Tasting Notes for alsatl

(32 notes on 29 wines)

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Red
9/17/2020 - alsatl Likes this wine:
93 points
James Cole cabs often taste like tart sour cherry to me when first opened, and this one was no different. I did not decant, but it really started to soften and smooth out after some time in the glass. We drank this with a hearty meat lasagna, which also complemented the structure of this wine. The quality really started to shine through. I recommend a short decant or a little more time in the bottle. Plenty of life left on these!
Red
9/20/2019 - alsatl Likes this wine:
94 points
Give this bottle some time, and it will be singing. Just opened a bottle last night. A bit green and sour, but definitely lots of quality waiting to emerge!
Red
6/18/2019 - alsatl wrote:
95 points
Decanted for an hour or so. Drank with my birthday dinner of NY strip, potatoes, and asparagus (from restaurant, not me). This wine was a perfect balance vs. the steak. Typical LMV notes of graphite, dark fruit, etc. Post-dinner, the wine is a bit sharp on the palate with some acid, which was definitely contained by the beef at dinner. My rating is based on the experience with food, beef in particular. If tasting standalone, I would rate it lower and suggest more time. Enjoy now with food!
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Red
Too young, green, and unripe. Give this one at least 2-3 years, in addition to a long decant. Strong potential, but no rating for now.
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Red
10/24/2018 - alsatl wrote:
94 points
Very strong showing. Still very young with tannins and green notes, but the gravel and minerality are taking hold. I would hold off one more year before opening the next bottle, but this is great now with a nice decant. Enjoy!
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Red
5/29/2018 - alsatl Likes this wine:
95 points
PnP. I'm not the best at descriptors, but this syrah is great. After a swirl in the glass, the nose reveals some spice and white pepper. The fruit comes across as dark, and there are definitely notes of mostly black and slightly green olives (never thought I'd say that about a wine!). The Sangiacomo had some syrah funk to it, but I am not tasting that with this wine. I prefer this one a bit more given this description, so I'm rating it a point higher than the Sangiacomo at 95. All that said, both the nose and taste profile seem to be fading to smoothness with some time and air, so I encourage you to appreciate the evolution (i.e. should I have decanted? Perhaps....but it was not at all harsh on PnP). Enjoy!
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Red
4/23/2018 - alsatl Likes this wine:
94 points
This wine is great. Funky Syrah notes with a subtle sweetness that quickly fades. Great balance. No decant, but brief time in the glass led to a pleasant smoothness. This is my first sampling of the 2016 Myriad Syrahs, which has me excited to try the rest of them. Enjoy!
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Red
No rating for now given its youth. PnP but drank over several hours. First glass was raisin with high heat and alcohol, which eventually faded to cherry with high heat and alcohol. The strength faded with some air, so I see this getting much better in 2-3 years. Give long decant now, or exercise your patience! Good future ahead though.

Day 2: Corked and chilled over night. Much better today. Fine-grained tannins are still present, but the alcohol heat is completely gone. Day 2 of this wine reminds me of Day 1 of a Quivet or Myriad. I will still hold off on the rating, but definitely low- to mid-90s with time. Enjoy!
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Red
(Disclaimer: I know I’m drinking this young – hence no rating.) PnP, but plan to drink over several hours as I’m making a brisket on the Big Green Egg. Initial nose reveals some green/funky/gamey notes, and chalky tannins are clearly present. Fruit is somewhat muted, but consistent with the Larkmead style.

A few hours later…..nose has evolved to include chocolate overtones, and funkiness has mostly faded. Flavor profile still exhibits some youthful tartness, but this wine is definitely improving with some time and air. Tannins are still very present, as are the "green" qualities. Give this wine plenty of time or plenty of air. Definitely heading towards low to mid 90s, but I would wait a couple more years.
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Red
2/16/2018 - alsatl Likes this wine:
95 points
Similar notes as before. Rich, savory, meaty, dark fruit, hint of vanilla, full-bodied. If this is your style, give a little air time and you won't be disappointed.
Red
2/6/2018 - alsatl Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP. Starting to smooth out despite remaining tannins. Would drink well now with air.
Red
2012 Repris Left Bank Blend Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
No rating for now, but give it 2-3 years before opening. Definitely needs time based on the alcohol, heat, and acidity.
Red
This was our 4th bottle, and we must say it was our least enjoyable thus far. After decanting 4-5 hours, the alcohol and heat were still overwhelming. Our prior bottles were in line with other reviews, so perhaps this was just an off bottle. Given this experience, we will probably wait a few months before trying another bottle. Still a great wine once it tamed down. No rating for now. Go Dawgs!
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Red
12/18/2017 - alsatl Likes this wine:
95 points
PnP. Very impressed by this wine. Definitely rich and extracted, but not sweet at all. Dark fruits and spices with a long finish. Waiting and/or decanting would probably help a little, but definitely good now with PnP and a little swirl in the glass.
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Red
12/2/2017 - alsatl Likes this wine:
99 points
Definitely one of the best wines I've ever had. The interplay of fruit with the minerality/graphite of Las Piedras is amazing. Fine grained tannins lead to a long finish. It opened up after a few hours in the decanter, so give it time to breathe or wait a few years. I will likely wait a couple years before opening the next bottle (if I'm capable of waiting!). Amazing. Enjoy!
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Red
10/27/2017 - alsatl Likes this wine:
96 points
We drank this after a 2012 Larkmead LMV Salon, and the 2014 Myriad is much better at this point. Fruit-forward, but not sweet. Great mineral notes after some air time. Excellent. No problem drinking now, but probably good for a few years. Enjoy!

Edit: Wow. Awoke after a short nap, and this is even better. Tannins are still there, but fruit has faded a bit. Mineral and wet rock notes remain. This is good stuff. Adding another point.
Red
10/27/2017 - alsatl Likes this wine:
94 points
Very solid wine. The nose reveals minerals, wet rock, and slight dark fruit notes. Taste is pretty much the same, with slight hints of chocolate. We really enjoyed this wine with a good decant, but we'll wait another year or two to let the tannins and acid face a bit. My wife agrees with the rating, but she's at a loss for words regarding the description.
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Red
10/22/2017 - alsatl wrote:
93 points
Long decant. Very good for my tastes. Minimal fruit and heavy on the mineral/graphite/pencil lead notes. Much better than the last time I tried it, so it was worth waiting. Drink now with a good decant or wait a couple years. Great now though. Hopefully the next vintages are this good.
Red
10/20/2017 - alsatl wrote:
93 points
A bit acidic upon opening, but faded with a little time in the decanter. Nice nose of floral and red cherry notes. Good balance of fruit, acid, and minerality. Slight hints of chocolate as well. I will try to wait at least a year before opening my last remaining bottle since I think it will mellow out a bit more.
Red
7/28/2017 - alsatl Likes this wine:
92 points
Very good but needs 1-2 years in the bottle. Decanted for 4-5 hours and still very tart and acidic. Will be excellent with time.
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Red
5/28/2017 - alsatl wrote:
89 points
This wine has improved since I last tried it. The cork crumbled as I pulled it out, but I was able to use some tea filter bags to salvage the bottle. The tartness has faded somewhat, and the chocolate and coffee overtones remain after some airtime. This is not overwhelmingly gamey, but definitely some hints. May benefit from a little more time in the bottle.
Red
4/29/2017 - alsatl wrote:
93 points
Give it some air right now but very tasty.
Red
2/18/2016 - alsatl wrote:
flawed
This bottle was completely corked. I have read this in prior reviews as well. I have asked for a refund from the online vendor I purchased it from.
Red
1/3/2016 - alsatl Likes this wine:
89 points
Not worth $75, but a decent lighter-bodied option. Drinking well now, so probably not much benefit to waiting.
Red
12/30/2015 - alsatl wrote:
87 points
This wine is indeed a Conundrum. I didn't expect much based on prior bottles and reviews I've read, but it's not all that bad. If you're a fan of Wagner's Belle Glos and Meomi wines, consider this a sweeter version of those styles. This is not my favorite wine on a standalone basis, but it's decent with appropriate expectations.
Red
12/30/2015 - alsatl wrote:
86 points
Not very enjoyable. A letdown vs the 2011. No distinguishable tastes worth mentioning. Not sure if aging will help at all, but it did not seem to improve in the glass. One more left...
Red
2011 Repris Left Bank Blend Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/9/2015 - alsatl Likes this wine:
92 points
I am not one to give detailed tasting notes, but this would benefit from more time in the bottle. We opened it for my wife's birthday, and it was very tart and acidic. The nose reminded me of the barrel tastings at Repris, which was great, and I'm sure it will be even better in a couple years.
Red
9/27/2015 - alsatl Likes this wine:
90 points
This wine was a little tight and tart at first, but it opened up nicely after 3 hours in the decanter. It probably needs another year or two before I try again, but I could see it rising to 91-92.
Red
7/31/2015 - alsatl Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP was very acidic, but opened up nicely after a short decant. Nice peppery nose. Very good for being so young. Will only get better over next couple years. Wish I had more.
Red
7/3/2015 - alsatl wrote:
87 points
At first I thought this was very tart and sour, not what I expected. I stopped drinking and switched to a different bottle. After coming back to it, it was much less sour with an overwhelming coffee nose. It was still slightly tart, but much better. Overall, I still hoped for more, but it improved with some breathing.
Red
3/15/2015 - alsatl wrote:
92 points
Really opened up after an hour of decanting. Great wine for the price.
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Red
3/7/2015 - alsatl wrote:
90 points
Great QPR from WTSO. Really opened up after the first hour.
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