Tasting Notes for Winevestor

(994 notes on 638 wines)

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Red
6/21/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
90 points
Good wine, but not exciting (different). Blue fruit, well integrated tannins, this isn't going to get any better but has a few more years left. Easy to drink.
Red
6/21/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
90 points
I had this in a virtual tasting. The wine was shipped from the winery. Great drink, very CA, very fruit forward. But balanced and with a backbone which made it more interesting. Good drink.
Red
6/21/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
90 points
Had this at a virtual tasting. Good group, so I may be scoring high. Straight forward Zin, but very fruit forward and good fruit not over the top. Says 15% ABV and felt it was that if not less. Good drinking.
White
6/21/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
92 points
I haven't been drinking much Puligny recently. This told me what I'd been missing. Great nose of mandarin, lemon and grass. Good acidity, in a beautiful place in its drinking window. I'm not sure it will get better, but it has several years left. Long finish. Great wine
Red
6/21/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
94 points
A great WA syrah. Big, lots of blue fruit, stone and stank. But harmonious even with hi alcohol and big fruit. Layered and nuanced it changed over the night.
Red
6/21/2020 - Winevestor wrote:
89 points
Plum on the nose. Medium mouthfeel, damson, integrated tannin a little bitterness. I don't think this is going to get any better. Not very complex.
White
6/18/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
Stone and grapefruit on the nose. More stone, passion fruit, lemon and a slight grassy note. Big mouthfeel. Long finish. Drinking beautifully. May improve a little but still lots of time to go. Last time I drank this I said it was the best SB I've had. It's still up there, but since then I've drunk more Loire based SB. There are several that reach this level at a much better QPR. But still a delicious drink.
White
5/26/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
90 points
The 'basic' Ravines dry Riesling. A great wine, which gives you a great view of the style. 12% alcohol (doesn't seem that high). Great acid backbone, citrus fruit, medium weight. Great drinking.
White
5/25/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
92 points
For a straight Kabinett this was an amazing QPR. A little more residual sugar than I was expecting but not too much. Delicious wine. As always very well integrated, good acidic back bone we citrus, lychee and honey. Medium mouthfeel and good finish. Good for many more years. Low alcohol makes it a delight.
White - Off-dry
5/25/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
91 points
Not too much residual sugar, so that the acidity and delicious fruit are at the fore. Good lemon, melon and honey. Very well integrated. Just coming into its own. It will probably get better with time but is drinking well now. Really good drink.
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Red
1999 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
5/25/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
Somehow when Musar hits the 20 year mark, it get more interesting and seems to put on a little weight. Definitely the case with this 1999. It is drinking beautifully and will do so for a good while. The stewed plum, and blueberry and very fine tannins also make this easy to drink. Medium in the mouth and medium finish. Unique, so you keep going back to taste.
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Red
5/4/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
This was tasted along side the 2010 Pegau. Both were wonderful wines. This in comparison was reserved and classic. Medium body, heather, pepper and dark young cherries. It was a great comparison, seeing the two different CdP types.
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White
5/4/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
94 points
Oh my goodness, absolutely wonderful wine. 30 years old and in its drinking window but more time possible - probably won't get better though. Only a hint of sweetness, but honey, honeydew melon and a good backbone of acidity still. Great QPR. The only problem now is you can't find it. This bottle was kept well as I see that some other bottles in the TNs are flawed. Really looking forward to my next one.
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Red
5/4/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
94 points
This was a particularly good example. Clean and delineated. The nose is huge and specific: plum, stone and leather. In the mouth, medium mouthfeel, lots of bloodiness. Very easy to drink, with a long aftertaste.
White - Off-dry
5/4/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
92 points
Not much sweetness, and a great acid backbone. Great fruit, lemon, apricot and honey. Just at the start of the drinking window. Very enjoyable.
White
5/4/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
91 points
Same TN as the last one. Great wine, big Gewurz, well made. Highly quaffable.
White
4/21/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
92 points
Still really enjoying this wine. It has a lightness, that works well with the acidity. The citric hit makes you sit up and pay attention. No weight. Great bracing drink.
Red
4/21/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
A revelation. This wine has now come into its own and was the total package. Good, bright red fruit - cherries. Integrated fine tannin. So glad that I used this to investigate the region.
Red
4/21/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
94 points
Loved this wine. Drank it up against a 2010 Beaucastel. Both great wines - so very different. Pegau, all meat and brawn and size. Plum, heather, earth. Big mouthfeel, long finish. A very easy wine to like and look forward to.
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Red
2004 Domaine Ponsot Griotte-Chambertin Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
4/21/2020 - Winevestor wrote:
This was a disappointment. I'm not going to score it because it could be the bottle (or my mood). It was muddy, and seemed like it was over the hill. This is an iconic wine and I was hoping for excitement. Oh well.
White
4/12/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
92 points
I only have one of these, and it wasn't cheap for a Sancerre, so let's see. Light nose, hay and light lemon. Big taste in the mouth, lots of minerality - always a good thing, more lemon, gooseberry (one of my markers for sancerre), good acidity, reasonable alcohol (stated at 13%), and a long finish at the top of the mouth. Not exactly subtle, but that might have developed with age. A very good wine, and as I'm into a Sancerre kick (been going for five years now!) a very good drink.
White
4/1/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
92 points
Strong bouquet of peach and stone. Big taste of gooseberry, peach and mineral. Not very nuanced, but well integrated and good acidity. This has got years left. Medium finish.
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Red
3/28/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
94 points
Strong nose of plum, heather and meat. This is my first Pegau. A great CdP. Its a really big CdP. This is drinking well now, but is at the end of its drinking window. Big mouthfeel. More plum, earth and a bourbon hit. Long finish. Now looking forward to trying some younger vintages.
Red
3/21/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
Very distinctive nose of damson, vanilla, and cherry. Huge hit of pepper in the mouth, with more red fruit. Light and long finish. The winemaker has had a heavy hand here - processed wine. But good expression of WA Syrah. At the start of its drinking cycle.
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White - Off-dry
3/21/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
I know this score is high, but I really liked this wine. It is one of the most homogeneous Spatleses I've ever had - everything totally integrated: acidity / fruit / sweetness. Lots of complexities and drinking beautifully right now. Clean, lemon, mineral nose. Honeydew melon, a little hay and the right hit of sweetness. Long, long finish. It has a lightness which is beguiling. Beautiful drink.
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Red
3/14/2020 - Winevestor wrote:
88 points
It wasn't a bottle issue. (from my last TN). This bottle also wasn't great as previous examples. Definitely not improving and going down hill - which is not the longevity that other Commands have had. Still a mildly good wine, with good fruit and little structure. It seems disconnected and not homogeneous. I hope my later vintage bottles pick up the quality of older vintages.
White
3/14/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
92 points
I'm so enjoying these wines. There are two cousins - Francois and Pascal that are producing wines that are very similar. But both are old style, which means they are fuller and longer lived than normal Sancerres. They are both fabulous and I have just layed down a case of a mix of the cousins for many years of future drinking. Awesome wines.
White
2017 Elena Walch Beyond the Clouds Alto Adige - Südtirol Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
3/1/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
94 points
One of my first chardonnays from the Alto Adige and this is a good one. Lots of floral notes on the nose - almost like a Gewurtz (which I know the winery does also - and a good one). This is the top cuvee from this female run winery (owner and winemaker). On the palate some pear, citrus and that alto adige hit of acidity and almost SB typicity. Long, long finish. All in all an interesting wine which at this QPR ($50) for a good chardonnay is really good. I'm definitely getting some more.
White
2/16/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
91 points
I still really like this wine. The biggest problem is it is so quaffable that it is hard not just chug. This doesn't mean its not interesting - just very easy to drink. Thoroughly enjoying this.
White
2/1/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
92 points
I wanted to try this cuvee all from vines older than 70 years. I enjoyed it, but maybe didn't understand its complexities. Clearly can go a lot longer, and maybe I should have waited. QPR not great, as some of the lesser Keller cuvees are so good.
Red
2/1/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
94 points
Looked back on my last TN from 9 years ago. Not much has changed! These wines last and last. Even now this is in its drinking plateau but has more time to go. Such a different wine from almost anything else. Tightly wound, but lots of fruit and a backbone of integrated tannins. I have one more bottle left and will endeavor to keep my hands off it for a couple more years.
White
2/1/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
91 points
Pear, hay and vanilla on the nose. It is a deep golden color. Full mouthfeel with a distinctive taste. Big mouthfeel and a dollop of oak. It has a backbone of acidity which is almost bitter. More pear, honey and a small spice kick. But it also has an overlay of aromatics that you expect from viognier. I keep going back to taste it - it is very well made and different - and I'm liking but not loving this wine. From the TNs others like this style more than me.
White
1/18/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
91 points
First time I've had this in a couple of years. This is a comfort wine. Surprisingly big for a Gewurtz, lots of pear, lychee, floral. Big mouthfeel. Not quite dry. Very, very drinkable. Its gone up in price since the last time I had this, but still worthwhile.
White
1/5/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
91 points
I last had this with the 2014 vintage. It is a bit more rustic and blunt since then. It could be that this is very young and will change with age. Good amount of acidity and grapefruit and a big hit of gooseberry (for you English people). A lot of good acidity. I have more bottles and will report as I think this will keep getting better.
White
1/5/2020 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
92 points
Definitely better than the last time I drank this wine. It has improved with age. It is still drinking well and still has some more time left to go. Light, slightly dumb nose, just a little lemon. Beautiful mixture of acidity and fruit in the mouth. More lemon and a hit of pear. Big mouthfeel. Just feels very well put together and very drinkable. Long finish.
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Red
12/31/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
89 points
This is one of my favorite Shiraz and I've had a few Commands in my time. This was the first one which was good, but not great. It didn't have the complexity and tobacco of others I've had. I have one more bottle, so hopefully it was a bottle issue. On this showing, I would say drink up. I'll have the other one soon to check my assumptions.
Red
12/31/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
91 points
Given as a gift. Good wine. Very bright and fresh. Medium bodied. Not especially complex. Distinctive. Has made me want to look out for their other cuvees.
White
12/31/2019 - Winevestor wrote:
This wine was great, but now going down hill, hence no score. Drink up!
White - Off-dry
12/9/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
91 points
Its great reading the TNs to see the people who love riesling expound. In a day where the sweetness is misunderstood, it is great to hear believers. This was light, with a good depth and a bigger mouth feel than expected. Really integrated and still with a lot of time left. Delicious.
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Red
12/9/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
94 points
The thing I found out today, was that you have to be in the mood to drink these big boys! This was a great drink after a tough week. But it needs more attention and a focus on the complexities that evolve over the evening. Great wine, drinking well, and still has much stuffing left. Lots of dark ripe plum, a bit of soy and the weird blood thing. The next bottle I'll make sure we're in a better mood.
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White
12/9/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
90 points
A great FLX riesling as the base of the other Ravines riesling offerings. This is a great wine to show folks what the finger lakes can do. Brisk, but with fruit, not too racy. Lemon, stone and some tart pear. Good drinking
White
12/9/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
90 points
Maybe I'm just not getting this wine. It was a good bottle of well created wine, which is drinking well and is not over the hill (its 17 years old). But it is not exciting with none of the 'tension' I was hoping for. It was a little 'bleh'. I have more and so will drink it in a more mindful manner next time
Red
12/9/2019 - Winevestor wrote:
89 points
Sadly this was the same TN as my last. A muddy wine with lots of fruit, but little finesse. A disappointment.
White
12/9/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
90 points
The big size of the mouthfeel is always surprising with the good FLX wines. Citrus, depth, some stone and good integration for this very drinkable wine.
Red
11/16/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
Still one of my very favorite wines. However (and I know this is going to sound too privileged) with Cayuse it is so characteristic and so specific that you shouldn't drink it too often. It is so big that it pushes your palate that way for other more nuanced wines. This one at 10 years old, still has several years left in it.
Red
11/16/2019 - Winevestor wrote:
88 points
I always like to try the different varietals when I see them at wineries. At the winery, I liked this more (I think they tend to do better in a line up as they are different. On its own, this was interesting, but not great. Feels like it would have been better as a blend. The fun with wine is trying stuff out!
Red
2009 Meerlust Rubicon Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/16/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
91 points
I bought this in SA when I visited a few years ago. This was probably one of my favorite reds. Very open, lots of plum and just a hint of the Pinotage taste that I get in a lot of SA reds (I know there is none in the mix) - that slight rubber taste. It wasn't enough to spoil this. This is getting to the end of its drinking window, but it is still hanging in there.
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White
11/16/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
91 points
At the winery, this was probably my favorite wine. All the wines had good acidity, but this was almost a lesson in how acidic you could make a Riesling. As such I really liked it. Others in the TNs are asking the big question - how will this age? If the acidity integrates a little, it will be even better. As it is this is a great bottle of wine.
Red
11/16/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
95 points
So happy that I got accepted on the HP list last year. This was once again a sublime wine. It is certainly big, but it has the depth and the complexity to go with it. This is only just ready to drink. It will be fine for a good number of years.
Red
10/20/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
95 points
Yes - drank it on my 60th birthday with family. Wonderful wine that is still in good shape. Leathery, good dark plum fruit. No tannin left, but still a little structure. This was an honor.
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