Tasting Notes for salil

(8,221 notes on 5,438 wines)

1 - 50 of 8,221 Sort order
Red
2/9/2020 - salil wrote:
91 points
Z said this was worth a try, and of course he was right. Legit, classic St. Jo. Fresh dark fruit and black olives accented by gentle meatiness with a spine of bright acids and grainy tannins beneath. Lovely now (after a brief decant), but I'm more excited to see how this develops with age.
White
2/9/2020 - salil wrote:
89 points
Solid at first, but air brings out a lot of mineral and smoky depth on the nose and this turns into quite a compelling wine after being open a couple of hours. Ripe white fruit, nice minerality, and gentle oakiness all come together into a seamless whole, and the entire package is very easy to enjoy over dinner.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1/31/2020 - salil wrote:
93 points
Very pretty. Takes a bit of time and air to fully open up, but it's worth the wait and this is superb Chenin, full of rich quince, apricot, creme brulee, and showing just a touch of that wooly/savoury Chenin funkiness. There's plenty of sweetness here but it's balanced perfectly by the bright acidity, and finishes very long and clean.
Red
1/31/2020 - salil wrote:
flawed
Well, this is a bummer. Starts out promising with some dark fruit and earth, but it quickly falls apart with air and turns into a stewed mess. I suspect this saw some heat.
Red
1/31/2020 - salil wrote:
92 points
Yeah, this is exactly how I like my Burgundy. Really bright, crystalline red fruit, stony minerality underneath, and gentle floral and other earthy notes that emerge on the nose. Still some tannic grip on the palate, but so good with a couple of hours of air. Why did I not buy more of these on release.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
1/31/2020 - salil wrote:
flawed
A bizarre showing - there's some dark fruit here and bright acidity on the palate giving it some lift, but everything's overwhelmed by a very distracting vinyl/plasticky note in the aromatics that dominates the fruit.
Red
1/31/2020 - salil wrote:
75 points
Faded and on its last legs. Mostly black tea and soy notes on the nose here, it tastes like generic old red wine and there's nothing here to keep me coming back for another sip.
1 person found this helpful Comment
White - Off-dry
1/31/2020 - salil wrote:
83 points
I'm not a fan of most 2011 Saar wines and I've found them generally too soft, unfocused, and lacking that greener tartness and brightness I look for in the Saar. This one's no different - it tastes quite ripe and sweet with a fruit profile that's much richer and more peachy than what I look for in the Saar. There's some smoky and petrol-like development apparent, but I'm still left wishing for more depth and acidity.
2 people found this helpful Comment
White
1/31/2020 - salil wrote:
Not a fan of this stylistically. Much too oxidative for my taste, and very low acid. I'm not sure if the latter is the vintage or the style/grape speaking, but certainly not my thing.
Red
1/29/2020 - salil wrote:
92 points
Aging superbly. The florality and bright red fruit it showed on release are still there with the same youthful intensity, but there's now more maturing savouriness as well and the tannin is barely noticeable, giving it a really silky, graceful texture.
Red
1/24/2020 - salil wrote:
91 points
Another winner. Superb, elegant, classically styled Syrah that's perfect for easy drinking now with a pizza.
Red
1/22/2020 - salil wrote:
93 points
Fantastic. Classic, old school Bordeaux - the red fruit here feels slightly dusty but still has good intensity and brightness, and it's layered with lots of savoury earthiness and tobacco. It falls away slightly on the finish, but the whole package is superb and a reminder that I need to be a lot more patient with my Bordeaux.
1 person found this helpful Comment
White
1/22/2020 - salil wrote:
98 points
Last of my bottles, and this is pretty much the pinnacle of dry Riesling. Intoxicating aromatics; a kaleidoscope of tropical fruit, citrus, herbs, florality, and saline minerality. There's remarkable depth and power on the palate but also a sense of lightness and freshness from the bright acidity, and a finish that's all rocks and chalk and seems to last minutes. If there's anything that keeps this from being truly perfect, it's just a tinge of warmth on the finish where the alcohol is noticeable. But even then, this is by far the best bottle of the '01 Singerriedel I've had - sadly the last from my cellar. But I can't imagine this wine being much better.
White - Sparkling
1/19/2020 - salil wrote:
96 points
Another stunning bottle of this. This one needed a bit of air to fully emerge - somewhat tight and acidic at first, but the fruit and yeasty/bready richness came out with about half an hour. Amazing depth, power, balance. As good a young Champagne as I've had in a long time.
6 people found this helpful Comment
White
11/24/2019 - salil wrote:
95 points
As good a white Burg as I've had in a while. Bright fruit and buttered popcorn with a mineral finish, showing the ripeness of the vintage in the best way possible with the fruit coming across luscious and ripe but never feeling heavy or soft. Love the balance and depth here, and this might convert me to buying this wine on a regular basis.
2 people found this helpful Comments (1)
White - Off-dry
11/24/2019 - salil wrote:
95 points
My first experience with this a couple of years ago was corked, so glad for the chance to drink another bottle. This thankfully wasn't corked and it's a phenomenal wine. I'm not sure I find it "better" than the non-auction '97 Schaefer Auslese I had a few years ago, but there's a clear stylistic difference in terms of the intensity of fruit and the botrytis here - the latter is something I don't remember much of in Schaefer's other Auslese. This is a massive, opulent Riesling that's packed with fruit, spice, honey, and florality, it's considerably sweeter and thicker than the Haag or Dönnhoff poured alongside and yet feels shockingly light and elegant for such a big wine with a sense of drinkability that had me going back for more.
White - Off-dry
11/24/2019 - salil wrote:
95 points
Brilliant. Still quite youthful and vibrant - there's a greenish tinge to the colour and the fruit seems shockingly youthful and fresh, even though there's a lot more savoury and honeyed complexity than I remember from my last bottle 6 years ago. The sweetness has subsided some; it's a more elegant wine now with a remarkable combination of power and that delicate, floating Dönnhoff palate presence. Glad I have one more.
1 person found this helpful Comments (2)
White - Off-dry
11/24/2019 - salil wrote:
98 points
Stunner of a Riesling. This is just amazing with fresh Mosel fruit and herbs, gentle understated sweetness, and so much developed complexity and depth here. It's remarkably bright and vibrant with the powerful acids of the vintage giving it lots of lift and energy, and the whole package is a hauntingly beautiful expression of old style, delicate Auslese.
Red
11/20/2019 - salil wrote:
92 points
More impressive than genuinely enjoyable at this point. There's plenty of rich black fruit, cedar, and an earthy and walnutty savouriness, but it's tightly wound (even with a 3 hour decant), tannic, and very primary. The balance is fantastic and I imagine this will be really wonderful in time, but right now it's more about the promise.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
11/20/2019 - salil wrote:
92 points
Another excellent bottle. Didn't notice the herbal notes this time - this one was all red fruit and flowers, perhaps a one-note wine but it's a beautiful and compelling note.
Red
11/20/2019 - salil wrote:
90 points
Another bottle like the last. Pretty and easy to drink, not especially complex, but a solid value at the $30 I paid a few years ago.
White
11/10/2019 - salil wrote:
90 points
Unlike the Achleiten and Klaus, this hasn't budged much. It still feels very primary and painfully young, needing a lot of time to open up. Dominated by primary fruit on the first night, but leftovers the second night show far more aromatic complexity and mineral depth.
Red
11/15/2019 - salil wrote:
88 points
Pleasant if a bit underwhelming - the fruit seemed a bit austere here without the brightness and freshness I usually expect from younger LdH, and the oak dominated the fruit a bit more than I usually like. Disappointing considering how good the '06 Bosconia was not too long ago.
3 people found this helpful Comment
Red
11/15/2019 - salil wrote:
90 points
Liked but didn't love this - it's aging nicely with the oak integrated nicely and some pretty red fruit, but not a whole lot of complexity or depth here beyond the fruit and some gentle earthiness.
Red
11/15/2019 - salil wrote:
90 points
Fantastic value and I have no idea why I don't buy more of this. Exuberant, bright fruit with such a sense of refreshment and energy, and I wish I had more.
Red
11/15/2019 - salil wrote:
90 points
Last of my bottles. None of the greenness here I've noticed in some wines, though the fruit seemed a touch thin. Poured this next to the '16 Coteaux Bourguignons and I found myself preferring that slightly for its brightness and intensity.
White
11/15/2019 - salil wrote:
92 points
Just like the bottle I opened a month ago. In a fantastic spot right now with some smokiness and creaminess augmenting the bright fruit and minerality, and I'm not sure I want these to age much longer.
1 person found this helpful Comment
White - Off-dry
11/15/2019 - salil wrote:
92 points
First two bottles from a new case purchase and both were fantastic. Classic Mosel Riesling that speaks of its site and prädikat. Love the balance and depth here, and such a perfect wine to sit down with over dinner.
Red
1996 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/9/2019 - salil wrote:
94 points
Last bottle was so good I couldn't resist opening another. This one was even better - the same clean, fresh dark fruit but coming through more intensely, and with a mineral and dusty earthy character that was more prominent than I remembered. This is in such a great place right now, one to drink and hold.
1 person found this helpful Comment
White
11/9/2019 - salil wrote:
93 points
Not quite on the level of the jawdropping '07 Achleiten from the other night, but that's also an unreasonably high bar. This was impressive, also in a great zone with the fruit still quite youthful but showing plenty of savoury and smoky complexity. The fruit isn't as intense and tropical as I remember it being soon after release; it's a little more restrained and allows the mineral and earthy elements to stand out more.
White
11/4/2019 - salil wrote:
97 points
Blown away by the complexity and depth here and descriptors won't do it justice, so I'll just say this was epic. All grown up and jawdroppingly good.
Red
10/27/2019 - salil wrote:
93 points
Needed an hour in the decanter to open up, and absolutely worth the wait. The aromatics are flat out stunning - amazingly pure and fresh red fruit, gentle herbal and earthy notes, and more low-toned mineral notes emerging with more air. There's a tartness on the palate that feels almost bracing, but the overall package is perfectly balanced and I'm thrilled to have a case of this.
Red
1996 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/30/2019 - salil wrote:
93 points
As classic and old-school as it gets. Love the aromatics here - a core of fresh black fruit framed by graphite, cedar wood, tobacco, and a bright green herbal/pyrazine note that adds complexity without detracting or overwhelming the other flavours. There's a sense of restraint here - the flavours take some time to emerge, needing an hour or so in the decanter, but the overall balance is fantastic and I'm glad I bought a case of this.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
10/20/2019 - salil wrote:
91 points
Another year, another fantastic bottle of this. Bright, super-vibrant fruit and some nice stemmy/savoury complexity adding depth, so easy to drink and a perfect burger wine.
White
10/20/2019 - salil wrote:
93 points
In a really good place right now, showing more adolescent smoky and creamy notes around the still-youthful fruit and minerality. Still has that richness and piercing intensity it had on release, but now showing more depth and complexity.
White - Fortified
10/14/2019 - salil wrote:
94 points
Phenomenal Palo Cortado with such a beautiful array of nutty, smoky, saline, and lightly caramelized flavours on the nose. I could sit and smell this for a long time. The palate's very intense though remarkably light - there's a vein of acidity that keeps it very fresh and adds a lemony brightness to the flavours, and it finishes with impressive length.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
10/14/2019 - salil wrote:
91 points
Love the aromatics here - really bright and pretty red fruit at the foreground with some darker berried and plummy flavours emerging with more air, and more savoury earthy and bacony notes in the background. There's some oak spice apparent too, but the oak isn't overwhelming and while it's a slightly more modern expression of Cote-Rotie, it still comes across nicely balanced and not overdone. There's some astringency on the finish that others attributed to wood tannins, but I wonder if the palate here is just fading a bit after 18 years...
Red
10/14/2019 - salil wrote:
89 points
I've had some great bottles of this before; this was very good but a notch below. Seemed a bit more advanced and slightly faded with some ashy notes amidst the red fruit, olives, and savoury meatiness. Still quite enjoyable, though it suffered a little by comparison with the other C-Rs at the table.
Red
10/14/2019 - salil wrote:
95 points
Trust Zak, Rhone OG, to find this gem. Love the label, and the wine itself is pretty awesome too. In such a great place right now with bright red fruit, black and green olives, mature smoky, meaty, and briny notes, and drinking very well with a lot of the tannin resolved. There's plenty of acidity here that gives a nice sense of freshness and provides most of the structure, and the whole package is far too easy to drink.
White - Off-dry
10/14/2019 - salil wrote:
95 points
Oh hell yes. This is in such a great place right now. The youthful Mosel fruit and minerality, that signature floral and slightly funky sponti yeast characteristic Prüm always shows, and now just the beginning of maturing savouriness with gentle smoky and creamy elements adding to the fruit. The balance is just perfect with the sweetness, fruit, and acidity all coming together into a seamless whole, and the entire package is far too easy to drink.
2 people found this helpful Comment
White
10/14/2019 - salil wrote:
88 points
My note from 9 years ago says this tasted like rocks, and it hasn't changed much on that front. It's a total mineral bomb of a wine, though I think I liked it better young when the fruit was more generous and rounder. Now it feels a touch severe and relatively one-note with lots of rocks and not a whole lot else.
White - Sparkling
10/14/2019 - salil wrote:
91 points
Liked this more than other at the table. If there's any dosage here, I didn't notice it as there's SERIOUS acidity here which some found too severe and offputting. But there's striking focus and precision here, and I love the crackling vibrancy that the tart citrus and white fruited flavours here show.
White - Off-dry
10/14/2019 - salil wrote:
91 points
Loved this on release and this is still fantastic. There's a bit more of a reductive note on the nose now than I remember (or noticed?) when it was young, but it still has the same bright Mosel fruit, minerality, and florality with lots of acidity and great balance. It's still very primary and not showing any real development, but this is everything I want young Mosel Riesling to be.
Red
1985 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/5/2019 - salil wrote:
93 points
Another bottle consistent with recent notes over the past year or so. Drinking very well now - this was perhaps a bit lighter on the palate than others, but filled out nicely with some time in the decanter to show that classic red fruited profile, lots of mature Bordeaux savouriness, and a gentle herbaceous/tobacco element to add some freshness. Excellent.
Red - Fortified
10/5/2019 - salil wrote:
94 points
I'm normally not the biggest fan of young ports, but this just might change my mind. An absolutely fantastic wine that only got better with time in the decanter - love the intensity here with dried plums, figs, lightly nutty notes, and some mocha/dark chocolate savouriness all coming together into a big but very well balanced whole. Leftovers are fantastic the next night with some dark chocolate.
White - Off-dry
10/5/2019 - salil wrote:
97 points
I've had miserable luck with the regular 98 Brucke GKA (1 corked, 2 cooked), and thankfully my experience with the auction bottlings has been much better. This is the best I've had from this lot - massively ripe and intense with BA-like sweetness and thickness, packed with ripe tropical and citrus fruits drenched in honey, caramel, and botrytis spices with lots of acidity cutting through the sweetness. Fantastic wine, though still very, very young.
White - Off-dry
10/5/2019 - salil wrote:
flawed
Oh hey another flawed bottle of this wine. Cooked this time, rather than corked.
1 - 50 of 8,221
More results
  • Tasting Notes: 8,221 notes on 5,438 wines
© 2003-20 CellarTracker! LLC.

Report a Problem

Close