Tasting Notes for grapenomad

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Red
2/27/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
92 points
Decanted for three hours. Deep, almost black in the glass. Not showing any sign of development on the color and barely any on the nose as well. Loads of oak dominate the profile of this wine, making it a bit harder to appreciate. Big, ripe fruit + big, sweet oak. Not the ideal combination, but some people like it. But to be fair, it is a really well-made wine. It has power, depth, complexity, balance - the whole lot. Potential of 4-5 more years easy. Unfortunately, not exactly my cup of tea.
Red
2/27/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
89 points
Decanted for 3 hours (could've used less honestly). Deep ruby in the glass with garnet hues. Still showing youth on the nose with notes of red plum, blackcurrant, dried tobacco, dried Earl Grey tea leaves and hints of campfire. Palate is a bit disjointed when taking into consideration the alcohol and acidity levels. Acid seems tart at first, but mellows out with air, though still not integrating with the high abv. Soft texture. Medium finish. Trying a lot of Dominus this year, but I just can't find the love for it.
Red
2010 Glaetzer Anaperenna Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
2/26/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
90 points
Deep ruby in the glass with lots of sediment upon decanting. Aromas of blackberry, plum, paprika, wet tobacco and hints of cedar. Big on the palate with lots of complexity from the bottle aging, but mediocre depth. I feel it needs a little bit of a push on that front to get me excited about the second glass. Overall, a really well-made wine that could benefit from a few more years of cellaring.
White - Sparkling
2/26/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
84 points
Grenache Blanc is something that I never really came around to like. This one was no exception, despite the awesome label of JCVD. Bit of VA, bit of oxidative character on the nose. Besides that, lots of overripe green fruit and florals. Medium-bodied, very rich texture, but has this prevailing bitterness that just doesn't make it enjoyable. Low acid as well. Medium finish. Not a wine I'd come back to, but would definitely purchase as a gift just because of the label. Oh well, good marketing.
White
2/26/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
87 points
Pale lemon in the glass. Highly aromatic and very representative of the grape varietal - notes of peach, nectarine, white flowers and a splash of citrus juice. Light on the palate with high acidity and medium fruit concentration. Medium finish. Not a bad Riesling at the price, but I would look for a bit more depth. Compared to Clare Valley, Eden Valley Rieslings usually don't offer this.
Red
1988 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/24/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
79 points
Deep garnet in the glass, showing a strong chunk of sediment. Dead & gone both on the nose and palate. Notes of dried leaves, tobacco, wet cedar, mushrooms, must. Tannins are non-existent, acidity is non-existent, fruit concentration is non-existent. This is 10 years well past its prime. A shame.
White
2/24/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
89 points
Medium lemon in the glass. Beautiful aromatics of green apple, yellow apple, peach, nectarine, green mango + secondary notes of biscuit, brioche, new wood. Planted on granite and sand. Initially sweet on the palate, but finishes quite dry and refreshing. Riper fruit with a good dose of that oak sweetness. Crisp, long finish. Lacks a bit of depth, but overall really good take on Chardonnay for peeps that like this sweetish style of white wine.
Red
2/24/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
91 points
Deep ruby red in the glass. The prominent iron note comes out which in my experience indicates earlier picking. Soft on the palate with lots of black fruit coming out + big oak tones (vanilla, cloves, cinnamon). Great complexity, powerful on all fronts, long finish. Needs a few more years in the bottle.
Red
2/24/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
91 points
Deep ruby in the glass. Coonawarra Cab always reminds me of Spanish Cabs (not the most mainstream Cabs on the map, but hey). They always have the varietal expression - capsicum, black fruit, tobacco - but one note stands out, the dirty saddle. It's kinda old, kinda funky, but blends in well with the rest of the profile. Big body, brooding alcohol and high acid. Still unripe tannins. Long finish. Give it 3-4 years in the bottle, will open up graciously.
Red
2014 Yalumba The Signature Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
2/24/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
93 points
Deep ruby red in the glass. Even though this is 60% of Cab, you get the varietal dominance full on on the nose. Green pepper, blackberry, blackcurrant. Superb oak dosage - caramel, cinnamon, vanilla. None of that jamminess you'd expect from Barossa. Full-bodied, high acid, high alcohol. Everything in sync. Has great complexity and a long, sweet aftertaste leaning to vanilla/caramel notes. Great potential on this bad boy. Kudos.
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Red
2/23/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
84 points
One of the oldest Grenache vineyards in the world, planted in 1889. Deep ruby red in the glass. Lots of secondary notes here - the sweetness of the oak really comes out. Opens up to leather, tobacco, cardamom. Fruit is in the background. Powerful on the palate, very, VERY rich. High as fuck alcohol, burning the palate. Drying tannins. Medium finish. Feels generally disjointed. Pass.
White
2/23/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
84 points
Surprisingly the largest Viognier growers in the world. Vineyard from the 1970s. Medium golden in the glass. Lots of oak dominance on the nose, masking the beautiful aromatics by which the grape is famous for. Medium-bodied, loads of warmth. Acidity is smothered somewhere beneath the oak and the alcohol, which is only 12.5%, but still feels disjointed. Loads of tropical character. Medium finish. Not something I'd come back to.
Red
2015 S.C. Pannell Koomilya McLaren Vale Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
2/22/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
90 points
Deep ruby in the glass. Quite aromatic the moment you open the bottle - notes of blackberry, dark cherry, plum. Hints of cedar, paprika and pencil lead. Approachable now, but not giving even 10% of its potential. Tannins are way too harsh, masking the whole fruit concentration. There's structure here, there's depth, but you'll have to wait at least 5 more years to unleash it.
Red
2016 Brash Higgins Mato Lennon Vineyard McLaren Vale Mataro, Mourvèdre
2/20/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
90 points
Can't believe I missed this gem of a wine. The 2016 was obviously golden for McLaren Vale, especially compared to the '17 which is better to be forgotten in my opinion. Dark, inky red in the glass. Aromatics explode the moment you open the bottle - sweet black berry fruit, plum, cinnamon, Moroccan spice. Broad and juicy on the palate, not showing insane complexity, but offering lots of richness and grip. This is exactly what I came for. Superb value, love it.
White - Sparkling
2/18/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
91 points
Pale lemon in the glass. Fine, persistent bubbles. Offering lots of richness on the nose - some tropical notes, some green apple and citrus fruit, lots of brioche and buttery hints. Rich and broad on the palate with a proper string of acid offering a backbone to the wine. Feels a little bit out of sync at the moment, but I see this coming together nicely given 3-4 years. Medium (+), almost creamy finish. Good shit.
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White
2/18/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
89 points
Medium lemon in the glass. Nose that reminds a lot of non-aromatic grapes like Pinot Gris or Chardonnay - stone fruit, bit of citrus, bit of green apple. Fairly neutral flavors on the palate as well, but the acid is sky high. Has subtle notes of lees aging and oxidation. Medium body, long finish. Tasted blind, thought it was Savagnin. What a trickster this one is, damn. Now I know what to expect from Aligote mos def.
Red
2/16/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
90 points
Deep garnet in the glass, losing its intensity slowly. Loooots of sediment (probably a whole glass from a magnum). Fully developed nose, but still showing great complexity. Dried fruit, tobacco, roasted nuts, caramel. A lot of things going on. Palate is giving its last breath. Acid is somewhat there, but not expressive as it probably was a few years ago. Tannins are mellowed out in total, alcohol is still high, fruit concentration is fading. Plucked just off its peak drinking window. Waiting a few more weeks would kill this wine.
White - Sparkling
2/16/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
86 points
Pale lemon in the glass. Tiny bubbles, very persistent. Lots of rich aromatics, leaning more to tropical fruit (mango, papaya, melon). Subtle brioche and toast. Zippy on the palate, but lacks that fruit richness detected on the nose. Easy to drink, but doesn't have enough depth to make me come back for more. Medium finish. I remember this being much better a few years back, sad.
Red
2/16/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
88 points
Rutherford Cab Sauv 101 here. The quality? Hmmm, it has seen better days. Deep ruby, almost black in the glass. Big, ripe aromas of blackberry, blueberry, chocolate, caramelized coffee and new furniture. Decanted for 2 hours, didn't open up as much as I expected, but didn't show much balance either. On one hand you have this blasting 15% abv, but on the other you don't have the signature acidity you'd expect from Cab. It's just not there. As you drink it, it just seems to get flabbier and flabbier. Could have been a great wine, but unfortunately it lost its quality half way down the road.
White - Sparkling
2/16/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
89 points
Medium golden in the glass. Super intense aromatics of ripe tropical fruit, white flowers, yellow apple, peach. This follows up on the palate as well. When tasting this prosecco, you can really see that it's small, boutique production compared to those wineries that produce millions of bottles a year. This offers depth and balance without any sharp edges. Medium (+) finish that cleanses the palate. Bubbles stay strong even after 10 days of being open in the fridge.
White - Sparkling
2/16/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
89 points
Pale lemon green in the glass. Still quite subtle aromas of unripe citrus fruit, unripe pineapple and green mango. Quite steely and lean on the palate, but compared to the basic Deutz NV, this doesn't have a lot of grip or depth to it. Could open up in the years to come, but I doubt that it will offer tremendous levels of excitement compared to other Deutz bottlings.
White
2/16/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
86 points
Medium lemon green in the glass. Aromatic complexity right off the bat - florals, but instead of those textbook florals you get in entry level Torrontes, here you have them mixed with white pepper, freshly cut grass, some kind of oriental spices and tropical fruit. Palate is less interesting as the wine's profile seems to be muted by the barrel fermentation. Medium finish. Promised a lot on the nose, but unfortunately underwhelmed.
Red
2/16/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
89 points
Deep ruby in the glass with purple hues. Beautiful aromatics of freshly picked blackberry, cherry, raspberry and some oriental spice. Juicy, but big on the palate with tannins that are moderately expressed, but still adding grip to the whole experience. Long, spicy finish. A wine with medium depth, but lots of excitement.
White
2/15/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
89 points
Medium lemon yellow in the glass. Superb aromatics that one would expect only from a Mediterranean white wine - white florals, peach, nectarine, freshly squeezed lemon juice and sea salt. Tasty as fuck. Really well-balanced and smooth (drank a bottle in under an hour). Though I liked it, it definitely could use more depth and a bit of a longer finish to exceed expectations at the price point (32 GBP).
White - Sparkling
2/3/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
85 points
Pale lemon green in the glass. Lots of aromatics leaning towards green/yellow fruit, some white flowers and a ton of citrus. Light with the perlage, light on the body. Medium acidity. No depth, medium finish. Easy, everyday sipper. Good value for a Valdobbiadene.
White
2/3/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
79 points
Pale lemon in the glass. Not a lot of fruit left on this, just a metallic aroma & taste profile. Pretty dead, past its prime. Unfortunately, didn't show much potential even when it was fresher. Next.
White
2/2/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
84 points
Medium golden in the glass. Not highly aromatic, but still shows firm notes of yellow/green apple, jasmine, pear and some vegetal notes I can't quite pinpoint. Medium-bodied, no depth, nor complexity, but a good balance of the blasting alcohol and medium acidity. Medium finish. An everyday wine, but nothing memorable once again.
White
2/2/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
83 points
Deep golden in the glass. Heavily oxidative nose, like Jura meets Gorizia - some saltiness, oxidized apricots, dried flowers, pear, yellow apple. Big body, but lacks acidity to lift it up. Slightly bitter finish that makes this wine even less attractive. Difficult to go through more than a glass, not overly enjoyable. If you want to try Romorantin, definitely go for some more "modern" versions.
White
2/2/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
84 points
Medium lemon in the glass. Notes of freshly squeezed lemon, orange, peach and green apple. Quite juicy on the palate with a slightly richer texture than most Alsatian Rieslings I've tried. Even though this is a Grand Cru, there's no depth to speak of and the finish is rather mediocre. An everyday sipper, but nothing more than "good".
White
2/1/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
95 points
Deep golden in the glass. Beautifully ripe nose reflecting a hotter vintage in Burgundy - notes of pineapple, candied melon, pear, brioche & butter, vanilla. Both the nose and palate show the minimum development this wine has gone through. Still big acid, loads of layers opening up by the minute, superb balance of everything. Incredibly fresh, exactly the way a great white wine should taste. Long finish. Such a treat.
Red
2017 Samuel's Gorge Kaleidoscope Horizons McLaren Vale Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
1/27/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
85 points
Medium ruby in the glass. Dominant Asian 5spice on the nose with hints of red berry fruit and new oak. Medium-bodied, medium acidity. Needs more length and depth. An ok wine, but nothing special.
Red
2017 Samuel's Gorge Mosaic of Dreams McLaren Vale Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
1/27/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
87 points
Medium ruby in the glass. Sweet nose of red fruit, chili spice, paprika, vanilla, cloves. Medium-bodied, extremely dry with big, plump alcohol making the wine taste almost spicy on the tongue. Medium finish. Will improve in the years to come, but I don't think that the alcohol will become integrated with the rest.
Red
1/27/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
92 points
Deep ruby red in the glass. Candied nose of blackberries, blackcurrant, some stewed blueberries and herbs. Super rich, but also elegant and smooth. Spectacular structure and finish. Love this.
Red
1/27/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
85 points
Medium ruby in the glass. Quite subtle on the nose - some black fruit, watermelon bubblegum and wet soil. Dry, medium-bodied. Medium finish, quite savory. Nothing overtly interesting, doesn't have that punch that would separate it from a sea of wines in the same price category.
Red
1/27/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
89 points
Deep ruby in the glass with violet hues. Pronounced aromatics leaning towards candied blueberry, blackcurrant, paprika, cardamom, mint. High acid, like piercingly high, but well-balanced with the alcohol (14.5%) and expressed unripe tannins. Long finish. Needs more time in the bottle.
Red
1/27/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
88 points
Medium ruby in the glass. Great aromatics of red berry fruit, leaning to more ripeness and candied notes (something usually seen in the Rhone Valley). Hints of paprika, brioche and Mediterranean herbs. Going more savory on the palate. High alcohol, unripe tannins, medium acidity. Bit hot on the finish even when served chilled.
Red
1/24/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
86 points
Deep ruby in the glass. Sweet aromatics, solely fruit driven. Loads of juicy blueberry, raspberry and strawberry. Medium-bodied, high alcohol, but beautifully balanced with the soft tannins and bright acid. Medium finish. A wine that's ideal for pizza or roasted meats. Nothing overly complex, but still a great pleasure to drink.
Red
1/22/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
86 points
Deep ruby red in the glass. Rich, almost sweet aromas of blueberry, blackcurrant, blackberry. An all around fruit Shiraz. Dry with medium acidity and alcohol. Soft tannins, medium finish. Very simple and straightforward Shiraz, going more on a medium-bodied, easy drinking style with some spice on the finish. Nothing too memorable, but good at the price.
Red
1/22/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
87 points
Pale ruby in the glass. Leaning more on the black fruit profile, but does have a good chunk of primary complexity beyond that. Very dry Pinot with high acid and medium alcohol. Some sweet-bitterness on the finish that turns into refreshment at the very end. Will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle aging.
White
1/22/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
86 points
Medium lemon in the glass. Rich aromas of pineapple, yellow/green apple, papaya, pear and hints of lees. Medium-bodied, medium acidity, medium alcohol. A well-balanced Chardy, but nothing too memorable. Medium finish.
White
1/22/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
88 points
Pale lemon in the glass. Wonderful aromas of gooseberry, unripe pineapple, papaya, some tomato stalk. Crisp, light and lively in the mouth. Very dry Sauvignon Blanc which is something that you don't often see nowadays in the Hills. True to the variety. Great buy.
Red
1/22/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
92 points
Deep ruby in the glass. Big sweet nose reminiscent of blueberry, blackcurrant juice, mint, chocolate, vanilla, freshly cut wood. Rich palate with high alcohol, medium acid and fine tannins. Still young, still has potential to mellow out and balance itself across the board. Nonetheless, this is very approachable right now. Top effort.
Red
1/22/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
87 points
Deep ruby, almost black in the glass. Rich aromas that almost jump out of the glass - blackberry, blackcurrant, black pepper, tomato stalk and this dirty Brett-like tone that is not all that appealing. Full-bodied, high acidity and unripe tannins. Way too much wood on this - wrestles with the fruit the whole time. Medium bitterish finish. Will improve in the future, but could be a lot "cleaner" than it is now. Not one of my favs.
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Red
1/22/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
90 points
Interesting to try Clare Valley Shiraz, which by the way I grew a fond love for. Deep ruby in the glass. Rich aromatic profile - dark cherry, ripe blackcurrant/blackberry, black pepper, cloves, some shrubby tones as well. Big, brooding body, but not the type you get in Barossa or even McLaren Vale. This has a beautiful string of acid to refreshen things up and keep the structure alive. Unripe tannins, high alcohol. Medium (+) finish. Solid effort.
White
1/22/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
85 points
A red loam over limestone Riesling. Pale lemon green in the glass. Blazing aromatics of peach, nectarine, green apple, hints of white flowers and some tertiary petrol. Katana-sharp acid that drives the whole wine here. Light alcohol, medium fruit concentration (could be a bit richer to back up this big acidity). Medium finish and depth. An ok, everyday sipper, but nothing outstanding.
Red
1/22/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
91 points
Medium ruby in the glass. Sings when given enough air. Crunchy aromas of strawberry, blackberries, dark cherry, some volcanic flint and freshly cut grass. Juicy & complex in the mouth with a depth that goes the extra mile. Alcohol is warm, but is well-balanced with the rest of the structure. Still resolving tannins. Long finish. A Pinot for the people.
White
1/22/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
84 points
Medium lemon in the glass. Strong dominance of lees aging, with not much varietal expression that one loves in Gruner. Quite creamy on the palate as well that makes the acid seem like its playing a secondary role. Medium finish. Nothing to write home about, but has an interesting label at least.
White
1/22/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
90 points
Medium golden in the glass. Tons of tropical fruit richness on the nose with some crushed wet gravel note. Medium-bodied, but still offers loads of good fruit concentration and a fine string of acid. Long, buttery finish. Loved this.
White
1/22/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
87 points
Pale lemon green in the glass. Aromas of green fruit, peach, wet gravel and some bottle aging, petrolly hints. A dry Riesling with a rich fruit concentration and lightweight body. High acid, low alcohol. Medium finish. Could have used a bit more depth, but value for money is there.
White
2018 Mad Fish Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon Western Australia Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/22/2020 - grapenomad wrote:
85 points
Pale lemon green in the glass. Lots of aromatics typical for Sauvignon Blanc - elderflowers, tomato stalk, gooseberry, unripe pineapple, green apple and some ripe yellow fruit as well. Crisp, light and lively. Straightforward. Not the best of finishes, but at 10 bucks, it'll do the job.
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