Tasting Notes for mks83

(249 notes on 248 wines)

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White
6/17/2018 - mks83 Likes this wine:
90 points
This wine made me come back to this app after the long long years of absence.
It’s a strange analogy for pinot gris, but it does remind me of a superb Viognier aroma-wise: a cocktail of tropical (and other) fruits: mango, apricot, ripe melon, green plum, and guavas mingled each other into a supple, round, and seamless whole, with a touch of white truffle funk and lingering finish. Palate is as saline as nice scotch whiskey initially, which gradually and eventually takes substantial form of dense honey and lime-like aftertaste. Unique, complex, but utterly enjoyable.
White
8/14/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
90 points
As intended by the producer, it does taste like nice low-yield Italian sudtirol charadonnay or pinot grigio. Soft thick grape-innerskin fruit. Honey, butterscotch and white mountain flowers are seamlessly integrated into a round whole.
White
8/30/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
89 points
Great complexity of aromas: a bundle of citrus, wet limestone mineral, and edgy high-toned peppermint. A touch of sweet volume (interestingly gone with airation) and zippy lemony acidity. Long butterly finish.

Day3: a bit fallen apart. Still a value at this price point ($18).
Rosé - Sparkling
2014 La Lunotte La Bulotte Vin de France Cabernet Franc (view label images)
6/21/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
88 points
Serve not too cold. It has charming strawberry fruit plus some tangy green tropical fruit which is a bit reminscent of sauv. blanc.
At low temprerature, the fruit is overpowered by the bubble. At room temrerature, it gained some sweet volume. Would like to pair it with fried oister.
White - Sparkling
6/18/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
90 points
Cloudy yellow color. Round mellowed mouthfeel. Yastiness is well integrated into viscousity. Flavor profile is amazingly rich and complex. Peach, melon, plus a lot of flowers.
White
6/17/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
90 points
Ripe intense papaya fruit, plus a touch of lychee and almond. Massive crystalic acid (no sourness) counterbalances the 13.8% abv, which is a lot for riesling. Rich jelly-sh mouthfeel. Dense but seamless and detailed.
Rosé
6/15/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
89 points
Intense pomegranate and strawberry, plus a touch of smoky earthiness like fresh boiled peanuts. Complex and deep with some alcholic volume, but paradoxcally juicy and easy drinking. Very unique, and well conveys the toils in the vinyards. Excellent for $14.
Red
6/14/2015 - mks83 Does not like this wine:
85 points
Strawberry jam with iron bite. Green coffeebean. Grarpeskin bitterness. Lacking acidity. Overripe and underripe at the same time. Nothing bad, but I'd rather drink decent coffee.
Red
6/5/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
88 points
Agree with Krassen's note, except for the degree of ripeness. I found the tight small body and good acidity rather charming, and felt nothing underripe.
In addition, it had some unique volatile nose like asian incense. I liked the complexity of this wine overall, although I suspect its volatility was the cause of headache I had on the next day...
White - Sweet/Dessert
6/6/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
90 points
Deep orange color (botrytis developed strongly this year?). No formal note, but this shows classical traits of Loire chenin dessert wines with higher-than-average concentration. Worth twice the price($16). A steal.
Red
6/14/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
88 points
Day 1-2: Inky blackish red. Thick tannin, big structure, ripe. Contrary to the solid format, fruit is lacking. Some are there, but I couldn't identify what the fruit is.

Day 10: leftover from the bottle, which was kept in a rather hot place so I expected it was undrinkable already.
Contrary to my expectation, the wine survived and improved dramatically. Cloudiness and rough tannins are gone. Shows focused vivid blackberry and blueberry fruit. A touch of blackpepper.

Overall, remined me of Madiran somehow. Give it more aging!
White - Sparkling
6/11/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
88 points
Ripe golden apples with a touch of volatile complexity. Overdelivers for $11.
White
6/12/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
91 points
Super-weird farmyardy gorgeousness.

Nose from the glass is a bit of volatile sticky tape, which is to me a sign of absurdly well-matured white. The aroma also suggests super-ripe pineapple, not the fruit, but the one you can sniff at the top before you peel off the skin.

In the mouth, this shifts into vivid lime. Together with sharp acidity, this wine sometimes tastes painfully edgy, but sometimes massive mineral dominates, and the balance of powers change every minute. A slight hint of red fruit? (such as sour-cherry and raspberry?) and earthiness almost reminded me of young austere burgundy red from extremely acidic year for long term aging.

The inviting first aroma and paradoxical palate give an illusion like experiencing Marcel Dechamps's works. It is impossible rate this wine, but if I dare to rate, 91pts.
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Red
2011 Bucklin Ancient Field Blend Old Hill Ranch Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
6/14/2015 - mks83 wrote:
89 points
Plum, nectarine, black berries, with some toasted smoky finish. Typical zin nose, with some structure and concentration like right-bank bordeaux dominated by merlot. Unique in its silky and feathery round mouthfeel, but expected more complex voluptuous zin fruit. At $40, this is not what I wanted from zin.
Rosé
5/26/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
89 points
Chinese hawtorn, sour cherry, and aplicot. Bright acidity and thick volcanic mineral. Viscous mouthfeel and long finish.
White
5/16/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
88 points
Quince, flint, and touch of almond and olive. Good acidity, oily mouthfeel and long honeyed dry finish. Classical chardonnay with oxidated complexity.
White
2013 Manni Nössing Kerner Valle Isarco / Eisacktaler (view label images)
5/5/2015 - mks83 wrote:
86 points
High toned green citrus and white flower scents. Laser sharp, almost painfully acidic like drinking 100% lemon juice. 86-87.
White - Sparkling
5/3/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
87 points
Green apple. Clean. Some waxy bite. A touch of hop-like bitterness gives additional refreshment.
Red
4/28/2015 - mks83 wrote:
86 points
Day 1:
Quite a lot of plum, blueberry, red berries fruit plus a touch of eucalipse. Thick velvetty tannin. Noticeable volcanic mineral reminded me of etna. Nicely structured acidity. Balanced.

Day 3:
Contrary to my initial expectation from day1, just fallen apart rather than gettting better. Chinese yangmei juice with a lot of raw wood and pencil lead. Green.
White
4/27/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
89 points
Some residual sugar. Initially closed: simple, ripe, and fruit forward riesling with a touch of petrol. It then gained rich complexity keeping the same fruit-forward format, resemble to any kinds of super ripe soft fruits such as citrus, mango, pinapple, melon, lychee, etc. Will only get better with age. Now 89-90.
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White
4/26/2015 - mks83 Does not like this wine:
84 points
Simple grapefruit and other citrus such as lime and lemon. Neutral and waxy. Slight fizz. Solid malic acid with bitter warmth, but not enough fruit. Touch of green pepper. Metalic bite.

Tastes like cheap welschriesling blend rather than gruner, except for pepperiness. Unbalanced and overpriced ($20).
White
4/23/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
91 points
Changes every minute, but in every aspect shows true unique virtue of chenin.
This is wine. 91-92.

Day1:
Intense lemony yellow color with bright clarity. Some residual sugar like vouvray demi-sec. Tastes like best fuji-apple with a lot of honey at the core, soaked in very best scotch whisky. Detailed and solid acidic structure. Feels featherly and high-toned despite the strength of the fruit. Long persistent finish with a hint of caramel.

Day3:
Color turned into shiny light gold. Pear and aged ume-shu. A touch of oxidative complexity. Acidic backbone gives precise focus to the entire format, feels almost dry despite the residual sugar.

Day4:(Leftover in the glass)
Color turned into shiny light bronze. Gained apricot and mead.
White
4/21/2015 - mks83 wrote:
86 points
Yellow apple, pineapple, and a lot of flinty mineral. Good intrnsity and focus, but a little overripe and bitter.
Red
4/12/2015 - mks83 wrote:
87 points
Pale purple colored, cloudy at the core but transparent at the lim.
Baked sweet potato, violet, lavender, blueberry and gariggue mineral. Reminiacent of austrian zweigelt, morgon, and corbierres at the same time.

Medium complexity in a easy drinking format, slight high-toned volatile character is adding additional charm. However, this volatility caused me serious headache just after several hours.

Still astringent at the after-palate, would be interesting to keep for a little while.
White
4/8/2015 - mks83 wrote:
85 points
Pear, lemon, and a touch of honey. Lemony chalky acidity, which is a bit flat like chewing plastic wrap. Neutral and rather monotonous on its own, nevertheless went very nicely with brie cheese.
White
4/8/2015 - mks83 wrote:
flawed
Corked. So sad because I knew this is otherwise an exceptional wine.
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/7/2015 - mks83 wrote:
87 points
Lychee and kiwi and mango syrup.
Rosé
4/6/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
89 points
Watermelon, honey, herbs and ripe blood orange. Nice oily bite, long finish. Very good, if a bit overpriced at $41. Serve not too chilled. 89-90.
Red
4/2/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
90 points
Rose petal, tar, nutmeg, cassis, a touch of earthiness. Ripe tannin, medium sourness. Shows gorgious complexity of nebbiolo at just $15. Fully open at its youth.
White
4/1/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
90 points
Soft and thick yellow apple fruit. Balanced, a lot of ripe grape innerskin richness.
White
3/23/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
87 points
Super concentrated mango syrup, with dry neutral bite and complex tropical green aromas. A little reminscent of petit mansang. Aftertaste is a bit too bitter and alcholic, which is odd for this grape variety (odd vintage or heavily chaptalized?).
White
3/18/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
87 points
Lemon, lime, unripe apple and a lot of chalk. Citrus innerskin bitterness. In terms of palate, nothing different from muscadet, but this has so distinctive hint of oister (both the meat and shelf), a lot of green seaweed in it. It went so nice with Nori (Japanese seaweed paper). This odd seashore-like characteristics works for me (not for everyone). If you were born and grew by the sea, it might make you cry. 87++++. Priced like muscadet.
White
3/15/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
89 points
Lightly gewurz-like aroma. Peach and citrus. Saline, ridiculously refreshing.
White
3/13/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
91 points
Intense and structured. Bright zesty purity and chalky stony mineral are integrated into a ripe round whole, reminscent of both puligny and mosel riesling though it's chardonnay. Honeyed apple juice with dry neutral bite, backboned by solid detailed acid structure. Exceptional.
Red
3/5/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
89 points
Tons of ripe dusty dark berry fruit. Super concentrated, but feels never heavy due to its entiry seamless texture and ripe tannin. A bit reminiscent of naturalist Gerogian reds fermented in anfora rather than syrah (this wine shows some oakiness though). 89-90.
White
3/4/2015 - mks83 wrote:
85 points
Day1: Nice candid neutral fruit and flinty aroma, too much like sauvignon blanc from southern france. Tasty but uninspiring.

Day4: Steely flintiness has gone. Integrated into a warm round whole with a touch of honey (now eventually showing chardonnay virtue). Reminds of baujolais blanc.

Day7: Oaky and dull.
White
3/1/2015 - mks83 wrote:
89 points
Tastes like white processed like red. Not expressive in aroma, and deep grape-skin flesh. Nice mineral. Optimally ripe and having good length.
Rosé - Sparkling
2/28/2015 - mks83 wrote:
86 points
Nice attack of ripe berries with sweet yeasty twist. Dry bitterness lingers at the after, which is not bad but too much in terms of balance. Probably this is from unripe pineau d'aunis. Bitternes can be masked if food paring is correct, but anyway difficult to drink on its own.
White
2/27/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
90 points
Would pass for a meursault. Dense quince, cherrywood smoke, citrus, butter, flower, and stony mineral. Optimal ripeness, balanced acidity structure and long honeyed finish. Fruit was entirely masking the oakness on day 1, which gave very honest straightforward apprearance. Calmed down and showed old-world-like balance of tight fruit and oakiness on day2. Superb value at $28.
White
2/26/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
88 points
Dry, neutral and transparent, but having nice jellysh clean persistence in the mouth. Subtle touch of melon and apricot (overall like loquat fruit). Nice lemony acidity. A bit of dry sake-like neutral volume. Not expressive, but has clear sign of hard work at the vineyard and gentle vinification. 88-89.
Red
2/26/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
89 points
Day 1:Nice volcanic mineral. Intense sour cherry. Rich and ripe, a little reminiscent of ruby port.

Day 6&7: Improved day by day. Gained plummy fruit and complex floral aromas (violet and plum flower).
White
2011 Poggio dei Gorleri Cycnus Riviera Ligure di Ponente Pigato, Vermentino (view label images)
2/26/2015 - mks83 wrote:
flawed
Corked. TCA and flat bitterness. I suspect this wine may taste flat even without this flaw, but not for sure.
Red
2/26/2015 - mks83 Does not like this wine:
78 points
Typical zin nose, plum, dark cherry, peach and apricot. Jammy. I rate it very low because it has quite a lot of unintegrated strange acidity, which I've never found in other zins. Although not overdone in the sense of oak or extraction, it's certainly too heavy due to its sticky flat acidity. Probably heavily acidified?
White
2/26/2015 - mks83 Does not like this wine:
68 points
Badly affected by the closure. It's "flawed", but I still rate it because this defect could have been avoided (not TCA or something comes out of bad luck). The closure was compressed cork, the bottom of which (the surface that touchs the liquid) was coated by a thick layer of something like glue or melted vinyl. This gives so awful chemical odor. Has the winemaker ever tasted their own wine from the bottle? This is the first time that louis/dressner selection truly disappointed me.
Red
2011 La Porta di Vertine Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
2/22/2015 - mks83 wrote:
87 points
Description-wise I completely agree with DRDEBS's note (Sour cherry, leather, and tobacco).

To me, this one is too cloudy and ashy. 14.5% alcohol is being masked by concentration of the liquid, but cloudiness is also augmented proportionately. This was not obvious at first, but got more serious issue on day 2 and 3 (almost sandy).

That being said, this has good qulity fruit and rich complex red and black fruit aromas. Probably I expected too much after drinking the rose from this winery.
Red
2/25/2015 - mks83 Does not like this wine:
78 points
Thin green strawberry, but at the same time paradoxically hot and inky like cheap coffee. Strange fishcaky (or canned meat) yeast odor. Bitter aftertaste. There should be many box-wines that outperform this even without considering the price.
White
2/23/2015 - mks83 Likes this wine:
92 points
Day1: sleeping.
Day2: Silverly acidity, bright and round. High toned petrol, white grapefruit, and chalky mineral. Looooooong smoky finish. Solid structure, detailed at mouthfeel.
Day3-4: opened up. Full of yellow flower and citrus scents flow like waterfall. To me, this one blurrs the border between riesling and best burgundy chardonnay. So rich, sharp, and high-toned.
Rosé
2012 Stolpman Rosé Santa Ynez Valley Rosé Blend (view label images)
2/21/2015 - mks83 wrote:
86 points
Provence-like light orange/pink color. Not expressive in the nose, a little disjointed and sandy. In the mouth abundant in fruits such as melon, apricot, and blood orange. Griceline sweetness is balanced out by some acidity.
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