Tasting Notes for Chrisinroch

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Red
8/5/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
flawed
passively stored since direct purchase.
Weird low ullage, hiss when opened, hyper sweet candied fruit, reminded me of bad refosko dessert wines.
Red
7/25/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Passive storage and I'd say it's pretty advanced. It's mostly Grenache and I'm getting a good bit of mocha and ripe warm fruit. It's quite sweet. Must have been a really ripe vintage. Hot and jammy. Not in my wheel house.
White
7/25/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Zingy acidity, really intense. Almost an effervescence. It’s still a bit young even w passive cellaring since release.
Red
7/20/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
These drinking windows are too short. This wine is drinking nicely now. Passively cellared and it's still in the sweet spot
Red
7/5/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
passively cellared since purchase at retail in 2009.

Its a big wine and, for me, the alcohol kinda dominates. I used some in a coq au vin and we drank the rest w dinner. It was alright, but it just seemed a bit "brutish". The vintage might be the problem.
Red
7/3/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Surprisingly fruit forward. Very tasty but not what I was expecting
White - Sparkling
6/19/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Borrowing this.. “A crisp and linear champagne. Tart apple, stony citrus, minerals and hints of toast on the back end. Nicely made and refreshing appertif style“

Very high acidity. It’s right in the ragged edge of my palate and I tend to like acid. We’ll see
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Red
2008 Dragonette Cellars MJM Central Coast Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
Drank by the campfire w steak dinner. Served Too warm and the much talked about alcohol *still* doesn’t appear. I dunno, this is a nice job w Syrah in a “no apologies” style without being jam and alcohol. It won’t pass for northern Rhône but that’s not what it’s trying to be.
White
6/5/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Cork was black and a bit soft, but the wine wasn’t spoiled. Just A bit of frizzante on opening, but blew off. Surprising sweetness but nicely balanced. Still young, but I’m glad I pulled the cork now.
White - Off-dry
5/28/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
From memory.... no formal notes but tasty with a nice acidic backbone. paired nicely w Thai food
Red
The lightest bodied Merlot I've ever seen. Odd bricking in such a young wine, hot nutty alcoholic nose leads me to believe it's Madeira-ized...

...except it tastes actually like Madeira; sweet, Port-y, nutty Madeira. Not great, but drinkable. I'm wondering if this is just how this wine ages. It's got a lot of RS and nutty (figgy?) fruit. The label says 12.7% but it tastes HOT. I'm kinda baffled by the whole thing.
Red
5/7/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
88 points
Passive storage dice 2010 HDH auction. Cork crumbly but intact. Decanted for sediment. Delicious bright fruit w a bit of leather. The alcohol is there but not off-putting. Perfectly integrated. Really fringing well.
White
Explosive lanolin/petrol nose. Fresh grape. Creamy mouthfeel but nice acidity to add a nice freshness to the finish.
Red
PnP, passive cellar since release.

Generous and easy to like. Pleasant Horse blanket funk. Starting to enter its window.
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White
3/26/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Delicious mineral and high acid Chardonnay. Elegant.
White
3/15/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Stored at room temp since purchase. A bit oxidative. Just slight nuttiness, not unpleasant. More angular than is typical in CA chardonnay. Lots of nice acidity on the finish.
White
Age has been very good to this wine. The alcohol has receded, the oak is integrated and it’s just knit itself together. Very nice
Red
2008 Dragonette Cellars MJM Central Coast Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
3/11/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Passive cellar since release. PnP
Drinking nicely, none of the heat that others mentioned and Im particularly sensitive. Just a nice easy drinking wine. I'm not sure I find the value proposition compelling.
White
3/8/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
passive storage since direct purchase. Not only is the wine still viable, it's gotten kinda interesting. Any tropical notes are gone, and there is a surprising truffle-like note that I've only experienced with Dagueneau SBs. Drank w oysters and smoked scallop risotto.
Red
3/8/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
no formal notes. tasty and easy drinking w aged ribeye
Red
3/2/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Stored at room temp. PnP, enjoyed w pork tenderloin & cherry sauce.

Pretty advanced. Big dark cherry fruit, a hollow mid palate and a bit of an alcoholic finish. At times it knit together with the food, but alone, it was just kinda disjointed.

Could have been storage issues. Didn't taste cooked, but maybe just kinda advanced.
White - Sparkling
2/16/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
From magnum, passive since bought from Envoyer, served well chilled. I really liked this easy drinking champagne but I can see where others might be put off by the ever so slight sweet finish as the wine warms.

For me it was delicious biscuit-y treat. Heavy large beaded mousse, bread, pencil shavings. Yummy young champagne.
Red
1/31/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Passive cellar since direct purchase. PnP served w ribeye.

At first the wine comes off pretty tight still, but with a bit of time in the glass and some warming, the edges round off. The fruit is more towards the tart blackberry than the plum that others have mentioned. Little bit of cocoa is a nice counterpoint. Nice elegant old school CA cab. Paired nicely with the Ribeye.
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White
1/27/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
delicious, lighter bodied, clean nice acidity, no apparent oak
Red
1/21/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
90 points
PnP, active cellar since purchase, served w rib steak

Crazy bright tangy Pinot... black tea dominates in a really interesting and pleasant way. Red fruited and edgy, with tang and those tea-like tannins on the back end. I might drink these up.
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Red
1/19/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
92 points
Active cellar since direct purchase.

Really tasty on day one, but singing on day two

Bright red fruit, fresh, lovely. No edges but a nice bright finish.

Sorry no formal notes but a great new world Syrah in the red spectrum
Red
Active cellar since 2015 retail purchase.

I was struck, in a good way, by the bright acidity of this wine. It's just a nice fresh bright PN that stands out among so much big lush pinots.

My palate is pretty broad, but I tend to like things toward this end of the spectrum.
Red
2016 Ridge Geyserville Alexander Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
1/4/2020 - Chrisinroch wrote:
PnP, passive cellar since direct purchase

Not a lot of experience w this blend. It's youthful now, lots of bright reddish fruit, a bit of spice and a healthy dose of vanilla. For my palate it was sweet(ish). Not cloying at all, just pushing the envelop. Too much vanilla, too much RS??? I dunno, probably for some. To me, It's really tasty and drinkable. I'd be interested in how this develops.
Red
12/29/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Delicious. PnP. Awesome right out of the gate. Wine is in a great place.
White - Sparkling
12/15/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Dry, high acidity champagne. My palate doesn't match with the 6-8gm dosage that the notes claim. I suppose the acidity is just overwhelming the dosage.
Red
12/8/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
PnP, passive cellar for past 5 years.

Really singing. Delicious medium-light weight wine. Great secondary flavors of earthy forest floor but still a bit of elegant fruit. Nicely balanced wine.
Red
11/23/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
passive cellar since retail 2011. PnP w coq au vin

entering a drinking window. tasty right from the jump but improved with a bit of air. Still a lot of unresolved tannins on the finish
White - Sparkling
10/27/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Really over-delivers at this price point. Super interesting and complex wine. You get a bit of oxidative note but definitely not oxidized; not even as much as simple Bollinger.

I’m loving this purchase.
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Red
10/20/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
92 points
Passive cellared since retail ‘09. PnP. Singing right out of the bottle. Great expressive nose of ripe red fruit. Delicious, well made new world cab that hits all of the pleasure zones without being jammy, hot or unbalanced. It’s just a lovely wine drinking at its’ peak. Red currant and tobacco. Tiny bit of vanilla, but there’s plenty of acid to balance that. Finishes with lovely dusty tannins.
Red
10/17/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Nice wine, great acidity, lovely tart raspberry. Great finish. Drink now.
Red
2008 Thread Santa Barbara County Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
10/6/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
nice wine, not at peak yet/
Red
1995 Château Monbousquet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/2/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Decanted for sediment. Nice almost immediately. Lovely nose. Garnet color, nice with a slight pucker on the finish. Aging beautifully. Drink now - good spot.
Red
9/7/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
bought direct, passive cellared since then

Decanted, but it really didn't need it except for a bit of sediment. Delicious; not shy but still very elegant.
Red
8/19/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
88 points
Lovely herbaceous nose. Very different from the very hedonistic 2006. Also less savory and more herbal in the mouth. But also happily missing is the vanilla-ish quality that I didn’t love in the 2005
White - Sweet/Dessert
8/18/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
fully mature and still drinking nicely. more toasted caramel rather than floral notes.
Red
8/18/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Nice wine. Hedonistic, but has some nice northern Rhone secondary flavors.
Red
8/5/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
88 points
PnP. Stored in temp controlled since purchase. On the elegant side. Spicy and cranberry. Very nice
Red
7/10/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
This has really progressed. Very modern. Drink up.
Red
7/10/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Give this a few years. Needs time to knit together and lose the edges. Passively stored since direct purchase.
Red
6/19/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
Passive cellar, direct from winery. PnP, served predinner and w ribcap
Pretty delicious right from go. One of the better “ripe” syrahs I’ve tasted. Not jammy or overripe, nicely balanced and fully integrated. More saline than savory on the secondary flavors. Drinking at peak.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
4/15/2019 - Chrisinroch wrote:
From 375 passive cellared since purchase. Pineapple upside down cake in a glass. Lots of life ahead, still a baby.
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Red
Man this was just sooo big and vanilla-y and sweet. Not wearing its alcohol well at all. Bourbon. No thanks. I don’t always hate big wines, but on this night, this tasted like dessert.
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