wines
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Red
12/17/2020 - Grape_ape Likes this wine:
92 points
This was rocking tonight. Drinking more like a nicely aged Brunello to me. Sour cherry, earth, leather, dried leaves. In a really nice spot right now.
Red
Still quite youthful, still showing dark fruit, oak and plenty of tannins. Has definitely softened a bit, but still has some chewy tannins that make it tough to have as a sipper.
Red
12/7/2020 - Grape_ape Likes this wine:
90 points
Really nice Dolcetto, quite structured as well.
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