Tasting Notes for wineaux2

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Red
Mature, wonderfully integrated wine. Smooth on the palate. Some restrained barnyard and dark fruits, including some raspberry, on the nose and palate. The fruit gained some prominence on day 2, though this one maintained its elegance. Just a pretty wine that was very much enjoyed.
Red
2/24/2019 - wineaux2 wrote:
This one was nice. Had a 1.5L bottle. Popped it open, and it showed some astringency with high toned red fruit, a hint of cocoa and a bit too noticeable wood. Color was a deep, dark purple-red. Decided to use half the bottle for a beef short-ribs braise the next day. After getting some air, this really turned into a much more palatable wine. Dark cherry and berry fruit was prominent and the wood notes had faded. Still had some
rich chocolaty notes but well integrated. Overall, resembled a perfectly nice WA merlot; really enjoyed the day 2 version.
Red
11/10/2018 - wineaux2 wrote:
Upon pop and pour, this pinot featured a primary cranberry note, red cherries and underlying herbs with some astringency on the finish. On day 2, this gained some weight and had a dark cherry and spice profile. Overall, a bit simple but in a good place to enjoy now.
White
5/17/2018 - wineaux2 wrote:
This was a pretty good chard. Banana and tropicals on the nose took a backseat to lemon and citrus notes on the palate. A bit of sweet spice rounded out the finish. Good acidity too. Glad Rhys has dialed back the oak on this wine.
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Red
5/2/2018 - wineaux2 wrote:
This one was still youthful. Brambly raspberry, dark chocolate shavings and hints of cherry dominated the nose and palate. Good acidity on this though still presents as dark and a bit heavy.
Red
4/27/2018 - wineaux2 wrote:
This one offered notes of creamy strawberry and orange peel with hints of pinot funk, mushrooms and black dirt. As the wine opened, red cherry was added to the mix. The acidity was very present. Pretty translucent ruby color on this too. In a great place to enjoy now.
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Red
4/18/2018 - wineaux2 wrote:
This one was dominated by chocolate notes on both the nose and palate. Fruit was dark but not well-delineated. A bit of heat was noticeable in the palate too. Too close to the syrah spectrum for my taste.
Red
2015 Benanti Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
4/15/2018 - wineaux2 wrote:
This was a pretty wine. The color was a translucent ruby red. The beguiling nose offered spice, red fruit and earth. The palate was a much more reserved version of the nose. Overall, not super complex but a solid wine that was both quaffable and engaging.
Red
4/6/2018 - wineaux2 wrote:
This one was consistent with my first bottle two and a half years prior. Very reticent at first pour on day 1, offering little of substance on the nose and palate. This wine really came into its own on day 2 with cherry, strawberry, and fir tree/stems on the nose. The palate was still reticent with some perceptible red fruits, but still felt mostly hollow. Overall, call it a food wine - there’s good acidity, the body is smooth but the fruit doesn’t stand out, so it won’t distract from the meal.
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Red
4/1/2018 - wineaux2 wrote:
90 points
Followed over two days, and this one consistently offered notes of cassis and blackberry. The body was fairly silky as the tannins were well integrated. Seemed quite ready to drink, and comes across as a crowd pleaser kind of wine as it has good flavor without being too over-the-top fruity or sweet. Overall, a solid cab that was enjoyed though not certain there’s much upside as there wasn’t much complexity and the charm here was the fruit.
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White
3/12/2018 - wineaux2 wrote:
Just by its dark yellow color this one hints at oak influence, and the nose and palate confirmed it. Right out of the gate, this one tasted sweet with butterscotch and ripe orchard fruits. The body was full, and the acidity good enough to keep this from crossing the line into flabby territory. For my palate, the oak is not offensive here but is just too heavy-handed nonetheless.
Red
3/5/2018 - wineaux2 wrote:
This one still had prominent primary fruit of black currants and blackberries, though the tannins were very much integrated at this stage. But what really stood out unfortunately was the heat on this wine, a reminder that ‘06 was not a great vintage.
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Red
2/19/2018 - wineaux2 wrote:
90 points
This one featured prominent blackberries, a hint of black currants, black pepper and gentle tannins. Modern in style though needs a good 2+ hour decant for the flavors to meld. At its best on day 2. Overall, easy drinking syrah even if a bit tame and simple.
Red
2/12/2018 - wineaux2 wrote:
92 points
This one is all about a tasty core of dark berry fruit, hints of meat, good acidity and chewy tannins. Approachable now but the tannins really could use more time to integrate.
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White
1/28/2018 - wineaux2 wrote:
This chard drank beautifully. Citrus notes were balanced by underlying tropicals, apple and a touch of baking spice. Balanced structure and the lovely fruit made for a wine that was hard to put down. Saved a few glasses for day 2, but this was much better day 1. Overall, this one was pretty much as fantastic as it was when first sampled nearly four years ago.
Red
12/3/2017 - wineaux2 wrote:
92 points
This one was nice on day 1 with red raspberries, strawberry and some spice but a bit restrained. Had a couple of glasses on day 2, and this really had opened up and was just fantastic. The notes were deeper and more expressive with a lot of dark cherry and spice. Very balanced with solid acidity throughout. Lovely pinot but be sure to give this some proper air.
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Red
11/27/2017 - wineaux2 wrote:
This one clocked in at 15.2% abv. I last sampled this 6.5 years ago, and the wine had certainly evolved, to a simpler form, though not the evolution I had hoped for. Today's version exhibited dark cherry candy on the nose, prominent blackberry fruit on the palate, and a touch of bitter tannin on the finish. Had a few glasses on day 2, and not much change other than the mouthfeel being smoother than day 1 when gritty tannins were more evident. Paired this with beef stew which was a good call to stand up to this fairly big and dark pinot.
Red
11/12/2017 - wineaux2 wrote:
92 points
This one was approachable right away after it was popped and poured. Offered soft strawberries and underlying cherries complemented by smoky autumnal leaves and light spice. The strawberry fruit came across as a bit candied but not distracting. Acidity was fair, and the body was bordering on weightless. Felt this was even better day 2 with the flavors further melded and expressive, the candied notes no longer evident and a silky body. Overall, very much enjoyed as a well-integrated, easy drinking pinot.
Red
11/5/2017 - wineaux2 wrote:
91 points
Realized I was opening this one probably a bit too young but couldn't resist an early look. This was dominated by a punchy cranberry note that was complemented with subtle red raspberries, pomegranate and spice. Saved a couple glasses for day 2, and the cranberry note was darker but still very much pronounced. Mouthwatering acidity was present throughout. I'll hold off opening my other bottles for 2+ years; would benefit from decanting if enjoyed now.
Red
10/29/2017 - wineaux2 wrote:
89 points
This one was good though a bit simple. Nose offered a nice perfume of red fruits and some spice. The palate was similar in composition with lightly spiced cherries and touch of red raspberries, though the flavor was restrained and faded on the finish. I guess some would label this as a food wine as it made a nice complement to dinner but was less intriguing solo.
White
10/9/2017 - wineaux2 wrote:
88 points
This one had prominent salinity with green apple, lemon-lime, and at warmer temps, a nice peach note. Had a few glasses left for day 2, and the salinity was much less prominent, which was a good thing as it had been a bit distracting. Really good acidity too. Enjoyed this though more so on day 2 when the salinity was more integrated.
Red
10/5/2017 - wineaux2 wrote:
90 points
This one was so earthy and serious when I first sampled this wine 3 years ago. It's now much softer showing more prominent fruit with creamy strawberry flavor complemented by cherry, earth and spice. Still a balanced wine with good acidity, but the earthiness that I had once found so captivating has really faded into the background.
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Rosé
6/25/2017 - wineaux2 wrote:
88 points
This one had a nose of strawberry and cherry that followed through to the palate. The berry flavor was a bit macerated, though good acidity kept this honest. At 14.4% abv, it was more hefty than I'd like for a nice easy drinking rosé. A good wine, but wish it was crisper and lighter.
Red
This one had held up quite well. The reddish-brown color gave away its age, but this one was still full of flavor. Started off with a strong nose of eucalyptus, which was really aggressive and a near unwelcome presence. Fortunately, air time helped smooth things out. Dark cherries, currants and a hint of cocoa rounded out the nose. The palate was quite similar to the nose, and ended in a spicy eucalyptus finish. Tannins were well-integrated and not noticeable. Overall, a classic Martha's and very much enjoyed.
Red
6/16/2017 - wineaux2 wrote:
My last '09 FF, which was not brett afflicted. I had good luck in that department as 3 out of my 4 bottles were clean. This one exhibited a prominent strawberry candy note from the get-go with some complementary earth, smoky leaves and cedar notes. On day 2, this had a trace of heat showing. At 13.4% abv, that was a surprise, though maybe not given it's an '09 wine. Also, flavor profile was less candied with cherry and tea added to the mix. Overall, another Rhys I preferred much more in its youth, so I'm glad I opened this sooner rather than later. It made a nice pairing with mushroom ravioli, so I did enjoy it well enough. But, prefer not to drink pinot with candied fruit flavors.
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Red
6/11/2017 - wineaux2 wrote:
The profile of this one was very consistent with my first try of it in '11. Popped and poured. Nose of dried cherry and cranberry were met by a flat palate. Feared this one was over the hill but it rebounded nicely with air, showing lovely dark cherry notes, a bit a stems and spice. Saved a couple glasses for day 2, and the nose took on a cherry liqueur note but the palate was mostly flat. This one has largely been one note for me, and can't see this gaining in the complexity department. My last bottle and glad to have had it while there's good fruit left.
Red
5/29/2017 - wineaux2 Likes this wine:
91 points
This one offered a nose of red fruits and spice. Dark cherries and sweet baking spice were prominent on the palate with underlying notes of cranberries and a hint of earth. The acidity was lively and complemented the youthful exuberance of the fruit very well. Made a perfect match with a first of the season Copper River Sockeye. Delicious!
Red
4/29/2017 - wineaux2 wrote:
92 points
This one had held up pretty well. Started off with a nose and palate of dark berries complemented with leather. Saved a few glasses for day 2, and the berries were still very much there but were joined by meaty undertones, which seemed to mostly fade away by the last glass. Heat was also noticeable on day 2, but wasn't too distracting. Overall, this was a very enjoyable wine.
White
4/2/2017 - wineaux2 wrote:
87 points
This one was lean with citrus notes - primarily grapefruit and some lime - on the nose. The palate was a bit flat and mostly marked by bitter citrus and a hint of cream. The acidity was on the low side, and the mouthfeel was fairly creamy. Of the three Sandlands '14 chenins I tried, very much enjoyed the expressive Napa bottling the most.
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Red
3/30/2017 - wineaux2 wrote:
85 points
Pretty simple syrah. First tried this in '10 and had hoped there was some underlying material that would reveal itself with time. Didn't happen. This one featured a big nose of blackberry and some stems. The stems were more prominent on the palate, which was mostly hollow and flat. The blackberry fruit on the palate had more presence on day 2 with a hint of stewed plum added. Can't imagine this needs more time as the tannin is well integrated and the wine really hasn't shown anything new. Found this to be more compelling back in '10.
White
3/22/2017 - wineaux2 Likes this wine:
91 points
This one was a pleasure to drink. Showed notes of honey, floral, melon and spice on the nose, which all followed through to the palate along with citrus and citrus oil. Kept opening up over the course of the evening. Acidity was moderate at best, but this was still tasty and made a really nice pairing with spicy shrimp pasta. Nice wine.
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White
3/18/2017 - wineaux2 Likes this wine:
94 points
This one was a beautiful chard. The nose and palate were fairly in sync with notes of yellow fruit, citrus and some sweet brown spice. A slight hint of vanilla was present on the finish that left the sweet scent of creme brûlée in the empty glass. What was really impressive was the impeccable balance of this wine. While there were some rich tones to complement the acidity and fresh fruit flavors, nothing was heavy at all, nor was any particular note or component especially dominant. Just a seamless, sophisticated and engaging wine that was really hard to put down.
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White
2/25/2017 - wineaux2 Likes this wine:
90 points
This one was a bit of a surprise. Offered the mineral, slate and citrus notes one would expect from a muscadet, though a white peach note added a bit of richness. Still a very balanced and enjoyable wine with good acidity. Made an excellent pairing with mussels sailor-style and steamed in this wine. Great QPR too.
Red
2006 Betz Family Clos de Betz Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/13/2017 - wineaux2 Likes this wine:
94 points
I recall first trying this CdB at the winery release (Mar '09), thinking then how tightly coiled this was but hoping it would unwind someday. Well, someday came and went and did not disappoint. This one started out with a lovey nose of black currants and hints of pencil lead, which carried through to the palate and was complemented by tobacco and some spice. Held some for day 2, and the spice was more prominent and the fruit was a bit deeper and sweeter, adding some blackberries and black cherries to the mix. Tannins were well-integrated too. Overall, this seemed youthful, cab sauv-like and just entering its drinking window. Should drink effortlessly well for several more years.
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Red
2/13/2017 - wineaux2 Likes this wine:
92 points
This one showed a lot of pinot crunchiness right out of the gate. Fanned out nicely to show a nose and palate of dark cherries complemented by sweet and savory spices. Also had a light body and well-integrated acidity. Seemed a bit short on the finish but otherwise a pretty pinot.
White - Fortified
1997 Emilio Lustau Oloroso Abocado Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Palomino Fino (view label images)
This one had a nose and palate of caramel and raisins with a salty finish. The body was unctuous, though the acidity was present enough to keep the richness of the wine in check. Overall, this was an enjoyable 20 yr old sherry, which reminded me to drink more sherry!
Red
1/27/2017 - wineaux2 Likes this wine:
92 points
Nice pinot. Started off with dominant fruit notes, but after it opened a bit, this one offered a nice integrated mix of dark red and black berries, earth and a subtle hint of sultry spice. Had a couple small glasses left to sample the next day, and this mostly showed the fruit again. Maybe this one will improve, maybe not, but no regrets opening it now.
Red
1/7/2017 - wineaux2 Likes this wine:
90 points
This one initially showed bright red fruits, stems and hints of rose water. Saved half the bottle for the next day, and lightly spiced dark cherries became prominent among the red fruit, and the stem presence was much more noticeable. Overall, enjoyed this wine, though seems some more time could be beneficial to help integrate the stems.
White
1/4/2017 - wineaux2 Likes this wine:
91 points
First tried this chard about 3 years ago. Back then, it displayed a mix of rich tropical fruit (pineapple and caramelized banana) and citrus. This one has since shed the baby fat and now exhibited prominent citrus-citrus oil notes and acid. This could age quite well. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.
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Red
12/8/2016 - wineaux2 wrote:
90 points
This syrah still seemed to be in a primary stage. Blackberries dominated the nose and palate with underlying brush. As the wine opened, spice became more prominent, though the fruit also became a bit richer and remained the star. Tannin was well integrated and overall structure made for a balanced wine.
White
12/4/2016 - wineaux2 wrote:
89 points
The perfume from this one lept from the glass showing floral and citrus (primarily grapefruit and mandarin orange) notes. The palate was composed similarly with the addition of peaches and sweet spice. Pithy acidity kept this fresh and light. Pretty good overall, and the Gewurzt grape shined through, though there was some underlying bitterness that distracted as the wine had more contact with air.
White - Sparkling
11/28/2016 - wineaux2 wrote:
86 points
In the camp on this one that it's good for an aperitif. Had apple and a bit of ginger on the nose with apple, marzipan and brioche on the palate. The acid backbone seemed overwhelmed by the sweet core of this wine.
White - Sparkling
11/25/2016 - wineaux2 wrote:
91 points
Nice champagne. Dark golden in color with an oxidative note of apple cider. More air brought this to life with apple remaining prominent along with shades of red fruit, slight hint of yeast and mineral. Overall, a solid sparkling that had aged well, but just didn't find anything really special or interesting here.
Red
11/21/2016 - wineaux2 Likes this wine:
90 points
Followed over two days, and this one was at its best on day 2. Offered a red fruit profile with plums, pomegranate and cranberries complemented with a hint of sweet spice. Good acidity too.
Rosé
11/14/2016 - wineaux2 Likes this wine:
92 points
Really enjoyed this one. Color was an eye-catching light neon pink. The nose was expressive with grapefruit and tart red fruits. Watermelon and tart strawberries were prominent on the palate, and were complemented by a citrus/citrus rind finish. Acidity was crisp but integrated well. Overall, just a nicely balanced, refreshing rosé without any confectionary notes. Very lovely.
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Red
9/28/2016 - wineaux2 Likes this wine:
92 points
Nearly 5 years since I first tried this, and it still showed some youth. Delicious dark currants and blackberry were complemented by underlying cocoa. Some oak and tannin were present on the palate but not obtrusive at all. Overall, had that signature Betz power and grace balance. Nice.
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Red
9/23/2016 - wineaux2 wrote:
84 points
Pretty underwhelming Beaujo. Astringent red cherries and some pepper are the dominant notes, but what bores is the hollow palate. Not flawed, just not great.
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Red
9/14/2016 - wineaux2 Likes this wine:
91 points
This one featured a perfumed nose of red fruits with tart red fruit and stark drying minerals on the finish. Followed over two days, and this opened up with air to reveal cherry and dark berry fruit, a bit of black pepper and minerals, though the palate become much more rounded with a smooth mouthfeel. Nicely integrated acidity made for a complete wine. Really enjoyed this lovely drink.
White
7/28/2016 - wineaux2 wrote:
89 points
This one was very open from the first pour. Offered a strongly perfumed nose of tropical fruit and some oak, though the oak was not overpowering. The palate mirrored the nose with another whollop of tropical fruit and oak spice. The acidity was present enough to keep this honest. Overall, a very expressive wine, though lacked complexity and elegance. Likely best drunk sooner rather than later to enjoy the exuberant fruit while it lasts.
White
7/25/2016 - wineaux2 Likes this wine:
88 points
This one was nice, though time has taken some of the edge off the acidity. Offered notes of citrus, gooseberry and mineral with a more rounded acid profile than I recall from trying this 3 years prior. Still very good and made a perfect match with crab cakes.
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