Tasting Notes for cma82

(263 notes on 242 wines)

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White
11/17/2019 - cma82 wrote:
88 points
Cool -- fun stuff. Not particularly amazing, but enjoyable.
Red
10/12/2019 - cma82 wrote:
91 points
Really quite nice. Balanced a fruit-forward nose with a bit more complex palate. Tannins are getting resolved and nice length.
Red
9/30/2019 - cma82 wrote:
86 points
This was nice but nothing stunning. Plenty of fruit left but getting a bit hollowed out.
White
9/29/2019 - cma82 wrote:
89 points
This is singing less than my other bottles. Either going in a dumb phase or I’m still sick.
Red
9/13/2019 - cma82 wrote:
92 points
This was banging, surprisingly. Still very fresh, lots of forest floor, ripe berries, and cloves.
Red
9/13/2019 - cma82 wrote:
89 points
Really liked this. Comes across as both light and fresh, but vaguely wild with slightly coarse tannins. Would buy more for the price.
Red - Fortified
8/1/2019 - cma82 wrote:
91 points
Quite nice. Tends towards the leaner side of vintage port, with just a bit of rasinated character.
White
2005 Gravner Breg Anfora Venezia Giulia IGT White Blend (view label images)
7/13/2019 - cma82 wrote:
80 points
Seemed like this bottle was off. Was muted compared to other bottles I’ve had.
Red
7/8/2019 - cma82 wrote:
On the way down. Alive but nothing special
White
6/11/2019 - cma82 wrote:
This one was better than previous bottles. A bit leesy but harmonious; really nice
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White
6/1/2019 - cma82 wrote:
89 points
Consistent w/ my previous note.
White
5/23/2019 - cma82 wrote:
91 points
Consistent with my previous note — still really liking this
White
5/23/2019 - cma82 wrote:
Saline, lemon, stone fruit. Nice length and overall a lovely wine.
Red
4/14/2019 - cma82 wrote:
90 points
Good. Showed a fair bit more unresolved tannins than the last bottle but actually opened up over the course of 24 hours.
Red
4/13/2019 - cma82 wrote:
87 points
Nice village but not getting any better. Aromatic but feeling a little faded.
Red
3/10/2019 - cma82 wrote:
Certainly interesting, but after the first glass, I had enough for the moment. You definitely get the gaminess of the grape, but there's a really interesting salinity that makes this drinkable.
Red
1993 Terrabianca Chianti Classico Riserva Croce Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
3/10/2019 - cma82 wrote:
91 points
Another really good bottle of this!
White
12/25/2018 - cma82 wrote:
89 points
Definitely mature and quite enjoyable, but it’s missing the acid to really be great. Rich, toasted coconut, tangerine skin, and petrol. It’s a nice drink, but I’d say consume, as I don’t know that it’s really going uphill.
White - Off-dry
12/14/2018 - cma82 wrote:
93 points
Second bottle of this I’ve had, just stunningly good.
Red
11/4/2018 - cma82 wrote:
92 points
Slow-ox'd for 2 hours before drinking. This was lovely, classic, and seemed 15 years younger than it was. Classic notes of earth, cedar, red currant, and pencil. On the palate, this was very much still vibrant: plenty of fruit, a solid streak of acid, and a surprising amount of tannins remaining. I don't know that this will improve much, but I won't worry about drinking the rest of my bottles quickly.
Red
10/29/2018 - cma82 wrote:
88 points
Good wine, though definitely seemed young. Nice pure, crunchy fruit on the nose. While fresh, seemed a bit reserved and slightly tightly wound on the palate.
White
9/23/2018 - cma82 wrote:
91 points
Believe this is actually the Dona Branca, of which the winery makes ~800 bottles a year. Really lovely wine. Round, interesting, and clearly autolytic, though with retained acid. Very long finish. Phenomenal with scallops and corn.
Red
9/20/2018 - cma82 wrote:
89 points
Much better than the last bottle I opened. Bright red fruits, tons of herbs and spice on the nose, and enough retained acid to make it enjoyable.
White - Sweet/Dessert
8/25/2018 - cma82 wrote:
91 points
Super interesting and was still drinking quite well. More botrytis than I was expecting and was driven by a honeyed pear note. Would have been happy with a bit more acidity, but regardless, this was fun for what it was.
White - Fortified
2016 Valdespino Manzanilla Deliciosa en Rama Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda Palomino Fino (view label images)
8/25/2018 - cma82 wrote:
91 points
Really lovely stuff.
Red
7/21/2018 - cma82 wrote:
89 points
Really lovely Bergerac. High toned, plenty of acid, bright fruit, and gravely undertones. Feels like it’s drinking great at the moment.
Red
4/27/2018 - cma82 wrote:
91 points
This is really good right now. Dark fruit, a bit of herbal components, and fresh acid. Not going to improve a whole lot, though drinking great at the moment.
Red
2016 Frank Cornelissen Contadino Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
4/13/2018 - cma82 wrote:
91 points
Really nice; lean and dark. First day seemed a bit rustic and brambly but really developed into 2nd and 3rd days.
White - Sparkling
3/15/2018 - cma82 wrote:
91 points
Just banging good. Vinous, taut, and interesting.
White
3/4/2018 - cma82 wrote:
91 points
Pretty nice stuff. All lemon curd, toasted nuts, and some slightly tropical leaning. Good length and feels like this has a while on it.
White
2/28/2018 - cma82 wrote:
86 points
Nice wine but nothing phenomenal. Pretty pure green apple & toast but fairly light.
Red
2/25/2018 - cma82 wrote:
91 points
Surprisingly, not overripe in the least. Certainly, leaning towards darker red fruits but plenty of crunchy acidity. Nice earthy tones and a spice note. Continues to open over the course of five hours. Have one more; worth waiting a bit to see where it goes.
Red
2/25/2018 - cma82 wrote:
90 points
Very elegant, very young. Can't wait to see how these evolve.
Red
2/25/2018 - cma82 wrote:
88 points
Had this with a nice hearty chickpea stew, and it was fantastic. Definitely in line with prior notes -- a bit rustic, but really lovely.
Red
1/15/2018 - cma82 wrote:
88 points
Consistent with prior notes
Red
1/15/2018 - cma82 wrote:
88 points
While still charming, very closed and reticent compared to my last bottle
Red
11/11/2017 - cma82 wrote:
Surprised these are drinking so well. They're not powerhouse Cabernets, but there's a subtle pleasure -- lots of fruit still, earth, eucalyptus, and plenty of acidity. Tannins fully resolved.
Red
1993 Terrabianca Chianti Classico Riserva Croce Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
11/11/2017 - cma82 wrote:
90 points
This was actually lovely - very much still alive and not really fading either. Bright cherries, hay, herbs with a persistent acidic streak that made this really nice.
White - Fortified
2017 Valdespino Manzanilla Deliciosa en Rama Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda Palomino Fino (view label images)
11/7/2017 - cma82 wrote:
90 points
Very nice; excellent balance of light acidity and a pleasant nuttiness. Impeccable balance and length. Will be great to see how it develops for a couple of years.
Red
11/7/2017 - cma82 wrote:
91 points
Very good; classic Oregon with a long finish. Mostly red-fruit and some secondary mushroom / smoke notes.
White
10/10/2017 - cma82 wrote:
91 points
Rocking wine. Pure notes of peach, lime zest, green apple that finishes essentially dry. Great length and power on the palate without a sense of weigh.
Red
9/15/2017 - cma82 wrote:
Good, dark, rustic, and bramble. Feels like it could calm down with some time.
Red
2003 Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/2/2017 - cma82 wrote:
88 points
This was surprisingly good. As some other mentioned, there was a bit of a band-aid on the nose when it was first opened, but that dropped away over time. Maybe a bit high-toned, but solid acidity, bright red fruit core, graphite, and a bit of a herbal note.
White
2014 Akilia K Bierzo Palomino Fino (view label images)
9/2/2017 - cma82 wrote:
89 points
Clear, linear, and precise. Some reticent at first but comes around. Will hold onto my other bottles for a while and see what develops.
Red
6/16/2017 - cma82 wrote:
Generally over the hill. Still some charm left, but the tannins are drying and the rest faded.
Red
6/3/2017 - cma82 wrote:
87 points
As the crowd has noted below, this is weird. I'm still on the fence if it's flawed or just weird, but it's one of the two. It's cloudy and funky. Real tart cherry and earth aromas. As others have mentioned, there's an interesting bitterness on the palate, which I've not had in a lot of wines.

In truth, I kind of like it. You have to be expecting it, or you'd be disappointed, but it's has a lot of umami. I have a number of these, so I guess I'll follow along and see how they do.
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White
4/1/2017 - cma82 wrote:
90 points
Apple, lemon, a streak a minerality running through; long finish and a lovely spine of acidity. The nose was a bit more reticent than previous bottles.
Red
2003 Château Lamothe de Haux Premières Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/20/2017 - cma82 wrote:
87 points
Actually quite nice; not the most expressive wine, but true to character and lovely length
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