Tasting Notes for csabjon

(25 notes on 25 wines)

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White
5/1/2018 - csabjon Does not like this wine:
83 points
Lean and sour. Diesel and flint. Unripe fruit. An unsmiling wine even in a great vintage.
Red
2/27/2017 - csabjon Likes this wine:
91 points
One of the best ever entry level wines. It's a testament both to Tempranillo and the winemakers at Artadi. It's classy, appealing and juicy. However the alcohol is not shy. I think this will improve and gain complexity in the next 3-4 years. A bargain.
Red
2/27/2017 - csabjon Likes this wine:
90 points
Not in the mellow and accommodating mould of average Rioja. This is perkier, more tannic, leaning towards Bdx style. It's a very well-made, superbly poised Crianza made for the long haul. Great QPR.
Red
11/30/2016 - csabjon wrote:
85 points
Hard to imagine how on earth the previous vintage of this wine could have been so stellar that it came first in Decanter Magazine's Garnacha tasting with 95 points. A wine OK for its price but otherwise heavy and hollow with not even a hint of complexity or refreshment. Disappointing.
Red
9/1/2016 - csabjon Likes this wine:
90 points
Another overachiever from Rioja. Definitely an oak dominated nose. But God how the Riojans know how to use oak! Licorice, blackberries, tobacco, underbrush on the nose. Fine balance, juicy somewhat mineral palate with a nice lift. Chalky tannins. Persistent. Excellent QPR.
Red
2008 Château Bonnin Pichon Grande Réserve Lussac-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/6/2016 - csabjon Likes this wine:
90 points
An extreme bargain at 6 euros in Lidl stores. At a lovely place now. It may never have been a great wine but at this point all its minor failings and major strengths have aligned to make this wine a complex, typical, exciting and classy Bdx. Great balance and lots of details. Love it.
Rosé
2014 Cave d'Esclans Rock Angel Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend (view label images)
3/22/2016 - csabjon wrote:
92 points
Extremely pale pink. Muted nose. With some effort it opens up to show hints of white flowers, peach and some fresh oak. On the palate it shows real class: lovely balance, structure, silky texture. Real mid-palate intensity. Delicate, elegant, delicious. Great persistence.
White
3/22/2016 - csabjon wrote:
83 points
100% Furmint from a very difficult vintage made by Hungary's preeminent winemaker. Presumably most of the single vineyard grapes were included to prop this wine up. Rather muted nose w. hints of roasted peanuts, cider and sg. vegetal. No fruits. The palate is dominated by aggressive and blunt acidity that is in no way refreshing. Even with considerable residual sugar it's way off balance. An awkward wine leaning towards sherry.
Red
1/7/2016 - csabjon Likes this wine:
91 points
A very fine Rioja at a very good price. All that you could expect from a Gran Reserva though oak might be a bit too prominent. Not on par with the greatest in terms of depth, purity or length but still nothing to complain about at this price range.
Red
1/7/2016 - csabjon Likes this wine:
88 points
Standard traditional Rioja with nice balance and good typicity. However it falls short in terms of complexity. Would be a super strong contender among Crianzas, as a Reserva it's just average.
White
1/6/2016 - csabjon Likes this wine:
93 points
Not my favourite vintage but Schlossberg does it again. Pears, flowers, herbs on the nose, perfect balance on the palate. Quite weighty but still vibrant and so alive. Easy to fall in love with.
White
1/6/2016 - csabjon Likes this wine:
90 points
Not a wine to get you hooked on Wachau or this particular producer. The balance, the concentration is there but somehow the whole package is a bit mute and unexciting. I miss the liveliness, the transparency and the colours of the best Austrian wines.
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Red
1/6/2016 - csabjon Likes this wine:
90 points
The first Italian wine from Hungary:) 50% Sagrantino 50% Cabernet Franc. A surprisingly polished and accomplished wine. Though obviously ripe and concentrated it manages to be fresh and dynamic. The elevated levels of alcohol and tannins associated with Sagrantino are well reined in. A few more years of cellaring may improve it even further.
Red
1/6/2016 - csabjon wrote:
89 points
Stricty for diehard brunellisti. It's almost like balsamic vinegar. With hints of soy sauce. Concentrated with zippy acidity and great persistance. Stretches credulity that something like this may come from grapes. Some will hate it but a few might adore it.
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Red
1/6/2016 - csabjon Likes this wine:
95 points
At a lovely place now. Manages to be both mellow and fresh. The nose is a tad developed for its age but the palate is as perfect as anything I have ever tasted. Elegance, balance & great typicity. Incomparable QPR.
Red
12/21/2015 - csabjon Likes this wine:
91 points
Surprisingly traditional, delightfully refreshing and fun. Nothing overblown, no conscious effort to please the international taste. Fairly complex with true tempranillo character. Drinking well now after some aeration. Great QPR.
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Red
12/8/2015 - csabjon Likes this wine:
91 points
Polished, well-made wine in a fairly international style. The balance, the texture and the aromas speak of its origin. However it's all a bit masked by the oak and the alcohol.
Red
12/8/2015 - csabjon wrote:
88 points
This is a great little wine. The only aspect that takes some getting used to is its bright acidity. Otherwise it's fairly complex, pleasantly open, shows tobacco, blood oranges, black cherries, leather and incense. Some hints of VA. Chewy tannins. Bags of character. Good QPR.
Red
12/8/2015 - csabjon wrote:
87 points
Far from the revelation I was secretly hoping for. Venerable style but perhaps because of the clearly perceptible VA it is somewhat one-dimensional. I don't see this wine making a comeback, it lacks complexity and is drying out.
White
12/7/2015 - csabjon wrote:
95 points
An incredible wine. Almost abstract with very little fruit if any at all. Still its purity, minerality, vibrant acidity and faultless balance make it intoxicating and intriguing. One in a million.
Red
10/30/2015 - csabjon Likes this wine:
91 points
This small estate in Montalcino has been making great strides in recent years. Attention to detail, organic viticulture, great sites and non-interventionist winemaking make their wines some of the finest Montalcino can offer. The 2013 Rosso is characterized by wonderful Sangiovese typicity, great vitality and remarkable depth of flavours. You can seldom find this level of complexity and balance at such a modest price.
Red
7/2/2015 - csabjon Likes this wine:
91 points
Manages to be both true to Sangiovese and still be a bit left of centre. Fresh with inviting aromas of ripe cherries and blue flowers. Seamless and persistent. An effortlessly elegant wine with the original flavours and zest of real fruit shining through.
White
5/17/2014 - csabjon wrote:
90 points
This is so lively and lovely. Intriguing, beguiling, complex, this wine offers so much more than its category would suggest. This domaine just goes from strength to strength.
White
5/17/2014 - csabjon Likes this wine:
89 points
Could do with a bit more zest and less oak. Still nice and complex. Peach, pear, lavender and some vanilla on the nose. The palate is rich and silky. The oak on the finish is a bit too much for my liking.
Red
2/1/2014 - csabjon Likes this wine:
90 points
Beautiful example of the Weninger style. On the light side, with great transparency and a unique flavor profile. Somewhat oaky and run of the mill on 1st day, it fleshed out on 2nd day. Open & vibrant, saline palate with electrifying acidity. So memorable and elegant.
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