Tasting Notes for TLHWG

(157 notes on 155 wines)

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White - Fortified
9/12/2017 - TLHWG Likes this wine:
93 points
Amazing raisiny, figgy heaven. Long finish. Beat at room temp.
White
5/20/2017 - TLHWG wrote:
85 points
Sauvingnon Blanc like (gooseberry, etc) with a Chard body.
Rosé
8/14/2016 - TLHWG Likes this wine:
88 points
For me roses go in 2 buckets: good and bad. & There seem to be more bad ones. This, however, is a good one. Really nice nose, high acidity...good body/mouth feel (not thin). Good (not perfect) balance.
Red
2/13/2016 - TLHWG wrote:
89 points
Great value at $10. Great marriage of new & old world elements. Would buy again & rec.
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Rosé - Sparkling
12/3/2015 - TLHWG wrote:
91 points
Austere nose, chalk up front on the palate, bone dry, very little fruit, excellent structure, very fine bubbles, long finish.
Red
11/17/2015 - TLHWG wrote:
91 points
Great fruit, great structure and balance for a $12 Cab. A little hot on day 1, excellent on day 2. Decant for 1 hour. Great value Cab from Mendoza.
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Red
12/25/2014 - TLHWG wrote:
94 points
Great. Fruity, but not too fruity. Fruit well integraed with the tannins. Opens, develops nicely over time.
Red
11/10/2014 - TLHWG wrote:
90 points
Excellent old world style Rioja value...hard to find these days...buy > 1 bottle
Red
1/5/2013 - TLHWG wrote:
92 points
Red/Black fruit on the nose, tannic but balanced, long finish. Very dry, not sweet at all. Would rec.
Red
7/23/2012 - TLHWG wrote:
87 points
Great wine for the price ($8-9). Well-made, balanced (fruit & tannin). Drinking very well now. Would drink again & rec (at the price)
Red
7/23/2012 - TLHWG wrote:
80 points
Dark fruit, no complexity at all. Boring, nothing interesting with this wine. I have no idea how a critic has rated this a 91. I had the 2005 version which was far (far) better than the 2008. Would not buy again nor rec.
Red
10/27/2011 - TLHWG wrote:
89 points
Fantastic QPR. Vibrant red/black fruit, great acidity & a little earth & flowers. Fantastic with food.
White
8/21/2011 - TLHWG wrote:
90 points
Incredibly vibrant acidity with just the right amount of sugar--not bone dry--and some prominent lychee fruit, no minerality really. Fantastic for $12--will buy again and would rec'.
Red
8/2/2010 - TLHWG wrote:
88 points
* Color: slightly transparent edges.
* Nose: raspberry, muted cinnamon and soil.
* Taste: primarily raspberry, but also tempered notes of nitrogen/soil and graphite/lead. Dry, medium tannin. All of the elements are very well integrated. Balanced
White
6/24/2010 - TLHWG wrote:
85 points
white w low acid, medium mouth-feel, steely/mineral finish. balanced.
Red
4/14/2010 - TLHWG wrote:
88 points
Balanced, dark fruit, tannins holding up well for almost 10 yrs.
Rosé
3/15/2010 - TLHWG wrote:
71 points
Sampled this over 2 days to see if it was ever going to open up or come together. It didn't. Immediately upon opening it had the aroma of cheap fruit punch (think hawaiian punch) and had a lot of alcohol on the finish. The mid-palate had some minerality. Overall, however, a huge pass.
Red
3/11/2010 - TLHWG wrote:
89 points
Great complexity (earth) and red fruit for $10.
Red
3/11/2010 - TLHWG wrote:
88 points
At its best after open for 1 hour. A very good everyday red for $11.
Red
12/16/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
90 points
This needed at least 30 minutes after opening. Then it showed typical Italian sour cherry on the nose and palate. Also on the palate some nice saline/minerality with the dark sour cherry. Oak is noticable but not overbearing. Good (medium) body. I really like it.
Red
2007 Alta Vista Atemporal Valle de Uco Malbec Blend, Malbec (view label images)
12/8/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
91 points
1 hour after opening:
Nose: candied black cherry.
Taste: Black fruit upon opening, then red fruit (crushed strawberries), bitter black currant on a long, dry finish; very good balance of tannin and fruit.
Overall: one of the best Argentine reds I've tasted. Wish I would've bought more. Probably would pair ideally with pepper crusted steak.
Red
12/1/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
86 points
Popped and poured 15 min ago. Fruit was muted immediately but is starting to show itself. Nose of mineral-fruit now. No noticable oak on the nose or palate.

After 1 hour this wine opens up some more but IMO it needs food to be its best.
White
11/13/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
86 points
Big, balanced, tart citrus fruit.
White
11/9/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
80 points
Tried this one over the course of two days. Everything was good (e.g., nose, flavor profile, etc.) except that it was unbalanced showing an off-putting amount of alcohol on the finish.
Red
11/8/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
90 points
Nose: candied black cherry, black currant.
Taste: black cherry, garrigue, black currant.
Overall: noticable/good tannins, mouth coating, medium bodied, balanced. Great right out of the bottle--no decanting necessary. Excellent wine for $10.
Red
10/16/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
93 points
This is a massive (way bigger than Cab Sauv) wine that starts with blackness: currant, charcoal and underbrush with zero oak; then between 1-2 hours some oak shows itslef but it is still brambly and black as ever but is just more full/round on the palate. I had with a T-bone and couldn't imagine drinking this alone. Best Syrah of the year of 2009 for me so far. Could certainly spend more time in the cellar. Would recommend.
Red
8/15/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
86 points
day 1: moist prunes & some caramel/vanilla on the nose. nice nose
balanced and decent length of finish. but lighter bodied than I expected from an old vines mataro (mouvedra/monastrell).
not bad purchase on sale for $20, but wouldn't buy again even at $20.

update for day 2+ if significant change.
Red
8/4/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
92 points
Popped and poured: pomegranate and cranberry red fruit up front, good tannins, black tea finish. Medium to light bodied. Best Mencia I've ever tasted.
White
7/31/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
83 points
Good citrus, sufficiently balanced, crisp and refreshing but little complexity and virtually no body.
White
7/31/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
80 points
Drinkable but disjointed enough to prevent me from wanting to drink it.
Rosé
7/23/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
86 points
Nose: steel, saline/mineral, red fruit. after opened for 5 hours, overt barnyard (nice)

Flavor: steely, mineral/saline, little red fruit--more dry than sweet. But light bodied (no weight or viscosity), and although I wouldn't describe it as unbalanced it could be better balanced.

Overall: light but complex rose for $12.
Red
7/19/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
91 points
dark cherry & plum. blananced, good tannins. drank with grilled bbq chicken thighs-excellent!

enjoyable now.
White
7/19/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
86 points
flowers & tart citrus on the nose.

light bodied, sweet tart, flowers lime. great quaffer
Red
7/19/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
86 points
medium-light bodied, firm tannins, balanced. good fruit. good food wine.
White
7/19/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
90 points
honey, petrol & floral elements. Good body and perfectly balanced. IMO simply incredible for the price--better than other rieslings out there at the $14 price point, e.g., Dr. L, etc.
White - Off-dry
7/19/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
93 points
Honey, clove spice, viscous approaching Sauternes-like profile. Excellent.
White
7/19/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
86 points
green apple, quince, lime; honey, spice (citrus spice, not clove spice), steely tanginess. refreshing.
White
7/15/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
89 points
Great expression of terroir on the nose, viscous body, balanced. Very good Chard.
White
7/15/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
87 points
Nose: sweet caramel. Sweet caramel & saline up front & on the finish with dry, austere citrus on the mid-palate. Drink now--don't hold--I think this one is at or just past its peak.
White
7/15/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
87 points
This one took some warming up to--most othes at the tasting didn't care for it. It didn't have much of a nose, but on the palate it had Sauvignon Blanc-like acidity & body with some petrol & chalk.
Red
7/15/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
90 points
Nose of earth and red fruit. Medium-full bodied, red & black fruit. Long finish. Could stay in the cellar for a few more years.
Red
7/15/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
88 points
Brick red color, light bodied, elegant, medium-long finish.
Red
7/15/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
91 points
Nose: pepper, cranberry and spice. On the palate light, elegant and finesse with steely tang with a black tea finish. Attractive wine.
Rosé
7/13/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
92 points
Day 1:

•Color: Scarlet. Beautiful color.
•Nose: Cranberries, orange peel. Nice nose.
•Taste: Cranberry, blood orange; some alcohol shows up on the finish; full-bodied rosé.

UPDATE, Day 2:
It has lost the alcohol on the finish and really developed into a clean, electric (sorry, losfer words), focused and seamless integration of strawberry, minerals and saline. Much, much better on day 2. One of the best rosés I've ever had.
Red
7/3/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
85 points
Nose: lime zest & steel with bright red cherry & cranberry notes.

Taste: first the red fruit, then the steel. Medium mouth-feel for a rose.

Overall: Not fruit-forward, sweet new world rose. Somewhat challenging--may not be immediately accessible to most people. Food friendly, e.g, BBQ, shrimp cocktail, etc. My first Clairet rose. Nice.
White
7/2/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
86 points
Nose: lemon/lime/grapefruit & passion fruit.

Taste: same fruit on the nose, green, balanced, good body.

A notch below best NZ SBs (e.g., Kim Crawford, etc.), which is a notch below the great Pouilly Fume & Sancerres.
White - Sparkling
6/20/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
87 points
Not much nose . Some citrus and nut on the attack and midpalate; steely and chalky elements on the finish.

Great body and balance. Very good QPR.
White
6/18/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
88 points
Nose: gooseberry, ripe cantaloupe and flowers.
Taste: same flavor profile as the nose. Medium mouth-feel. Balanced.

Very good PG.
Rosé
6/13/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
77 points
nice nose, good fruit on the attack but poor finisher--tasted of rubbing alcohol.
White
6/14/2009 - TLHWG wrote:
87 points
Nose: focused lychee, gooseberry (a la NZ SB) but w/ minerals & chalk.

Taste: lychee & gooseberry on the attack then mid-palate and finishing with limestone. Light & refreshing, perfect for summer by itself or w/ seafood.

Good QPR ($11)
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