Tasting Notes for sunnylea57

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Red
Dark cherry, tomato leaf, mint, and a whole handful of mixed dried herbs. Hard to beat for the $$.
Red
This showed masses of tar, ashy drying tannins, and deep black fruit... in that order. Brooding. But man, did it work well with baby back ribs. A perfect balance to my homemade sweet & tangy Carolina BBQ sauce.
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Red
3/23/2020 - sunnylea57 wrote:
flawed
Corked
Red
Buy entry level bottles from good producers. Something Glen suggested to me. Sometimes it doesn’t work out but when it does, as was the case with this Robert Chevillon Bourgogne, it’s a great value play. Good weight and depth. Nice dark cherry, black raspberry, sous bois. Lacking some refinement but hey, it was $30.
White
I discovered a few of these in the back of the cellar today. Purchased in mid-2014. I wasn’t sure how they would have aged, but it turns out very nicely. Peach and other stone fruit, a slightly bitter nuttiness, sweet orange and tangy lemon, a hint of caramel oxidation, and a very good level of acidity. Really interest and complex balance of all those disparate elements. From 80 year old vines. 70% Viura, 30% Garnacha Blanca.
White - Sparkling
3/17/2020 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
91 points
Old reliable. Always delivers. Bruised apple and other ripe orchard fruit, citrus, yeasty autolytics. Medium dosage at 8 g/L means it’s not a linear, austere bubbly: big bead and a broad mouthfeel. Delicious.
Red
3/16/2020 - sunnylea57 wrote:
88 points
A decent Etna Rosso for the price although a bit thin and simple.
White
3/17/2020 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
92 points
A perennial favourite. Quintarelli’s reds get all the attention and this seems to slip under the radar. It’s a no-brainer case buy for me most years. A delicious field blend with so much going on: orchard fruit, kiwi, floral notes, bracing acidity, lovely texture. I’ve opened this with many of my Italiophile vinophile friends and they all seem to love it, so it’s weird that none of them buy it. Perhaps because Ontario’s antiquated liquor monopoly never carries it.
Red
3/11/2020 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
92 points
All those classic Barolo descriptors are at play here: the dark cherry, tar, roses. Other TNs here call it rustic, but I thought it was pretty suave. It seems to fall half way between old school and modernist. Beautiful purity of fruit and drying tannins that haven’t fully integrated. Much better on day two when the tannins had mellowed and the fruit, tar and floral character took center stage.
Red
3/2/2020 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
93 points
The strawberry wafts out of the glass. Lovely perfume. And an elegant cherry, strawberry and floral palate.
Red
2/26/2020 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
92 points
Tasted alongside the 01 Riserva, 06 Normale and 13 Normale. My preference; this 2010. To my mind it was in a perfect spot... although others preferred the 2006.
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White
2/26/2020 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
91 points
Far better than expected. The oceanic minerality shone through. A long, slightly bitter almond finish. The biggest surprise was the oak: it was still hanging in after 17 years. The oak was in balance with the rest of the elements.
Red
The cork was perfect, but the wine was all soy and brown sugar. Way past its prime.
White
2/18/2020 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking beautifully. Powerful petrol and flint nose, fleshy tropical fruit-driven palate.
White - Sparkling
2/15/2020 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
91 points
Continues to be my go-to daily drinker sparkling. I love the balance of of the bruised apple, brioche, lemon. Creamy texture, and the 8 g/L dosage is within my tolerance level.
White
2/13/2020 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
93 points
Everything I like in a chardonnay. Flinty, good body and richness from the melon and pear, some intrigue from the ginger, very little noticeable oak. I'll need to find more.
Red
1985 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/13/2020 - sunnylea57 wrote:
flawed
Corked
Red
2/9/2020 - sunnylea57 wrote:
Ripe red & blue fruit, a sizeable amount of sweet tobacco leaf, good acidity, and some tannins still hanging on. On the cusp of being too sweet and ripe.
Red
2/9/2020 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
92 points
Balanced, well structured, age-worthy. I don’t think this is a 30 year wine like Dunn HM, but I’m confident it will continue to improve over the next decade.
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Red
Far more advanced than it should have been. Opened it blind and most thought it was 40+ years old. Murky, maderized.
Red
2/5/2020 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
91 points
Crunchy sour cherry, cranberry, ash, a bit of sous bois and excellent acidity. A winner.
Red
2/1/2020 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
95 points
I think this is the best Detert I’ve had - and that includes both the CS and CF over numerous vintages. It was drinking extremely well with a 2-hour decant. But due to various circumstances, half the bottle went back into the wine fridge and sat there for 3 days. I pulled it out tonight, not expecting much, and it was fantastic. Better than on day one. It had taken on notes of cedar chest, pencil shavings, a bit of cigar box, along with the dark fruit and liquorice. It’s both silky and chewy, if that makes sense. Smooth but weighty. This out-Pauillacs a lot of great Pauillac wines.
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Red
2/1/2020 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
94 points
Similar to the last bottle. A gorgeous Tempranillo, lithe and complex, and at its peak on this night.
White
1/29/2020 - sunnylea57 wrote:
I wanted to like this, as I’ve never met a Ridge I didn’t like. So I’m hoping my dislike was because I drank it far too young. I mean, it was only bottled 5 months ago, so that must be it, right? Because right now it’s bitter and woody. I could taste the barrel. On the positive side of the equation, there was nice oily viscosity, the flavours were robust and concentrated, it had excellent acidity, and I could begin to pick out the melange of fruit that was hiding behind the wood - even more so after a few hours in the glass. Granted, I have no experience with 100% Roussanne from California, but could it be so far removed from Rhone Roussanne? I think I need to bury the rest of the case for a handful of years and see what transpires.
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Red
1/19/2020 - sunnylea57 wrote:
I've opened three bottles of the 2008 and they've all been different. The last one was a dense, intense brute - not at all approachable, even with a long decant. This one was medium bodied and pliant with just a pop and pour, with sweet red raspberry, milk chocolate, wood spice, and a good level of acidity. Hard to believe that this has opened up so dramatically in the 16 months since my last bottle.
Red
1/11/2020 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
95 points
I hadn't expected much based on AG's note, but wow. I kept questioning myself: is this really as good as I think it is? The answer I kept coming back to: yes. Yes it is as good as I think it is. I've had Masseto that wasn't nearly as complex, complete and satiny as this. This was right up there with the best Tuscan and Bordeaux Merlet I've sampled.

It was one of those wines where the "angel" part of you wishes you could call up a bunch of wine geek friends and get them to drop everything and rush on over to share the experience, and the "other" part of you is glad it's just you and your wife who get to drink it.
Red
12/26/2019 - sunnylea57 Does not like this wine:
83 points
As with the 2001 vintage of the 904, this is currently spoiled by the heavy-handed oak treatment. To my palate, the resulting dill notes (and coconut) overwhelm the fruit. Not appealing whatsoever. My track record with LRA hasn’t been very good: I find LRA in general has a lot of dill (the herb, not pickles).

Perhaps in time (years) the oak will integrate, the dill will fade, and this will achieve the lifted profile I love in older Rioja. But I’m not too hopeful.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
12/25/2019 - sunnylea57 wrote:
88 points
A few people picked up on a celery note on both the nose and palate which distracted from the otherwise appealing caramel notes.
White - Sparkling
12/19/2019 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
93 points
A classic Millenaires. Beautifully balanced, lovely autolytics. Still young but totally enjoyable now.
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Red
12/19/2019 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
93 points
Terrific showing. Vibrant fruit in an open knit, full and pleasing palate. One for savouring.
White
12/16/2019 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
91 points
This a tasting more and more like a very good Riesling - especially considering it didn’t taste like a Riesling at all about 4 years ago.
Red
12/12/2019 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
93 points
Just entering its prime drinking window. A burly traditional Barolo with intense dark fruit, tar, liquorice, and pervasive tannins. Terrific with a fatty rib steak on the grill.
Red
12/12/2019 - sunnylea57 wrote:
flawed
The cork was so dry it disintegrated even using a Durand. The wine was the colour of orange pekoe tea and was pure vinegar. Sad.
Red
12/6/2019 - sunnylea57 Does not like this wine:
65 points
Wish I could recall who gave this to me so I can remove them from my will. Vile.
Red
11/28/2019 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
93 points
First time with this producer. Delicious! Black liquorice, black cherry, rose, and a hint of balsamic. Explosive nose and fresh, intense palate.
White - Sparkling
11/28/2019 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
90 points
Needed to warm in the glass to fully open up, but once it did it was very enjoyable. Not sure of the dosage but it seemed relatively low. Interesting, fairly complex palate.
Red
11/15/2019 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
90 points
Bright, pure, delicate and lifted like the Vina Bonita, but the fruit in this Arroyo del Tortolas is sweeter and more candied. Still very good, but not on the same level as the Bonita.
Red
11/12/2019 - sunnylea57 wrote:
88 points
A whole lot of barnyard on the nose. Palate is intense and not particularly subtle. Herbal, perfumed, but also smoky and a little dirty.
White
2002 Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
11/14/2019 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
93 points
Last of six bottles. Mature and delicious. A beautiful blend of flinty mineral notes, citrus, orchard fruit, nut, and a dollop of caramel - all in a package that deftly balances richness with lively acidity.
Red
11/11/2019 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
93 points
This floored me. On the first night the wood influence was quite pronounced, showing as spice and a bit of vanilla. I’m not a fan of excessive oak, but in this case the spice just enhanced the dark fruit and liquorice. Excellent acidity, great balance. In night two, the wood spice had faded and the wine had taken on a mellow richness, with plum, bay leaf, and black fruit all working together well.
Red
10/26/2019 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
89 points
Drank alongside the 2009 Piantonaia. This doesn’t have the structure and weight of the 09. It’s a fruit-forward, early drinking vintage. Very good and thoroughly enjoyable now.
Red
10/30/2019 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful perfumed nose and a glossy, juicy red cherry palate. Incredible purity of fruit. Open and giving. Drank alongside the 2008 which had more weight and structure. But both were superb wines. I expect the 2012 will also gain some weight in time, but it's thoroughly enjoyable right here, right now.
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White
2018 Ridge Adelaida Vineyard Paso Robles Adelaida District White Rhone Blend (view label images)
10/26/2019 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
90 points
I opened this blind for a group of wine friends. Everyone enjoyed it, but no one came close to guessing what it was. Someone identified the Roussanne in the blend, someone else initially suggested a white Rhone because of the slight oily texture (but then changed their mind), and a few people figured it was new world and young. It hasn't developed a whole lot of depth or nuance yet. This was only bottled 2 months ago, so I need to let my remaining bottles sleep for at least a year or two and see what transpires.
White - Sparkling
10/26/2019 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
97 points
In a stellar lineup of wines, this was my WOTN. Excellent acidity and persistent bead, especially considering the age. Lovely liquid honey colour in the glass. Delicious amalgam of overripe apple, red fruit, brioche and caramel. Simply stunning.
Red
10/26/2019 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
94 points
Excellent. Full bodied Merlot that is both pliant and beautifully structured. This has many years ahead of it but was stunning on this night.
Red
10/26/2019 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
95 points
In magnum format, this was at it's absolute peak. Beautifully juicy, excellent acidity, impressive weight and depth, and perfect balance between the fruit and the tertiary notes that are forming. BdM may be the king of Sangiovese, but a great bottle of Il Carbonaione, like this one, makes a strong play to steal the crown.
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