Tasting Notes for Tim and Bonnie

(514 notes on 445 wines)

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Red
Price point way too high at $19.99. One could explain how its surprisingly lightweight, citrusy taste would go well with chicken, but so will a $7 Chateau Saint Michelle Chard, so why spend more? Can think of many more wines below this price range, Juan Gil, for instance, that throw this one out at first base.
Red
8/15/2019 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
91 points
Price per pound, this is a winner. Solid buy.
Red
8/12/2019 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
89 points
Very present fruit and tannins. Reminds me of Liberty School, but only because I had LS first. Could’ve been the other way around.

Pour 4 glasses in the first 15 minutes when it is somewhat interesting, or vacuum cork it and serve 3 days later when it will be much richer.
Red
5/1/2019 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
95 points
Folks, this is what wine is supposed to taste like! I’ve been very confused and even doubting myself as regards reviews for wines in the $100 range. They, for the most part, totally disappoint me; and so I write an honest review that rates those bottles much lower on the scorecard than most others, and I somehow feel a burden of guilt about doing so.

But this offering renews my joy of wine, and even though it is still expensive from the working man’s POV, it is worth the spend. Don’t pass on this, enjoy it alone with cerebral conversation or over a juicy piece of red meat.

Thanks to the vintner for their effort and dedication to producing a wine with both old and new world qualities. We appreciate you!
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Red
2/15/2019 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
95 points
This is, hands down, one of the best wine buys left in the United States. While most vineyards have mounted the profit horse, Beaucannon has done what you hope your children would do were they winemakers, and offered extravagantly beautiful wine for a reasonable price point.

These vintners, whom I’ve never met, made a decision of principal, and we must honor that. They had to forgo profit by holding the wine until it was ready to drink, in their estimation.

The greatest wines may always remain above the ability of common folk to experience, but the Beaucannons are working to change that. Integrity; that’s not what Beaucannon means in French, but it should.
Red
4/29/2019 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
80 points
Gee whiz, $90 on sale?

This wine tastes like a $29 cab not $90. Grieves me to say this because N&N produces some good wines, but buyer beware.

No bones to grow on; it may get better with age but it’s way down the chart in that regard.

Simply don’t understand the other reviews...maybe it’s me?

By point of comparison, and I’m 1) not a shareholder, and 2) risking driving up the price of a great QPR wine, try a Beaucannon Cabernet Franc and then taste this wine, and then tell me it’s 3x’s better.
Red
4/12/2019 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
86 points
Old world nose, which is a positive for us; supported by layers of reddish fruit. Not big and powerful, more delicate, although not weak.

If it evolves to the point where it touches the top of the palate, will rocket upwards.
Red
3/31/2019 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
88 points
What Franinnyc said :). Spot on.
Red
Whereas the 2011 was delicious, this was disappointing across the board. Not bad wine, just not worth the spend.
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Red
Guessing the Spanish, who make, IMHO, some of the greatest wine in the world at the best value, send us this because frankly, we’re Americans. And we’ll buy it, and drink it, and not complain.

No one to blame but Commerce on this one. The destination is not worth the journey.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2010 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/31/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
91 points
Butter, caramel, salty, melty.

It doesn’t exhibit the sophistication of the other Suduirat’s I’ve experienced, it is actually totally different. Would categorize it as “crowd pleasing”.
Red
12/30/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
90 points
PLEASE DON’T serve on day one, it will come off cheap, not inexpensive.

Pop it, vacuum cork it, then wait 2-3 days and taste again.

Chocolate richness ensues.

Judged on opening, 82. Judged after a few days opened, 90.

Shouldn’t have to treat a less expensive bottle in this manner to enjoy it, but would recommend you not hold the journey against the destination.
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Red
10/19/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
92 points
A beautiful offering for the price point. Buy
White
10/17/2018 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
88 points
Price is the issue. Being a French wine does not automatically entitle higher cost. Fair would be $13.99 USD.

Goes well enough with herb and lemon stuffed branzino
Red
10/16/2018 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
87 points
Not a sipping wine for us but went very well with rotisserie breast of turkey touched with mesquite and hickory smoke
Red
10/14/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
93 points
It’s back! Whereas we dissed the 2014 because it broke the line of consistent goodness, we didn’t write off the producer. The 2016 is delicious, gobs of chocolate and fruit presented in a sophisticated and balanced format.
Red
10/11/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
89 points
No doubt it seduces with fruit and power, it simply lacks finesse. If you desire a luscious bi-tone wine to enjoy without being distracted during a convo, a business meal perhaps, order this. Actually, I’d recommend this for a business meal...you’re likely to close the deal!

If you’d appreciate a bit of contemplation in your experience, try something a bit lighter with 4 or 5 tones to it.

Solid wine, and actually not overpriced. Just needs to be selected to meet the moment.
Red
10/11/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
93 points
One of the favorite wines I’ve recently enjoyed under $50. It hits on all cylinders.
Red
9/23/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
90 points
The 90 is concretely conjoined with its QPR. If it had a solid mid-palate, it would be priced at $30+. To be specific, it sits just above the tongue, and doesn’t touch the upper back roof of the mouth.
Red
2016 Château Chants de Faizeau Montagne-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/23/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
92 points
What a great bottle of wine for the spend! Gorgeous translucent ruby purple, medium-light bodied, spicy, fruity, balanced, lovely tannins.

Definitely will purchase again.
Red
9/23/2018 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
86 points
High octane and rough, but may just need time to round out. Let’s give it a year or two.

Although, if a weary, snow-covered soul were to stumble into your mountain cabin some winter’s eve, and you were fresh out of “the recipe“ with which to revive them, offer a glug of this and they will be tap dancing in front of the fire within moments.
Red
9/22/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
91 points
Thought this surprisingly enjoyable, especially in light of the one rating of 80. If 80 is a good score for this reviewer, I can offer no comment. If 80 represents sub-par, I must take issue.

The wine offers pleasant fruit over a mineral base, appropriate tannic structure, and a tartness that does not distract. No toast or oak apparent, which keeps the experience more pure. A medium to light bodied wine, but not thin. There is a slight chlorine component buried in the minerality, but it burns off as it opens, simultaneously the tannins expand. Allow it 45+ mins in air prior to serving.

Would I purchase again? Absolutely.
Red
9/22/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
90 points
Lovely balance of fruit, tannins, acidity, depth. All you want from a Chianti in the $25 range.
Red
9/18/2018 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
87 points
Not an impact wine, but a VERY serviceable food wine, at least so far as concerns grilled pork porterhouse chops.

It’s not sexy and fruit-forward... more earthy. Actually picked up a hint of onion after being opened for around 45 mins
Red
It’s not a bad wine, it’s simply way overpriced. At $13.99 it would have been okay. At $30 it enters a league of competition that forces it to wade far far far above its depth. Drunk over 2 days to see if it evolved, alas
Red
2012 Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial Sardon de Duero Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
9/11/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
91 points
Balanced in all ways, and at an appropriate price point. Solid pairing with grilled steak. Delightful.
Red
9/8/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
91 points
Elegant old world essence. Tannins perfectly appropriate to the weight of the wine, which is medium in style. Flavorful with slight citrus and smoke notes overlaying a rich wine base robed in chocolate.

There are aromas and flavors that connote “greenness”, very present and pleasant.

Overall, an enjoyable wine, made more so by the value at $18 USD
Red
9/3/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
95 points
Best Muga I’ve appreciated of the four vintages enjoyed.

What impacted most was the quad-play; coating tannins, mocha (heavier on the chocolate than coffee), delicate fruit, and the distinct, not amalgamated, taste of spices.

In a word...Exotic.

Am reticent to commit, but, perhaps the best QPR of any wine I’ve had to date. It at least vies with Beaucannon’s Cabernet Franc for quality vs price.

Not sure if one should hold or not, given it drinks so beautifully now

Buy, buy, buy!
Red
9/3/2018 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
flawed
Slightly corked, unfortunately, because it has some gorgeous tannins.

Side note: We returned a corked bottle of wine to Central Market recently, and at the return desk, when we mentioned the corked-ness to the attendant, he looked at the bottle and asked, “Well, couldn’t you tell it was corked when you pulled off the top part?”

I didn’t follow his meaning. But as we left the veggie department and entered the meat and fish department it hit me. He thought we were complaining because the bottle had a cork instead of a screw top! Ha!
Red
8/26/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
92 points
Bonnie compares Napa cabs to either Baldacci or Sherwin Family. This wine is not at that level. But, in a world where more wines disappoint than inspire, it’s difficult to find experiences where you can sit back and enjoy a glass without feeling guilty. And this Beaulieu was one of those for us.

$60 again for this? Likely not. $39.99? All day.
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Rosé
8/26/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
94 points
This review, as are practically all Bonnie’s and mine, is based primarily on QPR; how much did we pay for this experience vs how much did we enjoy it?

It’s difficult to find great values under $10US, but this offering from Dune is spot on. Crisply acidic without being tart, enough fruit but not too sweet, perfect coloring, appropriate ABV.
Red
We don’t get it; the ratings, I mean. It’s sweet, sweet, sweet. Tastes to us like a $14.99 cab, just a little thicker and, duh duh duh, sweeter.

Definite pass for us.
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Red
8/24/2018 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
85 points
We’re value shoppers, so keep that in mind. QPR rules in our world.

For us, this wine is interesting but not worth the spend. It presents a delicacy that intrigues, and the nose is delicious. But when one frames points of reference by which to compare, this wine lacks a certain depth and finesse. Tannins are a bit rough. There’s no no unctiousness in the follow through.

Hard to place a real value on this. Almost typed, “would be enjoyable at $24”, but we can find multiple wines better than this in that price range, at least in our estimation. We’d enjoy it without reserve if served by a friend, but wouldn’t buy it again ourselves.
Red
2011 Château Carignan Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/19/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
90 points
It’s a solid buy at $19.95

Immediately could tell it was going to be good. It threw off that Merlot funk that tells you to wait a couple hours and you’re going to have a terrific drinking experience. Enjoyed a glass and revisited four hours later. Much more evolved, very pleasant.

This is reminiscent of a 2009 Alexander Beck Merlot that opened with the same gnarly, off-putting funk as this bottle, but ended up being one of the more memorable drinking experiences of my life.

Treat it right, couple hours in sealed decanter should do the trick.
Red
2016 Chappellet Mountain Cuvée Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/15/2018 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
87 points
Bought 4 bottles on sale at Market Street under the assumption that Chappellet only produces great wine, no matter what the price point. Strangely, the bottles have improved in sequence of opening over the last two weeks. First one tasted like a cheap CA cab, fruity, carmelly, thick and totally unappreciable. Decided to return them, but it was a rather long drive to the store, so tried the second. Better. More tannins, more depth, passable. Bottle 3, enjoyable, no complaints. So, why the 87? It’s partly based on the inconsistencies in Chappellet’s offering, but also on the idea that, if you handed me $25 to buy wine, no way I’d buy this. Would likely look toward Spain, Argentina or Chile where QPR body slams most wine regions, especially Napa.
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Red
5/23/2018 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
Got several folk questioning, even shaming the review on this wine so I’ve deleted the original note and offer this instead, sans the 87 score.

If you spend dollars like pennies and $100 wine is your table wine, this bottle will do the job. If $100 bottles of wine are the exception rather than the rule for you, you’re likely looking for a uniquely beautiful drinking experience for your $100, and this may not scratch your itch.
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Red
2016 Beyond Ordinary Coastal Region Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/18/2018 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
85 points
not a sipping wine for us. Was okay with smoked turkey, but lacks weight
Rosé
The challenge with this wine is the follow through. The nose is awesome, the first sip is awesome on the front of your palate. Then you swish and swallow and ask, “Where’d it go?” Has little to no finish, turns to flavored water in your mouth. Wine MUST continue a conversation with you to be relevant. This wine has “hello” down to a science, but if you stop and engage, the wine will look at its iPhone while you talk and then say, “Oh, yeah, right.”
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Flor Veneto IGT Rosé Blend (view label images)
Where’s the wine? This is vacant, almost like a non-event. There are bubbles, but to us they feel artificial, not integrated. And, can this be possible with a rosé... It’s too pink

Big pass on this one UNLESS it’s on a super sale and you want to use it as a base for a mixed drink. Bonnie poured her glass in a can of lime flavored sparkling water and it was good. But is that why you’re buying this wine?
Red
4/18/2018 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
86 points
Ordinary. Never evolves beyond that
Red
If this was marketed like a Columbia Crest, et al, I wouldn’t have purchased, because that’s not what I was looking for. Was seeking a solid value and surprising wine. Shame on me for thinking a US producer in this price range actually offers a cab sauv with significant QPR, outside chateau st Michelle Indian wells and Liberty School.

It’s an 84 given the competition in its range, but the betrayal via marketing saying “what can we do to tempt mid level customers to buy this plonk,” renders it a deceit, thus the 79 score. The sturdy bottle, appealing label, and 14.2% advertised ABV, lead one to think this will be a great value, but alas. Think of an internet date that dramatically underachieves their profile. It gets worse the longer you’re with it.
Red
3/11/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
91 points
Bonnie loves this wine, so I asked her to tell me why. BTW, she had served herself from the decanter in the kitchen and came back with a HUGE pour. I didn’t say anything, but I was definitely interested as to why. Here’s how the convo went.

Tim: Hon, I’m thinking you like this wine, how would you describe it?
Bonnie: I like how the tannins coat your whole mouth, not just the sides or the top, and I’m not sure what you meant by “dusty tannins” but I think I get it. I also like that it’s got kind of a dark fruit flavor, but it’s not pruney, and it’s not too sweet.
Tim: What do you mean, specifically?
Bonnie: It’s like the fruit is there, but it’s more acidy, and I really like that. And it doesn’t have too much of that gnarly taste (she meant Old World), just enough.
Tim: How do you compare it to the Juan Gil blue label yesterday and the Amarone we had with Liz last week?
Bonnie: I like this better. I don’t need to have food with it, I can just drink it.
Tim: One of your favorite wines for the price?
Bonnie: Yes

She downplays her abilities, but Bonnie has a keen nose and palate for good wine. She rated it 91, and thus it sticks.
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Red
3/10/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
90 points
Online food pairing recommendations for Monastrell (this wine has 60%) speak to pork and robust spice-ful foods from the Spanish countryside. But what strikes me to be a fit, and I wish I had some to try with it, is venison. The reasoning is, this is the only wine I’ve ever tasted that connotes a semblance of fat. Not roundness, not juiciness or glycerin, but fat. The tannins and acid keep all in balance and allow the flavors of dark berries dusted with chocolate and metal to introduce themselves.
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White
2015 Despagne Biface Entre-Deux-Mers Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2/24/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
88 points
Would love to taste this reversed, with just a bit more Sauvignon Blanc than Semillion. Thinking that would provide more depth and interest. Still, it is a unique beverage as it is, and would be perfect for summer’s eve party.
White
2/24/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
89 points
As a wine, it’s an 86 for us. As a Soave, it’s an 89.

Soave wine represents a sense of place, this wine is an excellent example of that. But there’s a reason there are not Gargenega vineyards across the world competing with Chardonnay. Soave’s can be beautiful and flavorful, but their weakness is they struggle to offer succulence or can be watery. This wine does not suffer from that malady, although it’s weakness is its lack of weight.
Red
2/18/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
90 points
had an “off” bottle recently, but this one brought back the legacy of greatness.
White
2/12/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
97 points
If I saw a wine with one rating of 97 and no other ratings I’d be very suspicious. But before you judge our score, judge the wine. This, to us, was the best Chardonnay we’ve had, huge and succulent, viscous. The nose and palate are equally as good. Some wines make you lean forward. This wine makes you lean back.
Red
1/31/2018 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
90 points
Once this wine opens up it is rich and full of fruit, and silky smooth.
Red
2013 Château de Rochemorin Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/29/2018 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
86 points
Lacks depth and cerebrality. Better with food than without. We won’t purchase again.
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