Tasting Notes for DanR

(602 notes on 591 wines)

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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.
Red
2017 Thierry Navarre Le Laouzil Languedoc Roussillon Red Blend (view label images)
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
89 points
Solid, straightforward Languedoc red from an underrated producer. Has unexpected refinement, and I love the garrigue on the finish.
Red
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
Natural wine from an up and coming producer. I liked this less than the Moustache de traître, as it came off unfocused and frankly muddled
Red
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
Natural wine from a young, up and coming producer. Complex and lifted, with an interesting and unique flavor profile.
White
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
88 points
Great definition to the honeyed melon, spice and orange peel flavors. Good texture as well, barrel aging has given it some grip. Very well done for Saint Chinian blanc
Red
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
91 points
A very pure, chiseled, mineral expression of Syrah. Love the weight and precision here.
Red
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
91 points
These guys are simply on another level for Saint Chinian
Red
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
91 points
So pure, intense cherry and minerals. Didn’t have the depth or complexity of the Metras, but wonderful on its own terms. Great acid and verve. Very fresh and fun, loved it with a slight chill.
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Red
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
95 points
Super complex and drinking great, with flavors that span the gamut from cranberry to Earl Grey tea, along with tons of spice and dried roses. Love the texture and length. A vibrant, constantly changing, bright and funky wine, full of life. Loved it.
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Red
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
This was both firm and taught, and quite spicy hot upon opening, and really needed an extended decant to come together. I wish we had more time with it, by the end of dinner it smoothed out to a very complex, elegant, red fruited and well focused pleasure. Seems to be a stylistic outlier for the region.
Red
9/22/2019 - DanR wrote:
80% Syrah. Plump and forward, dark fruited with a spicy edge and just enough acidity on the finish to stay interesting
Red
9/21/2019 - DanR wrote:
85 points
Entry level kitchen sink blend from Cave de Roquebrun. Rustic and savory, plump and open with dusty, inky dark fruit and herbaceous elements on the finish. Speaks of its origins, well made and certainly good enough.
Red
2016 Mas D'Albo Or Brun Saint-Chinian Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
9/21/2019 - DanR wrote:
87 points
The epitome of 87 point languedoc Syrah. Plump, forward and savory with foxy dark fruit, black olive and hints of garrigue on the finish. Solid value, good typicity
White
9/21/2019 - DanR wrote:
85 points
Nice little vio from the farmers market. First glass is sharp and shrill, rounds out by the 2nd half of the bottle. A leaner style, with well defined and direct peach apple and spice character. Would have enjoyed more texture for better mouthfeel, but enjoyable and pretty for what it is
Red
9/21/2019 - DanR wrote:
88 points
100% Mourvèdre. Random bottle that I grabbed passing through town, the co-op was open late. Low expectations, a very nice surprise. Meaty and plump, with a plummy white pepper edge. Good mouthfeel and decent length. Really quite pleasant.
Red
2014 Château Picque Caillou Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/21/2019 - DanR wrote:
89 points
Nice , chewy red from a suburban property just outside of bdx. Dark fruited and dense, with a mouthful of plum and cassis, along with a dash of black olive, gravel, and burly, but ripe, tannin. Earthy finish. Nicely done, especially for the vintage.
Red
2014 Château Caronne Ste. Gemme Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/21/2019 - DanR wrote:
87 points
From 375. Solid red fruited old school Bordeaux. Lean and direct, with firm tannins and good balance of fruit and savory. No frills, excellent brasserie wine.
Red
9/21/2019 - DanR wrote:
94 points
Wow. So aromatic - red fruit, earth and graphite. Very savory and quite grippy, with an iron, blood and mineral blanket still covering the foxy, wild berry, currant-y fruit underneath. Super structured and focused. Serious, dark and brooding. Not quite there but close. Very cool wine.
Red
2004 Château du Tertre Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/21/2019 - DanR wrote:
90 points
From magnum. Very complex and wild. Red fruit, leather and mineral, with some tobacco leaf. Tannins are melted, this has a sexy texture. There are some woody elements, as well as some VA and Brett, but neither was overwhelming in this particular bottle. A treat.
Red
9/21/2019 - DanR wrote:
90 points
From magnum. Dark-fruited and verging on gamy, with a peppery edge. There’s a pine forest element and a distinct salinity on the finish. Somewhat round and soft. Very expressive.
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Rosé
9/21/2019 - DanR wrote:
89 points
Deep, smoky, musky, pretty out there for rosé. Almost drinks like a chilled red wine or claret in body weight, but with classic warm climate rosé flavors. Enough VA for complexity and lift without being distracting. Neat wine
White
9/21/2019 - DanR wrote:
flawed
Unfortunately, my bottle was reduced to rubber and undrinkable.
White
9/20/2019 - DanR wrote:
92 points
Smoky, with some buttered popcorn on the nose. Palate is fennel, green apple, quince, herbs and butter. Beautiful balance of sweet fruit and green-ish notes. The art of blending on full display. Extraordinary value.
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Red
9/20/2019 - DanR wrote:
87 points
Dead ringer for Santa Maria Pinot, with its tomato leaf and plump, dark fruit character. A bit shallow but very easy drinking. Not much for regional personality, that’s for sure.
Spirits
9/20/2019 - DanR wrote:
94 points
Yay Venezuela! So good, by achieving this quality it makes one wonder how they could possibly get anything wrong
White
9/20/2019 - DanR wrote:
Tart and quite grassy, with a honeyed, yellow fruit midpalate and spicy green finish that hints at tequila. There’s an off putting bitter phenolic edge that’s somewhat grippy and abrasive. Comes alive with goat cheese, but in general not a pleasant drink.
White - Sparkling
9/20/2019 - DanR wrote:
88 points
Creamy and fruit forward, a little high on the dosage for me
Red
9/20/2019 - DanR wrote:
88 points
Round and quite forward, very modern in style
White
9/20/2019 - DanR wrote:
82 points
A leesy, charry take. Slightly nutty, with a raspy texture. Drinks ok, but lacking purity and regional or varietal character
Red
7/3/2019 - DanR wrote:
85 points
Very pleasant, straightforward cab franc. Red fruited, with green edges. Lean and direct. Acidity is a bit shrill and tannins a bit edgy, but enjoyable nonetheless.
White
7/2/2019 - DanR wrote:
91 points
With chèvre or without, super delicious. Great producer.
Red
6/10/2019 - DanR wrote:
Brett 💣. Many love it, it’s not for me.
Red
6/10/2019 - DanR wrote:
86 points
Sweet red fruit, hints at green but doesn’t cross the threshold. Nice with a chill, pleasant simple summer Pinot.
White
6/10/2019 - DanR wrote:
88 points
Uncommonly rich and textured, with a distinct creamy yeastiness. On the earthy side of SB. Great cheese wine, picks up the grassy notes in chèvre quite well. Neat wine.
Red
6/10/2019 - DanR wrote:
93 points
Incredibly bright, super fresh and juicy. Electric. Bojo at its best
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White
6/10/2019 - DanR wrote:
90 points
60 / 40 Sb / chard blend. Very tasty, plenty of zip, generous citrus character and an oyster shell minerality.
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