Tasting Notes for kaush

(159 notes on 144 wines)

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Red
This was a very pretty wine, in a good place right now. I didn't keep any notes. But this was earthy, red fruited, with a spine of acidity. Remained juicy, and versatile with food at dinner over three different nights.
White
Pretty good Santa Cruz Chardonnay. Medium bodied, balanced, lamony, a bit creamy. Substantially better compared to the uninspiring bottle I had year and a half back. I am just not sure that these are good value for money .. when I can get my Chardonnay fix of similar quality (obviously different personality) bottom feeding from Burgundy.
Red
Rich, tannins completely resolved and integrated, but not a lot of acidity here within an hour or two of opening. Delicious on the first day, but soft, and somewhat atypical for a Barbera.

I enjoyed it, I am not sure I would hold if I had another bottle of this. But I bought my bottle at a retailer's in May 2017
White
More sharply acidic now. No longer leesy on the palate. Pretty good with food. I need to accept that when it comes to Muscadet, I like them young.
White - Off-dry
Dense ripe fruit, and fairly strong acidity at this point. A well-made, well-balanced wine. I got some lemon, and tropical fruit, but the accompanying food drowned out anything else. As the wine gets closer to room temperature, there is a light undertone of spiciness. Time will kind to it ...
White
This was my fifth and last bottle of this wine. Still fresh, more harmonious with that bit of age, and really just gorgeous at this point.

I found one of these five to be somewhat angular and not as much fun, but other than that this wine has been really good to me. The original note from the retailer (That I bought from) had said that the vines that these grapes from in Hautes Cotes are high up on the slope and had retained much more freshness than most in 2015. Patrice Rion apparently said that this is the best Bourgogne that he made.
White
Lovely wine. Lots of bright fruit, and strong acidity hiding any subtleties at the moment. Sweeter than I was expecting. But really delicious. Went swimmingly well with mutton curry.
White
3/21/2020 - kaush wrote:
Precise, with concentrated acidity. Good at the lunch table. Somewhat pedestrian on the third day.
Red
Tastark described it well. Very good village wine, in a good place now, and an insane qpr.
Red
This was insanely good. I didn't keep any notes, but for my palate, it was at the perfect place between fruit and maturity for a bourgogne. I wish I had bought more. I have only had four wines from this producer, but I am yet to have a Heresztyn-Mazzini wine that I don't like.
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Red
As others already noted, very drinkable right now; still deep fruited, with fine tannin, and good acidity. Went well on the first day with grilled chicken, asparagus, and mushrooms. I preferred the slight richness and the lithe acidity it developed on on the second day a bit more. Bought from a secondary source earlier this year.
White
If one doesn't weigh this down with expectations, it is a very satisfying bourgogne blanc. Still a touch of sulfur, textured and rounded at first, and eventually there is a lot of lime and citrus with enough air. Milliontown's review is spot on.
Rosé
A juicy wine with pretty good acidity and decent depth. Bolder than the roses from Loire that I am used to drinking. It was very good w. a fish curry, and mixed sautéed vegetables on the first day. On the second afternoon, a spicy Indian mutton curry kind of drowned it. But it was satisfying and well balanced on the first day.
Red
11/23/2019 - kaush Likes this wine:
Didn't keep any notes. But this was a lovely wine. Joyous red fruit, a hint of forest floors, went down great with grilled chicken and vegetables.
White
MikeJK below described this well below Really nice Muscadet fresh out of the bottle. The lees gave it a moreish character. I had the last glass a week later out of the Fridge; the wine still had a lot of life left, but the influence of the lees had worn off by then, the acidity was there, but nearly as beautiful as it was on the first day. Its an insane value!
White - Sparkling
10/10/2019 - kaush Likes this wine:
A marvelous bottle of sparkling wine. Yes, a hint of oxidation. Rich, toasty, not a ton of acidity, but very well balanced with the fruit. Really worked for me. I am hardly the expert in such things, but this one will probably not keep for very long.
Red
10/27/2019 - kaush Likes this wine:
Fresh out of the bottle - rich, delicious fruit (denser than I expected), gorgeous acidity, sweet spicy nose. Very enjoyable with burger. 6 hours later, out of the fridge - still a lot of fruit, but the acidity was more prominent. The next day, a backbone of minerality (not really a word!) with slender fruit gave it a bit more character; but it was more fun the first evening. A very good value and a fun wine.
Rosé - Sparkling
9/18/2019 - kaush Likes this wine:
88 points
By the glass at Eleven at Crystal Bridges. Pretty decent sparkling rose. My expectation of prosecco producers is somewhat low, but this one was one of the good ones.
Red
Didn't keep any notes. It went down well. Plenty of fruit; fleshy, with enough acidity to keep it interesting, but this one seemed to lack the personality and the precision of the 2016 that I had earlier this year.

Had this right before the Rhys Alesia 2016 with friends; Surprisingly, this one suffered in comparison to the Rhys (which I hadn't liked as much last year)>
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White
Perfect summer drink. After about 2 hours of opening it, it was magical. Dry, perfect acidiy, all lemon and green apple inside your mouth. This one needs air and needs to come closer to room temperature.

I am increasingly realizing that I like dry Chenin Blanc way better than the demi-secs. I like residual sugar in Mosel Rieslings, but rarely in Loire Chenins.
Red
Very drinkable straight out of the bottle. All moist earth and mushrooms, a tiny bit stemmy. More evolved compared to the bottle that I had last year. Tward nailed the note for first day impressions.

I had the two glasses a week later, last night; less fruit, the acidity was more pronounced with bit of an edge to it (half an hour out of the refrigerator.) But it calmed down and went really well with the dinner.

Both bottles were very food friendly. At this price point. I like this producer.
Red
This was substantially better than than the bottle I had back in February. I was underwhelmed that time. But the wine seems to have mellowed down now; as others noted - mostly red fruits, with no hard edges; just substantially more enjoyable. Had it with friends over cheese plates and salami. The cheeses (Gouda, Cheddar, Goat) didn't play as nice, but didn't detract.
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Red
6/1/2019 - kaush wrote:
No notes kept. It was pleasant enough. But the bottle that I had seemed rather monolithic (possibly closed?) and without much personality to me at this time.
Red
7/26/2019 - kaush Likes this wine:
90 points
From memory - Everything came together very well on this one. Light, balanced, still with crunchy red fruit. Went very well with everything - grilled sausage, salmon, chicken, mushroom, and asparagus. It was in a good place at this time.
White
5/4/2019 - kaush Likes this wine:
91 points
From memory - Very good on its own. Good acidity, balanced. textured. Went down very quickly.
White
Others described it well already.
From memory - Brilliant wine. Perfect balance. Crisp, chalky on the first day, honeyed fruits, beautiful bouquet. Versatile with food.
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Red
No notes taken. Started out with sappy red fruits fresh out of the bottle; gained more structure, acidity and character by the second night. Went surprisingly well with a range of complex Indian food. Should have bought more/paid more attention!
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Red
Still dense with fruit with a backbone of wonderful acidity. Great food wine. Had this with carp on the first evening, and the last two glasses with grilled tuna steak, salmon, and asparagus on the second evening. Amazingly balanced with food on the second evening. Over-delivered for this price point.
Red
3/13/2019 - kaush Likes this wine:
90 points
Didn't keep any notes. Was much better on day one. The rich fruit with underlying acidity made it a surprising good pairing for the mutton curry . Good on its own before hand. I liked it much better than the 2015 that I had a few months back. On the second day, candied fruit pretty much took over.
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Red
No notes. But second time around, it proved to be a good getaway drug/bridge drink for folks with very different palates. opened it for family friends over for dinner; Scotch and Ca Cab drinkers. Everyone absolutely loved it.
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Red
Incredibly easy to polish off. At different moments - silky and deep, fully bodied, light and playful, sandpaper fresh, earthy. Very good over two days; time was kind to it. Was tasty with manchego, sausage, and Chicken curry at different moments.
White - Off-dry
Spectacular nose (I am terrible at describing aromas, not gonna try). Really nice to drink on its own, the sugar and the acidity in harmony, although the grip will likely ease up more with age. On the second day, the fruit was slightly muted, but it was better balanced. Very good wine. But I am beginning to accept that the secs are more my thing.
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White
Lovely Aligote. Others have described this well already. Perfect balance, good fruit, very good acidity; nothing overwhelmed. I think it had a tiny bit of sweetness that helped it stand up very well to a lunch with mutter paneer and fried eggplants. It was very good on its own too. The cheeses I had handy (Gouda and Manchego) didn't make for inspired pairing here.
White
By the glass. The first glass off a new bottle at Cru, DFW. Textbook Chablis; fresh, citrusy, but not bracing, good fruit that gets a bit bigger with air. Works as an aperitif on its own.
Red
12/16/2018 - kaush Likes this wine:
Didn't take any notes.
The first glass was brilliant with grilled lamb. That night, I came down with something .. and the rest of the bottle stayed in the refrigerator for several days while I did my penance with antibiotics. 8-9 days later, the rest of wine seemed richer than before, but still very satisfying. The last glass was beautifully balanced, somehow with a bit more acid than before.
White
12/22/2018 - kaush wrote:
Heady aroma of oxidative sherry notes. Initially nutty, some time in the glass brings out green apple, lemon, and a certain waxiness. It was interesting to have this with a plate of sauted mushrooms and almonds on the side. The mushrooms accentuated the body and the umami; the almonds brought out the acid. A substantial body, but very fresh with more acid and fruit than I expected in a 2006 white.

On the second day, it was very harmonious, all the angles gone; it was great to have this on its own on the second day.
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Red
As Winemaker noted below, this was sappy, with rich, juicy, succulent fruit. Quite hedonistic. Good wine. But I was expecting a bit more acidity, more personality.
White
11/22/2018 - kaush Likes this wine:
Highly textured - as someone said below (wish I could think of a better description); somewhat saline. A bit richer, rounder, than I expected this to be.

I did like the wine; but it was somewhat more developed than I thought this would at this time .. which threw me off initially. I assumed that a Muscadet would have more lemony fruit at this time.
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White
11/25/2018 - kaush Likes this wine:
No notes taken. But was a very enjoyable bottle of wine; pretty, and fresh, perhaps over matched by the roasted chicken that we downed with it. Nothing very complex, but great simple fun.
White
11/22/2018 - kaush Likes this wine:
No notes. But it was delightful on the Thanksgiving table. Everyone loved it. Gone too soon.
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Red
11/18/2018 - kaush Likes this wine:
Very nice, gulpable wine. Cool and light on its feet, initially it seemed more earthy than rich to me. It was well matched and savory with sauteed mushrooms on the first evening. Very accessible.

On the second day, it wasn't as appealing to me. It seemed a bit stemmy, and a little unbalanced; the tannins also got grippier. In fairness, my available cheese selections probably weren't the most appropriate for this wine either
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White - Off-dry
Golden in the glass. So ..concentrated at first blush. Mouth coating acidity with a chalky minerality, but very much in balance w. the sweetness. A bit tight now, but it is very good though. I am not sure I would like it as much with "proper age". The fruit is delightful now. A lingering aftertaste of sweetness and puckered gums afterwards!
Red
Very nice. Didn't take any notes. Richer on the second night.
White
9/23/2018 - kaush Likes this wine:
90 points
Brilliant wine. Not much to add over what others have said - crisp, spritzy, dry, not really fruity. Thirst quenching! You literally want to get to the next sip of this.
White
8/18/2018 - kaush Likes this wine:
90 points
Very well balanced between firm, precise acidity and residual sugar on the back. It was very good on its own. I had it with scallop soup (with garlic, and chive). This went reasonably well, but the food kind stripped out the character and nuance of this wine somewhat. I liked it more before (when it was a bit rounder), and after (when the acidity has firmed up).

Savennieres has been hit or miss for me. But this one kind of restores my faith in them again.
White
8/10/2018 - kaush Likes this wine:
90 points
Viscous, medium weight, with only the whisper of acidity, wood discrete but noticeable. Only after it went into the fridge after the first pour, the lime came out.

Very pleasurable wine. But not for him the piercing acidity of the traditional Aligote, this is more stately and confident, representing more the winemaker's vision than the typicity of the grape.
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Red
7/4/2018 - kaush Likes this wine:
90 points
No notes taken
Had dark fruit, Very good acidity, soft tannin that attained a little more angularity and structure the next day. Very savory. Age had been kind to it. Good wine, went well with grilled lamb (but I guess we expect it to)
White
6/3/2018 - kaush Likes this wine:
89 points
As others said, bright and crisp; Delicious. Went very well with or without food. However, I am not sure there is enough personality here to justify paying the premium this one commands over the less pedigreed federspiels (from Wachau for example ..) in the SouthWest.
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White - Off-dry
4/23/2018 - kaush Likes this wine:
91 points
Amazing wine. Unfortunately, I didn't keep any notes; opened my single bottle on a whim.
Beautiful Candied fruits with a fine backbone of acidity. Stayed fresh and vibrant the next day too, although the fruit obviously was a bit more subdued. Loved this wine.
White
Nose of tropical fruit, a hint of apricot. Perfectly poised between acidity and sweetness. Long finish. Very nice; however, I think I liked last year's a little bit more. I think this year's had a bit more residual sugar. Good food wine. But pretty good on its own too. Pricing does seem a bit stiff for what it is.
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