Tasting Notes for Purslane

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Red
10/7/2019 - Purslane wrote:
90 points
This wine is in great shape right now- comes in with old saddle leather and tobacco. Dried cherry fruit and violets mingle well with the acid. Tannins still distinct. Best two days after opening it.
Red
10/7/2019 - Purslane wrote:
92 points
Elegant wine with good acid/tannin balance. Comes in with some mushroom and earth and opens up to plenty of dark berry fruit and some dried herbs. Long finish with fine tannins. Has plenty of life ahead of it.
Red
9/21/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
91 points
Medium bodied, bright and fresh. Kirsch rules, raspberries and some garrigue add to the complexity. Good acid and tannins on the long, satisfying finish. Really like the relative restraint of the wine-it is not a fruit bomb!
White - Off-dry
9/23/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
92 points
This 25 year old wine jumps straight out of the just opened bottle with lively acidity, delicious citrus fruit, apple, and a mellow sweetness and texture, with nothing old or faded. Very enjoyable with a host of foods. But not as complex or rich as the great Rieslings.
Red
2013 Heinrich "Red" Neusiedlersee-Hügelland Red Blend (view label images)
9/23/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
90 points
See through red color. A good introduction to Austrian red wines that blends 3 commonly planted vaietals seldom seen in other counties. Brightly acidic, tasty fruits of cherry and raspberry, and moderately dry tannin. Finishes with firm tannin and spicy peppers. While a modest wine by itself, shines with food, including pizza and curried rice and chicken.
White
9/22/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
91 points
Opened the bottle with high hopes but did not like it very much at first: green vegetal flavors on the plate and harsh acid on the finish. After 4 days it started to open up with some floral notes and ripe white peach aromas and a good acid balance. Now, on day 7 (sic!) this wine is delicious. The delicate floral and white stone fruit aroma leads into some green apple, a touch of honeydew and a fair bit of mineral in the finish. Excellent acid balance at this point. Will make an effort to cellar this wine for a few years.
Red
9/21/2019 - Purslane wrote:
91 points
No rush to consume this wine. Right after opening it, it seemed somewhat funky. None of that after being opened for 4 days! Pleasant stone fruit on the nose and on the palate. Dry finish with well resolved tannins.
Red
9/21/2019 - Purslane wrote:
91 points
Just finished a bottle opened six days ago. Flawless! Relatively light in color and low in alcohol (12%), aromas of stone fruit, earthy. Long, savory finish. Barraida rules!
Red
9/19/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
92 points
Opaque black with an inch pour. An excellent Syrah ringer for a Cabernet Sauvignon. Full bodied. Very firm and drying tannin. Blackberry and black currant fruit. At 9 years, aging well and worth keeping for years more. If it developes smoked meat flavors, could well become great as a Syrah. Outstanding with meat dishes.
White
9/14/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
89 points
Tasted daily for 5 days without any improvement, but remained enjoyable from the first to last sip. A top wine with most all foods. By itself, decent acidity, fruit, texture, and concentration, but lacks the richness and complexity of the best Gruner Veltliners. Overall, an affordable and good introduction to this kind of wine, without showing us how great it can be.
Red
8/24/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
94 points
Opaque purple, concentrated, richly fruity, lively acidity, and well structured by tannin. Superb tasting even after being in the refrigerator for over a week.
Red
2011 Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines Côtes du Roussillon Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
8/24/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
93 points
A superb value at the $12 I paid. Delicious just pop and poured. Amazingly durable when subsequently tasted after being refrigerated for over a week. Impressive balance of fruit/acid/tannin. One of the best wines with food, especially with meat balls.
Red
8/12/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
93 points
Saved a puddle from a magnum opened two days ago: No doubt it’s a Sangiovese, tart cherries, darkish berries, some stone fruit on the nose-along with subtle herbs and dried flowers. Fruit continues on the palate embraced by Sangiovese acidity and plenty of nicely structured yet well integrated tannins. Great balance, relatively low alcohol, medium body, and a long finish bursting with lively red fruit. Could have saved it for Simone’s 60th:)
White
8/8/2019 - Purslane wrote:
92 points
After being open for a week this wine is rocking! Aromas of apricot, and peach pie, laced with vanilla. The fruit continues in the mouth, mingling with a distinct minerality. A fresh kick of acid slightly counteracts the mouth coating qualities of the wine. Long finish with distinct tannins.
Red
8/1/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
94 points
After being opened and sipped for 4 days, the best this wine has even been. The top wine on a table of 6 excellent wines. Pitch black color, very aromatic black cherry, rich, solidly structured and mouth filling, while somehow remaining elegant rather than heavy.
Red
8/1/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
95 points
After being opened for 4 days, this wine rocketed to the moon. Pitch black, powerful, rich, lush, intensely fruity, and complexly layered. As close to Cabernet Sauvignon as I have ever seen a Pinot Noir achieve. Powerfully structured by tannin and acidity yet profoundly delicious.
White - Off-dry
7/29/2019 - Purslane wrote:
92 points
A late release of this 2002, which usually means unsold stock stored in the cold cellars of the winery is cleared out. Often this such wines are a best buy and taste younger than the chronological age. Light yellow color, enters the mouth fruity, lightly sweet, and brightly acidic. Overall, enjoyably tasty by itself and with food.
Red
7/29/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
90 points
Translucent red, easy drinking, and elegant, with decent acidity. Not rich, complex, layered, or mouth coating. More resembles a village level red burgundy.
Red
7/29/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
93 points
By a significant margin, the best Montepulciano at a tasting that included 4 different Montepulicano wines. Opaque black, rich, lush, delicious, silky tannin, with a surprising hint of cocoa chocolate. Good popped and poured, and even better on the 5th day the opened wine was retasted.
Red
7/25/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
93 points
This is the higher production Cabernet Sauvignon that Freemark Abbey makes, that probably pays most of the bills. At around $40 a bottle, it actually gives you a good idea what makes Napa Cabernet Sauvignons so special. Darkly colored, rich, vivid upfront fruit, lushly textured, decent concentration, delicious from nose to swallow, refreshing acidity, rounded tannin. The amazing thing about their whole line up is that Freemark Abbey can pull out of the hat a more limited and expensive production wine that is distinctly greater that the previous one, where you keep thinking that each wine has to be as great as it gets, only to be repeatedly served another even greater one.
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Red
7/25/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
92 points
Eberle makes one of the few Zinfandels from Paso Robles that features tasty fruits without being raisin sweet, enough acidity to be refreshing, includes a dry tannic streak, and is more elegant than heavy. Overall, excellent purity of flavors with finely balanced fruit, acid, and tannin.
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White
7/24/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
94 points
Very rarely is Chenin Blanc planted in California, but Foxen not only has kept a vineyard of Chenin Blanc long enough to make old vines, but even makes two levels of wines. This top of the line old vines single vineyard bottling is competitive with the best Chenin Blanc in the Loire River Valley in France. Rich, lushly textured, concentrated, and complexly layered.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
7/21/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
93 points
A relatively fine ice wine from the Finger Lakes in New York, and a good and affordable illustration of what makes Riesling dessert wines special. Rich, lush, acidic, moderately sweet, and concentrated, but will not show how great a Riesling ice wine can be. Overall, a fine wine to buy to see if you enjoy it enough to spend the additional money that the great Riesling ice wines command and get.
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White
7/14/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
93 points
A great example of why Alsace is world famous for its Rieslings. Medium yellow color and very delicious. Very vivid with great clarity of flavors. Strong citrus fruits that were absolutely refreshing and nicely textured.
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Red
7/14/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
90 points
Saint Cosme is one of the best producers of Southern Rhone wines from Gigondas. In fine condition for a 10 year old wine. Opaque purple. Nicely structured by firm tannin, with a good balance of fruit and acidity. Not much lushness in the texture of the wine. Two odd flavors that somewhat hindered the wine were a touch of green vegetable and dried stick.
White
7/14/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
93 points
I have drunk a bottle each year of this Australian Chardonnay from Margaret River in one of the places most cooled by ocean breezes. Never has it failed to impress. At 4 years old, the color is more yellow versus being water clear. Very aromatic flowers and citrus fruit. The taste in the mouth includes lively acidity, lemon and lime, and palette scrubbing texture. The 4th day tasted added a softer and lush texture that is also mouth coating. The top wine on the table with fish.
Red
7/14/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
93 points
A fine example of how red wines from Sicily can be superbly good, and how COS makes outstanding wines. Tasted over a 4 day period, recorking the wine back in the refrigerator. Started with light see through ruby that included a brown tone. But got better every day. Much darker, elegant, smoother, fruitier, and better textured. Wonderfully delicious and enjoyable without being big or overpowering. With food, the best wine of 7 on the table, that we kept coming back to.
Red
7/14/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
92 points
In terrific shape for an 18 year old wine. Bright, balanced, smooth, and fruity, with nothing old or tired. Overall, still remarkably youthful,, along with aging gracefully.
Red
7/14/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
91 points
Opaque purple, with slightly lighter ring at the edge. The strongest flavors come from the 55% Syrah. Lively blueberry, some smoked meat flavors, dry tannin in the finish. Though 12 years old, does not have a lushly smooth texture, unlike many other 2007s from south France. Overall nicely enjoyable, but not among the greatest of the wines from the excellent 2007 vintage.
Red
7/14/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
93 points
Popped and poured, this wine was translucent light red and tasted rather simple, despite having had 6 years to age. But improved every day after being recorked and put back in the refrigerator. By day 4 the wine was dark, complex, fruity, layered, silky, and highly satisfying, as one would hope from a single vineyard in Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.
Red
7/10/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
92 points
At the $13 we paid, one of the best values for Grenache from Spain. At 6 years old, aging well with opaque black color without any sigh of brown. Bright red raspberry fruit and smoothly textured. Made exclusively from old vine Grenache.
White
7/10/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
93 points
The consensus favorite white wine at a tasting of experienced wine lovers. Concentrated, aromatic, refreshing citrus acidity, deliciously fruity, well textured, and mouth coating. Strong candidate for the best wine made from the Greco grape.
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Red
6/29/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
93 points
Opaque purple with an inch pour. Cherry and lavender aromas. Well rounded upfront acid and tannin. Rarely have I seen this much structure on a Pinot Noir outside of Burgundy. Great balance of fruit, acid, and tannin. Delicious and refreshing, unusually full bodied, and yet still elegant.
Red
6/29/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
92 points
Deep vivid purple with an age revealing light brown tone. Enticing aromas of blueberry and smoked meat. The swallow is refreshingly acidic, smoothly textured, and lightly drying, with a good fruit taste of pomegranate and cherry. While enjoyably good, not as great as I was hoping the Reserve M bottling would be.
White
6/29/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
92 points
This 14 year old Chardonnay is pale yellow, with citric aromas. The mouth is lively, cleansing, refreshing, and smoothly textured. But at 92 points it is my lowest scoring bottle, with a relative lack of richness and complexity. Most likely this reflects bottle variation, given the consistency of all earlier tastings, including one year back.
Red
6/29/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
94 points
One of the few wines from Howell Mountain that I was able to purchase for $40 a bottle, and a superb example of why Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignons command and get premium prices. A powerful full bodied wine highly structured by firm tannin and vivid acidity. Dark, dense, and concentrated fruits of black currants, blackberry, and black cherry. Beautifully ageworthy and readily improves for decades. At 13 years old, more integrated, smooth, seamless, and layered.
White
6/27/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
93 points
Light yellow with an inch pour. Smoothly textured plus brightly fruity with a Meyer Lemon taste. Amply structured by a skin tannin and lively acidity. Excellent with diverse foods.
Red
6/27/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
94 points
For many years I enjoyed Hartford Russian River Pinots, but when I tasted through the wines with the owner/winemaker, I was surprised that near the end they pulled out Jennifer's Pinot as a limited production single vineyard Pinot that was an even greater wine. And it was pervasively richer from nose to finish. Opaque purple with a half inch pour. Concentrated fruits of blackberry, blueberry, and cherry. Amply structured by strong acidity and tannin. And at 5 years old, even smooth in the mouth and swallow. Overall, distinctly worth paying more for.
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Red
6/25/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
94 points
The Fort Ross Winery makes this wine from the single vineyard named Fort Ross that was one of the large and early pioneered plantings of Pinot Noir in Sonoma Coast, close to the Pacific ocean and significantly cooled by it. At the unusually good price of $31 a bottle, I bought a full case. Right off the bat the wine poured into the glass deeply colored along with concentrated aromas of black cherry and violets. The sip features upfront fruit with an added blackberry, very lively acidity, textural richness, and rounded tannin from being well aged for 10 years. Ends mouth coating with a spike of intense flavors in the swallow. Will drink superbly any time for at least the next 5 years.
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Red
6/25/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
94 points
Domaine La Garrique's La Cantarelle bottling is reliably one of the best wines from the Vacqueyras appellation in the Southern Rhone River Valley, that much deserves its beautifully illustrated name of the nightingale songbird. The great news about this 9 year old 2010 is how delightful it remains and how well it has rounded and integrated with addition age. Continues to be one of the most outstanding wines among 7 bottles on the table with food. Overall, dark, rich, lush, fruity, and superbly balanced.
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Red
6/22/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
94 points
Drinking from this bottle for 5 days left a trail of embarrassed wines costing more but not as good. For openers, despite being 14 years, the blackest wine in the glass. Aromatic, deliciously fruity, smoothly textured, refreshingly acidic, seamlessly integrated, well structured by an undertow of tannin, finishing with a long throat coating aftertaste.
Red
6/20/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
95 points
This top of the line Shiraz of Wolf Blass continues to drink superbly at 15 years old. Well structured, rich, full bodied, mouth coating, and fruity, with zero flaws and broad food compatibility. Thanks, screw cap, for keeping this wine in great shape for long term aging.
Red
6/17/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
92 points
This 18 year old relatively inexpensive wine significantly exceeded my expectation that it would suffer from diminished fruit and color. Opaque purple with an inch pour. Inviting aromas of black cherry, blackberry, and lavender. Just about everything in this wine had aged beautifully into a pervasive roundness and integration - not just tannin, texture, and fruit, but even the acidity. Overall, a highly enjoyable silky smooth wine, and another example of how well the 2001 vintage in California turned out to age well, especially in Napa and Sonoma.
White
6/17/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
92 points
A surprisingly complex wine with delicious apple and citrus fruit, very lively citric acidity, enough residual sugar to have a subtle sweetness, and a soothing mouth and throat texture. Highly enjoyable by itself and often one of the best wines with a broad spectrum of foods. Like most all German Rieslings, a superb aging wine, flawless at 6 years old, and will readily remain perfectly enjoyable for another decade.
Red
6/16/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
94 points
Repeatedly one of the best wines when drunk against 5 others with lunch and dinner for 4 days. Pours out with a darkly opaque color. Rich, lushly textured, deliciously fruity, smoothly tannic, and refreshingly acidic. Overall, a superb example of how good and ageworthy a 100% Grenache wine can be, here made from a vineyard of 96 year old vines.
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Red
6/8/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine came back from the dead twice. We opened it to serve in a blind tasting featuring Barberas against Nebbiolos. But the wine showed a taint in the nose, so we removed it from the tasting. The next day we rechecked the wine, and the the smell was fine but the body had a cardboard taste. 6 days after the tasting, we retasted the wine, fully expecting having to pour the tainted wine away in the lawn. But, amazingly, the wine was now free of any off flavor, so we put it into our drinking rotation. See through ruby color with no brown tone, off odor, or bad taste. Fine balance of acidity, fruit, and tannin, with note worthy structure, texture, and smoothness. Very enjoyable by itself and with food. Overall, an impressive example of how well Nebbiolo, even at the lowest level of Langhe, can age and hold magnificently, here 19 years old yet remains fully drinkable.
Red
6/7/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
93 points
Opaque purple with an inch pour. Excellent mouth entry, concentrated, bright acidity, mouth coating, cherry fruit. Well balanced and integrated. Firm and drying tannin emerge in the swallow. No sugar sweetness and not heavy.
Red
6/7/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
93 points
Absolutely the best value Zin among 14 Zins at a Best Cellar store ZinFest, combining one of my highest scores with one of the lowest prices of $15. Darkly colored, deliciously fruity, smoothly textured, and nicely concentrated and complex. The most amazing accomplishment of this Zin is that it is well structured with both acidity and tannin, despite being 80% Zin and from Lodi. Part of what makes it so well structured is blending in 10% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petite Sirah, but again Lodi often is not strongly structured for these non-Zin grape varietals, and 80% Zin would still be the dominate influence. To its credit, Klinker Brick did a fine job making this relatively well structured wine all around.
Red
6/6/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
97 points
This 12 year old Zinfandel not only had no flaws or deterioration. It was a strong candidate for the greatest Zin in a side by side pouring of 14 current release Zins. Pitch black with an inch pour with a thin outer ring that was lighter. The smell was invitingly concentrated and fruity. The sip was rich, full bodied, caressingly velvety, and mouth filling with no detached sugar sweetness, raisin taste, or heaviness. The wine has enough acidity and tannin to be drying, refreshing, and cleansing without anything sour, astringent, or rough. Overall, one of the most rewarding Zins to age, largely reflecting the great quality of the Tedeschi Vineyard, and the skill of Ravenswood in making Zin as seriously concentrated and well structured as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Red
6/6/2019 - Purslane Likes this wine:
96 points
This 12 year old wine is a great 2007 Rhone blend that is outstanding example why 2007 is arguably the greatest Rhone vintage. If you want to see why, just put later vintages side by side on the table from high hyped Rhone wines where critics handed out scores over 95 points like candy, and see what gets knocked off the table. Opaque pitch black with an inch pour. The mouth entry is lush, richly textured, and beautifully rounded, integrated, and seamless. Strongly fruity, closer to blackberry and blueberry than the usual red raspberry for wines having Grenache as the majority grape. Ample refreshing acidity and drying tannin. Will get even better with more years of aging. Thank you, Janasse, for making such great wines outside and yet adjacent to Chateauneuf du Pape, sold at a fraction of the price that most Chateauneuf du Papes command and get.
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