Tasting Notes for Outplaying

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Red
Somewhat pale and light in color. Very fragrant, with red fruit, tar, spice and licorice. An elegant, light weight wine but with plenty of flavor. The red fruits, spice and tar carry through on the palate. A nice food wine and I am curious to see where this would go with 5 to 8 years.
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White
10/13/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
This bottle showed well. It has lost the hard edge that it showed when younger. I like the summer rain on hot pavement smell and the minerality it shows. I'll probably start drinking through my remaining bottles now. This bottling is always a great value.
Rosé - Sparkling
We both enjoyed this. A nice mix of pale red fruits and savory notes. Bright and lively.
Red
Howard’s note describes this well. Fairly rich and structured for this level. Excellent QPR. From what I have had from 2016, it seems to be a great vintage for Nebbiolo.
Red
9/22/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
This smells great. Bright and lively but balanced and elegant. Silky mouthfeel. At first this was mostly red fruited with floral and mineral accents. With air it becomes more savory. A nice wine that makes me think of words like pretty and polished. Great value here.

Edit: A day two glass of this was pretty damn good. It has opened nicely and is pretty easy to knock back!
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White - Sparkling
Refreshing on a warm, late summer afternoon on the patio. Tasty.
Red
9/18/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
I’m a fan of Roagna’s Dolcetto. They have an elegance to them and are solid wines at the dinner table. Ann liked it, too.
White
9/12/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
My wife, not knowing what we were drinking, said after her first few sips, "this would go great with oysters. Lots of mineral."

I agree. Lots of sea spray, saline, mineral, etc. A refreshing, high QPR wine.
Red
9/7/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
There was a little Brett but we enjoyed this. Some mineral, garrigue, meaty notes. I see no reason to wait as the Brett may get worse and it’s drinking well now.
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White
8/31/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
My last bottle and it was delicious. Oozes minerality on the nose. Saline, sea spray and fresh rain on a hot sidewalk. Tart, citrus, and unripe pineapple with a solid dose of acidity. Wish I had more.
Red
8/21/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
This is surprisingly drinkable for a young Rancia. Smells great already and I think there are better things to come. Buy more and hold.
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Red
2015 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/19/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
Popped and poured from a .375 and consumed with grilled burgers. Surprisingly accessible with soft tannin. Darker toned fruit and some oak influence showing. I think this will improve and it is a good value.
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Red
Red fruited with spice notes initially. Turns a little darker with air and gains some depth. Slightly sappy. We both enjoyed it. I should hold my last bottle for a while.
Red
Delicious with a grilled Delmonico steak. Started out more red fruited and floral, but turned darker toned with licorice and perhaps some tobacco and maple with air. Quite a bit of fruit here, bordering on sweet. Modern styled. We both enjoyed this a lot.
White
8/1/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
This showed much of what I like about Chablis. Sea water, minerality, solid acidity. Some citrus and green apple. Delicious. I’ll try to hold onto our last bottle for a while.
Red
It has been a few years since we opened one of these, and maybe even a northern Rhône wine. Paired with grilled chicken. Blackberry, and dark toned fruit with olive, meat juices, purple flowers and spice. Soft in texture and moderate acid. We both enjoyed the wine and it has me wondering why I don’t buy more Syrah like this.

Lots of sediment and no need to rush.
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Rosé - Sparkling
7/29/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
Delicious. Ann and I love this stuff. Very refreshing after a day hiking around Acadia.
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White
7/25/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
My last bottle and it is showing well. Nice value, too.
White
7/21/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
Enjoyed this bottle a lot. Quite a bit of fruit, electric acidity, and not overly sweet. Smells great, too.
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Red
7/18/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
This is a solid Barolo given the vintage and price. It needs a little air to open up, though. I can’t put my finger on what it is, but there is a darker toned, savory accent. Ann liked it, too.
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Rosé - Sparkling
7/15/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
This was pretty easy to knock back on the patio on a beautiful summer night, celebrating Elle’s birthday. The bottle didn’t last long.
Red
7/15/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
This showed pretty well after a little air. Hints of leather, darker toned fruit. Tannins are resolved. A throwback to the old days - 12.5% alc. Ann, Elle and I enjoyed it.
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Red
7/12/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
My last bottle of the 09 Classico. This bottle showed better and younger than my last. A little rusty orange around the rim. When first poured, there is a little raisin quality, but with air that seemed to disappear, leaving cherry and red fruits. This bottle showed a little more tannin and structure than the last. We enjoyed it with a sausage and tortellini dish.

I am sure this will last many years, but I am not convinced it would improve from here. I guess it depends how you like your wine.
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Red
2010 Château Cambon La Pelouse Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Not very complex, but this is delicious and easy drinking. Darker toned fruit and light graphite. There is still some light tannin and the wine has pretty solid acidity. Killer QPR.
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Red
2010 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
This needed a little air to open up. Compared with a 2010 Felsina CCR from a couple nights ago, this is a little leaner and tarter and it shows more minerality. It also has a tomatoe leaf accent and seems a little more rustic and angular. We drank this without food, but I think it might shine at the dinner table.
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Red
I’m surprised to see its been about four years since I’ve opened one of these. This is delicious. A little earthier now, with tobacco accents and a mix of red and darker toned fruit. Nice acidity and still a little tannin. I really like this vintage of this wine.
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Red
2016 Château Garraud Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/23/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
I think Galloni was too hard on this wine. Plum, chocolate, tobacco and a hint of bell pepper. I don’t see this as a long distance runner, but we liked it. Ann said to buy more, when I told her the half bottle cost $13.
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Red
6/23/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
This bottle showed better than a bottle from about three years ago. It is still ripe and fruity but it seems to have mellowed some. Accents of pepper and spices. Eric and I liked it more than Ann who’s said it was “just too much,” and that she couldn’t drink it.
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White
For a humble inexpensive Bourgogne, I have been happy with this wine. About 4 or 5 years since I’ve opened one, and this is my last. Light golden in color. It is starting to show some oxidative notes. Some waxy, nutty flavors. Solid acidity keeps it lively. Much different than the younger Les Clos, and enjoyable in a different way.
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White
I love the saline and mineral notes in Chablis. This had lots of that along with some light spice notes and good acidity. Bright and lively. I enjoyed this bottle but I think it lacked the extra bit of oomph that I expect at the Grand Cru level.
Red
6/18/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
I enjoyed this. Fruit is darker in tone. Firm acidity, soft tannin, and light soil notes.
Red
Somewhat pale and translucent in color. Not lacking in flavor or aromas though. Red fruited with spice and floral notes. Nice wine.
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Red
This followed a 2012 M-M Vosne Romanee. It showed a bit darker in tone and had more depth and density. Slight earthy tones, but still pretty primary.
Rosé - Sparkling
6/8/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
Easy going, and friendly. A little biscuit on the finish.
White
6/6/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
This is the first 2014 Baudoin I have opened. I wasn’t sure what to expect because the 14’s have been a mixed bag. Some great, and some advanced. This one was pretty decent. I like the saline, lime and mineral notes. Pear and apple fruit. Ann and Brian both thought it was sweet. I guess it is sweet compared to what we normally drink, but it falls somewhere between the sec and demi-sec area, I think.

This doesn’t reach the heights that some Chidaine wines have in the past for me, but at least it is a drinkable 14. If I am nitpicking, it seems a little alcoholic and out of balance. Ann and Brian really liked it though, so maybe it is just me.
White - Sparkling
5/27/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
Bright and lively. Nice summertime deck wine. I should reload.
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Red
5/25/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
Dark, ripe and fruity. As someone else said in an earlier note, this might be a little too ripe. This wasn’t bad with grilled Delmonico steaks, but it was too ripe and fruity on its own for me.

Day 2: I like how the fruit has receded some. The wine shows a little more tart and higher acidity. However, there is more oak showing today, which I don’t prefer. I like this more today, I guess, but this is not something I would buy again.
White
5/25/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
Pretty good. It has a nice dry, almost chalky texture, similar to some Vouvray. Missing the oyster shell and saline that I like in Chablis, though. Better as it warmed up. I’ll take my time with remaining bottles.
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Rosé - Sparkling
5/19/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
I was a little disappointed in this, my first from this producer. I couldn’t find much to get excited about. Not bad, but I won’t buy this one again.
Rosé
5/19/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
Expensive when compared to the other roses we regularly drink, but this really is an excellent wine.
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White
Delicious SB. I need to be buying more of these.
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Red
5/18/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
Tasted while decanting off the sediment for a dinner tonight. A little licorice on the nose. Red fruited with soft tannins. Elegant.
White
5/17/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
This is a solid summer back porch wine. Just interesting enough for the geeks and not too structured or hard core for those that normally drink cheap pinot grigio.
Red
2016 Château Capbern St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/17/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
Darker toned fruits with smoke and pencil lead accents. Fairly intense and bold. I'll probably pick up a few more to stash away.
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White
First from this vintage surprisingly, and it followed a magnum of the 2016. I liked this vintage more. More lively and also more depth and intensity.
Red
First go at this vintage. It needed an hour or so to show much on the nose. Then it showed some mineral, menthol, cherries and a charred note. It shows nice fruit, silky textures and moderate acid. It seems a little more polished and less rustic than 2013.
Red
5/6/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
I didn't take notes, but I really enjoyed this wine. A nice balance of complexity, fruit, and acid. From magnum at Bibou.
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White
5/6/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
This showed pretty well. Some lanolin, a mix of orchard fruits. Dry. Enjoyed it. From Magnum.
Rosé
5/4/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
I may have enjoyed this more last year when it was released and a little zippier. I enjoyed it, but a little more rounded than normal.
Red
2005 Château d'Aurilhac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/2/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
Paired well with skewered, grilled lamb and veggies. Decent depth and fruit accented with pencil lead and licorice root. Darker toned fruit and moderate acidity. Good value. Ann and Holly liked it.
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