Tasting Notes for RGCM Gananda

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Red
10/13/2019 - RGCM Gananda wrote:
91 points
Prior bottle was almost 18 months ago and this wine has begun to improve along the lines I had hoped. Nose remains a mix of black raspberry, black cherry and earth. Between medium and full bodied with the same black raspberry and black cherry upfront. This time, the mid-body is a bit more integrated and while not yet precise and elegant, it was a step up from before. Tart red berries and red cherry and then minerals spices, noticeably tart acidity and light mineral notes on the finish. The finish is a bit better balanced than before, but the acidity is still a bit high for the fruit. My hope is that as the wine ages, the mid-body continues to gain complexity and openness and that the backside continues to integrate, especially terms of acidity and fruit. Next bottle for me in Summer 2020.
Red
10/12/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
93 points
Prior bottle was nearly 11 months ago and this wine continues to show quite well. Red cherry, raspberry, floral and earth notes on the nose with just a touch of vanilla now and again. Medium bodied and the flavor profile remains red cherry and red raspberry upfront (with brightness), greater depth through the middle and more raspberry and then a backside with tart red cherries, red berries, acidity and fine grained tannins. Balance through the mid-body remains a plus as does the mix of fruit and structure throughout. Based on these consistent notes, the wine is at peak, but with more than enough fruit and acidity to continue to drink at this level for several more years. Next bottle for me will be June/July 2020.
Red
10/11/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Prior bottle was nearly nine months ago and this wine remains in a good spot. Red raspberry, earth, spice and vanilla notes on the nose. Close to medium bodied with a nearly identical fruit profile of red cherry upfront, some black cherry and some deeper red raspberry through the middle and tart red cherry, earth and spices on the backside and through the finish. There's a bit more vanilla and spice notes here than are typical for Chanin pinots, but not out of balance. As the tartness and acidity on the backside continue to integrate, the fruit should show more cleanly. Next bottle for me will be Summer 2020.
White
10/10/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Prior bottle was almost nine months ago and this wine continues to show quite well. Citrus, peach, apple and floral notes on a nose that seemed much more aromatic than previously. Just light of medium bodied with apple and peach initially with a good amount of tart green fruit and acidity initially, but seemed a bit more open the previously. Mid-body continues the trend with more white orchard fruit notes, evolving towards lightly tropical towards the back. The fruit seemed a touch more expressive than the prior bottle. Backside continues to show very good acidity (in balance with the fruit), and through the finish, citrus notes, minerals and spices. This is a little richer than many kabinetts, but the acidity keep pace. It's the complexity of the fruit, marked with the tart acidity and other structural qualities that make this wine compelling. Very good value on a wine that should continue to improve and show well for a number of years. Next bottle for me will be Fall 2020.
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Red
10/4/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Black cherry, plum, black raspberry, light spices and earth notes on the nose. Between medium and full bodied with very good fruit, showing bright red cherry upfront and lots of depth behind. The longer it was decanted, the more it moved to the blackfruit end of the spectrum and the more depth the mid-body seemed to take on. Lots of black cherry and plum notes through the middle and tart black cherry towards the back. Good balance between the fruit and the backside structure (both tannins and acidity) as they provided backbone and contrast. Showed a bit more structure than the 2012 and should be able to improve over the next few years. (Restaurant Rubino; Valletta, Malta)
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Red
10/3/2019 - RGCM Gananda wrote:
91 points
Previously tasted almost a year and half ago, this wine has made steady progress. Raisin, date, and black raspberry moving to black cherry on the nose. Medium bodied with deep red cherry notes upfront, moving towards black cherry through the middle. The fruit notes seem brighter, cleaner and a bit more defined than the last time I tried this wine. Mid-body started to show roundness and integration after about an hour open and by two hours, it had gained a good amount of expressiveness. Spices, earth notes and good acidity and tannins on the backside provide structure and work well with the mid-body depth. Should continue to improve on the integration front with more time and has both the structure and fruit to last. (Palazzo Preca Restaurant; Valletta, Malta)
Red
10/2/2019 - RGCM Gananda wrote:
87 points
Black currant, plum cassais and other spices notes on the nose. A bit above medium bodied with blackberry notes upfront with a good amount of acidity, deepening to plum through the middle and adds a good amount of acidity and tart blackfruit notes towards the back. Acidity is a bit out of balance with the fruit, so the wine comes off as a bit tight (even after time open) and somewhat lacking in integration. The fruit notes are solid, but they aren't as balanced as I would've hoped from a 2013. May round out a bit with more time, but I don't think the complexity is there to warrant it. (Beati Paoli; Valletta, Malta)
Red
10/1/2019 - RGCM Gananda wrote:
87 points
Strawberry and bright red cherry notes on the nose. Light bodied (12.5% ABV) and very open and accessible with strawberry initially upfront, moving to red cherry through the middle. Just a touch of tart red fruit notes and moderate acidity along with some fine grained tannins add some structure and contrast on the back. Actually reminded me of a Beaujolais Nouveaux in style, but without the hyper-grapey qualities that style can show. Food friendly and good value, but designed to be drunk young. (Papannis Italian Restaurant; Valletta, Malta)
Red
2016 Masi Campofiorin Veronese IGT Corvina Blend, Corvina (view label images)
9/28/2019 - RGCM Gananda wrote:
88 points
Lots of red cherry notes on the nose along with light red raspberry, some earth and a touch of vanilla. To the lighter side of medium bodied (13% ABV) with bright red cherry notes upfront, nicely contrasting acidity behind along with some tart red cherry and red berry notes and good tannins on the finish providing length. This was an accessible, easy drinking red that doesn't show a great amount of complexity but was well made and delivers good value. (Sotto Pizzeria; Valletta, Malta)
Red
10/6/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Red cherry, earth and rose on the nose. Between medium and full bodied (14% ABV) with red cherry upfront with a good amount of brightness and acidity. Mid-body shows a bit of additional depth along with plum and then tart red cherry and strawberry on the backside. Good acidity and tannins on the backside show that this wine is still on the upswing. Tobacco, chocolate and light tar on the finish. With some more time, I think the tannins should integrate nicely and the finish will tie in a bit more to the wine. Good QPR for an entry level barolo.
Red
9/26/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Prior bottle was almost exactly two years ago and the wine has improved noticeably in that time. Nose continues to show red cherry, iron, leather and spices. Between medium and full bodied now with a flavor profile that continues to be red cherry and red berry upfront with a good blend of brightness and openness, adding lightly tart red cherry towards the back and finishing with minerals, earth, spices and a touch of leather. Where this wine has improved is in the mid-body, which showed considerably more roundness and balance than previously. The backside is better integrated and the spices, tannins and acidity are all much more in balance with the fruit. The result is a wine that feels more open, more polished and more accessible. In prior bottles, the structural notes could sometimes overwhelm the fruit, but it's clearly trending in a good direction now. Next bottle for me will be Fall 2020, but I suspect this wine still has a good number of years ahead of it.
White - Off-dry
9/22/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
93 points
All whitefruit on the nose: pear, melon and peach coupled with citrus and floral qualities. You can almost "smell" the acidity. Medium bodied (7.5% ABV) with apple, pear and peach upfront. Mid-body shows considerably more depth, more peach, apricot and orange notes and hints of all the tropical fruit behind that are currently concealed. Backside shows a combination of citrus (lemon and lime), tart whitefruit and simply tremendous acidity. Not quite electric, but very close. Just the smallest touch of honey through the middle into the backside - you know this is an auslese based on richness, density and profile not overt sweetness at this stage. Almost a crime to open this so young as it will take years for the mid-body to fully open up and the complexity that it's hinting at now will be worth the wait. Next bottle for me no earlier than July 2022, perhaps later.
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White
9/22/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
89 points
Prior bottle was only three months ago and this wine remains in a very good spot. Nose shows a mix of more tart apple, more expressive peach and an overlay of floral qualities. To the lighter side of medium bodied with white apple and pear upfront, adding deeper white peach through the middle with just a touch of background acidity providing nice contrasting tension. Backside shows more acidity: lemon, tart apple and then mineral notes through the finish. Felt like the integration between the mid-body and finish has improved slightly as has overall expressiveness. Fruit continues to show well and acidity continues to hold up nicely. Drinking quite well now and a great example of the quality of the vintage.
Red
9/22/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
94 points
Prior bottle was almost two years ago (October 2017) and this wine showed beautifully tonight. Not sure if it was positive bottle variation, how the wine has evolved or a combination, but it clearly showed better than my two immediately prior bottles. Black cherry, vanilla, minerals and earth on a very pretty, very expressive nose. Remains just over medium bodied with smooth black cherry and brighter blackberry upfront. Mid-body brings in black raspberry and still has a lot of depth here, but the black raspberry notes are much more in-balance with the other fruit notes than previously. Tart blackberry and black cherry on the backside and finish shows earth, minerals and spices. As noted in the prior bottle, this wine has evolved away from its black raspberry dominant youth to a wine showing more complexity and more nuance. Mid-body has now reached that stage of satin, black velvet beauty, where the fruit and structure notes come together in almost sublime harmony. The fruit felt polished, expressive and with deep, dark reservoirs of flavor. I'll plan to open my next bottle in June/July 2020 and hope it shows as well as tonight's!
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Red
9/22/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
94 points
Prior bottle was nearly two years ago (December 2017) and this wine continues to show extremely well. Big nose, showing black cherry, black raspberry and vanilla qualities. Full bodied with a flavor profile that remains quite consistent with my prior bottles: black raspberry and black cherry upfront, significant depth through the middle and then deeper plum towards the back along with brighter blackberry and more tart black cherry before finishing with balanced tannins and acidity, mineral notes and earth. Where this wine continues to really impress is in terms of balance, despite the fact that this is undeniably a "big" pinot. It never comes across as powerful or high alcohol. In fact, the mid-body, while deep, shows elegance, roundness and nuance. Between the tannins and acidity, this wine is able to showcase the fruit on a solid frame while coming across as a wine of polished expression. After almost five hours open and fully integrated, this wine showed beautifully. May still be able to improve slightly and as wonderfully as it's drinking now, there's no immediate rush as it should be able to hold this level for several more years.
Red
9/22/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Light vanilla, black cherry, plum and rose notes on the nose. Medium bodied with black cherry upfront with hints of brighter red cherry mixed in. Mid-body is very balanced and open showing darker blackfruits at first, but towards the backside, picks up tart red cherry, light spices, earth and mineral notes that carry through the finish. These crisp notes provide good contrast to the upfront and mid-body fruit. Fruit is already showing well, but this wine has the structure to continue to improve over the next year or two with several years beyond at a high level.
White
9/22/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Very aromatic nose, showing orange, apple, pear and lime at first, moving more towards apricot and peach the longer it was open. Close to medium bodied with soft open fruit upfront, especially pear and apple. Adding peach notes through the middle and then a burst of excellent acidity along with lime and lemon notes. Mineral and earth notes contribute to good finishing length. Overall balance between fruit and acidity is very good as is the complexity. High QPR here. Might open my next bottle as soon as March 2020.
Red
9/21/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Prior bottle was 17 months ago and this wine continues to show quite well. Nose remains a dark mix of raspberry, cranberry, spice and earth notes. A touch above medium bodied with a very similar flavor profile to the prior bottle: black cherry upfront with a mix of brightness and soft expression, mix of dark raspberry and tart red cherry in the middle and then cranberry and tart red berries at the back. Acidity continues to provide very good structure to the backside before the spices, earth and mineral dominated finish. Felt slightly more integrated and slightly more complete than my prior bottle, but with plenty in the way of fruit and structure to continue to improve over the next couple of years.
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Red
9/20/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Previously tasted at the winery just over three months ago and my notes were confirmed. Red cherry and forest floor (earth, spices) on the quite aromatic nose. Medium bodied with red cherry upfront, retaining a hint of acidity-derived brightness, but coupled with an earthiness that gives it more complexity. Mid-body continues to show rounded and expressive red berries and red cherry with the background black cherry notes. Earth, spices and minerals along with pleasantly tart acidity on the backside into the clean finish. This has the fruit to be enjoyable and the acidity and tannins to continue to last. This is at peak, but should be able to hold this level for at least another year. It doesn't have the depth of some of the more recent vintages, but remains a quite impressive FLX pinot and an example of what the region is capable of producing.
Red
9/16/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
90 points
My first from bottle, previously tasted at the winery in June 2019 and November 2018. Nose continues to show red cherry, spices and earth. Close to medium bodied with a similar flavor profile of red cherry upfront, but with more brightness and acidity than I recalled from either of my winery tastings. Mid-body has good depth and for the vintage, solid concentration. There isn't much yet in the way of additional mid-body complexity, but given the noticeably tart acidity on the backside, that wasn't a surprise. Finishes with spices, tart red fruit and mineral notes. After being open for a few hours, there were flashes of what this wine will become once the acidity and the fruit come together a bit more. I wouldn't expect significant changes to the flavor profile with more time, but this will certainly gain more balance. Next bottle for me in Q1 2020.
Red
9/15/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Previously tasted nearly three and a half years ago at the winery, this wine has come together nicely in that time. Nose shows red cherry, floral and mineral qualities. A bit above medium bodied (14% ABV) with bright red cherry upfront, gaining both roundness and depth through the middle and bringing in soft raspberry, darker plum and so black cherry background notes. Tart red fruit notes, spices and mineral lead into the finish. In general, the wine feels much better integrated than previously and the spices, tannins and acidity on the backside are much more in balance with the fruit notes. Got better over the course of 6+ hours with the final glasses showing purity and elegance of fruit on a solid frame. Should continue to improve and I may wait until Fall 2021 for my next bottle.
Red
9/14/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Black cherry, earth and mineral notes on the nose. Medium bodied (13.5% ABV) with bright black cherry upfront mixed with background hints of red berry. Mid-body is rounded and open, especially after 5 hours open. There's depth here and good concentration leading to solidly supportive tannins on the backside along with cool minerals, floral notes, light spices and quite good length. A touch more complexity and this wine would've rated higher. Highpoints are the mid-body fruit, the integration through the backside and the clean finish. This wine should continue to improve over the next couple of years and last for several more beyond.
Red
9/13/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Prior bottle was a bit over a year and a half ago and the wine has improved nicely in that time. Red cherry, earth, floral and mineral notes on a nose that seemed softer, but cleaner than previously. Medium bodied, perhaps a touch over with soft, open and rounded red cherry upfront, back with raspberry through the middle. Mid-body is much more open, more balanced and much rounder than previously. All of the dusky, earthy notes on the backside are gone so the wine feels more integrated and balanced. Fine grained tannins, acidity and lightly tart red cherry and red berry come in here as well, but considerably more in balance with the fruit than in prior bottles. The mid-body was noticeable more expressive and open than before and the backside and finish are tied into the mid-body much more cleanly. May be able to improve just a touch more, but this is very close to peak. I'll plan to open my next bottle probably no later than Q1 2020.
Red
9/12/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
90 points
Prior bottle was nearly eight months ago and this wine continues to show well. Black cherry, floral, earth and light spices on the nose. Medium bodied with a similar flavor profile of black cherry upfront, deeper, more rounded blackfruit through the middle followed by blackberry and tart cherry. Acidity and fine grained tannins provide structure and spice, mineral and earth notes show on the finish. What makes this wine special is the concentration and depth through the middle and the roundness and balance, especially on the backside. Should continue to improve along these lines and I'll try my next bottle in Q1/Q2 2020.
White
9/9/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Prior bottle was almost eight months ago and my notes remain consistent. Apple, pear and melon along with a chalky, earthiness on the nose. Medium bodied with a nearly identical flavor profile of apple and pear upfront, white peach and melon through the middle and tart notes, lemon and lime on the backside before finishing with chalk, earth and minerals. Retains good overall depth and a very good balance between the fruit and tart, structural notes. Next bottle for me will be Q1 2020.
White - Sweet/Dessert
9/8/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Previously tasted at the winery in November 2016 and November 2017, this was my first from bottle and it continues to show quite well. Still a little closed on the nose at first, especially on the colder side. But as it warms, become more and more aromatic, showing pineapple and orange with white peach and floral behind. Slightly above medium bodied with a very similar flavor profile to my prior tastings: white peach upfront and then pineapple and orange. Mid-body shows excellent richness and concentration. A light honey note drops in here, but the middle doesn't feel sweet, just rich. Backside shows tart, white fruit notes coupled with acidity and a touch more true sweetness here. That serves to bridge the finish very cleanly, leading to lingering mineral, floral and whitefruit notes. Approximately a light auslese in style and delivery. Showing very well now, but with many years ahead. Next bottle for me would be Q4 2020 at the earliest, but maybe as late as June 2021.
Red
9/8/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Deep red cherry, prunes, leather and spices on the nose. Between medium and full bodied (16% ABV) with red cherry upfront, but with a lot of black cherry undertones. Good depth through the middle as the fruit shows roundness and density, coupled with good expression. Tart notes and tannins come in on the backside, but the balance with the fruit is maintained. Finishes with floral notes, figs and spices. This has the structure to last for many years and with additional time the mid-body should open up a bit, the backside will become even more integrated and will probably pick up some slight additional complexity. Showing well now as a young wine, but well worth holding and I'll save my next bottle until at least Fall 2021.
Red
9/7/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Spices, mineral, earth notes and red cherry with a black cherry edge on the nose. Medium bodied (13.3% ABV) with red cherry upfront showing impressive roundness and openness. Mid-body has excellent density and depth and brings in black cherry, plum and blackberry. Backside shows tart cherry, good acidity and solid tannins. Spices, floral and mineral notes through the finish. What is most impressive about this wine is the concentration achieved in the mid-body and the depth of fruit it shows here. There's enough structure to suggest this wine will continue to improve over the next few years. Balance and integration should both get even better with more time and it might even take on some elements of that elegant silkiness found in the best Oregon pinots. From a strong vintage, but it's more than that. This is simply an impressive wine. Next bottle for me in Summer 2020.
Red
9/6/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Previously tasted nearly 10 months ago at the winery, this was my first from bottle. Soft black and brighter red cherry on the nose along with floral, spice and earth notes. Medium bodied with red cherry upfront, deepening to black cherry through the middle and adding blackberry and tart cherry on the back side. Acidity and tart back notes were a bit more noticeable than in my winery tasting. Retains good length and integration on the finish. With time, should continue to open up through the middle and integrate through the back. There's enough fruit, density and structure here to make this worth holding onto for some additional cellar time. Next bottle for me will be Summer 2020.
White
9/4/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
89 points
Previously tasted at the winery in June 2019 and November 2018, this was my first from bottle. Nose showed the expected tropical notes, but as I'd purposely served this a bit cooler, I was pleased that I also picked up more citrus and whitefruit notes as well. Close to medium bodied with peach and apple upfront. Mid-body felt slightly tighter at the lower temperature, but more complex. In addition to the pineapple and golden apple and peach, there were more white apple and white peach notes and the backside showed more tartness and acidity. While it retains the expressiveness of the winery tastings, from bottle, this felt a bit more complete and the structure more in keeping with the fruit. I'll plan to try at the winery again in November and perhaps pick up some more as the vintage has made for impressive wines.
Red
9/2/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
90 points
Prior bottle was again just over two and half years ago and this wine is positively evolving, just slowly like you would expect of a classical Piedmont wine. Red cherry on the nose that seemed brighter than previously, coupled with light leather and more earth and mineral qualities than before. Medium bodied with red cherry upfront and while it retains the acidity-derived brightness, it's much more rounded and balanced than before. Continued to show a bit of additional depth through the middle, but the improvement is in the balance, especially on the backside. There's still tart red cherry, spices and plenty of acidity, but the fruit is coming into balance with the structural notes nicely. Feels like this is still opening up and continuing to improve (something I had perhaps despaired a bit would ever truly happen). I don't see it gaining fruit-based complexity, but it will continue to improve on the integration and balance fronts. As the acidity and spices come into balance, we should see a better overall expressions. Next bottle for me will be Fall 2021.
Red
9/1/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Prior bottle was almost two and a quarter years ago (June 2017)and the wine has improved nicely in that time. Red berries, red raspberry, forest floor, spices and floral notes on the nose. Became noticeably more aromatic the longer it was open. Medium bodied with red cherries and red berries upfront, deepening towards raspberry through the middle. Mid-body is much more rounded and open than previously and the transition to the finish is much better integrated. Backside shows tart red cherry and strawberry, coupled with spices, earth, tannins and acidity. There's very good structure here and while more in balance with the fruit than previously, then can still clearly improve with additional time. This wine is opening up and coming together nearly exactly as I'd hoped. It has the structure to continue on these lines so next bottle for me will be late Fall 2020, perhaps even November.
Red
8/31/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
93 points
Prior bottle was 10 and a half months ago and this wine continues to show quite well. A clear step above the 2013 Zena Crown Slope Pinot Noir from last night. Nose exhibits red cherry, floral and earth notes along with background oak/vanilla. Medium bodied with red cherry upfront retaining just a spark of brightness. Mid-body continues to improve as its more open, more rounded and better integrated both with the upfront fruit notes and the backside, more tart notes. Elegant and balance with soft red raspberry, lighter strawberry and then tart red cherry towards the back. Tannins and spice notes have continues to integrate, leading to a finish of earth, spices, mineral and fine grained tannins. Has evolved exactly as I'd hope and overall, the balance, especially between the fruit and oak/vanilla was far better than the 2013 Zena Crown Slope. Should be able to last at least 18+ months at this level, possibly a bit longer, but it's drinking so well at present (with about 90 minutes to two hours open), no reason to delay.
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Red
8/30/2019 - RGCM Gananda wrote:
92 points
Black cherry along with lots of vanilla and oak on the nose along with background floral and spice notes. Medium bodied (12.7% ABV) with rounded and open black cherry upfront. Gains density through the middle and adds tart black cherry, tart raspberry and perhaps even some cranberry towards the back. The longer its open the more balanced and silky the transition from mid-body to finish becomes. Tannins are very fine grained and much of the structure comes from tart acidity towards the back and the vanilla/oak creaminess. Finish shows spices, earth and plenty of oak and vanilla. As other reviewers have noted, that's this wine's biggest failing: too much oak. It is slowly blending into the fruit, but I don't think there's enough structure to keep this wine going long enough for that process to complete. Right now, it probably still needs more time as the oak and fruit just aren't in good enough balance for this wine to really show its best.
Red
8/29/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Prior bottle was nearly 13 months ago and this wine continues to positively evolve. Nose shows of mix of bright red cherry, more earthy, dark red cherry and floral qualities. Medium bodied with red cherry upfront which has preserved its brightness and continues to add depth and darker red cherry notes through the middle. Tart red fruits, spices and acidity mark the backside. Where this wine improved is most noticeably in integration and balance. The mid-body continues to slowly open up, becoming more rounded and better integrated with the backside. The acidity (which used to be intense to distraction) is now a more balanced tart quality. The tannins (which in years past where much rougher and less integrated) now seem more fine-grained and in balance with the fruit. I don't see this wine gaining much in complexity (perhaps some touches and hints here and there), but it should be able to continue to integrate positively with additional time. Next bottle for me will be Summer 2020, this time, alongside the 2010.
White - Sweet/Dessert
8/28/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Prior bottle was a bit over 14 months ago and my notes remain consistent. Peach, orange, floral and mixed tropical notes on the nose. Just a bit above medium bodied with peach and honey upfront, expanding nicely through the middle, showing good additional density and bringing in pineapple and golden peach. Good structural acidity on the backside along with a mix of tart citrus providing contrast and complexity. Good length on the finish which shows tart citrus, floral qualities and lingering honey. This is auslese in style and the density achieved is impressive, as is the balance between the richer fruit notes and the more tart qualities. Given where the various components are, this wine should hold up well for several additional years and may even have some room to improve slightly. Next bottle for me will be Summer 2021.
White - Off-dry
8/27/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
93 points
Apple, pear and melon on the nose. Medium bodied (7.5% ABV) with white apple and pear upfront, throwing in a slight hint of green melon. Mid-body seems a bit closed at present. There's depth there, but feels tightly packed and not revealing extra layers right now. Tangerine, lime and lemon on the backside and through the finish. There's very good, solid acidity here providing structure and it does gain in intensity from the mid-body through the finish. It doesn't have that racy, vibrant quality that I love in young rieslings from excellent vintages. However, given the fruit profile, it wasn't needed for balance. It will be interesting to see how this wine develops over time. My hope is that the mid-body opens up and perhaps some tropical note start to creep in as well. Next bottle for me in Summer 2020.
White - Off-dry
7/19/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
95 points
Prior bottle was just over a year ago and this wine continues to show spectacularly. Very intense, very aromatic nose showing a lot of mixed floral notes along with pineapple, other tropical qualities and a citrus backnote. Between medium and full bodied with rich orchard fruits upfront, especially white apple, pear and peach. Previosuly, the mid-body was more deep, golden peach with hints of tropical, but served chilled (not cold), brought out the full depth of tropical notes this wine has to offer. There's huge depth here, along with richness, but this is fully balanced with by electric quality acidity and excellent, tart citrus notes of lemon, lime and tart orange. Finish shows lengthy mineral and floral notes. Wines like this always pose a huge dilemma for me. I know its very young and additional time will bring out even more complexity, but at the cost of some of the vibrant acidity and intensity of the tartness of the backside notes at present. I'll plan to open my next bottle in June/July 2020 and try to buy some more.
Red
2005 Château Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/19/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Prior bottle was almost exactly two years ago and my notes were virtually identical. Nose continues to show a mixture of black cherry and cassis. Between medium and full bodied with blackberry and black cherry upfront with good brightness. Mid-body shows very good depth and especially good balance. Round and polished remain good descriptors. Tart black cherry and just a hint of darker blackfruit towards the back. Earth, leather and spices on the finish. This bottle showed the same balance of fruit and structure that made my first one so enjoyable. Like that bottle, feels like more time will help it open up just a touch more and there's certainly enough fruit and structure to see where this wine ends up. Next bottle for me will be June/July 2020.
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Red
7/19/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
94 points
Prior bottle was 21 months ago (October 2017) and the wine remains in a very good spot and is finally taking a bit less time to open up. Previously, it was taking 5+ hours, tonight, it showed quite well after just over two. Nose shows a mix of earthy blackfruit notes. Between medium and full bodied with black cherry upfront, adding deeper and darker black raspberry with a plum edge through the middle. Mid-body continues to be a highpoint, with excellent integration and depth. This ties in quite well to the backside with shows hints of red cherry mixed with black cherry. Tannins are more in balance with the fruit than previously. Finish shows earth, minerals and spices with very good length. Overall, the fruit shows a beautiful mix of power/depth, coupled with nuance/elegance, all well supported by a balanced, tannin-based structure. Showing very well at present and next bottle for me will be first half of 2020.
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Red
7/19/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
94 points
Prior bottle was 16 months ago and this wine continues to show very well. Nose shows black raspberry, black cherry, spices and earth notes. Between medium and full bodied with black raspberry and black cherry upfront and through the middle. Mid-body continues to show roundness, openness and silky elegance, despite the power that the fruit has. Had a bit more depth through the middle than the 2011 Paul Lato C'est le Vie Wenzlau that was drunk alongside. Backside retains good, acidity based tartness and balanced tannins. Structure here is very much in balance with the fruit. Spices and earth notes on a finish that continues to show good integration. Based on consistent notes over the past two tastings, feels like this wine is at peak. It has the fruit and structure to last, but I don't see additional positive evolution with more cellar time. Next bottle for me will be either November 2019, or March 2020.
Red
8/25/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
90 points
Prior bottle was only seven months ago, so my notes were unsurprisingly consistent. Nose shows black cherry, blackberry and plum with a strong mineral undercurrent and just a hint of earth. Medium bodied with black cherry upfront, plum through the middle and tart black cherry and blackberry on the back. Mineral notes dominate the clean finish which shows solid length. Mid-body fruit continues to show well and the backside integration and finishing transition also show slight, yet positive improvement. Next bottle for me will be Q1 2020.
Red
8/24/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
89 points
Prior bottle was almost nine months ago and this time, my notes were quite consistent. Black cherry, plum and a touch of vanilla on the nose. Medium bodied with black cherry and plum upfront. Retains some of the tart, acidity based brightness and mineral qualities upfront. Mid-body shows good expressiveness and roundness, blending into the backside notes of tart black cherry and a hint of blackberry. High toned acidity and mineral notes come in here and through the finish. Retains enough acidity and other tart, structural notes to improve a touch more and I'll try my next bottle in Q1 2020.
Red
8/23/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
89 points
Prior bottle was nearly nine months ago and my notes remain consistent. Cherry, strawberry, floral and light spices on the nose. Medium bodied with mineral accented red cherry upfront, nice roundness through the middle and brighter, slightly tart strawberry and tart red cherry behind. Backside continues to integrate quite well with the spices notes, acidity, tart qualities and tannins blending into the mid-body fruit. In general, I would say the fruit profile remains much the same from the first time I tasted it back in May 2017, but integration have improved exactly as I'd hoped. Next bottle probably in March or June 2020
Red
7/19/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
93 points
Prior bottle was nearly two years ago and this wine continues to show well. Mixture of black and red cherry notes on the nose, along with some background raspberry and spices. Medium bodied this time and the flavor profile shows a mixture of black and red cherry and raspberry both upfront and through the middle. Mid-body was rounded and open, highlighting the elegance and silkiness of the fruit. Backside retains some of the tart red fruit notes, but less prominent than before. Finish shows light spices and earth notes. Tannins felt much more fine grained and nicely integrated. Overall, feels like this wine is at peak as the structural elements and the fruit are fully in balance and the fruit is showing quite well. Should be able to hold this level for another couple of years, but I don't see future improvement over time here, so I would drink these while the balance is this impressive.
White
7/19/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Prior bottle was exactly one year ago and this wine remains in a very good spot. Nose shows lots of mixed, white orchard fruit along with an undercurrent of vanilla/light oak. Medium bodied with all orchard fruit upfront with white apple and pear initially, moving towards peach in the middle with orange and other background tropical hints. Good acidity on the backside along with citrus notes, light spices and creaminess/vanilla. Agree with other reviewers that this has bit more depth and a bit more oak than I'm used to seeing form the Los Alamos vineyard site. That said, the combination of fruit, oak-created creaminess and acidity showed very good integration (all the transitions were very nicely blended) as well as very good balance (harmony between the components). Made for an expressive and enjoyable bottom that never veered into too much fruit, too much oak or too much acidity. This is pretty close to, if not at peak and should be drunk over the next 2-3 years to get the most out of it, even though it has the potential to last beyond that time.
White
7/19/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Prior bottle was exactly one year ago and this wine continues to show well. Apple, pear and peach notes on the nose. Medium bodied with apple and pear upfront and lots of peach through the middle. Starts out with some tartness, but the mid-body is quite rounded and more open and expressive than my prior bottle. Citrus (especially lemon) and mineral notes on the backside and through the finish along with very good acidity. The combination of peach-lemon and acidity worked quite well. Overall, felt it bit more integrated than last year; essentially at peak. I expect this wine should be able to hold this level for several additional years, but without additional positive evolution. I will save my last bottle for June/July 2020.
White - Off-dry
8/21/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
93 points
Prior bottle was a bit of 13 months ago and this wine remains in a very good spot. Nose was quite similar to my prior bottle with white orchard fruit and prominent citrus notes (especially lemon). Medium bodied and the flavor profile was also very similar with apple, pear and melon upfront, peach through the middle and lemon and citrus on the backside, coupled with very good acidity. It doesn't have the depth of the 2010 or 2011, but there's good complexity in the predominantly whitefruit profile and the raciness of the acidity is a big plus. There's enough richness (but not softness) through the middle with white peach so that the tart and citrus notes on the back are set up quite well. Also, due to these tart notes and the higher acidity, the fruit feels well defined. Has many years ahead of it as it continues to integrate and I'll open my next bottle in Summer 2020.
White
7/19/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
90 points
Most recently tasted at the winery in June 2019 and this was my first from bottle. Again tasted this side-by-side with the 2006 and impressed with how the 2017 has come together since I first tried it in June 2018. Much more classic and aromatic on the nose than the 2006 with lots of floral (especially geranium) and mineral notes. Very close to medium bodied with white orchard fruit upfront and through the middle as opposed to the tropical that I have picked up in the past (serving temperature question). Tart, citrus based notes come in on the backside, providing contrast and very good acidity provides structure. Felt like there was better integration between the mid-body and the tart and acidity based notes than in past tastings. In general, this come off as very classic gewürztraminer, especially when chilled (not cold and not warm). I'll plan to try my next bottle in Q4 2019 and perhaps two given how well its showing at present.
White
7/19/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
89 points
Previously tried from bottle just over six months ago and also in June 2019 at the winery and my notes remain consistent. Nose showed honey, spices and floral notes with some orchard fruit the longer it was open, but the honey qualities seemed to overshadow them. Medium bodied and the fruit notes of slightly dryer apple and softer peach continue to be dominant. Mid-body is very rounded and open and the fruit feels balanced, not tired. Backside shows spices, floral notes and enough acidity for some tartness to creep in for contrast. This bottle didn't seem to have as much acidity is my prior one, or what I tasted at the winery, but with a nearly 13 year old FLX gewürztraminer, that's not surprising. I would drink this now as additional cellar time won't benefit. Very pleased I had the opportunity to try this wine so often over the past year.
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