Tasting Notes for Necowine

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Red
2004 Château Larmande St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/15/2021 - Necowine Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice come-up at ~50USD retail. Mild enough that it's no doubt a right-banker with a decade or so of age, flavors still quite young on first day, with plentiful sweet and sharp dark fruits, and now in the second day moving to plums and licorice and even some salty, creamy caramel. Fine tannin still in the swim, acid lifted. Buying and laying for a further 5-7 years if there are any left.
White
11/13/2021 - Necowine wrote:
89 points
From glass. Lovely nose - mysterious and smoky, citrus and tropicals further back behind this diaphanous curtaining. Initially a very light, "watery" mouthfeel, but later more assertive. We're very likely in "éthéré" territory here - a fineness, a finesse. Wisps of smoky citrus and bitter flinty "mineral," the acid has a tiny but certain bite, and the finish is long. But sigh, not to fall in love. For this wine shall be loved.
Red
11/13/2021 - Necowine wrote:
88 points
From glass. Open, closed, and then open again nose of sweet, juicy dark fruit - a little distant but delightful. Slivers of cocoanut, later hints of bell pepper; before first sip, creamier. Pleasure awaited. Palate: very balanced, very clean. Lively acid, diffuse but not obviously obstructive tannin. Fresh red/dark fruit, some attractive bitterness. Overall impression: this could have been a beefy Morgon. Hmm... of quality, pleasant drinking now, very likely not yet at its best, but I'm a little more skeptical than hopeful.
Red
1998 Château Lynch-Moussas Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/13/2021 - Necowine wrote:
91 points
From glass. Big, BIG nose of stinky Dutch Masters cigars and my grandfather's ashtray. Lovely. Also hints of smoky meat. Palate mild, but full, tannin-resolved, juice of the Dutch Masters above, also some surviving cassis, tiniest hints of charcuterie. Delicious astringency, lively acidity. Fabulous mature Bordeaux. Inspired to lay some recent vintages.
White
11/13/2021 - Necowine wrote:
92 points
From glass. Large nose of sweet lemon, and mostly that; possibly something rockier. And, a big palate too. Fruit sweetness offset by acid, beautiful and complex palate of citruses and tropicals and petrols and bitters. Some alcohol firmly tucked away there behind all this, so can imagine this showing ugly with the wrong bottle or for the wrong palate, but for me really, really in the zone today. Sharpness to the acidity, including an end-palate "flintiness" to be perceived as "minerality," but while this is certainly Alsatian Riesling, there's enough "body" here to satisfy a chardonnay drinker. Terrific wine.
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Red
2017 Lamole di Lamole Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
11/8/2021 - Necowine wrote:
88 points
From half. Solid, fresh, and fairly concentrated Chianti of dusty red fruits and leather. Delightful pairing with picnic of Chinese dried tofu, sauteed vegetables, and assorted dumplings. Very nice.
Red
11/7/2021 - Necowine wrote:
88 points
No luck recreating the magic of last year. Opened with friends and finished within a few hours, so who knows if this might have bloomed with more time and air. As it was, a fine and good but thinner - at times even almost waterier - version of red fruits, peppers, and spice. Gentle again, but this time a little too gentle.
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Red
11/5/2021 - Necowine wrote:
86 points
Uncomfortably spritzy at first, from an hour after opening this became a solid, full, nicely bitter dark fruited primitivo. Decent pizza wine.
White
11/4/2021 - Necowine wrote:
87 points
From glass. Natural Italian whites agreeing with me much more than natural Italian reds. Slightly spritzy and hopsy, nice bruised orchard fruits and citrus. Tasty.
Red
11/4/2021 - Necowine wrote:
82 points
From glass. Inoffensive, low-alcohol, natural, red, wine-related beverage.
White
11/4/2021 - Necowine wrote:
89 points
From glass. Nose: Riesling nose of rubberlemonsapples, unremarkable but clean, and with air eventually sweeter. Palate: lots of savory, petrolly lemon, much *width* of acid. Impression of wine in the middle of mouth and palate having been of full color but then having had a fade effect applied to it. Filled in towards end of glass. Fine, and again impressive width of acid. Yeah, I can understand the accolades and the high scores here.
White
11/4/2021 - Necowine wrote:
89 points
From glass. Before pouring, wine seller warned me that this is made in an oxidative sherry style, aged for 11 years or whatever, however. Etc. Glass is being set upon the table, and no kidding, mister. VURRY sherry, vurry. Nose of the millennial assembly of tangy, roasted, salted nuts. Palate: yup. Roasted nuts, salt, tangy sandalwood. But sherry core is front-ended with white wine - a prick of sharp acidity and saline lemon. Not a wine I have forgotten; one I want to try again and share with 6-8 friends at the start of a dinner. Score above indicative, perhaps more than usual, of mood. But there are absolute swooners for this wine out there.
Red
11/4/2021 - Necowine wrote:
91 points
From glass, end of bottle. Nose of green reds, "fruity," potpourri - friendly pinot notes, but nothing exceptional. Palate: wow, a lot of, a lot of fresh, tart, red fruit, shot through with spice and root vegetable, and more and more delightful savory character toward the end of the glass - almost like A1 steak sauce. Finishes warm, but with no alcoholic taste, and still slightly drying; structure suggesting some life still ahead (especially as this may well have been a third-day glass). Primo glass of pleasure-giving Burgundy, if not achingly complex, "cerebral" (perhaps my least favorite wine word), etc. Really, really good.
White
10/31/2021 - Necowine wrote:
87 points
Melon de Bourgogne grown in Burgundy. Nice assertive, broad floral-savory notes, pleasant tanginess. Good.
White - Sparkling
10/11/2021 - Necowine wrote:
88 points
From glass. Tangy and bright, with lively citrus, toasty, and bready notes. Not so much sharpness or focus, but plenty of deliciousness.
White
10/11/2021 - Necowine wrote:
87 points
From glass. Balanced chardonnay of relatively sharp apple, pleasantly and lightly oaky and toasty. Nice.
White - Sparkling
10/11/2021 - Necowine wrote:
88 points
From glass. Of all things, somehow bretty on the nose; citrusy and toasty, yes, but strangely bretty-seeming. On palate, much better showing than the last time I had a Taittinger; lemony, chalky, and saline, with a broader toastiness; sharper than my last glass, and much longer. Good glass of champagne.
Red
10/11/2021 - Necowine wrote:
89 points
From glass. Breathing in, and there we are back among Italian reds. A lower glycerol, with muted red and dark sanjo fruits - subtle but mouthwatering. Palate: perfectly delicious. Full dark and red fruit, fullness of refreshment. Firm. Solid. What red wine drinkers want to drink with red sauce. Unqualified hunch was that I was having this at as good a place as it would ever be for me.
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White
10/11/2021 - Necowine Likes this wine:
91 points
From glass. Best Chablis experience so far. Nose initially of laundry, but then all kinds of lemons - clean lemon, salty lemon, cured lemon - and something softly maritime (not fishy). Palate: oh, delicious! All those lemons, some slight laundry-ness, some marine-ness and chalkies. What I loved was the mildness of these flavors, the confidence in the mildness and softness, and the assertiveness but also the gentleness of the acid. Really, really liked this.
Red
2008 Nicolas Potel Mazoyères-Chambertin Mazoyères-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
10/11/2021 - Necowine wrote:
89 points
From glass. Another glass this day with a menthol-seeming nose. But sweet and tart red fruit behind it. High nose, also some cocoanut. Full and fresh palate, bright and red, and rather drying. Sweetened and was a more forward pleasure with air; until then, fine but closed and a bit prissy. Score perhaps generous, reflecting how I would have reacted to this if it were a CA pinot. Red burgundy: wine I like and sometimes crave, but the more glasses of red burgundy I get to drink, the fewer bottles I foresee myself buying.
Red
10/11/2021 - Necowine wrote:
94 points
From glass. Deep nose. At first menthol, meat far in the background, also some celery and tobacco. Later dark-fruited game moves forward, still some celery and menthol edge, and conifer. I wanted this as a cologne. After much hesitation, drank and plunged into dark-fruited game, tobacco, herbs, and roasted tomato, all of it integrated, tamed, and still fresh. Lingering savory tannins. Long finish. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.
White
10/11/2021 - Necowine wrote:
88 points
From glass. Initial nose of a high petrol note over rain rocks and sweet flowers, and a bit smoky, but eventually cleaner. Initial sips "pristine," with light, fresh, floral-accented citrus; later sips a bit sweeter. Refined; nose especially is integrated and pretty. At 20-30USD, this would be a brilliant bianco. But other Italian whites, other trebbianoes out there that can hold their own with this one.
White - Sweet/Dessert
10/11/2021 - Necowine Likes this wine:
90 points
From glass. Delightful, like a sweeter oloroso. Hazelnut and sandalwood, toffee and roasted raisin. Sipped to close out a lunch of oysters, but still enough acidic life to have drank a few glasses of this over salami and cheeses. If I find it for the ~20USD/375ml this is listing for on winesearcher, I'll be getting a few and sharing them with non-wine friends.
White - Sparkling
10/11/2021 - Necowine wrote:
89 points
Full complement of citrus fruits, fresh and baked apples, chalkies, and brioche-toasties, more for me on the refreshing side than the rich side (some acidic edge here). Delicious champagne.
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White
10/10/2021 - Necowine Likes this wine:
88 points
Terrific straight, citrusy, dark-rocky Mosel riesling of sharp acidity and verve. Given the recent dearth here of good German riesling at this price, a godsend.
Red
2018 G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso Langhe DOC Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo (view label images)
10/4/2021 - Necowine wrote:
87 points
Taut nebbiolo-based rosso of mild violets and savory red fruit. Good.
White
9/30/2021 - Necowine wrote:
87 points
Trebbiano and malvasia, 65-35 if I remember correctly. Alternately the rounder, richer treatment of those grapes, showing yellow fruits and flowers, and a leaner, more astringent bianco. Nice wine.
Red
9/27/2021 - Necowine wrote:
83 points
Opened with exuberant red fruit...and fell apart an hour later.
White
9/24/2021 - Necowine Likes this wine:
88 points
My second of this producer’s offerings, and another tight, crisp, refreshing wine, predominant notes of citrus and capers. Very good.
White - Sparkling
9/20/2021 - Necowine Likes this wine:
87 points
Natural Spumante with a crown closure and hipsterish label art. Not what I normally go for, and pale blond, Weizen cloudiness made me a bit nervous. But no: attractive, simple, lemon soap nose, palate totally funkless and mostly of lemon and salty, sometimes chalky grapefruit. High acid has this delivering a bit more punch than you’d expect at 11%abv. Nice wine. Maybe a lot of fun with charcuterie. More interesting than a lot of other Italian or other sparkling wines at this price.
White
9/16/2021 - Necowine wrote:
87 points
A mild nose in accordance with Chardonnay expectations, this one mildly citrusy, mildly yellow fruited, and underneath some pale oak. Attack of yellow fruit, midpalate of citrus and caper, finish of mild oak. Never cloying, but enough ambient sweetness to believe this is a made in the USA chard. Nice life to acid on first day, also some rocky and slatey bitters. All of these elements a bit “pulled in.” Can understand some notes below calling this “Burgundian.” This may have been better than my score. In a bit of white wine slump.
Red
9/13/2021 - Necowine wrote:
86 points
Decent buy for an everyday darker, denser Spanish red. Not overextracted. Good.
Red
9/10/2021 - Necowine wrote:
84 points
Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, and Syrah. Given this cast of grapes, relatively tart-ish. Dark-fruit-ish supermarket red that could have come from anywhere.
White
9/6/2021 - Necowine wrote:
83 points
Overripe. I’ve had rounded Muscadet, but this is almost fat, and in its less glamorous moments, goopy and even showing its alcohol. Nose and palate of now forgotten, overripe white-wine things. Not so good.
Rosé
9/4/2021 - Necowine wrote:
86 points
Retain the enthusiasm of my initial note for this wine, but popped one of these for friends and, casually drinking from short cups (which should be fine for enjoying this wine), couldn't get quite the thrills drinking the other bottle out of glasses. Nice citric and floral rose, but wanting a bit more of the sharpness of acid. Still good.
Red
2012 Château de Fieuzal Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/1/2021 - Necowine wrote:
90 points
From half. Very refreshing - perhaps the most refreshing red wine I've ever had made from red Bordeaux grapes. Very fresh acidity and pleasant, mild astringency in a wine mostly of delicious cassis and fresh dark fruit flavors. Most of this splendor on its first day, however, and while still retaining its shape on the second, showing tendencies to decline rather than development.
White
8/29/2021 - Necowine wrote:
85 points
Yeah, the alcohol is under control and nothing here is overly floral or perfumed on the nose, or overly viscous on the palate. And it’s balanced and pleasant. But I also found it a bit of an anonymous “white wine” with little here to identify with viognier. Flawless, but dull.
Red
8/29/2021 - Necowine Likes this wine:
89 points
From half. Delightful, “correct/classic” Rioja of fresh and roasted red fruits and peppers, just a bit of darker fruits, smooth and of a light and pleasing richness. Bravo!
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Red
8/26/2021 - Necowine wrote:
89 points
Had a 2017 Gigondas a few weeks ago, and this Crozes-Hermitage was similarly savory, with lots of fresh tobacco and, by its second day, even some early hints of game (in addition to some roasted red fruit). Nicely balanced wine, and interested to see how it might develop over a short-term lay.
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Red
8/18/2021 - Necowine Likes this wine:
88 points
How wonderful to get exactly what I had hoped for! Lively, fresh red-fruited wine of raspberries, rhubarb and cherries (not much herbs or earth) that’s not quite gamay, not quite pinot, and probably not quite whatever mondeuse is supposed to be. But not “fruity,” and firm of acid and even of tannin. Delightful light and fresh French red.
Red
2018 Château du Bergey Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/14/2021 - Necowine wrote:
82 points
Too astringent, too acid - heartburn. Otherwise might have been a decent, lean supermarket Bordeaux
White
8/12/2021 - Necowine wrote:
85 points
As nice a supermarket NZ SB as any other, but best to enjoy its grass and grapefruit on the first day (starting to vinegar over by the second). NZ SB at this quality and price point gets a bit taken for granted, no? I’m glad to be able to get it so easily.
Rosé
8/6/2021 - Necowine Likes this wine:
88 points
A very, very good txakoli rose, priced to fly out of your store before you can stock up. Melon and citrus and saline aromas and flavors in a wine of beautifully balanced, full acidity and subtle effervescence. Lower alcohol and nothing bloated here at all - it’s slender and fresh. Long live the great casual wines of Spain!
White
8/2/2021 - Necowine wrote:
86 points
Rounder, but still mild, Muscadet of white flowers and floral citrus, certainly not lacking acidity but not especially assertive either. Pleasant drinking.
Red
7/29/2021 - Necowine wrote:
87 points
Best for me on its third night, for sure. First two nights were getting close to uncomfortably overripe, a high alcohol blueberry stew. By third night fruit sweetness was much subdued and this was enjoyable as a still big, bluefruited wine with decent acid-tannin backbone.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Vinya Martina Cava Brut Macabeo-Xarello-Parellada Blend
7/29/2021 - Necowine wrote:
86 points
From glass. Clean nose of floral lemon, pear. On palate, somewhat faded (perhaps a 3rd-day-plus glass), but nice musky lemon, lemon flesh, and lemon peel. Mild astringency. Not the musky, frothy cava I was expecting. Mild, attractive wine.
White - Sparkling
7/28/2021 - Necowine wrote:
86 points
From glass. Nose is lemony, with overtures of “natural-wine” yeasties / craft beer. Palate: fresh, nice juicy and bitter grapefruit. A slight kind of breadiness, but nothing toasty, etc. Finishing soapy; a touch less bitter and soapy on the finish would have been nicer. But overall, decent. First I’ve ever heard of Montuni, the grape (or any of its aliases).
White
7/28/2021 - Necowine wrote:
87 points
From glass. Golder in color, nose of bruised apple, aromatics rich and suggesting sherry, nuts. Showing nose on the palate, with also some nice lemon. As the nose would suggest, this is a rounder style of Vermentino. Nice glass of wine.
White - Sparkling
7/24/2021 - Necowine Likes this wine:
90 points
I can’t get enough of this style of Champagne in 2021 - the full, rich, saline rush of savory citrus accented with subtle toasties and, in this wine, toffee. Non dose, so the acidity will come on a little too strong off the pop for some, but after a few hours and into the second day, all is brightness and refreshment. Bravo.
Red
7/19/2021 - Necowine wrote:
87 points
Nice, straightforward Cali pinot of clean red fruit. Some sweeter baking spice also on its first day, some graphite or maybe ferric bits here now on its third, but this is really about honest, simple fruit. Not seeing much reason to hold.
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