Tasting Notes for Rourketown

(24 notes on 24 wines)

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White
3/17/2019 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
97 points
Green apple, citrus and butterscotch. Complex and mineral laiden finish. Really just at a seperate level from other Chardonnay producers. Have to taste it to believe.
Red
3/7/2019 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
93 points
This is in absolutely excellent shape. A relatively rich Volnay. It is very well integrated and balanced. Dark cherries, solid (but not overwhelming) minerals. Plenty of information around the edges of the tongue like a good burg does. Great mouth feel with a hint of that old world ‘sauvage’ but I mean that in a good way. Classic burgundy doing everything it is supposed to do.
White
2/23/2019 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
95 points
Wow, what a wine. Admittedly I am a Burgundy and California Pinot Noir drinker but I opened this tonight because I need to work through my Chards. Right out of the bottle the wine is rich and opulent. Butterscotch, lemon citrus with a good mineral finish. The wine is just extremely balanced and a pleasure to drink.
Red
2/16/2019 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
94 points
Layered, deep, balanced, complex and refined. So much information folds around the edges of your tongue while the ever present spice stubbornly squats at the front. A huge and gorgeous wine. Allow yourself the time to let it open up.
Red
2/9/2019 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
92 points
At it’s prime and gorgeous. I would say dark cherry with a hint of licorice. Well integrated tannins and light minerals on the back end. Slightly browning but plenty of life left. A very balanced wine with a good amount of sweetness for a burg. Lovely stuff.
Red
11/9/2018 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
93 points
What is with the hate on this one?? This is an extremely balanced effort. Soft, almost spicy minerals are in harmony with light berry accents. A solid representation of why burgundy is awesome. This will absolutely get better and integrate over 6-8 years but it is drinking very well now. David Duband may be a slightly maligned producer but don't let the snobs fool you. This is worth the effort.
Red
7/24/2015 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
92 points
This is the 2nd bottle I've had of this wine - the color continues to be somewhat bricked. Very, very tight and reticent at opening. I had a glass and sprayed the half full bottle with wine savor, put in cellar and opened up the following evening. So the next day this wine definitely shows it has a lot of stuffing, really starting to sing on day two. I'm not an expert so I can't explain the bricked color but the wine on second day was blossoming not declining. Old school burgundy, fine mouth feel, those strong but elegant Chambolle characteristics, delicate but powerful. Hard to reconcile color vs how long it took to open up (drink or hold?) I have a few bottles left though I assume they will hold.
Red
6/28/2015 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
94 points
The slightly dusty nose is a bit restrained on opening but the wine opens up quickly to the palate. I admit this is my first bottle of Leroy ever, but it has a very classy and refined mouth feel. My impression was this wine has a high toned perfume and floral essence with solid minerality that goes on and on. Classic Burgundy. (On a side note the cork was soaked with wine and they told me Leroy is know for overfilling their bottles? WTH) All in all, easily the best 'Bourgogne' I have ever had the pleasure to drink.
Red
6/22/2015 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
93 points
Takes a little while to open up. Ripe and rich with complex and beguiling minerality. Really lovely juice.
Red
6/21/2015 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
92 points
Agree with others sentiments. Seems like all the right things are there but they are all a bit disjointed at the moment. Great minerality, flavor and raw materials but a little rough overall. Needs time but very promising.
Red
6/21/2015 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
97 points
Brought to a dinner out this weekend with my wife. Wine was delicious, integrated and balanced. Simply beautiful stuff that could probably go much longer but is also drinking perfectly now.
Red
4/5/2015 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
92 points
A wonderful Nuits Burgundy from one of my favorite producers. If you are a Burgundy lover you will appreciate the quality of this wines fresh & generous nose, lush mouth-feel (way above its class) and Classic & deep Nuits fruit. There is nothing at all 'cheap' about this wine IMO. Classy and worthy of slow thoughtful sips - For me this is an outstanding value.
Red
2/27/2015 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
99 points
Wow. So I'm a Burgundy guy but I got on the Morlet mailing list and ordered a few of these 2012 cabs. Was a little skeptical of Robert Parker's 96-100 rating, thought maybe he was just a cheerleader for the Label, but I was apparently wrong. First the nose, imagine the best, saline, morning ocean smell mixed with fresh dark berries you basically taste with your nose. As soon as wine enters your mouth it just explodes to every corner with ultra refined tannins, that inexplicable sweet ocean essence and the delicious taste of dark, jammy berries. As I said, I'm loyal Burg guy and this is hands down one of the best wines I have tasted, ever. I am committed now to checking more of the Morlet offerings.
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Red
2/4/2015 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
93 points
Nose is slightly closed but light and fresh. In mouth this wine quickly impresses. Light, dusty berry flavors rise almost immediately to the top of the palate and blossom wide from center of tongue to far corners of the mouth. Soft but forward tannins are warm (slightly young/peppery) and penetrating followed by saline minerals, sweet-tarts like balance and a long and complex finish. A great impression remains long after sip has ended. An incredible Burgundy considering the price ($32 Wine House Santa Monica, CA). Can't imagine getting this experience from any California Pinot Noir. Stupid good for the price IMHO.
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Red
1/30/2015 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
93 points
Nose is very fresh in the glass with alcohol and light berry scent. Tart and rich pinot flavors sit at the edges and top of the tongue and give an expanding, uplifting and thought provoking finish. Let this wine really open up. In short, incredibly interesting and delicious.
Red
1/28/2015 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
91 points
Nose of faint swimming pool and very dark berry fruit - an extremely fresh and enjoyable scent to inhale. In the mouth same dark berries (and a bit 'grapey') with strong but refined tannins that thoroughly coat the palate. On finish tannins are again very present, classy yes, but also a bit persistent and clingy. A good to potentially great cab that seems to have a few years left to go.
Red
1/28/2015 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
93 points
Not much of a nose to speak of but wait for it to open and it is all good. Strong minerality - stones, dark berries and just a hint of cough syrup. Full flavored but not heavy. Long and proportionately sweet finish. This is a well balanced and extremely delicious Pinot Noir.
Red
1/25/2015 - Rourketown wrote:
88 points
Nose is dominated by wood more wood, and alcohol with a hint of elmer's glue. On palate, extremely tart and then more of that wood as the dominating flavor- there is some faint spice far in the background. Short finish and not very sweet, in fact dry. Best I'll say is that it's over the top tartness is very unique in my experience and will make me remember this wine if nothing else. I know this is just a 'village' but at $80+ I expected a lot more from this producer that I was encouraged to try out. It's not outright terrible but I'm disappointed at this price point.
Red
1/25/2015 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
90 points
Just a tad on the sour/acidic 'mouth feel' side but this wine is medium/light while retaining very rich Pinot fruit flavors that expand on the palate and provide additional information long after the sip has ended. A nice finish that remains delicate. Not a gulper wine, if you savor it you will see the light. Very enjoyable, these Sta. Rita Hills Pinots keep impressing me.
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Red
1/25/2015 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
92 points
Wow, what a great Santa Barbara, California Pinot for $20. I've always loved the single vineyard Bonaccorsi's so I bought 2 cases of this for an everyday drinker. Great nose in the glass, swirling reveals fresh red berries. Really let this wine open up or even better yet, open it for a bit then spray some preserver in it and re-cork it. Check it out in a day or two, this wine blossoms into something very special - far above its price. Very burgundian in its mouth feel and finish. Beautiful fruit with good balance. My guess is this would age very well over 5-7 years. Great value, I love this producer.
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Red
1/23/2015 - Rourketown Does not like this wine:
87 points
Too much animal and barnyard with almost zero of the long finish I associate with a great Burgundy. Lacks minerality which I feel also lends to disappointing finish. As it opened up over a few hours my wife and I noticed something special was really trying to break through but we both agreed for a $150 Grand Cru this one was DOA - kind of a dud.
Red
1/20/2015 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautifully rich, fresh berry scents fill the glass - a great wine to smell. There is a special balance of sweet and tart flavors that flirt with the palate and satisfy. Liquid sweet tarts. A long and nuanced finish, spicy edges tickle the tongue and slight hints of briar haunt the after taste. Incredibly delicious.
Red
12/6/2014 - Rourketown Likes this wine:
92 points
Opened a new bottle 7/21/2015 and was showing much much better. Still had strong barnyard nose but a very rich and old school burgundy this time. I like it. (As a side note to this review I opened up a 2009 vertical of this last night and it was one of the best Burgs I have ever had. I don't know if it was an off bottle or maybe I was having an off night but my guess is this wine is better than I reviewed. Having said that here is what I thought that night) - MY REVIEW FROM LAST YEAR 12/6/2014 - Not a fan, this wine encapsulates what I don't like about Burgs and when they go wrong for me. Sour to point of puckering, along with that hint of 'dead animal' that I find every so often with 'fine' Burgundies. Decent minerality and peppery at its best. Kind of one dimensional and not a good dimension. Okay, I think I've made my point. Bought multiple bottles, I'll sit on the rest and see if it changes for the better with time.
Red
4/28/2014 - Rourketown Does not like this wine:
80 points
Incredibly dank with that infamous gamey 'dead animal' bad Burg smell. Yes, that is harsh but this wine represents the worst side of Burgundy in my humble opinion. Bad bottle? Maybe, but not good today. Does label say, 'crap-a-lot'?
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