Tasting Notes for ttriche

(216 notes on 180 wines)

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Red
6/4/2010 - ttriche wrote:
90 points
tart, did not hold up well after the first couple days, but when it hit its stride it was quite elegant
Red
6/4/2010 - ttriche wrote:
88 points
good CdR, nothing earth shattering, but a substantial, fruity, versatile wine with dinner
Red
4/16/2010 - ttriche wrote:
89 points
great Cab for $10, appropriate tannins, not much on the nose but delivered on the palate
Red
1998 Château Béhèré Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/4/2010 - ttriche wrote:
90 points
Elegant and smelled of cherry & leather, not sure it was worth $30 though.
White
3/3/2010 - ttriche wrote:
90 points
good stuff, a bit hit with my wife, wish I'd bought more
Red
10/17/2009 - ttriche wrote:
89 points
Much, much better than an Australian wine from a screw-top bottle would suggest. Very accessible, maybe a little one dimensional, but sweet red cherries and smooth tannins made for a nice quaff.
Red
9/16/2009 - ttriche wrote:
89 points
Very tasty and it lasted a long time (didn't finish it all at one meal). Lots of red fruits and good body. Quite exceeded my expectations, wish I'd bought more.
Red
9/28/2009 - ttriche wrote:
91 points
This was a very tasty bottle of wine with plummy, berry, but acidic palate impression. For a wine that apparently has a good dose of amarone in it, it was anything but heavy. However, the wine stood up nicely to a flank steak and grilled vegetables (I think asparagus was also involved) and stomped all over a bottle of petit verdot / zin / cab that looked interesting but... wasn't. Evolved over the course of a long meal and became progressively more interesting. Exceptional wine for drinking with a meal and good company. I have another bottle on the way and I wish I'd bought more than that.
Red
10/6/2009 - ttriche wrote:
84 points
Can't quite say for sure, but the bottle might have gone off. Either that or there was a little more oxidation than the last time I tried it. Smelled good -- cherry, spice, oak, funk, a little smoke. Unfortunately there is something in the bottle that I just don't care for, something that wasn't there before. Oh well.
Red
2003 d'Arenberg The Galvo Garage McLaren Vale Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/14/2009 - ttriche wrote:
87 points
Nice and full, but kind of disjointed, the various flavors and scents not really coming together as a whole. Clearly not on the same level as a classically settled Bordeaux but not bad either.
Red
8/14/2009 - ttriche wrote:
86 points
Not particularly memorable
White
8/14/2009 - ttriche wrote:
89 points
A polarizing bottle, people either love it or hate it. Brutally dry and not unlike drinking a wet pebble.
Red
8/14/2009 - ttriche wrote:
88 points
A bit herbal but nice and light with good acidity.
Red
6/13/2009 - ttriche wrote:
88 points
Ok. Nothing special. Not very aromatic and a vbit harsh.
Red
2004 Proprietà Sperino Uvaggio Coste della Sesia Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo (view label images)
6/13/2009 - ttriche wrote:
90 points
Light but unmistakably elegant Nebbiolo. Rust, roses, and tar.
White
6/13/2009 - ttriche wrote:
90 points
A pleasant surprise, substantial with crispness and yet not harsh.
White
5/1/2009 - ttriche wrote:
88 points
Good, but not as good as before. A bit more acidic than I remembered. If you have any, drink it soon -- time is not usually kind to Viognier!
Red
5/15/2009 - ttriche wrote:
84 points
Kind of harsh, actually. A little acidic and green tasting, not too much in the aroma department either. Not bad, but not a variety that I will track down to seek more.
White
4/6/2009 - ttriche wrote:
90 points
Delicious again. Light, fresh, chalky with sweet herbal flavors and wildflower scents. Very pleasant with goat cheese and with poached halibut.
Red
3/1/2009 - ttriche wrote:
80 points
Very acidic, may have gone off? None of the aromatics from the previous Nino Negri which I so enjoyed, a 2002 Inferno. Overall a challenging wine, yet at the end of the meal, the bottle was empty.
Red
12/12/2008 - ttriche wrote:
88 points
I liked the berry flavors in it, Catherine thought it tasted a little sweet. Not too terribly much nose to speak of.
White
12/8/2008 - ttriche wrote:
87 points
It's OK. I'm afraid my wife and I liked the Pine Ridge Viognier/Chenin Blanc a lot better, perhaps we drank this one too cold or perhaps it's just not to our taste. It's well made and aromatic, but nothing like the Viognier blend.
White
11/27/2008 - ttriche wrote:
90 points
Very good. Fruity and flowery on top of the grassy, herbaceous foundation of the sauvignon blanc. I think I am coming to the realization that I like French SB more than NZ, if only for the complexity. My family and I split this bottle with fresh oysters on the half shell, which would have been a terrible match except for the mignonette sauce. With the shallots, vinegar, and brine, it was perfect.
Red
11/28/2008 - ttriche wrote:
89 points
Smells kind of funky, but tastes fine -- tart and a little sweet. Good stuff.
Red
11/28/2008 - ttriche wrote:
84 points
Very very tart. Probably will be great in a few years, but right now it is just punishingly acidic. Smells nice, though.
White
11/28/2008 - ttriche wrote:
90 points
This was great stuff. As my wife said, "VERY flowery, like honeysuckle but louder". Further: "It smells sweet, but it isn't." I thought there was a decent bit of RS, personally, but there's no disputing that this pounds the hell out of a lot of more expensive white wines and is a lot of fun. QPR++.
White
11/9/2008 - ttriche wrote:
80 points
Nice wine, aromatic and flowery, but too sweet for me.
Red
11/3/2008 - ttriche wrote:
88 points
Nice intense nose of berries and roses. A bit tannic yet light and lively. Lovely dark ruby in the glass.
White
10/29/2008 - ttriche wrote:
90 points
This was very good, though hardly cerebral or challenging. My wife instructed me to buy more whenever I see it. The floral bouquet of the viognier, along with the sweetness and acidity of the chenin blanc, was a winning combination. We drank it with crab cakes, and whether it was the wine or the ingredients, they tasted particularly good together. Quite light and refreshing as well.
Red
10/25/2008 - ttriche wrote:
80 points
Coarse and hot when warm, flat when cold. Nice ruby in the glass and some faint strawberry-rose aromas, but nothing special. We used about half a bottle in a braise and drank the rest with it.
Red
10/2/2008 - ttriche wrote:
84 points
Not *bad* but I distinctly recall something like wood shavings in my glass. Not impressive.
Red
10/18/2008 - ttriche wrote:
70 points
Smelled like pine needles or, as my wife less generously put it, bug spray. Didn't taste much better. Too herbal for my tastes, which is a nice way of saying we hated it.
White
10/13/2008 - ttriche wrote:
89 points
Reliable companion to all sorts of food (tonight it was pork chops on the grill, along with brussels sprouts and prosciutto) but I get the feeling that it's starting to fade. Well, it was a lovely ride while it lasted, and now it's time to move on from the 2006.
Red
9/27/2008 - ttriche wrote:
86 points
Faint nose, elegant weight and extract, did not knock my socks off but nonetheless made for satisfying drinking with dinner.
Red
9/25/2008 - ttriche wrote:
89 points
good sangiovese, much better when cool (cellar temp) than hot or cold. Very smooth at the right temp, nice acidity, smooth tannins. Light ruby, cranberry-ish nose.
White
9/21/2008 - ttriche wrote:
84 points
Liked the nose (tropical, perfumed) but there was a weird sort of spritzy undertone to the palate that I did not care for. Minerally for sure, but I felt like the package was somehow disjointed. Drank with halibut grilled by my folks; as guests, we brought the wine.
White
9/1/2008 - ttriche wrote:
89 points
great, as before; no formal notes
Red
9/9/2008 - ttriche wrote:
90 points
Just as good on days 2 and 3 as on day one. Really classy stuff, made me re-think my opinion of Zinfandel. Powerhouse wine, yet restrained -- better at cellar temperature -- for the price and considering its age, it's hard to imagine doing a lot better picking up a random bottle of red. Maybe I should rate it even higher so I remember to pick up another if I ever see one -- Clayton is no more, as far as I know.
Red
9/6/2008 - ttriche wrote:
90 points
This was very tasty with a tri-tip roast that we put on the grill and accompanied with haricots verts. Instead of the sickeningly sweet port imitations that I expect from Zinfandel, the juice was more like an aged Cabernet, albeit without the full array of complex aromas that distinguishes the latter. Faint nose. Some oak, but integrated well, perhaps having complexed with the tannins over the past 7 years; dry, dry, dry as a bone, tasted like a little bit of leather and a little bit of brambleberries. It was hard for me to put my finger on what exactly the flavors were. Nonetheless, my wife reacted immediately "this is *really* good" and neither of us noticed the 15.6% alcohol, possibly because we had just pulled it from the cellar. I may have to start drinking Zinfandel again, if I can find more like this bottle.
Red
8/24/2008 - ttriche wrote:
85 points
I did not care for this wine at first; while I am normally a sucker for a decent Nero d'Avola, this light ruby red wine neither smelled nor tasted like much aside from shellac and alcohol, neither of which appeal to me. With a little time to open up, the wine became somewhat fuller-bodied and had a bit of cranberry to it, but overall, I was disappointed. I've had vastly better Neros than this for less money.

Update 8/26/08: after a couple days in the bottle it has filled out and is a rather pleasant wine, so long as you don't beat it up with something super high-acid like a Bolognese with tons of tomato conserva. On its own it became a rather nice, smooth sipper.
White
8/22/2008 - ttriche wrote:
91 points
This was very tasty -- I still can't believe it has 15.5% alcohol. My father remarked that it had noticeable sweetness, but I did not perceive this as the primary taste. Lots of flowers and honey on the nose, good acidity, overall a very balanced wine which radically altered my opinion of domestic Viognier and the potential for such wines. Needless to say, it was fuller bodied than some white quaffers, but somehow it carried this off without feeling heavy. An artfully made wine.
White
8/22/2008 - ttriche wrote:
89 points
Medium to full-bodied, intense, with a greenish tint, green-bean aroma and faintly white-pepper, highly mineral finish. Best Gruner Veltliner I've had, and a far cry from the quaffable 1L jugs I associate with GruVe. Very pleasant.
White
8/22/2008 - ttriche wrote:
80 points
Inoffensive wine, didn't smell like much of anything. A bit of a remedial Chardonnay taste (to me) but others thought more highly of the juice. I did not find much to recommend this -- certainly did not detract from our dishes (grilled scallops over ripe tomatoes, basil, and grilled onions) but not what I'd hoped for. A Falanghini or even a Vermentino would have made for a nicer match, and probably cheaper, too. Oh well.
White
8/15/2008 - ttriche wrote:
90 points
This is a great inexpensive white that has the complexity, body, acidity, and interest of something... 'more'. For $9 it has replaced the 2006 Burgans Albarino as my favorite cheap white wine (possibly ever). It was so good with goat cheese and figs, and on its own -- I must sound like a broken record when I say that these nice Verdejo blends all taste like the platonic ideal of a Sauvignon Blanc to me. Not so much nose (compared to the 100% Verdejo with the green label) but in the glass it is a mighty mouthful of melon, lemon, grass, and minerals. Tremendous QPR; a fantastic, versatile, summery white.
Red
8/15/2008 - ttriche wrote:
90 points
A dear friend came to town and we had this with a Chateaubriand (roasted on the grill), mushrooms, and grilled vegetables. The smoky and meaty elements worked with the beef, and the concentrated black fruit (sweet blackberries?) added something of its own. We pulled it out of the cellar shortly before opening, so it was fairly cool (65 degrees or so) and, dare I say, even a little refreshing. I looked at the bottle and saw '15% alcohol' -- I would not have guessed that! This would probably be a nose-burner when it gets warmed up. We don't drink much Syrah, because neither my wife nor I care for the usual style in our price range (e.g. cheaper than Hermitage), but the occasion suggested it, and we were not disappointed by the juice -- a substantial, inky wine with dense aromas, fruity but complex.
Red
7/27/2008 - ttriche wrote:
87 points
We had this with grilled wild salmon and it held up nicely. Then, the next evening we had it with some sort of meat dish and it had enough body to handle that, too. Light to medium body, darkening ruby, some cherry flavor left, but stabilized into a versatile (albeit unexciting) glass of wine.
Red
8/7/2008 - ttriche wrote:
88 points
So, the deal with Nero d'Avola varietal wines at my house is as follows. We always, without exception, break out a bottle for a particular Sicilian-styled dish of sauteed and roasted (or grill-roasted, it does not matter) chicken, boned but skin-on, with capers, garlic, anchovies, and tomatoes. Needless to say this preparation calls for a wine with some substance and lots of acidity. Once again, a Nero of substance was (luckily) selected, and this ruby quaff earned its tariff. Nice sour cherry nose and berry/sour cherry flavors, medium body with firm acidity. For under $10 I do not think you can go too far wrong with a Nero unless the producer is a complete twit. This one, clearly, is not.
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