Tasting Notes for RGCM Gananda

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Red
4/21/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Prior bottle was a bit over six months ago and my notes were virtually unchanged. Nose continues to show red cherry, red berry, floral and earth notes. The wine remains medium bodied with bright red cherry upfront, backed with red berry for additional depth. Mid-body is rounded and elegant, showing earth-tinged raspberry and slightly darker fruit before moving to slightly tart red cherry on the backside. Acidity continues to provide contrast and backbone and the wine shows nice length on the mineral accented finish. Based on consistent notes and how well balanced this wine showed tonight, this feels like peak. While it should be able to hold this level for at least another couple of years, I don't see additional improvement. With one bottle left, I may open it as soon as June/July 2019, but certainly by year end.
Red
4/8/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
94 points
Bright red cherry along with earth, leather and varied floral notes on the nose. Medium bodied with beautiful, nuanced red cherry notes upfront, blending into a mid-body which shows a lot of depth and brings in red berry, plum and black cherry. The mid-body is stellar with complexity of fruit, balance between fruit and structural notes and nearly seamless integration into the backside. Finishes with fine grained tannins, floral notes, integrated spices and lingering earth/mineral qualities. The longer it was open the more harmonious it seemed to become, but the fruit and structure were always in balance. With three hours open, this showed the combination of depth and nuance that allows the wine to drink with a silky elegance. As impressive as this wine was tonight, it will only get better in coming years. (Ristorante Ad Hoc; Rome, Italy)
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Red
4/20/2019 - RGCM Gananda wrote:
90 points
Prior bottle was nearly three years ago and this wine continues to come together quite well. Nose remains the same with red cherry, tobacco and leather notes. Medium bodied, perhaps a bit more, but showing much more balance and harmony than previously, especially with the requisite two hours open. Red cherry upfront, but with more density than previously. Starting to bring in some hints of blackfruit as well through the middle to go along with the red raspberry. Tart fruit notes on the back along with tannins, earth, leather and spices along with mineral notes through the finish. The transition from mid-body to finish and the integration between fruit and structure are where this wine has improved most noticeably. In particular, the tannins are more integrated (while still providing a solid backbone) and the oak, leather and spices notes which have sometimes stood out in the past are now more in balance with the fruit. This is fairly close to peak and can certainly be enjoyed now, but should be able to continue to evolve in this fashion for awhile longer. Next bottle for me will be Q2 2020.
Red
4/19/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Previously tasted about 22 months ago, this was my first from bottle. Nose remains a mix of black cherry and lighter, more youthful strawberry along with and earth and mineral component. Medium bodied and seems to have softened and rounded with time, showing mostly redfruit now. Red cherry initially, red raspberry through the middle and lightly tart red cherry on the backside. There's still some acidity/brightness left, but overall, this wine felt a bit more advanced than I was expecting: more rounded, less structured and a touch less complex. Considering how this wine typically ages, there might be some bottle variation here or even a cork issue. I plan to try another bottle (probably in June 2019) and confirm.
Red
4/7/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Red cherry, mixed with darker plum along with spices, tobacco and earth notes on the nose. Medium bodied (14.5% ABV) with bright red cherry upfront, gaining density as well as darker, more complex fruit notes through the mid-body. Good structure on the backside, but it's neatly joined with the fruit through the middle so they work together quite well. The longer it's open the more it deepened and the more the fruit overall moved to the blackfruit end of the spectrum. The tannin-based structure is such that this should be held for at least another 2-3 years. But after about two hours open, the complexity and depth of the fruit and the balance this wine already possesses suggests it will be well worth the wait. (Ristorante Virginiae; Rome, Italy)
Red
4/6/2019 - RGCM Gananda wrote:
89 points
Black cherry, spices and leather notes on the nose. Around medium bodied, maybe a touch more (13.5% ABV) with red cherry upfront, adding some slightly darker fruit through the middle, including plum. Some additional mid-body depth and lots of structural tannins behind that. Spices, leather and earth on the finish. Granted, this is a young wine and the tannins on the backside are not shy, but given the vintage, I was hoping for a bit more complexity and depth. I expect this will open up over the next few years, but while it will show better balance, I think it will always be a bit short on the other points. (Ristorante Nerone; Rome, Italy)
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/6/2019 - RGCM Gananda wrote:
89 points
Honey clover and flowers on the nose. Medium bodied (13.5% ABV) with lots of honey notes and mixed,s oft orchard fruit upfront. Doesn't have a tremendous amount of density through the middle and the focus at this stage seems to be honey with the floral accented fruit along with light tartness taking a backseat. It still feels fresh and lively, but it didn't have that effortless to take it to the next level. The blend of honey, fruit and structure is showing well and present and should continue in this fashion for at least the next 5 years. (Il Goccetto; Rome, Italy)
Red
4/18/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Prior bottle was a bit over 13 months ago and this wine continues to evolve positively. Red cherry, earth and floral notes on the nose which seems to have gained complexity along with a blackfruit undercurrent. Medium bodied with red cherry upfront and added density through the middle, showing red raspberry and red berry coupled with a mix of youthful brightness and more complex depth. Retains the tart red cherry and wildberry in the back, but they are tied in more completely with the finishing notes of floral, mineral and lite spices. Overall, the wine is noticeably more in balance than the prior two bottles with the fruit, tart notes, structural acidity and tannins all working in concert. I'll be tempted to try my next bottle as soon as November 2019, but should really wait until June 2020.
Red
4/6/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
90 points
Strong iron notes on the nose, along with red cherry, leather and lots of varied spice qualities. Between medium and full bodied (14% ABV) with red cherry upfront and darker red fruit along with plum notes through the middle. Very good depth and density through the mid-body into the back. Tart cherry and floral notes on back along with very good blend of tannins and acidity. Finishes with minerals, floral/tar and spices. Good complexity and depth even at this young stage and should develop quite well over the next 5+ years. (Il Goccetto; Rome, Italy)
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Red
2015 Tenuta Villa Rosa Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
4/6/2019 - RGCM Gananda wrote:
85 points
Soft red fruit and earth notes on the nose. Medium bodied with soft and accessible red fruit notes upfront, even open initial opening. Solid redfruit based wine, back lacks depth and complexity. Light tannins and structure behind, enough to support the fruit, but not beyond that. Pleasant wine fro drinking over the next few years, but lacks distinctiveness. (Il Goccetto; Rome, Italy)
Red
4/6/2019 - RGCM Gananda wrote:
87 points
Smokey, earthy red cherry notes on the nose. Light to medium bodied (14% ABV) with bright red cherry upfront. Fells young, but quite accessible. Some drying notes towards the back, lightly tart red cherry/cranberry and more tannins seemed to come out the longer it was opened. Good blend of initial pretty, bright red fruit with the more structured qualities behind. Should drink well over the next 4-5 years. (Il Goccetto; Rome, Italy)
Red
4/5/2019 - RGCM Gananda wrote:
89 points
Big nose showing dark cherry, red licorice, and earth cherry notes mixed with smoke, earth and heat (alcohol). Full bodied (15% ABV) with red cherry notes upfront, good depth through the middle where it picks up some darker notes and a finish which shows a good amount of tannin and structure, but only lightly drying notes. Overall, this felt a bit less complex and a little lighter than what I'm used to seeing from Allegrini. This isn't a wine that will benefit from long term aging, but should show better in a another year or two when the tannins have integrated a bit more. I don't see it picking up additional complexity, but it should show additional balance in time. Like the 2014 Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne, a good entry level wine. (Antica Enoteca; Rome, Italy)
Red
4/5/2019 - RGCM Gananda wrote:
89 points
Bright red cherry, leather iron and tobacco on the nose. Between medium and full bodied and actually seemed a bit more rounded and open than I would've expected from a nebbiolo so young. Red cherry upfront, showing a nice mix of brightness and softer, more earth based qualities. Gains some depth and shows it's best through the mid-body. Tightens up a bit on the backside with the expected tannin-derived dryness, but also just a touch thin here. Finishes with earth leather and iron. All in all, this wine showed well, especially after some time open, but it lacks the complexity and depth to truly improve with age. It has the structure to last, but I don't see significant future potential here. Quality, entry level wine, designed to be drunk over the next 8+ years. (Antica Enoteca; Rome, Italy)
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/3/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Prior bottle was nearly 15 months ago and this wine remains in a very good spot. Served at cellar temperature this time around which made a noticeable difference in profile. Mango, orange, pineapple and honey on the nose. Nearly full bodied with varied tropical fruit but especially mango and pineapple along with peach and honey. Mid-body shows wonderful density and the backside shows just enough tart notes and spice qualities to provide some balance. Served on the colder side (below 52F) brings out the citrus and spice notes and fully warm brings out the honey, so this was a very good middle ground. Based on this showing, my try my next bottle as soon as June/July 2019 not because it's fading, but because it's showing so well at this stage, I don't want to miss the window.
Red
4/3/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
90 points
Previously tasted five months ago at the winery and my last from bottle was almost a year ago and the wine showed consistent with my most recent notes. Tart red cherry and earth notes on the nose. Not quite medium bodied with red cherry upfront and tart red cherry, light spices, tea and earth notes into the back and through the finish. Finish shows good length and the wine really comes together towards the very tail end. The tart notes and acidity continue to integrate with the upfront fruit notes, resulting in a wine of more balance with better transitions. The longer this was open the better it showed. I may try my next bottle as soon as Q3 or Q4 2019, but most likely will wait until Q1 2020.
Red
4/2/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Prior bottle was nearly a year ago and this wine continues to show consistently. Nose was virtually identical with red cherry, some raspberry and earth. Medium bodied and took about two hours to fully integrate and then showed the red cherry upfront, slighter darker red fruits through the middle (with some added density) and then contrasting notes of tart red cherry and strawberry. Finish continues to show minerals, earth and light spices. This feels like peak, given the consistent notes and how the fruit and acidity continue to come together. I will save my last bottle for Q1 2020.
Red
4/1/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
90 points
Prior bottle was nearly a year ago and my notes remain consistent. Red cherry, light spices and earth on the nose. To the lighter side of medium bodied with red cherry upfront, a light raspberry notes through the middle and then pleasantly tart red cherry and cranberry in the back. Finish continues to have good integration with the mid-body and shows earth and mineral notes. Given the consistency and the current acidity level and balance with fruit, this wine can continue to evolve for a bit longer, but I think the gains won't be significant and I would drink over the next year to enjoy this wine in its present state.
White - Off-dry
3/31/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
93 points
Peach, mango, pineapple and stone/mineral notes on the nose. Medium bodied (8.5% ABV) with white peach and melon upfront. Mango, pineapple and additional white peach through the middle. The acidity is really impressive; bling I might have guessed 2015, that's how young it felt. Backside shows acidity enhanced citrus notes and intense whitefruit to go with spices and mineral qualities. As impressive as the mid-body is now, feels like there's a lot more there, yet to be revealed. This wine has the acidity, fruit and overall structure to improve over the next several years with many, many years ahead of it. I will certainly need to find some more of this; big miss on my part for not buying a lot on release.
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Red
3/31/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Prior bottle was nearly a year ago and this wine remains in an excellent spot with my notes virtually unchanged. Red cherry, floral and undergrowth notes on the nose. Medium bodies with red cherry leading the way, followed by a mid-body than shows elegance and depth. Tied into the finish with slight tart red cherry and light cranberry. There's enough acidity-accented brightness here to create a nice contrast with the deeper mid-body fruit. Clearly remains the best of the 2013 Heart & Hands Clone pinots (in order 97, 777, 828, 667, 90 and 4). There's a level of depth, nuance and balance here that you don't often find in FLX pinots. I'll open my next bottle in Q2 2020.
Red
3/30/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Black cherry, with hints of red creeping in the longer it was open along with plum, spices and earth notes on the nose. Close to medium bodied (12.3% ABV) black cherry upfront, adding a combination of red cherry and plum through the middle and then bringing in tart red cherry and strawberry, nearly cranberry notes. Really nice acidity on the backside and through the finish contributes length, overall structure and positive contrasts for the fruit. Showing quite well now, so waiting this long for my first bottle was a good call. Should continue to develop slowly (glass cork) and I will try my next bottle in late Q1 2020.
Red
3/29/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
90 points
Prior bottle was nearly a year ago and my notes were similar, where as I was anticipating some positive evolution. Nose is more red cherry now along with earth and spices. The wine did throw a bit more sediment that I'm used to from a FLX pinot and was was on the rust-colored side initially. On the lighter side with red cherry upfront, coupled with tart red cherry and cranberry towards the back. Tea, spices and minerals through the finish which was a bit more tied into the mid-body than previously. Overall, the tart, acidity based notes and the fruit are slightly more balanced now and the wine has evolved from blackfruit notes to red. However, it didn't develop the additional layers I was anticipating and while it still showed well, tasting side-by-side clearly shows that this is a step behind the 2013 Clone 90, Clone 667 and Clone 777. As the acidity continues to integrate, this may show slightly better and I'll try my next bottle in Q1 2020.
White - Off-dry
3/28/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
93 points
Prior bottle was just over 14 months ago and remains in a very good spot. Nose remains predominantly white peach and floral, with mixed white orchard fruit behind along with stone and floral qualities. Medium bodied and just a touch more open than the prior bottle. The prior mixture of green/white fruit is mostly white fruit: apple, pear and peach. Mid-body has continued to open up in a combination of peach and white tropical notes. Retains a touch of the electricity to the acidity towards the backside and the overall mixture of fruit, acidity, spices and mineral notes back the mid-body through the finish quite enjoyable. This wine seems to be a winner year-in-and-year-out. Next bottle for me will be will early Q2 2020.
White - Off-dry
3/26/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
94 points
Prior bottle was just over a year ago, my notes haven't changed significantly and this wine continues to show impressively. Remains more aromatic on the nose than the Veldenzer Elisenberg from last night with a combination of white peach and acidity-enhanced tropical fruit notes along with floral qualities. Medium bodied and seemed to open up a bit quicker than the Veldenzer Elisenberg. Initially, was a combination of white apple and white peach with additional white orchard fruits behind. This deepened through the middle with additional peach along with pineapple and orange. As with the prior bottle, rather than distinctly citrus notes, it was tart peach, tart apple and tart orange that bridged the mid-body to the finish. Acidity was still standout, but seemed a touch more in balance with the fruit than the Veldenzer Elisenberg. I will probably wait for my next bottle until Q4 2020, but after that point, I might start drinking this wine sooner and holding the Veldenzer Elisenberg slightly longer. Make no mistake, this wine has 10+ years ahead of it, but to my specific taste, I will probably drink this over the next 4-5 years and the Veldenzer Elisenberg over the next 5-7.
White - Off-dry
3/27/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Prior bottle was just over 15 months ago and this wine has evolved positively in that time. Nose is much more white, almost gold orchard fruit now with a pleasant mix of green and gold apple coupled with peach. There's still enough green fruit notes to suggest the acidity to come. Medium bodied and noticeably more dense than the prior bottle with apple and peach upfront, developing more depth and vibrancy through the middle. Retains a nice touch of acidity and tart citrus notes and tart white fruit towards the back which helps to balance out some of the mid-body peach. Clearly moving away from the higher acidity stage now as the fruit is taking center stage. It's really in a nice spot now where the fruit is expressive and starting to show some complexity as it emerges from behind the acidity and there's still enough structural and contrasting notes to provide balance.
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White - Off-dry
3/25/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
94 points
Prior bottle was just over a year ago and my notes have changed very little; this wine is still very young, but quite impressive. Nose remains a mix of white orchard fruits with lots of floral and mineral notes behind. Medium bodied and needed to be open for about an hour before the fruit fully showed properly. Apple, pear and peach continue to be the dominant upfront notes. Mid-body shows excellent density and a complex mix of orchard fruit, overlaying tropical notes. The kicker is the acidity. When it first opened, it was notably present, but the longer it was open and the more the fruit started to show, the more the acidity kept pace. By an hour in, the acidity was simply electric. The interplay between the mid-body fruit notes, the more citrus and tart background notes and the overall acidity are what sets this wine apart. This is going to be a long lived wine and I know I will struggle to resist enjoying too many in this young, intense acidity phase and not save enough for the true complexity and balance which will appear in coming years. Next bottle for me no sooner than Q4 2020.
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Red
3/24/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Prior bottle was almost exactly a year ago and the wine has improved noticeably in that time. Retains the mix of black and red cherry on the nose, while the tea note is noticeably better integrated. Remains just light of medium bodied, but the flavor profile has evolved. Black cherry upfront now, gaining a bit more density through the middle along with the brighter red cherry notes. Backside is where the biggest improvements have taken place. Tart cherry and blackberry notes are much better integrated now with the mid-body and the transition to the finish is more rounded. Tannins are more fine grained and while providing structure, they feel much more in balance with the fruit. Acidity, combined with the tart fruit notes provides a nice contrast through the finish which continues to show light spices, minerals and earth notes. May continue to improve slightly over the next year or so and be able to hold this level for another few beyond that. Next bottle for me will be Q1 2020.
Red
3/23/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Prior bottle was almost exactly a year ago and the wine has improved in that time. Nose remains red cherry and raspberry, with background notes of earth and floral qualities. Medium bodied with red cherry, backed with red raspberry upfront. Mid-body continues to add density and roundness and the backside still consists of tart red cherry and cranberry. What set this wine apart from the Clone 667 from last night was additional mid-body density, slightly better defined complexity, better integration on backside and into the finish and slightly more complete overall bottle. The mix of fruit, tartness and spice is just a touch prettier here. Given how well this is showing at present, I may be tempted to try my next bottle as soon as Q4 2019.
Red
3/22/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Prior bottle was almost a year ago and my notes remained quite consistent. Red cherry, floral, spices and earth on the nose. Shows some hints of blackfruit initially, but the longer the bottle was open, the more the nose showed red cherry. Close to medium bodied with red cherry upfront with added density and brightness through the middle. Backside was where this really got interesting. Fruit notes were the same as the prior bottle: tart red cherry and cranberry, coupled with minerals, acidity and spices. What has improved was the integration. The finishing transition was noticeably rounder and showed the best complexity here. Should continue to slowly evolve (under glass cork) and I plan to try my next bottle in late Q1 2020.
White
3/21/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Previously tasted 9 months ago at the winery, this was my first from bottle and it showed extremely well. Apple, pear, white peach and floral notes on the nose. Medium bodied with white peach initially (it softens the longer the wine is open and the more it warms) and then moves to apple, pear and melon through the mid-body. Density through the mid-body is comparable to the 2014 and adds some richer peach notes. Backside shows tart white orchard fruits mixed with citrus before minerals and light spices take over for the finish. While the complexity was very good, what truly set this wine apart was the acidity. When first opened, it had that absolutely electric, racy acidity through the mid-body into the back that the best German rieslings from 2015 and 2012 demonstrated. As it warmed, the mid-body density took over, but even after three hours, it maintained excellent contrasting acidity. I might have my next bottle as soon as July 2019 as this is showing really well in its youthful stage and its still possible to purchase more.
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White
3/20/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Prior bottle was 16 months ago and this wine continues to show quite well. Nose was nearly identical to the prior bottle with apple and pear initially, shifting to floral and peach on the backside as it warms. Nose was somewhat closed when first opened, but after nearly three hours had opened up, but still not as dynamic as the 2014 from last night. Medium bodied and has nearly the same richness as the 2014, but with noticeably more tart notes. Apple and pear continue to be the initial notes with peach and orange coming in through the middle. Backside shows tart orange and lemon to go along with the mineral notes. This felt slightly more defined than the prior bottle and the added tart notes work quite well contrasting with the rich mouthfeel. Probably still on the upswing, maybe 12-18 months from peak. Feels like it could open up just a touch more and the tart notes and acidity argue for additional future balance. Tasting this 2015 within a few days of 2013 and 2014 gave me a more complete perspective on this wine as well as its evolution possibilities, hence my score. I will try my next bottle in Q1 2020.
White
3/19/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Prior bottle was just over 15 months ago and this wine continues to show quite well. Nose remains of mix of peach and tropical notes that come off as aromatic, but acidity-backed. Medium bodied with a mix of richer orchard fruit (peach) and tropical notes. Shows a bit more density through the middle as compared to the 2013 from last week. Overall, the fruit shows a distinct tropical and expressive bent, but not sweet. There's enough contrasting notes of apple and pear towards the back, coupled with nice acidity that combine to give the wine backbone and balance. There's still a youthful brightness and depth to the fruit. Should continue to show well over the next few years, but it close enough to peak that I would drink these over the next 2-3 to get the most out of it. I will save my last bottle for Q1 2020.
Red
3/17/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Prior bottle was just over nine months ago and this wine continues to improve along the lines I had hoped. Nose remains essentially the same: red cherry, floral and earth notes. Wine is still medium bodied with a very similar flavor profile to the prior bottle: red cherry upfront with nice brightness, deepening just a touch through the middle with black cherry and slightly tart red cherry towards the back. Where this wine has improved noticeably is in terms of balance and integration. The acidity and spice notes that were more prominent in earlier bottles now work to enhance the fruit and bring out nuances and contrasts. And the overall balance between fruit and structural notes is also improved. This wine is in an excellent spot right now and while it can certainly last longer, I would drink this over the next years as this feels like peak. With one bottle left, I may drink it as soon as Summer 2019 or wait for November 2019.
Red
3/16/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Prior bottle was nine months ago and this wine continues to show quite well. Nose shows mixed redfruits (especially red cherry) along with mineral notes, floral qualities and a pleasant earthiness. A touch above medium bodied, but showing better balance than previously. Same mix of red cherry and red raspberry upfront and through the middle. While it retains good brightness, the upfront acidity is better integrated with the fruit now. Really nice density through the mid-body and feels a bit more open and also balanced overall. Tart red cherry, strawberries, acidity and spices mark the backside. Transition from the mid-body to the finish is much more seamless now. Given the acidity level and how this wine has evolved, it clearly can continue to improve along these same lines for at least another year or two with several additional years beyond that at a high level. Showing really well now, but as the acidity and fruit continue to come together; might be worth waiting on just a bit.
Red
3/15/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Prior bottle was almost to the day 25 months ago and the wine has improved along the lines I'd hoped. Nose remains virtually identical with red cherry, tart raspberry, earth, spices and distinct rose notes. Still medium bodied and like the nose, the general flavor profile of red cherry upfront along with brighter strawberry, followed by slighter darker fruit (plum) in the middle and then noticeably tart cranberry and tart cherry towards the back is also consistent with my prior bottle. Where this wine has improved considerably (as anticipated) was in the fruit-acidity balance. While still providing very good structure and excellently contrasting tart notes, the acidity is slowly starting to blend into the fruit, bringing out complexity while upholding structure. After being open for almost four hours, the fruit was showing much more elegance. Feels like this wine is still on the upswing and as the fruit and acidity continue to come together, this wine might not show tremendous additional complexity (although there will be some), but I expect it will come across with more elegance in the years to come. While this is my last bottle, I would expect that this wine has several years ahead of it and probably worth holding for at least another year.
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White
3/14/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Prior bottle was nine months ago and this wine continues to show extremely well. Served a bit warmer this time (cellar temperature, 54F) and was rewarded with a very aromatic nose showing the expected apple and lemon, but also bringing in an almost apricot note, additional tropical background hints and more floral qualities. Medium bodied with orchard fruit upfront (apple, pear and apricot) and now bringing in some tropical qualities (orange, passion fruit and tart pineapple). As the mid-body melds these together, citrus notes of lemon and soft grapefruit come in along with balanced acidity. Finish continues to show light spices and mineral qualities. As compared to the prior bottle, this bottle showed more complexity and better balance. Still has some youthful brightness upfront and tart acidity in the back to go along with the excellent fruit, telling me that this wine might even continue to improve over the next year or so. Very enjoyable, especially after an hour open.
White - Off-dry
3/10/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
94 points
Spices, white orchard fruit (especially apricot and apple) and floral notes on the nose which got more and more aromatic the longer the wine was open. Medium bodied (8.5% ABV) with all white orchard fruit upfront (apple and white peach), but it's the mid-body where this wine really takes off. Lots of tropical fruit notes here (especially orange and pineapple), balanced with noticeably tart citrus notes on the backside and a good amount of acidity. The acidity isn't as electric as I gather (from other's reviews) it was a few years back. The longer the wine was open, the more the acidity became noticeable (in a very good way) as it weaves in and around the fruit notes and ties them into the backside. Just a touch of honey comes in towards the finish along with the expected spice and mineral qualities. As other reviewers have noted, this wine is only getting going. In the years to come, as the acidity and fruit further integrate, the wine should show additional complexity and with this excellent level of acidity, should have a very long life. Like many spectacular ausleses, this doesn't even come off as particularly "sweet" at present (and some may knock it for that) and while it's not closed, it will need some additional cellar time to truly show its best. I will certainly look for more and will hold off on my next bottle until at least June/July 2020.
Red
3/10/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Prior bottle was almost 13 months ago and this wine continues to show well. Nose of a mix of black cherry, red cherry and brighter blackberry. The longer it was open, the more the nose went to the red cherry end of the spectrum. Medium bodied with black cherry, mixed with red cherry and just a hint of blackberry upfront. Mid-body shows excellent roundness and integration, pulling in some plum notes to emphasize the depth. Backside shows fine-grained tannins along with earth, light spices and minerals. This isn't a wine of power or immense nuance. What it is, is a wine of balance and smoothness that's easy to enjoy. At this price, it's excellent QPR and should be able to drink at this level for a number of years. It may improve slightly with time and while it will certainly hold, I wouldn't put off drinking it expecting something profound in 5 years. I will probably have my next bottle as soon as July 2019.
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Red
3/10/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
93 points
Prior bottle was just a bit over 6 months ago and this wine continues to show quite well. Nose remains very reminiscent of Etna: crushed rock and a mineral-edged, bright red cherry on the nose. Medium bodied with the dominant flavors a mix of red cherry and red berry. It sounds simple, but there's so much nuance here that it comes across as much more complex than it otherwise might. Upfront, there's brightness and mineral accents. Through the middle there's additional density, but coupled with a roundness that really helps the transitions. Backside probably remains the best component as it has integrated just a touch since my prior bottle. The tart, contrasting notes and acidity are still there, but they have integrated just enough to improve the transition and bring out the fruit without removing any actual backbone. Clarity and purity of fruit shine through as a result. Next bottle for me will be November 2019.
White
3/10/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Prior bottle was a bit over 18 months ago and this wine continues to evolve positively. Peach, orchard fruits, passion fruit and a honey quality on the nose. Medium bodied and actually needed almost two hours open to fully reveal itself. When initially opened, there were honey notes on the nose and upfront that concealed some of the more nuanced fruit notes, but by two hours in, had come into very good balance. Showed orchard fruit upfront (soft apple and brighter pear), moving to distinctly tropical notes through the middle (passion fruit, peach) and then brings in some nicely contrasting notes towards the back (lightly tart citrus) and some acidity. At first, it felt like this wine was a bit softer the more fruit driven than it should've been. But with the additional time open, the fruit and structural qualities came into a bit more balance. I would drink these over the next 2-3 years as it will endure beyond even that point, it won't retain the current level of complexity or balance.
White
3/10/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
93 points
Prior bottle was almost sixteen months ago and this wine has improved almost exactly as I'd hoped. Lemon, pear and apple on the nose, along with a soft vanilla note in the back. Medium bodied with lemon along with mixed white orchard fruits upfront and shows excellent mid-body density and depth. Brings in some nice acidity based tartness and citrus notes on the backside. Mid-body showed very good balance and integration while retaining enough structural acidity for backbone and future potential. This was a step above the 2012 Chanin Chardonnay Bien Nacido (from yesterday) and vies with the 2011 Chanin Chardonnay Los Alamos (from Friday) as the best chardonnay of the weekend. This wine felt a touch fuller and demonstrated probably the best balance of the three. Should be able to at least hold this level and perhaps even improve slightly along these same lines over the next few years. This was my final bottle for now, but I'll be on the lookout for more.
White - Sparkling
3/9/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
94 points
Toast, yeastiness, almond and floral notes on the nose. Nearly medium bodied (12% ABV) with very fine bubbles. Impressive mix of bright, white orchard fruits upfront (pear, apple) coupled with more tart notes (especially lemon) and acidity in the background. These components are tied together with a rounded creaminess that brings excellent balance to the wine overall. This felt very well integrated, with nearly seamless transitions and was very enjoyable in general. No one element stuck out as predominant as it felt like this wine was more than the sum of its parts as it sailed along. I would agree with many other reviewers who note that there doesn't seem to be significant additional upside potential. It's showing quite well at present and while it should be able to hold this level for several more years, there's no reason to wait based on how well all the elements in combination are showing now.
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Red
3/9/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Prior bottle was a bit over nineteen months ago (July 2017) and this wine continues to show well. Cherry, raspberry and graphite on the nose; distinctly Margaux. Medium bodied with that same mix of black and red cherry notes, with a brighter red berry providing good contrast. Good depth through the middle and perhaps just a touch more integrated than the immediately prior bottle. Lightly tart blackfruit towards the back along with fine grained tannins and then light mineral notes through the finish. Overall, I think this wine continues show quite well: good fruit, excellent balance and a well managed transition from mid-body to finish. As compared to my immediately prior bottle, I thought this was a small step down in terms of nuance and flavor definition and more reminiscent of my bottle from November 2016. Should continue to show well for several more years, but I might drink it over the next 3-4 to get the most out of it.
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Red
3/9/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
93 points
Pretty red cherry, a touch of red raspberry and light spice notes on the nose. Medium bodied (14.1% ABV) and opened about two hours ahead of time, showing red cherry and red berry notes upfront with clarity and definition, but on a silken edge. Mid-body shows elegance and balance along with some slightly deeper notes. By four hours in, the fruit was showing a lot of expression, but on that beautiful mid-weight frame; depth and nuance without needing raw power. Backside showed good structure coupled with excellent transitional integration. As well as this wine showed today, it should be able to open up and integrate just a touch more with a bit of extra time and I'll try my next bottle in June/July 2020.
White
3/9/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Prior bottle was almost eight months ago and my notes remain quite consistent. Apple, peach and pear on the nose. Medium bodied with pear and apple initially, broadening through the middle with peach and mixed tropical notes. As with the prior bottle, demonstrated additional complexity and nuance, especially through the middle as it warmed. Retains the tart notes, acidity and citrus qualities on the backside (especially lemon). This wine is showing very well and while it has all the elements (both fruit and structure) to last for several more years, I don't see it gaining much with the additional time. I will plan to have my last bottle in either June or July 2019.
White
3/9/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Prior bottle was nearly nine months ago, but tonight the wine showed much more like my original bottle from July 2017. Apple and pear on the nose with some light vanilla and hints of peach. Medium bodied and much tighter and much more noticeably tart as compared to both my immediately prior bottle and the 2011 Chanin Los Alamos Chardonnay from last night. Apple and pear upfront, with a touch of melon. Mid-body gains some depth, but not quite the roundness and integration of the prior bottle. Backside shows tartness and plenty of citrus notes, especially lemon. Vanilla and spices work through the finish. Overall, I thought the wine still showed well, but simply more youthful and tighter while I was expecting something a bit more open and integrated like my immediately prior bottle. May try to serve it a bit warmer next time and maybe have it open a bit more in advance. Probably will wait until early 2020 for my next bottle as it will clearly improve with time.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
3/8/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
94 points
Prior bottle was almost nine months ago and this wine continues to impress. Extremely pretty nose with apricot, peach, melon and citrus. Between medium and full bodied with a purity of fruit that shines through brightly: apricot and peach upfront, shifting to more tropical notes of orange and passion fruit through the middle. Backside shows some white orchard fruits now (apple and pear) to go along with the citrus notes of tart orange, lemon and lime. Still has enough acidity and contrasting tart notes for balance and backbone. My concern has always been how well will the acidity hold up and after four bottles over nearly three years I can say it should have the elements to continue to show well at least over the next 3+ years at this level. But given how well this wine is showing at present, there's no reason to wait.
Red
2009 Château Fleur Cardinale St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/8/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
92 points
Earth notes, black cherry and plum on the nose. Between medium and full bodied and opened about two hours ahead of time and drunk over an additional two. Soft, open and expressive black cherry upfront, mixed with a brighter blackberry notes. Mid-body shows some additional depth along with plum and blueberry notes. Very rounded and well integrated throughout. Mineral notes on the back along with licorice and fine grained, integrated tannins. This wine is in a really good spot right now, showing excellent balance between fruit and structure. Should be able to hold this level for several additional years. I may have my next bottle as soon as November 2019.
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Red
3/8/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
94 points
Prior bottle was nearly 20 months ago (July 2017) and the wine has come together impressively in that time. Nose remains a mix of black raspberry and soft spice qualities, but much more restrained than the prior bottle, making for a much prettier nose, rather than just massive blackfruit power. Between medium and full bodied with a mix of black raspberry and black cherry upfront and through the middle. Spices, earth notes, integrated spices and fine grained tannins much the backside and finish. Balance has improved tremendously since my prior bottle. Previously this wine was huge, power fruit driven with an immense amount of distracting spice notes on the backside that left the wine feeling like much of the complexity was hidden. This bottle still has great depth of fruit, but the structural and spice notes are far more in balance this time around, allowing the fruit to shine through. The backside into the finish is now a real highpoint for the wine. Make no mistake, this is still a big style of pinot, but the balance between the fruit, spices and tannins is so deftly handled now the wine shows beautifully. Should continue to show at these level for at least another 2+ years.
White
3/8/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
91 points
Prior bottle was almost eight months ago and this bottle was noticeably superior, making me think that perhaps the immediately prior bottle may have been slight flawed. This bottle showed mineral, apple and floral notes on the nose. Medium bodied with a combination of more dry pear and melon coupled with peach, leading to a mid-body of peach and contrasting apple. The mid-body showed both more depth and more expression than previously. Backside showed nicely tart lemon along with other citrus notes and tart mineral qualities. Integration in general and balance overall had improved and in really felt like this bottle conveyed the essence of the grape that the prior bottle didn't (but prior bottles did). Should continue to show at this level over the next 12 months or so with additional life beyond that at a similar level.
White
3/8/2019 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
93 points
Prior bottle was only four months ago so my notes were not surprisingly consistent. Mixture of more open peach and more tart pear on the nose, bridged by creaminess. Medium bodied with a mix of orchard fruit (peach and pear), coupled with deeper, more tropical notes of mango and orange. Bridged to the finish with excellent notes of citrus and especially lemon. As compared to the prior bottle, felt slightly more complete and integrated. I have no doubt that this wine will continue to show well for at least another 2+ years, perhaps longer. However, I don't see it gaining much perhaps some slight integration. Therefore, I will have my last bottle in either July or November 2019.
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