Tasting Notes for iByron

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White
7/27/2021 - iByron Likes this wine:
89 points
Star bright straw gold. Abundant funky nose of burning citrus and funghi. Medium palate is much cleaner than the nose yielding toasted lemon, white guava, and white pepper with a bit of birch on the finish. Medium plus acidity. Medium finish. A fine example of California Fumé style SB. Okay as a sipper, but built for a meal. Swordfish and scallops come racing to mind, but any white fleshed fish or shellfish should pair wonderfully. Or just upscale your fried chicken. It’s good for that, too. Drink now through 2024.
Red
7/21/2021 - iByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Domaine Patrick Javillier 2018 Pernand-Vergelesses Pinot Noir - Dark ruby red. Inviting nose and lush medium palate of earthy black cherry, fresh mushroom, and slightly woody red plum. Medium acidity. Medium minus tannins. A Burgundy for the New World drinker. Just enough fruit and a well regulated militia of oak, tannins, and acidity make for a PN that’s true to its roots yet approachable to the novice. A wide variety of cuisines will pair nicely. I went with very authentic (read, “spicy”) Ethiopian fare. Drink now through 2028.
Rosé
7/12/2021 - iByron Likes this wine:
89 points
Bright, very pale Himalayan salt pink. Light nose of underripe strawberry and wet stone. Light, very dry palate of watermelon rind and chalky mineral. No fizz, but the medium plus acidity makes a light refreshing rosé that’s ready for light fare and a great warm-weather sipper. Drink now.
White
5/23/2021 - iByron wrote:
flawed
Very dark amber in color. Looks oxidized and tastes like it was left by a radiator for eight years or so. Not what the wine should look like fewer than theee years after vintage.
Red
5/16/2021 - iByron Likes this wine:
89 points
Dark but transparent red purple. Abundant nose of black cherry and graphite. Medium full palate of black cherry, anise, and black cranberry. Firm (medium plus) tannins that soften a bit with air wrapping up medium acidity through the moderate finish. A nicely complex expression of Nobile. Ready for top southern Italian fare or just upgrade more pedestrians fare. Drink now or hold until 2027.
Rosé
3/24/2021 - iByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Vibrant deep pink. Juicy strawberry and red cherry on the nose and the medium bodied palate. Firm, mouth-watering acidity and… oh let’s cut the pretense! This is freaking great. Full of fruit, like an Anjou, but dry and refreshing. I honestly can’t think of a better all-around rosé. You like ‘em fruity? This is your wine! You like ‘em crisp? This is your wine! But a bottle and drink it now with a salade Niçoise or soft cheese or just alone as a sipper.
Red
2/14/2021 - iByron Likes this wine:
88 points
Dark garnet purple. Inviting nose and medium full palate of black cranberry, blackberry, and patent leather. Medium acidity; medium tannins. Mildly complex and dark fruit forward, this Syrah-led blend is a nice accompaniment to cookout fare and light cuts of beef. The varieties mesh well and none over-asserts. Drink now through 2022.
Rosé - Sparkling
12/25/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Brilliant ruby with pink mousse and tiny persistent bubbles. Nose is relatively shy but yields black cherry. Typically light sparkling palate gives red cherry and slightly bitter anise. Surprisingly dry impression for a sec rosé, most likely from the high acidity. Tasty red fruited sparkler that’s a great accompaniment to brunch or light dinner fare, or to any celebration. Drink it when you buy it (as if you were going to do otherwise).
White
12/1/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Star bright gold. White flowers and honeyed stone fruit on the nose and fleshy, full-bodied palate. Lengthy, layered finish adds anise and white pepper. Medium acidity; somewhat higher than what you’d get in the New World. It checks all of the white Rhône boxes — complexity, body, aromatics — and does so with aplomb. The Viognier to drink when you don’t want to spring for Condrieu. Drink by 2024.
Red
11/25/2020 - iByron wrote:
84 points
Dark ruby garnet. Inviting, typically Californian nose of dark red fruit and vanilla. Full bodied palate of dark chocolate, licorice, black currant, and tarry blackberry. Medium acidity. Medium plus, woody tannins that need significant time to soften. Long dark finish. When you say “California dark blend,” this is what comes to mind. But it’s way too young. Needs some time to settle and integrate the fruit and tannins. If you have it now, serve with rich hearty stews, roasts, or casseroles. After a lengthy decanting. Drink through 2027.
White
11/5/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
88 points
Star bright deep(!) gold. Shy but inviting nose minerally green apple. On the palate, green apple, lime rind, flinty minerals, dried white flowers. Laser focused, firm acidity that belies the barrel roots (presaged by the color). Was initially put off by the color, but some research revealed that it’s 70% barbell fermented, which accounts for things. A dry Riesling for autumnal fare. Casseroles, roasted poultry or pork, or root vegetables will find a friend here. Drink now through 2028.
White - Sparkling
10/13/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Bright, slightly rosy beige. Fine persistent bubbles and quickly dissipating white mousse. Abundant nose of Royal Anne cherry and ashy toast. Palate echoes the nose. Medium plus acidity (natch) with a moderately long dusty cherry finish. All of the complexity that a Blanc de Noirs should bring in a reasonably priced package. A great Champagne to enhance any meal or celebration. Drink it when you buy it, of course.
Orange
10/8/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
87 points
Bright copper orange. Shy nose and medium palate of melon, baked quince, and spice. Medium plus acidity (it’s Friuli after all) and a wee pot of tannin on the medium long finish. MJB has brought us a wonderful northeastern Italian Ramato style PG that should appeal to everyone from casual drinkers to wine nerds. At home as a sipper, but will shine with a rich meal. Roast chicken, Bronzino, and a host of vegetable dishes will pair nicely. Drink now through 2023.
Red
8/31/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
89 points
Clear and bright garnet. Nose scared me at first being nothing but dirt. After opening up it gives black cherry, black cranberry, and forest floor (a.k.a., dirt). Medium light on the palate which echoes the nose. Medium plus acidity and sneaky medium tannins. A firm Burgundy-style Pinot Noir that’s a great match for high-end Old World fare or New World salmon, duck, or pork dishes. NV like so much from Champagne, so drink it (up to a year from) when you buy it.
Rosé
8/25/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
89 points
Bright melon in color. Nose of cantaloupe and underripe strawberries. Medium light body on the palate which yields melon, dried flowers, and those underripe strawberries again. Medium plus acidity Not as sweet as some other RdAs, but still a delightful easy summer drink that will accompany a wide range of foods as well. Drink now.
Red
2017 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/13/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark glass-clinging purple. Dark fruit and ash on the nose. Voluptuous full body on the palate which gives blackberry, tarry blueberry, and ashen vanilla. Fine medium tannins. Medium minus acidity. Serve with a a well rubbed steak and aromatic vegetables. This stuff sings. But drink by 2022.
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White
8/12/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
86 points
Bright pale straw. Nose is kinda shy, but then asserts with a bit of Viognier-like “stank” over yellow, non-tropical fruit. Palate is medium light with an earthy, lemony core and a dirty, woodsy finish. That plus the medium acidity makes for a wine that definitely calls out for complex food flavors. My dolmades seemed made for this. Not as frightening as I’d been led to believe, but this was called a “modern interpretation” of Retsina in the notes so there’s that. A wine to accompany those wildly complex Greek and Mediterranean flavors. Olives, grape leaves, tzatziki, dates, feta, and the like — taken together — will find a simpatico companion here. Pair with old Greek men. Drink now.
White
7/28/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
86 points
Star bright gold. Abundant nose of ripe yellow apple and dried apricot. Medium full palate of yellow apple, dried apricot, and white peppery honey with a hint of spice on the moderate finish. Medium, non assertive acidity. Needs to be beside a rich dish to shine as a food pair. Bad with my salad. Great with my lobster Mac and cheese. Fried chicken, white sauces, and crustaceans (scallops, crabs, crawfish, or yes, lobster) would fare quite well. Washington is Bordeaux variety country. But this works as a Tuesday night Chard. Drink now.
Red
7/13/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
88 points
Deep and dark glass-clinging blackish red. Inviting nose of blackberry and raspberry. Sweet-ish dark berry compote defines the full-bodied palate along with medium minus acidity and next to no tannins. Long, dark boysenberry finish. A true upgrade to the standard Dornfelder offerings out there. Full of flavor and weighty but still a nice easy drinking red. Perfect for that drinker who likes a touch of sweetness without going full on candy. Pair with hearty spicy dishes and hard cheeses. Drink now, well chilled.
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Red - Sparkling
6/12/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
88 points
Bright ruby with persistent tiny bubbles. Not much noSe, but then it’s served cold. Tart cherry palate with a hint of creme fraiche wrapping up the taut acidic backbone. What can I say? It’s Brachetto, but not from Acqui (Piemonte DOC). Moscato’s red little brother always satisfies, and Stella Fiore’s presentation is no exception. Enough acidity and not too much sweetness to make a good food wine for any of your weekday fare. Burgers, meatloaf, tacos, spaghetti, all are welcome. Drink now, of course.
Red
5/18/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Clear bright ruby. Inviting nose of black cherry tea. Medium palate of the same with subtle hints of vanilla and anise. Sounds more simple than it is. Low tannins that mildly assert towards the finish. That plus the medium acidity makes for an outstanding dinner wine that will support a wide range of light to medium-hearty fare. Drink now through 2026.
Red
5/4/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
87 points
Deeply extracted ruby. Nose and palate of cassis and lightly vanilla’d dark red berry compote. Medium body. Medium acidity. Medium minus tannins. Classic Sonoma Cab that will be a great compliment to roasts, casseroles, and lighter cuts of beef. Drink now through 2023.
Red
5/2/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
88 points
Bright and clear garnet ruby. Initially shy nose of black cherry and weak tea. Medium-light palate echoes the nose. Medium minus tannins. Medium plus acidity. Short finish. German reds are improving. The is shows much better than reds from just ten years back. Serve with pork, salmon, or light to medium vegetarian fare.
Red
4/24/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Bright and clear ruby garnet. Inviting nose of black cherries and violets. Medium full palate echoes the nose with a bit of dark plum and anise on the lingering finish. Medium plus acidity and firm (medium plus plus) tannins. What a value to be had in this Langhe Nebbiolo! Under $15 and such intensity and, dare I say, power. QPR is through the proverbial roof! Drink now through 2023 with heartier fare than you might think.
White
3/30/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Deep but bright gold. Rustic nose of dried quince and birch. Palate (medium full bodied) echoes with firm acidity plus plantain and a touch of white pepper. Finish is long and earthy. My favorite appellation for Chardonnay doesn’t disappoint a decade on. Pair with any classic “white wine” dishes, high end or more pedestrian fare. This will satisfy for another 5-10 years.
Red
3/22/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Bright and clear dark ruby. Nose and palate of black cherry, black tea, and a bit it birchy wood. A bit of a tarry finish. Medium body, medium plus tannins, and medium acidity. Food is definitely its friend, but if you’re just looking for a Tuesday night by-the-glasser, it’s at home there, too.
Red
3/17/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
87 points
Bright ruby red. Nose is a bit shy as I chilled the bottle a bit too long, but yields a grapey raspberry cherry. Palate echoes the nose. Medium plus tannins. Medium plus acidity. A “serious” Nouveau from the good folks at Bouchard Aine. Enough so to serve with a formal meal. Make this your go to when Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé next year. Sorry, Georges! @delectable
Red
2/24/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
89 points
100% Petit Verdot. Dark nose of ripe blackberry and violets. Full-bodied palate echoes the nose. Firm fine tannins and medium acidity. Quite the surprise from Tuscany where the “Supers” are often blends. Very approachable for this variety. A wonderful compliment to beef dishes and hard cheeses. Drink now through 2027.
Red
2/6/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
89 points
Frank Cornelissen MunJebel 7 Vino da Tavola Rosso Nerello Mascalese - Clear garnet with a slight haze. Red apple, pomegranate, and brick on the nose. Firm acidity and very firm tannins intro the medium palate of red apple peel, pomegranate, and terra cotta. Very firm tannins. A no holds barred Cornelissen joint that will support your heartiest of fare. Just be aware that this isn’t your father’s Italian wine. Also, very firm tannins. Drink at one sitting now through 2027. You’ll love it or hate it.
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White - Sparkling
1/1/2020 - iByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Star bright beige. Small bubbles persistent even in my Bordeaux glass. Toast-laden nose of baked apples and white spices. Deceptively racy acidity belies a rich palate of baked green apples and stony biscuits. Lengthy finish. The one upside of climate change is that these extra brut bottles are nowhere near as scary as they used to be. This is a fully approachable, fruitful wine that will still satisfy the “dry obsessed” in your group (even if it’s mostly psychological). Drink now. They’ll make more.
White
12/29/2019 - iByron Likes this wine:
89 points
Star bright straw gold. Yellow apples and underripe pineapple in the nose. Medium body and the aforementioned fruit plus some brown stone on the palate. Medium plus acidity and a medium finish. Probably the best dry Riesling out there right now, and it’s not from Germany (though it *is* the Germanic part of Italy)! A natural with fish and other seafood, poultry, pork, or light to medium vegetarian dishes. Drink now through 2023.
White - Off-dry
12/25/2019 - iByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Star bright straw gold. Quince and white flowers on the nose and medium palate. Medium plus plus (intentional) acidity balances the Spätlese sweetness yielding a wonderfully food-friendly wine. Fits anywhere that Riesling would, but a bit more floral. Delicious. Drink now through 2027.
Red
12/15/2019 - iByron Likes this wine:
87 points
Bright ruby. Abundant nose of violets and black cherry. Medium-bodied palette echoes the nose adding light peat and other slightly earthy tones. Medium plus acidity and medium minus tannins. The light-footed little brother of Coelho’s Paciencia makes for a terrific all-around Pinot Noir that will pair with practically any cuisine. Take it to lunch. Take it to dinner. Take it to the park on a picnic. Salmon (any preparation) is it’s natural best friend. Drink now through 2021.
Red
10/13/2019 - iByron Likes this wine:
91 points
Deep ruby purple in the glass. Abundant nose of cassis, rhubarb, and light graphite. Fruit forward, full-bodied palate echoes the nose with medium acidity and medium plus, dusty tannins. Long, dark red finish wraps it all up. An excellent match for my cowboy rubbed porterhouse, and the perfect subject to test out my new Repour stoppers. It’s great now. I’ll be back over the course of the week to see how it fares. IF I don’t finish it all tonight! ��
Red
9/1/2019 - iByron Likes this wine:
89 points
Ramian Estate 2006 Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Franc - Showing very well right now. Deep garnet in the glass. Nose of raspberry and vanilla. Full-bodied, fruit forward palate yields black raspberry, cassis, and light vanilla oak. Medium acidity and medium plus tannins make for a fine food wine, though just bright enough for a sipper (for some). An excellent, lighter option for when its son, Cab Sauvignon, is too heavy. Take it anywhere you’d take Bordeaux or California Pinot Noir. Now if only we can get Randall Graham to make more. Drink now through 2026.
White
8/13/2019 - iByron Likes this wine:
88 points
Bright yellow gold. Inviting nose of yellow apple ale lightly buttered popcorn. Medium full bodied palate echoes the nose with medium plus acidity. Balance is key. Buttery to be sure, but everything else is there too. If you like the classic California style, this gives it in spades. Pair with lobster, roast chicken, or cream sauces.
White
7/26/2019 - iByron Likes this wine:
89 points
Star bright straw gold. Inviting nose of quince and citrus rind. Medium-light palate leads with firm acidity introducing quince, citrus rind, and white pepper, all finishes up with smite stony acidity. A food wine to be sure — though some hearty souls may choose this as a “sipper” — and one that cries out for rich white wine fare. Potato crusted cod with white balsamic green beans was my choice. What will be yours?
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Rosé
6/12/2019 - iByron Likes this wine:
89 points
Bright cantaloupe pink in color. Abundant nose of red and pink stone fruit (cherry, peach). Medium light body. Firm, juicy acidity leads into a mouthful of white peach, Royal Anne cherry, and melon with a slight citrus note at the end. Finish is medium short, but it’s still raining in my mouth! This is a wonderful rosé that’s a great sipper on its own and will compliment a wide range of summer foods! I’m having a Niçoise-ish salad with mine!
White
6/5/2019 - iByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Pale straw gold. Shy nose of quince and orange blossom. Palate is bright (medium plus acidity) yet medium bodied and yields quince, citrus, and bright straw. Finish is medium long and with just enough bitter to make you want more. A “unicorn” in that it’s about as close to true Burgundian style as I’ve had from the New World. I’d put this against a good Macôn-Village any day. Delicious with food (natch) and as a crisp summer sipper. Upscale your KFC like I did.
Red
2003 Three Rivers Winery Meritage Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/3/2019 - iByron Likes this wine:
90 points
Three Rivers Winery 2005 Meritage Red Blend - Deep ruby purple with color to the rim. Nose and palate of black currant and other dark fruit. Fine medium plus tannins and medium acidity steer the medium full body to a lengthy, tarry finish. Aboard close to Bordeaux as the New World gets. That this is still going strong 16 years on is a testament to what’s happening in the Columbia Valley and has bee for years. Enjoy with classic Cabernet fare.
White - Sparkling
3/23/2019 - iByron Likes this wine:
89 points
Bright rose gold with moderately quickly dissipating mousse and fine bubbles (meaning it’s properly chilled ��). Royal Anne cherries on the nose, confirmed on the medium full palate with toasted brioche. Bright, mouthwatering acidity reigns in the mouth, and the finish is long and bready. A Burgundian blanc de noirs that I’d put up against similar Champagnes any day, but without the Champagne price. Equally at home in a celebratory toast or accompanying an oceanic meal. I’m enjoying with grilled salmon. What will *you* choose?
Red
2016 Torial Red Wine Sonoma County Red Blend (view label images)
2/6/2019 - iByron Likes this wine:
89 points
Deep ruby. Nose of red fruits and oaky berries. Full bodied palate yields dark red fruits and a bit of plum. Medium tannins. Medium acidity. Structured well enough for food. Maybe good for a sipper as well. A very well made reb blend (Zinfandel, Grenache, Carignan) from the Wagner family. Drink now.
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White
1/12/2019 - iByron Likes this wine:
86 points
Star bright yellow gold. Tropical fruit banana, mango) leads the nose. Likewise the full-bodied, fruit-forward palate where it’s joined by juicy medium acidity. Fruit is maintained through the relatively short (but still bright) finish. This is definitely an easy drinking sipper (with a great QPR), but it will hold its own with everyday meals. I’m enjoying it with breaded pork chops, roasted Brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes.
White
1/10/2019 - iByron Likes this wine:
88 points
Star bright straw gold. Abundant nose of baked apple and white flowers. Medium full palate echoes the nose adding white pepper on the finish. A backbone of bright acidity runs through it all yielding a (typically Italian) great food wine. Enjoy with pastas and white or pink tomato sauces, frito misto, or bright chicken or fish dishes.
White - Sparkling
1/1/2019 - iByron Likes this wine:
89 points
Star bright straw gold with fine bubbles and persistent white mousse. Green apple tart on the nose. Echoed on the bright palate which adds a slight citrusy note. Finish is long and toasty. A wonderful and well-priced offering from the American arm of Pommery house. Enjoy with everyday fare and save the god stuff for “special” times.
Red
12/24/2018 - iByron Likes this wine:
84 points
Clear garnet in color. Shy nose of black cherry and black tea. Matching dark fruit palate is medium-bodied with medium tannins: high for a bottle at this price point. A really nice Willamette with a semi-Burgundian ethos at a bargain price. If you haven’t taken the plunge into America’s “go to” region for the Black Pinot, this is a worthy entry point. Enjoy with a wide variety of foods, including (as I am) the classic salmon.
Red
11/26/2018 - iByron Likes this wine:
89 points
Dark red purple in the glass. Full nose of red currant, roses, and bell pepper. Full bodied palate echoes the nose and delivers juicy black fruit on top. Firm, fuzzy tannins (medium plus) and medium acidity round out this wine that screams for beef. Drink now or in the next five years (by 2023).
Rosé
10/20/2018 - iByron Likes this wine:
87 points
Pale salmon in color (it’s 17 years on, after all). Nose is very shy, but matches the layered palate of strawberry-cantaloupe and white spice. But the real surprise is the structure! A firm (medium plus) backbone of acidity and mild (medium minus) tannins are still showing and holding it all together (again, after the 17 years!). If your still have one, and have taken care of it, it should reward you handsomely! Pair with a Cobb, Niçoise, or other full meal salad.
Red
10/9/2018 - iByron Likes this wine:
88 points
Deep purple in the glass. Abundant nose of cassis and ripe blueberries. Medium full body envelopes a concurring palate. Well structured with medium plus tannins and medium acidity. A Cabernet Sauvignon that will appeal to the formal and casual crowds (that dollop of Petite Sirah works wonders). At home on both the picnic and dining room tables; burgers and porterhouse. QPR through the roof!
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