Tasting Notes for davidn

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White - Off-dry
3/7/2015 - davidn Likes this wine:
100 points
Clear, golden brown color; roasted walnuts, dry apricots and orange with a hint of roasted walnuts on the nose. Smooth viscous apricot and citrus with understated sweetness with a perfect balance of acid. A big, wonderful mouth-feel hung in there for close to a minute. i kid you not! If I tasted this blind I would bet money it was a 1967 'Yquem. One sip and I felt transported back in time remembering that last case of 1967 'Yquem that was drinking so nicely the first seven or eight years of this century. Six of us shared this bottle and it went quick; it went down so easy we could have sat there all night drinking the stuff. My last bottle of three (see Mr. Jenning's notes above—Richard, I wish you could have tasted this one).
When I pulled it out of the rack I hesitated wondering if this wine was going to be drinkable. And it felt a little sticky around the bottom of the capsule; not a good sign. Little did I know that this bottle would be among my top-ten wines ever over the last 30+ years... A 50 year old Auslese!?!
Red
12/31/2014 - davidn wrote:
100 points
Decanted for 1½ hours.
Okay... 100 points doesn't mean perfect because I believe that there is no such thing as "Perfect". I do think it means it is as good as it gets! I did have one bad thing to say about it but you'll have to read this whole thing to find out what it is.

If you're a fan of Michael Browne's Pinots (I am and have tasted every KB made through 2011) you've got to get this bottle. IMHO this is the finest Pinot Michael has ever made! It is definitely one of the best California Pinots I've ever had in more than 25 years of "serious" wine tasting! Huge aromas of sweet, ripe red fruits. But in the mouth the fruit was not at all overwhelmingly sweet and ripe. The rainbow of fruits that where there were really subtle; so much in fact that I found myself picking up one or two of the different fruits in every mouthful. The fruits, subtle as they were, would explode around my tastebuds; real excitement in every sip! I thought the balance was perfect too with just the right amount of acid to make this absolutely great with a good steak or piece of lamb. Medium to big mouthfeel/texture and a finish approaching 90 seconds. If I were to say something bad about this wine it would be that that it was so savory it took twice as long as we expected to get through the main entrée. The next course was ready way before we were ready for it. I suggest you plan your meal with that in mind. I truly thought this wine was as close to perfect as you can get and look forward to the next bottle with great anticipation and excitement.
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Red
1/18/2015 - davidn wrote:
Toward the end of a New Year's Eve party. I wasn't taking notes but I remember previous bottles being very good. I do remember that every person at the NYE party thought it was #2 or #3 out of nine Pinots that night (the competition were some very good wines - #1was the Cirq).
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Red
12/31/2014 - davidn wrote:
Santa Cruz Mountains Cab. Drank near end of New Years Eve party. Can't remember much for a descriptor but can say all eight people there said agreed: "Tasty!" and "This is really good (stuff)!". I do ® ember agreeing.
Red
1/31/2014 - davidn wrote:
94 points
Opened, poured about 1/2 ounce to taste and let sit 1½ hours in 55° cellar. Typical Chalone AVA with a hint of chalky limestone. Sweetness of dark red fruits (black cheeriest) on the nose and tongue. Good balance; sweet with perfect acidity great with Belgian Ale Stew. A good 30+seconds finish.
White
10/15/2014 - davidn Likes this wine:
92 points
Really an enjoyable wine. Stone fruits on the nose and in the mouth. A light/medium body; nice for a California Chard. Short to medium finish. Good acidity. Lots of bang for the buck.
UPDATE EDIT: Six bottles over the past several months were all very good. I wish I could get more of this stuff at the price I paid. It is several bucks more at the winery. I'm thinkin' about it.
White
5/17/2014 - davidn Likes this wine:
94 points
Lots of citrus. Great with mushroom pasta.
White
3/26/2014 - davidn wrote:
flawed
Dark straw color looks like premox but really couldn't tell because bottle was corked.
White - Off-dry
9/10/2013 - davidn wrote:
97 points
Absolutely delicious! I'm excited about the 2005 vintage. Fresh now but also think this will be super wonderful for at least another 10-15 years.
Red
6/15/2013 - davidn Likes this wine:
90 points
Amazing everything considered. My best cab of the night. Drink NOW!
Red
6/15/2013 - davidn Likes this wine:
88 points
Too much candy with some finger nail polish (acetate) but it actually wasn't all that bad. Drink NOW if not before!
Red
6/15/2013 - davidn wrote:
flawed
Drank alongside a very nice 2001.
Red
4/30/2013 - davidn wrote:
89 points
Dark fruits blend together for a sliightly muddy taste. I liked the wine and I like the winery. This bottle just didn't perform as well as I thought it would.
Red
4/30/2013 - davidn Likes this wine:
89 points
Huge intense mouthfeel. Dark fruits blend together making it a litttle muddy IMO. I liked the wine. I just prefer brighter fruits.
White
4/30/2013 - davidn Likes this wine:
90 points
A very nice 1er easy to drink. Light yellowish color. Aromas of Lychee, and Pear follow thru to the pallet along with river stones. It The body is Light with a thin and linear texture.
Red
4/30/2013 - davidn Likes this wine:
92 points
Nice bright red fruits and a nice slightly sweet finish. Pop & pour. Maybe a couple of years left but I recommend to drink now.
Red
4/13/2013 - davidn wrote:
86 points
Decanted for an hour. Nothing much happening. Very little fruit like zero complexity. Dusty.

On the other hand the second wine we had was the 2007 which was a beauutiful 94 points.
Red
4/13/2013 - davidn Likes this wine:
94 points
The wine looks Garnet colored. It smells like Sweet Blackberry, and Red Currant. Tastes of Blackberry, Raspberry, and Red Currant with just a little sweetness of Strawberries. The body is Medium/Full. Nice Round texture. The wine finishes Medium to long.

Had alongside the 2008 that scored 86 points.
White
4/13/2013 - davidn Likes this wine:
94 points
The wine looks Light gold colored. Aromas of Apple, Peach, and River Stone. Sweet Vanilla, and Apple blossom on the pallet along with some Stoneness The body is Light/Medium with a Silky texture and +-20 second finish.
White - Off-dry
4/13/2013 - davidn Likes this wine:
89 points
What stood out was the creamy texture. Medium dry with white fruits. Actually I was very disappointed especially for a GK wine. It is far off the mark when compared to the same vintage Niederhauser Hermannshole.
White
4/13/2013 - davidn wrote:
90 points
Pop and ppoured I questioned whwther to just pour ir out or not. Decanted for 45+ minutes it came around nicely. It tastes of Apple, and Hay/Straw. The body is Light with a skim-milk like mouthfeel. It finishes very short.
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/13/2013 - davidn wrote:
86 points
Way over the top wiith acid (which I liked paired with seared SOS) What fruit there was was sharp; like un-ripe pears and apples. All in all it isn't half bad for a 12 year old. 7% residual sugar. I have one more left which I will hold until 2022.
White - Sweet/Dessert
3/26/2013 - davidn Likes this wine:
94 points
Very light gold colored with aromas of Apricot, Pear, and Papaya were also on the pallet along with a little peach and smooth orange citrus. The body is like satin. The finish was a bit disappointing; maybe 15-20 seconds. A very special wine that actually stood up to an Italian meringue with a pretty sweet orange "marmalade".
Red
3/26/2013 - davidn Likes this wine:
90 points
A Leroy (has to be good) Villages (maybe it doesn't have to be that good) Decanted 20 minutes; a nice red Burgundy. Two hours later as good as most GC Burgundys.
A dusty red color with nose and taste of dark red fruits that became more complex as the evening went on.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/26/2013 - davidn Likes this wine:
100 points
Until drinking this bottle I thought the 2001 was way too sugarry-sweet and lacking acid. I have changed my mind 100%. This is as good an Yquem I have ever tasted and I believe it is going to do nothing but get better for at least the next 20 years+. Tasting note: Yes! Pairing: Shake a little salt on Torchon of fxxx Gxxx and in the imortal words of Irving Berlin, "Heaven, I'm in Heaven". And also the not so imortal words of Speedy, Try it. You'll like it!".
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Red
3/8/2013 - davidn Likes this wine:
89 points
Decanted for +-45 minutes. A bit heavy with flat fruit. Easy to drink; I'm just didn't roll my socks at all. I recommend not drinking it until at least mid-2015.
White
3/8/2013 - davidn Likes this wine:
94 points
One of the best bottles of a young Kistler I have ever had. Their new style is somewhat lighter but still no Burgundian stones. It had the "California Caramel" that I like, very nice acid and a long smooth finish.
White
3/8/2013 - davidn wrote:
I normally love this wine but it didn't compare well at all with our second bottle of the night the 2009 Kistler Trenton Road House. It was just flat and may have been flawed somehow.
Red
3/8/2013 - davidn Likes this wine:
94 points
Great up-front dark fruit. I love stuff from the Pisoni Vyd. This Roar was a pleasant surprise not being as heavy as most.
Red
3/8/2013 - davidn Likes this wine:
92 points
Bright, suprisingly light and nice acidity. Easy to drink. Nice long fruity finish
White - Off-dry
2/6/2013 - davidn Likes this wine:
96 points
Not as sweet as most Spätlese. Lots of ripe pear with a little spice (not sure how to describe the spice). It had a long smooth finish. Just the right amount of acid made it a fantastic pairing with fresh cracked dungeness crab.
White
12/15/2012 - davidn Likes this wine:
97 points
Absolutely gorgeous in the mouth Medium mouthfeel (a light-side CA chard). Rich in mellow tropical fruits, some peach and a bit of nutmeg. This wine will likely be one of my Top 10 of 2012.

I emailed the winery to ask if they had some to sell. They said, "Yes". I bought another six bottles. Tell them I sent you.
Red
10/25/2012 - davidn wrote:
98 points
Time to drink! It is hard for me to believe it could get any better. Wild herbs, smokey chocolate and lots of spice. It took about 15 minutes for the acids to smooth out but after that this wine just WOWED everybody at the table. This will be on my "top five" list for 2012!
Red
9/21/2012 - davidn wrote:
97 points
Absolutely stunning! Dark ruby color. Nice nose ofcassis and just a little mint. Concentrated on the pallet with forrest floor and just the right amount of sweetness from various dark berries. It says 14.7% alcohol but I didn't detect anything other than a very well balanced wine.
White
4/25/2012 - davidn wrote:
95 points
(Disclosure: John and Katie are good friends but when it comes to reviewing wines, friends or not, I call them the way I see them!). I had been holding back from tasting this bottle (so many wines; so little time!). What a great surprise! I paired this with a crab Louis at my club and it was wonderful. Lots of spice on the nose with wonderful spicy pear, light citrus with just a little oak in the mouth. Just the right amount of acid to stand up to the Tobasco on the Louis. And a long, almost sweet finish. I love Cellars 33's Pinots and this Chardonnay ranks right up there with the lighter CA Chards. I bought all I could get. This makes two Pinots and this Chard all earning 95 points for me.
Red
11/6/2011 - davidn wrote:
95 points
(Discloser: John and Katie Fones are very good friends. Just know that friends or not, I call them the way I see them). I first tasted this wine at the wineries release party and loved it. It is very impressive for a first release Pinot. The winemaker, John Fones clearly has my taste buds dialed in. On 11/6/2011 I had this wine with a group of 12 people. To the person everybody loved this wine. It is a medium-bodied CA Pinot Noir with red berries and licorice in the mouth. The finish is extraordinary in that it is almost sweet and lasts for a good half minute. This wine is a crowd pleaser and I love it.
Red
4/27/2012 - davidn wrote:
95 points
Tasted albiet very casually at the winery. John Fones has my taste buds for California wines dialed in. Rhubarb and rasberries on the nose. Medium mouthfeel for a CA Pinot (as Baby Bear said, "Just right". Lots of red fruits. It is easy to drink by itself and has just enough acid to have with food. I thought the '08 Keefer Pinot was absolutely delicious and an amazing 1st release wine. It might have been beginner's luck but clearly this 2nd release wine is just as good.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/3/2012 - davidn wrote:
95 points
6L completely consumed by 58 people. Wonderful golden color with lots of caramelized tropical fruits. Massive mouth feel. Caramelized banana jumped out for me plus a stinging (good thing) finish of Grand Marnier.
White
10/31/2011 - davidn wrote:
Junior League fund raiser.
Red
9/8/2011 - davidn wrote:
93 points
Easy-drinking CA Cab. Chocolate undertones.
Red
8/31/2011 - davidn wrote:
Either decant for an hour or wait 2-3 years.
White
9/2/2011 - davidn wrote:
93 points
Beautiful fruits; pear, peach and apricot with a bit of lemon for nice acidity. Great with food. Drink now or hold; there are 4-5 years left in this wine.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1998 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
6/20/2011 - davidn wrote:
95 points
I've been holding back on drinking the 1998s to let them age more and in all honesty when I pulled this bottle I thought I had a 1988. This 375ml 1998 is singing. All the usual notes: apricots, pineapple, peach... One nice thing I noticed was that this bottle wasn't as sweet as a Yquem usually is. It did have lovely, soft acids and was a perfect match with Peter's seared foie gras (duh).
White - Sweet/Dessert
1998 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
6/21/2011 - davidn wrote:
95 points
I've been holding back on drinking the 1998s to let them age more and in all honesty when I pulled this bottle I thought I had a 1988. This 375ml 1998 is singing. All the usual notes: apricots, pineapple, peach... One nice thing I noticed was that this bottle wasn't as sweet as a Yquem usually is. It did have lovely, soft acids and was a perfect match with Peter's seared foie gras (duh).
Red
6/20/2011 - davidn wrote:
94 points
A stunning bottle showing black cherry and plum. The finish had a soft tang of white pepper.
Red
5/7/2011 - davidn wrote:
96 points
Less than an ounce brought to me from another table, thank you! First it is hard to believe this wine is more than 10 years old. Aromas of earth and spice. Big fruit flavors lasted for over a minute. I loved it very much maybe in part because I knew what it was but the bright fruit from a 35 year old wine was amazing. There was simply "nothing wrong" with this wine. "It was so smooooothe and layered with fruit"… Simply amazing!
White
5/7/2011 - davidn wrote:
97 points
A marvelous wine, baby! Caramelized pear, albiet typical with most Marcassin chardonnays, lasted from start to finish. Tropical fruit with just a touch of vanilla (oak). Perfectly balanced and full bodied. Easily one of the best CA chards I've ever had. It might get better with some age but I recommend you pull one out of the cellar to drink now. We drank two bottles tonight and they both showed very, very well.
White
3/19/2011 - davidn wrote:
From the winery's website: 2009 Poe Chardonnay - $38.00

The 2009 Poe Chardonnay offers aromas of nectarines, honeyed pineapple, a ripe, medium to full-bodied style, bright acidity, a subtle toasty oak note in the background, terrific fruit, and serious levels of concentration.

Vineyard: Beckstoffer Lake Carneros: the vineyard is located in Carneros just up the road from Domaine Carneros off highway 121. Only a few hundred yards from an inlet of the San Francisco Bay, the vines are cooled by the sea breeze and fog from the bay. The cooler weather allows for a longer growing season, so we gain a more complex, rich, and layered wine.
Red
3/19/2011 - davidn wrote:
From the winery's web site: 2009 Poe Pinot Noir - $38.00

Deep amber color with a rich array of berries on the palate. Complex fruit notes of blackberry, black cherry, raspberries, and some very interesting flavors of pie spice. Rich and linear through the palate with impeccable balance. The wine shows the ideal amount of acidity and tannin; making it the perfect food
friendly Pinot Noir. Serve at a temperature around 61F.

Vineyard: Corda Vineyard Marin: the vineyard is located one mile from the Sonoma boarder, just a few miles north of San Pablo bay, and only a few miles east of the Pacific Ocean and Tomales Bay. The cool ocean and bay breezes provide for a long growing season, allowing the wine to develop maximum flavor without over ripening. The County of Marin sits along the San Andreas Fault, which has created an incredible diversity of soil. All of these conditions make for an ideal growing location for Pinot Noir.
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