Tasting Notes for Jvanwinkle

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Red
10/18/2019 - Jvanwinkle wrote:
88 points
Was hoping for some of the profile Eric describes, but sadly my bottle was a rather dull affair. Nothing wrong or off with the bottle, but just a one note sort of red that doesn’t leave me wanting more, but rather questioning all the fuss. If it’s priced right then this can be a nice food wine, but honestly there are many cotes du Rhône I would prefer over this.
Red
12/15/2019 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
89 points
This is a good, honest and simple Rhône wine. No detailed notes unfortunately but mostly high toned red fruit with some crunchy acidity. Definitely a good wine and if you can find prices in the $20’s a reasonable value.
Red
10/15/2019 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
91 points
This is a noble, beautiful wine. Red and black fruits on the nose after opening. The wine unfurls at an unhurried pace. This is ready to go. Only downside here is the wine didn’t evolve much over the couple days it was open. No need to wait on this.
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Red
9/10/2019 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow. So good and hard to put down. A bottle that you wish you had bought more of once it’s gone. Dark fruit, but had great energy. Herbal with just enough acidity to keep things focused. Doesn’t show it’s alcohol at all, lovely companion with tapas. Pick this up!
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Red
3/2/2019 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
91 points
Had a stuffy nose when this got opened so my limited wine critic skills were reduced further. I do recall this being open and ready to go. My wife and father in law loved it and I will trust their judgment. Would love another bottle to sit with, but this is another Bedrock to add to the collection.
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Red
3/26/2019 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
90 points
This was such a lovely wine. A Rhône style blend from CA this had that lovely dark and rich fruit and a subtle meatiness that was quite appealing. Would seek out.
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Red
3/26/2019 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
89 points
Solid Pinot from California. Plenty of fruit and lush. Not the most complex wine but an easy drinker and would be crowd pleaser.
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Red
11/8/2018 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
92 points
Pale, translucent ruby in the glass. High toned red fruit, perhaps raspberry, with a floral element. Lithe and well cut. With air some meatiness develops and hints of garrigue come in as well. Would not find this out of place in the Rhône. Great QPR and on regular rotation in our home.
Red
2012 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/31/2018 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
94 points
Up front this is all lush red and black fruit. Aromatic herbs, thinking lavender and rosemary, also feature prominently on the nose. You can smell some of the lingering sweetness from the oak toast, but nothing obtrusive. This wine glides on the palate with smooth and refined tannins with just enough structure to keep everything in balance. This is such a great wine, showing yet again that 2012 Bordeaux continues to punch above the press clippings upon release.
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Red
10/3/2018 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
89 points
On the nose initially there is a high pitched tone to the red/purple fruit. Additional floral notes weave in as well keeping things lifted. On the palate there is good acidity, with a tartness to the fruit. Only after considerable time in the glass do things even venture into a hint of smoke and garrigue. This is a more lithe expression of Gigondas that is quite pretty and worth seeking.
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Red
6/3/2018 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
90 points
Red fruit on the nose initially, leaning toward a more roasted nature. Also upfront there is a hint of menthol on the nose. On the palate the fruit has a tartness to it which keeps things from feeling heavy. As the wine sat it developed a more savory, almost feral character. A well made interesting wine worth seeking out.
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Red
2016 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
1/4/2019 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
89 points
Lovely red fruit and menthol on the nose initially with dust and leather following. Has medium acidity and just enough tannins to keep things focused. Great food companion. This speaks of Chianti and Tuscany. Has everything you need in a Chianti and if you can find it under $20, don’t hesitate.
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Red
10/30/2018 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
90 points
Tart, crunchy fruit. Mouthwatering acidity. With some air it developed an earthy funkiness. Enjoyable wine, but feel it has more in store. Another poster said this is likely too young and I think that is fair. No rush to uncork this if you have bottles.
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Red
6/11/2018 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
91 points
Dark and brooding out of the gate. Dark fruits on the nose and smooth on the palate. You could sense the oak but not in a negative way. Opened amongst friends and while it was a pleasure to be enjoyed among them, wish I would have had at least another bottle to open and have more time to examine.
Red
5/6/2018 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
90 points
Smelled and tasted like warm earth or stone after a rain and the sun has come back out. This had considerable stuffing to it and you could tell it was bred to be a wine of importance. Structured. Demands heavier foods.
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Red
4/11/2018 - Jvanwinkle wrote:
88 points
This was rather tight and a bit brooding. Some dark fruits and some tannic bite. Perhaps opened too soon or in a weird stage, but felt like this was missing something. Others enjoyed it more than me however.
Red
4/21/2018 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
91 points
Opens up with a deep ruby color and ripe crunchy red fruit on the nose, maybe raspberries or cranberries. There is a smoky element here as well that gives the experience some extra personality. Smooth tannins and medium acidity. This is a wine that is gone before you know it. If you find it don't hesitate.
Red
3/10/2018 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
90 points
Opened to cedar and spice on the nose, with plums and dark fruits on the palate. Slight tannic bite, but still pleasant. Good grip to go along with a medium body. Offers good typicity, crowd pleasing and approachable, with very good value.
Red
2/14/2018 - Jvanwinkle wrote:
89 points
Dark and brooding with cassis and camphor on the nose. Dark fruits, but somewhat unyielding from an aroma perspective. Structured and tight on day one. This was decanted about an hour before serving, but would recommend longer time. Days two and three it softened a touch. This needs time in bottle to relax a bit. Well made wine, just not in a style that I would typically seek out.
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Red
12/31/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
93 points
Served this on New Year's Eve with steak and it was a stunning. Opened to dark red and black fruits with a touch of spice. The wine truly glides on the palate with smooth tannins and moderate acidity. Showed some evolution with air, but always remained poised and kept everyone coming back. Wished I would have bought more!
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Red
12/24/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
91 points
Garnet to brick orange at rim. Lifted and tart red and purple fruit aromas. Medium plus acidity and tannins that were mostly resolved. With some time the wine developed additional pine, mint, and tar aromas but never strayed from its lithe personality. Not sure this will get a whole lot better from here--feel free to drink now as you wait on other, more structured bottles to develop.
Red
12/17/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
90 points
Opaque garnet. Notes of spice and dark fruits on the nose. The wine has an almost glycerin quality that coats the palate. Body sits between medium and heavy but never feels ponderous. Time in glass reveals smoke and incense with each swirl. A wine that gets better with air and time. At $17 retail a great QPR.
Red
11/10/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
88 points
Garner to brick orange at rim. Lifted, floral, purple fruit with mint on the finish. Medium bodied and medium acidity. With time an herbal element, perhaps thyme developed. Overall a pleasant if unremarkable wine.
Red
11/8/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
89 points
Brilliant ruby. The nose was something akin to a high end parfumerie, developing into a pleasant musky aroma. This was trending toward the meatier/smokier end of the range until you tasted the wine--it was all high toned fruit. Licorice and raspberry jam. For those who have tasted the base Chateauneuf this is a good introduction to the house style. Would buy again and recommend it to those who like their Rhone wines on the more delicate and feminine side of things.
Red
2014 Le Marquis de Calon Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/26/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
91 points
All dark fruits and cedar upon opening. Tightly coiled and somewhat unyielding on day 1. As the days went by, this wine opened up and started to become more enjoyable. The sweetness of the oak become more prevalent and the wine took on a rounder, more supple quality. This wine needs a few years to come together, but if you open now give this several hours of air.
Red
9/30/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
92 points
Lovely dark fruits on the nose. Round mouthfeel with some spice on the finish. Not quite as smooth out the gate as the 2012, but nonetheless still excellent. This is a wine that will be gone quickly after opening. Also excellent value for quality Napa Cab.
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Red
6/17/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark red with minimal fading at rim. Dark red fruits on the nose with cedar and leather as well. Palate was smooth with firm, but well integrated tannins. Just a touch of spice on the finish. This was an excellent Riserva and in a blind tasting this would have done well against many Brunello's. 97% Sangiovese. Can be opened now but may be well served by additional aging. Would buy again.
Red
5/29/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
91 points
This was ready to go pretty quick out of the gate. Dark red fruits, some leather and cedar on the nose. Tannins were firm but integrated. This had minimal acidity and a smooth texture. Some spice on the lingering finish. The bottle was gone much too fast. Would have liked to linger over this. Will look for more bottles to cellar.
Red
2012 Château Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/13/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark red with some slight fading at rim. Notes of cedar, cassis, and vanilla. Most red and black fruits. Tannins were resolved and the wine had a rounded and silky palate. Some light spice on the lingering finish. A really lovely wine that paired nicely with the prime rib. This is in a good place right now. Would buy again.
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Red
4/15/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
89 points
Bright ruby core to purple rim. Floral and tart red fruits,lifted with brisk acidity. Smooth tannins and palate. This was a wine that made you come back for more and was a pleasure to drink. A steal at $10.
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Red
2013 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
5/6/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
90 points
Did not take detailed notes. Upon opening this had a little funk to it, a little mustiness. This blew off with a short amount of air and settled in. The fruit was darker toned and the acidity was moderate. Palate was pretty smooth. The second and third days are when this came to life. Much more enjoyable then and proved a lovely counterpoint to the pork roast with sage and rosemary. Give this a decant or cellar a little longer for optimum results.
Red
4/9/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
87 points
Dark and brooding. Dark fruits with medium + acidity. Could taste the alcohol a touch. This evolved over time and developed some secondary aromas. Overall the palate was smooth and the wine was enjoyable. Good QPR.
Red
4/21/2017 - Jvanwinkle wrote:
87 points
Still had a garnet core fading to an almost petrol color on the rim. Initial nose was sweet red fruit, perhaps strawberries. Wine still had a decent amount of acidity which kept things moving. Not much development in the glass, maybe some menthol or a "barbershop" aroma. On the palate the sweetness was almost raisin like. Not a bad wine, certainly has held up fairly well since 1990. If anyone has bottles, drink now as further aging won't do this any favors.
Red
4/6/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
88 points
This is a dark wine with tart black cherries upfront on the nose. With air a popcorn like aromas develops. Further development includes smoked meat flavors which were quite pleasant. The wine is heavier bodied but the acidity keeps things fresh.
Red
3/18/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
89 points
Translucent garnet to light purple rim. Tart, dark red fruits on the nose with a definite spicy edge. There was a cherry liqueur aspect to things initially. Medium plus acidity with resolved tannins. On the palate there was a black olive/brine quality that added a savory element. With additional air an almost fried meat aroma developed, reminiscent of bologna or hot dogs on the grill.
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Red
3/19/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
89 points
Garnet to light purple on the rim. Dark red and black fruits on the nose with some menthol aromas. Crackling acidity initially which blows off with some air. Floral tones come later. Open this and let it breathe for an hour or so to let some of that acidity settle.
Red
2/24/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
86 points
Not as good as the last bottle, but overall still an enjoyable midweek wine. Not as deep and dark as most malbecs, but a good food wine all the same.
Red
2/19/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
90 points
Darker fruits and menthol on the nose initially. Floral tones emerge as the wine opens up. The tannins are quite restrained and along with a tart acidity, this is a young Barolo that can give some early pleasure.
Red
2012 Blason D'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/12/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
90 points
Garnet to purple rim. Warm spice on the nose with black fruits. Notes of cedar also on the nose initially. Tannins were there, but restrained. Moderate acidity. With time this developed some meaty aromas, especially on day 2. The nose just keeps you coming back, very enchanting. The finish is long here. This wine speaks to pedigree, you can tell this is a 3rd Growth property, even if this is the second wine.
Red
1/26/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
86 points
Did not make detailed tasting notes but this was a medium red with tart acidity. Had some purple fruit aromas. Not as dark and concentrated as some other malbecs from Cabors. An enjoyable if somewhat simple wine.
Red
2/3/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
90 points
Crimson red to brick orange. Immediately upon pouring you could tell the wine had some age to it, the color alone gave that away. Dark floral tones and petrol were on the nose initially. Herbal and woody with smooth tannins and moderate acidity. The wine was subtle with charred meat aromas coming with some time in glass. An overall very enjoyable wine that I would buy again.
Red
1/19/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
89 points
This is such an easy wine to like. Red fruits, leather, smoke with a just a bit more ripeness than most Sangiovese wines owing to its southerly growing area (Molise). Pasta and pizza are the no brained choices to pair here.
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Red
1/27/2017 - Jvanwinkle wrote:
89 points
The nose was dusty initially with dark fruits and menthol emerging with a little air. The palate was medium to full bodied with a strong black tea presence indicating a robust tannic profile. Acidity was medium plus. The finish was long with that black tea flavor emerging again. With time the palate developed some wilted floral tones. Overall the wine needs more time to come together. At this stage the tannins and acidity dominate the fruit.
Red
1/21/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
88 points
Nose had small red fruits, reminiscent of raspberry. The wine was light to medium bodied with tart acidity. Didn't evolve much in the glass, but was quite drinkable and held it's own against a beef roast.
Red
1/12/2017 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
89 points
Dark garnet to purple rim. Up front the wine had a nose of lush dark fruit that was very soft and round. The tannins were mostly resolved. With air, the wine added some weight and eventually developed a savory component. This is a nice wine at this price point and is certainly more nuanced than the more commercial Montepulciano on the market.
Red
12/25/2016 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
89 points
Light to medium red fading to brick orange. Wine has a mature look to it based on coloring. Nose had sweet red fruits and some menthol. Tannins were mostly resolved. With time in glass more savory notes emerged with petrol and charred meat. The finish showed good length.
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Red
12/25/2016 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
88 points
Earthy and spicy on the nose and palate. Wine still had tannic grip even after it sat in the glass. Higher alcohol levels were somewhat noticeable. Overall the impression was a powerful, rustic wine that could stand up to some pretty hearty holiday food.
Red
11/11/2016 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
88 points
Dark red fruits initially with some rusticness. Tannins were mostly resolved. Wine was drank rather quickly so not able to see it evolve, but a really well made wine. Would go with any typical red sauce pasta dish and on this night held up well against a lasagna.
Rosé
11/30/2016 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
88 points
Lovely rose from a high quality Rioja producer. Would buy again.
Red
2013 Castello di Albola Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
12/16/2016 - Jvanwinkle Likes this wine:
88 points
Ruby core to brick orange rim. Tart red fruits initially, raspberry or tart cherry. Medium plus acidity and medium body. With time in the glass that lovely charred meat aromas develops that is so typical of Chianti. Represents good value and an everyday Classico.
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