Tasting Notes for pizzler

(498 notes on 416 wines)

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Red
12/5/2015 - pizzler wrote:
90 points
I've liked all the Petit Verdot's from Glen Manor and the 2013 was no exception. Wine is intense and well balanced. Would go great with a grilled steak or poultry.
Red
2014 Glen Manor Vineyards Shenandoah Valley Red Blend
2/19/2016 - pizzler wrote:
87 points
The most delicious St. Ruth I've had, ripe, balanced, and intense. A yummy picnic wine.
Red
2014 Glen Manor Vineyards Hodder Hill Shenandoah Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/19/2016 - pizzler wrote:
89 points
Fruit forward, rich and balanced, one to purchase when its available.
Red
2013 Glen Manor Vineyards Hodder Hill Shenandoah Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/19/2016 - pizzler wrote:
85 points
Typical Hodder Hill richness, but seems to be in a dumb phase right now.
Red
10/17/2015 - pizzler wrote:
90 points
A/B comparision: 24-month stave vs 36 month stave. Both were intensely fruity and well balanced, but the 36- month stave benefited tremendously from the extra time in the barrel. Smooth, rich, and complex. One of the finest Petit Verdot's I've had. (93)
Red
10/17/2015 - pizzler wrote:
88 points
A/B comparison: samples from the ridge top and west face. I didn't detect great differences between the two and didn't prefer one to the other. Subtle differences.
Red
10/17/2015 - pizzler Likes this wine:
87 points
A/B comparison: Two different yeasts (FX10 and ICV GRE) Comparable in quality, I found the FX10 slightly preferable and everyone else prefered the ICV. The FX10 produced a more rounded result with greater harmony. The ICV seemed a little fresher and more fruity.
Rosé - Sparkling
3/29/2015 - pizzler wrote:
95 points
Another bottle from a case I got to celebrate our anniversary. Crisp, rich, with just a hint of red fruits and spiceness. Wonderfully balanced. Nice way to spend part of a wonderful day.
Red - Fortified
1/1/2015 - pizzler wrote:
90 points
Smooth, balanced...individual flavors are currently hidden. First taste upon opening, but I expect to raise this score in the coming week.
White - Sparkling
7/7/2013 - pizzler wrote:
85 points
Had this on a subsequent evening after trying the Guiborat BdB and Brut Champagne NV's. This didn't measure up. It was overly astringent for my taste and the flavors didn't "explode on the palate" ala Galloni's review. Perhaps we're trying it too young, but I don't hold out out lots of hope. It mildly improved with air time. It was drowned by a lightly seasoned pork. Plenty of acidity, but the structure wasn't there to enjoy the flavors.
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White - Sparkling
7/5/2013 - pizzler wrote:
87 points
Less interesting than the BdB we had the night before. Good quality and QPR. It works well as an aperitif bubbly. It lacks the structure to stand up to heavier foods and the taste wasn't as interesting. Still a fine bargain.
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White - Sparkling
7/7/2013 - pizzler wrote:
91 points
This is a food and wallet friendly terrific QPR champagne...if you can find it. Bread dough and citrus nose, fine beads, citrus and bread notes with a caramel that came out as the wine aired. Excellent balance and dosage, with the acidic backbone to stand up to most food. Definitely improved the longer it opened up. A little rough upon opening and you could miss the quality of this champagne if you are impatient. Has a definite aging uptick. I would buy it again for sure. I preferred this to the Brut we had the next night.
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Spirits
N.V. Tesseron Lot #65 XO Emotion Grande Fine Champagne Cognac Ugni Blanc, Trebbiano (view label images)
6/8/2013 - pizzler wrote:
96 points
This is a wonderful Tesseron, comparable to the Lot 23, though it lacks as much complexity or price of the Lot 23. We tasted them back to back and there were more similarities than differences between the two. I felt there was a significant gap between Lots 65 and 23 and the rest of the available Lots (90, 76, and 53). A beautiful nose, smooth to the taste, rich in flavor, and a long aftertaste. It's harder to find than other Tesseron's but worth the search.
White - Sparkling
6/13/2013 - pizzler wrote:
92 points
Lovely toasted taste, well balanced, classic Champagne
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/13/2013 - pizzler wrote:
84 points
Cloying sweet wine without the structure to support it. The fruit was very fresh and pure. A sure sign of a wine I'm not into is not taking a third pour and this was one of those wines.
I can't say that I'm a big fan of the vidal grape. It tends to produce a one note wine and leaves a perfumed taste that isn't to my liking. I want to like this grape, but someone has to think outside the box to help bring it to its potential.
I hoped trying a vidal icewine young would make a difference in my appreciation of it. It didn't.
Rosé - Sparkling
3/29/2013 - pizzler Likes this wine:
95 points
A still youthful wine with lots of aging potential. Light salmon color with incredibly small bubbles. Mild bread dough and citrus nose. Very angular citrus taste upon opening where the structure of the wine overshadowed the fruit. It took about an hour for it to open up and it showed its best at cellar cool instead of ice bucket cold. A beautiful wine. Delicate but a joy with a cheese & apple tart appetizer and powerful enough to stand up to a hearty seafood stew. Touches of red fruits in the taste and a hint of cinnamon. Very complex taste that kept changing as it opened up. Lovely, lovely wine.
Red - Fortified
3/18/2013 - pizzler wrote:
96 points
The cork on this one oozed port as I attempted to open it and I feared the worst. Instead, the wine inside was delightful. We decanted and screened it to get the cork parts out. Almost no sediment which was very unusual...only at the very end. A wild color, more red than brown. Excellent vibrant taste from the first sip. Intense flavors. I had the sense that we were still drinking a young wine.
Red
3/18/2013 - pizzler wrote:
94 points
By necessity this was a pop & pour wine and I was prepared to not enjoy it early in the evening. It turned out to be excellent from the first sip. My first thought was how viscus it was, then how deep and fresh the flavors were. It was excellent to the last drop. Bravo.
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Red
3/1/2013 - pizzler wrote:
87 points
Very pure nose, delicate taste of cherries and raspberries, good balance, good food wine, excellent value
White - Sparkling
2/19/2013 - pizzler wrote:
85 points
Least impressive of all the Vilmart champagnes I've had. I think this was the 2006 base wine based on when I purchased it. Citrus tang but no longevity. Would not buy again.
Rosé - Sparkling
1/17/2013 - pizzler wrote:
88 points
A fine value cava that opens up with airing to match the red fruits nose you get upon opening. It is worth the wait to let it air...I found it to be dry for my taste for about an hour after popping the cork. Beautiful salmon color. Good food pairing cava.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2012 - pizzler Likes this wine:
88 points
I was facinated to try a pre-phylloxera champagne. It made a nice way to welcome in the new year. The nose was intrguing...creamy, with melon and pear notes. The first few sips matched the nose with a healthy dose of citrus. The longer the bottle was open the simpler the taste got until it was all citrus. Still, worth trying again since each bottle is a bit different.
White - Sparkling
12/21/2012 - pizzler wrote:
96 points
A sublime magnum that was delicate enough for seafood appetizers and stood up well with a peppered tuna steak. It was the only wine in recent memory that spewed an aroma several feet away from the bottle (bread dough, citrus). It was good from the first sip (strong citrus) to the last (citrus, creamy, and a hint of cinnamon). If I get another magnum, I'll wait more patiently to drink it as every sip was a facinating evolution. Powerful, balanced...what a wonderful way to celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar and the great run of Kinkead's seafood restaurant.
White - Sparkling
9/27/2012 - pizzler wrote:
83 points
The least intersting of the three Ridgeview's, too much dosage for the structure. It is what I would have expected of a decent sparkler from a startup...good effort and maybe I'll revisit it in a few years.
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White - Sparkling
12/14/2012 - pizzler Likes this wine:
88 points
My favorite of the three 2009 Rideview's I have tried. It was the driest of the three and while it was mostly a one note wine...citrus with a hint of nougut as it opened up, it was a good note. Nice balance, improved with airing and is one that I would buy again.
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White - Sparkling
2009 Ridgeview Cavendish West Sussex Champagne Blend (view label images)
10/17/2012 - pizzler wrote:
85 points
Too sweet for my taste, a bit awkward, clean citrus flavors
White - Sparkling
11/24/2012 - pizzler wrote:
91 points
Though we drank this solo, it would have been very food friendly. Plenty of acidic backbone that delivers a concentrated dose of dough balls, lemon/lime, and a touch of caramel. Excellent bang for the buck and would grace most any dinner.
White - Fortified
9/26/2012 - pizzler wrote:
92 points
Medium dry with a nuttiness that had staying power, used it as an aperitif and kept it as an alternative to a white wine served with a salmon pasta. Did both jobs nicely.
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White - Sparkling
6/7/2012 - pizzler wrote:
93 points
Surprisingly good wine. 2001 was the worst Champagne vintage in memory and only a few brave souls declared. The nose was doughy with a citrus flair. The taste was surprisingly voluptuous and inviting with a multitude of pleasing facets to it. Yellow and orange fruits and a touch of exotic flavors made this a fascinating dinner companion.
Red - Fortified
4/28/2012 - pizzler wrote:
92 points
very nice bang for the buck port, good rich taste, nice balance and enough age on it to give it character, well done
White - Sparkling
4/28/2012 - pizzler wrote:
88 points
Wine Spectator's Grand Tour, Washington DC 2012 (Ronald Reagan Building): like many 2004's I've had, the fruit in this was light, the ending was classic Veuve with a caramel and nougat taste, nice balance, good structure
Red
4/28/2012 - pizzler wrote:
89 points
Wine Spectator's Grand Tour, Washington DC 2012 (Ronald Reagan Building): tightly wound wine, dried cherry taste, dry, will the fruit outlast the tannins
Red
4/28/2012 - pizzler wrote:
90 points
Wine Spectator's Grand Tour, Washington DC 2012 (Ronald Reagan Building): good balance, fruit forward, acid was hiding, like other vintages of Lily's Garden, the rep at the tasting table (I was told) looked like Queen Cersei from Game of Thrones
White - Sparkling
4/28/2012 - pizzler wrote:
93 points
Wine Spectator's Grand Tour, Washington DC 2012 (Ronald Reagan Building): one of the surprises of the tasting, doughy nose, citrus and nougat taste, lovely balance and nice bubbles, neat bottle
White - Sparkling
4/28/2012 - pizzler wrote:
85 points
Wine Spectator's Grand Tour, Washington DC 2012 (Ronald Reagan Building): nice citrus and acid structure, simpler tasting, but nice, just not memorable
Red
2008 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/28/2012 - pizzler wrote:
93 points
Wine Spectator's Grand Tour, Washington DC 2012 (Ronald Reagan Building): Sweet taste, classic Cab with a chili cocoa note to it, ripe, very pleasant to drink now but has the stuffing to age, shows why Insignia is one of the most collectible of all California Cabs
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Red
4/28/2012 - pizzler wrote:
91 points
Wine Spectator's Grand Tour, Washington DC 2012 (Ronald Reagan Building): fruit forward, good structure and balance, nougat finish, not as pure at Mollydocker's Velvet Glove, but satisfying
Red
2002 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/28/2012 - pizzler wrote:
86 points
Wine Spectator's Grand Tour, Washington DC 2012 (Ronald Reagan Building): good wine a tough year, still has a heavy tannic taste to it so you wonder if and when the fruit will start to compete
White - Sparkling
2003 Mumm Napa DVX Napa Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
4/28/2012 - pizzler wrote:
85 points
Wine Spectator's Grand Tour, Washington DC 2012 (Ronald Reagan Building): green apples and bread dough, nice, but it wasn't as well integrated as others we had
White - Sparkling
4/28/2012 - pizzler wrote:
91 points
Wine Spectator's Grand Tour, Washington DC 2012 (Ronald Reagan Building): had the latest release at a wine tasting, primarily 03 and a blend of other years, classic Mumm taste but not as much nougat as in prior years, steely nose that didn't give anything away, good balance, would make an excellent aperitif
Red
4/28/2012 - pizzler wrote:
95 points
Wine Spectator's Grand Tour, Washington DC 2012 (Ronald Reagan Building): Velvet is a good description of this wine, lush and unctuous, good balance, light tannins, pure Shiraz taste
Red
4/28/2012 - pizzler wrote:
93 points
Wine Spectator's Grand Tour, Washington DC 2012 (Ronald Reagan Building): a great nose, complex dark berries, the wine was muted, dark, meat, tobacco, lots of tannins, a brooder with a lot of potential
Red
2006 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/28/2012 - pizzler wrote:
Wine Spectator's Grand Tour, Washington DC 2012 (Ronald Reagan Building): the tannins overwhelmed the flavors so it wasn't showing well, reserve on the score, with age who knows if a traditional LB will emerge
White
2009 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
4/28/2012 - pizzler wrote:
94 points
Wine Spectator's Grand Tour, Washington DC 2012 (Ronald Reagan Building): excellent wine, the nose didn't give off any last impressions, but the wine itself was a wonderful balance of citrus flavors and a nougat ending, well done
White - Sparkling
4/28/2012 - pizzler wrote:
90 points
Wine Spectator's Grand Tour, Washington DC 2012 (Ronald Reagan Building): always a regal presentation, lovely complex nose, this was well balanced with a tart overtone, unfortunately served a bit cold so it didn't show as well as it normally does
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/28/2012 - pizzler wrote:
87 points
Wine Spectator's Grand Tour, Washington DC 2012 (Ronald Reagan Building): really sweet, but could develop to have the structure to support the sugar content, unusual taste for a Riesling...I didn't look when tasting it, but I would have guessed another grape.
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/28/2012 - pizzler wrote:
93 points
Wine Spectator's Grand Tour, Washington DC 2012 (Ronald Reagan Building): Lush, sweet, loaded with fruits, yummy, unctuous, this will last for decades, but don't know if it can improve, acid and tannins were lost in the sea of flavors
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