Tasting Notes for DanR

(637 notes on 625 wines)

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Red
1/17/2020 - DanR wrote:
88 points
Started off great, with a distinct garrigue character and dusty, peppery Syrah fruit that was surprisingly refined. Really evocative and exuberant. Then the Brett kicked in, so this was a tale of two wines. Overall a fun enough drink, the first glass being the best.
Red
2009 Château Beau-Site St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/17/2020 - DanR wrote:
This particular bottle did not show well, with a medicinal overtone to the meager fruit character and overwhelmed by a drying earthiness. Featured a mean green streak as well, and faded into raw splintery oak as the night wore on. Hard to derive pleasure from something like this. Pretty disappointing as recent vintages have shown a lot of promise.
Red
1/17/2020 - DanR wrote:
84 points
Sweet fruited, warm and plump, this is a dead ringer for a CA blend. Easy drinking for sure.
Red
1/17/2020 - DanR wrote:
86 points
A bit bizarre and tad unfocused, this really needed food to be enjoyed. Showing a concerning amount of volatility, yet very generous with its cherry, sweet leather and pipe tobacco character. A real winner with charcuterie, this match seems it’s proper context
Red
1/17/2020 - DanR wrote:
95 points
Smoking good, with a savory character and silky smooth, velvet texture. So harmonious and complete, with all elements in place and perfect balance. Red apple skin, pennyroyal and black tea and a sous bois finish. A delicious pinot that reaches rarified heights of sophistication and elegance
Red
2010 Château Bernadotte Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/17/2020 - DanR wrote:
90 points
Drinking very well, with a plummy chocolate character and toasty finish. Grainy tannins give structure and framework. Excellent value and a very pleasant mouthful of classic BDX character
Red
1/17/2020 - DanR wrote:
90 points
Delicious natural wine with a plush, textured mouthfeel and easygoing personality. Very glou glou and best of all, clean
White
1/17/2020 - DanR wrote:
95 points
What a treat, and at €70 (!!!) on a wine list for the '07, an absolute steal! Hugely petrol on the nose, with some bruised apple and herbs. On the palate, this is intense and direct, showcasing green apple, fennel and oyster shell with a touch of marmalade. The acid is insane - ripping, bracing and cleansing giving a sense of salty minerality, focus and drive. Only slightly aldehydic, still youthful and for my taste not yet at peak. Food wise, this was too searing for trout tartare but worked incredibly well with the sweet/savory sanguinity of boudin noir. Loved this, and like always I'm left questioning why I don't drink more Alsace.
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White
1/17/2020 - DanR wrote:
91 points
Very pretty, delicate, detailed. White flowers, peach and thyme with a wispy, leesy edge. Finishes clean, with a mineral echo. Such precision and finesse, lovely
Red
2016 Domaine Tempier Bandol Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre (view label images)
1/17/2020 - DanR wrote:
92 points
Delicious, but very tight and angular at present. Herbs, dark fruit, blood and mineral. Needs time, fantastic potential
Red
1/17/2020 - DanR wrote:
89 points
Alain Graillot's kids' domaine. Very bright and racy, lean and focused. Red fruited with a tense mineral backbone. Just a tad hollow - needs food to show its' stuff, nonetheless engaging with a playful personality. Value is just ok, one can do better price-wise but no complaints really.
White
1/17/2020 - DanR wrote:
91 points
Spicy and pithy, with a mandarin / peachy profile and a slightly grainy texture. Round and mouth-coating. Bit of warmth on the finish, not too distracting. Very accessible and crowd pleasing. Decent value at €40 on a wine list
Red
11/28/2019 - DanR wrote:
91 points
Brilliantly aromatic, stunning floral nose. Elegant, detailed palate, very fresh and direct. A distinct creamy / leesy overlay. Fine and wispy, open and not well structured, and didn’t evolve much after a few hours in the decanter. I would guess this is a short term drink candidate. Great with charcuterie
Red
11/28/2019 - DanR wrote:
91 points
Wide open and showing very well, burly dark fruit and plus acidity
White
11/28/2019 - DanR wrote:
90 points
Rich, very much on the mineral / yeasty / savory side.
White - Sparkling
11/28/2019 - DanR wrote:
92 points
Excellent showing, nutty, yellow fruit and fresh bread tones.
Spirits
11/28/2019 - DanR wrote:
92 points
Delicious - plenty of pithy extract, nicely tart, not too sweet.
Red
11/28/2019 - DanR wrote:
83 points
Good weight, pleasant mouthfeel, distracting Brett
Red
11/28/2019 - DanR wrote:
84 points
Plump, straightforward Mourvèdre blend that is showing a bit too much oak for me
Red
2016 Château de France Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/28/2019 - DanR wrote:
Not in a good place right now. Very muddled, disjointed. Needs time
Red
11/28/2019 - DanR wrote:
88 points
Always solid value Bordeaux. Showed exuberantly fruity on day 1, closed down on day 2, elegant on day 3.
Red
11/27/2019 - DanR wrote:
88 points
Foxy and rustic, old school and evocative. Takes the Delorian back to the 70s
Red
11/27/2019 - DanR wrote:
90 points
Very nice, lacking just a touch of the focus and energy of his great vintages
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Red
11/27/2019 - DanR wrote:
87 points
This particular bottle was quite volatile, distractingly so. That being said, lovely palate - super energetic, vivid fruit, racy, electric. Mouthfeel is angular, needs to flesh out a bit. The finish echoes the fruit, with a mineral twang. Overall a bit shrieky, the wine yells rather than sings.
White
2016 Domaine de Trévallon Blanc Vin de Pays des Alpilles White Rhone Blend (view label images)
11/27/2019 - DanR wrote:
93 points
Really unique, beautiful wine. Darker-hued yellow, but perfectly fresh, no signs of oxidation. The texture is the star here - so broad and round, with no corners or angles at all. Mouth-coating. Flavor profile leans towards yellow stone fruit, with some honey, marzipan, white flowers, and verbena. A kiss of vanilla bean on the finish. Finishes very long. Suave and sexy. Really enjoyable, but quite forward, a few years for mellowing would be optimal. Delicious!
Red
2010 Château Brillette Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/27/2019 - DanR wrote:
90 points
Another screaming good Bdx value, I think I paid €10. Dark fruited and firm, with some bitter chocolate, pencil lead and leather on the midpalate. Finishes with gravel and herbs. Drinking pretty well, but its rigid spine suggests further improvement is to come. Classic left bank.
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Red
11/27/2019 - DanR wrote:
91 points
Entry-level? Wow. Screaming value
Red
11/27/2019 - DanR wrote:
88 points
Quite reduced on opening, never lost some of the funk even after 2 days. Sweet fruit underneath, very soft and textured. A pretty, easygoing drink, if a little muddled.
Red
2016 Château Potensac Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/27/2019 - DanR wrote:
92 points
Structured, dense and chewy, with ample tannins that are perfectly ripe and help to prolong the flavor. Still young and burly, with a flavor profile that veers towards young and savory - coffee, bitter chocolate, iron, graphite. There's a beautiful core of sweet cherry underneath - high toned, almost sappy - needs time. Great winemaking - balance of sweet and savory, dry but not astringent, fresh and lively but serious as well. Old school styled and delicious.
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Red
11/27/2019 - DanR wrote:
91 points
Big, burly, warm and primary. Super extracted and concentrated, very juicy. Very dark and wild, almost New World in the sweetness of its fruit, tons of spice balance this nicely. So intense, needs time to calm down, tons of room for improvement.
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Red
11/27/2019 - DanR wrote:
90 points
Very tasty - macerated cherry, earth and some herbs. Great value, food and wallet friendly burg. Drinking very well.
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Red
11/27/2019 - DanR wrote:
92 points
Dark fruited, solidly built and well structured. Drinking quite well, plenty of life left. Extraordinary value.
Red
11/27/2019 - DanR wrote:
88 points
Sweet, syrupy and spicy. Overpriced would be an understatement. That being said, it was slick and vivid, very generous with flavor. Not my style, but drinking relatively well with food for what that’s worth.
White
11/27/2019 - DanR wrote:
92 points
Delicious, gloriously wispy and mineral. Stone fruits, roasted nut, cream - nicely focused and so delicate. There's a nice savory yeastiness, almost sake-like. Picks up steam and fleshes out with air, acid kicks in on the finish. Could age a bit. Just lovely.
Red
11/27/2019 - DanR wrote:
90 points
This was all toasty oak on opening, a bit raw, took time for the wild, burly dark fruit to come out. Evocative and multi-dimensional, showing heaps of both fruit and savory elements and nice breadth on the mid palate. I could have done without the grainy, raspy texture however. Very nice, if a bit roasted. Decant recommended
White
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
91 points
Quite reduced on opening, this would have benefited from a decant. Opens up to a delicate, wispy expression of stone fruit, river rocks and herbs. Midpalate is creamy, and this finishes with bright acidity. A very pretty chardonnay.
Red
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
93 points
So pure! Super extracted, the texture is insane. Layered and vivid, with berry compote and garrigue flavors that caress the palate and finish long. Great producer
Red
2015 Château de Cruzeau Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
Oof. Undrinkable brett bomb.
White - Sparkling
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
96 points
Outstanding. Extended tirage. Super complex - stone fruit, brioche, marzipan, ginger, bruised apple. Just singing - super bright acidity wrapped in a blanket of slightly oxidized nuttiness. Still energetic, finishes very long. Wow.
White - Sparkling
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
91 points
Quite rich and yeasty, showing the powerful, earthy side of bubbly.
Red
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
90 points
Cool wine, definitely a masculine take on Merlot. Earthy, with a brambly edge, bitter chocolate and toast. There’s a slight volatility which gives it some lift. Tannins are of the burly sort. Needs air. Comes off as old school, nice cold weather wine
Red
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
91 points
Served blind, this was assumed to be from the New World. Very fruit sweet, warm and with and earthy edge; drinking quite well at present.
Red
2015 Château Pavillon Beauregard Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
90 points
Took a day for the oak and funk to blow off. Day 2 revealed sexy cherry/chocolate Merlot fruit, a plump mouthfeel and neatly folded tannins. Stellar value here for ~€10
White
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
88 points
From a small plot in the Corbières, this doesn’t bear much resemblance to Spain / Portugal but is tasty in its own right. Bright, sunny, and fruit driven, this is a great aperitif / porch pounder to drink young.
White
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
89 points
Interesting expression here, quite front-loaded with oak, but very exotic and floral on the finish. White flowers and passion fruit. Very unique. A delicate, detailed style
Rosé
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
88 points
Solid rose - crunchy fruits, raspy texture, embraces food quite well. Good focus, energy.
Red
2016 Julien Peyras VdT "Gourmandise" Languedoc Roussillon Cinsault, Cinsaut (view label images)
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
91 points
Suffered from being poured next to the Pelletier, but very nice in its own right. Red fruit and bitter earth. Quite lifted and bright. Very fun wine.
Red
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
94 points
Excellent showing for this natural wine that’s still youthful and in great shape. Crushed berries and licorice. Brett and VA are in check, at least in this bottle. A dragon worth chasing
White
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
95 points
Face-meltingly intense. Incredible showing for this wine.
White
2018 Thierry Navarre Terret Languedoc Roussillon Terret Blanc (view label images)
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
89 points
Terrét, the “forgotten varietal”, makes a very nice wine, with stone fruit and spice notes, along with good acidity. A very fun glass.
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