Tasting Notes for Bacchusboy

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Red
12/19/2016 - Bacchusboy wrote:
92 points
Quite a departure from the normal Kosta Brown profile. Unlike the uncious, smooth red fruit of Russian River pinots, this Occidental is like a premier Cru Burgundy. Light to medium body color with cranberry and sour cherry giving way to bright acidity. Nose is understated with very light dark earth and violets. Very well made, but atypical for Coastal Sonoma.
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White
3/15/2015 - Bacchusboy wrote:
93 points
I had this wine last night at a Krupps Brothers wine dinner at Flemings. This is a somewhat surprising Chardonnay, in that the carmel/Butterscotch/Pear fruit profile was immediately evident on the front. This lovely fruit, with white flower nose and creamy mouthfeel was deftly balanced with bright acidity, and just the right amount of oak, (less than 12 months on new French Oak. Like musical harmony, this wine was a real pleasure to drink by itself and even better with the Lobster croquet with which it was paired. The Chard is a pleasant departure from other premuim Chardonnay's with which it takes its rightful place.
White
1/4/2015 - Bacchusboy Likes this wine:
99 points
My wife and I are long time fans of Aubert. Aubert is a chardonay that never disapoints, rather it reinforces the fact that great California Chardonnay can compete with Grand Cru Montrachet. We had this bottle, from the great 2012 vintage last night with friends. We drank the wine aroung 55 degrees. By drinking this wine at a higher temperature than most prefer, brings out the smoothness and nuance that can be disguised by cold temps. The most noticable attribute is the beautiful smoothness of Butterscotch, vanilla, and creamy tropical fruit on the initial attack. The flavors blend together with white flowers and wet stone minerality on the mid palate.....all culminating with the perfect amount of acidity and roundness on the lingering finish. Equal to the superb taste is the equally great nose.....we found ourselves with our noses even in the empty glasses......Truly great juice. Enjoy!
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Red
10/29/2014 - Bacchusboy wrote:
85 points
This has to be one of the "Sweetest" Cab I have ever had. It was like someone sabotaged the wine by pouring sugar in the bottle. If you have friends who won't drink reds because they are "too dry"....give them this soda pop. Terrible!
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Red
10/24/2014 - Bacchusboy Likes this wine:
93 points
What a pleasant surprise.....I am not normally a Merlot fan, but this Merlot was exceptional. The bottle is at its absolute peak....Beautiful nose of Black and Blue fruit with forest floor overtones. Creamy red cherry mid palate, totaly integrated with smooth tannins and a balanced long finish . This is a bottle that I wished lated longer. Wife and I have it on a crisp Pennsylvania October aftenoon....Perfect.
White
2012 Prisoner Wine Company Blindfold California Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
8/12/2014 - Bacchusboy Likes this wine:
92 points
I have to agree and disagree with Alohashirt on this one. If you are fan of buttery, creamy, tropical fruit forward wines....You will love this one. It is a strange blend, but just like the "Prisoner" this wine is delicious. It is like a Rombauer Chard in its creamy, buttery style, but like a white Rhone in its complexity. Soft and inviting, I think most people who try this wine, will love it....Don't look for Montrachet flintiness and finesse, Blindfold is just a drink and enjoy wine. I had it with fresh grilled Grouper with Lemon and Butter......Memorable.
Red
6/23/2014 - Bacchusboy wrote:
92 points
Solid Cali Cab.
Red
12/14/2013 - Bacchusboy Likes this wine:
93 points
Needs a long decant. After opening the wine was everything I expected. Smooth, bright fruit and cassis.....Earthy nose with Vanilla and Sour Cherry. Very balanced and harmonious full bodied...Long life ahead
Red
12/14/2013 - Bacchusboy wrote:
97 points
This wine is a great example of World Class Cabernet being made in Washington State. Beautifuly balanced fruit, alcohol, & acidity. Tightly wound core of sweet red and black fruit, cedar, and tobacco, with secondary flavors of vanilla and chocolate unfolding on the mid-palate, building to a great finish showing smooth, fine tannis. One of the best Cabs I have tasted.....More feminine than Napa, with a drinkable finese that is memorable. Wine Advocate's 100 point score is understandable.
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Red
12/1/2013 - Bacchusboy wrote:
93 points
Drank the wine with our wine group after a 6 hour decanting. The Nicholas was in the company of 99 Hilside select, 2000 Davis Arthur Elevation 1147, Grace Family 29, and 07 foley Claret.....it not only held its own, but was in the top 2 or 3 of the wines of the evening. The Cab was elevated by the Malbec to a smooth, almost velvet character, with a strong black fruit and cedar mid palate and a very long lingering finish....great wine that will get even better with bottle age.
Red
11/24/2013 - Bacchusboy wrote:
89 points
I found the bootle to be showing a lot of age, and quite frankly....over the hill. Very Bordeaux on the nose, but fruit and tannic structure long gone. If you have any of these left, you have waited too long.
White
11/24/2013 - Bacchusboy wrote:
92 points
As a big fan of Black Kite Pinots, I was excited to try the Chardonnay. My high expectations we not out of line. A big, muscular, but very drinkable effort. Great mouthfeel with lemon curd, banana, and a honey/butter mid palate that is very appealing, a with nice acidic finish. Not in the Kistler, Aubert class, but way better than average and great value for the price.
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Red
2008 Linne Calodo Screwball Paso Robles Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
10/21/2013 - Bacchusboy Likes this wine:
93 points
It seems that Rhones fall into the Old or New World flavor profiles of restrained, complex with angular tannins in the former, and Extracted, alcoholic, fruit bombs with soft tannins, lacking needed acidity in the latter. There are obvious exceptions to both. To my taste, Linne Calodo has bridged the gap. I think that both camps would be pleased with this effort. Paso Robles leads the way for Rhone Rangers. Linne Calodo, Saxum, and Booker are setting the pace.
White
10/7/2013 - Bacchusboy wrote:
95 points
Smooth, perfectly balanced fruit, acidity and oak. Popped and poured at 42 degrees. The wine continued to open and gain complexity as the temperature increased in the glass. Vanilla, bananna, pineapple, white peach....with an amazing butterscotch note on the nose and finish. Simply beautiful. I am not sure Chardonnay gets much better than this.
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Red
10/2/2013 - Bacchusboy wrote:
93 points
For those who love extracted, fruit forward uncious Pinots, this is your wine. It is impossible not to enjoy this wine,even though it is really a fruit bomb. Cherry cola, strawberry, fight to balance with wet earth and acidity.....a great effort, destined to take its place with the Aubert's, Kistler's and Marcassins.......Great price to quality play....Good Stuff!
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Red
7/30/2013 - Bacchusboy wrote:
94 points
Beautifully well make wine. Inky black with blue and black fruit, tobacca leaf, cedar box and grand earthiness. To drink this wine now is infanticide......It need much more time to resolve the broad shouldered tannins and drying finish.....Let it sleep for at least another 5 years, and then enjoy a great effort.
Red
7/30/2013 - Bacchusboy wrote:
92 points
I am a big fan of Anderson Valley Pinots. Black Kite is my favorite. The '09 for me, was a great combination of red fruit forward minerality with a refined balanced mid palate. The finish provided the acidity that makes the Burgundian/Californian character the perfect compromise of Old and New world pinot.....Highly recommended.
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White
6/24/2013 - Bacchusboy wrote:
91 points
As a premium Chardonnay drinker, I was a bit skeptical of this wine. I was pleasantly surprised at the smooth mouth feel, Oak/Fruit/Acid balance. Crisp green apple, white peach with smooth malactic mid palate. This wine is a home run on the Price to Quality scale. Great everyday summer drinker.
White
6/10/2013 - Bacchusboy wrote:
91 points
I found the wine good, but certainly not great. The initial attack was fruit forward with an oaky mid palate. The finish was a bit too acidic. The wine was lacking the typical Kistler finess. I am a bit Chardonnay fan, but this one was average for a premium wine.
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Red
6/4/2013 - Bacchusboy wrote:
96 points
I bought these bottles while in Italy, upon release. In the cellar ever since. This was one of the better Brunellos I have had. Perfectly in the drinking window, the wine was all but perfect. Cherry and rose petal on the nose, with perfectly resolved tannins creating a velvet smooth mid palate. The finish was in harmony with the mid palate, with great mouthfeel. A real pleasure.
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Red
5/25/2013 - Bacchusboy wrote:
94 points
Nose is a bit restrained on the pop and pour. Black cherry, Cassis and dark chocolate indicative of mountain fruit. well made and delicious. Up to the Kongsgaard standard.
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White
2/12/2013 - Bacchusboy wrote:
95 points
As a big fan of premium Chardonnay, I especially appreciate and enjoy the Kistler Durell Vineyard. Popped the bottle at 42 degrees, nice but closed. As the wine warmed it opened like a flower. The Malactic buttery character in perfect balance with smooth balaced acidity and tropical fruit. Layers of favor preceeded with bananna, Mango, coconut cream, with carmel and white prach and vanilla bean on the finish....before you think that this is fruit cocktail, I must tell you that if White burgundies are the comparitive benchmark...score one for the Yankees!....This one hits it out of the park
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White
9/24/2012 - Bacchusboy wrote:
83 points
I was very surprised to read the other reviews. Perhaps the bottle I had was somehow compromised, but I found the wine to be all but undrinkable. I would characterize this wine as a poorly made Sauvignon Blanc. Overly acidic with bitter grapefruit on the attack, middle and finish. Very disappointing.
White
9/20/2012 - Bacchusboy wrote:
94 points
After reading reviews and having the wine at a seafood dinner, I bought a case. The mouthfeel is very unctious and smooth, more like a chardonnay that a SB. The citus fruits and bright acidity was perfectly balance against the creamy lemon curd. The wine has great balance and weight, things missing from most SB's. Without question the best Cali, or for that matter Frence or New Zealand SB's I have had....find and buy it, then enjoy!
Red
9/17/2012 - Bacchusboy wrote:
90 points
I discovered this wine, (along with the other Biondi-Santi lineup) at a recent Caterina DeMedici wine dinner. This is a very well made Sangiovese offering. This wine is good by itself, but comes alive with food. The dusty dryness of Tuscany develops to a smooth balanced finish. I feel that this is a good wine, but a little overpriced.
White
9/17/2012 - Bacchusboy wrote:
94 points
I am a big fan of premium California Chardonnay. One more name has joined the list of my favorites, Vineyard 7 & 8. This wine is a bit of a throwback to the Buttery Cali Chards of old. The mouthfeel of silky, buttery butterscotch, evolves into white peach, pear, green apple acidity covered in carmel. Aubert, Kistler, Koongaard still reign supreme, but this wine is mouthwatering, and the most requested for the "open another bottle" chant at my home.
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Red
9/14/2012 - Bacchusboy wrote:
92 points
Fans of Kosta Brown will appreciate this Sonoma Coast Pinot. Bright soft red fruit, with a touch of forest floor, with a medium acidity that works with food as well as by itself. Certainly not a Burgundian Pinot, by lovers of extracted Cali Pinots will love this one. Give this one to people who are new to Pinots and watch the response.
White
7/29/2012 - Bacchusboy wrote:
94 points
The wine was very austere and Burgundian at 42 degrees.....however, once the wine warmed to about 50 degrees it took on a creamy, marshmellow, butterscotch on the mid palate with crisp acidity on the long, balanced finish. The perfect expression of Burgundian sensibility with soft, sunny California fruit....you would be hard pressed to find defect....excelllent.
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Red
6/19/2012 - Bacchusboy wrote:
91 points
A very drinkable Cab. The To Kalon fruit is evident with its soft tannins and smooth structure. A few of the reviews indicated strong, pronounced tannis, I wonder if we were drinking the same wine!....I found this perennial favorite to be very approachable and should evolve a bit with age, but drink it now.
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Red
2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/23/2012 - Bacchusboy wrote:
98 points
I drank this bottle with friends. I brought the bottle along on a cruise and had it with a wonderful French meal. To recite the glowing adjectives used in the other reviews would just be redundant. I will say however, that from the initial nose, to the restrained fruit attach, to the explosive mid palate, to the long, lingering finish....the wine was in perfect pitch and harmony. Although this wine will continue to age beautifully, to my new world palate, it is at its zenith now. Open this bottle with wine friends and enjoy one of the best Napa Cab experiences of your life.
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White
3/31/2012 - Bacchusboy wrote:
92 points
Nose of carmel, peach and a touch of sweet pineapple. Great mouth feel due to the malactic nature of this above average premium Chardonnay. Takes is place in the ranks of DuMol and Kistler, but not quite in the leauge of Aubert, and Koongsgaard...Oak, Alcohol and fruit deftly balanced....Very rewarding bottle....
Red
3/13/2012 - Bacchusboy wrote:
98 points
First had the wine at the winery. I was very impressed at the time, and bought3 bottles. Had a bottle tonight with a friend and was even more impressed, and sorry I did not buy more. The wine was as close to perfect as you could expect from a Cali Cab. Smooth Cherry cream, faded to a elegant balanced mid palate, with the perfect fine grained tannic finish. This is a real pedegree. Rudd, Tierra Roja, Hundred Acre, and Hillside Select are in good company with Gaston. Looking forward to having another bottle after a year or so.
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Red
10/10/2011 - Bacchusboy wrote:
92 points
This is a great example of a wine improving with time. I had 3 in the cellar. I drank the first 2 years ago and found a rather ordinary, slightly tannic Aussie cab. Drank another tonite. I asked my wife to give me the varietal and country blind. She said it was a huge, exracted new world pinot. She was quite impressed to find this cherry pie beauty a CAB!....Very smooth, sweet tannins, with sweet cherry and mint on the mid palate. Structure was present but fruit predominated....a very good wine, drinking beautifully now.....I do think this wine will fade over the next 3 to 5 years...Drink and enjoy it now....Margaret River is nothing like Barossa!.....
Red
9/14/2011 - Bacchusboy wrote:
93 points
Popped and decanted for an hour prior to drinking. The wine was soft and smooth with fine integrated tannins. Rose petal, smoke with a definite Pinot Noir earthy characteristic. Serve this wine to California Rhone Ranger fans.....they will love it. Great flavor profile with refined, understated mid-palate....great smooth, long finish....Drink it now.
White
8/3/2011 - Bacchusboy wrote:
92 points
Rich, creamy mouthfeel, balanced with the crisp Lemon, lime acidity on the mid palate. Interesting almond note on the finish. Refreshing and flavorful, but with an underlying complexity not found in many SB's....Good stuff.
White
7/28/2011 - Bacchusboy wrote:
92 points
Sweet sent of Honeysuckle and Honey on the nose. Very viscous mouth feel with clean bright green apple, white peach with a touch of honey and Banana. Clear greenish straw color with moderate weight. This is most certainly a big new world wine, but lacks the normal intrusion of Oak present in so many Cali cabs....It's not a Kistler, or Aubert rather a wine that has it's own personality. I really like wine.
Red
7/18/2011 - Bacchusboy wrote:
92 points
What a difference time makes. In my cellar since release. A bit young and tannic upon release, the wine has matured and blossomed of late. I popped and poured the wine with a good Veal Chop. Smooth and dusty, it paired with the Veal beautifully. I feel that Brunello as most Italian wine needs food to reach its full flavor potential. This great Brunello was no exception. From the attach of subdued red and black fruit to the smooth transition in the mid palate that showed a herbatious note. The long finish was elegant and rewarding. I feel this wine still has 5 to 7 years to reach full potential.
Red
7/18/2011 - Bacchusboy wrote:
87 points
Wow!....This is one tannic wine. Dark Purple almost black color was a precursor to the huge blast of black fruit and mouth puckering assult from drying powerful tannins. As the large quantity of alcohol esters abated, I expected the wine to smooth out and play nice.....no such luck. I let the wine sit open for two days, trying it after 24 then 48 hours.....after one day, it was only slightly less agressive, after 2 days, it finally relaxed. I am hoping that 5 to 6 years of bottle age will tame this Old world monster...to sum up......very disappointing.
White
7/7/2011 - Bacchusboy wrote:
87 points
The wine is mouth coating, with crisp acidity and glyserine on the mid palate. The finish falls off rapidly with equal parts sour lemon and alcohol esters. It did smooth out a bit, but keep it cold.
White
4/18/2011 - Bacchusboy wrote:
91 points
Very nice nose of honeysuckle, honey and pear. light, flinty, almost chablis like mid palate with not a hint of oak. The finish is acidic and fresh. The only complaint I have is the wine has very little weight and body.....very femine and nice, but if big malatic Chards are your thing....this is not your wine. However, if you want a french expression of California sunshine.....find and buy this wine
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Red
4/10/2011 - Bacchusboy wrote:
80 points
The wine had a very strange cloudiness.....Color was ver, very light, almost a Rose' shade. fruit was a bit restrained, and finish was short with out of balance acidity....Perhaps a bad bottle
Red
3/17/2011 - Bacchusboy wrote:
93 points
As a California Pinot fan, I was very excited to receive my first shippment of Kosta Brown. It certainly did not disappoint. The nose was very soft, almost artificial sweet red candy, but opened up nicely to a typical Pinot blend of Red fruit and forest floor. the mouthfeel was very smooth and coating with succulent strawberry and sweet/sour cheery. Mid palate carried the fruit on sweet fine grained tannins. The finish was OK, but acidity was low, and not very long.....All in all, a terriffic premium Pinot that takes it's place beside it's Aubert, Kistler and Marcassin peers.
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Red
2/23/2011 - Bacchusboy wrote:
90 points
Very good for the money. A good cab from a great vintage. Drinking well now and better in 12 to 24 months.
White
2/14/2011 - Bacchusboy wrote:
95 points
A truly meomorable, outstanding Chardonnay. We drank this bottle with some strong competition for "Best Bottle of the evening." Among these were Harlan Maiden, Tierra Roja Cab, Kistler Cuvee Kathleen, Silver Oak Cab, to name a few.....The Aubert with it's sister Pinot, (08 UV Vineyard) stole the show. The '07 Aubert Ritchie Vineyard was the clear victor. I agree with the other tasting notes, i.e. perfectly balanced, big, but restrained fruit on the attach, butterscotch and vanilla on the long finish with just the right acidity. Grand Cru Montrachet be warned....there's a new Sheriff in town. Finally, taste this wine with it's peers......Kongsgaard, Marcassin, and Kistler, for a real example of the excellence of California Chardonnay....
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Red
1/26/2011 - Bacchusboy wrote:
92 points
The recession has yieded some positive effects. One of these is the glut of really good wine at really good prices. The 05 Mondavi Oakville is a great example of price to value opprotunity. This wine is very structured with great red cherry, plum and soft fine tannins that are the hallmark of Oakville Cabs. I had a '91 Phelps Insignia Magnum at a party last week that was incredible. This wine is an echo of that throughbred at a fraction of the price.....Of course it is young and will not age like the Phelps, but a great wine with a steak on a Wednesday evening......enjoy the bounty wihle it's here....
White
2007 Booker Vineyard White Paso Robles White Rhone Blend (view label images)
12/13/2010 - Bacchusboy wrote:
93 points
I had the pleasure of drinking this wine for the first time last evening. We paired the wine with a lobster dish, which was part of a 5 course meal. The wine was fresh with great mouthfeel. The blend or Roussanne and Viognier created white peach, floral notes that continued seamlessly thru the mid palate, and finished with a perfectly balanced acidity. I found the wine to be beautifully balanced, and greatly enjoyable. My only complaint was that we did not have a second bottle.
Red
8/30/2010 - Bacchusboy wrote:
97 points
On a trip to Napa three years ago, we had a tasting at Joseph Phelps. While speaking to a Phelps "Wine Educator," I asked; other than Phelps, what Napa Cabs would you list as your "Best of the Best?" Without hesitation, he said Regusci, (Angelo's Vineyard) and Tierra Roja. We got into our car and visited the Regusci vineyard in the Stags Leap district, about 15 minutes down the road. After tasting thru the offerings, we were poured the Black label, Angelo's Vineyard. Even after tasting for most of the day, this wine woke up our palates. I bought six, and put them in my cellar. I have had 3 bottles since and it just gets better. Your know you have something special from the outset, as the nose is room filling. Soft, red fruit, tobacco leaf, cassis, and cherry cream are the prelude to the buttery smoothness of fine grained tannins and cherry/blueberry on the attack. the mid-palate opens to showcase the complexity of red dust, cigar box, dark chocolate, without a hint of alcoholic "heat." the finish is minutes long and compells you to taste yet again. I have been asked on several occasions, "What is your favorite Napa Cab?" Very hard to say, but I will say that the Regusci Angelo's Vinyard black label is the top contender......Find it, buy it, and enjoy. PS: I have to believe that the previous poor review was the result of a flawed bottle. The Tierra Roja was also teriffic.
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Red
8/22/2010 - Bacchusboy wrote:
91 points
I first drank this wine at a Catarina De'Medici dinner. I was quite surprised to see an Argentinian Pinot Noir. The wine is very atypical of Pinot.The nose featured strawberry and cherry, with a distinct creaminess. Very fruit forward, the mid-palate was bright and full bodied, with overtones of rasberry cream and wet earth. The acidity on the finish was lingering and supports food pairings very well. I think this wine is a bargin at $27.00 and although different, would rival and exceed most California Pinots at a similar price point
Red
7/26/2010 - Bacchusboy wrote:
90 points
I tend to disagree with the other reviews. Although a smoky element was present on the mid palate, overall the wine was representative of Anderson Valley Pinots. Very light in color, with the trade mark, "Wet Earth" componet, the nose was cherries and strawberries, with rasberry overtones. Smooth and elegent, with fruit on the attach was mouth watering, continuing onto the round expressive mid palate, with a slight burnt vanilla. The finish was medium long with good acidity. I love the wine, if for nothing else, the story of the fires and their effect on the wine. I am a big Pinot fan, and can say that this is not my favorite, but well worth the money. Only 150 cases made, your should put a few bottles in the cellar. I feel the wine will develop in the next 3 to 5 years.
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Red
6/10/2010 - Bacchusboy wrote:
91 points
The fact that this Shiraz is this good in such a terrible Australian vintage is really remarkable. Unlike other Aussie Shriaz whose alcohol is so overpowering, the Ringland manages to balance the heat with fruit and smooth tannins. This wine is very well made. It features a beautiful creamy vanilla nose with sweet red fruit. The midpalate continues in with typical Aussie fashion with big smooth mouthfeel and sweet prune. The finish is mid-long, and unfolds with layers of tobacco and cedar. I highly recommend this wine as a great value whose quality far exceeds it's price.
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