Tasting Notes for Outplaying

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2016 Château Garraud Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/7/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
I imagine Galloni’s review (84) will keep a lot of people away from this wine. Compared to the 15, the wine is leaner, brighter and more tart. There is a little licorice and light earth. The wine puts on a little weight with air and improves. I would have guessed this to be from a mediocre year, maybe like 12 or 14. I thought the wine was decent, though.
Red
2015 Château Garraud Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/7/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
Darker tones. Char and earth. Richer and warmer than the 2016. Still nice acidity and balanced. Ann prefers the 15 by a wide margin. This is pretty good and a good value.
Red
12/7/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
I believe this is my last bottle of a case. This was the vintage that turned us on to Felsina. For a long time it was Ann’s favorite vintage of it, too. Probably due to the rich, ripe fruit. Now, it is one of our least favorite vintages of the last ten or twelve years. The wine is not bad. It’s very easy to drink, but it just isn’t that interesting. It is fun seeing how each vintage is different how the weather impacts the wine.

A day three glass of this was drinking much better. More balanced, and seemed brighter. Enjoyed it more on day 3 and I was sorry to see the bottle emptied.
White
11/28/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
This is drinking nicely once it warms up. I like the acidity, saline and, at moments, a slight matchstick note.
Red
11/28/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
There is a lot of flavor here, but the wine is lighter bodied and elegant. I’m very happy with this purchase from last year’s Berserker Day and I look forward to seeing how these evolve. I enjoyed this quite a bit.
Red
11/26/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
This was a little simpler than the Cab, and a little less complex but still pretty good. It also has a medium weight and plenty of acidity. I need to try to let a few of these age.
Red
11/26/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
We both enjoyed this bottle. It showed better after an hour or so of air, and just kept getting better. I am going to start buying a few more of these as a change of pace.
Red
11/24/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
This was our first time trying the Charles Giraud bottling. It was complex and there was a lot to like about it, but it is a big wine compared to what we normally drink, and I thought it was a little hot with the alcohol showing.
White
11/24/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
This is starting to show some age compared to the last bottle a few years ago. Delicious once it warmed up from the refrigerator.
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Red
11/22/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
Smells nice. A decent wine that was enjoyable, but at $51, there are many other wines I’d rather be drinking.
White - Sparkling
11/17/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
This was delicious and interesting and I’ll buy if I can find it.
White - Sparkling
11/17/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
Not sure where I stand on this one. Compared to the Couche we had just before it, this was tart and leaner. One person said they thought there was a lot of sulfur on it, but I didn’t get that. Just wasn’t very exciting/interesting after the first one.
White
11/17/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
We had a Whistling Ridge earlier in the week, and from memory I like this more. Both drank better as they warmed. I like the saline and rain water notes. One of the better domestic Chardonnay’s I’ve had. Oregon seems do be doing great things with their whites.
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White
11/17/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
Unfortunately my last bottle of 2010 Chidaine. This one was bright and delicious. Wish I had more, as these seem like they will go a long way.
Red
11/17/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
I liked this more than Ann who thought it was too big. The 2011 vintage in CA was beaten up pretty badly, but I like it. This one has plenty of acid, and a twinge of citrus. I enjoyed it and it seems like it could go a while, so no need to rush if you’ve got ‘em.
White
11/15/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
Rieslingfan's note describes this well. I would have liked a little more acidity, but this was pretty solid. For me it shows better warmer, where some saline and rainwater start to show, and it feels better balanced.
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Red
11/12/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
Ann poured this blind for me tonight with a lasagna she made. Smells nice. Red fruits, spice and tarry note. All that carries through on the palate. It gets more expressive, and puts on weight and structure with air. I guessed a 2014, base level Nebbiolo. Shows young but still quite enjoyable if you don’t mind some tannin.
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Red
11/2/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
After the Sandrone, this was leaner and tarter, not unexpectedly. I like this though.
Red
11/2/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
Plummy and soft with a bitter edge on the finish. Not bad.
Red
11/2/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
My last bottle and I think it drank the best out of all of them. At times I’ve thought this was too modern and simple, and perhaps some of that is the vintage. This one was pretty easy to drink with a meatball sandwich.
Red
10/30/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
Bob H’s recent note describes this well. I like the nose. An interesting mix of fruit and earthy notes. On the palate it is a bit sweet and ripe and strikes me as modern or international in style. Ann liked this a lot. Not bad, but it lacked interest for me. I don’t see this as a long distance runner, either.
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Red
Less aromatic than the Pio Cesare, but more expressive and open on the palate. A nice mix of fruit and earthy notes. I think this is drinking well now, but it will certainly hold for a while. Very nice.
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Red
10/27/2019 - Outplaying wrote:
I thought this smelled nice, though hard to describe. Darker toned fruit with light licorice accents. Fairly structured, this showed young.
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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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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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