Tasting Notes for kaush

(142 notes on 131 wines)

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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.
Red
Drank over two days. Rich red fruit, savory, with muted acidity in the beginning. Over time became more delicate, still quite rich, but with better acidic balance. Grippier tannin than I remembered (this eased up the next day). Seemed a bit drier than the one that I had earlier. Quite enjoyable, but I have better memories of the earlier bottle.
White
3/26/2018 - kaush wrote:
86 points
Decent acid, a bit more residual sugar than I like on chards (although that eased up towards the end of the glass). Seemed a bit out of balance. Had it by the glass at vino volo at an airport terminal.
White
A beautiful golden yellow in color. A rich nose of tropical fruits and honey. Tactile and mouth coating. Time has stolen more acid from it than I like. The sweetness isn’t off-putting, but it could have been more balanced. The salinity that is typical to Santorini gives this character. But I think it is getting tired now (I should note that this bottle wasn’t stored well initially).

3/18. I had a little bit left over from a week back that I opened this afternoon. There is still life in this. The sweetness is no longer overshadowing the acidity and although there is now less body to this now, it is still in character, with a very nice volcanic bite to it.
Red
Great, matured Barbera. Deep, dark, red color. Rich, dark, fruit fresh off the bottle. The underlying structure and the acid comes through after several minutes and receded again the next day. Earthier on the second day. I think the 2010 Campolive that I had a few years back had a bit more acid, was a little more harmonious. This one is also very good though. Quite enjoyable. Went really well with the pizza. But I am not sure it has the stuffing to go another 2 years.
Red
Nothing that others haven’t said before. Red fruited. Savory. Quite a bit of structure, that became quite prominent along the line, but didn’t detract from the wine. Very good acidity later in the evening and the next day. Very drinkable with or without food. I liked it best on the first day during the second hour.
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Red
No formal notes. Endodr's notes are on the mark. Wet earth and bell peppers. Herbaceous. Mellower at this time compared to 2 years back. Was very good with simply made lamb chops.
Red
I had no expectations from this wine; bought it to make a case so that I get the 10% discount. It turned out to be a pretty decent wine; as someone said below, the acidity and the lightness made it very easy to pair this with food. Pleasantly surprised to find an honestly made Pinot at this price.
White
2/16/2018 - kaush Likes this wine:
91 points
We loved this wine. Taut with tension and acid right of the bottle, eased up quickly. Very well balanced.
Red
2/10/2018 - kaush wrote:
Richer, fuller than I expected this to be. Still a lot of black fruit, there; can stand up to heartier food. Less acidity at this point than I hoped. Still a solid food wine. (From last week, didn't keep notes)
Red
2/16/2018 - kaush wrote:
84 points
Consumed a few weeks back. Not my thing. The whole thing felt unbalanced and cooked up. Was probably meant to be drunk young.
Did well as a base for Sangria.
White - Fortified
2017 Valdespino Manzanilla Deliciosa en Rama Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda Palomino Fino (view label images)
2/16/2018 - kaush Likes this wine:
89 points
I had this a few weeks back and didn't keep any notes. Very nice and refreshing. I like the Equipo Navazos en Rama 2016 a little bit better, but I guess that is not an apple to apple comparison. No beating this price either.
White - Fortified
This is an awesome wine and - to my mind - the best value in Andalusia. As someone said below - uncomplicated, but delicious. Goes equally well on its own or with manchego.
Red
This is ridiculously drinkable. The nose is fresh with a hint of old spices. Straight out of the bottle it is juicy with a nice acidity; didn't at all feel like it is a 16 year old bottle. With air, it mellowed down, shed a bit of fruit, acquired depth and gravitas; but still very light on its feet. There is the ghost of sweet vanilla, not at all intrusive. I really liked this wine. Perfect for the wintry January afternoon.
..On the second day, it took a savory turn. It was sublime with mushrooms and fine grained tannin. More minerally. I wish I had saved more for the second day.
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Red
12/9/2017 - kaush Likes this wine:
91 points
Didn't keep any notes (only now, in the middle of January, trying to reconcile Dec consumption on Cellertracker). But this was sublime and beautiful. My first Joseph Swan. I regret that I dont have more of these. Perfect acidity, perfect sweetness, red fruit never overpowering ..I could drink this on its own all month.
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White - Fortified
11/22/2017 - kaush Likes this wine:
This wine is delicious. Beautiful nose, delicate, a touch of salinity. Faintly hot w. air, but also more complex. Bought it based on having tasted this at a wine bar a few times; hasn't disappointed.
White
10/3/2017 - kaush wrote:
87 points
The only other Petit Manseng I had was from La Clarine Farm; it was on the sweeter side. Which is another way of saying that i dont really have a good reference point for assessing this wine.

This had some body to it, oak not overt when chilled. Undistinguished, and unloved.
White
10/3/2017 - kaush Likes this wine:
89 points
Pale yellow, dry and crisp. Effervescent. Light on its feet. Delicious and uncomplicated fun.
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