Tasting Notes for henrychinaski

(312 notes on 278 wines)

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Red
1/4/2015 - henrychinaski wrote:
93 points
Nice rendition of a natural wine from Bordeaux. Some leather and horse that reminds one of older classic bordeaux.
White
1/1/2015 - henrychinaski wrote:
99 points
From Magnum. Stunning. Tremendous depth and minerality with enormous complexity. So sad the sauvignon blanc grapes from the vineyard were torn up and Glos will never be made again.
White
1/4/2015 - henrychinaski wrote:
94 points
Tasted along side of 2012 Steinertal.

Exotic organge/marmalade/blood orange aromatics. More viscous than the Steinertal.
White
1/2/2015 - henrychinaski wrote:
93 points
Tasted along side of the 2012 Kellerberg Riesling.

Striking minerality and a more restrained profile. White fruit/peach aromatics. Easier to drink on its own.
Red
8/17/2014 - henrychinaski wrote:
95 points
A smooth and delicious wine. No overt Mataro funk. The most elegant Mataro I have ever had.
Red
1/28/2011 - henrychinaski wrote:
92 points
I had this after the 2006 Rhy Alpine which although was a very good wine, was a disappointment based on my expectations and because it is to young to drink. This on the other hand was a very nice surprise. A small of amount of funk and greens. That beautiful dusy character. Medium bodied but not too light. Cherry fruit. Delicous to drink now and outstanding with the right food.
Red
1/26/2011 - henrychinaski wrote:
91 points
I think this wine has amazing potential. However the nose was very disappointing as it was shockingly ripe and obviously from California. The body has tremendous depth and strength yet is not heavy or overbearing. Tart. Fine Tannins. Interesting mid palate of crushed rocks and a very long finish. Occasionally a hint of spices. It will be interesting to see where this goes in 10 years. Opened up nicely over two hours. I would like to try a vertical of this vineyard and see how this compares to the more recent vintages as Rhys continues to refine their style.
Red
1/21/2011 - henrychinaski wrote:
94 points
Leather, earth, graphite, occasionally some green, cassis, superbly balanced, dark fruit, great structure and overall wine. Fun to drink...
White
12/28/2010 - henrychinaski wrote:
87 points
Lovely aromatics. Lifeless and limp on the palate.
White
7/17/2010 - henrychinaski wrote:
92 points
Superbly fresh and lively. The aromatics are filled with white fruits/pineapple combined with lime and wet rocks. The finish is deep and long lasting. A pleasure to drink.
Red
6/17/2010 - henrychinaski wrote:
88 points
Much better than the last bottle. Cork also crumbled and is most likely the reason the wine has not held up better. The nose is off - it is a combination of maderized aromas and burnt chocolate. But the wine has an unbelievable dark mineral streak that makes it enjoyable and unique.
Red
5/20/2010 - henrychinaski wrote:
93 points
I concur with the prior notes. Green bell pepper and dusty aromatics. A unique combination of focus and depth. Minerality and tobacco. My only quibble is that it did close down after an hour.
Rosé - Sparkling
1/14/2010 - henrychinaski wrote:
93 points
Served a bit too warm. Still stunning. Great energy, fruit and acid.
Red
1/14/2010 - henrychinaski wrote:
94 points
Pure. Elegant. Less funk that the 06. Beautiful wine with dark fruits a hint of pepper. Classic syrah.
Red
1/14/2010 - henrychinaski wrote:
95 points
This is a unique wine that has an overall expression that is un-comparable. My favorite example of Sangiovese that defies categorization. If only it wasn't so expensive...
White
1/15/2010 - henrychinaski wrote:
91 points
Open. Beautiful Wachau aromatics and palate. Pretty, smooth, balanced with a hint of acid.
Red
1/6/2010 - henrychinaski wrote:
90 points
Classic california cab. Not profound just very enjoyable and nicely aged.
Red
1/3/2010 - henrychinaski wrote:
95 points
Beautifully aromatics. Purity of fruit and balance. Distinctively Truchot.
White
1/2/2010 - henrychinaski wrote:
90 points
Excellent acidity. Light. Lively. Floral. Balanced. Great food wine.
White
2000 Scholium Project Les Ténèbres Napa Valley Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay
1/1/2010 - henrychinaski wrote:
95 points
Still fresh, complex and very lively. This wine has had amazing longevity and I hope it is an indicator of the aging potential of Scholium Whites.
White
1/2/2010 - henrychinaski wrote:
91 points
Very rich and partially sweet wine. Oily texture. Coats your mouth. Initially the aromatics were closed down however over time the wine opened. A very juicy and delicous wine with an interesting hint of Gruner like pepper. Needed just a bit more acid to make it an exceptional wine. Overall a very good showing for a seven year old Sauvignon Blanc.
Red
2004 Il Cantante Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
1/2/2010 - henrychinaski wrote:
95 points
Wow! This is an excellent wine. Too bad the price is so high (~$90 retail). Incredibly pure fruit and expression of Mount Edna. Dark fruits. Smokiness. Slightly sweet smooth well rounded tannins. A pleasure to drink and experience.

I was very intrigued by this wine so I sought out more information. The only information I could find is on a excellent Italian wine list for a restaurant in Minnesota called the Inonni Restaurant:

Il Cantante is a tiny winery based on the east side of Mt. Etna at 850 meters in Sant’Alfio. Owner Mitch
Hucknall (lead singer of British rock band Simply Red) has entrusted the genius of Sicily’s finest
winemaker; Salvo Foti to make these precious wines. The vineyards, the true key to making great wine,
are very old, many un‑grafted and all trained in the classic Alberello system (bush trained). They are
hand harvested by the Etna’s expert team of viticulturists; I Vigneri. An all organic approach is used here
and in some vineyards, not even Bordeaux mixture is used. Some vineyards are planted at over 1200
meters! The grapes for the Etnean wine are the noble Norelli; Mascalese and Cappuccio. Released only
when Salvo feels they have reached an expression of the finest examples of Etna’s volcanic terroir.
Current release on the market is 2007, Il Cantante has not even released their 2004’s! I believe these are
some of Italy’s finest wines, to be compared to great Burgundy and cru Barolo yet unmistakably Sicilian.
Rosé - Sparkling
1/2/2010 - henrychinaski wrote:
92 points
Excellent Rose. Floral and fresh fruit aromatics. Dark cherries and strawberries. Balanced. Focused. Firm. An overall complete wine.
Red
12/25/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
90 points
The overt fruit character that was most likely a result of the vintage and was a bit too prominent for my tastes is starting to recede. Elegant and balanced wine with lot of smooth fruit with good texture and balance. Lacks complexity. A great food wine.
White
12/25/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
91 points
Pure Meursault. Beautiful aromatics, texture and balance. Rich flavor with a backbone or minerality and a hint of smoke.
Red
12/5/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
93 points
I had very low expectations. The cork was slightly protuding from the bottle suggesting suboptimal storage. Interestingly the mark in the cork looks like the bottle was hand bottled. Upon opening a blast of fresh tart cherries. The wine is very light in color with a hint of brown. With air it continued to open and morphed several times. This wine did not die in the glass it kept getting better. The aromatics were bright, elegant and similar to old burgundy. The flavors kept twisting and turning from lively red fruit to smokiness to a hint of green. There was a pleasant funk in the foundation that I liked. Overall a very cool wine and a producer I continue to explore.
Red
9/29/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
92 points
Really interesting wine from a Genre I think is very overrated. Classic Napa value Cab cassis, graphite and new leather. With some air a touch of welcome earth emerges. 13.7 abv so tame by Napa standards. I would like to try this wine in another 10 years.
Red
9/19/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
89 points
Overall nice wine. Very sweet cherry aromas and taste that initially were too intense for me. On day two the wine was much more toned down - perfumed aromatics and more balanced.
White
7/25/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
91 points
This is has been my favorite Federspiel over several vintages. I have not had the 2006 for some time and was very interested in checking-in on this wine. It is a completely different wine than the 2007. Upon opening I could immediately smell familiar Austrian Grüner aromatics leaping from the bottle. In the glass I initially smelled honey, wet stone and greens. Clearly ripe but not over-the-top. Over the course of an hour or so the honey and wet stone remained but more greens, herbs and floral aromatics emerged. As the wine cooled down a fresh hay smell emerged as well as some spice. Very open and expressive and by no means shut down. Lots of depth to the flavor and a very long contemplative finish. With just a bit more acidity and energy this would be an outstanding wine but I guess that is the tradeoff of a ripe vintage such as 2006. I think this will hope for a few more years.
Red
7/19/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
92 points
Really exciting wine. Bright cherry fruit. Great balance. Some Pinot like characteristics. Great acidity results in a wine with lots of energy that is outstanding paired with the right food. Paired extraordinarly well with the Smoked Duck and Cherry at Momofuku.
White - Off-dry
7/5/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
92 points
Another very bad cork! This cork was impossible to extract. It disintegrated into a million pieces. The wine was still good but comprised to some extent. Demur aromatics. Smooth honey, verbena and lemon flavors. A hint of acidity that gave it some energy. I did not think it was extraordinarily complex, needed more energy and I missed some of the characteristics in the other notes. Possibly due to heat damage??? Based on an approximate 50% hit rate of fragile corks on older Donnhoffs I continue to believe this is a major problem. The wine really worked well with the food at Momofuku and actually came alive more than on its own.
White
6/19/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
92 points
A little spritz at first. Soaring fresh rain water aromatics. Beautifully intense white pepper. This was a very good wine but not as amazing as the first few bottles six months ago. The mid-palate and finish were a bit weak. It could be starting to shut down or just a consequence of a tough vintage.
White
6/10/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
97 points
Drank three half bottles at Jacks Luxury Oyster Bar...as exotic and thrilling as ever!
White
6/5/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
92 points
Drank at DBGB. See other notes for more specifics.
White
6/7/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
97 points
Half bottle. Paired with Lobster Macaroni and Cheese at Per Se. Mindblowing!
White
5/31/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
93 points
Shockingly good bottle as the storage was questionable at best. Medium dark golden color that screams Wachau! If blind tasted I would have guested an older Gruner. Interesting herbal characteristics with a hint of sweetness. Lacks some acidity but this is overcome by pleasant spice and mineral notes.
White
5/13/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
98 points
This bottle really showed well...lychee, perfume, oily, exotic, acid, intensity, depth, cocky, mindblowing!
White
5/11/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
95 points
Exotic aromatics. Exciting and delicous to drink.
White
5/10/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
94 points
Still cloudy but starting to calm and soften. Beautiful aromatics. Minerality and delicous overall taste profile.
White
5/8/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
89 points
nice aromatics...rocks after a fresh rain. yeasty. some acidity. balanced and smooth.
White
5/5/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
89 points
Floral. A hint of spices. Nutty. 15.9 abv but does not show it. Oily. A tad flabby.
White
5/5/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
92 points
Very cloudy. Oak explosion. A hint of acidity. Very sweet. Butter! Like licking the bottom of a heavily buttered tub of popcorn. I really don't mind slutty oakey chards occassionally but this is too one dimensional.
White
5/5/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
92 points
Sweet burnt caramel and roasted coffee. Still has acidity and energy. Decent sweetness as well.
Red
5/7/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
91 points
Beautiful nose. Slighly more green and some wet leather. Cornas wildness. Nice acidity and energy.
Red
5/7/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
93 points
Stunning aromatics. Floral, beef, spices and dark fruits. Juicy. Smooth tannins and nice acidity.
Red
5/7/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
92 points
A bit of sweetness on the nose combined with wet leather and horsiness (love it!). Lacked the acidity and tannins of the Verset.
Red
5/7/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
94 points
Smoked meat and spices. Huge aromatics.
Red
5/7/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
92 points
Very dark inky black color. Lots of bacon. Very sweet and juicy with lots of fruit. Missing just a little funk.
Red
5/7/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
92 points
Very nice aromatics with Lots of pepper. Slightly weaker mid-palatte. Very juicy finish.
Red
5/7/2009 - henrychinaski wrote:
93 points
Lots of funk on the nose. Smoked meats. Tannic with a very long finish.
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