Tasting Notes for peblin

(360 notes on 321 wines)

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Red
9/22/2014 - peblin wrote:
88 points
Starting to show development. Fruit is a bit dry, with lingonberries and sour cherry. Very elegant and light on the palate. Not sure if this will keep for very long - the fruit has lost quite some body and tertiary notes are only just starting.
Red
2004 Croix de Beaucaillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/20/2014 - peblin Does not like this wine:
86 points
Ok structure, but strangely "fat" mid-palate. Lacking fruit. Somewhat developed but not enough to show any particilarly interesting tertiary notes. Nose does have some compelling cedar wood and typical Bordeaux characteristics with dark plums more than blackcurrant.
Red
11/9/2013 - peblin Likes this wine:
92 points
Opulent, lovely and pure Grenache fruit with a spicy complexity added from the other grapes in the mix. 15% alcohol is not showing through - the l'Argile is an elegant effort with excellent quaffability. I would have appreciated a bit more pronounced acidity to make it an even better partner with food. Still - excellent.
Red
11/9/2013 - peblin Likes this wine:
87 points
Good minerality, fruity and spicy typical NZ nose with x-mas spices, dark cherries and cloves. Showing some development with tobacco and meat stock. A bit of fizz in the newly popped bottle but it aired away easily with no signs of spoilage.
Red
11/3/2013 - peblin Likes this wine:
87 points
Lots of blackcurrant, grass, green pepper. Light-medium bodied, with fresh acidity. Dusty tannins places this firmly in Chinon.
Red
11/3/2013 - peblin Likes this wine:
87 points
Mineral-driven - lots of wet stones and ashtray-like minerality. High, fresh acidity with the fruit playing a low-key role in the background.
Red
Very different from last bottle I tried. This one bears all signs of slightly defective biodynamic/"vin nature" - a bit CO2, sharply acidic, "dirty" almost bretty notes. Underneath it all a lovely raspberry and cherry fruit mixed with wet stones and licorice. Not rating this, would be unfair.
Red
10/27/2013 - peblin Likes this wine:
88 points
Mature, with good fruit left. Starting to dry out a bit. Paired this with Pork Belly Adobo - notoriously difficult with wine as it's dominated by vinegar and soy. The combination was a stunner - the acidity and Piedmontese tannins cut through the fatty meat and the mature components in the wine a perfect match for the savoury ingredients of the dish.
White - Off-dry
10/27/2013 - peblin wrote:
Very mature, but still shows plenty of candied yellow fruits. Waxy nose. Balanced.
White
10/27/2013 - peblin Likes this wine:
86 points
Young aromas of pear, apples and flowers. Fresh and mineralic both on the nose and palate.
Red
2009 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
9/7/2013 - peblin Likes this wine:
91 points
Tasted blind.
Warm, ripe fruit, quite pronounced alcohol. Vanilla, opulent red berries and banana cake. High, integrated acidity and velvety tannins. A borderline wine - old or new world? Could have been Ribera-ish but the banana cake and somewhat bitter finish always points me to Zin and Ridge Vineyards. I went for Lytton blind, but should have paid more attention to the iron/rust notes from the Carignan. The 2009 Geyserville is as always a beauty with excellent drinkability.
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Red
7/6/2013 - peblin wrote:
85 points
Decent Mencia, light-medium body with good acidity. Spice, blackberries, iodine and iron dominates - blind I was in Rhône or Languedoc.
Red
1/1/2013 - peblin wrote:
85 points
While this is probably the best wine in the Enrique Mendoza lineup, it is still very disappointing. Yes, fruit is ripe and there's some concentration - but why oh why such copious amounts of sweet vanilla fudgey oak? It is absolutely ridiculous. Mendoza is making new world-style wines completely in contrast to the personality and character of the rest of the region and all in all it's just a huge disappointment. If I want wines from Chile I buy wines from Chile - not Alfaz del Pi.
Red
1/1/2013 - peblin wrote:
86 points
Decent syrah with quite mature notes.
Red
12/17/2012 - peblin wrote:
87 points
Bright red color with brick-colored rim showing some maturity. Lots of smoky, wet-stone minerals on the nose, complemented by leather, meat stock and red berries. High, relentless acidity and potent, very fine, silky tannins. Unripe berries dominate the taste - lingonberries and cranberries. Minerals abound. 1500m is supposedly the highest vineyard on the peninsula - too high if you ask me. The structure and minerality of the wine is mighty impressive but it is obvious that the fruit didn't ripen fully.
Red
11/16/2012 - peblin Likes this wine:
93 points
Lovely, enticing nose full of dark cherry, lingonberries, meat stock, roses. The essence of Nose Wine - hard to stop sniffing. Showing some development with tar and tobacco. Intense on the palate, with ripe lingonberries all over the place. Very fine but potent tannins keeps a great grip. Finish is long, perhaps a bit on the dried put side. Will keep for many, many years.
Red
2008 Girolamo Russo Etna San Lorenzo Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
8/5/2012 - peblin Likes this wine:
92 points
Lots and lots of concentrated, ripe fruit on the nose with blackcurrant, cherries and red berries. Elegantly topped off with exotic spices and stony, volcanic minerals. On the palate the attack is almost overwhelmingly powerful in its focus and vivid acidity, with potent (but fine-grained) tannins and good lenght. The minerals comes in boatloads, to the verge of giving the wine a salty, savoury appearance. Excellent, and several steps up from the a'Rina.
Red
8/3/2012 - peblin Likes this wine:
90 points
Opaque, dark fruit - lots of umpf, barnyard, red cherries, spices. Good length, italian acidity.
Red
8/3/2012 - peblin Likes this wine:
89 points
A truly mind-expanding wine. Elegant and light, spicy and fruity, fine-grained tannins and good balance - all in all, a perfect, cool-climate (French) wine - think "natural", serious Beajolais. ...from South Africa!? Mind-expanding, excellent and really showing a completely new attractive style of SA wine.
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Red
8/3/2012 - peblin wrote:
89 points
Perfect timing, mature (lots of tobacco and leather) with lots of blue fruit left. Good structure, elegant and rounded tannins.
White - Off-dry
8/3/2012 - peblin Likes this wine:
88 points
Good acidity and balanced sweetness. Fresh, green apples and a hint of petroleum. Yummy.
Red
7/23/2012 - peblin wrote:
91 points
Now THIS is a surprise. The wine in question is the Baboso Negro of Bodegas Frontos. We get a really pleasant, ripe blackberry and blueberry fruit with LOTS of volcanic minerals. The body is explosive, with good fruit concentration and high acidity. The wine is young and off balance, with the alcohol up in the skies (bottle says 14%, I'd guess 15-16% blind) and the acidity too high. Needs time to blossom fully but a very impressive effort.
Red
7/23/2012 - peblin wrote:
91 points
Ah, a good bottle again. Lovely, concentrated mix of blueberries and strawberry seasoned with herbs and some peppery spices. Unfortunately also with a quite significant layer of feces that aired off after an hour or so. Oh, the excitement of "natural" wines.
Red
7/23/2012 - peblin wrote:
87 points
Lacks complexity.
Red
7/23/2012 - peblin wrote:
87 points
Decent Pinot with good minerality and quite firm structure.
Red
7/23/2012 - peblin Likes this wine:
91 points
The wine has matured perfectly and combines pleasant Merlot plum notes and expensive tobacco. Medium-full body with good structure and balance - this drinks almost like a right-bank bdx from a warm vintage. A pleasant surprise!
White
7/23/2012 - peblin wrote:
92 points
Ahh this is Mosel at its finest. Lovely, ripe, pure fruit with green apples and peaches embodied in minerals, a hint of petroleum and top notch acidity. Excellent.
White
7/23/2012 - peblin wrote:
89 points
Alvaro Mendes does it again, the Contacto is an excellent Alvarinho with great balance, zingy acidity, minerals and lovely aromatics.
White - Sparkling
6/26/2012 - peblin wrote:
87 points
A bit clumsy compared to Spinetta's Bricco Quaglia - somewhat muted fruit, less elegant mousse and lacking the "ohmygodthisislikecandy-yummy"-feeling.
White - Sparkling
6/26/2012 - peblin wrote:
90 points
Fresh, lively acidity and fruit with an irresistible sweetness. The perfect match for strawberry cake! :)
Red
6/27/2012 - peblin wrote:
88 points
Very oaky, smoky. Tightly knit, needs more time to be approachable.
White - Off-dry
6/27/2012 - peblin wrote:
91 points
Lovely aromatics - flowers, peach, oranges, lavendel - in a balanced sweet body. Finishes off with sturdy minerals and some bitterness typical of Lichtle. Absolutely perfect match with licorice ice-cream.
White
6/22/2012 - peblin wrote:
88 points
Structured, pleasant, mineralic. Green and yellow apples, quite a bit of petroleum. The wine is somewhere between a trocken and kabinett and I'm having difficulties with the "mix" in styles as the fruit lacks enough ripeness to balance the alcohol.
Red
2005 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
6/22/2012 - peblin wrote:
88 points
Warm, ripe blueberry/raspberry jam. Lots of alcohol and quite a lot of mature tobacco notes. Unfortunately the oak is sill very obvious and the wine finishes off with an oaky bitterness that just ruins the experience.
Red
6/21/2012 - peblin wrote:
88 points
Powerful, lots of tannins left. Fruit muted, maturity has taken over and the wine is starting to dry out. I'd say it's time to drink.
Red
6/21/2012 - peblin wrote:
85 points
Awww... This is what the "nature wine " fuzz is about. Last bottle excellent, this one exhibiting a horribly sharp acidity, bretty, dirty fruit with nothing like the purity of bottle #1. So... Do I not rate it and write it off as defective or does it deserve a low score?
White
6/21/2012 - peblin wrote:
88 points
Golden yellow color. Mature, yellow fruit with grapey notes. Fresh acidity, lots of mineral and a touch bitterness in the finish.
Red
6/7/2012 - peblin wrote:
91 points
Very impressive Barbera with rich, dark fruit on the nose - violets, dark cherries and perhaps some overripe strawberry topped with expensive tobacco. Perfect balance between fruit and maturity. Oak nicely integrated and subtle. On the palate, much more red fruit and a refreshingly high acidity.
White
6/7/2012 - peblin wrote:
87 points
Petroleum, mineral, green and yellow apples. Refreshing, almost sparkling acidity. Quite demanding, needs food.
White
6/7/2012 - peblin wrote:
89 points
Excellent expression of Albariño with floral aromatics, mineral, lemon and green apples. The freshness of the fruit is somewhat muted by early signs of development, adding a layer of honey/beeswax. Vibrant acidity and restrained alcohol makes this an excellent food wine.
Red
2005 Querciabella Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
5/30/2012 - peblin wrote:
87 points
Still very close to my note from 2008; "Typical Chianti nose with a significant amount of oak. ... structure bigger than the body". Unfortunately the oak shows no signs of fading and the fruit has not exactly improved from 4 more years of cellaring. If you're into oak-soup this is probably enjoyable but I say Pass.
Red
5/30/2012 - peblin wrote:
90 points
Delicious Brunello with plenty of tobacco and dark cherries. Good length and great balance.
White
5/30/2012 - peblin wrote:
90 points
Great. Have matured quite some since last time with more expressive Gewurz typicity, and also some honeyed maturity lurking in the shadows. This bottle also had lots of botrytis notes.
White
5/30/2012 - peblin wrote:
91 points
This is a fairly demanding Kabinett from JJ, with a firm structure and lots of mineral. Ripe fruit builds the backbone, but this is much more of a food wine than a quaffer.
Red
5/30/2012 - peblin wrote:
93 points
This is an excellent effort at an excellent value.
Elegant, Bordeaux-styled with a Californian suntan for some added fruit. Young for sure, but already extremely yummy.
White - Sparkling
5/30/2012 - peblin wrote:
90 points
Fine bubbles, mature, yellow apples, great minerals and good length. Starting to get a bit waxy.
Red
5/30/2012 - peblin wrote:
89 points
Stony, wet minerals with a darkish, almost NZ-like warm fruit to it. High acidity, impeccable structure. Quite demanding on its own, great with food.
Red
5/30/2012 - peblin wrote:
90 points
Lovely, expressive nose. Lots of strawberries, dark cherries and blackcurrant, layered with spicy notes very close to southern france. Lavendel, incense, "garrigue". Light-medium body with fresh acidity and low tannins. Perhaps a bit short.
Red
4/27/2012 - peblin wrote:
88 points
Varm, ripe blackcurrant fruit in a delicious package. Good structure, clean fruit, some oak but also some overtones of maturity. Pleasant surprise.
Red
4/22/2012 - peblin Likes this wine:
92 points
Had expected to NOT join the hype surrounding this piece, but must resign and join the choir. The purity and intensity of the fruit is just lovely, as is the mineral backbone. Excellent.
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