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Tasting Notes for Moby Vino

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Rosé
4/27/2016 - Moby Vino wrote:
92 points
Pale amber-gold in the glass. The joyous summer fruit of the wine when it was young has been streamlined into something much more refined, almost silken. An earlier reviewer of the aging version of Domaine Tempier Rose called it a thoughtful wine, and it truly is. I'm glad I saved several bottles to drink experimentally past its recommended prime. This is like no other rose I've ever had.
Red
11/12/2015 - Moby Vino wrote:
94 points
Ripe, well-integrated blackberry and raspberry fruit; soft tannins; licorice, black coffee, and earthy spice. A marvelous compliment to grilled fish and acorn squash, with couscous generously spiced with Ras El Hanout and fresh mint. The wine married harmoniously with the food, and made me glad that I hadn't opened the Viognier I'd originally thought of. How many more bottles do Inwish I had of this? Only 10 or 20. Well-priced for the quality, this would make a solid choice for House Wine.
Red
6/11/2015 - Moby Vino Likes this wine:
93 points
A silky smooth glass of deep purple, tasting of chocolate, black coffee, ripe blackberries, black currant. This is a fine, full-bodied wine, its intense ripeness cut with a hint of green and a flinty edged finish. It was almost too much for the salmon burgers it was paired with, but ultimately we decided the wine played well with the salmon and the minty creme fraiche dressing lightly slathered on potato buns, which brought out the lean, vegetal aspects of wine. Drinking this versatile pinot noir with, say, grilled lamb chops might bring other flavors into prominence.
Red
3/29/2015 - Moby Vino Likes this wine:
93 points
This has aged incredibly well - a very very nice glass of wine.
Rosé
8/4/2014 - Moby Vino wrote:
93 points
The rich salmon sunset color of this wine when I first drank it four years ago has been honed to a fine crystalline shot through with the palest peach. I loved the young wine; I also love this elder glass, which tasted of cold steely stone, sun-warmed fruit crushed down and refined to a silky sorbet.
White
8/4/2014 - Moby Vino wrote:
89 points
Nice. Fresh citrus and a waft of sweet peach fuzz, promising minerality w/ a bit of petrol in the back of the throat. Used it in a Dover Sole dish and, of course, did a good bit of sipping while cooking and it was a good enough glass for that.
Red
2006 Orin Swift The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
4/7/2014 - Moby Vino wrote:
93 points
I thought this might be past it's time, but our last bottle of this vintage surprised us. It's kept its bones, the rich dark berry fruit getting a bit leaner, in a good way. A nice showing from an old friend.
Red
2007 Orin Swift The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
11/10/2012 - Moby Vino wrote:
- Brick color.
Red
6/25/2012 - Moby Vino wrote:
93 points
This is aging very nicely, mellowing in the bottle while losing a bit of its zing, perhaps becoming more integrated and therefore more subtle
Rosé
4/29/2012 - Moby Vino wrote:
94 points
Still drinking well. The most beautiful rose. A real food wine.
Red
2006 Orin Swift The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
4/7/2012 - Moby Vino wrote:
93 points
This is still a beautiful bottle of wine, perhaps even better than it was when I tasted it 3 years ago. The fruit is still dark, fresh and lovely, but nicely balanced.
Red
3/25/2012 - Moby Vino wrote:
94 points
Amazing. Simply lovely. Beautiful ripe round fruits and spices, at the two hour open mark was when it really came together.
Red
3/18/2012 - Moby Vino wrote:
96 points
Decanted for two hours, and drunk over another couple of hours. I didn't take notes as we drank this during a long, raucous dinner for many people at one of those big, brawny, too expensive temples to beef & money ... there were too many people, the room was too loud and it was all .... too much. Only the wine remained above the fray -- elegant and enticing, beautiful and mysterious. I remember at one point just lingering over a mouthful of it, and suddenly the room grew quiet, all the loud voices trailed away, and I swear the wine took me someplace else ... to a place wide open underneath a big sky, to dark ripe fruit ... a burst of sunshine, and then an incredible presence of flowers in the mouth and the nose. I've never an experience quite like this with wine, although I've certainly had more expensive wine, more lauded wines, more recognizably 'collectible' wines. I don't think I'll ever forget it.
Red
12/1/2011 - Moby Vino wrote:
91 points
Getting better. After being open for 4 hours or so it went really well with a winter vegetable dinner, cutting through the richness of roasted cauliflower with capers and golden raisins, sautéed red kale with bacon, baked yellow squash and onions, and fork-mashed Yukon gold potatoes with butter and garlic. Just a very nice, easy-drinking Zin that goes well with food.
White
11/29/2011 - Moby Vino wrote:
94 points
A beautiful wine. Everyone at our dinner table (and there were some discriminating -- dare I say, snobby? -- white wine drinkers in attendance) raved over this. In the glass it was a gorgeous golden color, and the fruit, acidity and minerality of the wine caused everyone to pronounce it intensely Burgundian and extremely pleasurable.
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Red
11/29/2011 - Moby Vino wrote:
92 points
I was surprised by how lovely this turned out to be. It's not your usual 'New World' jam pot, but more of an old world wine. Yes, it's a big big wine, but it is also well-balanced and exquisitely structured. My favorite thing about it is the earthy, loamy character of the wine, which hits you on the nose, carries through into the density of the lush, dark, dangerous fruit, and then is present well into the smoothness of the finish. Earth, loam, a hint of stone. Very very nice (esp for the price).
Red
10/24/2011 - Moby Vino wrote:
93 points
For thirty bucks I'll call this a lush, lavish delight but I'll still underscore it. The husband was pleased, and when he's happy we are all fine. Caveat: big California wines please him, and fortunately this was a really good big California wine and it's food-friendly. Oh heavens, I've already said to0 much. Like "Matt Scott" I really don't want anyone else to know how good this is. I'm trying to rustle up the money to buy the 25 bottles left at the well-priced place I bought my 14 bottles. After that I'll do a real review.
Red
8/3/2011 - Moby Vino wrote:
92 points
A delightful find, especially at the price I was able to get it at. Lovely fresh blueberry pie flavors dominate this rich, lush wine. The lavish fruit is balanced by a pleasing minerality, not too tannic, knits together nicely. I will definitely look for more of this.
Red
7/24/2011 - Moby Vino wrote:
92 points
Served with venison meatballs grilled over applewood, wild rice and quinoa pilaf, & mango chutney. This complex wine held up to the bold flavors beautifully, with intense spice, rich cherry and a touch of leather and stone. A really interesting wine. I'll save my second bottle to see how it ages.
Red
2007 Orin Swift The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
7/23/2011 - Moby Vino wrote:
94 points
This is my favorite vintage of the Prisoner -- it just keeps getting better and better, the ripe rich fruit balanced out into, yes (to agree with "markandsusanw") a more Bordeaux-like wine. Really wonderful.
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Red
6/29/2011 - Moby Vino wrote:
91 points
This lovely wine shows dark juicy berry fruit balanced with a nice acidity, which went so well on a rainy night with a big bowl of cavatelli with bacon, Parmesan, and caramelized cauliflower. It's a wine to drink now, the second you open the bottle.
Red
6/22/2011 - Moby Vino wrote:
91 points
This was a very nice bottle of wine, so fresh, the fruit was alive and intense, showing dark juicy blackberry fruit, black currant, sun on wood. Delicate and elegantly balanced dance of fruit, acidity, tannins. And all of this was happening within 10 minutes of opening the bottle. An incredible contrast to the first bottle we opened three hours earlier. Hubby was not able to be convinced they were the same wine, same vintage, bought at the same time at the same store -- this is how different they were. The first bottle wasn't corked; it was just a flabby, dull-fruited bottle of wine that promised good things but didn't come together.
Red
4/5/2011 - Moby Vino wrote:
94 points
Gorgeous and distinctive. On the third day after opening this wine I'm still processing the experience. We drank this over three nights, each night showing us a different layer of what I think is a monumental wine. Concentrated and dense, the wine coats the glass with a viscous sheen of deep purple. Flavors: blackberry and dark fruit, rich yet with a bright edge, laced across a structure of deep, dark cacao and new leather. Even on the first night, this wine was impressive -- not a fruit bomb, not a big hot roiling dose of alcohol, but balanced and acidic enough to perform well with food. It just got better and better and better, a complexly nuanced partner to each dish with which it was paired. By the time I was ready to take the last sip of the last glass, I was swept with emotion, as if I were saying goodbye to a living thing -- sad to see this bottle end, and already feeling nostalgic for the ends of the future bottles I hope to live to drink. What I have left of this won't be drunk for some time -- the last one perhaps when my son (already developing a sensitive palate and appreciation for wine) is my age. We both agreed that it will only get better.
Red
4/4/2011 - Moby Vino wrote:
94 points
Gorgeous and distinctive.
Rosé
3/21/2011 - Moby Vino wrote:
94 points
Beautiful
Red
2/27/2011 - Moby Vino wrote:
93. A big big wine, chock full of fresh dark fruit. Still a bit tight, and oh those tannins. Probably opened it a few years too soon, but this is a wine with great potential.
Red
2007 Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial Sardon de Duero Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
1/30/2011 - Moby Vino wrote:
$46.00 at Cafe Cibo
Red
12/9/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
93 points
I opened this while cooking a last minute supper and found it to be immediately bracing and fresh, offering a complex mix of dark fruit, pepper, herbs, mountain wildflowers and saddle sweat (I'm thinking light sweet Palomino pony sweat, not Man-O-War funk). As it opened into a beautifully integrated, smooth and elegant wine, I was truly sorry that all I had to offer it with was leftover Thanksgiving turkey dug out of the freezer dredged in a makeshift thyme gravy, garlic mashed potatoes (good), roasted brussels sprouts (always good) and a truly unfortunate spicy roasted carrot dish. What a good sport this wine turned out to be! My dinner drew raves, probably because I opened my entire stash of this wine and over the course of the night we grew more and more impressed. So smooth, so integrated, so lush.
Red
7/25/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
90 points
After buying dozens of bottles of wine under $15, this won the award for Good Cheap House Wine. It is rather delightful -- smooth, intense, spicy and full of ripe blackberry fruit. I look forward to a glass of this at night with dinner (instead of feeling deprived because I can't afford the wines I used to be able to buy). After a couple of months of forcing myself to taste once glass of plonk after another, I am relieved and pleased to be able to give the GCHW search a rest and lay down a couple of cases of this lovely, pleasurable wine.
Red
7/10/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
92 points
Served at a late Saturday afternoon lunch with grilled chorizo sausages, a quick pan fry of manchego cheese cubes and freshly shelled baby green limas from the garden, and a loaf of good bread, this beautifully integrated glass of blackberries, kirsch liqueur, and earthy spice was more pleasing than I can put into words. Boy oh boy am I happy I got a case of this.
Red
5/21/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
90 points
A serious contender for GCHW. Tasted next to the 07 T-Vine Grenache, and yes, there were differences, especially in the finish, but this held its own. And for the price difference .... I could bite the bullet and let this replace my T-Vine as house wine.
Red
5/21/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
87 points
Big & sweet & unoffensive, but it's not even in the running for GCHW.
Red
5/12/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
90 points
A good candidate for cheap house wine. So far it's the hubby's favorite.
Red
5/10/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
88 points
Big. Big fruit. If you ever wondered what it would taste like to drink a purple crayon this is it. But it's not bad for the price. I'm just still looking for that every day drinker to replace The Prisoner.
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Red
5/2/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
92 points
Brilliantly red and shimmering in the glass, this wine is beautifully knit together to show bright red fruit and slight hints vanilla cream, with an elegantly lingering finish. Paired nicely with beef carpaccio and lamb ravioli.
Red
4/28/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
89 points
Better the second day; big dark fruit, graphite on the finish; nice for the price. Hubby wants to make this a candidate for House Wine now that we need to downscale wine spending, or at least not drink so much of the better wines in our cellar.
Red
4/19/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
93 points
Complex, rich and redolent of black cherries, spice, and smoke, with a silky, elegant finish. And this is just the first half glass, in the first half hour the bottle has been opened. A beauty.
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Red
3/25/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
90 points
The wine has retained its deep dark color, and density. It is still muscular, thanks to the mourvedre, smooth, and spicy. Four hours after opening the fruit and tannins become more integrated, adding deep bitter chocolate to the fruit in the mid-palate. This is aging fairly well.
Red
3/23/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
93 points
This is a Big Wow Wine, but not in the way that a jammy fruity bombastic kind of wine is a big wow wine. This wine, dark and inky in the glass, flouts its richness, individuality, and power. It feels impetuous, and dangerous. Flavors of cassis, plums and black cherries linger throughout the deep finish, and you hardly know what to do with it.
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Red
3/23/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
93 points
Dark, silky and seductive. A supple balance of firm tannins, blackberry fruit, pepper, and spice. This wine was a powerful and lively companion to a swiftly made supper, not much time to waste on cooking, so we threw together a few bunches of gorgeous red chard, sauteed with tons of garlic and spicy Italian sausage, a fresh baguette, alongside a big hunk of aged Parmesan, with ripe red plums for dessert. All of this, and the premiere of the third season of Breaking Bad. Thank you, Jesus.
Red
3/14/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
94 points
A complex and exuberant wine, bursting with dried currants, spice, pepper and a hint of briars and fresh, newly turned earth. Somehow It didn't seem the best match with a porterhouse for two, spinach au gratin, and sweetish broiled tomatoes. But it was a wonderful thing to drink, nevertheless. Round and smooth in the mouth, finishing a bit tight after its glorious beginning, this wine is everything you want an old vine Zin to be.
Red
3/3/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
88 points
Color of red plums in the glass, bright cherry fruit, medium-bodied and tart. There is a smokey tang to this wine that promised more complexity and maturity than was there two hours after it was opened -- or three hours or four. Too acidic and tart to balance well with the fruit, this wine was best when drunk with food -- especially the mushrooms sauteed in butter, white wine and cream.
Red
2/15/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
88 points
Sweet cherry cola, with a finish of strawberry shortcake, lite and uncomplicated, simple fruit -- everything I don't especially like in a pinot, even one in this price range. Then I gave it an impossible hurdle to overcome by serving it with a pork tenderloin marinated in garlic, ginger, chilies, soy sauce and rice vinegar and roasted in the oven, braised komatsuna greens, and a turnip & potato mash. Everybody at the table ate a lot and they weren't drinking the wine so I opened a bottle of Pearl Sake and they sucked that up like it was mother's milk. Then they drank another bottle of Pearl. So I finished this pinot later, finding it surprisingly comforting after everyone had gone home, sort of like the friend that all your other friends don't like and are always saying, why do you hang out with him? I see its simple charm, that's why. I might even buy it again.
Red
2/10/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
85 points
The comments made by "aagrawal" on 1/22/2010 are right on target. Not much else I can say.
Red
2007 Orin Swift The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
1/30/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
92 points
My guilty secret: I drink this after dinner with Oreo cookies. Haven't found anything that's ever paired better (with the wine or the cookies). Swished around a mouth that is fresh off of the toasty chocolatey, biscuity, white vanilla cremey finish of a fresh crispy Oreo (double creme or mint creme or Halloween orange definitely not necessary), this big, goofy, fruity wine grows up and becomes the adult at the party, showing some nice lean muscles underneath the big sweet fruit and just generally getting all the flavors in line.
White
1/30/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
89 points
Lemony yellow in the glass with a tinge of gold. On the palate, flowers wafting in on a light breeze, a mellow (if ultimately shallow) roundabout of peaches and cream sharpened up ever so slightly with citrus .... small pebbles. It was an uncomplicated thing to drink on an afternoon when my head was tangled up, perhaps unnecessarily, in complicated things.
Red
2005 Domaine Tempier Bandol Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre (view label images)
1/25/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
90 points
This sinewy, well-structured wine, filled with raspberry fruit, earth, spice and herbs proved to be an inspired complement to a pungent, flavor-crazy haunch of roasted wild hog, served with a big bowl of bitter, garlicy rappini and a few loaves of bread. A nice Bandol to drink young.
Red
1/24/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
90 points
I'm giving this wine a 90 because it flat out wrestled me to the ground, demanded respect and got it. We knew it would be a gnarler. It was opened on the 23rd, last night, as we dressed the big fat legendary wild hog that we would roast for two days. On the 24th I drank a glass as I chopped garlic. The next morning I was missing the enamel on my teeth, the polish on my toenails, and the hair on my chest. I gave it another try a day later, as we snacked on fresh deep-fried fried hog epidermis and arugula salad, and it was still A Problem Child. "If you were drinking this in some shit-smelling taverna in Corsica you'd be Twittering all over the place about how much you're loving this '''rustic''' freaking vino," my son Sam said.
Red
1/26/2010 - Moby Vino wrote:
95 points
This wine has gotten better over the last year, so I rewarded it with a point. I have only one bottle left and can't find any more. Over the months, a lean bitter tang of coffee combined with full-flavors of dark earth have come to the fore, leavening the the big dark ripe blackberry and boysenberry fruit that dominated when we drank this a year ago. This will be 'too much information' but .... tonight we had a plumbing problem so severe that it pushed us out of the house and into the yard. Temp in the high 40s, so we built a fire and gathered round it with bowls of pasta and glasses of wine. I'd cobbled together last night's leftovers, shredded meat from Coleman's wild hog roast, hot Italian sausage, mellow roasted garlic buds, rappini, white beans, pasta in the shape of little tennis rackets that had been forgotten in the back of the pantry, and that's what we ate, with chunks of good fresh bread. The fire and the pasta were hot. The air was cool. And there was this wine that we were drinking, and it stayed cool in the glass because the temperature was falling around us as we sat in our chairs. I sent the boys in for blankets, and more wine, and the chocolate souffles I'd left in the oven, and I was sad because soon this wine will be gone, and the boys will grow up and move and away, and I'll just miss it all.
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